Disrupting Traditional Florist Industry in Singapore – A Better Florist

It’s so beautiful!

The team behind “A Better Florist” reached out to me and asked if I’m interested in reviewing their flower bouquets. It was an intriguing proposition to me, especially since I love receiving flowers and their bouquets look so beautiful on their website. A Better Florist is a Singapore-based online firm that aims to provide a better flower delivery service. They source directly from flower farms in the Cameron Highlands to offer the freshest flowers at an affordable price. Its selection of hand-crafted bouquets are said to be around 20 per cent cheaper than the competition, and its flowers are fresher as there is no middleman. It’s pretty simple to order from their website – you log onto the website, pick the bouquet that you like <currently 14 different bouquets as well as 3 bundles (flowers together with gifts) are available>, and choose your preferred time and place for delivery. The florist will deliver the bouquet and also a hand-written card for a personal touch.  I’ve looked through their website and think that they offer an interesting choice of flowers that are pretty uncommon in Singapore at reasonable prices.

For my review, I chose “The Allison”. “The Allison” is a bouquet made up of multi-hued tulips and sprinkled with meadow whites. From the website, it claims that you “Send The Allison to celebrate the heartiest of loves, the cheeriest of friendships, the biggest of congratulations”. I love the meaning underlying tulips (it symbolises perfect love) and also thought that the bouquet looks beautiful. Delivery went pretty smoothly. I requested for them to deliver the flowers on a weekend morning and it swiftly arrived at my doorstep at around 10 am.

A close-up of the beautiful flowers!

When I received the flowers, I was struck by how gloriously vibrant and sweet-smelling they are. The flowers came wrapped in their signature burlap sack packaging with a bright orange-striped ribbon. Tulips are pretty uncommonly gifted in Singapore so I wasn’t quite sure on what to expect. But guys, they are honestly so pretty! They are not too elegant, too romantic, too big, too small, or too bright; and in the words of Goldilocks, it is just right. A Better Florist even provides a small packet of flower fertiliser for you to pour into the vase when you display the flowers so that they would last longer. How thoughtful is that?!

So if you are looking to buy flowers for either a special someone, your friends or even your family, you can consider “A Better Florist” for a lovely experience.

Where can you find it?

You can purchase the flowers from their website. Delivery is free for all customers.

Use promo code “ABETTERWELCOME” for $5 off your first order! Enjoy!

Review – Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water was never one of the products that I had intended to purchase. I chanced upon this cleansing water by accident. One day I was testing out some lipsticks on the back of my hands and needed to remove it. I saw that Sephora very thoughtfully left out their cleansing water together with some cotton pads and tissues on a counter for the customers to clean up after testing the makeup. When I used this product for the first time, I was so shocked that it actually removed all the lipstick stains without any residue whatsoever. In the end, I purchased the cleansing water instead of the lipsticks (lol!).

Ingredients

Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propanediol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 184, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Edta, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Zinc Gluconate, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, D-Limonene, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, BHT.

How does the Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water fare?

I’m sure that everybody who’s used to the world of makeup and beauty would be familiar with cleansing waters by now. The Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water claims to eliminate impurities and makeup without the soapy texture. With the help of a Sephora-exclusive ingredient (what it is though is a mystery to me!), it leaves your skin feeling supple.

You just need to pump out the product by pressing a cotton pad onto the pump dispenser and use the saturated cotton pad to swipe it all over your face to remove makeup. I normally use this product on my face makeup alone and not on my eye makeup. This is because I usually wear waterproof mascara and eyeliner and I find that this product didn’t manage to remove them thoroughly. However for removing face makeup, it works pretty well and I can definitely see the remains of my makeup and sunscreen on my cotton pad. I find this product particularly useful for days when you come home from work and just wanna get all the dirt and grime off your face quickly but you are not yet ready to do the full skincare ritual (you get what I mean?). Now, I would still double cleanse after using this cleansing water since I’m paranoid like that. But for those of you who wear very light makeup or sunscreen, I would think that you just need to use a gentle cleanser as a second cleanse after using this cleansing water to remove your makeup.

The opening that spurts out product!

The only thing that bugs me about this product is that the pump dispenser doesn’t work very well. When you press the dispenser, the product actually spurts out quite violently and makes it a little messy to use some days. Also, this is definitely not a rinse-free product so don’t be fooled by what its packaging says. All cleansing products, whether it be cleansing water, foam, gel, oil or balm should be removed thoroughly from the skin if you are using it to remove makeup. Even if you do not want to use a second cleanser after using this product for any particular reasons, I would still recommend that you rinse off the product using plain water. This is especially important for this product because it contains surfactants which should not be left on the skin for a long time. In short, this is a nice inexpensive cleansing water which works as it should and I would keep it in my routine. Try it!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Sephora stores. You can also purchase it on Sephora Online. It retails at S$8 (50ml sized), S$16 (200ml sized) and S$26 (400ml sized).

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Review – French Girl Organics Facial Polish (Rose du Jardin)

French Girl Organics is a luxurious organic vegan skin and body care brand, inspired by France and made in the US, that has its roots in Etsy (Imagine that?!). It started off as an beauty line founded by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes whose early life was steeped in Cajun French lore & culture passed on from her New Orleans-born mother. French Girl Organics is the culmination of her love of nature, as well as French heritage and lifestyle. The brand’s big break came in early 2016 when Vogue.com featured their Facial Polish (which is also the product that I’m reviewing today). Since then, it has caught the attention of beauty editors everywhere and is now stocked in Anthropologie and Goop in addition to their own website.

French Girl Organics caught my eye when I saw their beautiful rose facial polish in the skincare routine of one of the beauty bloggers that I follow on Instagram. Ok, I’ll admit that I’m such a sucker for beautiful things that its packaging was the first thing that caught my eye. The packaging is gorgeous and looks absolutely minimalist chic with a casual pulled-together aesthetics that French girls seem to naturally own. Coincidentally, while I was browsing the Mecca stores in Sydney during my recent trip, I came across this brand on their shelf and bought their most famous product (the Rose du Jardin Facial Polish) to try.  

Ingredients

Oryza Sativa (Brown Rice) Powder* Rose Damascena (Rose) Petals* White Kaolin (White Clay), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh)* Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom)* Rosa Canina (Rose Hips)* Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus)*, Kaolin (French Pink Clay), Essential Oils of Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium)*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot)*, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood)*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil* *Certified OrganIc/Wildcrafted

How does the French Girl Organics Facial Polish (Rose du Jardin) fare?

The facial polish is a finely-milled facial exfoliant rich in antioxidants formulated with organic brown rice powder, French clays, organic flower petals and essential oils to gently polish and clarify the skin. Essentially, it’s a face scrub that you’ll use once or twice a week to exfoliate your dead skin cells and makes your skin brighter.

The instructions given on the back of the product state that you can apply the product in circular motions on your damp face. Alternatively, you could also mist your face with toner and apply this product. This product could also be used as a face mask if you leave it on for around 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. The first time I used this product, I was a bit shocked at how coarse it feels against my skin. Admittedly I haven’t been using mechanical scrubs like this on my face for a long time since I’d started using chemical exfoliants. However, my skin felt a bit irritated and painful after I rinsed off this scrub. The next time, I mixed this product into my gel cleanser and it works much better that way for me. The coarseness of the brown rice powder included in this facial polish was cushioned by the gel texture of my cleanser. When I rinsed off this concoction, my skin felt much smoother and brighter without the irritation that I felt previously when I used this product on its own. It’s for this reason that I don’t reach for this product as much as I reach for my Orbis Powder Wash (which is also an enzyme exfoliant that’s much softer to the skin). That’s not to say that this product is not a good product, it’s just that for me personally, since I’m already using chemical exfoliants frequently, I might not be the intended target user of this product.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from the physical stores in Mecca Australia. It retails at AU$32 (2oz sized).

Alternatively, you can purchase it from their official website, Etsy, Mecca Online and Anthropologie Online,.

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