Thursday, December 18, 2014

Feminine Care Product Review: UUCare Sanitary Pads

Recently, I tried a new brand of Sanitary Pads and Pantyliner, UUcare Crown Antibacterial and UUcare Cool Technology. I must say, I'm really impressed and pleased with it!

It is really ULTRA SLIM, Cottony SOFT, Breathable, keeps me dry for hours and eliminates odors! It’s so comfortable to wear and so slim that I feel like I am not even wearing any sanitary pads at all, which is really good as I never like the feeling of something bulging below me especially when I’m wearing a tight body hugging skirt or dress. Also sometimes I tend to be really busy at work that I will change only after many hours, which sometimes would cause some discomfort, flooding and even some really bad odor which is really unpleasant even for myself. BUT with UUcare Sanitary Pads, I actually didn’t have this problem at all! NO bad odor, NO discomfort from the flooding as it’s pretty much dried up and does not leave a damp uncomfortable feeling even after many hours! It’s just so AMAZING!

I’ve tried many brands of sanitary pads, and I always have the problem of leakage from the sides or from the back which resulted in staining of my panties, shorts, pants and skirts. And I really dread waking up to a big pool / stain on the bed especially on the first few days of my period when the flow is really heavy. And sometimes because I’m worried it’ll stain the bed, I ended up not sleeping well as I do not dare to move or turn too much at night, which causes  me body aches the next day. But after trying UUcare Sanitary Pads, so far, NO leakage and NO uncomfort in the day or even at night when I sleep! Totally LOVE it!

And being a lady who likes cute and pretty things, it does makes me feel happier with the UUcare Sanitary Pads as there are nice pretty flower prints on the wings and back of the pad!

I will definitely want to continue using this!! Highly recommend to all my female friends, family and my lovely readers!

Look at how SLIM it is! And it’s so soft I seriously don’t mind using it to clean my face if there is a need to!

Look at the pretty flower prints!

Some of the other key features of it, is that it is Antibacterial, Non flourescer, and its patented funnel shape which allows for faster absorption.

Here are some information of the Product

1. Adhesive does not contain fluorescent agent (whitening agent) to prevent chemical composition to invade the body.
2. Cotton repression, pearl surface, antibacterial, suitable for sensitive skin
3. The new U-diversion channel, funnel-shaped new body, vertical absorption, prevents back and side leakage
4. Breathable film, using high-tech breathable fabric, fast blood absorption, fast heat shed, each piece of sanitary pad is breathable and prevent odour and bacteria while allowing the skin to breathe properly
5. Patent right angle 90degree flaps that fits panties perfectly. Avoid rubbing the inside of the thighs

Where to buy?
Watsons, John Little, NTUC, OG and Nishino!

Range from $2.60 to $4.50

Do also follow and like their facebook page for more info!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Muffin Darling has a new bumblebee backpack!!

Saw this selling online and I immediately know I must get one for Muffin! It is just sooooooo cute!! Been wanting to get one for him since a long time ago, but the pet shops in Singapore selling it are all either sooo costly or the quality is really lousy and I dont think it is worth the money. Also I have some friends who bought it for their dogs but complaint that it is lousy and spoiled after only 2 or 3 use.

And so when I found these selling online, I need I had to get one for Muffin!

The quality is really good, it is sooooo cute, the item I ordered was exactly as per shown in the photo and the price is really reasonable!! Totally worth it!

Now Muffin can carry his own backpack with his little box of treats, his tissue paper as well as a plastic bag to pick up his poop! And its great as it has a round hoop to hook up with your leash, so it can be used as a harness as well!

Keen to get it? Check out OH! September at !! There are many other designs as per this above photo as well as 2 different sizes to choose from too! Although they do not have in stock for it right now, but you can PRE-ORDER! Just need to give it approx 1-2 weeks of lead time! If the response for it is good, they will be stocking it up too!! =)

2 size option: S & M

Many designs to choose from:
#1 - Panda
#2 - Bumble bee
#3 - Pig
#4 - Brown Bear
#5 - Yellow Chick with Heart
#6 - Brown Horse
#7 - Blue Owl
#8 - Tiger
#9 - Monkey
#10 - Cow
#11 - Blue Penguin
#12 - Strawberry
#13 - Orange
#14 - Blue Bus
#15 - Red Bus
#16 - Red Navy with Blue Anchor
#17 - Sailor Red Bag

Price: $18

S size:Chest 36-45cm Length:14Width12Thickness6cm
M size: Chest 45-53cm Length:17width15Thickness7cm

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slimming Product Review: Reduze Pro

Want to lose weight and lose that tummy but......
1) Lazy to exercise?
2) Love eating? (especially sweet treats and good food)
3) Can't stop snacking and munching?
4) Too many festivals, birthdays and celebrations with yummylicious food?

Here's a quick solution!
REDUZE PRO Triple Action Total Body D-Tox & Cleanse plus Weight Reduction!!

Benefits of Reduze Pro*
Detox, burn fat and lose weight
Triple action detox formula (Rebalance Gut Flora, Improve Digestive System and Sustainable Weight Loss)
Eliminate Toxins and Waste
Flatten Your Tummy
Improve Bowel Regularity
Increase Satiety !
Enhanced Weight Loss !
Clearer Complexion !

*Results may vary and dosage is dependent.

For normal effect, take 2 capsules once daily before food. For fast effect, take up to 3 capsules once daily before food. When the desired effect is achieved, reduce dosage back to 2 capsules daily !

Reduze PRO is clinically proven
Made in USA under Good Manufacturing Practices
Backed by Multiple Studies


Q: Will Reduze PRO induce diarrhoea?
A: No. Probiotics used in Reduze PRO is a smart bacteria that can help to regulate our bowel movement naturally. It can also help to relieve symptoms of diarrhea.

Q: Will Reduze PRO cause any gastric or liver problem?
A: No. In fact, the Probiotic Complex in Reduze PRO is helpful to the gastric and intestinal health.

Q: Will Reduze PRO cause heart palpitation or insomnia?
A: Sleeping problem, heart palpitation or headache is usually experienced by people who are hypersensitive to caffeine. Reduze PRO does not contains any caffeine thus will not cause the above problems.

Q: What is Synbiotic?
A: Synbiotic contains probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that maintain the micro flora in our intestines. Prebiotics is the food source for probiotics

Q: How long will I be able to see results? 
A: Result varies for each individual. Reduze PRO works in hours for those with constipation problems. For weight loss, some may observe changes within 1 to 2 weeks if weight gain is due to lack of exercise; particularly those who does not overeat. Others may take up to 3 to 6 weeks, especially those with poor dietary habits or unhealthy lifestyle, and the obese. It is recommended to take Reduze PRO consecutively for at least 4 weeks to feel the initial difference. 

Q: Does Reduze PRO works for severely overweight people? 
A: Yes. The Detox and Weight loss formula effectively helps to eliminates weight gain causing toxins and enhance the effect of weight loss. 

Q: Is there any side effects for long term consumption? 
A: No adverse side effect has been discovered so far. Reduze PRO is made from all natural ingredients thus it is suitable for long term consumption.

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I've been really lazy these few years, not exercising and due to my work nature, I'm always sitted at my desk. Even after meals at home, I would just lie in bed or snooze on the chair or sofa. I really love to eat sweet stuff and snack on alot of junk food, be it at work or during my free time. When I really need to lose weight, I'll simply go on diets and skip my meals which is really bad for my health.

Seeing slimming products being sold and advertise on TV, I've been tempted to give it a try but never did. But thank goodness, I've been given a chance to try Reduze PRO!
With Reduze PRO I can now indulge on all my favourite food without worrying!
I've tried Reduze PRO for almost 2 weeks now, so far no side effects, no major diarrhoea problems, no insomnia as well! As for losing weight, I have not seen any major difference yet since I've not completed the 1 month course, but if you see me slimming down even after eating alot, it just meant that this works well! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Yuriko Can Cook, So Can You: Recipe - Fried Sweet Potato Balls in 5 Steps!


Saw a friend posted this on Facebook and it immediately made me crave for it! Had this yummylicious snack quite some time back when I was travelling and so when I saw it, it immediately made me start craving for it! My sweet friend, Yvonne was really nice and share the recipe with me and so yesterday as I was in the mood to cook I decided to try it out and share this recipe with all of you!! :)

(approximately 25 balls /  for 2pax)
Recipe Source
But I did some amendments as I didnt want to make too much since it was a night snack for 2 pax and my parents-in-law just took a piece or 2 to try, plus it is really fattening to eat too much at night!

280g of Sweet Potatoes Flesh
130g Glutinous Rice Flour
15g of Corn Flour
70-80g of Sugar (Depending on how sweet you prefer it to be)
1/4 tsp of Salt (or Sea Salt)
Oil for deep-frying


1. Skin the Sweet Potatoes, and cut into chunks. Boil sweet potato until tender.(About 20mins)
2. Mash the Potatoes
3. Mix the glutinous rice flour, corn flour, sugar, salt and mashed potatoes together and knead lightly until it forms a smooth dough
4. Pinch a small piece of dough (about 15g each) and roll it with both palms to form a smooth ball. (Do note that if the ball is too big it may not be fully cooked in the middle and you may risk frying for too long til the surface is overcooked.)
5. Heat up oil in work or simply put into heated deep-fryer and fry til the ball floats up and turns golden brown. This should take about 3mins for each batch of balls frying. Remove from oil, drain on paper towel and serve hot!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

OH! September Store!!!

Something EXCITING has just been Launched!!!

After thinking about it and procrastinating for such a long time, with many failed attempts due to friends who back out on me last minute, I decided this time I will officially start something on my own!!

To prevent further procrastination, I decided to register my business this time round! No more excuses~

Previously I had started up at least 4 blogshops. 2 of it was done up but never launched due to friends backing out. Subsequently I had 2 other blogshops + a personal account on Carousell selling my 2nd hand stuff. Decided that its way too tedious to manage so many shops at a time on my own, and I wanted a platform where I can sell everything and manage everything on just 1 site. With 2 shops previously, I had to print seperate set of labels, design 2 different logos, advertising materials, and keep my accounts separately. And its worse when I had to check and log in to 2 different accounts everyday and check 2 emails everyday as well. I ended up forgetting to check sometimes or check one and neglect the other and missing many sales inquiries and orders. Apologies to all my customers about it! 

So this time round, to make things easier for both myself and my customers, its going to be just 1 site. Everyone just have to remember OH! SEPTEMBER, An ALL-in-ONE Online Store to cater to everyone! And I promise to provide faster replies and better service since I can now better manage with just 1 site to check and look after!

OH! September is an all-in-one online store officially registered with ACRA on 29 September with Business Registration No.: 53276990. Website is fully functional and launched on 30th September 2014. To find out more, CHECK OUT OH! SEPTEMBER NOW!

For all my lovely readers, simply quote Promo Code: ILLUSIVEDREAMSS to enjoy an additional 5% discount on top of the current ongoing Sales & Discounts Promotions!!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Skin Care Product Review: Black Paint Easy 4 Steps Pore Care

 Taking care of pores is the first step in maintaining great skin.

Blackheads and Clogged Pores has always been one of my biggest frustrations and I'm always on the look out for products or going for facial sessons to fix the problem which are usually VERY COSTLY. Also the products that I have are not as effective as I was told, or probably it just didnt really suit my skin.

Due to my clogged pores, my skin is really bad and have frequent outbreaks and bad skin tones with ugly looking enlarged pores which are pretty obvious.

Thanks to SampleStore, I am able to get my hands on the BLACK PAINT Easy 4 Steps Pore Care Set to try out!!

As per mentioned, there are just 4 simple steps with 4 different products which I have provided with more details as per below.

1) Soap Cleanser
2) Best Water Toner
3) Oil Water Rose Lotion
4) Water Cream Moisturizer

I would say I am pleasantly pleased with this pore care set!!

Before - Oily Face with Make up after a whole day at work
Did the Cleansing and a short 2 minutes of Black Mask with the Soap Cleanser
After - Without any make up remover, just using the Soap Cleanser, my face is really clean after washing, applying the toner, lotion as well as moisturizer!!
(Apologize that the photos are not very clear as I took them at night thus the lighting is really bad thus cant really see the difference)

My Review

LOVE the Mild Floral Scent of Roses found in the Oil Water Rose Lotion and Lavender Scent in the Water Cream Moisturizer. Its very soothing and calming on myself as well as my skin.

LOVE that everything is so NATURAL and ORGANIC

LOVE that the Toner and Lotion are both really refreshing and light on the skin, and leaves NO sticky oily feeling

LOVE the Soap Cleanser as my face feels really clean, smooth and clear after washing, and it works really well even as a make up remover

LOVE that I could use the Soap Cleanser as a BLACK MASK on my nose to further cleanse the pores and blackheads

LOVE that it is not too dry on my skin considering I have dry yet oily skin

LOVE that my skin feels so much CLEANER after using the product and I could see that my pores are minimizing a little after using for a week!

LOVE that after ONLY the FIRST wash, my blackheads easily came right out!! Super Amazing!


Pore Care
Troubled Skin Starts from Pore There are approximately 200,000 pores on our face. When dead cells mix with oil secretion (sebum) in our skin layers, they clog our pores and prevent our skin from breathing which may lead to troubled skin. If all of them are clogged with waste and makeup, how would our face turn out to be? Enlarged pores, blackheads, name it.

On top of that, sweat and sebum are unlikely to sufficiently secrete under imbalanced skin conditions - thus causing dry, hard and darkish appearances. Besides, frequent facial wash may lead to dry skin and enlarged pores. It tends to strip moisture from our face and cause troubles. Exposure to air-conditioning is another reason that causes facial dryness and enlarged pores.

These are the reasons why BLACK PAINT was designed.

What is BLACK PAINT®? 
BLACK PAINT® is an organic skincare brand established in Kyoto 15 years ago by Miyuki Maeda. Combining ancient wisdom of beauty secrets, modern bacteriology and contemporary natural & organic lifestyle, Miyuki has successfully found the formula to solve skin problems rooting from skin pores by leveraging on the power of nature.

Based on this concept, BLACK PAINT® skincare products are made from natural, organic materials which are blended from more than 100 types of plant oils, more than 50 types of essential oils and Kishu Binchotan Charcoal, all known to have powerful beauty effects since ancient times. No longer using synthetic and artificial products to suppress our skin’s reaction to the external environment, BLACK PAINT® works instead to build the harmony between our skin and nature.

BLACK PAINT® soap has won the Grand Gold Medal of Monde Selection Award (a globally-renowned award run by International Institute for Quality Selections, Belgium that evaluates quality of each product and grant them quality label) for 6 consecutive years since 2009 under the category of Cosmetics & Toiletries.

BLACK PAINT® soaps sold more than one million units in Japan in year 2012 alone

To find out more about BLACK PAINT and their products and history, simple visit their website at


In order to solve troubled skin, we have to:
  • Clean our pores to minimize damage done
  • Consume large amount of water
  • Keep moisturized
  • Prevent moisture loss
BLACK PAINT, which is made from natural and organic materials, serves as a total solution for keeping pores clean and skin moisturized. Our skin renews itself every 28 days, sloughing off old dead skin cells (keratin layer) and replacing them with fresh new ones.

During this period, it is important that we take pores cleaning in facial wash or hair wash seriously. The idea of this method is to moisturize our skin while we are aware about natural turnover of skin.
Skin care solution of BLACK PAINT

Step 1 – Remove clogging from pores
Step 2 – Hydrate your pores
Step 3 – Nourish your pores
Step 4 – Protect your pores

If the skin cannot get proper nourishment, it couldn’t renew itself efficiently and problems arise. To achieve a beautiful skin, use our skin care products for 28 days to allow your “normal” skin and “renewed” skin to adjust to it.

STEP 1A - Black Paint Soap Cleanser

A gentle pore cleansing hand-made face soap with Kishu Binchotan Charcoal (White Charcoal, A high-grade charcoal produced from Ubame oak made in "Kishu" area of Wakayama Prefecture) cleans pores and removes oil and dirt thoroughly but gently without stripping away skin’s essential moisture, leaving skin fresh and silky smooth.

  • Deeply cleans pores and removes keratotic plugs for smoother and fresher skin. Discovered a long ago by women who visited hot springs; when the alkaline water of the hot springs touched their skin, which is acidic, it triggered the skin to restore its normal balance by releasing more acid and this acid pushed out all the waste from within, leaving pores completely clean. That's why BLACK PAINT is made with a slightly alkaline pH level to simulate the effect of alkaline hot spring. 
  • Removes makeup in one wash without the need of makeup remover
  • Nourishes skin with 23 types of plant oils, amino acids, silk powder and vitamins in honey and brown sugar. 
  • Kishu Binchotan Charcoal effectively absorbs impurities and delivers natural minerals. 
  • Organic and natural oils improve skin immunity and minimize skin irritation. 
  • No alcohol, fragrances and artificial colorants. 
How To Use?
  1. Immerse the soap into 40 degree celcius water for a minimum of 40 seconds. The soap is ready if the surface of the soap melts into a “sesame dessert paste"
  2. Apply directly onto skin, even over makeup because the soap can double as a makeup remover. 
  3. Try to use all the 6 surfaces of “sesame dessert paste” of the soap and not just 1 side. This act will consume all the melted soap surfaces which allows the soap to dry during idling and preserves the form of the soap, prolonging its usability. 
  4. Massage face gently for around 1 minute. This allows the charcoal particles in the soap water to sip into the pores and adhere themselves to whiteheads and oil deposits for more effective cleansing. 
  5. Rinse with warm water with gentle massage. Avoid harsh motion because such action will cut off partially exposed comedones. Partially exposed comedones are best removed with the help of Black Sponge (more details in the next section) 
  6. Leave the BLACK PAINT® soap on an open dish in an airy place to dry naturally. This will help to prolong the usage of the soap. 
(**Shut your eyes tightly and rinse. Keep eyes shut until all soap is gone to prevent the soap's salts from getting into and irritating your eyes. If the soap gets in contact with the eye, it gives a sensation of irritation. There is no danger since it is a salt content. Simply rinse with water.)

STEP 1B - Black Konjac Sponge

A 100% natural facial sponge made from konjac fiber kneaded with Binchotan charcoal and various minerals that enhance absorption ability, help removing excess oil and dead skin cells in the most delicate manner.

  • Absorbs the partially exposed comedones pushed out by BLACK PAINT soap wash
  • Exfoliates the skin, removing the surplus keratin, granting it translucence and allowing a good penetration of the lotion in the next step of the regime. 
How To Use?
  1. Soak the sponge in warm water for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sponge is completely soft.
  2. Press out the excess water. DO NOT TWIST the sponge.
  3. After Face wash with BLACK PAINT® soap, massage face with the black sponge in a circular motion. The sponge will extract the partially exposed comedones.
  4. After use, rinse the sponge thoroughly. Press it between your palms to remove as much water as possible. Do not wring. Set in a airy place to dry. 

STEP 2 - Best Water Toner

A pore-minimizing toner that contains 30 types of minerals that deeply penetrates the skin (epidermis) to nourish and help restore skin's natural barrier to prevent moisture loss. Prevents the formation of Wrinkles due to dryness.

  • Deeply nourishes skin with 30 types of natural minerals such as Potassium and Magnesium leaving skin feeling significantly soft and supple
  • Instantly hydrates skin and helps preserve its moisture balance
  • Helps improve skin texture and minimizes pores after cleansing
  • No alcohol, fragrances and artificial colorants.
  • Low irritation. 
How To Use?

Use 3 to 5 pumps of Best Water on the skin. Gently add pressure using your palms on your face for better absorption. (Tip: It is recommended to apply Best Water along with facial paper and use as face mask twice weekly for better result)

STEP 3 - Oil Water Rose Lotion
A dual-layer emulsion that regenerates, protects, soothes, and softens the skin keeping skin soft, supple, radiant and young-looking, while a delicious rose scent uplifts the spirit.
  • Each Bottle contains around 2000 roses with their precious Damask water and oil, top grade beauty ingredient since acient times for its antimicrobial, antifungal as well as antiviral factors
  • Bottom layer of Damask Rose Water provides extra vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to skin
  • Top layer of Damask Rose Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil and others together 8 types of plant oils improves fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging including pigmentation.
  • Antioxidant vitamin C found in rose essential oil helps repair discoloured skin.
  • Provide anti-inflammatory properties that treat redness & wounds. The rose is also excellent for tightening skin pores
  • No emulsifiers, surfactants or preservatives
  • Damask Rose scent provides aromatherapy effects.
How To Use?

Due to the absence of emulsifier (a synthetic chemical), the Rose Oil and Rose Water are always in 2 separate layers. Shake the bottle vigourously for more than 20 times until the liquid becomes a milky solution. Then, apply 3 to 5 pumps volume of product onto skin. Repeat this step for 2 to 3 times. Apply this after cleansing and Best Water application. For best result, use it together with Best Water.)

STEP 4 - Water Cream Moisturizer

A water-based moisturizing cream that protects your skin from dryness and maintains moisture all day long. Great as a makeup base.

  • Contains Morocco’s Argan Oil which improves skin metabolism and promotes moisture retention
  • The combination of 7 different types of flower oil and polymeric silicon form a protective veil against external environment
  • Natural ingredients provides anti-oxidative effects
  • Skin's unevenness is corrected, giving a good adhesion of your foundation and a long-lasting make-up finish
  • No alcohol, fragrances and artificial colorants
  • Soothingly scented with Lavender oil
  • Act as a protective veil between your skin and heavy coloring of your make-up to prevent color depositing 
How To Use?

Take a pearl-sized amount, and spread onto face. Transforms into water droplets upon application. Wait until your face dries before applying makeup. 


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Black Paint Soap Cleanser 120g / S$49.90
Black Konjac Sponge 1pc / S$14.90
Best Water Toner 100ml / S$59.90
Oil Water Rose Lotion 100ml / S$49.90
Water Cream Moisturizer 50ml / S$79.90

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hair Care Review : Relaunched New Essential Hair Care

Oily Hair Problems? Dry Ends? Combination Hair?
Want a solution that can fix both problems??

Try the New Essential Hair Care Range!!

Essential is a popular haircare brand from Japan. Understanding the needs of Singaporean girls and their hair woes, Essential has a wide range of products to help repair and care for hair. Essential offers products ranging from basic care like Shampoo & Conditioner to more intensive treatments like Hair Masks and Leave On Serum/Lotions. In this month of October, Essential relaunches with brand new packaging, improved formula and a new variant!!

I've previously used the Essential Rich Premier, which is also the Orange range as per below which I believe most of you should have tried it or used it before, or at least seen it before selling in supermarkets, Watsons, etc. Back then what made me like it very much is that it smells really good and my hair does feels softer lighter and bouncier.

Essential haircare range has RELAUNCHED with new, improved formula and technology!!
Now, Essential is available in 4 variants to suit all hair needs and types:
Nourishing Breakage Defense (orange)  – for weak & damaged hair
Moisturizing Frizz Free (pink) – for dull & rough hair
Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) – for flat and limp hair
❤ Deep Cleansing Care (blue) – for oily scalp & dry ends (new)

Out of these 4 variants, the yellow and blue variants have technology that caters to people with combination hair – oily scalp/roots yet dry ends.

Information about Combination Hair
The concept of ‘combination hair’ is similar to that of ‘combination skin’, where hair condition fro m the same person is not uniform from root to tip. People with combination hair usually have oily roots and dry ends. Consumers are not familiar with the term ‘combination hair’ and no other haircare brand has talked about it. Essential wants to take this chance to educate consumers about this concept and bring to their attention that they may have this condition and new Essential is the solution to their problem.

People with combination hair currently do not have one haircare product which they can use to solve both problems of oily roots and dry ends. Using a rich moisturizing product to care for their dry ends usually ends up having too much product buildup on their scalp, resulting in a heavy, oily scalp. Using a light, clarifying product to c are for their oily scalp will then cause their ends to be even drier. As a result, people with combination hair will either have only one out of the two problems solved, or they have to rotate between using a rich moisturizing product and a light clarifying product to achieve a balance.

New Essential Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue) variants have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology to target both problems of roots and hair ends. As a result, consumers experience the best of both worlds with one product - airy light roots and moisturized end.

How to Choose the Correct Variant for your Hair Type?
Ask yourself the two questions and choose from the matrix below:
1. Do you have oily hair roots/scalp?
2. Do you have dry/damaged hair ends?

Deep Cleansing Care (blue ) variant has the lightest formula and is suitable for people with very oily roots, followed by Light Finish Volumizing ( yellow ) variant.

Treatment Tube
Improved treatment now works its magic on your hair in 30 seconds! The result – deeply moisturized and manageable hair. Perfect for busy days.

Hair Mask
For more intensive treatment to treat those dry/damaged ends , leaving hair softer, smoother and more manageable.

How to Choose the Correct Treatment and Hair Mask for your Hair Type

People with very dry/damaged hair should use the richest formula Nourishing Breakage Defense (orange) variant for treatment and mask while the rest can use the Moisturizing Frizz Free (pink) variant which is comparatively lighter.
**Point to note: DO NOT apply treatment/mask on your scalp. Apply to hair ends only.**

New Essential has Microfine All Smooth Essence which delivers nutrients to repair damaged hair surface from root to tip. Conventional technology concentrates mainly at the roots only. Hair feels surprisingly smooth when you finger comb through whether wet or dry. With the absence of tangles, water does not get trapped between the tangles hence blow - drying your hair is also faster .

For MYSELF, I have combination hair as well. With Oily Scalp and Dry Ends, and I was given the Deep Cleansing Care Shampoo and Conditioner (BLUE) and the Moisturizing Frizz-free Treatment and Hair Mask(PINK) to try.

Here is my BEFORE and AFTER photo!
(FYI to make a fair review, I stopped using my other hair oil products for a week before I tried using this)

BEFORE - My hair was dull and dry, my scalp was oily and itchy, and I had bad tangles and very dry ends.

AFTER - My hair is more manageable, smoother, lighter, bouncier, softer and looks more radiant. I could easily comb through without much tangles and the dry ends are much softer as well. And my hair is also less frizzy! And most importantly my scalp is significantly less oily and less itchy and I believe it should improve after more washes and conditioning! :)

And just like its predecessors, the NEW range also smells sooooo GOOOODDDD!! I TOTALLY LOVE IT!! After just 1 wash, I can already feel and see the difference!! Now after using it for 3 days, I am pretty sure this is going to be on my grocery list when buying my daily essentials. Super effective, super good. Longer lasting oil control and soft smooth hair with no tangles after 3 washes!! How awesome is that!!

Shampoo (200ml) - SGD$4.50 / (750ml) - SGD$11.50
Conditioner (200ml) - SGD$4.50 / (750ml) - SGD$11.50
Hair Mask - SGD$9.90

NOW available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, western pharmacies, and personal care store (Watsons)

Also, like Essential on Facebook ( ) and follow Essential on Instagram @essentialsingapore

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wisdom Tooth Extraction - 1st Session

After procrastinating for 5years, I finally gathered enough courage and went to the dentist for my wisdom tooth extraction. Partly it is due to 1 of my molar that chipped and I kinda had no choice but to go. Plus my toothache has been bothering me for quite some time now.

My Dentist:
Vincent's Dental
245 Tanjong Katong Road 437033

First visit to the dentist to check on my broken tooth and was told that my molar is in very bad shape and I had only 2 options.

1) Get a root canal and crowning done on the tooth
2) Extract the whole tooth and do a dentistry implant

But even if I wanted to do any of the above options, I was told that I will first have to remove my wisdom tooth before they are able to do anything my wisdom tooth is the main cause for my molar tooth breaking up in the first place.

And so I quickly made the earliest possible appointment and on Friday 17th Oct, I went to the dentist in the morning for my wisdom tooth extraction.

Signed the indemnity form and medisave form and went in for an xray. After the xray, my dentist told me that my broken molar is actually worse than he thought, and definitely worse than I can imagine. Apparently my nerves have all been exposed and he is surprise that I can tolerate the pain for 2 to 3 weeks before visiting him.

And so, his advice was for me to do the implants as even if I had done the root canal and crowning, chances are, a few years down the road or if i ever chewed on something hard, it may just break again. Therefore for a safer choice and more effective solution, the implant is recommended so that the tooth will last my lifetime and I should not have to worry about it anymore.

And so of cuz, the logical choice was to do the implants and I chose that option.

With that choice made, my dentist proceeded with the extractions.

But first, the nurses wrapped me up in the surgical cloth and covered my eyes as they could tell I was really scare. I was literally trembling soooo bad that the whole seat was trembling with me. I trembled from the moment I sat down til the whole event was over. (SERIOUSLY) Now I totally understand how scare Muffin must have been when he's at the vet or when its raining heavily with thunder and lightning. Cause he was trembling as bad as I was.

To all those out there who says that the dentist is not scary, and the wisdom tooth extraction is not painful. You are all liars!! (Well at least to me you lied!! Cause I have almost ZERO tolerance to pain!!!)

1) The anesthetic injection to numb my gums was ULTIMATE painful!! And I had to suffer through 2 jabs, 1 on the top and 1 on bottom of my gums. Subsequent jabs was alright as by then my gums area is already numb. - By the first jab, I was already in tears and whining like a child. And without a doubt the same goes for the 2nd jab.

2) He first proceeded to remove my top right molar. Honestly I felt no pain for this one. I initially thought he was just "testing" when I felt him tugging at the tooth. But I didnt realize it was already out.

3) Then he started tugging real hard on my molar, which is the biggest tooth that we all have! And....Its Sooooooo Freaking PAINFUL!! I had to stop him and told him it hurts real bad, and so he decided to give me 1 more jab to numb he further. I started whining even more, and crying even more, and even kicked around in pain!

4) After the jab, he tried again on the molar. Tugging and twisting, and again I was in pain and crying and whining real bad trying to get him to stop again. He started talking to me, trying to get my attention off the pain, and joked around like I was a kid. And then he started teasing me and the next moment he said " Haha tricked you! Its out!! "

5) Before I could react, he started working on my bottom right molar, and again it was painful. He used quite a bit of strength and I could tell as the pressure on my tooth was real hard and I was sooooo worried he will hurt my cheek or something. And again he was trying hard to get my attention elsewhere and talking to me throughout. I shut my eyes real tight, and soon enough, he FINALLY said " Its out!! Its all done!! "

6) And silly me asked him "Oh?! What about the top wisdom tooth??" And he laughed and said, "It was long gone, the first to be out! No pain right?? Haha! " and I went "Oh........hahaha ok..."

7) Then he proceed to stitch me up as after removing 2 tooth side by side on the bottom, it meant that the whole is pretty big and bleeding alot, and it will take a much longer time to heal if its not stitched up.

And finally DONE for the first session.

Here is my swollen face, and a snapshot of my 3 extracted tooth with the scary needle!
I shall not upload the clearer photo of my tooth as I think it looks kinda gross and I dont think I will wanna scare you guys with it.
(My Hubby was totally grossed out by the photo and ended up having to skip his meal as I showed it to him just before lunch. *oops* Haha!!)

Yea first session, because I still have another 2 more wisdom tooth to be extracted on my left side!! *sulks* Super not looking forward but I know I have no choice as I do not want the same problem to repeat itself and I certainly do not want another broken molar on my left~!

After everything was done, placed some gauze to stop the bleeding, before I head out to get my painkillers, antibiotics, anti-swelling pills, mouth gargle, and medical certificate. And also to fix another appointment for my dentistry implants to be done!!

My next appointment would be 3 months later after my current wounds are all healed before they can do the xray to check again as well as do the necessary for the implants before the actual implants are placed in, in 6months time! Super scare as well, as I will need to go through the jabs again and can you imagine implanting a screw into our gums?! So not fun!~

Not looking forward either, but again, NO CHOICE! If not I will not be able to chew and eat properly without my molar!!!

And so for the last 3 days I had been on mostly LIQUID diets!!

For 3 reasons:

1) It hurts when I move my mouth too much or chew, and I worry if I accidentally chew on the wounds it will be SUPER PAINFUL
2) If food gets stuck in the wound, I do not think it will be a very good experience or situation
3) I do not want to aggravate the wound and hoping for speedy recovery!!

And so here is my diet for the last 3 days, and probably for the next few days til I feel better and safer to eat proper food~

1) Water
2) Milk
3) Soyamilk
4) Soya Beancurd
5) Soft boiled eggs prepared by my hubby
6) Mashed potatoes prepared by my hubby
6) Chocolate milk
7) Yoghurt
8) Mushy Baby-like Porridge with mashed carrots (Baby food prepared by my mother and father in law)
9) Soup

And do avoid taking soup or drinks that are too hot!!

And I must say, this is a GREAT time to lose weight if you are trying hard to lose those extra weight~ My tummy is now flat and I probably lost at least 3kgs within this 3 days! Super awesome!

Hereby want to Thank my Hubby, Mother and Father in law for taking great care of me, specially cooking for me so that I can have more varieties of food to eat rather than just drinking soya milk and milk~ =)

And thanks to my dentist Dr Vincent Tan for trying his best to let me feel less pain and making the effort to try distract me and joking with me to make me feel better. :)

Last but not least, THANK GOD for the courage, and that everything went smoothly during the extraction, and I guess my wounds are healing well so far~ =)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 4

Wedding Bands are a MUST HAVE for every marriage or wedding, even if it is just a simple ring, or something extravagant with a huge 3 carat diamond.

Popular belief is that the wedding ring is in a circle shape as it symbolizes a hope that their marriage and love will be everlasting and never ending.

Some people spend a bomb on their wedding band either due to vanity issues, to simply show-off, to feel good, have high expectations or are perfectionist, status issues or just because they simply want to pamper themselves. While some simply get a simple couple ring either due to budget constraints, work safety issues which doesnt allow workers to wear any accessories, nature of work which may quickly damage their rings or housewives who always have to do housework and fear damaging their rings. Whatever the reasons, whatever the design or type of ring couples buy, there will definitely be a wedding band even if they do without a proposal ring.

Some couples spend a LONG time looking for the perfect ring. Some couples custom design their rings. While some couples simply walk into any jewelry store, look into the display counter, points to the one that catches their attention and buy it immediately.

For me and my now husband, we went to a few different brand of jewelry store, narrow down to the few we both like and agree on, made comparisons of price at different outlets, and finally settled for a pair from Lee Hwa Jewelry.

It was slightly above our initial budget, but after getting discounts we manage to get it at a price we both are comfortable with and so we bought it!

Some couples who have different ring designs as usually the ladies would prefer more diamonds, but the man either only have 1 centerpiece diamond or not diamonds at all. Unlike them, me and my husband prefer to have both totally identical rings as to us its more meaningful and symbolizes our love for each other and the bond and unity we share. So we took awhile before we manage to finally finalize on a ring that we both agreed on. Thank Goodness he is unlike other man as he likes the idea of having diamonds on his ring too! Haha~

And so we finally decided on this~

Nice right? Nice right? Haha! Well at least to us we LOVE IT! LOL~ =p

So yeap, here is my Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 4!! Stay tuned for Part 5! Will likely be posting more about the preparation of the Actual Day Wedding Banquet or Pre-wedding photo selection!

Check Out My Other Post For a Continuation of My Journey Of Our Wedding Preparations!
(Links Below)

Journey of Our Wedding Preparations Part 1
- Choosing the Dates
- Preparing the Guestlist
- Choosing Our SolemnizationVenue
- Choosing Wedding Banquet Venue
- Choosing Bridal Studio

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 2
- Choosing my Wedding Gown and his Suit

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 3
- Wedding Photoshoot Location
- Props for photoshoot & DIY decor / props
- Solemnizer & ROM filing notice of marriage

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 5
- The Wedding Banquet Agreement (Cost payment, Red packet collection fund)
- Invitation Cards
- Confirmation of Guest
- Looking for a Actual Day Videographer
- Rental of Bridal Car
- Hiring / DIY Instant Phoot Booth/Roving (Optional)

Wedding Banquet & Solemnization Venue Finalized

Monday, September 29, 2014

❤ Staycation at MBS

After my Solemnization Ceremony held on 9 September 2014, we headed over to have our short Staycation  at Marina Bay Sands Hotel to relax and pamper ourselves as well as to celebrate this special day! :)

Arrived at MBS and everyone was looking at us as we were both still in our gown and suits and heavy make up with the pretty hairdo, and carrying many bags of things walking around ("dua bao suay bao"). Haha!! But thankfully had a good friend, Vivian, who came along with us after the lunch and she was really helpful to help us carry our stuff. If not I really wonder how we are going to manage with carrying so many things! (Yes its just a 1 night stay but somehow I brought alot of things along also I had my camera bag and tripod and stuff, so yea you can imagine how hilarious we look!) Anyway met up with Daniel and his wife Qiqi who left the lunch earlier and came over to MBS earlier to help us checked into the hotel. Thanks for helping us to book the hotel!! After they checked in, we all went straight up to the room to unload our stuff and rest our feets!! Daniel and Qiqi left shortly after looking around the room.

The room is really nice and well equipped though I was expecting a bigger room with a bath tub as my last stay there 2 years back had a bath tub and I totally LOVE the bath tub!! Was kinda looking forward to soaking myself in the tub with warm water and lotsa bubbles, especially after a long busy morning rushing around and wearing sucha TIGHT gown~ *Sulks* so I was kinda disappointed when I entered the bathroom and was shock to find out there is NO bath tub~ *Awww Mannnn*

BUT....the plus point is that this time round, we have a really NICE VIEW from our balcony!! I could see Gardens by the Bay and all its pretty colorful neon lightings even at night!! AWESOME!!

Took many many photos and thanks to our personal photographer for the day Vivian who not only tag along with us to help us carry things, but she is really helpful to help us with snapping photos as well! I'm soooo grateful to you! Really! :)


After all the phototaking, I finally got changed out of my SUPER TIGHT gown, and we headed out for some booze at the Champagne Bar. Chillout, relax and just chat and catch up~ I super love days like this! Hope we can do this more often! After which we walk around and did some window shopping before she left to meet her boyfy, while hubby and I decided to go for a swim and dip at the Infinity Pool and Jacuzzi on the 57th floor~ *SHIOK MAX*

As it was dark, we didnt take any photos. Simply just having some sweet loving together moments basking in the moonlight, gazing the stars, and beautiful neon lightings of our Singapore City. :)

After the dip, we washed up and decided to drive out nearby to have dinner as it was pretty late and most places were already close by then. After dinner, came back and decided to just laze in the room and snooze in our SUPER COMFY bed!! Both of us love the bed soooo much as it is really super soft and comfy!~ I must get this bed and comforter and pillow for my upcoming new house too!!!

And so we went to sleep after watching TV, and woke up early the next morning to go for breakfast at Toastbox!! After breakkie, we went for a swim and dip AGAIN! This time round, in the bright day light basking in the sun and taking many photos and videos~ Gotten a slight tan as well!! YAY~ After hiding from the sun for awhile since I didnt want any tan lines and didnts want to look tan for my solemnization, I can finally bask in the sun, and have a slight tan! *Happiness*

After swimming, we head back to the room to wash up and pack up and took some final photos before we reluctantly left MBS. Good times always pass sooooooo quickly! *SULKS*

After MBS, we went to Bugis to return he gown and suits to the bridal studio, and went for a nice simple lunch at Ramen Champion at Bugis+, before we went home to rest, and head out later that day to Wanderlust Hotel for Feline's surprise birthday bash. Wanderlast Hotel, Space theme room is really pretty cool! Would probably try booking a room there for a staycation in future too,! and if I do, I will then write a more detailed review about the hotel. =)

For full album of my Staycation at MBS Photos, CLICK HERE!
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