Saturday, September 27, 2014

[sponsored review] Nivea Body Intensive Moisture Serum

Did you know that exposure to the sun and harsh environmental influences results in the loss of moisture and essential oils that protects your skin, leaving it dry and damaged? Such skin can make you look older than you are. Lucky me received a tube of Nivea Body Intensive Moisture Serum! It is the first body serum that not only repairs 10 signs of accumulated dry and damaged skin within 24 hours, but it also has SPF 25 to protect it from the sun!

  • 100x concentrated Vitamin E & Grape Seed Oil - Has strong antioxidant properties, capable of defending skin cells from sun-induced problems and free radical damages.
  • Avocado Oil - Wonderful emollient and hydrating properties. It is most easily absorbed by the skin and aids in relieving dryness and itch, contributes to regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin, and repairs dry and damaged skin in the process.
  • Hydra IQ - Increases the number of water channels, restoring the skin's own moisture supply and regulates the balance of moisture within.
  • SPF 25 & PA++ - Both a moisturizer and a sunscreen!

My take on it: I don't have the habit of applying body lotion (slimming cream is more important hahaha) nor sunblock, and with my love for sleeveless clothes, needless to say my skin isn't in the best condition. This Nivea serum is like a lifesaver. However, I feel that it doesn't absorb very well (or takes very long), so I usually apply it at night just before bed. I certainly hope the SPF still works. The very next morning after I used it the first time, I could feel a slight difference in my skin. It feels more moisturized and smoother! Quite surprised actually. XD

And the best part, it's not expensive. Only $8.90 for 200ml~! Available at all leading personal care stores and supermarkets.

There's an Instagram contest going on right now. Redeem your free sample on SampleStore to receive the A5 brochure with the magnifying glass cut-out for the contest. 2 grand prize winners to be hand-picked by Sample Store editors, Holly Jean and Trixy based on the most creative submission. The 2 winners will receive $200 shopping vouchers and $100 Nivea hampers! It ends 30 Sept so hurry! =)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mookata at Charcoal Thai

I chanced upon this Charcoal Thai offer on Facebook and since we hadn't tried mookata before, I decided to have this for dinner yesterday! Went to the Kovan one. Quite empty still when we arrived at 6 plus, though it would be safer to reserve. *shrugs*

Tomyum soup base, with a set for 2. Was kinda craving for the mango salad but we forgot about it until about halfway through. =( It looked pretty little but I guess it was just right for both of us. You can see exactly what was in the set - nothing spectacular. Also came with an egg which we poured into the soup cos we didn't know what to do with it. And it was quite hard to get oil out from the lard lmao. =\

Definitely not returning for this. Besides the fact that the only thing I enjoyed was the tomyum soup, majority of the set was meat (chicken and pork) with only 2 pathetic prawns and a little bit of sotong. I don't normally eat meat, unless it's something 'special', and this is definitely not worth breaking my rule again for. 

At $14.90++ per pax I really don't think it was worth it. I guess the most value-for-money steamboat bbq would still be at Bayfront. When can we go again?! =(

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Mooncake Festival

I think I've been pretty generous this year with silly girl's special treats. After her Valentine cookies from Pawlicious, Barkery pupcake/cake experience at our first Papillon gathering, I then got her her own birthday mini pupcakes from Feed My Paws. And this Mooncake Festival, I got her mooncakes too! Hehe.

So, I bought the mooncakes from Feed My Paws again. I got the 'snowskin' Pinky Tato, which has sweet potato filling, and the normal baked grain-free Beefy Cheese, which has...well, beef and cheese filling. Lol.

To be very honest, they were a little smaller than expected. But they were cute. Especially the Pinky Tato! Cutting it open, it looked absolutely like a real mooncake! Was so pretty I stole 1/4 of it. It didn't appeal much to me, being rather bland and tasteless, though I suppose it means there are no added flavorings or stuff. All natural! Silly girl loved it! Kept pawing for more. XD But the 'snowskin' kinda stuck to her teeth after that, so make sure to brush!

I gave her the beef one the next day. It was....more crumbly and messy. Not sure if I should have heated it up first. Had to feed it in her bowl. It didnt look like a mooncake, but silly girl definitely preferred this one more. She couldn't keep still at all, which explains why there's no photos of her for this. 

Can't wait for her to fully recover so I can buy more treats for her! =)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My disappointing Pup Post experience

So in April, I had signed up for the Pup Post, a bi-monthly surprise box. If you've heard of Vanity Trove, Bella Box or Black Box etc, the Pup Post is something like that. But for dogs. I signed up after seeing the many positive reviews and the items inside the April box really attracted me. I thought it was really worth it!

Two months later, it was finally my turn. And it got off to a bad start. According to them, the boxes were sent out every 15th of the month. When I didn't receive it more than a week later, I checked with them, who in turn checked with Stinkpost. They got back to me on the 27th, that the parcel was undelivered due to a wrong address. Technically, it was my fault (wtf was I thinking?! *slaps self*), but if Stinkpost had called, the problem would have been solved. Right there and then.

I then called Stinkpost, and was informed that they tried to deliver unsuccessfully on the 17th, and was sitting at the Paya Lebar office since then. To retrieve it, I had to drop by Paya Lebar during office hours (not that bad since I work nearby), and pay $21.40 to get it back. Like, seriously? You have to jump at every chance to squeeze every bit of money out of us? And they actually keep it for 10 days only, before it gets sent back to the sender. *exasperated*

Sigh. I wish people would stop using Stinkpost. They suck! I haven't had any problems with other couriers. Like the other time, the courier guy called me when no one was at home to receive my Black Box. I told him to just put it behind the shoe rack. He actually made the effort to hide it, so well that even I myself couldn't find it. You think Stinkpost will do that? Eat shit please. Yes I admit it's my fault for giving the wrong address, but a simple call could have solved everything isn't it? Tsk.

Anyway it's September now. And I have yet to receive both the June, and the August box. I believe they sent it to the wrong address again, even though they said they would update the database. That's $90! Down the drain if for whatever reason I do not receive the boxes. Last week they did offer to refund me the June box but no sound no picture as of today. I have since cancelled the subscription. Very disappointed customer is me. Boo.
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