Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum Review

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WHAT IS IT: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum


THE PRODUCT(S):
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This serum uses Elizabeth Arden's retinyl complex to gently retexturize skin while preparing skin to receive the benefits of your unique skin type regimen. Reveals healthy, glowing skin tone. Retinyl linoleate, a vitamin A derivative, re-texturizes skin and improves skin tone for a noticeably smoother, firmer complexion. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and brightens your skin for an all-day healthy glow. It’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores, and is great for all skin types (even sensitive skin!).


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
The color and texture is similar to the previously tested and reviewed Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15. looks thick and creamy but is lightweight through and through.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
It doesn't take much effort to apply it on although it does leave a sticky sensation that dissipates after a short while.


VERDICT: The texture and consistency is actually similar to the previously reviewed-and-tested Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 I just did. It looks thick and creamy, but surprisingly, it is a lightweight serum. All the while, most of us were thinking that skin serums are supposed to be a little opaque with shades of milkiness. So, it does come as a surprise that this Optimizing Skin Serum is not the usual color of typical skin serums. The scent is also light and mild that doesn't linger on unnecessarily too.


The difference is that, despite this product not needing too much "manhandling" to apply onto the skin, it actually does take a while to be fully absorbed into the skin. It's like, it feels pretty much the same way you would apply on skin serum(s). But the absorption rate is similar to a thick and creamy moisturizer instead, which in turn kind of make you massage your skin even more to get the product into your skin. And immediately after application, there's this sticky sensation that thankfully dissipates after a short while.


However, what I am personally thankful for is that this product actually doesn't cause my skin to breakout or react badly to it which I felt is actually a pleasant surprise. Normally, whenever I use new products on my skin especially my face, I would most definitely get a breakout in as short as a week. But I've been diligently and sparingly using my Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference samples daily and it's been close to 1.5 weeks and still no sight of a breakout. The only pimple I have now is due to lack of sleep and the occasional late night that I kept.


And as usual, I apply this before I went out for work and half a day passed and my skin doesn't look too oily at all. Just a little bit on the forehead and my nose. But if I were to compare, I would say the Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 actually does a better job in keeping my skin moisturized as compared to this Optimizing Skin Serum.


VERDICT: ✓✓


WHAT I THINK: The Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 only had me apply the most minimal touch-up half way through work, while the Optimizing Skin Serum had me ensure that I don't missed a spot when I had to re-touch my make-up. The lotion surprisingly is more better than the serum, in terms of moisturization, hydration, absorption and shiny sebum spots on my face.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I can't recall how exactly I got this sample. But I'm definitely happy and glad I got this sample as out of the 3 samples, I've already tried and tested 2 of them and I am quite happy with the results. If you are curious, just pop by any Elizabeth Arden counters and ask for the Visible Difference line/range samples to try.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 Review

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WHAT IS IT: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15


THE PRODUCT(S):
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15: Creating a Visible Difference in your skin means giving it the right amount of hydration and protection all day. This gentle, oil-free lotion helps protect skin from UVA/UVB rays while providing the right amount of hydration all day long. Our special Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Compound also works to refine, and retexturize skin.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15
It looks thick and creamy here, since it's a lotion instead of a serum.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15
Luckily, it didn't take long for the product to be massaged into the skin thoroughly.


VERDICT: This product has a very light and mild scent to it, which I actually find surprising considering that Elizabeth Arden is a expensive brand. In fact, one of the most expensive samples I've ever tried, test and review so far. I was somehow expecting a heavy lingering scent to it, so scent-wise, it didn't really disappoint at all. Texture and consistency wise, despite the appearance looking really rich, thick and creamy, the consistency itself is actually runny like liquid lotion. No matter how you look at it, lotion is better than cream in terms of "spreadabliity" on the skin surface. Upon initial application, the product feels a little sticky on my skin. But the sticky feeling went away after a while and ends up making my skin felt hydrated and supple.


As I personally have combination skin-type with the usual overly oily nose and shiny as heck forehead if I pull/comb my hair back, I find that this product is actually hydrating enough for my skin. At least an hour before I stepped out of my house this afternoon to get to work, I start by using a boosting essence on my skin. Then let it sit for 15 minutes, after which I apply this Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion Sunscreen SPF15 since the late afternoon sun is actually quite harsh for a pale skintone person like me. Plus, I just wanted to take advantage of the "SPF15" it promised. Next, I let it settle on my skin for another 15 mintues before touching up with my L'Occitane Angelica Lemon Ultra Matte Fluid and finally my new skincare BFF, LUS Aqua Source Cream from The Skin Shop to seal everything up on my skin.


As I tend to have combination/oily skin as per mentioned, I always find my skin looking like a sebum field after a half day work. Not that I didn't use a moisturizer on my skin before putting on makeup, but then, my skin is rather angsty at some point or another. Midway through work, I went to take a peek on my face and only noticed really minimal oily looking spots. Oily spots is probably the wrong term anyway, as I saw that only part of my nose and forehead look as if I forgot to apply foundation powder on my face. And all I need to do during break-time is to simply touch just a teeny weeny little bit and my face look so matte throughout the night.


Even as I reached home past midnight after working under a bright glaring spotlight at my counter, my skin still look so matte and fresh without any makeup caking nor flaking at all. I am actually impressed that this product help prevent my skin looking so oily like a field of sebum. Something that I always encounter on a daily basis at work. And all this time, I probably could have had matte-looking skin throughout an entire workday with this product as compared to other moisturizers I've tried and used in the past. The good thing is that this product doesn't overly promised, only to end up failing to deliver. Instead, it worked without having to brag too much for it's product description. Something that really amaze me.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: Finally! Matte-looking skin after a day's work, with the barest minimal touch-up during break-time. Normally, I had to apply foundation all over my face to blot out the sebum after half a day at work. But after using this, I only need to touch up a little portion of my nose and forehead. Just the most minimal touch-up with foundation, that I swear.


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I can't recall how exactly I got this sample. But I'm definitely happy and glad I got this sample as out of the 3 samples, I've already tried and tested 2 of them and I am quite happy with the results. If you are curious, just pop by any Elizabeth Arden counters and ask for the Visible Difference line/range samples to try.


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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

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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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