Crème Simon – French Heritage Skincare

Meet my new skincare routine.

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Earlier in May, we collaborated with Crème Simon to host a lunch event at Absinthe. After only reading about the brand since it was introduced in Singapore, I finally got to try it for myself.

I think I may have found my Holy Grail.

I have been using the entire range (almost) religiously, day and night, for two weeks and I must say I am beginning to see a difference. My skin feels healthier, softer, younger, and calmer. What a treat for my 30 year-old self! (I just turned 30 last Thursday) I hope I can pass off as a 20 something year old for many many more years to come! :P

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In the morning, after washing I use the Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist, followed by the Dermo-Activ Floral Serum, Oxygenating Light Day Moisturiser and lastly, the Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50. The Oxygenating Moisturiser leaves your skin with a cool, bubbling feeling!

Come night time, I use the Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist, followed by the Dermo-Activ Floral Serum and end with the Restorative Light Night Moisturiser. I’m currently using the sample size tube of the night moisturiser, but I’ll definitely need to get my hands on the full sized one at some point! And perhaps the Oxygenating Foaming Cleanser, eye roller and make up remover while I’m at it.

Exfoliating is a twice weekly affair for me, and on exfoliating days I use a mix of the Gentle Double Exfoliation Scrub and the Lymphatic Contouring and Lifting Gel.

These were on display at the event. So vintage, so quirky!

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The girls fell in love with my handmade Camelias that I showed them during their site visit, and they ended up ordering Camelia brooches to give out during the media launch of the first permanent counter at Raffles City!

Congrats to the Crème Simon Singapore team!

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 Thank you for being an absolute joy to work with!

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Looking forward very much to seeing this girls again sometime soon!

Use the code “AWARD15” to enjoy 15% off your purchase of the Toner Mist, Night Moisturiser and Crème Universelle today!

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Sponsored Review : Itoh Collagen Powder

Collagen is all the rage these days and comes in various different forms to suit each individual’s preferences and needs. Sourced from pig’s skin, fish scales, oils, and placenta just to name a few, if you are looking to start supplementing with collagen, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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Endorsed by Kevin, Taiwan’s beauty guru of Lady First, Itoh Collagen Powder is a colorless, tasteless, fat and sugar-free low molecular collagen powder that dissolves easily in liquids. The low molecular collagen molecules ensures easier and more rapid absorption of collagen into the skin.

Why is Collagen so crucial for our skin?

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From the age of 25, our collagen levels begin to decrease rapidly. If our skin does not get the necessary amount of collagen it needs, our skin starts to show signs of ageing; think sagging skin and wrinkles, all the things that make you go “eewwww”. As they say, prevention is better than cure, so it’s best to start giving your skin what it needs now rather than investing in anti-ageing creams when it’s too late. After all, beauty and youth are best maintained from the inside out.

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Itoh Collagen Powder is extracted from healthy pigskin and cartilage and is tested by Japan SPF standards. Fat and gelatin are removed through high purification technology, leaving the powder safe and tasteless. Each sachet contains 3000mg of Collagen, satisfying your daily collagen intake requirement.20131227_155048

The handy sachets are small and convenient to carry around in a purse if you choose to have your collagen on the go!

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Is Itoh Collagen Powder really tasteless?

The fact that it is extracted from pig’s skin may have some of you questioning if this might smell “porky”, but it does not. I personally prefer dissolving a sachet either in my tea or in a bowl of soup. If you do drink this with tea, it will make your tea turn murky like a milk tea. If that bothers you (consciously knowing something else is in your tea) then I would suggest adding it to a cream soup or juice and you won’t even remember adding something to it.

Results are said to show in 1-2 weeks, depending on the individual. I guess I’ll need to continue with these to see results since I have only consumed a couple of sachets so far. If you are looking for a collagen supplement that is tasteless and easy to consume, this is definitely worth a try! Please note that this product is not suitable for vegetarians and Muslims.

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Priced at $49.90 for a box of 14 sachets, Itoh Collagen Powder is available at Guardian Pharmacies in Singapore or online from Hannah Holdings.

You can sample this product before you decide to buy,

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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? :)

 

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

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Every Girl's Must Read… Lady Ayn Rose

Lady Ayn Rose is a newly launched Lifestyle Blog, owned by a young lady in awe of Audrey Hepburn’s sophistication, Rose.

Her blog is simple, yet chocked full of information every girl needs to know! What you’ll find basically is what defines you as a woman and consists largely of four parts…

You’ll be able to read about Rose’s daily life and share her personal musings and pretty pictures… Read on and you’ll discover her values and believes in life.

If you’re young, growing up and have no idea how to start shopping for skin care products, you’ll love the section where she speaks on skincare. It’ll help you determine if you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin. Allowing you to learn more about your particular skin type and how to take proper care of your skin.

In “She Speaks on Wardrobe” Rose shares tips on how to shop smart for clothing! Learn about different dress styles, and also get fashion savvy with mixing and matching the items in your wardrobe!

Rose also sells an exclusive collection of apparel, mostly hand picked by herself on overseas trips!

I was lucky to be given a very pretty skirt from a collection that has yet to be released! :) It’s a light green “tutu-like” skirt. Come to think of it I haven’t been dressing very girly of late, and the skirt is a real sweetheart piece! Thanks Rose! Will definitely post photos of me in the skirt soon… But meanwhile…

Start dressing and shopping smarter, start reading Lady Ayn Rose

♥ jean

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