Restore, Recharge & Rejuvenate With The All-New Spa Ceylon Virgin Coconut Collection

Two weeks ago, i was invited to the Spa Ceylon @ Wisma Atria to experience its latest product range harvesting on the goodness of virgin coconut. Spa Ceylon is the world’s leading Luxury Ayurveda brand with boutiques that span across 57  branded  stores across  12  countries growing rapidly to expand their global footprint across South Asia, the Far East and Europe. With its rich heritage, a wealth of expertise and strong Ceylonese identity, Spa Ceylon has become ‘the world’s largest Luxury Ayurveda  chain’ in the world that is renowned  for promoting  health, well-being  and relaxation.

Combining the powerful, age-old Ayurveda formula and the finest natural ingredients, Spa Ceylon products are the result of nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products from the pioneers in modern Ayurveda beauty care in Sri Lanka.The highly-treasured and pampering Spa Ceylon ranges inspired by the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda promises to rejuvenate one’s senses and will hydrate, treat, purify and soothe the body

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

Today Spa Ceylon produces over 150 all-natural  Ayurveda inspired personal care & wellness formulae, Their complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp & hair care preparations,  oils,  balms  &  potions,  home  aroma  blends,  candles,  diffusers,  incense,  herbal  infusions & teas, handmade stoneware and spa accessories.

Spa Ceylon promotes environmentally friendly natural products; they are not tested on animals, and are 100% vegetarian. The brand is also an advocate of sustainable harvesting and supports community fair trade. By ensuring fair trade, Spa Ceylon has been helping to develop sustainable businesses that have a positive effect on the surrounding communities. All Spa Ceylon products are free of paraben, paraffin and alcohol. Its precise production and quality assurance   procedures  incorporate   traditional   herbal   prescriptive  with  modern   dermatological science,  to  protect  and  deliver  the  herbal  benefits  of  the  all-natural   ingredients   in  their  high- performance  formula.

Recently, Spa Ceylon has launched its  all-new Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Collection. Drawing from the numerous beneficial and therapeutic properties of the finest coconuts sourced in Ceylon, consumers are in for a luxurious treat with products ranging from scalp  care  and  body  care  to  aromatic  essential  oils  and  hand  creams that  will  delight one’s senses and improve overall wellness.

Infused with the purest Virgin Coconut oil extract, the Virgin Coconut Oil Collection is designed to promote youthful, glowing radiance for skin. It has repairing and anti-oxidant  properties which helps correct uneven skin tones and hydrates skin,  leaving it feeling  silky  smooth  without  a greasy finish.  Coconut oils are also effective in treating dandruff-prone scalps. As such, Spa Ceylon’s Virgin Coconut  hair products which is enriched with essential quality  proteins, helps to address  various scalp issues and nourishes damaged hair to achieve that ideal luxuriant and healthy-looking tresses.

I will kick-start the introduction of the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Collection with the series of ultra-nourishing  Virgin Coconut Butter packaged in handy 25g circular tins embellished with vibrant flowers motifs emblematic of the Ceylonese heritage! Available in four variations, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine, Lemongrass,  this multi-purpose  butter  is guaranteed to provide the  necessary  hydration  to  one’s  lips,  skin,  elbows,  feet  and  hair  while promoting a tranquil effect.

Suitable for all dosha and skin types, the  Virgin Coconut Butter  collection consists of four types of 100% natural multi-usage ultra- nourishing  butters   made   from   certified   organic Virgin  Coconut from Ceylon. The Virgin Coconut Butter is also blended with aromatic  essential  oils to   soothe,   refresh,   balance   and   energise  skin, calming and relaxing the senses.  It can be used on lips, skin, elbows, feet and hair to hydrate, softens, protects and care for it.

Virgin Coconut Natural Butter Collection (100g/3.52oz) – SGD 40.90

Neroli Jasmine Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is a 100% natural multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter made from certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon designed for all dosha types. It is blended with aromatic Neroli Jasmine essential  oils  to  calm and refresh skin, grounding and balancing the senses. At the same time, it deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin, elbows, feet and hair.

Neroli Jasmine Virgin Coconut Natural Butter (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Ylang Lavender Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is blended to soothe and balance skin, promoting calm and tranquility. Suitable for all dosha types, the 100%  natural multi-usage   ultra-nourishing butter with certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Ylang Lavender Virgin Coconut Natural Butter  (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is formulated with aromatic  essential  oils  to refresh  and  renew skin, awakening & energising the senses. Suitable for all dosha types, it deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Pink Grapefruit  Virgin Coconut Natural Butter (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter has a soothing and refreshing effect to relax + calm the senses during use.  A  100%  Natural  multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter made from certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon. It deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter  (25gr) – SGD 13.90

As with every Spa Ceylon launch, a key highlight lies in its signature Home Spa Set. The premium set includes various Virgin Coconut products from scrubs, organic oil, serum and soap that allow users to indulge in head-to-toe happiness.  They  also  make  perfect  gifts  and  are convenient beauty kits  to carry around in gym bags, or even in luggage during travels.

Immerse in the soothing and aromatic fragrance of the Virgin Coconut collection as it uplifts and balances your senses, while providing the necessary grounding and restoration of energy. All the products in the Spa Ceylon’s Virgin Coconut Oil range are free of silicones, paraben, paraffin and alcohol, and are suitable for all skin types. They are environmentally friendly, not tested on animals, and are 100 percent vegetarian.  Spa Ceylon captures  the romance  of old Ceylon combined  with ancient Ayurveda  wisdom to create their range of majestic royal spa rituals & luxury product formulae designed to soothe, calm & relax the body, mind & soul.

What’s in the Virgin Coconut Home Spa Set?

Face & Body Refining Scrub – A unique 100% natural complex of pure Virgin Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Crystals naturally extracted and  sourced from the finest fresh coconuts, handpicked from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. Rich in nourishing vitamins and protective anti-oxidants to exfoliate, refine & renew skin, promoting  overall wellness.  With each use, it hydrates, smoothens  and revitalises to reveal softer, more radiant skin instantly.

Hair & Body Natural Butter is a 100%  natural  multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter of pure  Virgin Coconut  Oil  naturally extracted  and  sourced  from  the  finest  fresh coconuts from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. This nourishing hair and body butter is rich in vitamins and protective anti-oxidants to help reinforce,  repair & fortify skin, promoting overall wellness. You can use it to cares for lips, skin, elbows, feet & hair – All in One!

Pure & Natural Organic Oil is a 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil, naturally cold pressed and sourced from the finest fresh coconuts, handpicked from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. Rich in nourishing  vitamins  and protective anti-oxidants  to  help  reinforce,  repair  and  fortify hair.  When used on skin, it hydrates, nourishes, softens, smoothens and brightens for total care.

Face & Body Soothing Serum is rich in nourishing  vitamins and protective  anti-oxidants to help reinforce,  repair and  fortify  skin,  promoting  overall  wellness. With regular use, it hydrates, nourishes,  softens  &  smoothens  face  & body, evening  out skin tone and improving  visible youthfulness. Enjoy the goodness of 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil~

Inside the Virgin Coconut Home Spa Set, there’s also the Ceylon Tea Ylang Luxury Soap and Intensive Hand Cream.

Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream is infused with a soothing blend of Green, White & Black Teas – rich in natural anti-oxidants & nutrients. Sweet Almond, Wheatgerm, Soya & Virgin Coconut moisturise, nourish & care for dry & rough hands. Pure Mango Butter & Kokum Butter help hydrate, protect & preserve youthfulness. Rice Bran & Soya soften & smoothen skin for total hand care. Enriched with mystical Ylang Ylang & sensual Tuberose to help balance the senses & protect subtle energize.

The Ceylon Tea Ylang Luxury Soap is a luxuriously creamy natual cleansers enriched with Virgin Coconut, Rice Bran, Wheatgerm & Almond to Moisturise, nourish and soften skin. Pure Mango Butter & Kokum Butter help hydrade, protect & preserve natural balance, while fresh Aloe Vera helps cool & comfort skin. Infused with pure aromatic essential oils to sooth calm & relax your body, mind and soul.

Under the Virgin Coconut collection, there’s also the Scalp & Hair Caring Oil which is suitable for all dosha & skin types.  A 100% natural ultra-light blend of pure Virgin Coconut Oil naturally  cold pressed and sourced from the finest fresh coconuts of Ceylon. This rich in nourishing vitamins and protective hair oil contains anti-oxidants to help reinforce, strengthen & fortify scalp and   hair balance. It is effective in repairing hair damage, hydrates, conditions and protects hair. It also helps in controlling dryness and split ends and promotes overall hair health.

Have tried out 5 products as follows from the press kit and i’m so excited to share with you my thoughts!

Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter
Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter
Face & Body Refining Scrub
Pure & Natural Organic Oil
Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream

My favorite product from the Home Spa Kit has to be the Face & Body Refining Scrub as it smells really awesome! It smells like Ondeh Ondeh and the Delicious scent of delicious of pandan, coconut and gula melaka makes me want to eat it!! hahaha~ It is important to exfoliate skin on a regular basis so as to prevent pile up on skin’s surface (so you can prevent dullness, roughness and congestion of pores!). If you have sensitive skin like mine, what you can do is to mix the refining scrub with your cleanser so that it is milder on skin. The refining scrub contains fine scrub particles which is not too abrasive but it does a good job in removing dead skin cells. I did not experience any stinging sensation upon using. After washing it off, skin appears to be brighter and much smoother to the touch. Will definitely repurchase this!

Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream

This hand cream smells nice too (smells like freshly brewed tea!) and the texture is creamy (yet not oily). It gets absorbed fast and well without leaving behind any oily film! It is very hydrating as well plus it kept my skin smooth and silky.

Kept the Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter in office as i will tend to suffer from extremely dry skin on my hands as i have to wash them frequently.  The Natural Butter comes in a really sleek and pretty tin. It smells like natural lemongrass and it has a balm texture. As the natural butter is quite concentrated, a small amount goes a long way to keep my skin healthy! Although it leaves behind a slight greasy film , it did a good job in keeping the skin on my hands healthy. Normally i will suffer from red patches on the skin of my hands, daily application of the natural butter helps prevent it! Yay to no more skin irritation! The efficacy of the Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is the same (Just that it has a refreshing Grapefruit scent!). As such, i prefer to use this on my lips to keep it chap-free~

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I’m using the Virgin Coconut Pure & Natural Organic Oil to condition my hair before hair wash. The oil smells so heavenly (coconut-ish) and it has a thick consistency. As texture is quite heavy, a small amount should suffice if you are using it as a hair treatment oil. As you know, i have bleached my hair few months ago in order to achieve pink hair. As a result, my hair has turned dry and i will have bad tangles after hair wash. As i do not like using conditioner, my hair is like hay!!! After doing pre-wash conditioning using the Pure & Natural Organic Oil, my hair isn’t as dry as before and it is easier to comb it after washing. 🙂

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

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

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin | Combating Acne & Sensitive Skin (Part 2)

Due to hormonal imbalance, i have been suffering from bad bout of jawline breakouts recently. Once again, i turned to Annabelle Skin to address my skin woe! Had enough of those large, deep  and painful cystic pimples on my jawline!

A hidden gem in the Adelphi – Annabelle Skin aims to serve as the trusted skin and body care companion to its clients as they go through different stages in life by providing quality treatments, effective results and personalized service. Annabelle Skin strongly believes that everyone’s skin condition is unique. Each skin and body treatment will be customized accordingly with the combination of skillful manual methods with advanced scientific beauty technology, using high quality products made with natural ingredients from Europe to produce the best and most effective results. 

Grace accessed my skin before treatment and besides jawline breakouts, my skin feels warm to the touch. It is never easy treating acne prone sensitive skin as acne-fighting products tend to be drying. However, i felt safe entrusting my skin to Annabelle as they know what’s best for me and customized a facial treatment that best addresses my skin issues .

Grace started off with skin cleansing with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Sensi-bel Delicate is Dr.Belter’s special care line for long-term or temporarily hypersensitive skin. All products are dermatologically tested, free of colourants, perfume and official preservatives. It also contains Derma Lipid-Membrane Structure (DLS) components, a top grade skin-identical cream base without emulsifiers that does not cause skin irritation and ensures penetration of active ingredients for healthier skin.

Because my skin is sensitive, there’s no exfoliation done this time and Grace went straight to extraction! As much as i hate extractions, it has to be done to remove blackheads and clogged sebum. Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads and clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. Moreover, the beauticians are all well-trained so they are really fast and skillful in removing impurities. After extraction, Grace sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. As Grace knew that i am TTC-ing, she checked if i am comfortable with the use of the high frequency machine. I love how attentive and caring everyone at Annabelle Skin are!

After extraction and sterilizing my skin, Grace applied Dr. Belter Intensa Ampoule No. 7 – Aloe Vera Concentrate on my skin and neck area. This ampoule has calming, protective and balanced properties of “lily of the dessert” extract to pamper and benefit particularly tender, sensitive or damaged skin.  Normally ampoule will always sting my skin but the Dr. Belter’s ampoule doesn’t.

While waiting for ampoule to be fully absorbed, Grace applied a later of  Dr. Belter Intensa Mask, with an ultrasonic equipment to aid absorption of the products and to cool down the temperature of my sensitive skin.. This treatment will help to refine pores, treat skin redness and to subside the appearance of blood capillaries. To finish off the entire treatment, Grace applied Dr Belter’s Vital-C Mask which contains Acerola extract and Vitamin C as active ingredients. The mask is power in texture and it is to be mixed with water to form a rubber-like peel-off mask.. Cold water was being used while preparing the mask and i love how cooling and soothing it felt on my skin. 🙂

Straight after treatment, skin redness reduced immediately and skintone became brighter. Always love the post facial glow and radiance! With most of the clogged sebum removed, skin feels so much smoother!

On the next morning, one of my cystic acne (which has been there for 1 week plus) on my jawline flatten and is less painful to the touch. On some of the areas whereby extraction were done, there’s minor purging which went away by the 3rd day.

After each and every treatment at Annabelle, i felt that it helps to strengthen skin’s resilient. With the treatments, it brought about improvements such as reduced skin sensitivity, less redness and improved skin clarity. Gone was the days whereby i have really bad skin a few years back. You can see the difference for yourself from the picture below 🙂

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Left: Skin Condition before going to Annabelle Right: Skin Condition after my last facial treatment at Annabelle

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

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

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

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

Double Cleansing with L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water!

Let’s talk about double cleansing today! After a longgg day at work, double cleansing is something which i cannot do without in order to achieve clean skin~ Basically, double cleansing is washing my face twice – first with a makeup remover and then facial wash. Staring the routine with makeup remover to remove the initial layer of dirt dust, sebum and dead skin cells from pores will actually allow your facial wash to penetrate better into pores and do its job more effectively. However if you have sensitive skin like mine, double cleansing might be a double-edged sword but the key is to use an effective makeup remover that stays gentle on skin. My preferred type of makeup remover will be Micellar Water.

Do you know that Micellar Water originated from Paris in the 1990s? Micellar Waters were first developed to combat the harsh effects that the city’s hard water had on their skin. Since then, micellar waters have become a beauty staple in the routines of French women and have easily become a favorite for makeup artists all over the world.

Currently, i’m using the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water as part of my double cleanse process. What i love most about this Micellar Water is that it removes waterproof makeup in 3 seconds and yet moisturize and hydrate skin at the same time. Suitable for even sensitive skin and areas like the eyes, this Michellar water contains no oil, no fragrance and no alcohol. It is also dermatologically tested, so people with sensitive skin are able to use it without fear of aggravating their skin.

L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water – Bi-Phase, French Mountain Water, French Rose Extract (L to R)

The L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water is the new breakthrough product which will remove the toughest makeup in 3 seconds.

Bi-Phase Micellar Technology

The new L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water has two layers that enable the removal of all types of makeup, even waterproof makeup.

(1) Micellar layer: This layer is made up of tiny micelle particles suspended in soft water. These tiny particles cluster together to capture dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities without drying out your skin. Acting like a magnet, impurities are lifted off your skin, leaving it thoroughly cleansed with no additional rinsing required. The effectiveness of these breakthrough micellar molecules guarantees a gentle cleanse that requires no harsh rubbing even for heavy makeup!

(2) Cleansing layer: This unique formula specifically removes waterproof makeup whilst hydrating and moisturizing the skin. The best part is there is no presence of “nasties” in the formula – no oil, fragrance or alcohol – to irritate even the most sensitive of skin types.

For light makeup days, there are two other micellar waters in their range, which are equally gentle and hydrating on skin.

Moisturizing Micellar Water With French Rose Extract

(Good for Normal to Dry Skin, including sensitive ones)

Pamper your skin with this gentle formula that comes infused with French Rose Extract. Feel your skin gently cleansed and refreshed as the rose-scented water glides across your skin to strip off the day’s makeup and pollutants- no rubbing or rinsing required. Micelle particles attract and lift away impurities, like a magnet, without leaving your skin stripped or dry. What’s more, French Rose Extract boasts an incredible list of natural properties that are beneficial to your skin. Its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties especially, would leave your skin clean, pure and hydrated at the end of a long day.

Moisturizing Micellar Water With French Rose Extract (400ml, $20.90)

Refreshing Micellar Water With French Mountain Water

(Good for Oily to Combination skin, including sensitive ones)

Formulated with French Mountain Water, this micellar water provides a gentle yet powerful cleanse. Eliminate makeup, environmental impurities and excess sebum in just one swipe with no rubbing or rinsing required. Micelle particles attract and lift away impurities, like a magnet, without leaving your skin stripped or dry. Your skin will simply be left feeling clean, pure and fresh!

Refreshing Micellar Water With French Mountain Water (400ml, $20.90)

I have put the L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water to the test on a daily basis for the past few days. Normally, i will apply very minimal makeup as shown in the picture below (Tinted Moisturizer, Sunblock, lip balm and long-lasting lipstick). The only long-lasting makeup product that i will use on a daily basis will be lipstick because i’m lazy to reapply it 😛

It is important to shake the L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water to mix the 2 layers together before pouring onto a cotton pad. To dislodge makeup, gently wipe in a circular motion.. As you can see from the picture below, i have applied tinted moisturizer and a few different types of long-lasting lipsticks on my hand. The tinted moisturizer was wiped off completely with just a few wipes. For the long-lasting lipsticks, i just have to hold the cotton pad against it for a few seconds and off it disappear with just a few gentle wipes. Definitely 5 stars for its cleansing abilities!

Besides the excellent cleansing abilities, L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water does not contain any fragrance and won’t sting while using it! Texture wise, it is watery and non-greasy. What i love about the Michellar Water is that it has a gentle formula as it doesn’t sting. After using, it leaves my skin refreshed, soothed and hydrated! There’s no tight sensation and no form of redness / irritation. Photo below was taken after using the Micellar water, definitely no redness but clean skin 🙂

The new L’Oréal Paris Bi-Phase Micellar Water retails for $22.90, and is available at all leading Watsons, Guardian, Unity stores and major super/ hyper markets.

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from L’Oreal Paris’s presskit and website

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin | Combating Acne & Sensitive Skin

It has been sometime since my last update about Annabelle Skin. As mentioned in my previous blog post, i went for a surgery in December and my doctor has put me on medication (Visanne). While on medication, it has brought about unpleasant side effects and one of the major side effect would be increased oil secretion! It has been a longggg time since i had such oily skin, blackheads and breakouts. Not forgetting, my skin has become extremely patchy and sensitive. During that 3-4 months, my confidence level dropped (This explains the lack of skin updates) but the team at Annabelle Skin painstakingly nursed it back to health! Today, my skin is finally back to normal and i can never thank Annabelle Skin enough. Signed for a new package yesterday and i can say that i can never ever live without Annabelle Skin. 🙂

A hidden gem in the Adelphi –Annabelle Skin (Founded in 1994) aims to serve as the trusted skin and body care companion to its clients as they go through different stages in life by providing quality treatments, effective results and personalized service. Annabelle Skin strongly believes that everyone’s skin condition is unique. Each skin and body treatment will be customized accordingly with the combination of skillful manual methods with advanced scientific beauty technology, using high quality products made with natural ingredients from Europe to produce the best and most effective results.

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What set Annabelle Skin different from other salons which i have been to is that each facial treatment will be customized. During that few months where i experienced bad breakouts, focus was on treating my breakouts and sensitive skin.  I did Dr.Belter Derm-A ReNew treatment and treatments which incorporate its Line-A products. Line A offers special and very effective products to ensure gentle, effective treatment of people with seborrhoic inflamed skin with acne. I’m thankful for the customized treatments in accordance to skin condition as it really help address and target problem areas better! For me, my skin condition improved and stabilized during each and every treatments. Without it, my skin won’t be able to improve so fast.

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The last facial treatment i had focused on repair and treating leftover breakouts.  The facial treatment started off with cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing  with the use of Dr Belter Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues.  After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further before extraction. Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction.

After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, i experienced a mild slight ting-ing sensation. After which, she applied Dr Belter Algae Extract (Ampoule No.4) on my face and neck. Algae and sea extracts contain are multitude of highly effective substances. After which, Line A mask was applied on as the last step to combat current and subsequent breakouts.

The photo below was taken 2 days after facial! Only the extractions done at Annabelle Skin does not leave my skin looking swollen and patchy. Post facial, my skin is smoother, brighter, healthier and less oily + sensitive. There are some minor purging but it cleared up pretty fast.

2 weeks post facial, my skin still stays healthy and active breakouts were reduced significantly. Photo was taken after applying a thin layer of tinted moisturizer as i had to attend a wedding lunch.

If you are interested in trying out Annabelle Skin, they are offering my readers 1st facial trial at 50% off, plus free skin analysis and tester set! Just have to quote my name ‘Jermaine Liang‘ when you are booking your appointment.

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

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

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Dr Belter’s website