Sponsored Review : Hada Labo SHA “Light” Hydrating Lotion

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’d know that I’ve been using Hada Labo products since 2010! In 2010 I got to try the SHA Hydrating Lotion and facial wash when The Sample Store was still known as fr3b, and I’ve been totally digging Hada Labo’s products ever since, my daddy loves it too! ♥

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How much I ♥ Hada Labo! My current “stash” of Hada Labo lotions!

Lately, I’ve been using Hada Labo’s ES Lotion for sensitive skin and it has worked very well for me. Just over two months ago I had a really bad chemical burn/allergy of sorts (still no idea what exactly caused it) and I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have the ES Lotion on hand, it was a total skin saver coupled with my prescription cream. Yes, the ES Lotion is that gentle, even on delicate skin.

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Anyhoos! I was totally psyched when I found out that Hada Labo released a new “Light” formulation of the SHA Hydrating Lotion for oily, combination and acne prone skin. The SHA Hydrating Lotion worked well for me, but a formula made specifically for those of us battling with less than perfect skin?

YES PLEASE! :)

The new SHA Light Hydrating Lotion delivers the same deep hydration as the original one, but it absorbs a lot faster and doesn’t feel sticky at all upon application, leaving your skin feeling supple and refreshed!

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As with all of their lotions, a little goes a long way! You’ll be surprised at how little you need each time, which makes this product very economical too!

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Did you know? Hada Labo’s Hydrating Lotions are actually toners!

But! Hada Labo’s SHA Hydrating Lotions are more than just toners. Apart from removing impurities & residue, they also moisturise the skin from surface to deep within with its 3 types of Hyaluronic acid!

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If you’ve tried the SHA Hydrating Lotion, you’re probably familiar with that somewhat sticky feeling on your skin immediately upon application, right? Although it doesn’t really bother me, I guess some people may not find the sticky feeling comfortable even though it goes away once the lotion is fully absorbed.

If you’re looking for a lighter formula sans the sticky after feel, you’ll love the light version. I’d say the original SHA Hydrating Lotion might be more suitable for those with dry skin, or if you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned places. If you happen to have both though, why not alternate between the two? Light for day and the original for more intense night time hydration.

You know how toners are typically applied with a cotton pad?

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If you’re more used to cotton pad swiping your face with toner cause it gives you a cleaner feel, guess what? You can do that with the new light formula! Just soak a cotton pad with a sufficient amount of lotion and go over your entire face with sweeping motions, I tried this and you really don’t need a lot! If you’re applying it with your fingers, make sure to use a patting motion instead to ensure maximum absorption.

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Feel like your skin is as dry as the Sahara Desert? Just soak up a couple of cotton pads or a paper mask with lotion and apply for a couple of minutes. I haven’t tried this but I’m pretty sure you’ll get pretty good results.

I hope you girls found this review beneficial! Feel free to read my previous Hada Labo reviews if you’d like to know more about the brand.

Hada Labo’s skincare philosophy: “ PERFECT X SIMPLE ”

Ultimate perfection with ultimate simplicity. Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty wisdom, Hada Labo adopts a “No More, No Less” philosophy in the formulation of its products. Unnecessary additives such as colorant, fragrance and mineral oil that burden skin are omitted. Only beneficial, essential ingredients are retained to ensure maximum effectiveness – Only the best for your skin and nothing else…

I love my Hada Labo products, I’m sure you will too! :)

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The SHA “Light” Hydrating Lotion is priced at $22.90, available at Watsons only. The SHA Hydrating Lotion is also priced at $22.90, but is available at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, Unity and other major department stores.

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Register as a Sample Store member today!

Already a member? Redeem your FREE Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion Sample here!

Following The Sample Store’s relaunch, they have introduced this uber cute packaging! It looked like a bag of candy waiting in the mail, and although it wasn’t candy, it sure was a sweet surprise! The resealable zip lock makes this cute bag reusable, great for storing and organising all future samples. I also like the fact the the packaging is waterproof, which means your samples are safe even if they get soaked wet by the rain! A welcome revamp indeed! ♥

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Sponsored Review : Enavose Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15

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Enavose, a premium beauty brand, launched its debut in Singapore in 2011. With a staunch commitment to being natural and eco-friendly, Enavose’s made-in Switzerland products have already garnered several beauty awards.

Have YOU heard about Enavose?

Before I was approached to do a product review, the brand was completely unknown to me. Upon visiting their web store, I found myself wanting to try almost everything. I have very sensitive skin, so using products that DO NOT contain parabens, SLES, mineral oil and allergenic fragrances is very important to me, and I’m so glad Enavose found me!

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In addition to the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15, they were so generous as to send me a travel-sized tube of their Probiotics Exfoliance Gommage since I enquired about the product. They didn’t ask me to review it, but I definitely will in a separate post because I love it and am prepared to purchase the full size. :)

Armed with a new line of cosmetics, Enavose make-up is not just a beautiful collection of imaginative hues and colours, but is also beneficial to your skin. Boosted by Living Skin Elements – a selection of nature’s high-performance actives that breathes life into skin, witness the blossoming of your innate beauty as your skin becomes a radiant canvas made beautiful inside and out.

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The Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 is the first star product from Enavose’s makeup range, and believe it or not, it is 50% water! :O

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Typically, loose powders are applied with a makeup brush, right? Well, not this one. The petite, lightweight container is shaped somewhat like a water drop. The moulded “knob handle” makes for easy handling, with the application puff attached to it, it makes for fuss-free application. The puff is removable, making cleaning of the applicator possible. It’d be great if they sold the applicators separately for replacement purposes for those who are well, too lazy to wash and dry the puffs.

But you should always wash your makeup applicators and brushes!

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Immediately upon application, the feeling is simply refreshing! It feels cool, slightly moist, but oddly, you don’t see any water at all. The encapsulated beads of Swiss Glacial Water gradually pop to maintain deep hydration levels from within, your skin’s moisture barrier remains boosted for 24 hours.

The Reflective mineral pigments diffuse light for a smoothing effect on the skin. Irregular skin surfaces and pores become less apparent, skin looks dewy and glows! Honestly I was amazed at the effect the very first time I applied the powder, it also makes your skin look so much better in photos! The powder provides sheer, translucent coverage for a very natural finish and is completely oil free.

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If you enlarge the photo you can see just how fine the powder is, I just dabbed some on my hand so you can see that dewy effect it gives your skin cause I’m not gonna show you my face up close! Cosssssssss… My face is actually going crazy right now. I started peeling a few days back, I want to believe it’s because my skin is regenerating itself after I started using a new (organic) product. I’m not just peeling, I’m also red/pink in certain areas and without anything on my face, my face feels like it’s going to CRACK, but I’m trying to stick it out for a couple more days so it better be worth it.

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You can probably see a couple of spots, the redness on both sides of my nose and forehead, that’s where the skin is most dry and still in the “peeling process”. By today my nose was done peeling, and amazingly, my blackheads seem to have reduced by at least 70%, or so I’d like to think, but anyway I’ll save that for another post maybe. My point is, despite having dry, flaky, irritated skin made a whole lot worse by the haze, Enavose’s Swiss Glacial Loose Powder actually helped, not just in making my skin look smoother, but also in keeping it hydrated. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all and didn’t need a single touch up all evening.

PS : I didn’t do any spot healing or smoothening effects with photoshop, just so you know I’m not kidding about the effects of the powder. I wanted to do a before after the powder thing but seeing how much “patchy” I looked, I passed.

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I use it as a finishing powder to set my makeup, but you can use it on a bare face if you have no imperfections to hide. It doesn’t create a cakey finish despite the puff application, it practically just… blends in and gives you a magical kind of glow, like magic powder!

Priced at $39.50, the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 comes in a universal shade of Nude Glow that flatters and suits every skin tone.

Now, here are a couple of deals for you! Please note that the store promotions end in a month, whereas the giveaway ends THIS WEDNESDAY, 26th June 2013 so do it quick, okay? :)

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Exclusive Online Deal!

Grab the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 at an exclusive price of $29.90 and receive a complimentary travel-sized Black Tea Quench Mask Worth $29.

Since the haze is keeping most of us indoors, why not make your Enavose purchase from the comfort of your home? With such a fantastic deal, I’m definitely getting one or two for myself! I can’t wait to try the Black Tea Quench Mask cause it has gotten rave reviews!! :)))

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Offer ends Friday, 26th July 2013.

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Enavose Concept Store is located at Suntec City Mall, Tower 3, #02-079/081

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Enjoy an additional $10 off the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 + A Complimentary Mini Makeover! Vouchers are limited so go redeem your vouchers from the link below!

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And that’s not all!

Stand a chance to win 1 out of 3 Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 packages!

  1. “Like” Enavose on Facebook

  2. Share this blog post on your profile and tag @Enavose

  3. Cross your fingers and hope you win!

Good luck! Giveaway ends Wednesday 26th June 2013!

Sponsored Review : Hada Labo ES Lotion for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll understand how frustrating it is to try hard to find the perfect skincare range that won’t give you adverse side effects. It’s no fun at all, plus, you might end up wasting lots of money on stuff that your skin might not agree with. I mean, what do you do with hundreds of dollars worth of skin care when your face breaks into a rash after a week?

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Those with sensitive skin should try as far as possible to avoid stuff like mineral oils, fragrance, colorants, preservatives and alcohol in products, and Hada Labo recognises that need. The ES range is formulated with a 5 additive-free formula. That means no alcohol,no fragrance, no colorants, no preservatives and no mineral oils. YAY!

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Like all their other products, the ES series also contains 2 key ingredients, 3 kinds of Hyaluronic Acid (Nano, Super and Normal) that effectively ultra-hydrates even the innermost layer of your skin. The addition of Zinc Gluconate nourishes, conditions and protects sensitive skin from the harsh environment. Zinc also plays an important part in the repairing of our skin. During this period of haze, trust me, we need all the protection we can get to shield our skin from irritants.

This mild ph-balanced formula also helps to strengthen skin barrier function and reduce skin irritation, while keeping skin healthy and beautiful.

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This lotion is a lot more easily absorbed and it really just feels like splashing water on your face. Skin is instantly hydrated and shows no sign of irritation, it also works as a pretty good makeup base for me!

The ES Lotion is definitely my favourite out of all the other Hada Labo products I have tried and reviewed.

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The ES range consists of 4 products, available exclusively at Guardian Pharmacies nationwide!

  • ES Cleansing Foam Wash (160ml) $16.90
  • ES Lotion (170ml) $25.90
  • ES Milk (140ml) $25.90
  • Makeup Remover (150ml) $20.90

So, if you have sensitive skin, you’re not alone! Hada Labo’s complete ES series costs under $90 and it’s all you’ll need.

Print out the voucher below and enjoy $2 off the ES Trial Kit, and make sure you “Like” Hada Labo on Facebook for more information and promotions! :)

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Sponsored Review : Liese Free Arrange & Super Hard Hair Spray

This is my “re-encounter” with hair spray after years of telling myself I’ll never use it. Can Liese’s Free Arrange and Super Hard hair sprays change the stereotypical impression I have about hair sprays?

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For years I’ve been an “anti-hair spray” and no hair wax kind of person. I hate hair spray, I hate hair wax, period.

Why?

First of all, my overall impression of hair spray is that it gives you a headache. The smell really has a way of getting in your head, and being subjected to inhaling whiffs of my mum’s hair spray for years? No thanks. Secondly, hair spray is a total pain to wash out, especially if you have long hair, expect to wash twice and condition to untangle all those knots! You can’t really run your fingers through your hair, and when you accidentally do that, you get sticky fingers. Eww.

So, why am I doing a review on hair spray if I hate hair spray THAT much? Let’s just say I was curious as to how much the “technology” behind hair spray has evolved since I swore to never let it get near my hair.

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Liese’s Free Arrange hair spray and the Super Hard are similar, but different.

The Free Arrange gives you a 3D hold, ultra fluffy hair, more volume and holds gentle waves. As its name suggests, you can rearrange your hair throughout the day!

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Unlike other hair sprays and hair waxes, it will not stick to your fingers! This is due to a unique self-bonding polymer that only sticks to itself, and not your fingers, leaving your hair silky smooth and dry. The Free Arrange hair spray can be used on pretty much all hair types, and can help you achieve a very wide range of looks.

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The Super Hard on the other hand is more suitable for those who want to set really defined curls, control flyways, set bangs in place so you’ll have perfect bangs all day that don’t “split” without you knowing, and to create a lot of volume at the roots (think up-dos). Also, if you have really BIG hair, frizzy, that’s way too out there for your liking, the Super Hard can reduce volume too!

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Basically, I’d call this a heavy duty hair spray. Your curls won’t budge even if you run or get caught in windy weather conditions. Since I’m not big on huge curls and don’t really dig the idea of having hair that’s hard to the touch, I’m totally leaning towards the Free Arrange hair spray.

Okay so me, being “anti-hair spray” all along, I decided to go with something completely idiot-proof! If I can do it you can too!

This is me, most days.

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This is without any hair products at all, thus the insane amount of flyways. Usually I use Asience’s Leave-on Treatment Range which gives you nice shiny hair, but since I’m going to have hairspray all over, I skipped that. Mainly cause I don’t like having a ton of stuff in my hair, and, I figured it might affect the effectiveness of the hairspray.

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First, decide how you want to part your hair. Centre, side, it’s up to you but I like to do a zig-zag pattern cause straight lines are just boring. Doing this also allows you to add more volume at the roots!

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Grab a bunch of hair, and twist. You can skip the twisting part if you just want defined bunches of hair for a wispy look, but I find twisting gives the bunches a very subtle curling effect. Once you’re happy with your twisty, grab that hairspray! Then repeat with more bunches until you’re done.

Once you’ve completed your entire head of hair, gently “split” the twisted bunches and twist a bit more. You might want to lightly “shake” the bunch to loosen the bunch. I know a video would have been more self-explanatory but… Maybe this tutorial from Liese can help! It’s similar, but they use a curling iron first.

>> How to get defined hair bundles <<

Anyways, if you managed to follow my “tutorial”, you’ll end up with something like….

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A side by side for comparison’s sake. It’s two different looks! I reckon the after look would be party and date perfect hair, BUT! I am still not used to not being able to run my fingers through my hair whenever I want. I must say though, Liese’s hairspray has managed to change my opinion of hairsprays. In the past I remember having to double wash my hair + condition just to get all that sticky gooey yucky stuff out, but not with this! Everything washes out well with a single wash. And for the record, neither of the hair sprays gave me a headache, they have rather pleasant fruity scents to boot!

As much as I love having curls in my hair from time to time, I still prefer having soft touchable hair compared to stiffly fixed hair. At least I know what I can use if I do decide to do something different with my hair.

Get more styling tips from Liese :

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My first attempt at video on IG! I couldn’t embed it directly from Instagram so I uploaded it to Youtube and added audio. Have you tried the video function? :)

 

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