Monday, August 17, 2015

Wanderlust Getaway: Wellington Street Art Scene

Street art is a common sight in Wellington if you open your eyes to spot them, some are quite clever with hidden message, others look really cute or funky.


Hidden in this quiet lane, just off a path to the side of a public carpark, lies walls and walls of Graffiti and it was here that I did my very first #OOTD series in Wellington, New Zealand.


Jersey Halter Knit Top - Wardrobemess
HEATTECH Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt - Uniqlo
Ceci Pleated Front Trousers - Zalora
HEATTECH Leggings - Uniqlo
Fall Over Border Coat - Zalora
Red Possum Wool Scarf - Hand-knitted by BF's Mum
Black Sling Bag - Bought by my mum from Hong Kong
Wendy Oxford shoes - Schulicious


Now, what most of you may not be able to tell was that I was pretty high up for these few shots of me with the yellow street art behind me and all that I have to stand on what this metal structure. Why did I climb so high up? I guess I was influenced by the rebellious vibes of the place and I wanted to show off my oxford shoes from Schulicious! It's been awhile since I last owned an oxford, and this one is just classic~


On a whole, on my first day back in Wellington it's still as windy and cold as I remembered it to be but it was made warmer with my dearest who brought me around and showed me the quirky side of this "supposedly" quiet and dull town.

Like the famous Bucket Fountain that was created in such a way that the buckets regularly tip the water out onto the pavement, rather than into the buckets below and the pipes that fill the top buckets were deliberately made short so that on windy days a lot of water gets blown away before reaching the buckets.

Just to clarify, I did not get wet but I was very skeptical when Jonny asked me to stand nearer...


Oh! And I want to rave about the coat of this OOTD, because I got it at a good bargain with the use of a discount code for Zalora purchase! It was really hesitant to get a coat from Zalora because most of the apparels are catered to Singapore's climate and I was quite doubtful of this coat's ability to keep me warm. But the description stated that it would and it came with a hoodie, so I took the gamble. 


In short,
best shopping gamble ever!

This post has been brought to you by Cuponation, the site that brings you the best deals and coupons in Singapore, and Schulicious, an online shoe store that offers uniquely designed and well-priced shoes that were specially handpicked.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Gastronomic Adventure: Sela Restaurant

2 weeks back, I had an interesting evening where I got to indulge my tummy.
Under the wing of Migme, I got to be part of the #foodiemigup which involves a dinner tasting session to try out SELA's new menu by celebrity chef, Benson Tong



For those who are not aware, SELA is a modern Asian restaurant located at the heart of Singapore in Seah Street, offering the essence of Asian cooking with a European twist on classic favourites. SELA also offers carefully curated range of wines, award-winning Japanese craft beers and premium sakes, leading you to a dinning experience that is unforgettable and memorable.

Or so that's what they state on their website, my job was to taste and experience the culinary difference that SELA can offer.

So without further ado, let's dive straight into the food offered for this gastronomic experience!

STARTER

Procuitto Ham & Melon, Wild Rocket, Compressed Rock Melon, Pickled Beetroot, Balsamic Gel
S$16.00

A very interesting dish that has a mixture of tastes and texture. It was sweet and savory with the melon contrasting with the ham and a variation of texture with the selection of fruits and vegetable.
I enjoyed this dish.


Pan Seared US Scallop, Forbidden Rice, Red Radish, Yellow Frisee, Salted Egg Cream
S$16.00

I wish I have good things to say about this dish but I found the scallop too salty for my liking (plus the salted egg cream... it was an overkill) and I feel that that took away the beauty of how perfectly cooked the scallop was and the interesting choice of the rice.

MAINS



Miso Chilean Seabass, Confit Shimeji, Crispy Leek, Wilted Arugula, Lemon Dashi Broth
S$32.00

I was told that the seabass was fermented with miso, and while I like the seasoning... this dish was once again too salty. 


Kakuni Style Pork Cheek, Arugula, Charred Corn Kennel, Braised Leek, Roasted Parsnip, Granny Smith Sauce
S$20.00

If you like meat, this dish was quite good after the previous two. I like how the soft and tender pork cheek broke apart. It was slightly salty as well but it was saved by the parsnips.

DESSERT


Semolina Cake, Passion Fruit Curd, Torched Meringue, Vanilla Ice cream, Passion Fruit Coulis
S$12.00

I thought that this was nicely plated, but there wasn't anything that created an impact on me.


Dehydrated Pineapple Pavlova, Charred Pineapple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Thyme, Paprika, Salted Caramel
S$10.00

Best $10 you will ever spend on a dessert!
I love love love the pavlova and how the vanilla is naturally flavored!
MUST TRY.


And to end everything off, we were treated to a slip (or more if you can take it) of Mernaya Honey & Pepper Vodka. It has a powerful burn with a hint of the pepper but not much of the honey.

Overall, I ended with a full belly and a lust for the Pavlova dessert.

Special Perks

Do you want to win a free full course dinner for 2 at your own home (worth $500)?
Chef Benson and his team will personally bring all their equipment and go to your house to cook for you and your plus one!


All you have to do is snap a picture of you at Sela Restaurant and post it on instagram with the hashtag #restaurantsela and tag me @Jodulu to stand a chance to win!
Contest runs til the end of August, so start posting now!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Glamglow: YOUTHCLEANSE™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser [Sponsored Review]

I'm sure this brand needs no introduction, it has been raved by heaps of beauty bloggers in Singapore ever since it launched in Singapore. I personally have yet to try out their mud mask but the perks of being a beauty blogger sometimes is that we get to test out new products, and so~ I was gifted this Youthcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser to test out!



So what is it all about?

It's a daily cleanser that turns from Mud to Foam, combining the power of mud and the performance of foam for an innovative cleansing experience. It comes out from the tube as a mud and turns into a gentle and effective foaming lather when it comes into contact with water, dissolving makeup and impurities while removing dead surface cells. 


How To Use:



-Apply one to two pumps onto fingertips, applying gently over dry face. 
-With remaining product left on hands, lightly add water to hands and vigorously rub together to start the foaming lather.
-Apply lather to face and lightly add more water in circular motions to increase foaming lather.
-Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
-Gently pat dry with towel.
-Use morning and/or night.

Precautions:
-Not to be used as a mask.
-Avoid contact with eyes. If product touches eye, rinse with water.
-For external use only.

VERDICT


Texture: Mud to foamy cleanser, contains round beads that aids in exfoliation



Smell: Slight milky floral scent

Benefits:
Supports natural cellular renewal and revitalizes skin.
Contains exfoliating acid that is gentle enough for daily use to restore natural skin radiance.
Contains potent antioxidants and vitamin C to help support collagen synthesis.
Contains ingredients that protect against free radicals.

Ingredients:

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Illite, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Diatomaceous Earth (Microalgae), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Phytic Acid, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Linseed Seed, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Powder, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Keratinase, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf Oil, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin.


Cost: S$59 from Escentials (Located at Paragon #03-02/05)


Product Rating: 6.5/10
I'm a fan of clay products because I like to see excess sebum being absorbed by the clay and I tend to find that it really helps to clear my skin after use. So this product was something that I had my eyes on. I use this cleanser in the morning and night, when I wake up and after removing my day's worth of makeup. I find that as a final cleansing routine, this product does really well at removing any leftover makeup. It does leave my skin feeling a little tight after use, but it doesn't have that squeaky clean feeling which I hate.



A quick check on the ingredients shows that it contains "Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate", which isn't as bad as SLS but bad enough and it is pretty high up the list... which explains how this product foams and why my skin feels a little tight after use. I guess this is the reason why this product should also not be left on your skin for too long like a mask. So, to be honest, the whole mud to foam property of this cleanser is a gimmick. And as a rule, I would recommend sticking to products that have a short and simple ingredient list.

Because of how short of a duration you leave this product on your face, I doubt that your skin would actually benefit much from the wholesome antioxidants and vitamins in this product. However, that being said, I can't deny that it works great as a daily exfoliator because it contains gentle beads and phytic acid to scrub away the dead skin cells.
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