My Christmas Wish List 2013

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:

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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.

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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.

DSC00893Skincode 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.

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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.

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Image from www.facebook.com/AmaSoySG

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.

Image from engadget.com

Image from engadget.com

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. 🙂

Image from nichology.net

Image from nichology.net

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.

Image from mezawineshop.com

Image from mezawineshop.com

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.

Revive Survive with +Rehab London

British skincare brand +Rehab London swings into Singapore with a full range of men’s grooming and skincare to refresh and rejuvenate Asian men after taking Europe by storm.  Founder Lisa Hilton shares six easy-to-apply and uncomplicated products for the modern, busy Singaporean men.

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[Photo: +Rehab London SG]

It was a hot and sunny afternoon when we arrived at London Bar (55 Boat Quay, Singapore 049844). I love the idea that the media event was held at this specially chosen venue, after all this label of men’s skin care originated from the UK. At the entrance, we were greeted by two shirtless models which actually made the warm day even hotter, and sent an endorphin rush for Tiffany Yong and I.

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[Photos: +Rehab London]

+Rehab London is the brainchild of celebrity hair and make-up artist Lisa Hilton. Founder Lisa Hilton wants to develop a label of skin care that would appeal to the everyday real man, and at the same time promotes an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Having worked with many male celebrities, Lisa realised that there wasn’t any natural skincare products that could relieve the damaged skin of her male clients, and hence +Rehab London was born.

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Using all-natural ingredients such as anti-ageing Rooibos extract and healing Ginseng, it’s no wonder that British celebrities such as Russell Brand, Robert Pattinson and Simon Cowell have all given their stamp of approval.

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[Photo: +Rehab London SG]

Brought into Singapore by Natural and Free Living Pte Ltd, set up by sisters Monika and Yuanita Tjia who left the corporate world in pursuit of their passion to share the benefits of using natural products, good skin care and grooming regime. The company also pledge to contribute back to society, for every product sold, S$1 will be donated to the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) to promote environmental responsibility.

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During the event, +Rehab London also unveiled their new spokesperson for Singapore. Former reality TV contestant, Howard Lo from Eye for a Guy 2 (2005) was appointed the brand ambassador.  Howard is a true representation of +Rehab London’s target consumer – a man who wears many hats: a husband, tech blogger for ZDNet Asia and restaurateur in Singapore and Indonesia. 

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The line consists of six products vital to any man’s skincare regime: Scrub Up Daily Detox, Calm Balm, Cold Turkey Shaving Gel, Morning Glory, No Shine, and Revive Survive. I’ve been addicted to the products ever since I received their sample kit at the event couple of weeks ago.

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[Photos: +Rehab London SG]

+Rehab London products are fuss free and easy to use, especially when I was rushing to work in the morning or after a long day in office. I’ve been using the Men’s Scrub Up Daily Detox on alternate days to get my skin free of dust and to complete my skin care regime, I apply the Revive Survive (anti-fatigue cream) for a refreshing touch.

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Men’s Scrub Up Daily Detox 125 ml (Retail price: S$24.95) 

The 2-in-1 facial cleanser and scrub to kickstart your day. It’s refreshing, leaves your skin clean, prevents blackhead and ingrown hairs.

Key Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Enzyme: A natural hydrator, it helps to gently clear dead skin cells.
  • Volcanic sand of Tahiti: A natural exfoliant that gently removes impurities.
  • Bamboo: A natural exfoliant that gently remove impurities.
  • AC Alg-MoistEAU: Hawaiian Water Algae.

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Men’s Cold Turkey Shaving Gel 125 ml (Retail price: S$24.95)

Shaving is now a painless affair with the Cold Turkey’s unique low foam clear formula that lets you see exactly where to shave; preventing ingrown hairs and sore red skin when manscaping.

Key Ingredients:

  • Argan Oil: Supports regeneration of the skin, restarts the vital functions of cells and neutralises free radicals, whilst providing a protective layer to lubricate the razor.
  • Witch Hazel: A strong anti-oxidant and astringent useful for skin healing.
  • Aloe Vera: Its rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties prevent sore red skin when shaving.

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Morning Glory 50 ml (Retail price: S$38)

This moisturiser nourishes and offers protection for over 12 hours; leaving the skin smooth and balanced, without leaving any nasty residue on the skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Spice African Pepper: Nourishes the skin.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Aids in cell renewal.
  • Cocoa Seed Butter: Provides constant hydration, leaving a flawless and fresh complexion.

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No Shine 50 ml (Retail price: S$38)

This oil control moisturiser helps to combat shine and excess oil whilst still making the skin refreshed, bright and perfectly hydrated.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rooibos Extract: Rich in anti-allergenics which reduce effects of free radicals.
  • Normaseb: Stops excess oil build-up.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: An Anti-oxidant and promotes cell renewal.

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Calm Balm 50 ml (Retail price: S$27.95)

Calm Balm is just another aftershave balm, it also soothes and heals the skin after sun exposure or any adverse weather reactions you may find yourself in; perfect companion to travel with.

Key Ingredients:

  • Rockweed: Smoothes and tones, moisturises and re-mineralises.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Anti-oxidants, cell renewal.

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Revive Survive 50 ml (Retail price: $42.95)

The ultimate anti-fatigue cream; slap this stuff on and ten minutes later, your skin looks visibly rejuvenated. Extremely useful after a long night out with mates or date.

Key Ingredients:

  • Ginseng: Energising.
  • Hydrergy: Energising, rich in vitamins.
  • Hawaiian Water Algae: Anti oxidants, cell renewal.

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+Rehab London is now available online at http://www.rehablondonsg.com and is retailing at Beauty Horizon and Beauty By Nature outlets.