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DALI KATCH: Sharing the sound I love. Anywhere.

Music affects our mood; it can create excitement, stir passion and even calm our nerves. How the music is being delivered to our ears makes a difference too, and I know that it's been awhile but today, I bring a "Tech" post from the usual beauty related articles to talk about this latest device I've been using: DALI KATCH.

What is DALI KATCH?


A battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that you can take it anywhere with you without any compromises on the quality of sound, bringing DALI’s (Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries) extensive audio heritage to a stunning, compact design, so you can share the sound you love anywhere you go. 

With over 3 decades of speaker design and build experience has resulted in a product that revolutionised music on the move into a cutting-edge, extruded aluminium and ABS case. By focusing on the technology behind the sound, the KATCH delivers the breathtaking audio you’ve come to expect from DALI’s full-size speakers but that lets you share the sound you love. Anywhere.


What Do I use KATCH for?




Honestly, I use it for moments when I need to relax, especially during times when I'm practising my calligraphy or when I'm blogging because I require a still mind to do such tasks. I usually listen to soothing classical music or Enya for relaxation and Crystal Singing Bowls music for meditation.

If not, I pretty much use it whenever I need some music around my house or when I'm watching a show online! All I have to do is to sync it to my phone for music or to my laptop when I'm catching up on my TV Dramas!

VERDICT

Build & Design: 

Stadium in shape made with cutting-edge, extruded aluminium and ABS case, and with a leather carry strap that can be kept hidden. It can be positioned upright or carried around by the strap to enjoy music on the go. Weighs at 1.1kg.

Dimension:

H/W/D 13.8 x 26.85 x 4.7 cm
Features:

DALI KATCH comes in three stunning colour choices of Dark Shadow, Cloud Grey and Green Moss. The one pictured in this post is Dark Shadow. The leather carry strap makes it easy and comfortable to bring it out around and the durable design makes it safe to do so. 


Built to last for 24 hours thanks to a powerful 2600 MAh Li-ion battery, with Bluetooth 4.0 Apt-X and NFC to allow you to share your music quickly and seamlessly. And you can expect first class audio pouring our from this speaker as it is powered by a 2 x 25 watt classss-D amplifier.


And if you want a stereo sound system, simply connect two DALI KATCH to form a stereo pair, playing left and right channels respectively!


Cost: €399.00

Cons:

  • Weighs 1.1kg, can be quite heavy to carry if you are bringing more than just a speaker out in your bag


Pros:

  • Easy to use, pretty much easy to figure out without looking at the instructional manual
  • Sound quality is crisp and loud enough that I can still hear my music clearly while I was vacuuming my room, I'm so impressed!
  • Has a leather strap that makes carrying it out easy
  • Long battery lifespan, can last for 24 hours



This post has been brought to you by DALI KATCH, sharing the sound you love. Anywhere.

Nail Deck: The Perfect Gift for Nail Addicts [Editorial Post]

Last month, I was introduced to a service that made a Nail Addict like me very excited because not only was it a service that removes the headache of searching for my perfect nail colour... it is also great as a gift idea for my fellow nail addict friends!
Just imagine having a colour you want in mind for yourself and not having to go up and down shelves of ready made lacquer in stores, but just straight to a place where they will make the dream shade you want to your satisfaction.

Now imagine being totally clueless as to what to get for your girlfriend or lady friends, but you can bring them to a place where not only will you have fun suggesting a nail polish shade for them but also have a hand in creating something memorable for them through the experience itself.

WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?


Nail Deck’s latest offering, Lacquer Bar, where you can watch and have your perfect nail colour be mixed by hand, bottled up in the size you want (5ml or 10ml) and labelled instantly!

Although, please note that only creme shades are available at the moment, shimmer and glitter will be available in the near future!

THE PROCESS

Step 1: Your Perfect Shade

Walk-Ins
These are the shades I selected
from my mermaid photo!

Testing out how my 1st shade looks
like.
The experience begins with a one-on-one consultation with the colourist who will walk you
through the entire process. Then using a spectrometer, a device that analyses colour, you get to pick out the desired colour
from an inspired item or inspired  photo provided.

App

Alternatively, you can also choose the colours you want with Nail Deck's App on your phone. Play around with their colour wheel, or pick up the shade with the app's function of your photo library, and test out the shade on the app.


Step 2: Colour Testing


Once at the Lacquer Bar,  the colourist will use an in-house algorithm to convert the digital colour to a formula. From there, chemistry laboratory equipment will accurately blend the colours, creating sample amounts for you to try on under 2 different types of lights (White & Warm) to help you achieve the maximum accuracy!

This process takes time and it is highly dependent on how many shades you intend to have, as well as the shades you want to achieve. With 5 shades to create, my customisation process took more than an hour to create and perfect. I was really impressed by how patient my colourist was with my request and the dedication he has to this craft. 


These adjustments were then made to the hue and the final colours were only bottled when I was satisfied via the very skilful hand-pouring technique into the 10ml bottles (customer have the choice of 5ml for $11 or 10ml for $16).

Step 3: Give It A Name


Yup, the customisation doesn't just end with creating the colours! You get to name the colours you created! I named my colours based on my mermaid journey since the shades were all inspired by this photo!

I named my shades: Detachment, Blushing Honesty, Mahina, Sunset Rays and Seafoam! 

 Final Step: Boxing it up

I call my collection: The Beginning By Jodulu X Nail Deck
Shades in the sample glass (Left to Right): Seafoam, Sunset Rays, Blushing Honesty, Mahina, Detachment
And to end things off, I got to box my lovely creation up!
Now, don't you think this makes the perfect gift for someone who loves collecting nail polishes and doing their own nails!!!

 WHERE?


Vivo City #02-227
NO.1 Harbour Front Walk
Singapore 098585

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
11AM to 7PM

Duration

Now until the end of December 2016

This post has been brought to you by Nail Deck's Lacquer Bar, Singapore's First Bespoke Nail Lacquer Service.

Vecua Honey: Nature Honey Hot Cleansing Gel, Honey Dew Mousse Moisture & Honey Dew Rich & Full Moisture Jelly [Sponsored Review]

Last month, I was invited to Vecua Honey's skincare event held at Haakon where not only were we treated to a scrumptious super healthy salad and their Classic Acai Bowl, but we also got to learn more about the use of Hokkaido Acacia Honey and Hot Spring Water in Vecua Honey's Skincare products!


After a month of using the products, I'm finally ready to share with you my experience using this skincare range. So without further ado, let's get right into it!

VERDICT

Nature Honey Hot Cleansing Gel 

This new cleansing gel warms up immediately to create the same relaxing sensation at a facial treatment.



How does it work?
Thick honey gel sticks fast to skin while adding warmth that opens up pores, promotes circulation and whisks away makeup and other impurities. Botanical glycerin leaves the skin supple, hydrated and clear as the gel is rinsed off.


To Use:

Place a moderate amount (about the size of a large cherry) on dry fingertips and massage thoroughly into the skin to remove foundation and other impurities, avoiding the eye and mouth area.
Rinse clean with cool or warm water.




Texture: Thick honey-like gel

Smell: Honey scent

Ingredients:
Water, ethanol, squalane, cetyl ethylhexanoate, dimethicone, diphenyl phenyl trimethylolpropane triisostearate, isotridecyl isononanoate, almond oil, Keshisouekisu, licorice root extract, hesperidin, ceramide 1, ceramide 2, ceramide 3, ceramide 6Ⅱ, soybean sterol, tocopherol up, honey, honey extract, biotin, lentil seed extract, propolis extract, yogurt liquid, royal jelly, royal jelly extract, hot spring water, evening primrose oil, lactobacillus / royal jelly fermentation broth, Lactobacillus / fermented milk, BG, ethylhexyl glycerol, citric acid, sodium acetate 5Na Pentetokuen acid, glycerine, coconut oil alkyl glucosides, sodium chloride, hydrogenated lecithin, phenoxyethanol, perfume

Cost: $36

Product Rating: 6/10
Hmmm~ I like the warming sensation of the cleanser and I use it around my nose before I do my routine blackhead removal for the week. However, I was quite disappointed in its abilities to remove my foundation as shown below. After cleansing and washing it off, I wipe the area with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water and it is obvious that I still had foundation left on my skin. Hence, I would recommend using a proper makeup removal first prior to the use of this cleanser or to only use this to remove very light makeup.

Vecua Honey Honey Dew Mousse Moisture
Limited edition


Combat a lack of skin moisture with this essence that is velvety in texture, and contains rich Hokkaido acacia honey and milk-derived ceramides. The product dissolves into a mousse-like thin film when it is applied on the face, which will help with better facial blood circulation and boost cell metabolism. The smooth texture forms a barrier to protect the skin while delivering moisture to it and promotes skin clarity. 


To Use:

Use this essence after a toner/ softener lotion. Apply essence (size of a cherry) on the entire face, then follow with your usual moisturiser.

Texture: Mousse-like

Smell: A delicate floral honey scent

Ingredients:
Water , tri ( caprylic acid / capric acid ) glyceryl , BG, cetanol , PEG-15 glyceryl stearate , shea butter, squalane , sphingomyelin , soybean seed extract , honey , yogurt solution , lactoferrin , hydrolyzed collagen , milk extract , ( hydroxyethyl acrylate / acryloyl dimethyl taurine Na) copolymers , sorbitan isostearate , ethanol , glycerin , glyceryl stearate , polysorbate 60 , carbon dioxide , lactic acid , lactose , partially hydrogenated添馬oil , phenoxyethanol, methylparaben , perfume

Cost: $39

Product Rating: 9/10
Out of the 3 products, this is my favourite one out of the lot. I like how despite its mousse-like texture, it was well absorbed by the skin and left my skin feeling hydrated. A small pump of it goes a long way, so take note to be careful with the pump! It's also light enough that it doesn't feel sticky once absorbed, perfect for a climate like Singapore.

Honey Dew Rich & Full Moisture Jelly
Limited edition 


The essence gel cream firmly moisturises and delivers concentrated ingredients into the bare skin. Its jelly-like dense texture, which stores rich moisture and Hokkaido acacia honey, wraps the skin comfortably overnight while you are resting. When it is applied in the day, the gel cream allows the blockage of ultraviolet light from damaging the skin layer. Cease worrying about dry skin with this gel cream, and let the subtle honey scent boost your mood.



To Use: 

After washing and cleansing the skin, take an appropriate amount (large pearl-size) and apply it on the entire face.
At the same time, pat and massage the gel cream on your face so it gets absorbed by the skin.

Texture: Jelly-like gel

Smell: Foral honey scent

Ingredients:
Water , glycerin , propanediol , diglycerol , DPG, Coptis root extract , chamomile flower extract , licorice root extract , pomegranate seed oil , shea butter , carrot root extract , honey , royal jelly extract , ( acrylates / alkyl acrylate (C10-30 ) ) cross polymer , BG, PEG-400, PPG-6 decyltetradeceth -30 , xanthan gum , soybean oil , hydroxide K, oxybenzone -4 , phenoxyethanol , methylparaben , fragrance

Cost: $38

Product Rating: 6/10
I found this gel too sticky for Singapore's climate as a moisturising cream for the day and too sticky to have it on my skin as an overnight treatment. That being said, it gets absorbed relatively fast when used in a moderate amount. But now, I use it as a quick pick-me-up whenever my skin looks a little dehydrated, by laying on a thick layer onto my skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off because I personally don't like products leaving a sticky sensation on my skin.


And that brings me to the end of my review if you wish to test this product out for yourself feel free to head down to Raffles Holland V where the Beauty Kitchen by FaceBistro is! 


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éPure™: Membranous Jelly Masque [Sponsored Review]

Hi ladies!

I'm back with another skincare review, this time~ it's on the Membranous Jelly Masque by éPure and they are now available in packs rather than in a jar.


Developed by the renowned Dr Yulong Moy from USA, éPure™ Membranous Jelly Masque™ is the first-of-its-kind facial mask with ACF (Active Cellular Factor). This unique mask retains 70% more moisture than any other sheet mask, it forces the pores to fully absorb the nourishing ingredients while drawing out the impurities instantaneously. It also inhibits melanin synthesis, which lightens pigmentation, balances uneven skin tone, leaves your skin brighter and supple with dewy fresh vibrancy.

To Use:

Cleanse your face, apply toner and serum for better effects.
Use the spatula and apply the mask evenly to face and neck with a thickness of 3mm-5mm, and a thicker layer to the tip of the nose, T-zone and areas with pigmentation.
Leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then scrape off the mask with the spatula and rinse off thoroughly.


For the first month of using éPure, use it 3 times a week. After the first month of using éPure, cut down on the frequency to once OR twice a week depending on the results that you are after.

This mask can also be applied to the eye area to lighten dark eye circles and problem area.

VERDICT

Texture: thick gel

Smell: to me, this has the same scent as aloe vera gel

Ingredients:
Distilled water, Carbopol, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic acid, Jojoba leaf extract, Seaweed extract, Alpha Arbutin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Microcare MTI

Benefits:
  • Replenishes the skin's moisture and minimizes the skin pores (stimulates the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid)
  • Rich in vitamin A, D, E to smoothen the skin and gets rid of excessive dryness
  • Treats allergic inflammation of the skin and treats sunburn marks and regulates melanogenesis
  • High in antibacterial properties to detoxify the skin whilst promoting circulation
  • Packed with high concentrations of minerals such as fluorine, magnesium, and calcium to maintain the skin's moisture balance
Cost: $49.90 for 5 (U.P. $59.90)

Product Rating: 8/10

Reduction in the depth of laugh line and skin looks less red
I like how this mask makes my skin feel and look more hydrated and plump, and brighter after use. I used it on my boyfriend to see if I could get a more obvious result, and I think it shows how plumped the "After" is.

Personally, I didn't find it difficult to apply as I'm a user of masks that requires me to use my fingers or a spatula to apply. That being said, I think the spatula given together with the mask could be of a better shape to aid application.

Upon application, I like how cooling it felt and I feel that it does have a calming property to it. It doesn't burn the skin like how some sheet masks do and doesn't sting when applied over open wounds (eg freshly popped pimples, although I don't suggest it... but I have itchy fingers).
white speaks & milky residue of the mask after scrapping

I would only suggest using this mask when you have the time, like the end of the day, to chill and pamper your skin because the benefits can be only be achieved if you leave it on long enough (i.e. 30mins).

Lastly, as for the claim of being able to "draw out impurities", there is some truth in that. However, it's more of hydrating and softening the top layer of the skin that helped in removing any excess dead skin cells to reveal a fairer skin and also encouraging dried up blackheads to drop out.

With consistent use, I would think that the results would be more obvious and overall, I think it's a decent mask to have as part of your skincare regime!
Have you tried this before?
Feel free to leave a comment down below to share with me your experience!
These masks can be purchased online at here!

Wisma Atria: Bringing Shoppers Exciting Gastronomic & Lifestyle Experiences

Back in late September, I was invited to The First-Ever WAmazing Race at Wisma Atria where Kiyoko and I pitted against other teams to search for five checkpoints and completed the tasks in the shortest possible time. 


A familiar mall along Orchard Road, Wisma Atria has a line-up of exciting culinary concepts and lifestyle retail offerings as part of the mall’s continuous efforts to enhance its shoppers' experience and the WAmazing Race's challenges revolved around these retailers!

The first stop was in FitFlop, located at Level 1, and our challenge was to spot a pair of particular sandals among their range of ergonomic sandals, shoes, and boots that involve world-class design, a splash of fashion and a continuous innovating mix of beauty, brains and top-notch biomechanics. I quite like the sandals, it would be something I would see myself wearing.

The second stop was at Joe & the Juice. This contemporary Danish cafe offers a funky and healthy packed experience to shoppers grabbing a breakfast bite or a lunch-to-go, serving an array of organic coffee, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices and rye bread sandwiches. Our challenge was to eat a sandwich, drink a smoothie and finish a shot of their ginger shot in the shortest time possible!






The third stop was at Xpressflower.com, located at Level 1 too, offering a range of beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten up anyone’s day. Our challenge was to arrange a bouquet based on a sample in the fastest time possible.

 The fourth stop was at Mido Optics, a concept optical shop showcasing collections of eyewear from various designer boutiques, individual top-notch frame makers, and also indulging its customers in the trendiest Korean and Japanese eyewear. Our challenge was to spot 2 different types of sunglasses and wear them for a photo! Kiyoko was on fire and spotted both within a few seconds!

The final stop was at Qoosh Nail Spa, a new manicure and pedicure service, which has opened for business at Level 3 and our challenge was to paint a glittery nail colour onto our partner's hand.

After all 5 stops, we had to run back to the starting point, do a collage featuring all 5 stops and upload it onto Instagram, and OMG~ It was such a challenge because it was all about the fastest fingers first as well as the speed of our data!



I'm happy to say that we won the 5th run of the race, earning ourselves some Wisma Atria shopping vouchers and got ourselves into the Finals! If you noticed, as we go through the challenges, we got more and more wild looking because we were running everywhere trying to be as fast as we can! Haha~ I am so glad that Kiyoko is my partner for this race because she knew where all the stores are and we had such great teamwork!

Can't wait for the finals this Saturday!

Palladio: Rice Paper Blotting Tissues

I'm so sorry for the lack of post, I've been really busy with work but I'm back with another review for Palladio with their popular Rice Paper Blotting Tissues!


Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues help eliminate shine and leave skin feeling and looking smoother. These unique tissues are made from natural rice and perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. Use the matte side to blot away shine and the powdered side for touch-ups. Packaged in a handy component, these tissues will fit inside even in the smallest purse or pocket, so you’ll never have to leave home without them!

To Use:
Use the matte side to blot away shine throughout the day and the powdered side for occasional touch-ups.For an extra matte finish (or if you tend to be more on the oilier side), Rice Paper is great to layer over Palladio Herbal Oil-Free Foundation or Palladio Dual Wet and Dry Foundation.

VERDICT


Texture: Fiberish paper with a layer of ultra fine powder on one side

Shades: Warm Beige, Natural & Translucent


Ingredients:
Oryza Sativa(Rice) Paper, Oryza Sative (rice) starch, Silica, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum). May contain: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499.

Benefits:
  • One side powered, one side matte to blot away shine and for touch ups
  • Helps eliminate shine and skin imperfections
  • Ideal for midday touch-ups
Cost: $6.90

Product Rating: 7/10

I like how the powder is so fine that it doesn't cake up on my skin even after foundation. I use this as my "loose powder" to remove any shine I have from the foundation. I find that despite the shades available, it doesn't make much of a difference if you have an olive skin tone as the difference in shades isn't obvious!

My only concern for this product is that it has methylparaben in it which is used for its antifungal and preservative properties but it is after all still a paraben. I did a quick search and it seems that there are articles that state a small dose of it is considered safe.

Overall, I like this blotting paper as a quick and easy way to blot away the shine and keep my makeup matte!

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