Why The Jetsetter Life Isn’t As Glamourous As It Seems

To put it bluntly, unless your last name is Kardashian or Trump, flying is not fun at all.

There’s nothing glamourous about being squished in between strangers in your seat, mediocre airplane food, or watching a movie an inch away from your face because the front passenger decided to recline their chair back into your lap.

But worse than all of that is what air travel does to your skin.

Travel is inherently stressful to your skin because of all the dry air. Whenever the environment is moisture-free (as with recirculated air in a plane cabin), the air actually draws moisture from wherever it can, including the skin. Dry skin will tend to get drier, and oily skin will get even oilier to compensate for dehydration.

Either way, you’re in for a breakout.

But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a peek into the less glamourous side of the overrated jetset life.

Woe #1: Dry Cabin Air

Your skin’s first beef with flying is the dry cabin air.

The cabin pressure and humidity levels on airplanes are pretty different than what we are used to. Typically, skin is comfortable when the humidity is between 40 to 70 percent. However, most airplane cabins are at about 20 percent – and that’s less than half of what we are used to.

So along with that lack of humidity, comes a dip in the hydration level of your skin on a plane. In other words, the pressurised environment of a plane is totally unnatural and completely sucks the moisture out of your skin, leaving you dehydrated with cracked lips and dry, flaky skin.

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Woe #2: UV Damage

Beyond that, flying at high altitudes also puts you closer to the sun so the ultraviolet (UV) damage is at its greatest. Since airplane windows do not have the protective ability to filter out these harmful rays, it makes you all the more susceptible to cosmic radiation every time you fly.

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Sun exposure is actually one of the key reasons for the skin to lose its elasticity. The sun’s powerful rays damage skin cells, which over time, can accelerate the effects of ageing. Ultimately, it breaks down your collagen and elastin fibres; and without these supporting connective tissue, your skin loses strength and flexibility. Skin then begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

So if UV rays = ageing skin and wrinkles, then that makes UV light an absolute enemy in the quest for younger-looking skin. This also debunks the common misconception that Woe #3: Cabin Altitude

The barometric pressure during a typical plane ride is equivalent to what we would feel while standing atop an 8,000-foot mountain. Apparently, the higher the altitude, the less blood flows to the skin, which causes the Also, as our blood absorbs less oxygen at such high altitudes, it contributes to feelings of fatigue such as dizziness, sleepiness, and a general lack of mental sharpness.

So yes, if you ever feel sleepy in-flight, it’s certainly no thanks to the cushioned airplane seats.

Woe #4: Water Retention

Inactivity as well as too much salt intake (thanks, airport snacks) during a long flight leads to water retention, which causes facial puffiness.

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To help prevent your face from bloating, you can get up from your seat to walk down the aisle once an hour.

Or if you are trapped in a window seat, with sleeping passengers on either side, you can simply stretch and lift your legs up and down, rotating them in circles periodically. These can help to mobilise the excess fluid.

Woe #5: Jet Lag And Lack Of Sleep

Medically referred to as ‘desynchronosis’, jet lag is part and parcel of long haul flights. When you are constantly flying to and fro, you are often straddling between time zones and this can cause your circadian rhythm to get interrupted, triggering a severe lack of sleep. 

Whether you’re actually travelling through time zones or just skimping on sleep during your trip, it can have a huge impact on your skin.

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SOS — Save Our Skin!

Although it’s clear that traveling takes a toll on our skin, we can’t possibly forego flying altogether. Dry and dull skin, facial puffiness, dark circles and eye bags — all these can easily be prevented as long as you spare the effort to prep your skin before and during flight.

But what about wrinkles? Fighting wrinkles is not as easy as zapping zits and there’s no over-the-counter medication for it, so what would be the best solution?

You can do no wrong seeking a trusted professional’s help. The treatment is quick, non-invasive and effective. This procedure can also double up as a preventative step — getting Botox done early enough can help prevent wrinkles from forming deep lines.

You will be in the good hands of Dr. Ivan Puah, who is the medical director of Amaris B. Clinic and the appointed doctor-trainer by Allergan Singapore. With more than 15 years of dermatological and beauty aesthetics experience, he is the go-to doctor if you need to plump up your skin, smoothen out telltale signs of ageing, or zap those annoying zits away.

So give yourself one less thing to frown about, and try to inject some youth back into your face (pun fully intended).

Featured Image Credit: Exyuaviation.com

This article was brought to you by Amaris B. Clinic and first appeared at Vulcan Post.
Also read, 5 Best No Fuss Lightweight Foundation Every Singaporean Gal Should Know

Oo La Lab Lets You Create Your Own Signature Scent So No One Else Will Smell Like You

Christian Dior once said “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”

Indeed, a fragrance can tell you a lot about a person–and even their mood!

There is a plethora of brands out there offering fragrances but the downside is there’s always the chance you may end up wearing the same scent as someone else–especially if you wear a classic fragrance like Chanel No. 5.

This is where Oo La Lab comes in. Established in 2016, this fragrance lab allows you to customise your fragrance with the finest raw ingredients. Choose from popular formulas or work with a mixologist on-site to create your own signature scent.

You can even try customising one for your friends and loved ones! With its chic black and white packaging, we think it will make the perfect gift!

Oo La La: Creating your scent at Oo La Lab

The word “oo la” stands for emotion in Oo La Lab’s Fragrance Table.

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Each fragrance from the lab corresponds to an element on the table. Organised by top notes (first two rows), middle notes (third row) and base notes (bottom row), clients get to visualise how different scent families and ingredients can complement each other.

Aside from using the best ingredients, Oo La Lab also prides itself in hand-pouring their fragrances and working in small batches. Staff at the Lab also prepare the fragrances on-site and in front of customers so you can watch the making of your own fragrance.

Prices for a custom-made fragrance starts from SGD$48.

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For those of you who would prefer to pick Oo La Lab’s existing fragrances, you will be pleased to know that Oo La Lab has a wide range of Eau De Parfums, crafted perfumes as well as limited edition fragrances such as the (Top Image Credit:

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The New Chanel Pop-Up Cafe Will Serve Not Just Food, But Also Lip Glosses On A Silver Platter

Chanel lovers, you’re in for a real treat this April!

For a limited time only, between 8 – 16 April, beauty meets leisure at Chanel’s Coco Café, the latest spark of brilliance to come from the luxury French fashion house.

A pop-up concept at the Visual Arts Centre, Chanel’s Coco Café is a Parisian style café where you can enjoy beauty, bubbles and dessert specially curated by Chanel.

Take in the laid-back atmosphere of Coco Café amidst Dhoby Ghaut Green’s lush surroundings, while enjoying full access to all 27 shades of Chanel’s latest Rouge Coco Gloss collection.

You’ll also get to play around with their upcoming Cruise makeup collection, Les Indispensables De L’été, which will be exclusively pre-launched here!

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Be one of the very first to experience it all by registering

Healing Touch Is The Busy Millennial’s Solution To Stubborn Fat And Difficult Skin

We millennials are a busy bunch. Between sitting on our butts all day, balancing school, work, our social lives and the 101 other commitments we keep these days, there are definitely some things that fall by the wayside, including our fitness, skin health, and sometimes, even our general well-being.

Who has the time to hit the gym three times a week or to religiously go through a 5-step skin routine? Well, every now and then, it’s good to stop, take a break, and find a fix for some of the things you’ve been neglecting until now.

If you’re all about quick fixes when it comes to your weight, skin, or if you just want to purge your body of all the tiredness within it, Healing Touch has your back. The beauty chain whose core services include facials, massages and slimming has won awards from CLEO, Women’s Weekly and TripdAdvisor, sealing its status as a peoples’ favourite.

Its staff are friendly and highly experienced, they use quality products and the latest technologies. And the best part? It won’t cost you a bomb!

Last week, I popped by the branch in Orchid Country Club to give its slimming treatment and facials a go and this was what went down.

Slimming Treatment

The slimming treatment I tried was the Slim Lipo-Laser Treatment ($230 excl. GST) and the staff there guaranteed—as they do with all their first time customers—that I would lose 5cm around my waist. A little bit skeptical at first, I went for it and wound up losing a total of 8.5cm within the 60 minute session! I was definitely surprised by the results.

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The treatment uses a machine called a ‘Lipo Laser’. During the treatment, after the skin is prepped with a Complex AHA fruit acid, a total of 8 laser light emitting plates are strapped across the tummy region. It sounds scary, but trust me, it isn’t!

The lasers penetrate the skin, targeting fat cells and releasing water and free fatty acid. This effectively causes the fat cells to “shrink”, which is how you lose the inches around your tummy! After this, the slimming therapist conducts a Manual Lymph Drainage massage to flush out all that water and nasty toxins that was released earlier.

The heat from the metal plates can be a little painful, especially if you’re on or near the beginning/end of your period (like I was), because the skin tends to be more sensitive during this time. Don’t try to bear with it like I did! Feel free to let the attentive staff know if it’s too hot, and she will make adjustments accordingly.

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As the lasers were working away at “melting” my fats, the therapist went through a questionnaire to find out more about my lifestyle habits—how much water I drink, how often I exercise, etc.—as well as my weight loss goals—what my goal weight is, when was the last time I was at my goal weight, etc.

When the session was over, we had a short consultation where she advised me on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and made sure I had realistic expectations when it came to achieving and maintaining my goal body, i.e. it takes a total lifestyle change. Slimming treatments without any accompanying changes to your nutritional habits or exercise frequency won’t do the trick, especially not in the long run.

While the Lipo-Laser Treatment is definitely a quick fix when you need it, I think it’s great that Healing Touch employs a holistic approach toward weight loss, providing nutritional coaching and motivating customers to live healthier beyond just administering the treatment, so they can better achieve their goal physiques.


For the facial, I tried the NEO Energy Advanced Facials ($226 excl. GST), a 90 minute bespoke facial where you get to use 2 of 5 cutting edge technologies, depending on your skin issues.

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The 5 are Meso Infusion, which facilitates the penetration of serum for more hydrated, firmer skin; D-Sonic Deep Cleansing for a deep clean of the skin; Sonic Muscle Toning for firming and lifting; LED Multi-Purpose, to promote the production of collagen; as well as Bio-Mask Refining, to minimize pores as well as to brighten.

Because the beautician identified uneven skin tone, blackheads and enlarged pores as my key skin issues, she recommended Meso Infusion and Bio-Mask Refining. The treatment was so relaxing I actually fell asleep!

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After giving my face a thorough double cleanse, as well as a routine extraction, the beautician applied a customized serum to my face and gently massaged it in using the Neo Energy Mesotherapy probe which was tuned to the optimal frequency for penetration (Meso Infusion).

Next, she applied 6 pairs of electrodes to the face through a face mask. While the positive ion plates helped with detoxification and removal of dirt and oil, the negative ion plates helped with the delivery of the active ingredients of the serum used, as well as with brightening the face and the minimizing of pores (Bio-Mask Refining).

What struck me as quite unique about the facials here was that they pluck your eyebrows as part of the treatment. I was so surprised I actually asked “Is this part of the facial?” when the beautician offered to pluck them! Aside from that, the facial included a face and shoulder massage—again, an unexpected touch, but definitely a plus by me.

All the products used were lightly and beautifully scented and felt super luxurious, and as promised, at the end of the treatment, my pores were noticeably smaller and my skin felt soft and youthful again!

From my experience, it’s clear to see that the staff at Healing Touch are truly dedicated to serving its customers. With a strong no hard-selling policy, you don’t have to worry about having to commit to anything you’re not comfortable with. Whether it’s slimming, a facial, or a relaxing massage you’re in for, you’ll sure to leave feeling very, very satisfied.

Healing Touch
Outlets: Healing Touch has seven branches islandwide. Click Healing Touch 
Instagram: @healingtouchspasg

8 Awesome Valentine’s Day Dinner And Gift Ideas For A Truly Special Date

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and with it comes another opportunity to appreciate our partners—after all, we can never do it enough. It’s a time to celebrate love, to forgive past quarrels, to thank, and to simply enjoy the presence of one another.

Every couple has their own Valentine’s day traditions. Some of us like to pamper our partners’ with a fancy meal, some of us like to exchange gifts, and for some of us, it’s just another day—aside from the fact that there are loving couples everywhere you look.

If you’re still at a loss as to what to do with your special guy or girl this Valentine’s day, here are some places you can consider for your dining, outfit and gifting needs!

1. Romantic Dinner

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Guys, if you want to look sharp on V-Day, why not make a stop at T.M.Lewin. With sales of up to 70% off, you might as well get your Chinese New Year shopping done there too!

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And ladies, we haven’t missed you out. Wang Edition is having a massive price slash on its clothing as well, so you’re sure to walk away with a stylish ensemble yourself!

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Remember, at the end of the day, Valentine’s day is about spending time with the one you love. Whether you go to a fancy restaurant or just want to take a walk down the festively dressed Orchard Road, what makes the occasion special is the company of each other.

So, don’t stress over where to eat, what to wear, and what to give the guy or girl you love. As long as it comes straight from your heart, your partner is sure to appreciate it!

This season, Orchard Central wants to treat all its shoppers (single or attached) to some amazing giveaways!

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Dress To Impress: Dress Rental Below $200 So You Look Good All Day, Every Day!

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A special occasion is around the corner and you open your wardrobe to decide what to wear to impress your other half, your colleagues, or your friends. Looking at the array of clothes in different colours and lengths, you can’t help but wail “I have nothing to wear!”

Sounds familiar? Before you think of stepping out to buy another frock, we have a better solution for you.

Why buy when you can rent?

Buying a gorgeous dress for a special occasion costs more than $200, takes up space in your wardrobe, and you’ll probably only wear it once.

Here, we share with you the best dress rental services so you can search for that perfect frock at an affordable price.

Affordable Dress Rental Services

1. Rent A Dress

Rent A Dress has a wide range of dresses sourced internationally, including cult labels such as Self Portrait, Notte by Marchesa and ML by Monique Lhuillier.

Your dress comes pressed, saving you trouble!

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2. Covetella

Founded in 2015, Covetella celebrated its one year anniversary last year.

This premium online rental service has dresses categorised according to the occasion – cocktail party, prom night, wedding etc. There are hundreds of styles for you to choose from.

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Some of you may be familiar with dress rental service Love Potion, which was established in 2005.

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Love Potion specialises in evening dresses and bridesmaid dresses. The best thing about Love Potion is that it offers plus sized dresses, up to XXXL.

Love Potion
14 Scotts Road #04-58, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Tel: +65 6735 3870
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Some of the designer dresses that caught our eye were Halson Heritage’s long, flowing chiffon gowns and Adriana Papell’s sexy and slinky gowns.

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When you visit the Style Lease website, remember to check out their sale section with discounts of up to 50%!

Style Lease
86B Circular Road, Singapore 049438
Showroom Opening Hours: 12 – 3pm, 6 – 9pm Wed – Fri, 10am – 2pm on Sat
Rental enquiries: [email protected]g
Fitting appointments: +65 9115 9091

Finding that perfect dress can be easy peasy with our guide. A to-die-for designer dress is within your reach with these dress rental services. Cheers to looking good at an affordable price!

Also, read 6 Cafes So Fancy Even Your Atas Friend Will Approve

Hair-d Enough Of Bad Hair Days? These DIY Treatments Are Cheap And They Really Work!

Let’s be honest, hair is crazy important. The right haircut can make you look younger, fresher and compliment your features. For most of us, our hair is literally our crowning glory and when your hair refuses to look good it can be pretty annoying!

To help your hair be just a little more cooperative, we’ve gathered a few hair treatments you can do in the comfort of your home! Pop by the supermarket for these really simple at home hair treatments!

For Dry/Damaged Hair

1. Avocado

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Everyone knows bananas are the best snack on the move. They’re perfect if you’re craving for a sugary treat and they’re rich in fibre! But did you know that olive oil and bananas make a great hair mask for dry and damaged hair too!?

  1. Put a banana into a blender and grind to a smooth, lump-free puree.
  2. Add a tablespoon of olive oil into the pureed banana. Give it another whirl in the blender. You should get a frothy mixture!
  3. Apply the banana-olive oil mixture on every strand and your scalp. Let the hair mask sit for 10 – 15 minutes
  4. Rinse off mixture

DSG Tip: If you have dry hair but an oily scalp, it’s best to use this hair mask on your hair only and not your scalp!

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Tips for Dealing With Dry/Damaged Hair:

1. Conditioner Is Your Best Friend
After shampooing it’s essential to condition! Conditioner locks in the moisture and oils in your hair and if you’re always on the go, pick up a bottle of leave-in conditioner!

2. Keep Usage Of Heat Styling Tools To A Minimum
Styling tools like hair straighteners and curlers can really dry out your hair. If you’re dolling up for a special occasion remember to use a heat protectant spray!

3. Amp Up Your Post Wash Hair Care
Use a nourishing hair mask once a week, if you’re keen on walking out of the house with smooth and shiny hair opt for some hair oil. Not only does it keep your hair silky smooth, it also keeps away fizz and flyaways!

For Oily Hair

1. Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice has a high acidic pH which makes is the best option for oily hair! Best part? Lemons are pretty cheap and you can use them for so many other at home treatments! A simple hair mask for oily hair, this hair rinse uses just two ingredients!

  1. Take the juice from 1 lemon and add it to about 300ml of water, mix well.
  2. Use the lemon juice mixture as a rinse after shampoo!

DSG Tip: If you need more lemon juice – water mixture, mix the juice of 1 lemon to every 300ml of water!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar isn’t as popular as it’s counterpart (vinegar), but it has its benefits! From deodorising smelly feet to reducing bloating, apple cider vinegar can do it all! A hair rinse that uses just one ingredient? Yes please!

  1. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and mix well
  2. Rinse your hair with the mixture and let your hair sit for a few minutes
  3. Repeat this process at least three times a week to get hair that is shiny but not oily!

DSG Tip: Always use small amounts of vinegar or diluted apple cider vinegar, too much vinegar may actually be hazardous to your body!

3. Tea

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Tea doesn’t just go well with breakfast, it also has really great health benefits! Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which help with weight loss and lower cholesterol. This hair rinse isn’t just soothing it’s also good for your hair and scalp

  1. Boil some tea leaves in a cup of water.
  2. When the tea cools a little (the tea should be warm), apply it to your scalp.
  3. Let the tea sit for five minutes.
  4. Rinse and shampoo your hair to remove all the tea

DSG Tip: Black tea is a favourite for at home hair treatments!

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Tips for Dealing With Oily Hair:

1. Condition Only The Ends
Even with oily hair, you can’t skip conditioner! However we recommend using conditioner only on the ends of your hair!

2. Look For Shampoos That Say ‘For Oily Hair’ or ‘Clarifying’
The first step to combating oily hair is the shampoo you use. Certain shampoos might strip your hair of its natural oils and make your scalp produce even more sebum.

3. Limit Your Hair Brushing And Touching Your Hair
Excessive brushing actually stimulates the production of oil which isn’t the desired affect for someone who has oily hair! And that unconscious habit of touching your hair? It could actually be stimulating your scalp as well!

Beijing 101

But for those of you who would rather leave the hair care to a professionals (let’s be honest, some at home hair treatments can get pretty messy!), head on down to Beijing 101!

Not only do they have hair experts who are there to analyse your scalp, they’ll know exactly what your scalp needs! Using only the best ingredients and treatments derived from Traditional Chinese Medicines, Beijing 101 can help you combat a scalp that isn’t cooperating!

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Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 9pm; Sat, Sun & PH 10am – 7pm (by appointment only)
Contact: 65588101

Also Read: Ambassador Highlights #4: Flight School, Alter Ego and Riverside Grilled Fish!

Ambassador Highlights #4: Flight School, Alter Ego and Riverside Grilled Fish!

Another month has just gone by so quickly (time really does fly at this time of the year)! We’re back for another monthly round-up of the events our ambassadors had the chance of dropping in on! From food tastings to ‘do not miss’ events our ambassadors were there to witness the fun and indulge in delicious eats! Here are some of November’s highlights!

1. Nail Deck


Freshly polished nails are a girl’s best friend.  Nail Deck is a new app that let’s you customise your own colour and virtually “try on” various hues. Lacquer Bar is the real life counterpart of Nail Deck. Mixing your customised nail polish by hand and in under 10 minutes!

Our ambassador, Diana, got a chance to witness the magic of her own customisable colour being made right in front of her very own eyes!

Head down to Lacquer Bar and get your customisable polish. Best part? They’re not too expensive at $11 for a 5-ml bottle and $16 for a 10ml it’s a steal considering you’ll be the only one donning your own masterpiece!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! Perfectly Nailing It! This Lacquer Bar Can Make Any Nail Polish Colour You Want

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Download the app

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Sarnies’ New Menu Packs A Solid Punch: From Curry Pasta To Overflowing Burgers!

Always Wanted To Be A Pilot? Get Your Licence To Fly Without Emptying Your Bank Account!

Flight School
Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co. Xmas Tree!

5. Balvenie 

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The world’s most handcrafted single malt, Balvenie is renowned around the globe for their award winning malt whiskies.

Earlier this month, Balvenie teamed up with acclaimed photographer James Stroud to showcase the history and the culture behind Balvenie. The showcase’s art pieces highlighted the Balvenie distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Our ambassador, Janelle, dropped by the National Museum of Singapore to catch a glimpse of the Balvenie x James Stroud exhibition and experiencing the craft of making whiskey!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! The Balvenie x James Stroud Partnership Is A Shining Light For Craftsmen Worldwide

6. Alter Ego


Located at Esplanade, Alter Ego offers up both “clean eating” Poke Bowls that Poke Theory is known for as well as a more decadent selection of eats. Bar snacks like Loaded Taters and a mouth watering Chilli Cheese Dog make up the bulk of the menu at Alter Ego.

Our ambassador Nicole dropped by Alter Ego to indulge in some of the delicious (and seriously sinful) fare that Alter Ego is known for!

Best part about Alter Ego? It stays open pretty late and they offer a pretty wide selection of ciders, ales and draft beers!

Want to find out more? Check out our article! A Poke Theory’s Alter Ego Serves Up Irresistibly Sinful Food You Cannot Say No To

Alter Ego
Riverside Grilled Fish – For Lovers Of Tongue-Numbing And Spicy Ma La Goodness!

Riverside Grilled Fish
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-06/07, 252 North Bridge Road
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Tel:  +65 6352 2035

If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and you want to introduce products both old and new to more Singaporeans! Drop us an email at [email protected], we would love to work with you!

We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on the mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore! If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, just drop us an [email protected].

Also Read: Ambassador Highlights #3: DSG Meetup, Atlantis Fright Night and Singapore Fashion Week! 

Perfectly Nailing It! This Lacquer Bar Can Make Any Nail Polish Colour You Want

Nail Deck – you could call it a nail polish GPS – guiding you to that oh-so-specific hue of nail paint you’ve been lusting over. Or better yet, think of it as the Shazam of nail polishes.

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Not only will homegrown , it’s the real life version of the virtual Nail Deck app.


Nestled in acclaimed nail salon, esBoudoir, in Vivo City, customers can watch their perfect nail colour being mixed by hand.


Despite being tailor-made to cater to your wildest whims, a 5-ml bottle of your desired colour only costs $11, while a 10-ml bottle goes for $16.

From 17 October 2016 to 31 December 2016, feel free to bring in discontinued lacquer and a picture or an item of colour you wish to bottle. Within 10 minutes, Lacquer Bar will have that colour blended and packaged like a genie in a bottle.

If you have no colour in mind, the colourist will most gladly assist you.

Our Experience at the Lacquer Bar

We popped by, and were blown away by the warmth of the colourist in session and the staffs’ level of professionalism.

For the first time in our lives, we felt as though we were peeking behind a magician’s curtain.

Except, instead of pulling rabbits out of hats, we were creating concoctions that went onto our nails.

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At the lacquer bar, we had an impromptu flash of inspiration from a pair of beloved faded denim shorts.

During our one-on-one consultation with the colourist, we asked for the nail polish colour to resemble “old jeans”, an all-time comfort wear close to our hearts.

We pointed at a sky blue pamphlet close by for reference, and requested for the colourist to “add a bit of grey into that blue”.

The Science of Beauty

Now, here’s where some technical jargon comes in.

The colourist used a device, called a spectrometer, to analyse the colour of the pamphlet and pick out the exact shade of blue on it. After that, the spectrometer used an in-house algorithm to convert the digital colour to a formula. How cool is that?

From there, the colourist used chemistry laboratory equipment to blend the colours by hand.


After the colours were blended, we were given small samples to test on our nails, under white and warm lights respectively.

We thought that this was especially thoughtful of them!

This countered one of our greatest worries as discerning nail polish buyers.

Our major pet peeve when buying a nail polish, is when it turns out looking like a new colour under a different lighting from the one we tried it under. Say, when it looks like a lovely violet indoors but ends up like a Barney purple outdoors.

Once the colourist had finished making adjustments to the hue, he bottled up the lovely shade for us.

FYI, never be afraid of commenting on the colour, because the Lacquer Bar accurately tailors your polish according to all the information you tell the colourist.


We even got to name our newly-created colour! We called it “Ripped Jeans” because we’ll always be rebels at heart. 


Our ambassador, Diana, also visited the Lacquer Bar! Here’s what she had to say:


Modus Operandi

Lacquer Bar keeps a record of every colour made by any customer, so you can always go back to purchase a colour you previously created.


To shake things up, the Lacquer Bar comes up with new colours every month. This November, their signature colour is a sumptuous dark plum, heralding the start of the winter season.

According to the colourist, Tiffany Blue and nude hues are the most popular nail polish shades created at the Lacquer Bar. Just so you know, this is where you can lay your hands (and nails) on them!

What is in the Works

Though crème is the only finish available at the moment, other finishes such as shimmer and glitter will be unleashed very soon.

Currently, the Lacquer Bar has an internal catalogue and a database of every colour they’ve ever made. Yes, yours and ours too.

We’re over the moon to know that they’re working on a catalogue for customers to choose colours and derive inspiration from.

Last but not least, Lacquer Bar’s upcoming Collaboration Collection will see them cooperating with local businesses and iconic personalities, so stay tuned!

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Benjamin Barker 2016 Collection Ditches Its Usual Dapper Style For The Adventurous Traveller

Fashion Week 2016 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can no longer enjoy some amazing fashion collections. Held at Zouk, Benjamin Barker X Fender showcased their highly anticipated collection. The artistic partnership between the two homegrown brands showcased urban and classic menswear for the urban cool guy.

Benjamin Barker Collection 2016

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Benjamin Baker’s newest collection is inspired by the insatiable traveler. Combining structured pieces with thoughtful details like hidden pockets and articulated sleeves. This year Benjamin Baker’s collection is all about stylish practicality.

Featuring materials like finely-woven Japanese cotton, water-repellant bonded cotton and premium bamboo cotton. For the traveler who wants to look effortlessly stylish, pieces from this classic menswear collection are a must have!

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Utilising 100% polyester fabric, the Anorak Windbreaker is the perfect garment for a run. A darted-pocket on the sleeve is fitted for a phone, eliminating the need for an armband. Featuring two additional hidden pockets, you’ll be hands-free when when you’re on the go!

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Benjamin Barker’s own take on the classic staple, sees it being re-engineered for the traveler. Maximum practicality and comfort, these chinos have maximum stretch. Perfect for cycling commuters and long plane rides!

Benjamin Barker 2016 Collection @ Zouk

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Benjamin Barker didn’t just showcase their collection of everyday wear. A highlight from this year’s collection are their more dapper pieces. Inspired by music from the Jazz era, the aesthetic is showcased through well-tailored blazers, suits and paints in Fall’s key colours.

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From brown and burgundy detailing to different shadings of blue across shirts and suits, this year’s collection of sharp suits and crisp shirts would be the perfect fit for any urban guy on the move.


We sent Timothy Kong down to Zouk to catch the Benjamin Barker X Feder Collection up close and personal! He had a blast watching this year’s Benjamin Barker Collection make their way down the runway!

Keen on getting your hands on this season’s must haves? Or if you’re on the look out for apparel that aren’t just all style and no substance Benjamin Barker has exactly what you need! With 10 outlets across the island, looking effortless stylish just got easier!

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