Category Archives: skin care

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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Review: The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion

 

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The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion.

 

Cellulite is the bane of most of our existence. The uneven layers of fat under the skin. Ever wondered why the men don’t get it?

 

There are several reasons women are more prone to getting orange skin, and one of them is that our collagen structure is weaker than that of our male friends. Collagen is a connective tissue that helps to hold fat together, so the stronger it is, the better the fat sticks together, and the less uneven they will be. For guys, their collagen looks like a criss-cross wire fence. Something like this:

 

ASOS Wire Fench Top Review: The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted Action Toning Lotion

ASOS Cami in Cage Print, available HERE.

 

Whereas for us women, our collagen looks something like this:

 

ASOS Striped Top Review: The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted Action Toning Lotion

ASOS Blouse in Stripe Print, available HERE.

 

Now that, my dear readers, is something no amount of genetic modification can change, so we might as well submit to fate. Yet, I always say that if I could choose whether to be male or female, I’d surely choose the latter because, hey, how else are we going to have fun without all that clothes, makeup and shoes!

 

So since cellulite is in-built for us dainty fellas, obviously we should do something about it (unless we don’t really care). I’ve tried cellulite busting creams and the latest on my dresser is the Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion. I had previously tried it when I was given a sample tube, and I fell in love with the results that I went ahead and bought a full-sized one from a random independent consultant I found online.

 
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My Travel Beauty Companions

 

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When celebrities endorse a product, brand or service, how much of what they say do you believe in? That’s right. But when a friend tells you all about the super delicious tarte tatin from the French café right around the corner, you can’t wait to try it out for yourself. That’s why I’m showing you the products that I brought along with me to my recent trip to Europe. Everything in here has my stamp of approval!

 
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Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

 

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Sea salt and coconut oil goodness for your skin.

 

Think, “coconut,” and immediately the image of Waikiki dancers hamming it up on the beach (coconut shell bikinis, anyone?) and cocktails with umbrella toothpicks comes into mind. Oh yes, who can forget the many smiles you chance upon, the melody of the ukulele and the smell of the sea?

 

But coconuts are also Mother Nature’s way of showing her love for us. Coconut oil has many great benefits towards our well-being, such as strengthening our hair and giving it a glow, or moisturising our skin. Today I’ll show you how to make a sea salt and coconut oil face scrub. It’s really easy, you’ll learn it in no time!

 

Things you’ll need:

 

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Things you need: A jar, sea salt, coconut oil and measuring cups.

 
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My Top Picks from Crabtree & Evelyn’s Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection

 

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Deluxe Hand Therapy Sampler 1, S$78.

 

Hey, can you hear that? That silvery, melodic ringing of sleigh bells in the far distance? It seems to be getting closer! Just 3 more weeks and it’ll be Christmas. Have you completed – or even started – your Christmas shopping yet? I definitely have!

 

Every end of the year, I’ve been told by family members that I turn into a Crabtree & Evelyn ambassador. And why not? I really love their holiday collections, one after the other, and this is especially so since their beautiful packaging is like hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day – I can’t resist it! Here are my top three picks from their recent Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection!

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2013 Collection (Featuring Walter the Guinea Pig)

 

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An eventful day in an enchanted dwelling.

 

As church bells chime in the gentle breeze and playful children squeal in their games, I let my eyes wander far beyond the snow-covered hills and friendly skies. The cool air smells fresh. Chokingly cold, but fresh. As I make my way down the steep, winding path, I soon lose sight of what expansive nature there was and come upon a mysterious little wooden gate, buried deep in a cluster of overgrown blue princess holly. Funny, I’ve never seen it around before. A slight push and the door creaks open. Several more steps forward, and I come across a modest cottage. Inside, it is almost bare, save for a tiny log table upon which it seems that someone’s in the midst of setting up a celebration or party of some sort.

 

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Discover the secret garden.

 

Candles emanating heart warming scents. Plenty of fruits to go all around. Tins and tins of biscuits, cartons and cartons of tea bags. Fascinating tubes of ointments that promise youthful skin.

 

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Fruity scents of apple, pear and seasonal berries.

 

Out of nowhere, there comes a polite cough and I turn around to see a guinea pig about the size of a five-year-old boy gazing ever so endearingly at me. “I- I- Why this is awkward,” it said. “We’ve never had anyone in here before! Would you like to pick your presents up yourself?”

 
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Review: The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa

 

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The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa.

 

I wonder what skin problems mermaids face. Does their skin ever get dry and wrinkled up while they live their entire lives underwater? Ariel can dream of being human all she wants but if she’s got skin like a true reptile, then maybe it’s better down where it’s wetter.

 

On the other hand, I shudder at the image of the chilling, eerie depths of the ocean, where even the fishes have their own built-in lights so they can see. Maybe being human is better after all. And if you really don’t want scales to go with, especially sometimes after piling your face with so much makeup that your skin goes dry, here’s a product you can and should try – the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa.

 

I’m not going to lie; I love this product! I was initially quite apprehensive of trying this nighttime mask out because, well, it’s blue.

 
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Review: The Innisfree Olive Real Eye Cream

 

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The Innisfree Olive Real Eye Cream.

 

If you’ve read The Little Prince and felt that it was such a wonderful children’s book, you need to read it again. I admit, I never made it three quarters through because it gave me a headache trying to understand all those analogies and innuendos. I mean, come on. Baobab trees representing the spread of Nazism? Man, that’s deep. But maybe not as deep as some of the valleys under our sombre eye bags.

 

Whether the Innisfree Olive Real Eye Cream helps reduce puffiness (under our eyes, where else?), I cannot tell. But that’s only because as a twice-daily eye cream user with good genetics and who loves her beauty sleep, I do not have eye bags. I do, however, suffer from dark circles from time to time, and fine lines have started to show up.

 
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Review: Stop Hurting (Your Feet) with Blistop

 

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Pink and purple? That’s half the battle won in getting my heart!

 

Bunions and broken ankles never stopped any girl from slipping her feet into those perfect glass slippers. But my oh my, whatever would Prince Charming say when he sees those ugly blister marks, or worse, a barely hanging on plaster that’s been unchanged for days? The solution? Blistop!

 

This press sample couldn’t have come at a better time. I’d just bought a new pair of Pedro’s and they were hurting me real bad. I know right, the things we vainpots do to look good. When I read the product description of Blistop, I knew I had to try it. To put the carriage in front of the horse, this product is a godsend and I highly recommend it to every girl out there!

 
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