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8 Beauty Products That Are Too Pretty To Use

24 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

We all know that a good beauty product delivers what it promises, that said, if there’s any makeup or lotion that comes in an irresistible packaging, that might just sway us into buying it regardless. Here are a few beauty products that are so pretty that we might just use them for display only. Just take our money already!

#1 Rose Facial Foam – Kanebo

 

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Though this was released back in July, this Instavideo went viral recently and we can’t stop watching it! It’s so satisfying to see the rose emerging slowly from the dispenser and whilst it’s not recommended, we’d totally want to wash our face all the time.

#2 Flower Jelly Lipstick – Kailijumei

We’re sure you’ve seen this gorgeous lipstick popping up on your social media feeds and it’s gaining fans all over the world for all the right reasons. Look at that flower encased in the clear jelly lipstick and gold specks. It’s so pretty that we #cannot.

#3 Rose Blush – Ladurée

Rose Blush Ladurée

The packaging of this blush has already won us over but it doesn’t stop there. The blush itself is shaped as rose petals! This is like the most gorgeous blush or what? It doesn’t come with a cheap price tag though, currently on sale at US$140, we can only dream of owning it.

#4 Star Lipstick – Anna Sui

Star Lipstick Anna Sui

The crystal like casing, the marbling effect and did we mention the star shaped lipstick? We imagine that it’d be like wishing on a shooting star every time we apply the lipstick on our lips.

#5 Ombre Blush – NYX

Ombre Blush NYX

The ombre effect is so beautiful, we would stare at it the whole day. Best thing is that it isn’t just easy on the eyes, the colour pay off is great and it won our Readers’ Choice for the Teenage Beauty Awards! Enough said.

#6 Modernist Eye Shadow Palette – Hourglass

Eye Shadow Palette Hourglass

This eyeshadow palette is pressed in such a gorgeous way that it can be framed up as an art piece. I mean, why would you want to dab your brush and destroy this perfectly pressed eyeshadow?!

#7 Brush – Ladurée

Makeup Brushes Ladurée

Do your makeup with style like Marie Antoinette with these brushes. They’re are made to the style of the Merveilleuses of 18th Century France, who were known for their extravagant and decadent behavior. You can even get a brush holder and hand mirror to go with the brushes. 

#8 Bold Metals Miracle Diamond Sponge – Real Techniques

 

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Why go for a regular beauty sponge when you can have a marbled diamond shaped sponge? This beauty sponge is so stunning, we’d wear it as an accessory if we could.

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5 Tips To Eliminate Body Odour

23 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Ever had that moment where you get a whiff of an unpleasant smell and realise that it’s actually coming from you? Don’t worry, it happens. Here are some tips that’ll help you stay (and smell)  fresh all day, even throughout hot weather! 

#1 Use Antibacterial Soap

Woman washing her hair in shower

In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, it’s recommended for us to shower thoroughly at least once a day as dirt and bacteria accumulates as the day goes by – yes even if you’re just sitting around at home. Sweat by itself is odourless but when mixed with the bacteria that live on our skin, the bacteria multiplies and that’s where the stink is from. When you’re showering, use antibacterial soap and focus on areas prone to sweating like your underarms. Make sure you towel off your whole body dry after showering and before applying any products to make sure those irksome bacteria doesn’t breed.

#2 Have a clean wardrobe

Bring a change of clothes if you know that you’ll be working up a sweat as fresh clothes help keep the body odour at bay. For those with smelly feet, ensure that you change your socks after every wear and use deodorant powder or sneaker balls to keep those kicks smelling good. On top of that, wash your bath towels on a weekly basis and bedsheets biweekly so that your efforts won’t go to waste!

#3 Eat less “smelly” food

Spices

You really are what you eat – the food you eat does affect your body odour. You know how we tend to sweat more when we eat something spicy? That contributes to manufacturing of the odour and for strong smelling food like onions and garlic, the aroma can be carried in our sweat as well. Bad news for people who loves their coffee, caffeine may cause some to sweat more than usual as well. So try to cut down on these food if you’re trying to eliminate that smell.

#4 Keep those armpits clean

Removing your underarm hair isn’t just for beauty – it’s for hygiene purposes as well. Hair absorbs odours easily because of its porous texture, plus bacteria multiplies in damp areas of your armpits. Hence, removing the hair will reduce the space for bacteria to breed, resulting in more pleasant smelling underarms.

#5 Use deodorant 

Nivea Protect Care

Last but not least, we cannot emphasise how important it is to use an anti-perspirant deodorant is when it comes to body odour. Why worry about how you will smell at the end of the day when you can just apply NIVEA Protect & Care Roll On ($4.90) or Spray ($9.10) on your armpits? It contains zero alcohol which means no skin irritation (yay), contains moisturising ingredients from the NIVEA crème and has the soothing NIVEA crème scent that smells heavenly. Protection for up to 48 hours, you’ll be sure that your underarms will be fresh all day everyday!

Get the NIVEA Protect & Care Roll On and Spray at all major personal care stores and supermarkets or buy it here.

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Ever wonder how you can whiten those dark underarms? Read on here.

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10 Simple Minimalist Nail Designs You'd Love

18 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

If you’re not a black, white and grey person, give these minimalist nail designs that incorporates colour a go. It may take some practice to perfect your skills but we’re sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Scroll through the gallery above and let us know which design is your favourite.

Image Credits: Pinterest

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Beginner's Guide to Underarm Whitening

2 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Feel that your armpits are darker compared to your overall skin tone? That might be the result of regular shaving and use of hair removing creams, excessive sweating plus poor ventilation of underarms, accumulation of dead skin cells, and use of alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants. But no worries! They can be lightened if you follow these simple tips we have for you.

#1 Exfoliate

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The foolproof way to remove those accumulated dead skin is to exfoliate. Use a body scrub – like the award winning Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub by The Body Shop ($36.90) pictured above – and exfoliate your armpits gently around twice a week when you’re in the shower. You can see results almost instantly and say hello to glowing and radiant underarms once more.

#2 Whitening deodorant

Nivea Deodorant Extra Whitening Roll On

On top of exfoliating, you can also get roll on deodorants that has whitening properties like the Nivea Deodorant Extra Whitening Roll On ($4.90). Use them daily to keep your underarm fresh and prevent them from darkening at the same time!

#3 Natural home remedies

Lemon Slices Underarm Whitening

If you feel that exfoliating and using a whitening deodorant isn’t enough, then you might want to try some simple natural home remedies that are safe, effective and affordable! There are a few remedies you can try but the simplest one is rubbing a slice of citrus – can be lemon, lime or orange – on your armpits regularly and wash off with water. But do note that citrus is highly acidic and it will sap your skin of moisture, so always apply moisturiser afterwards.

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Do you have any other tips to share with us? Let us know in the comments below! Now that you’re educated about underarm whitening, are you using the right sunscreen for your skin? Find out here!

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12 Monochrome Minimalist Nail Designs To Try

22 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

Sick of solid coloured nails and want to try something new for a change? Give these minimalist monochrome nail designs a go and you might just be surprised at how easy they are to DIY. Consisting mainly of lines and dots, it doesn’t take much to recreate these designs! Scroll through the gallery above and let us know which design is your favourite.

Image Credits: Pinterest, Arabia Style

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