As you’d probably have guessed by now, Mr. Ratatouille and I have recently moved out into our own apartment. We’ve just settled into our new home, which is a small cozy space that fits 6 people nicely, and that I am growing to love.
A home tells people about the person you are, so what better way to present yourself and open your hearts to others than to invite them over? In today’s Link Love blog entry, I’m sharing some great tips and tutorials on giving your home some added character, how you can maintain friendships well into your 30’s and a little career inspiration to boost your day.
If you’re not used to applying makeup on a daily basis but would like to try it, I made a video tutorial on how you can achieve this simple everyday look. It’s something that adds a little bit of colour to your skin but not too much, so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed when you’re just starting out. I know how scary it can be trying makeup out for the first time!
In this tutorial, there’s no contouring and all that fancy schmancy things that are reserved for the red carpet. I feature a simple Nude Smoky Eyeshadow Trio palette from Bourjois and the new Volume Glamour Effet Push Up mascara from the brand as well. Here’s the entire list of products used, in the order of application:
We all know that many chemicals are harmful. That’s why many beauty companies are changing their manufacturing processes to cut down on these chemicals, either completely or by substantial amounts.
I was lucky enough to get to try the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon from newly launched Spanish brand, Naturalium. The brand was founded in 2014 and only made its way to our humble shores this year. All of their products are made with no parabens, colourants and phthalates. In case you were wondering, parabens and colourants can cause cancer, while phthalates are known to affect reproductive systems in mice and humans.
Here’s a closer look at the Bath & Shower Gel in Melon.
It’s not often that you find a product that delivers what it promises to. And when it happens, you just wish it would never be discontinued. That’s what I currently feel towards the Aroma Bar Singapore range of products that I received one afternoon and haven’t stopped using since.
Founded in 2012 in Singapore by local aromatherapist Sarah C., Aroma Bar Singapore features products that are hand-blended and 100% natural. The best part is that they deliver results (or at least the ones I tried). Let’s take a look at the Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter.
The Rose Geranium Magnolia Extra Rich Body Butter (50ml, S$26.50) from Aroma Bar Singapore.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel as if you’re being pampered at a luxurious spa, while you’re at home and have some time to spare, apply this body butter after a relaxing shower. This product smells absolutely gorgeous (if smells can be gorgeous) and works great on targeted areas of your skin. Its consistency is more like a solid balm, so it might be a bit challenging to spread it all over your body. I recommend using this on areas such as your elbows, fingertips or cuticles, the heels of your feet and around the toes.
The ingredients in this body butter cannot be more natural either. Check it out.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve shopped online before. What if I told you, you could earn some of that money back when you spend it on a new dress?
Mais oui, bien sûr.
If you frequent online fashion stores like ASOS, Zalora, Lazada and Shopbop; buy travel tickets or booked accommodation on Rail Europe, Expedia and Agoda; or even grab a coupon or two from Groupon, getting some of that money back will save you some serious cash over time and lessen your spending.
I was invited to give Shopback a try some weeks ago, and to summarise, I did get a percentage of my money spent back while shopping online. Shopback is a cashback site that pays you to shop with their partnered merchants – more than 500 of them. I used it to get something new for myself on Zalora and here’s a short tutorial (using Safari, with screenshots) for you, so you can see how it looks like before signing up.
It’s almost here – the day we all celebrate and commemorate our mothers’ love for us. If you’re still looking out for Mother’s Day gift ideas, how about these? Here are some items I’ve picked out while looking through Nordstrom’s e-store, that your mother will love. Enjoy shopping, and Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there this Sunday!
What would you wear if you were invited to a party themed, “China: Through the Looking Glass?”
It seems, sadly, that quite a number of celebrities aren’t sure what the Chinese culture is like. I think, if I see one more phoenix, dragon or flamboyant headgear, I’m going to need to re-watch entire seasons of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel better again. Apart from those who opted for outfits that spoke nothing about the theme, those who tried too hard just bordered on the offensive.
But there were also the ones who shone bright like diamonds and stole the limelight for me. Here they are, my top 10 best dressed celebrities at the Met Gala 2015. After looking at the pictures, tell me your favourite!
All it takes for one girl to spend some precious cash on makeup is a long, exhausting week moving to a new place and the free Friday evening of that week. Of course, being in the beauty department of a mall helps and when you see a lip gloss as precious as this costing less than S$40 a pop, you really can’t fight it.
I popped by Laduree after work last Friday evening and somehow also ended up at a Bobbi Brown counter afterwards. Needless to say, this lip gloss spontaneously made its way into my makeup shopping list – now how did that happen?
We’ve all gotten advice for our skin woes, read articles online for tips to deal with skin sensitivity and even tried to come up with routines on our own that would solve our skin problems. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they just make things worse. Based on seasonal and hormonal changes, it can be quite the challenge to find something that works all year round.
If you’ve got oily and sensitive skin, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate skincare routine for oily and sensitive skin, simply because that’s the kind of skin I have (with gaping pores too, no joke) and because it is way too difficult to find something that’s been as effective as what I have been using for the past couple of years. This routine – with specific products that I use – reduces breakouts, prevents whiteheads from forming and speeds up the clearing of blemishes.
Step 1: Remove makeup Using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and a Sonic Cleansing Tool.
Oil-based cleansing oils work wonders, if you haven’t tried them yet. I’ve stuck to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for years and when the brand launched the Ultime8, I never looked back. Take 2 pumps of the cleansing oil and apply it all over your dry face. Then go all over your face for 1 minute with the Clarisonic Mia (video tutorial by Deb at Beauty Heaven here) to make sure you break down the gunk stuck in your pores, so that it can be removed easily in the next few steps.
As far as lingerie or beauty ad campaigns go, I’m all for promoting self-love. In 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch incurred the wrath of self-made activists by proclaiming their clothes were made for “good-looking people.” Tables were flipped, keyboard warriors went mental and bloggers such as Jes from The Militant Baker embarked on personal missions to make their voices heard.
More recently, Lane Bryant introduced their “I’m No Angel” campaign for their lingerie line. As a plus-size retailer, it’s no wonder they don’t subscribe to the stick-thin-with-enviable-cleavage notion that the Victoria’s Secret angels fit. Again, I’m all for supporting anyone who promotes self-love and self-confidence. But what I cannot see eye to eye with are hypocrites.