Friday, July 3, 2015

[Sponsored] Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel

Recently the weather is so warm that I hate to step out of the house every single time. Really every single time, especially when the sun-ray looks like it's gonna BBQ the shit out of me. Even when I want to head down to the market opposite my house, I always stare at the weather for a long time before I decide to head down to get my lunch :(.

At times like this, Sunscreen is heavily relied out, besides my UV-protection umbrella that is. I will always get sunscreen that has SPF50 with 3+, for there are days where I will be out for the whole day. And each SPF gives you about 15 min to 20 mins worth of protection from UV rays, SPF50 gives u about 12 to 16 hours of protection and +++ is the Japanese rating, which indicates how much protection you are receiving against UV rays.

But every now and then i always look out for new sunscreen to try out, hopefully there are improved products out in the market to combat UV. It is quite shocking to hear some of my friends not applying sunscreen daily when they are out. The reason they gave? "Sunscreeen very stickyyyyy, I no likeeeee" =_='''

UV rays are harmful to our skin and it expedite aging process. Some indication of UV rays damages on your skin are sun spots, wrinkles, freckles, discolouration, dryness. Worse cases of UV rays damage would be skin cancer :(.

My dad too have the same problem with applying sunscreen, and he has to work under the sun for long hours. Right now, he is working hard to make sure that his skin is protected against UV rays (of coz, with a daughter like me, who stocks up his sunscreen for him). He is facing sun spots, pre-mature skin aging, discolouration and dryness, all due to UV rays. *tsk*

New sunscreen from Bioré!
And Ta-da! Recently Bioré have come out their new and enhanced series, offering SPF50+ and 4 PA+ protection. That is the highest protection in the industry so far. Now I can rest assured that my sunscreen is able to give my skin the fullest protection of bad UV rays!

Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel is their newest addition to the sunscreen protection and I can use this for my face and body too! One bottle for all protection! Like many others, I don't really like sticky sunscreen that will leave my face and skin a little unbearable before I head out, but I will still apply a SPF50+++ sunscreen. Most sunscreen are not only sticky but thick in texture.

Easy to stuff it in my bag!
But Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel changed my perspective about sunscreen after I tried it on the first time. It is not only giving me the double protection with its enhanced SPF50+/PA++++, it is actually light and watery in texture, like the name suggested. When I applied it, I don't feel any stickiness and it is easy to apply without feeling like I'm applying a coat of honey. So i tried touching my face after applying like 1-2 mins, woohoo, I can feel that my skin is smooth, not sticky and it feels hydrated.

This is because Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel is infused with hyaluronic acid and citrus extract to keep the skin hydrate and fresh. Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel contains the breakthrough Aqua Micro Capsule, which breaks upon application on skin to release the UV protection agent while giving the skin a cool and refreshed feeling.

Me before applying sunscreen
Usually before I apply sunscreen, I will make sure that my face is clean, for I don't want to have that sticky feeling even before applying it. And I think I apply sunscreen as often that it has become part of my daily routine. It is def a MUST for such weather in Singapore ~~~ all year summerrrrrrr.
After applying 
After application of sunscreen, my face looks a little QQ (in texture) and it has brighten up in this pic (like a lightbulb) :D. Like I mentioned just now, there's not sticky feeling, no eekky feeling from the sunscreen and it is really light in texture. I won't even remember if I actually applied sunscreen that kind of feeling. Plus, my skin feels smooth after application ~~ Another bonus point is that Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel can act as my make up base, primer no moreeeeee.

Packing into my bag~~
Now I can enjoy my summer holidays without worrying about UV rays this summer with Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel packed for my trip! Disneyland, Universal Studio here I come!!! I'm well-prepared with Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel, summer won't not be so tanned anymore ~~ ♥ the wonderful sunscreen!

If you need sunscreen with BB base, better pores coverage, shine-free skin or even for heavy outdoor activities, you can check out other Bioré UV Series enhanced with PA++++.

  • Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++
  • Bioré Whitening Cream SPF50+/PA++++
  • Bioré Perfect Face Milk SPF50+/PA++++
  • Bioré Bright Face Milk SPF50+/PA++++

Now you can get Bioré UV AQUA Rich Watery Gel at all leading pharmacies, super & hyper markets, departmental stores, beauty stores and selected minimarts. It is retailing at $18.90/90ml, which I think should be able to last quite a bit. 

Just got one bottle yesterday for my dad, since he's already complaining that his sunscreen is running low :p.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

[Sponsored] Palmer's White & Even Range

New products to combat hyper-pigmentation and skin discolouration
Most girls, won't say all girls, or rather some girls, have a few common skin problems. That is one, skin discoloration and pigmentation, which is hard to get rid off, as you age. It gets worse as we age, our skin will age, sometimes even faster than us. Besides aging, some of our skin's pigmentation is not only caused by aging, but also UV exposure, which gets worse as we age. This is a serious condition as I do know there are people who walk under the hot sun without applying sunblock! This is a no-no, even with sunblock, you will need to reapply now and then as some sunblock has only + to ++.

This kind of pigmentation is known as hyper pigmentation, where skin gets discolouration and it does not just happen when you age, but it can happen to anyone. Usually people who apply sunblock will only apply the face, where the sun exposure is higher, but they tend to forget the neck, shoulder, lips and hands. There's where sun damages can be found too, besides the face.

Besides UV exposure, hyper pigmentation can also be caused by severed dryness in skin, acne scarring, hormones changes from pregnancy, birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy. So how does hyper pigmentation form?
UV rays will cause melanin to be over-produced. 
So to battle that situation we will need to reduce or remove the over-produced melanin, through topical creams.
Resolve the problem through application
Hyper pigmentation comes in many forms, some forms would be sun spots, age spots like freckles, Melasma and mask of pregnancy. To avoid that Palmer's has come out with their new range, White & Even range.

Dark Spot Corrector & CBB Cream 
This range, there are nine different products, ranging from cleanser to cbb cream for face, body milk for body, hand cream to protect your hands. All of these products contains unique skin tone correcting formula and it is formulated with an advanced blend of potent yet gentle ingredient that reduce hyper-pigmentation.

For those who have concerns with sensitive skin or too oily skin, worry not, this range is suitable for all skin types and as usual, Palmer's products are free from parabens, phthalates, sulphates, hash dyes and synthetics dyes.

White & Even: Dark Spot Corrector
For this range, I am going to focus on two of their products, White & Even Dark Spot Corrector and White & Even CBB Cream.
White & Even: CBB Cream

Both products contain contains the following to whiten and tone enhancing.

As we all know, Palmer's main ingredient for all their products is Cocoa Butter and in order to lighten age spots, besides repairing, restoring, they have added in Synovea into this range. 
Why Synovea?
With that said, this is the first time I've seen Synovea being used in dark spot correcting products and Dark Sport Corrector's main target will be to reduce dark spots, age spots, post-acne scars and sun damage.

My skin discolouration falls under he post-acne scars, which are quite visible even from far. And recently, I've gotten more break-outs around the jaw area, which are quite pretty visible and quite hard to remove.

Here is Dark Spot Corrector, to target dark spots, as the name suggested, age spots, post-acne scars (that's what I need) and also sun damage. Besides those 6 main ingredients for the range, Dark Spot Corrector also contains Songyi Mushroom, a Japanese mushroom which is known for its pigment-perfecting properties.
The packaging is compact that it is easy to bring it while I'm traveling.
After reading the instructions, it looks simple and none-skin harming. So I've decided to give it a try. For people who don't like to apply skincare that has smell may not like this product though. This actually contains fresh white lily fragrance, which will make you feel more refreshed after applying and smell nicer def (hehe).

This is my face before using Dark Spot Corrector.
Pardon for the horrible red outbreaks. :( 
As visible as my eyes, the post-acne scars are on the neck and my nose. And the uneven squinting on the right side of my face (left on the pic) is actually my birthmark.

This is after using for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, post-acne scars are less visible
Been using it daily in order to see the results and you can see that the acne scare has lighten quite a bit. My overall complexion has also lighten up. But it has not completely remove the acne scare as this product requires daily application for 4-6 weeks for the new skin cells to rise to the surface.

We have all heard about BB Cream, CC Cream but I've never heard CBB Cream before. This CBB Cream, Correcting Beauty Balm also helps in targeting discolouration and hyper-pigmentation. Not only that, it also provides natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 to protect your skin against the sun rays to prevent darkening of skin again. Like the Dark Spot Corrector, this CBB Cream also contains Fresh White Lily Fragrance.
Correcting Beauty Balm with SPF 15
This is my face before applying the CBB Cream, I was excited to try it out since it can also act as a primer for my foundation. Also, it is naturally tinted in colour to create even skin tone.
Before applying the CBB Cream 
My skintone is uneven and there are spots of post-acne and wells, dark eye circles. And the following photo is after application of CBB Cream, I wore it alone without any foundation over it.
The skintone looks more even here
After applying, my skin tone looks even and it doesn't feel sticky, unlike many other brands. Also it does lightweight coverage on my dark eye circles, as I feel it looks less visible after application. My skin feel refreshed after applying and I could just carry on with my make up the whole day with this acting as a primer. But if I am out the whole day, then I would probably apply sunblock first before using CBB Cream since it only has SPF 15 sunscreen. Which, I would say it is not enough to protect my skin the whole day.

Also, if you do not use sunscreen that is strong enough with the CBB Cream or during the period while you are using the dark spot corrector, the effects from both products won't be effective. As it carries on to over-produce melanin and even with the white & even range, it will take 4-6 weeks for it  the new cells to surface up.

And stopping the usage of white & even range will allow over-production of melanin to resume and dark spots will return. Looks like I have to be hardworking, not to skip any steps, especially the sunblock!

Both Dark Spot Corrector and CBB Cream can be found at all Watsons, Guardian, BHG, Robinsons, John Little, Essential Pharmacy, Nishino Pharmacy, all leading pharmacies, departmental and cosmetics stores. Dark Spot Corrector is priced at $29.90/30ml and CBB Cream is priced at $22.90/30ml. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

[Sponsored] Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover

There are days where I forget to stock up facial cotton pad/ tissue and I still have makeup on. I think that is the worse thing that I can ever imagine (#firstworldproblems), especially after a night long partying outside.

One other solution is to remove my makeup with just facial cleanser, but I will never give in to that solution, neither will I sleep with my makeup on. Because firstly, facial cleanser helps to clean away the dead cells and unclog pores but it does not have the ability to remove makeup, especially some makeup formulas are quite stubborn, eg. water-proof mascara. Second way is definitely a NO-NO! Sleeping with your makeup on will clog pores and attract more bacteria, which will cause more skin problems! 

Bioré has the solution, or rather, a new formula for their Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover! This makeup remover requires no facial cotton pad nor tissue, all you need is just the remover, your hands and water. For those who have tried the old formula will know how effective this is.

Bioré has continue their research to bring out a even better Makeup Remover to cater to their customers. The new improved formula, with its revolutionary jelly-like texture, comes in an even smoother, lighter consistency but with the same high cleansing ability that effortlessly dissolves and lifts off more makeup in a gentle glide.
Away with the stubborn makeup~
The new formula comes with a smoother jelly-like texture to ensure that it is gentle on the skin while removing the makeup and rinses off easily and to prevent harsh tugging or pulling action on the skin. As these actions will quicken the rate of sagging and wrinkles.

Secondly, it comes with high cleansing ability to dissolve and lift of traces of makeup effortlessly, even with water-proof mascara! Great for tired people after work, for some makeup remover requires quite a few application before makeup is thoroughly removed.

Thirdly, this formula is made with 40% moisturizing essence which nourishes and hydrates the skin even while removing the makeup to give your skin a dewy moisturized finish.

Lastly, this is the best part that I like, it doesn't leave your skin sticky or greasy after using it.

Me, before removing my makeup
This is me, before removing my makeup. I've applied MAC's water-proof mascara, eyeliners, eyeshadow, double-eyelid tap, foundation and lipstick. Gotta look pretty pretty while meeting my friends. :D 
Me, after removing my makeup. 
This is me, after removing my makeup using Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover. Pardon for the mixed eyelid picture, for I have mono eyelids.... hahaha. 

This is the easiest time that I had with removing my water-proof mascara without constant rubbing it off (I know, I'm not supposed to, but laziness has gotten over me). Also, I do not have to go back removing my foundation over and over again, because using Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, the foundation came out easily and there's no trace of foundation after that. Tried and tested on my facial cotton pad. 

Even my double-eyelid tape came off like a piece of paper, no hassle to try to tug it off my eyelid. The eyelid tape that I'm using is Koji's new double-eyelid tape, that is known for its effective stickiness. And Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is able to remove it without any tugging or rubbing. Also, my skin don't feel sticky after using (oil-based ones will), neither does it feels dry (water-based ones will), that a good sign even with light removing actions used (that is based on my own experience). Indeed a great makeup remover that I would opt to bring for my trip this time round! Lessen the load for facial cotton pad (heheeh). 

For those who has concerns if the makeup remover is suitable for your skin type, worry not. Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is suitable for all skin types :). I have combination skin if those who are interested. :p
  • Pump an appropriate amount (2-3 pumps) onto hands and spread evenly over face and eye area.
  • Massage gently to dissolve makeup. 
  • Rinse thoroughly with water. It is not necessary to remove cleansing liquid with cotton pad or tissue. 
  • For best results, apply on dry face and hands. Do not use facial cotton pad or tissue.

Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is now available at all leading supermarkets, personal care stores and western pharmacies & departmental stores. It is retailing at the price of $24.90/230ml.