Kinohimitsu Collagen Drink

What makes a woman beautiful?

Is it her grace, poise, intelligence, the kindness in her heart, twinkle in her eyes or simply her smile?

My mum brought me up to believe that beauty is all of the above. That, while, looking good on the outside, it’s also important to be good to people. Be kind whenever you can. I am always learning from her, be it about life lessons or beauty tips.

Can you believe she’s already a grandmother?!? She won’t let me reveal her actual age here, but you’d never guess it! I think my mum is the epitome of aging gracefully. I would love to look as good as her when I’m bouncing my grandchild up and down my lap, some day. When people ask her how she maintains herself so well, she simply smiles and laughs sheepishly.

But because I’m her precious daughter, I’m naturally let in on her beauty secrets.. and one of her best kept secrets is collagen drinks!

I’ve seen her taking bottles of collagen every other night since I was in primary school. I remember asking her if I could have a bottle to try when I was younger because it looked delicious, and she laughed and told me, “you don’t need them yet!”. I didn’t know what it was for back then, but I sure do now!

Collagen is most commonly found in the skin, bones and connective tissue within the body, providing structural support, strength and a degree of elasticity. In the middle layer of the skin – the dermis – collagen helps form a fibrous network, upon which new cells can grow. Collagen is also required in the replacement and restoration of dead skin cells. As collagen production naturally declines with age, skin loses the elasticity it once had, causing sagging skin, the formation of lines and wrinkles and the weakening of cartilage in joints.

Women who regularly intake collagen drinks can prevent signs of aging from as early as in their mid twenties – every factors such as UV rays, stress, imbalanced diet & lifestyle and air pollution will contribute to premature aging.

My mum was very pleasantly surprised when I brought home these two 30 day packs of Kinohimitsu collagen drinks for her, because it’s a brand she’s been familiar with for many years, and I’ve just provided her a 2 month supply in time for Mother’s Day!

Why Kinohimitsu is well-loved Japanese beauty brand by many women worldwide, in a nutshell:

  • Only collagen brand that is SGS tested (no additives, no hormones, no preservatives, no chemicals, no artificial colouring)
  • Ingredients extracted through advanced technology
  • Sugar free (sweetness naturally derived from fruit extracts)
  • Collagen taken from deep sea marine fishes’s scales (pure, high quality & no fishy taste)
  • Ingredients are carefully formulated to ensure effective absorption
  • Promises visibly smoother and plumper skin in just a week

 

As seen here are their two ranges, the Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond 5300mg and Kinohimitsu Diamond Nite.

Other key functions and benefits of Kinohimitsu Collagen drinks:

  • Skin firming
  • Tightens and minimizes pore appearances
  • A natural butt & bust lift
  • Reduces blemishes, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates your skin by locking in moisture. This helps to reduce the oil secretion from your face and your make up can glide smoothly and stay longer!
  • Lightens uneven skin tone
  • Strengthens hair and nails

It’s said that the best absorption occurs on an empty stomach, so I recommend having the Kinohimitsu Collagen Diamond 5300mg when you start your day in the morning before your big breakfast!

Since it is sweet in taste with a fruity hint, you can also add it to your favorite healthy fruit beverage such as a cup of orange juice if you’re not too keen to consume it straight from the bottle all the time.

You won’t even taste the difference in your drink! Pop it in the fridge before taking it because it’s much way tastier when served chilled.

The bottle is small and light enough for me to conveniently take around if I want a refreshing beauty pick-me-up halfway through my day! It fits in all the bags and purses I have, because of the handy bottle size.

Kinohimitsu Diamond Nite is new in the market, and it’s the first collagen brand in the market to help you sleep better at night!

Night time is when your skin rapidly repairs itself and its metabolism rate is at its highest, that’s why skincare products are always urged to be applied and taken before you sleep!

Diamond Nite also has the same amount of collagen as Collagen Diamond 5300mg, but this bottle of goodness contains GABA, an ingredient that actually helps to induce mind relaxation and help to promote better sleep quality in order to heal and rejuvenate your skin. Wake up to radiant, glowing skin the next morning! The Manuka Honey UMF 15+ found inside also helps to reduce inflammation in your body, thus protecting your skin from oxidative stress.

In the spirit of celebrating women’s beauty and Mother’s Day, Kinohimitsu Singapore is running a contest where you will stand a chance to win one year’s supply of Kinohimitsu products and win yourself Goldheart diamond pendants!

Facebook

  1. Like Kinohimitsu Singapore’s Facebook page
  2. Like the post
  3. Share a selfie of yourself and your mother in the comments part of the contest post and tell us what is the BEST BEAUTY TIP your mother has shared with you
  4. Tag two of your girlfriends in the post
  5. Share the post on your Facebook wall

Instagram

  1. Follow @KinohimitsuSG on Instagram
  2. Like our contest post
  3. Share a selfie of yourself and your mother and tell us what’s the best beauty tips your mum has shared with you
  4. Tag us at @KinohimitsuSG and hashtag us at #KinohimitsuSG and #KinohimitsuCelebrates
  5. Accounts have to be made public to be eligible for this contest

2 grand winners will stand a chance to walk away with one year supply of Kinohimitsu Diamond Series, and a set of Goldheart Diamond Pendant each (total worth $2,000)! Contest ends on 10th May 2015, 11.59PM.

3 consolation winners will walk away with Kinohimitsu hampers worth too.

If you’d like to pamper your mother this Mother’s Day or treat yourself to a collagen boost, shop at http://sg.kinohimitsu.com for the Collagen Diamond series and quote “Shibertyxkino” when checking out to get a whopping 30% off your total purchase! Promotion valid till 31st May 2015.

Happy Mother’s Day in advance to all beautiful mothers out there! Don’t forget to let the woman who brought you up know how much you love her, even when it’s not on Mother’s Day.

xoxo,
Jess

Estée Lauder Crescent White

Perhaps it’s me getting on with the years, or all the late nights I’ve been having… but my complexion’s taken a turn for the worse. Lack of sleep, bad lifestyles habits, not enough exercise, unhealthy diet have all contributed to my deteriorating complexion. I used to proudly sport rather radiant skin that I received compliments for, only for it to look quite dull and patchy recently, much to my own horror.

I’ve never struggled very much with my skin, but right now the struggle is REAL. A lot of people have commented that I look tired all the time, and I’m thinking it’s gotta do with my worsening skin.

I’m in my early twenties, pimples shouldn’t really be a problem anymore, but they are. They are randomly popping up everywhere. And I have combination skin, which means certain parts are oily where other patches are dry and peeling. It’s so frustrating to deal with this problem, and I felt relatively helpless for a period of time because my usual go-to products didn’t seem to be doing the job anymore. I could really use some new skincare to brighten up my skin and its prospects, because it’s NOT looking good so far!

I was all too excited to try out Estée Lauder‘s brand new whitening Crescent White range of skincare after it was introduced to me!

Taking a breakthrough approach to skin brightening, this new collection works in sync with skin’s circadian rhythm to address not only existing dark spots and pigmentation, but also the key causes of light loss and discoloration. It sounds exactly like what my skin desperately needed. I may be entering the age when my skin starts to show signs of aging, but I’d like to prevent it for as long as possible, if I can help it!

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening promotes skin’s natural ability to self-brighten and repair. Extra gentle yet effective, the regimen includes six new skincare products and one foundation powder (not shown here) created for and tested on Asian women in Asia. Skin awakens looking fairer, brighter, and more translucent now and in the future!

Here’s getting to know a few of my favorite few products a little better..

CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING CLEANSER (STEP 1)
Rapidly foaming into a rich lather, this cleanser is proven to gently purify skin of surface pollutants without disturbing its protective moisture barrier or leaving any residue. I’m in love with the smell of these products, they smell like a cross between fresh daisies and clean linen! Using this cleanser leaves my skin feeling smooth and absolutely squeaky clean.

CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING MOISTURE TREATMENT LOTION (STEP 2)
Revitalizing skin with a surge of hydration, it is conditioned, softened and prepared to maximize benefits from the entire range of products. It’s such a soothing feeling to apply this after cleansing, it feels instantly refreshed.

CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING SPOT CORRECTING ESSENCE (STEP 3)
Helps prevent and visibly reduce the look of dark spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone, while also addressing yellow skin tone from multiple sources. Dullness disappears to reveal a natural, youthful transparency and a lustrous glow that emanates from within. The texture is quite viscous but easily spread across and absorbed by the skin. While this does feel quite moisturizing, it’s still not enough and thus follows the next step – moisturizer!

CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING MOISTURE CRÈME (STEP 4)
This new skin cushioning creme provides deep down hydration and extra comfort, helping to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. I like how it is light enough to apply during the day, but rich enough so that it’s enough for usage as a night cream. And for some reason, it smells like yummy vanilla to me!

CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING BB CRÈME SPF50/PA++++ & BRIGHTENING BALM (STEP 5)(STEP 5)
Protect, perfect and highlight all in one with this new BB Creme and Brightening Balm. This innovative formula evens and brightens skin tone while also minimizing the look of dark spots and imperfections. I like how the product blends effortlessly and the texture is light enough while still covering up uneven patches. The little brightening balm at the tip is too cute, and super useful! I don’t need to carry around an extra highlighter anymore.

After religiously using the new Crescent White range for a couple of weeks, I have to say, these are my favorite products from Estée Lauder thus far (and I have quite a few of them)!

It’s everything I need in perfect white little bottles. Everything works for me. The smooth and light texture of the products, the tried and proven efficacy, the minimalist pure packaging, the extremely pleasant scents and how it is a comprehensive range that is powerful enough for me to notice visible results in less than a month.

Pigmentation used to be an alien word to me. Dark spots? Aren’t those for women in their thirties? Apparently not! I was horrified to find little dark spots appearing all over my face. I feel like they have reduced slightly now, and my complexion is definitely a whole lot more radiant than before. There’s a sort of glow to my face now. My self-esteem took a nose dive when my complexion got worse in recent months, but now I can proudly go out bare-faced without feeling self-conscious about my skin condition anymore.

While some people might be under the wrong impression that Estée Lauder products are meant for mature women, what my fellow girlfriends in their 20′s need to know is that your anti-aging regimen should start in your early twenties for the best results, and no one knows that better than Estée Lauder! Thanks for saving me from a possible skin crisis. I’m too young to be living with dark spots and dull patches on my face.

Pssst! The first 100 readers to flash my Instagram post at the Estée Lauder ION Orchard boutique will receive a 5 day trial of the Crescent White UV Protector!

xoxo,
Jess

Recipe: Tortilla Pizza and French Onion Soup by Perfect Italiano!

Cheese is always a staple in my fridge.

Every single time I go grocery shopping, I’d pick up a few packets of cheese from Perfect Italiano. I go through cheese quicker than I’d like to admit. One of my absolute favorite snack is a grilled cheese sandwich which I love that I can easily whip up in a mere few minutes. I tend to stay up late playing video games, so I’m always hungry in the middle of the night and for some reason my midnight cravings are always the same things: nasi lemak and melted cheese. YUM.

Perfect Italiano is a cooking cheese brand that adds simple Italian flair to everyday family meals. It is simple and easy to use, to prevent homemade meals from being difficult,
complex and time-consuming. It is said that the simple secret to good Italian cooking lies in the freshness of the ingredients used. And that exact same philosophy is applied to Perfect Italiano cheeses – only the best ingredients are used so that you can achieve simple and perfect Italian recipes, anytime and anywhere.

I’m always thinking of new dishes I can cook with the end results boasting beautifully melted cheese. I’d like to share two of my newest cheese food experiments with you, for you to attempt at home as well! I hope you guys will love these dishes as much as I do. I’ve been making them so often ever since!

Tortilla Pizza

Ingredients (most are optional & amount up to your preference):

  • Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus
  • tortilla wraps
  • tomato paste
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • baby spinach leaves
  • basil leaves
  • parma ham / bacon / your choice of meat
  • truffle oil
  • sliced portobello mushrooms
  • olive paste
  • eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven or toaster to 180 degrees.
  2. Lay tortilla pieces on baking tray. Spread tomato paste all over the tortilla wraps with the back of a spoon.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus on top of tomato paste. When you think you’ve got enough, sprinkle on some more! Is there such a thing as too much cheese?
  4. Arrange desired amount of ingredients onto your pizza.
  5. If you’d like to include an egg on your pizza, make a little well in the middle then crack the egg into it.
  6. I made two different varations, one with cherry tomatoes + spinach + basil + parma ham + mushrooms, and the other one with cherry tomatoes + olive paste + basil + mushrooms + egg + truffle oil!
  7. Pop into the oven to bake for 6-8 ingredients, or until your cheese is golden brown and the egg cooked through!
  8. If using parma ham, do not arrange on pizza to bake in oven, simply place shredded parma ham on pizza separately afterwards.

The end result is an awesome thin crust pizza that takes only 15 minutes to make, from start to finish!

I love this recipe because it’s so flexible and convenient. Tortilla wraps make surprisingly good pizza bases. The sides get very crispy and the middle part is thin and soft, just the way I like it. As long as you’ve got your tortilla wrap, tomato paste and Pizza Plus cheese, the rest of the ingredients are completely optional and up to your own creativity and preferences.

I’m having a dinner gathering at my place this weekend and I plan to make this for them because everyone loves pizza, and I can easily make different variations of this dish so everyone will have a pizza they’ll love! I can prep the pizzas in advance before they arrive, and when they’re here, I’ll pop it into the oven to bake and they can have a fresh pizza right from my oven! Each tortilla pizza is personal-sized and the amount is just nice for a satisfying meal. Pizzas tend to be priced quite heftily when purchased outside, so whenever I have a pizza craving, I turn to this recipe instead!

 

I love ordering this next dish in restaurants, so I attempted a home made version and I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out!

French Onion Soup

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • five medium white onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 6 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • sliced buttered baguette
  • 1/4 cup cooking wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Perfect Italiano Mozzarella
  • Perfect Italiano Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven / toaster to 200 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter over a deep saucepan, then add chopped onions and garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat.
  3. Add sugar, and caramelize the onions until soft and brown in color, which can take up to 25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, toast & butter the baguette, then top off with Perfect Italiano Mozzarella and Perfect Italiano Parmesan.
  5. To the saucepan, add your bay leaves, dried thyme, wine, flour, and stir vigorously.
  6. Add your 6 cups of beef broth, then once the soup comes to a simmer, turn off the heat.
  7. Do a taste test and add more water or beef broth as desired to dilute or intensify the taste.
  8. Ladle your onion soup into oven-safe bowls.
  9. Top off with baguette cheese slices, sprinkle more Perfect Italiano cheese on, then bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

This french onion soup makes for an uncommon and hearty side dish / starter. It’s quite rare to come across this dish being served in Singapore, which was why I just had to attempt it myself. The beef broth gives it a nice deep flavor while the caramelized onions lend a subtle sweetness, finished off with some heat from the wine,& the cheesy baguette slice… Bon Appétit!

There’s so many delicious things you can do with Perfect Italiano cheeses! They’ve got you covered from snacks, appetizers, main courses and even to desserts.

For more ideas and epic cheesy recipes, check out my previous posts: Festive Cooking with Perfect Italiano and Recipe: Mac & Cheese and Deli Sandwich.

They’ve got more suggestions on how you can add a touch of Italian flair to your homecooking at www.perfectitaliano.com.sg!

xoxo,
Jess

Colgate Optic White Plus Shine

The first thing I always notice about someone is their smile.

How bright, genuine and wide it is. You can tell a lot about a person through their smile and the way they carry themselves! I believe a person who doesn’t hesitate to smile widely is a confident, happy and outgoing individual. If they cover their mouth every time they laugh, it might be a subtle hint that they’re self conscious about the state of their teeth or the way their smile looks.

It doesn’t matter if your teeth aren’t perfectly straight or aligned, but I do find it important that they’re kept as white as possible and squeaky clean at all times. I think the best looking smiles are the sincere ones from the heart, because when someone means a smile, you can totally tell! I am ashamed to admit that I never had proper dental hygiene when I was younger, but the older I got the more I realized how important it is to keep my teeth healthy and clean because it makes a big lasting first impression. Flossing daily and going for regular teeth scaling became a part of my lifestyle.

Adding on to my bi-yearly teeth whitening ritual, I need to upkeep the color of my teeth at home with everyday brushing, and the new Colgate Optic White Plus Shine does a great job at that!

Colgate Optic White Plus Shine is the latest whitening toothpaste featuring a newly upgraded formula with ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ that gently polishes your teeth, giving you a brighter and more dazzling smile after a week’s usage!

Of course, individual results may vary, but my personal stance is that the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine has done a great job at keeping my pearly whites noticeably shinier and brighter after using it for the past few weeks!

It has a refreshing minty taste that isn’t overly powerful or strong, leaveing me with nice smelling breath afterwards.

I haven’t always had nice teeth. For the longest time, my teeth were stained very yellow no thanks to improper brushing practices for many years, but after continuous usage of whitening toothpastes and dental treatments, my condition has improved leaps and bounds. As someone who takes a lot of photos out of personal interest and work-related reasons, the color of my teeth is very apparent.

Despite having a pretty straight set of teeth, I would tend to smile with my lips closed because I didn’t want people to notice the color difference between myself and the person standing next to me. Almost everyone I stood next to made my teeth even yellower, and I felt terrible about myself. There’s nothing worse than feeling ashamed of your own smile. I’ve tried so hard in the past few years to achieve a smile I can be proud of, and you won’t believe the confidence it now brings me to know that I can flash my teeth without being self conscious at all!

In fact, smiling at people is one of my favorite things to do. I want to be one of those people that others remember by their smile! It’s one of the most underrated features of a person. People always talk about a person’s physique / figure / eyes / hair / style, but not enough people emphasize on the importance of a good smile.

So brush, brush and brush away!

If you’ve always wanted beautiful white teeth, you can try out the effects of Colgate Optic White Plus Shine for yourself at an introductory price of just $6.90, now retailing at Watsons’!

Find out more information about the toothpaste at Colgate’s official website.

xoxo,
Jess

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

That’s what I always hear from beauty experts and from everyday women I’ve met – they all swear that keeping their skin on their face and body adequately moisturized is their number one priority. Keeping your skin healthily moisturized will ensure it’s not damaged, dry and flaky and will improve its quality over time. Dull or dry skin tends to look lifeless and feels unpleasant to the touch!

I know this because I have dry skin myself. It’s the driest around my legs. I’ve always been self-conscious about the condition of my skin. I am an avid user of moisturizers and I can’t imagine my life without depending heavily on moisturizers. The biggest problem I have with moisturizing is that I always tend to forget to include it into my daily regimen being the absent minded person that I am, and I’m not a fan of the sticky residual feeling I get from most creams and lotions after application. I like feeling absolutely squeaky clean after a shower, and the thought of applying sticky products onto my skin when it is completely clean kinda irks me!

One thing I don’t forget to do is shower everyday. And with these NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioners sitting prominently on my shower rack, I won’t miss out on the important step of moisturizing my skin on a daily basis! I was very excited to test how well this works since I am a long-time fan of NIVEA’s trustworthy yet inexpensive body care products. I like that their brand is kept simple, effective and reliable so you always know you won’t be disappointed by what you get from them.

If this is your first time hearing of an In-Shower Skin Conditioner like me, you’ll be surprised by how ingenious the concept is. In the shower, the skin is moist & warm and it is prepped to better absorb the care ingredients. NIVEA In-Shower has a water-activated formulation that allows its nourishing ingredients to penetrate the skin at its best moment. The result is silky soft and hydrated skin for over 24 hours. It works the same way as hair conditioners!

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioners come in 3 variants. One for normal, dull and dry skin. My personal favorite would have to be the intensive, since I have very dry skin.

Now let’s put this new product to the test. I’m ready to achieve noticeably smooth skin in 4 simple steps: Cleanse, Apply, Rinse, and Get Ready!

Before I start using the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner, I use a moisture device to measure my moisture percentage at the driest part of my legs (usually at my lower shin area).

Score: 48, which is within the dry category and this is thanks to my religious application of moisturizing products prior to NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner moisture test. Am honestly quite excited to see how much more hydration a rinse-off body lotion could provide. We’ll compare the results again after going through with the 4 steps that NIVEA recommends!

 

Step 1 – Cleanse up with your favorite soap.

I like keeping a supply of different soaps in my shower to indulge in aroma therapy sessions during my 20 minute showers! Everyone deserves to indulge in a nice hot shower after a hard day’s work. To me, showers are not just a necessity, it’s a time for me to relax and unwind. Tilt my head back under the running water and reflect on the day’s activities.

Step 2 – Apply and lather generously all over your body.

The texture is not overly sticky or oily so I didn’t feel uncomfortable spreading it over my body, in fact it’s very similar to hair conditioner and it was a pleasant experience to use. It has a mild scent that smells like freshly done linen – a NIVEA trademark, I reckon.

Step 3 – Rinse off and towel dry!

The rinsing process takes merely a few seconds, the product washes away quite easily with a spray of water leaving you feeling supple and smooth, you don’t have to scrub to get the excess off. All in all, it’s an extremely fuss-free process!

Step 4 – Get ready!

With your skin now feeling smooth and amazing, go out and flaunt those backless dresses and off shoulder tops! The NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner is a must-have in my daily regimen nowadays since moisturizing can be effortlessly done in the shower, my favorite part is how long-lasting the effects are without leaving a sticky residual feeling.

For the record, my moisture level on the exact same spot of leg increased from 48 to 60, which puts me in the hydrated zone! Woohoo! Also, this measurement was taken a few hours after my shower. I love how the results last all day, with topical lotions I used to have to re-apply halfway through the day which was quite troublesome sometimes.

My dry legs, back and elbows are no longer scaly and rough to the touch. I embrace backless dresses and short outfits that flaunt my legs with a new found confidence I never knew before. This has forever revolutionized the way I keep my skin soft and moisturized!

Good news for my lovely followers!

Print screen this barcode and get 25% off NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner 400ml, only in Watsons’! Be sure to bookmark this link for all NIVEA’s upcoming promotions.

xoxo,
Jess
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