Monday, July 6, 2015

Depend: 3-Step Nail Care Range [Sponsored Review]


Yes! I am back with more products from Depend Cosmetics!



After my experience with Depend Gellack, I left my nails bare for 3 weeks to allow it to heal and "breath". In between that period, I was sent this 3-Step Nail Care Range as a follow up and I've been using them ever since to pamper my talons~


Here's my review on this nail care range:

Step 1: Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser



Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser acts as an exfoliator to your nails by removing dead skin cells and promoting better absorption of oxygen and nutrients. It not only increases cell renewal and regeneration it also aids in smoothing out nail surface which allows easy nail polish application. 


Instructions:

  • Apply Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser to the cuticle and around the nail root
  • Leave it for 4 minutes to allow it to take effect. Do not leave in contact with skin and nails for more than 5 minutes
  • Massage the nail and clean using a nail brush
  • Rinse off with warm water
  • Recommended to be used once a week. For maximum effect, apply Depend Myrrh Oil next and Depend Cuticle Cream.
VERDICT

Texture: Light serum-like texture with tiny blue beads

Scent: Very mild menthol-like smell

Benefits:
  • Removes dead skin cells around cuticles
  • Promotes healthier and stronger nails
  • Smooth out nail surface

Cost: S$6.90

Product Rating: 5/10

This cleanser does help to gently remove a little dead skin cells around the cuticles, but it isn't strong enough to remove much on its own. Hence, the need to use this with a nail brush and if you ask me, you can do without this product and simply use the nail brush.


Step 2: Depend Myrrh Oil


Myrrh Oil has a long history of medical use and wound-healing properties for thousands of years. Depend saw the potential of Myrrh Oil and enriched it with Vitamin E and Almond Oil. Depend Myrrh Oil provides intensive care to the nails – causing it to be more hydrated and less prone to breaking and peeling.

Instructions: 

  • Massage the oil into the nails and the cuticles. The oil can be used daily as required
  • For maximum effect, use Depend Myrrh Oil together with Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser and Depend Cuticle Cream.
VERDICT

Texture: Light oil texture that gets absorbed relatively well

Scent: Citrus like smell, reminds me of mandarin orange

Benefits:

  • Improves nail appearance and growth
  • Keeps nail strong and hydrated
  • Prevents nails from peeling and breaking

Cost: S$7.90

Product Rating: 10/10

I love this! It's very easy to use with a nail polish brush applicator and the main reason why I love this is because a little goes a long way and it doesn't leave an oily/greasy feel. The oil gets absorbed pretty fast and well as you massage it into your nails and cuticles! My tip is to massage the oil as recommended and finish off by rubbing your slightly oily fingertips into your palms and rub all over your hands as you would with a hand lotion.

Step 3: Depend Cuticle Cream



Depend Cuticle Cream sets to end off the whole range with a soft and gentle touch. By applying it on your cuticle, you provide a direct pump of necessary nutrients to your nails and giving it a smooth and hydrating finish. Depend Cuticle Cream is especially important for dry, damaged cuticles and hastens cell regeneration to give you a finer set of talons.

Instructions: 

  • Massage the cream into the nails and the cuticles. The cream can be used daily as required
  • Apply at night, and your cuticles will feel more comfortable the next morning
  • For maximum effect, use Depend Cuticle Cream together with Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser and Depend Myrrh Oil
VERDICT

Texture: Light Cream

Scent: Mild floral smell

Benefits:
Soften and moisturize the cuticles
Contains anti-inflammatory properties
Soothes and hydrate skin

Cost: S$6.90

Product Rating: 10/10

Another hit with this product, I love how moisturizing it is despite the light texture. It gets absorbed quickly too! 

That's all for my review!
Caring for your nails and moisturizing your cuticles are never a bad thing, so why not indulge in a little TLC with Depend 3-Step Nail Care Range today! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Feet Haven: The Art Of Healing with Reflexology [Sponsored Review]

3 weeks ago, I was invited to put Feet Haven to the test.
It was such an ideal opportunity because I was having sore legs from workouts.

Feet Haven has 2 branches that are located at:

#01-01, 136 East Coast Road 
Open 24 hours

and

Serangoon Gardens, 4A Avenue
Sunday to Thursday: 12 noon to 6am 
(Last Appointment is at 9pm)

Friday & Saturday: 12 noon to 11pm 
(Last Appointment is 10pm)



For more information, visit here.



Feet Haven prides themselves with shaking off the outdated impressions that people have with feet reflexology and injecting a shot of fresh, youthful energy into the industry. Feet Haven differentiate themselves by offering customers a range of cards stating “I like it hard”, “Soft touches”, “Silence is golden” or “I don’t mind small talk” as an option to pick their preferred levels of treatment intensity and engagement with the masseurs.

Awarded the Best Foot Massage by Harpers Bazaar Spa Awards in 2013, named Best Value Simply Her Foot Spa by Simply Her in the same year, and having been featured in popular publications like 8 Days, Cleo, Mother & Baby, Young Parents and Eastie Brekkie, I was looking forward to my session.


VERDICT

Duration: 45mins for Basic Foot Reflexology, but there are various options that have different duration to suit your needs and preference.

Overall Ambiance: They had the lights dimmed when I was there so to me it doesn't feel youthful or fun, and it looked kind of like pretty much most reflexology place with chairs that you can lend back in.


For this review, I decided to switch it up a little and got my guy to join me for this experience. I did a sponsored treatment while Jonny's treatment was paid for, and here's what he thinks of the Basic Foot Reflexology Experience:


His Experience

The service started out with a foot soak.

There was no consultation of my preferred levels of treatment intensity or engagement with my masseur, which was something that I was expecting because it was supposed to be their differentiating factor, and generally it's customary to ask customers to ensure that their needs, and preferences were met.


However, with that being said, it was an adequate massage. The chrysanthemum tea was nice at the end of the service, and I felt that my feet were lighter afterwards.



My Experience

The chair was really comfy and my masseur provided me with a blanket as I sit down, which I thought was really thoughtful.

But I was very disappointed with my foot soak that felt more like a dip in and out, because I was busy trying to sort out my booking for the session, and by the time I was in my chair... I guess time was running and they needed me to be done by a certain time so they rushed that process. Personally, I thought that was a waste because I did my research and many people were praising this step but I didn't get to enjoy it properly.

My masseur didn't ask me what my preference were using the cards, but he did check with me on the intensity of pressure when massaging. I didn't mind the talking so I'm not bothered by the fact that he didn't ask me if I wanted an interactive or a quiet experience.

My masseur seems to be very knowledgeable about reflexology and the indications of body symptoms based on the areas that are tensed. I appreciate that he worked on those tensed areas until they loosen up, so overall when it comes to the massage, it was an enjoyable experience and I give it 2 thumbs up! My legs felt lighter after the session and my aches dissipated.

OVERALL

I guess if my booking for the session was in place, things would have been different and we won't be spending excess time clearing the confusion. I was appreciative that the lady boss actually fitted me in despite their tight timing, because I don't live in the area.

As for the massage, I wouldn't call it the best. I don't see what's the hype about, it was a good massage but I would not say it's the best in Singapore, maybe only in the area of Serangoon Gardens. And my guy thought it was funny that I got a better masseur than him when he was the paying customer. That being said, I've got to agree that my masseur was really good, his pressure was consistent and while I know that we are short on time, he took his time to address the areas that are tensed.


















And that's all for this review!
Have you tried Feet Haven before?
Feel free to share your experience with me!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Panasonic Beauty: Other Uses With Panasonic Beauty Gadgets

Ah~ Life has been pretty good as a beauty blogger, we get access to the newest & latest products before they are launched and we get to put things to the test!

That's what I really love about being a beauty blogger, the geek in me adores this experiential phase of analyzing and reviewing something that companies claim and we get to say if it is really true or if it's just another marketing gimmick.

And more often then not, we find something that is really good and we add it to, what I refer as,  "My Non-Blogger Mode Routine". These items are the products I head back to after the reviewing process.

Recently, as part of the Top 10 Finalist of Best Beauty Blog for Singapore Blog Awards, Panasonic has loaned us 3 of their Beauty Gadgets to test and blog about:


From top to bottom:
Nano-sized Ionic Facial Steamer EH-SA31, Facial Cool Putter EH-SQ10 and Warming Facial & Body Roller EH-SP32

I have been using these 3 gadgets for 3 weeks now and I have racked my brain on how can I write about these products without sounding like a broken record from my fellow finalists.

Before I dive into the exciting portion, let me clear the white elephant in the room...
I have published a post on the facial steamer before, so I'm not going to repeat myself.
You may view my post HERE.


Now, for this post~
I have thought long and hard as a blogger reviewing them and as an end consumer, what would you want to know before you part your money and purchase these items..
Things that will be taken into consideration are:
How can it benefit me?
Does it really work?
How much is it?
Will I be using it frequently?


Here's how I answer these questions, one product at a time:




Nano-sized Ionic Facial Steamer 
EH-SA31

How can it benefit you?
It makes steaming your face really easy and quick, and effectively introduce moisture back into your skin because the water molecules are of nano-size (easier to penetrate and be absorbed).

Does it really work?
It does make my skin feel well hydrated after use and when paired with a scrub & a mask after, it does seem to keep blemishes at bay but if you are buying this in hopes that it will shrink your pores... don't bother. Your pores don't "close up" with this.

How much is it?

S$199 (inclusive of 7% GST)

Special Promo: S$174, inclusive of delivery and 7%GST
(Skip to the bottom of this post for Info on ordering with this promo)


Will you be using it frequently?

The total facial steaming experience takes around 7 minutes including setup, which is good if you are short of time. The frequency of usage is dependent on your skin type and on your dedication in using this product as part of your skincare routine.

That being said, I found that this facial steamer gadget can be used in 2 other ways to further stretch your usage of it!




Hair Steamer: Simply recreate this salon experience at home with this steamer! Wash your hair as per normal, coat the ends of your hair with a conditioning hair mask and position the steamer directly to your hair ends and relax for the next 6 minutes. Repeat as desired.

Personally, I parted my hair in the middle and steamed one side each for 6 minutes before jumping back into the shower to wash the mask off.



Humidifer: For me, I don’t like sleeping in an air-conditioned room because I find the air too dry and I would always wake up with a dry throat. But lately, it’s been too hot to fall into sleep so I’ve resorted to trading a dry throat for a good sleep… until I realised that this steamer helps to alleviate the dryness of the air.

Once my first alarm ring, I turn to my side and switch the steamer on while I fall back into sleep for my next alarm to ring. In between that time, the steamer act as a humidifier to add back some moisture into my airway and I wake up feeling better! Simply position the steamer to direct the steam towards your face and fill it up with water the night before.


Warming Facial & Body Roller
EH-SP32-S421




This is a facial roller that comes with 2 different head attachment and a heat element in it to provide a variation of different experiences.

The Squeezing attachment squeezes and lifts up the skin while the Rubbing attachments rubs the skin upwards. This facial roller aims to help you achieve a less puffier, sharper face while the warming elements helps to boost circulation and provide a more comfortable experience.

How can it benefit you?

Ok, if your goal is to roll your way to a “sharper” face… don’t bother. If you tend to wake up with a puffy face or you are looking at adding facial massage as part of your skincare routine, then yes. This facial roller is going to be beneficial.

Does it really work?

As a facial massager, this gadget does the job. It really does grip onto the skin well to give it a proper massage and I've seen a slight depuffying effect after use.

How much is it?

S$189 (inclusive of 7% GST)

Special Promo: S$159, inclusive of delivery and 7%GST
(Skip to the bottom of this post for Info on ordering with this promo)

Will you be using it frequently?


It depends if you are into massaging. If you are really committed to it then I would say yes. Because besides using it for the face, this massager works for the body too!




Relieve muscle aches:
I’ve found it effective in relieving the aches in my calf after a long day on my feet, the warmth from the device helps make the massaging experience even more comforting. I find that it helps to loosen the tension in my muscles!



Tone Up:
Another use of this massager is to use it to help tighten flabby areas like your lower abdomen or even your “butterfly wings”. Simple roll along the area using the appropriate attachment for the troubled area. Now, I didn’t try this out but it was something that was brought up during the Wellness workshop. But I thought that it was a smart way to use this gadget.


Facial Cool Putter
EH-SQ10



This little device works by cooling the skin on contact, reaching to temperatures as low as 10°C in less than a minute. It claims to help tighten skin, shrink pores and cool the skin.

How can it benefit you?


My dear Panasonic, you need to stop with the pores shrinking and go with other rational terms like prevent enlargement of pores or something like that. Because once the pores are enlarged, they don't close up with steam or ice. Steaming helps to prevent the pores from getting bigger by unclogging or preventing the blockage with a good skincare routine. Ultimately, to prevent enlarged pores, you've got to keep your sebum secretion and skin hydration at a balance.

Does it really work?

It does give a tightening effect because of the low temperature but once your skin warms up, it goes back to the way it is... kind of like.. well~ excuse me.. nipples! Haha, but yes, that's how the skin and muscle reacts to the cold, they contract.

How much is it?

S$129 (inclusive of 7% GST)

Special Promo: S$109, inclusive of delivery and 7%GST
(Skip to the bottom of this post for Info on ordering with this promo)

Will you be using it frequently?

I think this is pretty much similar to the facial massager, it is more practical to use it if you are really troubled with issues like puffiness but I found it useful in various ways too!




Cooling and Calming: With the recent spike in temperature and the dry season here, this gadget is really useful in cooling myself down. I would flick it on and in around 30 seconds, the special treated metal plate would be cold (but not damaging as ice cold) and I would pat it on my forehead, cheeks like neck. I also use it to calm down freshly picked pimples (yes, I have itchy hands) as mentioned during the Wellness workshop and it really does work!





Cold Compress: Nowadays with my hectic work schedule, I have the tendency of waking up with puffy tired eyes and I have discovered that this works great at reducing the puffiness under my eyes.

And since it works wonders for my puffy eyes, I would also think that it will be good to bring down the swell in sprains! No more dripping wet plastic bags with ice, just flick the switch on and "putter" the sprain away!


So with all that said, here's the good part now:

How can you order under the promotional price?

1. Email to hanwei.chew01@sg.panasonic.com with subject:
Blog readers' promo - Panasonic Beauty (omy.sg)

2. In the email, indicate product name, model, and quantity of purchase.

3. Indicate which blog you saw this promo from (my blog's url).

Panasonic Singapore will reply to the emails directly with the payment and delivery details.
Please note that this promotion is valid till 5 July 2015 only, while stocks last.


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