Do you pack lunch to work? Cause if you do, this post is for you!
The other day, I packed a home cooked meal and I’m so happy with my new Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox that I’d like to share more about my experience with you…
My home is never lacking of food because my Mum loves to cook, has lots of ingredients and food in the kitchen and my married sister loves to buy me desserts whenever she visits weekly! I know, I know, lucky me! 😀
So it was perfect to have my Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox so I can pack all of these goodies, home-cooked noodles and salad, fresh tomatoes and Japanese desserts~
These are all the ingredients to be packed in my Tyffyn lunchbox!
My pretty Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox in “Wool” design.
What’s great about this lunch box is that it is a Heat Retaining, Vaccum Insulated Lunchbox, with a Sleek design and Stainless steel, High Copper finishing containers – more of these in the visuals below! 😉
Isn’t she a beauty? A sight to behold, sure to inspire envious “awws” and “ahs” from classmates or colleagues!
This Vaya Tyffyn is capable of holding 1000ml of soup and food contents spilt over 3 handy layers and capable of keeping hot food warm for 5-6 hours.
I chose to put my noodles with dumpling and soup on the base layer, my potato and fruit salad with fresh tomatoes on the second layer, separated with one of the 3 handy dividers also provided in the set, and lastly but definitely not the least, topping it up with a strawberry puff as dessert!
Notice how beautiful the rose gold containers exterior are!!!
Top down view, each container comes with a handy cover with a small hold for you to easier pop them out with your finger. I love it!
Last but not the least, the lunchbox come with a waterproof and heat-retaining “Bag Mat” which you can use as a sling bag in carrying your meal and double up as a meal mat to keep any food spillage in. SO INGENIOUS!
Thanks Vaya Tyffyn for creating this super stylish lunch box!
Here’s my meal that I’m having with my friends, they were so intrigued by my pretty lunch box, and I’m definitely going to prepare more such meals out with my Vaya Tyffyn!
If you’d like one of your very own stylish lunch box, visit their website here and get your 1000ml or 600ml lunch box! 😉
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. So much so that after hearing me sing praises for dry shampoo, my friend calls me “an advocate for dry shampoo”!
I’ve discovered the wonders of dry shampoo only about a year ago and I’ve never looked back since! There are many reasons why I love dry shampoo but in short, dry shampoo helps keep my scalp and hair fresher for longer, it even keeps my hair looking chio-er with more volume and smelling good!
Dry Shampoo keeps hair fresher for longer
My preferred dry shampoo of choice is COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible’s Monaco Fresh Fragrance with lemon, mandarin and light amber scents. Even when I don’t wash my hair in the morning and I need to get ready and out of home in a jiffy, a spritz of COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible Range’s Monaco Fresh Fragrance in my hair makes my hair smell fresh, like I just came out of the shower and I love it!
2. Dry Shampoo adds volume to limp hair
Another reason why I love dry shampoo is because it dries up any oil in my scalp and it adds volume to my hair at the same time! So any limp hair is revived and got me looking like I stepped out of a salon after a blow out. If you’re all about adding volume to your hair, I recommend COLAB™ Extreme Volume, here I’ve got it in the London Classic Fragrance with rose, magnolia and woody musk scents.
3. Dry Shampoo makes hair smell fresh and good
Last but not the least, dry shampoo removes any hair odours and adds a fresh fragrance to my hair! Just like how I pick my perfumes, depending on my mood, I like to pick COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible in New York inFruity Fragrance with citrusy, rose and violet notes on sunny days and Tokyo Oriental Fragrance with Mandarin, Jasmine notes when I’m feeling a little more feminine.
How To Get Hair-Ready with COLAB™’s Dry Shampoo!:
<1. Spray 20cm away from scalp>
<2. Comb through hair and style>
<3. Voila~ Looking fresh and smelling good!>
Some days when I’m out and about for work and blogging activities the whole day and want to keep my hair looking fresh and smelling good, I bring my COLAB™ Dry Shampoo out with me! Other beauty babies I bring with me to keep me looking and feeling good includes a facial mist to keep my skin hydrated, hand cream to keep my hand moisturised and lipstick to keep my lips always looking on point! 😉
I also know girlfriends who place their dry shampoo at their work desk, so after going out for lunch, they will use the dry shampoo to remove any “odours” and greasiness from lunch!
And that’s me on a regular day, out and about for work, blogging and personal appointments! Gotta thank COLAB™ for hair that’s tamed, oil free and though you can’t tell, smelling good.
COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible Range and COLAB™ Extreme Volume Dry Shampoos available at $13.90 and $14.90 island wide. Visit COLAB™ SG’s Facebook for exciting updates about hair and their products!
A while back, I popped by Browtisan’s Pop Up Booth at ION Orchard Atrium for a quick Browtisan Creative Eyebrow Embroidery session. Eyebrow artisan and Browtisan founder Coco designed and did a Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery for me and I love it!!! Check out what went down in the photos below! 😉 Browtisan’s Pop Up Booth at ION Orchard Atrium Applied on anaesthetic cream before the embroidery session.
Check out the awards they’ve won!
And the embroidery session began after Coco drew on the eyebrows for me using pencil first~
Even her eyebrow pencil drawing looks good on it’s own! She started with my right eyebrow… Coco at work. 🙂 As you can see, the gradient technique is dotting instead of drawing lines. It’s catered for me especially to cover up a scar across my left eyebrow, where the line eyebrow embroidery technique doesn’t last. The colour gradually darkens as she’s working on it.
Thank you Browtisan & Yi Yun for inviting me down for the the ION Orchard Pop Up and Coco for my beautiful new brows! <3
If you’re wondering, the entire session is painless especially since they apply on anaesthetic cream first. I love how beautiful, feminine, demure and on trend the eyebrow embroidery design and I’ve gotten so much compliments from family and friends, I highly recommend Browtisan not only for their beautiful designs but also for their top notch, professional and friendly service!
Visit their website for more information and follow them on Facebook for their updates and promotions! 😉
If you’re obsessed about whitening and brightening your skin, this post’s for you. Today’s skincare compilation consists of 4 skincare brands, each with at least one whitening / brightening skincare product / range that apparently we Asians are obsessed over.
If Google brought you here while you’re searching for a specific product review, I hope you’ll also enjoy reading up about other products featured in this post as well! 😉
The Body Shop Drops of Light & Enrich Not Exploit Campaign
The Body Shop’s Drop of Light promises to: reveal your most luminous complexion yet with our complete skin‑brightening regime. Suitable for sensitive skin with an array of sensorial textures, each product in this range gives you another dose of brighter skin, day after day.
The collection consists of Pure Clarifying Foam Wash (not pictured), Pure Translucency Essence Lotion, Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream & Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence. For more product features, information and prices here. The key ingredient in this range is atlantic red algae extract that is rich in minerals, nutrients and vitamin C which gives its brightening effect. What I love about the range is the scent and how light it feels on the skin. I really enjoy using the Facial Foam Wash. Another key product to highlight is the Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence which boasts to be The Body Shop’s highest protection sun block with the lightest weight texture. And it definitely feels like it… as a plus, it smells great too! During the same time of Drops of Light launch, The Body Shop also launched a Enrich not Exploit campaign to show that they are committed to working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities to thrive. Our products enrich, but never make false promises and are never tested on animals. For more information about the campaign visit here.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth
Body Shop Drops of Youth range helps to revitalise anti-aging skin by kick-starting the cell repair process and delivering a much-needed hit of supple hydration.
Drops of Youth Cream, Youth Essence Lotion & Youth Concentrate, for full range see here.
Having tried the above three products, I can attest that the range is remarkable light for an anti-aging range. A user-pro tip that I’ve seen from The Body Shop’s Facebook post/advertisement is using both the Drops of Light and Drops of Youth serums together for a double packed brightening and hydrating effect!
Thank you The Body Shop Singapore and WOM PR for sending over the products over for review! <3
Eucerin White Therapy Range
Sun exposure, hormonal changes, skin inflammation, and acne scarring can all lead to problems of hyperpigmentation – a key concern for many Asian women. Specially formulated for Asian skin, Eucerin® White Therapy is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots to give you visibly brighter skin in just over 12 weeks.
Eucerin® White Therapy acts at the root of the problem – where melanin synthesis occurs. The products are formulated with key ingredients B-Resorcinol and Glycyrrhetinic Acid to prevent excessive melanin production and work to continuously reduce pigmentation. Beyond its melanin-suppressive capabilities, the formula also supports and stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair damage and helps to prevent signs of premature ageing.
This range works on dark spots, age spots, melasma, freckles, post-inflammatory stress, and acne scarring to give you a brighter and more even skin tone. Overtime, Eucerin® White Therapy also helps to prevent the reappearance of pigmentation.
Eucerin is a dermatologist recommended skincare that you’ll find readily available at drug store so it’s no surprise when I adopted this range of skincare for a week that it’s fragrance free and very gentle on my skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin and you’re looking for a range of skincare to help you regain your skin’s fairness without any harsh ingredients, I’d definitely recommend this range! For more information about the range, visit here.
Eucerin & Nivea’s Top 10 Best Selling Products
I don’t even know where to start for this. Here are the top 10 best selling Eucerin, Nivea and Nivea Men’s products!
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From left to right: Eucerin Volume Filler Day Cream, Eucerin pH5 Skin Protecting Shower Oil, Nivea Men Oil Control Brightening Mud Serum Foam, Nivea Men Cool Kick Anti Perspirant Spray, Nivea Lip Balm, Nivea Sun Block, Nivea Firming Body Serum, Nivea Makeup Clear Micellar Water
Obviously I can’t attest to the men’s products, but I can say that even before Nivea sent these over to me, I’ve been using Nivea’s Body Milk Night Whitening Lotion at night, because you know, I also want fairer skin and Nivea products smell so good and are so affordable. Sometimes when I’m not too lazy, I also use the above Firming Body Serum with SPF33 as a day body sun block. I’m also almost finishing the Nivea Micellar Water, and they’ve just me the new updated version which is even better! More on the new products in another separate post! 🙂
Nivea has also launched Extra White Serum Deodorant and Anti Perspirant spray. The key ingredients are 10x Vitamin C and Avocado Oil to smoothen and whiten under arms while keeping them fresh for longer. For Nivea’s whitening deodorant, see here.
Thank you Eucerin, Nivea & The PR People for sending the products over for review! <3
CNP White Peel Home Set
A home-based whitening treatment program that is used in dermatology clinics, it uses the latest Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) principle. The formula removes dead skin cells and brightens skin tone resulting in clear radiant skin.
For more information, visit their site here. I’ve yet to review this set yet, do look out for my review update on my IG. 🙂
It seems that I might have just reserved the best for the last, in this case. I don’t think I need to say anything else except that this is a truly remarkable blemish clearing product and it delivers the very promise it makes on its product name; Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. I’ve used it on my acne spots on multiple nights and I always find that I wake up to clearer skin and lightened blemish spots… highly recommended!
Thank you Wei-Lin of Kiehls for sending the products over for review! <3
Is there any whitening and/or brightening skincare product that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ve always thought that sunsets at the Stadium are remarkable. So I’m sure glad that I can show you a glimpse of the sunset which formed a beautiful backdrop to these outfit photos when Fenny and I were there last Thursday.
Rag & Bone Dress, sold out on site, similar here. For Rag & Bone pieces on The OutNet, here.
Iris And Ink Leather Shoulder Bag here, for full collection here.
Michael Kors Sunglasses available at Optic Butler‘s store at Paragon.
If you haven’t, you most definitely have to check out The Out Net, sister website of Net-a-porter, a fashion outlet site that sells designer pieces up to 75% off.
Thank you Melissa, Minyee & Directions Group Inc for making this featured post possible.
What kind of dishes do your parents like? My parents, being traditional chinese love their chinese dishes. For special occasions family dinners we will usually order stir fry dishes or go to chinese restaurants. Writing this blog post reminds me that I should bring them down to Gu Ma Jia’s, my sister and I both agree that they will love the dishes there.
Let’s just dive straight into the dishes we had from Gu Ma Jia’s food tasting! 🙂
We started the dinner with Gu Ma Jia’s Vinegar Enzyme drink.
We had Gu Ma Jia’s Signature Beancurd, Crispy on the outside and soft inside, with a tasty dipping sauce. Kyoto Pork Ribs – a feast for the eyes as well with the fire show!
I will be including a video at the end of the post, so you can watch the fire in action too, heh!
Kyoto Pork Ribs is sooo delicious and tender – highly recommended!
Another top favourite, Kai Lan Yuan Yang – it is fried till it is crispy. Prawn and Salted Egg Yoke. I’m allergic to prawns so I didn’t try the prawn but the egg yolk sauce/gravy is delicious! I love salted egg yolk dishes so much! Claypot Wine Chicken with Ginger and Sesame Oil is another hot favourite dish. Frankly, I don’t know how we managed to eat so much that night, hahaha.
Gu Ma Jia’s Award Winning Assam Fish Head, is sweet and sour and hits all the right spots! I know my mum will love this. Ooohhhh… This is one of my personal favourites – Ubin Lala Beehoon. I love clams and the sweetness of it. This dish is super generous with all the lala(clams) and egg ingredients!
Another special occasion top picks, White Pepper Crab. The white pepper has the kick!
Glutinous rice with vanilla ice cream, I really like this dessert! A blend of hot and cold, savoury and sweet.
More desserts, Mango pudding, White Fungus and Vinegar Enzyme Jelly.
The vinegar enzyme jars kept in store!
Since 2009. Thank you Gu Ma, Agnes ATMC PR for the media invite!
Watch a short video compilation here:
Thank you Gu Ma & ATMC PR For the delicious dishes!
Visit Gu Ma Jia: 45 Tai Thong Crescent Sennett Estate Singapore 347866
Phone: +6285 2023
Today I’ll be reviewing eyes and brow makeup from two drugstore brands Kate Tokyo and Clio, followed by sharing about a beauty and brush care package from the lovely folks from Sigma!
I’ve been using Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes a lot lately and am very impressed by its superb pigmentation, beautiful colours and comfortable and long wearing formula. My favourite colour is PK-01 which I incidentally dropped from my makeup shelve today after applying it T_T so I will be purchasing a replacement from Watsons.
Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes and BB Powder Changing Mousse ($23.50 each).
Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes in BR-3 (brown), PK-1 (pink), BU-1(blue) and GD-1 (green). Check out all eight shades on their site here.Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in PK-1, my favourite of the 4 shades. The colour in the middle is actually more peach (pinkish orange) than pink, nonetheless the colours in the palette complements very well for a sweet and romantic look that’s wearable on a daily basis too. Super love!
Wearing Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in PK-1 in this look.
Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in BR-3 is my second favourite colour of choice and I pick this colour on days when I want to go for a more understated glam look, like this:
Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in BU-1 is a colour I have yet to try but when I do, I’d likely match it with gold or orange to create a more friendly look rather than just full blue, which is a tricky look to wear on its own on a regular day.
Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in GD-1, unfortunately the powder came cracked when I received it, which goes to show how fragile it is, so do be careful when you handle them. Though the pigment and formula is great, and the fancy diamond packaging looks pretty, it does make it more fragile.
KATE Powdery Mousse BB. I have yet to try this out.
This lightweight mousse promises to: transform into powder upon application for excellent shine-free coverage that lasts all day! What’s more, your skin is pampered with all the nourishing goodness of BB cream for perfect skin from the inside out. Comes in 2 shades, 01 Bright colour and 02 Natural colour.
Older launches which I have yet to review on the blog!
Kate Virtual Lash Liner (Mascara) $25.50 promises to amp up the drama with voluminous and lush lashes with the new KATE VIRTUAL LASH LINER. The new Hard Black Formula and refined wax-polymer-pigment ratio unfailingly creates intense, long-lasting black colouration. The formula also features straight and curled fibres to simultaneously curl and lengthen your lashes, lifting them up and fixing them in place for curves that last. The KATE VIRTUAL LASH LINER also features a compact applicator wand that can pack on the long-wearing formula. Precisely positioned bristles spread lashes apart, coating every last one for maximum impact.
I’ve had it for a while, but as I am crafting this post, I can’t recall my review of this mascara. Oops! I will be wearing and testing it again and share my update on IG. Based on the promise of the product, I do think it will suit my short and sparse eye lashes. I don’t wear mascaras often and when I do, I tend to go back to the few that I’ve tried and like, which are currently KPalette’s Lash Perm Volume Mascara (Purple) and Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara. Previously I was using and loving Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara and Maybelline’s Cat Eye (quick some time back). It is very important for me that a mascara has an easy to remove formula, dries fast, is lightweight, doesn’t smudge and somehow still magically extends my eyelashes and gives some volume. Very demanding, I know.
Define your eyes in brilliant black with the new KATE Digital Memory Liner ($20.50). Intense, all-day colouration emphasises your eyes in a single stroke of the super-fine flat brush. The KATE DIGITAL MEMORY LINER features two types of polymers to ensure all-day resistance to smudging, fading, sebum, sweat and water. These polymers have been carefully arranged for fuss-free removal of the formula with warm water.
KATE Digital Memory Liner is a new eyeliner favourite. I use eyeliner on a daily basis, before this, my holy grail favourite is Clio’s Kill Black and Brown brush liner for it’s smudge proof formula which cleans easily with no stains or marks. By comparison Kate Digital Memory Liner is more intense, equally smudge proof and while it cleans with no mark/stains, it does require more makeup remover to clean off.
Rounding off my Kate Tokyo review with their Eyebrow Set, which comes with the brow palette, brush and comb, was retailing at $20.50, in December 2015. Not sure if you can still find the same promotion now. My Japanese friend commenting on IG (the same pic as above) that Kate is a very popular brand in Japan and that she has bought the same brow palette 10 times! Wow. However I am more of a eyebrow pencil kinda gal… I tried to apply and like this product but I am just not as efficient with this eyebrow palette as I am with the eyebrow pencil… oops.
That is why we need more than one brand in the market, such as Clio which caters to girls like me who prefers eyebrow pencil rather than eyebrow palette, although you an also spot their version above. They also have their Kill Brow All Day Tattoo (which sold out in Korean when they first launched), which is the K version of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, Gel Brow Pencil and waterproof eyeliners! Have actually yet to break into all of them yet, but do check them out in Watsons stores. As mentioned above, I highly recommend Clio’s Kill Black and Brown brush eyeliner and lately am also really loving their Gradation Dual Eyebrow pencil which is their new summer 2016 collection, which I will review in another post! 🙂
Sometime back, the kind folks of Sigma sent me this very lovely beauty and brush care set.
Over the recent labour day holiday, Christabelle and I enjoyed our extended weekend at boutique hotel, BIG Hotel Singapore. Super love the chic, grey textured walls and its Pinterest-worthy minimalistic interior. <3
Belle and I made full use of our 1D1N with girly activities such as playing with new make up, photo taking at the alley ways/spots near by the hotel, thai food at Aroy Dee for dinner, The Daily Scoop (at School of the Arts) for desserts and masks (mutiple, yes, haha) time before we called it a night. During our fruitful staycation, we were also appropriately (mostly me, haha since Belle doesn’t really drinks coffee) with Nespresso and Cafedirect coffee, it’s sweet that BIG Hotel has a Nespresso machine in the room. Have I mentioned how much I love the chic coffee corner? 😉 New cosmetics from Etude House Play 101 Sticks / cushion concealers, Laneige BB Cushion, K-Palette Rose Eyeliner, Kate Tokyo Eyeshadow Palettes, Stenders Handcream and Lipbalm.
Swatches of Etude House Play 101 sticks, creamy and pigmented.My picks for the day. Caption as posted on my IG; Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ PA+++ is my recent go to foundation, a new and improved formula with 3D skin fit technology and higher coverage than before! 😊✨👌 Etude House’s BIG cover concealer tip to cover my dark eye circles and Concealer Cushion in beige as a highlighting pen! As well as the Play 101 Stick in jumbo size with a creamy formula,#10 as highlighter below the brows and #13 a light shimmer pink for blusher~ ☺️💕Kate Tokyo newest SS16 collection, Forming Edge Eyes in BR-3($23.90 at Watsons), a beautiful and highly pigmented shimmery brown eyeshadow palette with 3 hues for a mesmerizing look with depth. 👁😉 Completing my eye look with Etude‘s Play 101 Pencil in black, K Palette’s latest Bulgarian Rose Eyeliner for a sharp and smudge-free liquid eyeline. My current go to mascara is also from K Palette, 1 Day Lash Perm c/o of Beauty Carousel. ✍🏻🌹 Finishing the look by prepping my lips with Stender‘s cranberry lip balm – it comes with 60% natural shea butter so it legit keeps the lips moisturized! Lastly Australis’ Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Doobai – a dark red lip colour which you can find from Watsons!
See the look below:
Coffee break with Cafedirect (available at Fairprice Finest & Fairprice Xtra) before heading out. Made up and ready to head out!
Chic photo spots around every corner around Middle Road, if you seek, you’ll find. 😉
Post dinner ice cream indulgence:
I opted for Strawberry while Christabelle opted for Durian (Mao Shan Wang) and Avocado!
Headed back and washed up with Estee Lauder’s new micro cleansing foam and if you don’t already know about Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum, this stuff is the magic potion of the beauty world! I use it on nights when I need to calm redness/irritation/clear up blemishes on my skin, and it always works like a charm!
I brought along Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, and found out that Christabelle is a huge fan of this brand and been using this mask regularly which helps with her oily skin type, once a week. Origins is an au natural skin care brand, for all you nature loving skincare fanatics! 😉
And post Origins charcoal mask, we nourished our skin with The Face Shop animal masks which I got last year and they don’t seem to be retailing any more now, but man, these smell of peaches, soooo good and its also pretty hydrating, love! Check out other The Face Shop masks currently available on their site here.
And YES I had also lugged over the new ranges of skincare goodies; shower gel, scrub, body creams from The Body Shop to try out during the staycation, best decision ever! Our bathroom and room were filled and smelled so good of summer fragrances from the Pinita Colada (Pineapple and Coconut) to Polynesian Tiare (island flowers), they’ll all launch by June 9. 😉
Lovin’ the soft morning sunrays~
And a wefie with the lovely one before we tore ourselves away from the room… we really didn’t want to go. Checking out at this lobby.
A very cosy and bubbly lobby atmosphere when we left, ideal for friends or family to gather before heading out.
The comfy bed and sheets made for a great night’s rest. All in, BIG Hotel is an affordable, chic option that I’d recommend whether you’re considering for a local stay-cation or visiting from abroad. Staff we met at the hotel were also very pleasant and courteous – they definitely made our stay that much sweeter. Plus, it’s located conveniently close to Bugis MRT (if you’re taking the train down from Changi Airport, from the green line) and walking distance to Dhoby Ghaut and Little India where you can explore more of Singapore whether for shopping, dining or cultural spots. If you’re keen, you can also check out my alma-mater LASALLE College of the Arts which is literally behind BIG hotel, if you’re in luck you might coincide your stay with graduating students’ exhibitions. happening from now, 20th May to 1st June!
Thank you BIG Hotel & Chelsea for arranging the stay for review!
Be sure to follow me on IG @ena_teo for daily updates! 😉
You might have seen my postings of Origins’ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay (aka Rose Mask) and Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb on a previous post when I brought them along for a staycation and on my IG, here’s an in-depth review of Origins’ Rose Mask and Renewal Serum!
Brought the Origins’ rose mask and renewal serum with me for the staycation so I could apply it with by bff!
Close up of the duo
How we look with Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. Only a quick 10 minutes is all it takes! I love it!
Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay
Phase I: Purify & Deep Clean Upon application, creamy Rose Clay deep cleans skin to absorb impurities and excess oils while drawing out dirt and build-up from pores. Sourced from Spain, Rose Clay has been used for thousands of years as a powerful detoxifying ingredient. For centuries, women as far back as Cleopatra and Nefertiti recognized its power to give them flawless skin.
Simultaneously, Original SkinTM key ingredient, Canadian Willowherb, helps restore skin’s clarity and luminosity to reveal much sought-after glow. A potent extract found in Northern Canadian prairies and traditionally used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments, this blossom helps combat dullness and sallowness while restoring skin’s clarity and glow.
To balance skin and maintain peak health, Persian Silk Tree, an anti-irritant native to Eastern Asia and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, works to rebound from stress.
Phase II: Exfoliate & Refine Skin’s Texture Once the mask dries, natural wax Jojoba beads suspended in the formula activate upon the introduction of water. These natural, scrubby plant beads gently exfoliate and polish skin’s texture, sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal the look and feel of radiant, smooth skin. Grown in South America, these natural scrubbing beads gently refine and polish skin’s surface to revealing perfected skin.
This efficacious treatment enhances your inner glow and rejuvenates the senses with a refreshing Essential Oil blend of Grapefruit, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Amyris, Chamomile and Clary sage.
To use, apply a thin layer to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask to dry for 10 minutes before using wet fingertips to scrub and wipe off. Use 1-2 times per week for optimal results.
How we look after the mask and applying Origins’ Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb.
Origins has created a high-performance solution, Original SkinTM Renewal Serum with Willowherb, to specifically target quarter-life skin concerns – rough texture, enlarged pores, stressed skin, flaws and loss of radiance – in one product driven by two key factors.
Intrinsic = Cell turnover. Cell renewal is vital for skin vibrancy which is a prominent sign of youth. As we get older, cell turnover slows down and degrades our original skin. When cell turnover is increased, fresh plump cells are brought to skin’s surface boosting skin’s ability to reflect light and increase translucency
2. Extrinsic = Carbonylation.ingredients from nature with immediate and long-term benefits, addresses quarter-life skin concerns by refining texture, enhancing radiance and glow, shrinking pores, blurring imperfections and restoring overall quality for glowing and smooth skin.
Here’s how Original SkinTM works:
Refines Skin’s Texture and Minimizes Pores. Featuring Chestnut Seed Extract, originally found in Europe and known for its skin refining properties, a renewal complex helps boost skin cell turnover and eliminates roughness, counteracts flakiness and improves overall texture. Together with nutrient rich algae extract found in North East Atlantic Ocean, Laminaria Saccharina helps balance skin’s production of sebum to tighten and shrink the appearance of pores, making them appear smaller.
Restores Radiance and Rebounds from Stress. The potent extract, Canadian Willowherb, helps restore skin’s clarity and luminosity to help recreate original glowing skin. Found in Northern Canadian prairies, it has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. Anti- irritant, Persian Silk Tree, works in tandem to help keep skin at peak health. Native to Eastern Asia and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this active boosts translucency for optimal looking skin.
Visibly Blurs Skin: A blend of optics immediately corrects dullness and visibly softens the appearance of pores and imperfections giving skin a flawless finish.
Origins is a leader in harnessing the power of nature to discover potent ingredients that deliver advanced skincare results. Original SkinTM Renewal Serum with Willowherb is specifically developed with powerful ingredients from nature to provide a multi-dimensional one-step solution to these issues.
First of all, I love the Origins’ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay because it only takes 10 minutes for the mask to dry up and take effect, which is faster than the usual 20 minutes masks required for clay masks. Secondly the mask leaves my skin baby smooth because it contains Jojoba beads that gently scrubs my dead skin away after I wash it out. Plus the Rose Clay draws out dirt and oil and has a tightening effect on my pores. Therefore, after the Rose Mask, I apply the Original Skin Renewal Serum which refines the skin texture and minimize pores with chestnut extract and canadian willowherb restores skin’s clarity and luminosity for that glow. It’s definitely my favourite clay mask and serum duo thus far and I highly recommend it. After my bff used it, she loved it so much, so I bought one set for her as her birthday gift! You can find the products at Origins stores in Singapore retailing for $50 and $78 respectively.
Thank you Origins Singapore for the mask and serum for review!
This product removes dead skin cells. Exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause skin to become thick and dull-looking from the accumulation of dead skin cells. Exfoliating is an important step in basic skincare, but we also want a product that’s not harsh for our skin, that’s where CNP’s Invisible Peeling Booster comes in!
I would recommend using this product interchangeably with your current FTE (First treatment essence), on days when you can see dull skin and want a mild yet effective exfoliating product. I use this product after cleansing and before toning, with a cotton pad and helps me to remove the dead skin cells.
For more product details, see below.
After its debut in Korea last year, the first production of the Invisible Peeling Booster was completely sold out and it was so popular it won two media awards in a short time. This is a convenient and gentle peeling product that requires no washing after use. It is an easy-to-use yet intelligent product that enhances absorption of your follow-on skin care.
This product contains a number of cutting-edge ingredients that work in unity to transform your skin:
Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA)
CNP has invested an expansive amount of research on PHA—CNP holds the patent and IP rights for this research. Developed for the CNP Dermatology Clinic customers, PHA is an ingredient in CNP’s basic daily skincare, implementing gentle peeling on a daily basis. The Invisible Peeling Booster is the only peeling product of its kind that requires no rinsing. Containing Gluconolactone and Lactobacillus Bionic cosmetic composition in PHA, this Booster improves skin health by removing dead skin cells.
CNP Anti-irritant Complex
AHA and BHA are the acids commonly used in most exfoliants. Not so in CNP’s products. PHA is hypoallergenic and is less irritating as there is no rubbing or massaging required to remove dead skin cells. In addition, the Booster contains Panthenol and Allantoin, ingredients that soothe and reduce any opportunity of skin irritation. What you get is radiant skin without the redness.
Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) Complex
This Complex contains hypoallergenic ingredients such as Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Glucose, Urea and Allantoin which helps to maintain skin health and retain moisture. They are all safe for sensitive skin.
An appropriate amount is evenly spread on face prior to using toner. The Invisible Peeling Booster is used after washing face in morning and evening on a daily basis. No rinsing or wiping is required.
THE RESULT: CRYSTAL CLEAR SKIN
Our skin lacks the ability to self-exfoliate, hence dead skin cells build up over time. As a result, skin begins to look dry, dull and aged. What’s more, when keratin builds up, skincare products will have difficulty penetrating beyond the skin.
Experience 7 remarkable skin improvements after using CNP Laboratory Invisible Peeling Booster for 7 Days:
1-Boost Dead Skin Cell Removal – PHA removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and normalize the cycle of dead skin cell generation without irritation.
2-Refine Skin Tone – Skin texture is smoother when skin maintains hydrated after peeling through the moisturizing action of NMF complex.
3-Increase Skin Transparency – Removing of the dead skin cells, improving the blood circulation in facial skin and improving the dull skin tone.
4-Brighten Skin Tone – Cordyceps Sinensis extracts boost overall skin health and improve skin is radiance.
5-Long Lasting Hydration – Peeling can be drying, the moisturizing system contains Panthenol and the NMF complex improves the ability to maintain moisture skin deep.
6-Regulate Sebum – Skin produces less by-products resulting in an unconducive environment for blemish to form. Skin oil & moisture balance is achieved.
7-Reduce Redness – Allantoin is an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces redness in skin tone and skin sensitivity.
Peeling is the first step in a skincare regime after cleansing. It enhances the efficacy of the products that follow on. The Invisible Peeling Booster causes minimal stress to skin and is gentle and mild, perfect for your daily regime. It is used daily after skin is cleansed, the skin and moisturizes at the same time.
The Invisible Peeling Booster is available exclusively at Guardian Health & Beauty Stores and CNP website.
CNP’S MOST RECENT AWARDS FOR INVISIBLE PEELING BOOSTER
In Style “Style Beauty Awards 2014”
Sure Magazine “14th Sure Beauty Awards 2014
Thank you CNP Singapore for the product for review!
Jewellery brand Tous that hails from Barcelona launched their fragrance Tous Floral Touch which is a sweet floral fragrance and it was a romantic affair, to say the least. The launch event was held at D’Good Cafe at Holland Village and we were treated to cupcakes, eclairs and fruit punch before being ushered to the 2nd floor where we learnt from Tous’ representative Mr Javier Bacallado Ucelay, about the story behind Tous and Tous Floral Touch. We were each given a cloth fan and taught the various sign language – how to flirt or say no with the fan, it was fun! Last but not the least we indulged in the photo taking of the new fragrance and the lovely packaging which were designed for picture photo moments. You’ll see! This perfume proves to be a feminine yet mature scent and is perfect for women who love a sweet floral fragrance with a touch of citrus and a musky base.
Tous Floral Touch is introduced in the summer of 2015 after the original Tous Touch from 2006, Tous Sensual Touch from 2012 and Tous Touch Flower Edition from 2014. Tous Floral Touch is a sweet floral scent enriched with citrus opening and sensual musky base.
The composition opens with notes of mandarin, bergamot, lemon and violet leaf. Its sweet and spicy heart includes notes of tuberose, wild strawberry and ginger. The base ends with amber, cedar and musk.
The fragrance is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette, in Sasa stores across Singapore.
Thank you Tous and Sasa Singapore for the launch invite and perfume for review.
How’s your Christmas season coming along? 😉
Before the year comes to a close, I’d like to introduce you to a few of Laura Mercier holiday 2015 makeup and skincare sets. For the uninitiated, Laura Mercier is famous for their tinted moisturizers which give a light and super natural coverage. Christmas is just the time to stock up on some of their value sets, such as popular items like their Caviar Sticks!
1 / Glam to Go Cheek, Eye & Lip Travel Case. It even comes with a bronzing powder for contouring and a clutch-friendly Lip Glace in Sparkling Daiquiri for sneaky touch-ups. 2 / In the Glow Highlighting Trio
3 / Kiss of Colour Lip Glacé Collection
4 / Laura Mercier’s fail-proof, budge-proof Caviar Sticks, and with six to choose from in the Matte-to-Metal Holiday Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection
5 / Master Class Colour Essentials Collection. This ultimate collection of eye and cheek bestsellers come in various textures and finishes for endless possibilities
6 / Blush & Glow Radiant Face Glow
7 / Haute Lips Full Colour Lip Trio
8 / A portable palette of 12 ultra-wearable, on-trend eye colours equal unlimited chic looks, thanks to the Sleek & Chic Eye Colour Palette
9 / Stroke of Genius Luxe Brush Collection
10 / Sweet Temptations Ambre Vanillé Luxe Body Collection
11 / Crème de la Crème Luxe Body Cleanser Collection
12 / Le Petite Soufflés Soufflé Body Crème Collection
For the full Holiday 2015 collection, visit Laura Mercier site here.
You can find Laura Mercier in Singapore at Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya, Robinsons Orchard & Sephora outlets.
A while back Etude House launched their Moistfull White Mela Perfect Serum, a whitening serum that promises to transform your skin from the inside out for a flawlessly radiant complexion. Along with the serum, Etude House also has a new, Zero Sebum Line to rescue all princesses from the dreaded sebum built up for beautifully matte skin, all day long! Zero Sebum Line features three products for a complete sebum-free solution that removes, controls and absorb sebum throughout the day.
The Moistfull White Mela Perfect Serum is a whit-ish translucent watery consistency serum which I apply after my toner and before my make up base. It is quite moisturising as well. I would recommend if you’re looking for an affordable moisturizing and whitening serum.
Key ingredients include Pearl and Lavender Extracts which correct blemishes and spots while kissing the skin with glowing radiance! Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrolyzed Collagen nourishes and further hydrates your skin to keep it ever youthful, supple and bouncing with vitality! A good dose of Vitamin C Derivatives helps to lighten your skin naturally, penetrating deep into skin for a luminous effect everyone will notice!
The Zero Sebum Line include 1. White Sebum Clear 2. All Day Matte Gel and 3. Drying Powder.
The Zero Sebum Line is equipped with active ingredients such as Sugar Polymer, Cotton Flower and Mixed Herb Extracts, the Zero Sebum Line effectively ensures your skin stays Sebum- free and pretty throughout the day. Sugar Polymer with Plankton Extract absorbs the sebum above the skin to help skin remain powdery all day long. The Cotton Extract prevents skin damage caused by sebum while the Mixed Herb Extract helps to relax and soothe skin, with an added antibacterial effect so that your skin gets the protection and care it truly deserves
Zero Sebum White Sebum Clear is to be used after cleansing and toning, on areas like forehead, nose and chin and it will dissolve white bumpy sebum without water.
Zero Sebum All Day Matt Gel is a finishing gel that contains natural organic grain powder, which collects and controls the sebum for all day long sebum-free skin. To be used as a finishing step in the mornings and evenings. Dispense an appropriate amount and apply softly on skin in an inward to outward motion.
Last but not the least, Zero Sebum Drying Powder is a Pact Powder that absorbs sebum without affecting make up. Contains Natural Mineral Powder (80%) that adheres onto skin texture to prevent caking. Tap on areas with sebum trouble after skincare or make up application. I like to use this powder on my nose and forehead after applying my foundation to matt-ify the areas. I recommend this if you have oily T-zones and want to minimize shine, you can apply in the morning and reapply throughout the day.
ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull White Mela Perfect Serumretails for $40. The serum and ETUDE HOUSE Zero Sebum Line retailsfor White Sebum Clear $19.90, All Day Matte Gel $19.90 and Drying Powder $13.90. all ETUDE HOUSE outlets in Singapore.
Thank you Etude House Singapore and Touch PR for the products for review.
I’m beginning to find my neck lines getting more defined, so it’s super timely that Bio-essence has launched an enhanced formula of their Face Lifting Cream to give women an extra lift, extra V shape facial contour.
Packed with Royal Jelly and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the new Extra Strength Face Lifting Cream promises to help achieve improvements in skin elasticity, reduction in wrinkle counts and instant facial contour reduction within 10 minutes of usage. Within just 3 consecutive nights of use, I had a reduction of 0.5cm along my jaw line/chin, pretty remarkable! 😳 I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for an effective lifting facial cream for the neck and lower face.
Maximise the V-shape facial contour effect of the new Extra Strength Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly & ATP by using Bio-essence new Deep Exfoliating Gel (Oil Control) or Deep Exfoliating Gel (Sensitive Skin). I personally prefer sensitive skin formula as its gentler on the skin. 😌
Products are available at selected Watsons stores. Thank you Bio Essence SG & @touchprandevents for the products for review!
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This blog post and review is a little late in coming. Just in this year alone, I’ve published 170 articles and several more dozens to go and whilst I was preparing for another Etude House product feature and review post, I realized that I haven’t blogged about this from many months back, oops! It must have fell through the cracks, nonetheless it’s still not too late as these products are still on sale in stores. 🙂
To help you to achieve the perfect selfie shot, Etude House launched their Beauty Shot Face Blur (S$27.90) which acts as an all in one primer + foundation base, blurring out imperfections for a smoother skin texture. Also, to give an insta-colour to the face, pair your foundation with Color in Liquid Lips (S$17.90), a combination of lipstick, gloss and stain all in one. I call it the liquid version of Etude House iconic Dear My Wish Lips Talk, really and gloss gives a sexier pout on photos. What’s not to love? Also grabbed a refill for my Any Cushion in Peach (Primer), Eyebrow Liner and Eyeshadow applicators during a members’ sale.
Thank you Etude House Singapore and Touch PR for the goodies for review!
In case you haven’t heard, Stenders, a popular body care brand from Northern Europe is now in Singapore! I attended the store’s grand opening a while back. Their products focuses on showering, bathing and body care rituals. Fans of long showers or baths will be sure to take delight in their wide range of handcrafted soaps and bath bubble balls that makes the brand unique
Seriously, those european models are sooo tall!
After the opening, I had dinner with the girls at Cathay’s Assembly Ground, nice truffle fries, decent pasta and pricing, great company! :
Be sure to check out my next post for Stender’s Christmas Gift options!
Thank you Stenders Singapore & Publicist PR for the invite!
Festive season is here and Mederma sent over a lovely package of their Mederma Proactive (scar removal) gel and Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream along with a DIY hot cocoa set! Mederma promises skin as smooth as marshmallows… and those marshmallows are yummy!
Create picture perfect moments with Mederma.
Mederma Proactive Gel and Stretch Mark Therapy Cream are available for sale at Guardian stores in Singapore.
Thank you Mederma SG and The PR people for sending this lovely package my way!
Every year Estee Lauder & Origins celebrates Christmas and the season of giving with awesome gift sets. Over afternoon tea at Salt Grill and Bar, we had the chance to preview the holiday collections. Scroll down below for some lovely Christmas gift ideas! 😉
Beauty chat over sweet & savoury treats is the best way to spend an afternoon! Who can resist these sweet treats? “… an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.”
Our afternoon tea venue at Salt Grill & Bar was decked out with these lovely festive themed banners & gift sets.
Filled with skincare, fragrance & makeup.
Precious mini fragrance set. Skincare gift set to pamper the woman you love.
Brilliant Nights Makeup Collection, comes with evening bag and 6 beauty items worth $440, available for $80 with $50 purchase.
It’s not that easy to look cool with your hands to your ears, hehe.
Thanks Leanne for capturing these shots! <3
Origins is not to be outdone, with a huge variety of skincare gift sets. I love travel size gift sets that are perfect for travels.
Estee Lauder’s Color Edit, worth $720, $99 with $120 purchase. Includes 20 colours including 3 full size lipsticks and a set of travel size skincare essentials. For Estee Lauder’s full holiday catalogue, visit their microsite here.
Thank you Estee Lauder SG and Origins SG for the afternoon tea invite & goodies.
Be sure to check out Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse Le Rouge, a fruity floral oriental scent. A beautiful blend of rich roses, ripe fruits and velvet cream, fans of the original Modern Muse fragrance will not be disappointed!
Visit Estee Lauder and Origins flagship stores at ION Orchard to grab their gift sets before they’re out of stock!
It’s the holiday season and TheFaceShop has the cutest travel theme gift sets for Christmas! Aptly titled “Around The World”, you can opt for the Paris, New York & more gift sets for family and friends~
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Super cute travel theme suitcase and giftbox, it feels like it’s travelled the world with all the country themed stickers and landed on my doorstep, I love it!
From Around The World New York($24.90) you have these adorable hand creams in Mango, Avocado & Cocoa flavours. How cute are they???
Twist open for the cream.
From Around the World Paris set, we have Cleansing foam and 2 rice masks, $18.90.
Not forgetting, this Christmas, we have Christmas themed facial masks like Santa & Reindeer!
There’s definitely a gift set at TheFaceShop that you’ll find for your special someone~
For the full Christmas Catalogue, visit their FB album here. Christmas limited edition sets and items now on sale at TheFaceShop stores island wide.
Thank you TheFaceShop Singapore for these lovely gifts!
Today I am very excited to share about Althea Korea with all of you! Why? Because Althea Korean provides free shipping directly from Korea for orders above $50, has an authenticity guarantee on their products and best price match guarantee! Awesome right?
My order from Althea Korea includes Laneige skincare and came with many mini vials and sachets of samples!
Flatlay of my skincare haul from Althea Korea.
Loving my Laneige skin refiner (toner) ($27, u.p.$43), water bank essence ($40, u.p.$64) and Missha mascara ($3, u.p.$8)!
For Christmas, Use “XMAS-SG” for $7 off min $50 purchase and enjoy free shipping for $30 (u.p.$50)! Shop away at Althea Korea for yourself, your girlfriends & family~
Thank you Althea Korea for the gift box and products for feature on the blog~