Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bali - Akasha Villas


We'll be jetting off to Santorini & London come early May and I hope to finish blogging about Bali by then. I'm taking my time on the Maldives entries so I can slowly reminisce that holiday.


If you follow me on Dayre (@Sheilamansy) you may know that this Bali trip was a birthday surprise planned for Mabel! Its the first time J and I were travelling with such a big group of friends so we were extremely excited! After reading up on one thousand and one villas, we finally found Akasha Villas that met our criteria - Located within Seminyak (Our villa was only a short 7 minute drive to Seminyak Square), had 4 bedrooms + pool and super within our budget - SGD2140 for 4 days so each couple only paid SGD535! 




The large common area where we had our in-villa breakfast and drinking nights. 
Their breakfast menu is very limited, so don't expect too much.





There are 2 floors in our villa and other than the slightly bigger toilet at the master-bedroom, all the rooms are pretty much of the same size. The design is different for each room though! Like Zoe's bedroom came with an outdoor bathtub while mine looked...



Like this! 




Chill out area on the 2nd floor and this pretty much sums up our villa tour! 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Eucerin 30-Day Challenge


Hello everyone, I just got back from Bali with friends and it was one of the best holiday ever, ever - Not a moment was spent without laughter! 


Brought along all the Eucerin products (Because I was still in the midst of the Eucerin 30-Day Challenge) blogged about previously here and I need to stress that the Active Concentrate is a life-saver! Can you tell that I've been religiously feeding my skin with these products judging from what's left of the bottles? 



I get pimples whenever my period is nearing and on the 2nd night in Bali, I felt a bump rising on my right cheek so after cleansing, I immediately applied a generous amount of the Active Concentrate over the bump and the next morning, it disappeared! I didn't even have time to take a before & after picture! My holiday would surely be dampened if it forms into a pimple D: I don't know about you, but my self-esteem drops whenever I get pimples - I wouldn't feel like taking pictures or even meeting anyone. 


Although it didn't completely clear up the blemishes on my chin, it has effectively lightened those spots. I also love the formula's malty texture and I can use it on a daily basis without worrying that it'll dry up the skin! 


The Make-up & Acne Remover is my favourite product out of the 4 I received! It cleanses optimally, doesn't make my skin feel sticky nor tight after application and to add to its awesomeness, it doesn't require rinsing (On very lazy days)! Really, just what more can I expect from a make-up remover? 



I am still trying to get used to incorporating the toner in my daily skin regime because it is an important step in opening clogged pores to prepare the skin for better absorption of the subsequent products I apply to my face. What I like about Eucerin's toner is that instead of leaving my skin feeling dry (Like most toners I've tried), it made my skin feel moisturized and refreshed! 


Last but not least, the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser that makes cleansing my face an effortless task! I used to be extremely cautious whenever I cleanse my face because of my lash extensions but ever since I was introduced to this cleanser, it has never been easier! It doesn't matter if the product gets in my eye simply because it is SOAP FREE and will not irritate my eyes!

 That said, my 30-Day journey with Eucerin has been a great one and I'll definitely continue to use these products in my skincare regime! If you've been battling acne problems, open yourself to one more option! 
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

PUB - The National Water Agency

As some of you may know, J and I moved into our new place earlier this February and we've been enjoying our little kitchen space a lot! We cook almost 4 times a week and this brings me to my next point, saving water in the kitchen - Our PUB bills will not only be smaller, we can also play a part in conserving this precious resource for future benefits.


One of the most effective methods of saving water in the kitchen is to avoid washing our dishes under a running tap. Instead, we soak & scrub all our used dishes in a large bucket/container filled with water. Before we do this we always scrap all the leftovers into a the bin to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of our sink getting choked in the long run. After scrubbing, we'll do a quick rinse with minimal water and its pretty much done!

 Rather than boiling our vegetables, we steam it! Many rice cookers these days have this option and you'll not only save water, the vegetables will be of greater nutritional value!

We usually rinse our rice 3-4 times before cooking and it is a waste to throw the water away so we usually collect it in a pail to water the plants or rinse the toilet.

Also refrain from thawing food under running water. Instead, let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator or if you don't have time, use the microwave to heat it up or even place it in a bowl of water and leave it to defrost.

Lastly, always make sure the tap is securely turned off to prevent unnecessary water wastage.
These water saving tips may seem insignificant to you but if everyone does the same, it'll add up to a whole lot so lets do what we can in conserving water and make our environment a better place!

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have more water conserving tips! (: 
Keep a look out for the water conservation mobile showroom as PUB Water Wally will be on site to meet his friends >>

(Thu) 19 Mar One Raffles Place Beside one altitude
(Fri) 20 Mar Icon@IBP 3A International Business Park, 609935 (In front of food-court)

(Sun) 22 Mar Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509

Beside taxi stand (opposite the UOB Bank )

(Tue) 24 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 

(Wed) 25 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 

(Thu) 26 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 


Watch this videa & click here to visit the official PUB site to join me in learning more about our nation's precious resource! 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colgate Optic White


What is the first thing you notice when you meet somebody new? For me it has definitely got to be the smile for it unconsciously tells me if someone is approachable and friendly followed by his/her teeth. The colour of someone's teeth not only says a lot about their personal hygiene, it also has an impact on perceived attractiveness. Bright, shiny and white teeth definitely appears to be more appealing! Never underestimate the power of a smile to set the first impression right! 

The boost to confidence also comes from a bright dazzling smile and I'm ever so thankful I went ahead with the decision to get braces 3-4 years back. After removing my braces, the first thing I did was to go for teeth whitening and while it gave me a beautiful set of white teeth for a while, I will think thrice if I had to do it again.


So now, I only depend on whitening toothpastes and Colgate's Optic White Plus Shine is my new found buddy! Even when I travel, I bring it with me! 

For those of you who are skeptical about whitening toothpastes because it is said to remove enamels from your teeth, you'll be relieved to know that the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine uses a special formula that protects enamel and provides anti-cavity fluoride protection so go ahead and give it a try!

It also contains whitening accelerators (Silica & Phosphate Salts) that safely ex-foliate stains to whiten teeth in just one week! 




The Colgate Optic White Plus Shine is an upgraded formula with "Micro-Crystal Particles" that polishes teeth to give that highly coveted dazzling smile. 


Having used the Colgate Optic White Shine Plus exclusively for 5 days, I can safely say my teeth is slightly shinier than before! It tastes minty, not overbearing and I love how it makes my mouth feel clean and fresh with no bitter after-tastes. Most importantly, I haven't experienced any teeth sensitivity after using this toothpaste!


Get your own Colgate Optic White Shine Plus at only $6.90 and get ready to flash your big wide smiles!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kinsa Sushi - Hillview



Read on, because today I have 5x $15 Kinsa Sushi vouchers to be given away


The co-owner of Kinsa Sushi (Shannon) used to be Zoe's colleague at Abacus and about a week before CNY, he invited us to his new venture at Hillview for lunch. They also have another outlet at Ang Mo Kio so North-Easties, good news for you! 


 First up on our lunch line-up was their signature - Wagyu Don ($24.80), prepared using A4 grade Wagyu, complete with an Onsen Tamago on the side. 


This dish surely lived up to its name with great flavouring and each slice of beef was perfectly seared, so chewy and tender, I felt like I was in heaven with every mouthful - nope, not exaggerating at all. 


 Foie Gras Mizore Mushi ($6.80) 

"Mizore" is a Japanese word that translates to snow and when you stir the soup lightly you'll find little White bits swirling around - like falling snow! I personally don't like the taste of Foie Gras so I was skeptical about trying it. After giving away all my Foie Gras, I decided to be a little more adventurous and took a small sip and boy was I sold! The soup was extremely rich in flavour and I enjoyed the mushrooms with it! 



While waiting for the other food to be served, Shannon took us on a tour around his restaurant. Check out the magnetic rotating belt (I was told this is the first in Singapore) that gives off coloured lights! 


Another highlight of Kinsa Sushi Hillview is this fish tank where seasonal fishes are freshly imported for your pick! You can then choose how you want it to be cooked with no additional costs. 



Unfortunately, Salmon is the only raw fish I eat so I can't be a judge of the other food items here but trust me when I say the Salmon is damn good. It was chilled at a perfect temperature and the meat was extremely juicy and smooth - I had like 6 pieces on my own. 


Then, we had this Sushi platter that "says" 吉 in Chinese that literally means Lucky! How perfect to kick start the CNY festivities.


& a prosperous "Lou Hei" to end the meal with! 
My belly was already bursting by the time this platter came so I was only picking out all the
 Jellyfish and crackers to eat hahaha :P 

KINSA SUSHI GIVEAWAY

As mentioned earlier in the post, I have 5x $15 vouchers to share! 
To win, simply leave a comment below with your email address and comment who you would like to 
visit the restaurant with & why! 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Eucerin DermoPurifyer


I was given these Eucerin products to try recently and if you haven't heard of this brand before like me, you ought to read on because I've been really enjoying their products so far! 

Eucerin is one of the leading dermocosmetic brands in America and Europe that develop products for different needs. I received the DermoPURIFYER skin care line that is invented to fight against acne. 

All products under the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER range are compatible with commonly used acne medication and suitable for all needs (minor blemishes, combination skin, oily skin, blemished skin, acne). The efficacy and tolerability of all the products have been scientifically proven in extensive clinical studies in affected patients. Volunteers who have used the products demonstrated a significant improvement in their acne symptoms after just 4 to 12 weeks of consistent usage.


The latest addition to the DermoPURIFYER skin care range is the 3-in-1 Make-up & Acne Remover that works as a cleanser, make-up remover & toner altogether! While it removes make-up and impurities it also promises to tone and moisturize.


 This micellar technology formulated liquid cleanser can be used without water. In addition to the micellar water, it contains Alkylpolyglucoside Complex that removes dirt and dust effectively while being gentle on sensitive skin. Gluco-Glycerol and Hyaluronic acid can also be found inside the product to foster the skin’s natural breathing process. Just pour what you need on a cotton pad, wipe around your face with the moistened pad and that's it! You don't even have to rinse off with cleanser and water after, how awesome is that?! Other than the convenience, what I really like about this make-up remover is its ultra light texture and effectively moisturizes, non-drying on the skin at all! 


Here is an arm swatch of the make-up I use almost on a daily basis. 
(From left) Foundation, waterproof eyeliner, eye shadow & lipstain 


My make-up (Including the waterproof eyeliner!!) came off instantly with just a wipe of the DermoPURIFYER Make-up & Acne Remover.

Impressed with their Make-up & Acne Remover, I shall jump on the bandwagon and take on the Eucerin 30-Day Challenge too! I will use the mentioned 4 products in my daily skincare routines and see if there is any difference by the end of it!


I do not have severe acne problems but I tend to get breakouts whenever it is the time of the month (Like now) & always on my chin so you can see there are several blemishes (From last month, and last last month.. You get my drift) on my chin right now. I hope by the end of 30 days, these blemishes will lighten and also control the PMS acne I get every month D:  For accurate results, I will also not use any other acne care products other than Eucerin! 

Without further ado, let me elaborate a little further on the 3 other products I have just included in my daily skincare regime. 



DermoPURIFYER Cleansing Gel 
What I like most about this DermoPURIFYER Cleansing Gel is that it is SOAP FREE! I love soap free cleansers because it is milder on the skin & prevents dryness. At only $23.90, it is no wonder that this cleansing gel won the Women's Weekly Best Beauty Buys of 2015! 


DermoPURIFYER Facial Tonic (To be used after cleansing) 
I always skip the toner whenever I'm lazy (Which I am, most of the time) but having used this for 3 nights in a row, I am now convinced that a toner is as important as removing make-up. The toner thoroughly cleanses your face, removing any remnants of makeup that clings onto the skin. It also contain antibacterial formula reducing the growth of bacteria (one of the four factors of impure skin) and prevents blemishes. 


DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate
After the toner, I'll slap moisturizer all over my face before applying the DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate on targeted spots. One of the key ingredients used in this Active Concentrate is lactic acid that has the ability to dissolve thickened epidermal cells caused by acne, as well as comedones. The formula is very watery so it doesn't feel sticky. I've only used this for 3 days so I haven't seen any noticeable results yet. Will do an update about it again when I complete my Eucerin 30 Day Challenge so stay tuned!
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