REVEAL: October 2014 Bellabox – Bday Blowout !


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does anyone feel as happy as I do whenever it’s the week of Bellabox deliveries? :D I do! :D

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Looking for a high quality sunscreen that doesn’t make your face white and even has skincare benefits included? Yup, this sunscreen from Spectraban does it really well! I use this mainly on my legs because they’re the most tanned part of my body and I’m trying my best to reduce sun damage on them. This sunscreen is not sticky at all and doesn’t leave an annoying residue that clings onto every inch of dust or fabric. I like it!

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Physiogel has been a favourite in my household for years. I always switch to their products whenever I get a rash from being in contact from detergents.

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Ooh, Skinbiotics? I was delighted to see their samples in the Bellabox as I’ve heard quite a bit about their skin supplement pills. Fancl ones were my favourite but ever since they withdrew from the market (I was heartbroken then :( ) , I haven’t found any skincare supplement that could match the effectiveness of theirs. I’m excited to give these a try!

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The Creme Universelle was a stand-out for me as it’s moisturising yet lightweight on the skin. I use it mainly for my hands, which are in dire need of some TLC. I wasn’t too impressed with the other two samples but hey, that’s the beauty of product sampling – give all products a shot and find out what you like, and don’t like! :) Then purchase your favourites from the Bellabox Store or retail stores as mentioned in the product card included in the box :)

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I’d reviewed these babies here sometime last year! Check this link to find out more :) http://yvettia.com/2013/05/23/garnier-sakura-white-skincare-range-review/

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To be entirely honest, I don’t know why Benefit’s They’re Real push-up liner just doesn’t work for me. My friends have had incredible results from using that product but on my lids, they just didn’t make the cut. As for Benefit’s stay don’t stray primer, it’s slowly growing on me, especially since I’ve been noticing the increased longevity of my concealer around my eyes. We’ll see :)

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A shoutout to Bellabox SG – Happy Birthday! :D It’s been a delightful journey watching this amazing company grow, dedicating itself to offering quality sample products to all subscribers. Sure, there might be some hits and misses for everyone due to different preferences, but overall, I must say that Bellabox here in Singapore is doing quite a good job! The quality packaging of the boxes have been wonderful and so have the samples given. I do have my favourite boxes but regardless of the contents, I always enjoy looking forward to mid month Bellabox deliveries! Ah, the joys of being a girl ^^

If you haven’t subscribed or would like to give Bellabox a shot, find out more here - http://bellabox.sg/box-membership.html

Stay beautiful!~

xoxo,

Yvette

Quality Natural Korean Skincare ISOI Review!


NATURAL KOREAN SKINCARE BRAND, ISOI, LAUNCHES IN SINGAPORE

The high quality natural Korean skincare brand, isoi, finally reaches shelves in Singapore and is available exclusively from specialist organic retailer, bud Cosmetics. Known for its efficacy without the use of harmful chemicals, isoi provides sophisticated customers with skincare solutions that are carefully formulated to benefit the skin with the use of the best natural herbal ingredients and the highly-precious prime grade Bulgarian Rose Oil.

Formulated based on 40 years of expertise in natural cosmetics, isoi, which stands for “I am SO Intelligent”, the natural Korean skincare brand targets the intelligent consumer who know what is great for her skin and opts to purchase skincare that will be effective for her based on ingredients, and not simply on advertising and branding of luxury cosmetics.

All isoi products are formulated on four principles to bring true change to skin:

  • 0% harmful chemical ingredients
  • Priority on quality ingredients over packaging
  • Minimising skin irritation through the use of natural ingredients
  • Self-recovery abilities and improvement through effective natural ingredientsPRIME GRADE BULGARIAN ROSE OIL

    All isoi products contain prime grade Bulgarian Rose Oil which is chosen for its high levels of vitamin A and C (17 times more than lemons and 20 times more than tomatoes), great penetration ability, excellent skin softening function, and for its ability to protect the skin, delay skin ageing and boost skin vitality. Bulgarian Rose Oil is also suitable for all skin types – even troubled and sensitive skin! Not all Bulgarian Rose Oil are created equal and isoi promises only prime grade Bulgarian Rose Oil – just 1ml of prime grade Bulgarian Rose Oil is extracted from 3,000 roses.

    REPLACE HARMFUL CHEMICALS WITH EFFECTIVE NATURAL INGREDIENTS

    isoi strongly believes that harmful chemicals can be replaced by luxurious natural ingredients and still retain their effectiveness. Controversial harmful chemicals such as chemical surfactants (SLS, SLES) that are carcinogens and may disrupt skin are replaced with natural alternatives like coco-glucosamine which are considered safe to apply on skin.

Similarly, chemical preservatives like parabens and phenoxyethanol, which may cause allergies and breast cancer, are substituted with patented natural preservatives, such as scutellaria baicalensis extract which allows skincare products to have a shelf life of up to two years and a half years before opening.

isoi is exclusively available at bud Cosmetics and prices range from $59.00 to $118.00.

Check out this link for their retail store outlets : http://www.budcosmetics.com/budstore.php

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Got involved in a flower arrangement activity at the ISOI beauty event! ^^

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INTENSIVE SUGAR SCRUB
(50ml – $62)
■ Mild exfoliator, dead skin removal
Smaller sized sugar crystals than other sugar scrubs gently remove dead skin cells and sebum.

■ Improved skin elasticity
It adds elasticity to the lip line that wrinkles easily.

■ No harmful chemical ingredients added, Lip & Face Sugar Scrub.
Natural ingredients are not harmful even when they are ingested. Bulgarian rose essential oil, called the rose of roses, provides skin hydration, shine and regeneration.

Usage
After wetting your face with warm water, apply pea- sized amount of the sugar scrub over the palm of hand to make lather. Gently massage your face and lips and rinse off.

My Review

I got a sample size of this sugar scrub and honestly thought that it’ll be somewhat similar to many of the sugar scrubs that I’ve tried before. I’ve tried over 20 sugar scrubs in my journey of discovery quality skincare products (yes, I’m a hardcore skincare junkie, great skin starts with skincare!) and this easily comes up as my Top 3 favourites. Its consistency is gooey like honey (and tastes sweet!) and the sugar bits fine like little refined bits of icing sugar. My skin usually flushes red after a scrub since I’ve got sensitive skin, but with this scrub, it left my skin feeling very smooth after exfoliation and supple to the touch. It’s thorough exfoliation with quality natural ingredients that your skin will thank you for. Though on the pricer side, the ISOI range of products have impressed me and you’ll see why in the next few reviews :)

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PORE TIGHTENING FRESH JEL CREAM
(50ml – $99)
■ Moisturises skin while controlling excessive sebum
As a fresh jelly-type moisturizing cream, it is great for oily/complex skin or summer time since it controls excessive sebum and supplies abundant moisture, you can have moist skin without oiliness. It is a fresh moisturizing cream without any oiliness.

Usage
After using a tonic and a lotion, apply 1g of the cream evenly to the skin. Gently massage until absorbed.

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My Review

Alright, to be honest, my jaw did kinda drop when I saw the price tag. $99 for a gel moisturiser? However, you only need a small 5cent dollop for the whole face! This tub will take you at least 2 months to finish using :) I have large pores on my nose and cheeks, and honestly, as a beauty blogger here, I do get quite self-conscious of the condition of my skin. After about 2 weeks of testing, I’m very happy to say that my skin’s been looking so good these days that I rarely even use foundation. At the most, just a layer of tinted sunblock and simple eye and cheek makeup to enhance my complexion, like what you see in the photo down below. I will definitely be repurchasing this gel moisturiser because it’s helped to keep my breakouts at bay during this whole entire month of hectic working and blogging schedules.

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BULGARIAN ROSE BLEMISH CARE SERUM
(35ml – $92)
■ Improvement of uneven skin tone, blemishes and pigmentation (Whitening Function)
While it fills sunken area with moisture, Arbutin and natural vitamins from Bulgarian rose oil, as whitening agents, even out and clear up red skin tone.

■ Quick and gentle soothing serum (Anti-trouble Care)
Natural anti-trouble ingredients including Centella Asiatica prevent clogged pores and quickly calm sensitive skin

■ Continuous supply of moisture (24 hour-lasting skin hydration)
Delivers deep into the skin the natural hydrating ingredients as well as the high quality rose oil in order to provide continuous hydration for 24 hours. increases the skin’s own regenerative power by strengthening the skin’s own protective barrier

*** improve acne-prone skin and remove sunken scars as well as black traces on the skin

Usage
After using a tonic, apply 1-2 pumps evenly to the skin and gently pat onto the face until absorbed.

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 My Review

This product has become my ALL-TIME skincare favourite. It’s lightened my acne pigmentation so quickly yet gently and has also alleviated the redness around my nose and forehead. The drawback of having fair skin – any redness or skin discolouration shows up very vividly. Here’s my skin after 2 weeks of using the products as mentioned in this post :) Same as per mentioned, just sunblock, concealer for my eyes and just simple makeup all about the cheeks and eyes. I’d have to fork out a quite a sum to re-purchase these products once I’m done but the benefits far outweigh the cost. After all, having healthy skin means wearing less makeup! I rarely buy foundations nowadays since my skin’s been behaving. Instead, I’ve been spending on quality natural skincare that’s been well-researched on and meticulously developed for sensitive skin types like mine. Together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, such quality natural skincare will aid your skin to be at its best state possible. :)

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I hope you’ll pop by bud cosmetics retail stores to check out ISOI products! They are my holy grail picks for natural skincare and I’m an avid fan now! :)

Hope the reviews have helped you!

xoxo,

Yvette

REVIEW: Vitamagra Protein Powder!


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Vitamagra Protein Powder has been a favourite addition to my daily diet as it has so many benefits all packed in just a serving (2 tablespoons)!

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At just 80 kcal per serving, you’ll be getting a healthy dose of over 30 essential vitamins and minerals for optimal body function as well as prebiotic and probiotic actives to boost intestinal health (healthy detox there!) :)

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Basil seeds are added to the mixture too! I haven’t seen any protein powder in the market with such an addition to their protein mix! Basil seeds are beneficial in the following ways:

 

  • Basil contains many polyphenolic flavonoids especially Orientin and Vicenin. These provide the antioxidant benefits.
  • Basil leaves are rich in many essential oils like eugenol, citronellol, linalool, limonene, citral and terpineol. These provide antibacterial and anti inflammatory benefits.
  • Low in calories and free of cholesterol.
  • High levels of beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
  • Contains good amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium, and vitamins C and folates.
  • Excellent source of iron at 40 percent RDA per 100 grams.

Credits – Read more at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/basil-seeds-not-just-for-growing-recipes.html#ixzz3FTdOQLP

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I love the fact that there’s soy in the mixture and not just whey protein. As a female, I do take a moderate dose of soy products per day for skincare benefits and have seen results over the years. I really can’t say enough good things about this product as I really have nothing much to say about the negative aspects of this product. Perhaps soy in this mixture will be a concern for males? Yet again, Shirowa’s main target group for this product are active female adults who are health conscious and educated about the various aspects of their nutritional health. So with that in mind, in terms of product development, I’d say that they’ve done a good job. Low calorie per serving, highly dense in nutrients and easy to consume! This powder can be sprinkled on salads, mixed in smoothies of all sorts, put in high protein granola recipes in place of flour, mixed into morning coffee or tea drinks, and even soy milk! My favourites are as shown below:

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Spinach and banana smoothie! I have this as my post workout snack, before having a heavier meal 2 hours later. The Vitamagra Protein Powder mixes really well with smoothies and adds a smooth soy taste to the drink. Adding it to cold soy milk is one of my favourite ways to consume it too, however, more stirring is needed since the drink is cold.

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My high protein granola bars using Vitamagra Protein Powder ! I used this protein powder in place of flour to lower the carbs count per serving. The end product was both tasty and nutritional. I added a couple of dark chocolate bits to curb my crazy sweet treat cravings too. See, eating healthy can be fun and enjoyable too! :)

Visit VMG Nutrition Facebook for more updates on promotions and new products!

Vitamagra Protein Powder – they’re having a 15% discount now! Also, free delivery with purchases over S$30!

I’ve been enjoying my share of the Vitamagra Protein Powder and it’s been my top pick among the bottles and bottles of protein powders that I own at home. The only qualm I have about this product is that it doesn’t come with a serving spoon, so let’s be environmentally friendly and use our own table spoons ya? :) Other than that, I’m so glad that the experts of Shirowa came up with such an outstanding product in terms of nutritional value per calorie count and affordability :)

xoxo,

Yvette

 

REVIEW: Hello Beauty Products – Hello Beauty Bust Lifting Essence, Hello Beauty Leg Contouring Essence & Hello Beauty 4 IN 1 Sea Salt Body Contouring Scrub !


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Hello Beauty Bust Lifting Essence (30ml)

Today, I’m gonna share with all of you about some of my favourite products from Hello Beauty :) I wanted to review these products as I’ve seen great results from other bloggers who have used these and was intrigued to try them! So first off, here’s the Bust Lifting Essence by Hello Beauty!

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I wanted to review this product as I had once used a very effective lifting essence with the Pueraria mirifica root extract as one of its active ingredient before. As it’s formulated in Japan, it’s a very pricey item so I didn’t purchase the full sized then. This one, however, doesn’t break the bank and as a very similar ingredient list as well! Best of both worlds!

 

 

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Well, which girl doesn’t want to have supple and firm skin from head to toe? :) In my years of beauty blogging, I’ve noticed that ladies tend to forget about their “sisters” when it comes to skincare for that delicate area. I’ve invested in quality skincare in this aspect and have found it to be especially helpful in phases of weight loss. Skin tends to loose its elasticity with weight loss and even on a day-to-day basis due to ageing. The Hello Beauty Bust Lifting Essence (30ml) is priced at a wallet-friendly price yet has the benefits and ingredients of top notch bust lifting products that I have tried over the last 3 years. It is a smooth gel that is lightweight and non-sticky after application. One of the best that I’ve tried so far :)

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Hello Beauty Leg Contouring Essence (150ml)

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great mix of ingredients! I’ve spent $80 on a very similar product before (it’s a french drugstore brand) and honestly, this works so much better than the one I had back then. At a fraction of the price too!

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Hello Beauty 4 IN 1 Sea Salt Body Contouring Scrub (250ml)

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RIGHT: 3 days of daily usage of Hello Beauty 4 IN 1 Sea Salt Body Contouring Scrub (250ml) and Hello Beauty Leg Contouring Essence (150ml)

LEFT: Control test, nothing used on it for 3 days

Verdict: The first thing that I noticed about my right calf was the firmness of the skin. The left calf, as you can already tell, seems more bloated then the one on the right. The in-shower experience with the Hello Beauty 4 IN 1 Sea Salt Body Contouring Scrub (250ml) was amazing. The combination of the fine salt bits coupled with the cooling sensation of the gel mixture made me feel very relaxed and of course, as with many quality salt body scrubs, my skin felt baby smooth. This body scrub isn’t as abrasive as the highly raved ones from The Body Shop, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin and it doesn’t sting my skin at all even when I had a bout of sun burn issues on my legs. Exfoliating the skin is key for baby smooth skin! The Hello Beauty Leg Contouring Essence (150ml) was impressive too. The thick gel formula seeps quickly into the skin and leaves a cooling sensation to cool and relax the muscles and skin. It’s perfect for those hot and humid nights here in Singapore and it’s gradually becoming my go-to before important events or whenever I’m wearing a short dress. It does do what it claims to do, as I have consistently seen results with regular use. All these products are beauty maintenance items which require regular use for maximum results. Ladies who’re on a weight loss plan will find these products useful as they are gentle on the skin yet are able to deliver firming and slimming results :)

 

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Exclusive discount code for all my readers! Head over to Hello Beauty Online Store and key in “Y1410AY” at the shopping cart page to enjoy 10% off your purchases! :)

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Items mentioned in this post are as follows:

Hello Beauty 4 IN 1 Sea Salt Body Contouring Scrub (250ml)

Hello Beauty Leg Contouring Essence (150ml)

Hello Beauty Bust Lifting Essence (30ml)

There’re many informative visuals and before-after photos on the product webpages, so do check them out! :)

xoxo,

Yvette

Sasa Scents in the City Event!


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The wonderful organisers of the Sasa Scents in the City Event brought us bloggers to IFF to explore more about the use of fragrances and its development stages in various products such as hand soap, bar soap, body wash and even clothing softeners! It’s such an interesting time there understanding the different stages of consumer testing that goes on behind the scenes, far before a product can even be approved to be launched!

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We even got to make our very own fragrance there! It’s a fun-filled activity where we could put our creativity into use!

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I met QiuQiu there too! Was so starstruck that she was in my team!^^ She’s so sweet and down-to-earth :) I’ve watched many episodes of Budget Barbie and read many posts on her blog prior to meeting her as she’s one of my favourite bloggers :) I really like her sense of humour! Qiu Qiu is one of Sasa’s handpicked bloggers to front this fragrance campaign. Other influential bloggers who will be doing so too include Melissa Celestine Koh, Yina Goh and Yutaki! :)

You can look out for them at Jurong Point Sasa Store and Wisma Atria Sasa Store for a photo with them and hashtag #scentsinthecity #scentssingapore on your FB or IG to redeem a free fragrance vial!

For more details, visit http://www.facebook.com/SGSaSa :)

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Scents in the City event will showcase a wide spectrum of authentic fragrances, all available at Sasa stores from 3 October to 16 November 2014. The aim of the campaign desires to foster a relationship with individuals to develop understanding on how to select the quintessential scent that best represents one’s identity for different occasions.

Shoppers enjoy 20% off 23 participating fragrance brands, and 10% off the other brands in stores. 

SASA VIPs or Citibank cardholders can enjoy additional 5% discount on storewide fragrances.

Other than the exclusive premiums from the respective participating fragrance brands, shoppers will receive a $10 Voucher* with nett purchase of $100 worth of fragrances.

*Valid for next storewide purchase of $50. Terms and conditions apply.

Major fragrance dealers such as Coty Prestige, Estee Lauder Companies, ITF S.p.A, Kenzo, Marina de Bourbon, Mouboussin, Mercedes-Benz, P&G Prestige and TOUS are participating in this exciting event :)

Here, I have the Anna EDP by Blumarine. It retails a $59 for 30ml with 2 free miniatures when bought at the event :) It smells floral with a tinge bit of freshness at the heart note. Being an EDP, it lasts for around 4-6 hours depending on where I am. The warmer the climate, the warmer our bodies get, and with the increased body temperature, the wear of a perfume will decrease :) That’s what I was taught while at the IFF workshop! :)

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This fragrance bottle is pretty cool, I must say! The top pink petals of the cap are scented with the fragrance and it really is addicting to keep smelling it before opening the bottle for a spritz! It matches my all-pink room and definitely is a pretty eye candy on my vanity table top! If you’re a girly girl who loves bubble gum pink and all things sweet, do check this fragrance out at the event! ^^

xoxo,

Yvette