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Hello peeps!

THEFACESHOP Singapore has recently released these new bath and body items from their Nature Collection by BEYOND.

Nature Collection is an extension of THEFACESHOP group that hosts multiple brands in their K-beauty products concept store. This chain of stores offers a curation of the best Korean beauty products that will suit all your different lifestyle and beauty needs.

Today I will review shower gels, shampoo & conditioner by BEYOND. BEYOND is a brand that formulates all their products with eco ingredients grown on lands unpolluted by chemical fertilisers and/or pesticides. Products from BEYOND contains Eco Farming Complex ingredients that help soothe and moisturise skin. All their products are dermatologically tested and does not conduct animal testing. Furthermore, these eco-beauty products contains minimum colorants and fragrances, keeping their formulations as pure and natural as possible.

I got their Summer kit to test out BEYOND’s products. The kit consists of the best body shower collection which is 4 x 60ml bottles of 4 of their favorite shower foams namely – Deep Moisture Olive, Total Recovery, Revital & Deep Moisture. Also inside the kit is BEYOND’s Professional Defence Shampoo & Conditioner.

Professional Defence Shampoo & Conditioner

(450ml, SGD$39.90 each)

I’m currently using the shampoo and conditioner daily and I must say I’m in love with how my hair smells after each wash! Even after a long day and an evening sweaty run in this summer humidity, my hair still smells great! I love clear shampoos as that’s an indicator to me that it deep cleanses my scalp without clogging the pores and cause hair-loss. This is true for the Professional Defence Shampoo, as after washing my hair, I feel that it cleanly eliminates any sebum and pollutants on my scalp which will then encourage healthy hair growth.

I follow it up with the Professional Defence Conditioner. Though the texture of the conditioner isn’t as rich as what I usually use for my dry hair (it’s dry from the constant exposure to the intense sun during Summer), it absorbs into my hair and moisturises it sufficiently. My way of judging whether the conditioner works for my dry hair or not is the “wet hair comb through” test. Like I mentioned, my hair tends to be on the dry side, so I always have difficulties combing my hair after washing it. With my Tanger Teezer, and after using BEYOND’s shampoo and conditioner, my hair was easy to comb through and detangled!

Both the shampoo and conditioner consists anti-oxidant properties that will improve hair texture. Their key ingredients are cranberries, blueberries and juniper berries extracts and patented Sophora root extract that helps keep scalp moisturised, soft and healthy. These ingredients probably contributed to its berri-licious scent which I absolutely love!

Rating

BEYOND’s Professional Defence Shampoo:

Cleansing 5/5

Fragrance 5/5

BEYOND’s Professional Defence Conditioner:

Moisturising factor 3.5/5

Fragrance 5/5

Now, onto the shower foams trial. Similarly, I’m first sold to the products by their scent! To rank them just based on how good they smell it would be:

  1. Deep Moisture Shower Cream – smells exactly like honey, which makes me feel like eating it.
  2. Total Recovery Shower Cream – very floral because of the hibiscus flower extract, girly kind of shower foam, on the sweeter side.
  3. Revital Shower Gel – Citrusy and refreshing. Great for a hot summer day.
  4. Deep Moisture Shower Cream – reminds me of baby powder, with a slight scent of olive oil.

Deep Moisture Shower Cream

(250ml, SGD$19.90)

This shower cream contains ingredients which naturally moisturises the skin whilst cleansing.

  • Honey & Rice Milk – natural humectants that attracts moisture to the skin
  • Olives – repairs and stimulate cell regeneration
  • Calendula Marshmallow Lady Mantle – organic certified complex that has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Suitable for normal, combination to dry skin types

Rating

Scent: 5/5

Moisturising Factor: 3/5

Total Recovery Shower Cream

(250ml, SGD$19.90)

This shower cream is a highly moisturising, anti-aging emulsion that targets extremely dry skin (age 35-50) with great absorption. (I would take this along to dry winter climates like Korea.)

  • Hibiscus Flower extract – rich in anti-oxidants and reduces dress radical damage
  • Yeast Fermentation extract – high concentration of beneficial minerals that helps smoothen the skin
  • Ceramide – straightens skin barrier, protects and maintains moisture
  • Calendula Marshmallow Lady Mantle – organic certified complex that has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Suitable for extremely dry skin

Rating

Scent: 4/5

Moisture Factor: 4.5/5

Revital Shower Gel

(250ml, SGD$19.90)

This shower gel has a refreshing citrusy scent and rejuvenates tired skin. Perfect for hot and humid Summers.

  • Lemon – lowers PH levels to prevent bacteria growth which causes skin issues like acne
  • Tocopherol – anti-oxidant that prevents and reduces are radical damage
  • Acerola – extremely rich in Vitamin C (34 times higher than that of Lemon) to create elastic & bright skin
  • Calendula Marshmallow Lady Mantle – organic certified complex that has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anthocyanin & Polyphenol – contributes anti-oxidant properties
  • Suitable for sensitive and oily to dry skin. Not for extremely dry skin.

Rating

Scent: 3.5/5

Moisture Factor: 2/5

Deep Moisture Olive Shower Cream

(250ml, SGD$19.90)

This shower cream offers an extra moisturising after-feel. Perfect for extremely dry and cold climates.

  • Olive oil– repairs and stimulate cell regeneration
  • Honey & Rice Milk – natural humectants that attracts moisture to the skin
  • Sugarcane – loads of moisturising effects
  • Calendula Marshmallow Lady Mantle – organic certified complex that has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Suitable for extremely dry skin or dry environment

Rating

Scent: 3/5

Moisture Factor: 4.5/5

For the shower foams, it really depends what you are looking for before deciding on one to get. Personally I would choose the Deep Moisture Shower Cream for its excellent scent and it is sufficiently moisturising for my daily use.

XOXO,

Jessica

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Hello everyone!

Online Shopping

I’m no stranger to online shopping which made me way more lazy to go out and shop for clothes/groceries/household items/make-up etc. but I love it! As it made finding deals and comparing prices much easier.

I was recently made aware of another online shopping portal ShopBack which is trending now. This site is offering us consumers even better deals by giving us cold hard cash returns when we shop through that website (cashback)! Offering us even more savings on top of what the original websites are offering.

ShopBack works with most of our beloved shopping websites like Zalora, Taobao, Reebonz, Sephora, Groupon, ASOS and even Food Panda! So the cashback savings are so easily attainable as these are my everyday website that I frequently shop from.

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On top of  obtaining a percentage cashback while shopping on various online sites through this portal, ShopBack can help consumers find a Zalora discount code for further discounts or learn about a Sephora sale through constant updates on their webpage.

As most of us know that the annual major sale on Asian websites occurs on Single’s Day or 11.11 (双十一) made popular by Taobao, ShopBack also partakes in major sales like these. If you missed out on that, not to fret, there’s a make up sale equally as crazy happening on 12.12. So keep a lookout for the best deals at the upcoming ShopBack 12.12 sales. I know I will be noting that date down in my calender!

How Does ShopBack Work?

Initially, it took me some time to understand how this cashback system works. Most of us know about cashback received from credit card spending and it’s always done automatically to your credit card account so you don’t really bother how it works but this is the first time a website is offering such a deal.

Basically, ShopBack is sharing their income from merchant referrals with the consumers. So it’s a win-win for everyone.

Say for example, the merchant pays ShopBack 10% of the amount spent for items purchased for every consumer referred from their website, ShopBack will keep 4% as income, and return the remaining 6% to you as cash.

 

Check out this video to further elaborate how this works.

And there’s a referral promotion from now till 9 December that if you successfully refer 3 friends to sign up and shop from their website you can earn an additional $100! Do use my referral link https://www.shopback.sg/?raf=a50uRM to help me earn some extra cash! 😉

It’s simple, easy and gives us more savings. Who doesn’t like a good deal?

XOXO,

Jessica

 

 

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Hello all,

As you all know I’m quite the make-up junkie and love experimenting with new make up and skincare all the time.

I was recently introduced to the Burberry’s contour & highlight pen and the simplicity of using it to sculpt your face without looking too drag like. It’s special cream to powder formula makes it real easy to draw on the face and spread it with your fingertips. Pretty much idiot-proof.

So I got the Face Contour pen in Medium No.1 & Fresh Glow pen in Nude Radiance No.1.

I must say after trying it out, it helps with the shading which is not overly dramatic and adds some oomph to the face shape. It doesn’t add much time to my make-up regime (usually 30min for daily make-up)

Here’s a video clip on how I used it.
And this is the look that was achieved (without any phot editing of course) after I used it:

For those of you who are newbies to shading and highlighting your face, I do highly recommend this as the formula is lightweight, easy to use and pretty much foolproof.

XOXO

Jessica T.

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It’s about 2 months and counting to my big day and I have started to become a lot more hardworking with my home facials and nightly masks. 

Who doesn’t want to look like the most radiant and beautiful bride on your special day?

I was recently introduced to and began to  use Philips Visacare – a dual action air lift & exfoliation system – twice a week. Visacare is a skin resurfacing tool that helps remove dead skin cells, clear clogged pores, leaving you with a firmer and more radiant looking skin. Ever since I started on this home tool,  I’ve been addicted! It especially helps my problem clogged chin and nose areas rid of white heads. 

If you’re a daily user of make-up and sunblock. It is very important to do a deep cleansing of your skin to prevent clogged pores which includes adding microdermabrasion to your weekly routine. 

Here’s a video about the product review and how it works on ridding your skin of unwanted dead skin cells and clogged pores:

Philips Visacare

And after using the micro-dermabrasion device, I checked out the head of the tool and gleefully saw loads of dead skin cells and even some white heads sucked out of my face! (A grossly gratifying feeling) 


It is important to immediately use a facial mask after using Visacare as your skin is fresh and raw, so it will thirstily absorb all mask serums in an instant. Also this will aid in the formation of new and healthy youthful skin. Whilst my mask is on, I will also add an extra step of using Philips Visaboost to help enhance the absorption of the benefits of the facial mask. This tool can also be used daily with your moisturizers. 


I simply love home facials and with the aid of numerous beauty tools available in the market nowadays, it makes it all the more easier. 

Ok, back to my wedding planning on my MacBook! 💕

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello everyone!

So I was recently given this slimming patch to try out on myself (who would say no to a slimming patch?! We all have our problem areas!) and was excited to see if it could help with my tummy. If you’ve been following my Instagram (@jessicatan22), you would know that I exercise shit loads to keep my weight down as I indulge in my favourite past time of eating. But no matter how much I exercise, I just can’t seem to get rid of this fatty layer over my core area. I was hoping that this patch might help!

What I love about this patch is that you are supposed to paste it over your problem area (my tummy in my case) and sleep overnight with it, as simple as that. It claims to be a quick fix to slim down without much effort needed. Originating from Korea, Body Contour’s Premier’s Instant Stemcell Slimming Patch (I will just refer it as the patch from now on as it’s quite a mouthful) active ingredients are:

  1. Collagen
  2. Aloe vera
  3. Header helix extract (anti-cellulite agent)
  4. Green tea extract (increases metabolism)
  5. Gingko extract (increases cell metabolism)
  6. Butcherbroom extract (rids water retention)
  7. Guarana extract (draining and slimming agent, fat burner and anti-cellulite)
  8. Bladder Wrack extract (increases metabolism)

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The patch comes in a rather big packet that contains the long rectangular sticker that is big enough to wrap around your entire thigh or tummy area (common problem areas). The sticky layer is made out of three layers powered by the innovative Trans-Dermal Delivery system, that releases lipo-soluble and water-soluble actives into the epidermis, targeting unhealthy fats, increases metabolism and drains away water retention whilst firming up the skin.

How to use the patch:

  1. Cleanse and dry targeted area
  2. Remove plastic lining from the patch
  3. Paste patch onto targeted area (tummy in my case as seen in the photo below) and smoothen it out
  4. Wear it for a minimum of 1 hour or sleep overnight in it

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Verdict:

Upon applying the patch, my skin felt cold and tingly from the active ingredients slowly getting absorbed into my body. It was pretty comfortable to wear and slept like a baby in it.  After sleeping overnight in it, I removed the patch and I did notice that my tummy area wasn’t as soft looking with a layer of water. I weighed myself and not a huge drop in weight (100g to be exact), and I didn’t expect a miracle of my six-pack suddenly appearing *lol*. But I guess with continuous application of once a week and proper diet and exercise, this patch will help in breaking down stubborn fats from the inside. Let me try out my second patch next week and see if my abs will slowly show! 😉

Price:

$88/piece

Promotion:

Buy 10 pieces and get 5 pieces free from Body Contour Premier

http://www.bodycontour.com.sg

 

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello Everyone!

A very Happy 2016 to all!

To be honest, I’m not a fan of painful facials where the technician man(more like woman) handles my face and forcefully squeezes out all my black/whiteheads, scrubs my skin and then masks it – that I can DIY myself at home and be more gentle to my delicate facial skin.

However, I was recommended to try the Dr. Face facial out as it uses an infrared device and all you need to do is to lie inside this “helmet-like” machine for about 30 minutes with a facial mask on and it will work miracles on your face. This latest technology is from Korea & is a USFDA approved technology using far infrared light to deeply penetrate into our skin to rejuvenate the cells.

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I’ve attached the detailed explanation of how this device works above. But what better way to gain knowledge about Dr. Face is to experience it myself.

So here I am at beauty salon, giving it s a shot!

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A pre-facial selfie to capture my skin condition before the facial.

I’ve been pretty busy with planning my own wedding since November 2015 and have not been very religious in my home facial routines. As you can tell my skin is starting to look a little dull, and dark eye rings are showing from the long hours of staring into my laptop searching for wedding ideas, dresses, decorations, hotels, venues etc. It’s a fun process but it will also take its toll on my skin conditions and increase stress levels.

First step of the facial process, like all facials, is to get your skin cleansed of all skincare products like sunblock & make-up and dirt on the face.

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Fran, who’s working on my face, gave me a nice facial massage while cleansing which I totally enjoyed. After which, she started the black/whiteheads extraction process which honestly was not pain-free. (I would skip this step if you don’t enjoy extractions)

After which she applied a Korean medical clinic brand facial cream which helps soothe the skin, prevent redness and moisturise. On top of that she added on an anti-aging facial mask which will brighten and smoothen the skin.

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Every inch of my face was covered with this facial mask serum including the delicate eye area. (facial is full face, I know of some places charging “extra” for the eye area serum)

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Now my face is prepped to enter into the Dr. Face infrared chamber. I will lie inside for 30 minutes with the facial mask on, remove the mask, and another 15 minutes to allow the remaining serum to absorb deeply into the dermis.

After a nice 45 minute afternoon nap, the facial is done. The entire process took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. This far infrared rays are meant to work on tightening the pores, firm sagging skin, whiten, smooth out wrinkles and detox the face.

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The most immediate effect that I noticed on myself was brighter skin tone, and a lifting effect.

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I guess it’s a lot more obvious on older skin. So here’s another example of Fran’s older client who tried Dr. Face. In the photo, you can see the drastic lifting and firming effect on her face. Her eye bags were obviously firmed up and skin tone more even. Even her deep wrinkles smoothened out.

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Conclusion:

Dr. Face is an effective anti-aging facial. And I believe if I constantly do this treatment religiously, my skin will look younger and more radiant after. The true effects of this facial actually showed after 2 days as the collagen levels were boosted up and new cells regenerated. Infrared technology for facial is not new in the market. But this far infrared deep penetrating rays is new for me and much more effective.

Who Offers this Facial?

This facial is currently available at a promotional trial price of HKD$880 (RRP HKD$1500/session) in Hong Kong at:

Nail & Waxing at LKF

Address: No.1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2530 2022

www.nailatlkf.hk

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello!

Hope you had a fun Christmas feasting & partying! But with all those late nights of wining & dining, you will notice fine lines and dark circles around your precious eye area. That’s why I’ve been applying REGEN Cosmetic’s Premium Gold Eye & Spot Patch to prevent those late nights from showing.

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The usage of Gold in skincare products are popular nowadays for its anti-aging properties. But Gold has already been long used by the Japanese, Romans & Egyptians for various skin treatments for its miracle effect on the skin. Cleopatra was known to use  a gold mask every night to maintain her youthful good looks! Gold has been known to stimulate the basal cells of the skin, hence reducing fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes, making one’s appearance more youthful. The ions present in gold help stimulate cells, nerves & veins in the body which improves blood circulation which in turn increases the metabolism of skin cells & expulsion of waste. It also prevents premature aging by preventing dryness in the skin. Gold is also known to reduce the production of melanin hence preventing blemishes from Sun exposure. Collagen production is also increased with the presence of Gold. To sum up, Gold is beneficial to our skin in various ways. It slows down collagen depletion, increases skin elasticity, lightens complexion and stimulates skin cells making skin firmer and younger looking.

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With REGEN Cosmetics’ Premium Gold & Spot Patch, gold is incorporated into its hydrogel patches (Hydrogel reacts to body temperature that closely adheres to the skin and helps the absorption of active ingredients) for its wonderful benefits.  It is formulated in gel like patches that is rich in moisture for easy application and maximum cohesion to deliver its essence straight into your skin.

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The tub consists of 30 pairs of eye patches and 30 pieces of spot patches. Spot patches can be used anywhere on the skin which requires treatment like between the eyebrows for frown lines, on your forehead for expression lines or as shown in my photo for laugh lines etc.

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After a 20-30 minute application of the patches, you will notice a visible reduction in volume of the patch as most of the essence has been absorbed into your skin and the fine lines are plumped up appearing less visible. Do not throw away this residual thin film. You can further melt it down with hot distilled water and use the remaining essence on the rest of your face!

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REVIEW:

After the first application I did notice an obvious decrease in fine lines under by eye. Also, the area looked brighter and dark eye rings are less obvious. I have been using this nightly for about a week, and my under eye area has visibly improved in elasticity and looks smoother and less tired. The remaining melted essence is also added onto my nightly regime under my moisturiser acting as a serum. I love it!

Where to buy:

hermo.sg is selling it at SGD$33.20 per tub (so reasonably priced!)

or you can purchase it directly from REGEN’s online website

regencos.com for KRW28,000

This is my last post for 2014, so here’s me signing off & wishing everyone a dazzling New Year!!!

XOXO

Jessica

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