Monday, December 5, 2016


I am sure that a lot of you guys have always wondered how nice it is to always get sponsored stuff as an influencer. Or, have always envied at the amount of opportunities and privilege those influencers get to enjoy.

But, behind those glamorous moments that you’ve witnessed, captured through the camera lens, a lot of hard work has been placed in by these influencers before they are able to get to where they are today. You do know that visually appealing photos and interesting contents do not just pop up in the air for them to pluck, right? Haha.

Now, what about celebrities? My favourite Korean Girl group has got to be Girl’s Generation, who always look so chic and captivating on stage.


But, as the saying goes “ Rome was not built in a day”. A minute of performance on stage, might take years of practice. The K-POP industry has always been a big question mark for us, how do they produce such top-notch artiste groups?

My friend introduced me to this Korean remake of the American hit series called “Entourage”, which enlightens you how the Korean entertainment industry functions, on this app call VIU. In this remake, Lee Kwang Soon from running Man, is one of the main leads, and I am sure it will be damn hilarious!

I always have issue finding a good platform for Korean dramas and I am glad my friend introduced VIU to me because it is entirely FUSS-FREE and FREE! VIU is a freemium service that gives viewers the option of accessing the content for FREE or through a paid subscription, with exclusive privileges at a very affordable price.

As a casual viewer, I am very satisfied with my free access to the contents on VIU!


Not only do you get to watch all the exciting shows for FREE, starting from this week to 11 Dec, the #ViuStarEntourage contest is ongoing. You will stand a chance to win the above luxurious prizes JUST BY BINGE-WATCHING ON VIU!


I am definitely looking forward to watching the Korean remake of Entourage, every Fri & Sat 11pm. If you are interested, you may watch it here too: https://www.viu.com/ott/sg/en-us/vod/31616/Entourage

Once I am done with that, I will be ready to explore Viu’s extensive collections of shows! Hope you will enjoy watching your beloved shows on VIU at home and on-the-go on your mobile devices or tablets! 





Sunday, November 27, 2016


I believe that everyone has their own preferred choice of skincare products, and personally, I do so too. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. For me, I am a total sucker for product packaging and would totally dive into a product purely based on that. 

But that may not necessarily bring the results that I am looking for. 


 I was introduced to BSKIN recently, who educated men looking past marketing hype and gimmicky pack or ads (oh mannn) that promises outstanding results in very short period of time. Because more than often not, they do not.

I have heard of BSKIN before but have yet to try their products as I am quite reluctant to change my skincare products once I've gotten used to them. Long story short, I gave it a shot because I was properly 'educated' on the product's nature and how they infuse technology, with perfect harmony with the most natural antioxidant ingredients. 

Due to sensitive skin, I guess trying out products made from natural ingredients would be worth a try!


BSKIN was very generous and offered me several products from their series of skincare products. I would like to emphasise that BSKIN focuses a lot on their Anti-Oxidant System, which they are very proud of, as it was formulated with a combined 50 years of experience to bring revolution in beauty.

I shall not bore you with all the technical aspects, but below is a chart showing what are the 6Core Anti-Oxidant System that BSKIN focuses on (find out more in detail HERE):


Also, to give you guys a brief introduction on the different products that BSKIN offers, it could be categorised into the following 3 categories



V LINE - VITA ADVANCED


If you have the following skin concern, the V Line series will provide the solution for you:
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven skin texture


From the V Line series, I received the V3. Intense PAF Concentrate. This amazing product actually helps to boost collagen production, which is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and stimulates cell repair. Due to our hectic schedules and busy lifestyle in Singapore, our skin tends to age faster and gets dull easily. This concentrate provides anti-oxidant protection that helps to revitalised sagging skin!

Some of you may think that people of my age group or those below 30, do not need any facial products on anti-aging or even prevention against sagging. But then, it is never too early because if you were to start taking care of your skin when they display signs of imperfection. 

Application of this product is relatively easy as it is applied with a dropper applicator and you don't have to apply a lot of the product. This concentrate is the perfect product for women (men are able to use them as well). 

*Do also note that your skin will experience stingy feeling upon application, and that is normal as the product is much more concentrated compared to other formulas. Thus, do not worry that your skin is reacting negatively to the product :)


W LINE - WHITE GLOW


I am not trying to make a sweeping statement, but a majority of girl or women do want to have fair  and even skin tone. That's why as with any skincare brands, BSKIN has formulated their own skin brightening products. 

The W Line aims to correct:
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Skin pigmentation and dark spots
  • Dehydrated and tired looking skin

With the W3 Enriched Brightening Serum,, I actually asked my mum to try it out as she has always been facing dark spots issues and dehydrated and tired looking skin. It was such a great timing as this product pops by!

To set your expectations, you cannot expect your skin to glow just after a day of applying it haha. The effect will set in gradually, but surely. I would not claim that all the dark spots on my mum's face has been fixed or removed. However, if anything, they were greatly lightened, which brightens her overall facial tone. 

Due to my mum's hectic work schedule, she has to wake up early before the sun rises to head to work and even when she is home, she has to continue staying up late to complete her work. With insufficient rest, of course her skin is bound to suffer a toll. That results in her skin looking very tired and dull. 

With this brightening serum, she does seem less tired, with brightened skin ton. Of course, that also comes with constant hydration and adequate amount of rest. 



M LINE - MATTE BLACK

For my male followers, do not worry! Of course, there are some good stuff in store for you guys, like myself, too! BSKIN has formulated a series of men's product under the M Line

One fun fact here that I have: Do you know that guys' skin is actually 25%t thicker than ladies'? 

Now I finally understood why girls always say that guys are very thick skinned. Because...it is a FACT! This is because tester testerones increases the thickness of collagen and elastin in the epidermis, which leads to tougher and rougher skin.  

Men also have larger, more numerous and more active oil glands than women, which explains why men tend to be more prone to acne, blackheads and clogged pores. Men also have a tendency to have more dehydrated skin, which may be aggravated by after-shave products with high alcohol content.

If you do face oily skin problems like myself, the M LINE will get to the root of these issues:
  • Enlarged and clogged pores
  • Oily and shiny skin
  • Dry and irritated skin



With any facial routine, I would love to start off mine with a good facial wash. BSKIN offers the M1 Energizing Carbon Wash, which is a carbon-infused face wash removes impurities and controls sebum production, leaving skin feeling cool, clean and energised. 

Wonder if you all remember, I love to have 'squeaky' clean skin after my face wash. Those where your hand gets to create 'squeaky' sound when you run through your face haha. I think that this carbon wash is light and not too rough for the skin, as you know that some facial wash actually has particles in it that might cause discomfort to the skin. 

Generally, I have nothing negative to speak of this facial wash. 


It is never good to have anything in excess. Not even when it benefits you. Our skin actually produces this oily substance call Sebum, when in the right amount actually helps to protect and strengthen our skin. Having too little of it could result in dry and cracked skin and too much of it might result you in battling against acne. 

The M2 Sebum Control Gel helps to control the excessive sebum, without drying out the skin. As promised, the gel is indeed lightweight, non-stick and is easily absorbed by the skin, which makes application a relative joy. However, I do find the consistency to be on the watery side, which I would preferred it to be thicker. 

That could just be my personal preference, which does not reflect the true effectiveness and nature of the product! 


To end of the day, I have tried on this product for nearly month, and it is quite amazing I must say. I am going to introduce to you the M3 Recharge Night Pack!

I will apply it onto my face and leave it overnight to keep my skin hydrated and recharged. My skin does not feel as oily as before and that is because when your skin is well-hydrated, there is no need for your skin to secrete oil substance to compensate for the lack of hydration. This itself, makes me believe in this product. 

I think that overall, products from the M Line should be used together as they do deliver significant results over long period of use, especially so for the carbon wash and the recharge night pack. 



VERDICT

Overall, I must really say that BSKIN's products are quite amazing and works well for me. I have used them for nearly a month now, and I have yet to experience any negative side effects from it, so am sure your guinea pig's test has been carried out haha. I would not comment much about the products from V and W Line as I am reviewing them based on what my mother experienced (mostly). 

However, if you are interested in trying out the M Line, I can assure you that they are really decent products for you to try out, especially if you have sensitive skin! 

You may also apply my code for enjoy a 10% discount off your purchase: BEN03

This could be a very great Christmas present for your love ones around you. Enjoy shopping people! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Christmas has never been so fun like this year! Of course, Christmas is my favourite festival of the year because everyone is so happy and simply just basking in the festive atmosphere. But, this year, Starbucks has made it such a sweet one for me. 

I guess a lot of you would have known by now that I am a HUGE FAN of Starbucks' Teavana series, in particular the Iced Match & Espresso Fusion. Not to forget the festive drink - Iced Peppermint Mocha, which I seriously think they should consider converting it into a fixed menu item. 

ANYWAY, the folks from Starbucks and Edelman Singapore was kind enough me to send me this mega huge red parcel with lots of festive goodies in it! I was honestly thrilled to receive it. Just a disclaimer, I am not in any way sponsored or paid to advertise for Starbucks, so this blog post is written because I am just so excited to share with you guys what I've received!


By now, majority of us would know that whenever it is near Christmas, Starbucks would launch their festive red holiday cups for their hot beverages. And that is something that many Starbucks lovers look forward to. Now, what if I tell you that Starbucks have decided to made them into ceramic versions for your drinking pleasure?!

No kidding, they did just that. 


What is so special this year is not only the launch of red holiday cups in ceramic, but let's also pay some attention to the design. There will be a total of 13 designs this year AND they are designed by some of you guys out there around the world! Starbucks has handpicked 13 designed from a pool of submissions and turn them into the red holiday cups' designs this year. 

So, now you can start looking forward to collecting all 13 of them. They are great for gifts as well! With this mug, you can sip from the holiday cup everyday throughout the year haha. Merry Christmas everyday! 

These ceramic red holiday cups would be available in stores from 21 November, and I would advise you to start collecting them as soon as they release as I am sure they would be swept off the shelves very fast! 


Starbucks was kind to throw in this candy cane handle cup, with a polar bear lid for me. It is so so so cute and adorable! I have started using it and I feel so silly for always smiling while drinking from the cup HAHA. No joke. 

Also, the Christmas Starbucks Bear! It is so cute because it is dressed up in clothes, getting ready for Christmas too. Awwww, and they come in male and female versions too. Talk about diversity. Now, I am looking forward to making some great coffee with the packet that they've sent to me as well. Will let you guys know how it taste like!


With that, I wish you all an advance Merry Christmas and I really can't wait for December to come because it will imply the end of all my exams and time for me to party and have festive meals and celebrations with my love ones.

Look forward to my posts on Instagram as I unveil more Starbucks' offer! LOVE YOU GUYS! And I am feeling real bless to be where I am today, thank you for trusting me and BenVoda :)

Love you all! 

Friday, October 14, 2016


In a blink of an eye, it is already mid-October and 2016 is coming to an end. For every New Year, everyone lays down their New Year Resolution, hoping that the coming year would be a fruitful and smooth-sailing one. 

However, with every dream and aspiration, planning plays an important part - Fail to plan and plan to fail. 

I am happy to introduce to you the new series of calendar and planner from Actspressions! Are you ready for the unveiling? 



For 2017, Actspressions has released a handy weekly planner featuring expressive, passionate brushstrokes, with deep, rich colours and a lovely illustrated pattern, with thoughtfully curated quotes to bring some meaning and joy to life. Every month brings a different design, with new quotes to keep you inspired.

With such bright colours, I am sure that your study or work desk would be filled with positivity! Do read the quotes for each month too, they sure bring a lot of motivation to me when I was browsing through them.


The planner was also compact in size, thus making is very convenient to bring around too. I am quite bad at describing textures, but I do love the material of the cover and the pages itself. Not to mention that all the products are very Instagrammable too! 

Grab yours today www.actspressions.com and follow them on Instagram (@actspressions)

The quote for March 2017 (my birthday month!): Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little - Edmund Burke

Monday, October 10, 2016


By now, everyone should know that I am a MEGA HUGE fan of Starbuck's #Teavana collection series! Truth to be told, I did not expect myself to be such a huge fan too. I do love Starbucks drinks, but not to the extent of going googol-gaga over it, which apparently I am now with the #Teavana series. 

So, you can definitely imagine my excitement when Edelman invited me to the Starbucks' Teavana Tea Party!


The event was held at the beautiful Starbucks outlet at Rochester Park, a great choice to hold a tea party in. At the event, a few Starbucks barista took us on a sensorial Teavana journey through a tasting session. 




I am not sure about you guys, but for me, whenever someone mention Starbucks, coffee comes to my mind first. Not so much about tea. However, Starbucks has acknowledged the growing demand of tea and has thus decided to draw on its long heritage of commitment to using only the most premium, high-quality ingredients, to blend the finest cup of tea for the group of tea lovers out there!



Through the launch, Starbucks also introduced the Starbucks Teavana Full Leaf Tea Sachets, where tea lovers may enjoy in the comfort of their own home or in-store, served in custom-designed tea pots and cups. 

Not going to bore you guys with all the technical stuff, but theses are the tea available for your enjoyment: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Youthberry, Emperor's Clouds and Mist, Mint Blend, Chai, Mint Citrus and Chamomile. There is more than enough to last you through the week!


Not to be left out, when BenVoda talks about Teavana, I am sure the first thing that comes to my followers' mind would be: The drinks with colored layers, also known as, Match & Espresso Fusion. 

I am truly truly in love with this drink. A lot of people actually regard it as the english version of Yuan Yang, which we can get in coffee shops. But this is definitely at another level (not paid to say so). I love my Matcha and Espresso, so when this drink was introduced, I knew that I would be a big fan of it, not only because of the fact that it is so Instagrammable, but also because of the unique sweet-bitterness taste to it. 

Guys, start ordering yours today at any Starbucks outlet, snap a photo of it, tag me in it and include the hashtag, #Teavana and #Starbuckssg, and I will pick the most well-taken photo and reward you guys with a starbucks card (out of my own pocket, NOT SPONSORED)! 



Soon enough, the tea-tasting session commenced and we had such great time as we lingered around together, trying out different teas and concoctions coupled with different pastries. Everything is made complete when you have a lovable Emcee hosting the whole event! 

My personal favourite would be the lavender tea. Anything with lavender will definitely soothe your nerves and calm you down. An ideal tea to have when you first wake up, and before sleep, for me personally. 





Look at how cute and creative the folks from Starbucks are when they served us the refreshing Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls in such simple and Instagrammable cups!!! Love it! 



I gotta take my hats of them, but it is such a unique concoction served on the table when I came to know that the drink right in front of me was hot chocolate coupled with chai latte and cinnamon, topped with marshmallows! 

Hot beverages usually are not on my list of to-orders, but this has taken the first spot. The taste is so rich and flavourful, no joke. It totally taste like a winter drink, where you can wrap yourself up in sweater and a scarf, while sipping this drink away~


Once again, I would really love to thanks the team from Edelman for inviting me to this event. A great shoutout to Li Lan and Fion, hope to see you both soon!!! Of course, I will not forget Starbucks for making this event happened as well, creating such a wonderful tea party on a lovely afternoon for us all. 

Before I go, do remember to take part in the mini contest that I am holding (read this blog post) and really, TRY OUT THEIR ICED MATCHA & ESPRESSO FUSION!