Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

I used to think that only the Sun will cause pigmentation but I am so wrong. The technology devices I face everyday contributes too! When I am outdoor, I will try to use an umbrella to shelter but how about indoor? This is when the sunblock becomes our hero.

Let me share with you the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++. And yes I did it on purpose to shoot this photo with polka dots as the background.

This sunblock provides the user with maximum protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the Sun. SPF50 is sufficient to block off 98% of the UVB rays, please avoid using sunblock with higher SPF as they might clog your pores from what I know. PA++++ protects against UVA rays and right now, PA++++ is the highest standard.

It is infused with hyaluronic acid & citrus extract to hydrate the skin and keep it fresh. Best of all, this product can be applied on face and body. Sounds like a wonderful product to bring along to the beach. Do remember to apply it at least 20 mins before leaving the house.

The texture of the sunblock is lighter than I expected and really easy to blend. No worries of having a white patch if you applied too much like what I did below.

After application, what you get is a smooth finish and non-sticky. I did feel a slight cooling sensation during application too. This is an advantage to wake me up in the morning.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is retailing at $18.90 and a bottle of it contains 90ml. You can get it at leading pharmacies, supermarket, hypermarket, departmental stores, beauty stores and selected minimarts.

Join me to protect ourselves against pigmentation like freckles and wrinkles now.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Recent Eats

I haven't been blogging about personal life for a long time. This would be just a post to share which are the new restaurants I have been to lately.

Greendot # #01-08 Westgate

I was recommended by a friend to try this vegetarian restaurant and indeed it was not bad. The portions were big and ingredients were generously given. My mum tried the laksa which I felt it was a little too spicy for me. I had the herbal soup with brown rice and I had difficulty finishing by myself.

The Laneway Market @ 266 Tanjong Katong Road

HM and I headed to the WeFlea on 12th Sep and this is how we know about this beautifully decorated cafe. For main course, I had the Sous Vide Egss ($16.00) which consists mainly of hasbrown and poached eggs, I tried their signature Iced Earl Grey Latte which is not too thick to cause me palpitations. We shared the truffle fries with grated parmesan cheese which cost $12.00. There was no GST and service charge, the prices were affordable.

Hai Nan Hometown Curry Rice @ 505 Jurong West Jurong West Food Centre, #01-41

I have previously talked about this curry stall and I headed back with colleagues. Sadly the curry chicken was sold out. We had curry vegetable, curry fish and curry pork ribs. Yes they are all curry but the tastes are different. The curry fish is slightly sour probably due to tomato. The curry vegetables wasn't as thick as curry pork ribs. Overall, we still had our cravings satisfied.

Old Boys Gallery @ 67 Kampong Bahru Road

The ladies and I had our dinner on 21st Sep at a ex-schoolmate's brother's restaurant. Some of their signature dishes were Manster Beef Burger, Roast Pork Aglio Olio, Spam Chips, OBG Wings and OBG Crabcake. Don't the names already made your stomach growl? I had the Roast Pork Carbonara as seen above. The carbonara was just right, not too thick tor a non-carbonara fan. The Spam Chips are a must try, super crispy and addictive. The restaurant only serves craft beers so you know where to head to for a night of chill?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Do You Prefer J or K?

If you follow me on instagram, you will know how much I love Japanese cuisine compared to Korean cuisine. At least every fortnightly, I would be posting pictures of either ramen, sushi or sashimi. In fact, I just had ramen and gyozya yesterday.

Notice how thick the Tonkotsu soup is?

And talking about their culture, I am pretty sure most girls would want to try on the traditional Japanese garment named kimono at least once in a lifetime. I have yet to get the chance to wear it but I definitely will if I go to Japan.

One thing that I noticed about Japanese make up, they emphasize more on their eye make up. Falsies and glittery eyeshadows to make their eyes look bigger and brighter.


Freshly breaded in-store with a special batter, these juicy wings are cooked to crispy perfection and coated in your choice of two bold flavours – choose between the Japanese-inspired tangy yet savoury Umadare and the Korean-inspired sweet and spicy Yang Yeum. Who will be crowned king of the wings? You decide.

Pick a side and be part of KFC’s greatest wing-off. Hashtag #kfcoishii to support Umadare or #kfcmashisoyo to support Yang Yeum on Instagram!

I vote for #kfcoishii. What about you?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Palmer's White & Even

Do you have pigmentation problems like freckles and uneven skin tone like I do? If you do, please watch the video below and read on for me to introduce Palmer's White & Even Dark Spot Corrector.

Palmer's White & Even range contains ingredients which are potent yet gentle to reduce hyper-pigmentation. Palmer's came out with the Whitening & Tone Enhancing Complex which is made of:

1) Cocoa Butter    - smooths marks and scars
2) Soy                   - restores luminosity
3) Synovea           - lightens age spots
4) Vitamin C          - brightens skin
5) Licorice extract - improves skin tone and texture
6) Niacinamide      - targets unwanted discolouration

It has been found that daily usage of the Palmer's White & Even range will lighten the surface skin cells and produce more even skin tone within 3-5 days. The deeper skin layers will be inhibited to over-produce melanin. As skin cells rise to the surface, you will have a more even skin tone within 4-6 weeks. Do note that all these are subjected to age, health and sun exposure.

The products does not contain parabens, harsh dyes and fragrances just to name a few. Best of all, it is suitable for all skin types and pocket-friendly.

Enough of words, let's take a look at the product itself.

The texture isn't too thick for a serum and it looks like there is glitter in it.There is a cooling sensation upon application which is good for Singapore's weather. 

It gets absorbed fast and leaves no stickiness. Skin feels slightly more moisturized and smooth.

There is also noticable glitter which I have yet to find out why. 

Time to try it on my face now.

I didn't see any significant difference after the first try. I didn't feel the cooling sensation on my face like I did on my hand but I did see the 'glitter' on my face.

Maybe the results will really only be significant after daily usage for at least 3-5 days.

The second product I tried was the Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment.

It comes with a safety plastic cap in case the product gets accidentally squeezed an leaked.

A closer look at the nozzle.

Usage of this product is easy. Squeeze out a little of the product on the metal nozzle and glide it gently onto your upper and lower eyelid. This is like an eye massage and it does feel good especially if the metal nozzle is cold.

Let's see the before and after.

Again, I didn't notice significant difference after first usage. I do feel slight tightness around the eye area which is a good thing if it can lift the eyelid area.I looked like I applied eye glitter due to the sheer luminizing brighteners in the product.

The Palmer's White & Even range can be found in Watons, Guardian, BHG, Robinsons, John Little, Essentials Pharmacy, Nishino Pharmacy, all leading pharmacies, departmental and cosmetics stores. The Dark Spot Corrector is $29.90 (30ml) and the Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment is $22.90 (15ml).

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review: Skin Shaper Facial

I have been visiting Skin Shape Club at least weekly to tackle my face pigmentation which has been proven successful on me.

Let me show you how the place looks like first. It is conveniently located in Orchard Central and just opened in April 2015. I like how cosy and welcoming the ambience is.

Skin Shape Club also worked with local and overseas dermal experts to come out with their own skincare products like essence.

I was greeted by my therapist Audrey and consulted by Cherie. I was asked to step on an technologically-advanced machine to interpret my body stats.

After Cherie has explained the procedure of the Skin Shaper Facial, I was guided into one of the treatment rooms. I was impressed that the bed comes with a warmer so I had no worries of feeling cold.

Let me explain what I was here for.

The Skin Shaper Facial uses a combination of light and heat energy to rejuvenate the skin, helps to renew collagen and clear acne. To put it simply, it helps in firming, pigementation and overall skin condition. It is a lunchtime non-invasive treatment of 30mins and there is no downtime.

You may find it similar to skin rejuvenation treatments but Skin Shaper Facial does not require the usage of cooling gel as the energy fluency is lower.

The first step of the facial is to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.

The second step involves the usage of the Light and Heat Energy (LHE) applicator. It will be placed on the skin and pulses of light will be administered for penetration. I did feel warmness during the procedure but it was bearable.

The third step is the application of the serum.

The last step is the mask to calm the skin.

It is recommended to go for the Skin Shaper Facial weekly for 3 months to achieve best results. Subsequently, monthly would be sufficient to maintain.

After treatment, I was presented with a healthy snack in their lounge. The snacks are prepared by their staff. I was impressed with how comfortable they made the lounge for customers. It's a privilege to enjoy the view and calmness.

I had 4 Skin Shaper Facials in about 3 weeks and took a photo after each treatment. From the left, the first photo was taken before starting the Skin Shaper Facial. The subsequent photos were taken after each treatment.

The above photo was taken right after my fourth treatment. Skin has definitely become more radiant and uneven skin tone has improved.

My greatest concern was the freckle on my nose. It has really shrink in size and colour. I do have a chicken pox scar on the right side of my face and it has become less obvious. My forehead was darker than the rest of my face and now the uneven skin tone has improved. The visibly enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks have also improved.

Because of the good results I see for myself, I signed up for their package which which you can find out more after going for a trial.

Each 30mins treatment of Skin Shaper Facial is $120. If it is your first time, you can enjoy 4 treatments at a price of $96, that means only $24 per treatment. 

However, if you have 1 hour to spare, you can upgrade to Skin Shaper Plus Facial which includes exfoliation and a serum-infused facial massage. It is $160 per treatment but only $128 for 4 treatments for new customers.

Skin Shape Club is located at #03-13/14, Orchard Central. You can reach them via their hotline, 6589 8331 or their website.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Journey to 3A Car Licence

I am now legally licensed to drive although it is just a 3A licence.

Let me share with you my journey to obtaining my licence.

I registered as a student under BBDC on 05/03/2015. As a school student, I am required to attend all theory and practical lessons in the school.

Basic Theory
The first thing I did after I have registered with the school is to book BTL 1.01 & 1.02. Each lesson cost $17.12 including 7% GST.

Once I have attended the lessons, I booked my BTE which cost $5.35. BTE is a must for school students to pass before booking for BTT. Private students do not have to take BTE.

Meanwhile, I also booked 2 BTP which cost $3.21 each and BTE at $5.35.

The questions asked in BTE are from BTP so I managed to pass BTE with full marks and booked my BTT immediately. The test cost $6.00.

I had BTT on 21/04/2015 and scored full marks as the questions are almost the same as BTP.

Final Theory
While waiting for my BTT, I also attended FTL 1.01 & 1.02. Each lesson cost $17.12 including 7% GST.

Upon completion of the 2 FTL, I proceeded to book my FTE which cost $5.35.

After passing my BTT, I booked my FTT which cost $6.00.

I took FTT on 11/05/2015 and got 49/50.

Once I have passed my BTT, I applied for PDL at the Traffic Police Counter at BBDC Level 2. The application cost $25.00 and PDL is valid for 6 months.

With the PDL, I started to block-book my practical lessons. 

Practical Lessons
I had a total of 24 lessons and 1 driving simulator lesson. The driving simulator lesson can only be booked after passing Stage 1.

After completing the 5 stages, I also had 2 revision lessons. I actually had another 2 revision lessons before 21/07/2015 but I fell sick, thus I had to cancel them.

Traffic Police Test
On 10/07/2015, I booked my Traffic Police Test on 23/07/2015, 12:55pm. Noticed that the waiting period was merely 2 weeks? I had to spent $235.72 for the car rental, warm-up fee and test fee,

12:55pm is when the warm-up started which is only about 30mins. I spent another 15mins in the Traffic Police Test waiting room.

Got called by the tester at about 1:45pm and followed him to the test car.

I began with driving in the circuit. From S-curve, ramp, slope, vertical parking, crank course, parallel parking to e-brake. Thank goodness I didn't hit the kerb.

I was given test route 10. The U-turn was completed without stopping as the traffic was very smooth. However, I encountered cyclist on the road and bus parking at the side of the road.

In less than 30mins, I completed the test and returned to the waiting area for the tester to compute.

When I saw him returned with just 1 sheet of paper, I was half-relieved as I guessed that I have passed. Indeed I passed with 16 demerit points. My weakness is mainly checking of blind spot.

I proceeded to wait at the same warm-up area at Level 1 BBDC to watch the graduation video. I knew I was the first to complete the test for my session as I was the only one waiting for the video.

It was only a 10-min graduation video and I proceeded to the Traffic Police Counter at Level 2 to get a queue number to apply for new licence. Be prepared to wait for an hour as the queue is always long.

All you need is a passport-sized photo, test result and $50 NETS payment. You will be given a letter as temporary licence so you can start driving while waiting for the real licence to be mailed to you.

Getting the licence is my accomplishment of the year.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover

Thanks to Samplestore, I got to try another Biore's new product. It's the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover which is able to remove eye makeup too.

Notice that there is a cap near the opening? I find it very useful as it prevents the kids in the house from pumping my favourite product for fun.

This is the first time I am trying a jelly-textured makeup remover. At first sight, it looks greasy to me but actually it is just a smooth consistency.

It is said to be able to effortlessly dissolve and lift off makeup in a gentle glide. So let me put it to the test.

I had applied CC cream, concealer, blusher, eyeshadow on my inner eye corners, eyeliner and eyelid tape and filled in my brows with eyebrow pencil.

2-3 pumps of the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover onto my palm first. It is recommended to pump onto dry palms and make sure face is dry.

I spread the product evenly over my face and eye area and massage gently to dissolve the makeup. Please don't use facial cotton pads or tissue, your hands are sufficient.

My naked face with hyperpigmentation is appearing. Even my trusty eyeliner can be dissolved and ended up on my lower eye area where the dark eye circles were supposed to be. The most fantastic thing is that it doesn't sting my eyes at all.

I rinsed my face thoroughly with water and that's it. Don't even need to use cotton pads or tissue to go through my face and eyes again.

I don't feel any stickiness, greasiness or tightness after rinse.

I will definitely recommend Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover as it really works. If you are a lazy woman like me, you will find this product of great help in saving your time and effort when comes to removing makeup at the end of the day.

The Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is selling at $24.90 at all leading supermarkets, personal care stores, western pharmacies and departments stores,