Review: Zaine Skin Set

Bonjour Bella!

WARNING: This post is very long! Just very happy to share something beautiful! :)

Ever since I arrived here in Singapore, my skin has worsened. When I was in the Philippines, I rarely had pimples! But now, look at my face. :-( Most of my pimples have disappeared already. But when it’s the time of the month, they start popping up again. I am just so tired of having acne problems, pimple marks, and skin discoloration. I want my healthy, glowing, and clear skin back. Yes, I am desperately in need of a solution.

Zaine Skin Set

Zaine Skin Set

Thankfully, I have received a new set of skincare products and I want to share it with all of you. Introducing: Zaine Skin Set.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bonjour Bella!

You’re probably seeing a lot of people doing the #IceBucketChallenge on social media for the past few weeks. The challenge has gone viral! My Facebook News Feed is flooded with it. I never thought I’d be in the middle of it until my sisters nominated me. I was actually thinking of just ignoring it but I took it as a good opportunity to spread awareness about ALS.

The challenge involves posting a video of you pouring a bucket of ice water over yourself and nominating 3 other people to do the same within 24 hours. They can either accept the challenge or make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice, or do both.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about the disease, ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

As defined in the ALS Association website:

It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

In simple terms, it is a disorder that affects the function of the nerves and muscles.


Singapore Blog Awards 2014

Bonjour Bella!

I was so delighted to be invited to attend this year’s Singapore Blog Awards Ceremony, which was held last Saturday, 16 August 2014, at the *SCAPE Ground Theatre.

*SCAPE Ground Theatre

Started in 2008, the Singapore Blog Awards is the brainchild of According to omy, “it was created to honor independent content producers who create and curate content that make for fun, informative, and insightful reads.”

When I got there, I was so happy to see a handful of familiar faces. :) Meet Janice Leong, Jamie Chan, and Fif Phan.

Monique, Janice, Jamie, Fif

Monique, Janice, Jamie, Fif

Attendees were asked to come dressed in smart casual / derby fashion or anything inspired by horses. Most were pretty much in theme. Couldn’t find a nice hat so I just came wearing a dress and heels. :)

The SBA 2014 Ceremony begins

The SBA 2014 Ceremony begins


Dear Dra. Ellen’s SkinCare, STOP USING MY PHOTO!

Bonjour Bella!

I woke up this morning with a message from one of my friends abroad.

Apparently, Dra. Ellen’s Skincare is using my photo, WITHOUT PERMISSION, as part of a product testimonial!

So I tried searching for the pic on my own. It seems that the photo is not available on their Facebook Page, but it is posted on their personal accounts.

Just in case the link above is not available after I post this, here’s a screenshot:

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This is not the first time that someone used my photos for their personal gain. (I was interviewed on Philippine TV before – Video 1Video 2.) Anyway, they used my photo from the “Face of the Day: Color Me Avon” makeup tutorial post. (The photo on the top left is not of me and is not mine. I never had that MUCH acne.)

First of all, I AM NOT THEIR CUSTOMER. I have NEVER bought nor used any of their products.

To add insult to injury, the testimonial read as:

Miss Rica, hello! Kilala mo pa ako? Hehehe! Update lng ako, and dis time oorder ng maintenance :) tpos nko sa Rejuv set and anti pimples :) eto picture as i promise hehe! :*

This is sooo freakin’ annoying and downright disgusting! I would NEVER post a testimonial that has so many grammatical errors! Oh please, I’m a writer and a former Editor in Chief. I know better than to write like that.

Plus, I would NEVER reuse photos from my makeup tutorials and use them for product reviews. I always take a lot of photos before, during, and after trial periods so I can fully document any progress, good or bad.

They claim to provide “accurate information” and they’re even “DTI-Registered.” Their products are probably not effective that is why they need to use other people’s beautiful photos and make fake testimonials. Sheesh. So pathetic!


May this post serve as a deterrent to future perpetrators.

By the way, check out their FB page. Who knows, they might be using your photo(s) too!

Please help me spread the word and boycott Dra. Ellen’s Skincare!


♥ Monique ♥

Review: Made by David Organics Happy Hair Honey Deep Conditioner

Bonjour Bella!

My housemates and I are currently busy packing our things because we’re moving soon! And then I just saw this huge bag of products I’ve emptied out and haven’t reviewed yet. So I’m just gonna start reviewing them one by one. :-)

Have you ever heard of Made by David Organics? I actually wrote a Made by David Organics: Shopper’s Guide last year.

For today, I’m gonna review the Made by David Organics Happy Hair Honey Deep Conditioner.


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