Belif UV Protector Daily Sunscreen Gel

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Belif UV Protector Daily Sunscreen Gel
Today I will be reviewing Belif's UV Protector Daily Sunscreen Gel! Previously, I have mentioned that I will be reviewing my Belif Beauty Haul, and this is the very first post of all the products I have since gotten there!
I have already shared that all belif products are formulated using the Napiers original formula, so I will not be repeating that to bore you out. :)

Simply put, I really welcome this product in my makeup procedure.  It is good for everyday use and because of its gel-like texture, it gets absorbed really quickly when you use it on its own. However, if it is used on top of my other skincare products, I have to say that it takes about 5minutes to be completely absorbed. I usually don't wait so long for it, and before 5 minutes is up, I already will have slapped on my foundation, etc.
This product has a SPF of 30.
What I like about this is that it is a all natural product which doesn't contain mineral oil, any synthetic fragrances, colors, preservatives and animal-derived ingredients!
I also love the herbal smell it emits when I apply it. Their website I visited said that it gives a whitening effect and glow on your skin after use. However, I don't see the whitening effect at all, just the glow as it is a watery based gel sunscreen.
Unfortunately, this gel is really expensive to use for just 30ml in a bottle. While I like the texture, it is not the lightest sunscreen gel I have encountered before. Although the bottle claims to feel like applying watery essence on your face, it's true, but only if you're not using any other products before that.
Having said that, it's still light enough for everyday use - just make sure you prep more time for your skincare routine as this takes some time to be fully absorbed.
Rating: 3.8/5

Bornga 본가 Restaurant

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bornga 본가 Restaurant

Dear all, just to let you know that Bornga (본가), is now having a business set lunch promo!

Their stews go for $9.90++ now. This also includes side dishes  house dessert and tea! I love the (wheat) tea they served!
As usual, I went for my doenjang jjigae (된장 찌개) today. :D

They will cook/ heat this up in front of you!!
Ta-dah! Its done and ready to eat!
Laced with sesame oil, the bornga way would be to eat it mixed with rice and doenjang jjigae, like bibimbap (비빔밥)!
Something like that, I think! Mine doesn't look too reddish because I didn't put too much chilli paste :)


Our normal potato salad banchan (반찬) ran out when we asked for a refill. But what was served was a very refreshing sweet purple potato salad banchan!
In it, there are small red pepper and black bean bits, topped with peanut crush. LOVELY. Couldnt stop eating this despite me being too full after my chiggae.
My friend was also very pleased with her dolsot bibimbap (돌솥 비빔밥) a.k.a stone pot bibimbap!!
 

Happy!!
Visit Bornga here:


Rating: 3.8 / 5

Chanel Chance - Fragrance

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Chanel Chance - Fragrance
Shopping, shopping, shopping. And saw this at the Chanel Counter! Chance is one of Chanel's bestselling fragrance family series. (I love those butterflies!!)
I tried the Chance Eau Tendre (Pink), which has a light and fruity smell. I loved it at once!

The Chance Eau Franiche (Green) however, is a fresh smelling floral scent! I'm crazy over fruity and floral scents. So here's the clear winner. Chance (Orange), to me is slightly musky and sensual (a little more mature, probably). If I have to rank them in my terms, I would go for the Pink one first, then the Green, then Orange!
Fragrance Notes from Chanel Website:
Chance Eau Tendre (Pink): Grapefruit-Quince, Jasmine Absolute, White Musk

Chance De Fraiche (Green): Lemon, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Water Hyacinth, Jasmine, Teak Wood, Iris, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, White Musk

Chance (Orange): White Musk, Hyacinth, Citron, Pink Pepper, Jasmine, Fresh Vetiver, Orris Absolute, Amber Patchouli
While all the smells were fresh and energizing (and smelled almost too pretty to resist) when first sprayed on, sadly, after 2 hours, most of it had faded away. :( Probably because this is a Eau De Toilette. (Why can't you sell the Eau De Parfum ones too!)
Other than that, this light misty spray is wonderful for spraying on yourself (or your colleagues) after lunch. haha.  :)
The 100ml bottle retails at $182 and the 50ml is priced at $126. In my opinion, if the scent suits you, you should probably go for the bigger bottle, as it's definitely more worth your buck!
The perfumes will be on sold as part of their permanent collection.
Those who likes creamed based fragrances however, don't have to despair... as Chanel also came up with a limited edition Chance Shimmer Cream (200g)! It is currently available for sale at $163 at all Chanel counters, but should be while stocks last. As for the scent, I think this would probably stick around for a longer time since cream usually sinks into your skin and traps scent longer, right?
Anyway, for me, I'm still up for the spray as it is easier to use without having to get it all over your hands. :)
Rating: 3.7 / 5

Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection SPF 50 PA+++

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection SPF 50 PA+++
I was shopping around and chanced upon this pretty $87 Diorsnow BB Creme White Reveal UV Protection SPF 50 from Dior (PHEW! What a long name!).

The bottle is not a very big one - to give you an estimate,it's just about the length from your middle finger's fingertip to the end of your palm. (Think regular sized palms and finger lengths, please.)
I tried the cream and here's what I think!
Upon applying a suitable amount of the product, I found it to be able to immediately lighten and brighten my skin, even under white light. Its fast absorption rate is also very attractive, as Singapore is often humid and my skincare + makeup takes a longer time to be absorbed into the skin.
This product boasts to be able to protect skin from harmful sun rays throughout the day, even under the "most extreme conditions". I can't tell if that's true as I've only tried it once. But the claim of showing radiance does stick pretty well.
After applying the cream and letting it settle into my skin for a while, I still could smell whiffs of its lovely scent on my skin! I love almost everything about it, except its size! Because I have a huge face, so I'm worried it might not last me very long.
There are 3 available shades: 004 Rosy White, 010 Beige and 020 Medium Beige.
010 and 020 are quite normal, and would do well for those looking for a targeted colour to be shown on the skin. However, my heart goes to 004!! The rosy white shade gives the skin an overall glow and lightens dark spots. It also helped cover some of my pores. If your skin belongs to quite fair to fair, you should probably check out the 004.
I would say it was well worth its price, and will be getting myself a bottle of this (in Rosy White) very soon!
Rating: 4.2/5

"THEY'RE REAL, HONEST" - Benefit Claims For Eyebrow Mascara

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

"THEY'RE REAL, HONEST" - Benefit Claims For Eyebrow Mascara
Was shopping around and saw this advertisement. Seriously....
Which one did you look at?
Which one did you look at?
Benefit always has tongue-in-cheek advertisements or product names. I thought they were selling breast enhancement roll-ons (you only saw the eyelashes? Come on!)
This product promises to "lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!" *Raises eyebrows* In my opinion, most eyebrow mascaras promise the same thing.
Apparently, 1 is sold every 10 seconds, they claim. With such an ATTRACTIVE advertisement and claim, I will try it out one of these days.
I do think this is priced pretty cheap for a Benefit product, though.
If it's your first time using an eyebrow mascara though, I suggest you try out Clio's eyebrow mascara for starters. The Korean product retails for cheaper at Watsons Singapore and is better worth your money as a first-try product.
Comparison between Etude House's eyebrow mascara and Clio's eyebrow mascara coming up soon. :)
Anyway, I might just get this one day to test it out on my sparse eyebrows. 'They're Real' Eyebrow Mascara retails in Singapore for $16 at Sephora outlets.
To find out more about this US product, visit their product page here.
♥JANEL♥

Strictly Pancakes: Prinsep Street

Strictly Pancakes: Prinsep Street
Today, we are at Strictly Pancakes. We went about 10am in the morning, and there were already many people at the joint. Shophouse-styled, the joint has 2 levels. We went upstairs and because all the normal height-ed tables were already taken up, we were left with no choice but to take the sofa chair ones. The table was lower than usual but I guess we could all make do.

We are at Strictly Pancakes!
The decor of the place was nice, with some natural sunlight shining in from the top where I sat.

Nicely decorated wall.

The clocks on the wall told the difference between Prinsep and Siglap. Apparently there's a minute difference.

Nicely lighted area.
We were given the menu and was super excited as we saw that there were sweet and savory items in the menu. One of the savory items was garlic prawns and pancakes. My friend was looking forward to ordering that but when we were ready to order, the waitress said they do not sell anything else than the breakfast items (Say what??). We chose the breakfast items and wanted to order drinks. My friend had the milkshakes before and said it was very good. So we wanted to order vanilla milkshake and they shared that they don't sell any vanilla based items, only chocolate based ones (HUH?!). We also asked for more butter, but it was chargeable at $0.50 a cube, extra maple syrup also costed $1 extra (SERIOUSLY?). But anyway, I ended up ordering just Earl Grey.   =__=

Order only from here, please!
That put us off slightly. Well, I'm not sure if it's just the location, but as I know it, this is the main store! So why the lack of items, I cannot comprehend. And the cost of the available menu is so costly, you might think that the condiments should already be accounted for. Even the additional ones. Anyway, as long as they have the pancakes, we're staying to try it!

Only this page is order-friendly in the entire menu. :(
Apparently, each order of pancake only comes with strictly 1 cube of butter and a small tube of maple syrup. (Now I know why they're called Strictly pancakes!)
We ordered all their 4 types of butter - Salted, unsalted, Rum + Raisin, Garlic + Herb. My favourite was the salted butter and Garlic + Herb.

The butter and maple syrup servings.

Rum + Raisin butter.
But apart from the hullabaloo of the huge lack of items and the costly butter , the breakfast served was good. Pancakes, their signature item, was done to almost perfection. Pancakes were fluffy and not flat, it was soft it almost melted in my mouth.

The All American Breakfast
On the sides, they had quail egg with tomato, bacon and a chipolata. It was a really nice combi, but for me, I have such a huge appetite for breakfast, so I added scrambled eggs. Look at how liquid-y those scrambled eggs are. It's my style. Also because the quail egg is so small. (What's breakfast without the real taste of eggs?)
My friends had the simpler version though, just scrambled eggs and bacon.
My verdict: Worth a try, but don't expect much other than the breakfast items alone.
Location: 44A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188674 (They have another branch at Upper East Coast)
Tel: 6333 4202
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (They would have received a higher rating from me if there were more choices to choose from!)

Yi Gen Mian 一根面 (DinGi Noodle House)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Yi Gen Mian 一根面 (DinGi Noodle House)
Today, Boss S and I went to check out Yi Gen Mian (一根面) eatery at Plaza Singapura's basement.
I was attracted by the name of the eatery, which also literally means 'One Strand of Noodle'!

Menu featuring their set noodle page

You can order the noodles ala carte, it costs anywhere from $7.80 to $10.20 a bowl. For bigger eaters, you can opt to select the set meal (shown above). The set meal consists of a main dish + sides + drink + dessert! The dinner set menu you see here is only available from 5pm to 10pm.
On the menu, there are also other food items, like Spare ribs rice, etc. But hey, you're eating at a noodle eatery, so check out the noodles!
So boss S ordered the jajiang mian (炸酱面) and I ordered the spareribs soup noodles (无锡排骨面) since it was highly recommended to us by the waiter! The noodles costed $8.80 and $9.50 respectively. We were given 2 choices for the type of noodle, 1 being the signature 1 strand of noodle (一根面) and the other being knife sliced noodles (刀削面).
We both went for the signature strand of noodles.
Here are some interesting facts about it:
1. It is literally made from 1 strand of noodle. A very long strand.
2. It is 10 metres long. (What?!)
3. 100% freshly handmade - as soon as you order.
4. Lastly, my favourite.... NO MSG! Wheeeee!
And here, the noodles came:

jajiang mian

Spareribs soupy noodles
Honestly, for me, I felt that the winning factor in the whole bowl was the pure elasticity of the noodles. It was the right type of springy and was cooked just right. I loved the noodles very much. For the condiments, like the saucey minced meat in jajiang mian and the spareribs soup did not really surprise me that much. I guess, the lack of MSG did play a part, since Singaporeans have salty tongues due to the kinds of foods we are used to.
So the soup tasted quite light, despite all the sight of the oil floating on the soup (which came from the spareribs). I welcomed the refreshing combination. There were also slices of ginger apparent in the dish that I was not able to taste.
We also order their guo tie (5 for $5.80), which was really very well done. Honestly, I'm not really a guo tie person but I liked this dish as the meat inside the dumpling tasted really nice.

The guo tie!
All in all, I would highly recommend this place if you have some non-msg noodle cravings. :D
Location:  68 Orchard Road #B2-51 Plaza Singapure Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6238-0369
Rating: 4 / 5