Wednesday, 31 May 2017

BE.ST Organic Beauty Review Part 2

Remember my last post on BE.ST Organic Beauty Product? Click here to read!

I'm excited to share with you a few other series which helped to improve my skin problems!


I'm not usually a fan of oil-based beauty products as I tend to have oily T zone. Psychologically, I also don't really like the greasy feeling on my face as there tends to be a slight discomfort. Being lazy, sometimes I wash off my make up with my lip and eye make up remover as it does its job quite well. But I know that it's not really suited for the skin and that is not the right step.


In actual fact, a proper face make-up cleanser is required to wash off the make up residue, dirt and oil which will not harm your skin. To maximize the use of BE.ST Flawless Cleansing Oil, I first apply a few drops on my fingers and gently massage all over my face especially on areas with BB cream/ concealer. You can also massage on your neck area. Now to my favourite part... wet a face towel with hot/warm water and place on face for about 10seconds. It is such a relaxed feeling and the hot towel also helps to open up your pores for the cleansing oil to clean out more impurities.

After this step, I usually wash off the oil residue with the Ylang Ylang Oat Balance Cleansing Jelly that I use daily. Otherwise, you may also do an extra step and use the Cleansing Milk Foam for a second round of deep cleansing. 


While I still don't exactly like the oily products, I did feel more refreshed after using the Flawless Cleansing Oil and I highly recommend using the hot towel for 10s, it makes a lot of difference to me. 


One of my favourite products in the whole lot is the Detox Mask which comes in a pink/dark beige shade. Clay masks are my favourite if I really have the time to pamper my face especially when I am having breakouts on my face. Somehow clay masks are quite effective in controlling my acne problem. But I always had an issue with certain clay masks as they tend to dry up my skin after a few uses. And this doesn't dehydrate my skin at all! 



The texture was quite smooth when I dip into the bottle and it was quite easy to spread the mask on my face (Just like spreading butter). Even after a few weeks the product still stays quite smooth and did not harden up like other brands in the market. If I have to mention a flaw about the product it has to be the smell. I personally find it tolerable as I didn't have any issues applying it on my whole face for 10 minutes. But I got feedback from some of my family members that the smell is quite strong. If you think it from any perspective, this just means that no fragrance additives are added and this means MORE NATURAL. 



The Detox Mask is suitable to be used once a week for best results. However, if you prefer something more convenient, you can try out the Organic Neroli Rejuvenating Essence Mask which comes in a pump bottle. Pump bottles do have their benefits because it's so convenient to just pump and go! And you only have to leave the product on for 5 minutes, it's relatively easier to wash off as well since it has a clear gel texture.




After applying the mask,  my skins feels more smooth and also bouncier! This Essence Mask also helps to brighten your skin complexion and reduce fine lines. If you have minimal acne problem and prefer focusing on skin hydration products, this would be a better option, especially when you are always rushing and don't have time to carefully detox your skin. 



BE.ST Organic also offers a range of make-up products if you are interested as well! 




Thursday, 25 May 2017

Gaston Luga Backpack (PROMO code)

Minimalistic, casual and modern designs are always versatile to match many outfits. While I am not a “backpack” type of girl, Gaston Luga kindly sent me the men’s version of our own choice for my boyfriend. I feel that he can most probably maximize the use of the bag better than I do, although I am honestly quite tempted with some of their chic designs.



History of Gaston Luga

The story of Gaston Luga started off when the founder Carl Sundqvist met an interesting Frenchman with an elegant and casual style. Gaston told Carl he believed a backpack is the optimal companion when discovering the world. Since he was a person keen of his style, he had put time and effort into finding something different from the regular school style

The vision was to make a line with Scandinavian minimalism and elegance to suit all different occasions. As time went on, leather parts, thick quality cotton, metal details and a mix of carefully selected colors were put together and became the foundation of the new brand named after its predecessor, Gaston Luga.

Gaston Luga also ships to many other countries like UK, USA, Australia Hong Kong, Japan, and more! Just check it out on their website

 


We were initially deciding between Praper Black and Olive & Black. In the end, we chose Olive & Black backpack and didn’t regret it! We thought that Olive & Black would have a better contrast than the other. Preppy and simplistic with only two contrasting colours, the bag makes a perfect fit for travelling, going to school or a simple day out with friends.


Whenever I travel, I find it quite a hassle to dig into my bag filled with loads of my personal belongings to search for my passport. I tend to hold it in my hands for convenience (But there is always a risk of misplacing or dropping them accidentally amidst the rush). 
The founder, Carl is very meticulous with every single detail and he understood the importance of user-friendliness of a travel bag. All Gaston Luga backpacks have a passport and ticket pocket at the back, which allows travellers to conveniently search for their important travel documents without losing them easily. How thoughtful!

The bag also has an adjustable metal hook at four different levels so you do not have to worry about squashing your belongings when you just have a little too much to pack. Just adjust it to the highest level and you can make space for more things. A little space makes a huge difference at times. It can fit a 13” laptop and this would mean that the bag is also work-friendly. With a leather design, Gaston Luga praper backpacks can complement smart casual wear too.



You can enjoy 15% discount with my promo code "monice15" and that's not all!

On top of that, it is always FREE SHIPPING + additional 20% off as tax rebate (non-EU country only).

You can see the price breakdown as below - a bag design which costs $319 will now be only $216.92! (About $100 savings!)

& Just a special mention, I personally find this really pretty! 





Thank you again, Gaston Luga! :)


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

BKK Night Market | Part 1 | TALAD NEON

I am still reminiscing about our BKK trip until now... And one of the best parts of the trip has to be about NIGHT MARKETS. Food, food and more food! Supper every night is a must, especially when we are so conveniently located beside Talad Neon Night Market. I have already planned to visit this market on the first night as I figured out that we would be really tired from our early morning flight and wouldn't want to travel too faraway from the hotel. I knew that the market was nearby, but did not expect it to be THAT near to Berkeley Pratunam Hotel. 

TALAD NEON NIGHT MARKET 



We visited the market rather early at about 5+ pm, and many shops were not opened yet. If you want to have the real night market atmosphere, the best time to visit would actually be after 8pm.

I was expecting more "Neon" themes at this market but it resembles more of a Rainbow with all the colourful tents spread across the market. It was surprisingly quite spacious to walk along the tents and we didn't have to squeeze between crowds just to get our food. There were also plenty of seats at a designated point if you wish to sit down and enjoy your food.





This was actually the first stall that we approached as we were attracted by the cute lightbulb designs. We had the Pink Lemonade and I actually regretted this drink that costs us 100 baht (SGD 4). The drink consists of mainly artificial colouring and flavouring. If you like to hold cute things while walking around, you may give this a try. But I find it a nuisance to hold the lightbulb after awhile and we just chucked in the bag. 


I tend to always aim for the BBQ skewers because they are so cheap and good. You can get porkballs at just 10baht (40cents!) and other barbecued bacon/pork at 20baht (80cents), freshly cooked in front of you. 

If you can take spiciness, always say YES to the sauce because the kick is just so good. I generally love the spices in Thailand, they always have really good chilli that is not too overpowering for my tolerance. 



My Bf also tried some fried grasshoppers. I just couldn't bring myself to upload any of the photos or video onto this post because I cringe every time I look at the insects. I think I cringe at the thought of it too. He loves it so much that he went back there every single day to get a plate of it. OMG.

I do believe that the taste might actually be good if mixed well with the pepper and spices. But psychologically, I cannot. Okay let's move on to other normal food..


I hate to say this, but I'm quite disappointed with most of the Thai Iced Tea at BKK, which tasted too bland. The tea taste was really subtle and I gave up on my craving. I had better ones in SG, not too sure if it's just my bad luck. 


Porkballs at 10baht per stick is already a really good deal, and now you can even get fried chicken cutlet at 10baht!!! Though it's not a very big piece, but where can you find such prices in SG! We tried the cheese and original, but we both prefer the original taste. 




We bought this Galaxy cocktail for the sake of the glitter effect! Just to make it INSTAWORTHY for my story hahaha. Honestly I can only taste the flavoring. Don't expect too much, just have fun and order one! This reminds me of some unicorn drink. 



Grilled squid was one of our favourite street food! Except that I don't like to eat the tentacles.. 


With such hot weather at BKK and so much salty food around, I get super thirsty every 1 hour or so. I had enough of artificially flavoured drinks and decided to go for something natural and thirst-quenching. Bf is not a fan of coconut drinks but I love it! Even better when they have it in milkshake version. I couldn't stop raving about it as I am sipping on it happily otw back to the hotel. It was so creamy and pleasantly sweet. 


Our stomachs were already filled to the brim so we went back on another day to try the prawns. Turns out that these aren't considered big, we saw really huge ones at Rod Fai Night Market that we didn't try because I was already quite full. TOTAL REGRET NOW. The prawns were not exactly super cheap actually (350baht = $14)

And the Tom yum (150baht = SGD 6) was so awesome even though I didn't order it with prawns #SaveSomeMONEY.

I'm already salivating while I'm typing this post. It's quite a torture to be doing food posts in the night.


But the fish was the BOMB. (400baht = $16)

I don't usually fancy fish but I just couldn't stop digging into the flesh, especially when the chilli sauce complements the fish so well. I think the sauces in BKK complement everything well.



The watermelon ice blended drink was honestly very tempting. But I think it's quite troublesome to hold such a big fruit around without spilling anything. I would love to try this but perhaps somewhere for me to sit down and chill instead of wandering around the market.  


Again, bf isn't a fan of Mango. So I ordered the fruit without the sticky rice as I couldn't finish them all. Love how sweet it is, but it would be much better served cold. 



More colourful and artificially flavoured drinks with your choice of alcohol. For me, this drink is a no. The blue blob of jelly doesn't really look edible as well.

The cheese fries was a disappointment too and a very messy deal as the cheese was dripping everywhere. I think I still prefer KFC Cheese fries! 


Overall, BKK night markets are the main highlight of the trip apart from the dog cafes that we have visited. What is BKK without visiting all the street food isn't it?

Stay tuned for my next few travelogue posts, and click here to read about other places in BKK if you haven't!