Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Collistar Body Scrub, Whitening Essence, and SuperMascara

Collistar was started by Daniela Sacerdote in 1983 as the cosmetics division of a leading Italian pharmaceutical company. The brand grew continuously for years after taken first place in sales in the Global Beaute Market in Italian Perfumeries in 2003. Today, the brand is sold in approximately 2,500 perfumeries and department stores in Italy, and more than 3,000 stores abroad.

Since its very beginning, the Made in Italy brand has stood out for its pioneering approach to developing products that offer cutting-edge solutions for him and her: face, body, hair, makeup, dietary supplements, sun care products, self-tanners, aromatherapy products, and fragrances. Collistar offers an incredible range of cosmetic products designed to meet every beauty need, even the most sophisticated. 

The first product I am reviewing is the Collistar Smoothing and Revitalizing Talasso-Scrub, consisting of revitalizing exfoliating salts with essential oils.
A bestseller in Perfumery* with more than one million pieces sold, this inimitable specialty uses the benefits of the sea (thalassotherapy) and those of pure essential oils (aromatherapy) to review and revitalize the skin. At the same time, it gives an immediate sense of energy and dynamism. Its secret lies in an exclusive blend of 90 types of sea salt immersed in a cocktail of super-nourishing oils and energizing essences. When massaged onto the body before showering, it smoothes the skin and makes it more receptive to subsequent treatments.

*NPD data by units and by value -year 2011 - Italian selected Perfumery.

In the box, the product comes with a rubbery stopper and a flat scoop spoon. 

Upon opening the cap, it comes with a plastic seal to ensure the freshness of the product at the point of first time usage.

There is a generous amount of essential oils and we have to stir and mix the essential oil with the salts first before usage.

A regenerating 4-in-1 scrub which works to Exfoliate and Renew, Anti-free radicals and Whitens the skin, Regenerate and Anti-age, and Revitalize. I really love the citrus scent from the essential oil which helps me to feel very much alive when I used it during my tired days. This scrub is suitable for all skin types and it leaves the skin incredibly soft and moist after usage without any need for after-bath product.

The scrub can be used on damp skin as a delicate scrub or on dry skin for a greater exfoliating effect. I personally find the salts rather coarse and would suggest using it on damp skin instead of dry. The thing that I love about this product other than the moisturizing essential oil which leaves my skin so soft and smooth is the coarseness of the salts because I don't have to put in too much strength and effect to scrub off all the dead skin cells. It is really convenient and easy to get rid of all the dead skin cells by using this body scrub. Recommend for use once or more times a week.

My rating: 4.5/5

Retail price: S$66.90, available in SaSa outlets.

Next, I am reviewing the Collistar Whitening Hydro-Lifting Essence V Shape Effect. When creating this formula, Collistar Researchers used a blend of substances that combine a progressive remodeling, moisturizing and whitening action with an immediate lifting effect. 

 The strength of this product is the innovative Ovaliss, an active ingredient based on glaucine that tightens and firms the skin's tissue's while stimulating lipolysis, which helps reduce the appearance of double chins and refines and remodels the face.

The presence of a special Poly-hydroxy acid with strong hygroscopic powers ensures long-lasting moisturization and, thanks to its delicate microexfoliation properties, smooths and renews the skin by stimulating physiological cellular turnover.

The serum effectiveness is ensured by the Essential White Complex and extracts of orange, cucumber, olive leaf and black grape which with their high whitening and anti-oxidant properties, brighten the complexion, minimizing blemished and uneven skin tone.

Directions to use:
During the day, it is advisable to apply sunblock over it.

I love the idea that it comes in a pump bottle, making it easy to dispense the product and prevents contamination of the remaining product in the bottle.

The product comes in an opaque white cream-gel texture that spreads easily on the skin and the product gets absorbed into the skin almost immediately without leaving any residual or heaviness feeling on the skin, but it leaves the skin feeling moisturized and soft, and there is an immediate brightening of the skin tone. The scent of it reminds me very much of the Clarins White Plus range. In terms of firming and uplifting effects, I guess prolong usage is needed to see the results.

My rating: 4/5

Retail price: S$65.90, available in SaSa outlets.

The last product I am reviewing is the Collistar Extreme SuperMascara which said to give voluminous lashes, lengthens the lashes and gives the lashes extreme colour.

I adore the sleek design of this mascara and the easy grip while applying the mascara.

With a cutting edge formula, an innovative texture and a brilliant applicator, it emphasizes the lashes. The self-shaping waxes coat the surface of the lashes from root to tip, coating them with an imperceptible sheath that instantly multiply their volume and thickness. A blend of elasticizing polymers gives flexibility and maximum length to the lashes with an extremely natural effect. The "Carbon black system", a blend of intensely black and ultra-bright pigments that guarantees s deep colour that captures and reflects light giving an extremely glossy look.

The exclusive brush in varying length flexible fibres is designed to guarantee a twofold result: 
1. Rapidly separate, shape and curl all the lashes with maximum precision, even the shortest ones at the inner corner of the eye
2. Perfectly dose and apply the right amount of mascara along the whole length of the lashes without any risk of clumping and smudging.  

Other than being a mascara, this product also works to protect our lashes and a treatment for stronger and healthier lashes.The presence of maize and wheat starches have high moisturizing and nourishing properties. The provitamin B5 and Vitamin E preserve the optimum hydro-lipid balance of the lashes, protecting and reinforcing them with prolong daily usage of the mascara.

There's nothing much I dislike about this mascara except for its non-waterproof effect and I am worry when my eye area gets greasy from the perspiration in Singapore's weather, resulting in a slight panda eye stain under my eye.

My rating: 2.5/5

Retail price: S$39.90, available in SaSa outlets.

Thank you for reading this post to the end. Thank you Avery also for preparing the Collistar press kit for me so that I can try out products from this new brand that is recently made available in Singapore.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Body Shop Mega Sale - Up to 70% OFF

The Body Shop Mega Sale is back again!
Drop by from 18 to 20 April at Singapore Expo Hall 6B to grab the best deals in town!
Do share this piece of good news to your family and friends!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Bloggers Party at Back Stage Cafe

It was my pleasure to be invited to #TheFaceShop event and to witness their new sun protection range, Natural Sun Eco, and the event was held at #BackStageCafe.

I believe everyone knows that using a good skincare product can ensure good skin but do you know that sun protection is very important as well?
This is because cumulative daily UV damage causes sunburn, accelerates skin aging, deepening dark spots and also create wrinkles. Thus, having a good sunblock is very important!
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco launch this time round focuses very much on protecting our skin against harmful UV.

The Face Shop launched a total of 8 different types of product in the Natural Sun Eco range and for the SPF40PA++ sunblock, there is the Natural Sun Eco Oil Cut Sun Cream SPF40PA++ and the Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++. These 2 products are sunblocks except that Natural Sun Eco Oil Cut Sun Cream SPF40PA++ is suitable for oily skin as it contains sebum absorbing powder whereas Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++ is suitable for dry skin as it comes in a water based formula to provide extra hydration to the skin and it also soothes and calms irritated skin. 

On every table, there were the Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++, Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting SPF45PA+++ and the Natural Sun Eco Body and Family Mild SPF40PA+++.

I was very much keen to find out the difference between Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++ and Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting SPF45PA+++ and swatched both products at the event.
It is visible that Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting SPF45PA+++ comes as a tinted sunblock which works as skincare and cosmetic at the same time, giving us sun protection and works as a makeup base whereas Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++ just works as a sunblock. 
Texture-wise, Natural Sun Eco Aqua Sun Gel SPF40PA++ is more watery in texture and glides easily on the skin, giving fuss-free application of the product whereas Natural Sun Eco Power Long-Lasting SPF45PA+++ is slightly thicker is texture and works well as a makeup base giving mild coverage. This product is great for a day where you just want to look natural, not pile on too many products or colours on your face, yet not wanting to compromise on looking presentable.

On our table, there was also a stalk of my favourite flower -- Sunflower! The sunflower has my customised name tag on and there's also a little pretty-looking goodie bag. 

Back Stage Cafe also hosted us with their cakes, pastries and light dishes. In my opinion, I find the taste of the food were pretty decent although not super delish but most importantly, the food look really appetizing to the eye and that's good enough to make me want to eat them all!

At the event, I also met Sheena, the ambassador for The Face Shop. She was the model for the products application demonstration that day. Sheena is really a sweet and pretty lady.

At the end of the event, all bloggers took a photo together with The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco products and that marked the end of the event.

The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco products are already available at all The Face Shop outlets.

In overall, The Natural Sun Eco is a mild sunblock product line with UV protection and contains sun protecting natural plant ingredients that is great for sensitive skin. Whats more, the products acts as a makeup base with coverage, it’s perfect for everyone! So what are you waiting for? Try out this wonderful range of sunblocks!

Lastly, thank you The Face Shop for this event and the goodies which I currently enjoy using, especially the Natural Sun Eco Smart Cushion SPF50+ PA+++.

Before I end of this post, I just want to share about The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Smart Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ which I really adore using and it has 5 different functions in just one product.

Upon opening the case, there is an interior mirror, an application puff and a seal to be removed.

Natural Sun Eco Smart Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ is light-weight and it does not come with heavy texture nor heavy coverage. The good thing about this is that the degree of coverage can be controlled by individual, so at anytime when you want a better coverage, you can always apply slightly more of the foundation and blot off the excess afterwards for the healthy, natural glowy skin appearance. Furthermore, the product is pretty moisturizing on the skin and help to minimize the appearance of pore. Lastly, when the weather gets warmer with the increase in temperature, this product works in cooling down the skin and aid in reducing the red flush appearance on the skin. 
My rating: 4/5
At anytime, you can always walk in to The Face Shop outlets and try out the texture of this amazing Natural Sun Eco Smart Cushion SPF50+ PA+++.

That's all for this post, thank you for reading to the end! :)

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