Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

15 July 2015

Luxola - Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Review

Was happy to receive Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Regime Set from Luxola recently! Had just been pondering whether to try Clinique products when I was in the US few months ago, cos the prices are slightly cheaper over there. So imagine my excitement in receiving the Clinique skincare set! :)

Clinique partnered with practicing physicians—clinicians—to pioneer the first-ever dermatologist-developed skin care system, Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Regime: Cleanse with Facial Soap, exfoliate with Clarifying Lotion, moisturize with Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel. All skins enjoy new transparency, clarity, life from just 3 products, 3 minutes, twice a day.

At Clinique a product is allergy tested 12 times on 600 people; if even one of those 7,200 applications incites an allergic reaction, Clinique will reformulate. All eye products are also ophthalmologist tested.

Read Luxola's e-magazine for more details on Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Regime Set!


Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Regime Set consist of Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion, and Moistuizing Lotion.
I have the set for Type 2 skin which is suitable for normal / combination skin types.

Liquid Facial Soap

Use twice a day, morning and night.

The facial soap is light and lathers easily with water. It doesn't feel drying on any part of my skin at all - which is especially important for non-oily areas like below the cheeks, the jaw, neck, area near the lips, and such. My skin doesn't feel tight after cleansing, but still effectively clean and soft to touch as I swipe my finger across. The facial soap has just a very, very, very faint scent, which is acceptable to someone like me who doesn't like scented products.

Clarifying Lotion

Use twice a day, morning and night.

This works like an exfoliating toner lotion, that should be used with a cotton ball / cotton pad and sweeped over face and neck. It has an exfoliating effect per claim, clearing away deep-trapped dirt or dead cell flakes, which makes my skin appear smooth and slightly glowing right after use. This lotion contains alcohol, just to highlight, but it doesn't dry out my skin or irritates it like some products containing alcohol. Skin is still dewy after the Step 1 Cleanser and Step 2 Lotion :) Just take note to avoid the eye area when using the lotion as the eye area is more sensitive. 

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

The final step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Regime is this moisture "drink" developed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for very dry skins, or skins dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-zone. With a new complex, this formula aims to strengthen the skin's own moisture barrier by 54%. As more moisture stays in., the skin will feel soft and springy.

I love this lotion the most out of the collection because it makes my skin feels really good. This moisturizing lotion is absorbed rather easily into my skin and smells nice. And, most importantly, I can see how it plumps up my skin (not obvious in photos though no photo comparisons) by keeping it hydrated!

Thanks so much to Luxola again for letting me have the chance to try out Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Set!

If you're interested to get anything on Luxola, check out using this discount code BLX-OYHZ!
From now till 15 August 2015, enjoy 15% off all first time orders with the code.
(This offer is not valid on non-discountable brands as found in the FAQ page.)

7 July 2015

Coast to Coast Australia Skincare Review

I'm heading to Perth soon! Any recommendations or meetups? :)
So many things had been happening recently that I really need a good break from everything! :(

In the mean time, here's an Australian brand to introduce to you, Coast to Coast!
A brand born during a holiday in Australia when Nicole Chadwick – with husband Nick Chadwick founder of Red Earth – marvelled at our country’s raw, natural beauty. She just wanted to capture the essence of the landscape and its purity … and bottle it!

A passionate believer in the power of native extracts and botanicals, Nicole collaborated with one of Australia’s leading formulators to begin years of trials and research into native Australian ingredients to create a collection of skincare, body and hair care products rich in natural potency and quality that actually work. Today that dream is Coast to Coast.

Drawing on the wisdom of indigenous plant knowledge and combining it with the very best in modern science, Coast to Coast is a range of pure and authentic skin, bath, body and hair care products.

Coast to Coast products deliver optimum results for your skin, body and hair using powerful natural ingredients from our beautiful homeland. It is a product range that embodies the beauty and purity of the Australian landscape.

From Coast to Coast, experience natural solutions to enhance the integrity of your body, mind and spirit.

I received products from the Coastal range which are intended for normal-dry skin, to enable a smoother and more supple complexion.
It was after reading through the description and ingredients contained, I find the functions quite suitable for my skin even though I may not exactly have dry skin per say. Also, the products are of 'ultra gentle' range, gentle enough for sensitive skin and to be used daily. So I was quite inclined to give them a try!

The Coastal Collection has been specially formulated with ultra soothing ingredients collected from the Coastal regions around Australia. Botanicals such as Tasmanian Sea Kelp, Sea Parsley Eucalyptus and Wild Rosella contain anti-oxidant vitamins and skin soothing nutrients to protect against dehydration, UV stress and skin inflammation, making it ideal for after sun care or for those who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fresh tropical notes of Jasmine, Grapefruit, Geranium, Rosewood and Eucalyptus essential oils uplift and refresh to lightly scent the skin.

Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Wild Rosella & Sea Parsley

This delicately fragranced frothy face cleanser caringly removes surface debris & environmental impurities. Botanical extracts of Organic Aloe, Wild Rosella & Native Sea Parsley help to soothe sensitive skin throughout the cleansing process, while Salicylic Acid helps to clear the skin of pore-clogging oils & breakout-causing bacteria. Skin emerges youthfully soft, fresh & clear.

I like how this facial cleanser contains Salicylic Acid which will help with my oily and clogged pores.

Ultra Gentle Facial Polish
Wild Rosella & Oatmeal

Scrub away dryness & impurities with this foaming face polish containing Australian Oatmeal to gently exfoliate plus Organic Aloe, Wild Rosella & soothing marine extracts to calm sensitive skin throughout the cleansing process. There’s no ouch, just a clearer, smoother & fresher complexion.

I was initially apprehensive about the scrub because it contains oatmeal. My last experience with organic oatmeal scrub didn't turn out well. But this Australian Oatmeal facial scrub has really micro beads, and very fine oatmeal-like granules that aren't harsh on my skin. The overall texture is really gentle and seems great for daily use! Only con is that I find the scent pretty strong.

Here are some awards Coast to Coast Australia had obtained over the years :)

Have you tried Coast to Coast before? Do share with me your experience!

27 June 2015

Skinlab The Medical Spa - Salicylic Acid Peel Facial Review

Time flies after the 25-year-old mark, and I realize I really ought to start taking proper care of my skin now. No more leaving makeup overnight or washing my face with only tap water at times :/ To begin with, I needed a thorough deep cleansing of my skin to get rid of all the accumulated gunk in my clogged pores.

Chris was really nice to head down with me to SkinLab The Medical Spa, at Plaza Singapura, for a sponsored facial treatment. 


SkinLab The Medical Spa integrates the pampering, attentive yet unobtrusive service of a world-class spa with the most advanced of aesthetics techniques and cosmetic dermatology. In this facility, they create non-invasive, non-surgical, safe and effective beauty solutions to treat mind, body and soul.

The edge that sets SkinLab The Medical Spa apart from others comes not just from the well- researched, latest technological machines that they provide and the top-grade products carried here. It also comes from the in-house tailored treatments and the well-trained therapists and consultants whose knowledge help every individual client find the treatment that will best meet her that will best meet her needs.


My experience with SkinLab The Medical Spa started with a consultation session with the manager, Cheryl, and she recommended me the Salicylic Acid Peel Facial due to my uneven skin tone, and those blackheads and tiny bumps on my skin.

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Salicylic Acid Peel Facial is the new generation facial treatment for improving the appearance of the skin. It is a superior exfoliate that improves the appearance of ageing and sun-damaged skin. Salicylic Acid Peel Facial breaks down the protein bonds between the layers of skin.

For those suffering from acne and oily skin, this peel is a highly effective treatment as it acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps  to immediately reduce the inflammation of the acne. It is oil-soluble and lipophilic so it penetrates sebum filled follicles and helps to unclog pores, loosen and lift out blackheads, even out skin tone, and prevent future outbreaks.

The Salicylic Acid Peel Facial is also effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall facial texture because it exfoliates both the skin surface and within pores.

Salicylic Acid Peel Facial blends powerful skin exfoliation with skin soothing actions. It has ultraviolet absorbing properties that help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun. It can be used more frequently than the other peels without much risk for irritation.

Normal skin cleansing may not be enough to keep your skin clear and bright, but incorporating a Salicylic Acid Peel Facial can help exfoliate the skin and reveal the healthy, new skin underneath.

Salicylic Acid Peel Facial can treat all of the following for nearly all skin tones and textures:
· oily skin
· acne
· blackheads
· whiteheads
· fine lines
· premature ageing
· uneven skin tone

Salicylic Acid Peel Facial gets rid of surplus sebum, bacteria and inflammation from deep inside the pores of the skin. It attacks the systematic core causes of skin problems, specifically acne. It also fights fungus and yeast. Overall it improves skin texture, tone, clearness and quality.

Salicylic acid is one of the most effective ingredients to combat the cause of facial oil, acne and blemishes, as well as providing an excellent rejuvenation addition and alternative to Glycolic.


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I was led into a cosy treatment room by the therapist to change into a white robe for the treatment:

1. The therapist started by removing my makeup (had eyeliner on even though I skipped the powders) and did a thorough cleanse of my entire face and neck to prepare the skin for the treatment.

2. As I don’t do facials usually, and my skin may not be accustomed to strong chemicals, the recommended chemical peel was of the lowest concentration of only 10%. There are options of 10%, 20% and 30% strength which will be advised accordingly for each individual.

3. The clear, gelish chemical peel was applied to my skin for 10mins, timed by this a cute old school alarm clock. During the 10-min interval, the therapist constantly checked on my condition as she wanted to take care that the chemical is not too potent for my skin. Throughout, I experienced only very, very slight tingling sensation on my cheeks which wasn’t even itchy enough to make me feel like scratching. So it was all great! I wondered if a chemical peel of higher concentration should have been used instead though!

4. The chemical peel was sponged off and the therapist did extraction of the blackheads and tiny bumps on my face. The skin was pretty much softened after the chemical peel and the whiteheads and blackheads surfaced, making extraction a breeze. No tearing or wincing at all ;) Cold rose toner was constantly applied after each area of extraction was done, to calm the skin and prevent any redness/soreness.

5. The therapist showed me my skin with a mirror after the peel and extraction and I was truly amazed at how much visibly clearer and brighter my skin is. It actually made me slightly embarrassed at how ‘dirty’ my face was when I first stepped into the clinic hurhur.

6. The treatment continued with a hydrating ampoule and face massage which felt so pampering!

7. Not just that, as my skin started to show signs of redness from the extraction, a herbal mask was applied and left on for about 20mins to further calm the skin. Concurrently, I was given a head and shoulder massage which was sooo pleasurable and made me sleepy. Soon the therapist left me to have some eye shut.

8. Finally, after a good rest, the herbal mask was removed and the treatment ended well with a quick shoulder massage again!

All the products used during the treatment are SkinLab’s in-house products, researched and developed by doctors to ensure safety and effectiveness. Here’s a comparison picture of my skin a day before facial; 2 hours after facial; the morning after facial and evening after work (with blusher and loose powder).

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Again, thank you SkinLab for having me. 
I certainly like my skin after SkinLab’s chemical peel treatment. It is now clearer and brighter overall, with the blackheads on my nose gone and pores on the cheeks unclogged significantly. Best of all, there were no irritation to my skin during the chemical peel.
The therapist also trimmed my messy brows ^^ So my face really looks so much cleaner / groomed than before.

In fact, I'm so impressed with this facial that I feel that I should try out other aesthetic offers they have too. Let me check out other procedures and keep this space updated if I do go for any :)

Each session of Salicylic Acid Peel Facial is at $268. If you like to experience the chemical peel facial yourself, give SkinLab a call now :)

SkinLab The Medical Spa

Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road, #03-33

Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays 10am - 9.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 10am - 8.30pm



Other branches:

#04-04 Wheelock Place Tel: 6235 3246

#03-33 Plaza Singapura Tel: 6336 1106 #B1-62

Jurong Point Tel: 6316 2556 / 6316 2246

Facebook: SkinLab Medical Spa

Instagram: SkinLabSG 

12 June 2015

Akaran Essential Water Gel Review

With my love for Japanese products, I'm here to review the latest all-in-1 gel from an non-advertising Japanese brand, Akaran.

If you don't have time for personal grooming, or simply lazy like me to maintain a proper skincare regime, please try this all-in-1 essential gel immediately to save your skin!
As the name suggests, this all-in-1 gel is an essential water gel that will meet all your skincare needs! Just imagine your toner, lotion, serum, moisturizer and facial mask all in one, it’s that convenient. 

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It is colourless and pretty odourless (just a very very light scent), and is said to be gentle enough for all skin types. As mentioned above, it works to replace all different type of skincare - helping to tone, moisturise, repair and sooth our skin all at one go. One of the more impactful effect I've noticed to my skin is that it is more moisturised and the tone is more evened out the following day of using this all-in-1 water gel.

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For those who are into reading the ingredients of the product, this gel contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid, 2 types of collagen, Botanical ceramide, and Fucoidan. 

I've learnt that Botanical ceramide (Citrus Junos Fruit Extract) is extracted from plants and they replenish the original ceramides (lipids) found in our skin barrier which are lost during the aging process. Critical for retaining moisture and minimising environmental exposure, they will improve our cellular turnover to enhance skin elasticity and plumpness.

Fucoidan (Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract) on the other hand, is an unique marine ingredient that has anti-oxidant and antiinflammatory qualities. It stimulates collagen production, inhibits the activity of radical
enzymes that age skin, reduces tissue damage, and increases cell proliferation. 

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Akaran essential water gel does not contain any oil, this means there is also an absence of surface-active agents which are commonly used to mix water and oil in skincare and bodycare products. Surface-active agents can potentially accelerate the
loss of moisture and hinder the barrier function of our epidermis. Extremely mild on the skin, akaran essential water gel is
free of 8 additives commonly found in commercial cosmetics and skincare that are potentially harmful for the skin in
the long term: Parabens; Silicons; Ethanol; Mineral oil; Oils; Colour dyes; Fragrances; Surface-active agents.

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Akaran essential water gel retails at $55 for 120g at all Sasa stores if you're interested to try it out! :*

4 June 2015

bSoul Physiological Normalization Kit Review - with discount code!

Following my review on bSoul Hydra Lip, I had the honour to try out the Physiological Normalization Kit. Discount code is available at the end of the post if you're interested in trying it out!

The Physiological Normalization Kit contains:
1. Hydra-Milk Cleanser  (100ml), $48
2. Hydra-Face Scrub 3Action (100ml), $138
3. Redness Sinergy (30ml), $138
4. Hydra-Comfort Cream (50ml), $110

Once again, for those who have not read my previous post, here's the background of bSoul:

"bSoul is the first eco-friendly phytoceutical cosmetic line rich in certified active principles. From nature, the performance of a natural but ingredient-rich line, which gives the best to the skin, while respecting the skin and the environment: both of them are a heritage to protect. This is the reason behind the decision to exclude the use of parabens, silicones, petrolatum, paraffin, SLES and of course no testing on animals.
bSoul skin care is truly certified by ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) and well received in Italy. 

bSoul does not use non-bio-compatible substances, plastics and silicones on our skin as bSoul thinks that skin improvement should be true and not an illusion caused by paraffin, acrylics and silicones. These last ingredients, even if combines with excellent activities will interfere with our natural moistening properties and disrupt the ability of our skin to self-regenerate and self-protect. bSoul skincare are made with formulas that are easy on the environment and, as a result, on us human beings."

The skin, like any other organs in the body has a restorative, normalization and reactivation time given by physiological rhythms and modalities imposed by nature.
Our physiological normalization is suitable for sensitive skin, oily, dry, acne-prone skin and many more other types of skins. bSoul acts with its unique physiological normalization, when a skin manifests a blemish, it will cause an alternation of the skin barrier, therefore bSoul products are formulated to restore balance and radiance to every skin type!

bSoul is a new way of skin care, it encourages the skin to start working in a right, physiological way and for some people, they may experience some discomfort in the beginning. This could be signs that their skin was working in a wrong way. Especially for those who have tried many types of synthetic skin care and cosmetics before, and have a complicated skin history, their skin will need a longer time to stabilize.

When using bsoul products, it would be advisable to use only this range. If possible, and for best results, do not even use other brands of makeup remover and even sunblock as they interfere with the skin’s innate ability to self-regenerate and self-protect. 

The product I love most from this Physiological Normalization Kit is the Hydra-Face Scrub 3Action which happened to be the winning product of Women's Weekly Beauty Buys 2015 too!

The scrub which aims to normalize cell turnover and restore skin lipids works to cleanse my skin really thoroughly, yet gently at the same time. I also like the soothing and moisturizing effect it has due to the jojoba element in it, instead of drying out my skin like most other scrubs do.

And the next best bottle of goodness is the Redness Sinergy, a serum with a very high functional ingredients concentration suitable for redness and fragile skin. It stimulates the skin’s defense mechanism against oxidative stress. Great for reducing the lines on my neck and I like how the serum is absorbed rather quickly after massaging it in.

The Hydra-Milk Cleanser is a cleansing emulsion with argan oil, rosa moschata,extracts of rosemary, sage, thyme and natural surfactants. Not only it acts as a makeup remover, you can also share it with your man for his shaving ;) 

The Hydra-Comfort Cream is a soft and pleasant cream with a delicate and natural fragrance that immediately restores hydration, strengthening the skin’s defences against external agents and preventing skin aging while providing comfort, radiance and softness. It has effective antioxidant action and is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive and delicate.

It is recommended that during the initial period of normalization, only natural make-up should be used as not to interfere with the treatment. I don't use much makeup, except eyeliners, so it didn't affect me much for my daily routine.

bSOul products are available online and in all Meditrina authorized beauty salons.

Enjoy 10% discount off the bSoul Normalisation Set with “BSHuiZi10%”, valid till 30 Aug 2015. 

More information on Meditrina 
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15 April 2015

bSoul Hydra Lip review

So, I managed to try an amazing lip product recently - bSoul Hydra Lip - with special thanks to Herine for this sponsorship from Meditrina! :)

I was half-curious and half-skeptical while reading Mia’s review some time back and decided that I really ought to try it for myself after she insisted that “it’s very different!” haha ;)

If you’re new to the bSoul products like me, here’s a brief introduction to the brand:

"bSoul is the first eco-friendly phytoceutical cosmetic line rich in certified active principles. From nature, the performance of a natural but ingredient-rich line, which gives the best to the skin, while respecting the skin and the environment: both of them are a heritage to protect. This is the reason behind the decision to exclude the use of parabens, silicones, petrolatum, paraffin, SLES and of course no testing on animals.
bSoul skin care is truly certified by ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) and well received in Italy. "


I don’t have severe issues with my lips usually, perhaps just a little chapped once in a while when I travel to a cold country or feel "heaty". However, I will welcome a good lip balm any time to prevent problems from occurring at all, especially the high risk of excessive drying due to prolong time spent in the air-conditioned environment (I work, shop, exercise and sleep all under air-conditioning).

The problem with the usual lip balms is that they form a synthetic film over the surface of the lips, causing us to think that our lips are properly moisturized? Such ingredients do not work any further than just the surface and may even cause our own body and skin to forget to function by itself! Otherwise, the lip balm will stay as a protective layer until your next meal or tea, or until you just decided to eat it up to get rid of that oily or waxy feeling over your lips.

On the other hand, the bSoul Hydra Lip is a lip cream that gets absorbed in almost in less than a minute! No more problems with ingesting your lip care product or having oily lips even in the early morning.

How to use?
Simply put on a sparing amount on both lips and rub them lightly against each other like you would do when putting on lipsticks, and viola! The cream is absorbed and your lips get moisturised in an instant.

1. Before the application

2. Immediately after the application

3. Massaging the cream into the lips

4. 1 minute after the application

I didn't find flakes coming off as the cream is massaged into my lips. Probably cos like I've mentioned, I don't usually use lip colour that contains synthetic ingredients or silicon. If you do, worry not to find your lips flaking as it is simply getting rid of the "dead skin cells" caused by the artificial ingredients of your lip products.

However, if you're sharp, there's a red sore-like bump on my lips due to my body being heaty recently. I circled it in step 1 picture for your convenience. This red "sore" actually disappeared after I applied the lip cream. Amazing. It actually calmed down the sore, probably due to the active ingredients used? Or the moisturizing effect of the product simply aided it.

For those who put on lipstick on a daily basis, this lip cream preps your lips well and reduces any waiting time before the lip colour. Hence, great news if you’re looking to shorten your preparation time before heading out every day.

Even for those who do not use lip colour like me, this lip cream moisturizes and reveals the natural nude pink tone of your lips, completing your makeup almost instantaneously.
It definitely served me well for my dinner recently :)

bSoul Hydra-Lip retails at SGD$52 on Meditrina website.

Key HuiZi10% for 10% off your Hydra-Lip purchase. Meaning you can get it at only SGD$46.80! :)

For online members, every $10 spent accumulates 1 credit point. Every 1 credit point offset $1 off  future purchases!


Visit bSoul Singapore Facebook page HERE.

For more products endorsed by Meditrina, click HERE.

19 March 2015


Attended first ever #BlogMeetSG - an unique networking session for bloggers & brands in Singapore to connect last month. It was held at Edit Lifestyle, wonderfully organised by fellow blogger, Lucy Waring.

Here's gorgeous Lucy :)

Edit Lifestyle

Tudor Court, 137-139 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247927
6836 5686

After a meet-and-greet with Lucy, we roamed around Edit Lifestyle boutique to explore and also pamper our tummies a little.

One of the attraction for the event was Leela's Fine Chocolates.
Leela's fine chocolates are handmade in Singapore using Europe's couverture chocolates. Check out their unique Lunar New Year flavors such as Mandarin Ganache Chocolate and Pineapple Tarts Milk/White Chocolate! Absolutely love their signature sea salt caramel chocolate that oozes out fragrant, liquid salted caramel once you bite into it

Look how lovely she can make chocolates into!

Even something for the man ;)

Not only were we pampered with fine chocolates, there were also macarons from Hediard Cafe which are so irresistible! I believe I've found a new favourite 

(Mia secretly counted how many I ate T.T Only errrrrr 4? not a lot mah? hor? :X)

After the snacks and drinks, we had Bill, founder of Hat of Cain introduced us to their signature Panama hats and how to wear it correctly!

Hat of Cain only opens on Saturday 11am - 5pm, or via appointment for private hat fittings.

Us in style with our #HatofCain's Signature Panama hats! 

Each of the sponsoring brands has also contributed samples of their artisan products for the gift bags given to the bloggers.

Top left to right:
Simone Irani silk thread bangles for a pop of colour
Naakka Enterprises leather key chain to keep our keys pretty, I love the nude shade!
Tamarind Living handmade jungle animal gift tag

Center left to right:
Katharos Organics skincare samples
Havaroma aromastick that helps to de-stress and re-energize
Just My Type greeting card for loved ones

Bottom left to right:
Appletree 100% cotton muslin for children or gifts
Jasper Living beaded bracelets



Would like to share these gifts with you all. Simply leave a comment with your choice of gift and email address and I'll pick a person for each gift! :)
Applicable for anyone with a valid Singapore mailing address and items will be sent via normal postage.

Giveaway ends 30 April.

1) Simone Irani silk thread bangles for a pop of colour

2) Tamarind Living handmade jungle animal gift tag

4) Jasper Living beaded bracelets

5) Just My Type greeting card for loved ones