Saturday, 11 July 2009

Kenzoki Chill & Tone Workshop

Kenzoki organised a Chill & Tone Workshop for their members at Robinsons Raffles City today. This required a S$30 registration fee, redeemable against products (minimum purchase S$100). I attended as I was keen to check out the new Cleansing Ice Jelly. The focus of the workshop was on the Euphorisant range, which is mainly for anti-ageing.

Each member was provided with a set of 8 products to try. There were also light refreshments. I had a yummy wasabi bun with bonito flakes :-) The session started with a 20 minute lecture in Mandarin by a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner on ginseng, the different types, its benefits etc. Then Lavonne, the Kenzoki brand trainer, took over and conducted the hands-on workshop. Like Guerlain, Dior and Benefit, Kenzoki is owned by the LVMH group. But unlike these other brands, Kenzoki has a distinctly Asian sensibility and the key ingredients in its skincare are also Asian in origin, such as ginger flower, lotus, bamboo and rice. I liked Lavonne's presentation which was humorous and peppered with frank advice. For example, she explained that labels such as "all natural" were misleading since most skincare products require some preservatives. The most expensive face cream is also not necessarily the best one for your skin. Instead, you should pick the cream that addresses your needs. Unlike other brands, Kenzoki is careful not to make unrealistic promises such as eliminating wrinkles.

First we removed our eye makeup with the Clear Eyelid and Lash Gel, which has a lovely relaxing lotus scent. (I'm near finishing my first bottle of this gel, which removes most eye makeup except for waterproof makeup.) Then we cleansed with the Cleansing Ice Jelly, which is a three-in-one product that removes makeup as well as cleanses and tones the skin. Then we mixed the Exfoliating Flakes with the Cleansing Ice Jelly for a facial scrub. The granules are very small and gentle on the skin. Next, we tried on the Energizing Mask, which feels very cooling on the skin and only takes 5 minutes. While waiting for the mask to do its magic, the SAs gave us hand massages with the Mellow Gel to Wake Up and Go. This left my hand feeling incredibly smooth and the chilling sensation was also very refreshing. Definitely good for perking one up in the mornings!

After cleaning the mask off, we refreshed our skin with the Clearwater Gel and a light misting of the Fresh Lotus Water. I'm definitely going back for the Fresh Lotus Water, which can be sprayed on top of makeup. Then we moisturised with the Face Recharger serum and finished off with the Skin Topcoat for sun protection. The SA, Penny, taught me the trick to apply the Skin Topcoat was to spread it all over my palms and fingers and then smooth it on over my face, instead of just using my fingertips. This gave a much more even and natural finish.

There were 4 Euphorisant skincare sets for sale, featuring different combinations of products with about 30% savings.

I purchased the set comprising Cleansing Ice Jelly, Face Recharger regenerating serum and Vital-Ice Cream, which cost S$185 (retail value S$253).

The 5-piece GWP for purchase of S$100 includes Clearwater Gel 50ml, Cleansing Ice Jelly 5ml, Face Recharger Serum 2ml, Blissful Beneficial Water 2ml and an "ice cool cuddler" which is meant to be chilled in the fridge and then pressed against the skin for an enhanced firming effect.

The cuddler is a gel-filled plastic baggie, which kind of reminds me of silicone implants!

For purchase of S$160, you get an additional 6-piece GWP that includes Euphorisant Blissful Beneficial Water 50ml, Skin Topcoat Lightening Protecter SPF30 5ml, Cosmic Cosmetic Cream 15ml, Vital Ice Cream 15ml, Ice-cold Eye Cream 2ml and a bath mitt.

And if you spend $350, you also get this Kenzo/Akira mini cosmetic cooler which is worth $100. Perfect for chilling all those eye creams and face creams!

Goodie bags for the participants!

The goodie bag was amazingly generous! It included L'eau Par Kenzo Indigo Pour Femme & Homme samples (1.5ml), Blissful Beneficial Water 1.5ml, Tokyo By Kenzo Perfume Hair Styling Gel 30ml, Vital-Ice Cream 2ml, Face Recharger 2ml, Belle de Jour 3ml, White Lotus Milk Powder for the bath, Tokyo by Kenzo Night Vibes CD and a Flower by Kenzo hard cover note book.

At the end, every one also got to pick a lucky draw item and I received another fragrance miniature of L'eau by Kenzo 5ml.

As I was one of the first 20 members to sign up for the event, I received an additional gift, the L'Eau Par Kenzo Indigo 10ml which has notes of bergamot, sambac jasmine and tonka bean :-) I actually prefer this over the original as the Indigo version smells more sensual, warm and inviting without the powderiness of Flower by Kenzo.

Overall, the workshop was very enjoyable and informative. I liked that it was very cosy and intimate with only 8 participants in each session. Perhaps the biggest delight was coming home with this treasure bounty! I pretty much have enough Kenzoki skincare currently to last me for the next year. It's always the attractive GWPs that keep drawing me back.

If you're interested in checking out Kenzoki, I highly recommend the SA Penny, who is currently stationed at the Metro Paragon counter. She's very friendly and knowledgeable about the products. According to Lavonne, their top sellers are their two eye creams, Ice-cold Eye Cream and Relaxing Eye Whipped Cream. Some customers found that of the two, the Relaxing Eye Whipped Cream works faster in producing results. More information on the products can be found at the official website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That looks so good!! Oh yeah!!!!