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Skin Regime for the Lazy you! Featuring HADA LABO

Before anything, i would like to emphasize that this post is NON SPONSORED nor an Advertorial.

ccHello everybirdy! Happy TGIF`

I waited ages for this day, i guess it is what every 9 – 5 office worker feels when the day has finally arrived. It is like the Holy day of the week. Precious and Magnificent. HAHA. 夸张

Alright. I am excited for Friday because it means i can wake up the next day anytime i want, without having to growl at the alarm clock.
It is also a day i spend more time on my face. Yes, you read it right. I am not super committed and religious when it comes to taking care of my skin thus Friday is like the ritual day for my face, with all the masks. Friday allows me to spend a little more time to be vain.

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I do realise that age is catching up and all the more i should take care of my face (and neck) to prevent lines and etc.
But i am just too lazy. Perhaps i am a little more  blessed, because my skin has all along been quite ok. It is definitely not perfect, but i really thank God that i do not have to face major problems. Again, i say this with thanks and not arrogance.
No offence to anyone, really, i might not have pimples and acne’s issues but my skin can be really sensitive and dry.

There was this time which i bought a mask at $2 at Guardian and overnight, my face went beyond recognition. I hope you have forgotten about this but it is like a scar in me, the phobia stays and since then, i promise myself that i will NEVER risk my skin to any new and foreign products ever again, especially cheap ones that promise to deliver, they never do.

Look HERE.

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And a Collage of Comparison of the skin before and after the cheapo mask:

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For myself, i have NEVER used any products except for a normal face cleanser since puberty till approximately 6 months ago.
If you have to know, that is around 13 years. 13 years of JUST CLEANSING and nothing else. Not to say Facial, i think i only went once.
I used to just grab any cleanser that is on the shelf, bought by the Mother and cleanse twice a day (morning and night) and thats it.

Ok, honestly, I have never taken interest in any facial products, trust me, i find it a hassle to apply these stuff on the face. The real hassle gotta be the steps to applying them. Like, toner before moisturizer and all that stuff. Oh man, i am a man trapped in a woman’s body. I really cudnt be bothered to.

Like what i mentioned earlier in 1 of the previous blog posts, approximately 6 months ago, i was introduced to this popular Japanese product call HADA LABO.

I was just casually mentioning to my Sister that my face is so dry i can feel it is cracking from the tightness and dryness. Sister went to grab a bottle of the HADA LABO lotion and asked me to try. She said that she is trying other products at the moment and thus she rather i use the bottle than wasting it.

And you shall read the rest HERE, HERE &  HERE. I shant bore you  guys by repeating the whole story. Also, please only scroll to the part which i talk about my face, showing the pictures of bare faces. These are long posts which included other stuffs. Of course, if you are keen to read the other miscellaneous stuff, go ahead!

Ok, anyway, today’s post is to update about my skin after this 5 to 6 months of using HADA LABO. I guess i need to dedicate a blog post to the brand, or my face. Also, i feel the need to have a “conclusion post” after these months! Oh my.

oggiano1_905Every woman dreams of having shiny & glowy flawless skin.

Right, my face now is at its BEST condition. It cant be better! ok it might be better but i cant rave enough about how satisfied i am now at its current stage.
As i mentioned, my face was swollen and flaky and was totally beyond recognition around 2 months ago because of the cheap mask.
img-20130502-wa0000 Taken the very next morning after using the damn mask.
Read HERE.

The silky smooth texture was gone overnight and whatever HADA LABO did for me previously, was gone in a night due to that cheap mask.
I was so worried and i totally went bonkas and was so depressed. I even started finding aesthetic doctors for help.

However, i did not go to any doctor because most of my friends were advising me to be patient and that the situation will be over. I did see a GP.
I applied some anti-itch cream and that is all.
Then, i continued with using my HADA LABO lotion, Moisturizing Cream and the Face Firming Cream. I use their Hydrating Face Wash twice daily.

You cant imagine my happiness when my skin returned to its original form after a week, silky smooth and tender soft.  I really thought i ought to give thanks!

IMG_20130527_202640Taken when the skin recovered back then, no edit/no filter.

Just to share with you guys on the list of my Skin Regime. It might not be the best for everyone, but i think it works well for me.
The best part is, it is hassle free and i do not have to remember the sequence of applying different stuff.

1)  HADA LABO Hydrating Face WashHADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion

20100811-hada-labo-face-wash-n-lotionI use the HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Same goes to the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion.
I usually use thrice a day (of the both) if i am working out in the gym that day.
I can never tolerate not bathing after working out and thus i have to wash every part of myself every time i finish a workout.

The HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash is a steal. Let me assure you. I bought the 1st tube of HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash on 3rd Feb 2013 and till date, i still have not finish using it! It has served me for ….ok it is July now, so it has served me for 6months.
I am NOT KIDDING. It indeed is that worthwhile!

I cant remember the exact price but i remember it is around $12. If you are wondering why would i remember the date i bought it, reason is because i bought it on the same day i celebrated my Sister’s bday, her Bday is on 7th and we celebrated in advance and i happen to rem  that it is 3rd Feb!

Amazing isnt it! I don’t know how but a very small amount of it can lather so much foam and it makes the skin feels extremely refreshed after using! So imagine, $12 over a period of 6 months, each month, you are investing only $2 for your face wash.

#worthy #SUPERWORTHWHILE

As for the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion, it is as good as a Toner. I previously do not know what a Toner does anyway, i called up to ask the HADA LABO consultant.
This bottle of Miracle water, like what i mentioned previously, is so so so much better than (the other brand) the much rave about ‘Miracle water’ that is alot more expensive.
I dont know about others, but it didnt really work for me.
Thus i am sticking to HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion and i doubt i will be changing because it has improved my skin tremendously in this 6months.
I NO LONGER have that flaky problem, i DO NOT HAVE to convince myself that i have to “change skin” monthly.
Crazy right, i actually convince myself in e past that the flaky problem is because i have to change new skin. I can b a retard sometimes.

The toner is watery and it has a  gel-like texture that really quenches your skin’s thirst. Unlike other toners that might dry your skin, this works just the opposite. Skin feels EXTREMELY hydrated and ever since i started using this, i cant stress enough about how soft and tender it makes my skin feels, it makes putting on make up EXTREMELY easier too.

Indeed, it really locks up an ocean with a drop! I usually use 2 tiny drops.

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IMG_20130719_2Pictures taken under normal light, no make up, no filter nor edit

Because i really love the 2, i actually called up HADA LABO to find out more about  their other products. I was  recommended to use the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream since i complain of dry skin.

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2) HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream. I use this instead of the Hydrating Milk because i was told that the Milk is more suitable for oily skin and since my skin belongs to the dry type, i should choose this instead.
Apply this every night and this cream is light and non-greasy. However, i do feel a tag sticky after applying it. It is bearable though.
I don’t know but it serves me well till date, also bought  this on 3rd Feb and i still have half a tub left. Forgot about the price though.
Skin is more hydrated than ever after using this.
I work in an Air Conditioned environment and i sleep in Air Con w/o fail everynight. Even in Gym, i am doing my workout in a dry environment because it is A/C. Basically, i stay in an A/C room for more than 20hrs a day. Thus, this product is extremely useful for me.

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IMG_20130719_6I find that i m applying lesser and lesser coverage like BB cream/ foundation after using the Hada Labo Products. There is no need to!
Also, as the skin is very smooth, applying make up seems so much easier.
Above pictures are taken under warm lighting, with minimal make up and non edited/ non filtered.

Just to show the comparison between non filtered and a filtered picture, the picture below is the same as the one above, but it is  filtered to make the skin looks exceptionally good. HAHA! 

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Ok…Before you guys fall asleep, i am gona introduce the last product on the list!

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3)  Hada Labo’s latest Retinol Lifting + Firming Cream

I reckon  this as a “Must Have”, especially when you are over your teens. It comes in a light, non-greasy texture that infuses the skin with continuous hydration. Ever since i got this, i use  this every alternate days, on days i am not using this, i will be using the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream.

I was taught by the friendly HADA LABO consultant that it is not wise to combine the 2 as the skin might not be able to take it as it will be extremely hydrating. Thus, i was advised to use it alternatively.

To be fair, i feel that my face was never saggy, thus i do not know how to judge the result for this lifting and firming cream. To be honest, the skin is not loose, but whether it is the result of using the firming cream, i cant be sure.
I will continue using this though, till i decide to try out some others that might really help to slim the face, other than botox.

DO YOU KNOW?

Just in case you are as confused as i am, i thought you would like to know about the differences between the Red and White Series of HADA LABO.

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I was also told that the RED series of Firming products actually has the same Hydrating effects as the White series. However, the RED series are more suitable for ladies age 30 and above and the RED series actually emphasize more on Firming and Lifting.
As for me, i prefer to do prevention now since i am so near the big 3. Thus, i started using the firming cream and i bought the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Lotion for my Mum.

jhbjSo that is all for now and i hope this blogpost help some of you who are as lazy as me or those who are new to skincare! I dont usually blog much about such stuff as my blog is more random, i blog mostly about what happened in my life and most of the time, they are not really happening events.

Haha, i always feel that sharing is good, and if it is something worth sharing, i definitely would. If it is not, i wont write a bit even if i am paid to. Thus i am not your celebrity blogger nor beauty blogger. Just like you, i am a simple commoner that wants to look good and live good!

Hope you like what you read and before i end this post, i am having good hair day today, and good skin (as always :P) thus i will post some non filtered pictures, under warm lighting. (taken just 5mins ago!) You can judge the skin for yourself but Dont be too hard on me, the skin might not be flawless but i am really thankful for it, especially when i am not spending a bomb or much time and efforts on it!

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Happy Lunar New Year 2013


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Took this collage because of the Good Hair day i had. Quite rare.

Happy Lunar New Year, to all my asian friends! 大地万象更新!身体健康,万事如意!

I hope you enjoyed your holidays as much as i did.

For me, CNY is more like more days to sleep in, and of course, the festival means alot to me because i am a Chinese.

I didnt go visiting with friends, neither did i club/pub hop like the past, i mainly stick to my family this CNY.

Guess it is the age. -_-

Ayte, my Chu 1 wasnt really a happy one, small hicupps at home and arguments on the day 1 of CNY. Kinda disappointed and upset but the next 2 days were alright. We spent the day together and things were cool.

I realise that i get very agitated easily recently, i mean..i am really very quick tempered but am extremely peckish these few weeks.
I do not know whats wrong but there is no peace in my heart.

It has been sometime since i last had this uneasy, not-peaceful feeling in me. I wonder why isit back again.

Guess i need some alone time with God. Dont laugh! Because thats my only way. I myself have no idea where that feeling comes from, i do not know how to address it. I guess He knows well.

Super slack now and honestly do not have much to write, pictures do the talking!


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I love this forever 21 simple top. Wore it for Reunion Dinner.

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IMG_20130209_14slacking with sis and mum watching lotsa shows on some scv cable channels. Major loves. The Mediacorp channels are as usual, disappointing.

IMG_20130210_3 IMG_20130210_4 IMG_20130210_5 IMG_20130210_6 IMG_20130210_7 IMG_20130210_8 IMG_20130210_10 IMG_20130210_13 IMG_20130210_14 IMG_20130210_15Thats CNY 1. No choice but to wear Red, not that i hated it.

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IMG_20130211_231835Red no more. But to make up for it, Red Earrings.
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.IMG_20130211_142436 IMG_20130211_143401Random self-made brunch.

IMG_20130212_005451 IMG_20130212_021205Usual Cny treats that makes 1 loses discipline.
Not the orange thou. The Orange has mould and the Chinese says “发霉”
As The Chinese pronounciation of  发 rhymes with the same 发 as “发财” – Prosperity in wealth.
We say it is a sign of Prosperity. Haha.

IMG_20130211_192006Random Andy Lay Concert on Cable again. 

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Slacking with Mum with the bottle that Sis bought. We love Moscato and we eat Loveletters with it.
For Foreign friends, love letters is as below:

normal_Traditional_Rolled_Love_Letter_BiscuitsDont ask me why isit call Loveletter. I really have no idea.
Perhaps the ‘prints’ on the cookie itself and how it is rolled up like letters?

IMG_20130212_4 IMG_20130212_3Day 3 of Cny. Dress down mode, no visiting at Granny’s because it feels like crappy Sunday.
Back to work the next day. SIGH.

IMG_20130212_9 IMG_20130212_7 IMG_20130212_6With Mum and Sis @ Parkway. Had our usual Indo food at Kartini Indo Rest
(the food there is pretty decent! Quantity is very little, suitable for people who are on diet like me. haha)

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Some updates on my skin after approximately 1 month use of Hada Labo and i guess this is the best it can ever go.
I combined with the Moisturizing cream and till date, the dryness did not really bother me.
Except at times, i still feel tiny bit of dryness. But other than that, is all good. Feedback from friends are good.
Guess that’s enough. I am trying their anti-ageing lifting cream soon. Hopefully better results.
IMG_20130212_1Aiyo, very ugly. haha.
Naked face. But can you see the glow?? They are not oil please. 

This pic is taken right after shower. 
I am going to slp right after this shot, no filter, no edit, totally raw.
So you can see the real result.
I duno if this is good skin but i like it la.  Might not match up with your expectation but i feel is enough for me!

p/s: I also enrolled for a Qigong class at the nearby CC. I decided to be a budget seeker as paying $130 monthly at True Fitness doesnt sound very logical to me. Although the environment, equipments and courses are more in varieties and most probably better and more enriching …But i dont believe in spending to exercise.
Of cos, my Qigong class is Not Free. But it is not as expensive. It is affordable and i hope, it is worth it as well lah.

Starting next Wed! I wanted to take up Zumba and Aerobics but the timing clashes with my schedules. 😦
They have Zumba on Sundays and by right i can make it, but they are already half way tru the lessons, i wil definitely enrol when the next class starts.
As for Aerobics, it is on every Thurs and i have Cell Group on Thurs. 😦  Maybe in the future if there is any chance.
Next class i am interested in is Chanbara! You can read more on Chanbara Here , it is very fun and interesting, i think? I am sure this will be my next class after Qigong.

Ok, so it seems like i am ‘forced’ to choose Qigong. But again, i do not  mind except that i will most probably be the youngest in the class (not a bad thing at all). I might be loved by many uncles and aunties OR they might just brush me aside because i am the odd 1. I dont mind either. haha. I just wana experience the good that Qigong brings.
As far as i know, Qigong is a great sport and it is similar to Chinese Yoga!
Read more about Qigong here.

Credits to http://www.samuraisports.com.sg/home/sports-chanbara and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong.

Excited already! Will update on the class!

Meanwhile, i miss Church already. 2 weeks away from church due to CNY and cant wait to get the fresh words again.
Till the next post!

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