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Dr Ci Labo : Skin check in Tokyo

October 15, 2018

Can I just say…it’s been ages since I blogged! I’m gonna make an effort to update my space more often and I’ve already planned a couple of posts to blog about so do stick around.

I recently paid a visit to my favourite city (any guesses?) for some sashimi, sushi and skincare with the amazing Dr.Ci:Labo (DCL) team. It was a very fruitful trip because I learnt a lot about my skin condition through the Skin Equation analysis, and how I can improve my skin’s health with some of DCL’s best-selling products! Before I go into the specifics, here’s a short video of my entire trip!

I also got some free time to roam around the ever so enchanting Tokyo!

Quick question! How many of you know your exact skin condition? Cos I always thought mine was quite good until…

Here are the results from my Skin Equation! 

I never knew my moisture levels were so low cos my skin looks pretty hydrated on the surface! Really need to work on moisturizing more! The skin around my eye area is still quite healthy but everywhere else is less than ideal. Thankfully, I was able to meet DCL brand founder Doctor Shirono, who explained which products suit my skin best!

Here’s a little background on DCL! DCL believes that the secret to achieving beautiful skin is by aiding its ability to heal. All DCL products are meticulously formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, providing your skin with just what it needs. 

The Skin Equation experience represents Dr.Ci:Labo’s innovative approach to skincare by assessing pairing cutting-edge dermatological mobile technology with professional beauty advisory services. Every individual’s skin has a unique mix of six dimensions that define both skin health and beauty – hydration, firmness, defence, renewal, brightening and radiance. The Skin Equation helps assess these six dimensions, creating a complete and harmonious skincare regimen that unique addresses each individual’s skin needs and goals. 

Here are some of the skincare products I’ve tried and tested for myself! 

P.S. I like the results I’m seeing!

Enrich-Lift 3D Serum

Enrich-Lift 3D Serum is Dr.Ci:Labo’s latest innovation, a dual-formula serum that combines two unique essences – Golden Enrich Lift Essence Cream and Deep Moisture Gel – to enhance the skin’s firmness, radiance and elasticity. The serum is packaged in a unique two-layer structure, encapsulating Golden Enrich Lift Essence Cream in a golden helix swirl and an outer layer of Deep Moisture Gel.

The airless pump keeps the dual-formula fresh and seamlessly combines both layers with a simple push, delivering an expertly blended serum that is lightweight and non-sticky for optimal skin absorption. 

Coming soon to Singapore! 

Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich Lift EX

I use this during my travels especially on planes cos it’s able to give my skin the ultimate hydration it needs in harsh conditions. 

The gel was recently reformulated to include Permeable Fermented Collagen, a unique ingredient that combines 5 types of collagen to moisturize, smoothen and lift the skin.

UV Protect Spray 100

I also use this on the go over my make up to protect my skin against UV rays and environmental stress! I can’t emphasize how important sunblock is and daily usage goes a long way in keeping your skin looking less aged.

Throughout my entire stay in Tokyo (which was about a week), I infused DCL into my skincare regime and I really saw a difference – makeup application was much easier than before as my skin was less dry after using the Enrich Lift 3D Serum and Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich Lift! I also really like the light consistency of both products! 

Thank you DCL for aiding my skin and feeding me with good food!

Had a little me-time before heading to our farewell dinner!

Prepping for dinner with some of DCL’s star products! 

Dressed in a beautiful yellow chiffon gown by Luxe Wardrobe!

It’s really important to understand your skin’s condition so you can start fixing the root of the problem, especially as you get older. The Skin Equation is available exclusively at the Dr.Ci:Labo flagship store at Ion Basement 3 free-of-charge, so make sure you get your skin checked soon (:

Till then,
Sophia Chong

Featured Travel

Exploring Nanjing Part II

December 4, 2017

I’m back to share more about my overdue Nanjing trip and I wanna start with my favourite part of the trip. As some of you may know, I’m a Christian but I respect all religions so when I heard that we are visiting Niushoushan Cultural Tourism Zone aka Buddha’s palace, I was pretty excited. I like anything related to history (for the 1000th time haha).

Does it not look like Europe or something? I was shocked by how modern the architecture is!

I haven’t seen anything so grand in a long time and the detailing of the sculptures plus thoughts that were put into building up this magnificent site was just mind-blowing. I particularly like the Usnisa Palace and it was interesting to have my first vegetarian buffet!

Usnisa Pagoda!

For the first night of the trip, we were staying in Gongtangtou Homestay which is located in a serene, off the track village. I’d highly recommend you stay here for a night. We started the morning in their cafe with floor to ceiling shelves of books and whisked into the aroma of coffee, basked into the greenery in the day and ended the night with a dinner prepared by the hosts with their local catch. 

You’ll be shocked by how many beautiful spots there are in Nanjing for nice photos. Talk about golden hour and oriental background! If you’re looking at learning paper-cutting, clay figurine and shadow play from art and craft masters, you can do that at Ganxi Mansion!

Being a frequent traveller to China, this trip to Nanjing really opened my eyes to another side of China ; somewhere more cultured, historic and a good blend of old meets modern. I’d definitely love to visit again and this time, I’d make the Nanjing massacre memorial hall top on my priority list! Followed by dumplings, iced plum juice and more chinese food!

Lastly, a big thank you to Nanjing Tourism Board for organising this trip and Holiday Inn Nanjing Aqua city for making my stay such a comfortable one! I hope to be back again soon (:

If you’d like to find out more, you can click on these links :
Facebook: Travel Nanjing
Instagram: @travelnanjing

Sophia Chong


The kind of love you seek.

November 17, 2017

I think as we grow older, the meaning of love gets diluted. When was the last time our eyes were focused on just one person, giving our everything to pursue the one love. The kinda love in today’s society, I call it the musical chair. We wait around, our eyes darted on every chair, and pounce on the one single available one without much thought. Just like now, we are constantly “testing out” even on people we don’t have deep attraction for. Well, if she/he is good-looking then I’ll consider him or her. CONSIDER. What happened to the kind of love you fall right into, that you don’t even take superficial factors into fucking consideration. Love is first a spark and chemistry, then it’s a choice of commitment. Not the other way round cos the former would only last as long as emotions and expectations do. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I believe in consensual romance and those are the best. Nobody has to do the chase, no one has to play hard to get nor push and pull. Both of you just fall so deeply in love where the rest of the world is a blur. You bask into how the universe brought you two together in the most unimaginable circumstance and timing. You embrace each others’ strengths that shine so bright, and accept each others’ flaws because no one is perfect and even more because your flaws are complementary. And when the sparks is gone, what’s left is still this bond and love you’ve built over time and countless fights that made you cry but came out stronger and closer together. The kind of love that’s selflessly lifting each other up, because you just want to see him/her grow and be happy. The kind that you give not because you want something in return but because the person is so special to you that you want him/her to have the best. The kind that you don’t just want to have fun with, but someone who can withstand storms with you. This is the kinda love I seek, but does it even exist anymore.