Most Favourite Perfect Skin Hydrators, 2017

Derek Zoolander once said “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” and I couldn’t agree more. In this post I will share some reviews on my most favourite moisturizers with hydrating formulas.

I have combination skin that leans more towards oily and quite sensitive. However my skin can also look quite dry underneath my makeup. If you have a similar skin type like mine, you might find this review very useful.

I often go for an oil-free moisturizer that helps to balance my skin’s natural levels and reduce shines from a greasy complexion. And it is also very important that they will keep my skin hydrated for long hours without ruining my makeup. It’s not difficult to find ones that is specifically suited to your skin’s needs if you starts to pay more attention on the key ingredients.

1. Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream

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I’ve been using this cream very often for my skincare routine in the morning, especially on the days I prefer to put makeup on after. It quickly absorbs into my skin very well with instant cooling effect and doesn’t make a mess for my make up. Non sticky, non greasy and control shine for at least 4-5 hours for myself. No overwhelming fragrance too. I strongly recommend this for good results with affordable price.

2. Dr.Jart+ – Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

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I was quite impressed with this moisturizer and its lightweight and very smooth textures. I use this at night and I’ve noticed some difference the next morning after I woke up. It makes my skin so soft and looking more radiant as well as doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin so far. The cons of this product? I find it cannot hold shine very well and that’s why I personally prefer to use it at night. I randomly bought it from Sasa in Hong Kong.

3. Bioelements – Beyond Hydration

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I read some reviews online and decided to give this moisturizer a try. It’s recommended for oily skin to keeping skin hydrated without leaving adding shine. It only takes a few minutes for their gel-alike texture to sink into my skin. It also doesn’t feel sticky at all and works pretty well for my combination skin with no breakouts. This one gives a bit of cooling feels on the skin which is quite refreshing. So far there is nothing I dislike about this product. Worth buying.

Have a good skin. x
Love, nira

The 5 Expensive Beauty Products Worth Buying

When you spend money on something, you want to make sure it’s worth your money at least. Unfortunately, not everything expensive is considered good. Sometime it’s expensive because you are paying for the branding, marketing costs, years of R&D etc. There are costs I’ve been paying for experiences before I found some that are worth buying. This is not an advertorial and these reviews are purely based on my personal opinions.

So this post I’m going to share with you some of the expensive products I could recommend. However, I suggest you to consider buying a tester (if they do have) before purchasing some of the products below because everybody has a different skin tone, individual texture and types. Cut short, here we go. 

1. Sisley – Emulsion Ecologique Day and Night Lotion

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One of the best moisturizer products that I always repurchase when it’s finished. It moisturizes and smoothen my skin very well as well as giving a healthy look. You wouldn’t see the results until one week of using it regularly but it depends on an individual. Although I do not use this everyday but at least 4-5 times a week, I can still see the differences between using and not using it. The reason why I do not use this everyday because I have many others (new) moisturizers wanting to try or trying now.

The only downside I do not really like about this product is a slight oily feeling after 3-4 hours of application. If I want my make up to last longer in a daytime, I will not go for it and preferably apply it before bedtime. But again, it really depends on types of skin. I still love this Sisley Emulsion very much and this is one of the few products I keep buying for my parents because they too love it.

2. La Mer – The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20

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Foundation is one of the makeup products I spend the most on. Because I’m considered VERY PICKY when it comes to choosing a foundation that suits my needs and reach my expectation. You hardly see me writing reviews on foundation because of that. However, I’m impressed by this La Mer foundation because of its weightless texture which is easily blending and healing hydration at the same time. I dislike anything that is too heavy. My skin looks naturally flawless after applying and my makeup stays well for at least 4 hours. Pores too look more refined.

Comes in 15 shades. However, I personally find this product is not really good enough for a full-coverage look if you are planning a night out.

3. Giorgio Armani – Power Fabric LONGWEAR HIGH COVER Foundation SPF25

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I have a combination skin with an oily T zone and and areas around my cheeks. This foundation works great on my skin. It feels very light and not too heavy. The texture is so smooth and easily blends into my skin. Even though it’s stated to use for full coverage but I think it works perfectly for both day time to go for a natural look or a night out for a more full-coverage finish.

All I need for my entire face is just one small drop to give a flawless look with a bit of powdery finish to it. Comes in 24 shades so your skin tone will surely find one that matches perfectly. I’m in love with quite a number of Armani’s makeup products and this is one of the tops.

4. La Prairie – White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream

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I think this is one the most expensive moisturizers I have bought so far. Slightly more expensive than Skin Caviar Luxe cream because of slightly different ingredients. White Caviar cream includes White Sturgen (fish eggs) which is very rich in omega (3 times than an average) and rare to find. I’m a sucker for whitening products so I prefer White Caviar. For the first time I applied this at night, my skin was really glowing the next morning. Dark spots from acne scars slowly disappear and leave my skin’s natural glow and bright. My mum thought I have been going to a facial treatment as she noticed some changes.

I use tiny amount of this cream before bedtime because they are so rich but not everyday (sometimes I switch to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which is definitely another worth buying skincare product). If I remember correctly I bought this more than half a year and I just finished it last month. The only con you may find is probably their price. I love their luxurious jar packaging but it’s still considered very expensive. I’d still put it in this post because I like the results. I strongly recommend a sample to try at least 1-2 weeks before you consider purchasing this.

5. Shiseido – Revitalizing Essence

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This heavy red glass bottle of Essence works good for my combination skin. My all time favourite toner and also one of the very few toners I have been using (on and off) for years. I will use it at least 4-5 days in a week (morning and night) especially when my skin is getting dry during winter. I can easily feel the hydration it gives to my skin yet leaving no greasy or sticky feeling. One excellent product to be in a skincare routine. And yes, I will always repurchase this product.

Those are the top 5 I could share now. More updates will come.

I will end this post with small useful tips. You can actually try to ask for some available testers whenever you purchase something from the counters. Some countries (or malls) will give them even without you asking. But please do not expect them to do so if you only spend a few bucks. Hope it helps.

Love, nira

Collagen Boost with Estetica TriPollar RF Therapy

Read this if you have concerns about the loss of firmness of your skin and you wish your complexion looked fresher and felt firmer. You might just find another potential treatment option here as I share with you my recent experience at Estetica Beauty where I tried their facial treatment and TriPollar RF Therapy. Good services they provided already gave me a good first impression.

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My consultant named Alice brought me into a consultation room where she did skin analysis for me in detail before she can advice me on the most suitable treatment for my skin. I was told that my skin is considered quite good due to my skincare routines and exercise.

However, it’s still lack of collagen, which resulted in my skin losing firmness and sometimes looking dull. I was also concerned about my pores because of my oily T-Zone skin as they seem to be rapidly enlarging due to aging. So I was suggested to do the Customised Facial and TriPollar RF Therapy to treat those concern problems.

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The Derma-Calm range from France was used to deeply hydrate and promote my skin’s immunity against external stressors for this Customised Facial and it is definitely suitable for my sensitive skin.

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The steps started with a gentle deep cleansing followed by scrubbing, putting on toner and the extraction to get rid of my annoying pimples (it wasn’t painful at all if you are afraid of extractions).

And next was a TriPollar RF Therapy. This treatment helps to build immediate collagen for short term skin tightening and increases fibroblasts metabolism for a long term result with high power density and optimal radio-frequency energy used. It causes deep heating of both the dermal and fat layers. All I felt during this TRF was a painless and bearable heat (almost like a massage with deep heating). It’s safe even around my eyes and sensitive skin. This step took around 45-50 minutes for my face and neck.

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You can read more about TriPollar RF Therapy here.

Then the therapist moved on to my favourite facial and shoulder massage which put me in a short nap. Their comfortable bed was also a plus point to my relaxing time. Unlike a body massage, I could hardly fall asleep whenever I have a facial treatment so I think Alice did a really good job on massaging too. Finishing with an application of 10-15 minutes facial mask and lastly a moisturizer.

What I loved about the treatment I had that day at Estetica was an immediate visible results of tighter and firmer looking skin. I usually don’t mind going out on bare face but this just makes me feel even better. It is said to give long-term skin remodelling so I will observe more on that. It has been 2 weeks after my treatment and my skin is still looking firm even before any application of my usual skincare moisturizers.

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A good new for my readers! You can now sign up for their Mother’s Day special for TriPollar RF Therapy at $68 from their original price from $600. Click here for a good deal. To add on, Estetica has many Award-winning beauty services & products derived from Nobel Prize winning technology so you can rest assured of their professionalism.

The outlet I went to was at Plaza Singapura, unit #06-18, next to food court. Or you can find more about their outlet locations here. Remember to follow their Facebook page or Instagram to stay up-to-date with their promotions or services.

Be beautiful and be in good hands, always.

Love, nira

Diamond Black Hair, Bump Hair Design

Beautiful hair is healthy without dryness, soft to the touch and sway with movement. It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, wavy or straight as long as it’s considered beautiful on it owns.

I personally prefer natural looking with hair coloured towards dark tones, like black or dark brown hair. I always maintain my hair but the recent beach trips somehow killed that healthy look especially hair colour and frizziness so I urgently needed to get my hair done. And do you know it is not necessary to pay quite a high price to have great hair? Especially if you know about this hair salon which I recently went to, and it’s called Bump Hair Design by AVENTA at River Valley.

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Thanks to my hair stylist, Seno San, for a hair makeover. (You can take a look at his work here). I requested for a natural looking black shiny hair together with hair treatment after.

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As you can see from non-editing photos below, I am very satisfied with the results.

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I did Tokio Inkarami treatment which is receiving great ratings and reviews from high-end salons in Japan. There are five steps in this treatment but the the processing time is somehow not as long as I thought it would be.

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Many other hair treatments help the outer layers of damaging hair but Inkarami helps beneath to the root of your hair and leave your hair smooth and shiny. More close-up image for you to see below.

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It’s not just great hair services they provide with affordable price, your hair will be done by Japanese hairstylists with at least 8-10 years of experiences in this industry. However, not all Japanese stylists there are fluent in English so you may need to bare with some communication problems. I suggest you to do homework (such as references) before you go there. You also need to bare with stairs as this salon is located on the second floor. On the bright side, I love their privacy so it wasn’t a problem to me at all. The more privacy, the better it is. Overall, I enjoyed their services and experiences they gave. And I think their price is worth paying.

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You can make your appointment at the details above. They open everyday. Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 09:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am – 09:00pm.

Have a nice hair day, always.

Love, nira.

Wake up to better skin, Estee Lauder x Nira

Waking up to a dull and lifeless skin often make us look tired and old. I understand we sometime cannot avoid keeping ourselves up at night, whether it’s stress, ages, or not. But it’s definitely one of the reasons for getting in the way of our best skin in the next morning. Sometimes I couldn’t even look myself in the eyes in the mirror.

Just like everyone else, I’ve had my fair share of unwanted skin problems too.

If I do not get enough sleep, I’d probably wake up to less-than-radiant looking skin. As well as the healing and repairing process of my skin with blemishes which used to be quite fast without permanent scars but not so now. Therefore, it’s leading to a complexion to be blotchy and uneven skin tone. Although wrinkles are not my main problem as of now but it’s starting to show very slowly. My skin is also very sensitive and it could be pretty tricky when it comes to shopping for skincare products and find ones which suit me. 

I’m pretty happy to be a part of this Estee Lauder campaign to recommend you one of the best serums worth having in your skincare routine at night, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. 

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After using Advance Night Repair for less than a week, I noticed some changes in those problem acne scars as they seem to be lighter and less redness or blotchy. It didn’t give me breakouts or irritate my sensitive skin either. What I love the most is how it makes my skin so soft and smooth especially in the next morning after I wake up. A healthy and radiant looking skin in the mirror I see; a happier me throughout the day. Although I personally do not like its scent but I like the richness and texture of this serum very much.

It’s not my first bottle and I’ve been using it for years. Just that I have a habit of trying new products (or mix&match different brands) so I am not being consistently used it everyday but I would repurchase when it’s finished. I bought for my mom too and she mentioned about her improvement in less noticeable wrinkles and much smoother skin.

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Not surprising why there are many good reviews or being one of the best-selling skincare products from Estee Lauder.

It’s recommended to applying before your other moisturizers but sometime I just use it alone at night before bedtime if I have a pretty long day outside. But no matter how tired I am, I will not skip at least one moisturizer before bedtime. It’s so important to take good care of your skin no matter what age you are at now.

Shop your favourite Estee Lauder Products from here! All their products selling in Sephora website are 100% authentic so you won’t put your own skin at any risks. You can also follow their instagram account @sephorasg and stay up-to-date to their latest promotions or products.

Work hard, play hard and shop harder. Happy shopping! x

Love, nira