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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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Bath & Body Works Singapore

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Hands up if you’ve gone wild in a Bath & Body Works store before!

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I was literally pumping my fist in the air and going “Yes, YES!” when I heard that Bath & Body Works was gonna be available in Singapore. Finally, I didn’t have to allocate like 3 kg of my luggage space to my favorite range of body care! Or mull over which to bring back. Or bug my friends to get them all back for me, hahaha.

There’s just something about BBW (my abbreviated form for Bath & Body Works) that makes us all go “buy, buy, buy!”. I had my first BBW experience on my first trip to the United States of America at least 8-9 years back? I was feeling really dry from the witner season (have you experienced a texan winter before? It’s dry like nothing) and my aunt passed me a bottle of BBW’s body lotion. And the very next day, we set out to get me a tub of body cream, and then some! Hahaha.

I was on a holiday, but I took my time to smell and try everything to narrow down my preferences! The stores were MASSIVE and it was literally a playground for home and body care, with tonnes of different products and even taps for you to try out the hand soaps! You have helpful assistants aiding you on making the most important decision – finding out which scent you like, and then gathering the different types of body and home products available in that particular signature scent!

As America’s number 1 favorite brand, with more than 1600 stores in the USA and over 100 internationally, Bath & Body works are crazily devoted to making fragrances fun – you’ll be spoilt for choice the minute you step in, and on top of that, they usually have fun seasonal fragrance releases!

One of their Christmas specials - Twisted Peppermint!

One of their Christmas specials – Twisted Peppermint!

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Stop and smell the happy! It’s SALE TIME from now till 21st Jan, and a lot of fragrances are going at 50% off!

Everyone's perennial favorite - the Japanese Cherry Blossom! I loved this too - in fact every one at home did! I can't tell you how much of these I've brought back for the family...

Everyone’s perennial favorite – the Japanese Cherry Blossom! I loved this too – in fact every one at home did! I can’t tell you how much of these I’ve brought back for the family…

And the best part? These Christmas sets are so value-for-money - the sets are priced from $25 up!

And the best part? These amazing sets are so value-for-money – the sets are priced from $25 up!

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Twilight Woods smells heavenly too!

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The forever red set made such a great looking gift, maybe for Valentines’ Day?

I absolutely love the artwork for this set!

I love the artwork created for this set!

So, let me tell you about my absolute FAVORITE scent from BBW.

I’m not kidding when I say that I have almost everything except for the body bar & bath salts for this range!

Say Hello to Eucalyptus Mint, aka the stress relieve range from the aromatherapy series!

Say Hello to Eucalyptus Spearmint, aka the stress relieve range from the aromatherapy series!

There’s just something about this series which makes me feel calm and happy. With over 20 uniquely blended fragrances, I’m sure one will fit your personality, and this is mine! I want to smell like this after I shower, and I love smelling it when I’m doing my work.

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Candle (and wallflowers, car portable scents)

Candle (and wallflowers, car portable scents)

And even the sleeping mists!

And even the pillow mists! The pillow mists were my absolute favorite to turn in to. I’ll just spray it all over my sheets and dive right into bliss!

This is not bad too, if you feel like you can't sleep with the eucalyptus spearmint series! Hahaha.

They have body mists too, from the aromaterapy range – lavender chamomile is a really nice mixture and soothing as well. I have this in pillow mist form too!

The PocketBacs are the cutest, and and make the best small gifts for friends (popular stocking stuffer too)! It has since undergone a facelift from the last time I've seen it, a little rounder now but still super cute isn't it?! It was hard to get this in Eucalyptus Spearmint but I hunted it down in the states previously, hahaha. I know, I'm OBSESSED.

The PocketBacs are the cutest, and and make the best small gifts for friends (popular stocking stuffer too)! It has since undergone a facelift from the last time I’ve seen it, a little rounder now but still super cute isn’t it?!
It was hard to get this in Eucalyptus Spearmint but I hunted it down in the states previously, hahaha. I know, I’m OBSESSED.

I’m not kidding when I say they have something for everyone, no matter your preference or choice of home ware/body care.

One popular favorite? Their candles!

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Saying that you’ll be spoilt for choice is an understatement. I go wild when they have offers on these candles! They smell really good, and the three-wicked candles gets the aroma around really fast too!

If you're not a fan of candles, there's always the home sprays! Here are some of the holiday LEs!

If you’re not a fan of candles, there’s always the home sprays! Here are some of the holiday limited edition room sprays with super cute packaging imprinted on the cans!

If you don't like sprays OR candles, how about a heat diffuser? I did not get Wallflowers when I was in USA previously due to the voltage differences - and this was the first thing to go into my basket when they opened in Singapore!

If you don’t like sprays OR candles, how about a heat diffuser?
I did not get Wallflowers when I was in USA previously due to the voltage differences – and this was the first thing to go into my basket when they opened in Singapore!

It's so easy to switch scents, too! The scents are contained in the bulbs, which has a wick running through. Simply twist the wallflower bulbs in (or out), plug it in and turn it on. And it lasts for quite a while, too! I've only gone through 2 bulbs since the opening of BBW in Singapore!

It’s so easy to switch scents, too! The scents are contained in the bulbs, which has a wick running through.
Simply twist the wallflower bulbs in (or out), plug it in and turn it on. And it lasts for quite a while, too! I’ve only gone through 2 bulbs (of Eucalyptus Spearmint, yes) since the opening of BBW in Singapore!

(gorgeous image from BBW Singapore's Facebook page)

(gorgeous image from BBW Singapore’s Facebook page)

And for those looking for car and wardrobe scents... this!!!! I have these hanging in my wardrobe AND my car. They're pretty easy to use, too! The packaging ensures that it is leak-proof! On the left is the container - and the right, the scent refill!

And for those looking for car and wardrobe scents… this – The Scentportables!!!! I have these hanging in my wardrobe AND my car. They’re pretty easy to use, too! The packaging ensures that it is leak-proof!
On the left is the container – and the right, the scent refill! Sweet Pea is a long time favorite for a lot of girls – I remember that Peiling (Agneselle) was mad about it!

You know what's more mad? I made Ron carry back an entire stack of it back for me from USA before. At least it was light, hahahaha....

You know what’s more mad? I made Ron carry back an entire stack of it (yes, in Eucalyptus Spearmint) back for me from USA before.
At least it was light, hahahaha….

There’s just something about fragrances that makes people happy – be it their favorite scent, a scent that calms, a familiar fragrance that brings them back and evokes certain memories… they make such great gifts especially if you know what your friends like! (Yes yes, everything Eucalyptus Spearmint I like!)

Plus, with sales like this, how can you not bring home some? Their hand soaps will make the best housewarming gifts too!

Plus, with sales like this, how can you not bring home some? Their hand soaps will make the best housewarming gifts too! THE SALE ENDS 21ST JAN!!!

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Bath & Body Works can be found in Singapore at these two locations!

Bath & Body Works Takashimaya
391 Orchard Road #B1-10/11Â Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel: (+65) 6723 7246

Bath & Body Works Marina Bay Sands
B2-42 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Tel: (+65) 67238080

Don't wait - hurry over to Bath & Body Works Singapore and check out all the sets and wonderful fragrances they have to offer! The Sale ends 21st Jan!

Guess who’s gonna be returning to stock up on wallflowers, get housewarming gifts, and some birthday gifts? ; D

PureBlue Beauté Shower Filter

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When I was visiting my aunt in USA, I made sure to bring along some of my favorite instant noodles as comfort food – but ironically, I couldn’t find the comforting taste I was seeking because… the water is just different from Singapore’s!

And it wasn’t just drinking water or cooking. My skin felt drier, and it was a nightmare trying to rinse off my shampoo. I had just started traveling more then, and it was also the period of time when I realized that water overseas is just really different, especially in European countries. I would notice these minute differences, and end up purchasing bottles of distilled water to wash my face with even! Please tell me I’m not the only one.

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image from rawgirltoxic

I started developing dry, itchy spots when it’s too dry, or when the water’s too dirty. There was once we had a change of pipes at home, and I felt it. My face broke out too, due to sensitivity! I told my husband that the water’s dirty – and indeed it was yellowish –  we had to spend some time flushing out the dirt before we finally got cleaner water – to the naked eye, that is! That actually got me thinking about installing filters for my taps and showers!


After reading up on how PureBlue Beauté Shower Filters came about, I realized that the founder had somewhat the same issues as I did – apparently, it’s common to install shower filters in Japan and Korea, which is how she began to notice that filtered water does make a difference when it comes to beauty benefits – she had silky smooth and manageable hair in Japan and came to the conclusion that it must be the water!

After some research, she purchased a water filter for her shower for usage in Singapore, and it made such a huge difference that she couldn’t imagine living without it! And eventually, she devoted her time to develop something that was easy to install and replace, with high-quality elements.

It's compact - no need for large filter tanks, the PureBlue Beaute Shower Filter is easily replacable and made with BPA-free filters!

It’s compact – no need for large filter tanks, the PureBlue Beauté Shower Filter is easily replacable and made with BPA-free filters!

Filters for drinking water are commonly found in many households – but everyone seems to neglect the water that touches the biggest organ on your body – your skin!

One of the reasons why I hesitated to purchase a water filter was because they were mostly in Japanese – and I wasn’t sure if the threads matched ours. With PureBlue Beauté Shower Filters, it was super easy!

The PureBlue Beauty Shower Filter can be easily installed on taps and water faucets

The PureBlue Beauty Shower Filter can be easily installed on taps and water faucets.

Did you know that our water contains chlorine? It’s added to kill certain bacteria and other microbes, but it also damages hair keratin – if you recall how dry your hair is when you come out of swimming pools (which contains high amount of Chlorine!).

This was one of the reasons why I was so excited to try this out! I just made a visit to the hair salon and my hair was bleached, and I needed to make my hair color last longer – this was actually perfect for my current hair condition!

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It was a fuss free installation – unscrew, screw on, turn on the water and let it run for a while, and voila! I had cleaner, chlorine-free water!

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And how did I know that?

With a simple science experiment which will be the best proof of how effective it is, of course! Each Filter comes with a complimentary chlorine test kit – to prove to you that it’s not a marketing gimmick, you can perform the test yourself at home!

The Chlorine test kit comes with a Chlorine reagent - basically, it reacts and turns the water yellow when there's chlorine present in the water!

The Chlorine test kit comes with a Chlorine reagent – basically, it reacts and turns the water yellow when there’s chlorine present in the water!

Easy to follow instructions!

Easy to follow instructions!

“PureBlue Beauté shower filters are the result of dedicated research to combat the daily problem of exposure to treated, chlorinated water, which can be bad for health and lead to dry, sensitive skin. Our superior, BPA-free filters harness technology and high-quality durable elements (KDF, Calcum Sulfite, Maifan stone and Ceramic Balls) to remove harmful impurities. Each element plays an important role in water treatment and softening.”

My bottles of water, labelled clearly.

My bottles of water, labelled clearly.

Dripping the Chlorine reagent in.... Oops, out of focus

Dripping the Chlorine reagent into both bottles… Oops, went out of focus

 I swear on my parents' lives that this wasn't rigged at all - even I was shocked by the results and ran over to show my husband!

I swear on my parents’ lives that this wasn’t rigged at all – even I was shocked by the results and ran over to show my husband!

I’ve been using the PureBlue Beauté Shower Filter for a while by now, and I have to say that I’m definitely won over.

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Ever since I did the Chlorine test, I’ve been washing my face in the shower where the PureBlue Beauté Shower Filter is attached to! Erm I’ve even taken a sip of the water, and it does taste different from normal tap water.

I could sense that my shampoos lathered easier, and that my hair had a different quality to it after showering! It was no longer dry or hard to finger-comb through even after all that bleaching.

I went back to my parents’ place for a while – and it was just different (even with the same shampoos). Since I have two sets of this, I’ll be passing one to my parents so that we can all benefit from having Chlorine-free water!

Immediate benefits:

  • Soap lathers much better in smaller quantities
  • Skin becomes softer, healthier, less dry and sensitive
  • Reduced breakouts of rashes and wrinkle formation
  • Hair becomes silkier and healthier
  • Prolonged lifespan of coloured hair

Long-term benefits:

  • Reduces risk of asthma and bronchitis from chlorine inhalation
  • Decreases the risks of bladder and breast cancer
  • Children, who are particularly at risk, benefit especially from the removal of chlorine from shower water
  • Promotes higher energy levels and overall health

All I have to do now is to stock up some more on the replacement filters, as it should be replaced every 6 months or so depending on usage frequency!

The Shower filter costs $92 SGD, while the replacement filter costs $52 SGD. They’re available for purchase on PureBlue’s website at www.pureblue.com.sg – they accept PayPal/Credit Cards, and even Cash On Delivery! PureBlue offers FREE Local Delivery for orders above $80 SGD & FREE International Delivery for orders above $80 USD!

Win a PureBlue filter for yourself!

Simply head over to PureBlue’s Facebook page, like & share it and voila! You’ll be entered!
Good luck guys!

Review: My experience at Tokyo Bust Express… and pleased to say, It WORKS!

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As I walked out of Tokyo Bust Express, only two things were in my mind – I need to pee, and, “IT WORKS!” – and that was the first thing I replied my friend after she asked me what I thought of my treatment.

Like many others (Gwen from Churpchurp, my blogger buds (notably Yina Goh) and just about everyone else), perhaps the first thing you’d want to tell me is… “You need meh?!”

The question is… why not!? You think my chest gonna stay in the same position and shape forever meh?!

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Halloween, 2011 – Everyone’s allowed to have a little fun and wear what they usually don’t during halloween right? : x

I don’t myself, because damn you, gravity!!!

Even before I was invited to try out this trial treatment, I’ve read many reviews and saw many measurements which looks promising – and measurements don’t lie, so it must work, right? Then… I realized that even my bosom buddy (aptly named cos we’re the same size there) had visited Tokyo Bust Express before (she’s not a blogger) and her verdict, like mine too, was.. It works! : O

Now before you start calling Tokyo Bust Express and making an appointment, perhaps read on and let me tell you more about my experience and the ingredients they use!

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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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