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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dr Jart Magic Cleansing Oil Foam

The Dr Jart Magic Cleansing Oil Foam claims to be a one stop cleanser, and being the lazy person I sometimes am, thought it was a great oil cleanser without the need for a separate foam cleanser after.

Dr Jart Magic Cleansing Oil Foam

The texture is that of a viscous gel and doesn't have much of a slip to it. It gets better when water is added. It cleans very well and washes off without leaving any residue on the skin, unlike an oil cleanser, but it doesn't foam, which kind of reminds me of one of those soap-free organic gel cleansers.

Dr Jart Magic Cleansing Oil Foam

Looking at the ingredients which lists rice bran oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, aloe leaf juice and papaya extract as components, you wouldn't be faulted for thinking that this is a rather nourishing product. That is, if you can get past the scent. I couldn't. I'm not sure if it's the pine extract or the added fragrance, but this smelled like a fragrance-free product with the base scent smelling like petrol.

Dr Jart Magic Cleansing Oil Foam

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Steamed Cakes from Mushiya Steamers, Ion

These Japanese steamed cakes were going for just $1 at closing time, and they looked so cute and irresistable that I persuaded the boy to get a couple of them. Surprisingly, despite the many interesting flavours like strawberry milk, yuzu, sakura and sweet potato, they did not taste as good as our traditonal huat kuay, eaten with dessicated coconut and sugar. These were denser instead of being fluffy yet springy, and despite the color of the cakes, tasted plain. If you'd like to try one, I'd recommend the ichigo milk flavour.

Mushiya Steamers

Mushiya Steamers
Mushiya Steamers

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dinner @ Nakhon Kitchen, Hougang St 21

I had noticed a rather long queue outside the Nakhon Kitchen branch at Hougang a couple of times when we were on our way to town. It piqued my curiousity as the place looked more like a coffeeshop than an air-conditioned restaurant. The first thing that came to mind was, the food was probably cheap. And good.

Nakhon Kitchen
We had the green curry with beef (chicken is available). The boy found it spicy but as a lover of spicy food, I hardly noticed the heat. A pretty standard green curry dish.

Nakhon Kitchen
The boy wanted to try the fried pork with garlic. I have no idea what he had pictured it to be like, but he was definitely surprised to see it cooked this way. I guess it does look more like finger food than a side dish, but it was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and somehow reminded me of the complimentary pork crisps we were given when we dined at Ting Yuan Fishhead Hotpot.

Nakhon Kitchen
We initially ordered pad thai as I was looking forward to more spicy food, but I realised, just in time, that we needed some rice to go with our curry and changed our order for pad thai to fried rice with chicken (you could ask for beef or seafood instead). The fried rice tasted like what you'd get at Jumbo or similar restaurants.

I'd say that the food is rather cheap, and yet rather expensive. It costs $6-8 per dish above, but the portion is small. I was happy with the quality except for my tamarind drink which was a huge disappointment after my wonderful virgn experience at Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant.

Yes, it's bottled and tasted like Allswell :( I'd recommend the boy's cold lemongrass drink over mine any time.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lemongrass House: Ylang Ylang Spa Range

Coming from a traditional and practical family, special days like birthdays are celebrated by giving the person a red packet. The problem with this however, is that my mum tends to save the money instead of spending it on something she likes. So I always tend to include a little something else with the red packet. For Mother's Day, it's usually a bouquet of flowers. This year, it'll be the heady scent of Ylang Ylang, in the form of pampering aromatherapeutic products from Lemongrass House.

Lemongrass House

Unlike the sweet-smelling Ylang Ylang Night Balm from Decleor that I'm currently using, I find the scent from Lemongrass House's Ylang Ylang range much more suitable for those more mature. The scent is pungent and heady, with the characteristic hint of jasmine flowers. The jasmine note is much more obvious in their Ylang Ylang Aromatic Room and Pillow Spray, since jasmine water is being used as the base.

You can read my review on the shower gel, body cream and aromatic room and pillow spray here.

From today till the 8th of May, there's a 25% discount when you purchase two or more products from their Lavender, Blue Chamomile, Rose or Ylang Ylang range. Oh, and remember to keep the empty bottles as you'll get a special 20% off on the 5th of June if you bring back 2 empty bottles in celebration of World Environment Day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Holika Holika Honey Sleeping Pack

I got the Holika Holika Honey Sleeping Pack as a sample in the shape of a five-stone. The flavour isn't stated on the packaging, at least not in any form I understand, but I'm guessing this is the acerola honey sleeping pack due to its pinkish hue.

A thick gel, this smells exactly like the lovely mixture of 20% honey and 20% acerola that it contains, and the scent is in no way overpowering. Although it is to be used as a sleeping pack, I still cannot get used to the idea, and this will definitely mess up my sheets. So like all other sleeping masks, I use this as I would a normal mask, just that I leave it on a little longer, perhaps half an hour to an hour, before washing it off.

Holika Honey Sleeping Pack
Honey supposedly contains anti-microbial properties and replenishes minerals lost by neglect and stress, but any significant result is perhaps only noticed with regular use over a period of time.

Curiously, I have been searching for a good manuka honey recently as I had run out, and was told by an old auntie at the health shop that I could have skin as smooth as hers when I'm 70 by applying the honey she's selling on my face :). That's a bit too luxurious for me though I had tried it with Wynn-Wright Honey in the past. I think I'd stick to the Holika Holika Honey Sleeping Pack for now.