Friday, October 10, 2014

SaSa Fragrance Fair: Scents In The City

My obsession with fragrances only started very recently, I'd say.. It's been perhaps only the past few years that I really started taking an interest in perfumes. Like I've mentioned several times before, I've never used to be a fan of perfumes and fragrances. These days though, it's a different story, thanks to all the opportunities to explore so many different scents!

I've come to find out what I really like, and when I got older and got enticed into the glamorous grown-up world of beauty and cosmetics, fragrances became something I've learned to appreciate more and more. Now, spritzing my favourite scent has become a ritual that completes my beauty routine! 

Your chosen fragrance/scent says so much about yourself, and even though it's something that can't be seen or touched, the scent that you use is something that will resonate with others as part of your identity and personality. That's how impactful a fragrance can be!

Since I started using perfumes, I've been voraciously collecting the most beautiful fragrances, and I'm really proud to share that a huge part of my fragrance collection comes from SaSa, which I'm sure all you beauty insiders are well-acquainted with! 

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Marc Jacobs, Prada (this fragrance is no longer available at SaSa), Valentino and Trussardi, just a few of the authentic brands I own and that SaSa carries.
 As if you needed any introduction, SaSa is one of the leading cosmetics retailing groups in Asia and is known as the one-step cosmetic specialty store, providing customers with the widest range of high quality products at the most competitive value. There are more than 600 brands available at SaSa!

SaSa is also an authentic fragrance retailer carrying a wide spectrum of popular brands such as Anna Sui, DKNY, Boss, Kenzo, Gucci, Prada as well as exclusive brands such as Blumarine, Marina De Bourbon, Dsquared² and TOUS. Walking into a SaSa store is a dream for any fragrance-lover.

I've got exciting news!

If you've been wanting to get the latest popular fragrances, here's your chance to get them at an amazing discount of 20% off (with additional 5% off for SaSa VIPs and Citibank cardholders!).. at SaSa's fragrance fair: SCENTS IN THE CITY from 3 Oct to 16 Nov 2014, which is gonna be so scent-sational (sensational. scent-sational.. get it?? lol)!!

In conjunction with Scents In The City, I was invited to a special guided perfume laboratories tour and fragrance workshop at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)!

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Woke up real early and was all excited for the workshop!

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During our guided tour and workshop, I learnt SO much about fragrances and perfumes!

If you think that fragrances are just sitting in pretty perfume bottles, you are so wrong. Did you know that the average person comes into contact with least 17-21 scented products a day? Ranging from your toothpaste, to your shower gel, shampoo, and even household items like fabric softeners and detergent!

At IFF, we got to see how scents and fragrances are created, tested and measured in the labs, and also learnt about how different consumer markets have very varied needs and preferences when it comes to scented products, depending on lifestyle or even culture and tradition. It was such an eye-opener!

We even had fun creating our very own fragrance too!
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Here's our make-shift fragrance making laboratory.. Haha! 

Chemists for the day! We all took turns sniffing and deciding what we needed to add into our fragrance to balance out the different notes and make it as nice-smelling as possible. And we brought home our own creation at the end of the workshop!

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It was a really great session! Thanks for the informative and fun workshop, SaSa and IFF! :D

Back to SaSa's SCENTS IN THE CITY!

It's happening from 3 Oct to 16 Nov 2014, and trust me when I say that you'll get the best deals in town at SCENTS IN THE CITY! All shoppers will enjoy 20% off 23 participating fragrances, and 10% off all other fragrances in stores. Of course, the fragrances are all 100% authentic!

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Here's a sneak peek of a few of the brands that are available at SCENTS AT THE CITY: Expect top fragrance brands such as Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino and many many more! There are also male fragrances available too! 

2 of the 4 fragrances shown are participating in the event! Do you know which the 2 are? :D

If you're free on 11/12 October and 25/26th October, come on down and join some of the awesomest bloggers in Singapore at SCENTS IN THE CITY roadshow events too!

Qiuqiu, Melissa Celestine Koh and Yutaki will be around to share their favourite scents and play games with you shoppers for you to win vouchers, beauty products or fragrances! :D Look out for them at: 11-12 October at Jurong Point SaSa Store (#01-16 JP1) and 25-26 October at Wisma Atria SaSa Store (#B1-06 to 08)!!

Alright, go check out more details at http://www.facebook.com/SGSaSa!

xoxo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

innisfree world: Shop innisfree Online Now [Give-away]

You may be very familiar with the brand innisfree, but did you know that the name innisfree translates literally to "free island", which comes from innisfree's beauty concept that revolves around pure Jeju, to create a space where nature and your skin can coexist in harmony, through harnessing the clean, raw energy of the island?
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Isn't Jeju island beautiful? innisfree first began in 1979 when a rocky wasteland in Jeju was transformed into the flourishing, chemical-free green tea farm that we know today!

I have tried many innisfree products ever since the brand arrived in Singapore, and I am a huge supporter of innisfree, and believe strongly in both the brand and their effective products! With their strong brand ideas in au natural healthy beauty and naturalism, innisfree is not just good for our skin, it is also good for our environment because of all their eco-friendly practices such as using recycled materials for packaging, soy-ink printing, and how they give back to the earth with their different conservation and protection programmes within innisfree itself!


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Thus, I'm really excited to share that Korea's No 1 naturalism beauty brand is now available at the click of a button, online at innisfreeworld! Whoop whoop!!

Yes, innisfree has a flagship store at Takashimaya, but there are many of us, myself included, that don't have the time to make a trip down to the store to make purchases. And with innisfree's new global e-commerce site, all we have to do now is to click our way to healthy, beautiful skin through the organic benefits of Jeju!

I explored the website and I found it really fun and interesting: for instance, there is a special page dedicated to what innisfree calls the 8 solution kit!


8 Solution Kit

Basically, innisfree has come up with 8 different kits, each one tailored to meet a different skin concern.

These 8 different skincare solutions are:
Moisturising (Green Tea)
Whitening Care (Tangerine Peel)
Pore Care (Volcanic Scoria)
Nutrimoisturising care (Golden Olive)
Trouble Care (Bijia)
Firming and Lifting (Soybean)
Total Care (Orchid)
Wrinkle Care (Seaweed)

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This makes it so easy for us customers to buy what we need based on our own skin problems and concerns! So for the ladies who need the help in picking your range of products, pop over to the innisfreeworld 8 Solutions page to find out more.

I'm also gonna share some of my favourite innisfree products with you, and these products are also global top-sellers across the world! If you're new to innisfree, I'm pretty sure these products will leave you wanting to try even more from innisfree!



My top favourite innisfree products

Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (100mL) 
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innisfree Super volcanic pore clay mask
The cooling clay from this mask pack keeps the skin and pores immensely refreshed with its powerful sebum absorptive ability that immediate tighten pores. This 6-in-1 total pores care mask targets pore tightening, sebum control, dead skin cell exfoliating, deep cleansing, skin complexion improvement through its cooling effect – thus ridding of all possible pore-related problems.

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innisfree Super volcanic pore clay mask
This is one of my favourite masks of all time! I'm a big fan of clay masks and I love the tightening and deep cleansing effect I get from the Super Volcanic pore clay mask. Whenever I feel that my skin is starting to produce extra sebum, I usually just slap on the Super Volcanic pore clay mask and immediately after removing, I can feel that my skin is so much cleaner and smoother. Highly recommended!

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innisfree The green tea seed serum
An intense moisturizing serum infused with highly-concentrated Green Tea Seed essence purely derived from Jeju Island’s organic green tea garden is essential for hydrating your skin with pure water and the tea tree’s vitality.With a water-like texture, the serum boasts a five-times-better moisturizing power after use and increases the moisture content inside the skin up to 66% while decreasing the amount of dead skin cells by 76% - keeping your face effortlessly crystal clean. The first serum to plant moisturizing seed in your skin, the evident boosting effects speak for itself through its multi-award winning reputation as Korean women’s most beloved moisturizing serum.

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innisfree The green tea seed serum
Right after a good mask, the best product to apply on your skin is a serum such as innisfree The green tea seed serum! I always find that my other skincare products are so much more effective after deep cleansing with a clay mask. The green tea seed serum is very gentle on the skin, with a water-like texture that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling bouncy and hydrated!

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innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
Long wear complex ingredient helps makeup not to collapse even in hot and soggy weather. It keeps bright skin without darkening by sebum control powder, so it helps 12 hour lasting of makeup. Moreover, it strongly protects skin from ultraviolet rays with SPF50 PA+++

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innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
innisfree Long Wear Cushion is one of my favourite BB cushions! With its super high SPF coverage, I can even skip sunblock on my lazy days and still get sun protection!! Hehe. The long wearing formula also keeps your makeup looking fresh the entire day, which is essential in our humid weather.

You know a Korean-made product is really good when you see the locals using it! And I was totally sold when I saw my Korean makeup artist using innisfree's BB cushion when I did my pre-wedding photoshoot in May :D

So in love with the Korean makeup look!



Why you should shop on innisfreeworld

The best part about shopping on innisfreeworld: there are so many exclusive benefits that are only available on innisfreeworld: you can't get them offline! These include small size trial products of 8 solutions, like the Jeju volcanic pore clay mask 5ml, The green tea seed serum 5ml, and many many more!

There are also exclusive sets like the Jeju super volcanic pore clay mask special set: only 3000 sets are available! With every Super volcanic pore clay mask, you get a toner and cleanser FREE! There are other special launch offers too, so go and check them out on innisfreeworld!

Another cool programme that's exclusive to innisfreeworld is the free Home Trial Kit with every purchase of over USD50, you get two special 8-Solution Home Trial Kits (pick your own skincare concern) for you and a friend to try!


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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kits

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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Total Anti-Aging

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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Hydrating
I love how these Home Trial Kits come in little eco-friendly packets with a range of products for you to try, it's great for travel too! And they are absolutely free with purchases of USD50 and above!

You might already know that popular K-celebrities Yoona and Lee Min-ho are innisfree's ambassadors.. Check out the innisfree Minho Letter Pouch!

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innisfree Minho Letter Pouch
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innisfree Minho Letter Pouch
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innisfree Minho Letter Pouch
It even has photos of Lee Min-ho and a letter signed off by Minho himself on the inside of the pouch! SO NICE!!


Just for you awesome readers, innisfree is being extra generous and will be sponsoring a fabulous give-away for ONE very lucky readers!!! Thank you so much, innisfree!

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You, lucky reader, will win the following items as featured above:

The green tea seed serum 80ml
Super volcanic pore clay mask 100ml
Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 150ml
8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Hydrating, Firming and Total Anti-Aging
Long wear cushion SPF50+/PA+++ (shade 21 and refill packs in shades 13,23 &31)
Minho Letter Pouch

All in this really adorable and environmental friendly Krabag specially made in collaboration with innisfree!! :D

Trust me, you'll loooove this amazing hamper of products! To win, just leave a comment on this blog entry with your name and email address, and answer the question:

"What do you love best about innisfree?"

It could be your favourite product, or anything at all that's related to innisfree!! Give-away ends 20 October 2015 and it's so simple to take part, you might just be that fortunate reader to win!

And.. What else are you waiting for? Go and shop on innisfreeworld right now! :D :D :D

xoxo



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Biore Micellar Water: One Step No-Rinse Makeup Removal!

Just yesterday while I was out with some my girlfriends, the topic of skincare inevitably came up! We started discussing about acne and skin problems and all that because my dear friend was lamenting on how her skin broke out easily despite the skincare products she used and even going on oral medication. 

Of course, we all started "diagnosing" her condition for her and grilled her for a good ten minutes on what skincare products she used, what her skincare routine was like before we discovered one ESSENTIAL step she was missing out.. This girl does not remove her makeup with a makeup remover but uses only cleanser to cleanse her face even at the end of the day...... WHAT!

So here I am folks, to tell you boys and girls what you always knew but maybe you were too lazy to do it. Removing your makeup is the number one most important step in your skincare routine! No matter how tired or lazy you get, it is an absolute must to remove your makeup, if you do not want clogged pores that may eventually turn into serious skin problems!

Really, what's the point of piling on the makeup and concealer to try to hide your blemishes when you don't even do the first step in keeping your skin healthy and flawless, which is removing your makeup? I myself am guilty of laziness especially on days when I get back home so tired I just want to fall into bed and knock out, but I'm happy to introduce my life-saver on so many occasions: Biore Micellar Cleansing Water!

With Biore Micellar Cleansing Water, there is NO excuse not to remove your makeup, this makeup remover is so fuss-free and removing my makeup takes barely a minute or two! 
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Biore Micellar Cleansing Water
Watery Micellar Technology in this amazing product actually allows your makeup to be effectively dissolved and removed, even heavy-duty makeup like your mascara and eyeliner. And the best part of all is that the product is oil-free and it feels so lightweight and refreshing, without leaving any residue or sticky feeling on my skin!

This means that even on my ultra-lazy days when I don't even want to spend the time to slap on my skincare products, I literally just use Biore Micellar Cleansing water and then I stumble into bed and start snoring. No rinsing necessary!

Even better still, Biore Micellar Cleansing Water uses Natural Mineral Water from the Northern Japanese Alps for a gentle and soothing formula, and even contains Enriched Collagen and White Tea Extract for brighter, softer and suppler skin, so I don't feel guilty about being lazy with my skincare on these occasions.

The anti-bacterial formula helps prevent pimples and breakouts, and minimises pores for a clearer and more refined complexion, too! Biore Micellar Water is ophthalmologist tested, so it is suitable for all skin types, even for people with sensitive skin.


How to use Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

Using Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is so easy! 

Just pump an appropriate amount of Biore Micellar Cleansing Water onto a cotton pad and use the soaked cotton pad to gently wipe off makeup, no rinsing required! For your eye makeup, place soaked cotton pad onto closed eyes and hold for 5 seconds before gently 
wiping it off. I usually like to apply firm pressure while holding so that the makeup comes off better! 
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Pump an appropriate amount onto a cotton pad.
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Use soaked cotton pad to gently wipe off makeup.
Repeat the above steps until all makeup is removed, and the cotton pad is clean.

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When I have my usual day makeup on, it only takes two cotton pads to fully remove all my makeup with Biore Micellar Cleansing Water! But always remember to keep swiping with a fresh cotton pad until you see that no more makeup is coming off on the cotton pads anymore, this means that your face is all clean and free of makeup!

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Just to show you how effective Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is, I did a little test on the back of my hand. I used my mascara, waterproof eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick to draw a little eye.

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Using a cotton pad soaked in Biore Micellar Cleansing Water, it took just one swipe and you can see how the makeup is instantly lifted and removed form my skin!

After a few more swipes of Biore Micellar Cleansing Water, my skin is completely removed of makeup, even my waterproof eyeliner! I really love how it feels so gentle on my skin and doesn't feel sticky or uncomfortable at all. Super convenient and fuss-free as well!

Just to show you how Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is totally non-sticky and non-greasy after usage, I even put it to the test with an oil-blotting paper. This was pressed onto my skin right after using Biore Micellar Cleansing Water and there was totally no residue at all!


Completely clean oil-blotting sheet: Biore Micellar Cleansing Water will simply leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed and hydrated!

Please please please do yourself a favour and just get a bottle of this stuff. Removing your makeup can't get any simpler than this!

Biore Micellar Cleansing Water has a retail selling price of $18.90 and is sold in all pharmacies, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and major departmental stores!

xoxo


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