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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OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms


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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.


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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


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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.


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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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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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Feature: Chacott Freed of London


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Tutu of my dreams.


I must admit, I know nuts about ballet. When I was a kid (say, around 10 years old), I’d scoff at all the girls who were part of the school’s dance team because I thought they were too gu niang (“ladylike,” for those of you who don’t really know singlish). Taking ballet lessons never crossed my mind and it was only when Billy Elliot came out that the world of ballet was introduced proper to me.


Of course, to this day, vanity wins. I mean, why would I ever want my toes to be deformed and feet to suffer from blisters? Ballet is tough. Making it look perfectly graceful while controlling the muscles all over your body is even tougher. I’ll leave it to the professionals, thank you very much. And what do professionals deserve if not the best?


I attended the official launch of Chacott Freed of London at Mandarin Gallery in Singapore earlier this month and was surprised to find that on top of tutus, pointes, ballroom dancing shoes and yoga wear, there is a complete range of Chacott for Professionals stage makeup too!

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Manicure Idea: Hide that Gelish


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You’d never know it was there.


I love it when conversations at my workplace turn into beauty talk! The most recent breakfast did-you-know topic was on gelish and how harmful this manicure technique is to the nails. Applying it on isn’t so bad but taking it off – let’s just say it strips your nails of all its sturdiness and leaves it soft, like bread dipped in milk.


My most recent gelish was done using a bright red polish and had a snakeskin pattern on the odd finger.



Knowing how destructive the removal of gelish manicures can be, plus the fact that they cost at least $20 per soak-off, I decided against paying a visit to the nail salon. Instead, here’s what I did and what you can try: Paint over it with a darker nail polish shade and let it grow out.

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Eat, Pray, Love – Singapore


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Do all that she did, but only in Singapore.


Maybe this is a little late for a post titled as such, but I got inspired while prancing around imaginary magazine recommendations. I’ve read the book but not watched the movie, so personally, I don’t know if there’s a disconnect between the two. What I do know is that Elizabeth Gilbert found herself while eating, praying and loving along the way in her travels. I don’t suppose we all need to do whatever she did in order to restore some sense of balance in our lives, but there’ll always come a time when we need to just get away for a little while.


Here are some of my recommendations on where you should pamper yourself, while keeping your tummy, soul and heart sane.



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Lovely poached eggs brunch at Artisan Boulangerie Co.

1. Artisan Boulangerie Co.

I was introduced this gem of a place by a friend who frequents it. There are a few outlets, and they make awesome quiches, pies and tarts. Visit the outlet at Kiliney Road for brunch on a weekend before hitting the stores afterwards.


2. TWG Tea

One of my favourites is TWG Tea, a place that’s perfect for afternoon teas (they have an endless array of teas to choose from) and chats with girlfriends. Their tea salons serve food apart from sandwiches, macarons and the like, and you can get mean main dishes for dinner. End that dinner with one of their desserts in the display counters and tell yourself it’s all worth the price.

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Link Love: Sydney Dreaming


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Weekends are becoming a rest-and-recuperate kind of thing for us around here. Saturdays are for exercising and shopping (for me), while Sunday mornings are for lazing in bed. In between all that, we make plans and I blog.


Mr. Ratatouille and I are planning our trip this coming June, and word has it that we’re headed to Australia! Sydney’s the first city on our itinerary, so that’s why in today’s Link Love entry, it’s all about Australia and what she has to offer.


1. Erica from Lifestyle Tea shares her list -and videos – of lazy Sunday songs.

2. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes us behind and in front of the scenes of the MBFW 2014.

3. The people at Concrete Playground tell us where to find the 10 best vintage stores in Sydney.

4. Vanessa from Flip and Style shows us how to pack for the long weekend.

5. The guides from The Urban List recommends Sydney’s 9 best new cafés for the year.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (2014 Ed.)

Mother’s Day in Singapore and many parts of the world doesn’t arrive till a month later but that doesn’t mean we can’t start shopping for our beloved mummies now! This post is dedicated to my mum (of course) and to all my friends who are mums of their own now. My, I never thought this day would come, when my friends from 15 years ago are now parents of little tots with ultimate cheeks.


Combination Mothers Day Gift Ideas (2014 Ed.)

1. This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle | 2. Cath Kidston Blossom Body Lotion 250ml | 3. Cath Kidston Painterly Rose & Big Spot Set of 2 Tea Towels | 4. Cath Kidston Blossom Bath & Body Hat Box | 5. Korres Japanese Rose Gift Set | 6. StudioSarah Happy Mother’s Day Card | 7. River Island Floral Quilt Makeup Bag | 8. SOY Candle Moroccan Rose & Fig | 9. Cath Kidston Key Fob | 10. Cath Kidston Blossom Large Candle | 11. Ciaté Limited Edition Dolls House Mini Polish Set


Most of the items I’m featuring are from Cath Kidston because who can resist that floral pattern they do so well? It does help that ASOS is having a 20% off their store at the moment, so use the code XTRA20 when you checkout (all the items are on ASOS). I hope you’ll make your mummy happy this year!

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Tutorial: ID Day


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Smile for the camera!


I finally got down to making my next video, just when I needed to get my photo taken for my new passport (next major travel trip in June)! Your passport photo is one of the most overlooked pictures you can have. I know some people don’t really bother dressing up for it – who else looks at your passport besides the customs officers, right? But I learnt from a past episode of Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model that one look at your ID picture could be all it takes to make a difference. Besides, you can print out several copies of that one picture and use it for other purposes, such as your work pass or resume.


This video was such fun to film, partly because Mr. Ratatouille was my videographer and he really cracked me up big time. You’ll see me talking here and there in the video too, and that’s me giving him instructions – we’re both newbies to this filming thing. A couple of my fingers have bruises on them, souvenirs of my recent snorkelling trip.


Read on to watch the video and see the list of items I used, plus some comments I have on the overall look!


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Four Midi Skirts that Don’t Break the Bank


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ASOS Full Midi Skirt in Scuba with Tiered Seam Detail, $58.33.


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Club L Pencil Skirt in Check, $18.81 (on sale).


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ASOS Midi Skirt with Sheer Hem, $71.49.


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ASOS Full Midi Skirt, $41.39.


I’ve been shopping quite a bit on ASOS recently (it’s my favourite online store) and came across these beautiful midi skirts that are so perfect for work or even casual wear. The best part is that they don’t cost a bomb either! To browse through more skirts (including mini’s and maxi’s) and bag that sale item, head on over to the skirt department in The Style Store now!






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