Friday, July 25, 2014

AFC Japan Collagen Beauty Review

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WHAT IS IT: AFC Japan Collagen Beauty
AFC Japan Collagen Beauty


THE PRODUCT(S):
AFC Japan Collagen Beauty
AFC Japan Collagen Beauty: Made from small, absorbable peptides, AFC Collagen Beauty replenishes collagen to put the bounce and elasticity back in your skin. Proprietarily combined with Shark Cartilage Extract, Fish collagen Peptide and Vitamin C to ensure effective absorption and better collagen synthesis in the body, Collagen Beauty gives the body what it needs to build healthy, beautiful skin.


AFC Japan Collagen Beauty
Personally, I have this fear of swallowing round-shape tablets/caplets of any variety and type since I tend to fear choking on the little round pill itself. Surprisingly, this one was easy to swallow without making me fear the shape of it LOL And the bag the caplets comes in is a re-sealable bag, so no wastage nor spillage at all :D


VERDICT" Initially, I was hesitant about consuming collagen-related supplements as I was already using a slew of products that is right for my skin-type. Drinking my daily 8 glasses of water (at different intervals, mind you LOL), consuming my regular greens and so on and so forth. But then, those pesky acne and pimple woes keep coming and coming without end in sight. It's like I'm suddenly plague with skin issues after my school days. And I still remembered how my skin was so smooth, supple and scar-free when I was still schooling while my classmates were popping pimples on a daily basis. Probably my skin has finnaly decided to "grow up" after school, hence those acne and pimple woes ^^;


Anyway, towards Christmas last year, I was browsing around Watsons and saw these AFC Collagen Beauty pills on sale. Buy 2 big (or do you call it the regular pack) and get a smaller one for free and they even threw in a organic lip balm. It's the 2 big + 1 small pack of collagen supplement that sealed the deal, not the organic lip balm, mind you xD And I even took an entire hour inside Watsons debating whether I should or should not get it. It's on sale afterall, and I figured it's not that bad to try a collagen supplement and see if it works. If it doesn't, I could either stop or just try another brand until I find one that really works for me.


Initially when I started taking AFC Collagen Beauty, I don't recalled seeing much of a difference to my skin. Although the only difference was my mother squawking at me on how I shouldn't anyhow eat anything, I think she forgot I'm a human and not a vacuum machine sometimes (-_-)" Anyhow, after a month I started to see a slight difference to my skin tone. It feels and looks slightly better than before. Remember how I always QQ about how my pimples show up and stayed on my face like an angry red boil for almost weeks on end without ripening nor going away? It actually behave like what a normal pimple should after taking AFC Collagen Beauty.


And then I suddenly decided to try a little "experiment" on how good AFC Collagen Beauty supplement is supposed to be. For 1 month, I'll religiously nom 3 tablets before bed every night. Then for the next month, I won't eat it. Third month, I'll resume back to 3 tablets before bedtime. In those few months, I've noticed that if I do take my AFC Collagen Beauty, my skin behave better as compared to the month(s) I purposely didn't take any collagen supplements of any variety at all. Needless to say, my skin is better if I take them. But my skin especially my pimple issues gets a relapse issue if I stopped taking them.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Liquid collagen supplements that you can drink are actually more expensive, so I thought I'll get the caplets alternative as they are generally more cheaper and doesn't burn a hole in my pocket on a bi- or tri-monthly basis. And I am quite impressed what 3 small little caplets can do for my skin.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: None. I've never encountered samples from Watsons before. So, you might probably have to ask a friend, family member or acquaintance or buy it when they're having 2 for 1 discounts at Watsons.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me: Part 2 Review

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WHAT IS IT: Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me
Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me


THE PRODUCT(S):
Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me
Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me: Elastine Treatment De Perfume Pure Breeze which is including for helping your damaged hair, skin tissue, cell funtional improvement, enzyme production and also making damaged hair to shiny with intensive care.


Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me
The conditioner itself looks so thick and creamy, you might mistake it for moisturizer instead if you don't read/look properly LOL


Elastine Conditioner De Perfume Love Me
It spreads easily onto my wet hair and isn't hard to wash off. Plus, it didn't leave the oily/slick feeling on my back after rinsing it off.


VERDICT: The scent for this conditioner is exactly the same as the Shampoo version that I reviewed just yesterday. It's exactly the same top, middle and bottom notes so, there's no need to compare too much. Although I might want to add that because the shampoo and conditioner share the same top, middle and bottom scent notes, this actually ensures your hair won't smell like an over zealous mixture of so many scents at one go, which honestly, could be a turn-off for others who happened to catch a whiff of the scent off your hair.


The conditioner itself is really thick and creamy, but it's actually easy to apply onto my wet hair without too much hassle or trouble at all. It spreads around decently without too much hard work needed and when it's time to wash it off, I found that it doesn't take too many rinsing to get it out as well. Normally, conditioners that I've previously used tend to seemingly spread well. But when it's time to wash it off, I find clots of conditioner making it's way towards the drain. But not with this conditioner, it doesn't clot up at all. And it actually behaves like a shampoo does when being rinsed off, albeit less bubbles and suds though.


As of now, readers of my blog are aware of the issue everyone tend to have when using conditioner on long hair that goes past our back, reaching the top of our butt, right? Right after rinsing off the conditioner, you'll notice the back area where your hair was when you applied your hair conditioner tend to feel slick and oily, right? But this conditioner doesn't leave that overly slick and oily sensation on my back at all. Sure, it's still there, but I think it's much more better though. Because if you don't wash your back thoroughly, you'll end up getting back-acne from the product residue that clogs the pores on the your back. So far, I've not encountered any back-acne issues from using this conditioner. Yet.


Another thing I've noticed is that, this conditioner really smooths out my hair that I can practically run my fingers through my hair easily in the shower. Don't do this when your hair is dripping wet. The trick is to hold the faucet or shower-head right above your head and let the water cascade down you. As soon as your hair feels as if it's "submerged" in only water, quickly run your finger through your hair. Less hair-fall issues and also a fast and quick way to find out if the conditioner is really "working" or live up to it's hype. Just be really careful of water splashes in the bathroom (^^) Not recommended to attempt to run your fingers through your wet hair after your stepped out of the shower as your hair is still wet and may tangle easily.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: With the same conditioner in the same range/line/series, I find my hair staying soft, smooth and manageable for up to 3 days before it feels a little bit tangled at the ends. And the overall scent is just subtle without going overboard :D


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I haven't encountered sample sachets for conditioners at The Face Shop, however, you can still try your luck and ask at any The Face Shop outlets.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me: Part 1 Review

Posted by Pu Niao at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me
Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me


THE PRODUCT(S):
Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me
Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me: Elastine perfume shampoo which is including for helping your damaged hair, skin tissue, cell functional improvement, enzyme production and also making damaged hair to shiny with intensive care. It’s less scent than perfume but keeps its scent longer than perfume. As the texture of shampoo is soft, it's good enough to use all of your family.


Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me
The shampoo itself looks thick and creamy, and the color itself is reminiscent of pearlized poster color from the 90s.


Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me
Surprisingly, it suds and lathers up well and it doesn't take much trouble nor hassle to wash it off my hair thoroughly.


Elastine Shampoo De Perfume Love Me
Did I also mentioned it's a scented shampoo? Even the conditioner in the same series/line is the same exact scent. And the scent comes in top, middle and bottom notes, similar to EDT/EDP.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Peach
  • Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmin
  • Bottom Notes: White Musk, Ylang Ylang


VERDICT: This korean hair-care craze of mine started partly due to my mild-severe dandruff issues. I was browsing around The Face Shop near my neighborhood and I casually asked my usual + favorite Sales Assistant working there about shampoos that is recommended for itchy/dandruff scalp and she recommended this to me. She recommended me another one under the same range, but different scent. Anyways, she assure me that she herself used it too and not to claim that it work wonders, but it does help in terms of the scratching issue. It drastically reduce the itchiness for her. which in turn meant she needn't have to constantly scratched at her scalp too much.


Anyways, the color of this shampoo is similar to those 90s pearlized shade of poster color. If you remember gold and silver poster colors from the brand Pentel that has swirls of matte and shiny colors all in one shade, you'd probably know what I'm talking about. It's like the pearl version of Pentel bottles of poster color, albeit not, but a shampoo. Just the consistency itself is thick and creamy and it did look and feel like it wouldn't spread easily. But I was aboslutely wrong!


The shampoo's scent comes in 3 different notes, namely: top, middle and bottom. Similar to Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum. And I was assured that Elastine technology ensure that the scents are already mixed into the shampoo in the production process, not just simply poured in and mixed around just to get the scent. How they managed to get a top, middle and bottom scent all in one bottle of shampoo, I don't really know. But what I am sure is that, first whiff before using it, the scent is deliciously yummy. And after using it, it slowly dissipates and goes to the next note, which is just as heavenly. And at the end of the day, my hair still smells fresh, albeit with a little difference in the scent though, but just as good.


The shampoo itself spreads really easily and decently without much effort or hassle when applied to my wet hair. As I have long hair, I always avoid piling my hair on top of my head as this ensures that my hair will just get more tangled. No amount of conditioner and hair mask will be able to solve this problem LOL I first wet my hair, then apply a small handful of shampoo on my hands and rubbed it into a lather. Next, I smear the lathered-up shampoo onto my wet hair and next proceed to run my hand over and into my hair repeatedly to get the suds and lather it well. This method ensures your hair stays almost tangle free all the way until you stepped out of the shower.


After showering, the scent slowly fades to a subtle scent that doesn't smother, nor make you nauseous. Ever catch a whiff of your hair scent whenever a slight breeze picks up? That's how you catch the scent in your hair after using a scented shampoo. Despite Singapore's hot and humid weather and environment, the sweat doesn't mingle with the scent to produce a monstrous after-effect scent at all. On the contrary, the sweat from my scalp doesn't even affect the left-over scent on my hair after the shampoo session. At the end of a long day after work, I like that the scent still gives me a rush and a perk-up without making me feel nauseous nor sick of it.


And best part of all? I find that the itchiness on my scalp doesn't really affect me badly. It's not like it's a dandruff-based shampoo. However, I did noticed that I scratched at my scalp less and less and my scalp wasn't that itchy before prior to using this shampoo. I even tried not washing my hair entirely for 2 straight days, which meant lots and lots of scratching due to the sweat, dust and itchiness. But right immediately after using this shampoo, the itchiness went away and my scalp and hair just felt to clean and refreshed.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: If only I found this shampoo earlier, I probably would have saved tons of money on hair products that promises but didn't quite deliver. This isn't even a dandruff based shampoo but yet works like one. And the selling point is that scent, which doesn't alter drastically due to body sweat and whatnots.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I haven't encountered sample sachets for shampoos at The Face Shop, however, you can still try your luck and ask at any The Face Shop outlets.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Posted by Pu Niao at Monday, July 21, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser


THE PRODUCT(S):
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser: Cleaning combination skin is a balancing act: oilier areas need to be well-cleansed without depleting vital moisture. Our foam’s micro-beads gently cleanse and exfoliate while leaving skin with the perfect balance of hydration.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser
This product is gentle enough for my sometimes angsty skin issues, however, I think it doesn't have enough "grit" to be called an exfoliator though.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser
It suds up pretty well, even with a little and I don't find much trouble trying to wash it off my face.


VERDICT: Personally, I found that this product has this mild scent that doesn't make you nauseous nor gag a little in your throat at all. I can probably liken the scent to being "spa-like", if there ever was such a word in existence. What I like is that, the cleanser itself exfoliates gently without being too harsh on the skin, something that sensitive skin users might find pleasing to use. Although I wished it had a little more "grit" to it, expecially when using on the nose area.


The consistency and texture isn't too runny and neither is it too thick to spread. As soon as I applied it to my wet face, it starts to lathers up pretty decently and without too much effort nor hassle too. And it spreads easily all over my face too. Previous facial exfoliators I've used before tend to be a little thick and when it's time to spread the product around my face, little globs of it will travel from one point of my face to another point. All the while still staying as a small little glob of product. But not with this product at all.


As I'm somewhat a "force-ful" type of person when it comes to using exfoliating products on my skin, I sometimes tend to rub a little harder on problematic areas, such as my nose. If my nose is left untouched for at least a week, there will be a layer of dried flaky skin on my nose, which will somehow prevent products from being able to work their magic. The only way I know this layer of skin exists is when I try using a blackhead extractor and the blackheads comes out in a struggle from the pores of my nose. Hence, I tend to use a little more force on the skin on my nose for maximum effect and result(s). Which thankfully didn't make my nose look red like Rudolph the reindeer after my facial cleansing regime.


And when it's time to wash the product off my face, I also noticed that I need not have to rinse my face repeatedly to get the product off my skin at all. Unlike some previous facial exfoliators that I used before, which resulted in my excessively rubbing and washing the product off my face, this doesn't happen with this product. And after rinsing this off my face, my skin doesn't feel overly tight nor taut at all. Instead, the skin on my face actually felt softer, smoother and cleaner to the touch. Kinda hard to resist touching my face repeatedly after washing, if I may say so.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis, although I have to be a little "forceful" when it comes to exfoliating the skin on my nose. The scent is mild with a nice after-feel and my face feels so smooth, gentle and clean. I think I'm sold already~


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Kinda forgot where or how I got this sample, but then, you can try asking over any Elizabeth Arden counter if they have samples for their Visible Difference product line.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo Review

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WHAT IS IT: Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo


THE PRODUCT(S):
Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo: It's intensive formula helps relieve itchy scalp and helps prevents\ and remove dandruff flakes.


Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
Comes in a flip-top lid type, making it easier to control the amount you pour/squeeze out for each use.


Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
The shampoo itself comes in a light blue shade, is just the right runny consistency without being overly watery.


Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo
It actually suds up pretty well, although the smell is similar to floor cleaning solution and it can be really drying to the hair if used on a daily basis.


VERDICT: Back when I was still in my early 20s, I was already suffering from light dandruff issues. It wasn't so bad, but then, I would love to curb it and have it gone from my scalp. And one fine afternoon, after close to 1 hour of browsing around Guardian Pharmacy, Watsons and Unity while comparing prices, I decided to go for my first bottle of Audace Preven Anti-Dandruff Intensive Shampoo. In the end, it doesn't matter as new products must be tried and tested to see if it works and if it will benefit one in the long run. So with that in mind, I happily bought my very first bottle home and immediately tried it out.


As soon as I opened up the lid, the smell of floor cleaning solution hits me in the nose and at first thought, I might have bought a floor cleaning item by mistake. And after repeated inspecting and reading of the bottle all over, I was convinced I bought something meant for the hair, not for the floor. However, the smell did get to me somehow. I have to say, it is a really effective product. And mind you, it was my first time buying this brand and using it for the first time. So, it didn't really occur to me that I shouldn't use it on a daily basis. Maybe at most twice a week, but once a week is actually just fine.


A month down the road, I realized that while the shampoo itself was really effective, it ended up making my hair dry and brittle. And I also noticed split ends on the ends of my hair. Not that I literally checked every single strand, but the handfuls I managed to grabbed for a look (my hair during my early 20s reached all the way down past my tailbone lol) and noticed that each individual strand has split ends. Not a single strand was spared from this new "discovery".


I had no choice but to trim my long hair short to get rid of the split ends as it was literally frustrating to comb through split and tangled hair. It was only when after getting my split ends trimmed that I literally tried cutting down the usage from daily to once-a-week, while incorporating conditioner and hair masks into my hair washing regime that I noticed that my scalp is almost literally dandruff-free and without the split ends showing up.


VERDICT: ✓✓


WHAT I THINK: All in all, this is literally a product that is effective. However, the smell might put some of you off as it reminds me of floor cleaning detergent. Also, remember to invest in a good and effective hair conditioner and do weekly hair masks to avoid split ends. As this product is really too effective, I would recommend using it only once a week for best results. Daily usage will assure that your hair will be dry, brittle, have split ends and everything that you do not want to see on your crowning glory :/


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No sample to bring home and try. But for those of you who may have sensitive scalp, you might want to ask among your friends and acquaintances if they use this and ask if they can spare a little sample for you to try instead.


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