Been procrastinating on this review of La Taperia by Les Amis mostly because typing out the name of each dish was a little bit tedious, but now that it’s the weekend and I have a bit of time, I have no excuses!

La Taperia is a Spanish tapas restaurant located on the 2nd floor of Shaw Centre (next to Shaw House). Reservations can be made through www.quandoo.com.sg

The restaurant is dimly lit with a cosy, steakhouse kind of vibe. It’s also not too noisy which I appreciate!

On the whole I think our meal averaged to about $85 per person. A tad bit expensive IMHO but probably okay if you have deep pockets or celebrating a special occasion!

Drinks

Sangria Tinto ($15)

What better way to kick off our meal than with a glass of red sangria each!

La Taperia’s sangria is pretty sweet and fruity (yum!) and reminds me of Pimm’s. The sangria itself wasn’t too heavy and sour, it was just nice. I’ld definitely recommend getting a jug ($52) of the sangria for sharing because it is just so good.

Warm Tapas

Croquetas de Jamón ($15)

Croquette of suckling pig bechamel & jamón ibérico

This looked really good online. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, this tapas dish was too pricey and didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me. I much prefer Japanese croquettes from Muji/Mos Burger.

Gambas Al Ajillo ($20)

Prawns cooked with garlic chilli and extra virgin olive oil

I don’t eat seafood so most of our food was confined to meat.

My friend ordered this prawn tapas though, and the prawns looked pretty juicy. There was plenty of garlic and sizzle when the dish arrived!

Costillitas de Cordero a la Parrilla ($26)

Charcoal grilled lamb rib confit glazed with honey mustard

I love ribs. The meat is nice and tender and the sauce is just right, not too sweet. There’s a slight charcoal burnt flavour too. This was pretty yummy, I would definitely recommend ordering this!

Albóndigas en Salsa Ibérica ($18)

Homemade meatballs (chicken, pork and beef) cooked in chorizo ibérico sauce

Ahh I’ve been craving meatballs after Subway have temporarily banished their Meatball Marinara from their menu. Sadly the La Taperia meatballs were too pink and chicken-y for my liking. I prefer my meatballs to have a little more beef. The sauce was quite tomato-y and a little on the plain side. Perhaps it would be more appealing to people who prefer a much lighter and cleaner flavour?

Correderas de Carne ($16)

Beef cheek sliders, pickled vegetables & aioli sauce

These cute burgers were so tiny and reminded me of Krabby Patties from Spongebob! The beef cheek was definitely very soft and tender and melt in your mouth.

Bread

Grilled Baguette ($4)

Our waitress recommended that we order the grilled baguette to go with the meatballs and the garlic prawns. I had my eyes on the Crystal bread with diced tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil ($6) and probably should have ordered that instead.

The grilled baguette was quite tough and to me tasted a lil stale and it didn’t come at the same time as the meatballs and prawns so we didn’t have anything to eat the baguette with other than butter which was a little strange..

So maybe skip the plain grilled baguette and opt for the Crystal bread instead!

Sides

Coles de Bruselas Con Chorizo ($10)

Brussels sprouts with chorizo

My friend wasn’t a fan of this dish but I quite liked it. Thought it was one of the more affordable and yummy dishes on the menu. It’s very tasty and homely. Even the sauce tasted of Brussels sprouts. A good side dish of veggies to order!

Desserts

Crema Catalana ($12)

Catalan cream enriched with mango bits and à la minute crispy caramelised topping

I quite liked this dessert, the top layer was nice and crispy and the cream underneath was soft, sweet and creamy. Nothing too sickeningly sweet.

If you’re a fan of creme brûlée, try this dessert! Besides this, La Taperia also does churros and many other Spanish desserts! So leave space in your tummy for some delectable sweets.

Have you tried La Taperia? Let me know in the comments what you’ve tried! Or if you haven’t, what your favourite Spanish tapas restaurants are in Singapore so I can check them out! 🙂

I’ve been eyeing Oasis Skin’s products on social media way before the recent launch of their website, so the moment the parcel arrived at my door step, I was beyond elated!

Oasis Skin is a Singapore skincare brand that recently launched in March 2018. Their masks and mists are all made in Singapore! They’ve incorporated lots of natural wild ingredients from France into their masks and mists, all of which are made in small batches! Each batch has its own unique batch number on the label. And speaking of labels, isn’t the lettering on their labels soooo gorgeous? (But I must warn you that the ink isn’t waterproof so keep it in a dry place away from your sink!)

The two products that I received from Oasis Skin were the Lavender and Sage Mist and the French Marine Clay + Ocean Vitamins Mask.

Oasis Skin Lavender and Sage Mist

Much like its namesake, this mist provides a surprising amount of hydration and is a real oasis for the face. In my opinion, the fragrance is a mix of flowery honey, essential oils, and relaxing lavender. I love how the bottle feels so weighted, and that the mist is so delicate and fine! It’s a refreshing change from the usual less fine water mists that I use.

I especially love spritzing this stuff all over my face before sleeping. If you have trouble falling asleep, I highly recommend this product to help you fall asleep instantly. There’s something about lavender that just relaxes you and makes you sleepy.

One other thing I really enjoy about this mist is that it provides adequate moisture to your face without making your face oily or hands greasy! Like really this is a godsend. Just a few spritzes of this stuff and you can go to sleep assured that your night time skin routine is taken care of.

The ingredients are absolutely fantastic as well. So if you’re interested in learning even more about this mist from Oasis Skin, please check out this LINK!

I 10/10 would recommend this lavender and sage mist to a friend and would replenish this product as soon as I’ve finished it!! 🙂

Oasis Skin French Marine Clay + Ocean Vitamins Mask

Honestly I’m not sure what vitamins are in this clay mask, but I must say, this three-ingredient mask is AWESOME. Firstly, to find a product with so few ingredients that works really opens your eyes to the kinds of products on the market out there. Do they really need so many other preservatives? Well, the fact that this clay mask is in powder form makes it much longer lasting than your usual store-bought clay mask and I suppose less in need of all these preservatives.

The three ingredients found in this clay mask are: spirulina extract, seaweed and illite clay. Clay has tons of minerals and is super good for clearing up and soothing unhappy skin (read: breakouts and rogue baby pimples). As for spirulina, it’s great for your body, and often touted as a superfood because it’s a great source of Vitamins B and antioxidants! Seaweed offers hydration, and is said to have anti-aging properties.

After using this mask, I didn’t expect much because it applied quite thinly. But surprisingly enough, the clay in the mask kind of dried quickly and there was this kind of hugging sensation as it dried (which seemed to happen faster and more effectively compared to other clay masks I’ve tried). Further, it was so easy to wash off. The only slight drawback I felt was that the smell was a lil strong (like the sea) but it reminded me of my time in Hokkaido and it made me realise how natural this mask really is 🙂 And halfway through masking, the smell of the ocean kind of went away.

After using this clay mask, all of my pimples (both big and small) went away and my pores had shrunk visibly too. My skin felt a lot smoother and more supple as a result the next day! If you’re worried about clay masks drying out your skin, just spray the Lavender and Sage Mist to re-hydrate the skin 🙂

Oasis Skin have a variety of really effective and natural masks and mists to choose from, so do give their new local business all the support it deserves! I actually really honestly like their products and packaging so much.

You can check out the clay mask: HERE!

Something I also just realised that is immensely helpful is that Oasis Skin have taken the trouble to include directions on how to use their clay masks on the website!

So if you ever purchase the mask and aren’t sure of the water to mask ratio to mix, the directions are as follows:

“Scoop 2 spoonfuls of mask powder out into a non-metal bowl and carefully add liquid to mix it into a paste. We recommend a 1:1 ratio of clay to liquid. Use the oasis:skin mask brush to apply the mask evenly onto your cleansed face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Gently wash it off with warm water and mist your face after to complete the treatment. For the ultimate treat, use your oasis:skin face mist liquid as a mask mixer to supercharge your mask therapy.”

Also, since Oasis Skin only just launched earlier this month, they are currently giving all customers 10% off. Hurrah!

Take advantage of this promotion and use OASIS10 at checkout.

Happy masking and misting friends!

I was so excited to receive my Nabila K Cosmetics goods in the mail earlier this month! I’ve heard great things about the brand and I love how they had such unique body scrub flavours.

Their skincare range is very wide and they have lots of fruity flavours to choose from. you’re a fan of US brands like Bath & Body Works and UK brands like The Body Shop, I’ld highly recommend you check out Nabila K!

My parcel consisted of 3 products that I really wanted to try out:-

(1) Nabila K Wine Body Scrub,

(2) Nabila K Apricot & Cinnamon Body Scrub,

(3) Moisturising Lip Balm with Passionfruit.

Nabila K Wine Body Scrub 🍷

If you have problematic dry, hardened skin, this berry coloured wine body scrub from Nabila K is a real skin savour and miracle worker!

I recently realised that I don’t have verrucas on my feet but that I have corn on the underside of my feet. Corns aren’t bunions or warts, and they aren’t contagious. What they are are cone-shaped bits of hardened skin that dig into the skin from pressure and mechanical stress.

As such, to deal with this hardened skin on the base of my feet as well as the usual dry, hardened skin around the back of my heel, I used this awesome scrub to bring back some life into my feet and also soften it. It’s like doing a DIY pedicure in the comfort of your own home really!

What I did was prepare a clean basin and filled it with hot water from my shower. You don’t need a lot of water, just enough to reach your ankles will suffice.

After that, I scooped out a reasonable amount of the Nabila K Wine Body Scrub using the nice wooden spatula-like spoon that comes with it. It makes things a lot less messy, and the spoon is so very cute and practical for handling this organic cane sugar scrub. I like how it is both reusable and eco-friendly!

I then soaked my feet in the hot water to soothe and relax my feet, and also encourage blood circulation.

Then, using my hands, I massaged the Nabila K wine body scrub on the top of my feet, the heels and the soles of my feet.

Ahh! Feels so good. For extra relaxation, pour yourself a glass of Merlot!

The Nabila K wine body scrub is good for exfoliating away dead skin cells without being harsh. It’s not damaging at all, and the fruity fragrance will leave you feeling relaxed and as if you are being pampered at a spa.

After soaking my feet for approximately 20 minutes, I dried my feet with some towels and then rinsed my feet as well as the basin.

My feet felt a lot smoother, younger looking, softer to the touch and also immensely hydrated after soaking in the lovely scrub. It’s as if all the effects of walking and ageing have been reversed!

I think using this Nabila K wine body scrub once or twice a week will definitely show an improvement in my skin’s moisture and texture! True story: You can say goodbye to dry, hardened skin after using this hardworking body scrub 🙂

Nabila K does a variety of body scrubs, and you can find the range at www.nabilak.com

If baby smooth skin is your skin concern, then you should definitely add this wine infused scrub to your cart!

Apricot & Cinnamon Body Scrub

If you would love to try the body scrub but you’re not that into fruity scents, I’ld recommend getting the Apricot & Cinnamon body scrub! It smells clean and is on the sweeter side but without the berry/fruit punch-like flavour. For that reason, I like using the Apricot & Cinnamon body scrub for my neck, torso, arms, and the Wine Body Scrub for my legs and feet.

Moisturising Lip Balm With Passionfruit

Lastly, I’ve added the Nabila K Moisturising Lip Balm with Passionfruit to my evening routine before bedtime.

I strongly recommend getting this if dry lips are your concern, I like applying this on my lips and the surrounding skin right before sleeping to ensure that my lips feel nice, soft and hydrated in the morning! It’s very functional and fuss-free, which makes it the perfect addition to your handbag/backpack!

Check out Nabila K’s huge skincare range today at www.nabilak.com and let me know what products have caught your eye!! 🙂

Quite recently, I snagged a bottle of LebeL Viege Medicated Essence from the Number76 online store during a store-wide sale. It normally retails for $90.00 but I got it for $70.00 (not including shipping). It’s a little pricey, but hair and scalp care is something I want to invest in.

Often when I visit Number76 (a hair salon chain originally from Japan with several outlets in Southeast Asia), one of the things I would look forward to is the hair serum that the hair stylist will spritz all over the roots of my hair and then massage into my scalp. It smells really nice and herbal, and the cooling sensation is heavenly.

[Just a disclaimer before I go on; I don’t think what I purchased is exactly the same since what they use in store comes in a white plastic spray bottle (I see something similar retailing on the online shop for $37.00), and what I have comes in a dark coloured, good quality, solid bottle: nevertheless, the effect and aroma aren’t too far apart.]

I’ve always had really thin, fine and limp hair since young. My parting has always been glaringly obvious since I was in primary school. Just a quick look at my baby pictures or identity card from those days will confirm the above holds true. And genetically, let’s just say that I have many bald-headed uncles so I’ve for sure not won in the genetic lottery department.

Fast forward to my early secondary school years, where my mum bought a package for me at Jean Yip, and every time I visited, the hairdressers would go on about how I have thin hair and then encourage me to use some anti-hair loss serum.

There was a time in my life where my worried mother would spray copious amounts of the stuff into my scalp. And then she would try to console herself with the idea that I could always wear a wig in my old age when I’m bald.

Maybe not so surprisingly, I’ve noticed that my hairline seems to be receding as quickly as the shoreline, and aging/balding is catching up faster than one would like to believe. Which probably explains why: (a) my forehead looks even bigger; and (b) the shininess of my forehead becomes more readily apparent.

My mother always checked (and sometimes still does check) my forehead to make sure my baby hairs are still growing. See, as a woman, to be balding is far more frowned upon and unfortunate if it were to happen to a man (but I’ll save the eyerolls directed at our misogynistic society for another day).

My present hair/forehead situation. I have thin hair, and it doesn’t seem to grow very evenly. My hair is sadly not as thick and luscious as my vain self would like.

Now, when I tie my hair up, I get a better idea of where I have less hair growth.

Thank god I’m not completely bald.

Now that I’ve sort of explained why I decided to include this hair serum in my nightly routine, I’ll get into the review portion of this post.

What the LebeL Viege Medicated Essence claims to do:

  • Promote hair growth
  • Stimulate thick, strong hair
  • Relieve itchiness, dandruff
  • Anti-hair loss

What the Lebel Viege Medicated Essence contains:

  • Ginseng extract (frankly I love ginseng hair products for the cooling sensation, and the herbal and relaxing fragrance)
  • Mulberry bark extract
  • Licorice leaf extract
  • Bamboo root extract

The hair tonic smells very herbal, but also clean, refreshing with a sweet berry-like aroma to it. When you apply it to your scalp, it feels very clean, fresh and also incredibly soothing, tingly and cooling.

After having used this a couple of times every few days, I’ve seen a slight improvement in that now I see more baby hairs uncurling in my temples and just above the ears! While it isn’t a drastic change, I would say that there has been a difference after using about 10% of the bottle. I think for now, one of my main concerns is how to ensure that the essence is really applied to the more worrying areas, because since this is a liquid product, it will have a tendency to drip past my ears and down my neck, if you get what I mean. I’m sill alternating between direct spritzing and applying it to the roots of my hair and scalp with my hands.

Anyway, I’m quite excited to see how this pans out when I’m finally done with this product! It really seems to last a long time so don’t let the price tag daunt you too much if you’re considering this. Fingers crossed that this product will work its magic on my hairline!

First and foremost, this post is really long overdue! I feel quite bad because I’ve had these skincare products in my bathroom for the longest time. On the bright side, I now have the chance to do a proper review of all of these amazing skincare products from Olive Singapore.

This olive-based skincare line comes from New Zealand, so you know it’s of good, all-natural quality! Not only are these products 100% organic, they are also cruelty-free. Fun fact that I learned: the olive oil and olive extracts used in these products comes from an olive estate in NZ owned by the company.

Often associated with health, wellness and nourishment, the olive tree was considered in ancient times to be a vital provider of food, skincare, and medicine. To this day, olive oil is still consumed and used widely in cooking and also in beauty products.

So what’s great about olive oil? Olive oil is perfect for all skin types, even for oily skin. This is something I learned recently! Olive extract helps the skin to lock in moisture, whilst reducing the overproduction of oil. So it’s a win-win situation.

Some of the products from Olive Singapore that I have had the chance to try include:- the 100% Natural Skincare Oil, Pomegranate Hand and Nail Cream, Clarifying Face Wash, Nourishing Day Cream, Moisturising Night Cream, and the 100% Natural All Purpose Balm. Read on to find out what I think of each of these amazing olive-based skincare goodies!

Clarifying Face Wash
I really liked using this all natural face wash! It’s so lovely, and contains angelica root extract and pure olive leaf extract. I use this to prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and spots. After using it, my skin looks really clear and feels less congested. I love how it doesn’t lather too much, which means it’s really natural and free of any unnecessary chemicals. I’ld recommend this if you have oily skin, combination skin, and/or sensitive skin!

Olive Singapore


Natural Soap Bar and Oatmeal Soap Bar

These soaps from Olive Singapore are the perfect size and seem to last forever! I’ve actually been using these soaps for a very long time, and thankfully, they never seem to finish. I like how there is a very minimal, light fragrance to it. I like bringing it with me everywhere when I travel, as it fits perfectly into my Muji travel soap container. When you’ve been travelling for hours and can feel all the grime on your face, this soap removes all that grubby feeling. The soap is also non-drying and not harsh on the face. Like the other Olive facial products, these soaps don’t lather excessively, so minimal water is required to wash off the suds.

Olive Singapore


Olive Nourishing Day Cream

This smells sooo good! I love how natural this day cream smells. It’s nice and light and not too heavy, which is perfect for moisturising the skin before applying makeup in the morning. The ingredients include pure olive leaf extract, orchid flower and ginger extract, which help to retain the skin’s natural moisture.
Olive Singapore


Moisturising Night Cream

This night cream provides intense hydration. The smell is also very calming and helps me relax before going to sleep. When I wake up the next morning, my face feels less irritated, moisturised, and supple. Like most of Olive Singapore’s skincare line, this night cream contains olive leaf extract, orchid flower and rosehip oil.

Olive Singapore


Pomegranate Hand and Nail Cream

The small packaging of this cream makes it perfect for bringing everywhere with you! I’ve always felt that it’s so important to keep your hands and fingers moisturised to keep them looking young and healthy. I’ld recommend this if you have dry skin or if you wash your hands frequently. This heavenly 50ml hand and nail cream contains olive squalene and antioxidant-rich pomegranate fruit extract to keep nails and hands looking young and feeling nourished.

Olive Singapore


100% Natural Skincare Oil

This 60ml skincare oil is so lovely that I’m convinced I should be incorporating this more often in my skincare routine. What it does: Remedy skin concerns and improves elasticity. It’s free of mineral oils, preservative, parabens, artificial colours, and all those other nasty things. With pure olive actives, sea buckthorn, calendula, soothing ginger extract, and other antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, this product helps with scars, stretch marks, and other skin concerns like unevenness in skin tone. I’ld recommend this if you have dry and sensitive skin like me, if you have mature skin or the skin concerns mentioned earlier.

Olive Singapore


100% Natural All-Purpose Balm

You can literally use this for any dry spots of skin. As I have a tiny area on my leg which has a bit of eczema, I like using this balm to prevent the skin from becoming dry and scaly. It’s extremely hydrating as it contains pure olive leaf extract, sweet almond and avocado oils, beeswax and shea butter. You can also use it on other parts of the body that are more susceptible to becoming dry, like your elbows, around the finger nails, knees, and corners of the mouth.

Olive Singapore

Olive products are available at all Metro and Robinson stores in Singapore, and if online shopping is more your cup of tea, their online store can be found at www.powella.com.sg You can also check out that website for more details on the rest of the Olive Singapore skincare range. They also have hair products, bath products, products for men, products for babies, and so much more!

To keep up with all of the latest skincare updates and promotions on Olive products, give Olive Singapore a follow! Their Instagram handle is @olive.sg 🙂

Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!

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