Thursday, August 27, 2015

SK-II Opens The Door To A World Of New Destinies

Empowered by women's commitment to continually #changedestiny, leading prestige skincare brand SK-II opened the doors to new destinies at the SK-II #changedestiny World at Suria KLCC from August 18th to 23rd. This marked the next stage of the brand's global #changedestiny movement to inspire and empower women to go beyond their limitations and take control of their own destinies.

The Power is in Your Hands
Journeying through SK-II's #changedestiny story, guests also drew inspiration from SK-II's influencers, Soo Wincci (beauty queen-turned-singer actress) and Marsha Milan Londoh (singer, actress and MC). They spoke of their struggles to join the entertainment industry and journey to get where they are today - living proofs that courage and determination can shape destiny.

(left to right): General Manager of Suria KLCC Ben Chong, Marsha Londoh, P&G Country CEO Singapore and Malaysia Nicolas de La Giroday, Soo Wincci and Assistant General Manager of Parkson Sophie Yip officiating the launch

Through the Doors to #changedestiny
The #changedestiny World features four doors, each leading guests to a different destination of the #changedestiny journey:

◆ #CHANGEDESTINY VOICES: Insights from real Malaysian women on top challenges they face and their thoughts on #changedestiny

◆ #CHANGEDESTINY SECRET KEY: Learn about the miracle of Pitera™, and experience proof of the miracle that has changed the skin destinies of women across the world

(left to right): Soo Wincci, Joanne Yew and Marsha Londoh feeling the texture of Koji rice that holds the secret to SK-II's iconic Pitera™

◆ #CHANGEDESTINY TIMELESS BEAUTY: Introducing a new age of firmness from every angle with the new SK-II R.N.A. Power, the brand's latest anti-ageing innovation

SK-II's next generation anti-aging series, R.N.A. Power is the key to youthful skin for the next 15 years

◆ #CHANGEDESTINY BEGINNINGS: Join the movement and pledge your commitment to #changedestiny

New Age of Firmness from Every Angle with SK-II R.N.A. Power
At the official launch of SK-II #changedestiny World, guests experienced the efficacy of the next generation anti-ageing skincare line, the SK-II R.N.A. (Radical New Age) Power range, which features the R.N.A. Power and R.N.A. Power Essence.

SK-II's new R.N.A. Power Essence (left) and R.N.A. Power (right)

Graduating from stem cell science to the next generation anti-ageing R.N.A. science, the new boutique promises that women of any age can take control of their destiny to achieve youthful, lengthwise × crosswise firm skin that looks and feels good from every angle.

SK-II scientist, Chen Lu, conducting a live demo to highlight the benefits of R.N.A. Power and R.N.A. Power Essence

The R.N.A. Power range will replace the STEMPOWER and STEMPOWER Essence from the current SK-II anti-ageing boutique. The R.N.A. Power is priced at RM 373 (50 g), RM 561 (80 g) and RM 599 (100 g) whereas R.N.A. Power Essence goes for RM 419 (30 ml), RM 606 (50 ml) and RM 862 (75 ml).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector [LR 2412 4% - Cx]

Name: Lancôme 랑콤 Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector 비지오네르 어드밴스드 스킨 코렉터 [LR 2412 4% - Cx]
Price: RM 292 for 30 ml
Made in: France

Visionnaire is a serum with Double Jasmonate Complex and smoothing ingredients to correct wrinkles, pores and skin texture in real time, and over time.

I can't vouch for all that but I can tell you that it gives me unparalleled softness when paired with Advanced Génifique (AG goes first). I don't know if it will work as well alone nor am I keen to find out because this combination is keeping my skin in tip top condition.

Good as it may be, I do have some frivolous concerns to grouch about:

We are talking about plastic bottles here! A nice, hefty glass bottle would have reflected the premium price tag and also softened the blow to the wallet.

It is a bit too masculine for my tastes... if I am paying RM 292 for a serum, it wouldn't be too much for me to hope that it transports me to a spa? Then again, scents are very subjective.

What do you think? Have you used this serum [LR 2412 4% - Cx] or its predecessor [LR 2412 4%]?

The full ingredient list for Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Tetrahydrojasmonate, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Paraffium Liquidum/Mineral Oil, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 14700/Red 4, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Secale Cereale Extract/Rye Seed Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil/Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Limonene, Pentylene Glycol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Myristyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Citronellol, Alumina, Parfum/Fragrance (FIL: B164756/1).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

KOSE SkinTech 2015 - The Future Of Skincare

Members of the media and beauty enthusiasts convened at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur nearly two weeks ago for KOSÉ SkinTech 2015! The seminar was graced by Dr. Noboru Naito (Executive Director and Director of Research & Development Division in KOSÉ Corporation) and Dr. Akinobu Hayashi (General Manager, Advanced Cosmetic Research Laboratories, KOSÉ Corporation).

They put their all into extensive research to come up with high performing products to produce unsurpassed results. I had the pleasure of trying a couple of products from KOSÉ Corporation's various lines (including JILL STUART, ESPRIQUE and JUNKISUI) and have never been let down.

Dr. Naito - Dr. Hayashi

Now, on to the two new key products that were introduced during this very informative session!

DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid

A liposome is a tiny bubble made of phospholipids or the same material as a cell membrane measuring 0.1 - 0.2 µ. As cells measure 60 - 80 µ, liposomes are much smaller than skin cells. And thanks to its capsule format, it can release actives to targeted areas at designated timings.

Moisture Liposome Essence, the brand's bestselling product with over three million bottles sold to date, is practically the symbol for liposome technology. This year, its title may be taken over by the all-new DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid, the industry's first multi-layered liposome lotion!

The rationale behind the creation of DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid was revealed by Dr. Naito during his speech. A substance between the layers of the stratum corneum, known as 'skin capacitors', was discovered to allow skin to retain moisture. Skin with larger skin capacitors are able to absorb and retain more nutrients, improving the barrier function and in turn, maintaining its healthy, beautiful condition.

The liposome technology deployed in DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid allows the liposome to increase skin capacitor size and inject plant extracts as well as nutrients to the skin. Among its many functions and benefits include improved skin clarity, increased moisture retention ability, refined skin texture and minimised pores.

During the session, we caught a glimpse at how the DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid worked. And let me tell you, the ability of the product to disperse through a stimulated stratum corneum membrane was no joke. On the other hand, conventional emulsions that underwent the same test just sat there and did nothing. Safe to say that you can have high expectations for this product's efficacy!

INFINITY KOSÉ Realizing White Stick XX

Dr. Hayashi explained that dark spots are caused by the effects of Tyrosinase, which contains copper ions. When our skin is exposed to UV rays, the copper ions send messages to the Tyrosinase to start working, resulting in melanin production and pigmentation.

Kojic Acid strips away the copper ions so that they fail to activate the Tyrosinase, thus preventing melanin production. Kojic Acid is found to be effective in controlling and lightening the four main types of pigmentation: liver spots, age spots, freckles and inflammatory scars.

The latest whitening beauty product from KOSÉ that incorporates Kojic Acid is the INFINITY KOSÉ Realizing White Stick XX. It innovatively delivers the naturally-derived Kojic Acid through a precision sealing formula. When the stick is applied on the skin, beauty ingredients are sealed off with a highly adhesive oil for intensive effects.

It will inhibit the generation of melanin, prevent blemishes and freckles and create highly translucent skin that is bright and supple.

And why Kojic Acid instead of other known whitening agents such as L-Cystein, Thiourea and Hydroquinone? An experiment was done where the addition of Kojic Acid to water in which black goldfish was kept induced a colour change after a month. Later on, the same goldfish was kept in water without Kojic Acid. It turned back to its original colour! This indicated that only melanogenesis was inhibited and not systematic metabolism. Impressed yet?

What are your thoughts? Are you liking the sound of these products? DECORTE Liposome Treatment Liquid will retail for RM 378.40 (170 ml) whereas INFINITY KOSÉ Realizing White Stick XX will go for RM 254.40 (4 g).

Thank you, KOSÉ Malaysia, for the invitation, the generous gift bag and the fabulously filling lunch! I simply cannot wait to see how these products will transform my skin! Reviews to come up soon!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lafine Vegetable Foam Cleansing

Name: Lafine 라피네 Vegetable Foam Cleansing 야채 폼 클렌징
Price: ₩ 14,000 for 120 ml
Made in: Korea

Vegetable Foam Cleansing has a fresh, vegetal scent. It is only natural seeing as it is composed from cucumber, tomato, parsley, water parsley and carrot. To make it even more appealing, it is free from parabens, benzophenone, talc, animal oil and triclosan.

It is a typical foaming cleanser. Upon closer inspection, the paste like cream contains little colourful beads, like what you would see from a physical exfoliator. They are not plentiful; sparse enough that you don't feel like you are giving your face a good scrubbing yet copious enough that you can feel them there.

I fail to see the purpose of the granules aside from entering my eyes thus irritating them, but I highly doubt this is what Lafine had in mind when they formulated the cleanser. Plus this is supposed to be a low-irritation cleanser, and the presence of these particles steers it more to the abrasive side. Can anyone please shed some light on this mystery?

The rich foam is capable of removing sunscreens - I found no remnants for my toner to pick up. I haven't put it to the task of removing makeup though, nor do I plan to in the near future. I keep all my makeup removing to cleansing oils.

This cleanser does its job without stripping my skin. There are some that make me run for a moisturiser immediately after washing my face. But not this one. I could even get away sans moisturiser if I was so inclined. Full marks if it didn't come with the beads.

The full ingredient list for Vegetable Foam Cleansing:
Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Lauric Acid, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Potassium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Cocamide DEA, PEG-150 Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Catalpa Ovata Bark/Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sabvus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oenanthe Javanica Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butytene Glycol, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Iron Oxides, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chromium Oxide Greens, Iron Oxides, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 42090.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Second Take On Amaranth Messaline Ultra Hydrating Cream

This time around, I shall focus on points glossed over in the first review, such as the moisture levels. You will get to see exactly how much it rises and also feast on eye candy? Haha!

Name: Amaranth 아마란스 Messaline 메사린 Ultra Hydrating Cream 울트라 하이드레이팅 크림
Price: ₩ 42,000 for 60 g
Made in: Korea

Okay, so let me explain why there were only two pictures in the first review. The tube is so reflective that I appear in it no matter the angle and believe me, it is something you will want to avoid seeing. Hair in a bun, greasy face (overzealous sunscreen application!) and dowdy clothes (the comfiest clothes aren't necessarily the most attractive haha).

Moving on to the juicy parts now that I have gotten my insecurities off my chest... the increase in moisture levels! Before I had a measly 31.3% and after slapping Ultra Hydrating Cream on, my percentage climbed to 50.4%. Not too bad right? We all want to delay the inevitable ageing process and using a good moisturising product faithfully is one of the ways to do so.



I know there is a device to measure the skin temperature (thanks to Get It Beauty) but I haven't gotten my paws on one yet. It would have been so cool (forgive the pun?) to actually quantify the drop in temperature because just telling you that it immediately cools doesn't have as much of an impact as pictures detailing the change.

While I like using this moisturiser (the novelty factor helps a whole lot!), I am on the fence regarding the use of occlusives in the formulation. I know some people don't play well with silicones, so you may want to give this a pass if you are one of them. The rest of the ingredient list mostly contain emollients and humectants to provide moisture (as proven by the test above).

To sum it all up, I will be sad when I am done with Messaline Ultra Hydrating Cream but I won't be running to the duty-free shops for it.

The full ingredient list for Messaline Ultra Hydrating Cream:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Ethyl Alcohol, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Dimethicone, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Phospholipids, Whey Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Menthol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Colloidal Platinum, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-8, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, CI 42090, Fragrance.

Disclosure: BNTGirls sample. Head on over to BNTNews for more exciting news, may it be K-Beauty, K-Fashion or K-Pop!