Category Archives: skin care

Coffee Scrub Recipe

 

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If only all weekends were that good! With work left far away in the office, time to spare with loved ones comes a-knocking. And when your loved ones need some time to themselves, what is one to do? Well, here’s one thing you can try at home: make your own coffee body scrub!

 

I found this recipe and decided to give it a go, especially since all the ingredients are natural, very affordable and so easy to find. To round it up for you, I used:

  • 1 cup raw sugar (a mix of white and brown)
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 4 tbsp 100% extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 tbsp 100% natural coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp sea salt

 

This would give you four 5oz. (150ml) bottles of scrub, each about 3/4 filled (as shown in the picture above). I added a little more coconut oil than what the original recipe gave, because I wanted the scrub to be a little more moisturising. All the ingredients were specially sourced by me, especially the olive oil and coconut oil. Be careful though, of adding too much oil – you don’t want your scrub to end up being overly greasy.

 
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Review: The Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

 

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The very first lesson every girl has learnt in the makeup world is this: Remove it at the end of every day. Ever since we’ve dabbled in the world of foundation, blush and eye colour, we’ve been told how important it is to take it all off again. And so on top of finding that perfect facial cleanser, we also need to now consider makeup removers. Oh, what a chore!

 

My favourite makeup remover is the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, which has made it into my list of favourite beauty items. It’s expensive but every make up maniac must have a good makeup remover! The only thing about this cleansing oil is that it gives me blurred vision during the day, so I sought high and low for a remover specifically for eye makeup.

 

I wasn’t willing to splurge again on a second makeup remover, so a trip to the local drugstore was sufficient. Thankfully, I found the Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover!

 
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Happy in My Skin

 

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Life’s a beach – if you make it out to be.

 

Back when I was a kid, I thought scars were something cool. To me, they were something I could show off to others to show how brave I had been, or how unafraid I was at specific moments in my life. But fast forward 20 years or so and things are now a little different.

 
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Review: The Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

 

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Washing up made easy.

 

What do Kylie Minogue and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common besides being famous blondes? They have both professed their love for the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, and they’re not the only ones.

 

Hands up if you’re one of us who do the double cleanse method every night without fail. I don’t think I can ever rely purely on makeup removers to keep my skin clean of dirt and makeup. But I tried the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and I think I might have been swayed.

 

The great thing about this product is that it’s made up of micelles, which work very well in removing oil-based impurities (such as dirt, sebum and makeup), while at the same time staying gentle and friendly to the skin.

 
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NEW: Guerlain Super Aqua-Crème

 


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The one big reason I love travelling overseas is the vast amount of blue I get to see when I’m somewhere far from home. The vast, cloudless sky and the calm endless ocean. This concept of space, of freedom. It’s when the rains end and the clouds they came from part ways. All that blue, so much of it and yet so rare.

 

Why not bring some of it home?

 

Fans of Guerlain‘s skincare range surely have heard of the brand’s Aquacomplex in the iconic Super Aqua-Serum. It’s a unique combination of plant and biotechnological ingredients that has proven to moisturise skin, and which Guerlain has now incorporated into three new skincare products under the Super Aqua-Crème range!

 

The range consists of three products, the Day Gel, Day Cream and Night Balm.

 

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The iconic Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum.

 

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The Guerlain Super Aqua-Crème Day Cream and Night Balm.

 

The difference between the Day Cream and the Day Gel is that the former is meant for dry to normal skin, whereas the latter is meant for normal and combination skin. Both serve to protect the skin against aggressors such as pollutants and stress. The Night Balm, which contains antioxidants, serves to restore the skin while you snooze away.

 

Oh but wait. That’s not all. Check out the brand’s new BB Cream!

 
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World’s First Drinkable Sunscreen – Why I’m Not Rushing for It

 

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You’d want to use sunscreen on the beach, but not one that’s “drinkable.”

 

The company: Osmosis Skincare. The product: Harmonised H20. The claim: Once ingested, molecules from the product will vibrate on the skin to cancel out 97% of harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. My response: Nice try.

 

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Drinkable sunscreen? Think again.

 

It’s not often that I get so riled up about a beauty product but this one really takes the cake. I first saw this on the Daily Mail, and then again on Telegraph. Below are the reasons I call bluff on this load of crap.

 

Alarm bells should start ringing the moment you know that the product comes in two varieties – “tanning” and “non-tanning,” the former allowing the user to achieve a tan while being protected from the sun’s rays. OK, listen here. First up, you need to know why the skin tans to begin with. When our skin gets into contact with UV rays, it starts to produce melanin as a way of defending itself. It’s this melanin that gives the skin a darker colour. Therefore, if you don’t get exposed to UV rays, your skin does not form melanin, and you do not tan. So if there’s a product that allows you to do just that – get a tan without getting into contact with UV rays – it’s a fake lotion/spray/makeup tanner, or an oral drug that induces a tan.

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day Exclusive

 

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An assortment of scents as a preview to the collection.

 

Still looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Yes, it’s only 2 days away but I’m not panicking! OK, I already got my mum her gift – will reveal that after we’ve given it to her – but if you haven’t, you might want to check out what Crabtree & Evelyn has in store for the woman who loves us the most!

 

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The Petite Gift Box, S$38.

 

For the budget conscious, the Petite Gift Box, S$38 (worth S$196), contains some travel-sized essentials:

  • Bath & Shower Gel (50ml)
  • Body Lotion (50ml)
  • 2 tubes of Hand Therapy (25g each)

 

Fancy a splurge? The Luxurious Gift Box, S$98 (worth S$52), has a few more products, some of which are full-sized:

  • Eau de Toilette (100ml)
  • Hand Wash (250ml)
  • Hand Therapy (250g)
  • Bath & Shower Gel (50ml)
  • Body Lotion (50ml)

 

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The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Eau de Toilette.

 
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Review & Giveaway: The Ziaja Marine Algae Spa Shower Gel with Algae

 

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Enjoy the benefits of a natural spa in your own home.

 

If you know the difference between algae and moss, well done! You’re one step ahead of me. If you don’t, fret not and let me tell you.

 

To put it simply, algae likes to grow in wet environments, whereas moss does not. Moss is higher up in the evolution ladder as compared to algae, and some say they evolved from algae. They can look very similar to each other, and to us normal humans, we probably can’t tell them apart unless we study botany and the likes. The thing is: because algae grows in wet areas, finding it in marine waters is something that comes very naturally. And that’s the basis of the Ziaja Marine Algae Spa range.

 

Ziaja is a Polish company that was established in 1989 in the city of Gdansk by pharmacists Aleksandra and Zenon Ziaja (I can’t resist saying that Zenon reminds me of xenon). From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to now include its own research and production laboratories, as well as a quality control department.

 

There are many products in the world today, and their makers all claim that they are all beneficial to our skin. I jumped on that wagon once, found out about my skin’s sensitivity towards essential oils, and so hopped off. That’s why I’m really glad to say that the Shower Gel with Algae, with its promise of benefits to the skin, hasn’t given me any problems. No nicked skin, no flakiness; just a good cleanse and hydration.

 

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A closer look!

 

I was sponsored the Micellar Cleansing Water as well, but since I’m still in the final stages of my eczema breakout, I’ve not yet tried it myself. The shower gel is blue and has a distinct scent, which is nothing like how spa salons smell. It’s not floral, calming or relaxing like lavender, but more like DJ Seawater for a seaweed party.

 

The shower gel contains three main types of algae, namely:

  • enteromorpha compressa (green algae that contains amino acids and prevents skin flabbiness)
  • hydro-retinol (blue algae rich in retinol, a substance that helps to prevent wrinkles)
  • lamarina digitata (brown algae rich in potassium, iodine and mineral salts to help delay ageing)

 
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The New Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection

 

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Sweet, fruity and… pink!

 

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to share with you today on Crabtree & Evelyn‘s new Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection! I caught sight of this new range in stores when I dropped by to collect a couple of Hand Therapy tubes (new packaging, yay!). A whiff was all I needed to get hooked onto the new scent.

 

First up, the packaging is lovely. If you know me by now, you’ll know I cannot resist anything that’s pink in colour, especially when it’s coupled with pretty florals and anything elegant or feminine!

 

Secondly, the scent is sweet but not to the extent where ants and bees would want to be your friend. It’s not overwhelmingly pear, but yet not too flowery either. Juicy is the word. The fragrance is blended with lemon, jasmine, osmanthus, as well as orris, on top of the two main ingredients. Here’s the collection in a nutshell:

 
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How to Look Fresh (When You’re Just Not Feeling it)

 

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Looking fresh isn’t just reserved for models.

 

Libraries are awesome. I just visited one last weekend and brought home Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful for a relaxing read. I finally have my hands on it! Well, for a good three weeks anyway. Nonetheless, feeling that solid, hardcover on my hands and seeing it on my table top has inspired me to write about how to look fresh, even when you just don’t feel good or in the mood.

 

1) Good, consistent skincare routine

The basis of every face is a good skincare routine. Most people don’t have problems with cleansing or toning, especially since we now know the prowess of sonic cleansers, and the problem usually comes under how to get optimal moisturising. Once you’ve found that moisturiser that works for your face, stick to it and include that in your twice-daily routine. A good point to remember is that dry skin ages you.

 

2) Get enough sleep.

That’s the first thing I always say when someone asks me for a good remedy for dark eye circles. Not only is this a tried and tested method to look fresher, it has also been scientifically proven to make you more efficient at work (or whatever it is you do during your waking hours). The body rids itself of toxins when you sleep, and the best time for this detox is between 11pm to 2am every night.

 

3) Drink enough fluids.

I often struggle with this as I’ve yet to find the balance between drinking enough and drinking too much. Fluids can include anything from plain water to juices, as long as it’s not coffee or tea.

 

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