Friday, June 29, 2012 :: Korea & CURE Natural Aqua Gel Giveaway


I happen to be browsing through all my SD cards clearing out space and I found one album with John's Korea photos in it. Salon Vim had a company trip to Korea 2 months ago and very sadly, only employees of Salon Vim can go for this trip. I was pretty upset as John & I have never been away from each other for more than a day since we got together 2 years ago (wow, how time flies!). Everyday after work, we make it a point to have dinner with each other where we talk about everything under the sun. And it has been this way for the past 2 years :*) I am grateful for every single dinner we have together. 

Imagine how awfully sad and bitter I was when I found out I couldn't go on the trip with him! So I made him bring "me" there in his pocket (literally) and take photos of Korea with "me" in it haha. So I went in the form of a small doll which John has it placed permanently in his car back in sg. 

Sidetracking, kids nowadays are incredibly smart. On the night when I sent John off at the airport, Gary's wife (the boss of Salon Vim) brought the kids along to send their father off too. I teared when I bid John goodbye and guess what Gary's son (I think he is only 4-5 years old) said? 
"Mommy, when I grow up, I am going to find a girlfriend like John korkor who will cry for me when I leave" 

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Someone please remind me how old is this kid! When I was 4-5 years old I don't think I can tell an apple from an orange haha.

Annyeonghaseyo~ Here I am, in Korea 


Placing my footprint on the country's soil. Just short of having my passport stamped


I really love flowers and everything floral. They have a romantic feel that draws me into it and melt my heart everytime I look at them. I feel happier dressed in them too. Do you? 





I am also grateful for every overseas trip we'av been together as we both believe that such trips will always bring a couple closer. Imagine walking down the foreign streets with arms locked together and peering over a map exploring places for the first time - it is an incredible feeling. I would never trade anything else in the world for it. 

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Recently, I was asked to review CURE Natural Aqua Gel and John was pretty psyched about it haha. I remembered we went Watsons few weeks ago and he was trying out the product on his hands then exclaiming "Wow look at difference on my hands, it works like our Korean THE SAEM product doesn't it?" Read on(I will explain what is that later) and you will know what I am talking about ;) 


I filled up my palm with 3 pumps of CURE and it comes out as a watery liquid with a tinge of viscosity.

Remember to wash and dry your face well prior to application. I left the liquid on my skin for a few seconds before gently massaging it onto my face and it turned into a white flaky substance

Close up. The gel turned into a milky liquid and then white particles of dead skin cells can be seen. This shows that the dead skin cells are lifted off the skin. 

I rinsed my face after and I felt that my skin was smoother and slightly clearer. On smoothness, you can definitely feel it on your skin the moment you rinse your face. On clearer skin tone, try the half-face experiment to test it out. I personally tried it 3 days later to test my face's clarity and my face was very slightly clearer than the other half of my face. Regardless of whether it looked extremely or slightly clearer, one thing for sure, with the dead skin cells lifted off the top surface, my face can better absorb the active ingredients in all my skincare products especially SK2. It is an expensive product so before I was introduced to CURE, I actually used a product from Korea known as "THE SAEM" (which works the same way as CURE albeit with different ingredients) twice a week so it can better absorb my SK2 essence. 

John and I feel that THE SAEM is definitely better on the clarity scale as our faces really brightened up visibly after use however, our faces do not feel as smooth when compared to using CURE. In anyway, THE SAEM is not available in Sg (only in Korea) so I would recommend getting CURE for those interested! ;) 

For brownie points, CURE can be used on your body!
I first used my scrub to gently exfoliate my skin, then I used CURE (about 10 pumps) all over my body and for some reason, my skin (which is supposed to be dry after exfoliating) turns out to be thoroughly moisturized and smooth.

If you use it purely on your face, 1 bottle of CURE (at 250ml) can last you 4 months for a 
twice weekly application. If you use it on your body like I do, it should last you 2 months minimum. So this is definitely a value-for-money product ;) 

GIVEAWAY!



I am giving away a bottle of CURE Natural Aqua Gel and a tube of water treatment moisturizer (which will never be sold in the market). The small tube of water treatment skin cream is solely produced for the company's workers to protect their hands while packing products into boxes so..it is pretty exclusive ;) 

Here's how you can win this giveaway: (I am keeping it really simple!) 
1. Retweet my tweet (@vaingloriousyou) on CURE giveaway
2. Be a fan of CURE facebook here
3. Send me an email with your name, contact details, address and your twitter username (your acc cannot be private otherwise I am unable to check!)
4. Leave a comment in this post with your twitter username! 

Note: You must follow me on twitter (@vaingloriousyou) to qualify. 

I will randomly pick a winner and announce here on 6 July, 3pm so make sure you email me by then! ;) 

** post updated on 6 July, 3pm**

Thank you all so much for your participation!
I am pretty soft-hearted so I hate to do this when I can only choose 1 winner! :(
I will be holding a Maybelline giveaway next and I will definitely pick more winners! :)

The winner for CURE's giveaway is.....
ROWAN HO
I will be contacting you via email. Kindly check your inbox and spam. 

Good luck and have a wonderful wonderful weekend! :) 


With Love,
Tricia

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Monday, June 25, 2012 :: Heroine Make makeup review


For the past 2 weeks, I have been wanting to sit down to blog this entry as this post contains a few products which I would love to share with you! After using them for 3 weeks now, I am a convert for some of the products below and specially, its eyeliner ;) 

I am not going to list out all products which I was given. I am only going to share the ones which I find is worth sharing and worth splurging ;) 

To be dead honest, before I attended the bloggers' event for Heroine Make makeup products, I never once used any of the brand's products even though I seen them often in Watsons. I was never enticed enough by the cutesy packaging  to try out their products. Guess I am not a fan of these cute, anime-like marketing.
I rarely purchase those Japanese makeup products in Watsons except Dollywink lashes. 
That aside, I have learnt not to judge the quality of the product by its packaging after this event. 

You will see why. 

For this event, we were asked to wear minimal eye makeup as there would be a hands-on session. 
I was greeted with an array of products on the table. 


Turned up at the event with my foundation on, eyebrows drawn darker than usual so it takes the attention away from my bare eyes, light blusher and a subtle tight-lining of my eyes with Maybelline's Hyperliner. 

This is the foundation powder which I tested on my face.

I rate this foundation 7.5/10!
Which is a pretty good rating I am giving since I am quite the bitch when it comes to base products. 
The downside is, upon applying more than 2 layers on my skin, it goes on my face looking abit cakey. So I suggest powdering only 1 layer onto your face if you are going to try out this foundation. 
The coverage for 1-time powdering was enough to cover the redness around my nose areas. FYI, my nose area can get pretty red at the sides so I usually buy specific foundation with good coverage and goes on smoothly on my skin without looking too cakey. So this foundation is pretty decent on my skin, I would say.
You can see the powder puff is provided in the foundation case (as below). Using the powder puff would definitely provide better coverage than a brush. For those who do not like too much foundation on the face, I recommend using a brush to dust on this Smooth Cover Powder foundation instead of its powder puff.

On oil control, it can last up to approx 4 hours which is nottt too bad. I have combination/normal skin which I believe most of us are! (No one has perfect skin!) So the max I can go with this powder is about 4 hours before I need to do touching up. 

Heroine Make mascaras are quite the bomb haha. You will see from my photos below. 


I am a convert to Heroine Make eyeliner. The purple pen which I am holding on to in the photo below is the eyeliner which I totally fell in love with. On my first use, I was impressed by the pen tip and the pigmentation of the black ink. 
I highly recommend this eyeliner for beginners as the Japanese style fine tip brush is really hard to make mistakes with. It is so fine and the control of the flow of liquid out of the tip is extremely miraculous.
I did not get a clear photo of this item as I was too engrossed in examining the details/ingredients upon my first application haha. 
I rate this eyeliner 8.5/10 as I find it does not last as long as it promises. Granted that it is waterproof as stated and DO NOT smudge easily, I realized the liner near my tear ducts always fade away the fastest. And I need a touch up in like..3 hours time. Can someone tell me why? Haha. 
Other than that, I find no fault with this eyeliner and will be getting my 2nd one really soon :) 

With Heroine Make foundation and eyeliner.
At my first stroke application, the pigmentation of the eyeliner is as dark as it is seen in the photo below. For the record, I drew on my eyeliner in like...10 seconds which is really fast compared to using a separate brush when applying Mac/Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners (they come in a pot instead). 

A close up on the eyeliner drawn

This photo below was taken AFTER I put on 3 coats of the mascara (photos of the mascara above). 
It delivers what it promised with bold lengthening effect, keeping curls in place for the entire day and waterproof. 
However, on the aspect of clump free glossy lashes, I beg to differ. It adds volume to each coat and by the time I get to the third coat, it can get pretty clumpy and I had to quickly separate my lashes before it gets too ugly looking when it dries up. 
For that, I am rating this mascara a 7/10. 

With extremely strong sunlight streaming in from the window, I snapped a frontal hoping to capture how caked up my face looks after 2-3 layers of the Smooth Cover Powder foundation. 

My face actually looks really cakey over here.
Nonetheless, it is a pretty good end product with the eyeliner making my eyes look bigger and definitely sharper thanks to the extreme fine tip, a prettier set of peepers with natural eyelashes enhanced by microfibers (in the mascara) giving me a wide-eyed preppy look and the Smooth Cover Powder foundation for smoothening out my face making my pores look less obvious. 



I have been asked a number of times what eyeliner I am using so this post should answer your queries! :) 
I mentioned that I have been a convert for Heroine Make eyeliner and for the below photos, I have been drawing my eyes effortlessly these days with it. I like to extend and flick my eyeliner upwards to my temples at the end instead of a normal wing tip. This is to make my eyes "smile" when I smile haha. My eyes get really small when I smile widely or laugh so with the extended wing tip, it will appear as though my eyes are smiling when they are shut. PS: This is my secret tip! 

And using Heroine Make fine tip eyeliner, it makes the tip look really defined. A plus point which won me over :) 

Remember I mentioned above that the eyeliner do not last more than 3 hours for me although the pigmentation is really strong? Refer to the centre of my eye - this is what I meant. Additionally, you can see the line near my tear duct is fading off as well. However, it does not smudge so I don't know where the color went too haha. Prolly into my eye! 

Posted this photo on my instagram few weeks back. Also used the Heroine Make eyeliner to line my eyes.



Please let me know if you are also a convert to Heroine Make eyeliner after using it! It amazed me and I am sure it will for you too! ;) 

Here's a great start to a new week! Cheers! <3


With Love,
Tricia

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Monday, June 18, 2012 :: Vainpot Private Sale & VGY C96 sneakies!


Did you drop by for Vainpot's Private Sale on 30 June? 
Thank you so much if you did! :) 

We spent sleepless nights in there preparing for more than 100 new designs in the shop, shifting furnitures, garment steaming, cleaning (gasp) and so much more! 

Here are some of the behind-the-scene shots late into the night.

The shop in a horrible state of mess. I don't even clean my own room. Thinking back, I really don't know how we managed through. It had to be our two lovely angels who gave us so much support and help. We are too blessed indeed to have found them through countless interviews! :*) 

Don't know how they manage smiles in such adversity haha. Geez, look at my midnight towering bun in the mirror.

How Matt managed such a clean look at midnight in a dusty working environment still amaze me today.

On the day itself.
Our pretty shop just minutes before the private sale!



Gearing up with a quick dinner before doors are open! My trusty partner, Matt from MMTP, Vi & Eve :*)
Can never be thankful enough to have them in my life. 

My darling angel, Yvonne, who have even taken leave from her full-time job to help us out :*) 

Pretty Vivian who can go on without sleep for a few days!






I am looking forward to a Vainpot company retreat with the angels this end June!
We all deserve it for working so hard together! :)


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To get things going before I launch a new collection this week, here are some unedited behind-the-scene/over-exposed photos for VGY C96.
Won't be using these photos in the collection as they are over-exposed no thanks to the scorching sun. We all went home 1 shade darker that eventful day :(


My hair looks stunning here in ombre red, doesn't it? In this photo, this is the true bright red color I had on me during the first 2 weeks of dying my hair. The color is absolutely stunning IRL. Someone even walked up to me at 313 HMV asking me where I did my hair while I was browsing the store geez!
I am really so thankful to dearest John for always making me look my best no matter how busy he gets :*)
I will never forget what a reader once told me - That my hair is a testament of his love for me.

Having my little break in this pretty floral dress which I adore so much! Have already worn 2 colors out and I will be leaving the other 2 colors for my other events in June! It is so effortlessly chic and saves me so much time from prepping an outfit before leaving house. Keep a look out for the last color which I will only reveal on VGY facebook closer to launch date this week! ;) 

So here's a great start to a new week for you! 
To hell with dull Mondays! We shall all welcome the new week with anticipation and with so much energy in us! :) 


With Love,
Tricia

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