Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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

Check out with this promo code "GIVEME10" for 10% off your purchase.

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sophisca: Prank People With These Confectionery! [Media Release]

Hey everyone!
With March coming to an end, what better (and safer) way to start April than with an April Fool's gift of candies & chocolate from Sophisca!

What is Sophisca?


Hailing from Taiwan, Sophisca is a specialty candy brand that produces quirky and cheeky confectionery. For this upcoming April's Fool, Sophisca launched a collection of “tricking treats” like Brown rice “Sushi Bento”, “crayons” and Chocolate "Colouring Pens"  to make perfect presents to punk friends and family with this April.

Let's have  a look at these "Tricking Treats"!

Brown Rice “Sushi Bento” (玄米壽司便當), $11.90


A party tray consisting 25 chocolate brown rice crispy treats disguised as sushi! These are made with 100% natural brown rice, coated with Belgium-imported white chocolate, that are wrapped individually to ensure freshness and hygiene.

Besides the tray of "Nigiri sushi", I also found a candy tray of a similar concept in Sophisca. I personally like the look of this better, because the candies are shaped and coloured to look like sushi rather than just a use of packaging like the brown rice snacks.


Crayon Candy Sticks (小羊粉蠟筆糖 ), $9.90


These melt-in-your-mouth candies, disguised as "colouring crayons", come in 12 flavours (honey peach, tropical fruit, mandarin orange, pomelo, lemon, green apple, mint, blueberry, grape, strawberry, chocolate and yoghurt) which are reflected in suggestive colours too. Unfortunately, these are not to be used for actual drawing/ colouring.

Choco Colouring Pens (巧克力彩繪筆), $17.90


Out of all the confectioneries in Sophisca, these DIY ‘soft pens’ appealed to me the most! These "colouring pen" comes in six chocolate-flavoured colours that you can use to on your own bakes and sweet treats! Suitable for decorating chocolates, cakes, breads, toasts, biscuits and more! To use, simply warm the chocolate up by placing the tube in a bowl of warm water before drawing!

Besides these 3 featured products, here are some that I found really interesting!
These candies come in either a milk carton or bottle ceramic that will look pretty for storing the candies, flowers or even makeup brushes after!


And out of all the candies I tried, these fruit gummy tasted the best to me. It has the right amount of sweetness and flavour, and these come in a cute fruit box packaging.



Readers' Perks

Win $20 worth of Sophisca Vouchers via Instagram
  1.  Snap a photo of your favourite Sophisca sweets at any of the Sophisca stores and post it on Instagram, telling them why you love that particular candy;
  2. Follow @SophiscaSG and hashtag #iLoveSophisca.
One winner will be picked by random every week.


Discount Code Purchase

Quote "JODULU" at any Sophisca stores during payment and get to enjoy 10% OFF your purchase!
It's that easy!

All of the above contests and promotions will be running from 20 March to 20 May 2016.


Where To Find Sophisca?

Marina Square Shopping Mall, #02-32
AND
Changi Airport T3, #B2-19

Happy Shopping for April Fool's Day!


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