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Citrus Infusion

As we all get over our collective food comas over the past couple of days, I thought it would be pretty apt to think about fragrances and smells that remind me of the New Year (which technically lasts for 15 days!) so here are some of my favourite bath and body products that I really like and that I foresee myself using for a long time to come.

Citrus

Well, I guess this is a no-brainer especially since oranges and tangerines are closely associated with Chinese New Year. The practice of exchanging oranges while saying auspicious words actually symbolises the exchange of luck and money so don’t forget to bring your oranges home! And while you’re at it, why not smell like an orange too? I really like citrusy scents in the morning cos it perks me up and I don’t feel so drowsy and sleepy on the way to school. A good body care range that is readily available is The Body Shop’s Satsuma range.

There’s the shower gel, body butter and body polish. I personally think that body butters are too rich for our humid tropical climate especially if you get the shea or cocoa butter range. Fruit-based body butters don’t feel so dense and thick though so if I do purchase a body butter, I tend to lean towards fruity flavors like strawberry  and in this case, satsuma.

Another range from The Body Shop that is growing on me is the Sweet Lemon range. What I do like about Body Shop is how comprehensive it all is. This Sweet Lemon range has everything from lip butters to body lotions and as previously mentioned, body lotions are more suited for our climate compared to body butters and because the Satsuma range doesn’t have a body lotion formula, I think I might just switch over to Sweet Lemon.

Another citrusy favourite of mine comes from Lush and that’s Sexy Peel soap! It has a combination of various peels of lime, lemons and oranges and it is just simply divine. But if you are into shower gels, then Back for Breakfast is your pick! It is a cocktail of citrusy goodness consisting of lime, grapefruit and lemon oils!

For something more lemon scented (the pleasant kind, not dishwashing liquid type), then Bohemian is a great choice along with Whoosh! which has a stronger grapefruit scent (if you are into shower jellies. I personally find the texture alittle strange. Sorry, I’m a traditionalist. My soaps need to be firm.)

And while I love the selections from The Body Shop and Lush, I thought that I might add these other brands and scents to the list.

From left:
Philosophy’s Senorita Margarita Bath/Shower Gel, Bath and Body Work’s Orange Ginger and Mango Mandarin and Victoria’s Secret Vanilla Lace.

Bath and Body Works has an incredible selection of citrus scents of varying combinations so that’s definitely something to check out especially when they have a sale. Are you a big citrus fan? What’s your scent for the New Year?

Lush Singapore

Lush opened its stores yesterday and I was one of the die hard fans that was there when the doors opened! Even before you can reach the store you can smell the wafting scents and fragrances that uniquely define Lush (or at least my nose is already trained to associate these scents to the brand). Insanely crowded is an understatement. The tiny shop space was just packed full of people and it was crazily difficult to maneuver around while carrying a basket and the line to get to the cashier counter was equally crazy thanks to the promo that they were having where the first 50 customers would get a free foot mask.

But thankfully, I managed to suss out what I wanted online so it was a simple grab and go. Not to mention the fact that the staff was extremely helpful and friendly giving hugs and high fives all around while dishing out drinks and snackers to tide us over the long wait. Yes, it was indeed a lively atmosphere and everyone was clearly sharing in the joy and exuberance of the moment… Lush is finally here and it is here to stay!

But enough of the shopping experience, what’s most important is the actual haul. What could I possibly have bought to warrant the $92 bill?

First up, the solid shampoo, Jumping Juniper ($16.90). I always wanted to try solid shampoos but was always afraid to buy it online because you don’t know how they smell like. Well, I finally took the plunge with Jumping Juniper and I really really love it. It smells like lavender and lime and it’s supposed to be really good for oily scalps so I decided to give this a go instead of Seanik. It lathers super well… just three swipes around my head and voila, lots of bubbles. And the end result? Clean hair that is fluffy and shiny (in a good way). Fabulous. And judging from how big the bar is, this is going to last eons. Like its equivalent to 2 bottles of shampoo. Pretty good value imo. Definitely one of my best buys from Lush EVER.

In addition to Jumping Juniper, I also purchased a conditioner called Retread and this is a recommendation from the Lush staff. I was actually looking for a hair treatment but honestly, the Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze (the henna overpowers the jasmine) as well as the H’Suan Wen Hua didn’t smell that great. The latter smells herbal-y. Me no likey. And so I decided to give Retread a go. Retread has traces of melon, soya milk and yoghurt and it is suppose to restore shine to your hair.  But in a strange way, it doesn’t smell fruity at all. It has a rather musky scent actually and I’m undecided about whether I love it or hate it. Love the consistency of the conditioner. Very smooth and applies well though the results were rather disappointing. I didn’t think my hair ends felt any different from before. Given its price of $32, I don’t think it delivered. I’m better off sticking to drugstore brands like Essentials. Won’t repurchase this.

Okay moving along… let’s move on to shower products. I bought the Aqua Mirablis ($18.50) body butter at long last. This has been on my wish list for a long time and I’m so glad I got it! This is definitely on my favourites list for best Lush product. It’s up there with Honey I washed the Kids, Porridge and Jumping Juniper. It comes in this bar and it works as an exfoliator and moisturiser all at once. The thing I love about it is the smell. The ground almond nuts smell AMAZING and it’s not too harsh on the skin (at least not for me). It’s also kinda cool in the sense that when you rinse all the tiny granules away, the water turns milky and your skin really feels super clean, soft and moisturised. I used to swear by Body Shop’s body scrubs but I think I’m moving over to Lush now. Definitely, definitely a repurchase.

A whimsical item that I picked up this time round was actually a shower jelly, Sweetie Pie ($9.90). As its name implies, this is a flubber-like jelly that redefines your showering experience because you can freeze it before using it in the shower so its perfect for hot days when you need a pick me up.  Sweetie Pie is a rather fruity scent. Blackcurrant and cherries to be exact (think Ribena) so it’s quite pleasant. You can use it whole or crush up little bits to spread it all over your hair and body. It’s pretty interesting and I had alot of fun with it though it kept slipping out of my hand. Final verdict? It’s definitely something different and fun but I guess I’m not much of a shower radical so nah… gonna give this a miss next time round.

My last purchase was of course, soap! The one thing that made me fall in love with Lush in the first place. I figured that instead of the perennial favourites, I would try out something new and that turned out to be Lust ($15.10)! It has this bright pink tinge that is reminiscent of Rock Star but it is infused with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla. The scent is literally lust-worthy. Can’t say much cos I haven’t tried it out yet but it looks promising!

And because I’m one of the lucky 50 first customers of Lush, I received a small put of Volcano foot mask (USD12.95 for 3.5oz). It doesn’t smell great to be honest. It’s herbal-y but the texture is alright. Very fine clay paste that spreads over your feet easily. It also gives a slight minty, tingly feeling that’s pleasant though all in all, I would say that I prefer the Body Shop’s peppermint foot scrub (USD14 for 3.4oz) to this because of the salt granules. It just exfoliates better I think though the Lush one is cheaper.

I know this sounds crazy but every time I step into the toilet now I feel happy. I love new products and of course, I love bathing. So in putting the two together, it is literally a dream come true. Are you a Lush fan? What are your Lush must-haves? Share them with us!

Why shopping in SG just got more interesting.

I have been a happy happy camper because I just found out that Lush opens its stores in Singapore! At long last! I no longer need to ship my soaps from Lush UK and US or have to buy huge chunks of soap back whenever I go to Hong Kong! Plus, I can try out new products like Massage Bars and the Fresh Face Masks that I couldn’t order online before because it would have melted/gone bad.

Apparently, there was a Lush outlet in Singapore a long long time ago but somehow or another, the homemade soap craze just didn’t catch on and so it closed down. I’m glad the Lush folks decided that Singaporeans are now ready for some Lush lovin’ and now that it’s opening in Wisma Atria (I think it’s open already in fact, because it was supposed to open on Nov 11th) I can’t wait to make a list and pretty much go wild. The only issue is whether or not prices are much higher, but I would think it would be comparable cos shipping soaps is not exactly cheap either. In any case, I’m so so excited that Singapore’s shopping scene is welcoming Lush!

So many soaps, so little time.

Another awesome discovery I made while walking along City Link Mall (there’s another brand in ION) with Ruth was Aeropostale! It’s brand new store in Singapore and it looks all shiny, happy and new! Aeropostale is well known for their collegiate style of t-shirts, tanks, shorts and denim. I particularly like their henley t-shirts because it’s long (hate tops that ride up because the hem line is short) and they come in a wide variety of colours. Also, their pullovers are also very popular, I see these on college kids and on tourists traveling to colder countries because it’s so comfy and warm.

I used to buy it online whenever there was a huge clearance sale and now that it’s come to our shores, maybe online shopping won’t be much of a draw for me anymore though Ruth did think that prices in store was considerably more expensive even if you consider shipping costs. But then again, stuff online always gets sold out so if you are looking for a particular design in your size, chances are you’ll find them instores and now we are given that option to! Hurray!

Photo Credit: Beauterunway.com

I think I’ve mentioned before that shoe shopping in Singapore was frustrating for me because I’ve got rather large feet and even with shops like Charles and Keith and Mitju that are starting to offer larger sizes, the variety is somehow quite limited. That’s why I love buying shoes in the US. I remember the last time I went, I bought back 4 pairs of shoes from Payless because it was affordable, fashionable and comfortable!

Get this, I no longer have to travel to US to do that anymore because Payless is now at Suntec City! Following its American stores, it has categorized all its shoes according to sizes and they come from a variety of brands and styles. It’s really quite dizzying. I actually like this concept because all their stocks are up on the shelves for you to see so it’s pretty much self service. You grab a shoe you want, try it on and if you don’t like it, put it back. Else, take it to the cashier and make payment. Love the no-frills, fuss-free approach.


What other new shopping discoveries have you made in Singapore? Are you glad that these big brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Lush etc are coming to our shores?

Great gift ideas under US$15

Christmas is by far my most favourite holiday of the year. The tree, presents, awesome food, merry music and time spent with family and friends… just the thought of it gets me excited! And the most awesome thing about Christmas is gifting! I absolutely love buying gifts for friends and family but the thing I’m not too keen about is the crowds and having to push and shove to lay hands on that last sweater on some discount rack.

So… what I’m planning to do this year is to shop online! And one awesome site to find novelty gifts is Fredflare because it offers a wide range of products and it categorizes them according to price range, recipient and theme. Having trouble finding a gift for your colleague? Don’t fret. Fredflare susses out the perfect gift for you at the price range that YOU WANT. Pretty awesome huh. To get into the holiday spirit, I’ve done abit of snooping on my own and picked out some under US15 finds.

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I especially love the lunchbox. It’s so retro and who doesn’t love barbie?? And I think any bookworm would appreciate those bookmarks with the cute taglines. There are lots more where that came from but I didn’t wanna go crazy with it (already my wishlist is getting longer by the minute) so be sure to check out the site for more cool stuff. AND if you spend $75 and above, you get free shipping within the US! Just type the code ‘FESTIVE’. So what are you waiting for? It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping!

For those of you who aren’t too keen on Fredflare because the items don’t seem too practical, well then maybe this would help. You know how I’m a huge fan of Lush right? Well, Lush has awesome bath goodies, all pre-packed for under US$15 too!

For Guys:

This little gift pack is US$14.95, and it comes with 3.5Oz Snow Globe soap (citrusy scent) and a 3.3 Fl. Oz Whoosh Shower Jelly.

For Girls:

Also US$14.95, contains 3.5 Oz Godmother soap and a 3.5 Oz Candy Cane Bubble Bar.

For the Bath:

For US$14.95 you get 3.1 Oz of Cinders Bath Bomb and 4.6 Oz of The Boog Bath Bomb.

For the Shower:

US$14.95 will get you a 3.3 Fl Oz of Glogg shower gel and 3.5 Oz of Mandarin Tea Party soap.

Unisex+ Bath+Shower+ Cheaper

This one is US$10.95 and it has a 6.3 Oz Satsumo Santa Bath Bomb and 1 Oz Snowcake Soap. You can’t go wrong with this gift methinks. Lush has pretty much got you covered.

BUT if you are still unsatisfied, cos you can’t find a gift for your girlfriend/bestie/lady boss/colleague etc., then there is always makeup. For only US$10, Stila gives you a complete makeup palette of four eyeshadows and one convertible color to use of cheeks and lips. There are three to choose from:

Trendsetting in Tokyo

This cute, collectable palette includes:

Four Eye Shadows:
– Sake (beige with shimmer)
– Kawai (pink)
– Shibuya (blue)
– “peace sign” (black shimmer)

Convertible Color:
– Sakura (cherry blossom pink)

Size: 4 eye shadows: .15 oz./4.3 g; convertible color: .09 oz./2.7 g

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This trendy, portable palette includes: 

Four Eye Shadows:

– Matruschka (beige)
– Chill (blue)
– Nadia (orange copper)
– Mink (brown)

Convertible Color/Lip Balm:
– Lily* (sheer, hydrating pink- great for a natural winter glow)

Fabulous in Fiji
This cute, collectable palette includes:
Four Eye Shadows:
– R&R (light blue)
– Palm (green)
– Escape (blue)
– Wave (navy blue)

 

Convertible Color:
– Plumeria

Yup, I’ve pretty much run out of ideas for now. But these are my choice picks for gifts (from the online shopping world at least). I’m sure Ruth will give you some awesome suggestions as well! So stay tuned!

5 things extravaganza

In my last 5 things post, I talked about the 5 songs I can’t get outta my head. Today, I’ve decided to do a rare beauty post on five things that I can’t do without and because I am a self-confessed vainpot, I couldn’t possibly narrow it all down to 5 products. Instead, I have 5 products PER category: face, body and hair. Tada!

Read more about each product after the jump!

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