Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[REVIEW] Lovemore Glacier Water Soothing Fresh Mask


Amidst my busy schedule comes the savior of my skin - this new Lovemore Glacier Water Soothing Fresh Mask! Thanks to the lovely people at Secretive, I get to try the Glacier Water type as it is more suitable for my acne prone, dry (and sad) skin.

"With the unique combination of minerals and trace elements, pure Swiss Alps glacier water enhances essence penetration, resulting in long-lasting hydration. Combined with AC.NET (sebum-controlling agent) and botanical extract, it helps condition skin for less visible pores and a clearer complexion."

Firstly, this mask is a pleasant surprise. The material is super thin, but super comfortable and effective! Feels like a second skin! Most people think that thicker fabric makes better masks as it holds more "essence"? I don't personally like my mask to drip essence everywhere. And while this mask makes me feel like my skin did "drink up" the essences, thicker fabric masks just remain wet and even made my skin sticky when removed.

It comes with a front and back plastic sheet to protect the delicate natural silk mask. It is also very wide so it fits more face shapes!

1. Remove white plastic sheet
2. Fit mask over face
3. Remove blue non-woven sheet
4. Leave mask on for 10-15 mins
5. Gently pat any remaining essence into skin

I prefer to just remove both backings at once then apply the mask because the blue non-woven sheet makes it a lil rigid to fit onto my face. Then I proceed to smooth out the air bubbles to the best of my ability and fold in where I feel its slightly wider.

After using 3 pieces within a week, I am ready to give my verdict! My skin does feel a little bit more moisturized after each use but it probably just lasts the night. My acne did not get better just by using this but it sure did not aggravate my condition. It is still a good mask to provide hydration and I guess the material of the mask played a part. I will purchase this after I run out simply because of the comfort and hydration, together with the very affordable price.

Do however note that this mask is not suitable for irritated, inflamed or sensitive skin. And like all other masks from this brand, it is made in Taiwan.

Thanks for looking~~~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NOTW: 3 Concept Eyes NV01

I'm back from HK~~~

Just wanna update on the color that's currently on my nail - NV01 from 3 concept eyes. Its a dark navy color that looks darkkkk navy to black unless in light or seen upclose. I would say that application is smooth, non-streaky but takes two coats to be opaque. It does not have a glossy finish so I applied my HG top coat from Seche Vite. Am totally loving how it makes my short nails look polished (in real life, haha) and picture does it no justice.

Please pardon the messy edges! I'm not good at applying nail polishes :(

My current nail routine goes like this: cuticle scrub (Holika Holika), OPI Nail Envy as base coat, Nail Color, Seche Vite Top Coat and OPI Avoplex cuticle oil applied lightly. I recently try having nail care products in the routine to protect the cuticles and nail bed. Working great!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

[FOOD REVIEW] Yum Cha @ Changi


Its been awhile since I had the time to sit down and wind down with a blog post. Life has been really fulfilling for me so far.. and I have a food review to share with you today!

Yum Cha started their first branch in Chinatown (I remember that it was always crowded last time!) and to cater to the ever-growing dim sum lovers, they opened up a few other branches and I was very generously hosted with their best dishes at their new branch in Changi Business Park.

 I had the Dry Beef Brisket Noodles ($7.80) because I never had beef a la Chinese cuisine. The meat was a little on the dry and streaky side, but noodles were good nonetheless! Perhaps next time I'll order the wanton kind because you can never go wrong with wanton!!! 

Met a new friend, Rusty at the food tasting! She had Prawn Wanton Noodles ($7.20)

After each of us chosen a main dish, we were literally flooded with dim sum. Not complaining!!

I am not a fan of prawns but I enjoyed the Yum Cha Prawn Dumpling ($4.60 for 3pcs) because the prawn filling was springy fresh. Like omg.

 I was also looking forward to the Custard Bun ($4.50 for 3pcs) cos I heard so much good things about it yet I never had it. 

Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice ($4.20 for 2pcs) is a must-have when I have dim sum! It makes a good sharing dish while this dish isn't way too oily at Yum Cha as compared to other restaurants.

I pretty much not eat all kinds of prawns with the exception of siew mai!!! This Fish Roe Siew Mai ($3.80 for 3pcs) was really yummy with their homemade chilli sauce... which I don't have a picture of. But fret not, it is a staple on each table!

And then there's the Beancurd roll with Superior Sauce ($3.80) 

And then the Prawn Wanton Crisp ($4.00 for 3pcs) which I skipped because I'm not a fan of prawns. 

I recently had this from another restaurant and I have to say that the Shrimp Beancurd Roll ($4.00 for 3pcs) at Yum Cha is way better. Yum Cha really makes some great prawn dishes!

This was a creative dish which I loved! Prawn & Mango Fritters ($4.00 for 3pcs) was a good mix of springy prawns and tangy mango. It tastes like the kind of prawn salad you get at Chinese restaurants, except that its not chilled.
Their Fried Carrot Cake ($3.80 for 3pcs) tasted just like all the other carrot cakes out there, with the exception of.. the slightly charred sides. Somehow its fragrant and crispy and not soggy like how other places do it!

Crispy Red Bean with Banana ($3.80 for 3pcs) was William's recommendation so I had to try it! It was just the right amount of sweetness and the outside is kinda like a pie. This should be sold everywhere in Singapore!! Its like a super awesome desert! Or dim sum. Lol.

Lastly, we were pleasantly surprised with this platter of roasted goodness.  There's roasted duck, roasted pork, char siew, roasted chicken and spring rolls served with a side of 3 sauces - a sour plummish sauce, mustard (really spicy!) and a ginger sauce. I had to really talk about the ginger sauce. Its pretty much the same kind as the chicken rice stalls but it went so well with this platter! I mean, most platters I came across only had one damned honey sauce. I frankly also appreciated the idea of adorning the sides with tomato and cucumber slices. Was refreshing to have a slice after some oily food.

I ended my meal with the lemongrass jelly with mixed fruits ($4.00)! Interesting and fragrant combi. I picked this dish because I love the scent of lemongrass~ and it was a good decision.

Angie had the Pomelo Sago in Mango Juice ($4.00) which was delicious too! I know, I made the bowl look really big in this picture and also it wasn't focused correctly.. I was probably in a food coma when I snapped it.

This is (part of) the interior of their Changi Business Park branch! I would say that its Chinese Chic. Lol. But yeah.

Now now, here comes the great deals. Yum Cha @ Changi is offering this Set Menu Special at a nett price! I think the price is reasonable and I would totally come for lunch here if my office is nearer.

Ok and lasttttttlllyyyy (really last already) you get a membership card with just $30 spent! Which entitles you to a $20 voucher (WOW), 10% off at all their outlets and more! 

Yum Cha at Changi
6 Changi Business Park Ave 1 #01-33
UE Bizhub East
Singapore 486017
Tel: 6789 1717

P/s: this is not a scheduled post. Time check: 2.15am. Goodnight!