Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Review: 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism

I have been wearing glasses since primary school and I can't live without it. It was convenient, no worries about hygiene but I probably don't look that good. It was only when I reach late teens when I started wearing contact lenses for beauty sake.

My first pair of contact lenses were 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism but of course, that was almost 10 years ago and Acuvue has improved their products through technology to suit the various needs of their customers. I have been switching brands ever since out of curiousity.

Just recently, I received an invitation from SampleStore to review their 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism.

I had an eye health check done at Nanyang Optical at Clementi Mall. I was served by their Eye Check Practioner (ECP), Jingli who helped me to check if my eyesight and eye health has changed.

In the past, we were only asked to do a basic eye examination by checking for any eye disease and test of vision. 

You should remember being asked to read out alphabets from a screen. Nowadays, our eyelids do get checked as well. It is really good to know as the eye health can be a symptom for other health issues like high cholesterol.

Jingli was patient and helpful throughout the eye check in the patient refraction room. Thankfully I don't have any other eye health issues other than increase of astigmatism for both eyes.

Finally, it is time to try on the contact lenses. As I have astigmatism, I was advised to 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism. It has the Eye-Inspired™ Design with Auto-Focus ASD Technoogy (Accelerated Stabilization Design) which stabilizes the lens quickly and keeps it in the right place.

Each box contains 30 pieces.

The contact lenses were soft and it was easy to determine which was the right fit, as in which side. There were 2 thin lines on each contact lens and it is advisable to align them at the top and bottom on the eye so it doesn't have to auto-align after you have worn them.

Are you able to tell which eye was wearing the 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism? I was only wearing it on my right eye. Yes, it is hardly visible unless you take a very close look.

I hardly feel the contact lenses on my eye.

Looking good on a weekday morning to work.

After wearing for 10 hours, this is how my eyes look like.

I only observed appearance of tiny blood vessels, this might be because I'm still getting used to the contact lenses. Thanks to the exclusive LACREON® Technology which permanently embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent, providing the fresh lens feeling and all day comfort. 

This is really not bad and suitable for day-to-day wear. It will be much more convenient to move around and do sports wearing contact lenses. Seriously considering to switch from glasses to 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism.

1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism blocks 97% UVB and 82% UVA so who wouldn't want to prevent cataract by preventing the harmful UV rays from our eyes while making ourselves look better? 

Upon collection, the boxes are labelled with "L" and "R" for you if both eyes have different degrees. I won't have to worry about mixing up anymore.

Each box of 30-pieces retails at $69. Acuvue has multi-pack promotions so the more boxes you buy, the more you save.

You can now download a $30 e-voucher to try 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism or their other products like Acuvue® OASYS® 1-Day, Define and MOIST® Brand Multi-focal. Try it for yourself to look different and feel the difference.

Visit now Would recommend visiting Nanyang Optical at Clementi Mall for their professional service!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yan Ji Seafood Soup & Eyelash Extensions

19 Nov 2016

I finally had the weekend to myself after working a little excessively last month.

Made a trip to Marsiling to catch Pokemon and try the famous Yan Ji Wei Wei Seafood Soup 炎记威威食品.

I ordered the Crayfish Seafood Soup which cost $10. White rice costs $0.50 is at additional cost. Plenty of dory fish and minced meat. There were 2 shelled prawns in the soup too. Yes the soup wasn't a lot to go with the rice but it was flavorful. I think my cholesterol just shoot sky high after eating this for breakfast. But would I go again? I would if I am around the area to catch Pokemon again.

Went for eyelash extensions and classic pedicure at Cister's Studio (previously known as Gardenails). They are having 50% off for all services thus I was back there again. I paid $15 for the classic pedicure and $25 for the eyelash extensions.

I picked the silky lash which is more natural. As I don't have much eyelashes to work with, 50 eyelashes were enough. If you prefer a more dramatic look, you can choose diamond lash. I can always count on Michelle for advice.

The eyelash extensions definitely made my eyes appear rounder. You might think that my eyes look bigger because of the contact lenses but let's see this.

It has been 3 days since I had it done, I have not seen any fallout. The only difficult thing so far was cleaning of my face. I had to use a cotton pad to clean the eye area so as to avoid water from getting onto the eyelash extensions. Will I go for a touch-up when it looks bad? Perhaps I will if I intend to stop swimming for a period of time.

Whenever I put on makeup on a workday, I am reminded of what Mimi Ikonn said, "You never know who you will meet."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Beauty Can Be Drank If You Believe

Thanks to SampleStore again for sending the Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink to me. This is the very first All-In-One Orchid Stem Cell Beauty Drink here in Singapore.

Each box contains 50ml x 10 bottles of sparkling goodness which is mainly made of Cell Young ® Orchid Stem Cell, Premium French Marine Collagen and Acerola Cherry.

You must be thinking what is Cell Young ® Orchid Stem Cell and why orchid?

Orchids have been used by ancient Chinese to promote good health and cure diseases. The Greeks used it for fertility which is something new knowledge for me. Not forgetting Singapore's national flower, Vanda Miss Joaqium, is also an orchid.

Nowadays, there are many skincare products that use orchid extracts too. The good news is that researchers have managed to obtain orchid stem cells.which are powerful antioxidants and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The young orchid stems cells protects skin from environmental damages while hydrating and renewing skin cells.

Yes, take a small bottle of this every day for 7 days and you will observe more supple and hydrated skin. Our skin renews every 28 days and that means taking Avalon Stem Cell  Beauty Drink for 28 days, you will see these numerous benefits.
  1. Rejuvenates damaged skin cells
  2. Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Restore skin firmness and elasticity
  4. Brightens skin
  5. Tighten pores
  6. Locks in moisture
So what is my preferred way of enjoying it? After dinner, I would have a chilled bottle of it.

Taking it from a straw.

If you take oats in the morning like me, perhaps you can try adding it in to your breakfast to make it tasty. However, taking Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink before bedtime is recommended.

I have tried other brands of beauty collagen drinks and most of them smell fishy. The Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink has a light fishy smell too but it is easier to drink as it contains sparkling water. In fact, sparkling water helps to boost nutrients absorption and promotes skin metabolism, I didn't know that.

If you think that collagen is sufficient, it isn't, Collagen only fights aging signs and doesn't improve the skin itself as much. Healthy skin cells is actually the key.

And if you wonder how the beauty drink looks like. It is more sparkly than what you see below.

If you need to find out more reviews about Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink, you can check out here.

It is now retailing at $69.90 for a box of 10 bottles and you can get it from Watsons, Unity Pharmacy, ALT, OG, Robinsons, Yue Hwa and

And just for you (Yes, my reader), you are entilted to 20% off when you checkout here using code TSS-20OFF

Not just a discount code, stay tune to SampleStore's Facebook for a giveaway happening on 17 October.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Shiseido Ultimune Party with Fann Wong

If you have been following Shiseido's Facebook page, I am sure you know that Fann Wong has became their ambassador for Shiseido Ultimune and they have held an event at Tangs Orchard.

I got to say that most of us were there because we knew that Fann Wong was going to be there. Of course, there were attractive promotions, lucky draw and triple points for Shiseido members.

Ok, I am not the lead but Shiseido Ultimune is.

Shiseido Ultimune comes in 3 sizes of which the biggest is 75ml. This is of course more worth it compared to the smaller sizes.

Desiree Lai was the emcee for the event and Erica was the beauty adviser to introduce the product to us.

There was a dance performance by the dancers from NUS Dance Club if I didn't recall wrongly.

The hour-long wait for Fann Wong was worth it. Everyone was cheering and preparing to take photos and videos of her. Just look at the number of people crowding around her other than the guards.

Fann Wong shared about what she likes about Shiseido Ultimune and also bits and pieces of her life after having Zed.

The 80 customers who purchased Shiseido Ultimune had the chance of taking a photograph with Fann Wong and also a skin check done by her. And yes, I am one of the lucky ones.

Credits to Tangs for the photo taken during the skin check

Look at the amount of stuff I had when I left the event.

I bought the Ultimune Set which consists of 50ml Ultimune, UV Sun Protector and the White Lucent Travel Set. There was an instant lucky draw  when you spend at least $100 and I got a set of deluxe Shiseido Ibuki Travel kit consisting of the gentle cleanser and softener.

The door gift consists of the UV Sun Protector and White Lucent Facial Cleanser, Emulsion and the travel size Ultimune.

The most unique item got to be the Ultimune Aromatic Essence which can be rolled onto the neck areas to relieve stress. This is not for sale in Singapore.

I am glad to have attended the event and bought home lots of Shiseido products for future skincare.

Review: The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop has came out with a new series of face masks for different skin types and I redeemed a sample on their Facebook page recently.

My skin is on the drier side thus the staff recommended me to try the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

The sample sachet of 5ml is more than enough for me.

Application is easy and you only need to use apply the face for 5-10 mins. I may look like I got a sun burnt but that's actually the colour of the mask.

Let's see the before and after.

I couldn't spot any visible differences from the pictures.I do feel that skin is smoother and pores on the cheek areas are less visible.

Would I buy it? I will consider since they are selling 2 for $49.90 now.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Where to Find Part-Time or Freelance Jobs?

Recently I have been asked about how I managed to find part time and freelance jobs. Just sharing some tips here.

1) Facebook Group

I frequent this public group to hunt for jobs. I must say that there is the best thread so far. The only bad thing is that the posts are not in chronological order so I can spend a long time scrolling down.

You can find jobs like service crew, packers, flyer distributor, event assistant and promoter.

2) Gumtree

Unless I am still lost, I will be visiting Gumtree for more opportunities. They have updates almost every minute but I see plenty of repeated postings. This will be time-consuming and strain on the eyes.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Happy Teeth-Brushing with Playbrush

Believe it or not, 1 in 2 kids have one or more rotten teeth by the start of primary school. I find it quite a shocking fact and yes, I was checking on my 4-year old nephew's teeth after reading this.

Some parents may have the thought that the milk teeth with bacteria will be lost and the adult teeth may grow out just fine. That's not true. Cited from the Straits Times article, "bacteria from the milk tooth can result in an abscess that will spread to the tooth growing under it". It's time to do something if you have a child to care for.

Brushing techniques are also important and parents are advised to supervise or even help with second round of brushing. Do visit the dentist when you have to.

Thanks to SampleStore for sending the Playbrush for my 4-year old nephew Beorn to brush his teeth in an more interesting way. Let's begin by watching how much he enjoys using Playbrush through the game app Utoothia.

I believe you have understand better how Playbrush works for the kids by making teeth-brushing as a game.

A Playbrush set consists of the user manual, Utoothia user manual, USB cable and the Playbrush device.

The Playbrush device consists of 2 parts namely the white charging component and the pink bluetooth component. These 2 components can be separated in order to connect the white charging component to the USB cable for charging. For first-time users, you just need to charge for 1 minute and you can start using Playbrush.

The toothbrush needs to be inserted into the pink component of the Playbrush and make sure that the smartphone's Bluetooth is on. Open the app Utoothia and register as a player. The white component of the Playrbush will blink continuously with a yellow light when it is has been detected by the app Utoothia.

In the Utoothia video above, you will notice that the green creatures named Crobies were going towards the centre where your character is. The Crobies represent the bacteria in the mouth from the top, lower, right and left sides of the teeth. The aim is to stop these Crobies from getting to you and brush in the direction where the Crobies are. Each game lasts for 2 minutes and will allow the user to have ample time to brush each tooth.

My nephew now requests to use the Playbrush even after having lunch. Brushing is no longer a chore to him and it has definitely improved his mouth hygience. 

The app Utoothia runs smoothly and is quite receptive to bluetooth. This is important as kids don't have patience to wait for the app to load.

Playbrush is having various contests for you to win a set to play.
1) Facebook Contest that ends on 24 July 2016
2) If you already own a Playbrush set, do head on here to participate in the High Score Contest

Playbrush is looking for a kids ambassador from 24 July 2016 so do head on to Sample Store Facebook for details.

Do check out here for more bloggers' reviews of Playbrush and their website for more details. Not forgetting the promo code: PBSG2016 to enjoy S$20 off from the retail price off S$89.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Baked Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

I tried another recipe I found online and simplified it for simpler cooking. This is a healthy and easy recipe for lunch.

Ingredients (Portion for 4)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp minced garlic
600g salmon filet
1 small broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 pack baby carrots

1) Pre-heat the oven to 190°C for 10mins.

2) While waiting, stir-fry the minced garlic till fragrant and add lemon juice using medium heat.

3) When the lemon juice has reduced by half, add in 1 tbsp unsalted butter and let it melt slowly. You can remove the frying fan from the stove from time to time to overheat.

3) When the butter has melted, add the balance 1 tbsp butter and allow it to melt.

4) Scope the sauce into a bowl for use later.

5) Spread a bit of butter on the aluminium foil where the salmon will be packed in.

6) Place the salmon on the aluminium foil and spread the sauce on top. Seal the aluminium foil and place in oven to bake for 10-14 mins.

6) Boil a pot of water to cook the broccoli and baby carrots for 5mins and serve on plates.

7) When the salmon is cooked, open up the aluminium foil and let it broil for another 2-3 mins before serving.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

Thanks to Try & Review, I had the chance to use the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar, It is silicone and paraben-free thus I could it not to harm my hair and scalp.

The product is in a plastic packaging with a screw-in cap. I do find it difficult to control the amount of product pouring out, I ended out wasting a bit of the product and cleaning up the mess on the exterior of the bottle.

Talking about the scent, it really reminds me of Ribena just that this is much stronger.

Let me show you how my hair looks like before using it.

There isn't shine at all and looks a little drizzy and dry.

After rinsing the shampoo off my hair, I pour out about a 50-cent coin volume of the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar and started lathering on my hair. I try to avoid my scalp and I use other scalp products.

After leaving it on for 1-2 mins, I rinsed off with water and felt the difference immediately. My hair was so much smoother and lighter. I was impressed.

After I have towel-dry my hair, I could still smell the rinsing vinegar on my hair. The scent was really strong.

Here's how my hair look like after drying.

I could vividly see the shine on my hair and realised how much more manageable it has become. I would definitely use this before attending a special occasion.

A bottle of 150ml retails $18 which is affordable and since the advised usage is twice a week, a bottle of this can last for months. You can get it in all Yves Rocher outlets.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hai Nan Hometown Curry

Allow me to introduce one of my favourite stalls for curry chicken, Hai Nan Hometown Curry.

It was previously located at 505 Jurong West St. 52 and have shifted to Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre. I didn't know they shifted until this week. The stall is operated by a couple and they sell value-for-money curry dishes.

Other than curry chicken, I have also tried their curry pork ribs, curry vegetables and curry fishhead (replaced by asam stingray) but I still prefer their curry chicken.

Each bowl of $4.50 consists of 1 wing, 1 drumstick, 2 potatoes and a generous bowl of curry for you to dip your bread or eat with white rice. The amount of curry is definitely enough for you to coat every rice grain.

My first mouth of it was so shiok. The curry is creamy and not as oily as the one at Queensway Shopping Centre. I like that the chicken is tender and cooked just right. If you can't take very spicy food, this curry is still right for you.

Will I go back? Of course I will and wouldn't be long till I patronize again. Do note that the stall is closed on Monday.

20 Ghim Moh Road
#01-49 Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre
Singapore 270020