Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Simple x Lazada Online Revolution 2017 - 12.12 Surprise Box

Another 1 week plus to 12.12! I bet many of you had seen the advertisements that Lazada had put up everywhere... like the MRT stations. ^,^ Most people remember 11.11 sale and kinda forgot there's also 12.12 sale!

Anyhoo, for the upcoming 12 December, there'll be 60+ brands of surprise boxes, each retailing at SGD$29 where they'll put in products worth SGD$100!
There's also up to 90% off many items and more than 120 Flash Deals available!
The mega sale will only be on 12 Dec ~ 14 Dec 2017.

If you are EXISTING Lazada members, enter through the following: 
Launch Lazada Online Revolution 12.12 (using mobile Android/ iOS)

If you are NEW to Lazada, use this Voucher/ Coupon/ Promo code which you can enjoy 18% off, capped at SGD$11 (for first 100 New Customers only, valid til 14 Dec): LAZOR2017NEW

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In this post, I'll show more about the products given by Lazada x Simple Surprise Box~
First up, the box! ^_^

The box is quite huge~ It was also pretty heavy. I had to lug this box home without a bag and it was tiring. Getting everything online sure has its benefit yah? Everything's mailed to your doorstep! So buy from Lazada and you won't become like me.. hahhax~ ^_^") *sweat*

Simple products in the Lazada surprise box reveal!!.... but not all! Hahhax~ There are MORE to this actually! I bet you can't believe it because the items shown in following photo is already quite alot!

Hereby revealing that the box actually contains some repeat products such as the Facial Toner. There's also cleansing water and eye makeup remover along with the 2 toners, which provides me a full face cleansing regimen for both day and night. The cleansing products are differentiated from the skincare products by colour, one being in white packaging, the other in green.

The back view of the 3 products shows one how to use the product and the ingredients.

The products has really plain, basic packaging with a flip on/off cap, just like it's brand name, simple. ^_^
I have been using the makeup remover and the cleansing water for sometime. I feel that it's a basic and pretty nice cleansing water, able to remove dirt, grease and even light base makeup. The makeup remover is capable of removing most of my makeup but has weaker removing power against very water resistant makeup like certain matte liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascaras. Simple cleansing range would be best recommended for users who put on light or not too heavy makeup.

So that's all for the products that I gonna reveal. You will only know the other half unrevealed products after buying this surprise box on 12.12! Hehex~ ^▽^/~

After emptying the Surprise Box, I gave the box to my cat Mimi and him being a rather large size cat (due to his breed), usually would not sit inside a box smaller than his size. BUT THIS. This box size suits him so well that until today.... he's still sitting and sleeping inside the box! Hahhax~ (>▽<)/~
I think I myself would try buying other Surprise Boxes from Lazada to gift myself and friends... and gift the boxes to Mimi. Lolllx~ If you do own a cat, remember to give the box to her! I bet most cats would love this huge box!

During the briefing event (which happened before 11.11 sale), I saw there were many more brands of surprise boxes... So yap, do stand by your fingers and mouse on 12.12 midnight for these!

Where to buy?
Lazada SG Online Revolution 12.12 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Event: My Experience At Philatelic Store @ GPO (SingPost Centre)

Omy, can't believe that it's already coming to December! /(*0*)\~
Back in mid November, I was stilling viewing the Christmas setup in the Philatelic Store @ GPO and thinking that it was kinda early to get Christmas greeting cards but well, who knew the month of December came so quickly!
Anyhoo~ as most Singaporeans already knew, Singpost Centre has been revamped and officially opened in October. Of course, what's Singpost Centre without the General Post Office eh? Apart from the GPO, the mall also houses a Philatelic Store which sits just right beside it, or rather, in the heart of the General Post Office. Prior to attending the event, I had went to GPO to mail my letters and saw this beautiful Philatelic Store but sadly I didn't had much time to check it out then. Hence I was happy that SampleStore gave me the chance to visit as well as to learn more about the stuffs that the store carries.

So now, let's see what Philatelic Store have in-store for us for this festive season!~

At the side of the entrance of Philatelic Store, there is a photo gallery telling the stories of the GPO at old Fullerton Building along with displays of the original handstamps and ink pads artefacts. So interesting~

Tour inside Philatelic Store @ GPO
I have compiled a video of the things that the store displays/ sells. Click to play the video~ ^,^
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 the store marks a special moment in Singapore’s history.
The commemorative value and exquisite designs of the collections make them perfect for all occasions – as business gifts, or as cherished inclusions in every philatelist’s personal collection. 

Within the store, one can find many items to purchase such as National Stamp, like the (Merlion) “Greetings” Stamp which consists of Mint Stamps, First Day Cover (available from 15 November 2017), Postcards, and Annual Collection 2017. Prices of these stamps start from SGD$1.60 onwards.

There are also Festive Gift with philately designs in a range of SGD$5 - $10. This envelope is one that I would consider buying~ The design is so nostalgic and it can hold up to A4 size items. It would be lovely to gift someone this to store stationery and what not. On every purchase, a free festive gift wrapper will be given too (while stocks last)!

The store has also just launched not long ago the Thematic MyStamp with the Changi Mystical Garden with Sanrio Characters theme. It is a stamp folder and comes with a lanyard, retailing at SGD$21.80. This came just in time for Christmas! I bet those who love characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama, My Melody, Little TwinStars, Pompompurin would love this MyStamp folder. ^^

There are also Premium Gifts, like the Local Delights Collection. The collection consists of Traditional Biscuits Magnets Set & Greeting Cards and Local Delights Tea Towel with MyStamp Sheet & Greeting Cards and they retail from SGD$8.90 onwards. This, would be another great gift idea for friends who love these local delights since young!

Dropping My Postcard at the Special Colonial Red Pillar Posting Box
At the Philatelic Store, a colonial-era red pillar posting box which is operated and owned by Singapore Post, has been restored and mail dropped into this posting box will be postmarked with a special date stamp in red ink.
But of course, the one you see here is for display only. The actual one is located just beside the entrance of the store. A video of me mailing a postcard to myself by dropping it into the red pillar posting box is shown later in this post. (so, scroll down to watch it! ^_^)/~

The Philatelic Store @ GPO Exclusives had to be my favourite series as they feature the iconic Posting Boxes of Singapore on items such as Pouch, Tote Bag, Cushion Cover & Tea Towel. They retail from SGD$5 onwards.

The following shows part of my purchase - the (Merlion) "Greeting" Stamps and one of the Posting Boxes of Singapore Collection postcard. I wrote on the postcard, affixed the stamp and mailed it to myself.

Philatelic Store @ GPO Exclusives also includes the SingPost Postman and Postwoman Mini Figurines Collection. They retail at SGD$28 each & $50 for set of 2. Look how cute they are when placed beside the miniature posting boxes!  >∇<)
I did a "silly" mini comic with the figurines! Enjoy~ ^,^

And so finally, my postcard is sent out via this colonial-era red pillar Posting Box. I so love this postbox..It's so beautiful! ♥♥♥

Here's a video of me mailing out the postcard and receiving it. It was kinda fun (& a little silly at the same time lolx~).
Do check out the special red ink date stamp! I shall try mailing letters through this Posting Box in future. hehex~

In the Philatelic Store, I chanced upon this board..You might want to take part in this contest the next time you visit the store! ^,^

Dinner Time!
At the event, we were fed with nice food, catered by Brunches Café.
I heard about Brunches Cafe but had yet to visit them. It's the latest Chic Vintage Themed Bakery/Café along Rangoon Road (in the Neighbourhood of Farrer Park MRT).
The cafe serves All-day Breakfast Menu, Gourmet Sandwiches, Waffles, Coffee, Tea and other Beverages to the funky café-goers. By looking at the photos, I really think I should plan one day to go down there with friends, enjoy the food and admire all the vintage furniture and decor. As some of you might had known, Chic and Vintage is my kind of style hehex~ ^,^
Photo credits to Brunches Café

My Purchases and Complimentary Gifts from Philatelic Store
- Red Pillar Posting Box Tote Bag
- Posting Boxes Postcards Set (less the Red Pillar Postcard becos it hadn't arrived when I took this pic hahax~)
- Philatelic Store @ GPO Christmas Cookies

One of the most beautiful postcard from the Posting Boxes postcard set... HOLOGRAM!~~~ ()

Photos of me hugging my favourite Red Pillar. lolx!~

Hello Smiley Cookie Man. ^_,^

Philatelic Store @ GPO
SingPost Centre, General Post Office #01-127 to 128 (It's easy to find, just follow the signage in the mall ^^)


Friday, November 10, 2017

Launch & Review: Experiencing ASTALIFT @ NEX & In-Focus Cellactive Serum

Sometime late last month, I visited ASTALIFT @ NEX with an invitation to also visit their Roadshow. It was my first time visiting ASTALIFT despite that I have been looking at their products from online and thought of trying out their products. Thus I find that it was a good chance for me to jump in and get to know more of their products. ^_^

ASTALIFT’s third and largest boutique recently opened in NEX, the largest mall in the Northeast region of Singapore. Spanning 688 square feet, this shop features the brand's signature red hue to signify the vibrancy and richness of ASTALIFT. At the store front, a poster of their newly launched product which is their In-Focus Cellactive Serum was put up. Some might know, since way back I'm a Japanese skincare & make up lover.. not forgetting to mention Japan anime and technology stuffs too! Lolx~ Hence with that, I was intrigued to find out more about ASTALIFT and trying out the new skincare product.

I learnt that ASTALIFT has over 80yrs of R&D and it started in Singapore since 2011. As most of you already knew, Fujifilm is a photography company. Today, it is so much more. It is now best known for their Fujifilm products such as photo imaging & digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, and also medical and life science products. Applying its propriety knowledge of nanotechnology for exposing and colour developing in film, Fujifilm created ASTALIFT, an award-winning brand that offers carefully research skincare and supplement products with proven efficacy.
Upon understand the brand ASTALIFT and how Fujifilm created the brand, I was even more excited to know more about their skincare products!
ASTALIFT In-focus Cellactive Serum
Fujifilm launches ASTALIFT's topline age-defying serum – the In-Focus Cellactive Serum that revitalises skin's stem cells by awakening skin’s innate healing power. Feel the texture of this unique gel melt into your skin, as it transform from a gel texture to a lightweight oil when dried to act as a barrier and lock in moisture. Relieve stress with each application as its therapeutic scent of bergamot, jasmine and sandalwood.
In-Focus Cellactive Serum contains Nano-Astaxanthin CP+ which consists of nano-dosages of Astaxanthin that provides stem cell anti-oxidation protection and Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Nicotinate) that protects stem cells from internal stress. It also contains nanosized Boswellia Serrata that activates the epidermal stem cell rejuvenation signal in skin. With the nano technology, these ingredients are absorbed into skin 1.3 times better.

At the store, I swatched In-Focus Cellactive Serum on back of my hand. it is a light orange gel which at one look, I thought it was like any other ordinary gel skincare. However after I spread it out, it immediately turned into liquid and almost water-like consistency. It has a floral-woody fragrance which I quite like. Since my hands are usually quite dry, the gel got absorbed into my skin almost immediately while I continue to spread out the rest of the product on my hand. It left no residues or any kind of greasiness feel on my skin. As the skin on my hand differs from my face, I'll be talking more of its texture on my oily-combi skin later in this post. (continue to scroll down for lot more pics and review! ^,^)

It is not the first time I've seen such pump, I've also seen the ball valve type pump in other Japanese skincare makeup products. Seems like Japan are using such air tight pump outlet which is so much better than the ordinary ones we used to have. With this, it could keep the product fresher and prevents degradation.

After In-Focus, I was introduced to ASTALIFT Jelly AquarySta which also look like a gel.
This is a very unique product whereby looking at the product, I wouldn't have guessed that it's actually used as a skin conditioner (after cleanser, before lotion) rather than a moisturiser (last skincare step).
The jelly orange gel feels slightly heavier than the In-Focus serum gel, and it spreads out just like a gel should without feeling that liquidy. It also absorbs pretty fast into my skin. It has a nice faint woody scent. This product is an essential skincare base, to be used before any other skincare be it anti-aging or whitening range.

Next up, introducing one of their popular product, also the most interesting one I've seen (you'll understand why in a min) - the ASTALIFT WHITE Perfect UV Clear Solution SPF50+ PA++++.

The sunblock belonging to the whitening range, when dispensed is white with a faint pink hue. It is lotion type with a slightly thicker consistency and spreads out to transparent with no white cast, even taken under flash (bottom right pic).

So, what's interesting about ASTALIFT sunblock, you say?
It's actually something to do with the product packaging. Notice that the cap is transparent with a white cone inside it? Believe me or not, the cap is designed to absorb UV rays and it will turn violet to show how much UV you are experiencing right now. The brighter the colour of the cap, the stronger the UV rays your skin are taking in.
Now, watch this video of Perfect UV Clear Solution which I posted in both Instagram and Facebook Page and learn how powerful sunblock is as well as how great they are to our skin. Like I've always said (to all my friends and fellow readers), do WEAR SUNBLOCK everyday!

So overall, here's the 3 products swatched together.


After understand about ASTALIFT and experiencing their new and also best-selling products, I got to hang out at their Roadshow. While I was there, there were some game activities going on at the dart station. It looked fun but I was kinda busy swatching products and taking photos so I didn't take part. Lolx~

At the roadshow, I also saw a promotional board. The sets are pretty worth getting! ^_^

ASTALIFT NEX outlet actually carries a skin analyser machine,where customers' skin condition is analysed, so that relevant products can be recommended accordingly. On that event day, the machine was brought to the roadshow where the ASTALIFT trainer did a demonstration on models' face by applying the Perfect UV Clear onto half of her face.
Later, she was brought to the skin analyser machine where her skin was analysed and shown on the big screen for everyone to see. I was really awed by the half white face which was actually the area the sunblock was applied on. By using only about a pea size product, it could provide such high UV protection. I'm really amazed! It's no wonder their sunblock is one of their popular items!

At the roadshow, I queued up to get my skin analysed too. Before scanning my face, I actually took half of my face base makeup off (only the point makeup still intact) using one of ASTALIFT's cleansing product. The side I removed is my right half (your left) and weirdly enough, the machine could still detect that I've had my sunblock on my whole face. I was told that the sunblock I put on was evenly spread out as seen in the blue screen where the areas outside my eyes appeared whitish but less intense than the model's.
Other than little wrinkles and fine lines under my eyes and visible pores as well as oily T-zone, there wasn't much additional issue that I do not know of. This analyser machine could scan faces with or without makeup, it's really awesome! ^_^ But of course, without makeup would still be best.
I would recommend all to try this out at ASTALIFT outlets (Only at NEX & JEM)!
(click to enlarge pic)

At the end of the session, I received complimentary sample size of the new ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum x 2 & a jar of Jelly Aquarysta for me to experience their skincare at home.

Even though these samples are small, they are enough for me to use for a week as I usually use the recommended amount or slightly lesser if required, due to my oily-combi skin. It would be too heavy for my skin if I apply more or layer too much skincare products on my face.

Product on Face Swatch
As I've mentioned earlier, products swatched on my hand vs on my face could differ quite alot due to my face is so much more oilier than the skin on my hand is.
In-Focus Cellactive Serum on my face feels:
- very lightweight
- absorbs very quickly
- non-greasy, not-sticky
- after full absorption, my skin feels a little tacky (has tiny bit of friction when I run my fingers over the skin) yet feeling somewhat velvety at the same time
- leaves a very light protective veil on face
- appear glowy and a little bit reflective
Jelly Aquarysta on my face feels:
- lightweight
- absorbs a little slower than the serum
- leaves my skin looking a little glossy
- a tad greasy
- feels a little sticky but still smooth to touch
- gives my skin a light orange hue

I must say, this jelly is quite amazing. Today I dig up some amount of the product and it looks like this, the next day I open the jar, I would see the jelly bounce back to an even surface, as shown in the earlier pic. Lolx~

Before, After & Review
After using ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum, I feel that my skin:
- appears alot more glowy and brighter, most of the times seen right after I cleansed away the overnight skincare products from my face in the morning
- heals pretty quickly from new inflammations, old scars and spots
- lightens some of the smaller pigmentation
- pore size reduced
- fine lines and wrinkles appear less deeper
- feels a little firmer than before
- nasolabial folds looks a tad plumped up, not that sagging and the redness on those folds are reduced
- feels very smooth and soft to touch despite that I still have some inflammations & closed comedones underneath it
I feel that the Ion Sensing Technology which allows immediate penetration of serum as it glides on the skin, makes this additional skincare step short and sweet. I already have many skincare products to put on everyday and night and by introducing this serum into my daily skincare regimen, it didn't really make much difference. Reason is because I really love the water like texture and my skin even though oily, absorbs it real fast.
As I was using other skincare products that could cause some purging on my skin prior to using In-Focus serum, hence there were visible small inflammations here and there but every 3 days or so, they subsided and healed really quickly.
In-Focus Serum has the ability to delay ageing and restore skin youth most effectively through stem cell and is able to re-energise them to combat skin ageing like wrinkles and loss of elasticity while improving skin tone, radiance and softness. Thus I could both see (from mirror and photos I took) and feel that my skin look slightly better than before in terms of skin texture and radiance.
The serum also protects stem cells from stresses that cause skin damage and ageing and activates them to repair and regenerate. Therefore, my skin appear a little less aged, less tired and look slightly more youthful (probably 1 yr younger? lolx~). When I'm using In-Focus Cellactive Serum, I actually feel happy to apply it on and waiting for my skin to absorb because I understand that my skin would greatly benefit from the product. The more I use, the more product I wanted to squeeze it out from the tube! hahax~
And of course needless to say, to see better results than mine, one should use the serum for at least 3-4 weeks.

Receive Free Sample
Quote "miwitch" to receive a 3-day sample at any of the 3 outlets mentioned below

ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum (30ml) SGD$222

Where to buy?
ASTALIFT @ Wisma Atria #03-30
Contact: (+65) 6238-6386

Contact: (+65) 6734-8860

Contact: (+65) 6481-3937

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