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Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum: Be the Fairest Of Them All!

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Over the weekend, I had brunch at Halia’s which was at the Botanic Gardens with the husband and a friend. It looked like a sunny day out so I brought along a cap to shield myself out from the sun’s merciless rays but when we reached Botanic Gardens, it was gloomy and all so we brought an umbrella out since we needed to walk quite a distance from the carpark to Halia’s.

The food was great! Finally got to try their Chilli Crab Spagetthini and also the Halia Infusion (iced ginger tea with wild honey) was refreshing and woke me up since I was up quite early. Their bread basket was also wonderful – everything tasted good and like what my friend said, it must’ve been one of the best bread baskets I’ve ever had!

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Inbetween the span of the hour spent there though, the weather turned from Sunny > Drizzling > Sunny > Drizzling! Gah… It was really confusing as it was hot one moment, then wet the other! Luckily I’ve got a brolly with me which protected me from either element the crazy weather was bestowing upon me.

As I was walking back it suddenly started drizzling – I opened up my gigantic umbrella (which always gets attention cos I’m small and huge umbrella is huge), then it hit me that I’ve never been this ridiculously “protected” from the sun before – I’ve got BOTH my CAP and a huge UMBRELLA!

How do you protect yourself from the sun? I just got a 2 hit combo unknowingly, hahaha

How do you protect yourself from the sun? I just got a 2 hit combo unknowingly, hahaha

You know, we always emphasize about the importance of using sunblock – but usually I just apply that on my face and that’s the end of it. I never really gave a thought about it until one day I realized that my foundation shade matched my face, but not my body! Yikes.

I always try to stay indoors if I can (unless I’m overseas) especially in Singapore because it’s so sunny – but I’ve totally forgotten about the sun that gets to me while I’m driving… in the comfort of my trusty car! D:

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No wonder my arms and legs are always much darker than my face : (

And as I age, I realize that I’m starting to have slightly flaky, itchy legs! I always wear short shorts so my skin is exposed to quite a lot of sun and all the other external factors – I’d be super upset if I can no longer wear shorts due to unsightly legs!

In a bid to make myself fairer… I’ve started using the Nivea UV Body Whitening Serum very frequently since the day I got it!

The NIVEA BODY UV Whitening Serum is the latest in Nivea’s range of products – it offers UVA and UVB cell protection with SPF 25 PA++, an upgrade from their previous SPF 22 formulation! It is enriched with Licorice which enhances and supports the skin renewal process and gives you a fairer skin tone, as well as Hydra IQ and Red Seaweed to produce smooth, glowy and supple skin!

I like the flip top tube as opposed to a pump bottle as this means that I can bring it around without accidentally dispensing some.

I like the flip top tube as opposed to a pump bottle as this means that I can bring it around (e.g. keep it in the car’s glove compartment) without accidentally dispensing some.

And the most important ingredient included in this lightweight and deep absorption serum formula with no sticky after-feel, is the natural Vitamin C from Camu Camu, a type of berry which “contains powerful phytochemicals with health benefits, including the amino acids serine, valine, and leucine, and more Vitamin C than any other known plant in the world (read article here)!

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps in the reduction of melanin production to lighten skin naturally – it penetrates deeply to repair and restore the 10 signs of accumulated dull and sun-damaged skin.

I even wanted to apply this on one leg and then try it out for 14 days to see how effective it could be (experiments are always fun!) then I decided against it as I didn’t want to have one black and white leg like piano keys -_-” But aye, I did notice that my one leg was fairer immediately after application!

And it smells good, too!

And it smells good, too!

The whitening serum is just slightly viscous but runny – it feels more like a light weight gel, and spreads well. It is also quickly absorbed into a body and I use two generous dollops, about the size of two strawberries for my legs! It is best to apply this straight after you shower so that you lock in moisture quickly, as well as get protection even when you’re indoors!

I got two tubes of this, so I keep one at home and one in the car just in case I need to get out in a rush and forget to apply it!

In my car's glove compartment: emergency make up (one pouch), medical supplies (another pouch), mouthwash (not pictured lol) and even a bottle of 如意油 if you can spot it! I consider it my emergency medical item in case of stomachaches! And how I have a body cream to complete my glove compartment necessities!

In my car’s glove compartment: emergency make up (one pouch), medical supplies (another pouch), mouthwash and even a bottle of 如意油 if you can spot it! I consider it my emergency medical item in case of stomachaches! And how I have a body cream to complete my glove compartment necessities!

NIVEA has been a long trusted brand and I always see this brand around – at my own home, my grandma’s home, etc – their products have been proven to work really well (case in point: read this article) and for their friendly price point, it’s definitely not damaging to your pockets if you want to try!

The NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum retails at S$10.90 for a generous 200ml of product. Available at all personal care stores and supermarkets, including Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice outlets and major retailers!

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Giveaway: $50 worth of Nivea products!

Simply tell me how you protect yourself from the sun and I’ll pick a random winner by 3rd May!
Use the following rafflecopter widget – Like Nivea’s facebook page and get an extra chance!

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but waiiiiiitttt that’s not all!

Be the Fairest Of Them All – Instagram Contest!

From 21 Apr – 3 May, take part in Nivea’s “Fairest of Them All” Instagram contest and stand to
win $100 worth of NIVEA products (Total of 5 winners)!

Simply snap a photo to show how you stay fair and keep the harmful UV rays away
and use the hashtag #FairestOfThemAll to enter!

Winning photo will be based on creativity and caption used.

Also, do check out Nivea’s Facebook page for more updates on NIVEA’s range of exciting products! ; )

{ this post is an advertorial! thank you, Nivea for sponsoring the goodies, and credits to ron lee for some of the pictures ;) }

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Exploring Clarke Quay: Beer Market!

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Do you have phases in life where you get hooked onto something and can’t stop doing it?

The keyword for me these 2 months was….

BEER. ビール. 啤酒。 

Not sure when but when I feel tremendous stress, I’ll go for a beer. I remember myself desperately seeking Kronenbourg one fine afternoon hahaha and ever since then I’ve been asking for beer quite frequently! I’m not an alcoholic lah, but I realized I’ve turned into my dad (doing the “Yah yah ok” *nonchalant hand wave*)when he nagged at me to drink lesser of such drinks at a Japanese place (eh, it’s draft beer leh, how can don’t drink?).

I was at Clarke Quay’s Food Trail organized by Regent Media a while ago (will blog about it soon!) and Beer Market was one of the bars that was hard to miss… and instantly on my to-go list with more people! I also read about their interesting concept on 8 days a couple of months back and it got me all intrigued. (More about that later!)

That chance came really quickly and it was a gathering between the nuffnang bloggers and the nuffies. I won’t say we’re strangers to hanging out together but it was one of the few firsts meet ups with the nuffies outside of work! (But of course, we had to talk about work la… can’t escape that).

Entrace of Beer Market! It's on the second floor - but you definitely won't miss the huge yellow signs and also the "stock market monitor" outside the entrance!

Entrace of Beer Market! It’s on the second floor – but you definitely won’t miss the huge yellow signs and also the “stock market monitor” outside the entrance!

Live band area - I don't like high stools much so it's nice to know that we are seated comfortably at sectioned side (so you know, it's like a little 包厢 for you and your friends)!

Live band area – I don’t like high stools much so it’s nice to know that we are seated comfortably at sectioned side (so you know, it’s like a little 包厢 for you and your friends)!

Where we're seated - we reserved a huge ass space for like 15-20 people! This can definitely seat up to 25 pax, no problem!

Where we’re seated – we reserved a huge ass space for like 15-20 people! This can definitely seat up to 25 pax, no problem!

This cosy corner is just so cute, with the lamposts and all! I'll definitely chope this corner when I come again with lesser peple hahaha.

This cosy corner is just so cute, with the lamposts and all! I’ll definitely chope this corner when I come again with lesser peple hahaha.

And at the back, they have a slightly quieter and some what sectioned out area for darts... and also a pool table!

And at the back, they have a slightly quieter and some what sectioned out area for darts… and also a pool table!

Guess who were the early ones, for once? The two 迟到皇后s of Nuffnang (Bunbun and I la, hahaha) were early for once. Like, almost an entire hour earlier. I think we should have bought toto or 4d that day.

Guess who were the early ones, for once? The two 迟到皇后s of Nuffnang (Bunbun and I la, hahaha) were early for once. Like, almost an entire hour earlier. I think we should have bought toto or 4d that day.

The menu is designed like a newsletter and I presume this gets updated every now and then, with new stock for beer and all!

The menu is designed like a newsletter and I presume this gets updated every now and then, with new stock for beer and all.

Some facts about Beer Market:

  • Not your average pub – what makes it different is that the prices of the beers are volatile. That’s right – like what the name indicates, it fluctuates like a stock market! More demand = higher price. They have a Beer Market Exchange (BMX) where prices of the beers go up (green) or down (red) and the prices are refreshed every hour on their screens! White = usual prices, so you buy when it’s in the red and wait it out when it’s green!
  • They serve ALL kinds of beers from many DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. So if you have a friend who likes Erdinger, another one who likes Tiger, some that like San Miguel and others who like Carlsberg… you can find them all in one place – Beer Market! (Usually where you see APB beers you won’t see others!)

An example of the quirky and cool beers, like…

Banana Bread Beer (really tastes like banana omg), Double Chocolate Stout (a favorite amongst some nuffies, they are stout drinkers wtf), Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (interesting) and my very safe Peach Beer, hahaha.

Banana Bread Beer (really tastes like banana omg), Double Chocolate Stout (a favorite amongst some nuffies, they are stout drinkers wtf), Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (interesting) and my very safe Peach Beer, hahaha.

Being the adventurous souls we are we got a round of these interesting beers and every one tried them! It’s rather fun if you have a huge group of people to do this beer tasting thing with you – and then you just order more if you like it!

Honestly I couldn’t really grasp the beer market rates (was squinting so hard at the screens and listening to the waitress intently) but that’s why I’m a designer and not working in the finance industry hahaha.

Beer Market is rather cold (thank god I bought a new sweater just before we went to Beer Market) especially at the area we were seated at!

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早到的鸟儿有虫吃!Amongst the first to arrive were actually the bloggers, ahahahha. Juli (bunbunmakeuptips), Jayne (jaynetham.com), Valerie and I! Our favorite blogger Yina Goh was noticeably absent and missed. Every time she’s not with me I get bombarded with “where is your girlfriend / partner / yina goh”. Yes, “your”! People also got boyfriend to spend time with lei, don’t like that! haha.

Wish she was with us though, because there was a live band on going and it was Ground Zero, who used to play at another place Yina sometimes get singing gigs at.

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Mushrooms for appetizers! Yum yum.

Mushrooms are always welcomed! This dish is called Magic Mushrooms (S$7.90)

More appetizers while waiting...

More appetizers while waiting… The BM Rojak Platter (S$39.90) – A mixture of 3 different types of fries, magic mushrooms and sausages!

SPAM FRIES!!!!

CRISPY LUNCHEON FRIES (S$6.90)!!!! Da yum with the tartar sauce!

These were da bomb! Bacon wrapped baby potatoes / tomato cherries! Yes it's a mix and the potatoes with thinly cut bacon was just perfect. *LOVE* MUST ORDER when you come here.

These were da bomb! Bacon wrapped baby potatoes / tomato cherries (S$7.90)! Yes it’s a mix (bacon wrapped with either one) and the potatoes with thinly cut bacon was just perfect. *LOVE* MUST ORDER when you come here.

Seafood Wrap – Salmon and Tiger Prawns in lettuce wrap! Awesome choice for the health conscious - Wen and Val got like 2 plates of these. Or more while I wasn't looking, maybe. So skinny already still eat these only...

Salmon and Tiger Prawns in lettuce wrap (S12.90)! Awesome choice for the health conscious – Wen and Val got like 2 plates of these. Or more while I wasn’t looking, maybe. So skinny already still eat these only…

Yummy wings in seasoning of your choice – choose between Crispy / Honey BBQ / Buay Tahan!

Yummy wings (S$9.90) in seasoning of your choice – choose between Crispy / Honey BBQ / Buay Tahan!

Their Salmon dish was very popular and I keep seeing it pop up! Every time I see new food arriving and get my camera ready I would be like "Huh this dish again! So nice ah?!"

Their Sizzling Salmon (S$18.90) dish was very popular amongst the group and I keep seeing it pop up! Every time I see new food arriving and get my camera ready I would be like “Huh this dish again! Must be very nice!”

BM No-Nonsense Steak, which was the second most popular choice that night.

BM No-Nonsense Steak (S$22.90), which was the second most popular choice that night.

And oooooh, the pizzas!

And oooooh, the pizzas! We had both the Salted Egg Sea Food Pizza (S$21.90) and Chicken Rice (S$17.90) one. The Seafood one came with crabmeat, tiger prawns and fish chunks on a salted egg yolk base! It was a most interesting western dish… with an asian twist. The chicken rice pizza was literally chicken and rice on a pastry base. It wasted pretty much like chicken rice except for the piece of crust, haha.

The Nuffies: Karen, Gwen & Jayne!

The Nuffies: Karen, Gwen & Jayne who has to tolerate all my rubbish and nonsense – 辛苦你了! She’s now enjoying her holiday lor!

Juli, Wen & Uncle Fred. (He's younger than me la wtf the entire nuffnang team's YOUNGER THAN ME fml - but his pattern is more 老派 than I am haha)

Juli, Wen & Uncle Fred. (He’s younger than me la wtf the entire nuffnang team’s YOUNGER THAN ME fml – but his pattern is more 老派 than I am haha)

Jasmine, Jolene, QX (my substitute manager who has to take my shit now that Jayne is on leave lol) and Chris(py)!

Jasmine, Jolene, QX (my substitute manager who has to take my shit now that Jayne is on leave lol) and Chris(py)!

The Awesome Tofu (S$6.90) turned out to be a cold dish but it was quite nice to!

The Awesome Tofu (S$6.90) turned out to be a cold dish but it was quite nice too!

Crispy Silver Fish with  Tartar sauce! (S$7.90)

Crispy Silver Fish with Tartar sauce! (S$7.90)

The food at BM was surprisingly good – I guess everyone expected this to be your regular pub with the normal pub grub but you’ll be in for a surprised if you thought that way! They have really decent food offerings and even have revamped their menu recently to include Tze Char – I wish I tried the Midnight Rice and all the other local food in the menu!

This place exceeded my expectations (and so did the turnout for the gathering!) and every one thought that the food was really good! Favorite picks of the night would have to be the salted egg pizza, the luncheon fries and magic mushrooooooooms. Wished I had more stomach space to down more food!

They also have a Happy Hungry Hour, where you can get selected dishes for special prices!

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My non-blogger friends Eve, Iris and Eileen who gamely joined us ; )

My non-blogger friends Eve, Iris and Eileen who gamely joined us ; )

Cheers to making new friends!  Eve, Evonne (me la!), Valerie, Eileen, Iris & Meiting!

Cheers to making new friends!
Eve, Evonne (me la!), Valerie, Eileen, Iris & Meiting!

(It’s quite interesting how we all knew each other, haha. Eve, Iris and Eileen are secondary school friends and I got to know Eve online (mIRC anyone? LOL) – we became fast friends when we met and I’ve been stealing her friends and hers mine ever since. Okay la kidding! I’m grateful to have a friend who is so sociable and open to knowing more people). Valerie is my primary school mate (already taller than me by a whole head when we were 10) and Meiting for some reason knows me and Eve at separate times – erm, her brother knew both our exes (who are not friends with each other) haha. COMPLICATED. But whatever, we get along just fine, hor Miss Lian?)

Nuffnang Bloggers + Nuffies!

Nuffnang Bloggers + Nuffies! (Some left earlier)

And I have to thank Nuffnang for expanding my social circle. You really don’t know how fun this group can be until you start drinking with them lol (ahem Gwen…).

Without Nuffnang I guess I wouldn’t be so super close to the other fellow Nuffnang bloggers, and then also get “reunited” some!

I guess belonging to a family (calling them an agency is too cold!) makes things very very different! Earning money is one thing, gaining good friends and real friendships are more important to me cos these cannot be bought!

It was a good night out with everyone, really thankful for the great turnout (machiam like birthday party hahaha) and let’s do this again real soon, okay? ; )

Beer Market has two outlets, one in Clarke Quay and the other along Bukit Timah!
www.beermarket.com.sg | facebook.com/beermarket

Beer Market @ Clarke Quay 3B, River Valley Road #01-17 / 02-02 Singapore 179021
Tel: 9661 8283 (after 6pm)
Opening Hours
Sun – Thurs: 6pm to 1am
Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 6pm – 3am
Closed every Monday (except PH Eve)
Beer Market @ Bukit Timah
557 Bukit Timah Road, Crown Centre #01-03 Singapore 269694
Tel: 9679 0004 (after 5pm)
Opening Hours
Sun – Thurs: 5pm to 12am
Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 5pm – 1am
Closed on Wednesdays

{ All images taken with the Fujifilm XM-1 which exceeded my expectations with just the 18-55mm kit lens – if you knew how dark Beer Market is you’ll be surprised by this little thing! I’m missing the Fujifilm cameras already! }

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Groupon Review: Ultra Sensitive Skin Treatment Facial at Aster Spring

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A while back, a friend of mine was asking for facial salon introductions on Facebook – she got peppered with many names, and there was one brand that popped up several times and it was also what I suggested. It was Aster Spring / Leonard Drake.

But like her, I’ve always wondered – how do you know which salons to try? How can you be sure that it’s good enough to have a long term relationship with them? The answer was quite simple actually – try it out first. But where do I start from?

I think it’s a tough job to keep up on the brand and deals that are popping out left, right centre and in midst of swimming among vast amounts of information and advertistments, we’ve come to forget that there’s a site that brings you all the good deals – Groupon!

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Groupon, if you don’t already know, is a deal site – It started off in Singapore as Beeconomic (if any one remembers – that is how long I’ve been using Groupon!) and was later bought over and rebranded as the globally known Groupon – and by leveraging on their global connections and trusted brand name, they’ve been able to work with a good number of brands to give us undeniably good deals!

I can remember the times Veronica (my web dev co partner) and I would spend camping over good deals and sharing with each other on what to buy, what to try out and if this deal was good or not. Those were the days… and gasp, Groupon has been in Singapore for this long!

It has slowly evolved into a deal site with more than just restaurant offers – you can now purchase great deals on vacations, and even find things you may like from their carefully curated selection of Groupon Goods! In fact, I love that it’s international – whenever I travel, I would visit that country/county’s deals to check out what offers I can find, especially when I was in San Francisco!

Back to my facial experience – this is a sponsored post / review, but it was one that I accepted really quickly because of the famous brand name that is Aster Spring.

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AsterSpring was previously known as Leonard Drake, and this is not the first time I’m raving about this chain of salons which uses Dermalogica products. I have a thing for Dermalogica products – they’re quite effective on my skin and I don’t get my Dermalogica anywhere else than from authorized outlets because:

“Dermalogica products are designed to be most efficacious when prescribed by a Dermalogica professional skin therapist extensively trained in Face Mapping® skin analysis. Face Mapping® analysis is the process of analyzing your skin, zone-by-zone, to diagnose your skin condition and prescribe subsequent products for results.”

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Dermalogica products are formulated to be free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) and using them would improve skin health in the long run. And that is why I’m sure that visitng Aster Spring would calm my skin and not cause me to break out any further. (I’ll talk more about the treatment I did further down in the blog post!)

When you first arrive at the salon, you are asked to fill in a form to detail your needs, skincare concerns etc – I had to fill in again because by now, my skin concerns are extremely different from what it was 6 months ago.

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Other than filling in a form to understand your initial skin concerns (the therapist will ask you questions as well) they will perform face mapping to  further assess your skin’s troubles and needs.

I am unable to take pictures of the process, but this includes popping your head into a machine where it shows oily areas / pigmentation / skin issues otherwise not discernible by the naked eye.

I have oily, clogged skin, pigmentation from my acne breakouts around my chin area (hormonal… sigh) and my therapist Mei Ling, an extremely experienced lady who’s also head of salon(!) encouraged me to drink more water and also told me that my primary concerns are hormonal imbalances (problems with the female reproductive organs) and that I should take care of my digestive health. :’ (

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The AsterSpring branch in JEM is relatively new – I was actually surprised to learn from Mei Ling that the therapists at JEM are mostly from the (previous, now closed) West Coast Plaza branch! Actually this works out to be really convenient for me – other than Clementi Mall, the other mall in the west I’d visit most often would be JEM / Westgate so this is really awesome! It’s just 10 minutes away ; D

The store is furnished like all other branches – very clean, minimalist and extremely comfortable. They actually use a real mattress, as opposed to those massage beds you’ll usually get. Mei Ling made sure I was comfortable and that I didn’t feel cold before commencing the treatment with aromatherapy, which is always soothing. I love it that part!

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The treatment Mei Ling suggested for me was the Ultra Sensitive Skin Treatment, which is best for sensitive skin – if you notice from the image above, I tend to be a little red at the nose area and also you can see from here that I have pretty uneven skin from all my pimples and acne scarring at the china area (photoshopped the zits out because I didn’t want to disgust you, but it’s still super uneven *sigh*)

After the aromatherapy start, she proceeded with these steps:

  • Double Cleanse
  • Exfoliation
  • Extraction
  • Lymphatic Drainage / Relaxing Facial Massage
  • Double Layer of Masque
  • Hydration Boosters

One thing to note would be that she did an excellent job at extraction – my skin was extremely smooth after, and I felt no bumps on my nose at all! And despite both the exfoliation and extraction process, I didn’t have any redness on my skin after the facial – she made sure to help me sterilize my face by using an ultrasound machine to clear of all bacteria which may cause further acne.  (In fact, this step is done whenever you need to go to the toilet / back, which was what I experienced at other salons ;) )

The massage / lymphatic drainage was pleasant and good – in fact, Tricia told me today that my face looked smaller! *oh joy* She accused me of doing botox in Korea, but the only thing I did to my face was this facial, hahaha. It’s worthy to note that Mei Ling had warm, soft hands – this was something I looked out for in therapists, be it for massages or for facials. I loved how her warmth made me feel relaxed and protected.

I was in a rush, but she made sure that I didn’t miss my double layer of masque – this is the step I look forward to most during all my Aster Spring facials, other than the massage portion! Their oatmeal mask is extremely soothing and calms my skin down.

The entire facial treatment was as it was described, ultra calming! I would definitely urge you to try out Aster Spring if you haven’t already – if you stay in the west, please do look for Mei Ling, the Head of Salon at AsterSpring JEM #03-13! 

I really like her (and her hands. Hands are very important!) and all the advice she’s dispensed to me. We also had a great time chatting during the facial and it was like… talking to my mum hahaha. She’s really motherly, gentle and when she told me to drink up the cup of red date tea before I left I even said “Yes mother”. Hahaha! I think I’ve found the one therapist for me – especially since Florence at Aster Spring NEX is too far away for me!

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Thank you Mei Ling, Aster Spring and Groupon for the facial treatment. It was much needed after my overseas trip to Korea and burdening my skin with climate changes and going through flights. I even washed my face with bottled water during my trip!

{ The above is a sponsored advertorial, but all opinions are my own and unbiased. }

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Dior Vernis Haute Couleur Brilliance Et Tenue Effet Gel

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… or, also known as the Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in English. French beauty houses sure have a way of making things sound long and complicated!

Thankfully, these newly revamped Dior Vernis babies are anything but complicated when it comes to application!

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I already have Dior’s Nail Glow and I love it to bits – so I know what to expect with Dior’s packaging. You have a removable silver rectangle cap, and after removal you’ll see a black cap which is the real thing you should be twisting open, instead of the silver cap. I made the dumb mistake of trying to twist open the silver cap many times, whoops.

The Nail Glow is pretty much the only thing I ever use these days actually, since I’ve cut myself some slack gotten lazy with nail polish application. But I still love beautiful polishes – if anything, I appreciate textures and application brushes more than anything else now… which brings me to the new brush from Dior’s latest Vernis collection.

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The new brush is supposedly more flexible than the previous collection, but honestly, you don’t need comparisons because I think my Nail Glow goes on beautifully anyway – all you need to know is that THIS NEW BRUSH IS GOOD. EXCELLENT.

While I won’t say that it goes on in one coat / applies in one stroke, the rounded brush shape makes application a whole lot easier for people with curved cuticles and creates a beautiful rounded shape. I love the consistency and texture of all the polishes I’ve swatched, and all these are swatched at 2 coats, without top coat applied.

There are 21 new colors released for this revamp, with some classic shades brought back in. I was given 4 shades to try out, with compliments from Dior! (Thank you, Shauna & SY!)

First, a stunning bright coral, Dior Vernis 551 Aventure! It is just slightly sheerer than all the other shades but at 2 coats it’s pretty opaque already.

Dior Vernis in 551 Aventure

Dior Vernis in 551 Aventure

And the sweetest shade ever, 575 Wonderland! It’s a lovely bubble gum pink which thankfully doesn’t scream kiddish.

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Dior Vernis in 575 Wonderland

And the classic red, 754 Pandore! This one is a pure, bold red which makes you fingers look soooo fair. And check out that shine even without top coat. The formula was creamy and a dream to apply.

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Dior Vernis in 754 Pandore

And last but not least, the color I had my eyes on when I gave the entire collection a glimpse and hoped to get – 338 Mirage. While the shade does not correspond to the Dior Addict Fluid Stick which has the same name and number, this stylish purple is a great addition to my collection! I love purples and this is the year of the purple, isn’t it? It is just ever so lightly sheer but apply with a heavier hand and at 2 coats it’s perfect, too. YES MY FAVORITE COLOR of the 4! *heart shaped eyes*

Dior Vernis in 338 Mirage

Dior Vernis in 338 Mirage

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At $38 (hmmm, price increase by $1), I wouldn’t say that these are a must-have, but I have to admit that these are indeed very beautiful – you aren’t just paying for the brand name, you are paying for the smooth formula, the brush which makes application a breeze and also, hey admit it – these would look so pretty and classy in your collection! It’s something I’ll definitely spring for if I love the shade so.

I also love how easily it stacks along in my drawer, and the secondary cap because it helps prevent polishes from drying out faster. It also honestly makes a good, small gift for any polish loving girlfriend who needs a pop of color to cheer up their day. I’m not sure if Sephora’s white card is eligible for 10% off Dior products, but if it is then great! ; )

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Thank you, Dior Singapore for letting me try out these new polishes. I’m SOLD!
(I have another beautiful blue, Sailor which comes in a set to review. I… I can’t bear to open it up yet, but I soon will!) 

You can find the polishes (both old and new) at all Dior Counters, and don’t forget their one and only Dior Backstage Studio in ION Orchard #B2-44/46! Drop by to take a look and explore the many make up quick courses and surprises (they have things other outlets wouldn’t have) they have in store for you ; )

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Exploring Tiong Bahru: Cupcakes at Plain Vanilla, Strangelets, Books Actually

Posted by | Food, Home / Lifestyle, Shopping, Sweet Treats | 6 Comments

Plain Vanilla.

I’m quite new to cupcakes, you know. I remember tasting my first – at Guerlain’s launch of their La Petite Robe Noir and that was just a few years ago. I was amazed by how awesome and searched for cupcakes – and the one that I fell so super, duper deeply in love with… Plain Vanilla.

I never thought I could love anything other than Red Velvet till I tried their White Chocolate Strawberry, with a cream + dried strawberry centre. PERFECTION.

Some found it too sweet (I have to admit, it is quite sweet at times) but the best way to down this is with a cup of tea and you balance out the sweetness! May I suggest Earl Grey too? Haha.

Ever since they opened this outlet in Tiong Bahru I’ve been meaning to visit but was thrown off by the limited parking lots in TB area, till I realized that PV is located in a very convenient location actually, it’s pretty near an exit of the carpark, where Nana & Bird is located.

Prior to visiting I didn't even so much as take a peek of how their store looked like on their facebook page, so I was really swept away by the sweet decor! Bicycles outside. Check. Bunches of dried something (Lavender ah?) hanging over the front of the shop.. and the inside.. oooh.

Prior to visiting I didn’t even so much as take a peek of how their store looked like on their facebook page, so I was really swept away by the sweet decor! Bicycles outside. Check. Bunches of dried something (Lavender ah?) hanging over the front of the shop.. and the inside.. oooh.

So, Plain Vanilla at Tiong Bahru doesn’t just sell cupcakes – there’s also other bakes, refreshing drinks, party decor (mason jars, striped straws and even greeting cards), cookware and seasoning!

Outdoor bench - no indoor seating at the moment, unfortunately!

Outdoor bench – no indoor seating at the moment, unfortunately!

It's a nice place to sit down, have a cupcake and just chill!

It’s a nice place to sit down, have a cupcake and just chill!

And best of all, there’s a huge square table for you to sit down at and just do your thing or chill with your friends. There’s even a little play area for children, which is just beside a comfy bench!

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Notebooks, books & greeting cards too!

Notebooks, books & greeting cards too!

Teas available <3

Teas available <3

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Wooden cookware

Wooden cookware

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If you ever drop by PV, don’t forget to pick up the White Chocolate Strawberry! Introduced it to Trisha and Yina and they LOVE it. I like it more than their red velvet even! ; )

PV’s cupcakes are $3.50 for one, or $19 for 6. They also do customizing and deliveries, all information can be found on their website here: www.plainvanillabakery.com. They are closed on Mondays.

Exploring Tiong Bahru, Part 2

Strangelets is a quirky store along Yong Siak, and they sell fashion accessories, stationery, children’s gifts and even candles & tea sets!

On display, curious figures around broken porcelain pieces

On display, curious figures around broken porcelain pieces

Gazel the sunny mor-dahl

Gazel the sunny mor-dahl

The shop features quite a number of items by local designers and the HDB plates are something I've been dying to get and keep! 家里没有位子 ; (

The shop features quite a number of items by local designers and the HDB plates are something I’ve been dying to get and keep! 家里没有位子 ; (

A shelf full of prettily patterned chinaware!

A shelf full of prettily patterned chinaware!

These notepads.. If only i were working in an office, I would totally get them!

These notepads.. If only i were working in an office, I would totally get them!

All the way from Paris - I sniffed all the candles and was disappointed that I couldn't find a scent I liked or I would have carted one home cos of how pretty the label looks!

All the way from Paris – I sniffed all the candles and was disappointed that I couldn’t find a scent I liked or I would have carted one home cos of how pretty the label looks!

More random knick-knacks, including some childrens' toys...

More random knick-knacks, including some childrens’ toys…

Like these "alphabet" blocks! I really like them.

Like these “alphabet” blocks! I really like them.

Very nice leather woven bracelets!

Very nice leather woven bracelets!

Fabric tape with glitter!

Fabric tape with glitter!

Hehehe I can totally see my hairstylists using this

Hehehe I can totally see my hairstylists using this

Could get this for my husband lol

Could get this for my husband lol

Strangelets is located at 7 Yong Siak Street, and they’re opened daily till 8 pm (sometimes they open at 10am, some days at 11). Visit their website here!

Beside Strangelets, there’s also Books Actually, one of the more prominent shops along Yong Siak street, thanks to the beautifully hand drawn decor.

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They actually don’t just sell books – once you wander in-store and delve deep, you’ll find plenty of vintage items, ranging from records, rattan baskets, to glasses and even old photographs! They have the largest selection of vintage glasses I have EVER seen. When I have my own home I’ll need a few of them, man.

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Did I mention that they have a house, no... shop-cat? Haha. Such pretty blue eyes!

Did I mention that they have a house, no… shop-cat? Haha. Such pretty blue eyes!

Them bookcases look like they could have hidden treasures somewhere - makes me wanna dig for books and special finds.

Them bookcases look like they could have treasures hidden somewhere – makes me wanna dig for books and special finds.

How cute?! They carry plenty of local works.

How cute?! They carry plenty of local works.

 

See the little entrace, jus tunder "Gift Ideas?" Btw, it's a step down - I almost fell down and crashed into the crates of glasses, so be careful!

See the little entrace, jus tunder “Gift Ideas?”
Btw, it’s a step down – I almost fell down and crashed into the crates of glasses, so be careful!

Wine crates used as shelves, full of vintage glasses! By the way, it seems like the entire row of Yong Siak shops makes use of Wine crates heavily - from PV to Strangelets to Woods in the Books to Books Actually! Are they all getting some kind of good deal somewhere?!

Wine crates used as shelves, full of vintage glasses! By the way, it seems like the entire row of Yong Siak shops makes use of Wine crates heavily – from PV to Strangelets to Woods in the Books to Books Actually! Are they all getting some kind of good deal somewhere?!

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飘呀飘呀~ 飘向云天

飘呀飘呀~ 飘向云天

You can find Books Actually’s flagship store at 9 Yong Siak St – They’re open daily, mostly till 9pm except for Mon & Sunday, when they shut their doors at 6pm. Website here!

This concludes the end of my TB exploration for now, till I head back again for more makan! ; ) Please drop me a note if you know of any nice places for brunch or sweet treats!

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