Unveiling Althea’s Beauty Boxes~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Active Ingredients includes 

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

Ceramide as skin component, moisture attracting substance blocking moisture evaporation

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

Aloe Vera Leaf impart moisture deep into skin

Souble collagen delivers moisture energy and firming effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Skin Journey With Annabelle Skin | Addressing Sensitive Skin

My battle against acne has been a long, depressing and tedious process (Until the encounter with Annabelle Skin). However, the aesthetic treatments and medications that i had subjected myself to brought about side effects. One major side effect that plagued me since is skin sensitivity which resulted in red and patchy skin that heats up easily! Moreover, sensitive skin will result in skin’s resilient to decrease which brings about other skin issues like increased sebum secretion (which means more breakouts!)

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Recently, i was stressed and worried about my surgery which resulted in skin turning extremely sensitive!! Once again, i turned to Annabelle Skin to address my skin woe! 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. During the past 2 facial treatments session, Mandy focused on treating my skin sensitivity with customized treatments which improved my skin’s condition greatly!

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For the last 2 facial treatments, it focus on treating my skin sensitivity so customized products and treatments are used. Mandy started off with skin cleansing with the Sensi-Bel range with the use of Sensi-Bel Delicate Cleanser followed by Sensi-Bel Delicate Tonic to remove remaining residues.

For people with sensitive skin (like me!), Sensi-bel will never ‘comprise’ your skin. Hypersensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions and eczema requires special care and attention in the method of treatment. The sensi-bel range ensures particularly gentle, meaningful skin therapy for challenging skin types. It focus on regenerating and fortifying the skin’s protective barriers, reducing skin disorder and supporting its balancing processes.

Sensi-bel Delicate: A 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. 

Next step is to exfoliate to get rid of impurities and dead skin cell with Dr.Belter Intensa Soft Peeling before applying a thin layer of mask. After which, it was left under cold steam for 15 mins to calm and hydrate my skin further. Did i mention that the Dr.Belter Intensa Soft Peeling is the only exfoliating gel that’s suitable to be used on my skin? Love it so much that i have purchased a tube to use in between facial treatments at the comfort of my home.

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. After extraction, Mandy sterilized my skin with a high frequency machine to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface..

After extraction and sterilizing my skin, Mandy applied ampoule on my skin. During the past 2 treatments, Anti-Stress / Irritation Ampoule are being used on my skin. Normally ampoule will always sting my skin but the Dr. Belter’s ampoule doesn’t. After applying both masks, my skin felt ‘cooling’ instantly and i love this soothing and refreshing sensation!

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. To finish off the entire treatment, masks (to treat skin sensitive and to improve hydration) are used.

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Due to high amount of stress, it has somehow caused my body to go haywire and it also led to my lymph system becoming sluggish. As such, my body cannot keep up with detoxification of  excess metabolic waste and toxins.  This congestion has led to my body eliminating the excess through your skin and congestion occurs as a result when my skin cannot keep up with the load. Suffered from acne breakouts near my right ears which refused to go away despite how much pimple cream i spammed. After 2 treatments from Annabelle Skin, those annoying persistent acne went away with the wind! I believed that the treatments help improve lymph drainage and also helps strengthen skin’s resilient. With the treatments, it brought about improvements such as reduced skin sensitivity, less redness and improved skin clarity.

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Shirley (Owner of Annabelle Skin) has also told me to use the Sensi-bel Couperosis Serum twice a day (daily) to maintain healthy skin. Previously, i was only using it whenever my skin felt tight and sensitive so i did not see much results. The Couperosis Serum is a soothing phyto-concentrate which inhibits the rosacea development, calming, anti-irritant and strengthens the vessel function. It contains hyaluronic acid spheres to deeply moisturizing, phyto-complex to fortifies capillaries and phyto-stemcells for UV-protection. There’s also antarcticine to protects from environmental influences and cold and vitamin A to supports skin regeneration.

After using it on a regular basis, i started to see results and i observed that my skin looks so much calmer and less warm to the touch! The picture above as taken straight after face cleansing and also the application of the serum. There’s not much redness observed and i’m very pleased with this serum. Texture is also very light and it gets absorbed instantly without a trace. Will certainly repurchase this again.

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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

Oil Blotters no more with La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc, 1st Oil Blotter Mist~

Hello my dear readers, Blessed 2017 and may this new year be a good one for all. 🙂 Hope everyone had a fun time celebrating X’mas and New Year.. During the X’mas and New Year period, i went through a surgery which i have been putting off for a long time as i hate the recovery process. :/ But Praise God that everything went on fine and i have understanding bosses and colleagues who covered my work when i was on leave.

As you know, walking after surgery can be cumbersome and painful~ Also, there’s no way that you can wash your face and take a shower until 24-36 hours after surgery. As i have sensitive oily acne prone skin, cleaning it with wipes aren’t sufficient and i cannot wipe off often due to skin sensitivity. Luckily, i have packed La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc into my hospital bag and this Oil Blotter Mist is God-Sent to keep my skin feeling happy and oil free during my hospital stay (and also after discharge!)~

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La Roche Posay’s Serozinc is the must-have Skincare Sensation around the world. This purifying, soothing and mattifying Mist was initially launched only in France, but a flood of online posts and comments from consumers in praise of this product helped drive its launch in the UK, Italy, China, Korea and now Singapore!

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I’m sure La Roche-Posay is no stranger to many and i’m an avid user of some of its products – namely Effaclar Gel Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser, Physiological Soothing Toner and now Serozinc!

Highly recommended by more than 25,000 dermatologists worldwide, La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare developed with dermatologists to meet their standards in efficacy, tolerance and elegant texture for increased compliance. La Roche-Posay skincare products are formulated with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water designed to achieve healthy skin, more specifically the ones with sensitive skin.

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The products, developed using a strict formulation charter, include minimal number of ingredients to reduce side effects and reactivity. Additionally, La Roche-Posay products undergo stringent clinical testing to guarantee effectiveness and safety, even on sensitive skin.

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La Roche-Posay skincare products are formulated with La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and Serozinc is also not an exception. Power packed with three key ingredients, this French pharmacy “Must-Have’ is a purifying and soothing facial mist featuring Zinc, La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and Sodium Chloride. All of which are specially designed to target key signs of oily, blemish prone skin. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, Serozinc contains no parabens, alcohol and perfume.

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Complementing the clinically proven Effaclar Range, Serozinc helps to regulate sebum and soothe acne and inflammation. Instantly, the skin is visibly reduce of shine. With regular use, complexion becomes clearer with less breakouts and inflammations, and tightened pores. Its mattifying properties also make it a perfect makeup primer or setting mist that enables makeup to last longer. It is of no surprise why Serozinc is a HG beauty product for many worldwide!

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With the formulation of each product, La Roche-Posay will work closely with healthcare professionals to meet the needs of those with sensitive skin; be it fragile, dry, reactive, or chronic acne-prone, atopic or allergic skin types. For the launch of Serozinc, the team at La Roche-Posay has contacted Dr. Lynn Chiam, a renowned Dermatologist in Singapore to discover more on skin related issues.

Q: Oil Blotters are widely used as a quick-fix solution to remove excess sebum. But what typically happens after as skin becomes oily again very quickly. What is the rationale?

A: While oil blotting papers can have a temporary effect, they have no effect on the production of sebum. You may consider using a product that can suppress the production of sebum. A product that contains zinc can help in this.

Q: On the same topic of sebum, we want to delve deeper into the domino effects of having excessive sebum production. The release of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines, due to excess sebum secretion, can lead to inflammations. When it interacts with p.acne lipases, an enzyme released by p.acnes, hyperkeratinization occurs. This then leads to formations of new imperfections called micro comedones which can easily escalate to acne problems

A: To answer this question, i want to talk about an effective dermatological active ingredient like Zinc. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to reduce bacteria, p. acnes, count by inhibition of the enzymes called p.acne lipases. Another proposed mechanism is also the suppression of sebum production by its anti-androgenic activity. All these help to regulate sebum and reduce the worsening of the acne condition.

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Q: What happens if you suffer from sensitive but acne prone skin? Does this make it difficult to find the right skincare products to treat acne? What should he/she look out for in the ingredient list?

A: Try to avoid any products that contain perfume, alcohol, preservatives or agents that might irritate the skin. Every skin is unique so you have to be patient when looking for the right product.

Q: Acne is by no means an issue reserved for teenagers. We realized that even up to adulthood, more women are suffering from imperfections, breakouts and acne. For some, teenage acne simple continues into adulthood, while others see spots appearing for the first time past the age of 25. How different is teenage acne from adult acne?

A: While is it common to get acne in puberty, up to 25% – 40% of people still suffers from adult onset acne. Unlike teenage acne which is due to surge in hormonal levels, adult acne can also be related to stress and environmental changes. For women especially, the production of androgen hormones decreases over the lifetime. Thus it is not uncommon to have acne as well as dry skin in adults. In adults, the pigmentation left behind by acne may take longer time to heal

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Personally, i dislike the use of blotters as it can only remove oil temporarily and after that, my skin will turn even oilier! Moreover, the use of blotters will spread bacteria from your hands to your face which results in breakouts~ Normally i will just leave it as it is and the layer of sebum on my face can be quite unsightly. When i first held La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc in my hands, i was quite skeptical that it will work as it sounds too good to be true! However, it has been highly raved by many so i guess it will work as promised..

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Serozinc has the same packaging as the Thermal Spring Water and it comes in a 150ml spray bottle. Besides being an oil blotter spray, you can also use it as a toner or to set your makeup. When i was in the hospital, i was using this in between face cleansing with wipes to help with oil control and also curb sebum production. I love how refreshing when it comes into contact with skin and it perks me up instantly. After a few sprays, i will let it dry by itself and skin felt light + the greasiness has disappeared. As it does not contains alcohol, it is safe to spray it over all over your face (including the eye area) and it does not cause any redness / stinging sensation.

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Have been using Serozinc for the past 2 weeks (about 2-3 times a day) and i love how gentle it is on my sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling soothe and refreshed instantly. Moreover, it will ‘remove’ the heavy-ness of greasy on my skin and leave skin looking matt for long. I’m loving it!

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Matt and Oil-Free Skin after use~

La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc is available online via Lazada and in major pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian, Unity, selected hospital pharmacies and Derma Center (Westgate #02-33).

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from La Roche-Posay’s presskit 

Experiencing The Wonders Of Fermentation with L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence

Few more days to the end of 2016 and it is scary how time flies!! In just TWO more years, i will be hitting my mid 30s and the reality of ageing has already hit me hard!!!! Few years ago when i was still having bad skin (Adult acne with dilated pores and dull / patchy skin), someone told me that i don’t look my age (in a bad way) and it can be really demoralizing. Ever since then, i vowed to take good care of myself so as to slow down signs of ageing and seems like my effort has paid off! There’s really no ugly women but lazy ones so we should all pamper ourselves better. 🙂

As you know, i’m doing regular facial (once every 3 weeks) which helps to improve the condition of my skin but in between, it is as important to have a good skincare regime to take care of skin. Recently, L’Oreal Paris has sent me a product to enhance the effectiveness of my skincare regime and i’m excited to share it with you! Say goodbye to fine lines, dilated pores, dull skin, loss of skin elasticity and clarity with L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence!

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We are all familiar with the metabolism of our body, but how about the metabolism of our skin? When our skin’s metabolism is normal, our cells function well – damage is repaired, cells self-exfoliate and collagen production stays constant. But like all biological systems, the metabolism of our skin inevitably deteriorates as we age. It is also slowed down further by external aggressors like stress and pollution.. As a result, skin loses firmness, skin texture becomes rough, and its barrier function weakened.

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To counter the slowing down of skin’s regeneration, L’Oreal Paris reinforced the formula of its best-selling Youth Code with Ferment Essence that activates youth with the renewing power of fermented seeds. Thanks to the ultrasonic extracting technique, the ferment Essence is extracted in the pure form at 98% concentration and infused in the improved Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence.

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Traditionally used for food, fermentation is a process used to preserve it. The process of fermentation encourages the growth of good bacteria and other nutrients like B-vitamins, probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids and beneficial enzymes, making the food more nutrient rich than its non-fermented state. One of my favorite fermented food has to be Kimchi!  Consuming Kimchi helps to improve cardiovascular health and digestive system. Kimchi also contains loads of antioxidants, flavonoids and probiotic to aid with healing, combat ageing and strengthen the immune system. Ahhh, the beauty of Fermentation!

The same process when applied to skincare, works wonders for the skin! Active ingredients are broken down to smaller molecules and better absorbed by the skin. Skin-loving nutrients like enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants are also produced in the process. Slowing metabolism is the key to aging skin The Ferment Essence makes use of the renewing power of the fermented seeds to stimulate skin metabolism. Extracted at 98% purity, it is highly concentrated to accelerate the skin’s self renewal for bouncy radiant skin.

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Other Key Ingredients of the L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence include:

  1. Papain, a natural enzyme derived from papayas and pineapples that helps to mildly exfoliate the skin’s surface of accumulated dead cells
  2. Adenosine, a powerful anti-aging active, helps reinforce and re-organize the dermis, thus visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles

Results have shown that with 1 drop of  L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence, skin feels smooth and soft instantly. In one week, skin texture is improved and more refined. In 1 month, skin regains youthfulness and radiance. In addition, 85% women agree skin is smoother and more radiant in 1 week!

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The L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence has a sturdy glass container packaging with a pump applicator which makes application hygienic. Normally, about 2-3 gentle squeeze will obtain the right amount to cover my entire face & neck area.

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Will use this Pre-Essence after the use of toner to prep my skin in the morning & evening before applying serum and moisturizer. The Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence has a pleasant citrus scent and it is extremely light weight. It gets absorbed into my skin instantly without being too heavy or greasy on the skin. Hence, i can layer on serum and moisturizer as per normal without worrying that it will choke my pores. The Pre-Essence also keeps my skin soothe and it leaves my skin ‘light’ and refreshed instantly. As you know, i’m always facing sensitive and dehydrated skin. This is why i have to use both serum and moisturizer to combat these two skin problems. With the Pre-Essence, i observed that it helps my serum and moisturizer get absorbed quicker. My skin also feels less tight and stays hydrated for a longer period~ I also observed that my face don’t get as red as before. 🙂

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L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence is suitable for all ages – look forward to soft and bouncy skin for the 20s, clear and radiant skin for the 30s and firm and smooth skin for the 40s

The new L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence retails at $41.90 and is available at all leading Watsons, Guardian, Unity stores and major super/hyper markets.

In month of January, get two Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence at only $56.90 (save up to 32%)

Thanks for reading everyone and Happy 2017! 🙂

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

All about Seatree and its Steam Emulsification Technique

Recently, M.O.S.S (S) Pte Ltd had sent me some items from a Korean brand  (Seatree) that they had just introduced into the market. If you adore eye-catching and cute artistic illustrations, you will sure love the product packaging from Seatree. Harnessing only the freshest raw ingredients from Mother Nature into the wide range of product types, Seatree was the talk of the town when they launched the brand in Korea with products adorning uber cute and artistic illustrations hand drawn by international and domestic artists (like Julia Grigorieva, Shin Hilda, Oh Sol Gil and Kim Hyo Jung). These colorful and artistically designed products were released as limited edition and were sold out quickly. Another main attractive point about Seatree is the adoption of the ‘Steam Emulsification Technique’ in some of its best-selling products.

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Photo from Korea Tourism Organization

‘Steam Emulsification Technique’ is using the extremely high temperature of steam during the manufacturing process to produce an emulsion. This unique technique is applied to level off the active component in order to harness the nutrients and maximize their benefits when incorporating into end products. As such, products will provide effective, absorbing and beneficial results. Seatree carries an affordable full face and body care line that caters to everyone. It includes sensitive /hydrating/ whitening/ antioxidant skin care range, hair care, body care, facial cleansing and color cosmetics.

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M.O.S.S (S) Pte Ltd has specially prepared some skincare and bodycare products for me to try. 

Seatree Collagen Jelly Cleansing Foam is an effective and non-stripping facial foam in a unique jelly texture to deliver a refreshing wash everytime. Harnessing the anti-aging power of Marine Collagen from deep-sea, it provides protective benefit by forming a barrier that also act as a support for elasticity. Benefits of marine collagen also includes hydration, antioxidant, skin repairing and delaying signs of aging. Like many Korean brands which emphasis on hydrating, Seatree is also not an exception. The Collagen Jelly Cleansing Foam promotes hydrating, soothing and strengthening with Sodium Hyaluronate, Green Tea Water, Aloe Vera and floral + botanical extracts.

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The Seatree Collagen Jelly Cleansing Foam has a brownish transparent honey-like texture which works into very fine foam to cleanse skin gently. It does not contain fragrance which will not irritate my sensitive skin. During cleansing, it doesn’t cause any stinging sensation and after cleansing, skin does not feels tight. A big plus point is that it cleanse well but yet stays gentle on skin. Currently, my husband is sharing this cleansing foam as me and he loves it as well.

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Under Seatree’s facial range includes the Mask series. I was given 2 different type of Masks and they are Steam Essence Mask Sheet and Snail 100 Mask Sheet to try!

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Steam Essence Mask Sheet is a moisturizing mask that contains Shea Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate to keep skin in a moist and smooth condition. It further equalizes the balance of the skin oil and moisture level in order to promote glossiness and forming a protective file to maintain skin’s health. Do you know that Shea Butter is very hydrating and has great regenerating ability? Shea butter also has antioxidant and anti inflammation effects. Suitable even for sensitive skin, the steam essense mask is mild and gentle and can be used everyday.

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The Snail 100 Mask Sheet is a reparative mask with 100mg of pure snail secretion filtrate to provide skin with moisture and nutrients, strengthening it against external stress and damages. Snail secretion is a colourless substance packed with skin-beneficial nutrients sich as Hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycan, antimicrobial and copper peptides. it is commonly used in cosmetics to provide hydration, increase suppleness, improve hyper-pigmentations and aids in the recovery of wound.

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Have tried the Steam Essence Mask Sheet few days back and i love how well the mask fits!  The Cotton sheet of the mask is strong and sturdy so i can use it with ease without worrying that it will tear..Due to the good fit, the mask is able to adhere to my skin better to maximize absorption of nutrients. The mask contains a good amount of essence and there’s  no fragrance which i prefer/ There’s no stinging sensation during mask application and it soothed my skin during application. Upon removal of mask, it doesn’t leave my skin red and there’s no need to rinse my face as essence from the mask does not leave sticky aftermath. After using the mask, my skin is less tight and skin is brighter and more dewy looking..

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The final item which i am featuring will make a great Christmas Present. Seatree Steam Hand Butter Cream (housed in a pretty container) is a nutritional hand cream made specially for people with dry and rough skin on their hands. Harnessing the nutrients from Botanical Butters (Mango and Sea Butter) using the ‘Steam Emulsification Technique’, the moisturizing effect can be fully maximized. The hand cream has a rich butter cream texture but with a quick absorbing formula that leave hands moist, soft and without stickiness.

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Active ingredients of Seatree Steam Hand Butter Cream [Pineapple Mango]:

Shea Butter: Known as vegetable fat, Shea Butter has no allergic reaction and is commonly used for sensitive, atopic, and rough skin due to it capability to promote anti-aging, moisture retention and skin elasticity. Due to its exceptional moisturizing ability, it is a rich source of nutrients and supplies intensive moisture into the skin while forming a protective barrier to lock in the moisture

Mango Butter: Extracted from ripe mangoes in tropical region, Mango Butter has the ability to promote skin flexibility and protect it from sunlight. A rich source of Vitamin A and Keratin, both of which protects the skin from harmful external aggressors and is regarded as an exceptional cosmetic ingredient

Pineapple Extract: Contains a protease called ‘Bromelain’ which is an excellent exfoliant to promote skin turnover and renewal. Naturally rich in Vitamin C to brighten up skin complexion

Mango Extract: Rich in Vitamin A and C, Mango Extract can naturally alleviate freckles and facial blemishes, while providing sufficient nutrients to keep skin moist and healthy

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I have to say the Seatree Steam Hand Butter Cream’s packaging is extremely pretty! I’m going to clean and keep this container after i have finished the hand cream. Upon opening the lid, i’m greeted by the fruity scent of Mango and Pineapple (i like!). Personally, the skin on my hands is extremely dry as i will tend to over-wash my hands. Hence, i have to deal with painful cracked skin on my hands if i do not use hand cream~ The Seatree Steam Hand Butter Cream has a thick creamy texture so a small amount will suffice. Despite its rich texture, the hand butter cream gets absorbed instantly without leaving any greasy / sticky film. It leaves my dry skin hydrated and smooth to the touch. Love it and this is for you if you have dry skin like mine and you prefer a non-greasy hand cream! 🙂

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Retail Price:

Seatree Steam Hand Butter Cream – $12.90 / 35g
Steam Essence Mask Sheet & Snail 100 Mask Sheet – $2 per sheet
Seatree Collagen Jelly Cleansing Foam – $10.90 / 150ml

Seatree’s face and body care are available in selected Watsons stores, BHG aLT Beauty Deparment and SaSa Stores.

Seatree’s products can also be purchased online via The Cosme Box (Psst: from now to 08 Dec, enjoy 25% off your Seatree’s purchase with discount code- ST25)

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Seatree’s presskit and  The Cosme Box’s website