Hairfinity Candilocks A Sweet Solution for Healthy Hair

In a perfect world, we would all have a balanced diet filled with the nutrients our bodies need to produce long, luxurious, healthy hair.  Sadly, for most of us it’s just not the case.  So, adding a supplement to fill in the gaps left behind by our regular diets can help lead to healthier hair.  What if we told you that by taking two sweet bites a day, you could achieve the hair of your dreams.  Sounds great, right?

We created Hairfinity Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins to do just that.

Hairfinity Candilocks is a new addition to our hair vitamin family.  It all started with Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins (capsules) which became a worldwide sensation due to the millions of women sharing their testimonies and results.  We later added targeted Boosters to give an extra kick where needed (ie hydration, strength, volume, and more).  Now, we have added a Sweet Solution for Healthy Hair….. Candilocks!

Supplements are meant to do just what it sounds like, add a boost of nutrients to help complete your diet.  Studies have shown that only 10 percent of American get the essential nutrients they need from their diet alone. Because of this, many people do not get all of the vitamins their bodies need to produce healthy hair.

HAIRFINITY Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins are a convenient way to get your daily dose of hair vitamins. Key ingredients like Biotin, Horsetail, Inositol and Choline have been combined with other bioactive vitamins, minerals and nutrients for a formula designed to promote healthier, stronger, longer hair. This vegetarian formula was is made with natural cherry flavoring and no artificial coloring. For all hair types.*

Other Key Ingredients:

  • Vitamins A and Dpromote healthy hair and scalp with their antioxidant properties.*
  • Pantothenic Acidfor stronger hair follicles.*
  • Vitamin B12 to oxygenate scalp and hair follicles.*
  • Biotinsupports existing hair growth, keratin production, and increases hair elasticity.*
  • Additional ingredients include: Vitamin B6 and C, Folic Acid and Calcium.

Important: Hairfinity Candilocks is not a candy!  You should not take more than the recommended daily dose.

Why Are Men Attracted to Healthy Hair?

There are certain undeniable physical attributes about a woman that makes her more physically appealing to men. Truth be told, men are very visual, and they are drawn in by what they see. The eyes, smile, and waist hip ratio are some of the physical traits that attract men to women. Among the top ranking is healthy hair. There’s something that’s quite irresistible to a man about a healthy head of hair. So why is this? Why are men more attracted to healthy hair?


Healthy or Long Hair are culturally and timelessly considered to be very feminine. Men visualize femininity when they see a woman with a bountiful head of hair that looks robust and vibrant. The framing of the face with beautiful and healthy locks seem to be more pleasing to the eyes of men. Hair, culturally speaking, is one of the things that defines a woman in a man’s eyes. It is considered, frequently, as beautiful and ladylike.  Often times, men enjoy showcasing a woman that has shiny or long hair to others as a sign of a great prize that they have.  For whatever the reason, the feminine look is often correlated with long or full and healthy hair.

Fertility and Youth

Flowing locks symbolizes youth and fertility. Pregnancy is a time when hair seems to be, for many, at its most thriving stage. It grows at faster rates and sheds less due to the hormones in the body during pregnancy.  Men are often times considering a future mate, and fertility could very well factor in to how they choose one. Youthfulness and healthy hair are often correlated. Let’s face it, looking and feeling young is desirable for not only ourselves but for what we look for in a potential mate. That being said, men desire vitality in women, and the hair is a definite telltale sign of just how vital you are.

Consistency and Dedication

Healthy hair shows that women care enough to take the time to be desirable for them. That extra time and money that it takes to achieve a great mane is quite evident to the opposite sex. Men love to see that women are stable and consistent enough to take time to care for their locks. Many times, long and healthy hair take years to grow and maintain, and that diligence is quite impressive! We are all aware, whether male or female, that healthy hair doesn’t come just by waking up and running our fingers through our mane. The time, consistency, effort, and dedication that it takes to care for your hair are all excellent attributes in a woman, and men actually recognize this!

Health and Good Genes

A flourishing mane often means healthy genes and overall good health. Who doesn’t want a healthy and spry mate? Hair that is shiny, full, and lively indicates good health. Underlying health conditions can present themselves through the way that the hair looks and feels. Hair health also indicates vitamin deficiencies, which in turn may imply the lack of good nutrition. Men often wish for women that are more aware and in tune with good nutritional and health practices.  Good looking hair isn’t just pleasing to the eye, but often indicates a strong healthy individual. Being attracted to healthy hair is quite natural. It also shows a sign of good hygiene and care for one’s self. If good genes are present, of course this means that future children have great chances of inheriting this great head of hair!

Other than the obvious advantages of having a fabulous head of hair, there is one that can’t be ignored. That is drawing the attention of the opposite sex. Men enjoy the hard work and TLC that you’ve put into your mane, even if they don’t verbalize it! Just the mere ogling over your tresses may be enough to say it all!  Don’t underestimate how the health of your hair can be so pleasingly aesthetic that it makes you alluring to men everywhere you go.  You can achieve that healthy and beautiful mane that is so desirable to men. Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins and Booster Supplements nourish your hair from within, creating beautiful hair through inner wellness. Hairfinity is a total hair care system that works from the inside out.

Caring for What’s Beneath the Weave

We all want hair that looks good. Right?  Sometimes we add extensions to give our hair some extra oomph, experiment with a style we wouldn’t dare try on our precious locks or protect our hair while trying to grow it out.  No matter what style you rock, it’s important to care for your real hair and scalp.

We’ve all heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind.”  It’s easy to fall victim to this and neglect your hair while wearing weaves and extensions.

Before You Install the Extensions:

  1. Wash and deep condition your hair.
  2. Hydrate and protect with a leave in conditioner.
  3. Make sure your hair is completely dry.

Daily care while wearing extensions:

  1. Conditioning – use a silicone free leave-in conditioner as needed to keep hair hydrated such as Hairfinity Revitalizing Leave In. Apply directly to your natural hair that is under the extensions.
  2. Oiling – if you are wearing a sew-in weave, try oiling your scalp nightly using a silicone free oil such as Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil. Apply directly to the scalp. Do not apply to the added hair as it may cause it to become too oily.
  3. Protecting Your Hairline – Weaves, braids, and extensions can wreak havoc on your hairline due to tension and dryness. Use a product designed to nourish and protect your hairline such as Hairfinity Infinite Edges Serum.  Also, make sure that your hair is not pulled too tight during the installation of the extensions.

Washing while you are wearing the extensions:

  1. Comb the extension hair thoroughly to remove all tangles.
  2. Use a shampoo designed to clear irritants and free follicles of buildup without stripping hair and scalp of its natural moisture such as the Hairfinity Scalp Purifying Shampoo. This shampoo has a special nozzle that makes it easy to apply the product directly to the scalp.  Apply the shampoo directly to the scalp and hair.  Massage the scalp to lift up dirt.  Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water.  Make sure that you rinse your scalp thoroughly and remove all soap from the scalp.
  3. Use a conditioner designed to nourish, soothe and protect your scalp and natural hair while preventing matting, breakage and dryness such as Hairfinity Moisture Restoring Conditioner. This conditioner has a special nozzle that makes it easy to apply the product directly to the scalp.Let the conditioner sit on the hair for a few minutes and then rinse.  You can also deep condition both your exposed natural hair and added hair.
  4. Dry the hair completely.

After removing the extensions:

It is very, very important to have your extensions removed by a professional.  If not removed properly, you could lose a lot of hair.

  1. Make sure the hair is properly detangled and ALL shed hairs have been brushed out before washing. Not doing this can cause the hair to become extremely
  2. Wash your hair
  3. Deep Condition
  4. Dry the hair completely.

Hairfinity’s Beneath the Weave products are formulated with cooling, soothing ingredients to nourish your natural hair and scalp when extensions, weaves or protective styles are part of your look. Stops scalp itch while hydrating and refreshing. This line can also be used without extensions for scalp protection and nourishment.  Ingredients include:

  • Aloe
  • Neem Leaf Extract
  • Glycerin
  • Coconut Oil
  • Marshmallow Leaf/Root Extract
  • Olive Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil

Get to the “Root” of Hair Problems

Your hair is as unique as you are.  This is why you can’t always get to the “root” of your hair issues with just the naked eye. Evaluating the hair at a microscopic level can help identify the cause of hair problems and help determine the best way to care for your specific head of hair.  Hairfinity’s Microscopic Hair Analysis Testing can evaluate the hair’s strength, texture and more. These findings are then used to create a customized plan tailored precisely to your hair’s unique needs.

Microscopic Analysis

This test identifies the hair’s shape and pattern, splits in the hair’s ends and shaft, and damage to the hair’s cuticle and cortex.  To fully understand what is necessary to take care of your hair, you must first understand its structure. Hair is made up of three layers, which include the cuticle (outer layer), the cortex (middle layer), and the medulla (innermost layer).

  • The cuticle is made up overlapping cells that look like roof tiles. It gives the hair its color, shape, strength and elasticity and determines how the hair looks and feels. Chemical processing and styling can cause the cuticle to lift making the hair susceptible to damage.
  • The medulla is the innermost portion of the hair shaft. All hair does not have
    complete medulla, and finer hair types can have no medulla at all.
  • The cortex is made up keratin protein strands that act as rubber bands and give the hair its strength or elasticity. A weakened cortex will allow hair to break if it is stretched.

While all hair may have the same underlying structure, it cannot be treated the same because of the differences in hair shapes and patterns. Your hair shape determines your hair type.  If you looked at the cross-sections of the different hair types, you would find that kinky hair is elliptical in shape, wavy hair is oval, and straight hair is round.

  • Elliptical (Kinky): As you go down the hair strand of this hair type, you’ll find twists and turns known as kinks. At every kink, the hair is much thinner and susceptible to breakage and damage. Kinky hair also has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type and the cuticle layers tend to be raised. This makes highly textured hair extremely susceptible to damage.
  • Round (Straight): When you look at a cross section of straight hair, it is round, and the hair’s cuticles also lay flat making straight hair stronger, and better at retaining moisture than any other hair type. Asian hair is the only hair that is perfectly round.
  • Oval (Wavy): The cross section of wavy hair is oval and the cuticle is flat allowing the hair to reflect light and retain moisture.  Wavy hair is much stronger than kinky hair, but not as strong as straight. hair. Caucasian hair is usually oval in shape.

Tensile Strength Test

This test determines how much tension your hair can handle before it breaks. Hair is strong. A single strand could hold up to 100 grams (3oz) in weight. Healthy hair, when wet, will stretch up to 55% of its original length and return to its normal shape without breaking, while dry hair will only stretch about 20%.  However, certain hair types are stronger and more elastic than others.  Kinky hair is the most fragile holding only 60 grams and stretching 40% before breaking.  Straight hair on the other hand, can hold up to 100 grams and stretch 55% before breaking.

Hair Diameter Test

This test determines the hair diameter (thickness/thinness) so you know how to properly care for your hair. Most people describe their hair as either thick or thin. However, the number of hairs you have can affect the thickness as well as the actual diameter (size) of each hair.  Fine hair will normally be more prone to breakage. Babies and young children have finer hair than adults. As a person grows up, their hair becomes thicker and stronger.  Then in older age hair can become thinner and finer again. Another factor is that, the closer to the root of the hair, the thicker a strand of hair would be.

How Does Hairfinity’s Microscopic Hair Analysis Testing Work?

After ordering the Complete Hair Analysis, expect a kit to arrive with instructions on how to send in your hair sample. Once the sample is received, your hair will be tested, and a report on the condition of your hair will be created along with a customized plan of action to address your hair concerns. Test results and hair care plan are detailed and easy to read, and include hair care tips and product recommendations.

Please note: Customer’s hair must be at least 4 inches long. We will need at least 20 strands to obtain accurate results.

Allow up to 4 weeks for test results and hair care plan to be completed and emailed to the address provided in your order.

How To Become A Savvy Seafood Shopper In Seoul

Visiting the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul is a highlight of any trip to Seoul. It is easy to get overwhelmed here, especially with so many vendors hawking an array of fresh live seafood, being a foreigner, and not speaking the local language. But here’s my Noryangjin fish market guide on how to experience this specialty market at the fullest and I’ve also got a really useful tip on how to prevent getting ripped off here.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

The easiest way to get here is by subway. Take the Seoul subway to Noryangjin Station (Lines 1 and 9). From Exit 1, walk over the train tracks via the overhead bridge leading to the parking lot, following the English signage. Go down the stairs to get to the market.

Note that this is the older open-air part of the market and while it’s tempting to start buying here right away, I recommend heading to the newer air-conditioned building instead.

Noryangjin Fish Market Map

Noryangjin Fish Market Map

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

The older open-air part of the market.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

The newer, air-conditioned building.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

1. Buy your seafood.

Personally I shopped at the second floor in the newer air-conditioned building.

Shortlist the seafood that you want to eat but before you get to purchasing, then load up to get a sense of what the market prices here are so that you can (i) avoid getting ripped off, and (ii) haggle effectively. The website is in Korean but the listed pictures are very helpful in knowing, for example, how much a kilogram of live lobster is supposed to cost or what the typical cost for live abalone is.

The website is mobile-friendly, so scroll down to the images of people (these are vendors) and click on any of them to load the range of published Noryangjin fish market price for specific seafood.

Noryangjin Fish Market Shopping Tip

Noryangjin Fish Market Shopping Tip

Noryangjin Fish Market Shopping Tip

Can’t read Korean? No problem. Just look at the photos and take note of the listed prices.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Prices shouldn’t vary too much from one vendor to another, so go ahead and select the best looking seafood according to your preferences. I bought all my seafood at one go from one vendor, instead of hopping around from one stall to another. They all sell just about the same things anyway and I want to quickly eat my purchases. Haggling is expected so please don’t be shy.

Both times I managed to also specifically ask for crabs with roe. How? Many of these vendors can speak Chinese, so thankfully I was able to request my roe-filled crabs and even solicit serving suggestions. For the most part, the vendors here are really nice and will throw in freebies, like a handful of prawns or upgrade your purchase with a heavier item at no extra charge.

2. Pick your restaurant.

After paying for your fresh seafood, start heading to the row of restaurants on the second floor (at the far right, if you’re coming up from the escalator). Bring your ocean goodies into at least two or three restaurants and have them work out a cost to prepare the seafood for you. Generally there are several ways to prepare your seafood purchases, namely: steaming, grilling, made into soup/stew, served raw, and stir-frying (this one is usually with fried rice).

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

In addition to the food preparation cost, there’ll also be a basic service fee (i.e. a nominal sum that covers the use of utensils, wet naps, kimchi, dipping sauces, that sort of thing). Other item that you plan to consume along with your seafood, such as soju or other beverages, can be purchased in the restaurant and will be added to your total bill.

I’ve noticed that the prices quoted vary from restaurant to restaurant, so take your time and go with the one that you feel is most reasonable. Also, some restaurants will either charge you extra or totally refuse to cut/crack open crab shells on your behalf – so it’s good to ask first. They will provide scissors and plastic gloves upon request though.

On with food pix!

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

I just had to try live baby octopus for the first time! Visually it’s disturbing, because these chopped up bits are still actively wriggling in the plate and it’s quite challenging to try pick ’em up with chopsticks. But believe you me, it’s harmless. In fact it’s crunchy and the sesame oil seasoning tastes great. Perhaps not recommended for the weak of heart, but why pass up on this rare food adventure? A few bites is all it takes.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Grilled abalone (4 pieces for ₩10,000 market price), and a bunch of large plump cockles (which you don’t get to see at all in Singapore).

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Crab roe! :: heart eyes ::

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

We requested for some of the roe to be incorporated into fried rice and this turned out to be yum-o.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

During my second visit, I tried another variety of crab which came with roe alright but it was watery. Interestingly, the crab meat was very sweet and I was told that the way to eat this crab is to dip the meat into the watery roe for a boost of flavor.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Also had a gigantic lobster that was prepared two ways: the claws were steamed while the body was eaten sashimi-style (not shown, but outrageously delicious~).

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

Last but not least, some of you may have already seen this posted on my Instagram @moonberry. This is another type of crab and while the meat wasn’t as sweet, it was adequately succulent but the grand prize here had to be the crab roe that was spilling out of the shell. I’d never encountered such a disproportionate roe to meat ratio in a single crab before! This was definitely worth it, it only cost ₩50,000 at the fish market! What an incredible bargain.

Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul

No trip to Seoul is complete without a visit to this fish market. I went there twice and both times I had a truly enjoyable experience. On my first visit, we spent a total of ₩50,000 for two people (crab, abalone, cockles, baby octopus) and this includes the restaurant charges. On my second visit, we spent a total of ₩300,000 for eight people (lobster, two different kinds of crabs, flat fish sashimi, prawns, abalone, baby octopus, spicy fish stew) and this amount also includes the restaurant charges. O_O?! Super affordable if you ask me.

Compared to Tsukiji in Tokyo and Addiction Aquatic Development in Taipei, I’d say this fish market in Seoul is the best one I’ve ever been to. Go, go, go, and let me know how your experience there is. Share with me stories and/or photos of the magnificent seafood you have at Noryangjin Fish Market, will you? 🙂

Sayonara, Sunspots: A Sunscreen Review


Ah, clear blue skies, bright sun, the lovely outdoors. To most, it’s the encapsulation of a beautiful perfect day. But… it can also be a nightmare, especially if you’ve skipped using sunscreen. It’s so important to use sunscreen daily and here’s reviewing the collection I’ve got.


We know sunscreen is an everyday MUST, but at the same time it’s so easy to forget putting it on. I know I’m not alone in this. I believe the majority of people who don’t like putting on sunscreen and end up ignoring it altogether are put off by the greasy texture. I can totally relate to this aversion. Like, it’s already humid and muggy out, perspiration levels are hitting the roof, the last thing we want is a layer of slippery grease that clings onto our already-clammy skin. Ick!

But there’s no other way around this. Human skin is the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed. As much as some days I want to skip putting it on, I know it’s a bad idea. So in order to make this experience more enjoyable, I’ve been on the lookout for different sunscreens and putting them to the test.


My number 1 criteria for a sunscreen is the SPF value and I always go for SPF50++. My second criteria is tinted coverage because I like double-duty products; it saves me an extra step in the morning so why not? I’ve got a bunch of sunscreens in my bathroom counter and I’ve been rotating them, depending on how my skin feels that day.


Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

Pros: It is a light lotion that can be used on both face and body. It feels utilitarian as it’s non-scented. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a sticky layer on my skin. Not as bad as others, but still.


CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun

Pros: On days when I skip my BB Cream, I go for this after the moisturiser step (See my writeup on the 10-Step Korean Skincare routine) and it’s sufficient to give me an even coverage. The lotion is quite thick so just a pea-sized amount, or even less, is adequate. The resulting finish is somewhat dewy and radiant. Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (42++) than I’d have liked. The shade of pinkish-white it leaves behind is NOT universal on everyone’s skin, in fact it doesn’t look natural on me even though it generally fades after about an hour or so.


Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen

Pros: I picked up this tube of Korean skincare brand’s jelly sunscreen because it’s jelly! How could I not be curious to see how that feels on the skin? Happy to report that it’s quite light-weight and dissolves onto the skin nicely. It has a mild fruity scent too and the overall finish is somewhere between dewy and matte. Definitely not shiny or oily. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a slightly sticky feeling on skin, but I guess that’s better than a greasy feeling. Also doesn’t play so well with my makeup as it starts flaking when I’m applying finishing powder. I guess this product is best used on au naturel face.


Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen

Pros: My second tube! The first moment I had this on my face I fell in love because it’s made of natural ingredients, it’s tinted, it’s light-weight, and it leaves a nice powdery matte finish. Who doesn’t love that? Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (30++) than I’d have liked.


IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination

Pros: For me, this CC foundation with strong SPF is a heavy-duty multitasking performer. I say heavy-duty because the coverage is solid and it covers up everything.

Cons: Thick texture, feels heavy on the face.


Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

Pros: A multi-tasking product that’s a tinted primer packed with anti-oxidants to combat anti-aging, this goes on velvety on the skin with a smooth, even, matte, decent coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF than I’d have liked (30++) and there’s a strange tingly prickly sensation when I use this! My skin also feels really dry after.


Target Sport Sunscreen Spray

Pros: Ok, this one’s for body and I have to include it because it’s so convenient to apply. Continuous one-button spray all over limbs, back, even hair for me, and it feels cooling. The microfine mist settles lightly into a protective layer onto the skin and it feels pampering.

Cons: Can leave quite a greasy film behind.


Product textures:

A: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
B: CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun
C: Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen
D: IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination
E: Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen
F: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

And oh hey, look I’m spotting some freckles on my inner left arm. How and when did those get on there!? *mega eye-roll* See, this is why sunscreens are indispensable for me (as it should be for all of you too).


Any fave brand that you’d like to share with me? I’m always on the lookout for more sunscreens. Would also love to hear your thoughts on sunscreens too: concerns, likes, dislikes?

Have you put on your sunscreen today?


InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask


I have so much love for the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask from InnisFree. I came across this product two years ago when I was having severe breakouts around my chin and jaw. To supplement the anti-acne products I was using at the time, I specifically was looking for a mud mask of sorts to help unclog pores, absorb sebum, and act as a mild exfoliant.

In the past two years, my breakouts were pretty severe and they wouldn’t go away. I was thankful they were isolated to just around the chin area but these painful cystic acnes would linger deep beneath the skin for weeks and wouldn’t surface. Annoying max! The dermatologist I saw diagnosed this as hormonal-caused and he prescribed me with a topical antibiotic but it irritated my skin more and caused the itching to progress to burning, followed by angry red patches all around my chin which would then start throbbing and pretty much derailed my mood into the darkest of dark pits. Depressing would be an understatement.

I lucked out when I picked up this clay mousse mask at InnisFree on a whim. Unlike most mud masks out there that come in a dense cakey paste form, the texture of this volcanic clay mousse mask is velvety and feels like soft whipped cream. It is truly gentle to use and also cooling when I applied it onto my face. It is so soothing that I didn’t hesitate to use this up to three times a week in the beginning and I’d feel less distressed by the acne.

Subsequently whenever I felt an outbreak creeping up, I’d quickly ramp up the use of this mask and increase frequency of applications. I’d also use it as a spot treatment on the affected areas to soothe and calm whatever nasties are angrily brewing underneath the skin. (There are other products which have been effective for my cystic acne too, but I’ll share them in other posts.)

By the way, this clay mousse mask comes in two versions: the original “Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” and the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask”. I started with the original version but when I was in Seoul not long ago to pick up a refill, the store staff recommended the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” instead. Both versions are part of the InnisFree inventory.

These two products look the same in packaging but the Original version is meant for Normal/Combination skin, while the Super version is more suitable for Dry skin (that’s what I was told by the staff and my skin type is definitely more on the dryer side). After using this mask for several weeks, I’m thrilled to say that the Super version is actually working better on my face compared to the Original.

Because of the packaging design, the product has to be dispensed carefully otherwise too much will be pumped out and applying a thick layer on the face will result in a much longer drying time. IMO for a mask like this, a thin layer allows the mask to do a better job in absorbing excess sebum during the drying process (ie. quicker). Conversely, for a hydrating mask – by all means apply a generous layer so the hydrating time is extended (ie. longer) and skin can benefit from more moisture. Look at how a tiny little bit can be spread out to a large surface area.

The significant difference that I noticed between the Original and Super is that the latter has micro-fine clay granules that exfoliates my face softly while rinsing. A quick visit to the InnisFree website confirms that the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask contains fine scrub particles combined with AHA and BHA to help remove dead skin cells.

The shared benefits of AHA and BHA include:

  • diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles
  • making skin look and feel firmer
  • hydrating
  • improving the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • smoothening out rough texture

No wonder after I rinse off this mask, I can feel a difference in my skin right away. Not only does my skin feel smoother, I can visibly see it more even-toned and one shade lighter. The best part is that my face doesn’t feel leathery or dry afterwards. Most mud or clay masks I’ve used in the past leave a suuuper tight feeling, but not with this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask. The Original doesn’t either, but I find my skin appearing more radiant with the Super version.

Here’s me after rinsing off the clay mask and without makeup, just the usual skincare routine with non-tinted sunscreen. I love it when my skin is in this condition!

I’m so happy with this product and after using it since 2015, I have been recommending it to friends. Even if you don’t have troubled, acne-prone skin like the situation I was in, this product is good to incorporate into your skincare routine as a gentle exfoliant and also as a weekly pore care to reduce blackheads and shrink pores.

I will definitely be buying this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask at the store again.

NeoGen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling

Recently I introduced this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads to a gal pal who asked me for skincare advice. Even though she’s on board with the multi-step Korean skincare routine, she noticed that the products she’s using aren’t absorbing well into her skin. Instead, she said that there’s a lot of dirt when she touched her skin.

Even though I don’t know the specific products she’s using, I suggested introducing a peeling step into her skincare routine. I believe that by taking this extra step to remove the dead skin layer beneath prior to applying serums, it will promote better absorption of overall products into the skin.

Personally I use the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. I was intrigued by this product because I wanted to do a gentle chemical peel at home. I have had chemical peels done before at an aesthetic clinic and always loved the results: skin feels thoroughly cleansed, stubborn clogged whiteheads and blackheads shrivel up and do not grow into zits, while my pigmentation gets lightened gradually. However, I find that medical-grade chemical peels performed by a doctor can be costly and also harsh/drying because of the higher product concentration so I was thrilled to discover this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. They’re also very affordable.

There are three different formulas to choose from:

Wine – Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin.

Lemon – The star ingredient, Lemon, is loaded with Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) and nutrients that promote visibly clearer, smoother, and brighter skin!

Green Tea – Its star ingredient, Green Tea, is a powerful antioxidant that prevents premature aging and is an anti-inflammatory that helps soothe irritated skin.

I decided to go with the Wine because other skincare products (namely, sheet masks) that I’ve used in the past with Wine as its key ingredient performed well on my face. Every tub contains 30 single-use double-sided pads: the criss-crossed gauze side and a soft quilted side. The pads are thick and sturdy, it’s also designed as a pocket to tuck your fingers in.

I was expecting a tingly prickly feeling that I often get with medical-grade chemical peels, but I did not get that sensation so the formula is really gentle. I was also expecting a sourish, fermented, alcoholic aroma from these pads (like when you’re smelling wine) but instead the peeling pads smell like grape gummy.

First, I rub the criss-crossed gauze side in circular motion GENTLY all over my face, giving special attention to my trouble areas (ie. chin, jaw) and also nose because that’s where dirt and sebum are often trapped within the pores. I go over my neck with this pad in upwards motion too, but not too much because my neck is prone to . Then, after I’m satisfied these areas are adequately free of debris, I flip the pad over to the soft quilted side and pat the liquid goodness all over face and neck. Then I leave it on for about 30 seconds before rinsing with water.

Before I throw out the pad though, I use both sides to scrub my knees and ankles too while the pad is still saturated with liquid. Don’t waste it! This is when I can see the surfaces of the pad turning dirty brown and gross. Clearly I’ve got a LOT of dead skin on my knees and ankles. And after I rinse off, my knees definitely look a lot less rough and brighter while my ankles are less wrinkly in appearance.

Here’s me immediately after rinsing off before any skincare application and without any makeup at all. Too bad photos can’t express how soft my skin feels and also the brightening effect that I see in the mirror. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that I started with a somewhat lackluster complexion before using the gauze peeling pad. After every application, I notice that my skin has a subtle pearl-like glow which I like (of course). I imagine this as a process of rebirth and starting with a clean slate.

Compared to the chemical peels I did at a doctor’s office, these peeling pads are gentle enough to use daily… although I wouldn’t and didn’t; I kept it to just once a week and in tandem with other products that I’m using.

Now that skin’s clean and visibly clearer, it’s prime time to apply other products in my skincare routine. Because I feel that a fresh and cleansed layer of skin has been revealed, I am confident that the other skincare products I apply are absorbed optimally. Here’s where I use this product in my skincare routine: double cleansing > peeling pad > toner > softener > serum > emulsion > eye cream > moisturizer > sunscreen.

If you haven’t read it yet, please check out this post on the 10-step Korean skincare routine; I will update it at some point with new product recommendations.

I’m down to my last handful of peeling pads now and will be planning to purchase this again. Thing is, I’m still deciding whether I should go for a different formula next. Kinda tempted to try to Lemon ones…

In case you’re curious where I purchased this, I got it from Qoo10:

Ultimate Activity Guide For AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival Singapore 2017

Mark your calendar from 4-12 November for AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival Singapore 2017! This nine-day celebration of taste spans across 40 restaurants and bars serving a great range of cuisines and drinks, plus delicious activities and fun masterclasses to participate in throughout this inaugural festival.

AccorHotels is the largest hotel operator in Singapore with a full brand portfolio from ultra luxury to economy, making this festival a magnificent showcase of AccorHotels’ diverse dining options and leading culinary experts. AccorHotels network includes some of Singapore’s most esteemed hotel dining rooms across the city’s most impressive collection of properties including Raffles, Fairmont Singapore, SO Sofitel Singapore, Sofitel Singapore City Centre (opening Oct), Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Swissôtel Stamford Singapore, Swissôtel Merchant Court, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Novotel on Stevens (opening Oct), Mercure Singapore Bugis, ibis Styles on MacPherson, ibis Bencoolen and ibis Novena.

So as you can imagine, there has never been a festival of this grand scale that speaks to the passion Singaporeans have for food. One key highlight of the festival is the never-before access to participate in exclusive activities with Singapore’s F&B superstars across the city. Learn a few kitchen secrets from the best chefs, enjoy an interactive cooking session as a family, participate in beverage masterclasses, or spend an evening indulging in a champagne pairing dinner – with twenty different events, masterclasses and special activities lined up, you’ll be spoilt for choices. Without further ado, here’s the full guide of activities not to be missed during AccorHotels’ Food & Wine Festival.

AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival Singapore 2017

1. Popiah Wrapping Session

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 2-5 PM and Saturday 11 Nov, 7-9 PM
Location: Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
Price: $25 nett per pax
An interactive hands-on experience of preparing and assembling a classic Singapore delicacy, suitable for families with children. Limited to 30 pax.

2. Pasta Necklace Crafting Session

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 12-2:30 PM and 6-10 PM and Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2:30 PM and 6-10 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: Any family dining with children at The Square Restaurant (applicable for food & wine menu only, menu starts from $27++)
Join this fun-filled pasta crafting session that will bring a burst of spring colors into your home and stand a chance to win a 2D1N stay at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay. Limited to 25 pax.

3. Latte Art

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson
Price: $20 nett per pax including a slice of cake
Experience the creativity of latte art hosted by latte art expert Ms. Tina. Limited to 10 pax.

4. Bar Apprentice

Date/Time: Monday 6 Nov, 6-7:30 PM and Thursday 9 Nov, 6-7:30 PM
Location: Fairmont Singapore
Price: $42 nett including 2 cocktails
Get first-hand tutelage from award-winning head mixologist Bannie Kang as she hosts this interactive cocktail class. Learn the tips and tricks to crafting your very own concoction and make new friends through this bar apprentice program which includes two refreshing tipples. Group of 8 pax minimum.

5. Gourmet Cooking @ The Garden

Date/Time: Monday 6 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: The Garden, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort &Spa
Price: $47++ per pax inclusive of Set Gourmet
A 2-course cooking session for those who order the Lifestyle Set Menu at the Garden. Limited to 15 pax.

6. Cooking Session for Kids

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 Nov, 3-4:30 PM and Friday 10 Nov, 3-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Novena
Price: $20++ per kid
In this cooking lesson, kids get to make their own cookies and smoothies with healthier ingredients. While learning to bake and blend, kids can choose a set meal to enjoy alongside. Note: Two days advance booking required. Limited to 20 pax.

7. Frappe Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson
Price: $20 nett including savory treats
Latte art expert Ms. Tina and Chef Louie demonstrates how to prepare this delicious icy coffee drink.

8. Chocolate Making with Cacao Barry Academy

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 Nov, 1-6 PM
Location: Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel Singapore
Price: $80 nett per pax
This special event features a visit to the Cacao Barry® CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ featuring a chocolate factory tour and an interactive demonstration on the art of creating a Crémeux base by Fairmont Singapore’s Executive Pastry Chef, Sebastien Cocquery-Beraud. After which, get creative with a hands-on session of cocktail- and tapas-making at Anti:dote conducted by the bar’s talented newlyweds – Head Mixologist Bannie Kang and Chef de Cuisine Tryson Quek. Limited to 20 pax.

9. Peranakan Cooking Session

Date/Time: Thursday 9 Nov, 3:30-5:30 PM
Location: Swissotel Merchant Court
Price: $35 nett per pax with tasting
Executive Chef Louis Tay, who beat out 29 other countries and took the gold for Singapore in the Culinary Olympics 2016, leads this cooking session where participants learn how to make 3 Peranakan dishes, assisted by Sous Chef Lok Jun Wah. Limited to 50 pax.

10. Auchentoshan Taste Experience

Date/Time: Thursday, 9 Nov, 6-8pm
Location: SO Sofitel Singapore
Price: $30 nett per pax
An interactive cocktail workshop where guests are invited to concoct their very own cocktails. Each ticket comes inclusive of 3 specially prepared cocktails for participants to enjoy.

11. Singapore Sling Masterclass

Date/Time: Thursday 9 Nov, 6:30-8 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: $25 nett per pax
Led by a guest bartender from the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of Singapore Sling, learn the secrets of how to shake, stir, mix, and create this iconic cocktail by the Singapore River. Limited to 30 pax.

12. Chocolate & Champagne Xperience

Date/Time: Friday 10 Nov, 7-10 PM
Location: SO Sofitel Singapore
Price: $198 nett per pax
An introduction to the luxurious world of chocolate and champagne, followed by a decadent champagne pairing dinner with a playful chocolate dessert for a sweet ending. Limited to 40 pax.

13. Latte Art Making with Sarnies Coffee

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Our local coffee partner Sarnies shares techniques on how to skilfully pour decorative works of art into your cup of latte. First come first serve.

14. Parent and Child Thai Cooking Class

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett for 1 parent and 1 child under 12 (Additional adult at $25 nett)
Get ready for a fun afternoon of culinary bonding time between parent and child in this interactive cooking session held at Le Balcon (sheltered outdoor area). Limited to 25 pax total.

15. Parent and Child Mediterranean Cooking Class

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett for 1 parent and 1 child under 12 (Additional adult at $25 nett)
Chef Janne leads this Mediterranean cooking class for a fun afternoon of culinary bonding time between parent and child. Limited to 25 pax total.

16. Ice Cream Pop-up – Learning how to make local ice cream

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-3 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: FREE for all guests who enjoyed the brunch/lunch at Food Exchange
Supplement your weekend family brunch with this pop-up event with local ice cream maker Momolato. Limited to 50 pax.

17. Chocolate Demonstration & Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Garden
Price: $28++ including a box of 6pcs pralines
For an afternoon of chocolate indulgence, join Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s very own chocolate chef as he demonstrates the art of making chocolate to participating guests. Limited to 20 pax.

18. Family Cooking Session

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 3-5 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: $25 nett per pax
Led by Chef Kishen Ramachanran, learn how to prepare food that is tasty, easy to cook, affordable, sustainable and using easy-to-find ingredients all at the same time. Enjoy for a delightful afternoon on how to cook tasty local dishes with a twist: Chicken Rice Arancini and Chili Crab Burger. Limited to 30 pax.

19. Local Flavored Tea Appreciation

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 3-5 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: FREE for all guests who enjoyed the brunch/lunch at Food Exchange
Our local tea partner ETTE Tea Company reveals how the the Novotel and Mercure Blend teas are being made of Kebaya Blue and Gewurztraminer Wine Flavored Teas. Participants will also get to taste local flavored teas such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Ice-Kachang, Mango Sticky Rice, and Lychee. Limited to 25 pax.

20. Wine and Cheese Pairing

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 5-7 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett per pax
Indulge your palate in this wine and cheese pairing masterclass. Limited to 50 pax.

In order to accommodate everyone comfortably in each activity, the number of participants are limited so to avoid disappointment, please book your spots early! For more details and information, visit the official Food & Wine Festival website and subscribe to the festival newsletter for the most up-to-date news.

With such a diverse range of activities and masterclasses to enjoy with your family and loved ones, the second week of November promises to be fun-filled and exciting. Over the next few weeks, I will also be sharing other interesting highlights of this festival – including exclusive giveaways (Dinner Vouchers! Staycation!) that you must not miss on my Instagram, so if you haven’t already, please follow me on social media: Instagram @moonberry | Facebook @MBxMB.

Disclaimer: The Moonberry Blog shall have no liability for the accuracy of the information published in this post and cannot be held liable for any third-party claims or losses of any damages.

Special Set Menus Exclusive to AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival 2017

To celebrate AccorHotels’ inaugural Food & Wine Festival across its 40 restaurants and bars from 4–12 November, participating hotels will showcase a special set menu exclusive to the nine-day festival. If you’ve been meaning to dine at some of these esteemed hotel dining rooms or enjoy some tasty tipples at hotel bars, don’t miss this opportunity and secure your reservations ASAP.

Offered only during the festival period, a set menu comprises a 3-course meal (tasting/buffet for one course) AND a glass of wine for dinner. The set menu prices will whet your appetites already: lunch set menus are priced at $15++, $27++, and $47++ while dinner set menus are priced at $27++, $47++, and $67++.

Here are the participating hotels offering a special festival set menu for your enjoyment.

Lunch: $15++, Dinner: $27++
Ibis Style on MacPherson
Ibis Bencoolen
Ibis Novena

Lunch: $27++, Dinner: $47++
Novotel Clarke Quay (lunch: tasting portion)
Mercure Bugis (2-course lunch/dinner set menu)

Lunch: $47++, Dinner: $67++
Fairmont Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford
Swissotel Merchant Court (Buffet)
SO Sofitel Singapore
Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
Novotel and Mercure Singapore on Stevens

Taste of Singapore lunch set menu with free flow soft drinks, at Kopitiam – Swissotel The Stamford.

3-course lunch set menu with a complimentary glass of house wine, at Anti:dote – Fairmont Singapore.

3-course lunch set menu at Jaan – Swissotel The Stamford.

3-course organic bento dinner set with a complimentary glass of Mikuni sake, at Mikuni – Fairmont Singapore.

With more than a dozen participating hotels and over 100 chefs across the AccorHotels network, this festival is an excellent way to experience the very best flavors of the city over the span of nine days. Additionally, diners will be able to collect stamps in a festival Foodie Passport that will not only open up a world of flavours but give them the chance to win trips to other foodie destinations within the global AccorHotels network.

All participating restaurants and bars will be listed in this Foodie Passport and diners must collect at least 5 stamps on the passport to qualify for the sweepstakes. How to collect a stamp on a Foodie Passport? The following criteria must be fulfilled:

1. Dine at participating restaurants and bars.
2. General Diners: 1 stamp
3. Loyalty (Accor Plus/Le Club/FAR Card) Members: 2 stamps; plus paying via Mastercard: 3 stamps.
4. Diners must retain their receipts for verification purposes.
5. At a participating restaurant: stamps will be given for festival menu.
6. At a participating bar: minimum spending of SGD20 required to receive 1 stamp; maximum of 4 stamps.
7. Foodie Passport must be completed by 12 November 2017.

For more details and the full list of participating restaurants and bars, visit the official Food & Wine Festival website. Do subscribe to the festival newsletter too in order to receive the most up-to-date news and other festival promotions.

There are exclusive giveaways (Dinner Vouchers! Staycation!) that you must not miss on my Instagram right now, so if you haven’t already, follow me on social media: Instagram @moonberry | Facebook @MBxMB. Participate in the giveaway and HAPPY EATS.

Disclaimer: The Moonberry Blog shall have no liability for the accuracy of the information published in this post and cannot be held liable for any third-party claims or losses of any damages.