Monday, March 31, 2014

VICHY: Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Range

Advertorial

Many women are willing to go the distance for smoother, plumper, and younger looking skin: Fish oils, anti-ageing creams, sun screens, botox, sperm facials... and they often overlook the power of a simple moisturiser. Keeping your skin well-hydrated and moisturized is a great start! It delays the development of wrinkles, and plumpness helps to prevent expression lines from deepening into permanent fixtures. Lines and creases are also far less noticeable.

I was given the opportunity to try out two of Vichy's new products, which will be launching tomorrow! Here's the box that they came in:
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I love personal touches like this! Gets me so excited hahaha:
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Did you know that dehydration is not only a water loss phenomenon, but also due to poor water distribution, causing facial features to appear less smooth, less plump, revealing a dull complexion? I didn't! Guess which facial areas lose water faster due to movement and exposure to the environment? Our cheeks and jaw! Never ever crossed my mind that water distribution plays a part... I mean I always apply products evenly across my face what! :/

The all new Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Range contains a unique blend of 3 Energising Sugars and Vichy Thermal Spa Water:
  1. CARRAGEENANS:
    Derived from marine red algae, this unique active ingredient helps to repair the skin's barrier function, smoothens and softens the skin.
  2. AQUABIORYL™:
    Patented L'Oréal ingredient which ensures a continuous supply of moisture to all facial zones via dynamic water diffusion.
  3. HYALURONIC ACID:
    A super efficient hydrating ingredient which replumps the skin's surface by enhancing its capacity to retain water.
  4. VICHY THERMAL SPA WATER:
    100% pure and naturally rich with 15 rare minerals. Clinically proven to regenerate, soothe, and protect the skin

Are you convinced already?? Let's take a look at the two products I received:

Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum
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What: The 1st hydrating power serum containing 3 Energising Sugars and Vichy Thermal Spa Water that can capture and retain moisture. Also enhanced with Dynamic Hydration Technology to continuously even out moisture in all facial zones (including cheeks and jaw!) for fresh-looking skin all day long. Tested on Asian sensitive skin.

Who: Women with dehydrated and sensitive skin, who are looking to rebalance and revitalise their skin for that plumped up and fresh look.

How: Apply evenly morning and night on face and neck either alone or under makeup. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.

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I like how it's so easy to use, just one pump is enough for my entire face. The glass bottle comes in a pretty shade of blue, which I couldn't stop looking at. Attractive packaging really keeps me motivated to use the product everyday.

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I love its ultra light texture, and you can tell how easily absorbed it is, leaving no greasy residue at all. Using this alone already feels sufficient actually, but of course I'm not gonna just stop here!

Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Cream (Light)
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What: The innovative cream contains Activ Hyaluronine™, a combination of hyaluronic acid and lipidure that is proven to infuse lasting moisture. This ingredient is micro-encapsulated and delivered as part of a continuous system of hydration. The cream strengthens the natural protective function of the skin and soothes discomfort. Hypoallergenic formula has been tested on sensitive skin.

Who: For women with sensitive, dehydrated normal to combination skin. 

How: Apply evenly morning and night on face and neck either alone or under makeup. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.

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Presented in a luxurious glass pot, this intensive yet lightweight moisturiser restores the balance of my normal to combination skin. One complaint I have is why doesn't it come with a spatula? Actually, who am I kidding? I would end up using my fingers anyway even if they had included one. Too lazy!

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Some moisturisers can leave your skin feeling sticky and gross and just make you wanna wash it off, and this isn't it. Rich in Vichy Thermal Water, which instantly cools irritation and tightness. Very creamy, yet quite easily absorbed. There is also a heavy version that is targeted at people with dry skin.

I am not one who likes to sleep with air-con - I very much prefer fresh air - but the weather these days are really calling for it. And with air-con, it is a must to moisturise because it makes my skin so dry and I hate it. I've been applying this hydration cream every night after the aforementioned serum for about a week now. Both of them work very well together to give me a smooth, hydrated, and radiant complexion the next morning!

Both products are launching tomorrow at SGD52 and SGD45 respectively. You can find them at your nearby Watsons, Guardian, or Unity!


Here's your chance to win!!!

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Share your answer on VanityTrove using the hashtag #dynamichydration, and stand to win 1 of the 5 Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serums that VanityTrove is giving away! Don't forget to follow me @kathleenkong too! Good luck! ;)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Thai Gold Food / Fukuichi Japanese Dining


Thai Gold Food
1-2 weeks ago, we went to look for some camera accessories, and S brought me to Sunshine Plaza for some thai food. This unpretentious eatery serves very tasty and affordable dishes, and I am definitely going back for more!

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I can't resist basil pork with rice. I don't have the habit of finishing plain white rice (unless it's Jap or Korean) because I think they are a waste of stomach space, but the rice they served was so moist and sticky - just the way I like it! I'm not sure if they serve it like this everyday though.

Walked a few doors down for some ice cream after:
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Fukuichi Japanese Dining

We had Jap food for lunch on Friday @ Triple One Somerset.

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You can never go wrong with salmon aburi~ Wish it had some mentaiko on top though!

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Wanted to take OOTD, so he became my test subject hahaha look how reluctant he was!

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Dug this Topshop dress out from my wardrobe graveyard. Remember how popular were these tops/dresses with bows at the back?! Now they are so passé I don't have to worry about bumping into someone with the same outfit ;)

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Headed to a 24-hour supermarket to grab some snacks:
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Always so happy to spend the day out with you.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Koh Grill & Sushi Bar

I first tried everyone's favourite (except S) shiok maki two years ago when my friends dapao-ed some back. So I finally found a day to go down with S and have the entire plate to myself!! Haha perk of having a boyfriend who does not like sashimi. :D

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This is the 1st generation. Haven't tried the 2nd because I wanted the one with unagi. My dad loves jap food so he was the one who introduced unagi to me when I was just a little kid!

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Nyeah... average.

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Felt so cheated by such a small portion of lamb! Didn't really enjoy it because I don't quite like sweet sauce with meat. Much prefer the one at Akanoya Robatayaki.

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Garlic fried rice! Our must-have at every jap restaurant!


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Didn't use any base/primer/foundation that day since I forgot to bring to S' house. :/ Always feel so bare without it, but I'm thankful for good skin! Sometimes I get questions like how I make my skin look flawless with makeup, which I don't know how to answer. This is my skin with no foundation, no filter, no photoshop - only under eye concealer (for my dark circles) and blusher. I am really not that conscientious with my skincare either, although I do own quite a few products. A blogpost soon, maybe?

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Something exciting happening tomorrow, can't wait!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Burgers VS Wings / GRUB / Strangers' Reunion / Habitat

Over the past few weeks:

Burgers VS Wings + Bar

To be honest, we had a rather bad dining experience here. I don't know if it's just our luck that we happened to order the wrong stuff, or we had our expectations too high, but we didn't enjoy our dinner at all.

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I thought the beef burger was alright. The patty wasn't exceptionally juicy nor bursting with flavour, but it wasn't tough and dry. S didn't like it though. Then again he doesn't like Shiok Maki because he hates sashimi, so... hahaha.

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We had the Sampler Trio Wings since we couldn't decide which wings to get. This dish was a disappointment, and totally not worth my money. The Cajun BBQ wings, Wings Wrap, and Jambalaya Wings were nothing special, and the Vietnamese spring roll clearly didn't belong there. More than half of this dish was left untouched because it wasn't appetising.

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Average fries.

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We also topped up S$7.90 each for their mini taps and dessert buffet. The mac and cheese was probably the best of all. Others were okay, but the cakes were really dry.

I doubt we'll be going back again, but I've read positive reviews about this place so I guess it's really subjective. :/


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Mentaiko Fries (S$9) || Topped with mentaiko aioli, nori seaweed. More mentaiko aioli was served at the side, so it isn't as little as it looks. I wiped this dish clean. Anything mentaiko is good, right? S is not exactly a fan of this though.

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Sticky Date Cake (S$8.50) || Served with burnt caramel, french vanilla gelato, toasted almonds.

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Belgium Waffle with Butter, Maple Syrup (S$6.50) || I didn't like it.



Strangers' Reunion

We had been there once, and decided to drop by again since they have expanded their menu! This place is always so crowded!

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Truffles Fries (S$12.90) || With freshly grated truffle, truffled aioli, parmesan, and sea salt flakes. One of the best in town, apart from the one at Chillax! It gets very salty towards the bottom though, but I like it!

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Fluffy Savoury Crêpes (S$12.50 + S$3.50 for sautéed mushrooms + S$4.50 for smoked salmon) || Served with Mozzarella, sour cream, beet root relish, and mixed greens. Omg I only realise it now when I am typing this that we paid so much for this! They were good, but so overpriced for crêpes! Very generous fillings - I don't expect less because the price is :O The beet root relish was refreshing too. Other add-ons include bacon, avocado, parma ham, etc.

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Buttermilk Waffles with Maple Syrup and Fresh Fruit (S$11.90) || I really like the waffles here!



Habitat Coffee

After lunch at Strangers' Reunion, we had dinner at Habitat because it's so near his house and we wanted to try their truffle fries and poutine!

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Habitat Fusion Longan Tea (S$4.90) and Guava Juice Soda (S$4).

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Hello Truffle (S$8) || Home seasoned truffle fries, dressed with fine grated parmesan. I wouldn't say it was bad, but it paled in comparison to the one at Strangers' Reunion. Maybe too much truffle fries that day!

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Chick Bo || Special sauced spaghetti chicken bolognese.

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Poutine (S$8) || Fries topped with homemade brown gravy and cheese. Yup fries again. 3rd serving of fries on the same day!

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Pulut Hitam Pudding Dessert || Black glutinous rice cake pudding, artisanal fresh coconut ice cream, coconut shavings, and longans. This is the kind of dish I would never see myself ordering: I have never liked black glutinous rice, and I don't see what's so nice about coconuts or its shavings. So when S ordered this I was like Eee, nice meh? ... Errrrr can I take my words back? One of the best desserts I've ever had! Any attempt at describing how perfect this dessert is would come off poorly, so you've got to try it yourself! We even went back a few days ago just to order this ;)