REVIEW: Quincy Hotel Staycation Experience!


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My staycation experience at Quincy Hotel was one that I was happy with, given that both food and accommodation were provided for in my stay’s package. Here’s the photo of the room that I’d stayed in. It’s a studio room with a king sized bed, a decently sized bathroom with a bathtub and a shower area.

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Molten Brown amenities! One of the better brands when it comes to complimentary items in the bathroom! I like their attention to detail; you literally have everything you need, from shampoo, hair conditioner, body lotion, mouthwash, shaving kit…..

Towels were also more than enough for use. Plenty, I would say! :)

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Coffee machine in the room! Granted, there were only 3 capsules, but these will be refilled by the housekeeping after each night’s stay. I was only there for a night, so 3 was just nice. Great that there was a decaf option too!

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Complimentary bar. YAY! Tea and snacks! I was happily snacking on these and sipping coffee while enjoying the TV shows on the 42″ mounted LCD television. Fancy.

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Well, food wise, it’s actually quite good. The cafe at the ground level is open for its guests to enjoy some pastries, ice cream, cereals and a selection of coffee and tea during meal break timings.  As for the 3 main meals, namely breakfast, lunch and dinner, there were spreads of food for us guests to choose. The drinks above were available for dinner only. I had the red wine, which in my opinion was not to my liking at all, but the cocktails were pretty decent.

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I preferred the dinner spread to the breakfast spread, mainly because there were more savoury options. The chicken drumlets were very tasty and so were the other mains that went along with it.

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Breakfast was enjoyable too, but I wished that there were wholegrain or wholemeal breads available for my pick, as per the usual spreads that I had in other boutique hotels. Still, the other mains were quite good for what they were but not a wow for me.

 

Overall, Quincy Hotel rates a 3.5/5 from me. The location is very close to the town shopping area but my night’s stay there wasn’t the least bit noisy. Comfort level of the room was excellent and so was the service of the staff. I was served a welcome drink upon arrival and had my check-in done within 5 minutes or so. Seamless and quick, professional too. I’d say that this boutique hotel is worth checking out if you’re into a “chillax” kind of staycation with a loved one, since they do have a Qool Weekend package that has some fun couple activities and a 24/7 pool for both to enjoy. Movie screenings at the pool too! A 2 nights’ worth of stay would have been most ideal for me to cover all that Quincy had to offer. Price wise, it is a little on the step end, but at the end of the day, with an excellent room stay comfort and decent food choice selections all day long, Quincy Hotel is indeed worth checking out at least once if you’ve never stayed with them.

 

xoxo,

Yvette

REVIEW: Facial & Massage Sessions at Passage New York!


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I was invited by Passage New York for a facial and body massage session a few weeks ago and was really excited to have gotten the invitation after hearing many good reviews by my fellow beauty bloggers friends who have went there last year. The location is conveniently located near Raffles Place MRT and Telok Ayer MRT stations. Passage New York isn’t your ordinary beauty place to go as it is a beauty salon and fashion boutique in one!

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Customers who have arrived earlier than their scheduled appointment time may opt to use this Jacuzzi place to rest and relax before their pampering session begins. Fully equipment washrooms, bathrooms and even a vanity dress up room are provided to ensure every guest’s maximum comfort and convenience. The entire place is very well decorated and has soft pleasant music playing in the background.

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I first started out with a 90 min Aroma Oil Full Body Massage with Body Scrub, consisting of a solid 60min massage. The experience was really relaxing and I was kept feeling at ease in the good hands of Jenny. She explained the aroma oil that she was using on me and proceeded to applying the cucumber body scrub first, which left my skin feeling really soft and radiant. A shower was up next and I was directed to wash up before the massage. There’s a lot of privacy in the room, spacious and very clean too! The massage bed is one that heats up gradually, making the whole experience even more comfortable and enjoyable. The massage was one of the best that I’ve tried, and my aching muscles from the intense travelling over the past month were being relieved and soothed after the session.

I also had the facial session which consisted of the following;

Premium Intensive Facial with Ultrasound Eye Treatment

- Started off with double cleansing, steam and extraction, eye brow trim, application of acne tonic on spot area

- Ultrasound eye treatment + eye ampoule, green tea and tea tree ampoule, MLD pure massage

- Then followed by eye and tea tree mask

My skin was quite congested due to the travelling and lack of rest while studying in the overseas campus. The extraction was done very well and carefully, with many of my blackheads and whiteheads extracted with a sterile needle and a very fine tweezer. It was definitely not the most painless experience, but I didn’t have any cringing, unbearable pain during the extraction process despite my problematic skin then. My skin was left clear and smooth, though with a few red patches and acne spots which had to be treated over time. Overall, my skin was smoothened and left clearer after a few days of healing.

I really enjoyed both sessions and am very happy to let you beautifuls know of this wonderful promotion that Passage New York is currently having!

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Free Leather Bag worth $480 when you enjoy 2 Luxurious Spa Treatment at $98 (U.P.$530) :

90min Vitamin C Whitening and Anti-Aging Facial

45min Signature Full Body Massage

 

Terms and Conditions:

-   Valid till 31 August 2014

-   Valid for first-time female customers, Singaporeans, PRs and EP holders, aged 25 years and above.

-   Prior booking is required, subject to availability. Please call 6226 0888 to make an appointment.

-    Not valid with other promotions, discounts or privileges.

-    Free Leather Bag is while stocks last, designs and colours may vary.

-    Passage New York reserves the right to alter and amend any terms and conditions without prior notice.

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I’ve seen the bags for myself and they are made of great leather quality! Very sturdy too! It’s one of the best promotions that I’ve seen so far among the many beauty companies that I’ve been to, so do check them out at www.passagenewyork.com/ today! :)

 

xoxo,

Yvette

July 2014 La Petite Parisienne Bellabox Review!


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Who else smiles really happily when they come home to a lovely blue box of Bellabox goodies? ME!^^ Taking a selfie first before opening the boxful of great samples that I’ve been looking forward to after touching down in Singapore!

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I’ve heard many great reviews about this line of skincare from Loreal. Friends have told me that it does really firm up the skin and boost the radiance of the skin in just a few weeks. I’ve yet to try this as of now but I’m excited to be able to do so soon!

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I NEED TO GET THIS, PRONTO! This body scrub from Collistar retails at about $70 fir the full sized. It’s kinda steep but hey, once you’ve tried this you’d know why. It’s quite on par with the Laura Mercier bath scrubs that I love. Well, you pay for what you get! Was very happy to have tried this out in the shower! Baby smooth skin plus an amazing shower experience!

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I’ve gone through bottles of this and I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Lierac Sensory Oil. It keeps my tanned skin looking and feeling healthy and smooth, so much that even my friends who’re in Las Vegas with me commented on my even glowing tan! :)

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This Lollipops Glossy Lipstick in Fatal Cocktail is paraben-free, preservative and lanolin free. The colour looks amazing as seen in the above swatch against a lip balm. It’s a peachy orange with pinkish hues that makes the lips look beautiful for the summer season now. My go-to coral lipstick. Sorry YSL lippies, this one wins my vote for best summer coral lippie in my collection. Who would’ve thought, right? Retails at $27! Great job, Bellabox, for including this beautiful lipstick for the makeup junkies! <3

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Because a girl can never have enough cute stickers to decorate her endless belongings. I love these! Very sweet (pun intended) and pretty! I’m making macarons soon, so these will come in handy for some pretty treats box decoration :) Loving all things girly~

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Let’s take a moment to thank the creators of GlamGlow masks. I’m such a huge fan now ever since the skin sephora girl at Caesars Palace back in Las Vegas generously gave me all the samples from the entire range. I’ll just name them by the colour of the packaging so that it’s easier for you to understand and identify which is which. Their names are a little to confusing for me to remember, so colour coding will do for now :) The black one has more scrubby bits, which makes it more ideal for deep exfoliating and if you’ve got thick, flaky skin in need for some thorough exfoliation. This mask is the driest among the entire range. The white one, is greta for those with acne because it has AHAs and BHAs to deeply purify the skin and promote higher rate of skin renewal. So, getting these two in the Bellabox was such a joy because I can never have enough of these babies. I’ve the full sized green version one, that’s mud and oil in one, and I’ll be doing more in-depth reviews and comparisons once I’m done trying all 4 full sized ones. Granted, they’re quite an investment at S$92 each, and internationally they are priced the same at all Sephora’s, unless you have a BOGO festive coupon towards the end of the year. The blue one, that’s called Thirsty Mud, is amazing too. I’ve never tried a thick brown gel-based mask that hydrates my skin so well to the point where my flaky dry skin immediately became bouncy and soft in 20 minutes. The eye masks from GlamGlow are great too, but my face needs more help now, so I’ll invest in the blue one first.

In short, I’m just so glad that Bellabox included these awesome products for subscribers to try out. These are even better than the Cellilux masks that I’ve tried and raved about. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a huge fan.

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Ending off my day with a sophisticated fragrance :)

 

Hope this review gives you a better insight of my thoughts of this month’s Bellabox! Bellaboxes just get better and better each month, even my sister who wasn’t a fan at first has told me that recently :) It’s a dangerous thing now to open my monthly boxes in front of her. My sample products are at risk of being taken away :D

Sharing is caring, isn’t it? :)

Have a great week ahead, beautifuls!

 

xoxo,

Yvette

June 2014 Haul of Fame Bellabox Review!


 

 

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Well, this mascara needs no introduction, does it! I love using this mostly for my bottom lashes as it really  gives a dramatic effect to every single lash! It’s got a plastic bristle wand that’s great for lash separation and building up volume form the second coat onwards. I’m not very impressed with this mascara because of the rather wet formula for the top lashes, but overall, it’s a great mascara for the lower lashes which need heavier mascara formulas to weigh them down and thicken them up!

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Well, my sis and I had to decide who gets this adorable mini lip balm :D it looks cute and it really does moisturise the lips without leaving a sticky film! Love love love!

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As with all Bellaboxes, I always find a top favourite and head out to buy the full sized. This pore control version of the famous Laneige BB Cushion is my new foundation favourite, except that i’ll now need the darkest shade to match my bronzy tan from being scorched in Las Vegas for the past month :) Oil control is great and the finish looks great in person and in photos. I’m hoping that the darker shades have more yellow undertones to it to better match my tan now! *fingers crossed*

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Belief products have always helped my skin. I keep running out of them because I love their products very much! It’s great for acne-prone skin and the best thing is that almost all products leave your skin feeling very fresh and clean. No sticky feeling and no overwhelming fragrance! Just a tad expensive, IMHO.

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Again, my sis and I have been loving this tub of goodness so much that we’re contemplating on each getting a full sized version ^^

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Overall, this June 2014 Bellabox has been great for me. I had great finds and I rediscovered favourites that I had long forgotten due to the growing stash of products that I have been trying out to being you beautiful people better beauty reviews. It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged right? My apologies, I’ve been away in Las Vegas and across the US for school, so these 2 months have really been hectic.

Hope this review has helped you gain some interests in the products that I love! :)

Stay beautiful!

 

xoxo,

Yvette

Etude House Presents Play 101 Pencil! My Review!


 

 

 

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Lighten your makeup pouch with the multi-functional Etude House Play 101 Pencil to achieve limitless makeup styles!

The agony of hauling a bulky makeup pouch in the handbag resonates with many women. And there is nothing more annoying than finding crushed makeup smearing all over while rifling through the pouch. With this in mind, Etude House revolutionises the whole cosmetic industry by introducing its latest creation – Play 101 Pencil.

 

This coveted cosmetic collection boasts an assortment of 50 vivid gel-based colour pencils with 13 of them available in Singapore, which functions as eye liners, brow pencils, shadows, concealers, blushers, lipsticks and even highlighters for busy women to conveniently mix and match to create a full makeup look effortlessly. Available in five different textures – Creamy, Matte, Glossy, Shimmering and Glitter, each Play 101 Pencil is designed to be user-friendly and perfect for beginners to have fun experimenting with it to achieve their desirable makeup styles – from au naturel to smoky or sweet to glamorous.

 

It is time to leave the regular chunky palettes at home and bid goodbye to heavy makeup pouches. Play 101 Pencil is what every woman needs to satisfy her colour lust and take her from the office to that fabulous party.

 

Price: S$12.00 each. Play 101 Pencil is NOW AVAILABLE at all Etude House Singapore stores.

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Prior to receiving this package, I’d bought a couple of the browns and shimmery pinks in within this Play 101 Pencil range when I was shopping in Korea in early June. The pencils all come with a sharpener at the end, which makes sharpening really convenient. The lead isn’t too soft to the point that it breaks, so it’s a huge plus for me since many of the cosmetic pencils I have have lead that’re too creamy to withstand thorough sharpening. The shades are very vivid and glide on easily. The swatches show the intensity of the colours, don’t they? :)

I’ve been using these pencils all day for 6 weeks and counting, and I ABSOLUTELY love them. I always have an entire bundle beside my makeup stash because they can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips!

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Here, I used the browns in 48 & 50 for soft eye lining effect and the shimmery pinks (I can’t recall which ones) for the inner tear duct highlight. Cupid’s bow highlight was using the same shimmery colours too. Lips wise, it’s the shade in 20, which looks so stunning in person! I use it as an eyeliner for a pop of colour on my fun and flirty days ^^

I highly recommend these genius products that’re so budget-friendly and easy to use! Go swatch them at the Etude House stores and be ready to invest in a couple that’ll soon become your makeup staples too :)

 

xoxo,

Yvette