Cleansing your face thoroughly can be a tedious process, so we’re loving Drunk Elephant’s new Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser with Bamboo Booster (110g).
Slather it on dry skin to melt all your makeup, sunscreen and grime, then add water to turn it into a milk that rinses clean. It’s gentle enough to use around the eye, yet strong enough to remove water-resistant formulations. Slaai comes with a 3g Bamboo Booster that you can use once or twice weekly as an exfoliant, too. Buy it at $48 from www.sephora.sg or at Sephora Ion Orchard.
CALM DOWN, SKIN
Got three minutes? That’s all the time you need for these new soothing sheet masks to calm, refresh and hydrate your skin – perfect for busy mums. The masks are an extension of the popular Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom range.
In each pack, the sheet mask and treatment formula are stored separately. When you’re ready to apply on your face, squeeze the pack to burst a chamber and fl ood the sheet mask with formula until it is fully absorbed. It retails for $54 for a box of six masks at Origins stores and department stores.
A taste of home
If you’re near Great World City, pop by the new Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken outlet for comfort food in a casual setting. This new brand by the Joyden Seafood folks serves signature Cantonese dishes, such as its specialty rose wine soy sauce chicken ($19/half or $35/whole), which is brined overnight, then poached in home-aged soya sauce and a special blend of herbs and spices.
Other must-haves the YP team likes: the excellent red grouper fi sh fi llet congee ($9.80) and honey-glazed black barbeque pork belly ($13). Find it at #01-141 Great World City. Visit www.joyden.com.sg.
READ & TEACH
“Can I hit back at a bully?” “Why do people cry when they’re happy?” Author Linda Locke’s son had many questions for her, which inspired her to come up with the Jack Is Curious series. Her books are easy to read for kindergarteners, but she encourages you to read and discuss the topics with your children, as well. Buy them at $9.90 each from https://shop.epigrambooks.sg.
Take a sniff here
Did you know that some flowers have yummy scents that remind you of bubble gum, pepper and even tom yum? Share this new discovery with your kids at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest conservatory, where the Scentsational Orchids display will be held till Sept 22.
You’ll find close to 1,500 orchids of more than 58 species and varieties, categorised into four scented groups – Delicate Floral, Sweet Floral, Spicy Floral, and Intense Floral. Usual admission ticket charges to Cloud Forest apply. Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.
BEST FACE FORWARD
If you’re too embarrassed to go out because you have skin discolouration, burn marks, severe acne scarring or cancer treatment side effects, check out the new Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Center. This empowering initiative – the first in Southeast Asia – offers private consultations by Shiseido consultants in a cosy setting (pictured). There, you’ll learn how to use its dermatologist-tested Perfect Cover MV Series of products, which are formulated to give long-lasting cover – the YP team saw it up-close and it really works. Consultations are free, by appointment. Call 6430-9969 or e-mail SLQC@shiseido.com.sg. After the session, pay for the products you want. The center is located at #15-03 Frasers Tower, 182 Cecil Street.
And now there’s three
If you aren’t aware yet, the popular Le Shrimp Ramen – which has been packing in the crowds at Paragon – has two new outlets at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and The Star Vista.
Take your family here if they love prawn noodles. No, it’s not the Singapore-style hae mee that they’re familiar with; the eatery offers Chinese la mian in Japanese-style ramen broth, topped with fresh whole prawns, prawn dumplings and/or prawn paste balls.
Order one of the soup versions for your kids, and a dry one for yourself – the chilli vinaigrette is really addictive. Visit www.paradisegp.com/le-shrimp-ramen.
Did you know that traditional sunscreens often have ingredients that harm coral reefs? Stay reef-friendly with Soleil Toujours, a new range that’s available only on Sephora’s online store. Its naturally-based, non-toxic products are BPA-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free, so they’re safe for babies aged six months and up.
Try its Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF50 ($55 for 177.4ml), which is non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, as well as its Organic Aloe Antioxidant Calming Mist ($38 for 94.5ml) to soothe and hydrate after a day out. Find the full range at www.sephora.sg.