Review: Extra V LIFT by Bio-essence

How many of us want to look younger without going through a knife or needle? I think many including myself who is not that far away from turning 30s and not yet to experience any botox or going under a knife for face lifting. I have to admit it’s not that easy to avoid stress from my motherhood role alone together with my hectic work. And for that, it could cause some damages to my skin if I don’t take a good care of them which I wouldn’t allow it to happen simply because we shouldn’t stop looking beautiful for ourselves.

So today, I’m glad to be sharing with you readers another good experience with one of the Singapore’s best Selling Face Lifting Cream in the last decade by Bio-essence, “Extra Strength Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly + ATP”.

The combination of Royal Jelly and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) help in recreating youthful, bouncy skin.

Participants in clinical tests have experienced 13% improvement in skin elasticity, up to 40% reduction in wrinkle counts and instant facial contour reduction within ONLY 10 MINUTES OF USAGE. Isn’t that amazing?

What I like about this product is the texture of a gel consistency which is very light for a cream form. I dislike heavy creams that makes my skin feel like it couldn’t breathe and even worst if I need to apply sunscreen and makeup on top on it so this Bio-essence Face Lifting Cream is a YES for me! It absorbs into my skin very quickly with a few seconds of cooling sensation right after applying on followed by warm sensation which lasted for not more than 10 minutes. My skin instantly feels more firm and it doesn’t cause any irritation to my sensitive skin too.

This cream is also specially formulated to strengthen and enhance blood circulation of the skin cells, and helps with the burning of excess facial fats for a more defined V-shape face.

Product Rating: 9/10

I have been travelling in and out a few cities with bad pollution like Shanghai for example and my skin keeps developing blemish and a bit of pigmentation problems. Experts said some of these problems are from the genes, and some are not. I believe it’s very important to use products that suit your skin.

Beside their Face Lifting Cream, I’ve also been using two of their exfoliating products Deep Exfoliating Gel (Sensitive Skin) & Deep Exfoliating Gel (Oil Control) and one of them become my current favourite. To me, exfoliation product is an essential step for me skincare regime.

Depends on your personal preference. I like both but I pretty much preferred Deep Exfoliating Gel (Oil Control) because I’m currently facing blemish problems.

Right after using it, my pores seemed much more smoother, brighter and pores become smaller. It felt very soft and gave the healthy looking skin. My acnes also slowly disappear after used this product only a few times. My complexion seems so much better without those annoying blemishes and I also love how it is leaving my pores so clean. And the best part about these exfoliators? They are very gentle and not containing any harsh exfoliating beads so they won’t do any damages to my skin; meaning I can use them EVERYDAY! (Normal exfoliators out there can only be used maximum twice a week to prevent any damages on skin) Imagine yourself having a clear face every single day without dead skin and unwanted pollutants yet there is no damaging on your skin. That’s what you get from using this Deep Exfoliating Gel. I’ve been using them everyday for 2 weeks now and it’s very addictive. I would definitely buy these products again when they are running out.

Product Rating: 9.5/10

Pricing and Availability: Bio-essence Extra Strength Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly & ATP at $55.90 (40g), Deep Exfoliating Gel (Sensitive Skin) at $36.90 (60g), Deep Exfoliating Gel (Oil Control) at $32.90 (60g). Available at Watsons, Guardian, NTUC Fairprice and selected department stores and cosmetic houses. However, Deep Exfoliating Gel (Oil Control) is exclusively available at Watsons only.

I always keep this in mind – “When you look younger than your real age, you are doing it right.” Have a beautiful skin ladies. And again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a lot of fluid and regular exercise too.

Love, nira

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Review: Lee Ji Ham Probiotics Sleeping Cream and Vital Propolis Ampoule

I’m back for more reviews on Lee Ji Ham (LJH) Skincare products. It has become one of my favourite skincare brands from Korea ever since I’ve tried their magic CC cream. LJH products are researched and developed basing on various ‘Patients’ skin problems and are totally safe for sensitive skins. And for this entry I’m going to share with you some of their latest and best recommended products I’ve chosen.

First, let’s start with LJH newest product, Probiotics Sleeping Cream, a cream to remove sebum. If you don’t know what sebum is, please read here.

Probiotics, some call it good bacteria, and is one thing we need to stay healthy. It’s known to improve health system from immune system. Same goes to our skin which we have both good and bad. When our skin is off-balance, it can result in skin problems such as ance, premature aging and accelerated aging process. That’s why there is this LJH Probiotics Cream to help stimulate skin’s immune system just by applying.

This water-gel sleeping cream not only provide hydration, anti-aging function. It is created to balance sebum and minimize pores too. Main ingredient. Seamat is highly effective in removing excess sebum, controls the secretion of sebum at night and fermented Bifidus helps to tighten the pores. Acai Berry protects skin against various environmental harms while Adenosine helps skin to have better elasticity, providing anti-aging/anti-wrinkle benefits.

If I apply the night before, I’d wake up the next morning with less oil on my forehead, nose and cheekbones yet my skin is well hydrated. And what I like most is that my skin becomes more firm and pores seem smaller as well. I have been using it at night 2-3 times a week and especially if I have some special events the next day.

Product Rating: 9/10

I strongly recommend this to people with greasy pores, excessive sebum or skin problems caused by sebum. Selling at SGD60.00 (50ml) and you can purchase it or read more about it here

and next, Vital Propolis Ampoule (Honey Ampoule).

Contain 50% of pure premium propolis with Vitamin B5. B3 C and Vitamin Tree Extract for clear transparent. Its nature ingredient also gives whitening and anti-wrinkle benefits.

How to use? Giving 2-3 drops of ampoule on your moisturizer cream and apply all over face lightly for absorption. I’ve been using this daily for almost three weeks now. It helps to keep my skin glowing and feeling fresh for up to almost a day without stickiness.

Product Rating: 8/10

This product is suitable for people with dull and loose pores, varicoloured skin and sensitive skin due to stimuli. Selling at SGD42.00 (15ml). You can find more infos and purchase it here

And again, Thank you LJH and HKCplaza for introducing me to this brand. It’s a brand that is definitely worth a try. So far I’ve yet to be disappointed with their products.

I’m looking forward and pretty excited to try more of their upcoming products in the future.
Love, nira

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28th and Loved

Some updates about my life here.

Terena has just started her play school not very long ago. She did cry (and was clinging to me like a Koala bear) for the first 3 days right after I left her with the teachers but she is fine after fourth day onwards. It’s good that she didn’t take a long time to adapt. No mothers like to see their own kids tearing and begging for them not to leave right? But we have to do it anyway. Because the longer you stay, the more emotional and anxious they become. Bad for them. After 2 weeks her teacher mentioned that Terena is very observant, independent and likes to help other kids. As a mother, I’m happy to hear that and also very proud of her.

Anyway, it was my birthday last week. Believe it or not I almost forgot my own birthday this year, thanks to my family and friends. When people start asking me how am I going to celebrate this year, my answer was all the way “I don’t know”. Maybe a simple home-cooked dinner at home with my loved ones will do but my hubs wasn’t in town. I hope I’m not turning into a boring person. *chuckles* Then again, I think I’m a very lucky lady. Good things usually happens when I don’t expect them. First, a bouquet of beautiful white roses was delivered to my doorstep with a meaningful messages.

Ok. I took quite a bit of photos with this bouquet. Not everyday I have a chance to do this right. I love roses, especially white. x

This year I also received two lovely orange boxes. Thank you! Definitely love them a lot.

Richelle also bought me a cake before she was going to make her way to the airport. Even though I didn’t like the taste of it at all but I love and appreciate her thought and effort (she thought it was green tea favour but it wasn’t.. haha some kinds of nuts or beans). Oh yes, and I told her that. There is no need to lie between good friends. She herself didn’t like the taste of it too haha. But all of us (including Terena) had a great time. Terena loves cake!

You can’t see her face here but I think you can easily tell from her body gesture that she was waiting and wanting that cake! *chuckles*

Terena also received her belated birthday gifts. My girl was so happy. She loves that phone the most but unfortunately for her, I limit how much time she can play with it. My friend actually saved photos and videos of Terena since a newborn in that phone. Sweet and very thoughtful gift for her (and for me too).

And again, thank you to all of you, family, friends, acquaintances for your birthday wishes, gifts, good thoughts and efforts. Some of you’ve made my birthday so special to me and I feel very blessed with loves.

End this post with the best gift ever and forever, my Terena. I never believed love at first sight until the day I saw you as a peanut size in black and white screen.

Love, nira

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Urban Decay’s 2014 Holiday Collection

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when we talk about nude eyeshadow palettes? To me, it’s the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, one of my most favourite nude shades of eyeshadow ever. I’ve been in love with the brand right after I tried their first amazing palette. Don’t you think there is something about their palettes that is always leave you wanting MORE. That is why I’m so excited to introduce to you ladies their latest products and what I created this look with.

Let start with VICE3, with even prettier shades that comes in 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smokey red-black. It includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush which comes in a matching bag to keep a palette protected.

What I love most is their great variety and selection of these beautiful shades which I can use it all the time on the different occasions and of course moods. Do you know that they were developing 50 shades to get these perfect 20 in order? Honestly I can’t really tell what colour is my most favourite because there are too many in my mind.

However, I will pick a few shades to create a different look from my daily natural makeup look. Like this.

In details. I basically use these three shades in order; LAST SIN (champagne shimmer) for the highlight, BROKEDOWN (metallic golden brown shimmer) to add a little glam and VANITY (smoky metallic eggplant) to create a mystery feel. Do not forget a very thin line of black eyeliner for both top and bottom too.

I love these combinations. It’s perfect for a party or even a date.

But if if you want to go for a natural, light and clean makeup look like I always do, you can go for shades such as TRUTH (pale pink-nude matte), UNDONE (pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl), and DOWNFALL (warm light brown matt).

All the shades is rich in color, easily blend in, and give a metallic finish.

Next, Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

This lightweight, baked powder with a microfine shimmer is perfect for a quick sexy Naked glow. It’s smooth and silky in textures which contains light-reflecting particles that give you a luminous, radiant look.

I like how the size of their brush fits my palm well; making it easy for me to use even if I’m in a rush. And I’d personally prefer to use it to highlight my cheekbone areas.

In this picture, I’m using AURA shade to create a warm gold on my face. They comes in two shades; LUMINOUS (champagne shimmer with iridescent shimmer) and AURA (soft pink shimmer with golden iridescent sparkle).

Vice3 is selling at SGD88 and Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder at SGD43 available from end of October at Sephora. Look out for more of their latest products and get tempted. x

Love, nira

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Review: L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence

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Having a super clear and luminous skin is like a dream to many. The skin that is super clear and it glows beautifully. Unfortunately not everyone is born with a good skin like that but there is a way. As I always said, to maintain a healthy and youthful skin, you need a lot of efforts and at least good skincare products in your beauty regime. No matter how busy I am as a mother, I will never forget to take a good care of my skin.

And recently I found another secret code. It’s L’OREAL Youth Code Luminizing Essence. Comes in a nice packaging with a dropper bottle (30ml). It’s good size for travelling as well even though a bottle made of glass can be a little heavy.

I’ve been using it for one week in the morning and night. It’s very light, non-greasy and easily absorbed into a skin. Non-oily too.

I love how it keeps my skin hydrated and refreshed especially the next morning I wake up. A very nice mild scent is also a plus point to me. My good friends know how picky I can be when it comes to the scent. Thank you Loreal for introducing me this.

The earlier you know how to maintain your skin, the better you can prevent and repair aging skin when you are much older. Never wait till you are in your thirties when all the wrinkles start to appear and it will scares you. I’ve started taking care of my skin seriously since early twenties. And also, you can look good with very little makeup as long as you know how to maintain your skin well.

Youth Code Luminizing Essence is retailing at SGD45.90 and it’s available at all leading pharmacies. More details on or go to their Facebook page here more updates on other L’Oreal products.

Stay young and beautiful always.
Love, nira

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