The Cetaphil Experience

Monday, August 31, 2015
Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have already known that I recently went to The Farm @ San Benito in the Philippines for The Cetaphil Experience! Cetaphil flew a couple of bloggers from each country (Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore) for The Cetaphil Experience with the winners of the contest they held in each country.

The Cetaphil Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity which brought women from all over the region to learn more about skincare and confidence at an award-winning retreat in the Philippines. Besides being a relaxing wellness experience, it is also an empowering educational experience about skincare, with dermatologists and a life coach to support their physical and mental wellness with workshops, discussions, facial tutorial and spa treatments.

More pictures from the trip!

I didn't cover much about the workshop in the vlog because we had activities to do and it was a little hard to film while doing the activites, but let me share some of the experience of The Cetaphil Experience with you girls.

To be honest, when I first got the engagement, I wasn't too sure what The Cetaphil Experience was going to be about. I honestly just thought that it was going to be a super nua (laid back/chill) trip for us to detox and relax.. but it ended up being so much more, and I'm really glad I got to learn more on the trip which made it a lot more fruitful than the new friendships I got to forge.

On the first day of the Experience, we were split into groups and asked to come up with a commercial regarding what we though was a "Cetaphil Woman", nothing more. Needless to say, we were all stumped, but as we began to brainstorm what we thought a Cetaphil Woman was... we realised that there is a "Cetaphil Woman" in every one. All of us had a different interpretation of our Cetaphil Women, and she can be anything and everything: so our commercial consisted of us stating what our "Cetaphil Woman" was - Strong, Creative, Brave, Honest, Real.

As the workshops went on, we were asked to share our insecurities, be in it life or about our skin.. and it turns out that more than none, most of us had our fair share of insecurities - and that sharing about them really did help us to realise that our flaws make us human. In fact, while we (the bloggers and winners) were chatting, our flaws and insecurities really helped us to bond and thanks to that (and The Experience, of course) I got to make a lot of new friends from across South East Asia!
We were also asked to do a True or False exercise regarding beauty myths. As a beauty blogger, I've attended many beauty events and have listened to many talks as well as presentations about skincare and beauty in general, but through this True or False challenge, I learned that I had so much more to learn.

As we learned more about beauty and our skin, we realised that a lot of the skin concerns that we have, others have too. Don't just go around trusting the photoshopped images on magazine, (or even the selfies that we post online, after taking it 100x and picking out the best ones) because what is displayed in the media is always the best face. We learned about Skin Confidence and what it means to us, and what it means to be confident in yourself.

On the last day of The Experience, we were asked to repeat the same commercial regarding the Cetaphil Woman. Instead of taking the same approach this time, we decided to embrace our flaws, and to see others for their beauty. We stated our own flaws, and got our group mates to list a strength, to symbolize that even if you can only see your flaws (which we usually do), others can still see the strength and beauty in you. It helped us to spread a more positive energy, and allows us to bond and as opposed to being an individual, we are a group, a community.

What is a Cetaphil Woman then? A Cetaphil Woman is all of us. She is strong, confident, and happy, yet at other times she can be insecure, vulnerable, and sad. It's about knowing who you are and what you are worth - and it's more than that of the worth others give to you based on what little things they know about you. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

I know that a lot of you here reading this space are teenagers and young ladies, who might feel insecure about themselves because of various skin problems (I was there too, and am still when I break out) but as cliche as it sounds, beauty is only skin deep. Don't let someone else dictate or judge how beautiful you are just because of the way you look. Through these workshops, I really learnt how to value myself more, and to stop putting yourself down because the more you do that, the more you will continue to do that - and it's not healthy. Know that you are not proving who you are to anyone else but yourself.

At the end of the workshop, all of us left the venue with our Cetaphil Booklets, containing our takeaways from the workshops as well as the commitments we made for ourselves on this trip. I never really took the time to reflect on myself before this, and I'm really glad I made the following commitments to myself.

1. Get adequate sleep and drink enough water daily
I'm not exactly the healthiest person around and I guess this is one of the main things that I should really work on. I've been an insomniac for a long time now and besides messing with my schedule, it also messes with my skin which makes me unconfident whenever I break out. Drinking more water will also keep me well hydrated in the humid weather we have in Singapore!

2. Work harder and be responsible
I'm not going to lie - I'm a procrastinator. I have been and I think I really need to change that bad habit. :(

3. Be more positive
Growing up in an Asian household, I guess it's safe to say that a lot of us have been subjected to more criticism than praises when growing up. As we grow older, we begin to self doubt and be more negative about everything. Being more positive will allow for a better "aura" and also will let me feel more comfortable in my own skin.

4. Put on sunblock daily, even when indoors
This is something that I don't do everyday (especially on my body) because applying sunblock can sometimes be a hassle. I also have oily skin so sometimes sunblock makes me look a little shiny... BUT sunblock is soooo important as UV rays are one of the largest contributors to many skin problems (dark spots, pre-mature aging.. to name a few).

5. Properly cleanse my face and skin, and follow up with a proper regime
This is something that I always try to do, but sometimes get lazy (on lazy days I just apply Vit-C on my face) as my skincare routine has quite a few steps!
Thank you Cetaphil for sending me to The Cetaphil Experience!

There is a Cetaphil Woman in every woman, and there is one in you too.
Find your skin confidence with Cetaphil.

Clarisonic Pedi Transformation System

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
For those of you who may not know, I used to be a rythmnic gymnast when I was 9~14 years old. Over the years of training and standing on my tippy toes, both of my feet have callus on them (mainly on the big toe, and a little beneath the little toe). Then as I got older, I started wearing high heels which caused friction around the same area, and to add on, as well as my heel area.

I have always been self conscious of my callus, but I don't do pedicures to get rid of them because my feet are so ticklish! I have gotten a pedicure done once and I felt sooo bad because it was so hard for the manicurist to prep my feet for the pedicure since I kept squirming around whenever she touched my sole.

Then there's buffing with a file, but because of the amount of callus I have this usually take a really long time with minial results - totally not worth the effort. Even my boyfriend (who has been through the army) has nicer feet/soles than mine... WHY!! His feet is so smooth and free from callus despite the fact that he runs quite often too #lifesnotfair :(

So I literally jumped at the chance when Clarisonic offered to send their Pedi Kit for me to try out. I was sooooo happy when I got it and felt like a little girl on Christmas Day opening her presents, and kept showing my feet to B after I was done using it for the first time like "see see omg so smooth now omg" and kept shoving my foot to him LOL. Later that day he came up to me and told me "I'm glad you got to try this out.. because if not when you see it at Sephora you'd surely buy it" :x

Okay, backstory aside.. let me share with you about the actual Clarisonic Pedi kit.
The Pedi Kit is a 2~4 step kit for caring and pampering your feet, and takes me around 5~15 minutes when I use it. Reason being that 2 of the steps are for twice a week use, and the other 2 are for daily.

Aside from the device itself, there are 5 other accompanying products to the Pedi Kit.

1. Smoothing Disc
"Designed to smooth and soften dull, rough foot skin, the textured metal disc utilizes sonic oscillating technology toefficiently and safely slough away rough dry areas without damaging the health of the foot skin."

2. Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head
A combination of short rigid filaments and longer, flexible filaments allows for optimal migration of the Pedi-Buff for more even coverage to effectively cleanse, exfoliate and buff dry damaged feet.

3. a)Pedi Balm (left), b) Pedi Buff (right)
a) After exfoliating, use this non-greasy and no-slip hydrating balm tolock in moisture, softening and hydrating the feet. This balm contains a moisturizing blend of shea butter, honey and apricot oil that instantly absorbs into the skin for a naturally soft finish.
b) Used in conjunction with the buffing brush head, this powerfulcleansing scrub contains a triple-kick exfoliating blend of lactic acid, apricot seed and a tri-fruit complex to dissolve away rough, dead skin and refine texture.

4. Pedi Boost
Used twice-weekly, this effective foot peel is specifically designed toexfoliate and renew skin without the use of harsh ingredients. The combination of lactic and glycolic acid elevates the foot care regimen, exfoliating beyond the capabilities of physical exfoliants, renewing and rejuvenating dull, tired feet.
How to Use
Daily: Begin foot transformation by scrubbing away set-in debris and smoothing dry, rough skin with the Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head and Pedi-Buff. Follow with the Pedi-Balm to hydrate and protect feet with a slip-resistant finish.

Twice Weekly: Use the Pedi Smoothing Disc on thoroughly dry feet before the Pedi-Buff and Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head. Treat with Pedi-Boost for total foot renewal and additional skin softening. Finish with Pedi-Balm to hydrate and protect.

I think this is the first time ever that I've shown a photo of my feet, but here you go. As you can see, the callus on my (also dry) heel is thick and unsightly :(. This was before I've began to use the Pedi Kit.

Before I get started on how I use the Pedi Kit, let me talk a little about the device. As many of you might know, I am currently using the Clarisonic Aria and I love it because the shape of the product makes it very comfortable to grip. The Clarisonic Pedi is exactly like the Aria in terms of the size (as well as charger) but the only difference is that the Clarisonic Pedi is able to deliver a much stronger vibration than the Aria - which is why you can't use your regular facial Clarisonic devices (unless they have the speeds for body like the Pro or Plus models) for this, as they won't be able to deliver enough power. Also, just like all other Clarisonic devices, the brush heads do not spin, but instead, they oscillate back and forth so that it will be effective yet gentle on your skin.

One of the down sides I found about the Clarisonic Pedi was that the battery doesn't hold it's charge for as long as the other devices. It might be that I use it on the highest speed when buffing, or that it has a strong output, but the battery seems to last for a shorter amount of time before it needs charging. Although, this is not really a huge problem for me as I just put it to charge every 2~3 days after using it.

Also, with the smoothing disc, there isn't an option for how long to buff it for, but with the wet/dry buffing brush head, you can choose between 2 or 3 minutes options by simply pressing the up/down arrow while the device is turned off.

Using the Clarisonic Pedi is really quite easy, just twist on/off the specific heads, and buff your feet in circular motions.
For the smoothing disc, it is recommended you use it on dry skin so I tend to use it before my shower. I then follow up with the wet/dry buffing brush head after applying the pedi-buff at the end of my shower as my feet would be softer then, and it would make it easier for me to buff off the dead skin.

Post-shower is really simple as well! Twice a week, I'll apply 3~4 drops of Pedi-Boost onto each feet, before following up and massaging my feet with the Pedi Balm!
Just 5~15 minutes a day for smoother and softer feet! Plus, it helps that you get to pamper yourself a little after a work day. I find that the perfect time to do this is actually after applying a hair treatment, so that when you are done with this, you can wash out your hair treatment as well! #multitasking

Here's about a month after using the Clarisonic Pedi Transformation System! Yay to baby soft feet :)


Sunday, June 28, 2015
Featurning AshInCans for today's advert! I actually remember AshInCans as one of the first few blogshops that appealed to my style back when I was a teenager, so I was really quite excited when they contacted me for an advert!
Established in 2011, Ashincans is an online fashion store based in Singapore. Our site is updated weekly with new content and arrivals.All Ashincans apparels are designed and manufactured to become the wardrobe updater of every girl.
AshInCans also manufacture their clothes from time to time, and one of the pieces sent to me was the Lilac Pocket Skater Dress. Dresses with pockets get extra love!

I'm also a big fan of rompers as they let me look demure like I'm wearing a dress, but maintain the convenience of wearing shorts. Wearing thePurple Floral Skorts Rompers here!

Keeping comfy staying in wearing this cropped knitted top as well! I hate it when knits are prickly sometimes but this is definitely super comfy!

Adding a pop colour and edge to my girly outfit with this red flannel shirt~

Quote "jamietyj" when shopping at AshInCans to get 10% off your shopping!