Thursday, May 13, 2021

[Media Invite] Maison 21G

I received an invitation to a perfume making workshop conducted by Maison G21 and was hesitating to rsvp as perfume is something that I have stopped using for more than a decade due to the sensitivity of my nose. Due to certain chemical and scent, it will trigger my nose big time. But decided to go ahead because of curiosity and I wanted to learn the knowledge of it.

Maison 21G is a brand that specialises in personalizing CLEAN perfume made with natural essential oil blends, is transparent and sustainable in the sourcing of natural ingredients. Their perfume bottles are refillable with reusable packaging and fragrances are preservative-free, cruelty-free, and vegan which is great for sensitive skin and nose. Maison 21G is a global brand, headquartered in Singapore.

I could attest to the above claim of non-synthetic ingredients used! Initially, I was a little worried if I might not able to take it in terms of the scented surrounding. A nose allergy trigger occurs when your nose breathes in a certain chemical that is present in the perfume of which your nose is sensitive to it.  To my surprise, though the entire space smelled heavy with all the different scent, my nose was totally fine with no adverse reaction to it. My nose has clearly told me that there was no nasties in the scent I was being exposed to. For your information, I have one of the most sensitive nose. My sneezing marathon could be easily triggered by a number of triggers. 

It was a beautiful and clean, minimalist looking space to have a few friends to come and spend some time together creating your own perfume.

Maison means 'home' in French. Maison 21G is a House of Scent Designers and believed regardless of where we are from, knowledgeable or not about perfume, everyone has the ability to create their own unique scent and be unique. You do not need to be smelling the same as others. 

This is pretty interesting! Do you know that 21G stands for 21 grams. A study was done in 1907 by Duncan McDougall, where he weighed people when they were alive and after they had passed away and realised on average they lost 21 grams. From there, he deduced that 21 grams is the weight of your soul. Hence, Maison 21G's tagline is "The Scent of Your Soul". 

We began our workshop by taking a quiz to determine the various scents that was filtered down by the programme to suit our lifestyle and personality. You can also key in the perfume you fancy or do it the Freestyling way by choosing 2 scents that you already loved. 

I thought it was really interesting and the scents were written down accordingly and had the inidvidual scent sprayed onto the blotter papers. 

This was what I have learnt; every perfume regardless of the souce has 3 notes, Top notes, heart notes and bottom notes. 

Top notes = First impression or your smile, it is the first that we smell when we spray the perfume due to its short and volatile molecular structure. This scent will usually last about 30 mins, an hour maximum. 

Heart notes = The body or your character and is usually longer lasting from 6 to 8 hours. 

Bottom notes = Your soul and the impression you leave behind. It has the longest and most complex molecular structure and this is usually the scent that you will leave an impression with. 

I got to combine the different scents for these three notes and play around with it until I find my ideal scent that appealed to me. 

I narrowed down to the fresh and liberating Ocean, fresh & sexy Sage and fresh & refreshing Rhubard. 

Adding the scents one by one, beginning from the top to bottom notes. And if you have not realised that different part of our body, the scent would smell differently. The PH level of our skin, acidity of skin fats, our hormones and our body reaction to name a few, affects how the same perfume smell on different individual. 

I made my own bespoke perfume, a unique scent for myself, the scent of the perfume was really lasting.  The perfume was bottled in a customized bottle with my name on it.

One of a unique workshop, be a perfume designer for a day and uncover the art of perfumery and create an unique, signature scent of your very own in a real, small cosy size.  

Thank you Maison 21G for the ivitation to partake in this unique experience. This workshop definitely makes a perfect gifting idea for the one you love and for your BFFs. There are various workshops you can choose. You can now enjoy 15% discount on all products online and 21% discount on all perfume workshops, quote: XAVVYLICIOUS

Embark on the journey of olfactory exploration. Please note that the customized bottle designs is only available at 77 Duxton Road, Singapore 085536. 

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Friday, April 23, 2021

[Review] Bao Wow Otah Buns

Calling all Otah fans! Fancy your favourite Otah sandwiched in the soft and fluffy buns? Let me introduce Bao Wow - Otah Buns! I can easily finish the box of 6 by myself!

Bao Wow has been a leading supplier of fresh otah since its inception in 1993 and has a total of 7 processing premises in Singapore by 2015. The customer base is made up of restaurants, eateries, as well as supermarkets. The otah is well known for its unique spice and taste, as the otah paste is made daily with freshly line-caught Spanish Mackerel. Trust me that the paste was really fragrant, sandwiched between the fluffy, soft buns, you will not stop at one.

Fragrant otah paste, slightly spicy to taste but it is really manageable. Just take a look at the generous amount of otah paste in proportion to the bun. You get a good amount of otah with every bite. 

The ingredients are hand-blended and fry to a rich and orangey colour. It would be even better if the fish were chunkier. Do not get me wrong here, it is not that there was no fish but my personal preference to have the chunky texture.  

The buns are available in the following flavours:
Homemade Otah Buns (Original) - if you would like a good, old traditional bao.
Pandan Otah Buns - I love Pandan buns out of the three, as I find the buns are softer, sweeter with a subtle aroma of pandan. 
Charcoal Otah Buns  - the colour you see here is not burnt but with charcoal powder blended in. 

You can order for it to be delivered fresh and hot for an afternoon snack, add-ons to parties within an hour with the available time slots or the frozen packs. I love to take it as breakfast coupled with a cup of hot tea. 

Get yours at:
Facebook: Bao wow Otah Bun 
Instagram: @BaoWowSg

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

[Review] My Skincare Journey with IDS Clinic

Last year, my skin was pretty bad with maskne and the outbreak was mainly on the upper jawline. I would have guessed it right plus my biomarkers scan, it was all contributed by my hormones and probably also the prolonged wearing of mask. It was a lot of hard work to clear them to a minimal.  

Until the beginning of this year, I was thankful to be invited to embark on a skincare journey with our homegrown brand - Innovative Dermatological Solution (IDS). I have been hearing people telling me that the products from this clinic are highly raved about for their effectiveness.  

Located along the shopping belt of Orchard Road, International Building, IDS can be seen at the traffic light crossing (On level 2) if you are coming over from Wheelock Place. IDS has an expansive area with IDS Clinic, IDS Aesthetics and IDS Skincare all under one roof. As I made my way to register myself at the counter, I have already spotted a range of skincare products. 

I filled in a form with questions related to the condition of my skin before I started the consultation with Dr Benjamin Yim. 

He said that the condition of my face was actually not too bad minus the blemish scars on my jawline, that defiant patch of pigmentation, dull and uneven skin tone. Dr Yim probed further and ruled out the possibility of my outbreak was due to hormones. I would say he was pretty spot-on as I had my biomarkers scan done not too long before I went for this consultation. I was highlighted by some products that may help with balancing my hormones, so true! The outbreak was on my chin and jawline, make a google searching for face mapping, you would probably know what I mean.   

The name of the skincare range from IDS was confusing initially but later on, I got to realize it was not hard to remember after all. It was actually the initials of the products. 

Pore Formula (PF) -  This is an ultra-light pore-refining solution to help refine and reduce clogged pores, it can also clear the blackheads. I was taught to work on my large pores, T-zone as well as areas with outbreaks. Pore Formula (PF) smelled strongly of tea-tree and something else which I could not identify. Initially, I find that it was not exactly that pleasant when and I tried to mask it with C Plus. But recently, I seemed to be accepting it much better. Just one pump is all I need each time. 

C-Plus (C+) - I am more on the conscious side when choosing Vitamin C serum. This award-winning Vit C Serum is one that I can even apply in the day time without having to worry that it will darken my skin. The contents are some highly potent Vitamin C, water-soluble vitamin E and fullerenes. I am under the hot sun daily 5 days a week, even though I have applied sunblock, this is good to help lighten my skin tone. It is very light on the skin and does not leave a sticky trace.

The highly potent and stable Vitamin C, water-soluble Viatmin E and 'Fullerenes' to tackle wrinkles, patchy skin tone, dark spots and even acne. My skin appears smoother, more even-toned and brighter. Psssst, I even applied on my eyelids and dark eye bags.  

Fair Complex (FC) - This can help in fairer, brighter and more even skin tone. This skin-brightening formula is hydroquinone-free (skin bleaching agent) and contains state-of-art ingredients to prevent the over production of melanin. 

Moisture Boost (MB) - This creamy formulation not only helps with my sensitive skin. It helps boost up the moisture on my dry cheeks and is easily absorbed into the skin. 

I love the contents in it, the necessary ceramides to protect the skin from environmental stressors and skin-repairing function. I use Moisture Boost more in the night and loved that I wake up to a more supple-looking skin. Definitely, the one to go for to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles. 

Facial Scrub (FS) - We need to exfoliate to remove the dead skin so as to better allow the skincare products to be absorbed more effectively. This facial scrub is very fine in texture and it has a slight warming sensation on the skin as I scrubbed it on my face. It leaves my face soft and smooth. Just a tiny bit would do! 

Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ (S3) - Lazy no more! Now, I apply sunscreen diligently and this is perfect for someone like me who hardly put on make-up. This lightweight sunscreen is easily absorbed onto the skin and yet gave me a brighter and more radiant look while protecting my skin from the strong sun. 

I got a little darker from the recent morning cycling trips. But just look at the difference on the back of my hands! Can you tell which hand had the sunscreen applied? 

Spot Control (SC) - Small but MIGHTY! If you are dealing with outbreaks, I highly recommend Spot Control. I kept my itchy hands away from picking on the outbreaks, I applied Spot Control diligently on one of the painful spot on my chin. It dries up a few days later and that zit was gone! I have also asked Xavier to apply the forehead where his outbreak was and it did a really awesome job in clearing up. So parents of teenagers, if you need something to combat those pimples, get this! 

If you are having skin problems and wish to try IDS, book an appointment with them. 

Addresses as follow:
IDS Clinic - Flagship Store
360 Orchard Road #02-02
International Building
Singapore 238869 
6450 3555

IDS Clinic (Novena Specialist Center)
8 Sinaran Drive 
Singapore 307470 
6568 3555

For more information, do visit IDS on: 
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I will be sharing another post on IDS aesthetic treatment. Stay tuned! 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

[Review] Pineapple Tart SG

By now, you would have heard supermarkets playing Chinese New Year songs and on social media, dishes like Yusheng and Chinese New Year bakes have started surfacing on social media grids. 

Introducing you Pineapple Tart Singapore, this is one of the top 2 bakery award-winning Chinese New Year goodies that uses 100% fresh and premium ingredients and made using the traditional Nyonya-style baking method. Want to make a guess which tubs were totally wiped out by Day 2?

Pineapple Tart Singapore is well known for its award-winning pineapple balls. I chose the Award-winning melt-in-your-mouth Pineapple Tart.

If you want a taste of homemade pineapple tarts, then you should really give this a try. The pineapple paste is homemade from scratch, without using any artificial flavouring or preservatives.

The bite-size of the pineapple balls was of just the right size to pop into our mouth. 

My mum gave praise for the right level of sweetness while I tasted a combination of sweet and slightly sourish. This is totally addictive! The kids loved it as much! Don't need much effort to guess, the pineapple balls were wiped out by Day 2! 

Premium Spicy Hae Bee Hiam Roll was the next to be wiped out. 

It was not exactly that spicy, Vera could actually eat some of it. I would love it even better if the rolls were more spicy, had more hae bee hiam filling and thinner skin. Nevertheless, it was still addictive. It was the second tub to be wiped out as it makes really nice snack to munch on while we watched Netflix. 

Award Winning Melt-in-your-mouth Kueh Bangkit (Flower)  was fragrant and of the right sweetness.

One look you could tell if they are handmade, these  It started to melt in my mouth a few seconds later.  Vera named it the cloud cookies and has been bringing them to school as snacks!

The unconventional type of snacks and this is one of them; Salted Egg Fishskin Cracker, these crispy fishskin are evenly coated with slightly sandy textured salted egg coating. 

It is not too saltish, people who like it light without the taste being too eggy, will love this. Xav actually ate it to go along with his fried rice while I personally prefer a heavier taste.

Low Sugar Nestum Cookies if you are like me trying to reduce the intake of sugar, trust me that the taste was not compromised. The moment I open the lid, the aroma of Nestum whiffed past my nose. Pretty, crunchy nestum hearts is sure to make your heart flutter. These low sugar nestum cookies are great to go with a cup of hot tea. 

There is a wide selection of Chinese New Year Cookies to choose from to get for your family and friends! Do ride on the early bird discount! I am going to order more pineapple balls! Do visit their social media handles: 
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Thank you Pineapple Tart Sg for the media drop. 

Friday, December 4, 2020

[Review] Pop Art - heART Studio Sg

POP ART made its debut in the 1950s and has remained a prominent artistic movement. It is an art in which daily objects around us were used as a subject matter. It can be dots, road signs, comic strips, soup cans, food, flowers or even patterns, the list goes on. It meant to be cool, bold, fun, young where you see bright colours. A popular art for all and does not limit. 

Vera was introduced to Artist Takashi Murami and was guided to draaw a portrait of this artist.

Under the POP ART Series, she was also asked to work on this cute puppy painting with a preference of painting it on 3 grids with bright colours by her choice. 

Step by step, guided painting

I love this painting totally with its vibrant colours and her pup! Same same but different. She even add on lashes for it. 

Vera was from Little Picasso (Suitable for 6-8 yo) and there are the programmes for various age group:
Little Botero (3- 4.5yo)
Little Dali (4.5 - 6yo)
Young Van Gogh (8 yo and above)

heART Studio Singapore
1 Charlton Road
Singapore 539631
 Tel: 65547653

Read on our previous lessons: 

For more infomation, you can visit them on Facebook | Instagram | Website
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