Restore, Recharge & Rejuvenate With The All-New Spa Ceylon Virgin Coconut Collection

Two weeks ago, i was invited to the Spa Ceylon @ Wisma Atria to experience its latest product range harvesting on the goodness of virgin coconut. Spa Ceylon is the world’s leading Luxury Ayurveda brand with boutiques that span across 57  branded  stores across  12  countries growing rapidly to expand their global footprint across South Asia, the Far East and Europe. With its rich heritage, a wealth of expertise and strong Ceylonese identity, Spa Ceylon has become ‘the world’s largest Luxury Ayurveda  chain’ in the world that is renowned  for promoting  health, well-being  and relaxation.

Combining the powerful, age-old Ayurveda formula and the finest natural ingredients, Spa Ceylon products are the result of nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products from the pioneers in modern Ayurveda beauty care in Sri Lanka.The highly-treasured and pampering Spa Ceylon ranges inspired by the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda promises to rejuvenate one’s senses and will hydrate, treat, purify and soothe the body

Considered  by  many  to  be  the  oldest  of  healing  arts,  Ayurveda  is  derived  from the Sanskrit  word ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ which means The Science of Life.  Ayurveda, practiced in the grand palaces of Ceylon thousands of years ago, is a holistic approach that treats the root cause of illness, in body or mind. The Ayurveda treatment  is dispensed  based on the distinct pattern  of  energy  or  Dosha  (Vatha,  Pitha  and  Kapha)  possessed  by  all  individuals. It is through  the  balance  of  the  Doshas  that  the  mental  and  physical well-being of each individual are achieved.

Today Spa Ceylon produces over 150 all-natural  Ayurveda inspired personal care & wellness formulae, Their complete range comprises prestige skin, body, bath, scalp & hair care preparations,  oils,  balms  &  potions,  home  aroma  blends,  candles,  diffusers,  incense,  herbal  infusions & teas, handmade stoneware and spa accessories.

Spa Ceylon promotes environmentally friendly natural products; they are not tested on animals, and are 100% vegetarian. The brand is also an advocate of sustainable harvesting and supports community fair trade. By ensuring fair trade, Spa Ceylon has been helping to develop sustainable businesses that have a positive effect on the surrounding communities. All Spa Ceylon products are free of paraben, paraffin and alcohol. Its precise production and quality assurance   procedures  incorporate   traditional   herbal   prescriptive  with  modern   dermatological science,  to  protect  and  deliver  the  herbal  benefits  of  the  all-natural   ingredients   in  their  high- performance  formula.

Recently, Spa Ceylon has launched its  all-new Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Collection. Drawing from the numerous beneficial and therapeutic properties of the finest coconuts sourced in Ceylon, consumers are in for a luxurious treat with products ranging from scalp  care  and  body  care  to  aromatic  essential  oils  and  hand  creams that  will  delight one’s senses and improve overall wellness.

Infused with the purest Virgin Coconut oil extract, the Virgin Coconut Oil Collection is designed to promote youthful, glowing radiance for skin. It has repairing and anti-oxidant  properties which helps correct uneven skin tones and hydrates skin,  leaving it feeling  silky  smooth  without  a greasy finish.  Coconut oils are also effective in treating dandruff-prone scalps. As such, Spa Ceylon’s Virgin Coconut  hair products which is enriched with essential quality  proteins, helps to address  various scalp issues and nourishes damaged hair to achieve that ideal luxuriant and healthy-looking tresses.

I will kick-start the introduction of the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Collection with the series of ultra-nourishing  Virgin Coconut Butter packaged in handy 25g circular tins embellished with vibrant flowers motifs emblematic of the Ceylonese heritage! Available in four variations, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine, Lemongrass,  this multi-purpose  butter  is guaranteed to provide the  necessary  hydration  to  one’s  lips,  skin,  elbows,  feet  and  hair  while promoting a tranquil effect.

Suitable for all dosha and skin types, the  Virgin Coconut Butter  collection consists of four types of 100% natural multi-usage ultra- nourishing  butters   made   from   certified   organic Virgin  Coconut from Ceylon. The Virgin Coconut Butter is also blended with aromatic  essential  oils to   soothe,   refresh,   balance   and   energise  skin, calming and relaxing the senses.  It can be used on lips, skin, elbows, feet and hair to hydrate, softens, protects and care for it.

Virgin Coconut Natural Butter Collection (100g/3.52oz) – SGD 40.90

Neroli Jasmine Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is a 100% natural multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter made from certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon designed for all dosha types. It is blended with aromatic Neroli Jasmine essential  oils  to  calm and refresh skin, grounding and balancing the senses. At the same time, it deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin, elbows, feet and hair.

Neroli Jasmine Virgin Coconut Natural Butter (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Ylang Lavender Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is blended to soothe and balance skin, promoting calm and tranquility. Suitable for all dosha types, the 100%  natural multi-usage   ultra-nourishing butter with certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Ylang Lavender Virgin Coconut Natural Butter  (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is formulated with aromatic  essential  oils  to refresh  and  renew skin, awakening & energising the senses. Suitable for all dosha types, it deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Pink Grapefruit  Virgin Coconut Natural Butter (25gr) – SGD 13.90

Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter has a soothing and refreshing effect to relax + calm the senses during use.  A  100%  Natural  multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter made from certified organic Virgin coconut from Ceylon. It deeply hydrates, softens, protects and cares  for lips, skin,  elbows,  feet and hair.

Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter  (25gr) – SGD 13.90

As with every Spa Ceylon launch, a key highlight lies in its signature Home Spa Set. The premium set includes various Virgin Coconut products from scrubs, organic oil, serum and soap that allow users to indulge in head-to-toe happiness.  They  also  make  perfect  gifts  and  are convenient beauty kits  to carry around in gym bags, or even in luggage during travels.

Immerse in the soothing and aromatic fragrance of the Virgin Coconut collection as it uplifts and balances your senses, while providing the necessary grounding and restoration of energy. All the products in the Spa Ceylon’s Virgin Coconut Oil range are free of silicones, paraben, paraffin and alcohol, and are suitable for all skin types. They are environmentally friendly, not tested on animals, and are 100 percent vegetarian.  Spa Ceylon captures  the romance  of old Ceylon combined  with ancient Ayurveda  wisdom to create their range of majestic royal spa rituals & luxury product formulae designed to soothe, calm & relax the body, mind & soul.

What’s in the Virgin Coconut Home Spa Set?

Face & Body Refining Scrub – A unique 100% natural complex of pure Virgin Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Crystals naturally extracted and  sourced from the finest fresh coconuts, handpicked from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. Rich in nourishing vitamins and protective anti-oxidants to exfoliate, refine & renew skin, promoting  overall wellness.  With each use, it hydrates, smoothens  and revitalises to reveal softer, more radiant skin instantly.

Hair & Body Natural Butter is a 100%  natural  multi-usage ultra-nourishing butter of pure  Virgin Coconut  Oil  naturally extracted  and  sourced  from  the  finest  fresh coconuts from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. This nourishing hair and body butter is rich in vitamins and protective anti-oxidants to help reinforce,  repair & fortify skin, promoting overall wellness. You can use it to cares for lips, skin, elbows, feet & hair – All in One!

Pure & Natural Organic Oil is a 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil, naturally cold pressed and sourced from the finest fresh coconuts, handpicked from the lush tropical gardens of Ceylon. Rich in nourishing  vitamins  and protective anti-oxidants  to  help  reinforce,  repair  and  fortify hair.  When used on skin, it hydrates, nourishes, softens, smoothens and brightens for total care.

Face & Body Soothing Serum is rich in nourishing  vitamins and protective  anti-oxidants to help reinforce,  repair and  fortify  skin,  promoting  overall  wellness. With regular use, it hydrates, nourishes,  softens  &  smoothens  face  & body, evening  out skin tone and improving  visible youthfulness. Enjoy the goodness of 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil~

Inside the Virgin Coconut Home Spa Set, there’s also the Ceylon Tea Ylang Luxury Soap and Intensive Hand Cream.

Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream is infused with a soothing blend of Green, White & Black Teas – rich in natural anti-oxidants & nutrients. Sweet Almond, Wheatgerm, Soya & Virgin Coconut moisturise, nourish & care for dry & rough hands. Pure Mango Butter & Kokum Butter help hydrate, protect & preserve youthfulness. Rice Bran & Soya soften & smoothen skin for total hand care. Enriched with mystical Ylang Ylang & sensual Tuberose to help balance the senses & protect subtle energize.

The Ceylon Tea Ylang Luxury Soap is a luxuriously creamy natual cleansers enriched with Virgin Coconut, Rice Bran, Wheatgerm & Almond to Moisturise, nourish and soften skin. Pure Mango Butter & Kokum Butter help hydrade, protect & preserve natural balance, while fresh Aloe Vera helps cool & comfort skin. Infused with pure aromatic essential oils to sooth calm & relax your body, mind and soul.

Under the Virgin Coconut collection, there’s also the Scalp & Hair Caring Oil which is suitable for all dosha & skin types.  A 100% natural ultra-light blend of pure Virgin Coconut Oil naturally  cold pressed and sourced from the finest fresh coconuts of Ceylon. This rich in nourishing vitamins and protective hair oil contains anti-oxidants to help reinforce, strengthen & fortify scalp and   hair balance. It is effective in repairing hair damage, hydrates, conditions and protects hair. It also helps in controlling dryness and split ends and promotes overall hair health.

Have tried out 5 products as follows from the press kit and i’m so excited to share with you my thoughts!

Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter
Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter
Face & Body Refining Scrub
Pure & Natural Organic Oil
Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream

My favorite product from the Home Spa Kit has to be the Face & Body Refining Scrub as it smells really awesome! It smells like Ondeh Ondeh and the Delicious scent of delicious of pandan, coconut and gula melaka makes me want to eat it!! hahaha~ It is important to exfoliate skin on a regular basis so as to prevent pile up on skin’s surface (so you can prevent dullness, roughness and congestion of pores!). If you have sensitive skin like mine, what you can do is to mix the refining scrub with your cleanser so that it is milder on skin. The refining scrub contains fine scrub particles which is not too abrasive but it does a good job in removing dead skin cells. I did not experience any stinging sensation upon using. After washing it off, skin appears to be brighter and much smoother to the touch. Will definitely repurchase this!

Ceylon Tea Ylang Intensive Hand Cream

This hand cream smells nice too (smells like freshly brewed tea!) and the texture is creamy (yet not oily). It gets absorbed fast and well without leaving behind any oily film! It is very hydrating as well plus it kept my skin smooth and silky.

Kept the Lemongrass Mandarin Virgin Coconut Natural Butter in office as i will tend to suffer from extremely dry skin on my hands as i have to wash them frequently.  The Natural Butter comes in a really sleek and pretty tin. It smells like natural lemongrass and it has a balm texture. As the natural butter is quite concentrated, a small amount goes a long way to keep my skin healthy! Although it leaves behind a slight greasy film , it did a good job in keeping the skin on my hands healthy. Normally i will suffer from red patches on the skin of my hands, daily application of the natural butter helps prevent it! Yay to no more skin irritation! The efficacy of the Pink Grapefruit Virgin Coconut Natural Butter is the same (Just that it has a refreshing Grapefruit scent!). As such, i prefer to use this on my lips to keep it chap-free~

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I’m using the Virgin Coconut Pure & Natural Organic Oil to condition my hair before hair wash. The oil smells so heavenly (coconut-ish) and it has a thick consistency. As texture is quite heavy, a small amount should suffice if you are using it as a hair treatment oil. As you know, i have bleached my hair few months ago in order to achieve pink hair. As a result, my hair has turned dry and i will have bad tangles after hair wash. As i do not like using conditioner, my hair is like hay!!! After doing pre-wash conditioning using the Pure & Natural Organic Oil, my hair isn’t as dry as before and it is easier to comb it after washing. 🙂

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Spa Ceylon boutique is located at Wisma Atria, #01-43.  For more information on Spa Ceylon, please visit its website and Facebook page

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Spa Ceylon’s Presskit and website

Ribena’s “Be Me” Social Campaign

Quick Shout out to all my readers , Ribena is now running the “Be Me” Social Campaign and this social media contest is to encourage the public to express being themselves! One lucky winner will stand a chance to win a once in a lifetime experience to pursue their true passion, being themselves. This new campaign titled, “Be Me” is Suntory Beverage & Food’s ongoing efforts to brand Sparkling Ribena as the drink for all young adults.  Be Me campaign is aimed to encourage and allow millennials to embrace their Be Me moment while enjoying the perfect refreshing drink filled with goodness – Ribena Sparkling!

Be Me also emphasizes the importance of celebrating these natural moments without the fear of being judged. It is also a reminder that Ribena Sparkling will be their perfect and genuine everyday companion as they experience their natural me moments since they were kids, to their
millennium years. Ribena Sparkling wants to be the drink that allows millennials to be free and to embrace who they really are and to be proud of it without feeling any pressure.

Ribena has always been a household name and i have been drinking it since young! Developed in 1938 by Dr. Vernon Charley of Bristol University, Ribena was first launched in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong) in 1980s. The blackcurrant syrup derived its name from Ribes Negrum, the Latin word for blackcurrant. Made from 100% New Zealand blackcurrants, with no artificial colour, flavour, or sweetener, it was the first beverage to contain the fruit goodness of blackcurrants, rich in Vitamin C. Each serving of Ribena meets the daily Vitamin C requirements of both adults and children, building the foundation of a healthy and happy life.

Ribena has been a trusted healthy blackcurrant drink for people of all age groups and it continues to impress 79 years on, with a wide range of products and beverages. It maintains its position as a leading brand in the beverage industry by improving and developing new drinks and flavours for people of all ages. From cordials, to the ready-to-drink range and now, presented in a sleek can, Ribena Sparkling. As with Ribena®’s continuous innovation and progression, Ribena hopes to inspire millennials to step out of their comfort zones and continuously discover new passion and talents of their own.

At the same time, Ribena® Sparkling consists of antioxidants and anthocyanins which make it the perfect healthy alternative to carbonated soft drinks. Ribena Sparkling is available in three different flavours – Sparkling Original, Sparkling Orange and Sparkling Apple.

Have always love the Ribena Sparkling Drink as it is my comfort food. Personally i felt that it is a healthier alternative to the typical carbonated drink in the market. Not only it is refreshing, the drink isn’t too sweet and makes it suitable for the health conscious who wants to indulge in carbonated drinks once in a while. Here i am, enjoying the refreshing Ribena Sparking Apple on a very hot afternoon. I’m an apple lover so the interesting mix of green apple and blackcurrant is pretty additive.

In support of this new initiative, Ribena will be running a social media contest to encourage the public to express being themselves. Ribena will be there to free them from the confinement of society norms and expectations by encouraging the public to take that leap of faith to pursue ones dreams. Ribena will be there to promote self believe and confidence to encourage one to live true to oneself.

The public has to simply like Ribena’s Facebook page and share their dreams and aspirations in a form of a post with the hashtag #BEMEMOMENTS and one lucky winner will stand a chance to win a once in a lifetime experience to pursue their true passion, being themselves. 🙂

For more information on Ribena and about the Be Me Social Campaign, please visit Ribena’s Facebook page.

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Ribena’s Presskit

Q-depot.com – Your Gateway to Korean Skin Care and Cosmetics Shopping!

Hello everyone!!! I have been on a K-craze ever since i came back from my Korea Trip in April. I miss the food, the weather and definitely the shopping ( All the pretty apparel and skincare/cosmetics!). One thing i noticed over at Korea is that everyone is so well-groomed with great dress sense! I guess it is a sin to go out without makeup. Korea is also a makeup / skincare shopping heaven! Everywhere i go, there will bound to be shops selling skincare & cosmetics. I have to stop myself from entering the shop and emerging with shopping bags! haha! How to resist? There are so many brands and products not available in Singapore! Moreover, prices are much more affordable. Right now, I’m doing my Korean Skin Care shopping on Korean cosmetics online shop like Q-Depot.

Why Q-Depot you might ask? I love it as Q-depot.com is an established online store offering quality, authentic and popular Korean cosmetic and skincare products at cost-effective prices.

Q-depot.com was envisioned and established to offer consumers effective Korean Makeup, beauty and skin care products that are not extravagantly priced, and give great value for money. The incident that inspired the creation of q-depot.com started with a skiing trip to Korea that resulted in weather-beaten damaged skin which expensive brands could not restore. Inexpensive but highly effective Korean brands offered a lasting solution to restore damaged skin and maintain its beauty. And that’s when the founder decided to unveil this secret to thousand of women out there who are exhausted of trying different ways to get their beauty back and look as gorgeous as they deserve.

Korean cosmetics and skincare products are well-known for being effective and for offering excellent value for money. Every Korean product is created with the motto that “Natural is the Best.” They are made with natural ingredients that have restorative and deep-conditioning benefits. However, not everyone has easy access to these products. Q-depot.com solve this problem by offering everyone an e-commerce platform that is easy to navigate, secure and reliable.

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Will be doing a review of a PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set that i have gotten from Q-depot.com  which consist of Facial Mask, Nose Strip and Feet Foot Pack which will pamper me from top to toe.

PACKage may be new to the Korean skincare products scene but they are experienced! This Korean brand is highly skilled in formulating and creating divine sheet masks with highly effective ingredients to keep skin glowing from head to toe. All products are made Korea! 🙂

PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set is a gorgeous box contains 17 masks, including three types of sheet masks – that’s 8 face masks, 8 blackhead nose strips and 1 exfoliating foot mask. PACKage has 3 concepts that focus on packaging, fun concept and safe ingredients for daily skincare needs. The graphics and artwork of this bundle set is by HAPOOOOOM, a young designer, whose majority of  works are based on a careful hot air balloon traveling around the world which symbolizes positive and happy moments in daily life.

Free from all Parabens, Fragrances, Alcohol, Pigments, PEGs, Phenoxy Ethanol, Silicone and Mineral oils, Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask is designed to leave skin hydrated, nourished, soft and radiant. It is formulated with highly effective ingredients – Honey extract, Propolis extract, Galactomyces and Hyaluronic acid. The mask sheet is thinner than normal cotton masks which allow maximum penetration of essence!

Ingredients: Water, methylPropanediol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, HydroxyEthylCellulose, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MACopolymer, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin

Melt Me Softly Nose Strips contains nourishing lemon essence which aids to removing blackheads effectively yet gently without ripping or pulling. The nose strips works by melting sebum clogged in pores to remove blackheads without irritation. Simply put the strip on nose for 15-20 minutes, then gently massage the area to wipe away remaining sebum. Totally fuss-free!

Ingredients: Water, MethylPropanediol, Carbomer, Tri Ethanol Amine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxy-Ethanol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (pepermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Saponaria officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon(Lemon) Fruit Extract, Melaeuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water

For once a month foot care, the Monthly New Feet Foot Pack contains divine orange oil extract to get rid of hard dry skin to reveal soft baby skin! Simply use scissors to cut open the foot pack and place them over the feet like regular socks. After which, use the tape stickers to affix it then leave them on for 60 minutes before rinsing off with water. In about 4-5 days, the dead dry skin will start to peel, revealing new skin underneath!

Ingredients: Alcohol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, D-water, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Betaine, Arginine, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Alanine, Serine, Limonene, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Equisetum Arvense Extract

Have tried the Melt Me Softly Nose Strips and Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask and here’s my thoughts on them:

Melt Me Softly Nose Strips gives a really soothing and refreshing minty sensation upon application! I absolutely love it as it has a mint scent too! It gives the refreshing minty sensation during the entire duration of application until i remove it. It is recommended to leave it on for 15-20 mins then after-which massage my nose area to remove remaining serum. After wiping it clean, i do observed that there are lesser black dots (Aka blackheads) on my nose area~ Wow! It really works like promised.

Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask has a thin yet elastic sheet which won’t tear easily and it fits my facial contours perfectly. The mask has an herbal scent which i don’t really fancy but i can live with it. There’s no stinging sensation but instead skin felt comfy upon application. When i removed the mask, i was amazed at how ‘white’ and ‘even’ my skin tone is. Overall, redness also subsided a fair bit and skin is moisturized!

At USD 21.99 per box, i would say that it is a valuable buy as it contains 17 pcs of high quality and effective masks. Personally, i love the Melt Me Softly Nose Strips a lot as it helps to get rid of my strawberry nose so effortlessly. If you want to order the highly recommended PACkage Float Mask Bundle Set you can do so and utilize the following discount code to enjoy 10% off your first order.  🙂

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Q-Depot’s website

Learn Flower Hacks And Basic Floristry At A Better Florist’s Flower Jamming Session

Hello everyone, sorry for the short hiatus as i was so caught up with work and life recently! This week was extremely rough and i am that weekend is here so that i can let go and unwind! My Saturday morning started off well with the flower delivery from A Better Florist and doing TAWG.

Weekends are the ideal time to  tackle stress, relax and recharge for a new week ahead! However, many of us bust it by running so many errands, repaying sleep debt or watching dramas till the wee hours. If you want to feel refreshed and unwind by Sunday night, one should learn to strike a balance with eating, relaxing, sleeping, socializing, engage in activities (while picking up a new skill) and exercising~

If you are looking for something fun and therapeutic this weekend, why not learn floristry hacks and professional flower arrangement so you can personalize bouquets for your loved ones! A Better Florist is opening its doors every Saturday for its weekly Flower Jam Session. Whether you’re looking for fun date activities, quality time with the family or searching for a new hobby—we’ve got you covered. This few weeks’ jam sessions will focus on succulents and Australian wild flowers. The plump and hardy succulents are excellent alternatives to the usual filler flowers for their interesting texture and appearance.

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The renewed interest in the flower industry has forced old-fashioned brick and mortar flower shops to keep up with the times not only in terms of cost, but also the overall presentation and packaging. Up your floral game by learning the basics in floristry, including modern floral arrangements and flower care.

Flower bouquets and fresh-cut flowers are no longer just luxury purchases or limited to special occasions. They are now slowly being incorporated into interior designs and apartment living. The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier by catering to all your floral needs. Fresh flowers and succulents help remind urbanites of the lush outdoors in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment. Through floral subscriptions, you can get quality and in season flowers at affordable prices. So add some life and warmth to drab and dull rooms by blooming your home with beautiful flower displays.

By participating in A Better Florist flower jam sessions, even cheap flowers can be transformed into classy décor and luxurious bouquets. Come and learn from one of the talented team of florists on how to bring more beauty and more joy into this world. Enjoy a special rate of only $40 per person (for the first 3 sign-ups).

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So do come down and join the flower jam sessions every Saturday. It will be a full-filled and therapeutic Saturday when you go home  with some wild blooms and even bigger smiles. Sign up here to secure your slots. 🙂

Unveiling Althea’s Beauty Boxes~

KOREA! I cannot stop raving how much i love their skincare products, food and K-dramas! Currently counting down to my Korea Trip in April and i’m certainly looking forward to shopping, eating and stocking up my skincare essentials. I’m sure many of us here love Skincare and Beauty Products from Korea and will try all ways to get it (be it getting friends to purchase when they head to Korea or getting it online).

Despite the increasing popularity of K-beauty items in the world, there was not a one-stop shopping destination where every and anyone in the world could enjoy authentic K-beauty products at a reasonable price, just as Korean consumers do in Korea. Hence, Althea was founded to bridge authentic K-beauty to SEAsians.

Althea innovates the cross border distribution channel to connect K-beauty suppliers directly
with SEA consumers. So now, it just feels that you are shopping at Korea with Althea! Althea offers comprehensive K-beauty selections at the lowest price to consumers and strives to become the gateway to the world, most favored by K-beauty suppliers.

If you love Beauty Boxes, you will be glad to know that Althea also carries Beauty Boxes~  Unveiling the latest addition to the Althea Korea family are their line of limited edition beauty boxes, specially curated by the fairy team in Seoul. Since the launch of the thematic boxes every month from October, each carefully curated boxes were SOLD OUT so fastest fingers first! 🙂

Every month, the fairy team will release 2 types of beauty boxes – Althea Boxes and Trend Boxes!

  • Althea Boxes are based on specific themes, giving customers and fans a chance to get their hands on a mix of loved and new favorites. Release frequency: twice a month.
  • Trend Boxes, on the other hand, will be packed with hot products (either a new brand or new products from an existing brand) based on some of Korea’s biggest beauty trends. Released frequency: once a month

Each box can hold anywhere from 6 – 12 full-size products depending on the theme and value. The best part is that you can buy only if you like it! There’s no commitment to subscribing for a monthly, quarterly or yearly payment to get these beauty boxes. The only downside is that these beauty boxes are limited in quantity (while stocks last) on a first come first serve basis. I have to say that it will be SOLD OUT very fast so don’t procrastinate.

The first Althea Box that i have carted out is the [Althea Box] Hair Box which retails for S$33 whereby it consists of products that’s worth $110. Shipping is complimentary as my purchase is above $29. For just $33. i have received 7 full size (fresh!) hair products which is super worth it (so it was sold out shortly after launch!). Expiry dates for all the products are in 2018 / 2019 so rest assured that products in the beauty boxes are fresh batches.

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As i placed my order during the Christmas period, my Hair Box came in a nice Christmas theme box with Greeting card inside. 🙂 My personal favorite from the Hair Box are the Innisfree Green Tea Mint Shampoo and Piolang Raspberry Hair Vinegar which helps to curb scalp itchiness. Moreover, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.

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The 2nd Beauty Box which got me excited was the [Althea Box] Mermaid Box as i was so into ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’ but i was too late to grab one before it was sold out! 😦 However, Tammy from Althea reserved one set for me when it was restocked and sent it to me for review!! Thank you! 🙂 Last check, the Mermaid Box is sold out once again and there will be no more restock… In order not to have any regrets, sign up for Althea’s newsletter and you will be informed if there’s any new launches / promotions.

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My [Althea Box] Mermaid Box were delivered within a week upon order confirmation and products came individually wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap and delivered timely via courier.

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[Althea Box] Mermaid Box is HEAVY as it contains 7 full size products which i will be reviewing some of the products. More details below!

Son & Park Beauty Water
Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence
Rire Lucent White Pearl Cream
Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base
Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light
CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil
Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask

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I’m not familiar with the brand Chica-Y-Chico and i have tried to do some research of the brand online. However,  i’m unable to locate any website in English so there’s no brand introduction this time.  Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask is the first item i have tried from the Mermaid Box as my skin is very dehydrated and oily recently (due to medication i have to take during surgery).. By feeding it with AQUA, the oil secretion will be more control so the mask came in really handy! Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask contains multiple complex including seaweed, pearl and hyaluronic acid gives a surge of moisture to skin instantly.

The beauty secret of the Little Mermaid Princess Ariel is the plentiful seaweed that surround her and the pearls she always wears. They kept her skin moisturized and glowing even after she became a human. Pearls, the precious jewel of the sea and seaweed are full of healthy ingredients that intensely hydrate and soothe dehydrated skin for dewy, glowing skin. 

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First impression of the Mermaid Mask is that it is richly soaked with essence! Secondly, i love how easy it is to apply the mask as it has a plastic sheet. The mask sheet is thin but sturdy and it fits onto the contour of my nose very well. Once you have adhere the mask onto your skin, remove the plastic sheet and then adjust the mask accordingly. Upon application of the mask, there’s an instant soothing and refreshing sensation. During the 20 mins of application, there’s no discomfort or stinging sensation. After removing the face mask, my skin feels so much smoother, brighter and softer to the touch. The mask is very moisturizing and soothing as skin no longer feels tight and it became ‘light’ after i remove it.. The next day, i woke up to not so tight, radiant and less oily skin! I’m really impressed as there’s excellent results with only one application! This Mask is exclusive in the Mermaid Mask hence i cannot get it on Althea. Shall stock up when i head to Korea in April 🙂

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After using Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask and seeing results, i applied the Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence right after removing the mask. An essence is to be used after toner and before moisturizer. For people with dehydrated skin, Essence helps add another layer of hydration before you apply your moisturizer. The Skin Glow Essence hydrates skin and brightens by improving dullness from deep inside. It contains Hologram-Complex that reflects the light falling on the face to give a three-dimensional effect to the curves. Five main benefits of the Glow Essence includes supplying of nutrition, soothing, vitalizing, whitening and improving radiance.

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Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence is formulated with brightening complex made up of pearl extract and 9 botanical formula:

1. Pearl extract: Pearl has been considered as one of the high-end cosmetic ingredients for the great beauties in the history, for Cleopatra and Yang Guifei. It contains 14~18 kinds of amino acids including 8 different essencial amino acids. They improve the elasticity of your skin and hydrate, help to maintain firm skin.

2. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein: This is one of proteins from shells, protect pearl and the wall of a pearl. It is also known that it affects the beautiful glow of the pearl. It vitalizes your skin and cares for energetic skin.

3. Whitening-9 Complex: Whitening-9 complex is composed with extracts from 9 different white-coloured plants (Lotus, Mulberry root, Freesia, Snow lotus, Daisy, Madonna Lily, Huttuynia cordata, Edelweiss, Ginseng). It protects your skin from the external environment by outstanding anti-ageing effect, cares for transparent glowing skin by whitening effect.

If you are looking for a non-sticky essence to give you instant brighter skin, look no further! Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence has a gel base and it leave the skin feeling refreshed after application (Which is good for my sensitive and easily irritated skin). Texture is non-greasy and it gets absorbed well into my dehydrated skin. There’s no adverse reaction like redness after application. Upon closer look, there’s actually subtle shimmery particles which helps brighten and create dimension. As i always have dull skintone, the brightening results is even more obvious on my skin. However, the hydration level is not as ‘powerful’ so do not use this essence to substitute your moisturizer. I did tried using it alone (skipping moisturizer) and my skin felt tight during mid day.

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Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is the savior for people who wants a product that works for their dry and sensitive skin (which also works as an effective makeup base!). Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is a hydro soothing moisture ampoule + real skin makeup base that contains stable and integral Gold to deeply hydrate skin. At the same time, it has a light texture that’s weightless while leaving you with a dewy finish. Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base has several beneficial effects and they are the skin brightening, stress alleviating, moisture evaporation blockage, intense moisture capacity, soothing substances reinforced and base with low irritation

Active Ingredients includes 

Gold – imparting moisture constantly to the skin. The integral substance that removed the skin exhaustion and stress, purifies the harmful substances and enhances the skin condition, raising the makeup fit

Ceramide as skin component, moisture attracting substance blocking moisture evaporation

Hyaluronic Acid as a nature derived moisturizing component, holding onto the moisture

Aloe Vera Leaf impart moisture deep into skin

Souble collagen delivers moisture energy and firming effect

Skin loving blend of Arrow Root, Licorice Peony, Cnidium, Aloe Vera Leaf, Elm root, thrumwort seed, centelle, fig, portulaca

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Do you know that ampoule has the highest concentration of enriching active ingredients, followed by the serum and the essence. Ampoules are for people who need an instant skin care effect. Hence, one drop is supercharged with more goodies and will better improve the quality of skin and heightens the overall skin-boosting effect (As it is meant to use on top of toner and moisturizer). First impression of the Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is that it is very classy and my husband commented that it must be expensive. haha. When i first came into contact with the texture, i’m in awe as it is so light! Upon spreading, it turns watery and it just feels like i’m applying water on my skin. Due to its texture, it gets penetrated into my skin quickly without any heavy after-feel… The gold flakes will disappear after application and it seems to help brighten up my overall complexion.  After use, skin looks softer, smoother and calmer… I also have better hydrated and less tight skin. I found myself reaching out to this ampoule very often in the morning and i felt that my skin felt less oily at the end of the day with this.

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Next, Son & Park Beauty Water (a cult favorite) is something which i am looking forward to use . Son & Park Beauty Water is a multi-function product which can be used as a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, primer, hydrator and setting spray! This smart cleaning liquid is made from natural plant extracts that gently cleans and moisturizes to deliver smooth, revitalized and hydrated skin.

Son & Park Beauty Water is created in mind for a clean base for the next steps in our skincare and makeup routine. The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser, it has mild exfoliation abilities with willow bark and papaya extract to buff awat dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so skin can be prepped for subsequent products. Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect base for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to remove remaining impurities. Suitable for all skin types, Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.

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The beauty water is ideal for cleansing your face during a long flight, as a toner, wiping off residue after masking and freshening up your skin during the day. Currently, i’m using another brand of beauty water but i find that the Son & Park Beauty Water fares so much better at fraction of the price! Texture wise, it win hands down as it is watery and does not leave behind an oily firm over using. Secondly, it does not contains as much fragrance and the Son & Park Beauty Water has a medicated smell which i like! 😛 Son & Park Beauty Water has a gentle formula as it doesn’t sting or cause my skin to be red. Despite being mild, it does remove residues on my skin well. It also  leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soothing sensation after use.. After applying the toner, skin feels clean, soft and looks more supple! It will also calm my skin and refreshes it without any drying effect..Love it!!!

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Next up, i will be talking more about a hair care product known as the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil with 50 year history! CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil has a light formula without stickiness, a gorgeous scent and it contains no harmful ingredients. Rich in Argan Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Avocado oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, and Macadamia Integrifolia Oil, the Argan Glow Hair Oil has excellent moisturizing, protection , soothing and repairing effect.

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Been using the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil as a heat protector before i blow dry my hair. Will use 1 pump for each side of my hair and the  hair oil has a sweet and refreshing mix of fruity flora scent. As the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil is oil-based, it will be oily to the touch. But once it is fully absorbed, there’s isn’t any greasy heavy after-feel left behind. After application, hair feels very soft and smooth and i can glide my comb through it.  After blow drying my hair, my hair  appears to be shiner, more volumized and tamer (lesser flyaway hair).

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Left – Behind, Right – After

As i no longer apply makeup on my skin (except lipstick), i have passed the Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light to my friend who will put it to better use. The Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light is a liquid type highlighter infused with skin shining complex – pearl, amethyst, and diamond extract. The highlighter is also formulated with Micro Sparkling Pearl, Skin Shining Complex, 3 blends mix of botanical oil and oil controlling powder. This highlighter can be mixed with base products / foundation which will give you natural and glowing finish. Previously, i was using this highlighter and it is the one that’s pink in color. SA recommended the pink shade as i have fair skin. When applied onto my skin, it has a subtle shimmery white pearly finish which is very natural. The texture isn’t heavy and it blends well without leaving behind greasiness.

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Lastly. there’s the Lucent White Pearl Cream which contains pearl extracts of 1020ppm and pearl powders of 70ppm that will change dry and rough skin into a radiant skin that glows from the inside! The pearl extracts and pearl powders inside the cream makes face look more distinct and lively. Lucent White Pearl Cream also contains five kinds flower extracts (Peony, Lily of the valley, Magnolia liliflora DESR Leontopodium alpinum, Lilium candidum extracts) helps with whitening, brightening and anti-wrinkle so that skin will glow like a pearl. Have yet to give this a try and will come to this soon 🙂

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Before i go, i have a confession to make! I ordered the newly launched [Trendy Box] Smart Beauty Tool Box yesterday!I’m hooked on Althea’s beauty boxes and i felt that Althea has brought K-beauty and Beauty Boxes to a whole new level~  Whether you’re looking for tried and true favorites or hankering for the hottest, freshest products to dip your fingers into, Althea’s beauty boxes are a great way for you to add to your beauty arsenal 🙂

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