Friday, May 27, 2016

Made To Measure with Clarins Body Shaping Cream & Body Lift Cellulite Control

If you have been reading my daily musings at my dayre @paperkitties, you would have known that I am trying to up my fitness game at Webarre ever since I stopped being able to fit into my bodycons T.T However, when there's not much time left for the wedding and me feeling the need to up the efficacy my routine, I've thus combined a 3 prong approach (diet, exercise and effective products) to up my game. Once again, I have turned to Clarins for my beauty needs thanks to the thoughtful combo that was introduced in the month of May!

First up, let's talk about every woman's biggest fear: cellulite. After seeing celebrities being mercilessly snapped on the beach with their sagging cellulite and the realization that my pear shaped body would mean a higher chance of getting them if I'm not careful. Here's three common spots that cellulite loves to appear at: abdominal, thighs and buttocks. How are they formed exactly? Well cellulite starts forming when our upper layer of part starts growing vertically, pushing the collagen and elastin, thus resulting in the infamous orange skin. Triggered by female hormones and amplified by diet high in fats and carbo, PLUS the lack of exercise.. disaster strikes!

There are two types of cellulite actually. The first being known as "Stubborn Cellulite" which can be painful when touched or massaged over due to hardened collagen. Another type of cellulite is known as "Early Cellulite" which can't be seen but you can do the test as above. Simply press between your thighs and see if you have any dimple; if you do, it means you're at risk of forming them if no preventive measures are taken. Luckily for me, I have started using Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control ever since I've laid hands on it and am going on my second bottle now, so I suppose I can heave a sigh of relief at the lack of visible dimples? :p

Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control

Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control aims to target early and stubborn cellulite by taking on these actions when applied:

- Reduce the look of existing (stubborn) cellulite
- Prevents the formation of new (early) cellulite
- Encourage firmer skin by slowing collagen breakdown
- Promotes lighter feeling legs through stimulating of blood microcirculation
- Nourishes, moisturizes and enhances beautiful skin

I especially love the tingling cooling sensation when applied probably thanks to the menthol ingredient, thus doubling up as a good relief to my achy legs after a long day in heels. The texture is surprisingly lightweight and can be used twice a day, even in our super humid weather! But of course, all Clarins product will always be highly recommended to be used with their science of touch techniques to promote best results. So here I am, doing up a step-by-step breakdown for your kind reference!

Apply Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control from ankles up in a sweeping motion.

Next, clench your fist and use only pressure on the upper knuckles side as seen above.

Start massaging ankles up in an upward motion with your fist.

Clarins Body Shaping Cream

Another product I am religiously applying at the moment is none other than Clarins Body Shaping Cream! I especially love using it right after my Webarre session as it makes me feel like it's working extra hard when I felt slight tingling on my hardworking body parts aka abdominal. Haha. Clarins Body Shaping Cream basically targets stubborn fats, which is your deeper layer of fat that is the hardest to get rid of. These can be found on your upper body such as arms and tummy, and unlike cellulite, it develops sideway instead. It's interesting to note that some of the main ingredients in this lifting lotion are Poppy extract, Hibiscus and Baccharis to firm and lift the body.

In fact, it is recommended to maintain and slim down, even after post pregnancy! Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Clarins have always been there to treat your body from head to toe, pregnant or not!

Applying Clarins Body Shaping Cream on your arms is pretty straightforward. Warm the product on your hands first before applying inwards on your arms and into the direction of your armpit.

Afterwhich, start massaging your arms in the same direction towards your armpit with your fist and wave goodbye to chicken wing arms~

Now comes the most important part that needs to be treated. Well, for me at least.. Apply it in a clockwise motion as seem above, and repeat the same steps for your hips too.

Then, start fisting the side of your tummy alternatively on an upward motion at approx 10 times on each side. Repeat four times.

This applies to your back/hips as well.

Finally, shape your waist inwards from the side for approx 10 times as well and voila!

A little tip for you: use Clarins Body Scrub 1-2 times a week for the forementioned products to penetrate in better. Do also remember that you should keep up with a balanced diet and regular exercise to tone muscles before investing in these Clarins product to treat regularly. There's no short cut to your dream body, just loads of discipline and regularly using the body shaping cream to help boost the effect. As the saying goes " There's no ugly women, only lazy ones" x

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker

When you're in your late 20s, it goes without saying that there is a need to buck up in the anti-aging game. However, it’s actually proven positive that your skin can improve with age with the right protection for your skin to repair itself. Even when we think we are protecting our skin from sun damage with sunscreens containing UVA and UVB protection, UVA and UVB only make up 7% of the light spectrum while visible light and infrared comprise of the remaining 93%, and can induce 50% of the free radicals that contribute to skin damage and premature ageing. With philosophy ultimate miracle worker range, it aims to create miracle every day and night with its multi-protection and multi-rejuvenation properties. This entire range also contains philosophy patented high performance bi-retinoid plus and iris plant extract to reinforce and rejuvenate the skin.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A therapeutic evening with Aromatherapy Associates

I must admit that one of my biggest flaw is that I indulged a little too much when it comes to pampering myself. This is especially important when I work in quite a stressful industry, and what with the wedding in both countries coming right up, all I find myself wanting by the end of the day is some personal time to relax and chill. Thus, the constant need on buying therapeutic stuff such as masks, candles and anything to do with aromatherapy to escape from the daily hustle and bustle.

One of my long time interest is in essential oils. Not only do they smell fantastic and absolutely comforting, they can easily bring their unique healing properties to every cell of the body be it through your sense of smell or massaging. Traditionally used to help ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation and ease sinus congestion. They are now also known to have a positive effect on the skin! By penetrating into the deeper layers to encourage the process of cellular renewal, enhance blood circulation and help problems such as acne, eczema and ageing skin; the problem now lies in, where do I get a good one?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Labo Labo Super-Moist 5H5C

So glad that the long-winded month end closing is finally over, and now I am back for a short review on my newly found J-Beauty skincare range! Adding on to every skincare junkie's wishlist is none other than Labo Labo - a sister brand of Dr. Ci:Labo! Developed by certified Japanese dermatologists and 100% Made in Japan

First products of its kind in Japan to simultaneously contains many types of ingredients such as:

- 5 Types of Hyaluronic Acid to deliver moisture to the depts of the epidermis and helps maintain moisture over long period of time whilst refining and plumping up the skin overall to protect the surface of the skin.

- 5 Types of Collagen to trap moisture into skin for extended period and giving it elasticity and resilence.

- 3 Domestic plant ingredients (brown algae, glucosylceramide, millet seed extracts) as moisturizing ingredients

- EGF to normalize skin's turnover

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Brighter Side of Life with Clarins

I have always loved Clarins since my undergraduate days; afterall, living down under have kinda altered my mindset that plant-based beauty products are always very much preferred. In fact, they have so many awesome local natural but affordable brands, that has got to be one of the things I miss most about Australia. Back here, it's pretty hard to find good natural brands that won't burn a hole in my pocket, so it makes me very thankful that I still have my good old Clarins to rely on. This is especially crucial since my Big Day is drawing near, I am ever on a quest on spots reduction due to the unfortunate post-acne scars I have been putting up with for quite awhile. Doesn't help that some side profile shoots I did a few months back showed quite severe dark spots on my cheeks :( Though easily covered by a medium coverage foundation, which bride doesn't want her skin to be as perfect and radiant as possible right? If I could, I would rather be using light coverage makeup and have my glowing skin shine through my wedding luncheon. So without further ado, I popped over to Clarins' counter for a quick consultation on the perfect products best suited for my current skin problems!

Friday, March 25, 2016

#CleanUpYourAct at Sephora now!

The month of March have been ticking off every skincare junkie's lists at Sephora as it has been all about the cleansers! If you're very particular about skincare like I always am, it goes without saying that the most important step of every beauty routine is to thoroughly cleanse your skin without damaging it. Screw up this step, and all the moolahs spent on your subsequent beauty products will go to waste - that's a fact no one can deny. And as you know, Sephora.SG is now live, after their transitioning with, why not read on to find out more of the wonderful cleansing options available both online and offline!

By the way I have taken the liberty to categorise them into different combos in accordance to the best fit possible in my humble opinion; please feel free to leave your suggestions on how you would like to mix and match them too!

Friday, March 18, 2016

#Operationkitties: Getting started with Prive's Bridal "I Do" Package - Laser White Facetherapy

After making the decision to finally tie the knot, my top priority (after settling the wedding venue) was to get my skin in tip top condition. Good skin has always been the #1 reason I am so obsessed with beauty, so it came as no surprise that I am aiming to be a typical radiant bride with as natural-looking makeup as possible. But... To be natural, you need to have really good skin. This is really important. Having been under Prive previously for my fortnightly Crystal Clear Facial, my skin had obviously cleared up a lot. Thus, it is only natural that Prive's Bridal “I DO” package for brides-to-be has caught my attention right from the start!

Prive's Bridal “I DO” package (SGD$2,140 incl GST) includes:
· 2 sessions of Vita C Facetherapy (60 minutes/session)
· 2 sessions of IPL (60 minutes/session)
· 2 sessions of Laser White Facetherapy (60 minutes/session)
· 6 sessions of ReFirme™ ST Eye (30 minutes/session)

To ensure that you will look radiant on the day you say “I Do”, all brides-to-be are recommended to start your facial/treatments 3 – 6 months prior to the wedding. Mine is in July, so I obviously do not have much time left!! My first treatment actually started late last month, in which the beauty therapist will recommend treatments that your skin will be needing most. For my case, my skin was looking so dull and lacklustre, we got started with the Laser White Facetherapy first!

Laser White Facetherapy (U.P. $321/session, incl GST) is a whitening facial that uses a 5-step system to lighten stubborn pigmentation, brown spots, and acne scar marks for a clear, bright and uniform complexion. At the heart of this power treatment is alpha-litamin C, an antioxidant 100 times stronger than vitamin C. Your skin is deeply cleansed as powerful neuroessence nourishes and renews vital radiance. Prive will then top off the treatment with an enzyme or mousse mask to bring back the glow from a dull, lifeless complexion.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Celebrate International Women's Day with L'occitane!



I have been really overwhelmed as of late, mostly due to all the bridal preparation that takes up so much of my attention, my weekends are practically burnt. Yet I can't take much leave as I have already been doing so for more bridal stuff. Zzzz. All these resulting in really slow updates on all the wonderful beauty products I have been receiving so far! Please be patient with me~ Regardless, today's post is dedicated to helping the Women for Burkina. L'occitane's Global Programme has three objectives: to assist in literacy, to provide access to micro loans, and to promote entrepreneurial actions. L'occitane has since formed a strong bond with the women of Burkina Faso for the past 30 years, whose land have been produced shea butter by these meticulous women. And the chosen product is none other than...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#Maskaholic: Un-masking Kiehl's latest Nature-Powered Masques!


Introducing to you the newly launched Kiehl's Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque! I have considered combining this post with relevant #maskaholic topics but the event itself was so beautifully set up, I couldn't help but want to share these beautiful snapshots with you guys - which is rare for I avoid blogging about events for fear of my blog looking too over-commercialised, this shall be an exception :)