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Colors of Beauty: Amber Beila CET Facial Review

Even though I’m often spotted with pretty heavy makeup (to of course, look presentable and photogenic for my shoots and events etc), I place a lot of emphasis too on skincare, facials and treatments that maintain and even better – enhance my complexion. I believe in working hard AND smart to look good, and never taking short-cuts to essential beauty regimes. For busy ladies like myself who have hectic lifestyles and tight schedules, a quality facial session can give our fatigued skin a much needed boost.

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When Amber Beila (AB) approached me to review their facials, I was open to the idea of trying out new beauty parlours and their treatments. So I did some online research and was pleased that their mission and philosophy convey positive vibes and elements which I believe in myself. Amber Beila strives to bring out beauty in their customers, caring for both their physical and mental well-being, through Music, Essential Oils, Touch and Sight. A holistic approach towards the perfect ambience for pampering. Since 2012, AB has grown and established a strong presence in Malaysia’s Klang Valley. They have now expanded to Singapore, and set up a relatively new branch at One Raffles Place (especially convenient for the working crowd!)

While Amber Beila offers treatments for both the Face and Body, I was interested in their facials after checking out their extensive premium facial menu.

My first visit to AB (above), and I was instantly impressed by the parlour’s tasteful and beautiful decor, and relaxing ambience.

They also have a mini nail salon area for mani/pedi services!

Adore the decor! Details like this vintage bird cage and luxurious curtains ?

Pevonia products that are used for my facial!

Consultation Room

Lovely lounge/waiting areas

Enjoying my welcome tea before commencing my treatment session ?

Comfortable, cosy treatment rooms

And this one that I’m allocated to! Appreciate their attention to detail to make me feel as welcoming and at ease as possible ?

How Amber Beila made me feel ?

All ready for my facial! ?

This is the CET & RET Therma-s machine, and I had tried the CET Face Treatment.
CET Technology is used to nourish and revitalize skin cells, resulting in a brighter, clearer and more radiant complexion.

After makeup removal! Photographed bare-faced and actually didn’t mind at that moment because I was so happy with the facial already! I felt so relaxed and the products used felt really good on my face.

My face after extraction (which is a little painful but still bearable because the process was short and swift). There is some redness but my face looks and feels a lot cleaner after AB’s founder, Fion, personally did the extraction for me! I’m always curious to see how much gunk was being removed from my pores – maybe I’ll find out one day! ? I can imagine that it’ll probably be quite horrifying! ?

Can you guess how I was feeling with that mask on my face? I can only say that I fell asleep from all that pampering! ???

I was really amazed that the redness went off significantly right after the mask was applied. My skin really looks much clearer with a more even tone, with a natural radiance even without any makeup on. Awesome! ??

End of facial! Overall, it was a great experience and the results certainly showed. Thanks Amber Beila for this wonderful treat!

An overview of the entire facial in this mini clip 🙂

Quote “Melissa Jane” for a first trial experience on the above CET facial treatment at only $98! U.P. $468. Special facial packages are also available when you quote me!

And here’s their December’16 promotion if you want to pamper yourself in Amber Beila with their services! ?

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Amber Beila Beauty Pte Ltd
One Raffles Place
#05-19A
Singapore 048616

Tel: +65-6532 2668

Official Website: www.amberbeila.com

Also check out their Facebook and Instagram a/c for more updates and promotions! ?

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Review: NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk + With SPF15 (2016)

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Did NIVEA’s newest TVC make an impression on you?

Ash had commented, after watching the ad, about how surprised he was when the male lead actually changed his mind about leaving after touching the female lead’s skin. Wasn’t that a really dramatic decision?!

Just a quick recall of the TVC below:

Have I gotten your attention now? 🙂 Besides being impressed by the really good-looking couple on screen, aren’t you wondering if NIVEA’s new Intensive Moisture Body Milk is as fantastic as the ad has portrayed it to be?

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The Body Milk won big at the Guardian Health & Beauty Awards 2016, receiving the Consumer & Expert’s Choice of Moisturising Body Care Awards! NIVEA is even offering a 100% money-back guarantee – that’s how confident they are of their newest Body Milk.

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I was given the opportunity to try the products – NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk (for dry to very dry skin) and Intensive Moisture Body Milk SPF15. My first reaction was to admire the new packaging, which to me is ergonomic in its size and shape. Both products also smell HEAVENLY! Super refreshing, pleasant and rejuvenating!

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My legs before the application of the Body Milk – if you look closely, my skin is quite dry, with pretty visible pores and slight flakiness. I was a little shocked to realise that I have neglected to care for the rest of my skin except my face 🙁 It requires time and discipline to frequently apply skincare and moisturiser to our body and legs!

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Applying the Body Milk to my left leg. The product feels soooo silky, smooth and creamy! Yet it gets absorbed super quickly into the skin, within a few seconds! And yes I can go on about how incredibly good it smells, love this version of the NIVEA scent because it is the best so far!

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Non-sticky finish of the body moisturiser, and leaves no residue behind even right after application. Skin instantly feels softer, smoother and silkier. Pores also look less visible, and the initial flakiness is gone! I’m amazed at how lightweight the product is, yet it leaves behind such a velvety and luxurious finish 🙂

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A quick experiment to show the non-sticky feel of my skin – even a piece of fresh, soft tissue paper slides off easily! Now you don’t have to wait for the moisturiser to dry before dressing up – neither will it stain your clothes!

NIVEA is the no. 1 brand for the category of Hand & Body Moisturisers in Singapore, based on Nielsen FY 2015 data. The brand has over 100 years of skincare expertise, and maintains its top spot by being at the forefront of skincare innovation. For best results, it is recommended to apply the body lotion twice a day (once in the morning, once after showering when skin is at its best state for optimal absorption) to hydrate your skin. The “magic” works by sealing the cracks between dry cells to give you noticeably smoother skin. Its unique water-in-oil formula acts instantly to form a light barrier on skin to trap and lock in moistures, so that your skin feels smooth and remains hydrated for up to 24 hours!

Thanks to these key ingredients, all that is possible: Up to 50x Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Hydra IQ.

Check out the video below – my skin was so silky, I couldn’t help dribbling my fingers on it!

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After discovering the Intensive Moisture Body Milk, it has become an important part of my daily lifestyle needs. Not only is it a travel essential, it has earned its way to become an indispensable product within my nightly personal routine (especially for my arms, legs and hands to be hydrated all night). For photoshoots, it is now a MUST to bring, to moisturise dry skin and seal up open pores because they are visible on HD lens!

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I had no idea why I brought the Body Milk even when I was out for a walk in the park/by the reservoir. Maybe I love the scent too much…Caught on candid camera by Ash!

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Zero calories, high nutritional value. You did it again, NIVEA! *thumbs up*

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Because caring is sharing, Ash gets to try the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk too! He’s holding the one with SPF 15 (available exclusively at Watsons)

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As mentioned earlier, NIVEA is so confident in the hydration efficacy of their #1 body moisturiser to deliver smoother skin, that they’re offering a 100% money back if the product is not to your satisfaction! T&Cs of their money-back guarantee here.

The “damage-to-pocket” of the new NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk? Hardly!

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Intensive Moisture Body Milk (best seller!)

250ml – $6.90 / 400ml – $9.90

Intensive Moisture Milk SPF 15

350ml – $10.90

Hope that this review is useful to you, and cheers to radiant and hydrated skin, all day, everyday!

See NIVEA’s Facebook page here for more info and updates on promotions & products!

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Love, everyday. Till next time!
Instagram / / @melissajaneferosha
Tweet / / @melissajanefrs

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Blackbox December Edition: ETUDE HOUSE EXCLUSIVE BOX!

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Annyeong! If I were to ask how many of you girls are fans of Etude House, I’m sure all of you if not most are! And you won’t be disappointed this Christmas because Etude House understands all about this special month of gifting – curating exclusive kits that will surely promise a grin to your face!

With the leading K-Beauty makeup trends in town and high quality products in lovely designs, BlackBox X Etude House’s bring this fine range of beauty kits that work perfectly well as a gift right up to your doorstep. So, sit back and look flawless this Christmas! Promotional rate @ only $19.90 for first 40 sets (worth $49.90). Limited sets only. Add this exclusive kit in your festive gifting today!

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Wonder Pore Special WOW Kit

The ultimate pore-minimizing collection specially designed to create the satin smooth skin of dreams. Its key ingredient, Mint Vinegar™ and Anti Pore-Dex Complex is vital in this comprehensive pore solution, which not only removes Dermodex, it also prevents their future growth, balances skin pH levels, controls sebum output, and removes dead skin cells for pores that are clean on the inside and tight on the outside.

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a) Wonder Pore Facial Soap [30g]

The pore soap purifies the pores and firms up the skin with its massaging effect.

How to use: Create lather by rubbing soap with wet hands and gently apply lather onto face. Retails Size: 80g $14

b) Wonder Pore Freshner [25ml]

This is a total solution product that effectively cleans the inside and outside of pores with its special peppermint extract. This Freshner balances pH levels, making skin pure like baby skin and preventing skin troubles caused by pH imbalance.

How to use: Before skincare, dispense a sufficient amount of Wonder Pore Freshner onto the side of cotton pad with holes and gently wipe from inner to outer areas of face. Retails Size: 250ml $18 / 500ml $32

c) Wonder Pore Corrector [5ml] 

The gel spot essence tightens the pores with the cooling tip. At the last stage of basic skincare, dispense a small amount and absorb into areas that need special care.

How to use: For more effective absorption, massage gently with Wonder Pore Corrector’s cooling tip instead of using fingers. Retails Size: 25ml $28

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Verdict: My skin feels cleaner and more hydrated after use. Pores also look visibly smaller after 2 consecutive days of product usage!

Age Defense Skin Care Kit

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Containing BIO Peptide for Triple Anti-Wrinkle Care, Age Defense skincare range boosts collagen formation, prevents collagen decomposition and skin denaturation. It also contains fermented beans & evening primrose to recover skin’s basic stamina, providing antioxidant effect, and enhancing skin’s immunity.

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a) Age Defense Essential Softener [25ml]

This is a softener that provides smooth and firm skin from the inside, keeping skin moist by delivering moisture deep into the skin’s dry insides.

How to use: Dispense a certain amount onto palm of hands during first step of skincare and massage gently from inner to outer areas of face. Retail Size and Price: 130ml $35

b) Age Defense Essential Emulsion [25ml]

This is an emulsion that firms skin, keeping skin moist and delivering nutrients deep into the skin.

How to Use: Apply morning and evening after AGE DEFENSE ESSENTIAL Softener. Spread the Emulsion from the centre to the sides of the face. Retail Size and Price: 130ml $35

c) Age Defense Firming Cream [10ml]

This is a total multi anti-aging cream containing a wrinkle care and skin protecting adenosine that delivers firm skin from the inside.

How to use: After applying serum and eye cream in the morning and evening, pick up a certain amount of cream and spread gently onto forehead, cheeks, and chin. Pat gently afterwards to absorb. Retail Size and Price: 50ml $40

Verdict: Like all anti-aging products, it takes time to see results. Tried these products over a week and found my skin looking softer and tighter. Tired lines around my eyes also seem to have disappeared!

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Precious Mineral BB Cream Kit in W13

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A BB cream formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA++ that moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects with perfect coverage. Providing Whitening + Antiwrinkle + Anti-darkening effects.

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a) Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit

The BB cream keeps skin bright and radiant without darkening with the ingredient of pearls.

b) Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit

Bestselling product! The BB cream keeps skin smooth and matte without darkening with the ingredient of pearls, with powdery finish

c) Precious Mineral BB Perfect Fit

The BB cream uses the ingredient pearl to make skin look moist and clear without darkening the skin.

How to use: Apply to all areas of the face. Pat to finish. Retail Size and Price: 60g $25.90

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Verdict: My favourite is the Blooming Fit! It gives my face a fairer and more radiant look, even after a long day!

Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF 50 PA+++ in W13 [4g]

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Simple Touch, Perfection! With just a simple touch you can have sweet pearly bright skin anytime anywhere. To cater to all your Princess needs, the product has been developed with whitening, sun-protection, wrinkle care, moisturising, sebum control, flawless coverage, and skin-cooling properties to ensure your skin gets the treatment it truly deserves. The multi-functional cushion provides the perfect face makeup easy and fast.

How to use: Pick up certain amount of contents with puff and spread evenly by lightly patting onto skin. Retail Size and Price: 15g $32

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Verdict: Small and handy, perfect for quick yet flawless touch-ups before my next activity! Its whitening, sebum control and skin-cooling properties are such savers in helping to achieve picture-perfect looks.

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ETUDE HOUSE Promotion: $19.90/box (U.P $49.90) available exclusively now (FIRST 40 SETS ONLY)!

While stocks last! For more information, head over to www.blackbox.sg.

ETUDE HOUSE Official Site: www.etude.sg

ETUDE HOUSE Singapore boutiques are located at:

1. Flagship Store at Wisma Atria #B1-20/21/22

2. 313@Somerset #B2-30

3. Bedok Mall #01-87/88

4. Causeway Point #B1-K02

5. Chinatown Point #01-12

6. Clementi Mall #03-34

7. JEM #02-44

8. Junction 8 #01-48

9. Jurong Point #01-57/58

10. Lot One #01-19

11. NEX #01-63

12. Parkway Parade #01-23B

13. Plaza Singapura #B1-26

14. Tampines 1 #01-15

15. Vivocity #B1-03

16. Suntec City #02-601/601A

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Clozette Beauty Awards 2015!

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A MESSAGE FROM CLOZETTE:

After months of sifting through the responses of our Beauty Panel (beauty-centric Clozette Ambassadors across Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia), we’re so thrilled to let you all know that we have just launched our very first Clozette Beauty Awards!Clozette Beauty Awards 2015 seeks to award the best of makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrances in the region as determined by our Community. We have worked with our Beauty Panel, including 50 of our Clozette Ambassadors, to short-list the top products.
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I have voted for my favourite products from the Skincare, Fragrances, Haircare and Makeup categories, and now it’s your turn! We want to know what your Beauty Favourites are! Cast your votes here.
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Review: Eumora Facial Bar

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The Eumora Facial Bar is known as the sensational moor skin health bar infused with HmA Factor, suitable for every day use and for all skin types. I was surprised by its simple packaging and mild appearance, but at the same time curious about its efficacy as the “Miracle Euroma Facial Bar”!

Apparently, the association between the IndinineLuxe and the Deep Moor from Austria is the secret of this miracle soap bar “Eumora” (European Moor with Algae). It promises to bring balance to your skin, and reverses most skin problems to give you a baby smooth and healthy skin. Eumora can be even an alternative to skincare, soap and cosmetics, as it is made from 95% active ingredients!

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Fresh from its wrapper, the Eumora Facial Bar is said to bring healing to the skin organ from the inside, hence it is also anti-aging. The brownish-granite color comes from the Deep Moor from Austria, a rare form of nutrient-rich peat which was formed during the Ice Age. In the 16th Century, the famous alchemist Paracelsus, described Moor as the “Quinta Essential Vitae”, which he believed was the elixir of life!

Moor is a combination of hundreds of herbs, an abundance of essential oils, fatty acids and lipoids, natural antibiotics and other biologically active matter, allowing easy penetration into the skin to re-establish the skin’s natural pH balance and increasing blood flow to the skin. As a result, the skin is detoxified, purified, toned and revitalized. It is also clinically tested and found to be naturally hypoallergenic and is able to harmonize with and benefit any skin type, eliminating the need for many different types of skincare.

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Fragrance of the Facial Bar is very light (almost scentless) and texture is gentle to the skin. The lather also feels smooth and does not feel drying to the skin, unlike most bar soaps.

The H-MA or Hydro Microalgae is the unique concentration of active ingredients that has helped penetrate deeply and quickly into the skin for it to restore the skin’s luminous glory.

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The Eumora Facial Bar can be used for both the face and body with multi-purposes. Firstly, it is a natural antiseptic as it contains lignin and bitumen (ingredients of Moor). It is also anti-inflammatory, biologically compatible with our bodies and detoxifying, while serving as a therapeutic option as well.

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With regular use, face becomes fairer, with more glow, radiance, youthfulness, softness & smoothness. My skin also felt firmer, lifted, and pores have also become smaller.

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For usage on face, simply add water to the facial bar to create a thick lather, apply gently to the skin and leave on for 2-3 mins (may be longer if preferred), before rinsing off with water.

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If you would like to try Eumora for free, click HERE to redeem a sample. You will only have to pay for the shipping and handling charges.

Get luminous with Eumora today! 🙂

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[Review]: Neutrogena Clinical’s NEW Fine Fairness Range!

Recently I have reviewed Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Hydrating Foaming Cleanser and raved about how much I love it (and am still using it as my daily cleanser!)

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In this post, I am happy to introduce other awesome products from Neutrogena Clinical – it’s Fine Fairness skincare line that takes skin brightening to new heights, formulated to provide higher efficacy in combating stubborn dark spots, for healthy and radiant skin.

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Ageing gracefully is something we all want. But as we grow older, our skin’s cellular turnover becomes sluggish. This affects skin’s natural function of expelling melanin and it starts to accumulate within skin – dark spots appear and skin tone becomes uneven, taking away skin’s natural radiance.

The new line of clinical solutions features a unique combination of VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar that work together synergistically to lighten dark spots and revitalise skin from deep within, for renewed radiance and skin tone evenness.

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Neutrogena’s latest innovative VITAL-IONS™ technology contains zinc and copper minerals that help boost energy supply to the skin cells as a catalyst to revitalise the skin’s cellular renewal process to quickly disperse the accumulated melanin. Lily Nectar, which comprises of White Lily extracts and stabilized Vitamin C, inhibits melanin formation by blocking the skin’s ‘melanin production’ signals, which are normally activated when the skin is over-exposed to the sun’s UV rays.

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Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence, $45.90

Clinically proven to lighten even the most persistent spots with visible results achieved in just three weeks, its special formulation of clinical strength whitening ingredients contains VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar, which breaks down melanin accumulation and diminishes the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots. Its hydrating and soothing formula works deep within the different layers of epidermal skin to revitalise skin’s renewal process and help prevent new melanin from forming, enhancing skin tone and clarity.

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I have applied the Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence on my left hand. Although it does not come out very clearly here the difference with my right (no product applied), in real life my skin on the back of my left hand does appear softer, smoother and fairer than the right.

I have always been interested in whitening products as I grow older, as I believe being fair is the way to go to look more youthful and radiant. Gone are the days when all I wanted to do was to lie in the sun and tan myself! I heard of “horror stories” of pigmentation and dark spots appearing, sagging and damaged skin due to over-exposure from the sun, and hence decided to head the other way to ensure the longevity of healthy and supple skin. However, I often have no idea which brand of whitening skincare works best for me because there are just too many to choose from.

Neutrogena Clinical’s Fine Fairness Radiance Essence pleases me as firstly, I love the packaging – which is “clean”, simple and easy to open up and pump (double chamber) to release the product ; the texture of the Essence is also very smooth, quick to blend into my skin and be absorbed. The smell is not overpowering yet very pleasant and soothing to my senses.

The after-application mood is wonderful as I could feel my skin just drinking in the essence and is revitalized from deep within. I thought my skin looks slightly “sparkly” after application too, because of the VITAL-IONS™?

Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence has been clinically tested to be effective in erasing a year of accumulated melanin in just one bottle, and to lighten even the most persistent spots. Apply to skin after cleansing, before moisturiser.

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The other two products that compliment the Radiance Essence are the Multi-Protect UV Fluid and Radiance Cream.

Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF50+ PA+++, $34.90

Formulated with Neutrogena’s patented Helioplex™ technology as well as the clinical strength whitening ingredients of VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar, it serves the dual purpose of broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays and cell revitalisation for renewed radiance. Helioplex™ has been clinically proven to deliver one of the best forms of protection under extreme sun conditions, shielding skin against cellular damage and premature aging that cause fine lines, sagging skin, wrinkles and dark spots.

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Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Multi-Protect UV Fluid SPF50+ PA+++ is lightweight and provides a non-sticky finish. Apply liberally to face and neck after your morning skincare regimen, before sun exposure.

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Multi-Protect UV Fluid is in an interesting lilac color, slightly thicker than the Radiance Essence but smells similar. The overall feel is like a sunblock though. It absorbs quickly into my skin and does not feel greasy, just enough to make my skin feel moisturised.

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Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Cream, $34.90

A luxurious non-oily moisturising formula infused with VITAL-IONS™ and Lily Nectar, it aids deep skin renewal at night, helping to make skin look brighter, fairer and more radiant. Its clinical strength formulation works to reduce melanin production and improves skin tone and clarity, while at the same time providing sufficient hydration for dewy soft, smooth and moisturised skin with youthful luminosity. Spread a small amount evenly on face and neck every night every night after Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence.

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See how luxurious and smooth this cream is? I actually like this a lot because of its texture and packaging. Applying it on my skin makes me feel terribly pampered and of course, making it look and feel like a million bucks!

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The Radiance Cream looks thick and “heavy” but upon blending, it quickly gets absorbed and does not even feel sticky at all after that.

[“Supercharging” skin metabolism]

Neutrogena’s VITAL-IONSM technology is based on how copper “supercharges” zinc’s ability to boost cell renewal as the minerals work together to increase the skin’s metabolic rate. In the star product, Radiance Essence, copper and zinc are in two separate chambers, combining only when dispensed. This, says the brand, optimises copper’s “supercharging” abilities. According to tests by Neutrogena, lightening of stubborn spots and increased radiance are visible in just three weeks, and one bottle can rid skin of a year’s accumulated melanin.

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To fairer, more radiant and healthy skin!

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All Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness products are dermatologist tested, oil-free and non-comedogenic and are available at leading personal care stores and pharmacies in Singapore.

For more information on the Fine Fairness range and promotions from Neutrogena, please visit their Facebook page here.

About Neutrogena

Neutrogena, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, develops, manufactures and markets premium skin and hair care products sold worldwide and recommended by medical professionals. The product line includes bar and liquid cleansers, shampoo, hand cream, body lotion, facial moisturizers, sun protection and cosmetics, as well as other hair and
skincare products.

Johnson & Johnson, with approximately 104,500 employees, is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. Johnson & Johnson has 197 operating companies in 54 countries around the world, selling products in more than 175 countries. For more information on Johnson & Johnson, please visit the company website at http://www.jnj.com

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