Food, beauty and home decor addict. Hope you enjoy my posts on what I eat, the beauty products I use, how I stay (somewhat) sane and the items I buy for my home. Teddy my cockapoo will also be making appearances throughout! Lots of love, Tessa X
I’ve been using Bioderma products for the last 5 years ever since my dermatologist recommended it to me and they have never disappointed me. Bioderma is a French brand that specialises in dermalogical and scalp conditions.
Watsons is currently having a few special deals for Chinese New Year and one of them is a ‘buy 2 get 1 free’ for Bioderma products. I bought the micelle solution and the cleansing foaming gel and got another micelle solution for free. It’s a great deal!!
My skin is really sensitive and reactive so I usually buy the products in the ‘sensitive skin’ range (the pink collection).
I swear by the Bioderma make-up removing micelle solution that is supposed to cleanse and sooth sensitive skin. It is one of Bioderma’s best sellers and I got the 250 ml bottle for S$28.90. It comes in a simple clear and pink bottle. I use it to take off my make-up and it removes water-proof make up as well. I find that it cleanses my skin really well, is gentle and not too drying. And it also doesn’t cause any break-outs which is a major plus! Love the fact that its also paraben free and hypoallergenic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin who is looking for a make-up remover that isn’t too harsh and doesn’t clog up your pores.
This is the first time I’ve gotten the Bioderma mild cleansing foaming gel for sensitive skin that is supposed to soothe and moisturise. It’s a 200 ml bottle that costs S$33.90. Its paraben free, colorant-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. It also has lipid restoring properties. It comes in a cute clear and pink bottle that matches the micelle solution bottle and the gel is pink. I’ve only used it a few times but I really like it as well. It does give my skin moisture while cleansing it and my skin feels really supple and soft after. It also hasn’t caused any break-outs. A little bit goes a long way as well and I only need a tiny bit each time I wash my face.
I really like Bioderma products and recommend that you try the micelle solution and cleansing gel if you have sensitive skin like me! Check out the great deals at Watsons and happy Chinese New Year! X
I love home decor. Whats there not to like about buying pretty things that make your place uniquely you- I mean thats what really makes a house a home. And our home should be our sanctuary, our happy place.
My boyfriend and I are looking at getting our first place and its taking ages to find the right place that ticks all our boxes. But in the meantime we’ve already started building up our home and it’s been so much fun!!
One of my happy buys this month has been the small popcorn bowl from Crate and Barrel at Ion in Singapore for S$12.95. Crate and Barrel is one of my favourite home stores in Singapore- they sell some really nice items. And I’ve been wanting this bowl for awhile even though I don’t eat popcorn lol.
Another shop I love in Singapore is Kikki.K at Ion, they’ve been having a big sale and the place has been crazy packed. I love the stuff there and how lots of their products focus on mindfulness and positivity. Everyone definitely needs a bit of that in their lives. I got this matching set of candles and mug from Kikki.K. The candles are 50% off at S$27.45 and the mug is S$10. They are a lovely red and pale pink and would brighten up any area of your house. I adore candles they add a touch of tranquillity to any space. These candles have a cute fun twist, the pink ones are covered with leaves, ladybugs and birds and the red one says ‘you glow’. How cute!! The scents are Clementine & Honey, Sandalwood & Ylang ylang and Peach blossom. Very exotic- my favourite is peach blossom. The candles are supposed to burn for about 13 hours each. The pale pink mug says ‘life is wonderful’ and has a red cup holder. Feel good quotes are always a nice thing to have around the house to keep you positive especially when you’re having a bad day.
I got this beautiful crystal candlestick from John Lewis in London when I was there a few weeks ago. John Lewis always has all kind of gems and they deliver some items internationally. This candlestick was also a sales item and got it at 50% off at £20 which I think is definitely a steal. I love this luxurious statement piece which will transform any dining table!
I also got this gorgeous book ‘Paris from a fashion eye’ by Megan Hess from Harrods in London for £12. You can also get it from Kinokuniya at Takashimaya for S$32.10. Paris is one of my favourite cities it really is the city of love and the city of style! This book is so chic and cute and the white cover with splashes of colour is sooo pretty. It’s divided into Play, Sleep, Eat/Drink and Listings. And I’m obsessed with the beautiful detailed illustrations inside. It really does add that je ne sais quoi to any coffee table!
And last but not least is this heavenly rainbow coloured Molten Brown bath and shower gel setfrom Gatwick airport that I got at £13 (it was on sale too). I love Molten Brown products they’re so luxurious and always so aesthetically pleasing. And lots of their stuff are really colourful and fun too. I love the colours of this set and the luxe silver caps. The various scents are Coco & Sandalwood, Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Jasmine & Sun Rose, Heavenly Gingerlily, Rosa Abso, Vetiver & Grapefruit, Bushukan, Coastal Cyprus & Sea Fennel, Tobacco Absolute and Russian Leather. They would look perfect in any bathroom and I can’t wait to try them!
So these are all my January home décor buys, hope you like them as much as I do! X
Ever since I dyed my hair for the first time a few months ago it hasn’t been in the best condition. Its been much drier than usual. Also the weather change of moving from London back to Singapore hasn’t helped. I’ve been trying to take extra care of it.
The 3 products I’m using this January is the Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for thick hair, the original Tangle Teezer and the Enfanti anti-dandruff shampoo.
I’ve been meaning to get the original Tangle Teezer for months having heard so many good reviews about it and finally got in in London over Christmas at Peter Jones for £11. They come in various cute colours and the colour combi I got is my fav – pastel green and pastel pink. I always brush my hair after I wash it so I chose a Tangle Teezer for both wet and dry hair. With my old brush I had to really yank my hair to get rid of knots and in the process pull out lots of hair. But this brush makes brushing my wet hair so much easier. It brushes through my hair much more smoothly and less hair is pulled out. I’ve tried it when my hair is dry and it works like a dream as well. One thing is that there’s no handle, there’s a little groove where you hold the Tangle Teezer. I’m much more used to having a brush with a handle its much easier to hold. It is really compact though so you could carry it in your handbag wherever you go. I think the Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler (which has a handle) would have have been the best choice for me. And on a side note they also started doing a Pet Teezer for dogs! I think my cockapoo Teddy would definitely love to try and review that.
Now if you’re living in a really humid country like Singapore you definitely need a good hair oil to help with the frizz. Plus I also have alot of annoying baby hair that gets in the way and tickles my forehead. Last month I got the Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for thick hair from Sephora in Singapore. I got the 60 ml bottle for S$28. It has pomegranate seed oil which fights frizz, nourishes and repairs hair. It has a nice subtle scent and isn’t too greasy. I find it really helps with my frizz and baby hairs and lasts throughout the day in the heat. It is also priced very reasonably. I’ve used more than half of it in less than 2 months, and will be buying another bottle.
Then there’s the Bioken Enfanti Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. I bought the large 32 oz size off redmart for S$49.50. Its great for all hair types including colour treated hair. Its supposed to cleanse hair while purifying while giving your scalp tone and eliminating flaking and itching. Its infused with antiseptic herbs that helps dandruff and psoriasis. Now I don’t actually have dandruff (I promise lol) but my scalp gets itchy sometimes since I’ve been back in Singapore. A little of this shampoo goes a long way. My hair feels really fresh and clean after using this and has completely stopped itching. It doesn’t make my hair too oily either. It also has a really nice refreshing minty tea-tree scent. And the best part is that it’s sulphate free and paraben free! Sulphate free shampoo is great as it preserves natural hair oils and is colour friendly. And paraben free shampoo is always a good idea because parabens disrupt hormone function which is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. I love this shampoo and might even try the conditioner!
So these are the hair products I’m using this month. I love the Percy & Reed hair oil and the Enfanti Shampoo. I like the Tangle Teezer but wish it had a handle. Hopefully the condition of my hair will improve real soon! X
I LOVE chocolate (can’t go a day without it) and chocolate definitely makes the world a better place. My favourite is milk chocolate I’m not actually a fan of dark chocolate as I find it too bitter- too bad its the healthiest.
So everyone says that Swiss chocolates are the best. I went to Switzerland over Christmas a week ago and got to do some serious research about that theory. And the best part is that Switzerland is especially renowned for its milk chocolate! Switzerland has various top chocolate brands and 3 of the top ones are Laderach, Favarger and Auer. I got some milk chocolate from each of the 3 shops and got down to the difficult task of tasting them.
The Laderach chocolate I got came in a cute 200g package of small bite-sized pieces and it had a chocolate content of 36%. Laderach has been known for top-quality chocolate since 1962, a relatively newer brand. It was so delicious really milky, creamy and tasty. The best chocolate I’ve tasted in awhile! I really liked the small fan-shaped pieces too.
The Favarger chocolate I got came in a 100g bar with a really pretty baby blue wrapper and it had a cacao content of 38%. Seven generations of the Favarger family have been making chocolate since 1826. I found this chocolate much richer and less creamy. It was still really good quality chocolate and if you like a richer stronger taste it would be perfect, but just not for me.
The Auer chocolate I got came in a 150g bar which was carved with a nativity scene of a little child angel pulling a sleigh – very cute. There wasn’t any info of the cocoa content on the label for this bar though. Auer is one of the oldest chocolateries famous in Geneva and they opened way back in 1939. They offer more than 50 varieties of different chocolates. And their stores are exceptionally quaint looking and pretty. I found the chocolate really yummy with a perfect creamy sweet taste and an interesting twangy aftertaste. I would definitely go back for more!
Overall I loved the Laderach and the Auer chocolate and wasn’t too keen on the Favarger as it wasn’t creamy enough for me. You should definitely check out these three chocolate stores the next time you’re in Switzerland they have top quality products and a fantastic selection. They also make the prettiest gifts to someone special. Oh and is Swiss chocolate the best? Absolutely! X
I’m obsessed with oil-free moisturizers and the 2 I’m currently using are Dermalogica Active Moist and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin.
The Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer (S$111) has been my favourite for the last year. I discovered in London but Its quite hard to find in Singapore though and only a few places like Suntec City and Plaza Singapura offer it. I get the larger tube that is 100 ml as it’s so much more worth it than the smaller one and you can still travel with it.
It’s an oil-free lightweight moisturizer that hydrates combination skin and it contains silk amino acids and a unique combination of plant extracts that help improve skin texture and fights dehydration. Natural botanical astringents of Lemon, Cucumber and Burdock help to refine the skin as well. It’s also gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegetarian and does not contain any artificial fragrances and colours. It’s apparently best when used following the Multi-Active Toner.
It comes in a grey box and a white tube, the standard colouring of all the Dermalogica products. Nice and simple. And I have to say it is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. I started using it last Winter when my skin was really dry and difficult to manage. The moisturizer itself is light yet creamy and immediately hydrates and plumps up your skin. It has also cleared up any dry patch on my skin really quickly. And it has never caused any breakouts for me and seems to calm my sensitive skin. I love the fact that it’s an excellent make-up base as well. It’s great for applying under your foundation. And even when I’m using acne treatment products that really dry up my skin, the minute I put this moisturizer on my foundation goes on smoothly and doesn’t look cakey. LOVE IT.
I have also been using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin several times in the last few months. It’s a much less pricey option and it’s really easy to find.
There is also another variation of this for sensitive skin which actually might have been more suitable for me. And there are also variations that come with sunscreen, spf 15 and spf 35, which is interesting as well. It’s always good to have sunscreen in either your moisturiser or foundation to protect your skin from premature ageing.
It comes in a simple white box with splashes of pink and blue, pretty. And the bottle which has the same colouring comes with a pump and is 118 ml.
It’s non-comedogenc (doesn’t clog up your pores), hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
It has a greasy feel when applied to the skin and never seems to be absorb into the skin too well. It always feels like there is a layer of it sitting on my skin. It does moisturize my skin but not much as it’s very light. Also I don’t find it a good make-up base for me, my face just looks dry and cakey with make up over it. I prefer the older oil-free Neutrogena moisturizers that were cheap but were quality products.
Overall I love Dermalogica Active Moist and it is my go-to moisturiser. It manages to moisturise my skin even in the driest climates and it never breaks me out. Plus it’s the perfect make-up base. Will definitely be using it in London this winter! I really do not like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture though and I found it greasy and uncomfortable on me every time I used it. It was also way too lightweight for my skin and didn’t like how it looked under my foundation. I definitely won’t be getting it again in a hurry. X
Happy Halloween witches!! I finally went down to Platform 1094 for brunch after wanting to check it out for ages and its the perfect month to go being Halloween. I’m not one for themed cafes but a Harry Potter themed cafe is a brilliant idea and I don’t see how it wouldn’t be lots of fun and really popular. It’s located along 1094 Serangoon Road (hence the name) and opened by the people behind Fresh Fruits Lab and Elements the pastry connoisseur.
The interior is simple and cosy with lots of dark wood and reminds you of a school (Hogwarts) canteen. There are posters and knick-knacks all over the cafe that does make you feel like you’re stepping into a little world of wizardry. The chairs had deer images on them which I’m guessing has something to do with the Harry’s deer patronus? I still found that a bit random though.
There was also a large shelf in front with a whole array of Potter props like owls in cages, wands, pocket watches and glasses – that was a really cute touch! There was a spiral of Hogwarts letters hanging from the ceiling which I liked and wished they had done more of all over the cafe. In the corner of the cafe was a stand with all the different Hogwarts house cloaks and scarves to match which was a fantastic idea! My boyfriend grabbed the Griffindor cloak and I took the Slytherin one (not because I’m evil but because I like green lol). When we put them on it was hilarious! Loved it!!
There was also a wanted wizard board that you could take pics with and that was the best prop- it was sooo cute! Everyone was waiting to take photos with it and having loads of fun. There were some hanging Halloween decorations which fit the theme well.
There was also a wall with ‘The mystical world of Mr and Mrs Lich’ written on it which was quite pretty. I liked the decor but thought they could have gone a bit more crazy with it as it is a themed cafe and they are playing with the coolest theme ever- Harry Potter!
The water came in little gold cups which was a nice touch and the wooden board menus were really cute as well. We brought some of the props over to our table to have some fun with. But to be honest I wasn’t expecting much of the food as themed cafes usually are all style and no substance.
I ordered the limited edition Snitch Choco ($9). It came looking fabulous all bubbly and topped with a pale yellow marshmallow snitch but it tasted bad. It was really diluted and I hardly tasted any chocolate at all. That was disappointing.
For starters we had the Truffle Fries ($12) and the Carrot and Beetroot Soup ($9) which are both recommended dishes. The Truffle Fries were AMAZING. They were done just the way I like not too soft and soggy and not too crispy. And they were so tasty drizzled with truffle oil and went perfectly with the truffle mayo dipping sauce. I wasn’t expecting that!
The soup came in a small blue cauldron and the bread stick looked like a wand. The soup was light and creamy and was unexpectedly tasty as well.
I had the Crab Meat Aglio Olio ($17) for my main, and it came with smoked salmon and flying fish roe tossed in beurre monte. I loved it- It was so well done! The smoked salmon was really good too and I love how they sprinkled the pasta with fish roe.
For dessert I had The Goal’s Seeker ($15) – a mango and milk chocolate mousse with vanilla sponge cake. I love the combi of mango and milk chocolate it’s usually always a hit. It came in this plastic bubble and on a stand. Again there was a pale coloured snitch on top. I was expecting a more elaborate design (and a bigger piece of cake) given the price. When I took a bite I was pleasantly surprised though, the chocolate was great and the fruitiness of the mango and light vanilla sponge balanced it perfectly and prevented the cake from being too heavy. And the snitch was made of yummy white chocolate. Though it looked small I was stuffed after having it!
What was great about the cafe was that everyone seemed to be having so much fun there. Everyone was wearing cloaks, whipping wands about, putting on hats, taking loads of pics and laughing and it was just a really happy atmosphere!
Overall I think Platform 1094 is fantastic! The props are amazing and it was such a fun experience. The cafe only has good vibes as well and you would really enjoy your afternoon there. It is the best themed cafe I’ve ever been to. The food was such a surprise too- really well cooked and tasty! Much better than lots of other basic cafes. I honestly can’t wait to go back just for the food. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the hot chocolate. Also the prices are generally really reasonable considering you get to have so much fun and get quality food. All muggles should definitely try this out before Christmas! 9/10! X
Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Telephone: 6204 6003
Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun: 10am to 11pm, closed on Mondays
I’ve started using the Clarins Hydra Essentiel Intensive moisture quenching bi-phase serum (S$98) a few months ago and thought I’d do a review on it. I’ve never actually tried any products from the French luxury skin care brand before this.
I had eczema when I was young and living in London the last few years has brought back some of my skin problems as the air is really dry there. My neck has been extra dry recently and I decided to start using this serum on my neck. I’ve also been using it on the occasional dry patch on my face.
The serum comes in a 30 ml small bright blue bottle. It’s meant for all skin types and you’re supposed to apply it to the face and the neck. You’re encouraged to pair it with the Hydra-Essentiel Light Cream or Cooling gel for an extremely quenching effect. Apparently 90% of users report intensely hydrated skin after using it.
The lightweight serum is supposed to restore the skin’s radiance and shield skin from the dehydrating effects of daily thermic shocks. It’s magic ingredient is the ‘leaf of life’ originating from Madagascar which is supposed to encourage the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and boost the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms.
The serum is blue in colour as well and has a watery light texture. It has a subtle scent that isn’t too overpowering. It absorbs into the skin really quickly leaving your skin feeling very supple and plump. And after just using it for one night, my skin was significantly more moisturised and soft! I’ve been using it a few times a week – I think it’s great to use at night before you sleep. It’s perfect for dry parched skin and for winter weather.
Overall I really like it, it’s so lightweight and moisturising and perfect for dry skin. It is a bit pricey for moisturising serum though but I will probably be getting another bottle when I’m done with this one! X
I bought the SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream (S$135) about 3 months ago on my flight from London back to Singapore. I’ve heard so many positive things about the Japanese high-end brand and decided to try this eye cream.
The skin under your eyes is the first area to age and it’s so important to start using a good eye cream even in your 20s when your skin starts making less collagen. I usually use creams for my dark eye circles as they get pretty bad whenever I haven’t had a good sleep.
This particular eye cream is supposed to be packed with conditioning ingredients to moisturize skin, restore suppleness and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It is also suitable for all kinds of skin. It’s part of the SK-II anti-ageing skincare collection. It’s signature ingredient is Pitera- a bio-ingredient rich in vitamins, organic acids, minerals and amino acids that work together to enhance skin cell renewal. And it also contains Radical New Age Complex which creates the appearance of lengthwise and crosswise firmness.
It comes in a glossy red jar as all their products do and the cream itself is a butter-yellow colour. It comes with a cute little spatula that is supposed to be a hygienic way to dish out the cream each time you use it. I have to say I’ve never actually used the spatula before though and have no idea where it is lol.
The cream feels rich, thick and luxurious on the skin and though its hydrating it’s not greasy at all. I like the fact that it doesn’t have a strong fragrance and It doesn’t irritate my eyes (my eyes are really sensitive and can tear quite a bit when I use other creams). Also a little amount of cream goes a long way and I use a very small quantity for each application. However I don’t think it has helped with my dark circles and is purely for moisturising and anti-ageing purposes.
I have to say overall this is the best eye cream I have ever used – I love it! It really plumps, brightens and moisturises the under eye area and you see actual results in just a couple of days. It’s on the pricey side but it should last a long time and I would definitely say it’s worth every cent. I can’t wait to try more of their products! X
I finally bought the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($73) after wanting it for so long. I also got the Zoeva Luxe Highlight Blush & Contour brush ($28) because I don’t have a proper highlighter brush and they do really good brushes.
So I got the shade Devotion for the Face Illuminator. It’s a cool pink highlight and matches my skin tone the best. They also have Indiscretion- a warm rose gold highlight, Seduction- a soft bronze highlight and Addiction- a gilded gold highlight. It’s great that there is one for every skin tone and I love the names they match every colour so well!
One of the reasons why I’ve been wanting to get it because it’s oil-free and dermatologist tested. I’ve really sensitive skin that breaks out easily so I usually only use oil-free products on my face.
The packaging is pretty, it comes in a sleek black compact and I like the fact that it has a little mirror as well. The powder palatte itself is beautiful- Devotion is a lovely pearly pink colour that sparkles and it has a crumbled bedsheet effect that is really cute. You just want to dive into it.
This is actually my first time trying a powder highlighter and I’ve actually stopped wearing highlighter since coming back to Singapore as I’m always too shiny from the humidity lol.
I found the highlighter not that easy to put on and I wouldn’t say that it’s a creamy texture like the website claims. Also, the pigments in the palatte seemed to fall off every time I dipped my brush in. However when I put it on it’s a beautiful subtle pink shimmer and just as it promises it is very buildable and you can turn it into an intense glow if you layer it.
I couldn’t wait to try out the Zoeva brush it looks so cute and it comes in a gorgeous rose golden colour as well (I really wanted that one but couldn’t find it at Sephora). The tapered shape is perfect for highlighting. The bristles are really soft and silky on your skin and does feel nice and luxurious. It also works well in blending the highlighter with your foundation. The brush doesn’t hold onto product much so I think it would be easy to clean it. Apparently, it doesn’t shed either – I hope that’s true. It’s a great quality brush at a very reasonable price.
Overall I like the Illuminator, it has a nice subtle radiant finish and is very buildable – I’ll definitely continue using it. But I think I still prefer liquid highlighters because they just go on more easily for my skin. I also feel that this highlighter is a bit on the pricey side. I really like the Zoeva highlighter brush and would definitely recommend getting it. X
So last week I went to Bangkok for an eating holiday and it was amazing!! It’s the first time I’ve gone back in 4 years. Thai food is my favorite and Thailand just has so many great restaurants and cafes! One of my favorite things in Bangkok is their dessert. There are so many cute dessert shops with a huge variety of cakes, ice creams etc. This time I tried a relatively new place BRIX Dessert Bar. Once I saw that they had pancake souffles I HAD to try it.
The cafe that I went to was in Siam Paragon which is my favorite mall in Bangkok. They literally have everything there. Great shops, restaurants even car showrooms it’s insane. So the cafe was quite small but looked cute and cosy. It was by the water feature they have in the mall and it was actually really nice to have dessert by the water (but in-doors without the heat).
So of course I ordered the Hotto Keiki Original (170 B for the small one and 210 B for the bigger one) which I kind of guessed means hot cakes lol. I love pancakes and I love souffles, so pancake souffles have to be the best thing ever. The pancake looked amazing and came with a plate of sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream, crumble and maple syrup. It was actually the best thing ever. The pancake was so soft and fluffy and really felt like a souffle! It went so well with the bananas and ice cream. My only regret is that I didn’t get the larger one..
We also got the Lychee Raspberry Bingsu (240 B). It looked fabulous. The shaved ice was a pale baby pink colour and it came with lychees, deep pink raspberry sorbet and raspberry sauce. The waiter poured water over the dry ice surrounding the bingsu creating a dramatic mist display that was something else. The shaved ice was smooth, light and really delicious and the sorbet was sour and tasty. Once you made your way through the mountain of pink ice, you get another surprise – a generous portion of vanilla panna cotta! YUM. This dessert was so much fun!
Overall I loved BRIX Dessert Bar! The dessert we had looked beautiful, tasted amazing and the dry ice show was definitely entertaining and I can’t wait to go back for more. 8.5/10!