Wet Brush Flex Dry – Believe It Or ‘Knot’

Good Day to all my readers!!!! Today i am back with a review on a new product from WET BRUSH. For many years, i have been a loyal user of the Wet Brush! This hair brush is a God sent product to keep my thick, unruly, easily-tangled and unmanageable hair in check! The Wet Brush will come in very handy if you have thick, curly, straight hair, long hair or simply hair that tangles very easily.

Being the best-selling detangling hairbrush in US, the Wet Brush comprises of specially formulated soft flexible IntelliFlex™ bristles which detangle hair with ease. The intelliFlex bristles are thin, strong and highly flexible with its adaptive flexibility to eliminates tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping when one comb his / her hair. 

Recently, i have cut my hair short and would require to blow dry it everyday so that it will look presentable. I am so glad that Wet Brush has launched the Wet Brush Flex Dry which is made for people who blow dry their hair! Wet Brush recognizes the need for a brush that detangles as we blow dry them and this requires a heat-resistant brush which could allow air to pass through and give our hair a quick dry!

Over the last few years, the Wet Brush has established itself in the U.S. market for professional hair brushes and is now considered Number 1 in its class. The Intelliflex bristles are what make the Wet Brush so special and it has set a milestone in the hair care industry. The bristles have intelligent flexibility whereby they will ‘know’ when to be firm and when to be flexible. The bristles’ flexibility enable users to carry out protective and pain-free detangling while combing their hair.  The bristles are firm enough to comb through knots, yet flexible enough to be gentle on the scalp. They glide through hair (wet or dry) effortlessly detangling and prepping for healthy styling. The tips of the bristles will even massage the scalp to circulate blood flow! It works great on wet/dry hair and it is perfect everyone. It works excellently on hair extensions and wigs as well!

With the launch of the Wet Brush Flex Dry, it is bringing the Intelliflex to a whole new level as it is now Heat Resistant!! It’s no mystery why the Wet Brush is such a popular product . It’s available in most beauty stores and salons in the US. and more than 45 countries.

About Wet Brush Flex Dry
  • Heat Resistant Intelliflex Bristles
  • Vented Brush
  • Flexible for Maximum Detangling

Wet Brush Flex Dry has a vented design which allow users to dry hair faster. The Dual Flex Technology provides twice the detangling power. Exclusive heat-resistant IntellFlex bristles gently detangle which the flexible brush design contours to the scalp enhancing the detangling experience. The brush is also lightweight with a vented designs so that hot air from the hair dryer reaches hair easily, helping to dry hair faster.

Heat Resistant Intelliflex Bristles

Vented Brush

Flexible for Maximum Detangling

I have thick hair with coarse texture, tangled + break + drop very easily. Combing of hair can get really painful, upsetting and frustrating at times. In addition, i don’t have the habit of blow-drying my hair for the same reason.

With the Wet Brush Flex Dry, it makes blow-drying of hair so effortlessly. This brush makes my combing experience easy and painless! This brush will just glides through my hair and it gets the tangles out quickly without requiring me to tug too much. This means lesser breakage, no pain and fewer hair drop. After combing is done, my hair also appears to be smoother and less frizzy!

With The Wet Brush, i can comb through my hair even when it is wet or when i just get out of bed without causing any pain! The brush will simply glide through my hair and remove the tangle in just a few strokes.. It causes less damage to hair when it detangles hair so effortlessly and painlessly. When blow drying it, i can comb and style my hair so easily due to the design of the Wet Brush Flex Dry.

Besides being highly flexible, the Wet Brush‘s bristles tips are ‘coated’ so it serves as a protection and will not hurt my scalp. The soft bristles and coated tips also helps to massage my scalp to circulate blood flow and i love using it! Because of the highly effective bristles, I observed that i’m losing lesser hair because i don’t have to tug so much while combing.

The design of the Wet Brush is also sturdy and well thought of! It has a long handle which enables you to have a firm grip which makes brushing more effectively and easy. The entire brush is made of rubber-like material (even the handle) which enables you to have a strong grip and makes brushing ‘slip-free’. I cannot think of any fault with this product and now i know why it is the best-selling hairbrush in the US!

Wet Brush Flex Dry retails at $15.90. Get yours today at selected Guardian, Watsons, and BHG stores. 🙂

Thank you for reading and have a blessed weekend ahead!

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from The Wet Brush’s presskit

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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!

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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…

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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!~ 🙂

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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

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.

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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

Unveiling Althea’s Beauty Boxes~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Active Ingredients includes 

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

Ceramide as skin component, moisture attracting substance blocking moisture evaporation

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

Aloe Vera Leaf impart moisture deep into skin

Souble collagen delivers moisture energy and firming effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wet Brush Sugar Skull Edition – No More Tug Of War!

Hello everyone! I have a love hate relationship with my long hair! No doubt i look more feminine with long hair, i have coarse and stiff hair which tangles veryyyyyy easily! It is bad to the extend that i will need to ‘coat’ my hair ends with hair oil first before i can comb it properly! Detangling of knots can be painful and frustrating; not to mention that my hair will drop and break if i exert too much force to comb through the knots.

To resolve this problem, i will have to use a specific brand of hair brush which i have mentioned it a few times in my past entries. The life changing Wet Brush come in very handy if you have thick, curly, straight hair, long hair or simply hair that tangles very easily. Wet Brush is great for people with curly hair that tangles and breaks off easily . The Wet Brush is the best-selling detangling hairbrush in the US and it comprises of specially formulated soft flexible IntelliFlex™ bristles which detangle hair with ease. The intelliFlex bristles are thin, strong and highly flexible with its adaptive flexibility to eliminates tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping when combing. This hair brush is a God sent product to keep my thick, unruly, easily-tangled and unmanageable hair in check! 🙂

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Wet Brush with IntelliFlex™ bristles

Over the last four years, the Wet Brush has established itself in the U.S. market for professional hair brushes and is now considered Number 1 in its class. The Intelliflex bristles are what make the Wet Brush so special and it has set a milestone in the hair care industry. The bristles have intelligent flexibility whereby they will ‘know’ when to be firm and when to be flexible. The bristles’ flexibility enable users to carry out protective and pain-free detangling while combing their hair. The bristles are firm enough to comb through knots, yet flexible enough to be gentle on the scalp. They glide through hair (wet or dry) effortlessly detangling and prepping for healthy styling.

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Wet Brush with IntelliFlex™ bristles

The tips of the IntelliFlex bristles also helps to massage the scalp to circulate blood flow! Besides being highly flexible and soft, the Wet Brush‘s bristles tips are ‘coated’ so it serves as a protection. It works excellently on hair extensions and wigs as well!

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The design of the Wet Brush is also sturdy and well thought of! It has a long handle which enables you to have a firm grip which makes brushing more effectively and easy. The entire brush is made of rubber-like material which enables you to have a better grip while combing your hair.

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Currently, i’m using the collection series “Wet Brush – Sugar Skull” released specially for Halloween. Something different from the usual conventional design. 🙂

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Till date, no hair brush is as good as the WET BRUSH. This detangling hair brush enables me to brush through tangles ‘friction-free’ so as to provide greater comfort, ease and zero pain. As mentioned, i have thick hair with coarse texture and it gets tangled very easily… Without applying hair oil first, it is almost impossible to comb through the knots with a regular hair brush.

With the Wet Brush, i can comb through newly washed hair without applying anything on it prior. i just have to glide the brush through my hair effortlessly without pain and the tangles will be removed in just a few strokes. It causes less damage to hair when it detangles hair so effortlessly and painlessly. Without the need to tug too much, there’s lesser breakage, no pain and fewer hair drop. After combing, my hair also appears to be smoother and less frizzy! I’m really pleased with the hair brush as it helps detangle my hair without much effort, lesser damage and no pain.

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Effortless combing with the Wet Brush!

The Wet Brush Sugar Skull Edition retails at $19.90 in selected Guardian, Watsons, and BHG stores.. Highly recommended to give Wet Brush a try as it is the best hair brush that i have ever come across and it is so reasonably priced…

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from The Wet Brush’s presskit