Monday, July 28, 2014

ATM: 5 Products You Need to Look Almost Korean

So I just finished watching 'My Love from the Star'... The second time. Haha. I am so obsessed with it. I mean, I hardly ever rewatch shows, and this is like my first Korean show since I was 14? The last one was 'Stairway to Heaven', which made me cry so much I swore I wouldn't get into the whole Korean craze. BUT K-dramas have changed so much. They no longer make you weep like you want to die, and seem to have adopted the J-dramas' comical and short-and-sweet style. And I LOVE IT SO DARN MUCH. Btw, I'm also watching the ongoing 'Fated to Love You'. :D

Anyway, this sudden obsession then very naturally transposed itself to the beauty department. This means watching many Korean makeup tutorials (Check out 'Get It Beauty' and 'Pony's Beauty Diary'!) and of course, skincare and makeup hauls (HEH.). One product which I really want to recommend is Skinc's Pure Snow White + Mask. Although the mask isn't from Korea (It's from her neighbour. So that counts too... Right?), it works amazingly awesome to help you achieve the fair and flawless complexion that Koreans are known for. I'm almost done with my first tub, and I have a second one waiting for me in my drawer. As for makeup, the 'watery' and innocent look is in. Think: Flawless, dewy and healthy complexion, well-defined eyes and pink lips.

Though it isn't possible to be one now (Mmhmm.), here are 5 products from ZALORA SG you need to look almost Korean:

HAUL: Getting Some Hair Love from BeautyBay.com

I have been on the lookout for a salon-worthy hairdryer and I found one at BeautyBay.com. And decided to throw in 2 other items into my cart as well. Heh. We have to make full use of the shipping cost right? Except that it's free. Umm... We have to make full use of the effort involved in packing and sending the parcel over? I mean, it's only polite and considerate towards the packers and senders, right? Heh. MOVING ON, here are the items that I got:

  • Babyliss Pro Powerlite Dryer, £25.04
  • Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor, £7.58
  • Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream, £8.75

Right after I ordered, I decided to google for reviews on BeautyBay.com and gosh, they weren't quite favourable. I got a tad worried because my shipping was under the 'Saver' option; it's free but it's not trackable. But 9 or 10 working days later, my parcel came, yay! :D Everything was packed nicely. The hair dryer came in perfect condition and the bottles weren't leaking.

Will I order from them again? Mmhmm... Yeah, I think I will but it will be my last resort.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SPOTTED: Black Paint x Takashimaya

Yesterday evening, I was in town to get a gift for a friend and decided to pop by Black Paint's booth in Takashimaya. I reviewed 3 of the products back in June and you can read it here. I love how simple and fuss-free the skincare regimen was! And best of all, Black Paint products are natural and made from organic ingredients. They are also free from alcohols, paraffin, synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourings, ultraviolet absorbers and anti-oxidants. What you apply onto your skin is so important!

The booth will be at Takashimaya's Basement 1, near the aromatherapy shelves, till July 24th (This Thursday!). Do drop by if you are around the area, and especially if you are looking for solutions to battle acne, blackheads, wrinkles and pigmentation. The booth is currently mended by 2 very friendly and cheery girls, who will be more than happy to do a demonstration of this back-to-basics Japanese skincare regimen.

The full Black Paint range consists of 5 products:

  • Black Paint Soap
  • Black Konjac Sponge
  • Best Water
  • Oil Water Rose
  • Water Cream

They make up a quick 4-step skincare regimen, which is perfect for the busy people.

Here's a preview of the demonstration!

Step 1a: Black Paint Soap | Cleanser ($49.90 for 120g)
This pore-cleansing facial soap cleanses pores deeply by playing with our skin's pH. It is slightly alkaline to trigger our naturally acidic skin to release more acid to balance the pH. When this happens, the acid pushes the dirt out from our pores.

This soap just won another year of the highest ranking Monde Selection Award 'GRAND GOLD'. This will be its 6th consecutive year winning this prestigious title!

Step 1b: Black Konjac Sponge| Facial Sponge ($19.90 for 1 piece)
This 100% natural facial sponge enhances absorption ability, while removing excess oil and dead skin cells delicately.

I didn't review this but I have tried other Konjac sponges and they make really gentle exfoliation tools. Do remember to hang them to dry properly so that they last longer!

Step 2: Best Water | Toner ($59.90 for 100ml)
This pore-minimizing toner sinks into our skin deeply for instant hydration and preservation of moisture balance, compensating for the loss of water after cleansing. Overtime, it helps improve our skin texture and minimizes pores.

Step 3: Oil Water Rose | Lotion ($49.90 for 100ml)
This lotion has precious rose oil sitting atop rose water. It regenerates, protects, soothes, and softens our skin, keeping it soft and supple.

I only got to try this at the demonstration. It didn't feel heavy and sank into my skin after a while. Remember to shake the bottle thoroughly to mix the 2 layers before using it! After shaking, it should look milky... Just like the first bottle in the first photo.

Step 4: Water Cream | Moisturizer ($79.90 for 50ml)
This water-based moisturizing cream improves our skin's metabolism and promotes moisture retention. It builds a protective veil against environmental aggressors and anti-oxidants.

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Anyway, the whole purpose of me blogging at this unearthly hour, is to bring to your attention the really good promotions that Black Paint is having in collaboration with Takashimaya. Read on! :D

If you are getting the Black Paint Soap, do head on over to Black Paint's Facebook page to download an exclusive voucher. It entitles you to a Trial Pack of the 4-step skincare regimen at just $10 (U.P. $90)! It contains

  • Black Paint Soaking Cup 1 piece at $3
  • Black Sponge 1 small piece at $9.90
  • Best Water 50ml at $34.90
  • Facial Paper 1 pack of 10 pieces at $3
  • Oil Water Rose 30ml at $19.90
  • Water Cream Rose Lavender 10g at $19.90

Also, the full set of the Black Paint skincare regimen (Yes, they are all full-sized products!) is going at $129.90, instead of the usual $259! If you do the Math above, you will know that this promotion is really value for money.

I'm actually quite tempted to get it myself. I mean, I LOVE the Water Cream tons, the Best Water wakes me up in the middle of a hot and sticky day and I'm dying to try the Oil Water Rose (Hello, it's rose oil AND water!). HEH. But I have been spending quite a bit (Obsession with pink lips has gone full-blown.). But but I have until Wednesday to think it through carefully. But but BUT work has been insanely busy... I sure hope I am able to make another trip down. :\

Okay, I'm just rambling now. Haha. Before it goes into a stream of deliriousness, I really do encourage everyone to check out the booth and have a feel of the products. The $10 trial kit makes a great introduction and summary of the brand, so don't miss out on the offer! :D

For more information,
Website: www.blackpaint.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackpaintsg
Twitter: @blackpaintsg
Instagram: @blackpaintsg

Saturday, July 12, 2014

REVIEW: La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo[+]

La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo[+] provides the most complete skincare to manage acne-prone skin. A reformulation of the holy grail first generation Effaclar Duo, this one works 24 hours to

  • Reduce severe imperfections.
  • Unclog blocked pores.
  • Provide 24h hydration.
  • Correct and prevent marks.

Just like the first generation, this one contains

  • Niacinamide: The reference anti-inflammatory active ingredient for intensive soothing.
  • Piroctone Olamine: To combat bacterial proliferation.
  • LHA and Salicylic Acid: For their complementary keratolytic actions.
  • Targeted Linoleic Acid: To regulate keratinocytes, plus target the follicle.

However, lying at the heart of its formula structure is a brand new addition called Procerad. A pluri-disciplinary genius active ingredient, it is a patented ceramide. It hinders the development of acne blemishes and pigmentation, even before they reach our skin's surface and establish themselves.

The Effaclar Duo[+] takes the form of a lightweight gel-cream, with a fresh and clean scent. I use this primarily at night, about 3 to 4 times a week. This is what I run to when the lack of sleep wrecks havoc on my face. The gel-cream sinks comfortably into the skin, mattifying it almost immediately. My skin's pretty sensitive, so it does sting a little upon application, but it goes away after a while.

I have been using this for close to a month now. Even though this sounds like a pretty aggressive acne-fighter, I like that I wake up to skin that is clear, yet well-hydrated. You know how some acne busters can be so completely over-drying and they kind of aggravate the situation... Well, this doesn't! My blackheads are still ever present (Pain. In. The. Arse.), but I do get less blemishes than usual, even though I haven't been sleeping a lot.

La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo[+] is available at Derma Center, major pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian and Unity, and selected hospital pharmacies, at $38.90 for 40ml.

WORLD CUP 2014: CONTEST + 5 weird superstitions of soccer players

The Contest

UPDATE: Hey everyone, apologies for the delay!
For Image No. 1, congrats Hock Guan for winning it! :D

Over the next 7 days, three images will be posted here on this blog. For each image, be the first to spot all of the bottles of BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken hidden and stand to win

  • A pack of BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken
  • $50 Takashimaya Voucher

To participate:

  1. Drop me an email at lovecharlenejudith@hotmail.com and tell me the image no. and the specific columns and rows where you think the bottles are! For example:

    Image No.: 2
    Bottles are at: A2 (Where A is the column and 2 is the row.), B3 etc.

  2. There will only be one winner per image.
  3. The first to spot all the bottles of BRAND'S Essence of Chicken wins for that particular image.
  4. If none of the participants spot all the bottles of BRAND'S Essence of Chicken, the participant who spotted the most number of bottles wins.

Good luck! :D


Image 2 (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
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The FIFA World Cup is known to be one of the, if not the, biggest sporting events the world currently knows, bringing together some of the best soccer players from all over. But besides their prowess on the field, these iconic players have some pretty interesting or plain weird quirks behind them too. Here are some of them:

  1. Luis Suarez
    Not all hat-tricks are celebrated in the soccer world, as Luis Suarez has come to prove. Seemingly living by the motto "If you can't beat 'em, bite 'em.", Suarez recently completed his hat-trick of bites with Ajax, Liverpool and just a few days ago, Uruguay. Nobody knows for sure the reason behind his weird fetish but what we do know is that the Uruguay star player has been banned for 9 matches, all football activity for four months and fined US$112,000. Way to go Suarez.

  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
    The Portuguese team captain and Real Madrid forward is widely known as the world's best player, the world's most expensive player and the player with the ever-changing hairstyles. Well, there could be a good reason for that too. Ronaldo fans are probably familiar with his famously weird pre-game 'rituals', but for those who aren't too familiar, here are a few superstitions the world class player reportedly practices.
    • Ronaldo insists on sitting alone in the back row and he must be the last one to leave the bus.
    • The Portuguese player has to change his hairstyle in the locker room at halftime during every game.
    • In fact, he needs a new hairstyle before every game he plays.
    • He must touch the ball before leaving the dressing room.
    • In the Portugal national team, he is the only Portuguese who is allowed to start off with a long-sleeve jersey.
    • He always steps onto the pitch with his right foot first.

    Well, we don't know how true all of the above are, but we know you are going to be looking out for these signs from now on.

  3. Cesc Fabregas
    In case you have never watched the "Beats by Dre" commercial, here's how Fabregas, star midfielder of the Spanish national team wishes himself good luck – by kissing a ring given to him by his girlfriend four times.

  4. Kolo Toure
    Kolo Toure, a highly valued member of the Ivory Coast national team, always insists on being the last player from his team to walk onto the playing field. This pre-game ritual is so important to Toure that he reportedly once missed the start of the second half of a Champions League Game while waiting for a teammate to precede him.

  5. Iker Casillas
    Goalkeeper of the Spanish national team, Iker Casillas is interestingly known to be one of soccer's most superstitious players. He has countless rituals that he modifies depending on the progress of the match, such as changing his jersey every time he concedes a goal or cutting the sleeves off his shirts, etc. His most consistent one would be touching the crossbar every time his team scores. And his most disgusting one? Wearing his socks inside-out during matches. But he has reportedly kicked that habit since 2009. Thank goodness.

The World Cup 2014 series is a collaboration between Charlene J. Lee and Brand's. Images are taken from Google.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

REVIEW: ORBIS' Oil Cut Care-na Hot Cool Gel

The nightmare with our pores begins the moment we hit puberty and then, carries on to plague us for the rest of our lives in various ways. They are annoying, we hate them and we want them gone.

Unfortunately for us, just like bad memories, pores are here to stay. There is really no magic which we can use to annihilate them, but we can try and keep them clean as much as possible, so that the nightmare they bring comes in bite-sized proportions.

Here are some of the pore troubles we may encounter as we age:

Age Pore Concerns Characteristics
20s Sebum Pores Active sebum secretion. When in excess, sebum may clog pores and result in the formation of pimples and dry skin.
30s Mixed Pores Active sebum secretion and pores begin to sag.
40s Sagging Pores Skin's foundation weakens and women see a change in firmness and elasticity of skin. Coupled with gravity's downward pulling force, round pores form a teardrop shape over time.

ORBIS' Oil Cut Care-Na Hot Cool Gel is one product that can help keep our pores clean. This gel contains charcoal powder and 'plays with temperature' for some serious deep cleansing in just 4 steps:

  1. Warming up of skin to soften it.
    Upon application of the gel, you skin gradually warms up. The effect is very much like placing a warm towel across your face. Your skin softens and the optimum environment for deep pore cleansing is created.
  2. Deep pore cleansing with Scrub x Charcoal.
    The fine beads act like a scrub, cleansing clogged pores and removing dead skin cells. The Charcoal powder, which is sebum-adhesive, absorbs excess sebum and minuscule-sized grime.
  3. Cooling astringents tighten pores.
    After a while, the skin starts to cool down and this is when the gel is in its final stage. Witch Hazel contains astringent properties which refresh and tighten pores, minimizing their appearance.
  4. Absorbent x Permeating moisturizing ingredients keep skin hydrated and smooth.
    After cleansing, the skin becomes very permeable. Permeative Collagen pushes and plumps skin from within and prevents pores from sagging. Absorbent Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and rests on the skin's surface to create a rich and full texture.

The gel is free from oils, fragrances and artificial colours, and is formulated to minimize the risk of allergies.

I have been using this gel twice a week, for the past month. After cleansing, I gently massage a pearl-sized amount of the gel on my T-zone area in circular motions, for 10 to 15 seconds. When the gel is first squeezed out from the tube, the fine beads seem a tad too rough. But as I massage the gel into my skin and it warms up, the beads kind of melt away. The warming-up effect really feels like you are steaming your face, though it isn't as 'intensive'. It goes away gradually, and when I wash it off, the cooling effect is so refreshing! It's a perfect way to end the day and a perfect way to start a new one. So yes, I alternate between day and night usage. (:

After washing it off, my skin feels soft and smooth and looks clear and radiant. I don't experience any tightness. There are some days when I'm lazy and skip the moisturizer, but my cheeks don't get dry like they usually do. My blackheads are still very much present though (There is neither an increment nor a reduction.), so I think I need to give this a little more time and probably, sleep a little bit more. Heh.

ORBIS' Oil Cut Care-Na Hot Cool Gel is available at all ORBIS counters and stores, at $21.50 for 60g.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WORLD CUP 2014: CONTEST + 5 Things to Bring to a Football Match As a Fan

The Contest
Over the next 7 days, three images will be posted here on this blog. For each image, be the first to spot all of the bottles of BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken hidden and stand to win

  • A pack of BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken
  • $50 Takashimaya Voucher

To participate:

  1. Drop me an email at lovecharlenejudith@hotmail.com and tell me the image no. and the specific columns and rows where you think the bottles are! For example:

    Image No.: 1
    Bottles are at: A2 (Where A is the column and 2 is the row.), B3 etc.

  2. There will only be one winner per image.
  3. The first to spot all the bottles of BRAND'S Essence of Chicken wins for that particular image.
  4. If none of the participants spot all the bottles of BRAND'S Essence of Chicken, the participant who spotted the most number of bottles wins.

Good luck! :D


Image 1 (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
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One thing the World Cup always brings to the screens around the world is the adoring, and sometimes crazy, fans. I'm sure you have seen photos of fans decked out entirely in their country's colours, faces painted with the flag, arms raising the team scarf up high.

If you are a football fan, you'll want to make pilgrimage to a major football game – be it during the World Cup or even the league matches. But what should you bring with you to the stadium to make sure that you are 100% ready to cheer your team on? Here are the top 5 things every fan should have with them.

  1. Lozenges
    Extremely practical and it may just save your life. Lozenges are a must have when you are screaming yourself hoarse for your team. At the stadium, the cheering never stops, so make sure you are ready for all that action!

  2. Cheer Gear
    As the 12th Man, the least a football fan can do at a match is to dress in the team's colours. At the World Cup, fans take things up a notch and things get very, very creative (check this out: http://bzfd.it/1lihtLn). Wear your team colours and bring your cheer gear along. This includes: face paint, team scarves, hats, noise makers, and if you would like, a cute plushie of the team's mascot.

  3. The Right Bag
    When you're heading to the games, you'll want a bag that is roomy, but won't get in the way. Plus, the stadium would be littered with spilled drinks and wrappers, so you'll want a bag that you don't mind getting at least a little dirty. There are also restrictions on bags at the World Cup so you may want to consider a sling bag over a backpack.

  4. A Good Camera
    At the World Cup, the stadium is huge so your iPhone camera probably won't cut it if you want to get some nice photos of the players and the game. This is where your 15 megapixel camera with a 20x zoom would come in handy!

  5. BRAND'S Sesamin with Schisandra Extract
    The party only starts after the match is over when everyone takes it to the nearest pub for some pub grub and drinks. If you're a fan, you definitely can't skip out of the after party. So make sure your body is ready by bringing along a few of this to keep your liver at its best!

The World Cup 2014 series is a collaboration between Charlene J. Lee and Brand's. Images are taken from Google.