Lady M: Outlet-Exclusive Rose Mille Crepes Cake At Their Fourth Boutique in Scotts Square

Friday, August 18, 2017


Lady M - the perfect atas café for a cuppa good afternoon tea paired with a slice of cake, or even better yet crêpe cakes! They are renown for their Signature Mille Crêpes, but psst.. they've recently launched an outlet-exclusive Rose Mille Crêpes Cake that is so much better!

Read on to find out where you can find more about their latest fourth boutique at Scotts Square and their latest outlet-exclusive and month-exclusive cake flavours.


Lady M Scotts Square Boutique Interior Visual
Lady M Scotts Square

Lady M® Confections, the landmark New York cake boutique is bringing their distinct style and world-famous Mille Crêpes to Scotts Square. This is Lady M’s fourth boutique in Singapore joining existing outlets at Orchard Central, South Beach Avenue and Westgate.

Ready to enter a new chapter of its history, Lady M® Confections is pleased to bring their pedigree of culinary panache into the excellent company of international luxury brands, designer labels and fine dining venues at Scotts Square with its new 56-seat boutique at level 1 (#01-06/07).


Rose Mille Crêpes Cake
Scotts Square Exclusive: Rose Mille Crêpes Cake

Featuring the delicate flavours of rose and creme layered between paper-thin handmade crêpes, garnished with rose jelly and edible rose petals, the Rose Mille Crêpes is the perfect pairing with an artisanal tea.

Available at: $9.50 /slice, $108 /whole cake (boutique), $85 /whole cake (online)


Three-Berry Shortcake
Month Exclusive: Three-Berry Shortcake

Layers of vanilla sponge and three-berry marmalade folded into fresh cream, topped with a medley of fresh berries studded among clouds of whipped cream.


Signature Mille Crêpes Cake
Signature Mille Crêpes Cake

Their signature cake and famous worldwide, the Lady M® Mille Crêpes feature no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. Delicate and irresistible, the top gently caramelized till golden. Sink right in, alternating crêpe and cream layers literally melt in your mouth leaving a subtle sweet finish.


To preorder their cakes, check out Lady M's website here.

VICHY: The New Mineral 89 Is The Skin Booster We All Need!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


MINERAL 89 is the latest product to be released by VICHY, and is flying off the shelves quickly at all leading pharmacies! I went into Watsons to purchase some travel necessities with my mom (before I flew to Bangkok) and saw a lady buying THREE bottles in one go.

I am not all surprised by her bulk purchase because this hydrating thermal water moisturiser is one of the BEST that I have tried thus far in 2017. Even I tried to egg my mother to get a bottle for herself because it is that good! Wanna know more about this new and amazing Vichy MINERAL 89? Keep reading on!



| What is it

VICHY MINERAL 89

Vichy MINERAL 89 is a serum that contains 11 ingredients and 89% of Vichy's pH Balancing Thermal Water – drawn from the depths of French volcanoes – which is rich in 15 essential minerals capable of strengthening our skin's natural defences.

In addition, the serum contains an extra-pure natural origin hyaluronic acid that further improves our skin's barrier and protects its integrity against urban and environmental aggressors.



| What can it do

VICHY MINERAL 89

The all-new Vichy MINERAL 89 works on various of our skin's barrier functions:

  1. THE PHYSICAL BARRIER

    Mineral 89 gives a more robust physical barrier to our skin by providing a boost to corneocyte adhesion. Hyaluronic acid in the serum forms a protective surface film and stimulates keratinocyte (a predominant cell type in the outermost layer of our skin) synthesis, while Vichy pH balancing thermal water stimulates the synthesis of proteins responsible for the barrier function's integrity.

  2. THE HYDRATION BARRIER

    By reinforcing cellular adhesion, Mineral 89 reduces transepidermal water loss and associated dehydration. As a hygroscopic molecule, hyaluronic acid can help to bind and hold onto water. On the other hand, Vichy pH balancing thermal water aids in the stimulation of synthesis of aquaporins and proteins which are responsible for the flow of water between cells.

  3. THE ANTIOXIDANT BARRIER

    Vichy pH balancing thermal water activates the skin's anti-free radical defences, including the synthesis of enzymes such as catalase, SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) and glutathione peroxidase, which helps to protect the skin against free radical attacks.

  4. THE ANTIMICROBIAL BARRIER

    By improving on the cohesiveness of the corneocyte network, Mineral 89 reinforces the skin against the invasion of pathogen agents. Vichy pH balancing thermal water aids in the improvement our skin's immune defences and rebalances its pH.

  5. THE PHOTOPROTECTIVE BARRIER

    A reinforced barrier limits the impact of UV on skin. Hyaluronic acid brings soothing properties to the skin when aggressed. Vichy pH balancing thermal water increases the synthesis of anti-oxidant enzymes, even when our skin is exposed to UVA and helps in the stimulating skin regeneration.


| How to use it

There are two parts to applying the Mineral 89:


ACTIVATING THE SERUM
  1. Dose: Apply 2 pressure pumps onto fingertips
  2. Tap: Back and forth patting motions to activate microcirculation and evenly distribute all over face
  3. Massage: Spread in upward smoothing movements, from inside of face to the contours


REPLUMPING WITH "8 & 9" GESTURES
  1. Open features with the "big 8": Alternating upward motions over each half of your face. Repeat three times.
  2. Open eyes with the "little 8": Circulate around the eye with index and middle finger. Repeat three times.
  3. Relax the "big 9": Draw a "9" with the side of index fingers, along each half of the face.




| Where to buy it

VICHY MINERAL 89

Vichy Mineral 89 is being retailed for $62 at all leading pharmacies such as Watsons, Guardians, Unity and selected hospital pharmacies.

Alternatively it can be directly purchased from Vichy's store on Lazada at 20% off (discounted price: $49.60)



| Review

Price: $49.60-$62 (depending on where you get it from)
Rating: 4.9/5
My two cents:

This is my favourite moisturiser at the moment, and has found a secure spot in my daily skincare routine!

Through instrumental measurements, test results have shown that mineral 89 can indeed help to strength our skin's barrier function and reduces trans-epidermal water loss. It hydrates and protects our skin for 24 hours, improves the skin's biomechanical properties and the skin's tonicity and elasticity.

52 women, with all sorts of skin types, were tested over a duration of 4 weeks. Here are their results:
  • 94% claimed that their skin appears more luminious after the trial
  • 87% reported that it has a healthy glow and it looks healthier
  • 85% noted that their skin seems smoother
  • 83% shared that their face looks replumped

If I were to be one of the test subjects, I would have a part of in all the claims mentioned above because this product is THAT GOOD!

Vichy Mineral 89 is one of the most fuss-free beauty products that I have tried thus far, produces instant results, feels light on the skin and it makes me keep wanting to go back for more. I love that it does not have any funny fragrance in its formula and it gets absorbed into the skin so quickly.

I usually apply it before I sleep and after I wash my face in the morning. My skin has since then appeared a lot clearer, healthier and hydrated. It is definitely suitable to be used daily in Singapore's humid climate and does not leave any sticky feeling behind.

Do remember to check out Vichy's store on Lazada because the same bottle is sold at 20% cheaper and if you are a LiveUp member, you get to enjoy 5% rebate and FREE delivery!

Common Chefs: All-New Meaty Burger At This Café in North Singapore

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


If you stay in the North, then this cafe is no stranger to you – unless you've been living under a rock. Common Chefs is one of the few cafés located in the North side of Singapore, serving great weekend brunches alongside a good cup of brew.

They have recently revamped their menu to include some uniquely flavoured Wazzas (Pizza + Waffle), Tacos and a TO-DIE-FOR Weekend Burger. Read on for more.


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Truffle Tatter Tots (Small - $8 / Large - $14)
Deep fried grated potatoes tossed with premium Italian truffle oil,
served with shaved parmesan slices and truffle mayo dip


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Fish Goujons Taco ($12)
Spiced fish goujons, tomato concasse, mesclun salad, black raisins and
Common Chefs' special mexican mayonnaise on a wheat tortilla,
served with house corn tortilla chips on the side


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Grilled Prawns Taco ($12)
Smoked paprika prawns, tomato concasse, mesclun salad, black raisins and
Common Chefs'special mexican mayonnaise on a wheat tortilla,
served with house corn tortilla chips on the side


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Full Breakfast Wazza ($12)
Buttermilk waffle, bacon, mozzarella, mushrooms, tomatoes topped with a runny egg


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Okonomiyaki Wazza ($11)
Buttermilk waffle, mozzarella, tuna flakes, fried tamago,
topped with Tonkatsu sauce, japanese mayo, bonito and nori


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Rich Man Burger *Weekends Only* ($16)
Chorizo patty, layered smoked cheddar, sautéed mushrooms, caramelised onions,
scrambled eggs and truffle mayo, all sandwiched between buttered brioche buns.
Served with melted cheddar sauce and tatter tots.


Rating: 4/5

My two cents:

Before I got married, I was a Northie (to be precise, my parents were).

I spent most of my time down in the South side and hence I had never been there before despite having heard of the cafe – thanks to one of my great friends Wei Kai (sgcafehopping) who popularised Common Chefs.

This was my first trip to this famous cafe in the North and damn, I totally get the hoo-hah!

Let's talk first about their location: Directly opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre, no MRT in the vicinity, a pain in the ass to get there, but hey I love the hole-in-the-wall café vibe that they've got going on!

Now, about their food. Their tatter tots are THE BOMB! It isn't a wonder why they were all over my Instagram feed a couple of months back. Give me hash browns anytime and hell yeah I'd take them, but give me bite-sized hash browns with truffle-scented oil drizzled over them and hey I might just marry you – that is if I wasn't already married.

Their new menu had a couple of ups and downs.

I am not a fan of the tacos because the soft taco shell felt more like a wrap – chewy and tasteless. With that said, the taco fillings were awesome! I preferred scooping the fillings up with the accompanying tortilla chips and stuffing my mouth full with the whole thing – the texture and flavours were a lot fuller and more satisfying! It made me realised that their tacos would have been better had they used a hard taco shell instead.

The Wazzas were a unique concept and the flavours are creative – a round of applause for their ingenuity! Nonetheless the textures can definitely be worked on. The waffle base was too thick and not fluffy nor crispy enough. There was way too much sauce going – be it from the tonkatsu sauce or the runny egg yolk – and that made the waffle soggy. I do appreciate how this is a dish that can easily fill the tummy, and a word of advice ... do not tackle a Wazza alone, its portion should not be belittled!

The third item on their new menu is the Rich Man Burger, and hey that is definitely the cafe's new bomb diggity. The made-in-house cheddar sauce compliments the savoury chorizo patty perfectly, and the rest of the ingredients played together like an orchestral symphony. If you had thought that the tatter tots with truffle mayo was awesome, then their tatter tots with the in-house cheddar sauce will blow your mind away!! – Do note though that the Rich Man Burger is available only on weekends.

For more information on Common Chefs, feel free to check out their website.

Common Chefs Cafe & Bakery
Address: 8 Jalan Legundi, #01-13 Singapore 759274
Opening hours: Mon (Closed), Tue – Fri (12:00pm – 10pm), Sat & Sun (11:30am – 10:30pm)

LookFantastic: Review on Alpha-H Liquid Gold and Caudalie VineActiv Eye Cream

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


With the boom of the internet, we share and receive beauty tips from around the world. Even the cosmetic products that we use now are no longer restricted to being from our own country – we are exposed to those of others with a variety to choose from America, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many other great nations.

Now with Lookfantastic, we can easily gain access to more international beauty brands such as Real Techniques, Elemis, Christophe Robin and many more. With more than 400 brands and 14,000 products across hair, make up, skin care, body – there will definitely be something for everybody.

Read on to find out my review on the two products, Alpha-H Liquid Gold and Caudalie VineActiv Eye Cream.


| About Lookfantastic

Founded in 1996, Lookfantastic is an online British beauty boutique and now Europe's number one retailer for beauty products.

The British beauty retailer prides itself on the wide range of brands and products that they carry. For their customers, they often have a myraid of exclusive free gifts with purchases available for everybody.

With a dedicated team of beauty experts who receive regular training directly from brands, Lookfantastic provides accurate and intelligent information on each and every product.

Lookfantastic has now launched into Singapore with the purpose of being brought one step closer to their local beloved customers, and we can now expect an added personalised touch to our shopping experience on Lookfantastic.com.sg.


| ALPHA-H Liquid Gold

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold is an award-winning solution that works like an overnight facial to boost radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, scarring and breakouts. It is suitable for acne-scarred, mature, sun-damaged or aging skin. It can be used as a toner, exfoliator, serum or moisturiser for the purpose of achieving a youthful-looking complexion.

Enriched with 5% Cosmetic Grade Glycolic Acid and liquorice, Liquid Gold aids in the removal of dead skin cells and minimises pigmentation. It also delivers intense hydration for a smoother, decongested skin.


Instructions for use: Apply using a cotton pad to cleansed face, neck and décolletage, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Once your skin is dry follow with moisturiser. An intensive overnight treatment can be applied and left during the night without the application of moisturiser.

Price: $61.50

Rating: 3/5

My two cents:

When I read the title of the product, I had automatically assumed that this product contained some bits of gold (disclaimer: it doesn't). When I read the description, it sounded really amazing and got me all excited. When I finally tried it, I was stunned by the overwhelming alcoholic scent – it smelled more like a bottle of Jack Daniel's than a beauty product.

I will be honest and admit that unless a product is a makeup remover, I personally dislike using a cotton pad to apply any form of skincare product. Reason being that no matter how well you keep your cotton pads, they will never be as clean as a pair of freshly-washed hands.

That aside, let's talk about the actual product. I tried it on for about a week. The first day of usage, I did the intensive overnight treatment and felt that it was a tad too strong and drying – checked the ingredient list and realised that "alchohol denat" was the second component on the list. Hence for the rest of the nights, I followed up the usage of Liquid Gold with my own moisturiser.

I didn't see a big difference in the firming or removal of scars, however I did notice that my face was a lot more soother and appeared to be clearer and fuller – brownie points for that!

Is it worth paying sixty over dollars for this product? I'll leave you to decide on that.


| CAUDALIE VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

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Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream is a gentle cream that works to visibly reduce signs of aging and fatigue around the delicate eye area. Melting effortlessly in, the cream comforts and restores to lend your skin a brighter, re-energised appearance.

To restore a healthy glow and provide antioxidant protection to your eyes, the eye cream contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It also combines Horse Chestnut and Liquorice to address dark circles and puffiness. The eye cream's patented ANTI CELL BURN-OUT COMPLEX™ reinforces the skin's natural defences to help prevent against the impact of ageing.


Instructions for use: Apply morning and evening to the eye and lip contour. Apply again before going out for a refreshed look.

Price: $50.50

Rating: 4.5/5

My two cents:

This is one product that I would like to rave about and STRONGLY encourage that you try!!!

As I enter the last month of my second trimester and creep into my third, I am beginning to experience poor sleep due to my baby's kicks or pregnancy insomnia. I started to develop horribly dark eye circle – they are so bad that the veins under my eyes were visible.

I hadn't a solution before, none of the other eye creams that I possessed did a thing. Thus I could merely tolerate and dab on more concealer so as to avoid looking like ju-on.

It all changed when I tried out this Caudalie Eye Cream. I was skeptical at first, but all it took was a night to make me a strong believer. The fine wrinkles around my eyes vanished, the puffiness had significantly reduced and the dark circles faded.

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, and so I roped in my husband – who has serious eye bag issues – to be the second guinea pig. After his first trial night, he too was converted and became a loyal fan of the product. His eye bags were GONE!!!

If you are looking to get an eye cream, invest in Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream.


Here is where you can purchase these two products on Lookfantastic:

Right now, Lookfantastic is offering FREE STANDARD DELIVERY to all Singapore addresses and FREE tracked delivery for orders above SGD$150. For the month of August, save 18% off (with no min spending) or 20% off (with $85 min spending) when you use the promo code [BAUG].

The Little Link: Men Looking Smart In Their Ties, Bowties And Cufflinks

Friday, July 28, 2017


Have you ever gone shopping for a man – or even try to get your man to go shopping?

It is one of the most tedious tasks ever because our male counterparts are exceptionally critical when it comes to purchasing a product for themselves. The design has got to be on point. The colour has to be precise. The quality has to be assured. The price has to be "reasonable".

So when I had to get my (now) husband to find a new pair of tie and cufflink for our wedding, and bowties for his groomsmen ... it was a nightmare!

Fortunately I was armed with The Little Link, an online store focused on selling men's accessories that add the finishing touches to their smart-looking attire. Read on for more.

The Little Link Curtis Bow Tie

The Little Link is a local business that began in 2011. It runs most of its operations online, selling accessories for menswear. They pride themselves on their high quality products, fast delivery and friendly customer service.

With a wide range of cufflinks, ties, bowties, wallets, bags, tuxedo studs, pocket squares, tie bars and many other products – you are bound to find the perfect accessory to elevate your outfit!

The Little Link Sherlock Double Bow Tie

Within each of their product category, there is an assortment of designs and colours to choose from, available at different prices to suit everybody's budget.

The Little Link Legoland Silver Cufflink

The Little Link also produces small batches of limited edition exclusive pieces based on their customers' preferences. Hence if you are one who prefers owning a unique piece of accessory, then do keep a look out for these limited edition designs!

Be it a power red tie for a serious discussion meeting, to a cool cufflink for the romantic date night with your girl – or in my husband's case, the perfect tie and cufflink for our wedding.

Just for my readers, quote the exclusive promo code [SOPHIE10] to enjoy 10% discount off your first order!

Check out their collections on The Little Link website now!

(Photography by: Depth of Tales)

Haddrell's of Cambridge Manuka Honey: From Hive To Table, From Our Family To Yours

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I have long been told that Manuka honey is an acquired taste. I have tried several brands and never finding one that pleased my tastebuds – but that was before I got introduced to Haddrell's of Cambridge.

It was sweet and light on the palate, without the usual distinctive floral aftertaste that most Manuka honey had. I did a double take on my glass of honey tea, and popped the big question: "Are you sure that this is Manuka honey? It tastes nothing like the ones that I've tried before!"

Read on to find out more about this renowned honey brand from New Zealand, with its honey products that are only exclusively available at Nature's Farm outlets in Singapore.

Haddrell's of Cambridge Manuka Honey

Established in 1993, Haddrell's of Cambridge has been a strong forerunner in producing the highest quality of Manuka honey from New Zealand through natural and environmentally sustainable methods.

With their 100% natural bee products, Haddrell's of Cambridge have kept to their promise of producing and selling bee products that are "Direct from the Beekeeper" – hence ensuring that only the highest quality honey blend is delivered with love to the consumers.

Haddrell's of Cambridge Manuka Honey

This month, Nature's Farm is introducing the NEW packaging of the brand's prestigious Manuka honey. Their range of Manuka honey available is as such:
  • Manuka Honey UMF 5+ : 500g (S$76.50), 1kg ($148)
  • Manuka Honey UMF 10+ : *Coming soon in 500g and 1kg jars*
  • Manuka Honey UMF 13+ : 500g (S$127.45), 1kg ($249.90)
  • Manuka Honey UMF 16+ : 500g (S$145.45), 1kg ($285.90)
  • Manuka Honey UMF 20+ : 500g (S$205)

* UMF refers to "Unique Manuka Factor" and is a certification for the quality of the Manuka honey produced be a honey production company. The UMF number indicated on the Manuka honey product indicates the purity and quality of the Manuka honey – a reflection of the unique compounds present in the honey.

Haddrell's of Cambridge Manuka Honey Lozenges in Original and Blackcurrant Cranberry

In addition, Haddrell's has recently launched a line of UMF 16+ Manuka Honey Lozenges available in two flavours: "Original" and "Blackcurrent & Cranberry". The lozenges are available in all Nature's Farm outlets nationwide, at S$12.90 per pack of 8 lozenges.

To locate your nearest Nature's Farm outlet in Singapore, click here. For more information on the Manuka honey by Haddrell's of Cambridge, you can find it here.

Dear Brides-To-Be, Indulge In This Pre-Wedding Facial At $88 Only Before Your Big Wedding Day

Friday, July 21, 2017


The wedding is the biggest day of most ladies' life!

As much as you might say, "oh my wedding is just a simple affair, I just want to take things easy"... trust me, you'll freak out if a pimple were to appear overnight. You will want to look good in photos and your makeup artist would thank you when the makeup application goes on smoothly.

All of that is achievable with a little effort and let's not kid it, financial investment. Get a good facial package that comes at an economical rate – weddings are expensive enough as it is and every dollar saved is a blessing!

Read on to find out more about the wedding facial treatment package offered by J Studios, a boutique beauty salon that boasts professional services at an incredibly affordable price.

J Studios Salon (Jurong East)

J studios is a professional beauty salon established in 2011 by founder, Jerrie. It began as a small home-based beauty salon which soon expanded its business into two outlets – Jurong East and Haji Lane – so as to fit and cater to all of their clients' needs.

At J Studios, they provide a warm welcome to all of their clients and prides itself on the friendly and personalised atmosphere provided. The salon also offers a comprehensive treatment menu from facial therapies to hair removal.

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Hovita™ Skincare Range

Hovita Ampoules
Hovita™ Clear Solution Ampoules

In addition, the treatments are enhanced with the use Hovita™ Skincare, a line of skincare products that was personally formulated and manufactured by Jerrie to meet the skincare needs of Asian women.


| BEST SELLING Signature Oxygen Deep Cleansing Facial Treatment

Goggles on!

Their signature face treatment is an oxygen facial that delivers a mixture of hyperbaric oxygen (ie. pure oxygen at a high pressure) and anti-aging serum in a speed of 200m/s spray with 50-80 micro-metre tiny granules through an airbrush into the face.

The mixture penetrates the epidermis into the deep dermis layer, and cleans the follicles and sebaceous glands completely. It is almost as though someone is using a tiny power washer to pump oxygen and moisturiser into the skin!

Hyperbaric oxygen to flush out all the nasty matters in my pores!

As opposed to traditional facial treatments, which require a 12-hour waiting period before the application of any makeup, the Signature Oxygen Deep Cleansing Facial Treatment by J Studios permits the use of cosmetic products right after your session.

The facial treatment helps to give the skin a smooth and moisturised surface, thus the process of applying makeup after the facial becomes a complete breeze!

Massaging in the treatment oil and ampoules

7 Benefits Of An Oxygen Facial That You Must Know:
  1. Nutrient replenishment to skin
  2. Deep cleaning
  3. Skin whitening
  4. Improving skin texture
  5. Boost collagen production
  6. Wrinkle reduction
  7. Effective acne clearance

Benefits of such a facial treatment include the delivery of oxygen, vitamins, antioxidants and hydration to the skin through an airbrush.

The pressure and serum helps to plump the skin, hence minimising the appearance of wrinkles and increases circulation while boosting collagen production. It can also help to fight the signs of aging skin and provide relief to those suffering from acne problems.

Applying on a calming and moisturising face mask

| WHAT about the price

For this 90 minutes session of Oxygen Deep Cleansing, the rates go as such:
  • Trial price for 1st time customers @ $88
  • Ala carte price for subsequent sessions @ $138
  • Package price for 6 sessions @ $588 ($98/session)

For a longer relaxing time, try out the 120 minutes Oxygen Deep Cleansing with Face & Shoulder Massage:
  • Trial price for 1st time customers @ $108
  • Ala carte price for subsequent sessions @ $158
  • Package price for 6 sessions @ $708 ($118/session)

Peeling it off, hence concluding the session!

For more information on J Studios' Bridal Wedding Facial Treatments, you can easily find it on their website here.

To make an appointment, you can either call or text: +65 9182 8565

J studios (Jurong East)
Address: Blk 352 Jurong East Street 31 #01-131 Level 2 Singapore 600352
Opening hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm

J Studios (Haji Lane)
Address: 31 Haji Lane Singapore 189224
*Opening soon in August 2017*