Sunday, December 7, 2014



[Cleansing Lotion by Purevivi]

I've used up all 500ml of the BioDerma once and contemplated doing a review on it because I didn't feel like it was the most value for money product in the market. Don't get me wrong. The BioDerma, like we all know it for, is an amazing gentle cleansing water for sensitive skin. I loved it, but I will definitely feel the pinch repurchasing it. What we have today, to me, is perhaps one of the closet more affordable alternatives that works as well!

If you haven't heard of Micellar Water make up removers, it uses tiny micelle particles to draw make up, sebum and impurities from the skin.

Purevivi is a 4-in-1 lotion that dissolves make up, cleanses, soothes and moisturises skin after a long day of gunk-on-the-face. An effective yet gentle make up remover cleanser that wipes away even waterproof make up! One key difference between this and the all time favourite BioDerma is that Purevivi seems to not leave my eyes feeling irritated despite using it to remove my eye make up. The BioDerma I've observed did make my eyes a little itchy and red if I don't immediately rinse off with water. Now that's interesting.

I like using Micellar Water as double cleansing for days I wear heavy make up. Personally, I also love using them on the mornings of weekends when I want to avoid stripping my face of it's natural oils and just lightly wipe away whatever that has built up overnight.

It contains 9 moisturising natural fruit and plant extracts such as Grapefruit extract, Lemon extract, Jujube extract, Apple extract, Orange extract, Lime extract, Coix Seed extract, Crataegus Cuneata (Japanese Hawthorn) Fruit extract and Aloe extract.

* No Cationic Surface-Active Agent * No Perfume * No Colorant / Color Additives * No Paraben * No Alcohol * No Oil *

If you've always wanted to give Micellar Water a go, I would highly recommend trying Purevivi as your first step to a whole new skin care regime. Gone will be the days of using harsh chemicals to remove stubborn make up!

Purevivi is available at selected Watsons outlets. ($19.90 / 500ml)
Made in Japan
Launched in Singapore since 10 November 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Violet Oon's Kitchen

Violet Oon's Kitchen
881 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 279893

Lunch at a quaint little Nyonya hideaway one weekend with the folks and grandpa. Grabbed the pictures off my iPhone 6 (pardon the quality), I wanted to blog on my Dayre as with most of my iPhone pictures, but decided I loved the place too much I wanted to have an archive here instead. Yummy! ^^

Adored everything about the interior decor, from the littlest detail right down to the ambiance the place had.

Garam Assam Fish

Spanish Mackerel fillets in a spicy and sour gravy with pineapple slices and ladies fingers topped with sliced pink ginger flower. Served with Jasmine rice and atchara. 

One of my favourite dishes there, the Assam fish had a very orgasmic tanginess to it which made the whole dish so alive in your mouth. MUST TRY.

Beef Rendang

Tender beef shin braised in a melange of spices flavoured with kaffir and bay leaves in a creamy coconut milk. Served with Nasi Kuning (Indonesian yellow rice) and atchara. 

This has a sweeter undertone to the whole dish. The rice had a slightly sweet floral aftertaste to it which was nice, weird, nicely weird. It was a unique experience, but nevertheless appetising in it's own ways.

Eggplant Sambal

Wedges of fried eggplant topped with a spicy sour and hot sambal sauce.

Not too spicy, this is as the name suggests, Eggplant stir-fired in our all time favourite sambal sauce. A good cleanser for your palates in between the heavy mains.

Tauhu Goreng

Fried bean curd on a bed of julienne cucumber and bean sprouts in Vio's signature peanut sauce.

An old school dish perfected and brought up to date.

Kuay Beng Kah (Taipoca Cake) with Gula Melaka and Coconut Cream

A twist on the good old steamed Taipoca cake. Like a slice of cake, this warm gooey goodness is definitely a modern take on a traditional Nyonya dessert, but even better! How crazy & impossible is that! MUST MUST TRY.

Bubor Cha Cha Panna Cotta

Just when you think you've been blown away by the creativity of their menu, try this delectable sweet Bubor Cha Cha, with it's coconut cream made into a Panna Cotta consistency. Afraid? Fred not, the pudding base trashed most coconut cream sauce I've ever came across. PUTS THEM ALL TO SHAME.

My dad being the goofy father he is decided he'd like to give a retarded smile.

1st & 3rd gen love.


All in all, I never expected classic Nyonya cuisine to fuse with contemporary culinary techniques so immaculately. The ideas were not only ridiculously daring, but amazingly it worked extremely beautifully when executed.

I would definitely return to this lovely cafe again one day, despite a relatively steep bill at the end of the meal. But with all things ingenious, there will be a price to pay. This one made me a very willing customer indeed.

Till the next!


Sunday, September 14, 2014



#20 Beige

It's been an extremely long time since I last did a review on a product and I felt so compelled to do this one because I absolutely adore this little miracle in a bottle.

I'm a user of the VITALUMIÈRE AQUA and no matter how much that claimed to be "lightweight" it was never quite enough for me. You see, I've extremely reactive skin and it never seemed to like liquid foundations / BB Creams / CC Creams / Sunblock.. you get the gist. It deals decent with a light dust of compact foundation over as coverage but nothing heavier. Even so, after a whole day of wear it still throws it's tantrums through breakouts.

The VITALUMIÈRE AQUA was then reserved for occasions such as weddings, DNDs, shoots, dinners or events worth sacrificing my skin for. It was a guaranteed chaos the next day. I thought it was destined I stayed away from such products until I took a leap of faith (or insanity) and purchased the PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET. My life was changed since then. 101%.

First and foremost I hate the scent. Smells like I'm applying antibiotics on my face and even after 5 wears I still hate it, if not, I hate it even more! 

However once you get past that, you'll see that this foundation settles into a velvety matte finish. Perfect for oily-combination skin. Upon first application there isn't a huge difference from other foundations however once it dries off, you'd understand exactly the definition of "lightweight". Even though it is a breathable ultra-soft emulsion, the amount of coverage was very reasonable and would definitely suffice on its own. I tend to dust a thin layer of loose powder over just to set it ever so slightly, and to remove any excess moisture. 

Throughout the day this foundation did not appear cakey, stayed in place and did not slip or slide. Personally I will have to blot my T-zone either with powder or tissue but if you do not have as oily a skin as mine I do think it's going to be perfectly fine. 

All in all it is of a more fluid consistency than the VITALUMIÈRE AQUA and it suits oily skin beautifully. The finish is a dream, and it has a long lasting wear. Currently one of the few make up products I swear by even though it's new in my beauty cabinet. The one and only liquid foundation (or non-powder foundation) that has worked for me so far and one that'll last in my list of holy grails.