SK-II’s #ChangeDestiny launch party & prepping for Christmas (yes, already!)

I was recently invited along with my Gushcloud lovelies, Sophia and Tricia to SK-II’s Change Destiny launch party at Vivo City to witness the unveiling of their new exclusive limited edition Facial Treatment Essence bottles for the upcoming festive season.

The beautiful floral designs on the bottles are designed by up-and-coming digital artist, Po-Chih Huang. He drew inspiration from four flowers – tulips, freesia, hydrangea and cypress to create the stunning design on the bottles. The different floral motif represent different facets of beauty – passion, elegance, compassion and wisdom. I like the purple hydrangea floral motif best. It represents compassion, appreciation and gratitude – qualities that I keep very close to my heart. Plus, I’m sure you all know that purple is my favourite colour.
True to SK-II’s belief in empowerment and transformation, this collaboration between the brand and the designer is the first of SK-II’s efforts to support emerging young artists. Kudos to SK-II for supporting young talent! These exclusive Facial Treatment Essence bottles will be available at all SK-II counters in Singapore starting October. For fans of the Treatment Essence, you won’t want to miss this. The bottles will sit so pretty on your dresser! They’ll surely also make such pretty gifts for Christmas. 
Tricia, Sophia and I at the entrance of the  Change Destiny Garden. With a wonderful marriage of beauty, art and fashion, we were given a visual treat at the launch party with a fashion runway show showcasing creations inspired by the designs on the new Facial Treatment essence bottles by LASALLE College of the arts graduates. With another partnership between SK-II and renowned UK illustrator, Melissa Bailey, Melissa drew inspiration from Po-Chih Huang’s digital designs and transformed them into hand-crafted fashion illustrations. The graduates from LASALLE in turn brought Melissa’s fashion illustrations to live by transforming the outfits from paper to real and showcased them during the runway show. This was the stunning results from the beautiful partnerships.

After the runway show, the new exclusive Facial Treatment Essence bottles were unveiled. The CEO of SK-II and Tangs were joined onstage by award-winning Korean actress, Lee Yeon Hee for the unveiling ceremony. Sophia, Tricia and I scored a private meet-and-greet with her before the show started. Lucky us! She’s so beautiful in real life and her skin looks absolutely crystal clear, super dewy and amazing. The works of SK-II products I bet! 
The unveiling of the limited edition exclusive Facial Treatment Essence.

Us with Lee Yeon Hee.

Her skin is so radiant and glowing! 
A few days after the launch party, we were invited by SK-II once again for a private event called the #ChangeDestiny Garden Party for a Gift and Craft workshop. The good people at SK-II were so kind to arrange for their trainer, Louis, to have a skincare Q&A session with us for us to ask him about anything beauty. 
We could pick and gift SK-II products to our loved ones at this workshop, so we took this opportunity to ask Louie which products were suitable. I gifted for my mum, sister and Jon. (My dad doesn’t use any skincare products. I’m not being biased!) 
We also asked him questions on how to care for our delicate eye area, how to keep our skin taut and firm and many more!
Here, he’s demonstrating the correct way to apply eye cream. First, warm up the eye cream between your fingers so that they get absorbed into the skin better.

Then, using your third and forth finger, swipe from the middle of the bottom of your eye upwards towards your upper lids 6 times. Make sure you cover the entire area around your eyes. End at your temples and give it a gentle push for 5 counts, with the strongest push on the 3rd count.

Then swipe 6 times on your upper lid from inner to outer of your eye, and swipe 6 times on your bottom lid from inner to outer once again. End at the start of your nose bridge after swiping 6 times on the upper lid and give it a gentle push for 5 counts (strongest on the 3rd count). End at the nose area parallel to your lower lids after swiping 6 times on your lower lids and push for 5 counts. Try it, it feels really good and relaxing.

 To keep your cheeks firm and taut, apply moisturizer and then swipe 6 times on each cheek with your thumb and third finger upwards from bottom of cheek to ear. Then, hold your thumb and second finger together and form an ‘O’ shape and swipe from chin to ear, 6 times. 6 is like the magic number isn’t it! Then push downwards (as shown in the picture above) from the back of your ears to the base of your neck near the collarbone to drain all excess fluids and toxins from your lymph nodes.

I’ve been doing this lymphathic massage method on my face and eyes every night since the workshop and (I hope I’m not imagining things) but my face seems to be smaller and less bloated from water retention!

Here’s another tip: your body repairs all your major organs including your skin between the magical hour of 10pm – 4am. So, the ideal time to complete your night time skincare routine is by 10pm so that when your body starts working on your skin, all the goodness is already there waiting to be absorbed. This is the 2nd time that I’ve heard it already. 10pm is a little early for me, so I’ve not tried it. Do try and let me know how it works out!

Also, we learned from Louis that our skin’s future is ours to control. SK-II actually provides in-depth consultations that recommend you the right products so that you can look forward to better quality skin for as long as the next 20 years!

So, back to the gifts. The lovely people at SK-II prepared all these gift boxes and tools for us to get crafty and decorate our gifts. We got busy and it was really fun.

I picked the Stem Power range Eye Cream, Essence and Rich Cream for my mum as it’s suitable for mature skin.

I hear that the Cellumination Aura Essence is really good, so I packed that along with the Facial Treatment Essence for my sis.
As for Jon, I got him the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (to be used in place of toners), Facial Treatment Essence and Cellumination Deep Surge EX. 

It almost felt like I was back in art school again. 🙂 

And my presents are ready! I’m so excited for Christmas to come already so that I can give it to them. I’m sure my mum, sis and Jon would love their presents. You can’t top gifting the gift of good skin, really. It’ll last them through way after Christmas has ended. Thank you SK-II for having us at this creative Gift & Craft workshop. I had a wonderful time learning more about SK-II products and I can’t wait to use them! 
Also, if you would like to get a beautiful festive gift set for your loved ones, the prices are as follows!
SK-II Pitera Essence Set – S$99.00
Sk-II Miracle in a Bottle – S$233.00
SK-II Best Essential Set – S$398.00
SK-II Revival Deluxe Set – S$452.00
SK-II Aura Glow Set – S$532.00
SK-II Men Essentials Set – S$322.00
SK-II Colours Collection – S$69**
*Exclusive price available with any purchase

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly

And it’s that time of the year again. Where first, Orchard Road slowly and magically transformed itself into “Christmas Land,” where the malls subtly but surely started chiming Christmas carols and you couldn’t help but hum along (even to the cheesy ones), where party invites started rolling in, and where you suddenly realise: “Shucks! it’s almost Christmas! Time to get my a@$ down to town and start my Christmas shopping!”
And then you sit down and start writing your Christmas present list (for yourself, and loved ones), and join the frenzied crowd in town for some mad shopping. This year, I almost made headlines which would probably have looked like this: “Girl (me) almost clobbers fellow shopper who bumped incessantly into her shopping bags to death with Jimmy Choos.” Kidding. So that didn’t really almost happen, and I’m home now safe and sound, with all my lovely presents wrapped writing this blog entry.
Just 2 more days! (For those who haven’t completed your Christmas shopping, Good Luck jostling!! Ha! :p)
Here are my pressies all wrapped and ready to go. 🙂
I started my celebrations early with a cosy dinner with my fellow JAL girlfriends on Monday. Here goes:
Me and Angelia
Stephaine and Cecilia

We had to have Japanese food! Lots of yummy yakitori and everything else. I’m getting hungry all over again!
I got the girls cute underwear and hand masks!

And Angelia got us these cute little penguin cookies.

We all had to get a present for one girl. Here’s Stephaine opening my present.

Ta da! Cute sleepwear, more underwear (which she announced that she was having on the exact same pair I gave her!! What are the odds?!), and a Calvin Klein wristlet.

Angelia and her loot

And me laughing at my present..guess what I got?

Cute sexy sleepwear and marshmallows! The girls couldn’t stop giving me kinky ideas…that was why I was laughing so hard at my pressie. :p Thanks Ceci!

This Yuzu Umeshu that we had is definitely worth a mention. I’m not one who drinks much alcohol, but this was yummy!

…Oh my gosh! Is it 4am already? Time for me to go to bed! Goodnight!!

Here’s wishing everyone: