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

 

candice swanepoel 6250 1280x800 Worlds First Drinkable Sunscreen   Why Im Not Rushing for It

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 Worlds First Drinkable Sunscreen   Why Im Not Rushing for It

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.

 
Continue reading

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.

 

AFF 5145new Audi Fashion Festival   Exhibit & Curated Editions

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

 

AFF 5147new Audi Fashion Festival   Exhibit & Curated Editions

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

 

AFF 5154new Audi Fashion Festival   Exhibit & Curated Editions

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

 

AFF 5156new Audi Fashion Festival   Exhibit & Curated Editions

NARS was the official makeup for the night!

 

AFF 5159new Audi Fashion Festival   Exhibit & Curated Editions

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

 
Continue reading

Beauty News Flash: Stick-Them-On Brows

 

Strong Brows 3 Beauty News Flash: Stick Them On Brows

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!

 

Cara Delevingne brow Beauty News Flash: Stick Them On Brows

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

 
Continue reading

Rave & Review: The Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner

 

DSC 5127new2 Rave & Review: The Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner

The Star Lash Perfect Touch Eyeliner.

 

DSC 5131new2 Rave & Review: The 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!

 
Continue reading

The Crabtree & Evelyn Mother’s Day Exclusive

 

DSC 5124 2 The Crabtree & Evelyn Mothers Day Exclusive

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!

 

DSC 5122 2 The Crabtree & Evelyn Mothers Day Exclusive

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)

 

Rosewater edt 100ml The Crabtree & Evelyn Mothers Day Exclusive

The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Eau de Toilette.

 
Continue reading

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

 

DSC 5056new Review & Giveaway: The Ziaja Marine Algae Spa Shower Gel with Algae

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.

 

DSC 5059new Review & Giveaway: The Ziaja Marine Algae Spa Shower Gel with Algae

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)

 
Continue reading

OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

DSC 5083new2 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.

 

DSC 5107new OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

DSC 5113new OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

DSC 5114new OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms
 

DSC 5118new OOTD: The Clutch that Blooms

 

DSC 5091new 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

 
Continue reading

OOTD: Monochrome Spring

 

IMG 0033 2 OOTD: Monochrome Spring

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.

 

IMG 0026 OOTD: Monochrome Spring

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

 

IMG 0034 OOTD: Monochrome Spring

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

 
Continue reading

Feature: Chacott Freed of London

 

IMG 0010 2 Feature: Chacott Freed of London

 

IMG 0011 Feature: Chacott Freed of London

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!

 
Continue reading

Manicure Idea: Hide that Gelish

 

Gelishnew Manicure Idea: Hide that Gelish

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.

 
Continue reading