Look Feature: Dior’s Cheek & Lip Glow – A Flush That Lasts!

Alrightey, since this is one of the ‘hawt topics‘ of Spring 2015, I thought I would try to squeeze a mention of this as soon as I could manage (which frankly took awhile even) and share my 2 rambly cents about it.

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To sum up my thoughts about this product thus far, the journey of discovering it and then using it, I would say that I probably started off on the wrong foot with this fella.

Though that said, I’m still not raving about this to no ends and while I’ve discovered its merit and how lovely it can be, I still do question whether it truly is a must-have or nice-to-have.

If you’re a sucker for packaging and already on the verge of cashing out this purchase then I’ll say go ahead and get it because you can do no wrong – it is quite nice, really – but for those of you on the fence of it and weighing the cost of it with how it works and how much mileage you can get from it…

Well, I can’t make the decision for you and I’m not going to push you either ways so I’ll let this entry speak for itself and hopefully after this you’ll have a better idea if its in the territory of ‘need’ or ‘want’.

Though who am I kidding, do we really NEED more makeup? Heh

From the words of Dior, the Cheek & Lip Glow is described as a subtle and instant rosy blush shade that works universally for all skintones. With a dab, the face lights up with a sparkling flush along with a breath of freedom, this instantaneous radiance and glow.

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That’s mostly all Dior, not me.

Where this product is concerned, I think we should step back and look at the word ‘Glow’ a little differently from what we know because the glow defined in this product doesn’t encompass any sheen or dewy radiance but rather the aspect of Glow that Dior is selling here is a natural blush – a flush from within, a kiss of translucent color on the cheeks (and also dabbed on the lips).

It’s that winter blush or a healthy flush on a hot day and frankly, I think Dior did well with the universal aspect of it because I did feel that this is versatile enough to be worn lightly or piled on for stronger color.

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What’s more, the applicator (as I had mentioned) is really quite adorable and while it is very tempting to dab it on your cheeks via that ball of cute, I do prefer transferring some product to my fingers first for better control.

 

Cheek Glow –

Where application is concerned, the lips portion is quite straightforward so I’ll focus more on the cheek area first.

Wearing the Cheek & Lip Glow on my cheeks as a blush stain is actually my favorite way of using this product. On the lips, it just falls a little short and isn’t as unique in formulation and experience plus I’m not entirely a lip-stain-look kind of a girl so I always top the lip look with a gloss or lustre lipstick anyway.

So back to the cheek application.

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Now I think when it comes to the Cheek & Lip, you should really practice caution because while my initial statement of it was sheer, light and translucent, the color actually came on quite strongly for me.

On my cheeks, that is, and a little bit is all I really need.

I used a little more for the sake of the blush showing up better on camera (cause you know, a camera can’t always capture the same magnitude of color as ‘real life’) but I had to buff on some light foundation after these shots to tone the blush down for day-wear.

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I don’t think I want to walk around with such a strong flush but hey, if that’s your style, you can achieve it with this bugger.

The liquid is light and cool on the skin and the application part is probably my favorite when it comes to using this because it seems to leave a mild minty and tingly feeling on. It goes away quickly, much like the watery aspect of the formulation, so don’t let the aqueous feel of the product deceive you – the minute it lands on the skin, the stain is at work so blend, eo seo (hurry, in korean)!

I demo-ed dabbing this on the cheeks first followed by blending it out just for pictorial purposes but how I really prefer applying this to my cheeks is first dabbing some to my fingers and blending that bit out.

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While the formula isn’t as watery as most stains that we know, it is still a stain and every exposure on the skin surface counts so I feel dabbing it on my fingers before blending it to the cheeks gives me more control over the color and also lessens the opportunity of that dreaded unwanted pink dot on the cheek from dabbing the color on.

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Doesn’t this look better and less ‘patchy’ than the one above already? Though I managed to make both work, I will say it really is easier to work from the fingers.

 

Lip Glow –

As for the lips, it is quite a straightforward thing to use and on me, it lends a pretty nice pop of pink though I think where this is concerned it will depend on your lip pigmentation. If you have more pigmented or darker lips maybe the color wouldn’t be too intense on first swatch.

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Though if anything, I have noticed that you can layer this – dab on the first layer and let it dry and stain before wiping the excess of and repeat – but for me usually 1 coat is enough for the desired pop of color.

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Upon initial application this will look all shiny, juicy and glossy but that shine goes away really quick and simply leave a stain, without much of a finish so it looks incredibly natural. Not that rather vibrant pink lips is natural but hey, that’s the illusion we’re giving right?

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Since it is a stain, I do notice that it isn’t hydrating in any sense and while I would say it isn’t sapping like a matte lipstick clinging to your lips, it can be a tiny bit drying through the course of the day. Somehow.

And oh yes, one very crucial point to note but if you’re a regular lipstain user you would have expected this and sad to say, its still evident – the taste. It’s not good. It’s a taste very typical to lipstaining products and I can’t quite describe it but yes, it’s there. It goes away so just bear with it at first taste, every time you use it that is.

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As for the staining ability, this is quite amazing on the cheeks because it really stays and stays for me.

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Though for reference, my cheeks are generally quite ‘normal’. They don’t get oily through the day, not much at least, and sometimes I can get away with powder blush lasting quite alright – a little faded but I still look ‘alive’.

Though with this, it seems to look the same on my cheeks even after being out the whole day so for that, I’ve been reaching for this quite a fair bit on days when I want my makeup to stay perfect through the day – this paired with the Dior Star Liquid Foundation has my ‘base’ makeup set!

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On the lips, it does stain quite alright, for a couple of hours at most but it does seem to wear away through the day with eating, drinking, talking and all. If any consolation, the stain wears off well without any awkward ring-around-the-mouth sort of an effect – phew.

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So, long ramble done and I guess I have to say where this stands in my stash is the ‘nice to have’ portion. It’s growing on me a whole lot, really, and I’m almost inclined to recommend it only because it’s a lovely product that lends a flush that lasts well through the whole day but if I were to be strict with my assessment on it, maybe if I were never introduced to it, life would still be as normal.

A blush is ultimately a blush, if you know what I mean.

If you’re got one foot in the door with this already then I’ll say go ahead, it’s a nice purchase and you will enjoy the product but if you’re more critical about your splurges (though at S$60, this isn’t too bad) then I’d say hopefully this entry answer some questions or boxes you’re looking to be ticked!

Tell me, do you think this is worth the splurge / have you bought it?

 

Thanks for reading!

The Dior Cheek & Lip Glow is available at Dior counters now! This retails for S$60 and is Limited Edition!

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A Little RF Facial For Instantly Perkier, Radiant Skin This Holiday Season!

I don’t think it’s something I need to say even more of but, yes, the Holiday Season is upon us!

Everyone is probably busy scrambling for gifts, planning out parties, gatherings and of course attending them and during this frantic and hectic period, we all still strive to put our best face forward and not look like we could use 9032984 more hours of sleep even when that is the truth, right?

While most facial sessions, be it the machine ones (e.g. Diamond Peel) or the manual massage ones, are great to relax your skin and get most of the groundwork done – cleansing, prepping, exfoliating – there are just some things that those can’t do and that would be stimulating your skin cells and the collagen within your skin to give you a temporary (albeit awesome) lifted, radiant and flawless skin look.

And that is where RF Facial comes in! Radio Frequency facials!

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E Medical Clinic, where I had my RF Facial Session done.

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Pantry area for customers to help themselves to water, coffee, etc.

I had the privilege of attending one just before my baby girl’s birthday weekend (which involved a lot of parties, friends from way back and relatives) and I didn’t get much time to put on much of a game face on (hustlin’ about prepping both the place and the birthday girl) so this facial definitely helped me look a ton better. Or rather because it made my skin look awesome there’s little else I needed to do to just look clean and fresh.

I even had a couple of friends and guests even commented that I looked really good (ahem ahem, shy now…) and some even went ahead to comment about my skin looking well maintained. Which is a little far from the truth given my rushed nightly routine but heh, okay, I’ll take it. ;P

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Long story short, if you’re looking for a way to instantly (the whole procedure takes 30 minutes tops) lift and smooth out your skin, then this is the answer to that!

I’m sure you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you throw on your (flawless) party face and yet still take perfect selfies without a need for a skin smoothing filter.

Though of course, I feel I need to disclaim a little where RF Facials are concerned because what this facial session does is stimulate the production of collagen and skin renewal within your cells so if you have a fairly good base to begin with, the results will be amazing. If your skin has some other concerns, like acne or really uneven skin texture, then perhaps another treatment will be more suited.

Another disclaimer, because RF Facials use radio frequency to get the job done, those with very bad acne situations (like a big patch of red and angry) are not advised to do this. Pregnant women or those with metal inserts in the body are not advised to do this too.

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Alrightey, after that wall of text, let’s get to the facial session which was about as quick as a blink of an eye really. I think I spent a little more time in the waiting room than on the facial bed, heh!

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Though to be fair, they are facing a peak period right now.

Everyone wants to get their holiday game face on, ha!

So, let’s have a look at how this is done, shall we?

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Removing The Makeup –

Starting out, the first thing to do is to remove all dirt and impurities on the face so the treatment can work best so Carmen, my therapist, removed all traces of my makeup before proceeding.

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Though the lipstick I had on (MAC’s No Faux Pas) proved to be extremely tenacious so you’ll see remnants of it on the lips in closer shots, my bad!

Faded lippie isn’t a good look but I guess the plus side is this bugger is insanely hard to remove so it’ll last you incredibly well through the day!

So, moving on!

The Cooling Gel –

As this is an aesthetic clinic, the whole procedure is very much efficient and no-nonsense so after my makeup was removed, Carmen went ahead to slap on some cooling gel on my skin.

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This cooling gel is to help conduct some of the heat from the RF Machine and also to offer some slip and slide to it as Carmen works the machine’s head over my skin later on.

The RF Procedure –

The RF Machine that is being used here at E Medical Clinic, Venus Viva, is one of the latest in this field. It heats up incredibly quick and is also very efficient and dishing out the right about of stimulation to the skin as effectively and safely as possible.

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The head of the machine, or hand piece as it is also referred to, is known as the Diamond Polar because of the slight diamond shape to it.

I found the shape and little ‘nodules’ on it that helped to transmit the RF waves very comfortable on the skin. The way it is structured and also the way Carmen was wielding it on my skin made it feel like she was running a selfwarming massager over my skin.

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I liked that Carmen was also very attentive to the amount of gel on my skin’s surface and topped up another layer once it started to wear down.

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This way the whole process felt really comfortable and the warmth didn’t cause any discomfort or prickling sensation to my skin since there was always a nice barrier of gel.

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I recall my first encounter with RF Facial was quite alright but I could definitely feel the heat more then (and I had to go through 3 hand pieces then too!) so this really quick and comfortable approach to RF is definitely very much welcomed.

Each side is worked on for about 10 minutes and the machine will beep to signal that one ‘session’ is over, followed by turning itself off so no matter how much you’re chatting with the therapist noone is going to lose track of time here!

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Once it’s done, Carmen proceeded to wipe the leftover gel away and hand me a hand-held mirror so I could see the difference for myself.

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The Left Vs the Right –

Carmen worked on the right side of my face first (your left!) so that I could compare the results and even within looking at a mirror I could feel the skin on my right cheeks tightening and being lifted already!

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Granted my skin isn’t extremely deprived of collagen or an extreme case of sagginess and age hence the difference isn’t world’s apart, I can definitely see and feel the improved skin texture and condition already, I can’t imagine how drastic an improvement it would be for older women or those who really need a lifting effect to bring back some youthfulness to their face!

Okay, here’s a more detailed low-down of the difference I spy, incase you can’t quite tell. As I said, it’s a slight difference but enough to make you look better without it being noticeable.

I’m sure you can see in the pictures how the right (your left) appears more smoothed, radiant, taut and of course lifted!

Completing the Look –

After showing me the comparisons, Carmen went ahead to finish the other side of my face while I snapped a few pictures just to document it and then enjoyed the rest of the way.

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While there aren’t any massages involved, the hand piece rolling over my cheeks with a comfortable heat was actually quite soothing. I didn’t think I would say that about an RF Facial and those who have gone for RF Facials before will know what I mean when I say they aren’t made to be comfortable and enjoyable.

It isn’t usually uncomfortable but I feel like you have to brace yourself a little when you’re going through them, the price to pay for good skin, but I didn’t feel this way here and that was nice.

And voila, after a quick 20 minutes, we’re done!

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The After(s)! –

So, here on it’s going to be a little compilation of how my skin looked right after, once I got home and the next day.

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Even as I’m typing this facial up a whole weekend after I had done it (it’s posted a little late due to my intended Urban Decay Naked On the Run spam), I’m still marveling and admiring my skin in the mirror. The lifting part is truly lovely but I think what I enjoy most about RF Facials is the improved skin condition overall.

Here’s a snap I took from my mobile camera in Sephora’s pretty good lighting right after my facial session. I like how my skin looks rosey, lifted and so supple! #nofilter!

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Another perk about RF, aside from a lifted effect, is that it helps refine your skin texture and also minimize your pores. I don’t have the biggest issue with pores but in recent years they have started being rather pesky and appearing more prominently than I would like, making me turn to skin-smoothing primers for a truly smoothed out skin appearance.

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Though look at my skin post RF! So smooth and flawless!

I haven’t been using a primer since the session and I’m still enjoying some pretty good skin days. It’s not a permanent treatment so I’m enjoying it while it lasts. Let’s have a couple more pictures showing lifted and refined skin!

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The lifted cheeks effect also gives me a slightly more defined V to my jaw but nothing drastic since it isn’t targeting at improving your jawline. It’s just the overall, once you pull something up the rest goes along as well and it looks better overall.

It’s the sort of skin bettering that will have people saying you look really good, fresh and put together but yet there isn’t anything in particular that they can pinpoint about why you look better except maybe that your skin is looking exceptionally flawless!

So, what do you do when you are glad about your skin because it’s both lifted and rather flawless looking? You selfie! Here are some shots with makeup on, about 3 days after the RF session.

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As seen on Instagram

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For those who may have questions about this, the RF Facial isn’t invasive and there isn’t any downtime involved as well. At the most you’ll have some slight redness right after the Facial session but that subsides really quickly to a natural flush and would be gone after a couple of hours.

What you’ll be left with is a temporary good skin period where your skin feels smooth, and lifted (resulting in more pronounced cheekbones for my face shape), and of course the skin texture a lot more evened out providing a smooth canvas be it with or without foundation.

Overall your skin just looks fresh and good though one thing to remember about RF Facials is that the results are temporary.

The promise of duration here is 2-3 weeks and it is highly dependent on your own skin-type, lifestyle etc because what this facial does is stimulate more collagen cells but these cells have their own lifespan and unless you go for regular sessions, your skin will fall back into it’s usual collagen cycle. So don’t worry, you’re not going to see a super adverse relapse or anything, it’ll just slip into what it used to look like.

If you’re interested to perk your skin up and look good for all the festivities coming up – Christmas, New Year, etc – then book an appointment at E Medical Centre now!

They have online appointment making services available here so go ahead and book now!

Thanks for reading!

E Medical Centre is located at Bukit Batok, Orchard and Toa Payoh. Click on the locations to get the exact place that they are located at.

The RF Facial I had done in this post is S$500 per session. There might be package options available, but do check with the front desk there to be sure!

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On My Nails: Meet Me At Dusk (The Body Shop Color Crush™ Nails)

OHAI… Sorry to have been neglecting you again, nail entries.

Funny thing is now that I’ve been painting my nails and keeping them painted once more, I have all these pictures of nail posts to do but no intention of doing them. Oops!

But okay, I’ll get right to it.

Nail entries are super quick anyway, right?

 

In today’s post, I have featured a color from The Body Shop’s new line up of nail polishes – the Color Crush™ Nails.

I was sent a small bag of them with a couple of shades to choose from but I felt in the mood for some nudes so I popped Meet Me at Dusk on.

p.s. I’ve noticed these polishes have alternate names in french and this one is also called Rose Rendez Vous

Meet Me At Dusk… Nude shade… Cheeky~

So anyway, here’s the shade done in 2 coats and snapped when semi-wet / drying.

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The Body Shop was also kind enough to include a top-coat (which supposedly works as a base coat too, interesting) which I think was a really good call because these Color Crush™ shades really pop and look much better once you have a glossy shine over them.

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On their own, they seem to be a little dull, not as plush and lack a little something but the topcoat really brings this to its full potential.

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I don’t suppose you have to use a The Body Shop topcoat but if you’re a sucker for everything being matchy, then why not right? They’re only S$12.90 a pop!

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So that’s that for my first introduction to The Body Shop’s Color Crush Nail Polishes, starting with a very simple and safe nude shade. I’ve got a couple of other shades on hand ranging from purples, to bright vermillion (as they call it) and black so… those will be up real soon!

As soon as I can paint them that is, which I don’t assume is too long given how frequently I’m changing up my polish shades right now.

 

Thanks for reading!

The Body Shop’s Color Crush™ Nail Polish (colors and top/base coat) retails for S$12.90.

They are available at all The Body Shop outlets islandwide.

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Stand to Win! –– The Entertainer (1 For 1 Deal) App x PappaSan Culinary Experience!

Hello there!

I’m interrupting my usual slew of beauty mentions to pop on something else that while isn’t beauty in any sense is still, hopefully, helpful for you all.

Especially given that the holiday season is right around the corner and I’ve got a giveaway for said product I am about to mention and this would possibly ease or lessen the budget burden on some gifting options this year!

So, simply said, we all love to eat – amiright? – and we all love a good deal because when the holiday season swings about it’s all about gifting.

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The trickiest gift ideas are always for the ones dearest to us because we would like to present them with the finest and the best but how do we go about that without burning too large a hole in our pocket so we have enough to gift other stuff to the 912838934 other people in our lives?

Well, deals of course!

And not just any-o-deal, mind you, the deals that are present in The Entertainer App are from the finest merchants be it restaurants, beauty parlours, hotels and such!

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The whole idea of The Entertainer is a buy 1 get 1 free concept so you can enjoy an experience with someone (or gift a pair of people something – e.g. both your parents) at only the price of 1. That makes it a lot more affordable, especially if we’re talking about something like a S$90 main course at a relatively high-end restaurant!

Though of course… good things are hardly free which is why while The Entertainer app itself is free, to unlock the super special deals (usually offered by higher-end restaurants, fine-dining places, or even high profile eateries), you’ll have to purchase the ‘Mobile Product‘ within The Entertainer.

This comes at a price of 95sgd for the year you’re in (e.g. 2014, 2015 etc), or 12sgd for a month but the monthly one doesn’t unlock all merchants. The monthly plan only gives you access to 770 of the 990 awesome deals that you would get should you purchase the annual Mobile Product.

I hope I didn’t lose you anywhere… everyone on speed?

To add some pictures to all these words, here are some ‘locked’ offers that are only available after purchase of the Annual Mobile Product!

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A highly raved steak place in town – would you like a 1 for 1 deal for this?

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Or maybe pies?

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Some pampering for you and your mom or a gal pal?

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If you’re thinking of a spiffy place to stay for a quick getaway, how about a Buy 1 Night, Free 1 Night stay at HK Conrad?

If you would a taste of how a fully unlocked The Entertainer would work, I have ten (yes ten!) 2014 Mobile Products (that’s the annual one) to giveaway so stay tuned to the end of the post!

The 2014 Mobile Product will only last till the end of this year but it’s enough time to snatch up a couple of dining or spa deals and bring a couple of your loved ones for some holiday festivities and complete your year-end gifting experience without breaking the bank!

 

Again, I know how different this entry is, from my usual, but trust me when I say all I want to do is share about it because I was pretty stoked at the deals offered within the app and also the opportunity to giveaway a ‘key’ to these deals to some of my readers.

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Moving on from that introduction…

Now that the year is coming to a close, The Entertainer is prepping up their 2015 Mobile Product and a new merchant on that list is PappaSan!

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I’ve seen this restaurant a couple of times since I’m often in that vicinity but for those who haven’t heard of PappaSan (not to be confused with PappaRich), this place is located at Dorsett Hotel which is located along Cantonment / New Bridge Road. The closest MRT is Outram and it’s a short 5 minutes walk away – depending on how quick or slow your legs take you.

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I’ve heard about PappaSan serving up some pretty new takes on local delicacies but in this entry’s experience we got to have a glimpse at a couple of their other stuff.

Not the chicken rice that they’re famed for but you could give that a go for yourself when you get the 2015 The Entertainer Mobile Product!

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The evening started with a little tapas while everyone casually filtered in on that wet and rainy day. By the time I got there the dishes were a little wiped but I managed a couple of shots nonetheless.

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Lemongrass chicken, I believe

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Prawns with Tomato and Italian Gremolata – the prawns were really fresh and yummy, that’s coming from someone who doesn’t normally like prawns!

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Succulent Beef Tenderloin Skewers – beef was a tad hard by the time I had it, which was when it was a little cold already.

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Crusted Chicken Rice Balls – Hubs really liked this. I couldn’t tell what it was then and found it really intriguing.

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tortilla chips! – loved the dips!

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One thing I was really glad for was the watermelon sangria – I could really use a drink after that hectic week at work!

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After picking what we wanted, it’s nom-time!

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In the midst of having our plate of food, we were called up for a little demonstration as they prepared one of the star dishes of the night.We were greeted with 4 white mounds engulfed in flames and the only clue as to what this dish was was the little fish tail sticking out at the back.

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This dish is the Snow Mountain Fish (S$48) and the white ‘shell’ you see is actually a whole load of seasalt generously covering the fish.

This aspect of preparing a fish isn’t new but it is done very well here such that the fish itself was stuffed with herbs like lemongrass, garlic, onion and much more, making it exude a very fragrant and mouth-watering aroma the minute it was cut into.

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This method reminded me of the way street vendors in Thailand cooked their fishes though, of course, the way it is done here is much more sophisticated and once unveiled, the fish still looks wholly intact and clean without ‘scabs’ all over.

The idea of cocoon-ning the fish in sea salt is to lock in the moisture of the meat while the fish cooks to the perfect done-ness.

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I’ll admit that the fish was nice and fragrant with the meat done just right though I felt it was a tad dry for my liking. Hubs didn’t have an issue with it because he’s less picky about fish and enjoyed how fragrant the herbs made the fish taste.

I’m not quite a fish person so I took a couple of bites and shoved the rest to hubs.

The next dish, is a little more up my carnivorous alley!

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This is the Portugese-styled Crispy Suckling Pig (S$268, pre-order only) and this dish brings a whole new level of enjoyment and entertainment to the term Suckling Pig.

Why?

Because there’s this really cool ‘ritual’ you’ll have to go through before you get to dig in to the succulent and juicy pork and I decided to volunteer my hubs for it because, you know, I’m such a good wife and all. Ha!

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The idea is that the host (or whoever, really) is to chop up the pig with a dinner plate – as seen in hubs hands – as per the instructions of the waiting staff of course and at the end of the whole violent piggy massacre (okay, it’s already dead, I know), you smash said plate into a bin with as loud and resounding a shatter as you can.

This process is said to bring luck and prosperity to the person doing it and just before you start chopping the pig up, you are to make a wish and that wish is suppose to come true the next year!

Something like that…

While the hubs was a little opposed to the idea initially (pshh, shy?), I think he had quite a kick with the process. After he was done butchering the poor helpless pig, he commented that it was really fun.

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If you’ve got a friend with anger management issues, I’m sure they’ll enjoy this very much…. heh!

Alongside the Suckling Pig are some interestingly shaped ‘man tou’ (a form of fried bread), a variation of sauerkraut (which I didn’t touch because I assumed it was sauerkraut) and grilled eggplant I believe.

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I was feeling rather stuffed by this time but I devoured my share of the man tou down because it was just so good. The Suckling Pig too with its crispy skin and soft succulent meat.

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Unlike most suckling pigs I’ve had, this one isn’t all oily and fatty or overly sinful because it was explained that the way they cook this is unique such that most fats are dissolved in the cooking process.

I don’t know how that is done but me likey. Now if only there’s a way to do that for almost all meat I eat so I don’t feel bad about being too lazy to pick out the fats!

Just when I thought we were done and all wrapped up, we got called over for one last thing – the dessert.

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The chef flambe-d the molten lava cake’s drizzle right infront of our eyes but I missed snapping the most crucial moment and that was the huge burst of flames (when he flambe-d it) that had everyone shocked and bewildered all at the same time.

I swear the whole crowd took one step back after that, ha!

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Ending our night on a sweet note, I’ve had many molten lava cakes but this one is one of the better ones I’ve had.

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The insides were perfectly molten and I liked that the mangos that accompanied this were a tinge sour because it complemented the sweet chocolate filling just fine.

 

In all, hubs and I had a very enjoyable evening of witness all these entertaining culinary showcases and having really yummy food, which is the best testament that good things must be shared and enjoyed with those you love!

I want to thank The Entertainer and PappaSan both for the very enjoyable evening.

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Aside from me sharing my evening, I have something more to share and that is for you to be able to win a chance to score amazing deals on The Entertainer (it’s a mobile app, if you still haven’t caught on!) and share those moments with someone you love!

10 Fully Unlocked Entertainer Promos To Giveaway!

If you recall from above, anyone can download The Entertainer to enjoy some perks but to enjoy the finest and most pronounced brands on the app, you’ll need the Mobile Product (worth S$95) and guess what, I’ve got 10 ‘unlocks’ to giveaway for FREE!

Simply:

  • Head on over here and fill up this form (all private, I assure you)
  • You must be residing in Singapore
  • Enter before 12th November, 12pm!

And that’s that!

Again, what you stand to win is The Entertainer’s Mobile Product 2014 which only lasts till the end of the year (31st Dec) but it’s enough for you to properly treat and enjoy yourself and others during this holiday period!

 

I’ll be picking a list of winners and the Organisors will be contacting you from there so you’ll hear from them (and not me) about it!

 

Everybody cool?

Now I really hope that you guys found this useful because I was also given the same Mobile Product that you guys have received and I think my very first deal would be a feast over at Bedrock – I’ve been dying to have steak there for the longest while!

Thanks for reading everyone and we’ll get back on schedule shortly ;)

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Immortelle Atelier Take 2 – The Cocoon Mask Treatment!

Hello, I’m back!

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Back here at Immortelle Atelier, I mean, since I haven’t been away from my blog so to speak.

I think I’ve been quite good with regular postings to the point that I may be flooding you guys a bit – my bad! Though there truly is so much to say and there’s so much going on right now (in the beauty world, opportunities etc) that I’m really thankful and partly swamped too.

A good kind of swamped I’ll admit and of course, I would rather be swamped with a million and one things to do rather than none, no?

Which is why I like to come back to Immortelle Atelier for that short 1-2 hour window where I can focus on absolutely nothing and just calm my mind, enjoy the facial procedure and come out feeling completely rejuvenated and fresh.

If my first take on Immortelle Atelier doesn’t sway you over to the facial world of calming massagings, soothing your senses and such (and you much prefer the quick-dry-and-go sort of facial), then I hope today’s feature on the Cocoon Mask Treatment I got to enjoy awhile back catches your eye at least!

I mean… it’s quite a sight really, the whole ‘cocoon aspect’ and as always, they’re offering great deals for my readers so read on!Grey Divider Before we proceed, here’s an idea of what the Cocoon Mask Treatment focuses on and what to expect with this Facial Treatment.

Suitable for all skin types (be it if you’re dry or oily), the Cocoon Mask Treatment seeks to enhance the quality of your skin by nourishing and hydrating it in a unique ‘cocoon’ masking method.

The Cocoon Mask Treatment

The treatment combines a mixture of effleurage (light) and therapeutic massages to help stimulate metabolism, circulation and also ease stress and tension on the face. Overall, that helps with fighting the ageing process, dulling skin and returns your skin to a youthful bounce and flush! Grey Divider So, as always, the lighting is a little dim in the facial rooms at Immortelle Atelier (all the better for your relaxation) so you’ll have to bear with graininess in some pictures. Though… I’m sure picture quality isn’t the key here ;)

Once More, The Room –

Just because I didn’t get to properly document the room and whatnot the previous time, here’s the fuzzy furry and comfortable carpet I was talking about. DSC00986 It’s a small touch but it makes for a comfortable experience such that you don’t have to remove your shoes and do a quick tip-toe over to the facial bed to evade the cold, hard floor. DSC00989 After getting settled in the comfy bed (this comforter is bliss, really), I took a quick selfie and announced that I’m ready to go~

Removing The Makeup & Talks –

As always the very first thing to do is to remove the makeup and my therapist was nice and thorough with it using a cleansing milk for the entire face (while doing a massage of course) and a separate remover for the more stubborn makeup bits around my eye area. Though I swear, I was already wearing the non-waterproof and fairly easier to remove liners and all! Heh! DSC00990 DSC00993 Aside from cleansing the face, my neck and décolletage area were not forgotten about and also received a nice cleanse!

Exfoliate & Massage –

Next up, exfoliating the skin! My therapist explained that she will be doing a massage to stimulate the skin and she will also be using an exfoliating product that feels nice and liquid (so it gives that perfect slip for a massage) yet contains gentle gritty bits that exfoliate the skin as she massages. DSC00995 DSC01004 As with the relaxing spa-sort of facial places, cleansing and massaging goes well past the face and neck, focusing on the decolletage area as well, which I personally really like. DSC01000 It’s like a wholesome relaxing experience with your upper-chest area, hands, shoulders and neck receiving the same amount of love. Because, you know, you can take care of your face alone but your neck is a tell-tale sign once aging sets in too! After the scrubbing, massaging and skin renewing process, my therapist proceeded to calm and soothe my skin down with a Maria Galland toner product (which was used repeatedly through my facial session) that felt oh-so-good on the skin. DSC01010 I would akin it to Japanese skin softeners – liquid with a nice slip but absorbs once you massage it in and leaves a light hydrating tact on the skin. Not heavy at all but it doesn’t dry the skin out like astringent toners do. This one helps to balance out your skin’s pH and moisture level too, which is why she likes slapping it on after any ‘strenous’ activity to the skin. Such as exfoliating, extracting etc.

Extractions Again! –

DSC01011 Speaking of extractions, that is the next process we moved on to, along with a little brow trimming which was very much needed. DSC01018 I’ve been managing my strays quite okay, not too diligently but just enough so they don’t stick out in eye looks but after this trim, I’m so glad to see my brow hairs all neatened in shape and length once more. I definitely needed that!

The Cocoon Process –

Now, this here is the fun part, the cocoon-ning! Perhaps by the end of this my face will emerge as beautiful as a butterfly, yes? Ha! So anyway, the first step to this is to slap on a mask that my therapist personally really likes and recommends to clients, especially Bride-to-bes! p.s. They do sell the mask alone, for your at-home use, at Immortelle Atelier too DSC01022 A versatile hydrating cooling mask, this can be worn as a face mask, slapped on liberally, for 30 minutes each time (used 2-3 times a week) or if your skin is particularly parched and in need of repair due to climate change, travel and such you can use it continuously (maximum of 7 days cause it’s quite rich) as a night cream each night. By the end of the consecutive use, your skin will look plumped, nourished and balanced again, almost like magic! Which I can imagine is why this mask would be recommended for brides-to-be or those who need to put their best-face forward at a particular event. DSC01026 The mask seemed to have a cool minty sensation on the skin, not the lip plumper sort, it’s a whole lot milder. After the mask has been applied, my therapist proceeded to place a gauze over my face. I’ve felt some facial places do this before but I had no idea the piece of gauze was this huge! DSC01034 It was only after, when I reviewed the blind shots I took, that I noticed how large a piece it is though it makes more sense as we go on. After the gauze comes the whole ‘cocoon-ing’ aspect of the treatment as a thick mousse / foam was slathered all over my face (over the gauze). DSC01036 This part was the most intriguing as I felt a dense and thick foam being slathered on my face, such that something was pressing down on me, but yet so gently at the same time. It’s peculiar, like dense and weighty but yet light. DSC01038 The point of this cocoon-ing process is to encapsulate your skin in these layers and layers of nourishment. The mousse / foam is a masking product as well (I forgot the name of it though) and helps to form a barrier around the skin to lock in nourishment and moisture while radiating a comfortable warmth – yes, it is warming, woots! This helps promote circulation and also betters the absorption of minerals and products that you are putting on your face. DSC01044 To prevent the cocoon mask foam from sliding off, the remaining bits of gauze were wrapped over my face, forming a ‘net’ of foam. At this point it looks like I have a meringue on my face and it’s so comical. But underneath that funny outlook, I felt very comforted and pampered with the minty cool sensation from the first mask and the gentle warmth of the cocoon foam. It did not feel uncomfortable at all be under all that and in fact, it was really calming. DSC01047 DSC01050

The Shoulder & Hand Massage –

What’s more while my face was under that mound of foam and gauze, I was treated to a shoulder massage (this is part of the whole facial experience I’m sure)  and it wasn’t just a quick rub and go. My therapist pressed away at the tension in my shoulders (I always have tension there, grr) and massaged my neck as well. Afterwhich, I thought I would be left to rest alone for a bit but guess what – there’s a hand massage to follow too! I’ve not been given hand massages much (except when I go for a body massage, which is quite expected) so I was nicely surprised when the therapist massaged both my fingers, palms, wrists and even upper arms. I didn’t take any pictures of these because I was too busy enjoying the process. My bad!

The Finale of Skincare & Scalp Massages –

After removing the whole cocoon gauze, which made my skin feel like it had been ‘unveiled’ as the cool room air gushed over my face once the warming masks was lifted. Once the residual of the masks were wiped off, the therapist went ahead to slap on some skincare for me, massaging it in thoroughly as well. Bliss! DSC01051 Did I also mention that the skincare she used is from Maria Galland? DSC01068 Really though, the moisturizer that they kept applying on me felt so amazing I feel that I might be swayed to pick it up the next time I come by. I’m serious. It makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, without being greasy, but nicely hydrated. So, so awesome, I tell you. DSC01053 And there was also a little scalp massage while we let the lotions and creams sit, woots!

Refreshed, Supple & Pampered Skin –

Post-facial, I immediately noticed (fluffy and still-awesome hair aside, thanks to these guys) that my skin looked really good!

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Bad lighting, but here’s the ‘first look’.

I mean, that’s without a doubt given most often skin should look cleaner and fresher post-facial but given I had gone through some mild extractions and am completely stripped of makeup, my skin looked supple, plumped and most of all evened in skintone! It looks as if I were wearing some tinted product such that my skintone appeared more radiant, fresher and not blotchy at all given my recent bumps and spots (girly time of the month, don’t ask). DSC01073 DSC01076 Needless to say, my skin texture also felt a lot smoother and cleaner. While this isn’t focused on deep cleaning the skin, given my skin hasn’t clogged up loads since the last clean-out, the exfoliating and massage that went along with helped to rid my skin surface of dead skin cells and whatnot. This leaves me feeling all fresh-faced, clean and with a smooth canvas to slap on makeup once more! DSC01078 I’m really enjoying the continual skincare maintenance even if it means having to dash down to facial appointments after work and then dashing back after to my little baby girl at home. But it is nice to really indulge and pamper myself for that hour plus, and of course leave with rejuvenated skin that has been given its dose of TLC. Here are also some pictures of myself with nothing but foundation on, to show you how my post-pamper skin looks with makeup on – really more of showing the texture and how soft supple skin allows for optimal makeup application ;)

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wearing Dior Diorskin Nude Fluid Foundation

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Promotions For Icyabstract Readers!

Simply mention my name (Sara or Icyabstract) when you call to make an appointment and request for any (or both in 2 separate sessions) of the following promotions!

  • Promotion #1 – The Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Bring a friend along when you buy a Meridian Eye Care Treatment (S$48 for 30 minutes) and your friend gets to enjoy her session FREE!
  • Promotion #2 – Book A Facial & Receive An Eye Massage FREE Buy a facial session (any session to suit your skin) and receive the Meridian Eye Care Treatment for FREE!

The Cocoon Mask Treatment (seen here) retails for S$128 per session (120 minutes). Call Immortelle Atelier now (6259 9001) to enquire and book an appointment – they function on an appointment basis so no walk-in allowed. If you would like to find out more about Immortelle Atelier, head over and LIKE their Facebook Page for information on promotions and offers!

Immortelle Atelier is located at 101 Thomson Rd #02-08B, United Square Mall

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LOTD: The Maquillage BR722 Eye

I’m reusing a couple of pictures featured in a prior LOTD post… because why not, right?

I scrolled back to my old mention about this dearly beloved eyeshadow palette from Maquillage, the BR722 palette released last Fall, which I have given countless mentions about online (by this I mean Instagram mainly) because I love and reach for this very often.

So much more than you would imagine given the other options available.

If anything, I reach for this more than another equally beloved palette, the Lancôme Fraicheur Rosee one, because they serve varying purposes.

The Lancôme one is more appropriate for dressier eyes (e.g. if I have a girly get-together, event or something after work) while Maquillage’s is perfect for the everyday – the colors are all wearable and easy to slap on / blend together.

So with all that said, I thought it was about time I introduced how I wear the Maquillage palette.

 

Frankly speaking there are many ways you can do it if you feel up for swapping color placement daily but for me, the way I see this palette is pretty straight-forward and it’s a no-brainer in my usual makeup style to decide what goes where.

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As I said, you can always mix it up but it’s easy slapping on 5 colors for me (I kid you not), or 4 at least, especially when they’re so beautifully neutral but with enough sparkle. It also helps that the shadows are just the right sort of pigmented – enough to lend shine, sheen and color but nothing that results in extra blending for that seamless… blend.

Enough talk, here’s the face (which you have already seen) but focus on the eyes this time, okay?

And then a close-up, which I didn’t post earlier.

The way I use this palette is quite simple and it’s a method I try to use for all eyeshadow palettes when I don’t feel up for experimenting. It’s like my ‘safe’ color placement.

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  1. First I apply the top left color as a wash all over the lids (just under the crease)
  2. Then I apply the top right color to the outerhalf of the lid, for some color and warmth
  3. Next, using another fluffy brush I blend the shimmery mid-brown (bottom centre) shade on the outer-half and blending it into the crease
  4. For added definition, I use a pointed brush to dab some of that dark sooty charcoal shade into the outer-v (just a little)
  5. Lastly, I dab some of that satin bone white shade on my browbone with a fluffy brush

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Tada, it’s pretty straightforward isn’t it?

So, that’s that for this pretty random and impromptu post featuring one of my most used eyeshadow palettes to date.

It’s a simple brown palette that is a dime a dozen but the way this Maquillage palette shades work so perfectly and easily together for the everyday eye makes it truly of workhorse status. One that I can’t live without now even though browns / neutrals aren’t rare pokemons in the eyeshadow world.

I think I’ve said enough.

Tell me, what’s your favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for the everyday?

Thanks for reading!

 

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Lifted Eyes & Pampered Skin With Immortelle Atelier!

I know a lot of us live very rushed lives with hardly any spare time to indulge or pamper ourselves. Even when we do any form of pampering activities, we often have a ‘time slot’ for it inwhich we rush off to yet another appointment or errand right after we are done.

So much for pampering, right?

In the realm of spas and treatments, we have seen quite a technological leap whereby these days machines are often used to help quicken the facial treatment yet still provide and promise the same cleansed result. While a quick pop by these facial services definitely get the job done, especially so for the time constrained, sometimes it is nice to indulge yourself in a little more time and a lot more pamper.

Truth be told, it has been a good while since I had treated myself – or rather, my face / neck area – to a facial session as pampering, calming and soothing as this one. And I have clearly forgotten how therapeutic and indulgent face massages can be especially when done in the right environment – perfect plush blanket, soft music and soothing botanical aroma.

It’s absolutely indulgent and while photos can’t capture the whole situation I can try my best to relate this absolutely calming and much needed rejuvenation.

What’s more Immortelle Atelier offers this absolutely stellar ‘Intensive’ Eye Treatment which I absolutely enjoyed and am raving about to no ends. It is amazing, simply said, read more about it below!

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Stay tuned till the end because, as always, Immortelle Atelier has some really great deals for Icyabstract readers! They are pretty awesome deals for a treatment I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend, so stay tuned!

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So… tucked away in a quiet little corner of United Square is this very quaint-looking and delicately furnished facial shop that is Immortelle Atelier.

The minute you spot the shop and the entrance, you’ll be greeted with a very ‘backstage’ set up meets French-boutique sort of vibe. It’s clashy but it’s so feminine and beautiful at the same time. It’s almost like saying, we’re here for you be it if you want to be stage-perfect and ready to shine or looking for a calming and tranquil space to relax your mind.

Previously located in the Chinatown area, Immortelle Atelier had shifted over to United Square to cater to the busy moms (and working ladies or home makers) who need a quick refresh and break from the hustle and bustle of life.

I popped by after work and was offered a cup of tea (Jasmine, I think) before I was brought to one of the facial treatment rooms. For the small square space they had to work with, the room was nice and cozy. It didn’t feel cramped even though it could have been and the furnishings (soft lush carpet, such a plus!) along with bedding accessories made it feel so comfortable overall.

I especially enjoyed the furry comforter they provided. It was like sleeping with a furry little kitty – warm and cozy.

The lighting within the room was kept dim most of the way so I do apologize for grainy images. I shot with RAW and was able to turn up the picture so you can actually see what happened but graininess is something that happened as a result, I can’t escape that bit for sure.

 

Makeup Removal –

As always, the very first step was to remove my makeup and while I didn’t explain above, Immortelle Atelier mainly uses Maria Galland skin care products (hence the posters in their waiting area). This brand is new to me but according to my therapist, and also after some googling once I got home, Maria Galland is a brand rich with heritage and is deeply devoted to offering natural, quality and also indulgent skincare.

A globally renowned brand amongst those of the trade, Maria Galland supplies to a large amount of top beauty salons so I was glad to be introduced to this and also to experience these indulgent and positively delightful products.

Being all about peace, wellbeing and a well-rested experience, most of Maria Galland’s products have a soft botanical scent to them. It isn’t cloying nor over-powering but they lend a hand in the relaxation process along with the soothing music and ambient lighting (along with the really comfortable throw) at Immortelle Atelier.

Product-wise, the Maria Galland creams and cleansers felt watery, yet still creamy, aqueous but also luxurious. It had made me intrigued enough about the product to consider some of their items. Immortelle Atelier also sells some pieces of the Maria Galland skincare brand at their boutique.

So anyway, the therapist did a double-cleanse for my skin (soo calming I tell you!) before proceeding to access my skin concerns.

After accessing my skin, my therapist (Julia) commented that I have fairly good skin – phew! – though it is a little fatigued and stressed out from both environmental exposure and perhaps some lifestyle choices too. Oops, I should really stop keeping late nights.

Given that, she opted for a anti-stress facial (which consists of multiple massages to relax the tired skin), their famed eye treatment just to relax the taut eye muscles, and some deep cleansing steps just to properly clean out my skin once more. It seems like no matter what, my skin is like a lint roller and it just sucks dirt to it.

I swear I have a proper cleansing regimen and I hardly slack off it!

 

Extraction –

I’ve spoken about extractions before, the pros the cons, the lovers and the haters. I mentioned that as much as it hurts and as much buzz as there is around extractions, I actually really like them.

I think machine cleansing is great for the time constrained peeps and if anything, sometimes machine can clean in a way that human hands can’t but same goes. Machines can’t extract or cleanse pores the way extraction can and for me, I feel that often times my skin truly feels cleaner after a manual extraction process.

Of course, I must also disclaim that it is best to leave your face in hands that are professional at doing this because it can be painful or go awfully wrong if extractions aren’t done right.

Thankfully for me there isn’t all that much to extract, only a few problematic spots and blackheads around / on my nose.

Since only a couple of points of my face required an extraction, my face wasn’t left sore or painful after. I didn’t have to walk around with a whole bunch of red spots post-facial either (as you will see later).

After extracting, Julia soothes a layer of toner over just to calm the skin and also because the mild astringent quality helps constrict the pores post-extraction.

 

Meridian Eye Treatment –

Thisssss, this is awesome, you must read this portion even if you somehow decide to speed-read the rest of this entry.

A famed treatment here at Immortelle Atelier, their Meridian Eye Treatment lends the technique of the traditional chinese massage method ‘Gua Sha’. Those who are familiar with that massage method may recoil in shock at it being used on the eye area, but let me just say – it’s not the same of course.

The technique and thought is the same, to relief any taut tension and muscles from the area but the way it is done is obviously different because the eye area is such a delicate spot. I assure you there is absolutely no pain in this process and I actually found it really relaxing.

Firstly, your therapist will apply some thick balm to help ease the movement of the ‘bone’ tool that is used to massage the eye area.

After that, your therapist will go through a series of soft rubbing and point-pressing sort of movements around your eye area ranging from your socket, to your brow-bone. Again, let me assure you that this is not painful at all.

This massage reminded me of the body massage that I have to do regularly to help ease the tension in my neck and back because somehow my meridian passages get congested very easily.

I had no idea that the eye area gets ‘knotted’ as well, until Julia started easing some knots on my lower socket away and I could feel that familiar motion of her ‘pressing the knots out’. I really can’t describe it as well without making it sound scary but those who do similar treatments will likely grasp what I am trying to get at!

The eye treatment takes 30 minutes in all, so that’s about 15 minutes for each eye and after your therapist is done with your first eye they’ll usually stop to let you see the difference between the massaged eye and the not massaged one.

I expected the eye to feel more relaxed after but I wasn’t expecting to actually see a visible difference in the eyes, much less the face! It appears that the whole cheek and eye area of the side that was massaged is lifted and that in turn makes me look a lot more awake!

It’s quite amazing, see for yourself!

So after that comparison, Julia proceeded to work on my next eye and I just sat back (or rather lied back) and enjoyed the massage.

 

Massage Time! –

Now, this part I really really enjoyed.

I enjoy massages of all sort, especially face massages! With more facials moving towards the technological side, I’ve realized that lesser places incorporate massages into their facial routine, which some people may prefer since it saves time but a face massage just makes you feel so pampered and so good after.

What’s more, it helps lift the face too (no matter how temporary)!

The neck isn’t forgotten about either!

A bit of a random point to mention but I noted that my therapist, Julia’s, hands always felt warm and soft on. It’s a small thing to pay attention to but it definitely adds to the overall relaxation process, to have a warm touch instead of icy cold hands.

I never thought I would mind or nitpick on things like the temperature of the therapist’s hands but, it truly was enjoyable.

 

The Purifying Mask –

After the very enjoyable face and neck massage, Julia proceeded with the masking session and recommend a purifying one for my skin. She said that this mask would help draw the impurities, clogs and oils from my skin out and leave it cleaner and fresher after.

Julia also went ahead to put a cold eye mask on the eye region to relax the eye area after the treatment.

While we left the mask on to do it’s job, more massaging went underway and this time it was a scalp / head massage – bliss!

 

Cleanse Off, Cream On! –

After leaving the mask on for a bit and leaving me to relax on my own after the scalp / head massage, Julia returned to remove the mask and also proceeded to help my slap on some skincare.

The skincare that she used would be a toner and face cream from Maria Galland, followed by an eye cream (which felt so creamy and nice!), all of which came with a little application massage as well. I can’t get enough of the massages and wish someone would apply and massage my nightly routine on for me, ha!

They even do a little shoulder rub and back massage (not just a quick pat all over) once you’re up from your lying position before they head out and leave you alone to change to your clothes.

 

Post Facial Face! –

So after you’ve seen my face in all sorts of unglam from the facial, here are some post-facial shots with no makeup and flat hair but it’s good enough to show you how rejuvenated my skin looks and feels!

Again, it’s quite hard to actually translate the cleaner skin or to measure the amount of tension that Julia massaged away from my face but the whole lifted complexion, brighter eyes and smoothened skin after says enough for itself!

The key area to note would be how my eye lids seem less puffy and the whole cheek area is so much more lifted than before. Maybe it’s only partially lifted but the difference it makes in making me look a little more awake is awesome.

And then following that, here are some shots taken the next day with a little foundation and brows on. Just to better showcase the smooth canvas my skin is, so as to allow foundation to go on flawlessly.

And a closeup of my eye area (which I had also posted about on instagram) just because I am so so amazed with the eye treatment. My lids are less puffy and my hooded lids aren’t as hooded anymore! They seem lifted almost and I don’t have as much issues with eyeliner smearing in the outer edges!

It’s quite something and I’m so impressed.

Unfortunately this lift isn’t permanent, of course, and to upkeep this you will be recommended to go back to Immortelle Atelier for the Eye treatment about once a month or so, depending on your needs!

I know I’m definitely going back for another session – I need and love it sooooo much!

If you’re curious about the Eye Treatment too then I’ve got a treat for you!

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Promotions For Icyabstract Readers!

So, yes, just for my readers I am so glad to be able to share this amazing promotion which I had suggested to Immortelle Atelier about and they gladly agreed to!

Simply mention my name (Sara or Icyabstract) when you call to make an appointment and request for any (or both in 2 separate sessions) of the following promotions!

  • Promotion #1 – The Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
    Bring a friend along when you buy a Meridian Eye Care Treatment (S$48 for 30 minutes) and your friend gets to enjoy her session FREE!
  • Promotion #2 – Book A Facial & Receive An Eye Massage FREE
    Buy a facial session (any session to suit your skin) and receive the Meridian Eye Care Treatment for FREE!

For further information, the prices over at Immortelle Atelier are actually really affordable. The pampering session I received (and talked about above) is the Instant Anti-Stress Facial and it costs S$68 per session (of 1 hour)

 

So hurry, call Immortelle Atelier now (6259 9001) to enquire and book an appointment – they function on an appointment basis so no walk-in allowed.

If you would like to find out more about Immortelle Atelier, head over and LIKE their Facebook Page for information on promotions and offers!

Immortelle Atelier is located at 101 Thomson Rd #02-08B, United Square Mall

Thanks for reading!

 

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On My Nails: A Little Attitude + Sephora’s Express Drying Oil

It’s been awhile since a nail post hasn’t it!

I’ve been pretty good about keeping my talons colored at all times, though not good enough to remove and swap out a color at the first signs of chipping but hey, good enough!

Compared to my almost 6 month long abstinence of nail color due to time constrains and eczema issues, I have to say that it’s nice to once again have color on my nails and get to change that up according to my mood. Bright and summery one day, moody and dark the next.

In this post, I’ll be showcasing the last of my piCture pOlish loots (featured here) and this color, Attitude, was not one that I purchased. It was one that Eliza had picked out for me and I can’t say how perfect a shade it is for me. This girl knows me so darn well, thank you love <3

 

Attitude is a mysterious purple that leans a little blue. It’s almost like a galaxy reflected in your nails – the blue tinted sort of cartooned galaxy instead of the dark starry space kind.

The shimmer within this is stunning, almost as if they each have a role to play – there are the prominent silver ones that glint and shine from the darkened base while the softer shimmers lend a subtle sheen, adding dimension to the nail color.

What’s more you’ll be glad to know that while the polish is strewn with shimmer (like, really packed), it wasn’t difficult to remove either.

How perfect is that?

So that’s how Attitude looks under sunlight, and it is actually rather true to what it appears like in person – soft sparkles on a dark base with a nice glowy sort of sheen to the base color.

Though for representation sake, here’s how Attitude looks under really bright and harsh lighting, just to show you the concentration of the shimmers within.

It’s gorgeous yes, but it is a little obnoxious if you ask me and we have a lot of glitter or shimmer polishes out there that can achieve this effect rather easily so I feel that what Attitude can achieve with it’s mix of prominent and subtle shimmer is really quite unique and gorgeous.

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Aside from piCture pOlish’s Attitude, I also want to give a little mention to Sephora’s Express Drying Oil.

What this is, is basically an oil that you drip on the nails and it acts like a topcoat, as well as quickens the drying process of the nail color you have on.

It sounds incredibly interesting and to date I’ve never tried anything of the sort. The only quick dry thing I have tried would be top coats (like Seche Vite) and even those are painted on very much like nail polishes are, not dropper-ed on and surely not an oil.

So with that, I found this Sephora Express Drying Oil very fascinating and fancy-effects aside, I’m actually quite happy to report that this does work fairly well.

It is a little messy to use given the whole oil factor and dripping it on your nails and all but if you put a tissue, kitchen towel or cotton pad under your nails while you do it, it’s no big deal. What’s more given this is an oil of some sort, I would like to think that it actually helps to hydrate the skin around your fingers a little more. I’m not sure if they market this as being hydrating or nourishing to your cuticles but my dry cuticles seem to be facing better days after I’ve started incorporating this into my nail routine.

It could be a coincidence with a better skin cycle, who knows.

Though what I do know about this is that it in the inital period of wear (maybe the first day or so?) it gives you a mega glossy and pretty shine which is rather incredibly given you just had to drop one drop of oil over your polish. Though the plush shine does subside by day 2 and it becomes a pretty okay shiny finish.

Not mega wow but it’s decent enough on for someone who can’t stand muted nails, aka me.

I can’t feedback on the added wear time of this because piCture pOlish polishes wear really well on their own already so.. perhaps I’ll get back in future if I test this out with MAC polishes or something.

In short, I think this is a rather nifty product especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to sit around and paint a pristine top coat after you have already spent this long on your nail color. What’s more we all know topcoats, especially the awesome fast drying ones, get gunky real quick and become more of a pain than a help so having something like this would be great!

Daily use aside, I can see this being of help for photoshoots, considering it instantly gives you hi-shine, plush and glossy nails that are so picturesque.

I really should have made this a review entry of its own but… ah well, what the heck. Go check this out if you’re a nail fiend or if you know a nail fiend. I’m sure this would make a nice stocking stuffer now that the holiday period is around the corner!

 

Sephora’s Express Drying Oil is available at all Sephora outlets.

piCture pOlish’s Attitude is available on their website here.

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GIVEAWAY – GlamGlow, PeterThomasRoth & More Masks to Be Won!

I just thought I would do an extension of the shoutout since I’m back at work now and feeling way better. Still coughing but nothing’s going to stop me from sharing giveaways!

So, yes I have a mini giveaway over at my instagram as of now (and yes to take part, you will need an instagram account) so hop over to have a look.

Basically all you have to do is share a photo of yourself with your favorite mask on (or a photo of your favorite mask you shy folks) and hashtag #sephoramaskquerade along with tagging me @icyabstract!

Once again, Sephora Singapore is giving away ONE box of masks packed with goodies from GlamGlow, Peter Thomas Roth, For Beloved One and more (worth over S$200 in value) so you can mask to your heart’s desire!

This giveaway ends 22nd October, which is real soon, so hurry over! Look out for this picture for all the details and don’t forget to comment on it once you are done, good luck!

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Another reason for me posting this giveaway mention in a whole blog post of its own is also because I wanted to talk a little bit more about said featured mask.

In the giveaway Instagram picture I am seen wearing Boscia’s Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask and I feel, amongst the brands included within Sephora’s generous mask box, Boscia is somewhat like an underdog.

It could just be me and my exposure to the brand but I have received a couple of items from the brand, tried them out and they’re all pretty good.

Though given that, I don’t hear too many mentions about the brand and I’m not too sure why. It could be the lack of presence and/or the fact that not many people actively mention it to begin with so… here I am throwing a little mention to this gem!

So, here’s an official write-up about the product because I don’t think I can tell it as well as they do.

This jet-black, mineral-rich mask has a unique ‘peel-off’ effect. It also delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying and brightening results. Made with premium quality clay, its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil, while powerful antioxidants ingredients shrink the pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. When dry, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal brighter skin and smaller pores.

The function of this is much like the Kose Seikoshi Mask White (old entry here) that I really enjoy using.

Both dispense a thick, gooey and sticky formula that you slather liberally on the skin. This is particularly important because a nicely coated layer makes it easier to peel the mask off after without it tearing midway.

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Fun fact –
My 2 year old daughter was so intrigued and creeped at my black masked face. She was staring inquisitively but notably keeping her hands close by her sides and said “No!” when I asked her to touch my face, ha!

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Compared to the KOSE mask, I feel the Boscia mask is gentler to peel off, it doesn’t grab on as tightly and in my experience it doesn’t leave my skin feeling like I had just ripped a tacky tape off it. Which means those who found KOSE a little painful to remove might appreciate this one more.

While gentle, it doesn’t take away from the efficacy of the mask as I did note that my skin felt clearer, brighter and fresher after the mask. With the KOSE mask I did note that the pores around my nose area, especially, seemed cleaner but it didn’t lend a hand with brightening my complexion like this Boscia one did.

For the sake of comparison, I had only applied the Boscia one on half of my face so here’s the half-face comparison of both the masked and unmasked sides.

The side that had been masked appears clearer and brighter, compared to the other. And this is even with all the regular facial sessions I have been going to. Which goes to show doing your part with at-home masks in the midst of facial sessions is just as important in the skin up-keep!

And also that this Bosica Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask is pretty awesome stuff.

 

Though if you thought that KOSE’s mask is expensive (at S$35 for 75ml), this is going to set you back a little more at S$52 for 80gm.

It’s a little more to pay for for the additional skin-benefits as well as the gentler-yet-still-effective touch but I’m sure those with sensitive skin will be glad to know that there is now a peel-off mask that they can try!

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Peel-Off Mask retails for S$52 and is available at Sephora Singapore

 

Thanks for reading!

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