Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Set yourself free

“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” ~Unknown

It's been almost half a year since the change in my life. 
30th May actually marked our 10th anniversary together. To be honest, there are still days when I wake up and wonder if all that happened was just a dream but on some days I glad it happened before it got too late.

Ever since then, I've been very thankful to know that there are so many people out there who have my back. All the encouraging texts/emails/DMs that would bring a huge smile to my face. 
People always ask how can I remain so calm and strong after all these drama cos all I did was continue posting my ootds etc. Not many knew but during the first few days, I chose to hide at home and did all things self destruct. (no suicidal thoughts of cos) I couldn't eat nor sleep cos the heartache was so unbearable that it felt like someone stabbed my heart.

Good thing after a week or so, with the help of my closed ones, I concluded that nobody in this world cannot live without another person. All the 'how do I live without you' doesn't really happen in reality. 

I know there are some of you out there who are still struggling to move on... To save yourself, you need to fill your days with activities - I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that mine occurred during the festive period, Xmas then Cny. It was indeed awkward when my relatives gave me x2 angbaos and when non believed what happened. But yes, instead of hiding in your room and refusing to meet anyone, it's definitely a better idea to spend your everyday to the fullest. Tire yourself so much everyday that you don't even have the time to brood over it when you get back home at the end of the day. 

It was really a struggle removing him from my r/s status on fb so I'm glad my friend insisted in doing so for me. As for IG, god knows why but I got blocked by both of them within a week or so. When you don't get any updates, you tend to think less about it. Hopefully as time goes by, you will be able to remove them from your memory. Have faith, I strongly believes that everything happens for a reason. 'When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.'

I know all these are easier said than done but I truly hope to forgive and then forget as time goes by. After all, I don't want to live with the burden for the rest of my life. With that, all the best to everyone reading this post. If you are in a long r/s, cherish and love your partners even more. If you're still lost, do yourself a favour and set yourself free. 

Moving on.
Till then...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rosette Facial Wash

Being in my mid twenties also means I need to pay more attention to suitable skincare products and take better care of my skin. Other than consuming a lot of water daily, I watch my diet and most importantly, use the correct products that are gentle to my skin.

A little background on Rosette, a skincare brand from Japan founded in 1929. It started with the traditional paste facial wash which is made from Sulfur for acne protection. Rosette Face Wash is mainly referred to as PASTA Face Wash due to its fine texture and doughy form. Good news, it is now available in all SASA stores since June 2016 and will be up at Watsons by the next month!

I have to say that these products are extremely affordable at $9.90 so if are looking for a facial wash that is pocket friendly, this review is for you :)

 There are 4 different clays for various skin types.

  1. Normal Cleansing - for normal, combination and sensitive skin; contains sea clay and rose fruit extract
  2.  Acne Treatment - for oily and acne-prone skin or teenage skin; contains sea clay, ghassoul and stearyl glycyrrhetinate
  3. Firming & Anti-Aging - for normal to dry skin or matured skin; contains white clay, hyaluronic acid and marine collagen
  4. Whitening - for normal to combination or dull skin; contains ghassoul and argan oil

If you realised, out of the 4 different clays there are 3 which contain clay. Rosette face wash is mainly made with different kinds of natural clay (Sea Clay, White Clay, Ghassoul) which contains rich natural minerals that absorb dirt trapped in pores and remove dead skin to give your skin a brighter complexion. 

Sea Clay Smooth - Normal Cleansing 
The magical cleansing power of sea clay flushes out pores, leaving your skin soft and smooth. The springy & elastic foam formula made with fine sea clay powder traps excess skin cells and impurities as well as cleanses them thoroughly. 

Simply squeeze the paste (1-2cm) onto palm and lather with water. Wash in gentle circular motions and rinse off thoroughly with water and you will be surprised at your silky- baby like skin!

It also contains rose fruit extract that comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rose which provide fatty acids, vitamin E C and A to our skin. 
It helps in improving the skin's moisture levels and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. 
It also helps to reduce scars and promotes skin regeneration with its fatty acids.

My skin feels really smooth and well hydrated after using it. It's neither sticky nor heavy. Although it contains rose fruit extract, I don't smell any scent of rose as there are no fragrances, colours or mineral oil. I like how it is gentle which effectively cleanses my face yet isn't too harsh. There is a misconception about clay products being difficult to wash off, but this facial wash was easily removed after a few splashes! 

Acne Clear - Acne Treatment
I personally didn't try this out on my face. However, here are some details for those with oily and usually acne-prone especially teenagers. With its ingredients like Sea clay and Ghassoul, it absorbs the dirt stuck in pores and removes dead skin cells. The fine clay powder helps to lock in moisture while thoroughly cleansing clogged pores. 

The best part, it also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients of stearyl glycyrrhetinate and moisturizing asian medical herbs which is perfect for fighting inflammation and preventing future breakouts and restoring suppleness of skin. 

Not to worry, even though it is medicated it has a nice scent to it as I was applying on my hand. 

White Clay Lift - Firming & Anti-Aging 
One of my favourites is this age defying white clay lift wash. The white clay is rich in silicon and aluminium silicate and it is known to be the mildest of all clays. 
The minute particles of white clay has mild cleansing effect which removes dead skin and absorbs dirt hiding in pores to prevent dull and lusterless complexion. 
It helps speed up cell turnover while purifying the skin and closing dilated pores and is also effective in lifting and preventing wrinkles. 

As I have mentioned previously how great Hyaluronic acid is in giving us moisturized, firm and plump skin. It replenishes moisture onto skin while Marine Collagen helps to restore elasticity and suppleness. 

Its thick and rich bubbles made with fine white clay powder deeply penetrates the pores to thoroughly get rid of deep-seated dirt while supplying proper nutrients to keep the skin healthy. 

The paste is super soft and creamy. Look how much creamy foam is produced. Initially I was very afraid of using foaming products like how it will dry up my skin easily, good thing this wasn't. Instead, my skin feels super supple with every wash and my face feels clean and refreshed! 

Ghassoul Bright - Whitening 
The Rosette Ghassoul Bright Facial Wash was the first one I chose to try out since my main concern has always been dull skin. So whatever products with the word whitening would definitely catch my attention. The Ghassoul Clay and Argan Oil in this wash eliminate skin dullness for a lustrous, transparent glow. To be honest, it was my first time coming across the word Ghassoul. I'm sure many haven't heard of it as well. 

Ghassoul is a skin brightening property which is naturally produced clay found in ancient lake beds. It is rich in minerals and works very well to rejuvenate and brighten skin. 

I love the refreshing spice and herb scent upon using them. You can't tell from the pictures but my skin became instantly brighter after a few washes. Can't wait for it to clear away the dead skin cells, melanin and other residual dirt that contributed to my dull skin tone! 

Overall, I'm really happy with this range. I love the soothing experience whenever I use these facial wash and my favorite has got to be the Ghassoul brightening wash. 
Even though Rosette is a new brand that has just arrived in Singapore, it has already sold 18million pieces of it worldwide! If you are looking for a new facial wash, look no further. It's time for us to achieve clear and supple skin like the Japanese ladies!

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Till then...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hada Labo Pledge to Pat #sp

Ever ask yourself, what are your skin concerns?
For me, it would definitely be my dull and dry skin. I'm definitely not a risk-taker; I have always believed in this quote 'if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it'. I hardly make any changes to my day and night regime as I am pretty contented with my current complexion and am quite aversive to trying new products for fear of causing my skin to break out. So naturally, I’ll be afraid to try new products.
This is until I went to a workshop hosted by Hada Labo recently, that changed my mindset. Oh boy, I was sold by what the presentation given by Dr Naelong Wang (Ph. D Chemistry) from John Hopkins University.
There are thousands of moisturising and hydrating ingredients used in skincare products but unlike these brands, Hada Labo focuses on Hyaluronic Acid, which is known popularly for its ability to bind water (the essential component in hydration!). 1 gram of HA is able to hold up to six litres of water.

What makes Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Lotion so different from the others is having 4 different sizes of HA in the lotion, each performing its own function. You can see the different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid in the picture above: Large-sized HA, Medium-sizes HA, Super HA, Nano-HA.

* Large-sized HA sits on skin's surface to fight against water loss, they act as an umbrella to create a thick moisture layer to keep it well-hydrated
* Medium-sized HA sinks into the middle skin layer and help form a double moisture-locking shield by interlocking with Large-sized HA.
* Super HA rest in the middle skin layer of the epidermis to pump up and store water in the skin. It acts like a barrier to prevent water loss from the hard-to-reach innermost layer.
* Nano HA is the super hydrator in the deepest level of skin which has the tremendous capability to penetrate to the deepest level of skin. It delivers
instant relief to skin and replenishes a huge moisture reserve deep within skin.
The brand was able to create the HPP&M Hydration Technology to stack four different sizes of HA together to maximise effect. With that, you will be able to lock, store, replenish the hydration needed for your skin :)

During the event, Dr. Naelong Wang also shared with us the misconception of Hydration = Moisturisation. To be honest, I’ve always felt like there were no difference until he explained that hydration is essentially the more important part of making your skin supple because it refers to the moisture within the deeper layer of the skin, whereas moisturisation is only to trap the moisture on the outer layers. Even with daily moisturisation, people still suffer from dry skin. Hence, the HPP&M Hydration Technology really does address the root of the problem; hydrating our skin from within.
And because hydration is so important, coupling the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion with its Hydrating Essence allow 3X more hydration. The essence has an upgraded formula that essentially acts as a hydration booster, offering 3 X more hydration when used hand in hand with the hydrating lotion. Think 24-hour long-lasting efficacy. For an essence, it is affordable too at $31.90, available in all Guardian and Watsons Stores. This is definitely going into my list of skincare tips to ensure supple and healthy skin!

You can see how expert Xiao Kai is patting Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Essence onto my skin. Yes gentle patting helps promote blood circulation and allows absorption of it so start patting away! 
He also shared with us how to differentiate between a radiant skin vs. an oily skin (since both do “shine”). From afar, one might look like he/she has glowy skin, but the true test is when you’re able to see the pores that peep through under the make up – visible pores: oily skin, non-visible pores, radiant skin! So if the skin is still smooth with no pores appearing, that is one good example of radiant skin!

Deep hydration also sets the foundation to healthy beautiful skin and effective skincare can enhance makeup application as well.
If your skin isn’t hydrated well...

1. You will realise that the skin feels tight and uncomfortable
2. The dryness will lead to roughness with all the new bumps appearing
3. Next, the skin will then produce sebum which cause oiliness eventually leading to breakouts
4. Then your skin's natural defense system breaks down, leading to irritation and inflammation
5. Lastly, fine lines and wrinkles starts to appear.

I was also given the opportunity to try out the two different variants of the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion! The bottle on the left is suitable for normal to dry skin while the green one on the right has a lighter texture, good for those with oily skin. Upon the first application, it might feel a little sticky (stickiness actually comes from the HA!), but don’t worry as it gets absorbed into the skin up pretty quickly and leave a weightless finish on skin. I personally prefer the red bottle!

I’ve been using the products diligently for 2 weeks now and I can see and feel a difference in my skin especially how hydrated it is now.. I love that I wake up to a nice inner glow every morning. I am definitely going to continue using these products and am excited to see what magic they can do!
If you have dry and dull skin as your main skin issue like me, what are you waiting for? Being lazy is definitely not the way to go. Join me in patting this goodness every day and night. :) Get hydrating skin and stand to win some prizes along the way as well -

* Click HERE for a chance to win a 4D3N trip for two to Kyoto, Japan! 
* Register your pledge to pat on Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion onto skin twice a day for 14 days.
* Receive your sample-size bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (30ml).
* After 14 days, post a photo of your hydrated skin and share your pledge experience on IG using the hashtag #hadalabopledgetopat and #hadalaboxjolene
* The best 400 posts will be rewarded with a full-sized bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (170ml).
* I will also select a winner to walk away with a Hada Labo hamper worth $150 :)

Good luck! Till then...