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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This Christmas, I’m gifting jars of scrumptious yet healthy nut butters from none other than Wild Butter Co! With a wide variety of flavours to choose from, you won’t have any problem finding the right gift for the loved ones in your life 🙂

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter
This is definitely one of my new favourites! Taste-wise, it reminds me of lotus biscuits. I also really love the texture of this nut butter. Smooth but with a nice, even crunch. This gourmet spread is made with agave nectar, a delicious and healthy alternative to maple syrup, but still has plenty of maple syrup flavour and addictive sweetness to it. In other words, this is the perfect yummy nut butter to get you in that festive mood!


Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter
Made with Oreo cookies, this vegan nut butter spread is a real delight (and unlike anything else you’ve ever tried!) The combination of oreos, sea salt and peanuts is really interesting. If you’re looking for a little more crunch and something not too sweet, this cookie peanut butter is a must try 🙂


Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter

Dark chocolate, digestives and peanut butter is a definite winning combination! If you’re a Nutella fan, you might enjoy this healthier spread alternative. The guilt-free, not-too-sweet, chocolatey flavour is just SO good.

Matcha Milk Peanut Spread
If you love all things matcha and haven’t tried this one yet, trust me you’ll love this Wild Butter Co matcha spread. It isn’t too sweet, but has a nice green tea taste to it. Rafael (founder of Wild Butter Co) says the secret to the amazing quality is in using only premium green tea leaves! I mean, just look at that glorious green colour. YUM.


Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Wild Butter Co’s honey roasted almond butter is made with raw honey, a natural sweetener with lots of antioxidants. It’s really tasty and free of hydrogenated vegetable oils and low in carbohydrates. So you can still #treatyourself while maintaining a healthy diet! The almonds provides a slightly lighter flavour compared to the peanut spreads.


Earl Grey Peanut Butter

This is by far my favourite Wild Butter Co peanut butter. It’s a close tie with the Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, but this is so decadent (it contains white chocolate) and the bergamot earl grey flavour is really there. Tastes like absolute heaven! A definite must order if you’re an earl grey fan.

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Wild Butter Co now ships to Singapore, Malaysia and other countries. So what are you waiting for? 🙂 Check out www.wildbutterco.com to get your hands on their amazing nut butters! PS. Get free shipping when you purchase 6 or more jars. If you’re located outside of Singapore and Malaysia, email hello@wildbutterco.com for more information on ordering!

Little Flower Hut

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“Which is the best flower delivery service in Singapore?” is a question that appears on Quora Singapore. One of the recommendations on Quora is none other than Little Flower Hut, a trusted local online florist.

And guess what? I recently received a huge gorgeous bouquet from Little Flower Hut. I was so surprised to see that the bouquet was so ginormous! As you can see from the pictures, the paper bouquet was almost as big as me.

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The flowers arrived in the morning, and looked so fresh and beautiful. You know how sometimes you receive flowers and they look a little wilted? It definitely wasn’t the case here. All of the flowers were in spectacular condition.

The colour of the orchids and the hydrangeas was so vibrant and cheery. And the colour palette of dark green, pastel blue, dark blue and purple worked so well together.

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From the appearance of the bouquet, I could really see the amount of effort, love, dedication and creativity that went into creating this paper bouquet! Flower arranging ain’t an easy task. It takes some thought and skill to be able to craft something like this. Plus flowers are so delicate!

What I liked most about my bouquet was how the flowers had properly opened 🙂

Trust me, finding a good florist anywhere is difficult. But Little Flower Hut really nailed it with this beautiful bouquet, timely delivery, and awesome customer service. I’ld definitely get in touch with them again in future should I need some beautiful blooms to liven up my home.

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Lastly, the thing with bouquets is that the flowers don’t always last super long. However, the flowers that I’ve received have been doing well. I transferred them into a small vase and filled it with fresh water. The orchids and monstera leaf are now doing beautifully outside in my garden.

Gift a bouquet to a loved one today and check out Little Flower Hut’s wide variety of bouquets and more at their website: http://www.littleflowerhut.com.sg 

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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!

I had seen A Better Florist’s gorgeous bouquets on Instagram (@abetterflorist) but when I received flowers, I was really delighted because they did not disappoint. The colours were really vibrant and the flowers instantly brightened up my room and my mood.

Flowers are such an ideal gift. They’re perfect for graduations, birthdays, get well gifts, parties, grand openings, weddings, anniversaries. To make things even more special and meaningful, there’s also the option to customise your own bouquet at A Better Florist!

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Each bouquet from A Better Florist is carefully curated and I really liked that they came wrapped in burlap, I thought that was really unique and gave the flowers a very rustic touch. Speaking of delivery, did you know A Better Florist offers free delivery! Plus, they also offer express same day delivery in Singapore from 9am to 6pm.

The flowers come directly from Cameron Highlands, so you know that freshness is guaranteed.

Also, the website is really straightforward, no nonsense and easy to use. Love how they make online shopping so quick and efficient really. You can check them out at www.abetterflorist.com and for more inspiration, follow them on Instagram/FB!

The flowers that I received from A Better Florist were the Ayla ($68 + free shipping) and the Keira ($98 + free shipping). They were both very stunning. The Ayla was a perfect pick-me-up because of the bright yellow sunflowers and these blooms were really uplifting.

As for the Keira, the flowers were very fragrant. The bouquet consisted of lilies, roses, and tulips! I really liked the eclectic colour palette of purple, yellow, white and green.

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So what are you waiting for? Whatever the occasion, send your loved one a beautiful bouquet from A Better Florist today!

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