My Skin Journey With AnnaBelle Skin |Part Three + My Current Skincare Routine

Hello everyone, hope you had a great weekend! I’m back with another monthly update on my skin’s condition. Embarking on this skin journey with Annabelle Skin is the best decision i have made for my skin as there has been nothing but improvements (YAY!). With only 4 sessions, there’s so much improvements in terms of redness, more controlled breakouts and better texture! I’m feeling better, happier and more confident nowadays due to better skin. I met up with someone from a PR firm during an event (i have not seen her for half a year) and she commented that my skin condition improved so much. Thank you Annabelle Skin!

#MY SKIN JOURNEY WITH ANNABELLE SKIN |PART THREE

Mandy (My Beautician) will always access the current condition of my skin before the start of every treatment.. This time round, my skin has improved in terms of congestion and also hydration (She though that i have applied base makeup on but i didn’t). hehe! She would be focusing on repairing, nourishing and hydration this time as it will help my skin better.

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 Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues. Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell. As the condition of my skin is much better, Mandy used a gentle scrub this time to exfoliate before applying a thin layer of mask (which i have forgotten what mask! oops!). After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further.

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After cleansing the mask off, it is time for extraction! Over at Annabelle Skin, they do not promote squeezing to decongest pores. Extraction is done using a special extraction tool from Switzerland together with special technique to remove blackheads & clogged sebum. As a result, it is not as painful and red as compared to conventional extraction. During the extraction, Mandy commented that my skin congestion has reduced significantly and she did not have to do so much ‘clearing’ work.

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After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, you will experience a mild slight ting-ing sensation. Next, Mandy applied 2 different Intensa Ampoules on my skin – No 9 & No 12:

[AMPOULE No. 9 ADSTRINGENT]

Damaged capillaries and oily skin with large pores benefit particularly from treatment with this special ampoule, containing plant tannin extract.

[AMPOULE No. 12 ANTI-STRESS]

The physical and psychological stress of everyday life coupled with environmental influences lead increasingly to unpleasant skin irritation and disturbance. The skin is the largest human sensory organ and must be strengthened and protected against these attacks. This ampoule serum encompasses special plant complexes and key milk properties as a powerful shield, on guard to protect you.

To end the facial, Solid-bio-Matrix Ginkgo Biloba, a single application mask is left on my skin for 20 mins. This mask is infused with bioMatrix (pure, insoluble collagen fibres) and gingko biloba extract. This mask is recommended for mature and demanding skin has it is highly soothing, hydrating and nourishing. The mask comes in a slighter smaller than A4 size sheet and Mandy had to cut an opening (if not i cannot breathe. LOL!). The mask does not contain perfume, preservatives or bonding agents thus making it very suitable for sensitive / delicate skin. Upon application, there was an instant soothing and cooling sensation. So relaxing!

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This picture was taken after the facial and you can see how healthy, smooth and supple my skin was! There wasn’t much redness and skin blotchy-ness so i can walk out of the salon with ease~

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Immediately after facial, there’s an after facial glow which i love!!! As mentioned, skin wasn’t red and blotchy-looking after extraction. Skin felt so much ‘lighter’ and less tight. Skin also feels softer, more supple and smoother. Overall Skin Tone has improved in terms of brightness and clarity.

Like every facial, there will be mild purging (small pimples with pus) which is common as the facial + extraction will ‘push’ skin impurities embedded within pores to the surface. During these 2 days, i took extra care in applying pimple gel to dry it up (Will be talking about the products that i’m using below. Despite the mild purging, skin still feels smooth to the touch and sensitivity has reduced. Skin tone has improved significantly in radiance / evenness and skin does not feel as oily.

From 3rd day onwards, The breakouts from purging will start to heal. I always like it that oil secretion will reduce after facial so i just have to use more hydrating products to maintain it. Skin is also less bumpy, more radiant and healthy with reduced breakouts and clogged pores (due to the reduction in oil secretion).  In between facial, i will also have to take good care of my skin too and i will be talking more about my current skincare routine which targets my sensitive acne prone and dehydrated skin issues.

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Skin Condition before facial at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #1 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #2 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #3 at Annabelle Skin

My Current Skincare Routine

Step 1: Skin Cleansing

This is a really important step and it is a must to use an effective product that will remove all dust, excessive sebum, impurities and make-up which contributes to skin problems. In addition, you will need a perfectly cleanse skin in order to prep it for your other skincare products (So that whatever you applied on will be fully absorbed and penetrated by the skin).. As my skin is sensitive, i’m using a gentle cleansing skin cleanser. In the Mornings, i’m using Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleaner and at Night, i’m using Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX.  For sensitive skin, try not to leave facial cleanser on for more than 15 seconds and don’t exert too much force while washing as this will trigger off irritation. As the sunblock i’m using doesn’t requires a makeup remover to remove it directly, i’m not double cleansing my skin.

The Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleanser was recommended to me by a SA while i was shopping in Korea’s Nature Republic. She told me that this cleanser will help me balance the PH level of my skin and is gentle on skin. This low acidity foam cleanser is mild and it balances skin while protecting with moisture shield. 90% of nature derived ingredient giving clear inner and moisture protection on surface. Pea size amount suffices to cleanse the whole face effective and it doesn’t make skin feels tight after cleansing. The facial cleanser has a soothing lavender scent and i’m already currently on my 2nd tube~

Just bought the Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX last week and i’m already falling in love with is cleansing foam. Like what its name suggested, this clear cleansing gel is gentle on skin and it foams slightly to cleanse skin effectively. The cleanser has a strong herbal smell so if you don’t like herbal smell, it can get overwhelming. After cleansing, skin feels refreshed, clean and ‘light’ without tightness~

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Nature Republic Green Derma Mild Foam Cleanser is available on Lazada or Qoo10. Sulwahasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam EX is available at Sulwahasoo’s counter.

As the use of toner is also part of the cleansing process to remove leftover residues after using a cleanser… This will help achieve a better cleanse skin to prep it for your other skincare products so that nutrients be able to penetrate into the skin optimally. I’m currently using Dr Belter’s Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic and Sensi-Be is a special care line for hypersensitive skin. The Delicate Tonic reduces skin irritations and makes the skin surface less susceptible to attack by irritants. It will also normalize the skin’s PH level while protecting it. The tonic is very mild and it does not sting my skin. It makes my skin refreshed while it calms it down as it is enriched with soothing / hydrating ingredients such as oak bark, natural moisturiser and aloe vera. Mandy told me to pat it directly on skin but i prefer using a cotton pad to apply it. The texture of the toner is slightly soapy but it doesn’t leave any sticky sensation once it dries up.

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Dr Belter’s Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic is available at Annabelle Skin

Bought the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum as the SA told me it is their best-selling product which will give me soft and smooth skin when i use it daily. Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is a serum that provides exfoliating, brightening, wrinkle-smoothing and hydrating benefits in a single formula. I’m already on my 2nd bottle as it is really as good as described! I’m using this after toner (Although SA said that i should use before toner) and texture wise is like a regular toner (Although it is on the thicker side). The toner smells like melted brown sugar and it gives me instant brightening effect after the first use. With regular use, skin stays soft, smoother and more radiant. I love that it contains Sugar which is a natural and gentle exfoliator which helps prevent dead skin built up which contributes the congested pores!

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Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is available at Skinfood counters

To keep skin hydrated, I’m using Sothys Hydra3Ha Intensive Hydrating Serum. To be frank, i’m not using moisturizer regularly as i’m worried that it will be too rich for my sensitive / easily clogged skin. Hence, i was told to use serum instead as texture will be lighter so there’s nothing much for me to worry about. You can read more about my review for this Serum Here

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SOTHYS Hydra 3HA products are available for sale via Sothys appointed Salons

For the occasional spots and blemishes, i’m using the CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser, Beyond Acnature Spot Healer and Mentholatum Ointment. These 3 different cream / gel fulfilled all my requirements – No stinging sensation when applied on, gentle on skin yet effective, good healing and drying power and doesn’t leave an obvious brown mark when the pimple / acne healed.

CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser is from a brand called W.Lab which has received premium brand awards and 2015 Korea Satisfaction Consumer Index. This Korean Skin Care brand is very
popular in Korea and now all these different Korean cosmetics and skincare products are easily available on Korean cosmetics / skincare online shop like Q-Depot.

CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser heals irritated acne ranging from Pimple, Millet Seed Acne and Cystic Acne. It doesn’t contains Antibiotic and Steroid Ingredients so it is suitable for all skin types. While it heals acne, it also helps to treat acne scars. The CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser has a white cream texture which gets absorbed without a trace~ Personally, i find the A-Clear Eraser good in healing those big Cystic acne and it also reduced the inflammation and redness within a week.

Beyond Acnature Spot Healer is also from Korea and i love the texture for this most. It has a gel texture which gets absorbed fast without any stickiness. There’s no stinging sensation after application and i find this good for drying up those small pimples filled with pus. It was useful when i had mild purging after facial and these breakouts will banish within 2 days.

Mentholatum Ointment is an Ointment i bought for my blister while in Taiwan. Hahaha! I tried applying it to red, angry-looking acne or those acne that i attempted to pick/squeeze and it work wonders in calming it down. Only thing is i can apply it only at night as the texture is waxy and it will leave behind a glossy finish. There’s also a minty sensation after application which is really soothing.

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CentelLaca A-Clear Eraser is available on Q-Depot.com and Beyond Acnature Spot Healer on Qoo10

I was complaining to Mandy that many sunblocks in the market tend to be really heavy). So she applied the Dr Belter latest sunblock on my face and i was sold. What’s so interesting is that the sunblock actually has a serum-like texture and there’s no need to use a makeup remover to remove! Known as the Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir, this newly launched sunblock consists of protective concentrate for the face protects the sensitive skin from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun. The formula uses biological cell protection complexes, such as Ectoin®, a special DNA shield from the plant cassia alata to prevent sun-induced skin aging and the formation of hyperpigmentation. The sunblock has a fluid serum like texture and it feels so light on skin. It does not leave behind any stickiness, white cast and greasiness after applying. Moreover, it can be easily washed away with your regular cleanser (No need makeup remover) so i need not worry about it being too heavy and clogging my pores. 🙂

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Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir is available at Annabelle Skin

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.

Thanks for reading and have a great working week!! 🙂

Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from respective brands’ websites.

(Event) INNI by La Source launch‏

Hello everyone!! Took time off to attend the launch of INNI at La Source Spa last month and it was such an indulgent experience! The award-winning La Source Spa, formerly known as LS Philosophy, is where one’s journey into holistic living begins. La Source Spa is Singapore’s award-winning luxury day spa and offers a true 360-degree approach to beauty and well-being. Specializing in pampering yet result driven face and body treatments, the spa features a range of spacious treatments suites, some with over-sized baths and steam rooms to enjoy. There’s also a fully equipped Hair Room provides a range of hair treatments and solutions to complete the experience.

Once i stepped into La Source Spa, i was welcomed by a nice soothing scent and a calm tranquil environment with soft music playing in the background.. This is definitely the place that one should go to unwind and pamper yourself from top to toe!

At the launch event, we were introduced to INNI by La Source which is La Source Spa’s debut of its own 100% natural skincare brand. INNI, short for infinity was born out of its founder Jane Soon’s love for purity and wellness. Reflecting her belief in the importance of tracing back to the source, all the ingredients within the INNI line come from natural sources. Every product is made without the use of parabens, mineral oils, artificial colorants, perfumes or fillers, making it suitable for all skin types and highly effective.

Each product harnesses the revitalizing and purifying properties of INNI’s signature ingredient, Austrian Heilmoor clay, a rare nutrient rich peat known for its therapeutic properties that offers amazing restorative and anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Currently, there’s 4 different ranges which address four major skincare concerns: Whitening, Hydrating, Purifying and Anti-Aging. There’s also specialty products, blends and body range products to care for your skin and health. La Source Spa’s exclusive spa products ‘INNI’ are 100% natural and use only the finest plant-based ingredients.

Will start off with the introduction of the Purifying Range. INNI Purifying Range serves to purify and balance skin by harnessing the antibacterial and stimulating properties of Tea-Tree Oil and Lavender Oil. It removes the toxins and bacteria that build up throughout the day, leaving skin feeling refreshed, supple and boasting a healthy, youthful glow.

One item that i’m tempted to try will be the Youthful Glow Radiant Serum as this multi-action serum targets imperfections including hyperpigmentation, sunspots and acne scars.  When applied to cleansed skin daily, the light-gel serum brightens and tightens the complexion leaving it with  a radiant glow. Was told that this is suitable for acne-prone sensitive skin which is what i need as i cannot use whitening products for my post-acne marks as it is too harsh.

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Dehydrated Skin – The Root of All Evil (aka Skin Problems) so the INNI Hydrating Range is packed with active moisturising ingredients to help soothe and protect the skin while preventing further aging. Fast-acting extracts from Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin C all help to hydrate thirsty skin, returning your complexion back to balanced  moisture levels.

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The Youthful Glow Enzyme Peel is one of the star product in this range. It contains nutrient-rich exfoliating formula of Pumpkin Pulp, Papaya, and Pineapple, This peel is designed to penetrate the skin and refine the appearance of pores. Skin will be refreshed, brigher, more even and youthful withr regular use.

Youthful Glow Milk Cleanser is another star product and this gentle and non-drying cleanser uses a blend of refreshing and soothing ingredients such as Chamomile, Lavender and Arnica. This effective cleansing lotion leaves skin feeling nourished and revitalised, while offering a lasting fresh and dewy glow.

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Next, for people who wish to brighten and lighten your skin, INNI Whitening Range is curated to provide a complete skin care solution to brighten and lighten all skin tones. The use of powerful ingredients such as St John’s Wart, Kelp and Papaya all work in unison to achieve dramatic results.

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The best-selling product from this range has to be the Illuminating Whitening which contains unique, intensive formula of vitamins and minerals  extracted from Kelp, Grapefruit and Kelyzyme clay.  This high-performing mask leaves skin feeling light  and looking bright.

INNI Age Defying Range is designed specifically to rewind time. Potent ingredients such as CoEnzyme Q10, Horsetail plant extract and Vitamin C work in unison to reverse visible signs of aging as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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INNI Whitening Range’s must check out products are the Miracle Glow Age Defying Serum and Miracle Glow Age Defying Cream. Miracle Glow Age Defying Serum is a concentrated serum that incorporates the renowned age defying effects of Palmitoyl Tripeptide, DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid. The serum helps to lift dullness, highlighting the skin’s natural glow while minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It is best to apply daily before moisturising.

Miracle Glow Age Defying Cream is a multi-action, all-in-one cream that contains CoEnzyme Q10, Horsetail plant extract and Hyaluronic spheres that work hard to combat signs of aging. When added to your daily skincare routine, this rich, nourishing cream works hard to lift dullness, replenish skin’s moisture and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

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The INNI Specialty Range is created to target specific skin concerns, offering solutions that are suitable for all skin types. These mousse, gels, make-up removers and balms are perfect for daily use or when skin is in need of healing.

INNI Specialty Range

INNI Blends Range is formulated to provide a range of solutions in everyday health and skincare. Each solution helps to cure both short and long-term ailments. Some of the best-selling blends include the Health Blood Circulation, Breathe Respiratory, Balance Dermal, Sleep Relaxation and Calm Peace of Mind.

INNI Blends Range

The INNI Body Range offers a comprehensive selection of fresh and healing body products. Using only 100% natural ingredients, INNI harness the power of Mother Nature to achieve soft and supple skin.

I love the Release Soothing Balm from the body range as this soothing tension balm relaxes head, neck and shoulder muscles and is a nifty cure for migraines. With Peppermint, Melissa and Magnesium Ascorbate, the balm instantly relaxes and soothes, providing instant calming relief.

To showcase the efficacy of the products, the founder of La Source Spa has personally curated six indulgent facial rituals for women and men. The signature Age Defying Facial combats wrinkles by providing deep hydration to the skin while rebuilding collagen and elastin fibres. The luxurious experience starts with a deep cleanse and peel to prepare the skin before a lifting facial massage works to relax tired facial muscles and tone the skin. Other hardworking treatments include the Purifying Facial, Brightening FacialRebalancing Facial, Red Carpet Facial and the Gentlemen’s Facial as well as a series of pampering INNI body treatments such as the signature La Source Deep Tissue Massage that is restorative and helps with anti-aging.

I was also treated to a 60 mins signature La Source Deep Tissue Massage and i have truly enjoyed the massage. Not only that aches on my lower back and sore shoulders were relieved, the tension and fatigue from daily stress just melted away. Also love the masseur who used the right amount pressure to concentrate on my areas of tension and pain. 🙂

Do give this local luxury skincare brand a try as it is priced very competitively. Before i go, i would like to share some festive cheer whereby you can bring that bit of INNI-Beauty magic to you and your loved ones. With the holiday season approaching, there is no better way to spread the festive cheer than to celebrate with the gift of clear, beautiful skin.

Gift Set #1: Age-Defying Power Duo Skincare Gift Set ($298)

Pamper your loved one with the gift of youthful skin with two of INNI’s top-selling hero products. It includes the hardworking Miracle Glow Age-Defying Serum and Miracle Glow Age-Defying Cream. Paired together, this is a dynamic duo that will ensure radiant, youthful skin — perfect for the party season.

Gift Set #2: Age-Defying Skincare Gift Set ($478)

Indulge that special someone with the Age-Defying Skincare Gift Set. This ultimate package has been specially put together for those looking for comprehensive skincare and results and has been designed specifically to rewind time. Start your regime with the Youthful Glow Enzyme Peel before applying the signature Miracle Glow Age-Defying Cream for deep hydration and Youthful Glow Eye Balm to help brighten those dark rings. The Illuminating Whitening Mask will help you achieve clearer and smoother skin.

Gift Set #3: Relaxation Blends Set ($98)

In the stressful world we live in, there’s no better gift than that of rest and relaxation. The Relaxtion Blends set allows you to choose a mixture of two blends (Health – Blood Circulation, Breathe – Respiratory, Balance – Dermal and Calm – Peace of Mind)

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Gift Set #1: Age-Defying Power Duo Skincare Gift Set ($298)

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Gift Set #2: Age-Defying Skincare Gift Set ($478)

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Gift Set #3: Relaxation Blends Set ($98)

To complement the gift sets, La Source Spa has also come up with a special list of festive treatments to be enjoyed (or gifted) this festive season, Promotion Period: 11th December 2015 to end of February 2016

Quick Party Prep ($288 worth $336, 15% off)
a. Red Carpet Facial, 75mins
b. Hair Shampoo & Basic Styling, 45mins

Ultimate Party Prep ($398 worth $474, 15% off)
a. Red Carpet Facial, 75mins
b. Massage (choice of: La Source Signature Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Detoxifying Massage, Tension-Relieve Massage and Prenatal Massage), 60mins
c. Hair Shampoo & Basic Styling, 45mins

INNI products and treatments are available exclusively at La Source Spa, #01-03/04, 15 Scotts Road, Thong Teck Building (Tel: 6732-1318).

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from INNI’s presskit 

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin |Part Two

Hello, it’s me again and i’m back with a short update on my skin condition. As i’m TTC-ing (Sad to say that there’s no good news yet), i have decided to switch to facial treatments for the time being.  As mentioned last month, i have signed up a package at Annabelle Skin because my skin improved tremendously after only 1 treatment. Located @ 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.

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Picture from Annabelle Skin’s FB page

Every facial treatment will first begin with a skin analysis that the team can access the current condition of your skin. After which, the beautician will customize a treatment for you.. First treatment, my skin was very highly irritated, sensitive, red and congested. During my 2nd treatment, Mandy (my beautician) discovered that my skin was badly dehydrated (Although less sensitive & congested). She told me that i will still be getting facial treatment done to address sensitivity and she will use more hydrating products on my skin. Hence, i have to stress that customized treatments in accordance to skin condition will help address and target problem areas better! Mandy told me that she will be doing the same Physio Marine (For Sensitive Blemish Skin) and Photolight 660 Treatment.. However, she will use a new ampoule and mask during the treatment.

Every treatment, i will always be looking forward to lie on the comfy bed as it has a heater! haha~ If you are curious about the Physio Marine Treatment, this facial treatment provides intense repair for sensitive skin with blemishes with hydrating and firming results. It is suitable for sensitive and combination skin, easily irritable skin condition which causes breakouts.

The Physio Marine Treatment started off with Cleansing. As i did not have any makeup on, Mandy went straight into normal skin cleansing with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues.

The first step towards caring for delicate skin is calming the over- reacted skin with a gentle cleanser. Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser is naturally coloured, soap-free gel, mild but effective in cleansing. It ensures skin calming and protection even during the cleansing process with the beneficial effects of panthenol and extract of liquorice root, oak bark, green tea and echinacea. 

Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic is a gentle and refreshing facial tonic that normalises the pH-value of the skin, calming and protecting. This honey-yellow, mild refresher tonic reduces skin irritations and makes the skin surface less susceptible to attack by irritants, enriched with NMF, factors, allantoin, extract of echinacea, aloe vera, witch hazel and oak bark.

Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell. For sensitive and delicate skin, the use of scrub is not recommended. Instead, deep cleansing mask is applied on to clarify skin and left on for 15 mins under cold steam to keep skin moist and soothed.

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After removing the mask, came the most dreaded part – 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 as compared to conventional extraction. Redness will also be minimized~ In the past, normal extraction would cause so much redness on my skin and it would take at least a day to go away. With the special extraction technique at Annabelle Skin, redness will be gone within a few hours. During the extraction, Mandy mentioned once again that my skin congestion has reduced (YAY!)

After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin before applying Intensa Ampoule on my skin.  This time, she used AMPOULE No. 7 ALOE VERA CONCENTRATE which is suitable for delicate, acne skin.  The calming, protective and balanced properties of “lily of the dessert” extract are captured in this product to pamper and benefit particularly tender, sensitive or damaged skin. The aloe vera extract will stimulate epithelium growth while it also has slightly astringent, emollient, promotes granulation, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, scar repairing abilities.  This ampoule does not sting and it has an instant soothing effect after application…

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

As my skin is dehydrated, Mandy used a different mask this time~ A single application face mask infused with bioMatrix made of collagen fibres & Aloe Vera was used. This mask will treat irritations and provide intensive repair treatment making it suitable for damaged, irritated skin

Main Ingredients & Benefits:

bio Matrix – strong anti irritant, soothing effects, intense moisturization, maxiumum smoothing action, promote cell regeneration, reduce redness

Aloe Vera – Supports repair processes, reduce redness & strong sooting action

The mask comes in a slighter smaller than A4 size sheet and Mandy had to cut an opening (if not i cannot breathe. LOL!). The mask does not contain perfume, preservatives or bonding agents thus making it very suitable for sensitive / delicate skin. Upon application, the instant soothing and cooling sensation appeared! Very relaxing and i dozed off at that very moment.

After the mask was removed,Mandy applied one interesting sunblock onto my skin (as i was complaining to her that many sunblocks in the market tend to be really heavy). What’s so interesting is that the sunblock actually has a serum-like texture and there’s no need to use a makeup remover to remove! Known as the Dr Belter Sun Protection (SPF 30) Face Elixir, this newly launched sunblock consists of protective concentrate for the face protects the sensitive skin from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun. The formula uses biological cell protection complexes, such as Ectoin®, a special DNA shield from the plant cassia alata to prevent sun-induced skin aging and the formation of hyperpigmentation. I have purchased the sunblock after the facial session and review is coming up soon so stay tune. 🙂

This picture is taken immediately after the removal of the mask.. You can compare it with this photo (Taken after a facial few years ago) to see the difference between traditional extraction and special extraction.

Observations:

Immediately After Facial:  Skin redness has went down. Texture of Skin has became softer and smoother. Overall Skin Tone has improved in terms of brightness and clarity. Skin is less tight and there’s an after facial glow (my mum was asking what i did to my face. LOL!)

1-2 days after Facial: This time round, i have some purging from skin impurities deeply embedded within those big pimples were being pushed to the surface. Mandy has warned me about it so i was prepared for it. Took extra care in applying pimple gel to dry it up. Despite the minor purging, skin still feels smooth to the touch and sensitivity has reduced. Skin tone has improved significantly in radiance / evenness and skin does not feel as oily.

One week after Facial: The breakouts due to purging healed relatively fast. Oil secretion has reduced. Skin is less bumpy, more radiant and it still remains healthy with reduced breakouts and clogged pores (due to the reduction in oil secretion).  Skin texture isn’t so blotchy looking due to lesser bumps and reduced skin sensitivity. Most important of all, i’ve stopped getting those small pimples filled with pus (Yay!)..

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Skin Condition before facial at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #1 at Annabelle Skin

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Skin Condition after facial #2 at Annabelle Skin

It has been 3 weeks since my last facial and i’m having some jawline breakouts due to stress (from work, what’s new?). Will be heading to Annabelle this sat to fix it~ Stay Tune to my next post whereby i will post more updates on my skin and also my current skincare regime. 🙂

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 Annabelle Skin’s Presskit and Dr Belter’s website

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

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

A short introduction on the 2 platforms:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Ingredients include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VanityTrove Nylon August/September

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

Items inside August / September Trove:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Picture from BRTC website

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos From Spa Ceylon’s FB page

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

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Photos From Spa Ceylon’s FB page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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