K-Palette ‘Sweet as Chocolate’

Singaporean girls should be no strangers to K-Palette, a cosmetic brand famous for its “1 Day Tattoo” eye cosmetics.

Personally I am a great fan of K-Palette’s brow and eye liners as they are very lasting and natural looking.

Therefore, I was very excited to attend K-Palette’s ‘Sweet as Chocolate’ campaign, a launch on its new Real Lasting Eyeliner in Deep Brown (waterproof) colour and their newly improved formula this fall.

CIMG8769A picture of my sister and I wearing K-Palette’s brow and eye liners

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Launched in Singapore in 2007, K-Palette has received numerous awards for its products annually. K-Palette’s 24h Real Lasting Eyeliner is one of the best-selling liquid eyeliner in Japan.

They have since expanded their range of eye makeup to include brow liners, eye pencils, mascaras and concealers.

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New Improved Formula
K-Palette has improved on their existing formula to ensure eye liners and pencils dry instantly, which means no more panda eyes from smudging or blinking. Additionally, eye liners and pencils are more lasting with strengthened resistance against water, sweat and sebum.

The new formula also added Hyaluronic acid Na, water soluble collagen and Swertia Japonica essence to take care of the delicate area around our eyes during application.

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There was a live demonstration by Ms Aya Umehara, a professional makeup artist with over 12 years of experiences in the beauty industry, on achieving different makeup looks using K-Palette’s brown eye makeup products.

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Ms Umehara said that sultry and sexy eye makeup can be better achieved by using K-Palette’s Real Lasting Eyeliner in Deep Brown (waterproof) as brown eyeliners look less harsh on our eyes than black eyeliners.

Additionally our eyes can also look sexier when the upper liner and the lower liner are not joined together (as shown in the picture below).

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We also attempted to use K-Palette’s products to create makeup looks on paper.

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Swatches of K-Palette’s eyeshadow palette. It comes in four different colours which users are able to create a natural day time eye makeup or a sexy smoke eye.

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Where to buy?
K-Palette’s new Real Lasting Eyeliner in Deep Brown (waterproof) can be found at selected Sasa, BHG and Watsons stores from August 2013 onwards, retailing at S$19.90.

The Real Lasting Eyepencil and 2-Way Eyebrown Liner can also be found at selected Sasa, BHG and Watsons stores, retailing at S$25.90 and S$23.90 respectively.

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Cure Summer Party!

So… Cure Summer Party was over for about a month or so and I am now blogging about it because I really love exfoliating gels. They are so gentle and great for daily usage! ❤

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Here’s a little background information of Cure Natural Aqual Gel:

For those who frequent Watsons, Cure Natural Aqua Gel is the number 1 facial exfoliant since its launch 5 years ago in Singapore. It is also highly rated in Japan’s leading beauty and health magazines.

Cure Natural Aqua Gel is made of 91% revitalized hydrogen water and natural plant extracts of aloe vera, gingko and rosemary.

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Unlike facial scrubs, exfoliant gels are much more gentle as it helps removes dead skin effectively without causing stress to the skin. Hence, it is suitable for daily use!

It also contains no preservatives, fragrance, artificial colorings and alcohol. Hence it is suitable for users of all skin types, even sensitive skin and it can be used on any body parts.

A live demonstration was done during the event itself to show us how effective was the Cure Natural Aqua Gel:

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Anyway I’ve been using Cure Natural Aqua Gel for about a month now and I really love it! I always love touching my skin after use because it feels so smoooooth. ❤

Back to the party:

The theme was Summer Party and we had a fun filled afternoon at Sunset Bay Bistro in East Coast Park with Cure!

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Can’t remember what exactly the host said to me, but it is probably what I wore that day which made me laughed like that.

She was mentioning that I looked like I’m going to Botanic Gardens instead.

Really?

We also played some games that day!

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Cure’s team also picked up three finalists, Henry, Ziren and Nelson, for the Dream Cure Boy contest which spanned over the period of 2 weeks.

Ziren won the contest and walked away with a trip to Phuket!

Finally we ended the day with a buffet dinner and a group photo taken at the event.

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Thanks Cure and Japalang for the invitation to Cure’s Summer Party!

Cure Natural Aqua Gel can be found exclusively only in Watsons Singapore for the retail price of $49.00.

The REVAMPED VanityTrove Box

This month’s VanityTrove box is very special and different… because they have ditched the Birchbox concept!

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For all those new to the birchbox concept, it is basically a monthly box full of random beauty products sent to you every month when you subscribe to their services. It can be either in full retail or sample sizes for you to try.

However, the random beauty products sent out are sometimes wasted because subscribers are either disinterested or the products doesn’t suit their skin type. Am I right?

Hence, VanityTrove made a revamp on their business model and launched a new platform – a website which you can now review and rate products that you love… or hate.

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It also features a beauty profile – your own personal page which you can post information about yourself, skin type, favourite brands and etc.
You can also see who are followers of your beauty profile and select products to add into your wishlist.

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Based on the information on your beauty profile and preferences, VT is now able to recommend you the products best suited for you.

From there, you can pick and choose 6 products to go into your personalised beauty box! The troves will then be sent over to you within 7 working days. How cool is that?

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My customised VanityTrove arrived in less than 7 days and here it is!

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VanityTrove – At a Glance

… And these are the items that I chose:

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Blumarine Bellissima EdP (30ml) – Retail size
Cottage Garden Wild Rose Hand Cream (100ml) – Retail size
Avance Lash Serum EX – Retail Size
Princess Pinki Magic Pink Cream (15ml) – Sample Size
Phyto Intense Hydration Regenerating Night Cream – Retail size
M’asque Mask with Collagen, Sheep Placenta and Witch Hazel – One piece

One interesting product which I can’t wait to try out is the Princess Pinki Magic Pink Cream. It can be used on cheeks, lips and nips (*blush*) for instant pinkness that lasts all day long on the skin.

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A little amount makes the back of my hand really pink. And… it is still there after I tried to wash it away with soap.

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This is quite amazing.

I’ll do a separate post on the products once I’ve tried them all!

Personalised beauty boxes are awesome because I no longer get random products which I have no interest in trying out. I’m sure you’ll be interested in the new revamped VanityTrove. So…

** Goodies for Readers **

Subscribe to VanityTrove within this week and you will be entitled to a surprise treat in your first trove.

Plus, there will also be the first Beauty Influencer Award ceremony this December that will feature quality, credible and active beauty influencers. So, start early and subscribe now!

My new favorite perfume!

Recently I attended a workshop on image presentation and I found out that the strong perfume scent is in the list of the top 10 image destroyers.

But no, this post is not about the workshop. It is about my latest fave – pureDKNY A Drop of Rose EDP.

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A while ago I was invited to the launch of pureDKNY’s A Drop of Rose EDP and by the end of the event, I was sold.

The perfume smells really light, with a tinge of rose scent, a scent that reminds me of rose syrups.

A Drop of Rose pureDKNY’s latest perfume with its predecessors, A Drop of Vanilla and A Drop of Verbena, trailing behind.

The roses that were used in the making of each bottle perfumes were hand picked individually in the pre-dawn hours, in Turkey’s Anatolian flower fields during the harvest season in June.

By season’s end, 2500 tons of petals have been bagged, weighed, and transported by a truck to the distillery where they are processed through 26 stills into essential oil of rose. The essential oil would then be added into the making of the fragrance.

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The packaging of the perfume is absolutely recyclable. The perfume bottles and caps are made up of 100% recyclable glass and aluminum components, while its carton is bio-degradable and printed with low-VOC inks. The outer wrap is made from cellulose.

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In addition, I also found out that pureDKNY has a partnership with CARE, a leading humanitarian organization to help lift women out of global poverty. Hence, DKNY will make donations to support CARE in order to continue its efforts in providing resources to help more women to escape poverty.

I also received a bottle of A Drop of Rose and I really loved it!

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I find this perfume incredibly versatile. I can apply it when I’m going to school and to events. The best part about it is that the perfume lasts for about 6 hours in the hot summer weathers of Singapore.

You can find pureDKNY A Drop of Rose EDP in both 50ml and 100ml, at the price of $96.00 and $132.00 respectively at all major departmental stores.

Tips for a healthy liver this holiday season

First post of the year 2013!

Last December I met up with a group of bloggers and Dr. Law, a liver health expert working in Raffles Hospital, for a short lunch to find out how we can take good care of our liver.

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Christmas and New Year had just passed not too long ago, and with the upcoming Lunar New Year in around a month’s time, we will be binging on food such as bak kwa and abalone and drowning ourselves in alcohol again! Over-indulging on these delicacies not only causes us to put on weight but also can become a nightmare for our health, particularly our liver.

The liver is an organ your body can’t live without. A healthy liver helps to remove impurities and toxins that are harmful to the body while it combat infections. However, poor lifestyle habits such as the lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can hamper the liver’s function. Lack of exercise can cause fat to
accumulate in the liver cells, which can then lead to fatty liver disease (FLD).

Here are some of the tips that you can follow to reduce stress on your liver:

1) Have a Balanced Diet
Your meals should be taken in small amount and should be rich in vegetables, fruits and proteins. Studies have shown the correlation between a diet high in fat and fatty liver, so
minimise the intake of fatty foods.

2) Drink in Moderation
Excessive alcoholic beverages destroys liver cells. Limit your alcohol intake to 12 oz. of beer or wine cooler, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits.

3) Take Medicines as Prescribed and do not Exceed Recommended Doses
Even seemingly harmless medicines can damage the liver. If you have diabetes and high
blood cholesterol and triglycerides, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment.

4) Exercise
30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises such as aerobics, jogging or swimming helps to increase in the amount of oxygen and the change in breathing pattern and speeds up the delivery of oxygen to the vital organs, including the liver, helping it to function better.

5) Take in Nutritional Supplements
You may also want to consider taking supplements which contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, also known as essential phospholipids (EPL), to keep your liver in good shape. Taking liver supplements daily can bring sustained vitality and help you deal with daily stress.

The bloggers also received a box of Essentiale® to try out.

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A healthy liver can regenerate itself by absorbing EPLs, essential phospholipids that are the building blocks of the liver cell membrane. However, unhealthy lifestyle can hurt the liver and cause liver calls to lose phospholipids. Clinical research has proven that taking a supplement of EPLs can support vital function of the liver*.

o Essentiale contains 300 mg of essential phospholipids (EPLs) that work by restoring normal cell membrane* to help support the vital liver functions.

EPLs is found to support vital function of the liver.

*As shown in experimentally induced-liver cell damage

 

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However there are certain side effects to this supplement that you should be aware of. My mum took it and she had vomitted for two days. However no side effects are found on me while taking it.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Th’ink Flea

Maybelline New York is putting up an awesome flea market this Saturday at Scape!

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Click to view in actual size*

There will be 8 hottest blogshops setting up their stalls there and you can also get free makeovers and watch exciting runway shows at 3pm and 5pm!

The best of all is that you get to be one of the first to preview Maybelline New York’s latest Color Tattoo 24HR, the new range of eyeshadow colors that will be launched in 2013. You can also purchase them at a special price at the flea!

Date: 15 December 2012, Saturday
Time:
12pm to 6pm
Location:
*Scape, Level 4 (Click here for map)

See you there!

Get Picture Perfect with L’Oréal Paris Lucent Magique range

I was invited by L’Oreal Paris Singapore to try out their latest Lucent Magique series! I must say that this latest range of highlighter/concealer, foundation and primer is by far the best over-the-counter cosmetics! You seriously have to get them.

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Sis and I at the launch!

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The Lucent Magique range is the latest innovation by L’Oreal Paris! Lucent Magique is the first skin transforming makeup line ever created by an over-the-counter cosmetic brand.

This range promises to give you a radiant and flawless looking complexion. It consists of a foundation, BB cream, highlighter and primer. The BB cream was launched a while ago but not the others!

Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation – $32.90

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The Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation uses 40% pure water in its formula to give you a sheer, lightweight and hydrated finish, and also provides you with a light-medium coverage.

Its formula gives you 33% more radiance, as compared to traditional foundations.

The foundation will also suit every skin tone with the 6 different shades available. Below is a swatch of the primer and the foundation’s lightest tones N2 and R2:

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Swatches of the Lucent Magique foundation’s lightest shade.

R2 is lighter than N2 but it is slightly pinkish, hence most fair Asian would suit N2 better. Even though N2 looks a little dark, but it is actually lighter when spread out.

Notice how my skin looked death pale with R2 on my skin than N2?

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Most bloggers have fair skin and picked N2 as it suited our skin tone better and looked more natural.

Lucent Magique Primer – $24.90

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The primer is a whitish, pearly liquid that turns transparent upon application. The primer would enhance the light reflection on your skin for a 3D sculpted look. Use it alone for a subtle glow on your cheeks and T-zone area, or under the foundation for a long lasting hold.

Lucent Magique Touch of Light Pen – $22.90

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This pen works as both a highlighter and a concealer. It can help to highlight cheekbones, nose bridge, enhance lip pout, brighten tired eyes and plump expression lines (laugh lines) to achieve a flawless complexion.

The Touch of Light pen has only 2 shades available – Light and Fair. Light works very well as an under-eye concealer and highlighter of the cheekbones and nose bridge to enhance my facial features.

All these three products from Lucent Magique are currently my HG products! I’ve been using them everyday!

Everything can be photoshopped including the glow of our skin, but photoshopped glow can never look like radiant skin taken under the sunlight.

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There were also makeup demonstration that taught us how to use the Lucent Magique range:

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Here’s a video of how to pro do it:
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Additionally, we were also given the nail art sticker for trial!

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The nail art sticker has 6 fashionable designs in total and are very easy to use! The video below teaches you how to achieve beautifully manicured nails without the pain of applying messy nail polish!

I tried it myself at home and here’s the result:

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It has extras for certain nail sizes and therefore you can redo your nails if you make mistakes.

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The downside of this product is that not everyone’s nail size are the same width, hence fitting can be quite a pain.

The Lucent Magique range is now available! For more information, visit L’Oreal Paris Singapore’s facebook page!

Recently L’Oreal also launched their latest L’Oreal Paris moodboard on their page where you can create your own moodboard, and then upload a cover photo using those pictures in your board! You get to stand a chance to win $300 worth of prizes weekly. The grand winner will win a Samsung NX100 camera worth $799.