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Beauty Monologue Series: The Sun Sisters

{Today we have two guests instead of the normal one. Introducing the Sun Sisters! They are very similar to each other in terms of what they do. And while they are pretty humble and quite endearing, they do detest the sun with such vengeance, Sunblock more than Sunscreen. Oh, and they also have a knack for speaking in sync. Let’s find out what they can do for us!}


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Don’t go off on your beach holiday without first hearing from the Sun Sisters!


Hello! We’re the Sun Sisters and we’re very excited to be talking to you today. You know, many people think we’re kind of the same but we’re actually not!


Sunscreen: Sunblock is the elder one (Sunblock: “That’s me!”) and I’m the younger one. We don’t differ in age by a lot though.


Sunblock: Yeah but to be honest, I’m not even sure who is older because the very first types sun protection didn’t exactly fit in today’s definitions of sunscreen or sunblock. They were just called sunscreen, right darling?


Sunscreen: Absolutely! And if I remember right, one of the first ones was called Red Vet Pet and used in the war. How cool is that?


Sunblock: Super. Now let’s tell them about our differences.


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Crabtree & Evelyn Conditioning Hand Wash

Crabtree & Evelyn Launches Conditioning Hand Wash Collection

For some reason, it has never occurred to me that Crabtree & Evelyn never had a hand wash collection. I mean, I do know of their best selling products and I love their shower gels and body lotions. Maybe it’s because I don’t exactly wash my hands often with special hand soap that I didn’t realise it. Now that I think of it, did you know that the skin on your hands is the first giveaway of your age?


The Crabtree & Evelyn Conditioning Hand Wash Collection will come in 8 scents, each under a different range that is currently on shelves. It comes in one size only – 250ml – and is available in Lavender; Iris; Lily; Rosewater; Wisteria; La Source®; Citron; Honey & Coriander and Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed.


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The hand wash in Lily.


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The hand wash in Rosewater. Such a pretty pink!


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Uses of nail polish remover

Comprehensive List of Uses of Nail Polish Remover (and the Science Behind it)

Any manicure addict will know what nail polish remover is. That magic solution that erases all mistakes with the swipe of a cotton pad. The miracle start-over-from-scratch beauty product that allows us to have a new colour as and when we like it. What many people don’t know are the other very practical uses of nail polish remover. Before I get started on what these are, you need to know that it’s the important ingredient, acetone, that’s doing all the work here.


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Acetone – the miracle ingredient in nail polish removers.


Having worked in a laboratory for several years, I can safely say that every scientist will admit that acetone is a God-send. Have you heard of the joke about how a researcher relabelled his acetone as “dimethyl ketone” and it never got stolen again? The reason acetone is so potent is the fact that it has 6  electron-deficient (and therefore reactive) alpha hydrogens. Because of this, acetone can react with almost everything that has electron-rich components (or “groups”), save for materials like metals and wood. Why this reaction is important is because only when two things react can they each be changed into something else altogether. For example, when we want to remove some types of plastic from oven grills, we can add acetone because they react with each other.


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Beach paradise

Personal Update: On Renovations, Fillers, Giveaways and Vacations

Hello! It’s been some time since I last wrote a personal note of some sort on the blog. I suppose it’s due time I told you a small part of my current life story. As some of you know by now, I am a teacher and because it’s June, it’s the mid-year holiday for schools here. I’m taking some time off from school-related stuff (teachers in Singapore are way overworked), hoping that I’d have much more time for the blog. Well, I kind of do but at the moment, there are quite a few things going on in my life as well!


First up, I am getting my own room at home! If you’ve been following my tweets, you’d have read about me cleaning up the house almost every day. It’s been going on for weeks now, and everything should be done pretty soon. I’ve a brand new room with new furniture, such as curtains; a bed; tables and a wardrobe, which I designed myself. The theme is pretty simple actually, no frills, no fancy chandelier, no wallpaper (though I did fiddle with the idea). I might do a room tour when it’s all ready!


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Oh, nothing much. Just a new wall being built. *jumps around on a pogo stick*


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Burberry Kisses

Send Burberry Kisses to Your Loved Ones All Around the Globe

Have someone you want to chummy up to but can’t because you’re nowhere near? Well, guess what? Burberry and Google have teamed up to bring us Burberry Kisses! It’s a cute, fun way to tell someone you miss them. Simply take a picture of your own lips using either your iPhone, android or laptop, write a little note; seal the virtual envelope with your lips (prettied with Burberry’s lipstick) and send it on its way! Check out the video on how it works below.



I tried it and it was so much fun! Here are some screen shots I took on my MacBook Air (the first one is from the press release):


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Burberry Kisses with the London skyline. There are other cities you can explore!


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This was minutes after I sent my kiss. You can view live kisses being sent all over the world!


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Sending a kiss from London to Shanghai has never been more fun! “All Kisses” will show you the cities that are receiving and sending the most kisses.


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My kiss created with Burberry’s Lip Cover in No. 08 Tea Rose. What a pretty pink!


Burberry Kisses uses a “Kiss Recognition Technology,” which enables your webcam (or phone’s camera) to identify your lips to make each one unique. Each kiss is unique because it’s your own, so nobody else has the same one as you do; I think not even your twin (because you probably pout differently)! There are several shades of the Burberry Lip Cover to choose from and I chose a pink one. It works best with Google Chrome so do everything there and feel the warmth in your heart as you watch your kiss being delivered to your loved one far away, to the tune of Misty Miller’s “Evergreen Love.” Smooch away!


P.S. You might like to check out the Burberry Lip Cover in No. 02 Cameo and Lip Glow in No. 16 Ruby here.





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Product Feature & Review: The Enavose Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15

Tired of dry skin? How about a beauty product that promises up to 24 hours of hydration? You read that right! Enavose, a Swiss brand launched in Singapore in 2011, has now launched its new makeup line. One of its star products is the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15, an oil-free product which contains 50% water for a hydrating effect. In one bottle are millions of Hydra-Spheres-Release, which gradually release moisture on the skin for up to 24 hours, so you feel hydrated all day long.


Now, I did not wear this powder for an entire day but I did have it on for a decent amount of time in the day. When first applied using the sponge applicator provided (it’s part of the screw bottle cap), it feels a little cooling and damp, kind of like a powder-to-water sensation. The powder contains many little shimmer pigments to provide a dewy, radiant finish with an extremely soft feel. The powder does have some coverage, light-medium at best, and helps to reduce the appearance of redness in the skin. However, as it is not meant to be a concealing foundation, I’d recommend first adding your concelor or foundation, before finishing the look with the Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15. Because it has shimmer in it, this powder can also be used for highlighting areas, such as the cheekbones or T-zone.


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The Enavose Swiss Glacial Loose Powder SPF 15 in Nude Glow – the only shade there is!


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How to Make Your Manicure Last

TOTD: How to Make Your Manicure Last

We’ve all been there and done that. The dreaded untouched nails. Parts of the once-emmaculate French manicure now wearily flaking away, diligent in their perseverance towards a state of utter derelict. And every time we look down upon our barely perfect tippy tappers, we’d sigh and wish we either had more time, money or had never done them up at all. But fret not! Here are some tips to help you make your manicure last. The best part? The list doesn’t include going to see your manicurist four times a month.


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Make your manicure last with these tips!


1) Make sure your nails are extremely clean before applying any polish.

You’d clean your walls before sticking up any of those 3M hooks. The same logic should be applied to painting your nails. By cleaning them before adding your polish, the polish will adhere better and thus last longer. Use nail polish remover to clean them out first, and check that there isn’t any residue from the cotton pads, before getting started on the base coat.


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June 2013 Vanity Trove

The June 2013 Vanity Trove – Summer Crush

When the sun’s come up, all you’ve to do is protect yourself from its harmful rays. Of course, it’ll do you good to get exposed for a little bit (nothing says health like some vitamin D) but there are things you can do to protect your skin and hair. In this month’s Vanity Trove, you’ll find products that do just that. The star brand this time is Apivita, a Greek skincare brand that prides itself on the natural ingredients in its products.


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The Apivita Purifying Tonic Lotion for Oily/Combination Skin.


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Cath Kidston

Weekend Shopping: Cath Kidston

It’s the weekend! Well, I guess the more important thing is that May is over (finally) and June is here. Phew, pulling the reins on my string purse last month was horrendous, I tell you! Now that a new month’s here, we can all go shopping again! And so the cycle starts. This time, I’m featuring a whole lot of items from one of our well-loved brands, Cath Kidston. Everything’s sourced from ASOS, and their prices have all been lowered! Just in time for the Great Singapore Sale too. Shop on (product prices are in USD and available to US residents)!


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Rose & Peony Hand Bag Duo


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Daisy Rose Washbag


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Hand Balm (50ml)


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Nime Luxury Shop

NiMe Shop: Where a Lifestyle of Luxury Begins

It’s always been the case for many of us, that every time one of us wants a new “It” bag or a pair of shoes, we’d wait till someone left for a vacation to bring us back tax-free items. However, there’s an alternative known as NiMe, where we can get what we’d like at a lower price and with less hassle (because come on, how many of us really like our friends to say, “Can you get this bag for me?” instead of “Have a great trip!” as we look forward to exploring foreign lands?).


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Just some Chanel classics on display in the boutique.


NiMe (pronounced “nee-mee”) Shop has been around for two to three years now and has been giving us girls the dream bags or accessories we’ve always wanted to own. They are a parallel importer from the United States and Europe and they stock many, many brands of luxury goods. I dropped by their boutique (address will be revealed at the end of this feature) and got the chance to visit their warehouse! It’s truly a pity I couldn’t take any pictures of what goes on behind the scenes, but believe me when I tell you it’s heaven. Some of the brands I came across included Coach, Celine, Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, Dior and Burberry.


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Something from Prada for you, ma’am?


Every single item at NiMe Shop is hand-picked, guaranteed authentic and brand new. Their quality is assured before they are shipped back to Singapore. New stocks arrive once or twice a week, so you’ll never run out of options! While their boutique is a permanent store which you can visit when you like, I highly recommend attending their sale events, which are held about once or twice a month at hotel ballrooms, the expo or at convention halls (which are currently undergoing renovations). This is because the sale events are where the bulk of their products are, and so the chances of you finding what you are looking for is much higher as well.


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