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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Monthly: Sam's August Favorites

Hey loves,

it's that time of the month again.. we are reaching September soon (and a huge revamp is coming up soon! ;) So exciting!) So do look out for it. If you'd notice, we've already started implementing small changes here and there. If not, that's fine, wait for the final reveal next month! 


Anyway, that aside, here are my Top 5 for this lovely month of August! Almost all these are given from friends and sponsors, and for that I feel so blessed. My birthday month has been nothing but great to me, so read on and find out why! 

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Talika Cream Booster


This nifty little gadget came to my attention as I wandered around Sephora one day, and I got it after reading reviews on it for 5 days. Makeup Alley rated it a 5.0, and many people were raving about it online as well! If you don't know what this is about, simply refer to its name! It is exactly as it is - a cream booster. It increases efficacy of your products (creams, oils, serums) by its light-based technology, along with micro vibrations, to let your skin absorb them better. This means that products that used to just SIT on your skin can now be fully taken in.

For me, it didn't exactly make my products "DISAPPEAR" into my skin, but increase their efficacy it did! I know this because my headless pimple, which had been headless for a month, finally came to head THE NEXT DAY when I placed this over it for about a minute or two the night before! My other newly popped pimples (from a facial) were 80% less swollen and red as well! AMAZING! I will definitely have to try this out for a month or so more, but so far I'm loving it!

Stockist: Sephora
Price: SGD $179


Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum


We got this from an Elizabeth Arden event awhile back, but I didn't start on it till recently. I was worried about my sensitive skin adapting to a new product.. but when I saw the glow it added to Ashley's face.. I knew I had to start!

Whilst I was worried this might be heavy, since most Elizabeth Arden products are aimed at more mature skin, I couldn't be more wrong! It absorbed THE MOMENT I patted it into my skin and it felt matte and amazing. My skin looked instantly brighter, more hydrated, and smooth! It was probably due to its pretty sparkly properties as well, but my face stayed powdery soft the whole day! If you're between ages of 20-30 and face a pretty hectic/stressed lifestyle with dehydrated skin, you'll definitely want to check this out.

Stockist: Any Elizabeth Arden Counters
Price: SGD $99


Coconut Revolution's Coconut Lip Balm in Cherry


We received this from Her Fashion Box, and the moment I tried it on I loved it! Unlike most fruit-flavored lip balms, this one actually tasted yummy without that weird artificial taste! I also loved its bright happy color from within, and how there was a slight tint on my lips when I used it. Though it says Coconut Lip Balm, you can hardly taste the coconut. The cherry taste is much stronger and quite delightful! :)

In the aspect of moisturizing, my lips stayed hydrated without that filmy feeling on top of it for a good few hours. I just had to reapply only when my lips felt dry again, it wasn't that much of an issue! Easy to keep in the pouch as well and doesn't melt the way Burts Bees' does in heat! Thumbs up!

Stockist: Her Fashion Box / Coconut Revolution
Price: AUD $7.95 / Approx SGD $9.30


Hakuhodo Retractable Angled Powder Brush


I got this angled brush after much thinking at the Hakuhodo counter earlier this month... I always wanted to try out Hakuhodo after hearing so much about it from big Beauty Bloggers such as Silverkis or Beauty Instagrammers like Loveforskincare! I didn't get any of the bigger ones because.. 1) They were mad expensive 2) I didn't think I could upkeep such a highend brush 3) I wanted something I could take with me on my staycations or holidays!

So there you have it.. my amazing brush made out of a mixture of goat and synthetic hair. It feels resplendent against my skin, almost like a cloud. My powder goes on easily, swipes on so smoothly and looks so natural! This is regardless of the powder I use because the brush picks up just enough, and brings just the right amount across my whole face. It is easy enough to clean after every use, by swiping against my palm and followed up by a tissue, but it's a little troublesome in that way.. Still it's one of my favorites this month because of its innovative retractable function and its ease of bringing around!

Stockist: Hakuhodo Counter (Takashimaya)
Price: Approx SGD $60


Guerlain KISSKISS Lipstick in 325 Rouge Kiss


Ashley got this for me for my birthday this month, and we decided on this classy red because I don't have any! I was a little shocked that the lipstick was at such an affordable price since I know they can reach the $60-70s range, and just (I feel bad for this...) assumed this might be of a lousier quality than the rest.

OH But how wrong I was!! The texture is heavenly!!! It glides along my lips like nothing else, stays on for hours, and doesn't feel drying. There is transfer though, no doubt, but I like how it isn't as crazy as my other lipsticks though its color intensity is STRONG. Like Hulk Strong hahaha. The payoff is pretty insane even at the first swipe and by the second, it's just opaque. As for this red.. I seem to channel my own version of Marilyn Monroe when I have it on (self praise is disgrace? haha) and I feel prettier and dressier all at once! Such a great investment if you're looking to get your first Red Lippie! ;)

Stockist: Any Guerlain Counters
Price: SGD $49


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Anything caught your eye this time round? Leave a comment if you're curious about anything and I will get back to you ASAP! :)

Time to wake up, it's September!
(Oh wait.. that's when September ends..
nevermind heehee)
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Sam

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Advertorial: NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner

Hey there! :)

we were recently sent these samples (you will normally get TWO but we split one each hence there's only one in the photo) for NIVEA's In-Shower Skin Conditioner!! It was quite a big change from the normal face/makeup items we receive, hence we were so excited to try it out!



I mean, a conditioner for your body? How amazing is that!? We are so used to just slabbing on a good body lotion after a shower to keep our skin smooth and hydrated... that having a conditioning step be incorporated into the shower itself seemed a little odd.

HOWEVER! For those who might think it’s such an unnecessary  step to add to your routine. Boy are you wrong... and let us tell you why! But first, let us make an introduction (cue tune from Selfie Song, lol).


Introduction to NIVEA



We are sure the brand itself needs no explanation, but just so you know - NIVEA is the synonym for comprehensive skincare a whole life long – it is the world’s trusted No. 1 skin care brand (Nielsen).


NIVEA is an accessible, reliable partner whom consumers easily identify with, bringing out the best in their skin, their beauty and themselves. NIVEA’s unique formulations of proven quality, work in harmony with the skin to keep it healthy. They are highly effective, superior in terms of care and mildness, offered at a fair price.


Currently, NIVEA remains the biggest mass-market skincare and toiletries brand in the world encompassing face care, body care, deodorant, sun care, lip care, hand care, men’s grooming and baby care products. In Singapore, NIVEA products are sold in all personal care stores and supermarkets, including Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice outlets and major retailers. 



NIVEA's In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner



Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Whitening) is the convenient new way for radiant soft water-like looking skin every day. It repairs 10 signs of dull & damaged skin while in the shower, a dream come true for Asian women in their pursuit of fairer skin.


This new addition is an extension to the success of the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner basic range launch in November 2013. 


Enriched with 50x higher Vitamin C (versus lemon extract) from Camu Camu, the unique water-activated formula is quickly absorbed by wet skin and deeply replenishes moisture, leaving skin feeling hydrated and silky soft, even after towel drying. 



How to Use



1. Cleanse with shower gel as usual and rinse off

2. Apply NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Whitening)
3. Rinse off NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Whitening)
4. Dry off and you can get dressed immediately, enjoying cared-for skin 


First Impressions



Sam

I experience bouts of eczema now and then, and even though I've recently recovered from my previous one which lasted for 8-9 months.. I am still very cautious when it comes to whatever shower product I use on my body. I like that the NIVEA Skin Conditioner is gentle to my condition and feels so great against my skin! :) I generally have pretty smooth skin (not praising myself here! lol, I do moisturize every night, it is so important), but this just made my skin feel so much better! Like it was enveloped in moisture! I even woke up with softer smoother(!) skin! I am quite a lazy person, I don't even condition my hair, but this is definitely an investment to make! Ladies, take note because you will age rapidly after you hit 25 (sob sob) and this is just what your body needs.

Ashley

The consistency isn’t runny - which is extremely crucial, the second I find that my shower products are too runny, I exile them from my shower cubicle haha. Most importantly doesn’t leave an oil layer after you wash the product off. My skin is left incredibly smooth and smelling incredibly fresh. I actually can’t go 10 minutes without having to feel my arms right now, it’s really made my skin a lot softer. I’ll be honest, it didn’t instantly brighten my skin within the first use, so for those of you who are skeptical about whitening products having harmful ingredients to provide the drastic change, this isn’t one of them! I have a feeling i’ll be going out to get a bottle of my own very soon…. hahaha 


Whole Range

In case you are wondering, the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner range comprises of:

* NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Whitening), formulated for dull skin. Available in 250ml and retails for $10.90 * (What we are featuring)

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner, formulated for normal skin, NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Intensive) for dry skin, 250ml each for S$7.90, and NEW! 400ml each for $10.90

Available at NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, FairPrice Xtra, GIANT, Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy islandwide from June 2014. 


GET FREE SAMPLES and STAND TO WIN

Step 1: Sign up at www.SampleStore.com for FREE


Step 2: Click on Free Samples tab


Step 3: Redeem NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner & check-out for FREE (click image below!)


Step 4: FREE delivery to your mailbox within 3 days!



PLUS!!! Stand to WIN a pair of GV movie vouchers or an exclusive beauty kit worth $20 when you enter coupon code ‘NIVEAgift’ upon checking-out your NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner sample from now till 24th Aug ‘14! Don’t miss out on this chance to TRY your favourite beauty brands for FREE! Join 130,000 people today in Singapore’s FIRST & BEST Tryvertising platform who make the smart choice to TRY samples before they buy! 


A big shoutout and thank you to www.samplestore.com for these amazing treas! if you are looking to try out different products, but do not want to spend so much on the full size first then Samplestore is the answer to all your problems! They constantly have different samples of products so don’t miss out on them!


What are you guys waiting for!?
Head over to SampleStore now!
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Sam & Ash

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hair : My hot tools collection


It's been awhile since I last blogged, and I'm so grateful that Sam has been covering quite a lot of the blog work for the past month. So thank you sam .  Everything has just been super hectic lately and I've hardly had time to sit down and do one of the things I like to do the most, blog. 

We've also been incredibly lucky and blessed to have been acknowledge by various beauty brands so we've been caught up with a couple of sponsored reviews, BUT Sam & I felt that it was important for our readers to know, that we don't only blogged about things that are sponsored, so in todays post you are going to get a glimpse of the existing hot tools that I have with me in my collection!

ps: I couldn't find the exact price and place to buy these tools locally so I've hooked up an online site that offers international shipping on the piece that I'm going to feature.

BaByliss PRO hair dryer
Everyone needs a good hairdryer, especially if you have thick hair like I do. It would just take FOREVER to dry if I hadn't been picky with the dryers that I use.  (I'm also not that patient with my hair...) This is probably the best present that I ever received over christmas two years ago. I know.. what?! A hair dryer is the best thing you've ever gotten? Hey! It's practical and lets face it, as we grow up, the more practical the gifts, the better they are.

This has a 3 speeds and 3 different temperatures. I usually steer clear from the hottest temperature and settle with the medium heat to dry my hair after it's air dried a little after my shower. I'd then go in with cool hair to set the "style" and to close the hair cuticles to prevent my hair from frizzing up the next day. Everything's really sturdy, I don't feel like it's heavy nor too light and it takes me less than 10 minutes to dry my hair, and before you say anything, My hair is incredible thick. Drying my hair under 10 minutes? Is pretty darn awesome as it is. Hands down. the best hot tool and the most important one in my collection.

Stockist
check it out here

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GHD V Gold Classic Styler
Hair straighteners are the answer to mornings where I wakeup with incredibly wavy hair. There are days where my natural waves are acceptable but it can tend to look rather messy with my ends pointing in different directions. This is where my GHD V Gold classic styler comes to the rescue!  Set at a standard temperature, this 1" flat iron probably one of the sleekest and lightest hair straighteners I've tried out. It's even lighter than the amika ones. 

Using it is very simple, plug in, turn on the power and flick the switch. It takes about less than 10 seconds to heat up, to which it will beep. The temperature is just right and doesn't fry your hair. Personally, the fact that it's rather light weight, makes the process of having to straighten every single strand of hair section by section for me, a whole lot more bearable. My wrist doesn't get tired and it just glides really easily in general. 

I've been using my old hair straightener for AGES and I'd thought I'd show just how much I abused my previous straightener before I threw it out. Yup - It's a beat up alright. The grey bits that have formed are apparently due to the material that coats the straightener and I guess in general, it was a sign that I just needed to throw it out. 


Stockist
check it out here 

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BaByliss PRO Curling Tong

Curls... URGH. Don't even get my started. Having my hair hold curls is probably the worst thing to have it do. EVER. Having the patience to go through the sections of hair is one thing, but its another when you've worked up all the effort and the humidity just kills it. My hair is also incredibly stubborn, so unless its second day hair, its about a 75% chance my hair will just fall out of its curls and settle into it's original state. 

Anyways, about the barrel -  I prefer bigger waves. they're just a lot more natural and because I've got a lot of hair, makes the process a lot quicker. This barrel heats up within the click of the button which you can set it up with 25 different heat settings for styling control and it even has a stand to prop the barrel off the ground so it doesn't burn anything. 

What I do is I take a section of hair, lift up the clamp, twirl my hair around the barrel and clamp down. Another way is to run your hair through the clamp to the end and roll it back up mid-way, hold for 10 seconds and release the clamp to reveal your big waves. I'll be honest, its not the most loved hot tool in my collection with the likely hood that it's because I've not gotten the chance to make 100% use of it given my stubborn hair, so I usually steer clear of this hot tool. 

Stockist
check it out here

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this quick post, I'm sorry that I am unable to fill you guys in on the stockist and the price of these hot tools but if I do chance upon it when I'm out and about in Singapore/ Hong Kong, I'll be sure to insert it into this post! As always, feel free to drop any questions that you might have in the comments and I'll get back to you ASAP ;) 

What's your favourite hot tool of the moment?
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Ash



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Advertorial: Volume Magic Rebonding Process

Hey babes,

As many of you know, my Volume Magic post is the most popular one here on our blog! :) I suppose that's obvious though, because it's rated number one on our Popular Posts down at our sidebar on the right hehe.


I would like to assume it's so often read because my hair turned out really nice from the rebonding (lol, thick skins get you everywhere right?) and people want to know how/where to get theirs done! If your reasons are otherwise, please don't share them with me lol. Kidding kidding, do leave your comments/questions below as usual! ;)

On a more serious note, this is the video version of my previous post so you guys can SEE IT IN ACTION!!!! *Deng Deng Deng*. I hope this clarifies any doubts you might have about the treatment and allows you to better understand what you're in for during this 3-4 hour ride (yes it's that long!).



If you like this video, it's because Ash has done amazing editing work - I myself am completely useless in the video department and didn't even film this on my own! It wouldn't have happened without the help of the great team down at Dusol Beauty :'). Sorry if the voices aren't very clear or the background is muffled.. our camera is afterall a camera and not some high tech filming device *insett emoticon with guilty face and sweat droplet*.

We hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to bring more of such videos and VLOGS to you!

Woo! Here's to great hair everyone!
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Sam

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Giveaway: StylexStyle's August Little Black Beauty Box

Hey babes,

if you've been following us on Instagram (@samanthashley_ ), you'd know we just recently ended our IG giveaway for TWO of these gorgeous boxes last Sunday! And we did get quite a few interesting responses, though we are pretty sorry and sad we couldn't pick you all! :(

Don't worry though because here is another shot at winning this! It's easy, and all you have to do is join our Rafflecopter at the end of the post - so do read on because you may miss out on some important details! ;) Also, we will be talking more in-depth about all the beautiful items inside, so don't go anywhere.


What the box is about: I'm sure you guys are familiar with the whole once-a-month box kinda deal. Not going to mince my words here because it's good to stay honest. It's a competitive market out there and Singapore has almost TOO MANY Subscription Boxes to go around. What all of us need to know is what makes this stand out against the rest.




Sure, this Little Black Beauty Box may send goodies your way with FREE SHIPPING, but you're probably thinking, what's new? And why do they have the nerve to say that you should INDULGE in the PRIVILEGE? Well, then you need to read on to know.

Introduction


Above are the stunning treats you'll get in this August Jet Setter Box.


1) Benefit Cosmetics' Dream Screen

Benefit's recently launched sunscreen is well known and well loved because of its Broad Spectrum (very important!) SPF 45 silky matte feel, its lightweight texture, and the fact that it is truly invisible when applied on the skin!It absorbs instantly and protects skin from sun damage, whilst keeping it hydrated! It is also fragrance free for those with sensitive skin.

2) Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
This is one of Kiehl's star products and should require no introduction but, for those who are unfamiliar, this a 24-hour light-textured daily moisturizer that leaves skin comfortable and well-balanced. This helps reduce moisture loss whilst drawing water from the air! Skin will be left smooth and healthy-looking.

3) Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance EDT
A successor to its original perfume, Romance, and with a much more seductive tone to it. You will get your passions awakened by raspberry, Italian bergamot and juicy litchi at the top of the composition, and then slowly let it set in to release peony, sambac jasmine and freesia warmed with a sexy blend of black vanilla, ambroxan and iris absolute. A lovely date scent to take out with you in your purse.

4) SKII Cellumination Mask In Lotion
This is a mask in the form of a toning lotion that is sure to give you long-lasting hydration and a glowing complexion. One application a day is similar to the effects of using a substrate mask, and your skin will thank you for it.

5) SKII Cellumination Deep Surge EX

This light daily moisturizer is infused with an advanced whitening complex Aura Bright Cocktail EX along with Pitera (derived from rice) that deeply hydrates your skin, evens it out, and even boosts its luminosity. With everyday usage, your dullness of the skin along with appearance of spots are to be minimized.

You can read more about my feelings on this here.

6) Sulhwasoo Perfecting Cushion in 23 Medium Beige

This is a multi-cushion foundation that will give you flawlessly healthy resilience and radiance with perfect coverage and long-lasting hydration. It's all over the pages of Beauty Instagrammers and raved about by everyone. My own sister-in-law has this and says its worth every penny you pay for it.

7) Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream
This is a highly moisturizing anti-dark circles eye cream that is specially developed to combat two major causes of dark circles: pigmented melanin and poor micro-circulation - these are the two causes of brown and blue circles under the eyes. It contains multi-luminizing powder with light diffusing properties as well to bring instant luminosity to the eye area. MakeupAlley rates it a whopping 4.1. That should tell you a lot.

8) Radical Skincare Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture

This is a unsurpassed and wonderful multi-tasking cream that helps even out, hydrate and firm the skin. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates and helps boost skin firmness and elasticity whilst leaving the skin brighter.

9) Ioma Cell Protector SPF50+ PA+++
This is a global protective skincare that is capable of counteracting the aggressions normally caused by exposure to sun and environmental stress such as pollution and free radicals. It is SPF 50+ PA+++ and has the highest possible daily protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also contains Desoxine, which is capable of limiting aging due to oxidative processes.

10) Crazily Amazing Vouchers
You'll also get vouchers for samples you're dying to try such as Bobbi Brown's foundation stick, a 1-for-1 nail pampering session with your BFF, a TANGS shopping voucher, and the list goes on. It's like buying a box of treats but getting way more than you paid for!


BUT WAIT! THAT'S NOT ALL!





You also get EXTRA perks for buying the boxes that include coveted spots in StyleXStyle's exclusive La Prairie, La Mer and Guerlain workshops!

For La Prairie, you'll get to be one of the first in Singapore, on 22 August 2014, to try out their Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare eye cream to banish those wrinkles and dark circles for good!

For La Mer, you'll get to preview La Mer's newest skincare innovation, the Intensive Revitalizing Mask, and receive expert advice on how to protect your skin against pollutants.

Last of all, for Guerlain, you will get to join celebrity makeup artist, Andy Lee, as he demonstrates the art of effortless French Seduction. Learn how to create the signature look from Guerlain's KissKiss lipstick collection and discover how you can achieve radiant skin with the Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum range and Meteorites loose powder! :)

Read more about their workshops here:
http://www.stylexstyle.com/editorial/beauty/be-beauty-guru-end-august


Giveaway

Well if you want to join this giveaway and win these fabulous goodies (WE HAVE TWO BOXES TO GIVE TO YOU!), then fill up this Rafflecopter and you will be on your way.

GIVEAWAY IS FOR SINGAPORE ONLY, AND WILL END THIS SUNDAY, 17TH AUGUST AT 1159PM. ALL THE BEST TO YOU LOVELIES! 

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All the best, and we hope you have fun!
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Sam

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Monthly: Sam's July Favorites

Hey guys!

I'm sorry I missed out on last month's favorites.. Ashley and I may alternate from now on depending on our schedules.. and we are so sorry. In fact, we are thinking about putting more mini reviews on our Instagram because it's more on the go and easier to digest! So if you want to see/read something almost everyday, then feel free to follow us there: @samanthashley_ :)


Isn't it such a pretty picture above? I love how their colors come together and look so beautiful! Anyway... some are sponsored, some are personally purchased, but let me promise you that all these thoughts and opinions come straight from the heart! June's been more hectic than usual, as you can see we are now managed by The Sample Store, so woohoo! :) These products have helped me through this very stressful period, and I'll tell you why.

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1) La Mer The Powder


Let me start with my La Mer 'The Powder" which is made of heavenly fine particles! I've just got this about the middle of the month...annnnnd nothing you can say will take me away from the beauty which is this.

The powder is so fine, my Guerlain Meteorites pale in comparison and look like huge chunks of glitter. It never settles into any lines, pores, whatever. Everytime I have it on, it's like I know my skin looks perfect. EVERY TIME. No kidding. I know with some powders we just expect them to oxidize or cake, but this one does neither. And while it doesn't do well with oil control per se, it makes up by allowing your skin to look dewy instead of oily. It lets your skin BREATHE, it lets your skin look G-O-O-D, it lets your skin look soft focused without the need for photoshop AT ALL. If you need more reasons, then go to the La Mer counter to test it out and I assure you, you'll never look at your other powders quite the same way again.

Stockist: Any La Mer Counters (Tangs & Robinsons Orchard)
Price: SGD $123



2) Mac Prep + Prime Lip Primer


I got this because my lipsticks just don't seem to stay smoothly on my dry lips, no matter how much lip balm I seem to apply beforehand. It just got so frustrating that everytime I applied lipstick, some parts would peel off or look horrid in comparison to the other parts of my lip...

Finally, my close friend (Hi Tashy!) convinced me to get this after raving non stop about how well her lippies apply and how long lasting they are with this lip primer below. I was a little hesitant because I'm not too big a fan of primers in general.. but when I saw just how moisturized and lovely my lips looked with this on.. I just shut up and bought it. Say goodbye to disgusting fine lines in between your lips and horrid feathering out whilst eating meals. Now your lips will look freshly painted on for so much longer! ;)

Stockist: Any MAC Counters
Price: Approx. SGD $30



3) Glam Glow Super Mud


We just received this recently from LuxAsia and Escentials as part of a mail package where we were to test out the entire range of GlamGlow (*ahhhhhhh happy scream*). Though this, along with the Youth Mud, were given in sample sizes, there was sufficient product within to test it out for a good few times! I've used this mostly for targeted treatment on my nose and chin as opposed to the whole face because my skin is rather dry and sensitive at this point of time. In this aspect though, it has passed with flying colors because I really feel the gunk being SUCKED OUT by this wondrous mask and my acne/whiteheads/blackheads have significantly reduced! Plus I like how it works like the Pore Strip where you can actually SEE the junk that comes out of your pores! I use this for spot treatment at night sometimes as well and my headless bumps have shrunk to mere pimples!

Stockist: Tangs and Sephora
Price: SGD $92



4) CLIV Max Hyaluronic Stemcell BB Cream


We both received this BB Cream when we attended a CL-IV (pronounced as CL4) event awhile back at SASA. Though we never really heard of this brand before, we were inclined to think that Korean cosmetics, especially in the BB Cream department, were excellent! The fact that it also boosted such assurances of heavy Hyaluronic Acid content which was supposed to add hydration back into our air-condition-beaten skin was just cherry on top of the cake! Ash and I both really like this as we find that a little goes a long way, and though it does start off fair, it does later come to suit your skin tone accordingly. It feels comfortable on, and our skin no longer feels as dry when we are stuck at work the whole day.

Stockists: SaSa Outlets
Price: Approx SGD $48


5) 13 Rushes Flat Top Sculpting Brush




13Rushes was so kind to send us a few more brushes to test out after our previous review, and I couldn't help but pick this one out! It's not one of their new brushes, but I've tried it out at Roseanne's place before and I just LOVED how easily it applied on liquid foundation/BB Cream! It's short bristles make it easy to control and navigate around contours of the face, and its shape just makes blending out a dream! When we were asked what brushes we would like to try again, I already knew I HAD TO have this!

Say goodbye to streaking or buffing-out-a-product-till-its-gone, because this will make sure you've got it all on and you've got it all on FLAWLESSLY. It also doubles up as a quick concealer brush for the undereye if you're in a rush and don't want to change brushes on mornings where you need to run off to work! Can you spell "Perfect", because we can!

Stockist: 13Rushes
Price: SGD $19.80


Do you guys have any favorites this month to share with us? We're always up for trying new things, so do let us know! :)


Have a happy week!
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Sam



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sponsored Review: LJH Cellabel MC Vital CC Cream

Good morning darlings!

A few months back, I was sponsored by HKC Plaza with this LJH Cellabel MC Vital CC Cream. At first, I was a bit hesitant because I never really used base makeup...
I've always been a sunblock/sunscreen kinda gal - but my current skincare bSoul - mentions that I should not use any purely sun protective products during this point of time (explanations in a future bSoul post), so I thought, why not?

That, plus I've been seeing raves of this all over the internet, especially over on fellow Beauty Bloggers' websites! Thus, I took the plunge! And here is what I have to say about it!


Information

LJH stands for LeeJiHam and is known as a "Vital Turnaround CC Cream". You may be wondering why, so here are a few reasons this CC cream is promoted for its amazing qualities:

  • CC Cream does not separate from skin and adheres very closely
  • It feels as light and soft as air when it's on the face
  • It has a certified triple action formula which has whitening, anti-aging, and UVA/B-blocking effects
  • Claims to contain 800x more Vitamin C than apples
  • Contains acacia collagen which provide hydration to skin
  • Helps troubled skin and relieves the issue with elder fruit extract
  • Contains Centella Asiatica which helps with scar treatment
  • 7-free Prescription formula which is great for sensitive skin 
Basically, it is a Makeup, Sun screen and Vitamin C Essence all in one, which is great for those who are great fans of multi-tasking products.


Packaging


The packaging is of squeeze tube, though it does come with a nozzle.. I kind of find this redundant because I could've squeezed out more (should the product be finishing) on my own than depending on the nozzle. In fact, I haven't reached the halfway mark and am already experiencing some issues so.. yeah, not a big fan.

It does look good though, and I suppose safety wise you can feel assured it won't just pop open and spill all over inside your bag!


Color and Texture

This is the part I find most exciting to talk about. The color!!! Well, technically, there is NO color seeing as it comes out white, but it does transform to suit your own! :) Of course, this isn't new technology - I believe quite a few brands, including the ever famous Body Shop, has already incorporated this technique into their makeup, but it's still pretty exciting nonetheless!

What I love watching is how it blends into the skin as though there's nothing there because it's so easy to spread out and, as it does, you get to watch it transform into another color in front of your very eyes!

The texture is really quite light, but the coverage is not bad! When I use my brush to apply this on my face, my brush gets rather heavily stained (you can see the 13Rushes Flat Top Sculpting Brush below), as opposed to my other BB-creams, so yeah this can be a pretty strong concoction! At the same time, it feels really comfortable on the skin and I don't feel like there's something LYING on top or really irritating it, so yes, thumbs up! :)

As a side note though, this smells very strongly to me of sunblock :\ Which might be due to the high SPF... if you're one who is averse to that smell, I guess you should take note!


Application




I've applied this both with my fingers, a buffing brush, as well as a foundation brush.

Originally, I thought the application with my fingers was fine - but I eventually realized the result wasn't as smooth as when I used my 13Rushes Rounded Kabuki Brush or my 13Rushes Flat Top Sculpting Brush... I felt that, when applied with a brush, the CC cream looked more even and adhered to the skin much better. This ultimately meant I could use less product and have it go a much longer way.

So what I do each time is squeeze out a tiny amount, literally a pea size or half a fingernail but gauge it on the size of your face, dot it all over my skin, and then go over with my brush to spread.

I did try tapping my brush directly onto the product and then placing it on my skin, but the brush ended up "eating" more of the product than my face! Hence, I will still advise using the former method.


Before and After


Here is a Before/After photo, and as you can see, my skin tone is evened out! And hey! My face, for once, isn't a lighter shade than my neck (shadows aside)! The color correction is really pretty awesome, and my skin is smoother! :) I can't say my pores are entirely gone or lessened, because if you zoom in you can still see them.. but on the whole it's still a pretty good product! 

If you've got pretty good skin and you just want some evenness in your skin tone, then I suppose this would be a good call for you! I don't have much acne besides a tiny breakout across my forehead (due to an allergy to something *cries*); on the whole my skin issues aren't anything serious, so I can't speak for those really looking for high coverage. On a final note, this lasts me a good 6-8 hours and doesn't oxidise, which is a real plus!


Overall Thoughts


I do like this CC Cream very much, but I wouldn't say it does GREAT in the hydrating department. Just enough perhaps, for my skin to not feel dry and gross when I'm in aircon all day.. but my pores do still get obvious after awhile (maybe due to my own oil).. Who knows?

As with all base makeup, it performs as well as your skin behaves. Which means - on days that my skin behaves well, this CC cream enhances it and makes my skin look positively radiant and even. On days that my skin is a little more dry and troubled.. this doesn't really hide it that well. I mean, I can kind of accept it though I wish it would be a little more forgiving. I suppose if I piled it on more it would, but I'd rather not.

It performs fine with my sensitive skin and DOESNT break me out at all! When I do remove it properly (I do make sure I do a thorough job when it comes to cleansing), it's fine and gives me zero issues - so that's something I truly appreciate! However.. scar healing-wise, not so much. I don't see it really IMPROVING my skin.. it improves how my skin LOOKS but not how it is.

On the whole, I think this is something much better suited for skin which ranges from very good to only SLIGHTLY troubled.. more than that, I feel this may not hide the issues as well! At the end of the day it all boils down to what you're looking for.


Recommended for:
- Anyone with normal to combination/oily skin.
- Anyone looking for a CC cream that keeps your skin semi-matte

- Anyone looking for a REAL color-correcting cream with good color matching
- Anyone looking for a CC cream that doesn't harm/affect sensitive skin


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Overall Rating: 7.5 / 10




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