Saturday, October 25, 2014

Essential: My secret to healthy and manageable hair!

How important is it to have healthy and manageable hair?

I don't know about you, but I'm quite conscious about taking care of my hair! Especially cos I always bleach/color my hair and that means my hair is somewhat less healthy than "normal" hair, boohoo. It's true that doing chemical treatments to your hair will damage it and I always advise readers to ensure that you do your own regular hair treatment at home to take care of your hair!

So I really have to share about my latest favourite range from a shampoo brand that I've loved and trusted for many years: Essential! I think Essential is such a life-saver for my hair! Remember my previous blog post about Essential's Sleeping Hair Mask? They have got the best haircare products, and at super affordable prices :O

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I was sent this huge box D: And I opened it to find...

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Essential's brand new packaging with improved formulas and a new variant!

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Oh and they also sent me a selfie stick too :D :D :D

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This is gonna be helpful when I go overseas next week hehehehe.

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More important than the selfie stick.. The brand new Essential shampoo range with four different formulas!

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Essential Nourishing Breakage Defense for weak and damaged hair
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Essential Moisturizing Frizz Free for dull and rough hair
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Essential Light Finishing Volumizing for flat and limp hair
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Essential Deep Cleansing Care for oily scalp and dry ends


There are FOUR different variants, based on your hair type and different hair needs!

It's quite confusing sometimes I know. Cos my problem is that my hair is dry and damaged and needs something rich, but at the same time, my scalp/hair roots are more towards the oily side and if I use a very rich formula it makes my scalp get oilier faster and I find it super icky when my head feels so gross and oily!!

Especially in Singapore's hot and humid weather. Sometimes I wash my hair in the morning and in just a few hours my hair is so gross already and I feel like my hair is as greasy as Severus Snape HAHAHA (whenever I think of oily hair I think of him)


Have You Heard Of "Combination Hair?"

When I learnt about this concept called "Combination Hair", I was mind blown! D: We all know about combination skin when you have oily T-zone and dry cheeks etc but did you know that "combination hair" is also a hair condition too?

So people like me who have combination hair usually have oily roots and dry ends, which means that just one haircare product usually does not work well for us to solve both the problems of oily roots and dry ends. If a rich moisturising product is used, this will cause too much product build up on my scalp and make it heavy and oily. However, if I use a light clarifying product, my oily scalp may be better but my hair ends will be super dry! :(

I totally feel the pain cos whenever I try a rich formula for damaged hair, I always feel that my scalp cannot accept the formula. But using those shampoos designed for scalp care makes my hair feel very brittle and dry. It's a huge problem for me!


The Solution To Haircare Woes

Good thing Essential thought about this problem for "combination hair" people like me and came up with four different variants to cater for different needs! And if you have oily scalp but dry hair like me, I think you will LOVE the new Essential Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue)!

Infused with the new Microfine All Smooth Essence, the new Essential haircare range coats each hair strand evenly with a protective veil, delivering nutrients to repair damaged hair. Its uniform veil locks in moisture and repairs the dry, damaged hair ends without causing the hair roots to be sticky and heavy.This new formulation also soothes the damaged hair cuticles from root to tip, allowing you to run your fingers through your hair effortlessly even during shampooing. With strong, healthy and tangle-free hair, styling your hair has never been easier!

To decide which variant is best-suited for you, just ask yourself the two questions and choose from the matrix below!

1. Do you have oily hair roots/scalp?
2. Do you have dry/damaged hair ends?

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For me it was quite an easy choice. Yes, very oily hair roots/scalp, and yes, very dry/damaged hair ends D: Anyway, I'm also quite kiasu la so I picked what seems like the best choice for me to minimise oily scalp and yet maximise hair nourishment!!!

If you find the blue formula (Deep Cleansing Care) too drying though, you can also try the yellow formula (Light Finish Volumizing) cos both of them have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care and Sebum Cleansing Technology to target both problems of roots and hair ends! Thus, you get the best of both worlds!

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I've been using the Essential Deep Cleansing Care range for quite some time now and it's really super love! I don't know what kind of magic Essential put in their shampoo but it makes my hair feel SO soft and light! And super duper smooth when you comb through it whether it's wet or dry. It really helps with the tangles!

If you have dry hair like me too, you should know that hair washing and bow-drying takes really long sometimes cos your hair keeps on getting tangled and it's so annoying. But using Essential makes my hair feel so smooth and even blow-drying my hair is faster and easier!

For the combination hair peeps like me who have very damaged hair, you're also recommended to use Essential's orange range hair treatment products (Treatment Tube and Hair Mask, to be applied to hair ends only, not scalp!) for best results!

The results? My hair ends are much more nourished now while my scalp now feels way fresher and lighter!

All thanks to Essential :D

Healthy manageable hair is just a switch away.. Switch to new Essential today!
The new range is available at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, western pharmacies and personal care stores. Prices start from S$4.50.

Oh, and you can also redeem samples of Essential Light Finish Volumizing shampoo & conditioner (yellow variant) from Essential's Facebook page here! :) Experience it for yourself and I promise you'll be sold too! Pop by Essential's instagram at @essentialsingapore for more news and updates too!

xoxo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Slim Couture: On Losing Weight

Weight loss is an issue that I've been battling all my life, so much that the word "dieting" is as familiar to me as the word.. "food". Some people are born skinny and some people are not, and I'm one of those that's been struggling with weight loss battles since childhood.

Even though my war with the fats is still ongoing today, I am really thankful that I came across Slim Couture and have decided to make it part of my life, because I have never sincerely believed in a weight loss treatment as much as I have, in Divine Slim! It is not just healthy and holistic, it is a treatment that truly works effectively and I have seen it do wonders not just on myself, but on people around me, like YZ or even Jessica (aka Shiberty)!

You can read more about my experiences with Slim Couture and their treatment Divine Slim in the following blog posts:

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It was my great honour to be a part of Slim Couture's first ever event, a Meet-and-Greet session with readers! Of course, I got YZ to come along as well so he could be another real life testimonial. YZ lost like 7kg in just 6 weeks of going through Slim Couture's TCM slimming sessions!

The turnout for the event was great! I'm so glad I had a chance to meet some readers and talk to them/encourage them. It also made me feel heartened that I'm not the only one struggling with these issues and being able to meet these ladies to share my experience and give them hope! I know how daunting weight loss can be, and how impossible it seems. 

Some photos from the event!
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Here's the special buffet spread at the event, and guess what, these foods are all "Slim Couture approved"! Lol. 

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Fruits like dragonfruit, kiwi, strawberries and papaya..

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Tofu, vegetables..

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And yummy fish and chicken!

Honestly, it may be hard to follow to Slim Couture's diet at first, but once you're once to it, it's actually not that tough! Plus you don't have to starve yourself, which is what I always thought I had to do to lose weight. Not so with Slim Couture. You're supposed to eat your meals regularly and snack too, on healthy snacks like cherry tomatoes and blueberries!

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In the process of sharing with readers about Slim Couture's TCM treatments and how they work!

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With dear Jess, who lost a HUGE amount of weight. I think Jess lost almost 10kg to date? I'm so proud of her and happy that Slim Couture helped her achieve such amazing results!

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And these are the lovely ladies behind Slim Couture, and they are really passionate to help every single client lose weight healthily and effectively. Thank you for having me at the event!

I don't think I've ever posted such an ugly picture of me on my blog HAHA but this photo on the left was taken on the exact same day that I went to Slim Couture for my very first session! I still remember the photo being taken at a Benefit event (which is why I was holding a toy gun) and it was my dear Tricia aka VainGloriousYou who took this shot -.-

And of course, the photo on the right is my outfit photo from last month I think? Panelled Mesh Top (gonna be restocked soon!) and Elodie Skorts from TheVelvetDolls!
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You might be surprised to know that the weight difference between these two photos is barely a few kg, but silhouette and measurements-wise, I think there is a huge difference! One of the best things about Slim Couture's treatment is that it helps to target cellulite as well as problem areas like love handles and tummy, which means a vastly improved silhouette and figure. Even though my weight hasn't gone down by much, I've received quite a fair bit of comments and compliments from friends and acquaintances about how I look!

Taken on the day of Slim Couture's event! Off-shoulder top from LilypiratesSora Mermaid Skirt from TheVelvetDolls, nude stroppy shoes from Steve Madden.

Ideally, I'm hoping to lose another 4-5kg in time for 1st January and I really hope that with Slim Couture's help, I can achieve my target weight and figure! Superficial as it seems, being that few kg slimmer really does make me feel better about myself. Apart from being able to wear clothes confidently, I feel so much more at ease with my body and myself. Of course, the benefits of losing weight with Divine Slim treatments are way more than just superficial! I really do feel tons healthier and happier.

Once I'm back from Spain in three weeks time, it'll be the last six weeks counting down to the wedding day! Those last twelve sessions are gonna be crucial for me to lose the extra couple of pounds I'm expecting to gain from travelling hahaha and really look my best on my big day. Can I please be the skinniest ever on that day? HAHA. Can't wait!!!

If you've also been fighting a war with weight loss like I am, please press on and don't give up! It's not easy, but trust me on this, you can do it! :) Stay positive alright! Most importantly of all, be happy and healthy because that's the best thing you can do for your body! And remember that at the end of the day, those numbers on the scale do not determine our entire self-worth and value. Your body's health and well-being is way more than just numbers, so go about losing weight healthily!


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SLIM COUTURE

Official website: www.slim-couture.com

18 Cross Street, #02-06
China Square Central
Singapore 048423


190 Clemenceau Ave 2,
Singapore Shopping Centre, #05-29
Singapore 239924
Tel: (+65) 6336 8665

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Will update again very soon, but follow me on Dayre and Instagram cos I'm gonna be updating way more frequently on my mobile social platforms while I'm travelling! :) I promise lots of Spanish updates from the other side of the world!

xoxo



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Friday, October 10, 2014

SaSa Fragrance Fair: Scents In The City

My obsession with fragrances only started very recently, I'd say.. It's been perhaps only the past few years that I really started taking an interest in perfumes. Like I've mentioned several times before, I've never used to be a fan of perfumes and fragrances. These days though, it's a different story, thanks to all the opportunities to explore so many different scents!

I've come to find out what I really like, and when I got older and got enticed into the glamorous grown-up world of beauty and cosmetics, fragrances became something I've learned to appreciate more and more. Now, spritzing my favourite scent has become a ritual that completes my beauty routine! 

Your chosen fragrance/scent says so much about yourself, and even though it's something that can't be seen or touched, the scent that you use is something that will resonate with others as part of your identity and personality. That's how impactful a fragrance can be!

Since I started using perfumes, I've been voraciously collecting the most beautiful fragrances, and I'm really proud to share that a huge part of my fragrance collection comes from SaSa, which I'm sure all you beauty insiders are well-acquainted with! 

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Marc Jacobs, Prada (this fragrance is no longer available at SaSa), Valentino and Trussardi, just a few of the authentic brands I own and that SaSa carries.
 As if you needed any introduction, SaSa is one of the leading cosmetics retailing groups in Asia and is known as the one-step cosmetic specialty store, providing customers with the widest range of high quality products at the most competitive value. There are more than 600 brands available at SaSa!

SaSa is also an authentic fragrance retailer carrying a wide spectrum of popular brands such as Anna Sui, DKNY, Boss, Kenzo, Gucci, Prada as well as exclusive brands such as Blumarine, Marina De Bourbon, Dsquared² and TOUS. Walking into a SaSa store is a dream for any fragrance-lover.

I've got exciting news!

If you've been wanting to get the latest popular fragrances, here's your chance to get them at an amazing discount of 20% off (with additional 5% off for SaSa VIPs and Citibank cardholders!).. at SaSa's fragrance fair: SCENTS IN THE CITY from 3 Oct to 16 Nov 2014, which is gonna be so scent-sational (sensational. scent-sational.. get it?? lol)!!

In conjunction with Scents In The City, I was invited to a special guided perfume laboratories tour and fragrance workshop at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)!

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Woke up real early and was all excited for the workshop!

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During our guided tour and workshop, I learnt SO much about fragrances and perfumes!

If you think that fragrances are just sitting in pretty perfume bottles, you are so wrong. Did you know that the average person comes into contact with least 17-21 scented products a day? Ranging from your toothpaste, to your shower gel, shampoo, and even household items like fabric softeners and detergent!

At IFF, we got to see how scents and fragrances are created, tested and measured in the labs, and also learnt about how different consumer markets have very varied needs and preferences when it comes to scented products, depending on lifestyle or even culture and tradition. It was such an eye-opener!

We even had fun creating our very own fragrance too!
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Here's our make-shift fragrance making laboratory.. Haha! 

Chemists for the day! We all took turns sniffing and deciding what we needed to add into our fragrance to balance out the different notes and make it as nice-smelling as possible. And we brought home our own creation at the end of the workshop!

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It was a really great session! Thanks for the informative and fun workshop, SaSa and IFF! :D

Back to SaSa's SCENTS IN THE CITY!

It's happening from 3 Oct to 16 Nov 2014, and trust me when I say that you'll get the best deals in town at SCENTS IN THE CITY! All shoppers will enjoy 20% off 23 participating fragrances, and 10% off all other fragrances in stores. Of course, the fragrances are all 100% authentic!

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Here's a sneak peek of a few of the brands that are available at SCENTS AT THE CITY: Expect top fragrance brands such as Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Valentino and many many more! There are also male fragrances available too! 

2 of the 4 fragrances shown are participating in the event! Do you know which the 2 are? :D

If you're free on 11/12 October and 25/26th October, come on down and join some of the awesomest bloggers in Singapore at SCENTS IN THE CITY roadshow events too!

Qiuqiu, Melissa Celestine Koh and Yutaki will be around to share their favourite scents and play games with you shoppers for you to win vouchers, beauty products or fragrances! :D Look out for them at: 11-12 October at Jurong Point SaSa Store (#01-16 JP1) and 25-26 October at Wisma Atria SaSa Store (#B1-06 to 08)!!

Alright, go check out more details at http://www.facebook.com/SGSaSa!

xoxo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

innisfree world: Shop innisfree Online Now [Give-away]

You may be very familiar with the brand innisfree, but did you know that the name innisfree translates literally to "free island", which comes from innisfree's beauty concept that revolves around pure Jeju, to create a space where nature and your skin can coexist in harmony, through harnessing the clean, raw energy of the island?
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Isn't Jeju island beautiful? innisfree first began in 1979 when a rocky wasteland in Jeju was transformed into the flourishing, chemical-free green tea farm that we know today!

I have tried many innisfree products ever since the brand arrived in Singapore, and I am a huge supporter of innisfree, and believe strongly in both the brand and their effective products! With their strong brand ideas in au natural healthy beauty and naturalism, innisfree is not just good for our skin, it is also good for our environment because of all their eco-friendly practices such as using recycled materials for packaging, soy-ink printing, and how they give back to the earth with their different conservation and protection programmes within innisfree itself!


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Thus, I'm really excited to share that Korea's No 1 naturalism beauty brand is now available at the click of a button, online at innisfreeworld! Whoop whoop!!

Yes, innisfree has a flagship store at Takashimaya, but there are many of us, myself included, that don't have the time to make a trip down to the store to make purchases. And with innisfree's new global e-commerce site, all we have to do now is to click our way to healthy, beautiful skin through the organic benefits of Jeju!

I explored the website and I found it really fun and interesting: for instance, there is a special page dedicated to what innisfree calls the 8 solution kit!


8 Solution Kit

Basically, innisfree has come up with 8 different kits, each one tailored to meet a different skin concern.

These 8 different skincare solutions are:
Moisturising (Green Tea)
Whitening Care (Tangerine Peel)
Pore Care (Volcanic Scoria)
Nutrimoisturising care (Golden Olive)
Trouble Care (Bijia)
Firming and Lifting (Soybean)
Total Care (Orchid)
Wrinkle Care (Seaweed)

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This makes it so easy for us customers to buy what we need based on our own skin problems and concerns! So for the ladies who need the help in picking your range of products, pop over to the innisfreeworld 8 Solutions page to find out more.

I'm also gonna share some of my favourite innisfree products with you, and these products are also global top-sellers across the world! If you're new to innisfree, I'm pretty sure these products will leave you wanting to try even more from innisfree!



My top favourite innisfree products

Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (100mL) 
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innisfree Super volcanic pore clay mask
The cooling clay from this mask pack keeps the skin and pores immensely refreshed with its powerful sebum absorptive ability that immediate tighten pores. This 6-in-1 total pores care mask targets pore tightening, sebum control, dead skin cell exfoliating, deep cleansing, skin complexion improvement through its cooling effect – thus ridding of all possible pore-related problems.

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innisfree Super volcanic pore clay mask
This is one of my favourite masks of all time! I'm a big fan of clay masks and I love the tightening and deep cleansing effect I get from the Super Volcanic pore clay mask. Whenever I feel that my skin is starting to produce extra sebum, I usually just slap on the Super Volcanic pore clay mask and immediately after removing, I can feel that my skin is so much cleaner and smoother. Highly recommended!

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innisfree The green tea seed serum
An intense moisturizing serum infused with highly-concentrated Green Tea Seed essence purely derived from Jeju Island’s organic green tea garden is essential for hydrating your skin with pure water and the tea tree’s vitality.With a water-like texture, the serum boasts a five-times-better moisturizing power after use and increases the moisture content inside the skin up to 66% while decreasing the amount of dead skin cells by 76% - keeping your face effortlessly crystal clean. The first serum to plant moisturizing seed in your skin, the evident boosting effects speak for itself through its multi-award winning reputation as Korean women’s most beloved moisturizing serum.

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innisfree The green tea seed serum
Right after a good mask, the best product to apply on your skin is a serum such as innisfree The green tea seed serum! I always find that my other skincare products are so much more effective after deep cleansing with a clay mask. The green tea seed serum is very gentle on the skin, with a water-like texture that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling bouncy and hydrated!

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innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
Long wear complex ingredient helps makeup not to collapse even in hot and soggy weather. It keeps bright skin without darkening by sebum control powder, so it helps 12 hour lasting of makeup. Moreover, it strongly protects skin from ultraviolet rays with SPF50 PA+++

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innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
innisfree Long Wear Cushion is one of my favourite BB cushions! With its super high SPF coverage, I can even skip sunblock on my lazy days and still get sun protection!! Hehe. The long wearing formula also keeps your makeup looking fresh the entire day, which is essential in our humid weather.

You know a Korean-made product is really good when you see the locals using it! And I was totally sold when I saw my Korean makeup artist using innisfree's BB cushion when I did my pre-wedding photoshoot in May :D

So in love with the Korean makeup look!



Why you should shop on innisfreeworld

The best part about shopping on innisfreeworld: there are so many exclusive benefits that are only available on innisfreeworld: you can't get them offline! These include small size trial products of 8 solutions, like the Jeju volcanic pore clay mask 5ml, The green tea seed serum 5ml, and many many more!

There are also exclusive sets like the Jeju super volcanic pore clay mask special set: only 3000 sets are available! With every Super volcanic pore clay mask, you get a toner and cleanser FREE! There are other special launch offers too, so go and check them out on innisfreeworld!

Another cool programme that's exclusive to innisfreeworld is the free Home Trial Kit with every purchase of over USD50, you get two special 8-Solution Home Trial Kits (pick your own skincare concern) for you and a friend to try!


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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kits

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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Total Anti-Aging

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innisfree 8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Hydrating
I love how these Home Trial Kits come in little eco-friendly packets with a range of products for you to try, it's great for travel too! And they are absolutely free with purchases of USD50 and above!

You might already know that popular K-celebrities Yoona and Lee Min-ho are innisfree's ambassadors.. Check out the innisfree Minho Letter Pouch!

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innisfree Minho Letter Pouch
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innisfree Minho Letter Pouch
It even has photos of Lee Min-ho and a letter signed off by Minho himself on the inside of the pouch! SO NICE!!


Just for you awesome readers, innisfree is being extra generous and will be sponsoring a fabulous give-away for ONE very lucky readers!!! Thank you so much, innisfree!

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You, lucky reader, will win the following items as featured above:

The green tea seed serum 80ml
Super volcanic pore clay mask 100ml
Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 150ml
8-Solution Home Trial Kit - Hydrating, Firming and Total Anti-Aging
Long wear cushion SPF50+/PA+++ (shade 21 and refill packs in shades 13,23 &31)
Minho Letter Pouch

All in this really adorable and environmental friendly Krabag specially made in collaboration with innisfree!! :D

Trust me, you'll loooove this amazing hamper of products! To win, just leave a comment on this blog entry with your name and email address, and answer the question:

"What do you love best about innisfree?"

It could be your favourite product, or anything at all that's related to innisfree!! Give-away ends 20 October 2015 and it's so simple to take part, you might just be that fortunate reader to win!

And.. What else are you waiting for? Go and shop on innisfreeworld right now! :D :D :D

xoxo



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