When was the last time that you felt truly happy? Was it last week when you were having a gloriously carefree day with your friends or a couple of days ago when you were spending quality time with your loved ones? What about the time in between from then till now?



I’ve always been diligent with my skincare from a young age. Thankfully (or not!), I had acne when I was a teenager and since then, I’ve been religious with my skincare routine. 


A review of Lancome Advanced Genifique’s range of products

Every so often, you’ll find a great skincare product that you know you’ll keep and use for a long time to come.
The product, or rather, products in question this time around is Lancome’s range of Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum, Eye Illuminator and Eye Concentrate.
I’ve mentioned many times on my blog that as age is catching up, I’m most concerned about anti-aging; to hold up what gravity is pulling downwards and to keep the fine lines and wrinkles at bay. It doesn’t help that I’ve been coping with sensitive, acne prone skin all my life. I’ve never really used anti-aging products (except for eye creams…thank goodness zits don’t grow around my eye area!) until recently, because they’ve mostly been too rich for my skin and causes my skin to breakout. 
Advanced Genifique encourages women to embrace the beauty of being yourself; to activate your #youthful aura – that inner light that makes you shine. I love this key message of celebrating you and loving yourself from the inside out. It is so important for women to have self love and self worth.  
They’ve picked 4 faces based on their unique inner beauty – role models who exude a quiet confidence and who are always active in a cause: Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins. 

How It Works
Inspired by gene science, Lancome believes that the skin’s beauty is revealed through its light which naturally represents one of the fundamental signs of skin’s youth. The more radiant and luminous your skin is, the more youthful your skin looks. This light on your skin is derived from a complex interplay of surface reflection and backscattered inner light. Over time, backscattering of inner light decreases with age. A great portion of the light is trapped by melanin and your skin darkens with time.  
The range of Lancome Advanced Genifique products reignite your skin’s inner light by improving the structure of the skin surface and improving the backscattering of inner light to reveal radiant, luminous, plump and healthy skin. 
Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Affectionately known as the ‘little black bottle’, what I like most about this serum is that it feels light and is absorbed quickly into the skin. I’ve been using it for 7 days and have had no breakouts (yay!). As my skin leans towards the oily side, I’ve been skipping the moisturiser step after the serum and I use this after my toner. I tend to keep the number of steps to my skincare regime down so as not to overload my skin. So, every product that I use really need to work! For those with dry to normal skin, you can use this serum as a booster to make your follow on skincare products work even better for you. It’ll boost your skincare products by up to 3x!
In just 7 days, I’ve noticed that my skin has become brighter and is looking more radiant and my skin tone has evened out more. Even without using moisturizer, my skin stays hydrated and plump. I’ve been skipping putting on my usual BB cushion and have been going out with just a light dust of loose powder on my face. I love the freedom of not having to slather my face with make-up! 
Over time, I’m also supposed to see improved skin elasticity and experience firmer skin with reduced sagginess. Can’t wait! 
Advanced Genifique Yuex Light-Pearl and Yuex Eye Cream

Because I’m a huge fan and believer of eye care, these 2 products are my favourite of the lot. I’ve been using eye care products since I was a teenager and have tried all kinds from many different brands. This is the first time however, that I’m using an activator before an eye cream. Although I’ve been hardworking with my eye care for many years, no thanks to my genes, the lines and wrinkles have still been appearing. What used to be cute crinkles at the corner of my eyes when I smiled is now also known as crow’s feet. And, what bothers me the most are the fine lines that crack through my under eye concealer when I have concealer on. 
So, the amazing thing with this eye care duo is that in just 7 days of use, I’ve definitely noticed that the fine lines around my eyes have reduced slightly and most of all, the lines are not cracking and peeking through my under eye concealer. I especially love the wand application from the eye illuminator and how it reaches all corners of my eye. I’m not sure if you guys feel the same way when you’re putting on something really good on your face, but it feels so good everytime I put the illuminator and cream on. I feel awesome that I’m slathering all these goodness around my eyes (ok, the most succinct word I can use to describe this feeling is, shiok! -haha-). I know that I’ll appreciate myself being hardworking in years to come.
For more information on Lancome’s Advanced Genifique range of products, CLICK HERE. I found the videos of how to apply the products on the face for maximum efficacy particularly useful!   

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My skin saver.

I was in a wintery country last month and my friend from there asked me how I maintained such fair skin coming from a sunny island like Singapore. “Lyco White and sunscreen”, is my answer. If you’re wondering what Lyco White is, it’s an oral skin supplement to support skin health. Packed with powerful ingredients that are all proven to significantly work, these tablets are an all-in-one for whitening, sun protection and as an anti-oxidant. 
I’m on to my second bottle already (each bottle lasts a month) and although I admit that I’m already quite fair to start, the most significant difference I’ve noticed is that my skin looks a lot less dull. Especially on days when I’m tired and didn’t get enough sleep. Before, my skin used to look really dull and yellow on days like these. These days, even when I’m feeling horrible and unrested inside, my skin fakes it and makes me look all fresh and bright. 
The whitening process of Lyco White comes from the humble fruit, the tomato. A complex called Phytofloral is derived to help give you fairer and clearer skin. It also helps decrease the sun’s effect on your skin by inhibiting melanin synthesis. Which means, I can stay out in the sun longer without developing a tan, become sunburnt or develop dark spots. Plus, it contains a unique ingredient to increase the skin’s ability to defend itself against UV radiation. 
My favourite benefit from this awesome pill is its super antioxidant powers. We all know how essential antioxidant is for happy and healthy skin. I’ve noticed that my sensitive skin is a lot less sensitised after taking Lyco White and is less reactive to pollution and the environment. My skin used to flare up and I’d get red spots from allergies and what not. 
To complete this pill and make it even more awesome than it already is, black pepper extract is added which boosts absorption of all the nutrients. This means that all the goodness is absorbed into your system quicker, which means faster results.  
Now you all know why, alongside many of my other friends who have embarked on their Lyco White journey love it so much and ‘panic’ when we forget to take our dose for the day. It’s literally, a skin saver! 
You can get your dose of healthier and brighter skin with Lyco White from IDS Clinic. For more details: http://www.jyskskinsolutions.com/IDS-Skincare/IDS-Products/IDS-Skincare/Oral-Supplement/Lyco-White

IDS Clinic is located at:
8 Sinaran Drive #05-07 to 10
Novena Specialist Centre

Tel: 6568 3555

My entire skincare range is from IDS and I’m seeing excellent results on my skin from their products! 
Outfit details:
Playsuit: Wardrobe Theory 
(I especially love the back details on this piece)
Brooch: Chanel
Heels: Alice & Olivia
Hair & Make-Up: Xuann

The amazing LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation

They say that when you hit 30 and your body starts going downhill. Your health will start showing subtle signs of ageing and taking care of yourself will mean finding a balance between stress and healthy living habits. I’ve never quite thought about that when I was in my 20’s and used to probably scoff at that, thinking that my body will probably have some super powers to maintain and keep my youth forever. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I take those thoughts and words all back. I’m sad to say that my memory is not as good as before – I’ve never used to need to make lists or write down scheduled appointments. On occasions that I don’t enter appointments into my calendar, I  receive texts that read, ‘I’m here. Where are you?’ and completely panic simply because, I forgot. That of course will set me off like a crazy lunatic rushing to get ready in all of 5 minutes. I usually take at least 30 minutes and I’ll be out of the house looking like a crazed wreck, waving my hands crazily in my desperation to try and hail a cab to rush to my appointment. Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight. 
I’ve read that as we get older, the number of nerve cells in the brain decreases. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function. Right. I’m not looking forward to that at all! 
So, besides the age taking a toll on my brain and memory retention abilities, the next most obvious change that I’ve noticed on myself is my skin. Having suffered from sensitive and blemish prone skin for most of my life, I’ve always been religious with skincare and taking care of my skin. Complicated skincare routines and slapping on masks a few times a week on my face are routines etched into my daily life. Despite my being so disciplined, I’ve noticed that my skin, especially those around my eyes have become less taut. A deep line has formed above my eye socket making it look like I’ve got deep-set eyes – pretty on some days, but I think I just look older on most days. My cheeks are not set as high as they used to be – I used to get compliments on how pretty and high my cheekbones were. Yep, as you’d expect, those compliments are now a distant memory and I don’t hear them anymore. The most worrying of all besides the cheeks not sitting as high, is my skin being less taut and giving way to gravity. I try and fight it as hard as I can, but I see a hint of double-chin (gasp!!) and saggy cheeks that hang off my face and goes beyond my face bone structure (god forbid!!). Wrinkles of course, are having a heyday on my face. The most obvious merry makers are the wrinkles and crow’s feet around my eyes and boy, do they show up when I laugh or smile. The crows feet at the end of the eyes used to be called cute smile/laugh lines. Now, they’re just called crow’s feet. 
Research shows that your skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20’s. As get get older, production of collagen – the protein that acts as scaffolding to the skin – slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has less spring and can even break. Dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. This causes fine wrinkles and thin, transparent skin. 
Hooray! Cheers to being 3-0! Haha. Alright, don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying my time being 30-something (figured I’d better have the time of my life before I hit 4-0 and more goes downhill). Being a petite Asian, I’m also lucky to possibly have the signs of ageing show up less. People still tell me that I don’t look my age – thank you!!. But you know that we are always our worst and harshest critics. We prod and examine ourselves under the microscope and set alarm bells ringing at every small change. I sink into a mild depression every time I spot a new wrinkle. Okay, kidding. 
The good thing is that there is so much help available in the market now for you to preserve your youth and defy the ageing process. I was recently introduced to GNC’s LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit (Retail price: $188 / total worth $249.40). The kit contains:

– 16 x 50ml of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta

– 5 x LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask

About  LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta

Each bottle of this collagen drink contains 13,000mg of premium collagen from red snapper and other age-defying nutrients. The collagen strengthens your skin and improves skin’s elasticity for youthful, clear skin. It visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin is lifted and tightened. The placenta helps rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhances the skin renewal process. The drink also contains DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, CoQ10, Ceramide and Vitamin C and E for enhanced skin hydration, elasticity and luminosity. 

About LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask

This facial mask is infused with concentrated premium collagen-enriched essence to firm hydrate and brighten your complexion in 7-10 minutes. This intensive mask smoothens deep and fine lines, infuses skin with moisture and lightens stubborn skin discolouration and dull skin. It also contains antioxidant ingredients to target dark spots and wrinkles caused by ageing and environmental pollution.

Direction for the transformation kit: 

Drink a bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink daily, preferably before bedtime for 16 days. Use at least five pieces of LAC Taut® mask during these 16 days for a powerful synergistic effect.

After 16 days, take 1 bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink, preferably before bedtime, at least 3-4 times a week as a health supplement and for maintenance. Use the LAC Taut® Collagen Mask at least 2-3 times a week for best results.

Strengthen skin, improve skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and lift sagging skin, rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhance skin renewal process?! Imagine my glee when I read up and found out more about the kit.

I couldn’t wait to start. I religiously followed the instructions and drank the collagen drink for 16 days in a row and used the facial mask for about 15minutes each time every 2-3 days.

This is my before/after documentation.

Full-face Before:

Full-face After:
I tried to keep lighting conditions and angles as close as possible for the before and after shots with no makeup and filtering of course. The most drastic difference that surprised me after 16 days of the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit was that my face looked sharper and it was more V-shaped. Notice in the before picture that there is some flesh hanging off my cheeks (especially on the right side of my face / left side of the image)? It’s gone in the after picture! Even my friends around me commented that my face looked sharper and asked if I’ve lost weight. Trust me, I haven’t lost any weight. 

Other differences I noticed were my face looking generally brighter, the darkness below my eyes lightened some and my skin generally looked more even-toned overall. I’ve also got combination skin where the skin on my cheeks tend to get dryer than the rest of my face. Guess what? I’ve had less of this dry skin issue now that I’ve completed the 16 day transformation. My eyes may be playing tricks on me, but doesn’t my skin look ‘tighter’ in the after picture too? I’ve definitely noticed that I look less tired and my skin less dull without makeup. I’ve even felt confident enough to step out of the house without makeup on a few occasions. Haha. Check out the close-ups on my eye area below. I’ve been most worried about the fine lines below and around my eyes. 
Close-up of my eye Before picture:
 Close-up of my eye After picture:
The most obvious difference I noticed as you can see from the both pictures is that the fine lines below my eyes were lesser and less obvious than before I started the 16-day transformation with LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit! I’ve also always had this strange streak of dark patch below my eyes (as seen in the before picture) that I’ve always had to conceal and the dark patch lightened significantly after 16 days. 

Wow. I was definitely amazed by the results after just 16 days. I’m so excited to continue with the drinks and masks. I’m cutting the regularity to 3-4 times a week for the drink now for maintenance and  fingers crossed, even more results. If you are looking to achieve brighter, more hydrated skin and to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, I’d definitely recommend this LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit. Start today and you’ll still be in time for Christmas! 🙂 
Even more exciting news for my readers: 
Share your experience from the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit in a video with LAC Taut® on their Facebook (www.facebook.com/LACTaut) and you may stand a chance to win a year’s supply! Go to LAC.com.sg/TryTaut for more details of this contest and watch videos of real Taut users. Terms and conditions apply! Good luck! I am sooooo tempted to join the giveaway too.