Origins Rose Mask Review: Get that glowing “no makeup” selfie

You might have seen my postings of Origins’ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay (aka Rose Mask) and Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb on a previous post when I brought them along for a staycation and on my IG, here’s an in-depth review of Origins’ Rose Mask and Renewal Serum!
2015-09-07 19.25.52Brought the Origins’ rose mask and renewal serum with me for the staycation so I could apply it with by bff!
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Origins Rose Mask Review 2How we look with Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. Only a quick 10 minutes is all it takes! I love it!

Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

Phase I: Purify & Deep Clean
Upon application, creamy Rose Clay deep cleans skin to absorb impurities and excess oils while drawing out dirt and build-up from pores. Sourced from Spain, Rose Clay has been used for thousands of years as a powerful detoxifying ingredient. For centuries, women as far back as Cleopatra and Nefertiti recognized its power to give them flawless skin.

  • Simultaneously, Original SkinTM key ingredient, Canadian Willowherb, helps restore skin’s clarity and luminosity to reveal much sought-after glow. A potent extract found in Northern Canadian prairies and traditionally used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments, this blossom helps combat dullness and sallowness while restoring skin’s clarity and glow.
  • To balance skin and maintain peak health, Persian Silk Tree, an anti-irritant native to Eastern Asia and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, works to rebound from stress.

    Phase II: Exfoliate & Refine Skin’s Texture
    Once the mask dries, natural wax Jojoba beads suspended in the formula activate upon the introduction of water. These natural, scrubby plant beads gently exfoliate and polish skin’s texture, sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal the look and feel of radiant, smooth skin. Grown in South America, these natural scrubbing beads gently refine and polish skin’s surface to revealing perfected skin.

This efficacious treatment enhances your inner glow and rejuvenates the senses with a refreshing Essential Oil blend of Grapefruit, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Amyris, Chamomile and Clary sage.

To use, apply a thin layer to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask to dry for 10 minutes before using wet fingertips to scrub and wipe off. Use 1-2 times per week for optimal results.

Origins Rose Mask Review 3How we look after the mask and applying Origins’ Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb.

Origins has created a high-performance solution, Original SkinTM Renewal Serum with Willowherb, to specifically target quarter-life skin concerns – rough texture, enlarged pores, stressed skin, flaws and loss of radiance – in one product driven by two key factors.

  1. Intrinsic = Cell turnover. Cell renewal is vital for skin vibrancy which is a prominent sign of youth. As we get older, cell turnover slows down and degrades our original skin. When cell turnover is increased, fresh plump cells are brought to skin’s surface boosting skin’s ability to reflect light and increase translucency

2. Extrinsic = Carbonylation.ingredients from nature with immediate and long-term benefits, addresses quarter-life skin concerns by refining texture, enhancing radiance and glow, shrinking pores, blurring imperfections and restoring overall quality for glowing and smooth skin.

Here’s how Original SkinTM works:

Refines Skin’s Texture and Minimizes Pores. Featuring Chestnut Seed Extract, originally found in Europe and known for its skin refining properties, a renewal complex helps boost skin cell turnover and eliminates roughness, counteracts flakiness and improves overall texture. Together with nutrient rich algae extract found in North East Atlantic Ocean, Laminaria Saccharina helps balance skin’s production of sebum to tighten and shrink the appearance of pores, making them appear smaller.

  • Restores Radiance and Rebounds from Stress. The potent extract, Canadian Willowherb, helps restore skin’s clarity and luminosity to help recreate original glowing skin. Found in Northern Canadian prairies, it has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. Anti- irritant, Persian Silk Tree, works in tandem to help keep skin at peak health. Native to Eastern Asia and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this active boosts translucency for optimal looking skin.

    Visibly Blurs Skin: A blend of optics immediately corrects dullness and visibly softens the appearance of pores and imperfections giving skin a flawless finish.

    Origins is a leader in harnessing the power of nature to discover potent ingredients that deliver advanced skincare results. Original SkinTM Renewal Serum with Willowherb is specifically developed with powerful ingredients from nature to provide a multi-dimensional one-step solution to these issues.

My review:
First of all, I love the Origins’ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay because it only takes 10 minutes for the mask to dry up and take effect, which is faster than the usual 20 minutes masks required for clay masks. Secondly the mask leaves my skin baby smooth because it contains Jojoba beads that gently scrubs my dead skin away after I wash it out. Plus the Rose Clay draws out dirt and oil and has a tightening effect on my pores. Therefore, after the Rose Mask, I apply the Original Skin Renewal Serum which refines the skin texture and minimize pores with chestnut extract and canadian willowherb restores skin’s clarity and luminosity for that glow. It’s definitely my favourite clay mask and serum duo thus far and I highly recommend it. After my bff used it, she loved it so much, so I bought one set for her as her birthday gift! You can find the products at Origins stores in Singapore retailing for $50 and $78 respectively.

Thank you Origins Singapore for the mask and serum for review!

x

Ena

Face Forward with Clinique’s Smart Eye Serum and 3 Step Skin Care

Last August Clinique launched their meaningful Face Forward campaign encouraging women to make a promise for their future self, via social media.
CLINIQUE FACE FORWARD _0000Here’s mine, writing to my future 30 year old self:

Dear Ena, how is life like at 30? Honestly it feels weird speaking to you, my older self. I trust that you’re now older and wiser. Hopefully you’re more passionate than ever; living life to the fullest, whether you’re still in working in the property industry and blogging. I hope you’re still rooted in Christ and enjoying His love and grace each day. May your life be a testament to His glory and goodness. I also hope that you have a better understanding of the value and preciousness of time and that you’ve mastered being in control of time. I believe that as I continue to be grounded, faithful and industrious, I’ll have the confidence to face you in 5 years time. X Ena

In addition to the Face Forward campaign launch, Clinique also launched their Smart Eye Serum, mascara and liner and a few Clozette ambassadors and I were invited down for the launch at Sephora at ION.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom Repair Eye Treatment: Our smart eye treatment targets repair as needed, where needed.  Custom repair is how one formula can visibly brighten, contour and firm, plump or repair the look of crow’s feet.  Use twice a day.CLINIQUE FACE FORWARD _0005With Clozette ambassadors at the event!

CLINIQUE FACE FORWARD _0006Photos and products from the event. Unfortunately I did not like both the chubby mascara and liquid eyelining pen as I found the chubby mascara hard to handle with the chubby body and the eyelining pen smudges. Have yet to review the eye serum, will put it to the test and review on my IG @ena_teo, follow me if you haven’t! 😉
CLINIQUE 3 STEPS_0000Was also gifted the Clinique’s 3 step skin care for taking part in the #FaceForward social media campaign. I have oily + normal combi skin and I was matched with the type 3 for the 3 step skin care, consisting of soap, lotion and gel. Heard really good reviews of the dramatically different moisturizing gel, shall also review on my IG after testing it.

Thank you Clinique SG and Clozette for the media invitation and product gifts!

x

Ena

Modern Meets History in Shanghai Tang Silk Road Fragrance Collection

It might no longer be news, but in case you haven’t heard of Shanghai Tang’s Silk Road Fragrance collection, you’ll find out all about it here in this post!

Launched mid May 2015, I was invited to the launch in Singapore last August. Media guests were welcomed with purple orchid blooms and the fragrances from the collection. The focus and highlight of the launch is the purple coloured fragrance, Orchid Bloom which was also very apt for our SG50 celebrations.
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Shanghai Tang’s Silk Road Fragrance Collection conjures the spirit of adventure through a sensory journey from the East to the West – reflecting the essence of the brand which fuses Chinese with Western elements. Inspired by the exotic landscapes, rich colors and sense of adventure of the Silk Road, Master Parfumier, Carlos Benaim, has created a captivating collection of precious fragrances infused with all the mystery and sensuality of the Silk Road. Handcrafted using 100 percent natural ingredients, this collection embodies a genuine respect for the ancient craft of perfumery, and mirrors the essence of Shanghai Tang – lux quality and superb craftsmanship.

A celebration of attention to detail, exquisite handcrafting and luxurious materials, each fragrance is housed in precious bottle that prominently features SHÒU. This Chinese symbol of longevity is cited as one of the Five Blessings: longevity, wealth, health, love and virtue. The women’s bottle features the SHÒU symbol meticulously engraved in enamel and a gold leaf on the cap, serving as centerpiece of the design that forms the pattern of the lucky number 8. The tall and statuesque men’s bottle features clean beautiful lines and glass cap handcrafted by skilled artisan, also featuring the SHÒU symbol in a solid metallic piece.

The fragrances’ starting point was the fabled Silk Road, created during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). This 4,000-mile network gave ancient merchants, pilgrims and soldiers a direct passage from China through India and beyond, to the Mediterranean and throughout Europe. Precious jewels, spices, jade, and ivory treasures were transported, but it was famed for the exquisite Chinese silk which delighted wealthy Westerners.

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Women’s Collection – Oriental Pearl (Grey)
This sensual amber accord is magnified with Rose Absolute, Patchouli Heart, benzoin, and vanilla, creating an exotic, rich and decadent essence

Women’s Collection – Spring Jasmine (Green)
The iconic Jasmine Absolute – the symbol of luxury and delicate femininity – is enhanced by violet accents, creamy sandalwood, and sheer musk for a heightened impression of sensuality

Women’s Collection – Rose Silk (Pink)
Accents of rose petals and Narcissus Absolute are combined with cassis, cardamom, vetiver, and musk to create an exquisite pink silk accord

Women’s Collection – Orchid Bloom (Purple)
A magnified close-up of the unique beauty and complexity of the iconic flower, the single floral bouquet is accented with rose, enhanced with berries on top of a background of musk and patchouli

Women’s Collection – Gold Lily (Off White)
The precious Lily flower is wrapped with accents of jasmine, orange flower, patchouli and musk to create a mysterious and sensual composition

My personal favourites are Gold Lily and Rose Silk, which are floral fruity in nature and more suitable for daily wear. Orchid Bloom is a sensuous fragrance perfect for night outs.

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Men’s Collection – Jade Dragon (Green)
The freshness of Vetiver Heart is accented with juicy bergamot, bright tea leaves, and lush Jasmine creating an earthy masculine scent

Men’s Collection – L’Orient (Black)
Textured Cedarwood Oil is enriched with hints of pink pepper, elemi, vetiver, and Leatherwood to create a bold and masculine eau de cologne

Men’s Collection – Mandarin Tea (Red)
Vibrant mandarin and crisp bergamot combined with lush neroli and mate leaves creates a fresh and comforting tea note
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The range will be launched with an advertising campaign bringing together fashion photographer Mario Testino and Chinese supermodel Du Juan as the face of the new fragrance collection.

Du Juan exudes an aura of Eastern mystery under through the lens of the master photographer. ”

You can really feel his passion when you work with him,” she says. “He’s incredibly creative and original: a truly amazing photographer.”

Shanghai Tang chairman Raphael Le Masne de Chermont describes the collaboration between Mario Testino and Du Juan as a perfect union of East and West.

Watch the video collaboration of Du Juan and Mario Testino here:

Thank you Shanghai Tang Singapore and Luxasia for the media event invitation. If you’re based in Hong Kong or visiting soon, you can even get a personalized engraving on the fragrance bottle for 88HKD. For more information on the fragrance collection, visit the official page here.

Secret’s Out: Dine & Chill at Roots Kitchen Bar

Have you ever wanted a secret chill out place with your friends or date, like in Friends or How I Met Your Mother? Well, the secret’s out, I’ve just the place to introduce to you today. Last Christmas season, I met up with my talented friend Myke (most of the photos you see here are taken by him, be sure to click the link to visit his site!) for dinner and drinks at Roots Kitchen Bar and we thoroughly enjoyed our tasting session. I didn’t quite know what to expect before hand as Roots Kitchen Bar is fairly new to the local dining scene, having launched around mid 2015 and checking out their website at that point in time, didn’t quite illuminate what to expect as the website wasn’t as furnished as it is now.  You’ll see now from their site and my review post here that they’re all about fresh food and a laid-back atmosphere. Whilst Myke and I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh food that the chef served up, we were equally, if not more captured by the warm and rustic ambience the beautiful place holds!

Our food picks for the evening will be Absolut Cured Salmon for starters. I love the vodka cured salmon which gives it a very unique taste and texture. Pigs and Eggs is a popular brunch item at only $11(nett, no additional service charge!) the fresh meat, mushroom and cheese leaves me wanting for more. I highly recommend the Ocean Crab Pasta which gives you a taste of the freshness of the ocean as well as Nagano Pork Rack for their impressively tender meat. For desserts, their Banana Bailey is a crowd favourite of Bread and Butter Pudding with walnut, nutella and creamy bailey but I prefer the Citron and Passion, which is a curd of lemon and passionfruit with marshmallow cookie ice cream.

With Rochor MRT line opened a short 10 min walk away, you’ll find Roots Kitchen Bar quite accessible if you don’t drive. If you do, they have private car park lots, but you’ll have to reserve them in advance. I recommend Roots Kitchen Bar for a friends’ gathering over dinner and drinks or a brunch date with your date or girlfriend. Go ahead, pick a date and ask your khakis along. If you’re still wondering where to head to for your date this Valentines, why not check out their 1 day only Valentines Day menu?  At $120nett per couple(!!!), better hurry and book your seats with them at 6291 5679 before they’re fully booked! 😉

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For their menu and nett prices, see here.

Thank you Andy for the kind invitation, Derek for hosting us and Chef Alvin for serving up such fine food!

x

Ena

LUSH For Every Season

Pardon me as I’m a late for this post, which should have been up last Christmas. >U< Here, I’d like to share with you LUSH’s First Snow dusting powder, Lord of Misrule Mint Shampoo, Santa’s Red Lips Lip Scrub treatment and an minty bar soap. As LUSH is all about fresh handmade cosmetics, you’ll always find fresh items for every season. Now that we’re in the month of February, from this Valentine’s seasonal items, you can find a heart shaped rose bar at $10 a pop in stores! If you have a lover who prefers a practical, usable gift over a bouquet of roses, u can consider getting her half a dozen of soap bars. OR you could gift her both roses and rose bars! And well, if you’re single like I am, you can always gift one for yourself, or share the love with your single friends! 😉 LUSH XMAS ITEMS_0000LUSH XMAS ITEMS_0001

Thank you LUSH Singapore for the festive items!

X

Ena

Stepping into Spring

With the Lunar New Year only a day away, I thought it fitting to share some of my recent outfits that’s perfect for the festive season. Since young, it’s been a tradition for my family and I to don on new clothes for the new year, but I’ve never been clear or sure of why that is the case. A little google research online revealed that it’s a traditional belief that new year heralds new beginning and so we wear new clothes to celebrate. Well for me, I’d take any reason to shop for new clothes! 😛 As you can see, I’ve already worn these outfits so they won’t be “new” per se, I’ve actually purchased and reserved one set of outfit, a top from my friend, Aggy’s online label Tact.sg and a red leather skirt from Stradivarius for the very first day, which you can expect to see either on my Instagram or an upcoming blog post. 😉 For this post, I’ve picked this Begin Again dress from C/MEO, an increasingly popular and cult fashion brand from Australia with chic silhouettes and cuts which you can purchase from Revolve. You might not have heard about MARYLING, as they’re new to Singapore but have been rapidly expanding from their home country Italy, Milan to China, Korea and is also no stranger to many female Hong Kong celebrities. What I love about this brand is their unique one of a kind pieces, in fact for Singapore, they’re only bringing in each design with a few varying sizes. Talk about exclusivity! Have I mentioned that MARYLING uses the same lace and tweed fabrics that produces Chanel pieces? So you’ll find very fine fabrics including 100% silk that feels soft and great on the skin. You’ll find their temporary pop up store at Takashimaya Level 3, Women Department, before they launch their flagship store officially in Singapore.

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Thank you Revolve & Maryling for dressing me for the recent events!

Has any brands and new designs caught your eye, if so, share them with me via email or in the comments below!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed and prosperous Lunar New Year in advance!

x

Ena