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9 July 2018

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin



I first tried Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream in April this year during a trip to Sydney. Since Blackmores is Australia’s leading natural health company, the best time to purchase it is while I’m at the originating country isn’t it! I got the vitamin E cream from the local drug store there to help my skin combat the dry climate.

Founded by visionary naturopath Maurice Blackmore in 1932, Blackmores combines traditional naturopathic expertise with scientific research to help people achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Committed to developing innovative natural health products and services of the highest quality, Blackmores reaches consumers in 17 countries. 
Also, Blackmores’ extensive range of vitamins, herbal and mineral supplements, and nutritional foods uses premium ingredients from around the world, with products made to strict Australian manufacturing standards. We all know how much pride Australians have in their local products, that’s because they know the quality and standards they are upholding.
Furthermore, respecting the innate link between healthy people and a healthy planet, Blackmores implements sustainable packaging and waste-reduction practices and supports charitable community initiatives.


Since Blackmores expanded into the skincare category, the Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream has been part of the Blackmores range for 40 years since it was launched in 1978. And now, there is an enhanced version which is Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin.

What’s Lanolin? Apparently it was highly popular ingredient I saw labelled on many Australian skincare products. 


Th product information provided is as follows:

With Natural lanolin derived from sheep wool
• Lanolin has similar function to our skin’s natural sebum
• It is purified secretion from sheep sebaceous glands and is found in sheep wool
• Both lanolin and sebum form a protective waterproof barrier on the skin to protect the skin and keep it from becoming dry, brittle and cracked by dehydration
• Fatty acids in lanolin give it penetrating emollient properties that reduces the evaporation of water from the deepest layers of the skin, maintaining soft and smooth skin

Other information:

• Rich and soothing moisturizing cream to protect and replenish the skin
• Contains natural Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil
• Natural Vitamin E - Provides antioxidant protection to the skin’s cells from certain harmful compounds, whilst also having a skin conditioning effect
• Avocado Oil - Nourishes the skin and effectively protects it from the damage caused by dry climates
• Apricot Kernel Oil - Helps sustain and condition the skin for nourishing purposes
• The product has no artificial colours or fragrances. It is made in Australia, 100% imported


How to use it?

1. After cleansing, gently massage a small amount of cream evenly over skin
2. For best results, use twice daily


I had the problem of skin ‘rashes’ breaking out after each trip to a cold place in the recent year. This is despite the fact that I masked and applied moisturisers (even thick body lotion from the hotel for the first time it happened in China).

Even if the weather wasn’t exactly winter or that cold – i.e. Hong Kong in April or Melbourne in May – my cheeks will turn red and blotchy, and crack due to dehydration for days / weeks even after coming back to Singapore. 

This time round, I started using Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream as soon as I bought it in Sydney and my skin (finally) didn’t react for the entire trip. That’s how I know that this is the one product that really moisturises and replenishes dry skin!



Now, with added Lanolin, I’m pretty sure the protective barrier will work even more effectively in penetrating the deepest layers of the skin and prevents the evaporation of water. I only use the cream on alternate days (or days when I rem…) and have switched to the Lanolin version in the past week. It’s doing my skin well so far, and I’d certainly bring it along to my upcoming midnight volcano hike (zero degree celsius >.<) to share with my travel mates too! 


Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin is retailing for $19 in Singapore. 
Fortunately, now, you can get a chance to try out the product from Sample Store’s Sampling and By-Invite Sampling:

https://goo.gl/N322VW


xoxo

10 June 2018

Bober Tea - The Latest Artisan Tea in Town (Bishan)


Bober Tea has kindly invited me down to their new outlet in town at Bishan. The founder had found on his travels that the various tastes of bubble teas in Taiwan, Japanese and China are vastly superior and has hence decided to bring back the best of all worlds to Singapore. Bober Tea strives to offer artisanal tea, focusing on high-quality, tasty blends and keeping the prices affordable still.



Not only do the crew behind Bober Tea make delicious teas, they also aim to care for everyone's health as the bobas are homemade instead of procuring from the factories - this is so that they can have better control over what goes into each and every boba.

Bober Tea also uses premium ingredients such as Okinawa black sugar, Hokkaido milk, pure matcha powder, and Grade A quality fresh fruits.


These are the 6 flavours I tried!
1. Hokkaido Milk Cap Strawberry
2. Salted Caramel Milk Tea
3. Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea
4. Matcha Strawberry Latte
5. Chocolate Milk with Oreo
6. Supreme Fruit Burst (Red Tea)

The team behind Bober Tea loves aesthetically beautiful stuff, so they’ve gotten unique round cups as well as Bober Tea’s Cute cartoon box for purchase of 6 drinks and above. Glimpses of it are on my IG stories highlight on food :D




1. Hokkaido Milk Cap Strawberry ($5.90)

Hokkaido milk will never go wrong if you're a milk lover. This is a refreshing reinvention of strawberry milkshake with more tangy-ness to it.


2. Salted Caramel Milk Tea ($3.50)

Salted Caramel is an easy flavour - however do ask for less sugar if you are more used to healthier versions of bubble teas! The price is kept reasonably competitive as well.


3. Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea ($4.10)

Again, the hokkaido milk cap never fails. This is probably a flavour I would rattle off the tip of my tongue without any hesitation.



4. Matcha Strawberry Latte ($4.90)

This is THE IG-WORTHY drink! For the beautiful shade of pink and contrasting green ;)
For matcha lovers, you may be delighted to know that the drink is made from pure matcha powder freshly grinded in front of you.


See how they do it for the matcha flavour of the duo. This is the kind of precision they hold for the drinks.<3 p="">



5. Chocolate Milk with Oreo ($3.70)

This was certainly a dark horse as it wasn't a tea per se. But it came as such a delicious drink which changed my perception that bubble teas needn't be teas all the time!

And...saving the best for the last:


6. Supreme Fruit Burst - Red Tea ($7.20)

This is my personal favourite out of the 6. I love the burst of the citrus flavours and the crunchy passion fruit bits. The supreme fruit burst totally lives up to its name, invigorating us at the first sip. Also, I like how we're given a spoon to enjoy the fruits in the cup. It helps towards our daily target of 2 servings of fruits :p



Some of their top sellers are as follows which I would love to try some other time!
- Brown Sugar Fresh Milk with Hot Brown sugar Pearl (Hot and cold Sensation)
- Hokkaido Milk Cap Green Tea/ Mango / Strawberry
- Roasted oolong Milk Tea with Walnut
- Taro Milk
- Grapefruit Green Tea with Popping Boba
Special toppings: Popping Boba (Strawberry / Passionfruit/ Grapefruit)



There’s never been a better time for Bubble Tea. With decades of history and new waves of bubble tea all over the world in the more recent months, try out Bober Tea for yourself and let me know which flavour you enjoy!


Bober Tea

 Bishan MRT #01-01

Operating Hours: Monday - Sundays 10:00am - 10:00pm




21 October 2017

Floral Garage Review

The birthday month has flew past so quickly!

Sharing on one of my first birthday gifts at the beginning of the month - a lovely african champagne roses bouquet from Floral Garage.

This is how it looks on the website:



https://floralgaragesg.com/product/r01-african-champagne/

The website allows you to filter for the specific type of blooms you like or is looking for. The first thing I looked at was the Tulip section. Unfortunately, there was only 1 item available under the Tulip category. So I turned to my next favourite, Rose, to search for the white / pink ones. That was when I chanced upon the african champagne roses which is such a beautiful combination of cream and pink seldom seen at the usual commercial floral stores.

Personally, I would like it even better if the fillers are less green - hence I told Floral Garage after deciding on the roses. Of cos, I would leave it to their professional hands still to decide on the combination ultimately. They were very nice to listen to my opinions and ta-dahh, here's how it turned out eventually:


The roses came in perfect shade of champagne and pink tips, with fillers that are in more muted, dusty green :)



The delivery process was fuss-free too. Here are the information they requested at one go.

Your preferred date:
Your preferred time slot (10-2, 2-5, 5-10 on weekdays and sat, 10-2 for sun): 
Your contact number:
Your recipient name (skip if there is no recipient!):
Your recipient's contact number (skip if there is no recipient!):
Address:
Special delivery instructions:
Nominate safe place to put flowers:
Your message to be on our complimentary card:

I like how they have a several time slots for delivery and asked for a nominate safe place beforehand in case the recipient is not at home/office when the bouquet arrives!

I got mine safely after work one weekend :)


Otherwise, you may also opt for specific timing delivery for a fee of $30.

Or, you may also self-collect your orders FOC during your selected date and time slot at
756 Upper Serangoon Road #03-34, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore 534626.
Time slots are:
Weekdays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Floral Garage can also do same day delivery too. And, there is no cut-off time for same day delivery!


If you can't decide on the type of flowers, consider their Freestyle Bouquet at only $34.90!
They look so good!




There is also a larger version of the freestyle bouquet, the Premium Freestyle Bouquet for $64.90–$84.90. You can choose the style of the bouquet, and certain level of customization such as having it with wrapper or in a vase, and colours to avoid.


Alternatively, Floral Garage also provides potted plants selection which I've missed when I first checked out the website. This would look so good for my living room!




But for now, I'm happy with my 'self-potted' bouquet :p



Floral Garage 

Call: +65 6282 2813

What's App: +65 9387 8871

Email: service@floralgaragesg.com

Signing off! xoxo

12 December 2016

Kay's Instant Macaroni review

Whipping up a macaroni meal is now as easy as in 1…2…3 mins! All thanks to Kay’s Singapore instant macaroni packets!




About Kay’s

“In 2008, we started as an import and distribution company that serve healthy and natural food products. After gaining profound knowledge of food industry for 8 years, the experience that we have gathered allowed us to identify specific requirements in the consumers lifestyle and food industry. Therefore with this foresight, we open our doors in 2015 and committed to cater consumer only the finest, high-quality and affordable food products in Singapore. We believe that anyone can prepare food quickly and easily for themselves and their loved ones by using our food products, which is made in Singapore. In line with this belief in preparing food conveniently, we introduce our first instant macaroni that can help customers to save time and money in their busy and time-tight lifestyle.”

These are the instant macaroni flavours available currently:

Anchovy



“Anchovy stock is one of the most important parts in enhancing the soup-based flavourful. Making anchovies stock is fast and convenient and usually takes 10-15 minute, unlike making chicken or vegetable stock.
However, if using our anchovy macaroni, anchovy macaroni will be ready after 3 minutes.”


Curry



“Spice it up with our curry flavour with only 3 minutes of your time. It is so simple that you do not require to prepare a variety of herbs to bring out the spiciness of the curry.”


Tom Yum



“Eat it fresh and eat it warm! Our Tom yum macaroni flavour gives you hot and sour soup that you had ever experience and achieve it with a few simple steps”


Chicken



“Preparing chicken soup is tedious as it requires a lot of chopping and cleaning of the chicken. Also, it is time-consuming. By using our chicken macaroni, you are able to achieve the full and soothing soup base in less than 10 minutes.”


Vegetable



“Broth is one of the most important components in any vegetable-related food. By making a hearty and filling vegetable macaroni, you only need the broth, which is in the macaroni packet, macaroni and the rest of the ingredients that gives you a delicious meal.”

My personal favourite is the tom yum flavour as it has just the right amount of spiciness (not spicy at all if you’re a chili kind of person) and tanginess that is extremely refreshing.
You may even want to add ingredients of your choice to make it more nutritious – I added some fresh clams to create the seafood tom yum flavour.



Garlic 1 clove
White wine 100ml
Fresh clams 12-15
Instant macaroni pack
Boiling water 250ml

1) Stir-fry the garlic till golden brown. You may add some chili flakes
2) Add 100ml white wine for 10 seconds
3) Add the clams to simmer for 3-5 mins, till all the clams are popped open.
4) While the clams are cooking, add the boiling water to the macaroni and seasoning in a separate bowl to simmer
5) Once the clams are done, transfer the clams and broth to the ready macaroni and ta-dah!



Kay’s Macaroni is available at $3.20 (pack of three) from Sheng Siong Supermarket, Fairprice stores, Prime Supermarket and more. Latest list of outlets can be found at their Facebook page.

5 December 2016

BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Review

Experience collagen at its finest with BRAND'S® InnerShine® latest breakthrough innovation - RubySignatureTM formula. 

Unlike normal collagen, RubySignature™ formula is created with a unique and precious blend of ingredients derived from natural sources. It contains micro-collagen and one of mother nature’s most powerful antioxidants, astaxanthin (micro-algae extract). Scientifically proven, its anti-oxidant power is 6000 times more powerful than Vitamin C, 800 times more powerful than CoQ10 and 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E.


We all know collagen is necessary to support the skin’s structural foundation to improve firmness and elasticity for youthful and supple skin. Astaxanthin serves as the perfect complement by acting as a natural shield against the collagen-depleting procedure. In containing both micro-collagen and astaxanthin, RubySignature™ formula defies the ageing process by performing a vital triple-action of supplying collagen, protecting against collagen degradation and delivering collagen effectively to skin cells. Designed to complement your topical skincare routine - in 6 weeks, experience skin rejuvenating power with  BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence*. Daily consumption will help to ensure that your body is adequately supplied with the essential nutrients for optimal skin support and protection. For optimum efficacy, it is recommended that BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen be consumed twice daily to experience the skin age-reversing difference in 6 weeks*.

*Results may vary according to individuals



After my recent beach getaway (more on Instagram @OYHZ), I definitely need new RubyCollagen Essence range by BRAND’S® InnerShine® even more to fight the collagen-depleting rays of the sun. 

If I had been reminded earlier, I would have brought with me a few bottles or stripes for the holiday. Still, better late than never! In order to fend of the visual signs of aging, it is necessary to not only replenish lost collagen, but also prevent further collagen degradation in the skin from occurring. Inspired by this insight, BRAND’S® InnerShine® developed RubySignature™, a formulation designed specifically to challenge the existing paradigm in anti-aging skin care.



Both packaging are rather slim and compact for slotting into our ladies bags :) This is how you could simply bring it along for a day trip or for consumption!

If you had read my previous review on the marine collagen here, I personally find that the RubyCollagen Essence suits my palate better with the more tangy taste.  BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence is infused with natural pomegranate juice that gives the invigorating and zesty flavour. Being so delicious, it is certainly an added bonus to addressing the needs of aging skin.



I had been drinking BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence for the past week and so far my skin has been recovering well from the slight sunburnt on my cheeks. The burnt cheeks didn’t turn patchy or flaky (thankfully!) and the bumps that appeared on my face right after the trip are disappearing fast. This may be the effect of the RubyCollagen Essence, coupled with the hydrating and soothing products I spammed right after I got home. Plus some deep-cleansing and exfoliating masks which I have been more diligently using too. 



According to Isabella Tan, Vice President and General Manager of Cerebos Pacific Limited Singapore, Brunei, and Philippines, “The creation of the RubyCollagen Essence range has enabled BRAND’S® InnerShine® to capitalize on an underserved realm within the anti-aging beauty space, addressing women’s needs for a more complete and holistic anti-aging skin care regimen that also nourishes from the inside out.”

There are 2 formats to RubyCollagen:



1. BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence (50ml x 12) SGD $62.90
http://www.brandsworld.com.sg/Our-Products/InnerShine/RubyCollagen-Drink




2. BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence Strip (15g x 10): SGD $36.00
http://www.brandsworld.com.sg/Our-Products/InnerShine/RubyCollagen-Strip




You may buy BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence now on e-store (store.brandsworld.com.sg) or find out more info on Rubycollagen here: https://store.brandsworld.com.sg/index.php/gallery-index-.html?scontent=n,rubycollagen

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About BRAND’S®
Operating across six major markets namely, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China, BRAND’S® is the market leader in Asia with over 80 per cent market share. The company-owned manufacturing plants located in Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and China ensures that products meet the highest quality and safety standards. Keeping relevant with consumers’ demands and changing needs is one of the company’s topmost priorities.



About InnerShine®
Developed with a winning combination of scientifically proven health-enhancing ingredients, BRAND'S® InnerShine® is a modern range of beauty wellness supplements to help you promote beauty from within. Don’t let your lifestyle stand in the way of feeling great and looking fabulous. Let BRAND'S® InnerShine® bring out the best in you. For more information about BRAND’S®, please visit www.brandsworld.com.sg.

11 May 2016

Beauty Base - bSoul facial & MTM back therapy

Went for bSoul facial and massage before a festive season previously and wow, the facial results turned out to be SO GOOD. If you hadn't knew about bSoul before, here is more details on one of their skincare kit.

bSoul facial is available at several salons, and I visited one at Clementi - Beauty Base. It's less than 5 mins walk from the station if you travel by mrt :)

 photo Beauty Base bSoul Facial 1_zpsozltpssh.jpg



The introduction to the products used were pretty straight-to-the-point, a manner which I’m personally fond of. No overpromises or fanciful claims that builds up your expectations only to give end results that is below mediocre, which happens at some salons. The therapist used pretty layman terms to explain the products with their usage and effects, which makes it easy for me to understand and absorb the information (especially while lying on the comfy bed and being only half awake).

My skin is pretty dehydrated these days due to the cold and dry air-conditioning in office and insufficient plain fluid consumption. Thus, the therapist recommended facial that can help to restore my skin’s moisture and pH level which in turn will brighten up my complexion. 

The range of products used for the facial.



To my amazement, there were no high-technology machines or 'fanciful' creams or serums used during the facial. It is a classic facial, without extractions, using the exact bSoul set shown above that can be purchased and used at home on our own! 

1) Thorough removal of my makeup
This took possibly thrice the amount of time I would spent removing makeup on my own. Must be really thorough :D ok, i'm 1/2 kidding.

2) Cleansing with my favourite bSoul 3 Activ scrub
Again, the therapist spent 2-3 times the effort than I usually do when I use the scrub. She reminded me that the scrub can be effective as a hydration mask too when used together with a serum. The granular beads from the scrub will break down into waxy state after few minutes of scrubbing and it will act to hydrate the skin like a mask. Hence, the 'scrub' was left on my skin while she proceeded to trim my eyebrows.

3) Mask
This was applied in conjuction with the facial massage.
Do note that the facial massage is rather heavy-handed as compared to any other facial massages i've done before. Not something that you will fall asleep with. But neither is it painful at all, hence no worries!
The massage skill of the therapist helps in getting the products absorbed more effectively into my skin as well as reduce any water retention, making my face feel lighter and refreshed, perhaps even more nimble in my expressions that evening.

Now I look forward to using my remaining bSoul scrub in a new manner at home!

There is a makeup room for girls to tidy up after a good sleep facial so that you can hang out shopping even right after a facial.



Of cos, please go and try the facial yourselves to experience the goodness of it. Would be great to pamper your skin and be ready to face the world in the upcoming (June holiday) travel season :)



(Beauty Base is 20 years old! Pretty established for a beauty salon!)




Other than bSoul facial, Beauty Base also offers MTM back therapy.



Prior to trying out MTM massage, I've already prepped myself for a painful experience as what Mia had shared. It's not meant to be the 'shiok' kind of massage, but a real, painful jabbing type. I was honestly looking forward to some beneficial jabbing to clear the knots in my shoulders, and lower back which I strained some time in Dec :(



Now, what exactly is MTM massage? This therapy is a new type of corrective massage, based on Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Philosophy and Modern Western Medical principal. This technique is aided by specialized handheld rod (read: buffalo horn), which goes beyond the conventional superficial skin and muscle levels. Check out the 'rods':



Each of our backs is like a main power switch that reflects the major organs and nerve systems of our bodies. Here's an overall view of the acupoints on our backs.



The treatment works by stimulating these meridian points in our body to work on the facial restrictions and scar tissues in the muscle. It can be performed in one session for a full body treatment, or it can be localized for specific target area such as face, and is designed to address stubborn problems such as chronic stiff shoulders or bloated face (depending on which area are you performing the treatment on).

Unfortunately, I'm soooo sensitive (read: ticklish) to any touches on my (mid) back that the massage could not be done full-out over that area. The therapist was able to carry out the acupressure treatment properly for my shoulders and neck regions though, helping with the relief of my stiff shoulders and that chronic pain. It wasn't as painful as expected - the massage on my neck, shoulder and lower back region were just that slightly uncomfortable during the session.

The massage therapist, however, warned me of subsequent aching muscles which I felt indeed the very next morning. It was far more sore than I've ever came across before, or have expected.
Thankfully, they gave me the tub of ageless herbal cream to help with the expected aches and I had it rubbed onto my shoulders immediately after I woke up. It soothed the aftermath aches considerably!



http://www.meditrina.com.sg/detail.php?ProductID=351

Overall, I find the MTM massage much more effective in curing my muscle stiffness than another other solutions I've tried so far. If you have problems which regular massages can't help, do give MTM massage a try!




BEAUTY BASE

Block 443 Clementi Avenue 3
#01-69 Singapore 120443

Operating hours:
Mon -Fri: 10.30am-8.30pm
Sat -Sun: 10.30am-6pm
P.Holiday closed.

Tel: 6872 2268
Fax: 6872 2268
E-mail: beauty.base@gmail.com