Author: plingthinks

Beauty-Pati.com // Review of Lunamer and Giveaway

As a woman juggling commitments at work, family, social life and new adventures, I’m sure that I speak for many when we say that our “clock” just go haywire. Late nights, erratic meal times and lack of sleep make us look dull like old silver. Worse, our skin starts to exhibit this tired, yellow tinge, instead of bright, rosy undertones. I was given a Lunamer Trial Kit to address some of the signs my tired skin is starting to show. What with late-night crafting and writing, I need a quick fix before I head out to meet some people. And one star product worked wonders for me! Friends complimented that I looked more radiant. They thought that I have had more sleep. But how wrong they were! I was actually handcrafting products till wee hours in the morning. Curious what that star product is? Hop over to Beauty-Pati.com for the review. There’s also a giveaway happening now till April 13, 2014, where 3 lucky winners can get to try the products for themselves. Advertisements

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Beauty-Pati.com // Jill Stuart Beauty Review and Giveaway

I was first introduced to Jill Stuart by a friend when I spotted her, fishing out of her makeup pouch, a neat blush compact. What’s neat? A retractable brush is attached to the blush compact. Immediately, she was extolling the cuteness and usefulness of this Jill Stuart blush compact. Yes, cute can be useful too. Add this to the princessy packaging and sweet hues, and you have a winner! I was curious instantly and made a promise to seek out Jill Stuart Beauty counters in my next trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Another yes. It’s not sold in the beauty halls of Singapore, though you can find it online at BestBuy-World. Without giving away too much (please read the Jill Stuart Beauty review here), I’m also a fan of their perfume and bodycare. ‘Jill’ is an endearing sweet floral fragrance. It makes you feel prettier with just a spritz of its scent. A most recent discovery is Jill Stuart Body Milk, which I purchased in my last trip to Taipei. It moisturizes my …

Beauty-Pati.com // Fortify Your Lashes

One work day, as I brushed on mascara on my eyelashes, I noticed that they were not as thick and full as it was before, even though the mascara that I used was the same. Wanting to protect and strengthen my lashes, before they start to fall out, I started applying eyelash serums 6 years back. I bought my first eyelash tonic in Rome, when I read reviews about this little stick of magic that will lengthen, strengthen and thicken your lashes. Now, there are more choices in Singapore as compared to then. I don’t curl my eyelashes. Thanks to my parents whom I inherited naturally curled lashes, which make me want to protect and preserve this asset that I’ve been blessed with. So, for my friends who do curl, perm, put on mascara or fake eyelashes, I think you would also share this same fear as me – that one day, our lashes would be reduced to a miserable few before we truly age. This is the reason why I wrote this article, hopping …

Beauty-Pati.com // Review of ASTALIFT Skincare

To be absolutely honest, I have not come across ASTALIFT till I had to head for appointments in ION Orchard previously. I passed by their retail shop but didn’t get a chance to walk in. It wasn’t until I was handed a trial kit of ASTALIFT that I came into skin contact (pun intended) with this anti-aging skincare. Having won numerous awards in Japan and Singapore, I was surprised that I didn’t discover this brand earlier. Now, I can safely say that I’m a convert of some of their key products, seeing how they make my skin look more supple. Friends even commented that I looked more radiant. They thought that I have had more sleep. But I knew the only thing that had changed during that 1 week was that I was trying out the sample-sized products in the ASTALIFT Trial Kit. I especially love their cleanser, which smells like a walk in an English rose garden. Before I reveal more on this post, please head over to Beauty-Pati.com to read the full review. …

Beauty-Pati.com // From Office to Date in Minutes

This is a Valentine’s Day special, but it does apply to any day that you need to scoot off from the office to that important date with your beau. Without inconveniencing other users of the same office restroom (read: your colleagues and even your boss), you can look fresh, ravishing but not overly made-up (read: trying too hard) to wow your date. These tips focus on looking natural, smelling great and bringing out accents that are uniquely WOMAN. You can also follow Beauty-Pati on their Facebook Page or Instagram. Don’t miss out on their fabulous giveaways!

Beauty-Pati.com // Chic Red Lipsticks for Asian Skin

I’m feeling excited and honored that I have been invited to contribute to this new website, Beauty-Pati.com. As the name suggests, this website aims to excite its readers with the latest makeup trends and the hottest beauty reviews. It will be dispensing sound beauty tips, presenting the dos and don’ts for body care, and inspiring your next nail art. This is my first article – Chic Red Lipsticks for Asian Skin. We all know how siren red lipsticks are always going to be in. It’s even more so this year. But it’s always challenging for Asian skin to find a suitable red lipstick that is not going to make us look like we stepped out of a Teochew wayang, or way beyond our age. We want the chicness and grace that Parisian ladies exude when they don their red lippies, so I decided to investigate! You can also follow Beauty-Pati on their Facebook Page or Instagram. Don’t miss out on their fabulous giveaways!

Sagano-Yu Cafe Style Resort // After Arashiyama and Bamboo Groves

Our feet were screaming for respite, our palates in need of something sweet, and our body craved for a warm cuppa, after that trek to admire the bamboo groves, Arashiyama and Katsura River. Right along the street from Saga-Arashiyama station to Tenryu-ji is Sagano-Yu Cafe Style Resort 嵯峨野湯, a public bathhouse turned cafe. Don’t be fooled by the spotless exterior of Sagano-Yu Cafe. It was built in 1923 as Sagayu Bathhouse and refurbished into a teahouse in August 10, 2006. Beyond its cool white doors are warm wooden furniture, exposed bricks, quiet conversations and shared laughter. We had to put down our names on the waiting list, as there was a queue of like-minded, tired people wanting a table. While waiting, we wandered up the steep stairs to the 2nd level where you would find a little space selling a plethora of handmade goods – from accessories and knits, to kitchenware and food. We were intrigued by the rustic display at the bottom of the stairs, but disappointingly, it’s not as well stocked, or as …

Shirakawa Gion // Kyoto’s Most Beautiful Street

If you are a traveler from overseas on a tour group, tour guides might skip this part of Kyoto and head straight to the busy hub of Gion (祇園) for shopping and food. Dubbed by locals as Kyoto’s most beautiful street, Shirakawa (白川) is a few minutes’ walk from central Gion and the Hanamichi (花道小路) area. It is off the beaten path, and there seemed to be no sight of other tourists when we visited it. The street runs into a Y-shape, with a little shrine situated at the intersection. This little red shrine, like the Yasaka Shrine, was frequented by geishas living in that area. And by our lucky stars, we caught a happy couple taking their wedding photos at this picturesque place just when we reached it. A babbling stream runs through this street with shops, restaurants and tea houses lining one side of it. On the other side, you see willow trees, cherry blossom trees, and Japanese maple trees. The majestic willow trees were indeed a sight. Their long strings of leaves …

Hisago // The Best Oyako-Don I Have Ever Tasted

Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to locate Hisago (ひさご) in Kyoto, Japan. We definitely did not expect to see such a long queue outside the restaurant, not when the restaurant opens at 11.30am for lunch. It’s off the usual track for most travelers, and pretty out of the way. That is why we didn’t think many would go to the trouble of finding this place. Since we finished early at our previous visit at Kiyomizudera 清水寺, we decided to take a leisurely walk exploring some really old streets and houses. We reached Hisago (ひさご) at about 11am. Somehow, you know you have stumbled upon an excellent place to eat when you see Japanese of different ages in the queue – young, families with toddlers, elderly folk, groups of teenagers, and of course, tourists from different countries. I heard Taiwanese, French, Thai, Korean, English and Chinese while I stood in queue with the rest. Our curiosity piqued with more and more joining the queue. Many times, we contemplated on abandoning the queue …

Shopping in Gion // Buys that are uniquely Kyoto

One place that no tourist would miss in Kyoto is spending an evening in Gion (祇園) – a place best known as the district where geishas reside, entertain, wait to be ‘rescued’ by their patrons, and where maikos learn their art while serving the needs of their bigger sisters. And if you have read or watched ‘Memoirs of the Geisha’, a visit to Gion must be in the cards. There is much to do here – shopping for scarves and superbly made canvas totes, having kaiseki dinner (懐石料理) in the famous geisha quarters at Hanamichi (花道小路), exploring the most beautiful street in Kyoto near the babbling brook of Shirakawa (白川), and watching the sunset over Gion Shrine (八坂神社 / 祇園神社). To leisurely enjoy the sights and experiences that Gion has to offer, I would suggest heading to Gion in late afternoon to get some shopping done, and then enjoy a stroll to catch the sun setting over Shirakawa and Gion Shrine, before dinner at one of those nostalgic restaurants along Hanamichi which will bring you …