Sponsored Review : NIVEA’s New In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Love moisturised skin but can’t commit to your moisturiser? You’ll love NIVEA’S New In-Shower Skin Conditioner! It’s the first ever rinse off body lotion that lets you moisturise in the shower, and is available in two variants for normal and dry skin.

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When I was invited to review NIVEA’s New In-Shower Skin Conditioner, I was reminded of my love-hate relationship with moisturisers in general. So, before I start raving about this new product from NIVEA, here’s some history…….

It’s a vicious cycle, really. When I find that my skin is getting too dry and it’s either flaking or causing me to itch at night, I feel the sudden and urgent need to moisturise. So I either go rummaging for something I already have or I use it as an excuse to get that new moisturiser I saw in store that smelt like heaven. I try to moisturise diligently for a week and when I feel that my skin isn’t dry anymore, I get lazy and it gets chucked aside. The next time I feel the need to moisturise, I would have forgotten about the stuff I already have or, by that time my excuse to go buy a new moisturiser would be that the previous one has been kept for too long or I didn’t like it. (I mean come on, when there’s something new we always find reasons to try it even though we don’t really NEED it, right?)

REPEAT THE CYCLE.

This is what you’ll end up with if you have the same problem as I do.

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(Trust me, there’s more where these came from.)

But really, I have a bad habit of buying moisturisers just because they smell absolutely awesome.  I know how important it is to moisturise all the time, and not just when my skin shows me it’s dehydrated but I just can’t seem to commit to moisturisers! :(

WHY?

To be honest I’d put it down to the lazy bones. Slapping on moisturiser after a shower just seems to be too much of an extra thing to do and having to apply moisturiser and let it dry before getting dressed just doesn’t seem very appealing especially if you are in a hurry to leave the house. Most moisturisers take a bit of time to be fully absorbed, and some just feel greasy or leave a layer on your skin giving you that waxy feeling that just doesn’t go away.

Back to why I’m completely sold on NIVEA’s new “Skin Conditioners”…. I am more than happy to say that my skin has never felt this soft in a long time, and I’ve never been so eager to use a body lotion, mainly because it is so much more convenient compared to conventional moisturisers, and it smells good too!

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There are many incentives as to why I love this soooo much! Here’s my quick list.

  1. Full body moisturisation. Something I wouldn’t do with a normal moisturiser cause really, would you bother to put lotion on your entire body (back, shoulders, bum) if your knees were the only obvious parts that needed moisturising? Unlikely.
  2. Gives me more reason to use a hair conditioner! You know how instructions always tell you to apply to hair and leave on for 3-5 minutes for best results? You find yourself standing awkwardly in the shower, tapping your toes waiting for the time to pass, but hey! Now I can moisturise my entire body while my hair conditioner is working its magic and step out of the shower feeling amazing. WIN-WIN!
  3. Convenient and effective. Not only does it smell GREAT, it also leaves my skin feeling oh so soft and smooth, and I don’t have to wait for it to dry before getting dressed. No sticky feeling after too!

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Apply to freshly cleansed skin.

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The water activated formula practically “melts” into your skin!

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Rinse, and towel dry. No signs of greasiness whatsoever but skin is thoroughly moisturised!

Technically, it doesn’t exactly cut out the moisturising step, but somehow makes moisturising something I want to do more so than something I need to do, and motivation is always a good thing!

The NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner range comprises NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner, formulated for normal skin and NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner (Intensive) for dry skin, 250ml each and retails for S$7.90 at all Watsons, Guardian pharmacies, NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage and GIANT outlets.

Need more information? Check out NIVEA Singapore on Facebook!

Sponsored Review : Asience New Leave-on Hair Treatment Range

Achieving beautiful hair that lasts all day is just a step away with the New ASIENCE Leave-On Hair Treatment range.

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Containing ASIENCE’s exclusive Beauty Essences (Lotus Flower, Camellia Oil, Pearl and Shell Ginger Leaf), the range provides intensive repair and moisturises hair from within. Enhanced with a hair ‘veiling’ ingredient, ASIENCE’s advanced Moisture-Lock Complex retains moisture to give long-lasting smoothness and manageability, so you can flaunt those silky tresses at any moment, everyday!

asienceThe New ASIENCE Leave-On Hair Treatment range comes in three different options, from left to right :

Leave-on treatment oil, leave-on treatment water & leave-0n treatment milk.

The recommended usage for products in this range is to use on towel-dried or damp hair, and then blow dry. Or you can also let it dry naturally, but I feel that I actually get better results by blow drying.

treatment oilConcentrated yet non-oily, the leave-on treatment oil intensively repairs and retains moisture to keep hair glossy and healthy. I was a little skeptical about this one, considering it does feel oily when you first dispense it onto your palm, however, once you’ve worked it into your hair and blow dry, all you’re left with is soft hair without any greasy feeling whatsoever. Where did it go? Beats me, but it works, and that’s all we need to know! I use this mainly on the ends that are more prone to splits and dryness.

treatment waterLight as water, it instantly repairs and retains moisture without weighing your hair down.

Since this is a water-based formula, I wanted to see if it would work on overnight, unwashed hair, you know, for those days when you’re just too lazy to wash your hair before heading to the mall nearby or perhaps because you woke up late?

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You can see the frizziness on the side that I did not spray on the treatment water, view the full sized photo and you’ll see a massive amount of fly-aways, less apparent on the side with the treatment water. This was taken about 5 minutes after application so the water was more or less worked in and my hair felt dry to the touch, I didn’t blow dry for this. Can you see the smoothness and general difference? The treatment water definitely gets my thumbs up for lazy days! :)

treatment milkNourishing yet non-greasy, it instantly repairs and retains moisture to keep hair beautifully soft and healthy. The leave-on treatment milk has the consistency and texture of a typical moisturiser, I usually use this for the bottom length of my hair.

So which one is the best treatment for your hair type? I’ve tried using just the treatment water alone, and also a combination of 2 products at once. But just so you know..

morninghairHere’s what my hair looks like in the morning. Naturally wavy, dry especially towards the ends, and noticeable frizzy.

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And here’s the result of using a combination of all 3 products. First I spray the water throughout my hair, concentrating more on the top. Then with the treatment milk, I work through mid-length to the ends. Finally I use the oil on the very ends of my hair that need more repairing, and blow dry! If you noticed from the earlier photo where I used the treatment water on unwashed hair, you’ll realise that the treatment actually straightens out my natural waves quite a bit. So how is it my hair looks so wavy in this photo? Easy! After blow drying my hair, I gather all my hair into a twirly bun and leave it for as long as possible, release and welcome a good hair day!

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For easier comparison, here’s the before and after side by side, you can actually see how soft my hair is!

Do I recommend this range? Of course! I have also noticed that my hair doesn’t get as oily as it used to, especially if I’m out for long hours, by the time I get home, my hair still feels nice and soft and doesn’t feel heavy at all. Complement your hair care regime with this luxurious Leave-on Treatment that pampers your hair like no other, I am also using ASIENCE’s Inner Rich Shampoo.

ASIENCE leave-on hair treatment range retails at $14.90 each, and is available at selected hypermarkets, supermarkets and pharmacies. If you’d like to read more about the products in this range as well as usage tips, click on the link below. Let’s all enjoy good hair days, everyday! :)

>> Asience Leave-on Treatment Range <<

Sponsored Review : Liese Bubble Hair Color in Jewel Pink

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I was really excited to try Liese’s new Bubble Hair Color in Jewel Pink, my mum asked if I was sure I wanted pink hair. I must admit I was excited and nervous, I did some googling beforehand and judging from other reviews, no one actually ended up with PINK hair…

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My hair prior to the color session, photo taken indoors on a very sunny day!

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Bubbly, very bubbly. I’d say foamy but bubbly does sound cooler.

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“I don’t recognise my hair…. It looks like a bee hive on my head.”

But seriously this foam really stays on your head. Walk, run, jump (if you dare) the foam is not going anywhere. No drips, no mess, I say yay anyday!

So, did I get pink hair? Well, unfortunately, no.

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Indoors with really strong sunlight, it just looks very brown. According to the product information, Jewel Pink would give you a shiny brown with a touch of pink. I can’t find even the tiniest hint of pink but I am loving the brown!

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Here’s what it looks like when I’m sitting right next to the window with the sun in my face, or hair rather. I left the photo completely unedited (color/tone wise). I don’t think the color looks like that in normal light, this is probably just due to the extremely strong sun. It’s not noticeably pink so if you are going for full on pink hair, this color will disappoint you. But if you’re just looking for a nice brown that’s not over top then go ahead and give Jewel Pink a shot!

The things I must give kudos to tho, is the fact that after washing and conditioning with the treatment included, it doesn’t feel like I colored my hair at all! My hair was so soft and smooth! That, coupled with an easy, mess free application, I give Liese’s bubble hair color range the thumbs up! :)

Sponsored Advertorial : Nivea Body UV Whitening Cell Repair and Protect Serum SPF 25PA++

Whitening products are all the rage these days aren’t they? Everyone is buying whitening facial products in a bid to achieve Snow White skin, but, what about your body? Is it receiving the same amount of TLC?

When I was invited to review Nivea’s new UV Whitening Serum, I wasn’t expecting to receive a huge “tube” of moisturiser since by my knowledge, serums generally come in little glass vials that cost quite a bit. Priced at just $9.55, this 200ml tube packs a huge punch and a very sweet scent.

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I wish there was such a thing as virtual “scratch and sniff” cause I fell in love with it at first whiff! This serum smells good enough to eat! Of course, you shouldn’t, but the things that go in to the serum are definitely good for you and your skin.

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Camu camu and Acerola are both known for their extraordinary levels of vitamin C, and together with 95% Pure Vitamin C to penetrate deeply to repair and restore accumulated sun-damaged skin cells, your dull and dark skin is lightened. A powerful anti-oxidant, Vitamin C reduces melanin production, and lightens your skin naturally.

Licorice extracts in the formulas stimulate the reduction of Melanin and uneven pigmentation within the deeper layers of the skin while advanced UVA and UVB filters found in all products within this range effectively protects skin from the attacks of harmful UV rays. Infused with Hydra IQ and Red Seaweed (“Irish Moss” I presume) to produce smooth, glowing and supple skin.

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Similar to how whitening serums and essences work for your face, this innovation is a 14-day intensive whitening treatment for your body.  A new breakthrough in technology of whitening with a lightweight and deep absorption serum formula, this 1st ever body whitening serum comes with SPF25, offering daily sun protection against sun damage and skin darkening. NIVEA’s Body UV Whitening Serum helps you achieve visibly fairer, more radiant and even toned skin in 14 days.

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The serum is extremely lightweight and absorbs very quickly, making for a no fuss, no mess, and non greasy application that leaves no sticky residue or white cast.

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All you are left with is skin that’s thoroughly hydrated and refreshed.

Similar to how whitening serums and essences work for your face, this innovation is a 14-day intensive whitening treatment for your body.  A new breakthrough in technology of whitening with a lightweight and deep absorption serum formula, this 1st ever body whitening serum comes with SPF25, offering daily sun protection against sun damage and skin darkening. NIVEA’s Body UV Whitening Serum helps you achieve visibly fairer, more radiant and even toned skin in 14 days.

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I’m definitely giving this two thumbs up! It has helped tremendously with my dry and occasionally flaky knees! ^_^

For those who don’t get a lot of direct sun exposure like myself, it doesn’t mean you cannot or shouldn’t use a whitening product. As they say prevention is better than cure, so treat your skin well and your skin will love you back! It’s better to prevent sun damage than to frown about it later on. The sun is there even if you don’t feel the heat burn through your skin and the sun has been scorching hot lately so slather on that serum before things get ugly!

For more information, check out

>> ♥ NIVEA Singapore on Facebook ♥ <<

Sponsored Review : Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion

This came for me over a week ago, and my Hada Labo collection has grown yet again! This is my 6th Hada Labo post since 2011! You’ve read about the hydrating lotions, well here’s one with whitening properties, Hada Labo’s new Arbutin Whitening Lotion.

I believe there’s a misconception when it comes to whitening products, many think it’ll make your face white, literally, but that’s not the case! No, you’re not going to look a ghostly white after using whitening products. Hada Labo’s whitening lotion delivers 3 benefits in one step with Arbutin, Vitamic C and Hyaluronic Acid.

Arbutin is an extract from the bearberry plant, widely recognised as a “beautification plant”. It’s natural whitening properties enhances the skin’s fairness and helps to fight dark spots and renew dull skin to reveal clearer, fairer skin.

Vitamin C enhances the skin’s fairness while it repairs dry, dull skin caused by exposure to UV rays.

Needless to say, Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates your skin!

Compared to the SHA Hydrating Lotion, this one has a more watery consistency. Within seconds of application, it is soaked up by your skin! Skin feels instantly revitalised and prepped for better absorption of other products. Did you know makeup goes on better when your skin is hydrated? Your skin will appear smoother when dry spots are taken care of.

I use this twice daily and I hope it will help lighten some remaining acne marks, perhaps the Whitening Essence would speed up the fading process. There are four products in the whitening range, here’s a little snippet of each product :

The whitening range is priced between $21.90 to $31.90. and are available at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, NTUC Fairprice, Unity and other departmental stores nationwide!

“Like” Hada Labo’s Facebook page and go to the “FREE SAMPLES” tab to redeem from 1st November! At the moment, they have an ongoing redemption for the Hydrating Milk, simply refer two friends and you will get yourself a travel sized Hada Labo Hydrating Milk! ♥

>> Read my previous Hada Labo reviews! <<

Hope this has dispelled your misconceptions about whitening products, say hello to fairer, brighter and deeply hydrated skin! xx

Beauty Book : Exfoliators

okay, some time ago, Elaine actually emailed me asking me about skin care products i use and i promised her i would answer all her questions in a blog post so everyone else can benefit from the info… okay, it wasn’t some time ago, it was quite awhile back. Elaine, i’m sorry this took so long! to make up for it, i’m gonna do one beauty book post everyday this week, we should cover everything by the end of the week, i hope.

for starters, exfoliators!

everyone must have an exfoliator, MUST! i like these two cos they’re gentle enough to use everyday. but, which one’s better?

to be honest i was totally sold on Cure becos of the advertisements and all the praise it got, i’m down to half a bottle… it works, but it’s a lil pricey at over $30 a bottle… i like the fact that it pumps out of a bottle tho, perfect for those who find it a chore to twist open a tube… (like me)

the Ginvera one is alot more affordable, it claims to remove your blackheads in one rub, but don’t count on it entirely. it does claim to have alot more benefits than Cure tho, but i think they both do a pretty equal exfoliating job… so if you’re not quite ready to spend $30+ on an exfoliator, i’d suggest you try Ginvera’s green tea marvel gel.

now let me go exfoliate and think about tomorrow’s beauty book topic. :)

love, jean

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