New By Terry Baume de Rose Body Scrub, Lip Scrub & Lip Care Crayon | Review

My first entry for January starts with a pretty pink release by luxury french beauty brand, By Terry!

By Terry baume de rose 2018

There’re three new products that were added the existing Baume de Rose family.

Baume de Rose Body Scrub

Baume de Rose Lip Scrub

Baume de Rose Lip Care (crayon)

Apart from the visually pleasing pink packaging, this collection is sure to appeal to all rose lovers. The iconic scent of Baume de Rose is present in all three.

Up first is the exciting new lip care stick and scrub. Beautifully packaged in minimal, stylish pink.

By Terry Lip Care and Scrub

What I love about balm sticks is the convenience of application. No more grubby fingers poking into jars! Therefore hygienic application and also prolonged shelf life. I’m actually surprised By Terry hadn’t thought of launching this earlier.

If you are a fan of the iconic Baume de Rose, this new crayon makes a lovely addition to your handbag. Just as comforting, nourishing with a touch of luxurious Rose flower essential wax & Vitamin E to keep the lips supple all day. The only difference between the original pot and this crayon is the formula is less buttery and thick, which I believe was better as an overnight lip repair treatment. The stick version is more of a light balm that delivers long lasting hydration for day time. It’s colourless and goes on thin which makes it ideal as a pre-lipstick lip perfecter too.

The Lip Scrub is described as an “ultra-gentle scrub that delicately smoothes, refines & beautifies the lips. Super charged with Rose butter, Rose flower essential wax, Rose hip oil & oil extracts of Black Rose & Pastel Rose, it’s sugary rich balm leaves lips hydrated, nourished and more comfortable”.

L- Body Scrub, R- Lip Scrub

By Terry Baume de Rose swatches

The first thing I noticed was that the granules are suspended in a ultra creamy formula and rather sparse. For lips that tend to get extremely flakey, this most certainly will not be getting rid of every single flake. Personally i’d opt for something slightly more gritty with less creaminess for thorough exfoliating.

However, as the description, the smoothing ingredients do soften and nourish the lips for a pillowy pout. Something that would work for regular upkeep and comfort for anyone living in colder and dry weather or just have naturally dry lips that need constant care.

By Terry Baume de rose

Lastly, my favourite product of this launch. The Body Scrub.

It’s no secret i’m addicted to luxury body care. I find myself continuously reaching for products slightly on the higher price range as the ingredients and textures are usually more cosmetically elegant & refined. Basically you are paying more for the ‘experience’.

If you strictly indulge in budget body care, this one’s obviously not for you. But! I do believe, if you read my blog and follow me here, you are more likely a luxury skincare junkie too! Yes?

The consistency and granule size is perfect for a gentle but thorough scrub. The sugar particles don’t feel scratchy or harsh, and leave the skin feeling smooth and velvety after use. My preferred method of use is applying this directly on dry skin and emulsifing by adding some water halfway through. Smells amazing btw and gets the job done!

What’s noticeably special about this formula is that it’s deeply hydrating & nourishing even after rinsing.

Reading the ingredient list I find this includes Rose butter, Rose Hip oil and also Black Rose oil extract just as the lip scrub. All that keeps skin supple and moist & perfect for dry skin and drier weather.

Bottom Line

My top pick of the collection is the Body Scrub! It’s just such a luxurious treat after a long day. Trust, your body will love you for a nice scrub down with some luxurious and skin loving ingredients. Of course, the price is steep. But then again, we are talking expensive ingredients and a product that’s effective and also feels amazing.

The Lip Care Crayon is a good everyday staple. The product works and provides long term hydration. Something I always look for in lip products.

The only product that didn’t live up to expectations was the Lip Scrub. As far as an effective lip scrub goes, my experience was rather underwhelming (even though this is classified as ‘ultra-gentle’ and I should be expecting a softer exfoliation). Basically a lot more granules would be required for this to work on my flaky lips.

Pricing and Availability

Available end February, at Escentials Tangs & Paragon and Sephora (online).

Thank you By Terry Singapore for the samples to try. x

Pricing as follows,

Lip Scrub & Lip Crayon – SGD50

Body Scrub – SGD102




Inflight Essentials

Packing just the bare essentials into a pouch that’s small enough to fit in your hand bag can be quite the task. Especially if you find yourself catching a long haul flight for the very first time.

To make sure my complexion looks healthy and vibrant when I disembark, the first thing I do after take off is to cleanse and prep my skin for the dry cabin air.

I pack a mini cleanser like the Nutritious Radiant Vitality Foam Cleanser from the Nutritious Vitality 8 line. It gets the makeup off and leaves skin clean for all other skincare.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality

For toner, I take the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Energy Mist. The packaging is super convenient for travel (just 30ml) and I absolutely love how uplifting and refreshing it smells.

Also keep this at hand for spritzing throughout the journey so my skin doesn’t get dehydrated.

To keep the eyes nourished as well, pack your regular eye cream. Whether you’ll be travelling day or night, the conditions inside an airplane call for something nourishing. Fitting into my little pouch, is this Resilience Lift Firming Sculpting Eye Cream. It ensures the under eyes don’t get dehydrated, and has a light texture that absorbs fast!

*If you are travelling soon, check out the value set (of two 30ml) of the Resilience Lift Firming Sculpting eye cream that’s exclusive to Shilla Duty free &

Finally, to keep the skin nourished and hydrated I put on a moisturiser, or better, a sheet mask while I catch a movie on the inflight entertainment system. Just 10 mins is all it takes to ensure you look rested when you land.

The Advanced Night Repair Power-foil Mask is an excellent choice (check my review here). Once removed, the deeply hydrating serum will continue to soothe & repair your skin while you catch some zzzzzzz….

30 minutes before landing I like to do a quick touch up. My skin is already plump and rested and doesn’t need much to look healthy so I use something like the Global Anti-aging Wake Up Balm. Not only does it prep skin for any base (as a primer would), but also has illuminating ingredients for a radiant finish so my skin looks glowy.

Lastly, I put on some light makeup, usually just the brows and lipstick or even a cream blush to look healthy and glowy!

Do you have any favourite items you travel with? Please do leave a comment below! ❤

*In collaboration with Estée Lauder. PR samples included.

Su:m 37 Secret Essence & Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream Review

sum 37 review

Today i’ll be discussing Su:m 37 skincare.

A premium Korean skincare brand that launched in Singapore this June.

Just over a month ago I attended their media preview, where I had the opportunity to try out the skincare & also learn about the process of fermentation and how it improves efficacy of skincare.

Su:m 37 prides itself in it’s natural fermentation process. Where ingredients are harvested seasonally and then put through a slow process of fermenting for a minimum of 365 days. The process of fermenting purify the raw ingredients creating properties safe for the skin and also micronises these actives into particles so small they absorb easily and drive deeper into the skin for faster, better results.

The products i’ve added to my skincare regime are the stars of their lineup. The Secret Essence & the Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream. I’ve given these more than a month of testing and so far and the results have been pretty impressive.

The Secret Essence is basically your first step after toning. The product is thicker than other essences I’ve tried but absorbs instantly. Usually just two splashes is sufficient for my skins needs, pressed and patted directly onto the face.

Sum 37 secret essence

I also love that the smell of Su:m 37 skincare is also very very pleasant. Nothing that you’d expect from fermented skincare. It’s a mild floral scent, the result of all the naturally harvested flowers and roots that goes into this potion. I can honestly say, I look forward to my skincare routine each morning/night. The experience is soo calming and truly luxurious.


Within the time I was testing the two products, I’ve kept my routine very minimal. Partly cos I was travelling (still am) and therefore can’t pack tonnes of skincare. Also I didn’t want to corrupt my findings and mix in other products that might interfere with my review.

Overall the most noticeable difference is how smooth and even my skin looks now. There’s obvious luminosity, glow and skin texture is at it’s best I’ve seen all year! Of course a healthy diet plays a part and I have been extra healthy these days, but the glow and radiance can’t be from my food choices alone.

I notice my skin does look more hydrated and also plumper. I have had so many compliments on my skin lately even though I do suffer from the occasional hormonal break out.

Safe to say, The Secret Essence is now a product I can not live without.

Next up, the Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream.

sum 37 water full gel

To seal in all that fermented goodness of the essence, an effective moisturizer is key! And the Su:m 37 Water Gel Cream really packs a punch. I never anticipated how super hydrating this light gel is. And even more surprising, the hydration this provided lasts and lasts.

All you need is a teeny tiny bit of the spatula (which is cleverly designed to magnetically attach itself to the lid) to seal in moisture.

I find it lightweight enough for the day time and also just hydrating enough for the night as well even though I sleep in an air conditioned environment that sucks all moisture.

I always, ALWAYS wake up with comfortable, bouncy skin.

Bottom line

What’s interesting is how fast you see results with this product. The active ingredients are obviously absorbing into the skin better.

If there’s one product you try from the line, let it be the Secret Essence. It’ll fit into your routine no matter what your skin concerns are. After all who doesn’t want luminous, even skin?!!!

Between these two products, I’ve seen my skin improve immensely and you can say I am a firm believer in Korean skincare now and will be adding a few more things into my routine soon!

Other Info

Su:37 is now available exclusively at Tangs Vivo City and 25th July at Tangs Orchard.

*PR samples provided by Su:m 37 Singapore.


Water-full Water Gel Cream – SGD108 for 50ml

Secret Essence – SGD108 for 80ml


Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye Crème Review

Back in November Estée Lauder launched their new Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Collection. A selection of 4 products inspired by the mystical powers of morning dew, designed to reawaken skins innate powers of regeneration & renewal.

As someone who believes in preserving the ‘canvas’, skincare as you’d imagine is of utmost importance to me. It isn’t just about slapping on makeup and looking pretty. For a truly youthful reflection of one’s natural beauty, skincare has become my secret weapon. It’s a huge confidence booster and i’ll continue to test and try to bring you the best of the best, such as…. this new product i’m reviewed today!


The Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye Crème is a luxuriously soft cream which brings an infusion of Floralixir™ Dew plus powerful Ultimate Lift technologies and rich rejuvenating nourishment to the delicate eye area. 


As Estée Lauders most premium line, the Re-Nutriv collection sports the most luxurious packaging. Elegantly housed in a golded tub, this little cream also comes with a gilded spatula to help scoop up just the right amount of product you need. Ideally though my preferred packaging for any skincare is a pump version, using a clean spatula helps keep contamination to a minimum (provided you religiously wash it after each use!) so I can’t complain too much.




The soft, lightweight cream absorbs instantly making this the perfect formula for day to night use for continuous anti-ageing action. And as someone who wears makeup regularly, I appreciate that this particular formula pairs well with my concealers and never had a problem with it balling up or flaking. It eliminates the need to have a separate eye cream for the day and another for the night.


Instantly nourished! This is literally all I need for both eyes per single use.




The first month of use, results were practically nonexistent. I was tempted to give up and switch up my eye cream for something else but i’m glad I persevered. As with all skincare patience is key as products do take time to work!

Month two I finally notice some finest lines had completely disappeared. To be clear, this is a first for me. Most creams and expensive serums i’ve used in the past have only reduced the appearance and depth of fine lines, not erased them. I am truly TRULY impressed. 2 months of use, 1/4 jar for very promising results.

Unfortunately as claimed, I don’t feel my undereye is any more lifted or firmer than it started out. In fact I could recommend a different product which has delivered results effectively, if you are looking to address that concern. See this review.

Renutriv eye cream


Overall thoughts

It’s an eye cream for serious anti-ageing. Reversing the effects of age as it claims. Perfect for anyone looking to get rid of a few fine lines and don’t require tonnes of hydration (I would say, anyone with extremely dry undereyes may have to look elsewhere for your hydration needs). For normal to slightly dry undereyes this should work well!

Highly HIGHLY recommend!

Pricing and availability

All Estée Lauder counters islandwide.

Retail price – SGD194/15ml.

*Sample sent for review consideration. Thank you Estée Lauder Singapore!


Stocking Stuffers – Over $50

When you are truly out to spoil someone and delight with exceptional stocking stuffers, I have options for those too! Here’s a round up of some fantastic products that I would LOVE to receive myself (hint hint).


1. Tweezerman Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set S$65 – Tweezerman make some of the best grooming tools. This LE holiday set comes with a tweezer, lash curler and a tussled pouch all in luxurious rose gold!

2. Sephora Favourites Glow For It Kit S$55 – Filled with plenty of options to illuminate this festive season, the Glow For It Kit carries some of the best/latest highlighters. Great value for money as well!

3. Stila Highlight Trio (around S$50) – The only link I could find online that ships worldwide was on BeautyBay. Sephora Singapore carries this too but in store.

By far one of the most beautiful highlighters i’ve seen this Christmas and the quality is AMAZING! The formula is a soft bouncy one, totally unexpected as I had mistaken it for a baked version (hard pressed as the Chanel eyeshadows) but then….. a quick swatch ….. and the rest was history.

4. Film Noir Nights Lipstick & Eyeliner Set £35 – This brand new lipstick shade Opium Noir is only available as a box set for now. Order directly from Charlotte Tilbury.

5. Diptyque Sapin 70g approx. S$75 – Each Christmas Diptyque comes out with a trio of holiday scents. The special edition packaging is just hard to resist and any candle lover (or anyone with a home really!!) would love to have the scent of pine wafting through their living room this season. Available at Escentials Paragon & Tangs. Also available at Space NK and major department stores worldwide.

6. Kikki K Candles S$49.50 – So it seems I missed one amazing gift that should have made it to the under $50 pile. No worries, i’m gonna sneak it in here! These candles in metal jars need to be on your shopping list! Available in three versions, gold, rose gold & silver.

7. Smythson Leather Note Books $62 – I picked out this beautiful leather note book in a festive cheery green! Possibly the most stylish book to keep ones grocery list in. Order from Net-a-Porter.

8. Jo Malone Holiday Bon Bon (approx. S$75) – Filled with useful Jo Malone minis, this little bon bon was one of the best gifts I received last year. This years contents are the same but in a different mix of scents. A gift you can be sure gets used up 😉

9.  Bbrowbar Brow Kit $51 – Everyone needs a nifty little brow kit in a stylish case! And this one is just the perfect set. Comes with a tweezer, brow scissors, spooley and brow gel. I need one for myself too!

10. Slip Silk Eye Mask $42 – A luxury eye mask for that jet setting friend. These ones by Slip are soo soft and fit comfortably ensuring you get good nights rest. Also available in several other colours. I picked up the one in pink and I love it to bits!

11. Origins Mask Marvels S$68 – Origins masks are some of the best out there. And this year for the holidays they’ve put together a kit with their best sellers along with the newly released Maskimizer (mask primer). A great value set filled with essentials.

Available at Origins Boutiques.

12. Bobbi Brown Party to Go Eye & Lip Palette S$63 – One of my favourite sets from this years holiday gifting goodies! There’s 4 eyeshadows and a mini lipstick included here to create a quick party look in a matter of minutes. For more gifting options from Bobbi, check out this post.

Have you already started on your shopping or a last minute shopper? Let me know in the comments along with any great finds you’ve snagged this year.

Thank you for reading ❤


Stocking Stuffers – Under $50

Stocking Stuffers – Under $50

Possibly the hardest gifts to buy are stocking stuffers. Sticking to a budget but also buying something that the recipient would appreciate can be a harder task than anticipated.

Today I’ve rounded up a few goodies under the $50 mark. Most of these are easily shop-able through the direct link (not affiliate links btw) and all you have to do is sit back, wait for the packages to arrive!

P.S- All the gifts listed today are things I’ve tried and love my self.


1. Origins Peace Treat 15ml S$30 – A wonderfully uplifting minty balm that’s to be applied to the temples whenever you feel stressed. It’s the most wonderful thing to carry around in your handbag. Perfect for a little pick me up whenever the day gets rough.

2. Aromatherapy Associates Instant Wellbeing Duo S$47 – Aromatherapy Associates is one of my favourite brands! They do the most luscious essential oil blends for body and skincare. One of the cutest stocking stuffers I found today is a duo of their award winning Revive Morning and Deep Relax oil blends in roller ball form. I always have one at hand whenever I travel to put me to sleep on a red eye flight or to wake me up when I land. Excellent gift to anyone who travels loads or just a bed side treat to wind down or a handbag essential to uplift.

3. Becca Opal Glow on the go S$34 – A travel sized duo of the amazing Becca Opal highlighters. A must have stocking stuffer for any beauty junkie. (I noticed the Moonstone duo was out of stock online. However a trip to the Takashimaya Sephora will ensure you have access to both! Moonstone is my favourite!)

4. Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners duo 7.5ml x 2 S$49 – A larger bath sized version of Revive Morning & Deep Relax. If you have a friend who loves taking long baths. This makes a luxurious treat to gift. Last year I picked up the Bath Collection set and found it to be absolutely amazing. This duo is a smaller, more affordable delight that’s bound to please.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes $27 – My favourite holiday stocking stuffer packaging by far! This little ornament is a light metal ball that comes open to reveal a mini mascara and mini liner. A handy duo in exquisite packaging. Love love love! Available at Beautylish.

6. Bobbi Brown Glow to Go Blush & Highlighter duo S$55 – So this is where I cheated a little and added this cute gift set even though it was $5 over! Haha. But seriously, this year Bobbi has nailed it with some amazing gift options and this little compact is bound to make some lucky girl very very happy! For swatches and more holiday gifts from Bobbi, head to this post!

7. Origins Go Ginger Set S$28 – If you are stuck for holiday gift ideas, head on down to the Origins flagship boutique at Ion. It’s stocked to the brim with stunning gift sets for every budget. One of the BEST VALUE kits I found was this festive (ginger scented) body care trio. Contains a Ginger Burst Savoury Body Wash (50ml), Ginger Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub (50ml) and Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream (50ml). All good sized products which will last a while!

8. Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend S$39. It’s not everyday you find good skincare at a great price. And under the $50 mark very rarely so! I saw Pixi Beauty just landed in Sephora online and had to include this incredible rose oil. The blend is all natural (no artificial fillers) and smells amazing. Perfect gift for a friend who enjoys face oils or someone with mature or dry skin.

9. Aromatherapy Associates My Treat S$26 – So I couldn’t resist adding one more since it was soo beautifully packaged and priced so well! You can actually buy several and throw one in every gift bag without breaking the bank.

10. Pixi Glow Tonic mini S$28 – A cult favourite and a worthy stocking stuffer! This Pixi Glow tonic would make a great gift for girls as well as guy friends/brothers etc. This gentle daily peel takes off any dead skin revealing a brighter, younger complexion. A daily essential that’ll eventually be repurchased 😉

11. Pixi Best of Bright Set £20 – A great way to try out a few Pixi beauty products one go. This little set contains a trio of Glow Tonic, Glow Mud Cleanser & Glow Mud Mask. Sephora Singapore unfortunately doesn’t carry this cute holiday set. However all my readers from the U.K & U.S can easily pick one up directly from Pixi Beauty Online.

12. This Works Dream Team S$25 – Another wonderful find from last year, back again in festive holiday packaging is this duo of a wonderfully relaxing sleep spray and roll on balm. The spray doesn’t really contain much product, but a nice way to try out the product. I ended up buying the jumbo sized version from Net-a Porter subsequently and recommend this to EVERYONE who have trouble sleeping.

(btw, this years LE packaging is already sold out on Sephora SG, though you can still grab last years version. No one needs to know 😉 )

13. Chanel Mirror S$50 something – Everyone needs a mirror in their handbag, so why not make it extra special! Get yours at any Chanel counter. I’ve had mine for years! And spotted them again at Chanel Boutique in Ion recently.

14. Best of Becca Blushed Radiance $32.50 – Possibly one of the best value sets you can ever find. There’s a mini blush, an Opal highlighter as well as mini backlight primer and Shimmering Skin Perfector Wand in Moonstone. Available through Beautylish.

15. Caudalie Hand Cream Trio S$28 – Everyone needs a good hand cream in their life. And one of my favourites are the ones by Caudalie. It’s lightweight, absorbs fast leaving the hands hydrated and nourished without that greasy feel. Every Christmas Caudalie releases a trio with special packaging. You can either gift it as a whole set, or break it up for three separate stocking stuffers! Either way, it makes a wonderful gift that’s gonna be useful!

So that’s it for my guide to gifts under $50. I hope you found a few good options for this year! Coming up next is, Stocking Stuffers over $50, hitting the slightly luxe mark and a guide to Luxury Gifts of Makeup & Lifestyle! Stay tuned 🙂

La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex Review

Among the many things La Prairie does well, eye care has got to be my favourite. To save the eyes from looking tired, lifting and wrinkle busting, my go-to’s in the past has always been La Prairie (Click here  to see old favourites).

This year I put yet another La Prairie eye serum to the test. And after many months of trialling I’m here to finally let you in on my new anti ageing secret. Shhhh…


La Prairie Essence of Caviar eye


As someone who’s constantly battling under eye issues (mainly wrinkles and puffiness) an eye serum is a must have. I find them effective in delivering results faster than creams do as they contain concentrated doses of actives.

The Essence of Skin Caviar by La Prairie is specially formulated for lifting & firming. Something essential to keeping the skin looking younger; and the Eye Serum as you expect, specially targets muscles that have lost their tone and visibly drooping. Effectively delivering a more lifted and firm eye contour.

Morning and night i’ve been using one drop of this serum massaged into the eye contour. It’s fast absorbing and a very lightweight, therefore perfectly suitable for the eye lids as well.


La Prairie essence of skin caviar eye serum


The dropper dispenser ensures you don’t dispense too much product (which is wasteful, not to mention painful at this price point) and also ensures a longer shelf life as you don’t contaminate the product by dipping your fingers in. Simple hygienic design that works great!




The combination of Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex with my current eye cream , the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream is very light. Works great even under makeup & nourishing enough for the night time to wake up with a gently hydrated, refreshed eye area.


I’ve gone through close to a 1/4 of the bottle over approximately 2 months and the results are impressive. My under eye area is much more toned, tighter and youthful with visibly less lines as well.

I’ve also seen my undereye become more luminous, though this I attribute to the cream more than the serum.

Overall i’m loving the results. Hence my speedy review!


La Prairie Eye serum Essence of Caviar


Bottom Line

This is a product for anyone who find their eye area could use a little bit of a lift. It snaps back muscles back into the position is use to be and ensures a more youthful appearance.

Overall I find the results very impressive, therefore will not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who’s looking for some serious anti ageing care for the eyes.

If your budget permits, do not hesitate. It’s a pricey gem that you’ll be sure to repurchase!

Other Info

The Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex retails at SGD 260 (15ml)


Available at Tangs Beauty Department as well as Takashimaya.