Wednesday, 17 September 2014

MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

1. UV Bright

Before I knew about this amazing product and its benefits, I usually gone straight to drinking water in the morning but for the past year, this is all I’ve been consuming before water. You might be wondering then, what does it do?

It’s a health supplement drink packed with loads of antioxidants and efficient whitening actives engineered to block out sun rays and treat dry skin, spots, wrinkles and melanin deposition.

This combined with a good sunblock is all you need to combat the blazing sun in Singapore. Since its a health supplement, it can get quite costly to maintain at SGDa bottle
2. Water
There’s a reason why my skin has been feeling and looking more hydrated throughout the years. That’s because I implemented the daily 2 litres on myself, and everyday I should at least consume 2 litres of water starting with 1 big glass when I wake up. It is still as important, if not the most important aspect in my skincare ritual, that is, to constantly hydrate my body throughout the day just because our body needs it to function properly.
There are so many benefits to drinking water, and here I’m naming a few just to get you started! This readily available natural appetite suppressant helps reduce hunger, increase your metabolism and comes with zero calories if you’re thinking of shedding a few kilos. Water also moisturises your skin, keeping it soft, supple and glowing and is FREE! So start bringing a bottle of water around ( I drink only boiled water from home) and it will start becoming a habit, you won’t feel like it’s a chore.
3. Biotherm LIFE Plankton Toner
I used to think that toners aren’t as important as we can skip past it but since I’ve started using the Biotherm Life Plankton toner, my skin has only felt more fresh and hydrated in the day and doesn’t produce oil sebum easily. Life Plankton is a micro-organism with fundamental regenerative properties and I would tap a generous amount onto my face and neck and within a week of using this product, I’ve seen the effects of newer, younger looking skin and that’s why there’s only half a bottle left now. 
4. Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Cream
I am currently using this product for around my eyes and so far, it’s been working amazing on me. Initially I thought a cream base would be too nourishing but turns out, it has the right texture and consistency and delivers all the right kind of benefits for me. It helps firm and contour, slows down the formation of dark circles and eye bags and provides an immediate "lifting" effect.
5. Clarins Serum / Guerlain Serum
Since hydration is the leading weapon against wrinkles, serums have been an essential for me. Guerlain's intense age-defying hydration combined with absolute comfort is a wrinkle plumper with super light texture. It blends and glides onto the skin so easily and doesn't make me feel like I have much on at all!


6. Biotherm  AquaSource

During the day, I like to use Biotherm's Aquasource, a 48hr deep hydration replenishing gel thatgives skin a healthy radiance, leaving a plump and silky feeling. It dries up really quickly without having to feel sticky which I appreciate because my skin can oxidize very quickly on hot days so this product helps lock in moisture without feeling suffocating. Selecting the right moisturiser for your skin type is important because that will be your base before putting on any kind of makeup/foundation so keep it light and fresh and it will help your makeup last all day instead of oozing oil.

7. Senka UV Protection

I can't stress how crucial it is to put on sunscreen but other than protecting yourself against skin cancer, wearing sunscreen also helps prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations, reduce the appearance of facial red veins and patchiness and slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.


Monday, 15 September 2014

#OOTD LALU






Top: Lalu
Skirt: JRunway
Styling: Me
Photography: Leng Keong

Throwback to a month ago when I finished a short series of photos at Greenwich with Leng Keong, I always love how our photos turn out and this time it was no different.

I mixed and matched the bright yellow crochet top (such a happy colour ain't it?) with a high-waisted skirt that seems perfect for weekend getaways! Both materials feel really comfortable and you don't get the stuffy feeling when you put them on for too long which is a huge plus due to our humid weather in Singapore. 

Til' my next entry, good luck! :)

x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

GUERLAIN KISSKISS ICONIC LIPSTICK 2014


The new KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colours are now in stores! In an iconic black, glossy cube tube reminiscent of a woman's sexy silhouettte, there are 24 new shades to pick from for any occasion!




I picked out Rouge Kiss in 325, a bold, sexy red colour that would love sublime in any LBD combination. It has a creamy texture and glides on like butter but feels extremely light and moisturing even after prolonged wear. Most importantly, it doesn't bleed out and the formula is amazing with good coverage!

Check out the new range at all Guerlain outlets, I doubt you'll leave empty handed.



Saturday, 30 August 2014

#OOTD X CASUAL FRIDAY CHIC

Hi everyone!

It's great to be back after all these time. I've been catching up on rest and getting my korea article up on TheSmartLocal.com. It should be published soon, can't wait for you all to read it, especially those of you who are hoping to make Korea your next travel destination soon, hope you get some ideas from the feature.

Anyway, here's a quick OOTD series I shot with Leng Keong 2 weeks back.

Hope you like it!











I paired a soft cotton shirt from Sans & Sans with these striped pants for the ultimate chillaxed look for a night out of food and drinks with family. The pants are crisp and fitting and I love how long and straight they make my legs look haha. 


Top & Pants: Sans & Sans
Shoes: Zara
HairNext Salon
Styling: Me
Photography: Leng Keong




Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 002
Powder: Jill Stuart Loose Powder in 01
Brows: Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil in Grey
Eyes: Shiseido MAQuillAGE Palette in BR722
Eyeliner: Laneige Artplay Eyeliner
Cheeks: Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek in PK301
Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure in 23

Will be posting another OOTD soon this coming week! Meanwhile..

Stay gold x

Sunday, 3 August 2014

BACK FROM SOUTH KOREA

Hello blog readers!

I hope the week has been swell for you, sorry I didn't update the blog, I've been away on a trip to Korea this week and just came home! It was a trip organised by the Korea Tourism of Singapore and I was invited as a writer under TheSmartLocal.com.

Will be publishing a 2 part entry on TSL by next week, I took almost 800 photos and I hope they turn out good!

Here's a couple for your viewing's pleasure until I get the post up!

Have a great Sunday and I hope to be back with more entries and videos soon! :)




OOTD:
Dress: Lalu
Shoes: Converse


Saturday, 19 July 2014

ATELIER COLOGNE X ESCENTIALS




I've been wanting to review a new range cologne that has recently arrived our shores and charmed many experienced noses at its soft launch at Escentials.

Atelier Cologne was born out of a serendipitous encounter between Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. Perfume had always been their passion and their profession, with both having equally strong  backgrounds in the fragrance departments. 

Their dream was to create colognes of character to be worn as pure perfume, while exalting the characteristic and magic freshness of cologne. Together, they present to you Cologne Absolue.





I loved the way Christophe illustrated how he met his wife, how their chance meeting gave birth to  Atelier Cologne. Second thing I love about the range is that all smell distinctively different on their but are still able to layer on one another if you wanna.
My 2 favourite picks are: 

Christophe was extremely smart to have 'opened the show' with this happy, exuberant scent, Orange Sanguine (100ml, SGD170). It smells exactly like freshly peeled orange skin, the kind of scent you'd wear out for a picnic with friends, laughing and celebrating youth, sunshine and breakfast moments.



Top notes
blood orange from Italy
bitter orange from Seville
red mandarin from Italy

Heart notes
jasmine from Egypt
geranium from South Africa
black pepper from Madagascar

Base notes
tonka bean from Brazil
sandalwood from Indonesia
cedarwood from Texas

The other fragrance that tore me apart, which I eventually bagged home is Oolang Infini (100ml, SGD200). This is what I would wear on a daily basis, it smells just like how I'd wanna smell, firm, collected and understated.
A scent that makes you wanna go back to it again and again and again, like a baby's scent lol. It's so easy to be comfortable in it, the soft musky scent settling in for long periods of time without having to re-apply it again  throughout the day. Definitely lasting and worth every penny paid.



Top notes
bergamot from Calabria
Tunisian neroli
freesia

Heart notes
oolang tea
jasmine from Egypt
blond leather

Base notes
tobacco flower from the Balkans
gaiac wood from India
musk

 Now available at: Escentials Paragon #03-02/05 and Escentials Tangs Beauty 1.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LOUIS VUITTON ISLAND MAISON MBS SINGAPORE SILENT AUCTION

Earlier last month, I attended a meaningful event with Ivan at LV's Island Maison. Makeup was my own while my hair was done at Next Salon Ion before I met up with Ivan at Marina Bay Singapore,







Hosted by Gregory O'Neil from BCD Travels, it was a charity gala to raise funds for the kids at Jamiyah Children's  Home through a silent auction and I am very happy that to have been a part of this and help them spread the word and generate more awareness for their home.


You can lend a hand by making a small donation or even by giving away food or donations in kind(toys, apparels etc).

Learn more about it on their website here or on their Facebook page.

Thank you again for reading this post, I shall pack up some of stuff for the kids and I already feel like volunteering once my health gets better! 

Have a great mid-week and I'll see you all soon! 

X

Saturday, 28 June 2014

GUEST BLOGGER X KAKI BISTRO & BAR

I'm doing something new and exciting today! I'll be having my first guest blogger bloggging for me and I'm exhilarated that that person is none other than my boo Anna Francesca Rodriguez from Wynterflakes.com!

I'll leave you in good hands and do let us know what you think/feel about this guest blogging thing cos' I hope we can do this more often! 

When we think of chill-out bars, we imagine fancy, city-lighted, just-left-the-office-businesssuit-cladded men hanging out on a friday night. At least for me, that’s the image that comes to mind. The last setting one could ever imagine is being surrounded by greenery all over in such a place; but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Kakis Bistro and Bar which makes it pleasantly different from the bars we are familiar with.

Located at Farnborough Road at Changi Village. Yes, it is a bit far and away from the city, but this is, in my opinion, what gives it its charm. Gwen brought me along their Chill-Eat-Drink session just so we could catch up and hang out that day. Isn’t she the sweetest?

We parked quite far away and had to walk to reach there, which is just sad because we didn’t know there was free parking on site! Upon arriving, we were ushered in into what seemed to be a huge garden; rightly so because all the greens that they serve on the menu all come from the place itself. It couldn’t get any fresher than this!

The ambience is definitely relaxing and soothing; a far cry from our busy, fast paced life, thus a good place to just chill and hang out with friends.



Prawn Alioli with Homegrown Lemongrass & Coriander
The prawns are served medium rare and are plump and juicy when chewed; certainly fresher than your average shrimp. The lemongrass and coriander adds an even more refreshing taste to this dish. Too bad for Gwen that she can’t eat to shrimp-- I had it all to myself. *grins*



Stir Fry Button Mushroom with Homegrown Kaffir Leaf, Shallots and White Wine
We loved this offering! The mushrooms were cooked just nicely and were not at all soggy as some might turn out when cooked with a bit of sauce. Needless as it is to keep repeating that the produce are all very fresh, they truly are and is what makes their food worth the visit.



Chicken Quesadilla with Home Made Salsa
The quesadillas are thin and light; definitely not overwhelming to the palate. The chicken itself is soft and matches well with the semi-crispy tortilla, although I feel that they could add more serving of the salsa. After all, isn’t that what we’re always after?



Fries Addiction (In-house special seasoning)
They are very generous in serving size when it comes to fries, the two of us almost cannot finish the amount that they gave us! Although unsure of the seasoning’s composition, it is indeed tastier than your average bar counter fries.


Aglio Olio (w/ fusion taste of home grown kaffir leaf)
Served with prawns cooked in similar style to the Prawn Alioli above, their Aglio Olio is well cooked, as with the rest of the food they served us. Not too oily and not too creamy, it’s definitely a good choice for pasta lovers.


Fish&Chips
I have to be honest that by the time the Fish and Chips were served, I was quite full already. It’s served with salad and cooked the way fish in Fish and Chips, in my opinion, should be--crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside.


Red Velvet Cake
For dessert, we were served their signature red velvet cake. I like the fact that it wasn’t too sweet to the taste and though it’s not as moist as other cakes, it was a great way to end our meal.



They offer a lot of fun activities and that night we were also taught how to make our own drinks by the bartender!




One last thing worth mentioning is the great band that plays at Kakis--it is what made us stay so late that night. We got to chat with them for a while and such cool and down to earth people they are! They’re very friendly and open to requests, and even though Gwen asked them to cover a difficult song, they agreed to play it with a just a few cheering, and they delivered it excellently, too.



Verdict:
It’s best to go to Kakis at night time as it will be much cooler with all the greenery and sans the intense heat of the sun. It is relaxing and great for those who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city and would like to have a fun evening with friends and music.

Must admit that the downside is its location; a bit far from any MRT and suitable for those who come by car or by bus (Changi Golf Course Bus Stop 99049, Buses 2, 9, 19, 59, 89, 109)

As for the food and I’ve reiterated so many times in this post, the dishes served are all very fresh and succulent and will not leave you hungry during your stay there!

Kakis Bistro & Bar
289 Farnborough Road
Singapore 509747
Tel: 6214 3956

Photography by: Gwen & Anna 

Friday, 27 June 2014

#OOTD X PERFORATED

Hello sugar pumpkins! 

How's your week been so far? I'm feeling a little stretched from work so I'm taking the weekend off to relax, rejuvenate to calm my mind and body. Heh, it's important to do that for yourself so you can power up and charge from Monday to Friday!

Anyway, here are some shots Anna and I took before Anna Sui's Beach Collection 2014 Launch at BHG Bugis some time ago.








I love the perforated white dress for its simplicity and elegant look. What's really interesting is that you can detach the necklace that comes with the dress and attach it with your own! Have been tying my hair up in a top knot or ponytail lately as the heat has been sweltering!












Dress: Miss Selfridge 
Outerwear: Zara
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Accessories: Own
Nails: Innisfree/Own
Hair Colour: Next Salon
Styling: Me

Photography: Anna Rodriguez
Editing: Me

 ♡