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Dove Sensitive Body Wash

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Do you have sensitive skin?

In the past week, I’ve met at least 4 people with sensitive skin, or suddenly developed sensitive skin! It is actually possible to develop sensitive skin later on in life, and not know about it. Closer to home, my niece also suffers from sensitive skin since birth.

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I wasn’t born with sensitive skin, and I never found my self sensitive until one day, after not moisturizing myself for a while, I started having dry skin patches all over and found myself scratching them. D: And then clothes with coarser fabrics would give me friction burns!

Could it be the food I consumed? Milk? Was I sensitive to something at home? Dust?

Like treating my acne, I pulled out all the stops – stopped consuming dairy stuff, moisturizing more often, changing my bedsheets more often, cleaning my room up properly, even getting anti-dust solutions for the home!

But the most important thing was changing my body soap! Most body washes contain soap (surfactants) that can also strip the skin of its nutrients and moisture during cleansing, causing sensitivity and redness.

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In all the experiences I’ve had with Dove, I’ve found them to be least drying amongst other body washes – it’s hypoallergenic, lathers really well despite being soap-free and clinically tested to help skin retain nutrients, for a healthy skin barrier, which allows your skin to shield itself from harmful environmental irritants and pollutants!

I have a friend who has fabulously smooth skin and when questioned on the brand of soap used – it turns out to be Dove!And if you’ve used Dove before, you would know that Dove has a particular scent to its washes – this formula isn’t fragrance free, but the amount used is really low, and it smells even nicer than the original Dove body wash!

Other than leaving skin supple and moisturized after using, it’s always enjoyable and even kind of therapeutic when showering with Dove due to the fantastic scent it has and leaves after – it’s sort of like aromatherapy for me!

Despite the gentle formulation, it cleanses well and lathers fairly well too!

Despite the gentle formulation, it cleanses well and lathers fairly well too!

evonnz-dove-1I brought the small bottle I had with me on my trip to Fiji, and boy, did it come in handy. Little did we expect that we’d be showering at least 2 times a day due to all the activities we did – sometimes even three times a day! It was gentle enough to be used multiple times a day without drying out my skin (all that sand, sea and sun!), and yes, I loved how fresh I smelled after the shower! Smelling good makes me happy, and sets the mood for the rest of the day!

Well like I say in most of my reviews, don’t just trust me – try it out yourself! You can redeem yourself a 200ml sample over here http://bit.do/Dove! Get clicking, and don’t forget to watch the video if you’re still not convinced by now!

Excuse me now, I have to go take a shower with Dove, and get ready for my day. ; D

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SIMPLE’s latest Micellar Makeup Removers!

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I’m sure you’ve seen this brand around before, but did you know where it came from and their philosophy?

SIMPLE hails from the UK, and they’ve been the experts in dealing with sensitive skin since their creation of the new perfume-free and colour-free soap back in 1960. Their philosophy of using only the purest skin-loving ingredients as well as staying colour-free and perfume-free has remained steadfast since 1960, and they believe that looking and feeling good should be Simple, not complicated!

I’ve had a brief history with this brand back during my teenage days – their gentle cleanser was a staple in my family bathroom for quite a while! Recently, they’ve launched their Micellar Water range of makeup cleansing products – Meet the Simple Micellar Water (in a bottle, 200ml) and Micellar Wipes (25 pcs in a pack)!

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I have a thing for micellar cleansers – ever since my first experience with them, I’ve been mostly using micellar water for makeup removal due to how gentle and fuss-free it is.

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Micelles are present in all cleansers actually, and are extremely effective in oil and dirt removal without being harsh to your skin. Of course, most micellar water removers will still require you to rinse off again – not that I don’t do that (it’s a habit to), but have you ever come across situations when you fall into a food coma and just want to sleep immediately upon reaching home?

IT HAPPENS TO ME ALL THE TIME.

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And it happened to me just recently when I had my Simple Micellar Wipes lying around on my table – PERFECT! (You might have seen my spiel on Snapchat hahaha) I grabbed a piece of the cleansing wipe, removed my makeup in record time while lying down and then promptly fell asleep after. In peace. Without having to worry about make up removal or even walking to the bathroom!

Simple’s Micellar Water (in a bottle) and wipes both remove makeup without rinsing, and provides hydrating benefits (it will boost your skin’s hydration by up to 90%!) at the same time. I wouldn’t suggest not rinsing, but in situations like the one I’ve described above, or when you’re on a plane, or rushing through makeup changes – Simple’s make up wipes will come in so handy! It helps to unclog pores, and won’t leave the skin feeling tight or sticky – it promises to leave you feeling clean, refreshed and hydrated!

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What I like about Simple’s Micellar Water products – there are NO artificial perfumes, colours or harsh chemicals in them! They have instead, a whole bunch of goodies!

  • Triple Purified Water: Our purest possible water to minimize potential for irritation from extraneous particles or contaminants that can irritate skin.
  • Vitamin B3: Known to restore, soften and smooth skin. It’s especially great for those with dry skin.
  • Vitamin C: A water soluble antioxidant vitamin for skin
  • Hexylene Glycol: Helps dissolve make up and kindly conditions the skin

The Micellar Water is pretty efficient at what it promises to do – my skin doesn’t feel dry or sting when I use this (some Micellar Water removers contain certain additives which stings a little). It’s extremely good for sensitive skin, which is what I’m experiencing right now with all the breakouts I’ve been having lately.

I’ve found that the wipes cleanses well enough for days when you have light and non-waterproof make up on – it also exfoliates while saving you the trouble of finding cotton pads to use with micellar water at the same time!

They're priced very reasonably for such a great product - you'll find it easy to add it into your shopping cart because of how good a deal it is!

They’re priced very reasonably for such a great product – you’ll find it easy to add it into your shopping cart because of how good a deal it is!

Simply press cotton gently over your eye(s) for a while to remove more stubborn makeup

Simply press cotton gently over your eye(s) for a while to remove more stubborn makeup

Simple’s Micellar Water ($16.90 for 200ml) and Wipes ($15.90 for 25 pcs) are available at all major pharmacies – Watsons, Guardian, Unity, FairPrice and online at Redmart!

Shopback x VISA!

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What can $100 get you in Singapore?

  • 3 MAC Lipsticks
  • A tank of gas for a Japanese car
  • Set lunch for two at Tatsuya
  • An Instax camera
  • An Apple Magic Mouse
  • 27 rolls of MT Masking Tape
  • Approximately 40 plates of chicken rice

Imagine how much more you could have gotten if you had shopped online via ShopBack – for a merchant with a 10% CashBack, spending $1000 equates to $100!

I would want to think that I’m one of the most “auntie” person in the groups I hang out with – especially when it comes to things like:

  • Shopping (you want what? I have 20% off!)
  • Carpark advice (don’t park here, very narrow – park here after 5, it’s only $3!)
  • Grocery Shopping (xx is cheaper, the pork in yy is more fresh, this place always got discounts)
  • Life Pro Tips (Put this in your car and there will never be cockroaches)

But when it came to online shopping, apparently I’m a dunce, because I don’t use ShopBack as much as my friends do.

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I’ve heard of ShopBack (they keep mentioning it in the chats), but I never really paid attention to it till my recent craze with chia seeds and then only realising that I could get it cheaper online via iHerb, and save even MORE with ShopBack! shopback

What ShopBack does is that it allows you to get back a portion of your shopping expenditure when you buy products through their online shopping aggregator service. With over 500 merchants from around the world, you can always get a great deal online – from clothing on ASOS, to getting electronics via Lazada (I’m looking at household stuff like steam irons and ovens!), booking accommodation and travel tickets with Expedia, and even purchase health food with iHerb!

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And using ShopBack is easy-peasy; simply

  1. Login to ShopBack’s website, and look for the merchants you’re keen on shopping with
  2. Click on the merchant logo, surf, and check out your items!
  3. The cashback will appear in your ShopBack account within 48 hours of payment
  4. Once it’s been validated by the merchant (no exchange/returns within 60 days), it will be redeemable.
  5. And then all you need to do is request for your payout (min $10) and it will be credited into your designated bank or paypal account!

(For more information on how ShopBack works, click here!)

I feel extremely late to the game – the site sees over 120,000 people per month using this service, but I am sooooo doing all my online shopping via ShopBack from now on!

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I shop often on ASOS, and I use Expedia / Hotels.com, as well as redmart for my heavy groceries. On the average in a month, my shopping can amount to approximately $2000, and that is not including holidays which would incur a larger credit card bill. IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I COULD HAVE GOTTEN BACK VIA SHOPBACK for the past YEAR I’ve not been using it, and what I could have done with it. Argh!  

Sweetening the deal is ShopBack’s collaboration with VISA, which allows you get up to 12% + extra 2% back from your online shopping!

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Guess who’s gonna get her groceries on RedMart (11% Cashback!) and watching movies at Cineleisure (4% Cashback) this weekend?!

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But wait… did you know that there are actually SUPERSIZED promotions on top of that? I did not realize it till I checked my email recently and that’s when this mailer was screaming my name, asking me to go shopping online:

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HELLO? It’s an extra Visa cashback perk for all Visa card holders! It’s a no brainer – you’d want to shop with ShopBack. Before I cleared my  chats there was one part where people were just talking about how much they’ve saved from using ShopBack… and I was hitting myself for not booking everything through ShopBack!

That just means that you really need to pay attention to your emails from ShopBack (unless you have friends like mine, who will make public service announcements hahaha)

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My job is done here, sharing this important piece of information with you – so bye for now guys, I’m gonna go get busy shopping (online)!

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Melbourne Cafe Hopping Part 1 (March 2016)

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I have SO many backdated travel logs that it’s not funny. I just get so shutter happy with my cameras and take too long to edit… But since this one’s still relatively fresh (March 2016), I thought I’d get it done first!

To be very honest (please don’t drop me for any future campaigns, Australia), Melbourne’s probably the last travel destination on my list – for some reason I just never had any inclination to visit, but I definitely didn’t mind it. A work trip beckoned and since the exchange rate was favourable ($1 SGD = AUD $1.036)… why not right? The next thing you knew, I was on my way over to one of Australia’s most popular cities!

This trip’s itinerary has gotta be one of my favourites because what we did was cafe hop ALL DAY. *heart in eyes* It was the perfect timing for me to try out my new Olympus PEN-F with the amazing light you’ll get in Australia! For this trip, I had only my Olympus 12-40mm mounted on the Olympus PEN-F – I really think that this is the best travel lens and combination for me, especially for street photography, since the PEN-F’s shutter sound can be silenced! I love the EVF as well, which worked really well against the strong sun lighting conditions in Melbourne.

Less words, more pictures. Enjoy Part 1 of my Melbourne Cafe Hopping post!
(Link to my Google Map of all the places I’ve visited in Melbourne and places YOU should visit at the bottom of my post!)

Day 1 in Melbourne

The Kettle Black, Seven Seeds, I Love Pho

We landed bright and early at around 8am from a red-eye flight – I never knew that it would take 7+ hours to get to Australia! It was a lovely and spacious flight aboard Emirates (A380!!!) and the weather was so pleasant! It was a comfortable 24~ degrees in the day and dropped to about 18 ~ 16 degrees at night.

Our first stop was a popular one - Kettle Black!

Our first stop was a popular one – The Kettle Black!

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Making your own Umeshu

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Everyone knows that Japan’s famous for their almost perfect fruits – the $20 strawberries you see in Cold Storage, to the $89 melons on display in Meidi-ya – don’t tell me that you haven’t been tempted to get one of them before! And the best place to get these fruits… is in Japan itself!

However, this time round the fruits I carried back weren’t for immediate consumption… but for making Umeshu! Yes, they’re Japanese green plums, available for a short period of time in summer! They ripen so fast that Japanese scramble to make umeshu once purchased, and they’re also sadly, not readily available in Singapore – your best bet would be handcarrying back from Japan, or waiting for Meidi-ya to stock them – they do, but at almost twice the cost of what I paid in Japan, at $13.50+ per 420 grams.

So of course I had to grab 2kg of it back right?!

In the Okinawan supermarket over at Aeon mall, it only cost me 1058yen after tax for a kilogram of green, unripen ume. And with the display they had, it was obvious that the green ume was only for making umeshu, umeboshi, ume syrup… in fact it even comes with instructions!

I grabbed 2 bags and I did not realize that they ripened THIS fast. Basically they were super green on 4th of June, smelt great on the 5th of June and when I got back on 6th of June and took a peek at them, THEY WERE THIS SHADE OF YELLOW which had me clutching my head and going “Nooooooo!”

The very next day, I went out to get the ingredients needed to make my own Umeshu!

Now, the recipes online ALL suggeted making umeshu with shochu – but nobody ever specified which type, and shochu comes in many variations – it could be distilled from rice, barley, potato, buckwheat (these 4 are the common ones), and even shiso!

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However, you can also use – Chinese Rice Wine (白酒), which has higher alcohol content or Vodka. In fact, from what a friend told me (and insisted), they usually use Chinese Rice Wine. I don’t mind trying out all the shochus – which is what I did, my only regret was not getting more ume to try another two alcohol options out! You can choose whichever alcohol concentration you like, but the higher the better, as the rock sugar halves the alcohol content.

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

The best place to get your shochu would be Meidi-ya Liang Court, which offers an extensive selection of shochu AND provides translated tags so that you know what you’re buying! I love that.

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

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