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I am always really happy to find online shops that ship internationally – I know my fellow Singaporeans (or anyone else obsessed with online shopping!) would agree. So I was thrilled when MizSpa contacted me to tell me about their cool online beauty shop, and even offered a great giveaway to my readers (more on that below!)

MizSpa is based in Hong Kong, and like I said – ships everywhere in the world. The shop stocks hundreds of beauty goodies in the skincare, makeup, perfume and spa category. Their philosophy is that “the best spa is the one in your home”, which I agree with totally! And with brands such as Chanel, D&G, Burberry and SKII, you can get the most luxurious beauty products in your home. I took a look around the store and here are some of my favorite picks…

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It’s the scent of a princess!

… OK, she’s actually “The Duchess of Cambridge” but pfft. She will be princess someday! (Right?) Either way, the whole world was watching Kate Middleton’s wedding over a year ago (can you believe it’s been so long?!), and naturally, everyone had questions, especially about the stunning bride: Who was she wearing? Who did her hair? What makeup did she use? HOW DO I LAND A PRINCE, TOO?!?!!? (Sorry, that one was my question.) We last talked about her wedding makeup (and her love for thick eyeliner) here, but her scent was not really talked about until much later. It was also later revealed what her perfume of choice was of her wedding day: White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum, a gorgeous fresh floral scent featuring notes of lily, gardenia, ylang ylang, and jasmine. It’s been quite hard to find (as you can imagine), but America, rejoice (!) because the scent is available at Henri Bendel next week. For the rest of the world, you can buy it online here. What do you think of Kate’s choice for her wedding day? I approve, because I like anything gardenia (and less face it, anything Kate) and I really hope I get the chance to try it out someday. And for my readers who are married – what scent did you wear on your wedding day? :)


Shut Up, Fashion Snobs!

This is a repost of a previous blog post I wrote on my now defunct, short lived (2 months!) personal blog (although it wasn’t really personal, just non-beauty stuff!). I moved all the posts into Beauty Fool, but some of you might’ve missed it, so here it is! Also, this topic has come up recently (read about it here, basically, a fashion designer was here recently and had a lot of comments about Singaporean fashion), so I think this post makes sense… plus my opinion is the same, and always will be! Let me know what you think.

I was reading an article recently about how Singapore was so proud to be placed at #8 in one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Then, the article had high-and-mighty fashion people questioning if we really “deserved” it, since a lot of us walk around in tank tops, shorts and flip flops. This wouldn’t be a big deal normally but I have been reading and hearing time and time again about how Singaporeans can’t dress, they have no style, some even calling it “low class” just ’cause we happen to like the whole tank-top-and-shorts combo. Enough is enough!

First of all: The weather! People, the humidity level here is 90%! This place is an oven; I am surprised no one is walking around naked. Of course cities like New York or Tokyo have some seriously fashionable people… they can wear proper clothes and do something called LAYERING. If we layer here we’d all drop dead. Sure, there is a time and place for everything, and shorts and tank tops are definitely too casual for some occasions… but seriously, for everyday wear, I don’t see what’s the big deal? Second, it’s nobody’s business and besides, who do they think they are commenting on how others dress? These “fashion” people are ridiculous and really need to get off their high horses – it’s JUST clothes.

What do you guys think? Do you think the tank-and-shorts combo is “low class”, and do you think people have a right to comment on how others dress?


Dogs are, without a doubt, one of the greatest loves of my life. I love everything about them. I’m a huge animal lover, but dogs are #1 in my heart. They are not only loyal, trustworthy companions for life, but they are really part of your family, and there are so much to be learned from dogs. Here are some of the life lessons I’ve learned from dogs – my first dog Jeri, and my current, Bailey – and can teach you, too!

1. Live in the moment

As Cesar Milan says, dogs live in the moment. They cannot, and will not think of anything else.

Bailey has seem to completely forgotten she was born at a factory and picked up, only to be passed around from house to house 4 times, everyone eventually giving up on her. But she hasn’t let that affect her. (And I will NEVER give up on you, Bailey. You’re stuck with me forever!) This has been a big lesson for me because I always tend to worry about the future, and always think about the past – what could’ve been, should’ve been – but it’s really useless to worry or dwell on things we cannot control or change… one just needs to move on, and live in the moment and enjoy life now.

2. Do less everyday

When you think about it, dogs don’t really do much. I mean, I’ve tried to ask Bailey to help me with my bills but she’s not having any of it. But seriously – they don’t fill their schedules with a million things and stress out – their schedule is just… relaxed. I always make fun of Bailey when I see her sleeping in a really dramatic position, like she hasn’t slept for days. I always go, “Tough being a dog eh? With all that food to eat, toys to play with, walks to take?” But I think we can learn from them: Take time out of the day for yourself, to relax, or take things slower. Why must everything be so fast paced, anyway?

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UPDATE 6/03: I have found places to buy some of the fragrances online, yay! So this post has been updated with the links to the online shops, check it out.

Oh Jads International, you big tease, you!

As if I have not spent enough money on The Avengers (saw it for the 3rd time last week, kinda want to see it again – what is happening to me?). But seriously: my favorite movie + my favorite beauty product (perfume) = gimme!!!

the avengers perfume cologne set

Here is what’s in the “The Avengers” perfume collection (buy here):

Patriot: (Captain America) Patriot is both reserved and sexy; like a symbol on a shield or a moniker on a motorcycle helmet. Fresh notes of green lime and white pepper are the first to hit with dry oak wood, sandalwood and tequila accords finishing the adventure.

Mark VII: (Iron Man) Transparent, aromatic, and modern in nature, Mark VII combines mandarin, neroli, nasturtium and jasmine layered with light patchouli to create a contemporary expression of “I don’t play well with others” confidence; leaving you always ready for whatever a genius, billionaire, playboy-philanthropist might encounter along the way.

SMASH!: (The Hulk) Very unusual and rare materials have been brought together to create a woody aquatic cologne. Yuzu, bergamot and tarragon create clean, clear top notes along with unexpected accords of water lily and nutmeg. SMASH! then carries an intense woody drydown enriched with Indian sandalwood, vetiver, musk and sharp cedar.

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Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent powder review

Yes, that’s a bold statement, but it’s true!

Aubrey Organics is a star organic brand in their market, and a few years ago, I was given a chance to try out their makeup line. While their blush and lipgloss were good – very, very good in fact – I’ve only mentioned my favorite product from theirs, The Silken Earth translucent powder, on my blog and never a full review. (I’ve mentioned it in Inside My Makeup Bag, and in My Everyday Makeup Look post).

Well, guys, it’s been way too long, because Silken Earth powder is most definitely the best loose powder I’ve tried – hands down. Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder is on par with it, but the fact that Aubrey Organics’ is organic and natural and good for your skin makes it win. Its ingredients include silk powder, tapioca and rice starches, and are naturally colored by sustainable and agricultural ingredients.

I use “Porcelain”, the lightest color, though when it is that light, there is barely any color and it is just a translucent powder to apply on top of your foundation or tinted moisturizer. On days I can’t be bothered with either, I’d just apply a light dusting of this on my face and it stays matte and flawless all day – there is no color, but somehow it makes my skin look “polished”.

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Note: This list is now out of date! Please check the Beauty Brands That Do Not Test on Animals 2013 list!

The last time I wrote about animal testing on my blog was almost 2 years ago, and it was so encouraging to know that a lot of you support my views that animal testing (and the cruelty that is involved) is unacceptable and you are making informed choices about whether or not to support companies that do.

As you can expect, since I wrote it in 2010, the list is now outdated. So for the past few weeks I have re-researching on the brands I listed. And while I am very happy to write about this issue, I remember that things quickly got nasty on the first post, so I want to state a few things very clearly:

1. This list of companies I got are from PETA’s list of companies that do not test. Read the full list here. This time round I also decided to check individual company websites to see their policy on animal testing, and in some cases, emailed them to ask point-blank if they test on animals. So these are my findings. For the comments who keep questioning me, saying I’m a liar, I am wrong, etc – I am merely trying to show what I have researched and trying to spread the word. That is all. Any personal attacks will be ignored and deleted.

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You all know what God says about revenge, right? (Romans 12:19.) Well, Emily Thorn seriously needs to go back to Sunday School, because in the new series Revenge (buy it here), girl goes ALL out. But boy does she make it look so good! It’s my absolute favorite TV show right now, and guys, you gotta watch it.

Revenge TV Show

Set in the Hamptons, the series is full of beautiful, perfect looking people, beautiful scenery, perfect weather, and money: lots of it. But before you think it’s a happy TV show, it is also full of lies, deceit, betrayal… and oh, yeah, revenge. Some pretty hard revenge. I can’t get enough!

The lead actress, Emily VanCamp, plays Emily Thorn (or is that her real name? Ha!), and I for one have been so immersed in her character. I also want to know who does her styling because the dresses she wears, you guys will faint. They are beyond stunning. But the one thing I notice is her hair: beautiful and simple. Her shoulder length blonde hair always is perfectly curled, and I think it’s so classy.

Revenge TV Show

Three words: HAIR CRUSH ALERT. I thought I liked Jennifer Aniston’s hair, but move over, Rachel! Emily’s is perfection. I adore shoulder length hair (since that impromptu cut years ago I’ve never gone back to long hair!) and sigh… her waves are exactly what I wanted with my digital perm that went horribly wrong. Someday I will get perfect curls! But until then, I – and you – can fake it with tips and product recommendations from Carl Bailey, celebrity hairstylist and the mane man behind Emily’s gorgeous curls.

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