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If you are on Instagram, I am sure you have seen beautiful flat lays and gorgeous shots of memobottle™. I’ve got to say the name is pretty catchy and cute too. Recently I got to interview the founders of memobottle™ – Jesse and Jonathan and we got to talk a little bit more about memobottle and how it came to live.


This is the A5 size, itcan fit 750ml of liquid. 

Launched via Kickstarter, the concept far exceeded the initial $15,000 goal and ended with $261,000 in funding to develop. Not to mention it was also picked up by countless magazine features, Grammy gift bags and worldwide media interest.


memobottle™ inspiration stemmed from two problems that the co-founders saw in society. Firstly, given their attachment to the outdoors and environment, the duo developed a passionate desire to reduce single use bottle consumption and its disastrous effect on the environment. Secondly, throughout their schooling, university, and professional work lives, they experienced constant frustrations with the inability to fit water bottles in carry/laptop bags.


“Somewhere along the line, society became fixated on designing cylindrical shaped bottles. Rather than making a product that conforms to the status, we decided to create something that is easy to transport but still holds the functional aspects of traditional bottles”, says Leeworthy, Product Design Engineer.

I couldn’t agree more with how water bottles always comes in round shapes, think about the times when you’re trying endlessly trying to squeeze it into the back of a plane/train seat, how very annoying!

The memobottle is designed for the people who drink water and have an environmental conscience by educating and initiating conversation around smarter ways to reduce overall global consumption. It is aimed to create usefulness and to help bring our society back to reuse more and reduce waste.

Say no more! I for one am not a fan of single-use water bottles and furthermore, I love the clear and convenient design of memobottle making it more motivational for me to use it more often and drink more water in the process. Be it as your work desk, on the go or travelling; I will fit perfectly in any tote as well.

Designed in Australia and made in Taiwan, memobottle has grand plans for global expansion and there will be an exciting top secret launch this month, just in time for Christmas, so stay tune and keep an eye out! Memobottle also makes as a great gift for Christmas, just sayin’.

TIP: The best way to clean your memobottle is to mix 1 part vinegar and 5 part water to rinse it out. I’ve heard that there will be a memocleaner in its final stages of development which uses magnets to clean the inside and outside of the bottle, cool huh? Just remember to not wash the memobottle within your dishwasher.
Memobottle instagram
Memobottle website


Dior Diorblush Cheek Stick Velvet Colour Crème Blush


Last month, Dior launched a limited edition creme blush that comes in three universal shades. Cosmopolite Coral (sweet apricot orange), Cosmopolite Rosewood (fresh light rosewood) and Cosmopolite Pink (pop candy pink).

These blushes comes in a twist and glide stick packaging that is great for quick application, touch ups minus the need for a sharpener. What really stands out for these blushes is the hybrid texture formula really impresses me. The ultra pigmented cream texture blush transforms into a powdery dewy finish.


I’m currently loving the #Cosmopolite Rosewood which is a gorgeous warm rosey shade that melts onto skin upon blending with fingers or a synthetic brush. Personally, I much prefer the latter as it is more efficient and consistent to blend for me.


#Cosmopolite Rosewood gives me a natural, healthy flushed glow and it is also matte and doesn’t contain any shimmer in it. Application and blending is easy and the blush stays on all day with minimal bulging.

Personally I think this is fun to use, quick and easy without any of the powdery mess and great for travelling if you don’t want to pack an additional brush and just use fingers application instead. Also great for those who want quick touch up throughout the day, eg: post gym, etc.

Available in Dior counters now for a limited time only


Listening to: 逃跑计划 – 夜空中最亮的星

escape plan

I came across this song one night when I was listening to songs that was recommended to me by QQMusic. An app I use to discover Chinese and Cantonese songs. For some reason, this song struck a chord with me and I loved the lyrics + melody so much I had it on replay for a whole day.

This band is call Escape Plan and the name of the song is Brightest Star in The Night Sky. I hope you like it as much as I did.


Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality8™ Skincare Range


Recently, I’ve started a new skincare routine, incorporating mostly the new Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality8™ skincare range. Before I review the products more in depth, let me first explain what this skincare range does. Nutritious Vitality8™ claims to boost healthy, radiant skin in just 8 days. Using skin energizing ingredients like Pomegranate8Complex™ (hence all the red packaging), this range helps to deliver the 8 key dimensions of healthy looking skin – nourished, hydrated, energised, calmed, supple, refined, smoother and refined. Sounds like a pretty good deal isn’t it?


After cleansed skin, I use the Radiant Dual-Phase Emulsion (RRP AUD$95) both day and night, be sure to shake well before use. This dual-phase emulsion is a treatment cocktail of hydrating and nutrition for the skin to help revive and refresh skin.

This lotion-like texture is very refreshing to skin and is great to apply onto just cleansed skin prior to serum/eye cream and moisturiser steps. The Radiant Dual-Phase Emulsion can be use in place of your moisturiser too. Personally, I much prefer using this as my toner step.

Next, I use the Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate (RRP AUD$110) as my night only serum, I use a different Estee Lauder serum during the day and I will review this serum in a separate post. As its name suggest, this detoxifying serum is an overnight treatment product concentrated with pomegranate extract to work with skin’s renewal cycle while you sleep. The results is smoother, softer and brighter skin overtime.

I am not sure if it’s a placebo effect but I personally see instant visible results from this serum, my skin immediately looks brighter and refined upon each application. I love it! It is recommended to use 28 consecutive night at the beginning of every season to reduce toxins and help purify skin.


Lastly, I apply the Radiant Moisture Creme (RRP AUD$95) during the day and Radiant Overnight Creme/Mask (RRP AUD$98) at night for long lasting hydration and a plump skin finish. The night crème is slightly richer than the day version and yet it doesn’t break me out of leaves my skin oily/greasy.  My skin looks well rested and renewed with less drying/flaking skin since I’ve started incorporating these products into my skincare regime.

Overall, I genuinely rate this skincare range from the emulsion, detox concentrate to the moisturisers. I find that they are efficient at reducing dehydration and dryness that I often experience especially during the change of season and it keeps my skin looking radiant even when I wasn’t eating/sleeping right. The detox concentrate delivered what I’d expected; clearer, refined, brighter skin and kept my skin in check even when I was sick throughout without any flare ups that I often get from medication sensitivity.

Best of all, the entire range smells fruity and sweet and is non-acnegenic, meaning it won’t clog pores and are dermatologist tested.


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Listening to: What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

Never thought I’d ever dig a Justin Bieber song but there you have it; ‘What Do You Mean?’ is stuck in my head for weeks now.

It’s my current chillout song. What do you think?



Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

I first came across Oribe on Instagram (who doesn’t these days?) and I was intrigued by the luxe packaging. The Oribe haircare product packaging alone screams luxe, beauty and captures attention like no other.

oribe haircare

I got to trial the Oribe Signature Shampoo & Conditioner and the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil.
oribe signature shampoo

To use the shampoo & conditioner alone, they are my little daily indulgence. The shampoo lathers up well and cleanses my hair well without drying it out. Even for days I’ve had products in my hair, this shampoo does a great job at cleansing and rinsing out any hair products without further drying out my dry ends.

oribe signature conditioner

As for the restorative hair conditioner, this helps to hydrate and detangle my hair for easy styling and combs through easily. Since I wash and condition my hair on a daily basis, I make sure to finish off with some hair oil on towel dried hair.

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

The Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil comes in a black gold bottle with a pump bottle packaging. The oil is luxuriously light (lighter than my favourites Shu Uemura, Mystic Oil etc) and absorbs into hair instantly. The oil blend contains jasmine, edelweiss flower, lychee, sandalwood, cassis, bergamot, argan extract to condition, smooth out and strengthen hair follicles. Despite the list of floral ingredients in this hair oil it doesn’t overpower with floral scent either.

Overall, I would recommend the Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil for its luxe and convenient packaging and more importantly amazing ability to transform hair from dry and brittle to somewhat healthy looking without weighing my hair down.


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