Saturday, May 2, 2015

All it takes is 3 steps to flawless & beautiful skin with VDL!

Our skin is like a canvas: Makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath!

That's why prepping your skin for makeup is a very important step that many of us tend to neglect or are even unaware of. But it's honestly very easy to get your skin in perfect shape for the most flawless makeup application!

Today, I'm going to share with you the three simple steps to achieving a perfect flawless base makeup with VDL!

VDL comes from Korea, and is an international cosmetic brand that was founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household and Health Care. They are a professional make-up brand that is dedicated in helping women to live and achieve their dreams by providing answers to one of their key desires, beauty.

I'm no stranger to VDL, I love many of their innovative products, like the Tint Bar Triple Shot, and Festival Mineral Blusher!
They've got great makeup products at affordable prices, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that VDL's skincare and base makeup products are just as awesome!

If you've always felt that your makeup doesn't go on well, or gets oily or patchy after a few hours in our hot climate, you've definitely got to give VDL's 3-step makeup routine a try, because I tried and tested it for myself, and I think it really helps my makeup go on better, and have it stay fresh-looking throughout a long day!


Of course, good makeup always starts with a good skincare product first, and SKIN P+R=O Almighty Ampoule Essence is the very first product to go on your skin after your cleanser and toner.

This powerful ampoule essence is able to penetrate into the deeper skin layers as it contains natural fermented ingredients (barley seed, potato and soya bean fermented extract) that helps break down the molecular structure of the ingredients to deliver nutrients for the skin and start its restorative work. 

Prolonged usage of the SKIN P+R=O Almighty Ampoule Essence will help improve skin conditions and reduce the signs of ageing.As a triple functional skincare product, this ampoule essence contains substantial levels of Niacinamide, delivering whitening effect, Adenosine, a natural compound that penetrates deep into the skin, promoting skin healing and reduction of wrinkles, and Tocopherol, a type of vitamin E that provides excellent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits.

Not only does this ampoule essence provide nutrients for the skin for protection and recovery, it also contains 7 natural oils to soothe, smoothen and enhance skin complexion.

I was really impressed by the uber light-weight texture of the essence. It absorbed well into my skin and left my skin feeling more hydrated, softer and smoother straight away!

The second part of prepping your skin is the SKIN P+R=O Almighty Cream. Apply a layer of SKIN P+R=O Almighty Cream as the last step of skincare to lock in the nutrients!

As a dual-functioning cream, the Almighty Cream contains Niacinamide and nutmeg extracts to deliver whitening and anti-wrinkle function respectively. Also, the unique cream sports a balm-like texture that is effective in creating a unique protective layer on the skin (Breathing Protect Shield). This protects the skin by blocking the dust particles from entering the pores while still allowing oxygen molecules to pass through, ensuring healthy skin.

Not only does this cream provide nutrients for the skin for protection and recovery, it also contains 7 natural oils to soothe, smoothen and enhance skin complexion.

The texture of the Almighty Cream isn't really like a cream, but more like a balm, which melts into the skin upon application! I really enjoy the velvety texture of the SKIN P+R=O Almighty Cream. It forms a protective layer against micro-dusts and gives my skin a silky smooth finish!

After Step 1 with SKIN P+R=O Almighty Ampoule Essence and SKIN P+R=O Almighty Cream:  my skin already looks more radiant and healthy!


Introducing VDL's worldwide bestseller: Lumilayer Primer! This is one amazing product that I know everyone would love! I already had this product in my makeup stash, even before this review, and I love it!!

Developed using the secondary branch of Lumilayer technology, Violet Lightflects technology, VDL’s Lumilayer Primer contains a Violet Lightflects pigment which evens out the skin tone while creating a clear, radiant and healthy skin for the next step of makeup. This primer is also create a 3-dimensional face line by reflecting light from all angles of the face.

Lumilayer Technology: By studying the wavelength of the violet light and applying it to cosmetics products, this light technology allows for multiple layering of VDL cosmetics products while maintaining the skin’s slow. This is suitable for all skin types and can also be mixed with your foundation in a 1:1 ratio.

The VDL Lumilayer Primer gives your skin this gorgeous radiant glow! The product itself has a pearlescent glow with very subtle shimmers in it, which when applied, makes my skin look naturally healthy and dewy. Love it! Of course, it also helps your makeup go on better and last longer!

Of course.. The final step to a flawless complexion has got to be foundation! VDL has reformulated their Perfecting Last Foundation, which is a long-lasting high-definition foundation that provides high coverage and an excellent blameless foundation base for the next steps of makeup.

Developed with the concept of providing long-lasting and high-coverage foundation, VDL introduces its re-formulated HD Perfecting Last Foundation. Formulated with in-house technology – Light-Fitting Cover Complex – this liquid foundation contains pigment particles that come with a flat surface, enabling smooth application without clumping, delivering a flawless and even foundation coverage.

Besides providing coverage, this liquid foundation also contains Lumilayer pigments to provide your skin with overall radiance after application.

This foundation also balances the water and oil levels in your skin with its Bio Moisture Layer technology that keeps your skin moisturised after application while protecting your skin.

I'm pretty particular about my foundations and VDL Perfecting Last Foundation meets all my fussy requirements. My foundation must be light-weight but still have decent coverage, must not oxidise, must not look cakey, and must match my skin tone well!

I love the texture, it blends so easily and effortless but gives me that naturally flawless finish!

Just take a look at the before and after: Can you see that my skin looks so much brighter, with a more evened out skin tone? I also like how the finish is semi-matte but still dewy and radiant!

And that brings me to the end of this ultra simple routine! Love how my skin looks so glowing and healthy, thanks to VDL's 3-step makeup routine! I don't even feel like I have to apply that much concealer or even eye make-up because just having that perfect-looking skin is enough to give me the confidence I need ;)

You're probably all excited to try out these awesome products now, and I'm so happy to share that from now till 22 May, you can enjoy 10% off Base Makeup Collection at any VDL Outlets! (T&C applies)

And exclusively for my readers, quote YINAFORVDL from now till 31 May at any VDL outlets ((they have just recently opened up their ION Orchard Linkway Outlet!) to redeem a 4pcs Base Makeup Collection Trial Kit :D
(While stocks last, T&C applies)

Thank you VDL, for giving me flawless and beautiful skin!! :D

Friday, April 24, 2015

New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto: Special Readers Price!

It's been so busy for me of late that I have hardly any time to go cafe-hopping, sit down at nice hipster places and enjoy cafe-made lattes! Oh man, I can't even remember the last time I sat down at a cafe in Singapore, that's just how hectic life has been! :( But most thankfully, with my brand new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, I can enjoy my coffees and other beverages straight from the comfort of my own home!

(Well, because I just moved into YZ's home, and I left my old NESCAFE Dolce Gusto machine for my own family members to enjoy! And my new family members were super excited when they spotted this New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto!! They are all huge coffee drinkers!) 

I've always thought that the previous NESCAFE Dolce Gusto designs were cute and sleek enough already, but the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto is even cooler!! 

This brand new MINI Limited Edition comes in iconic black and white graphics with a little MINI logo on it, and will look perfectly stylish and chic on any office pantry counter or home coffee table! Well, I've always loved the design of the Mini Cooper, so even though I can't own a Mini Cooper car at the moment, I'm happy enough to admire the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto sitting on my coffee table right now! :D

Of course, MINI Limited Edition is as functional as it is good-looking, it is so easy to use this nifty machine to make yourself a cuppa cafe-style beverage, especially when you have 18 different NESCAFE Dolce Gusto beverages to choose from!

The MINI Limited Edition features automatic settings with hot and cold functions, delivering up to 15 bars of pressure to extract the finest aromas and create superb cremas! Perfect for espressos, cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and just about any beverage you're craving!

If you're wondering which beverages are my favourites, it is the Latte Macchiato, Green Tea Latte, and Milo capsules, those warm and toasty beverages cheer me up even on the gloomiest of days!!

It's so easy to prepare these beverages too, and what you get is high quality roast and ground coffee beans, not low-grade instant coffee!

Here's my favourite Latte Macchiato beverage, made with my awesome MINI Limited Edition!

 Check out those lovely layers of coffee, milk and foam in my Latte Macchiato, you definitely can't get this at home without the help of a trust NESCAFE Dolce Gusto!

Oh yes, loving my MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug too hehe! 

The New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto is available in major department stores and electrical chains! It's also available on NDG's webshop here!!

So if you purchase the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto right now, there is a launch promotion of $259 (UP: $289) plus you get the MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug!

But if you key in my exclusive readers' code, you get an additional $30 off, only on NDG's webshop! The code is "MININDGYINAG", and this will entitle you to the special price of $229 for the MINI Limited Edition, with the MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug!

Do yourself a favour and get yourself a NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, you'll have so much fun making and drinking beverages with it! :)


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Taipei Jan'15: Jin Feng, Best Braised Pork Rice In Taiwan! 金峰, 台北最好吃的卤肉饭!

Hello hello!

I'm resuming my Taiwan travelogues, and this blog post is one that you have to read if you are visiting Taipei, because one simply does not travel to Taipei without having Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice), at least once!

We did not stumble upon Jin Feng 金峰卤肉饭 by chance: The first time we tried it was when our Taiwanese friends bought take-aways for us, and we were smitten with the deliciousness of this rich pork stew drizzled over fragrant rice. But well, I just did a quick Google for "best lu rou fan in Taipei" and Jin Feng was one of the first few hits on Google!! 

So now you know, this is legit the best stuff, acclaimed by both locals and foreigners alike! Jin Feng is easy to locate, just exit at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT and take Exit 5.



Here's the order chit, you have to fill it in yourself and pass it to one of the staff. The prices are super affordable! A large bowl of 卤肉饭 is like $2.20 omg. 便宜到爆炸.

They also sell a mee sua that looked pretty good, but we didn't order it. Very focused on our 卤肉饭!

Had this plate of Kong Ba for $1.50 D:

The magical bowl of 卤肉饭.. Just look at those fatty bits of delicious stewed pork!

Don't forget to get a couple of 卤蛋 (braised eggs) to go along with your 卤肉饭!

I love the Taiwanese rice, it's a lot more "liap liap" and tastes like Japanese rice! A little more chewy and stickier than our usual sort of rice in Singapore. It's so fragrant too and tastes amazing with the braised pork gravy drizzled over it.

So yummy! I miss it already.

The other 卤肉饭 you might also want to check out is 胡须张, which has many different branches all over Taipei. 胡须张 also sells the braised pork stew in a take-home pack that you can purchase! Though I very much prefer 金峰's 卤肉饭, which I find has a better texture and flavour than 胡须张.

If you happen to visit Keelung's Miaokou market, look for 天一香肉羹順 (31攤) which has a really good 卤肉饭 too!! (It has a stronger garlicky taste, if you like garlic.) But Jin Feng is for sure a must-try!

Right across the road from Jin Feng, there is a pretty famous store selling 胡椒饼 as well!

I have no idea what a 胡椒饼 is but our local friends recommended it so we popped over to buy it. There was a queue forming while waiting for the shop to start selling so I think it must be rather popular!

Apparently these are 胡椒饼.. It's like a bun with pork filling! The 胡椒饼 is probably cos of the seasoning of the filling, it has a peppery taste! I was so intrigued by the way these are baked in a round circular oven filled with charcoal!


Here's the name card of the store!



Happy campers with happy stomachs. The food in Taipei is just fantastic!!

Read the rest of my Taiwan travelogues below (to be updated with more!)