NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner: A New Way To Moisturize Your Skin

I’m sure you’ve heard that best time to apply a moisturizer is right after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. However, when I jump out of the shower, my mind is on drying my hair and getting dressed that I sometimes forget to put lotion on. NIVEA has the solution for me – moisturize before getting out of the shower!

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At first it seemed counter-intuitive to rinse off a moisturizing lotion. But when I thought about it, I realized it’s no different than what I’ve been doing with my hair conditioner my entire life.

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NIVEA In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner (in the classic ‘NIVEA blue’ bottle) is made with nourishing Almond Oil for those with dry skin that needs extra care and the Whitening Skin Conditioner has 50x Vitamin C from Camu Camu to radiantly whiten dull skin.

You wouldn’t replace your shampoo with just a hair conditioner and it’s pretty much the same with this product —  it isn’t meant to take the place of your body wash. Cleanse your body with soap before applying the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner to wet skin.

I found both products to be equally effective. My skin feels incredibly soft and smooth after I towel dry and, to my surprise, I didn’t need extra body lotion for the entire day. I had none of the dry flakes on my elbows – which for me, is an obvious indicator if my skin is sufficiently moisturized or not. Furthermore, it doesn’t leave the least bit of sticky residue that would often accompany a heavy lotion.

* NOTE: Make NIVEA the last step in your shower routine. You don’t want to be rinsing out your shampoo with hands that have lotion all over them.  Also – don’t put any on the bottom of your feet because the stuff is a little slippery. My palms feel slightly sleek after rinsing the lotion off but non-greasy at all once it’s dry.

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I find the In-Shower Skin Conditioner to be most handy when I need to take a shower at the gym. The female dressing room can get pretty busy after cycling class and I don’t have the time nor patience to wait for my skin to dry before putting regular body lotion on. Plus I’ll also have to wait for the lotion to absorb into the skin and properly dry before getting dressed.

It’s one less thing I have to do outside of the shower, so that’s a win for me.

My three favourite things about the NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion are 1) convenience 2) it locks in moisture for the entire day and 3) its pleasantly light fragrance is not overpowering. I’ve also used it as a shaving cream and I find it to be just as effective; just make sure you rinse the blade thoroughly after a few swipes.

 

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Now you all know how much I love being active and traveling the world. If you’re itching to go for a holiday soon (I’m dying to go to Pahlawan this year) , why not join NIVEA’s Great White Giveaway promo?

Stand a chance to WIN all-expense paid trip to Japan, Korea, Bali Indonesia or relax in Discovery Shores Boracay, El Nido Resort Palawan or Amorita Resort Bohol plus thousands of prizes to be given away!

Simply buy the NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner and look for the 7-digit promo code on the specially marked stickers. Submit the promo code along with your personal details via SMS at 3456. For more information, head to www.NIVEA.ph .

 

 

 

Erabrowlogy: Brow Chicka Brow Wow!

Brow Chicka Brow Wow

Wearing make-up to the gym is just about the worst thing you can do for your skin. Imagine the cakey, muddy mess that ensues when those pores and sweat ducts are blocked by thick makeup products. Even in my 20s I’d still get breakouts, bumps and blackheads as a result. When it comes to sweating it out, bare-faced and pony-tailed is much cleaner and easier.

However, I can’t deny that a little bit of concealer and lip stain have helped me to look less like Gollum when I’m training people. Filling in my sparse eyebrows with a pencil also helps perk up a sleepy morning face. The only problem is that it doesn’t last, especially after I use a towel to wipe off the sweat from my face. All that effort to put on any bit of make-up seems pointless when it’s gone ten minutes in the door.

I tried eyebrow embroidery two years ago and while I loved the results, the thought of someone using a razorblade to tattoo my brows put me off from doing it again. Numbing cream applied to my brow area helped with the pain but I remember sitting in the chair for an hour thinking to myself, “I hope this ends quickly. Actually, now would be good.”

The effects of eyebrow embroidery typically lasts from two to three years with proper care. Since I left Kuala Lumpur in 2013, I’ve been on a quest to find a reputable salon in Singapore where I can beautify my brows so I don’t have to do it myself everyday. Putting on make-up can be such a chore!

Erabelle offers a solution to simplify beauty routines so women can look good with minimal time and effort. They offer beauty services to enhance eyebrows, lips and eyes through the use of semi-permanent ink colors. Imagine wearing make-up, permanently. Of course, the treatment that caught my eyes immediately was eyebrow embroidery, or what they call; ERABROWLOGY.

Since I was new at Erabelle, I was first introduced to the Erabrow Design. This service is the first step for Erabrowlogy. Erabrow Design is priced at $50 (u.p. $29 for first trial) but is complimentary if you opt to sign up for Erabrowlogy on the same day.

My brow artist assessed my brows to design a shape that best frames my facial structure. I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to do eyebrow embroidery yet because I wanted to see if I actually liked the eyebrow design.

Upon seeing the beautiful brows my artist created for me, I knew I wanted it to be (semi) permanent!

Before After Eyebrow Design.
Before After Eyebrow Design.

I thought my brow artist did a phenomenal job creating a look that best compliments my heart-shaped face. I wished my brows looked like that naturally or with minimum effort. The best part is, Erabelle can make that happen! So I booked an appointment for Erabrowlogy at their Vivo City outlet.

Aside from their excellent customer service, Erabelle’s snazzy interior was also very welcoming.
Aside from their excellent customer service, Erabelle’s snazzy interior was also very welcoming.
The opulent decor impressed me as much as their eyebrow-drawing skills.
The opulent decor impressed me as much as their eyebrow-drawing skills.

The Erabrowlogy Process

Step 1: Brow Preparation

 A brow mask is applied onto the brow area to help remove dead skin cells and excess sebum whilst hydrating the skin. This is especially advantageous for those with oily or dry skin, as unhealthy skin condition is a factor contributing to colour retention. 

Step 2: Erabrow Design

Erabelle Eyebrow Embroidery

The Erabrow Design customization process includes face shape and eyebrow analysis, designing, trimming and tweezing.

Five factors are taken into consideration when designing the brow shape:

(i) Length of eyebrows
(ii) Thickness of eyebrows
(iii) Shape and tip of the brow arch
(iv) Starting point of the brows being light and natural-looking
(v) Ending point of the brows being complete and precise. Creation of the perfect arch will then be done with Erabelle Long-Lasting Brow Pencil where shade is chosen accordingly to suit skin tone and hair colour.

My brow artist ensured that the shape and tip of my eyebrows were perfectly symmetrical from every angle before taking a photo of the final look. Numbing cream is applied to the brow area to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the coloring treatment.

Step 3: Patch Test

While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect, a patch test was applied on my skin to test for allergies too, just in case.
While waiting for the numbing cream to take effect, a patch test was applied on my skin to test for allergies too, just in case.

Step 4: Preparation of Equipment

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I was taken into the treatment room for the coloring process. A German-designed Erabrow ‘micropen’ is used to apply color just below the epidermis of the skin to create natural-looking eyebrows and is especially suitable for those with uncommon make-up allergies.
The brow artist can use a pretty wide selection of colors to get the right shade that best compliments your hair and skintone.
The brow artist can use a pretty wide selection of colors to get the right shade that best compliments your hair and skintone.
New micropen tips and colour cups are used for every customer to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed.
New micropen tips and colour cups are used for every customer to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed.

Using their specialized soft shading technique, semi-permanent colors are applied just below the skin to stimulate the look of perfectly-drawn brows.

Erabelle aims to design a polished and sophisticated look that enhances my natural features.

I was super pleased with the outcome!
Perfectly groomed brows that balance my features and frames my eyes. I was super pleased with the outcome!

Erabrowlogy also comes with a pre-treatment and boosted aftercare routine to enhance brow-color retention for every session. The Browlogy Care Kit consists of:

Aftercare cream (5g)
To be applied every morning and night for at least 5 days of the colour-settling process.

Hydra Cleansing Water (15ml)
For ease of cleansing, Hydra Cleansing Water can be used with cotton pads to cleanse the face. (Please note to avoid the brow area on the first day.)

Skin Calming Mask (5g)
To counter discomfort and redness after the procedure, it is recommended to use this mask for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th nights after the procedure for a soothing effect.

The Erabrowlogy package is available for $1,314 and includes four color services with pre-treatment and Browlogy Care kits.

Morning Face Erabrowlogy

 

Don’t miss out! WLF readers are entitled to a complimentary Brow-Wow kit (worth $170) with your Erabrowlogy purchase when you quote ‘Fay’.

Hit the comments section and let me know if you liked this review! By the way, the exclusive ‘Fay‘ promotion ends 31 May 2015 so make sure to check out their website to book your appointment soon.

 

Stay Positive, Smile Bright

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I’ve always believed good dental health is just as important as taking care of your skin. I’d rather invest on quality skin care so my skin looks good naturally instead of relying on make-up to conceal the imperfections. Another way to enhance natural beauty simply starts with a big smile and taking proper care of the only set of pearly whites you’ll ever have.

One of the first things I’d notice about someone is their smile. A bright smile with eye contact radiates positive energy by communicating confidence and friendliness.

The world could be a brighter place if we could all smile a little more with each other. Never underestimate how much a smile can brighten someone’s a day. Even your own!

So let’s work on our smile. My current favourite beauty essential is the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine:

Future Bright Smile
This is not your Grandmother’s toothpaste, it’s next level.

The new toothpaste features an upgraded formula with ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ and comes in a new premium diamond-sparkling packaging. The Colgate Optic White Plus Shine features an upgraded formula that helps to whiten teeth within a week*!

Morning Beauty Kit

FUN FACT: Did you know that strawberries help to whiten teeth naturally?

I haven’t tried whitening my teeth with strawberries but I do love it for breakfast. It goes well with my peanut butter oats too (recipe here).

In addition to providing whitening results, Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine (the name’s a mouthfull, budumbum!) toothpaste also brings all of the benefits of standard fluoride toothpaste, fights cavities, freshens breath and helps reduce plaque with regular brushing.

Colgate Optic White Plus Shine

There’s no need to cover the entire toothbrush with paste. All you need is a pea-sized amount for it to do its job effectively. Using too much toothpaste could make the mouth a little foamy (and you probably don’t want that rabies look, even privately) so make sure to rinse with water thoroughly.

Pea size amount toothpaste

Gentle ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ contains Whitening Accelerators micro-crystals to safely exfoliate stains and polish teeth surface. It is formulated to be used daily and is enamel-safe and gluten-free.

Colgate Toothpaste
Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine is safe for daily use and for all types of dental work, including braces.

I’m getting into the habit of remembering to let my inner beauty shine somehow everyday. I can at least do this first thing in the morning with brushing my teeth.

Whenever I try to adapt a new habit, it helps when I connect that habit with something I normally do at the same time everyday.

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As I brush my teeth, I repeat affirmations in my head that make me feel positive and give me good vibes. I tell myself, ‘True beauty shines from within. Today, I’ll shine bright like the morning sun. ’ This little self pep-talk goes a long way to ensuring I keep an optimistic attitude about life everyday. A brighter smile reminds me to stay positive, confident, and shine throughout the day.

Embrace your inner beauty and radiate positivity all around with a smile now 🙂

Fay Hokulani Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine

 

 

*Individual results may vary

Clean And Green with Hyflux Fruit And Vegetable Washer

I’m not going to lie; I struggle to eat healthy sometimes. I find myself craving for sugary snacks when I skip breakfast or when I get caught up in the day. That’s why I like to get a head start to healthy living by getting my nutrients in the morning.

Making green juice or smoothie has become part of my daily routine. Starting the day with a fresh glass of green juice is a guaranteed way of making sure that my body gets a clean and energetic jumpstart. It also seems to prevent me from making bad food choices later on in the day.

Since I’m making all that effort to start healthy, I wasn’t going to throw it all away by eating junk.

I try to make sure that I stock up on at least three or four different vegetables and fruits in the fridge. Part of the juicing preparation involves cleaning the produce. Whether or not I buy organic, it’s important to make sure the produce is thoroughly washed, especially for juicing as they are consumed raw and uncooked.

Organic fruits and veggies can still get contaminated! If you think about it, organically grown produce has to leave the farm to get to the supermarket and chances are: a few hands will touch it before it makes it into your grocery bag.

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 not only helps to prolong the storage life of fruits and vegetables, it effectively kills microorganisms in the produce by up to 99% via safe ozone reaction. Bye-bye bacteria!

Ozone is a strong oxidising agent which kills microorganisms by breaking down their cell wall. No chemicals are required in the disinfection process – all I need is electricity and water.

Hyflux Fruit Vege Washer

The Washer was brand new when I received it so to prepare it for its first use, I had to perform an ‘initial purge’ – basically let it run on its own for fifteen minutes.

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Simply add water to the 4 litre mark and connect the Washer to a power supply with the supply cord. Ensure firm connection, turn on the switch and press the power key twice.

Initial purge 15 mins

 

The red light indicates that the Washer will run for fifteen minutes. There are two only two modes on the power button –

10-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key ONCE and the LED light will turn GREEN. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about ten minutes. This mode is recommended for fruits and non-leafy vegetables.

15-Minute Wash Mode

Press the power key TWICE and the LED light will turn RED. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about fifteen minutes. This mode is recommended for leafy vegetables.

By the time initial purge was complete, I had prepped all the fruits and vegetables I wanted to use for my green juice. You may discard the water from the Washer or save it in a bucket for watering the plants. No wastage here!

Vegetable prep

Place the fruits and vegetables in the Washer AND THEN fill it up with water up to the 4 liter mark. Avoid doing this the other way around as you want to make sure the water level does not exceed the 4 litre mark.

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Once the Washer has done its job, give the fruits and veggies a final rinse under the tap. Now they are ready to go in the juicer!

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Here’s my favorite morning green juice recipe:

Green Immunity Juice

If you aren’t used to the veggie flavor of green juice, try adding another apple or carrot to sweeten the taste.

I call this the Green Immunity Juice because it’s high antioxidants and gives me a boost of energy when I don’t feel too great in the morning. Drinking this green juice gives me the energy like spinach gives popeye!

popeye eating spinach

The ginger adds a bit of spice which I find to be really refreshing in combination with the sweetness from the carrots and apple. It’s also great way to detox and fight colds. I like to add lemon to my juices because it helps to alkalize the body and restore pH balance. Remember to remove the peel to help keep the lemon from tasting too bitter in the juice.

Clean, green and mean drink!
Clean, green and mean drink!

Share your favorite green juice recipe and WIN a Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818!

To take part in this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with your juice recipe. I’m going to try them out myelf and pick the winner based on the healthiest and tastiest drink! You have TWO weeks until the deadline – 14 November 2014. (This giveaway contest is applicable to those residing in Singapore only.)

The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 is conveniently available at Selfix DIY stores, Takashimaya, OG and Hyflux Innovation Centre. Hyflux knows water like no other! Head down to their Customer Service Centre to find out more about their products:

Hyflux Innovation Centre
80 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 339949
+65 6297 9777
Email: support@hyfluxshop.com
Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm (excluding weekends and PH)

Sleep Soundly And Wake Up Refreshed

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Some nights I’d toss and turn in bed for hours on no end. I’d be tired as hell but no matter how long I’d try to keep my eyes closed, I just either can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep. Waking up every hour or so to check the time doesn’t help either, but I can’t help myself. Hours go by like minutes and next thing you know, I’d wake up in the morning feeling drained before my feet even hit the floor. Other mornings, I could swear I got at least eight hours of sleep yet my body tells a different story. The trouble was, at times I’d spend too much time thinking about work the next morning that I worry about not being able to sleep, which makes it even harder to ‘switch off’.

My doctor prescribed Xanax to help with my anxiety. It helped to calm the nerves and I was able to fall asleep easily but I’d wake up feeling really groggy. I didn’t want to grow dependent on the drug so I stopped taking it after a while.

I learned to manage my anxiety and sleeping patterns eventually through yoga, meditation and maintaining an active lifestyle.

 However, recently I discovered a new way to cope with the occasional bedtime troubles. Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula is a safe and natural remedy that helps support the body’s natural ability for a good quality sleep. Unlike prescription drugs or sleeping pills, it actually leaves you refreshed and rejuvenated the next morning!

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Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula contains naturally derived extracts of valerian and lemon balm plus magnesium to help those who are experiencing sleep difficulties or particularly disturbed sleeping patterns to achieve a restful, restorative and quality sleep.

 Since I’ve already been taking Blackmores supplements (Women’s vitality multi and Fish Oil 1000), I decided to give this one a try. The fact that it’s made with natural ingredients adds bonus points in my books.

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The recommended dosage as stated on the label is 2 tablets, 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you may take an additional half a tablet.

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The natural, active ingredients include Valerian extract, lemon balm and magnesium.

 Valerian extract helps to reduce the time it takes for you to fall asleep and improves sleep quality so you wake up feeling well-rested. Lemon balm provides a calming effect and relieves restlessness. Magnesium is important for the healthy function of the nervous system and muscle function. I learned that those who suffer from magnesium deficiency tend to have less time in deep sleep phases, hence, are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night.

blackmores sleep sound tablets
Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula comes in a glass bottle with 30 tablets inside. The tablets come in an  average size of  2cm width, I had no problem taking both tablets at a time with some water or non-caffeinated warm tea.
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I took two tablets nightly for five days and woke up each morning feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. It helped me feel more relaxed so I’m able to ‘switch off’ and sleep soundly all night. 

Sleep Sound Formula can be taken as long as required. However, if you continue to have sleeping problems, it is recommended that you see a healthcare professional to address any underlying issues.

Small changes to your routine can also help you to sleep better.

Here are my top 3 bedtime rituals that help me to relax, sleep better and ultimately, live better.

1. Drink herbal tea

herbal tea before bed

I’ll have a cup of green tea in the morning but usually skip caffeine past noon. At night, I’ll have a ‘sleepy time’ tea which is made of ingredients that promote sleep such as lemon balm and lavender flowers.

sweet dreams tea

There’s just something inherently calming about a warm sip before bed, even it’s just the ritual of taking the time to do so.

2. Twenty-minute yoga

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Practicising yoga for at least 20 minutes helps me to wind down as it relaxes both the mind and body. Stretching in general has a calming effect as it releases tension in the body. Make sure to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly when doing each pose to reap the benefits.

3. Relieve stress through meditation

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When you’re stressed out, your adrenal glands release hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which keep you amped up and struggling to snooze. I spend at least 10 minutes on meditation to calm the mind and ease the soul. It encourages me to be present and slow down all the worries that collect throughout the day. It’s a simple but powerful way to relieve stress. You just have to take the time to try it yourself! 🙂

Are you still up past midnight struggling to fall asleep? Check out Blackmores Singapore Facebook page and take part in the IQ quiz that is scheduled every midnight from 31 March to 7 April 2014. Why not put this time to good use and challenge yourself with fun brain teasers as you’ll stand a chance to win a bottle of Sleep Sound Formula (worth $39).

There are 5 sets of Sleep Sound Formula to be won every night for 8 consecutive nights. Send in your correct answer to promotion@blackmores.com.sg. First 5 people who gets it right wins. For more information on Sleep Sound Formula, hit up http://www.blackmores.com.sg/products/Sleepsound

Good luck and good night!