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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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – 2015 Nordstrom Edition

It’s almost here – the day we all celebrate and commemorate our mothers’ love for us. If you’re still looking out for Mother’s Day gift ideas, how about these? Here are some items I’ve picked out while looking through Nordstrom’s e-store, that your mother will love. Enjoy shopping, and Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there this Sunday!

 


 

  1. Linum Home Textiles ‘Amalfi’ Turkish Pestemal Towel
  2. Par Avion ‘Coconut Chocolate Truffle’ Black Tea 
  3. Kate Spade New York ‘Walk on Air’ Gift Set (Limited Edition)
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag
  5. Tory Burch ‘York’ Passport Wallet
  6. Fringe Studio ‘Sunburst’ Candle
  7. Mikeylin’s ‘Mom’ Heart Watercolour Magnet Board
  8. Walton Wood Farm ‘Dear Mom – Recovery Bath’ Bath Salts
  9. Nordstrom at Home ‘Berry Much’ Apron

 

I love you Mummy,

Roxanne

The Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Here’s the question of the day:

 

What would you wear if you were invited to a party themed, “China: Through the Looking Glass?”

 

It seems, sadly, that quite a number of celebrities aren’t sure what the Chinese culture is like. I think, if I see one more phoenix, dragon or flamboyant headgear, I’m going to need to re-watch entire seasons of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel better again. Apart from those who opted for outfits that spoke nothing about the theme, those who tried too hard just bordered on the offensive.

 

But there were also the ones who shone bright like diamonds and stole the limelight for me. Here they are, my top 10 best dressed celebrities at the Met Gala 2015. After looking at the pictures, tell me your favourite!

 


Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015
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Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga


 
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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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The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

We’ve all gotten advice for our skin woes, read articles online for tips to deal with skin sensitivity and even tried to come up with routines on our own that would solve our skin problems. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they just make things worse. Based on seasonal and hormonal changes, it can be quite the challenge to find something that works all year round.

 

If you’ve got oily and sensitive skin, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate skincare routine for oily and sensitive skin, simply because that’s the kind of skin I have (with gaping pores too, no joke) and because it is way too difficult to find something that’s been as effective as what I have been using for the past couple of years. This routine – with specific products that I use – reduces breakouts, prevents whiteheads from forming and speeds up the clearing of blemishes.

 

Step 1: Remove makeup Using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and a Sonic Cleansing Tool.

Oil-based cleansing oils work wonders, if you haven’t tried them yet. I’ve stuck to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for years and when the brand launched the Ultime8, I never looked back. Take 2 pumps of the cleansing oil and apply it all over your dry face. Then go all over your face for 1 minute with the Clarisonic Mia (video tutorial by Deb at Beauty Heaven here) to make sure you break down the gunk stuck in your pores, so that it can be removed easily in the next few steps.

 
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How to Love Your Body without Shaming Others for Theirs

 

Lane Bryant Ad Campaign

 

As far as lingerie or beauty ad campaigns go, I’m all for promoting self-love. In 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch incurred the wrath of self-made activists by proclaiming their clothes were made for “good-looking people.” Tables were flipped, keyboard warriors went mental and bloggers such as Jes from The Militant Baker embarked on personal missions to make their voices heard.

 

More recently, Lane Bryant introduced their “I’m No Angel” campaign for their lingerie line. As a plus-size retailer, it’s no wonder they don’t subscribe to the stick-thin-with-enviable-cleavage notion that the Victoria’s Secret angels fit. Again, I’m all for supporting anyone who promotes self-love and self-confidence. But what I cannot see eye to eye with are hypocrites.

 
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Link Love: All Things French

 


 

Everybody knows @ParisinFourMonths (If you don’t, you should definitely check her out on Instagram here). To cut it short, photographer Carin Olsson moved to Paris, intending to only stay there for four months. However, she fell in love with the city and everything else was history (i.e. She’s still there!).

 

I can totally understand her love for Paris. Though I feel that there are many other French cities that are totally understated and open us up to more worlds than Paris, there is this je ne sais quoi about France and the French way of life that is hard to replicate anywhere else. I definitely would love to move to France one day in the future, seeing just how much I miss the place, the culture, the food and the people. It’s not that Singapore is bad. On the contrary, I feel quite balanced where I am at this point in my life.

 

But France is always tempting.

 

Today, I’m featuring not 5 but 6 French bloggers to introduce to all of you a little more about France. It’s not just about macarons, sex, fashion and good food. It’s all of that with a twist.

 


French Bloggers - Laced Ivory's Picks

 

1. Valentine from Hello It’s Valentine exhibits Parisian chic in what I call a vélo à la crème and a pair of vintage jeans.

2. Fiona from Paris Hues shares with us her Breakfast Cranberry and Sesame Flapjacks recipe. And we know how well the French eat!

3. Eleonor at Le Blog de la Méchante gives us an idea on how to welcome spring with hues of lavender.

4. Louise at Pandora show us how colour blocking can be done in Paris.

5. Swedish lifestyle editor and photographer Solli at Solli Kanani gives us a glimpse of what we love best – macarons!

6. Typhaine at Cuillère à Absinthe shows us a great way to wear pinstripes.

 
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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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