Renee’s Blend 2 is Here!

Guess who’s back, back again?

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

Beauty Catchup!

Oh wow, guys… it’s been awhile. It feels like a long while!

As you may know, mid-August I got dengue fever and it lasted a little over 5 weeks, which is beyond horrible – I feel like I slept through all of August and September! I’ve been slowly but surely recovering, and because I was “out of it” for 5 weeks and the last few weeks, I have A LOT to catch up on. (Sorry to the emails I haven’t replied yet, I am slowly working through them!) Here are some things I’ve been loving since we last spoke that I want to share with you.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil

My best friend told me about rose hip oil ages ago, claiming how good it was, but I didn’t think we got any in Singapore so I didn’t really take much notice. Also, when I was told about it a few years ago, I was still in the “but oil will give me breakouts” beauty level; which I will say: I was so wrong. Your skin needs oil, even if it gets breakouts! I’ve been using the serum for maybe 3 weeks now and I can tell you, this is one of the best skincare products I’ve ever tried. It’s absolutely fantastic, so fantastic I am thinking of just trying a bunch of his stuff and ditching my current skincare (even though it’s worked for me for about 9 years now!). It’s just SO good. My skin looks amazing. With natural ingredients of Vitamin A, C (both great for anti aging and brightening) and Omega 3+6 and Vitamin E (all great for moisturizing); it really is a powerful moisturizing anti aging serum. It goes on light and dries instantly, and has a yummy orange peel scent. You can find Ole Henriksen products at Sephora.



Nip + Fab Multi Fix Oil

Dengue fever is often called “Breakbone” disease, so you can only imagine how painful it is. It literally feels like someone took a hammer and broke all your bones in your body. It is a real intense, deep soreness to your body and I was in so much pain during those few weeks, the only “relief” I could think of was someone massaging the soreness. I looked through all my loot to see if I had some kinda oil to use, and lo and behold; I found this lifesaver.

Seriously, I don’t think I could’ve gone without this oil those weeks of pain. As you can see, I’ve used so much! I think it’s 90% gone. It is a multi-purpose oil in that it can be used pretty much everywhere (however I believe there is mineral oil so probably best not to use it on your face). But it is excellent for the body. It goes on smoothly and the scent is a light “clean” one which I liked very much. It also dries into your skin (so no oily residue) and leaves it feeling super soft. I’m going to buy another bottle just for body moisturization in the night; but if for whatever reason you might also need a massage oil to soothe some sore muscles/bones, I would definitely recommend this one! I believe it is available in Watsons.


Benefit Gimme Brow

Though Benefit was the very first thing I wrote about on this blog almost 6 years ago (!!!); I haven’t tried too many of their stuff until I was part of their fun event back in July. I’ve been keeping up to date with them, and right now, a star product you must run out and get is Gimme Brow. Remember how I said that my mom “stole” my other Benefit product, the Porefessional? Well, she also stole Gimme Brow, and now would like to let everyone know that Benefit is the best makeup brand in the whole world. I’d have to agree, I am starting to get seriously more and more impressed by their products.

Anyway – Gimme Brow. What can I say? I’ve used Brow mascaras in the past and I prefer it to the powder look, however those mascara brushes were so big and hard to use, and I do not have Cara Delevinge eyebrows, thank you very much! The tiny brush of Gimme Brow is the real innovation here, I think. It is just the perfect size for you to comb through without making a mess or the skin around the brown area, and goes on smoothly and quickly. The formula has tiny micro fibers that also “beef” up your brows giving it a fuller look. Love, love, love. My favorite place to play around with Benefit it at their Tangs Beauty shop, so have a look there!


Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Set

I’ve been hearing about eyeliners by Urban Decay and would always test them at Sephora in what feels like years, but I finally got the chance to try it out and boy, does it live up to expectations! These liners are so easy to apply – they literally glide on the skin – so drawing a line is super easy. They stay on all night and I find that the colors, though, like every brand they have the usual blacks, browns, etc, I feel there is a difference in them. They seem a little more shimmery, a little more dramatic; something about them seems so bold and dynamic. What I’ve been doing is applying black eyeliner at the top lash line, and gray on the bottom lash line. You can find this set at Sephora.

Phew… that’s about it for now! Such amazing products I’ve been using recently; and definitely ones that I’ll be using for a long, long time. What’s been up with everyone? I seriously feel so out of touch with everything! Update me? :)

Beauty Tip of the Week: Sand to Exfoliate the Skin

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Ah, it is time! Beauty Tip of the Week. Every Thursday, don’t forget! This week’s tip is the very last one for summer.

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While you’re having the last days of frolicking on the beach, remember to give your feet and skin a treat! Sand is a great exfoliator for your skin.

What I like to do, when having “long walks on the beach”, is that I’ll dip my feet in the ocean to make it wet. As I walk on the sand, the sad sticks to the water on my feet, and, as I walk, slowly exfoliates any dead skin cells on my feet (especially useful for high heel wearers). For the rest of your skin, sitting at the edge of the ocean and rubbing damp sand on your arms, legs and belly will naturally exfoliate as well. (Be gentle though, some sand can be very harsh for your skin. Rub it in small circular motions and do not put so much pressure.)

Have you ever tried exfoliating your skin with sand? Let me know what you think!

Exclusive Interview with Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

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A few weeks ago I had one of the biggest “highlights” of my blogging career; sitting down and interviewing master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who I am willing to bet you or a loved one has one of his perfumes and colognes. He has created many best selling classics, and out of 500 perfumers in the world who created thousands of perfumes on the market right now, he is easily in the Top 3. Such an honor. We sat down at Escentials at Paragon, my favorite place for niche perfume and skincare/makeup brands to chat about perfume (obviously!), Singapore, celebrity fragrances and blogging. Read on!

Hi Francis, Thank you very much for speaking with me! I’m a big fan!

Thank you!

I guess my first question is what started your love for perfume?

Hmm! My love for perfume? I think it’s… to me perfume as it remains even now mysterious. There is a mystery with perfume, because it’s something that gives you so much emotion. You can be so emotional about the scent. And yet you don’t really see it. It’s more emotional to me than music, than visual, art, listening to something and yet you don’t see it, you can’t touch it. It’s in the air, you can’t “trap” to, it dies very soon because you cannot keep it for a long time. So it’s… perfume is just very interesting.


I agree with that! So when you create perfume, how does it start? What inspires? A feeling…?

It’s very diverse. If I tell you the inspiration for the line, one of the best seller of the line, Aqua Universalis. Acqua was inspired by the feeling of freshness. Not the smell of fresh, but the feeling of when you get into bed, in a hotel, or at home. It’s like the first time you get into the clean sheets, the first time you put on a fresh white shirt, fresh iron, it’s all about that crispness and that feeling of being fresh.

Amyris last year was inspired by the idea of “effortless elegance”. As a woman or as a man, when you put your first wardrobe and you have to pick out something that you know are peace with; and you know it fits you very well, you know you can rely on that look; your comfortable shoes, you can be elegant, this is very “you”. What does that mean in terms of perfume? Amyris is all about that.

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Webcam Beauty Tips: How to Look Great Online

Whether you’re Skyping with friends or family overseas, having “deep and meaningfuls” with LonelyBoy15, or having important business conference calls… there is no escaping the webcam! And while the quality of webcams have definitely gotten better over the years, there is no denying that they can still make us look like total crap – no thanks to their unflattering angles and really bad lightning, especially at night.

Case in point, my photo above: what I look like at 2am, not following any of the tips I’m about to write. My makeup, I thought, looked fine in person. But online? Eh. Here are some makeup tips to look somewhat presentable on screen with those unforgiving webcams:


Skip the skin illumintors and highlighters for now!

1. Go matte. Shimmery shadows, dewy foundations, highlighters – this will all amplify online and make you look tres oily. Just wear your usual foundation and concealers but don’t forget a dust of loose powder on top to keep all the oiliness at bay.

2. Skip the blush. Bronzers will warm up the skin and, like in real life, make you look a bit more warm and healthy. Peach blush works fine too, but try to skip on the pink and coral blushes that can make you appear really red and blotchy onscreen. Also, make sure to pick the right bronzer as a lot of them can make you turn orange. Some great ones I love is Benefit’s Hoola, Bobbi Browns and any bronzer from MAC.

3. Add Some Color. That being said, if you’re not a fan of bronzer, just make sure to add some color on your cheeks so you don’t look completely washed out like I do above. Also make sure to have some kind of color on your lips – even if it’s a swipe of tinted lip balm – so your lips don’t disappears and look like it melted into your face. My favorite tinted lipbalm are the cult favorites Chubby Sticks by Clinique.

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Beginner Eye Makeup Product Recommendation & Tips


Hi Renee! I’m new to the makeup scene and it’s kind of embarrassing to how much I don’t know! I was wondering if you had any tips on makeup for eyes (eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara) and concealer? And possibly which products are good and how to apply them? I know it’s a lot but I’ve been looking for some advice and you seem to be a really good person to go to! Thanks for your time :) – Anonymous via Tumblr

Don’t be embarrassed! It’s my pleasure. When I started wearing makeup, half the fun would always be buying a new mascara to test out every few months! I tried everything from Maybelline (they make great ones) to Revlon (yuck!) to MAC (no good) to Bourjois (yuck!) to Lancome (amazing). For an inexpensive one, I like the ones by The Body Shop and Maybelline, and for department store ones, I like Clinique and Lancome; although I do not use Lancome or Maybelline anymore as they test on animals. So if that’s a cause you support as well then just go for the other two.


For eyeshadow, your best bet is to get an eyeshadow palette which will allow you to experiment a little more. I LOVE Revlon’s eyeshadow quads, they last super long, has a great range of color choices, and it even has instructions on what to do on the back of it! Other brands that do great eyeshadows are MAC and Bobbi Brown.

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The Benefit POREfessional Event + Review!

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As mentioned 2 weekends ago, the Benefit POREfessional event was a total blast! Benefit Cosmetics had a special event for their Facebook fans in conjunction with their POREfessional product release. There were 8 Benefit Singapore Facebook fans chosen to receive complimentary makeovers from beauty bloggers in Singapore, goodies and much more! Here is a little photo diary of the event, as well as a review on the POREfessional. Also, read on for a very special treat for Beauty Fool readers. ;)

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The bloggers were put into 4 teams (with 2 fans each), me with the beautiful Andrea Chong (who you might recognise as the co-host of That F Word) and I was really excited as we both wanted to be paired up together! We even co-ordinated our outfits for the day (black and white), only to find out we got to wear the fun Benefit trench coats. Love! After meeting our two winners, Aminah and Cheryn, we went outside at the Benefit pop up store for a special treat.

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