BlackBox SG – The Face Inc

A peace of mind is what I got from trying out The Face Inc‘s cleansing gel and active toner. The clear, see-through consistency of both products attest to its au naturale qualities. And I just love the clean, simple fragrance!

Blackbox SG - The Face Inc

I found out about The Face Inc via this beautiful, exclusive set from the BlackBox SG, and was so glad to discover this quick facial fix at only a fraction off the market value!

Over at www.BlackBox.sg, you can grab this Exclusive Set at ONLY $26.90 (U.P $44), with full sizes included (only for the first 40 sets, while stocks last).

What’s even better, you can quote <<BBXJEAN10>> to enjoy an
additional 10% off this or ANY exclusive sets at BlackBox!

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Read on for a sneak peek of this exclsive set. Unwrapping this took a little longer, because I never want to ruin these boxes.

The Face Inc Cleansing Gel Active Toner

I was really fascinated by the product’s absolute clarity. Transparent cleansers are not very common, or perhaps I’ve been using way too many products with  intensive lather.

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1. The Face Inc Cleansing Gel | 50ml

Marketed as a proprietary cleansing formulation that hydrates and tones all skin types. The clear gel feels cool to the touch when applied, with a faint fragrance attributed to the gel’s cucumber extract component, that acts as a skin conditioning and softening agent. The cleanser even has mild exfoliating properties, but for that property you still need an additional exfoliator.

The sodium chloride ingredient acts as a natural astringent and antiseptic agent, absorbing moisture, firming the skin and balancing the skin’s pH level. I don’t have to worry about acidity wrecking havoc on my skin.

Retail Size and Price: 50ml, $22

The Face Inc Cleansing Gel

2. The Face Inc Active Toner | 50ml

This alcohol-free toner contains AHAs for an enhanced cleansing process. Components like Citric and Lactic Acids remove dead skin cells to reduce wrinkles, discoloration and roughness, to reveal a radiant skin. Although toners are typically applied with cotton pads, I tend to skip the whole cotton-pads thing, since a lot of the product gets wasted and soaked into the applicator anyway.

I love the tingly feeling upon application of this clear, colourless fluid. There’s even a faint fragrance that lingers after!

Retail Size and Price: 50ml, $22

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This Exclusive Pack – The Face Inc (Clear) is available at $26.90/pack (U.P $44). Direct shop link here at www.bit.ly/thefaceinc_toning

Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ for further 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

Promo price @$26.90 is applicable to the first 40 packs only, so grab yours quickly! For more information, head over to www.blackbox.sg.

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About The Face Inc:

Doctor prescribed skincare, The Face Inc comprises a range of products near pharmaceutical grade, specifically formulated to tackle the prevailing conditions of acne and blemishes, pigmentation and scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Their primary offering is a skincare range comprising of 16 products, that is of near pharmaceutical grade, their high concentration of active ingredients translates into prompt and visible results, truly efficacious.

The Face Inc Blackbox Singapore Active Toner

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Living The Vida Glow-ca

Does ingestible collagen really work? My quick answer is yes, if you understand the distinction of hydrolyzed collagen – also known as collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptide, gelatine, gelatine hydrolysate or hydrolyzed gelatine – in which individual collagen strands have been hydrolyzed using heat and either acid or alkali solutions.
Hydrolyzed collagen is produced from collagen found in the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals such as cattle, fish, horses, pigs, and rabbits.  on the ingestible collagen bandwagon. In Japan and Taiwan, collagen is often added to noodles, soups, fondue pots and even marshmallows.

Collagen, the second most abundant substance in our body, is the protein glue that holds our bodies together,  as well as the building block of our tissues. As much as 75% of our skin, over 90% of our ligaments and tendons, 35% of our bones are made of collagen. We drink water as it is a huge part of our body composition, and in the same vein, collagen ingestion may help the body’s collagen formation as a whole.

Here’s a scary thought: in our mid-twenties our collagen production will begin to decrease at a rate of 2% a year, and we would have lost over half the amount of collagen in our bodies by our 50s when the natural collagen production ceases altogether. The clearest signs of this cessation include wrinkles, sagging skin, finer hair, joint pain or joint degeneration.

Pep talk aside, I’ve personally tried many brands and types of collagen products. The main concern of youths, or anyone in their 20s and 30s, is not the need for intake per se, but rather where and how to purchase collagen from a trustworthy source.

Well, one particular brand caught my eye of late, and that is Vida Glow.

Vida Glow Collagen Beauty Review

I’ve been trying out 2 of its sassy flavours for a week now: the natural marine collagen (left, in turquoise), and the peach-flavoured collagen (right, in pink), and though there aren’t any “omg she’s glowing!” and other immediately obvious effects, my face probably doesn’t get as dry and crack-ly under prolonged exposure to air-conditioning. Plus the additional collagen intake gives me a peace of mind.

Vida essentially means life and with every serving the brand aims to give consumers a little extra “life glow”. While based in Australia, all of Vida Glow’s collagen products are “Made in Japan”, and are marked with the highest grading form of pure marine collagen available. For assurance, Vida Glow ensures that every product batch is tested by an independent NATA accredited laboratory in Sydney, Australia, for quality and safety.

Vida Glow Collagen Review

Why I choose Vida Glow:

  • Aesthetics:
    Vida Glow has done right in the aesthetics department. Its bold, clean packaging and cotton candy colours projects a youthful, trendy image which I love. Helps a lot that the pop-coloured sachets make me happy as I’m stirring its contents into my coffee.
  • Convenience:
    – Being individually packed, it is incredibly convenient to pop a sachet into my morning coffee, and to leave a couple of sachets sticks in my handbag and desk to include in my lunch or midday tea
  • Taste:
    – Honestly, the peach-flavoured sachet taste so good on its own. You know how collagen from renowned brands (even Meiji) has this overwhelmingly strong fishy taste? Whilst Vida Glow’s marine collagen is not completely devoid of that funky deep-sea odour, it is tonnes less unpleasant on the olfactory senses. And the smell can be rather entirely masked when mixed in strong tea or milkshake.
  • Safety:
    Vida Glow only produces 100% natural products that contain no artificial flavours, colours, additives or preservatives. It is also free from wheat, gluten, allergens, soy, lactose, dairy, sugar, carbohydrates and fat. Their flavoured collagen powders contain natural fruit flavours and also come with the added goodness of vitamins for extra doses of antioxidants. What’s not to love? If this alleviates any worries, stringent laboratory tests ensure that Vida Glow collagen is free from toxins, heavy metals, and pollution.
  • Variety:
    – Vida Glow boasts 4 delicious collagen blend flavours. I’ve tried the peach-flavoured one, and it mixes very well with porridge, yoghurt and soup at lunch or dinner. Yes, the blend is pretty heat-stable too. I love my peach-flavoured collagen in smoothies, shakes and fruit juices! If ever I do try other flavours, I’ll let you know how they taste like.

Vida Glow Singapore Collagen

Vida Glow Peach Marine Collagen

In this section, I’ll share a little bit more on each flavour. As mentioned earlier, I loved the natural Peach flavour, made with natural Peach Juice powder. On its own, peaches are rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants. This peach-flavoured powder also comes with added Vitamin C and Green Tea extract for an extra dose of antioxidants which are essential for healthy hair, skin and nails and protection against cell damage!

Vida Glow Peach Collagen (Pink)

90% of the time I never leave the house without some form of sun protection on my face, to guard against pre-mature skin ageing. From what I understand, photo ageing happens when damage from UV rays affect skin cell function, usually reflected in rougher, drier, wrinkled and less elastic skin. Ageing is accelerated by the sun’s UV rays which speeds up free radical production while at the same time depletes antioxidants.

The antioxidants boost in Vida Glow drinks will aid in counteracting free radical activity, just as Vitamins A and C (though minimal and inadequate in a single Vida Glow peach sachet) which are both found in peaches, are notable in protecting and hydrating the skin. In addition to daily collagen supplements, a diet rich in Vitamin C helps develop resistance against infectious agents, assisting in stronger immune health. Which is why Vida Glow is a helpful and convenient daily supplement to a healthy and beauty-conscious diet.

Peach Collagen Vida Glow (Pink)

Could fit 10 of this in my travel purses! I won’t need to fret over inadequate nutrition on my holidays.

Peach Vida Glow Collagen (Pink)

Peach flavoured collagen Vida Glow

Vida Glow Natural Marine Collagen

Vida Glow’s natural marine collagen is a fibrous protein extracted from the scales of Deep Sea Red Snapper, sustainably sourced from the Western Central Pacific Ocean waters of Australasia. Whilst the other collagen powders are enhanced with natural fruit flavours, I concur that the natural marine collagen smells a tad fishier. Given a choice, I’d definitely go for flavoured collagen.

I must add: the turquoise-emerald-coloured sachets are a real eye-candy!

Marine collagen is usually derived from fish and can be extracted from the scale or skin; Vida Glow uses the scale as it is richer in nutrients and collagen protein. Japanese women have used marine collagen as secret weapon for youthful radiance for many years, and the studies showing the benefits of taking marine collagen are plentiful. And I’m a sucker for that stuff.

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Being a 100% natural product, Original Vida Glow marine collagen contains no artificial flavours, colours, additives or preservatives. It is also free from wheat, gluten, allergens, soy, lactose, dairy, sugar, carbohydrates and fat. Au naturale – I totally dig that.

Natural marine collagen - Vida Glow Review

The marine collagen is of low molecular weight hydrolysed collagen powder, making it easy to digest and absorb. The rate at which these powders get absorbed into my smoothies and coffees are very convincing indeed. Research compounds this belief that consumable collagen has a higher bioavailability and absorption rate, and when regularly ingested over long periods of time, collagen fibres are formed to strengthen the collagen matrix below the dermis, the inner layer of the skin.

Natural marine collagen - Vida Glow Asia

It’s easy to understand why the Original Vida Glow remains the favourite in Vida Glow’s range as it’s the most convenient to include into your daily diet with the majority of their customers reporting no taste or smell, making it ideal to stir into any food or drinks. I guess I may have more sensitive taste buds – which is fine! As Vida Glow’s flavoured marine collagen options are just perfect for me.

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I just love how their range of collagen powders come in such funky, pop colours ♥

Vida Glow Collagen Review

The wooden tubes are so fun and instagrammable!

Vida Glow Collagen Online Beauty

Psst… For all my dearest readers, I’m sharing this beauty secret with you via an exclusive code.

Quote “VIKTORIA10” for 10% off your purchase of any collagen products from Vida Glow ♥

Who’s with me? I’m including collagen into my daily diet to prolong longevity of youthful hair, skin and nails. Even if scientific studies have been inconclusive as proof of its obvious efficacy, boosting your body’s essential composition will not go wrong.

Have a Vida Glow-ing day today!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

About Vida Glow

Vida Glow offers a range of natural supplements that nourish hair, skin and nails from within. Our marine collagen is pure hydrolysed collagen peptide and comes in powder form, making it incredibly easy to stir into your favourite food or drink.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, amounting up to 70%. Until our mid-twenties, our bodies naturally produce collagen. As this production slows and eventually stops completely, we begin to see the effects of ageing. Replenishing collagen levels will help increase the building blocks that maintain our hair, skin and nails.

Including Vida Glow in your daily diet will help stimulate your body’s natural supply of collagen, increasing elasticity, hydration and firmness in your skin, as well as repairing weak or brittle nails. Vida Glow assists in the growth and strengthening of your hair, adding extra shine and helping rejuvenate dry or damaged hair.

Collagen is a protein that is vital to maintaining healthy muscles and connective tissues. Therefore your tendons, ligaments and cartilage greatly benefit from taking Vida Glow marine collagen, notably preserving joint and bone health and encouraging muscle toning and definition.

Vida Glow will also assist with dealing with daily stresses of toxins, late nights, poor diet, sun damage and harsh environments.

Vida means life and with every servings the aim is to give you with a little extra “life glow”.

Are You A #NARSissist?

Well, I am.

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NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Singapore True Nars Set Lipstick Pencil

The shades in this series are: Yu, Luxembourg, and the limited edition Provocative Red.

TRUE NARS Lipstick Set NARS Singapore

Top to bottom:

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen.

Luxembourg is described as a “vivid watermelon.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish.

Provocative Red is described as a “fuchsia rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddish-plum with warm undertones and a matte finish.

NARS Singapore TRUE NARS Makeup Lipstick Set

And can I just say, not only is the hard plastic packaging very sturdy, it is also incredibly modern and artsy. Definitely throwing this travel-sized three-some into my luggage.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush – Frenzy

NARS Singapore Cheek Stain Viktoria Jean

Loving this day-to-night, purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. NARS’ Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. The shimmery gold is surprisingly wearable, and oh-so-gorgeous!

NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

NARS Singapore Frenzy Cheek

The compact size is, again, so great for travel.

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NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

For the eyeshadow fanatic, this lightweight base extends the wear, smooths the surface, and maximizes color. Great for anti-smudging, creasing, or migration when used as a primer underneath eyeshadows.

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Ciao, smudged eyeshadow.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

HASK: The Must-Have For Your Hair

Humidity can really wreak havoc on your hair. Mine fights a constant battle against Singapore’s temperamental tropical climate. On top of that, like loads of ladies out there, I spend most of my day in a dry air-conditioned environment. My hair is mostly pretty smooth, but a combination of heat and air-conditioning makes my hair limp at the scalp, frizzy at the ends, and pretty much dull-looking at the end of the day. Even after a steamy shower and loads of TLC, the ends of my long hair (slightly above the waist) still feel dry and frizzy.

I was so glad to be introduced to the HASK’s Argan Oil series. They contain Argan Oil from Morocco, and are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to repair, strengthen and moisturize hair. Also known as “liquid gold,” Argan Oil is a precious, time-honored beauty secret, and when used in haircare products, is great at taming frizz and adding shine to your mane.  No kidding – I noticed an immediate difference in softness, shine and overall condition of my hair after just one use!

HASK Haircare Review Singapore

At Blackbox SG’s online store, the recommended products come in a gorgeous, convenient set!

The HASK (Argan Oil) Exclusive Pack consists of:
☆ Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo
☆ Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner
☆ Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment Pack
☆ Argan Oil Repairing Treatment Vial

If you haven’t heard, HASK is a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils and other unique ingredients from around the world. Rest assured that all its products – Shampoos, Conditioners and Shine Oils – are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors, which are known to damage your scalp and hair.

Fun fact: HASK is used on more film and TV sets than any other hair care brand! Including: Criminal Minds, Scream Queens, Modern Family and How To Get Away With Murder.

Seriously, all my favourite shows?

HASK Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

So why argan oil? Long before it entered mainstream haircare, Asian, Indian and northern African women have used argan oil to keep their hair silky-smooth and healthy. The oil, extracted from the fruit of Argan trees found predominately in Morocco, helps seal the hair cuticle to protect against environmental damage. Specifically, the molecules in Moroccan argan oil may be small enough to penetrate the hair cortex, and hence are able to stimulate smoothening of frizzy hair and healthy growth from within the hair shaft! So the oils do go deep within your hair to heal the frizz. Amazing isn’t it.

People in Morocco use argan oil on salads, during body massages as skin essential oils and on hair as a conditioner. It is also widely used for several first aid purposes, including bug bites, skin rashes, and infections. The oil also has therapeutic properties as it is rich with both Vitamin A and E. The trocopherol from the vitamin E boosts hair cell production and regeneration.

Let’s take a closer look at the individual products in this exclusive set!

Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo

This shampoo is infused with argan oil which repairs and prevents breakage to damaged hair as it deeply penetrates and moisturizes the hair shaft. My mane feels super-soft, tame and glossy, the way it feels when I’m in a seasonal country during Spring. Seriously, my hair agrees with cool air in spring. But since tropical heat can’t be avoided I just need to beat it with a crazy moisturising product.

The Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo’s invigorating scent (slightly sweet and tangy), has this uplifting and refreshing effect, which feels great in the mornings, as it tops off my need for perk-me-up coffees. The shampoo lathers moderately, and doesn’t leave behind a sticky, oily residue as you would expect natural oils to, hence my hair didn’t feel heavy or weighed down after washing.

HASK Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo

Haircare Tip #1:
To avoid damage to frizzy hair, dry your hair with a towel, and allow the strands to dry without blow drying. Heat can often cause further long-term damage to the hair shaft in humid weather so avoid heat styling wherever possible.

Directions: Apply generously to wet hair. Massage into a luscious lather, rinse thoroughly and repeat as often as you like. For the sleekest, healthiest-looking hair imaginable, follow with HASK Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner, of course!

HASK Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo

Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner

The Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner, like its accompanying shampoo, is perfect for dry, damaged or colour-treated hair. As promised in its product description, the conditioner acts as an intense restorative treatment that helps you bring life back to dull, damaged hair. I love the understated scent of this product – it is slightly less sweet than its shampoo, but still as refreshing and uplifting.

Again, no oily or stickiness at all, and my hair doesn’t feel weighed down after washing.  To add on to its frizz fighting benefit, the conditioner contains soy protein that helps with hydration and strength. As I only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair, I believe a bottle of conditioner like this can last quite a while, since I need only use a small pea-sized amount to tame my waist-length hair, right down to its tip.

HASK Repairing Conditioner Argan Oil

Haircare Tip #2: When conditioning after shampoo, wash off conditioner using cold water. Cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz, though there are some debates about this. Some scientists, doubt the effectiveness of cold water since hair cuticles aren’t living cells hence they shouldn’t contract. Cold water has always worked well for me in taming the frizz, and I swear firmly by this!

Directions: Shampoo hair and remove excess water. Apply generously, leaving on for 1-2 minutes, or as long as it takes to shave your legs! Rinse thoroughly and behold ready-to-style, gorgeous hair! For the sleekest, healthiest-looking hair imaginable, follow with HASK Argan Oil Repairing Shine Oil.

Hask Argan Oil Conditoner

Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment Pack

This product is a supplement to the daily shampoo and conditioner routine, and is a weightless and super-strengthening conditioning treatment that helps repair and smooth out hair using nourishing Argan oil and keratin. After 2 uses, I found some hope to my split ends – even the most damaged parts of my hair feels softer with the added moisture! All the damage from styling and blow-drying is magically reversed in a couple of uses –  my mane really feels pampered and nourished.

I can’t reiterate how much softness and strength my hair has regained after using this intense conditioner. Literally, all I had to do after deep conditioning was to finger comb my hair, and it feels perfect. Seriously I have found the ‘spring‘ that my hair needs to restore moisture and smooth out damaged, over-processed hair.

HASK Argan Oil from Morocco

If you look at the ingredients, this is really an all-star power-packed product!

Haircare Tip #3: If your hair is prone to fly-aways and frizzes, blot your hair dry with a towel instead of rubbing! Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible. If you have to blow dry, remember to blow down the shaft of hair instead of across it, which separates hair sections, or upward, which provides volume and lift but also adds puffiness to frizzy hair

Directions: Apply a generous amount of Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Treatment to clean, wet hair. Massage into hair focusing on damaged areas. Let penetrate for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual.

HASK Argan Oil Haircare Blackbox

Argan Oil Repairing Treatment Vial

For a good number of reasons, many of us face hair fall issues. Argan oil is scientifically proven to be a good product for hair re-growth and cell regeneration. The Argan Oil Repairing Treatment Vial acts as a lightweight, alcohol-free serum / oil that absorbs instantly to provide frizz-free shine without leaving an oily residue. When applied to your scalp and hair, you can potentially treat your hair fall issues!

For a week, I smoothed out a bit of this oil to my wet hair ends after every shower, and it has improved my hair texture greatly. The serum is oily, but dries fast, and should not cause a mess so long as you are careful not to let it drip onto any white surfaces. Like all the other products in the series, the serum has a lively, invigorating scent, which I’m in love with.

Best parts about this product? It doesn’t make your hair stiff and oily to touch like most hair oils do, and you also get a choice to either use it on wet or dry hair. Whichever works for you.

Healing Shine Treatment Argan Oil Hask

Haircare Tip #4: Apply a pea-sized amount of smoothing serum, like the Argan Oil Repairing Treatment Vial, to damp hair with your fingers. Concentrate a bit more of the product on any areas prone to fly-aways as well as on the ends of the hair shafts, where dryness can occur.

Directions: Can be used on both wet and dry hair to create a silky, smooth finish. Apply a coin-sized amount evenly throughout hair, avoiding the root area. Style as desired. For the sleekest, healthiest hair imaginable, use HASK Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner.

HASK Shine Treatment

Haircare Tip #5: Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet, as your hair is more fragile when it’s damp

I’m loving this haircare set because everything in this lovely box smells great! I’m big on fragrances, and if the product smells good, it’s a huge bonus, and personally it’s my deciding factor as to whether I would continue to use the product for the long-term. And definitely I would reuse this over and over, for the great benefits they have on my hair.

HASK Blackbox Argan Oil Haircare

Also a huge bonus – the exclusive pack saves you time in choosing complements to your haircare products. Just purchase this set for your complete haircare treatment. I’ve always loved how BlackBox packages, beautifies and distributes their products in their classic black box!

Haircare Tip #6:  Brush your hair regularly to help distribute its natural oils. Brushing your hair while hanging your head upside down helps better distribute the oils from your scalp/roots onto the rest of your hair. Weird but true.

HASK Blackbox SG Haircare Argan Oil

Would you believe how affordable this box set costs?

The Exclusive Pack is now available at Blackbox SG at a promotional price of $29.90/set (U.P $43.60), limited sets only. Grab yours now!

Direct shop link:
www.blackbox.sg/classic/detail/exclusive/HASK_(Argan_Oil)

Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

About HASK

HASK is a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils and other unique ingredients from around the world. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners and shine oils based on the key ingredients of Argan Oil, Monoi Coconut Oil, Charcoal Citrus Oil, Macadamia Oil, Keratin Protein Oil, Bamboo Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, and Mint Almond Oil. HASK Shampoos, Conditioners and Shine Oils are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. Each system was developed to target and solve specific hair care needs. Initially introduced in Europe in 2012 with great success, distribution of the HASK Exotic Oil range has expanded worldwide over the past four years. The range appeals to women around the world of all ethnicities and with all hair types. Utilizing high quality ingredients, luxurious fragrances and fresh packaging, the HASK Exotic Oil range provides consumers with high-performance, salon quality results at an affordable price.

Sure, Life Isn’t Perfect But My Hair Is

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Holler Out! Pondok Jawa Timur

Dinner at Pondok Jawa Timur  on a Saturday Night, before our excursion to the iLights festival at Marina Bay. Thank you Aveline for hosting us!

Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Before I go deeper into the authenticity of Pondok Jawa Timur’s Indonesian cuisine, I wanted to touch a little bit on HOLLER OUT, the latest foodie-tech app on the block, available on both iOS and Android. When you quote “VIKTORIAJEAN” on @holler.out app, with a minimum spend of $30, you get 10% off your total bill! In addition, you automatically become an ambassador for Pondok Jawa Timur by using my promo code on payment.

What Holler Out app does is to encourage word-of-mouth and social media affirmation of bistros, cafes, bars and restaurants. By sharing your code, or using someone else’s, both parties benefit! Because as an ambassador, you gain a teeny share of cash in your stash, which you can choose to cash out in future. As a code-user, you stand to get 10%-20% off your total bill. As a restaurant owner you get loads more social media mentions by being a participating vendor. Currently there’re more than 40 vendors, including spa and recreational outlets, and the app is ever expanding.

Pondok Jawa Timur is a participating vendor, and if you use my code “VIKTORIAJEAN” when you dine, you get a 10% discount. Simple relational equation. Use it now!

Let’s talk food now. Here I am, holding the Bakwan Jagung, or the simply irresistible fried minced corn cake and prawns. When I think about Indonesian food, my vocabulary falls short and stops somewhere between “Chendol” and “Ayam Penyet”. Hence, dinner at Pondok Jawa Timur was really an educational tour of the Javanese food culture.

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Dan decided to crash my photo. Hahha.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Viktoria Jean

I love how our rice came in 3 colours: White, Green and Yellow – Green being pandan-infused and yellow being tumeric-infused. The restaurant’s signature prawn crackers go so well with rice, and almost every damn thing, that its scattered all over our dishes. We had crackers for starters as appetisers.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Avocado is supposedly healthy fat, and does wonders for your skin. This rich avocado shake comes with creamy chocolate sauce, and is the best drink to ruin all diet plans…and to make your skin smooth as a slab of butter. Choose wisely.

Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore avocado

Who am I kidding? I choose avocado chocolate any damn day.

Thanks to our fabulous host, we enjoyed this array of dishes and almost had to roll our fat bellies out of 737 North Bridge Road. I especially enjoyed the Sate Ayam sticks, as we all know, are grilled chicken skewers served with special peanut sauce. Their sauce is smoother and definitely less chunky than the version that I’m used to eatting from Satay by the Bay or East Coast Park. And the taste is less peanut-ish, and stronger on garlic and spices.

As you can see, there are 3 types of soups in the photo:
The one furthest away is the Rawon, or the rich tasting Javanese beef black soup. Ayam Kare is the one in the middle and it’s essentially chicken curry.  Then there’s Soto Ayam, or  Tumeric Soup with shredded chicken, boiled egg and vegetables.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore 1

Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore satay

That delectable dish in the forefront is the Ayam Penyet – the traditional fried chicken served with fried tofu, tempeh and sambal belacan. Loved it! It’s crispy and crushed tempeh actually tastes like pork floss.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore
Beside the curries, beef rendang and its traditional spice blend with coconut milk sauce goes perfectly with rice. It’s so good.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant SingaporePondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore
This is the Ayam Bakar Kecap, the marinated grilled chicken with sweet sauce. I like it that it resembles teriyaki, and retains the heavy spice-infused flavour of most Indonesian dishes.

Ayam Bakar Kecap – $7.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Satay Sate Ayam 5 Sticks – $8.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Satay
And the Bakwan Jagung (3pcs) – $6.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

I loved this! Chicken curry/ Ayam Kare – $7.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore curry

Ayam Penyet – $6.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore ayam penyetThe Tahu Penyet (3 pcs) $2.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Tempeh

Beef rendang – $8.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore beef rendangIkan Asam  – $9.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant SingaporeSambel Goreng Kentang Kering, or crispy sambal potato  –  $2.00Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore side dishes

Sambal Kacang Ikan Teri or Sambal fried anchovy w nuts – $2.00Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore side dishesPondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Kerupuk (prawn)  –  $2.00 / pktPondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore crackers

Of course, what’s a meal without desserts?

Introducing the Ice Campur ($4.50), a classic Indonesian ice shaved dessert served with chendol, grass jelly, young coconut and atap seed. Yummy! A must-have for the recent wave of humidity. 

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We were also served the Ice Kepala Muda Gula Jawa ($4.50), shaved ice with young coconut served with javanese sugar. Very interesting combination that tasted of gula melaka and sweet fresh coconut. 

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This is the Ice Teler ($4.50), an all time favourite Indonesian mixed ice served with young coconut, jackfruit and avocado! I loved this one especially, as there was a hint of lime and tasted super refreshing. I think I can eat one all on my own.

Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore desserts

Opened by Indonesians, this restaurant has authentic recipes down to a T. Plus the prices are very affordable at the $13 – $20 range for a good full dinner. For Pondok Jawa Timur’s full menu, check out their website, or head down to their homely physical store at 737 North Bridge Road. I know I’m definitely heading back there for more Indonesian food soon!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

J65 @ Hotel Jen Tanglin

Just last week, I gushed over my weekend at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore (HJTS), and promised to share more about J65 – HJTS’ very own F&B outlet. So here’s a long pictorial essay. As a precaution, do not proceed on an empty stomach as it will be sure to growl at these food-porn up ahead.

I had the pleasure of trying the hotel’s dinner and breakfast buffet during my stay. With a name inspired by the Singapore international dialing code (+65), HJTS’ new all-day dining restaurant J65 is open to diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner. HJTS is one of the only hotels in Singapore to offer net pricing at it’s F&B outlet, meaning that diners get no unpleasant surprises at the end of their meal. HJTS’ other dining outlet – Jen’s Kitchen On-the-go – offers locally roasted coffee and snacks 24-hours a day.

First, let’s talk about Hooked! – Seafood Dinner, which is available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm. The vibrant restaurant with a modern market look and feel offers an eclectic fusion of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine alongside the buffet’s signature selection of fresh Fin de Claire oysters, sushi and sashimi, tiger prawns, Boston lobster and Sri Lankan crab. Hot dishes include soup-baked cumin red mullet and lobster bisque, poached sweet clams, grilled sea bass and other seafood treats.

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The layout of the buffet starts with the salad bar and cold dishes in the middle, and grilled meats and hot dishes at the side, but I couldn’t make up my mind, and so decided to attack the grilled meats for starters. The hand-carved meat cuts offered all kinds of red and white meats, including Iberico ham and roast with fancy trimmings. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Pork knuckles, anybody?

J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin grilled meat

J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin grilled meat

A trayful of cheesebaked mussels for my birthday pleaseJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin baked mussels

Fancy meat, bread pudding, cheesebaked mussel: a plate full of (sin and) happinessJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin on my plate

This corner of the buffet is built to resemble the classic Singaporean hawker centre: note the hanging roast ducks and chicken, layout of a gazillion chillis and sauces, plus satays and authentic peanut sauce. 6 types of regional laksa (Singapore, Penang, Johor, Thai, Sarawak, and curry) are cooked on the spot by the skillful chef. J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin 3Here’s all 6 of the laksa selection!Hotel Jen Tanglin J65 Laksa SelectionJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Laksa

It was sooo hard to make a choice! Finally went with Penang Laksa.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Penang Laksa

Singapore chicken rice with all its accompanying sauces and condiments; once you’ve eaten at J65, you’d have tried a big portion of Singapore’s renowned delicacies
J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin chicken rice
Hotel Jen Tanglin J65 Chicken Rice Booth
And my favourite: SATAY! A pity they only offered chicken. Would have loved me some lamb or beef.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin satay

This is one helluva fascinating buffet area: the YUSHENG BAR. As it was nearing the end of the Chinese New Year, you could make your own yusheng at J65, and toss in fresh salmon from the Japanese sushi bar right beside it. Staying true to the Southeast Asian/Singapore tradition indeed.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin 1

There ain’t no lack of fibre at this buffet with this well-stocked salad bar. Tantalizing bowls of pre-tossed Thai-style mango salad, a mixed deli couscous, delectable choices of cut beetroot, shaved carrots and tomatoes are all the fibre you’d need in a meal or two.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin saladJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin salad barJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin salad

Finally onto the seafood bar. The mussels are especially fresh. Some of the oysters tasted a little strange, but it could have been just my taste buds. The crab was amazing though.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin seafoodJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin seafoodJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin seafood

I must say, the sushi platter and fresh salmon / sashimi are the fastest to go, once restocked. I loved the fresh salmon! The selection was not bad at all (though I couldn’t waste anymore tummy space on rice)J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin sushi

Here’s a peek at what filled our plates at dinner:J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin salmonJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Meat FestJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin PlatesJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin MusselsJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin plate

What’s dinner without desserts? It’s like I have a separate mood centre in my brain that lights up at the sight of desserts (and coffee, too). So much happiness on this table right here.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin dessert bar
Look at this spread!J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin coconut tart desserts

J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin DinnerJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin cakeJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin cupcakeJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin chocolate cakeJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin mango mousseJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Cakes and DessertsImpressed by this selection of ice cream, really! The matcha was to die for (actually had the matcha at breakfast, scroll down for my matcha with sprinkles)J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin ice cream bar

This pistachio cake with chocolate fudge, and chocolate cupcake were out of this world.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin DessertsThe pistachio bits were really darn goodJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin pistachio cake

Feel free to order one of these:Hotel jen Tanglin J65 Desserts Foodporn yummy

These go into your ice cream, or wherever you’d like them, even on your sashimi if you pleaseJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Ice CreamJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Ice CreamMore desserts: osmanthus jellyJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin jelly

If you need to load up on carbs, again, no lack of them. Shelves and shelves full of them, to your fancy.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin BreadJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin JuicesJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin 6

J65 Hotel Jen TanglinSeafood galore:J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Bar

At dinner, we made our own Kueh Pie Tee!J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin DIY kueh pie tieJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Kueh Pie Tie

So we added everything that was available at the DIY area. Was so tempted to throw in random junk like ice cream and sprinkles in my Kueh Pie Tee shell, but that would be untrue to local traditions, and I suppose is a nono at J65, which has such strong roots in local flavours and cuisine. The buffet isn’t all, there’s an ala carte menu if you’re looking for something more.

I learnt that on other buffet nights, pizzas and other Western dishes would also be available.
Hotel Jen Tanglin J65 Pizza BuffetTravellers hunting for authentic Southeast Asian food should definitely make it a point to try J65’s Hooked – Seafood Dinner, because this is where you get the best of both worlds – Western, Singaporean, Asian – you name it, they probably serve it.

Now onto breakfast! After an awesome night’s sleep, we woke up refreshed, and ready for HJTS’ breakfast selection.

At J65’s Sunday morning breakfast, we were greeted by this table full of cold cuts to pair with the great salad bar. And as all good breakfasts should, there were hash browns, sausages, baked tomatoes and bacon. In addition, we also got to choose from a variety of Hong Kong style dimsum (chicken paus, rice rolls), and Malay style beehoon and curry. Good ol’ Peranakan style Kuehs were also available!

J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin BreakfastJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin breakfast meatsJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Salad BarJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Bacon Grease

J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin BreakfastJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin buffet paoCereal table, and shelves full of bread behind. Carbs heaven!J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin cereal barJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin eggsJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin buffet kuehJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin tabao bagWhat went onto our plates:J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin breakfast plateJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin breakfast choiceYes there is KIMCHIJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin breakfastAnd aforementioned to-die-for matcha ice cream!J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin breakfast dessertsI went for 2 cups of ice-cold desserts: the vanilla and matcha, both decked in my favourite crunchy choco/malt balls.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin ice cream breakfastJ65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Matcha Ice Cream

Breakfast was just as satisfying as dinner, with the mad selection of meats (which were too heavy for us), and sweets.J65 Hotel Jen Tanglin Breakfast Buffet

Really grateful to HJTS for this staycay opportunity and for a chance to taste their signature weekend dinner and breakfast spread! Definitely spreading the word, and keeping this place in mind for future staycays. Do click through this Link for HJTS’ room rates and deals!

J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore

J65 HJTS BuffetWeekday Lunch Buffet
S$29 net per person
Monday to Saturday
12pm – 2.30pm

Hooked! – Seafood Buffet Dinner
S$78 net per person
Friday to Saturday
6pm – 10pm 

Sunday Champagne Brunch
S$128 with free-flow Champagne, wine, beer and cocktails, or
S$88 net without alcohol

Every Sunday
12pm – 3pm

Book online for a 15% discount on the total bill.

For more information, email J65@hoteljen.com or call (65) 6831 4374.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Launch Party: Trulife Collagen Manuka Max

Following my review on TruLife Collagen Manuka Max, I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for this amazing new contender in the collagen market!

The launch was held last Friday, 4 March, at the homely Two Bakers Cafe on Horne Road, just opposite the Jalan Besar Stadium. Upon arrival, we were greeted by this gorgeous dessert bar!

Trulife Manuka Max desserts

If you’ve never visited Two Bakers Cafe, it’s time you should! Known for bespoke birthday cakes, artisan pastries and one-of-a-kind, crafted-to-order desserts, the cafe’s pastry chefs boast credentials from the Le Cordon Bleu. You can pretty much guess why desserts were one of the highlights of the evening. The Panna Cotta, Mini Chocolate Cake (oh-so-pretty), and the Yuzu Lemon Mini Tarts were simply to-die-for.

Trulife desserts viktoriajean

Other Trulife products, such as the Berry Eye Health, also found their way into some of these desserts. I found it novel to incorporate health supplements into indulgent food.Trulife Manuka Max Collagen Desserts

Well this is my true intention 😀

Dessert Bar viktoriajean Trulife Manuka Max Collagen

Okay back to the talk of the day: Trulife Collagen Manuka Max.

Midway through dinner we were given a short introduction to the brand and product, as a prelude to Collagen Cocktails and Desserts. Essentially, Trulife is a contemporary health-care brand which aims to answer the health and lifestyle needs of today’s society through developing products that contain a combination of herbal and western ingredients. Founded in 1971, the brand has since evolved into a custom formulator and contract manufacturer of private label health and food supplements.

Trulife Collagen Manuka Max 1 event

Trulife Collagen manuka Max Launch Party

The Collagen Manuka Max is their latest product, which has been pushed to major pharmacies, including Watsons and Guardian stores nation-wide, earlier this month. Each bottle of Trulife Collagen Manuka Max is packed with 7000mg of Micro Marine Collagen Peptides that have been clinically proven to help improve your skin’s structure and firmness.

Each bottle contains 7,000mg of collagen, Manuka Honey, Cynatine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6, as well as Zinc. Plus, put your mind at ease, as the product has no added sugar, nor any form of additives and colouring.

The new collagen drink is packed with a protein Cynatine known to reduce wrinkles, promote skin elasticity, improve nail strength and reduce hair loss. We all already know how collagen repairs UV spot damages, promotes clearer complexion, improves skin appearance, and is a valuable component of any beauty regime. More information in my previous post (link here).

Dieters, this will not ruin your diet plans – you’ll be delighted to know that the product is naturally sweetened with 100% pure and natural Manuka Honey that helps to give you a nutritional boost every day. Additionally, studies have found that Manuka Honey is actually beneficial at reducing reflux and balancing your digestive system to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances, hence aiding digestion. For me, this drink has been a delicious add-on to my daily supplement intake.

One of the chefs at Two Bakers’ Cafe gave us a demonstration on a special mocktail/cocktail recipe formulated with Trulife Collagen Manuka Max (which has a unearthly green colour, but is perfect for fancy cocktails!) We all got to try a glass of this unique cocktail.

Cocktail with Trulife collagen manuka max

Wanted to give more airtime to the yummy desserts. The unassuming cup of yellow jello-looking thing is Panna Cotta, made with Trulife Collagen Manuka Max and it was my favourite dish of the night! The frosty glass on the left is the aforementioned cocktail. And the chocolate cake is on the right with the fancy sail made of white chocolate on top.

Seriously, everybody loved the Panna Cotta dessert! The recipe for it includes a full bottle of TruLife Collagen Manuka Max to produce the honey gelee, on top of the 1/2 cup of peach juice, 1 tsp of gelatin and 2 tablespoons of water. The resulting panna cotta gelee is moderately sweet and fruity enough to pass off as a healthy jelly dessert. The panna cotta base is incredibly soft-whipped, I must say!

TruLife even revealed the full recipe, and I’m gonna try my hands at making one of these! (Psst…want the recipe? DM me!)

Trulife, cakes at Two Bakers cafeCakes at Two Bakers Cafe

We all wanted to try the fancy chocolate cake! It looks as good as it tastes.

Two Bakers Cafe cakes

Loved the spread!

Cakes from Two Bakers Cafe SG

I'm here for Collagen Max!

Those were the main highlights of the launch party.

Trulife Collagen Manuka Max launch partyWe’re loving this new handy bottle of beauty supplement.

Also gotta say, dinner at Two Bakers Cafe was amazing – I chose the Butternut Mushroom Risotto from the menu, which was the dish-less-selected as opposed to the traditional Aglio Olio. All my table neighbors could smell a heavy dash of truffle oil. And those who tried the risotto agreed it was the better of 2. Honestly the last good risotto I had was at Venice in 2013! Heartening to know a place that serves a mean risotto in Singapore.

Risotto - Two Bakers Cafe
It is a compact but carb-loaded heavyweight, so don’t be fooled by its portion here.

 

Two Bakers Cafe x Trulife

The rest who had aglio olio couldn’t help digging into my risotto. Altogether it was a lovely night mingling with the other bloggers and friends. Truly grateful to Trulife and Blackbox SG for bringing us together!

Trulife x Two Bakers Cafe Event

Trulife Collagen Manuka Max Bloggers

I don’t get why I look so bored and unhappy in this photo, because I swear I was smiling so hard. I guess the photo was distracting me from ogling at desserts and chatting with my new friends.Trulife Collagen Manuka Max Bloggers

Viktoria Jean Trulife Collagen Manuka Max

Thank you for the invite!

Trulife Collagen Manuka Max is now available at all major pharmacies, Watsons, Unity, Robinsons and Metro, retailing at $58.80 for 8 bottles.

You can also get your samples from BlackBox SG!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Trinz NessyChoice Falsies

Making a small note to Trinz’s NessyChoice, whose falsies I’ve come to love!

Made in Thailand, the brand manufactures super soft, high-quality eyelashes from real horsehair and mink. You know how some falsies have the tendency to irritate the hell out of you? Well, the texture of NessyChoice makes it lighter than most, hence the pliability, and reduced irritation to your eyelids. The lashes tend to conform to the shape of your eyes instead of forcing your eyes into an unnatural arc.

Now available at Zalora.sg.

Jean Li (Singapore) - Viktoria Jean, TrinzNessyChoice lashes Singapore

Jean Li (Singapore) - Viktoria Jean, Makeup Addict - Trinz Nessychoice and NYX

Jean Li (Singapore) - Viktoria Jean nessy choice

Thank you Trinz for the set of 4 falsies from NessyChoice.

Also, never growing out of Siren from NYX’s Matte series. I have mad love for purple-toned lipstick.

Jean Li (Singapore) - Viktoria Jean, dark lipstick NYX - siren

Till next time.

ZoukCoolTribe, Jean Li (Singapore) - Viktoria Jean

It’s Friday!
Have a great weekend ahead everybody.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Staycay @ Hotel Jen Tanglin

Welcome to Hotel “Jean” Tanglin, a cuppa hot chocolate anybody?

hotel

Fooling around with Club Lounge amenities as though this place was my own. ‘Local flavour’ and ‘home’ are indeed the overarching themes for the old Traders Hotel at 1a Cuscaden Road, which has gone through a SGD45 million makeover to become the spunky new Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore!

The establishment was reopened just December last year. I was thrilled to get a weekend stay at the spanking new building, and even more excited to share these pictures of my experience! One of the highlights of the stay was dinner and breakfast at J65 – the hotel’s new restaurant with the look and feel of a local farmer’s market, serving the freshest seafood and other authentic Southeast Asian cuisine.

Well, that’s a story for another day.

There should be a disclaimer at HJTS to warn travellers they might end up not leaving the room altogether. No, seriously. I had a really well-rested stay-in weekend at HJTS. I believe business or leisure travellers looking for a good night’s rest at a convenient location, as well as local staycationers looking for a change of scenery, would find HJTS fulfilling for all their needs!

Ready for pictures? Here we go!

1713

My room at 1713 is a fine sight to behold – I was thrilled to get a room on Level 17, which was on the Club Lounge floor.
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HJTS’s 565 new, contemporary guestrooms come with four modern, locally curated wallpaper designs highlighting different Singaporean themes (bicycle, orchid, goldfish and shop house). Each room includes thoughtful touches such as free WiFi, USB charging outlets, high-pressure walk-in showers and king-sized beds with 300-thread-count linens. So I guess mine belonged to the shophouse theme. I love the thoughtful furniture and comfortable colour scheme. The incredibly soft comforter and sheets trapped me between them for most part of Sunday.

bed @ hotel jen tanglin

wall @ hotel jen tanglin

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Everywhere is OOTD-worthy!

Queen at Hotel Jen Tanglin

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It’s a crime for pillows to be this fluffy.

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And the bed.

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Hotel Jen Tanglin interior 3

In other new, the view outside is incredible. We lounged on the couch overlooking this amazing view, and just talked for hours. 

view outside my window hotel jen tanglin

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love live laugh hotel jen tanglin

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hotel jen tanglin floor

lights hotel jen tanglin

Business travellers, your needs will be serviced. The ultra comfortable chair, fuss free desk and password-free WIFI access gives you unlimited usage for multiple devices, so you can get work done in peace. I would have spent more time on that chair if the bed wasn’t so inviting.

business hotel jen tanglin

bright blue chair hotel jen tanglin

See what I mean about fixtures? Very tasteful.

Hotel Jen Tanglin Amenities

And this housed the minibar/fridge:

fridge at hotel jen tanglin

colours hotel jen tanglin

FLUFFY PILLOWS hotel jen tanglin

selfie at HJT hotel jen tanglin

bathroom hotel jen tanglin

bathroom hotel jen tanglin

The Club Room’s stay-in pull has a room service menu to match, so you won’t have to leave the premises. Penang Char Kway Teow, anybody?

room service menu, hotel jen tanglin

And for all other F&B needs, you have the Club Lounge at level 17!

Club Lounge

Most of everything you’ll need can be found at the business cum amenities lounge, where anything from a quick caffeine fix or a highball for the night is within reach. Here, we fixed our much needed morning cuppa and bedtime hot cocoa. Fruits, snacks and tea are available 24/7, with a wide selection of cakes and finger food between meals, so you’ll never go hungry. This is a also great business meeting place.

hotel jen tanglin - club lounge coffee

Care for our ‘National Drink’?

singapore sling, hotel jen tanglin

club lounge HJT hotel jen tanglin

seats @ club lounge, hotel jen tanglin

club lounge business, hotel jen tanglin

Spoilt for choice at tea break!

tea break HJT

club lounge hotel jen tanglin

hotel jen tanglin - club lounge eats

strawberry cheesecake, hotel jen tanglin

tea break @ hotel jen tanglin

hotel jen tanglin tea club lounge

Hotel Interior

Millennials’ll be delighted by the abundance of Instagram-worthy spots at HJTS! From hipster bicycle walls to inbuilt swings and a Singaporean theme wall – there are no lack of OOTD spots for the new age soul.

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I'm Staying With Jen - Hotel Jen Tanglin

Yup, I’m Staying With Jen!

Stay tuned for mouthwatering foodporn at Hotel Jen Tanglin’s J65.

Thank you HJTS.

Hotel jen Tanglin welcome

blogger hotel jen tanglin

Also just learnt that a colleague of mine is holding his wedding banquet at HJTS in June. Can’t wait to be back here for another stay.

Book a staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore today!
Click through this Link for their room rates and deals.

About Hotel Jen Tanglin:

This stylish modern hotel is 6 km from the lively Marina Bay Sands and 7 km from Universal Studios Singapore.

The polished rooms with midcentury decor come with free Wi-Fi and luxe linens, plus flat-screens and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites offer separate living rooms, while upgraded suites have Nespresso machines and microwaves. Room service is 24/7.

Amenities include a lounge with city views, casual dining and cocktails, plus a chic restaurant and a cafe. There’s an outdoor plunge pool, an exercise room and a spa area with massages. Free shuttle service is available.

Address:
1A Cuscaden Rd
Singapore 249716

 

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

TruLife Collagen Manuka Max – Food For Your Skin!

TruLife collagen manuka max honey

Not gonna lie, this is a very sweet tasting drink, but I’m every bit convinced of its effectiveness and authenticity!

I had the pleasure to try TruLife Collagen Manuka Max, which is not even out in the market yet! Give it another week and you can give your skin a treat with TruLife Collagen Manuka Max.

The new collagen drink is packed with a protein Cynatine known to reduce wrinkles, promote skin elasticity, improve nail strength and reduce hair loss. We all already know how collagen repairs UV spot damages, promotes clearer complexion, improves skin appearance, and is a valuable component of any beauty regime. So indulge me, while I share an article here on a double blind, placebo controlled human clinical trial with significant results of Cynatine HNS’s ability to support healthy hair, nails and skin.

For consumers who’ve never tried Manuka Honey, the taste may be a tad heavy. Most store-bought inorganic honey are blends of various raw honeys plus a mixture of corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, while Manuka contains only New Zealand Manuka tree honey. Manuka Honey provides a lot of energy from a nutritious source, and has skin-beautifying properties on top of antibacterial benefits for the health of the digestive system. Whilst it is true that honey is high in sugar content (duh), dieters – don’t worry that this would ruin your plans! Studies have found that Manuka Honey is actually beneficial at reducing reflux and balancing your digestive system to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances, hence aiding digestion. For me, this drink has been a delicious add-on to my daily supplement intake.

Instead of separating your collagen and manuka honey source intake, this handy bottle provides both all at once. A great tasting and skin-loving treat from a trustworthy brand. Thumbs up!

TruLife Collagen Beauty Drink Max

Also loving the brand’s solid packaging. It was great fun unboxing these babies.

Trulife bottles

Trulife collagen manuka max drink

Each bottle contains 7,000mg of collagen, Manuka Honey, Cynatine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6, as well as Zinc. Plus, put your mind at ease, as the product has no added sugar, nor any form of additives and colouring.

The recommended daily intake is 1 bottle – at room temperature or chilled to your preference. I like mine at room temperature for I always believe the cold might damage some of the collagen’s peptide bonds (an education in A-level biology demands that I think about these!).

TruLife Collagen Manuka Max

Trulife Collagen Beauty

TruLife Collagen Drinks Beauty

Give these a shot!

TruLife collagen is now available for purchase at all Watsons stores, and you could also get one of these samples from BlackBox SG from 2 March onwards when it is officially launched!

Also, BlackBox SG is having a 3rd anniversary 24-hour, 50%-off-all-purchase sale,
starting 20 Feb, 12pm, till 21 Feb, 12pm!

Grab everything you’ve ever wanted from BlackBox SG now!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – Formula 10.0.6 Review

I first noticed Formula 10.0.6 on a Priceline Pharmacy shelf in Brisbane because the brand’s bold words and bright perky packaging were hard to miss. I’m really ecstatic to try this oft-heard of skincare brand that has been around for 83 years. Thank you BlackBoxSG for allowing me to review FORMULA 10.0.6!

Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

So the products I got to test were:
☆ Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer (75ML)
☆ Three Times Sublime 3-In-1 Blackhead Wash+Scrub+Mask (100ML)

☆ Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask
☆ Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
☆ No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask


Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer
This matte-finish moisturizer contains guarana and Vitamin B3 to keep skin smooth and shine-free all day. The energising Guarana extract recharges tired skin while the combination of Vitamin B3 and Salicylic Acid helps prevent excess oil secretion, leaving a seriously shine-free complexion. This all-new formulation is derived from a predecessor, the Aloe Vera and Bamboo Mattifying Moisturizer.

I first noticed the product’s interesting fragrance – I still can’t put a finger on what it smells like! A pleasant mix of aloe vera and eucalyptus?  With a touch of tea tree, so altogether a pleasant, clean scent. The product has a a thin consistency for people who dislike thick viscous formulae. When applied, I felt a slight stinging sensation all over the areas in contact with the cream. The stinging sensation stopped after the cream was fully absorbed into my skin within 2 minutes. The mattifying effect lasted on my skin for approximately 4 hours after application, before my face naturally became oily.


True to its mattifying properties, the cream is fast-drying and leaves no sticky residues. Under my usual sunscreen and foundation, I used this as an oil-control base to keep my shine in check. For a long time after application, the pleasant scent remained on my skin!

A component of the product -Aloe Barbaden Leaf Juice – is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, cell-detoxifying acids, and also anti-inflammatory ingredients like salicylic acid. Often described as the ‘life-force of aloe vera’, the extract helps to shrink pores and sooth acne flare-ups, while nourishing to avoid over-drying sensation. I learnt this while googling the product ingredients to find out what was contributing to that incredible fragrance.
Three Times Sublime 3-In-1 Blackhead Wash+Scrub+Mask (100ML)

Three Times Sublime was first launched in 2012. The product annihilates blackheads and clears up your skin by simultaneously removing excess oil, unclogging pores and eliminating dark blemishes. It’s 3-in-1 formula which acts as a foaming wash, exfoliating scrub and mud mask for the complete complexion overhaul.

I wasn’t expecting such a thick scrub with that many jojoba beads, but thankfully the product worked well and didn’t feel scratchy on my skin. The product smells au naturale and fantastic thanks to its Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate formula. For 15 minutes, with the product on my face, there was zero irritation. Just a small tip: leave your Three Times Sublime in the refrigerator before application for an amazing cooling effect!

Being an ultimate time-saver, the product is ideal for the busy socialite…and basically anyone who wishes to save time on skincare. Pink Grapefruit, a subtropical citrus fruit with an invigorating and uplifting fragrance to boost your mood, is one of the ingredients, along with  Jojoba beads to exfoliate dead skin cell, leaving your skin super smooth and blemish-free.

Directions to application: Apply to freshly cleansed and dried skin. Apply a thin coating over face and neck, avoiding eye area and allow mask to dry for 10-15 minutes. Dampen face and neck and massage gently until skin feels clean and smooth. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry. For best results use three times per week on alternative days.

Mud Masks
☆ Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask
☆ Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
☆ No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask

I managed to test all 3 mud mask trial kits. Formula 10.0.6’s Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask was my absolute favourite – the product smells refreshingly warm (I love the fragrance!) with its sea-salt, bergamot and orange combination. There was a heating sensation which tingled my skin which I didn’t find unbearable at all. In fact, that’s when you know the product is working its magic.

The Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask is beige-pinkish in colour, and completely opaque. The cream glided onto my skin with easy finger application. The hard part comes when getting the product off! After leaving the product on for 15 minutes, the layer dries and hardens, making it harder to remove. Just a tip: use warm water and a soft washcloth (which I usually do for all liquid face masks).

I noticed significant difference from ‘pre mud-masking’ to ‘post mud-masking’ – my skin was visibly brighter and my pores weren’t as visible. I can even forgive the slight drying effect that comes with the detoxification process, because my face felt thoroughly cleansed of all the impurities from makeup and accumulated sun damage. For just 10-15 minutes of your time every week, the effect can be amazing. This is great for anyone feeling as though your skin can hardly breathe from the amount of makeup you’re putting on everyday. Loved this product so much that I’m planning to get a full-sized tube of Deep Down Detox!

Directions to application: Apply to freshly cleansed and dried skin. Apply a thin coating over face and neck, avoiding eye area. Allow mask to dry for 10-15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry. Use 1-3 times per week.

No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask is one of those face masks that works perfectly after a day out in the sun. The product consists largely of sea kelp and calendula – a little flower that packs a reputation for healing, soothing and antiseptic qualities. Sea Kelp normalizes the skins moisture content and helps heal blemishes due to antibacterial qualities. Concerns over sun damages are allayed at the end of the day when this mud mask helped soothe my skin. Despite its oil-absorbing claims, the product does not dry out the skin. I’m particular about product fragrances, and this one has an herbal deep-sea scent which I love!

Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask  clarifies the skin by eliminating impurities and clearing blocked pores. With the help of Strawberry, Yarrow and Rosemary, Pores Be Pure works to provide your skin with instant complexion perfection. The product is packed with antioxidants, which in any case is great for your skin and health in general. I found this product mediocre, and didn’t detect significant skin-clarifying results on my first usage. Perhaps I just need to use this a couple more times for that to show. Nonetheless, there is a mildly sweet scent to this product which matches the pink packaging and girly strawberries content.

All in all the mud masks are great value-for-money in terms of face masks. I do greatly recommend the Deep Down Detox!

About Formula 10.0.6
Jesse G Bell brought Ten-O-Six to life in 1933 with the first hero product lotion. The brand took off in 1950, when the product hit Seventeen magazine in the US, promoting complete complexion care. In 2008, the brand underwent a revamp into their current vibrant packaging, perky product names and even more star products to banish blemishes. The current range includes skin care products specifically designed to promote clear, healthy skin.

The range is now exclusively sold at selected Guardian Pharmacies in Singapore. You can also find incredible Formula 10.0.6 deals at BlackBox SG!

Visit BlackBox SG for more skincare magic!
Get the exclusive set with all the above products: Here.

Don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

Check out my past review of TDF skincare sets, also available at BlackBox SG.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

The Ultimate Cheat-Sheet To Decluttering Your Vanity Space

(Article originally published on HIPVAN, January 26.)

All beauty lovers face the same problem: they find their room gradually being taken over by skincare and makeup products. Lipsticks all over the desk, toner bottles under the bed, sunscreens in the bookshelf and a skincare stash littering the floor. Does this sound like your bedroom?
Come every Chinese New Year, creating order in your vanity space is possibly one of the most neglected duties! For convenience, many ladies leave their beauty stash out in the open, all of which goes into a shoebox somewhere during relative’s house visits.
Watching beauty YouTubers organise their vanity space have inspired many solutions for decluttering beauty essentials. Once you begin organising that beauty space, a little bit of OCD will possibly get you addicted to keeping lipsticks, brushes and skincare products spick and span, nothing out of place. (Psst… All the products below can be found at HIPVAN.) Here’s our 10-step cheat-sheet to a more organised vanity space:

1. Check That Expiry!

The HipVan Blog

Don’t be afraid to throw out unfinished products that have been around longer than you can remember! Skincare products (serum, lotion, face cream) are typically good for 1 to 2 years upon unboxing. As for makeup, the shelf-life depends on the nature of product. Throw out mascaras after 3 months of use, lipsticks after a year, and compact foundations after 2 years or more. A good rule of thumb to follow before purchasing full-sized skincare products is to test out miniatures, before deciding if you would use the product often on a long term basis.

 

2. “You spin my head right round…”

The HipVan Blog

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Too many knick knacks lying around, are they making your head spin? YouTube Vloggers have started trending the craze of spinning vanity organizers for a while now! The Tabletop Spinning Vanity Organizer holds over 100 pieces of your everyday beauty essentials, arranging them in specially designed compartments for ultimate efficiency. What’s more, it spins (so you won’t have to!) for easy access to your skin care, cosmetics, or other grooming supplies conveniently!

 

3. Let’s Hit The Bar

The HipVan Blog

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In the midst of spring cleaning, don’t forget your skin needs defense against the drying, clogging effects of dirt and dust. Mini Beauty Bar might just be aptly named when used to store the perfect thirst-quenchers that your skin needs. The double-tiered crystal-clear acrylic drawers will keep contents visible and organized while adding the perfect sparkle to your room.

 

4. Tender Loving Care (TLC)

The HipVan Blog

Your products need a little TLC in order for them to love your skin. The first thing you touch before applying the products to your face is the exterior of the product aka the bottles. Do wipe down the surface of your skincare products during spring cleaning to avoid the transfer of bacteria to your face! Precautions are worth it.

 

5. Stack Them Sky-High

The HipVan Blog

A smart way to save on space and still keep a neat vanity space is storing your vanities in stackable acrylic drawers. Most acrylic organizers are build in such a way that they can be stacked on top of each other, so make use of this idea to build your own Empire State of Beauty.

 

6. Brush Up On Your Cleanliness

The HipVan Blog

Brush cleaning can be a chore, but not having your brushes cleaned at least once a fortnight breeds germs and other unspeakable dirts. Powder residues will also build up in your vanity space, making your storage area altogether unhygienic! Make sure to use shampoo or a brush cleanser for frequently-used makeup brushes. Also keep your brushes neat and tidy with the Swirly Acrylic Makeup Brush Holders

 

7. Spin Me

The HipVan Blog

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Want a fun unconventional way of storing your beauty products? This 4-Section Acrylic Swivel Organizer saves a whole lot of space and still keeps storage fun by having the swivel function in each tier. Store more than just your skincare products! This is a fun way to keep your jewellery, lipsticks and hairclips in plain sight.

 

8. Playing Hooky

The HipVan Blog

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The Bow Dress can do so much more than it looks! Sticking to the fun side of storage ideas, this hookable Bow Dress can be hung up in your wardrobe to stash products that are used with lesser frequency, yet still keeping the products within your sight. This way, you can still view all your beauty stash at a glance. Let’s get hooked up!

 

9. Cutting Corners

The HipVan Blog

The Acrylic Corner Organiser saves you a tonne of space by taking up the most underrated spaces: the corners. Utilise every corner of your desk, table-top, room edges!

 

10. Size Matters

The HipVan Blog

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Keep your storage light and simple with the Acrylic Triple Tier Mini Storage Box – this baby is perfect for miniature sized skincare testers. The diameter is also perfect for cotton pads, cotton wool, nail polishes and nail-art paraphernalia.

So now you have your space organised, no more excuses on stocking up your favourite beauty brands this CNY season!
For more information, visit BlackBox Singapore at blackbox.sg to get your beauty miniatures.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Look Gorgeous For CNY With New VANITEE App!

As it gets closer to Lunar Chinese New Year, I tend to avoid making salon bookings because – (1) I try to avoid inflated CNY surcharge; and (2) There are a lack of good time-slots that fit into the schedule of a working adult. But honestly one can’t deny possible last minute grooming emergencies, or the need to impress an annoying distant aunt who’s always commenting on your looks or demanding to know your latest dating/marriage status.

So I found out that VANITEE, Singapore’s largest online beauty and wellness marketplace, was launching their VANITEE app! This app bridges over 500 verified beauty professionals with consumers in order to make it easier for us to explore, discover and book beauty services.

The app’s relatively easy to navigate and the bookings are instantly guaranteed to avoid disappointment. Moreover, you can be rest assured about the quality of their booked beauty artists, as all artists on the platform have been VANITEE-verified!

For all my readers, make any booking on VANITEE by 14 February 2016 and get a FREE Beauty Kit from VanityTrove worth $30 when you use this promo code – “VIKTORIACNY“!

I got to test out the 3D Eyelash Extension and Express Manicure service by Specialist Nail Center @ Bayshore area. I was impressed that my booking was instantly confirmed. 3 minutes later, I was chatting with Jane, the beauty artist at Specialist Nail Center, who instructed me how to prepare for the session (to have my eye makeup removed, and preferably no contact lenses). I could see the ratings for each and every beauty service provider, as well as how many times their services were booked, so it makes the decision making process easy!

4 Simple Steps to Book Your Beauty Service:

  1. Select your desired service – Nails, MakeUp, Hair Styling, Brow & Lash or Everything Else
  2. Select your beauty artist based on location or price. Screenshots below~


  1. Choose your desired date and time!
  2. Book now, pay later!

 

So all in all, I took 8 minutes to book a next-day appointment.

Other beauty services offered on the platform include formal dinner makeup and hairstyling, mani-pedis, brow grooming, lash extensions, as well as facials and massages. You can even browse new beauty trends, designs and like pictures on the app with the ‘Search & Discovery’ function! Really cool.

For all bookings made between 18 Jan and 14 Feb,VANITEE assures customers that the appointments are confirmed and guaranteed. The VANITEE app is now live with ongoing promotions – bookings will entitle you to win prizes such as $30 VANITEE gift cards and VanityTrove boxes. Get a sure-win ang pao with any booking made during the period from now till 14 Feb 2016!

Book your CNY beauty services now before it’s too late! Last time I checked, there are still slots available on VANITEE but they’re limited and running out fast.

Happy CNY in advance everybody 🙂

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

A Gentle Rocking Breeze

Out of the blue, she was missing him tonight.

It was almost a year since their last text (12th April, to be very exact). This she affirmed with the texting app, and at that moment she scrolled to his chat, he was ‘Online’. When they say technology was a bane of romance there weren’t a single ounce of lies. If goodbyes were solely based on letters and a huge sigh, she wouldn’t hate herself for not typing ‘Hi’. She wished he were simply gone for good, so she wouldn’t be tempted to check on his life. Instead, he was virtually haunting her mind, living within the very best memories that belonged to another time.

Every single guy she dated since could never match up to his humour, genuine personality and unpretentious charm. Despite lying to her face the very first time they met, he never told her another lie. And despite thinking that she would always be a cold-hearted person, she dearly missed him. She missed his good-mornings and goodnights. She missed knowing he would always have her back. She missed his promise that he would always be her very best friend. She missed typing furiously at her phone and hanging on to every written word from the other side.

She couldn’t watch a funny shihtzu video on YouTube now without tearing up a little because that used to be his pet name. She couldn’t drink another beer with a ridiculous name without recalling he’d bought her a ‘Fucking Hell’ on their very first date. On that same day, they shared a salty 4-cheese pizza and till date, that dish still takes her back to that night (‘so cheesy! How do we finish this?’). As a human GPS, their very first joke was her telling him to turn left instead of right, and perhaps she never wanted to stop being a terrible navigator, so she would always relive that inside joke in her mind.

Night cycling would never be the same for her, if he weren’t riding by her side from dusk to dawn. She would never forget lying with him on the break barriers of the sea just watching the stars and talking about life. She would always recall the salty breeze on her face as she laid so close to the ocean, with her head on his bag, and he would sneak little glances at her as though she wouldn’t realise. Her favourite food never tasted the same since they last shared it on a dirty bench in a deserted park in the middle of the night. She would always remember sitting at the backseat of his car and all he wanted to do was hold her hand. She sorely missed the right fit of his palm to hers, and the painfully shy way he first held it, and told her he was never letting go. Good times were simply endless conversations in every dark, quiet spot they managed to find. And even now she could recall every word of their last heart-to-heart.

People, she realised, could be so vastly different, yet have so much they could build in common. For the very first time, she thought she could be falling in love. She regretted the very first letter she wrote for him – the very act of penning a letter was an important gesture, and she was sharing a significant bit of her core. It was then she discovered her biggest fear was destroying his heart. Perhaps the very thought of their perfect fit scared her too much. She always knew the pen was her most lethal tool, and with another letter she carved out their tangible, irreversible distance.

Even with impossible differences, they thought they could be friends.

She always doubted herself since, thinking that to end it all on her terms was a very selfish move. After all, perhaps this was ‘the right guy’, at the wrong time. So she gave it time.

Promises were as easily broken as they were made. This she knew. She knew a year would make a big difference, let alone 4 years – he wouldn’t possibly remember to come back for her in 4 long years. There would be too much to bridge within that time when they weren’t even bothering to speak, or catch up. No ‘Happy Birthdays’, ‘How are you?’, or simply ‘I hope you’re doing fine.’

She could say ‘Let’s catch up now,’ but some distances were simply too great. So she would resort to re-reading their texts, his letter, and the diaries she wrote when they were more than friends.

 

Tonight she sat at their familiar spot, moon-gazing to a gentle rocking breeze.

Was it a little bit of salt she could taste in the air?

 

—-

 

P.S. There are fine lines between fiction and fact.
You decide what’s real and what’s merely written text.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

 

NutriBuddy UK – Weight Loss Starter Kit Review

New Year, New Beginnings. To complement a fitness regime, I chose to kickstart a healthy 2016 with NutriBuddy’s Weight Loss Starter Kit.
Despite tight work schedules and sedentary desk-habits, I try to slip in workouts whenever possible. These supplements are both reward for an active past-year and motivation for a fitter year ahead!

The Weight Loss Starter Kit Trio (available at NutriBuddy) consists:

☆ NutriBuddy Sculpting Whey
☆ NutriBuddy Multivitamins
☆ NutriBuddy Hunger Fix Tablets

To get yours, quote “JEAN5” for a 5% discount (off any item) at checkout – link over here.

NutriBuddy is based in the UK, but they do international shipping at really low costs.
I was really excited to try out NutriBuddy! Let’s dive right into the reviews.

NutriBuddy Sculpting Whey

NutriBuddy’s sculpting whey is an 80%-whey-based protein shake made from the milk of free-range, grass fed GM-free cows. Why are GM-free products so well-received, you ask? The truth is, we don’t yet know how much DNA-damage genetically-modified foods produce, and anything GMO may produce genetic mutations we cannot detect nor foresee. On top of being GM free, Nutribuddy’s sculpting whey contains all-natural ingredients such as green tea and guarana, both of which are metabolism-boosters. Guarana was also widely used in traditional medicine for treating depression and fatigue!

At only 115 calories per serving (30g), the shake helps with weight-management and builds muscle definition.  I’m taking this instead of unhealthy snacks between meals, and if I’m not all that hungry, this could be a meal-replacement shake to keep me feeling full. This could become a family drink as it is suitable for men and women, and can be used to make foods such as smoothies, protein pancakes and protein porridge.

I help with weight loss, toning and definition. I can be taken as a meal / snack replacement or before and after exercise. I’m a healthy and tasty shake who contains several natural ingredients which can help you lose weight and get in shape. I come in two delicious flavours – vanilla and chocolate!

I’ve tried soy-protein shakes and heard about its negative contribution to elevated estrogen levels. Whey is a better bet in the protein race, in my opinion. Whey contains a selection of amino acids and is believed to be beneficial for muscle growth and repair, and is often used as a supplementary source of protein for the lactose-intolerant.

One thing to note: the scoop provided alongside NutriBuddy’s Sculpting Whey is a little oversized for the shaker bottle, hence personally I prefer to use a spoon or plastic funnel to transfer the whey into my shaker bottle.

NutriBuddy is well-aware of this and have introduced smaller scoops in new batches of Sculpting Whey. Any customers who received the bigger scoops will also receive a £5 discount code to use off their next order.

So I chose the whey in chocolate flavour – a safe choice since vanilla tends to nauseate me when mixed with milk or drank at lukewarm / warm temperatures.

This is the mix after 2 minutes of good hard shaking. Goes pretty smoothly down my throat!

After drinking this for some time, there are a few recipes I swear by:
(a) 30g of whey mixed into 300ml of Low-Fat Milk;
(b) 30g mixed into iced water;
(c) 30g mixed into chocolate milk.

The shaker bottle is the best gauge for the best tasting results, so fill up the bottle to its capacity. The powder takes time and loads of bottle-shaking to fully dissolve – my arm muscle definition is surely making an appearance! The texture gets a whole lot smoother with a good hard shake.

I find that the protein shake really gives me energy for reaching my maximum potential at gyms or workouts. Usually I have the shake ready during my workouts so as to consume them immediately after.

4 main reasons I love this sculpting whey:

  1. It burns fats!!
  2. It speeds up metabolism
  3. It curbs my appetite for unhealthy snacks
  4. It’s low in fat and high in protein

In case shaking gets boring, NutriBuddy has 2 main colours for its shaker bottle – red and black, to spice up your life with diversity. When you order the full essentials kit they throw in a free Little Book of Weight Loss which provides useful 5-day meal plans, diet recipes and workout tips!

However, it must be noted that guarana and green tea extract (components in this sculpting whey) contain caffeine, which may lead to caffeine-related side effects to those who are caffeine-sensitive.

 

NutriBuddy Multivitamins

Multivitamins are the morning boost I’ve incorporated into my daily supplement regime. No one sane will deny the benefits of multi-vitamins. As long as it’s within the daily recommended intake, I fully support daily multi-vitamin ingestion.

One pill contains 100% RDA’s in a daily serving. NutriBuddy’s Multivitamins can help strengthen the immune system, making this perfect for fighting off colds. The greater benefits include: reduce tiredness, maintaining healthy skin, eyes and nervous system, as well as weight management by helping our  body to release energy from the foods we eat and by helping to block carbs.

I contain your daily recommended allowance of lots of essential vitamins to keep your body strong and healthy.

Vitamins are known to help the body release energy from the food we consume, which helps us burn off your food quicker and also gives us more energy.

Components of this blend include Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, C and E. B vitamins are superheroes of the nervous system, in addition to maintaining skin and eyes health. Plus, the body makes use of Vitamin B to form new red blood cells, and for efficiently use and storage of energy.

Since I’m already a daily supplements kinda girl, this just provided me a second option to turn to. Once you get that habit started, it’s a healthy and so-darn addictive one.

 

NutriBuddy Hunger Fix Tablets

Hunger Fix tablets come in packs of 90, and it is written that consumers can take three to six capsules, 15 minutes to an hour before meals each day, with one to two full glasses of water.

I can help you by keeping your hunger cravings at bay, making you feel fuller for longer. You are therefore less likely to snack on unhealthy chocolate bars and eat large food portions. This can lead to weight loss!

These tablets have very low calorie content. The key ingredient in Hunger Fix tablets is Glucomannan which comes from the root of the Konjac plant. Glucomannan is a natural ingredient which takes up space in the stomach, and making us feel full and hence eat less. Glucomannan is also able to delay the emptying of your stomach which contributes to the feeling of fullness. It also reduces the absorption of protein and fat.

Other health benefits of Hunger fix’s key ingredient include maintaining normal blood cholesterol levels.

Although these tablets are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the manufacturers wrote that anybody under the age of 18 or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume these pills!

So I’ve been taking 2 pills a day, since I still do wish to retain my appetite. I down these pills mostly at dinner where my appetite tends to need major curbing, and I find that it works! I stop grabbing snacks post-dinner, and have little to no supper hunger pangs. Thumbs up, Hunger Fix.

 

For just £70, this full package keeps your weight and appetite in check, while boosting your fitness regime and making sure your energy goes to efficient use. All within a span of 31-days!

 

About NutriBuddy UK

NutriBuddy Ltd is based in Manchester, UK. Their products are made with 100% natural ingredients. All products are manufactured in the UK to GMP Standards.

Nutribuddy has a return policy – customers can return their products within 31 days of purchase if unopened.

The ultimate 30-day Weight Loss Essentials Starter Kit is available HERE at NutriBuddy UK. You save £10 with this kit than if you buy individual products.

There’s a really well-informed article on NutriBuddy that discusses clinical studies on whey protein, and relates this to the protein shake industry. Do check it out here.

Don’t forget to quote “JEAN5” for your 5% discount off the entire order!
Click through to purchase here.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone2 Laser ZE601KL – Netflix and The Parent Factor

Having recently acquired the ZE601KL, alongside a much-raved about Netflix account, the elders in my family have been hooked to TV and movies in bed. I’m sure the Singapore government would approve of Netflix’s long-run benefits which may incidentally include (i) general population growth and; (ii) the expansion of home delivery portals like FoodPanda and Deliveroo. If this were the 90s, I would have acquired a baby sister or brother.

Netflix works perfectly on the Android ZE601KL. Oh I I thank thee, Netflix in HD, and the ZE601KL, for several sleepless nights in a row. Not to mention a few mini-squabbles over who gets possession of the device for bed-time screening! In the day, my mom sometimes has the ZE601KL in her purse as she’s big on streaming on the go. So I figured the phone belongs to her now!

And sometimes my dad steals some sneaky time with the device for his personal viewing…

Look at how endearing he looks in this candid.

Ooh lala what did he find?

He must have been streaming one of his late-night comedies. Saturday Night Live or something.

Deer caught in the headlights Dad! Here comes Mummy.

Close to 70, and still such a cutie. Yes friends, meet my dad.

I guess the main draw of this mobile streaming device is its super HD 6-inch screen, and dual speakers which amplifies the sound (both volume and quality), so viewers can get an enhanced video-viewing experience from the comfort of…anywhere you desire, really! In your bed, on the couch, stuck on an MRT train, or while avoiding the eyes of the barista eyeing your already empty drinking glass, the ZE601KL takes your mind on a trip with its mobile HD experience.

I guess that’s why even the parents get hooked.

Anyway you might already notice the Chinese New Year decorations up in my humble abode. Yes! CNY is just round the corner, and this may be a good gift for those looking to spend some angpow money for their loved ones. Or on yourself if you’re looking for a value-for-money smartphone this festive season.

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

 

P.S. In a perfect world, Netflix would grant Singaporeans access to all available shows. There are however a few comedies restricted by regional distribution rights, and to my dismay the list includes The Office and Modern Family. This does not make me happy. No indeed.

But I’m still thankful “Netflix and Chill” has arrived in Singapore.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – Therapeutic Dermatologic Formula (TDF) Skincare Review

This beautiful trio arrived in the mail sometime ago. Thank you BlackBox SG for allowing me to review this classic TDF set!

Therapeutic Dermatologic Formula (TDF) is a respected name in the field of aesthetic dermatology hence I was super psyched to test out skincare products endorsed by many medical derma-professionals.

These are the products in the trio (from left to right):

☆ Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion (100ml)
☆ Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF 50+ Sunscreen (50g)
☆ Light Textured Moisturizer (50g)

Now let’s test them out!

Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion (100ml)

TDF’s Non-Drying Lotion is part of a series designed for dry, dehydrated skin. This cleanser is specially formulated to thoroughly cleanse delicate sensitive skin without irritation, and at the same time protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The product doesn’t lather before or after contact with water (hence the thickness), which makes the cream slightly difficult to wash off at first.

I discovered that with a little finger scrubbing, my skin can be thoroughly cleansed and oil-free after washing with the product, without feeling as though all moisture has been sucked from it. When I needed a little bit more help removing makeup residues on my eyelids and lashes, this soft cleanser did the job for me. Kudos!

I’m always experimenting with new cleansers, but was surprised by the creamy, thick texture of TDF’s Non-Drying Lotion. Didn’t trust that it could wash my face well, but it surprisingly did!

Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF 50+ Sunscreen (50g)

TDF’s Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF50+ Sunscreen is clinically proven to protect our skin from sunburns, skin darkening and future photo damage. This high performance sunscreen provides maximum blockage against age-inducing UVA and harmful UVB rays with PA+++ rating and ultra microfine zinc oxide.

I love how the product delivers its non-whitening, non-oily and fragrance free promise, which is something I dislike about most sunscreens. It is also enriched with the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 for maximum sun protection.


Will show you how the product looks like upon application! In the second (unfiltered) photo is how my skin looks 2 minutes after rubbing the sunscreen in. There’s zero coverage, but definitely forms a visible, thin sheer layer.

  

After a short wait, my skin is neither oily nor sticky. Re-application is definitely necessary for sea sports and outdoor activities, as the product wears off like all sunscreens do. I discovered that this also works perfectly as makeup base on thin coverage days.

In Singapore’s tropical climate, sun damage causes a lot of pre-mature skin aging. Hence this layer of protection is crucial to maintaining  youthful skin. As part of TDF’s Age Defense Line, there are also products in the series complementing this sunscreen for anybody who’s afraid of getting sunspots!

Light Textured Moisturizer (50g)

TDF’s Light Textured Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight fragrance-free formula that can be used alone or double up as your makeup base or primer. The cream formula has a quick-drying nature, and does not leave much oily residue. It locks in moisture and prevents further moisture loss, thereby improving skin texture and overall clarity.

I’m picky about the kind of moisturisers I use. This moisturizer doesn’t get absorbed as quickly or completely as I would have liked, but it’s definitely a great value-for-money over-the-counter product!

When applied to my skin, in 2 quick minutes the formula was almost fully absorbed by my skin, leaving behind a smooth exterior, and minimal stickiness. In a few hours, when applied alone, I find my skin producing less oils than usual, possibly as my skin was well-moisturized. I personally use this over one of my trusted skin serums for added moisture.


I’m glad that these products, though full-sized, are also convenient for travelling. Even better, they come in tester-sizes at BlackBox SG’s online store! Apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase!

Out of these 3 products, I grew to rely a lot on TDF’s Sunscreen, so much so I’m applying it on a daily basis.

About TDF:

Founded by Miss Christina Lim, a trained pharmacist and a Master of Business Administration graduate from the National University of Singapore. TDF is the pioneer in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) glycolic acid formulations and a respected name in the field of aesthetic dermatology. Dedicated to this purpose, TDF provides science-based aesthetic solutions with superior quality and proven efficacy.

Where to buy: www.oceanhealth-singapore.com, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, Singhealth Polyclinics and Hospitals

Retail Size and Price:
☆  TDF Light Textured Moisture | 50ml, $28
☆  TDF PA++  UVA / UVB SPF 50 | 50g, $44
☆  TDF Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion​ | 100ml, $26; 237ml, $50

Visit BlackBox SG for tester sized TDF goods!
Quick link: Here.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL vs iPhone 6+

It’s been a week since this baby came into my life!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen

So on the ZE601KL I’ve been able to watch (in super HD) backdated episodes of Modern Family, Baby Daddy and online videos from CouchTuner, while my Mom borrows this for her K-Dramas. The full-HD 6-inch screen makes the watching experience second to none.

Why’s it that audio sounds so amazing on the ZE601KL? Im convinced that this can be attributed to the dual-driver audio chamber that has a five-magnet construction and metal voice coil to deliver powerful sounds and volume. According to official specs, the sound pressure level testing of ZE601KL is up to 97.4 dB. So even those barely audible videos that I can’t watch on my iPhone 6+ could be heard clearly on the ZE601KL.

Which brings me to….

THE Showdown:
iPhone 6 Plus
Versus ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser HD

If you had to pick a better model, which would it be?

Since I’m still tinkering with my ZE601KL, here’s my 2cents on a few key features:

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus 2

These qualities about the ZE601KL trumps my current iPhone 6+:

Comparison

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) iPhone 6 +
Screen size (inches) 6.00

4.70

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels 750×1334 pixels
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 616

Apple A8

RAM

3GB

1GB

Internal storage

16GB/32GB 16GB

Expandable storage

Yes

No

Rear camera 12-megapixel

13-megapixel

Front camera

5-megapixel 5-megapixel

Weight (g)

190.00 172.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000

2750

Removable battery Yes

No

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] vs iPhone 6 Plus

The ZE601KL is also value-for-money, retailing at SGD330+ (or SGD379 according to some friends who were looking for it at Sim Lim) in Singapore, bringing it close to half of what consumers pay for a typical iPhone 6+ with a mobile plan. ZE601KL serves the basic cellphone function, and on top of that affords you a mega HD video experience, and a wider screen than most phones out there.

In all fairness, I don’t love Apple any less – I’m heavily reliant on iCloud and I sync all my files to my Mac. Size-wise, iPhone 6+ is also slimmer and lighter. If guys already find the iPhone 6+ series hard to fit into their tight hipster jeans, then the ZE601KL isn’t gonna be easier to squeeze itself in.

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Tada, iPhone 6 Plus being slimmer of the 2, has a better chance of not creating a huge bulge in our pants. Also for girls with slim purses and tiny bags, you might take this tiny difference into consideration. ZE601KL has this rounded hump on its back for better grip. Both phones though have this impeccably smooth flawless shell – oh wait what am I saying? All new phones do.

At the end of the day, Apple phones facilitate a suite of Mac products. If you’re OCD about syncing all your files, and making sure you get access to your calendar, news, contacts, emails, tweetfeeds, Facebook feeds and system preferences on all 30 mobile devices, then Apple it is. Otherwise, why not take a chance on ZE601KL?

Out of all the current phones out there, ZE601KL definitely has an edge in terms of providing an enhanced video-watching experience with its 6-inch screen size and great speaker quality!

Here’s more fooling around with the ZE601KL, this time showing some of its camera functions and even more of its super HD screen:

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser HD ZE601KL arrived on my doorstep yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to unbox this beauty. Having heard quite a bit about the ASUS ZenFone series, I was super excited to test this baby out!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] 2

This model, released to Singapore on 19 December’15, comes in 3 different colours: Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray and Glamour Red.

I was glad to receive mine in neutral gray-silver – by choice, my previous phones had all been fully white or rose gold. Gray wouldn’t have been my colour of choice, but now that I have this in my hands, I’m liking the sleek gray tone which gives the ZE601KL a masculinity rather befitting of its size.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] 1

Here are the accessories that accompanied the ZE601KL (it’s always mad fun to unbox new gadgets!): the box contains a Main Battery, Adapter Type + Plug.
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Hear ye! The ZE601KL has a removable battery, on top of its supposedly super-long lasting battery life.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] assembly 4
More shots of ZE601KL with its boxed companions (please note, the brown satin is solely mine)ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] ASSEMBLY 1
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Let’s get down to business.

The first thing that came to mind as I picked up the ZE601KL for the first time: hell yeah, it’s so light! (190 g with battery) And much bigger than I imagined it would be. Very light for its size, yet it doesn’t feel flimsy.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] GRIP
This baby’s curvature is a comfortable fit against my palm. Basically I like the ergonomic grip, plus the textured surface shell surface.

Unlike my previous phones (I’ve been an Apple user for 8 years) which have rectangular edges, ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser’s rounded curves are a refreshing change. I can wrap my fingers naturally around the large 6″+ device. So it’s bigger than my current iPhone 6+, but I think some of us agree that with phone sizes it’s a slippery slope – once you go big, you can’t go back to using ’em small ones, ever.

This is just a matter of going bigger, again. Still smaller than the Samsung Note.
ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] GRIP 2

Okay so moving on to finally turning it on. Android to me is like oxygen to a Martian. Pardon me for taking ages to give it life. But hey, look how it roared to life!

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] turn on
So I had to sign up for an Android account (say, what??).

The ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser uses the Android 5.0 Platform, powered by the internal Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939 CPU, providing ample power for all daily multi-tasking activities. The device has up to 32GB internal storage, plus a MicroSD card memory slot that can take up to 120GB. Ostensibly a heavy consumer of high-definition dramas or videos would love this extension, simply because you’ll not need to free up space all the time. Thumbs up! The phone also works on LTE Category 4 for download speeds up to 150Mbit/s, and a 60ms touch response time.

Somehow the screen feels a tad like my Kindle – very flat-lay and texts are crisp and clear.

ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] screen

Additionally, I think drama lovers would be delighted by the 6-inch, full-HD 1920×1080 screen display, built with an IPS Capacitive Multi-touch panel Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass HCLR film technology screen. Well, that is one darn mouthful! To put it in human words, your ASUS ZenFone screen is scratch-proof and crack-proof; provided you aren’t thinking of throwing this off a cliff, the hardy exterior’s gonna last you a long long time. The enhanced Gorilla Glass 4 display offers twice the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, plus a 2.5X increase in retained strength, and is 85% less likely to break in daily use.

I drop my phones – A LOT. I need a sturdy and tough phone like this. Most of the time my phones fall on my face while I’m texting in bed. So thank goodness ZE601KL has an ultra light body!

Speaking of its body, I haven’t quite shown enough of this baby’s back view. It’s got an extremely sexy behind.

See what I mean? Sleek huh.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] back shell

Moving on, I must add that the camera function ain’t bad at all.ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] camera
He’s bringing sexy back.

I’m big on camera functions. I’m a self-proclaimed selfie-addict as evidenced by my stash of just under a billion selfies. The thing I dislike about most phones is that the front cameras are disappointing. They take downright slipshod and blurry photos with no focus, bad lighting even on a sunny day, and produces terrible resolution.

So I’m heartened to learn that ASUS ZenFone 2 boasts laser auto-focus technology for the fastest possible snapshot clarity. The phone’s PixelMaster backlight (Super HDR) mode automatically captures multiple shots of the scene in the viewfinder, and processes these using ASUS Pixel Enhancing technology to give the final picture up to 400% more brightness. This is darn great for taking pictures in less-than-ideal lightings.

I guess it can’t yet serve the perfect selfie function – I can’t say that its front cam (5 Mega-Pixel) is fantastic. I wouldn’t trust a cell-phone to take a selfie that is of better resolution than with my Panasonic Lumix 6.  However ZE601KL does boast a decent rear camera (13 Mega-Pixel) for its price. I guess I haven’t yet found my perfect selfie-phone.

 

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My current earcandy is a Parody of Adele’s Hello by Key of Awesome on YouTube which says it all: HERE’S A PHONE I HAVEN’T TRIED. So in love with that song for so many reasons.

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If you wanna experience the HD awesomeness, why not watch a vid-ception of the video played on my ZE601KL and judge for yourself.

See how ASUS doesn’t disappoint? I’m open to all mobile models, except maybe a ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen 2

So… I guess thank you for reading thus far! I’ll be back to update on more ASUS experiences. I’m loving the ZE601KL! Gonna put my feet up and watch a few ABC Family comedies in bed, and not be afraid to drop the phone on my face.

Meanwhile, leaving you with my favourite picture I took today:ASUS ZENFONE 2 LASER [VIKTORIA JEAN] hd screen 5

A few last words!

ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE601KL retails for SGD330+.
For more information, check out:

ASUS Product Page

ASUS Facebook Page

Don’t forget to follow ASUS Singapore’s Instagram Page! @asussg

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[MUA] ‘Bruised Eye’

This I call the “Bruised-eye”, inspired by late nights and unfortunate accelerated growth of dark eye-bags. I used to believe blues and greys would make a pale girl look like she’s a foot from her grave, but it’s all in matching the right lipstick shade. In my honest opinion, I haven’t gone quite bruise-eyed enough. I could have gone deeper if this hadn’t been a casual gym day.

Viktoria Jean Li Makeup
Brows:
Banila Co. Brow Auto-Pencil in Red Brown
Banila Co. BrowCara in Deep Brown

Eyes:
Too Faced Cosmetics Return Of Sexy eye palette Blues
Makeup Forever Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Aqua Black

Cheeks/Shading:
Physician’s Formula Magic Mosaic in Warm Beige/Light Bronzer

Lips:
Fasio – Sparkling Wine

Foundation:
Banilo Co. CC Cream
Amila Pure Satin Matte Foundation in Cool #1

I’ve had this Too Faced palette for 2 years now, and the shades never go out of season. The browns are great for a nude, warm day look; the purples work perfectly when I feel a tad bolder; and the blue/greys are my go-to cool-tones. Though it’s bulky to carry around, I used to travel with these because without them I feel unarmed. My favourite shades? The shimmery gold, and glittery midnight black.

The Return Of Sexy palette

return of sexy too faced palette

So they got a little smudged after working out. asian smokey eye viktoria jean

makeup blogger

  This FASIO lippie was purchased in Japan a good 2 years ago, and I don’t even remember the exact shade name. The sparkly purple is pigmented just adequately to coat my lips with a thin sheen.

fasio lipstick  Love how this sparkles on my yellow-tinged fair skin. Yay to mauve lippies with blue-undertones.

So I had a great run. A day of good endorphins demands a snap.

I’d better go to bed to salvage this bruised eye situation.

Goodnight y’all.
xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

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