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Hey Loves!

The Summer is on, coincidentally I have a sunscreen product review that I am really excited to share with you! Beach vacay or a day at the amusement park, you know how sunscreen is important all year round hence it is a product that you need to invest! Read on to find out why this product deserves a full-on five star rating!

I happened to stumble upon Innisfree Singapore's Instagram profile, got excited at the sight of their fairly newly launched anti-pollution sunscreen range! I decided to check it out if it's cut out for me and my oily skin needs!

If you'd like to watch me squeal in excitement about this new holy grail find, then click the link below!


INNISFREE INTENSIVE ANTI-POLLUTION SUNSCREEN REVIEW - YouTube

I gotta state that upon testing out the sunscreen, I felt that this product has potential to be a favorite of mine but never anticipated to be a quick hit for me! I am reviewing the Innisfree Intensive Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++, Water Resistant formula.



Firstly, the product comes in a regular box standard squeeze-y tube that contains 50ml of it's hybrid cream and gel formulation which slides perfectly onto my skin and protects my skin from the harsh sun rays during work hours.




I like the lightweight and non-greasy feel of this sunscreen and is also quick absorbing, thus saving plenty of time in the mornings.

I even attempted to mix this sun protection fluid with my daily foundation just to save some time in between and guess what? It works just fine and sinks in perfectly onto the skin! I had observed that the sunscreen foundation cocktail did not cause any oil separation during mid-day instead it somehow helped with the foundation's longevity and my skin appeared to be less oily. This fact is evident based as the oil blotting sheets were proof that there was lesser absorption of oil, as compared to days without this sunscreen.



That sort of sums it for me and it'll definitely be a sunscreen that I will keep reaching out for without fail for the rest of the year.

If you'd like to watch me squeal in excitement about this new holy grail find, then click the link below!

INNISFREE INTENSIVE ANTI-POLLUTION SUNSCREEN REVIEW - YouTube
 


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That's it for now and I shall catch you very soon in my next blog post, very soon!


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Took a long needed break of two weeks from blogging as it was the June School Holidays and this Mama needed to rest and recharge! The first half of 2019 was a handful and I definitely needed a break!


ESSENCE Colour Boost Mad About Matte Drugstore Review - YouTube


I'm back today with a blog post with a product review of the Essence Colour Boost Mad About Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Wanna Play and Magnatic Gloom and here's what I've gotta share about my findings and observations.




Firstly, they are tagged at an affordable price tag of just  SGD 5.50 each! For a liquid lipstick, you can't beat such a price point even with a stick and is the lowest priced liquid lipstick - mind you! It comes in a travel friendly squeeze-y tube with a application tip that almost resembles the number eight!

The formulation is highly pigmented and it delivers opacity in just one single stroke and it dries down to a comfortable natural finish in under two minutes. It's not as drying as the other liquid lipsticks in the market and I could personally get away with at least four to five hours of wear time before I noticed a need for touching-up.




Because of it's non-drying formula, it does have the slightest of transfer. Something I can definitely look past as it's not the sort of gloopy transfer that we've witnessed from the 80's where aunties at Indian functions mark their cups with their lip colour and shapes! Not necessarily attractive though..

The packaging contains about 8ml of it's lip colour that's equivalent to 0.27 fluid ounces. Given the fact that the liquid lipstick is very thin in it's formula, I think I would be able to get away with more and frequent wear.


ESSENCE Colour Boost Mad About Matte Drugstore Review - YouTube




I really love and am enjoying the range of colors that are offered in this range though I noticed that's frequently out of stock from the Guardian outlets that I step into. I believe there are six shades offered here in Singapore while there are ten listed on Essence's official website.

The first four shades are of a beautiful nude range that has a good undertone mix of peach, neutral, brown and pinks in it before the second last shade that is a peach-like coral and a strawberry tinged deep berry.

If you'd like to hear me speak and watch me finesse swatch-ing the lipsticks, then click right here;

ESSENCE Colour Boost Mad About Matte Drugstore Review - YouTube

I hope you enjoyed today's product review in today's blog post and I shall be back with another post very soon!


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Acne being a frequent concern for my oily skin type, deciding on a beauty service such as a facial usually leaves me at cross roads as extraction can be very uncomfortable for me especially with my low pain threshold. 

No doubt a good deep cleanse and the extraction process is great for removing impurities from the skin while improving better absorption of skin care products that goes on to the skin shortly after.

Each time once the steam bath is over, I can feel my heart accelerating preparing for what comes next. The extraction that I just can not! However, the J Studios Signature Oxygen Deep Cleansing Facial system consists of an airbrush that delivers powerful oxygen along with moisturizer, vitamins, anti-oxidants and replenishing nutrients onto the skin.

The pressure and serum helps to deep cleanse plumping the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the blood circulation while boosting the collagen production and improving the skin's complexion. 

This is a huge relief for me and it's delivery is said to be an effective acne clearance for troubled oily and acne prone skin types while fighting signs of aging skin leaving the skin feeling clean, smooth and radiant.

J Studios Signature Oxygen Deep Cleansing Facial lasts over a duration of 75 minutes and a first trial promotion at just SGD 98!

At the end of the facial, I did feel that my face had;

  • been deeply cleansed
  • retained moisture and felt plumped and nourished
  • during the facial duration there were no painful extraction (phew! I was almost lulled to sleep with the background music)
  • there were no redness and visible swelling afterwards
  • effective acne clearance (I did not break out from the facial which is a good sign and it has been a week since I last sensed a new blemish coming through!)
  • no downtime (which I can vouch for)

I could see how this facial could greatly benefit someone like myself who is a makeup junkie as I do love me some full coverage bases and for the content that I create for my online platforms. Frequent use of makeup products can leave my skin feeling dull and clogged over a period of time and this facial comes in handy.

The facial also includes a relaxing shoulder massage with two essential oils to choose from and it was indeed very calming and relaxing! The massage eased my momentary worries away while prepping my mind for the facial after the massage.

The staff administering the facial explained every process and repeatedly asked if I am alright and to alert her if I feel any discomfort during the whole session. She went on to cleanse my skin, removing all trace of makeup and afterwards explained how the enzyme cleanser will prep my skin to soak up the benefits of the oxygen deep cleanse.

The oxygen deep cleansing step removes all impurities from the skin and is infused with a serum to heighten the absorption of the skin to purify and nourish the facial skin further with the help of a cold ultrasonic machine. Afterwards a mask was applied after analyzing my skin type and concern and finished it off with a toner and a sunblock to protect my skin from the harsh sun rays. 

It's been a long while since I last had a facial and I mean it's been a looong while! Lol! It was great to have had this pamper session for myself, a much wanted and I am pleased with how my skin looked like afterwards and I am looking forward to experience another relaxing facial with J Studios!







From the time I had stepped into the salon, I felt at ease with their polite and friendly staff who navigated a first-time customer like myself and offered me a hot latte that was delish! I absolutely loved how their waiting lobby looked gorgeous and so Instagram worthy!

For more information about J Studios and their services, check out their Instagram handle @jstudiosbeautycare and their FaceBook page www.facebook.com/jstudios.com.sg

I hope you enjoyed reading today's blog post and if you did, be sure to pin this up on Pinterest! I shall catch you very soon in my next entry very soon!
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A good foundation and a concealer are key to a perfect and flawless base. A good drugstore face product with a wallet friendly price tag can get occasionally swept under the carpet with the influx of so many face products in the market.

Let's speak about Revlon's PhotoReady Candid Foundation with a\it's squeeze-y tube with a pump (nice and sanitary) and it holds 22ml of it's light/medium coverage. It feels light-weight on the skin and it does not leave a tacky finish behind and sits somewhat on the skin.

The foundation has a wide selection of 31 makeup shades to choose from the range and yet just three shades to choose from, in Singapore. The foundation is formulated with anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients


It might excite some of you to discover that the formulation is free from oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

Now let's discuss further, the first downside to this foundation is it's poor and sad shade range with just three (3) shades to choose from most leading personal care stores, in Singapore. The other disadvantage to this foundation is that it may not be well suited for anyone who crave for medium to full coverage.




This gives a very skin like finish however not much on post acne scarring yet it does help to conceal and correct redness on the facial plains and add that tiny bit of light coverage.

I personally feel that this foundation will be great for normal to dry skin types that do not have much discolorations and any sort of acne battles just because of the coverage that the foundation offers.

I would love to enjoy the foundation by adding it to a medium to full coverage foundation mix as this shade has a peach undertone to it!






I truly hope you enjoyed reading today's blog post on the Revlon PhotoReady Candid range. I hope to have you come back next week and the week after for new posts on the Blog.

I shall catch you very soon, in my next post soon!


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Hey Loves,

You know the days when you're just not up to speed and so the makeup department takes a back seat too!

I'm sure you know the days, I speak off especially around that time of the month or when sniffles are settling in before a cold. Sometimes, such days leave us with no energy or finesse to look put together.




 If you'd like to hear me speak and walk through the product applications in a step by step process, then do not hesitate to click the link above to watch the full video now on YouTube!



Mostly, the skin takes a back seat with lesser hydration and even oily skin can dehydrate too. Sometimes, the good balance of oils and water gives off the beautiful glow. A hard balance to achieve for oily skin types.

Sick Day Makeup Look - YouTube



I have listed the complete list of products used to create this makeup look below, just for you;
Face
  • L.A.Girl Pro.Coverage HD.High-Definition Long Wear Illuminating Foundation in Natural
  • Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in 35H Medium Honey
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent
  • Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche
  • Fenty Beauty Freestyle Killawatt Highlighter in Hu$tla Baby 



Eyes & Brows
  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown
  • Sugar Cosmetics Blend the Rules Eyeshadow Quad in 01 Stronger
  • Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner in Black
  • Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume and Curl Mascara in Black 


Lips
  • Essence Soft Contouring Lipliner in 03 Deeply Intoxicated
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in 44



Hydration and appropriate amount of sleep is also key for sick days! No amount of makeup can banish those pesky under eye circles and chapped lips that has seen better days.


I hope you enjoyed today's blog post and if you did then do share this blog post with your family and friends and pin this article up on Pinterest!

That's it for today's post and I shall catch you very soon in my next entry soon enough!


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It's going to be a beauty product review, this week and I am bringing you the much loved brow product; Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Soft Brown. I would need you to refrain from asking me why I took this long to join the ABH bandwagon, I am happily on board now and I totally get the hype around it. Do keep reading, I will share more about my thoughts on it.


 If you'd like to see me perform a Demonstration on how to use the dip brow pomade then click the link below; it'll bring you straight to the video.

ABH DIPBROW POMADE REVIEW - YouTube

The Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade retails for SGD 38.00 on Sephora's official website and offers eleven different shades and undertones aimed to fit everyones' eyebrow needs and fancies. Frankly, the steep price tag did not have me hooked earlier on as I am one to reach for eyebrow products of a lesser price point from the drugstore.

My usual favorite brow products are from either Essence or NYX and so it took a Sephora sale for me to validate this otherwise expensive purchase. In the demonstration, I have used a ABH dual ended brush with a spoolie and this tool has been a staple in my vanity since six-ish years ago. 



Now, about the pomade. Since this product is a first for me, I had found the texture to be very different from my usual twist up stick types and brow powders. The dip brow pomade is very balm-like and delivers pigmentation in one swipe! I don't feel that this product may be a good fit for a makeup newbie just because of it's amazing opacity in one brush dip/stroke. Obviously with a lot of practice and patience, eyebrows can get a lot easier. 

I enjoy the pomade's lasting power and I have observed the pomade to be smudge-proof and transfer resistant in our hot and humid Singapore weather. It sits well on my eyebrows even with my oily skin and I like that I don't have to worry about my eyebrows not showing up in flash photography!



The Soft Brown is more cooler in it's undertones than the other shades offered but the overall makeup look and outfit that I have on, is leaning towards a warm appearance. The soft brown will be most suited for similar complexions to mine and of black and deep brown hair.


Do not let the opacity intimidate you, it's balm like texture is pliable and blends with ease. It doesn't skip on the gaps in between the skin and hair. You will be able to achieve hair like strokes with a micro thin and small eyebrow brush to achieve a micro-bladed eyebrow finish.

It contains a whopping 4gms of pomade that can easily lasts up to at least ten months. That's enough pomade up to almost a year! Most stick type twist up brow products contain way less than one gram of product hence more value, in this pomade. For someone used to tossing brow and eye products every 30 days, the pomade may require a change in my makeup routine. I will just have to be diligent with my brush cleansing days since the pot is going to be around for much longer.

ABH DIPBROW POMADE REVIEW - YouTube

I hope you enjoy reading today's blog post, if you did then please be sure to share this post and pin it up on Pinterest.

I shall catch you very soon in my next post!


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It’s been a hott minute since I did a makeup look and today, gladly I have one update featuring my fairly new purchase; Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette.



I picked it up when we were across the causeway, last December I think. It’s been a long while and this baby has been resting on the back of my makeup stash and I had decided that it is it’s time to shine on my makeup counter.

Along with this palette, I had picked up a couple of more products for a Drugstore friendly makeup look requested by a lovely family member in Chennai! She had requested for budget friendly makeup products that both she and I have access to.




Since the weather is warmer now, a full coverage foundation concealer feels just a tad bit heavy on the skin and I have been really thoroughly enjoy mixing it with the Embryollise cream to water down the coverage, the tiniest bit aiding moisture to the skin. A couple of swipes of the Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer and the face is done!



The complete list of makeup products used to create this look, is listed below for you;

Eyes
  • L.A.Girl Pro.Conceal.HD.High-Definition Concealer in Pure Beige
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette (Orange Soda, Mulberry, Sultry, Tempera)
  • Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner in Black
  • Essence Get Big Lashes in Volume & Curl

 Face
  • Embryollise Cream
  • Innisfree My Foundation 1.5
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Natural Medium
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Muru muru
  • Essence Highlighter in 01 Be My Highlight

 Lips
  • Essence Contour Lipliner
  • L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint Intense in Dreamy




I do have to set my undereye concealer, just in case of creasing later during the day. A neutral delicious smelling bronzer to the parameters of the face to complete the base.

Now for the eyes, I had used the L.A.Girl’s range of concealer to prep the eyelids for eyeshadow application and finished it off with a medium liner finishing off with a wing. Essence is a favourite drugstore brand that I reach out for, very often. The liquid eyeliner is impressive, full on opacity and easy to build a wing pretty quickly. I enjoy the wide range of mascara finishes and formulations Essence has to offer too.



Now for the lips, I again had used an Essence lipliner to line the lip lines before going in to fill out the rest of the lips with a glossy lip paint in a dreamy pink, that’s so gorgeous when it hits the light in different angles.

If you would like to watch me go over the processes in a makeup tutorial then please click the link below to watch it now! While you’re at it, please be sure to ‘Subscribe’ to my YouTube Channel; www.YouTube.com/user/TheLeiaVfor your weekly dose of Beauty Product Reviews, Makeup Tutorials and Lifestyle Content.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, pin this post up on Pinterest if you did and I shall catch you very soon in my next post soon!


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Good Old Days Bistro showed up on a recent Google Search whilst I was busy collating a list of of new places to discover during weekends, public holidays and especially the fast approaching June school holidays. For us parents, we're looking to knocking off many things at once on our lengthy to do list during a time when kids have no school.

Good Old Days Bistro Review - YouTube



One thing for sure is discovering new places as a family takes a lot of work thus it is but essential to keep our tummies full and happy too. We usually stick to places nearby MRT Stations for the sake of our convenience.

Also come in handy whenever our 6yo gets tired quickly from walking, does that sound familiar now? At this age, it is no longer a choice for me to lift my now, heavy kid up. Nope, I am not going down that road.




Training the Missy to walk further distances, nice spot for pictures and great food has served to be an amazing source of inspiration for her. Hee hee!

This nostalgic cafe and it's quirky western-fusion cafe won our little girl's heart when she set her eyes on the swing and the miniature furnishings on the tables.

The furnishings had a mix of the old Singapore from the 70's and many more knick knacks from the 80's! We had water served in retro F&N transparent glasses, Yakult salt and pepper shakers, tiffin carriers I recall seeing with my Grandma.


One other thing to note is that this bistro has a wide variety to satisfy everyone in the family. My husband placed an order for the Oatmeal Chicken Burger, I chose Eggs Benedict while our Missy placed an order for Carbonara.

This bistro is widely popular for their waffles stack too and we couldn't resist not trying. We chose the plain and chocolate waffles with one scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream on a platter with fresh berries, syrup and nuts all around it. 


Good Old Days Bistro Review - YouTube

If you're needing a waffle or Eggs Benedict fix then give the Good Old Days Bistro, a try and snap lots of pictures.

Good Old Days Bistro
Kampong Glam Conservation Area, 337 Beach Road
Singapore 199565
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays



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It's that time of the year when we kick up a notch with our otherwise once a month pedicure sessions as the temperature starts picking up. All in preparation while making vacation plans for trips to tropical islands, beach days and gearing up for a season of shorts, maxi and skirts of all lengths.

No better time than now to shop and stock up on footwear to showcase the freshly painted summer ready toe nails. What could be the final finish for the show stopping gams? New designs and collection of sandals is deemed necessary, at this point.



My personal favorites and go to hues for summer footwear are soft shades of neutrals such as light browns and black as these two are by far, the easiest to match and complete almost any outfit. A soft brown on tanned skin will look fabulous and so will a pair of white sandals, depending on your complexion of course.

My go to way to pair these stylish sandals are with my flowy midi and maxi length dresses and even chic rompers for countless days at the beach and sight-seeing around National Gallery and brunching around nearby cafes.




Bata celebrated it's 125th anniversary with a much fashion extravagant affair in Zofin Palace, Prague. With a catwalk show, an inspiring shoe exhibition, a pop-up museum and more during the Bata Fashion Weekend 2019. The fashion footwear giant showcased their latest range and collections alongside with the Red Label and Power Mello.



If you're city bound and typically do loads of walking then a good pair of walking shoes are what you'll be needing. Your best sole mate, get it? Oh well, I do try..

I for one have almost flat feet and with plenty of walking, you can be assured that I am plagued by terrible aches at my ankles and around the balls of my feet. Good support from Bata's new range of Power Mello premium walking footwear with Mello air infused pods is heaven sent from their latest launch.

These marshmallow soft walking shoes come in handy to lift the soles and provide ample cushion to the feet and soles especially if we're up all day on our feet.



To mark the launch of Bata's New Since 1894 campaign, a group of 25 walking mannequins in red known as #BataRedParade were spotted walking around Singapore on 30th March '19 catching the attention of many Singaporeans and tourists.


The tastefully designed selection also comes in earthy natural hues such as brown, soft
grey and beige for a demure look but are also available in bold colors like black, red,
yellow and gold for the more adventurous.

The ladies leather collection will be available exclusively in selected Bata stores such as
Peninsula Plaza, Bata Woman Suntec, Vivo City, Jewel Changi and Plaza Singapura by
the end of April as a range of premium yet affordable footwear for women.

Be sure to head down to the selected Bata stores if you're in need of some sole loving.



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This post features product images that were provided in the brand's press release, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team.
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NYX Lip Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are products, I wasn't bothered to consider purchasing until I saw swatches of them on YouTube. First Impressions and Reviews from my favorite YouTubers and before I knew it, I was at the NYX outlet at Dhoby Ghaut.

You would have spotted me busy swatching particularly two shades over and over again. They are the shades Sandstorm and Cherry Skies, the texture and formula kept me at the edge of my seat just during my decision making. It dries down to a matte finish for long lasting comfortable finish for hours. Oh, did I say that this liquid lipstick is waterproof? Yes, it is!



What I truly have been enjoying about these two liquid lipsticks is the lasting comfort from the long time trending matte finish that has seen the worst driest and flakiest of lips from wearing liquid lipsticks. The first line-up of liquid lipsticks, do you remember how your lips felt like they had not come in contact with water for days. Ahaha, yup! Liquid lipsticks have come a long way since some three to four years ago.



I appreciate the liquid lipstick's wand applicator and the texture is quite mousse like, almost like a whipped texture. Not runny like some other liquid lipsticks in the market, this texture is unique. However, I feel this texture could affect the opacity causing it to be patchy. The liquid lipstick takes a couple of seconds to dry down thus causing the patchy appearance yet this can be corrected with a few coats over it and build the opacity to your desired appearance.

The formula stays on the lips still without any signs of resistance or tightness, flexible as I move my lips throughout the day talking and sipping on my drinks and likes. A beautiful nude with neutral undertone is the all-time favored 'my lips but better' shade, it evens out my lip color and just takes an everyday lip shade to the next level.



It usually takes about three to four hours during wear time before I observed some form of fading to take place especially with eating involved. I haven't noticed too much dryness during my wear time. Having said this, it is necessary that I keep with my liquid lipstick with me for regular touch-ups.

I hope you enjoyed reading this product review and if you did then please do not forget to pin it up, on Pinterest and share this article with your makeup junkie friends!


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