The SK-II #ChangeDestiny Museum @ The Paragon 5-11 March 2015

Hello! SK-II has lined up some interesting activities in line with its 35th anniversary of heritage and innovation. It has set up a #ChangeDestiny Museum at The Paragon and this will be open to all from 5-11 March 2015.

SK-II Change Destiny Museum

The folks at SK-II recommend these top 3 things you can do at the Museum: 

  1. Discover your Skin Age

Find out your skin destiny now with SK-II, it only takes 5 minutes to decode your current and future skin! You will also receive a personalised consultation and starter kit to kick-start your miracle journey.

  1. Meet Korean Celebrity Kim Hee Ae on 6thMarch

Meet our Living Proof ambassador Ms. Kim, who will share the secrets behind her youthful look and life after changing her destiny. Also, enjoy stunning live dance performances and stand a chance to receive our best-selling SK-II Facial Treatment Mask*. Only 20 pieces are up for grabs!

*7th March (3-5pm) & 8th March (1-3pm)

  1. Be Rewarded for Changing Your Destiny

New to SK-II? Visit the #ChangeDestiny Museum, complete the challenges and receive an exclusive museum door gift. Plus, receive a full sized SK-II Clear Beauty Powder Foundation worth $130 when you purchase more than $250 worth of SK-II products.

You can also check out other #ChangeDestiny activities and stories – check out the SK-II Singapore FB page HERE !

Have fun!


Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Purifying Toning Lotion – Photos, Details & Review



In late 2014, Crabtree & Evelyn launched a lovely skincare range – Damask Rose Everyday Skincare – much to my delight. Crabtree & Evelyn did previously carry a skincare range in the early 2000s and I loved their scrub so much, that it was the only thing I’d use – my exfoliating joy was short-lived when the range was discontinued. I am so glad that the brand has launched a skincare range again, what more with the very skin-loving Damask Rose as the main star. I’ve recently been using the Damask Rose Purifying Toning Lotion (S$28) and I’m very much in love with it.

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Photo Credits: Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore Facebook

The Damask Rose skincare line is comprehensive and has products to suit the 3 basic skincare routines of cleanse, tone and moisturise.

Gently but effectively care for your complexion with cleansers, toners and moisturisers each infused with the deeply moisturising qualities of French damask rose, blended with a selection of natural extracts. Richly melting balm, silky masks and lotions are all subtly scented with rose

~ Crabtree & Evelyn

There are a total of 10 products in the range:

  • Comforting Cleansing Balm (S$30) and Softening Cleansing Oil (S$28) – for makeup removal and deep cleansing
  • Freshening Cleansing Lotion (S$28) – lightweight cleanser to remove all traces of impurities
  • Relaxing Micellar Water (S$30) and Purifying Toning Lotion (S$28) – toners to purify and condition skin
  • Hydrating Day Lotion (S$50) and Daily SPF 45PA+++ Lotion (S$45) – day moisturisers to hydrate and protect skin
  • Nourishing Night Cream (S$55) – night moisturiser to restore and plump skin during its rejuvenation process
  • Restoring Hydration Mask (S$33 / 5 masks) and Soothing Moisture Mask (S$33 / 5 masks) – instant fixes to hydrate, nourish and soothe skin

With Crabtree & Evelyn’s botanical heritage and commitment to quality, the Damask Rose skincare range is very appealing given the affordable price point. Let’s take a closer look at the Damask Rose Purifying Toning Lotion.

I picked this up mainly because rosewater has been long-used as a toner and cleanser in both contemporary and Ayurvedic skincare but several rosewater toners often contain minimal amounts of rose extracts and a lot of fragrance instead. In the case of the Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Purifying Toner, rose water is rather high up on the ingredients list, indicating that it is one of the main ingredients. Continue reading

My Shopping Experience on


I’m not really into online shopping although I keep hearing raves about shopping on websites like, Strawberrynet and the like. So far, I’ve only used Qoo10 (like, who hasn’t right?) and the only international ones I’ve tried are Paula’s Choice and UKHairdressers. Buying online scares me a little, especially when it’s an international website so I either avoid it altogether or I end up riding on friends’ orders who are only too kind to offer their help.
I was recently introduced to Lazada – an online shopping portal that already operates in Malaysia. Indonesia. Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and now in Singapore.
How I understand it is that is sort of like a middle-person who connects you to different vendors like Denki House, StrawberryNet and so on – similar to sites like This is particularly useful if you’re looking for an assortment of products – is a one-stop shopping portal that connects you to a myriad of vendors and sellers; choose what you want, pay through Lazada and the product is sent to you – fuss-free and easy.
One thing in particular that I like about the Lazada shopping experience is that everything is upfront – they tell you exactly who the seller is, whether it is local or international, if you can pay Cash On Delivery for the product and how many days you can expect it to arrive in. In one case, there were multiple listings for the same product from different sellers, showing me that one was on sale because of a closer expiry date. The other thing is the mind-boggling number of product categories they carry – everything is neatly categorised so shopping is actually pretty easy BUT if you’re just browsing around, be prepared for some serious wishlisting action. They have SO many brands (many unavailable locally!) so I was pretty stoked.
I actually stumbled upon the site when I was looking for a Bare Escentuals product that was out of stock in Sephora and the name Lazada rang a bell and I searched my email as Lazada had earlier contacted me and I’d not really paid too much attention initially- that is the whole truth about how I found out about this site and in a way, I’m glad I discovered it in my own way. I’ve since placed an order for a couple of products.
Here are some of the brands and/or products that have caught my eye – many of them are from brands that are not quite readily available for purchase here in our stores. ** Click on each image to go straight to the product listing on Lazada to check out more details on the product. 
1. The Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Deep Waver looks like a fun and quick alternative to the curling tong to create big, casual waves; I’ve seen a couple of reviews and I’m really quite intrigued!
2. Babyliss Big Hair – another Babyliss product that is very appealing to people like me who like voluminous and wavy hair; this is a dryer and styler rolled in one and the best thing is that it’s currently on sale and will be available to you in a couple of business days (looks like a local seller).
3. Ciate Mini Mani Months – I love the Ciate Mini Mani Months and got hooked after getting 2 different sets at Sephora during Holiday 2013 (I managed to get the Holiday 2014 set that was on sale at Sephora too!). The Mini Mani months are fantastic – an assortment of various nail lacquers in mini sizes that are easy to use and wonderful as little gifts too.
4. Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Original / Matte Foundation – I like both the Original and Matte Foundations after recently picking one up to try (so super smooth and long-wearing). The problem is that Sephora stores in Singapore only retail 6 shades (if I remember correctly) in both the original and matte versions when Bare Minerals actually manufactures 20 shades. On online portals like Lazada, you can get access to more shades like Golden Tan and Golden Fair which I certainly don’t recall seeing at our local stores.
5. Nubian African Black Soap is something I came across when I was looking out for anti-acne cleansers – this soap was highly raved by many in several blogs and forums as a very effective anti-acne and anti-blemish cleanser.
6.Cowshed Bath & Beauty – admittedly, the names of the product ranges really get me which is exactly part of the appeal of the brand – Spoilt Cow (indulgent), Horny Cow (seductive), Knackered Cow (relaxing), Lazy Cow (soothing). That and the variety of fragrances like Rose, Rosemary, Juniper, Neroli and so on that make it exactly the kind of bath and body ritual I would like to indulge in. The Horny Cow and Udderly Gorgeous ranges could make very cute Valentine’s Day presents unless the recipient reads too much into the COW reference which would then be a major ooopsie.

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Make Up For Ever Studio Case – Photos, Details and Thoughts


The Make Up For Ever Studio Case (S$99) is one of the few point makeup products I really enjoyed from Holiday 2014 and seeing that Sephora still has a good stock of the Sephora-exclusive Studio Cases (at ION and Suntec City definitely), I thought I’d share my (long overdue! Yikes.) thoughts with you. I really adore the new MUFE Studio Artist Eyeshadows (review and swatches HERE) – I’ve since purchased 7 individual pans (mostly the Diamond and Metallic shades). I think the Studio Case is a great way to try 12 of the eyeshadows in the new formula which I promise is stunning. Let’s take a closer look at the Studio Case before I tell you why you should totally check this out, if you haven’t already.


The Studio Case is designed like a sturdy box with a flip catch – it as big as my entire hand opened up. I love the metal fixtures on the edges and the flip catch that make it look like a professional make up train-case.


It opens up to reveal 12 deluxe sized eyeshadows (0.7gm each; for reference, the full sized eyeshadows are 2gm each. The 12 shades are split into 4 colour palettes of Natural, Smoky, Bold and Chic for ease of use – you are of course free to mix and match the shades according to your wish. I like how there is really a good variety of shades making this a very versatile palette to have in your kit.

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My only wish was that a nice green would have really upped the ante; otherwise, the shade selection runs warm and cool, allowing for various looks and will suit a very wide variety of skintones. The other awesome thing about the Studio Case is this – the quality of the 12 eyeshadows are absolutely consistent across the palette as well as across the full-sized Studio Artist Eyeshadows that retail. With some other brands, the quality of eyeshadows in the palettes sometimes are different and suffer from pigmentation or texture issues. This is not the case with the Studio Case – the swatches below (1 good swipe, dry, no primer) below will prove that.

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A couple of shades in particular really stand out in this palette and here’s a quick rundown:

I-218 Indigo Blue is stunningly beautiful and anyone who loves blue eyeshadow should really check this out (I’m getting this in full size – I already have ME-224 a navy and 2 bright blues D-222 and ME-216) – MUFE really does the best blues.

ME-108 Steel is a deep chrome silver which is very smooth and pigmented – it almost feels like a cream eyeshadow. This shade with lots of black eyeliner and mascara will make for a stunning statement eye.

M-100 Black is a matte black. I don’t like mattes but this matte black is stunning. It applies like ink, carbon and coal all rolled into one. Rich and not patchy or powdery at all, this would also be perfect to set a pencil or creme eyeliner.

ME-828 Garnet Black is a rich blackened plum that has some brown undertones. This shade is one that looks different on everyone, depending on your skin undertone. If you’re afraid to take Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 Marsala (wine) by the horns, Garnet Black might be one way to ease yourself into the shade.

Here’s the other thing that is great about the Studio Case – I find it quite travel-friendly. Ok, I know mostly people prefer a small compact palette for travelling but given that I love almost all the shades in this palette and this can create day, night and day-to-night looks, I would pack this for a trip. The plate housing the 12 Artist Shadows can be removed and other products can be stored underneath.


Here, I’ve put in a couple of eye makeup products I would take along with me on a trip (although silly me forgot to put in my mascara here when I took the photograph – but you can see, there is space for a tube of mascara still)

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I packed in the MUFE Aqua Black (creme eyeliner), the MUFE Aqua Shadow in 28E (rose gold), Stila Smudge Crayon in Midnight, Too Faced Bulletproof Shadow Liner in Purple Rain (all to use as eyeshadow bases), MAC Superslick Eyeliner (upper lashlines), the MAC217 Blending Brush and the Hakuhodo B005 Eyeliner brush (you could use brush sleeves to protect the brushes too). The Studio Case already comes equipped with a proper eyeshadow brush – the Medium Precision Shader Brush in 228S as opposed to a scratchy brush or tiny sponge applicators which I usually throw away the moment I open the palette.

The only thing I couldn’t get in was my eyelash curler – the box wouldn’t close). For a quick getaway and if you want to organise your makeup (base makeup, eyemakeup and lips all kept separately which is a better idea for me really, instead of mega-rummaging in the morning), I think the Studio Case would come in handy.

Even if you’re not interested in the Studio Case as a traveller’s item, the variety of eyeshadows, the versatile shade range and the consistent quality of eyeshadows and brush really make this worth your time and money. It also makes this a great gift for yourself or someone who’s just starting out with point makeup. Do take a look at the MUFE Studio Case before it gets totally snapped up – the MUFE BA at Sephora ION told me that it will retail while stocks last.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week ahead!


What’s In My Makeup Pouch? Lots & Lots of love for MUFE, MAC, Laura Mercier, Make Up Store and More!


I don’t believe I’ve ever really done this type of entry before (maybe eons ago) and I’ve revamped a lot of my makeup (and colour palette too!) and this new cute makeup bag I picked up was just screaming this entry. Let’s take a look!


I was standing in the queue for the cashier at Forever 21 and the graphic pink and black really got my attention – there is a white and black version too. The hashtag concept is so “now” and while I’m not an avid hashtagger, these are so befitting a makeup pouch. It helped that the pouch is very roomy, well-made and wallet-friendly at S$11.



To be honest, it is rather big to toss into a handbag and it’s been a really long time since I used such a large makeup pouch – I was using a small drawstring pouch that was a gift from a friend but that has gone into the laundry; with the drawstring pouch, I had to keep my blotting powder and brush separately in another compartment in my handbag whereas this is a tad more convenient.


I know this is really a lot of stuff! But friends who know me will recognise this scene – I always carry almost this many lipcolours with me – they are all the colours I’m using in rotation right now and I just keep them all in my makeup pouch instead of packing my makeup pouch everytime I head out. Let’s take a look at everything in more detail. The only thing that I didn’t photograph in more detail is the Essence Gel Eye Pencil in Black which I just keep for emergency touch-ups (I don’t quite need eyeliner touchups since I started using the MUFE Aqua Black – review HERE) and the white tube with the golden cap – that is the white liquid kumkum that I use to make the little white dot under my bindi like in the photo below.


Here are the base touch-up products I carry with me. I try not to touch-up the base too much because I worry about it looking patchy and cakey but sometimes, touch-ups are inevitable with the long hours and the change of temperatures in aircon and out in the open. That said, good products and tools and a light hand are a boon when it comes to touch-ups.


1. Hakuhodo Retractable Brush – I picked this up last year and this has been the main brush I use for touch-ups. I like how it picks up a little bit of powder and helps diffuse it all over skin rather than a heavy (and consequently patchy) application

2. Make Up For Ever Professional Makeup Brush in 154 – I LOVE using this brush to even out foundation or concealer. With my dry-combination skin now, I sometimes peel quite badly on my nose and I need to wipe off my foundation and touch up a little. I discovered (out of sheer desperation one day actually) that using this brush to pick up a teeeeeensy amount of the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concelear and blending it over areas where I’m peeling or need a re-application works wonders. The brush helps blend the product seamlessly into skin. I now realise this brush and another MUFE brush I use for creme blush need a separate review!

3. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-6 – I’ve been using this concealer duo since Laura Mercier launched in Singapore. I first used SC-7 but SC-6 is now more suitable for my skin. The 2 shades allow me to custom blend a shade or use them separately according to what I need. I like the flat compact that clicks shut tightly – I can use the concealer right down to the last bits in the pan and it still has a blendable consistency. This is a great product to have.

4. Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder – I JUST only discovered how good a product this is (despite receiving it a long time ago!). It is very finely milled and just a little is enough to help refresh makeup after a long day. I use the Hakuhodo Retractable brush with this.

5. Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil in #04 Dore – I bought this after reading a rave review of it on Temptalia. 2 lovely things about this powder – it has a beautiful scent and it has a lovely texture that is semi-translucent making it superb as a finishing or touch-up powder. I alternate between this or the MUFE HD Powder depending on what I need. I use the Hakuhodo Retractable Brush or the powder puff that comes with this powder too. I just don’t like the packaging too much – it’s somehow rather slippery and I’ve dropped it twice already (thank goodness the powder was unharmed)


I used to use the Jack Black Lipbalms but now Sephora has discontinued bringing them in – tried a couple of others which I didn’t like and finally discovered these 2 which really work for me. The YSL Top Secrets Re-Plumping Concentrate was a very impulsive, extravagant buy but I don’t regret it at all – it really sinks into lips and doesn’t float on skin like a layer of grease (I get that feeling with the Burts Bees or the Ettusais Lip Essence – others love them but they don’t work for me sadly). The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip is from the Holiday 2014 set I picked up – Tulip is a lovely pink that boosts nude and matte lipsticks.

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Bobbi Brown Slopes – This lip pencil shade is one that I’ve been using for ages – it’s a very versatile shade to have as it works with both deep neutrals and rosewood (pink-browns) shades. The texture is also lovely – a little creamy so that it doesn’t tug on lips but sets to a long-lasting finish.

Make Up Store Something Borrowed – This shade is perfect for all the neutral shades. It has enough pink in it that keeps neutral lipsticks from looking dead and brown. Texture is just right – not too dry and not too creamy so it is easy to apply.

Make Up Store Hot Pink – The best hot pink lip pencil I’ve found so far; not candy pink, not purplish, just plain hot pink. It goes with all my hot pink and fuchsia lipsticks perfectly. Great texture.

And here are the lipcolours and the corresponding swatches.


Shu Uemura M PK 376 – Gangnam Pink was sitting in my drawer brand new for a very long time before I started using it at the beginning of this year. This is one fuchshia every pink-loving girl should own or try – it lasts the WHOLE DAY and is a beautiful shade.

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 35 – My favourite pink lipstick (this is my 2nd tube!). It’s a medium pink that goes with everything (my mom loves this shade and always asks what colour I’m wearing!)

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Mat 3 – This matte looks very blah and brown in the tube but it translates into a great deep rosewood-neutral on skin.

Illamasqua Glamore Minx – This was one of my last purchases of 2014 – Illamasqua was running a promotion and I picked up a couple of their lipsticks, with Minx being on my wishlist a long long time. The Glamore texture is very creamy and pigmented and Minx is a great everyday “serious” colour for me (like if I’m going for a meeting on campus, I’d pick Minx for my lipcolour) – sedate and yet bright.


MAC Flat Out Fabulous and All Fired Up – 2 Retro Matte shades I stalked all the MAC counters for when it first launched (they were initially Limited Edition). The formula is a little drying so lipbalm prep is a must. This is where the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip comes handy – sometimes, I apply Tulip OVER these lip colours to refresh the colour and hydrate my lips at the same time.

MAC Half N Half and Kinda Sexy – These 2 are the newest lipsticks I just Back-To-MAC. My friend, makeup artist Joanna Koh of Indigo Artisans , created a beautiful liplook on a bride and one of the lipcolours she used was MAC Kinda Sexy (which is a MAC lipcolour that gets a lot of attention). When I went to the MAC counter, the BA also recommended Half N Half which is beautiful on its own but mixed with Kinda Sexy is even better.

NARS Tolede – I discovered NARS Tolede after the brouhaha of NARS Last Tango Cinematic Lipstick (painfully Limited Edition) – I was trying to find a similar shade to Last Tango and ended up with Tolede. Funny thing is, after all that frenzy and a backup of Last Tango, I actually love Tolede more. Tolede is another rosewood shade, a notch brighter and warmer than Illamasqua Minx, which is another of my “serious” lipcolours.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ahead!


MUFE Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow – Photos, Details and Thoughts




There, a big bold declaration that sets the tone for the rest of this entry! I picked this little pot of jet black creme sometime in August 2014 and since then, I’ve used this practically non-stop (I occasionally alternate with my Laura Mercier ones which I love too – another story for another day!).

The MUFE Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow (S$43) can be used as a cream eyeshadow as well as an eyeliner – the duo-purpose makes this a great item to have in your makeup kit. If you’re like me and use a lot of black-base or deep eyeshadows, an anti-crease black eyeshadow base like this is an absolute essential – I also adore the MUFE Aqua Shadow (the chubby pencils that debuted a while ago). I was looking for a waterproof black eyeliner and the BA at the MUFE Pro Loft at Armenian Street recommended this to me.


The box doesn’t indicate that this is ophthalmologist-tested but I have somewhat sensitive eyes and I’ve worn this both with my glasses and my lenses for very long hourse with no issues at all.


Backstage, during fashion shows or shootings, the Aqua Black is perfect for painting faux body tattoos. The Aqua Black stays stable under any condition (heat generated by spotlights, perspiration from singers and dancers). Water sequences in which stars need to look almost natural, but also flaunt velvety eyes, are now easy to pull off.

~ Make Up For Ever


This is how the Aqua Black is packaged – a sturdy opaque plastic pot with a screw-top lid. The one thing I don’t really like about the packaging is the little stopper – it’s made of thin, flimsy plastic and mine has cracked a little on the side. It still shuts the pot tight but a sturdier stopper would be better given that it is a creme product. Since August 2014 till now, there have been zero changes to the creamy texture despite me using it ever so often. One tip the BA gave me was that if I was going to be taking a while to line my eyes, I should turn the pot upside down to prevent air from drying out the surface.

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I use this only for lining my lower lashlines – I usually use a pencil liner for this but at the end of a long day, it always ends up smudging at little at the outer corners in particular. Some pencil eyeliners fade away (in patches sometimes!) while others sometimes migrate a little into the eyes. There are some very good pencil eyeliners which I still keep in my makeup pouch for a touch-up but to be very very honest, I hardly ever need a touch up now that I’m using the MUFE Aqua Black.

With the MUFE Aqua Black, I use my Hakuhodo B005 eyeliner brush (this is a great brush for short-sighted people like me because the handle is so short!). I will tell you this – the brush is important, admittedly, but the focus here is really on the texture of the eyeliner. In the photo above, look at how the Aqua Black sits on the brush bristles – the texture is just right – it doesn’t pool or collect unevenly on the bristles. It is not too wet or too stiff which makes this easy to apply.


This is how the Aqua Black looks when swatched – deep neutral black, with enough pigment to be relatively opaque in one swipe (smaller, thinner line is just 1 swipe). Also note that it is matte and dries down almost instantly so if you’re using it as an eyeshadow, working fast is a must. Correcting a crooked line is also not that easy given it’s pigmentation and budge-proof formula but the texture is forgiving so I’ve not really encountered much problems of any sort when using the Aqua Black.

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The above 2 photos were taken on Diwali 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015 respectively – both photos were taken with my handphone and both photos were taken after I got home at night. In both instances, I was using the MUFE Aqua Black, drawn rather thickly and with nary a smudge or smear. This is why I love this so much – it’s so easy to apply and it lasts through the hours without needing a touch-up. Since a lot of the Aqua range products were developed with the concept of serving sport and water-sport athletes/enthusiasts, this would also be the perfect product to use when you want to hit the gym or that Zumba class (me!) and still wear eyeliner.

I say again: NEVER BUY ANOTHER PENCIL EYELINER! Now MUFE needs to make a gold-black sparkle and a royal blue (like my saree colour above!) version of this and we’re set for life.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ahead!


Cosmopolitan Beauty Club Event with SK-II


Cosmopolitan Magazine is holding its Fun Fabulous! Fearless Weekend on 18th January 2014.

Popular YouTube stars will be in town this weekend to talk beauty and fashion:

Jenn Im (ClothesEncounter, US )

Rae (The RAEViewer, US,

Nayoung (Oiseau88, US

Suzi (StyleSuzi, UK

SK-II January Event

If you want to learn some insider fashion and beauty tips from Popular YouTube’s stars, RAEView, Oiseau88, StyleSuzi and ClothesEncounter, sign up for the Cosmo Fun Fearless Fabulous Weekend with SK-II Singapore today! Find out more details on how to join HERE now. All guests will receive a gift set from SK-II worth $160; slots are limited so hop over to the registration page and sign up .

Enjoy your weekend!