Monday, August 24, 2015

Sponsored Hair Makeover By Poise Hair Studio


I understand that the K-wave is really strong and many people like anything and everything K-pop or remotely related to K-pop or Korean. That may explain why there are many Korean hair salons which have suddenly appeared all over Singapore. But me being me, I still miss the Japanese soap operas that I used to watch on TV and I still love Japanese hair trends and hairstyles which I feel are much more suitable for me. So imagine my excitement when I learnt that my third hair makeover of the year would be done by an established hairstylist with vast experience with Japanese hair trends and styles!



My stylist from Poise Hair Studio, Catherine, was with Shunji Matsuo for many years and has great experience with Japanese hairstyles and hair colouring techniques! So I'm definitely in more than good hands! She's really nice to talk to and she understands what kind of look that I want! And she's so experienced in hair colouring that she could pick out hair colours that would look good on me! The hair colours that she has chosen for me actually turned out better than the one that I picked. Honestly, being a hair model and beauty blogger, I have had my fair share of less than pleasant experiences with stylists who just didn't know how to handle my atypical fine Asian hair and extremely strong natural curls. But with Catherine, you can just leave your hair to her and rest assured that it will turn out great! In my opinion, she's one of the best hair stylists in Singapore who has handled my hair.

I was having a bad hair day as I stepped into Poise Hair Studio, which is conveniently located at Dhoby Ghaut (20 Handy Road).

See how frizzy and messy my hair was before the hair makeover? >.<

After analyzing my current hair situation, Catherine offered suggestions on what could be done and how she could improve my hair. She first trimmed away the frizzy bits and added layers to my hair to achieve the desired 3D shape before the application of Cosme Cream treatment over my fringe and the top frizzy part of my hair to add gloss and shine. I learnt from Catherine that Cosme Cream has been in the market for 5 years now and this is actually the first time that I have tried it. My fringe is so smooth and shiny now after being processed with Cosme Cream and I can even see the light reflection on my fringe! Awesome! For the uninitiated, Cosme Cream is being applied in a similar manner as the usual soft rebonding cream but certain hair types can end up looking rather straight and stiff after undergoing rebonding. But with Cosme Cream, the hair's natural wave and curl is being retained but the hair looks much more glossy and shiny! And that's exactly the effect that I want! Cost of Cosme Cream treatment is $258 at Poise Hair Studio.

Unedited, no filter photo after Catherine did Cosme Cream treatment over my fringe and the top frizzy part of my hair. Notice the light reflection on my fringe? =)

Catherine is very experienced with hair colour and I'm amazed with the graduation and depth of colours created on my hair! Really love the hair colours that she has chosen for me! She first bleached the bottom layers of my hair tresses before application of pink and rose and violet Balayage highlights from Elumen. My fringe is then coloured a deep purple shade and the surrounding base (which is basically the rest of my hair) a lighter wine colour: both colours are from L'oreal Professionnel. Catherine used Balayage highlight technique to create my bespoke hair colour. Yeah, you didn't read wrongly...it's bespoke hair colour! The gradual colour gradients from my hair roots to tips look really natural. This is the first time that I have tried pink colour in my hair and I absolutely love the effects! Bespoke hair colour inclusive of bleach and highlight at Poise Hair Studio is about $400.

Notice how natural and gradual the colour gradients from my hair roots to tips look? This bespoke hair colour effect was created with Balayage highlight technique!

It's worth noting that my hair is still soft and smooth even after bleaching!

Here's a no filter, unedited photo of my newly coloured hair! Notice the light reflection on my fringe?


Honestly, this is my third hair makeover of the year and the most gorgeous one thus far! Really love the transformational results! I'm in love with my new hairstyle and hair colour! And my hair is so smooth and shiny now! Thanks Catherine for her attention to details and for spending close to 7 hours on my hair! Poise Hair Studio is one of the forward-looking hair salons in Singapore with stylists who constantly stay updated with the latest hair trends. Thanks so much for creating this Vlook hairstyle to slim down my round face. Korean Superstar and trend-setter, Yoon Eun Hye, the L’Oreal Professionnel brand spokesperson was here to launch the hottest and most sought-after Vlook at Singapore Fashion Week, which I had the privilege of attending.

What I use to take care of my coloured hair: Kerastase and L'Oreal Professionnel products for coloured hair. Bought this mini Kerastase travel size kit that comes with a chic pouch which makes bringing out these products a breeze. Poise Hair Studio carries the full range of Kerastase products. Was telling Catherine that once one person upgrades to salon hair care products, it's hard to go back to mass market products again. But life is short, do pamper yourself ya =)


Poise Hair Studio has a range of other hair services which also include Keratase treatment as well as scalp treatment, etc. They are up to date with the latest hair trends and hairstyles for both men and women as well as for both long and short hair. They also provide wedding hairstyling services too so brides-to-be can come by for a consultation.

The shampooing section of Poise Hair Studio is really cozy. The light massage that Catherine did on my scalp during the shampooing, was so soothing and relaxing that I could almost doze off.

Well, now I love to take selfies more often after my hair makeover by Poise Hair Studio. Btw, someone asked if I have any hair perm done. Nope, I'm born with natural curls so what you see in this photo is just the results of towel-dried hair and the application of some Kerastase leave-in conditioner and hair serum from the same Chroma Riche range.

It has been a fortnight since the hair makeover and my hair colour still looks good.

I love the hair services at Poise Hair Studio. If you are looking for a top hair salon in Singapore to pamper yourself and your tresses, do consider Poise Hair Studio and I would personally recommend that you seek the services of Catherine! She's really good! Thanks Poise Hair Studio for taking good care of my hair and for this awesome hair makeover!

Poise Hair Studio is located at:
20 Handy Road, #01-01, 229236
Tel: 6333 4185
www.poisehairstudio.com

First Year Anniversary Party of Bistro 1855 Suntec City


Thanks Vivien for the kind invitation to Bistro 1855's first year anniversary party =) Bistro 1855 is tucked away at Tower 4 of Suntec City (it's not too far from the former Carrefour premises at Suntec). For those who take the centre circle line, someone at our table mentioned that it's just steps away from Promenade Station. It has been quite some time since I last stepped into Suntec City so I'm quite surprised to see that most of the major renovations have been done and that many new shops have opened. 

Group Ceo, Mr. Patrick Sng, was giving his welcome speech to the guests when I arrived. We were served canapes and drinks while enjoying the live music performance from their resident band "Two Shades". There was sales promotion for selected wines, with up to 30% discount on top of the already affordable price tags. Thanks for the opportunity to try out some of Bistro 1855's signature dishes as well as wines. Do scroll down for my humble thoughts on some of the dishes served. 

Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Sng and team on your first anniversary! Check out the cute t-shirts that some staff were wearing: "Don't say we bojio" which translates loosely to mean that "don't say that we didn't extend an invite" ;p

Bustling scene at the first anniversary party of Bistro 1855 at Suntec City 

Yummy salmon toasties and Boston lobster rolls served. And that's an enthusiastic blogger trying to capture photos of the food ahead of everyone else...lol

The light and refreshing Salmon Toasties with swirls of Loch Duart Smoked Salmon served over crusty garlicky toast is one of my favorite dishes of the night; I'm a simple person and salmon always works for me. 

The refreshing serving from the ocean, "Boston Lobster Roll": Tangy citrus marinated Boston Lobster Laced tucked nicely atop freshly toasted soft bun. 

I thought that this Asian-fusion dish "Squid Ink Otah with Boston Lobster" is rather interesting. It's essentially home-made squid ink otah with chunks of lobster meat. Lobster dishes are gaining in popularity at the boutique events that I attend. But this is the first time that I have tried otah with such an unusual twist.

The Serrano Pork Cheek is simply yummy! Love how the slowly braised and tender pork cheek is served with creamy mash and specially mixed raspberry chili jam. This masterfully executed dish is definitely the culinary pride of Bistro 1855. You have to try this awesome dish!

Fresh Turkish Figs: These luscious Turkish Figs which are dressed with ricotta cheese and drizzles of Manuka honey are really very fresh and nice! This decadent dessert is for sure, a commitment piece after your meal.

Eclairs are always a welcome for the sweet-toothed.

Free flow of different wines and beer served for the party. I tried the different wines and personally prefer the one in the magnum bottle (apologies that I didn't note down the name of that particular red wine). Bumped into a lady who was waiting at this section and I'm happy to serve her drinks cos I can understand how busy the f&b situation can get and I always used to double up to serve guests at those events that I used to organize.

Group Ceo, Mr. Patrick Sng picking out winners during the lucky draw segment and he actually drew out his own card from the bowl. lol. Congratulations to the lucky winners who went home with bottles of wine and dining vouchers.

A toast at our table: Please pardon the messy table situation

Mr. Patrick Sng joining us for a table photo

Another group photo

Fun at the photo booth by Pixcaso Studio: Notice how I can still smile after getting hammered on the head? V. professional ya? lol. Thanks Bistro 1855 for the fun evening and lovely door gift.

Selfie time for narcissistic me ;p

And of course, me being me, wouldn't miss the opportunity to take a selfie with the pretty gold and silver balloons =D

And I took a wefie with Mr. Patrick Sng too =)

Congratulations once again and thanks Bistro 1855 for the lovely evening.

Bistro 1855 is located at:
Suntec City Tower 4, #01-643
3 Temasek Boulevard,
Singapore 038983

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review of EMK Anti-Aging Serum and Face Cream

I'm super excited to try out and review EMK products, which hails from US, Beverly Hills and is known to be well-loved by many top Hollywood and international celebrities such as Madonna, Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham, Simon Cowell and Eva Longoria.


Some EMK products that I shall be reviewing =)

Origin of EMK:

EMK was founded in 2001 by a passionate Chemist by the name of Emilia Karsh, who tried to help her supermodel friend to recover from severe facial burn scars via the application of human placenta protein. Inspired by these amazing results, she formulated and developed a range of products based on botanical placenta extract which simulates human placenta to expedite the skin's healing process. 

The extract of Placenta is unique in its ability to penetrate deeply into the hypodermis to form the lines of communication between the cells, resulting in immediate regeneration of the cells. Clinical studies have shown that the plant placenta used in EMK products can help in deep skin regeneration, attenuation of existing and prevention of appearance of wrinkles, lines, scars and stretch marks as well as provide long-lasting moisture.

Synercell:

What impresses me greatly about EMK products is Synercell, which is an unique proprietary ingredients delivery system to the skin and between skin cells, thereby enhancing the performance of all ingredients. It promotes cellular communication to facilitate transmission of energy from the younger to the older cells. Stimulation of the cells can produce increased supply of and stronger collagen and elastin. It revises metabolic processes so the emphasis is on regeneration rather than maintenance or degradation. Synercell allows rapid and deep product penetration into the skin so the user can experience a lifting effect!

EMK Face Cream:

Love the natural sweet vanilla scent of EMK face cream. I just pat it on sparingly on my cheeks and could feel the lifting effects last for hours! This cream uses plant placenta and the unique proprietary Synercell ingredient delivery system which maximizes ingredients synergies! Celebrity users of EMK face cream include Eva Longoria.

EMK face cream is empowered by Synercell and the active ingredients include:
  • Powerful, clinically proven Palmitoyl Ogliopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 which increase natural collagen production to diminish appearance of lines and wrinkles so the skin can become firmer and smoother.
  • Jojoba seed oil which regulates sebum production and also provides deep moisturizing benefits.
  • Sage leaf extract, which is rich in Vitamin A and calcium, to improve blood circulation as well as to stimulate cell renewal. 
  • Chamomile which contains Alpha-bisabolol compound that can expedite the skin's healing process thereby reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and which also helps to lighten the skin complexion.
  • Kelp which is loaded with Vitamin C and iodine and is a powerful skin detoxifer to boost the skin's immune system and prevent loss of skin elasticity. 
  • Seabuckthorn which is rich in Vitamin C and E, omega 7 and essential fatty acid to boost skin immune system and health.
  • Shea butter which contains a combination of 5 essential anti aging fatty acids (phytosterols, vitamins A, D and E and allantoin) that stimulates collagen production and neutralizes free radical damage. 
(Source from EMK Beverly Hills)

This is one of the rare no filter selfie of me without any makeup and I have just applied EMK face cream and eye cream on my face for the very first time. It's amazing that I only applied the EMK face cream very sparingly on my face and yet I could feel the lifting effect actually last for hours! I'm already fair to begin with but EMK face cream helps in brightening of my overall skintone. Initially I was concerned if the shea butter in EMK face cream might make it too rich for me as my previous experiences with shea butter didn't go too well. But no worries, EMK face cream is suitable for my sensitive and combination skin =) 

Recently, I utilized a voucher for a bespoke facial by a French luxury brand and it was really unfortunate that my sensitive skin reacted badly either to the products used or facial massage or both. My skin became very red, itchy, dry and flaky as seen in the unedited no makeup photo on the left. These red patches r v. Obvious on my fair skintone so i used makeup to cover up the redness these few days as I had events. Have seen a doctor for oral medication and I'm thankful for EMK face cream which has helped to soothe and calm my irritated skin. Thankfully I look better with a more uniform skintone after a week (see the unedited no makeup photo on the right). Glad that EMK face cream works on sensitive skin like mine! 

A no filter, unedited selfie with my favourite EMK face cream (S$110). I love the lifting effects and texture and vanilla scent of this anti-aging face cream =) With consistent use, I can feel that my skin is more toned and lifted and my laugh lines are less obvious. Considering that I'm already fair, my overall skin complexion is also brighter.

EMK Anti-Aging Serum:


EMK Beverly Hills was originally only available through dermatologists who recommended it to international celebrities like Victoria Beckham. Simon Cowell is also known to be a huge fan of EMK anti-aging serum and texal mask. He is said to purchase EMK anti-aging serum in bulk and is extremely generous in his usage of this anti-aging serum. Well, I guess most people would consider his usage of about half a bottle on the face each time to be more than generous to the point of over-extravagant ya? But, at the same time, I would think that this product must have worked extremely well for him to justify such effort ya? So that really piqued my curiosity to try this serum. 


EMK Anti-Aging Face Serum is suitable for post cosmetic/aesthetic procedures such as micro-dermabrasion, chemical peels, and injections, due to its ability to calm redness, heal burns, and expedite bruise healing. Excellent for all skin types, this serum is fragrance and paraben free, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic. EMK anti aging serum is empowered by Synercell and active ingredients include extracts from kelp, star anise, shitake mushroom and tea tree leaves and is rich in vitamin A, B, C and E, antioxidants and minerals. It is anti-microbial, highly absorptive, while providing cellular rejuvenation and refinement of skin texture.

I usually like to try the star product of each brand and this anti aging serum is the star product of EMK. I like the light texture of EMK anti aging serum and how easily it's being absorbed by the skin. In contrast to Simon Cowell's generosity in his usage of this serum, I'm rather budget conscious considering that this serum has a price tag of S$245 and I usually use about only 1-2 drops for my entire face. This serum is suitable to be applied on the eye area too so I just spread the serum from my face onto my undereye area. And the skin brightening and anti-aging benefits deserve a mention too. It's better to wait for the EMK anti aging serum to be fully absorbed first before the application of EMK face cream. In the ideal world, I would love to use this serum twice a day but I'm always in a rush in the mornings due to my busy lifestyle so I could only use this serum once at night before I go to bed. I believe the results would be even better if I can use it twice daily...

Have been using EMK anti-aging serum every night for over a week and I'm pleasantly surprised that most of the redness from the allergy actually cleared up and disappeared within just a few days of use! Amazing! Loving this serum! Here's an unedited, nofilter, nomakeup selfie =) My skin looks brighter, fresher, more toned and lifted and has a radiant glow. Btw, notice that my dark eye circles look better too? Shall discuss more about EMK eye cream in another blog post.

Ethics:

As a beauty enthusiast and blogger, I have tried tons of beauty products in the market, ranging from mass-market to high end premium skincare. Unlike some bloggers who will recommend anything and everything that they are given, I feel that I have a responsibility towards my readers and personally I wouldn't recommend products which I wouldn't personally use myself. Anyway, guess any thinking and discerning reader may start to question the accuracy of such reviews when someone recommends anything and everything under the sun...lol...no names mentioned ;p I say it as it is...at the end of the day, skincare is big business and there are many different brands to cater to the different segments of the market...the market is big enough for everyone... And again, I wouldn't be surprised if some bloggers try to copy what I wrote here as well...not everyone has the technical knowledge and went through the same rigorous education that I had spent so much time on...  plagiarizing is the easy way out for them =)

I'm not shy to admit that I appreciate the finer things in life and given a choice, I would definitely choose the better things, be it skincare or cosmetics or shoes or whatever...life is short ya ;p Our skincare needs may change as we age and now I'm happy with EMK face cream and anti aging serum cos these products work on me and help to improve my skin =) Anyway anti-aging products are not only meant for those middle age folks, I started to use anti-aging skincare when I was in my early 20s. I would be the first to admit that my skin is far from flawless and I used to shy away from taking photos without any makeup on cos I view cosmetics as my security blanket but EMK anti aging serum and face cream have given me confidence to face the camera without any makeup. Stay tuned for my upcoming review on EMK eye cream and live anti aging facial mask...





Sophisca's Candylicious Bloggers Party

Seeking no boundaries and limitations in taste and style, Sophisca has created thousand types of fun, interesting and creative products such as the shape crafted candy, cotton candy, lollipops, chocolates, and health nuts. Exploring creative line of products, Sophisca aims to customize its products, with its very own DIY custom packaging innovation such as the candy bouquets. Sophisca has its very own exclusive research n development team and manufacturing plant in Taiwan. Certified with ISO20002 as well as HACCP, Sophisca is able to produce various types of Chocolate n Candy gifts under the strictest quality control. Do check out Sophisca and explore all the cute and candylicious sweet treats in store! (Source: Press Release)

I'm so excited to explore this candy store filled with so many different varieties of candies in such pretty and adorable packaging during this Candylicious bloggers' party at Sophisca's Ion store. It was certainly a fun-filled and sweet afternoon well spent in the company of candies =)

Such cute bride and bridegroom marshmallow candies which are very suitable for weddings. Btw, so happy to see this photo that I took to be featured in the #IONgraphy section of Ion Orchard newsletter email in August 2015. 

Check out these uber cute charm sweets: the red charm seen in my hand is meant for love luck and the yellow ones are meant for studies luck

And guess what? These are actually not sanitary napkins but marshmallows!

Holding a different variation of the "sanitary napkins" packaging inspired marshmallow in my hand

Check out these uber cute "medicated oil" packaging! Looks super realistic ya? Imagine my joy when I found one of these in the bag of sweet treats that I won during the games segment =)

Look at these super cute and realistic miniature sushi and fruit sweets sets! There's even a pair of chopsticks in each set! 

This is super cute!

Part of the Candy Buffet spread that we were treated to at the Bloggers' Party

Really pretty cupcakes which taste as good as they look

The macaroon was really very nice!

We were offered fortune cookies and mine said: "Follow your heart, it's always right"

Enjoying a sweet cupcake

My mandatory selfie at the Sophisca candy store before I left

Thank you Sophisca for these lovely sweet treats. Love all the uber cute packaging! Check out the books of chocolates and cookies, and medicated oil box and mahjong tile!

Group photo at the end of our fun-filled afternoon at Sophisca Ion Orchard. Can you spot a leechie? ;p

Do also check out the recent interview that Medhatter did with me: