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Review: The Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel in Melon

 

Naturalium Bath & Shower Gel Review

 

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.

 
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Review: Aroma Bar Singapore

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

A bunch of goodies that knocked on my doorstep.

 

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.

 

Aroma Bar Singapore Review

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.

 
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Shopback Review: I Tried It so You’ll Know How To

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.

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.

 

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Rave & Review: The Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Sequin

 

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?

 
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Rave & Review: Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

The Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow in 02.

 

Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow

A new addition to my collection of beauty staples.

 

It’s rainy today and rainy days call for tea, cakes and some pondering on life issues. Like whether you would look good in the latest Korean trend of horizontal brows, or if you should even attempt Cara Delevingne’s brow game in a fancy Chanel ad campaign.

 

But trends are trends and they aren’t here to stay. What matters more is looking your best, in a way that will last decades and not make your granddaughter laugh at your old pictures. Brows are one of the features on our faces that make or break a look. Untrimmed brows make you look fuzzy, like you haven’t really gotten out of bed. Overly trimmed, stick-thin brows suggest you are way too obsessed over giving an impression. Properly shaped brows are the best – they make you look sharp and send the message that you’ve got it all under control.

 

I’ve always had long, angled, sparse brows. For years, it had always been a struggle to find the right brow product. Should I get the Shu Uemura brow pencil, which I’ll need to shave or sharpen every now and then, wasting precious product each time the pencil goes through the knife? Should I get a retractable brow pencil? Should I just use my dark eyeshadow? Up till now, my brow powder had been the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in shade 61 Saddle. It’s the same shade they currently have in one of their brow palettes, but since I used only one shade, it didn’t make sense to get a palette that came with another shade.

 

And then I chanced upon the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow while shopping for beauty supplies at Watsons Singapore. This product currently comes in 2 shades – 01 for lighter tones and 02 for darker tones. Seeing that  I have dark hair, I picked 02. The palette is pocket-friendly and weighs only 3.5g, including the small brush. The powder itself is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge (unless, of course, you do it on purpose). Here’s how you can use the palette:

 
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Rave & Review: The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips-Talk

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

 

If your favourite colour is pink and you like girly bows, then you’ll fall in love with the pretty packaging of the Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk lip stick! I received these two in the mail one fine day, and still can’t get over how cute they look.

 

The two shades I have are OR202 and PK002.Both are extremely vivid colours in different shades of red. OR202 is more yellow-toned, while PK002 is more blue-toned. If you’re neutral-toned, both shades will fit you perfectly. Here are a shot of the lip colours up close and a couple of instagram selfies of me wearing PK002:

 

Etude House Dear My Wish Lips Talk

The Etude House Dear My Wish Lips – Talk in OR202 (left) and PK002 (right).

 
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Stay: The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

 

The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

The elegant lobby of one of the most luxurious hotels in Shanghai.

 

{This is the last part of my series of posts on my travel to Shanghai. To see the rest of them, read: Travel Diary: Shanghai Travel Tips and OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai.}

 

To date, Shanghai is the first Chinese city I’ve ever visited. It was a pleasant surprise in some ways, especially how easy it was to get around based on my knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. However, the locals in the service industry speak English as well, so you’ll be just fine if you only speak that.

 

We spent our final night at the wonderful PuLi Hotel & Spa and our experience there had been nothing short of extraordinary. Checking in was a breeze in the huge lobby area and bellboys were there to greet us and handle our baggage the moment we arrived. I requested for a room on a high floor and we were given one on the 21st storey, which had amazing views of the city and highways below. You’ll want to know that rooms in The PuLi Hotel & Spa from the 20th storey onwards are Club Rooms, which come with exclusive club benefits, such as your personal butler and a complimentary mini bar. The high ceilings and wide windows also allow more light into the room, which makes everything feel much more inviting.

 
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Rave & Review: The Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil

 

I chanced upon this miracle of a product when I attended the recent Watsons Girls Day Out event at NEX, Singapore. As a blogger, I had the privilege of being guided through all the booths promoting various health and beauty products but the one item that made me return to Watsons within the same week and spend my precious moolah on was this: the Bené Premium Rougeria Delicious Repair Hair Oil.

 

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I’m a strong advocate of hair oils, serums and leave-in conditioners because hair masks and normal conditioners? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Leave-in hair products save me so much time, which I very much prefer to spend on resting after a long day’s work, or catching up on blogging matters. I’ve tried many products but this one beats them hands down (sorry Jen).

 

My hair was recently bleached twice in a row when I decided to get an ombre style (read about my first-time experience here) and although I loved the effect, the process left me with extremely dry hair. It got to the point where I had to take 10 whole minutes just to comb through all the tangles. This product from Bené Cosmetics solved that problem for me.

 
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Review, Tutorial & Giveaway: INNI Nails Nail Wraps

 

INNI Nails Review

 

If you’re a manicure addict, you must be no stranger to nail wraps. These are stickers that go nicely on our nails and don’t involve harmful chemicals or dry time. So what makes INNI Nails so special?

 

For one, you can decide what design your nails will have. It can be anything: a picture of you and your loved ones, your pet feline, a painting that you saw online or even something you draw on your own! All you need to do is to take a shot of what it is you like, upload it onto INNI using their app or via their website, and voila. Consider it delivered. Not convinced? Check out this video below:

 




 

I gave some INNI Nails nail wraps a try and found them to be very easy to apply on clean nails. Each sheet of nail wraps contains 30 individual wraps in various widths and a small ruler printed on the top right. Here are the steps to applying these wraps:

  1. Clean your nails with nail polish remover.
  2. Measure your nail width using the ruler provided and then select the wrap of the same dimension.
  3. Peel the wrap gently off the sheet and apply it to your nail.
  4. Stretch and fold the excess over your nail and then file it off in a downwards motion.

 

I created a short video on how to do this:

 



 
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Rave & Review: The 3CE Lip Colours in Peach Peach and Double Shot

 


3CE Lip Colour

 

Finding the perfect lip colour can be quite the daunting task, especially when there are so many brands and shades to choose from. From matte purples to creamy nudes, upon which colour and lipstick should you confer the title of the Holy Grail of Puckers?

 

One word of advice: If you don’t want to break the bank but yet want something long-lasting and pigmented, give 3CE Lip Colours a try. I discovered this brand while shopping in Seoul last December and made a trip to their flagship store in Hongdae (you can read more about my experience at Style Nanda here). Granted, the black oblong packaging isn’t anything to swoon over but the product… Oh, the product is amazing!

 

3CE Lip Colour

3CE Lip Colours in Double Shot (top) and Peach Peach (bottom).

 

3CE Lip Colour in Peach Peach
 
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