Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sephora: Inspiration behind Fresh and my experience with Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask [Goodie Bag Review]

Yesterday's evening, I attended a #SephoraSG event with an invite from Linda of Sliverkis to discover the inspiration behind the brand of fresh from the founders, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg.

Selfie with Lev

During the session, Lev and Alina addressed the importance of using the right cleanser for our skin. It was very evident that they strongly believe that cleansing is the most important step  to achieve beautiful healthy skin and the product you use to cleanse your skin matters the most. It was also kinda funny how Alina was saying that it's pointless to spend big bucks on serums and creams if you are using a lousy cleanser or a cleanser that isn't suitable for your skin type. Lev also added on the importance of using something simple and basic, like their soy cleanser to get the job done.

I thought it was very interesting that they pointed out these facts and their belief in it, because this isn't the first brand founders I have spoken to who have the same view.

So the main take away here is that cleansing and what you use to cleanse are the most important factors to having good skin!



The other topic brought up was about Singapore's climate and tips on how to combat skin related issues that arises from our hot humid climate; that is oiliness, clogged pores and dull skin.

Lev highly recommends the use of clay, be it whether you have oil or dry skin, to help unclog pores, remove impurities and mattify skin.


And for healthier, firmer, softer and more radiant skin, Lev recommends fresh's Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. He was inspired by the clouds and its moisture after being on the plane for too long. Looking out out the window, he was tempted to jump out of the plane, reside among the clouds, and allow all the moisture to re-hydrate his skin.

So, he came out with this mask instead and brought the "clouds" into the plane.

To Use:
Cleanse and towel-dry skin before applying to the face (avoiding the eye area).
Leave on for five to 10 minutes and rinse.
Use two to three times per week.

VERDICT



Texture: gel, velvety and whipped consistency, cooling to the skin, very light and moisturizing without being sticky

Smell: To my nose, it has the scent of juicy cucumber

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Betaine, Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Poloxamer 407, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Menthoxypropanediol, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Sodium Citrate, Caramel, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Biotin, BHT.
Benefits:
  • Helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals 
  • Supports natural collagen
  • Help to reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Hydrates and nourishes
Cost: $144 for 100ml or $88 for 50ml

Product Rating: 10/10

Ok, I super love this! I like that it provides an instantaneous cooling effect to the skin, and the texture of it is just divine. This is PERFECT for Singapore's weather! Imagine it being hot and humid outside and you layer this mask on~ Wah~ paradise~!

The best part of it is that it leaves my skin fairer, firmer and softer after use!


During the event, I applied the mask on the back of my left hand for about 10 mins and after removing it, the difference can be felt and seen immediately and easily when I compared it to my right hand. Even now, as I'm typing this out, I can still see the difference between both hands. It's hilarious how fair the back of my left hand is compared to my right!

So with that, I really do believe that this mask does fulfill all the benefits that it claims to have. The only issues I have is it's packaging and the price of it. I never like containers like that because it leaves the products more prone to contamination, with the scooping and all~ 

And $144 for 100ml of mask is quite pricey, especially when you need a substantial amount to apply a good layer over the skin to see the results that I have experienced. This product is definitely an indulgence item... 

In the mean time, I shall just be happy with my 20ml travel sized mask and I shall only use it when my skin needs some magic for a special event. Haha!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Clozette: Samsung Fashion Steps Out 2015

2 weeks ago, on 11th April, Orchard Road was transformed into a runway for Samsung Fashion Steps Out (FSO) with a total of 176 models strutting down the iconic road for the annual fashion event, wearing the latest designs from 13 brands:

Aimer, Ashley Isham, Pleatation, Depression, FOX Kids, Francis Cheong, Germain, Mary Katrantzou, Moiselle, Max.Tan, Pauline.Ning, Paul, and Sean & Sheila!

It was my first time attending FSO and I've got to say that it's an interesting night. I even spotted a handful of my friends cat-walking down the runway, and the best part of it all was that I got the privilege to sit right up close to the whole fashion galore as an Ambassador of Clozette! It was even more enjoyable because I sat with Jerlene of MusicalHouse and we were having heaps of laugh throughout the whole thing, she was even super sweet to help me snap photos!


That being said, a heads up here~
All photos were taken with my iPhone, so do pardon me if the quality isn't as crisp!
And now, without further ado~
Here are the snapshots of the night:

 Max.Tan

Germain
Ashley Isham

FOX Kids
Francis Cheong

Francis Cheong

Aimer

Aimer

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

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My #OOTD for FSO 2015


Outfit from TheWYLDshop
Black Ankle Boots from H&M
Clutch from a random shop in CEBU

My #MOTN for FSO 2015

 Laneige BB Cushion [Pore Control] in No.23
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Bill
Starlash Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Starlash Fasle Lash [Princess 02]
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Liner
Colourpop Lippiestix in Creature

p.s. I am super in love with Colourpop!
~~~

FINAL WALK




All in all, kudos to all the models involved, especially the ladies in killer heels!
My favorites of the night were by Ashley Isham and Francis Cheong. I love the incorporation of bells and fringes, and gorgeous gowns!
 ~~~
Samsung Fashion Steps Out After Party

After the fashion show, it was time for more alcohol and mingling!
We also made use of the time and voucher in our goodie bag to get some nice treats!

Personally, I spent mine on sweets and tea!
Hahahaha~ What can I say...
I love my teas!



I would like to thank Jerlene for accompanying me and helping me out with all my OOTD photos, Clozette.co for blessing me with this opportunity to sit front row to catch this Fashion Feast and for loving me as their ambassador, and TheWYLDshop for their support as my fashion sponsor!


Until next time~
XOXO

Wanderlust Getaway: Switzerland [Part 1]

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


Hey, I have finally got around to start writing about my 29 Days Solo Trip to Europe (5th Oct to 2nd Nov) and I did in all under SG$5000!

The whole trip was planned with only 2 return flight tickets booked, one to take me Switzerland and another to take me to Oslo, Norway. Everything else was based on chance and on the concept of "wherever the wind takes me".

Day 1
ZURICH, BONADUZ

I arrived at Zurich Airport and prayed that my Swizz friend, P, was waiting outside for me. He was (phew~) and so I start my adventure with him driving us all the way back to his home town: Bonaduz. The ride alone was about 1 and a half hours long, but it was a good time to bond.


I loved the moment I was out in the open, my lungs knew that there was something different about the air. It was sweet, clean and fresh! And the scenery is just breath-taking, it has the perfect combination of blue skies, mountains and greens.


To be honest, after close to a 24hr flight from Singapore to Switzerland, I didn't do much on my first day. It was pretty much a matter of getting over my jet lag, having a good shower, having a home cooked meal and chilling out with my friend.



Day 2
ST. MORITZ & CHUR

For Day 2, we decided to travel by train up to St. Moritz!
Heads up, train rides in Switzerland are quite expensive. So it's important to plan ahead and make use of deals on their web.


Luckily for me, I got a local to bring me around and P got me a great deal for the train ride (CHF42 for the whole day).


It was a pretty chilled ride, with view of different towns and endless scenery of trees, mountains and blue skies.


Personally, the whole experience of being the only Asian on the train was a very... interesting. Some adults will look at me occasionally, and kids will just fix their gaze on me to the point where I recalled a parent gently remind the kid not to stare. P thinks the whole thing is amusing, while I didn't really mind the stares. In fact, we ended up interacting with some of the kids and they would part from us with a bye, a wave or a smile.


Besides that, the highlight of the ride was that we were on the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway track, a masterpiece of railway engineering! I have a video of it somewhere... I have yet to edit the films. Heh.


And after a morning's train ride, we reached our destination:  St. Moritz.
So, I was informed by P that this town is a popular destination of the rich and famous, and it has one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world in the area. Walking around the town, it's not hard to see why the rich would gather here. There are all the big luxury brands around and the architecture of the buildings in the town is just beautiful.



And I've got the most random friend ever (hahaha!), but I guess that's why I hang out with people like P. Their spontaneity is infectious and it just adds a whole new meaning to what experiences are: For him, it's doing things that pushes the boundaries of what is safe. Haha!


"Never try, never know", that's what P always say and in a way, it breaks the conventional and I've got to say~ travelling around with him was fun.


And yes~ I love views like this!


After an afternoon walk around St. Moritz and getting chilled to my bones, it was time to head back and we had our meal in the train... that was another new experience for me.


It was just bread, cheese (swiss love their cheese) and ham, prepared with a swiss knife!


And yes, we ate with bare unwashed hands. It took me a few bites to ease myself into the whole concept of eating like that. And with each mouthful, I relaxed with the scenery.
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CHUR

Then P had to leave me for work, and so, heeding his suggestion~
I continued by journey to another popular town, Chur.

By the time I reached Chur, it was evening and I thought that it was very entertaining that there was a dog training session going on at the station.


I stayed around a little to see how they conduct their training before leaving to venture out into the heart of Chur where the oldest historical buildings are.

Most of the stores are closed, and there were hardly anyone around (and yes, the thoughts of the dangers did past through my mind) but the quietness of the night brought out the beauty of the stuctures.







The old part of Chur is like a maze, yes... I ended up being lost after a few turns but that's how discovered what I shot above and in a way, the whole experience was very empowering. I managed to find my way back after, boarded the right train back to Bonaduz (there were so many different trains!) and walked back home to P's place.

Then I ended the night with a nice warm shower, a simple meal of cherry tomatoes, sandwich and water, headed to bed :)


“Getting lost is just another way of saying 'going exploring.” 
― Justina Chen, North of Beautiful
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