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Random: Spotted/Swatched @ Watsons.. Guardian..

30Sep11

It's gonna be a random post about some "new" stuff spotted @ Watsons AND Guardian. No review(s), just swatches.

CandyDoll is now available @ Watsons. Price range is $25.90 - $33.90 (correct me if I'm wrong). The product range is quite.. pathetic though.. Only lipglosses, lipsticks, mineral face powder.. That's about it.. -___-"

No testers available for all, only selected.

CandyDoll Mineral Face Powder in Crystal Pearl. The powder feels soft and finely-milled.

As seen from the pics, the powder has very fine shimmers. Heard alot of raves about this product. So I might get it eventually? FYI, there's a normal version with no shimmers.

I swatched CandyDoll Lipgloss in Macaroon Pink and Peach Orange. The top right corner swatch is CandyDoll Highlight - Cream Beige.

ZA launched a series of mascaras, eyeliners recently.

I only swatched the eyeliners. Seemed pretty normal to me. A rather intense black. Anyway, I think only the ZA liquid eyeliner is new. The others are repackaged? I know not.

Hmm.. I swatched this CandyDoll Lipstick but I'd no idea what shade is this.. Not stated on the tester.. Milky beige-orange kinda shade..

Canmake's new fake eyelashes with transparent band.. Got a few to choose from..

There're bottom lashes too! $9.90 each.

The much talked about product recently. In case you missed my review on Bioré Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash, CLICK HERE :D

Okay, let's move on to Guardian. Spotted KATE limited edition eyeshadow palettes ($27 each). I can't seem to find these @ Watsons though.

Pinkish beige-brown shades.

Golden brown shades.

The usual KATE eyeshadow quality. Sheer but buildable colors.

That's all for now. Thanks for popping by!

Verlyn Hanru
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NEW in SEPHORA SG!

30Sep11

NEW in Sephora Sg! Are you getting any of these?

  • Sugar Lip Treatment and.. Lip Polish SGD$29 each
  • Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips SGD$22 (6pc)
  • Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo and.. Conditioner SGD$16 each
  • Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleaning System SGD$249
  • Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray SGD$39
  • Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner SGD$29
Verlyn Hanru
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Sleek Makeup: Smoulder in Molten Metal's newest shades, Steel and Ash...‏

29Sep11

Illuminate your eyes with Sleek Makeup Molten Metal’s newest shades in Steel and Ash, a cool duo of graphite and silver. The intensely pigmented formula applies like a dream, whilst the vivid colour stays strong and crease free. The creamy texture allows for easy application, making dramatic eyes quick and easy to apply.

For starry, smouldering eyes highlight the inner corner of the eye and brow bone using Steel, with Ash to contour and line the eyes.

**Credits to sleekmakeup.com for the above info & image.**

Verlyn Hanru
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SWATCH-FEST: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils & My Mini Haul

28Sep11

Big and blendable, this 2-in-1 waterproof 24/7 shadow pencil keeps going as long as you do. Our next generation of famous 24/7 pencils can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, or both!

They’re crease-proof, they’re waterproof… it’s the next generation of 24/7 Pencils! Our Shadow Pencils deliver incredible color payout, but feel lightweight. The new fat shape allows you to cover large areas more quickly. Use the thin tip as eyeliner, or the side of the tip as a generous swipe of eyeshadow. Luscious drop-dead shades make you feel every inch the creative type, as you blend shimmer, cream and sparkle finishes. Skip the powder shadow brushes and water – our pencils make it easier than ever to get vibrant eyeshadow looks on the go. Experiment with multiple shades layered together, then blend away for an unbelievable effect that sets and stays put. All shades are paraffin, mineral oil, and paraben-free.

**Image & info above taken from www.urbandecay.com**

Available in 12 colors. Retails at SGD$36 each. These Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils were launched before the Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof do. Yes, they serve the same purpose (eyeshadow, eyeliner or both). Sephora ones come in more colors though.

I did pick up 2 of these before I got the Sephora ones. Guess what colors??

Answer at the bottom with pics included.. :D

Well, I do feel that the Urban Decay ones are uniformly better in quality than the Sephora ones. Even the lighter shades are so creamily pigmented. The color payoff is fabulous, evidently shown from the swatches.

  • Sin (champagne)
  • Lit (golden bronze)
  • Midnight Cowboy (beige with silver sparkle)
  • Clash (bright turquoise with silver sparkle)
  • Wasteland (dark brown)
  • Morphine (light purple with pale blue shift)

 


  • Barracuda (black with silver sparkle)
  • Rehab (taupe)
  • Delinquent (dark purple with bright purple sparkle)
  • Clinic (emerald green with silver sparkle)
  • Mercury (gunmetal)
  • Narc (mossy green)

 

My mini haul - Clinic & Delinquent

These colors look very familiar?? CLICK HERE hehehe :p

Let's see the difference.. not much actually..

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple VS Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Delinquent

Hmm.. seriously looks almost the same under the naked eye.. That's good news for me.. AND you! Delinquent is permanently available! :D The miniscule difference is the shimmers in Delinquent are lil' more pinkish. I say, a super close dupe!

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent VS Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clinic

The difference is there. Gold & green shimmers -> Undercurrent. Light silver sparkle bits -> ClinicClinic looks more tealish than Undercurrent. Not exactly a dupe (in my opinion).

Both MAC & Urban Decay are intensely pigmented, budge-proof, smudge-proof. MAC - SGD$28 (1.2g), Urban Decay - SGD$36 (2.8g). Price-wise, that's ALOT of difference. *GASP*

Thanks for reading!

Verlyn Hanru
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For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask

26Sep11

Today, I'll be reviewing this revolutionary mask - For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask. Thanks The Sample Store (as always)! 

It is the World’s Pioneer Bio-Cellulose Mask, highly favored by many celebrities and experts such as Barbie Hsu (大S), Annie Yi (伊能靜) & Niu Er (牛爾).

 

Three world-renowned pharmaceutical patents to create snow-white flawless skin.

One bio-cellulose mask equals the effect of one “iontophoresis” treatment.

 

Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask is the Taiwan's first mask product with a complex microbial organism that has gone through rigorous fermentation engineering, then is derived from the nano grade organic fibers; it is produced from the natural organic fibers with a fiber diameter that is 1/133 of the average petrochemical mask (non-woven mask) , it allows air and water vapor to pass through, but can still retain the characteristics of water; it is well attachable to human skin and is now used in the medical community for the purposes of cardiovascular rehabilitation and artificial skin. It serves the purpose of "iontophoresis" treatment, so that serum can be penetrated skin in a more efficient way; its low sensitivity feature makes the mask very suitable for medical treatments such as pulsed light, acid peels, lasers and other cosmetic treatments.

The mask contains Lumiskin™ and Melaclear2™, the whitening patent formula from the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. According to the latest discovery, Lumiskin™ is a key material that is able to affect the formation of melanin, and interferes melanin formation by keeping tyrosinase in a non-active state.

Matrixyl™ is added to the formula to stimulate the skin to produce the first, third and fourth types of collagen to provide moisture supply and elasticity to the skin.

Only aglycone soy isoflavone can be accepted by the female hormones receptor of the skin, the result is several times better than ordinary glycosyl isoflavone. Isoflavone can initiate the in vivo antioxidant system to eliminate free radicals.

 

Main Ingredients & Purposes:

  • Lumiskin™ adjusts the concentration of calcium ions, and keeps tyrosinase in a non-active state to avoid the formation of melanin.
  • Melaclear2™ uses various ways to interfere tyrosinase activity; contains protease which can accelerate the process of wearing off spots and removing dead skin cells, rapidly takes the skin to a bright and flawless state.
  • Matrixyl™ can activate the fibroblasts in the dermis, release collagen secretion, and improve aging problem caused by sun exposure.
  • West Indian cherry extract is a fruit contains the most abundant amount of Vitamin C among all fruits, can reverse the melanin formed in skin; also functions as an antioxidant.
  • Licorice extract can inhibit tyrosinase.
  • Aglycone soy isoflavone is a female hormone that can initiate the in vivo antioxidant system to eliminate free radicals.
  • Vitamin E is an element of anti-aging.
  • Vitamin B5 repairs epidermal cells.

 

There are 2 plastic flaps, which is not common for the usual sheet masks I'd used before. The side (of mask) facing the (semi-translucent) netted plastic sheet should be placed on your face. It is the side with more essence goodness!

Here's my fully cleansed face, looking a lil' dull. No thanks to "that-time-of-the-month".. =.=

Has a nice cooling sensation. The mask is elastic and translucent, which fits my face like a 2nd skin. Even without ear hooks, the mask still adheres to my face without dropping off. I can multi-task while having the mask on.

It has eye flaps, which helps moisturize the eye area as well. I like!

33g/pc

So much essence goodness (that it kept dripping non-stop when I took out the mask).. =.=

Great for moisturizing my legs. No irritation.

The color of the essence is milky white. The scent is pleasant, slightly fruity floral.

Notice the butterfly motif? Totally random lol!

The consistency is not too runny (lotion-like).

Not sticky as well.

My face after removing the mask after 20mins.. Fully covered with the essence which felt creamier than before..

For whitening mask, I usually will rinse off the remaining essence on my face. I wouldn't say that it has a whitening effect on my face, more of brightening. Very revitalized feel. Super moisturizing; my skin feels really soft and smooth.

FYI, this mask can be reused. Simply keep the biological mask in a crisper after use and store in the refrigerator. On next use, you can wet the mask by spraying “Melasleep Whitening Treatment Serum” or “Melasleep Whitening Treatment Awakening Serum” 3 times, the mask will still remain desirable effect. You can reuse each mask 1-3 times in a week; only the feature of bio-cellulose mask is able to keep consumers away from spending unnecessary money. However due to individual hygiene habit, please pay special attention while using the mask.

Hmm.. Sounds more value-for-$ yea.. If you've a fan of high-end masks, you will wanna try this. The feeling is very different. Hard to describe in detail. You've gotta try it, to know it. Definitely a luxurious treat for your face!

Exclusively sold at Sephora Singapore, for SGD$63 (3pc/box).

Beloved One official website: CLICK HERE

Verlyn Hanru
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Talika Cream Booster Launch Event

23Sep11

Few weeks ago, I attended Talika Cream Booster Launch Event @ Conrad Centennial Singapore.

 

The lastest beauty revolution by Talika - Cream Booster.

In short, the Cream Booster is able to increase the effectiveness of your skincare products. A combination of 3 technologies in 1 device, namely:- Phototherapy (cellular stimulation), Ionotherapy (cell penetration) & Vibration therapy (circulation of ingredients).

After the 1st use:

  • better hydrated skin, smoother & more radiant
  • tightened pores

 

After 28 days*

  • wrinkles: -32%
  • tone: +33%

*Clinical Study – 30 volunteers – 28 days

How to use?

Apply your regular skincare product. Then, place your index finger onto the silver panel on the Cream Booster to activate the microvibration function. Glide Cream Booster over your skin, moving outwards from the center of face for 1min.

Can be used alone to soothe & re-energize skin.

Available for sale at Talika counters & Sephora Singapore.

It was a brief launch event.

Tried TWG Tea for the 1st time. Taste uniquely different. I like 

Talika Bust Serum, part of our goodie bag. One more cup size in 6 weeks through lifting & firming. Sounds promising?

PS: Sorry, there'll be no review since the Cream Booster was not provided for reviewing purpose.

Thanks Jeslyn & Eileen for the invite.

Verlyn Hanru
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Food Tasting Session @ 东方餐馆 The Eastern Restaurant

22Sep11

Attended a food tasting session @ 东方餐馆 The Eastern Restaurant last week. Thanks Dennis for including me (though I'm no food blogger.. >.<~~)!

**NOTE: This is NOT an invite.**

**Credits to The Eastern Restaurant FB Page**

Located at a rather neglected part of The Centrepoint, it is no mean feat that The Eastern Restaurant has been around for 10 years & counting. The quality of food served at The Eastern Restaurant, are definitely on par with the Chinese restaurants I've frequented so far. And, you will be delighted to know that all their dishes are priced affordably.

Say "hi" to my new food haunt (for authentic Chinese cuisine) in town! (:

**Credits to The Eastern Restaurant FB Page**

The bloggers in attendance.

Their specialities:- 上海拉面 Shanghai La Mian & 小笼包 Xiao Long Bao

An open-concept kitchen, where we got to see the chef in action! See how fast and skilful he is! That certainly comes with experience.

From an ordinary-looking dough, it is being folded+twisted+flipped+stretched into countless noodle strands. Each of us ordered a bowl of la mian, according to own preference.

I had 清汤牛腩面 Stewed Beef Brisket Noodle Soup

The clear soup base was richly flavored without being oily/salty, while I thought that the beef could be more tender. That would be perfect!

Oh, I forgot to mention that these are actually collagen-enriched la mian! Good for skin yea 

LOVE the noodles; the BEST-EST I've ever tried! No joke. Ahh.. The springy al dente texture, which I savored every bit.. *pure bliss*

干扁四季豆 Sauteed Green Bean with Minced Pork

One of my personal favorites. Stir-fried to perfection. Looks like any other ordinary veggie dish BUT taste exceptionally good! The green beans were really fresh; sweet & crunchy with each bite. Yummilicious max!

红油抄手 Wanton with Hot Chilli Sauce

Another favorite. Soft & tender wanton skin with juicy meat fillings, PLUS the spicy kick without the overly oily feel! 

绍兴醉鸡 Chicken Marinated with Shaoshing Wine

FYI, it's served cold. I could taste the subtle aromatic taste of the Shaoshing Wine (glad it's not over-whelming). The chicken meat tasted much tender than expected. I would love the dish much much more if they served drumstick/thigh meat. My personal preference.

东方一品小笼包 Eastern Yi Ping Steamed Pork Dumpling (aka Xiao Long Bao)

Yes, they tasted really good. One of the better ones I've tried so far.

Best eaten with vinegar & shredded ginger. Hmm.. Could do better with more of the soupy goodness?

The not-very-photogenic new dish.

Homemade Pork Ribs (I think..)

The sauce was a lil' sweet for my liking. It's just me. The meat was super tender, melts-in-the-mouth kind ya know. Love the meat, not the sauce.

Okay, here's an interesting new dish which tasted pretty good. My 1st time eating this.. :d~

山药 Shan Yao (also known as Chinese Yam). It has medical benefits and is used as a tonic. Good for health!

The taste is naturally sweet. Has a nice soft yet firm texture. And.. Goes really well with the sauce. Tasty much!

芙蓉赛螃蟹 Furong Special Scramble Egg

Another favorite of mine.

The waitress added vinegar & pepper, then mix the raw egg yolk into the scramble egg to give the dish a unique smooth taste. Insanely delish!

Fried chicken, which tasted super-duper-normal. It would be good if they have sauce to go with it. At least won't taste so bland?

上海生煎包 Shanghai Pan-fried Pork Bun

A lil' oily on the outside.

I've tasted much better ones. The meat filling is not juicy enough. Nuff' said.

流沙包 Custard Bun

I've extremely high hopes for this. Whenever I've dim sum, I'll definitely order this.

Somewhat disappointed. Though the custard sauce had a right mix of sweetness and saltiness, but the filling was too little.. :(

Overall, it was a pleasurable dining experience. Will be coming back for more definitely!

Thanks Dennis & 东方餐馆 The Eastern Restaurant for the warm hospitality! (:

Recommended Dishes (My Say):

  • 拉面 La Mian
  • 干扁四季豆 Sauteed Green Bean with Minced Pork
  • 红油抄手 Wanton with Hot Chilli Sauce
  • 芙蓉赛螃蟹 Furong Special Scramble Egg
  • 东方一品小笼包 Eastern Yi Ping Steamed Pork Dumpling (aka Xiao Long Bao)
  • 山药 Shan Yao

 

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Review/LOTD/Swatch: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent & Designer Purple

21Sep11

Nothing but raves for these MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners. They are limited edition but I suppose you can get 'em thru' sites like eBay? The quality is awesome much! Currently the no.1 on my favorite eyeliner list 

For now, I only own 2 out of the 6 gorgeous colors. I'm really looking into getting the other colors. Hmm.. Or perhaps wait for MAC to release new ones? Make 'em permanent PLS! :D

I've got Undercurrent & Designer Purple!

Richly pigmented colors, with a beautiful touch of shimmers & sparkles.

Undercurrent:- Bright teal with gold & green shimmers

Designer Purple:- Bright deep violet with pinkish purple shimmers

The formula is soft & creamy, which glides on smoothly (no skin tugging!). Pretty long-lasting. Doesn't smudge or budge. AND, it stays on the waterline with minimal fading! However, it is advisable not to apply on your waterline if your eyes are sensitive.

Can be used as an eyeshadow base as the soft texture makes it easy to blend.

Gives my eyes a lovely pop of color.. Me loves!!!!!! 

Best for lazy days I don't feel like using eyeshadow(s).. :p

 

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Mix of Undercurrent & Designer Purple on the lower lashline.

For my lips, I used MAC Lipstick in Bronze Shimmer (Frost) that I'd gotten from the ELLE/MAC PRIME Time Workshop.

That's all for now. Thanks for looking!

Verlyn Hanru
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A Tea Pairing Workshop with Stephen Twining

19Sep11

Curiosity always gets the better of me. That's why I attended this Tea Pairing Workshop with Stephen Twining (2 weeks ago), held @ Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Thanks Sebastian for bringing us along!

**NOTE: This is NOT an invite.**

You can't imagine how excited I was, having the opportunity to enter a Presidential Suite!

Guess who's the man seated right in front of me.. Shh.. It's a secret.. :x

How to Make the Perfect Cuppa?

  • Water temperature: 100°C for black teas (Let the boiling water sit for about 3mins to let the temperature dip a lil' for green/white teas.)
  • Amount of tea per serving: 2-3 tea bags for a tea pot (Depends on how strong you want the taste to be.)
  • Brewing time: 3-5 mins (Dipping a tea bag in and out is unnecessary. I used to be "guilty" of that.)

 

Tea pairing begins with the most popular Twinings Earl Grey Tea (a classic blend of fine black tea infused with citrusy flavor of bergamot). It is the only tea I'd tried from Twinings prior the workshop. Love the refreshing taste and unique floral aroma it has. One can add lemon slice/honey/milk/sugar according to own preference. I enjoy Earl Grey Tea as it is; au naturel.

How to pair? In short, stronger teas with stronger flavored food. Vice versa.

Served with:- Bacon & Chive Biscuit, Candied Violet Cup Cake, Turkey Breast & Sharp Cheddar Finger Sandwich, Opera Torte.

Next, we were served White Tea (an exclusive blend using only young, unopened buds of the finest tea plant). While Green Tea is well known for its many health benefits, White Tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant level. So yes, White Tea is definitely better and much more expensive.

This is my 1st time drinking white tea and I was pleasantly surprised by its slightly sweet taste. The brew was perfect; so light and delicate. I actually like the smooth feeling it gives. White Tea convert? :d~

Served with:- Mini Macaroons, Hazelnut & Milk Chocolate Torte, Maki Sushi Rolls, Char Siew Soh Rolls with Sweet Plum Dip.

Last but not least, the Twinings Mint Cooler. The conventional iced teas often taste diluted, but not this one! This one packs a punch! A tantalizing treat for my taste buds. It is advisable to add honey/sugar coz the taste is super sour! The mint taste is very strong which I really like. A very refreshing cooling sensation, perfect for the awfully hot weather!

Served with:- Mini Pistachio Financier, Mini Ginger-Crème Brulee.. (not pictured):- English Cucumber Teas Sandwich, Spinach Quiche

Bonne Maman Honey, the essential addition for a delightful sweet taste to my perfect cuppa Twinings Mint Cooler.

Companion of the day: Jermaine!

Love the light effect! :p *teehee*

Do you know that Twinings tea is now enjoyed in 115 countries globally, with nearly 250 blends to its name from contemporary fruit infusions and herbal teas to its most popular blends: English Breakfast and the world-famous Earl Grey?

Now you know (:

At Twinings, there is always a tea for everyone, and for every occasion.

A special commemorative blend for The Royal Wedding. I wonder if it's for sale? Hmm..

Such an attractive tea pot set.. 

Unobstructed view of the city.

I'm sure the view will be exceptionally stunning in the night time!

Meet Stephen Twining (10th generation of the famous tea family), who reportedly drinks at least 15 cups of tea a day. Thanks for the very insightful sharing!

(Credits to Jermaine's camera)

Yingzi, Jermaine & me.

(Credits to Jermaine's camera)

Ending with a beautiful note.. 

 

A beautiful tea box set, autographed by Stephen Twining himself.

And, only the 3 of us had our names written on (date as well).. Talk about exclusivity.. Yeah! v^.^v

Thanks Yingzi!

With that, I shall go enjoy my freshly brewed cuppa Earl Grey.. (:

Verlyn Hanru
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LOTD: A Quickie Purple + Mini Review

19Sep11

A dated LOTD. It was a quick look using one of my favorites - Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof (15 Purple).

Pls ignore the annoying spot on my face. Thankfully I don't need to live with it anymore (and I hope forever). What I did was merely apply it straight on my eyelids (no eye primer), then used my trusty ring finger to smudge out the edge. I did that for my lower lashline as well. Goes on buttery smooth; no skin tugging involved. Do note that it sets pretty fast, so you must smudge it as soon as you apply.

It lasted for a good 6hrs (not sure for 12hrs since I wasn't out for so long). I can't say that for the lower lashline though, coz the color did fade by a fair bit.

The color payoff is absolutely amazing! Intense with a slight sheen. This purple certainly deserves a solo swatch coz it's way too pretty! A deep purple with reddish tones 

Love chubby liners like these. They last forever! I'm eyeing the green.. Think I'll get it eventually.. or even a few more.. (;

Verlyn Hanru

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