Lashes in the Lush


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A read you won't regret: "Beauty Confidential"
on DIY Skincare & Instant Home Spas

As devoted beauty junkie, my bookcase is filled with all the standard works on makeup and cosmetics. Like my monthly Vogue, most of these books are like bibles to me. Many, however, don't go any deeper than tips and tricks on creating the perfect smokey eye or finding the best brow shape for your face. Recently, I've been able to add a bit more depth to my library with Tomoka Y. Nguyen's book "Beauty Confidential". This book unveils the ugly truth about mass market personal care products and bursts with everything you need to know to care for your skin instead - in a wholesome and natural way, all by yourself. Great me-time read while chillaxing in your personal Home Spa, as well as a thoughtful gift for the upcoming holidays!

Now this is a true power woman and inspiration: Tomoka Y. Nguyen, a veteran in the Spa & Wellness industry, made it her mission to make us happier, healthier and more beautiful by sharing her knowledge on homemade natural skincare. The Japanese, Singapore-based guru acquired her expertise as a.o. Director of Spa at ESPA, Resorts World Sentosa, and The Peninsula Bangkok, so this lady obviously knows what she's talking about.

Her book, Beauty Confidential, is a result of more than 5 years of extensive research and provides a peak behind the scenes of today’s beauty industry. It unveils what big businesses won’t tell you about personal care products, while suggesting a number of simple, easy-to-implement remedies to benefit your health, the environment and your wallet.

What I love about Tomoka's book, is that it's "real", super practical and very down to earth. At times, the widespread going healthy & green consumer movement can really get on my nerves - I mean, if everyone could just stop flashing their hyped-up overnight chia puddings and organic acai-bowls on instagram, I would be so happy...This book, however, just tells it as it is, in an honest and non-preaching holier-than-thou way. While cosmetic companies constantly try to seduce us with supposedly innovative ingredients, we can actually find many safe, wholesome and effective-as-skincare ingredients within our reach instead. Grains,  vegetable  oils,  herbs,  fruits,  as  well  as  clays,  and  essential  oils, for example,  can  be  used  to  make  a  wide  range  of  really good  skincare  products! Think oats, orange peel, ginger, turmeric, tamarind, sesame oil, cinnamon, avocado oil, and -yes- wodka. You read that right; wodka is a fragrance-free  alcohol  that can  be  used  as  a  solvent  for  herbs - bring in the Belvedère!

And then there's the chapter on creating your own home spa: absolutely brilliant. Simple measures like music, plants, candles, essential oil burners and a cup of tea in between or during your bathing rituals are all you need. I personally love Lumira scented candles for an instant luxurious spa feel, in particular Balinese Ylang Ylang and Tropical Gardenia (75 SGD per candle, available in Singapore at Bungalow 55). If you feel like you need something stronger than a tea, go for a tubside Tea Cocktail like a White Tea Vodka Smash (here that Belvedère comes in handy again, I'm all for not wasting ingredients!) or Matcha Highball.

Tomoka's tips for an instant Home Spa: just add candles, crystals, plants and a cup of tea. Or, my tip, something stronger.

Do keep an eye on this lady, as she is only getting started; she is currently developing her line of chemical-free personal care products, JOJOMOKA Homemade Skincare, which is target for launch in 2019. In the mean time, be sure to get a copy of Beauty Confidential!

BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL – Build Happiness, Health and Beauty With Homemade Skincare Products And Home Spa, by Tomoka Y. Nguyen
Price: US$24
Available at a.o. Kinokuniya in Singapore and online at Tomoka's website and Amazon (for Kindle).

It's your lucky day, because there's a PROMO CODE you can use to purchase the book for only US$18 through Tomoka's website!
- Go to
- Insert promo code 'LaunchPromo' upon checking out (not applicable for in-store purchase)
- Valit until December 20th 2018



  1. I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work..
    Best Beauty Parlour in Visakhapatnam
    Beauty parlour services in vizag
    Best Beauty Parlour in Vizag

  2. I just want to say that all the information you have given here is awesome...great and nice blog thanks sharing..Thank you very much for this one. And i hope this will be useful for many people.. and i am waiting for your next post keep on updating these kinds of knowledgeable things.
    Individual Eyelash Extensions

  3. Wow, that's awesome!. I like so much your article. The article about a read you won't regret:" Beauty Confidential on diy skincare & instant home spas very interesting. Your post really helpful and informative. Thanks for sharing with us.


© Lashes in the Lush | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig