Review: EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser

All of us know that organic foods are good for us. They are made with ingredients that have been grown or produced naturally, without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. That is why many people prefer organic foods for their health benefits.

Now, have you heard of organic skincare products? It’s okay if you don’t because it’s relatively new to me too.

Organic skincare products are great because they use natural ingredients to restore our skin’s natural ability to combat free radicals and stay healthy. This also means that it’s not stripping our skin of its natural oils.

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EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser

Recently, I’ve been asked to review the new Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleaner from EVERSOFT, and I gladly said, “Okay, bring it on!” I haven’t tried any organic skincare products before and thus, I’m so eager to find out what’s the difference with the non-organic products that I’m currently using.

I’m sure all of you are familiar with the brand EVERSOFT. It was one of the first few facial cleansers that I used during my teenage school days. Now, EVERSOFT Organic Facial Cleaner is the No. 1 facial cleanser brand in Singapore*.

*Based on AC Nielsen Singapore Supermarket/Hypermarket Scan Sales in volume from Nov 12 to Oct 13

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So, for the past one week, I’ve been using the new EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser that says 100% organic plant actives for whitening and hydrating.

Product Information

1. The new EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser is a 2-in-1 cleansing liquid that combines the benefits of whitening and hydration. It is gentle and soap-free.

2. Specially formulated with Japanese technology, it is infused with 100% Organic Mulberry extract – an antioxidant ingredient that is rich in Vitamin C and Amino Acid. It works effectively in revitalising dull and tired-looking skin while boosting its natural radiance.

3. It is also infused with Hyaluronic Acid that preserves the long-lasting hydration to continuously moisturise and soften our skin.

4. EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser is retailing at $9.90 for 150ml.

EVERSOFT Organic range of facial cleansers is also available in cream format and a facial scrub to cater for different skin types:

  • EVERSOFT Organic Avocado Facial Cleanser for Deep Nourishing
  • EVERSOFT Organic Tomato & Cucumber Facial Cleanser for Pore Minimising
  • EVERSOFT Organic Rice Milk & Honey Facial Cleanser for Double Moisturizing
  • EVERSOFT Organic Gingko & Grapefruit Facial Cleanser for Oil & Acne Control
  • EVERSOFT Organic Pomegranate & Mulberrry Facial Cleanser for Whitening
  • EVERSOFT Organic Apricot Deep Action Scrub for Blackhead Clearing

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My Skin Type

I’m 30 something, and my skin concerns are fine lines, dryness, loss of radiance, dullness and sun spots. I’ve tried a number of well-known anti-aging products. They are all pretty good, but they are too expensive to use on a long term basis.

I’m also using a facial cleanser with whitening effects, but it always leave my skin feeling tight after washing. As a result, I need to slap on more moisturizer at night to compensate for the dryness.

My Review on Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser

The first thing that I like about this cleaner is its fresh and light mulberry smell that instantly wakes up my senses and elates my mood in the morning. Usually, I get bored with any fragrances easily, but for this one, I’m loving it over and over again.

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This cleanser is packaged with a pump – giving me so much control of how much cleanser that I need to pump out for each use, and it avoids spillage as well as wastage.

I use a pea-sized amount every morning. The cleanser is pearlised white and it turns milky when I work it on my face. It washes off easily and it does not dry out my face. My skin feels so comfortable and clean after washing.

At night, I remove my make-up using my make-up remover and then, I wash my face using the cleanser (about the size of a 10 cents coin) and my Clarisonic cleansing tool. The effect is awesome! My skin feels so clean, nice and smooth after washing.

The best thing about it: It improves my skin texture after washing without tightness!

Would I buy and use it again? Definitely YES! It’s a fantastic cleanser, reasonably-priced, and it does the job much better than some other mid-priced cleansers that I’ve ever used. It’s suitable for all skin types too.

Sample Giveaway!

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The kind folks at EVERSOFT are giving away 100pcs of EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser (50ml travel size) for my blog readers. To redeem, simply click on THIS LINK and quote “Emily” in the promo code field.

Redemption is while stocks last, or until redemption deadline on 6 Apr 2014.

So, hurry up! Grab a travel size sample today and experience for yourself the goodness of EVERSOFT Organic Mulberry Liquid Facial Cleanser. It’s certainly a good start for a healthy and radiant complexion that we all deserve.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EVERSOFT. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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LEGO DUPLO: It’s Where Little Hands Meet Big Imaginations!

A lot of people have very fond childhood memories of growing up with LEGO. Well, yes, I’m one of them! I’ve fond memories of growing up with LEGO. My brother, sister and I could spend hours constructing a house out of our LEGO bricks, breaking it down and rebuilding it again. We can never get bored of LEGO.

Occasionally, my Mom would buy new sets to add into our collections and that would make us terribly excited. But I think my poor Dad has less fond memories of stepping barefoot on a LEGO brick in the middle of the night when we overlooked and left it on the floor after playing – ouch!

Thinking of LEGO today and the impact it had on my childhood, I recollect that my fondest memory of LEGO is the world of creativity that was at my fingertips once I started to build and put the bricks together for the first time.

It’s a real joy when LEGO bricks being tossed together into a big bucket, allowing our imaginations to run freely. We could build houses, towers, cities, cars, trains, or transport system. I can still remember sitting there looking at the toppled piles of LEGO bricks on the floor and in front of me with my mind racing – what would I build next?

Personally, I think that the ‘world of wonder’ that LEGO invokes in children is what making it so successful. LEGO has come a long way over the past 80 years – from a small carpenter’s workshop in 1932 to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of toys.

LEGO has also been named “Toy of the Century” twice. It has undergone extensive development over the years, but the foundation remains the traditional LEGO brick. The interlocking principle with its tubes makes it unique and offers unlimited building possibilities.

Well, it’s just a matter of getting the imagination going and allowing a wealth of creative ideas to emerge through play. That is why I still enjoy playing LEGO with Little Edison, and LEGO bricks are vital to our household.

Our experience with LEGO DUPLO

I can recall the first time Little Edison received his first set of LEGO DUPLO blocks. It was three years ago, and he absolutely loved them! LEGO DUPLO preschool building toys are specially designed for the small hands and big imaginations of children aged between 1.5 to 5 years old. LEGO DUPLO bricks can also be built with system bricks (bricks for child above 5 years old) to continue the LEGO fun play as they grow.

DUPLO bricks are twice the size of standard LEGO bricks, thus making them a great way to kick start a young child’s building interest and giving him the opportunity to build, create and develop, while discovering so many ways to play.

Recently, LEGO sent over a new DUPLO set for him. He loves it so much, and it’s like Christmas came early for him. It’s the LEGO DUPLO Racing Team (#6143) – perfect for a young automotive fan like him!

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Besides the usual LEGO bricks, the set also comes with a race car, 2 DUPLO figures, tools, wheels and everything that we need to make pit stop repairs. They are so colourful and super cute too!

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He quickly set up his racing car and said “Mama, let’s get ready for the big race! I’ll check the fuel and oil. You change the tires with this screwdriver. Okay?”

“Okay, sure. Let’s get started!” I responded as I grabbed the tools.

After all the repair works, he used the remaining LEGO bricks to make a racing track. And that’s how he got the race started!

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When he started playing with LEGO DUPLO at the age of two, he needed a lot of help from me. For instance, when two bricks stick together, he was unable to pull them apart. Gradually, as he developed his fine motor skills, he succeeded in stacking, sorting and releasing the bricks on his own.

From the age of three to four, role-playing became more dominant for him. That’s when I added more figures and animals into his collection. We did a lot of pretend-play with diffferent scenarios. As he reached the age of five with curiosity being his driving force, he continues to grow his mind and build new skills through creative play with LEGO bricks.

Five is the age where he feels encouraged to explore everything on his own because his self-awareness and understanding of the world are quite advanced now. He has great imaginations, and he loves to make up his own adventures with action characters and things around him. So, we mixed different LEGO play sets together to expand his play universe and trigger new creative ideas.

In a nutshell, LEGO DUPLO is the place where small hands meet with big imaginations, and small bricks create big possibilities. I can see why it’s every children’s dream to own a set of LEGO. They can build just anything that they can possibly imagine with LEGO!

In my point of view, the greatest thing about LEGO is that it is designed to grow with our children. While most toys in the market are unable to sustain their interest for more than a year, LEGO is entirely different. As children grow, their sets of LEGOs will also grow and adapt to their new skills and involve higher degrees of creative thinking and logical reasoning skills.

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Most importantly, LEGO website also offers plenty of creative ideas and building tips to ensure that our children can derive the most benefit from their play. You’ll never run out of ideas, and there are so many different ways to play with just one toy!

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In summary, LEGO stimulates creativity and imagination, and it helps children improve their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. So, let’s ditch the TV and give them a set of LEGO instead!

LEGO DUPLO Kids’ Event at Hokey Pokey (24 Nov 2012)

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On Saturday 24 Nov, we were invited to the LEGO DUPLO Kids’ Event at Hokey Pokey organised by Nuffnang and LEGO. When I break the good news to Little Edison, his face instantly lights up with excitement. He quickly finished up his lunch and said “Mama, I’m done. Hurry up! Let’s go!”

We arrived 10 minutes before the event start for registration and photo-taking. It’s the first time I attend a kids’ event like this, and it turned out to be surprisingly fun. The event was hosted by the bubbly and cheerful Joanne-Marie Sim, who is also pretty good with kids, and opened by Ms. Tan Lee Hoon, Managing Director of LEGO Singapore Pte Ltd.

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There are some exciting LEGO-themed activities planned for the kids. In the first part of the game, the kids are required to build their dream home. Brilliant ideas came from these kids, and parents are roped in to join the fun, as well as providing building tips to their kids.

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Look at what Little Edison is building as his dream home! He carefully laid the bricks and stacked them up to build a house. Then, he found a horse in the box and he went “Ah! I want a horse in my house!” This is the final product – a house with a horse, window and gate!

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All of us break for lunch before we returned for the Part Two. Now, the kids are required to build an animal. They are given some print-outs as guidelines, but they can also build on their own. Edison wanted to build a caterpillar, but he was unable to find the required shapes on the print-out. At the end, he changed his mind and built a horse instead.

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At the end of the games, three winners were picked based on their creativity and complexity of their builds. They were presented with a LEGO DUPLO set each.

Despite the fact that the event had to end at some point, it didn’t mean that the fun was all over. No one went home empty-handed, because they are all given goodie bags containing LEGO DUPLO sets. The kids can continue their building activities at home.

All the kids posed for a group picture.

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Look at all those smiles when they cheer for LEGO!

“Like” LEGO DUPLO Facebook Page

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Last but not least, if you wish to get updates on LEGO DUPLO, please go ahead and “LIKE” its Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/LEGODUPLO. You can also visit duplo.lego.com for more information on the products.

What Have Been Working for My Face Lately?

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post about new skincare products. So, if you’re wondering what have been working for my face lately, this post tells you all. I’ve four fantastic products to share with you today.

Before I start, let me ask you a question. What is your major skincare concern and what products are you in search for now? As for me, anything that says “take five years off your face!” will definitely win my attention.

That is to say, my major skincare concern is firming, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-sagging, or whatever we call it. Something that will slow down my aging process – that’s exactly what I need now. Please excuse me if I sound like a desperate middle-age mom, looking for anti-aging solutions. But in fact, I am!

 
1. VICHY Normaderm Unclogging Exfoliating Gel

I rarely buy skincare products from Guardian. So, I really stumbled onto this product by chance when I was looking for something else in the pharmacy. The green packaging caught my attention, and I took a while to read through its description and function before I finally bought it.

This unclogging exfoliating gel contains Salicylic Acid and smoothing micro-particles to unblock and purifies the pores. I use it twice a week, and it cleans wonderfully but not too abrasive. I love the refreshing clean-feeling and smoothness on my face every time I use it.

It’s quite cheap anyway, around $30, and I think it works really well to give my face a good exfoliation.

 

2. Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack

We all know that Laneige Sleeping Pack is a famous product, and it’s highly-rated in beauty magazines too. I’ve always wanted to try it. Few weeks ago, I saw the latest version that comes with firming effect and I was drawn into it immediately.

The sleeping pack comes with a spatula, so we can easily scoop up the right amount from the bottle. It has a nice soothing smell that gives me a deep relaxation feeling when I massage it onto my face. I applied the first layer onto my entire face, and a thin second layer on areas that need extra firming.

The product is absorbed nicely into my skin, without leaving a sticky feeling. I love the feeling after I wash my face the next morning. My face is instantly hydrated, smoother and perkier. I’m using it twice a week now, and will continue to use it.

I bought it from Sunnanz at S$43.90 (50ml). 

 

3. SK-II Stempower (*Must try!)

This anti-aging moisturizer was launched in June this year, and I must say that it’s one of the best products I’ve ever used to date! This product targets at signs of aging such as loss of skin firmness, wrinkles, sagging, loss of radiance, larger pores, loss of hydration and a sallow complexion.

It’s light and absorbed quickly into my skin. I use it as my night-care moisturizer. I suppose it can be used as a day moisturizer too, but I don’t like to pile-up too many products on my face during the day – so, I only use it once at night.

My pores are less visible and I feel a new level of firmness on my skin after just one week. I absolutely love this product, and will continue to use it. I highly recommend it too.

The retail price is S$149.00 (50g) / S$219.00 (80g). I bought mine from Sunnanz, it’s 25% cheaper.

 

4. Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl™ Eye-Illuminating Youth Activator

I confess that I’m very lazy with eye care products. I rarely use eye cream or serum until recently when I observed that my “panda eyes” are getting from bad to worst. When I saw the Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl™ advertisement on the newspaper, I headed straight to the shopping mall to get one.

I like the stainless steel pearl-drop tip applicator as it provides a cooling sensation and massage effect when I apply it on my eyes. I can easily dispense the right amount using this applicator that turns 360 degree.

This serum is exceptionally light and absorbs easily into the skin. Miracles didn’t happen the first week though. However, after two weeks, I noticed that my dark circles are slightly lightened and the appearance of fine lines is greatly reduced too.

I’m using it twice a day now, and I shall continue to use it. I’m confident that my dark circles can be treated with this product and I’m putting all my efforts to use it – day and night.

The retail price of this product is S$110.00 (20ml).

That’s all I have for November. Enjoy!

 

Introducing: Sharp Plasmacluster Air-Purifying System + Giveaway!

As a mother, I always want the best for my family, especially when it comes to nutrition and health. Recently, I’ve paid extra attention to the quality of our indoor air too. Why? We spend most of our time indoor, but we may not be aware that the indoor air that we breathe is often filled with unseen contaminants such as bacteria, virus, mould, allergens, and even odours.

Exposure to these contaminants causes allergies, irritations and poor quality sleep. In long-term, it will also cause health problems, including asthma or respiratory problems.

Having said this, I don’t mean that I’ve to shut all our windows and doors to prevent contaminants from entering our home. I also don’t want to kill myself with a complicated cleaning and sanitizing process.

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I’m glad that I’ve discovered Sharp Plasmacluster! It has since become an important part of my family. It’s my optimum point between an allergen-free home, comfort and convenience. I’ll tell you why.

1. It purifies the air like Nature does!

This patented world’s most advanced air-purifying system by Sharp generates ions that attack and deactivate airborne contaminants, leaving the air clean and purified, just exactly the way our Nature does it!

If you’re interested on the technical aspect, here is how it works. Sharp Plasmacluster uses the water and oxygen molecules that are readily present in the air as its base material to generate the same positive and negative ions as those that exists in the perfectly-balanced natural environment. That’s why we always feel that the air is fresher and cleaner on highlands and in forests.

2. I get purified air with just a touch of button!

I don’t like to complicate my life with too many products – air freshener, sanitizing spray, deodorizer, disinfectant etc. Sharp Plasmacluster is ALL that I need, I’ll switch it on the moment I get home. With just a touch of button, I’ve a sense of calmness knowing the fact that the air we’re breathing in is clean and purified.

3. It’s an efficient odour-buster too!

When it comes to odour and contaminated air, it’s easy to get obsessive with face masks; even though that’s the last person I’d like to be. With Sharp Plasmacluster, I just have to turn it on for 15 mins and the smell is gone completely!

With the excellent odour-busting effect of my Sharp Plasmacluster, we’re no longer afraid of tucking into an aromatic and pungent meal at home. Oh yes, we welcome durian parties too. So, please bring them on!

4. Beat the haze!

Have you seen hazy skies on the horizon lately? It was reported in Straits Times recently that the haze has returned as air quality dips to ‘moderate’ in northern Singapore. The NEA attributed the hazy conditions to the south-west winds blowing smoke over from hotspots in Sumatra; something that is beyond our control but is affecting our health.

Fine particles in a haze can cause irritation of the nose, throat, airways, skin and eyes. We may experience sneezing, running nose, eye irritation, dry throat and dry cough as a result of inhaling the air pollutants. Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to the effects of haze due to their weaker immune system.

I do realize, however, that there is something I can do to protect Little Edison from the danger of haze. By using Sharp Plasmacluster, haze is gone entirely from my home!

Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System (Model: IG-DX10E)

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Now, let’s take a look at my Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System. I shall share with you on how I use it to keep my home allergen-free and its maintenance.

I like the fact that it is compact in size. So, it can be positioned vertically or horizontally, fitting into any space available in our house. It is designed with adjustable louver, so airflow can be directed flexibly to effectively remove odours.

The fan can be adjusted to three operating speeds – Full Power, High and Low. The Low (quiet mode) is useful for operating the unit when we’re sleeping, as it will only produce a noise level of 26dB. Its low power consumption is an added bonus too. At only 3 watts, it emits high density ions that can effectively keep our room clean while saving on our electricity bill and giving us a good night sleep.

The pictures below pretty much illustrate how I use my Sharp Plasmacluster:

1. Connect the AC adapter into the power supply and input terminal of Sharp Plasmacluster. Press the Operation Button to start it and to change between the 3 operating modes (Low, High, Full Power).

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2. I put Sharp Plasmacluster at the midpoint of my living hall in an upward position on a desk. It sends ions throughout the hall to purify and deodorize the air.

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3. I place Sharp Plasmacluster flat on the floor to work against allergens on the floor, especially in bedrooms and near our boy’s playing area.

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4. I also put Sharp Plasmacluster in my bathroom, so it deodorizes clothing and hanging laundry, as well as inhibits proliferation of mould on walls.

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5. I place it in a forward position on the study table and around computer equipments. Ions are propelled forward to purify the air and eliminate static electricity.

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6. I use it during bed time too. It really made a difference and he sleeps much better at night now.

It’s very easy to maintain the system. You just need to take care of the filter. The filter must be cleaned regularly (monthly or more often depending on your usage) in order to maintain the ion density.

To do this, simply pull out the filter at the bottom of the unit and sweep away the dust with a vacuum sweeper. Stubborn dirt can be removed by rinsing it in water using a soft sponge. No complicated cleaning or maintenance procedure. Just the way I like it!

If the total operating time passes approximately 17,500 hours (that’s approx. 2 years if the unit is operated 24 hours a day), the Plasmacluster Ion Generating Unit needs to be replaced. When this happens, the Unit Replacing Light will flash.

Good health begins at home with clean air!

Sharp Plasmacluster benefits me and my family in many different ways. After a long working day, I really look forward to coming home to my “clean and allergen-free home”. I feel extremely refreshing when I’m home with my Sharp Plasmacluster.

There are more reasons to use a Sharp Plasmacluster than not to. Cleaner air means being healthier. Once you have it at home, you’ll find that there are numerous benefits to owning one. You’ll wonder why you didn’t get it sooner.

With Sharp Plasmacluster, everyone enjoys clean and purified air at home. I can effortlessly remove all the harmful pollutants that are circulating in the air inside my home. By having cleaner air, I have a healthier family too. Everyone’s health can be improved from breathing cleaner air.

The way I see it, good health begins at home with clean air. A little investment doesn’t hurt when the pay-off is a healthy and happy family! At a retail price of $399, it’s a great product – for your own health, safety and comfort!

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Win It!

Okay, it’s time for the most exciting part now – YES, A GIVEAWAY! Thanks to Sharp, we’re giving away 1 set of Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System (Model: IG-DX10E) worth $399 to one of you.

All you need to do is answer this question and e-mail your answer to ha_enquiry@srs.sharp-world.com in the format stated below. It’s so easy!

“Tell us why you should win Sharp Plasmacluster. How will it benefit you or your family?”

In this format:

  • Subject header: Sharp Plasmacluster | https://ourlittlesmarties.com/ | IG-DX10E
  • Name:
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  • DOB:
  • Hp:
  • Email:
  • Reason:

This contest is opened to all readers. However, the winning item has to be collected from Sharp-Roxy Singapore’s Office.

Contest closing date: 30 Sep 2012, Sunday 0000hrs. Winner will be notified in early October ‘12. Good luck!

Update on 6 Oct 2012:

Our lucky winner is Tan Lee Buay!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sharp Plasmacluster. Views and opinions are my own.

Writing Product Reviews

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The article that was published on The New Paper last Sunday is about parent bloggers who write product reviews on their blogs and the different approaches they use as compared to other media advertisements. I was so glad to be selected for the interview.

When I started my blog in year 2007, my intention is to capture my son’s childhood and to update my family and friends about our little family. Gradually, I was motivated to share the knowledge that I learned on my parenting journey to a wider audience. In the process, I also received a few invitations to write reviews of products.

Personally, I don’t believe in accepting a payment or free products and then write a glowing review about them. I will only advertise products that I personally tested and that I genuinely like before I can confidently recommend them to my readers.

I was asked about how different my approach is, as compared to other media advertisements. I think the main difference will be the testing process. I must have hands-on experience and not just write a review on something I’ve read about or glimpsed at a friend’s house.

Before I write a review, I’ll try out the product. I need to use it, try it, wear it, smell it, taste it, apply it and in another words, I need to know the product inside and out. I offer my thoughts and feelings about them. I also talk about the results that I’ve experienced after using the product.

This approach is very different from other media advertisements which only focus on promoting the products. Readers are more interested to know a reviewer’s thoughts about a product rather than seeing an online advertisement. As a matter of fact, an honest review is much more valuable.

I was also asked about how I sustain my credibility among readers. Now that I’m a blogger, I realise that the lure of freebies and money can be very tempting. However, at this point of my life, I feel that my integrity and personal values are the most important. I will not risk my credibility for something free.

Recently, I rejected an invitation to write a review about spa services from a renowned beauty salon in Singapore. I was offered an attractive spa package but I had to reject the job. First of all, I’m not knowledgable about spa treatments, products and equipments. I don’t think I can deliver a good review about it. Secondly, I know that my readers are mostly busy moms. How many of us can afford the time to soak in a milk bath? Not me definitely. Thirdly, it’s unfair to the salon too if I can’t bring out the best of their services to my readers.

Product reviews are still my passion but I’m also selective on the type of products to review. The main satisfaction to me is when readers bought the products and share with me their opinions after using them. I’m happy if they like the products and get benefits from them. It’s something that I truly enjoy.

Moving forward, I hope that I can share with my readers more product reviews and hopefully I can get sponsors for giveaways and contests on my blog.