, Your One-Stop Skin Care Specialty Webstore


Hey everyone!

When it comes to looking good, I believe most Singapore women (who are interestingly the biggest beauty spenders in the region) would have no qualms about splurging on expensive beauty products that promise a flawless complexion or an enhanced appearance. Further supporting this statement, a poll conducted three years ago by market research company Frost & Sullivan had also revealed that Singapore women were increasingly willing to blow their fortunes on products that were considered a luxury. Why? I guess that’s because we often associate a higher price with higher quality, therefore higher effectiveness, and the opposite with a lower price.

However, that’s not always true. I mean, sure, there must be something special in luxury products that justifies the cost but not everything is a one-size-fits-all affair. I’ve had my fair share of disappointing experiences with higher-range cosmetic brands (especially acne-fighting products) and likewise, there are low to mid-range brands which I absolutely rave about.


Hence, with this in mind, two sisters launched Skin Recipe on 1 July 2015 after discovering some really affordable yet effective ones on one of their weekend getaways.

Represented by a tomato to reflect meaning of healthy young looking skin, Skin Recipe offers a wide selection of pocket-friendly skin and body care products that are not readily available in Singapore, handpicked by the owners themselves.

Quality Assured

Unlike other webstores that sells products deemed to be popular by the general public, Skin Recipe only offers products which they think will be beneficial to your skin! Apart from that, all products are personally tried and tested before they go on sale to ensure their effectiveness (especially on sensitive skin) and quality. They are also guaranteed authentic as they are sourced directly from local authorised distributors.

Product Range

With popular brands like Malissa KissNamu Life (e.g. the widely-acclaimed SnailWhite Cream by renowned bloggers like Tammy Tay and Yutaki) and PasJel from Thailand, and Elishacoy, Hey Nature and Nature Republic from South Korea on the catalogue, Singapore shoppers are promised an array of foreign skincare fixes which previously can only be bought overseas!




P/S: There’s a sale going on now so be quick with your fingers!

As the webstore is still pretty new (less than 2 months old as of writing), it does not boast as much as others have to offer but you can expect more skin care products such as masks, lip care, eye care and other body and face related items to be listed soon!

Payment & Delivery

Local mailing charges apply but free registered mailing is provided for any orders above S$80! All prices shown are in Singapore dollars (S$).

Not in Singapore? Fret not! Skin Recipe also ships worldwide via Speedpost. Payment can also be made with credit card or via PayPal so that customers can be provided with a secure, swift and fuss-free checkout experience. How awesome is that? 🙂

What I got from Skin Recipe! Will review them on a separate post soon :)

What I got from Skin Recipe! Will review them on a separate post soon 🙂

I don’t know about you but I have an inkling that Skin Recipe is going to be the next webstore I frequent to satisfy my beauty curiosity and I’m sure it will be yours too if you have been searching high and low for a trustworthy beauty shop to supply your beauty needs 🙂

Do share with me your reviews if you’ve gotten anything from Skin Recipe 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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Achieve Your Ideal Body Shape with EnzSerum


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I am now about 5 months into my low-carb diet and so far I’ve managed to maintain my physique despite gorging on food lately (no thanks to all the SG50 dining deals around). Of course, that’s only possible with the help of fat burning/weight-loss products because I’m just too busy for intensive workout as for now.

If you recall, it all started with a strict low-carb diet whereby I would totally abstain from refined carbohydrates like white rice, noodles and bread. Foreseeing that I wouldn’t have time for any workout due to my internship, I initially planned to stick to this diet until the end of my stint in June but sadly, it only lasted for two months because the radical changes I made to my eating habits visibly affected my immune system negatively. I found myself more susceptible to illnesses, falling sick really easily and my period also became really irregular. So I started ingesting little amount of carbs – usually bread – mainly to get my menstrual cycle back on track. But I gradually became more and more liberal in my diet (doesn’t help that lunches with colleagues are always at amazing cafés) and had put some weight back on. It may seem like a measly 2kg increase on the weighing scale but the fats around my waist had in fact thickened twofold (like literally 2 foldable layers of flab, haiz).


Belly pre-EnzSerum: flabz not fabz, can’t even see the vertical line on my stomach anymore 😥

My body insecurities

Well, granted, I’m not exactly fat (the last time I measured I was a UK10 which is considered a “small” in some countries *chuckles*) but I’m definitely borderline chubby by Singaporean standards (or Asian in general) with lots of stubborn excess fats on various parts of my body – more specifically my arms and tummy. Despite being a rather active jogger since 3 years ago, I had only managed to squeeze into a UK8 dress at the minimum at one point (also caused by poor appetite during my busy days which made me lose a few inches of belly fats). Still, unsightly flabs would still be hanging from my underarms no matter how much exercise I do. I used to shy away from sleeveless tops because of this reason. I would feel so self-conscious in them and too ashamed to wave goodbye or hold on to the handgrips on the train. Although I’ve outgrown this insecurity a little, I still wish for toned arms to look good in pictures.


Arms Pre-EnzSerum: fatfatfatfatfatfatfat

While running does play a great part in weight management, it is after all a whole body activity and it doesn’t really tone up or burn fats at targeted areas apart from my thighs and calves. Moreover, my ongoing internship makes it impossible for me engage in long vigorous exercise because I’d be too burnt out for anything else by the time I get home. I could only spare about 20 minutes each day for a quick workout (consists of 60 sit ups, 4 sets of 50 crunches, abdominal exercises like plank and etc.) which to be honest hadn’t shown much noticeable results on my concerned areas if not for a fat burning product.

Introducing EnzSerum

So what is this fat burning product that I mentioned? Thanks to JBeauty, I was given the opportunity to try out EnzSerum, a fat blasting serum essence, which can be used in conjunction with my workouts to help slim and tone the body by reducing unwanted fat. What’s amazing about this product is that it allows localised fat loss (burning the fats of a targeted area) which is exactly what I was hoping for.


Formulated in France, the main ingredient of the product is Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine and it is derived from soy lecithin, a natural ingredient which is absolutely safe to use since it is obtained during the process of soy beans. It is capable of destroying the fat cell membrane and removing the triglyceride to kill fat cells. For those who don’t know what triglyceride is, it’s the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in meals (e.g. carbs) and essentially the main form of fat in the body. It’s not entirely a bad thing because everyone needs some fats to stay alive. But it’s definitely not good if your triglyceride level is sky-high because that may lead to heart disease and could multiply the bad effects of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. [source] It’s like having high cholesterol level, y’know?


But having said that, this product is not a health or dietary supplement of some sort for lowering triglyceride levels. It’s used purely to combat stubborn fats in your body and can also be a weight-loss supplement for your diet and fitness goals.


Thighs pre-EnzSerum: not too bad but can be leaner hehehe

What’s more, this product is strictly for external use only so nothing of it is to be taken orally (yay for the sceptics). All you need to do is to apply the product evenly on the surface of your targeted flabby areas and massage until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin. The product utilises the latest Nanotechnology to break down its active ingredients so that it could penetrate the skin cells easily. For better results (I think so la, haven’t tried it yet though!), it can also be used with body wrap for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

My results

I have personally trialed EnzSerum for 2 weeks and already I can feel the effects of the product. My skin (especially tummy) now feels tightened and less flabby. I use this prior to my workout at night (daily before bedtime) and after my morning shower on my underarms, tummy and thighs.





No change in thighs.

But to be honest, 2 weeks is too short a duration for me to realise its full advantages. I believe I would be able to see better results with prolonged use (especially with body wrap). Personally I think it will work way better with exercise (as always!)

Every application leaves a tingling sensation on the skin (something like that of Prickly Heat Snake Powder hahaha) that can last for up to 3 hours so as much as I’m tempted to apply lots of it at one time (not like it’s going to speed up the fat loss process but yeah kiasu is like that), I try not to because I don’t want to feel like I’m being burnt alive. But it provides extra cooling (on exposed areas) on windy days! 😀

Each bottle of EnzSerum should be able to last you for three months (or more if used sparingly hehe).

Why you should get EnzSerum

If you’re troubled by regional fat bulges (belly, waist, shoulder, armpit, hip, upper thighs, back and and unable to reduce fat despite restricted diet and regular exercises like me before, this is the one product you ought to try for a quick, easy and non-invasive way to eliminate unwanted fat.

Besides hastening the breakdown of fats (the primary use of EnzSerum), it also helps to increase your body’s metabolism rate and skin’s elasticity and tighten your body into the highly desirable ‘S’ shape. When used long-term, it reduces cellulite and moisturises your skin. Other benefits include water retention reduction, orange peel skin elimination and skin nourishment.

Here is the list of the ingredients and their functions:

Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine – destroy fat cell membrane and remove excess triglyceride (unwanted fat)

Coenzyme A and Vitamin BT (Carntine) – gently eliminate fatty acid and excess fat and reshapes the body

Carnosine – counters the effects of free radicals, provides oxidation, glycation and anti-aging properties

Borage Seed Oil – used to treat eczema and nearly any kind of dermatitis or rash

Gotu Kola Extract – decreases inflammation and blood pressure in veins, increases collagen production

And yup, that’s about it! 🙂

Give EnzSerum a shot if you want a trim body fast and (almost) effortlessly!



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Buckwheat for Better General Health + GIVEAWAY


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Two months ago, my mother received a phone call from a close family friend. Thinking that it was just a casual phone call to catch up with a long-time friend, my Mom answered it with one of her chirpiest tones. But soon, the mood grew sombre as Auntie Renee’s* voice turned brittle. Carefully, she relayed the news of her cancer diagnosis and added that she was given a terminal prognosis. As the cancer has spread to various parts of her body, recovery was not likely. The unfortunate news shattered the tiniest hope she had completely at the hospital, and her accompanying husband who had always assumed a hostile and fierce look broke down and wept at the thought of losing his wife.

Auntie Renee, once a smoker, is over 60 years of age.

But she is not the only person I know who has fallen prey to cancer or other deadly health problems.

The past few years have witnessed how my paternal aunt, grandmothers (from both sides), grandpa, other family friends and celebrities I looked up to succumb to cancer, stroke and heart failure (also the top causes of death in Singapore). It’s devastating to see a person once so full of life and happiness suddenly be reduced to skin and bones and lying helplessly on the hospital bed the next moment, awaiting death. Only those who are diligent enough to go for regular check-ups are granted (mostly) a few more years to live. My paternal aunt and maternal grandma lived for another 10 years or so before passing away. Nonetheless, those were 10 torturous years for them as they had to be on medication for the rest of their lives. Also not mentioning the pain and suffering they had to (silently) endure. Both were non-smokers and non-alcoholic drinkers (and perhaps eating healthily) even before the misfortune was meted out to them.

And that’s life.

Very often as we age, we experience health issues with greater frequency as our body become weaker and more prone to illnesses and diseases. It’s very common for people over the age of 40 to be diagnosed as having diabetes [source] which often leads to hypertension (for type 1 diabetes), stroke and a myriad of other heart diseases. As for cancer, it may affect all ages, even foetuses, but the risk for the more common varieties tends to increase with age. [source] are the top causes of death in Singapore. While diabetes and cancer may be attributed to poor lifestyle choices and genetic susceptibility, the cause of the latter is also largely associated to environmental factors (air pollution, UV radiation etc.). Some may even argue that cancer is mostly “bad luck”.

*Names have been changed to protect the family’s privacy (as some people I know are readers of my blog).

Prevention is the best medicine

Instead of leaving your health to fate or your doctors (chronic diseases can chalk up a huge bill), I feel that many people overlook the fact that problems like diabetes, heart attack and cancer can be prevented, or at the very least, forced to slow down in their progression [source]. And this definitely doesn’t cost as much as your medical bill.

My penny-pinching parents for one generally are not willing to spend money on health. My Mom in particular is a worrywart. Yet, she avoids doctor visits like the plague even when she has severe migraine because she’s afraid to hear unpleasant stuff about her health from the doctor (like brain cancer or something), or that other health problems would surface during the check-up. I’ve tried persuading her many times but failed. She prefers to live in ignorance. *sigh*

My Dad fell ill once and was tested positive for high blood pressure (caused by smoking, his love for rice dishes in large portions, and sitting in his taxi for hours). Since then, he has to attend scheduled appointments to see his HBP specialist, much to his displeasure. His doctor monitors his condition very closely and had threatened to put him on life-long medication if the problem worsens. He tried cutting down his rice intake (instead of smoking because he finds it very difficult to quit the habit *sigh*) but the result was short-lived as my Dad would revert to his rice-based diet after the appointment.

But one thing I know for sure about my parents is that they are not choosy eaters. Unlike me, they don’t mind downing a huge pot of the bitterest herbal tea in the name of health (and to avoid seeing the doctor for my Mom), or drinking a cup of prune juice religiously to aid digestion. I can’t do that *oops*.

However, these health foods don’t combat against more serious illnesses per se, and can be quite expensive in the long run.

Introduction to Buckwheat

Upon hearing about my Dad’s health condition, his diabetic friend who also suffers from hypertension recommended him to drink a certain kind of green tea. It’s a well-known universal fact that green tea does reduce the risk of cancer. It even has the ability to prevent cancer cell growth and kill cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells [source]. Furthermore, it also helps lower blood pressure naturally [source], hence reducing risk of stroke, heart failure and heart attack. [source] Of course, apart from these facts, green tea has other benefits as well such as it being rich in vitamins A (essential for functioning of the eye), C (enhance absorption of iron from non-meat products) and E (antioxidant).

But what is unfamiliar to many people is buckwheat which is as beneficial to the health as green tea. And despite its name, it is actually a fruit seed and not a cereal grain. The superfood is triangular in shape, usually brown in colour and has more of a soft and subtle flavor. When roasted, it can give an earthy and nutty taste. It can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge, making a great substitute for grain for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. [source]

Buckwheat has been known to lower the risk of developing high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. It is a good source of magnesium and dietary fibre. Magnesium helps in the absorption and retention of calcium and dietary fibre aids the digestive system. The former also has powerful anti-carcinogenic effects, primarily on the development and metastasis of breast cancer cells in postmenopausal women and colon cancer [source].

Trust me, the above is just an excerpt of what I’ve read about Buckwheat; there are way more benefits than that (you may read it if you’re keen). That’s how powerful Buckwheat is. Now, imagine it combined with green tea. The result is formidable.


Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and canned Green Tea

My Dad was introduced to Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea by BHP and within a month, he could see a remarkable improvement to his blood pressure and overall health. From a blood pressure reading of 155/87 (high Systolic BP & normal Diastolic BP a.k.a Isolated Systolic Hypertension) in December 2014, it dipped to a healthier reading of 130+/80+* (both in the normal range but still on the high side – no thanks to his smoking habit and more-than-occasional Roti Prata breakfast -_-) by his following medical appointment in end January 2015. The reading remains in the normal range even today.


Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea


Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea

It has impact my Dad’s life so positively that he started getting the rest of the family to drink it (Mom’s happily drinking it everyday *phew* at least I know her health is partially taken care of!). One isn’t enough for a tea lover like me so I tend to help myself to more than one sachet a day. It kinda reminds me of my favourite free-flow hot green tea at Itacho Sushi Restaurant which I had been searching high and low for and this taste is perhaps the closest I’ve found so far! But in comparison, this is definitely more fragrant and flavourful (because of the buckwheat).



*Estimate reading recalled from memory.
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Not a tea drinker? No problem!

On top of the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea that I have been raving about, there is also Buckwheat Black Coffee for those who absolutely abhor the bitterness of tea (I personally find it acceptable but that’s probably because I’m a tea lover to begin with). and those who cannot live without coffee. It is a blend of Arabica & Robusta coffee mixture and it is so aromatic, you wouldn’t know it’s combined with buckwheat until you’ve tried it.


Buckwheat Black Coffee


Zero-sugar coffee for the health nut. Also a great start to a healthier lifestyle!


Have no qualms about the taste because it tastes exactly like coffee! A healthier version of coffee to be exact 😉

Enjoy a good cup of hot coffee every morning while benefiting from its health advantages! Isn’t it awesome? 🙂

At BHP, there’s something for everyone – even kids! If you’re worried that your little ones may not like the taste of the hot Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea, it also comes in canned form with a sprinkle of sweetness. You may also refrigerate it for an extra burst of freshness and drink it on the go if you’ve no time for boiling water! 🙂


Canned Buckwheat Green Tea


Canned Buckwheat Green Tea


Awarded HPB’s Healthier Choice symbol!

Why you should drink buckwheat?

I’ve pretty much explained myself above but to sum things up…

Main health benefits (tl;dr version)

1. Reduces the 3 ‘high’s – reduces blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. It is ideal for people with high blood sugar.

2. High in antioxidants – the amount in buckwheat is equal or even higher than that of fruits and vegetables

3. Reduces the risk of cancer – especially breast and colon

And also helps in…

4. Slimming and skin whitening – reduce body fat and inhibits the growth of melanin (dark pigments)

5. Improving gastrointestinal conditions – helps in detoxification and eases constipation

This would make a great Father’s Day present as well, don’t you think? 🙂


The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea has won the Healthier Choice Merit award at the Food Product Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology! To celebrate this huge milestone, BHP has kindly sponsored some full-sized boxes of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea to be given away to 12 lucky readers. Scroll all the way down for more details!

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Where to buy?

The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (25 sachets at S$20, 60 sachets at S$36), Buckwheat Black Coffee (30 sachets at S$22) and canned Buckwheat Green Tea (24 cans at S$22) can be bought directly off, from authorised Qoo10 users and authorised distributors. The official website provides worldwide shipping, free local delivery with no minimal order.





Get FREE samples!

Want to try out the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Buckwheat Black Coffee before purchasing? Simply e-mail me ( or comment here with your e-mail address* and you will be given a set of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Roasted Black Coffee samples (no canned drink, sorry!) by normal post.  Hurry, limited stocks available and first come, first served only 🙂

UPDATE (5 July 2015)

All samples have been given out!


Giveaway (while stocks last) is open to all residents of Singapore.

*limited to one entry per e-mail address

*WIN* a box of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea

If you’ve tried the samples and are itching to get the full-size product, you would be glad to know that BHP has kindly sponsored me some boxes to be given away to 12 lucky readers! This giveaway is held in celebration of the company’s achievement in the recent Food Products Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology. Big congratulations to BHP for clinching the Healthier Choice Merit award for the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea! 🙂

To win, simply comment “I want Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea!” with your e-mail address below or e-mail me at with “I want Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea!” as your subject. I will pick 12 winners by 12 July 2015 (may end earlier if response is overwhelming!)

As product is bulky, self-collection is advised at the following MRT stations: Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Gombak, Bukit Batok, Jurong East, Serangoon, Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut. All are welcome to participate in this giveaway as long as you’re able to meet me at any of the above-mentioned locations! 🙂

UPDATE: First round of giveaway has ended! All winners have been notified 🙂 Thanks for your participation!

Second round of giveaway (even bigger and better!) is open now! Click here to find out more!

Many people have tried the product and witnessed favourable results. What about you? 🙂


I love my Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea! 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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