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What Happened: Artifacts from British Museum, PONY back in Singapore & much more!

Hi Peeps!
I decided to start another category to do a quick cover of all the events & activities I was involved in just to share with all of you what happened or what's happening in Singapore.


THE BODY SHOP

I was invited to The Body Shop Summer Party to learn more about guarding our skin against the elements, and get drunk on the atmosphere (and hydration!) with moisture-rich additions to The Body Shop most iconic skincare range! Do feel free to let me know which range you would like me to do a review on!

Vitamin E Range

The Body Shop recently made their best-selling Moisture Cream and new additions to the range work even harder by infusing these new and improved formulas with the moisture power of 100% natural origin hyaluronic acid, in addition to the antioxidising power of wheatgerm oil. 

So that users can enjoy the lightweight textures and love with added minimum 48H hydration for smoother, healthier-looking skin that’s perfectly plumped with moisture


Launched Date: 19 May 2016


Pinita Colada Range

Introducing the new Special Edition Piñita Colada range from The Body Shop, bursting with fresh fruitiness, it is a match made in tropical paradise. From palm treetops to ochre sunsets, this is where skin-quenching, body buffing, summer loving begins.

Launched Date: 9 June 2016







Polynesian Island Tiare Range

Fly away to the Polynesian Islands this summer and surround yourself with the exotic scent of The Body Shop's new Polynesian Island Tiaré eau de toilette, made from young buds that are handpicked before the morning dew to preserve the brightest, freshest, purest scent. 

The luminous blossoms of tiaré have been used by generations of Polynesian women to adorn their hair and perfume their sun kissed skin.

Launched Date: 9 June 2016






Skin Defence Range

The Body Shop created this gentle formula that’s completely vegetarian and formulated without parabens, mineral oils and paraffins. Infused with a blend of red algae extract, vitamin C and Community Trade marula oil, not only does it help protect your skin, it also gives you a brighter, healthier-looking and more even complexion day after day.

Launched Date: 28 April 2016



NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Treasures Of The World from The British Museum

Explore the finest artifacts the world has to offer at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London!


Featuring stunning relics from ancient civilizations and treasures spanning Africa, Oceania and the Middle East, as well as Europe, Asia and the Americas, this extensive collection encompasses over two million years of abundant culture and history. Closer to home, the exhibition also includes items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles, such as a Javanese mask and a kris and scabbard dating back to the early 19th century.

This exhibition is available until the end of May 2016! For more info, click here.


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Romeo and Juliet

Brought to you by the company that has captivated thousands each year with its successful productions of The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. 


"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Romeo & Juliet is a tale of sweet forbidden love, a bitter family feud and a timeless romance eternally sealed with a kiss. Revel in the chance to witness this classic romance brought from page to stage by an amazing cast at Shakespeare in the Park.

Directed by internationally renowned director, Daniel Slater, Shakespeare in the Park promises to be the outdoor cultural event of the year.

Spread your picnic blanket under the stars and relish in the greatest love story ever told – Romeo & Juliet.


Event Date

Wed, 27 Apr - Mon, 23 May 2016 7.30pm

For more info, click here.



ETUDE HOUSE SINGAPORE
Bugis Junction

Located in the heart of the city, ETUDE HOUSE Bugis Junction outlet opened on 5 May with new services and interactive elements, be prepared to be charmed by all things sweet, fun and whimsical as you step into the store!


In celebration of the launch of the new ETUDE HOUSE store,Korean YouTube sensation and blogger – PONY was there for the media opening to share with us 2 makeup looks to create: Clubbing Disco Queen & Strobing.



For the Clubing Disco Queen Makeup Look, it was demonstrated on Miyuki with PONY's Clubbing Disco Queen Set:

  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Curl Fix Lash Perm Mascara #1 (black)
  • Play 101 Pencil #1
  • Tint My Brows Gel #1

Price: $59.00 (UP $84.80)


And for the Strobing Demostration, it was with Qiu Qiu using PONY's MUST-HAVE: Goodbye Contouring, Hello Strobing! Set
  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Play 101 Contour Stick DUO
  • Play 101 Stick #12
  • Play 101 Stick Brush
Price: $67.00 (UP $97.00)

Other notable promotion worth mentioning is:
Pony's MUST-HAVE: Real Powder Special Set
  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Refill X 1pc
Price: $40.00 (UP $48.00)


CANDELA COSMETICS

I was invited to be one of the first few to preview Singapore's up and coming luxury makeup brand, Candela Cosmetics, and come discover the inspirational story behind the beauty brand created to meet the needs of a 21st century modern woman.


However, being a blur sotong that I am... I forgot about the event until I saw fellow blogger friends posting about it on Instagram (Thank god for people who really do Insta-gram) and rushed down to learn a little bit about the brand and the products.

I love how all of their products are formulated with naturally derived ingredients, yet they still have the intense color payoff that products with harsh chemicals do.

Check out the swatches:

Swatches of Perfecting Crème Blush, from Left to Right: Pacific Coral, Bougainvillea and Fire & Spice

Swatches of Luxe Moisture Lipstick, from Left to Right: Guava, Iconic and Chase 
Swatches of Invigorating Coconut Water Foundation, from Left to Right: Chiffon, Cider and Cinnamon
For more info, click here.

BEVY.C
ISETAN Seragoon Central



I was invited to the grand opening of BEVY C. first permanent counter at ISETAN Singapore to check out the other product range that are available here. Having reviewed their Lumiwhite Collection, I was interested to find out more about their makeup products but by the end of the introduction session... I found myself looking forward to their Oil-Control range! Hahaha!

Click here to read my review on BEVY.C Lumiwhite Collection.

And that's all the exciting events and activities for the first half of May~!
Til the next "What Happened" post!

Que Origin: Fancy having your very own Natural Shower Bath? I totally do! [Sponsored Review]


Late last year, Que Origin contacted me to do a review for their (then) upcoming Shower Bath, and they won me over with a description of how the products were formulated with natural oil, infused with botanical extracts and scented with only natural essential oils.

I know I'm slow (slow like a sloth) but I finally got around to test their Shower Bath and I've got to say~ I'm in love with the brand and their products!




A relaxing shower gel doubling as bubble bath infused with calming and soothing qualities of natural essential oil. Enriched with skin soothing aloe vera, moisturising argan oil and other skin loving natural botanical extracts, this shower gel will gently cleanse, nourishes and hydrates your body.

Que Origin believes in formulating natural skin safe products.

Essential oil from Australia and formulated in Korea.

To Use:

Apply on wet body and make lather. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with towel. You can also dispense desired amount with running water in bathtub to enjoy a bubble bath.


VERDICT

Texture: Gel consistency

Smell: Scent of what the name implies actually~ Yes, it's that simple.

Benefits:
Lavender essential oil is known to:

  • Have calming & soothing effects
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Relieve anxiety & stress
  • Have skin rejuvenating properties
  • Slow down aging with antioxidant
  • Be a natural tranquilizer
  • Promote relaxation

Rose Geranium essential oil is known to:

  • Have soothing effects
  • Lessen fatigue & promote emotional wellness
  • Relieve anxiety & stress
  • Calm & relax
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Have astringent properties(slow down the effect of skin sagging & aging)
  • Regulate hormonal health

Lemongrass essential oil is known to:

  • Relieve anxiety & tension
  • Help tone muscles
  • Calm & revitalise
  • Invigorate & inspire
  • Stimulating & relaxing
  • Be soothing & balancing
  • Provide an energy booster
  • Have antiseptic & astringent properties
  • Have rejuvenating properties and uplifting
  • Help with mental clarity and concentration

Ingredients:
LAVENDER
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Linalool, *Limonene - *natural aromatic components from essential oils

ROSE GERANIUM
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Linalool, *Citral *natural aromatic components from essential oils

LEMONGRASS
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Flexousus (Lemongrass) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E),Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Limonene *natural aromatic components from essential oils

Cost: $7.90 for 250ml, $14.80 for 730ml

Product Rating: 10/10

This is one of the easiest skincare product to review. I knew from the start that I was going to love it, not only because Que Origin gives you the option to customize your very own Shower Bath Bottle but because of the scent and most of ingredients in them!

I'm not going to lie, I really like that I can customize my bottle for a little fee. I think it works well as a gift for friends and family and the message/image you want to put on it is pretty much up to your imagination.

As for how it lathers up without SLS, it uses Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate so it foams up quite nicely without it being as harsh as SLS. However, a word of caution for people with very sensitive skin as Cocamidopropyl Betaine is known to cause some allergic reaction to some individuals. I had no issues and I actually find that this shower bath gel cleanses quite nicely and gently without leaving my skin feeling dry or itchy.

Out of all 3 scents, my favourite one has got to be the Rose Geranium. I find that it refreshing and very calming after a hot day outside or after a stressful day at work. I think this product has made it's way to my Re-Purchase list.

If you have tried Que Origin's shower bath gel before, do feel free to share with me your experience!


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OR
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Vitastiq: Are you getting the vitamins and minerals you need?

Hey hey!
Let's take a break from beauty products and let me share with you my current diet habit.
The aim that I had was to develop a healthy diet plan and engage in a workout that I enjoy, and I'm glad to report that I managed to do just that.

But before I go into the details, let me cover how I discovered what factors I should take into consideration when deciding on my diet plan.


Our body is really amazing, it produces all the cells we need to function properly from cells that transport nutrients and oxygen, sends nerve signals, and formulate chemical messengers to keep our organs functioning. However, for our body to do all this, it requires some raw materials, like vitamins, minerals and dietary components, which the body cannot produce on its own in sufficient quantity.

WHAT ARE VITAMINS?

Vitamins are the organic compounds we ingest in small amounts to keep the body functioning.
They are the body's builders, defenders, and maintenance workers that help to build muscles and bones, make use of nutrients, protect the body, capture and use energy, and heal wounds.

TYPES OF VITAMINS

Water-soluble Vitamins
Taken up directly by the bloodstream

Vitamin C & B Complex 
[Biotin (vitamin B7),Folic acid (folate/ vitamin B9), Niacin (vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Thiamin (vitamin B1), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12]

Most of these vitamins are not kept in the body and are passed out from the body via the kidney, so they need to be replenished daily. 

Lipid-soluble Vitamins
Require bile to breakdown, and are then transported by attaching to proteins.

Vitamin A, D, E & K

These vitamins tend to be stored in liver and in fat cells, so you shouldn't overload on these vitamins.

WHAT ARE MINERALS?

Minerals are inorganic compounds we ingest in small amounts that regulate the body's process and health. They

TYPES OF MINERALS

Macrominerals
These minerals are needed in relatively large amounts by the body and they are transported throughout the body in different ways.

Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium & Sulfur

Trace Minerals
These minerals are needed in relatively small amounts by the body

Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium & Zinc

So now you know a little better about what are the different types of vitamins and minerals your body needs! And, yes~ this was what I based my diet plans on... on the nutrients that my body needs. But to do that, I needed a way to track, so now~ let me move on to the part where I share with you a little more about this amazing device that I've been using to track all of these nutrients!

If you are too lazy to read, here's a video that I've done to cover some of what I wrote below!



HOW DOES VITASTIQ COME INTO PLAY?

This device provides an insight into one's vitamin and mineral levels and personalized advice on improving vitality with the right choice of nutrients. 

This allows users to act timely and take the adequate steps to preserve his/her well-being. Vitastiq mobile app saves and evaluates the history of measurements so that the user can keep track of the progress and develop a diet plan that can be beneficial in motivating one to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

WHY IS VITASTIQ SO SPECIAL?

This nutrient status check gadget is an example of what can be accomplished when traditional knowledge and modern design&technology are paired up.

Based on a method called Electroacupuncture (EAV) by Dr. Voll, which traces its roots back to acupuncture, this device is unlike the other professional and much bigger EAV devices that have been around for many decades and are being used by pharmacists and other experts, Vitastiq's device is light, small and convenient to use!

BEST TIME TO MEASURE

The recommendation is to perform each status check at about the same time of the day because the readings can be affected by different factors, such as food intake, fitness activities, stress, etc.



In other words, the vitamin and mineral levels in the body change constantly. The key issue here is that each person is different, their conditions differ, they don’t have the same needs. There are many different circumstances and situations, thus the same recommendation cannot be applied to everyone. Vitastiq can help you keep track of those differences.

The Vitastiq application will provide you the relevant information about each and every vitamin and mineral frequency measurement. The frequency of measurement depends on personal needs, but it is advisable to check the status of your vitamin and mineral levels once a week.

Measuring and monitoring your vitamin and mineral status contributes to a smart lifestyle.

HOW EASY IS IT TO USE?

Vitastiq is a device that requires a certain learning process. Initially, the measurements will take longer (for measuring 10 vitamins, approximately 5 min), but with frequent usage, the time required to obtain accurate measurements will improve.

Smartphone cannot be held in hand nor should it be in contact with your skin while measuring
Do not charge your smartphone while measuring

Do not measure on metal surface as it can interfere with electrical conductivity

HOW DOES THIS DEVICE BENEFIT ME?

I take my measurements about an hour after my last meal of the day and in the morning before I consume anything for the insight of what my body lacks and need for the day. And personally, I find that it gives me a sense of motivation to eat properly and healthy, as well as to cultivate a habit of healthy eating and exercise.

I would recommend this to people who are in the Health industry, be it a fitness/ diet planning business as a means for your clients to measure their progress and anyone else who has some extra money to spare and is really keen in eating clean and being healthy.


WHERE CAN I GET THIS?

Head over to this link now for more information and to purchase!

This post is sponsored by Vitastiq, the world's first personal device for checking your vitamin and mineral status using a smartphone.

Blended Skincare: Apple Cider and Tea Tree Facial Toner, Be Acne-Free Mask & Be Protected Gel SPF25 Moisturiser [Sponsored Review]

Late last year, Blended Skincare contacted me to do a review on their very own curated natural skincare line. Focused on raising awareness of the harmful chemicals in modern skincare products while offering an alternative, I was very intrigued by their products and was interested to collaborate with them to put their products to the test.

Fast forward a few months later (when I finally have the time to review), I'm pleased to share my experience with all of you.

Note: Be Acne-Free Mask is currently out of stock but I'll write my review for it anyway because it will be relaunched in June. In the meantime, you can email blended.sg@gmail.com to register your interest. Interested parties will also receive their brand new body cream sample (product is not launched yet) upon purchase.



VERDICT

Apple Cider And Tea Tree Facial Toner

 Great for deep cleansing pores and removing the gunk, especially after a long day out.
With regular usage, many users have observed a reduction in pore size. 


This toner works because it is made with apple cider vinegar that contains alpha hydroxy acids which helps to remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin; it has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties capable of keeping bacteria at bay and pimples from forming; and it also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. And with the addition of Tea Tree Oil, this toner helps to disinfect and treat any blemishes or acne present.

That being said, if you are allergic to Tea Tree Oil, you can opt for an essential oil of your choice instead – Lavender, Peppermint or Sweet Orange.


To Use:
Pump 2-3 times with a cotton pad and gently wipe over your face as you would use a makeup remover / facial wipe.

Texture: Liquid

Smell: Has the scent of the apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients:
From the web: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Tea Tree Oil
From the label:

Cost: $19.40

Product Rating: 7/10
First off, I will state that the smell of this takes some getting used to. I usually only used this toner for my night regimen so that no one else will smell my toner.

However, that being said, as someone who has used ACV way before using this product... I know the benefit of its use. I have to agree that it will help to refresh the skin and help with the breakouts, but I do find that results will vary based on individual. And I have to point out that no~ your pores won't shrink from the use of this, but it might help to control the over production of sebum which will prevent clogging and hence, give the appearance of smaller pore size.

I would prefer if the ingredients are listed properly, but from the looks of it, it's all natural which is a major plus for me.


Be Acne-Free Mask

An organic facial mask to help combat spots and breakouts, and designed specially for sensitive skin. It can also be used for maintenance and hormonal breakouts during that time of the month. 


To Use:
Simply use it as you would any clay mask - apply all over and leave on to dry, then wash off.

Look how the mask cracks and flakes once dried.
This mask was left on my skin for 3 minutes only.
Texture: Moist Clay when wet, dries off flaky

Smell: I can't seem to pinpoint the scent of this, I'm guessing it's the smell of tea tree oil but it smells different from the tea tree oil I have at home. Overall, I dont like this scent because I find it too overpowering.

Ingredients:
Morroccan Red Clay*, Aloe Vera*, Melaleuca Alternifola (Tea Tree) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*

*Certified Organic Ingredients

Cost: $32.90

Product Rating: 6/10
I'm a fan of clay-based mask because I find them more effective at controlling my sebum production and blemish problems, but I found this mask hard to use and apply.

There is a layer of liquid on the surface while all the clay sink to the bottom, so I had to try my best to mix them up with a mini spoon first before quickly applying it to my face. It's not an easy feat. I also found that this mixture dries up really fast, which is great if you are tied for time. So you can apply in on before entering the shower and wash them off in like 5 mins.

However, if you are intending to multi-task with this mask on (aka leaving it on for more than 5 mins), do take note that it flakes once dried... like by a lot. Haha! 

As for benefits, I hardly ever leave this mask on long enough to reap the full benefits of the red clay before it starts "snowing" all over so I guess that might be the reason why I don't see any significant improvement of my skin with this mask. 

However, as a frequent user of clay mask, I have experience improvements in the appearance of my pore size and complexion with other similar clay mask. I think Blended should re-look into the formulation of this mask so that it flakes lesser and doesn't smell as strong as it currently is.


Be Protected Gel SPF25 Moisturiser

Introducing the first organic sunblock in the market that does not make use of chemical filters for protection of skin under the harsh sun, Blended's Be Protected Gel SPF25 Moisturiser utilizes pure plant-based extracts and essential oils to provide a SPF coverage of about 25 while most sunblocks rely on either of the following to protect sun protection: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, etc. 


To Use:
Apple a very thin layer evenly on entire face.
For day use only.

Texture: Gel, non-sticky

Smell: Scent of peppermint

Ingredients:
Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil*, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E*, Essential Oils* (Rose, Rosehip, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint).
* Certified Organic Ingredients

Cost: $9

Product Rating: 10/10
I love this product the most out of the three! I like the smell of it, it feels cooling upon application (especially since I kept these products in the fridge), it doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky or oily and it has a natural SPF of 25.

My skin did not breakout from the use of it, it was very easy to apply and works well with my makeup over it!

Where to Purchase?

Blended Skincare Products can be found online here

OR

At Marina Square Shopping Mall #02-339
Open from 10am to 10pm daily

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Here's how you can receive this item from an online purchase:

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Yves Rocher: Low Shampoo, Raspberry Rinsing Vinegar & Exceptional Serum [Sponsored Review]

A while back, I was invited to test an interesting shampoo out along with 2 other popular hair products from Yves Rocher. If you haven't heard or saw it on the papers, Yves Rocher has a new product in town that is inspired by the no poo (no shampoo) method.


 If you are unaware of the  “No Poo” technique, it is basically washing your hair with a gentle alternative to shampoo, such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar or even just water only, to achieve clean hair without the damage or dependency of typical shampoo.

The Low Shampoo, made with 99% natural ingredients, is a new product to wash the hair. Its formula doesn't foam up which protects the integrity of the hair fiber even when used daily, and it is sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free and colouring-free!

VERDICT

The Low Shampoo


To Use:
Apply on wet hair and spread the product with your fingers from the roots to the ends.
Rub gently before rinsing thoroughly.
Suitable for daily use and all hair types.

Texture: Creamy like a conditioner

Smell: Floral scent

Ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Glucoside, Behentrimonium Chloride, Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Parfum/Fragrance, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil, Potassium Sorbate

Benefits:

  • Protects and respects the integrity of hair fiber
  • Incredibly gentle
  • Leaves hair silky and healthy
  • Sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free and colouring-free
  • Contains ingredient with antioxidant properties


Cost: $15 for 200ml

Product Rating: 10/10
I would say that washing with this Low Shampoo feels like working with a conditioner, while cleansing the scalp and hair like a milk cleanser. I was told to use a 50 cent amount for my hair length and thickness, but I found that I needed more. I use a size of a kumquat (those small orange citrus fruit) for my hair, and the trick I do is to start off with a wet hair and add more water bit by bit while working the product into my scalp and to the ends.

I'm amazed by how clean and hydrated my hair feels after wash, and I like how it leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. And on days when I feel like my hair ends are a little dry, I would add more shampoo to them and wash it like I would with a conditioner.

Raspberry Rinsing Vinegar

Made with raspberry vinegar for its acidity, this product helps to smooth out hair and eliminate mineral buildup, leaving hair shiny and full of vitality. The Raspberry Rinsing Vinegar is a silicone free formula.


To Use:
After shampoo and conditioner, massage onto the hair for 2 minutes and rinse off.

Texture: Liquid that forms slightly

Smell: Raspberry scent

Ingredients:
Aqua/water/eau, acetum/vinegar/vinaigre, parfum/fragrance, palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, propylene glycol, salicylic acid, aroma (flavor), cetrimonium chloride, citric acid, methylpropanediol, alcohol, ci 14700 (red 4), ci 17200 (red 33), ci 42090 (blue 1)

Benefits:

  • Has hair-smoothing properties and power to remove mineral build up
  • Helps to repair and seal hair cuticles
  • Leaves hair soft, smooth and shiny
  • Formulated without silicone
  • Prevents clogging of hair follicles and treats hair fiber without weighing it down

Cost: $18 for 150ml

Product Rating: 4/10
I'm not a fan of this product, mostly because I couldn't tell if there was any improvement from using it and because of the ingredients. While it's claimed to be made with 98% natural ingredients, there are things like fragrance and propylene glycol that raises a flag. So since there is no significant improvement, I wouldn't recommend the need to use this product.

However, that being said, I'm amazed by how it leaves my hair smelling sweet and nice despite it being a vinegar. And let me tell you, from someone who has used apple cider vinegar on her hair, the smell of vinegar usually last pretty long and it takes a special kind of nose to appreciate the scent of it. Points are also given for the fact that there was no obvious negative result from my use of this product.

Exceptional Serum

Made with 100% Botanical Micro Oils and repairing Hibiscus peptides, the Exceptional Serum helps to beautify, fortify and protect hair fibers from breaking. Its milky and light texture instantly melts on hair leaving it soft and shiny.

To Use:
Use on dry or damp hair. 
Apply 2 to 4 pumps (according to hair length) of product in the palm of your hand.
Spread the serum along the length of your hair from root to tip.
Do not rinse.



Texture: Milky serum

Smell: Floral scent

Ingredients:
aqua/water/eau, squalane, glycerin, polyacrylate-13,simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,olea europaea (olive) fruit oil,macadamia integrifolia seed oil,hydrolyzed hibiscus esculentus extract, dicaprylyl ether,decyl glucoside,panthenol,sodium benzoate,polyisobutene,glyceryl oleate,chondrus crispus powder (carrageenan),parfum/fragrance,citric acid,polysorbate 20,xanthan gum,sorbitan isostearate,salicylic acid,phenoxyethanol,benzoic acid

Benefits:

  • Reinforced hair fibers, leaving them more resistant to breakage
  • Leaves hair lighter and silkier
  • Suitable for all hair types, dry or humid.
  • Silicone free, colorant free, paraben free.

Cost: $20 for 30ml

Product Rating: 8/10
I like the smell of this hair serum, it helps to refresh the scent of my hair mid day (if you know what I mean). I find that this serum helps to complement the Low Shampoo.

I love that it doesn't weigh down my hair or leave it greasy, in fact, it appears to be absorb relatively easily and quickly into my hair. Ingredients wise, the top few are mostly moisturizing ingredients and they don't seem to pose much of a risk.

The only feedback I have of this is that I still have hair breakage and split ends despite using this serum, but I contribute that to the fact that I have coloured & bleached hair sections and I've been swimming (like more than I have in years). Other than that, this serum will work if you are looking for a basic hair serum to start off with.

Have you tried these products out yet?
If you do, please feel free to share with me on your experience!

These products can be found at:
Yves Rocher Store at Ngee Ann City #B2-03


Signing out,
Jody

Expressions: 3 Days Detox Program [Sponsored Review]

In my pursue of being a mermaid, I've been looking at ways to achieve the waist line worthy for my tail. As an ambassador of Expressions, I have been given the opportunity to test out their products and share with you my experience with it.

In February, I got to try out Expressions Recommended 3 Days Detox Program with 2 of their Star Slimming Products, SlimJuice and Wheat Bran & Psyllium Capsules


I was told that after the 3 Days Detox Program, I may expect to shed a few kilograms from saying bye to the waste and toxins are accumulated in my body!

Features and Benefits of Detox: 
  • Help with cleansing the digestive tract
  • Improve the body's elimination of toxins
  • May reduce dependency on sugar, caffeine, alcohol, etc.
  • Purify major organs
Note: Actual results of the product and services may vary per individual.


Detox Process

Morning


Take 8 capsules of the Wheat Bran & Psyllium with a glass of water, and 1 sachet of SlimJuice 30-45mins later.
For the first day, I took both products as instructed, but I never liked swallowing pills, so for the second and third day I broke the capsules apart and mixed it with a small bowl of  yogurt.

As for the SlimJuice, I simply mixed it in a glass of water. 

Evening

Take another 8 capsules of the Wheat Bran & Psyllium with a glass of water, and 1 sachet of SlimJuice 30-45mins later.

For the evening, I mixed the Wheat Bran & Psyllium with milo. It tasted really good with milo! And I took the SlimJuice as it is with water.

During this detox period, I was requested to be on a No-Carbs Diet and to consume more fruits and vegetables.

Results

Prior to starting the treatment, I was invited down to their branch to do a weigh-in at the start.
After the 3-Days Detox Program, I had to go back to the branch for a second weigh in and I was impressed. I really lost weight from it and my tummy bump was less obvious after the detox. My weight dropped by 2kg in general with a slight reduction in my body fat percentage.


I did notice an increase in my visits to the toilet and because of the consumption of the Wheat Bran & Psyllium, I was told to drink more water... I guess that helps in the flushing out of toxins too!


Overall, I'm really satisfied with the results from just 3 days. I would recommend this Detox Program for ladies to have a regular detox to maintain a healthy digestive tract or ladies who need to slim down quickly but healthy for an important event (that you need to look good for) like your wedding night!


Where To Purchase?

All products mentioned in this post can be purchase HERE.

Readers' Perks

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Expressions Outlets

Orchard
121 Penang Road #01-02 Regency House
Singapore 238464
6235 9890
orchard@expressions.co
10:30 am - 8:30 pm Mon - Fri
10:00 am - 5:30 pm Sat - Sun

Upper Thomson
2 Sin Ming Road #01-06 Sin Ming Plaza
Singapore 575583
6358 1555
thomson@expressions.co
10:30 - 8:00 Mon - Fri
10:00 - 5:00 Alternate Sat - Sun

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