Regulars amongst you will know that I’ve found my Holy Grail sunscreen and I preach about it from the rafters to whoever will listen. When that runs out, I’ve got my back up in place. But I recently put to test a lesser known sunscreen from Taiwanese brand Naruko AM+PM and I’d be blown if it didn’t wriggle its way into the cockles of my heart, nestling itself comfortably between the Shiseido and the Hada Labo.

ampm peptide sunscreen2 A new (and affordable!) sunscreen to love : AM+PM 10 Peptide Total Defense Sunscreen

This is the am+pm 10 Peptide Total-Defense Sunscreen with SPF50 and it’s by Naruko, a Taiwan brand created by popular Taiwanese beauty guru Niuer. I understand he is terribly popular in Taiwan and products he recommends always fly off the shelves whenever featured on his beauty show. But because I don’t read and speak Mandarin, this is a world of beauty that is unfortunately closed to me. Pity icon razz A new (and affordable!) sunscreen to love : AM+PM 10 Peptide Total Defense Sunscreen

But coming back to this sunscreen. If I’m to be honest, I doubt I’d have given it a second look had I seen it on the shelves. I’m just a little wary about trying new things these days, which I know backfires on me as a blogger but what the hey icon razz A new (and affordable!) sunscreen to love : AM+PM 10 Peptide Total Defense Sunscreen However, this bottle ended up in a bag of items I was given to try for the Cite Cosme Beauty Awards 2014 and I thought I’d give it a go. Turned out, I really liked it! Continue Reading ►


Have you ever bought a makeup brush for one purpose only to find yourself using it for another instead? I don’t do it too often as most brushes I do buy do work as advertised for me. However, now and again, I come across one that doesn’t and then I have to find another use for it or let it rot.

real techniques blush brush Real Techniques Blush Brush : Whats in a name that I may use it for something else besides blush

This was the problem I faced with the very popular Real Techniques Blush Brush. I bought this because blush is my crack and I naturally gravitate towards blush brushes as well. However, as you can probably tell, this brush is quite a whopper of a size. Like all other Real Techniques brushes, the bristles are synthetic and very very soft. The brush head is also very thick but it isn’t very dense, so you get some give as you brush it against your face dreamily, regaling in the cottony softness against your cheek.

But try as I might, I couldn’t use this to apply blush.

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I don’t know about you guys, but where I am now, the weather is so darned hot, I don’t even feel like putting anything on my skin! Ok, let me rephrase that. I don’t feel like putting anything heavy on my skin. It’s usually quite humid here but the burning sun seems to have burned up all the humidity so it actually feels quite dry. And HOT!

So, when I’m faced this THIS pool of quivering jelly, all I want to do is dive right in!

olay aquaction gel Cool off and help skin stay hydrated with Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel

This blue transparent gel is the Olay Aquaction Longlasting Hydration Gel. Part of the Olay Aquaction range, this range is currently only available in South East Asia – previously only Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and now also Phillippines, I believe.

While I don’t get regional releases, I understand why a product like this would be released in our region, because it suits our weather to a T! The very lightweight gel feels very comfortable on our skin especially in hot and humid tropical weather, and it delivers a burst of hydration to the skin that we so desperately need, without turning our skin oily.

It’s been available for a while now, so I’d be curious if you have tried it and like it? icon smile Cool off and help skin stay hydrated with Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel

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loreal ftc genifique PSA:  L’Oréal reaches a settlement with FTC : Claims that skincare targets genes is misleading

A few years ago, I attended the launch of the then brand new Lancome Genifique serum. It claimed to be able to activate the gene profile and basically activate your youth from within, and make skin (and therefore you) look younger while helping skin respond more quickly to external aggressors. While I had a very interesting insight into genes and gene therapy during the launch, and a fascinating experiment, I could not help feeling oh-so-sceptical. If this were indeed true, why isn’t this gene activator used in medical research instead of for cosmetics purposes?

Then a year or two later, the trickle-down effect led to the launch of L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence on the same principles. A much more affordable option, Youth Code also talked about genes and their activation and that consumers could crack the code to younger looking skin. I remember receiving an invite to the launch for which a friend attended and reported back.

Well, I hope that as well as both products may have worked for you, you didn’t buy into the gene-cracking, youth-activating claims because as it turns out, they’re now found to be “deceptive and misleading”!

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