Sunday, April 13

Let's talk beauty: Makeup

I realised I haven't talked about beauty products in a while. And that's what today's entry is going to be about - my top 4 favourite makeup products at the moment!


First up, Dior Pore Minimizer. There are not enough words to tell you how much I LOVE this product. It works as a primer so you apply it after sunscreen and before foundation. It's in cream form but after you spread it over your face, it feels powdery. This product is so magical, it provides instant mattifying effect and lasts THE ENTIRE DAY. I have combination skin so my nose looks significantly oilier after lunch and the oil on my face can fry a sausage at the end of a working day. But after I started including the Pore Minimizer into my makeup regime, I don't need to touch up my makeup at all! This is so awesome!! AND my pores are practically non-existent. So much love for this, you have to try it to believe!


I cannot live without my lipsticks and my current favourites are these from VDL! Randomly saw on Facebook (which I rarely log on to) that they were having some sort of sale in Marriott Hotel so I popped by and got these really cheap! In typical Korean shades - fuchsia pink and coral. The colours are loveeeeee! And I thought they smell like my favourite iced lemon tea when applied. ^.^


Next up, one of Dior's bestsellers, the Lip Maximizer. This thing really works man! A lot of girls actually mentioned about the stinging feeling but it doesn't bother me much because the Burts Bees lip balm I have been using for 8-9 years now is mint flavoured and the Lip Maximizer tastes similar to me. Say yes to sexier, plumped up lips!


I have used a couple of products from Dollywink before but I always, always go back to their mascaras. The one pictured is for longer lashes but it helps in the volume and curl department as well. I love how my lashes do not clump together after I've applied this. The brush looks pretty normal to me but it is probably magical (I know, I use this word twice already) because I find it so easy to apply mascara on my lower lashes with this! My hand actions are usually too big and unsteady so I tend to smudge some on my lower eye rims but with Dollywink's, all's good!

I am trying new products almost on a daily basis and if I ever come across anything good, I will be back to share them. Till the next! :)

Thursday, April 10

All white out







Is it an aging situation? I am loving my monochromes more than ever.

Put together this outfit in my mind and I was so happy it actually looked good because 80% of the time, reality did not look as good as imagination.

Top * got it in Hong Kong
Skirt * Tippyjess.com
Shoes * Charles & Keith
Bag * Chanel Boy

Sunday, March 30

Savour 2014

I haven't heard about Savour till last year when I saw people on my Instagram feed posting pictures of the event and all the pretty food with delicious ingredients. I vividly remember Jaan restaurant was one of the participants because H and I tried their 55 degree smoked organic egg on our anniversary dinner last year. I was naturally excited and told H we have to go for this year's!

We went for lunch and omgosh the sun was a killerrrrr.
It was an outdoor event and air-conditioned space was limited. 
In fact, it didn't feel any cooler when we were under a roof 
because there were too many people all seeking shelter from the sun.
We were lucky we managed to get to enjoy our food under an umbrella table.
No more outdoor lunches, go for dinner instead!


After walking around the area, we decided on our first round of dishes!
This was my favourite dish at Savour!
Kanpachi (Yellowtail) Truffle Soya
Absolutely delightful!!!

Ahh, this was by the infamous Chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation.
He raised to fame recently in Singapore because of Wok Stars 
so I was looking forward to trying his dishes and see if he lives up to the hype. 

Umami - black truffle, toro, rice noodle, vermicelli, dry shrimp powder
It was a disappointment.
 Nothing special about it nor was the truffle taste prominent.
The popular Molecular Xiao Long Bao was sold out when we were there 
so that might have fared better. *shrugs*

Slow Roasted Organic Lamb Short Ribs Crusted with Five Spices
I am not a fan of lamb because of the gamey smell and taste... 
But I willed myself to try a little of this from Saint Pierre.
The meat was well seasoned, peeled off easily from the bones, it was also soft and tender.
But I'm still not turning into a fan of lamb meat anytime soon.
I love the accompaniment too!

I cannot remember where this was from...pretty forgettable but smoked salmon is always welcomed!


Pork Crackles with Dijon Mash
from Stellar@1-ALTITUDE was bad.
The pathetic portion of vegetable at the side was yellowed, limpy and soft.
I think the roasted pork at your nearest coffee shop would taste better and it wouldn't cost $16.

I encouraged H to order the 72hr Miso Braised Short Rib, Kyoto Onion, Fresh Wasabi
from Mikuni because it seemed like such a popular choice that afternoon.

But he said it was only so-so.


We have matchy aviators! ^.^

Popped into Nespresso for some cooler air 
and we found out they were brewing free coffee for everyone!
I don't drink coffee usually 'cause it gives me a headache but I thought I'd try one with lower intensity!
Cannot remember what I chose but I had a mocha with lesser milk and more chocolate syrup hahaha.
AND IT TASTED GREAT!!!!
I don't think I'll mind if H buys a Nespresso machine for our future home.


And this was at the gourmet village.
I don't think people actually leave their seats haha.

And they were roasting a veal for the dinner service!

Conclusion?
Not too sure if I will go for Savour 2015 if there's gonna be one 
because I cannot enjoy food in this Singapore heat. 
Most of the dishes were average and it is not worth me paying so much for food that's forgettable. 
If I want to fine dine, I'd prefer paying more for the ambiance and air-con. 
Seriously.

So we'll see next year!
The line-up has to be pretty exciting for me to suffer under the sun again.


Okay! Now that we are done with virtual stuffing of food, 
here's my monotone outfit from Dorothy Perkins!
This season, midi skirts are the new minis, also the new sexy.
It is the perfect Style Essentials item from Dorothy Perkins!

I know a lot of girls love lace in blush or white as that's the epitome of dainty and romance.
But I love this sheer black lace sleeved top that is a little edgy yet keeps the feminine factor.

It goes purrrrfectly with my midi pencil skirt!
Ahhh, I love my black and white coordinates too much!

Shop at Dorothy Perkins and get 15% off minimum $80 spend.
Quote "JESSICA" at payment to enjoy this offer!

Enjoy your shopping! :)

Friday, March 21

Introducing ProTrim!

Okay I finally found time to share about my new hair sponsor! Came home right after work today! Ahh, it had been a tiring week fighting the Z Monster every morning and afternoon after lunch.

Yes, my hair! A little history "lesson" about my hair first. So before I got sponsored by a hair salon and when I was still flying, I rarely get anything done to my hair in Singapore. I did not cut my hair here, colouring of hair was out of the question, neither did I do treatments, etc. At that period of time, a couple of years ago, I was impressed with the hairstyles spotted by the girls in Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul. Naturally, I was keen to try the hair services and salons were readily available in the main shopping strips. And then I went back again and again because the service in those cities was good and every customer left the salon with impeccable hair! Including me ^.^ haha. Not to mention prices were also very affordable ~ S$10 - S$20 for my hair length.

One of my favourite hair salons has to be Juno Hair in Seoul and 乱剪 in Taipei! I don't know the exact addresses but I always go to the Juno outlet in Myeong Dong. Enter the entrance right beside Adidas and take the elevator up to level 3. I brought H there once and he was full of praises for the salon like I was! Nobody leaves the salon looking bad. And 乱剪 is right smacked in 西门町 I am sure you will not miss it if it's still in business.


Now that I no longer have the opportunity to visit Seoul or Taipei anytime I want... I am so glad I have ProTrim! I couldn't contain my excitement when I saw the email because each outlet has at least one Korean hairstylist so for those who love Korean fashion, aesthetics or how the Korean girls rock those shoulder length brown hair, go to ProTrim and get the expert's advice! :)

ProTrim JEM has THREE Korean hairstylists!

I went for my first appointment at ProTrim JEM and the stylist assigned to me was Elva. Here's a picture of the both of us before we start:


Before

After a hair wash + treatment + cut, they applied this on my hair before... perming!

THIS is the perming machine they specially flew over from Seoul!
It's actually a conventional way of perming women used in the older days.

So how it works is...
The machine will heat up the clips and curlers to a maximum of 90 degree celcius 
and then it is ready to be used!
It's amazing how the heat can be retained for 20-30 minutes AFTER it's clipped/rolled on your tresses!

I didn't feel any warmth on my scalp AT ALL.
I'm actually perming my roots for a more voluminous look!

NO MORE FLAT HAIR

Curling my ends to give it more volume!

I loveeeeee the slightly curled ends!
It is so Korean and you know I adore anything Korean!!
(Except their music probably)

How the ends look from the side!

I was also supposed to colour my hair (roots need serious touching up) that day 
but it was a little late by the time I was done so I went down again the following week!

Elva is giving me subtle highlights!

I've never done highlighting before but boy, it is hard work 
especially if you're doing it for the entire head!

Anyway, hair colouring is Elva's forte so you know who to look for ;)

The Keratase treatments they offer

Of course I did the Radiance Ritual for my newly coloured tresses

Sigh. Just look at this.
Blowdrying is an art.
Give me the same hairdryer and round comb and I still won't be able to achieve anything similar  >:(

When it was finally done, I just kept repeating to Elva,
"Omg I love it. I love the colour. Omg. I love it. The colour is great."

Though there is not much difference in the highlights and my base colour,
I think there's added dimension to the entire look!

My hair colour is more true to the following pictures:



I was never the one who's crazy with outrageous colours on my head 
and I love experimenting with the different shades of brown so
I am extremely pleased with the results 
and so happy to have found Juno Hair in the form of ProTrim in Singapore!

To find the nearest ProTrim, you can hop over to this page: