August 28, 2015

DERMAGOLD's Star Products


DERMAGOLD Hydra Recovery Gel

Price: $42 / Size: 30ml

NUYOU Suncare Awards 2015 - After Suncare (Face) SHAPE Suncare Awards Aftersun Care For Face (Most Moisturising) Dermagold Hydra Recovery Gel is an intense hydration and soothing gel. Hydrates and calms dry, inflamed, scalded or sunburnt skin. Also suitable for soothing the face after aesthetic procedures.

DIRECTIONS:
Apply on face, skin as directed

INGREDIENTS:
Aqua(Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(Aloe Vera Gel), Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butyparaben, Propylparaben.

Manufactured in Israel


DERMAGOLD Miracle C+

Price: $69 / Size: 15ml

DERMAGOLD Star Product
Simply Her Smart Shopper Great Skin Awards 2015 Winner: Face Serum – Editor’s Rave

Dermagold Miracle C+ is a silky smooth high performance concentrated 18% Vitamin C Ester serum. Multi-functioning product with anti-oxidant, anti-age, anti-pigment, anti- inflammatory and anti-wrinkle properties. Formulated in a base of hyaluronic acid to boost, protect and restore skin. Also helps to balance oil.

DIRECTIONS:
Use twice a day after cleanser and toner. Use on face, neck and decollete.

INGREDIENTS:
Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Paraben free*

Manufactured in USA


DERMAGOLD Skin Elixir

Price: $128 / Size: 30ml

DERMAGOLD Star Product Dermagold Skin Elixir is the perfect skin food. An ultimate blend of natural ingredients consisting of seabuckthorn, hyaluronic acid and marine seaweed for the radiance perfect complexion! Seabuckthorn extract enriches and soothes the skin. Naturally preserved and paraben-free. No chemical emulsifying agents used.

DIRECTIONS:
Use once to twice a day

INGREDIENTS:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hippophae Rhamnoides(Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Laminaria Hyperborea Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Carbomer, Phenylpropanol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, , Soluble Collagen, Isopropyl Myristate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Glycine Soja Oil, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Beta-Sitosterol, Glucose, Squalane, Sphingolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carthamus Tinctorius, Linoleic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronnellol.

Manufactured in Israel

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Quote “Samantha Joy” to enjoy the specials (valid till 30th Sep 2015):
1) Buy Dermagold Miracle Trio (Miracle C+, Skin Elixir and Hydra Recovery Gel), get Tinted/Sheer Sunblock SPF30 (worth $39) free

2) Buy minimum 5 Dermagold products to enjoy 8% off Dermagold Miracle C+ $69/15ml Dermagold Skin Elixir $128/30ml Dermagold Hydra Recovery Gel $42/30ml

Visit their website here: http://dermagold.sg/
or head down to their stockists here

Hadara Aesthetics Boutique
23 Lorong Telok #01-01 Singapore 049035
Tel: 6969 3022
Email: enquiries@dermagold.sg

Mint Medical Aesthetics @ Mint Medical Centre
1 HarbourFront Place #01-10 Harbourfront Tower 1 Singapore 098633
Tel: +65 87263383
Email: enquiries@dermagold.sg


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August 25, 2015

Looking for Sunshine in the Heavy Rain


Being a Catholic, I know many others within my religion who sometimes blame God when shit happens. I know it's easy to, and I can't explain why, but I've never been angry with God when I'm stuck in a shitstorm. Seriously!

I think for a long while I've always known things to happen for a reason. It's the suckiest excuse, but also the truest. When I lost the first love of my life, I couldn't see why it had to happen (okay I was a crazy ex lol) . Now, all these years later, I know that if it never happened I would've never met Ben, who's allowed me to change into someone I'm actually proud of being.

When events take place so close to each other, and they are all the absolutely definition of crap, it's hard to step back and take some perspective. Even for the situation that I'm in now, I truly cannot make sense of what is happening. I can only understand that when it is all over, because it has to be at some point, I will be a stronger person. And even if I don't, even if I remain the same, I will know that there is good to be felt even in darkness. These pictures above were taken at my birthday dinner recently, with my family and my beloved. I felt every bit as happy as shown. No fake smiles at certain angles so I look good - just pure unadulterated happiness. All these taken in the middle of the toiletbowl I seem to be stuck in right now.

I will only look forward to the future because it can only be better - and if I believe so, it will be so. It's the Law of Attraction! ;)

Thank you to all who have stood by me, because it's only in dark times you find the light in people. Thank you for being my sunshine in heavy rain.


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August 24, 2015

Going Loco at Criollo Cocoa!


If you guys have been following me on my Instagram @samanthajoyloh, you'd have seen the name Criollo Cocoa appear there (as seen in photo above, that was my first visit)! I was, at that time, invited to go try their lunch tasting and try out some latte art, hence I created a latte-art bear hehe.

This time, I'm back with a review on their brunch menu! I know you guys don't know me as someone who writes about food (though I did have one foodie's day post before) and I am definitely no gastronomy aficionado... but who better to explain to the masses about a cafe, than one who IS part of the masses? ;) hahaha. I mean, everyone prefers to hear food reviews from the point of a real customer right ? So let's begin!


Criollo Cocoa is named after a premium cocoa bean used for premium chocolate. The cafe itself, which is located at Orchard Gateway Level 2, aims to be a relaxing oasis in the midst of the bustling Orchard Road.

Their promise to customers is to serve big breakfasts, burgers, pastas, and waffles with a twist: and it was with that promise in mind that I headed down to the meal in store for me. :)


Here is a quick look at their menu if you'd be interested!

Personally, my eyes are very much drawn to the Piperade, Smoked Duck Aglio Olio, and the Mixed Grilled Platter! I never got to try them out but everytime I see these names my mouth automatically begins to salivate haha! The prices for these are pretty typical at $13-$18.. but don't worry! There's a price range for everyone.

Because... for the students.. well I suppose more of poly/university students who have flexible schedules, the lunch menu (which runs 11am - 3pm from Mondays to Fridays) is what I would think to be highly attractive! Scrambled eggs with Toasts are only $4 and the Ratatouille Toast with Scrambled Eggs only go for $5.90!? That's really affordable, especially at such a nice cafe.

But if you'd like something heavier... well let me introduce you to.......


The Big Breakfast! It is an American Styled breakfast and comes with chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon or turkey ham, hash brown, sauteed mushrooms, buttered toasts, served with fresh cut fruits and low fat yoghurt. The fruits and yoghurt actually work to provide a healthy balance to the proteins and carbs on the plate - very well thought out.

In fact, a Veggie Breakfast is in the works to come out this September so as to provide a healthier, low salt, low fat option to those who'd like to watch their diet. :)

OFFER: for the Big Breakfast, it is currently available at $12 nett (R.P $17.90) for the SG50 promotion until end of September! 


Next is the Double Cheese Egg Toastie (R.P. $8.90)! What it is is creamy scrambled eggs with mushrooms and onions, topped with mozzarella and monterey cheese on ciabatta toast.

And... I gotta admit it tastes much better than it looks. I'm typically a no-cheese person. The closest I come to liking cheese is that dust on cheezels hahaha. I don't even really like cheese on my pizza, yeah. But! This toastie which combined the eggs and cheese so well, really actually got me liking it! No joke. But it's possibly also cause of the onions - I have a soft spot for onions. ;)

P/S: Due to all the photo taking.. we ate the toasties cold lol! I still liked it though, so I can imagine it being so much better when it's fresh from the kitchen!


The Criollo Combo XL Burger (R.P $18.90) is Criollo Cocoa's house creation! It comes loaded with one BEEF and CHICKEN patty.. so that's 2 patties lol, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fried egg, lettice, tomato slices and served on toasted brioche bun.

Extra add-ons are available are available for those who wish to further customize their burgers! :) But condiments like tomato ketchup, mayo, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and ranch dressings are availble at no extra cost - all in the bid to help you create the "one of a kind" burger that you've also dreamed of having.


As you can see here, I'm super happy with The Chef's Beef Stew which contains slow cooked beef chunks with carrots and mushrooms, served with toasted bread or rice. We opted for bread that night though, because rice might have been to heavy - what with everything else.

I thought the flavors were actually pretty rich and the beef was very tender. I tend to dislike beef which I end up chewing for days on end (if it's not a steak) and I thought the stew and carrots all complemented each other nicely.

WEEKDAY DINNER OFFER: from Monday to Friday (6pm onwards), a free 25ml bottle of Val de Rance Cider will come with every order of The Chef's Beef Stew (R.P. $16.90). Promotion till end of September.


The last but not least... is the Fruit Waffle (R.P. $12.90)! The waffle is freshly baked, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, seasonal fruits and maple syrup. :)

My friends actually know me as a no dessert person... so they say my boyfriend is very lucky lol! I don't make him queue for desserts like llao llao or yami yoghurt or honey creme.. so on.. haha. I'd much rather swim in a pool of potato chips HAHA.

So honestly, the fruit waffle wasn't my favorite. I can see many people who like waffles and ice cream swooning over this and the chocolate waffle shown at the top. When I went for the first tasting, all the girls beside me were swooning.

Nonetheless, facts are facts. The waffles, along with the ice cream, are all MADE IN-HOUSE, meaning no pre-packed food! The amount of sincerity is winning enough. And admittedly the waffles were fluffy and the ice cream packed a good flavor. I'm not sweets person, but I can see that this would really whet appetites.

Here's me with Shenny, my dinner date! ;)
To all who'd like to try the food out at Criollo Cocoa, take the chance now since they're having all these wonderful offers, the last one below being especially tempting! ;) Hope you guys enjoyed the post, and if you have any questions or comments to make, just leave them below!

P/S: Some photos were taken with Shenny's camera haha! Hers seems so much better than mine... *sobs*

OFFER: all customers who are able to quiote the existing promo code will get a 20% discount off the total bill till end of September (excluding items which are already on offer).

PSST: Promo code is C20%4Nuffnang



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August 19, 2015

MY SLIMMING JOURNEY WITH SHOU SLIMMING CENTER (1/2)


Here's my final instalment of my journey at Shou Slimming Center, and I'll also get to speak about my results (which I know everyone's waiting for hehe)! If you haven't read the first part, you can click here.

But before I say anything else, I feel that everyone should know that every slimming center requires at least a few things whilst you are on your journey:
  1. Your willpower to not eat everything and anything in sight
  2. At least some effort in exercising/living an active lifestyle
  3. Commitment to go down for your sessions on a regular basis.
The only number I fulfilled was Number 3 hahaha. I work a lot and I try to meet my friends and family often, so me-time/exercise time is dwindled down quite a bit. In that sense, I would rate my lifestyle as pretty much sedentary. While I don't eat everything I see, I still find it hard to exercise power over my decisions in meals and end up eating more than I should; and very often these things I end up eating are unhealthy. If you think you're just like me, then I hope this post will offer you deeper insight!


I did a series of treatments over a month, and one of them was featured previously and it was Thermalipo and the second one was Synergy: Cryolipolysis - I will be introducing them both more in depth below.

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