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Review: MORE Vely Vely Products + Waseyo 1st Birthday Celebration!
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 08:20 | 0 Comments
In February, I was introduced to a Korean cosmetic brand I've never heard of, Vely Vely, and after trying out their products to create this Korean inspired look, I became completely obsessed with their products! This is completely evident with the fact that I've been wearing the same look over and over again for the past 2 months, and my makeup pouch is packed with every single item I featured in this blog post *minus the blush because the shade is too light for my skin! So far, I've done up a total of 3 blog posts for Vely Vely (1 | 2 | 3) so if you're still new to the brand, make sure to check out those posts after you're done with this one!

With that said, more than a week ago, very excitingly, I received the special My Vely Beauty Surprise Box from Waseyo.com, which is an online shopping destination for all you K-beauty lovers! Waseyo.com offers a good variety of K-beauty products from less mainstream Korean brands including Vely Vely, and apart from cosmetics, they also offer Korean skincare, hair care, body care and health products.

Waseyo is turning 1 on the 22nd April, and to celebrate this special occasion, they will be launching these surprises boxes from the 20th till 22nd April.

So for today's blog post, I will be using the new products I received in the My Vely Beauty Surprise Box, along with some of the other products I received from Vely Vely, to create a brand new look and at the same time, introduce the new products to you guys.

Jumping right into the makeup look, I will be starting off with sunscreen to prep and protect my skin. Here, I am using the Vely Vely Peach Skin Suncream. Vely Vely offers two sun creams, but I've chosen this one as this sun cream has a slight pink tone to it which will help brighten up and tone up your skintone. If you're a frequent reader or viewer, you must know by now that I have dull skin and I get obsessed with anything that helps to brighten up my skin. If you have dry skin, you might want to consider their Waterfall Sun Essence which will provide more hydration to your skin.

This suncream has a moisturizing texture and surprisingly it feels very lightweight on my skin as well. Other than just protecting your skin from UV rays, this sun cream also contains Beetroot extract to strengthen the skins' barrier from other external factors such as dust and dirt. It also gives my skin a dewy and moist finish which is great if you're looking to achieve that Korean dewy finish look.

I used to apply foundation before my concealer, but recently, I found out that applying concealer first really helps my makeup look more natural and light as it prevents me from over applying and caking up my skin. For concealer, I'm using the Vely Vely IM Custom Flawless Concealer which is my favourite concealer at the moment. I find that this concealer does an amazing job in concealing my spots, even with a light layer.

After concealing, I'll apply a teeny tiny amount of foundation, only on the areas that aren't covered with concealer to even out and brighten up my overall complexion. I will be using the Vely Vely Long Lasting Cover Foundation since I used the H2O Ampoule Foundation the previous time. I did a comparison blog post between the two foundations, so click here if you're interested to know more about them.

It's time for brows, so I'm using the Vely Vely 1.5mm Microfiber Brow Pencil, this time round in the shade Choco B which is the perfect shade if you're a brunette. Previously, I used Ginger, which is a lighter brown with orange tones.

Brows are done, so let's move along to our eye makeup! This time round, I have two new additions to my Vely Vely single eyeshadows collection- Peanut Pie G (for Glitter) and Wine S (for Shimmer).

Peanut Pie is a reddish brown glitter which I will be applying all over my lids and bottom lash line as our main glitter shade today. Since this shade is quite dark, I made sure to apply it close to my lash line without blending it outwards too much.

Wine S is a dark plum shimmer which I will be adding to the outer eye areas to give my eyes a touch of elegance and maturity. To complete the eyeshadow look, we can't forget our inner highlight using Champange G.

To give my eyes more definition, I will be lining my upper lash line with the Vely Vely Eye Definition Lasting Shadow Liner in Chocolate Brownie. I flipping love this liner to line my upper lash line because it's so pigmented, smooth and creamy! Other than that, it's also waterproof and smudge-proof! I've also extended the line outwards, just a little, to give the illusion of less rounder eyes.

Time to curl our lashes and apply the Vely Vely Lash Up Long Curl Mascara! This is one of the new products from Vely Vely which will be launching on the 20th April, and my favourite part about this mascara is how thin the wand and brush is as it makes it effortless to coat every single one of my lashes without clumping them up. The end results are natural looking long lashes that really compliments the non-heavy Korean makeup look I'm going for today.

We're done with my eyes so let's go back to our base with contour, highlight, and blush. For highlight, no doubt here, I'm going in with my favourite Vely Vely 3D Highlighter. This creamy sliver highlighter is the key to getting raised and defined cheekbones without looking too artificial and shiny.

Previously for blush, I used the Vely Vely Choc Choc Water Cushion Blush in Peach Orange, which I loved in terms of the application and texture, however because I have medium skin, the orange just doesn't show up well on my skin. Therefore, this time round, I decided to stick to a darker shade with the Vely Vely Creamy Glow Blush, which is also one of the new products launching on the 20th April! I picked the shade Erotic, which is a hot reddish pink shade with glitter and oh my God, I am now in love with this blush!

I've never really been into cream blushers even though I have a good amount of them sitting in my collection. I've never really liked them was because they're always really sticky and thick. However, the Vely Vely Creamy Glow Blush is completely different. It's not only pigmented, but it's also extremely moist and watery... Just look at the swatch! Not to mention, the colour is absolutely gorgeous as well to create that natural flush of blush.

We're down to the very last step - the lips! I'm starting off by applying the Vely Vely Sliding Butter Crayon Lipstick in Grapefruit Butter on the inner parts of my lips.

Grapefruit butter is a natural pink shade which is surprisingly quite bold for me if I were to fully apply it on my lips, therefore I'll be using the sponge applicator that comes on the other side to blend the shade outwards for a more natural, gradient look.

With my base and eye makeup looking all moist, dewy and shimmery, I can't let my lips lose out. Therefore, I'm going in with the Vely Vely Water Tint Lip Pumping Duo to give my lips a boost of plumpness! This product is a 2-in-1 Lip Tint and Lip Plumper and I've chosen it in the shade Raspberry Shot which is a bright pink with hints of purple.

Since I already have on the Sliding Butter Crayon Lipstick, I will only be using the Lip Plumper which looks like a Lip Gloss... But it's actually really a lip plumper. After applying it on, it gives my lips a cool tingling sensation and it also helps nourish and moisturize my lips at the same time with Eyterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil. I love how extra moist my lips look with this versatile lip plumper as I have been using it along with other lip colours too!

And with that, we're done with the makeup look! This look is definitely heavier than the previous look I've created which is more suitable for everyday use, but at the same time, it's still light in comparison to westernized makeup looks due to the light layers of eyeshadows, natural looking lashes, and lack of heavily winged eyeliner. I think the dewy finish also helps keep the makeup look youthful and fresh. If you wish to see these products in action and the completed makeup look, click here.

So if you're keen to try out this everyday makeup look, or the products from Vely Vely, make sure to check out the special surprise boxes that will be launching from the 20th to 22nd April for 422 Waseyo Day! The surprise box I received is called the My Vely Beauty Surprise Box which will be launched on the 21st April 2018, and in this box, you will be able to find the following items:

1. 1 x Vely Vely Creamy Glow Blusher
2. 1 x Very Vely Long & Curl Mascara
3. 1 x Very Very Lip Product
4. 1 x Vely Vely Shadow Liner
5. 1 x Vely Vely Single Eyeshadow

The shades of the items will be picked randomly, but not to worry, as all the shades from Vely Vely are easy to pull off and who knows you might also end up loving a shade you've never tried before! Everyday from the 20th to 22nd April, Waseyo will be launching a total of 2 surprise boxes worth up to S$130 each, per day, at the price of only S$69.90! There will only be 50 pieces per box available, so fastest fingers first! In collaboration with Waseyo.com, get an additional S$10 off when you quote my promo code "XXRIN"!

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Review: Introduction to Bath Oils (Aromatherapy Associates, Jo Malone)
Monday, 9 April 2018 at 09:20 | 0 Comments
Unlike other countries, taking baths is very uncommon here in Singapore. Most Singaporeans find bathtubs a waste of space, a waste of money, and a waste of water. I've had the bathtub in my house for more than 10 years, but it was only until recently that I've learnt how to appreciate taking a bath.

To me, the most important thing to do when it comes to taking a bath, is to use the right products. Soaking in plain warm water is not relaxing, and not fun, at all. But soaking in good smelling, soft water that is good for your skin, is. I have a total of 3 products that I absolutely love to include in my bath. One, bath bombs. Bath bombs are amazing for softening the water, and adding a lovely colour to your bath. Two, bubble bars. Bubble bars and bubbleroons are best for creating bubbles and trust me when I say that you will never be able to achieve the same amount of bubbles using your regular body wash. Most bath bombs and bubble bars also contain ingredients and essential oils that will benefit your skin, body, and mind. The third product is what this blog post is going to all about because it's probably one that majority are not familiar with, and that is, a bath oil.

After I became obsessed with taking baths, I decided to expand my comfort zone by trying out new bath-related products, and that was when I stumbled upon bath oils on Cosme-de.com.

(L-R: Deep Relax, Lavender & Peppermind, De-stress Mind)

The first bath oil I fell in love with is the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath and shower oil. There are a total of 3 main ingredient in this bath oil. Vertivert, a grass often cultivated for its essential oil, known to have a grounding, soothing, calming and relaxing fragrance. Vertivert oil is also often use as a massage oil to warm and ease tense aching muscles. English Chamomile oil, known for it's comforting scent that will help relax your mind and calm your emotions. And last but not least, Sandalwood oil, that can help protect and soothe not only your body, but also your skin.

I love this bath oil, as you can see, I've already used up more than half of it. Like the name suggests, this bath oil helps me to relax myself whenever I'm feeling worn out, physically, or mentally as I find that the scent is very comforting and intense.

After I noticed I'm running out of my favourite bath oil, I thought I'd order a few more Aromatherapy Associates bath oil to stock up, and at the same time, try out a different scented one. Browsing through Cosme-de.com, I found 2 other bath oils.

The first one is the Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint bath and shower oil. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you might already know that Lavender is one of my favourite scents when it comes to relaxing. Therefore, I chose this as obviously one of its main ingredient is Lavender. Lavender is widely used in aromatherapy because of its ability to help reduce emotional stress and anxiety. It also improves sleep quality, which is great for people who suffers from occasional insomnia like myself. Lavender is so commonly used to help one relax that some people even carry a small pouch of lavender in their bag! The second main ingredient in this bath oil is Eucalyptus, another commonly used essential oil in aromatherapy. Eucalyptus has natural antiviral and decongesting benefits, and it is also able to aid in breathing, and even lymph circulation!

The next bath oil is the Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind bath and shower oil. Juggling a full-time job, a Youtube channel, and a blog, on top of my social life and exercise routine, can be very stressful at times, especially when due dates clashes. Therefore, stress is something I deal with very often, and it is something that I honestly hate. Stress can lead to several other health problems and even break outs, which is why I keep in mind to go through my de-stress routine every now and then, even when I'm not feeling the most stressed out. I believe maintaining low stress levels is better than trying to tackle it when it has reached its peak. Therefore, when I saw that a de-stress bath oil was available, I immediately knew that I had to get it.

This bath oil smells fairly similar to my Deep relax bath oil, probably because they both contain Chamomile. It also contains 2 other main ingredients. Frankincense, an aromatic resin that helps to counter anxiety and trauma by encourage deep breathing. And Petitgrain, an essential oil obtained from the leaves and tree bark of citrus plants that is also effective for combating anxiety and relaxing the body.

The last bath oil is from Jo Malone, as I thought I'd give another brand a go too. I have been enjoying the candle I got from Jo Malone, so since then, it has left me with a good impression of the brand. Out of all the fragrance available, I decided to go with the Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay bath oil because one of my favourite Youtubers, Zoella, mentioned that this is her favourite scent from Jo Malone.

This bath oil has a fresher, and cleaner fragrance as it contains the fruity accents of blackberry juice. I find that this scent is also rather musky and woody, due to the addition of bay. With that, this is definitely not something I will use if I am looking for a relaxing, please-put-me-to-sleep bath time, but I'll most probably use it on days where I want to smell amazing for the day. This bath oil is also enriched with a mix of sweet almond, avocado, and jojoba oil which are oils best known for conditioning and hydrating the skin and hair, so be prepared to step out of the bath with smooth supple skin.

There are two ways to incorporate these bath oils in your bath. The first method is to directly pour a cap-ful of oil into your bath and simply soak in your oil-infused bath. Sometimes when I'm feeling really down, I like to go a little over a cap-ful to make the scent even stronger. The second method is to massage the oil onto your torso, or wherever that needs a little massage really, before stepping into your warm bath.

Got no tub at home? No worries, as there are other methods to use these oils. To use them in a shower, all you need to do is apply the oil all over your body, give yourself a little massage if you want to, before rinsing it off with water. The water will not be able to completely rinse the oil away, but it will leave your skin feeling moisturized and you will still be able to smell the oil when you're out of the shower, which is the best part. You can also dap a teeny tiny little drop of oil on your wrist for a hint of fragrance.

My favourite thing about bath oils is that unlike a bath bomb or bubble bar, the scent of the bath oils is really intense and it follows you even after you're out of the tub or shower. Whenever I use my bath oils, my entire bathroom will smell like it and even when I wake up the next morning, I will still be able to smell the scent on my skin. I also love how my skin feels so soft, smooth, and enriched with the nutrients and moisture from the bath oil.

If you're keen on trying out bath oils to help yourself de-stress, or relax, Cosme-de.com has a great selection of bath oils for you to pick the one most suitable for your needs. Bath oils are not the cheapest products, so make sure to utilize my discount code, "thatxxrin15" for an additional 15% off all your purhases on Cosme-de.com.

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Review: Vely Vely Black Sesame Clarifying Mask vs Sweet Rice Cake Peel Off Mask
Friday, 23 March 2018 at 09:32 | 0 Comments
Applying masks is a great way to pamper your skin, and yourself, without breaking the bank. I personally love masking, and I do it really often especially in the evenings before I go to bed while I pack my bag for work the next day. Instead of waiting until my skin breaks out, or show signs of dryness, I like to apply a mask as and when I feel like it to prevent those skin problems from arising.

Therefore, I was really pleased to expand my mask collection with the Vely Vely Black Sesame Clarifying Mask and Sweet Rice Cake Peel Off Mask! These two masks are peel off masks which I was very interested in as I recently found my pore strips whilst spring cleaning, and the peel off effect just worked so well for removing any blackheads and whiteheads on my nose. After seeing that Vely Vely is offering these two peel off masks, I couldn't help but to test them out for myself!

The first one I tried was the Vely Vely Black Sesame Clarifying Mask. I first used it because I was getting a little lazy to exfoliate my skin, and so I thought this mask would be a quicker and easier way to remove any blackheads and dead skin cells. This mask is black in colour due to the 'black' ingredients (black sesame extract, black rice extract, and black bean extract) used to formulate it, and these ingredients help provide nutrients to the skin to keep it healthy and radiant. Other than providing nutrients, removing blackheads and dead skin cells, this mask is also formulated to provide moisture, calm sensitive and stressed skin, as well as assist with pore care and anti-aging.

My first impressions of this mask is that it smells DELICIOUS. It literally smells like a sesame dessert or like 'muah chee' (glutinous rice balls covered in peanut and sugar), and this is the first for a skincare product! My favourite part about this mask is that you don't have to apply a thick layer of it, so it dries up really quickly and evenly. Even with a thin layer, the mask is firm and does not tear apart easily while peeling. After the mask has dried up (approx. 30 minutes later), I peeled it off and immediately felt a difference in the texture of my skin! My skin definitely looked brighter, and it felt so incredibly soft and clean, I love it!

After witnessing the amazing results of the Vely Vely Black Sesame Clarifying Mask, I decided to use the Vely Vely Sweet Rice Cake Peel Off Mask a week later.

This mask is pretty similar to the Black Sesame Clarifying Mask in a sense that it also aids in removing dirt, and dead skin. This mask though, is formulated with 'white' ingredients such as rice, oat flour, and oatmeal extract, which is what contributes to its white colour. It also contains a mixture of red fruits extract that is rich in vitamin C which will help revitalize, clear, and brighten up the skin. Other than that, this mask also aids in tightening enlarged pores, keeping your face line firm, and improving your skins' elasticity.

Similar to the Black Sesame Clarifying Mask, you only need a thin layer of this mask for it to work wonders and I'm really thankful for that because the consistency of this mask is really quite sticky. Unlike the Black Sesame mask, this one did not have a strong "food" scent, probably because it smells like uncooked rice. After 30 minutes, it's time to peel the mask off and the end results is pretty similar to the other mask, my skin looks noticeably smoother and brighter.

So far, I've been really enjoying these two masks as they are really convenient, and easy to use. I love the fact that you can see (and feel!) instant results that lasts because... That's the best part isn't it? You can also choose to use these masks together by applying them on different areas of your face, for example, I will use the Black Sesame Clarifying Mask on oily areas like my nose and T-zone, since it contains centella asiatica extract that will help to minimize and remove sebum, and then apply the Sweet Rice Cake Peel Off Mask on the rest of my face to counter aging and skin-sagging.

These two masks are retailing at S$37.90 each on Velyvely.com.sg, but you can get them in a special bundle now for only S$70.80 (U.P. S$75.80 for two) so head on over to their online shop now to shop!

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