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Nuskin Celltrex Ultra : Insurance For Your Skin

We go through a basic skincare regime everyday with Cleanser – Tone – Moisturise (Day & Night). We learn and know how to repair or treat a problem when needed. Hyaluronic Acid when you have dry skin, tea tree oil when you have acne.

 

But how often do we treat our skin properly without irritating and damaging it further in the long run?

When I first found Celltrex Ultra sitting on my mother’s vanity table, I was curious and picked it up. Tested and tried it like any curious beauty-addict would do. Finally, i looked it up and i was curious. I then asked my mom what it was and she gave me the remaining bottle of what she had.

 

This was two years ago, and I’ve been hooked since.

 

It’s literally insurance for your skin.

 

Why do I say it’s Insurance For Your Skin?

 

It protects the skin from free radical damage, dust, pollution and all that jazz. It helps to keep skin looking supple, smooth and healthy.

I know they are a few other products out there that promotes on protecting your skin from dust and pollution while providing long term benefit, but with Celltrex Ultra, it also rebounds from daily oxidative stress.

It’s like insurance for your skin as in the long run, you are protected from damage, you’ll age gracefully and keeping your skin radiance and healthy.

 

It’s not just repairing temporary or what’s on the surface, but keeping your skin safe on the long-run deep within your skin.

 

 

Contains patented polyphenol hydroxytyrosol, the most powerful component of Mediterranean extra virgin olive oil, which scavenges skin aging free radicals. Just a few drops of Celltrex® Ultra keeps your skin looking supple, firm, and healthy.

 

Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid fits in the treatment step and should be applied after toning and before moisturizing in the evening to help the skin recover from the days stress/damages.

 

 

 

Well, Apparently… …

Dermatologists understand that cellular oxidation (sometimes referred to as cellular metabolism) is a source of skin aging. Research has shown that the nutrients, especially hydroxytyrosol, found in extra virgin olive oil can be effective in relieving oxidative stress on cells. To demonstrate the ability of Celltrex® Ultra to minimize oxidation, cut a russet potato* in half and spread Celltrex® Ultra Recovery Fluid onto one half of the potato. Do not apply any product to the other half of the potato. Place the two halves side by side and examine both halves of the potato after fifteen minutes. You will notice, the half of the potato with Celltrex® Ultra still looks fresh, while the untreated half is beginning to brown. The longer you wait, the more dramatic the difference between the two halves becomes. *A russet potato will provide the most visually compelling results.

 

 

 

Personal Experience:

I’ve used this for over two years and I never really noticed what a difference it made until I stopped using it a year ago. My skin started to dry up in patches with flaky skin, acne and larger pores, as well as eczema and rosecea due to the dry skin especially over the winter seasons and throughout the period of 8 months. After 6 months of trying to figure out why, I finally got my hands on another new bottle of Celltrex Ultra and all the problems went away. So it’s definitely a holy grail and a highly recommended product for those who wants to be protected and have nice supple skin in the long run.

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Bioderma Hydrabio – dehydrated sensitive skin

I was introduced to Bioderma two years ago and it has been one of my holy-grail skin saver brand that I would always have one or two items in my daily routine from the micellar to tonique and even their awesome pawsome lipbalm and body lotion. I could go on about them but today I would be focusing on the Bioderma Hydrabio range.

 

Back in Malaysia, Bioderma has been really generous and lovely to introduce and educate me with the brand. Products are always sent to me by brands and companies but I would only provide honest reviews and would only talk and share about them if it is genuinely good or makes a difference. Last year, I was introduced to the Bioderma Hydrabio range during a launch. No doubt I was a little skeptical about the whole hydration range as I was afraid it might be too oily or heavy on my skin. But i was wrong.

Moving here to Sydney, my skincare has totally changed. From a humid country to a dry country, my skin has reacted. But one thing that made my skin soft, supple hydrated and protected throughout this winter was the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and Bioderma Hydrabio Legere.

 

 

 

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum – I’ve already known how much I love this the face this is my go-to serum, holy-grail and it’s already my third bottle. Each bottle comes in 40ml with a user-friendly pump. Not only does it moisturise your skin and provides immediate suppleness and radiant, it also reduces redness as well as cools down the face. With most serum, the minute it absorbs into your skin, it is as if the outer layer of your skin is left with nothing and dries out. But with Bioderma Hydrabio Serum, not only does it absorb into your skin, but also leaves the outer layer with a protective moisturising barrier. Plus, it isn’t sticky as well! Primer and foundation sits nicely on it during the day, Sleeping mask sits nicely during the night and in fact, on some lazy-days where I don’t even put sleeping mask because it’s just so awesome.

 

Bioderma Hydrabio Legere – This lightweight moisturiser in cream form is just my go-to moisturiser where I know I wouldn’t be afraid of a sunny hot day or windy cold day. It doesn’t not like a silky layer on the skin as the serum, but this moisturiser absorbs immediately providing a slightly satin finish to your skin so you don’t look over-dewy and this is why it is suitable for normal to combination dehydrated sensitive skin.

 

TOP – Bioderma Hydrabio Serum | BOTTOM – Bioderma Hydrabio Legere 

 

 

 

I have the full range of Bioderma Hydrabio from micellar water, tonique, creme, gel-creme, riche, lip balm, essence lotion, as well as perfecteur which I would some day provide an in-depth review on the full range.

 

I get alot of questions asking me what is a moisturiser I would recommend, something they prefer it to be one-step quick and easy. I would recommend the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum or Legere.

 

 

I know some people may be confused how can you have normal but dehydrated skin at the same time. Well, that is a next topic I’ll be talking about. 🙂

 

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Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream – Is it worth it?

You guys should know by now that I love Bobbi Brown skincare and makeup. From their foundations to their cleansers and makeup removers. People always do ask me, “Is it really worth it?”So today, I’ll be reviewing the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream and let’s see if it’s worth every cent to everything it claims to be.

Just to make it clear for new readers; I have dry combination skin with sensitive skin (Rosecea). The annoying oily T-zone and dry cheeks. Weird right? That’s why moisturisers are tricky where it can’t be too heavy or too light. I don’t really mind layering my skincare at night, but during the day is what I need to look out for.

I have always thought that the Bobbi Brown Extra range is for dry, dehydrated skin or aging. So when I was given a try on this moisturiser and a few other of the range. I was surprised how it turned out!

First things first – the scent. I love the scent. It reminds me of lemongrass and citrus. Can’t really get a hang of what the scent is as there is quite a few ingredient in there (which we will get into it later). If you’ve smelt and used the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse, it is similar to that, but less tangy.

I love how it comes it their sleek simple packaging. Although the tub is a downside. But it’s made of glass and it’s sturdy. With the inventions of spatula, I no longer need to dig my nails into the tub. LOL

Let’s see what does it claim to do?

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What it is:
Extra Repair Moisturizing Cream contains all the benefits of Bobbi’s cult-favorite Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm but with a lightweight, luxurious cream texture that’s perfect for layering and prepping skin for seamless foundation application. As compared to the Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, this product has a much lighter texture as compared to the balm.

Who it’s for: It’s ideal for normal to extra-dry skin types and perfect for those in humid climates or anyone who prefers a lighter feel for their cream.

Why it’s different: This skin-nourishing formula utilizes unique Triple Emulsion Technology to give the cream its lightweight texture while still allowing it to be incredibly moisturizing. It’s made with omega-rich sunflower oil—an ingredient packed with essential fatty acids—to provide moisturization without a heavy feel. Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate plump and smooth the appearance of fine, dry lines, while shea butter provides a protective barrier against moisture loss. Skin looks fresher, smoother and firmer for a healthier-looking appearance over time.
How to use: Massage onto clean skin morning and night.

 

Bobbi’s tip: Perfect makeup starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin. In addition to helping skin look fresher and more vibrant instantly, Bobbi’s skincare products work like a pre-makeup primer. The skin’s condition changes on a daily basis due to factors like stress, diet and sleep. It’s important to continuously look at the skin to see what it needs. You can also create options in your skincare routine by layering moisturizer.

Formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Active ingredients: 
-Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate: Plump and smooth the appearance of fine, dry lines.
-Shea Butter: Provides a protective barrier against moisture loss.
-Omega-Rich Sunflower Oil: An ingredient packed with essential fatty acids that provides moisture without a heavy feel.
-Triple Emulsion Technology: Gives the cream its lightweight texture while still allowing it to be incredibly moisturising.

Other ingredients: 



What’s my verdict?
The Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream is made for those with normal to dry skin and humid climates. That means, it’s suitable for Summer/Malaysia/Singapore countries where the heat and humidity is terrible. My skin loves it as it balance out the combination skin, locks in the moisture for the dry areas without obvious dry patches showing out, my foundation lays on properly and sets nicely and the oily T-Zone does not shine like diamonds. It shows that there is anti-aging properties but I wouldn’t say much about that, because in the end, how do you judge if anti-aging properly does work?

The moisturiser isn’t the heavy creamy thick kind of texture but rather a gel kind of cream, it glides on my skin without any tugging and spreads evenly. It absorbs really quickly with no greasy or layer of shine over it. I was surprised even when I layer my skincare at night. I had a semi-matte baby skin look, which was what made me love it!

The Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream cost AUD$135 / RM335 for 50ml
Is it worth it? Yes, even though it’s on the pricer end. But it is considered to be a higher end luxury skincare.
Would I recommend it? Yes.
Does it claim what it does, I would honestly have to finish the whole tub or at least 3-6 months of constant use in order to review if my skin got immune to it, and if they were any after-effects. But so far, loving it. This made me wanna try the rest of the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Range.

 

Have you guys tried any yet?

Till then, Remember! You’re never ugly, only if you’re lazy! 🙂

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ACME – Italian Restaurant in Rushcutters Bay

When I was in Sydney three weeks ago, H decided to bring me to ACME one day for dins.

The place is located in King’s Cross and we just took a train from Central Station and it’s 5 minutes walking distance to the restaurant.

The place looks like a rundown area from the outside, I was a little surprised from the outside because it was just dead quiet, streets were dark and it was just damn dodgy and eerie.

But that doesn’t mean the place is bad! We arrived earlier than our reservation and the waiter asked if it was okay for us to sit at the bar for some drinks while we wait for our tables to be ready and we figured why not. (P/s. I know Asian restaurants would most likely ask you to stand and wait outside but this definitely isn’t an Asian place.)

 

It didn’t take us long before we were seated, maybe about 5-10 mins? (I lost track of time because I was just talking to H) 

The menu is as simple as how you see it. (not joking – drinks menu are a separate menu of course)

I was a little concern of the serving size being a little too big, then I would have to either stuff myself to avoid wasting or be so sick of it because I’m over-eating. But H mentioned that the portions were quite small that I could even finish a dish myself.

What did we order in the end?

Burrata, burn celeriac, miso 

By the first looks of it, I expected it to be cheesy and creamy that maybe I wouldn’t be able to take more than three bites. but surprisingly it wasn’t. 

 

Octopus, Canneli, Old Bay 

This wasn’t our first choice that we’ve ordered. Initially we ordered the Char Siu Ox Tongue but then it was sold out so we switched to the Octopus.

By the looks of it I thought it was going to be spicy (well, anything red looks spicy right?) but it was grilled perfectly. It was marinated well and every bites brings a slight burnt after taste. Not a bad burnt but a good grilled burnt that brings out the taste.

Maltagliati, shiitake, burnt scallion

I personally love mushrooms and I always think that mushrooms, like bacon, you can’t go wrong. LOL. So this dish? hmmmm.. *slurp* loving the mushroom. I’d kill for more.

Coffee fettuccine, pumpkin, sage, hazelnut

I was slightly shocked with this because initially I was like ‘COFFEE PASTA?? wtf is that??”. I was expecting it to taste like coffee which is bitter and … i don’t know.. bitter? LOL. But to my surprised, it tasted quite nutty and sour. Well, then again, there’s hazelnut, hence the nutty taste. duhh…

Macaroni, pigs head, egg yolk 

What a name!

The only thing I can say about this? “Wish i had more!!”

If I were to come back here, i’d order this again, because it’s really good!

Overall, I would say one thing, the portion is really small. That’s the only downside, and even for someone like me who eats small portions and can’t usually finish my food, I can finish this! That is how small it is!! But then again, a huge portion would be over-flavouring and too much. I’ve heard and seen that during the day (for lunch) their menu’s are different and I would want to go back to try them out again!

WHERE IS IT?

60 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, 2011

 

Opening Hours

Tue to Sat 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Find out more about them here;

Facebook: Acmesydney

http://www.weareacme.com.au/

p/s. This post is not sponsored in anyway.