Saturday, 1 August 2015

BLACKBOX AUGUST 2015 EDITION - THE BEAUTY PROLOGUE EXCLUSIVE PACK

August rolled in in a blink of an eye. I'm positive this is a special month for many, especially my fellow Singaporeans. 

Not only is it our National Day this 9th August, it is also our nation's golden jubilee, which is why we have been celebrating SG50 all year round!


It is exceptionally special at BlackBox this month because they have created a complete regimen of products to satisfy all your beauty needs.


In this month's exclusive pack, you will find:


1. Pearlie White Fluorinze Alcohol Free Fluoride Mouth Rinse (250ml)

2. TruLife Bird's Nest (1 bottle)
3a. Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo (40ml)
3b. Tsubaki Extra Moist Conditioner (40ml)
4a. Mores White Booster Plus+ (5ml)
4a. Mores 2 Eyes Sleeping Eye Mask (5ml)5b. Uriage Thermal Water (240ml)
5. Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate (240ml)








All these for just S$12.90! If the price and the amount of products in this month's edition isn't enough to blow you away, I don't know what will! Other than the Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, I have not tried the other products, so it's quite an interesting pack to begin with because some of these brands are relatively new to me. I also like that BlackBox helps us discover brands that we normally wouldn't have time fishing out ourselves or are just too afraid to try sometimes. So this month's exclusive pack is great for anyone who's looking for the basic stuff but wants to venture out of the norm and try something slightly different while keeping your pockets happy :)

Let's begin shall we? 




The first item that caught my attention was the Pearlie White Fluorinze Alcohol Free Fluoride Mouth Rinse (250ml,  S$4.20). In all honesty, I've never exactly tried a mouthwash so I'm on unfamiliar territory when it comes to the whole rinsing and gargling mouthwash ritual. It even feels slightly bizarre because I don't know what it tastes like and what would happen if I accidentally swallowed some. The thought of it makes me shudder. 
Anyway, my oral care routine is pretty simple, I brush my teeth 2-3 times a day and floss every night before I go to bed. I know most people find flossing too much trouble so I highly recommend trying out a mouthwash because it does more than just give you fresh breath, it also reaches in between the teeth to kill germs and can even get below the gum line to kill bacteria.

It's also important to know how to use it properly and since I've never attempted mouthwash, I decided to ask Google first, and here's what it says:


Step 1: Pour approximately 20 ml of mouthwash to use. It’s important to swish the mouthwash around for about 30 seconds so that it can reach all areas of the mouth, including all of your teeth, the gums, the roof of the mouth, and the tongue. This is the best way to kill germs in hard-to-reach places like in between the teeth and beneath the gum line.


At first taste, it wasn't too bad.. Then it started to feel like firecrackers exploding in the insides of my mouth and a stinging sensation on the inner walls. However, that sensation subsided within the next 30-40 seconds and it leaves a fresh, minty after taste. 

In fact, I've decided to keep this bottle at work so I can rinse my mouth after meals. It's quick, effective and free from harsh ingredients like SLS, parabens and saccharin.





Moving on, there's no better way to reward yourself after a good thorough oral care routine than with a bottle of TruLife Bird's Nest :)


Bird’s Nest is traditionally used as a beauty food to maintain youthfulness and enhance the complexion but it also believed to speed up recovery and promote overall immunity. It contains unique predigested form of proteins and nutrients, which are said to aid in recovery from chronic illnesses and its high glycoprotein content, growth factors and a neutral energetic property help boost a weak immune system. 




I've learnt to appreciate bird's nest over the years and TruLife Bird's Nest is the next best thing to a freshly boiled bird's nest soup. If I consume it early in the mornings or just before bed, I prefer it to be warmed up. Other times, I like to store them in the refrigerator and consume it before meals. The bird's nest soup is not overly sweet and comes in relatively large chunks with a smooth, gelatinous texture. It's a great gift for any occasion, and is a sure win with the ladies.




The next 2 items have already worked their way up to the top of my list! I personally love the brand after trying out the Tsubaki Shining Shampoo and Conditioner samples at home. It's hard to find hair products that are suitable for my scalp because it is sensitive and if I use a product that is too strong or moisturising, my hair follicles start to oxidise very quickly and my scalp tends to itch! So I continued with the full size products that I bought from Watsons when I finished the samples and so far, my hair has been quite tamed and healthy, considering how wayward it used to be in the past.

Hence, I was quite excited to try their new range, the Tsubaki Extra Moist Shampoo and Conditioner because the ends of my hair are dry and damaged even though my scalp tends to oxidise quickly. The Extra Moist range moisturises the hair and boosts up to 8 hours of lasting moisture with the long-acting hyaluronic acid and contains the brand’s signature ingredient, Tsubaki Koji S, to soften and moisturise both the hair and scalp. The Camellia Oil within helps to revitalize hair shine and leaves my hair with a fresh, floral scent.


You can read my previous reviews on the Tsubaki Shining series here and here.





When it comes to skincare for my eyes, I tend to be extra cautious because I've tried eye products that are too hydrating, which in turn, gave me milia seeds around my eyes and removing them was a huge pain. So the texture and ingredients are the 2 main deciding factors to whether I even try the product or not. Also, the area around our eyes is particularly sensitive so I try to be as meticulous and gentle as possible when applying a suitable product.


I first tested the Mores 2 Eyes Sleeping Eye Mask (5ml) on my hands to access whether it was more of a creamy, gel or lotion-like texture and it turned out to be in between a lotion and a cream with a faint flowery scent.


I'm more lenient with eye masks so this texture is perfect for a sleeping mask! I started applying it, careful not to get too close to my waterline and massaged the product under my eyes and underneath my brow bone area. Took a nap and removed it after an hour but you can sleep with this all night long and not worry that it will be too hydrating as the texture is quite light and works for all skin types. 


It works by infusing highly concentrated botanical extracts and the newest premium ingredient, MDI Complex which destroys the skin's collagen network, resulting in healthier skin. The product is said to improve lacklustre-looking eyes (dark eye circles, hooded and droopy eye-bags, dull, puffy, dry and sunken eye area) resulted from daily work stress, environmental pollutants and irregular sleeping pattern and diet. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles especially for users on regular application of makeup. 


The one time application wasn't enough to do ALL of that, but my eyes did feel softer and more hydrated. This is a product I would definitely consider purchasing because I don't do enough masks for my eyes as I would like. So this is a great alternative to some of the under-eye sheet masks that I've been using when I really want that extra boost of hydration. 





Next up, Mores White Booster Plus+ (5ml)! Pulled some information from the BlackBox website and it says that this product is an intensive whitening and collagen booster using the latest Double Phytocell Technology and Nano total base system from Switzerland. It is suitable to be used either as a daily moisturizer or dark spot treatment booster for pigmentation individuals. With consistent usage, skin barrier will be strengthened, reducing acnes/pimples formation and revealing a more radiant and supple skin.


As with anything that goes onto my face, I always try the product on the back of my hands and subsequently my neck to make sure it's compatible with my skin type. The Mores White Booster Plus+ has a creamier texture compared to the Eye Mask which I'm not most comfortable with applying on my face as I'm more accustomed to a lotion or gel product for my day and night moisturisers as I have oily-combination skin. 


I love the scent and that it dries up quickly without feeling sticky on my neck but I would not use this for my face as I'm well-aware of what my skin can or cannot take. However, I would suggest this to someone with a dry to normal combination skin type, who wants to address their pigmentation and acne problems and does not want the hassle of using more than 1 product.




And then of course, the pack also included a travel size Uriage Thermal Water (50ml, S$15.90) which is an essential skincare product for instant hydration. Whether you're situated in a hot or cold climate, doing sports or freezing your brains exploring the Alps, a good thermal spray is the perfect solution to cooling you down when you're hot and hydrating you when your skin is dehydrated due to long hours in an air-conditioned place or up in a plane!


You can use this anywhere at anytime and because it is isotonic, it acts in perfect osmosis with the skin. I've bought the Uriage Tolederm Soothing Cleansing Water previously and I loved it, which is how I know I will love this too.


I've used other brands of thermal water as well and honestly, I think this is just as good as any other. However, the downside is that thermal sprays are a tad expensive and some might even consider them redundant but I use them regularly to calm my skin when it feels itchy and sensitive, or on days when my skin tends to get very oily due to the humid weather in Singapore. I even knew a friend who used it to nurse his sun burns. If you're considering to try one, I would recommend buying this one and also to get the full size sprays in 300ml which costs S$27.90 or pay S$2 more and get them in a twin pack! 






The last product is a next generation solution for 24-hour moisture replenishment to combat dry, scaly skin. It's exhilarating to know that someone has finally invented a product like this! I feel bad for myself for not finding out about this product sooner!


Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate is a novelty product that marries all our bodycare needs and wants in one bottle!


It is a gel treatment which contains a 99.5% pure Hyaluronic Acid. High levels of pure, nature like Hyaluronic Acid within Hyaluronic Concentrate assist the delivery of actives in supplementary skincare, meaning that any lotions and potions applied on top of this concentrated gel treatment will be working to their full potential.


It's feels exceptionally comfortable when I store it in the fridge and apply it all over my body on a hot day! This would be great for my sister who NEVER liked body lotions because she always complained that they feel sticky and she's too lazy to find one that will suit her needs. I'm delighted BlackBox discovered this product for people like us AND delivers it to our doorsteps! 


The Hyaluronic Concentrate has a hand-sanitiser texture but smells nothing like it since it does not contain any alcohol. It feels super cooling and penetrates into the skin within minutes. I've only had it a couple of days but I'm only one third into the bottle because I apply it as and when I feel like it throughout the day. It's so addictive! 


As a whole, I think this month's exclusive pack is well presented and put together. Most of the products are a hit for me and I feel assured knowing that a lot of thought went into this edition. I would even recommend this as a starter pack for guys because it's very generic and contains many products that I think a guy would find interesting and useful too.


In line with SG50, this month's exclusive pack is retailing at a modest price of just S$12.90 (U.P. S$79.30), so hope on over to BlackBox and get yours now!


Check out the links below for more information on all the products that have been mentioned above:


TruLife: www.trulife.com.sg


Uriage: www.facebook.com/UriageSingapore


Pearlie White: www.pearliewhite.com


Hand Chemistry: www.handchemistry.com


Tsubaki: www.facebook.com/TsubakiSG


Mores: www.bebeblanc.com.sg


Good luck and I hope you enjoy the products as much as I did experiencing mine :)

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