Safari Zoo Run 2017 and 5 major animal distractions

Hey guys! It is finally the day of the Safari Zoo Run. My husband and I got up early and headed to the Singapore Zoological Gardens. As the race for the 5.5km family run starts at 8am. We timed ourselves to reach our destination at around 7.15am so that we could spend time to explore the race village and take some pictures at the entrance of the zoo before the race commence. You are recommended to reach the race village 1 hour before your flag off time.

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Photo of us with the race bibs and race tees all ready for our first run of the year.

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The first thing that we noticed at the race village which was set up at the car park was that the baggage area. It was relatively empty. The bags and queue was very well organized. Most of the runners have already checked in their bags.

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There is even an option to take a shower at the Grohe mobile containers if you like. Don’t worry about privacy, as the ladies and gents had separate containers.

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As it is very important to stay hydrated throughout the race, we picked up a cup of water each before we get ready to be flagged off. There were multiple hydration points around the race route and we were offered either water or a cup of cold isotonic drink choice, no lemon tea or sodas unfortunately, for obvious reasons.

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There were standees of the various mascots around the race village and race routes to distract your attention. Taking a photo with the team you support will gain points for your team. Here’s a photograph of me with #teamahmeng .

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At 8am sharp, we were flagged off all together. There were no delays and the flag off was smoothly executed. Kudos to the Hivelocity team.

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Taking a shot with Ah Meng because I belong to Team Ah Meng!

There were 5 major animals of distraction along our race route which are the Zebra, White Tiger, Elephant, Lion and the Mandrill. They made us slow down to take pictures and have a good look at them. The other animals were less distracting with some at their hideouts and others having fun by themselves.

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The winner of the distraction goes to the Mandrill as it had an amazing “opera” like face that attracted my attention for quite a long while.

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Spotted an Ah Meng standee and we decided to slow down to take a photo. All this photos add points to the team which you are supporting on race day when you post them on instagram with the #teamahmeng hashtag.

Yes, almost 80% of orangutan habitats are lost to deforestation in the last 2o years. Do you know that?

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At the 4km mile! One of the road marshals kindly offered to take a photograph for us, so why not?

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We managed to finish the race by taking a brisk walk throughout and it took us about an hour to complete the route with major stops to admire and take photographs of the zoo animals and standees.

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As we had free entrance to the Singapore Zoological Gardens and River Safari, we decided to spend the afternoon continuing our adventures. Other than catching some of the animal shows, we went around to take more photographs.

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The best part of the River Safari experience was none other than seeing Jiajia and Kaikai for the first time.

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Overall, we had a very pleasant and fun experience exploring these 2 places and participating for our first Zoo Run. We would love to be back for the race again next year and perhaps even make it a yearly event where we both could count down together, and look forward to.

Share with me in the comments how was your experience if you were there too. Watch out for the upcoming races and hope to see all of you in the 2018 Singapore Safari race.

 

Disclaimer: We were invited for the run by Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Hivelocity. All expressed thoughts and experience are truthful.

 

 

Dining at the.twenty.canvan with the Entertainer App

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About 5 minutes walk away from Lavender MRT Station, you can find your way to The.twenty.cavan, which is a modern cuisine restaurant, owned by Andrew and Alex whom are both professional chefs. Their food are infused with strong Chinese influences and offers a twist to the otherwise traditional Chinese dishes which is often prepared by your grand parents.

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Their rustic, industrial dining area is their way to acknowledge Jalan Besar’s association with lighting shops as you can see from their beautiful light bulbs decors hanging around the restaurant.

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Take a look at the ambience in there and you’ll fall in love with it.

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We were first served with their Garden Green Salad with pan-fried prawns, cashew nuts, fresh berries and green chili dressing ($12) which was a refreshing dish that was quickly wiped out by the table. The rocket greens were well complimented with the mixture of fruits and nuts which makes this a healthy starter into the night.

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Next up, we had the Mushroom Skewers which comprises peppercorn-flavoured Portobello and Shiitake mushrooms ($8), Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab with curry chicken floss ($9) and Quad Seafood ($12) which comprises top shell, scallop, prawn, baby octopus tossed with mint hot bean sauce served with jellyfish. A choice of three starters will cost you about $21 and four starters cost you about $26. This is in my opinion a good platter to share with a gang of friends. My favourite two goes to the soft shell crab and quad seafood for seafood lovers. The mushroom skewers were also delectable and bursting with their juices when placed in my mouth.

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Moving on to the mains, the Red Rice Braised Pork Ribs with roasted vegetables ($20) is Chef Andrew’s interpretation of the popular Hakka chicken dish made with red glutinous rice wine. The sauce was delicious even though I am personally not a fan of the red glutinous rice wine. They can be easily ripped out of their bones when cooked to perfection, also coupled with the roasted vegetables, they were heavenly. I have a soft spot for ribs by the way so it made it to one of my favourites for the evening.

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If ribs are not your thing, try the Cavan Breakfast of brioche, bacon, pork bratwurst, sautéed button mushrooms, corn kernels and choice of eggs ($18). This is served all day and I think they make a great brunch or supper idea. Most of us loved the pork bratwurst and the corn kernels. The bread was surprisingly tasty when eaten on its own too.

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Crispy Fish & Chips ($17)
. Tilapia coated with lager batter and fries with the skin on was unfortunately not appealing for me because the crust batter was too thick. I would prefer something thinner. The fries on the side however was very good.

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Canton Roast Chicken with homemade Thai chili sauce and black rice ($18)
was a very successful and well-liked dish that made it to almost everyone’s favourite that evening.  The black rice was however, quite tasteless when eaten on its own. We loved every bits of the chicken skin on this. Highly recommended dish.

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Chicken Galangal Rice Bowl ($18)
. This dish had diced chicken tossed with rice in blue ginger sauce with zucchini, tomatoes and edamame. Guess what, everyone thought those were fish or meat floss but none could identify that it was blue ginger. We loved every shred and pieces of those, and the chicken was very nicely done too. This dish is worthy of your every penny.

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Stir-fried Blueberry Lamb Chop with cous cous ($20). This is a chef specialty that you should order when you are there. The cous cous had a very interesting flavour and the Lamb Chop tasted somewhat like the local sweet and sour pork in berries sauce.


For desserts, take your pick from the Pumpkin Yam Puree with chilled coconut cream ($8) which is a modern version of the traditional Teochew orh nee which has aloe vera and pandan juice mixed in with the pumpkin and yam puree. This is so good that it melts in your mouth.

Or the Matcha Pudding with mixed berries, black sesame cream and a dollop of pulut hitam ($7). I love the pulut hitam on this.

Also try the Lemon Pudding ($7) which has a hint of mango to balance out the tartness of fresh lemon juice. Something zesty to end your meal is always nice.

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For drinks, the.twenty.canvan offers four house wines – two red (both from France) and two white (one from New Zealand and the other from France). The Ferraud & Fils’ pinot noir and chardonnay are sold by the glass ($20++) while the other two, the Sileni sauvignon blanc (France) and Baron Philippe de Rothschild cabernet sauvignon (NZ) are sold by the bottle ($80++).

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If you are not an alcoholic, the House Sodas ($8 each) will be suitable for you. Some of those includes the Peach Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade, and Lemon & Ginger and Spicy Mango. They are available upon ordering.

They also have Corona Extra, a Mexican beer; and Japanese beer – three types of Asahi (Black, Premium and Dry) ($12 each); two flavours of Hitachino Nest craft beer (Yuzu and Red Rice Ale) ($16 each).

To make it less hefty on your pockets, allowing you to enjoy the most savings from your dining experience, you will be happy to know that the.twenty.cavan is one of the merchants on both the Entertainer Singapore and the Cheers Singapore 2017 apps.

the.twenty.cavan offers three 1 for 1 main course Entertainer vouchers. This includes their all-day breakfast items. Premium items, marked with a “P” on their menu, however are excluded from this deal. (Check items in blue fonts on my article)

The Entertainer Singapore app features more than 1,700 Buy One Get One Free deals across choice merchants in F&B, beauty and fitness, attractions, retail and luxury hotels worldwide. The Cheers app is a sister product of the Entertainer Singapore, and features more than 800 Buy One Get One Free offers exclusively redeemable on alcoholic drinks at your favourite restaurants, bars and nightspots. Each app retails at $125 and are available for purchase at https://www.theentertainerme.com.

They also offer three Cheers vouchers which will give you:

– 1 for 1 on bottle of house wine
– 1 for 1 on house beverages
– 2 for 2 on house beverages

For details on redemption of both Entertainer and Cheers offers, you may like to refer to the Rules of Use found within the app. Basically, you can only use one voucher (either Cheers or Entertainer) for every two people. To use two vouchers (one Cheers and one Entertainer), you need a company of four people.

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the.twenty.canvan:

20 Cavan Road
Singapore

11am – 11pm (Daily except Mondays)
For more details check out:

 

Disclaimer: This article is made possible because of the food tasting invitation extended by The Entertainer App and the.twenty.canvan. Thank you so much for having me.

Breathya – Breathe better with Halotherapy

The urban people are plagued with so many health issues. Every other family that I know of has an adult or child which is suffering from the following:

  • Allergies
  • Bronchial Infection
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Chronic ENT illness
  • Cold/Flu
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear Infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Snoring

Etc… Etc.. the list goes on. If you don’t suffer from any of the above, you are considered quite lucky because your body immunity is really strong, or maybe you just refuse to admit that you suffer from either one of these.

So what happens when you suffer from the above? Do you seek advise from a doctor and get prescribed to tons of medications, antibiotics, steroid creams etc?

Would you be happy to try on a drugless treatment? I was very privileged to be invited to Breathya to learn and try out their treatment for myself, so let me share with you my experience.

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Breathya, launched in August 2016, is a respiratory care and wellness centre introduces a revolutionary treatment known as the Halotherapy or Salt Therapy. It uses 100% natural, drugless and risk-free therapy treatment which only requires you to sit in an enclosed salt haven with pharmaceutical graded himalayan salt crystals and controlled air humidity.

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Breathya is owned by Mr Krishna Bagaria who was in an import and export business prior to opening this centre. He had asthma since young and was intrigued by the effectiveness of  this treatment when he experienced it for himself in a Europe trip. He then decides to bring this treatment over to Singapore, so that more people can benefit from it.

I love that it has a cozy, clean and very comfortable ambience. It is also very well lit, which means photographs taken around here will turn out great.

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As you are not advised to bring your mobile phones, cameras and electronic gadgets in the rooms due to the risk of having your devices trapped with salt particles, they have lockers for you to place your belongings. I like this idea as it allows you to disconnect from your devices and chat with the people around you instead.

Though new in Singapore, the salt treatment is already well recognized in Europe and America since the 18th Century.

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Halogenerator, is used in these salt rooms to generate the condition in salt mines and to accelerate the beneficial effects. The salt gets grind into tiny micro particles and dispersed into the salt room producing negative ions which helps to heal the body and promote an overall well being.

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Dry salt is anti bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti Microbal. It draws out the fluid away from your mucus, shirking and drying it up enabling you to breathe freely. Look at the wall, the ceiling and even the floor, they are covered entirely with salt.

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There are salt lamps placed everywhere, which is placed in the salt room too. It looks so cool like I was in some Igloo house or cave but nope, its a salt haven. You can purchase one of these salt lamps if you like too! They are priced $90 – $120.

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There is even a room which is specially designed for kids so that they can play with the salt as they enjoy the treatment.

This treatment is suitable for children from as young as 2 months old and for everyone. It last for 45 minutes for children and 60 minutes for adults. Each room can host 6 adults and 2 children comfortably. Currently there is a promotion where its $60 for an adult, and $55 for children. Consultation is free.

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Although we were in there for only about 30 minutes for the trial, we could feel the salt particles all around us, even on our skin and clothing. Even as we speak, we could taste the salt. It was very interesting and relaxing to be chatting with friends while enjoying such a unique experience in relaxing music with such a cozy ambience.

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Don’t mind my wrong outfit here as I don’t have any warning beforehand

Tip: To fully enjoy the salt haven, wear white or light coloured clothing. You should totally come in your bikini (if you are not sharing room with others), or come in t-shirt and shorts to enjoy having the salt particles fall all over you. My skin feels so smooth after the treatment.

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The staff were complimenting me on how much my skin had improved (fairer after the treatment), but I told them that was because there were salt particles left on my skin!

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have experienced this and how relaxed I felt when I was in the room. After coming out from the room, I felt I could breathe better and my nose was all cleared. That night, I slept well too. I didn’t see any improvements on my face eczema though. You are recommended to continue the treatment for 4 – 25 treatment before you will see actual results but don’t worry, they have packages so it will be less hefty on your pockets.

Everyone should try this for themselves for at least once, be it to experience the salt haven, to take it as a relax trip or just to enjoy the beautiful room. Pamper yourself today and see salt in a different way!

For more information, check out:
Breathya Facebook
Breathya Website
Breathya Instagram

 

Disclaimer:
Thank you Breathya and Affluence PR for this treatment invitation. Review is 100% honest and based on my personal experience. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

You are the right one for me – Bioderma Sensibo

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Do you find yourself constantly struggling to find the right products for your sensitive skin? Trying out every product in the market that is labelled “suitable for sensitive skin”, or checking the labels and ensuring that the product is alcohol free, contains no colouring and fragrance before you pick it up.

Look no further because Bioderma has their own range of products under the Bioderma Sensibio range, which is catered for the sensitive skin people, just like me. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to finally test these out for myself. I’ve always wanted to try them, but I can never ever convince myself to buy these because I seem to have a pile of skincare products (suitable for my skin, or maybe not) that are waiting for me to use them.

Find out more about these products and how to redeem a 3 days trial kit for free at the end of my post.

Bioderma’s Sensibio range of products is developed specifically for sensitive skin. Featuring innovative patented formulas, they are highly effective in boosting skin’s tolerance level and soothing irritation.

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Bio Derma Sensibio H20 retails at $15.90 for 100ml, $28.90 for 250ml (the bottle shown in pic), $41.90 for 500ml

The Bio Derma Sensibio H20 is highly favoured by many beauty salons and is used practically everywhere whenever I told them I had sensitive skin, this is what they will use on my face, and this is what they will recommend me to use at home. It has therefore became one of my favourite make-up removers even before I officially try them out for myself at home. If the professionals are even using this products that are widely available, something must be right?

The Bio Derma Sensibio H20 is approved by dermatologists, it has a well-researched innovation which is formulated with highly purified water to suit even the most sensitive skin, no wonder it is adored by even the top makeup artists and celebrities.

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The Bioderma Sensibio H2O feels gentle on my skin and I only need a small drop of it to remove all the make-up on my face. The best thing about it, has to be the non-rinse formula, which is great for nights after partying, when you are want to remove all your make-up and hit the sack quickly.

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This can also act as a cleanser, so you don’t have to buy another product to wash your face if you don’t wish to. As they are made from the highest grade of pharmaceutical water that is completely free of impurities and irritants, they are a clear choice for sensitive skin.

Rating: ★★★★★

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For light/gentle make-up (Foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow and lipstick) : 1 cotton pad with about 2 drops of Bioderma Sensibio H2O is all you need to remove them.

For heavier make-up (With multiple layers of eye shadow, blusher, mascara, brow liner etc: You may require 2-3 pieces.

I love that it removes make-up easier and my skin feels so smooth and clean after just wiping. There is really no need to soak your cotton pad with so much of the liquid, a few drops will do.

The next 2 items are new inclusion to the Bioderma Sensibio Range.

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Bio Derma Sensibio H20 Gel Moussant retails at $33.90, 200ml

The Bio Derma Sensibio H2O Gel Moussant is a gentle foaming gel with lipid-restoring properties that hydrates and calms sensitive skin. It is enriched with skin conditioning ingredients such as coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate, it also has lipid-restoring and moisturising properties. Suitable for day and night use on both face and eyes.

It can be used alone or be part of a double cleansing routine after using the Sensibio H2O. It is good enough to be used to remove your make-up too.

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It’s gentle foaming allows me to remove my skin’s dirt and impurities thoroughly, nourishing them at the same time. The gel moussant is light and leave no tightness on my skin after using. It is also hydrating and leaves a gentle softness on my skin after using. There is a gentle fragrance to it, not the heavy floral or perfume type, so it is safe on the sensitive skin.

I have been using them in the day and night, since I have gotten them and they are working well for me so far. I will consider switching to the gel moussant after this bottle runs out.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Bio Derma Sensibio Dermatological Water retails at $19.90, 150ml

I have been using purified water and mist for awhile now and they really work wonders for my skin. Not only are they skin savers for me whenever I get fur stuck onto my face during grooming, they offers quick relief to my cracking eczema skin when they get so dry.

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You can set your make-up with these purified water after you put on your make-up or use them after your sports to offer a quick relief from the heat. A tip for you, I sometimes like to wet my sponges with these instead of water before I apply my cushion compacts too. It does makes application a breeze.

Using highly purified water that is enhanced by a perfect balance of mineral salts and oligo-elements, the Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water soothes skin while maintaining healthy skin cells.  A remarkable ally for sensitive skin, it combats various skin reactive signs. Soothing agents such as mannitol, rhamnose and zinc also provide quick and lasting relief to sensitive skin. Use it as often as desired to freshen up skin or to remove the balance of mask left behind on face. No need to pat dry.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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You can get all 3 of these products from Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Robinsons, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Skin Centre.

To find out more about Bioderma products, do check out www.bioderma.sg .
You would also be pleased to know that you can redeem a 3-day trial set for free here.

Disclaimer:

Thank you Samplestore and Bioderma for seeding me these products for my personal review. Review is 100% honest and based on personal experience. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them

Reflection Organics Make-up Review

What are my thoughts after trying out the organic make-up which I had received from Reflections? Let us first take a look at the products.

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♥︎ Mineral Eye Shadow in Pink Garnet

There are a total of 16 natural, blendable shades available.
These mineral eye shadow are very wearable and long-lasting color. A tiny bit is all you need and you can blend them lightly over your eye lids. Adding more mineral powder would create a stronger look. By the way, these shades can be customised by blending with foundation or mixing with lip colors.

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Instructions for Use:
Load up the bristles with shadow powder, tap off the excess, and gently press shadow onto your eyelids. This helps to prevent powder fallout from the brush tip.

I don’t usually like mineral make-up, and true enough I didn’t like the shadow powder when I used it for the first time as I find the look I had created was too strong and heavy  (suits a night look more than a day look). I did not expect the shadow powder to be so pigmented.

Hence, I tried to reduce the amount of the powder to half of what I’ve used the second time I put them on, and was amazed that it worked for me for the day look.

The trick is to apply only a little of the powder, dust off the excess and blend on your lids, adding more of them if you need the pigment to be stronger. Don’t be greedy and pick up too much of these as you will find your eyes over done. You only need a tiny little bit of it as these powders are really pigmented, they lasted a full day for me and i love its beautiful shade. You can also use this as a base colour and add on more colours if you like.

Ingredients:
Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Next up is the…

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♥︎ Camouflage Cream in Au Naturel
88% Organic | Gluten-Free | Vegan | Cruelty-Free

This Makeup is beneficial for your skin as it is rich in Vitamin E, contains organic coconut, cocoa seed butter, castor seed, and jojoba seed oil, this hydrating concealer heals and nourishes skin while keeping it flawlessly dewy. It is available in five natural shades.

Instructions for Use:
Apply on targeted areas, let product sit on skin for a few seconds, then gently blend it into skin with fingertips. The warmth from your fingers will work with the natural oils to melt the product into the skin for a flawless finish.

I tried to use a brush to pick up the product and find myself struggling to dig it out. The cream is quite dry and impossible to pick up. I have to dig my brush through it. I find it difficult to blend on my skin too and it did not provide enough coverage other than around the under eye and tiny spots. For major spots, and reddish skin areas, it did not really work for me. Therefore, it is recommended that you pick it up with your fingers and work it in your skin slowly.

Ingredients:
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, May contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tocopherol , *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.(*Certified Organic)

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♥︎Lip Glaze  – Roasted Cherry
90% Organic | Gluten-Free | Vegan | Cruelty-Free

Drench your lips with this delectable collection that is infused with certified organic, antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, essential oils and pigments. This rich blend of shea butter and coconut oil delivers lasting hydration and superior shine without the stickiness.

Available in 14 luscious shades.

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Instructions for Use:
Use on its own or over Lip Butter.

I liked this lip glaze on its own as its smells delicious and feels moisturizing enough. It has a deep purple shade which is a trendy shade and fits into my normal look. A little goes a long way, you do not have to use too much of the product unless you want a strong purple lip look. I tried it for the first time and find myself too gothic.

The second time I used a thin layer and liked how it looked but it did not last as most of it were “eaten” away by me as I went on a food trail. I guess I have to find the right balance, but overall I quite liked the lip glaze in terms of its moisturizing factor and colour pay off .


Ingredients:

*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil,*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Kaolin, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), *Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Powder, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Vanilla Planifolia. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) (CI 77491), (CI 77492). (*Certified Organic)

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Here is my final look with the 3 make-up products and some of my own and I hope you will like it. 🙂

I hope the review of the 3 products had been useful for you. Thank you Reflection Organics for giving the products. I am looking forward to try out the rest of your products.

Find out more about Reflection Organics on their social media:

FB:Reflections Organics Facebook
Web: Reflections Organics Website
IG: Reflections Organics Instagram

Do comment and share with me below how you find this look and what other brands of Organic make-up have you used before.

Disclaimer: I am reviewing the products which I received during the Reflection Organics Event. Thank you for having me at the event. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

 

4 Course Healthy Steaming at Rong Fu Ji Seafood Steam Pot

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Hey everyone, I have been seeing so many foodies trying out the recent steaming concept of having their food. By steaming our food, we do not need cooking oil and heavy seasonings. Unlike barbecue food, we also omit the risk of getting cancer due to eating the char from our over-grilling and unlike boiling, we get the flavor and nutrients of the food retained on the food.

Healthy eating is the “IN” thing now, so here I am at Rong Fu Ji Steam pot located at the Grandstand (Turf Club) to try out their steam pot.

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Rong Fu Ji Steam pot had a nice and cozy ambience with both internal and external sittings available. It is a quiet weekday because not many will have seafood as lunch.

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The base set for 2 persons is priced at $78.

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Step 1: Select your porridge base

Before you select the first course, you would be asked to select your porridge base for your last course. We have selected the sweet potato porridge as our base. I would recommend you to choose the light ones as you will be overwhelmed with too much food and different taste from the “essence” of your seafood, fish, meat and vegetables, by the time you reached your finale.

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Step 2: Steam the seafood platter, there is no need for selection here, everything is in a standard menu, unless you order additional items.

The first course that we had consisted of mainly seafood like the Lala clams, Scallops,  Flower Crabs and Tiger prawns. Some of the items that was supposed to be be in the seafood platter were not available so we were given extra pieces of “something else”.

The prawns were so fresh that they were still moving and alive when they were being placed on the steamer. All the ingredients were fresh, non seasoned and sweet.

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Approximately after 4 minutes of cooking, there was a timer at the table, so that the waitress is alerted every time the food is ready.  This process was helped out by a waitress that served us, so we did not need to lift a finger and need not risk getting scaled when the food is placed into the steamer.

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Step 3: Select your preferred fish between a pomfret or a sea-bass.

Next up, you can make a selection from either a pomfret or a sea bass. We choose to have the later since we can easily steam a pomfret at home.

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Did you notice that the meat was already sliced out and there were practically no bones left? They had also garnished it lightly with ginger strips and carrot. The sea bass is very fresh and there is no fishy taste or smell at all.

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Step 4: Select the meat you preferred (you can choose between sliced pork and beef) We have selected the sliced pork in our platter. The vegetables are from the standard set.

The waitress steamed the various vegetables, sweet corn, carrot, enoki mushroom and pork slices together.

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Step 5: After all the feasting, all the essence or juices and nutrients from steaming of your food gets flowed down onto your porridge.

The waitress added an egg and stirred in spring onions for us to enjoy our finale dish. This is the only dish where no waiting time is required.

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I just had to show you this photograph. We polished off every single course including the finale porridge. I was surprised that we could finish this as well.

Overall, I loved the ambience of the place, it is spacious with both indoor and outdoor sitting. The service of the staff was also good and the staff was polite and prompt in serving us. She was also friendly to answer my doubts and was cheerful all the time when serving us. I also liked that the food is fresh and not seasoned. The only disadvantage for this restaurant is their location and that they do not get a good lunch crowd due to the nature of the food they serve. Otherwise, it is healthy to have my food steamed and I enjoyed every bit of this privately hosted food tasting session.

Thanks for having us.

Rong Fu Ji Seafood Steam Pot :

Location:
200 Turf Club Rd, #01-14 The Grandstand, The Grandstand, 287994

Tel:
6463 3855

Operating hours:
12:00 – 15:00,
17:00 – 22:30

Disclaimer:
Thank you Rong Fu Ji for this private food tasting invitation. Review is 100% honest and based on my personal experience. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

 


5 Things to check out at Chinatown this Lunar New Year

Hey! Where have all the time gone? The Lunar New Year is fast approaching. We are left with  about a few days to go. I Hope you have already prepared well for the up-coming Lunar New Year Holiday, finished your spring cleaning and bought new clothes for the new year.

If you are done, and wondering what to do and where to go until the Lunar New Year, read on for my recommendations. You might have already seen some of these sharing via my Instagram account http://www.instagram.com/pearlywerkz .

For now, let us take a quick look at some of the places which we have visited during the short Chinatown heritage tour with the special guest of the day, Sora Ma.

(1) Chinatown Heritage Centre at 48 Pagoda Street

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Learn about the significance of the Rooster and how it became one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs. The rooster played a significant role, by giving morning call to the farmers, (those days when alarm was not invented yet). There were also merchandises made from their feather like the famous household item, the feather duster.

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Learn how to play the chaptek  (which are made with the rooster’s feathers) from the Samsui woman. If you are able to continuously kick the chaptek for 8 times, or you happen to be born in the year of the Rooster, you will gain yourself a free entry to the Heritage Center just by having your photos taken. Enquire at the Heritage Centre’s counter.

Do also find out why do people eat from the “Gong Ji Wan”, rooster bowl and be surprised with your new found knowledge of the meaning of the items that are marked on the bowl.

More details about the tour and ticket prices, can be found on https://chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg/.

(2) Hit the famous festive street bazaar where everything and anything Lunar New Year related is being sold.

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We visited one of the wax meat store along the street bazaar to check out some yummy waxed food. The uncle shared with us that he only sells these less fatty types of waxed meat in the Singapore street bazaar during the Lunar New Year period. Before that, he would only produce a small amount of these in his factory. The waxed duck cost about $7 – $8 for one, this is my favourite as I grew up eating waxed meat during the Lunar New Year, that this had became a tradition for us.

We learn that during the winter seasons in the early years, it was difficult to keep fresh produce, so people would preserve these meat so that they can be kept for a longer time.

To cook them, you can just steam it over your rice or incorporate them into your clay pot dishes. Hmm, speaking of it makes me drool already.

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Take the chance to soak up the atmosphere along Temple street.

(3) Visit YouthEats @ Temple street where you will find both the traditional Lunar New Year tidbits, and in addition, some trendy food selections.

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Stop by and try the Shabu Burger from Whats That Food. It tasted quite delicious and flavourful, but please be prepared to drown yourself in water afterwards.

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I love these Yuzu ice packs which were specially made only during the Lunar New Year season. It offered us some heat relief.

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If you haven’t got a chance to try this current trending Dragon’s Breath or “Smoke Out”, there is a store here which you can go to somewhere beside WTF’s store.

You may have seen a video of myself and Sora puffing these out. It is quite fun and is a unique experience. These are flavoured meringues infused with nitrogen gas to give you the “smoking effect”.

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Popular Mochi Pudding store which has a variety of flavours. We liked the peach and sour plum ones. There are other flavours and the vendor will let you try them.

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Grab some nuts and tidbits for your guest. This store offers one of the best deals, they save on packaging and give the cost-savings to consumers. The store owner recommends going for the traditional types of Melon Seeds especially the red ones which allows one to bring the luck home.

(4) Find the best spots for the light-ups which is on the Garden Bridge that connects Chinatown to People’s Park Complex.

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This bridge not only provides visitors with a place nice view for photo-taking, you can chill and relax on the chairs around if you are tired from walking and pushing in the crowd.

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Photo credits to: Ninemer PR

Here’s a group photo with the Heritage Trail friends I’ve made that day.

(5) Last but not least, Visit the YHFlea at Lepark, located on top of People’s Park Complex , level 6. This is where all the hipsters sell their pre-love and where you can shop and take beautiful photos with amazing views.

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This view somehow looked like the houses in Hong Kong. I love how the photograph turned out to be.

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As this is the last stop of the day, I took the opportunity to have my photograph taken here with the gorgeous and witty Sora Ma who was our guide and host for the whole tour. She was very friendly and chatted with us throughout the tour.

Walking around, i feel that it is so creative that people can even set up a “booth” at the car boot. So ingenious!

We had a very fun filled day with the PR and host for the trail. Thanks for having all of us and letting us have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of the Rooster.

Thanks for helping us uncover the hidden gems located in Chinatown as well as allowing us to try those food which we had not tried before.

 

Disclaimer: I was invited to the Heritage Tour by Ninemer PR, however all views expressed are my own. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz unless otherwise stated. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

Reflections – Organic beauty with a difference (Event Invitation)

I was very excited to be at the launch of Reflections Organics Make-up last week held at Picnic (Wisma Atria). The event space was beautifully decorated with the Chinese New Year mood and it has a Eco garden feel. I don’t even feel like I am indoors.

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About Reflection Organic Make-up:
They use 100% vegan and cruelty-free formulations, sans synthetics and parabens. With a diverse array of professional shades to choose from, Reflections hopes to challenge the stereotypes surrounding organic makeup by providing high-performing, pigmented quality that remains nourishing to skin. Believing that beauty begins within, Reflections wants to empower women by creating makeup that actually benefits and improves their skin.

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Credits: Reflectionsorganics.com

You may notice that the logo for Reflections looked like a butterfly. This symbolises the beauty of a women being transformed.

There were plenty of their products on display and I managed to lay my hands on some to try out the the texture and smell the product.

There is a piece of good news to share with all of you as you have been my fellow supporters for quite awhile now.

From now till 31 Mar 2017, quote “ROPearly17” to be entitled to 10% off all products on https://www.reflectionsorganics.com/.

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The pressed eye shadow comes in various shades and they are highly pigmented, contrary to what others believe about organic make-up that they are light and non pigmented.

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These are their range of lip butter which smells like cupcakes. They are vegan and gluten free, made with Jojoba, avocado and coconut oils. They almost seem edible.

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Pressed Mineral Blush in Peach Tulip, Cherry Blossom and Water Lily.

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Pressed Mineral Foundation of various shades.

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Organic Liquid Foundation.

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Lip Glaze that smelled amazing too. There were plenty of shades to choose froom, ranging from the transparent, glittery, shades of pink, nude and reds.

There were plenty of food and drinks prepared for us. There were cakes, soup, sandwiches that we looked as if we were there for a food-tasting instead. They looked great even before we ate them.

Nerissa, founder of Reflections Organics shared with us the story behind Reflections as well as the myths of Organic make-up and the efforts of her charity work in contributing back to the society.

Let me share with you the 4 main reasons for choosing Organic make-up:

  1. Organic make-up not only beautifies you, it heals and improves your skin as you apply them, as the ingredients which they are made from nourishes your skin.
  2. The mineral make-up gives you sun protection as they contain titanium oxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide. These helps in lowering the risk from you getting skin cancer.
  3. Using Organic make-up protects our future generations as they do not contain harsh chemicals.
  4. Nourish the environment as ingredients are obtained from organic farms which are better for the plants, living creatures and human beings.It was followed by a beauty demonstration using Reflection Organic’s cosmetic with a day and night look done on Emilie Tan the vegan ultra-marathoner who is currently pregnant to show that organic make-up is safe for use on pregnant woman too.

Thanks to June’s creative idea, we had the opportunity to make our own dried flower mandala or dream catcher as some call this. It was very fun to put together these dried flowers and they look so artistic. We were also given a goodie bag before we left.

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Thank you Boxgreen for the healthy fruit and nut snacks, Puvay for the chia lite collagen drink and Reflections Organics for the lovely goodie bag of make-up with the lovely peach box.

Let me share with you my thoughts after trying out the organic make-up which I had received from Reflections. I have been playing with them for awhile now and I am looking forward to sharing with you a little more about them on a separate post.

Find out more about Reflection Organics on their social media:

FB:Reflections Organics Facebook
Web: Reflections Organics Website
IG: Reflections Organics Instagram

Disclaimer: I was invited to this event by Reflection Organics. Thank you for having me at the event. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

 

3 WOW reasons to visit Lynn Aesthetic for your monthly pamper me time

Some of my favourite things to do after a hard day of work is to enjoy  me time doing beauty treatments, such as spa, massage, facial, a good hair treatment, or a simple beauty treatment like manicure and pedicure. These things may not be a great deal to you, but for me these are necessary intrinsic rewards for me to keep my journey ahead going strong.

This year, I promise myself a monthly facial or pamper me treatment, so just in time for the Chinese New Year season, I was offered such an opportunity. I was invited to try out the Facial at Lynn Aesthetic.

Lynn Aesthetic is located in the heartlands of Kovan. A place where I always frequent to have my hawker fares. It is about 5 minutes walk from the Kovan MRT Station.

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About Lynn Aesthetics:

Lynn Aesthetics provides beauty aesthetic services such as facials, body massages, slimming procedures, IPLs and Waxing services. They have been in the business for about 31 years and have a total of 9 “themed” rooms within the Aesthetic salon. 4 downstairs, 5 upstairs.

Read on to find out my 3 wow reasons why I think you too, should visit Lynn Aesthetic for your monthly pamper me time.

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(1) Lynn Aesthetics gives you heart-warming touches, down to every small detail.

I was offered a cup of ginger tea while waiting for my beauty therapist, Kate to attend to me. Look at the frangipani flower which they placed beside the tea along with some sweets. I thought it was normal to serve tea, but to have a frangipani as a decoration beside it, this wowed me.  It may be a very small thing, but for someone to add the additional touches, it makes me feel welcomed.

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As it is the Chinese New Year period, you can see the salon being decorated beautifully, ready to welcome their guest.

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I was asked to fill up a facial consultation card so that they can keep my records and at the same time, take note of my facial concerns.

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VIP – Butterfly Room

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I love how they decorated little hidden areas to make the whole place look so homely and cozy.

(2) Facial rooms are proper rooms and beautifully decorated in different themes.
I was then ushered upstairs to their room to have my facial done. According to Kate, every room is decorated differently based on their “theme” and each therapist takes care of their own room. I was however, offered the VIP (Butterfly room) which was used by their boss. I feel so honored to be using her beautiful room.

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Fairytale/ Field of flowers themed room

This is Kate’s room. The set up is for a customer who will be doing a slimming treatment.

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Seaside themed room

(3) Attentive and professional therapist serves you.
Even though Kate was very chatty with me and I was distracting her most of the time with my conversation, she was very professional and did not forget to explain to me each of the steps that was being done on my face. I do not get sudden surprises from her.

Next, let us move on to the treatment that she had done for me. Kate had planned for a Detox Facial for the Young and Trendy Facial ($180), customized for me and taking note of my sensitive areas.

These are the steps of the facial in summary:

1) Cleanse – For removal of make-up on me and cleaning off the dirt on my face.

2) Tone – To prepare my skin for the next stops and acting as a double cleanse.

3) Gommage peel – To remove dead skin and bring back the skin to a clean slate.

4) Skin Scrubbing (machine) –  suction – To suck out the dirt that were underneath my pores, pimple extraction was also done before the skin scrubbing machine. The pimple extraction was more painful at the nose areas for me as they were quite dry. I have this same problem every time.

5) Eyebrow Trimming – Kate trimmed my eyebrows and tidied the loose hairs around it.

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This photograph was taken mid-way during facial. You can see some redness around my cheeks, chin and nose area after the pimple extraction process but at the same time my face was glowing.

6) Oxygenating Serum/ Detox Gel/ Collagen Whitening Serum/ Hydrating Gel/ Slimlook Gel (customize by skin) – For this, I was given the whitening serum for my pigmentation.

7) Lip, Eye care – Products for the lip and eyes were applied on my face during my facial massage.

8) Oxygenating Night Cream, face, shoulder head massage – I did my facial during the day, so there were no night cream being applied. Essential oil was used instead. I was given a very relaxing face and shoulder massage.

9) Co2 Cream Mask – I was given a mask that was suitable for my sensitive skin.

10) Hand Massage – Kate massaged my hands and loosen my tight muscles. It felt good although i wish she could exert slightly more force.

11) Foot Massage – I was quite surprised that the facial here consist of a foot massage as well. The bed also had gentle vibrations during my masking time so it felt a little more relaxing than the normal beds.

12) Toning – cream – sunblock – Lastly, sunblock was applied on my skin so that I can proceed to my next destination.

Kate was quite worried for me after my facial as I told her I had to attend another event that night. There was redness after the facial, so I had to rely on concealers to cover them up and I was a little uncomfortable.

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After my facial, I was offered some grapes along with a cup of fruit tea.

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Overall, I would recommend this place for anyone who would like to experience a facial in the Kovan neighborhood area. There are on-going promotions, so do check with them before you head down.

Wonder how is my face doing now? Take a look at the photo comparison and you will see my face glowing! Most of the redness had gone by now. 2 days after the facial, my face was healing very well and I did not need to do much concealing by then.

:Left- Facial after day 0, :Right – Facial after day 2

Ambience Rating: ★★★★☆ Cozy and well decorated, room was very cozy, spacious and huge with cozy lighting.

Service: ★★★★☆ Very cozy, homely , professional therapist

Facial Effectiveness: ★★★☆☆ Pimple extraction was a little painful, massage can exert more strength and bed vibration a little redundant as not much strength.

Price: ★★★★☆ Average for similar type of facials

Location: ★★★★☆ Very near to MRT station

Address:
Blk 211, Hougang St 21, #01-317 Singapore 530211.

Tel:
6289 8901

Operation Hours :
Mon-Fri : 10am – 9pm
Sat,Sun,PH : 10am -6pm

Website:
http://www.lynnaesthetic.com.sg

For more reviews on Lynn Aesthetics, do head on to http://www.samplestore.com/lynn-aesthetic-facials.html.

Disclaimer:
I was invited by Lynn Aesthetics for this facial review. Review is 100% honest and based on personal experience. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.

 

3 Skin Saver products to own from Beauty Keeper to keep your skin at tip top condition this CNY

Sometime last year, there was a hype in town about a Taiwanese Beauty Box at the Samplestore event. I was being held up with work, and I had to give the event a miss. My friends were sharing about how generous the folks at Beauty Keeper were with the goodie bags and it had us talking for days. Thankfully the folks at Samplestore offered me this opportunity to try out some of the products. This Taiwan brand is none other than,  Beauty Keeper.

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About Beauty Keeper:
“Beauty Keeper was founded to bring innovative, novel and award winning Taiwanese beauty products closer to you. Discover your unique beauty attitude and fall in love with homegrown Taiwanese brands brought to you exclusively by Beauty Keeper.”

The 3 Skin Saver products which I am going to introduce to you are:

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  1. Mdmmd Upra Wake Up Skin and Freeze-Age Essence
  2. Mdmmd Water Drop Cream
  3. MD/AA Jiao Herbal Acne Control SOS Stick

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Photo Credits: Beauty Keeper Website

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Upra Age-Delay Revive Toner 120ml

The Mdmmd Upra Age-Delay Revive Toner is enriched in high concentration of compound natural ferment extract. It promises to prevent and slow down skin aging, improve drying appearance and helps your skin cell metabolism, whitens your skin and providing it with nutrients and repairing it.

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I love the non-sticky watery texture and fragrance free, of this product when I applied it on my face although it feels dense and slightly sticky to the touch, when I first pour it on my hand. The Upra Age-Delay Revive Toner is unlike the usual market toners that are high in alcohol content, cause skin dryness and very watery in texture. The Upra Age-Delay Revive Toner is free of alcohol, artificial ingredients and colouring, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin like mine. It has a serum like texture.

Because of its dense texture, I would highly recommend you to apply this directly on to your face, followed by a gentle massage and patting it in, than using a cotton wool as the wool will absorb the toner rather quickly, leaving only a little for your skin. I have personally tested, so I can vouch for this.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Mdmmd Water Drop Cream

The Mdmmd Water Drop Cream is Mdmmd’s exclusive star product. This 3 in one product is a toner, serum and lotion. The product promises to lock in your skin’s moisture levels. It preps your skin before you apply your make-up, and keeps your makeup stay put all day long.

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For people with dry skin condition whom are advised to avoid the toner, this is one product which I highly recommend. It has a nice gentle fragrance and creamy water texture that keeps my face hydrated and moisturized all day long. As they say, a little goes a long way. One small dab of cream is enough for my face and 1/2 more pump for decolletage area. I have even tried to apply make-up after using this as a moisturizing base. It is so easy to put on my make-up after this and they lasted me all day without the need for any touch up.

Since it is a 3 in one product, you can omit your toner and serum and apply this directly when you face feels too heavy or oily. I tend to use this more during the day and use both the toner and water drop cream together at night.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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MD/AA Jiao Herbal Acne Control SOS Stick

The MD/AA Jiao Herbal Acne Control SOS Stick is Antibiotic-free and your Emergency Remedy for Acne. Pump up the Oxygen, with volcanic cool spring which absorbs oxygen and repairs your skin along with Houttuynia Cordata, viola philippica, and acorus gramineus extract to Calm, sooth and cure the discomfort from acne and blackholes.

This acid-free product is kept to only the essential ingredients to put your skin to rest and to get the nourished to bring your skin back to its best.

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I like how it is called an SOS stick and can be easily chunked into the bag for emergencies. This is great for traveling as we tend to experience sudden breakout during a trip and are so weary of how awful we will look in photos.

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The SOS stick has a twist mechanism which works like a double eye lid glue pen. They looked so identical that I sometimes see myself reaching for the wrong product. (opps!)

Having said that, I don’t know it is a fortunate thing or unfortunate thing because ever since I have used the Mdmmd products (shown above), I observe my skin having less break-outs. Even my eczema are tamer now. My make-up artist commented that she is happy that she didn’t need to conceal too much from my skin too. That means I cannot justify fully for the effectiveness of this product.

It does not have any herbal smell despite its name and it did worked on a small zit near my nose after applying it immediately when I spotted it the night before. The next day, the zit was nowhere to be seen.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Did you spot the nosy one trying to photobomb me? Maybe she wants some of these on her too. All products featured in this post can be found in http://beauty-keeper.com/.

Overall, I loved all these products that I’ve used on my face after testing them for close to a week. Remember however, to always practice a patch test on one spot of your face area, monitor the effects for a night and slowly adjust the “dosage” on your skin if you need more or less of the product. Discontinue using if you observe any adverse effects and consult a doctor immediately. Product efficacy also varies for different skin types, so what works on me, may not work on you.

Disclaimer:
Thank you Samplestore for seeding me these products for my personal review. Review is 100% honest and based on personal experience. All photographs on this site belongs to the property of Pearlywerkz. Please do not take them as your own. Do ask for permission if you wish to utilize them.