Monday, September 29

Shopping on Taobao with SGshop

I am sure most of you would know I am an avid shopper of Taobao. In fact, some of the classic pieces  of clothing I bought long ago are still in my wardrobe and they probably will for a long time more because the quality is ahhhmazing and I paid for them at relatively cheap prices too!! BONUS!

Thankfully my boyfriend taught me how to shop on that website one fateful day and pointed out the important tabs I have to take note of when completing my orders. After a few tries, I am now a pro Taobao shopper among my friends hahaha :p

But fret not all my non-Mandarin reading friends!! I recently discovered SGshop and how easy it is to buy stuff off Taobao through it!! SGshop is the most reliable Singapore online shopping platform and they are dedicated to provide reliability, safety, cost effective and outstanding service. 

From window-shopping (or tab-shopping? haha) to purchase until you receive your parcel, every process can be done within your comfort zone! Skip the retail shop and get your purchase at lower price by locating for wholesaler from Chinese E-shopping websites! 


Taobao/TMall are just 2 of the many platforms I frequent but the above are online websites you can buy from via SGshop!

Here's a sneak peek of a pair of hologram heels out of many other purchases I got off SGshop!


Loveeeeee it!

First step is of course to register for a new account and you are ready to start shopping!! Just key in what you are looking for in the "search" bar and explore away!

I added a truckload of stuff into my cart including pretty striped straws hahaha. The part I circled in yellow is the type of shipping (Economy Air in this instance) you can choose from, price of shipping to SGshop warehouse in China (China Express) and total cost of the item(s) you are purchasing from that shop!

Proceed to checkout by clicking "Submit" at the bottom right corner of the page ;)

At the payment page, choose your preferred payment method or you can top-up your account and choose to pay from there instead!

Your order is now confirmed!

All you have to do now is wait for your parcel(s) to reach the warehouse in China and you will receive an SMS to inform you of that!! Personalised service from SGshop is one of the things I appreciate because I wouldn't remember to log in to the website everyday to check if my items have arrived!

Now that status has changed to "Arrived" (in Singapore), just pay for shipping from China to Singapore and you will receive your package soon! 

SGshop offers many options for delivery. I opted for budget delivery and it only took 2 days (I think) to reach me! Super fast and seamless shopping experience!

What caught me by surprise was the courier actually sent me a text in advance to let me know what time he is gonna drop by so I can expect him. Thumbs up for the service!

After unwrapping my parcel excitedly, let me show you the items I bought! I managed to get all these items for around S$80!! That's 2 pairs of shoes (remember the hologram pair I showed you earlier?), 1 dress and 2 basic tops!


Love the prints and fabric is of thick, quality material.
I ordered this in XS after looking at the measurements and I'm happy this fits me perfectly!

Very comfy pair of sandals, fits true to size and the platform + low arch made it easy to walk in.



By the way, the quality of these 2 basic tops are excellent!
White and not even sheer at all! 
$10 and below for one!

After my personal experience of using SGshop to shop on Taobao, the following points are why I think it's one of the best platforms to buy from:

- It offers high quality & low price
- Speed is guaranteed
- Free & secure inspection
- It provides 14/7 online service
- Basically, it IS Taobao but the English version
- There are 5 different kinds of shipping methods
- It offers free parcel combination 
- There is 30 days of free retention period

Don't accuse me of not sharing about my favourite place to shop online now okay! ENJOY!!! :D

Monday, September 22

I am hair-ready!

Almost.

I'm only left with my eyebrows and upper lip and then I'm all ready yo! Oh yes, and eyelash extensions touch-up!

So you know...I actually haven't visited the ProTrim JEM in 2 months since my last hair treatment before my trip to Perth. And almost 3 months since my hair colouring session. :o

I cannot get married with ugly roots like this so finally made an appointment to visit my stylist, Elva!

My hair colour is actually not this ah lian looking.
I don't know why my camera just makes everything, especially my hair, looks orange.
Guess this is what happens when I drop it too often :x

And I haven't had a haircut in more than 6 months 
hence the ends are looking extremely horrendous!!!
I cannot wait to be back from our mini moon then I can finally chop them all off!
Please wait for my drastic change next month, haha!

This month, I tried the new range of hair treatment from Keratase.
It's the frizz-free range that delivers shiny and smooth hair 
with no flyaways - definitely something I need!

In July, Elva did the tangle-free treatment for me 
and my hair was so well-behaved for at least 2 weeks!
I can never run my fingers through my hair without stopping midway 
because too dry and too many tangles :(
So that treatment really helped!!
The feedback she received from one of her customers was, 
she didn't even need to use hair conditioner!

And this was how I looked when I left ProTrim JEM.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fresh coat of colour on my tresses!!
There's a tinge of raspberry red under the chocolate brown which adds a little dimension overall!



MY HAIR IS READY YO!

Here's a full-body picture to give you a better perspective of my hair!

Of course, I also had a new set of eyelash extensions! 
Because it's gonna be my wedding, I chose black lashes since that's always gonna be in style...

But what I really love are these purple eyelashes!!

A more obvious photo taken under the sun!
Only the tips of the eyelashes have purple tinge which is soooo pretty omg!
The actual colour leans towards dark purple so if people are not observant, 
the lashes just look black. 
Very subtly done that's why I was okay to try them out when Rachel first suggested to me.

Here's a close-up.
Only the last few strands are coloured ;)

I have been doing eyelash extensions for half a year now and look, 
I still have long and full eyelashes!

All thanks to this!!
The ILASH, a lash serum, is sold exclusively in Dream Lash.
Whether you have on eyelash extensions or without,
this product helps in growing your eyelashes longer, stronger and thicker.

I apply the ILASH before bed (or whenever I remember to) 
hence my natural lashes are looking fuller than before I started having eyelash extensions!
I am so, so pleased about this! :D

But of course, for super obvious dolly eyelashes
AND the bonus of spending only 3 minutes on makeup,
eyelash extensions' still the way to go!!
They totally changed my life because I look made up now
even though I didn't put in effort on learning a new makeup technique, etc.
And here's my new set of eyelash extensions for this month.
Each strand is a little thicker than the normal ones for a fuller look! :)

Dream Lash has very limited slots and appointments have to be made 
at least 3 weeks in advance so if you have a big event coming up, 
call earlier to avoid disappointment!!

You can check with them for in-store promotions when you quote my name! ;)


Thursday, September 18

Beauty Review: Clinique Smart Serum

Hello ladies! Today I am back with this month's beauty review - the new Clinique Smart Serum which has just recently landed in stores after 5 years of research with patented technology!


I received a bottle of it at the pre-launch event so I've been using it for about 2 weeks now.



With the other Nuffnang bloggers at the event - Qiuting, Evonne and Juli!

"Custom-repair as needed, where needed."
That is what the serum is ALL ABOUT.

Clinique understands that women's skincare concerns differ depending on their age and skin tone. As women age, they often have more than one concern and the 5 most common problems we face include lines/wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dark spots, uneven tone and dullness. 

There are, of course, numerous serums in the market targeting the above concerns either specifically or all-in-one. What makes the Clinique Smart Serum stand out from its competitors is that, it understands skin and responds with targeted repair as needed, where needed.



And that is the reason why Clinique spent half a decade researching on a skincare product that is not only smart but also magical

There are damages on the surface of the skin that you can see with the naked eye, and then there are damages that you don’t see but also need TLC. Damaged skin (on the surface and beneath the skin surface) sends out signals and the Smart Serum responds by providing custom repair to the specific area(s). 

The serum knows which ingredient to send to the different parts of your face, from the stubborn spot you’ve been battling, to the fine lines developing on your forehead - Clinique Smart Serum will adjust itself to suit your needs!

Sounds too good to be true? Definitely. 

But it is THAT amazing.



Not only is the Smart Serum able to deliver customised repair based on each consumer’s unique concerns, it also visibly addresses uneven skin tone, lines and wrinkles, firming, or radiance. Additionally, it also helps skin to stay more receptive to repair with the calming ingredients!

Best of all, ladies of all ages and ethnicities are suitable to use this product!

It is not call Smart without a reason. Or many reasons in this case! ;)

Here's me bareface after cleansing and toning

2 pumps of Smart Serum in a nude cream form that looks a little thick 
but you will be surprised by how lightweight it feels upon application

5 dots on my face later...

Then in an upwards circular motion, massage the Smart Serum into your skin (day and night) and allow the serum to do its customised repair as you go about your day or sleep!


The Smart Serum is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving me with an almost matte-like complexion. Skin immediately feels smoother and softer to touch, overall texture is also  smoothened out! Honestly, it doesn't feel like I have anything on my face at all!




Have I also mentioned that makeup glides on reallyyyy easily?


I've only changed the serum in my skincare routine, everything else remains the same (even my makeup products). And looooook, my complexion seems to have improved a great deal! No uneven patches, skin seems more radiant and that tiny light brown spot (pigmentation you think?) you see above my blusher is a little lighter as well! I don't have wrinkles/lines on my face YET (can't say the same about my eyes boo) so I cannot comment whether the serum helps in that area but I'm pretty sure your forehead wrinkles will be targeted and repaired!


Having good skin makes me feel confident and I feel fabulous inside and out! 

Clinique the skincare brand has always lived up to its promise to women around the world that "Great Skin Can Be Created At Any Age" and this time round, the brand has over-delivered its promises on yet another unique, highly effective and safe product! ;)


The Clinique Smart Serum is now available at Sephora and Clinique counters in all department stores island wide. If you would like to try out the serum, head over to http://campaign.herworldplus.com/clinique to find out where you can redeem one!






Monday, September 15

Wedding Update


Finally decided on my gowns for the actual day. Basically, I changed all my initial choices because the bridal studio has tons of new designs that were all so pretty and I would wear every single one of them! The lady boss said she designed them with me in mind but don't know how true is that lah. I definitely had a tough time deciding which gowns to include in my big day and my final choice for the morning dress is surprisingly simple - no tulle, no poofiness, no long train.

I was a little shocked by my choice to be honest. But I knew I couldn't not let that dress be part of my big day because it is so flattering on me, it's elegant, it doesn't expose too much skin, makes me look skinnier like I actually have a waist, very comfortable to wear and most importantly, it makes me look good in pictures.

I guess this is what it feels like to have found "The One". I wouldn't have given it a try if my wedding coordinator didn't insist that it will look good on me because it's the total opposite of what I thought my "The One" will look like - poofy, lace, lots of tulle with no blings.

After almost a year, my wedding coordinator grew in understanding me, my taste, my style and that's truly amazing.
H and I also dug out a couple of childhood photos to include in a video that we will be showing on our wedding day. I think I was a pretty cute for a kid <7 years old HAHAHA. Then I grew gross because I was too skinny for my height and I hated being underweight. Back in those days during PE lessons, we had to take our height and weight then the teacher will shout your statistics to the class monitor or whoever to write them down. I hated the insensitive teachers who announced to the entire class because I was always the lightest in the class and being underweight gets teased as often as the overweight kids okay?
I am obviously still underweight now (but I maintain a very healthy appetite) but that doesn't bother me as much anymore. It's great to be out of school haha. Here's an entry to share from my Dayre:



Ahem guys. Tonight I discover something revolutionary I would like to share with everyone.

That is, I have been very hiao since a very young age and I'm unable to defend myself because how else can I explain wearing a ridiculous furry fuchsia pink headpiece under the crazy sun which serves no purpose in shielding me from the UV rays other than making me perspire more?

Fast forward 20 odd years later, I still love shopping for impractical stuff.



Or maybe my mum is the fashionable one because my sister and I were always dressed stylishly. My sister looked damn good in this outfit! And super cute!

Apparently the furry fuchsia pink head thingy was one-off because I started wearing straw hat (and leggings)! I think my interest in fashion started at around this age because I noticed my sister did not wear as much accessories as I did (still the same now btw) and she wasn't vain like me, wearing hats indoor just for pictures.



Red + blue are still my favourite colours to match!



This hat was super lasting omg. Think it was with me for at least 3-4 years.



And here's a picture of H for you. That's his best picture out of various albums he chose from hahahaha. Let's be objective here - H didn't look that good growing up but I won't post the unglam ones lah! That cute little fatty!



@silas admitted he will fall for me if we actually went to the same kindergarten because I work it even with my uniform hahaha!

I really like looking through old photos, don't need any Instagram filters and they already look nice!

Okay lah that's all. Good night! 


p/s: Updated Shoptippytapp!

Thursday, September 11

Asian Skin Solutions

Hello girls! Today I would like to share more about our skin and what's underneath it! For example, my face looks fine on the surface with a faint scar and a few specks of brown spots, nothing extreme like acne, freckles, pigmentation, etc.

That was what I thought until I went to Asian Skin Solutions, specialising in Asia skin problems! Before I started my facial treatment, the beauty specialist gave my face a scan using one of the high-tech machines to check on my face's moisture level, pigmentation, sebum level and the existence of wrinkles before determining the kind of treatment I should go for. It is pretty similar to those machines that tell you the age of your skin but this provides a more in-depth examination!

So I was told that I have pretty thin skin and I should either stay out of the sun more or apply sunscreen religiously because pigmentation will be my main skin problem in the years to come. One of the cons of having Asian skin :( There are many differences between Asian and Caucasian skin but we seem to have the shorter end of the stick.

Asian
Caucasian
Prone to :
Prone to:
Enlarged pores
Freckles 
Pigmentation – Asian Skin tend to produce more melanin which leads to pigmentation
Wrinkles 
Sensitive Skin
Dry skin
Oily / Combination Skin

Obvious scars

Dehydration


Anyway, here's my results from the scan:

To sum it up, my skin is in a very bad condition  T___T

The best result is to have all the little red dots toward the centre of the circle but just take a look at mine :''''''''( My skin is producing too much oil and sebum and it lacks moisture. Wrinkles are forming and as mentioned, my skin is too thin hence pigmentation is very likely to surface within the next few years without proper care. 

Oh gosh, the horrors!

Now that I have your attention,  let me introduce you to Asian Skin Solutions, which was the proud sponsor of the recent Star Awards 2014.


I visited the outlet at Parkmall and was looking forward to the experience after hearing positive reviews from the other bloggers.



Here I was doing the in-depth skin analysis, also shared a few common concerns such as dry and dull-looking skin, as well as dark eye circles. I have combination skin but now I'm starting to think I might have oily skin instead with all that sebum!


The above photo shows the presence of collagen. The top left picture is my face, top right and bottom left are my upper fore arm and the last picture is from the beauty specialist's upper forearm. The little triangles you see in the boxes represent the collagen present at said areas (ideal amount) and there is almost no collagen on my face!! OMG S.O.S I need to diligently spam collagen products!


Okay I've changed and ready to save my face!


At Asian skin solutions, every skin treatment is specially customised to suit each individual, male and female’s skin condition. They have recently launched the Asian Skin Diffusion Skin Therapy which is a new series of targeted skin treatments specially tailored to your Asian skin needs by directly infusing specially formulated treatment essence into your skin to maximise absorption capacity for a faster, quicker option to solve your Asian skin problem!


After the personalised consultation, I was recommended the Double-C Diffusion Skin Treatment (most suitable for consumers with acne, excess oil, clogged and enlarged pores) which benefits my skin by helping to:

1. Hydrate and replenish skin’s moisture levels for soft and supple skin texture 
2. Tackle visible problems on skin surface
3. Help in oil control, balance skin oil and sebum secretion levels
4. Provide essential nutrients for healthy skin cells with a unique blend of cucumber and collagen

That sounds good already, it's EVERYTHING that I need!


After the cleansing and exfoliating steps, I was steaming my face to soften skin, open up pores for better penetration of products as step 4 includes a moisture mask with softening essence treatment to soften clogged and stubborn pores, while hydrating skin for healthier skin cells!



After a few minutes of gentle and painless extraction, it was finally my favourite part of facial - treatment mask!

Double-C Diffusion Skin Treatment: 
I actually had THREE masks on me at the same time! The first white layer was for hydration. It contains cucumber extracts for dehydrated skin to aid in hydrating, moisturizing and balancing of excess sebum secretion due to dehydration. Whereas the second layer is filled with collagen to replenish my skin collagen levels, providing skin structure and restoring healthy skin cells for fuller and firmer skin. My skin immediately felt softer and more supple upon touch and the extraction spots weren't even visibly obvious!

Lastly, the iRevival Eye treatment formula aids in instantly making eyes look and feel smooth, renewed. It revives tired eyes, lightens dark eye circles and fine lines by boosting circulation. Fine lines are of course, still there, but my dark circles seem to have lighten a little. I definitely look less fatigue and I feel more confident to face the world without makeup around my eyes!


Feeling extremely relaxed after the Detoxing Face, Eyes & Shoulder Massage Therapy I received which helps in boosting blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, relieving stress and detoxing. I love it when therapists relaxes my aching shoulders and apply pressure - the harder the more I enjoy it!


Not only was I rejuvenated after the session, my face looks more refreshed, skin feels softer and definitely more supple. I was confident of myself and my skin and even stayed out the entire evening barefaced!

After the facial, I noticed that my skin remains hydrated, skincare products are absorbed quicker and makeup application is smoother too!

I am sure you have heard this countless times - it is obviously more important to take care of the base (your skin) than having to spend more money to cover up the flaws. So, invest wisely! ;)


My specialist, Angel and I before the facial treatment!


I was also given the Pore Refining Lotion and Light Texture Moisturiser to maintain the after-facial radiance so it lasts longer!

Pore Refining Lotion
The nemesis of enlarged pores, Asian Skin Solution’s pore refining lotion contains natural Vitamin B5 and Green Tea extracts to minimize and refine enlarged pores without traumatizing or stripping your skin of its moisture. This lotion is absorbed quickly by your skin and leaving a slight tinge of refreshing smell to let you feel invigorated!  

Light Texture Moisturiser


This lightweight moisturiser is so refreshing and finely textured it gets absorbed quickly into the skin for maximum hydration at all times! Specially formulated for dull and sensitive skin, add some natural radiance and vitality back to your skin!  

Lastly, I have an exclusive promotion for all you lovely readers!

Want to experience the advanced benefits of Asian Skin Diffusion Skin Therapy?

Be the first 30 to experience this new skin diffusion treatment simply by making a skin wish and win:

- 1 x Customized Asian Skin Diffusion Treatment worth $158
- 1 x iRevival Eye treatment worth $90
- 1 x Chance to win Asian Skin Solutions Products Hamper worth $500!




Terms and Conditions to apply:
    • Both females and males with no Eczema or other skin problems
    • 18 years old and above only
    • Strictly by appointment only
    • Promotion valid for 2 months
Please call 6767 0077 for enquiries!

Locations:

Parkmall 
9 Penang Road 
#11-04 
Singapore 238459

Bugis Village 
154 Rochor Road 
Singapore 188425