Friday, September 26, 2014

YJ's Birthday Birthday at Concetto

24 Sep 2014

Met the ladies to celebrate YJ's birthday in advance at Concetto. It was all of us's first time at the affordable Italian fine dining restaurant.

The ambiance was good for friends to catch up with a simple and casual setting.

We began with Caesar Salad and one of the chef's recommendation, Grilled Octopus which I really liked. The octopus was fresh and the portion is good for sharing.



I picked Prawn Aglio as my main course. Prawns were fresh and it wasn't too spicy and oily.



The rest of them had Allo Pollo (half spring chicken), Duck Tortellini, Cod, Salmon and Pink Tagliatelle.

A Dark Chocolate Tart rather than a typical birthday cake for YJ.



We also had the Pistachio Panna Cotta which is my favourite dessert among all 3.

Get a free tiramisu worth $10.90 if each pax spent at least $25 and you foot the bill by Citibank SMRT Visa Card.



We spent about $180 in total

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 PA++

NIVEA came out with another new product named Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 PA++ which is suitable for very dry skin (like mine) and repair 10 signs within 24 hours. Impressive isn't it?


So what the 10 signs?
  1. Flaky
  2. Itchy
  3. Uneven
  4. Scratched
  5. Rough
  6. Cracked
  7. Stressed
  8. Dull
  9. Peeling
  10. Tight
Myself suffer from Uneven, Dull and Peeling especially on my calves,

The NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 contains 100X concentrated Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil (I could kind of smell grapes in the serum), Avocado Oil and hydra IQ technology. I bet you could tell that the product is very moisturizing and anti-aging.

Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil have strong antioxidant properties and defend our skin from sun induced problems like freckles and free radical damages. They also prevent the loss of moisture from skin.

Avocado Oil is one of the easiest natural oil to be absorbed by skin and penetrates deep into the skin. It relieves dryness and itch, helps in skin regeneration and rejuvenation and repairs dry damaged skin.

Hydra IQ increases the water channels in the skin cells by 3 times thus water can flow better and faster between cells and penetrates deep into the skin.

Last but not least, SPF 25 and PA++ to protect skin against the sun. You can simply skip your sunscreen and save more time for more beauty sleep.

If you are thinking that the NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum is thick and greasy, then you are not wrong. It gets absorbed fast and doesn't leave a sticky feeling. Takes only a minute to apply all over the body.


Let's see the before and after. The shine on my forearm is the first thing I noticed which proves radiance. Skin looks less dull.


Samplestore has free samples of NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum for you to redeem. Simply sign up an account if you haven't and head on to here. You will also receive an A5 brochure with the magnifying glass cut-out to participate in the Instagram contest.

There be 2 grand prizes of shopping vouchers worth $200 and NIVEA hampers worth $100

To participate in the Instagram contest, fill up the blank with your most noticeable skin benefit first. Place the magnifying glass cut-out on the area where you applied the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Serum and snap a photo. Upload onto your Instagram with #NIVEAsg #IntensiveMoistureSerum. The contest ends on 30 September 2014 and winners will be announced on 01 October. Good Luck!


You can now purchase NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum at leading personal care stores and supermarkets like Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice and major retailers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

I put on make up to work sometimes when I am a little more hardworking and have some time to spare in the morning. I do find it as a hassle having to remove it at the end of the day but with Biore's Micellar Cleansing Water, I think I can't use 'hassle' as an excuse anymore.


Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is made using Watery Micellar Technology that effectively dissolves and lifts off all make up including eye make up. It contains Natural Mineral Water from Northern Japanese Alps for a gently and soothing formula, Enriched Collagen and White Tea Extract for brighter, softer and suppler skin.  The formula is anti-bacterial so it can prevent pimples and breakouts, and minimises pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Here's how I look with nude make up on. I applied liquid foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, eyelid tape on my right eye and blusher,


Let me show you how to use Biore Micellar Cleansing Water to remove your make up easily and totally.

1) Pump an appropriate amount of Biore Micellar Cleansing Water onto cotton pad. Note that it is watery so make sure has cotton pad has absorbed the product before you pump more.


2) Gently wipe off your make up with the soaked cotton pad. For eye make up, place the soaked cotton pad on your closed eyes for 5 seconds and gently wiped off.

Look at the foundation on my used cotton pad

After make up on the right of my face being removed

3) You will need more than just 1 cotton pad for your entire face so do repeat the steps as necessary till the cotton pad is clean.

Here's how I look after removal of make up which took me less than 5 minutes.


There's no sticky residue, greasiness or stinging feeling. 

Imagine you are on a long flight and you need to remove your make up in the plane before getting your beauty sleep, you can simply stay on your seat and use Biore Micellar Cleansing Water. You don't even need water to rinse your face. All you need to prepare is a pocket-size mirror and cotton pads. How easy it is for travelling right?

You can now get Biore Micellar Cleansing Water from hypermarkets, supermarkets, major departmental stores and pharmacies at $18.90 for 300ml. It is suitable for all skin types, even for sensitive skin.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Tsubaki Hair Oil

Ever since my hair length passes shoulder, my hair ends start to tangle and they look like hay. If I don't put more effort to take care of it, I think my hairfall issue will worsen.


I tried the Tsubaki Hair Oil which contains selected Camellia Oil, known for protecting, moisturizing and repairing hair to give a luxurious shine. It protects hair from the damage by UV rays and heat from blow-dryers and styling equipment. And they can prevent split ends and hair breakage, just what I need.

A plus point if you want your hair to smell good as it is lightly scented with floral and green notes. Very soothing.

Here's how my hair looked like when it's semi-dry. You can tell that it's flat and the hair ends are a little frizzy and dry.




A closer look at my hair ends

So how to use the Tsubaki Hair Oil? There are 3 different methods to use Tsubaki Hair Oil depending on what you need. If you want to apply evenly, here's how to do it.

1) Drop a 20-cent coin's size amount of Tsubaki Hair Oil on palm



2) Warm up the product by rubbing your palms together.



3) Apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil onto hair like how I did in the picture..



4) Repeat Steps 1 - 3 but apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil on your the areas that need extra application like hair ends.



If you want to avoid flat hair, you can apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil from your hair ends towards the roots for volume.

But if you want to reduce hair volume or prevent dry hair, you can use the Tsubaki Hair Oil on wet hair then blow-dry. Do drop a small amount of Tsubaki Hair Oil on your palms and apply on the hair below your shoulders.

I applied the Tsubaki Hair Oil on the right side of my hair (left on the picture) and you can notice that there's a volumizing effect and hair looks healthier and more tame.



I like that the Tsubaki Hair Oil isn't greasy and feels light on my hair. It's easy to work through hair and Its instant effectiveness speaks for itself. I was so addicted to feel my smooth hair the whole night. Best of all, no hair-tangling when I combed my hair on the following morning.



Here's a piece of good news for you if you want to win one for yourself and 2 friends. Like Tsubaki's Facebook page., share and tag 2 friends on the post with the picture below. The contest starts from 12 September 2014 so remember to keep a lookout!




Tsubaki Hair Oil is only available at Watsons for $26.90 from 11 September.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Bio-essence Hydra-Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask

Recently, I realised that my dry skin condition has worsened a little, possibly due to long hours in an air-con environment. Means it's time to do something about it.

I had the chance to try the Bio-essence's new product named Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask. Its main ingredients are 2 types of Hyaluronic acid (the must-have for hydration products) and Cranberry Extract.


The Power Nano Hyaluronic Acid is of much smaller molecular size so it is absorbed quicker and easier into skin. It helps to retain the moisture in the skin to keep it firm and moisturized.

Guess I need not explain much about Hyaluronic acid's capability in keeping our skin hydrated, moisturized and soft.

Cranberry Extract helps to retain moisture in skin too but it also improves skin's elasticity and suppleness to make you look youthful. It is rich in anti-oxidants, protects skin against radicals and UV damage. With the addition of Bio Energy Fluid in the sleeping mask, the nourishment level and skin texture improves even more.

Let me show you the texture of the sleeping mask before telling you something fascinating.

A jar of hydration goodness

Notice the thickness of the sleeping product

I applied the Bio-essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask before going to sleep and I realised there are water droplets forming as I massaged the product onto my face. It's fun to see it happening and I just had to photograph it to show you.


I just continued to massage onto my face as I see them disappearing.


The product is made using Bio-essence's unqiue Bio Aqua Crystal Technology.It prevents the hydrating ingredients in the product from losing moisture before application on the skin. Only when it's applied on skin, the shield that protects the ingredients will break thus forming aqua droplets. This means that we get the fullest hydration and moisture.


My Before and After comparison should explain that my skin does look brighter and healthier.

I like that the product is fun with the formation of water droplets, makes skincare less serious. There is no stinging sensation or stickiness during or after application. 

It's suitable for every day use as a moisturizer and when you feel your skin needs a little more pampering, apply a thicker layer as a sleeping mask. It's convenient as you do not need to rinse it off after application.

It's important to hydrate our skin unless you want to look older than you are. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, firmness, fairness and hydration. Observations like sagging. dull and dry and enlarged pores.

The Bio-essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask is retailing at $25.90 for 50g. Before you buy, you might want to go for the street sampling on 06 September (Saturday), 2pm - 6pm outside Mandarin Gallery to get freebies and attractive discounts. Do like Bio-essence's Facebook to redeem samples.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fantasia by Escriba

24 August 2014


I was at MBS Convention Hall with KZ to attend this chocolate-y and sugary event.

We were welcomed by a 8.5-meter high chocolate fountain. We could totally smell the flowing belgium chocolate.


We walked into the "Nature Land" where there were displays of animals made of all things sweet.






We walked to the main area of the hall where there were more exhibits to see. 








We had drinks by getting our Fantasia passport chopped and headed into the Royalcake Theatre to watch the show of how Escriba started.

We had more food and here's one of them which I liked. At first sight, you may think it's ham but it's strawberry and white chocolate. There was also a sprinkle of salt on top.


Done with exploring the event, we sat down to chat with a glass of coke and saw the boss of the Escriba, Mr. Christian Escriba. Lucky of us to able to have a photo with him before we leave.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Revew: Curel Sebum Care

Recently, I have been diligently using the Curel Sebum Care range which is suitable for sensitive skin and oily skin. My skin is more of combination and I tend to get blackheads on my nose and whiteheads on my cheeks and chin.

I do realise some of us often claim that we have sensitive skin but do you really understand why? There is an important ingredient named Ceramide in our skin. It helps to retain moisture and strengthen our skin's resilience against external irritants. Usually, Ceramide replenishes itself but when it doesn't, our skin is more susceptible to these irritants thus causing sensitively.

Oily skin is usually cause by too much secretion of sebum which results in the unwanted shine on our face, especially on the nose, cheeks and forehead. If the excess sebum are not removed, it can damage the skin causing sensitivity and whatever moisturizers and serum you applied won't be fully utilised by your deeper layers of skin.

And if your skin suffers from sensitivity and is oily, you have better read on to know how helpful is the No. 1 brand for sensitive Asian skin in Japan.

Curel has came up with the Sebum Care range which includes a Foaming Wash, Lotion and Moisture Gel. It is said to control excess sebum and skin sensitivity within 4 weeks.


Notice how fluffy the foam is

One pump of the Curel Foaming Wash is enough for my small face. The pump is easy to use and I love how fine and fluffy the foam is. It's good that it doesn't drip down on my face while I clean.

1) Spread the Curel Foaming Wash on the main 5 areas of your face like me.


2) Spread the foaming wash onto your face in circular motion.

I focus on the sebum-prone areas like the sides of my nose where my blackheads are

3) Wash off your face with water


Yes, the excess shine on my face after a day's work is gone with 1 wash. I can imagine using it at the start of a day will allow my make up to last longer and less time needed to touch up. 

Next step is to apply the Curel Sebum Care Lotion.



Pump the lotion onto a cotton pad, about the size of a 50cent coin and start applying on your face. You can concentrate a little more on your cheeks and nose if you have open pores.

The lotion is light on the face, no stinging or sticky feeling. There's also a very light refreshing feeling on the face.

The last step is to apply Curel Sebum Care Moisture Gel.


Notice the thickness of it

I simply pumped enough onto the back of my hand and apply the Curel Sebum Care Moisture Gel onto my face using my fingers.

The moisture gel gets absorbed fast and no stickiness after application. There is a slight cooling effect on the face too.

I used the Curel Sebum Care Range for 10 days and let's see the before and after.


I do notice the open pores on my nose have reduced thus blackheads have also reduced. Redness on the cheeks have also reduced slightly.

To experience the products for yourself, you can redeem samples from here.

You can now get the newly launched Curel Sebum Care range from selected Guardian and Watsons stores.