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Create Gradient lips with Berrisom Oops Two Tone Lip Bar [Sponsored Post]

Are you a fan of the popular Korean gradient lips?
If you are then, here's 3 new colour from the Newly Launched Korean Brand - Berrisom!


Formulated with sheer butter, jojoba seed and argan oil, these Berrisom Oops Two Tone Lip Bars promise to keep lips moisturised.

TO USE:
Gradation
1. Lift up the lip bar when wearing so that each main colour gets applied.
2. Rub your lips together so that they will get natural gradation.
3. You will end up having attractive gradient lip.

Full Cover
1. Lay down the lip bar vertically so that the two colours will mix together.
2. Rub your lips together so that they will get natural gradation.
3. You will end up having full coloured lips.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS OF THE PRODUCT

Milk in Coral
I found that the shape and the hardness of the bar made it slightly easier to line my lips with it but because you have to hold the product at a horizontal level to do the gradient, your vision gets blocked a little so do expect that it will take some getting used to, to improve. That being said, the product is very blendable, so all you have to do is to smack and rub your lips together and it blends seamlessly!

Milk in Pink
I also like that the formulation is very moisturising, without feeling greasy. My lips felt very comfortable with it on and the best part of it is that it doesn't have any of the funky taste or smell that some lipsticks might have!

Milk in Red
My favourite shade out of all 3!
Lastly, I like that the pigmentation of these bars is very strong and fine making the colours very buildable and lasting but do also expect a little staining on the lips.

WHERE TO FIND THEM
 These Berrisom Oops Two Tone Lip Bars are available at selected Guardian stores for a limited promotion price of $13.90 (Usual price $16.90).

Mythbusters: Is there really no career advancement with a Charity Organization?

Myth#1: 

“The Nonprofit Sector is for people who could not make it in the business world.” 

The Truth:

Nonprofit organisations are full of intelligent people with a passion for their work (many with graduate degrees and years of experience in the sector).


I can vouch for this fact, coming from a Double Major Degree in Management and Marketing with a total of 7 years of working experience! In fact, over the period of my time spent with people from the Nonprofit Sector, I've met many brilliant individuals who are not only smart but also dedicated to their cause and are always in the circle of many successful people in all walks of life (business world included).


Myth#2: 

“Working for a Nonprofit is not really a career path.”

The Truth:

The Nonprofit sector provides many people with a lifetime of exciting work. Nonprofits also tend to offer young people more leadership opportunities than other sectors.


I realised this horrifying fact when I first started out in the Business world that progression requires 3 elements:

Qualification - the higher the better
Years of Experience - the more the better
Availability of Space - no room for promotion unless someone leaves

Thankfully, things are a whole lot more different in my industry.
Progression is based on your performance and the intensity of your effort, the space for growth is readily available. So yes, I would bloody hard but at least I know it will get me somewhere for sure!

Who says we don't gain new skills!
I'm a master at Jenga now!

Myth#3:

"You won't gain any transferable skills from working in a Nonprofit sector."

The Truth:

The Nonprofit organisations need to operate within legal and regulatory frameworks, maintain public support and be accountable to those they serve and the voluntary boards of trustees who oversee them.

 They have to operate in a business-like manner or they would be letting down the huge numbers of people they serve – and they would not survive. So, do expect to be exposed to all the elements of skill sets you will gain as if you are managing a business.

Personally, I've learnt more than business-related skills like sales/fundraising, recruiting, coaching/ mentoring, managing a team; I've also picked up skills that gave me personal growth like better interpersonal/ communication skills, being more productive, and even handling rejections. Friends and family have commented that I'm a much more positive person now compared to my past! 


Sounds like a change you would like in your life?
Join us as a Charity Ambassador this year and kickstart your career now!

Express your interest by sending in your resume to lighthousefrontier@gmail.com  and we will get back to you soon!

Beautti Slim: Skincare based on your DNA? [Sponsored Post]

Hi ladies,
yes~ you read that right. Have you ever heard of taking care of your skin based on your DNA?
I didn't until Beautti Slim contacted me to test our one of their latest service, Innergene skin test solution kit.

Beautti Slim is a Spa company located at Takashimaya, Tiong Bahru and HarbourFront Centre; and has been around in Singapore for 13 years, offering a comprehensive range of beauty and slimming treatments.


As the sole distributor in Singapore, they have recently launched the Innergene skin test solution kit, a genetic test which allows you to know how your skin will age even before you start seeing the signs and recommend the most scientifically matched skin care products tailored to your DNA!

This Innergene skin test solution kit will allow you to uncover your inner skin secrets and prevent premature ageing in the following 3 steps:

  1. Collection of DNA through cheek swabbing method and posting your DNA sample to their laboratory located in Australia for processing.
  2. Receive your personalised Innergene report and uncover what your DNA reveals about your skin.
  3. Start using scientifically selected skin care ingredient recommendations based on your Innergene results. 
Focused on internal beauty, this Innergene skin test solution kit aims to identify your DNA through the test to provide a definite proof of what's going on with your skin with 16 genetic markers (SNPs) in 5 categories associated with skin ageing.

Firmness + Elasticity
Are you genetically predisposed to premature wrinkling?

Wrinkling (A.G.E.)
Contributes to damaged skin through a process called Glycation

Sun Damage + Pigmentation
How well are you intrinsically protected from the sun?

Free Radical Damage
Are you genetically protected against free radical vulnerability?

Sensitivity + Inflammation
How well are your genes protecting you against irritation?

STEPS

Taking the Genetic Test
Taking the Genetic Test is really easy; a sample will be taken from the inside of your cheek with their easy-to-use DNA Collector. The sample is then analysed at the accredited lab and the key genetic markers will be located and an analysis is conducted where they will identify the presence of a variation in each marker.


Review the data analysed
After the data is analysed, a user-friendly report is tailored to the end-user based on the proprietary DG-Theorem™ statistical algorithm (The skin professional is also trained specially to help interpret your test results).Your Genetic Test Results are presented with a list of key supplement ingredients and recommended skin care product designed for your gene type, that you should focus on in each of the 5 categories.

Understand and adjust your skin care regime
The analysed data report allows you to understand the future skin development with the knowledge of the products effectiveness and the benefits it’s going to have on their skin. The skincare professional will guide and share with you how to obtain the maximum benefit and experience of the Genetic Test. There is no need to retake the Genetic Test once it's done because your DNA is the same throughout your entire life. This is a once in a lifetime investment that will ensure you never waste a single cent again on products and treatments.

Skin Care Regime Solutions After DNA Test

There are 3 types of solutions:
1) Topical
2) Supplement
3) Professional treatment

Benefits
You get to be aware of the specific flaws in your DNA when it comes to caring for your skin and health. It also helps you to invest wisely on the right treatment and skincare products for your skin

Waiting Period
1 week


QUICK BREAKDOWN
OF BEAUTTI SLIM'S MAGICPOT TREATMENT

STEPS

Cleansing & Exfoliatation

A tea tree based cleanser was used to remove my light makeup, and double cleanse.
After that, a gentle chemical scrub was applied by brush on the face and neck, because treatment has suction and heat so the therapist had to take care not to over-exfoliate my skin. It was left on my skin for 5 mins and wiped off with a wet cloth and a swipe of toner was used to remove any excess.

Application of Q10 Cream
The Q10 cream is applied with a brush,  and was applied to half of my face. There was a slight tingling sensation upon application.

Magicpot Treatment
1. Detoxification
Heat with slight tapping and suction sensation

2. Build collagen
Slight suction and pulsing with rapid suction sensation that slows down as the session progress

3. Firming
Suction sensation with pressure 

4. Blue light
Blue light gives a calming effect on the skin with Radiofrequency technology

Mask
Once the treatment was done, the therapist wiped away cream and laid a hydrating sheet mask over my face leaving it on for a good 10 minutes before it was wiped off and I was done with the whole session.


VERDICT

Duration: Around 45mins

Overall Ambience: Dark rooms with dim lights and Soft Classical music

Benefits:
Rejuvenate and aid in collagen renewal on the epidermis layers of skin
Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and evens out skin tone
Helps to reduce black spots, increase elasticity and decrease pore size

Service:
The therapist left the door ajar while going in and out of the room. I personally feel that it's important and polite to take note that the privacy of the clients are important so perhaps this is something that Beautti Slim should take note too. Another thing that I noted was during the application of the Q10 cream, the therapist did multiple dips into the cream container after applying the cream onto my face. I would prefer if it is more hygienic. That being said,  I like that there was a sink in the room so that you know that the cloth is washed and wrung out clean each time it is used to wipe off any product from the skin.

Overall Conclusion:
I'm not entirely sure if Magicpot Treatment was effective as I didn't notice any changes to the condition of my skin. But I enjoyed the process of using the Innergene skin test solution kit to find out what's my DNA and the flaws in my genes that would age me in time. Considering that it is a test that I'll only need to invest once in my life, it's not that bad of a novel thing to do!

3RIFIC: Premium Facial Oil [Sponsored Review]

Revolutionise the fight against ageing through the science of green cosmeceutical with 3RIFIC Premium Facial Oil that has recently been awarded Best facial oil from UK Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017! Head over here to read more about this product.


This facial oil is a scientific blend of Argan and Baobab oil, with nine precious botanical oils to help to fight against visible signs of ageing and boost skin’s elasticity. With a light and silky smooth texture, this facial oil gets absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving behind a greasy feeling, resulting in skin that looks hydrated, radiant, and supple!

To Use:

Warm 3-5 drops onto the palm of the hand. Gentle press oil onto face and neck before moisturiser. For morning and evening on its own, or over a moisturiser.

Texture: Light oil

Smell: Blend of all the oils used with a hint of the rose water.

Benefits:
Reduces and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improves skin suppleness and firmness
Improves skin tone and texture for a flawless complexion
Protects skin from moisture loss
Boosts radiance and glowing appearance
Made in Japan with 99% naturally derived, and 85.5% from certified organic ingredients
No parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, synthetic color, phthalate and harmful chemicals

Key ingredients:
Lupine seed extract, Baobab oil, Argan oil, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Evening primrose oil, Rice bran oil, Soybean oil, Grapeseed oil, Shea butter, Sunflower oil, Rose water, Vitamin E

Cost: $91 for 30ml (There's a discount going on, it's $72.80 on Lazada)

Product Rating: 8/10
I'm sold! I like how it doesn't leave my skin greasy once it's absorbed into my skin. Although, I realised that the type of cleanser I use before applying this facial oil does affect the finish of it. It tends to be slightly oily if I use a cleansing balm rather than a cleansing foam. So, you might want to test it out with different skincare routine.

Overall, I love that it is made with natural and organic ingredients and that there wasn't any negative reaction to my skin while using this product. My skin did look and feel more hydrated after use and perhaps due to that, my skin did look more plump and radiant.

That being said, I did not notice any improvement to my skin tone or texture. It didn't help with my problematic skin, meaning that I was still getting my usual hormonal breakouts. I took this into consideration because I've tried other Facial Oils that worked better and went a step further in preventing more breakouts too. I also didn't notice any improvement to my pigmentation, which is something that people tend to relate to ageing too.

Packaging wise, I think the pump helps a great deal in dispensing the right amount of product needed for use, which is great if you are the sort of person who is always in a rush to get ready and have clumsy hands. My only concern is the fact that it is quite a transparent bottle, and if I recall properly my limited understanding of active ingredients and oils... is that it's always best to store such ingredients in a dark bottle with the least possible exposure to sunlight. So at the moment, I store my bottle in a closed drawer of my vanity area.



With all that being stated, if you are looking for a Facial Oil to improve dehydration, slight fine lines and overall radiance of the skin, I honestly conclude that 3RIFIC Premium Facial Oil is the product for you because the product really does deliver obvious results in these 3 areas!


This post has been brought to you by 3RIFIC.

Idonae: Skin Rich Serum [Sponsored Review]

6 months ago, I was requested to do a skincare product review on Idonae's Skin Rich Serum after the product has received many positive feedbacks from friends, family and colleagues. I'm glad to say that after trying the products for 6 months, I can safely say that I agree with the countless people who praised this product too! 

Note: packaging has changed ever since I started using this product!


About Idonae

A brand not commonly heard, their skincare products are formulated and made in Singapore, without chemicals that could potentially contribute to skin irritation or organ toxicity. The makers of Idonae wanted to create products that enhance our skin health in the long run, and for the good the ingredients will do for our skin!


Idonae's Social Commitment

For every bottle of Serum sold, S$2 will be donated to charities to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities and needy families. Idonae strives to maintain a fair distribution policy by allocating resources based on the source of purchase, whenever possible. Or they may direct the donation to an international welfare organisation for their management.

Skin Rich Serum

This serum is created to nourish the skin with natural plant oils, whitening and collagen-stimulating ingredients, to give it a beautiful and smooth texture on the next day.

Texture: Oil based, absorbed into the skin relatively easily with a thinly veiled layer of the product to protect the skin

Smell: Scent of essential oil, to my nose, it smells like orange peel.

Benefits:

  • Squalane- lock in moisture and hydrates skin; non-comodegenic and protects skin from environment
  • Evening Primrose Oil-  high in essential fatty acids and reduces skin irritation
  • Rice Bran Oil- deeply moisturises skin; helps to alleviate skin rash
  • Rosehip Oil- reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Grape Seed Oil- promotes healthy skin and hair
  • Coenzyme Q10- powerful anti-aging ingredients
  • Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine- lightens brown spots and helps even out skin tone
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline- anti-wrinkle and firming agent; stimulates synthesis of collagen fibers and inhibits free radicals
  • Forrmulated without parabens, sulfates, alcohol, silicones, phthalates, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, EDTA and animal ingredients


Ingredients:
*Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane (plant-based), *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, *Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Oil, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine (Whitening), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline (Firming), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil), Essential Oil Mix (as fragrance)
*Organic Ingredients

Cost: $99

Product Rating: 9.5/10
I love it, having been a user of facial oils, I found it easy to use this product. For day time, I use 3 drops of the Skin Rich Serum by spreading the oil out in my palms and pressing it onto my skin, patting as I go about it. I love how this helps to make my foundation more blendable, and how it makes my skin looks more radiant!

For night time, I use 5 drops of it and apply it the same way as I do for the day but focusing more on areas with freckles. I love how obvious the results are each morning, with my skin looking much calmer than the night before, and how plumped and well-rested I look like after using it.

As for long-term results, after using this for 6 months, I noticed that my skin is less prone to being sensitive to environmental factors (I work in an environment that can be dusty & humid), is more plumped, and my skin tone has been pretty consistent and even throughout.

As for the lightening of brown spots and freckles, I was expecting an obvious improvement, however, they still look the same 6 months ago. That being said, considering the fact that I'm under the sun quite frequently due to my job scope and being a mermaid... The fact that the pigmentations I have, have remained consistent in colour (not getting any lighter or darker), it could be that the product has been working, fighting to prevent my freckles from getting worse too.

This post has been brought to you by Idonae, natural skin care brand made locally in Singapore!

J&J Hair Identity: New Perm for a New Year [Sponsored Review]

Back during the Christmas weekend, I was invited to try out J&J Hair Identity service!


Located at Katong Square
88 East Coast Road
#02-11 Singapore 423371

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat - Sun: 10.30am – 8pm

J&J’s Hair Services encircle around their T.O.P. IDENTITY formula that focuses on bringing out their customers’ identity and individuality through a sequential process of:

Analysing customers’ hair TEXTURE (virgin hair, chemically treated texture, damaged texture, etc.) to define suitable solutions (color, perm, cut or treat)
Considering customers’ ORIGINAL face features (oval, round, square, etc) to give suitable hair-dos that either brings out the key features or vice versa.
Bringing out their PERSONALITY by understanding their professions and lifestyle preferences.

J&J is also committed to giving their customers a long-lasting hairstyle that will be easy to manage and maintain, even at home.

Before: Natural wavy hair with my faded dyed hair
THE PROCESS


A Quick Consultation
Jac took a few minutes to seek out what's my preference in my new hair colour and on how I feel about perming, giving me the advice to perm for more texture to my hair and how it will also be easier to manage.
Snip Snap
So to kick things off, I was given a quick trim to remove my split ends and to reshape my hairstyle. Once that is done, I had a quick wash with Natulique shampoo and cold water.


Perming Process
Pre-Treatment
This treatment is done to hydrate and improve the condition of the hair first before perming, it is done with the aid of a mist machine (using distilled water) to help the penetration of the hair treatment

• sensation: a soft gentle warmth, like a hair dryer emitting warm mist instead of air



After 5 mins of misting, another 5 minutes is taken to allow the hair to cool down before it was rinsed off with cold water. As a result, my hair did really feel different, softer and healthier!

Breaking Hair Bonds Structure


While my hair was dripping wet, a solution was applied to each hair segmented strand this is done to break the hair bond structure to prepare it for the perm. There was a mild typical funky smell but it is bearable.

Once the solution was applied, a cling film is placed over hair to allow the solution to work its magic! I also noted that care was taken to ensure I don't get slapped with my own wet hair when they are applying the solution! This process took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes before it was washed off. I was told that the duration of this step depends on individual's hair structure and can be faster, my hair was just stubborn. Hahaha!

Curling Time


After the wash, Jac blew dry first before curling with 20, 22 & 25 sized-rollers. 

The rollers were then attached to the machine and power source. Care was taken by Jac to ensure that my face won't be hurt by the heat. 

The curlers removed after 1 hour, and Jac proceeded to straighten the top section of my hair before a neutralizer solution was applied to fix the hair bond structure to maintain the curls. 

After 10 minutes, the solution was washed off and a quick hair treatment was left on my hair for 5 minutes before it was rinsed off.


Final Styling



To end it off, Jac blew dry my hair until it was 80 percent dry and applied a curl cream with a 50cents amount and proceeded to blow dry completely "sealing" my hair with Argan oil for shine!





VERDICT

Duration: Up to 6 hours, including the hair trim, washing and perming

Ambience: Clean, open with a nature based theme and K-Pop music playing


Service: I like it when hairstylists are concerned with how the customer is feeling with each step because I always feel like open communication is important when it comes to such an experience, like getting a new hairstyle. Jac showed concern and care by asking me along the way through the entire experience, from the hair length to the weight of the rollers in my hair, to the hot spot of the rollers and with the end results. Even after service, he messaged me to ask me if everything was ok and gave me advice on how to go about managing my new hairdo.

The only thing I think could be better improved in terms of their service is the hunger/ thirst level of their customers. Especially since there are times when such a session can run more than a few hours, that's the only thing I think could take the customer service level up another notch!

Price: Cut + Perm + Hair treatment is $328

Result: I said bye to my split-ends happily, said hi to soft treated hair and got a sea of curls!

Left: Before Right: After, hair looks shiny, feels soft and the curls gave my previously dyed hair a new wave of vibrancy
OVERALL

I am impressed by how soft and nourished my hair felt after the treatment! Even after the curls, when I washed my hair the next day, my hair felt soft and smooth!

As for the perm, it is different from my very first perm. This perm has more layers of curls, adding more volume to the lower half of my hair. I was trying to cope with its frizziness at the initial start, and with Jac's advice of applying hair oil and curling cream when I blow dry my hair at home, it is now more manageable.


 I am now just waiting for my hair to grow out a little more and the curls to loosen up for it to be perfect!
Until then, I would like to wish everyone a
Happy New Year!

This post has been brought to you by Sample Store and J&J Hair Identity.

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