Wednesday, June 29, 2016

St.Ives Body Wash

I spend majority of my time at work, in front of my computer and being the city girl, I love exploring new cafes or watching a movie in town. 

I enjoy the city life but spending time with my loved ones and keeping fit plays a large role in maintaining a lifestyle balance. Nature is as important and I seek to experience nature where possible through travels & exercise. (J and I love our beach holidays!) 

While I enjoy the city life, I understand the negative impacts it brings - Stress and pollution  are my main concerns. 

Our skin is constantly exposed to chemicals and toxins so we can try to opt for natural products when it comes to skincare because they are milder on the skin and restores skin radiance naturally.

St.Ives's products are made with 100% natural nourishing and refreshing ingredients and  the scrub range is USA's number ONE scrub. 

After trying all 4 variants, the Pink Lemon & Mandarin Body Wash is my personal favourite as I have a preference for fruity scents. 

It has an energising citrus-y scent that smells extremely delicious without being too overpowering

Not sure if you can spot the little beads in the photos but they gently exfoliates the skin, making it even and bright. 

It doesn't take too much product to lather

and made my skin feel clean and refreshed. 

While my favourite is the Pink Lemon & Mandarin, J prefers the Sea Salt & Kelp. 

It has a thick consistency and helps to smoothen and renews skin naturally with its little beads. 

Smells very refreshing too! Like the sea! 

All of St.Ives body wash products are made 100% natural so it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

The full range of body wash also consist of Apricot & Oatmeal. 

This smells exactly like the fruit itself! Combing great fragrance and exfoliation for my skin whilst showering. 

It awakens that skin with its natural exfoliants without stripping moisture from the skin. 

The Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash soothes and relieves tired skin that will be perfect after a long day at work. This one is very moisturzing! 

Every St.Ives product has its own unique benefits so there'll be something for everyone! Let St.Ives help relieve your tired and dull skin from the effects of city living. 

10 sets of St.Ives hampers to be given away! 

Simply share your favourite natural beauty remedy and why it makes you happy on Instagram 
and include hashtags #StIvesSG, #StIvesNatural, #Feedyourskin! 

The brand is available in Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage and online at Red Mart so you know where to get yours! 


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dayre 177

On the table tonight!
Overdid it with 四菜一汤 because we miss cooking together!

Have been swarmed with work the past week preparing for the warehouse sale going on at the HH store this weekend. The sale is still on so do pop by tomorrow if you haven't! 😉

Stir-fried sambal lady's finger 
Used my favourite chili from City Plaza's 板面 stall to make this & threw in some minced chicken for J since he doesn't take lady's finger - Too slimy he says.

Watercress soup 
Added carrots in it to sweeten the soup & also because J doesn't eat watercress. This guy is quite a fussy pot.

三杯鸡 (In the middle) 
We were inspired to make this dish after seeing it on a Chinese cooking program - 透鲜滴新期天 & it was super good! Will use lesser soya sauce the next time we make this again though!

Ginger clams 
Also got to learn this from the same cooking program (8th episode) except we replaced crabs with clams instead & skipped soaking it in oil. I loved this dish the most!


Friday, June 24, 2016


I've been to Macao 3 times, twice on a day trip from Hong Kong and once on a 2N stay at The Venetian. The Venetian is one of the prettiest hotels I've stayed at. 
Modelled after its namesake, it features stunning icons of Venice. 

Every corner is photo worthy.

Definitely not missing out on the gondola ride. 

One of the must eat whenever I'm in Macao - Portuguese Egg Tarts from Lord Stow!!
The flaky pastry has a fragrant buttery taste and the custard is incredibly rich and sweet.

You can get this at The Venetian or get it from their original store at Coloane Town Square, 1 Rua do Tassara.

Opening hours:
Mon - Sun 7AM to 10PM 

Another favourite, pork chop buns. 

That is available everywhere! 

Senado Square is a public square and is on the UNESCO's world's heritage list as it forms part of the Historic Centre of Macao. We spent a day there exploring the shops, taking photos and trying out all the street food. 

Love these waved pattern mosaic that is paved all around by the Portuguese back in the early 1990s. 

The structures around the Senado Square have many western features and has been well preserved by the authorities. 
Classic example of east meets west. 

No trip to Macao will be complete without a visit to the Ruins of St.Paul and it is one of the most visited attraction in Macao. 

I got to know about Studio City thanks to the press release from the Macao Government Tourism Office and I already can't wait to plan a visit there! 

Studio City is set against a backdrop of magnificent architecture and is a cinema themed resort. The two tower hotel houses electrifying entertainment venues for world class performances, a global variety of dining selections, luxurious shopping outlets and spectacular gaming areas designed to bring your wildest imagination to life. 

What drawn my attention the most is the Golden Reel that is suspended between the twin hotel towers at a height of 130m. It is also the world's first figure 8 ferris wheel. 

It features 17 "Steampunk" themed cabins that can each hold 10 passengers on a memorable ride around the uniquely shaped figure 8 track. While on board, we can admire the breathtaking views of the city at various angles. 

Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri 11AM to 9PM
Sat, Sun & PH 10AM to 10PM 

In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC entertainment, "Batman Dark Flight" is the world's first flight simulation ride themed around DC Comic Super Heroes - Batman. 

Immersed in the flying theatre, adventure seekers can virtually soar over Gotham City with Batman through the action packed storyline - How amazing is this?! Enhanced with the latest in-flight simulation technology coupled with the best audio design and visual graphics, "Batman Dark Flight" provides a whole new level of super heroic entertainment.

Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri 12PM to 8PM
Sat, Sun & PH 11AM to 9PM

Nam Van Lake

Nam Van Lake is a new landmark for leisure, culture and creativity and is recently (3rd June) officially opened to the public! The scenic view is refreshing and pedal boats are available for visitors to enjoy a ride at the lake.

I especially like the cultural and creative element injected into this new space!
The Nam Van Lake is equipped with cultural and creative stores, arts pavilion, indoor craft market and book market, handcraft workshops and craft market on weekends as well as graffiti display area and more. Cultural and creative products imbued with Macao's unique character are on display and on sale which makes a convenient stop-off for residents visitors to discover local gems.

Click on the video above to find out more! 

I have yet to visit the Macao Tower so I'll surely include this in my itinerary the next time. 

 I did a little research and found out that the Macao Tower is not just about the panoramic view, it also offers thrilling activities such as bungy jump, skywalk, sky jump and mast climb, perfect for the thrill seekers!! 

Bungy Jump

Jumpers leap from a platform of 233m above from the ground & experience the ultimate free fall experience before slowing down 30m from the ground and rebounding up. 

Price: MOP$2688 
Includes a certificate, membership card and exclusive bunny jump tee

Sky Walk

Take a stroll around the outer perimeter that encircles the Macao Tower and experience the thrilling sensation of standing outside the tower in the open with no handrails. 

Price: MOP$688 
Includes a certificate, membership card, CD and exclusive tee

Tower Climb

This activity requires participants to be in moderate shape but what you get is a stunning view at the very top of the iconic Macao Tower by climbing 100m up the mast's vertical ladder. 

Price: MOP$1888
Includes certificate, exclusive tower climb tee, membership card, video & photo on USB.

Are you tempted to visit Macao already if you haven't?! :D 

Stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Macao simply by going to Experience Macao - SG Facebook page HERE and leave a comment sharing which activity appeals to you the most and why you want to head to Macao to experience it yourself with the hashtag #MacaoOnSocialSG then stay tuned. Winners will be announced on their Facebook page! 

Follow them on Instagram to find out more about Macao.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bio Essence - Face Lifting Cream

It is always a pleasure working with brands I love. 
I was previously given the opportunity to try their Bird's Nest + Peptides series & I'm still using it!
(You can read about it HERE

Today I'm excited to be sharing a product that a lot of girls will be interested in - Face Lifting Cream. 

Bio Essence's Face Lifting Cream is currently in its 4th generation with added ingredients royal jelly + ATP to nourish, lift and firm skin. It is specially formulated for sensitive skin and is dermatologically tested.  

The cream is pretty lightweight and leaves my skin feeling tightened and moisturised.  

For optimal results, it is recommended that we apply it in an upward lifting motion for 10 minutes. I don't usually have the luxury of time to do this longer than 3 minutes on a work day morning but it is good enough for me especially on days when I wake up with puffy cheeks. The result is pretty significant. 

You have to watch this 女人我最大 video to believe the instantaneous results of this cream tested on a model. 

My skin also really likes the slight cooling sensation after application. Its like an instant perk-me-up.

This jar of goodness retails for $49.90 and is widely available at Watson, NTUC & Guardian. Bio Essence's face lifting cream comes in 3 different types so there should be something to cater to everyone's needs!

Before I end this post, I would also like to do a special mention of this exfoliating gel that was sent together with the cream just because I like it!

I believe in exfoliating because it can improve the results of my skin care routine/ better absorption and helps to rejuvenate my skin.

It is extremely gentle on my skin and although it can be used everyday, I exfoliate 2-3 times a week instead. Personal preference!

Did a small test on the back of my hand just for you to see how it removes dirt and grime.

At just $36.90 you can get it from Watsons, NTUC and Guardian! 
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