Wednesday, November 16, 2011

FIRST Media Event by Kinohimitsu - 14 instant drinks!!

Background of Kinohimitsu

All Kinohimitsu products possess nature-based extracts that is vital to nature’s self-regulating system. Focusing on Detox, Health and Beauty on the principal of holistic approach to improve human well-being, Kinohimitsu offers safe and effective consumption of natural products. Kinohimitsu improves your life without making any demands and intrusions on your time and energy, giving you the freedom to live a better life.

Why use Kinohimitsu?

Kinohimitsu’s complete range of products offers something for everyone, anytime anywhere! Our all-natural health drinks and pads provide thorough, quick and effective remedies for your detox, health and beauty needs. Start by purging yourself of toxins with our Detox range. Then begin an effective healing process by addressing your health issues with our Health range. Finally, shine with confidence with our Beauty range that helps you regain a radiant and youthful appearance.

What are the products available?

For Beauty

1) J'pan Beauty Drink - instant drink with a high concentration of Collagen helps to plump up your skin to make way for smoother, firmer, younger looking skin in just 6 days. (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

2) J'pan UV-Bright Drink - most effective way to restore fair skin; not only on your face but for your whole body including the underarms, elbows, tummy, knees, inner thighs and groin. (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

3) J'pan BodySlen Block & Burn Drink - a delicious BLOCK & BURN drink that satisfies picky taste buds while filling your thirst and hunger in one go. One bottle a day keeps you slender always! (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

4) J'pan BustUp Drink - a functional, instant drink that boosts your bust line without having to resort to surgical methods and medication. (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

5) J'pan Collagen Diamond 5300 Drink - comes with 5300mg of Collagen Peptide specifically designed for mature skin to restore its youthfulness, resilience and radiance. (50ml x 16 = $69.90)

6) J'pan BB Drink - a functional, instant drink that helps rest ore your skin’s natural glow and clarity. (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

For Health

1) J'pan Mindrelax Drink - helps in mind relaxation and support sound sleep. Infused with all-natural ingredients and Germinated Brown Rice Extract (GABA). It promotes natural sleep rhythm while boosting general health. (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

2) J'pan JointFlex Drink - uniquely formulated with two natural, powerful ingredients - Fermented Corn Extract and Shark Cartilage to promote joint health. (50ml x 12 = $39.90)

3) J'pan ChoLess Drink - lowers your bad cholesterol levels and protects your vital lifeline - the heart! (50ml x 12 = $39.90)

4) J'pan 69-M Drink - delivers 6 benefits to the body, notably nourishing cells, improving libido and increasing stamina (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

5) J'pan 69-W Drink - a breakthrough in biotechnology and medical science to restore female reproductive health, helping you feel utterly feminine, sexual and attractive for sex again! (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

For Detox

1) J'pan D'tox Juice - leaves you feeling renewed, refreshed and revitalized. The six day program is a smart way to flush out toxins from your bowel within 2-4 hours, without disrupting your daily life. (Available in 2 Flavours: Plum or Cranberry) (50ml x 6 = $39.90)

2) J'pan D'tox Tea (2g x14 = $14.90)

What I have tried and would recommend?

1) J'pan UV Bright

2) J'pan Collagen

3) J'pan D'tox Juice

I have tried all 3 ( 1 box supply) each previously and I find D'tox Juice and collagen drink as most effective for me especially when I am undergoing stressful and late nights at work. For UV Bright, I guess I have not seen an effective outcome for lightening of my arms and elbows as I have not fuifilled the 30 days supply to see a total change but it taste good!!

Other products I may be keen to try from them:

1) Eyebright drink (Not included during the event)

2) MindRelax Drink ( Will be trying it soon)

What tickles me at the event?

I was totally amused and distracted by the new drinks - J'pan 69M and 69W.

What I may have preferred?

Honestly, I prefer to have a 30 day supply of any one particular drink fitted to my area of concerns to see the actual results.

Where can you get these?

Watsons, Guardian, Unity

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bifesta by Mandom

Event: Bifesta by Mandom

What is Bifesta?
- Motto: Retaining all the goodness of Cleansing express.

What is the big hoo-ha about this?
- Japan's 1st water base make up remover series (for different skin types)
- CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2010 & 2011 - Best Eye Makeup remover
- Women's weekly ministry of beauty 2010 - Soutiona for eye contour care
CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2010 - Best Eye makeup remover (Cleansing Lotion Sebum)

BI= Beauty, FESTA = Festival.
So I guess it is to celebrate beauty?? Like me I guess *flip hair* (Ok before you "flame" me, I am just kidding ya)
I was quite excited about this event as I was going to attend with my BFF and this is one product created for lazy bums like me.

What is the technology and why is it so powerful?
- Powerful water base technology (hydrophilic and lipophile to wrap and seal impurities securely)
- Removes make up and impurities perfectly even though it is water-based.
- A Gentle but powerful make up remover
- Water that is better than oil ( Convenient, powerful and moisturising)
- Improved formula - Absorbent Hyalurionic Series to retain moisture on skin even after washing off.
- Only make up remover series that caters to specific skin types (Both non-rinse and rinse off type available)

Product List and Retail Price:

Non-Rinse Types
Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Moist 300ml - $16.90 --- For dry and sensitive skin
Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Sebum 300ml - $16.90 -- For combination and oily skin
Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up 300ml - $18.90 -- For dull, combination skin
Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Agecare 300ml - $18.90 -- For rich nourishment and age care

Rinse off types
Bifesta Cleansing Gel 170g - $15.90
Bifesta Cleansing Liquid 220ml- $17.90
Bifesta Eye Make Up rremover 145ml - $12.90

How to use for cleansing lotion?
1) Wet cotton pads - 2 to 3 pumps per cotton pads
2) Remove make up by holding cotton pad against eye and lip for awhile before wiping off
3) Use a new cotton pad to gently wipe remaining make up off the face
4) Removal is complete once no trace of dirt can be seen on cotton. Non-rinse. If rinsing is a must, just use water.

What I have tried and tested?
Prior to this event, I have used the Cleansing express lotion for combination/oily skin (green). I was impressed with how easy and convenient this was. Despite it's relatively low price, it works like a miracle for me. Having said that, I usually only slap on foundation, blusher and lipstick. Understood from the seminar, cleansing lotion are useful for most make-up including thick foundation and non-waterproof mascra.
For waterproof mascara, go for the eye makeup remover. They are not award winning for no reason.
I have tried the cleansing liquid that very night and found it amazing. Acts like oil but is lighter and refreshing and ta-ta just rinse off during shower. Perfect for bums like me!!!

What would I have prefer?
I would prefer a retail size bottle for me to try over a period of time catering to my skin type. It would be more sense for me to use suitable lotion/ gel for specific skin type especially when I am prone to break outs.

Where is it available at?
Watsons, Guardian, Sasa

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New York Skin Solutions (Vivocity branch and Tiong Bahru Plaza)

New York Skin Solutions - NYSS (Vivocity and Tiong Bahru) - Same brand, 2 vastly different experiences.

NYSS - Vivocity

I have purchased tickets to NYSS to be entiltied to facials @$10 during one of their road shows in Suntec. I was told that it would be a basic facial with cleansing, extraction and mask catered to my specific problem. Sound fair, good value and so it was done and purchased.

Prior to the facial appointment made, NYSS displayed consistent and prompt service following up when I would be going down for the facial and which branch. As Vivocity branch was newly opened, they were very keen on promoting that branch though I specifiy that Jurong Point branch was in fact the nearest to my place. They assured me that for new branch, there would be additional benefits and etc and Jurong Point branch was catered for their regulars only thus they are not able to secure any slots for me there. My voucher was expiring soon so I guess I got to take it or leave it.

As I have read a quite a number of reviews about NYSS after purchasing the $10 tickets, I was not very keen and was ready to forfeit it. Eventually, I decided to give it a go and opted for the Vivo branch. I decided if I arrived half an hour later, the consultant will shorten the 1hour "consultation period" to half an hour. Honestly, I never had an HOUR fixed consultation throughout my facial experience (except for another salon Coslab with hard-core selling methodolgy). I guess I was "acting too smart" for my own good.

When I arrived, the consultant assigned to me was insistent that the whole consultaion process was a fixed ONE hr and in that case, I have 2 options:
1) Shorten my facial time to 1hr as I was late for 30 mins
2) Postpone my appointment (my voucher would have expired anyway)

Both options were out for me as these thoughts cross my mind:
1) Why can't my consultant speak faster and we have a 30 min consultation instead? Seriously, if you want to brainwash, you don't need an hour, do you? Results speak for themselves.
2) You mean I got to drive to Vivo another time when I freaking live in Tuas??? I paid the $10 and opt for Jurong Point and was unable to choose my preferred location. I got to settle for Vivo which you insisted is better, bigger, faster?? ( OMG: I sound like LSS!!)

I took the 3rd option, I INSISTED on having a refund and it took them an hour to agree to return me my $10 bucks???? I ended up paying the Vivo car park charges. Try them again? I say NO anytime...

My god, I should have told them I am also a sales person and I understand that only from service, you will have regular clients and referrals.

Will I recommend it to anyone?
No, unless you are LSS and or anyone who thinks like him.

NYSS - Tiong Bahru Plaza

By now, I seriously have very bad impression of NYSS with the amount of bad reviews I have read online and my last bitter break-up with NYSS Vivo.
Well, this time I am back for facial and eye treatments with NYSS as my dear sister had migrated to the States and wala, dear younger sister has to undertake the liabilities of all her packages. In case, you are wondering. Yes, I do have to pay her back in cold, hard cash whilst she earns her points on her credit card.... Damn it. She got the BEST of both worlds. Nonethless, she is still my dearest sister. =)

What I like about them/ their treatment?

Their treatments are very focused on products - ampolues and masks. One thing good is that they are also very generous with their masks.
After double cleansing, they will use a softening mask to soften the dead skin cells before the extraction. As my skin is pretty sensitive, the therapise use gtea tree ampoules+eye ampolues with a collagen gel with ultrasound machine to go over my problem skin and dark eye circles. This is meant to reduce redness and promotes healing of the skin and improving blood circulation. Note that only when my skin has severe breakouts, the therapist will use an additional anti-bacterial tingling machines to go on your spots directly - pricking sensation.

After the treatment, you will notice more clarifity in your skin, visibly smaller pores and lighter dark eye rings. I personally find this treatment helps to unclog impurities and creates a more revitalised complexion. Their treatments however are a tad too pricey which I think I can find a much better deal somewhere. Too bad my sister has an ongoing package which I am taking over.

What I do not like about them and will never do?

For one, I believe a reminder call one day prior to the appointment is necessary for me especially if I am a workaholic. This gesture would be a basic courtesy and for them to better engage their clients especially when competition is stiff in the beauty industry. I specifically told them on 3 occassions and it still happened until I approached the branch manager.

And mind you, my sister package is not a small ticket size purchase. Her total purchases with them estimated to be in the 5 figures range I believe.

I, on the other hand spurgle $900 on their ampoules during my 3rd visit when the therapist mentioned it would help and reduce the whiteheads as my products I use at home are too "rich" for me. Don't bother, I say as I still had the break outs. Nonethless, big or small clients, I think the attitude should be equal and not just focus on getting new clients to sign on packages. A word of advice: Your existing clients could be your best bet at the end of the day. (Oh ya, this is called the JY theory).

Would I recommend it to my friends?

Yes, I would as their treatments are pretty effective. But please ask them to cut the crap of consultation. Just ask them what will work for you and how much? Then work accordingly to your budget. If you like the treatments, I suggest you sign up and go to the Tiong Bahru outlet rather than Vivocity. Their attitude may put you off but lest, they are not that rude.