What’s In My Bag? 5th June 2015

What do glamorous jet-setting JR/Duty Free girls have in bag their today you ask? Lancôme winter makeup essentials of course!

From left: Lancôme Teint Miracle Powder, Lancôme L'Absolu Nu Lipstick 106 Voile De Rouge and UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50 PA+++ Sun Protection.

From left: Lancome Teint Miracle Powder, Lancome L’Absolu Nu Lipstick 106 Voile De Rouge and UV Expert GN-Shield SPF 50 PA+++ Sun Protection.

The colder season doesn’t mean you can put away your sun protection! UV rays are still prevalent in winter, and are contributors to aging and skin cancers. Approximately 80% of rays make it through cloud cover, so be sure to look for sunscreens or makeup bases that offer UVA and UVB protection.

A bold lip is great for winter when our fashions tend to run darker, so don’t be afraid to try red, plum, wine and berry shades.

Lastly, don’t forget to set your makeup with some loose powder for a smoother, more even finish that will prolong the wear of your foundation and concealer and help disguise some dry winter skin.

Check out our Lancôme range at JR/Duty Free online or in-store today!

Hot Buttered Toddy

We’d try this just because it’s really fun to say!
Hot Buttered Toddy
1 tsp butter, softened (or brandy butter)
pinch ground spice - try allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg depending on taste
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla syrup (optional)
25ml whisky
hot water or cider, to top up

Cream together the butter, sugar, spice and vanilla if using. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into the mug or glass, then add whisky. Top with boiling water or cider, stir well, and serve immediately.


Image courtesy of liquor.com

Whisky Sour

An oldie but a goodie!

How about a good old-fashioned Whisky Sour?

60 blended whisky
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp icing sugar
1 cherry
1/2 slice lemon

Shake blended whisky, lemon juice, and icing sugar together with ice and strain into a glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon, and top with the cherry before serving.

whisky sour

Image courtesy of carolinaheritageco.com

Weird Travel Tips

Tourists beware! You may not be aware of some of these interesting laws from around the world, but you can end up with a nasty fine if you’re not careful.


Don’t eat on church steps in Italy.
It’s an offense in Florence to eat or drink while sitting on church steps or within a church courtyard. The same law applies to eating near public buildings.

Thanks to Readers Digest.



Wear a shirt and underwear in Thailand.
Though we’re unsure how this would be checked, it is technically illegal to leave your house if you aren’t wearing underwear in Thailand. Motorists are also required to wear a shirt while driving a car, so if you’re picking up a rental, be sure to be appropriately clothed!



Don’t feed the pigeons in San Francisco!
It’s illegal to feed pigeons on the streets of San Francisco. The city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge blames the birds for spreading disease and damaging property. If you’re caught providing food to San Francisco’s pigeons, you could face a hearty fine. Citizens are even encouraged to report pigeon feeders to the city’s police department.

Thanks to Readers Digest.



Turn that frown upside down in Milan!
A city law mean you can be fined for frowning or not smiling in Milan. Thankfully, those attending funerals or making hospital visits are exempt from the happiness rule.



Pack a breathalyzer in France.
In France, drivers are legally required to carry a portable breathalyzer in their vehicle. If you’re caught without this gadget in your car, you’ll be fined 11 Euros. Tourists, this law applies to you too.

Thanks to Readers Digest.



Don’t die in Longyearbyen, Norway.
In the remote Arctic town of Longyearbyen, dying is against the law. This is because it was found that bodies didn’t decompose in the permafrost. The graveyard stopped accepting newcomers 70 years ago; so if you fall gravely ill there now, you will be hastily dispatched by plane to the mainland, where you can end your days without getting arrested.

Thanks to the Telegraph.



No photos in airports in Kazakhstan.
In Kazakhstan, it’s against the law to take photographs in airports. Photography in and around airports is illegal, and taking pictures of military and official buildings is frowned upon as well.

Thanks to Readers Digest.



Eat Up or Don’t Pay in Denmark!
When dining at a restaurant in Denmark, you don’t have to pay for your food unless, by your own opinion, you are ‘full’ at the end of your meal.

Thanks to the Telegraph.



Don’t Build Sandcastles in Eraclea, Italy!
That’s right, building sandcastles on the beaches in Eraclea can net you a hefty fine as it ‘obstructs walking on the beach’. It’s also illegal to collect shells, so don’t expect to see any ‘she’s’ selling seashells by the sea shore.



No smoking and watch where you chew in Singapore!
You’ll earn a fine in Singapore if you light up in public – this includes restaurants, on the street and in parks. Gum chewers aren’t in the clear either. It’s illegal to chomp gum while riding on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit system, and like smoking, this offense is punishable with a fine.

Thanks to Readers Digest.



Don’t wear high heels while touring historic sites in Greece.
If you show up to an ancient Greek site in high heels, you’ll have to tour barefoot. In order to preserve the sites, the government has banned shoes that could injure the monuments.

Thanks to the Huffington Post.



Don’t try to offload your change in Canada.
If you’re shopping in Canada, don’t expect cashiers to accept stacks of coins as your sole method of payment. According to Canada’s Currency Act, stores can legally refuse excessive amounts of coins. With pennies, for example, a customer’s payment may be rejected if they try to use more than 25 one-cent coins at one time. Make sure to have other forms of payment!

Thanks to Readers Digest.



No Durian in South East Asia!
In South East Asia, the durian fruit has a smell so strong that it is banned from many hotels and public places. I’m sure some of you are thinking if only we could do that with tuna here…


When Animals Photobomb!

Sometimes animals just really, really want their picture taken. Here we take a look at ten classic animal photobombs!


Spiderman isn’t the only one good at hanging upside down…who fancies a kiss?

Thanks to humor.gunaxin.com


‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here…’

Thanks to fuzfeed.com


The judgement is strong from this one.

Thanks to justsomething.co/



Thanks to abcnews.go.com/


Australia’s Channel 9 News featured a new co-anchor.

Thanks to telegraph.co.uk


Those unstable rocks seem allamaing…okay, I’ll show myself out.

Thanks to twistersifter.com



Thanks to pleated-jeans.com


‘I object!’

Thanks to huffingtonpost.com


‘I’m ready for my closeup.’

Thanks to heavy.com


Someone just had to open a bag of nuts before the shoot.

Thanks to humor.gunaxin.com


And a bonus for those of you who are brave enough…


Truly terrifying!!!

Thanks to pinterest.com


Stay tuned for more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Velvet Kisses


Velvet Kisses cocktail, courtesy of Mel – creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-velvet-kisses/

Perfect for lazy, indulgent Sundays, as what could be more indulgent than chocolate? Take your time and savour this creamy mix of chocolate, vanilla, berry and coconut. Even better shared with someone special.


2 tbs coconut cream
1 x 20 gm chocolate
30 ml Chambord raspberry liqueur
30 ml Absolut vanilla vodka
Desiccated coconut for rim – only do half
Garnish: 3 fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick


Gently warm coconut cream and chocolate together to melt chocolate into a smooth rich mixture. Cool to room temperature.
Prepare coconut rim rub a wedge of lime around half the rim of the glass. Pile desiccated coconut onto a small plate. Then dip the glass upside down into coconut.
Add Chambord, vanilla vodka and chocolate mixture to cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake to chill. Strain into martini glass with coconut rim. Garnish.


Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-velvet-kisses/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – Vanilla Espresso Martini

vanilla-espresso-martini-1075x605Vanilla Espresso Martini, courtesy of Mel, creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-vanilla-espresso-martini/

The perfect Friday after-work cocktail to get you revved up for the night ahead! Give yourself a caffeine kick to get your evening going with a Vanilla Espresso Martini.

Try with Absolut Vanilla Vodka.

45 ml Vanilla Vodka
30 ml Mr Black’s coffee liqueur
10 ml Galliano Vanilla liqueur
15 ml shot of espresso
Garnish: 3 coffee beans

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish.


Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: www.melbournecocktails.com/2015/02/recipe-vanilla-espresso-martini/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!

‘Melbourne Cocktails’ Recipes – The Passionista

Passionaista-Ingredients-1075x605The Passionista Recipe, courtesy of Mel, creator of ‘Melbourne Cocktails’ and Saveur Award nominee. Find the original recipe here: http://www.melbournecocktails.com/2014/11/mason-jar/

Looking for an excuse to try a Mason Jar cocktail? It doesn’t come much better than this. Try with Hendricks Gin.


45ml gin

5 slices lemon

½ lemon, juiced

20 mint leaves

4 tbs passionfruit pulp

Ice cubes

100ml diet tonic water

Garnish: 1 sprig of mint and 1 slice of lemon



Add lemon slices, lemon juice, mint leaves, passionfruit pulp, ice cubes and gin to a tall mason jar. Seal tightly. Shake rigorously. Open jar and add tonic water. Top with extra ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon. Serve with a drinking straw.

Note: for a slightly sweeter, less tart version, use canned passionfruit pulp in syrup as available in supermarkets.


Imagery courtesy of Mel at Melbourne Cocktails.

Republished with permission.

Find the original recipe here: http://www.melbournecocktails.com/2014/11/mason-jar/

Check out melbournecocktails.com for great recipes, bar information, reviews and more!