REVIEW: APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic

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With only one week to go before we exit the Circuit Breaker, professionals including myself, who have to commute to our workplaces come 2 June, would have started mentally preparing for the unprecedented changes in our weekday morning routines. For beautyholics like me, the mandatory wearing of face mask will mean ditching the lipstick and placing more emphasis on the eyes – but there’s a problem. Nearly two months of going bare faced has likely rendered my eyeshadow application skills slightly rusty, and as vain as it sounds, I certainly do not want to risk being late to work just to redo my makeup!

Scouring the virtual beauty aisle on Shopee (really the ultimate lockdown boredom saviour 🙌🏻 *cues heavenly choir sound effect*) during one of its flash sales had thankfully pointed me to a possible solution – the Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow by APRILSKIN. This compact eyeshadow palette is marketed as a timesaver as it enables the user to blend three (shimmery) shades at once.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, front)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, front)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, side)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box, side)

Such concept of having multiple colours in one pan isn’t new since Benefit CosmeticsLaneige (albeit theirs is in the form of bullets) and many other Korean beauty brands were already ahead of the game. But as far as I can remember, no other reputable beauty brand has come close to offering two 3-in-1 colour combinations for under S$30 ($27 on Guardian and $24.30 on Shopee, or S$18.70 in my case). In fact, at 6 grams of product per palette (case in point: They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender contains 3.5 grams of product while Two Tone Shadow Bar only has 2 grams, and both cost a lot more!), this already is a clear winner in the price department.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case, back)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (box and case, back)

Stowed in a tight-fitting box, the rectangular packaging resembles an enlarged version of a mint candy tin box. It is about the size of my palm, small and slim enough to slide into my purse and carry on the go. The inside cover of the lid is reflective (even with its protective film stuck on) so it acts as a mirror.

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product with plastic film)

Applicator

Applicator

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product without plastic film)

APRILSKIN Perfect Magic Dual Eyeshadow in Pure & Chic (product without plastic film)

Size of applicator

Size of applicator

Boink boink!

Boink boink!

The eyeshadow pans, each measuring roughly 4 cm by 2 cm, are aligned vertically and enclosed in a plastic film to prevent them from staining the box. Right next to them lies the sponge-tip applicator which is highly encouraged to be used (much to my reluctance) for the product to bring about the desired results. The tip of the applicator is dome-shaped which doesn’t extend over the full width of the pan so unless you place it strategically, you won’t be able to pick up all three shades simultaneously.

The topmost colour combination is named “Pure” and it consists of everyday neutral shades including a champagne (for highlights), a beige with red undertones and a medium brown. The payoff was mostly sheer when swatched with the applicator. The lightest shade almost couldn’t be seen, and I had to press down and drag the applicator across my skin for some degree of pigmentation to be visible. However, applying with my finger gave more payoff (which is somewhat expected of shimmery shades) and the gradient also appeared more vivid and seamless.

Actual distribution of "Pure" in the pan (genuinely curious: what is the rationale for giving the lightest shade the biggest area?)

Actual distribution of “Pure” in the pan (genuinely curious: what is the rationale for giving the lightest shade the biggest area?)

"Pure" - swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

“Pure” – swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

How you should position your applicator on the pan to pick up all three shades at once

How you should position your applicator on the pan to pick up all three shades at once

Distribution of product on the applicator

Distribution of product on the applicator

"Pure" - swatched with the applicator

“Pure” – swatched with the applicator

How "Pure" looks on my primed lid (pardon my bare face as I didn't see the point in dolling up if I ain't going anywhere fancy)

How “Pure” looks on my primed lid (pardon my bare face as I was too lazy to put on makeup didn’t see the point in dolling up if I ain’t going anywhere fancy)

The colour combination “Chic” below would be more suited for a glammed-up look (but still appropriate for everyday wear) as it has a peachy beige (for highlights), a reddish plum and a deeper brown. As a whole, this is slightly more pigmented than Pure (still sheer in my book) and is also best applied with finger. However, the darkest shade did not seem to deliver much payoff – I had to run the applicator over my lids a few times before a faint brown emerged.

Actual distribution of "Chic" in the pan

Actual distribution of “Chic” in the pan

"Chic" - swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

“Chic” – swatched with finger (2-3 swipes)

Distribution of product on the applicator

Distribution of product on the applicator

"Chic" - swatched with the applicator

“Chic” – swatched with the applicator

How "Chic" looks on my primed lid

How “Chic” looks on my primed lid

I wore both shades concurrently for 8 hours (I took the chance to wear them out to run some errands and was pretty sure I attracted bemused stares), and I must say both contributed a fair bit of fallout – some of which were shimmers – on my face. Surprisingly, despite having oily lids, the eyeshadows did not smear or wedge into my creases over time (Laneige’s Two Tone Shadow Bar is the biggest culprit when it comes to this – what terrible product 😤) and actually stayed on throughout the duration of my wear test!

"Pure" and "Chic" - side-by-side comparison

“Pure” and “Chic” – side-by-side comparison

Swatch comparison (in terms of payoff) with Japanese (shu uemura) and American (ColourPop) eyeshadows

Swatch comparison (in terms of payoff) with Japanese (shu uemura) and American (ColourPop) eyeshadows

The downside of this product is its generally sheer wash of colour (typical of Asian makeup products and it is nice if you want a more natural-looking finish to brighten up your peepers) but to be fair, it still gave way better payoff than many Korean eyeshadows I have tried. Getting the placement of the eyeshadow on the lids right with the applicator would require some trial and error, so you’re better off using your fingers or a wide dense eyeshadow brush if time is of the essence. Furthermore, it would also be a pain to wash the applicator without further spreading the shimmers all over the surface of the tip.

However, I must say that the impressive longevity came as a pleasant surprise! This makeup concept, although questionable at first, has also won me over as I like how it would be able to streamline my makeup routine and allow me to get to the door quicker once in-office work is resumed 😊

What are your thoughts on this makeup concept? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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[CONFECTIONERY] Golden Moments Signature Galaxy Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake

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Somehow, being cooped up in the house for a prolonged period has led me to develop major cravings for foods that are not easily accessible in Singapore or at this time of the year, such as raw freshwater fish (long banned; it was great while it lasted 😢) and durian, and I really had it worse with the latter. Since the durian season has yet to reach its peak, it is almost impossible to find my preferred variants (i.e. sweet flesh only) and reasonably priced ones in the market. Therefore, I had to resort to less-than-legitimate alternatives, such as durian puffs and cakes.

My first durian food purchase during Circuit Breaker [click here for shop]

My first durian food purchase during Circuit Breaker [click here for shop]

Bought this for my mother's birthday! [click here for shop]

Bought this for my mother’s birthday! [click here for shop]

With bakeries cashing in on the nation’s growing obsession with the king of fruits, there is certainly no lack of durian cakes in the confectionery scene. But the supply took a hit when stricter Circuit Breaker measures forbade brick-and-mortar confectioneries from operating. As a result, I had to turn to online retailers like Golden Moments, a homeground startup known for their handcrafted premium durian delicacies (you might have heard of their bamboo charcoal snowskin durian mooncakes), and it just so happened that they were also having a one-for-one promotion on their Signature Galaxy Mao Shan Wang Durian Cakes on top of a discount to commemorate their four-year anniversary of inception! Mind you, their prices are usually on the steep side (U.P. S$158.80 per cake, like hooooooly) so when the rare opportunity arises to get two for the price of one, you betcha I ain’t gonna let it slip away. The only issue was finding another person to share the cost with me (which I did eventually) because consuming two cakes would be stretching it (and my tummy 😂).

The promotion on Golden Moments website! (Sorry guys, offer ended!)

The promotion on Golden Moments website! (Sorry guys, offer ended!)

The cakes arrived four days after placing my order (to be fair, Golden Moments did forewarn about delays due to a surge in demand on their website) packed in white plastic bag, two hours shy of the start of the delivery slot I had opted for (i.e. 2pm – 6pm). Kudos for being early – too early, in fact – but I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed that it came without being in an insulated bag to maintain its temperature. Imagine frantically getting out of bed (because Sundays are for sleeping in) to receive my order, only to panic the next moment as there wasn’t sufficient space in the freezer for two cakes (this procrastinator had planned to make room when she woke up, but her bad; she should have done that the night before 🤷🏻‍♀️). Besides, what if no one was at home to answer the door in Golden Moments’ attempt to be (overly) efficient?

Dear (courier?) companies, if your customer has chosen a delivery slot, please stick to it 😒 Otherwise, give the customer a call before making that trip if you’re very early to ensure that he/she is available to receive the order! /rantover

According to the website, each cake weighs 1 kg and measures 8″ (or 18 cm), and comprises layers of cheese mousse, 100% premium Mao Shan Wang durian, coconut sponge and coconut crunch – a complex and bizarre favour combination, if you ask me, but I was genuinely curious how putting together two pungent ingredients – durian and coconut – would work out to be.

Packaging

Packaging

A gradual pull of the cake board out of the box revealed the ritzy cake blanketed in black mirror glaze coating, which marble effect is said to be different on every cake. Although marketed as having a galaxy design, there was a lack of blue and purple hues to justify its name – it was just.. black gelatin sheet with faint white marbling patterns (I would actually relate better if the design was described as smokey instead), decorated with gold sprinkles and a dash of gold leaf to add exquisiteness to the whole appearance.

(Pardon the frosty surface as this picture was taken immediately after it was taken out of the freezer) Golden Moment Galaxy Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake

(Pardon the frosty surface as this picture was taken immediately after it was taken out of the freezer) Golden Moment Galaxy Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake

The depth of the cake (picture taken without flash)

The depth of the cake (picture taken without flash)

Once removed from the freezer, it is best to leave the cake to defrost for a while or it’d be a pain to move the blade of the knife into it (rookie mistake 😟 see images below). After managing to dissect the cake, I took a peek at the cross-section and was slightly underwhelmed by how it looked. It was clearly a far cry from how it is depicted on the website (although as an advertising grad, I should have known better and adjusted my expectations). But I could definitely see the layers of the promised ingredients – cheese mousse, durian and coconut crumbs.

Took me many slicing attempts to lift this slab up

Took me many slicing attempts to lift this slab up

A closer view of the cross-section (picture taken with flash to make cake appear less frosty)

A closer view of the cross-section (picture taken with flash to make cake appear less frosty)

Despite the rather unimpressive presentation, I’ve got to admit – the aroma of durian was strong in this one. It wasn’t the smell of durian puree; but of a true MSW durian (but the smell got less distinct with each passing day). Just one bite into the cake and I was instantly hooked. It had an unrivalled texture of a cake. There was the lightness and fluffiness from the mousse, softness and waxiness from the durian flesh and gelatin sheet, and crunchiness of the coconut flakes and crumbs. My taste buds were confused, but in a happy way. The distinct flavour of each ingredient stood out with each bite, and all of them indeed fused seamlessly together. To say this cake was delicious would be an understatement; I would gladly swim in this this phenomenal cake and have it for all meals 😛

The cake can be stored in the freezer for up to one week, but it is best consumed within three days (though mine couldn’t last that long). Also, if you’re thinking of cutting the cake in slices before serving, just note that the gelatin sheet would fuse together upon refrigeration (or that was what happened to my friend at least).

Without a doubt, the taste managed to more than compensate for its shortfall in appearance. The cake was so good, every bite lulled me into a sense of euphoria – a feeling that no other cake had come close to giving me (I’m not even a cake person to begin with!). So this begs the question: would I repurchase? CERTAINLY, but only at the promotional price. S$158.80 for an 8″ cake is really pushin’ it, bruh 😭

What are your thoughts about Golden Moments and their products? If you’ve tried the cake above, does my review resonate with your experience? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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REVIEW: APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel Off Pack & Real Carrot Serum

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With most shutters down and the government urging us to stay home, my shopping orientation has changed drastically over the past few weeks. Online shopping apps are creeping up on my most frequently used list on my mobile phone, so instead of saving money, my bank account is actually taking a greater hit than usual from the Circuit Breaker 🥴 Shopee has got to be the biggest culprit of all because of their flash sales that happen every four hours and to be perfectly honest, most products sold there really are priced at a steal.

Take, for example, the APRILSKIN skincare products of which advertisements have been bombarding my social media feed lately (even though said products were launched in 2018?). What could have essentially cost me almost $50 if I had gone the traditional route (i.e. buying from Guardian) was only slightly more than half that amount during the flash sale I so happened to be camping for.

My APRILSKIN haul!

My APRILSKIN haul!

Established in 2014, APRILSKIN is a South Korean beauty brand that prides themselves on using naturally-derived ingredients in their products to prevent skin irritation. Apart from skincare products, APRILSKIN also boasts a complete range of makeup tools and cosmetics from which many devotees might have first learnt about the brand (not gonna lie – their cushion foundation looked incredible).

Based on the availability, or lack thereof, of their products on their international website, it’s safe to say that APRILSKIN is sought-after not only in Singapore and their home country, but also in other parts of the world as well. Hence, I’m very excited to see what the hype is all about! Are their products really that effective, or is APRILSKIN just a master of social media marketing? Let’s find out 😉

Here's my bare face before using both APRILSKIN products - right profile

Here’s my bare face before using both APRILSKIN products – right profile

Left profile

Left profile

In case it wasn’t explicit earlier, all products reviewed on this post were paid for with my own money and Shopee had not approached me to do a collaboration.

Real Calendula Peel Off Pack (S$23)

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

APRILSKIN Real Calendula Peel-Off Pack

This product in particular piqued my interest because of how gentle it seemed in exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, unlike those that cling to the skin and make ripping them off a nightmare. There’s also something oddly satisfying about peeling stuff off the skin while being able to see dead skin cells getting removed in the process (nothing quite unusual for someone who enjoys morbid videos of pimple popping, earwax extraction and ingrown hair removal 😜) so I wanted to experience it for myself!

Calen.. what? If you have been out of the skincare loop like me, calendula, or pot marigold, is traditionally used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. It has antiseptic properties which helps in treating wounds and preventing acne, and promotes skin tightening among many other benefits. ‘Pretty much explains how calendula lent itself to be the star ingredient in this peel-off mask!

What the gel looks like

What the gel looks like

The product had a scent to it that smelled somewhat like yuzu to me (it might well be the smell of calendula but I’m not familiar with this plant) although some users have also commented that it reeked of artificial fragrance. It contains visible particles which, according to APRILSKIN, are parts of the calendulas (petals, pistil, stamen, calyx, etc.) and are distributed evenly throughout the clear, gel-like sticky substance.

My Sand & Sky brush finally came in handy!

My Sand & Sky brush finally came in handy!

Application is ideally done with the brand’s Real Jelly Brush for a more even coating but since it was not included in the bundle, I used the brush that came with my Sand & Sky mask just because I am a cheapskate (it worked perfectly well, though!). Having tried several different ways of application, I found dispensing the product onto the bristles before spreading it all over the face, section by section in an upward motion, worked better. The brand also recommends applying a thin layer (twice a week), but I piled it up a little more to prevent it from ripping apart during removal. At the rate I’m going, one tube would probably last me for about two months.

After mask application

After mask application

After mask application

After mask application

When mask had dried down. I didn't want to smile and risk having wrinkles, y'know!

When mask had dried down. I didn’t want to smile and risk having wrinkles, y’know!

The product tightened over time and finally, with my desk fan pointing towards me on full blast, dried down completely after 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes as stated on the box. The peeling process went pretty smoothly and painlessly (although it wasn’t as clean as this) but not without having to lightly scratch or pinch along my jawline to locate the edge of the mask (‘reckon I lost a few strands of facial hair doing so).

Peel mask off starting from the bottom, going along with the direction of the face muscles (and against gravity) to prevent skin sagging

Peel mask off starting from the bottom, going along with the direction of the face muscles (and against gravity) to prevent skin sagging

More peeling shots because I like them

More peeling shots because I like them

Mainly my skin's natural texture and dead skin..

Mainly my skin’s natural texture and dead skin..

All in all, I didn’t think it was entirely effective in removing my blackheads (on my nose especially), but it certainly lifted tons of dead skin (mostly from my healing zits) from atop my cheeks. Although the drier parts of my face looked negligibly flaky thereafter (it definitely did not give me the glass skin depicted on their marketing collaterals after use), it appeared brighter overall and the redness of my acne blemishes had also been visibly reduced. Most importantly, it did not irritate my sensitive skin!

After removal of mask - side profile

After removal of mask – side profile

After removal of mask - side profile

After removal of mask – side profile

After removal of mask - full profile

After removal of mask – full profile

Real Carrot Serum (S$25.90)

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

APRILSKIN Real Carrot Serum

By the way, this is how you can verify the authenticity of your APRILSKIN products! How cool is this?!

By the way, this is how you can verify the authenticity of your APRILSKIN products! How cool is this?!

This was included in the set, so it wasn’t like I had a choice. That said, it came timely because I was already on the lookout for a replacement for my nighttime serum when my current one runs out. However, much as I was happy to welcome this to my rotation, I was also curious – why is carrot chosen over the likes cucumber, aloe vera and tomato which are so commonly found in skincare products? Google revealed a plethora of benefits of carrots but the one that struck with me was its ability to overcome acne. Wow, today I learnt! Where have carrot-based skincare products been all my life, especially when I was battling a serious case of acne?

According to APRILSKIN, this daytime and nighttime serum has been clinically tested to be non-comedogenic. It harnesses ingredients derived from certified organic carrots (carrot water, carrot seed oil and carrot proteins) to combat blemishes such as acne and whiteheads (those pesky little bumps beneath the surface of the skin which I have plenty of!) and also niacinamide (a water-soluble vitamin) to brighten the skin tone and lighten hyperpigmentation. Of course, the ingredient list doesn’t stop here but I shan’t bore you with the details.

Appearance of serum

Appearance of serum

Pump 1 to 2 times and gently spread across the face from the centre outwards

Pump 1 to 2 times and gently spread across the face from the centre outwards

After applying the serum

After applying the serum

The smell of this white, lightweight, mildly viscous cream reminded me of lemon grass – it kind of evoked a sense of tranquillity in me. But not to worry if you aren’t a fan of aromatherapy because the scent is fleeting and you won’t be able to smell a thing once it’s on your face. In terms of its efficacy, perhaps because I used it after applying the peel-off mask, I noticed that the skin absorbed it a lot better than other serums. It also didn’t leave a sticky texture behind after application, which is a rarity for Korean skincare products (for me)! There wasn’t much difference to the appearance of my skin until the next morning because I woke up to shrunken bumps and glowing skin! The results were quite unexpected, I must say 🙊

I woke up like that!

I woke up like that!

TL;DR: Before and after (click to view image in full size) - colour-corrected (I tried) for accuracy

TL;DR: Before and after (click to view image in full size) – colour-corrected (I tried) for accuracy

In general, even though the mask didn’t perform as well as I hoped at the first try (I expected more gunk), I enjoyed the experience of peeling it off and will most likely repurchase due to this reason (it’s a good compelling reason for me to use it as I have the tendency of not using up my face mask before they pass their shelf lives 🙊 #lazy). The effects of the carrot serum were what really took me by surprise so I guess this pretty much settles it for me. Hello, new serum in my skincare regime!

What are your thoughts on these products? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll! 😊

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[SNACKS] Aroma Truffle: Black Summer Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese Flavours

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When work gets overwhelming or uneventful, it’s human nature to gravitate towards snacks to keep us going. That’s why my personal pantry – or otherwise known as my kitchen – has been stocked with snacks (goodbye diet) ever since my home has doubled up as my workplace. The pile of midday nibbles lined up on the counter just keeps getting bigger, with the latest addition being the few packets of Aroma Truffle chips that I recently ordered from Shopee (evil, evil app 💸) upon a friend’s strong recommendation. This gourmet snack was the talk of the town for much of last year, but I just couldn’t justify paying S$10 for a packet of chips, that is, until now.

Delivery from Aroma Truffle! The opening of the bag was sealed.

Delivery from Aroma Truffle! The opening of the bag was sealed.

For the unacquainted, Aroma Truffle (self-proclaimed “The world’s strongest truffle brand”) was established in 2018 after co-founder Johnathan Chan conjured an inimitable truffle recipe while attending a fine food masterclass in France. This discovery sparked off the idea to create the first batch of black summer truffle chips and since then, two more flavours have been introduced, all of which made with natural ingredients that were extensively researched and guaranteed to be of superior quality. The black summer truffles used in making the chips, for instance, were farmed in, harvested and airflown from the Italian suburbs. The company has several physical stores including one in Hong Kong, and they are normally filled with the unmistakable scent of truffle which can be detected from a distance away. I’m not kidding!

Aroma Truffle Outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, level 2. Opens daily from 10am to 10pm. If you're based overseas and will be stopping by Singapore in the near future, you can consider getting your truffle chips here! (Image from Aroma Truffle Facebook)

Aroma Truffle Outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, level 2. Opens daily from 10am to 10pm. If you’re based overseas and will be stopping by Singapore in the near future, you can consider getting your truffle chips here! (Image from Aroma Truffle Facebook)

The packets of chips I bought came in a bundle of four comprising two flavours – original (3 packets) and Parmesan cheese (1 packet) – priced at S$39.95 which is merely 5 cents less than usual. I could have gotten them for cheaper at the flash sale but I didn’t have the patience to wait for it to happen.

Inside the fanciful paper bag

Inside the fanciful paper bag

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese flavours!

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original and Parmesan Cheese flavours!

After two dreadful weeks, my order finally reached me (Aroma Truffle’s customer service claimed that a technical error had resulted in a delay in the processing of all orders made on the same day as mine 🤨 so in hindsight, I should have held back) and I wasted no time to try both flavours. It’s great that the packaging has a ziplock closure to prevent the chips from becoming stale between uses so I didn’t have to finish both packets in one sitting.

Original Flavour (S$10)

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Original flavour

Nutrition facts of the original flavour

Nutrition facts of the original flavour

Ingredient list for the original flavour

Ingredient list for the original flavour

These ridge-cut potato chips are said to have smothered in the finest grade of olive oil, then tossed with generous bits of black truffles and a hint of parsley. A closer look at the ingredient list (which isn’t available on their website, hmmm..) reveals that olive oil is, in fact, listed pretty much at the bottom while palm oil, a less healthy oil alternative, takes second spot (meaning that it has contributed the second-largest amount to the making of the product). Therefore, these chips might not be as healthy as the brand implies (and to be fair, they’re not explicitly touted as a healthy snack; just the copywriter doing his/her magic).

This is NOT a true representation of the quantity in the bag. (Sorry I couldn't resist the truffle fragrance and just jumped right into eating it before I remembered about taking a picture LOL!)

This is NOT a true representation of the quantity in the bag. (Sorry I couldn’t resist the truffle fragrance and just jumped right into eating it before I remembered about taking a picture LOL!)

Not too big, not too small!

Not too big, not too small!

The thickness

The thickness

Once the heat-sealed part of the packet was cut out (mind you, I haven’t even opened up the packet yet), my nose was instantly hit by a powerful aroma of truffle oil (hence the name 😝) and it was at that moment I knew I was in for a true trufflicious treat! The chips were thick and substantially crunchy (as opposed to the airy kind of crunchiness that we are all familiar with) and there was hardly any crushed pieces because the packaging was properly inflated with air to cushion them from any impact. The earthy notes of truffle was the strongest when first popped into the mouth. But that distinctive flavour was fleeting (although you get to experience it again in your next burp 🤣), leaving just the saltiness and taste of other flavoured seasoning behind towards the last bite.

Parmesan Cheese Flavour (S$10)

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Aroma Truffle Chips in Parmesan Cheese flavour

Nutrition facts of the Parmesan cheese flavour

Nutrition facts of the Parmesan cheese flavour

Ingredient list for the Parmesan cheese flavour

Ingredient list for the Parmesan cheese flavour

The texture of the chips was generally comparable to that of the original. The Parmesan cheese version was garnished with dill to accentuate its flavour and this strategy worked because the taste of cheese really stood out in this one, so much so that it kind of overshadowed the truffle (the scent still stands, but not as pronounced). Either that or the proportion of the truffle has reduced because I couldn’t really taste much of it. That said, both the cheese and truffle flavours complimented each other very well. However, because this essentially tastes like cheese crackers, I thought it would be more worthwhile to get the original flavour.

Refer to the picture above for the quantity instead 😁

Refer to the picture above for the quantity instead 😁

One chip

One chip

All in all, Aroma Truffle chips get my seal of approval in terms of taste, but will I repurchase? Probably not, unless the cravings for truffle hit me hard. My spending limit for snacks still remains at $5 unless they come with a chock-full of nutritional benefits. But if you have these lying around in the house when I’m there as a guest, do be mentally prepared for them to be guzzled by me.

What are your thoughts about Aroma Truffle chips? If you’ve tried both flavours, do you agree with my review? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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[FOOD DELIVERY] Enjoy Premium Sushi and Sashimi by Sushi Delivery Singapore at the Comfort of Your Couch!

Hello everyone!

Staying at home (involuntarily) has opened my eyes to the scores of food delivery options which I would not have otherwise known if I had continued to eat out. Just yesterday, I had the luxury of relishing a spread of Japanese food on my dining table without stepping out of my house because Sushi Delivery made it possible 🙏🏻

Sushi Delivery website

Sushi Delivery website

Not like any other sushi joint…

An adopter of the virtual kitchen concept, Sushi Delivery debunks the notion that takeaway foods are of inferior quality with little to no nutritional value by procuring ingredients from Japanese sources and staying true to traditional preparation methods for their sashimi.

Let’s begin with the promised taste: the flavour and texture of the fish is preserved through the employment of the ikejime technique which involves disrupting its brain and spinal cord to mitigate all the effects of biochemical reactions, thus allowing the flesh to develop an umami dimension. Since the fish is sourced only from ikejime-trained suppliers in – where else – Hokkaido and Tsukiji, you can be assured that only the freshest, high-grade catch is used for your sashimi to give the soft, melt-in-your-mouth goodness in every bite.

Maki page

Maki page

The sushi-meshi (sushi rice) is made of premium Japanese shortgrain obtained directly from Miyagi prefecture – a place famous for its fertile environment that enables rice paddies to flourish. The rice is processed and packaged in the same year in which it was harvested (“shinmai”) to retain its moisture and flavour, that’s why it has a more glutinous, sticky and plump texture when cooked.

Committed to beating the clock…

Each of the seven kitchens located islandwide is helmed by a Japanese itamae (or head sushi chef, an exceptionally prestigious and revered title given only to those who have undertaken years of training and apprenticeship), and is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and technology to ensure efficiency and food quality. Orders are also assigned to kitchens with the closest proximity so that they are fulfilled on time. To help you take your mind off delays, a $10 discount code will be given to you to use on your next Sushi Delivery order if they fail to deliver within the selected 1-hour window and the subsequent hour (i.e. delay of more than 2 hours). Granted, it’s not the best way of doing damage control but at least there’s no restrictions on the redemption (apart from having to pay S$5.90 for delivery if you do not meet the minimum order amount of S$60) – it’s $10 off regardless of order amount (their cheapest items are makis, so there’s that 🤪).

Dropdown menu

Dropdown menu

My order arrived at 7.23pm, well within the delivery window that I had chosen (i.e. 7.00pm – 8.00pm). The friendly deliveryman carefully handed me two bags at the door – one containing the sushis and makis, and the other the mains, and I must say the neat presentation of the finger foods – despite them having travelled on the roads – had left me really impressed. The dishes looked almost like what you’d expect to see if you were to dine in a Japanese restaurant!

My order (sans salmon sashimi)

My order (sans salmon sashimi)

Thank you, Mr Deliveryman for safely delivering our dinner to us!

Thank you, Mr Deliveryman for safely delivering our dinner to us!

To sidetrack for a moment, that the layout of the website struck me with a sense of deja vu. Like, I thought I had seen it somewhere before. Then, it hit me – it has similar design to that of 8 Crabs! Now, I don’t know if both businesses are run by the same company or if they’re merely using a very common e-commerce website template (and the same delivery model), but I do know both websites are managed by different registrars and were set up on dates far apart.. so I guess these put my suspicion to rest?

Here’s what went into our tummies, courtesy of Sushi Delivery:

Containers came with see-through lids.. and many, many packets of shoyu sauce and wasabi 😅

Containers came with see-through lids.. and many, many packets of shoyu sauce and wasabi 😅

What a spread!

What a spread!

Salmon Aburi Maki (8 pieces, S$15.90)

Salmon Aburi Maki

Salmon Aburi Maki

Salmon Aburi Maki

Salmon Aburi Maki

THICCC

THICCC

Drizzled with rich mentaiko mayo and black tobiko, the salmon slices were flame-torched to a nice brown texture to give a mild burnt fragrance. There were also tamago and Japanese cucumber wrapped inside the roll for an added crunch. This was a pure pleasure to eat, and definitely worthy of its chef’s recommendation status.

Mango Maki (8 pieces, S$16.90)

Mango Maki

Mango Maki

Mango Maki

Mango Maki

This felt like a party in my mouth. Grilled unagi was used in place of avocado (which is a common ingredient in mango maki) inside the roll, giving the maki a savoury yet slightly sweet flavour. There was also diced Japanese cucumber which acted as a crunchy, refreshing ingredient. The top of the maki is blanketed by a generous slice of mango topped with a dash of mayonnaise and tobiko, which made the whole dish even more tantalising on the palate.

Multi-layers of goodness

Multi-layers of goodness

The chef who came up with the list of recommendations must have made a mistake. Why isn’t mango maki featured when it’s so delectable? Even my mother, who isn’t really a fan of Japanese cuisine, couldn’t resist the urge to have seconds! This was easily my favourite dish of all!

Salmon Sashimi (5 pieces, S$9.90)

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon sashimi wasn’t shortlisted for this review originally because past food delivery experiences had made me weary of receiving lukewarm sashimi. But the Sushi Delivery representative I corresponded with decided that I should still give it a try because… which Japanese food review doesn’t talk about the most beloved sashimi? Silly me!

The salmon sashimi was included in the bag with the other makis and I was pleasantly surprised it came chilled, owing to the ice packs beneath those thick, smooth slices. True to Sushi’s Delivery promise, it was fresh but didn’t appear very dark-hued, which could suggest that the salmon was farmed.

Saba Shioyaki Set Bento (S$12.90)

Saba Shioyaki Set Bento

Saba Shioyaki Set Bento

Saba Shioyaki Set Bento

Saba Shioyaki Set Bento

The bento box menu is ideal for people who aren’t fond of raw food (like my mother). This bento set, in particular, included a piece of severed grilled saba (mackerel) seasoned with salt, and sushi rice topped with furikake served with a side salad and Japanese pickles. It was all right but nothing to write home about. My mother did remark that the freshness of the fish wasn’t quite up to her standard, though.

Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don (S$15.90)

Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don

Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don

Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don

Cheesy Unagi Aburi Don

This bowl of sushi rice was served with thick slabs of unagi slices, grated parmesan cheese, slices of Japanese cucumber. The unagi was slightly crispy on the outside and tender inside with a balance of sweet and savoury flavours, and the unorthodox addition of cheese lent a salty note.

There is a mistake in the official description (which I believe was copied from Unagi Don) – the egg ingredient isn’t onsen egg but tamagoyaki, as you can tell from the accompanying image on the website.

Bara Chirashi Don (S$16.90)

Bara Chirashi Don

Bara Chirashi Don

Bara Chirashi Don

Bara Chirashi Don

The Bara Chirashi Don might look like a mossy mess in pictures but it was actually loaded with a generous amount of ingredients that still felt a little chilled to the touch. There were diced salmon, maguro (tuna), hamachi (yellowtail) and tamago (egg), topped with slices of Japanese cucumber and kizami nori (shredded seaweed), and not once did my spoon emerge from the dish without an ingredient. The portion was more than substantial for me. In fact, I was unable to finish my sushis and makis after having this! (I kept them in the fridge and had them at a later time, don’t worry.)

Besides the taste and quality, prices, in general, are also comparable to those of Japanese restaurants. But since Sushi Delivery operates out of a virtual kitchen, you get to save on service charge and prevailing government taxes, which usually work out to be quite a sum.

That said, I would still prefer to dine in at Japanese restaurants because there’s just something about the experience that food deliveries cannot duplicate. Maybe it’s the act of sipping on a cup of hot Japanese green tea while waiting for my orders to be served, the Japanese music playing in the background that sets the mood, or the fact that I can actually see the sushi chefs in action. However, if the need arises for me to dine at home in the future (but please, don’t let it be due to COVID-20!), Sushi Delivery would be one of my choices.

What are your thoughts about Sushi Delivery? Would you give them a shot? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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[FOOD DELIVERY] Freshly Cooked Seafood Delivered Right Up to Your Doorstep by 8 Crabs

Hello everyone!

We are now a month into the circuit breaker and the idea of home-cooked meals has probably gotten stale by now. Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner (it’s this Sunday!), many of you might have been tearing your hair out over how to honour the most important lady (or ladies) in your family this year amidst all the restrictions.

Worry no more as 8 Crabs is here to save the day!

8 Crabs…?

I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of this establishment prior to reading this review, considering that the 8 Crabs website was only set up a month ago (yes, I did my background check because I was sceptical as well, and as for why there are reviews dated to 2017 on the website, I’m equally puzzled about it and have sought clarification). But that is not to say that they are inexperienced in the culinary arena. In fact, its parent company Eight Foods Pte Ltd (not the business’ originally registered name so I’ve reached out to find out more too) is one that specialises in the import of live seafood such as wild-caught crabs, sea cucumber, prawns, grouper, and tilapia from Sri Lanka. Peeved at the prevailing dishonesty in the food industry, Eight Foods started 8 Crabs to fill the gap for providing the freshest crab at a fixed rate.

8 Crab website

8 Crab website

Rather than operating from brick-and-mortar restaurant, 8 Crabs is based out of a virtual zi char kitchen (yay to no GST and service charge!) that offers islandwide delivery of its premium cooked seafood without a minimum order. Today, Sri Lanka is home to their own processing premises where freshly caught crabs are brought in daily by their fishermen, and delivered from to the local airport which is just an hour’s drive away. The strategic location of their premises means that the packing time is drastically shortened, thus heavily reducing the risk of ammonia excretion (the byproduct of the decomposition of seafood) in stressed crabs. In addition, the fished crabs also have to be examined and approved by their crab graders before they are exported, so you can be assured of the quality – and meatiness – of your crab!

My apologies to my Muslim readers as 8 Crabs is non-halal.

Wah, crabs?! Confirm expensive!

When 8 Crabs offered to credit a certain value into my account for me to pick out any dishes I wanted to try within given budget, I couldn’t help but snigger a little. As a crab enthusiast who dines at seafood restaurants at least twice a year (because I like to spoil my parents rotten on their birthdays), I know very well how crabs are priced – by their weight – and I had the inkling that the amount was not going to be enough to cover the price of a crab for three. But I was so wrong! I did my math and figured that I could actually get a complete 4-course meal – crab inclusive – for my family with the voucher 😱 I was shookth. Crabs can be affordable!

Seafood, meat and poultry, vegetable options at 8 Crabs

Seafood, meat and poultry, vegetable options at 8 Crabs

Crabs section

Crabs section

The prices vary according to the size of the crab: S$60 for medium (2 pieces), S$68 for large, S$118 for extra-extra large (depending on the catch for the day, some sizes may not be available). These prices are reflected clearly on website with no hidden charges so you won’t get a rude shock when you cart out your order!

My first 8 Crab order!

My first 8 Crab order!

Impressed by the transparency of 8 Crabs, I went on and added two crabs and other complementary dishes to the cart, gladly exceeding the budget given to me. Of course, I paid the difference out of my own pocket (it’s not a lot anyway 😉). After my order was completed, I received an invoice in my e-mail and was surprised that it was billed by Masons Home Decor Pte. Ltd. instead. There is no mention of their affiliation anywhere on the website (or anywhere on the internet) so I presume Masons Home Decor is just a sister brand of 8 Crabs.

[6 May 2020] I’ve contacted the marketing team for clarification of all the questions raised in this review and will update here once I get a response 🙂 For now, let’s just focus on the food! [As of 23 May 2020, no response received]

Just how.. does crab delivery work?!

My order met the requirement for free delivery (free for orders above $120. Otherwise, S$8 for same-day delivery or S$18 for express delivery) and I was prompted to select my preferred delivery time slot at checkout: 12:30-13:00 (lunch), 18:00-19:00, 19:00-20:00, 20:00-21:00, 21:00-22:00 or 22:00-23:00. Since this was meant to be dinner, I opted for the first evening time slot (18:00-19:00), bracing myself for a possible delay during that peak hour.

The doorbell rang. Time check. It was only 5.45pm and the deliveryman was already at my door with plastic bags containing my dinner in his hands. For a moment, I panicked because my mother was still in the kitchen preparing some other dishes to go with the crab feast and she wouldn’t be done until at least 30 minutes later. Oh well.. I guess that’s a small price to pay for not taking their promise of one-hour delivery seriously! I mean, they even promise a full refund if they are late!

8 Crabs' pledge of excellence!

8 Crabs’ pledge of excellence!

So.. what did I order? (Warning: do not proceed if you are burning the midnight oil)

Black Pepper Crab (Large, S$68)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view) – LOOK AT THOSE PINCERS!

Salted Egg Crab (Large, S$68)

Salted Egg Crab (aerial view)

Salted Egg Crab (aerial view)

Salted Egg Crab (zoomed in)

Salted Egg Crab (zoomed in) – soaking in salted egg goodness

The crab menu is streamlined to increase efficiency in the kitchen and perhaps, save customers the headache of deciding on the flavour since there are only three to choose from: black pepper, chilli and salted egg. Is anyone else mildly disappointed that creamy butter flavour didn’t make it to the list? No? Just me? ☹️

A large crab at 8 Crabs weighs approximately 750g which I reckoned was just about right for three people. But as a family of crab lovers, one was definitely not going to cut it to satiate our appetites. Therefore, I got two in different flavours so that I could have at least one pincer all to myself! This may sound treacherous but I am not big on our national crab flavour at all so I went with salted egg and black pepper. The salted egg one was a mix of chunky and creamy, and wasn’t overwhemingly sweet (kids friendly!) while the spice in the black pepper carried some kick (your fiesty folks will love this!). Both boxes came with a generous amount of sauce in them.

The size of the crabs met my expectations and both crabs were delightfully meaty. Thankfully, most, if not all inaccessible and obscured parts of the crab were already cracked so crab crackers were absolutely unnecessary during the span of our meal. Furthermore, since both crabs were so fresh, the succulent meat just slid off the shell without the aid of any seafood picks! Yes, even the hard-to-reach meat in the fingers and pereopods (those little legs)! Ah-mazing, right?!?!

Sorry, no additional pictures of the crabs because my hands were tied and I didn’t want to soil my camera! But take my word for it – they were good.

Fried Man Tou (a set of 5, S$6)

Fried Man Tou

Fried Man Tou

Where crab dishes are concerned, it is almost an unspoken rule that they must be paired with fried man tou, or fried buns in Mandarin, for dipping into the savoury crab sauce (or condensed milk at your own expense, if you’ve more of a sweet tooth). I was thrown off by the price (as a benchmark, restaurants usually sell fried man tou for 80 cents each) at first but when I saw the buns, I understood why – these guys were humongous; each was about the size of my palm! They were deep fried to a golden brown and despite being left on my dining table for an hour, they were still crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. Be careful not to over-order, though, as these buns – I repeat – are super-sized.

A side-by-side comparison against the other dishes. Those man tous are HUGE.

A side-by-side comparison against the other dishes. Those man tous are HUGE.

Prawn Paste Chicken (Medium, S$18)

Prawn Paste Chicken

Prawn Paste Chicken

In contrast, the prawn paste chicken was a bit of a let-down. The prawn paste smelt slightly burnt and wasn’t as aromatic as I hoped (the unmistakable har cheong fragrance was largely absent). Although juicy, the mid-joint wings were pretty much meatless and the crust (or lack thereof) wasn’t crispy (to be fair, they probably lost a lot of crunch in transit, but the texture was just.. flat). I wouldn’t recommend this. Stick to their crabs, if you may, or try other dishes on the menu!

That said, dinner was a blast and went well beyond my expectation. My parents, who never had the chance to attend tasting events with me previously (thank you, 8 Crabs for making this experience possible!), enjoyed the crabs tremendously and wouldn’t mind having them again. Hopefully, 8 Crabs would consider adding creamy butter flavour to the menu before that happens 😬

What are your thoughts about 8 Crabs? Would you give them a shot? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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REVIEW: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Series (Shampoo + Scalp Nutrition Pack + Treatment + Nutrition Hair Pack)

Hello everyone!

How are you holding up with the circuit breaker (or lockdown, depending on where you are)? As a homebody, being cooped up at home never seemed like much of a big deal to me until I personally felt how warm and stuffy my living room (where I usually work from) would get in the afternoon for the first time since moving here – even with two pretty solid desk fans blowing in my face.

And one thing leads to another. Apart from the occasional musty odour of my sweat and small pustules popping out more frequently on my face, I also noticed an increase in my hair fall which, quite frankly, isn’t an entirely new to me. Normally when that happens, I would immediately book an appointment with my hairstylist to get my locks snipped. But with non-essential businesses being told to close during this period, this option is temporarily unavailable 🤦🏻‍♀️The absence of professional help meant that I could only rely on over-the-counter hair products to slow down my balding process until the economy reopens. For that, I’m thankful that Daeng Gi Meo Ri (댕기머리) had come to the rescue because picking the right products for my sensitive scalp would be a whole new issue in itself!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri

Daeng Gi Meo Ri

New to the brand? You’re not alone! Through some digging, I managed to find out a bit more about Daeng Gi Meo Ri. Based on unofficial reports, it has actually been around in the Singapore hair care market since 2014 and had even bagged some awards. I must been living under a rock!

Established in 1998, Daeng Gi Meo Ri is the first hair care brand in South Korea to incorporate traditional oriental herbal ingredients in their formula designed to maximise hair health through beneficial medicinal herbs extracted with traditional Korean fermentation process. It comes with specific ranges (Vitalizing, Energizing and Yellow Blossom) to cater to different scalp needs and conditions. In my case, I was recommended the Vitalizing range by its rep for its hair-loss prevention and hair growth capabilities.

My hair before using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time

My hair before using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time

Look how fried my hair is?!?! (P/S: hairstylist recommendations greatly appreciated!)

Look how fried my hair is?!?! (P/S: hairstylist recommendations greatly appreciated!)

By the way, Daeng Gi Meo Ri doesn’t gender-discriminate. It works well for the guys too 😉

Vitalizing Shampoo

Their number-one selling shampoo (the last time I checked, it’s sold out on Watsons!) helps in cleansing the scalp and preventing hair tangles with moisture supply, which may in turn improve your hair condition in 3 to 6 months. I mean, just by the smell of it, you’d know it’s not some gimmicky shampoo that banks on the power of scent (looking at you, P&G brands). It has a very noticeable herbal smell (somewhat like a more pleasant version of luo han guo combined with chrysanthemum) which fortunately doesn’t mess with my nose.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo – ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo

Expected more lather than this, to be honest! But it was more foamy at subsequent washes somehow!

Expected more lather than this, to be honest! But it was more foamy at subsequent washes somehow!

The appearance of the product funnily reminds me of malt extract as it has an incredibly thick consistency. Just one wash and I was already able to feel the cleanliness of my scalp which normally felt oily (and sticky?). There was also a vast difference in the texture of my hair. Can’t say I wasn’t impressed and surprised by the results at all! 😱

Vitalizing Treatment

Every shampoo has to have a conditioner accompaniment, so this is no exception. But rather than a conditioner, this is paired with a treatment (very common to see treatments in place of conditioners nowadays) which I presume is due to the incorporation of more potent ingredients that lead to more targeted results, rather than just giving hair the ultra-smooth effect. This scalp essence (as Daeng Gi Meo Ri calls it) claims to help in the prevention of hair loss by delivering medicinal herbal nutrition deep into the scalp to strengthen hair follicles.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalising Treatment – ingredient list

Actual colour is slightly duller than this

Actual colour is slightly duller than this

Although it still has a herbal note to it, the treatment smells more inviting as compared to the shampoo, and it looks like a thick malted milk formulation (y’know, like Horlicks). This leaves my hair SO soft and silky smooth every time! 😍

Vitalizing Hair Cap

Missed going to professional hair salons to pamper your hair already? You cannot replicate that same experience at home but you can certainly achieve similar results with the help of this hair treatment cap. This easy-to-use self care for your hair contains additional fermented oriental herbal ingredients to supply nutrients to hair weakened from various elements (for instance, from chemical treatment including perms, dyes and stress from daily heat styling). Simply put, this is a more extravagant, one-time use version of the treatment for days you want to indulge in some serious TLC for your hair.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack. I realised the model on the packaging changes from time to time.. This one in particular looks like Taeyeon!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack. I realised the model on the packaging changes from time to time.. This one in particular looks like Taeyeon!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - the size when opened out!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – the size when opened out!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack - the serum in the hair cap. Don't sniff too closely - the smell stings!

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Nutrition Hair Pack – the serum in the hair cap. Don’t sniff too closely – the smell stings!

My experience in trying hair caps from other brands was nothing short of a nightmare. I remembered struggling to keep my waist-length hair each time inside the hair cap which wasn’t very well secured by the weakly adhesive tape. However, this was not the case for Daeng Gi Meo Ri’s which had even included another layer of wood pulp-like material inside the cap to hold my hair captive. The adhesive tape isn’t sticky to the touch but it somehow clings onto the cap like absolute magic (even after stripping it off to readjust the cap)!

It's a perfect wrap!

It’s a perfect wrap!

Once all my hair had been tucked into the cap, I massaged my head to ensure even distribution of the serum around my hair. Then, came a pleasant surprise – a cooling sensation started creeping in to reinvigorate my scalp! After about 15 minutes, I removed the cap and rinsed the serum off my hair. As I ran through my hair with my fingers, I could already feel its softness and smoothness (the same happened to my toilet floor – I almost slipped!). All in all, the product was a lot better than I had expected!

Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

An over-the-counter tonic approved by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, this scalp pack not only promises hair growth and the reduction of hair loss, it also helps to reduce scalp itchiness.

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss - ingredient list

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair Loss – ingredient list

Double security: even the bottle itself is sealed!

Double security: even the bottle itself is sealed!

Clear, runny solution

Clear, runny solution

Imagine trying to resist the temptation to scratch your scalp because you don’t want to give the impression that you have head lice. Yup, that’s me on most sweltering days, and products I had tried in hopes of alleviating the itch had been largely unsuccessful. These past failed attempts naturally led me to cast a doubtful light on this clear, runny tonic (doesn’t help that it also kinda smells like mouthwash 🤣). But alas, I was wrong! (And I’ve never felt so happy to be proven wrong!)

It has been three days since using the tonic and the number of times my fingers reached for my scalp has visibly reduced. The cool weather might have a small part to play in this but my scalp has never felt this.. normal for a long time! Did I mention that this also gives a tingly sensation?

After cleansing the hair and blow-drying

After cleansing the hair and blow-drying

For the record, the tonic is applied daily after cleansing my scalp (with shampoo and treatment, duh!) and blow-drying my hair to increase its efficacy.

After using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time!

After using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time!

The morning after using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time! Hair looks less crazy!

The morning after using Daeng Gi Meo Ri for the first time! Hair looks less crazy!

The initial results of using these Daeng Gi Meo Ri products were beyond satisfactory as I do see an improvement in my hair quality (e.g. less frizz, slightly more volume and a lot easier to manage) especially when I wake up. However, it’s still too early to say if they are effective in promoting hair growth. The prices are also on the high side for some drugstore hair care products and this makes me very hesistant to dispense a full pump of shampoo and treatment at every wash (which may do more harm than good as more strain might be put on my scalp due to the lack of lather). But I guess you could always wait to snag them at a lower price during one of the many Watsons sales.

What do you think of Daeng Gi Meo Ri products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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