A Look at YSL’s Skincare Lineups! – For the Intrigued, Confused or New to the Brand!

Hey guys! Or rather girls, ladies, women.

And of course the men out there if there are any reading this post….

So anyway, yes before I actually get to the low-down and the 101 of some of the more prominent YSL Skincare Ranges, I should first say that for those out there who are probably wondering…. Yes, YSL actually does carry skincare!

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And if your impression of YSL is an edgy fashionable brand that is strong and excels in makeup (which isn’t wrong either) such that it’s skincare would just be something totally skimming the surface of skincare products and nothing much to talk about then you are wrong.

YSL’s skincare ranges are actually quite innovative, well incorporated and have a good amount of skin-science and thought put into it.

Those who have been exposed to and continually using YSL’s skincare products mostly only have good things to say about it. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search around the web and the results don’t lie.

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So, if you are indeed fresh and new to the realm of YSL’s Skincare then I hope this 101 will be useful in directing you where to look!

Now I scratched my head a little about organising this post because I wasn’t quite sure where to start and how to arrange the flow of this information since where YSL skincare ranges are concerned, there isn’t an obvious tier to it.

Sure there are some price point tiers but it’s mainly for that one slightly more extravagant and indulgent range, for the rest of the ranges that I’m going to cover at least (because I’m no YSL Skincare expert either, I’ll say that), it’s a lot more dependant on your skin concerns and what you’re looking for or looking to include in your skincare.

With that said, I’m going to warn you about the brick wall of text ahead because, well when it comes to skincare there’s no other way about it than explanations and texts so… if you’re intrigued to find out more about the YSL Skincare ranges I’m going to touch on then grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the read!

 

p.s. Pictures in this post are not mine 
and are press visuals or editorial 
representations of the products, purely for 
informative purposes.

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Youth Liberator Range –

What it does: Anti-aging, skin regeneration
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

So… the first range I’m going to talk about is the YSL Forever Youth Liberator range and it may seem odd to jump straight into an anti-aging skincare routine but trust me, anti-aging isn’t just for the aged skin.

That’s a misconception a lot of people have and it’s not wrong because compared to the lighter and more refreshing hydrating routines, anti-aging routines do have an edge of nourishment and more enveloped hydration to the products but for the most part, YSL’s Youth Liberator range is one that’s targeted to all skincares of all age groups.

As long as you feel you’re benefiting from these products then it’s for you.

In fact, if you ask me, the Youth Liberator routine is somewhat like YSL’s all-encompassing skincare routine, aimed at giving you hydration, nourishment, a boost of skin regeneration through anti-aging skincare properties and just general skin well-being so don’t let the term ‘anti-aging’ scare you from this because it’s really all kinds of lovely.

To put in some analogy, the Youth Liberator range is also one of YSL’s most thriving shoot thus far with a solid skincare routine which is a bit like the trunk along with little branches extending in to different, well, extensions of the Youth Liberator range.

I’ll get to those extensions in a bit but in the meanwhile, in case you’re wondering about the science that goes into Youth Liberator, let me just touch on that a little. Because I know that some of you out there do like reading about things like that (as do I).

 

Inside the Youth Liberator –

The key ingredient behind Youth Liberator’s ability to encourage skin regeneration and stimulate the production of collagen for more suppler and youthful looking skin is Glycanactif™, a YSL patented ingredient. Though if you’re into pet names, you can just call it Glycan.

Glycans, are macro molecules (or poly saccharides, if you prefer that science speak) that help the skin to combat signs of aging. I’m not lab-expert to give you the full details of how that works but it’s got something to do with helping our different layers of the skin communicate better with each other. Like little efficient and lightning fast messengers.

So they’ll tell the skin layers to make the skin more supple by regenerating itself, producing more collagen to smooth out wrinkles and lines as well as boost the elasticity of the skin.

While a seemingly easy task to do, this communication between our skin cells and layers deteriorates over time as our skin ages. Apart from aging, exposure to external factors such as free radicals, sun rays and pollutants also cause this communication to break down over time so what YSL aims to do with Youth Liberator is simply to restore that!

I think that’s quite simply put, yes?

With that, let me move on to talk about the little branch extensions within the Youth Liberator range.

 

Multi-purpose High Potency Range

Now aside from the main skincare lineup which does a great job of covering all aspects of the skincare routine through varying textures, from the easily absorbed gloopy gel-like serums to the thicker and more nourishing moisturizers, there are a couple more additions to the range that YSL had included for more targeted skin concerns.

The first would be one of my favorites because they’re relatively fuss-free and easy given their multi-purpose high potency.

Let me introduce to you the Essence-in-Lotion as well as the Serum-in-Cream. As their names describe, they’re basically an infusion of potent active ingredients, hydration and all in one step that would usually require 2 products to cover.

The Essence-in-Lotion would be an infusion of Essence (like a lighter dose of serum) in a toner-like Lotion formula. If you ask me, the concept of this is very similar to the Japanese skin softeners but instead of just the skin softening step where you have to follow up with serum after, this contains both the skin softening and prepping for absorption aspect as well as the dose of serum albeit in a lighter form than the actual serum.

The Serum-in-Cream is a little more self-explanatory such that it’s a mix of your serum dosage in a nourishing and creamy balm that perfectly seals in and wraps up your skincare routine. While it seems like the perfect lazy step to end the routine, YSL does prefer to market this as a regenerative process to revisit once in awhile (one tub is supposedly good for 30 days – depending on your usage of course) to really give your skin a bit of a boost and recharge. Almost like a vitamin pill you pop when you’ve had a bit of a rough skin time or if your skin is feeling particularly fatigued after some stressful life occurrences / changes… that sort of a thing.

 

Youth Liberator Y Shape Range

So yes, that’s the multi-purpose and high-potency products branching out from the YSL Youth Liberator range. Another slightly new (I believe?) addition to the range would be the YSL Youth Liberator Y Shape Range which is more targeted at face shaping to give you that perfect facial contour.

Like a V-shaped face, but Y cause it’s YSL… ha!

I don’t have experience with this range so I can’t speak much of it but this mini range comes full-out with a Y facial applicator, which needless to say comes with a hefty pricetag too no doubt, as well as a Y-Zone Concentrate (which I assume is a serum?) and a Y Shape Cream (a moisturizing cream to seal in the routine).

 

Makeup + Skincare Product!

Now this one I believe doesn’t need much of a write up because I have already reviewed it over here, but if you’re looking to complete your Youth Liberator skincare experience but including that same skincare science in your makeup routine then look no further than their YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation!

I’ve talked about it in more detail in my review but summing it up, it’s a pretty kick-ass everyday sort of foundation that comes infused with the potent Youth Liberator Serum so you can be sure to nourish and hydrate your skin while beautifying it!

 

So I know that was insanely lengthy but I think that wraps up the Youth Liberator range, how I know it at least and if I’ve missed anything important out feel free to add on in the comments for others to read and know!

Phew, that said, let’s go on to shed some light on the other more targeted YSL skincare ranges, shall we? Less everyone thinks that the Youth Liberator is all there is to YSL.

Which… isn’t wrong because it’s one of the ‘anchor’ ranges but YSL surely has more products targeting more skin concerns so, let’s have a look!

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Light Creator Range –

What it does: Skin Brightening & Skin-tone Correcting
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

As opposed to the Youth Liberator range which is a little more nourishing and a tad heavier on the skin (but not as rich as mature skin products), the Light Creator range is a lot lighter in texture and consistency, across the board that is.I believe even the moisturizer comes in a Cream Gel formula instead of an outright cream or balm like Youth Liberator does.

If your skin concerns are more of skin brightening, skintone correcting as well as achieving a more radiant and uniformed complexion, then Light Creator is a range that you should look into. In fact, if you’re up for it you can mix using both the Youth Liberator and Light Creator range – one for the day and one for the night. That’s what I’m doing right now actually but I’ll get to that in my skincare rundown in a bit.

So, you know the drill, skin science, let’s go!

 

Inside the Light Creator Range –

Containing a tweaked and updated form of Glycanactif (as defined above), the Light Creator range has GlycanactifWT™ complex as its main ingredient.

Apart from the usual skin hydration and regeneration that the usual Glycans are able to do, GlycanactifWT™ provides skin correcting and skin brightening benefits which aims to (over time) improve the uniformity, clarity and also radiance in the skin as well as working on lightening darkspots and improving the skin texture.

In all, it’s a lot more of an aesthetic range (albeit working over a period of time like skincare does) as opposed to solely being a self-sustaining and maintaining routine that the Youth Liberator does.

Though as mentioned, you are able to mix and match across the ranges to see what fits your skin concerns and desires!

As for the products, I think the range is a little bit simpler compared to the Youth Liberator routine. If I’m not wrong there are some key products within such as serums, facial moisturizers, eye cream and such but more of targeted and potent products without things like toners, lotions or cleansers.

If I’m not wrong… Ha, see I’m really not a guru where YSL skincare is concerned too. Just sharing what I think I know, heh!

 

Light Creator CC Cream –

Though the Light Creator range does thread a little into the makeup realm with a small collection of CC creams which I think is quite appropriate for the whole color correcting and skin tone correcting image of this range.

There are 3 Light Creator CC Cream shades launched – Rose, Lavender and Apricot – depending on what you’re looking for be it a brightening base, a skintone correcting base or simply a skin-tone-like base!

These come infused with the same GlycanactifWT™ complex within that nourishes and hydrates the skin with wear so, like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, it is a little nourishing to wear on and feels a little more like skincare than makeup so weartime suffers a little but if you’re all up for a little skincare in your makeup then these are great to look into!

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Or Rouge Range –

What it does: Age-defying and Youth Restoring
Who it’s for: Mature skintypes (age 30 plus and above?)

So… we’ve reached the Or Rouge range, the mother of all mother ranges I would say because the price point is as sexy as how all the products look.

Starting at a whooping few hundred dollars (or the lowest price could be hovering at 80 plus 90, I really can’t recall), it’s a range that not all will take to that’s for sure. At the same time, given the effects and targeted skincare concerns that this range addresses, it’s no wonder as well that the price point is this high because it is predominantly targeted at women who are further along in age (but we’re not talking super old 50 or 60 here, remember choosing to start on a skincare is your comfort, needs and choice more than a specific age barrier) as opposed to those with younger skin and the ability to focus on addressing other skin concerns like brightening and hydration rather than having to go into skin restoration.

 

The Science & Quality Behind Or Rouge –

Now… where do I start with this because given my knowledge of this range, the price point is considerably warranted if you understand the ingredients and technology that goes into it.

Looking to defy the 11 signs of aging, YSL’s Or Rouge’s key ingredient is the carefully and also very manually extracted pistils of the Saffron flower. This process is both delicate as well as tedious because a large amount of pistils can only result in a few precious drops of Saffron flower extract.

This extract, coupled with other ingredients that YSL has paired it with within the Or Rouge range, aims to aid in skin revitalization which means it addresses the 11 signs of aging that our skin faces – roughness, firmness, dullness, elasticity, wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, skintone uniformity, pore visibility, dark spots, redness and smile lines.

Essentially that’s covering everything that comes with skin aging.

 

The Or Rouge range itself is quite complete, that is if you’re looking to dedicate yourself wholly to the Or Rouge range because if you’ve got the moolah to do that then by all means, go ahead!

That’s certainly the best way to yield any sort of results from a skincare range but given the price range… I would suggest stepping into this range one foot at a time, one product at a time.

To take your dedication to the Or Rouge range a little step further, you may also choose to invest in the hefty (in weight, feel and also price) applicator that comes with a smoothened and cool application surface for applying eye creams or dabbing on the Or Rouge moisturizer.

It’s a splurge no doubt, but it would make such a beautiful gift for your mom, a lady in your life you hold dear or perhaps yourself. If you’re feeling a little generous, that is.

I’ve given the skincare products a feel, not so much a try on myself though, and while incredibly luscious in the nourishment and hydration it provides, it really doesn’t feel all that heavy or thick on the skin either.

So if you’re thinking it’s going to be overly thick and rich (rich, yes maybe but not heavy feeling on the skin) then banish those thoughts because Or Rouge packs potency and richness in thinner and balmier formulas that blend on quite nicely.

It will feel a tad thicker than Youth Liberator, or maybe thereabout but it’s not as if you’re putting a blanket of vaseline on your skin, no. The formula is a lot more refined than that.

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Top Secrets Range –

What it does: Prepping & Priming the skin
Who it’s for: All age groups, depending on makeup concern

Now this last range that I’m about to talk about, I’ll admit, I have very little information on.

At a glance I know exactly what this range is about and what kind of products go into it but if you ask me, I have very little experience with the products within this range. Which I know is a tad peculiar given it’s a makeup prep and prime range and one that’s got skincare elements inside but not entirely focused on the long-haul aspect of skin benefiting either.

Which sounds a lot like something I appreciate because while skincare is something I love loads, doesn’t everyone love a little quick fix to perk up the complexion, or perhaps fix the skin tone, awaken your eyes, things of that sort.

So essentially, that is what the Top Secrets range is all about.

There are some skincare elements and components within the range so it’s not all makeup and aesthetics but the purpose of the products here are largely aimed at providing some sort of immediate (albeit exterior only or temporary) look of healthier / more ideal skin.

 

The Science of Top Secrets –

Not that there’s a whole lot of science to this range, not overly revolutionary science at least, but I should still talk about some ingredient focus or make-up if I can and while not evident in all products, I’ve noticed that caffeine appears most frequently in the ingredients line up of the products within YSL’s Top Secrets.

It’s no surprise really given caffeine is aimed at de-puffing and providing an immediate skin energizing / fatigue and water rentention draining sort of an effect to the skin.

I think there are quite a number of items in the Top Secrets range and I don’t know of many or all but I have ever tried YSL’s sunscreen (UV Shield, I think it was called) while it was still in this range. Though their sunscreen has since been boosted with added skincare benefits and moisturizing ingredients resulting in it being shifted over to the Light Creator range instead.

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So… actually that’s mainly about it!

 

There is one more range I am aware is available to YSL as well but it’s a range I have zero experience, knowledge and word about and that is the Temps Majeur range. In fact I’m not even fully aware if it is available here in Singapore but based on the US website it sounds like something very similar to the Youth Liberator range such that it’s marketed to most all skintypes and aids in achieving youthful skin.

Of course as I have said through this whole entry, I’m hardly an expert when it comes to YSL’s skincare and I’m finding out as much as I can while doing this up for you guys so if anyone is an expert or willing to share their insights or experience with the YSL skincare range, please feel free to drop me a comment below!

I would certainly love to hear more and find out more! Meanwhile if anyone else has questions about any of the ranges, you may drop me a note too and I’ll answer them as best as I can!

 

I know it’s been quite a read but I hope it was informative! I’ve been injecting some YSL into my skincare routine for awhile and I’ll share about that in due time! I still want to give the products more use first before forming any opinions but so far it’s been pretty good!

So yes, I’ll check back again with some YSL skincare talk at a later time but meanwhile, thanks for reading!

Review: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – Some Skincare In Your Base!

Helloooo!

So tell me, how long as it been since my last foundation review post? Too long, I’m sure!

Though in the, hmm, festivities or rather in the spirit of this YSL 30 Day spam, I thought it fitting to revive foundation reviews on here because there are a couple of bases from the brand that I am really enjoying, both in their own and very different ways.

 

In this entry at least I’m going to touch on one that I’ve had on hand for a little longer – much longer, actually – and that is the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

I think I’ve had this fella for about 6 months plus, maybe? I only know it’s been awhile and I’ve been meaning to review it but never quite got around to it so it’s about time I finally did, within my 30 Days of YSL mention at that!

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So, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is part skincare and part makeup, which is something that probably doesn’t surprise most these days since more and more brands are incorporating skincare benefits into their makeup ranges.

Though where this Serum Foundation stands is a little towards the front of the timeline when Serum foundations were first introduced into the market.

At that period, the smooth moussey and a little slippery dropper type take on serum foundations was all the rage so when YSL came out with a creamy and run-of-the-mill-feeling liquid foundation, and I mean that in a positive way, that applies so nicely and beautifully, it caused quite a bit of a stir.

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Not so much in Singapore, strangely, perhaps because on our hot little humid island not everyone is as receptive towards a serum-infused foundation but trust me if your concept of serum foundations is thick, heavy, greasy and oil-slick-esque then the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is far from it.

The only downside to this, which I’ll get to more thoroughly in a bit, is the wearing power. Or rather the lack of.

Though as I said, I’ll get to it.

First up, given this has skincare properties and a bit of science behind it, I feel it’s necessary for me to explain that a little just to give this sleek glass bottle some justice in that area.

The Skincare Science –

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So, a little makeup branch off YSL’s Youth Liberator skincare range, the Serum Foundation functions largely like what the Youth Liberator range sets out to do which is provide nourishment to the skin, hydration as well as anti-aging benefits.

The key ingredient behind that is a YSL patented one called Glycanactif, responsible for aiding with skin regeneration and all prolonged hydration so your skin remains soft, supple and moist through the day. That’s mostly for skincare but with a little inclusion of the Youth Liberator Serum within this foundation, I’m sure it’ll provide some skin comfort to normal / dry skintypes.

While it’s not a foundation I will actively wave the oily skintypes to, I’m not saying you must turn away either because ultimately it’s still something I can wear on oilier days, albeit not as perfectly as foundations made for oily skintypes, but you get my drift.

If you are curious, it’s not a no.

So in the makeup science front, YSL had also included something called the ‘Color Tune-Up Complex‘ which is meant to aesthetically correct skin dullness and also refresh and brighten the complexion for that look of a fresher skin appearance.

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So with that science done, let me talk a little bit more about me.

Or rather my thoughts about this foundation which is… frankly a little conflicted but a large part of it sways towards the scale of LOVE.

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Yet I can’t entirely say it’s affixed there because while I absolutely love how this foundation feels on, looks on the minute I apply it and how comforting it is to apply – with that powdery soft scent and then the smooth glide that makes it feel like I’m applying skincare and not makeup – there are tiny flaws to it that prevent me from calling it a Holy Grail or something I’d reach for in any circumstances.

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Yes, as you’ve guessed it, it’s the staying power. That darn staying power which may not be such a big issue if you have dry skin (it’s mainly oilier spots that wear down quicker) or if you live in a cooler and less humid climate because… you know, Singapore is a giant greenhouse.

Before we get to that, let me show you how it applies and goes on:

 

The Application –

The foundation has a pretty good amount of coverage, about a medium I would say and you can opt to build it up a bit more but as with most foundations I like to apply a thin amount all over and only choosing to build up on areas that need more attention (like cheeks for my blemish spots).

Even then, I don’t fancy building it up too much either.

Here’s a BEFORE so you know what I’m working with / on.

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My favorite mode of applying this is using my fingers actually because, as I had mentioned, it gives you such a comforting experience and it’s perfect for mornings when you just want to indulge yourself a little more in some soothe and pamper but yet you’ve really got to get that makeup done and head out the door.

For the purpose of using a camera I used a paddle brush, so my hands don’t get dirty, ha.

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I like how after application my skin just looks that much healthier, brighter, fresher and overall better. It lends a rather satin finish so it’s not especially dewy or supple looking on but it goes on looking just like skin, but fresher, and that’s good enough for me.

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It seems to also do a pretty good job at refining the texture of the skin so no skin-blurring or smoothing primer is really required beforehand. Though you could use an oil control one if you’re especially oily at spots.

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Of course after a coat, some little blemish spots still peek through but that’s fine by me because I don’t have to look super flawless every single day and speaking of, this is what I really like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation for – the everyday.

It’s so easy to apply with the added skincare benefits that it feels like a perfect foundation for the everyday so you don’t feel so bad about constantly plopping on a base for the entire day.

Here’s more pictures of the foundation on, after I have evened it out on both sides.

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If your skintype is on the drier side of the spectrum and you can afford it, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation actually looks better without setting.

It’s not quite dewy but it’s got a nice, soft and natural little shine to it that makes the skin appear healthy and supple along with a satin-like skin finish.

Though personally I can’t go without setting my base, even the most cream to powder sort I’ll still need a dusting of something over to seal it all in so here’s how it looks once set.

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Frankly, it loses a little of that satin and fresh skin finish but it still looks nice on nonetheless.

 

How the Foundation Wears –

So now, let’s get to the serious and mildly upsetting part of this foundation – how it wears.

Though I will say that while it’s not the most ideal sort of wear time, it’s one that I can still deal with and one that I still choose to use and go through with because while it doesn’t stay pristine till the end of the day, it goes on nice enough and wears decent enough through the day.

It really is considered decent but in this day and age where all the foundations that are launching all over can last 8 hours, 12 hours and even more, this just feels a bit paler in comparison.

Though I’ll attribute it to – you win some you lose some. Perhaps adding in more additives for longwearing ability could hinder the skincare portion so… it’s something I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of, on days I’m just heading to work and then home.

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Usually by a little after lunch, I’ll start seeing first signs of wear on areas I tend to perspire or produce a little more sebum at – typically my T-zone.

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the rest of the face still wears quite alright with a blanket of coverage.

Though nearing the end of the day, and the end of the day, most of the coverage would have worn off leaving my skin a little fatigued looking because that ‘fresh’ base is not that evident, especially so around my eye and nose area.

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It still lends some skin-tone evening, thankfully, and doesn’t completely disappear as if my skin went on a foundation buffet but it’s not a look I’ll wear out post-work. If I had to go somewhere, I would touch up my face to give it that more flawless and fresh complexion once more.

Here’s a better end of work day shot once I got home and had my camera on hand.

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I think how severe the wearing off of it is will also depend on your natural skin condition and how much coverage you need from your foundation.

My main concern with foundation is lending that brightened appearance and concealing my undereye circles cause that’s where fatigue shows up most prominently and while that’s an area to touch up, I think the rest of my face still ends up being quite tolerable. Blemishes showing through and all but no redness or uneven skintone peeking out.

 

In Conclusion –

So anyway, I think I’ve rambled for long enough about this foundation, concluding this I will just say that the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is one that conflicts me a little when I have to talk about it because while I do love every single aspect of it and would highly recommend many to try it because it feels nice, smells nice and looks really nice on once applied, there is that one downside to it I feel I need to explain and disclaim because it could impact a lot of people’s judgement about it.

So while it may not last the entire day nor will it leave you looking as flawless by the end of the day, it’s just one of those incredibly nice to have products (yes, nice to have despite the pricetag) for that luxurious bridge between a skincare product and a makeup one.

It’s almost like a guilty pleasure of sorts and the sleek darkened bottle and smooth glide of the product certainly has it’s own way of luring you towards it!

I will highly recommend you give it a look at least or have the YSL Makeup Artist demo it on you so you can have a look and feel of how it is on.

After all, the YSL motto is to have yo try and understand a beauty product for yourself, on yourself, before you decide!

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So all that said and done, thanks for reading!

The Youth Liberator Serum Foundation retails for S$89 and is permanent.

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Get Your V-Line on With Clear SK’s V Face Shaper!

Here’s the second part of my Clear SK back to back pamper session, if you haven’t read about my Cellulite Busting one, do give it a read!

Plus I’ve also got giveaway sessions for the V Face Shaper treatment (first 20 readers) so read on till the end :)

 

Do I even need to explain what a V-line or V-face or V-jawline is to anyone anymore?

This term has become so commonplace in recent years with brands (mainly asian but a sprinkle of western too) riding on the hyped appeal of a slimmer and more contoured jawline.

I’m really not sure where the origins of this obsession came from but I’m going to say Korea since it seems to be something they’re rather hung up on – the whole V-shaped face, smaller face, slimmer face aspect.

I’m not saying it’s bad because ultimately I’m also suckered into the idea of a firmer and more contoured look, which does lend the look of a slimmer face, but I will say that whether one is able to achieve a V-shaped face is also largely dependent on our face shape and structure.

Some of us have more squarish jawlines so with that in mind while this treatment is termed the V Face Shaper, I do want you all to know that it is ultimately targeted at ridding excess fat pockets around the face (for a slimmer contour) and lifting the skin for a tighter and more lifted look.

It is a non-surgical and noninvasive procedure so there are limitations to it but if your concerns are primarily unwanted fatty pockets around some areas of the face – such as sagginess around your jaw, jowls, double chin problems, etc – and your skin feeling a little slack recently then perhaps this treatment is a worthy consideration!

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Unlike the Body Treatment that I had done over at Clear SK’s branch at Novena Medical Centre (Level 10), this V Face Shaper is held over at their Clear SK Medi + Skincare branch so we took a stroll over to Velocity after my body treatment.

The treatment itself is largely… mechanical? I don’t know what other word to use but it’s primarily focused on the efficacy of the machines and is very efficient and quick.

There’s no massage or much of a masking session involved so if you work around the area and need to pop by for a quick session over lunch, it seems quite do-able.

 

Make Up Removal –

The first thing to do is to remove my makeup, of course, and the therapist kept most of my liner and eye makeup intact, focusing on removing makeup from the skin since that is where the procedure is done.

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And of course here’s a mandatory snap of my skin before the treatment. I have gone ahead and done the whole front, left, right sorta thing for comparison but I’ll keep that till the end and show you the front one first.

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Coating the Skin –

To aid with the glide of the machines and to serve as a barrier between the machine hand piece and your skin, baby oil and vaseline was used.

Baby Oil was primarily applied all over to give the skin some glide while vaseline will only be applied in specific aeas where the Ultrasound machine will be used (to zap and melt fats).

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If your skin is sensitive or incompatible with these products, because I do know that vaseline and baby oil doesn’t agree with everyone’s skin, it’s best to voice out to your therapist!

I don’t have an issue with them, I don’t prefer but I can use them, so I went ahead with it anyway.

 

The Ultrasound aka Fat Zapping! –

The first step is the ultrasound treatment and the target points of this (along with how much needs to be done / how long) is largely dependent on your concerns. For example if you have a double chin issue then this would be done along your neckline to zap that portion out.

For me, my main ‘fatty’ concerns would be around my jawline.

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I’ve been pigging out a bit of late and have noticed it for myself that my face has been looking rounder (especially in Bali photos, woe…). Whenever I start putting on weight on the face, it usually starts to show there first – little pockets around my jawline – and it’s most evident when I smile.

Sigh!

So for the Ultrasound step, the therapist focused primarily along my jawline.

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The Ultrasound step isn’t painful and all you’ll feel is some heat along the skin. It isn’t prickling either, just warm, but if anything I found the noise it made to be more of a discomfort because of the high-pitched frequency.

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I’m the sort that can’t stand two metallic objects grazing each other so… naturally that was a little gnawing to me but its a small problem compared to skin discomfort (which again, there was none).

 

Uni Polar Radio Frequency for Skin Lifting & Tightening! –

After the fat zapping procedure is the RF and I half expected the therapist to slather my entire face with vaseline given what I was used to with RF.

Most times the hand piece of the machine is warm and some gel is needed inbetween to lubricate and also cool off the skin but somehow, the RF hand piece used in this particular machine is really different.

The surprising thing is that this actually feels cool against the skin. I know, I was quite taken aback.

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It doesn’t really transit to a warm surface through the course of the procedure either but rather a very odd thing happens such that while the device feels cool against the skin, but once it passes through, that particular area of the skin has this warm buzz to it.

It’s so fascinating really, yet the machine looks so ‘normal’ from pictures so I can’t quite explain it otherwise.

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Your entire face feels like its emanating this heat and seems warm and flushed at the same time (like blood circulation going on) yet nothing feels hot and I’m not even sure where the heat is coming from.

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Apart from following the contours of the face with the machine’s hand piece, the therapist had also focused around the eye contours to get some lifting and firming done there as well.

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After having completed half the face, I was provided a mirror to see the difference (on the side that is done and the side that isn’t) and while the effects really aren’t as drastic because I have been quite good with maintaining my skin with treatments these days, the ‘After’ side does look perkier overall and my cheeks are definitely more lifted.

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Your left = AFTER / Your right = BEFORE

I think if anything, RF wears off at my cheeks first compared to anywhere else of the face.

The contours are definitely firmer too and while it’s not the most evident in photographs but the lifted contour and bouncier skin effect is definitely more noticeable in person.

 

Hydrating Mask to Cool Off –

Cooling off the skin after both procedures, the therapist placed a hydrating face mask on me (as well as informed me to remember to hydrate my skin more after these treatments) and left me to relax in the room for a couple of minutes.

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Some After Snaps (and Comparisons) –

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So, as I had said earlier I think I’ve been quite good about maintaining my skin these days with the many treatments I have been going for, inclusive of continual RF maintenance, lasers and all that so frankly speaking I’m not going to expect a world of a difference with these pictures.

The key difference really is just a more lifted and firmer cheek high point and also my jawline being a little more defined with the bits of fat residing there being zapped away.

The marketing lady from Clear SK, Shermaine, had also mentioned that my issues were quite trivial and those who benefited most from the V Face Shaper treatment are those with more pronounced skin sagging / double chin issues.

Though for the rest of us, it helps to zap away those little small pouches of fats hiding along our jawline or unwanted parts of our face (cause fats in the wrong area is not gonna look cute) that makes our face shape appear rounder than we would like.

That is also where I found the most difference, not straight out in these Before After images (though there are differences) but rather in real life when I put my hands to my cheeks / jaw or when I’m taking pictures. It seems like there isn’t that much of a need to angle my face for a more pronounced jawline now.

So, speaking of Before and After, let’s have a look at the 3 angles of them!

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Angling of my face was a bit off but the skin does look overall lifted and brightened!

 

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The cheeks are noticeable lifted and ‘plumped’ up for a more youthful look!

 

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The jawline contour fat-zapping is most obvious from this angle (maybe I have more fats there, hurhur)

 

It’s not that obvious, really, that people will be able to tell that you’ve done something but I’ve had a colleague ask (the day after my treatment) if I had lost weight since my face looks slimmer.

Heh…

Cheap thrill, right?

Shermaine also noted that somehow my skin appeared brighter and fairer (almost) after the treatment though it wasn’t something that the treatment itself is targeted at doing. My only reason is perhaps the hydration from the mask and also glow / radiance from stimulating the skin’s collagen production during the RF procedure.

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Unfortunately, as with noninvasive procedures and RF, the results are not permanent and if you’re visiting for the first few times, you will be recommended to come quite frequently so you can reach the desired face shape, after which maintenance would be the key.

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While I’ve done many RFs, I think I haven’t quite touched on a treatment to help zap and work away at chubbiness in the face as well as sagging jowls and double chins so if these are your concerns then maybe it’s worth a look dropping by Clear SK and trying their V Face Shaper treatment out!

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GIVEAWAY! – Free V Face Shaper For the First 20!

In the joyous mood of Chinese New Year, ClearSK is offering 20 readers a FREE V Face Shaper treatment!

It is incredibly generous of them and all you have to do is fill up this form (and select V Face Shaper at the last option, OR the cellulite buster should you want that) and hit submit! If you’re amongst the first 20 to have submitted, Clear SK will contact you with regards on how to claim your voucher.

Disclaimer: I have no access to that form and contact / selections are made from Clear SK’s end :)

 

Thanks for reading!

Clear SK’s V Face Shaper retails for S$220 per session but they are offering S$98 for a trial session! Redeem that over here (scroll down)!

Clear SK Medi + Skincare is located at Velocity, Westgate & Yishun (locations here).

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Fixing the Icky Skin Situation – Acne Facial at Aeon Medical

Hello!

Sorry I couldn’t get this post up sooner due to the many matters on hand right now but here’s a lookback at a facial session I’ve done at Aeon Medical about a week back when my skin was facing pretty dark times, breakout and all, and how Aeon Medical helped me through it by de-congesting my skin and nourishing it so that it would heal quicker and better.

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So after my quick little introduction to Aeon Medical (shortened because it’s easier to type), my next visit – this post – is a treatment based on the skin results that we had received via the Skin Analysis.

Initially Dr Kim had plans for me to do one of their best-selling procedures, the Winter Glow, which from his description does sound pretty darn amazing. I can see why Winter Glow was one of their best-selling treatments and slots were snatched up so quick they had to halt the promotion.

I know this entry isn’t about Winter Glow but let me explain that a little about that first because it is the next treatment that I had done and I am absolutely in love with it and will write about it asap, because I feel this need to share.

So, Winter Glow is really all about getting that perfect lifted, lightened and fresh face appearance. It’s most ideal for people with pretty good skin already, looking to simply better their skin or perhaps address eensy-wincy problems of dullness and lack of radiance to the skin.

The procedure itself combines laser (for skin brightening), RF (for skin lifting and pore tightening) as well as a blend of Maria Galland products (only the best, nourishing and luxurious) while ending off with a Cocoon Mask (the one I’ve tried, to smoothen, repair and overall relaxation / energizing of the skin).

All that combined into 1 treatment when if you were to go anywhere else this would probably be 3 different treatments where 3 different sessions would be required. So, tell me, doesn’t this sound amazing?

 

Though, I shan’t get ahead of myself because while I was scheduled for that, my skin just wasn’t cooperative and was in pretty bad shape.

I don’t break out often these days and even then it’s that lone spot or two, hardly ever this bad! So, my skin really couldn’t have chosen a better time to freak out on me… though no matter because upon analyzing my skin condition Dr Kim had the proper fix for me.

Given, he did explain that what they do in the Acne Facial (the treatment prescribed for my current skin condition) isn’t entirely ground breaking or too far different from maybe deep cleansing facials offered at other places, the idea is that this is simply a stepping stone – Step 1 – to the final goal of having better skin.

What’s more to allow one place to continually work on your skin would give both you and the clinic / salon experience to see how your skin reacts and understand the different stages and phases your skin goes through.

That said, let me walk you through the Acne Facial session I had, best recommended for outbreaks or those in need of decongesting your skin, where my skin was properly cleansed of oil clogs and also given some acne-controlling and healing treatments.

 

The Holding Room –

Before I start, I want to introduce you to that other holding room I had mentioned during my initial entry.

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The room that is decorated all plush, cozy and posh, complete with lovely diamante in the furniture, a stunning modern chandelier and even fairy lights to add to the atmosphere.

I haven’t seen this place in daylight but I am going to guess that it looks best at night.

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And a frivolous thing to point out, but gives you a clearer idea of their meticulous nature, when they serve tea they provide you a saucer to remove the tea bag to.

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After a little bit of photo snapping and tea sipping, I was ushered to the facial room after a quick conversation with Dr Michael Kim.

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Makeup Removal –

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As always the first step is to remove the makeup and while this step is quite commonplace everywhere, I think one thing I’ve noticed about Aeon Medical is that they are incredibly meticulous in everything that they do.

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It’s not something I can simply pin-point and bring to light but the sense that you get through the course of the facial, the attention to small things and time spent on the smaller things as well shows that trait. It’s likely the Korean influence of things, where being efficient, meticulous, effective and also soothing is important.

Here’s a look at the bumpy and annoying spots that littered my face and plagued my skin for a whole week.

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They don’t look that bad in pictures but in person, trust me, it isn’t pleasant.

 

Extractions –

While I have said that I don’t mind the idea of extractions and (in fact) welcome them, when my skin is flaring up as such I actually cringed for what’s to come when the therapist informed me that she would be starting with the extractions.

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I think my treshold for pain isn’t too bad so I was able to sit through it and not disrupt or disturb the therapist when she was busy getting the gunk out of my face.

Even on spots where it did hurt a little more – and she always checked if I’m alright – I said I’m okay so that she would continue as per usual.

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I’d rather sit through that short ordeal of pain and have the icky stuff removed than opt for the easy way out and compromise on that!

 

Ampoules & Ultra-sonic Machines –

The next step was an ampoule – specifically for acne skin because it was both healing and also acne fighting at the same time – that was first dabbed and massaged into the skin.

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To allow even better penetration of the ampoule and amplified effects, an ultra sonic machine was used to further ‘massage’ it in.

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The head of the machine is this huge and smooth metal ‘bob’ (for lack of a better description) that the therapist slowly massages across all surfaces of the face – nose and little nooks and cranies like the small space between the nose and lips.

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The machine starts off feeling cool but slowly warms up. There is no pain or any sort of prickling sensation, it just feels like this bulbous massaging machine that’s actually quite comfortable. I’m sure the effects are transmitted via ultrasound that you can’t feel anyway.

 

The Finishing Masks –

I like to think of a basic facial’s steps like a night time routine so the ampoule and ultra sonic step would be the the ‘active ingredient’ or the ‘serum’ part of the routine and this (masking) would be the nourishing and healing one which wraps it all up.

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The first mask that was applied is a Sulfur Mask. Sulfur is a key ingredient for acne skin types to use because it helps draw impurities (like sebum and dirt) from the skin while tightening the pores and give your skin an overall clarity.

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After the Sulfur mask was applied, the next step is to place a modeling mask on just to keep everything under wraps. It’s quite a common practice with most facials it seems as I remember even the old school facial sessions I attended as a teen doing something similar.

My guess is this helps to further nourish the skin and the encapsulating aspect of the modeling mask helps enclose it all and ensures absorption and all that.

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I was left to rest, and let the mask set, for about 15 minutes or so before the therapist returned to remove the hardened masks and cleanse my face.

She also went ahead to put on some toner, and moisturizer (from Maria Galland, woots) to my face to help wrap up the facial session. Again, as with Maria Galland products, it felt really nourishing when she was massaging it into my skin and while it may feel rather thick initially, it sinks in eventually (relatively quick) leaving your skin soft, smooth and nourished.

I think I’ll really just cave eventually and get myself a Maria Galland moisturizer, they’re amazing.

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That final step wraps up the whole routine and that was it but I wasn’t sent off empty handed with raw and sensitive skin.

 

Given my skin condition right now and how it requires special care, so they don’t clog or get inflamed, Dr Michael Kim ‘prescribed’ me a couple of Aeon’s house brand skincare products to use.

They’re pretty simple yet targeted (for Acne skin) stuff – a facial cleanser to properly clean out the infected areas (not to be used daily less it dries the skin out), a water-based moisturizer (so that normal moisturizers don’t clog the extracted spots) and a Spot Treatment that flipping hurts but I know it’s drying out the zits and killing the bacteria in the meanwhile.

I’ll do up a more indepth post to talk about their skincare products given that this post is running long and contrary to my usual impression of a clinic’s house brand, these aren’t basic in any sense and actually address the skin concerns in a very refined way – both purpose and also the texture / experience of using this. It could even standalone as a skincare range I’m sure.

So, more about these soon, alright?

 

Though meanwhile, back to my face!

Here’s a look at how it was right after the facial (which isn’t something I’m jumping to show because the spots are raw and red) and in comparison how much everything has healed in the span of a week.

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Right after the treatment

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Right after the treatment

Makeup-wise, I went with tinted moisturizers and lightweight yet nourishing stuff that offered a slight dose of coverage for skin tone evening purposes as opposed to a full coverage foundation. I even skipped concealer on the spots because – why clog them?

I didn’t know how I used to manage or prefer heavier foundation coverage on my bumpy breakouts back in the day but it’s not something I would feel comfortable with right now.

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The next day, with tinted moisturizer (makeup)

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The next day, with tinted moisturizer (makeup)

So after that scary ‘after’ image, here’s how it my skin looked a week after the Acne Medical treatment. With religious use of the skincare products provided to me, of course.

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The skin healed incredibly quick, at least by my standards (I usually take awhile to heal), and I think the extraction definitely helped because all that congestion and gunk was removed so my skin can heal better without any ‘disturbance’. The treatments also probably provided some nourishment and help to nourish the skin and speed up the healing process.

Not to mention the skincare products I was sent home with that helped with after-treatment care as well.

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Of course it takes the skin a lot longer to recover from the acne pigmentation (the slight darkness after a spot heals) that occurs even after the skin is healed and the bump is gone but I’m glad I got a little help Aeon’s Winter Glow facial treatment to lighten and brighten the skin! :)

That post is to come, real soon, because they’re only offering it (Winter Glow) for a limited time so the sooner I get it up, the better for you all!

 

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Thanks for reading!

Aeon Medical & Aesthetic Centre is located at Scotts Medical Centre @ Pacific Plaza (9 Scotts Road, #06-02/03)

Call 6733 2002 for further details on treatments, pricings and to make appointments.

For those curious about the Acne Facial I had done, mine was a little customized for my skin condition, breakouts by slightly dry, so what you get should you sign up may vary pertaining to your skin’s needs.

In terms of price, it’s around the range of S$1,000 onwards for a package of 5 sessions because where acne is concerned, follow-up is best but they do have individual sessions should you want that. Where skin is concerned, it’s always best to call to enquire for more accurate information!

VitaMan (Skincare) For Your Man!

I know I’m cheesy but I swear I’m not being a huge cheese ball right now and try to sell you some oral supplements in this post because the brand I am about to talk about truly is called VitaMan!

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VitaMan, as the name blatantly shows, is an australian brand specializing in mens grooming.

From the very manly thing to do like shaving and keeping up with your body hygiene (in the form of deodorant and washes), they also carry products that give men a chance to expand their skin and body care regimen with skincare products, added body pampering products (scrubs and all) and even some hair-targeted products.

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Given that the holiday season is just around the corner, a lot of us are likely fretting what to give our dads maybe, or perhaps your father-in-law, that uncle you’re not too close to but he’s really nice, or maybe a cousin or male friend.

In today’s day and age, especially here in Singapore, it seems that most males are opening up to the idea of indulging in some skin pampering products – at least the males I know seem to be… – and most of the time it’s a mix of them not really caring or searching skincare up as much as us and also being a little less inclined to spend as much as we do where skincare is concerned.

You can’t blame some of them given all they’ve known is to wash their faces and they make do with body soap for that – egads!

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That said, I don’t have a proper review of these items just yet cause my man is more ‘strict’ about his routine than I am – must finish something to open another – so instead of wait for him to get to it I thought I would do up a mention about the brand first.

It would help you a little with some of those gifting ideas, I hope!

Men… it’s incredibly hard to shop for them so instead of fretting over ties, socks or whatnot, get them something we feel a joy in shopping for and yet would also be beneficial to them!

What’s more if the man you’re gifting this to isn’t exactly big on shopping for his skincare, I think he’ll appreciate the sentiment of you taking care of his skin for him! Who doesn’t love a gift of skincare, right?

Heh, that’s what I think at least….

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And if anything, you can’t argue about VitaMan being girly because the whole branding about it is meant to portray a tough, macho, sleek and manly vibe. I’m sure your man / the man wouldn’t complain receiving a sleek and no-frills tube of cleanser, deodorant or even a serum!

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For me, at least, hubs was delighted to receive these to try, especially because I have been commenting that he needs to pay extra attention to his undereyes given I could spy the wrinkles forming already.

Hubs can be quite vain where looks are concerned and I guess I actually don’t mind that about him, because it means it’s less effort for me to convince him to start taking care of his skin.

In fact he bugs me once in awhile to ask if I have some masks he can use and such, so… yeah I think we’ll be able to talk about and showcase the sheet mask seen here real soon!

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Meanwhile at least, if you’re interested to pick up VitaMan for your man or any other men you know that you feel could benefit from some skincare loving (or if it’s because you have no idea what else to get for them) then head on over to Takashimaya Level 3 and give it a look!

You can have a look at VitaMan’s website as well but I can’t say if they’ve brought everything in so it’s best to head down and have a look!

VitaMan is available at Takashimaya, Level 3

Thanks for reading!

 

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Get Your FREE For Beloved One Little Miracle Kit Now!

I have said this before and I will say it again, while I don’t give For Beloved One enough love in this space of mine, I am a huge fan of the brand and the products they put out because of a extremely satisfactory experience with their Hydrating Range.

On hand I do have more products of theirs to explore and eventually share about (oops for not sharing the Hydration one, I finished it even before I realized!) for some reason I take absolutely forever to finish anything skincare so… you’ll have to hold out on that one.

It will come eventually, just wait for it!

 

Redeem your FREE little Miracle Kit!

Though one thing you don’t quite have to wait for is to try your hand at a couple of new products up and coming from For Beloved One!

p.s. There has been an update to how this is redeemed so the following is the most recent and most accurate as of 20th August 2014.

Here’s how you can get your hands on a sampler kit (named The Miracle Kit) which consists of:

  • Soothing Cleansing Liquid (20ml)
  • Red Wine Anti-Oxidant Night Jelly (5ml) – the new bombbbbb!

Pop by this Facebook Event Page (click) that For Beloved One Singapore has created and first, Join it.

The rest of the instructions is best followed when you already are in a Sephora store, waiting to redeem your Miracle Kit.

Simply comment within the Event Page about why you like For Beloved One, followed by which Sephora branch did you redeem your Miracle Kit from, show that posting to the Sephora BA close by and voila!

If my instructions aren’t very clear, the Facebook Event Page has another set of instructions too or simply pop by and ask the helpful Sephora BA if they can help you out with it.

The promotion is currently underway (from 15th August 2014) while stocks last!

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On a separate but yet still relative note, if you are a CLEO Mag reader, you will notice a little write up about For Beloved One’s products in their September Issue.

I used to be a fond reader of CLEO, back in the secondary school days, but have since stopped on magazines as a whole – not enough space in the house for everything already!

Here’s a little peek but if you are interested to read more about what For Beloved One has to offer, do grab a Mag at news stands!

Unless you want to squint and read on here…

In all, a great hurray to For Beloved One for gracing our press and here’s to hoping more people will get on board with this great skincare brand hailing from Taiwan.

 

Thanks for reading!

Have you tried anything from For Beloved One?

Skin Rambles – My Current Skincare Routine & Eczema Battling

Hello you guys!

Hope everyone is doing well amidst our insanely warm and stuffy weather of late. Without a doubt, the hot and humid months are upon us. As if Singapore isn’t hot and humid enough already!

Nonetheless, this heat, humidity and stuffiness isn’t the only thing dampening my moods as I seem to be slipping into a state of constant drab-ness. I have been feeling so lackluster and uninspired of late, not just for the blog but at work and all. It seems like my well of ‘creative juices’ had dried up in the heat and I’m left with nothing but a void of words and a constant distracted / uninterested feeling.

I hate this phase I am going through right now but I would like to think that perhaps it is just fatigue and the amount of workload getting to me – too much to think about my mind can’t seem to calm down enough to process my own thoughts.

Regardless, I just wanted to ramble aimlessly about nothing at all but yet about something in particular. It feels soothing to do this without having to assure that my rambles must be of a certain standard hence, right now, here I am taking the mic to ramble on about what I am currently using on my skin.

Are you interested to know? It can get a little lengthy, as if it isn’t already, hurhur.

So… skin!

Well, starting with skincare, I have been using the Jet Concepts Liquid Laser skincare for a good while and while that yielded pretty good results – I do genuinely see my skin recovering from zits and spots much quicker – my skin has been craving something a little milder, simpler and thirst-quenching.

With that, I have since popped back to my L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare routine because, as I had mentioned, this is a fail-proof, mild and great way for me to treat my skin to nothing but moisture and a gentle healing process.

It’s a great way to ‘cleanse my skin’s palate’ in a sense, in between any strong serums or harsh infusions I may be using.

Here’s a run down of what I am using in my current simple and fresh skincare routine:

  • Angelica Transparent Face Soap (not pictured, but see here)
  • Angelica Face Toner
  • Iris Angelica Essence Sublime (bottle #2!)
  • Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel
  • Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule

Most of the stuff I am using now have been featured on my blog at one point or another though there are some new-comers and contenders to this routine.

First of all, the Angelica Hydra Vital Cream and Hydra Vital Gel are new additions to the L’OCCITANE Angelica skincare range, set to replace the current Hydration Cream (that will be discontinued).

I will be talking about these proper in an entry to come but these cream and gel variants feature the good ole Angelica infusions (water, root oil etc), along with an inclusion of an extra nourishing ingredient.

All that, coupled with a new, light-weight and refreshing formulation, these are said to get along better with Singapore’s climate while still providing your skin with the same dose of hydration and a soft veil of protection.

Another new thing to my routine would be this Oshairee White Wrinkle Filler Eye Ampoule!

I am actually quite excited about using this because the people that have recommended it to me sing praises about it and how it does help with puffiness around the eye area and of course easing soft lines / wrinkles.

Unbeknown to many, fine-lines and creeping wrinkles about my eye area is actually a huge concern of mine. It isn’t noticeable from a distance (thankfully) but they are there and you will get to see them in due time, when I put my entry about this product up. I am still in the midst of testing it so I can’t speak for its efficacy just yet but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Though the serum aside, I absolutely love the cooling roller-ball applicator used to dispense and massage on the eye serum. It makes it an absolute joy to use and I can easily look past any hygiene concerns I might otherwise have. It’s just too nice an applicator!

So anway, all that to come in due time but for now, at least here’s an idea of what I am using on my face as of now!

Face aside, I have been facing some skin woes and eczema annoyance of late.

That’s the reason why you see some redness and bumps on my fingers in some pictures and if you have seen me in person of late you would notice bumps and rash along my legs.

It’s really not pretty but I have been plagued by eczema my whole life that I am quite accustomed to this. Though of late they have been worsening to the point of the ‘outbreaks’ not even getting better.

Those familiar with eczema would know the rash typically comes and goes but this time around it has been coming and not going. In fact it seemed to be getting worst so I knew something had to be done and arranged a session with the National Skin Centre.

I haven’t gone there since I was 10!

I was prescribed a round of Fucicort (steroid cream with anti-biotic) and a milder step-down cream for when things got better, as well as a QV Flare Up wash because I had already put myself on a Cetaphil routine, the doc didn’t prescribe that for me.

So yes… after a few days my skin is certainly seeing a great improvement! I don’t want to speak too soon (like I always do) but… if this keeps up I’ll be back to nail swatching business in no time, yippee!

p.s. I don’t swatch my nails when my eczema is bad because removing polish is a pain, a true pain with the polish remover in contact with my rash and whatnot.

All you neglected bottles of polish, mama is coming for you real soon! Just hang tight!

You guys too, I’ll be back in action once I iron down this madness at work (I keep repeating myself, ha) but hopefully with that out of the way my mind can be more focused and calm in churning out posts.

Thanks for hanging by and thanks for reading, I’ll catch up again real soon!

Angelica duties – More Giveaways & More Angelica Comin' Right Up!

I haven’t been a very good Angelica Angel of late with my schedule and being way too busy / distracted to lay down some Angelica news for you all so I shall go ahead and spam it up in the coming May!

After all, I have some exciting news about changes to come to the Angelica skincare range!

Though, before that I should properly introduce you all to the remaining members of the Angelica skincare family!

Though the image above is an Angelica haul comprising of newbies as well as stockups – the likes of Iris Angelica’s Sublime Essence (I love) and Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid (hubs loves).

I’m sure you have all met the new and elegant older sister that is Iris Angelica, as well as the vibrant and spunky youngin, Angelica Lemon. Needless to say you are all a little acquainted with the standard products within the stable and always-there-for-you Angelica range… though there’s more!

Unmentioned in all my previous Angelica product round ups would be these little fellas – the Hydrating Mask, Gentle Face Exfoliator as well as a bar of Angelica Face Soap (my absolute favvvvvv item right now)!

I’ve been giving these items a run over the past few weeks and will be sharing my thoughts about them all real soon – with giveaways to come as well!

So stick around and find out more about what the L’OCCITANE Angelica household has to offer!

The L’OCCITANE Angelica range is a permanent skincare line. Check them out any L’OCCITANE store island-wide.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. I do owe you all some other stuff (Japan haul – small but exciting for me) as well but give me a while alright! This week has been brutal in all aspects be it work or home-matters (e.g. sorting and packing) as well as a little – though not so little – assignment I have undertaken which will lead to baby’s apperance on here again. So… stay tuned for it all, alright!

Fresh, Clean Skin with EHA Clinic's Deep Cleansing Facial

Before I give my blog a little pat on the back and leave it to be its independant self while I scoot to Japan, let me first share this skin cleansing and prepping session I had the privilege of trying out.

So, as with my last facial mention, my skin is facing some dark days…

Okay, maybe that is exaggerating it but while scrolling through my Picasa Albums, I felt a little sob at how perfect my skin was during my pregnancy days.

Granted that has been awhile ago, this whole while (a whole damn year), my body has been balancing my crazy hormones out and that has resulted in some less-than-perfect skin days of late. I conclude normalcy has returned…

Aside from it being hormonal, the slight neglect I’ve left my skin in (really y’all, I just slap on moisturizers on some nights, no serums nada) due to time and what other random life excuse I can find, I know my skin has been a little clogged, a little icky and probably desperately crying out for more TLC.

So my point being, this Deep Clean came at a great time! While I did experience the Jet PR3 Facial a good while ago, that was targetted at prepping the skin for the complementing range and not a full-out cleansing facial session, as this one is.

My facial session took place at EHA Clinic which lies at a quiet portion of town – the office side of things over at Shaw Towers.

A quick pan of their ‘holding area’ lets you know that at EHA Clinic everything is kept minimal, yet functional. While they don’t have lavish furnishings, they make up for that with a whole arsenal of equipment stashed away behind a false wall.

Yeap, I got a peek of it, heh!

Here’s a whole wall of their certificates and accolades, incase you had any doubts.

At EHA Clinic, they genuinely pride themselves on giving the best of their abilities to the customers hence they do have a policy whereby each client should try (as much as they can from their own end) not to be late for their facial appointments.

Being late means the beautician would have to rush through your appointment which would then take away from being thorough and proper about it, hence!

Though I suppose we all try not to be late for facial sessions for the same reason as well, I’m guessing.

After I had a good look around and filled up some papers (first time visit and all), I was whisked away to a room to prepare for my Facial Session.

The facial room, like the outside, is simple but functional with machines (that aren’t kept) lining the wall, a bed on one end, a wash basin and also a small cabinet for you to stash your belongings.

What I found surprising was the amount of space in the room, given I have seen my fair share of pretty cramped-up facial rooms since space is precious and more rooms are the ideal.

I wasted no time – because I headed over after work and was really looking forward to dinner after the facial, ha – and got changed (to a robe) and started the facial session.

Step 1 – Cleansing the Skin

As with all facials, the first step is to clean the skin of makeup and dirt.

I’ve made it a point to wear makeup that is fairly easy to remove (I came after work so I had to have on some makeup at least) on days that I have to get a facial done. After all, I don’t want to trouble them with spending 10 minutes just to remove my mascara proper.

At this point, the beautician would access your skin and decide if the treatment you had signed up for is appropriate for your skin or not.

The initial plan was for me to try out EHA’s ReFirme Facial which is a skin firming, brightening, and stimulating facial session that I’ve seen pretty incredible reviews about. Though Vicki (my beautician) decided that my skin’s concerned right now wasn’t all that and if I went ahead with ReFirme, perhaps it could aggravate the clogged pores in my skin and cause breakouts.

Hence, if anything, it’s best to address my skin’s concern of congestion. Thus, I ended up on this route instead, one that my skin was truly in need of – a good cleaning out.

Step 2 – Exfoliating

To rid of any superficial dead skin, Vicki performed a quick exfoliation with those ‘peeling’ sort of exfoliants.

You’ll know what I am refering to once you see the image.

Now, my face is all nice and clean! It’s a little in your face, but here:

Step 3 – Misting the Skin

The next step would be to mist the skin and over here at EHA Clinic, they use a cool mist instead of a warm one.

I have experienced cool misting a couple of times so I didn’t bother enquiring but thinking back I can’t quite recall the full list of benefits but it works to hydrate the skin surface, making it more supple and also soft enough for proper exfoliation and cleansing to follow.

Usually a cool mist is preferred as warm ones will open up the pores (which rightfully is what they want) and if the pores aren’t ‘closed’ properly, it could lead to more dirt and dust clogging in them.

Step 4 – Diamond Peel, Scrubbing That Dirt Out!

Diamond Peel is a procedure I’m certain most are familiar with, just because it is one that is hugely advertised and promoted at beauty salons for being an incredibly non-invasive way to scrub (or rather suck) your skin clean.

Though I think, I really can’t recall right, that this is my first time having a go at it and well, I suppose it works!

It looks kinda creepy photographed but I assure you I felt no pain or discomfort through the procedure and Vicki was careful to skirt around the delicate skin portion (undereye area).

If anything, maybe a little sadistic sound, I liked the feeling of the suction and I can almost envision the icky bits of dirt being sucked up and away into dead-skin-abyss by the powerful ‘vacuum’.

Step 5 – Getting Hands On… aka Extractions

Okay, I will admit I have a love/hate relationship with extractions.

So let’s start this segment with Vicki offering to clean up my brows by shaping and triming them a little.

So… about extractions.

While there are many new beauty / facial innovations and a crapload of machines that can suck through varying layers of your epidermis or cleanse / scrub away at your dead skin like a magic eraser, I feel that nothing really beats a clean, thorough (albeit painful) extraction process.

Extractions have a bad name and I can understand why because they flippin’ hurt and are horrible to endure sometimes. It depends on your treshold and I do get squirmy at some extraction procedures but generally, I can bite my lip and appear cool / calm through it.

Mind over matter, mind over matter

I just remind myself how nice and clean my skin would be once it’s over.

Since I had some annoying spots and bumps on my face, I was ever grateful for the extraction process for properly cleansing those icky bumps out, even if it came at the cost of a reddish spot after.

But I’ve come to learn it’s a little journey you have to endure because my skin is always that much smoother (less bumpy) and cleaner a week after the extraction process.

So yes, I am quite pro-extractions…

Though to give credit to this place, the extraction process was the usual bout of wincing but nothing too painful or stinging and Vicki was skilled in being quick and thorough about it so I didn’t have to endure this for long.

Step 6 – Daily Dose of Vitamin C

After squishing and pinching my face about, Vicki proceeded to put a Vitamin C infused mask on for me.

The purpose of this, as Vitamin C is known for, is to promote skin rejuvenation and also speed up the healing process after the previous step of extracting and poking about the skin.

Vitamin C also helps to nourish the skin and improve the skin’s radiance, giving you a healthy glow! Very much as if you took a dose of Vitamin C!

Step 7 – The Massage!

I think this step needs no explanation – it was awesome, relaxing and totally necessary!

Using a Lavender scented oil, Vicki massaged my face / head, neck, as well as shoulders. It was simple and quick but so perfect to slowly wrap up the facial session.

Step 8 – Treatment Masks

The last step of the facial would be this, the treatment mask where Vicki specially mixed up a Lavender-infused face-mask for me (would differ with your skin concern) because that helps with controlling sebum production in the skin, especially so for my T-zone, as well as soothe the skin after the extraction process.

On top of that, Vicki also mixed up a hot-eye mask for me. While I had heard of these hot-eye masks before, trying one for myself was quite an experience. It was totally calming, soothing and the slow emitting warmth from the mixture felt extremely comforting on my skin, I loved it!

I look ridiculous but I DON’T CURRRR, as long as I had my clean glowy skin after, who cares if I look like the hulk with whipped cream over my eyes. Ha!

After Thoughts…

While parts of my face felt a little sore from the extraction, I was so pleased with how clean my skin felt (to me) that I snapped this shortly after I left EHA Clinic.

No brows, no nothing!

While the facial session, in itself, is a fairly simple and straightforward one that largely reminds me of the general procedures at most facial places, I liked that they included the Diamond Peel machine in the steps for that extra clean.

On top of that, I felt like I was in really good hands with Vicki as she explained my skintype and easily defined my skin issues (which were all spot on, hurhur punny), allowing her to properly recommend the right masks and treatments to better my skin condition.

It had been a good long while since I had done a proper deep cleansing facial and in that time, I guess I had neglected the fact that while I do exfoliate the surface of my skin from time to time, dirt and such does build up under the layers of the skin causing congestion and bumps to happen. No wonder I had been suffering from random icky bumps for awhile, I believe my skin was at its treshold of ickiness.

Here are some shots right after the facial (once I got home), where everything is still a little red and sore.

Importantly, check out how clean my nose / pores are!

As I said, it does get red and sore for the first couple of days but my skin healed up really quickly and by the 1 week mark, it was starting to look ‘normal’ again.

Of course a whole lot cleaner, less bumpy and with my pores feeling a lot more refined.

Here’s my face about a week later:

My skin looks a lot clearer and of course less agitated now, as compared to how it was right after the facial. While I can’t exactly photography this aspect, my skin felt a lot smoother and in a way, less congested too.

Congestion is something I can’t really snap a photo of but you know when your skin just feels cleaner, less itchy and ‘dirty’, somehow a lot clearer?

Yes, that was exactly how I felt.

Promotion for My Readers!

Now if you’re in need of a deep cleanse yourself, I’ve got a little treat for you all – a special promo price just for my readers!

Enjoy the Deep Cleansing Facial at a special price of S$98 (U.P. S$150) simply by following EHA Clinic over at their Facebook Page and private message them that you are a reader of Ic
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or call 6235 3325 to book your appointment and let them know!

EHA is located at 1 Scotts Road, #15-01 Shaw Centre, 228208

Regardless of our busy schedules in life, it is essential to give our skin that deep cleanse every once in awhile, just to keep it in tip-top condition so it can better absorb all the other products that we lay on it!

Do share, do you go for a facial session on a regular basis?

Thanks for reading!

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L’OCCITANE GIVEAWAY – 2 Sets of Angelica Lemon ‘Starters’

As part of my angelic duties (waha! – I’m cringing as I type that, heh) I am here to bestow upon 2 lucky readers a ‘starter’ set to the Angelica Lemon range!

I say starter but that’s just my own term for it because what I have up for grabs is 2 sets of:

  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser (150ml)
  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Mattifying Toner (200ml)

 

Now that I have them typed out like that, that’s a lot of ‘ultra’s!

If you are ultra keen to try them out, why not take part in the Giveaway that I am currently hosting!

Unlike previously, this will be an Instagram Giveaway so here’s what you have to do to take part (if you haven’t already seen it on instagram)!

– How to Take Part –
  1. Follow me on Instagram ! Simple enough?
  2. LIKE‘ the L’OCCITANE Giveaway picture (as seen above)
  3. Leave a comment saying “pick me!” (or something like that) along with your email address. This is very important as I will contact you here if you win.

 

And that is it!

The giveaway will run from 28th February to 14th March.

While it’s not necessary to re-gram and spread the word etc (complicated mechanics I’ll dabble in once I get the hang of IG-giveaways), you can feel free to share the Angelica love… if you wish.

 

Alrightey, thanks for reading and good luck everyone!


p.s. I thought I would get more time on my hands after wrapping up a major work event but who knew that after finishing that up, I’ve opened the floodgates of ‘pending projects’ that were shoved aside to revisit once the work even is over. KILL MEEEE. That said, there may or may not be a little silence on this space but I’m trying to at least have one new entry up a week! :)