Instax 25 Mini Fujifilm

My heart still hurts a little when I think about how Polaroid went bust and decided not manufacture film any longer. Nothing comes close to the original, but this comes second best. Introducing the Instax Mini 25. Christmas came early this year, and I opted for the customized pearly-pink color. For an extra $50 I could have purchased a super cute case with pastel pink and purple hearts all over the case, but instead opted for this bundle:

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Right above I bought the camera which came with a freebies: a mini album that holds about 6 films, and a few stickers to add on the polaroid. Nothing major but still a treat. I purchased an additional 3 films (10 in each pack), and the a proper photo album to house all my lovely snaps.

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The Instax Mini 25 boast of:

  •  a microscopic mirror for that selfie-fiend in you.
  • landscape or vertical portraits.
  • automated flash
  • the options of shooting lighter/darker/landscape

So far I am really please with my purchases. My first picture came out a bit dark as I assumed that the automatic flash sensor would detect the darkness in the room, but I guess that whether or not a camera has the feature, its advisable that you don’t shoot your subject with light blasting facing you. It is always recommended you snap away from direct light. Polaroid is all about having fun and playing around with it.

I bought everything for about $170 sgd which is a steal if you ask me! What are your thoughts on polaroid film? Do you prefer traditional film or digital? I purchased my camera and other goodies at Passion Gadgets which claims the lowest rates on the market in Singapore. Check them out!

Lion Building B, #05-12
12 Arumugam Road,
Singapore 409958
Located just beside MacPherson MRT

True Aesthetics – IPL Hair Removal

This will probably be the saddest post I have ever written with the lack of visual stimulation. But then again, before I begin, I don’t necessarily think my audience would be so keen to see pictures of my underarms in all their glory.

I have occasionally heard about this IPL Hair Removal in conversation and seen it on advertisements and never knew why I haven’t given it much thought. In fact, wish I should have done this earlier. I suppose I got the impression that the cost for the ‘procedure’ and sessions would break the bank. Wrong again.

Having lived in Singapore now since February, I feel more confident about knowing where to go for what I want, but as far as beauty treatments were involved I had no idea how to even begin my research apart from good ol’ google search. I had stumbled upon Shanice Lim’s blog where she gave such an in depth and magnificent review on True Aesthetics, that I was sold. I booked my appointment at their branch on Orchard Central, and came in for my very first session.

I believe I paid about $268 for 300 shots. For the underarms, it takes anywhere between 20-30 shots per session. After your first session you book the following sessions every fortnight, but as soon as the hair really starts to slow its growth (or barely grows at all), you won’t need to come in as frequently. Now I have pretty course and thick underarm hair (barf. gross i know), but I was so shocked that after my first session my hair growth had indeed almost came to a crashing halt as 2 weeks into my second appointment there were patches where hair didn’t seem to grow. AMAZING! Prior to my 2nd appointment, I would exfoliate every now and again, and even noticed that the hair would seem to shed with some pressure involved with my exfoliating process (not recommended). The procedure each session take 5-7 minutes if that! Not too shabby eh?

I have been so pleased by my experience at True Aesthetics so far, and though a tiny boutique in Orchard Central, I appreciate how clean and serene it was. The two girls I have met have been lovely and very kind thus far. They also offer tea if you fancy. I am already counting down the days till my 3rd session can can’t wait to eventually be HAIRLESS!

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #06-18
Singapore 238896
(Tel) 688 44 072

http://www.trueaesthetics.net/

Guava Family – Lotus Crib Review

Sometimes I’m a brat, and when a really awesome product comes my way, sometimes I just don’t want to share it. I do feel like I am five years old again in that sense. I can’t hold out though on the Guava Family – this is one of my all time favourite baby gear, and it’s only fair that I put them on blast for making such a magnificent crib that both, the baby daddy, myself, and most importantly our LO loves.

I present the Lotus Crib. I don’t know a whole lot about this company and its inception let alone who are the people behind it – it is quite rare for me to purchase a product given that in mind. I like to have some sense of knowledge however minimal of how the brand was built and how it started. So out on a limb, and with the pretty good reviews I’ve heard, plus a kick ass promotional video (I truly am a sucker) I ordered the Lotus, and it arrived on my parents doorstep just as they had promised – not a day short.

Set up was a breeze, and it just looked so sleek and light, and made traveling a gajillion times easier. We threw it on our back on a flight to NYC as carry on, we have traveled since with it to beach resorts, grandmother’s house in London, Qatar, LA, Manila, its been quite a few places, and not a burden at all to lug around.

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A few important things :

  • 42″ x 24″ mattress, 25″ deep. 11 lbs crib weight.
  • 15 Second set-up, backpack portability, fits as a carry-on, use it EVERYWHERE
  • Cool zipper on the side so your baby can feel free to crawl in our out as he/she pleases.
  • Breathable mesh fabric.
  • Incredibly light and portable as a travel crib should be.
  • Love how it can be worn as a backpack or either carried.

The not-so good :

  • Thin mattress.

The thin mattress isn’t really much of an issue for me or my daughter. She sleeps really well in the crib as Guava threw their quilted mattress in along with the purchase (two thumbs up and thank you). I believe the thin mattress adheres to safety regulations, and that is why the mattress is the way it is. But this has bummed a few people out from the other reviews that i’ve read.

Very pleased with their customer service. Sent an e-mail their way with a question I had, and they got back to me in lighting speed. I highly recommend the Lotus Crib, and I doubt you’ll regret it.

Here is the video that stole my heart:

http://vimeo.com/54987870

Going Dutch with the Nuna Pepp

Veering away from my usual beauty reviews, I have got to show love where credit is due, and blog about one of my two favourite baby products – the Nuna Pepp Stroller. This will be a two part review so stay tuned, as I have yet to test out the new Pepp Luxx that has barely reached the market…

I had been lusting after this buggy since I first laid eyes on it, on a mommy blog. Its sleek design was exactly what I needed, and it was essentially love at first sight.

For months before Tala was born, I had already been scouting for the perfect stroller, and was torn between a few more popular brands on the market namely: Stokke & Bugaboo. I soon realized however just how bulky they would be for a family who travels constantly, and was back on the hunt for something a bit more practical and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

As a gift, we were given the Maclaren Quest, which was awesome and everything a new mum or dad could want: light, easy to set up, pack up and throw around, but not quite aesthetically pleasing for my taste. Yes, I am being superficial, but allow me to be. Plus, my little girl wasn’t too fond of it and after a while of strolling and pounding the streets of NYC, she would often moan and want to be carried. I assume the suspension wasn’t all too great, and eventually took a toll on her little toosh.

The Pepp is a stroller by Nuna that takes a spin on the approach that less is more. A few of their brag worthy points is that it offers a smooth ride, one hand steering and unfolding, and folds flat. As in flat, flat, flat. So once I did my intensive research on the brand, watched its promotional videos, read its reviews etc. it was an easy sell and I knew I had to have it.

For more info on the brand click here.

If you haven’t picked it up on my intro just yet, I am besotted by this little stroller. Here is why:

  • My daughter will happily sit in it for hours, and doze off with ample amount of canopy to shade her from the sun.
  • One thing I love the most about the Pepp is its one hand steering, and it pushes like a dream.
  • Quick one handed set up.
  • Folds beautifully flat with more than enough room to leave you with in the boot of your car.
  • Stands up on its on.
  • You can roll it folded instead of lugging it on your back.
  • Doesn’t tip like most lightweight strollers.
  • Really sturdy (again for a lightweight stroller).

Cons:

  • A popular complaint is the small basket, which isn’t too accommodating to a baby bag, or much of anything else really, but again you can’t expect much for a lightweight stroller that folds perfectly compact.
  • I get a feeling that my little one who is taller than the average baby may outgrow the Nuna, only because the hood seems a bit low.

Road Test:

In our recent trip to London, the Pepp braved the cobblestone streets of the English Countryside and zig-zagged along the crowded touristy areas in Central London with ease. The Pepp also pushed wonderfully on grass as it did on gravel. I was truly impressed.

What matters the most to me is the fact that I can tell my almost 1 year old enjoys the ride. She sits on her chariot as comfortable as can be, and the fact that baby and mummy is happy is definitely a great combo.

Yummy colors to choose from

Pretty cool if you ask me.

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Verdict: Two thumbs way up for the Nuna Pepp.