How to Reduce Cellulite

Guest Post: How to Reduce Cellulite

{Today we have a guest writer, Marcela de Vivo, giving us some tips on how to reduce cellulite! And hey, none of them involves using a cellulite-reducing cream. Can we do this the natural way? Read on and find out!}


Hard to avoid and even harder to get rid of, cellulite is the bane of many a woman’s—and the occasional man’s—existence. Some experts estimate that more than 90-percent of women have cellulite somewhere on their body.


Frequently referred to in pop culture in less-than-savory terms (“cottage cheese thighs” or  “orange peel skin” are some of the examples), cellulite is an undesirable, if not harmful, condition. Women struggle with ridding themselves of the unwanted dimpling, spending millions of dollars each year on creams, invasive treatments, and more.


Before you start throwing money at the problem, understand that you can simply minimize the appearance of cellulite by starting to take better care of yourself. By learning what causes the skin to dimple, you can treat the underlying reasons, instead of just smoothing out the surface.


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Your thighs can be toned too!


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Mink Pink La La Land

Travel to La La Land with Mink Pink

As Austin Powers used to say, “It’s psychedelic, baby!” Australian brand Mink Pink is just all about that with the launch of their new global campaign, La La Land. In authentic Australian fashion, La La Land is all about loving life and living it up on the beaches! Live while you’re young, right? Blogger Chloe Norgaard and LA actress Daveigh Chase ham it up as poster girls this season, in the collection that features bright colours, Aztec prints and a fun-under-the-sun attitude.


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The Mink Pink La La Land 2013 collection.


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Sleek Makeup Blush in Pixie Pink

Review & Swatch: The Sleek Makeup Blush in Pixie Pink

New makeup never fails to raise my mood a little, regardless of what it is. While I’m down with the flu now, I’ve got my new Sleek Makeup blush in Pixie Pink to keep me looking chipper! This blush is of a matte hot pink shade with yellow undertones and is very pigmented. It’s not flaky, unlike some other drugstore brands, and it’s got long staying power.


I apply this with my Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour brush from the Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit. Because this blush is pretty intense, I usually blend it with a highlighting shade, such as Candy Doll‘s Peach Pink, on my cheekbones.


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A close-up of the Sleek Makeup Blush in Pixie Pink.


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W Hotel Sentosa Cove

Staycation: W Hotel Sentosa Cove

Who, what, when, where, why, W. The first five are the words of inquiry we learnt in primary school. They help us find answers and make us think through sequences of events. W, on the other hand, may just be a letter but it sums up everything from the who to the why.


Who: Mr. Ratatouille and I

What: A staycation at W Hotel Sentosa Cove

When: Over the long Hari Raya Aidilfitri – National Day weekend

Where: Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Why: We both needed a break from work and some time alone

W: Wonderful


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A red carpet and a long flight of steps await your arrival once you enter the main doors.


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Eyebrow embroidery at Bluunis review

Review: A Bluunis Eyebrow Embroidery (and a Thalasso Spa)

Caterpillars are green, and caterpillars belong on trees and shrubs – not above our eyes. Nary an occasion when a tattooed lady walks past have I not been in silent amazement and agony. Does she know that her brows are green? Is she aware that green clashes terribly with some colours, like that salmon top she’s donning? Oh my God, this is so distracting. Just look into her eyes when she speaks, and nowhere else. She doesn’t need to know that she’s morphing into Maleficent in my mind.


If I could, I’d recommend everyone who wished to get an eyebrow tattoo to instead consider eyebrow embroidery. The main reason being that it’s not permanent (it lasts for about 6 months), so you never have to end up being scarred for life if you got a terrible job done. The second reason is – you guessed it – that it doesn’t ever leave your brows turning green (or red). Ever. Eyebrow embroidery might not be commonplace in the west as of yet, but it totally should.


I tried out Bluunis about slightly more than a month ago, and was very pleasantly surprised by what I got. I was initially apprehensive, because I didn’t want my brows ending up with a reddish tint that shows up in photographs taken with flash. However, I was assured by the professionals at Bluunis that the dyes used were botanical extracts and did no such turning-my-brows-into-sun-dried-chilis.


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Right at the beginning. My brows au naturel.


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FOTD: Holiday

FOTD: It’s Holiday!

Did you know that there are 11 days of holidays in a year in Singapore? No, that’s not a lot. Which is why when we get one, we do take advantage of it and put it to good use! What’s even better than a holiday is one that falls either just before or after a weekend, so that we get an extended weekend. A rare chance where our weekends are longer than the weekdays! So of course, it’s time to celebrate.


This FOTD was actually inspired by my slowly-healing inflamed foot. I’ve been limping around for about 2 weeks since it started to hurt and swell, and all this unsexy lumber has been so tiring. They should seriously include limping as an Olympic Games sport.  And because I was feeling a little down, I decided some colour would do the trick to put me back on track to being more cheerful over the long weekend. I call this FOTD “Holiday.” Here are some more close-ups of the eye makeup and a list of the products I used:


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Pinks and purples complemented with falsies.


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Open sesame! Grey lenses are from GEO.


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Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl

Product Feature: The BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl

Tired of limp hair? Want curls? Got lots of spare cash? You might like to try the BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl - the one hair curling tool that makes everything oh-so-simple.


I came across the BaByliss video on YouTube, while on the lookout for a hair curler. The video shows us how to use this tool to create curls in a breeze. I was wowed right away and I’m sure that after you watch the video, you’ll be too!



For those of you who are too lazy to click on the video, or are facing slow loading speeds, here are some pictures that give a brief overview of the Perfect Curl:


Step 1: Take a section of your hair and clamp it in place, into the curler.

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Clamp that hair.


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Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me

Swatch: The Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me Lacquer

Prancing unicorns above soft, pouffy tufts of cloud! This Nicole by OPI Look at Me, Look at Me lacquer was a little thoughtful gift from my BFF Corinne when I invited her to come visit me at my staycation earlier this year. Do you ever get tired of your nail polish shades? Well, I did. So I decided to finally give this one a go. In the bottle, it looks like a silvery, metallic shade with tiny bits of pink glitter that you aren’t even sure would show up when applied. You could say this is one of those beauty products that make you kind of regret not trying out soon enough!


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I did a manicure with the shade The World is Not Enough, also from OPI.


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A close-up of the two bottles. The World is Not Enough is from the Skyfall Collection.


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OCC Lip Tar in Grandma

Swatch & Review: The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma

The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma is the second one in my collection. I previously did a more comprehensive review and swatch of the one in Ophelia, which you can check out here. This second shade is a bright coral, very suited for the summer! If you’re looking to spice up an otherwise dull outfit, or to brighten up a grey, rainy day, this shade might just do the trick!


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The OCC Lip Tar in Grandma.


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Arab Street OOTD

OOTD: Sunday Brunch and Haji Lane

I love weekends! Just yesterday, I finally got some time away from work and blogging (confession of a beauty blogger *ahem*) and spent time with some friends, whom I haven’t seen in at least a month. We had dim sum at our favourite Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City, after which we each went our own ways; Me and the boy to Haji Lane and Arab Street to do some sight seeing. I’m still so glad that I had my pair of shades, because the sun was simply too unforgiving!


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Just the first few dishes we had. I can never grow tired of dim sum!


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Well said.


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