Kiehl’s Celebrates 10 Years in Singapore

Happy Birthday Kiehl’s Singapore!

Kiehls Singapore 10th Anniversary

Kiehl’s, the venerable New York based purveyor of fine quality products started 163 years ago in 1851. Today in Singapore, the generous brand celebrates its TENTH year.

Did you know that their first store in Singapore was at Scotts Square – Scotts Shopping Centre in 2004? From lowering their prices to continuously giving out free samples, Kiehl’s has certainly come a long way with a ubiquitous presence all over Singapore.

Kiehls Singapore 10th Anniversary Truck

To celebrate their 10 years of service in Singapore, Kiehl’s is launching their first ever Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck. Look out for this truck coming your way! It’s KIEHL’S ON WHEELS – a moving store that will bring the original New York experience to the neighbourhoods.

You can head on down to the other Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Trucks at
20 July – Vivo City
12 – 9pm

21 / 22 July – One Raffles Place
10am – 3pm

25-27 July – Cineleisure
2 – 10pm

Kiehls Calendyla Herbal Extract Toner Olivia Ong Limited Edition

Kiehl’s has always had a philosophy of giving back to society. They have previously collaborated with local Singaporean celebrities to support the Autism Association of Singapore.

So, this year to celebrate their 10th year in Singapore, Kiehl’s is collaborating with Singaporean songstress Olivia Ong to create a limited edition set of the Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. I bagged one of the limited edition masques home. Yay! The products designed by Olivia Ong is in support of the Garden City Fund for National Parks Board Singapore.

Kiehls Singapore Customer Favourite Products

In the Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck, there are a whole bunch of activities you can engage in.
1) View and sample the Kiehl’s top 10 customer favourites that have been loved by men, women and celebrities alike.
2) View the art creations contributed by Olivia Ong and 7 other personalities – XiaXue, Keith Png, Pornsak, Yutaki James, Larry Yeo, G.T Gan, Soh Ee Shaun
3) Join the charity initiative by contributing a simple drawing on the spot – Kiehl’s will donate $5 per drawing to the Garden City Fund
4) Take a #selfie with the trucks and speak the love with #KiehlsUltraGenerous on Facebook and Instagram and stand a chance to take home a Kiehl’s Top 10 Customer Favourite Hamper worth $450!

I got to take home some of my very favourite Kiehl’s products after visiting the Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck and Vivo City store.

Kiehls Singapore Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Olivia Ong

The Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator is great for daily use – gentle and thorough at the same time. Stocking up on my Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.. This time with the limited edition one designed by Olivia Ong! Lastly, I decided to try out the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to control my oily scalp.

Thank you for your generosity Kiehl’s!

Cheers to many more birthdays in Singapore, Kiehl’s!

Kiehl’s Gives with ELLE Singapore for Autism Association

Update: Congratulations! The winners for the giveaway are Valentine Low and MenMen A!

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I have blogged a fair bit about Kiehl’s products and there is a good reason why I do so. Aside from the effective products they carry, Kiehl’s company philosophy believes in doing good for the community and I am a firm believer in giving back to society.

Did you know that Kiehl’s creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged workers and fosters a work environment that is healthy and safe? To them it is important to pay a fair price for the raw materials sourced in the community and they assure that their suppliers do the same. Kiehl’s always ensures the materials and processes used in the production of their products worldwide do not damage the environment and that what is used is replaced, recycled, or restored. Go green!

Kiehls Autism Association Jean Danker Mike Kasem George Young

So it is no surprise that Kiehl’s Singapore has teamed up with ELLE Singapore in a recent charity effort. Together with 4 local celebrities, the two organizations are raising funds for the Autism Association. This isn’t the first time Kiehl’s Singapore has supported Autism Association either. The previous drive had local hottie George Young fronting the campaign and he is back again this time to create awareness for this cause.

Kiehls ELLE Singapore Jean Danker Mike Kasem George Young

What is unique this time is the fact that Kiehl’s has engaged these 4 celebrities with heart, namely radio sweetheart Jean Danker and funny guy Mike Kasem, comedian Michelle Chong and heart throb George Young to design a limited edition cover for one of their best selling products: the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Masque.

I had the chance to preview these covers at the recent press conference and got my Jean Danker/Mike Kasem and George Young covers signed.

Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Jean Danker Mike Kasem George Young

But before the signing session, these caring celebrities shared why their reasons for being part of the cause; George shared a moving story about his brother who is affect by autism while Jean and Mike both personally know people who are affected with autism.

Kiehls ELLE Singapore

In general, autism generally boys more than girls (a ratio of 4 to 1) and this disorder causes social, behavioural and cognitive issues. Meaningless repetitive behaviours and inappropriate interests and obsessions are quite common. Depending on the symptoms presented, the level of functioning can vary and the person affect may or may not require assistance for daily living activities.

How do I know all of this? Well, my story is that I used to work full time as a behaviour therapist with people with autism. Straight from graduation, I spent 3 years working in this particular special needs field.

Kiehls Singapore Autism Association Jean Danker Mike Kasem

Kiehls Singapore George Young Jean Danker Mike Kasem

Supporting and creating awareness for autism is thus a big part of who I am and so I’ll do my part here for the Autism Association by giving away TWO Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Masque each (worth ~$50) SPECIALLY AUTOGRAPHED by your favourite stars George Young and the Class 95 Radio DJs Jean and Mike!

Kiehls Singapore Jean Danker

Here’s how to take home a piece of your favourite star, get great skin AND do your part for Autism Association.

Kiehls Singapore ELLE Autism Association

1) Share this blog post via Facebook on my public Facebook page
2) Leave a comment in the section on the BLOG with your answer in this format:

Kiehl’s and ELLE Singapore is working with Jean Danker, Mike Kasem, Michelle Chong and George Young to suppport ______________ __________________.

It’s that simple! Two winners with the correct answer will be picked to win the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Masque. Contest will end 11th August, 12 noon and winners will be announced on the 12th.

Have fun and good luck!

Contest limited to Singapore addresses only.

Summer Must Have Essentials

The hottest season of the year may be here (and may be the main reason why the fires are raging in the forests over on our neighbouring island) but the resulting haze is the exact reason why we need to protect ourselves this summer.

Kiehl’s kindly sent over their specially put together Kiehl’s Summer Travel Kit (thanks Kiehl’s!) to accompany me on my frequent travels. I traveled to Boracay and Vietnam in May and just finished Bangkok and Manila. Coming up next, States and Paris in July! Phew!

Throughout my travels, I usually carry one of two Kiehl’s products. Recently in Boracay, I relied heavily on the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream. I love the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream so much I just picked up another tube of it. It’s one definitely of my summer beauty must-haves.

This time after all the heavy travels, my skin has become quite dry so I decided to get a full sized jar of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream.

The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection is anchored by moisture-retaining ingredients like Imperata Cylindrica and Glycerin to draw pure hydration into skin barrier. It also has oil-free skin conditioners to control shine for up to 24 hours. The texture of the Gel Cream is light and I love how it is quickly absorbed into the skin without any residual stickiness.

But instead of just listening to me rave about their products, Kiehl’s has so generously offered to sponsor the same Summer Travel Kit for a giveaway!

In this kit, you will find sachets of my favourite Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream, a mini jar of the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, a mini Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleaner, mini Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF, Deluxe Hand and Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Grapefruit (65ml) and finally, sachets of Amino Acid shampoo and conditioner.

Here’s how to win this Summer Travel Set:
For Non-Users of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Range:
1. Pop by any Kiehl’s store to test their shine and be delighted with complimentary samples of Ultra Facial Oil-Free range.
2. Try the samples at home
3. Tell us why you love the Ultra Facial Oil-Free product range on this blogpost by 25th June 2013, 1159hrs.

For Users of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Range:
1. Simply add a review on why you love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free product range on this blogpost by 25th June 2013, 1159hrs.

Remember you need to comment below on this blogpost!

Aside from making sure your skin is well hydrated and taken care of in this hazy weather, you can also have delicious and new snacks delivered right to your door! Greedy Chimp is the first subscription service that delivers a bag of Loot every month to your doorstep. You can now avoid the haze and still get a supply of treats at your doorstep.

Greedy Chimp Header

I started this company with a couple of friends and I’m very excited to share with you what’s in our bag. ;) We love to eat, but we make sure we only eat the good stuff. Because our official launch is during summer, we’ve put together a summer Loot bag filled with novel and adorable items. Some of the items are available in the local supermarkets while others are carried exclusively by Greedy Chimp!

In this summer Loot that will help you beat the summer heat:

Purence Dew Water – The pretty purple bottle contains water as pure as morning dew. The Purence water is created using a special process called the Systemized Dew Process. This removes all inorganic minerals, heavy metals, and pesticides that are harmful to the body, giving you only the purest water. Dew Water helps cleanse and detox your body.

Nongshim Champong Noodles Greedy Chimp June

Nongshim Champong Premium Spicy Cuttlefish Noodles – A new Korean instant noodle flavour by the very popular Nongshim! I had a serving of this and loved the flavourful soup and chewy noodles. Lovers of spicy food will surely enjoy this.

Kimmy Seasoned Seaweed – Thin sheets of tasty seaweed! Everyone loves munching on these.

Morinaga Choco Balls – Yummy chocolate coated balls that are just the right size for popping into your mouth. They come in three flavours – caramel, strawberry and peanut. My favourites are the strawberry (pink) and caramel (blue).

iGen Sugar Free Mints

iGen Sugarfree Mints – Mints to always keep your breath fresh. They come in very handy tins that you can pop either into your pocket or handbag. You can even take them out while painting the town red! Indulge without guilt because they are sugar-free!

Troo Freeze Dried Bananas

Troo Freeze Dried Bananas – Healthy freeze dried bananas that taste like the real thing. These Korean made freeze dried bananas are made by freezing them at below -40 degrees Celcius, which allows the nutrients to be preserved for long durations. If you’re health conscious and looking for healthy snacks, this is it. Made with real fruits, there are no added preservatives, no allergy-triggering soybean, peanut, buckwheat and egg. It is as good as eating a real banana but with more convenience thanks to the easy zip-lock bag.

Each Loot bag is delivered once a month and costs $14.90 (including delivery). A 3 month subscription will cost $44.90 and the yearly subscription gets you one extra bag free! Sign up for Greedy Chimp here and see what else the chimps at The Chimp Headquarters are up to on our Facebook page. We’re already in the midst of putting together our July bag!

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Review and Swatch

Kiehls Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Singapore

I have never been a real fan of BB cream. I know people who swear by it, but I’m a traditional foundation sort of girl. This Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream, however, gets the nod of approval from me. This is one BB Cream I want to have in my makeup bag.

The Kiehl’s BB Cream was put to the test under the blazing sun of Boracay.

Kiehl's Face of the Day

Touted to have SPF 50, I used it as both my sunscreen and foundation. Some might say I should have doubled up with my sunscreen protection, but hey, BB creams are supposed to give you coverage AND sun protection.

So, despite the long hours outdoors frolicking on the beach, the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream maintained an even skin tone throughout the day. My skin was flawless as I pranced about on the beach, dipping my toes in the clear blue Boracay water.

Under the hot sun, I also loved how it did not feel greasy. The formula was so lightweight I didn’t have to worry about perspiration lines streaking down my face.

I could not help but be highly impressed by the coverage of the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream. Below are the before and after pictures.

Kiehls Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Swatch Review Before
Before: Broken, red capillaries, light freckles, yellow skin undertone.

Kiehls Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Swatch Review After
After: Skin tone corrected to a pink healthy flush, capillaries less obvious, freckles concealed. Skin looks smoother.

Aside from covering my flaws, freckles and blemishes, this particular BB Cream scored full marks in terms of colour. I have never really had any luck with other BB creams – they were always either too fair or made my skin look ashy grey. This Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream lives up to its name and provided a rosy, natural finish.

The buildable coverage of the Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream is certainly note-worthy. Most people would use a BB cream on its own, but I went ahead and dusted some light powder over the Kiehl’s BB cream to matte the finish. Despite that, my skin looked natural and there was no “cakey” feeling.

Here’s a side by side comparison:

Kiehls Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Swatch Review

The Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream comes in three shades – fair, light and natural. I’m a light shade.

If you have sensitive skin, this BB Cream is definitely for you. It’s been dermatologist tested and proven safe for sensitive skin. The BB Cream is also formulated without fragrance or parabens. On top of that, it is also mineral oil free. Yey to no more clogged pores! I’m a happy camper.

Kiehl's Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream Swatch

The Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream SPF50 is sold at all Kiehl’s stores. A 30ml bottle retails for S$52.

Kiehl’s Announces New Lower Prices!

Founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood, Kiehl’s has now a history of 160 years under its belt.

Kiehl's New York City Third Avenue

With effective formulas that haven’t changed since the day they started, I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit the original Kiehl’s New York City store back in 2010.

Kiehl's New York City

It was such an amazing experience because it was as though I had stepped back into time. I could feel the old world charm of the building and the history of the Kiehl’s story just being in the store.

Kiehl's New York City

While talking to the personnel in store, I learnt that each Kiehl’s product represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations. And it is the effective formulas of Kiehl’s products that have kept them going strong since 1851. Kiehl’s strongly attributes its success to a long-standing, customer-centered business approach which permeates product development and innovation and has long been the primary focus of the company’s business expansion strategy.

Kiehl’s has always believed in giving back to society. Driven by strong double-digit growth across 43 countries around the world since 1851, they are pleased to announce a PERMANENT price decrease in SINGAPORE on 21 of its most popular formulations! It is their way of rewarding customers for being loyal. Thank you Kiehl’s!

Kiehl's Singapore Price Drop
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June Bellabox Review and July Sneaks!

Last month I received the June Bellabox – Summer Upgrade, and of all the Bellaboxes I’ve received so far, the June Bellabox has got to be my most favourite Bellabox to date. It’s chock full of products from brands I already love. In it’s June edition, Bellabox has included products specifically from beauty brands like Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s, Biotherm and Lancome.

I squealed in delight upon opening the June Bellabox because I already have some of these products in full sized bottles and now I have them in travel sized thanks to Bellabox Singapore! I adore being able to carry around my favourite products when I travel. Then, Bellabox also threw in products that I’ve been wanting to try out for the longest time. Yipee for samples!

Bellabox June Biotherm White D-tox BB Cream

The Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream has got to be one of my favourite BB creams of all time and that’s why I have it in full size. Unlike most BB creams I’ve tried, this one dries to a powder finish and gives you 24-hour coverage, a unified skin tone and maintains hydration all day long. It has a slightly runny consistency but that’s exactly what I like about it. Instead of feeling like there’s goop on your face, this Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream is extremely light-weight.
$70 for 30ml

Bellabox June Biotherm Lait Corporel

The citrus extracts of the Biotherm Lait Corporel Body Moisturizer are the first notes that hit you when you decide to slather yourself with this paraben-free body lotion. This non-greasy, easy to absorb formula body lotion from Biotherm is a sure fire way to leave your skin refreshed and you feeling rejuvenated. On top of that, Glycerin, olive oil, Vitamin E and Pure Thermal Plankton are combined in this delicious-smelling lotion for outstanding moisturising results.
$52 for 200ml

Here are the other products from Lancome, Shu Uemura and Kiehl’s that I’ve been wanting to try out for the longest time, and I’ve now received in the June Bellabox!

Bellabox June Shu Uemura Skin Purifier

The Shu Uemura White Efficient Gentle Cleansing Oil is a cult best seller. Touted to wash away dullness and contain natural mito-white complex and Vitamin C to help prevent the accumulation of melanin deep within, giving you fine, fair skin after repeated use.
$58 for 150ml and $155 for 450ml

Bellabox June Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner

I havent yet tried the Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner personally, but “made with real Marigold whole flowers and still to this day hand-picked and placed in each bottle by hand”? I’m ready to see what the fuss about this toner is, especially because it has gotten rave reviews since 5 decades ago when it was first formulated.
$54 for 125ml, $78 for $250 and $110 for 500ml

Bellabox June Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Another multi-award winning product in the June Bellabox. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a 99.8% naturally derived botanical elixr that was formulated to biologically replicate kin’s natural lipids for optimal skin repair during the night, so you wake up to healthier and younger-looking skin.
$90 for 30ml

Last but not least, two star products from Lancome that are highly recognised worldwide: the
Lancome Genifique Youth Activator and the Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal.

Bellabox June Lancome Genifique

Lancome Genifique Youth Activator
Genifique is the first Lancome skincare that revives genes’ activity and stimulates the production of youth proteins. It is now clinically proven that the more you use Genifique, the better the results. All it takes is just 7 days to see the results.
$130 for 30ml, $170 for 50ml and $210 for 75ml

Bellabox June Lancome Blanc Expert

Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal
Empowered with Dermactyl complex, dermal cells are stimulated to produce bright new collagen, preventing darkening and reducing melanin production. Skin is more translucent, luminous and brighter from within.
$175 for 30ml

But if you thought the Bellaboxes couldnt get any better, it seems the July Bellabox is going to hold more surprises for subscribers! The team of Bellabox Singapore introduced some of their brand partners to us at a very exclusive Bellabox After-Work party last week. We were treated to several different types of pampering sessions by a couple of their brand partners.

Bellabox July Singapore Candy Doll

Bellabox July Singapore Candy Doll Makeup

Bellabox July Singapore Shu Uemura Lashes

If my instincts are right, I’m hoping to see the very kawaii Candy Doll makeup, fashionable Shu Uemura lashes and Sally Hansen polishes in the July Bellabox! Welcome July!