Friday, 11 July 2014

Neutrogena Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Neuwomen


How often can you hang out with a beauty brand's team to share your personal thoughts and experience? Neutrogena recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a fun session of sharing and pampering among "Neuwomen"

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I've been converted back into being a Neutrogena fan a few months ago when I tried its Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion, Deep Clean BlackHead Eliminating Daily Scrub, Deep Hydrating Mask and Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. I've known Neutrogena since I was in my teens, used their acne product and found it to be very effective. I guess with the tons of beauty brands in the market, I just lost touch with Neutrogena while going through my journey of testing different brands to suit my 'aging' concerns.

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Beautiful wall mural at Neutrogena 60th Anniversary

It was happy news to be invited to Neutrogena's 60th anniversary celebration. This private event was an opportunity for all “Neuwomen” (a term coined by the brand for Neutrogena users and fans like me) to share their experience with any of the products.

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Host Joanne Kwan

The event started with lively greetings from lovely host, Joanne Kwan, who herself also shared personal skincare and beauty habits with the rest of us. It’s amazing how we, Neuwomen, found common ground with similar habits that we have, both right and wrong, when it comes to taking care of our skin, or at least trying to, haha! 

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Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh

Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh, talked more about each Neutrogena skincare range and what concern each one addresses. Grace encouraged us to share our experiences and feedback about the products that we have tried while she listened intently to what we had to say.

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Cindy Teh conducting skincare pampering demo

Neutrogena had a guest speaker, Cindy Teh, a beauty specialist and makeup artist, who gave more advices and tips on how to properly use skincare products. Cindy also conducted a pampering demo where she showed best techniques step-by-step on taking care of the skin. To ensure the efficiency of the products we use, it is very important to apply each one in the right order and in the right way.  

A lot of women nowadays want everything to be fast or 3-in-1 or even 7-in-1. But as Cindy reiterates, skincare is just like cooking a dish. You cannot dump all ingredients in the pot and expect it to the taste the way it should. It has to be done step by step and in the right order; otherwise, your dish wouldn’t taste right. With this, I totally agree. In the morning, I do skip some products because I’m in a hurry but I still use them step-by-step. At night, I apply my full range of 7 different items, which I religiously do as a routine. To be honest, I’m surprised when some people say that it takes too long to apply beauty products when in my 21 years of doing this (I started skincare at 13), it will only take between 10-15 minutes each time. Like Cindy, I also apply my products while watching TV at night; whatever show my son is watching. I’m a working mother so I have to manage my time in taking care of my almost-5-year-old son after work, study with him, do some house stuff, do my blog which involves taking photos --- editing photos --- writing an article, then spend time again with my son, get him to bed, wake up early to get him ready for school while I myself also get ready for work. But I still allot 5 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night for my skincare routine. I think that at this age and technology, it’s a matter of time management, or rather task management, that we all should learn. If we want to keep our skin healthy and youthful, we need to work on it, don’t we, ladies?   

Neutrogena showcased their range of products during the event, including the range that I’m most intrigued about at the moment---AGELESS, Neutrogena’s Age-Fighting Solution.

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Neutrogena Ageless Anti-Aging Skincare Range

I haven’t tried the Fine Fairness range yet but I’m excited to test the Brightening Serum and Brightening Cream once I finish my current whitening products. Hope these solve my dark spots (oh, sun, sun, why do you torment me so…)
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Neutrogena Fine Fairness for Brightening


All blue and looking cool, the Hydro Boost range provides optimum hydration to the skin. I’ve tried a sample of the Hydro Boost SPF30 and I loved it. It smells great and fresh, and it’s a non-sticky SPF.
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost for Skin Hydration

The Deep Clean range is best known for its cleansing efficacy, with different items that provide solution to every cleansing requirement, from makeup removal to blackhead elimination. I’ve tried several items from this range and each one is a great product that never fails to fulfill its promise of effective cleansing. I’ve tested the Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion before and it works great!
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Neutrogena Deep Clean Skincare Range


Another product that I raved about was the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. This is seriously a MUST-HAVE for ladies. It works great on the face and body, works great with makeup, doesn’t leave a white film, is not sticky and contains SPF50. What else can I ask for? Oh, I have 1 wish for this product: that it eventually comes in a flip top cap to save me time in the morning to unscrew and screw back.
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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

Neutrogena came up with a variant for those with sensitive skin called Ultra Sheer Pure-Mild. Love the all-white with silver accent packaging (yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for good presentation huh).

Cindy also conducted a makeup demo session (yep, the ladies were all eyes and ears on this one) where she revealed artist tips and tricks. Did you know that you can make your lip color stay longer with tissue + foundation + re-application of lip color? After applying your first layer of lipstick, dab it with a tissue then apply powder foundation then reapply the lip color, and voila! It will stay longer.
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Cindy demonstrating makeup tricks for Neuwomen

There were other activities like nail pampering session, video testimonial taking, which allowed the ladies to enjoy that Saturday afternoon even more.

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Held at CANVAS photography studio, Neutrogena’s 60th Anniversary was a fun-filled session with fellow women who share similar skin and beauty concerns. I think that it’s really amazing of Neutrogena to ask for and listen to what consumers have to say about their products, whether good or not very good. I had a great time discovering skincare and makeup tips from experts, and I did enjoy sharing my thoughts with other women, too.

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Excited to try more Neutrogena products, especially AGELESS Eye Cream!

Although technology has come a long way and now has solutions that may provide immediate results, it still pays to take care of our skin on a daily routine basis. Like what Neutrogena says, Beauty Begins with Healthy Skin. So ladies, let’s all start on our journey to healthy skin. No shortcuts ya.

Thanks again to Neutrogena and to the gorgeous Neuwomen of our time.

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ME (right) with Sui Ying

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