Taiwan Beauty Alliance 2017 Returns to Excite With 12 New Brand

Following a successful run last year, the Taiwan Beauty Alliance returns for its second installment with an exciting new line-up of 12 beauty companies making new forays in the Singapore market. The new brands include Biochem, City Color, Dr. Morita, Kuan Yuan Lian, Lab101, Lam Sam Yick (LSY), Miss Hana, My Beauty Dairy, Tsaio, SH-RD, Solone and VitaGold. The product launch and networking event aims to highlight Taiwan’s best in the beauty industry and create collaborative business opportunities in the SEA region

Themed ‘a New Era of Beauty‘, the beauty trade gateway event is presented as an emporium showcase where brands will showcase their latest hero products. The event also highlights a mini-series of panel discussions to present insights to Taiwan’s latest beauty trends and developments. They will focus on three main topics: Bio-technology Innovations for Anti-Aging, Fashion Forward Beauty and Consumer Trends, and Botanical Beauty. Taitra set up the Taiwan Beauty Alliance to boost the personal and cosmetics industry. Taiwan’s beauty industry represents one of the most dynamic examples of a continuing quest to breakdown boundaries, to challenge and to generate new ideas. Taitra is excited to present this platform to share the excitement of Taiwanese brands with friends from around the region.

Talking about Taiwan, i will never get sick of this country despite visiting it many times. Besides the nice scenery and weather, what i love about Taiwan will be the friendly people who will go the extra mile for you.. On many occasions when we asked for directions, people will always bring us there or explain till we understand. Not only that, the transport system is so much better than Singapore whereby people will queue to get into the train orderly and they won’t push and shove! Train service is much more reliable with no train breakdowns and also better frequencies. Lastly, i love the shopping (Clothes, Shoes and Beauty Products) and food.  There’s 101 reasons for me to visit Taiwan again and again. 🙂

Despite missing the chance to attend Taiwan Beauty Alliance 2017 due to work commitment, i am thankful that Access Communication sent me a beauty bag packed to the brim with the latest and hottest beauty hero products of all 12 participating brands. I’m still in the midst of trying them out but in the meantime, i will share more on the products which i have tried and tested! 🙂

Kuan Yuan Lian 廣源良

In 1986, Mr. Shi found two bottles of luffa water from wife’s. Although wife’s mother was 80 years old at that time, she still had smooth skin. With valued and thankful heart, Mr. Shi wanted to produce skin care products with Taiwanese nature herb plant, enlightened water. ”Nature Insistence, Friendly Brand” and made in Taiwan are always the belief of KYL. When products are gradually acknowledged by customers, it will help KYL to take an important position in domestic and foreign market.

In order to provide customers with better products, KYL invested a lot in R&D to elevate production technique. Today it’s been proved that KYL not only can produce natural products but also make elegant skin care products. This is not only the promise to customers but the insistence of elevation of KYL brand value. Recently, KYL developed many kinds of series of products, and exported to Southeast Asia, China and other overseas markets. Its professional R&D team is continuing to develop other creative product series, such as aloe, cucumber, rose and green tea and strictly select and extract from many good local quality botanical essence. The brand also insist on manufacturing natural and clean skin care products in Taiwan.

Picture from Kuan Yuan Lian’s FB page

Inside the bag, i have received three premium products from Kuan Yuan Lian and they are the Luffa Cucumber Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray Mist, Luffa Gel and Green Bean Cleanser

The Luffa Cucumber Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray Mist contains Luffa Extract (Sponge Cucumber). Luffa extract is a gift from the nature to all women well-known in Taiwanese tradition. Luffa extract acts as a natural skin moisturizer to soften and refresh skin. Luffa Cucumber Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray Mist moisturizes dry skin instantly through natural and rich supplemental cucumber extracts and soothes sensitive skin through a weak acid based mist that restores unbalanced pH level. It can be used as a toner or before applying make up to retain moisture.

I’m using the Luffa Cucumber Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray Mist as a toner and i love how refreshing my skin felt during use. There’s no distinctive fragrance and good for people who prefer their products to be fragrance-free. It is gentle on my skin and my skin felt light and soft after use.

The Luffa Gel is another star product and main ingredients consist of Loofa Extract and Camomile Extract. Luffa Gel can be used in two ways:

Cleaning Gel: help to remove traces of impurities on skin.

Facial Gel Mask: light, gel-type mask. Help to relieve the uncomfortable feeling of dry, tight, and harsh skin. Restore the skin’s optimum moisture level. It smooths out the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

This product will be put to good use when my current supply of cleanser runs out! It certainty looks promising because it consist of Luffa extract which is beneficial to skin 🙂

Kuan Yuan Lian Green Bean Cleanser can be used for facial wash, mask or scrub. It can be used when showering as well. It thoroughly removes dirt, cuticle and sebum, leaving skin clean, soft and healthy with the nutrient of green beans. The Green Bean Cleanser can be used as a facial wash or mask.

Facial wash: Lather  the powder with water and massage it over face for around 1 minute. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Then, rinse with cold water to tighten pores.

Mask: Lather the powder with water and apply it over face. Wait for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.

Have always wanted to try powder form Green Bean Cleanser as i will always see them in Taiwan’s Watsons / Beauty Stores. Kuan Yuan Lian Green Bean Cleanser is made of pure green bean and you can either use it as a facial cleaner or mask~ Love how it is packed into small sachet for single use. Personally, i am using it as a mask by adding small amount of  Luffa Spray for an extra refreshing touch. The mask will help to deep cleanse and remove oil from your pores. It also helps to remove dead skin cell and leave behind soft skin. It doesn’t cause any discomfort to my skin during usage but the mask don’t smell pleasant (smells like raw bean sprout. After leaving it on for 5-10 mins, i will wash it off with warm water. Immediately, skin looks cleaner and brighter! It is also softer to the touch. 

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TSAIO上山採藥

‘TSAIO’ in its original language means ‘finding herbs and natural spirits in the mountain.’ . TSAIO focused on the “plant regeneration ability” and hoped to give herbal skin care products more profound significance values. TSAIO’s natural skin care products consists of wide ranges of everyday use products from head to toe, pursuits high-level quality of complexion by working with global R&D partners in Japan and the EU over 40 years. TSAIO develops excellent quality products with affordable prices. TSAIO is known as “the natural skin care expert”. Brand value comes from the concept that no matter how serious the catastrophe, after the catastrophe, plants still able to rebirth strongly. TSAIO takes the “plant regeneration ability” to give herbal and organic skin car e products more profound significance values.

TSAIO products are sold in all major department stores, international cosmetic/ drug chain
stores, supermarket and online stores over 10 countries and covers more than 6000 selling
points in Taiwan. TSAIO is the only major Taiwan skin care brand use in 5 stars hotels.

I have brought this Travel Kit from TSAIO for my recent trip to Chiang Mai which consists of Camellia Nourishing Shampoo, Scutellaria Firming Body Wash, Chamomilla Facial Wash Foam and Sweet Orange Moisturizing Mask.

Personal favorite will be the Chamomilla Facial Wash Foam as it smells like Chamomile – soothing and refreshing. It works into a rich lather and cleanse well without stripping away too much moisture. After washing it off, skin felt clean and there’s no tight sensation. I have sensitive dehydrated skin and this works well in removing residues yet stays gentle on my sensitive skin.

Shaan Honq Intl 昇宏國際

Every women dream about owning their own furry coat, but they don’t realize they already have one in possession. Like the feathers of a swan, hair is women’s most natural and priceless piece of fur coat. Why do women like fur coats? Simply because it represents style, noble, elegant, extravagant and full of femininity. A piece of precious fur coat, its texture must be smooth, light and bright. SH-RD Haircare series is made to fulfill every woman’s dream of owning a furry coat simply by having a Light as a Feather hair. SH-RD will allow you to own your own unique piece of pure and feather-like light and smooth hair just like swan’s beautiful feather.

Shaan Honq International Corp, established in 1985, as the leading role in professional MIT brand in the global hair industry , developing worldwide multivariate services with manufacturing, marketing, education, fashion hair books and magazines and hair salon chains. The founder was dedicated to providing innovative and exceptional high-quality products for
hairdressers and consumers, assisting them in creating beautiful works of art. As a global beauty corporation with its own R&D Laboratory, Shaan Hong offer a wide selection of high quality luxury hair products, all proudly Made in Taiwan. From product development to customer service, its goal is to provide all our customers with a unified and satisfaction guaranteed experience.

Picture from Shaan Hong’s FB page

Its star product, SH-RD Protein Cream (for hair) is found inside my beauty bag. SH-RD Repair Series is designed for those lifeless hair caused by over-processed environment factors. SH-RD is a series of products that addresses hair that has been damaged by environmental factors, daily life stresses and chemical services. This series of products help provide nutrients to damaged shafts, repair damaged hair and restore lifeless hair back to health. Formulated with special ingredients, Rosemary (Anti-bacterial, accelerates blood circulation, normalizing effect on metabolism) and D- Panthenol (Vitamin B5 Complex, Repairs & Re-conditions scalp and hair), they help to accelerate blood circulation, anti-bacterial, repair and condition scalp and hair.

SH-RD Protein Cream contains the unique combination of Rosemary, D-Panthenol and Silk Protein complex which helps to repair, moisturize and give protected shield. With this unique combination, it helps to block UV rays and environmental damages, which helps to lock in hydration. This instant leave in treatment protects hair from chlorine during swimming as well as promote healthy, shiny, soft and bouncy hair.

SH-RD Protein Cream has a gel texture and it has a pleasant floral scent. Just a small 5 cent coin amount is enough to treat my dry hair. As i have bleached my hair a few months back, my hair is on the extremely dry side. After using the SH-RD Protein Cream, dry ends become healthier looking and i can comb thru my hair easily. Hair also became tamer so i don’t have to tie it up. If you are looking for a non-greasy hair treatment product, i will highly recommend the SH-RD Protein Cream.

Middle: Dry and Damaged Hair Right: Easy to comb thru hair after using SH-RD Protein Cream

Dr Jou Biotech 森田藥粧

A “Safe, Secure & Effective” philosophy is the brand concept that Dr. Jou Biotech Corp. strongly believes. The brand develops new products every year and continues to gain popularity internationally, reaching out to Hong Kong, China, Macao, Singapore, and Malaysia. The brand is becoming one of the leading brands overseas and on the must-buy list for travelers visiting Taiwan, and which is available in retail stores in 4 of the main South-East Asian Markets at the moment, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Dr. Jou Biotech Corp. budded in Taiwan and is now blooming throughout Asia. The 82-year-old brand has a core value of trust, which has been passed down from the “Changhua Old Street” legacy. Merging with a new and evolved management team from the 3rd generation dedicated to making “Safe, Secure & Effective” medical grade skin care the key corporate concept. Dr. Jou Biotech Corp.’s goal is to become “Asia’s Mask Expert”, helping consumers become more confident and beautiful with the use of Dr. Jou’s masks. Popular products include Dr.Morita medical facial mask and Dr. Jou Skincare products.

The brand has recently launched a globally innovative Hyaluronic acid facial mask. It was developed by the research and development team led by Dr. Jou Chun-Hsu. After one year and half of effort, the new series of products has been successfully created.

The Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Mask Sheet has the greatest feature of infusing six Japan-made superior Hyaluronic acid ingredients into the essence. Furthermore, through the hydra introduction by unique facial sheets, skin problems such as rough skin or wrinkles etc. caused by over dehydration will be eliminated, for a moisturized, hydrated and radiant effect.

The director of DR.JOU Biotech Corp., Dr. Jou Chun-Hsu said, “As a matter of fact, in the fast-growing ASEAN market that catches global attention, the ‘MIT facial masks’ have been increasingly gaining reputation among the Southeast Asian women.” Dr. Jou carries out the mission of the “best-selling MIT facial mask in Asia” through consistent research and development as to create “sales perfection.”

Two weeks after the launch of the product, the “Dr.Jou Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Mask Sheet” won good reviews during product trials on Japan’s largest website for Beauty Product Information: “@cosme.” Not long ago, the DR.JOU Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Mask Sheet was granted the Silver Quality Award during the 2017 Monde Selection, a leading European evaluation award. The new product this year, the Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Mask Sheet has been innovatively formulated considering regional climate, culture and customs in order to create the best essence for the Southeast Asian skin types and for winning beauty lovers’ hearts in Southeast Asia.

Dr Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid, cucumber extract, Ceramide, Marine Collagen, Licorice, Seaweed and other natural composite moisturizing ingredients. It aids in ensuring all-day hydration and effectively smoothes out fine lines while preventing skin aging. The Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask is soaked with essence and the cotton sheet of the mask is strong and sturdy. There’s a plastic piece on the other side which aids me in the mask application. The mask is able to adhere to my skin well so absorbent of serum can be maximized. Mask has no fragrance which might irritate skin and not much stinging / hot sensation during mask application. Upon removal of mask, it doesn’t leave my skin red but instead it looks brighter and more dewy. There’s no need to rinse your face the mask does not leave sticky aftermath. I can apply my moisturizer next! The next day, i woke up to well hydrated , radiant and calmer skin.

Lam Sam Yick 林三藝

Lam Sam Yick Brush pens was founded in Fuzhou, Fujian Province in 1917, specializing in making all sorts of writing brushes for calligraphy. In 1946 the company relocated to Taipei ,Taiwan. Since then, the company has been dedicated to the study of brush hair and imported raw materials from overseas, making it a renowned brand in the market with a history that spans four generations and successfully opened up a new market for handmade brushes with the brand “LSY professional cosmetics brushes”

With the concept of “precision making of the brush” Lam Sam Yick, a Taiwanese writing brush maker for more than a century, has successfully opened up a new market for handmade brushes with the brand“LSY professional cosmetics brushes. Made with only the finest hair, this craft of perfection has been made the top choice makeup tool among makeup artists and stylists, and on the internet, attracted much media attention as well as caused a shopping frenzy. Hero products include Clean Face Brush, Face Mask Brush, Clean-Acne Brush.

I was gifted with the Lam Sam Yick Clean Acne Bye Bye Brush for review and this specially designed two-layer brush has a mix of different diameters in the inner and outer layers. With the inner layer bristles smaller than your pores made of 0.07 mm, it is able to penetrate deep into the pores where the underlying dirt are. While the 0.10 mm outer bristles are responsible for loosening the blackheads/whiteheads and acnes, accelerates the acne health and boosts metabolism time. LSY Clean Acne Brush is made of Synthetic Fibers where bristles will not break. Designed with a softer-touch exterior and a harder-touch interior bristles.

Pauline Lan mentioned in a Taiwan Beauty Show that she was able to remove her blackhead which was located near her bust for 10 years. Only after using LSY Clean Acne Brush, her 10 years trouble was eliminated with this brush! You can check out the video below.

It is recommended to use the LSY Clean Acne Brush together with your cleanser. After lathering your facial foam and spreading it on your face, wet the brush with water and work it on your nose, cheeks and chin in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Focus on problem areas and remember not to exert too much force while using it. The brush can be used daily and once done, rinse face with water and then follow-up with toner to close pores. It is also important to clean your brush correctly to prolong the life span. Just place it under running water and then dap excess water from brush bristles before airing dry. Do not soak the brush in water.

I am always bothered with my strawberry nose full of white / black heads. Normally it can only be removed fully during facial. However the Clean Acne Brush is able to keep my pores on my nose clean with just one application! It is very simple to use, use it when you have applied facial foam on your skin and just move the brush in a circular motion for 30 seconds. The bristles feel very soft so you need not worry about it being harsh. The first time i used it, i am amazed to see most of the black / whiteheads on my nose gone! I kid you not!

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Gold Nanotech 京華堂

Gold NanoTech Inc. (GNT) is the only company in the world researching and manufacturing medical metals to such high specifications and standards. In the field of medical research, their products regarding medical applications of metals are widely adopted by government-owned agencies. All products containing nanometals manufactured from GNT are authorized to use its “Nautilus logo” and “GNT Gold” brand name so as to verify their high specification and distinguish them from counterfeits.  VitaGold is Gold Nanotech’s beauty care brand utilizing PVD-processed pharmaceutical-grade GNT Gold nano-particles. This brand passed skin irritation and sensitivity testing conducted by the North American Science Association (NAMSA). Suitable for all skin types, the energy of metallic elements give users healthy skin cells and a glowing complexion.

 

Addition of gold to skin care products can be dated back to the Ming Dynasty. In the Compendium of Materia Medica, the function of gold in beauty care is described as follows: “Ingestion of gold can calm the nerves, enhance beauty, promote circulation and strengthen the body”. Topical uses of gold are also documented. One is for eye treatment in which a gold ring is heated red and then swept across the upper and lower face several times a day. Another is for treating toothache in which a gold needle is heated and placed onto the tooth and can stop the pain immediately.

In Japan’s Edo period (1600-1867), addition of gold leaves to cosmetics was described in the book of Supplementary Jade Wisdom. A gold containing cosmetic white powder which can brighten skin tone, eliminate acne and prevent aging was introduced.

The mystery of legendary formulas consisting of natural refined trace elements and pure gold particles has been gradually uncovered and proven by modern biomedicine. Scientific studies suggest that trace elements act as coenzymes that participate in various important physiological activities in the skin. These coenzymes cannot be synthesized in vivo, thus are relied on external supplementation. In modern medicine, use of these trace elements to activate cells for burn treatment and tissue repair is available, and among these trace elements, pure gold plays a very important role. Was gifted with the Gold particle liquid which is an ampoule to supply skin with autologous collagen and Hyaluronic acid. It helps with anti-oxidation, face lifting and smoothen fine lines. Passing this on to my mum as this will be useful for her skin. 🙂

Tairjiuh Enterprise 台鉅企業

Tair Jiuh Enterprise was founded in 1982. As the time passed, TJ Group had accumulated the experiences in the cosmetic area globally. TJ Group has the integrated system for production, supply and marketing, and because of the fully integrated system which has made TJ Group a very competitive position in the field. Thought the years, Tair Jiuh produced thousands of cosmetic products for OEM/ODM customers. In recent 10 years, Tair Jiuh started promoting its own brand City Color all over the world.

The main purpose of creating City Color is because Tair Jiuh believe “when women are willing to change, the world will become better.” Tair Jiuh’s committment is to offer premier quality, affordably priced cosmetics to consumers. Tair Jiuh aims to provide both professionals and newcomers with the tools necessary to develop and perfect their knowledge and experience with cosmetics. Tair Jiuh’s vision is to be the most accessible brand of make-up in the world.

City Color is a full range beauty brand committed to offer premier quality products without high prices. Inspired by the lifestyle and energy of a global metropolis, City Color brings finely produced formulas, highly pigmented shades, and on-trend collections while always maintaining pocket friendly prices. City Color’s mission is to equip everyone with professional quality makeup.

City Color has gifted me with the Contour Palette which is one of its best-selling contour product! Achieve an ultra defined and sculpted look with Contour Palette. Contour Palette consists of true matte contour and bronzer shades which works with all skin tones and blend to a seamless shadow. There’s also a shimmer highlight which adds a glowing radiance and lift up cheekbones. This velvety smooth formula is a pressed fine powder that allows for light application with serious color payoff.

The Palette also includes an easy-to-follow instruction guide and it can be used in different ways to contour + highlight:

Contour 

Diagonally under your cheekbones and hollow of your cheeks
Sides of your nose from the bridge straight down
Under your hairline
Directly on your jaw line and under your chin

Bronze

Apply to areas where you desire warmth, like your cheeks and temples

Highlight

Center of your forehead
High point of your cheekbones
Bridge of your nose
Cupid’s bow
Tip of your chin

A beauty-blogger favorite, the Contour Effects palette is perfect for both beginners and professionals, and is ideal for all skin types. If you are looking for an easy to use, highly pigmented contour palette which can be used wet or dry, look no further. 🙂

President Pharmaceutical  統一藥品

My Beauty Diary was born in 2003. It has shaken the whole skin care market with the launching of a wide variety of facial masks with excellent ingredients and bargain prices. It has soon become Taiwan’s leading facial mask brand. My Beauty Diary has successfully marketed its products to 13 overseas countries and regions across North America, Europe, and Asia. Since its foundation in 2003, the brand has not only become widely accepted by consumers in Japan, Korea, and Greater China, but its exceptional quality and product safety has helped the brand reap numerous beauty awards and rave reviews from consumers. The brand sells more than 2.5 billion sheets of masks in a year, offering consumers a great variety of sheet mask choices and skincare at reasonable prices.  My Beauty Diary is every young woman’s trusted friend and companion looking after her skin, helping her grow to become more beautiful and confident day-by-day.

My Beauty Diary has just revamped its popular Natural Key Line range of masks! Originating from Taiwan and a pioneer in the facial mask industry, My Beauty Diary is continually seeking improvements in their mask formulas and has done so again this time round. Introducing the industry’s first 5-minute mask that efficiently and effectively delivers moisture replenishment and continuous hydration to the skin. With its advanced triple-action formula featuring an all new deep penetrating serum ingredient – Tinysome, it only takes 6 seconds for the serum containing all the intense moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the skin’s epidermis. Now you can feel the same moisturizing results in just 5 minutes!

Building on the foundation of its high-performing mask serums, My Beauty Diary’s R&D team has found a revolutionary breakthrough formula for its serum. The upgraded Natural Key Line Series features two new serum types.  My Beauty Diary masks are free of harmful paraben preservatives, alcohol, mineral oils, colouring agents and fluorescent agents, and are safe for use on all skin types including sensitive skin.

My Beauty Diary is a must buy Mask brand i have to get whenever i am in Taiwan (PS, it is cheaper there!). My husband has tried the Black Pearl Brightening Mask which is formulated with black pearl extracts that’s rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Extracted from black pearls grown in the ultra-clear and clean seas of Tahiti through hydrolyzation, the mask will rapidly nourishes and hydrates dull and tired skin, revitalizing skin to a youthful and bright condition. As a result, skin appears clear and bright, with a refined and delicate texture for a lasting, flawless beautiful look. The mask comes with a plastic sheet which allows my husband to apply it easily on his face without the need to seek help from me. The mask is well-soaked with essence too. The material of the mask is also strong and it contours around his face well. Upon application, he said that it is cooling and refreshing. After removal, his skin tone became brighter and there’s no sticky residue left behind.

Unicare Biotechnology 詠麗生化科技

Lab101 is a professional medical skin care brand from Taiwan which commits to create simple, scientific, effective formula in a full range of products for delivering the views of ideal skin.

Why Lab 101?

– To address our core value: based on dermatology, our products are formulated with high-efficiency and safety by professional, scientific demonstration.

– Be a skin care brand which is as famous as Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper of Taiwan.

– Be a skin care brand which is over 100 points, continuously dedicating in developing ideal and
suitable products.

– In English, 101 means “solution” that represents our brand value: “Provides you correct and suitable skin solution.”

Lab101 Safety Commitment:

 High efficacy, Hypo-allergenic
 Adhere to safe and additive free
 Medical skin care lab
 Strictly follow ISO 22716 (GMP) manufacturing processes
 Active ingredients from globally well

Bought the Lab 101 Travel Kit to Chiang Mai and gave the Bio Brillance Radiance Fluid a try!  Bio Brillance Radiance Fluid helps strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Made to treat spot, dull skin and uneven skin tone, Bio Brillance Radiance Fluid will improve skin’s texture, skin tone and radiance.

Active Ingredients:

● Mild exfoliation with DermalRx® SRC to stimulate skin renewal, actively refine and restore skin texture and radiance.

● AA-2G promotes collagen synthesis, inhibits melanin production and fades existing melanin to brighten skin.

● Tranexamic Acid helps reduce the activity of tyrosinase, improve the look of dark spots and prevent skin from UV damage.

The Bio Brillance Radiance Fluid has a light gel texture and it gives off a faint floral scent. It gets absorbed into my skin quickly without any heavy / greasy feeling left behind. After application, skin felt softer to the touch and it appears to be brighter! It is suitable for sensitive skin like mine as it does not cause any stinging sensation or redness after application.

Miho International 美合國際

Miho International Cosmetics Co., Ltd started with E-SHOP and has 19 retail stores “ 86Shop” in Taiwan currently.Through data analysis of our own sale channels, Miho can easily track the consumer needs and develop products matching with the market trends. Therefore, Miho developed various private brands, including the cosmetic brand- Miss Hana. Miss Hana’s goal is providing the outstanding quality, affordable price and the trendy cosmetics for young women. All the top quality, long-lasting and smudge-proof cosmetic products are made in Taiwan.

Picture from 86Shop’s Website

Inspired by the wedding vision that every girl has in mind, Miss Hana was created as a perfect, elegant and intellectual brand to arouse a girl’s desire for romantic love. With the brand concept revolving around “name brand level quality, modest luxury, new fashion leader”, Miss Hana aims to provide “Made In Taiwan” beauty products which is transfer-proof, pigmented and smudge-proof with name brand quality at affordable prices for young females.

Arwin Bio-tech 台灣雅聞生技

Arwin Group strives to create the sanctuary of medical cosmetics by integrating production,
experience, tourism, and shopping industries. It endeavors to implement “The Beauty Business”
with the mission to “beautify women throughout, from head to toe, and from inside out”.
In recent years, it has been more committed to the development of affordable high quality, DIY,
aesthetic grade skincare products- Biochem. Arwin Group has an advanced laboratory team
and dedicated to research and development. The company is proud of completing the entire production process from research, development, product testing also quality control to packaging in Taiwan. Arwin has the most diversity product catalogue as well as the advanced integrate laboratory. It established a dust free GMP plant with steady temperature and humidity to manufacture the products with special functions.

High Quality · Affordable Price · Professional Care

Sweet Rose Perfumed Soap – Cleans, lightens, brightens skin. The scent of white sea rose mixed with a romantically sweet vanilla peach is like falling in deep love.

Rose Rejuvenate Night Jelly Mask – Includes Vit B5 and Gold foil to effectively improve dry skin and intensive repair damage skin due to sun exposure.

Rose Rejuvenate Cream – Increases skin’s absorption rate, allowing skin care products to be absorbed into the deepest layers of your skin. With its unique weak acid breathable base, mild not easy to stimulate. Rose hip extract smooths fine lines, and turning back the aging of your skin and restoring delicate skin.

Rose Rejuvenate Essence – It can effectively helps to oil control, speed up collagen synthesis to prevent skin aging. And adding Gold Foil Ingredients can speed up the adsorption of the skin

Rose Rejuvenate Essential Lotion – A light touch of rose fragrance brings back the radiant skin of youth. Smooths wrinkles, whitens, moisturizes, softens, and tightens skin all in one bottle! Vegetarian friendly.

GHK-CU Moisture Revitalizing Mask – Containing rich essence, moisturizing your skin by supplying water from outside to the inside

Whitening Moisture Revitalizing Mask – Developed for solving problems such as dullness, spots forming and uneven skin tone for Asian Skins

Have tried the Sweet Rose Perfumed Soap which will help to cleanse, lightens and brightens skin after use. Not a big fun of soap as it is not convenient to use and store as compared to shower foam / gel. However, the Rose mixed with light fruity scent smells good so i cannot resist trying it! There’s a net provided which helps to create a rice lather during use and you can hang it to air dry the soap after use. Hence, i am enjoying using the Sweet Rose Perfumed Soap as it is easy to use and foams up so easily~ Moreover, the soap will not turn mushy due to the net which you can hang to allow the soap to air dry~ The soap does a good job in cleansing the skin on my body. It is not drying and after rinsing if off, my skin became smoother and brighter!

Masacy 姿華

Solone is a renowned make up brand in Taiwan and products are awarded by
famous and publicly recognized beauty media such as, Fashionguide, UrCosme and Best of the Best Beauty. Solone products were also recommended by a Taiwan popular variety show, Lady First, whose quests are mainly celebrities.

Founded in 1991, Solone is a masstige Taiwanese cosmetics brand. The brand strikes to consistently develop new makeup product lines with brilliant ideas. Quality is Solene’s high priority that all products are developed in Taiwan with careful & guaranteed quality management. Solene aims to continually bring the best quality and essence of the beauty into its revolutionary products. Taiwan to worldwide, Solone observes carefully the needs of women and brings the inspiration of the balance between inside confidence and outside beauty. Its star makeup products include eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, lip gloss, powder, blush and makeup accessories

My HG eyeliner is Solone Bold Liquid Eyeliner and i will always stock up whenever i head to Taiwan (I think it has made its appearance on my instagram a few times!) This is the only long-lasting eyeliner i have ever come across which will not smudge on my extremely oily eyelids~ At the end of the day, most of the pigments stay intact! I kid you not! Moreover, the eyeliner is so affordable…

From Clockwise Direction:

Solone Long-Lasting Perfect Brown Pencil – With natural and gentle color, which can help your eyebrow looks more natural and tri-dimensional. Easy to color and the self-rotated design makes it more convenient to use.

Solone Magic Liquid Eyeliner – Target for oily eyelid. New technolgy prevents smudge and delicate pigments from England and spongy applicator with unique shape delivers powerful, robust colors

Solone Vivid Fantasy Smoody Pencil (Eyeliner & Shadow) – Dual use as an eyeliner or eyeshadow (2in1) with Brilliant colour, totally water-proof and smudge-proof formula. Gel Like Smoody Pencil can be used as an eyeliner along with a smudging option for a less defined look. The Swivel type design makes it very convenient to use as there’s no need for hard-sharpening.

Solone Perfect Drawing Eyeliner – The built-in Swarovski crystal will add on shining glamour and elegance. With its 10 sec speedy dry easy to apply formula, it will help users achieve a smooth and good color texture application. It is also water-proof and skin-oil resistant.

Solone Fantasy Wonderland Eyeshadow Kit –  A wonderful development on eyeshadow kit that comes with eight attractive colors featuring base, lid and liner shades to flatter all skin tones. From a soft matte to shimmer and metallic, you can work out 18 different variety of looks. The kit also comes with 1 double ended sponge applicator. It is so easy to get standout eyes thanks to Solone’s new eyeshadow kit with the highly pigmented colors with sophisticated shimmer, blends easily with soft texture.

Solone Light Tattoo Brow Gel – It gives you long-lasting and worry-free eyebrow with its Tint+Nourishment+waterproof formula~ Now you can achieve tattoo eyebrows without having to do eyebrow embroidery. It comes with 3 free printed Card form eyebrows inside the packaging to help you achieve embroidery-like brows~

Will be doing a comparison between the Solone Magic Liquid Eyeliner and Solone Perfect Drawing Eyeliner. Perfect Drawing Eyeliner (On the left) is in pencil form and Magic Liquid Eyeliner comes with a fine felt tip to dispense the liquid liner. For beginners, i will recommend the use of the Perfect Drawing Eyeliner because it is much easier to use and control.

Solone Magic Liquid Eyeliner has a board base so it is good for people who loves their lines to be thick (Like me!).. Solone Perfect Drawing Eyeliner will be good to create fine and define lines. Color turnout wise, both are as pigmented!

Long-lasting wise, both eyeliner can withstand water, oil and slight friction without budging. Only with intensive cleaning and rubbing, the Solone Magic Liquid Eyeliner started to fade but the Solone Perfect Drawing Eyeliner still stays strong! The long-lastingness of both eyeliners are pretty impressing! This is why Solone eyeliners will always be my HG!~ 🙂

Running under water and wiping it dry with tissue (Top) Running under Cleansing Liquid and wiping it dry with tissue (Bottom)

Scrubbing it off with soap and then intense rubbing with tissue paper

Many consumers are nowadays more conscious of their skin requirements and personally i am glad for the emergence of many new Taiwanese cosmetic and skincare brands in recent years.
Say yay to safe and effective products from Taiwan! Thank you Access Communication and the different brands for giving a chance to try out so many products~

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Taiwan Beauty Alliance’s Presskit and website

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Q-depot.com – Your Gateway to Korean Skin Care and Cosmetics Shopping!

Hello everyone!!! I have been on a K-craze ever since i came back from my Korea Trip in April. I miss the food, the weather and definitely the shopping ( All the pretty apparel and skincare/cosmetics!). 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. 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. Right now, I’m doing my Korean Skin Care shopping on Korean cosmetics online shop like Q-Depot.

Why Q-Depot you might ask? I love it as Q-depot.com is an established online store offering quality, authentic and popular Korean cosmetic and skincare products at cost-effective prices.

Q-depot.com was envisioned and established to offer consumers effective Korean Makeup, 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.

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.

Printscreen from Q-Depot.com

Will be doing a review of a PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set that i have gotten from Q-depot.com  which consist of Facial Mask, Nose Strip and Feet Foot Pack which will pamper me from top to toe.

PACKage may be new to the Korean skincare products scene but they are experienced! This Korean brand is highly skilled in formulating and creating divine sheet masks with highly effective ingredients to keep skin glowing from head to toe. All products are made Korea! 🙂

PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set is a gorgeous box contains 17 masks, including three types of sheet masks – that’s 8 face masks, 8 blackhead nose strips and 1 exfoliating foot mask. PACKage has 3 concepts that focus on packaging, fun concept and safe ingredients for daily skincare needs. The graphics and artwork of this bundle set is by HAPOOOOOM, a young designer, whose majority of  works are based on a careful hot air balloon traveling around the world which symbolizes positive and happy moments in daily life.

Free from all Parabens, Fragrances, Alcohol, Pigments, PEGs, Phenoxy Ethanol, Silicone and Mineral oils, Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask is designed to leave skin hydrated, nourished, soft and radiant. It is formulated with highly effective ingredients – Honey extract, Propolis extract, Galactomyces and Hyaluronic acid. The mask sheet is thinner than normal cotton masks which allow maximum penetration of essence!

Ingredients: Water, methylPropanediol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, HydroxyEthylCellulose, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MACopolymer, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin

Melt Me Softly Nose Strips contains nourishing lemon essence which aids to removing blackheads effectively yet gently without ripping or pulling. The nose strips works by melting sebum clogged in pores to remove blackheads without irritation. Simply put the strip on nose for 15-20 minutes, then gently massage the area to wipe away remaining sebum. Totally fuss-free!

Ingredients: Water, MethylPropanediol, Carbomer, Tri Ethanol Amine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxy-Ethanol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (pepermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Saponaria officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon(Lemon) Fruit Extract, Melaeuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water

For once a month foot care, the Monthly New Feet Foot Pack contains divine orange oil extract to get rid of hard dry skin to reveal soft baby skin! Simply use scissors to cut open the foot pack and place them over the feet like regular socks. After which, use the tape stickers to affix it then leave them on for 60 minutes before rinsing off with water. In about 4-5 days, the dead dry skin will start to peel, revealing new skin underneath!

Ingredients: Alcohol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, D-water, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Betaine, Arginine, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Alanine, Serine, Limonene, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Equisetum Arvense Extract

Have tried the Melt Me Softly Nose Strips and Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask and here’s my thoughts on them:

Melt Me Softly Nose Strips gives a really soothing and refreshing minty sensation upon application! I absolutely love it as it has a mint scent too! It gives the refreshing minty sensation during the entire duration of application until i remove it. It is recommended to leave it on for 15-20 mins then after-which massage my nose area to remove remaining serum. After wiping it clean, i do observed that there are lesser black dots (Aka blackheads) on my nose area~ Wow! It really works like promised.

Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask has a thin yet elastic sheet which won’t tear easily and it fits my facial contours perfectly. The mask has an herbal scent which i don’t really fancy but i can live with it. There’s no stinging sensation but instead skin felt comfy upon application. When i removed the mask, i was amazed at how ‘white’ and ‘even’ my skin tone is. Overall, redness also subsided a fair bit and skin is moisturized!

At USD 21.99 per box, i would say that it is a valuable buy as it contains 17 pcs of high quality and effective masks. Personally, i love the Melt Me Softly Nose Strips a lot as it helps to get rid of my strawberry nose so effortlessly. If you want to order the highly recommended PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set you can do so and utilize the following discount code to enjoy 10% off your first order.  🙂

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Q-Depot’s website

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!

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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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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.