Monday, 1 September 2014

Beauty: Lip Balms ~ The Ultimate Crack Lip Saver

Are you tired of looking like a survivor who hasn't been drinking water wondering the Sahara desert? Do you wish that people could just stop looking at your dried-out crack lips with a piece of skin sticking out? 

Well baby, its time to whack out your trusty old lip hero, the LIP BALMs.

Not only they help in putting back moisture and healing your dry lips, but they also introduce a nice kiss-me sheen which makes your lips oh-so-sexy (some even has this color-adapt technology that put some colours to your lips). 

Let me introduce you to my 2 favourite lip machos (my another all time favourite is Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Lip Balm), Dior's Lipglow Color Reviver Balm and Kiehl's Lipbalm #1 in Mango

I really can't say enough good things about these 2 wonderful products. Besides moisturising the lips, the Dior gives off a subtle pink colour (its advertised that the amount of colour payoff follows the temperature of your lips) with a nice sheen which makes you look fresh and awake. While the Kiehl's does not contain any colour, the mango scent totally makes up for it (but if you are not a scent fan, then you should probably stay away.

Honestly, my lips has never been better since these 2 appear. Although Kiehl's is considerably cheaper (S$17), do give Dior's (S$44 I think) a go as its been my bag staple ever since it landed on my hand.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

All About Teas: Tea Voyage

 I started dabbling into Teas during my 1st job (admin work, pretty damn boring) and never turn back. There are literally thousand different kinds of teas (I'm not talking about brands by the way) and flavours of teas that I get overwhelmed sometimes.

My favourite has always been Earl Grey. The tart citrusy flavour (from Bergamot orange) leaves such a refreshing taste in my mouth that I couldn't get enough of it.

But the teas that I'm going to show you below is kind of life-changing (jk, not I'm not) as I didn't know teas can expand to this extend. I know about the Mango, Peach, Oolong etc kind of tea but these below are kind of mind-boggling.

Seriously... Tea that can cure gastric!? Er, yes please!!! Tea Voyage offers such diversified teas (those that are herb or just plain floral) that I couldn't decide which to try. So I went for those sounds good (and smells good of course). 

So far I have tried the Rose White Tea and its so far so good. The tea bags are packed full with dried roses and some bits and bobs that strangely look like shrivelled plants. The aroma is not too pungent and it tastes subtly of roses. I like that I don't get those strong artificial flavours that some supermarket offers... 

The downside of these teas are that they are freaking expensive. Like seriously, expensive. The little package that you see above consists only of 3 bags and it costs S$4.95. Yeah, that's S$1.60 per tea bag. Thus, I wouldn't recommend them for daily drinks but more of like a luxury high-tea kind of drink. And another thing is that they do not have a permanent shop (they sell in mobile stalls -__-''') thus, its only available thru delivery (if you can't find them).

But, its a good experiment with teas anyway. A unique way of tasting teas with character :)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Beauty: Real Technique Brushes

These brushes sure do cause a stir in the beauty sphere as they are claimed to be the softest cheapest high quality brushes that woman can get their hands on. And I agree with them totally (two hands up in the air in fact) as they are the best brushes in my collection (much more enjoyable than the Zoeva ones or MAC ones).

They are products from Youtube sensation Pixiwoo (Samantha and Nicola Chapman, oh and I love their brother too ^_^) which I absolutely adore and wish to meet them in person. 

As wonderful their personalities, the brushes certainly does not disappoint as they feel soft on the face (I'm looking at you, prickly Sephora brushes) and doesn't shed much after washing. They even manage to retain their beautiful shape after several washes... Kudos!!!

Sam's Picks

Sam's Picks

Sam's Picks
Multi-Task Brush: for effortless application of powder, blush and bronzer

Sam's Picks
Buffing Brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation

Sam's Picks
 Pointed Foundation brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage

Sam's Picks
Essential Crease Brush: soft, tapered design for effortless contouring
Fine Liner Brush: ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

Sam's Picks
Setting Brush: complete any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter

Sam's Picks

I would definitely recommend anyone who is new to buying brushes or don't want to splurge too much on brushes, try these instead. Sam's picks collection is quite extensive in terms of from bases application to eye liners. They basically cover all areas and you don't have to crack your head deciding which one to own. Click here to buy. 

So have you tried any of their brushes?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Eats: Curry Times Westgate

We Asians are always known to love curry or cook up a curry storm. Regardless you are Chinese, Indian, Malay, there is always a version of curry that makes your race proud. 

So, I was really craving curry that time and stumble upon this eatery at Westgate that sells mainly curry (per its name, duh -__-''') and it is always filled with patrons during dining hours. So, I queued for 20 minutes and got sitted at a big round table shared with another 2 families (yeah, that's how many people came to eat).

Service was prompt but not very attentive as there are too few servers on the floor. I like their uniform though, old school grandma kind. 

So, we had their infamous Curry Chicken with Loaf Bread, Roti Canai (Indian Pancake) with Curry and Otak-otak (Spicy Mackerel Paste)   

The curry chicken was indeed delicious. It packed a punch with its creamy sauce and the chicken was tender. The Loaf goes really well with the bread, soaking up the juices. 4.2/5

Otak-otak was mediocre as I have high standard when it comes to otak-otak. But with the price we are paying ($1.9), couldn't complain much. It doesn't taste any close to the Muar's version (which is famous for). 3/5

The Roti Canai with curry on the other hand is excellent. We just couldn't get enough of them and almost opted for more (if we weren't full to the brim). Soft and fluffy, the Roti goes really well with the curry. 4.5/5

Last but not least, we also tried the Dry Laksa Goreng (Dry Curry Noodles) which was palatable as well. I love how the noodles are nicely fried and the use of laksa paste here is just enough to cover the noodles with the ingredient without over-soaking or under-seasoned. Like its soupy counterpart, its flavour comes out strong and fragrant. Love this too. 4.4/5

Pricing for the dishes aren't too expensive too which I think well worth the money. Diners also get to scoop some old-school biscuits when making payment (yup, you get to take as much as you want with the paper cup provided). Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner and will definitely be back for more.

For their menu => Click here

Monday, 18 August 2014

Beauty: Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes Lovez ~ Dior, Lancome, MUA and Topshop

Phew, today was tiring as I totally sweat it out at the gym. By the time this post is up, I'm packing my stuff for Thailand (for business purposes) trip and probably be quite flustered fussing about what to bring. 

Alright, let's jump into the palettes. These 4 palettes are what I've been rotating on a daily basis and I just couldn't get enough of them. I mean, all the eyeshadows (with the exception of the lighter colours of the Lancome one) are just so soft and buttery and incredibly pigmented (well, Dior is a slight notch down though). 

From the back (See!? I can use my DSLR properly by focusing the back and blurring the front wtf), Lancome X Alber Elbaz Hypnose Doll Eyes 5 Colour Palette and MUA (Makeup Academy) Starry Night Eyeshadow Palette. 

Ever since I acquire the MUA eyeshadow pallete (which is super affordable) I've been using it non-stop. Although it doesn't show up in the photo but all of the eyeshadows contain sparkly bit and has a sheen to it. Its just surprising that the eyeshadows are nicely pigmented, long lasting on the eyelids, less fallouts and they only show signs of creasing after 8 hours of wear. The colour range is more towards cooler tones and it suits my olive skintone well. This is absolute love. 

I wasn't as keen towards the Lancome as I was with the MUA as some of the colours are of chalky and will make a mess out of your face with its fallouts (I'm looking at you, white and lightest grey). However, when I'm only paying for half the price of a normal Lancome palette (sales event), I would say its pretty much a good bargain. 

The front, Dior Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Pink Pompadour and Topshop Smokey Eye Palette in Constellation.

The Dior palette was a gift (which I truly am grateful for) and I instantly fell in love it. The packaging is to die for and the embossed lacey bits on the eyeshadow is just so feminine and girly. Totally up my alley. Sufficiently pigmented, pastel colours buttery soft and long wearing, this Dior is just gorgeous. Money well spent I'd say (although not from my pocket). A full review on this Dior lovely would be up soon. 

Last but not least and again with the discount, I got the Topshop palette for 70% off. Although I seldom use dark blackish colour, I just love the coral and purple colour within this palette. They are surprisingly soft and pigmented. They lasted 7 hours on me before fading a little. I just love that the packaging comes with a mirror and the exterior is littered with quirky pink polka dots. Great buy. 

Yup, that's it for now... Till next post ^_^