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Exuviance: Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish & Bionic Oxygen Facial Masque [Sponsored Review]

I'm back with another skincare product review, and this time around, I'm reviewing a brand that I've never heard of before. Exuviance is a brand under NeoAsia that has been the key player in AHA/PHA skincare technology, and has been dedicated to the sales, marketing and distribution of skin care, medical aesthetic equipment and medical device products to the medical community and consumers.


I decided to agree to their review request because I am intrigued by the simple fact that their Tiple Microdermabrasion Face Polish is free of plastic polyethylene beads and their Bionic Oxygen Facial Masque sounds interesting!


So without further ado, here's my verdict:

 Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish


The latest anti-aging breakthrough that incorporates a triple action approach to skin renewal in a single, yet powerful treatment with a unique blend of physical, chemical and enzyme rejuvenators. With just one application, this intensive exfoliating treatment delivers instant skin resurfacing.

With pure professional grade crystals, Papaya Enzyme and Glycolic Acid, this face polish helps to dissolve impurities that contribute to congested pores, loosen dead skin cells/ dull and dry patches, polishing skin to a gorgeous silky softness and glow. 

With consistent exfoliation, once or twice a week, your skin will be clearer, brighter with reduced appearance of pores and dark spots.


To Use:


Once or twice a week, apply a thin even layer to a clean wet face, lightly massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds, avoiding eye area. Do not scrub. Leave on for up to 2 minutes (up to 1 minute for sensitive skin). Thoroughly rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Follow with an Exuviance serum and moisturizer.

Texture: Contains tiny beads with a slightly creamy texture that turns milky when applied onto wet skin
Can you spot the crystal beads?


Smell: Fruity scent

Benefits:
  • Professional Grade Crystals smooth skin
  • Glycolic Acid and Papaya Enzyme help dissolve impurities, loosen dead skin cells
  • Polishes skin to a gorgeous, silky softness for a brighter complexion with a reduced appearance of pores and dark spots
  • Does not contain plastic polyethylene beads, which are harmful to the environment

Ingredients: 
Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Alumina, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isononyl Isononanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Papain, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, PEG-75 Stearate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Carbomer, Algin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4).

Cost: $120.90

Product Rating: 7.5 /10

First off, I really like that it doesn't contain any plastic beads, and based on the ingredient list, alumina is what the professional grade crystals are made of. On the general whole, the ingredients used are on the safe side with a caution to people with sensitive skin. It does have a slight stinging sensation upon application.

Personally, I did notice that it helps to even out my skin tone after my time at Tioman... because I had a suntan mark of my scuba mask and after 2 weeks of usage, I noted that the tan lines are gone. I didn't really note much difference or improvement to the size of my pores or the reduction of tiny blemishes on my face.


Bionic Oxygen Facial Masque 



This mask contains a triple oxygenating blend of specialized ingredients that carry and deliver oxygen into the skin, which helps to support essential cellular energy and optimize collagen in our skin. 

Upon application, the product forms a lightly foaming gel that releases oxygen, delivering a unique sensory experience as the oxygenating process induces a light tingle and forms a creamy foam on the surface of the skin. After 5-10 minutes the foam begins to break down and the face can be gently rinsed and patted dry. The formula contains our patented anti-aging bionic acid/PHA blend along with a conditioning polymer that adds a soft conditioned touch to the skin and a polysaccharide known for its hydrating and film forming properties, making it ideal for use post-peel or post-polish, such as the Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish. 


A single use of the Bionic Oxygen Facial envelops the skin in a delightful oxygenating experience, revealing skin that looks and feels revitalized, refreshed, transformed. Bionic Oxygen Facial is an ideal step following an Exuviance Peel or whenever skin needs a restorative boost of radiance. 

To Use:

Massage a generous, even layer on clean, damp skin. Wait five minutes, allowing a thick oxygenating froth to form and then disappear. Rinse skin and apply an Exuviance treatment or moisturizer. Use at least 3-4 times a week; ideal following use of an Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish. Daily use of a sunscreen is recommended as part of a healthy skin care regimen.

Texture: Gel-like that foams up and disappears after awhile

Smell: Hmm... I have difficulty identifying the smell of this. It has a common skincare scent that leans towards the floral side.

Benefits:
  • Detoxifies and eliminates aging dullness
  • Stimulates vital cell energy
  • Provides essential support for optimal collagen levels
  • PHA/Bionic Blend adds extra youth-promoting benefits to restore radiance and suppleness
  • A non-irritating and a non-sensitizing formulation that is both Paraben-Free and Fragrance-Free.


Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Perfluorohexane, Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Polysorbate 20, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Lactobionic Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Perfluorodecalin, Perfluoromethylcyclopentane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyquaternium-10, Carrageenan, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Hexyl Salicylate, Benzyl Acetate, Cyclamen Aldehyde, 2,6-Dimethyl-7-Octen-2-ol, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Heliotropine, 3-Hexenol, Methyl Benzodioxepinone, 2,4-Dimethyl-3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

Cost: $139.10

Product Rating: 7.5/10

This product is quite fun to use, the bubbles create a tickling sensation on the skin as it foams and pops. I have to agree that it does leave my skin feeling more hydrated after use and I like that about this product. However, I didn't notice any anti-aging difference to how my skin looked after using, in regards to fine lines... The only thing I noticed after use with the face polish was that my skin got even out and fairer... so that's good I guess!
Left: After the use of both products, fairer and more plumped
Right: Without the use of the products
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Swish Swimming: Mermaiding with Mahina Mermaid Merfin

Hi, my awesome merfolks and peeps! I'm back with a mermaid related post once again! This time round, I'll be touching on my mermaiding journey so far and this interesting monofin I recently got my feet into.



If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I've been to Tioman recently with my fellow mersisters to hone our mermaid skills by learning freediving! We wanted to improve our breath hold for mermaiding and lots of the experienced mermaids advised us on learning freediving for it. And just to clarify, freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers' ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. 

It is really interesting because it requires lots of mind over matter moments to pass through that urge to breathe before the sensation gets comfortable or in my case, the need to breath is not on my mind. Diving down 16 metres in a single breath was also very exciting and it helped me in understanding the fundamentals of how to dive deep for my future snorkelling experience without the discomfort in my ear and trouble I was facing with my breath hold. That being said, my breath hold is about 2 minutes max so I will need to keep working on it to improve.

Whatever time we had, we spent it by the beach or in the open waters and on the day when our class was later in the day, we rented a paddle board and headed out to be a mermaid!


For this trip out into the sea, I brought along my Mahina Mermaid MerFin! I was introduced to this unique product from my fellow mersisters and on thing led to another and I was talking to the Singapore distributor about it! Made with recycled rubber, Mahina Mermaid Merfins are one of the first eco-friendly/recycled fins produced.

I love how the MerFin moves underwater and how easy it is to carry around. Made with a single model, the Merfin is easy to wear and safe to use because with a quick flick of the ankle strap and the legs are free. I think this is great for beginners or inexperienced merfolks!


A few things to take note before you decide on being a mermaid:

1) You must be able to tread water and also be comfortable floating on the water surface
Floating helps in conserving energy and in gaining back the energy to swim.


2) You must be able to swim
I think this is a given. Haha


3) Never do it alone, always swim with a group of people and have them know that you will be mermaiding.
This is to create a safe and secure environment to swim in, so that if you need any help, there is one available.


Where to get your very own Mahina Mermaid Merfin in Singapore?

72 Loewen Road #01-08
Dempsey Hill Singapore 248848

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday
9am to 6pm



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The Secret Life of Pets: kids’ latest movie in Singapore, from September!

Latest movies in Singapore cinemas reveal what pets get up to when they’re home alone

If you’re after a good belly laugh movie that appeals to both parents and children, you can’t go past the latest movie, The Secret Life of Pets, which is released on the 1st of September. Featuring the voices of some of the finest comedians working today, and put together by the team that created the hilarious Despicable Me movies, it lets us in on what goes on with our pets after we’ve headed off to work for the day. And it’s not what you’d expect. We discover they’re more like humans than you’d probably expect.

Latest movies secret life of pets


The Secret Life of Pets: director

Director Chris Renaud has done an excellent job of taking a very simple premise – what happens when a pet’s perfectly idyllic life is thrown into chaos by an outsider – and creating a multi-layered, animated romp that throws all our pre-conceived notions about our pets straight out the window. Quite literally, in some cases.

Voices and characters

Louis C.K, is the voice of Max, a terrier who is living the perfect life in New York City. All he wants to do is sit by the door all day and wait for his owner, Katie, to return and make his life complete. One day, however, she returns with Duke, an enormous, hairy stray she picked up at the pound, and Max’s idyllic life is immediately turned upside down. Not long after that they’re lost and alone in the streets of the city and having to cope with adversaries such as a gang of deliciously nasty feral cats, a psychopathic white rabbit, sea monkeys with identity crises, pigs, birds, snakes and every other type of pet you could possibly hope to imagine.

Synopsis

Max and Duke have to adapt to all the crazy situations around them in order to get back to Katie and the lives they loved, and how they go about this is both hilarious and thought provoking. After watching it, you’ll never really be able to look at your pets again without wondering what it is they’re thinking. And though the movie may be jam-packed with everything from slapstick through to slightly questionable toilet humour, it does have an underlying message about how we treat our pets. ‘They say they love us, then they throw us out’ one irate character exclaims. So if you’re after a couple of hours of sheer entertainment for the kids that won’t have you tearing your hair out at the inanity of it all, take them along for some time with The Secret Life of Pets. And afterwards, don’t be tempted to pop by the animal shelter and grab a couple of likely looking strays. The inclination to do so will pass, I assure you.

What Happened: L'Occitane pays tribute to 40 years of love, M.A.C. Art of Lip Event & Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow

L'OCCITANE 40th Anniversay


To celebrate its 40th Birthday, L'OCCITANE pays tribute to 40 years of true stories and love - with Man and Nature at the heart of its aspiration, as well as with Authenticity, Sensoriality and Community as its core values.

It was an evening full of fun, unlike any other media event I've attended before, we were split into 2 different groups for a mini competition that brought us about different station to expose us to the core values of L'OCCITANE and the natural ingredients used in their products.

It was also during this event that I learnt how L'OCCITANE started a foundation in 2006 to give back to the society, by fighting against avoidable blindness.

In fact, I was surprised to learn that most of their products contains Braille, the system of raised dots that can be read with the finger, to assist people with blindness or low vision when they use their products!

Coming September, the iconic and timeless hand creams from L'OCCITANE get a special design this year to celebrate the 40th years of true stories and love.

And along side these limited edition had creams, L'OCCITANE has also prepared limited edition pouches, tote bags as well as this specialy made L'OCCITANE truck figurine to be give away to L'OCCITANE VIP members with a minimum spend!

 I can't wait for September!



 M.A.C. Art of Lip Event & New Store Opening


POUT! SHOUT! It’s the Art of the Lip!

M·A·C is now open at 313@Somerset and to celebrate its store launch, I spent an afternoon with the magic touch of their makeup artists learning colourful new ways to get lippy-fantastic! I really love the concept of how the event was run with hunky men in skin-tight shirt, giving out cookies in the shape of a lip! Just look at that shirt, I want a shirt like that... It makes a statement, doesn't it? #Lipstickaddict


M·A·C can now be found at 313@Somerset #01-21!







Emirates Singapore Derby Roadshow


For the first time in Singapore Derby history, two public roadshows served as curtain-
raisers to this year’s Emirates Singapore Derby, touted as one of the most anticipated events on the local racing calendar. Racing fans and members of the public enjoyed a series of fun-filled equine activities and interactive sessions with horses at lifestyle destinations over the weekends from 25 June to 10 July this year,, before culminating in the running of the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby over 2,000m on turf at the Singapore Racecourse on Sunday, 10 July 2016.

I invited my fellow horse lover, Cara aka Singapore First Mermaid, to join me for this event because I knew that she loves horses. We took a few turns at feeding and patting the lovely majestic white horse that was at Capitol Plaza for the event, as well as a few rounds at Horseshoe Pitching Competition.

Sad to say, we are in serious need of practice for that to even quality... Hahaha!




That's all for June & July!
Until the next What Happened post.

Palladio: Velvet Matte Cream Colour [Sponsored Review]

Introducing a newly launched brand in Singapore, USA cosmetic brand, Palladio! Created more than 25 years ago, Palladio is renowned for its line of color cosmetics enriched with herbs and vitamins. Fashioned for women with all types of skin, Palladio helps you look radiant while helping protect your skin from the signs of aging. 

With a diverse selection of products and shade availability, Palladio allows you to create the variety of looks you desire. Great news for use Singaporean Beauties, Palladio can now be found in Guardian!




Velvet Matte Cream Colour

Palladio's Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is a lush creamy lip color with a soft, rich matte finish. This velvety, full-coverage lip color is lightweight and sure to last. Enriched with vitamin E and aloe, it soothes and softens the lips, making them beautiful for hours. It is botanical and vitamin infused, and free of paraben!

Texture: Pigmented, slightly moisturizing for a matte lipstick, creamy.

Shades:


Angora - Orange red
Boucle - Deep mauve
Cashmere - Coral
Damask - Deep purple plum
Jacquard - Orangish coral
Raw Silk - Mauve









Panne - Red with orange undertone
Sateen - Pinkish peach
Suede - Reddish brown
Tapestry - Vampy maroon 
Plush - Purplish raspberry
Brocade - Deep pink raspberry






Benefits:

  • Soft, flattering matte finish 
  • Applies with a doe-foot applicator 
  • Botanical & Vitamin Infused- Aloe Vera
Ingredients:

Dimethicone, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isododecane, Mica, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Dimethiconol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua), Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), CI 77002, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Cost: $8.90

Product Rating: 8/10
Oh my~ look at all the lip products! This review collaboration got me really excited because I'm a #lipstickaddict and I really like matte lip products! When it comes to lipsticks, I usually look for a few things: Ingredients used, pigmentation, and finish.

Looking at the ingredients used in this product, I gave it some points for being free of the top harmful ingredients that are found in lipsticks but there is also the presence of some ingredients that I would like to caution against because it's not something that I would want to consume. So, if you are going to eat, I would suggest wiping off the product first.

For the pigmentation of this product, hands down 10/10! I love how rich all these shades are, I also found it easy to blend on my lips without it being patchy or streaky and a handful of the shades in this collection are to die for!

For the finish, it goes on very velvety and is a little glossy upon application, but it will dry off matte.

A tip is to swipe away most of the product first on the back of your hand before applying onto your lips and only picking up more when you need to, from the hand. I found that this makes the application much easier to control but on the whole, the doe tip applicator makes it easy for me to line and fill in my lips!












Overall, I like how smooth the application is, and how pigmented the shades are! Another tip I can offer is to apply a hydrating lip balm or a lip treatment on your lips for 5 minutes before removing it and applying this cream colour for a plumper voluminous lip because the ingredients in this product act like a seal over the lips for that velvet finish so if you have dry lips, your lips will look like a dried prune.


Out of all 12 shades, if I have to choose my favourite 3 it would be Tapestry for my classic vampy look, Boucle for everyday look, and Suede for events and party!

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Loochino Natural: Indochine Natural Geranium Body Wash & Tropical Flower Shampoo [Sponsored Review]

A few months back, Loochino Natural (Singapore distributor of Indochine Natural) reached out to me to help them review their products. I love it when natural skincare/beauty brands reach out to me for such post because it goes to show that they are confident enough in their products for me to be honest with my experience.

To kick off the collaboration, I was to review their body and hair care products. They have been very understanding to the fact that I would require time to review their products properly so I'm very grateful to the patience that they have bestowed upon me.



So without further ado, here's my experience and verdict of their body wash and shampoo first!
I'll be reviewing their soap bar soon after so keep an eye out for that!

Geranium Body Wash



Restore your mind and body with the heady aroma of Geranium, renowned for its bactericidal and antiviral properties and used in aromatherapy to balance the mind and emotions. This mild body wash is formulated with skin-softening oils, offering relief from congested, oily and dry skin and promoting a sense of deep relaxation and well-being.

To Use:
Apply to palm, lather and massage over body. Rinse well. To indulge in a therapeutic soak, simply add liberally to warm running bath water and relax.

Texture: Liquid


Smell: The lovely scent of geranium

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua) Potassium Soyate (soybean oil), Potassium Cocoate (coconut oil), Potassium Palmate (palm oil), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium Bourbon) oil

Cost: $27.90

Product Rating: 9/10
I really love this body wash, I love how it feels like a mini spa session for me each time I use it. The scent of it lingers in the toilet long after I'm done and there has been more than one occasion when my mum and even my boyfriend commented on the scent of it and ended up using the body wash too!

It is always a hands-down win for me each time I come across a product with a very short ingredient list, full of natural ingredients. I really like that it leaves my skin feeling cleansed but never dehydrated after use.

However, I do have to state that about 3 weeks into using this product, it started to clump up inside the bottle for me and I've spoken to the brand about it. I've been informed that this is an isolated case (2-3 cases only since 2009) and all I needed to do was to add distilled water into the mix to de-clump it. I'm glad to report that it really did as told, but I find that it now leaves an obvious squeaky sensation on my skin after use which I didn't notice before.

To which, I got a very detailed explanation from Dr Mike who is the man behind Indochine Natural:

"When something is perfectly clean there is not much friction due to the reduced amount of oils and other contaminants. This reduced friction can produce a "squeaky" sound/sensation.... A characteristic of saponified oil products (liquid and solid soap bars as we produce at Indochine natural) is that they have a high pH (around 9.5 - 10), and if you understand the chemistry of cleaning and removing dirt from the body, this high pH makes cleaning a lot more effective. Consumers have been led to believe through various marketing campaigns that body washes should be "pH balanced," and pH 5.5 is often quoted. The fact is that at this lower pH the chemistry of cleaning is actually a lot less effective, and to compensate a lot of synthetic ingredients need to be added to these products low pH products, and it is these that can cause skin irritation and strip away natural oils. With our body wash, the higher pH will clean more effectively, and we super-fat the body wash to leave behind some glycerin that will help to hydrate and moisturise the skin."

That being said, you can easily prevent clumping from happening by shaking the bottle before use properly. He also went on to touch on the use of essential oil in the product and how and why it creates such a genuinely relaxing experience for users:

"Most products these days contain synthetic fragrances and/or blends of synthetic/genuine all-natural essential oils. Again, old knowledge, pure essential oils can actually mimic the actions of hormones in the body, and thus affect emotions (calming, relaxing, brighten mood etc.), and the best route into the body is via the nose where the essential oil immediately enters the bloodstream via the lungs when using our products. This is why customers have very positive emotions when using our products. The effects of pure essential oils have been known for centuries. Synthetic fragrance cannot have the same effects."

Overall, I did find it a little pitiful that the clumping occurred during my test run with the product, if not, I would have given it a full10. However, that being said, I would definitely be making a repurchase of it once I'm done with mine.

Tropical Flower Shampoo


This product transforms your bathing ritual into an exotic sensory experience with a blissful blend of calming ylang ylang and warming clove flower with an added touch of rousing black pepper and relaxing floral clary sage essential oils. This all natural plant-based shampoo creates a richly foaming shampoo that leaves your hair clean, soft, shiny, and healthy. Infused with organic New Zealand honey, it assists in reducing hair loss.

To Use:
Apply onto thoroughly wet hair and work into a lather. Rinse well.

Texture: Liquid

Smell: Spicy floral scent

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Potassium Cocoate (coconut oil), Potassium Canolate (canola oil), Potassium Ricate (rice bran oil), Mel (organic honey), Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) oil, Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) oil, Eugenian caryophyllata (Clove) bud oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil

Cost: $29.90

Product Rating: 7.5/10


When it comes to their shampoo, I really like the spicy scent of it. I find that after a hot humid day, this shampoo helps to destress and I like that it is free from all the harmful ingredients found in commercial shampoos!

The downside of this is that I find that when used it alone (because they haven't released a conditioner yet), it tends to leave my hair with this thickening sensation that can result in making it hard to manage my flyaways and frizziness. It does, however, helps to create volume. I did notice that while due to this sensation I end up washing my hair more frequently, but my scalp did seem to be less oily over the period of use.

This shampoo does lather up well, better than some other natural shampoos I've used but do note that the lather doesn't less as long as a commercial shampoo because it's free of SLSs. To counter this, I ensure that my hair is really wet and add more water to my hair if I need more lather.

As for treating my dry ends, I would use another brand of natural hair conditioner or hair treatment mask to help add moisture back to the hair. I also found that it helps to take away the thickening sensation that this shampoo leaves in the hair.

That concludes the end of my review, and as mentioned above, do keep an eye out for my review on their Basil & Lemongrass Bar soap!

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