Beauty One True Match

There are many reasons why I fall in love. It could be the looks, excitement of the new, butterflies in the stomach…amongst many others. What seals the deal – that tipping point that pushes me over the edge to really fall are these few reasons above all else – my one true match must make me a better person, complement me perfectly and help me shine.
These 3 tipping point reasons resonate to many other aspects of my life. In the aspect of beauty, I have found my perfect partner who amplifies these 3 reasons in L’Oreal’s One True Match Liquid Foundation ($30.90). 

With the Opti-match technology, the foundation has six shades to match anyone’s skin. I’m using shade N1 and it complements me perfectly (reason 1); blending to my skin tone flawlessly and covers my imperfections, pores and blemishes without feeling too thick and heavy on my skin. Most importantly, the colour stays true all day without oxidizing, helping me shine and look my best at all times (reason 2). The secret I hear to the flawless finish is in the micro-fine formula that adheres to skin contours. This allows the foundation to blend evenly throughout the whole face whilst concealing imperfections for a gorgeous, smooth finish. 

These are the 6 fundation shades. (From left to right) N1, N4, N7, G3, R1 and R2.

Check out the coverage of the foundation on this blemished mango. I repeat, the foundation covers flaws well, but yet still feels light and comfortable on the skin. 

Here’s my Before / After:

The foundation evened out my skin tone and brightened my skin, giving me an overall fairer and brighter complexion.

What got me most excited is how the True Match Foundation matches up to making me a better person (reason 3). This foundation promises to improve skin quality in two weeks. What a daring promise! It contains Hyaluronic Acid that moisturizes the skin, no oil, fragrance or pore-clogging fillers. It also contains sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. With so many benefits, there’s no wonder why they’re so daring and confident in their promise!
With so many pluses, what’s not to love about the L’Oreal One True Match Liquid Foundation? I’m a convert! If you would like to win a $150 L’Oreal Paris hamper for yourself, check out @lorealparissg on Instagram for more details.

Wearing the One True Match Liquid Foundation in N1.

Hello, stronger and thicker hair!

If you guys remember, I blogged about L’Oreal’s Hair Expertise range of sulfate-free, silicone-free and paraben-free haircare last year. A quick reminder, sulfate is really really bad for the hair. Sulfate is equivalent to and found in most home and industrial cleaning products such as floor cleaners, car wash soaps and engine degreasers. Using shampoo and hair products containing sulfate can lead to dry and brittle hair, split ends and scalp irritation. So if you want healthy and shiny hair, sulfate is a big no.

L’Oreal has recently introduced and added on to their Hair Expertise range a complete hair and scalp system that includes shampoo, conditioner and hair thickening tonic. Aptly named EverStrong Hair and Scalp System, these 3 products when used in unison targets hair fall control from the roots so that you’ll have stronger, thicker hair in 30 days! 
The promise to target hair fall control from the roots got me really interested as my regular hairstylist told me that she noticed that my hair has gotten significantly lesser over the years. *gasp* (Damn you, ageing process!!) I’ve also noticed that I drop quite a lot of hair throughout the day and during hair wash. Most likely, years of scalp neglect is the cause for this hair loss. I’m sure it also doesn’t help that I’m quite a bit older now…everything seems to start falling apart as you age. I used to have a full head of thick hair! Anyhow, here are a couple of reasons why your scalp becomes clogged: 
– Excessive sebum production/oily scalp
– Leftover styling products
– Pollutants
– Improper cleansing/use of the wrong products
So obviously when your scalp is clogged, your hair cannot grow properly and healthily. Just as like plants that need good fertile soil and nutrients to grow well, hair is the same and a healthy scalp is necessary for thick and luscious locks. The EverStrong range of products promise to help regulate and control sebum production, hence allowing hair to grow healthily while fortifying hair strands, making each strand thicker and stronger. It’s enriched with botanical oils such as Rosemary to sooth the scalp, Mint to revitalize and also contains Amino Acid Complex to fortify, thicken and energize the scalp.
To test the effectiveness of the EverStrong range, I’ve embarked on the 30 day challenge to test the claim for ‘stronger, thicker hair in 30 days’.  I had my scalp tested for a before/after review.

In this ‘before’ image, you can see that my hair strands are of varying thickness with some being very thin. As opposed to a healthy head of hair where the strands are of similar thickness (see below picture). This hair test shows that my hair strands are thinning which means that my hair is more brittle and drops and snaps easily. Thinner hair strands also equals a less full head of hair. 

I am mid-way through the challenge and this is how my scalp looks. Already, the width of my hair strands look more similar and each strand looks thicker and stronger. Although we could not locate the exact same spot for the before/after images, we did a more thorough scan around my scalp for this after review and the images all turned out pretty similar. 

Besides strengthening my hair so that each strand becomes thicker, I really love the minty smell of the products and how fresh my scalp feels after a wash. My scalp also feels a lot cleaner now, like I’ve thoroughly removed all the hair styling product build-ups and excess oil. 

If you would like a healthier scalp and stronger, fuller hair, join the L’Oreal Hair Expertise Every Strong 30-day Scalp Care Challenge too! (Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want a healthier scalp and stronger hair…)
Here’s how:
1. Purchase the Ever Strong tonic and receive a 59ml set of shampoo + conditioner. 
2. To redeem your complimentary shampoo + conditioner, register with your particulars on L’Oreal’s HERE.
3. Use the full set of products for 30 days after redemption. At the end of the 30 days, head back to L’Oreal’s office for an after challenge scalp shot, share your testimonial and receive a $50 hamper incentive.

L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise: Join Me in the Sulfate-Free Revolution!

I was recently given a ground-breaking education on one of our everyday-use products. What I learnt is so important for our well-being that I’ve got to share. Learn the truth about what’s actually in your shampoo!

Did you know? 

Myth: Suds in shampoos help to ensure my hair is fully cleansed.

Fact: The suds do cleanse your hair, but perhaps more than you want them to. These rich foamy shampoos can be over-drying and lead to unhealthy tresses.


Sulfates, the foaming agent found in most hair care products that makes shampoo turn into a thick lather in the shower. 

What are sulfates?
the lathering truth about sulfates in your shampoo.

Sulfates = Harsh detergents

Sulfates are cleaning agents (detergents) and you’ll find them in most industrial and home cleaning products, such as: 

– Engine degreasers
– Floor cleaners
– Bike cleaners
– Oven cleaners
– Car wash soaps
– Bubble bath products
– Your shampoo

Sulfates causes:

– Scalp irritation
– Pronounced hair loss
– Dry hair problems
– Breaking brittle hair
– Split ends

The main aim of sulfates are to completely encapsulate dirt and all oils, including the good ones so that water can wash it away. In fact, sulfates are actually used as the baseline standard irritant for sensitive skin, meaning that all other irritants to the skin are tested against it. 
Sulfates can be absorbed through the hair fiber, skin and scalp. When that happens, it is very difficult to completely remove the foaming agents even after washing the hair, leading to sulphate deposits in hair and scalp
To be honest, I’m not usually the most savvy and educated consumer. I’ve only been starting to cultivate the habit of reading the ingredient list on products and am slowly starting to find out what’s good and bad for you, and what to avoid. Having been recently educated about the harmful effects of sulphates and the harsh truth of most shampoo and hair care products in the market, I am astounded that these products are even allowed to go on shelves in the stores. Although you may think that shampooing the hair is usually quick and only a brief exposure, do think about the cumulative effect of the sulphate deposits in your hair and scalp, and how long-term exposure is going to seriously damage your well-being. I, for one am not going to run the risk of ruining my mane and well-being after this education on sulphates!
What to do now? 
Alternative: Use a sulfate-free shampoo
Introducing: L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise

L’Oréal Paris, recognized by women worldwide as the leading expert in hair care, zeroed in quickly on this ‘sulphate in shampoo’ problem by providing premium sulfate-free options for consumers. L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise is one of the first affordable, high-quality ranges with a 100 per cent sulfate-free ingredient list!  
Sulfate-Free Can Still Be High-Performance

To prove that sulfate-free hair care products can still be effective and provide high-performance, L’Oréal conducted a research with Republic Polytechnic’s Centre for Innovation and Enterprise to test the effectiveness of the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise system.
The system was tested against both traditional mass non-conditioning shampoos and a high-end Salon brand system containing shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. 
This qualitative research focused on smoothness and detangling – the top hair concerns for Singaporean women. The results showed that the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise system performed 16 times better than the non-conditioning shampoo and two times better than the expensive salon brand, at an average of 7.72 seconds, with more consistent results than the other two. 
I was sent the EverSleek range (for frizzy and damaged hair) from the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise system to try and I decided to do my very own short mini experiment to see if it was true!

This is what I did:

1. Shampoo and condition my hair with my usual salon brand system. 
2. Towel dry my hair after getting out of the shower.

3. Use a regular comb to run through from the top of my head to the ends of my hair and time how long it takes for the comb to run through. 
Time taken for comb to run through hair with salon brand system: 5.6sec

Amount of hair fall after that 1 run through my hair with salon brand system. (Please excuse me for this icky picture!)

I repeated the same steps with the EverSleek shampoo and conditioner.

1. Shampoo and condition my hair with L’Oréal Paris EverSleek
2. Towel dry my hair after getting out of the shower.
3. Use a regular comb to run through from the top of my head to the ends of my hair and time how long it takes for the comb to run through. 
Time taken for comb to run through hair with L’Oréal Paris EverSleek: 3.8sec

It took 8 secs faster to run the comb through my hair with L’Oréal Paris EverSleek as compared to my usual salon brand system. It was easier to comb through my hair and my hair felt softer and smoother.

More importantly, check out the hair fall after the use of L’Oréal Paris EverSleek!!! There was only 1 tiny strand of hair fall as compared to the small clump in the above picture!! This made me most happy because my hairstylist and I have noticed my hair thinning over the years and hair fall has increasingly become a concern of mine. I drop soooo much hair everytime I wash and comb my hair everyday, it was getting kinda scary. 
Already I notice lesser hair fall shampooing and conditioning with L’Oréal Paris EverSleek in one wash. This run-through-comb-in-the-hair experiment has shown that indeed I am dropping less hair!! Yipeeeee! 
If you’re also wondering, I did not get a less satisfying experience from shampooing my hair with a sulphate-free shampoo. The shampoo still lathered up (with the infusion of botanical oils!) and my hair still felt clean from the wash.

About the EverSleek range:
The L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise range contains four different ranges for all hair types and needs, the EverSleek range is perfect for hair that is frizzy and damaged due to hair styling or colouring. The lack of sulfates, as well as silicones and parabens mean that your hair will be softer and silkier for longer, with its infusion of botanical Argan Oil, Olive Oil and Sunflower Oil. Your scalp will also be protected from the buildup of sulfates, helping to restore its natural moisture to a healthy level, leading to smoother hair right out of the head. The dense foam, while different to the touch, is the proof that sulfates are gone from the formulation, and ensures that hair is still cleansed deeply, without the elimination of essential scalp oils or moisture.

About the rest of the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise range:

However, if you want to try out the recent rainbow hair trend, don’t give up, because L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise has you covered with the EverPure line that is formulated especially for coloured hairThe natural botanical infusions of rosemary, mint and juniper are milder on the scalp as well as the hair strands, leading to longer- lasting colour and a healthier scalp!
With its patented Bio-Ceramide Complex, the L’Oréal Hair Expertise EverStrong range helps to reduce hair fall. Perfect for the Singapore weather, where wind and pollution can damage hair, EverStrong repairs the damage made to hair by using a ceramide + a cationic polymer to strengthen hair

Instead of getting rich foam in the shower but leaving with dry hair, L’Oréal Hair Expertise EverCrème line is formulated without these sulfates to ensure that you leave the shower with intensely moisturized hair. With an ultra-gentle formula rich in Omega 3 and 6, the 3 Botanical Oils (Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Camelina Oil) combine to penetrate the hair surface, providing nutrients for long lasting hydration, while also coating the surface of hair for ultimate smoothness and manageability. 

L’Oréal has created a microsite just for sulphate education and guess what? I’ll be helping you along in this education!   

Join me in the Sulphate Hunt Down here! –