Beauty

The Outcall Spa

With Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day just round the corner, why not surprise loved ones with a professional massage from the comfort of your own home? The Outcall Spa brings massages and other spa experiences right to your doorstep. The brainchild of Amber and Stella, two working moms, this startup began just two years ago and has been going strong ever since!

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Last weekend, I got the chance to try out their Swedish Massage, and boy was it good! The Outcall Spa was super efficient and professional, they popped by my place on time and set up the massage bed, towels, essential oils and speakers soo quickly. At the speed of light, the Outcall Spa had turned my home into an Outdoor Spa. It looks so professional, don’t you think?

My massage therapist, Joanne, even offered me various essential oils to choose from. Usually when I go for a massage, I don’t get a say in how I smell afterwards, so being able to choose the essential oil was fantastic! There was peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, and grapeseed. All the oils were perfect for tired, aching muscles. I went with lavender because it’s soothing and calming. Joanne asked whether I had sensitive skin. She took the time to explain to me that the grapeseed oil had no scent, and is perfect for people who have sensitive skin or are sensitive to fragrances.

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My Swedish massage lasted 90 minutes and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! It was absolute bliss. The music was appropriate and relaxing and I could feel myself falling asleep as the massage therapist kneaded away all the knots in my back. By the end of the session, I felt so much better from my head to my toes. All the stress and tension had vanished.

At the end of my massage, Joanne kindly provided me with some piping hot, delicious ginger tea and it was so yummy. I’m not usually a fan of ginger tea, but this one was really good and I finished every drop of it.

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On the whole, my massage experience was excellent, and without a doubt, I would definitely recommend it to family and friends alike. It is so convenient and you don’t even need to leave your house!

The Outcall Spa brings a wide variety of massages to your home. They do Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Tui-na Massage (traditional Chinese massage), Prenatal Massage, Postnatal Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Fat Diminisher Therapy and Couples Massage! You can also add on a hot blanket treatment which just sounds amazing. The Outcall Spa also does other home spa services. Their website has a ton of detailed information on each type of massage, so if you’re interested in learning more, check out www.theoutcallspa.com

Before I end this post, I have something special for you – a 15% discount off the Outcall Spa! You can use my code MISSRACHEL and you’ll be entitled to 15% off your next pampering session with the Outcall Spa. It’s valid all the way till 30 March 2018, so what are you waiting for? Book a stress-free massage now at www.theoutcallspa.com or call 8782 0561 to make a booking! 🙂

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Metapora

Earlier this week I received a Tender Touch Milky Cleanser from Metapora for the purpose of reviewing, and so far my experience has been really great! Delivery was surprisingly fast, and customer service were quick to respond to my queries.

I had quite a lot of make up on the day my order arrived, and as usual, I was pretty sweaty from running errands. My face was feeling so grubby and I could just feel all the pollution and grime just clinging to my face and because it was so humid. The sweat and oil just clings to everything; your face, clothes, your skin… And because you feel so gross you feel kind of low and gross, and you just feel like you need a little pick me up like NOW. Like: I need to be clean again to get out of this funk.

The moment I reached home, I knew I had to open my parcel and try out the Metapora Tender Touch Milky Cleanser straight away. I’d been wanting to try this particular cleanser for a while!

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The packaging of the Metapora cleanser was so reartwarming and uplifting. The cleanser had this adorable message on it: “Tender Touch Milky Cleanser reminds me to trust myself”. As someone with a lot of self-doubt, this positive, inspiring message really resonated with me. A lot of skincare brands take the angle that people are imperfect, and they need to use skincare products to make themselves perfect. But, with Metapora, I absolutely loved that they have taken this self-love approach to branding by reminding customers to stay positive and to be confident. I feel like it’s much more ethical and true (and a lot less toxic, especially in a world where women are often judged based on their appearances). That was my first impression of Metapora as a brand.

And speaking of skincare, I do think that having a good skincare routine can definitely give you a boost of confidence when you leave the house. If you feel good, you look good. You will automatically exude that confidence.

Next, testing out the Tender Touch Milky Cleanser! First thing that hits me is the fragrance. Firstly, this cleanser is brimming with essential oils, so it would be impossible for it to not have any scent. Anyway, the great thing is that the smell is derived from all natural products. There aren’t any nasty chemicals, and the cleanser is formulated to be free of synthetic bulking agents. It’s incredibly pure and the ingredients are locally sourced in Australia. I could instantly smell cucumber the moment I applied some of the cleanser to my face. When I checked the label of the cleanser I saw that one of the ingredients was cucumber seed oil.

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To better describe the smell – the cleanser smelled like a spa experience. It’s extremely relaxing and calming. Perfect for hangovers, long work nights, or simply winding down and enjoying the weekend!

There was a lot of natural, essential oil aroma, which can probably be attributed to the amazing combination of neroli, lime essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil, cedarwood atlas essential oil, orange essential oil, and rosehip oil. These essential oils will leave you feeling refreshed and revived, and they also help to hydrate and nourish the skin.

The cleanser is extremely gentle, it isn’t heavy or cloying in any way, and true to its name, it is incredibly soft, almost like washing your face with purely water. I also noticed that there was very little foam/lather, which means it’s really natural and also kind to skin and non-drying!
If you have sensitive skin like myself, you should definitely check out this product. After using it, there wasn’t any dryness or redness. The cleanser also didn’t cause me to have any breakouts. It was super effective at removing all of my makeup, I noted that the gel-like cleanser was actually also quite hydrating! Amazing. My face felt really soft and supple and most important of all, clean after using this product to wash my face.

I felt that there wasn’t a need to apply moisturiser, but if you wish to, you can totally apply a thin layer of moisturiser to hydrate your skin even more. And if you’re in need of a good moisturiser, why not check out Metapora’s wide range of moisturisers and hydrating creams here!

To summarise, the Metapora Tender Touch Milky Cleanser:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Natural ingredients
  • 100% Organic
  • Vegan
  • Sourced in Australia
  • Removes all dirt and makeup
  • Made with plenty of amazing essential oils
  • Gives you a boost of confidence and positivity
  • Hydrating
  • Gentle and kind to skin

All in all, I would recommend the Metapora Tender Touch Milky Cleanser as it is such a perfect product!

The Metapora Tender Touch Milky Cleanser can be purchased here! PS. There’s free shipping! 🙂

And if you want to check out their wide range of inspiring skincare products like serums, eye cream, blemish cream, moisturisers, toners, cleansers, you can visit Metapora’s online store here.

To stay updated on their latest products and promotions, do give Metapora a follow on Instagram at @metapora.skincare

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Today I got an eyelash extension done at Flutters Singapore! I’m really pleased with the result and so excited that I took pictures right after showering. This was my first time getting my lashes done at Flutters Singapore, and my second time getting an eyelash extension in general. My review will be a side-by-side comparison of my first-time experience at another shop versus my experience today at Flutters Singapore!

What was my impression of the shop I went to previously versus Flutters?
My previous experience elsewhere: The shop was not brightly lit. The furniture was quite drab, and there were lots of staff just standing around. There was only one customer getting lashes done. A few customers were getting their nails done.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: Flutters was very pretty and very new, and very nicely decorated! They’ve actually just moved to Downtown Gallery from Duxton. The store was brightly lit and there were several customers getting their eyelash extensions done, which was a good sign!

Who did my lashes?
My previous experience elsewhere: The lady who did my lashes couldn’t speak English, and neither could the other people working there. When she saw me, she exclaimed and asked her English-speaking colleague (who was manning the reception) whether I couldn’t speak Mandarin. I also felt that they were quite pushy and kept trying to make me choose an expensive option. She also scolded me when I told her that I felt pain while she was doing my lashes (and this was after tolerating the pain for some time). Also her hands smelled like a wet dog.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: I felt like they were quite gentle and willing to listen and they also spoke English, which was a huge relief. They explained everything to me, without being pushy, which I really appreciated.

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This is a side view, the lashes look pretty fluttery and thick from the side angle.

What was the number of lashes?
My previous experience elsewhere: I felt a bit cheated because the number of lashes on each eye was unbalanced, and there were less than 25 lashes on each eyelid. And they had quoted me 40 lashes each, or 80 in total. The problem with so few lashes is that when one fell out, there was essentially a very obvious gap in the lash line, which looked ridiculous as more and more lashes fell out. Prior to me removing all the lashes, the number of lashes which fell was quite significant.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: I haven’t counted yet, but there’s apparently 60 lashes on each eyelid. So the total is around 120 extra lashes. If you refer to their website (which I’ve linked down below), you can see that there are a few options available!

How painful was it?
My previous experience elsewhere: It was painful during and after I got the eyelash extensions done. There was nothing I could do about it, so I eventually had to spend some time removing every single lash extension myself. I also had problems OPENING my eyes after closing them, and every time I shut my eyes it hurt. Sleeping was also very painful. I remember tearing while she was doing my lash extensions. People keep telling me “IT ISN’T PAINFUL” but my experience was really awful.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: It wasn’t painful and I would definitely go again!

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This is what a J-curl looks like, a C-curl is much rounder. I prefer this because it’s more natural and like my own lashes. A C-curl is more dramatic and less realistic in my view. There’s a mix of 8 and 10 mm lash extensions here, and I love the effect!

How long did it take?
My previous experience elsewhere: It took less than 30 minutes. Which is very fast. But they did a disappointing job. In the end I did get a refund for my bad experience, but they tricked me and didn’t give me a full refund as promised.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: It took maybe an hour, but it was pretty relaxing. Strangely, I enjoyed the Korean music they were playing, it put me at ease. And I preferred that they took their time to do a proper job and didn’t mess up!

How many lashes fell out?
My previous experience elsewhere: For both experiences, I took a shower 1-2 hours after the eyelash extension procedure was done. Several lashes fell out right after I showered on both sides right after. It was horrifying. Showering was a painful struggle ‘cos I couldn’t open my eyes without them hurting and stinging.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: I could open and close my eyes without pain while I was showering. No lashes fell out! Hurray!

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I also like how the lashes give my eyes an eyeliner-like effect!

What was the lash quality like?
My previous experience elsewhere: The lashes had a C-curl and VERY thick. It was also very plastic-y in texture, and very tough. It often felt like the lashes were poking/stabbing my eyes. I got 6-8mm lashes done.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: The lash extensions are very fine, and very soft. They also look more natural and realistic like real lashes! The lash extensions are not fake and thick looking. I also get a J-shape which is more natural, and I preferred these lashes a lot more. This time I got 8-10mm upon their recommendation, and thankfully they don’t touch my glasses.

What was the drying process like?
My previous experience elsewhere: They kinda forced me to hold a fan while my eyes were shut to dry both my eyes at the same time. It was some distance away from my eyes as well so I don’t think it dried very well.

My experience at Flutters Singapore: They used a fan for each of my eye and not simultaneously. Also the fan was closer to my eye and was more effective.

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From this close-up shot, you can see how fine and delicate the lash extension is. It really blends in with my natural lashes, and I like the criss-cross effect that Flutters Singapore has achieved, it reminds me of falsies.

Conclusion

Overall, I’m very happy with how my lash extensions turned out, and would recommend Flutters Singapore to a friend. If you haven’t gotten eyelash extensions before, do give it a try! If I’m not mistaken, they do eyelash extensions for guys as well.

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can check out Flutters Singapore’s website (you can also submit an appointment request on their website), www.flutters.com.sg They also do mani pedis as well! Since they’re located in the CBD, it’s quite convenient to get to after work.

Location
Flutters Singapore is located at OUE Downtown Gallery 2, 6A Shenton Way, #03-17, Singapore 068815

You can contact them at 6220 0920.

The nearest MRT station is Tanjong Pagar MRT, followed by Downtown MRT/Telok Ayer MRT!

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As you can see, even with my everyday spectacles on, the lash extension doesn’t touch my glasses and my eyes look bigger!

Sometimes when I’m at 3D Nails (my go-to nail salon) flipping through nail mags and scrolling through the nail art bible that is Instagram, a thought will just appear – how am I gonna pull these pretty nails off at work? You know, when you see the super blinged out nails with gigantic crystals and elaborate nail art… And you’re just like ‘I cannot wear that to work it’s so outrageous!’
So sometimes work comes first when it comes to nails, so you might want cute nails but (and it’s a big but) you also want a pretty manicure that you can wear confidently at work.

The recent Totoro and Sakura nail art I did at 3D Nails (Blk 132 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-27, Singapore 600132) totally fits the bill.

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The light grey Totoro is adorable and just the right amount of eye-catching, while also subtle because it only covers half the nail while the rest of the nail is clear. As for the remaining fingers, they are all a lovely work-friendly, yet kawaii pink! The sakura flowers adds a nice feminine touch and I especially love the big glitter which reminds me of sakura petals falling in the early spring in Japan.

Here’s a close up!

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I think when it comes to work-appropriate nails, I’ld recommend going for neutral, natural tones like grey, peach, and pink. Add a hint of glitter and floral nail art and it’ll be attractive enough for people to check out your cute nails while at the same time remain not so loud so you don’t have to hide your nails from every person.

So if you are contemplating getting a fresh manicure done, head over to 3D Nails. They’re super professional, patient and attentive to detail. Make an appointment as they can get quite busy by giving them a ring (Tel: 6563 0538) and catch up on their latest nail promotions + more on their social media! (www.facebook.com/3DNailssg
+ www.instagram.com/3D_nails)

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If you’re keen on getting the same nail art done, or just want a gauge of the prices, here’s a breakdown of my manicure and pedicure:

First I did the nail gel treatment. This is to ensure your nails stay healthy and gorgeous even after getting gel nails done. There’s no point in ruining your nails for beauty!

Gel Treatment – $12   

The gel nail treatment was followed by the gel mani aka the zen time where I stop using my phone for a couple of hours and just relaaaax.

Gel Manicure – $38     

Then came the EXCITING part omg. The nail art! Whoo I simply love seeing masterpieces unfold on my nails. Especially after having planned what kind of nail art I’m gonna get!

Nail Art – $45

Afterwards comes my absolute favourite part – getting a pedicure in my fav normal nail colour, OPI Malaga Wine. Scrub all those dead skin cells off my feet, please. (But not too hard ‘cos I’m super ticklish)

Pedicure – $28  

Just in case you’re not so into Japanese-y kind of nail art, I’ve taken a picture of the other pretty nail art designs available at 3D Nails so you can make an informed decision! I hear that the cat’s eyes nails are pretty popular and trendy at the moment!! It’s super eye-catching and so pretty in real life.

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BTW for this month (May 2017), 3D Nails is having a whopping 15% off until 31 May 2017 on ALL their nail services, so mark your calendars!

And if you can’t make it for a pampering sesh this month, fret not. There will still be a 20% off all nail art when you quote my name ‘Rachel’! So what are you waiting for? Head over to 3D Nails for your manicure and pedicure needs! 🙂

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Here’s a marble nails manicure by 3D Nails you wouldn’t be able to resist!

Surf the Internet and you’ll find countless marble nails usually paired with a shiny gold and matte black polish for an expensive look.

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To switch things up and move away from the typical white marble nail art designs, I wanted to create something more feminine and more “me”.

My manicurist, Janet from 3D Nails, helped to select the perfect colours for me. She chose a brand new gel colour that I absolutely love! So much so it looks perfect without any embellishments. The colour is wonderfully opaque and glossy, and it’s an unusual bright magenta shade – a colour situated between a bright pink and a bright purple. There’s no hint of dullness to the colour and it’s pretty unique! It’s a beautiful floral shade perfect for this season, and reminds me of Singapore’s national flower – the orchid.

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As for the marble design itself, Janet added an out of this world, galaxy-like coat of purple glitter on top of my purple and white marble nails. For the final layer, she added in a silver foil to add a really reflective pop of shiny silver to my white marble nails to take it to the next level.

When light falls on my nails, the silver foil and soft, subtle purple glitter really glisten in the light to give a starry, glittery effect.

What I love about 3D Nails is their professionalism, creativity and ability to turn my dream nail designs into reality!

If you are into girly, feminine nails but want to try something new and different for a change, go for this! The great thing about this manicure is that you can pretty much change the colours to whatever colour you like best.

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And last but not least, my fav part of this whole manicure is the pearl bow! This cute accessory is so eye-catching with its 3D shape and I love how the white contrasts so gorgeously with the magenta nails. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on how cute my nails are because of the bow!

If you need even more reasons to go check out 3D Nails, this month they’re running a few promotions:

1. Get 20% off all nail art when you quote my name, Rachel! But please note this promotion isn’t in conjunction with the other ongoing promotions.
2. For a lasting, chip-free manicure, get a gel mani and gel pedi with a free return soak off for $78 this month!
3. Or, save money like me and do a gel mani and classic pedi for just $58.
4. And if you’re on an especially tight budget this month but still wanna take good care of your hands and feet, do a classic mani and pedi for only $38!

For more nail inspiration and updates on 3D Nails’ monthly promotions, follow them on Instagram, Instagram.com/3D_Nails!

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