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Monday 7 March 2022

[Sponsored] Delectable Pastries from The Durian Bakery


1 Irving Place, The Commerze, #02-26, Singapore 369546
Tel: 8875 1069
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm (daily)

Well, my birthday is a month away so..... nope, this is not exactly my celebratory cake, BUT, it certainly felt like a happy event, receiving the beautiful Blackforest Cake with Mao Shan Wang Core and Signature Durian Dessert Box. Even the packinging exudes a touch of class - perfect for gifting definitely.

The Durian Bakery is a local company that seeks to provide (you) with "the richest durian experience", as promised in their tag-line. 

Their signature MSW Silkygold™ Durian Purée is a divine creation made with fresh Grade A Mao Shan Wang durians, found generously in their quality handmade cakes and patisserie.

Better yet, The Durian Bakery allows you to indulge in their delicacies with the knowledge that good food can be healthy too. How? Well, through their use of highest quality ingredients only, secret recipe and conscious baking with no-calories sugar.

They offer islandwide delivery at SGD$10.00 (FOC if orders exceed SGD$90.00) as well as a special same-day express delivery within 2 hours at a flat rate of SGD$18.50. 

The Durian Bakery offers a good selection of creative and delectable cakes that can be found on their website here. Some of their best-sellers include the Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake, Mao Shan Wang Durian Crepe Cake, 24K Black Gold Durian Crepe Cake, Mao Shan Wang Cheese Cake, Mao Shan Wang Burnt Cheesecake, Open Ice Cream Cheesecake with Mao Shan Wang Core, Dark Chocolate Fudge Drip Cake with Mao Shan Wang Core, and Blackforest Dark Cherry Cake with Mao Shan Wang Core.

For Patisserie, you can browse the selection here. My only gripe was that everything looked so tempting and mouth-watering, I had a really hard time choosing what I wanted.

Choices include Giant MSW Puffs, Snowy D24 Durian Mochi, Blackgold Musang King Durian Mochi, Durian Pudding, and Dark Choco Durian Mousse.

Everything is freshly baked daily with no preservatives - so, consume within the same day for optimal results.

I shall start with the Blackforest Dark Cherry Cake with Mao Shan Wang Core (SGD$98.00). Its a good 6-inch cake that can easily serve 6 to 8 persons.

Made of dark chocolate, this sleek-looking cake seemed innocent enough on the outside, but cut it apart and take a bite - the bittersweet cake with decadent MSW core, and fresh dark cherries - was packed with punch. Like, literal palate punch, but in a good way. I am a lover of everything in that cake, and to have them all convene in one single creation- that, is a dream (cake) come true.

Refer to picture above (source: https://thedurianbakery.com.sg/product/black-forest-with-mao-shang-wang-core/ ) to see the finest details that go into making this beautiful black cake with gold sheen.

The Super Burst MSW Giant Puffs (SGD$58.90 for a box of 8) are oh so luscious! Think 8cm diameter big fluffy choux pastry bursting with thick, creamy MSW puree the moment your teeth sinks in.  

Then there's these Snowy D24 Durian Mochi (SGD$15.00 for 6 pieces) that's simply dreamy creamy D24 durian puree coated with a smooth, bouncy layer of light, chewy mochi. This is so good, it's easy to over-indulge. 

Last but not least, the Dark Choco Musang King Mousse (SGD$16.00) - a 6cm diameter dome resting on a crunchy cookie base, slowly unravelling its bittersweet, decadent madeup as we undressed it with our forks and lips. It melted upon our tongues like a dream.

Good news for you if you're unsure which items to order, get an assortment with their Signature Durian Dessert Box - at a mere SGD$79.00, you'll get the Super Burst MSW Giant Puffs, Snowy D24 Durian Mochi, and Dark Choco Musang King Mousse all in a set, enjoying the best of triple worlds.

Finally, if you're looking to celebrate a special event, add on their classy Gold Birthday Accessory Set (SGD$5.90) - consisting of gold candles, gold happy birthday topper and metal cake knife (these items may also be purchased individually if you prefer).

Overall, the entire experience from ordering to delivery, from aesthetics to taste, has all been awesome, like 10/10. Will I order from them again? Definitely.

Thank you The Durian Bakery and Ryan for the wonderful treats and experience!


Saturday 5 March 2022

Review on Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Coconut Setting Spray

Brand: Too Faced
Product: 3-in-1 primer,  setting and refreshing spray
Price: SGD$49.00

I was looking for setting powder because my favourite and effective Laura Mercier Powder (review here) finished. Usually I would just buy this product over and over, but recently my bff  *Pris mentioned Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Coconut Spray and how refreshing it felt on her skin. I was naturally tempted to give it a try and so I got a bottle.

The main ingredient is coconut water and this wonderful pro-biotic spray is oil-free, silicone-free and alcohol-free, therefore suitable for sensitive skin.

When using, hold the nozzle about an arm's length away and spray over the face. If used as a primer, spray before makeup application. If used for setting makeup and making it last longer, spray after full-face makeup is completed.

This spray can also be used throughout the day to refresh and hydrate skin; this is very important especially if we stay in air-conditioned environment for long hours. I also use the spray on my hair to give it some moisture throughout the day as well.

Overall verdict? Easy and fun to use, and I like it as a booster for my skin and hair. However, I find that it doesn't keep my makeup on as lasting as Laura Mercier setting powder for me. Also, not everyone may like the coconut smell even though it is very light. All in all, worth a shot.