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Silkygirl Cosmetics

What’s the most important step of your make up routine? For me, it’s ABSOLUTELY gotta be my eyebrows and lips!

I was born with very scarce brow hair, so I need eyebrow embroidery to look normal. And I have naturally pale lips. People ask me all the time, “where are your eyebrows? are you sick? why do you look so pale?” Guys… it’s just the way I was born. Sigh. Well, nothing a bit of make up can’t fix, of course!

Playing around with these new cosmetic products from SILKYGIRL!

They’ve recently launched the Expert Brow Slim Liner and new shades for their Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm.

The Expert Brow Slim Liner has become my new go-to eyebrow pencil because of how light, sleek and functional it is!

It’s super easy to use. While the pigments are easily buildable for a deeper color, the color I’m using (Natural Brown 01) is quite light, so I can avoid looking like I drew on my eyebrows with crayons! Not sure about you, but I tend to get a bit heavy handed when I’m doing my make up.

I’m the girl that starts off thinking “just a thin line of eyeliner for a natural look” and 1 minute later, I end up with full smokey eyeshadow with an elaborate winged cat eye. Not even kidding. So something that builds up slowly instead of starting off strong works very well for me.

The 1.8mm slim tip makes for concise drawing, giving you the sharp edges you need for eyebrows with higher arches! It’s got additional plus points such as being long wearing, waterproof and fragrance free as well!

It’s a double sided product that comes with a spoolie brush at the other end for easy brushing of your eyebrows.

I don’t find myself using it often because I literally lack eyebrow hair (lol) but I’m sure it will come in handy for girls with thicker brows!

Ta-dah! All done with my eyebrows!

It’s a very natural look that’s great for everyday wear and effortless to pull off.

Moving onto lips, how pretty are these new shades of Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balms?!

I honestly think that bright lip colors are essential in every woman’s make up pouch. They add instant pop of life to your face, and makes your whole look so much more refreshing and fun!

Glides on so smoothly, and there wasn’t any chapping on my lips despite wearing it for a couple of hours. My dry lips didn’t have a problem with this. As you can see for yourself, the color payoff is fantastic!

Is it a lipstick, or a lipbalm? It’s actually both! The Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm is essentially:

  • A lipcolor balm with a boost of color and moisture
  • Long-lasting moisture, long-wearing
  • Enriched with Vitamin A, C and E to nourish and condition lips
  • Lightweight, creamy
  • Retractable
  • No fragrance, no paraben, no carmine, no animal testing

My impression of SILKYGIRL products has always been that of a value-for-money, fun make up brand that’s very suitable for younger girls especially, and I’m glad that hasn’t changed! They’re still coming up with cosmetics that suit the needs of young ladies and keeping up with the trends. .

So girls, be free to express yourself with dramatic make up on your face! Experiment. Have fun. Be yourself.

For more updates on SILKYGIRL’s latest product releases and information, follow SILKYGIRL’s Facebook page, visit their official website and their account on Instagram!

xoxo,
Jess

NIVEA Extra White Body Lotion

Fashion trends come and go, but having glowing and healthy skin is fashionable every day of the year.

Instead of just focusing on products for our face, we should give equal attention to focusing on body care as well. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, after all. And every woman dreams of having skin as soft as silk. As someone who deals with a range of body problems – dry skin, stretch marks, flabby areas, these NIVEA serums & lotions are my daily go-to. NIVEA ia a trusted name in skin care that everyone has heard of, and it’s not difficult to see why they are so popular. Their products are extremely affordable, reliable and straight to the point. It doesn’t oversell what it cannot achieve.

NIVEA has relaunched its whitening body moisturisers to help you get fairer and firmer skin with a new ingredient, Coenzyme Q10. The range has two body lotions and three body serums, with the latter promising to give you fairer and firmer skin in just 14 days!

Don’t know the difference between lotions and serums?

Serums have better product efficacy than lotion as it has higher concentration of active ingredients. NIVEA’s whitening body serums contain a special concentration of up to 95% Vitamin C for fairer skin, while Coenzyme Q10 boosts cell energy and provides added anti-wrinkling and antioxidant benefits.

NIVEA EXTRA WHITE FIRMING BODY SERUM SPF 33 is the new best-selling star product, With 95% Vitamin C, this product contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C amongst NIVEA’s body care arsenal. With just one quick application, the skin on my body feels rejuvenated and with continued regular usage over 2 weeks, I could see a visible difference in its texture and pigments!

My skin was noticeably more supple and fairer, much to my own surprise. I personally prefer the texture of the serums better, as I feel it is a more potent product that doesn’t feel too sticky on my skin. Sunscreen is also vital in maintaining fair skin. NIVEA’s body serums for day use come with SPF 33, UVA and UVB protection to shield you from the sun’s damaging rays.

Want brighter skin right now? This serum gives just that with Titanium Dioxide, an ingredient commonly found in your BB creams which acts as micro light reflectors to immediately brighten skin.

Think of these as tiny mirrors to make skin ‘light up’ with radiance right where you want it! I put extra emphasis on application on my arms (the entire arm, because I am so flabby) and my thighs because I’m hoping to firm these areas up more! With the right diet, exercise and firming serums, I’m hoping to reduce the jiggiliness of my arms soon.

NIVEA offers 2 day serums (with SPF33 PA++): Extra White Firming serum (star product) & Instant White Firming Serum. 1 night serum: Night White Firming Body Serum for night time rejuvenation. Your skin recovers and renews itself during the night, so give it extra love with this serum.

NIVEA is hosting a #ultimatefashionstatement event on 22nd Aug, 2-5pm at Capitol Piazza B1-36! They have invited celebrity makeup artist, Clarence Lee & fashion stylist, Keith Png to give tips on how to get hydrated, fair, firm skin, which colours to wear or avoid and which outfit flatters our body type most! To win a pair of tickets, post your blue ootd and hashtag, #NIVEAsg, #ultimatefashionstatement. Contest ends 18th Aug!

Your skin is the ultimate fashion statement. Possessing beautiful skin gives you that additional confidence booster in everything you wear. Your skin shouldn’t be the limitation to what you would wear.

NIVEA body serums and lotions are available at Guardian, Watsons, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice outlets, and other major retail stores.

Find out more about their vast range of products on their Facebook page!

xoxo,
Jess

Lactacyd Female Hygiene Wash

Here’s a little disclaimer to let you guys know that the blog post ahead is intended for females.

Did you know that in Singapore, only 4 out of 10 women use a feminine wash for their private areas? Unfortunately, I have not been one of those 4 in-the-know women, up until my recent discovery of Lactacyd!

Lactacyd is a Feminine Hygiene wash brand that has been prescribed by doctors and trusted by women for over 25 years. It is the number 1 feminine wash in Singapore and leading expert in Feminine Hygiene care, offering a comprehensive range of products suitable for women.

Using water or shower gel is simply not good enough as the pH of the V area is naturally acidic, hence a dedicated wash is required to take care of a female’s most intimate area! I wish I’d known this earlier. Using a dedicated feminine wash can also reduce the risk of odor, irritation and bacterial growth.

Just as we have different types of soaps for our face, body, and hair, a dedicated wash should be for one of the most important areas of our body that is all too often accidentally overlooked or neglected! I know most girls are too shy to talk about topics like these, but really, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

All Lactacyd products have undergone strict clinical trials, and have been proven to be not only safe but effective.

There is a Lactacyd variant for different phases in a woman’s life:

  • Lactacyd Revitalize – for firmer looking skin around the V
  • Lactacyd White Intimate – for fairer looking skin in just 4 weeks
  • Lactacyd Soft & Silky – for smoother V for after grooming
  • Lactacyd All-Day Fresh – to keep the V area feeling fresher for longer
  • Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene – for days you need extra care

I keep a whole range of these handy in my bathroom, because they serve different purposes throughout the month!

My favorite to use would be the Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene, as I find the V area to be most irritated and sensitive during my period, and this is when Lactacyd becomes a life saver by making sure I stay fresh and clean at any given point of the day. I tend to stay out and about for longer hours, whether I’m running from one appointment to the other or clubbing all night.. it means it may be a full day or extended hours before I can wash up or take a shower. Using the Lactacyd Feminine hygiene and keeping feminine wipes in my handbag proved to be an extremely good idea for keeping me feeling and smelling good all day long.

 

Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene contains milk essences, lactic acid and lactoserum which helps maintain your V’s pH balance and keeps it feeling naturally clean for a longer period of time. The texture is milky and runny and has a very pleasant floral scent which smells great.

Although I’ve never known this before, the difference between using Lactacyd and normal body soap is a big one once you’ve become a convert. It feels so much better! I’ll never go back to using just body wash for my sensitive areas again.

A few of my favorite girly essentials together all decked out in my favorite color, pink! Along with my other beauty must-haves, like my perfume, mirror and accessories, is my newest addition to my beauty regime: Lactacyd Feminine Hygiene wash.

If you’ve never tried using Lactacyd or a female hygiene wash before and would like to find out what the fuss is about, it’s your lucky day girls – Lactacyd is sending free samples right to your doorstep! Just fill out the form at this link, and wait at home for your goodies to arrive. Let us embrace all things that make us feminine and the women that we are!

xoxo,
Jess

Uriage Thermal Water

I love using facial sprays!
I am a big fan of spritzing the good stuff all over my face, a habit I’ve picked up thanks to living in a country as hot and humid as Singapore.

I’ve recently been introduced to Uriage Thermal Water, and I’m blown away by the benefits of this spray.

Pure and enriched by nature, Uriage Thermal Water is an exceptional treatment water renowned for its unique. Originating in the French Alps, Uriage Thermal Water bursts forth at an altitude of 422m, at a temperature of 28ºC. Packaged directly at the source, it is pure and naturally rich in mineral salts and trace elements. The isotonic nature of its water means that the Thermal center is unique in offering dermatological (such as eczema and psoriasis) and ENT (Ear Nose Throat) treatments.

My skin tends to get irritated and flushed easily. Just a bit of dust or some heat from the sun will turn my face red in a matter of seconds. I enjoy using facial sprays because I find it immediately calms the skin on my face down, leaving it feeling more relaxed, moisturized and protected against the elements. Of course, it’s also fantastic for staying cool in warm weather!

I especially love bringing a bottle of spray whenever I go traveling in warm countries, because it’s such an ingenious way to beat the heat! Just spritz some onto yourself and leave the thermal water to act on your skin, the feeling of having it evaporate off your face is tingly and awesome!

The petite version of the Uriage Thermal Water fits easily inside any handbag of mine, which makes it a convenient pick-me-up whenever I feel like I need to be revitalized throughout the day. When I’m feeling restless, sleepy or tired, this spray also helps make me feel more alert and energized.

Our body fluids and water content found in our skin is naturally isotonic. It acts like a physiological serum which fully respects the skin and does not alter any cells activity. Uriage Thermal Water is naturally isotonic as well, hence it has the same effect due to the high concentration of mineral properties, aiding in healthier, hydrated and protected skin. This isotonic element allows users to spray and leave the water to act on its own, while other thermal waters require users to wipe it off after spraying on the skin.

In a nutshell, the Uriage Thermal Water is good for..

✓ Strengthening skin barrier
✓ Preserve the balance of skin cells
✓ Prevent dehydration of skin epidermis
✓ Moisturising properties
✓ Soothing effects due to high level of calcium and magnesium salt

My essentials for a sunny day out!

Can’t live without my trusty Olympus camera, fashionable sunnies, my iPhone and of course, facial products to protect my delicate skin from the harsh environment.

There will be a change in packaging for the Thermal Water, and Sunscreen soon, but don’t be worried by the new look because the content will be still be the same trustworthy good stuff! The 300ml Thermal Water as shown will be the new design.

With 20 years of skin expertise, Uriage Dermatological Laboratories develop products in collaboration with dermatologists and pharmacists from all over the world. The products are subject to clinical testing which support each of their claims.Uriage provides a full range of products formulated with a unique active ingredient, Uriage Thermal Water.

All skincare products are formulated according to a strict charter which adheres to pharmaceutical standards. The formulas are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, paraben-free, and with a minimum concentration of preservatives to better respect your sensitive skin.

As seen here is the Uriage BARIÉSUN SPF 50+ Fragrance Free Cream and Uriage BARIÉSUN SPF 50+ Tinted Claire Cream.

These suncare products provide moisturizing and anti-free radical protection in very fluid textures that are exceptionally pleasant to use! Protective tinted suncare is ideal for those who cannot expose their skin to the sun but want to look slightly tan or who would like an immediate, natural-looking healthy glow. This product comes in the new packaging, which all suncare range under Uriage will eventually change to as well. I would use the tinted claire cream for lazy days when I want some coverage for my complexion without having to apply any other product, and the original if I intend to put on a full face of make up for that day! The tinted claire cream is oil free, which is suitable for oily / combination skin.

Sunscreen is one of the most important steps you can’t miss out for skin care! Not only does it aid in fighting pigmentation and premature aging, it also keeps your skin healthy and young looking. It is one crucial beauty factor that girls all too commonly neglect. Even on days where it doesn’t look or feel that sunny, you still need your UV protection! No matter how much of a rush I am in, I never skip applying sun care products.

With these combined products from Uriage, I’m ready for a day out at the beach or lounging by the pool without worrying about the condition of my skin. I know it’s being taken care of even while I’m busy having fun!

Uriage products are available in selected stores of 21st Century Beauty Spa, BHG, Guardian, John little, Metro, OG, Robinsons and Watsons. There’s currently a promotion for Uriage Thermal Water Twin Pack 300ml $29.90, whereas the rest of the products are on 20% discount only for the month of July, so it’s the perfect time to pick up a bottle and try the benefits for yourself!

Uriage Official Website
Uriage Facebook Page

xoxo,
Jess

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
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