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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation

The modest-looking Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation got me sold immediately the first time I tried it. For my normal/dry skin, liquid foundations work best, and I love my foundations natural, radiant and light-weight. Shu Uemura's Petal Skin Fluid Foundation checks all those boxes and more!

Ok, I admit it. 

I was already sold the moment I saw my idol Pony (a Korean makeup blogger turned celebrity) use the Petal Skin Fluid Foundation in one of her makeup tutorials HAHAHA! The foundation looked absolutely flawless on her, and I couldn't wait to try it out on myself!

Why is Pony so perfect?? You need to watch this video to see what I mean. This is what I call an effortless-looking natural finish!

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation (SPF 20 PA++)

Inspired by the beauty of petals, the new petal skin fluid foundation features a unique and innovative combination of semi-matte and semi-glow characteristics in one beautiful formula. The unique petal skin technology within the foundation contains mineral fine-pigments with high skin affinity, hence offering a natural poreless coverage that emits soft radiance.

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation comes in 11 shades - I wear shade 564 (medium beige sand), which is a perfect match for my skin tone.

Available in 11 shades \\ $68 (30ml)

Texture-wise, Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation is amazing. It's extremely light-weight, and spreads easily, with no cakiness or settling into lines. It also feels moisturizing and comfortable, almost like wearing nothing on your skin at all!
Look at how the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation blends into my skin so imperceptibly!

It contains mineral fine pigments that have high skin affinity to achieve a thin and smooth layer with natural powerless coverage, evens out complexion and signs of imperfections.

Petal Skin Fluid Foundation also contains the following plant extracts: 

*Botanic oleo-veil (soothes skin)
*White jasmine extract (boosts skin clarity for a bright and radiant complexion) 
*White lily extract (hydrates skin).

Shu Uemura Petal 55 Brush \\ $80

For best results, I highly recommend Shu Uemura's Petal 55 Brush together with Petal Skin Fluid Foundation for seamless coverage with just a few strokes.

The hairs on this brush are so incredibly soft and luxurious! Its unique ergonomic shape also allows for both precise and even application on your entire face, even around the eyes and nose.

Using the Shu Uemura Petal 55 Brush is really easy, just use long sweeping strokes in the directions indicated by the arrows in this picture. It's quite intuitive, really.

This brush can also be used for any foundation texture, regardless of whether it's liquid, cream or powder. I love how the brush feels so gentle on my skin, and it does such a good job with application of the Petal Skin Fluid Foundation.

Before/After: My overall skin tone has been evened out and redness around the nose, as well as my dark eye rings, are a lot less pronounced. One pump for my entire face gives me a natural-looking medium coverage.

The breakthrough petal skin technology also diffuses light from skin to give the appearance of a soft, poreless finish! It looks almost like my skin got magically airbrushed to become petal soft and radiant.

I'm in love with the semi-matte, velvety and poreless finish that feels and looks like second skin! The lightweight finish is perfect for everyday usage.

As I have normal/dry skin, I find that the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation looks great on its own, but I recommend setting it with loose powder if you tend towards combination/oily skin. 

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation has also been tested in Singapore weather to ensure that it's humidity and heat resistant, and I was impressed with how the foundation held up throughout the day with no oxidation or "sliding off"! 

Finshing off my everyday to-go look with a light touch - A bit of concealer around my eyes, eyebrow pencil, subtle eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush and lip color! 

Wearing Shu Uemura's Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in shade PK 354!

And here's my completed everyday look with petal soft skin, thanks to Shu Uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation!

Create Your Petal Skin Canvas \\ 1-On-1 Free Tutorial This April

Learn how to create your perfect petal skin canvas! 

Shu Uemura is conducting a month-long activity where their highly-experienced makeup experts will show you how to create a look just like Pony (!!!) with a semi-matte petal soft radiant finish with natural poreless coverage in 3 simple steps! What's more, you get to bring home a FREE petal skin canvas trial kit after attending the tutorial!

To sign up for a one-on-one session, register to pick a preferred date and time slot here: http://www.shuuemura.com.sg/whats-new/petal-skin-fluid-foundation/


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Seoul Jan'17: Best Value-For-Money Korean BBQ at Hongdae - Dally So


You must must must have Korean BBQ when you visit Seoul, it's practically a crime not to! I'm a little sad that I only had two BBQ meals when I was in Seoul this time because I loveeee meat almost to the point of insanity. (Can't imagine turning vegetarian. Really.)

A good day in Seoul despite the freezing winter temperatures

Seoul is filled with BBQ joints all over, but Hongdae, in particular is famous for its "Meat Street" where the enticing aroma of grilled meat permeates the air from a distance - It's the most mouth-watering smell, ever!

One great tip for finding good food when you're overseas is to simply ask the locals. I find it especially useful to ask shop assistants while I'm shopping because most of them know the area so well! It's a more or less fail-proof plan for affordable and delicious recommendations.

A recommendation from a Chinese-speaking staff at Etude House, Hongdae brought me to Dally So for value-for-money Korean BBQ, super legit!

Dally So 하회마을시즌투

100m away from Hongdae station.
At Hongdae station, Exit 9.
Turn left, walk straight pass KFC, cross 2 small roads.
Dally So 하회마을시즌투 will be on your left hand side.

If you have at least 3-4 pax, please dont think twice, GO FOR THE KILL and order the 1.2kg Assorted Beef at just 39,000 won!!! That's less than SGD50, yall, for a giant 1.2kg platter of assorted beef!

There's also pork and chicken on the menu, but trust me when I say that 1.2kg of beef is more than enough for 3 pax and so that was all we ordered (plus a side dish of steamed omelette).

PS. There is a "setting charge" of 2000 won per pax so remember to factor that in! You get free-flow ban chan, and also kimchi stew so I think it's rather worth it.

Our jaws literally hit the floor when the meat arrived at our table. Just look at the generous portion of meat! 39,000 won is totally worth it.

Technically, you ought to start with the thinly sliced beef slices before moving on in sequence to the other cuts - It just gets better and better when you hit the thick juicy beef chunks of meaty goodness!

And remember not to over-cook your beef please, medium rare is the way to go!

So so so so so satisfed with dinner!

I'd most definitely recommend hitting up Dally So at Hongdae, it's probably one of the best value-for-money ala carte Korean BBQ places around! Go go go!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

DBS Visa Debit Card X Multi-Currency Account: Fuss-free Shopping Online & Overseas!

Do you travel the world frequently, or are you a savvy online shopper, like I am? ;) If you're like me, I'm sure you totally understand the frustration and pains of shopping and paying in foreign currencies both online and overseas - I sometimes get a rude shock when I see the poor foreign exchange rates and high conversion fees on my purchases! :(

One of my favourite overseas-based online shops!
For instance, Shopbop is one of my favourite overseas-based online shops, but it only charges in $USD, and we all know how much the USD can fluctuate from time to time.

I really don't have patience when it comes to shopping. When I want something, I want it straight away, and usually just bite the bullet to buy what I want at a more expensive price even when the foreign exchange rates aren't the best or the conversion fees are high HAHA.

It's just not ideal to wait for exchange rates to drop or the most favorable time to shop from my favourite online websites (what if the item I want goes out of stock???), you know what I mean? It's like Murphy's Law - Those darn foreign exchange rates always soar sky-high just when you're about to need that particular currency, yet when they're at their all-time lows, you have no use for them! I've experienced this phenomenon more than once, and it's downright frustrating!

Here's where DBS x Visa's overseas payment solution for travellers and e-commerce shoppers, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, comes into the picture - It's an easy, fuss-free and smart way to shop online and overseas!

Skip FX fees & Conversion Charges with DBS x VISA!

All you need is a DBS Visa Debit Card linked to a DBS Multi-Currency Account (MCA), and you'll no longer need to fuss over foreign exchange (FX) fees and conversion charges for cross-border payments - Ultra convenient when it comes to online shopping or even shopping overseas!! D:

Best of all, it's so simple to apply for a Multi-Currency Account (MCA) and DBS Visa Debit Card!

Step 1. Sign Up For A Multi-Currency Account!

I already have a DBS account, so it was easy peasy to sign up for my Multi-Currency Account. For existing DBS/POSB customers, your MCA Account will be opened instantly online.

You can even link your MCA to an existing ATM/Debit Card so that it's totally fuss-free! 

With your MCA account, you can access up to 12 foreign currencies and the Singapore dollar conveniently with one account and transact at your preferred rates wherever you are.

The 12 foreign currencies are Australian Dollar (AUD), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Euro (EUR), Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), Japanese Yen (JPY), New Zealand Dollar (NZD), Norwegian Kroner (NOK), Sterling Pound (GBP), Swedish Kroner (SEK), Thai Baht (THB), US Dollar (USD) and CNH (Renminbi).

Note: CNH (Renminbi) is not available for direct Visa Debit payments as it is a restricted currency. 

I also applied for my DBS Visa Debit Card, which was sent to me within a few days time. 

Do make sure that your DBS MCA is linked to your DBS Visa Debit Card as a primary account! When applying for the visa debit card, just select your MCA in the primary account field to link your new DBS Visa Debit Card to your MCA account.

YAY! (And also my new DBS Visa Debit Card has Visa PayWave, ultra convenient woohoo!)

Step 2. Do A Foreign Currency Fund Transfer Into Your MCA To Lock In The Rates

No need for any hassle, it can be done via DBS iBanking or mBanking! There is no waiting or processing time, the fund transfers will happen instantly.

It really is straight forward, just keep an eye on the foreign currency exchange rates (you can find them on DBS's website) and once you see favourable rates for the foreign currency you wish to purchase, you can then transfer from your own savings account in SGD to your Multi-Currency Account and select the foreign currency to hold in your MCA!

For instance, I did a fund transfer into my MCA for Thai Baht - I frequently travel to Thailand, so if the exchange rates are good, it's definitely a good idea to keep my money in Thai currency for my future spending ;)

You'll also be shown the exchange rate as well as the transfer currency's equivalent amount.

With these foreign currencies held in your MCA, you can then transact directly in foreign currency with your DBS Visa Debit Card!

All Ready To Go!

Be it overseas and online purchases as well as cash withdrawals from global ATMs, you won't have to bear any foreign exchange conversion fees ever again, or worry about carrying huge amounts of cash in foreign currencies on you! You can also check your transactions and balances on-the-go via mBanking, no matter where you are.

For example, if I know that I'll be heading to Europe later this year, I can choose to do a fund transfer to my MCA and hold EUR currency at any point of time in advance. If I wish to make a EUR300 purchase in Italy using my MCA linked DBS Visa Debit Card, this EUR300 purchase will be deducted directly from the funds in my EUR wallet, with no foreign exchange conversion fees and additional FX administrative card fees at purchase! :)

One huge benefit I really enjoy from using my MCA and DBS Visa Debit Card is that I can access and convert Singapore dollar and foreign currencies conveniently no matter where I am, and at the best possible rates simply via DBS iBanking or mBanking!

For a frequent traveller like me, it saves me a whole lot trouble because I don't need to waste time making trips to the money changer, or even looking for money changers when I run out of foreign currency abroad!

Shopping made easy no matter where you are. Gotta love that!

Online shopping just got a whole lot better and more convenient too! You can bet that I'm waiting for the next time the USD and AUD dips so that I can buy in on those currencies and shop to my heart's content hehehehe.

This DBS x Visa Debit Card that's linked to my MCA is going with me where ever I am!

Keen to sign up for your own Multi-Currency Account and DBS Visa Debit Card too? Find out how you can skip FX fees and conversion charges with DBS x VISA and visit DBS's website here to sign up straight away! :)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Primo Garcinia Diet Pills - Scam Alert!

"Grad Student Reveals How She Lost 16 KG In Just 6 Weeks With These 2 Simple Tricks!"

Primo Garcinia Review Scam
Recognise these images? You might have seen them on Facebook or Instagram recently, on a weight loss ad claiming: "Grad Student Reveals How She Lost 16 KG In Just 6 Weeks With These 2 Simple Tricks!"

Primo Garcinia Review Scam


The compelling before-&-after pictures and catchy title might have piqued your interest, because all of us want to lose those holiday pounds we piled on, right? So you click on this ad, which brings you to an online magazine article on Lifestyleasia, where Cathy Lim tells you about how Primo Garcinia helped her lose 16kg in six weeks.

Sounds amazing and convincing really, except that: 

1. The pictures are of me and I am definitely not Cathy Lim nor am I a grad student nor did I lose 16kg in 6 weeks

2. Those pictures are originally from my 2015 blog post - My Weight Loss Story: How I Lost 8kg In 2 Months talking about my weight loss achieved with TCM Slimming Treatments at Slim Couture

3. I have never heard of Primo Garcinia let alone tried this miracle weight-loss product, ever

These ads have been circulating in various forms with different subjects on both Facebook and Instagram, under strange account names like "Beatles Parodies" and "Silly Surprises" and "Cover It All Blog".

I've been receiving so many emails, messages and comments (thank you so much to all my friends, readers and followers who were concerned and contacted me!) regarding my photos being misused for false advertising online that I feel that I need to set the record straight and put something online publicly to warn consumers not to fall for Primo Garcinia's false selling and advertising - It's a scam!

Fake Mirror Website Used

I was first alerted to the weight-loss images of myself and my husband being mis-used on a fake mirror website of Lifestyleasia.com (an online lifestyle portal in Singapore, sounds legit) - If you look carefully at the URL though, it is actually Lifestyleasia.com-article.co instead of Lifestyleasia.com, VERY misleading indeed.

Primo Garcinia Review Scam

Primo Garcinia Review Scam
Look closely at these pictures and you'll see the "ba guan" marks on the tummy area due to the TCM treatment at Slim Couture.

Fake Identities & Stolen Pictures

In the first version of this fake ad by Primo Garcinia, I was named Mira and YZ was named Aiman. Nice, very very indie names.

Primo Garcinia Review Scam
In the second version of this fake article on Lifestyleasia-article.co, I have been renamed to Cathy Lim and YZ is now Ryan Goh - I guess they did a little more research before they did up this second article.

There's even a realistic interview about how Fann Wong was "my" inspiration to try Primo Garcinia, and the article ends with Cathy/myself "working with the official suppliers of Primo Garcinia to provide free 1 month supplies for readers".

Primo Garcinia Review Scam

Once again, I repeat, the Primo Garcinia website is a scam!

Primo Garcinia Review Scam

Clicking on one of the links from the article then brings you through a series of redirects before you end up on a convincing-looking website selling Primo Garcinia, a miracle weight-loss product claiming to be voted #1 Fat Burning Product In Singapore.

Except that it isn't quite as legit as it looks.

Primo Garcinia Review Scam
There are even testimonials with weight-loss pictures of Caucasian women, who stay in Tampines and Bukit Batok. LOL like seriously?

Beware The Free Trial!

Primo Garcinia Review Scam
Entering your details brings you to this page where you get "1 Free Bottle Confirmed", and you're then asked to fill in your credit card details.

A quick Google search turned up multiple names for "Primo Garcinia" and multiple websites that all looked very very similar and dubious, as well as websites calling out these "free" trials for what they are - scams

Once you provide your credit card details, you will be sent one month's supply for free, but if you do not cancel within 14 days of your order, you will be enrolled in an "auto-shipment program" which sends you a 1 month supply every 30 days for $133.76 + $8.04 every month, unless cancelled!

They are SO good at this. Freaking fine print on the website tells you all these, but would a consumer who's been beguiled by those persuasive weight-loss pictures and promises of a free trial even read the tiny text or think twice before providing their credit card details?

I Tried To Contact Primo Garcinia

Primo Garcinia's level of dodginess is just incredible.

Firstly, my Facebook friend Dexter tried doing a domain name look up for me.
This is what we got from the search:

Domain ID: D172444262-CO
Sponsoring Registrar: NAMECHEAP, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Registrar URL (registration services):  http://www.namecheap.com
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID: F4CI334RTITIYTEP
Registrant Name: WhoisGuard Protected
Registrant Organization: WhoisGuard, Inc.
Registrant Address1: P.O. Box 0823-03411
Registrant City: Panama
Registrant State/Province: Panama
Registrant Postal Code: 0
Registrant Country: Panama
Registrant Country Code: PA
Registrant Phone Number: +507.8365503
Registrant Facsimile Number: +51.17057182
Registrant Email: email@whoisguard.com

A Google on WhoisGuard brought up that WhoisGuard is a privacy protection service that prevents people from seeing your name, address, phone number and email when they do a Whois search on your domain. It puts its address information to the public instead of yours to protect you from potential spam and even identity theft.

WTF, apparently WhoisGuard also protects spammers and identity thieves also lah! The company behind Primo Garcinia got their domain name protected with WhoisGuard, very clever of them.

I called the hotline listed on the website next.
Primo Garcinia Review Scam
Phone support for Singapore was listed on the website, so I called the number provided: 800-852-3931 and I got put through to a "customer service officer".

I told her that my photos had been misused on an advertisement for Primo Garcinia, and she told me that "we do not sell any products in our company" and that I might have gotten the number wrong (which wasn't the case because I tapped directly on the number from my mobile Safari). She then said that her company sold "Home Care Packages" (?????) wtf?

Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I then asked for an email in which I could contact her company as this particular number was wrongly listed on a website selling weight-loss products, and I would like to alert her company to it, right? She told me that "she was unable to assist me as I was not a customer". I hung up shortly after because this phone call was obviously going nowhere.


There is just some high-level dodgy shit going on there seriously.

So one last point to note on Primo Garcinia and its high-level dodginess is another tiny fine print on its website:
Primo Garcinia Review Scam
The last paragraph is just full of win. 

"We are not responsible for any reviews, reports, emails, advertisements or blogs that may have led you to this page. If you feel any of these 3rd party reviews, advertisements, blogs or reports may be inaccurate, please contact us immediately. We do not condone or endorse any inaccurate information, statistics and/or claims made by 3rd parties in regards to our product."

Win liao lor so my photos anyhow use on your fake advertisement is none of your business or responsibility right.  I have emailed Primo Garcinia's email address but I doubt I will get a response.

I have also contacted Lifestyleasia.com (the real website) and their response is below:

Primo Garcinia Review Scam

Do Not Fall For This Scam!

I am sincerely worried about unsuspecting consumers believing these ads on Primo Garcinia and then getting scammed into providing their credit card details because many friends have sent me screenshots of their Facebook friends / Instagram friends sharing this link and discussing about it.

Read these articles as well if you're not convinced.
An article on Stuff.co.nz: Warning of diet pill scam as a review of Garcinia Lean XTreme on Highya.com which I assume is another name for the same product/scam.

??? Confused ???

Q: Are those real weight-loss images, then?

Yes, they are my real weight-loss images, but put in false context! The only slimming treatment that I've endorsed is Slim Couture's TCM Treatments and those images are from my blog post sharing my experience at Slim Couture. They are not photoshopped images lol but NO THE WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT FROM PRIMO GARCINIA!!!

Q: But I see Primo Garcinia in supplement stores?!

Well, I did some research on Primo Garcinia and it seems to be a (somewhat) legit supplement that is available in local supplement stores, but you SHOULD NOT purchase it from dodgy websites that use stolen images and con you into providing your credit card details for an "auto-shipment" program!!!


The bottomline is, do not believe anything on the internet that seems too good to be true, and always be savvy when providing your credit card details online! There are other similar websites/scams online and many of them cleverly use consumer psychology to tap into your psyche and coerce you into these scams and gimmicks.

If you can, please share this article on your Facebook page or WhatsApp groups to warn your friends not to fall for it as well - I have no idea how I can get my images removed from the fake ad so the only way I can promote awareness of this scam is through my blog post. It would be great if you could also report these ads as spam whenever they show up on your Facebook or Instagram feed! If any one knows how I can report the false advertising or get anything done about it at all, please contact me via email


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