Saturday, December 21, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: Elizabeth Arden Green Tea eau Parfumee

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea eau Parfumee

Greetings my lovely readers, it has been awhile.
I have been gone for quite some time, due to my busy schedule (I kid; I actually went on holiday to Taiwan. But, no matter~).

I cannot express how shocked I am that I have yet to review this fragrance on my blog.
This fragrance has been around since 1999 and I have had many moments in life where this fragrance has given me beautiful memories.
My first vivid encounter with this fragrance was perhaps when I was a young child. I was staring out of the door of my home when a lady who was dressed in a smart white shirt passed by. This scent wafted in my direction - its crisp citrus freshness mixed a smattering of delicate jasmine petals and a very strong green note a scent to behold for a young child. That incident created for me an association of this scent with someone who dresses smartly.

Cue 10 years later, and I now own three bottles of this fragrance simultaneously (I'm compulsive, I know).

While I have developed further my olfactory senses in the world of perfumery, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea has always remained a staple in my (ever expanding) collection.

This scent, as mentioned above, is crisp, citrusy, mildly floral and very, very green. Besides this, though, is a subtle complexity for this scent, created by the mix of (synthetic) spices in the background. Additionally, it is not a natural smelling tea scent (in fact, this is what we call in perfumery the "appearance" of a tea smell - kind of like abstract art, if you'll think of it that way) but it never fails to brighten up my day because it just smells that "happy" and "bright". Perhaps this is why we see that despite being launched in 1999, it still remains as one of EA's best sellers today, with a slew of other related products being sold such as the shower gel, honey drops cream and tons of GT flankers (I happen to not enjoy any of them, but that's another story). The 90's green tea era is long gone, but this scent has stood the test of time. 

The only few drawbacks of this scent is perhaps its poor silage (dies down to a skin scent in a matter of an hour) and that it smells fairly generic today - many green tea fragrances on the market probably use similar chemicals (it's not very difficult to copy a scent) to EA's GT and hence produce similar smelling products.
Some people say that the longevity of this fragrance is poor, but I disagree. I used to think it was so, till I did a skin-test and noted it lasted around 5-hours on my skin in this hot and humid weather. Maybe the poor silage gives the impression that it does not last long.

Overall, nothing ground-breaking for sure, but this scent is a lovely staple to have in your wardrobe whenever you'd like a simple pleasant green tea aroma. 

P.S: You can get this at a really cheap prices at perfume discounters islandwide. I got mine for $20+/- for 100ml.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

{{First Impressions}}: The Cambridge Satchel Backpack

Cambridge Satchel Backpack(vintage brown), S$270
https://www.cambridgesatchel.com

Hello my adorable readers, it has been awhile!

Today, I received my Cambridge Satchel Backpack from the courier (*squeals like a little girl*) and would like to share my first impressions of it. I have been lusting for one ever since its release a few years back. It came in a ton of colours, such as navy blue, fluoros, black, and dark brown.

However, the price deterred me, and there was a time when they stopped producing the backpacks (boo!). Now it is only available in the red and vintage brown colour. Also, their customer service is really sucky. I tried contacting them via email, facebook and twitter and not once was my queries ever answered. Nonetheless, it is a fairly reputable brand so you probably would not be scammed.




My darling backpack was shipped using Fedex and I received my order just 5 days after purchasing it online (that's really fast. I was expecting at 14+7days waiting time according to their site).

The backpack comes in a cardboard packaging filled with air packets for extra protection, and placed in a eco-friendly bag with "The Cambridge Satchel Company" printed on it (see above).

It is 15-inches wide and weighs approximately 1.05kg. 
I was expecting a really hard, sturdy bag but this was a little soft for my tastes. As a comparison, I'd say it is harder than the satchels offered by Dr Martens, but softer than cardboard(can I really compare it this way? Heh.)


The bag itself is fairly spacious if you're just thinking of carrying your laptop, pencil case and small miscellaneous items. I bought it to lug my 13-inch Macbook Air which fits in easily.

I researched extensively before buying this and noted that some people thought it smelt like dead fish/smelt bad. For me, I think it smells like leather and leather dye. I love leather, so this smell didn't perturb me, although it isn't really very leathery.

Overall, my only gripe is that when carrying heavier items, the end of the backpack seems to "dig" into my back, which can cause friction and discomfort if I carried it for too long. Then again, there's always the handle bar for me to use :)

In all, I am pleased with the purchase.

P.S: It is currently free-worldwide-delivery month. So do grab a bag if you're thinking of doing so :)
P.S 2: My dad thinks this looks like bags old men carry, but I love the retro vibe. <3

Saturday, September 7, 2013

{{Quick Review}}: Nivea Lip Butter (Raspberry Rose scented)

Nivea Lip Butter - $5.90 at Watsons Singapore outlets.
Hello there!

Today I succumbed to the temptation of  Nivea's lip butter and bought one. I have been seeing them around in Watsons for the past few weeks. Since I feel I have been using my lip balm from The Body Shop for way too long, it's time to toss that icky thing.

Anywho, I've noticed that most people grab the original scent of the lip butter more than raspberry rose flavour. Perhaps they love the nivea body lotions' scent? Or perhaps they know that the raspberry rose one smells too kiddy?

The scent of raspberry rose is rather alike to those chewy milky strawberry flavoured candies we have here in Singapore. Nothing very ground-shattering, obviously, but perhaps a little nostalgic when you smell it.

I immediately disliked the packaging when I tried opening it. Previously, my TheBodyShop lip balm was held in a pot with a screw-on lid which wasn't messy. However, Nivea's lip butter comes in a metal tin with a horrid metal tin cap that is hard to remove. Needless to say, being the klutz I am, I opened it haphazardly and got my finger stuck into the lip butter - eww! 
My lovely finger-imprinted mark on the lip butter

However, I do like the product itself. I am very picky when it comes to using lip products because some would leave an unsettling balmy feeling on my tongue, or give a weird taste in my mouth. Thankfully, Nivea's lip butter has none of that so I am feeling very pleased with it.

This also leaves a mild shimmer on your lips, giving it that luscious-moisturised-healthy -lip look.


Overall, yay for the lip butter itself but a big NAY for the darn tin packaging. I won't be lugging this around in a bag because I wouldn't close the tin too tightly as it's hard to remove carefully.

Have you tried this lip butter? What's your thoughts on lip butters/balms in a pot in general? Do share, I'd love to know. :)

Till then, my awesome readers!
That Whimsical Blogger

Saturday, August 24, 2013

{{Haircare Review}}: Ginger Shampoo from TheBodyShop

TBS Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, S$16.90 for 250ml
There's also a 400ml bottle (pictured) but I have forgotten
the price.
Hello M'lovelies!

Today I will be reviewing The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo!

This has been a staple for me for many years. It really helps to keep those pesky dandruffs at bay. 
This shampoo lathers up well and a 400ml bottle can easily last me for the most part of a year.

The product itself is a thick, yellow-tinged transparent liquid that has a strong aromatic ginger note.  I think the scent is rather therapeutic although the drydown smells medicinal. Because I enjoy the use of ginger in my food and drinks and even perfumes (Bvlgari's BLV, I'm looking at you), it is comforting smelling the scent of ginger in the shampoo. However, I've gotten comments from my mother and a schoolmate that my hair "smells"(i.e stinks). I think they meant there's this medicinal scent to it that doesn't smell particularly pleasant because people expect shampoos to be loaded with tons of chemically sweet scents. 

Honestly, I personally think that as long as this does the trick and I am neutral with the smell, who cares about what the others think?  

Anyway, if the smell does bother you I suggest using those mainstream girly-scented conditioner after using this product or spritzing a bit of perfume in your hair once it's dried. 
The ingredients.
Overall, a big thumbs up for me. Will keep repurchasing this product unless TBS discontinues it (it's so prone to discontinuing the good stuff!) I've tried tons of anti-dandruff stuff ranging from the lower-priced ones like Head&Shoulders to the higher priced ones like PHYTO and yet I still come back to this product time and time again.

Till next time, darlings.



P.S: Sorry for the lack of updates. University has just started and I'm currently wading in obliviousness trying to adjust to the curriculum and workload. 



Monday, August 5, 2013

{{Haircare Review}}: Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush


Hello m'lovelies. It's been awhile!

Today's gonna be a review on the fantabulous Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush.

I bought this after reading so many rave reviews about it here and there on the internet.

Does it live up to its ability to detangle?

Why yes, yes it does.

I used to think Kent combs were The Best Combs I've had till this baby came running along. I grabbed it at Metro on a 20% discount, by the way.

The bristles of The Tangle Teezer are made of soft silicon with alternating short/longer lengths throughout the whole brush. They go through your hair (wet or dry) like a breeze. I do mean like a breeze! It glides smoothly through your hair to detangle it (unless your hair is badly tangled). I've never had such an amazing detangler before with virtually zero tugging on my poor delicate hair. So yes, this is a big thumbs up to the Tangle Teezer.

Also, although the shape looks weird, it fits snugly into your hand thanks to the ergonomic design. Thus, a good grip is always ascertained. 

One thing I don't like about this, though, is the difficulty in cleaning it. Residues tend to gather on the bristles easily and they're not easy to scrub off even with a cleaning brush. Also, because the bristles are made of soft silicon, you cannot manhandle them (I did) because the bristles will bend and lose shape (which happened to one or two of my bristles - boo!).

Overall, me likey likey.
If it were cheaper I'd get another.

La bristles!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: 24 Faubourg by Hermes


Hello my darlings, I'm excited to write a review about a new edition to my fragrance collection-- Hermes' 24 Faubourg (eau de parfum). 

First of all, I adore the packaging of this perfume. It's so luxe and beautiful. The pretty swirly motifs and the star-shaped bottle leaves me swooning. I have 75ml of the juice but my bottle is the leather case version. So boo, I don't have that gorgeous bottle pictured. But still, the lovely juice needs no fancy packaging, really.

Hermes 24 Faubourg is a scent for the daring female. It exudes class, charisma, femininity. 
24 Faubourg opens up with a burst of high-quality white florals that charmed even me, who's not typically into florals. There is a hint of bitterness to the bountiful flowers (predominantly a symphony of magnolia and jasmine) - an almost tea-like quality. The flowers are also mildly sweet as well. There is a hint of juicy bergamot that renders a rather sparkling quality to it. At this stage, you can already smell the whiffs of its chypre base.

As the fragrance develops, patchouli becomes more noticeable but remains in the background. The amber in this perfume lends a warmth, comforting touch to it. The oakmoss is now far more obvious, which lends a beautiful earthy, mossy quality to the scent. Truly intoxicating.

Super strong sillage. I made head turns with just 2 sprays. Go easy. Or, if you're like my friend who doesn't mind people evacuating from his vicinity, go trigger-happy! :D
Excellent longevity. An easy 12 hours.

A word of caution: this perfume may not be appreciated by the younger crowd. I have seen several reviews calling it old-ladyish. I abhor that term. I am 19 and am enamoured with this beauty.

FYI, the late princess Diana wore this perfume. Shows how classy it is.

Verdict: worth a sniff the next time you're near a Hermes counter. Who knows? You might fall in love with it. I know I did. P.S: Test on skin as well as the scent changes with different skin chemistries.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: NUXE multi-usage dry oil

NUXE Huile Prodigieus
Around SGD$68(non-shimmer) for 100ml
Why, hello people!

Today I'll be reviewing NUXE's Huile Prodigieus, AKA NUXE multi-usage dry oil.

Why is it called dry oil?
That's because the oil supposedly does not leave a greasy feeling on your skin.

I received my 30ml sample from a magazine that I bought so it was a great deal :D

Anyway, I have been using this dry oil for a couple of months now albeit not very often. This has the smell of lovely white flowers that lingers on for an hour or so on your skin. As touted by NUXE, it does indeed sinks quickly and effortlessly into your skin without an oily sheen to it. This is great since I loathe the greasy slippery feeling I get from using oils. Granted, if you do massage very well, normal oils would still be absorbed readily into your skin.

Also, there is a mild shine to your skin after application, which makes it look like you've got really healthy, glowing skin. I believe I have seen Youtuber AModelRecommends talking about how she enjoys using it before photoshoots so that her skin looks extra radiant.

As a moisturiser...
I feel that it does indeed moisturise my skin quite well (I use this only on my body) and I tend to mix it with my body lotion for that extra moisturising kick. A real luxurious treat to the body, methinks.

Overall
Would I recommend it?

Umm, I feel that this is a splurge. S$78 for 100ml is highly pricey although you just need a small amount of oil for each application. If you do really want to grab this, I suggest waiting for a sale before getting a bottle since I feel it is overpriced. Frankly, since I use it only for my body (I have oily skin and hair so no oil, thanks), it is not something I'd desperately need as normal lotions and creams suffice for my skin type.

Verdict: 
Good to have, but nothing essential.

So, my lovelies,
Have you tried this product? Would you buy it? I'd love to hear your opinions!

Peace & Love,
That Whimsical Blogger!

P.S: I'd love to try their rose-petal range once my current mountain of skincare supply runs out. They look hella awesome.

Friday, June 28, 2013

{{BB Cream Review}}: BRTC Blemish Recover Balm

BRTC  Blemish Recover Balm $36 from Sasa outlets, Singapore

Hey hey!

I'll be reviewing BRTC's Blemish Recover Balm in this post. Hah, I've been updating so infrequently these days. Too caught up with so many things in life to update this widdle blog. Boo hoo.

Anyway..

I believe BRTC is one of the starters of the BB cream craze in Korea. Personally, I am a "go-with-the-original" type of girl so naturally I'd have my eye on BRTC's products rather than other brands like Skin79, Etude House, Missha and (heavens, no!) American-brand BB creams (as they're entirely different). 

One thing I love about BRTC's BB creams is that they're made with the idea that BB creams should be able to treat skin woes while giving a flawless finish. This is the original purpose of BB creams anyway, so their philosophy sits well with me. This is formulated with "Optimal Cover RX", ""Blue Phyto Complex" and "Anti-Blemish Complex" which I don't really care since it sounds more like mere fancy naming to me.

BRTC's Blemish Recover Balm is targeted for acne-prone skin. I have been using this product since January this year on days when I wanted some coverage. I often do not wear makeup because I think it is bad for the skin so BB creams are the furthest I will go in slathering something on my face.
With an SPF of PA28++, you can be assured of a high UV shield. Did you know that above SPF of 30, the incremental effects of UV coverage is miniscule compared to the price increase? Also, a high SPF product will give your face a ghastly cast especially if you appear in flash photography. So I think BRTC's SPF of 28 is very ideal (I usually choose to wear low SPF sunscreen like SPF 15 due to my sensitive skin).

BRTC's BB cream is a pale greyish pinkish beige that when first blended on your skin, gives a pale cast. I almost shrieked at how white I had become. My face was at least 3-4 shades lighter. However, after ten minutes or so the BB cream will oxidise and somewhat match your skintone. It was lighter than my original face colour but I have no gripes with that since my face is darker than the rest of my body (yeah, strange isn't it? My hands are ghastly Asian-type white but my face isn't). Oh, and it sits on your face like a second skin so you would not look like you're wearing makeup.

I read that some people are turned off by the smell but I am fine with it. Because of its anti-blemish properties, there is a somewhat strong tea tree oil smell mixed with the smell of unscented makeup. It doesn't last long, so personally, I don't think anyone should be thaaat turned off by it.

The BB cream ~
The coverage of this BB cream is moderate that can easily be built to a full coverage. I like that, because this means this BB cream is suited to covering red angry acne marks like a concealer.  However, also because of this coverage, it is rather thick and so you will have to blend it in your face quickly and by parts. So I tend to dab it on my cheeks first, followed by my chin, nose and forehead.

Also, I noticed that it seems to melt in our hot weather if you do not let it dry fully before heading out of the house. Imagine my unhappiness when I found it smearing against my DSLR's preview screen as I went about trying to snap photos in town. Grrrrr.

But, this lasts a good 5-6 hours on my skin before I see it fading. So if you're heading out just for a short while, this can be chucked happily at home. Otherwise, you can also bring this around since it is just a small squeeze tube. I do notice it does not have much oil-controlling properties since my T-zone still shines after a few hours but that can easily be solved by applying a layer of powder on top or (for me), spritzing some thermal water and gently dabbing it away with a tissue paper.

In all, I'd say this is a very decent BB cream. It is fantastic for covering up minor imperfections and scars and lasts on the skin for a fairly long time. 

I am keen on trying more BRTC products in the future when my current supplies run out. I currently also own their BRTC Aqua Rush BB cream which I very much prefer. My next-to-try is probably their BRTC Jasmine BB cream powder (looks really cool!).

Have you tried BRTC's BB creams? What's your opinion of them? Do share!

Love
That Whimsical Blogger~

P.S: BB creams are makeup products. Do use a proper cleanser to remove them. I like to use Laneige's Multi Cleanser, Avene's Deep Pore Foaming Cleanser and Avene's Cleanance Cleanser to remove my makeup.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: Davidoff The Game




Why, hello there.
It's been awhile.

Today I'll be reviewing Davidoff The Game, a fragrance for men.

I was kindly given 2 sample vials from a wonderful Sephora Filipino salesman at Ion Orchard (So good service does exist at Sephora!). His enthusiasm was so cute. I'd be back to Sephora to buy stuff if I see him around.

Anyway...

Since Father's Day is coming up soon, it'd be nice to know if this is a good scent to invest in. Or perhaps, whether this would be great for your boyfriend(s).

Davidoff The Game: Winner Takes All.

The fragrance sounds promising, with a tagline that screams "I am a babe-magnet!". Or, in the fragrance world, it simply screams, "This fragrance is a panty-dropper!"

Top Notes("burst of freshness"): 
aromatic gin fizz accord

Middle notes("rising tension"): 
vibrant spices and textured iris

Base notes("Irresistible Attraction"): 
virile woods and elegant vetiver

The Game opens up fizzy, spicy and a little green. There is a sparkling bright aspect to it which is probably the gin fizz. Soon, the fragrance sweetens, almost tipping over the edge into "gourmand territory" but never really there. A diluted cloying sweet version of a gourmand male fragrance, I suppose.

In all honesty, it smells to me like a mix of Parco Rabanne's One Million and the original Davidoff Cool Water for men(minus the mint and aquatic notes). There is a darker edge to The Game as compared to Cool Water, making it more luxurious as opposed to the casual-smelling Cool Water. Cool Water is a rather iconic scent, having been around for years now. In contrast, The Game seems like a flanker of Cool Water - unsettlingly similar. Maybe it can be called Cool Water: The Game, eh?

Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but in a world where the fragrance industry is becoming increasingly overpopulated with generic fragrances, The Game would sit somewhere in that pile. An "okay" scent that will be easily forgotten amongst other similar smelling spicy-woody male colognes. 

Granted, it wouldn't hurt for a guy to wear this because it is inoffensive. I definitely don't see myself running for the hills and gagging. 

Verdict: Okay. May be a good starter fragrance but you can do better.



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Neroli Bianca

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Neroli Bianca - S$79/75ml
from DFS Galleria, Singapore and Guerlain counters, Singapore

Hey people! How's it going? I have been rather inactive on my blog these few weeks because I was busy with so many things! 

Well, I'm back with a review of Guerlain's Neroli Bianca from its Aqua Allegoria range. This is Guerlain's 2013 offering that's not "travel exclusive". I love the beautiful design of the Aqua Allegoria...so...luxurious.

Basically Neroli Bianca is inspired by the bitter orange tree. I've come into contact with bitter orange in L'Occitane's The Vert. It is basically a note that is less bright than an average orange note and even lightly bitter (hence the name).

Neroli Bianca itself is a pretty interesting fragrance. It opens up tart, citrusy and bitter. For some reason when you first whiff it, it feels like you're smelling layers of it. I can almost see the flesh of the bitter orange in front of me, with its citrus juiciness. It is zesty, bringing a sort of effervescent effect to this fragrance. I also detect what seemed like a faint honey note, bringing a roundness to this scent. But the honey isn't the ordinary honey you get in jars; it actually smells a bit smoky or burnt, as though the honey has been roasted. Picture a bitter orange, sliced open and doused with a thin layer of mildly burnt honey. Sprinkle on a bit of those "popping candy" that kids usually eat and that's the effect created by Neroli Bianca.

As the fragrance develops, you can feel undertones of woody and green notes emerging. I guess we're climbing down from the tree, away from the bountiful bitter oranges and straight into its leaves and branches. The magical zest is waning and this is the part of the fragrance where the citrus is rather subdued.

Then, as you reach the bottom of the tree, you can see that just nearby, another bitter orange tree has yet to bear fruits. Its orange blossoms sway in the wind, bringing their light floral scent to your face. If you had smelt harder while up the tree, you'd have noticed the faint scent of these blossoms. The dry down is a bouquet of orange blossoms and their pollens - powdery, mildly citrusy and woody.

Sillage wise this is a pretty strong scent and longevity was a good 8 hours on my wrists.

This is an interesting scent but it was not my cup of tea. It is worth a whiff if you can get your hands on a tester at the store. Who knows, it might just be what you'll fall in love with.

I hope this review was useful :D
Love
That Whimsical Blogger!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

{{Review}}: Sg Best Buy World



Heya people~

As requested, today's gonna be a review on Sg Best Buy World.

This is basically a site catered to residents of Singapore. It offers skincare, cosmetics, fragrances and other products at a discounted rate from regular retail pricing.  It also sells products that are "gift-with-purchase" you normally get for free from departmental stores when your purchases are of a certain amount.

I have bought from Sg BBW 4 times, surfed around the site for awhile and I find it's about time to review about them. I mainly bought perfumes from them.

As usual, this will be done in a "point form" manner to make my review as objective as possible.

The good:
1. Excellent delivery service
Yes, Sg BBW's delivery service is great! I must admit, I've only purchased online from 3 online stores (Zalora, Naruko and this) and Sg BBW's delivery beats Zalora hands down! From their site, you can see how their delivery schedule works, but typically you will get it 1-2 days after ordering. This applies for BOTH cash-on-delivery and online payment. Remember my long waiting time for Zalora orders? This doesn't happen with Sg BBW.

Plus, I find my encounters with their delivery men to be very pleasant. They're (pretty) friendly people who'd wait for me to inspect my items before payment (I only trust cash-on-delivery option). I think I had the same delivery man for 2-3 orders and he's amused by the things I ordered - perfumes (one bottle would have exceeded the minimum spending amount for free delivery).

2. Products are relatively new
Before purchasing anything on the site, you can email them to check out the date of manufacture. Typically I think their makeup/skincare will be sold as long as it is within 2-3 years of their D.O.M whereas for fragrances I've been told by them it's 5 years.

3. Offers are attractive
Yeap, sometimes BBW has offers that are unbeatable elsewhere. I've noticed this applies especially for high end mass-market perfumes. I bought my Acqua di Gioia from them at $69.50 while at shoplets the cheapest I've seen is $85. Yay savings!
Plus, they tend to have seasonal offers that lower prices of their goods further! If you have the patience and the time, it'd be good to hang around on the site for awhile and see if your favourite item will be priced even lower for a limited time! Alternatively, sign up for their newsletter.

4. Prompt answers to inquiries
Frustrated when businesses take forever to reply to you ? BBW's staff usually respond within 24 hours, which is great!

5. Testers for sale
Like many non-authorised retail stores, BBW offers the sale of "tester" merchandise. This is great for perfumes if you're the kind to use and toss a perfume bottle.


The not so good:
1. Lacking in good English command
Okay, this is definitely not atrocious English we're talking about here. But, it may cause discomfort to those who are extremely particular about good grammar.

2. Prices are cheap, compared to online stores
Surf around the net for fairly established online stores in Singapore and I think BBW's products are competitively priced.
However, it is honestly not difficult to get cheaper products offline in stores. For example, BBW has the habit of selling the gift-with-purchase deals. I have seen a bag selling at $36 on BBW and the same bag selling at Bonjour Cosmetics for $16. Also, I've bought L'eau Par Kenzo offline at $36.90 from Beauty Language and $26 from Venus Beauty (30ml) which BBW sells for $39. I think this is to compensate for its delivery service. You honestly have to shop around to get the best deals.

3. Method for storage of products is unknown
I've honestly no idea how BBW stores their product. If stored in a hot room and exposed to sunlight, this may cause cosmetics and perfumes to spoil quickly. So far, though, I've had no issues.

4. "No return" policy
I'm upset with BBW's no return, no refund policy unless the product is spoilt/damaged upon delivery. This means if you purchased something wrongly you cannot change it, EVEN if it's brand new. So, you'd have to make sure what you buy is really what you want.

5. Limited stocks
If you like something, you better buy it fast because many items go out of stock quickly and they don't know when the new stocks would (if ever) arrive.
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In conclusion, I think Sg Best Buy World is a convenient site to grab items that are priced cheaper than actual retail stores. So far I have a positive opinion of this site, especially with their lovely delivery service.

Have you bought stuff from Sg Best Buy World? What's your experience? I'd love to know!

-That Whimsical Blogger~

Thursday, May 2, 2013

{{In-Depth Fragrance Review}}: L'Occitane Rose Aurore eau Fraiche


L'Occitane Rose Aurore Eau Fraiche, $78/75ml

I have been craving rose fragrances lately.
Besides going back to my absolute favourite Evelyn Rose EDT (which has since been reformulated), I also sought solace in my little 30ml bottle of Crabtree&Evelyn's Rosewater. 
The former is far too precious for me to use liberally while the latter's low lasting power leaves me with a sense of disappointment.

Then, came L'Occitane's Rose Aurore.

Pretty, pretty packaging.

What caught my eye was the lovely, old Western styled motif of Rose Aurore. The beautiful royal red colour and its fairly complex design piqued my interest. Then, there's the gorgeous GWP and Mothers' Day gift packs available this month at L'Occitane outlets, Singapore. 

Nonetheless, I was hesitant to try this at first, for I'm a picky rose lover. The idea of "white roses" didn't really make me excited since I adored pink/red rose scents and I dislike cutesy and/or faint scents that L'Occitane tends to have in their floral fragrances. Also, I had the idea that eau fraiche were very light fragrances that would not last long.

But, I was in love on first whiff! What a delightful fragrance! I bought it the day I smelt it!

According to L'Occitane, 

Top Notes: Lemon, Orange, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Rose, Lotus Flower
Base Notes: Musk, Amber

Rose Aurore opens with a fresh burst of white roses, as the citrus notes gives it a revitalising edge to the feminine florals. There is also a hint of soapiness, which I absolutely looooove in rose fragrances. It makes me feel like an ol' girly romantic at heart who's just taken a bath in rose petals. 

Then, as the fragrance mellows a little, I could smell how green and translucent it is. This is a sweet, delicate rose at its first bloom and the lotus note only serves to strengthen its delicateness.  Lotus, is a note I've come to admire for it is- to me- a floral that is both feminine and zen-like, unlike other loud obnoxious floral notes. I could see bountiful floating rose petals surrounding me in this scent and I envision it fit for a wedding. Or, like my friend says, "good for formal events" because there is just that beautiful rose classiness to it.

Personally, as this is is tested on skin, I cannot detect the musk note. The amber note itself isn't particularly noticeable either, but there is a slight warmth(not as warm as Evelyn Rose) to this fragrance that may be the cause of the amber note.


This, my friends, is a sillage monster. Just one spray at the store and I could smell it for a good 3 hours at moderate sillage. Please do not ever overspray this little beauty because it would positively make people gag.  The longevity on my skin is an impressive 4-5 hours, just like L'Occitane's The Vert.

A definite thumbs up from me. I'd be eyeing a second bottle if my love for it continues. I don't wanna regret it the way I did with my Evelyn Rose (darn it C&E, bring it back!)
*EDIT*: I'll be getting new bottles of the ol' Evelyn Rose! My relative managed to find some old stock abroad! Yaaaay.

Have you tried Rose Aurore? Let me know!
Love,
That Whimsical Blogger!


The other complementary body products from the range:
R.A Radiant Body Milk-S$48/250ml
R.A Shower Jelly - S$33/250ml


P.S: At my trip to L'Occitane boutique in Takashimaya, I sprayed Rose4Reines on my left wrist and Rose Aurore on my right wrist to see which I liked better. R4R had great longevity according to Fragrantica.com but it just died down on my skin into a soft skin scent in a matter of one hour! RA continued pampering my skin with its lovely smell. I think this is a matter of skin chemistry so your results may differ. 
I also tried out Rose des Champs later on in the day and here's a quick way to distinguish their scents.

Rose 4 Reines: Classic, deep red rose scent. A bit dark and reminds me of potpourri roses. It's like you being given a bouquet of rich, red roses.
Rose des Champs (2012 limited edition - yes, I still see it in stores): Very green rose scent with a hint of citrus and fruits. You'll be smelling more green notes than roses. Great for people who like just a mild touch of rose to their fragrances. It's like you running through a garden of roses. EDIT: this actually smells fantastic in hot weather! Bring it out into the sun and a light rose blooms and blooms and blooms!
Rose Aurore (2013 limited edition): white roses that are delicate and fresh with subtle hints of green notes. Great for people who like roses but not the dark-red-rose type. It's like white roses steeped in water.




Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quick Review/First Impressions: Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Eau de Toilette


Somerset Meadow, 60ml for S$58 at C&E outlets, Singapore
Hello hello!
Today's gonna be a quick review/ first impressions of Crabtree & Evelyn's latest perfume offering - Somerset Meadow eau de toilette.

I received a 0.5ml sample vial from C&E's Takashimaya outlet. On a side note, the store person wasn't very friendly. She demanded if I were a member as, according to the way she put it, it's for members-only. This is a total contradiction to what is said on Crabtree & Evelyn's Facebook page - it's a freebie sample for C&E's fb fans. Good grief, I absolutely abhor snobby salespeople AND company miscommunications.

Back to the sample itself!
Anywho, as it is not stated what the notes are in this perfume, I'll just have list them based on what I think they smell like.


When first applied, Somerset Meadow opens with a juicy, sour burst of fruits. Freshly cut sweet, tender pears alongside ripe blackcurrants are what my nose detect. The burst of fruitiness is bolstered by a background of green and white florals and a subtle dash of sandalwood.

The fruitness of the eau de toilette lingers for a good 5-10 minutes before being subdued by the emerging white florals and green notes. It reminds me of cute little white wildflowers amidst a brilliant bed of healthy green grass. The smell of sandalwood is more pronounced now, with its incense-like scent and hints of bitterness. Overall, the smell is still fresh and green. The interplay between sandalwood, white florals and green notes gives the impression of me lying amongst these flowers and grass, inhaling both their smells and the scent of the soil.

A definite light, airy scent. You can almost see pixies frolicking in the flora and fauna beside you.


Somerset Meadow has a soft silage and a longevity of 3-4 hours. I like it, but it's not as special as the older offerings from Crabtree & Evelyn, such as their Evelyn Rose (prior to the hideous 2012 reformulation), Nantucket Briar (gorgeous, seaside-y scent) and Summer Hill (flower power on a hill!).

Well, I hope this first impressions/quick review of C&E's Somerset Meadow EDT was helpful! :D

Have you tried this fragrance? Will you try it? Let me know!

Lots of love

That Whimsical Blogger!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{{In-Depth Skincare Review}}: Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream

Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream (50g)
S$2.20/50g and $3.50/100g (depending on where you get it)
For generations, Singaporean women have swore by this beauty product.

Your mother, your aunt or your grandmother could have seen this as the holy grail product back in the old days.

It is affordable ("dirt cheap" even by today's standards) and does a pretty good job of keeping the ladies pretty.

But behold, the twenty first century ushered in an era where advertisements blare at every street corner. Poor Hazeline has become muted, swallowed up by the sea of latest skincare products that are endorsed by celebrities. Many youths see Hazeline Snow derisively - it's so cheap, how can it be good? 

Yet, Hazeline Snow's continued presence shows how popular it is. Recently, when rumours abound that Hazeline Snow was about to be discontinued, news reported that stocks flew off the shelves. People who knew how good this product was were hoarding this!


Comes with an inner tab to prevent the cream from drying up


The product itself is just like what its name suggest - it resembles snow. Crumbly, white and cooling is what this cream is. It seems like cold chalky solids when you first dig it out of the bottle. 

In fact, as a child I'd grab that bottle lying around and stick my fingers into it due to my fascination with the texture. Also, I wanted to sniff the rosy, powdery scent of the product. 

Well, needless to say it became more like a child's toy than for my mother to slather it on. 

Zeh texture!


I've been using the more expensive creams/gels/lotions but recently I got my hands on Hazeline Snow just for fun and also to see what the raves are all about. Boy, am I glad I did it.

Hazeline Snow is great as it mattifies and provides a white base for the skin, evening that evens out the skintone and making it appear brighter. For me, my face is around 3-5 shades darker than the rest of my body so I'd rely on this cream to lighten my face. Don't over-apply though as it can leave a scary white cast. Yikes~ 

Hazeline Snow keeps my face from becoming too oily for hours! Who needs a $69 clay lotion from Khiels to mattify the skin when you've got this wonderful little tub of joy? Annnd, my friends who uses it says it's great to combat acne! Put a dollop on the zit and go to bed. Plus, its cooling texture is great for insect bites and rashes.

When I had this on one day, my friend remarked that my skin looks better now. It may be because Hazeline Snow is indeed as good for skin as they say, or that the nature of the cream (powdery, matte product) helps to even out the skintone by having a layer of powder on it. There is indeed a noticeable film left on the skin after using hazeline but it's not annoying like silicone-based products.

To combat the crumbly cream problem encountered by many, I used a spatula to gently scoop out thin layers the cream.Viola, you get a very creamy, cooling paste that is in no way crumbly at all! :D

The downside to this cream is perhaps the fact that it isn't very moisturising at all. For dry skin people you're better off trying the whitening version of Hazeline Snow as the texture is creamier. And, for oilier skin types, you still do need some moisturising gel/lotion before putting this on unless your skin is really, really oily. It caused a tightening sensation around my prone-to-dryness cheeks when I slather it on without applying lotion beforehand. 

Nonetheless, this is a great product and it has stood the test of time.

Highly recommend.

Oh, have you guys tried this product? And is it available in your country? Do share!

Lots of love
That Whimsical Blogger!



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

{{Fragrance Review}}: Naruko Celestial White Moss Eau de Toilette (Youtube)



Hey guys, here's a review on Naruko's fragrance, the Celestial White Moss eau de toilette!
I made it as a Youtube video this time ^___^ Do check it out.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Opinion: Zalora.sg




Behold, Zalora.



Hey there m'lovelies!

Today I'll be gallantly writing a decent review of Zalora.sg

I have purchased thrice from Zalora.sg and while my opinion towards this site remains mixed, it is a far cry from the scornful reviews I have read online. I have never once tried out their return policy though, because all the stuff I bought fit me.

Since the start of 2013, I have purchased 3 dresses and a sunblock from Zalora.sg


Here's the pros & cons of shopping at Zalora:

PROs:
Wide range of items offered. 
There are many, many choices with regards to fashion merchandise on Zalora.sg 's site. With a discerning eye for details, you will be able to pick out good quality apparels. My favourite brand thus far is Inner Circle on the site because of their quirky design and decent quality.

Quirky dress from Inner Circle

Their sale items. 
That's right, sale items. The bargain hunter in me (I've since levelled up from being a cheap skate) enjoys looking at clothing on sale at Zalora.sg This is because firstly, who can resist a good bargain for something you'll wear? Moreover, I delight in the fact that things on sale usually mean that few people are interested in the product and thus also meant that I will not run into people wearing the same clothing as I. Score!

Discount coupons.
Zalora.sg is known for their aggressive marketing campaigns which include the -shall we say- spamming of discount coupons through outlets like credit cards and Facebook. Like that full-priced item on Zalora? Well, use the coupon and it's full-priced no more! I've read that one major source of grievances about Zalora is its eagerness to maintain full prices in order to win the support of its suppliers, so there, discount coupons to the surreptitious rescue!

Categorisation of products
Like your stuff only in black? No problem, just check the "black colour" option for their mechandise. Viola, you get to choose stuff that fits into the colours you deem acceptable. Very much fuss-free than to pore over every single bit of item offered.
Sometimes, they come up with "spring fashion", "summer fashion" categories that helps you choose the hip new clothing which is yet another aspect of fuss-free selection process.
There's also other options such as browsing by brand, size, price range.
Eh eh, so what sort of colour are you drawn towards?


CONs:
LONG LONG LONG delivery time.
The skeptic in me always chose the "cash on delivery" payment method and behold, the delivery time for a "2-3 working days" label on the site can take up to 2 weeks! Two dreadfully long weeks. I once bought a cheongsam a week before the Chinese New Year and it arrived AFTER the second week of the CNY period. Golly, thanks Zalora, I'll just have to keep this till next year.

Initially, I thought it's because of the cash-on-delivery which made Zalora so inefficient at delivery timing. But no, when I started buying stuff from Sg Best Buy World (I shall review them sometime later), I got my products on the stated delivery date even with the COD option! Take that for efficiency, Zalora!

Unintelligible customer service.
Okay, maybe not unintelligible but it is really hard to communicate with their customer service. 
I believe the CS I spoke to was an Indian National with a strong accent. It took me a long while to discern what she was speaking on the phone. For someone like myself who prides on my ability to understand people despite their accents, this just threw me back to rookie level. Please hire people with better diction Zalora. It feels like you're cutting corners.


In short, I have mixed opinion of Zalora.sg but it's nothing too drastically awful. I may buy from them again in the future, when I need to update my wardrobe. 

Have you bought from Zalora? What's your experience like? Do share!

Love,
That Whimsical Blogger



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Updated!--{{In-depth Review}}: Acqua di Gioia EDP




Acqua di Gioia retails for S$119 for 100ml, S$99 for 50ml.
http://sg.bestbuy-world.com retails it for $69.50 and $55 respectively

Acqua di Gioia.

Water of Joy.

This was first released in 2010 by Giorgio Armani.

Top notes: Mint, Amalfi Lemon
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Peony, Pink pepper
Base notes: French labdanum, Virginia cedar, Sugar


This eau de parfum is created to capture how a woman can live in harmony with nature.

Nature beckons, with its cascading waterfalls, lush forestry and secret escapes.



The scent of Acqua di Gioia opens with a burst of bittersweet lemony freshness. The notes of mint, amalfi lemon and sugar dances through the air, bringing delight and a sense of carefreeness. The amalfi lemon smells as though it is the distillation of the entire lemon - peels and all. The mint is icy fresh but doesn't smell very natural to me. Then, the sugar reminds me of icing sugar - very cool and sweet. I detect a hint of marine scent too, for there is something salty about the opening. It was as though I had immersed myself in a cool blue pool amidst a crystal clear sky and am enjoying a cup of minty iced soda. It is definitely a 'cold blue' opening - relaxing, aquatic and somewhat sophisticated (like a pricey imported bottle of water). The top notes feels genuinely androgynous.

Then, as the parfum settles, the sugar, jasmine and peony notes become prominent. I cannot identify the  jasmine note singularly but rather a mix of jasmine and peony florals. The middle notes conjure the image of flower petals saturated in water amidst falling sugar pieces. Still cooling, aquatic but now with a feminine aura.

After an hour or two, the base notes come into play. French labdanum and Virginia cedar lend a masculine edge to the sweetness of Acqua di Gioia. It is sweet, floral and woody, making the scent develop into a warm aquatic base. At first, I thought it developed a rather plasticky warm sweet scent on my skin, but I guess that is the work of the labdanum, which is a type of resin. Personally, I am unable to detect the note of virginia cedar but perhaps it is there to give the woody notes alongside labdanum. The drydown in our hot weather can be cloying because of its warmth, although the mint is there to retain its freshness. I'm not particularly pleased with the dry down as I prefer fresher scents but I guess you do need the woody base to hold the fragrance together for hours.



The gorgeous iridescent blue cap

Nonetheless, I do like this scent a lot and since this is cheaper than my L'occitane Eau Vert, I'd grab this product over the latter.

In hot weather, this is fresh, cooling and sweet due to the opening and the heart notes.
In colder weather, this is fresh, sweet and comforting due to its base notes.

I think Acqua di Gioia is a scent that seems initially linear but turns out to be multi-faceted and suited for all days of the year.
The nozzle has the symbol of Giorgio Armani

A word of warning though, please do not use this perfume as a coverup for sweat. I spritzed a spray or two one morning and decided to walk to a nearby mall unaware of the repercussions. With the blazing sun above me, I sweated profusely and the scent of body odour + Acqua di Gioia makes it appear as though there is something spoiling in the water.

Just no.

Also, go easy on the spraying of this one because it is quite potent. Anything more than 2-3 spritz makes me feel rather dizzy. A single spray on my hand lasted up to 6-8 hours. The sillage is moderate for the first two to three hours before it becomes a subtle skin scent.

Edit: Do make sure you use one spray per wrist though because when I tried dividing one spray for 2 wrists the scent lasted for merely 2-3 hours whereas a single spray concentrated on one wrist lasts up to 8 hours. Also, I find that spritzing on the wrist minimises the contact of any sweat scent mingling with the perfume, thus reducing the nasty smell I mentioned earlier.

Oh, and my bottle is a  2012 limited edition one which I purchased for S$72 from Sg Bestbuy World(which I will be doing a review on). I don't think it is available anymore except for the 50ml tester bottle.
The swirly motifs are unique to the 2012 limited edition of
Acqua di Gioia

Well, that is all for this review.
Do you own Acqua di Gioia yourself? Would you buy it?
Do comment!

Thanks for reading!

Love,
That Whimsical Blogger

P.S: Here's the commercial for it









Tuesday, April 2, 2013

{{Quick Skincare Review}}: Naruko Raw Job's Tears toner

Naruko Raw Job's Tears toner
retails for S$23 at Watsons, Singapore
 and S$22.90 from Naruko.sg
Hello hello!
This is a quick skincare review of my toner from Naruko.
As said before, I *love* Naruko's Raw Job's Tears line.

I bought this toner after my skin suffered another bout of heat rash. Realising the prowess of Naruko's RJT gelly, I grabbed this bottle at Watsons to help me.

Boy am I glad I bought one.

This is soothing just like RJT belly. When applied, it gives a cooling sensation to the skin and leaves it slightly moisturised.

The product itself is a clear yellowish liquid solution, stored in this ruby red toner container. A bright pop of colour, I must add.

I do DIY masks with this as well to help with my skin sensitivity so this is a saviour! Plus, when used in conjunction with the gelly, I found that my acne scars faded faster. So the whole "supercritical whitening" properties of this line does somewhat work and that's great. I'll use it religiously whenever I get some hard-to-fade pimple scars.

And oh, you should also apply sunscreen in the day so that your acne scars wouldn't darken and take a longer time to fade.

Yup, that's a quicky review of this stellar product.

Have you tried it? Will you try it?
Comment below!

Thanks for reading
That Whimsical Blogger



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{{Skincare Tips}}: Products I use in hot and humid weathers



Hello people~
The weather in Singapore has turned drastically humid and hot these couple of days. This change of weather has resulted in heat rash breaking out on my face again and thus I have scrambled to assemble my skincare routine which soothes my face.

Here's what I typically use in hot, humid weathers.
*Note* Results depends on the individuals! What works for me may not work for you~
These are merely recommendations! No reviews for the products are available at the moment unless otherwise linked.


1. Avene Thermal Water
$29.90/2x300ml, $20.60/2x150ml, $19.90/3x50ml at
 Watsons outlets, Singapore

This baby does wonders to soothe itchy rashes and skin sensitivity. Leave it in the fridge for a cooling blast. This is particularly great for me as my cheeks are prone to redness and my face overall is prone to heat rashes.

2.  Naruko Raw Job's Tears Night Gelly
S$23.90 at Watsons, Singapore


*review available here*
Ignore the whitening part of this product. I didn't buy it for any "supercritical whitening" that is touted by this range of skincare from Naruko. Instead, I first bought this when it was on promotion  (it's that cheapskate in me!) and found out it was absolutely great for sensitive skin people. Raw job's tears is indeed very soothing and the gelly is so lightweight that it can be used during daytime too!

3. Naruko Raw Job's Tears Toner
S$23 at Watsons, Singapore

I just bought this product recently and started using this in conjunction with the night gelly and lotion. Using it with a cotton pad provides a cooling sensation that helps to soothe my sensitive skin skin.

4. Naruko Raw Job's Tears Lotion
*review here*
S$24.90 at Watsons, Singapore

Well, it isn't as soothing as the other products from this range but it is more moisturising and non-irritating - perfect for sensitive-dry skin sufferers.

5. Avene Cleanance Emulsion
S$36(??) from Watsons, Guardian, Singapore

This product contains silicone/silicone derivatives which I am allergic to. Under a hot and humid weather the silicone seems to cause breakouts for me. Also, it seems too moisturising to for oily skin types. BUT when I started working in an air-condition environment this product is indeed soothing and adequately moisturising, being able to solve my sensitive cheeks.

6. DIY oatmeal toner
*review/tutorial here*



This is an extremely affordable and fairly soothing toner that I use whenever I am free to make a small batch of it. It is also somewhat moisturising and does appear to give a brightening effect to the face.

So yeah, that's the products I tend to reach for during the hot and humid days in Singapore (as if Singapore isn't hot and humid enough already!)

I hope this helps!
Love
That Whimsical Blogger!

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