Team Sassy rounds up all the tried & tested things we’re loving this month, including must-have beauty products and hair treatments, yummy new brunches, and more
Team Sassy gets invited to try many products and services and attends media previews and tastings to keep on top of everything new and noteworthy in Singapore. Here we share with you our favourites and, of course, all opinions are our own. We are a diverse group of mamas who are shopping, eating, watching, and experiencing fun things with our families, just like you!
So if you’re looking for some quick pick-me-ups and inspiration, mama, swipe through to see what tried & tested stuff we’re loving this month.
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I’ve been using this organic cleansing oil to remove my make-up and wash my face for the last 5 months and I’m about to order another bottle. One bottle goes a long way and the fact that I’m about to order another bottle is a very good reason to rave about it (I never usually stick to the same cleanser)!
I use this in the evening as my first step. All you need is a couple of pumps to spread it evenly across your face — eyes and mouth as well to remove every inch of makeup. The makeup practically glides off. Other oil based cleansers require you to wipe the cleanser off with a sponge, wipes or a face cloth, but the beauty of this product is that you can just wash it off with water and pat dry. This will leave your skin feeling moisturised without that greasy feeling from an oil based cleanser. Manyo Factory is a Korean brand that delivers to Singapore.
After a bad experience at a top salon brand I’ve been wary of getting my hair coloured and chopped. I have been hankering after a hair makeover for a while, though, so on a friend’s recommendation I crossed my fingers and checked out Mi The Salon. They have a ‘Negative Space Hair Contouring’ service which includes a consultation with a “celebrity style consultant” to find your perfect look (taking into account hair type, frizz, colour, length etc for you face shape), followed by a cut to improve your hair texture, then hair colour and finally toning. My celeb style consultant was Fiona who was a star and transformed an idea I had for a hair style into a sophisticated, elegant look. Mi The Salon’s Negative Space Hair Contouring’ service is all about identifying the contrasting elements in your hair to make highlights or colour pop against your base colour. I tried out new product #MiFrenchGloss by L’Oreal, a non-invasive colouring service, and I am really happy with the results. A cut to add movement, treatment to tame the frizz around my hairline, and glowing hair that really shines with a soft contrasting blonde colour applied to the ends of my naturally brown hair for a touch of sunshine glam!
Sassy Mama readers can get a 15% off Mi The Salon’s ‘Negative Space Hair Contouring’ package by Celebrity Stylists: – Valid for first-time customers at Mi The Salon
– Book under Negative Space Celebrity Stylist Makeover at 68847757
– Valid until 31 May 2019
– Quote ‘Sassymama’
Mi The Salon, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #03-19, Singapore 238801
Tel : (+65) 6884 7757, www.mithesalon.com
As a HUGE Beyoncé fan, I was beyond thrilled to find out that I could finally watch Queen Bey’s historic headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2018 in super quality on Netflix last week! Beyoncé is the first black female to headline Coachella and let me tell you that it was a Beyoncé-sized crater that hit… Homecoming explores the significance of this performance “from creative concept to cultural movement” (Netflix).
This is not your average concert film; her documentary explores the months-long run-up to the most celebrated concert which chronicles Beyoncé’s difficult pregnancy of her twins, discipline and dedication, combining being a mother of three young children (of which two are twin babies!), shedding post-natal pounds, and sacrifice to prepare this unprecedented performance.
Beyoncé’s 137-minute elaborate performance includes an orchestra, a full marching band, a drum line, a choir and many more very talented dancers paying tribute to the Black experience in America while honouring historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The exuberance is beyond palpable!
One year post-Beychella, Beyoncé also drops a surprise album “Homecoming Live” a recreation of her concert along with 3 bonus tracks: a cappella version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by her daughter Blue Ivy, “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On” (available on Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music). What you waiting for, mama?!
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This is an oldie but a goodie! I downloaded the TurboScan app maybe 3 years ago and it has been a total life saver. This app scans any of your documents into high quality PDFs or JPEGs that you can then easily share via email or save. I have used it countless times. They have a free version but I recommend the Pro version, it will be well worth the cost.
In March McDonald’s rolled out their new Happy Meal Readers programme, which gives parents a welcome alternative to junky plastic Happy Meal toys. The aim, in partnership with Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB), is to promote literacy and a love of books in kids from a young age. There are also weekend storytelling sessions at McDonald’s restaurants all over the island. At the media launch event I picked up four of the 12 hardcover books from McDonald’s exclusive partnership with Cressida Cowell (the author behind the massively popular How to Train Your Dragon series); the entire Treetop Twins Adventures series is all about dinosaurs, and has been a HUGE hit with my 4.5-year-old. Every night she wants to read at least two books from the series (which I’d say kids ages 6+ could read to themselves), and we’ve both picked up lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs along the way. Did you know the Massospondylus ate rocks to aid in digestion? Or that the Diplodocus was the length of three school buses lined up? I obviously applaud any initiative that gets kids excited about literacy – even if I’m wary of giving my kids too many Happy Meals – but I do think it’s a nice silver lining for parents if you should find yourselves at McDonald’s!
I’m a massive brunch lover and am always on the lookout for new and delicious buffet offerings. A few weeks ago my family and I got to try the new “Ultimate” Hilton Sunday Brunch in their lobby restaurant, Opus, and I have to say it was pretty epic. There’s a huge cheese room (with a raclette station!), lots of gorgeous fresh seafood (including oysters shucked to order), a range of nice salad combinations, and really delicious a la minute dishes (the Crispy Duck & Waffle with Fried Egg was our hands-down fave). There’s also the famous D9 Dessert Bar, which features a pretty awesome Grilled S’Mores Bar. I’d recommend going sans kids (or at least, without toddlers if you can) because my husband and I barely got to scrape the surface of all the offerings (and had to hustle home for naptime!).
We have started playing Qwirkle, a great family board game that checks all the boxes – simple enough for the youngest but challenging enough to keep us all engaged. It’s a tile game that is a cross between Rummikub (also a favorite) and Dominoes with a Scrabble-style scoring system.
Purchased at Lilliewoods at I12 Katong
Read more: Quirky board games for the whole family
I’m crazy about Cotton On baby onesies, and especially their pyjama onesies. I love how the zipper goes across baby’s body in a diagonal line all the way from his collar to his foot! This makes getting him in & out of PJs a breeze, compared to the ones that button up from top to bottom. Have you tried to get every button done with a wriggling baby, or worse, a wriggling AND screaming one? As though it wasn’t enough to make the actual clicking of each button a struggle, wait till you misalign a button and have to start all over.
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I’ve been loving these candles from Riau Candle Company – it’s all I scent my home with now! I discovered them at Boutiques some time ago and always remember to order more every time they come back to the fair. They make hand-poured premium soy candles in a variety of delicious scents using essential oils (right now my favourites are Mountain Rain, Apple Blossom and Honeysuckle Jasmine), all created in nearby Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds go to charity, helping the people of Riau Province lead better lives. I currently have some of the medium-sized candles and can safely say they last a long time and each have a lasting smell that fills the room!
Find it: Riau Candle Company usually has a booth at Boutique Fairs. Drop them an email at [email protected] to ask about their stockists