Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sponsored Post: ORBIS Petit Shake Limited Edition Flavours

(Information from the press kit)

April 1, 2014 - The popular one-meal replacement from Japan is now available in Tropical, limited edition flavours to tantalise your taste buds. 

Petit Shake was launched in six flavours (Fresh Strawberry, White Grape, Aloe Vera, Orange Citrus, Banana, Mixed Peach and Pink Guava) as regular items in stores and is ORBIS’ best-selling product in health category with over a hundred million meals sold to date.
Nutritionally Balanced. Petit Shake contains 10 kinds of vitamins 2, iron and a water-soluble dietary fiber. Packed with the right nutrients to meet dietary requirements, it serves as a healthy diet option as a good nutritional balance is the key to losing weight healthily. 
Great Taste, Natural Sweetness With natural sweetness from fruit extracts and real fruit pulps in every sachet, cravings for desserts can be satisfied even when one is dieting. Petit Shake makes for the perfect guilt-free snack.

Low in Calories. Each sachet of one-meal replacement Petit Shake (consumed with 100 ml of cold milk) makes up approximately 150 kCal. One-meal replacement for a month reduces calorie intake to assist weight loss equivalent to approximately ~2.5kg of body fat* a month. 
*Results may vary. 
Pectin, a thickening agent used in Petit Shake, is a natural ingredient found in fruits such as apples and strawberries. It reacts with the calcium found in milk to create a viscous, smoothie-like texture which helps to fill an empty stomach. Petit Shake is best served with chilled milk, immediately after preparation. 

Retail Price: 
$8.90 for a box (2 servings), Limited Edition Flavours 
$6.90 for a box (2 servings), Regular Flavours 

Mango: Sweet burst of ripe mango flavour
Mixed Tropical Fruits: Well balance sour and sweet guava, passionfruit and pineapple flavours
Acai, banana and red grape: Contains superfruit Acai know for its weight loss and anti-aging properties
I have to be honest I did not like some of the flavours here. I made the mistake of picking up the Acai, Banana and Red Grape flavour first. I could not finish the the whole drink because it was partly sourish tasting and just didn't suit my taste. It took me a few days to muster the will to pick up another flavour to drink.

This time I picked up Mango which I liked a lot. Whew!

This is what a sachet looks like inside.

As per instructions, I pour out the contents into a cup. Can't go wrong with mangoes, it smells good. 

Next I mix in about 100 ml of fresh milk. None of that low fat milk for me though, I like mine full cream. When mixed, the mixture thickens to a shake.

Then drink! I feel a sense of fullness after downing a cup. I lasted about between 2.5 to 3 hours before my tummy rumbles for food. I don't drink this everyday but I do replace my weekend breakfasts with this, especially after a run in the morning when I am feeling virtuous. Heh heh. I don't think I have the willpower to replace lunch or dinner with this though. My tummy craves solid food.

I don't think I'll be able to lose weight if I'm only replacing some meals but hopefully this helps me to maintain my weight.

That being said, I think that if you want to achieve a healthy and sustainable weight loss, it is all about forming good eating habits and adding in exercise into the mix. Don't look for quick fix solutions. If you tend to reach out for sugary and fatty treats when stressed like me, reach out for a Petit Shake instead. Don't deny yourself what you love to eat either, just everything in moderation. Think about calories in and out. Don't eat more than you can expend.

Thankfully these boxes come in a sachet of 2 inside. If you happen to pick a flavour you don't like, you only need to go through 2 of them. I found out that I really liked the Mango and Mixed Tropical Fruits flavour out of the 4 flavours I was given. I will stock up on those.

These are the petit shakes I bought from the ORBIS counter at Robinsons Orchard. I like them Petit Shakes enough to hunt for new ones to try.  I found some interesting flavours which I wanted to test out. So far I finished my Double Berry and White Chocolate which tastes and smells great to me. I'm crossing my fingers with the Caramel Pumpkin Pudding, I hope it tastes good. The Double Berry and White Chocolate and Caramel Pumpkin Pudding cost SGD $8.90 because I believe they are also LE flavours.

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Addiction Eye Shadow Flashback

I am ending of my series of Addiction picks with Flashback a gorgeous taupe.

Check out the multi-colored sparkles in the out of focus shot, so pretty.

Flashback is a mushroomy kind of taupe with pretty sparkles. Here is eye look using mainly Flashback. I used Burberry Porcelain as an all over lid colour and then applied Flashback on my lids. I used a fluffy brush to blend it upwards over my crease and then used Urban Decay's 24/7 eye pencil in Gunmetal to line my eyes.

 Finally all my Addiction eye shadows together.

Top to bottom: Fudge, Arabian Ruby and Flashback
I adore all the shades I have picked out and I'm panting for more. It is a difficult brand to get my hands on so I will have to rely on the kindness of friends going to Japan to help feed my Addiction. (Lol) I find the prices of Addiction eye shadows very reasonable so long as you get it from Japan directly. 

Ratings: 5+ lipsticks

Friday, April 18, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 120 Soft Sand

I recently stocked up on one of my favourite foundations of all time, the Make Up For Ever HD foundation. You can read my review of it over here

HD foundation is a lightweight foundation suitable for oily to normal skin types. Coverage ranges from medium to full depending on how much you apply. I love using this for performances or when I know I will be photographed because it doesn't project a white cast when the camera flashes. 

I have been using 123 Desert but was recommended by Didy the Makeup Artist from Make Up For Ever to try 120 Soft Sand to help me cover my acne scars around my cheeks better. He said that I could use a light dusting of bronzer around my face to warm up my complexion if I was worried that it was too light for me.

Here's Didi, isn't he a cutie?
When I pumped it out, I was a little worried because it looked light. As compared to the current foundations I am using, it is the lightest foundation.

Left to right: MUFE HD 120, Chanel Perfection Lumiere 40 Beige and Burberry Velvet Foundation 204
You know what, it doesn't look unnaturally light on me. When paired with my favourite Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation or HD Pressed Powder It covers my acne scars a lot better too. I love it.

I paired the HD Foundation here with the HD Pressed Powder.

This is one of those foundations I come back over and over again because I just love how it looks and feels on my skin. An oldie but still a goodie.

SGD $76

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder

(Taken from the press kit)

Everyone wanted it, so MAKE UP FOR EVER made it! With the same airy finesse, the same HD invisibility and unique sensoriality, the HD Pressed Powder is a handy, on-the-go pressed version of the cult HD Loose Powder. Extra-fine and talc-free, it shows no texture on the skin and fades lines optically, without settling inside the skin. The universal shade is totally transparent on the skin, giving every complexion skin-texture perfection, a unified look and imperceptible natural matte-ness that does not dry out. The powder micro-particles act like soft focus effects on the skin to reveal a marvellously luminous complexion. Easy to carry wherever you go, the ultra-flat ergonomic case has a large mirror for you to do touch-ups at any time of day, just to be sure your complexion never lets you down.

To compact a powder, you need to blend ingredients that are actually incompatible with HD fineness and transparency. Yet, the HD Pressed Powder is able to provide a look every bit as fine as the airy Loose Powder. So what is the secret to this technological wizardry? The composition of the powder has been entirely redesigned to remove the heavyweight opacifying ingredients that are usually found in compacts and instead, a trio of meticulously selected powders have formed this texture-free formula: 
• Silica injects comfort into the skin for an ultra-airy sense of  softness and a flawless soft-focus glow. 
• Synthetic mica ensures the finish is transparent, smooth and  even, with a silky soft feel. 
• Silicone powders erase lines and wrinkles and unify the skin  texture while giving a matte and luminous finish. 
• Hyaluronic acid reinforces the comfort and sensoriality of the  texture thanks to its anti-drying properties.

Left: Loose Powder version and Pressed Powder version and synthetic kabuki brush
I already own the loose powder version of the Make Up For Ever HD powder so I was delighted to be able to receive the pressed powder version which makes it very handy to tote around in my make up pouch for touch ups.

You can read my review of it the Loose Powder version here.

Like the loose powder version, the HD Pressed Powder is very finely milled and soft to the touch. It gets a bad rep sometimes because people tend to use too much of it. When you use too much of it, you will have a very obvious white cast. The trick is to use very little. Use a very soft brush, shake of the excess and gently tap the brush on your face. When applied correctly, it gives me a soft focused look.

My skin is now normal to slightly oily and the HD pressed powder works well on me. I only see I break through of oil after about 4 to 5 hours when I pair this with my liquid foundations. However when my skin was at its oiliest state last April, this did not do much to control the oil and mattify it for a long time. So I will only recommend this if you have normal skin (lucky you). I'm not sure about ladies with dry skin conditions though. Has anyone with dry skin tried this, I would love to hear what you feel about it.

SGD $59

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sponsored Post: Make Up For Ever Brush 152 Highlighter Brush Medium and 154 Buffer Blush Brush

I am always happy to receive new products to play with. I was positively delighted when I received these two brushes. I love the look of these, the dark brown wooden handles and dark silver ferrule gives it a sense of class. There is a nice weight to it so it feels good holding them.

Even though these are synthetic brushes, they feel very soft on my skin and are a delight to use.

Medium rounded and dense brush SGD $69

Extra-dense round brush with a flat tip SGD $80

I am really loving both the 152 and 154 for applying my new Make Up For Ever cream blushes on my cheeks. I have been rotating them. I dab the brush onto the pan and dab it on the apples of my cheeks. I use a dabbing motion to blend the colour and because both brushes feels soft, they don't poke my skin. Yet the brush is resilient enough to apply just the right amount of colour on my cheeks. Because they are synthetic I don't feel like I need to treat them like they are fragile.

On me, I don't see a big difference in the way 152 and 154 applies, both do a great job. So if you are hard pressed to choose one, get the 152 for your cream blushes simply because it is cheaper. I haven't discovered other ways to use them though even though it looks like I can also use them for liquid highlighters and applying compact foundation. How do you use your 152 and 154 brushes?

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Disclaimer:  Product was provided for by the company. Review is my own opinion, I am not affiliated or paid by the company.