Neutrogena Deep Clean Revitalising Ultra Foam Cleanser in Pink Grapefruit

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 04-10-2012

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(Goodness me! I’ve been a tardy blogger. No updates lately and even this is going to be a really brief/uninformative post.)

DC GRAPEFRUIT

I’d been eyeing this foam cleanser for some time now ever since it was launched (I think earlier this year?) because:

a) I like foam
b) I previously had good results with Neutrogena’s Deep Clean range in its original formulation
c) The bottle is pink (yeah, I’m a sucker for pink)

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that:

a) Foam is drying
b) My skin is no longer the same as it was back then
c) I’m supposed to be on a hydrating regime

So when I saw a bottle of this in Beetrice’s bathroom recently, I pounced on the opportunity to try it out.

Uh oh. Bad call.

It was nice to use and I quite liked the foam and scent but the moment I finished rinsing my face I had alarm bells ringing in my head. My skin felt very clean and very taut. I felt a bit like a dried up mummy with skin that was too tight. For a dry-skinned girl with sensitive skin to boot, that was not a good feeling to have.

I quickly topped up with my usual routine of L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-essence and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate followed with Dermalogica Barrier Repair on the spots where I knew my skin was prone to be drier.

No dice.

The next morning, my dry flaky skin was like, majorly emphasized. To add to my woe, the recent Singapore F1 Grand Prix weekend plus business related travel the following week meant that I had no time to really rectify the aggravated dry spots. Boo.

So to all you dry-skinned ladies out there, please steer clear of this foam cleanser. Oily-skinned ladies may like this foam cleanser though as it really does clean well!

Fabulous Finds August 2012 Box

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, lotions, mascara, mask, mask, serum, shampoo, skincare) by rinnah on 29-08-2012

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Remember my previous post on the launch of Fabulous Finds in Malaysia? Well, another month has rolled around (so quickly!) and it’s time to peek into the August 2012 box.

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This time around, the melon pink box was couriered to my doorstep and just in time too, arriving before the Hari Raya holidays were in full swing. As the theme of the month went, I was looking forward to saying hello to “Fabulous New Discoveries”.

Fabulous Finds August product list

Here’s a list of what you can expect inside your beauty box – I particularly like how clearly Fabulous Finds lists the usual price of each product. To borrow Domncroxd of Belle Demoiselle’s term, it’s like a menu, only in this case not of food but of beauty products.

Fabulous Finds August box

For the month of August, Fabulous Finds outdid their July box:

  • Empro Brown & Black Mascara (full sized)
  • Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream
  • Lanvin Femme Couture
  • My Beauty Diary Facial Sheet Mask (one piece)
  • Olive Hand Moisturising Cream
  • Skinz Infinite Youth Recall Serum (full sized)
  • Wella SP Repair Shampoo and Mask

Colour me impressed! That’s seven different items to test drive (eight if you count the Wella shampoo and mask separately) and two of them are full sized products. There’s also a MYR 10 cash voucher for Beaubelle products and a 50% discount voucher for a Jurlique facial treatment. When you consider the fact that subscription to Fabulous Finds is only MYR 35 a month and includes courier delivery to your doorstep, that, my lovelies, is a real bargain! :D

There were not so many well known, higher end brands in the August box as compared to the July box, but still these are brands that people should have seen before and are easily found in Malaysia. Maybe the next step might be to expose Malaysian beauty lovers to overseas niche brands? I’m looking forward to finding out in the coming months.

For more details or to subscribe for the September box, visit Fabulous Finds’ website here.

Note : The product/service in this post was provided for consideration by the brand itself or a PR firm. This does not affect my review in any way and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Filed Under (cleanser, skincare) by rinnah on 18-07-2012

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I think I’m in love with this brand. :P

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I was randomly browsing beauty blogs when I read fellow blogger Gaby’s post where she said that a combination of Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate oil and Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream worked well to help her keep her eczema under control. I am a veritable sucker for all things – whether it be products or services – that claim to help eczema sufferers and have little hesitancy to try out the next ‘miracle’ cure. So off I toddled to the Pai website and popped their sample kit for sensitive skin into my shopping cart together with a bottle of the Rosehip BioRegenerate oil.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’d have seen my tweets on how amazed I was at the quickness of Pai’s customer service in sending my products. I placed my order on a Friday afternoon and it was shipped out on the same day itself and in my hands by Tuesday morning all the way from UK! I was already impressed at the speedy delivery and I hadn’t even started using the products at that point in time.

pai skincare samples

When I opened up my package, I was absolutely delighted to find these cute wee sample tubs of Pai’s Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (2 tubs), Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator and Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Moisturizer. A perhaps irrelevant point, but I really liked how sturdy the tubs were – much better than the Daiso kits I use for travelling at the moment.

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Image credit to Pai Skincare

And after that lengthy introduction, I’m finally going to cut to the chase. I was blown away by Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser from the first use. The cleanser is soft and creamy and the texture of it seems to invisibly melt into your skin to cleanse. Naturally, no foam or bubbles or even white milky streaks on your face. Just a wonderfully soft feeling when I massage a dollop of the cream into my face. Much like the touted Eve Lom cleanser (which I have not tried before), Pai recommends using warm water and a muslin cloth (provided in the full size version of the cleanser) to gently wipe and rinse away any residue from your skin. Having no muslin cloth at hand, I used a soft face towel and that worked just fine too. Amazingly, this simple and gentle method of cleansing my face worked more wonders in removing the dry flaking skin on my face from a recent eczema flare-up than any of my other gentle exfoliation methods previously. And have I mentioned the scent? It’s soft and delicate, and made me feel like I was having a spa session in my home.

The end result was soft, soothed, non-irritated, calmer looking skin. I have not felt my skin feel this comfortable on its own for a long while now, and needless to say, I’m delighted.

I can confidently say that I vastly prefer Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser over my previous standby Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin. I was never really able to put my finger on it before, but now I can – Avene feels a bit like it sits on top of my skin because I feel there’s filmy layer is left behind whereas Pai sinks into your skin, leaving it soft and hydrated to the look and touch. This baby’s a keeper for me!

Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser retails for USD 50.00 (100ml) on their international website here.

Description : Our Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser easily removes dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. Suitable for all skin types, including allergy prone skin, the Pai cleansing system is gentle but effective. Unlike detergent or alcohol based cleansers, it won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Bursting with omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, this cleanser works to hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple.

Directions : For eyes – Pump one dose of cleansing cream on to a cotton wool pad and gently pull the pad across the eye lid to gently lift away make-up. For face – Gently massage 2-3 pumps of cleansing cream onto damp skin. Remove with a warm damp muslin cloth using a circular motion. Rinse the cloth and repeat the exercise until all the cream has been removed. Finish with a splash of cold water to the face.

And finally, a related but yet unrelated postscript : In the course of writing this blogpost, I did some Googling and lo and behold, apparently Paris B reviewed their hand cream before. (But the brand didn’t strike my fancy then. Ahahahaha.)

The ArglyDuckling

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, lip balm, lotions, mascara, mask, moisturiser, nail polish, skincare) by rinnah on 04-07-2012

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I grew up with proper, old-fashioned storybooks in my childhood days. The standards – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Three Bears, Goldilocks – you name it, I’ve probably read it. (My age is showing, isn’t it?) :P

And who could forget The Ugly Duckling? The story that promised you that one day, you would turn into a beautiful swan, loved and revered by all.

Well, some enterprising folks here in Singapore have taken the traditional fable and given it a right modern twist. Say hello to the ArglyDuckling online boutique. Where everyone (not just us girls) can look gorgeous if we want to, with just a little bit of effort and patience!

Right now, ArglyDuckling carries some niche, exclusive and hard-to-find brands in Singapore, like Blinc, Ciracle and Nature Girl to name a few. I was recently invited to a preview of some of the products and brands that they offer and I certainly was intrigued by more than a few!

argly duckling

I have plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure (together with my mini commentary/first thoughts about the brand or product) so mosey along after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Fabulous Finds – Malaysia’s first Beauty Box subscription service

Filed Under (beauty, bodycare, cleanser, cosmetics, events, lotions, moisturiser, online shopping, powders, services, skincare) by rinnah on 27-06-2012

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If you’ve ever enviously looked on while our beauty blogging sisters in UK, US, Australia and Singapore talked about the beauty box subscriptions available to them, fret no more! Starting from now, Malaysia has its first beauty box in Fabulous Finds.

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For just RM35 a month, you’ll get 4 – 5 deluxe beauty samples from high-end and niche brands in a pretty box and delivered to your doorstep via courier.

I was invited to the launch of Fabulous Finds last Saturday and had a preview of the July box. What’s in the box?

As a nail polish hoarder, my first thought on seeing the pretty melon-pink box was, ‘Yes! I can keep more polishes in that box!’ :P because that’s how I’m storing my ever-expanding collection of polishes.

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Inside the box we find:

  • Beaubelle Clarity Brightening Cleansing Exfoliator
  • Beaubelle Gorgeous Multi Defence Protection Cream
  • Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Scrub
  • Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
  • Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation
  • Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

I was quite pleased with the brands represented in the first ever Fabulous Finds box – well known brands do a lot in reassuring me and I like that they were not your average drugstore brand but yet not so high-end so as to make them inaccessbile.

The deluxe beauty samples in the box were pretty decent too, and there was one full sized product in the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy tube which if you buy retail is about RM25. Also, the Beaubelle products, Benefit’s POREfessional and Lunasol powder were travel-sized.

The subscription point of RM35 is reasonable in my opinion, and not likely to break the bank for a boxful of pretty surprises. I personally like to think of my beauty box subscriptions as little monthly presents to myself for being a good girl. *cough* :P

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But you know what really made me like Fabulous Finds? I like that the founder, Hui Ling (that’s her in the picture above), really believes in giving back to the community. Did you know that each box is packed with care by women from disadvantaged backgrounds? This gives them the opportunity to gain employment and supplement their income even though it may not be able to provide them with a full-time income.

I’m really looking forward to see how Fabulous Finds progresses with their subsequent boxes and am more than happy to support a homegrown, local business.

You can subscribe to Fabulous Finds’ July box for just RM35 before 14 July 2012 as the boxes will be mailed out by courier starting 15 July 2012. There are only 180 boxes for July so you’ll need to be quick to reserve your box! Subscribe at the Fabulous Finds website here. Only available to residents of Malaysia.

What’s inside my Bellabox June 2012

Filed Under (bodycare, fragrances, lotions, serum, skincare, toner) by rinnah on 21-06-2012

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june bellabox

I think of all the Bellaboxes I’ve received thus far, I’m liking the June Bellabox most of all. :D

Themed the Summer Upgrade box, I was extremely psyched to find out that June’s box included sample/travel sizes of the following products:

  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner
  • Ralph Lauren Romance
  • Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream
  • Biotherm Lait Corporel Body Moisturizer
  • Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal
  • Lancome Genifique Youth Activator
  • Shu Uemura Whitefficient Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil

Whew! That’s quite a bumper box of goodies! :D

So far I’ve already dug into Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and you can betcha I’ll be purchasing this once I’ve finished up my sample. I’ve already been using Ralph Lauren’s Romance perfume, so having a travel vial allows me to keep it in the office.

Do you have a Bellabox subscription already? Or does this box tempt you to sign up?

If I assembled a Beauty Box…

Filed Under (cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, nail polish, serum, skincare) by rinnah on 01-06-2012

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A group of blogger friends and I were discussing the recent beauty subscription box phenomenon in the region and we kind of got to wondering what we would put into a beauty box, if given the opportunity.

Me? I didn’t know what I wanted to put in. So I went with personal favourites or things I wanted to try.

estee lauder advanced night repair

First, let’s start with the first serum I ever tried – the revered Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Repair Complex. Briefly, this gives me rejuvenated skin every time I use it and is a regular staple in my skincare routine.

by terry eclat de rose sheer tinted moisturizer

Next, I’d put in By Terry’s Eclat De Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturiser for that natural no make-up look that every female covets. Why this brand? Because it’s rather luxe and expensive and not easily obtainable. Heh.

fresh sugar lip treatment

Next to cross my mind was Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment for soft, kissable lips. Nevermind that I’ve not yet tried this (even though I’ve picked up it up in Sephora a few times already and then put it back). A girl can’t have too many lip balms or lip treatments in her purse or drawer.

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Image credit to Paris B, who kindly allowed me to use her photo which shows off the famous ‘samurai sword’ cut.

Then I’d include Shu Uemura’s famous Hard Formula brow pencil, plus a voucher for their famous Brow Atelier service. It really is true that your brows frame your eyes and can open up your facial features if nicely shaped.

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Image credit to Temptalia

Finally, let’s add in an item that could be a hit or miss, depending on whether you like it or not. It’s a purely selfish choice, driven by my current obsession with nail polishes – Cult Nails limited edition Seduction. Because it’s pretty and eye-catching and every girl should have the opportunity to own a duochrome flakie polish.

I realize that the stuff I’ve chosen may not be liked by all but hey, everyone’s got a different idea of perfect, right? ;)

Here’s what my blogger friends would put into their beauty boxes:

What would you put into your beauty box? Do tell in the comments!

Kitoko Kalani Lingzhi Regenerate & Radiant Face Mask

Filed Under (mask, skincare) by rinnah on 25-05-2012

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A kind colleague bought this face mask for me and urged me to give it a try as she had noticed the poor condition of my skin during eczema flare-ups. I was initially hesitant to use it during the worst period of my flare-up, but once my skin had calmed down as much as I could possibly hope for, I decided to give it a go even though I was very nervous.

kitoko kalani lingzhi face mask

First off, I’ve not heard of this skincare brand before. A quick Googling told me that the brand apparently is from Japan but made in Taiwan. The packaging looked really good though, natural looking brown paper and simple pictures. Very zen-like indeed. Not like the kawaii-type packaging favored by Japanese or Korean skincare brands.

When I opened the packet, what immediately struck me was how very ‘wet’ the mask was. It was thoroughly soaked in essence and the mask also felt of a thick and good quality, especially for a throwaway mask. So far so good.

If I had a single gripe about this mask it would be the close placement of the cut-outs for the eyes, nose and mouth. Not everyone has a small face with eyes, nose and mouth closely set together. Because of the closeness, it was a stretch to get the mask placed properly and even then I didn’t feel that it fit my nose area properly (yes, I have a rather prominent nose) and I had to drag the eye area down slightly to accommodate my nose.

The mask went on smoothly enough and I loved the icy-cold feeling against my skin that I immediately got. Predictably enough, after about 2 minutes in, my sensitive skin began tingling, but only at the areas where I still had a bit of eczema flareup. The tingling sensation was only mild and I continued to enjoy the mask for about 20 mins (which was longer than the prescribed 10 – 15 mins). Even then, the mask was still wet enough for me to rub the essence all over my neck and decolletage area and even my arms.

My skin definitely looked brighter and refreshed and it had an immediate smoothing effect on pores. I still had redness on the eczema affected areas of my face, but it did look slightly calmer and better hydrated.

All in, I’m quite liking this Lingzhi face mask and would definitely repurchase in the near future.

Kitoko Kalani face masks retail for SGD 3.90 and can be purchased online at www.kitokokalani.com.

Description : Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, also known as ‘Lingzhi’. It has the most active polysaccharides among medicinal plant sources, which is crucial in the body’s ability to heal wounds and produce the ground substances of normal tissues. Lingzhi contains ergosterols, complete proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, helps to regenerate skin, leaving skin nourished & radiant. Lingzhi is a high source of polypeptides, it has the capabilities to penetrate deep into the epidermis to revitalize the skin cells, nourish the skin’s subcutaneous tissues, and promote blood circulation. Added with soothing Aloe Vera Extract, restores skin moisture and alleviates reactive skin. Helps reveal a youthful-looking, nourished, and radiant complexion.

Directions : Remove makeup and cleanse skin thoroughly, smooth mask on face, leave on for 10 to 15 mins. Remove mask and gently massage to enhance better absorption.

Ingredients : Water, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract (&) Propylene Glycol (&) Water, Glycosyl Trehalose/Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

My current skincare favorites

Filed Under (cleanser, moisturiser, serum, skincare) by rinnah on 12-04-2012

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Since I got back from my Hong Kong holidays two and a half weeks ago, I’ve been experiencing a period of relatively good skin condition. I’m not sure if it’s attributed to the slightly cooler, rainy weather we’ve been having (less inflammation) or the recent changes I’ve made to my skincare routine.

You see, I was worried that the colder weather in Hong Kong might dry out my already irritated and dehydrated skin even more, so I added a heavier moisturizer/serum combination and continued it even when I returned. So far (touch wood) my skin seems to be loving it.

My skincare routine (April 2012)

Here’s what I’ve been using in the morning and evening:

Morning
- Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
- Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Barrier Fortifier serum
- Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Creme

and

Evening
- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
- Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum

That’s it! I know, it’s an extremely simplified skincare routine, but so far my skin seems to be thriving on it.

What makes my skin happy, makes me happy. :D

For a bird’s eye view of what type of products others incorporate in their beauty routine, do check out the reader comments at Paris B’s post here.

High Tea with Bella Box

Filed Under (bodycare, branding, cosmetics, events, online shopping, skincare) by rinnah on 03-04-2012

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(I am rather late with this post cos my Hong Kong trip and work came up, but better late than never!) :P

Last month, I was lucky enough to be Beetrice’s plus one at Bella Box’s High Tea for bloggers. We had no idea what was in store for us but I can tell you now that it was fun!

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The event was held at Arteastiq Tea Lounge @ Mandarin Gallery. It was my first time there and it would be a place I’d like to revisit – it seems very popular with the hip SG crowd, judging by the stream of people that came while we were there.

arteastiq tea lounge

I have quite a number of pictures from the event after the jump so keep on reading! Read the rest of this entry »

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