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ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouge Review

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long hiatus, was living it up spending lots of time with family and friends, travelled to HK (yes, again, but who could resist when flights were only $200 return?!)

2013 had its ups and downs but one thing is for sure - I've emerged stronger. Thank you for continuing to support me and leaving me encouraging comments, or sweet emails of inspiration, I really appreciate all of it and will work harder in 2014!

A while ago I was invited to a ZA Rouge Affair that introduced us to their new range of liquid rouges! There were a few activity stalls set up so we could get to know the products better and bring home some more goodies!

Activity 1: Revealed with a kiss!

We just had to try out their new liquid rouges for ourselves, right? Here, a shade of rich-glam liquid rouge was applied on us and we had to kiss a serviette to find out our lip shape! Mine's full and wide, like Anne Hathaway's hehe.

 Anne Hathaway has a gorgeous smile, mesmerizing. 

While waiting for our turn, with pretty Yijing!

I really liked how moisturizing the liquid rouge was on my lips! :)

Activity 2: Toss & Win~!

We were given a few small flowers and had to attempt to throw them into shot glasses with prize labels on them! It was really tough and I don't think I have very good throwing skills hahah. Whoever is good at this can probably fully utilize those arcade rewards  ;X

Activity 3: Identifying materials!

As gripz was one of the sponsors for the event, there was a booth where we were introduced to different types of leather that gripz uses for their shoes!

Yijing and I managed to guess the right material from the sample and got a little prize!

There was another activity where we had to turn over cards to match 2 photos at a time, but I was too excited to take a photo. Oops.

We got to bring two shades home to play with! Sharp eyes will notice I'm wearing the CJC PE t-shirt hahaha. 

I'm really happy with the ZA Rich-Glam Liquid Rouges ($18.90) because I can easily get the rich colour of lipstick AND shine of lipgloss in one application!

Also, the ultra fit applicator helps ensure that the appropriate amount of liquid is held in the curve and fits your lips perfectly, so it doesn't pick up too much product and you can apply straightaway!

Thank you ZA for having me! Here's a group picture with my blogger friends :) The liquid rouges are available in stores from 30 Jan 2014.

Rounge SGC Nail Salon Tokyo Review - Gel vs Gelish

Just like painting nails is therapeutic, looking at my nails on a particularly stressful afternoon cheers me up. This is especially so when it's done the way I like it, drawn professionally, and with no chips, unsightly edges or missing crystals. Once you've found a salon that does that for you, you'll keep going back. I managed to find one such salon and I'm very excited to share this with you guys!!

Photo a day before I get my nails done!
But first -

Gel vs Gelish

What's the difference between Gel and Gelish? Are your nails done using gelish? When I answer no and say it's gel, they look confused.

I've been asked this question pretty frequently, and I think it's time to share the answer online.

Gelish, is the name of a type of gel under Harmony, produced in US. It's just a brand, like you can't assume that all post-it's are under 3M, right? There are sticky pads produced by other companies as well.

Gel is the generic name for manicures that resembles acrylic nails, but are far less damaging as your nail is not glued on, but rather, applied on. Gel manicures take a much longer time for you to finish your manicure compared to the traditional ones. Instead of the usual 2 coats for basic manicures, gel manicures can take 10 or more coats, simply because they are individually painted on and require LED/UV light to dry between coats.

Nail designs by Rounge SGC Nail Salon, using Japanese brand of gel nails

However, gel nails do not chip easily and are extremely durable, so you can be doing manual labour and not worry about your nails. Before I switched to gel manicures, my nail polish used to be so easily chipped that I would remove them within a week. Sometimes, they would get chipped the very next day. What a waste of money!!


As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I found a salon that exceeded my expectations and left me very satisfied, and that is Rounge SGC Nail Salon, Tokyo, which has 10 outlets in Japan and they just opened their first outlet in Singapore and even more recently, in New York, not too long ago!

Most of their manicurists are japanese staff who are very patient, greet you cheerfully, and provide top notch service.

I thought I'd highlight some of the amazing perks you don't get at ordinary salons (and trust me, I've been to plenty) that Rounge SGC offers.


  • Premium quality gel nail products from Japan
Rounge SGC Nail Salon uses top products in Japan like Ace Gel which is not as harmful and harsh on your nails, and most importantly, are a great base for designs. They are able to handle marbling effects, more layers of colour, create gradients of colour, and more. There are just so many endless possibilities to be achieved!

(If you're wondering why the english doesn't really make sense, I'm using google translate's auto translator, the original language is in Japanese)

Obtained from Ace Gel's gallery, simply gorgeous.

  • Free soak off, even if you did your nails at another shop

This is a bit of a shocker because many many salons charge additional $20 or so just to soak off your already grown out gel nails. Soaking off is not entirely easy because the gel portion of your nails have to be soaked, filed and buffed, which takes about 20 minutes. Furthermore, if they are over buffed your nails will be damaged. 

Rounge SGC does it for you, FOR FREE.

  • Free repair for 1 week

If your nail is chipped, broken, loose or separated, contact the salon immediately and they will repair it for you unconditionally! They are that confident about their quality. I didn't have any issues because my nails are still in perfect condition even though I am pretty clumsy and sometimes scratch at my nails.

  • Unlimited accessories 

Many salons charge additional $1, for every extra big crystal, or $4 per finger of nail art, but not Rounge SGC. All options are included in the fixed rate so you won't have any hidden charges! When you are given a price, that's it, independent of design!

They have a crazy wide variety of accessories, and once again I have to stress that they are available at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Some accessories are even imported specially from Japan and are not found in Singapore!

Christmas nails
My christmas themed nails!

Mina-chan did my nails for me and she is just amazing at it!! She did a really good job and I am very impressed. With years of experience and a ridiculously stable hand, she's able to draw such gorgeous designs that has drawn a lot of attention and given lots of compliments! She's done nails for many Japanese celebrities and is very passionate and dedicated in her nail designs. At the end of manicures, customers will even get a Rounge SGC Nail Salon buffer, compliments of the salon!

It's been two weeks since I've gotten my manicure and they are still in tip top condition! No chips, no broken edges, nothing. The only thing that's changed is that my nails have grown longer. I'm very pleased!! Rounge SGC Nail Salon is having a promotion for first time customers, where a full gel manicure is fixed at $80. Hurry and make your last minute christmas appointment, or early chinese new year appointment, today! You know how crazy hard it is during CNY period is to get a slot with good, reputable nail salons.

Taken after my mani! :)

Which nail design is your favourite? Mine is the christmas tree, but many of my friends and colleagues like the snowflake design. Have you gotten your nails done for Christmas? Leave a comment below!

Nail Salon Rounge SGC 

402 Orchard Road 


Delfi Orchard 
Tel: 6737-4413

PSST: Visit their facebook page to have a look at more of their carefully crafted designs

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® 's Christmas selection

 This festive season is all about giving, and what better way to kick start your Christmas by giving back to charity? As part of  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Charity Campaign, customers who purchase Deck the Tree Cards* at $3 each and The Coffee Bean Card** (Holiday Design) at $28 each will be supporting the Singapore Children's Society.

*Full proceeds will be contributed to Singapore Children’s Society.

**$2 will be contributed to Singapore Children’s Society for every card sold.

And as this joyous period is around the corner, take advantage of these seasonal Christmas items!

  • The drinks

Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended

Decadent dark chocolate with a cool peppermint yumminess. Mmm that bitter but cool mix will make you feel like it's snowing outside (just pretend the rain is snow ok?)

SML S$6.80 REG S$7.80 LRG S$8.30

Toffee Nut Ice Blended

Buttery flavor of caramelized sugar and a hint of nut combined with coffee for a sweet treat. I'm sure many of you would've heard about how awesome this drink is, that many people look forward to Christmas just for this drink!

SML S$6.80 REG S$7.80 LRG S$8.30

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
Sip the sweet, creamy and chocolate flavors of a red velvet cupcake.

I'm a huge fan of Red Velvet cupcakes, but I'm not entirely sure how a hot cocoa red velvet would turn out. Mystifying isn't it? That's why you've got to try one to find out.

SML S$6.00 REG S$6.50 LRG S$7.00

Peppermint Stick Tea Latte
Sweet, creamy peppermint and vanilla flavor combined with black tea and steamed milk.

For days when it's cold outside and you just want to sit down and enjoy the companionship of a loved one.

SML S$5.80 REG S$6.30 LRG S$6.80

  • The cakes

I've just got to rave about my favourite cake from The Coffee Bean, the Mixed Nut Toblerone Cheesecake is just simply divine! Irresistible mixed nut cheesecake embedded with Toblerone triangles and at 1.8kg, it's perfect for that holiday cheer with friends and family. Also, how adorable is that little home in the middle of Toblerone forest?? 

  • Treats!

Of course, there are many more treats available at The Coffee Bean, designed to conjure up childhood Christmas memories treats like the Christmas Stollen, Festive Gingerbread Man, Santa’s Gingerbread House, and Roast Turkey. These are adorable and will make for a flavourful and visually appealing feast!

Orders for whole cakes and pastry packs can be made online via the The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
website ( Better to order early before that Christmas party!

The Christmas offer at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf outlets and Beanstro begins on 4 November and lasts until 29 December 2013.

Cadbury spreads the joy of giving for Christmas

In line with the festive season and spirit, Cadbury invited us to experience their Joy of Giving experience onboard their Joyrider!! Nurul and I were early so we walked around Cathay playing around with the Casio Exilim EX-ZR1200. We were very impressed because even the normal shots had a slight beauty effect about them!

Zero image editing on my end, this was straight from the camera! I like how the camera makes you look younger :3 All photos taken in this entry are from the Casio Exilim ZR1200 :)

All aboard the Joyrider! In a recent poll conducted by Cadbury, 91% of Singaporeans prefer to give presents as opposed to other means of giving and 76% said that they like giving gifts as they are able to share joy with others. My favourite part of giving presents is watching the receivers reaction. You can tell alot by the initial look through the expression in their eyes and excitement in their voice! (Unless of course, they're already seasoned, trained professionals).

Singaporeans' 3 top emotional draws they receive when giving are "happiness", "joy" and "love", which I wholly agree with. Seeing other people happy makes me happy too!

The inside of the Joyrider transports you to a purple sky with beautiful snowflakes and christmas cheer. If you're wondering about the star effect, that's a function in the Casio Exilim ZR1200! Pretty neat huh.

Until I forgot to switch the mode back to normal. Turned out alright and the camera is pretty smart in detecting faces! Again, loving the natural looking, flawless skin effect. The Joyrider had many accessories on board for you to wear and take pictures with to get you into the Christmas mood!

It was a rainy day that afternoon, but on board the Joyrider made me imagine that the raindrops were like snow.

Of course, being on the Joyrider, you'll have plenty of... Cadbury chocolate! Everyone became starry-eyed as they were served chocolate that never seemed to run out. DREAM COME TRUE.

As part of Cadbury's Joy of Giving campaign, hop onto Cadbury's Joyrider for free on:

14 Dec 1-5pm at Downtown East or
check Cadbury's Facebook page for more locations, routes and times you can hop onto the Joyrider until Christmas!

Riders aboard will enjoy a fun-filled journey into Joyville - Cadbury's mythical and joyful land with tons of chocolates and magic!

Happy campers helping themselves to the chocolate. The kids were bouncing in their seats the whooole way. Nobody was crying (how could anyone cry when you're stuck in a bus filled with chocolate??)

Along the way we played a few games, shan't spoil them for you, but winners get additional goodies like Cadbury exclusive merchandise not sold in stores!!

I played and walked away with a Cadbury tote bag. Woohoo!!

We stopped at Singapore Flyer to take photos with the bus to commemorate our Cadbury experience. 

And also forgot to switch my camera back to normal mode, but the photos turned out nice anyway! Here's our shot with the Cadbury Joyrider crew.

And another with everyone on the bus!! See how many kids there were?? 

 Here's another shot without the star effect, photo credits to Cadbury!

As part of the “Joy of Giving” campaign, Cadbury will be donating S$1 for every S$15 purchase of Cadbury products (up to S$30,000) and additional donations will be collected on the Joyrider. All proceeds will go to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

Spread the joy of giving! To find out more about the poll from fellow Singaporeans, click on the infographic below!

Photos are taken with a Casio Exilim EX-ZR1200, thank you Casio, and thank you Cadbury for this amaazing afternoon transporting us to Joyville!

Which is the best mattress? Definitely Sealy's

My Sealy adventure was a great exploratory journey, and has truly made me appreciate what a good bed should be like. In the beginning, it took me a while to get used to my bed, there was some tossing and turning before falling asleep, waking up with a stiff neck because of my incompatible pillow and trying new sleeping positions.

Despite the initial adjustment, one thing was still certain - I woke up feeling refreshed.

After my body adjusted to my Sealy, I was so comfortable that I would fall asleep almost immediately after my head touched my pillow. I even tried playing with my phone to try and see how long I could stay awake but once I closed my eyes for a bit... I drifted off to sleepland.

Photo credits to Sealy Singapore
Sealy's Posturepedic matresses are specifically engineered to give you the ultimate comfort with their unsurpassed quality and support that lasts years. It's UniCased plank is a shock absorber and distributes your weight and pressure which keeps your body aligned while you sleep.

On my old mattress, I used to wake up randomly in the middle of the night just because my back hurt. I've stopped having that problem every since I switched to my Sealy, and I know that every night while I'm resting, my body is getting the perfect balance of support, comfort and durability, manufactured and tested to the highest standards :)

This journey brought me through bedsheet shopping, room re-designing, to cleaning a stain off my mattress (naughty Squishy!!) and now I know that I'm a converted Sealy fan for life.

I spent many hours researching possible and interesting information that people would like to know about , and did you know that sleeping on your back with your arms at your side is generally considered to be the best sleeping position for spine health and it’s good for your neck, too? (as long as you don’t use too many pillows) However, people who sleep on their backs usually snore more than other positions and may cause sleep apnea.

I usually alternate between sleeping on my left and right side, but sleeping on either side has implications too. Sleeping on the right side can worsen heartburn while sleeping on the left side can put strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach (while minimizing acid reflux).

I like how Sealy has a wide range of beds available in a range of comfort feels to suit your needs and preferences. Prefer a softer bed? Don't want a bed with memory foam? Head on to their flagship store and try the beds for yourself, choosing the right bed is so important to help you feel energised and ready to face the day, plus you deserve the ultimate night's sleep.

Leaving you with this infographic I found off the internet for people who experience pains when they sleep or are on the bed. Enjoy!

Sealy Sleep Palace 
91 Tanglin Road (near Orchard MRT!)
Tanglin Place #01-02
Singapore 247918

Tel: 6235 3166 
Opening Hours: 
10.00am - 9.00pm (Mon to Thu)
10.00am – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun)
Facebook page:

Thank you for following me on my Sealy Adventure, and thank you Sealy!

PSST! Check out Sealy's island wide promotion and find out how rigorous their research and development tests are before they are released to the public!

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