Sunday, January 31, 2016

Porcelain, The Face Spa: Proionic Facial [Sponsored Review]

Hi ladies, I'm back with another review of Porcelain's service and this time round, I will be sharing with you my experience with their Proionic Facial.

Porcelain's Own Skincare Range
Porcelain's Proionic Facial harnesses a unique patented 448kHz long wave radio frequency to produce a proionic effect in the tissues, facilitating the movement of ions through cell membranes and restoring the skin's natural ion balance, delivering instantly visible anti-aging effects.

The results are enhanced oxygen flow to skin tissues and increased cell metabolism, rejuvenating and improving skin elasticity. Proionic Facial also instantly boosted facial contours for a younger-looking ‘V’isage. Touted as the best line-reducing facial in Singapore, this treatment is suited for the prevention as well as correction of skin aging.

STEPS

Registration & Introduction
If you have registered before, you get to skip the formalities. I was given a glass of water as I waited for the esthetician to prepare the room. And once she was ready, she lead me to my room where I got changed into their gown before lying down on the bed.

Double Cleanse
The esthetician proceeded to remove my makeup with a makeup remover before doing a double cleanse with their in-house cleanser.

Lymphatic Drainage
Once my face is cleaned, my esthetician proceeds to begin the treatment by "unblocking" my lymphatic nodes with the INDIBA DEEP BEAUTY device. 

Circulation Boost
After the drainage, my esthetician proceeds to boost the circulation of my facial muscles with the device. Here, at this stage, the warming sensation intensifies and I can feel the warmth penetrating deep into my facial muscles. 

Thermal Facial Massage
Here at this stage, using her hands as a medium, my esthetician massages my face with the device touching the back of her hands. It is a really weird experience as the warmth from the device is transmitted to my face via her finger.

Mask & Shoulder Massage
Here at this step, the esthetician proceeded to apply a mask before giving me a gentle shoulder massage. Once that was done, she left me alone for the remaining period until it was time to remove the mask.

Signing Off /Next Appointment
After that, I got changed before heading out to sign off and make my next appointment.

VERDICT

Duration: 75 minutes

Overall Ambiance: A fusion between a spa and a clinic.There is a space to freshen up before heading out of the area where the rooms are.

Suitable for:

  • All skin types
  • Saggy & wrinkled skin
  • Dull & fatigued skin
  • Pigmentation

Benefits:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Skin tightening
  • Increasing moisture, collagen and elastin levels
  • Skin brightening
  • Skin pigmentation reduction
  • Skin detoxification and revitalization
  • Contouring of jawline
  • Reduction of fatigue around eye areas
  • Skin age prevention and maintenance


Cost: $406.60

Effectiveness:
Hmm, this is a tough one to review because the differences before and after treatment are a little challenging to notice. Based on the benefits that this treatment provides, I did notice a slight brightening effect and a slight tightening around my jawline and laugh lines but that was pretty much it.

My skin continued to be radiant for a week before the environment of my work reverted my skin back to what it was. I did not notice any changes to my pigmentation or the reduction of fatigue around my eye areas.

So to be honest, for the cost of the treatment, I wouldn't recommend this treatment unless you are in a severe need to have a slim radiant face... then maybe this treatment is something you may want to consider. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

BEVY C. Skincare: Pre-makeup Lumiwhite Collection [Sponsored Review]

Late last year, I was invited to do a review on a series of products from a brand that is very popular in Southeast Asia and it has even been featured in 女人我最大.

This brand is none other than BEVY C.

What is BEVY C.?

BEVY C. is a skincare products in Taiwan, well known for their pre-make up skin care series with a focus on skin nourishment and protection before makeup!

BEVY C. has focused product research in 3 areas:
  1. Skin in endurance of wearing long-term makeup
  2. Essential skincare for pre-makeup
  3. Creating perfect and long lasting makeup
I was invited to review their bestsellers pre-make up Lumiwhite collection that focuses on skin care before makeup. 

"It is like oil painting, you cannot paint beautifully with your paint brush without sufficient water sprayed on your canvas."

BEVY C.'s Lumiwhite collection focuses on skincare, and is suitable to use even if one does not wear makeup. So with that being said, here's my verdict after a month of usage!

VERDICT

Lumiwhite Moist Up Lotion

TO USE:
Use daily after BEVY C. Cleanser, apply proper amount (2-3 pumps) to face and massage thoroughly OR
Soak cotton pads with proper amount of lotion and place them on dry areas of the face as a facial mask for 3-5 minutes.


Texture: Comes out of the bottle like a light serum, but spreads like water. Leaves skin hydrated with a matte finish.

Smell: Light scent of chamomile and rose

Benefits:
  • Long lasting moisturizing effect
  • Leaves skin looking luminous
Ingredients:
Aqua, 1,3-Propanediol, Honey Extract, Aloe Vera, Rose Extract, Chamomile Extract, Algae Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbopol, Witch Hazel Extract, Pentavitin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether and PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Cost: US $30 for 100ml

Product Rating: 10/10 
I got nothing bad to say about this product, it does what it claims to do. It does help to keep my skin hydrated and while it dries off matte, my skin seems to look luminous. I like the scent of it and how, once fully absorbed, it doesn't feel sticky at all. The bottle makes it easy and quick to use, and the ingredients overall are acceptable and beneficial.


Lumiwhite Moist Up Elixir for Eyes & Lips

TO USE:
Use daily after toner, apply proper amount (1 pump) around the eyes and onto the lips, massage gently.

Texture: Very light serum consistency. Does not leave a sticky feeling once fully absorbed.

Smell: Has a very very light sweet scent.

Benefits:
  • Improves and prevent fine lines and dark circles
  • Smooths and brightens lips
  • No preservatives added

Ingredients:
Aqua, Glycerin,Sugar Cane Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate,Butylene Glycol, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Guar, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Willow Bark Extract, propylene Glycol.

Cost: US$30 for 15ml

Product Rating: 8/10
I didn't see any improvement to the fine lines around my eye areas or any fading to my dark circles after using it for a month. It could have been attributed to my constant late hours at work since the start of August, but I was honestly disappointed. I think there is no cure for my dark circles... However, I love how this elixir works on my lips. I would apply it to my lips before sleep and wake up to soft, non-flaky lips. I call them lips worthy of Price Charming's kiss. 

Lumiwhite Moist Up Elixir

TO USE:
Use daily after BEVY C. lotion, apply 2 pumps or as desired to face and massage thoroughly. Avoid delicate skin around the eyes and lips area.
OR
For a flawless look throughout the day, blend a drop with foundation and apply on as you would with makeup.

Texture: Has a slightly thicker consistency than their lotion.

Smell: Very light witch hazel scent

Benefits:
  • Enhance the protection of the skin 
  • Improve moisture retention of skin
  • Has moisturizing, long-lasting oil control and repairing effects
  • Results in luminous, clear complexion.
  • Helps to keep makeup on longer with the perfect glow and an oil-free result.
Ingredients:
Aqua, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/ Twig Extract, Glycerin, Subtilisin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Natto Gum, Chlorphenesin, Isoceteth-20, Zinc Phenolsulfonate, Retinyl Palmitate, Xantham Gum, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Ceramide 1,2,3,5,6ll & Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycine Soja Sterols, Ceramide 2,3,6 & Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate.

Cost: US$50 for 35ml or US$30 for 15ml

Product Rating: 6/10
I had high expectations for this product, but it didn't deliver much for me. As a skincare product, I found that it didn't really help with oil control. 

As a makeup base, I tried mixing with with different types of base makeup: BB Cream, Foundation Stick and Foundation Powder. I realised that product with higher oil content has a harder time mixing with this Elixir. As for mineral foundation or foundation power, it was easy to blend but the coverage is very light.

 So, I went ahead with the BB Cream but I was a little skeptical because when I mixed it with my BB cream it doesn't seem to blend properly together too. And as I apply it onto my skin, it seem to cake up and it was quite challenging to blend it seamlessly. It was only after I removed the excess on my finger and try to blend it again then it gives me a smooth coverage. But it lasted me only a few hours before I noticed that my face was getting shiny again.

Lumiwhite Moist Up Emulsion

TO USE:
Use daily after BEVY C. Elixir, apply proper amount (1 pump or as desired) onto face, massage thoroughly till absorbed.

Texture: Light creamy consistency.

Smell: Same scent as the lotion, light scent of chamomile and rose.

Benefits:
  • Revitalise the skin with moisturizing, water boosting effect.
  • Nourishing for the skin
  • Results in luminous clear complexion
Ingredients:
Purified Water, 1-3 Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-7, Squalane, Lemon Extract, Orange Flower Water, Aloe Extract, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Polyoxyethylene Glyceryl Monostearate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract, Licorice Extract,Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Glycerin/ Dithiaoctanediol/Gluconic Acid/Sutilains/ Beta-Carotene, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract/ Mitracarpus Scaber Extract, Ceramide, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol/ Diazolidinyl Urea/ Methyl Paraben/ Propyl Paraben, Fragrance.

Cost: US$30 for 100ml

Product Rating: 8/10
I like how hydrating this product is, it does deliver what it claims to do. It is much more moisturizing than the lotion and it does help to seal in the moisture from the lotion and elixir. My skin looks well hydrated after use without that super sticky sensation that rich creams leave. The only thing that I am quite bothered about is the presence of paraben in it. I shall leave it to you should you wish to use it but I understand that the paraben ingredients in this are anti-fungal preservatives.


CONCLUSION

Overall, I can see how and why this brand is so well-known in countries like Taiwan to be featured on TV. I am a big fan of their Lumiwhite Moist Up Lotion and I love using it as a facial mask lotion to help calm my skin and promote healing after a night worth of work. However, I feel like, maybe, this product isn't perfectly suited for our humid climate.

If you have tried this range of products before, do let me know your conclusion and how it works out for you!


Until then, stay gorgeous!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Zalora.sg: Inspiration for Lunar New Year

It's that time again for new clothes and there is a perfectly good reason for doing so too!
Lunar New Year is approaching and the chinese believe in the importance of having new things to usher the new year!

So with that being said, I have compiled 3 Inspiration for your Chinese New Year OOTD:

Traditional

From In The Mood For Love
Nothing screams Chinese New Year like a good cheongsam and after watching a series of movies that features actresses in them, it's not hard to feel invested in getting one myself. 


From left to right:
Stand Collar Lace Bodycon Dress - Zalora
Floral Foil Print Sheath Dress - Zalora
Lace Pieced Sheath Dress - Zalora

Start the Chinese New Year with the hues of red or choose something a little unconventional by playing around with colours. Put on this figure-flattering dress and pair it with a clutch and pumps to usher in the first day of the Lunar New Year while keeping it traditionally chic.

Classy


The second inspiration is from About Time, I really love her wedding dress. haha! It's red and really classy with the right amount of skin showing.



From Left to Right:
Slit Sleeve Dress - Zalora
Lace Pieced Sheath Dress - Zalora
Jacquard Bustier Dress - Zalora

Three different types of style that shows off the right amount of skin in different ways; the first shows off the arms, the second shows off the legs and skin in peeks, and the third shows off the collar bone and décolleté.

Modern

Emma rocking the cropped top with a long skirt that shows off her slender leg

The final inspiration isn't from a movie but it's from what's been trending for awhile now, and cropped top, culottes and romper are all the rage so why not consider them for CNY'16!


From Left to Right:
One Shoulder Frill Crop Top - Something Borrowed
Textured Midi Skirt - Something Borrowed

Mix Floral Off Shoulder Romper - Zalora

Floral Crop Top - Zalora
Pleated Cullotes - Zalora

My tip for acing the cropped top look is to pair it with something high waisted so that it's more forgiving to the little bump that will appear as you stuff your face with CNY goodies! And you can also opt for a romper with layering to help you hide the food belly for the season, it shall be our little secret!

This post has been brought to you by Zalora.sg, the largest online fashion retailer in Singapore that makes shopping fun and easy.

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