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Skinvestigate: Skin Blossom Organic Skin Care Starter Set [Sponsored Review]

I believe you saw my little Instagram Video on this gift set before, during the Month of May. I have finally gotten around reviewing the products for a month and now, I'm ready to share!


It's no big secret that I LOVE all beauty products that are organic and natural, so when I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Skinvestigate, the one-stop online portal for natural skincare products, I said yes.

So without further ado, let's get started:

1. Gentle Face Wash 150ml
2. Age Resist Face Moisturiser 50ml
3. Caring Hand Cream 75ml
Available for just SG$50


VERDICT

Gentle Face Wash

This organic face cleanser gently clean skin, as softening coconut extract and anti-oxidant green tea condition. Made with 74% organic ingredients. All the ingredients include some of the greatest that nature has to offer natural beauty and all meeting organic face certification standards, perfect for people who likes a thorough cleanse while being gentle to the skin.


To Use: 
Use morning and evening in the shower, bath or sink to take away dirt, impurities, and makeup. Dispense one pump of the gel-like cleanser on your hand, add a bit of water, then work up a lather in your palm.

Next, massage this foamy lather over the face, stroking in upward circular motion. Give special attention to the forehead and sides of the nose. Remember to massage gently as pressing or rubbing too hard may irritate the skin and cause roughness or dark spots.

Texture: Gel-based that foams up

Smell: Lavender scent

Benefits:
  • For all skin types including sensitive skin
  • Gently removes make-up
  • Deep cleansing with a foaming face wash
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerin**, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Benzoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Parfum*, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate *Certified as Organically Grown **Organically Derived

Product Rating: 9/10
If you are new to organic and natural skincare, I would highly recommend this cleanser. Why? Because, there is a high chance that you are very used to cleansers that foam a lot and most natural and organic cleansers that I've used, doesn't foam much. This cleanser foams up quite richly without the use of SLSs and it doesn't leave your skin feeling weak or over-washed.

 If you are an avid natural and organic skincare user, then you will probably prefer something that doesn't foam up much. Regardless, as a start, this cleanser does its job well and I find it perfect as a natural cleanser to start your Natural Skincare Journey with.



Age Resist Face Moisturiser

This award winning organic face cream offers a high-performance anti-ageing solution for the face and neck while being kind to skin. Restore your skin with this potent blend of antioxidant rich Argan and rejuvenating Shea Butter, while Cocoa Butter hydrates and Jojoba protects.

To Use:
Apply to cleansed face and neck.


Texture: Light cream-based

Smell: Delicate floral organic scent

Benefits:
  • For dry, normal, sensitive and mature skin types
  • Infuses skin with radiance 
  • Non-clogging dewy finish
  • Made with 90% organic ingredients
Ingredients: 
Aqua (Water), Glycerin**, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Stearic Acid, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Parfum*, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate *Certified as Organically Grown **Organically Derived

Product Rating: 8/10
I like this face moisturizer, if you are looking for a normal hydrating moisturizer, you can try this out. I find that it does help to keep the skin hydrated without feeling overly heavy on my skin. However, I wouldn't make a repurchase of this moisturizer because I need something else that will help me keep my breakouts in check... haha!

That being said, I did notice that my scars do heal pretty fast with the use of this moisturizer, especially in the morning after I slather it onto my skin and with a night of adequate sleep.

Caring Hand Cream

An easily-absorbed certified organic hand cream that leaves hands moisturised, protected and cared for. This special blend of plant oils prevents dryness as Shea and Cocoa Butter restore the skin. 

To Use:
The handy tube makes for easy application at home or when out and about, just squeeze the amount need and massage into hands.

Texture: Cream based, gets absorbed easily and relatively fast

Smell: Geranium scent

Benefits:
  • For all skin types including sensitive skin
  • Perfect for dry, damaged and overworked hands
  • Offers long lasting skin comfort without greasiness
  • Made with 87% organic ingredients

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil*, Glycerin**, Benzyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Parfum*, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid *Certified as Organically Grown **Organically Derived

Product Rating: 10/10
Love this hand cream because it doesn't have the uncomfortable greasy sensation once the product has been fully absorbed. I have passed this to my boyfriend to use because his hands are badly chapped due the constant exposure to heat, cuts and harsh dish liquid soap that is required of him during this line of work (Chef) and he highly raves about it too. I've been informed by him that it doesn't sting when the cream comes into contact with this wounds and he loves the scent of it.

He also noted that the hydrating property of this hand cream is pretty immediate, and it helps to ease his discomfort especially around the joints of the finger since it's the area that is most prone to cracking.

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*Usually, free shipping only comes with minimum $50 order, so this offer is only extended to this promotion, and it will be available from now until 30 July only!

Keeko Oil: Does Oil Pulling Really Whitens Teeth? [Sponsored Review]

Hello, Peeps!
I mentioned this product and the results I had with it a while back, but I thought that I should really write my experience out because I have had friends asking me.

What Is This Product That I'm Talking About?


I'm talking about Keeko, a 14-day Ayurvedic mouth rinse treatment, created to get those teeth of yours sparkling white as well as detoxing the body & mouth by reducing plaque & bacteria. Keeko's unique blend of organic cold pressed coconut, lemon, chamomile, myrrh, lemon lime and pink grapefruit natural flavour makes this treatment faster & more effective than regular coconut oil! 

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

Bacteria found in your mouth is the starting point for a lot of disease in the body. Water and brushing alone won't work against removing bacteria or plaque that builds up on your teeth over time. Oil Pulling helps to break down plaque and remove bacteria as they are oil soluble, allowing your brilliant natural white teeth to shine through!


How To Use?

Rip open the sachet (warm in your palms or with lukewarm water if the oil is not liquid). 
Pour contents into your mouth and gently swish it around and between your teeth for 5 to 15 minutes. Start off with 5 minutes and build your way up if your mouth gets tired.
 Bin your spit. Brush your teeth. 
Flash your megawatt smile.

VERDICT

Texture: Exactly how oil is but as you swish it turns to a watery milky solution

Taste: Milky taste (the way coconut taste) with hint of the essential oils used, in this case, the citruses

Ingredients:
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil*, Chamomile essential oil**, Myrrh essential oil**, Lemon essential oil**, Lemon Lime & Pink Grapefruit Natural Flavour 
*Organic
 **Certified Organic

Benefits:
Whitens teeth
Banish bad breath
Help prevent cavities
Glowing skin
Detox mouth & body
Strength teeth & gums

Cost: AU$38.95

Product Rating: 10/10

Ok, this works and it worked so well~ I was shocked by the results. Haha! Although you should be aware that my teeth turn yellow easily due to my tea-drinking habits only so if you are a smoker or a coffee drinker, you might need more time than me.

I love the fact that the ingredients are all beneficial and safe for the body, and it tastes pleasant (compared to just coconut oil). I will agree that the swishing takes some getting used to, a gentle swish is all you really need anyway.

It is recommended to use Keeko Oil for 14 days, swishing the oil for 15 minutes or more every morning before breakfast. I got obvious results in just 7 days. I swished the oil every morning (or night before I sleep when I forget) for 20 minutes every day. Within 7 days, I noticed that I no longer have morning breath and my teeth were at least 5 times whiter. Just check out the photos, that was all I needed to be convinced.

Isn't the improvement amazing?! Head over to Keeko now to find out more, and as usual~ Feel free to leave a comment if you have more questions!

Firma Skin: Best Sellers of Firma Skin's Skincare Products [Sponsored Review]

I'm back with another Firma Skin review to end off my collaboration with them.
For this post, I'll be focusing on their skincare product range.


Firma Skin uses their own product range for their facial services too, and I have always been curious about them. It's been a pleasure collaborating with them, and as always, I will hold true to my experiences for my review. So without further ado, keep on reading for my verdict!

Brightening Enzyme Wash



Gentle enough for daily use, this wash contains Papaya Enzyme and Coenzyme Q10 to help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Alternate it with your regular cleanser for a softer, brighter and glowing complexion.


To Use:

Disperse a small amount onto wet hands. Lather and apply over dampened face and neck avoiding the eye area. Massage gently, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Texture: Powder that foams up once it comes into contact with water

Smell: Light floral scent, pleasant scent

Ingredients:
Papain, Ascorbic Acid, Betaine, Arbutin

Cost: $30

Product Rating: 6/10
As a cleanser, this does its job but I would not rave over it. I didn't notice much improvement in terms of unclogging my pores or removing dead skin cells. 

I use this as a general cleanser for night time as a double cleanse after removing my makeup. I like the scent of it and the fun I have each time I work the powder into a foam.

I find that it does leave my skin feeling slightly dry after use.



Vitamin B5 Serum

Enriched with Vitamin B5 known to help tissue repair, this fast absorbing, oil and dye free, non-fragranced serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and Snail Secretion Filtrate to moisturise and replenish nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger.

To Use:
Gently massage 2-3 pumps with circular motion onto the face, neck and chest in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

Texture: thick serum consistency

Smell: almost scent-free, because if I smell hard enough, it seems to have a faint floral scent

Ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Panthenol, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether

Cost: $ 60.00

Product Rating: 10/10
My favorite product out of the entire range, I like how it doesn't have any scent and how it doesn't seem to leave my skin feeling sticky or heavy after use. 

I like how it feels like it helps to rehydrate my skin and how fast my skin absorbs this serum after spreading it out.

Skin Energising Cream

Left: Serum, Right: Cream after spreading them out.
This cream rejuvenates and energises dull and tired skin. Enriched with Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10, these powerful antioxidants strengthen skin and help it regain its natural radiance and luminosity.

To Use:
Gently massage 1-2 pumps with circular motion onto face and neck avoiding the eye area in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

Texture: Cream consistency

Smell: Almost scent-free, it has that typical cream smell to it with a faint hint of sourness.

Ingredients:
Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Ubiquinone
Cost: $ 62.00

Product Rating: 7/10
I'm not a fan of how this cream feels like on my skin, I find that it leaves a sticky and slight heavy sensation on my skin. I concur that it might be too rich for my skin type for the day. I use it for night time now and noticed that I do have a few breakouts from time to time with the use of this cream.

However, I cannot deny that it does help to keep my skin moisturized and does seem to help repair my skin after my sunburn period.

Daily Sun Protection SPF100++ Broad Spectrum


More than sun protection, this ultra light, fast absorbing sunblock has added powerful antioxidants to help defend skin cells. Its breakthrough technology shields against UVA and UVB rays with SPF100++ broad spectrum and protects your skin even at the cellular level.

To Use:
Generously apply to the face and neck 30 minutes before exposure to the sun after cleansing and toning daily. For prolonged exposure, it is advisable to re-apply the product every 1 to 2 hours.

Texture: Cream consistency with a white hue

Smell: cream scent with a faint scent of what I assume to be, green tea

Ingredients:
Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Cost: $ 60.00

Product Rating: 8/10
I like the fact that this sunscreen is made with Titanium Dioxide, making it a physical/mineral sunscreen rather than a chemical based.

However, that means that this sunscreen will leave the skin looking oddly pale due to the whitish hue that physical sunscreen has. This is actually a "good" factor because it goes to show that the Titanium Dioxide used is in non-nano particle (Titanium Dioxide in nano-particle form can penetrate the skin, which is not something that you want). So in a way, that white film you see is what is coating your skin and reflecting the harmful rays of the sun. So big points are given for that fact alone.
As for the sensation of the product on the skin, that's where points are lost. I can't stand the heaviness/ sticky sensation this sunscreen leaves on my face. It makes it hard for makeup to stay on too because of its creamy texture. At the moment, I combat that by powdering my face with a light loose powder after. 

Ultimately, as a sunscreen, I believe this product does its job well in sun protection coverage which is why I am still using it. A note to users is to note that SPF 100 does not mean that re-application is not needed. Click here to read more about what to avoid in sunscreen products.

Where To Purchase?
All the products mentioned in this post can be found here!

What Happened: Find Your Eco-Style, Authentic Japanese Onsen Now In SG, My First Mermaid Performance & Mermaid-Approved Art Exhibit @ SAM

Bishan Swimming Complex
Wet & Wow time at Bishan East Thomson Family Day Pool Carnival



I had quite a splash at the Bishan East-Thomson Wet & Wow! Family Day Pool Carnival that happened on 28th May 8am to 1pm, at theBishan Sports Swimming Complex this year. Featuring over 20 novelty water, sports, arts activities and performances, it promised a fantabulous good time for all ages with exciting activities that includes Pool Games and Rides, Sports Games Stations, Nila and Team Singapore Meet & Greet, Swim with the Mermaids, Sports Mural Wall Painting, Humaniticity Arts Booth, Hourly Lucky Draws, Photo Contest and more!

It was the very first time that I got to perform as a mermaid in front of a live crowd with adults and children. Yes, that means no googles, swimming with my tail and lots of breath holding! The most enjoyable part of it was swimming with the children and witnessing how amused they are with swimming with us. Even the adults were having a great time, requesting for lots of photo opportunities!

If you are interested in having mermaids for your events and parties, please feel free to head over to here for more info!



Yunomori Onsen & Spa Singapore
Authentic Japanese Onsen & Spa Experience

Spanning more than 16,000 sq ft, Yunomori Onsen & Spa can by found in Kallang Wave Mall within Sports Hub. It hosts a total of 11 pools with six variations of baths and other facilities such as sauna, steam bath, massage and spa treatment rooms, shower area, a dining cafe, lounge, locker facilities and luggage concierge service for travelers on the go.

Yunomori’s Onsen entrance fee is $28+ for children & seniors, and $38+ for adults. This fee allows access to the onsen facilities for the entire day to try out all the different variation of baths available. Customers can add-on massage and spa treatments from the Spa Menu available.

Click here for more information.

Singapore Art Museum
Odyssey Exhibition


Delving into the deep, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea – the sixth edition of SAM’s children-focused annual exhibition – invites adventurers of all ages into the watery realms of our Earth as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.

A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. 


At SAM at 8Q, young people are invited to comb the shores and navigate the deep where they make the acquaintance of mysterious denizens and underwater wonders. SAM hopes that, as protectors of the future, all young visitors will also think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans.

 Exhibition is open til 28 August 2016.



Stylecon Asia 2016
First style & beauty Influencer centric event


StyleHaul partnered with Gushcloud to create STYLECON ASIA 2016, the first style & beauty Influencer centric event that will happen across 4 cities in Southeast Asia!

STYLECON ASIA is designed with beauty influencer in mind, and I was invited to join them and have a fun day talking and sharing great ideas and tips for my daily beauty routine with my favourite beauty gurus. 


I had work on the day of the event but I took a few hours off so that I could head down for the Makeup & Fashion Stylestudio Workshop with Beauty Carousel and got to meet YouTuber, Bubzbeauty!

I got to pick up some easy to follow and quick makeup tips using K-Palette products.
One Raffles Place
Find Your Eco-Style


This May, One Raffles Place (ORP) Shopping Mall launched the first ever Great Green Sale to encourage people to shop with a spirit of environmental awareness. With the theme, Find your Eco-style, ORP introduced a range of exciting eco-friendly workshops and exhibitions designed to inspire shoppers to make a stand for the environment. ORP partnered with local artist and tenants to come up with specially curated activities for shoppers. One of the workshop that caught my eye was their T-shirt Scarf Workshop (4,11 & 18 June, 3pm) All shoppers have to do was to spend $280 to qualify for registration and bring along an old T-shirt for the workshop.

And that concludes all that happened for May & the first part of June!
Til the next What Happened post.

Jodulu The Mermaid: The Beginning

Hey hey~ I guess it's no secret now that I'm part of the Singapore mermaid pod!
I started swimming as a mermaid in March and it has been one of the best decision I made.
I got to swim in the ocean with both my legs and my tail, both very different experience.


That being said, I did start out in shallow waters with my tail first because of all of my prior experiences with my tail, I did it in the pool where I could still stand if I needed to.
Drowning was the last thing I intend to do on my trip.



I only went into deeper waters once I was confident enough that I can handle not being able to plant my feet down and it was such an experience! I got to swim with a school of sardines~


It is also through this learning journey of being a mermaid that I got to meet a podful of mersisters who make it easy for me to stretch my tail out from time to time because once you are a mermaid...
You are never going back to being human. Haha!


Check out the video that I made for the start of my journey!


There will be more to come!
Do let me know in the comments section if you have any question abut being a mermaid etc!
I'll be more than happy to help!

Firma Skin: Tri-NewGen Radio Frequency(RF) Treatment [Ambassador Review]


Hi ladies & guys!
I hope that you have seen my video on my thoughts on Firma Skin and their treatment, especially on their AirNutrients technology that applies the Bird's Nest essence! I also like that they use microdermabrasion in one of their facial steps, I like how it instantly brightens up my skin!

But I have already written a post on these steps in my very first review post on Firma skin (you may read about it here), so I won't be covering on those steps... Instead, I would like to share with you my experiences with their Radio Frequency treatment that is said to help relieve tired eyes, black circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.


STEPS

Machine for the RF Treatment

  1. Cleansing
    This step starts off with makeup removal using a cotton pad soaked with makeup remover, followed by a cleanse with Firma Skin's Enzyme wash.
  2. Microdermabrasion
    After cleansing, Beta-HD serum which contains fruit acids and herbal extracts (for control sebum secretion and prevent pimples) are applied to my skin, for the microdermabrasion. This makes the microdermabrasion process more effective. Personally, I find that my skin is brighter and more radiant after this step.
  3. Cool Hammer Massage
    After microdemabrasion, my therapist proceed with a soothing cold massage with the use of a cool hammer and some soothing gel. This is one of my favourite step because it not only soothes me to sleep but also helps to calm my skin down and gives my face a temporary tighten effect (Hello~ Sharp V Face).

  4. Tri-NewGen Radio Frequency(RF) Treatment (15 minutes)
    After the massage, it was followed by the RF treatment that helps to prevent tired-looking eyes.

  5. Mask Time
    This time round, I had a Tea Tree Mask on to help decongest and detoxify skin. This treatment targets blemishes and supports skin healing, so that skin evolves to be softer and smoother. At Firma Skin, the type of mask used is generally dependent on the type of treatment you are doing and your skin condition.

  6. AirNutrients Serum
    After the mask was removed and my skin was cleansed, a mist of Bird’s Nest Micro-Essence and AteloCollagen serum was sprayed onto my face before the application of Firma Skin's B5 serum and sunblock.
VERDICT

Duration: 55 mins, including 15 mins of the RF treatment.

Overall Ambiance: Very neat and simple with individual cabin room.

Cost: $120 (For the entire facial experience)

Effectiveness:I've written my verdict on the entire process before, so I'm just going to focus solely on the RF treatment. It was quite a soothing treatment, I dozed off a little midway... facial massages always make me sleepy.

Did it help to make my tired eyes look less tired? Honestly, even as their ambassador, I've got to say... not really. The difference before and after were quite hard to spot. However, if you take a closer look at the result, you will notice a slight reduction in the severity of my eye bag... even though my dark circles are still quite obvious. Haha! #chronicpandaeye
 Before: my under eye area looks puffy. After: Puffiness appears to be "flatten" out.

However, despite the appearance, the eye massage did left my eyes feeling quite refreshed and less tensed. And while I did not have an obvious result, I also know that it is dependent on individual's genetics and condition. My dark circles and eye bags runs in the family, and with my vampire/ night owl lifestyle, I would probably need more session to see a more significant improvement.

The reason why I decided to accept being their ambassador is because I really love how effective and fuss free their services are... I mean, it's hard not to love them when I always end up with clear radiant skin for days after a facial at Firma Skin.


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