Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask

Filed Under (mask, skincare) by rinnah on 18-04-2013

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Regular readers of this blog will know that I very rarely use sheet masks, or for that matter, any type of mask due to my hyper-sensitive skin. Well, I may have just found a mask that my skin likes!

Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask

This is the Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask. From the packaging, you can see that it claims to soothe skin irritation and redness, helps to reduce minor scars of troubled spots. Now I don’t have any visible scars on my face or troubled spots, but I do have skin irritation and redness.

I’ve been interested in natural skincare lately, and I was pleased to note that Leaders Insolution masks are free of parabens, mineral oils, silicon and artificial pigments. Less possibility of an allergic reaction is always a good thing in my books.

The mask is fairly saturated with essence and it feels sticky to the touch, maybe due to the active ingredient of snail secretion filtrate. I had no problem getting it to adhere to my face, but the cut-outs for the eyes, nose and mouth were slightly too close together for my face. It wasn’t a big deal, but it would have been more comfortable if they had allowed a few extra millimeters for people with *ahem* bigger faces. I don’t have a wide face, but it is rather long/oval so there was a good inch or so of my forehead that wasn’t covered by the mask. I did like that the mask was relatively transparent so you don’t end up with the scary ski mask look that some sheet masks tend to give their wearers. The quality and feel of the mask also reminded me somewhat of surgical wet dressings used in hospitals to promote healing.

I left the mask on for the duration of 20 minutes as advised. I did experience some minor tingling sensations, but as I didn’t see any allergic reaction I let it be. After you peel off the mask, you will see that a lot of essence still remains on the surface of your skin. You are advised to gently tap your face for a while to aid the absorption of the essence. I did that and found that even up to 30 minutes after taking off the mask, I could still feel a bit of the essence still on my skin.

Hydration – check. No adverse reaction – check. Comfortable skin feeling – check. I didn’t see any major improvement in redness or skin irritation, but as long as a mask doesn’t give me these two reactions I’m pretty happy with it.

I would probably repurchase this mask and maybe try out the other variants that Leaders Insolution has.

Leaders Insolution AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask retails for SGD 3.60 at Watsons Personal Care stores.

Directions : Cleanse your face and dry it, then refine your skin texture with toner. Apply the mask on your face and hold it for 15 – 20 minutes while taking a rest. Take off the mask and tap your face for a while. Leave it around 10 – 15 minutes and the essence will be fully absorbed. Recommended use of 2 – 3 times per week, 15 – 20 minutes each time. Suitable for daily use. For optimal results, please use regularly.

Ingredients : Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Betaine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Hydroxyethylacrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurae Copolymer, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Terminalia Chebula Fruit Extract, Caesalpinia Sappan Bark Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Ledum Palustre Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance

Watsons Beauty Day Out

Filed Under (branding, cosmetics, events, haircare, nutrition, skincare) by rinnah on 08-10-2012

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Hands up those of you who know the Watsons brand!

Here’s a fact you might not know about Watsons – did you know that Watsons is the largest health & beauty retailer in Asia with over 2,000 stores and 1,200 pharmacies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia?

I didn’t know that and now I do. :)

Recently, a bunch of beauty bloggers were invited to the first-ever Watsons Beauty Day Out where we were introduced to some of the brands that you can find in Watsons.

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I was a bit KO’ed that day because I’d just flown back in to Singapore from a business trip and then spent the entire day wrestling with work before heading for the event, but put a beauty blogger in a place with new brands to explore and products to play with and… I totally forgot my tiredness and even about the need to eat! LOL.

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Green With Envy

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 13-01-2012

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It seems that me and my girls have officially been bitten by the nail polish bug. Everyone’s into nails right now and we’re even spree-ing on nail polish purchases. :)

I recently picked up my first Rimmel nail polish in Green With Envy (#819), which is a shimmery green with hints of blue. It looked more blue in the bottle which prompted me to buy it, but when applied it looks very straight up green until you see it in daylight. It then turns into a beautiful shade of sea green with bluish tints. Think mermaids and wide oceans!

Rimmel Green With Envy

Here the photos are taken in daylight (no flash) with 2 coats. No base coat and no top coat. Although it applied evenly and is pretty much opaque, if you look closely you can still make out a bit of the nail bed beneath. So after I took this picture, I put a third coat that really enhanced the depth of the color but was too lazy to retake the pictures. :P

Rimmel Green With Envy

Unfortunately, I’m very hard on my nails, so by the end of the first day, I was already seeing slight signs of tip wear on my index fingers even with top coat applied.

What I love most about this polish is Rimmel’s 1 second brush. The brush is made to be flat and wider than normal brushes and it makes application simply awesome! I’m done with each nail in two strokes because of the width of the brush and I find that I don’t muck up my polish so much because I’m not going over it repeatedly.

Rimmel also dries almost instantly – they claim that your nails will be done in 60 seconds and honestly, it does work. I should know, since I went and hung out my laundry like 5 minutes after applying the second coat. :P No chipping, no scratching/hatch marks and no smudging!

In a nutshell, Rimmel is awesome and I’m definitely going to do my nails more often with polishes like this.

I have forgotten the price of this polish, but I do remember that I got it for 20% off at Watsons so wait around for sales.

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Style Aromatherapy Pro Hair Care Natural Anti-Aging Shampoo

Filed Under (haircare, shampoo) by rinnah on 19-10-2011

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I was first attracted to this shampoo because of the cute small bottle that reminded me of teeny wine bottles (but in plastic form). It claims to be Then I saw the label that says “Made in Israel” and got intrigued enough to buy it to try.

Pro HairCare Style Aromatherapy shampoo

Having used Style Aromatherapy Pro Hair Care Natural Anti-Aging Shampoo for about a month now, I think I’ve established my thoughts enough to blog about it.

First off, I like the bottle design as a change from the usual shampoo bottle. Buying the travel sized version of this shampoo also means that it fits nicely in my hand and the flip-top cover lets me use it one-handed. I’m not sure how bulky the regular sized bottles may be, seeing that they’re also flip-top caps and not pump versions.

The scent of this shampoo is also nice although I can’t describe it. It doesn’t irritate my sinuses either, so that’s a plus point in its favor. It doesn’t lather up excessively, but enough to get the job done.

Now comes the part where I’m rather on the fence with this shampoo.

I find that it does a good job of cleaning my hair when it felt greasy and not overly drying, but it also left my hair rather static. What I mean by static is when you run your fingers through your hair, it doesn’t feel smooth and your fingers seem to meet friction even though there are no tangles? While it doesn’t leave any product behind to weigh down my hair like some other shampoos I’ve used, my hair also didn’t feel as soft nor did it have shine. For a shampoo that’s supposed to be formulated for normal to dry hair, I found that it didn’t have enough moisturizing effect for me.

I figure I’ll alternate using this shampoo with my other, regular shampoos until I finish up the bottle. Waste not, want not! :P

Would I repurchase? Probably not.

Yes factors : Cleans oil and grease very well, nice fragrance
No factors : Does not provide enough moisture to hair ends, hair felt ‘static’ after use

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Ling Tung

Category : Intensive repair for normal to dry hair with Dead Sea minerals, enriched with borage seed oil and burdock extract.

Description : Style Aromatherapy Shampoo with innovative “natural anti aging” technology nourishes and moisturizers your hair while leaving it feeling light and refreshed. Enriched with borage seed oil the shampoo is a natural anti aging source for your hair and scalp. The aromatherapeutic properties of burdock extract and Dead Sea minerals impart intensive nourishment to the hair resulting in increased softness and suppleness.

Directions : Apply a generous amount of shampoo to wet hair and work into a lather. Rinse well. Repeat if necessary. Suitable for daily use.

Packaging : 100ml (comes in 400ml version as well)

Recommended retail price : SGD 2.90 for 100ml

Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula

Filed Under (bodycare, lotions) by rinnah on 17-08-2011

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In my ongoing quest for the perfect moisturizer, I picked up a travel-sized bottle of this body lotion from Watsons Singapore figuring that the handy size would make it perfect for stashing in my drawer at office.

palmer's olive butter formula
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For a product that has both the words olive and butter in its name, this body lotion is surprisingly not super oily. It makes my hands feel soft and well moisturized all over and does a stellar job of it. But that’s all the good things that I can say about this body lotion. Because other than this, I developed an intense dislike towards this product because of its scent.

By golly, is it ever so strongly scented!

Not that it’s an unpleasant scent, on the contrary it smells like olives and reminds me of The Body Shop’s olive shower gel which I loved. But whereas my nose could stand TBS’ olive scent, my sinuses decided to rebel against Palmer’s olive scent.

I’ve tried it a few times now and each time with just the teeniest smidgen for my hands and arms up to my elbows. (A smidgen = less than half a pea sized amount of the body butter.)

It’s so strongly scented it gives me an instant headache barely minutes after application. And the scent lingers. One hour later and I swear I can still smell it in the air. It bothered me so much between the scent, the headache and the sensitive sinuses that I actually went to the washroom to try and wash it off (since I’d only applied the body butter on my hands). I ran my hands under running water, rubbing and a scrubbing without soap for close to 5 minutes and I can still smell the scent on my skin! Argh! Talk about being potent.

But to give it credit where credit is due, this body lotion did not break out my sensitive skin. Just that my nose can’t stand it. I’m sorry Palmer’s, while I liked the moisturizing feel of your olive butter formula, the scent just kills me. Literally.

Yes factors : Nice and moisturizing without being oily, convenient travel sized bottle
No factors : Strongly scented, gave me a headache

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