Sample Store X Celebrate the holidays at Philatelic Store @GPO

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! I hope all is well with you 🙂

Jingle bells jingle bells Jingle all the way! Oh what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh. ~~~

I am totally soaked in the season of love and giving! Read on to find out what are some of best deals and presents I had hand picked from the Philatelic Store  @GPO, located at Singpost Centre! The Philatelic Store @GPO is operated and owned by Singapore Post.

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The store offers both long-time and new stamp collectors a comprehensive range of Singapore and Foreign Stamps, Thematic MyStamp, Souvenirs, and Philatelic Gifts that are available exclusively in store!

Every item in the store marks a special moment in Singapore’s history. ❤

I LOVE these artworks with the stamps and how they are so complementary. The exquisite designs of the collections make them perfect for all occasions- decorations, business gifts or cherished inclusions in every philatelist’s personal collection.

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Look at this red posting box behind me! This post box was from the colonial-era and it has been restored back to its former glory.

I love how the shop classifies the festive gift ideas with philately designs ranging from $5 to $10. This would help you to save your time if you are looking for affordable gifts that you can just pick, grab and go!

My picks from this range:

Look at these lovely “Greetings” stamps! Aren’t they very cute! This was only launched in November.

Stamp booklet and stamp sheets from the merlion series are available from $3 onwards. They even have postcards of this theme!

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Merlion Greeting post cards at $1.60 each, $5 for a pack of 5 post cards. 
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This SingPost Postman and Postwoman Figurines Collection is $28 each, $50 for set of 2

The highlight of my shopping spree is of course the Thematic MyStamp from Changi Mystical Garden with Sanrio Characters. For Sanrio characters lovers, this is definitely something you must not miss!

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This stamp folder comes with a lanyard and it is retailing at $21.80.

Can you guess what this is?

 

 

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It is actually a traditional Biscuits Magnets Set! They remind me of the biscuits I used to eat when I was young. This is something that I can show my kid next time, the kind of biscuits mummy used to eat when I was young. Hehe.. Hopefully these biscuits would still be around!

The next thing that caught my eye at the shop was the Posting Boxes of Singapore Collection. I like how the pouches, cushion cover, tea towel and the tote bags reminds me of the wonderful country we live in and something to be thankful for each day.

Last but not least, I want to thank Brunches Cafe for the lovely food at the event. Brunches cafe is the latest chic vintage themed cafe located along Rangoon Road near Farrer Park MRT. They serve really nice All-day breakfast menu, sandwiches and did I mention WAFFLES and COFFEE? So cafe hoppers, you know where to do next!

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If you would like to find out more about the Singpost, you can hop on here. You can also visit the Philatelic store @GPO at #01-127 to 128 at the Singpost Centre beside Paya Lebar MRT Station.

With Love,

Veron.

 

 

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Healthy Pore Management With b.liv

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Hi, everyone! I really can’t wait to have some break time away from work! And not to mention, I can’t wait to start some Christmas shopping! I am so tempted to do a revamp for my room, any ideas on that? 🙂

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Today, I am going to review one of b.liv’s product. Remember my previous post when I did a facial  scan?  They said that I have pretty dry skin. The reason for my outbreaks in the past was my body’s way to excreting some oil to combat the dryness. :/ Although my face seems okay now but I still struggle with black heads :/

Recently,  I tried out one product from b.liv that managed to help me to remove most of my black heads, especially the stubborn ones on my nose!

B.liv is pronounced as “believe”. It was established in 2009 and derived from a cosmaceutical brand. It creates really affordable personal skin care regimen and seeks to inspire and gives confidence to the youths of today in making a difference.

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My skincare regime:

Twice a week, I would use this in place of my cleanser.

1. Simply squeeze a small amount (50 cents coin size) to your palm

2. Make sure your face is WET. Gently massage your face in an upward and outward circular motion until the Jojoba beads has dissolved.

3. Rinse your face with water.

What I truly love about this product is that it deeply cleanses my face and helps to exfoliate my skin. The Jojoba  beads are pretty fine and not too harsh for my skin.

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I used exfoliating products before and the beads that they had were a little painful when I massaged it on my face. I didn’t know that prolong use of such products may cause micro-lacerations that could result in premature wrinkles and provide an entrance for bacteria into my skin’s surface! :0

What is so interesting about this Jojoba beads from b.liv is that they are made from 100% pure, natural Jijoba wax and they would actually turn into an oil form after massaging it on my face, which resembles human sebum and make it beneficial to my skin.

3 Main Ingredients :

Kaolin (helps in oil control): 
By absorbing excess oil & dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores

Jojoba Beads (exfoliating):
Helps to remove dead skin cells and give a healthier and glowing complexion

Tea Tree Oil (acne control) 
Antiseptic, anti-bacteria and anti-oxident properties. Helps to soothe blemishes.

There is also a minty and cooling sensation on my face when applying. My skin feels super refreshed, clean and moisturised after I washed it off. It is also not dry for my skin. The blackheads on my nose have greatly reduced after using it for about a week.

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I would really recommend this product to anyone who has blackheads and acne problems. You can find out more about their products at BLIV.

Hope that this review helps!

With Love,

Veron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic hair dyeing services at Mocking Jay Hair Salon

Hello everyone,

It feels great to be able to share with you my review of this place- Mocking Jay Hair Salon. If you have read my previous post, you would have known that I suffer from heredity white hair issues and I NEED to dye my hair frequently in order to really cover them. Previously, I tried to dye my hair once every half a year or so because my parents would always tell me that hair dyeing is very harmful and damaging to my hair and I don’t deny the fact that some dyes really do. Not only will it make my hair even more dry, it will also cause lasting chemical changes in the hair shaft due to the presence of chemicals like aromatic amines and phenols in these dyes.

However, I found a remedy to my woes when I found out that there are such things called organic hair dyes. So I went to JJ Hair Identity to dye my hair to try the colours and feel the difference. I’m glad to say that I have not looked back ever since. No longer do I have to bear with the stink of certain hair dyes. As they make use of natural ingredients which are Ammonia-free, Lauryl Sulfate free and Parabens free, I can now dye my hair as and when I like and need a change of colour!

So recently, this salon has expanded and they they have now opened their newest outlet- Mocking Jay Hair Salon that is located at SingPost Centre. I must say that this newest outlet is super convenient! It is just 5 minutes walk from Paya Lebar MRT station.

One thing that I really like about their salon is the personalised service. I would always be offered a drink when I am at the salon. The hair stylist-Alex is knowledgeable about the current hairstyle trends and he would ask me for my opinions first before offering his suggestions. Here’s a video of my recent trip to the salon.

The Singpost mall was reopened recently after renovation on 9th October and it is super huge! There are many shops there, ranging from fashion, entertainment, services, food and even sports! It is totally a food heaven to the food lovers as well.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry down to the mall to check out these shops out now!

With Love,

Veron.

If drying your clothes is a pain, read this!

Hello earthlings,

I’m back again, this time to talk about what I am disappointed with the new HDBs.

I’ve reached the age where I would go for my friends’ house warming and I have many friends who purchased BTOs. I must say that the layout of the houses now have improved. There has been improvement in designs such as incorporating the dining area into the living room, which is something I really love because I like to watch the TV while eating my dinner 🙂 The service yard is also further away from the kitchen now so that laundry would not be affected by cooking fumes.  The common toilet has also been relocated from inside the kitchen to a location nearer to the bedrooms for the convenience of the children and also guests coming to the house.

However, what I am really disappointed is the design of the metal bars for the hanging of clothes and the service yard in the HDBs now. Many of my friends do not have a service yard, so they could only hang their clothes on the metal bars outside of their home. They were complaining to me that there were only 3 short metal bars which meant that the hanging of bed sheet was impossible.

Moreover, as they were lined horizontally and parallel to the wall, the clothes that were nearest to the wall did not receive as much sunlight as compared to the clothes that were hanged furthest from the wall, which means that clothes nearest to the wall would take the longest to dry. This problem is similar to the ones with the service yards as well, just that at least they have longer poles to hang more clothes.

While trying to help my newly-wed friends who have just moved into their new BTOs to solve this problem, I got to know about this brand- Steigen, where they came out with an  efficient solution to indoor drying conundrums.

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Now homeowners can dry their clothes without any hassle of worrying that their clothes will not be dried in time for the next day or there is not enough space to dry the big items like bed linens and blanket covers.

I went to the company to check out and test out their products.

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Currently, they have 4 automated laundry system.

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My favourite is the Exalt+ Solar because as you can see from the specs, there is twice the number of fans and heater which shortens the average drying duration to just mere 1-2 hours!

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I think that if you are really considering an indoor automated drying system, it is a MUST to choose one that has the heat technology, if not, the average drying duration is still going to be pretty long!

There is a built-in heating technology to drive heat throughout laundry to allow clothes to dry evenly.

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It is also customizable to fit HDBs with smaller yards. It is elderly friendly as it is very easy to operate and they  no longer have to hang their clothes on a bamboo pole and stretch out of the window to dry the clothes under the sun.

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The remote device is also battery-operated for easy control. It can also be mounted anywhere in the house, even on the fridge!

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It is also obstacle friendly as the system will come to a stop if they detect an obstacle (like hitting my head accidentally).

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Now you might think that how is this different from using a dryer? This Exalt + Solar operates with only 0.9 kWh of energy, which is more energy efficient. Not only that, it eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and prevents musty odour (which always happens to me when I have to dry my clothes indoor during rainy days).

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I have summarized the benefits of the Exalt + Solar system:

  1. Safe and effortless lifting of the laundry with the touch of a button.
  2. Can lift up to 35kg of clothes.
  3. Energy saving and cost efficient (It uses 550-1100 Watts of electricity, which is only $3.60 per month!)
  4. High quality (using German designed motor with reinforced hanger rods)
  5. Average drying time: 1-2 hours only
  6. Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and prevents musty odour.

Who needs this Exalt + Solar system?

  1. People who are economical and environmentally friendly as they is definitely better than a tumble dryer.
  2. Working adults who can only do their laundry at night
  3. Those with aging/ elderly parents or senior citizens who are face issues with lifting heavy laundry
  4. People with a large family as the system can handle heavy weight of the clothes.

For my readers, there is a $50 discount upon checkout if you apply the discount code “STEIGEN50”. I’m definitely going to introduce this to my friends to solve their clothes drying problems! This is a MUST-HAVES for those who are looking to renovate their homes as well, why not incorporate this as part of the interior design?

If you are interest to find out more about this product/ you would like to make a purchase, you can check out the link below:

https://www.steigen.com.sg/products/exalt-solar

This is how it looks like when it’s operated:

For more information about this product on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteigenSingapore/

Instagram: @steigensg

With Love,

Veron

 

I found a remedy for my chapped lips

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I last blogged and today I am going to share with you my remedy to my chapped lips.

I must admit that I am guilty of not drinking enough water (the suggested 8 glasses of water per day), which is one of the contributing factor to having chapped lips.

Sometimes I would shove this problem aside, other times, I would try to lick my lips to make them feel moisturized. But each time I do that, it made my lips feel even more dry than before.

So recently I tried the Himalaya Lip Care and I am in love with these 4 scents that I have gotten!

You can check out the video below to see the swatches and my review of these lip balms.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Nice scent
  • Nice to glide on
  • Super moisturizing

Cons:

  • No SPF

In conclusion, I really love the scent from the Lip balm. It is a pity that they do not have any SPF. If they have this, it would have been perfect!

I would definitely recommend this product to everyone with chapped lips because I find them really moisturizing and the scent is awesome too! Tell me how do you find the lip balm after applying and I would love to hear from you!

With Love,

Veron

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First Ever Beauty Show by Sample Store

Sample Store’s first ever Beauty Show was held at Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands recently and I had a marvelous time at the Beauty Show.

We were served with a hearty lunch provided by Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria. For those meat lovers, this is for you! I have tried their buffet lunch on a separate occasion with my friends and the meat buffet was a spread! They serve several different kinds, familiar meats like pork rib, sausages and ham, but also more exotic ones like beef hump, beef rump cap and chicken heart.

The waiters would move around with skewers, slicing the meat at your table. If you are full or you would like to skip that particular kind of meat, all you have to do if to flip the card over to “no thanks”. Of course, if you would like to have more, simply flip your card over to the side “yes, please”. Carnivore also has a salad bar inside the restaurant. So meat lovers out there, don’t forget to check that out!

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-80 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, 018972

Sample Store’s Beauty Show started with the local celebrity host, Hossan Leong appearing on stage and singing a short phrase of “月亮代表我的心” by 邓丽君 (Teresa Teng) to capture everyone’s attention and stir up the atmosphere.

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Then, it was the guest appearance of the finalists from SING!China Season 2 Singapore.

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Followed by skincare and makeup demonstrations by Candy Tiong, a celebrity makeup artiste where she uses famous beauty products from Taiwan brought in by Beauty Keeper.

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She started by showing how you can improve your skin texture by daily massage.

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After you have massaged, pump some pulsed mask foaming face cleansers by MD/ AA Jiao to increase skin hydration and smoothness, tighten pores and condition oil secretion.

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Next, apply oil & water dual balancing gel. I like how it can tighten enlarged pores and helps in controlling sebum secretion. It is also really petite and portable!

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Then, apply the bright whitening ultra-water facial masks. It is said that this mask is super hydrating and it can lasts you the whole day! Not only is it hydrating, it can also repair your skin damage.

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For men and women, who loves to wants to achieve a “no makeup” look, Candy recommended the D.D. Cream SPF 50 Dymanic All-Daily Defense. I’m not sure about you, but this is the first time I have heard of DD cream.

I have heard of BB and CC cream but not DD cream, so it was an eye opener for me. This DD cream helps to actively block out UV rays and not only that, it helps to isolate the face from dirt and dust too! It is a moisturizing and super light weight foundation that can act as a physical sunscreen and most importantly, it can lasts the entire day!

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Candy also taught us how to do a daily makeup suitable for working and how to transform a day makeup to a night makeup.

Day Makeup:

  1. D.D. Cream SPF 50 Dymanic All-Daily Defense
  2. STARSUKI AUDACIOUS TRIO EYESHADOW
  3. LSY No.5 Series – Hello Kitty Eyeliner
  4. Rosy Pink Moisture Dew

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Have you ever smudge your eye liner or mascara and had to use a makeup remover to remove that area, but ended up the rest of your eye makeup as well? I have found a solution and that is a – Starsuki Super Perfect Remover Pen 2.0.

The makeup remover is already inside the pen. All you have to do is to swipe the pen over areas that needs to be removed. Because it has a fine tip, you can ensure that the rest of your eye makeup is still in tact! And because its small and handy, you can bring it out anywhere you go!

 

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Night Makeup:

  1. Darkening the eye makeup using Starsuki Audacious Trio Eye Shadow
  2. Add a pair of false eye lashes by All Belle Unique Knitting Eyelashes
  3. Apply lipstick-Peachy Loverstruck in shade 10 by Starsuki

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A display of what I have gotten!

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To check out more of these products aforementioned and their prices, check out this website: http://www.beauty-keeper.com./

With Love,

Veron

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Bubble tea can soothe the throat?

Hello there!

Today I am going to share with you my review for this bubble tea brand – Woobbee.

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Check out my video for the adventures that day!

Once in a while I would crave for sweet drinks and there is nothing more satisfying than finding a drink that not just quenches my thirst but satisfies my taste buds.

I heard about Woobbee from my friends and decided to drop by their outlet at Shaw Tower to try out the different drinks they offer with some of my closest friends.

I really like the idea how all their drinks are made using raw sugar, which is slightly healthier than the processed white sugar.

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Their drinks ranges from flavoured teas, milk teas, yakult and yogurt drink, coffee and cocoa drinks to more unconventional drinks like Ginger Latte, Almond Milk Grass Jelly and Citron Honey Aloe.

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The first drink that caught my eye when I was there was the Herbal Mint Milk Tea (Pei Pa Kao)! And of course, I ordered that while my friends tried their signature drinks like Fresh Milk Earl Grey, Wintermelon Grassjelly and Fresh Juice Apple Yakult.

I chose the Herbal Mint Milk Tea because I was really curious how the drink would taste like. Moreover, my throat wasn’t feeling too well that day so I was secretly hoping that this drink would ease the discomfort.

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And WOW the taste was amazing. Hands down. I’m a person who loves mint, so I was totally won over by that drink!

That drink was really quite legit… it soothed my throat after a few hours.

Can I drink you every day?

For the “first time in forever”, I was pretty early (please don’t judge haha >.<)

Woobbee was a nice and cozy place for me to browse through magazines and chill while waiting for my friends to arrive!

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The Garlic with Cheese Toast was the real deal man. My friends and I ordered like 3 or 4 plates of it. I’m serious-confession of a cheese lover.

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Best friends know how crazy you are and still choose to be seen with you in public.

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I had awesome food and company over at Woobbee, how about you? Share with me more by leaving a comment below!

With Love,

Veron.

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