What is love?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I was in one of my random moments when I would wonder about life, and this question popped into my head:

"WHAT IS LOVE?"

This isn't the first time that this question has appeared in my mind out of the blue, but for every time that it has appeared, I have always managed to find an answer for it, and each time the answer that I get is always different from the previous ones as it comes from a different perspective.

I really love Google because it has always been a great source for answers when I have questions. In other words, I am one of those nut-case who would type all sorts of random, weird stuff into the search bar. Google is #awesome

Today, this was the answer that I had found:


How many of you would agree with me on this?

Review: Slimming Soap

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN THIS BLOG ENTRY IS SOLELY BASED ON MY OWN OPINION, AND ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS BY THE UNITED NATIONS, I AM ENTITLED TO SPEAK/WRITE WHAT THAT PLEASES ME DUE TO MY RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION, OR IF THAT DECLARATION IS INSUFFICIENT FOR YOU, THEN WE CAN GO BY THE ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION UNDER THE SAME RIGHT TO FREEDOM.

Now that, that is out of the way...

This is a review that has been requested by one of my blog readers.

As most of you Instagram users who shop via IG, and look through the hashtag #lookingfor, this product is something that you would commonly see.

These pictures were taken off Instagram. (Photo credits goes to whomever it may belong to)


A couple of months back... I purchased 4 pieces of this soap. Along with some slimming patches.

(Review on slimming patches coming up soon! Will talk more about it later!)

I was warned that each piece of soap is smaller than the usual soap bar that you buy from your local supermarkets or retail outlets. However when I opened my parcel, I was stunned for a moment when I saw the size of my soap bars.

Length: 4.5cm
(I realised that I forgot to align the soap at the 0cm mark when I was taking the picture)

Breadth: 4.5cm
(Same issue, forgot to align soap at 0cm mark)

The soap is about 2cm in height?

So, that makes the dimension for each piece of soap to be 4.5(cm) by 4.5(cm) by 2(cm).

I bet all of you are fishing for your ruler now to see exactly how long is 4.5cm and 2cm.

Is this the expression on your face now?
Well, that was my expression on my face.

I guess my reason for my reaction was because for the past 20 years of my life, this was the MOST EXPENSIVE piece of soap bar that I have ever purchased and was going to use.

That should be enough reason for that emotion, eh?

Besides, I WAS WARNED.

(flip table x1)



I bet the question that popped into almost all (or perhaps ALL) of your minds when you saw this product is... "Does this really work???"

Today, I will answer that question of yours, based on MY OWN EXPERIENCE and MY OWN OPINION.

Once again, I will proclaim that this review is subjective and is not to be taken into consideration if you do not have any faith in me and/or my words. (Not that there is any specific reason for you to have any in the first place unless you know me personally and/or truly believe in me)(I'm just saying)

After I got over my shocked reaction, the next thought that crossed my mind was.. "If this soap is indeed effective, then why not?"

Hence I used the soap dutifully for 2 months.

For the first week, I used the soap and the slimming patch together, and yes I noticed some changes in my physical appearance.. I had slimmed down however I did not know what was causing it. Therefore I stopped using the patches and carried on with the soap.

There were NO changes in my physique from then on, without the usage of the slimming patches.

It is written on the packaging of this soap that it is suppose to (I quote):

".. help reduce cellulite on and around the waist, thigh and buttock area, giving a smooth, supple and toned appearance."

For those who do not know what cellulite is, look at the example on the left.

Based on my personal experience and my own observation of my own body, the last time that I checked (which is in fact, now) the cellulite marks around my inner thighs are still present and they look exactly the same as they did before I started using the slimming soap. Hmm.. I wonder why.

(flip table x2)



Now, I will address another issue which is a question that has been asked pretty often..

"Is this product really from USA??"

(It is stated in CAPS and in bold on the packaging, "U.S.A. BEAUTY NUTRITIONALS")

Here's my answer (or more of, the answer provided by one of the sellers of this product):

Photo credits: @slimmingsoap1
(Actually the name of this store owner is practically sprawled throughout the image already)

So yes, question answered. And now you know the answer.

(flip table x3)



There have been feedbacks by people who have used the soap, that they have felt their skin tightening after using the soap. That is a sign of the slimming soap in action, isn't it?

Today I will unravel the mystery for all of you.

As I tried to better understand the benefits of the soap, I looked into the various ingredients that were used to make the soap and this is what I got from my research:

Seaweed extract

Seaweed extract: "Brown seaweed has been shown to cause cancerous tumors to self-destruct… detoxify the body of chemical build-up… and also burn body fat."

Ivy extract

Ivy extract: "(Ivy extract) is reported to tone and tighten the skin, while assisting in the removal of waste products from the body. For this reason, you will find ivy extract almost always is a key ingredient in products that aim to reduce the appearance of cellulite or promote weight loss."

Lime blossom extract

Lime Blossom extract: The only explanation that I had as to why lime blossom extract was added as one of the ingredients of the soap, was its ability to relieve stress and anxiety due to its soothing properties.

(FYI spelling error in packaging - they spelled lime blossom as lime BOSSOM - LOL)

Lanolin oil

Lanolin oil: A brilliant moisturiser. Derived from grease extracted from sheep's wool. And I quote, "(Lanolin oil is) a semi-occlusive breathable barrier, so it protects and absorbs at the same time. And once it penetrates into the skin, it holds up to 400 times its weight in water, so it's a fantastic moisture reservoir for skin."

So now, after loading you with the summarised version of the benefits of each of the ingredients, it is time for us to unravel the mystery question.

"Why do people feel a tightening feeling after using the soap???"

Answer: It is because of lanolin oil.

Ha! I bet you weren't expecting that!! Don't worry, neither did I!

From my research, I found out that when you moisturise your skin, because of the rehydration, it increases the elasticity of your skin and hence causing it to become tighter!

The reason why ivy extract is not the answer although it helps in toning and tightening the skin is because it has to be used in the form of a lotion or ointment in order for the ivy extract to take effect.

Therefore, key to tightening your skin...
Moisturise your skin EVERYDAY!

(flip table x4)



Now, back to the other 3 ingredients used to make the soap (ie. Seaweed extract, Ivy extract, Lime Blossom extract), you've read the benefits that they give and it sounds awesome, doesn't it?

Well I'm afraid that I have another bombshell for you: the benefits can only be reaped BEST, IF they are in contact with your body via the right method.

To reap the benefits of seaweed extract, it has to be consumed.

To reap the benefits of ivy extract, it has to be applied topically (meaning: applied to a localized area of the body or to the surface of a body part) usually in the form of a cream, gel or spray.

To reap the benefits of lime blossom extract, it has to be consumed either in the form of drugs or a cup of tea.

After saying this, PLEASE DO NOT over-consume/over-apply these products just because of what you have just read.

LIMIT is the way to go.


After writing so much, this is what I think:

"Honestly, it is not worthy at all getting this soap (each piece is priced at $5-8).

I wouldn't deny about its moisturising purposes, however if you are really keen on looking for a product to moisturise your skin, why not invest the money in a proper moisturising soap and/or moisturising cream/lotion?

It is easily available in the local pharmacies around your neighbourhood (such as Watsons, Guardian or Unity) or if not in your local supermarket!

I do know of several brands that are available in these stores which are really good! In fact, some of them are great for people suffering from Eczema!!

(Rod has Eczema hence my bank of knowledge on moisturising products)

(Eczema is a genetic condition of extremely dry skin, hence if a moisturiser has been proven to be good for Eczema patients, then it must really be a good moisturiser!)

Next thing, I can't tell you that the soap will definitely not serve its purpose of slimming. From my analysis, it helps a person to slim down by detoxifying the body of bad products.

What I can tell you though, is that out of 4 routes of administering a product into a person's body system, the topical route is the less effective one as there is little absorption of the product into the body system.

The topical route is only effective when you are trying to cure a problem that is on the surface of your skin.

Furthermore if you were to think about it, what is the point of using a product which you would..

  1. Rub onto your body
  2. Leave it on for a maximum time of 1 minute and hope that your body absorbs as much of its benefits as possible (I honestly do not know how much benefits can the body possibly even absorb within a minute!)
  3. Subsequently have everything rinsed away

It does not even make sense to begin with!"


After all that has been said, I will once again state that everything written in this blog entry is based on my personal experience, my personal opinion and my research on the internet.

It is to your discretion, as to whether you wish to purchase this slimming soap after having read this review.

Also, if you have been a user of this soap and have indeed slimmed down after using this slimming soap, GOOD FOR YOU!


P/S: Do you own a slimming patch and.. you think it works? Are you sure that it really works or is it just your mind playing tricks on you? Are you sure that the one you have in your hands right now is AUTHENTIC? I have discovered fake slimming patches circulating around IG. More details on my next beauty blog review.

For Introverts, For me

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Today this blog entry will simply be for me, because I have had a bad day.
(cues: Daniel Powter's "Bad Day")

If by any chance that you happen to gain interest in or be inspired by what I am about to share, then all I can say that it has been my honour to have been able to share this with you.

Pretty face, Pretty hair & Pretty nails

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sponsored post

About two weeks ago, Blogshop Queenie sent me 3 items for review and they are:
  1. Handmade Organic Soap (Pearl)
  2. SHILLS Wow! Fluffy Fix Maximising Hair Volume Spray
  3. NAIL STAR Two-Way Nail Art Pen & Brush

Needless to say, my favourite pick for this round of product review is the Handmade Organic Soap (Pearl)! It is my life saviour and frankly, I have never come across any facial soap that is more amazing than this one! **HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**


Two weeks ago, this was the state of my facial skin:
When I took this photo, my exams had just ended. I slept at 4am for the past 3 weeks as I was busy mugging for my papers! I hardly have acne problems nowadays but even if I do, it would mostly be tiny pimples about 1mm in diameter and on very rare occasions, pus-filled pimples.

This is a common issue in Singapore due to our crazily humid weather and insanely stressful lifestyle (Hello to all the students reading this!)!!

And the worst thing of all? PUBERTY!!!!

To the girls who just nodded your head when you saw that P word, let me tell you this:


Yes, I have little acne problems now (I have them because I sleep at crazy late timings which are really really bad! DO NOT BE LIKE ME!) but it hasn't always been like this for me.

There was a time in my teenage years when I was plagued by acne issues as well! During that time, I dared not lift up my fringe as my forehead was covered with ugly pimples and the worst point of my acne problems was when a pimple chose to grow at the tip of my nose! YES, TIP OF MY NOSE.

The tip of my nose would swell and be inflammed due to the pimple and so... I looked like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!

You look like me???


Anyway my point is, hang in there girls! That horrifying + irritating period WILL pass! Oh and, you girls are actually more lucky than I am! Ya know why??

Because back then, I had to wait out for my annoying acne period to end whereas NOW, you girls have a solution to your acne problems!

THE HANDMADE ORGANIC SOAP!

Handmade Organic Soap (Pearl)

I have to say this again, this is THE MOST AMAZING SOAP that I have ever seen & used in my life!!!!

There is a tiny leaflet that was packed along with the soap into the plastic wrapper..

For those buyers who have purchased a Handmade Organic Soap before, I bet most of you simply flipped the small piece of paper into the dustbin without taking a second look at it, eh? After all, this whole thing is in Korean!!! HOW TO UNDERSTAND?!!!

Well.. I am out to impress all of you today so here is a translation of what is written on that tiny piece of paper!

Alright, so I cheated and used google translator.. :P

This is a handmade soap, therefore if you do not intend to finish using it within a year, you have to refrigerate it! (Weird I know, but just do it if you don't wanna waste your money!!)

Now, let me SHOW YOU how amazing this soap is!

We all have pulsating zits at some point of our lives, and.. THIS IS MINE!

Here is the result after just one wash:

The effect after just one wash was amazing!

After a single wash, my pulsating pimple got reduced by 80% and the gooey painful disgusting pus, became just a small speck of white "thing"! I pressed on it lightly, it popped out from under the surface of my skin which I then flicked away easily!

Usually a zit like that would take me 4-6 days to heal, but after using the Pearl soap, my pimples healed in about 2-3 days! That's half of the my usual recovery span!!

Other than treating acne issues, the Handmade Organic Soap (Pearl) is also great for tightening pores, skin whitening and for removal of blackheads! After using the Pearl soap, I witnessed my pores becoming significantly smaller and my blackheads have decreased as well!

Yay!



Another product which Queenie sent me for review was SHILLS Wow! Fluffy Fix Maximising Hair Volume Spray.

Are you one of those people...
.. who has fine and limp hair? Often getting frustrated and annoyed by hair thinning problems? Or you urgently need a good volumising hair spray for volume up hairstyles?

Introducing to you, SHILLS Wow! Fluffy Fix Maximising Hair Volume Spray!
A volumizing spray for fine and limp hair.
It can also be used for volume up hairstyles and it will last you all day long!

Use it to create a THICK and FULL LOOK!

It has a natural texture and a long-lasting hold. It can help you to achieve 3X your normal hair volume! It can also help to thicken thinning hair IMMEDIATELY!

Hold the nozzle 10 cm away from the hair and... SPRAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

And be greeted next by a WOW! hairstyle!!! THICK AND FULL!

Suitable for layered, curly or straight hair with short or medium-short hair length! (:



The last item(s) that Queenie sent me were these...
NAIL STAR Two-Way Nail Art Pen & Brush

If it isn't obvious enough from my Instagram or the quick short profile of me at the right side-bar of this blog....
I am a nail freak


I own a rather satisfactory collection of nail polishes (at the moment) and I will squeal in excitement at the discovery of any new methods of nail art!

Queenie surprised me with these 3 darlings in my parcel and needless to say, I was over the moon!

These bottles of nail polish are really unique as they not only have a striper brush but they also have a detailing pen which is great for nail-art designing!

This is how it looks like. Brush dipped in the bottle, detailing pen at the top.

An actual photo of how it looks like.
(This picture was taken off Google, photo credits to whomever it may belong to!)

And so, using the purple striper, I did a nail art design of the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, inspired by cutepolish.
I modified my design a little because I did not have purple flocking powder.

With the purple striper, this nail art design was so easy to be done! No squigly, wriggly, uneven lines! No alternating fat and thin stripes! YAY to pretty nails!

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Think any (or perhaps, ALL!) of these products are amazing and you want to get your hands on them?

Here is how you can get them:
To order, kindly email blogshop_queenie@outlook.com with this order format:

NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
ITEM NAME
POSTAGE PREFERENCE (NORMAL/REGISTERED)


All messages will be replied within 48 hours.

*Please note all items are pre-order unless otherwise stated*
**Only CONFIRMED BUYERS are attended to!**

Alternatively, you can view the order form here or if you are keen to know what other products there are, you can view it at Blogshop Queenie's webstore (Click 'here' to view webstore)!

Collin's Grille.Bento

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Today I have a food entry for the foodies: food from Collin's Grille.Bento (Click here to look at their menu)

Collin's Grille.Bento serves both Western & Japanese cuisine and has 12 outlets throughout the whole of Singapore!
  • 323 BUKIT BATOK ST 33
    #01-114 S650323.
  • 443 CLEMENTI AVE 3
    #01-55 S120443.
  • 308 CLEMENTI AVE 4
    #01-335 S120308.
  • 159A HOUGANG ST11
    #01-02 S531159.
  • 21 HOUGANG ST 51 #01-42
    HOUGANG GREEN MALL S538719.
  • 26 JALAN MEMBINA
    #01-10 S161026.
  • 6 KAKI BUKIT AVE 1
    #02-03 S417940.
  • 10 LORONG BAKAR BATU
    S348744.
  • 476 TAMPINES ST 44
    #01-207/209 S520476.
  • 476 TAMPINES ST 44
    #01-203 S520476.
  • 3014B UBI RD 1
    S408722.
  • 306 WOODLANDS ST 31
    #01-19 S730306.
Do you by any chance stay nearby to one of these outlets? (:

For the Western cuisines, they offer the usual Western set meals such as chix chop, grilled steaks, grilled lamb chops, grilled fish and etc, and they also offer pastas and baked rice! For the Japanese cuisines, Collin's offers bento set meals in Salmon, Saba, chicken teriyaki (and many other options), and in the menu, you can also find ramen and yaki meshi (fried rice)!

Now that's a lot of options for a small food joint!

I know what just crossed your mind... "With so many options available, most of the food would most definitely taste horrible.."

Well the good news is, I have eaten there quite a couple of times and have tried a variety of choices in their menu, and so far I have been satisfied with my food ALL THE TIME! (Or maybe I am just good at picking all the nice stuff to eat?)

A panorama view of the eatery

The outlet that I went to is the one at Woodlands, and yes it is situated in a coffee shop, where a part of the coffee shop is sectioned off just for the patrons of Collin's Grille.Bento!

Collin's Grille.Bento is one of the few eateries that I have been to that offers great food at an unbelievably affordable price! Yay to cheap food!


Haha yes, I went for lunch with a minion! (beedoh beedoh beedoh!)

Needless to say, appetisers are a definite must-have for me whenever possible, and I went for my usual choice of appetiser:
Mushroom soup, $2.00

How boring can I possibly get? Always ordering the same stuff! Will order something else next time! #PROMISE


I have to say that this mushroom soup is rather ordinary. I would advocate for it to be (one of?) your appetiser, however when my soup arrived and after I took pictures of it (probably around 2-3 mins?), the soup went cold already. I couldn't tell if the soup came cold or that it went cold because of the time that I took to snap shots of it, hence I dare not ask my server to bring it back into the kitchen to heat it up for me. So I had cold mushroom soup that day and although it was not horrible, it definitely took a couple of points off my rating chart. I would rate this mushroom soup 7.3/10.

Most of the time the soup that I have would at least still be warm after its "photoshoot" #justsaying

Mushroom & Prawn Aglio Olio, $5.50


Aglio olio is a perfect choice for those days when you are craving for pasta and yet your taste buds aren't quite willing to accommodate savoury tastes!

This Aglio Olio had the fragrance required for this dish which is made from the cooking oil, garlic, herbs and a tinge of chilli. When eating this pasta, one will have the desire to take another bite after another and another. It is that addictive! As for the prawns, as seen from the picture, they were big, juiciy and succulent, and because they were stir fried together with the herbs and spices, it made the prawns even tastier!

I would give this pasta a 7/10 because when I finished 80% of the pasta, I was disgusted by the pool of oil lying at the bottom of my plate, which the other 20% of my pasta was soaked in. Yuck.

Oh well, the pasta tasted really really good though!

Grilled Salmon fillet with Mango sauce, $6.90 **MUST-TRY**

I have to admit that this is the cheapest grilled salmon fillet that I have ever seen anywhere selling. Not to mention, the generous portion of salmon fillet and sides provided (aglio olio, salad with some dressing and approx. 1/3 cob of corn), this is a guaranteed meal that will have you feeling full at the end of it!

Tangy mango sauce with perfectly grilled salmon fillet? I give this dish 9.5/10!

It not only tasted good but it was a total value for money! THUMBS UP!

BBQ chipolata, $3.00

I would give these chipolatas 7/10? They are not as juicy as the ones I had at Marché but overall still pretty good.

These chipolatas were grilled rather well, albeit it could have been a little juicier. As for the the brown sauce that was drizzled over the chipolatas, it gave the sausages a more savoury flavour.

Green Tea ice-cream with Japanese Red Bean, $2.50

Last but not least, dessert. If you are looking for something cold and something sweet (but not too sweet!), this would be a perfect choice. The Green Tea ice-cream is great during those days when the weather is so freaking hot that you can literally fry an egg under the sun!

I found it rather interesting that when the Green Tea ice-cream was eaten with the Japanese Red Bean topping, the combination created a whole new sweet taste that was totally unlike eating just the Green Tea ice-cream alone! I give this dessert a 8.5/10!

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And that's a wrap for this food entry! Beauty products review coming up next!