Season’s greeting everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and especially so this year as I have finally completed the major projects at my new job. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, it’s the time of the year when we gets invited to parties and boozing and worry about presents to bring for gift exchange.
For my company, we have Christmas tradition. Each of us are given a piece of paper to write down 3 gift choices, drop it in the bowl and pick the colleague whom we will help to fulfill his/her wish. But if your budget is bigger than mine, you may want to consider these gift ideas:
For the fashionista, select from Kapok Tools range of quintessential bags and accessories. Kapok is a showcase of brands and their Holiday 2013 and Spring Summer 2014 collections are a juxtaposition of fashion, lifestyle, art – Mismo, Pijama, Sandqvist, Crash Baggage and Seventy Eight Percent.
My personal favorite is the Back to Old School collection (from S$605 onwards) from Seventy Eight Percent. For their full range, head down to Kapok Tools store located at TANGS Orchard, level 4 or Robinsons Orchard, level 4.
For those who know beauty is not just skin deep, my recommendation this season will be the skincare range from Swiss brand, Skincode and local boutique skincare brand, The Skin Pharmacy. Other great gift ideas are SK-II MEN Starter Kit and Rehab London’s range of skincare products with natural ingredients.
For someone with sensitive skin like me, ensuring the face is well-hydrated is important – to prevent bacteria growth causing acne. Formulated with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CM-Glucan, Hydrolite-5 and Rice Starch, the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream (S$88 for 50ml) is a star performer that hydrates and fights the signs of premature aging by stimulating cell renewal process and skin defence mechanism.
Skincode products are suitable for sensitive skin as they are 100% free from preservatives, artificial fragrances, animal derivatives and artificial colours. When I was undergoing fractional laser skin resurfacing last two months, I was very selective of the products to use and I found that the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream aided me during the down time after laser resurfacing. Skincode products can be found at Guardian Plus located at Ngee Ann City #B2-15/23 (Takashimaya S.C.)
Most of us are usually in a morning rush, and I am no different. My skin care routine in the morning consists of cleansing and moisturizing, but due to the down time after laser resurfacing, sun protect becomes an integrated part of my morning skin regime.
My friend passed me a bottle of The Skin Pharmacy’s Natural Sunscreen (S$54.90 for 50g) which suits my personal liking. The sunscreen is light and easily absorb by my skin to give the protection from the harmful UV rays. The Skin Pharmacy also provides personalised products and consultancy amongst the services they offer at their 3 retail locations.
Festive feasting can be healthy. Besides boosting our skin with moisture and protecting it from the sun, healthy puddings such as AmaSoy Japanese Soy Puddings are good choice for any house or office parties. Enhanced with collagen and omega3 (DHA), AmaSoy’s puddings (S$2 each) are known for their beautifying properties and health benefits such as boosting brain function, enhancing heart health and lowering triglycerides.
Though I have to make a note here that I am still unsure if collagen’s beautifying benefits are best consumed or applied directly onto our skin, I simply love this dessert as a tasty and nutritious alternative. AmaSoy outlets can be found in 6 locations island-wide.
What better way to end the year with celebration and partying, better still turn your office or house into a makeshift lounge or club with UE BOOM speakers from Logitech and Australia’s Hardys Wine by William Hardy.
UE BOOM is a social music player, a wireless speaker that offers 360-degree sound in a battery-powered device. It’s specially developed acoustic skin is water and stain resistant. Simply placed two UE BOOMs at different corners of the room and connect wireless with the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS and Andriod) and get ready to party.
UE BOOM is available at major retailers and leading electronic IT stores at recommended retail price of S$299. For music, upload Michael Buble’s Christmas album for easy listening. 🙂
But not party is complete without boozing. Personally I prefer wine as the healthier choice to other alcoholic beverages. Drinking wine in moderation can help to cure a wide range of ailments such as lethargy and diarrhea. Aged in French and American oak, Hardys Shiraz (S$37 per bottle from Cold Storage) is full bodied with plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and clove spice lending their piquant flavours.
Unfinished bottle of red wine can also be used to make Spanish cocktail, Sangria. Pour the remaining bottle into a jug (you can mix different types of red wine) and add chopped fruits such as orange, apple, berries, grapes, kiwi. Wrap it up with cling film and let the flavour of the fruits diffuse into the wine.
With fashion, beauty, health and fun in check, it will be good tidings and great joy this Christmas! I’m really excited about this December as I have been selected as one of the five official bloggers for Marina Bay Countdown 2014. Look out as I will be sharing more about this end of the year celebration in town as well as my long overdue travel writing on my trip to New Zealand.