Indulge in Retail Therapy via Beautiful.me!

Few months ago, i have blogged about Beautiful.me, a Singapore-based Premier eShopping Club that offers an extensive range of over 6,000 beauty, body and baby products at amazing Prices + Free Delivery. Founded and headquartered in Singapore, Beautiful.me is managed by a group of retail and business professionals who aspire to change the way Asian women shop for all things beauty.

I’m someone who does most of my shopping online as i am very lazy to visit brick-and-mortar stores and dislike crowds! With Beautiful.me, it is easy to shop anytime, anywhere with just a click away. This means no more waiting for the next big sale, and no more carrying around heavy shopping bags filled with beauty and personal care essentials. Moreover, orders will be delivered right to the doorstep the following day. With such convenience and cost savings,Beautiful.me will be useful for working women and busy mums.

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Previously, i have ordered things from Beautifulme and I find that the eStore is very easy to navigate as it is segmented into various categories – Beauty, Body, Baby, Brands and Hot Deals. The layout of the website is easy on the eyes and very user-friendly as there are sub categories so you can locate what you need easily. If all things fail, there’s always the search function.

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Beautiful.me aims to provide its members with a smarter way to shop at the best prices possible. What i love most on Beautiful.me is that i have instant access to flash sales which allows more cost savings. Every purchase will also comes with Smart Reward Points, which can be redeemed for free samples, product trials and gifts. There’s also the smart shopping cart technology to help members track the amount of cost savings, offering various delivery and packing options that come with bonus rebates (See Chart below) — allowing members to save even more.

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As i’m moving in to my new place next month, i have already planned to make Beautiful.me my preferred e-shopping destination for some of our beauty and personal care essentials. 🙂 Few months ago, Beautiful.me had a Bazaar whereby there’s amazing shopping deals and fun activities like Hello Kitty Manicure by OPI, games and many more. I was honored to be given the opportunity to attend the Hello Kitty Bento Workshop and hereby sharing some pictures taken during the workshop. 🙂

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Tools and Ingredients Required for the Bento

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Bento completed by the Instructor.

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Bento Making in Progress.

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I know it doesn’t looks appetizing but I have tried my best!! Nonetheless, thank you Beautiful.me for organizing such a fun Bento workshop!

At the end of the Bento Workshop, Beautiful.me presented me with a huge paper bag that’s packed with many products that i saw at the Bazaar (Thank you!).

Here’s some of the products that you can purchase via Beautiful.me. Not only that there’s beauty, supplements  and personal care essentials, you can get baby-related products via Beautiful.me as well. At the Bazaar, i saw a few mummies buying diapers in bulk so you can gauge how affordable the prices are. 🙂

I’m someone who relies on supplements heavily as i felt that my diet has insufficient mineral and nutrients content. To make up it, i’m taking supplements like Multi-vitamin, fish oil and grape seed extract to help restore my body to a place of balance. I’m definitely seeing the benefits as i don’t fall sick so often and i have healthier skin + hair. 🙂

In the bag, there’s Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil 1000 Mini Caps (400caps).  It is a must that my fish oil must not have any fishy after taste and it must be pure (Does not contain contaminants like mercury).  Fish oil is a great way to boost omega-3 intake for people who don’t eat enough fish however sometimes large capsules can be hard to swallow. Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil Mini Caps provide the same strength of omega-3s as a standard fish oil 1000 mg but in a half sized capsule. Plus they are odourless without the use of artificial surfactants, so there’s no fishy aftertaste. At Blackmores, the fish oils are rigorously tested for quality and highly purified.

Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil 1000 Mini Caps

I have just started on this new bottle of Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil 1000 Mini Caps as i have finished my previous bottle of fish oil (from another brand). The Blackmores fish oil’s size is half of what i used to consume in the past which makes it easier to swallow. There’s no fish after taste which is a big plus point!

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2 capsules a day for healthy brain and heart~

I have passed the FatBlaster Coconut Detox 2 Day Plan and Bioglan Superfoods Chia Seeds to my husband.

The FatBlaster Coconut Detox 2 Day Plan is the exciting new program to help one flush away toxins while reducing belly bloat and puffiness to help one feel lighter, rejuvenated and get the body you want – all in just 2 days! Hydrating Coconut Water : Coconut Water, known as nature’s sports drink, is loaded with electrolytes essential for cellular metabolism and is great for hydrating the body. It is taken from the young coconut and is virtually fat-free! Medium Chain Triglycerides : They are found in mature coconuts and have been clinically studied to better understand their benefits. They have been making headlines for their role for thermogenesis, the process that helps jump-start your metabolism and fat-burning.

FatBlaster Coconut Detox 2 Day Plan 750ml

My husband has been adding the Bioglan Chia Seeds to his Yoghurt as part of his breakfast. Do you know that Chia seed is a super seed that does is all? A staple superfood, chia seeds can increase energy, digestive health, help manage blood sugar levels and improve overall wellbeing. Chia Seeds have traditionally been used by central and South American populations for as long as 5,000 years as a dietary mainstay. Recently, Chia seeds have become a staple item in Australian kitchens too. This is due to their high nutrient value, tangible benefits and ease of inclusion in cooking, meals and smoothies.

Bioglan Chia Seeds are high in fibre, calcium, complete protein, amino acids, slowly processed carbohydrates and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3. Chia Seeds – added to any meal – can naturally boost your energy and improve your brain, heart and skin health, for better health from the inside out. Bioglan Chia Seeds are the richest plant-based source of omega-3, protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants available. Bioglan Chia Seeds are also high in fibre for good digestion & weight loss, high in protein for longer lasting energy, and so convenient to include in your meals.

Bioglan Superfoods Chia Seeds 750g

Clean skin is the first important step to flawless skin and the best thing you can do is to remove your makeup and double cleanse your skin daily. It is important to use effective products that will remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems (like clogged pores, acne and sensitivity).. If you are looking for an effective yet affordable makeup remover, look no further! BIFESTA will provide the simple, fuss-free and yet reliable makeup removal solution.

‘Bi‘ actually means Beauty or 美 in Japanese while ‘Festa’ is an abbreviation of Festival. Together, Bifesta means Beauty Festival, a celebration of beauty means Beauty Festival, a celebration of beauty where beautiful skin can be achieved quickly and easily with effective makeup removal. Bifesta is the first to introduce water-based makeup remover in Japan which is suitable for every skin type, lifestyle and occasions. Because Bifesta provided simple, fuss-free and yet reliable makeup removal solutions with added skincare qualities to cater to our hectic lifestyles, it has won many awards in Japan and Singapore. In Japan, 3 bottles of Bifesta makeup removers are sold every min in Japan.

Recently, Bifesta has launched their Konnyaku Jelly Makeup Remover which thoroughly removes make-up, even waterproof mascara in the shower. The Bifesta Cleansing Gel Liquid contains Konnyaku ingredient to suck up impurities, excess sebum and blackheads from pores. It also has absorbent hyaluronic acid and natural orange oil to hydrate skin at the same time. I will be posting a separate blog post on the  Konnyaku Jelly Makeup Remover range so stay tune.

Bifesta Cleansing Gel Liquid 230ml

As i have sensitive acne prone skin, my cleanser has to be gentle yet effective~ The Winter Organics Natural and Organic Chamomile Facial Cleanser has dual function as its formulation of pH5 is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and speed up acne healing time with anti-inflammatory properties.

Refresh your skin with Chamomile Facial Cleanser for use day and night. Release the relaxing, soothing scent of a natural flower blend as you massage the cleanser into your moist skin. Soft chamomile, soothing aloe vera, sweet calendula, exotic ylang ylang, warm rosemary, and citrusy orange ingredients blend together for a luxurious natural fragrance. 

Winter Organics Natural and Organic Chamomile Facial Cleanser 100ml

The facial cleanser has a gel texture which spreads onto skin easily. Like most gentle cleanser, it doesn’t lather up much as too much foam will dries the skin.. I have to say that the citrus-y scent smells really heavenly and up-lifting! After cleansing, skin does not feels tight but yet it cleanse well. My sensitive skin approves it! 🙂

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Formula 10.0.6 excels at perfecting troublesome young skin with ingredients that work. Created by a chemist in 1933, the current range now includes skin care products specifically designed to promote clear, healthy skin. Formula 10.0.6 Takeaway For Brighter Skin Kit has everything you need to achieve seriously bright skin. Packed with nutrious actives, these quick and easy-to-use products are the perfect combo for fast flawless skin. Infused with passionfruit, green tea,strawberry and yarrow.

Formula 10.0.6 Takeaway For Brighter Skin Kit consists of:

Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser (125ml)

For clear skin, get the obvious solution. Best Face Forward. This fresh, foaming gel cleanser washes away oil and impurities. It helps your skin look clean, clear and healthy every day. The Passionfruit reduces oiliness while the Green Tea exfoliates and soothes skin.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask (100ml)

Seeking Clarity? Search no more. Pores Be Pure is the skin-clarifying mud mask that helps to eliminate impurities and clear blocked pores. With the help of Strawberry, Yarrow and Rosemary, Pores Be Pure provides your skin with instant complexion perfection. Packed with anti-oxidants berries,great for memory and pores!

Formula 10.0.6 Takeaway For Brighter Skin Kit

After so long, my hair has grown to a length that i like but long hair aren’t easy to manage as it tends to get dry and damaged with lot of tangles + spilt ends.. As your hair gets longer, you will subject the same surface area with more and more chemical treatments overtime… In addition, your hair condition will worsen which leads to breakage which leads to hair loss!

In order to counter the above and to maintain healthy, Shiny, Smooth and Manageable hair, HASK products will be your hair savior!

HASK Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shampoo (355ml)

With ProDefense Complex, A protein-based complex that penetrates hair to build strength, reinforce & protect. Protect fragile hair from damage and breakage with Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shampoo. Known to provide a strong foundation for hair, silicone rich bamboo helps reinforce hair strands, improve flexibility and prevent split ends. With ProDefense Complex, biotin and collagen, this shampoo fortifies as it cleanses, providing stronger and healthier looking hair.

HASK Bamboo Oil Strengthening Conditioner (355ml)

With ProDefense Complex, A protein-based complex that penetrates hair to build strength, reinforce & protect. Protect fragile hair from damage and breakage with Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Conditioner. Known to provide a strong foundation for hair, silicone rich bamboo helps reinforce hair strands, improve flexibility and prevent split ends. With ProDefense Complex, biotin and collagen, this conditioner detangles and softens, leaving hair stronger and healthier looking.

HASK Bamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner Pack (50g)

Hask Bamboo Deep Conditioning Packette with ProDefense Complex, A protein based complex that penetrates hair to build strength, reinforce & protect. This deep conditioner is a super strengthening, moisturizing treatment that will reinforce fragile hair. Silicone rich bamboo is known to provide a strong foundation for hair and fortifies to help improve flexibility, leaving hair resilient and less prone to split ends and breakage.

HASK Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shine Hair Oil Vial (18ml)

Gone are the days of broken, limp and lifeless hair! Protect fragile hair from damage and breakage with Hask Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shine Hair Oil. This lightweight, alcohol-free oil instantly absorbs to provide a strong foundation for hair with no greasy residue. Bamboo oil, with biotin and collagen, helps reinforce and prevent split ends, leaving stronger, healthier looking hair.

Will be reviewing this set of products in a different post so stay tune. 🙂

Cover Your Gray Waterproof Brush-In Dark Brown (15g)

Brush-In Waterproof Hair Color Touch Up (available in 4 shades) is perfect for hiding stray grays in the part and around the temples. The brush In applicator makes it easy to cover grays exactly where you need to, when you need to. When you are too busy for a full hair color service, cover your gray offers a full array of solutions to temporarily cover stray grays and re-growth. It is also perfect for use on eyebrows. The waterproof formulas are long-lasting and handbag friendly.

Next product comes in handy as my husband will kill me if i get another tattoo.. hahahaha! Using the “tattoo stamper” – U’rs Tattoo Stamper Waterproof (Available in 5 different designs), press on the skin as a simple stamp! It also looks good usability in a simple design. Since waterproof, it makes it long-lasting and can be ‘worn’ even while you swim.

The tattoo stamper is very easy to use and the it has right consistency which makes application easy. The right amount of ink is being dispensed each time you ‘stamp’ it.

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The ink is also very long-lasting! I tried to subject it to running water and lots of friction but it still stays put!

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Thank you for reading and remember to do some retail therapy on Beautiful.me

* Disclaimer: Products Description, information & Printscreen are extracted from Beautiful.me’s Websites & Presskit.

Vanity Trove x Nylon Exclusive Trove | October VT x Nylon

Hello i’m back with another update on the Vanity Trove x Nylon Exclusive Trove! This collaboration has allowed both Vanity Trove and Nylon Singapore to put together a series of boxes filled with carefully chosen beauty and skincare products for subscribers. October’s Trove consists of a wide range of products which focus on haircare, makeup and skincare products from popular Japanese beauty brands like ZA, Shiseido, Biore and Tsubaki. Yeah!!! Good news to people who love Japanese brand beauty products~

Many Japanese brands will focus on its Japanese Heritage and work on the discerning taste of the Japanese and stringent quality standards. This is why many Asians like myself have always love skincare & makeup products from Japan as they are suitable for our skin and intensive R&D will be put in place to ensure its efficiency.

Items included in the October’s Trove consist of full, deluxe and sample size products as follows:

  1. Benefit POREfessional (3ml)
  2. Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover (20ml)
  3. Bottega Verde Body Cream With Red Grape Extract (50ml)
  4. CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Blackhead Clear Kit
  5. Curél Sebum Care Lotion (8ml) and Moisture Gel (7ml)
  6. Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (180ml, full-sized)
  7. Senka Perfect Watery Oil (20ml) and Perfect Whip (35g)
  8. Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum (10ml)
  9. Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner (40ml each)
  10. VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam (25ml)
  11. Za True White Ex Essence Lotion (20ml)

To kick start the October box, i will start off with a full size product first – Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion.  Neogence is developed in Taiwan by a team of renowned medical beauty specialist; with plenty of R&D done, these professional dermatologists came out with a series of products which will target flaws of Asian skin and suitable for today’s climate. Focusing on its mission in providing sincerity, service and environmental-friendly products / services; Neogence series contain only safe ingredients to care for your skin with dedicated services and with simplicity which helps to keep the environment green. I have reviewed a few products from Neogence before during my bad skin days and you can find it using the search function on my blog.. 🙂

Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion is a moisturizing toner which cleanses and replenish abundant moisture to skin, maintaining skin in a balanced condition for all day long. Formulated with a blend of hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid and Tornare), it provides abundant of moisture to skin and conditions skin with a stabilized pH value. Making skin becomes supple and preparing skin for a better absorption of your daily skincare. On top of that, its ingredients are purified, it’s alcohol-free and it soothes dry and sensitive skin that’s undergone medical beauty treatment or sun exposure.

Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Lotion, $22.90 for 180ml

Next, i chanced upon Senka’s cleaner range while i was holidaying in Taiwan and bought some products to try. Since it is so affordable and effective, i’ll have to trouble my friends to help me purchase it whenever they go to Taiwan.. But now it is available in Singapore and i’m really glad as others will get the chance to try~

A little background information on Senka – The project team is established and products are created from the requirements of its customers. Senka strongly believes that skincare is something necessary to use on a daily basis and this is why one should select the optimal products that will address individual’s skin concern. This is why Senka is dedicated to develop products that will enable users to enjoy the beneficial effects after regular use. Senka’s aim is not to develop fly-by-night products but to build long-term relationship with everyone because they care.

Senka Perfect Watery Oil (20ml) and Perfect Whip (35g) are in Oct’s Trove. Perfect Whip was what i brought back from Taiwan few years back and if you are looking for a dense cleansing foam which removes makeup / impurities well without drying out the skin, look no further! Perfect Whip is also perfect as a daily cleanser which will protect skin while it removes impurities from every pore. Suitable for all skin types, it will leave skin clean, soft and moisturized. Was using it as my makeup remover previously and i’ve recommended it to my friend, Wendy who loves it as well.

On days when you have thicker makeup, Perfect Oil will be the right makeup remover to use~ Similar to the Perfect Watery Oil, this perfect oil will remove stubborn make-up well without oiliness. Not only that, it will also remove pore-clogging impurities at the same time..

Senka Perfect Watery Oil, $22.90 for 230ml, and Senka Perfect Whip, $12.90 for 120g,

A healthy scalp is essential for shiny, bouncy hair. But countless daily stress factors affect your skin, keeping your scalp from creating ideal conditions for healthy hair growth. Through dermatological research, Shiseido has found that more than 60% of women have scalp roughening, which leads to weaker hair and increased sebum secretion. The oil that results is turned into irritants when in contact with UV rays and resident microorganisms on the scalp, ending in dreaded scalp odour and skin inflammation. To address this problem, Shiseido has developed the Fuente Forte haircare line that  delivers technology that reinforces skin’s natural barrier function, making your scalp resistant to various kinds of stressful stimuli. In the salon or at home, give your scalp strength, and let beautiful hair come naturally.

Inside the Oct’s trove, there’s a 10ml Shiseido The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum. This Scalp serum addresses concerns such as dryness and itchiness. It replenish the scalp with moisture and creates a healthy scalp environment for growing beautiful hair.

Shiseido The Hair Care Fuente Forte Toning Serum, $60 for 125ml

All the way from Italy, Bottega Verde has set up their first South-East Asian store here in Singapore. Inside Oct’s Trove, we are given a chance to try one of their product which is the Bottega Verde Body Cream With Red Grape Extract (50ml)! This exquisitely rich, delectably fragrant*, velvety and enveloping body cream is a real delight for the senses. It provides comprehensive moisturizing and antioxidant.treatment for the skin, which will be softer and more supple right from the first time it is used. A beauty-enhancing blend enriched with red grape extract… for simply stunning skin!

*Scent: Lemon, Fresh Red Grape Notes, Velvet Peach, Aquatic Notes, Jasmine Petals, White Musk, Vanilla, White Amber Notes, Patchouli, Cedar Wood.

Bottega Verde Body Cream with Red Grape Extract, $18.90 for 250ml

TSUBAKI (a brand under Shiseido Singapore Co) is a leading hair care in Japan and ever since its launch in 2006,  a total number of shipments of over 270 million units has been recorded. TSUBAKI means Camellia in Japanese which symbolizes strength and sign of Japanese beauty. Its mission and value is to help women to achieve beautiful shinier hair from roots to tip and enhancing attractiveness.

I have tried almost all the ranges from Tsubaki except the red range (now known as Extra Moist Range) and i’m happy that the Oct’s Trove has the Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner (40ml each). The Extra Moist tange focus on providing users with silky smooth manageable hair and a lustrous shine all day long. Moreover, it provides deep moisture replenishment for a shiny and well-moisturized texture. This range is best for those who seek shine with airy and easy to manage hair style

Key ingredients:

1) Hair Melanin hole reparative ingredient (Arginine) to treat Melanin holes in hair are to create lustrous hair that shines from within.

2) Blended with selected Camellia oil (from carefully selected compressed camellia oil seeds from Gotou islands), which gives hair shine. Products are further blended with Camellia leaf essence (Camellia leaf extract, DPG, Hydoxyethyl Urea) to supply moisture.

3) UV-layer with UV protective ingredient (All except Shampoo) to protect hair against melanin hole and sun damage!

Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, $16.90 for 500ml each

Oct’s Trove also contains a highly raved face primer which is the Benefit POREfessional (3ml) to minimise the appearance of pores. This primer  quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! With a silky and lightweight texture, Benefit POREfessional can be under or over makeup (you can use it for touch up too!). Its translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. It also contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.

Benefit POREfessional, $51 for 22ml

Since 1997 , ZA has been a well-loved brand among ladies who love affordable, quality and fuss-free skincare and beauty products.. Throughout the years, ZA has obtained numerous awards and recognition, thanks to the support of many! Weather in Singapore has been always been harsh in terms of the sun and heat.. Besides piling on sunblock to eliminate the harm from UVA/UVB exposures, good skincare system  is just as important in place to improve skin’s health and to deal with dark spots while prevent skin from darkening due to sun exposure.

I’m sure many ladies are into brighter, hydrated and more translucent skin so ZA True White Series is something worth trying. Inside the Oct’s Trove, there’s a 20ml bottle of Za True White Ex Essence Lotion (20ml) and this essence lotion works as a lotion, emulsion and essence (all in one) for whiter, clearer skin with a more even skin tone and fewer dark spots. It contains Shiseido’s star ingredient, Whitening 4MSK, that stops melanin formation and SPA ingredients to keep the skin hydrated over long periods of time. Vitamin C derivatives are included for a double lightening effect against dark melanin and prevent further discolouration.

Za True White Ex Essence Lotion, $21.90 for 150ml

Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover has been voted the #1 Makeup Remover in Singapore and Japan. It has a new formula with smoother jelly texture which glides easily with less tugging. that can overtime cause wrinkles, sagging skin and lashes from thinning out. The enhanced formulation of Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover also conditions skin while removing makeup. It contains 40% moisturising essence to nourish and hydrate skin a dewy moist finish, so skin feels soft and dewy after each cleanse. This makeup remover removes even waterproof mascara and rinses off easily and leaves no sticky or oily after-feel. Inside the Oct’s trove, there’s a 20ml bottle which makes it convenient for me to bring overseas while it also gives me the chance to try it out first before getting the full size bottle~

Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, $20.90 for 230ml

VDL is an international cosmetic brand that was founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household & Health Care. n the nutshell, VDL is a professional make-up brand that is dedicated in helping women stay beautiful while they achieve their dreams. A moisture type cleansing foam that gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaning the skin’s moisture balance. There’s another product from VDL in the Oct’s Trove. The VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam (25ml)  is a moisture type cleansing foam that gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining the skin’s moisture balance Cleansing foam with excellent cleansing power to remove impurities and leave moisturizing feeling without dryness after cleansing. Uses prune water with enriched vitamin and mineral to offer nourishing and moisturizing feeling at the same time.

VDL Beauty Cleansing Foam comes in a sensitive skin option, $24, and normal option, $18, both 150ml.

Lastly, there’s the CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Blackhead Clear Kit (1 Set) and Curél Sebum Care Lotion (8ml) and Moisture Gel (7ml) inside the Oct’s Trove.

CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Blackhead Clear Kit is a 2-step mask specially designed to remove blackheads and excess sebum to achieve blackhead-free skin without squeezing. Step 1 consists of the blackhead clear mask which gently dissolves blacheads and sebum, whereas step 2 is a pore tightening mask to minimize the appearance of pores.

Curél Sebum Care Lotion (8ml) and Moisture Gel (7ml) inside the Oct’s Trove. Curél Sebum Care Lotion (to be used like a toner) control oil & acne with its zero-in sebum control technology to regulate sebum secretion at its source and active ingredient – antiphlogistic to reduce acne occurence. It strengthen skin resilience against external irritants with eucalyptus extract that boost ceramide production, improving skin barrier function. Its non-sticky formula prepares the skin for better absorption of moisture gel that is used after lotion.

Curél Sebum Care Moisture Gel controls oil & acne with zero-in sebum control technology to regulate sebum secretion at its source and active ingredient – antiphlogistic to reduce acne occurence. It strengthen skin resilience against external irritants with hydrating and penetrating moisture retaining formula and eucalyptus extract to replenish ceramide and boost ceramide production, thus restoring skin’s barrier function.This liquid based gel spreads and get absorbed easily to facilitate speedy penetration, leaving skin refreshed, matt yet comfortably hydrated.

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CNP Laboratory Anti-Pore Black Head Clear Kit, $14.10 for three sets of two masks.  Curél Sebum Care Lotion, $24.90 for 150ml, and Moisture Gel, $34.90 for 120ml.

Gentle reminder that Vanity Trove is extending a 10% discount to my followers and readers. Just use this discount code ‘Jermaine10’ and you can enjoy 10% discount on your Trove purchase. Purchase it here!

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Vanity Trove, Nylon Sg and respective brands’ websites.

Vanity Trove x Nylon Exclusive Trove | July VT x Nylon and Aug/Sept VT x Nylon

Hello my readers! Vanity Trove has recently collaborated with Nylon Singapore once again to launch a series of Vanity Trove x Nylon Exclusive Trove filled with many beauty favorites. This collaboration has brought about a series of monthly boxes which consists of a wide range of products including makeup, haircare and skincare products from highly raved brands. The Vanity Trove x Nylon Exclusive Trove concept has been introduced and launched in 2013 with much success so now it has been reintroduced.

A short introduction on the 2 platforms:

VanityTrove is a beauty platform where over 60,000 women in South East Asia interact with fellow beauty enthusiasts to read and share about the latest beauty products that we’re all raving about.

Nylon Singapore is the reigning authority on fashion, beauty and music for the modern and intelligent young woman.

I will be unboxing the July VT x Nylon and Aug/Sept VT x Nylon in this post~ Each carefully curated trove is retailing at S$38 and you can scroll to the end for a discount code. 🙂

Will kick-start with the July VT x Nylon and items in the Trove are:

Biore Marshmallow Whip Face Wash (Full Size, 150ml)
Fresh Rose Face Mask (Travel Size, 20ml)
BRTC Animal Mask (assorted) (Full Size, 20g)
John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen+Restore Shampoo (Deluxe size, 50ml)
John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen+Restore Conditioner (Deluxe size, 50ml)
Either one: K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm Range Long Curl Mascara OR 1 Day Lash Perm Range Volume Curl Mascara OR 1 Day Tattoo 2 Way Eyebrow Liner OR 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow Mascara (Full Size)
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray (Deluxe size, 53ml)
Skinfood Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Gift Set (Sample Size, 10ml each)
VDL Perfecting Last Foundation (Travel Size, 8ml)
VDL Lumilayer Primer (Travel Size, 8ml)

The value of the full size items in July’s Trove adds up to about $38 plus you are also getting some deluxe size samples. It is really worth it IMO and now we shall take a look at what’s inside!

First item that i wish to feature is the Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash which i have been wanting to try after hearing Chantana’s feedback on them. Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash is made for people with normal to combination skin and it will foam instantly with just 1 pump! With an improved formula, it has Skin Purifying Technology that rebalances & improves the skin. It also contains hydrating ingredients that softens skin. With 800% more micro-bubbles and 8x denser foam, Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash can penetrate into pores to remove all dirt, oil and impurities effectively.

Tried this foamy facial wash for a few times and i find that it has a nice dense and fluffy foam which turns into a thick creamy after lathering. Really love the texture as i prefer using a facial cleanser which has a thick lather~ 2 full pump is sufficient to cleanse my face effectively and the facial foam has a light flowery scent . I also feel that this foam is suitable for those with sensitive skin as it is gentle on skin (doesn’t sting), hydrating and doesn’t dries up the skin after cleansing (No skin tightness).   If you are looking for an affordable facial foam ($13.90 for 150ml) for sensitive combined skin, you can give it a try.

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Next, for ladies with flyaway hair issue (like me), the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray will work in controlling it plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style. Infused with Argan Oil, Keratin and Grape Seed Oil, get extra volume, shine and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one!  The non-water based, fast drying formula creates volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and its flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full-bodied mane. When you buy Argan Oil products for your hair you’re getting one of the best natural resources for healthy looking hair. What more could you want from a hairspray!

Travel Size, 53ml

Will recommend that you use this spray before you blow dry your hair. With just a few sprays, it will tame your hair and reduce the amount of flyaway hair. Moreover, it adds shine and volume without any weighed down feeling. Although it don’t smell pleasant to me, i can live with that and i’m surprised that it holds up remarkably well despite the heat & humidity!  This is certainty one handy hairspray filled with so much goodness.

Heard so much about Fresh’s products and i’m glad that a travel size Fresh Rose Face Mask is inside the July’s box. Rose Face Mask hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. The unique, cooling gel formula is infused with real rose petals that literally melt into the skin.

Main Ingredients include:

  • Pure rosewater (soothing and toning properties)
  • Cucumber extract and aloe vera gel (soothe and calms the skin)
  • Porphyridium cruentum (delivers optimum moisture)
  • Antioxidant-rich green tea (brighten and protect).

The travel size mask contains enough mask for at least 2 applications and i will try it out very soon. Think my sensitive skin will love it! It is great to be given the chance to try out this product before committing to get the full size one. There’s some other sachet included in the package as well. 🙂

Ever since i chanced upon the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect serum in Korea, i have never looked back since it worked so well for my sensitive skin! During Shan’s recent trip to Korea, i have asked her to get more products from Skinfood (So addictive. LOL!) Inside the July’s trove, there’s the Skinfood Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Gift Set so there’s more products from Skinfood which i can try again. The Premium Lettuce and Cucumber series is a hydrating and Intense Moisturizer Line which uses nano technology, this intensive hydrating range provides moisture to skin instantly, leaving it moist and clean. It contains water-rich lettuce and cucumber extracts with 99% water.

Keeping this 2 items for my Trip to KL & Bangkok in December! hehe~ Will need more hydrating products as my skin will turn very tight after travelling on the plane.

There’s also a voucher whereby you can redeem a complimentary gift from Skin Food. Have redeemed it since i was at NEX yesterday evening and here’s the sample sachet that i have received~ 🙂

VDL is an international cosmetic brand that was founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household & Health Care. n the nutshell, VDL is a professional make-up brand that is dedicated in helping women stay beautiful while they achieve their dreams. Have previously reviewed some products from VDL and you can take a look via this link. Inside the July’s trove, there’s 2 sample tube of base products and they are the VDL Perfecting Last Foundation & VDL Lumilayer Primer. As i’m staying away from makeup (Except lipstick, eye liner and eyebrow color. LOL!) for the time being (wish to give my sensitive skin a break), i can’t review both items but i’m keeping it for next time. 🙂

July’s trove also features BRTC Animal Mask ($3.90 per sheet) which is the ‘IN’ thing currently. The super adorable Animal Mask is available in shark, sheep and horse versions, each one performing a different function such as moisturising, energising, whitening, and boosting elasticity. The sheep mask is found inside my trove and this sheep mask has double function to help with whitening and wrinkle improvements. It contains Goat milk, milk protein extract and evening primrose power extract. As i have sensitive skin, i cannot give this a try again as whitening products tend to be on the strong side.. 😦

I’m keeping the following 2 products for my upcoming KL/BKK trip as i need travel size toiletries as i will be bringing only a hand-carry. John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen+Restore Shampoo and John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen+Restore Conditioner are made for damaged colored / chemical treated hair in mind. It will reverse damage with every use as it is formulated with Strengthening formula – Inca Inchi Oil and Omega-3. It works by reversing the look and feel of damaged hair as it restores strength for full, bouncy styles without weighing the hair down. It also protects brittle strands, reducing the risk of breakage and split end.

Last but not least, there’s another full size product in July’s Trove – K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow Mascara ($19.90). If you are facing first world problems like having mismatch brow colors due to your hair color or unable to use an eyebrow color effectively; then you are in for a treat. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, with its unique brush shape and formulation ensures that you get the most lasting and beautiful eyebrow colors, all while caring for your skin and lash with its inclusion of beauty essences to care for your brows! The eyebrow mascara comes with an innovative shower head-shaped brush that does not touch the base of the skin when the mascara is being applied onto the eyebrow. Moreover, it prevents small powder particles clumping together. As the liquid coats the eyebrows easily, great coloring can be achieved in a single stroke. Due to the balanced combination of the ingredients, an amazing softness can be achieved. The liquid does not solidify hence, providing the user with a natural and 3d finishing.

I have just dyed my hair recently to light brown with pink highlights so the color of my brows are black (such a big contrast and i don’t like it). The K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow Mascara (in light brown) is a close match so i don’t have to sport such strong black brows! As i tend to exert too much force while applying makeup, using eye brown pencil can be such a pain so i will tend to use too much product on my brows. However, this K-Palette Eyebrow Mascara is really easy to use to achieve the color i want due to its  shower head-shaped brush! It enables me to control and color each and every strand of my eyebrows so effortlessly + naturally. There is also no need to use your eyebrow brush to even the color which saves me time and effort. K-Palette is highly raved for its eye-makeup products – esp the long-lasting and award-winning range of  ‘One Day Tattoo’ eye cosmetics. Hence the 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow Mascara is also very long-lasting and waterproof, so you need not worry about color disappearing due to sweat or sebum! But due to the long-lastingness, you will need an oil-based makeup remover to remove it completely.

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VanityTrove Nylon August/September

Since it is a combined month Trove, the items found are really worth it (in terms of value and also brands!) Like the July’s Trove, it consists of travel, deluxe and full Size items.

Items inside August / September Trove:

1. Adidas Climacool Antiperspirant (35ml)
2. ASTALIFT Cream (5g) or ASTALIFT Moisture Foam (12g) or Lunamer Brightener (20ml)
3. $10 ASTALIFT Voucher
4. Bed Head Hard Head (101ml)
5. belif Hungarian Water Essence (10ml)
6. belif The True Cream (10ml)
7. BRTC Make Over Mask (20g)
8. ETUDE HOUSE Back to School Kit – Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack (30ml),
Moistfull Collagen Peeling Wash (10ml) and Real Art Cleansing Oil (15ml)
9. Follizin The Cleanser (50ml) and The Moisturiser (50ml)
10. Hada Labo SHA Lotion (30ml)
11. Illamasqua Hydra Veil (8ml)
12. Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick (full-size)
13. 2 x Kosé Pure Advance Deep Clear Mask (8g)
14. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo (50ml)
15. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Conditioner (50ml)
16. L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil Gold (30ml) or Extraordinary Oil + UV Protection (30ml)

The first item that i dug out from the Aug / Sep Trove is the TIGI MINI Bed Head Hard Head Hair Spray as my husband is looking for a travel size hair spray which he can bring overseas. When he first saw the hair spray, he told me that it is from a good brand. haha. TIGI Bed Head Hard Head is a strong hold, buildable hairspray which is suitable for all hair types. This powerful finishing spray gives relentless hold and control that dries instantly and can be layered for extra hold; the more you use, the harder it gets! Hard Head also gives a subtle shine to your finished style, whilst lightly conditioning the hair.

Ideal for any hair length, style or texture, Hard Head gently conditions and repairs the hair with a blend of Hydrolysed Wheat Protein whilst a blend of Polymers deliver a strong, flexible and relentless hold to ensure your style remains flawless all day long. Hard Head also smells good with a fruity Citrus Berry fragrance which entices the senses.

Next, this is an item which i’m sure almost everyone has heard / tried before – The Hada Labo SHA Lotion. With the philosophy of ‘Perfect X Simple’, Hada Labo uses only the purest ingredients of the highest concentration that are clinically proven with high efficacy. Manufactured under strict pharmaceutical standards, there are no unnecessary additives or ingredients in the brand’s products that burden the skin.

Earlier this year, Hada Labo has relaunched its signature Hada Labo Lotion that brings to the skin a new hydration high. Featuring an advanced new generation of four interlocked Hyaluronic Acids, the lotion is designed to unlock the secret to ocean-deep hydration for the skin. Improving on the typical Hyaluronic Acid, each new generation Hyaluronic Acid plays a crucial role in ensuring that skin’s hydration level stays in a continuous, super-charged mode by locking, replenishing and storing moisture into the deep layers of the skin. I have reviewed this lotion previously and you can read about it here

There’s also a full size BRTC mask (worth $3.90) in Aug/Sep trove – BRTC Make Over Mask. Made in Korea, the BRTC Makeover Masks come in the design of the four great beauties namely Tang Gui Fei, Chun Xiang, Hyang Jini and Cleopatra with different skincare needs like soothing, brightening and tightening. I have received the temptation Mask and it contains swallow nest, papaver rhoeas seed extract and coplis chinensis root extract to supple nutrients for exhausted skin

BRTC (Bio Remedies Therapeutic Cosmetics) is an established medical beauty from Korea. AMI being its parent company, owns more than more than 1000 dermatological clinics and research laboratories in Korea. Therefore, having a strong leading position in Korea, the company is the first to introduced Blemish Balm into Korea’s market and further enhanced it into multi-functional Blemish Balm Cream thus leading it into a world’s craze.. I have tried a few masks from BRTC before and i quite like it. The BRTC Make Over Mask has the same concept as the animal mask just that it is in the design of the four great beauties. My husband finds it quite eerie looking (so there’s no picture! hahaha)! The material of the mask feels soft but it is sturdy enough for me to stretch it onto my skin without breaking (I hate mask that is too thin!).. Normally, i will face issue with 100% coverage of mask on my nose area (I have a non-existence nose to begin with) but this mask covers my entire face perfectly.. No trapped air bubbles are observed so it means the mask lies closely fitted to my skin..  After using the mask, my skin seems less red which means the mask calms my skin well.. Skin is less oily the next day  (This shows that my skin is more hydrated which reduces the amount of sebum secretion).

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Picture from BRTC website

Next, the ASTALIFT Moisture Foam is a creamy moisture foam contains anti-oxidants – Astaxanthin and Lycopene – and hydro-soluble collagen leaving your skin fresh, radiant and luminous always. Created by FUJIFILM, ASTALIFT is an award-winning brand that offers carefully
researched skincare products with proven efficacy. ASTALIFT is a scientific breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare that combines unique technological expertise in skin with advanced molecular research and patented innovation to become the specialists in collagen and antioxidants. There’s also a $10 ASTALIFT Voucher included in the Trove so if you like the moisture foam, you can use it to offset your purchase.


L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil soothes and restores dry and damaged hair so your hair can stay soft and tangle free with extra softness while i head out for work / leisure~ It contains 6 Precious Flower Oils (Lotus, Tiare, Rose, Flax, Chamomile & Marticaria). Upon application, the lightweight and non-greasy miracle oil gets absorbed and penetrates into the hair instantly. Luxuriously nourished and richly protected, the Extraordinary Oil reinvent hair to become sumptuously smooth and radiantly shiny. I’m using the one with brown cap one currently and will give this a try when it runs out.

Here’s the highlight for Aug / Sep Trove – Illamasqua Lipstick (Full Size, worth $34) and i cannot believe my eyes when i saw it inside the Trove. Been wanting to try this brand for the longest time and i’m so happy that i have received a warm coral lip color and Illamasqua Hydra Veil (Travel Size!)

Let your lips speak volumes. Indulge in colour-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula, available in a choice of flawless finishes, from creamy matt to iridescent finishes. Illamasqua Lipstick glides on smoothly and doesn’t give up without a fight for the perfect all-night pout. A must have for professional make-up artists, and those who want to make a statement. This formulation provides immediate intense pay off from the initial stroke and it can also be applied lightly as a lip stain that wears all day.

First of all, the color is gorgeous – It has a vibrant warm pink shade. I feel that it looks sophisticated for work and it is also a very wearable color for all occasions. Especially i don’t wear makeup now, this lip color makes me look less haggard and brightens up my appearance.I would say that this lipstick has a matt finish so prep your lips with lip balm before application, if not it will emphasize your dry flaky lips. Texture wise, it is creamy and pigmented so a little goes a long way. It is very long-lasting as the color is still obvious after eating and drinking. I even wiped my lips and some of the lipstick were still intact. However, i find that the formula is drying but this is not an issue to me as i can resolve it with a lip balm.

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There’s another set of shampoo and conditioner in Aug / Sep Trove and they are the Follizin Cleanser & Moisturiser. My first encounter with this brand and after a quick search, i found out that the brand is established in 2006. Follizin products come from the Research Laboratory that specializes in products to keep the scalp young and healthy for men and women of all ages. Research into the latest Skin Care Biotechnologies provides the background to this range of unique customized “Skin Care” products for the Scalp and Hair. It has been scientifically proven that healthy good-looking hair can only come from healthy scalps. Furthermore keeping our scalp skin young and firm will also help keep our face skin firmer slowing down the effects of aging on the face.

Cleanser – A gentle yet thorough cleanser for all scalp and hair types. SuGENE Technology provides a scalp safe environment, while Hygroscopic Action balances and maintains moisture on the scalp and hair.

The Moisturizer (aka conditioner) – Delivers rich moisture and silky softness to dry, damaged and chemically treated hair. HYDRALOK Technology locks in moisture on the scalp and hair, improving overall manageability with no build-up and is color safe for hair.

Will give this scalp care shampoo a try soon as i have sensitive /oily scalp~ Will update again. 🙂

The Etude House Back to School Kit emphasizes on the importance of cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating to keep skin in excellent condition! It is important to use effective products that will remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems.. In addition, you will need a perfectly cleanse & exfoliated skin in order to prep it for your other skincare products. The Back to School Kit contains Real Art Cleansing Oil, Moistfull Collagen Peeling Wash, and Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack to help clean makeup and impurities off, exfoliating and then hydrating it with goodness!

Real Art Cleansing Oil MOISTURE is a moist type cleansing oil containing moisture providing coconut oil and grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil effective for removing dead skin cells, cleansing away makeup residue and old skin cells.

Moistfull Collagen Peeling Wash is a moisturizing peeling gel formulated with natural konjac makes skin feel moist and soft. It is formulated with Baobab Leaf Mucus, hydrolyzed Marine Collagen and Natural Jelly (Konjac) beads. This hydrating exfoliator gently refines without over drying the skin.

Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack will makes skin feel hydrated and elastic by forming a moisturizing layer over the skin. Formulated with Baobab Leaf Mucus and hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, this overnight leave-in treatment creates a protective barrier on your skin, locking in vital moisture while you beauty sleep for a youthful, water bouncy skin.

Aug / Sep’s Trove is full of brands from Korea. The last brand from Korea that Aug / Sep’s trove brings is Belif! Featuring the Belif Hungarian Water Essence & Belif The True Cream, your skin will stay hydrated! Moreover, both products will be handy if you are heading to a cold country for end of year vacation!

Hungarian Water Essence– This essence (to be applied after using toner) contains hydration secrets of the legendary Hungarian Water that enabled Hungarian Queen Elizabeth to maintain her beauty into old age. This product is applied cool like a spritz of water, and clings to the skin lightly without stickiness, prolonging suppleness and softness.

Belif The True Cream – With Napiers aqua formula containing Lady’s Mantle, often called “a woman’s hydrating herb,” this refreshing gel cream supplies instant moisture to the skin while forming a protective layer that wraps the skin in comfort (To be used after essence or emulsion)

Another Deluxe Size shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda for me to keep for my future overseas trip! The Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner preserves colour keeping it rich & vibrant while it moisturize it. With crushed pearls and sweet almond oil, moisturising formula protects and preserves colour as it rehydrates and replenishes dry, colour-treated hair for a satin feel.

Next, i’m glad to see 2x Kosé Pure Advance Deep Clear Mask in the Trove as i am having hormonal breakouts (Need a clarifying mask to use on my acne and i ran out of it). Kosé Pure Advance Deep Clear Mask is a fast-acting mask that thoroughly scrubs away the aging-factors in pores.The clay-based mask and scrub combined have a dual effect on the skin, getting rid of blackheads and unwanted dead skin cells.

Due to the delicate state of my sensitive skin, i cannot apply clarifying mask on each and every part of my face as my skin cannot take it. Hence, i can only apply it on my acne spots. The mask has a thick consistency but it spreads easily. There’s also small exfoliating beads so i guess it works in getting rid of dead skin cells as well. There’s not much fragrance detected since i’m only using a small amount on affected areas (like spot treatment)! There is no stinging sensation after application so it is quite gentle to skin despite being a clarifying mask. By using the mask as a spot treatment, it helps to reduce inflammation and ‘draws’ out the impurities. I find that my breakouts healed much faster with the help of this mask! 🙂

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The final item in Aug / Sep Trove is the Adidas Climacool Antiperspirant which i don’t use so i have passed it to my husband (who is happy with it as he can bring it to gym). The Adidas climacool anti-perspirant deodorant has a unique formula featuring advanced fresh capsule technology activated by movement so that the harder you go the better it works (Performance in Motion). The 48 Hour Protection ability will keep you smelling fresh while you move. My husband said that the deodorant smells good and not too overpowering. He also observed that it is quite long-lasting as he still smells good at the end of the day (exact quote from him).

Before i go, i’m glad that Vanity Trove is extending a 10% discount to my followers and readers. Just use this discount code ‘Jermaine10’ and you can enjoy 10% discount on your Trove purchase. Purchase it here!

Thanks for reading and stay tune to my review on the October’s Trove. 🙂

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Vanity Trove, Nylon Sg and respective brands’ websites.

Achieve Absolute Wellness With The All-Natural Spa Ceylon Detox Range

Last week, i was invited to the Spa Ceylon boutique @ Wisma Atria to learn more about the brand’s new products launch. Spa Ceylon is the world’s leading Luxury Ayurveda brand which combine the use of powerful, age-old Ayurveda formula and the finest natural ingredients to provide the ultimate in luxury for health, well-being and relaxation. Spa Ceylon products are the result of nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products from the pioneers in modern Ayurveda beauty care in Sri Lanka.The highly-treasured and pampering Spa Ceylon ranges inspired by the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda* promises to rejuvenate one’s senses and will hydrate, treat, purify and soothe the body.

*Considered by many to be the oldest of healing arts, Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ which means The Science of Life. Ayurveda, practiced in the grand palaces of Ceylon thousands of years ago, is a holistic approach that treats the root cause of illness, in body or mind. The Ayurveda treatment is dispensed based on the distinct pattern of energy or Dosha (Vatha, Pitha and Kapha) possessed by all individuals. It is through the balance of the Doshas that the mental and physical wellbeing of each individual are achieved.

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Photos From Spa Ceylon’s FB page

Spa Ceylon offers an extensive range of all-natural, high-performance and environmentally-friendly products for Skin, Hair, Body and Wellness, from treatment oils, massage balms, body lotions, moisturizing balms, to foot care and herbal compress. All Spa Ceylon products are free of paraben, paraffin and alcohol. Its precise production and quality assurance procedures incorporate traditional herbal prescriptive with modern dermatological science, to protect and deliver the herbal benefits of the all-natural ingredients in their high-performance formula. Spa Ceylon promotes environmentally friendly products; they are not tested on animals, and are 100 percent vegetarian. The brand is also an advocate of sustainable harvesting and supports community fair trade.

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Photos From Spa Ceylon’s FB page

Due to the recent haze invasion, the fine dust particles are affecting our health and the irritant effect of the haze is taking a toll on our skin as well. During this period, my skin has turned sensitive, blotchy and i also have to deal with sudden breakouts! One of my friend even suffered from skin allergic whereby she broke out in itchy rashes!

Overtime, the accumulation of toxins and impurities in our bodies leads to a wide range of issues, from deterioration of the skin to detrimental health conditions. Understandably, detoxification has been on a meteoric rise over the past years as more and more people become aware of its importance. As much, i’m glad that Spa Ceylon, the world’s leading luxury Ayurveda brand with nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products, has introduced a comprehensive range of all-natural and high-performance Detox products!

The Spa Ceylon’s Detox range is infused with powerful Ayurdeva herbs, purifying ocean minerals and potent Ceylonese essential oils, which can help draw out harmful toxins, deep-seated impurities and negative energies from the skin to promote purity and natural balance. The luxurious products shield our skin from harsh environmental pollutants, promote clearer, brighter and visible youthfulness, and improve overall skin health for absolute wellness. The balancing natural aromas also soothe, calm and clarify our senses for total peace and equilibrium.

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The Spa Ceylon’s Detox range includes the Red Sandalwood Body Essence, Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel, Sarvavishadi Body Treatment Oil, Citrus Brown Sugar Crystal Gel Hair Remover, Hot Sugar Body Scrub, Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel & Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac.

First up, the Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac (400g, SGD 45.90) will help remove buildup of impurities and tonic. This complete natural purifying treatment works by drawing out harmful toxins and deep-seated impurities from skin. The Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac works best for normal to oily skin (Kapha).

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The synergistic blend of carbon-rich natural Bamboo Charcoal, deep-action Mineral Clays and Red Sandalwood helps clear clogged pores, remove excess oil & deep cleanse skin. Powerful Calumba Wood, Margosa and Kokum Bark help purify and draw out toxins, promoting natural balance. Sweet Almond, Virgin Coconut and Pure Bees Honey hydrate, nourish and protect, while antiseptic Eucalyptus helps soothe, clear and refresh.

Spa Ceylon recommends that the Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac is used twice weekly. Simply apply a thick layer all over hands, legs and body. Leave on for 15 minutes, massage lightly and rinse off with water (and milk if possible). So far, i have tried it once as i’m having a back & chest acne (Sigh!). Because you have to leave it on for 15 mins in the shower, do find something to keep you occupied while the body pac works its magic. The texture of the body pac is just right – not too thick and not too watery so application is a breeze. It also smells quite pleasant as well – light woody scent. There’s no stinging sensation upon application and washing it off is easy as well. Immediately after washing it off, skin feels smoother to the touch. The skin tone also appears to be brighter!

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I cannot emphasis how important it is to exfoliate regularly (1-2 times weekly) in order to keep skin healthy + imperfections at bay…Especially when it is so hazy nowadays, it is important to remove all dust, excessive sebum and impurities which contributes to skin problems.. As such, i’m excited to see the Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel (500g, SGD 53.90) as i have used coffee scrub during a spa session in Lombok! It smells really amazing and i love the end results.

The Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel has a natural formula blended with detoxing Ayurveda herbs, minerals and essential oils. Coffee, Turmeric, Kokum Bark and Indian Gooseberry helps purify and draw out toxins from the skin. The unique crystal complex of pure Sugar Beads, Ocean Salt and Kokum Butter exfoliates, smoothens and polishes the body, Virgin Coconut and Rice Bran, Almond and Wheatgerm help nourish, hydrate and revitalize, instantly revealing softer, more radiant looking skin. Purifying Eucalyptus and Orange help clarify and balance the senses. The product can also help to remove Sunburn and increase skin radiance. The Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel works best for normal to oily skin (Kapha).

Spa Ceylon recommends that the Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel is massaged into clean, damp skin using gentle circular motions. Apply all over body, working extra on rough and discoloured areas. Rinse off and pat skin dry. Do not apply to damage or irritated skin.Texture wise, the body polish gel is on the thicker side (Jelly-like) but once it gets into contact with water, it is very easy to spread it across your body. The polish gel smells really heavenly (I love the coffee scent)! I would prefer that the scrub bits are coarser. After washing it off, i love the fact that skin felt smoother and there’s no waxy film left behind!

Next, there’s another unique thermal exfoliating treatment product in the detox series! Introducing the Hot Sugar Body Scrub (600g, SGD 55.90) this unique thermal exfoliating treatment is enriched with minerals to assist in drawing out harmful toxins and deep-seated impurities from the skin. This product can help to fight and reduce Cellulite at the same time! The Hot Sugar Body Scrub works best for normal to oily skin (Kapha).

It contains natural Cane Sugar crystals, deep-action Indian Ginseng and purifying Flowers of Zinc combine with Mineral Clays to warm and purify body, clearing clogged pores, removing dead skin cells and smoothening skin. Sandalwood and Ginger promote overall skin cell renewal and helps balance skin, while antiseptic Eucalyptus helps soothe, clear and refresh.

Spa Ceylon recommends  that you use the Hot Sugar Body Scrub twice weekly. Apply all over hands, legs and body. Massage into clean damp skin, with circular motions till warming heat is felt. Work extra on rough/ dry and problems area. Rinse off with water when the scrub cools down. The Hot Sugar Body Scrub has a thick creamy texture and it contain fine grainy particles . Due its creamy consistency, it makes application fuss free and convenient. The Scrub has a nice woody scandal wood scent and upon spreading it on my skin, there will be a slight heated sensation which intensifies upon massaging. Despite being thick, the scrub could be rinsed off easily without leaving greasiness / stickiness behind. The scrub is really good in getting your skin silky smooth (even on my legs where there’s a lot of scaly patches!). Upon closer look, my skin appears to be brighter, more supple and moisturized (not to mentioned clean)!

The detox range also consists of the Citrus Brown Sugar Crystal Gel Hair Remover (600g, SGD 42.50). This 100% natural traditional formula is enriched with pure Brown Sugar, Lemon and Honey in a unique crystal gel complex to gently, yet effectively remove body hair. Purifies and exfoliates skin surface, revealing softer smoother, visibly radiant skin. Soothing Marigold and calming Lavender help protect skin, while awakening Pink Grapefruit helps refresh the senses.

Cleanse and thoroughly dry areas to be treated. Apply gel on skin in direction of hair growth, working on small areas no larger than the size of a waxing strip. Place waxing strip over gel, press and smooth over skin, rubbing in the direction of the hair growth. Pull strip off in opposite direction. After waxing is complete, rinse skin with cold water and spray on skin tonic. Place tub in hot water to soften gel if required.

*Not suitable for use on face or neck. Patch test on back of your hand before first use. Do not apply to sun-burnt skin/sensitive skin / moles / varicose veins. *Avoid sunbathing / Sun-bed use for at least 24hrs before & after use. Minimum hair length of 5mm (1/4 inch) required for effective removal.

It is suitable for all skin type (Tridosha). Was not given a sample of this to try so i cannot comment further. However, i don’t really like the idea of DIY waxing at home as i have no guts to pull the waxing strip off myself. hahaha!

Next, the Sarvavishadi Body Treatment Oil (250ml, SGD 34.50) is a powerful traditional Ayurveda detox formula handed down through the centuries. Enriched with a complex blend of herbs which are infused in cold pressed Coconut Sesame Oils to assist in drawing out harmful toxins and deep-seated impurities from entire body system. It can help soothe and relieve insect & mosquito bites and related discomfort, while improving overall health and well-being. It is suitable for all skin type (Tridosha). For Specific Treatment, Use twice daily. Apply on areas to be treated and lightly massage. Leave-on. For Full Body Massage: Use Weekly. Massage and leave on for 60min.

The treatment oil don’t smell so nice as compared to other products in the detox range. I have used it on mosquito bites (using a cotton bud as i don’t wish to get my fingers oily) and it reduce itchiness fast. The mosquito bites also flattened and reduced in redness in a few days. Much faster when compared to treating it with my regular ointment.

My favorite product from the Detox range has to be the Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel (250ml, SGD 30.90). It has a powerful purifying formula to assist in drawing out harmful toxins and deep-seated impurities from the skin. Purifying Turmeric, Camphor, Margosa, Indigo and Calumba Wood help remove excess oil, deep cleanse, protect and improve overall balance. Organic fresh Aloe Vera cools entire body system, while Coconut, Sweet Almond and Olive gently nourish skin. Antiseptic Eucalyptus helps soothe, clear and refresh mind and body. The Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel works best for normal to oily skin (Kapha).

Firstly, i love that the Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel gives off a refreshing and cooling sensation when using it. It is great for cooling off and unwinding after a long warm day & soothe prickly heat during warm humid summers. Secondly,  a small amount (It has a gel texture which foams up well) is able to do a good job keeping my skin smooth, clean and radiant. The texture of the body wash has a gel base and it foams up well.. It is also easy to wash it off and clean feels squeaky cleans without any tightness.. After cleansing, it leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed!

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After all the cleansing and scrubbing, end the detox treatment process with the Red Sandalwood Body Essence (250ml, SGD 30.90). This extra light day treatment to protect skin from harmful toxins and harsh environmental factors.The synergistic blend of Red Sandalwood, Turmeric, Licorice and Margosa help protect skin, diminish dark spots and improve discoloration. Naturally caring Aloe Vera, Rice Bran, Carrot and Mango hydrate and nourish skin while soothing Witch Hazel keeps skin radiantly fresh all-day. Aromatic Lemon refreshes the senses. The Red Sandalwood Body Essence  works best for normal to oily skin (Kapha).

Spa Ceylon recommends  that you use the Red Sandalwood Body Essence twice daily. Apply all over hand and body and gently massage until absorbed. The  Red Sandalwood Body Essence has a light gel texture and it gets absorbed into skin fast without leaving any stickiness / greasiness behind. Although i am not a sandalwood scent person, the red sandalwood that Spa Ceylon is using actually smells pleasant and aromatic.

Before i go, i will tell you more on some new products that Spa Ceylon has launched recently.

This is one very interesting product – ‘Heat Pack for the Back’. It is filled with herbs inside and you are supposed to microwave it before using it… Supposed to ease back pain and stain! I’m getting this soon and i will let you know how it fares? 🙂

Herbal Compress~

This is my favorite product from the Sleep Therapy Collection, it has a brand new look! This Sleep Body and Pillow Spray will gently quell the senses and working as you sleep, It is a quick-drying, non-oily, alcohol-free natural mist to soothe and calm the body and mind. Aloe vera and soothing witch hazel help cool, hydrate and protect skin.

Brand new Recovery sets which you can bring around with you conveniently since it is travel size. I love these sets as you can get to try out the products first before committing to the full-size ones~

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Hand creams!!!! I’m loving the Lemon grass’s hand cream!

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As mentioned, Spa Ceylon is an advocate of sustainable harvesting and supports community fair trade. By ensuring fair trade, Spa Ceylon has been helping to develop sustainable businesses that have a positive effect on the surrounding communities. It also mean that any produce Spa Ceylon obtained from these farms is well and fairly paid for. Spa Ceylon’s Aloe Vera project in Kalpitiya is a great example of fair trade at work. This year, there’s the Forest Trail collection and every purchase from this collection, Spa Ceylon donates 10% of the product price towards “SPA CEYLON Save the Majestic Ceylon Elephant” conservation initiatives.

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Here’s a special promotion that Spa Ceylon has! When you purchase $99 and above, the Cardamom Rose Gift Set (below) will be gifted to you! While Stock Last!

The Spa Ceylon boutique is located at Wisma Atria, #01-43. For more information on Spa Ceylon, please visit website and Facebook page.

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Spa Ceylon’s website and Presskit.

Q-depot.com – Your Gateway to Korean Cosmetics & Skincare~

안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)~

It has been 3 weeks since i’m back from Korea and i’m having withdrawal symptoms!! I miss the food, the weather and definitely the shopping ( All the pretty apparel and skincare/cosmetics!). Planning another trip next year (Maybe during Winter so that i can try skiing again~)

One thing i noticed over at Korea is that everyone is so well-groomed with great dress sense! I guess it is a sin to go out without makeup (this is why i felt so out-of-place. haha!) Korea is also a makeup / skincare shopping heaven! Everywhere i go, there will bound to be shops selling skincare & cosmetics. I have to stop myself from entering the shop and emerging with shopping bags! haha! How to resist? There are so many brands and products not available in Singapore! Moreover, prices are much more affordable. During the trip, i have come across a new brand which isn’t available in Singapore. Bought some products which works really well on my skin but i’m worried about running out of products and not able to replenish them (unless i can get someone to help me purchase during his / her Korea Trip).

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This collage sums up our first visit to Myeongdong!

When i came back to Singapore, i was pleased to discover an online portal (Q-depot.com) which offers many Korean cosmetics & Skincare products with fast delivery and affordable prices (At least 10-20% lower than the pricing in Singapore!).  Q-depot.com is an established online store offering quality, authentic and popular Korean cosmetic and skincare products at cost-effective prices. With this online retail shop, i don’ have to worry about not able to purchase my necessities and i also don’t have to trouble my friends. Yay!!

Q-depot.com was envisioned and established to offer consumers effective beauty and skin care products that are not extravagantly priced, and give great value for money. The incident that inspired the creation of q-depot.com started with a skiing trip to Korea that resulted in weather-beaten damaged skin which expensive brands could not restore. Inexpensive but highly effective Korean brands offered a lasting solution to restore damaged skin and maintain its beauty. And that’s when the founder decided to unveil this secret to thousand of women out there who are exhausted of trying different ways to get their beauty back and look as gorgeous as they deserve.

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Korean cosmetics and skincare products are well-known for being effective and for offering excellent value for money. Every Korean product is created with the motto that “Natural is the Best.” They are made with natural ingredients that have restorative and deep-conditioning benefits. However, not everyone has easy access to these products. Q-depot.com solve this problem by offering everyone an e-commerce platform that is easy to navigate, secure and reliable.

Q-depot.com’s motto is “Beauty for All”. Irrespective of your gender or age, you will find a wide variety of cost-effective Korean skin care and beauty products that fit your needs perfectly. Beauty that stems from products created with natural materials is now within your reach with just a few clicks~

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Thanks to Q-depot.com, i was given an opportunity to try out its website and hereby sharing my experience! 🙂

+1:  Huge collection of Korean Cosmetics and Skin Care products

When i first entered the website, i was overwhelmed by all the different brands and products made availablevia Q-depot.comCurrently, there’s over 15,000 products from 23 brands and are growing every passing day! Popular and effective Japanese cosmetics and Western brands will also be added to its list of offerings in the near future. Being the online retailer that carries one of the largest collection of Korean Cosmetics and Skin Care products online, Q-depot.com is committed to provide almost every product that you’re looking for.

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+2: 100% Authentic Products and 30 Days Free Return Policy

I know that shopping online has its fair share of risk and one major risk would be buying fake products.. Rest assured that everything you see from Q-depot.com are authentic products that are shipped directly from Korea. Moreover, prices are very close to what you are getting in Korea. For example, Q-depot.com sells the SKIN FOOD Black Sugar Perfect First Serum at USD $34.61 (SGD 46.66) and it is retailing at $58.90 in Singapore (which is about $10.20 in savings). Hence by shopping at Q-depot.comit is as good as shopping in Korea by yourself without having to walk and carry the shopping bags! haha!

Q-depot.com take pride in offering 100% authentic products shipped directly from Korea with full guarantee on their quality. All the products are authentic, fresh and of best quality. Q-depot.com will take responsibility should there be any complaints. In the event if you are not satisfied with your products, Q-depot.com also offers a 30 Days Free Return Policy with no question ask and full refund. Hence you can shop online and enjoy the experience with a peace of mind.

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Photo from Q-depot.com’s Facebook Page

+3: Free Worldwide Shipping For Orders Above US$ 69.00 & Fast door-step delivery for customer convenience

When ordering from online website, one will tend to worry about expensive shipping charges. Q-depot.com offers free worldwide shipping for orders above US$69 so you can shop without worrying for huge shipping fees. Even if orders cost below US$69, the shopping charges are affordable as well and you can take a look at the charges here. Sometimes, there’s even shipping promotion and i certainly love it as Q-depot.com shoulders our shipping cost for ultimate convenience and satisfaction. My order took about 7-10 days to arrive at my door step which is pretty fast IMO. My product is securely wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap and placed within a sturdy box. Hence, you need not worry about breakage / spillage during delivery.

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The generous amount of bubble wrap used for 1 product~

+4: Ease of Use and Excellent Customer Support Service.

Despite having many different brands and products, the shopping platform on Q-depot.com is very easy to navigate as it is segmented into various categories such as Skincare, BB & CC Cream, Make Up, Hair Care, Men & Crulety Free. Within the different categories, products are further classified based on your needs. If you need recommendations, you can “Shop By Solution” or “Skin Type” and products that will best suit your needs / skin conditions will be displayed. If you are looking for specific products, you can use the “Search Function” or via “Brands” to fulfil your beauty needs. If you have any questions or require assistance, you can also use the Live Chat function on the website and help will be rendered promptly to make your shopping experience pleasant!

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To place your order:

1) Navigate through the menu categories and once you locate your product, click on “Add to Cart” icon or button.

2) Review your items in your cart by clicking “View Cart” or click “Checkout” to go directly to the checkout page. Cart function is available at the top right corner of the page. The currency function is available at the top middle of the website.

3) Use your coupon code, gift voucher or reward points at the bottom of view cart page. You may apply these items if you go directly to the checkout page.

4) To calculate your estimated shipping fee, please click on “Estimate Shipping & Taxes” at the bottom of view cart page.

5) Click checkout at the right bottom of the view cart page and you will land on the checkout page.

6) Input/ select your delivery and payment address and payment method and click confirm order.

7) You will be directed to the PayPal official website to process your payment.

8) You will receive an email of order confirmation.

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Alright! Here’s the item i have gotten from Q-depot.com– introducing The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Watery Toner~ After attending a life-skill course, my husband and myself are getting obsessed with Super Foods. Chia seeds are one of them and we are diligently adding them into our yogurt. Loving this super food as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein & fiber. So when i came across the Chia Seed Watery Toner on Q-depot.com, i have to get it!! If you feel that the use of toner is not necessary, read this post~ 🙂

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The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Watery Toner (145ml) is made for all skin type and this is a hydrating toner with organically grown chia seed (Contains 100% chia seeds water instead of water). The Chia seeds water is extracted within 24 hours via the Fresh method, instead of water delivers the vitality of the highly pure chia. It is said that this is a moisturizing toner that instantly hydrates the skin and tones dry and patchy dead skin cells while moisturizing it. The Chia seeds carrying moisture and the Moisture Hug System adjust the skin into an optimal state to fully retain moisture.

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This toner comes in a solid heavy glass pump bottle and i’m certainly recycling the bottle as it is so sturdy! The toner has a very pleasant fresh smell and it doesn’t sting my sensitive skin. My face feels refreshed after using it and due to its watery light weighted texture, it doesn’t cause any stickiness / greasiness. My skin felt really light and clean after toning it. Will highly recommend if you are looking for a mild toner for sensitive skin!

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If you are lemming for some Korean Skincare or Cosmetics, why not visit Q-depot.com? If you sign up now, you get to enjoy $5 off your purchase and free worldwide shipping (Just click on the banner below)! 🙂

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* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Q-depot.com’s Website.