Enavose : Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage, H2Osis Black Tea Quench Mask and Cellogist Youth Guard Cream

Filed Under (mask, moisturiser, scrub, skincare) by rinnah on 15-04-2013

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I first heard about Enavose when Beetrice reviewed their H2Osis Black Tea Quench Mask last year. It sounded really interesting and went onto a long list of “Products I’d Someday Like To Try”. Lucky for me then that over the months in 2012, I’ve accumulated samples of three different Enavose products from my monthly Bellabox subscription.

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From left to right: Enavose Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage, Enavose H2Osis Black Tea Quench Mask and Enavose Cellogist Youth Guard Cream

Enavose Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage

Probiotics are microorganisms beneficial for perfect skin health. This gentle exfoliating gommage contains a balanced level of good bacteria to eliminate dead cells and comedones, unblock pores and strengthen the skin’s outermost layer to defend against aggressions and bacteria. Supported with bitter almond acid and a soothing flora blend, this renewal gel maintains the skin’s natural moisture barrier and gives new radiance and softness as tired skin is nourished.

Enavose Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage

I like this Gommage a lot! It feels gentler than scrubs and exfoliators and my skin certainly looks brighter and feels wonderfully soft after. I would definitely repurchase this once I manage to work my way through the rest of my (ever-growing) beauty products stash.

Enavose Black Tea Quench Mask

The ultimate hydration haven for thirsty and dehydrated skins, our quenching mask uses Sweet Black Tea to release a profusion of moisture and vitality that deeply replenishes skin’s moisture. It harnesses the power of skin to retain higher levels of water, leaving it feeling velvety soft, incredibly supple and invigorated. Feel the surge of immense moisture and be better equipped to defend against damaging environmental forces.

Enavose H2Osis Black Tea Quench Mask

I followed up using the Gommage with the Black Tea mask. At first I was wondering if it really did anything, because I couldn’t see it, couldn’t smell it and didn’t feel anything. But when I rinsed it off, I was blown away by the combination of the Gommage and the mask. My skin feels clear and soft and refreshed. This is a mask that my finicky, sensitive skin likes. Another definite repurchase for the future.

Enavose Cellogist Youth Guard Cream

Receive the ultimate in protection with this ultra luxurious treatment. Expertly concocted to nourish skin from deep within, the cream bolsters skin’s natural restorative mechanism and effectively fights against environmental stresses. A powerhouse antioxidant trio of Rice, Pomegranate and Resveratrol works in synergistic harmony with our exclusive technology to rejuvenate, firm, hydrate and restore collagen production.

Enavose Cellogist Youth Guard Cream

I used the Youth Guard cream after the Black Tea mask to seal in the moisture and woke up the next morning to lovely, refreshed skin. Not too oily either because I didn’t have a shiny nose. I didn’t use it for long enough to determine whether or not it really has rejuvenating qualities as claimed, but it felt really good.

All in all, I like Enavose’s products and my skin does too, so I’ll definitely be revisiting this brand in the future.

Enavose is available online at their webstore. The Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage retails for SGD 35.00 (80ml), the H2Osis Black Tea Quench mask retails for SGD 59.50 (30ml), and the Cellogist Youth Guard Cream retails for SGD 99.50 (30ml).

Vanity Trove February 2013 Box

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, haircare, lotions, mask, moisturiser, primer, serum, shampoo, skincare) by rinnah on 04-03-2013

Beauty boxes have been around for some time now, but the trend only touched our shores as recently as last year. Vanity Trove has been operating in Singapore and just started with their inaugural Malaysia box last month.

Naturally, I wanted to see what was in the box. ;)

First off, I really like the packaging – the sturdy box with a slide out drawer makes it easy for me to reuse it to house my ever growing cosmetic stash. I reckon I’m going to stack it up in multiples of three to make my own ‘chest of drawers’.

vanity trove february

Here’s what you would have gotten if you subscribed for the February box :

  • Wella SP Colour Save Shampoo and Mask
  • Oriks Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence
  • Oriks BB Cream
  • Benefit POREfessional
  • B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel
  • Di Palomo Tuscan Rose Hand & Body Lotion

Seven different products, of which 3 were handy travel sizes and the other 4 were sample sizes. I’ve always held that beauty boxes are a good way to test out which products are new to you without having to commit to a full size. This concept works for me because of my finicky skin, but it’s also a double-edged sword cos I never know if the products would be suitable for me. In any case, I do like getting a surprise every month and usually spread the product love to my family and friends. (For this month’s Vanity Trove, my mom snapped up the Di Paloma hand lotion, simply because it smelled so lovely. *wink*) As for me, I’m most interested in trying out B.liv’s blackhead sebum gel because of my unending war on blackheads – why don’t they ever go away?

If you’re interested in signing up for your own Vanity Trove, just check out their website.

VT get started card 2 R1-01

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.

Savvy Consumer Tip : Scenting Your Wardrobe

Filed Under (soap, tips and tricks) by rinnah on 21-02-2013

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I stumbled upon this tip purely by accident last month and I’m sure it’s not new to many people.

You see, I have this OCD complex about clean and fresh smelling laundry. But my wardrobe in Singapore tends to attract this musty old smell (I think it’s the humidity) during the rainy months and my nice clean clothes would need to be washed again because I’m anal like that. My first line of defence was to put in lots of dehumidifiers at every level of my wardrobe. That solved the humidity problem and the musty smell but my wardrobe still didn’t smell nice and fragrant like I wanted it to.

Enter this little saviour!

l'occitane soap bar

This is a free bar of L’Occitane soap that I brought back from Bangkok (it was part of the complimentary toiletries the hotel provided). All I did was stick it inside my wardrobe and viola! Wonderful fresh clean scent every time I open the door. I just love it when a solution is perfectly simple x easy.

Do you have a savvy tip for the home to share?

Zumba!

Filed Under (fitness) by rinnah on 11-01-2013

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Zumba!

Say what? :P

Zumba is like, the latest, newest fitness craze that’s gaining a fair bit of popularity in Singapore gyms and fitness centers. If asked to describe it, I would say it’s like a mash-up of Latin dancing and hip-hop dance moves done aerobics style.

From the official Zumba website : Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

I gave Zumba a test run of 6 classes together with Beetrice last year through a Groupon deal at Physical ABuse. It’s not too bad once you get the hang of it and if you find an instructor that you like who does choreography that you like.

Or maybe that’s just me, because I am rather picky about the classes I attend. Must have good choreography (not too repetitive and boring or aerobics like), must have awesome music I can rock out to and the instructor needs to know how to communicate with the class.

You don’t need any basics to do Zumba, just a willingness to have fun and let go. If you have a bit of Latin dance background you’ll find it easier to get the hang of Zumba. Otherwise just go with the flow. :)

I’ve resumed my broken/dropped resolution of 2012 to get fitter and started with another round of Zumba classes (organized by my company) last Tuesday.

Are you getting fit this year too? Do tell in the comments.

Cirque Fascination Street

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 17-12-2012

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Cirque polishes are possibly THE indie polish brand of the year for me. I love the packaging – the squarish bottle with solid heft and the elegant black sticker that makes it look and feel like a luxe brand. I love the selection and range of the colours – whether glitter, duochrome, shimmer or holo. (Although I have to admit that I only bought the holos thus far…)

I bought Fascination Street way back in June when Cirque first launched their Dark Horse collection and then forgot about it as other newer polishes clamoured for my immediate attention. It only came to light over the weekend when I was considering which untried polish I should bring for my mani/pedi session with Beetrice.

Cirque Fascination Street 01

Cirque describes Fascination Street as “a vibrant indigo polish with a rainbow holographic finish”. Pictured below with one coat OPI base coat, two coats of Fascination Street and topped off with one coat Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

Pretty or not? I was embarassingly caught out by Beetrice making kissy noises when I finally had Fascination Street in full beauty on my nails. :P

Fascination Street dries down a bit dull and only truly comes to glossy life with a top coat. Both Beetrice and the manicurist commented that it had a slightly matte-ish finish before the top coat was applied. Wear time is outstanding so far – it’s now day 3 and where I would usually be seeing signs of tip wear, Fascination Street is still going strong.

Here’s another shot (slightly blurred) to show you the linear holographic finish in daylight.

Cirque Fascination Street 02

For prettier swatches of Fascination Street, do check out this blogpost on The Swatchaholic.

Cirque Fascination Street retails for USD 15 on the Cirque website (ships worldwide except Brazil and Italy) or SGD 20 from Mei Mei’s Signatures (ships worldwide except Italy).

Skin woes

Filed Under (discussion, skincare) by rinnah on 06-12-2012

If you’ve noticed that I haven’t been blogging much of late, it’s down to two things.

The first is that my work picked up pace in the later half of this year, resulting in a fair number of work trips overseas. More work and days away from the country resulted in less time to blog and being too tired for inspiration.

The second is partly as a result of the first and the topic of today’s blog.

My skin woes.

If you have read my blog long enough, you’d know that I have extremely sensitive skin and suffer all too frequent eczema and allergy attacks. Here’s a vivid visual depiction of how I look right after a flare-up.

Dry skin

Think it looks bad? That was the aftermath. You should see me in the midst of a full-blown flare-up when my eyes can be swollen nearly shut.

As it is my skin is already none too stable, and the recent travelling that I’ve been doing has been aggravating the situation. Lack of proper rest, dehydration and stress are a wicked, wicked combination.

I’ve been trying to get my life back on an even keel but there’s just too many things and factors against it right now. Short of me quitting my job and society at large, I don’t know how else to make it all right again.

So yes, that explains the dearth of blogposts and reviews from me and hopefully things get better in 2013.

How’s your 2013 shaping up like?

What I bought from Macau

Filed Under (cleanser, cosmetics, lip balm, moisturiser, serum, skincare, toner) by rinnah on 16-11-2012

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Happy Friday all! :D

It’s been a rather packed November for me so far and there’s still more to come as November ain’t finished yet!

I started the month off with a company trip to Macau and took some time off the following week to return to Malaysia over the Diwali public holiday. All that travelling meant that I didn’t spend more than 5 days in any one country over the past 2 weeks and yes, my skin did act up a bit. :( Hopefully with a little bit of downtime in the next week or so I’ll be refreshed and ready for my next travelling stint!

While I was in Macau for a whirlwind 3 days at the beginning of the month, I managed to squeeze in a fair bit of shopping even though I visited only 2 shopping spots – the Sasa in the Venetian Macau and a small Bonjour at Senado Square (I saw a second, larger Bonjour also at Senado Square but ran out of time!).

Dior Macau haul

First up is my Dior haul – I’m very into the Capture Totale range right now after incorporating the One Essential super serum into my night routine. What better time to stock up on mini sample/travel sizes of the Capture Totale range than when you’re at a Bonjour store? Heheheh.

Ever since I returned from Macau, I switched over to using the Capture Totale range exclusively together with L’Oreal’s Youth Code range and so far, my skin’s loving it! (My purse may not love it so much though…) Now if only I could score a sample of the One Essential mask somewhere… :P

Sasa Macau haul

This is the rest of the stuff I managed to get my hands on – the Shu Uemura eyelash curler also came from Bonjour, the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminize from Nuance-Watson (because it’s not available in Singapore or Malaysia), Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin (I blame this impulse purchase on Paris B’s review – on hindsight I should have just gotten it from Lush Singapore), Revlon Just Bitten lip balm stains (this one I blame on Kahani’s review – I picked up four more for Toughcookee by proxy! #evurl shopping FTW! and cleared the racks at Sasa) and a Clarins gommage that intrigued me.

I should be all shopped out for November but… my company is sending me to Hong Kong for a seminar at the end of the month, which means MORE SHOPPING! :P

I promise I’ll be good for the rest of the year after this month (only one more month left in the year anyway). Heh.

My first Longchamp bag

Filed Under (bags, retail shopping) by rinnah on 02-11-2012

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I finally bit the bullet and hopped onto the Longchamp bandwagon last month.

Yes ladies, after at least 2 years of saying I didn’t want to be like everyone else… I have finally been suckered into buying a Longchamp.

Thankfully, it’s not a colorful Le Pliage, but a solid colored Planetes in black, medium sized (or small as it’s sometimes known. Confusing really) with long handles.

Longchamp Planetes black medium

To be sure, it’s not the perfect bag. Far from it! But it has its pros and cons.

It’s the right size – not too big and not too small. It fits everything I need inside there with plenty of room left over. Unfortunately, the design of the bag also means I sometimes end up scrabbling around the bottom of the bag searching for some tiny item that has made its way to the very depths of said bag. The zip and the flap sometimes gets in my way and I find it a wee bit unwieldy to zip the bag open/close. But I love the long handles that allow me to easily sling the bag on my shoulder with a one-handed movement (so necessary when juggling shopping and keys and whatnot).

I like that it’s black in color – hides all the stains, ya know? And I prefer the streamlined single color look of the Planetes line. Personally I find that the Planetes appears to keep its shape slightly better than the Le Pliage due to the material used.

Naturally, my next step up the Longchamp ladder would be the Veau Foulonne, yes? :P Although I’m also toying with the idea of getting a Le Pliage to bash around on weekends…

My First Haul from Boots Pharmacy Thailand

Filed Under (moisturiser, retail shopping, serum, skincare, tips and tricks, travel) by rinnah on 23-10-2012

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So I made my maiden trip to Bangkok, Thailand on a work-related visit last week. Even though my trip was for work, I still managed to squeeze in some time to check out the pharmacy wonderland that is Boots Pharmacy, or Boots Retail Shop as they are known.

Boots Retail Shop

Boots is very much like your local drugstore Guardian or Watsons with a slight difference. The majority of products at Boots are mostly housebrands, under a variety of lines and brand names. Having never had access to Boots before, it was like stepping into a whole new world for me. I tweeted that I wanted to buy the entire store but lack of time and luggage space was a very big factor that stopped me from doing so. Anyway, I had to buy something from Boots just to say I’d been there. :P

Boots Thailand mini haul

I think I was a good girl and valiantly restricted myself to just the 3 items of skincare you see above. I’m still on my hydrating craze, so I picked up three different moisturizers from three different ranges.

  • Boots Simply Sensitive Anti-Redness Serum
  • Boots Fragrance Free Moisturising Cream
  • Boots Sakura Blossom & Lemon Whitening Day Moisturiser (I was suckered into buying this because it smelled so good)

It’s been a week since I came back from my trip and I’ve already started on the Simply Sensitive Anti-Redness Serum and I’m loving it! Time to stock up on another tube (or two?) when I have to head back to Thailand next month. :D

Quickie shopping tip : If you’re going to be buying Boots stuff in Thailand, unless absolutely necessary, buy from the stores in the city outside the airport. Strangely enough, the Boots Retail Shop in the duty-free area at the airport sells their products for between 10 – 50 baht more compared to the city area.

Reviews will hopefully follow shortly!

The Great Closet Clean-up

Filed Under (fashion) by rinnah on 22-10-2012

I threw all of my clothes out last night. (*)

Yes, all of them.

(*) Into plastic storage boxes.

You might be wondering if I’ve gone off my rocker. No, I’m still perfectly sane, but I just got really tired of looking at my overstuffed closet. How is it that I came to Singapore with just a cabin-sized luggage of clothes that has miraculously multiplied by 3 – 4 times in just slightly over a year and a half? (Don’t get me started on the number of beauty products I’m currently hoarding.)

So anyway, in a bid to regain control over my wardrobe, I expelled all of my clothes – away into the banished lands of the plastic storage box and only to return with a royal pardon (i.e. when I really have nothing else fit to wear).

Empty hangers in wardrobe
Some very lonely hangers with no clothes for company

Seriously. This morning, the only items of clothes left hanging in my wardrobe were what I planned to wear to work today.

I’m no certified fashionista, but even I am getting tired of how I dress and look. Some days (ok, most days!) I feel that my outfit just screams ‘headed for auntie-dom’ or ‘I really couldn’t be bothered this morning’. Hopefully, now that I’ve given myself a clean slate to work with, my fashion tastes will also be refreshed.

I won’t be posting OOTDs (outfit of the day) because I’m just not comfortable with taking pictures of myself. I always feel that one looks weird in photographs of oneself.

Do share if, like me, you also have a problem with ‘too many clothes but nothing to wear end up re-wearing old outfits’ or ‘stuck in a rut dunno how to change fashion style’.

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