Beauty Obsessions – December 2014

I’m sorry for the lack of update as I was away spending Christmas in Ipoh with my family. It was a good break from work and blog. I’m sure all of you had a wonderful time this Christmas too.

Today, I want to share with you some of my favourite beauty products. I’ve been meaning to write this post since last month, but it keeps slipping out of my mind every time I had the chance to. So now that the boy is asleep, there are some quiet moments for me to put my words together.

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1. NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Let’s admit it – being a woman is difficult. Looking good and maintaining youthfulness require a lot of time and patience. We need to take care of our body from top to toe. Even if we have a smooth wrinkle-free complexion, the folds and lines on our neck and décolletage may be the culprit to reveal our true age. As a matter of fact, this area is often neglected in our skincare regime.

Recently, I started using NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream. I like NeoStrata, particularly their anti-aging products. The benefits of this neck cream includes: 1) lift and firm sagging skin, 2) reduce discolouration and pigmentation, and 3) reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

I apply this cream twice a day on my neck after shower. It absorbs quickly, leaving no stickiness and greasy feel after the application. After a month, I noticed some improvements in the skin firmness around my neck and décolletage (it’s quite amazing!).

I’ve yet to see improvements in skin tone, but I guess this will take a bit longer to see the results. So, I’ll continue to use it in hopes of more noticeable improvements.

NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream retails at SGD$81.00 (before GST), and available at selected Watsons, Guardian and NTUC Unity pharmacies. If you’re looking for a good neck cream, I recommend that you give this a try.

2. JANMARINI Age Intervention Dark Circle Eye Defence

I bought this eye-cream from an aesthetic clinic in Singapore because the nurse kept raving about how good it is. This new generation of eye cream works to reduce the appearance of under eye circles and wrinkles through technologies directly targeted toward each of the primary causes – blood leakage, iron discoloration, inflammation, thin and fragile skin, and pigmentation.

Each jar comes with 60 capsules. I apply it once at night, using one capsule for both eyes (it’s more than enough). One jar lasts for two months. I feel that the cream is a bit too rich – it feels a bit greasy after application. Nonetheless, since it is to be applied at night time, it doesn’t bother me so much.

After two months, I saw some improvements. The fine lines under my eyes are smoothened out and the skin around my eyes are well hydrated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for my dark eye circle yet (which is my primary concern).

So I purchased the second jar from eBay (~30% cheaper than aesthetic clinic). My dark eye circles are gradually fading by the 3rd month, and I’m sure to keep this eye cream as my night regime.

3. Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

I’ve been using MAC powder foundation for years. Recently, I was tempted to try out the new Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation – after seeing their advertisement on magazine.

I rarely use liquid foundation because it feels quite heavy and looks cakey on my face. So, I only use powder foundation with light to medium coverage that gives a natural finish to even out my skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores.

My recent discovery of Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation instantly turned me into a fan! It’s incredibly lightweight (weightless is certainly no exaggeration), and feels so smooth and comfortable like my own skin.

This creamy, cashmere-like powder delivers a polished finish and lasting wear. It blends seamlessly onto my skin and conceals imperfections, fine lines and pores for a finish that stays fresh and shine-free throughout the day. I’m so in love with it!

This foundation is available in 20 shades. I’m using Natural and it matches closely to my own skin colour. Perhaps, I will choose a shade that is one tone lighter next time – as I prefer my face to look brighter.

Priced at $64 (compact case excluded), this powder foundation is certainly a keeper. Bobbi Brown – I will be back for more.

4. Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

Besides my Clarisonic cleansing brush, the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi is one of my favourite beauty gadgets.

You might have already seen it at Watsons; this is basically an electric hard skin remover to be used on our feet. Scholl Express Pedi is shaped like an electric shaver, and it feels nice to hold with the power switch under the thumb for easy operation.

The special roller surface removes dry and hard skin effortlessly and efficiently. The first time I used it, I was a bit sceptical. I was extremely careful in order not to over-file and cause bleeding.

When I started moving it around my heels with medium pressure, it was actually quite safe and gentle. My worries were instantly washed away.

Scholl Express Pedi leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth from the first use. I’ve been using it once a week for maintenance and it’s really paying off. I’m happy to part with my foot files and pumice stones.

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Well, that’s my current beauty obsessions. If you have any fantastic product to recommend, please share with me too. Here’s wishing all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Beauty Obsessions – June 2014

Hi! I’m back after almost one month break – feeling totally refreshed! Still working hard to regain my blogging mojo.

It’s been a while since I last wrote about beauty products that I like. Lately, I’ve found some products that I really like, so I thought, why not I start from them.

So, here are my latest beauty obsessions:

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1. NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift 

This may be the answer to my wrinkles woes! The new SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift from NeoStrata is a two-step treatment specifically targets deep lines and folds through the stimulation of skin’s own natural collagen and hyaluronic acid.

With the help of patented ingredients such as Aminofil™, NeoGlucosamine® and NeoCitrate™, Line Lift duo can plump up the skin, improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles that were resulted from repetitive facial expressions and UV damage.

This is seriously better than needles, and convenient if you’re too busy to see an aesthetic doctor. It’s useful for areas such as forehead lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and undereye lines.

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On Step 1, I apply the Aminofil™ Activator on my areas of concern – mainly laugh lines and undereye lines. It has a precision roller ball that makes the application so easy and direct onto deep expression lines. I gently massage it with my finger tip until it’s fully absorbed.

The texture of this activator is quite thick, so initially, I was a bit put off by its stickiness. Then, I told myself to be patient and gentle tap the solution until it’s fully absorbed onto my skin. When it’s fully absorbed, it doesn’t feel sticky anymore.

On Step 2, I apply the Finishing Complex over Step 1 and gently massage it until it’s fully absorbed. The texture of the Finishing Complex is quite thick and heavy, so it leaves my skin a bit oily after the application.

I apply it after all my serums and before my moisturizer.

This product is recommended to be used twice a day, but I only use it once at night. Reason is – I find it a bit uncomfortable with the stickiness and oiliness on my face during the day (although it’s really not that bad). I confess that I have a super low tolerance towards stickiness and oiliness.

Nonetheless, this product really delivers fast results! I noticed the first visible improvements on the fine lines around my eyes after using it for about a month.

I would recommend this product to any anti-aging obsessed women, who are still in search for the answer to their wrinkles woes. This product can only be purchased from clinics.

2. SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence

I purchased this product from the duty-free shop (airport) during my last travel, and the price is about $230 for 50ml. It’s gentle on the skin but tough on the pocket! I mean, it’s really quite expensive to be used on long term.

I’m totally in love with this essence the first time I use it. The white serum is very light and easily absorbed. Its dropper design provides the ease of use and avoids wastage. I use two pumps each time.

The essence has a very sweet smell that easily lifts up my mood in the morning. I use it twice daily, in the morning and at night, before applying the moisturizer. I’m almost finishing my first bottle, and I feel that my skin tone is brighter and more even now.

Although I haven’t feel that aura-like glow yet (as in the advertisement), I’m quite confident that this product will work. So I will continue to use it.

3. Rejuvenating Serum from PCA Skin

I love any product that says rejuvenating! Yes, make me look young again, please…

I was first introduced to PCA Skin by The Face Aesthetic Clinic, and since then, I’ve been a big fan of their products. They are really good.

This ultimate age-defying serum uses epidermal growth factor (EGF) technology to stimulate cell proliferation and skin renewal. A blend of botanicals and potent antioxidants prevent cellular water loss, helping to keep skin firm, smooth and protected from damaging free radicals.

This serum goes on smoothly, and has a nice light feel and smell. My skin feels firmer after using it for about 3 weeks. Hands down the best serum I’ve ever tried to keep my skin looking smooth and fresh. I’ll definitely continue to use it.

The price is about $140 for a small bottle of 29.5ml (roughly two months’ usage), but I’ve found a cheaper source through eBay where I’m restocking my serum now.

4. Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 from PCA Skin

Perhaps my biggest mistake is skipping sunscreen during my younger days, and that’s why all the brown spots were popping out as revenge since I hit my thirties.

As advised by Dr. Zhang from The Face Aesthetic Clinic, I started applying this sunscreen daily – another awesome product from PCA Skin.

This broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with the technology of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and a blend of additional sunscreen ingredients. Its unique quick-absorbing and light finish makes it ideal for people with oily or breakout-prone skin, and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products.

Honestly I’ve never liked sunscreen because they tend to make my face super oily or left a scary white tint. Ever since I’ve tried Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, I was totally amazed at how LIGHT and SILKY it feels after the application. It has, to my satisfaction, goes nicely under my powder foundation too.

Weightless is certainly no exaggeration here!

5. Age-Revival Stem Cell Eye+ from Skin Inc

This is possibly the most expensive eye cream that I’ve ever purchased. It is priced at $190 for as little as 15ml.

A luxuriant, yet light weight eye cream with 20 active ingredients that incorporates stem cell technology and plant extracts with anti-ageing, healing and calming properties. This eye cream aims to resolve five main eye care concerns – lines, dryness, puffiness, sagging skin and dark circles.

I have very bad dark eye circles that I almost can’t leave home without a concealer. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any major improvements in my dark eye circles yet (after using for almost one month). I still have half a jar left and will continue to use it. Hopefully, it will work for me.

I like this eye cream because it’s very lightweight and absorbs easily with just a few soft strokes.

That’s my current beauty obsession. If you have any fantastic product to recommend, please share with me too! I love to hear from you.

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