Lazada x Innisfree Surprise Box

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I can never get tired of Lazada's surprise boxes! It is the NUMBER ONE thing that I look out for whenever Lazada announces about their sales event. Each box contain products worth $100 but will only be retailed for $29! In the upccoming 11.11 Sale on Lazada, you can expect surprise boxes for beauty, lifestyle, baby, tech and more.

Here is a sneak peek of what's in my Lazada x Innisfree surprise box. Read on to find out more.


| Lazada 11.11

Starting from 11th November 2018, there will be 1111 FLASH DEALS happening till the end of the year.

With up to 90% off and our favourite surprise boxes available in either $29/$49, you really wouldn't want to miss out on all the great deals! Click here to head over to Lazada now!


| Lazada x Innisfree Surprise Box

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As like all the surprise boxes before, this is just a sneak peek. I will only be showing a couple of items that are in my surprise box, and of which these items are what I think are the most value-for-money!

Innisfree Vivid Creamy Tint
Innisfree Vivid Creamy Tint in

I got a shock when I opened my Innisfree surprise box and saw this product. The Vivid Creamy Tint has been on my wishlist for a long time and this is one of Innisfree's BEST-SELLING product! (see Innisfree Best Seller List here)

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The gorgeous tint is rich and dries off to a semi-matte finish. It doesn't feel drying but of course, I'll need to wear it out on my lips for a day to know for sure!

Innisfree bija cica essence
Innisfree Bija Cica Essence

Seriously, this might be my favourite Lazada surprise box ever!! Another item from Innisfree's Best Seller List! The Bija Cica Essence is great for soothing delicate skin and resolving skincare issues (ie. acne, dry, sensitive skin).

Innisfree jeju lava seawater boosting ampoule
Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule

Ampoules are great for when your skin is having a bad day! I typically add a dash of ampoule in my foundation when I've having a bad skin day and so far, it has always worked! I can't wait to try this baby out and test its moisture-boosting properties!

This box is sold for $29 and only available on 11th November 2018. Click here to add the Lazada x Innisfree surprise box to your wishlist now! Good luck!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

Baby Ethan Growing Up With Nihon Ikuji Musical Play Yard


This is the best toy that was ever invented!!! As a mom to an incredibly active baby, this toy is a life saver. I’ve never loved any of Ethan’s toy as much! The Nihon Ikuji Play Yard entertains and keeps him out of trouble.

It grows with him to suit his different play needs. When he was about 6 months old, he would tumble around in it as he learns to crawl. Gradually he learnt to stand with support (from the play yard), without support... and now he is using it to learn how to walk.

This is a toy that I would like to highly recommend to all parents — for your piece of mind & the little one’s development! Read on to find out how much I truly love my Nihon Ikuji Play Yard and its benefits for MiniChew!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Standing With Support
My little one loves his Nihon Ikuji Play Yard!

What we have at home is the Nihon Ikuji Premium Music 6-Panels Play Yard. I got it just as Ethan was learning how to crawl, and let me tell you... the play yard is bloody useful!

My active baby was tumbling about everywhere!! Fortunately the play yard came with an exact fit mat and if it weren’t for their quality foam, he would have had bruises everywhere!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Playing Safely In The Play Yard
Baby Ethan playing safely by himself in the play yard

The Exact Fit Play Mat is scalable and prevents the play yard from being shifted.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yards are made of an unbeatable quality! With strict quality control and the use of superior materials, it is no wonder why this is the best selling play yard in Japan and in Singapore. My 6-panels play yard can be easily converted to a 4-panels one with an exact fit mat because that is how scalable their product is, to suit different space needs. No matter how you expand or collapse the yard, the play mat will always be an exact fit!

Ethan loves the Musical Toy Panel the most as it offers lots of educational, enriching & developmentally-stimulating activities to meet his curiosity needs!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Spinner Ball
At 6 months, he loved to roll the Transparent Large Spinner Ball.

At 7 months, he liked playing with the Peekaboo Sliding Door & pressing the button for the musical package – rotating between the different 24 melodies!

At 8 months, he liked using his little fat fingers to spin the interlocking cog system.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Phone System
At 9 months, he is obsessed with removing the phone handset from the play panel — and it is pretty funny to see him use his 九牛二虎之力 to pull it out. Got stance some more, like he will get into a 扎马步 posture and tug at the hand set really hard!

The musical play panel helps to improve his attention span, memory, motor skills, visual activity, sense of self and nervous system development. As he grows, he discovers more activities that he can do with the play panel!

If it weren’t for this play yard, I don’t think Ethan would have learnt how to stand and walk so quickly. He started standing at 7 months — holding the yard’s fence for support, practising his leg and core muscles. It wasn’t long before he had no need for the fence, he could achieve static standing independently. I was a proud mama then, and an even prouder mama ‘cos my baby boy is walking at 10 months.

He started cruising (walking while holding onto objects for support) at around 8 1/2 months. Then he started releasing his hands, taking his first steps. Now my little one is able to walk from one end to the other end of the Play Yard without support! Who needs a walker now?

Learning how to walk – with the Nihon Ikuji Play Yard!

You’re probably wondering... wouldn't the Play Yard shift if he is using it for support? I don't know about other play yards in the market, but I do know that my Nihon Ikuji Play Yard is the sturdiest! It has 2 3M™ anti-slip texturised rubber pads beneath each panel and connector to prevent the play yard from slipping off its place. Making it safe for my baby to practise his standing & walking!

The Nihon Ikuji Play Yard comes in various different colours and versions to choose from, including Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar version.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Self Play
We usually leave a bunch of toys in the play yard and it would keep Ethan entertained (in a safe zone) for quite awhile!

I’ve heard them say, that I can get plastic balls and throw them in the Play Yard to make a ball pit. I might get some balls and try that because my little one really likes ball pits — plus it helps to further improve his gross motor skills too! Did I forget to mention that I love ball pits too? Haha! I might just hop into the yard and join in my little one... since the play yard is big enough anyway!

If you are thinking of getting your baby a toy that they would truly enjoy, then get the Nihon Ikuji Play Yard! This an investment worth every dime and penny! You can use it for so long, baby discovers something new about the play yard at every stage of their development and it serves so many purposes.

You can get your Nihon Ikuji Play Yard from their flagship counter at Bove or their website here.

For the latest product updates, check out their facebook page Play Yard & Play Mat or Premium Baby Hub. You can also check out their Instagram account @mynihonikuji.

Have fun with your little one, mummies!

Gangnam Aesthetics: Korean Gelish Nails @ Beauty By The Bar


Wearing pretty nails can make a huge difference to our daily mood, and it is also better for the environment at Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics as the nail polish that they use — popular Korean nail polish brand, Bandi — are eco-friendly!

Read on to find out where you can get these super pretty + environmentally-friendly nail art in town.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics
Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics is a one-stop beauty parlour created by renown aesthetic clinic, Gangnam Laser Clinic, to provide mani-pedi & facial services.

Located at Far East Shopping Centre (do not mistake it for Far East Plaza), it is just a stone’s throw away from Orchard MRT. You can walk from Wheelock Place to get to the shopping centre!

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Manicure & Pedicure
Main area at Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics

The purple interior decor at Beauty Bar emits a luxe feeling. If you’re going with a friend, you can all have your nails done in the main hallway — sipping on a cup of yuzu tea while you catch up!

However if you’re craving for a little privacy, they also have a small room to meet your manicure needs.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Private Room
Private room for manicure only

The most important factor for every nail salon is their manicurist, and how skilled is she? Well I’m happy to announce that the nail beautician at Beauty Bar is SUPER skilled as she is packed with decades of experience.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Manicurist Kelly
Getting my nails painted by their experienced manicurist, Kelly

Kelly, my manicurist at Beauty Bar has been in the industry for over 20 years and it was a joy watching her work! She has so many tips & tricks to creating beautiful nail art, and her years of experience mean that no nail art is impossible to recreate.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics
Bandi Nail Polish

As mentioned earlier, Beauty Bar uses nail polish from the brand "Bandi". Bandi is a South Korean nail polish brand that emphasises on the importance of preserving the environment while combining the art of the professional nail industry. The brand is leading the naturalistic trend in the nail industry along with highly functional products made with natural ingredients.

In addition, Beauty Bar also offers the luxurious Bandi Switual hand and foot spa for those looking to give your claws & paws a little more love!

If you would like to make a nail appointment at Beauty Bar, click here or call (+65) 6732 1458. For more information on the beauty services available, you can find it here.

Beauty Bar by Gangnam Aesthetics
545 Orchard Road #06-16
Far East Shopping Centre
Singapore 238882

Monday - Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday: 9am -4.30pm
Closed on Sundays and PH

La Vida: Back For A Touch-Up For Better Brows


It’s been two years since my last visit to LA VIDA. That was my virgin attempt at eyebrow embroidery and it turned out better than expected!

My “fake” brows were natural-looking and long-lasting — c’mon, they lasted for two good years! I didn’t really need to redo my brows; they might have faded quite a bit but was still better than my pre-embroidery period (aka when I had literally no brows at all). I could always touch up with a little brow powder before heading out!

However the vainpot in me decided, it’s best to get ‘em brows done again before my upcoming cruise trip with the little one. I know I wouldn’t have much time to slap makeup on and I want to look my best at any time possible. So if you’re curious to know how a revisit eyebrow embroidery session is like, keep on reading!

LA VIDA The Art of Brow Specialists

Since 2014, LA VIDA has been perfecting the brows for their customers! Their eyebrow specialists go through rigorous trainings and workshops on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the latest trends and skills — all so as to give us (their customers) the perfect brow game.

They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul. And so, that would literally make your brows the frame to those windows. Since most of us would insist on having the perfect frame to match the windows in our house, shouldn’t it be the same for our eyes too?

LA VIDA: Before brows
BEFORE photo: Embroidery from two years back is still present but faded and with patches

I was (sadly) not born with the perfect frame to match my eyes. When a camera flash goes off, I look like I have no brows at all in photos. But that is all in the past, because I discovered makeup and then semi-permanent makeup — eyebrow embroidery.

There are so many available options in the eyebrow menu... 2D, 3D, 6D, floating, non-floating and etc. Which to pick?

Well why not try the “Deluxe Creative Eyebrows” here at LA VIDA!


| About Deluxe Creative Brows

The Deluxe Creative Brows is one of LA VIDA's most popular semi-permanent makeup service. Using a micro-blade, small incisions are made along the brow line to mimic existing eyebrow hair.

Their highly experienced brow specialists will create individual brow strands, combining unique strokes, in accordance to the growth of the eyebrow – giving their clients a natural 3D tone using industry-leading natural pigments.

After completion, your eyebrow embroidery is able to last for 18-24 months.


| Embroidery Process

It begins with a complimentary consultation session where their brow specialist will recommend to you an eyebrow design that complements your facial feature, skin tone and hair colour. As I was satisfied with my existing eyebrow design (previously done at LA VIDA), I kept the same brow shape but switched to a lighter tone of brown to match my hair and skin tone.

LA VIDA: Shaping my brows
Brow Specialist shaping my brows – shaving away the excess brow hair!

LA VIDA: Painless Eyebrow Embroidery Procedure
Applying numbing cream

LA VIDA: Sealing in the numbing cream
Sealing in the numbing cream and waiting for it to take effect

LA VIDA: Numbing cream
The procedure is painless due to the numbing cream!

LA VIDA: Making small incisions with a micro-blade
Embroidery begins: Small incisions are made with a micro-blade to mimic existing brow hair

LA VIDA: Creating a three-dimensional tone to my brows
Creating individual brow strands according to the growth of my eyebrow so as to give the brows a natural 3D look!

In less than 15 minutes, my eyebrow embroidery procedure was over! I had a new set of brows that didn't require a touch-up of brow powder, I was ready to step out of the house at any time!

LA VIDA: Eyebrow Embroidery done!
AFTER photo: Embroidery was just completed! I look so natural, it doesn't look like I just had my brows done!

LA VIDA: Close up of brows
Close-up of my completed brows

| My two cents

LA VIDA: Lot One

There is a reason why I decided to go back to LA VIDA and have my brows done by them (read about my first visit here). I trust their skills, and most importantly the equipments and materials that they use. I mentioned it at the start of this post, they did my very first eyebrow embroidery and it was a good set of brows that lasted me for over 2 years!

Not to mention, they have always ensured that the procedure is painless and fuss-free. Be it two years ago, or now in 2018... eyebrow embroidering at LA VIDA is pain-free!

I forgot about those days when I had to spend half an hour in front of the mirror, filling in my brows just so that I had some sort of "frame" to my eyes. The days when I couldn't perfect my brow game with the brow powder... those days sucked! Thankfully those days are long gone, far away in the past, and till date they haven't returned.

Since my revisit to LA VIDA for this touch-up, doing my makeup is definitely so much easier! The fuller brows mean that I look more awake and refreshed all the time. I feel confident heading into town with just my skincare and in specs, no makeup done at all. I needn't worry about looking like a haggard mom.

I guess what most people are terrified of when it comes to eyebrow embroidery is how dark it looks after the procedure has just been completed. We don't like downtime. To put it frankly, we are afraid of looking like an "Angry Bird".

I will once again re-emphasise that it has been two years since my last visit. I'm saying it because I've noticed some changes and improvements to the technique used at LA VIDA.

Two years ago, right after my embroidery and right in the shop, I took routine photos to capture the after-look of having an eyebrow embroidery done. At that time back then, that level of darkness (of my embroidered eyebrow) is considered really good and not obvious already!

BUT NOW, it is so much better!!! You can't tell at all that I have just had my eyebrows embroidered – it looks like I swiped some brow powder and browcara across! My brows looked refined and so neat.

There was no downtime. I felt no need to hide at home or from any cameras. I went about with my daily work and attended two events in the same day after getting my brows done! No one made a peep about my brows because it looked so natural!

After seeing my brows and the convenience that it brought, even my mom got tempted to get her brows done too – I'm pretty sure I inherited my non-existent super fine brow hair from her! 🙊

Just for my readers, text or call this number (8797 6271) and quote [Sophie398] to enjoy LA VIDA's Deluxe Creative Brows at a promotional price of $398 with a complimentary touch up session (U.P. $1369.60).

*Applicable only for first-time customers, available at all 6 outlets

Store locations:
  • AMK Hub #B1-24, Tel: 6481 5484
  • Bedok Mall #01-27, Tel: 6384 3218
  • Grantral Mall @Clementi #01-09/10, Tel: 6774 7372
  • Compass One #04-23, Tel: 6386 2585
  • Lot One #02-02, Tel : 6769 3244
  • Northpoint City #B1-168 Tel : 6873 1168

Lazada 9.9: LAZADA x FISHER PRICE Surprise Box

Lazada x Fisher Price Surprise Box

If you’re one of my loyal readers, then Lazada’s amazing surprise box will be no stranger to you. For my dearest parent readers, this box is for you — the Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box!

Filled with toys that our little one will be so excited about, and the best part of it, the amount of savings we can get! Read on to get a sneak peek of what’s in this surprise box.

| LAZADA 9.9 SALE


Starting 6 September to 9 September, enjoy a slew of discounts, flash deals and great offers on Lazada! With discounts going up to 90% off, you can get that shaver you’ve been eyeing for at an amazing price.

In addition, the key highlight of every Lazada sale is their stunning surprise boxes! During the 9.9 Lazada Sale, there will be 99 surprise boxes up for grab. Prices of the surprise box is either at $29 or $49, with items worth $100 or more!

| FISHER PRICE SURPRISE BOX

Lazada x Fisher Price Surprise Box

Every parent knows how expensive toys are. A simple piano keyboard can costs from $30 to $100+! This collaboration between Lazada & Fisher Price comes just in the nick of time! For $29 per surprise box, you will receive items that are worth $100.

My baby boy was so excited to check out his new toys! Here are some of his favourite picks from the Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box.

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Fisher Price Stack & Roll Cups

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Fisher Price Press & Go Monster Truck

There are a few more items in the surprise box... but as you know how these surprise boxes work! If I reveal all that’s in the box, then what’s the fun?

MiniChew can’t stop playing with his new toys — and your little one can benefit from this great bargain too! Just $29 for so many toys!!

The Lazada x Fisher Price surprise box will be released for sale on 8 September 2018, 8am. Fastest fingers first, so good luck!

The LAZADA 9.9 surprise box will be available only via their app. You can download it here for Android and here for Apple devices.

Click here to head over to Lazada 9.9 Sale!


More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

Lazada 9.9: LAZADA x Etude House Surprise Box

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box

K-beauty lovers, I’ve got you covered during the upcoming Lazada 9.9 Sale! For just $29, you can enjoy these amazing cosmetic products in the Etude House Surprise box!

Excited to find out what’s in the surprise box? Keep on reading!

| LAZADA 9.9 SALE


Starting 6 September to 9 September, enjoy a slew of discounts, flash deals and stunning offers on Lazada! With discounts going up to 90% off, you wouldn't want to miss all the great bargains coming online. You can also redeem various vouchers (up to $99) to help you save even more moolah!

In addition... the key highlight of every Lazada sale is their SO-WORTH-IT surprise boxes! During the 9.9 Lazada Sale, there will be 99 surprise boxes up for grab. Prices of the surprise box is either at $29 or $49, with items worth $100 or more!

| ETUDE HOUSE SURPRISE BOX

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box

I am a huge fan of Etude House. They were one of the first makeup brands that I was exposed to and even till this date, I’m still using their products! Gotta love their eyeliners, concealers and possibly... everything they have!

In the Lazada x Etude House surprise box, for $29 only, you’ll get to add $100 worth of NEW makeup products to your beauty stash. Here are my favourites from this surprise box!


Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Any Cushion Duo Case

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Any Balm Blusher

Lazada x Etude House Surprise Box
Colourful Drawing: Dear Darling Tint

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PLAY 101 Stick Contour Duo



Do note that the LAZADA 9.9 surprise box is available only via their app. You can download it here for Android and here for Apple devices.

LAZADA x Etude House Surprise boxes will be released for purchase on 9 September, 2pm. So, fastest fingers first!

Click here to head over to Lazada 9.9 Sale!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

The Lash Lawn: How I Wake Up Looking Fabulous Every Morning


Wouldn't it be great if you woke up every morning looking perfect? That is how I feel when my lashes have been fixed by The Lash Lawn. I can walk out of my house sans makeup, brimming with confidence because I know that I’m looking picture-perfect thanks to ‘em faux lashes.

Read on for my experience with the lash extensions at The Lash Lawn!

The Lash Lawn: Pretty At Home With Lashes
Zero eyeshadow on! Just some brow powder, foundation + blush

Here is an honest sharing from me. After having my cute baby Ethan, I couldn't stand being outshone by him. He looks adorable every second of every minute all day!

I, on the other hand, look exhausted and like an old hag, especially when I had no makeup on. Additionally, I loved taking photos of my baby boy and even more so, taking photos WITH HIM. However I couldn't stand posting the photos of myself (without makeup)... because I looked so terrible!

I began looking for solutions and it happened by chance one day. I was out for an event and wore falsies. I came home and took routine pictures with the little one; because they grow up so fast and I want to take as many photos with him as I can before he begins to reject the camera! And that was when I realised that faux lashes were the key to making me look refreshed and pretty all the time.

The Lash Lawn
Bare face for a facial but I'm still looking good cos of 'em lashes! – it's so amazing that I was shocked after taking this pic

It was as though the Lash Lawn heard my prayers because they reached out for a partnership and my gosh, their faux lashes are THE BOMB! Their lashes are incredibly fluttery and so light & comfortable – nothing is more annoying than heavy lashes that irritates the eye!

They've got me covered for all occasions – from natural-looking "Girl Next Door" lashes that keep me going on with my daily life grinds, to fabulous star-striking "Jet Setter" lashes that I would recommend to all office ladies because it cuts your makeup time by HALF!

Took this gif right after I woke up, haven't comb my hair or wash face yet lol

Life has been amazing after getting lash extensions. I've received multiple compliments that my lashes look so natural, you wouldn't even notice that they were fake. It has done an excellent job in making me look pretty anytime, anywhere – but what I love most is looking refreshed and awake 24/7 (so important for a new mom that barely gets 5 hrs of sleep a day 😂)

Over at The Lash Lawn, they focus on doing lashes that look natural with the intention of subtly accentuating one's features. So you wouldn't expect them to do anything too crazy or over the top – their lashes are not the super diva-like sort. The lash beauticians would always ensure that every strand has been properly separated, so as to prevent any itchiness or eye irritations.

They care a lot about your own lashes and would thus provide you with recommendations. For instance, my lashes are very thin, thus I can't do anything more than 2D because my own lashes are unable to handle the weight. In addition, the lash beauticians know that I wear specs so they would choose a suitable lash length that wouldn't collide with my specs.

I know this sounds really duh, but you'd be amazed by the sheer number of lash beauticians who do not ask me these questions and don't take such good care of my lashes. I have once had my lashes terribly destroyed by a lash parlour who did not ask me any questions and proceeded with the sticking – I ended up with false lashes that were wayyyyyy too long which kept colliding with my specs (it was so f*cking irritating for my eye), and they stuck so many extensions on each of my lash that made it really heavy and uncomfortable.

Point to note, if you are looking for something light, natural, fluttery, feels-like-it-is-non-existent... then go for The Lash Lawn! & don't forget to tell them that you are recommended by me because you can get 15% off any lash service!

The Lash Lawn: Event-ready all the time
Me at an event with zero eye makeup on! These lashes are truly amazing!

The Lash Lawn
See my lashes peeking out?! ♡
Look like I've got eyeliner on when in reality, I don't!

Here is the price list at The Lash Lawn.

Price list

If you are unsure of what sort of lashes that you want or would best fit your needs, you can always discuss it with your friendly lash technician and they would recommend to you what they think is best for your eye while meeting your beauty needs!

Each lash session can take 60 minutes or more. It depends on the number of strands you choose to stick (80, 120 or volume) and that would in turn also affect the duration of your touch-up session.

Here are some tips to make your lash extensions last longer:
  1. Wait at least 4 hours after your lash session before you take your shower, just to make sure that the glue has completely dried
  2. Avoid rubbing makeup remover (including micellar water makeup remover) around your eyes as that might potentially dissolve the glue and cause your lash to drop faster
  3. Comb it well every night & morning – to avoid clumping and to ensure longevity!

Save some moolah when you use this promo code at The Lash Lawn (because we Singaporeans love promo codes so much!)

Quote [SOPHLEOW15] for 15% off all non-promo service!
(or you can just tell them that you are recommended by me la!)

Lash on, ladies!