Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ramen Revolution 2014 X Sochii

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Ramen, one of the growing dishes in Singapore as we acquired a much more exquisite taste for it over the years. Demand for good Ramen has been high, as people traveled to the land of Ramen aka Japan, and return to Singapore demanding for the same standards.

Ramen Revolution is here, involving 38 ramen stores and YOU. You get to vote for your poison, and stand a chance to win up to $1,000 worth of food voucher!

That aside, I am no ramen fan to be honest(my poison is Udon), but I do appreciate good food. Just a couple years back, I was introduced to my current Ramen favourite.

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Established in Hakata, Japan in 1985 by founder, Shigemi Kawahara, Ippudo has since expanded all across Japan and overseas – taking the ramen world by storm! With their aim to both innovate while remaining true to traditions, Ippudo@Mandarin Gallery & Ippudo@Mohamad Sultan both guarantee a ramen experience that is both modern and consistent. Try Ippudo@MG’s classic Akamaru Shinaji Ramen or Spicy Miso Tonkotsu for ramen with refined, polished flavors. Ippudo@MS provides a casual, uncompromised dining experience with all the Ippudo classics you enjoy along with offerings such as the Shiromaro Motoaji Ramen and a variety of Kushiyaki side dishes. Discover the flavors that only the acclaimed Ramen King can offer!

Official WEB: http://www.ippudo.com.sg
Shop Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ippudosg

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I was introduced to Ippudo by one of my good friends, Raistlin (rich guy treated me to a meal there when I was poor). It has been one of my to-go places for Ramen, besides the average ramen store at Mediya ( the Udon was much better but it was replaced by ramen).
My boyfriend has a taste for ramen as well, so I've decided to select Ippudo for this Revolution.

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Queues are one of the less desirable things when I have to eat,but Ippudo makes the queue worthwhile.

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Seated with Locke, who had a hell of a day. Due to the high volume of customers during lunch/dinner hours, do not expect much of a service. The employees there are generally nice and friendly, but they are usually busy so it might take awhile to get their attention.
Food, is served at high speed compared to getting their attention, so you do not have to worry about going hungry for too long after you've placed your order.

Here is why I've chose Ippudo.

Interior
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Ippudo has a funky interior, displaying all their ramen bowls which are marked and coloured.

Original Gyoza
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This expensive plate of gyoza had my tastebuds from the very first meeting.
Locke: Why did you order the gyoza? Expensive. (It was $9 a plate if i recall, we are prolly used to eating those $3-$6 ones)
Me: Eh, but it is nice.
Locke: Is there something special about it?
Me: Nope, it is just very nice. You will know when you try it.

*After trying*
Me: Found anything special about it?
Locke: Nope, but it is just very nice.
Me: Yea

Conclusion : It is just goddamn nice, just go try it.

Miso Tonkutsu Ramen (RAMEN IS THE MAIN HERE DUH!)

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This is one of the rare moments when I am able to finish one whole bowl by myself. It was not due to a smaller portion, because Locke felt satisfied too. The ramen is just plain good.
The broth is flavourful, noodles were not too soggy, side dishes were delish.

There is a huge array of selection from non-spicy to spicy to specials with selectable sides dishes of chashu, flavour egg, seaweed etc. You may download their Menu (without pricing stated) from their official webpage for viewing.

However the downside to the restaurant was the price. This is where we apply the rule "You get what you paid for", the Ramen here is definitely better than your average $8-$15 ramen.

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I hope I have successfully enticed some of you to go ahead and try Ippudo and vote for it in the WAttention Singapore RAMEN REVOLUTION


Simply click on RAMEN REVOLUTION , like WAttention Singapore Facebook Page and START VOTING.

Now if you would excuse me, I am going to go roll around my bed in hunger and agony because I chose to blog this so late into the night T^T.

Friday, March 14, 2014

GEL X HadaLabo

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This is the 6th installment of HadaLabo series~ Love them for always coming up with items that work!

If you have missed my other reviews on HadaLabo Products, here is a recap:
Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion [Current Favourite]
Hada Labo SHA 'Light' Hydrating Lotion
HadaLabo Retinol Lifting &Firming Lotion
HadaLabo Hydrating Cleansing Oil
HadaLabo SHA Hydrating Lotion and Moist Eye Cream


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Part of my skin care regime since 2011. I've been religiously using their products for 3 years (of course, there are a few cheat times)

They've come up with a whole new product, joining the latest GEL skincare technology.
HadaLabo Whitening Perfect GEL

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As usual, HadaLabo delivers the best skincare in one step!
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Gel formula that is concentrated but light!

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Here are the key ingredients that are in the tub of goodness!

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I am not sure if you can notice this, due to the difference of lighting) but i tried it on my heel once, and one heel(the darker one) actually has lesser lines than the other.
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Verdict: 4/5

i will repurchase it as the moisturizing power far surpasses other products, however i wished that it could be either dispensable or packed with a spatula for hygiene purposes.


Want this product too? Look out for Hada Labo 3-in-1 Arbutin Whitening Perfect Gel Snow Princess game on Hada Labo Sg Facebook page and stand to win the product as well!

Alternatively, you may redeem the sample size at SampleStore.com [While Stocks Last].

Item is purchasable at all beauty drugstores/departmental stores (BHG, Guardian, NTUC, OG, Robinsons, Sasa, Unity and Watsons) for $38.90/80g size tub.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GoodSkin = Firm skin

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Some of you might have noticed that recently my face looks just a little slimmer (hopefully), that is because I've found my savior to sagging skin.

Here i have the GoodSkin Labs FIRM-365 Facial Firming Serum with V-Technology !


As skin ages, it loses elasticity and firmness causing facial features to sag and lose definition. That is definitely something that I realize this year because I was losing weight but my face is not slimming down. This heavyweight product helps promote skin’s natural elastin and collagen production to visibly repair skin’s appearance for firmer, more
sculpted and radiant-looking skin over time.



















Here are some product information~





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The Radiance Cocktail

A blend of pearls for instant radiance upon application and glucosamine to gently slough away dead skin cells for smoother skin.

This is a VERY smart move by GoodSkin Labs. Applying what I've learnt from make up, the shimmer from the pearls help to reflect light, which gives you an INSTANT radiance. Which explains the 100% score for immediate radiance on the skin. However, please do not think that this is a fraud. I might have pointed it out, but may I point out as well that this radiance LASTS.
With long-term application, this will definitely improve skin condition (read: pearl powder goodness).


V-TECHNOLOGY

Lifting and firming benefits from ingredients,including vitamins and nutrients that support skin’s natural collagen production:

1.CME– a Vitamin C & E complex that helps support skin’s natural collagen production to help visibly lift and firm skin

2.Photozomes–photo activated enzymes with plankton extract helps support collagen and elastin so skin appears firmer and more youthful

3.Argireline–supports natural collagen production to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and firm the look of skin

I am going to be honest, I've not heard of the last two. Collagen production slows down when you hit 20, so having a support definitely works out well.

MOISTURIZATION

Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin and Trehalose work together to help skin absorb water and retain moisture.


I have definitely found lesser needs to re-moisturize my face throughout the day. Retaining moisture is very important to me as I work in an air-conditioned office 5 days a week, it helps to keep my face less oily.


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Verdict : 4/5

This is now one of my favourite skincare products, and it is a quick fix if i feel a pimple coming up too (SURPRISE).
However, the price is not in my favor since it is out of my budget for skincare product, but if I do have spare cash I will definitely go for this first. I do advise you to go for it if you have tried a lot of products that do not work for you.
My skin has definitely lifted and application of makeup is easier as well.


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Join the 365 "V-pose" contest and stand to win $200 GSL product hamper & $200 worth of SaSa Gift Certificates(5 sets)!

Here is what you have to do:
1. strike a “V” pose, take a photo and post on Sasa Facebook
2. FB users will have to “like” SaSa SG Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SGSaSa) before posting their photo
3. Posers” can redeem a FIRM-365 sample from any SaSa outlet or at SampleStore.com at(http://bit.ly/1cn1zxL)

STRIKE A V-POSE TODAY!
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

MyGenLife Beauty

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Another post about collagen...AGAIN. 

I am just so into all these collagen products because they do their work.
The thing about all these collagen products is that you must take it daily, not because it will help you replenish your collagen level because collagen cannot be absorbed by body, however it can become your spare resource.

I mean, if your body can absorb collagen, seriously speaking... why would you only take 1 satchel/serving/bottle a day only. TAKE MORE, it is not going to waste. However, it doesn't work that way.

















Introducing Mygenlife Beauty Collagen Drink

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Beauty Collagen Nectar drink uses an intensive formula to improve the water binder that help to keep your skin supple, radiant and firm. With skin sufficiently hydrated and depleted collagen levels regularly replenished, wrinkle-free, rosy and supple look can be yours in just 28 days (results differs for individuals).

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Main Ingredients:

- Fish Collagen ( 12,000mg )
This is the highest concentra1on of collagen in a drink. It ensure that your skin gets the
maximum collagen it losses due to aging.

-Green Tea
Rich in polyphenols that fight free radicals. The an1oxidants present in Green Tea helps to slow down
the aging process helping you look younger.

- Mangoesteen
Known as the “Queen of Fruits “ contains naturally occurring xanthones, an1oxidants and many
nutrients which are beneficial to your body and helps slow down the aging process.

- Optiberry
Unique blend of berries including blueberry, strawberry, cranberry bilberry, elderberry and raspberry
to provide the maximum an1oxidant for the whole body

It contains Vitamin C as well which is essential to consume with collagen.


Nutritional Information (1 bottle/ 50ml)

Energy - 73.45kcal
Carbohydrates - 6.95g
Protein - 11.36g
Fat - 0.02g


All the goodness and nutrients in ONE small bottle.


Verdict: 2/5

To be really honest, this product has fallen short of my expectations.
The pro of this product will be that it is in DRINK form, fast and easy to take in. Just one bottle makes your day.
Compared to other drinks that I've tried locally and overseas(taiwan&china),the effects of this drink is not as obvious as others and the taste is really dull.
The price of it is very reasonable as well.

However this beauty drink has others which caught my eyes, refer to MyGenBeauty @ Hannah Holding for more information on other drinks available.
I am very interested in the Detox and Bustful.


Retails at SGD$49.90 at Guardian and MyGenBeauty @ Hannah Holding

Friday, December 27, 2013

Tension UP! Collagen Power!

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I know I am completely naggy and stuff like that, but I am how I am. A collagen fanatic.

I've raved about the importance of collagen for a really long time, posted pictures of several products, and harp on it over and over again on product reviews.
Do you know that you start losing collagen starting from as young as 20?

Introducing you some help here now... ITOH COLLAGEN POWDER.

Endorsed by Kevin, this collagen powder is absolutely TASTELESS, COLOURLESS, NON-SUGAR, NON-FAT.

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One box contains 15 satchels and one satchel is all you need for ONE DAY.
Each satchel contains about 3000MG of collagen.
Of course, the advised intake is 1-3 satchels a day but if you are a little stingy and poor like me, one satchel will be sufficient.

What is different about this collagen powder compared to others?

1. Colourless - unless you count white as a colour.
2. Tasteless - I've personally tasted it raw without putting it into any drink, just one finger dip. There is no taste at all.
3. Non-sugar - A healthier choice?
4. Non-fat - Even though this collagen powder is extracted from healthy pig skin and cartilage (test by Japan SPF standards), the fat and gelatin are removed through a high purification technology.
5. Low molecular structure - This enables the collagen to be absorbed much more quickly before being broken down by digestive system.
6. Take it ANYTIME - Forgot to take it in the morning? Take it at night! However, collagen requires you to consume it on an empty stomach, so that it can be absorbed before the digestive system destroys it.


How long will it take for you to see the results?
It differs from person to person but the average is about 1-2 weeks.
As I've not been taking collagen since I came back from taiwan, my body screamed for it. My face is my best prove, as a good canvas holds makeup well, and it only took me about a week to have improvements.

Cons:
- Not vegetarian friendly. Sorry girls, being vegetarian has plenty of downsides sometimes because a lot of beauty consumption products are not vegetarian-friendly.

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ITOH Collagen Powder can be purchased at Guardian @ S$49.90/box.
I would say that this is worth the investment because I've not consumed collagen powder without a funny taste to them, so this is really a saviour.
I will definitely consider purchasing it if my finance allows me to ~~

Thank you SampleStore.com and ITOH.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Saigon Star 5TH ANNIVESARY~

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For those who missed out on this, you will have to wait for the next anniversary huhuhu

Anyway~~ I was recently invited to Saigon Star's 5th Anniversary. I've attended their 2nd Anniversary 3 years back, and it was fun. This year it is packed with even more!



I was really surprised to be invited as I'm not a frequent visitor of their nail and beauty parlour, but I was really pleased.
So they had my appointment arrange at 4, and I was late due to weather, however they were really accommodating and patient.

The moment I stepped it, I was greeted by Augustine with a really cheerful voice and the laughters of the clients there. You can tell that the ladies were really happy.
And why is that so? This is why....

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Balloon Sculptor! A cute one too!

The ladies were busy shouting requests at him while i make my way past and to my seat for some new colours~

As you can see from the pictures, the saloon is douse in a light cheerful pink, the seats were comfy, and nail technicians were friendly.
The colours offered were extensive, and I couldn't make up my mind as to what I should pick, so I left it to the nail technicians doing my little toes!

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So while I was waiting, I looked through some of their designs ~~

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Knowing myself, I hardly pick bright and bold colours for my toes. My usual are midnight Blue or dark purple or something like that.
She picked a little something different for me, though I did not tell her about my usual nail choices.

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A really strong vermillion/orange or some sort. 
 
To be honest, I was totally in love with the colour that she picked AFTER I wore my heels. The bold colour stood out so much against my brown heels, that it made my feet extra sexy *wiggle brows*

I don't have a picture, but please use your imagination... or even better, wear a pair of brown heels and head down to ask for this colour!

Here is a list of pricing for their services

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In all honesty, the prices are really worth it for the service. Express pedicure was indeed express and precise, leaving me really please with the outcome.

They are situated at a snug corner, 2 stops away from Yishun Bus Interchange:

Blk 291 Yishun Street 22 #01-343
Singapore 760291

They usually open from MONDAY to SUNDAY from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm .
You may either call them (8524 7664) or email them ( saigonstar@hotmail.sg ) for an appointment.

They are one of the rare nail palour, that I know, that is loaded with seasonal promotions and offers. Just check out their pages to know more!!

Saigon Star BLOG
Saigon Star FACEBOOK PAGE

You may follow them on their twitter as well if you are a twitter-addict: Saigon Star TWITTER

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Yes, that is my love wearing his shoes~~ *gushing*

And presenting the man behind all! Augustine!

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Thank you for the invite once again!

Special thanks to Locke for the accompanying and loaning out your camera+ helping me take some of them =3=/ (For those who don't know, Locke is my current love and hopefully the last too ^///^)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Speed Cleanse!

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I was super excited when this came in today from SampleStore.com, because it is BIORE~~~

Biore has been one of my top favourite brands for cleansers and removals~ I am a fan!!
And today, we are going review a product that has been leveled up!!


















JANG JANG~!!

The BIORE Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets (also known to me as makeup wipes)



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I absolutely love the new hardcase packaging compared to the old one.
The new casing is airtight as well, and easier to use compared to the old one.

Here is their new look!
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So here are the claims of the *NEW* Cleansing Oil Sheets and my thoughts!

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1. Speedier Make-up Removal: 20% MORE cleansing oil in each sheet.

Checked: I took about 1/2 the time to rid my face of makeup thoroughly.
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2. Gentler to skin: 50% Less wiping on eyelash and eye area

Checked: People who know will know that my eye makeup is rather heavy and resistant. Took our my topliner and eyelash glue in 2-3 swipes. Mascara took a little more time (woohoo Heroine Make)
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3. Moist after skin feel : NEW Hydrating Beauty Essence to leave skin moist and soft with no stickiness

Checked: Skin did NOT feel dry at all~~ It felt like i've jus washed my face and moisturized it~ there is no stickness as well!!
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Verdict: 5/5

I will definitely buy it again. I used to use at least two sheets before I feel that my makeup is thoroughly clean out, but now I only require one!! I've always thought that Biore wipes were pretty awesome, now it just got a whole lot better!!
You have to try it too!!

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Biore Cotton Sheets are available in major pharmacies and super hypermarkets.

Retail prices are as below:
Regular tub $17.90
Refill pack $15.60
Handy Pack 10s

Get your own today!!


Special thanks to SampleStore.com and Kao Biore for sponsoring this product.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Something Light!

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JOYOUS AND GLEEFUL ONCE AGAIN~!

Yet another review for Hada Labo~!
Did I mention just how much I love their moisturizers/Toners? They always work for me no matter what, and I hope you can find your bottle too!


If you have not read my past reviews, here are the links again for your viewing pleasure~
HadaLabo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion
Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion (My current Love)


Today I am going introduce one of their latest formula, Hada Labo SHA 'Light' Hydrating Lotion.

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I am going to plop this here for you all to read because I am lazy like that.
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May I say that the absorption speed is superb once again?

Hada Labo fun fact: Did you know that your Hada Labo Lotion doubles as a secondary cleanser? Put about 3-4 drops on a cotton pad and clean your face for any makeup residues!

It is also suitable for sensitive skin!

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Teehee~~ Using it nau~

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Verdict: 4.5/5

This solution is thicker than the Whitening series, so about 3-4 drops would actually be sufficient for the whole face.
I've tried it approximately at 8AM in the morning and at about 11PM, my face only feel a little oily (I've not done anything to my face the whole day and I am situated in an air conditioned room)

If you still unsure about investing in a bottle, TRY IT FIRST.
Like they always say, try first before you buy so that you do not regret it!

You may now redeem your sample from here: Hada Labo @ theSampleStore

Let your skin enjoy the moisture pampering today!

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Some other photos that i did not use from the set~

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Caught camwhoring with product hurhurhur
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Special thanks to Locke for working late night with me on my advert(photography and editing).
Feels slightly weird to have someone shoot for me but fun, nevertheless.