Double Cleansing with L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water!

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

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

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

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

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

Bi-Phase Micellar Technology

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

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

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

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

Moisturizing Micellar Water With French Rose Extract

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

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

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

Refreshing Micellar Water With French Mountain Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn Flower Hacks And Basic Floristry At A Better Florist’s Flower Jamming Session

Hello everyone, sorry for the short hiatus as i was so caught up with work and life recently! This week was extremely rough and i am that weekend is here so that i can let go and unwind! My Saturday morning started off well with the flower delivery from A Better Florist and doing TAWG.

Weekends are the ideal time to  tackle stress, relax and recharge for a new week ahead! However, many of us bust it by running so many errands, repaying sleep debt or watching dramas till the wee hours. If you want to feel refreshed and unwind by Sunday night, one should learn to strike a balance with eating, relaxing, sleeping, socializing, engage in activities (while picking up a new skill) and exercising~

If you are looking for something fun and therapeutic this weekend, why not learn floristry hacks and professional flower arrangement so you can personalize bouquets for your loved ones! A Better Florist is opening its doors every Saturday for its weekly Flower Jam Session. Whether you’re looking for fun date activities, quality time with the family or searching for a new hobby—we’ve got you covered. This few weeks’ jam sessions will focus on succulents and Australian wild flowers. The plump and hardy succulents are excellent alternatives to the usual filler flowers for their interesting texture and appearance.

Photo from A Better Florist’s FB Page

The renewed interest in the flower industry has forced old-fashioned brick and mortar flower shops to keep up with the times not only in terms of cost, but also the overall presentation and packaging. Up your floral game by learning the basics in floristry, including modern floral arrangements and flower care.

Flower bouquets and fresh-cut flowers are no longer just luxury purchases or limited to special occasions. They are now slowly being incorporated into interior designs and apartment living. The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier by catering to all your floral needs. Fresh flowers and succulents help remind urbanites of the lush outdoors in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment. Through floral subscriptions, you can get quality and in season flowers at affordable prices. So add some life and warmth to drab and dull rooms by blooming your home with beautiful flower displays.

By participating in A Better Florist flower jam sessions, even cheap flowers can be transformed into classy décor and luxurious bouquets. Come and learn from one of the talented team of florists on how to bring more beauty and more joy into this world. Enjoy a special rate of only $40 per person (for the first 3 sign-ups).

Photo from A Better Florist’s FB Page

So do come down and join the flower jam sessions every Saturday. It will be a full-filled and therapeutic Saturday when you go home  with some wild blooms and even bigger smiles. Sign up here to secure your slots. 🙂

Are You Choosing The Right Anti-Aging Skincare Products For Your Age?

Have you seen the movie – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button back in 2009? To summarize, this movie talks about Benjamin’s bizarre and extraordinary life-story as he ages backwards and live his life ‘aging in reverse’.. When he is born, he suffers from several aging diseases and has to live his child-hood in his eighties while he becomes younger when he gets older with time…

As i’m already in my 30s, how i wish i can lead my life-like Benjamin whereby I will look younger when i gets older.. Sad to say, i cannot stop the signs of aging and the best i can do is to age gracefully…. Sooner or later, everyone faces issues with skin sagging and stretching, making you look older than you actually are. While it is often from aging, other factors pre-age such as smoking, over exposure to the sun, and environmental toxins. The good news is that you aren’t powerless in the fight against aging. To fight against aging signs, you can choose between dermatological procedures and skincare solution.

Although undergoing dermatological procedures like botox, IPL and laser can bring instant results, it can be really costly to maintain it on a long-term basis. There are many skincare products in the market that will fight signs on aging but you will start wondering if it works or is it suitable for your age group?

Delaying aging with Laser but it is so costly!

Today, i will be sharing more 3 different product ranges from L’Oreal Paris to target anti-aging for different age groups! Many people like myself know that we have to start using anti-aging products when they hit 25. However, we often find it difficult in choosing the right product to use, mainly also due to the fact that there are so many offerings in the market but not many communicate on the age group suitability. I’m not an exception as i always have the misconception that anti-aging products are too rich products for young skin!. Hence, in this blog post, i would like to give my readers a better understanding on what to look out for and what are the products available.

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Revitalift Laser Day Cream (for 25+), Revitalift Dermalift Day Cream (for 40+) and Age Perfect Cream (for 50+).

Are you choosing the right skincare products for your age?

Research on Asian women established that our skin renewal starts to slow down from age 25 revealing early signs of aging. With age, skin’s firmness, smoothness, moisture and radiance deteriorate year on year; tailor-made solutions are required to target the unique skin issues faced by women of different ages. L’Oréal Paris, the number 1 anti-aging brand worldwide, offers tailor-made anti-aging solutions to target the specific skin issues faced at different ages. With these tailor-made anti-aging solution, you can now take control of the age of your skin from as young as 25!

L’Oreal’s tailor-made anti-aging solutions to target the specific skin issues faced at different ages:

For the 25+, L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X 3 mimics the effects of a laser treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle.. After years of intensive research, L’Oreal Paris laboratories came out with this anti-aging skincare inspired by dermatological procedures. This skincare range contains concentrated powerful anti-aging active Pro-Xylane to provide triple action (Resurface, Correct Wrinkles & Replump) to improve skin’s quality.. This range contains 3% highly concentrated Pro-Xylane and it is proven to be able to correct wrinkles,  reduces fine lines, reduce pores visibility, increase skin smoothness and re-plump skin to increase elasticity.

Pro-Xylane is a naturally-derived ingredient from the beech wood plant. By penetrating the extra-cellular matrix that supports skin structure, Pro-Xylane can restore skin’s overall health and suppleness

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 is formulated for the young skin and this range promises to bring about visible efficacy of skin quality transformation. It targets lines, pores and skin roughness.

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Do you know that dehydrated skin will accelerate skin aging as the skin’s nature defense weakens which then lead to premature aging. Hence, the use of suitable moisturizer is a MUST to guard skin against aging 24/7.

For younger skin, the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 New Skin Anti-Aging Day Cream has
an innovative and effective triple action* formula that reduces fine lines and pore size, replumps skin and refines skin texture.

*3% concentrated Pro Xylane: A molecule of natural origin sourced from Beechwood which is an extremely powerful anti-ageing molecule to stimulate and strengthen the support fibres of the skin. LHA gently exfoliates to reveal a smooth and even skin tone and Adenosine boosts synthesis of collagen for a more younger looking skin. 

At night, the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Night Cream-Mask will promote and accelerate skin’s rejuvenating power while you sleep. On top of skin rejuvenation, this Night Cream-Mask will help to correct lines, renews skin and minimizes pores. Like the day cream, the night cream-mask contains 3% PRO-XYLANE to improves skin density and plumpness and helps reduce lines and LHA to smoothens pores.

I have incorporated the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 New Skin Anti-Aging Day Cream into my current skincare regime. I like the classy glass red tub packaging and the day cream has a rich creamy texture and it has a distinctive floral scent. Although the texture of the day cream is on the concentrated side, it gets absorbed into my skin rapidly without leaving behind any shiny film. It doesn’t irritate or sting my sensitive skin – no redness after application. It leaves my skin soft, smooth, dewy and well moisturized. There’s no trace of tightness even spending long hours in the office and skin is less oily at the end of the day~ I have skin which clogs very easily but i’m happy to say that the Revitalift Laser x 3 doesn’t cause congestion! Definitely suitable for 25+ to the 30+!

For 40+ years old, the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Dermalift range is inspired by the self-healing process of Centella Asiatica (renowned for its repairing properties) help to fights signs of aging in 8 key zones to restore youthful skin. The potent combination of anti-aging actives repair, regenerate and fight the signs of aging from within.

Centella Asiatica is also widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with a long history of wide-ranging medical applications. It treats skin issues, wounds, burns and bruises because of its ability to increase the synthesis of collagen, and restore tissue firmness and elasticity, improving skin appearance and comfort. It also improves the tensile strength of newly formed skin and inhibits scarring. Because the healing process involves skin regeneration, it is a great source of inspiration to combat aging signs and with repairing power for optimal anti-aging efficacy. Besides Centella Asiatica, the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Dermalift also works in promoting anti-Wrinkle & Firmness with the Dermalift Technology and Pro-Retinol A to actively repair, regenerate and fight the signs of aging from within.

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Picture from L’Oreal Paris Singapore FB page

Previously, my mother in law had tried some of the products from this range and here’s her review of the Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream.

Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream helps to fight wrinkles and improve skin’s firmness with breakthrough Dermalift technology from L’Oréal Paris to stimulate skin’s natural lifters, to help skin regain its elasticity and firmness. Combined with Pro-Retinal A to help visibly reduce wrinkles and it also stimulates skin’s regeneration so you will wake up to hydrated, supplier and youthful looking skin.

Skin cell renewal and skin rejuvenation will be at its peak at night it is recommended to use this cream at night to achieve the best results. Like many night cream, it comes with a glass tub which my MIL don’t really like it as she must dip her fingers in to get the product. I have told her to use a spatula to prevent contamination.

The night Cream is creamy in texture and has a slight fragrance. My MIL applied this night cream after applying the essence and she’s also using it on her neck. Texture wise, the night cream is rich but it doesn’t leave a heavy / greasy after feel. She told me the feeling is good after she applied both products on as it keep her skin well-moisturized and her skin did not feel tight despite sleeping in an air-conditioner room. When she washes her face the next day, her skin doesn’t feel so tight and is noticeably softer. After using both products for 2 weeks, her skin has a nice glow and it looks much healthier. Not to mention, it is much brighter and youthful (not so dull & haggard looking).

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L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Range is formulated for the 50+ which promotes skin rejuvenation for mature skin. As skin becomes older and more fragile, it becomes more and more difficult to keep skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin feels dry and thin and can leave the complexion grey and dull leaving skin looking less radiant. L’Oréal Paris laboratories have formulated Age Perfect to help rejuvenate skin so that we can age gracefully. Proven science tested by leading skincare experts and scientists worldwide, captured in luxurious textures for a sumptuous skincare experience.

The Age Perfect skin care line for mature skin includes cleansers, serums, creams, and lotions, so you can get anti-aging benefits in every step of your skincare routine. Everything from the Age Perfect cleansing foam to the lotion, cream, help reduce the effects of aging and restore healthy skin.

Picture from L’Oreal Paris Singapore FB page

The star product of the Age Perfect Range is the Age Perfect Supreme Regenerating Cream which provides luxurious nourishment for complete anti-aging care. This luxurious moisturizer is formulated with antioxidant Natecium, extracted from Bitter Orange, and precious Seal Lily (aka Lys De Mer) that boosts skin resistance to daily aggressors. The rich silky balm instantly smoothens the skin and delivers intense replenishment. Day after day, skin appears renewed, vibrant and full of life. Will be passing this regenerating cream to my dearest mummy to help care for her mature skin. 🙂

Psst, the Age Perfect Range will make a good gift for your mum for the upcoming Mother’s Day! 

I hope the information above is useful in helping you determine which anti-aging skincare range is suitable for your age group. 🙂 The Revitalift Laser X 3,  Revitalift Dermalift and Age Perfect ranges are available at all leading Watsons, Guardian, Unity stores and major super/hyper markets.

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

Eat’s so easy to be camera-ready with Ceramiracle True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement

Hello everyone~!  Hope you had a good rest during the long weekend! 🙂 It has been 4 months post surgery and i’m glad that i can stop taking the course of medication. While on medication, it has brought about unpleasant side effects and one of the major side effect would be increased oil secretion! As you know, breakouts and blackheads will come hand in hand when skin is oily.. As a result, i have to battle with patchy skin and post acne pigmentation. 😦

Recently, Ceramiracle has sent me their newly launched breakthrough product TRUE BRIGHT Skin Brightening Supplement. This beauty capsule nurtures camera-ready radiant and even looking skin so one will always be at your photogenic best. Sounds like what i need to fade away dull skin and acne marks! 🙂

If you are new to the brand, Ceramiracle is an award-winning nutricosmetics brand based in the USA and specializes in anti-aging skincare solutions. Ceramiracle means the miracle of ceramides and this new nutricosmetic brand features a premium and advance anti-ageing formula featuring two patented ingredients backed by four clinical studies. It includes patented Phytofloral tomato extract, phytoceramides and a proprietary botanical complex. It contains no gluten, sugar and dairy. It made its debut in July 2015 with its bestseller First Light Ceramides Skin Supplement and Inv-Sun Skin Defense Supplement in March 2016.

In 2017, Ceramiracle is proud to launch its latest product, True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement, a revolutionary one a day formula to nurture camera-ready radiant looking skin. Every capsule of True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement contains a proprietary botanical complex comprising sakura (cherry blossom) extract, colorless carotenoids from tomato, olive hydroxytyrosol and other synergistic ingredients to help your skin be at its photogenic best. With regular consumption, it will bring about skin benefits like cleaner & brighter skin, even skin tone, reduce pigmentation and camera ready radiant skin.

True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement is a uniquely formulated one capsule a day oral skin brightening supplement containing naturally derived and nature-identical ingredients – Sakura (cherry blossom) extract, colorless carotenoids from tomato, olive hydroxytyrosol and other synergistic ingredients. These key ingredients that have been clinically researched for their respective efficacies.

Sakura Flower Extract: clinically shown to lower AGEs (advanced glycation end-products), boost collagen levels and keep skin firm, soft and smooth.

Olive leaf Extract: contains hydroxytyrosol – a powerful antioxidant known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles assists in skin lightening.

Colorless Carotenoids: help to brighten and even skin tone by direct inhibition of melanin synthesis.

L-cysteine and Vitamin C: clinically proven to enhance hydroxytyrosol’s inhibitory melanin production effect.

KEY INGREDIENTS

It is recommended to take 1 capsule daily, preferably in the day after food with at least 8 glasses of water daily as adequate hydration can improve the efficacy of True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement. True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement is suitable for women and men over the age of 18 and it is a food supplement designed for long-term incorporation to your daily diet. True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement is 100% vegetarian and it contains no sweeteners, flavorings nor preservatives, gluten, dairy and sugar.

To get rid of my post acne marks, i can rely on laser or brightening skincare products but sad to say that the above are not recommended for my sensitive skin. Hence, i can only turn to supplements to achieve the results that i want. True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement comes in capsule form which makes it easier to swallow and to consume. There’s no weird after-taste and for people with weak gastric, it is better to take it after meal. Two weeks since i have incorporated it as part of my supplement intake, i do observed that my skin is brighter and more even. Skin is also more firm and bouncy to the touch. I’m not sure if it is the change of skincare products or the incorporation of this supplements that attitudes to cleaner skin and lesser clogged pores. But i’m glad that the combination is working well hand in hand to give me healthier skin. As for post acne marks, i guess i must be more patient for it to fade totally.

True Bright Skin Brightening Supplement is available on Ceramiracle.com, Watsons and Amazon and it retails at $109 per bottle (30 Capsules).

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