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!

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Locations:

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9 Penang Road 
#11-04 
Singapore 238459

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154 Rochor Road 
Singapore 188425



Tuesday, September 2

Popping in!

We have entered September! The last four months of each year are my favourites because I always relate these months to cold, winter, snow, holidays and love. There are always so much fun, laughters,  vacations, food and drinks. What's not to love?

So. September means we are now days away from the Big Day and I would love to tell you that I've got everything sorted but truth is, I'm sure all of you can guess, we are not exactly anywhere near done with the preparations. So yup, no wedding updates today.

I'm here to share some nice pictures!


I love flowers and the hand bouquet from @xbisoufleur is so lovely! I've had it for a week now and it is still looking mighty fine and there are STILL whiffs of floral fragrance whenever there's a breeze. I guess it is time I remove it from the jar and start drying this beautiful bouquet because I like dried flowers just as much! <3


Went for the wedding day makeup trial last week! When the stars are aligned, in this case, perfect loose waves + perfect makeup + perfect floral crown, take a lot of similar-looking selfies.



Okay, I guess that's enough.

I've started going to Sensual Nails Spa for my monthly mani and pedi fix and I love how spacious and comfy it is over there! It is closer to my home too ;) SN Spa is just a 3 minute walk from Bishan MRT!

Address:
Block 507 Bishan Street 11 
#01-398
Singapore 570507


I love the simplicity of this design topped with a matte finishing!

Added some texture to this set of nails with pop-up gelish polish and silver studs.

Soft, milky white nails are my favourite!

Till the next time and have a great week ahead! Xx


Wednesday, August 27

Sugarcane Buddies + Flea


H and I have been hanging out with this group of friends frequently on weekends and we call ourselves the Sugarcane Buddies (got story behind the name hahaha) / Saturday Buddies.


It's interesting how social media brought us together. Take for example, Eve and I knew each other way back in 2009 when we did a flight to Paris together and basically hanged out throughout the entire flight.

(I apologise for these bad quality pictures I saved from Facebook.)



We did a lot of fun and stupid things with the rest of the crew like having a picnic under the slight drizzle by the Eiffel Tower and taking crazy photos in the middle of the road with my $8 umbrella from Taipei hahaha.


After 5 years, this cheeky (now) woman still poses the same and forces her boyfriend to do it too hahaha!

Anyway, we did not really keep in contact after the flight though her number is always saved in my phone but we are still "close" because of Facebook and Instagram. You know what I mean?


Actually, I also kinda got to know Meiting through SQ and the first time we "met" was also in Paris! (I really don't want to say this but I miss Paris!! So excited I am finally heading back to the city of love this December with H!!) I think I followed her on Instagram because someone (a crew probably?) told me she was also flying so I went to check out her profile and thought, "Wah this girl quite pretty, okay I'll follow her". So we knew of each other's existence...and then one day when I was leaving Paris, she was checking in and a common friend of ours wanted to introduce us but I was shy lah! So we officially said "Hi" in person for the first time at a Skin Inc event last year!


With Tricia, there isn't much of a story because *ahem* her height does not qualify for SQ (but everything else about her is perfect) so it was very straightforward - I "knew" her through Instagram and Eve brought us from reel to real!


I know I've only been talking about us girls but you know what? Our boyfriends get along just as well! Yay to new friendships fostered! We even have a hashtag on Instagram - #whenboysvsgirls. Pictures there are just for laughs okay hahaha.


In other news, I need to clear my house for the wedding (why is the mess never-ending omg) sooooo I'll be at the Lucky Plaza flea hosted by ForFleaSake with Meiting this coming Saturday from 1-7pm (or while stocks last)!

Date: 30 August 2014, Saturday
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Venue: Lucky Plaza level 6
Prices: $10 and below

Please bring your own bags and the only mode of payment is by cash!

See you then!! :)



Thursday, August 21

The Hair Whisperer - John Frieda

The weather in our city is crazy hot, especially the last 2 months! So to avoid perspiring right after I come out of the showers, I always do my preparations in an air-conditioned room.

But guess what?

5 minutes after I step out of my house, my head of hair is in a crazy mess! The humidity seems to have awakened all the strands and as if stretching themselves after a night of restful sleep, they start peeking out and remain in upright position AND detach themselves from the bunch.

A good example of bad hair day to me is something like the following:

Flat, shapeless, limp, frays, wavy fringe and dry-looking.

I have a lot of flyaways which contributes to the frizziness and it's so unmanageable! I really dislike them because I am never able to pull off a sleek ponytail or just look cool with no unsightly hair sprouting in every direction possible. When I had short bob 6 years ago, I rebonded my hair so it was silky smooth until a couple of weeks later when hair starts to grow and the silky effect starts to wear off and I looked like I had a nest on the top of my head with hair standing at the tip of the scalp. Not only that, my short bob was a mixture of silky AND frizzy hair and I looked gross.


So trust me when I say I have tried TONS of frizz-free hair products. I shopped for them from all over the world when I was still flying because I think some blondes have it worse with frizzy and tangled hair? To cut the story short, none worked.

And then I found John Frieda. 



John Frieda haircare products were first launched in 1990 and today, the brand is endorsed by celebrity stylists such as Harry Josh, Nicola Clarke as well as Kerry Warn.

A little nugget of information for you - Singapore is the first in Asia to be stocking John Frieda products! The local John Frieda House of Experts (HOEs) includes Dexter Ng (Next Salon) & Ken Hong (Evolve Salon). 

The Frizz Ease range by John Frieda has been around for more than 20 years and recently, they relaunched this range with not only a brand new look but also improved the shampoo & conditioner for Straight hair with a new ingredient - Keratin! Reformulated with Keratin, its repairing formula eliminates frizz at the core, sealing split ends and restoring the natural frizz defences in hair. Additionally, there is also the option of Dream Curls for ladies with natural/permed waves. 

So I put the highly raved Frizz Ease (Flawlessly Straight) range to the test!

Before wash:

After wash:

Aren't you already convinced after looking at the pictures?? This was only after my first wash and I blow-dry as per usual routine! I'm pretty sure with continuous use, my hair condition and texture will improve overtime!!

There are 4 steps to achieve hair like this and don't worry, it is extremely fuss-free!

Step 1 + 2: Shampoo and Conditioner



Basic steps that we ladies do during every hair wash! I love that the shampoo is foam-y and it did not dry out my tresses! The conditioner is a great complement as it helps in untangling and my hair already feel softer and tamer after rinse!

Step 3: Frizz Ease Original Serum 



I honestly did not know that there are serums specifically for hair too. And the Frizz Ease Original Serum is their bestselling item (with numerous awards in its pockets)! What have I been missing out all these years?? 

The texture of the clear gel was not as thick or oily like the argan oil; in fact, it felt like a thicker form of water (if you know what I mean?). I rubbed my (wet) palms together and pat it on my dripping wet hair straight after shower! Didn't feel like I applied anything at all probably due to the light texture but I allowed it to be absorbed into the hair for around 10-15 minutes (the amount of time I take to apply skincare hahaha) before moving onto the next step!

p/s: the Original Serum also protects hair from humidity and heat while taming/hydrating/smoothing and eliminating frizz at the same time!

Step 4: Leave-in Oil Elixir


I think leave-in hair oil is one of the best inventions for hair because not only does it smooth frizz, it also nourishes the hair with nutrients to make my crowning glory look glossy and healthy. The recommended direction of use is one pump of oil to apply on wet or dry hair but I guess that's for girls with already perfect hair because it is not enough for my dry and tangled hair :( So I usually apply one pump of hair oil for towel dry hair, blow-dry till 60% dry then apply another pump of oil. Works wonders!

Most people will use either the serum or the oil elixir as using both will be too heavy for the hair but my damage tresses go through too much stress on a daily basis hence I find the use of BOTH the serum and oil elixir work best for me!


I was truly impressed by it. I guess the hunt for effective frizz-free products is finally over? ;)




If you would like to try the award-winning Frizz Ease Orignal Serum by John Frieda, redeem a sample on John Frieda Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/johnfrieda.sg/app_1443978632532757


p/s: please note that the Facebook link is not mobile compatible so you'll have to log on to your PC to redeem the sample!


Where to buy:
John Frieda® Frizz Ease® products are available at selected Watsons, Guardian and Cold Storage outlets!

Let's have beautiful hair together! :)




  

Sunday, August 17

Day 1 in Perth

We flew to Perth end July which was right in the middle of winter in Australia. Temperatures were forecasted to be between 17-20 degree Celcius in daytime and we were so relieved because that's comfy weather!

And then we learnt it the hard way not to trust weather forecasts because when we were there, we were freeeeezing. It felt more like 10-14 degree Celcius and I was so underdressed! Needless to say, when night came, I was shivering and hugging onto H for dear life 'cause of the cold. The best parts of each day was heading back to the rented car to get warmth hahaha.

We stayed at my sister's friend's empty apartment (thanks Serene!) which was approximately 15 minutes away from the city by car. I did not take any photos of the apartment because that's her personal space but it has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a small open kitchen, a balcony and the living room is the size of a 4-room HDB in Singapore. I also really love the carpeted flooring! Not too sure how practical is it to have the floors carpeted in our city but that's an option I would want to consider for H and my future home.

We touched down in the afternoon and by the time we collected our car (a Toyota Corolla) from AVIS and settled down in the apartment, it was already late noon and we were famished!

By the way, the 2 apps we couldn't live without in Perth were Google Maps and Urbanspoon. A word of advice - save your money and don't bother getting the GPS device as Google Maps was more reliable! It is more convenient and also cheaper to get 3G data compared to a GPS device. I got a 3G SIM card from Vodafone immediately after I arrived in Perth at AU$15 for 1.5GB worth of data which was more than enough for the 5 days we were there.

Urbanspoon is the Hungrygowhere app for Australia which was very useful and informative. Thanks to it, majority of our meals were yummy!



We managed to find a burger joint just minutes from our place with decent reviews called...oh shit, I cannot remember. Anyway, my chicken burger was just average so you're not missing out haha. H loved his burger though. The name of it was probably something along the line of "heart attack burger" because it's so fattening.


#ootd taken around the neighbourhood

Sun sets at around 5.30pm and by 6pm, it gets completely dark so we decided to head over to Kings Park for the city view.



Kings Park felt like just another beautiful park in Perth to me but I guess tourists like us go for the pretty city and Swan River view!






My favourite was actually this accidental blurred shot.



When it got too cold for comfort, we drove to Mr Munchies for dinner even though we were not too hungry and got back to our place at around 9pm when it just started to drizzle! I actually love how there's nothing much to do at night in Perth (other than nightlife which we are not huge fans of) so we can just head home and enjoy each other's company and sleep/wake early.

Day 2 was pretty fun but I'll talk about it another time.

For now, I would like to introduce you ladies to Soeurs (http://soeurs.co)! I have always been a fan of their style, model and the clean look of their outfits! I would totally wear everything available in their store!


The 2 Way Pinafore Dress was love at first sight for me because I like clothes that come in a set and I can either match them together or separately.


Material is thick and non-sheer. These basic pieces are definitely keepers and I would love to see how else can I wear them with the essential pieces in my wardrobe for future outings!


After I received the parcel then it occurred to me that I actually chose 2 white outfits. There's some sort of white craze going on in my life currently, I am just subconsciously attracted to white pieces.


Really like the embroidered detailing on the outer dress and the high collar!

And here's everyone's favourite part - discount code!
Enter code "TIPPYTAPP5" to receive 5% off when you shop with Soeurs! 
Code valid till 31st August.

To use it, just add your desired item(s) to the cart, click on the [Cart Icon] at the top right menu and enter the discount code at the Discount code area and the credit amount will be deducted from your total order.

It's time to refresh your wardrobe - have fun! :)