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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen

As a female in my late twenties (Omg, time please slow down), there are many beauty concerns I have which includes the slowing down of metabolism (hello fats!) and aging skin. So, what is aging skin? There are many signs of aging skin and here are a few:
- Loss of elasticity (no more bouncy, youthful looking skin)
- Dull skin tone
- Formation of fine lines and wrinkles
- Surfacing of pigmentation
- Large pores
I've always been on a lifelong mission to achieve beautiful, fair and glowing skin. Just like the korean superstars. Even though many of them are older than me, their skin is flawless.They are always radiant and healthy looking. I want that too!!
I've taken collagen supplements before and some of it comes in powder form and some in liquid form. The downside of having it in powder form is that I'll usually have to mix it with juice or milk or something with taste strong enough to cover the original flavour of the collagen powder. It is a little troublesome and some days I get lazy with the preparation and I just skip taking it.
But I'm proud to say that I've been taking my collagen religiously for the past few months!


& it is the Inner Radiance Collagen drink by New Moon.
I'm sure the brand New Moon is of no stranger to you! This multi award winning premium F&B brand established in Singapore greets us every Chinese New Year with their abalone whenever we have steamboat or lo hei! 
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that New Moon came up with a beauty supplement because I know I can trust that their products deliver what it promises because of their positive reputation all these years.


With one of the highest collagen content at 13,000mg, New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen is a premium collagen drink that also has active whitening properties.

It is the first collagen drink formulated and manufactured in Japan with high collagen content that has whitening properties to ensure the essence of the beauty ingredients are sufficiently delivered to all parts of our skin.

It is also certified radiation free!


It contains Glutathione, which promotes whitening.

Glutathione is naturally present  and essential in our body and it plays a vital role in detoxifying our cells from toxins, free radicals and heavy metals which damages the quality of our cells. Glutathione helps improve the health of very cell in our body, particularly apparent in our skin, nails and hair. So if you envy girls with shiny hair, healthy strong nails and glowing skin, that is because they have a significant amount of Glutathione in their body!



Age spots can also be minimized and prevented by enhancing Glutathione levels in the body. The anti-aging effects of Glutathione is remarkable, from complexion, age spots and wrinkles, there is very little that won’t benefit from this master antioxidant.

Maqui Berry has the highest anti-oxidant properties based on ORAC value. It's a key ingredient in the Inner Radiance Collagen drink which also helps strongly in anti-aging!

Link to the official site: http://www.newmoon.com.sg/product.asp?id=171&mID=12&sID
I am very honoured to be part of the Research & Development Team for the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen drink. The whole process took nearly 8-9 months since I first sampled the collagen drink in mid-year 2014. A lot of work like surveying, testing, finding out consumer's preferences had to be done before they could roll out the new product into the market.
Let me share with you my journey as the participant of the R&D team for the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink.
(Did you know that I was completely unaware of the brand of the collagen drink that I was consuming? The R&D team wanted our unbiased opinions so the brand was kept a secret from us!)



So this was me in July-Aug 2014 when I first met the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink team.


In order to have a fair and accurate "before & after collagen taking" results, I had my skin checked.

So here was my blind test on the flavours of the products and a few questions to be answered!


Juli, aka Bunbun, was also one of the R&D participants and surprisingly, we both preferred the same flavour!
   
We were also asked to decide which packaging of the products would appeal to ladies best and I selected something pink and feminine yet classic looking!


Here's the bloggers, Juli, Evonne & myself with the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink team after our blind test & consumer preference Q&A. Thank you for having us! It was really fun and interesting to see how much work is put in when creating a new product and how consumer's voices like ours are highly valued.


 I was sent with 1 month's supply of the collagen drink & I took it religiously every morning/night.
As you can see, it isn't packaged yet because we were still kept in the dark from the brand.

Due to the high dosage of collagen (13,000mg) with active whitening properties (Glutathione), the drink has a slightly thick viscosity but it doesn't bother me at all and still easy to drink! I am all for the Glutathione, the more the merrier for my skin cells!
  
Also, there was no fishy taste/smell at all!


 Fast forward a month later, I was back for another round of skin analysis!

 So excited to see the results.


So from the chart, you can see 2 markings, the 1st set of markings (nearer to left of screen) are the results taken before I started consuming the collagen and the 2nd set of markings (nearer to the right of screen) are the results taken after I consumed 1 month of collagen drink

Starting from the most drastic change, please notice the Blue line which represents the Elasticity of my skin which improved tremendously after just 1 month!! From 10+% to 50%!! Having higher elasticity on my skin would mean that I will have the appearance of healthier and youthful skin! You know, those bouncy bouncy skin that goes doink doink~ in commercials? Yes, that!
If you are wondering why my moisture level dropped (Green line) it was because I was naked face and I didn't even apply moisturizer before I took the test as compared to the 1st time round where I had makeup & sunblock + moisturizer under. But the lady told me that even though my moisture level dipped around 15%, it is still considered quite high as compared to other ladies.

My skin definitely felt much firmer after consuming 2 months + of Inner Radiance Collagen Drink. Sagging of skin is something that I dread so I am glad that my skin is renewed, knowing that my skin defence system has improved!

I'm pretty fair to begin with so I did not notice that huge a difference in whitening but I did notice the slight glow on my skin when I have no makeup on. Usually I will just look really pale and even on the verge of ill but now I have a slight healthy beam to my face!


As the saying goes, there are no ugly women in the world, only lazy ones!
Aside from going to the gym and having my weekly pole dance classes to keep myself fit and healthy, I'm adding the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink to my daily routine too!


 The New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen drink is available at leading supermarket, pharmacies, petrol kiosks and selected departmental stores.

From April to May 2015, a box of the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen is going at S$34.50 (50% OFF)! Original retail price is at S$69. So if you are still on the fence on this product, this is the best time to give it a try because it is at half price!

Lucky Draw Time!


Win a trip to Japan!
(I've just been to Japan and I love it sooooo much, if I could, I would revisit every year!)

From now till 31st May, with every purchase of 1 box of New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink, you have a chance to participate in the lucky draw! Where 5 lucky winners, along with their plus 1, are able to choose between 5 pairs of return tickets to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya or Fukuoka!


:)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Every drop counts - Water Conservation

Growing up in Singapore, throughout our school years, we've all been taught to be water savvy. & that means to not waste water and at the same time learn to value and use it wisely.

Having fresh clean water is a luxury that all of us might have taken for granted because we are living in a first world country. But we all know that it is not the same for all countries across the world where clean water is sacred and not so readily available.

Water is essential for every living thing and here are some tips on conserving water that I would like to share with you guys. If you have more tips on saving water, do share them with me because I think it is highly beneficial.

Let's take tiny steps and start from our home:
 
1: Take shorter baths, definitely avoid the use of bathtubs if possible.
 
2: While soaping, remember to turn off the shower tap.
 
3: Use a mug & fill it with water when brushing teeth instead of letting the tap run.

 
4: If you have dual flush flushing cistern, use half flush for liquid waste.

 
5: For men, when shaving, turn off the tap instead of letting the water run.
 
6: When home or at work, use the same drinking glass for the entire day instead of getting a new glass each time.
 
7: Use the washing machine only when the load is full.
 
8: Use the rinse water from washing machine to mop the floor or flush the toilet. (You can also do the same for rice water!)
 
9: Wash your fruits & vegetables in a sink/container filled with water.
 
10: Thaw food overnight inside refrigerator instead of running it under the tap.
 
 
(image source: www.pub.gov.sg)
 
 



 
Do check out this very heart-warming and meaningful video.
 
It has been awhile since I last saw a commercial that touched me this way :')
 
I will definitely be valuing water and adopting the above water saving habits (I think I'm already doing 80% of most on the list) because water is a precious resource and let's all use it wisely!
 
It is the simplest things in life that we sometimes take for granted.
 
For more details, please visit www.pub.gov.sg/conserve!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PUBsg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Alba Botanica

Finding the perfect skincare products that are suitable for your needs isn't an easy feat and even up till now, I am still constantly on the lookout to add products into my holy grail collection.
 
However, I particularly enjoying applying plant-based or fruit based products that are made from natural sources like witch hazel toner, pure aloe vera gel, coconut oil, raw sugar to treat my skin. It definitely does an excellent job at calming my face as well as hydrating it naturally.
 
 I was also lucky enough to be one of the first few to try out Alba Botanica skincare products in Singapore. When my blog manager first told me about trying out this new skincare product I decided to google it before I agreed on trying out and I was sold.
 
 
Why was I sold?
 
Because, Alba Botanica products are made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and contains vitamins, plant emollients and botanicals.
 

I knew my skin would not have a negative effect from using the products because they were made from natural sources that doesn't contain parabens, artificial colors and all that harsh chemicals.
 
I was really excited to get my hands on them and try it for myself! 
 

So here we have the Alba Botanica's Pore-refining Natural Skincare Range.
 
Visible pores, blackheads and all those dirty little problems are hard to hide, especially when I'm fair and love to take selfies because it will definitely stand out. I know that many ladies use pore primers before they apply their foundation to cover up the visible pores but that is really bad for the skin. I really dislike using primers because they usually contain some kind of silicon-like ingredient to fill up the holes to give you that smooth finish and it is not easy to remove them entirely when you cleanse your face. So instead of piling on the makeup, why not adopt a fresh, clean facial routine that will keep the skin clear and pores minimized?
 

Infused with exfoliating Hawaiian fruit enzymes and extracts, each facial product helps loosen, dissolve and keep pores clear of dirt. And the moisturizers will maintain the suppleness of the skin by keeping it hydrated and smooth. This way, it keeps your skin radiant, poreless and moisturized all at once.
 
Let's take a look at the full skincare range of Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Care Range:
 
 
The 1st product that I'm going to share with you is the Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser.
 
Retailing at S$16.90.
 
 
It smells soooo good.
I'm not kidding when I say I really can smell the pineapple in there and it is not just some fake fragrance that they added into the product!
 
This cleanser has been highly raved by many who have oily, acne prone skin out there and I find myself enjoying it too. Just 1 full pump is all I need and the product lathers up very well and my skin just feels so fresh after using it.
 
 
Moving on to the Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Toner..
 
Retailing at S$14.90.
 
 
I usually pour about 4 drops of this on a cotton pad..
 
 
& swipe it all over my face in an outward motion.
 
It smells divine, again, I think ALL of the products from Alba Botanica smells amazing. And it really does the job of minimizing the pores. Leftover makeup/dirt that wasn't removed properly could also be seen on the cotton pad so that's a huge plus.
 
 
The Refining Aloe & Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer is what I'll use after applying toner.
 
Retailing at S$24.90.
 
 
The aloe & green tea moisturizer is really da bomb for my dehydrated skin. It feels thick in texture when you first scoop it from the jar but when you apply it onto the skin, it goes on really smoothly and I'm really amazed at the speed my skin absorbs it all in. It doesn't clog your skin and leaves it feeling really supple.
 
 
I wear this both in the day time under my makeup as well as night time before I go to bed and after 3 weeks, I'm not even halfway through the jar.
 
A little does goes a long way with this and I think it is one of my favorite from this entire skincare range!!
 
 
Next we have the Pore-Fecting Papaya Enzyme Mask.
 
Retailing at S$18.90.
 

I am loving facial masks lately because of my skin issues, tiny bumps, redness as well as extreme dryness. Using masks really soothes my skin and gives it extra pampering and loving on top of my daily skincare routine.
 
This mask is really gentle in exfoliating and doesn't cause my skin to feel sensitive at all after rinsing off. My skin has this glowing effect after and don't get me started on the smell. It smells like a tropical smoothie!!
 
With just 5 minutes to spare, I can see myself using this mask more than twice a week! It aims to loosen, dissolve and purify skin.


Lastly, we have the Pore-Fecting Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub.
 
Retailing at S$14.90.
 

This scrub is definitely not as gentle as the previous mask so if you do have sensitive skin, you may want to use really light hand on this and maybe try it just once a week for a start. The bits you get is not as big as the ones I've used before so this is pretty safe for people who don't wish to use a scrub that is too abrasive on the skin.



Here is an upclose of the scrub.
So when your skin is in need of a deep cleanse, you'll know what to do!

 
On a whole, I'm really impressed with the Alba Botanica skincare products because not only are they very affordable, some of the items delivers similar, if not better, results that some of my high end skincare brands.
 
I definitely see myself repurchasing some of the products from the Alba Botanica Hawaiian range.
can you guess which are my favorite 3?
 
1: Aloe & Green Tea Moisturizer.
2:Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask.
3: Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Toner!
 
 
GIVEAWAY TIME!!
 
To celebrate the launch of Alba Botanica in Singapore, they are giving away 5 sets of their Hawaiian Skincare products (cleanser, toner & moisturizer set) weekly for a month!!
 
How to participate:
1: Like Alba Botanica's Sg FB page (http://www.facebook.com/albabotanicasg)
2: Share the post "The Great Alba Botanica Giveaway" & use the hashtag #albagiveaway
3: Tag 3 of your friends!
 
*Remember to make your posts public!*
 
 
You can purchase Alba Botanica products at all WATSONS stores in Singapore right now!
 
If you want to find out more about the brand, you can find them on their Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/albabotanicasg
 

 
Do let me know if you've tried out the products and whether you like the same items as I do!
 
XOXO.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fort Canning Wedding and Staycations


About 3 months ago I was invited for a staycation at Hotel Fort Canning as well as check out their Wedding Show and I was so excited to be given this opportunity as I've always been keen on staying at HFC. This iconic heritage boutique has just 86 rooms and is located at the heart of the city, Orchard & Clark Quey area.
 

 I really like the outlook of the hotel. The British colonial architecture just has this charm that I can't resist.
 
& did you know, Hotel Fort Canning is the winner of the 2014 World Luxury Historical Hotel Award?
 
*claps*



Waiting to be checked in and it was done in just 15 minutes.



& here's our room for the night!
 

The sexiest bathroom ever.
 

Couldn't wait to jump into the tub for a relaxing warm bath.
 
 
 
The bed was so inviting and I wanted to take a nap first but we needed to fill our tummies before doing so. I just can't peel myself away from hotel beds.. I don't know why.

 
"Give me 5 more minutes ok?"
 


We headed over to The Glass House for a meal and we were starving!
Haven't eaten since morning so we ordered quite a bit.
 

The Glass House restaurant is a modern asian bistro that offers pretty pocket friendly dishes ALL DAY. On top of all of that, we even add on a pizza because we were THAT hungry and yes, we managed to polish everything off the plates.
 
Went back to our room and we slept for a good 2 hours.
 

& here's an OOTD before we headed down to the busy Orchard road for some last minute Christmas shopping!
 

The location is really ideal, it isn't right smack in the middle of Orchard Road where it may be a little too crowded and loud but yet it isn't too far a walk from all the shopping malls too! We were lazy to walk so we took the mrt from Dhoby Ghaut, just 1 stop and we alighted at Somserset station.
 

It was a pity we didn't get to use the pool though, look at it!! How inviting right?

I really hope to be back to Hotel Fort Canning for another staycation and I will utilize the pool this time round. If you are looking for a romantic weekend staycation with your partner, remember to check out Hotel Fort Canning!
 
 The next day, we woke up all excited for the wedding show.
 

 
As most of you may already know, I'm planning to get married next year but I've yet to start searching for a venue to hold my wedding! A totally clueless bride here, so I was glad that Hotel Fort Canning's wedding show gave me a clearer picture of what I want or do not want at my wedding.
 
 
One of the highlights is definitely the Garden Terrace area.
 
 
It would be the perfect place for a garden solemnization.
 
So romantic and pretty.
I can so picture myself saying "I do" here.
 
 
Here are 3 pictures I found online, credits to the photographer & the couple.
 
It was the perfect setting.
 
 
 
& come nighfall, this is how the garden terrace looks like.
I absolutely love fairylights, it is just a stunning picture.
 
So there are a few themes from the wedding show that couples can pick from & let's start with the grand one.
 
Summer Love @ The Grand Marquee.


This is the largest air conditioned & sheltered marquee in Singapore that is able to fit 50 tables.


Unlike traditional wedding ballrooms where it is just filled with dozen of round tables, the long tables are out to play in this Summer Love theme.
 
It is the perfect setting for a grand romance, really appreciating the row of chandeliers hanging above the aisle.
 

A close up at the table decorations.
Am in love with the tiffany chairs.
 


& here's the set up of the long tables.
 
 
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Now let's move on to something more flamboyant.
 
Red Splendour at Legends Ballroom.
 

This bold setting is definitely for those who are into the glitz and glamour.
 

"A spectacular contrast and captivating ambience, evoking an exquisite affair to remember."
 


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& then we have the Royal Luxe at Lavender Ball Room.
  

This set up reminds of me the Disney film, Beauty & the Beast.
I'm not sure why but it just does.
 
"Understated grandeur intertwined with majestic and royal purple hues, this setting evokes effortless elegance for a sophisticated and truly breath-taking wedding."
 


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& lastly, we have the Sweet Romance at Lavender Ballroom.
 

A wedding fit for a sweetheart. I like how even though pink seems to be the main color here, it isn't over girly and still able to appear really classy.


"Sprinkled with a whimsical and fairy tale touch, this enthralling concept is teeming with gorgeous ombre and layered silhouettes of vivacious bouquets. An enchantment that turns moments into memories."
 


Well, even though these themes are pre-designed, you don't have to worry if you want to change your mind about some of the decorations or center pieces because they are all personalizable.
 
I told SX I really dream of having a garden solemnization and my heart has already been won over by Hotel Fort Canning. But of course we will still be looking at other options before making our decision but the Hotel Fort Canning is definitely one of our few choices!
 
Right now, there is a special SG50 promotion going on until the end of 2015, where a S$50++ will be rebate from each table!
 
 
There's another wedding showcase coming up just next week so be sure to register early as there are limited seats available!!
 
29 March, Sunday,
3pm to 9pm!
Only S$18 nett per couple.
 
To register, call +65 6559 6783
or
 
Address: 11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881
 
xoxo.