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Stay Young with Dr. Young!

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I’ve finally stopped breaking out - right now I’ve pared down to the basics as the doctor has recommended – Cleanser, Retinoid Cream, Moisturizer and since this routine has worked for me for about a month plus (I’m just left with scars to  clear!), I reckon it’s a good time I look for products to introduce into my skincare regime! Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 1.18.26 pm Korean skincare has been quickly becoming the choice for many - I mean, which Korean star have you seen with bad skin?! Even the boys’ faces are immaculate. Just a few weeks ago I was at a party and this girl was telling me about how she loves Korean skincare and uses mainly Korean skincare! And yes, her face was flawless even without make up. Dr. Young Skincare is the product of a group of 5 doctors’ advice – a mix of dermatologists, plastic surgeons – made to fortify and protect your skin from external environment damages. Their skincare contains NO animal origins / mineral oil, LOW preservatives, chemicals surfactants, artificial colorants and are HIGH in organic ingredients, botanical oil and natural water! It was first developed in 2008, and has been in Singapore since 2011 - Dr. Young currently has 5 main product lines to suit everyone’s needs: Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 1.17.20 pm And here are the products I’ve picked to try out from their range!

{ AC OUT CLEANSING FOAM CREAM }

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  1. Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract (aka Licorice, which whitens)
  2. Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract (reduces pigmentation activities)
  3. Artemisia Vulgaris Extract (anti-irritatant and anti-oxidant)
  4. Acorus Calamus Root Extract (anti-inflammatory)
  5. & Cnidium Officinale Root Extract (anti-inflammatory, skin regeneration)
Sealed for freshness!

Sealed for freshness!

The facial cream foams up pretty easily, and there wasn’t a discernable scent in this. It’s not overly drying but still gives you a clean feel – Or maybe I’ve been too used to my glycolic cleanser, it almost feels too clean for me. Nevertheless, looking at the ingredients it contains, it doesn’t look like a bad facial wash at all with all its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant ingredients and may turn out to be good for you if you have occasional spots.

$31.90 SGD for 150ml | Tip: Rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face with cold water to give tension to your skin as a last step! 

{ DEEP CLEARING CLAY MASK }

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$37.90 SGD for 65g | Tip: Apply Pore Tightening Serum on face after Clay Mask application to wholly remove pores and sebum.

{ BAMBOO BLOOMING BOOSTER }

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I use one full dropper for each application!

It doesn’t feel sticky at all – almost like water! I use one full dropper for each application.

$66.90 SGD for 50ml | Tip: Use Bamboo Blooming Booster in the morning and Pore Tightening Serum in the evening or vice versa to get better effect!

 

{ ANTI-PORE PORE ERASER BALM }

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$40.90 SGD for 15g | Tip: Use it alone as base, or as a primer under your regular foundation if you need more coverage!

{ AC OUT SPOT STOP SERUM}

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The AC Out Spot stOp Serum comes in a handy size for you to stow away in your bag for emergencies (sometimes I wake up to a zit but have to rush out… that’s when!) and it can even be applied over make up!

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It comes in a clear form, and there is an instant cooling effect upon application. It also seems to leave a coating over it (it’s more of a feeling your skin gets than to the touch) as it claims and I like it pretty much! These days my pimples are making lesser appearances, and they also heal faster, but it feels quite shiok to use this on zits anyway ; p It also contains Salicylic acid which as we all know, is often used to treat acne.

$37.90 SGD for 15ml


There’s one item I’m really interested to try out and it’s their newest product, the Complete Color Cushion from their Protect/Prevent range! (p.s. – I’ve reviewed it on my Dayre!) It comes with SPF50+ / PA++, doesn’t seem to have a pinkish tinge AND has quite good coverage as seen on this video!   dr-young-cc-cushion-before-after If that doesn’t make you want to buy it right now I don’t know what will! The Dr. Young CCC is going at $54.90 SGD and available for pre-order right now – get 10% off with discount code “DYCCC10″! Post23_CCCushionPreorder If you would like to try out Dr. Young’s range, you can do so during this festive season because they’ve come up with exclusive Christmas bundles on www.dr-young.com.sg, which will save you quite a fair bit! All bundles are 20% off but if you pre-order before 19th Dec with discount code “SANTA05″, you’ll get an additional 5% off! : D Christmas shopping online has never been easier! DrYoung_Flyer(christmas) If a Christmas bundle isn’t your thing, you’ll get a whooping 15% off with “EVONNE15″ as well on ala carte products ; )

Special thanks to the Dr. Young Singapore team for letting me try out your products!

Special thanks to the Dr. Young Singapore team for letting me try out your products!

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Brunch at On The Table Singapore, aka Lola’s Sister Cafe!

By | Brunch, Food, Life | One Comment

{ On The Table }

118 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118541
Tel: 9780 8094 | Facebook Page | Instagram | email them at onthetablesg@gmail.com
Open from 11am – 10pm (Tues – Fri) and 10am -10pm (Weekends). Closed on Mondays. Last order at 9pm / 930pm respectively.

Cafes in the west are always welcomed – especially ones with good food! *cheers* After the success of Lola, which is located in Kovan, the owners decided to open another cafe when they came across a space which carried the vibe they wanted for a cafe!

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And this outlet is just that – like Lola, the shop space is decked out in industrial chic – pretty hanging lights, metal chairs, concrete walls and floorings and plenty of wooden elements in the form of crates, tables and even pallets stacked as tables! After spending an afternoon (3.5 hours to be exact) there, I’ve realized that the place is incredibly photogenic even in the afternoon – the darker ambiance of the place somehow lets you get beautiful bokeh if your camera is capable of shallow depth of field imaging.

It is located along Pasir Panjang, just next to Fat Boys, and if you’re driving – simply turn left into Pepys Road and there’s public parking available – limited lots though! Popped by on a Sunday morning at about 11 – On The Table is about 6 months old (they opened in May!), and business’ reallyyyy good!

For the caffeine addicts - OTT serves coffee from Dutch Colony and Jewel Coffee!

For the caffeine addicts – OTT serves coffee from Dutch Colony and Jewel Coffee!

I’m not coffee connoisseur (I don’t do coffee!), but my kopi addict friends found it pretty pleasant!

Water is free as long as you self-serve!

Water is free as long as you self-serve!

The staff were friendly, smiley and unobtrusive - I had to get sharing plates myself / ask for it, but I didn't mind that.

The staff were friendly, smiley and unobtrusive – I had to get sharing plates myself / ask for it, but I didn’t mind that.

They don't have service charge in the bill, so we gave tips for being so friendly and tolerant with my group! ; )

They don’t have service charge in the bill, so we gave tips for being so friendly with my group! ; )

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They menu had a small selection of food, similar to Lola’s but I think it was enough! There were plenty of hits on the list – you can view their current menu on their facebook page here (food) and here (drinks/desserts).

First up... HONEY GLAZED WINGS!

First up… HONEY GLAZED WINGS!

I haven’t enjoyed wings this much in a long while! I’m no food blogger ah, but oh my god this was delicious, especially with the honey over it! The wings and drumlets were not too greasy and it tasted really nice. I’m super loving it and I’ll be back for just this and the waffles, hahaha.

A couple of our friends were late so 3 of us ordered this to share - Chicken wings, Fries with Truffle Mayo dip, and Bangers & Mash!

A couple of our friends were late so 3 of us ordered this to share – Chicken wings, Fries with Truffle Mayo dip, and Bangers & Mash!

When I uploaded a picture of #OTT onto my Instagram  I was told by a former chef to try their Bangers & Mash - and they were really really good! Both my husband and Ron loved it and they almost finish the entire plate if not for the fact that they had to save some stomach space for later.

When I uploaded a picture of #OTT onto my Instagram I was told by a former chef to try their Bangers & Mash – and they were really really good! Both my husband and Ron loved it and they almost finish the entire plate if not for the fact that they had to save some stomach space for later.

The fries were firm and thick cut - I prefer mine shoestring, but this was delicious! I like that the truffle wasn't on the fries because not everyone liked truffle - instead it was in the mayo dip *eyes with hearts* They were actually sold out on this at night!

The fries were firm and thick cut – I prefer mine shoestring, but this was delicious! I like that the truffle wasn’t on the fries because not everyone liked truffle – instead it was in the mayo dip *eyes with hearts* They were actually sold out on this at night!

Washed my wings down with the Organic Pear & Apple Juice, $6.

Washed the wings down with the Organic Pear & Apple Juice, $6.

And since we were still waiting for our friends, I took more pictures hahaha. I think this was like the best seat in the house - it seats 6 comfortably, and what a great view from across! With the hanging lights it makes for a great photo (you'll see that later!) *eyes with hearts again*

And since we were still waiting for our friends, I took more pictures hahaha. I think this was like the best seat in the house – it seats 6 comfortably, and what a great view from across! With the hanging lights it makes for a great photo (you’ll see that later!) *eyes with hearts again*

A rare picture of Yang and I that's not a selfie. Heng ah got Ron Lee to help us take photos! Eh, this was not staged ok! That's why smile until cannot see my eyes.

A rare picture of Yang and I (ok, mainly me) that’s not a selfie. Heng ah got Ron Lee to help us take photos! Eh, this was not staged ok! That’s why smile until cannot see my eyes.

And the friends arrived! First, the baby. I mean, my friends and their baby. The baby is the most important cos I have a need to molest him weekly. HAHA

And the friends arrived! First, the baby. I mean, my friends and their baby. The baby is the most important cos I have a need to molest him weekly. HAHA

The bff who's also here to molest the baby before she jets off to Norway and take on -15deg weather for 3 whole months while chasing the prettiest sights on earth.

The bff who’s also here to molest the baby before she jets off to Norway and take on -15deg weather for 3 whole months while chasing one of the prettiest sights on earth.

While waiting for the food. Just one week and his expressions have morphed from bewildered to frowny!

While waiting for the food. Just one week and his expressions have morphed from bewildered to frowny! So I frown with him lor haha.

And then the food came! Yes there was a second round for the Honey Glazed Wings : x

And then the food came! Yes there was a second round for the Honey Glazed Wings : x

The Big One, $18 Pork sausage, honey glazed bacon, baked portobello, mixed salad, sunny side eggs!

The Big One, $18
Pork sausage, honey glazed bacon, baked portobello, mixed salad, sunny side eggs!

Ultimate Croissant, $14 Butter Croissant, honey glazed bacon, mayo, honey, scrambed eggs, cheddar cheese, served with salad.

Ultimate Croissant, $14
Butter Croissant, honey glazed bacon, mayo, honey, scrambed eggs, cheddar cheese, served with salad.

Tomato Swimmer Crab Linguine, $16 Garlic, Crabmet, Tomato, Rocket, Tomato Cream Sauce & Linguine

Tomato Swimmer Crab Linguine, $16
Garlic, Crabmet, Tomato, Rocket, Tomato Cream Sauce & Linguine

Prawn Aglio Olio, $18 Jumbo prawns, garlic, chilli, linguine

Prawn Aglio Olio, $18
Jumbo prawns, garlic, chilli, linguine

The food was reasonably priced AND without GST or Service Charge – the Butter Croissant at $14 was super huge and filling! I saw one on every table and on our table itself there were 3 orders for it! It is one of the most popular items at Lola and they’ve brought it over. My Prawn Aglio Olio was a little oily but otherwise it was not too bad – would prefer the Tomato Swimmer Crab pasta though!

Did I already mention that... they serve waffles too?!?!?!

Did I already mention that… they serve waffles too?!?!?!

With ice cream made in-house, too! Without stabilizers and just as creamy as others - I loved their ice cream!

With ice cream made in-house, too! Without stabilizers and just as creamy as others – I loved their ice cream!

While waiting for our order to come we had another round of playing with the baby hehehe.

Caught Big Hero 6 on Saturday and got a plushie too! Thank you, Disney! I brought Baymax out to meet Ardan and it kept him amused for quite a while because my plush could talk!

Caught Big Hero 6 on Saturday and got a plushie too! Thank you, Disney! I brought Baymax out to meet Ardan and it kept him amused for quite a while because my plush could talk!

And if you prefer natural lighting, just sit nearer to the doors - I love this shot Ron took for me with my Olympus EPL7. It was perfect and check out the baby boy's big eyes! *melts*

And if you prefer natural lighting, just sit nearer to the doors – I love this shot Ron took for me with my Olympus EPL7. It was perfect and check out the baby boy’s big eyes! *melts*

Then my waffle arrived after about 10 minutes and I promptly passed him over to Veronica, aka 怪阿姨 number 2 hahaha.

Big boss pose!

Big boss pose!

THE. WAFFLE. IS. SO. GOOD! I don't know about others - some people found that it wasn't buttery or sweet enough but the waffle to me, was just nice - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - it wasn't too sweet and that meant it didn't overpower the ice cream's taste!  I picked Bailey's Brownie (one of the more popular flavors) and Cookies & Cream to share with Veronica and we practically polished off the entire thing.  This Waffles + double scoop ice cream will set you back just $10. *eyes with hearts again*

THE. WAFFLE. IS. SO. GOOD!
I don’t know about others – some people found that it wasn’t buttery or sweet enough but the waffle to me, was just nice – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – it wasn’t too sweet and that meant it didn’t overpower the ice cream’s taste!
I picked Bailey’s Brownie (one of the more popular flavors) and Cookies & Cream to share with Veronica and we practically polished off the entire thing.
This Waffles + double scoop ice cream will set you back just $10. *eyes with hearts again*

You know what else OTT has? THIS EGG SHAPED STRING CHAIR which was a perfect photography accessory for a toddler or a baby! In fact, founder June told me that it's commonly used for baby photo opps!

You know what else OTT has? THIS EGG SHAPED STRING CHAIR near the entrance which was a perfect photography accessory for a toddler or a baby! In fact, founder June told me that it’s commonly used for baby photo opps! Ardan totally looking #likeaboss in this one hehehe.

And then somewhere near when we were about to leave, Ardan was falling asleep in Veronica's arms... and Veronica, in her own words, "was reduced to a puddle of goo". I think there were 2 puddles there. *melts too*

And then somewhere near when we were about to leave, Ardan was falling asleep in Veronica’s arms… and Veronica, in her own words, “was reduced to a puddle of goo”. I think there were 2 puddles there. *melts too*

The Westies of Huatchat (erm, just people from my chatgroup who stay in the west) with a thorn from Seng Kang (have to give her credit for coming all the way down) haha.

The Westies of Huatchat (erm, just people from my chatgroup who stay in the west) with a thorn from Seng Kang (have to give her credit for coming all the way down) haha.

And us again, with June, one of the founders of the cafe! Thank you for having us over, On The Table!

And us again, with June, one of the founders of the cafe! Thank you for having us over, #onthetablesg!

Till the next molest session, Ardan!

Till the next molest session, Ardan!

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Holiday 2014: Sephora Singapore – The Unofficial Gift Guide

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I’m better with graphics than I am with text, so… here’s a 6.5 mb image file (yes I created this, feel free to share as long as you credit it back to me!) that contains some of my favorite Christmas gift ideas from Sephora Singapore, categorized by prices!

Sephora’s my favorite place to be since it has come to Singapore – walking down rows and rows of cosmetics and especially the holiday gift sets… it feels like I’m in heaven, and is probably one of the best things to have arrived in Singapore with the brands they bring in – some really wonderful makeup brands exclusive to Sephora are Tarte, Marc Jacobs, Fresh, Urban Decay, and MUFE (unless you visit their studio)… and I’m loving the variety available in-store, especially when it’s coupled with loyalty discounts! Simply send a min. of $250 to be a Black Card member, AND enjoy 10% off your next visit (i.e. when you spend $250 on visit 1, you get 10% on visit 2) plus exclusive workshop invites and bday gifts!

* Some selected items are only purchasable at Sephora ION, which contains M.A.C Cosmetics and Dior boutiques in it.
And also, the Givenchy items are only available this Thursday, 20th November.

You’re welcome! :D

(click on the image to enlarge if you’re viewing this on your mobile!)

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We actually got a preview of some of the products during Sephora’s press event back in September, so let me just flood you with some actual product pictures cos I had a ball seeing all these in person!

Let’s start with some Christmas stocking stuffers / tree ornaments…

Tree Trinkets from Ciate! One of the colors I love the most because of how gorgeous it is - its definitely gonna fly off the shelves and trees!

Tree Trinkets from Ciate! One of the colors I love the most because of how gorgeous it is – its definitely gonna fly off the shelves and trees!

Caudalie's mini sized Divine Oil and Beauty Elixir, which I love!

Caudalie’s mini sized Divine Oil and Beauty Elixir, which I love!

Caudalie's Winter Duo - Hand Cream & Balm Gift Packs at $19 SGD!

Caudalie’s Winter Duo – Hand Cream & Balm Gift Packs at $19 SGD!

And the nail sets. I love nail sets, especially when they’re from great brands that are exclusive to Sephora as well – very thankful that they’ve brought in Ciate, Nails Inc and Butter London!

Ciate's Nail Taxi Set! 3 Gorgeous London inspired colors.

Ciate’s Nail Taxi Set! 3 Gorgeous London inspired colors.

Hello Kitty Nail Kawaii Set which comes with a stamping kit, Hello Kitty Stamp plates and stick ons / decals! All this for $60.

Hello Kitty Nail Kawaii Set which comes with a stamping kit, Hello Kitty Stamp plates and stick ons / decals! All this for $60.

Butter London's one of my favorite nail brands for their colors and formulations AND the easy to keep bottles - if you're new to this brand and use more than just nail colors, the Nail Apothecary, $59 SGD, is a good set to have!

Butter London’s one of my favorite nail brands for their colors and formulations AND the easy to keep bottles – if you’re new to this brand and use more than just nail colors, the Nail Apothecary, $59 SGD, is a good set to have!

Nails Inc takes on a different look these days - they've revamped their bottles from round ones to flatter bottles with a classier image!

Nails Inc takes on a different look these days – they’ve revamped their bottles from round ones to flatter bottles with a classier image!

New to Nails Inc? The Holiday Edit consists of 3 minis in befitting Christmas themed colors - and it's just $30 SGD. I'd say go for it!!!

New to Nails Inc? The Holiday Edit consists of 3 minis in befitting Christmas themed colors – and it’s just $30 SGD. I’d say go for it!!!

Alexa Hearts Nails Inc Set at $95 - with gorgeous wearable colors and 2 topper effects you can see in detail on the next picture...

Alexa Hearts Nails Inc Set at $95 – with gorgeous wearable colors and 2 topper effects you can see in detail on the next picture…

Stars and Hearts!

Stars and Hearts!

And not forgetting some of the fabulous hair products – my Percy & Reed, and Living Proof products are very well-used! You MUST check them out – dry conditioner and Living Proof’s Restore range are my absolute faves.

Percy & Reed's Tools of Trade is an extremely useful kit! It comes with hair prongs, pins, clips, tie bands etc. And my favorite item from the kit has to be their elastic band which has two hooks on either end so that you don't need to trim your hair ties or stuff like that! And it makes sure that your ponytail stays PUT!

Percy & Reed’s Tools of Trade is an extremely useful kit! It comes with hair prongs, pins, clips, tie bands etc. And my favorite item from the kit has to be their elastic band which has two hooks on either end so that you don’t need to trim your hair ties or stuff like that! And it makes sure that your ponytail stays PUT!

Here you can see a bit of the hooks - got a demo from Adam Reed, one of the founders of Percy & Reed ; )

Here you can see a bit of the hooks – got a demo from Adam Reed, one of the founders of Percy & Reed ; ) I love the elastic band, and I wish they would sell it in packs of 5 or something!

Sephora also has some wonderful Christmas sets – and nothing’s above $90!

Best of Sephora Box, $65. Contains a mascara, an eyeshadow, an eyeshadow brush, lip colors, etc... You can find out more on this link for exact color shades and items!

Best of Sephora Box, $65. Contains a mascara, an eyeshadow, an eyeshadow brush, lip colors, etc… You can find out more at this link for exact color shades and items!

One of the Hello Kitty sets!

One of the Hello Kitty sets!

Stila sets this year has a jewelery theme and they’re packaged with actual accessories (headbands, cuffs, necklaces etc) in collaboration with Bauble Bar! The sets are super worth it because an item on Bauble Bar will cost you at least $19 USD minimum.

Stila sets this year has a jewelery theme and they're packaged with actual accessories in collaboration with Bauble Bar! The sets are super worth it because an item on Bauble Bar will cost you at least $19 USD minimum. This set of 3 eyeliners and the heart cuff (Flawless Gem Smudge Stick Trio Gift Set) costs just $45 in Sephora!

This set of 3 eyeliners and the heart cuff (Flawless Gem Smudge Stick Trio Gift Set) costs just $45 in Sephora!

Yina modelling the Stila New Year's Eve Glam Set (bracelet and pouch, $65 SGD). This set comes with an eyeshadow, liquid lipstick, mascara and has my favorite accessory of all - I'm seriously contemplating buy this just for the bracelet.

Yina modelling the Stila New Year’s Eve Glam Set (bracelet and pouch, $65 SGD). This set comes with an eyeshadow, liquid lipstick, mascara and has my favorite accessory of all – I’m seriously contemplating buy this just for the bracelet.

One of my favorite kits from Tarte - Sweet Dreams Best Seller set! It's an extremely worth it gifting set for both yourself and your girlfriends at just $27 SGD!

One of my favorite kits from Tarte – Sweet Dreams Best Seller set! It’s an extremely worth it gifting set for both yourself and your girlfriends at just $27 SGD!

If you don't have any tarte blushers yet, you can definitely start with this one. Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush Palette, $59 SGD. The clutch box comes with a beautiful peal hairpin, too!

If you don’t have any tarte blushers yet, you can definitely start with this one. Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush Palette, $59 SGD. The clutch box comes with a beautiful peal hairpin, too!

NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek set, at just $50 is probably the best deal of all for the Christmas set. It's the set you would buy for your cousin whose birthday also falls on Christmas, haha because this palette definitely has a WOW factor when you lay your eyes on it! It comes with 15 eyeshadows, 4 blushes and 3 illuminators!

NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek set, at just $50 is probably the best deal of all for the Christmas set. It’s the set you would buy for your cousin whose birthday also falls on Christmas, haha because this palette definitely has a WOW factor when you lay your eyes on it! It comes with 15 eyeshadows, 4 blushes and 3 illuminators!

I hope this post has been helpful, If you have any suggestions/feedback on what you’ll like to see for such collections in the future, please drop a comment!

Happy Holiday countdown, y’all! *BIG SMOOCH!*

Me and Maureen (aka @misstamchiak), the bloggers on the food trail with 40 others!

Discovering Chijmes at 29

By | Food, Fusion, Japanese | 2 Comments

It’s probably hard for anyone to believe but… I have never stepped inside Chijmes before in my entire 29 years of living in Singapore. *gasp* If it wasn’t for Nuffnang’s Bloggerati and 8DAYSeat, I probably never would have known what a foodie’s haven Chijmes is!

First off, did you know that the mural in Chijmes, located right outside the restaurant Tatsu was painted (and then blown up) by local artists? ; ) Kudos to Parka and his friend Issac for the beautiful artwork!

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I’ve loved reading 8DAYs since I was young – EVERY WEEK, haha! Their headlines always grab me and their interesting articles are always well-written with a dash of great humour, frank and more helpful than many other magazines and in the recent years, their eat section has been expanding - which lead to the development of 8DAYSeat App (available for both iPhone and Android), where you can find a directory of the local eateries they’ve reviewed, with their candid and honest opinion. The crowd meter is a very nice addition to the app, but we definitely need more people using the app! Download it now pleaseee so that we can put the crowd meter to some good use!

Me and Maureen (aka @misstamchiak), the bloggers on the food trail with 40 others!

Me and Maureen (aka @misstamchiak your favorite food blogger), the bloggers on the food trail with 40 other participants!

{ Here & There }

Chijmes #01-11/12/13/18 | Tel: +65 6333 0116

“Straddling the hours from lunch through to dinner,  HERE & THERE is first and foremost a Kushiyaki  Bar – another first where dining concepts go – with an all-day small plates bistro dining and café/bar grub menu thrown into the mix during non-meal timings.”

Kicked off the food trail at Here and There, which was also our meeting point!

Kicked off the food trail at the gorgeously decorated Fusion Kushiyaki joint Here and There, which was also our meeting point!

Felicia & Lianghan, our first pupils wahhahaha okay la we were tasked to "teach" the attendees how to pose food nicely and such so...

Felicia & Lianghan, our first “pupils”… wahhahaha okay la we were tasked to “teach” the attendees how to pose food nicely and such so…

we got to work pretty fast! I love it when people serve food fast and all at one go because then we don't have to wait OR make people wait. I actually really like taking pics and getting it over and done with so that we can still eat warm, nice food!

Maureen & I got to work pretty fast! I love it when people serve food quickly + all at one go because then we don’t have to wait OR make people wait. I actually really like getting pictures done quickly so that we all can enjoy our food while it’s still warm!

We had to move around pretty fast so I didn't get to taste all the food, but the Truffle fries here are a must try! They're a little salty, but oh so good!!!

We had to move around like every 10-15 minutes so I didn’t get to sample all the food on the table at Here & There, but the Truffle fries here are a must try! They’re a little salty, but oh so good!!! Salmon Tartine, Baked cod atop barley risotto, and beef sliders if i’m not wrong!

{ Hakata Ikkousha Ramen }

Chijmes #01-07 | Tel: +65 6338 8460

“The New Pioneer, Kousuke Yosjimura, devoted much time to creating his original taste while maintaining traditional tonkotsu ramen. “Ikkousha” has the secret of its deliciousness – we frequently change pork bones in broth and ensure its delicious taste.”

Quickly shuffled to the next stop, which was Ikkousha Hakata Ramen!

Quickly shuffled to the next stop, which was Ikkousha Hakata Ramen!

Hakata ramen is my favorite – delicious tonkotsu broth and straight, thin noodles, like the ones from Ippudo! Prices start at S$5 for Gyoza (5 pieces) to $12++ for a bowl of basic Tonkotsu Ramen (without the egg) and $14++ for a bowl of Ajitama (that half-cooked egg) Tonkotsu Ramen, which i find to be quite reasonably priced.

I was really looking forward to trying this place out but I didn’t get much time here nor was I able to get a good picture (must be really good – everyone finished their food so fast!), so I’ll definitely return to try it out!

Ikkousha (博多一幸舎) hails from Hakata, and has a few outlets in Singapore - Tanjong Pagar, Changi Airport T3 and the latest outlet in Chijmes!

Ikkousha (博多一幸舎) hails from Hakata, and has a few outlets in Singapore – Tanjong Pagar, Changi Airport T3 and the latest outlet in Chijmes!

I arrived too late and didn't manage to try the ramen (and I was so looking forward to it!) nor get a good pic of it, so here's a pic of some pretty girls at the event hehehe.

I arrived too late and didn’t manage to try the ramen (and I was so looking forward to it!) nor get a good pic of it, so here’s a pic of some pretty girls at the event hehehe.

 { Tatsu }

Chijmes #01-08 | Tel: +65 6332 5868 | www.tatsu.com.sg 

“Relish a distinctive dining experience at Tatsu at CHIJMES with an innovative concept that sees the restaurant serve Sushi by day, and Teppanyaki by night. Robust flavours emanate from seafood and prime cuts with a signature mix of specialty sauces and alcohol, while the chefs’ acrobatic cooking performances keep guests entertained.”

The sushi & teppanyaki restaurant is set in a U-shaped seating arrangement... and here you can see the foodies hard at work!

The Teppanyaki side of the restaurant is set in a U-shaped seating arrangement… and here you can see the foodies hard at work!

 

The front of the restaurant, where they serve sushi mainly and is separated from the Teppanyaki side.

The front of the restaurant, where they serve sushi mainly and is separated from the Teppanyaki side.

Lobsters served Teppanyaki style were caught LIVE from their tank positioned right at the entrance.

Lobsters served Teppanyaki style were caught LIVE from their tank positioned right at the entrance.

Senior Chef Kelvin put up a spectacular show of lobster  grilling and knife throwing - and seasoning canister tossing, much to our (camera's) delight. It is quite the visual feast, but be warned that you will walk out with a cooked food smell on your clothes and hair!

Senior Chef Kelvin put up a spectacular show of lobster grilling and knife throwing – and seasoning canister tossing, much to our (camera’s) delight. It is quite the visual feast, but be warned that you will walk out with a cooked food smell on your clothes and hair!

This sight has me drooling while I was editing pictures in the middle of the night. Ahhhh....

This sight has me drooling while I was editing pictures in the middle of the night. Ahhhh…. I need to go back for this too!!!

Live Lobster - in special sauce! So well cooked, and as if it's not fragrant enough, it's served with a serving of fried shallots to accompany at the side!

Live Lobster – in special sauce! So well cooked, and as if it’s not fragrant enough, it’s accompanied by a serving of fried garlic at the side!

Other than the lobster dishes, Tatsu also serves Beef and an array of other dishes for Teppanyaki – you can view their menu on their website or refer to 8DAYSeat App for user reviews on the place! I missed out the Grade A4 Flambe Wagyu Beef and I heard it was really good. Right now I am just really sad about missing out on all the good bits! And yes, I’M COMING BACK FOR TATSU FOR SURE.

*** Take note that Teppanyaki will not be available in the afternoon on weekdays! 

One of my favorite couples, Yilond and Miya! Miya is slightly allergic to shellfish (especially if it's not fresh) but she had no problems  because the Lobster was FRESHLY cooked, and I was soooo glad!

One of my favorite couples, Yilong and Miya! Miya is slightly allergic to shellfish (especially if it’s not fresh) but she had no problems because the Lobster was FRESHLY cooked, and I was soooo glad!

{ Shirokiya Japanese Healthy Dining }

Chijmes #01-05/06 |  Tel: +65 6337 5188  | www.shirokiya.com.sg

“Shirokiya provides food excellent for your health and beauty with traditional Japanese seasoning using salted rice malt. It enhances the savory flavor of food and has effects such as anti-aging which is beneficial to your body. Shirokiya’s menu uses ingredients containing collagen, hyaluronic acid, capsaicin, and lycopene.” 

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Collagen Hotpot! I guess it's not so uncommon in Singapore anymore - since we're such lovers of steamboat, why not one with added beautifying benefits? Couldn't hurt that this didn't taste much different from the typical Japanese nabe as well!  p.s. I've heard from the foodies at the table that the soup for this one isn't as thick or starchy feeling as the other restaurants serving collagen hotpots!

Collagen Hotpot! I guess it’s not so uncommon in Singapore anymore – Shirokiya has another branch in Cuppage, which is famous for having a variety of Japanese eateries – since we’re such lovers of steamboat, why not one with added beautifying benefits? Plus, this didn’t taste any less savoury from the typical Japanese nabe which I enjoy! 
p.s. I’ve heard from the foodies at the table that the soup for this one isn’t as thick (goopy) or starchy as the other restaurants serving collagen hotpots!

Some house specialities - Frozen Beer,

Some house specialities – Japanese Frozen Beer (draft), BIG Drink (Tea, Ginger Ale, Yuzu Soda or Cola served with Calamansi!), the hotpot, and the Broiled Pickled Mackerel Fish which was seared right in front of us!

Lady boss searing the fish in front of all of us : o

Lady boss searing the fish in front of all of us : o

Looks so good and the girls at the table couldn't stop reaching for more!

Looks so good and the girls at the table couldn’t stop reaching for more!

And my favorite Dashimaki!!! YUM!

And my favorite Dashimaki!!! YUM!

Shirokiya obviously doesn’t just serve steamboat / hotpot – just check out their website to go through their EXTENSIVE menu! I love places which upload their menus on the website and Japanese ones always tend to be so interesting, and the pictures are so well taken too!

{ Oyster Bar & Wine Dining Wharf }

Chijmes #01-19 |  Tel: +65 6332 6789 | www.dinelike.sg/wharf

“Oyster Bar & Wine Dining wharf serves exclusive selections of oysters imported from all over the world into Singapore to provide superb quality for all guests. Due to their strictness in quality, “wharf” is proud to present an international range of oysters of great quality to all their guests.” 

Sometimes I chuckle to myself when I read Japlish – no offense please, it’s really cute to me! This particular joint is owned by 2 Japanese bosses… which actually speak better Chinese than English! This is not their first outlet – they have a total of 3 restuarants with slightly different concepts – Oyster Bar & Grill at Robertson Quay, Oyster Bar & Sushi in Sentosa and this one’s a Oyster Bar, Wine & Dining place! Actually it’s rather obvious by the restaurant names I guess, the common denominator is that they all serve Oysters – check out the different outlets’ offerings and all at their website!

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Now the shocker - I... don't take oysters hahaha. But they were really fresh, good and the foodies at the table polished them off VERY quickly!

Now the shocker – I… don’t take oysters hahaha. But they were really fresh, good and the foodies at the table polished them off VERY quickly!

The interior of the restaurant was really well designed and thought out - huge chalkboard walls with greens planted at specific parts. Very lush and cozy!

The interior of the restaurant was really well designed and thought out – huge chalkboard walls with greens planted at specific parts. Very lush and cozy!

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The foodies at my table

The foodies at my table

The foodies at my table... hard at work! Check out their pictures with #8dayseat or on the 8DAYSeat app which is available for both iOS and Android!

The foodies at my table… hard at work! Check out their pictures with #8dayseat or on the 8DAYSeat app which is available for both iOS and Android!

 

They also served an array of main courses and small bites - this was their beef main course, done medium I believe, and it's soooo good with the sauce!

They also served an array of main courses and small bites – this was their beef main course, done medium I believe, and it’s soooo good with the sauce!

We actually went back again and tried out their other dishes - I loved the Paella, which was done really well! The rice was just nice, not too salty and complimented the seafood well. Prawn trio, and my Prawns & seared Scallops dish which was seasonal - it's till Nov 30th! I'm really happy with this dish because it was served with SWEET POTATO!

We actually went back again and tried out their other dishes – I loved the Paella, which was done really well! The rice was just nice, not too salty and complimented the seafood well. Prawn trio, and my Prawns & seared Scallops dish which was seasonal – it’s till Nov 30th! I’m really happy with this dish because it was served with SWEET POTATO!

Did I mention that they serve 100 different kinds of Mojitos? This is Iji-san proudly showing us the wide variety they have - I'm super impressed with the menu because they have meters showing you how dry / sweet the wines / mojitos are! I found that a very nice touch for the people who are unaware.

Did I mention that they serve 100 different kinds of Mojitos? This is Iji-san proudly showing us the wide variety they have – I’m super impressed with the menu because they have meters showing you how dry / sweet the wines / mojitos are! I found that a very nice touch for the people who are unaware or know little about mojitos/wines.

Our Mojitos - tbe alcoholic taste isn't really strong and it's quite light which is great cos I've been reduced to a light drinker and was also driving that night. Don't expect this to knock you out! Order wine instead if you're  in the mood for imbibing.

Our Mojitos – tbe alcoholic taste isn’t really strong and it’s quite light which is great cos I’ve been reduced to a light drinker and was also driving that night. Don’t expect this to knock you out! Order wine instead if you’re in the mood for imbibing.

Oyster Bar & Wharf actively lists their promotions on their facebook and website too so check them out for great deals like a free jug of Mojito!

{ Paparika & Cumin }

Chijmes #01-15/16 |  Tel: +65 6883 2294 | www.pnc.sg

“Indulge your sense of smell with herbs and spices planted all over Paprika & Cumin. Named after popular spices found in Mediterranean cuisine, this eco-friendly Bistro serves up a menu of healthy, mostly grilled foods with fresh greens and fruits, and also boasts over 238 wine labels displayed on wine racks.”

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Once again missed out the food at this place but it's so nicely decorated! One of the more photogenic spots really and I love the black, chic interior against the wooden tables inside. It's a really cozy place for chilling out and they serve a good variety of wines and drinks!

Once again missed out the food at this place but it’s so nicely decorated!

One of the more photogenic spots really and I love the black, chic interior against the wooden tables inside. It's a really cozy place for chilling out and they serve a good variety of wines and drinks! They have an outdoor area as well.

One of the more photogenic spots really and I love the black, chic interior against the wooden tables inside. It’s a really cozy place for chilling out and they serve a good variety of wines and drinks! They have an outdoor area as well.

They serve really pretty desserts... looking delish!

They serve really pretty desserts… looking delish!

Your favorite food blogger and Moi. : D

Your favorite food blogger and Moi. : D

{ Harry’s Bar }

Chijmes #01-14 |  Tel: +65 6337 0618 | www.harrys.com.sg

“The chic and casual bar and dining establishment offers a selection of quality brews, including their very own Harry’s Premium Lager; where the light and crisp pale ale bears a distinct floral hoppiness from its lightly toasted malt barley and fine hops. Harry’s dining menu also features a range of delectable treats with international offerings, carefully executed to suit every taste.”

And just right next door, was Harry's Bar!

And just right next door, was Harry’s Bar!

Harry's bar to me has always been a drinking hole and football watching kind of place - but in the afternoon, it has a laid back, chill vibe! They serve pizza, of course...

Harry’s bar to me has always been a drinking hole and football watching kind of place – but in the afternoon, it has a laid back, chill vibe! They serve pizza, of course…

But I never knew that they also have chicken Tikka!

But I never knew that they also have chicken Tikka!

Was whisked off to another place before I could even poke a fork into the food, but I managed to have a half pint of Kronenbourg Blanc hehehe

Was whisked off to another place before I could even poke a fork into the food, but I managed to have a half pint of Kronenbourg Blanc hehehe

... and also capture this scene of the foodies trying to take some #onthetable shots LOL

… and also capture this scene of the foodies trying to take some #onthetable shots LOL

{ Dimbulah }

Chijmes #01-17 |  Tel: +65 6336 4700 | www.dimbulahcoffee.com

“Savour a taste of boutique Arabica coffee from Dimbulah that’s naturally sweet, with chocolate and caramel flavor notes. Originating from North Queensland, the café’s fifth store at Chijmes offers a daytime café menu and a small plate menu for the evening, complemented by espresso cocktails and great Australian & NZ beer and wines.”

And the last food stop for the day was Dimbulah, which serves fine quality coffee from Australia along with other nosh like Tiramisu and pasta! They have both an air-conditioned indoor and open outdoor area which has good natural lighting all around for you to take pictures of food in the day!

And the last food stop for the day was Dimbulah, which serves fine quality coffee from Australia along with other nosh like Tiramisu and pasta! They have both an air-conditioned indoor and open outdoor area which has good natural lighting all around for you to take pictures of food in the day!

Didn't manage to grab a bite *again* but I was seriously stuffed at this point too! Wish I could have tried out their cakes.

Didn’t manage to grab a bite *again* but I was seriously stuffed at this point too! Wish I could have tried out their cakes.

Dimbulah marked the end of our food trail and it was back to Here & There for prize picking and a debrief!

Congrats, Leanne!  There was a competition running throughout the entire food trail and it was hard, but the 8days team and the bloggers picked out a few winners for the best reviews on the 8DAYSeat App, and the best #foodporn & #onthetable shots! Lucky winners got to walk away with $50 vouchers from the participating establishments and there were definitely some happy faces at the end of the satisfying food trail!

Congrats, Leanne!
There was a competition running throughout the entire food trail and it was hard, but the 8days team and the bloggers picked out a few winners for the best reviews on the 8DAYSeat App, and the best #foodporn & #onthetable shots! Lucky winners got to walk away with $50 vouchers from the participating establishments and there were definitely some happy faces at the end of the satisfying food trail!

Everyone on the food trail! It was really great fun, let's do this again soon... but this time round can I be just a participant? Hehe

Everyone on the food trail! Lavinia Tan from Gold 90.5FM was an engaging and great host too!

It was really fun, and I hope we’ll have an opportunity to do this again soon… but this time round can I be just a participant? Hehe. But really, do look out for more food trails coming your way on your copies of 8days / i-weekly! I view mine via the digital version, subscribed from Magzter and I honestly prefer doing it this way as opposed to the physical copies cos I always can’t bear to throw them away!

Sue Jean from 8DAYSeat & I.

Sue Jean from 8DAYSeat & I.

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The food trail has ended but I find myself considering the restaurants in Chijmes for my dinner sessions these days! There are just SO many choices there and all the restaurants are so nicely decorated! I was thinking of bringing my parents to Lei Garden Restaurant, or even On-Yasai. My dad loves Japanese food but my mom prefers Chinese and doesn’t take raw fish, so actually Shirokiya isn’t a bad choices too… Ahhh deciding where to go is a difficult thing itself hehe. It’s a little more quiet on weekdays I believe so you can have your lunch/high tea in peace, and a little more crowded during weekends but the parking was still easy enough for me.

I was running around in the Daeshia striped shirt dress from Love, Bonito that day! I think Chijmes is especially beautiful at Sunset, against the lights at Prive restaurant… Thank you Ron for helping me take these pictures ; )

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OOTD / Coordinate:
Dress: Daeshia Striped Dress from Love, Bonito
Denim Bralet: Topshop
Shoes: Iloveflat, from Korea
Bag: Longchamp Le Pilage Cuir in Amethyst
Bracelet: Hermes Kelly Double Tour in Anemone
Earrings: Pearl earrings from JLHeartOnline.com 

Essential’s Haircare range revamped to suit you better!

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technology_img01_slide01After going through my hair posts on Instagram, it seems like there’s an alarming pattern in my hair coloring habits. I went from multicolored for a few years, to blonde, to dark, to bleaching it all out to be blonde again, then going dark again… going by that pattern I should be getting tired of my dark hair soon and going back to blonde? : x

I really ought to show my hair more love, going by the amount of bleaching I’ve done I think my hair has been really strong and if it could speak it would be begging for me to stop bleaching/coloring it!

And of course, with the amount of bleaching I’ve done, I’m always on the lookout for haircare that works for me. If one works, AWESOME - it gets filed under “it works!”. If it doesn’t, it goes straight into the bin and I pick something new again. I’ve tried all sorts of brands, and my bathroom is littered with so much hair care that I’m running out of space to walk!

In this post, I’ll be sharing with this one brand that’s worked for me ever since I started coloring my hair:

  • It’s from Japan
  • It’s affordable
  • and most importantly, It works!

Essential’s Hair Care Range!

Slide1You might have seen their new packaging in stores – does anyone remember their old packaging?! Essential constantly does R&D to improve its formula and to develop a wider range of products to target different consumers’ hair care needs.

I had a good impression of most Japanese brands, and even back in 2010, Essential met the mark too – it was value for money and the products worked really well for the price – I mean, 200g of hair mask for just $9.90?! I could use this everyday! (*coughs* I really did.)

I know I’ve sung many praises about Essential’s products, but I swear, all opinions are my own and true, because I have high expectations for haircare since I’ve colored my hair – If it doesn’t work, I wouldn’t be using it nor would I be recommending it, and… *whispers* I’m not sure if you understand, but there’s a certain kind of high I get from discovering/using a product that works hahaha. But really, it feels like a silent victory when you try out a new hair care range and it works for you!essential-shampoo-bath Nothing has changed about their affordable price points, but most recently, they’ve revamped their packaging and Essential’s hair care has been reformulated with more goodness, and now comes in 4 different variants to suit more hair types in Asia!

Essential’s Haircare Revamp 2014

5. New Essential Variant Introduction Other than the two new lines - Light Finish Moisturizing (yellow), and Deep Cleansing Care (blue), the newly revamped Essential range are also now formulated with their Microfine All Smooth Essence, which coats each strand evenly with a protective veil to lock in moisture and repair dry, damaged hair ends without causing it to be too heavy; and the new variants contain Sebum Cleansing Technology, which ensures that you do not have to compromise or use two different hair care ranges just because the needs of your roots and hair ends are different. Let’s take you through the 4 basic range, and the extra hair care products available! essential-2014-revamp-weak-and-damaged-orange-range

Essential’s Nourishing Breakage Defense range

… is for weak, and damaged hair. Do you color your hair very often? Or get exposed to the sun a lot? If you get your hair in contact with chemicals very often, be it swimming or bleaching/perming, you’ll need this to build up defense against hair breakage, and the new formulation, with their Microfine All Smooth Essence does that by coating your hair with a protective layer, preventing moisture loss by locking them in and gives you smooth, shiny hair!

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Essential’s Moisturizing Frizz-free range

Maybe you’re just born with rough hair. Or maybe you’re in an extremely dry, air-conditioned environment all day, and/or style/tie your hair a lot! Moisture loss can lead to dull looking hair, and with Singapore’s hot / cold (it’s so hot outside, but in your office, it’s soooo cold!) environment, your hair’s bound to go crazy. Tame your hair with Essential’s Moisturizing Frizz Free range which gives your hair the shine and smoothness it should have! This is lighter than the Nourishing Breakage range, doesn’t weigh your hair down at all, and that floral fragrance is just heavenly!
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Essential’s Light Finish Volumizing range

My husband has an extremely oily scalp and sometimes I get so annoyed with him and make him try out all kinds of cleansing shampoos.  He has really fine, limp hair and the greasiness doesn’t make it any sexier – even though he doesn’t style his hair, he still needs to care for his scalp as he’s out in the sun a lot and even got sunburnt once on the scalp! Essential’s latest two new ranges both come with Sebum Cleansing Technology, to make sure that your shampoo is balanced – giving you a cleaner scalp and frizz-free, voluminous hair ends at the same time! This shampoo doesn’t weigh down my husband’s hair and once again… I love that scent, haha. His hair smells so nice now!
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Essential’s Deep Cleansing Care Range

Like combination skin, one can also have combination hair! Oily scalp, but dry hair ends? Uh huh, I know how you feel! There was one period of time when my scalp got oily really fast, but I had extremely dry and chemically treated hair so I had to use two different products to manage my tresses! This couldn’t be more welcomed in Asia, especially in Singapore it’s just summer all year round, and your hair gets greasy really fast in such a humid environment. This range is one up the yellow one – it’s for extremely oily scalps and promises to deep cleanse your hair from scalp to root, but at the same time moisturizing it – just make sure that you don’t apply conditioner to your scalp to avoid build up!

For all 4 ranges, both Shampoo & Conditioners come in 2 different sizes (200ml with a open-top cap & 750ml with a pump bottle)
and are priced at S$4.50 (200ml) and S$11.50 (750ml) each respectively.

Essential Intensive Care Products

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Other than the shampoo & conditioners, and the damage care items (sleeping mask & hair serum) I’ve reviewed previously, there’s also the $9.90 Hair mask which I love to spam my hair with very much whenever I wash my hair – It leaves my hair soooo much more managable! But of course, please don’t overdo it like me – for all of you that don’t have super damaged hair like I do, use the hair treatment (in the tube) 2-3 times weekly for instantly moisturized hair in just 30 seconds, and  the hair mask should be used 1-2 times weekly to keep your hair manageable, longer!

The rinse off treatment is pretty good too - all you need is 30 seconds in the shower for happy hair!

The rinse off treatment is pretty good too – all you need is 30 seconds in the shower for happy hair!

Confused? Refer to Essential’s Hair Matrix!

In case you’re still unsure about how to choose, here’s a little chart Essential has come up with to help you make your decision for a complete care range!

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Let’s see… I have:

  • Extremely dry, damaged hair from all the coloring and bleaching I’ve done since I was 17 (even my own friends commented that they’ve not seen my original hair color since they knew me almost 10 years back, hahaha),
  • No oily scalp

so I was matched to the orange range for weak & damaged hair – Nourishing Breakage Defense!

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nice-smellMy personal experience with Essential and what I like about it

I’ve always been a user of the orange range – for weak & damaged hair, but I must admit though, it’s been a while since my last use of this, plus my hair then and now is extremely different – it’s gone through much more bleaching! And after trying it again, I was still pleasantly surprised by how well Essential’s hair care worked for me - from the how clean the shampoo left my scalp, and ridding my hair of (2 day’s worth of) oil and grease fast without further tangling or damaging my hair, to how moisturizing the treatment and mask were! I still use hair masks every time I wash my hair in place of conditioners, but the Breakage Defense conditioner helped to smoothen out my hair a lot, especially through the tangles and in the past month I’ve been using this range, I sometimes I go without it and just use the conditioner only!

And my favorite part other than the detangled and smooth hair Essential gives me? THE FABULOUS SCENT! I know that every shampoo of Essential’s goes through special scent formulation, and this one made me very happy every time I catch a whiff of it, especially when I’m outside – I know that my hair smells good and it’s a great confidence boost!

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TRY IT!

For a limited time only, you can get samples for Essential’s Light Finish range of Haircare!
Simply fill up the form for the sample to be sent to you! Whoopeedoo!

Remember to check out their Facebook page and also @essentialsingapore for more updates and promotions!

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{ Sponsored Advertorial }
Thank you Kao, for letting me rediscover what a joy Essential can be to use in the bath! 

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