Anyway, nowadays I employ a balance of natural and regular cosmetics and skin care products. It works for me, and I've learned to shun from silicones, parabens, sulfates, pthlates and other nasty stuff. My skin is still a work in progress.
A few years ago, I also stumbled upon Vivi's blog called Eco Beauty Secrets while googling for eco tips and eco-friendly products. I fell in love with her blog because her entries are authentic and very relatable. Her images are also very engaging and fun. Everyone knows that I am too lazy to comment on other blogs. I do read a whole lot of varied blogs from interior design, cooking, to makeup. Vivi's blog struck a chord and I started to comment on her entries, she replied and we started to correspond online. The rest, as they say, is history.
If you're an avid reader of EcoBeautySecrets.com, you'll notice that Vivi values her privacy and doesn't show her full face. I think it's rather clever how she posts reviews without actually revealing her full identity.
My favorite posts are her DIY tips and green beauty discoveries. I am envious with the green selection they have over at Singapore. It was through Vivi that I discovered Paul Penders and Ethic Bioskin.
So since I was on a two-week break from school, I deemed it as the perfect time to travel. I first went to Surigao then flew to Singapore (alone, I might add!) the weekend after. I was determined to meet Vivi and I Whatsapped incessantly. I've been to Singapore several times but I always forgot to message her, so this time I was adamant about making time and meeting her.
We decided to meet in Wisma and then headed to Mandarin Gallery for a quick and quiet dinner.
It was a no-brainer -- Vivi and I loved rice and Katsu (what a conincidink!) so we went to Ma Maison. Ma Maison Singapore is of course, from the same restaurant family as Ma Maison in Greenbelt 3.
I chose the Iberica Pork Katsu which had a trimming of fat. It was so tender and juicy, and thicker than my usual Rosu Katsu in Yabu. I wasn't able to finish my Katsu because it was so big :(
|sesame seed grinder! I want one!|
I brought my college friend, Tin, who's been working in Singapore for almost 4 years. They obviously hit it off right away! Vivi was funny, engaging and very positive -- it was such a treat to finally meet her in person! Also, Vivi has incredibly clear and healthy skin -- I am envious! I guess I have to be serious about transitioning from traditional to green beauty products if I want to have skin as good as hers.
If you're new to her blog, here are some of my favorite entries:
- 5 Simple tips to help you get started on being an Eco Beauty
- Dry Brushing 101 for Body and Skin
- DIY: Grapefruit Moisturizing Body Scrub
- My Valentine's Day Eco Beauty must-haves
- Clean your makeup brushes naturally using ingredients from your kitchen
Aaand, Vivi also gave me pasalubong since I was leaving for Manila that night we had dinner. More natural products to try! Yay!
Thank you, Vivi, for taking the time to meet us! It was truly fun to spend a few hours with you. I hope to fly back to Singapore later this year so we can hang out more :)