As you guys may have noticed, I haven't been updating this space for the last couple of months. I am currently finishing up my last 4 weeks of fashion school here in London, and will probably start updating again I get back to Singapore.
In the meantime, you may wish to follow my pictorial updates on Instagram, or take a peek into my daily life at this new social media app Dayre! I don't take to new things quickly, but have been rather addicted to posting on Dayre. It's free to download in your App store, and works on Androids too! Do join me there! ;)
Can't wait to be back! Xx, Vel
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Most of my friends would know that I am a durian fan, and also a huge tea drinker! So when Allerines Premium Tea & Emicakes approached me to do this review, I couldn't have been happier! Am here to share about how I paired the different teas from Allerines while savouring the durian snowskin mooncakes from Emicakes. :)
Emicakes have three sensational mooncake flavours, and they each go well with a selection of Allerines Premium Tea.
The first, and my favourite, has to be the Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncake. It has a strong Mao Shan Wang taste, and is also pretty sweet from the fruit. I wanted to try it with something flowery & light to balance the taste; and it definitely had to be a green tea. So I paired it with Sparkling Strawberries, which is a green tea with raisins, strawberry slices, rosebuds & lavender that makes it a really like and fruity brew. Went together perfectly I must say! The other tea that goes really well too has to be the Sakura green tea!
Next I tried was the D24 flavour. It has a less strong durian taste, and is also less sweet compared to the Mao Shang Wang one, so I thought I could pair it with something slightly heavier. My top choice had to be the Snowy Oolong; an exquisite bend of top quality spring harvest oolong from Anxi, Fujian. I has a dreamy blend that mixes really well with the flavour from the D24 mooncake. :)
The last mooncake flavour was slightly more exotic in my opinion, so I kept for the last. The D24 Oreo was a different and very interesting flavour for a mooncake, but it rather tasty I must say! Picked the Irish Chocolate blend to go along as that was the recommended flavour. It was a great duo ;)
It was a great afternoon pairing tea with mooncakes! And here's wishing all an awesome upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival ;)
ALLERINES x EMICAKES is giving away 3 sets of Emicakes (Official) Durian D24 Oreo Mooncakes & Allerines Premium Tea Irish Chocolate to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival! All you'll need to do is leave a comment with your email address before Monday 16th Sep, and Emicakes will be in contact with the 3 lucky readers!
In addition, order teas at a 10% discount at Allerines Premium Tea from now till end Sept! Simply use the voucher code QDZN698S at checkout! ;)
The winners are:
1. Candice Koh: sveltekiss
2. Sherylyn Ler: sherlyn_ler
3. Jerena Tan: cookiez_yum
Thank you for participating! Emicakes will be in contact with you shortly!
xx belluspuera at 12:18 pm
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Hey ladies! I promised to share about good facial treatments and I recently came across one that I really really like, and would be going back regularly for. ;) I admit I was drawn to SKIN INC's Instant Glow Infusion because of its name; who doesn't want an 'Instant Glow' always? Also, it's recently bagged a title from Harper's Bazaar Spa Awards. I had to test it out myself!
Found myself at ION's outlet, and was a little apprehensive at first.. I get a little icky knowing I'll have to walk around the crowded streets after getting a facial done. Went in crossing my fingers I wouldn't come out with embarrassing splotches of redness on the face (think that's the pet peeve for most ladies!).
This three-step facial begins with a gentle blast of 99 per cent oxygen delivered via a jet applicator at supersonic speeds to replenish skin cells, unclog pores and rev up microcirculation. Skin appears instantly brighter, smoother, and healthier without the need for painful extractions, post-facial redness or downtime.
The therapist helped me keep my eye makeup intact throughout, and so the following pictures are of no makeup except for the eyes ;) Once my skin was been optimally prepped, it was infused with SKIN INC s signature encapsulated serum. According to their website, this winning combination calms sensitized skin and accelerates healing from UV damage and pollution.
To finish off, the therapist applied a generous layer of Pure Snow White+ Mask is applied to skin to draw out and neutralise negatively-charged melanin ions, instantly brightening skin and refining pores by up to 50 per cent. Did a review of their mask previously in this entry.
PSST This treatment is suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin.
My therapist suggested that I add another step and end off with a LED Power Fix Mask. Check out this ultra cool technology! ;)
Skin Inc Anti-Pore Power Fix mask contains 81 pure blue light source 410nm that gets right down into the core of the skin’s pores to cleanse the skin of harmful bacteria that causes spots and reduces inflammation.
Benefits of Blue light include:
- Cleanse the skin of harmful bacteria that causes spots and pimples
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents further breakouts
- Reduces the size of skin pores
- Minimizes scarring
- Smoothes the texture of the skin
And within an hour, I was done! :) I went out looking even better than coming in!! And this is with ZERO makeup on the face at all!
So blown away by the results!! I didn't have to worry about putting on powder after this treatment, and walked around town confidently in bare skin!
For the month of August, SKIN INC is offering their Instant Glow Infusion treatment at 50% off (U.P. $201)! The offer is for first-time trials only; do call 6536 6789 for your appointments!
In other news, I recently teamed up with the lovely ladies at SKIN INC to do a simple tutorial video on how you can Wake Up to Awesome Skin!
I really like how SKIN INC is all about empowering time-starved individuals to create their own fuss-free skincare regimes, delivering maximum results. And so it was my pleasure to work with them to create a tutorial video to show how easy it is wake up to awesome skin every day. Hope you all like the video as much as I enjoyed preparing it with the SKIN INC team!
And last but not least, I'm ending with another round of GIVEAWAYS!
About Skin Inc Rescue Kits
Crafted to make luxury skincare simple and accessible, while showing fast and visible results, the Skin Inc team has carefully selected its power-packed top 5, award-winning products into these two Rescue Kits for targeted skincare. Perfect for the time-starved individual, whether you are looking for a quick fix for a skin emergency or are new to Skin Inc’s range of multi-action products.
1) Skin Inc Anti-Ageing Rescue Kit
Prevent and reverse signs of ageing like fine lines and sluggish complexion with a power-packed combo of Pure Revival Peel, Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask & Pure Repair+ Dew.
Pure Revival Peel
Prep the skin for full absorption of follow-up skincare products by exfoliating with this extremely gentle and multi-action peel that removes dead skin without stress to the skin. Also offers skincare benefits with breakthrough, high-performance active ingredients AC-11 for DNA-repair and anti-ageing, Arbutin for brightening and Fullerenes, which destroy free radicals. Reveal newborn skin in minutes!
Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask
A triple-treat gel mask that clarifies hydrates and whitens all at once. Replenish your skin’s moisture with precious deep-sea water from southern Japan. Extremely pure and rich in nutrients, deep-sea water is a powerful natural resource that deeply clarifies and hydrates the skin. This deep hydrating mask also contains soy bean extract for brightening the skin – say hello to radiant skin that feels plump and dewy soft!
Pure Repair+ Dew
Power-packed with potent ingredients including Pycnogenol, a highly effective anti-oxidant that slows down the signs of aging, Hyaluronic Acid and Algin, renowned as the ultimate skin hydrator that instantly replenish moisture, Pure Repair+ Dew has been expertly formulated by our award-winning research team from Japan to help treat and heal skin.
2) Skin Inc Brightening Rescue Kit
Combat skin dullness and reveal bright and glowing skin with a power-packed combo of Pure Revival Peel, Pure Snow White+ Mask & Pure Nano Hydrating Gel.
Pure Revival Peel
Please refer to above.
Pure Snow White+ Mask
Get glowing complexion in 10 minutes flat. Pure Snow White+ Mask combines 16 potent ingredients that form a positive ion field to draw out negatively-charged pigment from deep within the skin, and reduce pore size. See instantly brighter, more translucent skin after just one application.
Pure Nano Hydrating Gel
Here are the 5 actions of the Nano Gel: Repair, hydrate, tone, protect and prime – all in one simple step. The nano technology ensures deep penetration of the active ingredients, seaweed extract, Vitamin C, rare Ocean White essence and ceramide complex to whiten, nourish and hydrate the skin.
If you'd like to walk away with one of these kits, all you need to do is 'Like' their Facebook Page, leave a message on the page stating 'Skin Inc x Velda Giveaway', and tell them which set they'll like to have (Anti-Ageing or Brightening), along with your email address. Contest ends 2nd September.
Till the next Beauty update, feel free to drop me a comment/email if you need any skincare help! Xx
Monday, 12 August 2013
As you can see from these outfit photos, denim plays a huge part of my life! I love dressing up or dressing down with all sorts of denim (printed, plain, skinny, boyfriend, embroidered, embellished, what not). There are endless fashion possibilities with a good pair of denim! Actually, a few essential pairs.. Heh and so, I'm very honoured to be given the opportunity to double up as a Denim Specialist with GUESS!
To better fit the role, I attended a training course at GUESS' headquarters along with 5 other bloggers, and we all had much fun learning about their denim.
Local designer, Keith Png, was our 'trainer' that day, and he was an absolute gem! Through him, we learnt that to pick the right denim, we have to first identify our body type!
- Well balanced shape
- Hips & shoulders are of the same width
- A well-defined waist
If you're shaped like a hourglass, lucky you! You have the ideal body type, and will be able to fit most denim types. High-waist skinny jeans, or classic boot-cut jeans with a mid-rise can help accentuate your waistline even more.
2 . PEAR
- Smaller top half, larger bottom half
- Wide hips
- Small bust
If you're pear-shaped, it's important to try to balance out your wide hips by accentuating your upper half. Staying away from skinny jeans would be ideal, while a cigarette cut can help balance your lower half!
- Straight, boyish type
- Undefined waist
- Small-medium bust
- Proportionally slim arms & legs
Skinny jeans are great for those with a boyish cut, along with embellished tops, to create an illusion of curves.
- Heavy top & large bust
- Narrow hips
Mid-low rise jeans will help to extend your torso. Also, brighter colours or prints can bring attention to your lower half, and less emphasis on your heavier top.
- Full chest & heavy top
- Bust & mid-riff heavier hips
- Little or no waist definition
You'd want to bring attention away from your heavy top; a cigarette cut jeans will help do so. Avoid high-waisted pieces or pointy shoes!
During the lesson, we were also introduced to what GUESS' BASIC DENIM RANGE can offer!
THE POWER SKINNY
THE VENICE SKINNY
THE KATE SKINNY
These denim from their basic range comes in different colours and washes! Lots of R&D and thought have been put into making these cuts to suit all the different body types.
I had the chance to practice what I learnt, and here's my model for the day! She's an hourglass figure, so any jeans type would suit her frame. I picked black skinny jeans and heels to give her a 'long legs' illusion, and paired it with an embellished top for a chic look. Throw it on with a black blazer and it's work-worthy, while a military jacket like the one above would make it party/event appropriate!
Not only that, GUESS has a whole other range of printed/embellished jeans too! There's definitely a good pair (or even two) that'd fit you! There's also a huge range of denim shorts for your selection; you have to drop by the boutique to experience it yourself. ;)
Well and here's a great chance to! Join bloggers Melody, Fay and I this Saturday (17/3) at Takashimaya's GUESS Boutique from 12-3P.M., and stand a chance to be selected for a CLEO X GUESS editorial! P.S. Qiu Qiu, Jayne & Sherlyn will be at PARAGON'S outlet!
P.S. I did one with my sister for FEMALE previously and we had a blast!
If you're not free that day, not to worry! Take a picture of yourself trying on a pair of GUESS jeans, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #GUESSjeans, and you'll be entitled to a $30 discount! All you need to do is show it to the sale associate ;)
WELL HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS SATURDAY AT TAKASHIMAYA, LADIES! Xx
Friday, 26 July 2013
Hey ladies! Thank you for being so patient with me with regards to sharing about my skincare. For this entry, I’ll not just be sharing about skincare products that I use, but also on my skin’s journey during the recent years. It's going to be a looooong post, but it'd end with a little giveaway, so bear with me!
Before I begin, I thought I should point out that our skin not only differs from person to person, but also goes through plenty of phases throughout our lives. Just like how our mood changes during different times of the day, our skin and its needs also differs. I got this nugget of information from a SK-II scientist when attending a workshop previously, and took skincare very differently from then on. Over time, I learnt how to deal with my skin better because I realised I needed to approach skincare in a more a holistic manner. It’s really all about a balance of treatments (facials, IPLs etc.), the right products, and general well being.
If you've been following my blog entries, you’d probably know that I have acne-prone skin. It’s dry on the surface but oily inside, and it’s also very sensitive! Throughout my puberty years, I’ve battled with acne quite a number of times. And even though I’m quickly turning 26, I still suffer from the occasional breakout. The last outbreak was in Jan last year, 9 months before the Big Day. That sent me into real frenzy cos I wanted the bright glowy skin every bride had!! And so I went to seek desperate help from my skin doctor, Dr Georgia Lee.
Sorry if I scare anyone with my makeup-less photos! Wanted to show you the extent of my breakout and this one here is already quite a mild version. It’s the result after 2 IPL sessions with DrGL, and A LOT have already subsided. The photos at its full-blown stage are a bit too scary to share :X Heh I save them to constantly remind myself that I’d never go back to having bad skin again.
This was in June, after 4 sessions, where the breakout was more or less controlled, but I still had a lot of scars to get rid of.
I didn't manage to document the skin leading up to the wedding, but it was clear after medication & 6 religious sessions of IPL with DrGL, ‘cept for a few stubborn scars. At the same time, I also had a couple of DERMAC HydraFacial facials done with DERMACARE before the wedding.
This one above was taken without makeup a few months back, and thankfully the skin’s been so far so good! *phew* I now go DrGL once every 2-3 months, mostly for maintenance and prevention from another bad breakout. P.S. Had Brow Resurrection done so my eyebrows look like they're drawn ;)
Will be exploring some other facials/treatments in the coming months, and will blog about those if I find any good ones!
Well I have to admit, this is a rather difficult topic for me to approach because I mix my products around very often. As you can see, within a year I went from having horrendous skin to pretty clear skin, and was using different products at different stages.
Just wanna add a disclaimer too that although this is not a sponsored entry, some of the products have been kindly gifted. I've been privileged to be able to try out a good amount of products, but have stuck to these ones. And I hope that by explaining more about what they do for my skin, I can help you sift out what products your own skin may require.
I started using the Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing System since Feb '12 when my breakout was at its worse; I was quite 'desperate' then to get better skin. I documented my results here in a previous entry if you'd like to learn more. Just a kind note that the skincare products from that entry has changed ;)
I was in the US in May '12 and Sephora was retailing the Acne Clarifying Mia 2 with their new acne brush head, so I switched to that system to help with my breakout more. Now the Clarisonic Plus stays at home, while the Clarisonic Mia 2 travels around with me. For more of which sonic cleansing system suits your needs more, click here! They also have a whole range of different brush heads to choose from, each suited to a different need. PSST Their newest Deep Pore Cleansing brush head is perfect for those who have oily skin and/or big pores!
Anyway, here's how I cleanse my face every night (with or without makeup on):
1. 1st round of cleansing with Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser, my favourite cleanser eveerrrr. It's so so gentle on the skin, smells really nice, and it removes all makeup including non-waterproof eye makeup.
2. After the first round, I lather on DrGL's Cleanser SENSITIVE to remove the rest of the impurities with the help of Clarisonic.
In the mornings, I use the Soy Face Cleanser alone.
Just a last point to add- a good cleansing routine is the foundation of having good skin! With a clean and exfoliated face, the products that you use after will get a lot more mileage, which is beneficial not just for your skin but your wallets too. Not cleansing your face thoroughly will lead to clogged pores and zits, and a whole load of problems that come along with that!
If you're not ready to try the Clarisonic sonic cleansing system yet, not to worry, there are plenty of other good exfoliators in the market and one that I'd highly recommend is SKINC's Pure Revival Peel. Previous review of the product here :)
STEP TWO: TONING
My previous routine was to use the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE) as my 'toning' step, but after attending a workshop, I've learnt the importance of using an actual toner. I haven't experimented much with toners (only started using them in the last couple of months), but Shiseido White Lucent's Brightening Softener works really well for me! It not only preps my skin for the FTE and all the other products thereafter, but has been working magically at softening my skin's texture. If you have any good toners to recommend, please feel free to share! ;)
STEP THREE: SERUMS
I know there's a whole plethora of serums out there in the market but these are my favourite of them all! And yes, I know it's a lot here.. I don't use all of them everyday, I use different ones for different purposes. As mentioned, our skin changes just like how our mood does, and I choose them according what I feel my skin requires that day. I’ll be breaking down these serums according to their functions.. And am crossing my fingers that going into detail wouldn’t bore you ladies! ;)
SKINC'S my daily dose! If you like fuss-free skincare, or one that is customized to suit your skin best, this is the right product for you. Whenever I get lazy, or when I need to travel light, I use only these serums. One for the day, one for the night. You can check your skin's needs here to determine your very own concoction.
For the day, I have a mixture of Licorice, Ceramide, and Hyaluronic Acid. And for night, it's a combination of Placenta, Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid. So much more I could rave about these guys but will leave it to you to try it out yourself ;)
Whenever I need that bit of whitening, esp after coming back from a Summer holiday, I will add one of these into my regime. SK-II's Whitening Spots Specialist is great at targeting current and underlying spots. I used this most when getting rid of my localized acne scars last year, and it helped a great deal.
Shiseido's White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum does not target spots as well, but it is a great product to use if you're looking for radiant skin. It gave me a healthy glowy effect after 2 weeks of application. It smells great too ;)
But if you're looking at achieving a fairer and more translucent skintone, SK-II's Cellumination Essence EX is super awesome in helping doing just that. Sometimes after using this serum consistently for a few days, I'd notice that my skin suddenly becomes really really fair! I use this only before applying makeup now; it gives a nice matte base and a teeeny bit of coverage from any redness on the skin.
These guys score best at anti-ageing! SK-II's Facial Treatment Repair C was very good at helping me with the recovery process. Though its purpose is to help reduce fine lines, it actually helped me a lot on renewing and restoring my skin. Would recommend this to those who need more resilience esp if you are exposed to a lot of sun, or travel frequently.
SK-II's stellar new product, the Stempower Essence, is soo sooo awesome and will be available on their counters from Aug onwards. Had the privilege to test it out and am already almost done with my first bottle! I've been blessed genetically with small pores but recently noticed that my pores are getting slightly bigger. And this, sadly, is the first sign of ageing *gasp*. I've never really gave thought about ageing until now but thankfully, the Stempower Essence is amaaaazing at reducing pores and giving the skin a matte and velvety texture. I try to incorporate this serum into my regime every night before bed. Smells so good too!
I tried Lancome's Genefique before but didn't notice any significant changes in my skin, until I tried their Advanced Genefique serum! It promises healthy, radiant, soft, even, and younger looking skin, and it sure delivers!
And the best after-treatment serum goes to DrGL's Collagen Essence! Nothing beats this after a IPL session / facial in restoring the skin!
Just thought I should share a tip to round up this section of serums! Some of us may only require one serum, some may require more. If you're into layering your products, it's always important to apply the 'lighter' products first. By lighter I mean the ones that are more transulent in colour and more lightweight in texture. Use the ones heavier in textures last. This way your 'lighter' products will get absorbed first without the 'heavier' ones getting in the way! Oh, and don't forget to leave them on for at least 3-5mins before going on to the next layer. Tedious I know, but worth it!
I usually combine 2-3 serums nightly, but in the days (especially in Summer) I tend to only stick to SKINC'S my daily dose cos it provides just what my skin needs!
STEP FOUR: MOISTURIZERS and MASKS
I am not a fan of moisturizers, firstly because a lot of the moisture I need already come from the serums I use. Secondly, I don't like how most moisturizers in the market are mostly cream/oil based. I much prefer gel-based and oil-free products, cos those work best for me. However, there are certain days when I notice my skin require that bit more attention, and that's when I'll choose from one of these to apply. P.S. I don't speak for people with dry skin types though. For dry skin types, this step is definitely a must!
My favourites have to be these leave-on masks. Because we all get a little lazy with skincare, leave-ons are the most fuss-free moisturizers in my opinion!
La Roche-Posay's Hydraphase Intense Masque is really really superb at replenishing moisture, and it is my favourite post-flight mask! I bring this tube along with me every time I travel, and use it the night before and after flights. You can grab a tube from any Watsons/Guardian! The Laniege Water Sleeping Pack perhaps needs no introduction, I use it when I'm a little stressed from the day, cos its Sleepscent™ helps me to relax especially before bed.
SKINC's Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is a must-have for me cos that's almost more like a moisturiser than a mask; so gentle on the skin you can use it every day just to replenish your hyaluronic acid, and your skin would be so dewy and soft the next morning!! And last but not least, Fresh's Rose Hydrating Gel Cream whenever my skin's a little sensitive after a workout or a day in the sun. The rose ingredients help sooth any sensitivity I may have.
And here are some of the other ones I use rather regularly too. SK-II's FTE Mask is best the night before any major photoshoot or event, cos it gives a clear translucent and moisturized skin the next morning. I use Taiwan's My Beauty Diary Mask less regularly now but it's a very reasonably priced mask that delivers a good amount of whitening and moisturizing effects! I find that only this particular flavour (Bulgarian White Rose) works for me though.
And my favourite of this whole lot would be SKINC'S Pure Snow White+ Mask. SOOO much to rave about this, I cannot believe I only just found out about the brand and their products. "This revolutionary formula from Japan creates a field of positive ions over the skin to pull negatively charged melanin ions from deep within the skin to its surface. This ion attraction technology neutralises negative ions and purges skin-darkening melanin prevent further pigmentation and reflect maximum light. The mask works to visibly reduce pore size, moisturise, smoothen and brighten skin in just 10 minutes." For me the results were smaller pores, smoother skintone, and amazing whitening effects! The therapist recommended me to try it out for 21 nights in a row. Did that and the results were amazing!! Do try it if you can!
Unlike some of my peers, I am not one who was born with genetically good skin. My sisters, cousins and I don't naturally have very flawless or poreless skin. There's not much we can do to change our genetic make, but there's always good lifestyle choices to make! What I've learnt throughout my years of battling with acne and my desire for good skin is that beauty really comes from within. Yes it may sound cliche, but I strongly believe and attest to good wellbeing as one of the biggest pillar in skincare.
1. Exercising. It was only last year when I decide to do something about my sedentary lifestyle and started running. That's when I realised the impact it had on my skin. Not just skin on my face, but my overall skin texture improved significantly. The skin becomes tauter and much more radiant with regular exercise! I try to maintain at least running once a week now.. It's tough but so worth it especially knowing that a good sweat means toxins are flushing out from your body!
2. Diet. I'm a naturally 'heaty' person, but I loooove to snack on chips, chocs, and all that junk. And I highly suspect those were the causes of my acne breakouts! It's really hard for me to curb junk food totally, but I do try to eat cleaner these days. And my main motivation is knowing that junk food = bad skin. The adage is so very true; you are definitely what you eat!!
Yep, so that's all I have for my thoughts on skincare! Sorry if it was too longwinded for anyone. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! I'm not so sure if I'm the right person to answer them, but I'll try my best :)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST....
Because I am a fan and a believer of a good cleansing system, I thought I should share the love with a Clarisonic Giveaway! :) Just a note that though many friends of mine swear by this like myself, I do have a couple of friends who broke out badly because of Clarisonic too. So do read online reviews and research more before making any investments! These guys don't come cheap, but there's always an option to sell it on forums if you think it doesn't suit you ;) The brushes are changeable anyway!
Please choose one of the following options:
- Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection
- Clarisonic Brush Heads Set (one Sensitive, one Normal, one Deep Pore Cleansing, and one Delicate)
- Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing for Face & Body
Do leave a comment with your preferred option, your email address, and the reason why you'd like to own the set!
Last day of entry would be 9th August 1159PM, and I will notify the winners via email by 12th August ;)
Till the next, have a lovely weekend ya'll! Xx
xx belluspuera at 2:47 pm