Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: MU MIEUX Collagen MU Nutrition+

We heard of ways to increase collagen for our skin by facials, consumption and even injection. Out of all ways, the easiest is of course consumption and MU MIEUZ Collagen MU Nutrition+ can help you.

MU MIEUZ Collagen MU Nutrition+ is a collagen beauty drink by Mary Chia. It is formulated with BHN (Marine) Collagen and enriched with Ceramide and Apple Extract. All the ingredients are from Japan.

Each bottle contains 3000mg BHN (Marine) Collagen and 10mg Ceramide. So you may be wondering what do they do?

BHN (Marine) Collagen is a low molecular collagen which means it is best absorbed by body. It nourishes the fibroblast cellular tissue and maintains the skin hydration level.

Ceramide helps to lock in skin moisture by effectively rebuilding the skin natural barrier to atmospheric hydration depletion.

The apple extract contains apple polyphenol which helps to combat photo-ageing by retaining moisture, preventing DNA damage and deepening of wrinkles.

MU MIEUX Collagen MU Nutriton+ only needs to be consumed a bottle a day before sleep, best to be consumed chilled.

After 2-3 weeks of consumption, consumers have feedback that their skin has improved in hydration, suppleness and radiance. For consumers who have taken for about a month, their skin has improved firmness, fairness and pigmentation too. This explains their slogan "MU MIEUX Collagen Beauty Drink, A Bottle A Day for Youthful and Supple Skin!"

Here's my comment, I only tried a box of 8 bottles so I can't say much about the benefits yet. The taste of it is very slightly fishy due to the BHN (Marine) Collagen but it doesn't make drinking difficult.

Other than this Beauty Collagen Drink, MU Nutrition+ also has products to address common concerns like:
- Pre-mature ageing due to loss of collagen and key vitamins for skin and organs
- Improve body's detoxification abilities
- Enhance gastro-intestinal health by introducing beneficent bacteria (Pro-biotics)
- Improve overall metabolism and blood circulation
- Block/displace excess fat, sugars and carbohydrates consumed through daily diet
- Enhance overall organ funcations
- Increase energy levels and vitality
- Improve immunity

MU MIEUZ Collagen Nutrition+ is available at the Mary Chia studio.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Reduze PRO

I have been having irregular bowel movement like only 3 times a week which I know that it is really bad. Until I tried the Reduze PRO, my bowel movement became a daily activity and my stools are softer.

Reduze PRO is made in USA under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). It focuses on detox, fat burning and weight loss and is made of Triple Action Detox Formula consisting of:

1) Rebalance gut flora by increasing the weight loss bacteria and decreasing weight gain bacteria

2) Improve digestive function by increasing bowel frequency and reducing fat/toxin accumulation

3) Sustain weight loss by increasing fat metabolism and increase satiety 

Day by day, the toxins and waste in my body are eliminated and this is when my digestion and metabolism increases. When the internal is better, the outer which is my skin will also become better.

Reduze PRO is clinically proven to help you to lose body weight. The trials went on for 8 weeks and the participants lose about 1 kg per week without exercising or dieting. Good for lazy people like me. 2 weeks after continuous consumption of Reduze PRO, the beneficial gut microflora increases by 3.2X!

The prebiotics in Reduze PRO helps one to increase satiety, feeling full for a longer duration of up to 6 hours after meals.This can prevent unhealthy snacking.

The probiotics in Reduze PRO helps in belly fat loss. According to a clinical study, one can lose about 3.5X of belly fat for a period of 12 weeks. Now I have hope to achieve a flatter tummy.

Now let me prove to you how Reduze PRO works on me without exercise. After 19 days of consuming Reduze PRO. My waist and hips have reduced by 1". My left thigh has also reduced by 0.5". What i am more happy is that I finally get to clear my bowels every morning without exerting much force.

Each box of Reduze PRO consists of 60 capsules, with 20 Billion live probiotics in each dose. Take 2 capsules once daily before food. If you can't wait to see the effects, take 3 capsules once daily before food but remember to reduce to 2 capsules once you have achieved your desired effects. As we all know, results may vary and this partially depends on your dosage too.

You can purchase from Watsons, Guardian, NTUC Fairprice, Robinson, Metro, John Little, Sasa and Unity at the price of $128.00. To enjoy $10 off, use the code "REDUZEPRO10" when you purchased from Rakuten.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: New Essential Haircare Series

Heard of people saying that we need to switch shampoo so our hair doesn't get ímmune'? Essential has relaunched with new products using new technology/formula so I guess I found a reason to try it.

There are 4 variants namely Nourishing Breakage Defense (orange), Moisturizing Frizz-Free (pink), Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue).

Don't worry if you are confused which product is right for you as Essential has made it easier for you.

Try the 2 questions below to know which new Esssential shampoo is right for you.

And which Essential condition, treatment and hair mask is right for you?

For me, my hair is on the drier side and I have frizzy and tangled hair ends. Not forgetting those shine-free tresses. So yes, the Essential Moisturizing Frizz-Free series for me.

The shampoo smells really good and the scent lasts for hours. It is foamy which makes hair washing so much easier.

The conditioner was not as thick as I expected. I don't like really thick conditioner which makes rinsing off thoroughly such an hassle.

Let me show you my hair ends before and after.

I didn't shampoo my hair the next morning as it was still so smooth and manageable. No tangles at all and looks straighter than my usual morning bad hair.

I decided to try the treatment which can moisturize dry and frizzy hair in just 30 seconds. It contains Microfine All Smooth Essence which coats the hair strand evenly as a protective veil. It can repair damaged hair surface from the root to tip, this is money and time saving.

It is easy to rinse off and again, I didn't have to shampoo my hair in the following morning. No more bad hair days.

Allow me to show you a closer picture of my healthier hair ends.

Last but not least the hair mask which contains honey and shea butter that intensively repairs damaged hair. You can decide how long you want your hair to be manageable for. Leave the hair mask on for 3 minutes and its effects can last up to 3 days. Leave the hair mask on for 10 minutes and effects can last up to 7 days.

I merely used a small amount for my hair, leave it on for 3 minutes then rinsed off.

Avoiding heat as much as I can. I allowed my hair to air dry and look what shiny and smooth hair I have. It was a breeze to comb through my hair.

For the next 2 days, I only used the Essential Moisturizing Frizz-Free Shampoo but my hair is still looking healthy and feeling smooth. I can forget about rebonding now. No frizzy and tangled hair ends which reduces the amount of hair fall too.

Do 'like' Essential's Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @essentialsingapore. And if you are keen to try samples before purchasing, do click here for more information.

You can now the new Essential haircare series at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, leading pharmacies and personal care stores.

Essential Shampoo (200ml) - $4.50
Essential Shampoo (750ml) - $11.50

Essential Conditioner (200ml) - $4.50
Essential Conditioner (750ml) - $11.50

Essential Hair Mask (200g) - $9.90

Thursday, November 6, 2014

SIA Charity Run

02 November 2014

Took the Sunday off from work to enjoy a sweaty morning at the 5km SIA Charity Run with YJ.

We knocked onto Mrs Ong, one of our secondary school teachers before the race started.

The 5km run started at 8am and we were jogging for about 4km. I considered this as an achievement as I have never ran this far and I wasn't listening to music to motivate myself. We spent nearly 45mins to finish the run.

Yes I am showing off my precious medal.

Had a bottle of Pocari Sweat to replenish my body's ions and watched the kids dashed across the finishing line for 800m. And I spotted someone I wasn't expecting to see at the finishing line.

While walking to the event village for the lucky draw, I knocked onto Ms Chua, one of the secondary school band instructors. See how small Singapore is?

Took bus 75 to Holland Village for breakfast at d' Good Cafe since YJ was curious to try after reading the good reviews.

And yes, it was filling and ingredients were fresh. I had Egg Benedict which I thought was a good portion and a healthy meal to start the day. Alongside with a Earl Lavender Latte which I wasn't too used to having Lavender on my tastebuds.

Home at about noon for a good cold shower.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Black Paint

I haven't been taking care of my face well recently that I found peeling skin, blackheads and whiteheads. And I found a saver named Black Paint from Japan.

Black Paint is an organic skincare brand, established in Kyoto 15 years ago by Miyuki Maeda. She found the formula to solve skin problems rooting from skin pores. The products are made from natural and organic materials which are blended from more than 100 types of plant oils, more than 50 types of essential oils and Kishu Binchotan Charcoal. It is known to have powerful beauty effects.

Look what's in the box?

It's time to start the cleansing and caring process while I talked about the individual products.

The Black Paint Soap is handmade using a high-grade white charcoal named Kishu Binchotan Charcoal. It cleans pores and removes oil and dirt gently and thoroughly. The thing I like best is that it doubles as a make up remover which means I only have to clean my face including my eyes once. It also nourishes skin with 23 types of plant oils, amino acids, silk powder and vitamins in honey and brown sugar.

Before I start cleansing, this was my nude make up of the day.

1) Remove the packaging of Black Paint Soap and put it into a bowl.

2) Add warm water of about 40C, making sure the soap is soaked in it. If you add hotter water, just be more careful and don't add too much. Add tap water to it to put the temperature down.

3) When the surface of the top has turned buttery or texture of black sesame paste (in about 40 seconds), you can start using it on your face. Try to use all melted sides of the soap as it will preserve the soap and its usability during drying.

4) For hard to reach areas like sides of the nose and eye area, I would use my fingers.

5) Massage your face for a minute to allow the charcoal particles in the soap water to sip into the pores and adhere to whiteheads and oil deposits for more effective cleansing.

6) Rinse face with warm water and massage gently. Try not to use too much force as it will cut off partially exposed comedones which will be removed later.

7) Dry the soap naturally on an open dish in an airy place.

Here's my face after cleansing. No eye make up remover or facial wipes were used at all.

The Black Paint Soap really removes my full face make up including the eyeliner and eyeshadow. Although it did get quite messy with the soap dripping and wasting a fair bit of it. I did got a bit of the soap into my eye but it didn't make my eyes red and stinging pain. This shows how gentle it is. 

After cleansing and partially exposing the comedones, we need to remove them using the Black Konjac Sponge. It is made from konjac fiber kneaded with the same charcoal in the Black Paint Soap and other minerals that enhance absorption ability, remove excess oil and dead skin cells delicately.

1) Soak the Black Konjac Sponge in warm water for 3 to 5 mins until it's completely soft.

2) Squeeze out the excess water in the sponge but do not twist it.

3) Massage face with the sponge in a circular motion to extract the partially exposed comedones.

4) Rinse the sponge thoroughly and use both palms to press out as much water as possible. Hang the sponge by the white spring in an airy place to dry.

Here's how I look like after using the Black Konjac Sponge. Don't you agree that my face looks brighter?

First step is to use pore-minimizing toner toner. Best Water contains 30 types of minerals that deeply penetrates the skin to nourish and help restore skin's natural barrer to prevent moisture loss. It also prevents wrinkles due to dryness.

1) Pump 3 to 5 times of Best Water onto palm and use fingers to pat onto skin. Add a bit of pressure using palm for better absorption.

Here's look how I look after applying the Best Water.

2) For dryer areas like jawline and forehead, it is advisable to apply Best Water on facial paper and use as a mask twice a week. I put it on for 5-10mins.

Now we need a Lotion named Oil Water Rose. It is a 2-layer emulsion with the top layer made of Damask Rose Oil, Argon Oil, Olive Oil and 8 types of plant oils which improve fine lines, wrinkles and other aging signs. The bottom layer is Damask Rose Water which contains extra vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to skin. 

1) Shake the bottle vigorously for at least 20 times until the 2 layers have been mixed well to become a milky solution like the picture below.

2) Pump 3 to 5 times onto palm and use fingers to apply onto face.

Here's how I look after using the Oil Water Rose. By now, my face is already smooth that even I can't help but to use my palm to feel it continuously.

Last but not least, I applied the moisturizer Water Cream. It contains Morocco's Argan Oil which improves skin metabolism and promotes moisture retention. Combined with  different types of flower oil and polymeric silicon, it forms a protective veil against external environment. It is also scented with Lavender Oil and calms you down at the same time. Water Cream can be used this as a make up base too.

1) Take a pearl-sized amount of Water Cream and spread onto face

2) You may realize formation of water droplets while application. That's how hydrating it is.

The texture of the Water Cream feels light on the water and gives a slight cooling sensation.

Here's how I look after using all the Black Paint products. I must say I am impressed with how well the products work for me.

I do agree there are a lot of steps to take but trust me, you would be thankful that you did in the long run. 

Black Paint and SampleStore is now having a contest for 3 lucky winners to win a trial set (worth $120). SImply click on the visual below for more information and Good Luck!

Black Paint products are available at Takashimaya B1, Isetan Westgate B2 and the
Black Paint Soap (120g) - $49.90
Black Konjac Sponge - $14.90
Best Water (100ml) - $59.90
Oil Water Rose (100ml) - $49.90