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Uniqlo UV Cut & BRATOP Collection

This International Women's Day, I joined Uniqlo with @pupuren for their styling workshop hosted by Lena Kamarudin. The workshop featured 2 collections, the UV Cut range and the BRATOP. 
 

BRATOP Collection 
Hate having those bra straps peaking out from your tops, specially if you are wearing camisole/ tank top/ singlet? Want to save luggage space while travelling? In a pinch when it's laundry day and your bras are still drying? These are just some situation having a BRATOP can fix! Uniqlo BRATOP offers a range of designs for ladies with different roles, bust size and comfort level. 

UV Cut Collection 
Another innovative range that Uniqlo has is their UV Cut, that protects the skin by absorbing or reflecting ultraviolet rays! Talk about a multi-purpose product for busy ladies on the go, it really is one second to sun protection. I like their UV Cut Dolman Sleeve Long Cardigan, featured here by the left because it has the perfect length and sleeves' length to throw on when you want to protect your skin from harmful rays. The thing to note is that the effectiveness of the protection depends on the fabric and the amount of washes it goes through. I was told that it has been tested to retain its function even after 10 washes.

REVIEW
I chose the Pointelle Lace Bra Camisole (S$29.90) in Black with size L from the BRATOP range for this review. 

Special Features 
Lace details for a softer look.
Natural cotton material with spandex and nylon for that added stretch.
Smooth fabric lining inside the cups.

Size & Cut 
Has a gentle V neck cut. Size ranges from XS to XXL.

Overall 
I like that the cut is very modest, just a hint of cleavage, making it a very feminine top that is great for a date or even office wear. It is also great that I don't have to wear a strapless bra for such tops because it's a BRATOP. It's great for value, and a brilliant 2-in-1 solution for a bride-to-be living in 2 places with incomplete wardrobes. I had some sizing issue because I'm in between sizes but I ended up with L and I've got to say that overall the size & cut feels really comfortable, I just had to tuck the top into my undies (my lil tip) to keep it snug!


The camisole featured here was a gift by Uniqlo with no expectation of a review or publicity.
Reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

LADURÉE Face Colour Rose Blushes: Is it worth it? [Purchased Review]


This blush comes in a delicate blossom of  crafted rose petals, developed to closely mimic the real thing. Carefully handmade, each petal contains emollient oil, so the pigments can adhere to the skin without looking powdery. The color payoff is fresh and natural.


How To Use:
Take up the product with a large brush by stroking the petals gently.
Dust off excess powder on the back of your hand, and then apply to cheeks.

REVIEW

Colour Pay-off: 10/10
As a blush, I found the pigments sufficiently intense for that natural blush and it is surprisingly long-lasting. I believe it has some staining power too as it turned the tips of my white bristle brush pink, and I can't wash the stain out. 02 Red Rose is the most versatile shade for all skin type, so if you are looking at getting your hands on this blush, I would recommend this shade. 

Ease of Use:  8/10
A slight learning curve to use this blush, mainly because the pigments are on the petals that moves around in the bowl. However, once you get a hang of it, it's becomes second nature. The main challenge of using this blush is knowing when you "hit pan". I know of some users who would use this blush one petal at a time to be able to use each to its full potential.

Packaging: 10/10
It's so pretty even on its own, sitting on any ladies' vanity table. I smile when I look at my collection!

Price: S$45 for the pot, S$105 for refill

OVERALL RATING: 9/10 

I love everything about this product, from the pigmented petals, to the details on the pot and the scent. The scent of this reminds me of baby powder with a hint of rose.
 I would also like to point out that the petals (refill) and the pot are 2 different purchases, so take note! For the entire set, it will cost a total of S$150 for a blush which is considered a luxury beauty product to most. For me, the justifications for my collection are that the product does last pretty long, it makes me happy looking at them and I don't own much blushes. So I guess, this is my one of my guilty pleasures in life! If you want to splurge on a quality blush, I highly recommend this in 02 Red Rose shade! 

Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Boutique is located at B1-37A Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

This review is not sponsored, all products are purchased. Reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Floral Garage Singapore: Meet your bouquet needs with them! [Sponsored Post]

I love flowers, and there's no denying that they always help to beautify our day, space or even a simple flatlay.


So, I recently decided to collaborate with a local online florist, Floral Garage Singapore, that provides flower delivery services to try out their service and quality. Priding themselves to be one of the most competitive florists offering high quality and fresh flowers for their bouquets with competitive pricing, I had to say yes to them! 

Now, when it comes to choosing what flowers and what arrangement, I know the process can be pretty daunting, especially if you want to give them to someone special. Trust me, I had to help a friend pick something out before and he was sweating from the weight of the decision... and let's not get me started on how my hubby feels when he is trying to get me something too. Haha!

So, here are some tips to guide you along the bouquet selection process:

TIP 1: Decide on your budget.

Ask anyone who has bought a bouquet during V-Day and you will hear tales of how expensive a few stalks of flowers can cost. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mean bouquets with a higher price tag is a bad thing... but I'm saying that you should know what to look out for in a range.

Price also determine size and size can determine the overall representation of what the bouquet means.

If you are looking at getting a bouquet for something small or new, nothing more than $50. If you mean business, prepare to fork out $100.


TIP 2: Know the key flowers you are paying for.

Look at images and description of the flowers used in the bouquet, and do a quick search online to understand not only the meaning of the flowers but also the maintenance of them.

The easy ones are roses, they represent love and are pretty to look at. The best part of it is when they come in a preserved state, which is trending now because they last for a really long time, these are worth the buck.

Baby's breath is another common one used mostly as fillers and these days, used as a whole... they shouldn't cost much unless their buds are big and fluffy.

Tulips, they used to cost a fortune in the past, they don't last long and well in our climate, but are really pretty when they bloom.


TIP 3: Decide on the size of the bouquet.


Size matters, especially in a culture and time where giving flowers are not something people do every day (which is such a shame for I really do love them).

The size determines how the recipient might feel, which in our case, mostly shy or being secretly happy to show them off.

So, if you are just starting out meaning you thought it would be a sweet gesture during the first few dates, start small: a stalk or a tiny hand-sized bouquet.

If you are giving it for a surprise to your girlfriend or wife, go bigger with the normal arm-sized bouquet. These will normally be taken apart to put into a vase or dried out as a bouquet.

If you are looking for something for a special occasion, go all out!

Now, if you are still unsure, Floral Garage also has an affordable option that removes the stress of the decision, starting from $34.90 for a bouquet! You just need to let them know what's the occasion for and who you are giving it too! It's that simple and really smart of them!



That being said, I wanted something that could last when I was choosing a bouquet for myself. So, I decided to go for Floral Garage preserved and dried wildflower bouquet: Beige Fantasy.

I like that you could add a simple note along with the bouquet for free, and delivery was very easy to choose from. I like that due to the dried wildflowers used in this bouquet, it has a very faint floral scent emitting from it. The best description I have is that it smells rather similar to chamomile which has a very soft and calming effect.

However, I noticed that the image and my actual bouquet has some slight difference in terms of the wildflowers used but overall, the aesthetic was kept the same so I'm not bothered by it.

Lastly, I selected this bouquet due to the preserved roses, meant to retain its colour and shape without having to water, I love how I don't have to worry about mouldy dying roses anymore!

I hoped you enjoyed reading my post and picked up a few tips that are helpful!
As always, thank you for reading and I do strongly recommend that you head over to Floral Garage now to have a look at their selection and feel free to share with me what's your favourite!

Esqido Lashes: Mink Lashes & Unisyn™ Lashes [Sponsored Review]

In this current age of beauty, do people still use false eyelashes for everyday or even on special occasion?

I would like to choose to believe the answer is yes, because I'm one of such person!
I have yet to resort to lash extension because I'm concern about them falling off in odd areas and I would have to go through the hassle of touching them up... and that's the least of the other concerns I have.

So, I rather resort to falsies that I can put on and take off as and whenever I like. That's why I was opened to collaborate and review Esqido lashes when they reached out to me. 


Unsure of which lashes to test out and the kind of fit for my eyes, from their wide range of selection, I was directed to their Lash Guide that notes down specific details of the shape of your eyes, the occasion you are wearing them for, your personal experience and your style preference!



I have a medium almond shaped eyes that are spaced proportionately, I don't wear lashes as often as I used to in the past and generally gravitate towards lashes that natural or sultry.

As an Asian, I would like to think that I'm blessed with longer-than-normal lashes but I lack volume and curl in them!

For my everyday makeup routine, I would give the lashes a good run through with my curler before coating them sparingly with my favourite waterproof mascara to last the day and beat the humidity of Singapore.

When it comes to faslse eyelashes, I'm looking for something that is light, natural-looking and most importantly~ the band must feel comfortable on my eyes for the whole day!

The end results suggested 2 types from 2 collections and they are as follow:


COLLECTION
MINK

ESQIDO Mink lashes so popular was because they used the same concept from lash extension, individually attached strands, onto a soft cotton band.

Making them lightweight, comfortable, and super easy to apply with a tapered effect, just like a natural hair should because they are always shaped by hand, never cut.

UNISYN

With the same proprietary handcrafting process, combined with an ultra-fine vegan-friendly synthetic fibre, ESQIDO Unisyn lashes very easy to apply, super natural looking, and ultra comfortable. 

Heart & Soul Unisyn™ Lashes

These lashes exude elegance by giving a subtle volume and length with a clustered design for an angelic, wearable look.

Handcrafted with a harmonic blend of ultra-fine fibres, joined together by a remarkably soft and flexible cotton band. It is light-weight, beautiful, and natural looking.
VolumeMedium
Length9 - 12 mm
MaterialUltra-fine Synthetic Fibres
BandHandcrafted cotton band
Wear PeriodMulti-use
Cost: US$22

Product Review: It adds a soft whimsical feel to the overall finish, and I like how the lashes are undeniably weightless enough for everyday wear. The band is thin and with sufficient skills in application, you can get away with any need to line your eyes with these lashes!

If you are new to false lashes, these are great to kick off with. A tip would be to make sure to trim the length to fit the shape and length of your eyes before application for that perfect fit.



Starlet Mink Lashes

Achieve a glamorous starlet makeup look with this pair of clustered and wispy mink lashes. Short yet voluminous, suitable even for smaller eyes, this lash is designed to provide enough volume at a shorter length to accentuate your eyes without looking too long. The ends are also winged out to give a beautiful lifted effect to your eyes.

The ultimate in luxury, our mink lashes meticulously handcrafted with premium mink hairs, and a soft cotton band. 
VolumeMedium
Length4 - 10 mm
MaterialPremium Mink Hair
BandHandcrafted cotton band
Wear PeriodMulti-use
Cost: US$29

Product Review: I love how it looks when I'm looking ahead as I'm a fan of lashes that are longer towards the ends. I find that it helps to elongate the eyes and lift them up. However, I don't like how the lashes look when I close my eyes or look downwards. I think the density of the fibres look a little too fake and as a result, it does cheapen the look. That being said, as dense as the lashes are, it is relatively light in weight and I found the bands to be really thin and flat.

A tip I would suggest for these lashes to work is to pair them with a smokey eye so that it helps to elevate the look of the lashes!



Would you try these out?
Shop for them at Esqido now!

Lazada Birthday Festival 2018: Lazada X Bio-Essence (Beautiful.Me)

Hey Ladies, guess what's coming up soon?



Lazada is throwing a Birthday Festival from 24th - 26th April 2018, with more than 600 flash deals with products up to 90% OFF and Brand Surprise Boxes @ $29 (worth $100)! There will also be 4 exclusive premium beauty boxes (worth $100) going at $50!

One of such Brand Surprise Boxes came to my doorstep recently with Bio-Essence products inside... Now, I shall not spoil your surprise but one of the products that got me really intrigued is their Bio-essence Bio Treasure (Jeju Marine Algae) Aqua Skin-Dewy Exfoliator.



Blended with marine algae sourced from the sea of Jeju Island and packed with minerals to moisturize and enhance skin renewal, for a healthy radiant skin. It helps to exfoliate the layer of dead skin for better absorption of subsequent skincare products and to clear impurities and blackheads. This ultra-gentle formula also aids in brightening up dull skin and refining our pores and is suitable for daily use.

Now, I generally prefer products from a natural source of ingredients and no harmful chemicals. So while looking through this product's ingredient list, there is a handful of plant-based extracts in it which is why I'm drawn to this product.


Upon more testing, I found its exfoliating properties to be gentle while effective in the removal of dead skin cells. In fact, if an area of skin doesn't have any accumulation of dead skill cells, the gel stays in its gel-ish form without turning milky and clumping up!

The process of how it works!
That being said, of course, there are more products in the box and many other brands for Lazada Birthday Festival's Brand Surprise Boxes, so keep your eyes peeled during 24-26 April and remember ladies, fastest fingers first!

Happy Shopping!

Special Code for my Readers
Use LAZPARTYNC6 for 18% off, capped at $6, for your purchase during 24th - 26th April 2018!
Valid for first 100 new customers only.
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Avalon AdvanCleanse: Does consuming probiotic supplements help?

As a child growing up, I've been given Yalkut whenever I had a weak tummy and it helps in elevating the problems. As a young adult, I was then introduced to the concept of using skincare that contains good friendly bacteria and ingredients that help these strands of bacteria to thrive on my skin for a better complexion... and I swear upon this concept now for my good skin days, and so does my fiance.


Recently, I was invited to put Avalon AdvanCleanse to the test for its claims in supporting a healthier digestive tract, boosting the immune system, and improving the complexion of the skin.

Supported by 8 patented formulations, each AdvanCleanse™ capsule contains 10 billion live probiotic cells, with 7 unique strains certified by France Pasteur Institute and the addition of Galactooligosaccharids (GOS), a form of prebiotics to keep the good bacteria even stronger!

What is the difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics?

Probiotics are a class of beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract. They keep our intestinal system running smoothly, safely and healthily, improving gastrointestinal disorders such as irregular bowel movement (constipation or diarrhoea), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and lactose intolerance. It also supports our immunity and general health by promoting the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Whereas, Prebiotics are non-digestible foods ingredients that act as "foods" for probiotics to help stimulate the growth of probiotics.

How soon will AdvanCleanse take effect?


Most people will feel the difference in 2-3 days and experience smoother bowel movement in 7 days (individual results may vary). AdvanCleanse is intended to provide optimal intestinal health and is suitable for long-term usage.




Benefits:
  • Promotes healthy intestinal system
  • Maintains microflora balance
  • Aids in clearing of intestinal waste
  • Soothes stomach discomfort
  • Promotes better nutrient absorption
  • Supports immunity
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • No additives
  • Suitable for kids and people who are lactose intolerant

Ingredients:
AdvanProbiotics, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacteria lactis, Galactooligosaccharids (GOS)

Usage:
For adults: Take 1 capsule, 1-2 times daily after meal.

For children (aged 1-12): Take 1 capsule per day after meal (open capsule and stir contents into cool drink or mix into food)

How I consume it:


Cost: $69.90, but now with promotion, it's going for $49.90!

Taste: Honestly, I have never taken it without a beverage to mask the true taste of it because I don't like taking anything in a pill form on its own. But I can confidently say that the true taste of it is mild because it doesn't stand out regardless of the drinks I mix it with.

Personal Experience after a week

Inside the box, there are 4 packages of 2 packs of 10 capsules each. Upon consuming this for a week, I did notice that my bowel cycle was very regular but other than that, there wasn't any much difference.

Personal Experience after a month
I was sick shortly after, I believe it was just due to the flu bug going around but due to that, I stopped consuming this until I was better. Unfortunately, after the week that I was ill, I noticed that the remaining pills in the pack ended being moist inside the capsules despite it being sealed. Avalon might want to take note of this. Thankfully, this only affected 1 pack and I was able to consume the remaining capsules for this review.

After taking it for a month, the next difference I noticed was that I had lesser breakouts. I'm not entirely sure if it was the result of the probiotics or if it was due to my new skincare regime at that time but it did help in clearing up my skin.

Personal Experience after 2 months
Overall, I think this helps to maintain a healthy bowel system and reduce bloatedness which also helps to improve overall health, but if you are a regular consumer of yoghurt and probiotic drink you might not notice any big changes or improvement which was my conclusion after these 2 months.


So to boost it up, with the claim of how it aids better nutrient absorption, I took it with beneficial tea for the skin because that is my skin is biggest beauty concern. It seems to help because now, I don't have any major pimples on my face, just the occasional whiteheads and blackheads that aren't very obvious unless you are staring at my face! So after 2 months, I can conclude that it does seem to help in troubled skin too.

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