Saturday, May 30, 2015

Launch of Crème Simon's New Boutique at Robinsons Raffles City

Congratulations to Crème Simon's for having the first permanent counter in Singapore located Robinsons Raffles City.

With the permanent counter, I can head down to the boutique anytime to replenish my skincare products without having to purchase it online. This way, I can approach the beauty counter staff for their advice on what is suitable for my skin type.

Crème Simon is an award winning brands rated by many magazines. 

For example: 
- Singapore Women's Weekly crowns Creme Simon Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist as the Best Toner to splurge on.

- Nylon crowns Creme Simon's Gentle Double Exfoliation Scrub and Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist as winners in the scrubs and lotions category in NYLON's beauty hit list.

- Her World crowns Daily Defense UV Protector as the Editor's Choice while Micellar Water Makeup Remover has won the Blogger's Choice.

- Cosmopolitan Magazine crowns Daily Defense UV Protector SPF50 as the "Most Luxurious Sunscreen" and "Most Indulgent Experience" for Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist.

Met Mr Philippe, CEO of Crème Simon.

Sharing on the goodness of the Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist which can be used as toner or facial mist. It can even be spray on hair too.

Time to share skin rescue tips:

Instant brightening: Gentle Double Exfoliating Scrub and Lymphatic Contouring & Lifting Gel
Lines away: Creme Universelle and Multi-Benefits Eye Treatment
Hydration: Restorative Sleeping Mask and Dermo Hydrating Toner Mist

I have been using Dermo Hydrating Toner Mist diligently. A spray will immediately have me freshen up.

Some of the top selling products placed on the shelves, do check them out when you are at the counter.

Thanks Crème Simon for giving me 2 products for try out. My choice are Brightening Detox Oxygenating Foaming Cleanser and Brightening Detox Daily Defense UV Protector SPF50.

These 2 products are essential in our daily lives.

Brightening Detox Oxygenating Foaming Cleanser (S$59 / 150ml)

The first step towards radiance skin is to cleanse your face thoroughly. This foaming cleanser lifts and removes impurities, light makeup and excess oil. It contains sulfate-free formula which are gentle enough for use even in babycare.

An indulgent oxygenating and cleansing skincare ritual for soft, smooth and glowing skin.

My review:

The cleanser is really rich and foamy. Just one pump is enough to cleanse my face. I love the light floral scent when applied on skin. Initially I was afraid that it might dry out my skin but there is no need to worry about this because my skin feel clean and hydrated, it did not strip away any moisture. 

Brightening Detox Daily Defense UV Protector SPF50 (S$68)

The lightweight oil-free sunscreen contains an optimized UVA/UVB protection system. It enhanced protection against premature ageing and sun spots. It also boosts brightening by reducing skin pigmentation.

What I like most about the UV Protector is the high SPF. The SPF50 gives me a high protection against UV when I am out in the hot sun. It is lightweight and fast absorb into skin without leaving stickiness and white residue behind. It creates a smooth and matte finish. 

With the Daily Defense UV Protector, I can stay out in the sun all day.

There are many other awesome products at Crème Simon. Head down to Robinsons Raffles City to try out the products yourself. Alternatively, you can visit Crème Simon site to purchase online. 

Quote "HR5X8G3" to get 10% off when you purchase online.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New JWEL Royalties - Chocolate Orange, Peanut Butter and Honey

I was being introduced to JWEL Ice Cream  in April last year. Since then, I was hooked to JWEL Ice Cream. I love the velvety smooth taste of JWEL, the thick, almond-flecked chocolate coating and the variety of flavours, making it an luxurious indulgence for everyday treat. It is indeed a royal indulgence.

To celebrate JWEL’s first year milestone in Singapore, the royal court welcomes its newest royal members who promise to charm and delight the taste buds of JWEL’s ever-growing following. With the same goodness that fascinated the nation’s palate, all eyes are now set on the newest additions to JWEL’s delicious royals.

JWEL introduced 3 new flavours to the royal courts. They are:
- The Baroness of Chocolate Orange 
- The Marquis of Peanut Butter
- Her Highness of Honey

Each vividly patterned ice cream wrapper bears a golden crown, the title of its creator and unique motifs that hold subtle clues to their flavours and places of origin. Each regal stick of JWEL ice cream offers a luxurious, immersive experience of scrumptious decadence and intriguing imagination. 

The Baroness of Chocolate Orange

Why have one enchanting flavour when you can have two? 
Now you can enjoy the rich chocolate and Valencia Oranges all at the same time. The Baroness of Chocolate Orange’s will intrigue the senses with delicately rich chocolate ice cream with a hint of citrus like no other. 

Her Highness of Honey

Her Highness of Honey buzzes around busily collecting honey from the beehives in her palace gardens. 
It is sumptuously velvety, enticing ice cream lovers with her precious honey she reserves only for the most deserving palates.

Her Highness of Honey was the first flavour I tried among the three. It appealed to me the most because I love honey.

The taste resembles vanilla ice-cream with a hinge of honey that is not too overpowering. The sweetness of the honey tasted just right

The Marquis of Peanut Butter

The Marquis spends hours perfecting the balance of salty and sweet in every spoonful of his heavenly peanut butter, which he serves in ornate pots of pure gold.

The Marquis of Peanut Butter exudes extravagance with his perfect creamy and nutty ice cream that is sure to gratify the taste buds. 

My second stick was The Marquis of Peanut Butter.

Prior to trying, I didn't think very highly about peanut butter. In my mind, I was thinking that "hmm, peanut butter flavour sounds weird. Will it taste like the peanut butter jam I used for bread?"

To my surprise, it didn't taste anything like the jam. It tasted like the peanut of ferrero rocher. Very delicate, rich and delicious. I love it so much, this has become my favourite flavour.

I couldn't resist eating.


With the 3 new flavours, JWEL, The Ice Cream Empire has a total of 8 flavours now:
- The Duke of Vanilla 
- The Countess of Tiramisu 
- The Duchess of Double Chocolate 
- The Earl of Caramel 
- The Baron of Black Forest 
- The Baroness of Chocolate Orange NEW 
- The Marquis of Peanut Butter NEW 
- Her Highness of Honey NEW

These three newly minted flavours are now available in single serves for $2.70 per stick at selected general retail stores and $2.95 per stick at selected 7-Eleven outlets. 

These delectable flavours are also available in a multipack of six at a retail price of $10.90 at major supermarkets and hypermarkets in the following variants: 
- Chocolate Orange 
- Honey and Peanut Butter (3 sticks per flavour)

For more information, please visit www.fnncreameries.com

Thank you F&N Creameries Singapore‏ for the sweet indulgence. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Food Tasting at IPPIN CAFE BAR - Japanese Makan & Drinks Place

Cafe hopping has been really popular these days. With the increasing number of cafes opening in Singapore, we are spoilt  for choice with wide selection of cafes to visit.

What makes me want to visit a cafe is the relaxing ambience, delicious food and a conducive environment for chit-chatting with friends. 

I was being introduced to IPPIN CAFE BAR, Singapore's first home concept Japanese cafe bar located at Mohamed Sultan Road.

IPPIN CAFE BAR is a place where you feel at home and they served classic Japanese home-style dishes. It is a place for unassuming lunch/dinner spot or a dress-down weekend date.

Other than serving the delicious food, they also sell premium Japanese snacks, cooking ingredients and drinks at affordable prices that are exclusively only available in IPPIN CAFE BAR. These merchandises travel all the way from Japan to Singapore.

Every little things fascinated me.

Another thing I like about the IPPIN CAFE BAR is that the prices are inclusive of GST and Service Charge. The price you see is the price you pay.

A photo before we started eating.

We have salad and Nikujaga (pork and potato) for appetizer before we began our food tasting.

I am not really a fan of salad, but this salad is appetising.

Yakisoba Set ($12 nett)
Yakisoba comes with Kobachi and hojicha pudding.

Yakisoba is Japanese daily food, it tasted delicious and favourful. The favourful taste of the noodle lies in the secret of their savoury sauce. The noodles tasted tangy too.

Oyakudon Set ($15 Nett)
The set comes with miso soup and hojicha pudding.

Chicken and egg on rice, an authentic Japanese dish. The chicken was soft and tender. The bowl was filled with dashi (stock), the rice then absorbed the dashi which gave the authentic taste. The broth was a little bit too much, as a result, the rice turned soggy.

Grilled Oyster & Veggies in Ponzu Butter Sauce Set ($20 Nett)
The set comes with rice (with barley), Hatcho miso soup, Nikujaga, salad and houjicha pudding.

Oysters from Hiroshima. These oysters are raised in clean ocean so be ready for a clean taste. Grilled in special ponzu (yuzu vinegar) butter sauce, it gave a refreshing taste and strong flavour. I liked it very much.

Deep Fried Oyster Set ($24 Nett)
The set comes with rice(with barley), Hatcho Miso Soup and Nikujaga Pork and Potato Stew, Salad and Houjicha Pudding.

The oysters were lightly battered and so they were crispy on the outer. With the first bite, I could feel the juice oozing out and it was crispy good. Dip it with wasabi mayo for enhanced flavour of sweetness with mild sourness and spiciness. I couldn't stop eating.

Tea was the best drink to go with after a hearty meal.

There are 3 types of green tea ($6 nett) available at IPPIN CAFE BAR:

Sencha - The most popular green tea which has the perfect balance of refreshing aroma, delicate sweetness and mild bitterness.

Genmaicha - Being steamed longer than Sen-cha, it caused the tea leaves to split, giving it a stronger yet more mellow taste as well as being highly nutritious.

Hojicha - Roasted green tea(brown) is high in catechin and low in caffeine and tannin, making it suitable for children. 

My favourite of all was Genmaicha, I loved the enhanced taste that is distinctive from the rest.

We tried the Japanese alcoholic beverage, Sake.

I loved Strawberry Sake ($39 nett). It has 17% alcohol content. 
Even someone who is not a good drinker like me love this, the Strawberry Sake has a fruity and sweetener taste that cover the taste of alcohol. I'm sure many girls will love this drink.

We tried the Yuzu flavour too. I still liked strawberry the best.

Diner is never complete without dinner.
I have Houjicha Pudding and Rattsu. Rattsu are coated nut in the coating of strawberry, matcha and coffee. Strawberry is my favourite.

The Rattsu is available for purchase in the cafe too.

Our mandatory group photo before we ended the food tasting. Thanks Meryl for the photo.
Thanks IPPIN CAFE BAR for having us at the food tasting. Here is a hideout corner that I would love visiting again, the set meal is price reasonable and affordable. 

IPPIN CAFE BAR
18 Mohamed Sultan Road 
Singapore 238967
Operating hours: 11am to 11pm
Contact number: 6733 4794

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