Category: Pre-Serum


Hello lovelies,

finally I have the time to finish writing about these wonderful products I’ve been using for some time. I am amazed on how the texture can be so light and fulfilling at the same time, it was like instantly absorbed. Perhaps it is due to the water-based ingredients, ohh yums!

And just a bit of history here, before all of these goodies come, the team from V10Plus ask me to do some check list on my skin condition. Where later they’ll give me products suitable for my skin based on consultation sheet, cool isn’t it?! So the result are suitable items for my unique skin. 

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I’ve done my checking and there are items that get more than 3 points: BIO CELL Serum and Ceramide Serum. The team from V10Plus add one more serum for me, the Collagen Serum. An ingredients that I used to avoid since somehow it made the acne appears. Will V10Plus Collagen Serum gives my skin the same effect?

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To understand a product, I have to use it accordingly, V10Plus is equipped with step by step guide as well … what, no toner before the serum? Nope! Apparently the serum texture itself is quite light and doesn’t need anything before usage, a clean and dry skin is enough.

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Here are my babies, the Collagen, Ceramide, and BIO CELL serums. The one that I’m really curious about is Ceramide, I know I’ve been using Ceramide based ingredients for my hair, as it helps the damage part to be strong and healthy again. I guess it’s not just my hair needs the Ceramide, my skin’s too.

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The bottles are in different colors, they are so cute, and I think the texture of the serums should be the same to0, or isn’t? Soon, I’ll find out.

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From 10 different ingredients, I am going to review 3 of them, heehee so excited!!

Here are some info from www.v10plus.co.jp:

What is BIO CELL?

BIO CELL encourages the production of energy in the skin cells. BIOCELL in your skin continues to decrease as you get older. V 10 plus slows down the symptom of aging very similar in molecular structure to estrogen. Estrogen is called the “beauty hormone”, which keeps the skin youthful. But estrogen secretion decreases dramatically from your late 40’s, so you have to supply BIO CELL to your skin.

BIO CELL is good for…

DNA Repair, Skin Cells Repair, Anti-wrinkle, Prevention of melanin production
What is Ceramide?

Ceramide is the main component of intercellular lipid, which keeps water in the skin and also protects your skin from external stimulus, such as air drying or ultraviolet ray. Lack of Ceramide depresses the barrier function of skin and causes dryness and roughness of the skin.

Ceramide is good for…

Dryness and sensitive skin. It fills in the damaged horny layer and enforces the barrier function of skin. V 10 PLUS Ceramide serum uses vegetable Ceramide, which is extracted from rice polishings.

What is Collagen?

Collagen dominates about 80% of dermis and keeps the elasticity and juvenility of the skin. It decreases after your mid-20s, so you have to replenish collagen to keep your skin looking young. 

Collagen is good for…

Wrinkles and elasticity. V 10 PLUS serum uses marine collagen which is  FRESH SEA BREAM’s SCALE. It contains more amino acids and its molecule is smaller than the pig’s and cow’s collagen, so it has more penetration power. Also, as it contains marine elastin, you can regain soft skin with this combination. 

Neat, right?! All the details provided by them and please do read on their Brand History to learn more about V10Plus.

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The one I’m going to take pictures is the green one, Ceramide Serum, why? The texture of the serum is the one I found to the thickest and almost like a gel. BIO CELL and Collagen are runnier than Ceramide. This is fascinating for me ^__^ since maybe from all those 10 they all have different viscosity according to each of their ingredients.

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Currently all of them are made in Japan and have the exact same clear transparent colors. I found no allergy or any kind of discomfort from using them (all three of them).

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I uses them daily according to my moods and figuring out my skin’s need at that time of application, so I’ve used all three, mixed all three, and any condition I want. One thing for sure, each usage is 3 drops. It could be 3 drops of Ceramide, 3 drops of BIO CELL, 3 drops of Collagen, 2 drops of Ceramide + 1 drop of BIO CELL, 1 drop of Collagen + 1 drop of BIO CELL + 1 drop of Ceramide, etc, it was a very fun activity for me, which kinda made me wish having all 10 of them ^__^ just to satisfy my ideas or creativity heehee.

The best thing about this serum are they contain NO paraben, NO chemical fragrance (they literally smell like nothing at all), NO artificial color, NO mineral oil, when opened it has to be finished within 6 months, so yes, they are included as fresh products.

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Like mentioned, I’ve used all three of them including the Collagen, and I’ve suffered zero acne. The Ceramide is a huge hit for me since it help my skin to retain moisture/hydration way better than any other serum I’ve used. I know I have to keep using them so I can see visible result, but so far for these past few weeks the feeling and sensation I get is just wonderful. Like the products are custom made for my skin.

The BIO CELL actually feels like nothing on my skin and so far I haven’t found new wrinkles/lines, hopefully in the long run it’ll help reducing the wrinkles or at least keeping me stay younger longer ^___^

And I’ve tried them with other products from other brands as well and so far they are okay. Okay as in able to be used together and in fact, adding more benefits to my skin. Since the serums are all water based they are better to be used before any other products that may contain oil or other ingredients that will block the absorption. None of other products that I’ve tried to be as light as V10Plus serums, so suggestion from the V10Plus team about using it before any other product from other brand is proven to be correct.

I know we are used to get a serum in the market which already made just as it is, in V10Plus customers can have a precised ingredients which is benefit for their individualized skin. 10 serums with hundreds of possibilities for mix and match. For me these serums aren’t just my serums for life but things may chance, my hormones, age, or I can move to another country with different climates, and changes happens. I can easily get another series of serums from V10Plus, so I think they are not the kind of unchangeable, one size fits for life, permanent serums. They are like serums that grow with you where you can choose the one that fit you at that moment. 

Will I keep using it? Definitely! Will I recommend these products to my loved ones? Yes!

Hello babes,

Tsuya Skin is here. When I first now about this product, I thought it was a serum, actually it was a pre-serum, so it is used right after toner and before serum.

I’ve used several brands of pre-serum before and they did offer the same thing, a youthful look. Some works really well, while some seems so mild and perhaps too mild. Some specifically for lines/wrinkles, some for complexion, some for hydrating and some for other benefits. Let’s see where Tsuya Skin stands.

 
Details from www.shuuemura.com:

tsuya skin

major discovery in cellular biology:
with age, skin cells are subject to “power cut”

the cells in an ideal skin have the power to naturally protect and restore its structural components day after day. with age, the skin’s function for self-regeneration is subject to “power cut” causing skin structure depletion and cellular disorganization.
a miracle molecule to reactivate* the skin’s “youth power switch”
inspired from “secret” of Enju flower’s longevity & persistence, shu uemura research center selected Rhamnose, a high tech molecule able to reactivate the skin’s youth power switch and awaken self-regeneration in all fundamental levels of the skin.

switch on skin’s youth power for beautiful skin in just 7 days
flawlessly even and smooth skin texture. soft as a petal, plumped, toned, ideally translucent glowing skin. the ideal skin preparation for a beautiful make up.
*in vitro
I’m fascinated reading the details and very keen to try it on my skin. But first when I use google translate tsuya means shine. I think that have to do with the glow of the liquid. Glow?

Yup!

It has that pinkish pearly glow that shines and radiates. So beautiful physically and so soft to the touch. The liquid is somewhere between gel and watery, like a dense dew. At first I’m not really noticing the smell, yes it’s weird for someone like me who is a very scents-addict to forgot sniffing anything close to the nose, until Ms. Regina asked me about the scent.

Let’s just say I’ve been really busy and distracted lately 😀 The smell of Tsuya Skin reminds me a lot of one particular fragrance from France and a huge hit in Paris. Clue: That little black dress. And it last around 2 minutes ^__^ maybe that’s why I forgot to noticed the scent . . . it fades almost immediately, but the effect? Last far longer of course.

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This is the liquid after touched and spread, very glossy isn’t it? But don’t worry it will be drank by the skin. Even though the product is not recommended for those with oily skin, I think, in my personal opinion? All skin type can use this product (of course excluding anyone who is allergic to ingredients inside . . . a T&C like for ANY other product as well).

Why? The product is made as an anti aging in terms of waking up the skin’s youth power, the ability to regenerate, like when we were young. Of course taking this ‘note’ the product is reserved for those who need the product, around 25 plus perhaps?!

Now, after gently massaging the skin, the fluid will be absorbed by the skin and leaves nothing greasy, oily, or any unwanted residue. During the first 3 days I’ve noticed the skin’s moisture is getting better. Suppler and softer when touched. Like there’s a dewiness on the skin but it’s dry to the touch in a sense that they are not wet/oily. Glistening and looks healthy. Like plump all over again due to the moisture boost.

In a week, the skin become more translucent, glow in radiant and stress-free. Makeup wise, I use less coverage now, so the tsuya can gleam and eradiate.

I’m still using the product as we speak and looking forward for more result.

This is my look right now.

A bit eyeliners (so I wont look like just waking up), colored contact lenses, and a newly colored hair 😀
No powder/foundation on the skin. Cleaned, Toned, Tsuya, Serum and Moisturizer.

I’m using various brands with Tsuya and so far they work well together. I hope I can try with other Shu Uemura’s product for a synchronized collaboration. Maybe someday \^0^/

And this is my look after using makeup, which was taken yesterday on an event.

Don’t you think the makeup  just covering a wonderful skin beneath?!

Now,

diligently using the pre-serum,

I’m waiting for flawless, even skin tone, smoother effect as well. I’ll be using the product until finished and enjoying the moments of transformation.

Overall, expect a glowing and radiance skin, dewy and plump after a continuous usage (minimum 7 days). Use 2x daily after toner and before serum.


Hello ladies,

yesterday I’ve shared an awesome product from Skin Inc (click ME!) which gives an instant result on the skin, now this product is different, not completely the contrary, just not as instant as the Pure Snow White Mask.


Details from the Press Release:

Once Upon An Apple
Three apples changed the world, they say.
Eve ate one, another fell on Newton’s head,
and Steven Jobs built the third.
Now, Skin Inc has perfected the fourth.
And packed it into the world’s best
anti-ageing salve.

From the Tree of Knowledge to the Fountain of Youth, here’s one
more compelling reason to bite into the forbidden fruit.
Skincare experts have discovered a rare and endangered
Japanese species of apple that helps to protect the longevity of skin
cells by maintaining its self-renewal capacity at a DNA level. And
Skin Inc has bottled this miraculous ingredient into the revolutionary
Skin Inc Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum.


The New Apple Care
Marking a new era in anti-ageing skincare, this product moves
beyond dousing skin in active ingredients to literally re-programme
skin at a DNA level to fight ageing on its own. That’s right, at the
core of Skin Inc Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum is an advanced apple
stem cell technology that energises skin to generate new tissues
faster, fend off UV damage, and preserve its vitality for longer.
That said, don’t go creating your own DIY apple masks from the
grocer’s just yet. The key ingredient in this super age-defence
serum is Malus Domestica, a rare and endangered species of apple
which dates back to the mid-18th century when the seedling plant
was first discovered to possess an incredible ability to remain in
pristine condition without shriveling when stored away for extended
periods of time.

To tap into such astounding self-preservation abilities, Skin Inc
cultivated this apple through a Plant Cell Culture Technology in the
most advanced laboratories of Japan, and encapsulated it to
enhance absorption into the deeper layers of skin. The result: a
stem cell serum that imbues skin with the self-recovery and self regeneration
prowess of the ‘forbidden fruit’.

Nature Meets Science
Apple stem cells are not the only anti-ageing actives in this powerpacked
serum. In fact, Skin Inc Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum
marries nature’s finest bounty with high-tech anti-ageing
ingredients, including:

TOMATO AND GRAPE EXTRACTS: Super-antioxidants that fight
degeneration and soothe inflammation.

ARGAN TREE EXTRACT: Plumps skin with essential fatty acids
and resists oxidation more effectively than olive oil. It is traditionally
used to treat skin diseases, and is hard to find outside its region of
production as it is sold as a luxury item.

HERB EXTRACTS: Aid in brightening and evening out skin tone
SOY ISOFLAVONES: Regenerate and replenish estrogen, an
important female hormone that stimulates metabolism and cell
growth for a thicker epidermis, and tauter, smoother and more
luminous skin.

COLLAGEN: Refines skin for finer pores and smoother skin texture.
HYALURONIC ACID: Amps up the moisture factor for hydrated and
bouncy skin.

7 Times More Potent
Skin Inc Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum is formulated with one of the
highest percentages of active ingredients in any skincare serum –
7 times the percentage found in most popular anti-ageing serums.*
Use it daily as a 4-week intensive anti-ageing programme or as a
booster serum to power up your customised Skin Inc My Daily Dose
Serum, and banish fine lines, pigmentation, pores and saggy skin.
After cleansing, simply pump this sleek silver serum applicator once
and roll over lines, wrinkles and other areas of concern. Massage
into skin gently and follow with Skin Inc My Daily Dose Serum for
perfectly airbrushed skin.

True story. For the first time in modern history, the latest lifechanging
Apple is not a phone. No offence, Steve Jobs.
*Based on the market average of popular anti-ageing products.


This is my four week treatments, separated in four tubes for freshness and these small pre-serums hopefully going to make a differences for my skin, for the better.

I know for sure Stem Cell is a hit ‘ingredient’ at the moment. Almost all brands has come up with skincare with Stem Cell. So there’s a lot of options out there, just make sure to choose the one that suits the skin’s need and effective as well.


The packaging is neat but when if you’re staying abroad and taking them on a baggage, remember to put some papers or tissue on the spaces so they wont collide and stays ‘standing up’ on their own places.

I’ve been using the pre-serum for almost a week now, so I’m still in week one bottle. The pre-serum is used on a cleaned and toned skin and right before serum. So, a serum is still needed after using the Age-Revival Stem Cell Serum. After the serum? A moisturizer of course.

I pumped once, just like the instructions, then roll the metal ball on places that I think need some refining, revitalizing, re-plumping, regenerating, re-smoothing, and let’s just say, looks younger, healthier and better.

There’s some tiny white dots that easily gone when massaged into the skin and there’s no feeling of sensitivity, allergy reactions, discomfort or whatsoever on the skin. It doesn’t feel anything actually. So, it was just like putting some light soft watery gelatin made out of pure H20. Usually anti aging products are well known for being heavy, so rich and yes, sticky on the skin. This one is oh-so-not ^__^

I’ll keep you updated every week, so stay tune ya!

Skin Inc is
currently available in Singapore, Spain, Vietnam, Brunei, Dubai, Lithuania and Hong Kong


Hi gorgeous!

I’ve got some awesome products from Luxola which I’m not familiar or event heard of, so I’ve been studying, learning, trying and using it since I get back from Singapore, which is 3 weeks ago. So pretty much there’s been test drives of these samples and they were awesome!

Please do click on http://www.luzernlabs.com and learn about them, they are organic, real products that carry no parabens, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and many many other ingredients that proven bad or suspiciously bad for your skin in a short term or long run.

And after trying them one by one I was completely in to them as they proven to be so effective and good to the skin as well and unconventional. Let’s start one by one.



Pure Cleansing Gelee


Re-Balancing, Deep-Cleansing & Decongesting Soap-Free Gel Cleanser

This pure and refreshing, oil-free, sulfate-free cleanser removes surface impurities without stripping, drying or irritating. Gentle enough for delicate skin, yet dissolves every trace of makeup and dirt. For all skin types, especially normal, combination, or oily. Also great for sensitive or acne-prone skin. FORMULATED WITHOUT: – Preservatives – Parabens – Sulfates – Propylene Glycol – Synthetic Fragrances – Synthetic Dyes – Petro-Chemicals – Phthalates

Key Benefits:

benefit Offers both foam and gentle cleansing in one product

benefit Removes bad surface oil while protecting good lipids to keep skin hydrated but not oily

benefit Gentle enough to remove eye makeup. Makeup can be applied immediately after use

Key Ingredients:

key ingredient White Willow Bark Extract- Helps remove dead surface cells and acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent

key ingredient Squalane- Strengthens skin’s protective moisture barrier

key ingredient Aloe Vera and Cucumber Extract- Cools, refreshes and tones

Application: Use in the morning and evening. Squeeze a nickel size amount of cleanser into your hand and apply to damp skin. Using your fingertips, massage in an upward and outward motion. Rinse or remove with a wash cloth and pat face dry. Gentle enough to be used for extensive facial cleansing. Remove stubborn cosmetic pigment around eyes and lips. Removes makeup, debris, and dirt thoroughly.

I didn’t expect much, well for sure, I didn’t expect anything from it, yes, it’s from Swiss, one of my favorite country in the world, yes, the product look sophisticated and high tech too, seems like made with precisions, and so on, and when I looked at the gel, it was clear, no scent and doesn’t foam much. I thought it was just a bummer, since usually the one that doesn’t foam doesn’t made the skin ‘feels’ clean. This one just does it. It cleans my skin, even thou’ I’m not that brave in using it as a makeup remover all at once I did trust it as a second wash after my waterproof makeup remover, which usually I use the one that foams, like abundant of foam. This one gives me minimum foam.

The gel clean the skin like non other, it’s unique, refreshing and still kept the moist but the feeling is still clean. There are some product that claimed to clean without striping the moisture but actually just doesn’t clean well. This one actually cleanses the skin while keeping them soft and supple. My husband have an oily, angry and easily irritated skin with high sensitivity and his skin looks relaxed and calm when usually red and angry (especially during traveling). Planes causes his skin to dry and now he just got back from a business trip and his skin looks well. I’m impressed!


WE3

Stem Cell + Advanced Peptide Triple-Action Wrinkle Eraser

Now eliminate wrinkles without toxins, lasers or injections. This triple performance treatment penetrates deeply to encourage intensive cellular repair and diminish signs of imperfection. Swiss apple stem cells, pure amino-peptides and Bio-Swiss organic Alpine extracts virtually lift away surface lines and wrinkles.

Key Benefits:

benefit Promotes firmness and elasticity around the eyes

benefit Hydrates and smooths fine lines

benefit Promotes healthy cellular renewal

benefit Cools and soothes inflammation to reduce puffiness

Key Ingredients:

key ingredient Swiss Apple Stem Cell Technology protects skin stem cells to preserve the youthfulness and vitality of your skin

key ingredient SNAP-8 + Argireline are cutting-edge peptide alternatives to popular injectables that topically target the same wrinkle formation mechanism

key ingredient Advanced Collagen Boosting Peptides firm skin by boosting the synthesis of collagen type I, III and IV

Application: Squeeze 3-5 drops into palm of hand and apply to cleansed skin AM and PM. Follow with another anti-aging/repair Serum Absolut if desired, and then with your moisturizer. If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.

This one definitely does it! Careful thou’ not to use it too much. I know for sure the ingredients are active or at least activates something inside our skin, I uses too much for the first 3 days and redness appears on my forehead. No, not acne, like red bump that disappears immediately 24 hours after I stopped the serum. I think next time I stick to 2 drops only or maximum 3 drops. It was really really effective. It stimulate the skin for visible hydration, smoothness and healthier skin. Again, just don’t use it too much. If you want to check whether your skin can take it or not, try bit by bit for a while, like 1-2 drops twice daily on a cleaned skin, this is a pre-serum, which used before the serum. And after around 3 days if you think your skin can take it use as suggested 2-3 drops twice daily.

I’ll keep using it as the clear thick water is just lovely and even thou’ the laughing lines are still visible, the finer one like near the eyes and on forehead are actually gets finer and finer week after week.

Since I only have the sample size, that’s all the review I can give right now for using it around 2 weeks.


La Defense SPF 30

FIVE STAR UVA Protection + MMP Inhibitors

Shield your skin from UV-light, pollution and free radicals with 100% micronized, microdispersed mineral filters. Our powerful new peptide technology prevents the sun-induced breakdown of the collagen matrix – known as matrix metalloprotease (MMP) – one of the primary causes in the development of lines and wrinkles. This lightweight, transparent formula minimizes signs of premature aging and the formation of dark spots. Suitable for even the most delicate skin. So gentle it can be used to protect the delicate eye area and skin after aesthetic/clinical procedures. FORMULATED WITHOUT: – Preservatives – Parabens – Sulfates – Propylene Glycol – Synthetic Fragrances – Synthetic Dyes – Petro-Chemicals – Phthalates

Key Benefits:

benefit Anti-UVA/UVB protection helps delay early skin aging such as wrinkle formation, reduced elasticity, skin dryness and age spots

benefit 5 STAR UVA Rated – to block the #1 cause of wrinkles: UVA light

benefit Anti-MMP (sun-induced collagen damage)

benefit Potent antioxidant, anti-pollution and strong anti-inflammatory

benefit For all skin types, including sensitive or rosacea-prone skin.

Key Ingredients:

key ingredient Zinc Oxide provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB/UVC protection

key ingredient Advanced Rice Peptides prevent MMP (UV-light breakdown of the collagen matrix), one of the primary causes in the development of lines and wrinkles

key ingredient Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Green Tea and Beta-Carotene neutralize pollution & ozone generated free radicals

Application: Apply to face, neck, and the area around the eyes evenly before sun exposure, and as needed. Do not rub excessively. Allow 20 seconds to dry before applying other products.

At first the white lotion need to be shaken inside the tube since the first thing coming out is like waters, white spots and after shaking it for a while a smooth white lotion coming out. Feels light and again with no expectation, I was in awe. The white lotion at first look, feel and seems so white on the face after application. I expect some shines and glow like conventional sun protection, this one does not. The whitish look turn into clear in a matter of minutes and looks so natural. No shines, no greasy look, it’s just so clear, yes, it is transparent. I love this product so much as it can really be use daily without the need to cover the shines (like made by other sunblocks) .

Overall, Luzern Laboratories items shown here are amazing and highly recommended to try them. And hmm, Luxola really meant it when they say all the products/brands carries in their online shops are really the one that they love and may I said kudos to them for actually proved to be searching products that’s really really good. I know for sure there’s gazillions of products out there and they seems to scoop out best things that haven’t been around in Asia yet. Wow!


All products details are from: http://www.luzernlabs.com