Combating Black Heads & Oily Skin with RAS Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel

Hello everyone~! Having to take medication after my surgery has brought about unpleasant side effects~ One of the major side effect that i have experienced from the medication would be increased oil secretion! As you know, breakouts and blackheads will come hand in hand when skin is oily. Besides going for facial at closer interval, i have to dig into my stash for products that will help to prevent black heads and clogged pores in between facials. Inside my stash, i have found the Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel from Reveal A Secret (RAS) which will help me achieve smooth and healthy skin.

Do you know that RAS is a home-grown affordable skincare brand that is committed to meet the demands of everyday skincare concerns by enhancing one’s confidence and providing solutions for every individual of all ages. Trusted to help skin regain its lustre and beauty, RAS will boost the esteem of one’s self with its specially created nature-inspired products.

Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel is created to address oily skin woe so that it will regain back its smoothness, radiance and youthfulness. Formulated with a unique concoction, the gel is made from natural plant-based active ingredients that aim to improve one’s skin when it is used as part of the daily skincare regime. The continued usage of this product promises to get rid of all the little blackheads and deliver a beautiful and clear complexion.

Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel contains Witch Hazel Extract and this key ingredient is proven to possess countless benefits for the skin such as controlling oil secretion and impurities, help ease redness and irritation. It also contains important ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil and Lemon extract to soothe and minimise pores size. This unique blend also acts as a natural exfoliate that softens and cleanse clogged pores, gently eliminates, reduces and prevents blackheads and whiteheads.

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Witch Hazel is a natural extract derived from bark, leaves and twigs of the Hamamelis virginiana plant. It helps soothe and calm down angered pores. It contains large quantity of tannins that have an astringent effect to help tighten up the pores.

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Tea Tree Oil is derived by distilling the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. This warm, aromatic essential oil penetrates quickly into pores and is beneficial for blackheads-prone skin. The indigenous Bundjalung people of eastern Australia use it as a traditional medicine by inhaling the oil from the crushed leaves to treat cough and cold. They also sprinkle leaves on wounds, after which a poultice is applied. In addition, tea tree leaves are soaked to make an infusion to treat sore throat or skin ailments.

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Lemon extract is derived from the fruit of the lemon tree. It helps tonify oily skin by reducing oil, while the natural AHA (citric acid) helps clear complexion by safely exfoliating dead skin cells found on the surface.

To enjoy the best benefit, it is recommended to use the Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel after cleansing and toning twice daily. Because i have very oily skin, i’m applying it on my entire face after the use of toner and then followed up with my moisturizer. If you have blackheads only on your T-zone area (lucky you!), you can just apply a thin layer on affected areas. Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel has a gel-ish texture and its light formula makes it very suitable for oily skin. It doesn’t have any adverse effect on oily sensitive skin like mine (No redness / stinging sensation) during use as it does NOT contain parabens, artificial fragrance and colourant. Previously i was using a similar product from Bliv but this works the same at a fraction of the price. Black Magic Blackheads Clearing Gel doesn’t feels oily nor heavy on skin and it gets absorbed into the skin fast so that i can apply subsequent products quickly. When it came into contact with skin, skin felt refreshed and soothed~ A personal tip, you can put this in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation during application. 🙂 Because this is product has mattifying effect, it is important to apply moisturizer as such product tends to be drying to skin. With such combination, i find that my skin doesn’t oils up that much and the pores on my nose area appeared to be smaller (Since it is not so congested). It doesn’t take long to see the results and i’m definitely happy to see that it works so well in keeping my oily skin clear + healthy.

Enjoy the splendour of nature with RAS and indulge in skincare that is both natural and affordable. RAS takes you on a journey of discovery to reveal the secret gems found on earth. Apart from Black Magic blackheads clearing gel, RAS will be launching more skincare products in the second quarter of 2017.

RAS Black Magic blackheads clearing gel retails at $29 and is available at all Sa Sa outlets in Singapore and Online (Shipping is available world-wide) 

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from RAS’s Presskit and website

Addressing Sensitive Oily Skin with Mettler 1929 Swiss Skincare Products~

Hello everyone. As you know, my battle against acne has been a long, depressing and tedious process. To curb the condition, i had subjected my skin to plenty of aesthetic treatments and medications that resulted in bad sensitive skin. Currently, i’m still battling with skin sensitivity which turns red, patchy and heats up very easily~  Especially when i’m feeling very stressed up, my sensitive skin will turn very weak (poor resilience) which brings about other skin issues like increased sebum secretion and breakouts!~

I have been going for regular facial which put acne breakouts in control~ However, sensitive oily skin is not something that is easy to treat so in between facial, i have to maintain it with products~ Recently, Mettler1929 has sent me some of their products for review which targets sensitive oily skin. I’m new to this brand but do you know that Mettler1929 has been around for more than 85 years and specializes in skincare, haircare and bodycare! Mettler1929 products is 100% Swiss and 100% vegan, using high quality natural ingredients, parabens free and no animal testing.

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Mettler1929 is a truly Swiss traditional beauty brand based on the company’s expertise since 1929 and has the presence in Switzerland, London, Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan, greater China, Dubai, Vietnam and Singapore. Mettler develop and produce face, skin, hair and body-care products which include up to 85% natural ingredients / plant extracts and 100% vegan formulations. All ingredients are formulated are skin loving, gentle and potent and has been lab tested suitable for sensitive skin. Mettler will be good for consumers who are looking for a more natural vegan alternative which will benefit their skin.

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To customize for my sensitive oily skin, Mettler has sent me a combination of products from their Purifying and Sensitive Skin Line. Will be sharing on how the toner, serum and moisturizer fare after putting them to good use for the past 2 weeks. 🙂

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Mainly known for its astrigent, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, hamamelis is used by aboriginals to treat their skin naturally. Mettler Purifying Line combines Hamamelis with a blend of targeted active ingredients in Mettler Purifying line for direct action on impurities and blemishes.

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Referred to the ‘Skin-Tree’ by Mayan healers, minosa is highly recommended for cosmetic treatments. As early as the 10th century, mimosa was applied to wounds and burns to alleviate pain and rapidly heal the skin. Skincare properties of mimosa used in Mettler Sensitive Skin Line offer protection from free radicals, stimulate cell renewals, regenerate and repair the epidermis.

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In the past, i have the misconception that toner isn’t necessary but do you know that the use of toner is actually the 2nd part of the cleansing process.. Occasionally, you might not be cleansing your face properly with your facial cleanser and toner will help to remove residues. Secondly, toner is able to help the valuable ingredients of your subsequent skincare products gets absorbed and processed more effectively. In addition, toner can include antioxidants, astringents, calming anti-inflammatory or soothing ingredients hence the additional add-on will better benefit skin.

Toner is something i cannot do without for many years and it is important that my toner has to be able to fight against impurities yet stays gentle my skin. Mettler Detox Impurities Purifying Lotion is a purifying toning lotion specially formulated to eliminate impurities, comedones and all traces of makeup from the face for a fresh, bright complexion. Suitable for all skin types, particularly combination to oily skin. Sounds like what my sensitive oily skin needs as part of effective cleansing process~

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Mettler Detox Impurities Purifying Lotion contains key Ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Vitamin C, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Vitamin E, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract and Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water..

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As mentioned, the use of toner is important as it is considered as part of cleansing to remove residues like excess oil and dead skin cells left behind on skin after using a facial wash. Mettler Detox Impurities Purifying Lotion contains Hamamelis is known as Witch Hazel that has antiseptic and astringent properties that clears up acne and excess oil, tightening pores and promotes healing. It also contains another powerful natural ingredient, Plantago Leaf to fight against acne and has anti-inflammation properties to prevent any acne breakout of the skin

Mettler Detox Impurities Purifying Lotion (200ml, Retail Price $68 / Promotion Price: $48) makes my skin feels clean, soothe and refreshing after applying it. There’s a pleasant floral scent and the toner has a light watery consistency. After the toner penetrates instantly, there’s no sticky sensation and no oily residue left behind. There’s no stinging sensation during use and i can say that the toner is very gentle to skin. I also observed that it helps to calm down redness and it does not dry my skin after use add moisture to skin. Although the price of the lotion is on the higher side, it is worth every penny. 🙂

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Beside effective cleansing with mild products, hydration is also very important to keep sensitive skin at bay! Hydrated skin is the first important requirement to any type of good skin. For myself and many other ladies, we spent long hours in air-conditioned environment and even engage in fad diets which strip the water content off our skin. Dehydration will cause skin resilient to deteriorate and at such, skin issues like dry, oily and sensitive skin will surface~! If you want to better hydrate your skin, you should dry lots of water and also use a serum on top of your moisturizer. Serum is a light weighted moisturizer which is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deep into skin. This allows your skin to be ‘fed’ with a higher concentration of active ingredients and thus it is a great tool to target dehydration / specific skin concerns.

Mettler Extreme Softness Serum (30ml, Retail Price $126 / Promotion Price: $86) contains soothing properties, enriched in mimosa extracts, saccharide isomerase and precious oils. This treatment also restores moisture and softness to your skin for intense action. Suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive and irritated skin.

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Mimosa is referred by the Mayan tribe as the ‘crown of the tree skin’, which is being cherish and praise by many for its magical effect, as early back as the tenth century. It has been used to heal burns and this precious ingredient reduce swelling of eczema or painful scars. Mimosa miracle properties with carefully formulated mimosa extracts can inhibit free radical molecules and has the ability to promote and stimulate cell renewal in the skin. Hence, promoting skin epidermis repair and regeneration. Especially for sensitive skin, there is significant empirical results upon using.

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Packaging wise, the Mettler Extreme Softness Serum comes with a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser which is more hygience and allows you to control the amount of serum dispensed.  The serum is pink in color (So pretty) and it has a gel texture.  1 pump is sufficient to cover my entire face and i love how fast it is absorbed into my thirsty skin (so you need not wait too long before you can apply moisturizer). As pretty as it looks, the serum has a relaxing floral scent which smells really amazing.

The extreme softness serum has the perfect texture and it does not leave skin sticky.. Instead, it leaves my skin soft and smooth. By using it twice daily, my sensitive skin is reacting well to the serum and i did not wake up to tight skin despite sleeping in an air-conditioned room. I will highly recommend this serum for its lightweight texture and as it does not clog my pores. A little goes a long way as the serum is very hydrating and it keeps tightness and skin flakes away. It is also nice to use it on sensitive skin as it is gentle and does not sting! Definitely a serum worth investing in.

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It is a misconception that if you have oily sensitive skin, you can skip the use of moisturizer as it will clog pores. However, do you know that the main culprit of oily skin is actually dehydration? When skin lacks moisture, it will turn dry and cause irritation (Hence the sensitive skin). When skin is dry, it causes more oil / Sebum to be produced so as to protect the skin (Body’s natural reaction and hence the oily skin + outbreaks). The undeniable truth is that hydration is important for all skin types and the key to hydration is to choose products that suit your skin type.

Mettler 24H Gentle Nourishing Cream (50ml, Retail Price $112/ Promotion Price: $78 ) offers intense nourishing action, thanks to mimosa extracts, an avocado unsaponifiable and sugar complex. The silky smooth texture regenerates and nourishes skin, enveloping it in fragrant softness. Suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive and irritated skin.

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Mettler 24H Gentle Nourishing Cream is creamy yet light in texture and the same floral scent like the softness serum. fragrance. The texture is slightly thicker as compared to the softness serum so its hydration ability is higher. After application, it doesn’t leave a heavy / greasy after feel. It kept my skin well-moisturized and my skin did not feel tight despite sleeping in an air-conditioner room. When i washed my face the next day, my skin doesn’t feel so tight and is noticeably softer. You can see how hydrating the product is! I have tried it on the dry and flaky skin on my hand. Immediately after application, the dryness and flaky skin were gone~

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After using the above products for 2 weeks, my skin is calmer, has a nice glow and it looks much healthier. Not to mention, it is much brighter and softer. There’s no adverse reaction like redness / stinging sensation after use but instead, i do observed that my skin is calmer these days when i incorporated the 3 products from Mettler into my skincare regime for the past 2 weeks… Would highly recommend these effective mid range products for anyone who suffer from oily sensitive skin like mine~

Mettler’s products can also be purchased online via Shopee, Qoo10 or its retail shop at Far East Plaza #03-42 (Shop 23).

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Mettler’s presskit and website

Unveiling Althea’s Beauty Boxes~

KOREA! I cannot stop raving how much i love their skincare products, food and K-dramas! Currently counting down to my Korea Trip in April and i’m certainly looking forward to shopping, eating and stocking up my skincare essentials. I’m sure many of us here love Skincare and Beauty Products from Korea and will try all ways to get it (be it getting friends to purchase when they head to Korea or getting it online).

Despite the increasing popularity of K-beauty items in the world, there was not a one-stop shopping destination where every and anyone in the world could enjoy authentic K-beauty products at a reasonable price, just as Korean consumers do in Korea. Hence, Althea was founded to bridge authentic K-beauty to SEAsians.

Althea innovates the cross border distribution channel to connect K-beauty suppliers directly
with SEA consumers. So now, it just feels that you are shopping at Korea with Althea! Althea offers comprehensive K-beauty selections at the lowest price to consumers and strives to become the gateway to the world, most favored by K-beauty suppliers.

If you love Beauty Boxes, you will be glad to know that Althea also carries Beauty Boxes~  Unveiling the latest addition to the Althea Korea family are their line of limited edition beauty boxes, specially curated by the fairy team in Seoul. Since the launch of the thematic boxes every month from October, each carefully curated boxes were SOLD OUT so fastest fingers first! 🙂

Every month, the fairy team will release 2 types of beauty boxes – Althea Boxes and Trend Boxes!

  • Althea Boxes are based on specific themes, giving customers and fans a chance to get their hands on a mix of loved and new favorites. Release frequency: twice a month.
  • Trend Boxes, on the other hand, will be packed with hot products (either a new brand or new products from an existing brand) based on some of Korea’s biggest beauty trends. Released frequency: once a month

Each box can hold anywhere from 6 – 12 full-size products depending on the theme and value. The best part is that you can buy only if you like it! There’s no commitment to subscribing for a monthly, quarterly or yearly payment to get these beauty boxes. The only downside is that these beauty boxes are limited in quantity (while stocks last) on a first come first serve basis. I have to say that it will be SOLD OUT very fast so don’t procrastinate.

The first Althea Box that i have carted out is the [Althea Box] Hair Box which retails for S$33 whereby it consists of products that’s worth $110. Shipping is complimentary as my purchase is above $29. For just $33. i have received 7 full size (fresh!) hair products which is super worth it (so it was sold out shortly after launch!). Expiry dates for all the products are in 2018 / 2019 so rest assured that products in the beauty boxes are fresh batches.

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As i placed my order during the Christmas period, my Hair Box came in a nice Christmas theme box with Greeting card inside. 🙂 My personal favorite from the Hair Box are the Innisfree Green Tea Mint Shampoo and Piolang Raspberry Hair Vinegar which helps to curb scalp itchiness. Moreover, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.

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The 2nd Beauty Box which got me excited was the [Althea Box] Mermaid Box as i was so into ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’ but i was too late to grab one before it was sold out! 😦 However, Tammy from Althea reserved one set for me when it was restocked and sent it to me for review!! Thank you! 🙂 Last check, the Mermaid Box is sold out once again and there will be no more restock… In order not to have any regrets, sign up for Althea’s newsletter and you will be informed if there’s any new launches / promotions.

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My [Althea Box] Mermaid Box were delivered within a week upon order confirmation and products came individually wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap and delivered timely via courier.

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[Althea Box] Mermaid Box is HEAVY as it contains 7 full size products which i will be reviewing some of the products. More details below!

Son & Park Beauty Water
Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence
Rire Lucent White Pearl Cream
Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base
Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light
CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil
Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask

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I’m not familiar with the brand Chica-Y-Chico and i have tried to do some research of the brand online. However,  i’m unable to locate any website in English so there’s no brand introduction this time.  Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask is the first item i have tried from the Mermaid Box as my skin is very dehydrated and oily recently (due to medication i have to take during surgery).. By feeding it with AQUA, the oil secretion will be more control so the mask came in really handy! Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask contains multiple complex including seaweed, pearl and hyaluronic acid gives a surge of moisture to skin instantly.

The beauty secret of the Little Mermaid Princess Ariel is the plentiful seaweed that surround her and the pearls she always wears. They kept her skin moisturized and glowing even after she became a human. Pearls, the precious jewel of the sea and seaweed are full of healthy ingredients that intensely hydrate and soothe dehydrated skin for dewy, glowing skin. 

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First impression of the Mermaid Mask is that it is richly soaked with essence! Secondly, i love how easy it is to apply the mask as it has a plastic sheet. The mask sheet is thin but sturdy and it fits onto the contour of my nose very well. Once you have adhere the mask onto your skin, remove the plastic sheet and then adjust the mask accordingly. Upon application of the mask, there’s an instant soothing and refreshing sensation. During the 20 mins of application, there’s no discomfort or stinging sensation. After removing the face mask, my skin feels so much smoother, brighter and softer to the touch. The mask is very moisturizing and soothing as skin no longer feels tight and it became ‘light’ after i remove it.. The next day, i woke up to not so tight, radiant and less oily skin! I’m really impressed as there’s excellent results with only one application! This Mask is exclusive in the Mermaid Mask hence i cannot get it on Althea. Shall stock up when i head to Korea in April 🙂

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After using Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask and seeing results, i applied the Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence right after removing the mask. An essence is to be used after toner and before moisturizer. For people with dehydrated skin, Essence helps add another layer of hydration before you apply your moisturizer. The Skin Glow Essence hydrates skin and brightens by improving dullness from deep inside. It contains Hologram-Complex that reflects the light falling on the face to give a three-dimensional effect to the curves. Five main benefits of the Glow Essence includes supplying of nutrition, soothing, vitalizing, whitening and improving radiance.

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Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence is formulated with brightening complex made up of pearl extract and 9 botanical formula:

1. Pearl extract: Pearl has been considered as one of the high-end cosmetic ingredients for the great beauties in the history, for Cleopatra and Yang Guifei. It contains 14~18 kinds of amino acids including 8 different essencial amino acids. They improve the elasticity of your skin and hydrate, help to maintain firm skin.

2. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein: This is one of proteins from shells, protect pearl and the wall of a pearl. It is also known that it affects the beautiful glow of the pearl. It vitalizes your skin and cares for energetic skin.

3. Whitening-9 Complex: Whitening-9 complex is composed with extracts from 9 different white-coloured plants (Lotus, Mulberry root, Freesia, Snow lotus, Daisy, Madonna Lily, Huttuynia cordata, Edelweiss, Ginseng). It protects your skin from the external environment by outstanding anti-ageing effect, cares for transparent glowing skin by whitening effect.

If you are looking for a non-sticky essence to give you instant brighter skin, look no further! Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence has a gel base and it leave the skin feeling refreshed after application (Which is good for my sensitive and easily irritated skin). Texture is non-greasy and it gets absorbed well into my dehydrated skin. There’s no adverse reaction like redness after application. Upon closer look, there’s actually subtle shimmery particles which helps brighten and create dimension. As i always have dull skintone, the brightening results is even more obvious on my skin. However, the hydration level is not as ‘powerful’ so do not use this essence to substitute your moisturizer. I did tried using it alone (skipping moisturizer) and my skin felt tight during mid day.

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Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is the savior for people who wants a product that works for their dry and sensitive skin (which also works as an effective makeup base!). Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is a hydro soothing moisture ampoule + real skin makeup base that contains stable and integral Gold to deeply hydrate skin. At the same time, it has a light texture that’s weightless while leaving you with a dewy finish. Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base has several beneficial effects and they are the skin brightening, stress alleviating, moisture evaporation blockage, intense moisture capacity, soothing substances reinforced and base with low irritation

Active Ingredients includes 

Gold – imparting moisture constantly to the skin. The integral substance that removed the skin exhaustion and stress, purifies the harmful substances and enhances the skin condition, raising the makeup fit

Ceramide as skin component, moisture attracting substance blocking moisture evaporation

Hyaluronic Acid as a nature derived moisturizing component, holding onto the moisture

Aloe Vera Leaf impart moisture deep into skin

Souble collagen delivers moisture energy and firming effect

Skin loving blend of Arrow Root, Licorice Peony, Cnidium, Aloe Vera Leaf, Elm root, thrumwort seed, centelle, fig, portulaca

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Do you know that ampoule has the highest concentration of enriching active ingredients, followed by the serum and the essence. Ampoules are for people who need an instant skin care effect. Hence, one drop is supercharged with more goodies and will better improve the quality of skin and heightens the overall skin-boosting effect (As it is meant to use on top of toner and moisturizer). First impression of the Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is that it is very classy and my husband commented that it must be expensive. haha. When i first came into contact with the texture, i’m in awe as it is so light! Upon spreading, it turns watery and it just feels like i’m applying water on my skin. Due to its texture, it gets penetrated into my skin quickly without any heavy after-feel… The gold flakes will disappear after application and it seems to help brighten up my overall complexion.  After use, skin looks softer, smoother and calmer… I also have better hydrated and less tight skin. I found myself reaching out to this ampoule very often in the morning and i felt that my skin felt less oily at the end of the day with this.

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Next, Son & Park Beauty Water (a cult favorite) is something which i am looking forward to use . Son & Park Beauty Water is a multi-function product which can be used as a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, primer, hydrator and setting spray! This smart cleaning liquid is made from natural plant extracts that gently cleans and moisturizes to deliver smooth, revitalized and hydrated skin.

Son & Park Beauty Water is created in mind for a clean base for the next steps in our skincare and makeup routine. The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser, it has mild exfoliation abilities with willow bark and papaya extract to buff awat dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so skin can be prepped for subsequent products. Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect base for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to remove remaining impurities. Suitable for all skin types, Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.

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The beauty water is ideal for cleansing your face during a long flight, as a toner, wiping off residue after masking and freshening up your skin during the day. Currently, i’m using another brand of beauty water but i find that the Son & Park Beauty Water fares so much better at fraction of the price! Texture wise, it win hands down as it is watery and does not leave behind an oily firm over using. Secondly, it does not contains as much fragrance and the Son & Park Beauty Water has a medicated smell which i like! 😛 Son & Park Beauty Water has a gentle formula as it doesn’t sting or cause my skin to be red. Despite being mild, it does remove residues on my skin well. It also  leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soothing sensation after use.. After applying the toner, skin feels clean, soft and looks more supple! It will also calm my skin and refreshes it without any drying effect..Love it!!!

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Next up, i will be talking more about a hair care product known as the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil with 50 year history! CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil has a light formula without stickiness, a gorgeous scent and it contains no harmful ingredients. Rich in Argan Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Avocado oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, and Macadamia Integrifolia Oil, the Argan Glow Hair Oil has excellent moisturizing, protection , soothing and repairing effect.

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Been using the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil as a heat protector before i blow dry my hair. Will use 1 pump for each side of my hair and the  hair oil has a sweet and refreshing mix of fruity flora scent. As the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil is oil-based, it will be oily to the touch. But once it is fully absorbed, there’s isn’t any greasy heavy after-feel left behind. After application, hair feels very soft and smooth and i can glide my comb through it.  After blow drying my hair, my hair  appears to be shiner, more volumized and tamer (lesser flyaway hair).

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As i no longer apply makeup on my skin (except lipstick), i have passed the Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light to my friend who will put it to better use. The Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light is a liquid type highlighter infused with skin shining complex – pearl, amethyst, and diamond extract. The highlighter is also formulated with Micro Sparkling Pearl, Skin Shining Complex, 3 blends mix of botanical oil and oil controlling powder. This highlighter can be mixed with base products / foundation which will give you natural and glowing finish. Previously, i was using this highlighter and it is the one that’s pink in color. SA recommended the pink shade as i have fair skin. When applied onto my skin, it has a subtle shimmery white pearly finish which is very natural. The texture isn’t heavy and it blends well without leaving behind greasiness.

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Lastly. there’s the Lucent White Pearl Cream which contains pearl extracts of 1020ppm and pearl powders of 70ppm that will change dry and rough skin into a radiant skin that glows from the inside! The pearl extracts and pearl powders inside the cream makes face look more distinct and lively. Lucent White Pearl Cream also contains five kinds flower extracts (Peony, Lily of the valley, Magnolia liliflora DESR Leontopodium alpinum, Lilium candidum extracts) helps with whitening, brightening and anti-wrinkle so that skin will glow like a pearl. Have yet to give this a try and will come to this soon 🙂

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Before i go, i have a confession to make! I ordered the newly launched [Trendy Box] Smart Beauty Tool Box yesterday!I’m hooked on Althea’s beauty boxes and i felt that Althea has brought K-beauty and Beauty Boxes to a whole new level~  Whether you’re looking for tried and true favorites or hankering for the hottest, freshest products to dip your fingers into, Althea’s beauty boxes are a great way for you to add to your beauty arsenal 🙂

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Althea’s & Misc website

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin | Addressing Sensitive Skin

My battle against acne has been a long, depressing and tedious process (Until the encounter with Annabelle Skin). However, the aesthetic treatments and medications that i had subjected myself to brought about side effects. One major side effect that plagued me since is skin sensitivity which resulted in red and patchy skin that heats up easily! Moreover, sensitive skin will result in skin’s resilient to decrease which brings about other skin issues like increased sebum secretion (which means more breakouts!)

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Recently, i was stressed and worried about my surgery which resulted in skin turning extremely sensitive!! Once again, i turned to Annabelle Skin to address my skin woe! A hidden gem in the Adelphi – Annabelle Skin aims to serve as the trusted skin and body care companion to its clients as they go through different stages in life by providing quality treatments, effective results and personalized service. Annabelle Skin strongly believes that everyone’s skin condition is unique. Each skin and body treatment will be customized accordingly with the combination of skillful manual methods with advanced scientific beauty technology, using high quality products made with natural ingredients from Europe to produce the best and most effective results. During the past 2 facial treatments session, Mandy focused on treating my skin sensitivity with customized treatments which improved my skin’s condition greatly!

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For the last 2 facial treatments, it focus on treating my skin sensitivity so customized products and treatments are used. Mandy started off with skin cleansing with the Sensi-Bel range with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues.

For people with sensitive skin (like me!), Sensi-bel will never ‘comprise’ your skin. Hypersensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions and eczema requires special care and attention in the method of treatment. The sensi-bel range ensures particularly gentle, meaningful skin therapy for challenging skin types. It focus on regenerating and fortifying the skin’s protective barriers, reducing skin disorder and supporting its balancing processes.

Sensi-bel Delicate: A special care line for long-term or temporarily hypersensitive skin. All products are dermatologically tested, free of colourants, perfume and official preservatives. It also contains Derma Lipid-Membrane Structure (DLS) components, a top grade skin-identical cream base without emulsifiers that does not cause skin irritation and ensures penetration of active ingredients for healthier skin. 

Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell with Dr.Belter Intensa Soft Peeling before applying a thin layer of mask. After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further. Did i mention that the Dr.Belter Intensa Soft Peeling is the only exfoliating gel that’s suitable to be used on my skin? Love it so much that i have purchased a tube to use in between facial treatments at the comfort of my home.

After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface..

After extraction and sterilizing my skin, Mandy applied ampoule on my skin. During the past 2 treatments, Anti-Stress / Irritation Ampoule are being used on my skin. Normally ampoule will always sting my skin but the Dr. Belter’s ampoule doesn’t. After applying both masks, my skin felt ‘cooling’ instantly and i love this soothing and refreshing sensation!

While waiting for ampoule to be fully absorbed, Mandy proceeded with Intensive treatment with Photolight 660 (which happened to be my favorite step!). Originating from Biogenie France, the development of Photolight 660 is based on several years of research in cosmetology on the optimal treatment of skins after damages due to the sun and to ageing. It is a non-invasive and athermic technique which uses a very specific light wave’s length of 660 nanometres that stimulates the production of collagen on fibroblasts. Photolight 660 was used on my skin to help improve the skin tone evenness, diminishes red blotches and to aid with skin healing. To finish off the entire treatment, masks (to treat skin sensitive and to improve hydration) are used.

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Due to high amount of stress, it has somehow caused my body to go haywire and it also led to my lymph system becoming sluggish. As such, my body cannot keep up with detoxification of  excess metabolic waste and toxins.  This congestion has led to my body eliminating the excess through your skin and congestion occurs as a result when my skin cannot keep up with the load. Suffered from acne breakouts near my right ears which refused to go away despite how much pimple cream i spammed. After 2 treatments from Annabelle Skin, those annoying persistent acne went away with the wind! I believed that the treatments help improve lymph drainage and also helps strengthen skin’s resilient. With the treatments, it brought about improvements such as reduced skin sensitivity, less redness and improved skin clarity.

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Shirley (Owner of Annabelle Skin) has also told me to use the Sensi-bel Couperosis Serum twice a day (daily) to maintain healthy skin. Previously, i was only using it whenever my skin felt tight and sensitive so i did not see much results. The Couperosis Serum is a soothing phyto-concentrate which inhibits the rosacea development, calming, anti-irritant and strengthens the vessel function. It contains hyaluronic acid spheres to deeply moisturizing, phyto-complex to fortifies capillaries and phyto-stemcells for UV-protection. There’s also antarcticine to protects from environmental influences and cold and vitamin A to supports skin regeneration.

After using it on a regular basis, i started to see results and i observed that my skin looks so much calmer and less warm to the touch! The picture above as taken straight after face cleansing and also the application of the serum. There’s not much redness observed and i’m very pleased with this serum. Texture is also very light and it gets absorbed instantly without a trace. Will certainly repurchase this again.

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Dr. Belter Cosmetic products and treatments are available exclusively at:

Annabelle Skin
The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street
#02-42, Singapore 179803
Tel: 6336 8975

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Annabelle Skin’s Presskit and Dr Belter’s website

Oil Blotters no more with La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc, 1st Oil Blotter Mist~

Hello my dear readers, Blessed 2017 and may this new year be a good one for all. 🙂 Hope everyone had a fun time celebrating X’mas and New Year.. During the X’mas and New Year period, i went through a surgery which i have been putting off for a long time as i hate the recovery process. :/ But Praise God that everything went on fine and i have understanding bosses and colleagues who covered my work when i was on leave.

As you know, walking after surgery can be cumbersome and painful~ Also, there’s no way that you can wash your face and take a shower until 24-36 hours after surgery. As i have sensitive oily acne prone skin, cleaning it with wipes aren’t sufficient and i cannot wipe off often due to skin sensitivity. Luckily, i have packed La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc into my hospital bag and this Oil Blotter Mist is God-Sent to keep my skin feeling happy and oil free during my hospital stay (and also after discharge!)~

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La Roche Posay’s Serozinc is the must-have Skincare Sensation around the world. This purifying, soothing and mattifying Mist was initially launched only in France, but a flood of online posts and comments from consumers in praise of this product helped drive its launch in the UK, Italy, China, Korea and now Singapore!

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I’m sure La Roche-Posay is no stranger to many and i’m an avid user of some of its products – namely Effaclar Gel Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser, Physiological Soothing Toner and now Serozinc!

Highly recommended by more than 25,000 dermatologists worldwide, La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare developed with dermatologists to meet their standards in efficacy, tolerance and elegant texture for increased compliance. La Roche-Posay skincare products are formulated with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water designed to achieve healthy skin, more specifically the ones with sensitive skin.

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The products, developed using a strict formulation charter, include minimal number of ingredients to reduce side effects and reactivity. Additionally, La Roche-Posay products undergo stringent clinical testing to guarantee effectiveness and safety, even on sensitive skin.

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La Roche-Posay skincare products are formulated with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and Serozinc is also not an exception. Power packed with three key ingredients, this French pharmacy “Must-Have’ is a purifying and soothing facial mist featuring Zinc, La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and Sodium Chloride. All of which are specially designed to target key signs of oily, blemish prone skin. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, Serozinc contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume.

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Complementing the clinically proven Effaclar Range, Serozinc helps to regulate sebum and soothe acne and inflammation. Instantly, the skin is visibly reduce of shine. With regular use, complexion becomes clearer with less breakouts and inflammations, and tightened pores. Its mattifying properties also make it a perfect makeup primer or setting mist that enables makeup to last longer. It is of no surprise why Serozinc is a HG beauty product for many worldwide!

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With the formulation of each product, La Roche-Posay will work closely with healthcare professionals to meet the needs of those with sensitive skin; be it fragile, dry, reactive, or chronic acne-prone, atopic or allergic skin types. For the launch of Serozinc, the team at La Roche-Posay has contacted Dr. Lynn Chiam, a renowned Dermatologist in Singapore to discover more on skin related issues.

Q: Oil Blotters are widely used as a quick-fix solution to remove excess sebum. But what typically happens after as skin becomes oily again very quickly. What is the rationale?

A: While oil blotting papers can have a temporary effect, they have no effect on the production of sebum. You may consider using a product that can suppress the production of sebum. A product that contains zinc can help in this.

Q: On the same topic of sebum, we want to delve deeper into the domino effects of having excessive sebum production. The release of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines, due to excess sebum secretion, can lead to inflammations. When it interacts with p.acne lipases, an enzyme released by p.acnes, hyperkeratinization occurs. This then leads to formations of new imperfections called micro comedones which can easily escalate to acne problems

A: To answer this question, i want to talk about an effective dermatological active ingredient like Zinc. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to reduce bacteria, p. acnes, count by inhibition of the enzymes called p.acne lipases. Another proposed mechanism is also the suppression of sebum production by its anti-androgenic activity. All these help to regulate sebum and reduce the worsening of the acne condition.

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Q: What happens if you suffer from sensitive but acne prone skin? Does this make it difficult to find the right skincare products to treat acne? What should he/she look out for in the ingredient list?

A: Try to avoid any products that contain perfume, alcohol, preservatives or agents that might irritate the skin. Every skin is unique so you have to be patient when looking for the right product.

Q: Acne is by no means an issue reserved for teenagers. We realized that even up to adulthood, more women are suffering from imperfections, breakouts and acne. For some, teenage acne simple continues into adulthood, while others see spots appearing for the first time past the age of 25. How different is teenage acne from adult acne?

A: While is it common to get acne in puberty, up to 25% – 40% of people still suffers from adult onset acne. Unlike teenage acne which is due to surge in hormonal levels, adult acne can also be related to stress and environmental changes. For women especially, the production of androgen hormones decreases over the lifetime. Thus it is not uncommon to have acne as well as dry skin in adults. In adults, the pigmentation left behind by acne may take longer time to heal

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Personally, i dislike the use of blotters as it can only remove oil temporarily and after that, my skin will turn even oilier! Moreover, the use of blotters will spread bacteria from your hands to your face which results in breakouts~ Normally i will just leave it as it is and the layer of sebum on my face can be quite unsightly. When i first held La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc in my hands, i was quite skeptical that it will work as it sounds too good to be true! However, it has been highly raved by many so i guess it will work as promised..

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Serozinc has the same packaging as the Thermal Spring Water and it comes in a 150ml spray bottle. Besides being an oil blotter spray, you can also use it as a toner or to set your makeup. When i was in the hospital, i was using this in between face cleansing with wipes to help with oil control and also curb sebum production. I love how refreshing when it comes into contact with skin and it perks me up instantly. After a few sprays, i will let it dry by itself and skin felt light + the greasiness has disappeared. As it does not contains alcohol, it is safe to spray it over all over your face (including the eye area) and it does not cause any redness / stinging sensation.

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Have been using Serozinc for the past 2 weeks (about 2-3 times a day) and i love how gentle it is on my sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling soothe and refreshed instantly. Moreover, it will ‘remove’ the heavy-ness of greasy on my skin and leave skin looking matt for long. I’m loving it!

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Matt and Oil-Free Skin after use~

La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc is available online via Lazada and in major pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian, Unity, selected hospital pharmacies and Derma Center (Westgate #02-33).

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from La Roche-Posay’s presskit