Renee’s Blend 2 is Here!


Guess who’s back, back again?

Renee’s Blend! :)

I’m super excited to announce that Renee’s Blend 2 is now available at all Lemongrass House stores and online! We decided to do something a little different this time round…

“Due to popular demand we’re thrilled to announce that Renee’s Blend 2 is now available at all Lemongrass House stores and online! Now with a sweeter and fresher scent plus available in cute travel sizes, our exclusive limited edition travel sets are perfect for the summer holidays!”

The scent features the same “ingredients” as before: magnolia, pink grapefruit, chocolate and vanilla – but it’s been updated to a more tangy, sharp sweet scent – perfect for summer!

There are 2 sets, Summer Essentials or Summer Body Care Set. Or, you can mix and match at their stores to create your perfect travel beauty kit! We’ve also included new products to the mix, such as a shampoo, conditioner and lip balm.

Grab it at all Lemongrass House shops (find the closest one to you here) or buy online here. It’s a limited edition collection, so it’ll be gone by the end of Summer!

Here are the posters for more info:



Let me know if you have any questions about Renee’s Blend 2! Thank you so much for your support with the first collection! 

Beauty Fool is 6!

Wow, I almost cannot believe it. I started this blog exactly 6 years ago, on April 22nd 2008. It’s so crazy to think how much has happened in the last 6 years!

Thank you so much for all the support throughout the years, it’s been a blast. Apologies for the silence around here, but some changes are in the works so stay tuned! Either way, just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for the support… 6 years! So crazy.

x Renee

Skin Myth: Can Pores Open and Close?

can pores open and close?

When I started a proper skin care routine back when I was 13 years old, I first heard about this skin myth when my mom told me that I should finish washing my face with very cold water, to “close” the pores. However, this is a really big skin myth – probably one of the biggest ones – and is used to sell hundreds of products, but unfortunately…

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no – pores cannot open and close. For them to actually open and close would mean it would have to have muscles. In fact, pore size is genetically determined!

From Society Hill Dermatology:

There’s no magical process or product that will cause your pores to “open” and allow impurities to rise to the skin’s surface.
By the same token, splashing cold water on your face – or doing anything else for that matter – won’t cause the gates to slam shut on your pores.

Simply put, “pores are pretty stationary,” says Susan C. Taylor, M.D., a dermatologist in Philadelphia and author of Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor’s Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair, and Nails (Amistad, 2004).

What you’re doing when you steam your face is causing the blood vessels to dilate and the skin to swell slightly. Similarly, “astringents and toners slightly irritate the walls of the pores and make them swell, causing the pores to look smaller,” Baumann explains. But they haven’t actually changed in size. Even in the best-case scenario, their diminished appearance won’t last for more than 24 hours.

That being said, with pore minimizing products, don’t expect miracle results; especially those that claim to make your pores smaller. Though they clean your pores out, making them appear smaller, the size of your pores haven’t changed one bit. Think of your pores as a “V” shape. The only real thing you can do is to exfoliate your skin. If you exfoliate it scrubs off a layer of the ‘V’, they will make your pore appear smaller, but again, your pore size really hasn’t changed size.

Sad but true, but this skin myth has officially been debunked! Any thoughts?

P.S. One great product that is used in my household that diminishes the appearance of pores is Benefit’s Porefessional – highly recommended!

Introducing Modajar


It’s another big win for Singaporean fashion entrepreneurs! I first discovered Modajar, a luxury boutique here in Singapore recently and have been stalking their online shop ever since, especially since they house some really cool cult brands that you can’t find elsewhere in Singapore. Origami Jewellery (my favorite!), House of Holland and Patrizia Pepe are some of the brands you’ll find at the store.


While Modajar is a physical shop (isn’t it gorgeous?!) – you know me, I’m all about online shopping! Their online website is easy to use and everything is photographed perfectly – my items arrived exactly how they were presented online. (They also do international shipping by the way). As you can see – I got a cool brick print tee from One.T.Shirt, a go-with-everything basic top from Patricia Peze; and my favorite, an Origami Jewellery necklace. I was deciding between the elephant and the dinosaur (love them both), but chose the dinosaur as they were my first loves! At 4 years old I saw Jurassic park and I have loved dinos ever since. Isn’t he beautiful? I named him Larry. ;)


Modajar launched earlier this year in July, with specially handpicked and sourced straight from the designers, resulting in a truly bold yet sophisticated shop. Oh, and before you think Modajar is just for women, don’t worry men, there are plenty of choices for you too. Modajar is set to cater to the fashion-forward man and women who loves uniqueness and a bit of “out there” style. I can only vouch for their online shop so far but as I mentioned, I enjoyed my experience shopping with Modajar. Other than the user friendly site, the delivery was pretty quick and in a sturdy, pretty Modajar box. I also have to say that I’ve been in touch with the people at Modajar and they are simply the friendliest, most helpful staff (shoutout to Shanti).

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Top 10 Chick Flicks (Part 2)

top 10 best chick flicks

I’ve been wanting to write part 2 to my first post, My Top 10 Best Chick Flicks, because really, as a chick flick lover, how could I only limit it to 10? Chick flicks, to me, are the ultimate “feel good” movie, even though they may not exactly be the most realistic. But one can dream! Here are 10 more must best chick flicks…

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)


Bend it Like Beckham (buy here): Right after I published the first article, I smacked myself for forgetting this gem. Probably one of the most funniest chick flick ever. The plot is that the daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditional cultural beliefs and runs off to Germany with a football team. So yep – it’s a girl’s soccer movie! It also stars Keira Knightley and it’s so, so hilarious.

Fave quote: “Lesbian? Her birthday’s in March. I thought she was a Pieces.”

Beastly (2011)


Beastly (buy here): This is not so much a chick flick; it’s more of a teen romance; and if you get past the terribly unrealistic plot (as in, Lindy and her father’s storyline, not that the guy turns into a beast) then it is thoroughly enjoyable. This is the “modern day” Beauty and the Beast story, based on the book by Alex Finn, and I don’t know, it was just such a sweet, lovely little movie. It stars teen queen Vanessa Hundgens and the drop dead gorgeous Alex Pettyfer. I really enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorite movies even though it was a big flop, ha.

I love it for several reasons. The piano score throughout the movie was absolutely breathe-taking (there are many variations in the film but this one is my favorite), the beautiful imagery, and also… Alex Pettyfer… more like PRETTYfer am I right? They made him look like a monster and he still looked hot. Go figure. Also, the last 30 seconds of the movie will also make you LOL so bad. Mary-Kate Olsen also stars and she was perfect for this role, I loved her outfits.

Fave quote: ”Is bullshit one word or two?”

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