Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Pop-Up Cafe at Paragon

Have you visited Crabtree & Evelyn's first pop-up cafe at Paragon Shopping Centre Atrium? 

Having afternoon tea with scones or cookies in an English tearoom overlooking lush greenery may seem like an impossible dream on this sunny island, but Crabtree & Evelyn brought that dream to life right in the heart of town. 

Yes, from now till 3 Sep (tomorrow's the last day!), you can enjoy afternoon tea in a quintessentially English inspired garden any time from 10am to 10pm.

Think manicured lawns, box hedges and a royal garden swing where you can swing your troubles away as you sip on Crabtree & Evelyn's fine selection of tea blends and nibble on some scones or cookie -- the perfect haven for pure relaxation and indulgence.

 I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of Crabtree & Evelyn's pop-up cafe last week and the beautiful set up was such a lovely sight to behold. Despite being in a shopping mall, I was instantly transported to an English tearoom set against the backdrop of a stunning garden. It was as if time stood still in this sanctuary as the outside world rushed by.

Guests were also treated to a watercolour painting session, where we could each paint a tea cup design of our choice.

The last time I held a paintbrush was eons ago and while it took me some time to get the hang of it, I found it very enjoyable and even somewhat therapeutic.

I was away for a period of time and have been terribly busy since I returned to Singapore. Fortunately, this event also gave me an opportunity to catch up with Karen before we take off once again. 

Before long, it was time to put down our paintbrushes and indulge in Crabtree & Evelyn's Fine Food Collection. All of us were handsomely rewarded with scones, cookies and fine English tea. Oh, please pardon my amateurish painting in the background.

 At $10 per set, you too can enjoy biscuits with tea or preserve served with a scone and tea at this gorgeous English garden cafe. 

Getting away from the maddening Orchard Road crowd for a moment of peace and serenity is now made possible at Crabtree & Evelyn's pop-up cafe. It closes its doors to the public tomorrow (3rd September), so go on, head on down for some pampering today!  

Crabtree & Evelyn Pop-up Cafe

 Paragon Shopping Centre Atrium Level 1
290 Orchard Road
Singapore 238859

Opening Hours
10am - 10pm (28 Aug - 3 Sep)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Get Rakuten Cashback and Promo Codes with Shopback

Online shopping is so popular these days that it has become part and parcel of our lives. I buy everything that I want online without having to step out of the front door, and I love unwrapping the items when they arrive at my doorstep. I always feel like a kid in a candy store and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels such inexplicable joy.

And the joy only gets magnified when you snag a good deal through promo codes online. Promo codes aside, did you know that you could also get cashback when you shop online via websites like Shopback? I first read about Shopback when it was featured on Yahoo and Cosmopolitan previously and it is true that you can get the latest fashion deals and offers here.

Shopback teams up with your favourite online retailers such as Zalora, Rakuten, Taobao and Asos so that you can get cashback credited to your account simply by shopping. 

Yes, real hard cash and not store credits.

Here's how it works:

 Take Singapore-based Japanese retailer Rakuten for example. Did you know that you will receive 5% cashback when you make a purchase at Rakuten via Shopback? With Shopback, you can get the best Rakuten cashback and promo codes.

 I have been eyeing these Japanese snacks/gift sets on Rakuten and with the 5% cashback, I see no reason why I should hesitate any longer.  If you are a fan of Japanese snacks, you would probably know that most of these popular snacks are exclusive to Japan and hard to come by in Singapore.

Now, Rakuten is just one of the many online retailers that Shopback has tied up with. You can even get cashback when you shop on Taobao and find out more about the latest Groupon deals and promo codes from Shopback.They have been featured in both Cosmopolitan and Yahoo previously 

The next time you decide to go online shopping, remember to check out Shopback too for the best cashback deals. Finally, we don't have to wait for the next sale to start shopping!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fashion: Styling The Vest (Minimalist Look)

Vests are my favourite outerwear as they make layering possible in our humid climate. Cardigans and jackets may be stylish but are best reserved for the cinemas, official work meetings or freezing lecture theatres, unless of course you think sweating buckets can help you to lose weight.

How do you style a vest? There are many ways to style it as it is very versatile and goes well with shorts, skirts, pants and even dresses. In fact, adding interest to a casual outfit has never been easier with a trusty vest. 

I picked up this long flowy white vest from Topshop when I was shopping in London and to tell you the truth, I have been working this vest really hard as it hasn't had time to sit in my wardrobe for more than a couple of days. I am convinced that it is a worthwhile wardrobe investment and today, I'll show you two ways to style this wardrobe workhorse.

Styling the Vest with Jeans/Pants

 With so many errands to run on a daily basis, my preferred ensemble these days comprises a comfy tank top and jeans paired with sneakers. The tank top and jeans combination is a full-proof combo but it can get a tad boring. Throw on a vest to shake things up a little and watch as your outfit transforms right before your eyes!

Tank top from Mphosis
Jeans from Frame Denim (Shopbop)
Vest from Topshop
Shoes from Adidas
Bag from Givenchy

Styling The Vest with Dresses

If you prefer a dressier look, try styling the vest with a dress (pun unintended). I like my white vest with classic black dresses as it instantly jazzes up the otherwise plain outfit.

These photos were taken when I was down with a bad flu in Copenhagen. I looked pale as a sheet but the warmth of the sun and the dose of white put some colour back in my cheeks. I would have looked far worse if I was clad in an all-black dress without my white vest.

Dress from Acne Studios
Vest from Topshop
Sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Now, I am sure it is not hard to see why vests are fast becoming my wardrobe staples.The key to styling vests is to pair them up with simple, basic everyday pieces. I have been falling back on sleeveless dresses and tank tops but vests complement long sleeve tops and sweaters too. 

I promise this wouldn't be the last time that you'll see of my vests in this space as I'm about to experience autumn and winter in a foreign land this year. More updates on that in time to come, but meanwhile, have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fashion: 10 instances of Kpop Stars' Cardigan Obsession

Love it or hate it, the preppy hipster look is a major trend and cardigans play an important role in completing this look.

Thanks to the rise of modern British aesthetics, and the revival of the preppy look first popularised in the early 1900s, cardigans are receiving new-found appreciation among the younger demographic, and particularly among the boys. Yes, for the first time ever, I will be sharing some looks that the boys can relate to. After all, fashion is not only for the fairer sex, and I am secretly hoping that my hubby will be able to pick up a tip or two from this post too (oops, looks like that it’s no longer a secret)!

For the ladies, cardigans used to be regarded as boring granny clothes. But with the explosion of prints and cuts these days, cardigans are anything but boring. Just take a cue from the K-pop artists who are unafraid to experiment with the wildest prints and designs. Sure, there are hits and misses, but they have definitely made the humble old cardigan come alive again.

You could break all the rules and wear cardigans the K-pop way, but first let's review the good, the bad, and the ugly.

1. Donghae

Super Junior's baby-faced looker Donghae looks impossibly adorable in this collegiate outfit, complete with a bow-tie and geek glasses.

2. Nichkhun

Speaking of baby-face, here's another one who does not seem to age. 2PM's Nichkhun does college cool for South Korean fashion label Basic House with boat shoes, stripes and a bright cardigan.

3. Kyuhyun

Taking a leaf from his hyung's book, Super Junior's Kyuhyun does the bow-tie and cardigan look too, this time with a mustard-coloured cardigan that brightens up the talk show he is co-hosting.

4. Park Bom

2NE1's four-dimensional (code word for kooky) powerhouse singer, Park Bom, looks right at home in her ice-cream printed cotton cardigan. I am sure that you would agree that this cardigan is as whimsical as her personality.

5. Shinee

Shinee looks ready for the eggnog and log cakes in this colour-coordinated getup that involves scarves, beanies and, yes, cardigans.

6. Shinee

Boy, they sure are fond of cardigans in a multitude of colours and prints.

7. Minho

Here's another instance of Shinee - this time just the "visual" of the group, Minho - showing some love for the cardigan. Unfortunately, he looks like a rejected Christmas tree or a child's failed art project.

8. G-Dragon

Dubbed South Korea's most stylish dresser, Big Bang's leader G-Dragon manages to pull off a punk look even with a muted grey cashmere cardigan from Thom Browne.

9. Jessica

Girls Generation's Jessica does mixed prints right with a slouchy knit cardigan and printed dress. Those brown ankle booties complete the laidback vibe of the outfit.

10. Tiffany

Like her fellow member, Girls Generations' Tiffany rocks a printed cardi. The bright scarlet print on her oversized cardigan makes for a majestic airport entrance. Plus, it totally goes with her hair.

Well, I did warn you there were hits and misses (I'm still scarred by Minho's awful cardigan), but at least they're not afraid to give it a try! 

Now, which look is your favourite?


Monday, August 17, 2015

Beauty: Beautiful.Me - eShopping Club for your favourite beauty brands

Have you heard of Beautiful.Me?  

Home to 300 top brands in the beauty, body and baby industry at prices that are way below retail, Beautiful.Me is the new kid on the block that is set to revolutionize your shopping experience.

SKII, Avene, 3CE, Laneige, L'Oreal, NYX, OPI and the list goes on - you name it, they have it, at much lower prices and delivered right to your doorstep. 

Doesn't that sound amazing?

No more shopping bags and no more waiting for the next big sale before going shopping!

How is Beautiful.Me different from other e-retailers? How will I benefit from it?

Incredible cost savings, that's what you'll stand to gain. Plus, you get paid to shop too! In other words, we can finally have our cake and eat it.

Beautiful.Me is a members-only online shopping portal that offers all your favourite brands at special members' prices that start much lower. The concept is similar to that of Costco and Walmart's Sam Club in the US, where members get huge cost savings when they shop for groceries. 

With Beautiful.Me, you get to enjoy cost savings when you shop for your favourite beauty, body and baby products simply by joining as a member.   

Here are some other perks that you'll enjoy:

  • Reward points with every purchase, which you can redeem for free samples, product trials and gifts. No minimum purchase is required!

  • Exclusive Flash Deals, Group Buys and Daily Deals to help you to save even more

  • Unlock cash rebates and rewards when you share your purchases on social media, write a review or refer friends!

 Beautiful.Me adopts a "profit-less" pricing model, meaning to say that only a small markup is applied to the products sold.  By cutting out retail inefficiencies such as rental cost and related expenses, the cost savings are passed on to consumers like you and me! 

Membership Fees
To cover basic expenses, it charges an annual membership fee of S$49, which is backed by a 200% Satisfaction Guarantee. 

What does that mean?

If you don't save more than double the amount paid for your membership, Beautiful.Me will refund you the difference at the end of the year! Isn't that good news? You have nothing to lose really.

Free 6-Month Membership at Beautiful.Me (If you sign up now!!)
And I have even better news for you! From now till 26 August, before its official launch, click here to sign up and you'll enjoy free membership at Beautiful.Me for 6 months!

It doesn't just stop here. You can automatically extend your membership to 12 months for free (and early access) by recommending 5 friends to sign up. 

Oh and remember I mentioned that you'll get paid as well? When you refer 10 friends, you'll be rewarded with a share of up to S$800,000 in cash rebates! The more friends you refer, the more rewards you unlock!

Good things ought to be shared, especially when excellent deals and massive discounts are in the picture. I have already referred some of my friends (you know who you are) so that we can all start saving together. 

You can start saving too by signing up at Beautiful.Me today. Let's lend a helping hand to one another (and our pockets) in our quest for beauty!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Remescar Scar Stick & Spider Veins

Is your skin prone to scarring? Or perhaps you have spider veins on your legs from walking everywhere in high heels? You might want to give Remescar Silicone Scar Stick and Remescar Spider Veins a go. I have been trying to get rid of those irksome spider veins for as long as I can remember and I have old scars from sandfly or mosquito bites. With Remescar, I finally have solution to treat old and new scars as well as spider veins.

How do scars form?

Scars result from a biologic process of wound repair and are fibrous tissues that replace normal skin after injury. As part of the healing process, our body attempts to remodel our skin to its former glory. Unfortunately, more often than not, the structure of the skin changes. 

Remescar Silicone Scar Stick is an advanced silicone stick that aids in the healing process of old and new scars resulting from surgery, burns, bug bites, acne and even stretch marks. 

How does it work?

An age-defying skincare product based on the triple action of silicone treatment, Beta-glucan healing and UV protection, it acts as a protective barrier and isolates the scarred area to protect it while the UV filters effectively promote recovery.

It is easy to use as all you have to do is pop up the cap and roll it onto your skin twice a day for at least 2-3 months. I love how it leaves a thin, transparent film that is hardly visible. Its handy size makes it a breeze to carry around too even when you're traveling. Be sure to apply it gently on affected areas and around the border of the scar. Did you know that you can use it on your body or under makeup on your face? How convenient!

Spider veins may not pose health risks, but I am sure you would agree with me that they are terribly unsightly. To untangle yourself from the web of spider veins, use Remescar Spider Veins. 

It shields the affected skin and incorporates in-depth therapy of the vascular structure to protect, treat and prevent spider veins. Not only did I see an immediate improvement in skin colour thanks to the Microlens Coated Crystals which reflect light from the skin to give it a smoother appearance, I was told that long-term usage would reduce the appearance of spider veins by a whooping 51%! I use it regularly to prevent more spider veins from forming too.

Apply the cream directly on clean and dry skin before massaging it in till it is thoroughly absorbed. For optimal results, it is recommended that you apply it twice a day for 2-3 months.

Remescar Scar Stick (S$30) and Remescar Spider Veins (S$40) are now available at Guardian,Watsons,Unity and major pharmacies.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty: b.liv Off With Those Heads Review (For Blackheads & Whiteheads)

Is your skin prone to whiteheads and blackheads? Mine is, and I try to get them professionally extracted at a beauty salon on a regular basis. The only issue is, I don't always have the luxury of time to indulge in a facial. 

What do I do then?

I usually try to extract blackheads on my own, but whiteheads can be a real headache as they are unbelievably stubborn. Thank goodness b.liv's Off With Those Heads found its way into my skincare regime at a friend's recommendation. I love how effective it is when it comes to softening my whiteheads for easy extraction, hence when I was asked to review this beauty product recently, I had to say yes. You'll find out why as you read on.

What causes blackheads and whiteheads? 
Did you know that blackheads and whiteheads form as a result of excessive oil secretion and dirt accumulated in open pores?  I have naturally oily yet dehydrated skin, which is why these horrible comedones refuse to leave me alone. Controlling oil secretion is the key to preventing their formation.

How does b.liv Off With Those Heads Work?

 b.liv's Off With Those Heads (30ml/45ml, S$69.95/S$94.95) softens the clog in your open pores and promises to help with easy and painless blackheads and whiteheads extraction after just 14 days of application.

Off With Those Heads is a beauty-salon formulation that incorporates tea tree oil (acne control + comedone control + soothing), witch hazel extract (oil control + comedone control + skin softening) and aloe vera extract (soothing + hydration). It uses a dual-action process to deeply penetrate within the skin to keep oil secretion at bay. Tea tree oil has antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties while witch hazel extract and aloe vera extract control oil secretion, soothe and soften the skin without drying it out. This way, achieving blackheads and whiteheads-free complexion is possible without compromising on hydration.

How do you apply the product?

I use this twice daily after cleansing. All you have to do is pump 2-3 pea-sized drops onto your hand and apply to areas that are prone to blackheads and whiteheads. I like to pat in the product gently on my nose and the sides of my face. I apply it on pimples too. Give it a night and the tiny ones usually subside by the next morning. The bigger ones generally take about 2-3 days to recover.

I love how the lightweight water-based texture leaves a cooling sensation on your skin upon application and feels like next to nothing as no residue is left behind. Its minty scent is very refreshing and never fails to perk me up every morning.

Does it really work?
I always check out online reviews before I decide to purchase skincare products. If the reviews are positive and they include convincing before and after photos, the deal is sealed.

 I wish I could show you before and after photos of my full face for better comparison, but as I've been using this product for many months before this review even came up, most of my whiteheads have cleared up considerably.
However, I did have a small blackhead right above my eyebrow recently. I couldn't extract it initially but after applying Off With Those Heads, I could extract it with ease the very next day.

Here's a before and after shot for your reference. Seeing is believing, and you can tell from the comparison below that the blackhead above my eyebrow has flattened and the skin has almost completely healed.

  This product definitely works for me and I would highly recommend that you try it too if you are a victim of stubborn whiteheads and blackheads. 

After all, you have nothing to lose because b.liv's Off With Those Heads comes with 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked, within 2 weeks of purchase!

For more information on b.liv Off With Those Heads and other complementary products, do check out their website here

You can also follow b.liv on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!


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