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REVIEW/SHOP Where to get all-in-one sun protection plus freckle reduction?

Who says that UV exposure is all bad? Do you know that our bodies need adequate sun exposure to stay healthy? Just a little sun exposure enables our body to produce vitamin D, which is needed to regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption from food for healthy bones and teeth. Adequate UV ray exposure protects the body against diseases and conditions like cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. UV rays is also used for the successful treatment of psoriasis, eczema and jaundice. For these great reasons, we should be glad that we are living in the tropics where we get to enjoy bright sunny days 12 months a year. If you are living in high latitude countries, ensure up to 15 minutes of casual sun exposure over your hands, face and arms, two to three times a week during the summer months to keep your vitamin D levels high. If you are living in the tropics, do not run away from the sun. Perhaps a friend of mine who lives in Singapore must have been hiding in his office from sun up to sun down as he was recently diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. Hence do not hide from the sun, but ply your skin with adequate protection from the ill effects of sun exposure on the skin, and head out. One of the latest sun protection that offers the best protection is Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50. It protects your skin from the formation of new hyperpigmentation, while also lightening existing freckles, unifying uneven skin tone and increasing skin moisture by 26%.

Banish Hyperpigmentation
Achieving a flawless skin is a lifelong achievement especially for those who are genetically predisposed to hyperpigmentation, and those with uneven skin tone. The regular use of sun shield before stepping out into the sun is the only way to protect your skin from producing new freckles or hyperpigmentation. In recent years, skin experts are increasingly aware that the use of whitening or hyperpigmentation lightening products together with sun protection are necessary to keep existing hyperpigmentation from worsening and new ones from forming. The most recent launch of Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50 is designed to do both.

What makes Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50 great?

Whitening Ingredients:
Whitening Plum Blossom Essence, the true star ingredient of the Kenzoki whitening range, improves skin radiance and maintains unified skin tone by working in the different layers of the skin.
Sunflower Extract helps skin maintain healthy suppleness and radiance.
Huang Qin strengthens skin against environmental stress like UV exposure and pollution, and thus from losing radiance and even skin tone.
Moringa protects skin from environmental aggression like pollution and free radicals.

How to maximise benefit?
Apply over face and neck in light sweeping strokes before heading outdoors.

This light textured lotion has a subtle relaxing aroma which soothes my senses during application. It does not leave any streaks or white veil on the skin.

Smear of the light lotion

Kenzoki White Blossom Delicate UV Shield SPF50 is priced at $65 (30ml) and is available from end-February 2015 at Metro stores located at Paragon and Centrepoint, Robinsons at Heeren, Raffles City and JEM, and Sephora.

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*Photo of Sun, Blue Sky and Clouds by nuchylee/ Photo of Kid Skipping In The Field by Marin/

SHOP/REVIEW The refreshing whiff of Cherry Blossoms right here in Singapore

In Spring, many have flocked to Japan and Korea to gaze at the pretty Spring blooms and enjoy the refreshing scent of these blooms. Imagine walking among Cherry Blossom trees and being enveloped by the scent of these flowers. Now, you get to enjoy the refreshing scent of these Spring blossoms with L’Occitane’s Fleur de Cerisier L’Eau right here in Singapore. 
*Cherry Blossom Trees

This fruity fresh blend of cherry blossoms refreshes with the first whiff of citrusy top notes made up of lemon, blackcurrant and watermelon. It then warms up into a delicate trial of cherry blossom, blended with cherry blossom fruit, violet and rose, before settling into a sensual base with a musky woody trial.

The range includes a shower milk, moisturising milk, hand cream and handbag size fragrance touch.

I love the Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Shower Milk as it is gentle on my dry skin and it lives a lingering floral trial on my skin after the shower. The hand cream enriched with shea butter softens my hands, which is dry from frequent washing.

The packaging of this limited edition scent is well-designed with tiny cherry blossoms embossed onto the transparent glass bottle. A unique opaque red tube within the bottle adds a graphic touch to the design of the bottle.
This gentle Shower Milk is gentle on the skin, refreshes the senses during the shower
and leaves a refreshing floral trial on the skin 
Scented Hand Cream moisturises hands as it refreshes the senses with the floral scent
Prices of Products in the range:
L'Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau EDT is available at S$68 (50ml) (Limited Edition)

L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Shower Milk is available at S$32 (250ml)

L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Moisturizing Milk is available at S$47 (250ml)

L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Hand Cream is available at S$15 (30ml)

L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L’Eau Fragrance Touch, $39 (14ml)   

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SHOP/REVIEW Brighten up the Face with lovely shades from Make Up Store

One of my favourite makeup brands is Make Up Store. The most colours have a longwearing finish, which is a must for my oily lids and dry cheeks. In the past months, I’ve been having fun with a few products from their last launch. Here are three products that I find easy to use and practical and enhance my features:

Make Up Store Eyepencil Duo in BLUE PIGMENT, $27
An all-new long-lasting Eye Pencil Duo with 2 shades, Blue Pigment is a pencil with two shades, both light and dark blue. Depending on the angle you hold the pencil, you can have two different shades of matt blue on your eye in just one stroke–by applying the tip of the eye pencil almost vertically. Extremely easy for inner and outer line application with just one glide. Alternatively, tilt the eye pencil to apply on the side of the tip for your preferred shade. Blend for a softer look using an Eyeliner Blending Brush for best effect.
I love this eye pencil for the sexy soft look it gives my eyes. What more, tilting the pencil at various angles will give me different intensity of blue. The pencil is easy to use and great only on upper eye lid. Smudge the blue penciled in line a little with your ring finger to achieve a soft finish. For oily eye lids, avoid using under the eye as the colour slides off easily. Bring a cotton bud to clean under-eye smudges, if needed.

Make Up Store Duo Lipstick in GRAPHIC, $29

Nourish your dry lips with shea butter and avocado oil while giving them a touch of longlasting colour. This new DUO lipstick in Graphic is a soft pink duo lipstick with a nude colour in the core. These two shades give an instant 3D finish to the lips.
At last a lipstick that offers longlasting lip colour without leaving lips tight and dry. I took a sip of water while wearing this lip colour and found that the lip stain on the cup is less than my regular lipstick.

Make Up Store Marble Blush in ROSSO VERONA & RITSONA RED, $32 each

Featuring a sensational combination of bright pink, red and purple tones to create multi-toned blush that offers a beautiful blend of intense cheek colour.
My other favourite from Make Up Store is this blush that gives my cheeks a three dimensional finish. The blusher lasts through the day, leaving me with healthy pink cheeks even when I am feeling low. A little goes a long way, so dust off excess powder onto a tissue before accentuating cheeks with it.

Available at Make Up Store.

Make Up Store is located at:
Paragon #03-20, tel: 6887 5828
VivoCity #01-02, tel: 6276 0988
313@somerset #04-10, tel: 6884 6008
Robinsons Orchard, tel: 6737 7959

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SHOP/REVIEW The scent with which to re-ignite your love

Surprise. Laughter. Playfulness. Seduction. These are the ingredients of longlasting love. Kenzo Parfums recreate these wonderful elements of love into a green fruity floral fragrance blended with fruity and woody-musk notes and bottle it up in a gorgeous flacon. This is the new love story from Kenzo Parfums—Jeu d’Amour EDT (translated as ‘game of love’ in French).

How does it smell?
This fresh, luminous and delicate sensual perfume brightens up any day. A lighter version of 2014’s Jeu d’Amour Eau de Parfum, it is transformed into a green fruity floral fragrance with a luminous start. It captivates with the first whiff of the sparkling top notes of pear, lemon blossom and green tea. It then warms up to the sensual carnal and solar tuberose and luminous accents of fressia flowers (notes that are in the original Kenzo Jeu d’Amour Eau de Parfum), before settling into a soft and sensual trail of white musk and cedarwood leaves.

The Fla├žon (bottle)
As with the previous scents launched by Kenzo Parfums, the packaging of this new launch is designed by internationally acclaimed industrial designer Karim Rashid. What does the bottle look like to you? To me, it resembles a woman in an elegant ball gown. In the words of Rashid, this bottle is a new declaration of sensuality. The straight lined, modern and clean design represents the more assertive, confident and modern Jeu d’Amour woman who is not afraid to step up to her desirability.

Retaining the same bottle silhouette as JEU D’AMOUR EDP, the new JEU D’AMOUR EDT is encased in a glistening glass bottle with a pinkish nude hue tint at the base. This gives the glass bottle a soft visual effect that exudes sensual femininity.

The Outer Packaging
Guess whose lips are those on the box? Have you given up? Those puckers and sensual neck on the box are considered as the ultimate weapon of seduction belonging to French actress Louise Bourgoin, the muse for Jeu d’Amour.

Personally I’d wear this vibrant scent to my dates to warm up the cool evening air. What about you?

For some ideas on how to play the Queen of Hearts card and to get into the romantic mode, check out the video at:

The new JEU D’AMOUR EDT fragrance is priced at $79 (30ml); $110 (50ml). Available at the Kenzo counters at Takashimaya, Metro Paragon, Metro Centrepoint, Robinsons The Hereen, Robinsons Raffles City and Robinsons JEM.

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SHOP/REVIEW L'Occitane comforting Shea Butter body line

Scented Body Moisturisers and the rest of the range
Over the years, I’ve come to love scented body moisturisers more. These scented beauties keep the skin hydrated, smooth and soft while also enveloping your body with a scent you love. Of course, this means that product has to meet more than one criteria before you purchase it– hydrate, leaves your skin comfortable and smells nice. My most recent fav is from L’Occitane’s Whipped Shea Butter range.

L’OCCITANE has created this incredible, feather-light texture and blended it with an exceptional concentration of shea butter in the new Whipped Shea Butter Bodycare Collection. Nourish your skin with a texture so rich and yet as soft as whipped cream.

How does it work?
Shea butter: Nourishes with vitamins and fatty acids, while it softens and protects

Giving Back To Society
L’Occitane is into blessing the world through its success by contributing financially to international causes such as the visually impaired. To help the visually impared from completely losing their sight, L’Occitane launches a solidarity product each year to contribute 100% of the profits* from the sale of the Apricot Solidarity Soap to  finance NGOs working on eye health projects in developing countries, with the support of the L'OCCITANE Foundation.
*Sales price in store minus taxes, transport and production costs


The cream nourishes skin like a balm, except that it has a lighter texture--that of a mousse. Made with 10% skin nourishing shea butter, it quickly hydrates as it is massaged into the skin, leaving skin supple and comfortable.

What makes it great?
Other than shea butter, it also nourishes and protects skin with shea butter oil.

How to use?
Apply on clean and dry skin and massage in circular movement. Best to just after towel-drying skin from a shower so that the nutrients from the mousse could penetrate into the softened skin better.

The mousse cream has the comforting scent like a baby’s talcum powder. And it seems to leave a light but matte film on the skin to seal in moisture and protect it. Best for those with dry skin. The comforting scent lingers on for hours.

SHEA BUTTER WHIPPED HAND CREAM, $15 (30ml)  Limited Edition

The Shea Whipped Hand Cream has a playful yet smooth texture. Made with a high concentration of shea butter (25%), it helps to nourish, protect and soften the skin.

What makes it great?
Other than shea butter, it also nourishes and protects skin with shea butter oil.

How to use?
Use at any time of the day and as often as necessary
1 Use it immediately after washing your hands to maximise benefits.
2 After towel-drying hands, massage a small amount onto the backs and palms of your hands with large circular motions. 2 minutes of gentle massage will allow the cream to penetrate the upper layers of your skin for immediate comfort
3 Take time to work the formula into your fingers, over your knuckles, and on the dry areas between your fingers
4 Massage excess cream onto each finger, from the top of the knuckle down to the ends of your fingertips

How does it work?
Other than shea butter, it also nourishes and protects skin with shea butter oil.

The hand cream smells less powdering than the Shea Butter Whipped Hand Cream and has a lighter texture. The hand cream softens both my skin and the hang nails. The dry and white hang nails seem to disappear after my hands are moisturised.

If you are a person into details, you would also notice that the cream that this squeezed out of the tube has a nice ribbing, unlike the other hand creams from L’Occitane. A great plus point, if you have a penchant for things beautiful.


This apricot-scented solidarity soap is made with shea butter to gently cleanse the skin.

How to use?
1 On damp skin, create a soft foam by rubbing the soap between your palms
2 Gently massage the lather onto your skin
3 Rinse

Beauty Tips
  1. Fragrance your clothes the natural and traditional way. Simply leave a bar of soap in your drawers and wardrobes!
  2. Moisturise your hands after washing them to keep them nourished and protected, especially if the water from your tap has a high limestone content.
  3. Use soap to clean your make-up brushes. Wet a cloth and rub some soap onto it, then swipe the brushes back and forth on the cloth until clean. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. For those who enjoy gardening, put several pieces of soap in a stocking, tie a knot, and hang it near your outdoor tap. That way, you'll always have your soap on hand.

I like the fresh apricot scent of this bar soap. It has a subtle tangy touch that refreshes the senses. I used it on driest part of my legs which usually itches after using drying shower gels. The verdict is there is no itch or skin discomfort. My skin was as comfortable as can be even half an hour after shower. It leaves a very subtle lingering scent or almost undetectable scent on the skin.

This range is also great for dry weathers in countries experiencing four seasons and lower humidity. The packaging is light and will not take up much of your luggage allowance.

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EYE BEAUTIFUL Tools to consider for more intense eyes

Eye Bright
Enhance your eyes with these tools by fashion maestro Marc Jacobs, Eyeko and NYX.


Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner Set (limited edition), $49,
keeps eyes enhanced with water resistant mascara and waterproof liquid eyeliner, both in carbon black. The Eye Do Mascara tint is enhanced with lash conditioning ingredients like shea butter, gingko biloba, vitamins and botanical proteins. The oversized brush enhances lashes and maximises volume with a clump-free finish. The Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner is extremely easy to line the eyes. The ink tip is as firm as that of the magic ink pen I used as a kid. Rimming the eye lid is easy and quick.

Marc Jacobs

The Sky-Liner 7-piece Petites Highliner Collection, $69
This set of colourful Highliner Gel Eye Crayons by Marc Jacobs will make accentuating your eyes seem like chicken feet as opposed to blending eyeshadows over your lids. Compiled into an elegant case are five bestselling colours from the whole range of waterproof gel liner crayons, and two exclusive shades, including the signature color of the season, Midnight in Paris, for Holiday 2014. This is the first ‘gel pot’ eyeliner packaged within a crayon. These highliners are waterproof.


Two Timer, $20

The eye liner duo comprises of a liquid eyeliner and kohl kajal pencil. For a natural day look, line upper eyelid with the kohl kajal pencil. For a smouldering finish, apply kohl pencil and smudge the liner, then line eyes with liquid liner.

All makeup mentioned above are available at Sephora Singapore. Please visit for details.

REVIEW/SHOP CHRISTMAS gift for the Traveller for the hands

For those who travels to destinations experiencing winter, a subtly scented hand cream and lip conditioner would be most practical.

Caudalie Winter Duo, $19
This winter duo contains all you need to nourish and protect delicate hands and
lips throughout the winter months and all year long! Available in three scented variety.

HAND AND NAIL CREAM: This anti-oxidant cream made from orange
pulp leaves hands silky-smooth and protected. The rich formula leaves hands
luxuriously moisturized and delectably soft.!
In addition to the regular fragrance, it comes in two limited edition scents:
Grapevine Honey and Pink Grapefruit!

LIP CONDITIONER: Formulated with 99.5% naturally-derived ingredients, this
beauty treatment repairs damaged lips after each application. It contains a
subtle vanilla scent with anti-oxidant properties; delivering instant hydration and

protection during the winter and all year long!

Hand and Nail Cream
Great for those who aren't too keen on scented hand creams, Caudalie range of hand cream is so subtle. I'm sure they would love it. The cream works immediately moisturises the skin upon application, I could see that the skin appears more hydrated. The skin on the hands are more refined a little later.

Available at Sephora Singapore.

REVIEW/VALENTINE'S Valentine's Spa treat that left me more youthful looking for the rest of the week

Ikeda Spa Valentine's Special

I experienced the #IkedaSpa #Valentine'sDay spa treat at their #ClarkeQuay outlet, Ikeda Spa Prestige and loved it.
Image for Illustration only

The 30-minute white cocoa body scrub and 30-minute Red Rose bath dip that followed quickly dissolved every knotted muscles and tightness on my shoulders and upper back, while the scrub removed dead skin cells and helped maximise benefits of the minieralised onsen water during the soak. The dark chocolate body massage was so deliciously luxurious, it left me in a great mood. And I have to report that the dark chocolate massage didn't leave me walking out covered in visible chocolate coating my skin. In fact, I could only detect a faint chocolatey aroma and I didn't attract any ants even after going to bed without taking a rinse at all. Wink* Bliss.

The benefits of this soak is beyond just relaxed body and mood. In fact, I decided to have a hair cut that day, and I received compliments from my regular hairstylist about how youthful and fresh I looked. After receiving his compliments, of course I took a closer look at my complexion, indeed I appeared rested, my skin was glowing, more refined and seemed firmer for the next few days. And did I tell you that I didn't touch up my foundation or makeup after the treatment?

Why it's Great:
Chocolate is a great mood enhancer as it stimulates the body's production of endorphine and protects the skin from free radicals. Flavonoids in dark chocolate absorbs UV light, increase blood flow, and improve hydration and condition of skin.

I believe the onsen soak did lots of good to my skin to leave it youthful too. At Ikeda Spa, the onsen water is produced using the latest ionization technology. Hot spring minerals are infused into the water, which are absorbed by the skin during the soak. Here are the other benefits of a hot soak in mineralised water, it increases blood circulation and metabolism, relieves stress and anxiety, alleviates aches and pains and reduce skin's pore size as well as nourish skin to improve its condition. Last but not least, the hot soak helps to improve sleep that night. In tropical Singapore, where can one possible go for a healthy hot spring-like soak in minealised water? Not that I know off.

What I love about this set up at Ikeda Spa Prestige, Clarke Quay, is the tinted glass above the onsen which lights up the dimly lit room helps me to relax and unwind better. It also offers a focal point that instead of peering into darkness, one can look into the tinted glass and relax. There's also a wash area (not captured in this picture) at the side for a shower, if one wishes.  

I never expect to be able to have a healthy onsen dip without having to fly out of Singapore. This is a really rare chance to take up Ikeda Spa's offer this Valentine's to unwind with your spouse in a sanitised, private and cosy environment.

If you are looking for something special to do, this couple spa treat includes having the whole experience in a private room inclusive of onsen dip, at a savings of S$392. This Valentine's couple spa treat is available now at S$368+ for first time customers of Ikeda Spa who reside in Singapore, and for their members. There are very limited rooms at the spa, so this offer is only on a first come first served basis (get my hint? *wink).

I am seriously considering getting a spa membership with them. Guess you know that I am totally sold to the idea of Ikeda Spa treatments now, but you really have to check it out for yourself to see if it has what you are looking for.

To get this package at this special price please CLICK on IKEDA SPA, scroll to the bottom of the page to click on the offer buttons seen in this screen capture below.

The offer to look for at Ikeda Spa website
IKEDA SPA PRESTIGE is located at 6 EU TONG SENG ST, THE CENTRAL #05-22. Tel: +65 6222 8080
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What nibbles would you serve at a get-together or the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations?

About Parties, Celebrations and Snacks and #VivaLaPapa chips
Are you in celebratory mood yet for the upcoming Lunar New Year?
(Image courtesy of duron123 /
What I love about #parties and #celebrations especially Lunar New Year visitations is the snacks I get to try at the various homes. This year instead of the usual Love Letters and ground nuts, what I'll definitely stock up are new snacks that have arrived on our shores - organic Viva La Papa #potatochips from #Peru. 
A guiltess chip party, perhaps?
(courtesy Ambro /

Sustainable Origin
These chips are sustainable varieties of native potatoes and other roots originating from grown by the Andean communities in various colourful and nutritious variaties. Viva La Papa potato chips from Peru are also Kosher accredited.

Moreover, with each pack of Viva La Papa chips sold, Viva La Papa! makes a contribution to Andean children’s charity Amantani. This wonderful organization provides schools and boarding houses for under-privileged children in remote Andean regions. So not only are we eating healthy chips with Viva La Papa, but also helping the needy.

How are they Cooked
They are hand cooked in small batches with pure sunflower oil with a hint of delicious natural Peruvian flavours. Every pack is filled with natural goodness, free of Gluten, GMO
, Trans Fat and artificial additives. 

Flavours Available
1 Andean Pink Salt Potato Chips
2 Anticucho BBQ Potato Chips
3 Chillies & Lime Potato Chips 
4 Exotic Sweet Potato Chips 
5 Andean Native Potato Chips

Below are my tasting reviews of my favourites:
VOTED Most Healthy
1 #AndeanPinkSaltPotatoChips

Unlike most commercial potato chips, I love the great crispy texture with bite. With each bite I could feel the texture of the potato. Best of all, this pack of chips is flavouried by Andean Pink Salt. Pink salt is healthy than the normal table kitchen salt. Here's a list of them:

a. Minimises effects of stress on the body
b. Removes cellular acidity in brain and kidney
c. Contains essential minerals to replenish vital electrolytes

2 #AnticuchoBBQPotatoChips
This pack of chips is the most flavourful of the lot. What's great is that it's NOT too salty.

VOTED Too Good to Keep for Tomorrow
4 #ExoticSweetPotatoChips 

This is actually the first pack of chips I got a potato lover to try. It is loved for its lack of excess saltiness. What's great is each bite is crispy and he could feel the texture of the root. It's so good to him that it was polished off in one sitting. Need we say more?

 5 #AndeanNativePotatoChips
This pack of #chips is #crispy, yet it has the texture and bite of sweet potato chips. I love its clean, natural taste. In fact, as it is less salty than most chips I've tried, while still maintaining natural flavours, I feel healthier eating it and could easily polish off a pack without feeling guilty. The chips in this pack have tints of natural purple and pink in the potato. If you are aware, these natural colours represent the presence of healthy anti-cancer nutrients.

These chips are available only at reputable and quality outlets like:
Real Food Grocer
CENTRAL @ 6 Eu Tong Sen St, The Central #B1-52/53, T: +65 62244492
SQUARE 2@ 10 Sinaran Drive, Square 2, #B1-105/106/129, T: +65 63972289
KILLINEY @ 110 Killiney Road, Tai Wah Building, T: +65 67379516
WEST COAST @154 West Coast Road, West Coast Plaza  #B1-06/07, T: +65 68721440

SPRMRKT @ 2 McCallum Street, T: +65 6221 2105
The American Club @  10 Claymore Hill, T: +65-6737-3411 
Swiss Butchery @  Greewood 30/32 Greenwood Avenue, T: +65-6468-7588. Tanglin 6 Tanglin Road, #01-02, T: 65-6235 8080 

Details at: 
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