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 last week I’ve also started a new job and position, that is why I have been a little quiet here. (Yup, no longer a full time blogger!). In the meantime though; 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:

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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.

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Perfume! – Honey by Marc Jacobs, Roses de Chloe by Chloe and Viva La Juicy Noir by Juicy Couture

And, as regular readers will know, I am a *wee* bit of a perfume addict (understatement of the century?!). I went to the launch event for Marc Jacobs Honey back in July; and if you remember my post on Dot, I really was excited. I love the bottles and Honey is the fresher, lighter version of Dot. I really like it; though I can’t decide if I like Honey or Dot more. They are very similar, yet their “vibe” is a little different. (Dot is more sweet, and Honey seems a little more rebellious). Either way, I think it’s a non-fussy, everyday scent. And that bottle! Too gorgeous. I love looking at it on my side table, it just feels so sunny, happy and positive.

For Roses de Chloe – I mean, what can you say with that bottle? Chloe is the perfect place to go for a feminine, soft, timeless scent. While the latest release from Chloe, if you remember is Eau De Chloe. That was a very green, clean scent; and this one seems a little more rosy (well, duh), a little more “French royalty”. There is a powdery softness to it, yet there is also a “bang” to it. It’s soft yet in your face, feminine and light, yet very strong willed and powerful. I like this contrast – I immediately thought of a tough princess when I first sniffed it!

As for Viva La Juicy Noir… I mean look at that bottle. I have the 100ml one, so it’s huge! Much bigger than I expected, and the black and hot pink is so fun and girly. When I first smelt it, I couldn’t put my hand on why it smelt familiar; and then I realized that it reminded me of my last perfume reviews – it was the berries! It has that same sophisticated berry scent as Taylor and The Key; I wonder if berries are the hot new thing in perfume? However, once the initial top notes of berry is gone, the drydown for this perfume is absolutely stunning. I too, found it familiar and was wrecking my brain, thinking where have I smelt this before, and then I realized: it smells like the original Juicy Couture perfume. I can’t be the only one who remembered it coming out in 2006. I remember the smell so perfectly because EVERY girl had it and I sure did as well! So this perfume really brought back some memories for me which I loved. It’s a berry, floral scent and has such a bubbly, girliness to it.

You can find these perfumes at their respected brand shops, or at all department store perfume counters.

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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.

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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!

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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? :)




Staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Part 2)

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It’s time to talk more about my staycation at Crowne Plaza! Honestly, I think the plan for me was just to write one post to review the whole place, but there are so many things to write about this place – yep, even though I was there for only a weekend, there were tons to do! – so I’m breaking it up. First I told you about the lovely hotel rooms (which I can honestly just spend all day there!) and now I want to talk about the gorgeous swimming pool.

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The swimming pool reminded me of those cool up town, apartment swimming pools, and it is located on the 3rd floor. As you can see, it has a very modern feel to it, and there is even some part of the pool blocked by a “sky wall” as I call it, so if you are one who doesn’t want to tan, but still lay by the pool, it’s perfect.

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As you can imagine, there isn’t much to say about a swimming pool – I am sure you all know what to do in one! – but I spend some time just lazying around, reading magazines, relaxing and it was perfect. As you can see, it is lovely and was quiet which I liked. It’s also a great place for photographs, since there is so much cool greenery around, and there were even a few weddings going on which was nice; and an option if you’re looking for places to do your ROM ;)

My next post will probably be a favorite of yours – the food! I’ll talk all about the lounge food and drinks, the buffet dinner (yum!!!) and the brunch I had Sunday afternoon before I checked out. Stay tuned for that!

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Hair Care Range Review

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My best friend, Christine, is a beauty junkie quite like me, so from time to time I’ll be asking her to share her thoughts on what’s happening in the London beauty scene, as told to me. I like to call her my ‘London Reporter’! Enjoy…

I’ve been using these products for a few weeks and I am so impressed. These products are affordable and surprisingly hold up as well as salon hair care I’ve tried in the past. Out of the four products, my favorite is the hair mask; and Renee commented while we were Skyping how shiny my hair looks – it’s this range! I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The ArganOil Hair Oil is light and non-greasy, great for my fine hair and even better as a heat protectant before styling. The shampoo and conditioner are great, but the real standouts are the Hair Mask and ArganOil. Those are my must-haves. I’d highly recommend this range for someone looking for a good moisturzing line of products. Even better that their ingredients list was full of ‘good’ ingredients such as argan oil, shea butter, vanilla extract and proteins like soy and wheat protein. A plus is that the scent is great! It has a tropical flower smell with slightly woody notes (my roommate loves it!). I can’t say more about this range. At first I was hesitant because I’ve been hearing a lot about argan oil and didn’t get the hype. But I would recommend this range 100%.

Overalls on Adults – Crazy or Cool?

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Why yes, there’s another new fashion/beauty trend and it’s time we talk about it! This time round, I’m seeing overalls (or dungarees) making a big comeback… on adults. I used to wear them a lot as a kid, but I wonder – what do you think of this new trend on adults? It’s been all over the runways and street style blogs, so whether you love or hate this trend, it’s here to stay. At least for now.

I kinda like them. There is a child-like, casual-ness to it and it’s so easy to wear. I used to have a favorite one in 5th grade from Guess. It is so well made and “tough” that I’ve actually kept it all these years; and if only I didn’t grow like, a foot since then, ’cause I actually still fit it but I’m way too tall for it to hook. Oh well! I might find an adult version.

But what about you? Do you like overalls/dungarees?

Staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Part 1)

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This time last week I was just coming back from staying at Crowne Plaza, the airport hotel at the one and only Changi Airport. They are having a special Rejuvenating Weekend Getaway promotion (now ’til December 31st 2013) and yours truly got a chance to review it. I was allowed to bring a guest, so I decided on my dear mom, who, right before I had dengue fever, she had it! So we both had been having quite a miserable few weeks and I thought it would be nice to treat her with a little getaway. We’ve also never done a mother-daughter thing like this, and so we were so excited. As you can see, boy were we treated! I’ll be doing several posts so you can experience the staycation as well, so first up: the lovely rooms! Helloooo.

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We had a room that walked out to the pool (you can request it, but it will go ‘while stocks last’ so secure that quick!); a lovely huge bathroom with a bathtub (I haven’t taken a bath in years so I really enjoyed that) a TV, iPod docking stations, a desk, couch, and of course a nice big comfy bed.

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And I mean… the view! The view was stunning. I loved staying right next to the pool.

The room itself is spacious enough to just hang out there all weekend, to be honest. It is 75sqm big and had pretty much everything you’d need in a bedroom. The bathroom was huge and was stocked with The White Company products, which I loved obviously; especially for my bubble baths! For some reason, I always like to see what products are used in hotels. We were also kindly greeted with a really nice note from the GM, Mr. Steven Chan.

Stunning, no? Next post will be about the amazing pool!