Nivea new!

It has always been my dream to have very fair skin; I think we’ve established that fact for now. Haha, I have spent so much on whitening skincare products for my skin, you will not imagine. Whenever there is a new whitening product in town, I will always be the first few to try them out. & some of it really does work because my face is probably about 1-1.5 shade fairer than the rest of my body. Well, & also because I apply sunscreen every morning to my face and I’ve neglected the rest of my body.



It also does not help when I exposed myself to hours under the sun on my diving trips and I go for about 2 diving trips a year! & I am not sure how true is this but why does it seem like it is easier to get tan when you are swimming than compared to like daily walking? 



Fashion trends come and go but owning beautiful skin is timeless and will never go out of style!
& in our humid climate, I find myself dressing up in outfits that show my skin like in the above picture & I hate how my legs look darker than my torso and face.

Poor skin condition, be it on the face or the body, can easily add years to one’s appearance. Possessing beautiful skin gives us that additional confidence booster in everything we wear. & I really do not wish to limit my choice of apparels because of my skin’s appearance. 



That’s why NIVEA has upgraded its popular whitening body moisturisers to boast brightening and firming properties so that we may achieve flawless skin – the fashion accessory that’s always in season.



This is the new NIVEA Extra White Firming Body Serum.

NIVEA’s new & improved formula helps us get fairer & firmer skin with 95% purity of Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10. & I’ve been a skincare addict long enough to know that these two ingredients are really effective in whitening & firming! 

I use this during the day because it contains SPF 33 as well as UVA1/UVA2/UVB to protect my skin from the sun’s damaging rays and further prevent my arms and legs from getting darker.



& here we have the NEW NIVEA Extra White Firming Body Serum on the left and the old packing UV Whitening Serum the right.
Besides the addition of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin C, the SPF amount has also increased for the new product!

With 95% Vitamin C, the new product contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C amongst NIVEA’s body care range. 
Vitamin C can help protect the skin against sun damage and they may actually reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles. These antioxidants work by speeding up the skin's natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.



With regular use, skin becomes noticeably fairer and firmer skin in 14 days. I usually apply it on places that I want to firm up as well as shield from the sun’s harmful rays. So my arms, tummy & legs are where I will focus on. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful skin-owned coenzyme that ensures energy supply for skin cell helps in anti-wrinkling, anti-oxidation and boosting cell energy to give firmer skin. *claps*

I also really enjoy how watery the product is and it does not leave a sticky feeling after so I can put on my clothes immediately and not have that annoying “fabric-clinging-onto-skin” feeling.



& for night time, I will use the Night White Firming Body Serum for rejuvenation while I sleep because our skin actually repairs itself most effectively during the night when we are asleep.

This light weight night serum promises to firm and brighten skin while keeping it hydrated. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory, wound healing and anti-ageing properties. Coenzyme Q10 has anti-oxidant properties that help to firm skin and refine skin texture while Vitamin C helps to repair and brighten skin.



& here we have the NEW Night Firming Body serum on the left and the OLD Whitening Night serum on the right.
I particularly appreciate the fact that my skin is getting repaired & nourished with the product while I’m snoozing away.



& lastly, here is another product that is suitable for day time usage – NIVEA Instant White Firming Body Serum.

This is suitable for those who want to achieve brighter skin right away as an additional ingredient, Titanium Dioxide, commonly found in BB Creams, acts as micro light reflectors to immediately give you glowing skin. Think of these as tiny mirrors to make skin “light up” with radiance right where you want it! It reflects visible light while instantly brightening your skin.



& if you notice, I am recommending NIVEA’s whitening serums instead of lotions because serums have higher concentration of active ingredients and it gives better product efficiency. So in a shorter time, the results will be more promising. Noticeably fairer & firmer skin in 14 days with religious use!



I am more confident now with my skin’s appearance after using the NIVEA Extra White Firming Body Serum daily to correct & protect my skin. I went for wedding gown hunting just last week & the consultants commented that my skin was really fair and she even asked me to share tips on how I achieved such even skin tone. Now I have one less thing to worry about for my big day!



Check NIVEA’s facebook page here:


Recognizing the importance of body care, NIVEA is hosting a #ultimatefashionstatement on 22nd Aug, 2-5pm, Capitol Piazza B1-36!


In this 3 hour event hosted by NIVEA, you can learn from celebrity makeup artist, Clarence Lee & fashion stylist, Keith Png to make your skin the #ultimatefashionstatement. They’d give tips to attain healthy, fair and firm skin, the colors that flatters your skin tone as well as the cut of outfits that suits your body most. 
To join me with other influencers, post a blue OOTD and hashtag #ultimatefashionstatement & #NIVEAsg. I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away. Winners will be announced on 18th Aug.

Good luck, ladies & stay gorgeous!

Lancome - Youthful Aura

Let’s get real, ladies.

I’m already in my late twenties and I can’t believe the years flew byjust like that. 
Few years ago, whenever I  purchase skincare products, I will always reach for the whitening range or the hydration range as those were my top priority. I would even skip the step of using serums because I thought all my skin needed was hydration and whitening. 

Then, something about my skin changed, that youthful glow and healthy appearance seemed to have faded and I could even see fine lines forming at the corners of my eyes (Oh, the horror). 

At Lancôme, the secret to beauty is the Youthful Aura…& I was slowly losing mine!! My skin started to look dull and I had to rely on makeup to look fresher and more vibrant.  To me, having that Youthful Aura means being comfortable & confident in my own skin, not needing to cake on much foundation or makeup to look & feel beautiful


As much as we wish to avoid the topic of aging, the truth is that all of us are facing it and going through it every day. It is almost impossible to defy aging sans cosmetics surgery but I’ve been maintaining my current skin condition & delaying signs of aging with the help of these babies from – Lancôme Advanced Genifique Series.




I got my first bottle of the Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate more than 2 years ago and I just fell in love with it right after.
This little black bottle was really precious to me and it is an item that I’ve been purchasing over and over again. 

So when I found out that Lancôme would like to give me a complete set of Advanced Genifique to review, I was over the moon because I’ve been using the Youth Activating Concentrate for years now!


Aside from the product, I would say I am particularly drawn to the design of the packaging. The dispenser is in a “dropper” form and it is a really clever touch. Just 1 drop is enough for me to apply over my entire face & neck and I’ll say it is much more hygienic this way as my fingers will not be in contact with the rest of the product. 


It is needless to say that the Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate has been inside my skincare routine. 

My simple skincare routine goes like this:
Toner > Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate > Eye cream > Whitening Serum > Moisturizer.

I love how quickly my skin absorbs the product and here’s how I apply it:
  • - Dispense 1 drop of the concentrate onto my palms
  • - Warm it up between palms
  • - Spread the product onto my face & neck in an upwards motion
  • - Gently pat it into my skin



The reason that I apply the Advanced Genifique right before all my other products is because it boosts the efficiency of ANY skincare products that I apply after by up to 3X


My skin has never looked better and happier. 

Advanced Génifique has scientifically proven its effectiveness in repairing and activating 10 visual and tactile signs that characterize youthful skin.

SEE IT
•          Fine lines are diminished by 42%
•          Wrinkles are smoothed by 46%
•          More radiance 52%
•          More clarity 47%
•          More evenness 42%

FEEL IT
•          Texture is improved by 57%
•          Elasticity is improved by 50%
•          More tonicity 49%
•          Skin is firmer by 48%
•          Sagginess is reduced by 46%

Don’t you just want all of the above for your skin? 
Now you know why I’ve been using this for the past few years?

& from now till 31 August 2015, you can purchase the Advanced Genifique (30ml) for just S$98 instead of the usual S$130!
*While stocks last*



I also tried the Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Illuminator for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised.


Firstly, the applicator wand is just so special! I’ve never seen anything like this and initially I had no idea how to use it and why it was designed this way.
The tip of the wand is made of metal so there is a cooling effect when it touches your skin.


The applicator is bendable as it is meant for gentle massaging purposes around the eye area and the slim tip helps to reach even the corners of the eye area. As mentioned earlier, I really enjoy the cooling effect it has when the metal tip touches my skin and I feel that this helps de-puff my eye bags too!

I use the Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Illuminator during the day time and my eye area is instantly refreshed. I just look fresh, wide-eyed & ready to go.

The Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate was a first for me too. 
I was expecting myself to like the product because I really enjoyed the Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate & I really did!


The texture of eye cream is of a slightly thicker consistency and I use it only during the night.
It really hydrates my eye area and I find myself waking up to firmer skin the next morning. The fine lines that threatened its appearance were also diminished & fainter with each passing day.


What makes a woman beautiful? 
An exceptional light called the Youthful Aura.

Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum is the solution to creating and obtaining this Youthful Aura.

& Kate Winslet, one of the ambassadors for the Lancome Genifique series, is the definition of positive beauty to me.
She is strong, confident and overwhelmingly talented. 


Giveaway Time!!
Stand to win a bottle of Advanced Genifique!

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&
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Teeth whitening by InnoWhite

Having a set of bright and white teeth has always been something I was after. I mean, I spent 2 + years wearing braces so that my teeth could be straight and perfect but what is the use of it being straight if it looks yellow right? So I always used teeth whitening toothpaste and even teeth whitening strips to get a temporary fix for the color of my teeth.
Then, back in February 2014, yes, 1 year ago, I was offered a chance to get my teeth whitened by this new technology called 'INNOWHITE' by Dr Chung. I was thrilled because I've always wanted to get my teeth whitened by I didn't have the budget for it. I remember it being around S$3,000+ when I last checked!

"Our company is specializing in professional dental whitening system which market under the brand InnoWhite. This is wholly owned by our company in Singapore and it is a Singapore brand. The products include the in-office and home-whitening system.
The key feature of the InnoWhite is the utilization of OSRAM Advanced LED (ALED) technology from Germany in operating its light unit.  This non-heat solution emits blue-light at maximum intensity providing great effectiveness on the bleaching process, with reducing sensitivity and discomfort to the patients during the treatment .  Although the whitening effect initiated primarily by the chemical, the light with designated wavelength has the ability to speed up the oxidation process and make the treatment process more effective.   At the moment, we are offering complete in-office whitening kit with 35% hydrogen peroxide (HP35),  Home whitening kits with 10% as well as 22% carbamide peroxide (Home CP10 & CP22), and 6% whitening pen (WP6) as maintenance kit.  The products have been used by many dentists since we launched and the results have been very impressive. " as quoted by Dr Chung.


My teeth whitening was done at Orchard Scotts dental at Wheelock place.


These are some before and after pictures of other patients shared by Dr Chung.
I was definitely convinced that my teeth was going to look so amazing when I left the clinic.


I was then introduced to dentist Dr Jerry Lim who told me about the process of InnoWhite and what I was going to expect for the next 60 minutes under his care. 
(Yes, this was me back in February 2014, 1.5 years ago.. and I actually look darker then.. don't I?)


The entire process of my whitening session was filmed, do check out the video at the end of this blogpost!!



Here, Dr Jerry Lim was matching my teeth to find the color range my teeth was in.


& surprisingly, my teeth were already pretty white to begin with!
It was like the "4th" place from the whitest it can be.. HAHA, so Dr Jerry told me the difference I notice after the whitening session may not be as big of a difference as those who have very yellow teeth.

So in the diagram above, is the entire process of InnoWhite.
Very straight forward and quick!
I was done in under 60 minutes.


The timer was set at 15 minutes each time because that is how long the LED had to shine over the whitening gel.


I'm not going to sugarcoat things but I do have a pretty sensitive front tooth, the left side especially, and after the 2nd round, my teeth/gums were starting to have a reaction to the whitening gel. The feeling of tingling and weird sensation like how a sensitive teeth would feel when in contact with extremely cold stuff. A little achey kind of feel.


But it was definitely bearable lah, and for the sake of beauty, I braved through the 3rd and final round of the treatment which was just 15 minutes long


Here's a picture of my teeth:
Top row - before Innowhite
Bottom row - after Innowhite

My teeth was definitely 1 shade or  2 whiter. And as I've mentioned earlier on, the difference for me isn't that big because my teeth was already pretty white to begin with. But.. who doesn't want to have whiter teeth right?

So to be fair, this is the extend of what InnoWhite can do if your teeth are more yellow than mine!


I was also given this take home Tooth Whitening pen by Dr Chung so that I can maintain the whiteness of my teeth even months after the InnoWhite treatment and it is really simple to use.

Just "color" or rather coat your teeth (I only use it on the front few teeth) with the gel and let it stay for around 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off!


& here is a picture with Dr Jerry Lim, on the left, and Dr Chung, on the right.
Thank you for giving my teeth a brand new brighter and whiter shine!!

Watch the video of the entire process below!



If you are keen on having your teeth whitened by InnoWhite, do email them at 
info@inno-white.com

The cost of the treatment is between S$1,000 to S$1,500, so much cheaper than the rest that I've enquired! I remember one clinic I checked was around S$3,000 and that scared me and put me off teeth whitening because it was way way way out of my budget.

xoxo.