Nov 5 2013

Review: SK-II Stempower Essence

The Stempower Essence is a new addition to SK-II’s newest Stempower range (which was newly introduced last year)!

As we age, our skin loses its inner resilience which results in our pores losing the power to close after sebum secretion unlike young skin. SK-II’s joint study unveils that turning our skin’s “Master Switch” enables the protection of epidermal stem cells which lead to poreless-looking bouncy skin even as we age.

So what exactly is this “Master Switch”? Scientifically known as Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor, the “Master Switch” enables the protection of our epidermal stem cells by being responsible for promoting all of its cell functions of anti-oxidation, regeneration and longevity. This plays a critical role in the health of our skin cells, and ultimately results in an improvement of our skin’s appearance.

The “Master Switch” lies within our epidermal stem cells and is trigger when external or internal factors act on our skin. When this switch is triggered, it causes the generation of anti-oxidants and activation of longevity gene and also regulates our cell environment resulting in increased protein production to increase our inner cell density. This increase in inner cell density causes our cells to become plumper – an important factor in boosting our skin’s inner resilience.

The Stempower Essence is formulated with the new Stem-Acanax ES Complex, which contains 2 new ingredients – Kinren Extract (promotes cell density) + Artichoke Extract (known for its beneficial effects on skin and the main ingredient to help activate the “Master Switch”). There are also 2 existing key ingredients – the Stem-Acanax (helps promote formation of life-proteins which improves skin’s radical firmness as well as SK-II’s signature ingredient, Pitera, which helps promote the 5-dimensions of crystal clear skin. Pitera when combined with Artichoke Extract helps to increase our skin cell’s anti-oxidation function to protect the environment of epidermal root cell.

Unlike the normal Facial Treatment Essence, the Stempower Essence comes in a dropper form. I’ll usually drop about 1-2 drops and it’s enough for my entire face. After which I’ll apply more to problem areas of the face.

Texture of the product is gel-like but feels more like water when applied on the skin and gets absorbed easily.

After 2 weeks of using, I find my skin bouncier, brighter and more hydrated! The only thing I dislike about the product is that it’s scented. Even though I’m only 23, I feel that prevention of ageing should start in our early 20s before it comes too late.

I’ve been using the Stempower as my night moisturiser ever since I embarked on the SK-II Stempower Challenge last year. When both products are used together, there’ll be almost 200% increase in penetration of skin active ingredients as well as almost 200% increase in hydration levels in skin compared to just using the Stempower alone

The Stempower is something I strongly recommend and my mum and I have not even finished using one 80g tub even after a year! Investing in a bottle really goes a long way.

The RRP of the Stempower Essence is S$156 (30ml) and S$224 (50ml) and is available at SK-II counters at leading department stores. :)

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Nov 1 2013

The Ship Restaurant & Bar.

Met up with a dear secondary school friend (of 10 years) after work for dinner the other day! Even though I’m usually quite tired after work, I find it a joy to meet up with random people to catch up on life… Seems a good break to a mundane work week. We settled for dinner at The Ship at Nex. I’ve passed by the place a few times but never tried it before. The restaurant was done up pretty nicely and had a nautical theme to it!

They serve pretty value for money set meals for dinner starting from $19.90 comprising of the Soup of the Day, Main Course, Dessert of the Day, and Tea or Coffee (which we changed to Ice Lemon Tea).

The Soup of the Day was pretty tasty and comes with butter bread.

Both of us chose the Grilled Seabass with Mushroom Sauce ($21.90++) which is served with vegetables, potatoes and chicken karaage. Portion is quite filling with all the sides and you get a balanced meal of your vegs and meat. But both of us thought that the chicken karaage was abit out of place with the entire dish.

Ended off our meal with Tiramisu!

Sometimes I just rush out of the house to work without any makeup and that day was one of those days. If I could, I prefer letting my skin rest but sometimes you need makeup to help brighten up your dull complexion and conceal those eye bags due to all the stress at work.

Anyway, I would say that The Ship is worth trying and is pretty value for money for the amount of things you get!

The Ship Restaurant & Bar
23 Serangoon Central, Nex

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Oct 29 2013

Event: Origins Smarty Plants CC & Make A Difference Plus+

My first intimate experience with Origins was from their event awhile back! I’ve previously heard about the brand but have not had a chance to try out the products. For those who’re not sure about the brand, here’s a short summary about them:

Origins is one of the original brands under Estee Lauder Companies and was launched in 1990 as the first department store wellness brand, sold in over 20 countries. Origins’ mission is to create high-performance natural skin care products using potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. Its products are manufactured using renewable resources, wind energy, and earth friendly practices.

The event was held at The Lawn which is a Specialty Grill and Salad Cafe where you get to fully customise your own salad!

2 products/range was introduced during the event and one of which is the Make A Difference Plus+!

Dry skin is a common condition that affects all ages and ethnicity. According to a recent study, women in Asia are more prone to a deficiency in a type of an enzyme which helps skin produce and maintain critical moisture levels. Reduced level of this enzyme creates a biological hydration deficit that can lead to persistent dryness of the skin.

After 5 years of intensive research, Origins introduces the new Make A Difference Plus+ hydration system which includes Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating serum, Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating treatment lotion and Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating treatment.

Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion (S$48, 150ml): Prepares skin for hydrating treatments that follow to optimize absorption and provide intense hydration
Rejuvenating Serum (S$82, 30ml): Rapidly absorbs into skin, delivering deep hydration. It creates satisfying, oil-free hydration and helps restore strength to skin’s moisture barrier while creating an internal reservoir of hydration
Rejuvenating Treatment (S$78, 50ml): An ultra-light, oil-free moisturizer that deeply penetrates to help improve natural moisture deficiency in dehydrated, damaged kin

One of the key ingredient of the Make A Difference Plus range is the Rose of Jericho, which is the famous resurrection plant known for its hygroscopic properties which offers skin immediate and long-lasting hydration.

Here’s 2 Rose of Jericho which are both pretty dried up. The one on the left shows how it looks like under extreme weather conditions with no water. However after a few drops of water, the rose opens up into the one on the right. So amazed by the re-hydrating power of the plant. Along with the other ingredients, they help repair skin’s barrier and reinforce skin’s own moisture making ability.

Here’s the new Origins Smarty Plants CC Cream which is a skin complexion corrector featuring new Intuitive Delivery System technology.

What’s so amazing about this product is that when exposed to UV, ozone and pollution, the intuitive release mechanisms in Smarty Plants cause encapsulated plant ingredients to activate and deploy skincare benefits. And apart from the skincare protection, the CC cream instantly colour corrects while evening skin tone, boosting radiance, hydration and reducing fine dry lines.

How it works:
Step 1 (Protect): Contains Green & White Tea (contains antioxidants when skin is exposed to UV rays), Vitamin C and Vitamin E (protects skin against pollution and ozone), and Thermus Thermophilius (converts oxidative stress from pollution into light hydration).
Step 2 (Perfect): Encapsulated Salicyclic Acid and Chestnut Extract that are gradually released to smooth skin’s surface texture and creating a flawless complexion over time
Step 3 (Correct): Contains plant-coated mineral pigments that instantly corrects blotchy and intuitively adjusts to match skin tones.

I really like the texture of this CC cream and it feels more like a moisturiser than the usual CC creams I’ve tried before. Glides on easily and feels really good on the skin!! Contains SPF 20 PA++ for sun protection.

We were treated to our own customised salad! I’m not a very salad/healthy person but I really love the grills!!

With Char!! :)

Nowadays I find myself dabbing on the Smarty Plants CC Cream to work which gives really natural coverage and makes my skin look more dewy and radiant! If you need extra coverage, you’ll need to apply concealer as an extra step. But usually I’ll just go out with just the CC cream. Love it!!

The Origins Smarty Plants CC Cream is retailing at S$60 and all the products above can be found at all Origins counters.

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Oct 24 2013

OTD: Candy Cane.

A quick OTD post! Nowadays I try to put more effort into my dressing over the weekends cos usually I’m so lazy to think of what to wear during weekdays. :/

So I went for a collection preview just over the weekends and I wore my new Duxton Offsie Top from TTR out! Very perfect for the holiday season right right right! Reminds me of candy cane hahaha.

Skirt’s also from TTR!

Paired the outfit with this necklace I got from Forever 21 awhile back. Umbrella + Eiffel Tower has no link together right? But this is still one of my favourite necklace.

So happy receiving early Christmas presents!

Christmas comes early when you’re invited to previews of holiday collections. So sad that I missed so many due to work + my hectic schedule!! Will blog about Clinique’s Christmas Collection soon!!! :)

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