Squeaky Clean with Cetaphil

Ever since I was a kid, my mum has been repeatedly reminding me about the importance of adequate facial cleansing. I attribute this to the fact that I used to be quite a tomboy-ish girl with questionable hygiene habits.

Yes, can you imagine that!!!! Me, a tomboy. I think the very suggestion of that idea might make some of my friends chuckle. I really wasn’t much of a girly girl when I was growing up, and my mum was horrified at how I would only use water to cleanse my face (if I remembered to specifically wash it, at all).

The very first facial cleanser brand she introduced me to when I was in Primary School, was Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

And now, about a decade and a half later, you can still find Cetaphil in my toilet, and it’s still one of the most recognizable gentle washes available in the market, loved by many over the years!

You know a brand is worth relying on when it’s been around for this long and still going strong. About one bottle is sold every minute across the globe and its formula developed in 1947 still holds true to tradition, without change – even to this day.

Part of my daily essentials, Cetaphil is a powerful yet gentle wash that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin! They even have a specific range for babies’ delicate skin. I had rather sensitive skin that was going through tons of hormonal changes when I was younger, so it’s no wonder that my mom introduced me to a brand that would be gentle on my adolescent skin, that’s packed with moisturizing ingredients.

This soap-free cleanser has won numerous awards from beauty industry insiders and the healthcare community. Its gentle, non-irritating properties soothe your skin as it cleans!

I’m quite particular about the facial cleansers that I use. I want something that cleans deeply and thoroughly without drying out my skin too much, and not too strongly scented or peppered with chemicals that might be harsh on my skin.

It also cannot be too mild or rich, because I tend to have oily skin on my forehead while I’ve got dry spots on my cheeks. Having combination skin (oily + dry in certain areas) can be problematic, but the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser pretty much solves that issue for me because I don’t need to worry about the formula at all, it’s perfect for everyday use and my skin feels clean without feeling dehydrated, each and every time!

Other perks of the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser that you can expect:

✓ Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin
✓ Ideal for both face and body
✓ Works without causing skin irritation
✓ pH-balanced non-soap formulation
✓ Can be used with or without water

I can even share this facial cleanser with my boyfriend which is a huge plus point, because we enjoy interchanging and sharing facial products whenever I stay over at his place, however sometimes men’s facial products can be too strong for me to use and he finds some of my cleansers too flowery scented for him.

He likes trying new brands but often gets break outs whenever he applies a new product because his skin is even more sensitive than mine, and I like to keep a bottle of Cetaphil around for him whenever his skin is going through a bad week, because it instantly calms his complexion and tones down the general redness.

Don’t just take my word for it, you have to try Cetaphil if you’re looking for an all-rounder facial that will be gentle and good to your skin. For all of the stress we put our skin through, including environmental factors (dusty / overly sunny situations), application of make up products, smoking, drinking alcohol and general negligence towards our skin and health – it’s good to know we will always have something to fall back on.

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This article is brought to you in collaboration with Galderma Singapore.

xoxo,
Jess

Augmenting aesthetics with Celevenus

On the whole, I would say I’m pretty happy with the face I was born with.

For the most part, I think my face is adequately good looking. It’s symmetrical, I think I have nice eyes (although they’re a little squinty and small), I like my smile, and I enjoy having a long face with a sharp chin, however, like any normal human being.. I have many things I would change about my face, if I could.

For example, I think my jawline is too wide and square-ish which makes me appear less feminine. My nose is too flat from a frontal view without a prominent nose bridge. I would like to have lifted cheeks, less poofy eye bags, and reduced laugh lines around my mouth. Sounds like I’m nitpicking, right? Well, perhaps I am.

I’ve always thought about doing something to alter the way I look that is non-permanent or surgical because I’m too scared that I may not end up liking a permanent effect. But something that lasts a year or even two, I guess I could deal with that! I’ve been all about the #YOLO life the past year, so I decided – why not?

Let’s do something to my face. Something safe, something that will make me look better and give me a boost of confidence.

I decided to do my first-ever aesthetic treatments at Celevenus, as I heard good reviews from my blogger friend Jessica Tham, who also visited Dr Dylan Chau at Celevenus.

I was greeted by their friendly receptionists and was asked to take a seat before they introduced me to Dr Dylan Chau where I would have my first consultation with him, and speak to him about my desires and what I’d like to temporarily alter about my face.

Dr Dylan Chau was warm, very collected and knowledgeable, which made me feel like my face was in good hands! Dr. Chau is well versed in solving dermatological problems ranging from pigmentation, acne scars and enlarged pores to simply rejuvenating and adding glow to a dull skin through his array of laser treatments. Dr Chau is also known for augmenting the nose, chin, cheeks, lips as well as contouring the face that is best suited for his patient.

Being a Sculptra and Thread Lift trainer and Key Opinion Leader for doctors, he takes his anti-aging treatments to a whole new realm.

Dr Dylan has 8 years of experience in the use of Sculptra and Polylactic Acid Injection. He has trained numerous doctors in Singapore and overseas.

As a pioneer in PDO threads in Singapore, Dr Dylan has performed many cases over the years. He is able to improvise the techniques of thread lifting to greater heights and constantly uses only the best and latest threads. He also innovates by taking part in the manufacture and study of them with Korean counterparts which makes his threads and techniques a cut above the rest. His latest inventions include AestheLift and AestheLift Mint, which are currently the most advanced in the market, moving from PDO threads to PLA threads in the future.

I prefer calling him Dr Dylan than Dr Chau because it sounds more affectionate, hehe.

He looked at different parts of my face and voiced out what he think could be improved, then asked for my own concerns and opinions. We decided to go with reducing my jawline and raising my nose bridge to start off with. He has an extremely good eye for aesthetics and pointed out some flaws in my face that even I didn’t notice before!

So I set an appointment date, and came back another day to have my procedures done.

Numbing cream was applied on the appropriate areas and left to take effect for about 40 minutes, and while I was waiting, my nerves took over me! I kept texting my friends, “OMG. I’m really going to do it!!!  I’m breaking out in cold sweat” and they were all like… “Don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll be fine!” – I would soon find out they were right, and I had nothing to worry about at all!

First up – I was about to get my Square Jaw Reduction Injection.

This injection is used to make overdeveloped jaw muscles smaller. After the injections, the weakened muscles will shrink in size over time, resulting in a slimmer looking face.

I guess I have rather large jaw muscles due to using my back teeth to chew a lot, as my front teeth are quite sensitive and weak! I want to reduce my jawline for a more V shaped face.

The actual physical pain is negligible. I tend to overthink the procedures and worry a lot about potential side effects, but when it comes to doing it, it would all be over in a breeze. I’m just a worry wart.

The thought of it is honestly worse than how it actually feels. The needles are very thin and when it goes into your face, it feels like a sore, stinging pain, that is about 4/10 on my personal scale of pain tolerance. It lasts for 5 seconds or so, then slowly fades away as soon as the needle is pulled out. Several jabs were made on each side of my face, and by 10 minutes we were done. While I don’t exactly like needles, I am quite used to them, having done acupuncture on my body and all. At one point I’ve actually had 30 needles sticking out of my body! The more you relax, the less the muscles will hurt.

Right after my Square Jaw Reduction Injection was done, Dr Dylan made sure I was calm and ready for the next procedure, before swiftly moving on to my next treatment – Nose Thread Lift – HIKO.

PDO Thread Lift is an advanced skin tightening technology where fine threads called polydioxanone (PDO) that were commonly used in surgery are inserted into targeted areas under the skin to stimulate skin tissue.

As a result, the skin tissues create new tissue fibroblasts and collagen, which produces a tightening effect from inside out.

The versatile PDO threads can also be used to heighten the nose bridge, giving it a natural elevated look. The latest PDO threads can even used to enhance nose tip. Something that cannot be done with dermal filler injection. The result is a more natural looking, structured nose than the traditional method of dermal fillers. It also lasts longer.

This one was more uncomfortable than the previous injections, as it is slightly more complicated, however Dr Dylan was reassuring, gentle and skillful, which made me feel better and I’m glad he’s so experienced, so it could all be over and done with as quickly as possible! It got slightly bloody what with the needle going in and out of my nose, so I’ve spared you guys those photos. It’s certainly not a significant amount of blood, but I repeatedly asked them, “am I bleeding?!” to which they replied, “yes, but only a bit.” I just needed to know. LOL.

I had threads inserted to achieve a natural lift, and Dr Dylan made sure I was happy with the height before he stopped.

And now… let’s look at the results!!!! Are you guys excited?

I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror to see the immediate difference in my face!

BOOM! This was taken immediately after injections done at two different areas of my face. The jaw reduction effect will only appear in 3-4 weeks, so you wouldn’t see any difference here, however check out my new nose!!! Homaigod. My nose bridge suddenly EXISTS.

 

In case you can’t tell the difference yourself, let me make it easier for you with these Before & After comparisons:

I never realized how flat my nose used to be… until now. Just look at that height difference. The pic on the right was taken while my nose was still swollen, after the swelling went down by 15%, it looked way more natural!

My nose was quite sensitive to touch for a couple of days after the procedure, so I avoided sleeping on my side at night and touching it in general as I wanted to keep it clean, but there really wasn’t any down time. After getting my infections done, I went for dinner and shopped around Orchard Road without a problem. Just 2 painkillers were enough to numb the discomfort for the first night!

It’s so much better than silicone fillers in my opinion because the threads don’t have the opportunity to move around as much, and give a more solid, natural look.

And after 3-4 weeks, let’s check out the difference in my jaw line after the reduction effect kicks in! :D

I was amazed by the reduction in size when I took photos to make a side by side comparison!!! On a day to day observational basis, I did not see any visible difference, but everyone asked me if I lost weight because I looked like I really did! Easily takes a kg or two off your face.

When I went back to Celevenus for my nose review, Dr Dylan suggested that I could get Scultra done as well, because my eyebags were relatively obvious. It’s a straightforward procedure with results you can’t deny!

Puffy eye bags or dark eye circles sometime look worse with sunken or hollowed tear troughs under the eyes. Therefore once the hollows are filled up, the eye bags or dark eye circles will look better and less obvious.

Traditionally, when there is a need to top up facial volume, it is usually done with dermal fillers. The latest trend, however, is to achieve global facial volume replacement with Sculptra. Known as ‘the liquid facelift’, Sculptra is essentially poly-L-lactic acid, a material that has been used widely as sutures which can be gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. The substantially increased collagen will correct the sunken areas, folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. The result, looks and feels more natural than what fillers can do.

And here’s the mandatory Before & After, once again! Check out how much less haggard I look with my eyes no longer looking like I sleep at 3am everyday (which, by the way, I do.)

WHAT A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AMIRITE?!?!!

I really liked how there was zero downtime for this, just jab and go, wait for the results to start showing after a month or two! I know many Singaporeans struggle with horridly puffy and tired looking eyes no thanks to our stressful lifestyles, so this is something even the least vain of people could consider because it doesn’t really alter the way you look, just perks up your tired looking eyes! I also need to use a lot less concealer than before, and the effect is so natural, you’ll just look like you’ve had plenty of beauty rest recently. Love it.

And this was my face several months after getting my jaw, eyebags and nose done! Totally marveling at the effects. I am beyond pleased with my experience at Celevenus, because of their professionalism, great results and efficiency at getting everything done! The procedures went without a hitch, and the results were even better than I expected.

I realized that aesthetics treatments aren’t as scary as I used to think they were, and that they’re actually rather temporary, lasting anywhere from months to 2 years. I totally wouldn’t mind topping up and going for more so that I will look my best at all times!

Would I recommend Celevenus, Dr Dylan and the treatments I’ve personally done? Yes, I would in a heartbeat. I’ve already introduced a few personal friends to the place. It’s non-surgical, non-permanent, low-risk and I would do it all over again whenever I feel like I want to have a little positive change.They gave me absolutely no problems at all, while making my face look better in ways that people could notice but would’ve never guessed was aesthetic augmentation!

They’d simply assume I had contoured my nose or lost a bunch of weight. Thanks for the confidence boost, Celevenus! And deep thanks to Dr Dylan and his caring team for being so conscientious, making my first experience with facial aesthetics an absolutely pleasant one!!!

xoxo,
Jess

Leaving my skeletons behind

Extracted from my latest Dayre post.. here’s an emotional bit of me I haven’t shared in quite awhile.

Laying quietly next to him the night before, we talked about things like we usually do, throwing topics out there and discussing just about everything and nothing. Then we came across the topic of whether it is better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.

Being someone who loves deeply each time I decide I’m truly in it for real, I would say.. Life would have so little meaning if you didn’t give your heart away. Such love can be in the form of friendship, kinship or relationship. It’s selfless, bold and fulfilling.

But sometimes, it doesn’t always stay that way. Life gets the better of love. Patience turns into annoyance, effort morphs into complacency, kind words evolve into harsh ones and love slips through your fingers without you even realizing it.

I can’t say I don’t envy people who have never felt great loss of someone important in their lives. Sometimes I wonder if it is a blessing or a curse to be the type of person who feels every single thing intensely. Maybe living in oblivion is sad in its own quiet way, but it’s not the kind of sad that leaves you picking the pieces of your heart off the floor.

Most break ups are sad. But some are mind numbingly tragic.

Maybe, one day you’ll meet someone who starts a fire in you that never dies. But the saddest truth you’ll come to know is that you may not end up spending the rest of your life with that person.

Perhaps it’s especially morbid to meet such a person at a young age, because you spend the rest of your days trying to fill the empty hole they left behind. The realization that it’s probably never going to feel the same with anyone else is overwhelming. Suddenly, your life is completely defined by three segments: Before you met him, when you were with him, and life after it all fell apart.

I thought I knew what it meant to be heartbroken, but I did not know what it really felt like until I found myself choosing to lie on the floor instead of the bed to cry, because the floor felt cold and hard, and I just wanted to feel something apart from the hole in my empty heart.

Not eating, not moving, barely breathing, replaying the same sad song for hours on end, replaying everything you could and should have done better, questioning the point of your very existence, questioning God even though you’re not even religious. It’s when you choose to bleed just to know you’re alive.

It’s also when you’re wailing loudly despite knowing there’s no one there to hear your pathetic cries or to give you their sympathy. I thought we were going to have children and the rest of our lives together. After all, that’s the only future I ever knew. People don’t realize that I did not just lose a boyfriend of 6 years – I lost the house we were staying in together, my job that we worked together in, my everyday lifestyle, everything that I knew.

I thought that when the days of uncontrollable sobbing and being motionless in bed for extended periods of time stopped, so would the pain. Today, it has been more than a year since I decided to leave my ex of 6 years.

While I don’t cry over it as often as I used to, and no longer see his face or hear his name in everything I do and everywhere I go and I realize that my life is my own.. it still gets me real down every now and then. Just when I thought I’ve gotten over it, there will come a sleepless night that convinces me otherwise. And then it hit me.

There are some wounds that will take more than just a few years to heal, and there are broken hearts that surgery can’t fix.

I should allow myself to feel everything that I am feeling, and I should feel no shame in admitting that yes, even though a year has passed (it’s coming to 2 soon), sometimes I still think of Sam and everything we used to do and have. Not in a particularly romantic way, but sometimes, just mourning the loss of something really special and great.

After all, we’ve stayed in three different homes together, raised adorable pets together, been through unimaginable shit with each other, built a business and worked together, saw the other person’s face everyday for 5 years straight – we basically revolved every inch of our lives around each other. I did spend more than a quarter of my life with this person, and he taught me a lot of what I know today as a person.

I was supposed to marry him, but due to unfortunate circumstances, I did not. I left him instead. Because despite how truly amazing we could be together sometimes, the bad times would rock and shake my entire world and left me with zero self esteem, and a lot of negative emotions, which eventually ate me up inside. Our lack of experience in dealing with difficult life situations and snarky attitude got the better of us.

Everyday, I am still learning new lessons from my previous relationship. I often reflect and think about what it all means. Everyday, I am finding new meaning. Recently, I’ve found myself thinking about Sam a lot more, and I was confused by why this was happening.

After some pondering, I realize it’s because of a new character making a significant impact in my life story. Shortly after my break up with Sam, I dated someone for 8 months, from late last year to a few months ago.

Yeah, it didn’t work out. I’d hate to call it a rebound, but I guess I was lonely, and he was enthusiastic, appearing at the right place at the right time. I thought that was what I wanted. Several months in, however, I realized it was a mistake, and called it off when I could no longer keep up pretending that it was going fine, when it wasn’t. We weren’t suitable for each other at all.

But this time around, dear dayre, it’s different. Right from the start, I could tell. This guy makes me feel things I never believed I would feel again. Emotions that I haven’t felt since 7 years ago. He tugs on heart strings from parts of my heart that I did not know were still alive. It made me flashback to when Sam and I first got together.

I felt overwhelmed with a ton of emotions. I was shellshocked that this was even happening. I thought my love with Sam was a once in a lifetime sort of experience, so how could it be that I’m fantasizing about a future with this new guy the way I used to with Sam? Immediately, I recognized what I was feeling.

I felt guilty, like I was replacing Sam. Or rather, the placement of Sam in my heart, in his good memory. While unpleasant thoughts of how everything went to shit still do haunt me, at the very core of it all, I choose to remember him as the guy who taught me what love was. Even after he left, that’s how I always saw him.

I always knew I would be able to have relationships after Sam. I’m generally a cheerful person, and I have lots of love to give, so it wasn’t going to be a problem to find someone to have a relationship with. I just kind of expected that I would have relationships that could never match up to what Sam and I had. I assumed I would get into relationships, watch them not work out, get the hell out of them, rinse and repeat.

But what I did not realize is that my undeserving, malfunctioning, fucked up piece of shit scumbag heart could still, by the grace of God, love someone THAT wholeheartedly again. Somehow, this guy makes my broken heart feel whole again.

And that actually scares the shit out of me.

I was scared of several things. Firstly, the higher you go, the harder you’ll fall. All that vulnerability I took so long to harden my shell just to cover up for, is now being exposed once again. Of course I’m scarred, and naturally think of the worst case scenario. I can tell this would ruin me all anew if it doesn’t work out. And this time, I’m not so sure I will be okay again. I barely made it out with my sanity and dignity intact for the last one.

Secondly..

What makes it even more terrifying is that he’s been one of my best friends for more than a year, and I was very close to him even before we started dating. In a way, he’s been my rock and support, consistently being the best to me, always lending a helping hand in my time of need and making me smile without fail.

So if we don’t work out, I stand to lose one of my closest friends in this lifetime.

Thirdly, I guess I’m royally screwed because I feel like he could be the new love of my life. I don’t know, I could probably even marry this guy. He seems like he would make a great dad and husband. Perhaps it’s too early to tell right now, but that’s how deep I’m in it already. And I’ve only felt this way two times in my entire life: once with Sam, and once more with him.

Let’s give the new guy a name. Let’s call him D. My relationship with D the last two months has shown me how I’ve grown as a person, and a partner. I’m noticeably more self giving, patient, understanding, gentle and willing to compromise. Much more so than before. Only someone like D could bring out these traits in me and encourage me to be the best version of myself possible, because he’s such a great character himself.

So yeah. Basically I’ve been thinking of Sam more often these days because I find myself going through similar experiences with D as I had with Sam, and I’m frightened by the similarities. Can you blame me? It ended so badly for me the last time and I’m just afraid history will repeat itself.

But no love ever came without sacrifices and risks; I should stop this negativity and focus on the good. Because, God, I want to be happily in love again. I want to hand my broken heart to someone else to mend, and not have to bear this burden all by myself.

While I’ve learnt to discover happiness in doing certain things alone, I think generally I am a very social person and it saddens me not having someone special to talk to me about all the thoughts that swim in my head before I sleep at night, or just having someone around for a cuddle whenever I feel like one.

Someone I can devote all my time, affection and love to. I love myself, I do, but I find much greater joy in loving someone else. I used to think that was a sign of weakness, not being able to be happy alone, but now I think that’s just bullshit.

Some people are happier being single, and the world can accept that, so why can’t we agree that it’s perfectly fine to admit that you’re happier being attached? I don’t mean get into a pointless relationship just for the sake of being one (which is possibly what I did for the previous guy I dated) but actually being with someone who becomes your better half. How is that not an ideal situation to be in?

And that’s exactly how I feel. Despite only dating for two months, I feel like D is my better half already. He has always been the ray of light to guide me past difficult times, and he makes me want to become a better person, for myself, and for him.

Sam might have been the love of my life up till I was 23, but D could be the great love of my life, for well, the rest of my life. And even if it’s not D, although I hope it is, I should be open to the idea that love doesn’t die when the relationship does. Love is a form of energy, and it should be transferred into different forms and reinvested in new people.

I’ve held relentlessly onto precious memories of Sam and I, safeguarding and regarding them as the best I’ll have in my life, leaving little room for anyone or anything else to enter. But I shouldn’t hold onto something so tightly when its already over.

I shouldn’t be worried about D becoming something to “replace” what I’ve been holding dear – he is in fact, a whole new category and placement of his own, earning a rightful and massive spot in my heart, creating new memories to replace some painful ones that currently exist.

Maybe it’s time to give yourself a break, Jess. Perhaps it really is time to stop asking yourself each and every day, “Why did something so good end so bad? Will we ever have the chance to start anew? Will I ever be as happy again? Why did you say and do the things that you did? Why couldn’t you have done any better?”

Because you know what. The past, truly has come and gone. Like there’s literally nothing I can do about what I’ve already lost.. That’s gone with the wind. What I CAN do is actually take the hard lessons and truths I’ve gathered from my relationship with Sam, and apply it in this new one. Don’t screw it up Jess. Let’s not make the same mistakes again, you know you won’t forgive yourself this time. We’ll be the best that we can be. We totally deserve another chance at being happy again.

And make me happy, D does. Dear dayre, he makes my heart sing. He makes the bad days better, and the good days the best they could possibly be. When I gave up on myself last year, he didn’t give up on me. He holds me when I cry, listens tirelessly when I talk (too much), kisses me when I least expect it and smiles at me for no reason. And when he smiles at me, I can never not smile back at him.

He’s a constant ball of positive energy, and seems to absolutely adore every quirk I have. He laughs at all the weird shit I do, even the horribly unglamorous and dorky stuff. He makes me feel like I can truly be myself, because someone loves me just the way I am. He knows about my past, my dark secrets and my pain. But he looks at me and smiles as though I am perfect.

Sometimes I feel real emotional when he does that, because I know that when he looks into my eyes, he doesn’t see the rain that I hide behind them. He sees rainbows, twinkles and fireworks and most of all, he just sees a girl he loves more than anything he’s known before.

He doesn’t look at me with sympathetic or frowning eyes like he recognizes the broken person I am, all he knows is that I make him complete. He accepts me with all my emotional baggage, scars and tantrums, and gives me renewed faith in many things I gave up on.

There’s just something really beautiful about that kind of naivety and innocence. Starting on a clean slate. No past to worry about, just the potential of a future to look forward to. Just so many chances to make things right this time around.

I may not have believed it was possible to do so before, but I feel like I am slowly but surely letting go of my pain and regret. I’ll never forget the crazy beautiful devastating memories and all the lessons you’ve taught me Sam, but my heart has had enough of crying over what we were.

We are no longer. We only exist as separate entities now. You in your own world, and me, in my own.

To think, my world used to be you. And now, I have a whole new world without you. Looks like the world is bigger than we thought it was, huh?

I really hope you’re doing well, and being happy, wherever you are. That’s all I ever wanted for the both of us – to be happy. Even if that means living without each other’s presence. We have memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for being a part of my life, and in some ways you will definitely always be. But I think I’m ready to start a new chapter now.

And this one will begin not with tears but instead, with a smile and a hopeful heart, and you will not be the main character no more. I may not know what the ending is, but ultimately I am the author of my own life story, and I can rewrite the ending if I don’t like it enough – that is the most empowering thing I’ve ever felt.

To realize that your heart is even more resilient and powerful than any other part of you that exists because it can stop beating completely, and then burst back into life one day again… is indeed a life changing thing.

I’m leaving my skeletons behind, memories in my heart, and regrets to the wind.

xoxo,
Jess

Dining at Rochester Mall

I admit to not having explored the West side of Singapore very much as I have mostly stayed in the East and North most of my life, but I took a day off to explore Rochester Mall recently, and was surprised to find some hidden gems to dine at!

Rochester mall is located next to Buona Vista MRT, which makes it easily accessible even if you don’t drive.

It’s a family orientated mall, with enrichment classes for the kids, ifestyle services such as massages, nail, hair, fitness classes to keep the adults engaged, and my favorite feature of the mall has to be their abundance of alfresco dining options!

Our first pit stop of the day – DW Workshop, a newly opened place that’s been running for less than a month when we visited.

DW Workshop is a wonderful new concept destination that allows you to attend fun workshops (think arts and craft, DIY, even cooking classes) and get really good grub + nail the perfect Instagram shot at the same time!

Just look at the aesthetics of this place. It’s a design HEAVEN. Every corner of DW Workshop is so Instagrammable, it makes photo-taking here a real breeze, what with the natural sunlight spilling in through the large windows and reflecting off their white walls.

It’s like I walked into a Kinfolk book, guys! And that open kitchen…. urghhh. My heart. Talk about #houseinteriorgoals!

They’ve customized many of their furniture pieces here, to achieve this magazine home look.

The second level, where the workshops are mainly held.

You can learn how to DIY your own lamp or paper jewelry from scratch here! How cool is that? Obviously they understand that industrial / boho chic is all the rage right now.

They even have fascinating knick knacks for sale, curated stuff they’ve brought in themselves from all over the world.. including this watch that aids visually impaired or blind people to read the time by using braille. The little ball is magnetic and automatically goes back to the proper time whenever you shake your wrist!

Before trying out their lunch menu, we decided to check out their coffee because DW Workshop proudly brews different types of coffee that will totally be up your hipster alley!

Stovetop Brewed Italian Coffee

They’re also the first in Singapore to bring in Poursteady – a robotic machine that creates reliable, perfectly executed pour over coffee each and every cup! How high tech is this?!

Coffee, tea or me?

The espresso was fragrant and extremely strong. If you like your coffee with some kick.. you’d really enjoy this. I took it down better with some milk and sugar!

We were introduced to the menu and concept of DW Workshop by Edalin, who kindly brought us around the premises and was all too happy to patiently explain their meticulous detailing to us. Was glad that we came on a weekend, because their Weekend Brunch menu looked amazing!!!

We wanted to order everythingggg.

Lovely cold pressed juices, my pick was Cloudy Apple.

AND THIS.

My crab eggs benedict croissant hybrid that comes with a super flakey, crispy buttery croissant, sandwiching a crabmeat salad and two poached eggs covered in hollaidanse sauce…

BASICALLY BRUNCH PERFECTION.

I kid you not. This was one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever had for brunch! So refreshingly delicious!

Looking at this photo is inducing major cravings right now. Whoever thought up this simple but effective combination – genius.

The rest of the world should catch on and create more croissant-benedict hybrids.

Our other main, the Beef Bourguignon was also great.

Slow cooked with balsamic vinegar for many hours, it even comes with dark chocolate shavings and bread to soak up all of that wonderful thick sauce!

Our entire table spread of food at DW Workshop. I loved how they use quality ingredients and that the menu wasn’t overly complicated of fancy. Straight up good food that’s executed well, to comfort your soul.

D and I sat on the couch for hours (that’s where we dined, they’ll give you a wooden board to put on your lap), just idly chatting and enjoying our afternoon at this cosy little new find..

We’re gonna be sad when it starts getting more crowded because it’s so undiscovered at the moment, we were able to spend an entire Sunday afternoon basking in its quiet tranquility!

When we were done with our mains, Edalin walked over to surprise us with desserts on the house. Such lovely hospitality. We really enjoyed the Matcha Tart and Carrot Cake, thank you very much!!!

If you’re looking for a date night sorta place, PastAmore may be what you’re looking for, located right next to DW Workshop!

Their alfresco set up is totally appropriate for dinner dates in the evening, while their indoor seating area is cosy and unpretentious, suitable for families and friends alike!

Parma ham with buffalo mozzarella. I love Parma ham!

Carbonara with bacon, a must-order for me every time I visit an Italian restaurant

Bolognese spaghetti

And my favorite – Seafood risotto!

This was delicious, both creamy and tomato-ey at the same time, with a nice robust seafood flavor in the simmered rice.

I could eat pasta for life! So difficult to choose between cream or tomato base. Think I love both variations equally. *heart shape eye emoji*

Didn’t have space for dessert in my belly left, but here’s some eye candy and his cuppa latte ;)

Our final pit stop at Rochester Mall concluded our gastronomic adventure at SwissBake!

I’m sure Swissbake needs no further introduction, they’ve been around for a long time and have been serving yummy pastries in different parts of Singapore!

If you’re looking to stop somewhere for a quick tea break or a short meeting, this would be an ideal place to grab some pastries and some sandwiches.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing breads and pastries at Swissbake!

We had their Peach Yogurt drink, tuna sandwich, palmier, croissants and banana roll. By the end of it, we were so extremely stuffed! that we had to take the tuna sandwich home. Still tasted good after keeping it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

The next time you’re in the West and looking for dining options to explore, why not check out Rochester Mall? They’ve got a whole lot more to offer, waiting for you to discover! DW Workshop is a definite must visit by my books!

xoxo,
Jess

Simple Micellar Water

Perhaps one of the best feelings in the world is coming home at the end of a long day, and just removing your makeup (and bra). Nothing feels as refreshing as removing all that grime and gunk off your face.

It’s like suddenly, your pores can breathe again!

There are several different kinds of make up removers in the market – including oil based cleansers, soap based facial foams, but my favorite method of removing make up would be using Micellar Water.

Simple has been an expert in providing dermatologist solutions for sensitive skin since launching the first perfume and colour-free soap in 1960. Simple believes in using only the purest skin-loving ingredients with as little artificial ingredients or additives as possible, and that looking good can be simple, not complicated!

Although oil based make up removers are great at removing extremely stubborn waterproof make up almost immediately, I do not like the greasy feeling it leaves on my skin, making me feel like I have to wash my face after that.

Not a fan of soap-based facial foams either, because you have to use them at a sink with running water.

Micellar water is perfect for someone who’s always rushing (and sometimes lazy) like me because you don’t even have to rinse off your face after that, meaning you can save that few extra precious minutes before bedtime!

It may not seem like that big a deal, but for days when you’re too tired (or slightly tipsy) to shower but you know you HAVE to remove your make up otherwise pimples will attack your face barely a few days later, an efficient and quick way to remove make up becomes the ultimate lifesaver. #truestory

Simple Micellar Water conveniently removes makeup without rinsing and provides hydration benefits at the same time. It actively works to attract and remove impurities while helping to unclog pores, supporting the skin to breathe. Simple Micellar Water won’t leave the skin feeling tight or sticky but just clean, refreshed and instantly hydrated by up to 90%.

Simple offers Micellar Water in two forms – one that is the straight up solution in a bottle, and other, packed into pre-soaked wipes in a handy resealable packaging.

Other great ingredients also found in their Micellar Water:

  • Triple Purified Water: The purest possible water to minimize potential for irritation from extraneous particles or contaminants that can irritate skin.
  • Vitamin B3: Known to restore, soften and smooth skin. It’s especially great for those with dry skin.
  • Vitamin C: A water soluble antioxidant vitamin for skin Hexylene Glycol: Helps dissolve make up and kindly conditions the skin

I like keeping the bottled form at home for everyday usage because some days I have lighter make up days than usual, and I will only require a small amount of solution to effectively remove my make up, so I can easily control the quantity poured onto a cotton puff.

Never used Micellar water before? All you need to do is soak a cotton puff with the solution, and gently wipe all around your face to remove the dirt and makeup! No need for rinsing afterwards.

The Micellar wipes from Simple are great convenient things to keep around! Because of its unscented nature, I do prefer it to other brands that have heavily perfumed products, since I have rather sensitive skin.

I like to take this around with me, especially if I’m traveling, and I use it even when I don’t have any make up on, but when I just want to refresh my face.

They are currently also the only Micellar wipes in the market.

Just because it’s not oil based doesn’t mean it cannot remove your make up efficiently – the Micellar Water and Wipes from Simple had no issue soaking off my usual make up of concealer, eyeliner, lip color, and brow pencil!

I love how smooth and hydrated my face feels after using these wipes as opposed to the tight, overly harsh feeling I get from other products that are too strong for my skin’s usage. Squeaky clean is possible without the discomfort and additional chemicals after all!

You can find Simple Micellar water and wipes retailing at major pharmacies, including: Watsons, Guardian, Unity, FairPrice, and Redmart at $16.90 for Micellar water, and $15.90 for the wipes.

If you’ve never tried Micellar water, pick one of these babies up and be amazed at the results when you realize how gentle, hydrating and effective it is on your skin!

xoxo,
Jess
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