HIFU Sygmalift at The Clifford Clinic: Non-Invasive Facelift for a V-Line Face

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Face shape is pretty much a make-or-break factor to a new look or hairstyle. Having naturally bestowed with one that is globally adored (for which I thank my Dad), my V-shape visage – characterised by a small and slim oval face narrowing down to a sharp chin and a refined jawline like a melon seed (how the Chinese descriptive term for this face shape – 瓜子脸 – is derived) – has always been on the receiving end of compliments because it is perceived to impart a sculpted and youthful appearance while enhancing facial features. In the eyes of the Koreans and Chinese, a V-line face is also a mark of feminine beauty.

But like everyone knows, nothing is eternal. As the face undergoes the ageing process, it begins to lose structure and elasticity, and slowly becomes an inverted V with a droopy jowl area and a broader lower face. Contrary to popular beliefs, these unwelcome changes can take place as early as in our 20s – or about 25 in my case as evident from my growing double chin – and are often exacerbated by late nights and an unhealthy diet, no thanks to our poor work ethics. If this were the 20th century, the loss of volume in the face would be irrevocable and only get worse as the years go by. But luckily for us, the advancement of technology in recent years has made it possible to reverse these effects brought about by ageing and, what’s more, even alter the appearance of the face by creating a more pronounced cheekbone and chin – all administered by professionals and without the need to go under the knife!

Granted, there may be over-the-counter products that promise similar results but in terms of efficacy, safety and speed, nothing honestly comes close to Sygmalift – a non-surgical, painless process that has risen in popularity among those not ready to deal with the risks of a nip and tuck. It uses combination therapy of High Intensity Focal Ultrasound (HIFU) for facial remodelling and lifting, and Cold Laser 635 nm for bio-stimulation and enhancing skin glow. Not only does it yield long-term results without the downtime, it is also relatively quicker (about an hour) and more affordable than traditional facelift procedures that can amount to thousands of dollars.

The Clifford Clinic

The Clifford Clinic

The Clifford Clinic

The Clifford Clinic

One of the pioneer aesthetics clinics to offer this newest and most advanced HIFU technology in Singapore is The Clifford Clinic where I was invited by Dr Gerard Ee to experience this wonder first-hand to hopefully address my anti-ageing woes. As opposed to traditional HIFUs which penetrate at precise depths in the skin with very focused large beams and thereby causing a lot of discomfort and pain during treatment, HIFU Sygmalift uses fractionated beams that enable them to painlessly bypass the surface of the skin and penetrate at very precise depths to stimulate and remodel collagen without the need for painkillers or application of numbing cream.

HIFU Sygmalift machine

HIFU Sygmalift machine

Before undergoing Sygmalift. This was the state of my face in November 2017 - so horribly sad! So apart from Sygmalift, Dr Ee also recommended a series of acne treatments for me to try and these experiences will be covered in my next post!

Before undergoing Sygmalift. This was the state of my face in November 2017 – so horribly sad! So apart from Sygmalift, Dr Ee also recommended a series of acne treatments for me to try and these experiences will be covered in my next post!

Preparing to receive the therapy

Preparing to receive the therapy

Let's get started!

Let’s get started!

Suitable and safe for all ages and skin types, this treatment is perfect for facial rejuvenation as well as for saggy cheeks, crow’s feet, jowl and laugh lines reduction. Depending on your age and skin condition, it is recommended to be done once a week over a span of 3 to 6 weeks. Admittedly, my skin hasn’t quite reached a state of crisis so intensive care wasn’t necessary for me. Thus, I was only required to undergo 2 sessions of Sygmalift nearly 3 weeks apart. Results of skin tightening and lifting can be observed progressively within 40 days and are expected to last up to 12 months. In fact, there was already noticeable difference during my first session which followed after my Hydrafacial (but that’s another story and shall be told another time 😉).

From the chin

From the chin

To the jawline

To the jawline

And then to the cheekbone

And then to the cheekbone

Notice that my face is slightly lifted on the right now?

Notice that my face is slightly lifted on the right now?

Both times, my makeup would have been entirely removed by the therapist performing the Hydrafacial on me prior to the Sygmalift procedure (otherwise, I’d have to remove it myself), so there was always a sparkling clean surface to work on. Upon applying a layer of cool gel all over my face (as a conductor for the beams to penetrate better into the skin as well as to reduce friction), the therapist firmly pressed the handheld device down onto one side of my jawline (it may take awhile to get used to the pressure), slowly and smoothly sliding her way up to the cheekbone. The whole process involved repeating the same set of steps at one targeted area several times before proceeding to the next, and because it was so therapeutic, I tried very hard to fight off my drowsiness in the middle of the treatment just so that I could keep tabs on what was happening. But my perseverance level plummeted by the second session and I subsequently slept through the next 😂

Moving on to the left side!

Moving on to the left side!

From this picture, you can tell roughly how much pressure is exerted onto my face

From this picture, you can tell roughly how much pressure is exerted onto my face

Done! My face felt a little swollen after the procedure but it was just temporary

Done! My face felt a little swollen after the procedure but it was just temporary

The treatment comprises two parts – the first being the focal ultrasound which helps reduce the fat and lift the muscle while the second the laser to stimulate collagen production and tightening. The latter would require me to wear laser-protective goggles and put my ability to take pictures without a sight to the test 😂

Wiping off the cool gel in preparation for the next part of Sygmalift

Wiping off the cool gel in preparation for the next part of Sygmalift

Putting on the safety goggles...

Putting on the safety goggles…

Part 2 begins now!

Part 2 begins now!

Post-Sygmalift

Post-Sygmalift

So, did I fare well? LOL.

On that day I underwent my final session, I had my passport photo taken and was pleasantly surprised at how much sharper my chin and jawline had become as compared to how I looked previously in 2012! But considering that I have also started frequenting the gym and engaging in more intense exercises, I must say that my weight loss does play a part in reducing the chubbiness of my face as well.

November 2017 (left) and 2012

November 2017 (left) and 2012

As an added bonus, here's me throughout the years XD

As an added bonus, here’s me throughout the years XD

Although no downtime is associated with this treatment, there is still bound to be some sort of aching along the jawline from the continuous pressure of the therapist on the device. But the feeling was mild enough to be ignored without causing any inconvenience and it generally subsided by the next day, leaving no signs of bruising.

For the most part, Sygmalift is relaxing and pain-free, and I would recommend it to those in dire need for a “facelift” but have low pain threshold. It is also great for those who do not have the luxury of taking long leaves because effects are (almost) instant and does not require any time to heal.

What do you think about Sygmalift? Let me know your views or experience in the comments below!

Do stay tuned to find out how, with the help or The Clifford Clinic, I successfully got rid of my acne. Thanks for reading!

The Clifford Clinic · 24 Raffles Place #01-03 Clifford Centre Singapore 048621 (Exit A from Raffles Place MRT) · Tel: 6532 2400 / 8318 6332 (WhatsApp) · For more information about HIFU Sygmalift, do visit Their website or Like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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REVIEW: L’Oreal × Balmain Lipsticks – Legend, Power, Rebellion, Liberation, Confidence, Confession, Fever, Balmain Instinct & Glamazone

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In possibly the most bizarre (or rather, mismatched) beauty partnership in the history of celebrity makeup collaborations, drugstore brand L’Oreal Paris joined forces with high-fashion French label Balmain to create a range of 12 exclusive couture matte shades (Legend, Power, Rebellion, Freedom, Liberation, Domination, Confidence, Confession, Fever, Urban Safari, Balmain Instinct & Glamazone) designed under the creative direction of Olivier Rousteing (the man with those unbelievably high cheekbones in the promotional picture below) himself.

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain for Winter 2018

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain for Winter 2018

Drawing inspiration from the diverse ethnicity of the 12 supermodels fronting the campaign, the revamped Color Riche Moist collection is divided into three colour themes to represent the three tribes of L’Oréal Paris × Balmain Paris femininity – Glamazone (green), Couture (black), and Rock (blue). They are formulated with pure pigments and camellia oil and were made available for preorder on U.S. online retailers Ulta and Barneys New York (where I bought mine using ComGateWay’s BuyForMe service) last October, and subsequently rolled out in stores (Singapore included) in January. Judging from the almost-empty racks in Watsons within the first month of launch, I reckon this collection had a remarkable reception.

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick packaging

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick packaging

Each lipstick is housed in premium packaging inspired by precious gemstones (albeit not as lavish-looking) bearing the iconic logo of the Balmain. Prices, although significantly higher than those in the regular line, are nevertheless kept relatively affordable despite the prestige name attached to it. So if you have been dreaming to own an authentic designer piece without taking out a mortgage, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Barneys New York decides to ruin the aesthetics of the packaging further by sticking on an ugly price tag..

Barneys New York decides to ruin the aesthetics of the packaging further by sticking on an ugly price tag..

And it also leaves a residue upon removal :

And it also leaves a residue upon removal :\

Since this collection has already been out for awhile, many of the shades would’ve been sold out by now in Singapore so pardon me for the delay in posting this review. This was supposed to be completed before the new year but life somehow got in the way (and someone has got to pay the bills, y’know 😕 #life). That said, many of the shades are still pretty much available on Robinsons Singapore for a steal. Otherwise, you can still snag them all on Barneys New York through ComGateWay’s BuyForMe service if you don’t have a U.S. credit card.

My ComGateWay’s BuyForMe cost breakdown (FYI)

Cost of lipsticks: US$14 × 9 = US$126
BuyForMe service charge (5%): US$6.30
PRIME Shipping (estimated as cost was for multiple parcels): US$15
Total: US$147.3

Estimated cost of each lipstick: US$16.37 (≈S$23) or less after discounts

* STILL CHEAPER THAN IN SINGAPORE 🤩 *

Being one of the first cosmetics brands I was introduced to when I transcended into the makeup realm in my teens, L’Oreal surely has an element of nostalgia associated with it. Hence, talking about it certainly feels like a major throwback. Years after making the switch from drugstore to higher-end products, things have turned full circle now that NINE L’Oreal × Balmain lipsticks (through careful consideration – I would’ve gotten all if my bank account permitted) have earned a spot in my stash!

My L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick haul!

My L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick haul!

Swatches at a glance

Swatches at a glance

Uncapping the lipsticks one by one, what struck me was the unmistakable smell that wafted from the bullet (which the online beauty community had warned about) – a whiff that will either wrinkle your nose or make you huff it like puppy breath. For me, it was both, or rather a gradual transition from pleasant to kinda revolting. What I initially thought was an artificial-but-still-bearable sweet floral scent morphed into a reminiscent of headache-inducing cheap perfume peppered with stench of sweat (or what many would describe as old lady perfume) after some time, and it was the same for the rest of the lipsticks in this post. Fortunately, the smell did not last long on the lips but it certainly made me more hesitant to wear them.

Rock series

Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Legend

Legend is described as a dark brown with a matte finish. This reddish ash brown tugs and skips slightly on the lips and lends a somewhat streaky application with a medium but buildable (to some extent) coverage. The amount of pigment deposited isn’t as intense as most mattes but it’s still passable. It provides minimal shine and does not leave a tacky surface nor settle into my lip lines. The texture, however, feels drying although it does not appear so.

Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Power

Power is described as a red brown with a matte finish. A cool-toned brown when swatched on my hand, the lipstick transforms into a deep rusty brownish burgundy when applied on the lips. It provides medium pigmentation and a semi-sheer coverage which builds up to a more dramatic colour in about three swipes and is neither drying nor hydrating. The consistency is slightly leans more towards satin than matte.

Every additional coat seems to intensify the grainy appearance of the product and accumulate in my lip lines. Furthermore, it also left a texture that resembled dry erase marker grime on my lips, and its streaky and patchy consistency made me look like I had scabs all over my lips even though they were as smooth as baby’s bottoms. Hence, I reckon this would exacerbate any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so exfoliate away! Nevertheless, this shade instantly adds glamour to the face and is suitable for all skin types, especially darker ones.

Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Rebellion

Rebellion is described as a blue with a matte finish. This deep cobalt blue has a dry consistency that causes it to tug and drag during application, thereby giving rise to a slightly uneven and patchy appearance and a weighed-down sensation to the lips. For the same reason, it is also prone to settling in my lip lines.

It has a semi-opaque pigmentation which strangely stays the same even when more layers are built upon it. Hence, what you see on the first swipe would virtually be how it is like at its fullest potential. The slightly tacky texture tends to lift and separate the colour when I press my lips together, leaving very visible gaps at areas that have been touched. So, bring along a pocket mirror and be prepared for frequent touch-ups if you want the colour to remain immaculate throughout the day!

Couture series

Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Liberation

Liberation is described as a dark purple with a matte finish. This beautiful deep cool-toned purple has a consistency similar to that of Rebellion but better to some degree, mainly because it applies more evenly and its patchiness, being only noticeable at a close distance if there aren’t any flaws on the lips for it to throw spotlight on, are more forgiving and can mostly be mended with additional coats of colour. This shade is buildable to full opacity in just three swipes and does not budge as easily as Rebellion. That said, I still couldn’t shake off that drying sensation when I wore it.

Swatch comparison against Rebellion & Liberation

Swatch comparison against Rebellion & Liberation

Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence (virtually invisible)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence (virtually invisible)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confidence

Confidence is described as a metallic rose gold with a matte finish. Probably the most disappointing purchase from this collection, this gold shimmer-infused light-medium peach is hardly pigmented anywhere on my skin. Running the bullet across my lips, I felt as if my lips were undergoing another process of exfoliation. The bullet was dry and uncomfortably grainy, and it coarsely deposited a colour (or lack thereof) that disappeared into the void, leaving just unevenly dispersed glitter – most of which decided to settle into the cracks on my lips and only reveal themselves when the right amount of light hits them (an effect that can also be achieved by any lip gloss – easily and more affordably). People with darker skin tones would have better luck at this shade. But still… I wouldn’t recommend this at all.

To be fair, L’Oreal had advised that this be used as a lip topper but I can foresee it rubbing off the lipstick (unless, of course, it’s a matte liquid lipstick) it is supposed to enhance. So, really, I do not understand the point of this shade.

To add insult to injury, the scent of this particular lipstick is exceptionally unpleasant and pungent, so much so that I actually feel paranoid wearing this for fear that I may inadvertently ingest the harmful chemicals behind this nauseating smell. Regardless, steer clear of this trash!

Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Confession

Confession is described as a peach with a matte finish. One of my favourites from this haul, this warm-toned coral glides moderately smoothly on the lips with minimal tugging and yielded an evenly pigmented and opaque payoff in one stroke without emphasising every single line and crack in the lips.

While the lipstick feels creamy and a notch more moisturising at first, it does eventually wear down to a completely matte texture over a couple of minutes and this causes it to feel somewhat drying and prone to flaking. But I am happy to turn a blind eye to these minor flaws on account of its other merits. This shade stayed on well for nearly four hours before fading to a lighter orange stain.

Glamazone series

Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Fever

Fever is described as a red orange with a matte finish. The most sought-after shade in this collection, this one-of-a-kind muted brown-toned burnt orange sold out unexpectedly in a flash during the pre-order period and again when it was restocked for a brief moment, though it is not difficult to fathom why.

As daunting as it seems, Fever is actually incredibly wearable and complementary on all skin tones, especially olive complexions. Apart from the richly pigmented colour it provides, it applies evenly across the lips and is buildable to a full coverage in a matter of three coats, tops. The pictures above don’t do it justice (and I dare not adjust the colours much because they may appear differently on screens with varying colour resolution), but this hue of orange is really unlike what I’ve owned or seen before. It also has relatively good staying power as I was able to sustain that orange pout for about three hours before it came in contact with grease. The consistency, however, feels slightly heavy and there would be some inevitable tugging and dryness, but this can be alleviated with a little lip balm beneath it.

Swatch comparison against Fever & Confession

Swatch comparison against Fever & Confession

Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Balmain Instinct

Balmain Instinct is described as a green with matte finish. Loaded with fine gold glitter flecks, this olive green is the unusual lipstick colour I never knew I would dig. The green is subtle enough to rock solo or blended with another conventional colour of your choice to spice up the look a bit while the shimmers prevent you from resembling the walking dead.

But these still do not discount the fact that it has a streaky consistency which causes it to accentuate my lip lines. On top of that, this shade fails to deliver in the pigment and texture departments – it takes at least eight coats for the colour to build up substantially (and rubbing off some existing product in the process) and even so still appears sheer and patchy. Judging from how terribly it applies, I reckon it also won’t hold weight in the longevity arena – I can totally imagine it dissipating into the lip lines as the hours go by.

Swatch comparison against Balmain Instinct & Confidence

Swatch comparison against Balmain Instinct & Confidence

Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone (US$14 / S$28)

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

L’Oreal Paris × Balmain lipstick in Glamazone

Glamazone is described as a brown with matte finish. At a glance, this grey-toned brown may seem similar to Legend but this certainly looks duller and patchier in appearance. In addition to that, this shade has a slight glistening sheen and a sheerer coverage which can barely build up. But on the plus side, its lightly creamy and emollient texture enables it to glide across my lips without tugging and settling into my lip lines. It is also noticeably more hydrating and comfortable to wear. Considering that the lipsticks in this collection generally have the tendency to dry my lips out, this is actually a feat!

Swatch comparison against Legend, Glamazone, Power & Balmain Instinct

Swatch comparison against Legend, Glamazone, Power & Balmain Instinct

All in all, this collection is a hit-or-miss, but mostly a hit if we disregard their awful smell. But on a serious note, I find the consistency and pigment yielded by many of the lipsticks pretty much comparable to those from mid-range beauty brands. The payoff of Fever, Liberation and Confession far exceeded my expectations of a drugstore brand, to be honest. And you know how drugstore lipsticks always advertise their lipsticks to be matte but in actual fact are more lustrous than my engagement ring? I am so glad none of these L’Oreal lipsticks turned out that way!

What are your thoughts about the lipsticks in this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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L’Oreal × Balmain is now available on Barneys.com (U.S. only) and Robinsons.com.sg and in all local Watsons, Guardian and SASA outlets, as well as major departmental stores.

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REVIEW: M·A·C × Jade Jagger Lipstick in Sunset Pearl & Mineralized Eye Shadow X4 in Golden Shine

Hello everyone!

Each year, M·A·C graces us with collaborations with adored names from popular culture, some having almost no relevance to the beauty world. Before 2017 came to a close, they surprised us with yet another unexpected partnership, although this time with one bearing a last name that would ring a bell even if not acquainted with the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene in the 60s and 70s – all thanks to Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera.

Notably known as the daughter of Mike Jagger, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Rolling Stones (and also the subject of the song “Moves Like Jagger”), Jade Jagger spent her glamorous childhood surrounded by celebrities including late pop artist Andy Warhol who often babysat her following her parents’ divorce. But in spite of her privileged upbringing, she would then go on to make a name for herself as an esteemed jewellery designer, occasional model and a socialite.

Recognising that jewels and makeup are an essential part of a woman’s ritual when getting dressed, she brought her “gemstone proclivities and free-spirited sensibilities” (while paying tribute to her Rock ‘n’ Roll heritage) to her first collaboration with M·A·C and created a capsule makeup collection of luxurious jewel tones and deep metallics.

Launched last December, the eight-piece collection includes lipsticks (Opal Beach, Sunset Pearl and Rolling Red), eye shadow quads (Burning Nights and Golden Shine) a blush (Moon Shimmer and Perfect Bronze) and highlight (Satin Shimmer) – all of which fall under the brand’s Mineralize Rich range (which was one of Jagger’s top preferences for containing natural pigments) and complete with glitzy yet edgy gold and black packaging to complement her jewellery line.

Take a look at the collection (photographed during the launch here at M·A·C ION Orchard) below:

The display

The display

Swatches for all lipsticks in the M·A·C × Jade Jagger collection

Swatches for all lipsticks in the M·A·C × Jade Jagger collection

Swatches for bronzer and blush in the M·A·C × Jade Jagger collection

Swatches for bronzer and blush in the M·A·C × Jade Jagger collection

Swatches for Burning Lights eye shadow quad (those of Golden Shine will be shown later in the review). I was initially planning to get this but the blue really disappointed me. The colour when swatched was nowhere near the vibrant blue on the palette (it actually looks like grey?) and it had a messy, talc-like consistency. Nope.

Swatches for Burning Lights eye shadow quad (those of Golden Shine will be shown later in the review). I was initially planning to get this but the blue really disappointed me. The colour when swatched was nowhere near the vibrant blue on the palette (it actually looks like grey?) and it had a messy, talc-like consistency. Nope.

As per what is expected of the Mineralize range, this collection features packaging with a magnetic closure and, in the case of the eye shadow, a mirror (which, in my opinion, is too small and set too far into the lid to be practical for my beady, short-sighted eyes) and is significantly pricier than usual because of the nourishing ingredients and technology that go into formulating them.

But on the downside, the steeper price tag has also been a deterrent for me to purchase anything from the Mineralize line, which is why it is hardly talked about here despite me being a considerably fervent supporter of M·A·C. Hence, much as I really liked the Haute Dogs collection, I didn’t feel propelled to buy anything because I couldn’t justify paying almost double the price for what could be found in the regular line. Likewise, when I knew this collaboration was going to be sold under the Mineralize umbrella, I was already prepared to pass on it altogether.

Then came the invitation to the launch event which coincided with the first year anniversary of the opening M·A·C ION Orchard in December. In celebration of the milestone, event attendees were given M·A·C shopping vouchers (among many other freebies) and I gladly spent them on Mineralize Eye Shadow in Golden Shine and Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl 😆

My picks!

My picks!

Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4: Golden Shine

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine (US$46 / S$)

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine (US$46 / S$)

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

The eye shadow quad comes with a protective film over it

The eye shadow quad comes with a protective film over it

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Eye Shadow X 4 in Golden Shine

Swatches applied with wet and dry brushes

Swatches applied with wet and dry brushes

A powder formula of refined baked minerals, Golden Shine promises ultra-lightweight coverage in four coordinated warm non-matte shades including a soft champagne gold, rose gold, bright copper and deep reddish brown. According to M·A·C, unlike traditionally pressed shadows, each of the shadows in this palm-size (easy to carry around) palette is moulded into small round terracotta tiles (like little hemispheres) measuring less than 2 cm in diameter and presented à la CHANEL (think Les 4 Ombres palette) which I am not a fan of because it looks rather old-fashioned.

Infused with Mineral-rich Yeast Extract – a Multi-Mineral Complex which purportedly nourishes while providing silky-smooth, buildable coverage, the eye shadows are carefully baked for 24 hours to allow for an exceptionally sheer and light application. M·A·C recommends that they be applied dry for low to medium coverage with a shimmery finish, or wet (with setting spray such as M·A·C Prep + Prime Fix+ instead of water for better results) for more intense coverage and colour. If you intend to use them wet, do make sure you only moisten the brush after dabbing it into the eye shadow to prevent the pan from becoming wet (which can subsequently cause mold!).

Soft champagne gold is a brightened, light-medium gold with yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. When applied dry, the glitter particles are sparse and the texture feels gritty. The payoff is sheer yet easy to blend, making it a great alternative to face highlighter (so you won’t have to make space for a highlight compact in your cosmetics bag!). The shimmers are more well-distributed when wet, and they capture light better to deliver even more radiance. The eye shadow also has greater buildable coverage when used with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for soft champagne gold

Swatch comparison for soft champagne gold

Rose gold is a medium reddish brown with a shimmery finish. Its shimmer particles are much more fine with a looser consistency and these factors contribute to its uneven (but buildable) consistency. Thus when applied as is, it falls out. However, the moment the eye shadow interacts with a speck of water, the particles pack densely together and the colour also appears deeper with a visibly opaque payoff. On top of that, application becomes a lot smoother and edges can now be diffused rather easily. For these reasons, I feel this shade performs better when applied with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for rose gold

Swatch comparison for rose gold

Bright copper (presumably, because no matter how I look at it, it does not look like copper to me) is a gaudy medium-deep gold with brown undertones and a frosted sheen that has the potential to transform into metallic with more pressure is applied to it. The payoff for this shade is almost identical when dry and wet. In both instances, it delivers a smooth and silky consistency and a highly pigmented and opaque finish with about two layers, coupled with very densely packed particles and a buildable coverage. Perhaps one distinction when applied wet is that the texture tends to stiffen slightly, causing the edges not to blend out very well.

Swatch comparison for bright copper

Swatch comparison for bright copper

Deep reddish brown is a blackened brown with pink shimmers that are thinly dispersed. That said, this shade has noticeably less shimmers that are not as obtrusive as the others. Without moistening, the first few layers give a semi-sheer, soft and blurred finish. But once it gets slightly wet, the edges become more well-defined – which, on the downside, doesn’t allow for easy blending – while greatly intensifying the colour payoff and opacity.

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APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

For a more accurate depiction of the eye shadows’ payoff in this review, they are used in their unaltered form without any wetting agent to create the suggested look below.

[BEFORE] As always, I primed my lids before applying eye shadow

[BEFORE] As always, I primed my lids before applying eye shadow

Look how small the palette is!

Look how small the palette is!

Rose gold as the base colour

Rose gold as the base colour

Blend it with soft champagne gold to create a little ombré effect towards the brows

Blend it with soft champagne gold to create a little ombré effect towards the brows

Fill the creases with bright copper

Fill the creases with bright copper

Add additional layers of bright copper to make it pop. Make sure to blend it with the rose gold above

Add additional layers of bright copper to make it pop. Make sure to blend it with the rose gold above

Apply bright copper to the waterline

Apply bright copper to the waterline

Complete the look with deep reddish brown to add some depth

Complete the look with deep reddish brown to add some depth

[AFTER] The result

[AFTER] The result

A closer look

A closer look

With eyeliner

With eyeliner

In general, the eye shadows, apply a lot less chalky than expected and they adhere to the lids fairly well even when dry. That said, they have a looser consistency than traditional ones and can generate a bit of a mess as they tend to kick up more product than necessary when I dip my brush into the pans (so I had to keep wiping away the fallout on the palette after every use). Furthermore, being mostly complementary colours, there won’t be much of a dramatic contrast between any of the two neutrals but this also makes it ideal for fail-proof everyday definition.

Aftermath...

Aftermath…

Lipstick: Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl (US$25 / S$)

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl (US$25 / S$)

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

M·A·C × Jade Jagger Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Sunset Pearl

Sunset Pearl is described as a midtone rosey brown in Mineralized finish. A limited edition shade, it is specially formulated to be lightweight with nourishing properties to condition the lips with maximum moisture. This reddish beige glides comfortably on the lips like butter to coat every contour and fine line with semi-sheer coverage. But because it isn’t entirely opaque, it does not provide enough pigment to conceal rough patches substantially and adding additional layers will only amplify their texture even more (as the rough patches will seem a lot darker than other areas). Therefore, it will be advisable to exfoliate the lips before application.

Buildable to a deeper, more opaque colour, this lipstick has emollient and hydrating effect, leaving the lips soft and supple. Since starting on Oratane about a month ago, my lips have been exceptionally prone to chapping and this actually manages to keep my lips from flaking further within the first three hours of wear (until I have my meal, basically). A pretty neutral that is not too light and not too heavy, this shade does a phenomenal job in bringing out the sparkle of the colours layered over the lids using the Golden Shine palette!

Swatch comparison for Sunset Pearl

Swatch comparison for Sunset Pearl

Although the collection is no longer stocked in stores, it is still available on MAC Cosmetics website in very limited quantities (as the last time I checked, the eye shadow quads have been taken down already), so hurry and snatch up your favourites before they are gone for good!

What do you think about this collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a poll!

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M·A·C × Jade Jagger is now available on MACCosmetics.com and was sold in all local M.A.C outlets.

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REVIEW: M·A·C × Patrick Starrr Lipsticks – Patrick Woo, Mamastarrr & She Betta Werrrk

Hello everyone!

The 21st century has brought about several significant changes in the realm of beauty, one of which is how society’s perception of beauty has evolved over time. Because of that, cosmetics giants such as Maybelline and Covergirl are also publicly expanding the boundaries of what is conventionally associated to femininity by including male makeup-wearing models in their advertisements and campaigns. But when it comes to inclusivity, I believe no other brand does it more naturally than M·A·C who had partnered with the likes of Gabriel Zamora in the past. Obviously not new to the ‘boy beauty’ movement, M·A·C decided to join forces with Patrick Starrr to create a series of makeup collections for all ages, races and sexes.

 

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Born in the U.S to Filipino parents, Patrick Starrr (whose real name is Patrick Simondac) was training to be a nurse at the university when he found his calling as a makeup artist through his stint at Sephora and M·A·C. Upset that he wasn’t assigned any hours at M·A·C after the holiday season in 2013, Patrick turned to YouTube as a means to maintain his artistry and as an outlet for creative freedom.

Although being one of the few boy beauty gurus at that time helped attract many eyeballs to his videos, it was after the late Talia Joy – a 13-year-old cancer patient who became a YouTube beauty guru and honorary CoverGirl – liked one of his videos that his fame exploded almost overnight, gaining him 20,000 followers in just a month. Since then, his channel has passed the 3 million subscription mark and Patrick himself has gone on to become a full-blown household name in the YouTube community with brands lining up to work with him (and was even given the opportunity to do Kim Kardashian’s makeup!). From Sephora to ABH, it was only a matter of time Patrick teamed up with the OG of collaborations (and the company that fuelled his passion in makeup artistry).

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Patrick Starrr for M·A·C

Dropped in the U.S. in December last year and in Singapore early last month, the M·A·C × Patrick Starrr collection (and this is just one part of his year-long project with the brand. Meaning to say, there’s more to come!) boasts a packaging that is nothing short of flamboyant – products are encased in reflective silver material and put in boxes embellished with glitter and metallic foil accents.

It comprises a setting powder which M·A·C members were able to pre-order on their U.S. website, three shades of lip pencil (in Brick, Edge to Edge & Mahogany) and lipglass (in Mamastarrr, Patrick Woo & She Betta Werrrk) with their corresponding lipsticks sold separately, as well as two eye shadow quads (in Glam AF & Goalgetter). But this review will only be focusing on the lipsticks in this collection.

Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo. The label on the left camouflages into the packaging which makes it very unreadable. Why isn't it printed in black, though?

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo. The label on the left camouflages into the packaging which makes it very unreadable. Why isn’t it printed in black, though?

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Patrick Woo

Patrick Woo is described as a deep yellow-red with Matte finish. Highly pigmented with an opaque coverage, this warm-toned red delivers a soft-matte appearance without accentuating any fine lines and instantly transforms the lips into a bold camera-ready pout.

In comparison to Ruby Woo, this feels a lot more moisturising although a discernible amount of tugging and dragging persists as it goes on my lips. Still, this universally-flattering lipstick allows for an even application in just one stroke and envelopes the lips in a rich and long-wearing timeless colour.

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Patrick Woo swatch comparison

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Patrick Woo swatch comparison

Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in Mamastarrr

Exude a nouveau bohemian vibe with Mamastarrr, an incredibly wearable darkened terracotta which does not draw attention away from your elaborate eye makeup while still enhancing the overall appearance of the face. Described by M·A·C as a reddish brown with Satin finish, it goes on smooth with minimal tugging and skipping to provide full-coverage and an unobtrusive sheen in one swipe.

As gorgeous as it seems, however, it has the tendency to amplify dry patches and settle into lines, making the lips look more wrinkly than usual. That said, it does not strip moisture from the lips and cause them to chap and peel (which happens to me a lot) after several hours of wear. This colour fades to a subtle beige stain after a full meal.

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Mamastarrr swatch comparison

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in Mamastarrr swatch comparison

She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk (US$17.50 / S$33)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr in She Betta Werrrk

She Betta Werrrk is described as a soft pink with Matte finish. A better reincarnation of The Pinkprint with only a smidgen of its shine, this cool-toned muted rose is darker and certainly far more superior in terms of longevity, coverage and consistency. It goes on the lips more evenly and is more resistant to transfer.

Having said that, the texture isn’t exactly creamy and pliable – it applies with some tugging and requires a couple of layered coats to achieve full opacity. But the more I run the lipstick over my lips, the more it seems to intensify the appearance of my lip lines. On top of that, this colour is noticeably more drying, so much so that my lips started to flake as the hour went by. This colour is best suited for porcelain complexions in my opinion because it looks kinda odd against my yellow-toned skin.

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in She Betta Werrrk swatch comparison (oops, I compared it so much with The Pinkprint and yet I had forgotten to swatch it against it. I will add the comparison here soon!)

M·A·C × Patrick Starrr lipstick in She Betta Werrrk swatch comparison (oops, I compared it so much with The Pinkprint and yet I had forgotten to swatch it against it. I will add the comparison here soon!)

Although it was really thoughtful of Patrick Starrr to have opted for safe shades that would work for most skin tones across the board for this collection, I found the choice of colours a tad too boring and repetitive for my liking (even though they generally apply a lot better than their precedents). Hopefully, we get to see a more diverse selection in his subsequent M·A·C releases.

And seriously, what’s with his obsession with triple Rs, though? 😒

What do you think of the M·A·C × Patrick Starrr collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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M·A·C × Patrick Starrr is now available on MACCosmetics.com and exclusively in M.A.C ION Orchard and TANGS Vivocity outlets.

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REVIEW: Aperire 아페리레 Skincare – Vitality Shine WATER-FULL Vitamin Cream & GOOD NIGHT Vitamin Whitening Mask; Super Origin MIRACLE DAY Root Essence & BOUNCING Root Cream

Hello everyone!

It may have been more than a decade since K-beauty came on our radar but the trend is still going strong with a roll-out of a variety of innovative skincare products that tap into consumers’ growing demand for all-things natural and/or organic lately by industry leaders and startups, like Aperire.

A subsidiary of SOOA Natural founded in 2013 that specialises in cosmetics research and development, Aperire 아페리레 (pronounced ah-peh-RI-reh, Latin for “uncover” or “open”) is a South Korean beauty brand comprising a range of skincare products for whitening (Vitality Shine) and elasticity (Super Origin) apart from makeup. Despite their brief history, Aperire has already built up quite a standing in the indie Korean beauty scene and generated a fair bit of coverage in the media. Following their recent expansion into Singapore, I was honoured to receive first dibs on the brand’s Vitality Shine and Super Origin series – all of which (with the exception of an ampoule) would be explored in this post.

Aperire products

Aperire products

Housed in deluxe see-through brown containers made of solid glass, the packaging feels nothing short of quality even before submerging my fingers into the product. To protect them from breakage, they are sold in sturdy boxes with clear English description at the front. However, what really impressed me was the level of comprehensiveness in explaining the functions (e.g. anti-aging, whitening) of the products on the packaging, as well as the appropriate time of the day to use them, which is extremely helpful to those who are new to the whole Korean beauty world.

What for / When / Who

What for / When / Who

Even so, you probably need tried-and-tested reviews of the products to decide if they are for you. Fret not – that’s what this post is for! And as an added bonus, there’s also a quick video of me demonstrating their uses at the end of this post, so be sure to check it out! ☺

*All prices stated do not include delivery charges and have been rounded up to the nearest dollar. Prices online may differ from physical store.

VITALITY SHINE (Whitening)

An untiring advocate of natural ingredients, Aperire believes that multivitamins are the best way to provide vitality and energy to the skin which is an essential step in improving skin radiance and combating aging. Therefore, they have included real multivitamins (such as A, B, C, E, H and K) in their Vitality Shine series to enhance the whitening and moisturising effects while boosting the vitality and elasticity of the skin. The skin also becomes brighter and lighter with extracts of lemon, grapefruit, rose hip, Kakadu plum (all of which are rich in Vitamin C) and white willow bark (which has exfoliating properties).

Aperire Vitality Shine series

Aperire Vitality Shine series

Most importantly, as the key highlight of this series of 3 products (Water-Ful Vitamin Cream, Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask and Vitamin C-30 Real Ampoule – not covered here), it contains extracts of seaberry fruit (or sea buckthorn) which is a rich source of vitamins C, E and P as well as malic and citric acids to help keep skin smooth and healthy.

WATER-FULL Vitamin Cream

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (50ml / 1.7 fl.oz / S$34)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (50ml / 1.7 fl.oz / S$34)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (core ingredients - that's all that's stated 🤔)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (core ingredients – that’s all that’s stated 🤔)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Ful Vitamin Cream (full ingredient list extracted from Qoo10 - very poorly constructed in my opinion, so let me help you pick out the important ones below)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Ful Vitamin Cream (full ingredient list extracted from Qoo10 – very poorly constructed in my opinion, so let me help you pick out the important ones below)

Infused with notes of citrus, this lightweight vitamin cream instantly brings vitality to tired and dehydrated skin by supplying an abundance of moisture without the oily residue with seaberry fruit extract (that also accounts for 75% of the ingredients) along with the aid of Glycacid Eco (a biotechnologic derivate from vegetable matters, labelled Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans in the ingredients) which helps to improve intradermic penetration and water retention. This in turn ensures that the skin is kept moist for a longer period of time, thus lessening the necessity for frequent reapplication.

Ideal for sensitive skin, it also contains extracts of centella asiatica (for its skin rejuvenation properties), ganoderma lucidum (or lingzhi mushroom, which helps reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while promoting cell regeneration) and acerola (for its wrinkle-fighting properties) on top of those mentioned above.

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (application)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (application)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (application)

Aperire Vitality Shine Water-Full Vitamin Cream (application)

Suitable for use in the day and at night, the cream can be layered on top of the ampoule (not reviewed) in the same series to seal in all its goodness and maximise its absorption.

GOOD NIGHT Vitamin Whitening Mask

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (90ml / 3.0 fl.oz / S$60)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (90ml / 3.0 fl.oz / S$60)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (core ingredients)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (core ingredients)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (full ingredient list extracted from Qoo10. Click to enlarge)

An all-in-one whitening and lifting gloss formula, the sleeping mask functions as an essence and night cream to help the skin receive its necessary nutrients as the mind falls into deep slumber, making certain that you wake up to glistening, well-rested skin in the morning. It has a slight zingy ginger scent which my boyfriend argued was more of a mix of lavender and vanilla.

Infused with seaberry fruit extract (70%) and 9 types of multivitamins (10% “Multi-Vita9” includes Vitamin A, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin F [linolenic acid], Vitamin K3, Vitamin E, Vitamin H [biotin]), the cream is composed of minuscule double-layer vitamin C capsules which dissolves into the skin when the product is being worked around. The primary coating helps the vitamin absorb and moisturise deeply while the secondary acts as a sealant to ensure the freshness of the vitamin within the capsule.

And that’s not all – slathering the mask on your face essentially also means reaping the benefits of ingredients – in addition to those listed above – such as adenosine (a soothing and skin-restoring agent), extracts of acerola and macadamia seed (a hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic type of carrier oil known for its moisturising, regenerating and softening properties), argan tree kernel (which has a rich blend of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E) and avocado (for its hydrating and softening properties) oils.

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (actual product)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (actual product)

Vitamin C capsules in Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask

Vitamin C capsules in Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (application - notice how small the capsules have become!)

Aperire Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask (application – notice how small the capsules have become!)

After using the Root Essence (discussed below), apply Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask to the forehead, cheek and chin and massage gently into the face and to allow better penetration of the capsules.

Unlike sheet masks which eat into 15 to 20 minutes of your bedtime (because it has to be removed by the stipulated time), the whitening mask requires just 10 seconds to apply and can be left on the face overnight. Since it penetrates into the skin well enough and does not have much of a sticky texture, it won’t transfer to your pillowcase when you sleep too!

Skin repair during sleep:
Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence → Vitality Shine Water-full Vitamin Cream

SUPER ORIGIN (Elasticity)

Taking cue from the idea of getting to the root of problems with roots, the Super Origin series boasts the use of Root Complex (or Rootcureplex™, a term proudly coined by Aperire) – a combination of nutrients from five kinds of root extracts namely lotus root (to improve skin elasticity and brighten skin tone), yam root (which contains a large amount of phytomucin and amino acids to strengthen weakened skin barrier to retain moisture and promote skin elasticity), dandelion root (to suppress the production of melanin for a whiter skin and for invigorating purposes), saururus chinensis root (for a smoother and firmer skin) and taro root (a rich botanical mucin component that brightens, and strengthens skin elasticity) to combat aging and restore the skin’s elasticity from within.

Aperire Super Origin series

Aperire Super Origin series

Roots are said to provide more concentrated nutrients than ingredients derived from the fruits of plants simply because they, being buried in the depths of the Earth, have better potential to attract and retain minerals that are unattainable by parts of the plant above the soil. And there’s no better way to experience the immense benefits of roots than to use the two (only!) products in this series – the Miracle Day Root Essence and Bouncing Root Cream!

MIRACLE DAY Root Essence

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (130ml / 4.4 fl.oz / S$46)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (130ml / 4.4 fl.oz / S$46)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (leak-preventing stopper)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (leak-preventing stopper)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (core ingredients)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (core ingredients)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (full ingredients extracted from Qoo10 – please click to view image on a separate window)

The most sought-after product from Aperire, the root essence effectively helps treat sagging and dull skin by restoring its natural elasticity, evenness and youthful appearance with Root Complex (which makes up a whopping 81% of the ingredients). Furthermore, it has sugar and fruit acids to enhance the moisturising effect of the product, giving the skin a smoother complexion.

Scentless, clear and lightweight like water, most of it absorb into the skin as soon as it is applied without leaving a sticky finish, thanks to the lactobacillus (to improve skin barrier) and fermented soybean extract (for its antioxidative and whitening activities) in the ingredients that are obtained from a rigorous fermentation process, giving rise to their diminutive texture and ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (application)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (application)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (application)

Aperire Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence (application)

Upon cleansing the face in the day or at night, soak a cotton pad with the root essence before wiping the skin with it. Towards the end of this step, press the pad lightly against the skin for it to absorb the remaining essence. Then, follow with the rest of your products in your beauty regimen.

BOUNCING Root Cream

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (50ml / 1.7 fl.oz / S$39)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (50ml / 1.7 fl.oz / S$39)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (core ingredients)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (core ingredients)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (full ingredients extracted from Qoo10 - please click to view image on a separate window)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (full ingredients extracted from Qoo10 – please click to view image on a separate window)

A triple-function root cream that whitens and boosts skin elasticity and moisture, it permeates the skin with 58% Root Complex to enhance the skin’s overall vitality while making up for any deficiency of ceramide. Enriched with strong moisturising power, the cream forms a protective barrier that plumps the skin and protect the skin from dryness for a long time, giving it a healthy, glass-like appearance. Imbued with a faint earthy smell, it has a slightly heavy consistency but does not leave an oily finish upon application.

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (application)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (application)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (application)

Aperire Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream (application)

The root cream is recommended for use after applying the root essence. Taking an appropriate amount of the product, massage it to the face and areas that feel dry to maximise its absorption rate.

Combined daily skincare routine:
Super Origin Miracle Day Root Essence → Vitality Shine Vitamin C-30 Real Ampoule → Vitality Shine Water-full Vitamin Cream → Super Origin Bouncing Root Cream → Vitality Shine Good Night Vitamin Whitening Mask

The products, although generally served me okay, had apparent packaging flaws. I, for one, do not like how overly condensed the ingredient list is crafted on the box (only showing the core ingredients) and the lack of effort in translating the information printed on other parts of the box and container to English. As a result, I had to keep Googling for them and make my own assumptions (which, if I had to state them here, would have been backed by scientific studies).

Moreover, despite the fact that most of the Aperire products are lightweight in texture, they may get uncomfortably heavy when they are piled atop one another on the skin. Hence, a suggestion would be to allow time for each product to settle completely into the skin for five minutes before layering it with the next.

If you’re interested to watch the products in action, check out the video below! Please pardon my pimply face – that’s the result of snacking on too much Chinese New Year goodies 😣

What are your thoughts about Aperire products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take quick poll! 😊

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REVIEW: OMEDI Skincare – Secret White (Phyto Serum, Intensive Emulsion, Oasis Aqua Crème, Moist Capture Eye Crème) & Soonsoo Cleansing Balm

Hello everyone!

In this day and age where beauty companies are sprouting up left and right, there can never be enough skincare products to experiment with. Recognising that not everyone has the financial wherewithal and time to do a dummy run with new arrivals in the market, I have decided to take the liberty of slathering what have been sent to me on my acne-prone face to enable you to make more informed purchase decisions. So, allow me to shine the spotlight on another underrated South Korean brand, OMEDI, which had kindly provided me with five of their post-cleanse products.

Hailing from Seoul, OMEDI (subsidiary of Natural-Korea which has over 15 years of experience in cosmetics research and development) is best known for their pragmatic approach to skincare. Their philosophy – grounded in the belief that treatments should be customised to meet the needs of individual skin requirements – is reflected in the skincare systems they have developed to address the fundamental causes of skin concerns. In fact, OMEDI even has a self-assessment survey (in Korean only, unfortunately) in place on their website to help customers determine their skin type and needs before proceeding with any purchase.

Just a fraction of OMEDI products..

Just a fraction of OMEDI products..

Additionally, OMEDI respects the physiological balance of the skin. Hence, products the brand offers tend to be more inclined towards decelerating the aging process rather than reversing its effects. With an aim to fortify and sustain the skin’s natural protective barriers against damaging environmental factors, the products in their systems – a complementary combination of cleansers, moisturisers, protectants and other treatments – work in synergy with one another to deliver visible results. Clinically tested and specially formulated without preservatives, mineral oil and synthetic additives, OMEDI strives to be the ultimate resource for achieving healthy and resilient skin.

For the first time in the history of fionaseah.com, this written review has a video accompaniment. Scroll down to the end to watch the products in action! 😁
 *All prices stated do not include delivery charges.

SECRET WHITE

In a bid to fulfill most Asian’s desire for fairer skin (which regrettably is still somewhat closely associated to beauty and superiority in today’s context), OMEDI has introduced their Secret White series that purportedly promotes skin lightening and minimises fine lines and wrinkles. There are quite a number of products under the same umbrella (as can be seen on their website) but the focus for this review will solely be on the four I received.

OMEDI Secret White series

OMEDI Secret White series

Skin suitability scale - I may be wrong but based on what was communicated to me, if the blue bar is filled within the range of 0-4, then it is for oily/normal/elastic/pure (not sure what this means) skin, and vice versa. So in this instance, if the blue bar is within the 3-7 range like the topmost one, then this product is catered to normal skin.

Skin suitability scale – I may be wrong but based on what was communicated to me, if the blue bar is filled within the range of 0-4, then it is for oily/normal/elastic/pure (not sure what this means) skin, and vice versa. So in this instance, if the blue bar is within the 3-7 range like the topmost one, then this product is catered to normal skin.

Interestingly, an indication of suitability for use of the product (based on skin type) is specified on every packaging while certain ones like Intensive Emulsion and Phyto Serum are further segregated into four types – Extra Control (blue-coded – for oily skin), Sebum Balance (green-coded – for combination skin), Basic Moist (pink-coded – for normal skin) and Hyper Hydro (orange-coded – for dry skin)- to cater to different skin needs. OMEDI had mistakenly given me those in the Basic Moist subcategory which, for the record, may be a little too mild for my combination skin. As a result of this mix-up, I kinda lowered my expectations for the products to be fair. But let’s see…

Phyto Serum 

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (35ml / 1.18 fl.oz)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (35ml / 1.18 fl.oz)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (ingredients)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (ingredients)

Formulated with botanical extracts (Calendula Officinalis, Camellia Sinensis leaf, Ginkgo Biloba leaf, etc.) and bio-humectants, Phyto Serum has a lightweight consistency which enables it to penetrate deep within the skin to improve moisture retention. Soft to the touch and slightly pellucid in appearance, it enhances the skin’s texture and alleviates dryness. Enlivened by subtle floral notes, it settles into the skin rather quickly without leaving a tacky or greasy finish, thereby forming a barely-there shield that I am comfortable to sleep in. Therefore, this has become my go-to serum whenever I am in the mood to pamper my skin.

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (application)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (application)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (application)

OMEDI Secret White Phyto Serum (application)

For maximum results, apply a suitable amount of the serum after cleansing and toning to the whole face or blemished spots and neck twice daily. Then, follow with moisturiser with SPF in the day and a nourishing one before hitting the sack.

Intensive Emulsion

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (120ml / 4.05 fl. oz)

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (120ml / 4.05 fl. oz)

Every OMEDI product comes with a safety seal like this

Every OMEDI product comes with a safety seal like this

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (ingredients)

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (ingredients)

In general, emulsions are a more watered-down version of moisturisers that soften the skin and, depending on the brand, may be used to create a moisture barrier to lock in the products that were applied prior to that.

An inessential step that can be omitted from the daily skincare regimen if budget and time do not allow, the Intensive Emulsion contains emollients derived from botanical sources (such as Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis extract, wheat germ extract, black bean extract, Allantoin and seaweed extract) and other organic bio-minerals to replenish moisture to the skin while promoting a soft and supple complexion. Lightweight in texture with a moderately greasy finish that dissipates over time, the product has the same scent as the serum and does not leave a white cast on the skin.

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (application)

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (application)

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (application)

OMEDI Secret White Intensive Emulsion (application)

According to the instructions stated on the packaging, a pearl-sized amount (i.e. one pump) is sufficient for the entire face and neck and should be applied to freshly-cleansed skin in the day and at night. However, I chose to use the emulsion after the serum because the texture of the former felt discernibly thicker.

Oasis Aqua Crème 

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (200ml / 6.76 fl.oz)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (200ml / 6.76 fl.oz)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (ingredients)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (ingredients)

Critically acclaimed for its soothing and revitalising benefits, this oil-free aqueous cream contains rich nutrients of Soybean Lecithin (which is high in vitamin E content), pure Aloe Vera gel and botanical oils to stimulate the appearance of collagen in the skin and prevent the damaging effects of free radicals, making it ideal as a daily moisturiser for chapped and sensitive skin.

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (actual product)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (actual product)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (application)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (application)

OMEDI Secret White Oasis Aqua Crème (application)

Apply an adequate amount to the face using the spatula provided and spread it out into a thin layer with the tips of your finger during the day and at night The cool, lightweight citrus-scented gel melts immediately into the skin upon contact to provide a burst of freshness and hydration to replenish water loss, leaving the surface refreshed and rejuvenated with little to no oily residue. As a matter of fact, it literally feels like congealed water on my skin! It comes in a fairly large tub that will keep you hydrated all winter, or in the case of Singapore, for months of sweltering heat.

Moist Capture Eye Crème

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (30ml / 1.01 fl.oz)

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (30ml / 1.01 fl.oz)

Protective seal

Protective seal

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (ingredients)

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (ingredients)

Easy to apply and convenient to carry around, the eye cream can be dispensed from the squeeze tube directly to the under-eye region through a pointed tip to minimise cross-contamination while also allowing for better control of the amount of product that comes out. It is laced with a floral scent similar to those of the emulsion and serum and has a thicker and more gluey consistency.

Suitable for sensitive skin, it contains physiologically-active ingredients such as botanical extracts and vitamins to enable deeper penetration to nourish the stressed and vulnerable area surrounding the eyes. At the same time, Sodium Hyaluronate and the biomaterials present in the ingredients secure moisture and create fullness, knocking a few years off the face to give a more youthful appearance.

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (application)

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (application)

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (application)

OMEDI Secret White Moist Capture Eye Creme (application)

As the final step to your nighttime routine, use your ring finger (which has muscles weak enough to give the optimal amount of pressure without tugging on the most delicate area of the face) to dab a pea-sized amount underneath each eye or onto the neck to smooth away fine lines. For maximum experience, store the eye cream in the refrigerator as cold temperatures will typically aid in reducing puffiness of tired eyes and relax your senses.

Daily skincare routine:
Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (optional) → Phyto Serum → Intensive Emulsion → Oasis Aqua Crème → Moist Capture Eye Crème

SOONSOO

The Soonsoo (순수, meaning “clean” or “pure’ in Korean) series offers cleansing products, such as peeling cream and cleansing oil, essential for setting the stage for the subsequent steps in the skincare regimen. However, this review would only discuss on the efficacy of the cleansing balm.

Cleansing Balm 

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (200ml / 6.76 fl.oz)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (200ml / 6.76 fl.oz)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (ingredients)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (ingredients)

A texture-transforming balm, this luxurious botanical cleansing balm provides a thorough cleansing experience that removes all traces of makeup – even the most stubborn of mascara – in just one application. The moment it is applied onto the skin, it metamorphoses from a solid to a molten liquid, releasing the oils contained inside the previously rigid structure of the balm to dissolve and melt away any impurities.

With antioxidants (such as Camellia Sinensis leaf extract) and moisturising ingredients (such as Shea butter) infused in this silky smooth formula, the balm is leaves the skin with a radiant finish upon rinsing with water. Gentle in nature, it is also ideal for faces that have undergone skin resurfacing procedures including microdermabrasion and light chemical peels.

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (actual product on the spatula provided)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (actual product on the spatula provided)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application - before)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application – before)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application - smearing the balm on my makeup)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application – smearing the balm on my makeup)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application - after)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (application – after)

 

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (full application process)

OMEDI Soonsoo Cleansing Balm (full application process)

To use, take a suitable amount on dry palms using the spatula provided and massage over makeup in circular motions until most of it has been dissolved. Then, emulsify the balm with wet hands and rinse off with lukewarm water. That’s it – no complicated steps involved and neither would you need pick up additional amounts of the balm to completely take off all the makeup! Who knew makeup removal could be so simple?

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the balm, I briefly tested it on my most smudge-resistant waterproof makeup (i.e. Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner) and – voilà! – not a single trace of product left on my hand! But how does the balm perform on a fully made-up face? Check out the video below to find out!

The overall experience of using OMEDI was mind-blowing despite the fact that the some of the products weren’t supposedly catered to my skin type. My only gripe is that the packaging (and website, perhaps) could have included instructions in English as well for the benefit of their international customers. That said, this product trial has certainly made me a fan of OMEDI, and I urge everyone to give this brand a shot. But until OMEDI finds a way to be more user-friendly to people who can’t comprehend Korean, you may need to rely heavily upon Google Translate to retrieve the information you need.

What are your views about OMEDI products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

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OMEDI is now available at I’M STARTICE (BIG BOX). For more information, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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REVIEW: IYOU Mask – Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks, Steam Hair Cap, Neck & Collarbone Sheet, Hand Gloves & Foot Socks

Hello everyone!

Sheet masks may have long been a staple in Asian skin care, but they have only recently gained traction in the Western world. Prior to the surge in popularity of sheet masks, traditional wash-off masks was the go-to treatment for brightening and softening complexion but not only is the application and removal process more time-consuming (and a waste of water), they also tend to strip away oil and moisture from the skin which often results in the tight feeling after use.

IYOU Mask

IYOU Mask

Sheet masks, on the other hand, are a convenient game changer in giving the skin that extra boost of moisture (primarily so, with added benefits). Formulated with almost the same active ingredients as serums, the single-use sheet acts as a physical barrier that prevents the essence from evaporating, thus enabling it to absorb into the skin more effectively while also ensuring its equal distribution over the target area. Since my first foray into the world of facials nearly a decade ago, sheet masks have evolved past the humble cotton material for the face to include more luxurious ones with better skin adherence for other parts of the body as aptly manifested in IYOU‘s product line-up.

Founded in 2016, IYOU is a budding South Korean beauty brand committed to providing high-quality sheet masks for head-to-toe pampering at an affordable price. Despite being an emerging business, IYOU has already made their presence felt on a global scale by partaking in beauty expos around the world and stocking up on Amazon, Etsy, Qoo10 and at Little Tokyo Market Place (a Japanese-Korean supermarket in Los Angeles), thereby building a cult following for their diverse selection (10!) of sheet masks which I’m about to take you through in this review*!

*Do note that due to time constraints, I was only able to try out certain products as depicted in my pictures. Also, Prices reflected do not include delivery costs.

FACE MASK

The mother of all sheet masks, face masks are the easiest way to get anyone started in the quest for perfect skin. With two kinds of texture – original and jelly – in their face mask series to choose from, IYOU has just about everything you need to achieve your desired glow but a more pocket-friendly option would be the apple or avocado face masks in their normal range.

To ensure that the skin receives the full benefits of ingredients infused in the face mask, it should only be applied on freshly cleansed and properly toned complexion once weekly to once daily, depending on the state of the skin. The occlusive nature of sheet masks may aggravate existing inflammatory skin conditions but those blessed with golden genes would notice significant improvement (such as increased hydration and radiance) in their skin with more frequent usage. If you are, like me, a lazy busy person with acne-prone skin, a twice-weekly ritual of face masking would be adequate to your needs.

Apple

IYOU Apple Face Mask (10 × 25ml / 0.85 fl.oz)

IYOU Apple Face Mask (10 × 25ml / 0.85 fl.oz / S$15.90)

IYOU Apple Face Mask

IYOU Apple Face Mask

IYOU Apple Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Apple Face Mask ingredients

A nutrient-rich treatment for restoring moisture to the face, the Apple face mask is mainly composed of vitamin C (from apple fruit extract) for its skin whitening and antioxidant properties that prevent the damaging effects of free radicals while boosting skin elasticity and regeneration. Other ingredients in the mask include Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) and Centella Asiatica Extract for their anti-inflammation abilities, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract for a skin-nourishing experience, and Melissa Officinalis Leaf (Lemon Balm), likewise, for its antioxidant function.

Made of TENCEL®, a natural cellulosic fibre derived from wood that is 100% biodegradable, this eco-friendly mask offers transparency on the skin (as seen in the pictures), has a finer and more supple texture than cotton (but with the strength of polyester) and promotes better moisture absorption thanks to its unique nano-fibril structure. Soft and smooth to the touch, its high heat capacity and slow cooling rate provide for thermoregulatory stability as it helps to smooth out the temperature fluctuations in our skin, preventing any chances of sensitisation.

IYOU Apple Face Mask (application)

IYOU Apple Face Mask (application)

IYOU Apple Face Mask (after)

IYOU Apple Face Mask (after)

To use (and this applies to all the masks mentioned in this post), open the packet and slather the excess essence in the packet (not soaked into the mask) onto the face, neck and everywhere else before applying the mask to make the most of it.

However, care must be taken when unfolding the masks as all of them do not come with a plastic backing. Once that is done, match the cutouts of the mask to the eyes, nose and mouth and gently massage it into the face’s contours to ensure maximum absorption. Remove the mask after 10 to 20 minutes (ideally) and gently pat the essence into skin with fingers until thoroughly absorbed.

Avocado

IYOU Avocado Face Mask (10 × 22ml / 0.74 fl.oz)

IYOU Avocado Face Mask (10 × 22ml / 0.74 fl.oz / S$15.90)

IYOU Avocado Face Mask

IYOU Avocado Face Mask

IYOU Avocado Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Avocado Face Mask ingredients

Made of cotton, the Avocado face mask delivers essential nutrients to supply moisture (from Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract) and reduce both radiation-induced cellular damage and skin inflammation (with the help of Centella Asiatica Extract) without harming the environment. Apart from being highly absorbent, this hypo-allergenic fibre also has great stretching power to ensure that every inch of the face is accounted for.

In order to promote overall skin health, Oenothera Biennis Flower (Evening Primrose) and Ginkgo Biloba Leaf extracts are also added for their anti-aging and antioxidant virtues. But in my opinion, the benefits of these Avocado masks aren’t much different from those of Apple and considering that the material used here is of a less superior quality, I recommend spending your limited budget on the Apple masks instead. #moneysaved

JELLY FACE MASK

A new concept by IYOU to allow deeper penetration of ingredients, the masks in this premium range contain jelly-like essence with a weaker fluidity and stronger viscosity that acts as a moisture barrier.

With the exception of Black Pearl, all of the masks are made of Cupro, a cellulosic non-woven fibre derived from cotton linter developed by Asahi Kasei Bemliese (a Japanese textile manufacturer), for its high absorbency and retention of liquid. Soft and silky in texture, the lint-free biodegradable fabric also provides for excellent adhesion as it conforms closely to the curves of the face like a second skin. Above all else, it becomes transparent once liquid is absorbed, providing an unobtrusive appearance when the face mask is worn 😮 Now, who says you have to always look like Jason Voorhees when rocking a sheet mask?!

Gold

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz)

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz / S$20.90)

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask ingredients

Apart from its high commodity value, gold is also known for its benefits in skin care as demonstrated by Cleopatra who was said to use a gold mask every night to enhance her complexion and maintain her youthfulness. “So what?” your broke ass may ask. Well, if you ever wanted to feel like a million dollars without breaking the bank, the time has finally come!

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Gold Jelly Face Mask (application)

GOLD FLAKES!

GOLD FLAKES!

Adding a touch of luxury to the beauty ritual, the 20 ppm of gold particles in the Gold jelly face mask helps, in some extent, reduce the appearance of fine lines and blemishes while slowing down collagen depletion. But the primary advantages are, of course, only possible with the aid of other ingredients such as Bambusa Vulgaris leaf (or simply bamboo, which protects the skin against bacteria and fungus) and Chamomilla Flower Extract (or Chamomile, which soothes dry skin and promotes healing of skin irritation) that are present in the mask. And did I mention that a box of 10 Gold jelly masks only costs S$20.90?

Red Ginseng

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz)

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz / S$20.90)

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask ingredients

Ginseng is pretty much synonymous with the Asian culture as it is the most widely sold tonic made into a variety of health foods and drinks to improve physical fitness and overall wellness. Growing up, I was brainwashed by my mother into thinking ginseng was the one-size-fits-all solution to any sorts of health issues (because every illness must stem from having too much “heat” in the body). Come to think of it, she is not entirely wrong since it is slowly making its way into cosmeceuticals too 😂

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask (application) - look how transparent TENCEL is!

IYOU Red Ginseng Jelly Face Mask (application) – look how transparent TENCEL is!

The Korean equivalent of the ginseng I had in my childhood is the red ginseng which, according to Google, is typically steamed after drying. As the main ingredient in the face mask (on top of Chamomilla Flower and Centella Asiatica extracts), its purpose is to revitalise and increase the immunity of the skin while preventing aging and increasing the production of collagen. The mild bitterness and earthy sweetness unique to ginseng roots are translated into a more pleasant scent for the Red Ginseng mask. That said, it could still be a turn-off to the untrained nose at the onset. But once you’ve grown accustomed to the smell, you won’t want to go back!

Propolis

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz)

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask (10 × 33ml / 1.11 fl.oz / S$20.90)

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Propolis Jelly Face Mask ingredients

A red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, bee propolis (or bee glue) is commonly used for its healing, antiseptic and restorative capabilities, making it an ideal ingredient for sensitive and redness-prone skin. When combined with other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents such as Elderflower and Eucalyptus extracts, the composite boosts the skin’s natural immunity and protects it from environmental stressors and harmful bacteria, all of which is basically what the Propolis jelly mask is all about!

Black Pearl 

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (10 × 35ml / 1.18 fl.oz)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (10 × 35ml / 1.18 fl.oz / S$20.90)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask ingredients

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask ingredients

Enriched with the active ingredient of the highly coveted black pearls such as amino acids, the Black Pearl face mask seeks to improve dull skin caused by stress and prolonged exposure to the sun by promoting a brighter and cleaner complexion. In addition, it also contains conchiolin protein which has been scientifically proven to reduce the skin’s pigmentation. The face is kept slightly acidic (at about 5.5 on the pH scale) with each application to ensure the skin’s barrier – which helps to repel pathogens (i.e. microorganisms that can cause diseases) – is not compromised.

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask essence

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask essence

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (application)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (after)

IYOU Black Pearl Jelly Face Mask (after)

Black rayon sheet is used in this instance to coordinate with the colour of black pearls. A fairly adhesive fibre resistant to tearing, black rayon holds moisture better than cotton and is very comfortable and soft on the skin. It is also worth noting that, unlike the rest of the sheet masks, Black Pearl amazingly does not leave much of a tacky sensation after removal. The essence seemed to settle into my skin completely with continuous patting.

Simple day-to-day skincare routine:
Cleanser → Toner → Sheet mask → Moisturise
10-step Korean skincare routine:
Oil cleanser → Water-based cleanser → Exfoliator → Toner → Essence → Serum/Ampoule → Sheet mask → Eye cream → Moisturiser → Sunscreen

STEAM HAIR CAP 

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (5 × 30ml / 1.01 fl.oz)

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (5 × 30ml / 1.01 fl.oz / S$29.80)

IYOU Steam Hair Cap

IYOU Steam Hair Cap

IYOU Steam Hair Cap ingredients

IYOU Steam Hair Cap ingredients

C’mon, it’s about time you show your hair some love. After all, true beauty extends beyond the face! Likely the first of its kind, this disposable steam hair cap enables you to bring your salon experience home, minus the tedious setting up process and the hefty electricity bills that follow, of course! Mainly composed of PRODEW® 500, an amino acid blend developed to moisturise, strengthen the structure, protect the colour and repair any surface damage of the hair, the steam hair cap is ideal for those who frequently dye their hair with synthetic colours. More importantly, it smells heavenly!

IYOU Steam Hair Cap

IYOU Steam Hair Cap

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (actual product)

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (actual product)

IYOU Steam Hair Cap essence

IYOU Steam Hair Cap essence

To use, remove some water from the hair after shampooing and cover the scalp with the hair cap while ensuring that all stray hair is tucked beneath it – which will take practice to get right especially if you have long, thick locks. Adjust and tighten the cap with the plastic flap attached to it to minimise its movement and prevent the essence from evaporating. Massage the head gently with both hands (or risk having it slide off) to increase the absorption of the nourishing ingredients into the scalp. Then, remove the cap after 15 to 20 minutes, rinse off leftover essence with lukewarm water and embrace your now soft and supple hair. Oh, and also be prepared for a slimy floor 🤦‍♀️

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (application)

IYOU Steam Hair Cap (application)

If all else fails, simply scoop the essence from the cap and massage it directly into the hair (which defeats the purpose of the cap, I know) for the stipulated duration before washing it off. You may skip on conditioner since the hair cap functions the same way. Once-daily usage is recommended for a shinier and healthier appearance of your tresses but if budget or time doesn’t allow it, once-weekly should do too.

Hair care:
Shampoo → Steam Hair Cap (15-20 min)

NECK & COLLARBONE SHEET

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet (5 × 35ml / 1.18 fl.oz)

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet (5 × 35ml / 1.18 fl.oz / S$14.90)

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet ingredients

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet ingredients

As we get caught up in work, there is bound to be at least one part of our body that we are guilty of neglecting in our daily beauty routine. For me, it has always been my neck – which happens to be one of the areas that reveal a person’s age first – somewhat because of my aversion to the icky sensation products would leave behind, and as ludicrous as it sounds, my neck and collarbone are also some of my many ticklish zones. So can you imagine my agony of having to suppress my laughter whenever my masseuse or facial therapist brushed their hands against that delicate area?!? 😖 But with IYOU’s sheet mask for the neck and collarbone, I feel that I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

Made of cotton, the mask is loaded with ingredients known for their antioxidant properties that protect against the effects of aging and promote elasticity and tightening to ensure a younger and firmer skin around the neck and collarbone. These include Aronia Melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) Fruit Extract for eliminating or improving the appearance of skin discolouration, and Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), an enzyme produced naturally in the body responsible for cell growth and maintenance in the body, to neutralise free radicals.

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet (application)

IYOU Neck & Collarbone Sheet (application)

Multi-tasking!

Multi-tasking!

As always, the neck and collarbone area has to be washed and dried thoroughly before using the mask to ensure optimal absorption of the essence. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes (the narrower portion to be wrapped around the neck) while occasionally applying light pressure to it. Just a word of caution, though – use the mask lying down because it may get a little messy. After taking it off, gently massage any remaining product into the skin until thoroughly absorbed.

HAND GLOVES 

IYOU Hand Gloves (5 × 20ml / 0.68 fl.oz)

IYOU Hand Gloves (5 × 20ml / 0.68 fl.oz / S$26.90)

IYOU Hand Gloves

IYOU Hand Gloves

IYOU Hand Gloves ingredients

IYOU Hand Gloves ingredients

Being afflicted with some sort of Dermatillomania (an excoriation disorder that causes obsessive picking of skin) on top of mild eczema meant that my fingers would periodically be marred with involuntary nicks and scabs (which get worse in times of boredom) developed from dry peeling skin. But because my hands are always on the move, creams have never been considered as an option for me to alleviate the problem. However, this could all change with IYOU’s hand gloves!

IYOU Hand Gloves (1 pair of gloves per packet)

IYOU Hand Gloves (1 pair of gloves per packet)

Tear along the perforated lines to separate the gloves (the essence is sealed inside the gloves)

Tear along the perforated lines to separate the gloves (the essence is sealed inside the gloves)

Suitable for sensitive skin prone to atopy, inflammation and irritation, the plastic gloves are formulated with Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf and Portulaca Oleracea extracts (among many other ingredients) to provide a calming and moisturising effect while stimulating metabolism and cell regeneration. That said, the gloves should not be used on open sores, wounds and weeping eczema or dermatitis.

IYOU Hand Gloves (application)

IYOU Hand Gloves (application)

IYOU Hand Gloves - tighten it with the plastic flap (or "sticker", as IYOU calls it)

IYOU Hand Gloves – tighten it with the plastic flap (or “sticker”, as IYOU calls it)

You're still able to use your phone!

You’re still able to use your phone!

Like the steam hair cap, the inside of the gloves are filled with the essence whereas the exterior is typically clean (if not, just wipe any product off with a towel), making it possible to work with both hands as the treatment is underway. Rinse and dry the hands thoroughly before putting the gloves on (keeping them in place with the plastic flap) and remove them after 10 to 15 minutes. Then, gently rub both bare hands to evenly distribute the excess essence.

FOOT SOCKS

IYOU Foot Socks (5 pairs × 20ml / 0.68 fl.oz / S$28.90)

IYOU Foot Socks (5 pairs × 20ml / 0.68 fl.oz / S$28.90)

IYOU Foot Socks

IYOU Foot Socks

IYOU Foot Socks ingredients

IYOU Foot Socks ingredients

Heel fissures are a common foot problem, and this is even more so for jobs like mine that involve standing for prolonged periods of time. Although admittedly, I find joy in picking at the dead skin every so often, the cracks can hurt when they get too deep, not forgetting they are also awful to look at and rough to the touch (which has always been the triggering factor for my disgusting habit). But as busy professionals, a routine as simple as applying moisturiser to our feet before heading to bed can be weary and bothersome after a tiring day. Furthermore, with our feet being a hotspot for germs and bacteria, we tend to avoid touching them unnecessarily. So, how now brown cow? Well, having already had masks catered for most vital parts of the body, there’s obviously one for the feet for the same purpose as well!

Tear along the perforated lines to separate the socks

Tear along the perforated lines to separate the socks

The size of 1 side of the socks (1 pair of socks per packet)

The size of 1 side of the socks (1 pair of socks per packet)

The foot socks soothe and restore moisture to dry and cracked skin with Hamamelis Virginiana (American witch hazel) as well as Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf, Aloe Barbadensis leaf and Potulaca Oleracea extracts, resulting in softer and healthier-looking feet. Similarly, the ingredients used in this instance are perfectly safe for irritated or inflamed skin. However, you are not advised to use them should you notice any signs of bleeding or infection.

IYOU Foot Socks (application)

IYOU Foot Socks (application)

IYOU Foot Socks (application) - tighten the socks with the plastic flap!

IYOU Foot Socks (application) – tighten the socks with the plastic flap!

After washing the feet and sopping up the dampness. wear the socks and adjust them to fit you properly with the aid of the plastic flap. Upon removing them 10 to 15 minutes later, massage or rub the feet against each other to allow better absorption of the essence. Convenient for use even at the office, the foot socks can be worn as you rush out reports at your desk – just be sure to bring along a pair of sandals to walk around in while waiting for the feet to fully absorb the essence.

Tip

Put on the foot socks BEFORE wearing the gloves!

With the market already saturated with face masks of every kind imaginable, the alternative offerings by IYOU are, simply put, a breath of fresh air and a solution to lazy days (though some will require a few uses to master the technique of keeping them in place). If you’re not ready to commit to a full box just yet, you may want to consider getting the trial pack (S$22.90) which contains both regular face masks and masks for the hair, hand and feet on Qoo10!

What are your thoughts about IYOU masks? Are they something you see yourself using on a regular basis? Let me know in the comments below or take a quick poll 🙂

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