Olens BlackPink Series Review

Hi guys! OLENS has recently collaborated with BlackPink again with another GORGEOUS campaign, introducing some old and new favourites from Olens that you might have seen before!

As usual, I’m going to put out the things I love best about buying lenses from Olens.

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  • Comfort for hours, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Scandi series

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ProductScandi Hazel / Light Gray
DescriptionAn upgraded version of the Spanish line, these are the contacts you see on Blackpink and they feature in their recent Ice Cream MV!!
Duration1Day (20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter11.9 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPuscon
Power0.00~-8.00

Scandi Light Gray

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I reviewed the Scandi range previously and this line is so comfortable and pretty, it has many of my favourites in there. This shade is relatively new in the Scandi range, so I was quite lucky to be able to try it out.

This contacts is quite similar to Russian Velvet Gray, but again has a more prominent limbal ring effect with the smaller graphic diameter. On my eyes, this is slightly blueish-grey.

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If I were to go for a more natural look with blue eyes, this is the style I would go for. Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Scandi Aqua or Russian Silver or Russian Velvet Blue.

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This contacts is BlackPink Jennie’s pick! This shade is super chic and stylish, and would definitely make you stand out.

Scandi Hazel

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This shade is is a perfect light brown for a natural look. If you have naturally dark brown eyes and want a bit of a change but aren’t that daring with blue or purple or crazy colours, this is the shade for you.

This shade is actually lighter than my favourite Scandi Olive and is a very flattering brown shade that will actually show up in pictures. If you want a natural look, go for this shade!

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This contacts is BlackPink Jisoo’s pick and suits her feminine, natural look very well. If you are someone who prefers cosy and natural looks, I would opt for this shade. It blends in very well with naturally dark brown eyes without it being too ‘in your face’.

Secriss 3con series

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ProductSecriss 3con Coral/Natural Gray (20p)
DescriptionEveryday contact lenses, highly pigmented 3 tone gives you bright, sparkling eyes. Has a slightly bigger graphic diameter than other daily contacts
Duration1 Day (20 pieces)
Total Diameter14.0 mm
Graphic Diameter13.5 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPhosphorylcholine
Power0.00~-10.00

Secriss 3Con Coral Gray

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I really liked the enlarging effect of this lenses that is subtle enough to look natural. The realistic iris patterns on it let it blend into my normal dark eyes better, especially with the gold flecks in the middle to help smooth the transition between dark brown eyes.

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This colour is very similar to the Natural Gray, but I think it looks slightly brighter and more vibrant, so I prefer this over the Natural Gray. Indoors, they look practically the same but this has a subtle oomph that I can’t explain!

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This contacts is BlackPink Lisa’s pick. It suits a classy, romantic look very well and the added coral colour really makes it look so stylish. I think the Natural Gray would work more for everyday looks, and this for big occasions without being too dramatic.

Secriss 3Con Natural Gray

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To be honest, I couldn’t really tell the difference between Natural Gray and Coral Gray! Especially under dim lighting, I feel like they look identical.

Seems like I am not alone in this struggle haha– Olens staff did a review comparison of Natural vs Coral Gray HERE and they couldn’t tell the difference either!

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This contact lenses is BlackPink Rose’s pick. This contacts has a very romantic, sweet feel to it and looks natural too! It has a slight enlarging effect as the graphic diameter is larger than the other contacts for daily wear.

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Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Russian Blue. I feel the blue is more suited for photos, and intense eye makeup looks with lighter hair!

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the BlackPink Series and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

Out of the ranges available with OLens, the Scandi range still remains my favourite, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the look of the Secriss 3Con and may purchase more in the future for natural looks. What are the shades you love best in this series and why?

OLENS Russian Velvet review

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Hello guys! I’m back with another OLENS review! Olens Global reached out to me again with the opportunity to try out some of their other lenses, so I actually have not just one but two!! reviews for y’all! (check out my other post HERE)!

If you haven’t read my previous review on the OLENS Scandi range, I would highly recommend checking that out first HERE. This time, I’m here to review their other popular range, the Russian Velvet series.

I generally tend to go for dailies as I am quite careless and lazy with making sure the lenses are clean and not dried out in the casing, but I rotate between dailies and a few tried-and-tested monthlies that I love as well!

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ProductRussian Velvet Gray / Brown / Blue / Green
DescriptionEveryday contact lenses, this range features exotic and stylish colours that still look very natural
Duration1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.0 mm
Graphic Diameter12.7mm
Base Curve8.6 mm
Water Content38%
MaterialHema
Power0.00~-8.00
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These contacts are monthly contacts and go for $24 USD. It’s buy 1-free 1 on all monthlies, making these a really good deal if you wear them regularly!

In my opinion, the Russian Velvet series is versatile enough to be used for casual looks and also for cosplay– as the colours are extremely true and solid (entirely hides dark eyes), you can wear these for specific eye colours that are needed without it looking too stark, artificial, or unnatural.

During my anime-obsessed phase I purchased many colour contacts that were simply too unnatural and blended badly or completely did not cover my natural eye colour, and the material and low water content would scratch my eyes and leave them dry and red.

Thank goodness for technology and improvements lol. *war flashbacks* Glad I found OLens now so I don’t have to suffer any more 😂

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  • Comfort for hours, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Russian Velvet Green

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This green covers my dark brown eyes perfectly and I would say it is a more ‘true green’ than the OLens Scandi Olive.

The Russian Velvet Green lenses have a gorgeous multi-dimensional effect with green, yellow, and red that you can really see if you come up close. I’d say from afar/ in pictures, it looks a bit more hazel, but you can really see the beautiful details and flecks in bright light or sunlight.

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I like that it isn’t just all one solid colour, and the patterns and colour differences help the contacts blend in with your natural eyes a bit more.

I think it’s definitely a really unique shade worth trying and one that will garner lots of attention and compliments from your friends!

Russian Velvet Brown

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The Russian Brown is a light brown shade that entirely covers dark brown eyes. The realistic iris pattern lines in the lens design helps it blend in very naturally with my dark eyes. Unlike the Scandi series, there is no limbal ring effect from your natural eye colour underneath the lenses due to the wider diameter on the Russian Velvet lenses. It depends on your preference.

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If you want a natural colour that still looks different from your usual dark brown eyes, I would recommend this shade especially for photos. It gives a very subtle brown look that shows up perfectly in pictures without looking dark or black like normal dark brown eyes.

Russian Velvet Blue

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Although the blue shade is just gorgeous, I rarely reach for this for everyday wear as it is such a dramatic look! The blue has a tiny bit of yellow at the centre to help the colour blend in with your natural dark eyes, which I really appreciate. It helps to make the contacts look more natural.

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From a distance, your eyes look blue/ turquoise due to the subtle blending, and will be absolutely stunning in an artsy IG shot! This striking colour will be perfect if you want to stand out.

Russian Velvet Gray

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I adore the grey shade, and alternate between Russian Gray and Scandi Light Gray for certain looks.

I’d say this is more similar to Scandi Light Gray because of its cool, greyish blue tone vs the Scandi Gray, which looks more greyish-green on me and is more of a darker, muted grey.

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Again, if I were to go for a more natural look with blue eyes, I would go for the Russian Gray instead of the Blue.

Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Russian Blue. I feel the blue is more suited for photos, and intense eye makeup looks with lighter hair!

olens global benefits

These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the Russian Velvet range and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

Out of the ranges available with OLens, the Scandi range still remains my favourite, but I occasionally turn to the Russian Velvet range for more artsy photo shots when I need a solid eye colour to show off dramatic eye makeup looks. What are the shades you love best in this line and why?

OLENS Scandi Review

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OLENS is a brand that requires no introduction. They are my to-go brand for coloured contacts, and unparalleled for its wide variety of beautiful styles that are natural-looking and provide top-notch comfort for dry eyes.

I regularly use the Scandi and Spanish series, with Scandi Olive as my firm favourite. I have yet to try out the entire colour range, so when Olens Global reached out to me I was absolutely delighted to give the other colours a try! I hope this comparison post will be helpful for you if you are looking to try out the Olens Scandi range.

I’m all for experimenting with different styles in my makeup looks, and having different coloured eyes can can help to introduce a whole new look! It usually is quite difficult to find good lenses for dark coloured eyes like mine, and OLENS manages to deliver on colour payoff and comfort every time.

Solotica does this well too, but the price costs so much more so I can’t afford to try a few colours 😰 and most of their popular colours are only available in yearly lenses which is a deal breaker for me.

For my usual (uncoloured) contact lenses, I alternate between dailies and monthlies and I much prefer the comfort, hygiene, and convenience of daily lenses. I’m also kinda careless and forgetful and on a few occasions I have forgotten to clean and check on my monthlies, leaving them dried out in the case 😭

P.S. Before we dive right into the review, this is a PSA for all you readers: want to nab a 15% off coupon code? Stay on to the end of this review to see the exclusive Olens Global benefits and how you can get more bang for your buck the next time you stock up on coloured contacts.

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ProductScandi Gray / Hazel / Olive / Aqua / Light Gray
DescriptionAn upgraded version of the Spanish line, these are the contacts you see on Blackpink and they feature in their recent Ice Cream MV!!
Duration1Day (20 pieces) / 1 Month (2 pieces)
Total Diameter14.2 mm
Graphic Diameter11.9 mm
Base Curve8.7 mm
Water Content48%
MaterialPuscon
Power0.00~-8.00
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  • Comfort for hours with PUSCON instead of Silicone hydrogel, doesn’t dry out my eyes even after a full day’s wear under air-conditioning. I’ve shopped at other brands like TTDEYE or Pinky Paradise, and Olens is by far the most comfortable.
  • Natural-looking even on dark asian eyes
  • Reasonable price for the quality
  • Fast shipping worldwide (DHL express). Honestly the fastest shipping I’ve ever experienced. My parcel arrived in just under 3 days after the dispatch notice 🤩
  • Good customer service and quick responses.
  • Regular promotions, making it more affordable. I usually stock up when they have bundle deals or discounted prices, and purchase more then so it lasts me quite a while before my next purchase.
  • Very handy search and recommendation options on the site. I usually prefer searching by bestsellers to see if there are any new designs or deals I have missed out on, but there is a handy #FindMyOlens tab that lets you compare numerous styles with customer images. Which brings us to the next point-
  • Lots of customer reviews and real-life photos to check before purchasing, so low risk of the style looking totally unlike what the promotional pictures show. I can’t stress this enough!! This is what I always look out for when I buy a new style, especially if I’m going to be buying several pairs.

Scandi Gray

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One of the most popular shades from Olens and ranks consistently in the top three bestsellers every week. This colour is Blackpink Lisa and Jennie’s pick!! (if you want to share the same lenses as your idol hehe). I like the daily/ weekly/ monthly bestsellers filter, as it lets you see the popular picks or peep any offers you may have missed out on.

The Scandi series is slightly smaller in graphic diameter (11.9mm) than the Russian Velvet series (12.9mm), which I actually prefer. You can see a tiny bit of my natural eye colour surrounding the lens, which gives it a subtle limbal ring/ circle lens effect without the harsh black border of the traditional circle lens. The realistic iris pattern lines in the lens design helps it blend in very naturally with my dark eyes.

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When comparing my natural eye colour to the lenses side by side under a bright light, it looks quite different and starkly contrasting, but when you have them on they look very natural. You can see this in Scandi Olive.

Scandi Olive

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Scandi Olive is my favourite as it is the most subtle yet unique out of the whole range and I get compliments on it all the time– people have asked if it is my natural eye colour a few times! This shade is Blackpink Rosé’s pick (good taste, gurl). 😎👌

I wouldn’t say this shade is very green, but like a more natural version of the Scandi Hazel. Basically looks like my eye shade but better?? If that makes sense? If you are looking for a contact lens for bright green eyes, you should try a different range.

Here is a video where I wear the Scandi Olive!

(with my fave IG filter, lol)

Scandi Hazel

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This shade is is a perfect light brown for a natural look. If you have naturally dark brown eyes and want a bit of a change but aren’t that daring with blue or purple or crazy colours, this is the shade for you.

This shade is actually lighter than Olive in my opinion and is a very flattering brown shade that will actually show up in pictures.

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Scandi Aqua

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This is a shade I would not normally wear, so I’m glad I got the chance to try it on with the samples that were sent! It has a really nice aquamarine shade and looks really complex and multidimensional with all the subtle lens shading in it.

I feel like lighter brown/ blonde hair would look amazing with these lenses, or with dramatic makeup looks like the ones on Blackpink Jisoo and Lisa in the Ice Cream MV 👀

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Scandi Light Gray

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This shade is quite similar to Russian Silver, but again has a more prominent limbal ring effect with the smaller graphic diameter. On my eyes, this is slightly blueish-grey.

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If I were to go for a more natural look with blue eyes, this is the style I would go for. Most people with blue eyes have them look blue/ grey under different lighting conditions, instead of a vivid blue like the Scandi Aqua.

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Some points to take note:

  • The parcel is delivered by DHL Express which makes it very fast and reliable. However, if you live in a country that charges customs & tax (esp. in the west), this will cause the price of your order to go up dramatically. This is not an issue for me but may be a deal-breaker for others.
  • Mobile site may be confusing at times, I much prefer the desktop view. The app is easier to navigate but the desktop site still wins out.
olens global benefits

Okay, I know you have been waiting for this part. Maybe you’re already sold on how gorgeous these lenses are but want to know how you can save on more while you spend. 🤩 These are the offers that you can get if you sign up as an OLENS Global member!!

1. Buy 1 get 1 free on all monthly contacts! If you have found a shade you love and wear regularly, I recommend getting this deal.

2. For new member sign ups, you get a coupon with up to 15% off! You will also be entered into their rewards program, which nets you 1 point for every dollar spent, and you can earn more points by leaving text or photo reviews!

3. One offer that you should definitely not miss is their Welcome Kits (limited to 2, though I wish you could buy more 😍).

The Welcome Kits come with 20 lenses of a colour/range of your choice AND 3 pairs of 1 day sample lenses, which are given randomly! I love how it lets you to try out other popular colours and lenses– and who doesn’t love free gifts?

If you love the colours shown in this review, you can pick Gray or Hazel from the Scandi range for your Welcome Kit 👀

4. Free standard shipping for purchases over $100 USD, or free express shipping for purchases over $150 (delivery in 3 days!)!

I hope this review helps to break down the shades available in the Scandi range and help you pick out the best shade for your needs 🤗

Out of the ranges available with Olens, the Scandi range is by far my favourite. What are the shades you love best in this line and why?

5 Mejuri Pieces You Should Add to Your Jewellery Collection Right Now

I have been purchasing numerous pieces from Mejuri for many years now and I can say without any qualms that they are my favourite jewellery brand.

They never fail to deliver on quality, affordability, ethics, and excellent customer service, and the community is so friendly and creative. It is definitely a brand worth sticking by, with excellent staple + statement pieces– there’s sure to be something for everyone regardless of what style you prefer.

If you have never seen their site/ Instagram before, I definitely recommend popping over for a browse– I get so much inspiration for styling my stack + IG shots on there!

And if you are a total newbie to jewellery like I was all those years ago, that’s okay. I’ve summed up 5 Mejuri pieces (and pairing suggestions!) I feel are absolute essentials to add to your collection– and why I love them!

(all images are from Mejuri.com)

1. Stacker Ring

The Stacker Ring is the perfect starter ring or a perfect addition to your ample ring collection. Crafted in 14k solid gold, this ring is excellent for daily wear and I never ever take it off!

It is super lightweight and I forget I have it on most of the time– except when I get compliments on it (which is often). I have been recommending it to all my friends, and this one never disappoints. These are a good affordable add-on gift or as Christmas stocking stuffers, coming in at only $75 USD.

After you pick this up, don’t just stop there (I couldn’t resist). The beaded ring and bold stacker are also good stackable rings worth checking out. You can also splurge on a good stackable diamond ring that will last forever!

2. Croissant Dôme Ring 

This piece is an excellent statement piece that is classy, chic, and embodies the quintessential Parisian look. Taking inspiration from the croissant, this ring is perfect for all your Emily in Paris inspired OOTDs with the right amount of Parisian flair.

Handcrafted in vermeil (a thick 18k gold layer on sterling silver), this ring has held up well for me even a year on with regular wear. It is really unique and looks perfect in a vintage-inspired outfit or aesthetic flatlay.

Some reviews have mentioned wanting it to look chunkier, but I think on my hands it is the right amount of chunk– a good balance between elegant and statement-y.

This piece is also $75 USD. If you look after it well, you will get years and years of wear out of it.

3. Sapphire Choker

This was my first piece from Mejuri. Coming in at $65 USD, it is such a good starter piece for anyone who wants to start owning some good-quality jewellery but doesn’t know where to begin.

I love how Mejuri offers a good affordable substitute for diamonds that doesn’t compromise too much on sparkle by having gorgeous white sapphires. I prefer it to cubic zirconia, which is man-made and softer than white sapphires, which means it is more susceptible to scratches. It is also cheaper than the other diamond substitute, moissanite.

Photo by @gracejayde | Mejuri.com

The chain is vermeil and I admittedly did not follow the care instructions at all. I wore it daily and did not remove it before sleeping or showering, which meant that it inevitably snapped during adjustment/ tugging, slightly a year after I bought it due to the stress caused on the links.

I contacted Mejuri, asking for a quote on repairing it because I was devastated and they surprised me by offering a replacement for free! 😭❤

I was absolutely blown away by their kind gesture and also the little extra something special they slipped in– I snapped it a few weeks before my birthday and they noticed and included a ‘Happy Birthday’ card inside! How’s that for excellent customer service? More than the free replacement, this was what truly touched my heart.

Brands everywhere, I hope you’re taking notes 👀

This is how you do it and secure brand loyalty.

Pair with the Satellite Necklace ($85 USD)– also in vermeil and white sapphires– for the perfect layered look. Complete it with a strong pendant necklace. I recommend the zodiac series, in vermeil and white sapphires ($90 USD) or solid gold and diamonds ($375).

Love the Sapphire Choker but too lazy to take it off? If you want an upgrade that won’t tarnish + extra sparkle, opt for the Diamond Necklace instead. This is a pricier piece at $300 USD, but the 14k gold and (ethically sourced!!!) diamond makes it worth it.

The diamond is high-quality diamond (SI 1- 2 clarity) and the carat weight is 0.06. Definitely a dainty piece, but very appropriate for all occasions from casual to professional settings.

Pair it with the Diamonds Station Necklace ($320 USD) for the perfect layered style that is minimal and classy. You can also layer it up with the zodiac series in solid gold and diamonds for a more casual look.

This piece is next on my to-buy list for this year’s Black Friday sale. I can’t wait to splurge on this solid piece that will last me forever!

4. Single Colored Mini Hoop (White Sapphire)

Another staple piece to add to your ear stack (or wear alone!). The hinge clasp is very solid and doesn’t dislodge easily, but is still super easy to put on and wear.

The hoop is 14k solid gold and the white sapphire is AAA quality, so it doesn’t tarnish. It is a very light, dainty hoop that is perfect for everyday wear. I haven’t taken mine off since I got it!

It looks gorgeoussss as a stack, especially above a nice dangling earring (I recommend the pearl hoops or keeping it minimalist with a sapphire hoop!).

Photo by @veroniquebelle | Mejuri.com

You won’t regret buying it– it’s something that looks super classy and elegant and is perfect for lazy days where you don’t want to fuss about with extra accessories. This is sold individually, at $60 USD each.

5. Organic Pearl Hoops 

I know there are a thousand other different brands all offering a very similar style, but here’s why Mejuri is the winner for me.

  • Organic pearl with a beautiful, irregular shape and look! None of that factory-made standard sizing that just looks fake and cheap.
  • Looks classy, dainty, and minimal– a very lovely feminine piece that can be paired with just about any look. They are small enough to be suitable for a professional setting too.
  • Not too heavy– the hoop is small, and the dangling pearl does not weigh my earlobes down.
  • Ethically sourced– may be pricier than some brands offering real pearls too, but the price point is worth it. ($75 USD)

Good Molecules Review Roundup

Hooooo boy it has been a whole lifetime. WordPress has changed its layout and everything and it is everything I loved about Notion tbh! it has been awhile since I reviewed a product on here- everything is on Instagram these days- but sometimes you really need a blog post to get all your thoughts out there.

I was contacted by a representative Good Molecules and they asked if I would like to try out their product range. If you haven’t heard the buzz around the brand yet, Good Molecules is Beautylish’s newest brand addition, and it prides itself as an affordable alternative to pricey skincare products, backed by research and just as effective without digging a deep hole in your wallet.

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” By working directly with top labs, Good Molecules offers products that target skin issues—like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation—without the traditional retail markup. See a difference in your skin, starting at just $6. “

I told them about some of my skin concerns, and they very quickly put together a lovely package for me that arrived in a few days flat all the way from LA- and with a lovely note inside too. Colour me impressed.

Without wanting to draw too many comparisons, the brand reminds me of The Ordinary: with the simple packaging and science-based skincare, and affordable price besides. This comparison has no doubt been mentioned in many reviews besides mine but it’s simply so rare to have good, affordable products that are exactly just that. I moved back from the UK to Singapore last year and I’m happy to have a brand like The Ordinary that ships to Singapore that I can purchase!

Most of these products are made in Korea as well, and I’ve found them very suitable for Singapore’s humid and hot weather, and works a treat on Asian skin. Is there a distinction really? I’ve found that many international brands don’t consider different climates and skin types when formulating their products, and as someone who loves to do lots of research before buying beauty products, I have occasionally been disappointed because a product that was getting a lot of rave reviews from many sources (forums, beauty gurus, unsponsored testimonials etc.) turned out to be lacklustre or unsuitable for my skin.

That’s not to say that the products themselves are bad and don’t work, but I failed to take into account the fact that these people were living in different areas with different climates, had different skin types, and simply assuming that it would work for troubled/ oily skin would be too superficial. That’s why I feel that it’s so important to have representation (in all ways! – age, skin type, race, etc.) in the beauty industry for better self confidence and more tailored recommendations! /rant over

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Before I delve right into each individual product, these are some of my major LOVES so far (I’ve tested these for almost two months now, to get a feel of how they work with my skin).

  • Price– each product is so affordable- none of the usual mark-ups!
  • Clear description and instructions for use. Surprisingly, you don’t get enough of this. To skincare newbies and for people not used to incorporating many products in their skincare routine, each product is clearly described and explained on the website AND the product itself. Forget which one should only be used a few times a week? Which one goes before the moisturiser? It’s there on the bottle. Major plus points.
  • Packaging. Maybe this overlaps with the previous point a little, but I love the heavy bottles and dropper applicators. I tend to be so clumsy (ask any of my friends) and I have dropped these bottles a couple of times. Oops. No spillage, cracks, or general destruction. The heavy bottles make it feel so luxurious too.

Other great things:

  • Special consideration for all skin types and living choices– each product is listed as being vegan-friendly, only natural fragrances are used to avoid skin irritation for people who are sensitive to fragrances, and even gluten sensitive ?? I’ve seen the cruelty free label and ‘vegan-friendly’ labels, but this is such a great level of care.
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Love the clear instructions (AM/PM use) and warnings
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They even give guidelines for using different products in your skincare routine. Beautylish’s website also gives a breakdown on the different steps you should have and what products to use before/after each one.

I was sent the Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Super Peptide Serum, Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, and the Squalane Oil.

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My favourite by a long shot was definitely the Super Peptide Serum– I honestly didn’t know what I was missing out on until now. Why have I not known about peptides sooner?? My skin feels so so smooth and amazing after applying it and I wake up with really soft, plump, and hydrated skin. Maybe the Squalane Oil helps a little too, but… wow. I honestly love this. I sometimes rotate the other products with the existing ones I already have in my skincare routine, but I use this serum along with the Niacinamide Brightening Toner daily.

Apparently peptides are supposed to smooth the skin and help with dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as help with collagen and elastin production so I’m hoping for improved results with consistent use. Will report back again in the future 🙂 It’s never too early to start with anti-aging products in your skincare routine (even in your early twenties!)- prevention is always better than cure. I’ve even used it around my eye area and experienced no irritation.

The natural scent of the serum also reminds me a little of a kind of cereal I used to eat as a child. I can’t place my finger on what brand it was- but I love the smell. Maybe it’s such a weird thing to mention, but I really like it. The bergamot fruit oil is not too cloying like a lot of moisturisers that have sickly sweet scents.

The Niacinamide Brightening Toner and Squalane Oil are tied for second and work beautifully together. I experienced some stinging sensation initially upon using the toner for the first time, so I monitored the results very carefully and checked for irritation. I prefer to apply directly to palms instead of applying it to a cotton pad, as this toner is less of a liquid and more of a serum/gel texture in my opinion!

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The toner is supposed to promote bright, even skin and less visible pores- I love that it is gentle on the skin and alcohol free! A lot of the cheaper toners are heavy on alcohol to allow for a ‘refreshing’ sensation or a better texture upon application- but alcohol is drying and very bad for your skin. There is none of the dryness or tightness you get with some toners- so I think this would be an excellent starter to people who want to introduce more steps in your skincare routine but keep it down to basics.

Side note: I am currently phasing out all the products I use with alcohol and irritants- hoping Good Molecules develops an amazing sunscreen soon, because I am stumped- everything is either too pricey or not great for skin, or doesn’t work with makeup.

But I digress. The toner has definitely helped with a lot of the visible pores I have, especially on my nose and cheeks. It hasn’t broken me out, but I feel like my skin is slightly sensitive so I don’t want to overdo it. I tried rotating it with another lighter, water-based toner because of this concern, but ironically that toner broke me out because it was so heavily scented (lol).

I still like it, but I’m hoping they will introduce another toner for sensitive skin- my skin feels very tingly and a little warm upon application especially if I’m having a particularly bad breakout, so I don’t want to risk aggravating any acne or open wounds.

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The Squalene Oil sinks in beautifully into skin and isn’t too greasy- a little goes a long way! I use a couple of drops for my whole face, neck, and massage the remainder into the back of my hands as well. The oil smells a little of burnt tyres and isn’t my favourite thing in the world to smell, but it doesn’t linger too long or bother me overmuch.

I have also recently received Good Molecules’ latest release, the Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil. I’m looking forward to seeing how it matches up with the Squalene oil- while I was still working at Vom Fass, I used to purchase their rosehip seed oil to help with acne scarring and dull skin. It was one of the only things that helped especially during those teenage years of bad acne and eczema. Rosehip seed oil is really pricey though, and I stopped using it when I could no longer have any employee discounts (lol). We’ll see how my skin fares with this- I’ll do another post in the future!

Side note: maybe this is not very well known, but if you were to use it during the day, make sure you use a good sunblock (SPF 50 and above!). Rosehip seed oil helps fade scars, but applying it and exposing yourself to sunlight for an extended period without any protection can actually reverse these benefits.

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The Overnight Exfoliating Treatment was a teeeensy bit underwhelming, especially after I had seen such visible effects from the other products. Perhaps it was working together with the other products to make sure that all the goodness actually reached my skin by removing the dead skin cells? I was quite worried that it would be too much for my sensitive skin as I got a strong tingling sensation, but it did not break me out. My skin felt a little dry upon the first initial applications, so now I do not use it overnight- I leave it on after my shower and wash it off after, and then reapply my various serums and moisturisers.

I can’t say for sure if it has actually evened out my complexion, but I much prefer this to physical exfoliants that can damage the skin with grit and coarse scrubbing. I will continue to use it consistently with the other products, since they have all served me well so far. I use this treatment about 2-3 times a week in rotation with another BHA product.

BHAs are great for combination to oily skin like mine- they work to combat acne and sun damage, and can even calm sensitive skin at lower concentrations of below 5%. BHAs can penetrate deeper into your skin compared to AHAs, to dry out excess oils and dead skin cells to unclog your pores.

I would say this product is quite suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, but you should do a spot test if you are unsure. With AHAs, you’ll want to take care if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin. Avoid using too much and leaving it on for too long, and don’t use AHAs daily until your skin has become accustomed to it to avoid irritation.

Overall, I am very happy with the products I have tested out so far and some have actually made a noticeable change to the quality of my complexion. While my hormonal acne has not entirely diminished, I have definitely seen a very big difference in my pore size and I feel that my skin is definitely more toned and firm. I would highly recommend the Super Peptide Serum– I think peptides are not often included in many skincare routines, and I think this is a good and affordable option to start!

Many thanks again to Good Molecules for reaching out and letting me try out all these wonderful products- I’m officially a fan! I am already eyeing some of their other products like the Vitamin C Booster Powder and the Instant Cleansing Balm for purchase next.