6 Must-Have Physical Sunscreens This Summer

While you might think that a red lippie and a waterproof mascara are the beauty non-negotiables, the one product that you shouldn’t really leave the house without is your sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial to keep your skin safe and youthful-looking. So if you’re like us who have longed to use a physical sunscreen, here are six physical sunscreens worth stashing in your beauty kit this summer.


  1. Calm Redness Relief SPF 30 Moisturizer – Paula’s Choice

Part of the new Calm Redness Relief collection, this sunscreen is like a moisturizer that happens to have SPF as oppose to a hydrating sunscreen. It’s non-greasy, smooth, and protects the skin against the harmful rays, while providing calming peptides to sensitive skin.

  1. Natural Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – Bare Republic

This chemical-free sunscreen is ideal for all skin types, and is water-resistant for 40 minutes, allowing you to swim and sweat without worrying about it. With its lightweight formula, Bare Republic’s sunscreen is a great option for adventurous girls who doesn’t want to look drenched in sunblock.

  1. Mineral Daydream Makeup Primer SPF 30 – Coola

The makeup enthusiasts will fall hard for this sunscreen, because unlike most mineral sunscreens that are difficult to apply over makeup, this formula is like a primer that’s designed to prepare the skin for coverage.


  1. SPF 30 Baby Bum Premium Natural Stick – Baby Bum

Looking for some sun protection for your little one? Then this handy stick is for you. Unlike most sunscreens, this stick is a 100 percent mineral-based formula that boasts water resistance and a broad spectrum protection. Plus, it’s specifically designed for the soft and thin skin of a baby.

  1. Umbra Sheer Physical Defence – Drunk Elephant

Although the sunscreen’s 20 percent zinc oxide formula tend to lean more on the white side of the physical sunscreen spectrum, you’ll still be obsessed in using nonetheless. Its added antioxidants, raspberry seed oil, and sunflower shoot extract are all worth the extra rub in.

  1. ColourFlo Mineral Foundation – Susan Posnick

Not in the mood to use a sunscreen that’s lotion formula? No worries. Susan Posnick’s powder foundation is mineral-based, and provides great coverage that also boasts an SPF of 30. It’s truly a great brush-on product to have in your summer beauty kit.

Using the right products is the key to fairer skin. So get your hands on any of these physical sunscreens now, and achieve a youthful-looking skin by protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays.


Clichés about Love

Love makes the world go round. It makes our heart beat fast and the notion of it makes our head spin even faster. There are plenty of things we can say about love but for the longest time, have we mastered it yet? Are we still looking at it with rose-colored glasses or are we seeing it in all its reality? Most of us in Singapore still consider ourselves romantic. We still believe in that one true, in finding our soul mate, that one person destined for us. But is there really such a thing? What else do others believe about in love that other people?


Marriage cements love

We should probably blame it in the traditional times when people shudder at the thought of kissing someone you’re not married with. There are still a lot of folks who believe that marriage can cement love in their relationship. I personally know of some friends who are going through rough times in their relationship and consider of getting married as a way out of their problems. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubbles but marriage will do nothing but bind you legally into a social contract an that’s about it.

Love is blind

This is for the hopeless romantics who still manage to exist in this modern day and age. Thinking that love is blind is a notion that suggests couples can and will accept each other completely, harping on the positives, and just ignoring the other’s imperfections. These probably means well but let’s face it, sooner or later reality will get a hold of us. We’ll soon get to see each other in their true colors and we can’t just blindly accept the other’s imperfections. Some of these may even trigger couple fights.young_love_565019

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Some people insist that making oneself missed is one of the best ways to be more wanted and appreciated by the other person. I’ll admit this seems effective every once in a while. But take this to the extreme and do this more frequently and it might just work against you. Some people also believe that what’s out of sight is out of mind.

Sex fosters love

Men may be the ones who try to use this cliché more often than women as most women builds on intimacy through conversations and other means other than lovemaking. It is men who are more sexually driven and for others, they may have used this as a weapon just to get what they want with their partners in the relationship.


Effective Forex Trading Strategies

Most successful trading strategies rely on a carefully thought out well executed plan. Without devising such plans, it’s impossible to ensure calculated wise trading moves. Most successful Singaporean Forex traders claim that they follow a stringent plan and do not stray off these devised plans no matter the situation. Most of the failed Singaporean Forex traders, on the other hand, did not have any strategic plans to begin with and only blindly followed what other traders did. The following are only some effective Forex trading strategies that you should know and inculcate as you plan ahead:


Keeping a trading diary

As a beginner Forex trader, you’d do well by keeping a trading diary where you can record your trade moves and use as an efficient tool for learning from your wins and losses. A trading diary will give you a clear picture of how you came up with those winning trade patterns as well as what not to repeat in your trading patterns.

Applying order limits

Applying order limits on your trade positions is highly recommended for those beginner traders and is still used even by the professional Forex traders. The use of Limit Orders and Stop/Loss Orders will help minimize your trading loss while making sure you still achieve your desired trading profit. This is perfect for keeping an objective trade decision and are very useful especially for those traders who can’t afford to monitor their positions all the time.live-forex-rates

Use of Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is a market approach that Forex traders make by studying historical market patterns through the use of trade charts. The analysis is best used to determine a trending pattern for support and resistance. These are boundaries professional traders have set in order to map out the market’s direction and to forecast a possible breakout.

Use of Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is another market approach that Forex traders make by studying huge heaps of data concerning the concerned currency pair’s macroeconomic conditions. A currency’s interest rate, level of unemployment, and geopolitical events are only some of the top areas Forex traders consider whenever making fundamental analysis.

Knowing Common Forex Trader Mistakes Beforehand

A carefully planned out strategy will entail eliminating the common trading mistakes shared by most Forex traders. It will be wise to identify what these common pitfalls are beforehand and to ready oneself in order to create a highly viable winning strategy.


How Women’s Dating Standards Change as They Age  


Do you still remember the days when all you wanted is just a six-pack abs to pass out? Then, for some reason, you realized that you are fine with a dad bod? When you look back at it, you wonder with amazement how your set of preferences changed over time and you thought to yourself, did something wrong happen to me? Well, it is normal.


Women, as they grow wiser, bolder and older, their standards when it comes to dating a potential partner tends to shift gradually or dramatically depending on their beliefs and experiences built through time. For instance, a 20-something might be after a six-pack abs while a 30-something might be in the search for a six-figure income. These differences can be better explained by a breakdown of preferences and commitment level of women that tells you why:

Women in 20’s:

His Looks:

He should be that freaking hot guy with great bod (usually goes to the gym), killer smile (white and straight set of teeth), head full of hair, of course. In fact, a September 2015 survey suggests that 2 out of 3 Singaporean women find bald/balding guys a turn off.  In short, Channing Tatum kind-of-guys are very welcome!

His Job:

What he is doing with his life and how much he earns from it is not much of a big deal at this point. Maybe he is still trying to figure out what he wants out of life, after all, nobody gets ridiculously rich at the age of 25.

Woman’s Commitment Status:

She is not in a clear urgency to tie the knot nor thinks he is. Both parties are still enjoying each other’s company. In most cases, she’s just after a drinking buddy or a partner to spend some YOLO moments with.

Women in 30’s:

His Looks:

This time, a dad bod and slight hair recession are perceived as endearing because you prefer a more intellectual guy—someone who can talk with sense.


His Job:

He must have established himself as a professional or better yet, a boss of his own—entrepreneur, that is. No health insurance? No Savings? Forget it.

 Woman’s Commitment Status:

If she sees that he is not in for a serious business or up for a committed relationship and she is, she will most likely declare GAME OVER early on than she would in her younger age. This is the stage where mind-playing and dating games are not cool.

Women in 40’s:

His Looks:

He must have the character. Great conversations and laughter make it more appealing and endearing. The concept of maturity should no longer even be a qualification because it should come automatically; after all, you are after a man, not a boy.

His Job:

A stable career is a serious thing. Trying to find himself somewhere in this world while you are in the full-swing of your career isn’t even to your adult taste at this age.

Woman’s Commitment Status:

She is either still feeling the recurring burn from a divorce or more than ready to settle down and build a family. Whichever way, she has no qualms about being open and upfront to her guy about their preferences on where the relationship is heading.


How to Eat Healthy Even on Budget

If you ever believed that eating healthy is too expensive, then you’re not alone. Healthy options always seem to cost more and when you’re struggling to make the ends meet, even a single dollar can make a huge difference. Still, the cost of eating healthy food shouldn’t come in between you and your health. To help you with that, here’s how you can eat healthy while saving your hard-earned cash.

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  1. Create a grocery list and a weekly meal plan.

First thing’s first: Set an extra time each week to create your meal plan and grocery list. Doing this will ensure that you’ll only buy what you need without spending money on things that’ll just go to waste. But before you start with your grocery and meal planning you should first…

  1. Check out food sales and know what foods are in season.

Check the website of your favourite grocery store to see what foods are on sale this week so you’ll be able to plan your meals accordingly. Consider goods that are in season, and if possible, buy local to cut back on your cost.

  1. Consider goods that are marked down.

Most grocery stores in Singapore have a dedicated area for foods that are marked down as they approach their expiration date. Don’t be afraid of purchasing and eating these products. If you’re going to eat or freeze the products within the next few days, then consider taking the deal the next time you take a trip to the grocery store.

  1. Opt for non-animal protein sources.

Meat is a good source of protein, but it can be really expensive. So instead of having meat as your primary protein source, opt for plant-based sources like beans, chickpeas, and lentils. They can be used in different and delicious ways, and are super affordable. With this, you can already get your daily dose of protein without spending too much.

  1. Purchase seeds, nuts and spices in bulk.


It’s no secret that you get more bang for your buck when you purchase ingredients in bulk. Most grocery stores have a section for bulk foods where you can buy as much or as little as you want.

  1. Buy frozen vegetables and fruits.

A lot of fruits and veggies can be pricey, especially if they’re out of season. So instead of purchasing fresh fruits, opt for the frozen ones. Not only are frozen goods cheaper, you can also store them for as long as you want without having to worry about it going bad.

  1. Make the most out of your freezer.

Your freezer might just be one of the under-appreciated, most underestimated, and overlooked appliance in your kitchen. Make the shelf life of your goods longer by freezing them before they go bad. Freeze fresh or leftover foods like burgers, soups, or salad dressings

  1. Repurpose your leftovers and place them in proper storage containers.

Don’t throw your leftovers in the garbage! Instead, toss them into a clean container and eat them the following day. If you want, you can get creative with your leftovers and repurpose them into a wrap, a salad or a soup ingredient. Just ensure that you use proper storage containers to make your repurposed dish last longer.

  1. Avoid purchasing expensive drinks.

One of the easiest ways to save some bucks and improve your health is to stick with drinking water instead of expensive, sugary drinks. Add some kick and flavour to your good old water by infusing it with berries, cucumber, lemon, melon or mint.

  1. Be organized and avoid unnecessary trips to grocery stores.

If you’re smart with grocery shopping and meal planning, then you should only need to visit the supermarket once, or twice a week. Before making another trip to the grocery store, ask yourself if you really need to go there. Keep your cupboards, freezer, fridge and pantry organized so you’ll know what products you have on hand, as well as to avoid purchasing stuff that you don’t need.

Eating healthy doesn’t always need to expensive. All you’ve got to do is be smart in planning your meals and groceries, and you’ll definitely be able to enjoy healthy and budget-friendly meals.


Body Detox: Signs That You Need It and Ways to Do It

The word ‘detox’ seems to have subtly made its way into our daily language. These days, it’s become common to hear someone detoxing, whether by doing yoga, juicing or only eating vegetables – and perhaps you may need to join the detox bandwagon. Just look for these simple signs to know whether or not you need to try this health fad.


Signs a Body Detox is Necessary

  1. Lack of Energy

If you’re consistently getting a 7- to 8-hour sleep, but you still doesn’t feel rested, then it might be time to consider getting a detox. The junk that builds up in your system, such as the foods you eat and the air you breathe, is what zaps your energy. By detoxing, you allow your body to flush out these substances, making you feel more energetic. As you detoxify your body, it’s also best to stop drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Not only will these drinks make you feel sluggish, it’ll also leave you crashing once the ‘high’ is over.

  1. Severe Difficulty in Concentrating

Ever find yourself having a difficult time focusing on a task at hand? Then this could be a detox red flag. Apart from concentration problems, having excessive candida fungus in your body also triggers health problems like eczema, yeast infection, and digestive issues. So make it a point to perform a candida cleanse to restore your mind’s concentration and focus.


  1. Problem Losing Weight

Having problems losing weight, despite exercising hard, is another sign that you should go on a body detox. Get rid of the toxins in your body by consuming fresh salad with ingredients like alfalfa sprouts, avocado, carrots, chia seeds, cucumbers, quinoa, spinach, and tomatoes. Also, make your own salad dressing using olive oil, lemon, citrus, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to have a tasty dressing sans all the artificial colours and flavours. In the process of flushing out the toxins from your body, expect that you’ll drop a few pounds so make sure that you eat a more balanced diet.

  1. Skin Problems

Ever experienced having rashes or acne breakouts for no apparent reason? If so, you may need to look inward to discover why your skin is going through such changes. Are you drinking lots of water? Have you been eating lots of processed foods lately? Are you overindulging in nicotine or alcohol? Are you exposed in an environment where moulds are present, and you breathe in airborne toxins?

If you answer to all of these is yes, then consider undergoing a body detox for a short period of time to see if the symptoms lessen. Excessive toxins in the bodyoften causes skin problems, so try spending lesser time on places that expose you to such toxins.

  1. Difficulty in Sleeping

When our body is loaded with toxins, it struggles to efficiently carry out some of its natural functions. In this case, toxin build-ups make the body produce less melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycle. When your body struggles to properly produce this hormone, your sleep cycle becomes thrown off, causing you to find it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Fortunately, going on a body detox can easily fix this problem. Detoxing allows your body to be more in tune with nature and work in its natural state, which then helps in creating a healthy circadian rhythm.

How to Perform a Body Detox

Some of the easy ways to detoxify your body is to steer clear from the harmful chemicals in your household products, and avoid consuming foods with artificial additives. Doing yoga is another wonderful and easy way of having a body detox as it allows every part of the body to compress, stretch and twist. Such movements facilitate the removal of waste products from the tissues and extremities of the body that a simple jog and bike ride in your area in Singapore can’t reach.

It’s no wonder that detoxifying became a part of our daily language. The process offers a great deal of benefits for our mind, body and soul that it became a word known for health and happiness.


What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

Every love is precious and rare, and a woman’s ring is the perfect way to showcase that. If you really want to know more about a woman’s personality—and love life—notice her engagement ring. These could be the meaning behind every ring style you’ll see on someone’s hand:


1. Round Cut

A round cut diamond symbolizes traditional values in love and romance. These traditional brides-to-be would want everything to be classic—A-line wedding dress, cathedral-length veil, and her mother’s brooch pinned on her bouquet. Talking about personality? They are dependable and thoughtful, with their loved ones as top priority.

2. Princess Cut

A princess cut diamond features a classic shape with a little something extra, making it a popular choice among classic-modern Singapore brides. You can expect to see her in a white pantsuit instead of a traditional wedding gown or have her wedding in an unexpected venue, like art galleries and rooftop pools or gardens. Many brides love the these types of beautiful engagement rings for lifetime in Singapore as it is a classic cut. Creative and daring spirit is most likely the reason why her groom is lured to her magnificence.

3. Emerald Cut

A woman who wears an emerald engagement ring is more likely drawn to subtle elegance. It symbolizes a more modified style, and those who choose this stone cut tend to be well organized and decisive. These brides could be wearing a sheath dress and walking down the aisle with a charming bouquet of lilies for that effortless chic look.

4. Marquise

Named after Marquise De Pompadour, the mistress of France’s King Louis XV, there’s no wonder that this ring is for women oozing with major sex appeal. While it is not the most practical stone shape for a ring because it can easily get caught on clothing and other stuff, it’s still among the most popular choices especially for brides with strong personality.

5. Cushion Cut

While tradition is important for these brides, they also appreciate a twist of uniqueness in every aspect. We bet she would be wearing a sophisticated mermaid gown, but paired with stark blue killer heels. It’s also safe to say that the wedding will be heavy on glamour—crystal brooches on bouquets, sparkly bridesmaid dresses, and champagne towers are your thing.


6. Coloured Ring

Coloured rings are unique, and so does the wearer of the ring in Singapore. The bride loves doing things her way, so expect to see unconventional wedding dress, perhaps with a touch of quirky embellishments or a splash of vibrant colour. And if anyone in the office is going to throw an amazing wedding party in an exotic destination, it’s going to be her.

7. Oval Shape

An oval shape stone is for the bride who has that soft, feminine character, and likes everything to be classic but with a twist. A hard working career woman at day, but lets her hair down at night. This elegant shape is a favourite among brides not only because of its sophisticated look, but also with because of its sparkle that’s comparable to a classic round cut diamond.

8. Heart Shape

Brides who prefer this stone shape likely have fairytale-like views about love and romance. The heart is the ultimate symbol of love for these brides, and they take pride for having that beautiful relationship with their partner. However, this may not be the best choice for brides who tend to shy away from the spotlight, as this exquisite shape will surely attract attention.

9. Pear Shape

This shape is preferred by romantic and gentle-natured brides, but those who also exhibit independent values. Balance and symmetry rule their lives, and they expect the same from people around them.

An engagement ring is a personal choice. And even if brides don’t realize it, they are drawn to certain wedding ring styles for some unexplainable reason. This reason could be because the style of the ring reflects their preferences and personality, and thus appeals to them much more than any other styles. So if you want to know more about a friend’s character and style, her proposal ring speaks volumes of it.


4 Ways to Lessen Your Kitchen Waste

Our trashcans, fridges and garbage disposals are filled with bones, crusts, peels and expired food day after day. Some of us are smart enough to have compost piles in their backyard, but most of us don’t and that’s what causes massive quantities of food to be thrown away daily. Luckily, you can now cut down on your waste – and save some money – by using the following tasty kitchen hacks.


  1. Make a tasty vegetable stock out of you leftover produce.

Save all the peels, skins, and stems of the vegetables that you used for your roasts, salad, stews and soups. Set these leftovers aside on a re-sealable bag or a big bowl covered with plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook a veggie stock out of it. Just avoid keeping it in the fridge for too long though, since these scraps can quickly rot and growing moulds in your leftovers will defeat your purpose of saving it and recooking it into a tasty stock.

Homemade vegetable stock contains lots of nutrients and can even be used as a base for sauces or soups. If you want, you can even drink it on its own – it’s really that good! In fact, you can even use it as replacement for the water you use when preparing rice. Preserve your veggie stock by storing it well in the freezer.

  1. Cook a tasty broth using the leftover bones on your meals or parties.

Just like with vegetable stock, bone broth is also delicious and nutritious, and serves as a great way to savour every last bit of goodness from the leftover bones. Fish bones and heads are the easiest to recook into a savoury broth. Simply add the leftover bones into a stockpot of water, and bring it to boil. After that, strain the broth carefully until it’s free from all the pointy fish bones.

Leftover turkey and chicken bones can be used as well. Just toss a few handful of herbs like parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme as you cook your broth to make it even tastier. Apart from the chicken and fish bones, beef bones also make a delicious broth. This can be a bit complicated though, since larger beef bones need to be broken down so that you’ll get the flavourful and nutritious stuff into your stock.


Just remember to keep an eye to your bone broth as you cook it, and make sure that you skim off the scum that rises as the broth cooks. Don’t wait to do this until you’re done cooking, or you’ll just let it fall back into the bottom of your pot.

  1. Turn your stale bagel and bread into tasty desserts.

Although I wasn’t one to request that the crusts of my bread be cut off as a kid, I’m not a huge fan of tough crusts and end pieces of bread today. Instead, I save these unwanted ends of stale bread in a reusable bag and place them in the freezer.

Whenever I’m making a recipe that requires breadcrumbs, I simply pull out a few pieces of frozen bread and crush them in the food processor until they turn into crumbs. A quick way of doing this is to give them a spin while they’re still frozen. For larger bread slices, I turn them into a delicious homemade bread pudding.

If you ever find yourself with lots of extra bagels instead, here’s a simple and tasty solution for that. Slice your stale bagels as thinly as possible, place them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and toast until they turn into brown bagel chips. Sprinkle the chips with sea salt, and serve it with whipped cream cheese.

  1. Save your overripe bananas by making delicious banana breads.

In some ways, bananas are considered the perfect food: sweet and soft, jam-packed with potassium and other nutrients that the body needs. Finding a perfect banana, however, is a more complicated feat since it requires much skill, and finding one is just imperfect science.

So rather than throwing away your overripe bananas, save them in a clean freezer bag and use them to make a delicious banana bread. Just remember to keep your bag of chocolate chips and walnuts on hand at all times, so you’ll be ready to make a batch whenever you get to collect enough bananas. Overripe bananas may look gross, but once they’re baked into a banana bread, they’ll definitely tasted amazing!

Now that you’ve absorbed all the clever food-saving tips as shared by some Singapore food experts and chefs, it’s now time to start cooking, eating and reducing food waste!