Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bellabox Innovative Beauty! (April)

Bellabox is getting better and more innovative as time goes by. Thumbs up to Bellabox for the effort to continue getting better and awesome!
And for the month of April, other than constantly providing their subscribers with wonderful, wide varieties of products to test out, Bellabox is getting innovative and we can scan the QR code sticker to enjoy a special bb member privilege!

1. Fragrance Du Bois Oud Rose/ Jaune Intense, Small pot (5 serum capsules)/S$55, Large pot (12 serum capsules)/S$80, 50ml bottle/S$395
Give yourself an instant upgrade from the classy to classy chic with a spritz of Oud Rose's alluring and sweet fragrance! Or, be charmed with an enchanting brew of sparkling fruity floral and musky vanilla from Oud Jaune!
Ingredients in each fragrance:

Click on the image below to find out more about the different fragrances available.

2. Korres Basil and Lemon Body Milk, 200ml/S$30
Combine a moisture-packed essemble and a dash of Basil and Lemon zest for a hydrating and refreshing finale to a luxurious shower treat! I love the refreshing scent of this body milk. The refreshing lemon scent with a slight hint of basil, which combines together helps to uplift my spirit. The hydrating result is promising too! Korres products always never fail to work up to its promises.

3. Jacqueline Burchell Brush on Gel, Set of 4 colours and 1 top coat/S$60
Discover Jacqueline Burchell's latest innovation, the Brush on Gel, a revolutionary gel polish that sets and keeps your colour and shine on just like a regular gel manicure. All you need to do is finish off with an exclusive sealant - no UV light needed - for long-lasting durability!

The polishes that I received are NCR003 (oxblood red) and Sealant (colourless topcoat).
The texture feels quite similar to gel polish, leaving the nails with a smooth and more durable surface but it isn't as long-lasting as gel polish. As compared to gel polishes, Jacqueline Burchell Brush on Gel dries faster and it can be easily removed just by peeling off. The peeling action does not harm nor destroy the nails, so it gives us the flexibility to switch nail colours as and when we would like to.

4. Aloxxi Hydrating Shampoo, 300ml/S$38
Enhanced with 10 antioxidants extracts, Olive Oil and Avocado Oil, this hydrating shampoo is said to protect the hair against harmful UV rays and strengthens coloured hair back to youthful health. I have not tried this shampoo yet because even though my hair is coloured but it is not damaged, so it is difficult for me to tell whether this shampoo works or not.

5. Jill Lowe Beauty Concealer, 10g/S$38
Formulated with the finest mineral compounds, get ready for a seamless look that offers maximum, buildable coverage.
The shade I received has a pinkish undertone, so I can only use it to conceal brown pigments on my skin but not redness. Although it offers buildable coverage, but the concealer does not long on the skin and can be easily removed when I perspired, rubbed or scratched my skin.

6. JYUNKA Ultra Defence UV Pro SPF50, 10ml/S$48, 30ml/S$117
This lightweight sunscreen is your knight in shining armour, boasting a SPF 50 UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection shield against the raging sun's damaging rays. It is slightly tinted to help even out your skin tone and give your complexion a gentle glow. I have not started using this product yet, but with an SPF 50, it definitely gives us sufficient protection against the harmful sun's rays in Singapore's weather but I can't tell it's texture and efficacy just yet, until I try it one day.

That's all we have for April Bellabox. :) 

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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 renew 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 smooths 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 spatula. 

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 refreshed 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 effort 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 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 moisture and, thanks to its delicate micro-exfoliation properties, it 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. It leaves the skin feeling moisturized and soft, and there is an immediate brightening of the skin tone. The scent of this product 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 is 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 guarantees 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 it being non-waterproof and I get worry when my eye area gets greasy from the perspiration in Singapore's weather because it can result 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 for preparing the Collistar press kit so that I could try 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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