Celebrate this Xmas with Lancome..

So excited when I dropped by La Maison Lancôme @ Capitol Piazza for a pampering session because I have always loved Lancôme’s products.
I got a facial session followed by a makeover by their expert therapist and boutique manager using their exclusive 2015 Christmas palette!

The store itself was really spacious and exuded luxurious vibes all over..

Check out the pretty chandelier!!
I was so drawn by this section of the store that I just stood there and snapped like a gazillion pictures.

This was where I did my Youth Activating Facial Treatment which lasted around 90 minutes!

Changed out & got all comfortable in this towel.

I couldn’t wait for the facial to begin because my skin got pretty dry after my recent beach holiday trip!

The facial therapist told me that she switched to the blue light for its calming effects!
The Youth Activating Facial Treatment is unlike any other facials that I’ve been to. It starts off with a soothing massage by the therapist to allow my body to relax and after 10 minutes, I was already drifting off to la-la-land.
The usual cleansing and exfoliation was done, followed by pampering skin treats which featured Lancôme’s best-selling products. In my zen-like state, I could remember the therapist sharing with me she was using Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Eye cream as well as serum.
The final step to the entire facial was applying a mask for 15-20 minutes (that felt like a second skin) & I fell into deep sleep after.

My skin became much brighter and so hydrated after the Youth Activating Facial Treatment.
Fine lines under my eyes and dry patches around my nose area were all gone!
My skin was hydrated like never before and felt really, really moisturized!

A cup of exclusive Lancome rose tea after the entire facial session.
If you are keen to find out more about the facial experience that I had, you can visit http://www.lancomesg.com/happy-holidays and register there!
The Youth Activating Facial Treatment is available at $120 per pax at the Paragon Atrium (fully redeemable for Lancome products), so it is like having a free facial with the purchase of S$120 worth of Lancome products!

After getting the facial, my skin was in its best condition & ready for my makeover session!

The star of the day was this Limited Edition Christmas L’Absolu Palette,
I love how slim it is! That means I can easily bring it along with me in my makeup pouch and do touch ups throughout the day.
The gold & black color combination of this palette is very suitable for the festive season too!

Here are the 6 different shades of eye shadows ranging from warm gold to cool deep violet.
I can see myself wearing the warm gold tones very often for any look because it is just so versatile and for the deep cool shades, it will look really pretty for night outs.

It comes with a lip base to protect and hydrate the lips & 2 lip colors; a classic red and a burgundy that would look good on any skin tone!

I love how thoughtful the packaging is because they have a lid to keep the eye shadow dust from getting all over the lip colors! This is one of my pet peeves whenever I get eye & lip palettes that do not separate the eye shadows & lip colors. 

This is Elyse, the Capitol boutique manager, who helped transform my bare face using the Lancome L’Absolu Palette.

& this was the final look!

I really like how my eyes look here, the application of the eye shadow makes it appear much wider and more awake.
My skin was looking pretty flawless even if I say so myself. Haha, and here I am rocking a bright pink lip color which is very suitable for a night out or a party.

& here’s a close up of the makeover look.
Don’t mind my eyebrows because I am growing them out before I get them professionally shaped so this is the horrible in-between-growing-out phase.
If you girls are keen to try out the makeover that I just did, you can register online at http://www.lancomesg.com/happy-holidays which will be held at Paragon Atrium for S$120 per pax or S$180 for 2 people, sounds like a good deal to get one of your gal-pals to join you on this! & best of all, the amount spent is fully redeemable for Lancome products!

Here are all the products used during the makeover.

Lancome will have an exclusive launch of their Christmas Atrium from 29 October 2015 to 4 November 2015, where everyone is invited to experience first-hand Lancome’s 2015 Christmas collection and a preview of all their Christmas sets.
The one Christmas set that caught my eyes is the one in the above picture.
THE Ô BEAUTY BOX SET (worth $588), is now going at S$118 with a min. spending of S$130!
First, the red vanity case already got me sold on getting this and followed by all the items that it comes with!
Full size eye makeup remover (I freaking love this!).
Full size eye shadow palette.
Full size mascara.
Full size blush.
Full size BB sunscreen.
Mini eye pencil.
Mini lip lover x2.
Mini lipstick.
Lotion, serum, eyecream.
Mini brush set.
Vanity case.
I hope I am able to get my hands on this set before it gets all snatched up. I really really want the red vanity case. Haha!!

& if any of you sign up for the facial treatment or makeover session before the 20 October, you will receive an exclusive 4-pc Early Bird Gift worth S$103!
Sign-ups can be done here: http://www.lancomesg.com/happy-holidays

Happiness is a Gift.. and
“Women who come to Lancôme to be more beautiful, always leave happier”

Alba Botanica

Hey girls, do you still remember my previous posts on Alba Botanica skincare and hair care?

My first review on this brand of skincare can be found here: lianmeiting.blogspot.com/2015/04/alba-botanica.html
& here is the post on their hair care range: lianmeiting.blogspot.com/2015/06/alba-botanica-hair-care.html

This drug store brand is really affordable and has a wide range of skincare and hair care products to cater to everyone with different needs. I’ve almost finished using all the items that was sent to me except for a few shampoos that doesn’t suit my scalp conditions but the rest of the items have given me nothing but amazing results!

Today, I want to share with you on the 2 favorite products of mine from their skincare line that I’ve actually used up and repurchased once before they sent me these 2 items again for a 2nd review.

*Did you know that recently, Alba Botanica was awarded the “Best New Botanical Skin and Hair Care” award for Watsons’ Health, Wellness & Beauty Award 2015.*

The first will be the Hawaiian Facial Mask – Pore-Fecting Papaya Enzyme.

This is similar to a pore clearing mask just that it is very mild and gentle on the skin. It is perfect for those with sensitive skin because it does not give you any tingling sensation or dry out the skin too much like those clay masks in the market.

It comes in this gel-like texture and it spreads on the skin really easily.
One of my favorite benefits of using this facial mask is that it removes flaky dead skin and brightens up my skin! That is because the papaya and pineapple enzymes gently loosen and dissolve dull skin cells and impurities.

All I needed to do is to spread it all over my skin, wait for 5-8 minutes & wash it off with warm water.
No need to tug at my skin or use any abrasive scrubs.

It has a cooling effect on my skin and it just feels so comfortable and calming.

I also use this as a spot treatment whenever I have a huge annoying pimple growing out of nowhere.
It significantly reduces the size of the pimple and the redness after use.

The next item is the Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer – Refining Aloe & Green tea.

This moisturizer is more towards the cream type but it is surprisingly pretty light! It is also oil free as mentioned and that means it will not clog your pores at all. In my opinion, it is beneficial for people with drier skin conditions and I would recommend it to those who have pretty dehydrated skin like me. But I’ve also read reviews of those who have oily skin and suffer from acne that love this product and have been using it for a long time too!

I usually use this amount on my face and my neck before bed. I do use this during day time too but not on days when I run about outdoors, my skin may tend to look a little shiny by the end of the day.

Also, it contains Aloe, green tea, gotu kola and cucumber extracts that provides antioxidant benefits, YAY!

My makeup application goes on really smooth after using this moisturizer, my face powder seems to sit perfectly on my skin and I really like that.

Besides those 2 highly raved products, here are others from their Hawaiian skincare range too!

The Hawaiian Facial Cleanser – Pore purifying pineapple enzyme,
The Hawaiian Facial Toner – Complexion balancing hibiscus,
The Hawaiian Facial Scrub – Pore purifying pineapple enzyme.

All Alba Botanica products can be found at Watsons and Robinsons!!

Another reason why I’m so sold onto this brand is because they use 100% Vegetarian ingredients, they are pH balanced and Alba botanic does not do Animal testing or uses artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens and more.

So I am always able to use the products with a peaceful mind knowing that there isn’t any harsh chemicals content in them.

“We recognise the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. So we try to do beautiful by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business, from the field to the final product.
Together we can help to preserve and heal the planet, now and for future generations, because we truly believe that everyone deserves their place in the sun.”

October Giveaway!!

For over a period of 4 weeks in October. Alba Botanica Sg is holding a Facebook giveaway campaign. 
Each week, 3 winners will be selected to win a set of 2 moisturizers and 1 facial mask (worth more than $60) each! 
This giveaway focuses on the Hawaiian Moisturizer and Facial Mask.

How to participate:
1.     Like Alba Botanica Singapore’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AlbaBotanicaSG)
2.     Share weekly giveaway post and tag three friends
3.     Leave a comment 

A little hunch tells me that if your descriptions or shares are more creative, it will definitely increase your chances of being picked!

Good luck girls!

For more information on the brand, visit their website: www.albabotanica.sg


Are you aware of how much water you and your family use a month?

I don’t really know too, except for the bills we pay each month..

But I must say we’re pretty good at conserving water because my mom actually practices quite a bit of water conservation acts at home


The above is a pie chart showing the breakdown of water usage for each activity in a typical household.

So I guess the biggest contributors of an average family’s monthly water consumption are showering and washing in the kitchen. By shortening the duration of water usage, people can save 9 litres of water per minute in the shower and 8 litres of water per minute in the kitchen sink.


I don’t think I need to reiterate this but, water is precious to every living thing on earth and more so for Singaporeans because we used to face water shortage issues in the past!

We’ve been encouraged since young to conserve water and that every little drop counts.

& here are some ways of how I conserve water at home!

My mom and I only do our laundry only when the load is full.
This way, we do not waste that huge amount of water just for a few pieces of clothing and this definitely is one way to save water!
Instead of letting the tap run, I use a tumblr when brushing my teeth.

This is another easy way to minimize the usage of water.

The next way of conserving water is to turn off the tap when washing dishes!
The same theory applies when soaping your hands or body when taking a bath, always always ALWAYS turns off the tap or shower.

& the last effort is something new that I’ve just learned from PUB’s website:
Which is to water the plants in the early morning or late evening to minimize evaporation losses!
I never knew that this is also an easy way to help save water!

If you have other ways of conserving water, do share them with me because I would love to help the earth as well as pay less for my monthly water bills! Haha.

Today, Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources known as the Four National Taps. More than 5 million people enjoy clean, safe water at a turn of a tap. Now that we have sustainable water supply, we should not take it for granted and still continue putting in effort to conserve water!
Hope you’ve learn some useful & easy tips of saving water!
Follow @PUBSingapore on Instagram for more water conservation tips or visit their website: www.pub.gov.sg/conserve

Bio-essence Bird's Nest Peptides

Bird’s nest has been one of my favorite delicacies since young and I fondly remember how my grandma used to always treat me to a bowl of her homemade bird’s nest whenever I’m studying hard for my examinations. 

Bird’s nest is popularly known to be a “beauty food” which many celebrities speak about when it comes to their beauty secrets. My friend used to even take a spoonful of concentrated Bird’s nest every morning as part of her skincare regime but it was too costly for her to keep up with.

So, here’s a big HOORAY! for all of us because Bio-essence has just launched 2 skincare products that contains Bird’s nest – The Bird’s Nest + Peptides!
Now we can all able to include the benefits Bird’s nest in our daily skincare & to slow down the process of aging.

Bird’s Nest + Peptides is a newly upgraded Pre-aging and Whitening series from Bio-essence, Singapore’s leading mass skin care brand.
Newly added with Bio-Whitening Peptides, this new skin care range contains highly luxurious ingredients of Bird’s Nest’s extracts to provide intense nourishment for your skin.

This is the Bird’s Nest Plumping Capsule Essence
It contains Collagen Capsule essence that is rich in collagen that instantly plumps up the skin. Can you see the many tiny collagen capsules in the bottle?

Applying Bio-Whitening Peptides directly to the skin can “trick” it into thinking that it has enough melanin, which is the cause of pigmentation and stops if from producing! So that means it helps reduce the formation of those nasty pigmentation marks that I am so dreading! 

This Plumping Capsule Essence really helps in brightening dull looking skin and at the same time keeps me looking fairer with each use!

I use about 3 pumps and it is more than enough for my entire face, neck and collar area. With each pump, the capsules are burst and the concentrated essence of the collagen are released. Upon breakage of the capsules, rich collagen is released and absorbed into the skin, keeping it plump, tender and youthful.

I love how light weight the product is and how my skin instantly absorbs it and I’m also slightly drawn to the slight fragrance it has that gives a pretty calming effect.
It also effectively helps to moisturize my skin to quickly reduce any fine lines caused by dryness.

Another plus point of this Plumping Capsules Essence is that it is added with Bio-Whitening Peptides to help brighten the skin and improve overall fairness.

The next product that I use after applying the Plumping Capsule Essence, will be the Capsulated Essence-in-cream.

This Capsulated Essence-in-cream moisturizer combines the richness of cream and treatment of capsule essence. 

I was expecting the cream to be very rich in texture as it was filled with collagen capsule essences but to my surprise, it is not heavy at all! 
Even though it is a cream type of moisturizer, it goes on and spreads easily on the skin.

As the name suggests, Capsulated Essence-in-cream, it is filled with collagen capsules that break upon application to release all the goodness of the concentrated essence that helps to firm & moisturized the skin.

I have been using this moisturizer pretty much every single day since I got it a week ago and I really enjoy how my complexion has seem to become brighter and my skin tone evened out. Thanks to the Bird’s Nest Extract that effectively firm and nourish my skin!

Fun fact: Did you know that Bird’s Nest is reputated to maintain youthfulness and enhance one’s complexion. Studies have shown that it is rich in epidermal growth factor (EGF) that is responsible for our skin & tissue repair!

The Plumping Capsule Essence is retailing at S$39.90 but for the launch special, there is a 15% discount and it is going at S$36.90!

The Capsulated Essence-in-cream is retailing at S$36.90 but for the launch special, there is a 15% discount and it is going at S$31.35!

You can find the Bio-essence products available at Watsons, Guardian and NTUC.

Right now, Watsons is having a promotion till 7 October 2015! 

Purchase a Bird’s Nest + Peptides Perfect Cleanser with a Plumping Capsule Essence or Capsulated Essence-In-Cream to receive a FREE bottle of Yu Xiang Yan Rock Sugar Bird’s Nest 150ml worth S$18!
(While stocks last at selected Watsons outlets)