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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.

Shower gel

Shower gel

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

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Find The One with Triumph

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Let me tell you a story of my bras.

I have amassed a huge number of them (probably… 30? 50? Some are at my parent’s place) but the real number of bras that actually get used (on a rotation basis)… comes up to a grand total of….

3. THREE. 

*sheepish smile* 

That’s like less than 10% of the bras I own. I don’t even know why I have so many in the first place when only 3 of them actually fit me properly and are comfortable enough to be worn the entire day.

(Here’s a bonus funny comic which got me laughing – about the 10 types of bras you will have in your wardrobe!)

And the last time I got fitted?

I don’t remember!
*another sheepish smile*

So just how often should you change your bras, and how often should you get refitted?

For me, I usually change it once it feels uncomfortable (P.S. hand wash your bras!) and as for a fitting, you should get it done by the professionals (also known as the very reassuring aunties hehe) at least once a year – and especially if you’ve lost or gained weight in the recent months (I swear, all that extra weight crept up on me over the span of 5 happy years with the husband)!

I mean, if your bras are leaving behind an unsightly, angry red mark on your body, and if the best thing at the end of a long day is the moment when you whip your bra off, it’s time to reassess your bra size and find the one that fits you best!

And what’s a better time to do it than at Triumph’s pop-up store, located right outside Robinsons Orchard, Heerens?

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The pop up store is air conditioned and has 3 well-built changing rooms for your utmost privacy when you’re trying out bras in-stores – it runs till 12th July, and there’s many deals in-store worth checking out!

From now till 12th July (which is when the pop-up store closes), every woman who drops by will be entitled to a free and detailed fitting consultation by Triumph professional fit experts. On top of that, stand to win $1000* worth of Triumph vouchers when you get fitted at the pop-up store!

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It’s quite the bra heaven, especially for me. I have this thing about lingerie – I love looking and touching them and checking out the designs available.

This lace pattern quite chio ah

This lace pattern quite chio ah

Every so often, I’ll get amazed by the new things brands come up with. For example, wireless bras… and then these aqua touch bras offered by Triumph. I was just feeling around and then I realized that this padding wasn’t just foam or cloth – instead, it is…

The soft aqua padding's made of baby oil!

The soft aqua padding’s made of baby oil! : O

There’s nothing more annoying than a bra that can’t fit right, if you know what I mean. And that’s why when we find a bra that fits us perfectly or gives us the support we desire, we get all excited and want to get the same bra in 10 different colors! XD

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Meiting, Yina and I were invited by Triumph to drop by their pop-up store, take a look, get fitted, and… get our old bras exchanged for a really good deal!

We were really impressed by the animation Triumph came up with, which was a really well done production I must say!

And there was a little dance performance by girls who resembled the ladies in the video so much too! Right down to the perfectly matched shade of mint green top the main character was wearing!

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I don’t know why but I seem to always be going bra shopping with Yina! It’s nice to shop with a girlfriend you can bare yourself to (literally, you know) because she can share the costs with you as well when there are good deals like the “Buy 3 get 1 Free, Buy 5 get 2 Free, and Buy 6 get 3 Free” promotion at the Triumph Pop-up store!

But here’s the best deal of them all –

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Meet the Body Make-Up Jacquard Bra – which you get to bring home for just S$20 (U.P. $89.90) and also matching underwear to complete a set for just $10, as long as you bring along and trade-in an old bra of yours!

I’ve tried this bra set and it’s reallllly comfortable! There’s a limit of 2 transactions per customer though! I forgot to bring along my old one (man I wish I can exchange all the bras I don’t use anymore) and you can bet your 2 cents that I’ll be heading down again to enjoy this sweet deal!

But before I go bra browsing, I have to get fitted first by this lovely fit expert from Triumph!

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Do you know how to measure your own statistics? I can’t really recall it without googling for it myself – but the fit experts have the measurement at the back of their mind, and even have an app to double confirm your fit!

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We all have different body shapes. And here at Triumph, they’ve defined our shapes into letters..

S – for curvy (you’re proportionate!)
A – for the bottom heavy
I – for the skinny ladies
O – for the voluptuous
Y – for the ones with wider shoulders, and smaller hips

And I happen to be an S! I’ve always thought of myself as top heavy, but I guess all the extra weight finally went somewhere more useful : p

And with my measurements, I can finally go bra shopping and testing!

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I was actually matched to a 70D (WHAT) and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if that was the right size still. The app’s probably really close, but I know that I should try a few more different sizes just to be sure, as different bras can have different size fits!

I'm on my mission to find the one.

I’m on my mission to find the one!

And as it turns out… my confirmed size and fit turns out to be 75C!

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For the unaware – this is how you should measure your bra / bottoms, and also how you should put on a bra, as displayed in the changing room! And yes, it’s worth a read – I was wearing my bra wrongly for a good 20+ years before I finally got enlightened on the right way to put it on.

I swear, there’s this magical thing about finding the bra that fits you ever so well. I can’t quite tell why, but I suspect it’s the long column on the side of the bra that made me so enthralled by it – it doesn’t cut into your ribcage uncomfortably, and I’m thankful for that! THIS ALSO MEANS NO BULGING FATS, which to me is the MOST important criteria of a good bra!

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And after I’ve found the one that fits the best, it’s time to make the hardest decision – choosing a favorite color and deciding if just one is enough! XD (That’s why I say it’s always best to have a girlfriend to share good deals with you!)

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I love the bra that I chose – and in fact, it was similar to the one that Yina chose too! Told you that bra’s really comfortable. I was just catching up on Asia’s Next Top Model too over the weekend, and I was excited to see them being featured on an ANTM segment too! You should really catch the episode they were in here – episode 12 (to be linked)!

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Before I go carry on watching ANTM, here’s one last reminder to drop by the Triumph Pop-up store before 12th July to get fitted, and enjoy the fabulous deals they have for you!

I’m quite sure you’ll find the one for you there, just like I did! ; )

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Unexpected finds in Marina Square

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It’s June. You know that that means?
(Other than June holidays for the kids in Singapore)

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year  – THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE!

I think at one period of my time I was really thinking of just not shopping the entire year and spending all my money in June. But obviously that did not happen – I simply spent more every June because of all the irresistible deals. T_T

With all the online shopping making things so convenient, I think people go out lesser these days, right?

I enjoy going out and shopping actually – because my work is home-based, this gives me a chance to put on some makeup, get human interaction and actually have some physical exercise! The beauty of shopping (physically) – uncovering the good deals and bringing them home physically (and immediately) gives me a great sense of satisfaction! You can definitely find treasure if you look hard enough (or know where to look) and I just did that at Marina Square – and boy did I go home with a huge smile on my face :D (my friends and hubby can attest to that haha)

My mission was to find OOTD worthy apparel in Marina Square. MS was really, really popular back in the days. In fact… I have an OOTD taken in Marina Square. ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE 1990’S!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!  The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they're further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!
The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they’re further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Okay back to the main topic. So what can you expect, or should look out for in Marina Square for GSS this year?

 

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The first label I stepped into was naturally something I couldn’t resist – SHOES.

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{ Pazzion Shoes, Marina Square #02-301 } 

Shoes up to 70% off!

Shoes up to 70% off!

I’ve always liked Pazzion shoes, and even more so when they launched the mommy and kids matching shoes!

Glittery diamante pumps $86, Matching baby flats $63

Glittery diamante pumps S$86, Matching baby flats S$63

I didn't have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like - the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

I didn’t have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like – the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

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This pair won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS - it's REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This pair (S$96) won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS – it’s REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty - check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too...

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty – check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too…

Ballet flat with laser cut details! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It's a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit - in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Ballet flat with laser cut details (S$73)! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It’s a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit – in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Good news for all! Pazzion is extending an additional 10% off on sales items when you quote “EVONNZXMARINASQUARE” at the Marina Square outlet!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

The other shop which I went to, was one that has been on my radar for the longest time but not usually checked out. You’ll be surprised with what they have, cos I definitely was.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places  comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours! I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the  Drive Mox line, at $213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places
comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours!
I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the
Drive Mox line, at S$213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

{ GEOX, Marina Square #02-127/128 }

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

GEOX is also having their mid-year sale! Enjoy up to 50% off sale + additional discount for multiple purchases! Visit in-store for more details. T&C apply.

Top, Shorts & Bag from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$39), Shorts (S$39) & Bag (S$33) from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Iora is located just beside Pazzion – they have some really nice tops and bottoms! This airy white one I picked was really comfortable for our weather, plus it has an inner lining (usually white tops are really sheer).

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you'll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you’ll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

The next unexpected shop I visited was... Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual - the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

The next unexpected shop I visited was… Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual – the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store's colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store’s colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

This is a men's jacket but I love the navy - grey color combi!

This is a men’s jacket but I love the navy – grey colour combi!

In the end, I picked out a men's striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It's really spacious and so beach worthy I'm kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

In the end, I picked out a men’s striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It’s really spacious and so beach worthy I’m kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

Bag (S$134), Top (S$89) both from Desigual. Shorts from Zara and flats from Pazzion!

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I've always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn't know.

I’ve always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn’t know.

{ Promod, Marina Square #02-153/154 }

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable - I returned a second time and spent some more!

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable – I returned a second time and spent some more!

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Top, Jeans, Bag from Promod - shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$79.90), Jeans (S$79.90), Bag ($39.90) from Promod – shoes from Pazzion!

This mint bag stole my heart <3 and it's so so so soft too!

This mint bag stole my heart

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

Hands up if you're an 80's kid and had Levi's dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

Hands up if you’re an 80’s kid and had Levi’s dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

{ Levi’s, Marina Square #02-311 }

It's still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24" but now... well let's just say its been ten years!

It’s still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24″ but now… well let’s just say its been ten years!

I grabbed a denim shirt with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders... It was love at first sight!

I grabbed a denim shirt (S$119.90) with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders… It was love at first sight!

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Paired it with a denim skirt (hahaha so 2000's) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Paired it with a denim skirt (S$69.90, hahaha I know that’s so 2000’s) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty a backdrop that I had to spam more shots!

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This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual,  the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual, the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

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I paired the skirt with a white top ($23) on a different day for a different look! You need a white shirt that has just the right amount of crisp – too soft and it’ll look overly casual. Levi’s has a lot of nice white shirts!

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Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn't look overly casual!

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn’t look overly casual!

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{ Sans & Sans Marina Square #02-342/343 }

Sans & Sans was a pleasant discovery for me too. They had plenty of soft silhouettes, dresses and work appropriate clothes which would definitely be a hit with the ladies! I love their shirts and the soft material used in many of their clothes, and the pleasing flowing lines of their skirts.

I didn't have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (THAT NECKLACE!) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

I didn’t have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (Bracelet, S$49; AND THAT Necklace (LOVE) at S$49) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

This bag caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

This bag (S$199) caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

They even have an tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

They even have a tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

Hat from Sans & Sans, accessories and top from Promod!

Hat from Sans & Sans (S$79), accessories and top from Promod!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you'll never know where you'll find surprises!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you’ll never know where you’ll find surprises!

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I had a great time picking and shooting all these outfits! Thank you for the variety of brands you bring in, Marina Square!

{ Marina Square specials from 29 May – 26 July, while stocks last! } 

Redeem a zipper pouch with minimum spend of $80* and personalise it with Marina Square’s customised SG50 stamps!

Spend minimum $150* and receive a $10 Marina Square Gift Voucher. 

*Maximum 3 same-day combined receipts. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper per day.

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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!*

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Tokyu Hands “Japan’s Creative Life Store” opens in Singapore at Westgate!

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Shopping in Jurong just got a little bit more awesome. It’s not hard to love JEM/Westgate, malls which are linked to each other by a very punny sounding “J-walk” and together have Kinokuniya, Muji, Robinsons, Sephora, Isetan and many food outlets between them for a shopper to get lost in for the entire day.

And now we have Tokyu Hands, Japan’s “Creative Life Store”‘s second overseas store in Asia – right here in Singapore’s Westgate mall!

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Edit 20/11/2014: Tokyu Hands has opened a second branch in Orchard Central, at Basement 1! ; )

You cannot compare Tokyu Hands massive stores in Japan to the 7,500 sq ft Tokyu Hands Singapore store, but it certainly wasn’t any less interesting!

If you’ve been to their pop-up stores (back in 2012/2013, I made a beeline for both their pop up stores!) which brought in a small selection and wasn’t feeling too fangirl-ly about it, fret not – the temporary store’s got much more space, and many more interesting items – me and my girlfriend were going “wah wah wah!” non-stop at the items they’ve brought in, which are specially curated with the Singaporean shopper in mind! 

If you already love Tokyu Hands in Japan and feel like buying the entire shop when you’re there, keep your wallet tight – because this store’s got me feeling the same too. I had to resist carting more of their quirky and cute items into my basket! 

Less talk, more pictures. In case Jurong is too far for you, here’s a peek of what’s in store for you if you decide to take a quick jaunt in the west!

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Flanking the front of the store, you have RooTote, which lets you customize tote bags to your desire with their hot-press technology (sort of like what used to go on in pasar malams and tee shirts, but with better quality patterns!).

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And right beside it, you have B-side label, a sticker brand with a store in Harajuku! I’ve actually purchased their stickers before on 2 previous trips and I’m glad to see them in Singapore! Decorate your MBP, Files, iPhone casings etc with these waterproof stickers – in fact I bought some “I LOVE TOKYO” ones but haven’t had time to get them onto Ah Teck yet. (“Ah Teck”‘s the name of my ride hahaha) As you can see, they have stickers of all sorts, from the cute to the sexy and text based ones and they’re all designed by B-side Label themselves! It’s worth a look and I can foresee this being popular with students especially!

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And at the front of the beauty section, which are all located on the left side of the store, we have Vecua Honey, a skin / body care line from Japan AND made in Japan with naturally derived ingredients of the finest quality! Their body scrub is da bomb and their body shampoo smells soooo good. I’ll talk about them a little more in a separate blog post because they have quite a huge range of products, but trust me, you’ll love their body scrub! It leaves my skin soooo smooth and happy ; D

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Display items / Kooky Stuff

Clocks, Nanoblocks, Bags, miniature display shelves etc

Toys and display items like Nanoblocks

Toys and display items like Nanoblocks

Cute owl pots and cups!

Cute owl pots and cups!

decorative clocks! These are mighty cute and I'd imagine the shops in Haji lane loving 'em.

decorative clocks! These are mighty cute and I’d imagine the shops in Haji lane loving ’em.

Nani Kore?! HAHAHA.  On the right we have book marks with eye drawings over them hahaha. And on the left, I thought they were acrylic rings, but let's take a closer look...

Nani Kore?! HAHAHA.
On the right we have book marks with eye drawings over them hahaha. And on the left, I thought they were acrylic rings, but let’s take a closer look…

SOLD. I WANT ONE PACKET PLEASE. But I forgot all about it till I made payment and was scurrying out of the store -.-

SOLD. I WANT ONE PACKET PLEASE. But I forgot all about it till I made payment and was scurrying out of the store -.-

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Bags & pouches by Chums!

Bags & pouches by Chums!

And more bags - this one's really nice and I would have walked away with one if I had a use for tote bags.

And more bags – this one’s really nice and I would have walked away with one if I had a use for tote bags.

And we have here, umbrellas. Not sure if all of them are typhoon-safe but boy, are they cute!

And we have here, umbrellas. Not sure if all of them are typhoon-safe but boy, are they cute or what?! This display spans over TWO shelves.

Stationery

Notepads, Diaries, Tapes, Post-its, rows & rows of pens and more craft supplies!

Their stationery portion takes up practically 1/3 of the store and I nearly went bananas checking everything out. Everything's interesting! Everything's worth a second look!

Their stationery portion takes up practically 1/3 of the store and I nearly went bananas checking everything out. Everything’s interesting! Everything’s worth a second look!

Rows and rows and ROWS of neatly designed pens. For now. They were starting to get a little disturbed by the time I arrived.

Rows and rows and ROWS of neatly designed pens. For now. They were starting to get a little disturbed by the time I arrived.

Now these pilot parallel pens (on the bottom row) are actually calligraphy pens, and I had been looking for them in Singapore but it was discontinued AND the price of the remaining stock? It was $26++ in Kinokuniya. GUESS WHAT? BROUGHT BACK AT $10.70 (which is even cheaper than USA prices of 10 USD). HELL YES, TOKYU HANDS! And refill inks at $1.80! The inks also work with the other Pilot pens you see on the first row which are fountain pens. These pens were $16.75 each but they were too pretty to be resisted! Into my basket you go!

Now these pilot parallel pens (on the bottom row) are actually calligraphy pens, and I had been looking for them in Singapore but it was discontinued AND the price of the remaining stock? It was $26++ in Kinokuniya. GUESS WHAT? BROUGHT BACK AT $10.70 (which is even cheaper than USA prices of 10 USD). HELL YES, TOKYU HANDS! And refill inks at $1.80! The inks also work with the other Pilot pens you see on the first row which are fountain pens. These pens were $16.75 each but they were too pretty to be resisted! Into my basket you go!

Midori makes a LOT of pretty stationery, and this is one of their more famous products, the beautifully rugged looking Traveler's Notebook. It comes in two sizes and colors here - passport sized, and a longish one in either brown or black leather.

Midori makes a LOT of pretty stationery, and this is one of their more famous products, the beautifully rugged looking Traveler’s Notebook. It comes in two sizes and colors here – passport sized, and a longish one in either brown or black leather.

The notebooks come in 2 different sizes, and sort of like a filofax without the metal bindings and the holes, it allows you to add on notebooks with the type of pages that you kind (lined? squares? blank?) and it's sort of like a mini scrapbook of sorts.  I got the passport sized one  for my upcoming trip! ; D

The notebooks come in 2 different sizes, and sort of like a filofax without the metal bindings and the holes, it allows you to add on notebooks with the type of pages that you kind (lined? squares? blank?) and it’s sort of like a mini scrapbook of sorts.
I got the passport sized one for my upcoming trip! ; D That set me back by $50.

They also have tape, and behind the Traveler's notebooks are more notebooks, and more accessories to pimp up your notebook(s)!

They also have tape, and behind the Traveler’s notebooks are more notebooks, and more accessories to pimp up your notebook(s)!

Did I mention that they sell instax cameras and films in here too? Prices are a little on the high side though.

Did I mention that they sell Fujifilm instax cameras and films in here too? The instax printer costs $277 SGD. I have both cameras they’re selling – I’m definitely an Instax fan!

Instax stickers and albums!

Instax stickers and albums!

It's actually an accordion album!

It’s actually an accordion album!

A closer view! Now I think I'm gonna take 5000 pictures during my europe trip and maybe get one or two, hahahhaah!

A closer view! Now I think I’m gonna take 5000 pictures during my europe trip and maybe get one or two, hahahhaah!

They also sell albums with photo pockets!

They also sell albums with photo pockets!

The Japanese use a lot of notebooks and diaries, but in Singapore it's not as big - but Tokyu Hands still brought in a small selection to Singapore.

The Japanese use a lot of notebooks and diaries, but in Singapore it’s not as big – but Tokyu Hands still brought in a small selection to Singapore anyway.

And you know what else they are crazy about? POST IT NOTES. There are at least 4 shelves dedicated to post it notes here and some of them are irrefutably ADORABLE!

And you know what else they are crazy about? POST IT NOTES. There are at least 4 shelves dedicated to post it notes here and some of them are irrefutably ADORABLE!

Sticky notes with messages - Thank you, Sorry, For you...

Sticky notes with messages – Thank you, Sorry, For you…

Such. cute.

Such. cute.

and WOW LOOK AT THAT!!! It nearly got me grabbing a few into my basket even though I have no use for it!

and WOW LOOK AT THAT!!! It nearly got me grabbing a few into my basket even though I have no use for it!

Aren't they just the sweetest post it notes ever?!

Aren’t they just the sweetest post it notes ever?!

And you thought it was over? Nope. These are even cuter sticky notes!

And you thought it was over? Nope. These are even cuter sticky notes!

Me: Eh what's this?  GF: Confetti? Me: No leh *squats* can hang on your computer one leh like display accessory  GF: *takes closer look* OMG THEY'RE POST ITS!  Indeed. o_O.

Me: Eh what’s this?
GF: Confetti?
Me: No leh *squats* can hang on your computer one leh like display accessory
GF: *takes closer look* OMG THEY’RE POST ITS!
Indeed. o_O.

White board note books. Wut?

White board note books. Wut?

Chalkboards! AND IT'S LIKE THE CUTEST THING EVER! It immediately went into my basket hahahaha

Chalkboards! AND IT’S LIKE THE CUTEST THING EVER! It immediately went into my basket hahahaha

The symbol and number stamps I regretted not bringing home in the end. I love how the letters have a more hand written touch and it was only $30! Problem is if I bought this I would need the box of alphabets too...

The symbol and number stamps I regretted not bringing home in the end. I love how the letters have a more hand written touch and it was only $30! Problem is if I bought this I would need the box of alphabets too…

Crayons which are transfer proof and and safe for kids to play with!

Crayons which are transfer proof and and safe for kids to play with!

And more patterned chalk which makes... patterns.

And more patterned chalk which makes… patterns.

They also have a range of super cute photo albums,  both self adhesive and with slots. And of course being a Japanese store they HAVE to make demo samples using the things they sell in-store! Here's an album with a pop up greeting

They also have a range of super cute photo albums, both self adhesive and with slots. And of course being a Japanese store they HAVE to make demo samples using the things they sell in-store! Here’s an album with a pop up greeting

Another one! This one comes in 2 sizes and many fun prints. These are $24+, there were cheaper ones ($17, though not as cute but thicker and bigger) in a notebook design which I pulled out from the bottom row. Perfect to tuck away my memories from blog events in!

Another one! This one comes in 2 sizes and many fun prints. These are $24+, there were cheaper ones ($17, though not as cute but thicker and bigger) in a notebook design which I pulled out from the bottom row. Perfect to tuck away my memories from blog events in!

Fitcut Scissors with an ergonomically designed grip - they didn't bring in the non-stick version but they have many other kinds of cute scissors available!

Fitcut Scissors with an ergonomically designed grip – they didn’t bring in the non-stick version but they have many other kinds of cute scissors available!

 

And the notepads! So many notepads and these ones are origami note pads! Write a note, then fold them up. You can find them in Kinokuniya too but they're well priced here as well.

And the notepads! So many notepads and these ones are origami note pads! Write a note, then fold them up. You can find them in Kinokuniya too but they’re well priced here as well.

What's this? Looks like a normal note pad, but then you open it up and realize...

What’s this? Looks like a normal note pad, but then you open it up and realize…

Hmmm?! They are actually note envelopes!

Hmmm?! They are actually note envelopes!

"Looks like memo, but kinds of envelope" hehehehe.

“Looks like memo, but kinds of envelope” hehehehe.

It comes in cute, small sizes too. The 14 year old me would have purchased the entire row. I still do feel like purchasing the entire row actually.

It comes in cute, small sizes too. The 14 year old me would have purchased the entire row. I still do feel like purchasing the entire row actually.

Even their envelopes are PRETTY. And this one has a matching notepad set mind you. I didn't see much cute notepads like what they always have in Tokyo though.

Even their envelopes are PRETTY. And this one has a matching notepad set mind you. I didn’t see much cute notepads like what they always have in Tokyo though.

Need a pup to carry a message for you? This is so cute lah! Reminded me of Jayne immediately haha

Need a pup to carry a message for you? This is so cute lah! Reminded me of Jayne immediately haha

And surely you cannot miss the huge MT island (somewhat) in the middle of the store?! So. much. tapes! And yes I expected it to be in Tokyu Hands, no less! You can grab an exclusive Tokyu Hands Japan tape but it's not anything special looking. I do hope that they start doing some kind of limited edition Tokyu Hands Singapore tape someday : p

And surely you cannot miss the huge MT island (somewhat) in the middle of the store?! So. much. tapes! And yes I expected it to be in Tokyu Hands, no less! You can grab an exclusive Tokyu Hands Japan tape but it’s not anything special looking. I do hope that they start doing some kind of limited edition Tokyu Hands Singapore tape someday : p

Various ways of using washi tape and the post-its they sell in case you're out of ideas

Various ways of using washi tape and the post-its they sell in case you need some ideas

Homecare & Lifestyle

Towels, Bath stuff, Cushions for your butt, exercise gadgets, anti-dustmite etc etc

The SOFTEST fluffliest towels! $22 a face towel and $63 for a body one. Can you tell that I'm TEMPTED? My face deserves a fluffy and soft washing cloth!

The SOFTEST fluffliest towels! $22 a face towel and $63 for a body one. Can you tell that I’m TEMPTED? My face deserves a fluffy and soft washing cloth!

Did I say butt cushions? I said butt cushions.

Did I say butt cushions? I said butt cushions.

Core exercise equip that also doubles up as butt seats

Core exercise equip that also doubles up as butt seats

Tried the one on display. OH MY GOD IT'S SO COMFY I WANT IT TOO.

Tried the one on display. OH MY GOD IT’S SO COMFY I WANT IT TOO.

Tokyu Hands x Columbus special collab!

Tokyu Hands x Columbus special collab!

Leather care items.

Leather care items.

I was staring at it because of the pretty packaging before I realized that they're... TOOTHBRUSHES. Wot. Seriously they look like hotel toothbrushes BUT they're so well packaged that it makes you want to buy them!!!

I was staring at it because of the pretty packaging before I realized that they’re… TOOTHBRUSHES. Wot. Seriously they look like hotel toothbrushes BUT they’re so well packaged that it makes you want to buy them!!!

AND MORE TOOTHBRUSHES.

AND MORE TOOTHBRUSHES. They had almost an entire shelf of them what’s with the craze hahaha.

Kitchenware

Kitchenware

CAST IRON WOKS!!! Wah I don't mind buying one back so that I can fry more vegetables hahaha

CAST IRON WOKS!!! Wah I don’t mind buying one back so that I can fry more vegetables hahaha

Actually i REALLY need this in my kitchen. It's so damn hard for me to open bottle caps and all (sorry my hand is weaksauce). Any simple problem you can think of, the Japanese have a solution for it. Salute.

Actually i REALLY need this in my kitchen. It’s so damn hard for me to open bottle caps and all (sorry my hand is weaksauce). Any simple tiny problem you can think of, the Japanese have a solution for it. Salute.

One of the more interesting things (to me) was this anti dust mite thingy. I was amused by the NINJA branding (it's specially rebranded for overseas market as the original Japanese packaging was just not attractive enough).

One of the more interesting things (to me) was this anti dust mite thingy. I was amused by the NINJA branding (it’s specially rebranded for overseas market as the original Japanese packaging was just not attractive enough).

They even brought in dust mites (from japan, the sales staff said) to show you and he gave a very detailed explanation about dust mites and how we can zap them with his $35 a piece technology. Yes I was sold.

They even brought in dust mites (from japan, the sales staff said) to show you and he gave a very detailed explanation about dust mites and how we can zap them with his $35 a piece technology. Yes I was sold.

Japanese Cosmetics / Beauty

Facial massagers, grooming kits, drugstore brands etc

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Other than Vecua Honey which I’ve mentioned at the top of the post, Tokyu hands also carries in an impressive range of Japanese beauty brands, such as Koh Gen Do, Haba, Canmake, Chacott, Makanai Cosmetics, Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi, Wasser, NOV, as well as drugstore brands like DollyWink, Heroine Make etc!

You can also find Koh Gen Do at Takashimaya, but it is pretty well stocked here as well!

You can also find Koh Gen Do at Takashimaya, but it is pretty well stocked here as well!

Chacott can also be found in 100AM and in Rose Bullet Orchard Central

Chacott can also be found in 100AM and in Rose Bullet Orchard Central

An entire shelf of rollers from the roller / massage obsessed country, no less.

An entire shelf of rollers from the roller / massage obsessed country, no less.

Oro? An entire shelf of men's grooming products, visibly distinguished by the simple blue packaging.

Oro? An entire shelf of men’s grooming products, visibly distinguished by the simple blue packaging.

Nalis Brushes hail from Hiroshima Kumano, a town known for their brush making capabilities

Nalis Brushes hail from Hiroshima Kumano, a town known for their brush making capabilities

Makanai cosmetics was a brand I was happy to see! It was founded in Kanazawa by women working in a foundry which pounds gold leaves with materials and ingredients from the workshop and kitchen.

Makanai cosmetics was a brand I was happy to see! It was founded in Kanazawa by women working in a foundry which pounds gold leaves with materials and ingredients from the workshop and kitchen.

See the logo? It's a rabbit pounding mooncake on a wooden mortar!  I became acquainted with this brand because my eyelash sponsor bought me a pack as omiyage from their trip back to Kyoto and this facial washing powder was so interesting! Rice powder is contained in a sachet and you have to wet it to get suds out - then wash your face with it. I think it's a pretty interesting novelty item and was a good omiyage as I had fun with it.  It costs $8 in Tokyu Hands and comes in 3 different scents/ingredient combination for different skins.

See the logo? It’s a rabbit pounding mooncake on a wooden mortar!
I became acquainted with this brand because my eyelash sponsor bought me a pack as omiyage from their trip back to Kyoto and this facial washing powder was so interesting! Rice powder is contained in a sachet and you have to wet it to get suds out – then wash your face with it. I think it’s a pretty interesting novelty item and was a good omiyage as I had fun with it.
It costs $8 in Tokyu Hands and comes in 3 different scents/ingredient combination for different skins.

Japanese staff: "this is not cotton candy! do you want to try a bit of foam on your hands?" and he obligingly posed for a picture when I asked for it hahaha  Always been amazed by how the Japanese take foaming to a totally different level!

Japanese staff: “this is not cotton candy! do you want to try a bit of foam on your hands?” and he obligingly posed for a picture when I asked for it hahaha
Always been amazed by how the Japanese take foaming to a totally different level!

Kabuki face pack to scare your husband/parents lol. I must say it's interesting and i was almost tempted to get one just to see how it looks on my face!

Kabuki face pack to scare your husband/parents lol. I must say it’s interesting and i was almost tempted to get one just to see how it looks on my face!

Something about beautifully packed cosmetics that wants to make you pick it up. I think it's a japanese thing, they are so meticulous and pay so much attention to branding and packaging! I have much respect for their designers.

Something about beautifully packed cosmetics that wants to make you pick it up. I think it’s a japanese thing, they are so meticulous and pay so much attention to branding and packaging! I have much respect for their designers.

Even plain soaps look good.

Even plain soaps look good.

They have hair chalk too!

They have hair chalk too! It’s $14.90.

I initially planned to spend like maybe max 30 minutes in there but there were so much stuff to explore that I ended up spending nearly 2 hours, and left the store nearly $200 poorer.

In actual fact it wasn't a lot of things hahaha BUT it was a happy day of shopping!

In actual fact it wasn’t a lot of things hahaha BUT it was a happy day of shopping!

Felt like i didn’t spend enough time there as I was too busy taking pictures to soak up the full experience in-store. Now that I’ve blogged about it I’m gonna head back some time soon and slowly comb every inch of the store. Hehehe.

Thank you Dily, for inviting me over and the generous bag of delightful skin/body care items!

Thank you Dily, for inviting me over and the generous bag of delightful skin/body care items!

It was also my pleasure to meet Mr Sakaki, CEO and Mr Fujikawa, GM of Tokyu Hands who so very nicely allowed me to take pictures in the store! Thank you so much for the kindness, Fujikawa-san!

It was also my pleasure to meet Mr Sakaki, CEO and Mr Fujikawa, GM of Tokyu Hands who so very nicely allowed me to take pictures in the store! Thank you so much for the kindness, Fujikawa-san!

I love anything Japanese la. Even the "Do not enter" sign looks so cute!

I love anything Japanese la. Even the “Do not enter” sign looks so cute!

Price range wise, it’ll definitely be a little more expensive than Japan, but it’s not that unreasonably priced and the inflation differs from item to item. I couldn’t do price check for all the items but most of the Japanese craft items are same price, if not cheaper than other stationery stores out there. I’m more than happy to give support to the local store because I don’t want them to ever close down! I’ll be back, Tokyu Hands Singapore! <3

Tokyu Hands Singapore is located at #01-36/37 in Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532.
They operate from 10am – 10pm daily.
www.tokyu-hands.com.sg | Tel: +65 6710 7100

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