Thursday, August 18, 2016

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I remember clearly those days, when I came back from army camp; I will always find a few acnes on my face, especially on my forehead and nose area.
Be it boys or girls, teenagers or young adults, we all face issues of acne ever since puberty existed. Since we cannot stop it from happening entirely, we shall do our very best to prevent it!
Today let me teach you guys little handy hack to achieve an acne-free complexion that I have used during my army days. Before that, it is best that we first understand what acne is:
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People living in humid countries such as Singapore are very prone to acne due to continuous perspiration. Acne is also categorized into different levels of seriousness. Do refer to the chart below for detailed images:
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The most common type of acne is pustule, also known as pimples. They are often found on our facial area and at times, on our body. Pimples can be rather irritating as they are painful to touch and not to mention, they are very unsightly. Now, let me show you how we can prevent against acne!
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1) Have Enough Rest & Quality Sleep
This is a very simple task that we should do and is able to do so. Yet, it is very difficult for us to have at least 8 hours of sleep everyday, due to our hectic lifestyle. However, this is very crucial to having acne-free complexion.
Our skin is more prone to growing acne because when we sleep late, our skin actually produces more sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Also, having insufficient rest will cause stress to the body and more sebum would be produced as a form of reaction, leading to abnormalities in skin function and structure.
BenVoda’s Tip: The best start to acne prevention is to sleep early and rest well. This might sound nonsensical to you guys but it is medically proven that from 10pm to 2am, it is the prime period, in which your body starts to ‘repair’ itself! So, do not pass this time period and I am sure your skin will do well.
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2) Washing Your Face Daily
I am sure you guys remember how much I emphasized on the need to wash your face every morning and evening and that is the basic golden rule to smooth and clean complexion.
By washing your face, you are actually removing any impurities and bacteria that are accumulated on your face, especially so when you are back from the outside. When dust particles start to accumulate on your face, it actually clogs up the pores and that is when pimples start to form.
Although washing our face is important, we must remember that too much of anything will be detrimental as well. This is because when you over wash your face, it leads to dryness, and that will result in the skin producing more oil as compensation, resulting in clogging of the pores and breakouts.
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BenVoda’s Tip: Use oil-free and chemical-free facial product, so as to prevent introducing more oil to the face or any harmful chemicals that might cause reactions, especially for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions. For those with skin conditions, it is best that you seek for medical advice from your dermatologists.
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3) Hydrate Yourself More With Plain Water
No beverage on Earth is better than plain water. That is a solid fact.
I’ve been mentioning how the formal 2 hacks assist us in dispelling impurities from our body, both internally and externally. Hydrating yourself is no different. Water is the main carrier of nutrients for the human body, thus drinking enough water will dissolve waste products in your system so it can be easily remove and flush out.
A lack in consumption of water will cause wastes and toxics to build up in your body system, causing it to expel these product wastes through your lungs and skin. And, that is how acne breaks out.
So, everyone got to start the habit of drinking more plain water starting today!
BenVoda’s Tip: A lot of youngsters tend to comment that plain water is tasteless and boring. I recommend that you may add in 2 slices of lemon to add flavor to it! Alternatively, you may add other fruits such as strawberries or blueberries. Search ‘Infused Water’ online and you may find all the options that you can experiment with!
If you used lemon for your infused water, here is another handy tip for acne prevention. Before you throw the lemon slices into the water, you may squeeze out some juice from it, dilute it slightly with water, and you will have your very own homemade-toner. Apply it to your skin for 15 minutes and wash it off. It is THAT easy, try it yourself!
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4) Watch Your Diet
Notice how fitness enthusiasts always tell us, “You Are What You Eat”, and there can’t be more truth in it. What we feed ourselves not only affects our health but also our skin.
Fried and oily food are always yummier than salads or steamed food but we have our individual responsibility to take care of ourselves.
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I would highly recommend you all to include more greens and nuts into your diet. Trust me, you can really whip up something decent with greens and nuts, and I am sure you will go nuts over it in a short period of time! Below is a simple fact why you should do so:
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I am sure a lot of us are victims of not only acne, but also the scars that it leaves behind. As such, by consuming more greens and nuts, the Vitamin E within can help regulate the production of skin proteins such as collagen and elastin, which help to repair any damages to our skin.
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Yes, your eyes are not playing any tricks on you. I am asking you to be a rabbit now!
Carrots are the healthiest go-to snack as they are rich in Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which work against acne. Starting eaing carrots along with a healthy diet to reduce acne faster.
Carrots also contain antibacterial properties and fibre contents that help to lower the amount of bad bacteria (also known as endotoxin) in the gut, leading to hormonal balance and eventually acne breakouts. This is especially great for ladies in particular! Start munching on some carrots *om nom nom* !
BenVoda’s Tip: Here is a simple recipe for you guys to try out with your greens and carrots!
Here are the ingredients you need:
1 medium carrot
1 splash of white vinegar
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
Peel and coarsely shred the carrot. Put the shredded carrot in a colander and rinse under cold running water until it runs clear. Drain and place in a bowl. Dress the carrots with vinegar, coconut oil and salt. Combine and serve with your bowl of rocket greens (or any of your choice) and organic nuts.
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5) 3M Nexcare™ Acne Patch
With as much precaution, there are bound to be some stubborn ones, squeezing its way through our facial skin ALL THE TIME. In the event that happens, I will introduce you the 3M Nexcare™ Acne Patch!
It helps to absorb oily secretion and pus with 3M Tegasorb, to help clear acne spot-on fast effectively, without leaving any scars. The acne patch reduces hand contact and infection to the acne and surrounding Skin, and is waterproof yet breathable.
What’s best is that it is suitable for all skin types and is drug-free and a non-drying method to absorb oil from your clogged pores!
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The application method is also very simple and fuss-free! They come in a packet as such (as seen above) and all you have to do is to peel one of it (like how you peel a sticker haha) and place it on your acne. Tadah, you’re done!
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Just take a look; if I have not highlighted the patch, you would not have noticed where I have applied it on my face! That is how transparent the patch is.
I am using the Nexcare™ Acne Patch Men 30s, retailing at $8.20. It is blessed with 3M Tegasorb™ that absorbs oily secretion and pus, it is waterproof yet breathable and prevents contamination and infection. I can conveniently apply them onto my affected spot and head out for a quick lunch with friends or even shopping! This is because they are so transparent that it is hard to spot for it if you do not stare at my face close enough.
This is the biggest reason why I LOVE IT so much! It allows me to head out, looking presentable and no need for me to coop myself at home because of one unsightly acne.
The girls must be going, “Hey! What about us?!”
Chill girls, I am getting to it now. I won’t forget about you all *wink*
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There are 2 other versions: Nexcare™ Acne Patch Ladies 36s ($8.20) and Nexcare™ Acne Patch Thinner 30s ($8.20).
These products are made of water-based material hat acts like a sponge to absorb the oily secretion, fluid or pus, and are all waterproof yet breathable to improve healing. For those wearing makeup, do remember to apply the acne patch first. It also visibly proves that it is working when the color of the patch changes from skin color to white – this means that the oily secretion has been absorbed, which means that the patch should be replaced with a new one.
For the Nexcare™ Acne Patch Thinner 30s, it is 40% thinner than the regular patch, making it ideal for day use, as it is more invisible than before!
BenVoda’s Tip: This patch is very useful and I am sure 3M placed a lot of thought into it considering the fact that it even allows your to apply makeup over it! However, I would like to advise you guys that if you are facing acne or any facial issues, it is best that you do not apply any makeup at all in order to achieve a speedy recovery process.
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Start living an acne-free lifestyle together with me with my 5 acne hacks! I do hope that my information comes in handy for you guys and do share with all of us if you have any personal hack that works wonder!
Love you guys always!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ever wonder what type of shopper you are?
Let me tell you, I am totally on two extreme ends of the spectrum. I love being alone at times, walking around town for some window-shopping. Sometimes, I look forward to hanging out with my best friends! We can go crazy, poke fun at each other and catch up with one another in the most amazing ways.
Recently, my BFF and I caught up with one another at 313@somerset and I totally enjoyed myself. Let me show you how my BFF and I spent our time at the mall!
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Are you ready for the journey? I will be highlighting some of the things that you can do with YOUR BFF right here, in the centre of town, at 313@somerset!
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Of course, what do we normally do when we meet up with friends? WE EAT, A LOT.
I know a lot of us love to visit cafes but it is really quite stressful to our pockets. That is why I love going to Monster Curry with my BFF, Angie. The portions are HUGE and you can really eat a lot with a total bill for less than $30! KACHING, totally #BudgetBarbie.
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In case you are scratching your head and wonder where on Earth is Monster Curry in the mall, it is at Level 5, where Food Republic is. Look at our excited faces because it has been a long time since we met up, and we are glad that we finally get to spend a day together.
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Hunger was knocking on the doors of our tummy, since we had our first meal of the day only at 1pm. All the more we made the right decision to be at Monster Curry! We ordered the Monster Curry Combo ($21), which consists of Pork Katsu, Fried Fish, Shabu-Shabu, Tempura and Cheese. You can also choose from 5 levels of spiciness, and I chose Level 1 because Angie cannot take spicy food. Now, who is presenting me with the #MostThoughtfulBFFAward?
Anyway, it is such a mouth drooling moment as I am blogging about this now!
I also ordered a lovely cup of Iced Green Tea Latte and it was so yummilicious, gosh! I can assure you that your tummy will be filled with the orders above. Even with the two of us, and our growling tummies, we could not finish the whole plate.
You guys should try it if you have not! After such a hearty meal, we are ready for some shopping!
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Where do I even begin….
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO LOOK AT AND STORES TO SHOP AROUND AT 313@somerset! Angie was going crazy running from store to store, it was so hilarious.
She dashed straight to CHARLES & KEITH (#02-46 - #02-49) after our meal. This girl sure can run after such a heavy meal! I am sure everyone is aware of CHARLES & KEITH and it was so crowded, given that it is a Wednesday afternoon. It is definitely a shoes and bags haven for all the ladies out there.
Of course, I must not lose out and have my fair share of shopping too right?! And so, I popped by Forever 21 (#03-16 - #03- 21), 3 whole levels of affordable and fashionable apparels for both men and women. For the guys, go straight to the third floor!
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Angie chose this geometric singlet for me, which looks good to be honest. However, it is a see-through singlet (a lot of tiny holes, guess you can air yourself after perspiring haha). I am not so comfortable with it I got to say, thus I gave it a pass.
I was happy when the both of us spotted this piece, and I happily tried it on…..
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Guys, there is great sale everywhere as well! Check them out and enjoy great discount off your purchase! How much are they? Head down to the store yourself yo! (Disclaimer: Be prepared to spend a lot)
I was a "victim" of the crime and guess who is a new proud owner of this mono-camo print outerwear? Haha.
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To reward my BFF who spent her time choosing the perfect piece for me, I brought her to Victoria’s Secret (Level 1). I may be a guy, but I secretly imagine myself to be a Victoria Secret Angel whenever I enter the store. So embarrassing!
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Victoria asked me to keep it a secret. But pst pst, go check out their store now because you never know what’s in store for you *wink*
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Next activity that you can do with your BFF at 313@somerset needs no introduction because I am sure most of us do this almost on a daily basis – SELFIE AND TAKING LOTS OF PHOTOS!!!
There are a lot of spots in the mall for you to snap some nice photos! Personally, I really love the brick wall right beside Typo (Level 1), opposite Epicentre. Ready for the spam? Here we go!
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It could just be one simple brick wall, but I am sure you guys and girls out there can werk werk werk werk werk~ WERK IT! As Tyra Banks always says“A top model must be versatile”.
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And selfie lovers are getting more professional nowadaystoo! So, we gotta step up our game! Alternatively, if you are looking for some natural lighting to brighten up your photos, just headout of the mall and snap away! It is so convenient!As with all selfie lovers, you can really make it happen at ANY location because we are hardcore as such.
After we finished taking photos, we realized that the sun was setting and our day is ending soon… However, we had some crazy ideas storming in our brains. We decided to have an impromptu stay over at my new place!
The only issues is that, it is not fully done up yet…thus, we require to get some necessities for her stay over. Lucky enough, we have MUJI (#B2 -38 to 41 & 47 to 49), my favorite Japanese store, whose items and furniture are so minimalist and sleek!
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MUJI has so many things, from food & drinks to stationeries, furniture’s, apparels and even cosmetics! I am so sure that this is the store that I would love to be in during an apocalypse.
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First things first, we have to settle Angie’s basic toiletries such as towels. Their towels are so soft and comfy when brushed against the face! Love it. I think that MUJI is a very great place to visit if you have a new house to decorate or even a dormitory! I have a lot of friends who stay in Uni’s dormitories, and I will always drag them to MUJI to buy some items.
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It is definitely a great place for you and your roommate to visit! Just imagine how both of you can decorate your room together, especially so if both of you are into simple and minimalist themed items. I am so excited for you guys now just thinking about it, because that was what I have been doing hehe. Photo 7-8-16 9 37 37 pmWe bought some Japanese snacks to munch on for the stay over. Also, in order to create the comfortable and relaxing ambience, we bought candles and some essential oils. You guys should really pay a visit to MUJI more often, as their products are really inexpensive, practical and delicious (for their food and beverages)!
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We really had so much fun at 313@somerset, and although the place seems relatively small, they do have lots of fun activities that you can do with your love ones. Pay a visit, snap a photo and show me how you spend your day at 313@somerset with your BFF! I would love to share the joy with you lovelies.
Want to know a reason why my BFF and myself love to shop at 313@somerset so much?
Go download the official app – Tring 313 – from the app store today! There are lots of exclusive deals on the platform, which means cheaper shopping and outing for your love ones and yourself.Offer
Check this out! You can enjoy up to 50% off F&B deals, only at 313@somerset! What are you guys waiting for?!
With Tring 313, not only do you get to enjoy exclusive discounts for shopping at the mall, you will also be the first to know about the latest ongoing or upcoming events! ISN'T THIS SO AWESOME?!
To spice things up a bit, I even did a video with my BFF. Remember I asked, “What type of BFF you are?” at the beginning of the post? And so, I did a video on the different types of BFFs that exist!
Hope you guys love the videos, as it is my first time doing such ‘production’! Let me know what you think of the video and see if you can identify your BFFs’ pattern in it!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Teenage Gorgeous You! The Social Challenge 2016 Contest
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Singapore’s weather has been rather erratic recently, and not only does it affects one’s mood drastically, it also affects my skin’s mood!
As far as it goes, our skin actually reacts differently under different weather conditions and in a tropical country such as Singapore, not to mention a very humid one, keeping our skin moisturised is very important. There is a misconception that girls are the only ones who are into skin care.
Nope, nope. Guys are totally obsess with it too (well, at least for me)!
The folks from THEFACESHOP Singapore were very kind to pass me 4 of their products from the Chia Seed series and I am so excited to share with you guys!
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I am sure a lot of us actually heard of Chia Seeds before, which is so popular in health diets and widely available in Australia. BUT, do we actually know what the benefits that it brings are?
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The list can go on and on, listing down all the benefits that Chia Seeds provide for the human body, but here is the great deal that I am going to let you guys in. Do you know that Chia Seed is also known to provide nutrition and moisture to the skin because this power seed can actually absorb up water up to 10 TIMES its weight!
This implies that my skin, your skin and OUR skin, can now be boosted and cushioned with a much higher hydration level. And this can be achievable now with the Chia Seed series from THEFACESHOP.
Let me have the great honour to bring you through the wonders of the products and my skincare regime with them!
I normally start by washing my face with a cleansing foam. First of all, I am truly amazed by the scent of the Chia Seed Cleansing Foam. I may not be an expert in skincare regime, but I am more than glad to share my own personal skincare tips.
Personally, I feel that it is very important to start or end your day, by washing your face. To me, it is a very simple logic and there is no rocket science involved. It is definitely essential for me to start my day by washing my face as it makes my skin feel refreshed and clean. That is definitely a great start to a wonderful day ahead.
It is also very important for us to wash our face at night. Just imagine the amount of dirt and dust particles that are accumulated on your face after a sweaty day out! Ewww, can you visualise your pores getting all clogged up?! Well, you sure do not want that to happen, because that is when pimples start to pop out one by one.
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I would recommend using the Chia Seed Cleansing Foam because it is very lightweight on the skin and know what? It is dermatologically tested as a formula without 7 additives that are harmful to the skin such as paraben, benzophenone, artificial anti-oxidant, alcohol, sulphate, acrylamide and triethanolamine. So, it is safe for use for all skin types!
Well, most of the guys would basically stop their ‘skincare regime’ after washing their face, assuming that it is sufficient. It is not entirely wrong to do so but why settle for good when you can have more and be better?
For me, I will usually proceed to applying toner onto my face. So, what is toner, some of you may ask. I am going to explain it into simpler terms for you guys to digest. The purpose of applying toner is such that after cleansing your face/exfoliating it, you skin is in a relatively ‘fragile’ state. Thus, it is important to hydrate it. Toner actually acts as a way to prep your skin, so that it’ll absorb following treatments to it better!
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I have been using Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Water daily. It can be quite messy to apply toner at times, thus I will encourage you guys to soak a cotton pad with the product, then gently apply it to your face by dabbing it onto your face. I choose such application method because I feel that it is much more gentle to do so, prevents ‘damaging’ of our delicate skin and for better absorption of the product.
Some of you must be thinking; Are you done yet, Ben? This is getting a bit too tedious and time-consuming.
As the saying goes, good stuff is worth the wait. Trust me, I am going to be done soon! After applying toner, I would advise you guys to apply some facial serum onto your face. So, what exactly is serum? Facial serums are actually lightweight moisturisers that penetrate deeper into the skin, to deliver active ingredients of higher concentration into our skin.
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In my regime, I have included the Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Serum.
However, do note that serum is NOT a must in everyone’s skincare regime. It is really just an additional step for those that have the right skin type and are also willing to go the extra mile in their routines. Also, for those with chronic skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, I do not recommend you to include facial serums in your skincare routine. This is because serums may cause aggregation due to higher concentration of active ingredients.
Most importantly, DO NOT apply too much serum because in this case, it lives by the old golden rule – Less Is More.
I am finishing my daily facial routine soon! The last time, to me, is very important and really keeps me afresh – applying moisturiser.
Why do I say that this step is very important? Throughout my whole skincare regime, I have been mentioning moisturising our skin quite a few times. You do not want your effort to go to waste, thus locking in the moisture within the skin is definitely important!
For all ladies and gentlemen out there, here is a major reason why you cannot forego applying moisturiser: Apart from applying SPF, skin hydration is key to supple and younger-looking skin at all ages.
I have tried on Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Cream and I must say, it is indeed very impressive. With just an ample amount of the moisturiser (one spatula), I am able to apply it onto my whole face. Truth to be told, it was enough to cover my entire face.
Remember I said that chia seeds can absorb water up to 10 times its size? Now, imaging applying this moisturiser onto your face, which contains 100% chia seed extract! THAT is how moisturised your skin will be! With the light scent from the product, it is also pure enjoyment applying it and I totally feel refresh when I head out or before I go to bed.
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Now, head down to your nearest THEFACESHOP outlet and grab your hands on these Chia Seed facial products! I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
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