Giveaway: The Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Kit

 

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Kit

 

Tra la la, it’s time for a giveaway again! I’m really excited for my upcoming trip to Australia, and thought I’d like to share the joy. It’s not everyday that one gets to do a two-week trip to somewhere exotic, and with wildlife to boot. Today, I’m sending one lucky reader a Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Kit! Just follow the instructions in the widget below and don’t forget to read the terms and conditions (all accounts that have been set up only for giveaway purposes will be disqualified). The giveaway ends 1st June 2014, 11:59pm (Singapore time). Good luck!

 


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Shopbop Sale – 30% Off

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

 

As your personal stylist and shopper, of course I was scavenging online for great deals on quality buys. I chanced upon the Shopbop sale of the moment, where items originally on sale are now even more affordable! Prices are currently marked down further, meaning some things are now 30% less than their original prices!

 

I’ve shopped on Shopbop before – where I made my first-ever Michael Kors purchase – and was extremely satisfied with how fast the item arrived and how meticulously it was packed. I recommend it to everyone who are willing to splurge on some higher-end products but don’t want to pay the full retail price. Especially for those of you who reside outside of the US, shopping on Shopbop is actually much cheaper than compared to local stores: You get free international shipping when your order reaches US$100 (which is pretty easy to hit) and you don’t need to pay GST if your purchase amounts to less than S$400. Needless to say, the items on Shopbop are all authentic, as testified by many global fashion bloggers who also spend on the website.

 

So without further ado, here are my picks for you. Happy shopping!

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

Rebecca Minkoff Harley Bucket Bag, $276 (20% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

Kate Spade New York Bellini Over The Shoulder Bag, $173.60 (30% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

Kate Spade New York Clara Cross Body Bag, $208.60 (30% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

Opening Ceremony Crackle Jacquard Handkerchief Top, $178.50 (30% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

BB Dakota Destin Leather Jacket, $200.20 (30% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

PARTYSKIRTS Alana’s Party Skirt, $136.50 (30% off)

 

Shopbop Sale 2014

BLK DNM Low Rise Skinny Jeans, $150.50 (30% off)

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

 

Drinkable sunscreen

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.

 

Drinkable sunscreen

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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Audi Fashion Festival – Exhibit & Curated Editions

It’s ended, the fashion event of the year in Singapore. Every year, the Audi Fashion Festival drives fashionistas nuts with the partying, socialising and great collections on the runway. This year was no different, as I attended the Exhibit & Curated Editions show as my BFF’s  guest.

 

Audi Fashion Festival 2014

My outfit was something semi-formal, as I really needed to deal with the crazy heat outdoors.

 

Audi Fashion Festival 2014

1. Dorothy Perkins Top | 2. ASOS Petite Tailored Shorts | 3. Prada Tote | 4. Valentino Rock Stud Heels (similar HERE)

 

Audi Fashion Festival 2014

Having fun with shades, c/o @shadesinstyle! My bangle and ring are from Lovisa.

 

Audi Fashion Festival 2014

NARS was the official makeup for the night!

 

Audi Fashion Festival 2014

Did you know that Kikki.K also does fashion? I had no idea!

 
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Beauty News Flash: Stick-Them-On Brows

 

Strong Brows on Runway

We all know about the current beauty trend of strong, defined brows while keeping the rest of the face simple. But what is a girl to do if she – like me – has, oh dear, no brows to begin with? Of course, we don’t go for hair plugs on brows. That would just be freaky; and think about the cost and pain!

 

Who knew the whole Frieda Kahlo would come back in style? I still find her very manly-looking. But hey, assuming we do want nicely groomed caterpillars, what do we do? Well, thank God for the ever-evolving beauty industry. There’s always a pair or two of brow wigs we can count on. Yes, you read that right. Brow wigs!

 

Strong Brows Cara Delevingne

No, Cara doesn’t need them but not every one of us is like her.

 
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Rave & Review: The Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner

 

Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner

The Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner.

 

Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner

Here’s where you can purchase it!

 

Art class would’ve been much more fun if all the brushes and paints came in liquid eyeliner form. But nope, no such luck. As far as my “talents” go, I suppose I will probably never amount to anything more than a edit-with-filters-and-Snapseed type of Instagrammer. But hey, I can always draw on my own face!

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day Exclusive

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Mother's Day 2014

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!

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Mother's Day 2014

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)

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Mother's Day 2014

The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Eau de Toilette.

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

 

Ziaja Marine Algae Spa

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.

 

Ziaja Marine Algae Spa

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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OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

Look who’s by that window?

 

The days in Singapore are getting way too hot! What better way to rise to the occasion than to dress the part? I’m so glad my recent purchases from ASOS arrived just in time before I melted like some tasty truffle Raclette.

 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms
 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

1. ASOS Longline Woven Cami Top | 2. Lee Cooper Low Rise Denim Shorts in Dip Dye (similar HERE and HERE) | 3. ALDO Longstreet Flower Clutch (similar HERE) | 4. New Look Turret Pink Slingback Heeled Shoes

 
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OOTD: Monochrome Spring

 

Clozette Party 2014

A pretty stand-up bouquet like this would brighten anyone’s day.

 

I love weddings, especially the beautifully well-thought out decorations that fit a romantic theme. But no, this isn’t it. This sigh-inducing bouquet of roses caught my eye when I attended a recent tea party organised by Clozette Singapore at Blisshouse. I had quite some fun catching up with my blogger friends and meeting new people that I completely forgot to get some glitter tattoos done!

 

I gathered quite a bit of positive comments on my outfit that day, so I thought I’d share what I wore.

 

Clozette Party 2014

1. ASOS Kimono Top (similar here) | 2. ASOS Petite Tailored Shorts | 3. London Rebel Barely There Sandal with Gold Stud Toe Strap | 4. Aldo Longstreet Flower Clutch

 

Clozette Party 2014

1. ASOS Kimono Top (similar here) | 2. ASOS Petite Tailored Shorts | 3. London Rebel Barely There Sandal with Gold Stud Toe Strap | 4. Aldo Longstreet Flower Clutch

 
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