Monday, 7 May 2018

Give your hair what it deserves with Kevin Murphy's Hydrate-Me range | REVIEW


For those of you who are here after seeing my Instagram post, you will already know that I highly recommend the Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me range to anyone looking to get smoother and sleeker hair. But if you did not see that post... I guess this is a big spoiler 😅 Nonetheless, let me share with you why Kevin Murphy's hair products are what your precious hair deserves! 

About The Brand

Founder and Session Stylist Kevin Murphy introduced his namesake professional haircare line to fill a void in the world of session styling. Unsatisfied with conventional haircare products in the market, he turned to advanced skincare technology to deliver weightless texture with gentle formulas using natural ingredients. The results are products that feature vitamins and amino acids to repair and thicken hair, weightless moisturisers from high-end skincare brands to smoothen and soften hair, and antioxidants from fruits and flowers to reduce hair breakage and chemical damage.

About The Products

All Kevin Murphy products are sulphate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. Additionally, all packaging is 100% recyclable as the guy himself is huge on protecting our Mother Earth. The haircare products are created using gentle formulas and natural ingredients. For the Hydrate-Me range which I will be focusing on today, it is suitable for people who live in dry climates or has naturally dry hair.

Ingredients

Hydrate-Me.Wash is a Kakadu Plum infused moisture delivery shampoo that aims to smoothen, add shine and moisture, and create a silky feel to the hair. It also has a controlled pH level of 6.3 to 7.0. Here are the key ingredients, which I'm happy to say that most of them can be found at the top half of the ingredients list:
  • Kakadu Plum - a fruit native to the Australian Northern Territory and has the highest concentration on Vitamin C of any known plant
  • Bergamot Essential Oil - a natural source of Vitamin C
  • Hydrolysed Silk Extracts - smoothens surface of the hair to lock in moisture
  • Vitamin A - an antioxidant and cellular renewal ingredient that smoothes the appearance of the hair shaft and increases elasticity
  • Vitamin C - stimulates production of elastin and collagen; maintains hair’s lustre and elasticity; maintains colour whilst preventing the loss of hair and premature greying; natural detoxifier and aids in improving scalp circulation
  • Jojoba Esters - adds moisture to the hair, makes hair more resilient to tangles and avoids damage and split ends
  • Shea Butter - delivers moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness; absorbs quickly and completely into hair and scalp without clogging the cuticle; particularly beneficial for heat-treated hair
  • Evening Primrose Oil - high in Omega 6, hydrates and softens the hair; contains Phospholipids that are hydrophilic, sucking moisture from the air around and draw it to the hair

Hydrate-Me.Rinse is a conditioner that has similar key ingredients as the shampoo, but it also contains a couple more beneficial ingredients:
  • Micro Algae - stress manager for the hair to supply the cells with energy; makes hair become more radiant and adds luminosity
  • Vitamin B7 - beneficial for hair growth and overall hair health; strengthens both the hair follicles and the hair shaft
  • Sunflower Oil - natural sunscreen for the hair, high in Omega 6 and contains Tocopherals (oil soluble antioxidants) and Cinnmic Acid (natural UV protector)

 Texture & Smell

I'll be very honest and say that this shampoo isn't the nicest-smelling shampoo in my personal opinion. The scent is very botanical, especially when Kevin Murphy uses generous amounts of natural ingredients in his products. With that said, I would still pick this shampoo over any other brand that spams their haircare with a high percentage of floral/fruity-smelling fragrance (a.k.a perfume). I was also surprised at how well this shampoo lathers up as compared to other sulphate-free shampoos in the market. It was so easy to spread this shampoo all over my hair and scalp.


The conditioner smells the same as the shampoo, if not more intense. But oh boy, does it make my hair feel so silky smooth! To me, the texture of this conditioner is the epitome of a classic atas (high-class) hair salon product. It is dense, luxurious and certainly the kind of conditioner drugstore brands cannot compare to.

Results

Not only do my tresses look shinier and healthier, they are also much smoother to the touch - even after my FIRST wash. I've caught myself running my fingers through my hair so many times for the past couple of weeks. During yesterday's family dinner, my mum actually asked me why the condition of my hair looks so much better now as compared to when  I had bleached hair - she didn't even know that I've been trying out a new shampoo! Also, as mentioned in my Instagram post, my scalp has actually become LESS OILY, which comes as the biggest and most pleasant surprise to me. With other haircare brands, my scalp sadly turns greasy by as early as 1 P.M. if I don't wash it in the morning, even when I use an oil-control shampoo 😪 But with the Kevin Murphy shampoo, my scalp is able to stay grease-free till night time! *mindblown*
Doesn't look like I've put my hair through some serious bleaching damage before, does it? 😄

If you are intrigued to try this range out, you can redeem yourself some FREE samples here and here (I want to redeem too!!!). You can also hop over to find out more information about the products.


The Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me.Wash and Hydrate-Me.Rinse retail for S$40 each and are only available for sale in selected professional salons (click here for store locator).

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Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were
 sent to me by Sample Store (representing Kevin Murphy Singapore) for review. While this post is a paid engagement and does contain information from the brand itself, thoughts and opinions expressed above are strictly my own and based on my personal experience. I am not affiliated with both companies.



With love,

Jolynn Lim
My Beauty Road

"Don't forget to love yourself."

Follow me on Instagram @mybeautyroad for more beauty updates!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas gift ideas with a local touch | Philatelic Store @ GPO Festive Collection Launch



When you think of places to buy Christmas gifts, or simply a gift in general, our local SingPost will (most likely) never cross your mind. Yes, you read that right - our very own Singapore Post. Stepping into the Philatelic Store @ General Post Office (GPO) will absolutely change your gifting game. This season, the Philatelic Store is making Christmas shopping fun again!


Located at the heart of SingPost Centre, just in front of GPO, the store screams "Christmas" with well-arranged and aesthetically-pleasing Christmas decorations to welcome the upcoming festive season with open arms.


The Philatelic Store offers a comprehensive range of Singapore & Foreign Stamps, Thematic MyStamp Souvenirs and Philatelic Gifts that are available exclusively in-store.

Every item in this SingPost-operated store marks a special moment in Singapore's history. The commemorative value and exquisite designs of the collections make them perfect not just as Christmas gifts, but for all occasions - business gifts, souvenirs for tourist friends, or as cherished inclusions in every philatelist's personal collection.


There is so much to see at the Philatelic Store! Hence, here is a breakdown of the new exclusive launches as well as everyday gift ideas that you can expect to find:

Current Bestsellers

This holiday, let Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Cinnamonroll, Pompompurin, My Melody, Gudetama and Little Twin Stars bring warmth and joy to your loved ones - with this special collection of Sanrio gifts. Collectors of the Sanrio characters soft toys? I'd say head down ASAP to get them before they sell out!
Thematic MyStamp: Changi's Mystical Garden MyStamp Folder with free lanyard (S$21.80)

Limited Edition Sanrio Characters Soft Toys, exclusive to Philatelic Store and Changi Airport (S$10 each with minimum purchase of S$60)

Philatelic Store @ GPO Exclusives

The SingPost Postman and Postwoman mini figurines look great in any home or office, and are fantastic conversation starters.
SingPost Postman and Postwoman Mini Figurines Collection (S$28 each or S$50 for a set of 2)

Remember Singapore's most beloved posting boxes with this collection of bags, cushion covers and pouches.
Posting Boxes of Singapore Collection: Pouch, Tote Bag, Laminated Bag, Cushion Cover & Tea Towel (from S$5 for laminated bag to S$19.90 for cushion cover)

Adorable mini post box coin banks (S$10.90)

"Greetings" Stamps

Let your feelings show with the "Greetings" stamp collection! Express yourself with this vibrant collection that features Singapore's very own Merlion, wishing your friends and loved ones "Good Luck", "Miss You", "Congrats" and other popular greetings.
"Greetings" Stamps Sets and Booklets (from S$3 for 1st local stamps to S$3.70 for 2nd local stamps)

Complement your unique stamps with these matching postcards.
"Greetings" Postcards (S$1.60 each or S$5 for a set of 5)

Local Delights Collection

Here are some gift ideas that are almost good enough to eat! From childhood sweets to festive treats, these local favourites are ideal when gifting presents to friends and families.
Traditional Biscuits Magnets Set (S$28) and Local Delights & Traditional Biscuits Greeting Cards (S$8.90 each) 

Everyday Gift Ideas

Here's a fun mix of affordable knick-knacks that are great for group parties and celebrations.
Some examples among the S$5 Wonders: Morning in Singapore Plastic Folder & Tote Bag, Envelopy Passport Holder, Envelopy Lanyard, Magnet Bookmarks and Philatelic Store @ GPO Tote Bag

S$10 Quick Buys include Envelopy Pencil Case, Envelopy Laptop Sleeve and many more.

My Personal Favourites

A truly special and valuable gift idea to me will be the stamp-made-into-artwork frame pieces that the Philatelic Store carry. Despite them being the priciest items in the store, I think these artworks are truly one-of-a-kind and are perfect to gift a tourist friend whom you treasure, a distinguished foreigner guest at a company event, and even a loved one who is an avid artwork collector.
One example: Tableware, Traditional Peranakan Kum Cheng with original stamp (S$268)

There are also painting or drawing style artwork pieces available for sale. Designs are also adapted from original seasonal stamps that SingPost used to carry, featuring Singapore's olden landscapes and architecture.
One example: Singapore Traditional Sites, Chinatown Artprint (S$108)

And while you're there, be sure to browse through the "Stamps Collections" section in the store, where it features stamps that SingPost has produced over the last few years. I loved how browsing through the stamp display cases and boards brought back so many good ol' memories!

Also, why not take part in a fun contest while you're reliving the past at the Philatelic Store? Guess the number of snowflakes within the premise and stand to win S$300 worth of shopping vouchers! Contest ends 31 December 2017.

Snap a selfie with the snowman as well! And did you know? The colonial-era red pillar posting box has been restored, and mail dropped into this posting box will be postmarked with a special date stamp in red ink!

For my fellow cafe-hopping enthusiasts, check out Brunches Cafe after you're done getting all your gifts from the Philatelic Store. The latest chic vintage-themed bakery-cum-cafe (located along Rangoon Road) serves, as the name suggests, brunch food! Expect all-day breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches, waffles, or wind down and sip on some coffee or tea.
We were catered some food by Brunches Cafe at the event, and to be honest, they tasted pretty decent! They actually tasted better than they looked in those aluminium trays. Find out more about Brunches Cafe here.


Thank you SingPost and SampleStore for the nostalgic and Christmassy tour!

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Address: Philatelic Store @ GPO #01-127/128, SingPost Centre

Disclaimer: Part of this post is a reproduction of the press release sent to me by SampleStore and is meant for sharing / informational purposes only. While this post does contain information from the brand itself, thoughts and opinions expressed above are strictly my own and based on my personal experience. I am not neither affiliated with nor compensated by both companies.



With love,

Jolynn Lim
My Beauty Road

"Don't forget to love yourself."

Follow me on Instagram @mybeautyroad for more beauty updates!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Activate and rejuvenate your stem cells? Now you can, with the new ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum | REVIEW & BEAUTY NEWS



ASTALIFT, created by FUJIFILM, welcomes its third and largest boutique in NEX Serangoon, and I was invited down to experience the brand's latest In-Focus Cellactive Serum at their roadshow 2 weeks ago.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Current skincare routine | V10 Plus REVIEW

I can't believe we're already at the last quarter of the year. Where has time gone? I spent the last couple of months testing out a Japanese skincare brand, V10 Plus, by incorporating their range of products into a couple of my own skincare staples. My skin has been really happy with the whole combination, which is why instead of doing just a review of V10 Plus' products, I've decided to share my current skincare regime! I've got very problematic skin - it's oily, dehydrated, sensitive and prone to blemishes... all in one. Hence, I hope this post will be of help to at least one of you out there who has a similar skin type to mine and are currently on the lookout for new skin-savers to invest in.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Latest acne busters: Hiruscar Anti-Acne Range | REVIEW


Hiruscar recently launched their new Anti-Acne series, so I'm here to do a breakdown as well as a mini review of the range. But before I give my thoughts, here's what the brand claims:

"Hiruscar Anti-Acne is a dermatological skincare formulated specially for acne prone skin. It is lightweight and is quickly absorbed into the skin. Our products are also gentle and does not dry out your skin. It can be conveniently used under makeup! It contains MPS for maintaining skin moisture, Aloe Vera to soothe redness and salicylic acid for its anti-acne benefits."

Also, one can apparently see acne improvement in 2 days. As someone with oily, blemish-prone skin especially during that time of the month, I couldn't wait to test the range out and see if it's true.

Ready for the breakdown of all 3 Hiruscar Anti-Acne products? Let's go!