Beatrice Tan - Part 2
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12

September

TWENTY

0909 HRS

My Collagen Journey

This entry marks the end of my two-month Collagen journey!

If you have followed the previous two entry-updates on this, you would know that I've started taking the Collagen 5000 Powder two months ago after having the opportunity to be the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder ;)

For these two months, I've consumed the collagen powder diligently everyday and it wasn't difficult at all to remind myself to take it because I have always packed in a sachet or two in my bag. It's brilliant that the Collagen 5000 powder is packed in individual sachets and it's absolutely convenient to store, bring along – even for small clutches. It's completely fuss-free and dissolves easily in any liquid and to be honest, it tastes pretty good too.

As the pictures tell below, the Collagen 5000 Powder sachets were always stored in my bag!

ON PLANE RIDES
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DURING MEALS
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Mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder into mineral water

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It goes really well with fruit juices as well ;)

ON THE ROADS

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Like I've mentioned previously too, many of my friends are in fact taking this beauty supplement regularly and have told me how this beauty regime has helped in improving their skin. I was pretty skeptical at the start but after taking Collagen 5000 powder for two whole months, I think I actually do see a difference in the skin!

I haven't quite noticed it until I started digging out pictures taken two months before to do a comparison.

TWO MONTHS AGO
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I had little bumps in my skin and you could see that I pretty much had quite rough, dull tired looking and looser skin (especially the jaw/chin area) even after putting on makeup.

AFTER ONE HALF TO TWO MONTHS
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I don't know if you can tell the difference, but I thought my skin is tighter, smoother, more supple and not as dull/tired-looking!

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Besides mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder with mineral water, there are many other fun (and tasty) ways to take it!

Sharing with you a simple recipe I did with the Collagen 5000 Powder  – A special fruity shake ;D
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You would need juice (I chose apple and mango juice), yoghurt (plain would be best!), your favourite fruits (banana and strawberry for me) and of course, the Collagen 5000 Powder.

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Step 1: Not too much of the juice as this will be mixed into yoghurt and I prefer a creamier yoghurt shake ;)

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Step 2: Mix in the juice with the original yogurt!

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Step 3: Chop your favourite fruits into small slices

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Step 4: Add in a pack of Collagen 5000 Powder
    

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Step 5: Top it with your favourite sauces, jam etc. Honey will be a good idea too.

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Step 6: Tadah! I added the banana bits into the cup and added a slice of lemon for garnishing.

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Yum yum, It was really tasty by the way ;D

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Besides taking the Collagen 5000 Powder with yogurt, you can consume it with your evening drinks as well! No problem bringing it along to your house parties ;)

Last but not least, BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is also available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for you guys, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: 20th September 2014). If you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, you can purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

Before I sign off, I thought I should let you know that you could be the next winner to walk away with a gift set by BRAND’S® InnerShine®!
*Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners with the most creative recipes!

Just simply share your own creative recipes on how you would mix the Collagen 5000 Powder OR a specific dish/meal that you would most likely consume the Collagen 5000 Powder with via instagram (with/without the sachet in the picture) and just hashtag #InnerShineSG #collagen5000.

Say hello to better youthful skin and do head over to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more about Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

3

September

TWENTY

0809 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 2)

Day two in Korea was quite an eventful day.

We had a full day of activities planned by Belif's global team and after reading up on some materials about Belif, I was pretty excited to visit their physical stores in Korea and to find out more about their products. We kick-started the day with a brand introduction tour at one of the Belif's biggest stores, situated at Samcheong-dong – a popular area in Korea known for its charming mix of traditional hanok-style buildings, modern art galleries, cozy cafés and restaurants.

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The Belif store at Samcheong-dong was pretty charming indeed. We were welcomed into a place neatly decorated with traditional, vintage items and there were elements of lovely earthly nature colours and textures such as soft browns, white and of course, wood too. The place housed a 'Healing Library Café' on the second level and it was such a quaint little space – with an extensive collection of books and magazines. On top of that, we were served with cool herbal tea – definitely a lovely place for customers to rest in after their purchase in store.

Belif has been around in Korea for almost 4 years and is known to be a traditional skincare brand with products formulated with natural herbs and ingredients. Not only do they focus on the beauty aspect of skincare, they also focus on the health aspect by using natural ingredients only and eliminating harmful synthetic substances and preservatives. I have personally tried a few of their products and if I were to name one of the products that I have been using frequently, it would be the 360 herbal sleeping eye mask – it has this soothing lemongrass smell which instantly clams the body as well as your mood (particularly helpful after a long tired day at work) and at the same time, it's moisturizing enough to not create oil seeds and an absolutely convenient product to use (It's a sleeping eye mask!).

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Was surprised to know that Belif offers kids products as well as men's products!

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The morning spent at the Belif store in Samcheong-dong was quite an informative and educating one in fact. We learnt a lot about the brand, about the products and the highlight of the trip was definitely the launch of their latest skincare range - The Peat Miracle Revital Range.

Do you know that the Peat Extract (the main ingredient used in this range of products) contains Humic Acid which restores the skin’s natural turnover rate by revitalizing the skin, preventing skin inflammation and irritation at the same time? It is known for its calming effects as well as improving, moisturizing your skin to ensure that the skin renews at a much faster speed.

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Very sweet of the team to prepare a gift box labelled with our individual names and it contained the full peat range products!

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Sung, Belif's global marketing assistant with Jean Danker, our renowned local Deejay. Jean is the ambassador for Belif Singapore and am so happy and proud of her ;) You should spot her in various magazines and I know she truly enjoys using the belif products, especially the Aquabomb moisturizer.

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The boss and ladyboss from the Singapore's office – two of the most down-to-earth and capable bosses I've met ;)

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With the very lovely ladyboss ;)

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With Ning, writer from her world plus and I actually met her previously on a press trip in Bangkok. Such a small world & happy to see familiar faces ;)

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We proceeded for lunch and as you can see, the team treated us with such great hospitality and we were definitely very well-fed for every single meal.

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With Elaine – the marketing executive for Belif Singapore and a great girl to work with ;)

I thought it was a brilliant idea to try out the Peat products with an afternoon facial/massage and trust the team to think of this! We experienced a 10-step rejuvenating facial session and during the course of facial, the therapist applied products only from the Peat Miracle Revital Range, alongside with other belif skincare products.

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Facial lasted for about an hour and I remember feeling refreshed after stepping out of the room and it definitely felt good to have the skin thoroughly cleansed. This was my first time trying out the peat products too. I've pretty dehydrated skin as mentioned many times previously and the peat range was surprisingly very moisturizing (hence, the richer texture). It might be too oily for people with oily t-zone but this range works really well for dry skin.
 
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Headed back to the hotel to freshen up quickly before heading to dinner.

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We had the privilege of meeting and dining with the Vice-president from LG Household and Care, Mr Bill ;)

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And a group shot for keepsake! A lovely dinner over traditional Korean food and wine ;)

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The night didn't stop there and the five of us actually went for a late night shopping spree at Dongdaemun. Didn't pack enough clothes for the trip and thought I could easily get some clothes along the way. Unfortunately, we shopped for almost 4 hours and I couldn't find anything suitable and ended up only purchasing a skirt at the very last hour. Could see the rest were really tired from walking and they were very kind to just stay on although we mentioned about parting ways and I felt really bad for that.. Hope I didn't tire everyone out because we all had to wake up early the next day. Nonetheless, It was an enjoyable night out with awesome company and we ended the night with fun selfies at 2am!

Will be back for part three and till then, goodnight ;)

27

August

TWENTY

0508 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 1)

Finally found some time to start documenting down my Korea trip previously.

As mentioned back then, this was a beauty press trip organized by Belif / VDL and it was probably one of the most enjoyable trips I had. The team from Belif/VDL had such lovely people to work with and I'm not too sure if i'm missing Korea because of them, or just purely the place itself. Anyway, it was a joy to meet new friends and so glad I had the opportunity to head over to Korea with the team ;)

Just a short introduction of Belif/VDL if you haven't heard of them (but I'm sure you have seen their physical stores and names around), these two brands are housed under one of the most prominent beauty brands in Korea – The Face Shop. Diving into the brands, Belif is a traditional herbal skincare brand which products are formulated with natural herbs. I kinda like that herbal wellness aspect of Belif to begin with, and I got even more impressed with the brand as we got to know more about it during the trip (will share more in upcoming entries). As for VDL, it's an international cosmetic brand with great presence in Korea (now in Singapore too) and offers a wide range of beauty products from head to toe (and some really unique ones as well – think gradient lip balm). Will share more in due time.

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We had a warm welcome from the Korea team  ;)

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Checked into the hotel to freshen up before our first lunch

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Lunch was at this traditional Korean restaurant.

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Can't remember what's this dish called but it was absolutely delish. Definitely heading back if I'm back in Korea!

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It was a free and easy first day and we had a visit to Insadong after lunch. As quoted from the site, "Insa-dong Street is one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts.".

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Tea with Mel ;)

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Can never say no to Churros!

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Dinner at this restaurant in Myeong Dong – this was really good as well. Can't remember what is this called too but will check it out and update again!

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And back to the hotel to rest before we embarked on a belif journey the next day.

Be back soon!

21

August

TWENTY

1108 HRS

Beauty Collagen Journey (Part II)

ADVERTORIAL

As mentioned in an entry a couple of weeks ago, it's a great privilege to represent BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and am happy to have stocked up on 3 months worth of Collagen 5000 powder! Thanks to BRAND’S®  InnerShine® , I received the packs before my Europe trip and have started on the collagen journey since then.
 
Have been here in Europe, in London to be exact, for about two weeks. Have signed up for four summer classes, with a mixture of business and fashion topics and so far I've completed three. The classes are basically from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, so weekdays are pretty much packed and now I wish I have spaced out the classes so that I can take some time off the weekdays to tour around London.  Have gotten used to the time difference and have sort of formed a routine ever since I came here. Not a very exciting routine to begin with because most days I'll be in the academy, but here's what I will do:
1. Alarm goes off at around 8am and I tend to snooze to 8.30am
2. Head to the kitchen to gulp down a cup of water (was told that gulping down a cup of warm water- best with lemon, first thing in the morning will help to flush out toxins)
3. Turn on my laptop to play my usual songs
4. Head to the shower and start preparing
5. Breakfast while I do some surfing, check my emails etc
6. Prepare a bottle of water before i leave the apartment (This is when I'll add in a sachet of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder)
7. Get a cup of coffee along the way
8. Time for summer class

In fact most of the time I'm in a rush, so it's really convenient to bring along a couple of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder sachets and what I will do is to add the powder in later.

Like I've mentioned previously, I had comments saying that I looked tired, haggard although I've been diligently following my skincare routine everyday. I suppose it was the lack of sleep, the diet, the stress in a way etc and I guess it's time to work on the inner-beauty regime. In fact, I'm really thankful to be on board as the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and have this chance to try this. I had a meeting previously with the Cerebos team to understand about the Collagen 5000 Powder, the ingredients, the benefits and I'm actually quite excited to see what this collagen powder can do to my skin. No doubt ample rest, healthy diet play a huge part but I'm convinced that BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder will be a great boost that will help improve the skin.

Well, not too much on the ingredients but i thought you might like to know that the Collagen 5000 Powder brings together the nature's best 5Cs to nourish the skin for beauty maintenance namely Collagen, Vitamin C, Green Tea Catechin, Rice Ceramide and Acerola Cherry. The Collagen 5000 Powder doesn't have a fishy taste in my opinion and instead, it has this sweet-smell, a faint cherry taste and I personally like it when added to just still water or in my yoghurt.

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Adding it to my yoghurt, yum!
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And of course, water too.
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The Collagen 5000 powder easily dissolved after a few shakes and I would slowly sip throughout the day during lesson.

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The Collagen 5000 powder has became one of the daily beauty essentials and to be honest, I haven't been getting much sleep due to the summer classes and the 'homework' we had to do every night. Am quite glad that I'm taking this beauty drink (those late nights!!) and it certainly helped to maintain the skin elasticity and improve the condition of my skin. Somehow I felt that the skin is pretty healthy and zits seldom form after taking the Collagen 5000 powder!

AFTER FOUR WEEKS
As I'm writing this post, it has already been four weeks into the Collagen journey. I actually enjoy taking the Collagen 5000 Powder everyday as I thought it tastes quite good when the powder is mixed with water. It's not sweet-tasting and very easy to drink at the same time. I love how fuss-free the packaging is and it's quite hard to miss taking it everyday as I tend to bring along a couple of sachets in my bag (they are practically weightless!).

I personally feel that the condition of the skin has improved in terms of tiredness & elasticity. I actually thought that the skin was firmer after taking the Collagen 5000 Powder for consecutive 28 days and now I'm more motivated to take it longer and see what the Collagen 5000 Powder will do to the skin in another 28 days!

Some pictures of the skin below after taking the Collagen 5000 powder for 28 days

Not too sure if you can tell but I do feel that the skin has improved and not as tired-looking as before!  

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Really very excited to compare the difference when I've completed the 3-month collagen Journey! Stay tuned and I'll definitely be sharing more – will try to snap more pictures ;)

For now, what's exciting is that BRAND’S® InnerShine® has introduced a special contest!  You can simply post a photo on your Instagram / Facebook of what beauty means to you, with the following caption:

“Beauty is/means ______________________. Innershine Collagen 5000 Powder helps me in my beauty ritual as ____________________________. #innershinesg #collagen5000”

Best 3 entries will win a $100 InnerShine® hamper!
Contest ends 3rd September 2014.

Once again if you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, find out how you can redeem a complimentary sachet or purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for my readers, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: Until 20th September 2014).

Don’t forget to head to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more and get updates on Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

ADVERTORIAL

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  A couple of weeks before I came to Europe, I was invited to a beauty talk organized by one of the most reputable and established beauty clinics in Singapore – The Sloane Clinic. It was well-organized with the aim of introducing some of the latest advancements in the beauty industry.  Held at the Marriot Hotel for the first time, The Sloane Clinic has specially invited well-known plastic surgeons and aesthetic doctors all the way from Korea to join the Singapore team to unveil the techniques behind the concept of an ideal Asian face (pictures below).

The workshop was very comprehensive and educating in terms of beauty, and I was pretty impressed with how advanced these beauty technologies are nowadays! Topics covered during the talk included transforming faces and enhancing looks using the latest cosmetic surgery techniques non-invasive treatments and I think you can easily find solutions to almost all beauty problems!

I personally am quite neutral toward the idea of plastic surgery but I do believe in undergoing these invasive procedures when necessary. Understand it’s another idea when it comes to determining the term ‘necessary’ but in my personal opinion, it refers to correcting certain areas/parts which have always bothered one deep inside and affected the confidence and outlook of life – which I guess only us ourselves will know it.  Again, I think courage is another thing and I do think people who undergo plastic surgery are pretty courageous people to begin with.

It’s also important to find a trustable clinic and a doctor who is fully understands what one is looking at correcting.  (In my opinion, communication between one and the plastic surgeon is of utmost importance – eg. Language, as it’s going to be a life-changing change!). Have learnt that the definition of beauty in different races is very different and there is in fact, a trend in beauty as well. (eg The arched eyebrow-look was very popular back then and recently, the Korean straight eyebrow-look is in the trend.)

’m not very familiar with the plastic surgeons in Singapore, but I do know that The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre is one of the reputable ones out there. We got to meet Dr Tan Ying Chien – Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre who shared about ‘The secrets of a beautiful face’ and he is also known for the below three surgeries:

1.    Double eyelid surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)
2.    Eyebag removal surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)
3.    Facial contouring using Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers `- hyaluronic fillers is a safe procedure and can help to contour, enhance your facial features and improve your overall appearance.

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Double Eyelid Surgery   (Upper Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyelids.asp

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(Lower Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyebags.asp

As mentioned above as well, the non-invasive aesthetic treatments/techniques have changed and improved tremendously and it does seem like we can very easily find solutions to target the beauty issues we have always been very bothered about.  For myself, I do think I have problems with a big fat face, wide jaw (boohoo) and tear tough – whereby the area under my eye is hollow. Yes, I’ve pretty serious dark circle issues and I can’t live without my concealer.

Sat in to listen to a talk by Dr Chua Han Boon, a medical consultant from The Sloane Clinic and he shared about some treatments he specializes in to tackle problems that are commonly faced by many. Here are some of the issues that commonly surfaced:

1.    Uneven Skin Tone
–    For pigmentation, brown scars: Divine Whitening Program
–    Improvements in pigmentation, pores, texture, tone: Brilliant Skin Program –    Acne: Purifying Program

2.    Irregular Texture: Luminous Skin Program  

3.    Dry & Shrivelled Skin 
-    Dark eye circles, fine lines around undereye: Eye Revival Program 
-    Revitalift: Replenishes

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There are many more treatments that The Sloane Clinic offers and do click Here to find out more!