BB Cream vs CC Cream: Which Is Better? Laneige BB Cushion vs Olay CC Cream

I was given the new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream to try and I said I’ll test it against the Laneige BB Cushion which I currently use. [Read this blogpost which convinced me that the Laneige product is one worth spending my money on]

I conducted an experiment using a pear in my Laneige blogpost, and it revealed that the BB Cushion helps give you ‘glowing skin’ because of its light-reflecting properties. So, I put the Olay CC cream to the test too:

[The Pear - before picture]

Pear before experiment

[After]

Pear after experiment

I used the Laneige BB Cushion on the left (in #23 Sand Beige) and it turns out darker than the Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream on the right (in Light).

I did the split-face test using the two products and can safely say I see no visible difference between the two. But on this pear, the color contrast is more evident.

The Olay CC cream is really lightweight and glides on effortlessly. The only two drawbacks to using this product is that its SPF coverage is only a mere 15, while the Laneige BB Cushion has SPF 50+ PA+++, and the CC cream comes in a tube with a screw-on cap while the Laneige BB Cushion comes with a puff for easy, non-greasy application. With Olay’s CC Cream, you’ll probably have to slap on more sunscreen if you’re heading for some outdoor fun, and you’ll definitely need to wash your hands after application.

Does the CC Cream give you the ‘glow’ too? Check out the reflective spot on the pear:

Laneige BB Cushion

Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Yes, the Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream does give you radiant skin, a very natural (close-to-no-makeup) look, and it is available in 2 shades – Light and Medium.

It retails for S$32.50 for a 50g tube.

I have pretty dry skin so my pores are not very visible. If you have oily skin and/or enlarged pores, you might want to try this product as it can help reduce the appearance of pores as it contains Niacinamide which helps improve skin hydration, texture and skin tone.

Go be beautiful! :D

Lady First SG Episode 12: Forever Young

{ For a list of all the products featured in this episode, click HERE }

Pauline Lan admits to going to the doctor’s for a bit of help with retaining her youthful looks. But for the rest of us who do not wish to go under the knife or get any injections, what sort of pills, potions and lotions can help us look “forever young”?

The gurus Bryan and Kevin make their recommendations – from hydrating gels to Tibetan yoga postures. Whether you have dry skin, rough skin, matured skin, hyper-pigmentation or fine lines, this episode of Lady First Singapore can help you!

Dry Skin

Kevin recommends that the 3 things we must do is to cleanse, moisturize and protect our skin. He raved about the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, a hydrating gel that contains nano-Astaxanthin, nano-Lycopene, nano-Ceramide, collagen, and with 1000 times more anti-oxidizing effect than Q10.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta

Available at Astalift stores (ION Orchard #B3-66, #JEM 01-20) at S$148 for 40g OR in a Trial Kit (inclusive of 15g of jelly) at just S$60 *I called the ION store to check the pricing on 21/8/14*

Rough Skin

Charlyn has had skin troubles since giving birth to her kid. And Bryan recommends eating the locally-grown bananas, available only at Little India. Steam the bananas just like you would steam sweet potatoes. According to him, they are very nutritious.

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Also, he recommends the Riiviva Microderm skin-resurfacing tool which can reduce fine lines and the appearance of dark spots. Avoid using this tool on areas with acne, wounds or if you have eczema. Go over any one spot with the tool just once. At the end, gently press on some soothing rose lotion and avoid any rubbing. Follow up with any product containing aloe vera or collagen.

Fine Lines

Kevin recommends the Nuxellence Youth and Radiance Revealing Fluid, which contains more than 10 floral extracts. Apply immediately after cleansing your face, spread it out with your fingers then massage it in, moving your hand in an upward motion from side of nostrils to temples, for an instant face-lifting effect. In 28 days, fine lines will be reduced by 93%, according to Kevin!

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Hyper-pigmentation

Candyce says she drinks the Wen Ken Three Legs Pe Pa Kao as it is “helpful in relieving sore throats, reduces phlegm and nourishes the lungs”. Bryan says it is recommended to take a teaspoon of it with warm water every night.

He also recommends some yoga stretches, as usual.

Give yourself 8 minutes of ‘me’ time / relaxation time every day to purify your body and mind. Eat some dried fruit, light a beeswax candle, and wear a silk scarf scented with an essential oil. Apparently, wearing silk helps ladies feel relaxed and thus can contribute to the slowing down of the aging process. Also, read some positive-thinking books that make you happy, and have some of your favorite crystals next to you. Then try these:

1) Abdominal (deep) breathing

With a silk scarf around your neck, place your hands on your belly and breathe in deeply through your nose and let your breath out from your mouth.

2) Butterfly Stretch

With the scarf on your legs, flap your legs against the ground. It should produce a sound each time your legs come into contact with the ground.

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3) Belly-shrinking Hip Rotation
Sit cross-legged on the floor and with your thumbs placed just under your ring fingers and clenched into fists, place them in front of your hip area. Rotate your hips in a circular movement five times while holding your breath. Keep your back and arms straight.

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Matured Skin

A makeup look for people with matured skin:

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1) Use a pearl base with a high moisture content, and which is not oil-based

2) Apply translucent foundation so the look isn’t cakey

3) Wear tinted sunscreen

4) Use a water-based under eye concealer (By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer) and pat it on gently.

5) Mix white and champagne-colored eyeshadow

6) Dab shimmer powder across your eyelids

7) Use eyeliner to fill the space between your lashes. To gauge where your eyeliner should end, imagine an extension of your double eyelid crease at the end corner of your eye – that is where your eyeliner should end

8) Use smudge-proof mascara

9) Use eyebrow powder for a less severe look. Straight brows are in this year

10) Apply a coral orange lip gloss as blusher with the help of a sponge

11) Pick a subtle rose-colored lipstick

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Remember to leave a comment on my StarHub Community blogpost HERE if you want to win the Samsung K! Tag me @GraceTan in your comment! :)

Lady First SG Episode 10: Cover Up!

[For a list of all the products featured in this episode, click here]

In this episode, it was quite obvious that the producers saved the best for last. I was totally blown away by how severe acne scars could be covered up to resemble flawless skin! :D If you missed the episode but are reading this now, lucky you!

Dexter and Xiao Kai help the 5 ladies with their woes: wrinkles and yellowish skin tone, too-high foreheads, dark eye circles, square-shaped face and harsh jawline and finally, bad acne scars.

Xiao Kai made an interesting statement – that women with oilier skin tend to develop fewer wrinkles! People with dry skin get more fine lines and wrinkles than those with oily skin! (Also, Xiao Kai had a sideburn transplant *gasp*)

Wrinkles and Yellowish Skin

Tip #1: Add color correcting cream to your makeup products

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Tip #2: Use a moisture-rich foundation

Tip #3: The less makeup you use, the better. Too much foundation will make you look old

Tip #4: No concealer is needed. Just ensure you use the right shade of CC cream and foundation

Tip #5: Use an orange-colored blush for a healthy glow

Tip #6: Skip the loose powder as your skin is already too dry especially around the eyes

Too-High Forehead

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Tip #1: If you have bangs, and oily hair, bring powder with u. Using a tissue, pat some powder onto your bangs so it’ll absorb the oil

Tip #2: Avoid buying hair pieces which are too shiny – they look fake

Tip #3: Use hairspray to ‘harden’ the roots of your hair then use a hairdryer set to cold air or medium heat for a quick blowdry, then attach the hair piece

Dark Eye Circles

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Tip #1: Use concealer in a color close to your skin tone and start at the tear trough area (pictured above)

Tip #2: Use only a tiny bit of concealer towards the end of your eye, so it doesn’t appear unusually white. Spread it out and blend with your foundation

Tip #3: Gently tap on the loose powder so you don’t rub the concealer off

Tip #4: Add (mousse) blush as a distraction from your dark eye circles

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Square Face, Strong Jawline and Protruding Ears

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Tip #1: Use the L’Oreal Professional Steampod to straighten and moisturize your hair

Severe Acne Scars

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Tip #1: Use a pore minimizing primer (gel) and mix it with foundation or concealer. Gently pat it on

Tip #2: Use a concealer brush when applying concealer over the pimple

Tip #3: Pat gently to fill your pores with powder, especially if you have ‘potholed’ skin like Constance’s

Giveaway

Leave a comment about your skin or hair woe and win an autographed DVD set from Pauline Lan AND a mystery product featured on Lady First SG! :D

Pauline Lan DVD

Comment HERE.

SHILLS Mandelic Acid Skin Renew Essence

SHILLS Mandelic Acid Skin Renew Essence

I came to know about the SHILLS Mandelic Acid range at a beauty workshop / launch event featuring Xiao Kai Lao Shi (of Lady First fame) and got my hands on the Skin Renew Essence (pictured above). *Note: his was a guest appearance at the launch, and he is not an ambassador for SHILLS.

Beauty Guru Xiao Kai introduced the essence as a must-try product as it can help get rid of whiteheads and blackheads, among its other benefits. He pointed out that people tend to get whiteheads at the (chin) area below the lower lip, and that’s the exact trouble zone for me too!

I’ve used the essence for over a week now and I am convinced that it deserves a permanent spot in my beauty regimen. After just one application (left overnight), my whiteheads in the trouble zone became softer and some could even be washed off.

There is no need for that painful extraction process in facials anymore! Woohoo! I’ll just apply the essence and leave it on overnight before any facial treatment.

The product is, however, very potent and hence, you must use a moisturizer after applying the essence!

The only drawback, for me, is that if I try to use the essence daily, I risk getting breakouts. I don’t usually get pimples so I’m not sure why using this product on consecutive days/nights causes those pimples to appear. :(

I guess you’ll have to test it out yourself to see if it works for you.

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What is Mandelic Acid?

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) extracted from bitter almonds. Mandelic acid exfoliates and is anti-bacterial, helps purge the skin of dead skin cells, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, and stimulates the skin desquamation process for smoother and brighter skin.

Mandelic acid has been clinically proven to help eliminate hyper-pigmentation as well as acne and oily skin. It has also been shown to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and is suitable for all skin types.

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SHILLS Mandelic Acid 20% Skin Renew Essence

Price: $49.90 (30ml)

The SHILLS Mandelic Acid range is available at John Little stores in Singapore.

Lovin’ The Hot Weather With A New Haircut

I have come to realize that my hair looks good just once a month! It’s every time I head to the salon. LOL! I’m so thankful I had my hair cut before my trip to Perth early this week! It’s a pain trying to get my hair dry after a shower in a bathroom that’s freezing cold. And when shopping is on the itinerary, I do not have time to stick around in the bathroom trying to get my hair dry.

This was ‘before’…

Queen's Cut

Then…

Queen's Cut

I’m even thinking of getting my hair cut even shorter! :D

The treatment done after the haircut also made my hair silky smooth. If only it’ll stay that way every single day!

When my hair is long, I tend to tie it up in a ponytail but often tie it too tightly, and give myself (actual) headaches after. Now, my head feels ‘lighter’ and there’s no need for ponytails. :D

If you’d like a new haircut or treatment to tame your tresses, look for Ada at Queen’s Cut. :)

{ Queen’s Cut is located at Far East Plaza, #05-115. Tel: 67375115 }

Lady First SG Episode 9: Tropical Winter Fashion

*Exclusive Giveaway at the end of this blogpost!*

{ For a list of the products featured in this episode, click here }

It’s kind of an oxymoron, yes. Tropical winter fashion? I’m still quite rebellious where fashion is concerned. I really do like my tank top + shorts + slippers combo, and I like putting on little to no makeup! (I do believe in skincare though) Hehe. In this episode, gurus Keith and Kevin show us how to rock the tropical winter look. They also shared that nature-inspired menswear is fashionable right now! ;)

15 Tips For The Tropical Winter Fashionista:

1) To rock the ‘sweet punk’ look, note that piling on colors at the end corners of your eyes works only if you have deep-set eyes like the Westerners or Indian ladies. Otherwise, apply your colors at the corners of your eyelids with thin strokes, and with a contrast color on top, such as fuchsia and blue as shown below:

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2) Wear contact lenses in a purplish shade – it’s difficult to go wrong with this color as it’s both ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ tone, and should match your makeup and skin tone.

3) Draw the blue line first (in picture above) before using black liner, if you are a beginner.

4) You can use a pencil for the first color then black liquid eyeliner.

5) Avoid large patches / swathes of color which will make your eyes look puffy.

6) Make your eyes look wider / longer by drawing contrasting geometric lines.

7) For the grunge look that Vee is trying to pull off, wear shapewear even under a thick jacket. Choose Triumph’s which can (supposedly) lower your body temperature by 1.27degrees.

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8) Choose a body sculpting bra with large side panels for more support. Put on the bra first, before your shapewear.

9) Quilted panels on a skirt make you look skinnier.

10) For the leather jackets, choose a lighter color (e.g. white) instead of black all the time. This makes the look less ‘heavy’. Alternatively, choose those which come with two materials e.g. chiffon and leather. Going sleeveless is recommended so it doesn’t get too hot. Be sure to choose the right cut and material.

11) If you want to sport ulzzang lips, ensure your lips don’t end up looking too dry and wrinkled, like Candyce’s. Pearl powder is good for the runway but not for everyday use.

12) Choose Laneige’s LED lipsticks, which have over 35% moisturizing serum. You can use a magenta-colored one then a berry red one.

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13) Nude colored boots or booties make your legs look longer.

14) Some boots have perforated soles to let your feet ‘breathe’ and cut-outs so the look is less ‘tense’.

15) Choose neon nail colors based on your personality, e.g. darker shades for clubbing and pastel / ‘macaron’ types for outings with girlfriends. And use crystal nail sheets on alternate fingers, not on all nails.

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{ Giveaway }

WIN Laneige’s Serum Intense Lipstick plus travel-sized goodies from Nuxe and a limited edition Lady First SG manicure set just by commenting on my blogpost on StarHub Community! :D Simply comment and tell me what’s your favorite lipstick color, and why. :)

Laneige lipstick

Lady First SG Ep 8: Thigh-tanic

{ Giveaway worth S$176 in this blogpost! :D }

With the help of the gurus (Jackson, Keith and Liu Yan), this episode seeks to combat lower body issues. Three groups of people are especially susceptible to such weight issues: white collar workers, students and TV addicts. This is because sitting for long periods of time can lead to the accumulation of fat in the belly and hip regions.

12 Tips to Combat Thigh-tanic Issues:

1) Avoid pleats if you have wider hips as they create unnecessary emphasis on the lower half of your body. The reverse is true if you are really skinny and seem to have ‘no hips’ or bum. The same applies for outfits with prints and gathers. lady first sg

2) Save yourself from stretch marks by not drinking too much alcohol, and by avoiding drastic weight gains and losses.

3) If you already have stretch marks (the white, silvery or purplish ones are the worst), use firming and whitening products and massage in circular movements.

4) Oils with high fat content (such as olive oil, rosehip oil) are great for the anti-stretch mark massages.

5) From the time you realize you are pregnant till after you are done with breastfeeding, you should diligently do the massages to prevent the formation of stretch marks.

6) Wear a seamless girdle if you need help creating a firmer-looking tush.

7) To create the illusion of a fuller bum, wear high heels.

8) Avoid wearing floral pants if you have fat thighs. Choose those with smaller prints if you absolutely have to wear them. Avoid contrasting colors. Stretchy jeans are good, especially those with ‘shadows’ down the sides, to create the illusion of slimmer legs. A-line skirts work as well.

9) If you have a fuller bum, then avoid wearing jeans with elaborate designs on the back pockets as these draw unnecessary attention and make your bum look bigger. Skinny jeans are a no-no so avoid following fashion trends blindly. Bell-bottom jeans might be the key.

10) Do some hip slimming exercises like squats, and placing a tennis ball at the back of your knees and moving to the right and left of the ball. lady first sg

11) Wedge sandals can make your legs look longer / slimmer. Lady First SG

12) Wear heels with pointed toes or in nude shades if you’d like to make your legs look longer.

For a list of the products featured in this episode, click here.

{ Giveaway }

WIN the Lierac Body Slim Multi-Action Concentrate, worth S$88! I have TWO of these to give away! :D

Lierac Body Slim Multi Action Concentrate

 To win, simply click HERE and leave a comment, telling me why I should pick you as the winner. :D

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care Range

I’ve recently concluded the giveaway for Vidal Sassoon’s Premium Color Care range. :) After 15,952 views, 1,018 shares and 601 likes, a winner is born! Congratulations, Riz Low!

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care

 I’ve sneaked a sniff and found that the range smells really good. However, the shampoo and conditioner bottle caps are diamond-shaped and thus, not very user-friendly as it is a bit difficult to open for daily use.

Vidal Sassoon Premium Color Care

I have kept the Magic Style Activator and Intensive Hair Mask for my own use. :D

The Magic Style Activator (For Curl) really smells very good. It is a leave-on treatment to be used just before styling – 2 to 3 pumps is enough.

[ Vidal Sassoon PINK SERIES mini 25mm Ceramic Curling Iron and 13mm Ceramic Straightener ]

Vidal Sassoon Ceramic Curling Iron

Vidal Sassoon Ceramic Straightener

These travel-friendly, almost-pocket-sized devices are too pretty in pink. But do they do the job?

Some features:

* Fast heat-up

* Worldwide voltage for worldwide usage

* 150degC and 200degC setting for curling iron and straightener respectively

Review: The Curling Iron doesn’t work very well on my hair, as I can’t even achieve very limp curls with it. Perhaps it’s just too tiny or doesn’t produce enough heat. The straightener works as stated and is definitely for keeps! :)

Pricing: Shampoo (190ml) S$8.50, Conditioner (184ml) S$8.50, Treatment (169g) S$13.90, Magic Style Activator For Curl (30ml) S$.90

Lady First Ep 7: Online Shopaholics Unite!

This episode is about Online Shopping and I am surprised that I managed to learn something new. On this episode are gurus Kevin and Keith, with Love, Bonito boss, Rachel. For a list of all the products recommended in this episode, click here.

Lady First SG [Santa Maria Novella Rose Wax Tablets recommended by Kevin]

16 Tips For Online Shopping:

1) Look out for items you cannot readily find in brick-and-mortar stores locally

2) To prevent getting Hayley’s “romper-caught-at-crotch” predicament, always get an outfit slightly bigger than what you’ve measured out so there’s space for movement

3) Don’t buy pants online unless you are confident they will fit

4) Get measurements of something you are comfortable wearing, then use it for online shopping

5) Over-sized items are in style this year

6) If the leggings you have bought are thin, ensure your underwear doesn’t show, especially at the back. Wear a long top!

7) When purchasing shoes, draw an outline of your feet on a piece of paper while barefoot. If your second or third toe is long, then shoes which are rounder at the toes might be uncomfortable. If you have wide feet, those that are narrow at the front might be tight

8) Read the terms and conditions before purchase, especially those regarding shipping costs if doing returns

9) If you buy items over $400 (inc shipping charges), you have to pay 7% GST. To get around this, have the items mailed to you separately

10) Your branded bag (purchased online) needs repair? You can bring it to a local store here. If certified authentic, they will provide you the same after-sales service but at a fee. If it’s a fake though, you’ll get a fine.

11) Be a smart shopper. If something looks too good to be true, beware!

12) Don’t cut off the tags first. Try the clothes on first. If you bought them from USA, you can get an exchange within 3 months if the tags are intact

13) The Santa Maria Novella range of products recommended by Kevin are bestsellers and popular worldwide. Get their eye and lip makeup remover which has an added benefit of not causing any eye irritation even if applied to the insides of your eyelids with a cotton pad!

14) Keep calm. Read all information before making your purchase (Kevin)

15) Be adventurous at times (a tip from Rachel)

16) Do your research, compare prices (Keith)

Caboki Hair Loss Concealer: Does It Work?

Caboki created a buzz online with its Youtube videos – a crowd gathering and snapping photos and videos as an obviously balding man or woman (magically) gets a full head of hair with the help of Caboki.

Caboki before and after 

It was even featured on clicknetwork:

Well, apparently it does work in covering up bald spots. However, if you perspire (or after rain), do not touch your hair or the fibers will just come off.

How It Works

“When you sprinkle Caboki into a thinning area of your hair, the (plant) fibers automatically cling to your hair like millions of tiny magnets. Each thin wisp of your hair instantly becomes thicker and fuller, eliminating those embarrassing thinning areas.”

To find out more about their cotton fibers and mineral-based colorants, click here.

 Get a “Free” Sample here

Caboki free sample

I had thought a free sample would be delivered free-of-charge. Well, apparently not. But I suppose a 25-day supply is worth it though. ;)

Pay Shipping Charges

Caboki free sample

If you need to cover an embarrassing bald spot for a photoshoot, hot date, or some other special event, yes, do consider purchasing a Caboki product. On Amazon, it’s only $39.95 for a 75-day supply! Buy it here.