Thursday, July 3, 2014

Philosophy: New Flagship Store & Peel Cabin Experience!

I'm glad that philosophy has become so accessible in Singapore, with a brand new flagship store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre!

If you are new to the brand, philosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers efficacious skin care products, bath, body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. 

Because philosophy believes that beauty lives inside of every woman, we want to inspire beautiful skin as well as beautiful days. Founded in 1996, philosophy is part of the coty inc. prestige portfolio with headquarters in phoenix and new york.

I was invited down to philosophy at Takashimaya Shopping Centre for a very special experience: the flagship store features its very first exclusive peel cabin in Singapore, where you can get up-close and personal with philosophy, and experience their famous breakthrough range of peels and get personalised treatments!

The sleek looking store is based on a library theme to entice customers to enter the wonderful world of philosophy!

Psst.. This is philosophy's latest product: time in a bottle, and it is super amazing!

philosophy has a huge range of skin care products, bath, body and fragrance to help women look, live and feel their best :) I love the way philosophy takes such an approachable attitude towards beauty by wrapping scientifically-proven ingredients with insight and inspiration, with their inspirational names and motivational quotes!

Thanks to the lovely team at philosophy for treating us to sweet bites!

My best buddy Evonne and I with our favourite products: hers is time in a bottle and mine is hope in a jar!

We took a Fuji instax with our favourite products and this instax is gracing the wall at Takashimaya's philosophy store.. Go check it out! :P

On to my experience at philosophy's exclusive peel cabin, located right inside the Takashimaya Shopping Centre flagship store!

My 20 minute peel experience started with cleansing and skin diagnosis..

You'll get to know more about your skin during the skin diagnosis session! My skin didn't really have much issues, but was slightly dehydrated and dull.

And after which we moved on to cleansing, with philosophy's very popular purity cleanser!

Depending on your skin concerns, there will be a different peel administered for you. For example, micro delivery peel for anti-aging concerns, micro delivery triple-acid brightening peel for pigmentation concerns, etc. 

I was given the microdelivery peel! This is another of philosophy's star products, and I highly recommend that you try it!

The microdelivery peel is a two-step, in-home peel that resurfaces and rejuvenates sun-damaged, hyperpigmented and ageing skin. the kit includes vitamin c/peptide crystals and lactic/salicylic acid activating gel.

Step 1: Apply a teaspoon amount of Vitamin C peptide crystals to clean, dry skin. gently massage for 60 seconds, avoiding the eye area. Do not scrub. (Use less pressure for sensitive skin.)

Step 2: Place a generous teaspoon amount of lactic/salicylic acid activating gel in the palm of your hand. Apply on top of crystals, avoiding the eye area. a warming sensation will occur. white foam will appear. leave foam on 2-3 minutes. (you can massage foam for extra exfoliating benefits or let it sit for sensitive skin.) Rinse thoroughly.

Meanwhile, I had a relaxing face and hand massage done for me!


I really enjoy all kinds of massages, so this was a treat!

After the peel has been administered and cleaned off, a facial massage was done too, with when hope is not enough replenishing oil! ( Don't you just love the product name?)

This is a lightweight oil that hydrates dry skin, while helping to protect it against environmental attack. The nurturing formula helps maintain skin's elasticity.


I really liked how the product absorbed into my skin so well! It was a very soothing and comfortable facial massage. I also find that facial massages help a lot with puffy faces due to water retention, which I get frequently ;(

After the facial/hand massage, I then had a treatment serum put on my skin!
Once again, depending on your concerns, different serums will be used. For instance, whine antioxidant for stressed skin, fatigue skin, urban life style, brighten my day essence for dark spots, uneven complexion, miracle worker concentrate to fight lines & wrinkles, full of promise serum for instantlifting & firming and more!

Since I was focusing on anti-aging, I asked for time in a bottle, philosophy's new age-defying serum.

time in a bottle is a daily age-defying serum that helps defy the appearance of all major signs of aging with a breakthrough dna renewal complex and high-potency vitamin c8 activator! 

If you purchase this, you'd see that it comes with a vial of high-potency vitamin c8 activator that has to be mixed into the serum. I like the idea of it being "freshly" activated because that means it is also more effective!

After application of serum, a moisturiser is then applied: I had my favourite hope in a jar oil-free gel! Some other options are miracle worker cream/lotion to fight lines & wrinkles, and full of promise cream for firmness, lifting & face recontours.


The last and final step to protect your skin from the elements: Sun protection! This is an optional step but I chose to have it done because protecting your skin from harmful sunrays is an absolute must!

take shelter has a uva/uvb spf 50pa+++ and is very lightweight too! I've used this sunblock before and I find that it's one of the most comfortable sunblocks that I've tried. It has a non-sticky or greasy texture and feels like nothing at all on the skin!

And that concluded the end of my 20 minutes experience at philosophy's peel cabin!

Right after the peel experience with no make-up on at all: My skin was rejuvenated and hydrated all thanks to philosophy's products!


These are all the products used on me. All of these products are really fantastic!
For more information on the products used, you can visit www.philosophyskincare.sg!

Close-up of my skin. It was practically glowing, teehee. Please ignore the dark eye rings which nothing can cure :(





Thank you philosophy, for the wonderful experience!

Quote “Yina” to receive an exclusive 5% off your purchases and flash this post to redeem a 3pc skincare sample! :)

philosophy is also available at Bugis Junction #01-16, Tangs Orchard L1 and all Sephora outlets.

Do check out philosophy's brand new flagship store, and even experience the peel cabin for yourself when you purchase a minimum $180 worth of philosophy products*!! Do also visit philosophy's Facebook page to keep yourself updated on their activities and promotions!

Remember, beauty lives inside of every woman! With philosophy, you'll have both better skin and better days ahead ;)

xoxo

*valid only at Takashimaya S.C. #B2-03A

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BKK Mar'14: After You Dessert Cafe

Hello folks!

I have been absolutely SWAMPED with work because I'm currently overseas in Sydney, and there's so so so much to do, both for TVD and for myself. I know I promised my Korea blog posts soon, but I had a blog draft here waiting to be completed, so here's a short post first on a dessert cafe that you MUST visit when you're in Bangkok!

After You Dessert Cafe is extremely famous already, they have a few branches all over Bangkok, but the two most accessible branches are probably at Central World and Siam Paragon (this outlet was under renovation the last I visited but it should probably be open by now?)

If you're a lover of buttery toast and have a sweet tooth, you have to visit After You Dessert Cafe: their most popular dessert is the Shibuya Honey Toast which is really something you must try! In fact, we went to After You TWICE in the short span of five days because all of us loved the Shibuya Honey Toast so much!


We visited the outlet at Central World (the map is at the end of the blog post) and business at After You was bustling, the whole cafe was filled! We got a seat in less than 10 minutes though.


Enticing cakes on display at the counter.. YUM.


With babe Marie and photobombed by Mel hahaha look at her face!


As you know, the weather in Bangkok (and in Singapore nowadays too) is so super hot! We ordered the Earl Grey Milk Tea which was a satisfying thirst quencher.

Of course, we had to order the signature toast, but we also ordered the Strawberry Fresh Cream Cake and the Mille Crepe Cake as well!


Both were pretty good, but if you do order these two, make sure to finish them off before you start on the toast. The flavours are much lighter and more delicate for these cakes, and they probably won't taste as good after having a bite of the toast because that one is just so rich and decadent.


A very happy Jess with cakes! She loves the Mille Crepe Cake!


The Shibuya Honey Toast is made fresh and it took about 15 minutes for it to be served to our table.. It looked AMAZING!!! Definitely food porn. Very very instagram-worthy! Hahaha. Just looking at these pictures are enough to make me salivate now!!!


We ordered the original Shibuya Honey Toast with Vanilla Ice cream and topped with fresh strawberries!


The first bite of this dessert was just pure heaven.. REALLY. Imagine a crisp toasted buttery exterior with fluffy insides that's just soaked in honey, and accompanied by the fresh fruits and ice cream. It was insanely good!

One serving is pretty generous though, and I would think that it feeds two perfectly. I doubt I'd be able to finish one by myself without feeling a little queasy towards the end. But for four of us, it was not enough! And so we went back the following day and ordered TWO toasts for four of us. HEHE.





Just because I was having a good hair day + good make up + contact lens hahaha :X


Here's the Mille Crepe Cake! The texture is perfect: light and fluffy, and not dry and tasteless: I've tried some really bad crepe cakes before and this was a stark contrast!


Ferraro Rocher Shibuya Toast! I still prefer the original Shibuya Toast to this chocolate Ferraro Rocher version, but chocolate lovers will like this.

I had a hard time finding the addresses for After You when I was in Bangkok, so here's the address for your easy reference!

After You Dessert Cafe at Siam Paragon
Ground Floor
Tel No: 02 610 7659
10am-10.30pm (Daily)
After You Dessert Cafe at Central World
7th Floor
Tel No: 02 252 5434
10am-10pm (Daily)
This place is super addictive, so don't blame me for it if you keep going back! :D

xoxo

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