Sunday, 31 May 2015

Essential Shampoo for Combination Hair

My hair has oily roots and dry ends, due to bleaching my hair last year, and I recently got to know that there is a term, "Combination Hair"! For people with combination hair, we need two types of shampoos - light, clarifying shampoo to target oily roots and rich moisturizing shampoo to target the dry ends.
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My family, my boyfriend and I have always been loyal users of Essential shampoo, and I am glad to know that they came up with two new variants to help us with our combination hair! Essential Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue) have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology, allowing us to achieve moisturized hair ends while maintaining a refreshed breathable scalp!
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Yay to moisturised hair ends and breathable scalp! :)
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Also, we might not wash our scalp thoroughly enough, and this results in our scalp to feel oily in a shorter time. For a limited time only, Essential is also giving out a massage shampoo brush with purchase of shampoo and conditioner. A massage shampoo brush is a common haircare tool in Japan and is used by the majority of Japanese women to help remove dirt and sebum more efectively from the scalp. The massaging action on the scalp also helps improve blood circulation and promote relaxation. Now you can have a scalp massage without going to the salon! Also, using a shampoo brush will help prolong our manicure hehe~
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Essential Shampoo 750ml + Conditioner 750ml with free Massage Shampoo Brush in hot pink or mint green available from mid-May 2015 at all leading supermarkets and personal care stores at $19.60.
Get free samples of Deep Cleansing Care shampoo & conditioner at www.facebook.com/essential.sg & follow Essential on Instagram at @essentialsingapore for updates!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: Palmer’s Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (Instant Cooling)

Founded in America more than 170 years ago in 1842, Palmer’s has become one of the world’s leading names in skincare. Their #1 formula, Cocoa Butter Formula, is one of Palmer’s key offering in its wide range of skincare. Today, Palmer’s is still growing to provide a Palmer’s product for every skincare need : hand and body care, facial care, stretch mark care, hair care, body care and personal care. Their products are currently endorsed by Taiwanese Celebrity Model cum Actress, Sonia Sui.
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They have recently launched the new moisturizing spray lotions, with Cocoa Butter as their key ingredient. The spray lotions comes in 3 variants:
  • Palmer’s Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (Cocoa/Shea) – For deep moisturising
  • Palmer’s Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (Aloe) – For instant cooling
  • Palmer’s Stretch Mark Spray Lotion – For reducing the appearance of stretch marks
Mine is Palmer’s Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (Aloe) – For instant cooling. It provides deep moisture in an instant. The formula sprays on easily and their RapidSorb® Technology allows for quick absorption, leaving skin soft and smooth with 24 hour moisturization. Also, its super-lightweight, non-staining and non-greasy formula allows us to get dressed in a jiffy! Good for travelling I say, I even brought it along for my staycation recently!
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Ingredients:
  • Cocoa Butter: a rich natural moisturizer that leaves skin soft and silky, tranforming even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin.
  • Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and toned appearance.
  • Shea Butter: deeply moisturizes and nourishes to leave dry soft and radiant
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion To use: For best results, hold can 3-4 inches from skin and spray in a continuous motion. Rub gently into skin.
This is the lotion that came out after I press the spray bottle.. It looks kind of thick but it isn't that thick.. This amount is enough for my whole lower arm.
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After spreading and rubbing the lotion, it gets completely absorbed into my skin pretty quickly, in about 10 seconds or so. The lotion smells like sweet milk chocolate, I'm pretty amused by its scent haha.. About the cooling effect, I don't feel any coolness exactly, but I'm glad that the formula is light.
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You can get it at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, BHG, Robinsons, John Little and leading cosmetic stores at S$17.90/200g.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Bourjois Rogue Party

Attended Bourjois Rogue Party at O’ Comptoir, a modern French creperie & bar, a few weeks back for the launch of their AQUA LAQUE series and we also got a closer look at their other products!
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The place was decorated really nicely with fresh roses and romantic candle lights~
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Was with Katelyn at the event, a long time since I last met this girl! (Some of the photos in my post from are her camera, thank you!!)
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There were quite a number of booths to keep us entertained at the event, as well as a makeover demonstration with Bourjois products. There was a photo-taking gif booth (excited to see our gif images!), memory game booth (which I lost really badly at) and the flatlay booth (what a cute idea hehe, the team provided all the makeup and decoration props for us to take our flatlays). There was also a manicure booth (the manicurists use the Bourjois La Laque nail polishes) which we didn't have a chance to visit as it was really popular and I had manicure on my nails already. We also munched on some macarons baked with love by macarons.sg.
Here are photos from the event, as well as the products that we were introduced to during this event! The place was pretty dark that day, so pardon me for the grainy photos...
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Their products look really promising and I will get down to trying them soon, will feature them on instagram/my blog when I start using them! Here is the pricelist in case you are interested:
AQUA LAQUE Lipstick – S$25.00
LA LAQUE Nail polish – S$11.50
Nude Sensation Foundation – S$29.50
Volume Glamour Mascaras – $22
Brow Design Eyebrow Mascaras – $18.50
The team was really generous and we went home with lots of beauty goodies from Bourjois! There was also macarons for us to bring home as well as shades from foureyes, me likey! (Some of the stuffs here are my friend's, I added them into my photo to make it more colorful hehe.)
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The Bourjois products are available at BHG, John Little, Metro, OG, Robinsons, SASA and selected Watsons stores. Follow them on instagram at @bourjoissg! :)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Korea’s No. 1 Hair Styler - GlamPalm

I always hear people saying that hair styling tools are difficult to use, very time consuming and it damages our hair.. And because of this, I didn't even think of getting a hair styling tool at all, until recently when I have a haircut that requires daily styling..

Introducing Korea’s No. 1 Hair Styler... GLAMPALM!!

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I got a GlamPalm hair iron - GP313, and I'm soooo in love with it! I can't believe I lived 20+ years of my life without a hair styling tool seriously??? GlamPalm is from Korea and there is almost not a single bad review when I was reading up about it online. Everyone loves it, and so do I!
They actually have 3 sizes for their hair iron, I picked the middle one because I want to use it for both straightening and curling, plus I intend to grow out my hair again soon! You can decide on the size of your hair iron depending on your hair length and what style you want to achieve. They have a very comprehensive guide on their website that you might want to check out!
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My GlamPalm came with a very pretty pouch (which is almost like an evening clutch), as well as 2 hair clips in the pouch. This is perfect for me to bring my GlamPalm along for holidays! :)
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GlamPalm is sized perfectly for our hands, and comes with light touch grip so that we can have a better grip when using it. See how nicely it fits my (slightly) small hands!
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I was also pleasantly surprised to know that it has tilt and cushion plates which allows us to style our hair in many different ways. Not only can we straighten our hair, curling is not a problem too! How awesome is that, only one product to create multiple hairstyles, both straight and curly. I love multi-purpose products! Not to forget, the amount of money saved from buying another hair curler~
I usually use it to straighten my hair to make my hair neater and more presentable as I have naturally wavy hair. Also, I use my GlamPalm to curl my fringe everyday. I currently have korean bangs that is pretty long at my eye level, and it requires styling to achieve the puffy and cute look without my hair poking into my eyes. On days when I have extra time, I will curl the ends of my hair inwards for a puffy korean bob look!
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And guess what? We don't even need heat protection for our hair with GlamPalm! I am more than happy to be able to skip one step in my routine in the morning, sleep is precious.. Rest assured that your hair will not become frizzy after using GlamPalm, tried and tested by yours truly!
GlamPalm hair irons has their trademarked healing stone technologyAnions, or negative ions, produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, relieving stress and boosting energy. Additionally, anions help smooth the cuticle layer of the hair, minimizing damage to hair’s keratin and producing smooth, shiny and healthy-looking hair. On top of that, GlamPalm also has special ceramic coating for smooth sliding to prevent hair to be pulled out, and far-infrared ray and anions to prevent hair damage for softer, glossier hair
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It has 11 Distinct heat settings, from 100-200 degrees Celsius! You might not be able to choose the temperature for some of the other hair irons out there, and I really appreciate the high level of customization with GlamPalm. Different temperatures can allow us to style our hair differently, at different speed.. Also, if you really have a phobia of hair irons, you can opt to use the lowest temperature to reduce heat damage!
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Lastly, GlamPalm promises a rapid heat up time of 15 seconds, which is really quick! I've read that some brands requires up to 10 minutes to heat up, that is soooo long??? In reality, GlamPalm takes less than 5 seconds to heat up to the required temperature for me so far. I don't even have to switch it on in advance to let it heat up! This is perfect for anyone, even for those busy people or those who can't get out of bed early to doll up properly..
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I'm really happy that I discovered GlamPalm, it has already become a very important part of my daily morning beauty routine! It is really awesome and there is nothing to dislike about it at all. 5 STARS!! :)
Find out more about Glampalm on their Official Website: www.glampalm.com.sg

Monday, 18 May 2015

Korean Facelift at Halley Medical Aesthetics - The Procedure

I bet most of you are very curious after I blogged about my Consultation at Halley Medical Aesthetics the other time right?
I was really excited for my appointment with Dr Terence Tan since I have been thinking of doing fillers for the past few months to enhance my appearance! I'm a vainpot who is lazy at times, so semi-permanent solutions like fillers and botox is my best option hehe. With such aesthetic enhancements, I can reduce the amount of make up I apply on my face and still look good! *packs my highlighter and bronzer to the back of my beauty cupboard*
The wait is finally over, here are the details of my "Korean Facelift" procedure!
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So after the consultation session, I went back to Dr Terence Tan two weeks later for the actual procedure. Before starting, Dr Tan went through with me what he'll be doing to my face and marking out the different areas, as well as which type of fillers he'll be using on the different parts of my face.
The main aim of the procedure will be to balance out my face (shape), enhance my nose bridge as well as reduce the hollow (and tired) look under my eyes. We call it the Korean Facelift! To balance out my face, Dr Tan advised me that the best shape would be a heart shaped face, meaning a bigger and wider forehead with a smaller/narrower lower face area which translates to a slimmer jaw and sharper chin.
Here's a summary of what I'll be doing:
  • nose fillers
  • chin fillers
  • tear trough fillers
  • forehead fillers
  • jaw botox
As with most aesthetic procedures, we have to sign a declaration form before the doctor go ahead with it.
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Numbing cream is applied on all the areas that will be injected, so as to minimise the pain during the procedure. If you're really scared of pain, don't be afraid to ask the doctor on how else he can manage the pain! Fillers are pretty similar to our normal flu jab. If you find flu jabs tolerable, you don't have to worry about fillers at all! I am a scaredy cat, but I too, got fillers done on so many parts of my face with the help of the numbing cream hehe.. (Pssst.. Juvederm fillers contains lidocaine which will help with relieving the pain too!)
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These are the stuffs that are going to be used on my face! Botox comes in a glass vials while Juvederm fillers comes in ready packed syringes.. Dr Tan also used his "magic needle" on me for the procedure!
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Dr Tan explaining to me the difference between Juvederm Voluma, Volift and Vobella as we were waiting for the numbing cream to set in.. All three have slightly different consistency and functions, I left the decision of which fillers to use on each part of my face to Dr Tan.. Let the professional do the job haha!
(Note my chubby and squarish face here.)
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After about 10-15 minutes of numbing cream, the area will be cleaned thoroughly and further numbed with an ice pack to prepare for the filler injection.
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Dr Tan started on my nose with Juvederm Voluma.. I've been missing my nose bridge ever since the fillers from two years ago dissolved.. And it is finally coming back! Yay to higher nose bridge! A little bit of fillers was also added to the tip of my chin to give it a little more definition.
He used his magic needle on me instead of the regular needle, and this is a new technique to inject fillers! The magic needle is actually a long and flexible canula that has a rounded tip. This will minimise the pain felt by the paitient as well as reduce bleeding because the rounded tip will push the blood vessels away instead of breaking them. I was super happy to know that only 1 injection spot is required for every part of the face!!! The magic needle is long and flexible, hence it is able to move under our skin to reach out to different areas on the face. Less injection spots, less pain, less bruises!
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Next, Juvederm Volift was injected at my tear troughs (under eye area) to reduce the hollowed look at my eye area. This will make me look more awake and less concealor will be needed.
In this photo, Dr Tan was done with one side of the tear trough fillers. Spot the difference yourself! Guess which side is the before and which side is the after? The effects of fillers are immediate for your information!
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Next up is the forehead fillers!
I am pretty sure most of you will not have heard of this yet, just like me. I was surprised when Dr Tan suggested me to do fillers at my forehead during my first consultation with him. I always knew my forehead was not full enough but I thought that the only way to correct it is to go for plastic surgery and do an implant. I was very glad to know that I can actually get a fuller forehead with fillers instead of plastic surgery. Less invasive and much much more affordable!
According to Dr Tan, Juvederm Vobella was used for my lateral forehead (sides) and Juvederm volift was used for the center of my forehead. I guess different forehead shapes calls for different customization of treatment!
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Look at my full and round forehead! ME LIKEY! Just like those pretty korean stars~ :)
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My last treatment will be jaw botox!
To those newbies out there, jaw botox will actually give us a slimmer face! This is because there are some big muscles at our jaws which are results of our chewing and eating habits. By injecting botox, those mucles are relaxed and hence reduced in size, causing our face to look smaller. No need to shave my jaw bone to get a slimmer, v-shaped face! *phew* Results will appear in about 2-4 weeks, and typically lasts about 6 months.
Jaw botox was less painful than fillers, I feel. I had to clench my jaws for Dr Tan to locate those muscles, and when the botox was injected I felt a funny sensation that I have no idea how to describe haha! Don't worry, nothing wrong with this, I felt the same way when I did jaw botox the other time.
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So after everything was done, I went to the pretty touch up area at the clinic to touch up my make up and to conceal the injection spots! Halley is so thoughtful, they even provide some beauty neccessities at the touch up area such as cotton pads, sunscreen, etc.. They took care to make sure that we can leave their place pretty! :)
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Happy me after the procedure! There might be some swelling or bruising within one week of the procedure, and I can't wait to see the final results.. Stay tuned for more photos next time!
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Thank you Halley Medical Aesthetics & Dr Terence Tan for my full face Korean Facelift and also my BF who rushed down after work to accompany the scaredy cat me.
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I hope my post was informative enough for those who wanna get fillers and/or botox done! If you have any burning questions, feel free to give Halley Medical Aesthetics a call at the number below or drop me your questions via email/ask.fm/comments. I am thinking of doing a FAQ or aftercare blog post next, look out for them! :)
Halley Medical Aesthetics
248 River Valley Road, Singapore 238302
Tel: +65 6737 8233
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halleymedicalaesthetics
Website: www.halley.com.sg

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Part Time Jobs and Internship for Students

I'm in the final semester of my university life, and I will be graduating soon! I will finally stop schooling after 19 years of school, kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, junior college and university... I feel happy and kind of scared for the future at the same time.. Going into another phase of life~~
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Anyway, it is school holidays now for the university peeps right? And June holidays is also coming for the younger ones in secondary school and JC! I remember myself frantically looking at job portals in search for part-time jobs or temporary/ad hoc jobs at this part of the year for the past 6 to 8 years or so.. And it is so difficult to find a job since I was a student and most job portals are looking for adults who can work full time.. Also, there will be some recruiting companies (I've met good ones too) that want us to go to their office for interviews when they can't even let us know what are the positions that they have on hand. And when you are there, you will be made to sign your personal details to add on to their database without even getting any job offer in the end.. Mehs.
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I always wished for a job portal for students and only students, and my wish came through! I was introduced to “Stroff.com” by a friend, and it is really godsend! Don't say I never share ah! Not only can we find part time Singapore jobs for students, there are also quite a number of internship Singapore positions. Perfect for the young ones I must say!! Stop bumming around at home and do something useful okay? You can earn more money to spend/save up for the future or even add an achievement in your resume! Listen to my advice, it is good for you~~
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Signing up at Stroff.com is really easy, you can just sign in with your facebook account and furbish them with a few more details, and you are good to go!
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You can also upload your resume to their site and whenever you apply for a job at Stroff.com, the company will automatically receive your resume without you having to email them one by one. Also, you can state your preferences for part time jobs or internship so that companies can also search through the database to find suitable candidates like you. It goes both ways at Stroff.com! :)
Searching for a job in their website is pretty straightforward, and I love it because I can customize my search! Job scope, specialization, location, industry, position level, starting date, etc... You don't have to sieve through unrelated jobs while searching at Stroff.com!
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I was actually expecting to see minimal number of job positions available at stroff.com, since I heard that they were new. But I was so wrong! They have quite a number of positions available, I tried scrolling to the end of the list but I gave up because it seems unlimited haha! Awesome~
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So, if you are looking for Singapore internship jobs, and also part time jobs for students, go on to Stroff.com today and SIGN UP now! :)
Don't need to thank me for sharing this site hehe....