Museum Or Shopping Experience? This Japanese Beauty Showcase At Orchard Road Has Us Intrigued!

Are you a fan of Japanese beauty?

Do you want to experience a new and innovative way to shop for your beauty needs?

Well, there’s a new shopping experience in town that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

From now till 20 October, popular Japanese brands under the Shiseido family Anessa, Senka, and Tsubaki have partnered with personal care chain Watsons Singapore to open the world’s first My Japanese Beauty Pop-Up Store.

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Held in the heart of Orchard Road outside Takashimaya, the pop-up will allow visitors to discover the secrets of Japanese beauty and soak in Shiseido’s rich heritage while embarking on what could be described as a “multi-sensorial journey”.

Visitors can look forward to admiring eight historical products from Shiseido Corporate Museum, flown out of Japan for the first time with special escort and white-gloved treatment.

Highlights include Tsubaki’s Classic Shampoo and Conditioner, Anessa’s Sunscreen Milk, and Senka’s Perfect Whip.

A Museum-Like Shopping Experience

The pop-up is unique in the way that it integrates high-tech digital touchpoints that are triggered by footsteps to deliver sound, music and animation to further enhance the immersive nature of the experience.

At the entrance, get a personalised greeting by a digital pixie and be guided through the space via the pop-up’s microsite, accessible via the Watsons app, website or a QR code.

Navigate the space while completing interesting tasks – it’s almost as if you are visiting a museum!

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Take a break and enjoy a theatrical tea-brewing experience before sipping on a special collagen tea that will make you feel beautiful inside and out!

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See The Three Brands In A Brand New Light

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Enter a magical garden and learn about the brand history and features of Tsubaki line of shampoos.

If you’re uncertain about which shampoo best suits your haircare needs, take a sensor-powered quiz to match your hair to the right products so you can make the best choice.

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If you’re more into skincare, stroll over to Senka’s exhibition and discover how to achieve clear, moisturised bare skin at an interactive product bar.

The importance of an effective sunscreen can never be emphasised enough, so learn more about Anessa’s suncare secrets at an immersive learning bar.

For those of you who live for IG-worthy shots, take envy-inducing photos at the animated wall projection that shuffles through images of the four seasons!

Check (The Exhibition) Out, Then Checkout!

Remember the Watsons app that we talked about earlier in the piece? It’s also an offline-to-online shopping app which allows users to scan QR codes to read product descriptions and add items to their carts.

Acting like your personal shopper, simply checkout on the app, and Watsons will deliver your shopping purchases to you within the next few days!

If you’re someone who prefers to shop on the spot, you can also purchase products from a cashless vending machine, or an on-site store at the showcase!

And good news for all you bargain-hunters – you can get to enjoy discounts of up to 30% at this pop-up too.

So if you’re in town, why not check out the My Japanese Beauty showcase and experience a new way of shopping?

And good news for all you bargain-hunters – you can get to enjoy discounts of up to 30% at this pop-up too.

Get up to 20% off Anessa products, 25% off Senka products, and a whopping 30% off Tsubaki products!

What’s more, you get a further $20 off with every $100 spent!

So if you’re in town, why not check out the My Japanese Beauty showcase and experience a new way of shopping?

Shiseido My Japanese Beauty Pop-up Store

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (Weekdays), 11am to 10pm (Weekends)

Location: Outside Takashimaya (391 Orchard Road, S238872)

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A Cut Above The Rest – This Is Probably The Most Instagrammable Hair Salon In Singapore

Do you remember the times in your childhood when your parents used to bring (or drag) you to the neighbourhood barber shop to get your hair cut? The leather seats with metal frames, faint smell of hair dye and the blocky hard cushion they used to prop you up so the chatty uncle or auntie (who typically goes way back with your family) can trim your locks.

As we grew up, we gradually and unknowingly transitioned from these vintage barbershops to the stylish modern hair salons that we frequent today.

Hair salons are a dime in a dozen in Singapore, however, there is one that is hoping to be a cut above the rest.

Hair Salon Made For Instagram

Tucked away in a former office space and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Chez Vous: HideAway – which unabashedly bills itself as Singapore’s most Instagrammable hair salon. Far from your ordinary hair salon, Chez Vous is a breakaway from the usual makeover stations, old school chandeliers and marble flooring.

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What makes it so Instagrammable you may ask? For starters, there are seven different zones set up as a maze across its 1,800 sq ft interior, each offering a different experience. Part salon, part sanctuary and part-playhouse, this salon is designed to create an immersive, retreat-like experience.

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Take countless selfies in a Hogwarts-inspired library and get your hair cut in an urban-minimalist loft which comes with a quirky Instagram-perfect bathtub right in the middle. You don’t only get to enjoy the hair services and your new look, but also feel like you’re on a retreat.

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Guests are encouraged to drop by 15 minutes ahead of their appointed time to enjoy the complimentary spa extras the salon offers. Unwind at the Relaxation Lounge which boasts a menu of signature herbal teas, spa snacks and leather massage chairs equipped with an oxygen bar and scalp rejuvenation machines.

Other complimentary add-ons include getting a Swedish scalp massage to the sound of a Tibetan Singing Bowl. Yes. Extra? Maybe, but we’re not mad about it.

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Each experience will also be accompanied by a bespoke Aromatherapy Journey, where your selected essential oil blend will accompany you through each step of your hair service, from the shampoo to the shoulder massage.

And all of these services are a GIVEN for every customer.

Here’s the catch. While all of these services may sound like the ideal place to pamper yourself, expect to fork out a minimum of $199 while you’re here.

There are only 4 tiers available here (for all hair length):

1. $199 for 2 services (Cut + 1 other service)

2. $299 for 3 services (Cut + 2 other services)

3. $399 for 4 services (Cut + 3 other services)

4. $499 for 5 services (Cut + 4 other services)

Check out their list of services here.

All we’re trying to say is, if you have money to throw and you feel like treating yourself, make your way down to Chez Vous: HideAway for a hair cut like no other.

Take all the time you need at this hair salon as each Chez Vous stylist will only take up to five appointments in a day to ensure customers get all the attention – and all the pouty selfies you need.

Chez Vous: Hideaway
Address: 391B, Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City Tower B (Takashimaya), #14-04, Singapore 238874
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm | Sat: 10.30am – 7pm | Sun: 11am – 6pm
Contact No.: 6219 3558
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I Tried A S’pore Based Skincare Line For A Month, Here’s How My Skin Looks Like Now


Remember your first skincare routine? We bet it looked a lot like a foamy bar of soap or cream cleanser, a bottle of toner and some cotton pads, and maybe a cream for your acne problems.

We’re guessing you probably could not imagine following the same routine now. As your skin needs shifts with age, so will your products.

When it comes to skincare, routine varies from person to person. They can be minimal or extreme depending on your skin type, environment, age and budget. And with so many skincare products out there, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

IDS Skincare is a homegrown brand that was started by Dr SK Tan. For the unacquainted, Dr SK is one of the foremost skincare doctors in Singapore. IDS’ skincare line is made to deliver highly visible results that surpass those achieved by most prescription products, without the side effects they often cause.

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Majority of us are used to turning to Korean skincare products to miraculously solve all of our problems, so our colleague, Esther, decided to jump on the IDS bandwagon to check out if our homegrown brand is everything that it promises to be.

Identifying Your Skin Type

If you don’t already have a good idea what your skin type is, you definitely would want to be able to identify that before beginning a new routine.

You can get a skin analysis at IDS Clinic, where doctors are able to help pinpoint the cause of your skin problems.

“I’ve always thought I had combination skin but the doctor at IDS told me that my skin type leans towards the oily side,” Esther shared with us.

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Not only do they provide consultation services but they also offer products from their IDS Skincare line that are designed to address the most common skin problems faced by the public. After consultation, IDS will recommend treatments or a set of products to address all potential concerns.

Morning And Night Routine

After the consultation with IDS, they set Esther up with a range of products specifically for her skin.

Her daily skincare routine includes 10 products that are meticulously grouped to cleanse, balance and protect the skin for a flawless complexion.

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  • Refreshing Cleanser: non-drying cleanser for oily and blemish-prone skin
  • Refreshing Toner: skin-refinement for oily and blemish-prone skin
  • Probiotic Mask + DermProbiotic: a mineral-rich clay mask that soothes inflamed skin
  • Pore Formula: an ultra-light pore-refining solution that clears blackheads
  • C-Plus: Vitamin C serum to lighten and even out skin tone
  • Blemish Clear: help clears blemishes without excessive dryness
  • Eye Rescue: reduces visible sign of aging and brightening eye area
  • Oil-Free Moisturizer: seals in moisture to plump up skin and smooth fine lines
  • DermaShield Serum: protection against blue light and pollution
  • Non-Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA+++: protects the skin from short and long-term damage from UV rays


The formulas are designed to target specific skincare concerns and are packed with the highest level of effifacious ingredients possible, so users could get the most visible results in the shortest time possible.

Within the first 5 days of religiously following through the skincare routine, she noticed that her bare skin was a lot more radiant and glowy as compared to when she first started.

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However just like many others after starting on a new extensive skincare routine, their skin will tend to “purge”. As for Esther, her skin started purging two weeks after starting her new skincare routine.  

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If you can grin and bear the purging or breakouts for a few weeks, it may very well go away, but if the product in question is causing you real grief, go back to your tried-and-tested!

After following the routine dutifully for a month, she saw pretty fantastic improvements in her skin across the board: fewer breakouts, more even tone, a legitimate “glow” that was luminous rather than oily, and noticeably lesser bumps and blemishes on her forehead.

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If you’re not too sure where to start with new skincare, simply ask a professional who can offer knowledgeable suggestions and prescribe products to help you on your path to healthy and clear skin.

Head down to their first pop-up #IDServe Exclusive Showcase at Robinsons The Heeren for the ultimate skin discovery journey. If you are new to IDS Skincare, check in with any of the friendly staff who will analyse your skin and recommend suitable products for free!

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Getting to know your skin better saves you from possible skin irritations, a possibility of allergies arising and money wasted buying all the wrong products for your skin.

IDS Skincare products are formulated with clinical insights and patient experiences so you never have to worry if their products are suitable for your skin type.

Enjoy savings on your IDS Skincare products as they have curated special bundle skincare sets for different skin concerns specially for this event. Best part, their products are formulated to target common skin problems especially in our tropical country.

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Receive IDS Skincare vouchers (worth up to $190) which can be used for instant redemption on any regular-priced a-la-carte purchases at #IDServe.

Be one of the first 150 to spend from 17 November 2018, Saturday to 18 November 2018, Sunday and receive a mini dried flower bouquet alongside your beauty purchase.

Swing by IDS’ upcoming glasshouse pop-up event happening from 15 – 21 November to kick start your skincare journey.

Who knows, you’ll probably spend lesser time on your makeup routine the next time you leave the house!

#IDServe Exclusive Showcase
Address: in front of Robinsons The Heeren
Date: 15 – 21 November 2018

Chanel Is Painting The Town Red With Its New Le Rouge Beauty Pop-Up This October

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Whether the holiday warrants formal social gatherings or a friends-only dim sum feast, there’s truly no better time to swipe on a crimson lipstick.

To many of us, red represents the colour of love and passion. But not to forget, red is also the colour of life for Gabrielle Chanel herself.

CHANEL presents LE ROUGE, that’s scheduled to open in Singapore from 17 – 21 October. This exclusive beauty pop-up will consist of three showrooms, each unveiling the creative process behind a particular product.

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The House of CHANEL

In 1924, she turned an intense vermillion red into her first signature lipstick which was a symbol of courage and passion. What better way to pay homage to the brand’s iconic colour than a pop-up store dedicated to exploring red in a myriad of textures and forms.

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In conjunction with the new Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme and Rouge Allure Liquid Power – the French fashion house will be launching its third pop-up concept in Singapore.

That being said, the LE ROUGE pop up will feature its very own Red Factory where you can expect an infinite array of lipstick and nail polishes. Beauty lovers can see and play around with the brand’s iconic red makeup and learn more about the process behind the creation of your favourite Chanel makeup.

Perfect for the gram, there are plenty of IG-worthy photo opportunities such as large industrial tanks filled with lipsticks, nail polishes in an acrylic red cage and a wall of lips that hides a passageway coloured in red.

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Be one of the first few to discover and own the coveted red edition of  Chanel N°5  L’Eau and N°5 Eau De Parfum, which will be exclusively pre-launched at the pop-up. The iconic N°5 bottles will be swapping its usual clear flacon to a crimson hue. You definitely won’t want to miss out on this!

Guests are also treated to the sight of the Red Bar, reminiscent of a covert lounge. Spritz some of the limited red edition Chanel N°5 on yourself before sipping on a red cocktail specially concocted for this event.

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So save the date and make sure to swing by CHANEL LE ROUGE pop-up store for an experience like never before. The pop-up will open to public from 17 – 21 October, so it’s best to register your attendance here to secure yourself a slot into the store.

Calling all Chanel fans, swipe on your best red lipstick and paint your nails red this October. It’s what Coco Chanel would have wanted.

72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
17 – 21 October 2018
Operating Hours:
Wed – Fri: 11am – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm, Last admission at 9pm
Register Here

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Finding The Perfect Perfume Is Tough, So I Crafted My Own At This Workshop

It’s kind of crazy how certain scents can instantly evoke memories you’d completely forgotten about.

The smell of warm chocolate cookies can transport you to that night you slept underneath the Christmas tree because your dad told you Santa and his reindeers will show up. Sunscreen and coconut oil can remind you of sunny days in Bali. And Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne might make you recall your ex-boyfriend’s….mom?

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 a mixologist to come up with your ideal perfume – from picking all the notes to choosing a name.

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Craft Your Own Scent

You’ll smell it before you see Oo La Lab’s workshop, their counters are lined with bottles of essential oils and perfumes. Located in Delta House, Oo La Lab lets you customise your own fragrance in a 60-minute perfume making session ($88/pax, $176/two pax).

Starting with a quick theory lesson on the Oo Fragrance Table which has a total of 25 core scent and 2 complex scent available, we set out to start our perfume making process.

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The first step required us to take a whiff of every scent and narrow down our favourite ones. The scents were split up to 3 different categories (bottom, middle, top notes).

Now, if you’re like me and you suffer from the butter finger syndrome, you’ll find yourself fumbling with the glass beakers, funnels and the bottles.

Please don’t break anything. Please don’t break anything. PLEASE don’t break anything.

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The entire set up felt like a complete throwback to chemistry lessons in secondary school. All that’s left was a lab coat, goggles and gloves to complete my look.

While I was halfway through smelling the different scents, I started getting a little giddy or perhaps high from all the different smells. The lab also carries “edible” scents such as Vanilla and Gourmande which honestly got my tummy rumbling. The aromas were so sweet that I was almost tempted to taste them. They also carry a limited edition synthetic scent called “Chocolate” which will remind you of a chocolate fondue.

From Fresh and Floral notes to deeper Oriental and Wood fragrances, I had a tough time picking out the scents that would fit my personality.

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Once I’ve decided on my scents, it was time to do the math.

I was allowed a total of 20 drops for each round (there are 2 rounds), which must include 10 drops of bottom and 10 drops of middle and top notes (5 from middle, 5 from top).

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Here’s the slightly tedious part: Mark down the scents that you want to combine and decide how many drops of each scent will go into your trial mixture.

This requires quite a bit of trial and error because you don’t want to leave the workshop smelling like a Funfetti Cake or the Amazon Rainforest.

Now here’s where you get to feel like a chemist.

Based on your prior selection, it was time to translate 20 drops into 20ml which is the amount needed to fill your perfume bottles! This step was important because an extra drop might change the entire formula of your perfume.

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The mixture in the bottle will then be iodised and topped up with alcohol, before being professionally sealed with a spray nozzle and cap. To make it even more personalised, you can name your perfume.

Once that’s done, you’ll receive your 20ml eau de parfum packaged nicely in plastic wrappers with a card indicating your mixture so you can re-order on the website if you ever run out!

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If you’re ever looking at doing something out of the ordinary in Singapore, this workshop is perfect for a date or even as a birthday gift. You’d be surprised to find out how everyone’s preferences are so different. Who knows, you might just be able to recreate a perfume you love.

Oo La Lab
Address: The Lab, ​DELTA HOUSE #02-04 2 Alexandra Road 159919 Singapore
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $88/pax
Book your workshop here

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Men In S’pore Blessed With Facial Hair, Here’s Where You Can Groom It For Under $30

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For the gifted few men in our society that have the capacity to grow a full beard, this one is for you. In the recent decade, we’ve had many metrosexuals and “gentlemen” popping up.

I don’t mean “gentlemen” sarcastically. I’m referring to the term that dapper men who groom themselves with a fervent passion, use to address themselves and others like them.

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You know, men like that.

Along with the emergence of this particular group of people, there have been modern barbershops appearing all over the island, catered specifically for men’s grooming.

However, not all are good and they’re always rather pricey, depending on the size of your beard. So we’ve compiled a short list of tried and tested barbershops that are affordable and good.

Grooming Is A Basic Human Right

1. We Need A Hero

We Need A Hero (cue song), is a grooming centre that provides haircuts, beard trimming, brow grooming, and even waxing services.

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The name comes from their belief that there is a hero, buried within every man – he just needs proper grooming to emerge.

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We Need A Hero provides beard trimming services starting from $15 and waxing from $22. For a full list of their services and prices, check 2. Paul’s Barbershop/Barbershop Pauls’

Paul’s Barbershop is a humble barbershop in Bedok offering haircuts and beard trimming services.

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A haircut will set you back $20, while a haircut and beard trimming session will cost $25.

There has been issues with inconsistency in the quality of the haircuts in the past few months, but haircuts are usually good.

Paul’s Barbershop
Address: Blk 202 Bedok North St. 1, #01-477, Singapore 540202
Opening Hours: Sat – Thu: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Contact no.: 8104 9577

3. Limpeh Barbershop

For a more consistent and affordable grooming experience, Limpeh Barbershop is your “man”.

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An adult haircut here will set you back $20 and beard sculpting alone (it’s basically beard trimming) only goes for $10!

That’s extremely affordable to be honest. For a solid beard sculpt at just $10, it’s hard to beat.

For a full list of their services and prices, check here.

You can also book an appointment on their website here. Do note that customers are given a 15 minutes grace period. Any latecomers will be rescheduled to the next available slot.

Limpeh Barbershop
Address: Blk 537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-511, Singapore 460537
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm, Sat: 11am – 6pm, Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Contact no.: 9422 5895

4. Barber Point

Barber Point might seem like another random neighbourhood barbershop, with no social media or website, but don’t let that fool you.

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Because it really doesn’t have any social media or website.

All we know is that the haircuts only cost $15. So a beard trim wouldn’t be that far off. In fact, it might be even less.

If you’re expecting young, dapper men, the barbers here are all veteran barbers who know their stuff.

Sometimes, you just need a good and simple, unpretentious haircut to look good.

Barber Point
Address: Blk 118 Rivervale Drive, #01-12, Singapore 540118

5. The Black Tie Barbershop

The Black Tie Barbershop is by far the most proper barbershop on this list. The barbers are dressed to the nines, in formal shoes, pants, suspenders, and a combover so smooth you’d slip.

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A haircut will cost you from $20 to $30, depending on your age, while a beard trim will be $25.

The shop is usually crowded, so book an appointment on their Also read McDonald’s Releases New ‘Har Cheong Gai’ Burger And Drumlets As Part Of National Day Menu

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The Ultimate Guide To BeLive’s GSS Flash Sale – Live Reviews, Deals, How It Works

If your life revolves around makeup and skincare products, you know how pricey they can get. Let’s be real, most of us are guilty of spending WAY too much money on makeup that we’ve somehow managed to convince ourselves that we need.

I like to call this an “investment” because we all deserve great things in life.

If you do desperately need a lil pampering, then we have good news. What if we tell you that you can treat yourself without breaking the bank this month?

BeLive is no stranger to many of us. It’s Asia’s premium social live streaming platform that connects you with real people in real-time. You can also catch local influencers such as Naomi Neo and Bong Qiu Qiu on the app as well!

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And now that their Flash Sales are back this GSS, you get to shop guilt-free, with beauty products going at 50% off. You better BeLive it! Who said beauty has to be expensive?

Sneak Peek of BeLive’s GSS Flash Sales

You have one more week to enjoy BeLive’s flash sale which will be happening on Monday (25 June) and Thursday (28 June).

They say good things must share so we have insider info of what will be on sale these two days. Here’s what you should camp for.

ColourPop Lippie Stix ($4.50, U.P. $9)

When it comes to affordable lip sticks, ColourPop comes into mind. This brand exploded all over social media in 2015 and for a good reason – they offer pigmented products at affordable prices.

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The Lippie Stix reminds me of those twistable crayons we all used to love and went crazy over in primary school. So if you have kids, maybe keep this one away from them in case they plan on using it for their next art piece.

Honestly, where else can you get lip sticks THIS cheap in Singapore? Even drug store lipsticks will cost you at least $10.

$4.50 lipsticks you say? Sign me up!

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This product will be reviewed by @caxs on Monday, 25 June, 9.15pm onwards. Mark this date and time on your calendar!

Tarte Glow To Go Palette ($17.50, U.P. $35)

We can all agree that a little bit of glow goes a long way.

Our goal in life is to blind everyone else with our highlight and what better way to do that than with Tarte’s Glow To Go Palette. It’s a compact trio housed in a slim, black cardboard palette with a velvety feel on the outside. This palette includes two highlighters and one contour powder.

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Perfect for those day to night kind of looks. Also very handy to carry around in your bag so you can do a quick touch up right after work.

There’s no way you can get a highlight palette at $17.50 in this economy. So if you’re a highlight queen, this is your MUST-HAVE makeup item.

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This product will be reviewed by @thatericboy on Thursday, 28 June, 9.15pm onwards. Time to glo-up fam!

How It Works

If you’re already convinced and you can’t wait to get your hands on the items mentioned, then this is how it works!

Step 1: Tune In At 9.15 PM Sharp

Punctuality is key! If you want to steal this product, then you have to get on the BeLive app at 9.15pm sharp to catch the flash sale live stream.

We highly recommend camping on your phone at least 10 minutes before the live stream! Good things come to those who wait.

Step 2: Click To Buy

A shop button will appear in the live stream from 9.30pm. You don’t have to leave the app at all. All you have to do is click the shop button and it will redirect you to the page with a promo code to get 50% off your desired makeup item.

Best part, the live stream will continue playing in the background as the influencer continues explaining the product to you.

Step 3: Fastest Fingers First

Here’s the catch. This deal ends in 15 minutes. So once that shop button appears, you have to be quick before they run out of stock!

All those years of running through Sephora for your last minute make up runs will finally be put to use. Good luck and may the Make Up Gods be ever in your favour.

Shop and Save With BeLive’s GSS Flash Sales

BeLive’s GSS Flash Sale is every shopaholic’s dream come true. In fact, this has taken online shopping in Singapore to a whole new level.

If you’ve ever tried shopping online, you tend to be skeptical of certain items JUST because you can’t find any reliable reviews online. Well this time round, you get to watch a live review of the item before making your purchase.

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So YOU get to decide if the product is worth the buy or not. Well in this case, we 100% support buying it because there’s no way you can get beauty products this cheap in Singapore!

What’s more, 5 lucky viewers get to win $20 Gift Cards (Sephora / Watson’s) at every session.

So what are you waiting for? Makeup Lovers, you know where to flock to next week to get the cheapest deals in town.

Download the BeLive app and get your phones ready for BeLive’s GSS Flash Sales!

BeLive Holy Chic! GSS Flash Sale
When: 4 – 28 June, Every Mon & Thurs
Download app: Apple | Google Play

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Say Yes To The Dress – A Guide To Picking Out The Perfect Dress For Your Bridesmaids

Now that you’ve said yes to the dress of your dream, it’s time to start on your next gown shopping journey: the quest for the perfect bridesmaid dress.

Finding the “perfect” bridesmaid dress that looks good on everyone in your bridal party, sort of never happens.

We understand the struggle of finding THE bridesmaid dress to match the entire bridal party, but it doesn’t always have to be this tough.

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No matter your wedding style or size of your bridal party, we’ve got everything you need to know to find the right dress for your girls.

Here’s our tip on how to make bridesmaid dress shopping a breeze.

Begin By Browsing

Start of by doing some research. Browse through wedding lookbooks, bookmark your favourites and share them with your friends. Who knows, they might just give you the best advices.

If you’re flipping through magazines or browsing online, tear out pages or save images to your inspiration board to help zero in on the colours and styles you like best.

Find physical or even online stores that carry the dresses you love.

Keep Costs In Mind

Unless you’re paying for your bridesmaid dresses, then you’ll have to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles.

If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable range.

Love, Bonito’s LYLAS Bridesmaid Collection creates dresses that are curated from quality fabrics at price points that are wallet-friendly. Prices start from as low as SGD$36.90 for a top and SGD$63.90 for a maxi dress.

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Best part, the collection are suited for formal and semi-formal occasions so your bridesmaids can recycle their outfits once the wedding is over.

Finding The Right Fit

We can all agree that one feels most confident in the clothes that make them look and feel good.

Never trust “Free Size” or “One Size Fits All” dresses because we know that’s not how our bodies are designed.

It’s important to dress to your body type in order to bring focus to the part where you want to accentuate and divert attention away from parts you do not.

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For all my thick girls out there, you know how exhausting online shopping can get. Finding a dress to fit you in all the right places can be almost impossible. However, the LYLAS collection expanded their size range from XXS to XXL, so they’ve got all the best friends covered.

Take Note Of Different Styles

Not everyone has a similar taste in style. Some of your friends may dress more androgynous than feminine.

If you have friends who prefer pantsuits to midi skirts, no problem. The LYLAS collection is designed for bridesmaid to mix-and-match — with separate coordinates that pair well in any combination.

Even if there is one bridesmaid wearing an “odd-one-out” pantsuit with a lace top amongst the other midi dress, they’ll still look cohesive as a power-packed bridal party. Talk about having your very own Spice Girls at your wedding.

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Find Complementary Colours

Let’s be honest, not all of us are suited for pink, blush or baby blue. Think about choosing a shade that goes well with a variety of skin tones.

If you have a wedding theme that includes specific colours, then bridesmaid dress colours will be pretty easy to pick.

If your colour options are more open, you can go with a shade that will flatter your wedding gown or complement your flower choices. You can also choose colours that reflect the year’s wedding trends.

Designed to allow the flexibility of the bride to choose and pick her colour palette, the LYLAS collection currently offers six key colours (and counting)!

The new May 2018 Launch will introduce three new colours to the current palette of Blush, Lavender and Navy:

Dusty Blue 

This colour signifies femininity reworked. The hint of grey elevates the blue with a modern edge.

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An understated yet sensual colour which ignites a sense of romance with an elegant touch.

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This is definitely one of our favourite colours. Maroon screams sophistication, passion and power.

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The theme for LYLAS May 2018 Collection is “A Celebration Of Sisterhood”. So if you want your girls to turn up at your wedding looking hotter than Taylor Swift’s Squad, Love, Bonito’s LYLAS Bridesmaid Collection is the one stop place for all your bridesmaid needs.

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This stunning collection will be available online from 31 May 2018 onwards so hurry and get your hands on their beautiful designs.

Whatever style and/or colour you envision your bridal squad wearing, we’re sure you’ll find it at Love, Bonito.

With that, happy shopping!

Love, Bonito LYLAS: A Celebration Of Sisterhood
Price: SGD$36.90 to SGD$63.90

Also Read A Noob’s Guide To Buying An Engagement Ring Your Partner Will Love

(Header Image Source: Love, Bonito)

Don’t Panic, Here Are 9 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Still haven’t got your mum a gift for Mother’s Day this Sunday? Well, don’t panic. We’ve all been there.

If you’re still cracking your brain on what to get for your mum, don’t fret, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that you can get at the very last minute – no shipping involved.

We’ve got you covered so your mum won’t be disappointed this Mother’s Day.

1. For The Foodie Mum

With the lazy, sunny days truly upon us, what better way to feel a little bit more fancy by hitting up one of Singapore’s many amazing high tea spots with your mama!

If your mum loves food, then book an afternoon at her favourite high tea spot. Anti:Dote is known for their jewellery drawer chest tea set.

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Situated in Fairmont Hotel, their high-tea selection consists of various creations including gourmet sandwiches such as Smoked Salmon with Lemon Cream Cheese and Ikura Roe, Mini Strawberry Cake, and Warm Chia Seeds Scones.

You can also find more high tea spots here.

Address: Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road Level 1, S189560
Price: $48++
Contact No.: 6431 5315
Opening Hours: Mon – Thur: 3pm – 5pm; Fri – Sun: 12pm – 2pm, 3pm – 5pm

2. For The Domestic Goddess

If your mum enjoys spending all her time baking in the kitchen or whipping up a hearty meal for the family, then TOTT is the answer.

From cookware to kitchen tools and accessories, TOTT is THE culinary dream.

If you’d like to get your mum a new set of baking tools so she has an excuse to spend all day in the kitchen baking, then she’ll love Jamie Oliver’s Measuring Stack ($48.90).

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This measuring set makes getting the right amount of ingredients super quick and easy. She’ll definitely thank you for this one! You can also get it online here.

Jamie Oliver Measuring Stack
Where to buy: Find your nearest TOTT here
Price: $48.90

3. For The Organised Mum

I know I got my super neat freak genes from my mum. She loves organising the house and making sure everything is spick and span.

In fact if she could colour coordinate the clothes in my wardrobe, she would be happy to do so.

If your mum sounds a bit like mine, then she’ll definitely love Kikki.K. You can get everything from notebooks and journals to organising folders and storage folders.

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This Mother’s Day, choose from a selection of Kikki.k’s products and personalise them with their monogramming service.

Add a sweet personal touch you know your mum will love and appreciate.

Where to buy: Find your nearest outlet here
Price: Planners (From $59.90)

4. For The Mum Who Loves Cake

This is the easiest and safest option by far. You can never go wrong with cake, especially if your mum has a sweet tooth.

This Mother’s Day, BreadTalk has got you and Mummy covered.

Yams of Love ($34.80) is a beautiful soft chiffon cake layered with pudding and luscious yam paste made with yam imported from Taiwan.

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From 1 May to 13 May, this cake will be available at all BreadTalk stores island wide (except Singapore Cruise Centre and United Square).

If Mummy loves anything yam, then this is the perfect cake for her on this special day.

Yams Of Love Cake
Where to buy: Find your nearest BreadTalk here
Price: $34.80

5. For The Beauty Guru Mum

If your mum religiously sticks to a routine to maintain her youthful look, then she’ll most definitely love any skincare products.

Give mum the gift of pure, natural beauty with Innisfree this Mother’s Day from 1 to 13 May 2018. From everyday essentials for radiant-looking skin to powerful nourishing treatments, there’s definitely something for her.

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Give her the extra treat she deserves with a complimentary Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Special Care Kit when you pamper her with either the Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Essence ($46) or Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Cream. 

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All you have to do is go to Sephora’s online store, choose a design and enter your gift amount. Write a special message for her and wait for a confirmation email for your gift card purchase.

Here’s a quick and easy way to make your mum feel truly special this Mother’s Day.

Sephora Online Gift Cards
Where to buy: Head on to Sephora’s online store here
Price: $20 – $100

7. For The Yogi Mums

You look at her and wonder how in the world does she manage to go to work, care for the entire family and even squeeze in time to stay healthy.

She’s not just a regular mom, she’s a cool mom.

She downs a bottle of protein shake for breakfast, eats kale and quinoa for lunch and squeezes in a yoga session after work.

If that’s your mum, then she’ll love these fashionable tights from Lululemon for her next yoga class.

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Taking her from street to yoga, cruise through the day with this light weight and buttery-soft, All You Do Tights in Nulu fabric.

She’ll definitely rock these tights at her next yoga class.

All You Do Tights
Where to buy: Lululemon Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, B1-11, Singapore 238801
Price: $150

8. For The 9 – 5 Office Mum

All mighty mothers deserve a spa session at any time of the year. Hence for Mother’s Day, Auriga Spa is offering two treats throughout May to thank the caring figures in your life.

Mum’s month ($250 per person) includes a Body Massage and a Rose Facial, both 45 minutes long. The self-explanatory Spa Date with Mum ($550 for two) includes a 30-minute Body Scrub, a sixty minute Body Massage or Rose Facial, and afternoon tea for two. Both packages come with an Aesop Travel Set to take home.

Auriga Spa
Address: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Price: From $250

9. For The Ice Queen

Thank mum for her love and devotion with beautifully crafted sterling silver charms. Give your mum something special this year to celebrate what she means to you.

Pandora is known for their collection of charm bracelets and what better way to show your love for her than getting her charms that represents the both of you.

Breathtaking in design, expertly crafted and intricately hand-finished, this limited edition Flourishing Hearts Silver Bangle ($149) is the perfect gift for her.

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Hand-finished in sterling silver, this limited edition bangle features a detachable clasp with a tree of love motif she can mix and match with other clasps.

Flourishing Hearts Silver Bangle
Where to buy: Find your nearest Pandora outlet here
Price: From $149

Mothers wear so many hats at any given point of the day. Spend time with your mum this Mother’s Day, after all, it’s the thought that truly counts right?

Also Read 10 High Tea Spots To Make Your Mum Feel Like The Queen She Is This Mother’s Day

(Header Image Source: @kikki.k ,Pandora Singapore Facebook )

Your Room Will Smell Absolutely Scent-sational Once You Light Up These Candles

Candles come in so many shapes, sizes and smells, you can never have one too many!

Let’s face it, candles are pretty versatile and should become a necessity in every house.Not only to they do beautify your room, the scents they give off when lit will soothe your frazzled nerves and can freshen up any room almost immediately.

Plus, candles come in super handy if you are planning a romantic night in (if you know what I mean).

We waded through the tons of options out there and chose some of the more interesting scents that will make your house smell absolutely scent-sational.

1. Bath & Body Works – But First, Coffee! 

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Revel in the smells of thatched bungalows and the salty sea breeze with Glasshouse‘s tropical scent.

The flowery yet tangy smells courtesy of cilantro, tangerine and orange blossoms will leave you with the thoughts of clear sandy beaches when you are actually in a hot and stuffy HDB flat.

Where to get it: Naiise outlets or online

3. fresh – Sake

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The Citronella Candle caught my nose with its grassy, floral smell that reminds me of the clean smell of wet grass.

Not only is citronella said to help reduce stress when used in aromatherapy, it also works as a mosquito repellent! Perfect for our tropical weather.

Artisan’s Garden sells the this candle in a small travel tin so that you can easily carry it around if you are thinking of going camping or traveling to tropical countries.

Where to get it: online
Use the holder to store trinkets once it’s finished (Image Credit: 6. NARS – Acapulco

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Yes, this is the same beauty brand that you find in Sephora. Not many people are aware that NARS carry candles (mainly because they don’t bring it to Singapore), which you have to buy through the NARS US website or Amazon.

And yes, the shipping fee is definitely worth it, because the candles can seriously compete with their make up range. My pick would be Acapulco, a chocolate-based candle that comes layered with traces of whipped cream and coffee beans. It’s delicious, but not overly sweet – kind of like dark chocolate.

Where to get it: NARS US website or Amazon
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Another underrated candle from a brand that specialises in selling something else!

If you love the smell of your TWG tea, you can now get their candle version so that you can enjoy the delicious smells without having to brew a pot.

Their White Earl Grey Tea Scented Candle is a fresh, raw fragrance of bergamot and imperial silver needles that smells as good as it tastes.

Where to get it: online
Choose your poison of choice! (Image Credit: Spicy Orange And Hot Peppers Scent and Marijuanna-Weed Scent that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Where to get it: online or through Etsy
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