Sunday, April 19, 2015

EVENT: Watsons' Girls' Day Out

Back in March, I attended Watson's Girls' Day Out with Fel. It was the drugstore's 27th birthday and they were launching several new brands/ products and also, their very own Watsons eStore! ああ~ Shopping in the comfort of my own home is the best thing ever. No crowds, no sweltering heat, no lugging of heavy bags... Really, everything should be done online (Though convenience does spell trouble for the pockets... Ahem.). Haha.

Anyway, here are 5 brands/ products that I'm really looking forward to discover:

  1. Asience
    This hair care brand has been with me since secondary school (Well, on and off. I still like Shiseido Tsubaki best.) because Mum loves it. They are revamping their formula to include a new Beauty Serum, which is a concentrated infusion of precious oils and essences. 2 ranges are available - Inner Rich for dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair and Nature Smooth for oily scalp and tangled ends.
  2. Bioderma
    I have been using the Créaline H2O Micellar Solution for about 2 years now and it cleans off makeup effectively and without any irritation. Last month, they launched the Sensibio Lait Cleansing Milk which contains the Toleridine patent. It increases skin's tolerance level and reduces skin's sensitivity over time.
  3. Béne Premium
    This line is created by award-wining professional hair care brand, MoltoBene. It is formulated to be enzyme-rich and free from silicones through the use of only the best natural ingredients. 2 ranges are available - Bluria to restore hair health through deep cleansing and Rougeria to rejuvenate damaged hair with intense conditioning.
  4. Honeycé
    Another line under MoltoBene, this one targets both the hair and the scalp with the use of different types of honey. 2 ranges are available - Moisture Repair Series contains 8 different types of honey to care for even the most damaged hair and Juicy Spa Series which improves overall hair and scalp conditions with clay, sea salt lemon, royal jelly and honey.
  5. Kustie
    Formulated in France, this brand uses a potent concoction of specially handpicked flowers, essential oils and natural nutrients for an indulgent and luxurious shower. 4 ranges are available - Rose, Chamomile, Cherry Blossom and Lavender. They are suitable for all skin types.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

REVIEW: Skinfood's Moisture Egg Hair Pack

Though it was only recently that I started using Korean beauty brands 'seriously', Skinfood has always a brand that I trust. The few products that I have used thus far worked well for me and I do gush over them quite a bit to my friends (HEH.). And the latest product that has got me all excited is the Skinfood Moisture Egg Hair Mask.

The Skinfood Moisture Egg Hair Mask is a hair mask that contains protein-rich egg extract, and vitamins. It nourishes hair that has been damaged by chemicals and heat, so that it becomes healthy and resilient. After shampooing, I apply the mask on the bottom half of my hair for slightly more than the stipulated timing of 5 minutes. Sometimes, I apply this on dry hair half an hour before I shower. Haha. I'm not exactly sure how much more effective the 2nd method is, but it's something that I do with all my conditioners and hair masks. Heh.

After washing and air-drying, my hair feels airy and stronger, and it stays that way for a day or two. Unlike other hair masks that I have used, this seems to give my hair some volume and hence, some 'life'. Haha. Also, it makes my hair smells like yummy custard (Don't worry, it isn't that strong!). :D I'm halfway into my tube and actually placed an order for 2 more last night, because Cosmetic Love is having a Skinfood sale now.

Have you tried this or any other Skinfood hair care products? (:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

SPOTTED: The Versatile Maxi

Maxi dresses have always been associated with the hippie culture, when the free-loving girls of the seventies popularised the full-length, flowy dresses that reflected their innate uninhibitedness. Made of lightweight material and often teamed with sandals and loose and wavy beach hair, maxi dresses have withstood the test of time and is now part of a modern, casual attire.

Celebrities are also often seen in maxi dresses in their downtime - some even turning up for events in them! If that isn't a testament to how versatile the maxi dress is, then what is? (: And with maxi dress options aplenty these days, especially online, it's only a matter of which celebrity look we should steal.

Here are 5 celebs you might want to consider!

  1. Lauren Conrad
    After leaving her reality TV show 'The Hills', the celebrity fashion designer continues sharing her style tips with us. Here, she pairs a turquoise ombre maxi dress with her trademark wavy blonde hair and sunny smile. Against her healthy California tan, the dress evokes all kinds of urges to hit the beach. If only we could do something about that length, though.

  2. Nicole Richie
    A boho-chic list cannot be complete without Nicole Richie. The celebrity designer showed up at the Neiman Marcus Fashion Showcase in a red floral maxi dress by Kate Winter. Her sleek gold jewellery - which matches the shade of her hair - not only enhances the colour of her dress, but it also makes it look more formal for the event. Love the braid detail on the crown of her head too!

  3. Bella Thorne
    Colour-blocking is everywhere now. Here, doe-eyed actress Bella Thorne dons a Shoshanna Mabrey maxi in this fresh, perk-me-up combination of orange and pink. By keeping accessories to a minimum - only a simple, golf bracelet - she allows the dress to take centre stage. And why wouldn't you? It's a stunning dress!

  4. Jessica Alba
    From the premieres to the playground, Jessica Alba always keeps things fresh and relaxed yet glamorous with bright pops of colour, in comfortable cuts. Here, she does a quick coffee run in an orange maxi with a white sleeveless blouse thrown over. Her turquoise shades, messy bun and white cross-body purse keeps the outfit fuss-free and fun.

  5. Megan Fox
    Since this is Megan Fox we're talking about, she doesn't have to reveal too much skin to look stunning. Even in a plain ochre maxi dress, the brunette beauty looks completely show-stopping. The only signs that she was going for a dinner date are the towering stiletto heels and statement jewellery - chunky bronze cuff and green jewel pendant.

Are you into the maxi dress trend? Which celeb look is your favourite? :D

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ATM: Little Innisfree

Innisfree's one of my top brands this year. I'm not declaring my undying love for every product, but there are some that really stand out for me. These little ones up there are what I received as GWP and I have been having fun using them. (:

  • Apple Juicy Deep Cleansing Foam: I LOVE the Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover and was actually quite eager to use this when I finished my HABA one. This is supposed to go deep into your pores to remove all yucky debris, so that your skin is as radiant as the surface of polished apples. It smells really pleasant, but that's all. Just a very simple cleanser, that leaves my skin feeling a tad tight but it isn't so drying that it leaves my skin flaky.

  • Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam: This contains Jeju green tea, which helps retain the skin's moisture whilst cleansing. Unlike the previous one, this doesn't leave my skin feeling dry but it isn't very hydrating either. And because of the green tea scent, it's quite refreshing. But... Still a very simple cleanser. Nothing stellar.

  • Orchid Eye Cream: Enriched with Jeju orchid, this deeply hydrates your sensitive eye area so that you look youthful. This cream is rather heavy but it does hydrate the skin around my eyes very nicely. Haven't had any new milia seeds and I wake up with even-looking eyelids. Also, no residual greasy feeling!

  • Orchid Enriched Cream: When I first read about the cream here last year, I quickly made a trip down to Innisfree. Unfortunately, it wasn't launched yet. But wait, I did and boy, do I love this! This is an anti-ageing cream that helps smooth, firm, brighten, nourish and tighten pores. It is heavy, so I use this only at night. It leaves my skin very hydrated and incredibly smooth and bouncy. Take note that this has silicone, which I don't really mind. So... I totally ordered a full-sized tub from Cosmetic Love and it arrived today. HEE. :D

  • Orchid Massage Cream: This cream is meant to be cleaned off with a tissue, hot towel or lukewarm water. This is hydrating, but I still like the Orchid Enriched Cream better because it gives more 'bounce' to my skin. Also, I don't think the whole massage thing really made any difference for me.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

SPOTTED: Come experience the SK-II #ChangeDestiny Museum

SK-II will be celebrating h35 years of heritage and innovation at its first ever #ChangeDestiny Museum at The Paragon from 5th March to 11th March.

Here are the top 3 things you should do at the Museum:

  1. Discover your Skin Age
    Find out your skin destiny now with SK-II, and it only takes 5 minutes to decode your current and future skin! You will also receive a personalised consultation and a starter kit to kick-start your miracle journey.

  2. Meet Korean Celebrity Kim Hee Ae on 6th March
    Meet our Living Proof ambassador Ms. Kim, who will share the secrets behind her youthful look and life after changing her destiny. Also, enjoy stunning live dance performances and stand a chance to receive our best-selling SK-II Facial Treatment Mask*. Only 20 pieces are up for grabs!
    *7th March (3-5pm) and 8th March (1-3pm)

  3. Be Rewarded for Changing Your Destiny
    New to SK-II? Visit the #ChangeDestiny Museum, complete the challenges and receive an exclusive museum door gift. Plus, receive a full-sized SK-II Clear Beauty Powder Foundation worth $130 when you purchase more than $250 worth of SK-II products.

Have fun and SK-II your way to crystal clear skin! :D

Monday, March 2, 2015

ATM: Taking the Sephora Shower

No matter how bad our day gets, we can always count on scents to provide a quick little fix. And it doesn't stop there. Studies have shown that scents influence not just our mood, but our stress level, self-confidence and overall performance too. They can also aid better and deeper beauty sleep (Be gone, insomnia!). One fab way of enveloping ourselves in a cocoon of scents is taking a luxurious shower after a tedious and tiring day at work. And Sephora online has got this covered, yay!

Just in case you're unaware, Sephora has her very own body and bath line that is paraben-free and tested under dermatological control. One product that I really like is the Bubble Bath & Shower Gel. Available in 7 different scents online, you can definitely find one that will erase your grumpiness, add more happiness to your clouds or give you the boost of confidence that you really need. It is formulated with fragrant flowers, algae, fruit extracts, Vitamin E and glycerine, so that you leave each shower with velvety-smooth and well-hydrated skin and of course, a smile dancing on your lips.

Here are some quick 'guidelines' to the different scents:

  • Blueberry: When you need a smile.
  • Chocolate: When you need some excitement.
  • Green Tea: When you need a little calm.
  • Lemon Verbena: When you need more energy.
  • Peony: When you are feeling girly.
  • Strawberry: When you just want some sweetness.
  • Vanilla: When you want some elegance.

Sephora also has the Creamy Body Wash, Smoothing Body Scrub and Moisturizing Body Lotion online that also come in the aforementioned scents. So go on, take a long good soak, scrub away your worries and then slather on some lotion for a sleep that even Sleeping Beauty will be envious of!

Monday, February 16, 2015

ATM: Spending my V-Day with some Dolce Floral Drops

It is the clarity of dawn.
It is the delicate scent of freshly picked white flowers, still wet with dew.
It is the crispness of Neroli leaves that accompany and enhance their aroma.
It is the echo of laughter from your beloved and the light trail of her perfume that triggers the memory.
It is Dolce Floral Drops, the new fragrance by Dolce&Gabbana.

This April, Dolce&Gabbana will be launching Dolce Flora Drops Eau de Toilette. The first flanker of the original Dolce Eau de Parfum, this fragrance is lighter and a little more crisp - very much like freshly picked flowers, but still retains the signature scent of the White Amaryllis.

Dolce Floral Drops is housed in a vintage-looking, misty green flacon that takes the unique shape of Dolce; thick glassed with curved lines for a contemporary feel, topped with a flower that is specially crafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional Sicilian confectioners. A thin, black grosgrain bow sits around the neck to represent the classic white shirts and bow-ties that walked the early runway shows of Dolce&Gabbana. Last but not least, the word 'Dolce' is penned lovingly in the style of Domenico Dolce's father.

Top Notes
Light scents that are detected immediately upon application. Forms your first impression. Lively and crisp green opening of Neroli leaves and Papaya Flower that enriches the character of the fragrance and defines its freshness right from the start.

Middle Notes
Scents that emerge just before the top notes departs. Masks initial unpleasant impression of base notes, which improves with time. A harmonious combination of White Amaryllis, White Daffodil and White Water Lily.

Base Notes
Rich and deep scents that emerge before the middle notes departs. Brings depth and solidity to the fragrance. The floral signature is counterbalanced by a base of warm Musky notes, Cashmeran and Sandalwood.

This year, my V-Day was... Unexpected. It started out very homely (I'd like to think that this was how single Taylor Swift would spend her V-Day. Minus the coolness and Karlie Kloss. HAHA.) and ended on a note of fear, which quickly turned into many 'Aww...'s. Haha. Probably the strangest V-Day I ever had and ever will have.

My rather mundane V-Day started with a 4-hour attempt at making Tokyo Banana for my colleagues. 'Attempt' because this time, the oven decided to 'play punk' with me by baking only the top half of the sponge cake (Yes, blame the defenseless machine.). But the brother mentioned that the banana cream filing was better this time round, so yay! :D Practised the piano a little, studied Japanese (Planning to take JLPT N5 this July!) and ended the night with some drawing and painting. The girl in the orange striped top is a replica of one of @papercrownluvsu and @riflepaperco stationery pieces, which I really love and obviously failed to do any justice to it. But I'll keep practising so がんばって!And of course, I had Dolce Flora Drops accompanying me throughout the day. Yes, I do spritz a little perfume on at home sometimes. Just to, you know, feel a tad classy. Heh. (:

Then, this really 'frightening' thing happened. At around 11pm, right when everyone was about to retire, the doorbell started ringing like crazy. And I was really scared because it happened before - this burly dude, with all his luggage, told us that he was given our address to reside in. He did go away but of course, my imagination ran wild and I was thinking of murderers and kidnappers and... I basically fill my brain with too much thriller stuff. Anyway, back to the original story, it kept ringing and I went down with Dad and was like "Dad, don't open the door and let anyone in." (Like my Dad, who made me, didn't know better. -_-|||).

I stayed far away trying to make out the ominous shadow behind the door, as Dad opened it. And... Standing there was my cousin, JH, with a huge luggage. So I thought he fought with someone at home and decided to take refuge in our house but nope! Out of the corner, popped up the sister who was grinning away like a Cheshire cat. She just traveled 16 hours from Dublin so that she could spend Chinese New Year with the family! <333

Best V-Day present ever, but I was really scared for my family for a moment. Heh.