Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review of Creme Simon Brightening Detox Micellar Water Makeup Remover and Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50

I have always loved European skincare and most things French, especially the =) So it's definitely interesting for me to learn more about the rich heritage of French skincare Creme Simon. Creme Simon, with a long history spanning over 150 years, was started in 1860 in France by a gifted young apothecary by the name of Joseph Simon. He loved to take long walks along the River Rhone and the sight of laundresses working by the great river inspired him to seek a natural remedy to relieve their dry, chapped hands. On his experimental journey, he made a breakthrough discovery: a pure concoction of seven carefully selected flowers and plants with incredible healing properties and the first stable cream was then born.

Fast forward to today, the original Activ-Fleur Complex re-emerges as a full range of sheer-weight formulas for the contemporary woman and Creme Simon products are tailored to the unique conditions of your climate which stays true to Joseph Simon’s belief that skin is defined by where you live. And I love how Creme Simon products do not contain parabens, alcohol, silicones, sulfates or colorings. So sensitive skin will love Creme Simon products too =)

Scent can be such an important mood lifter and I'm in love with the signature natural scent of Creme Simon products! Creme Simon products simply smell sooooo good! And I love how there is no artificial fragrance used in Simon Creme products. The Creme Simon Signature Activ-Fleur Complex uses 100% natural active plant extracts which bring scientifically proven benefits to skin cell structure! The 7 flowers/ plants which give Creme Simon products the natural scent and incredible healing and brightening properties include: Damask Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Neroli, Patchouli, Tonka Bean and Vanilla Bourbon. Often called nature’s universal healer, Damask Rose soothes, brightens and has astringent properties. Jasmine is rich in antioxidants and protects against damaging free radicals whilst brightening complexion. Iris helps regulate moisture content while soothing and brightening the skin. Neroli helps to increase blood circulation, improves skin elasticity, and stimulates new cell growth for soft revitalized skin. Patchouli has high antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and is known to help heal skin and fade scars. Tonka Bean, which is extracted from the fruit of the Kumaru tree that lives for over 1,000 years, is rich in polyphenols, that helps even skin tone and increase skin luminescence. Vanilla Bourbon helps to regenerate, nourish, and purify skin

Love the beautiful quote printed on the pretty Creme Simon signature nude pink box: "I can only make others happy if I am happy and feeling good about myself". And it always warms the heart to receive a handwritten note =)

I shall review 2 Creme Simon products first in this post: Brightening Detox Micellar Water Makeup Remover and Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50

Creme Simon Brightening Detox Micellar Water Makeup Remover for eyes and face uses Advanced Micellar Technology which combines the refreshing coolness of water with the cleansing action of oil micelles, (which are chemical structures that trap impurities and make-up in layman terms). It contains the signature Creme Simon Activ-Fleur Complex (which is an exclusive botanical elixir of 7 flowers and plants as described above) to brighten skin. It also contains Rose, Iris, and Jasmine extracts to oxygenate and promote CO2 and toxin elimination for luminosity and clarity. Another key ingredient is Wheat Oligosaccharides Complex which boosts brightening by reducing skin pigmentation. This makeup remover contains over 90% natural ingredients and it's well noted that this product is Oil-free, Paraben free as well as Silicone free! And it is specially formulated for Asian skin.

I have to admit that I was initially a bit skeptical when I first learnt about the cleansing prowess of Creme Simon Brightening Detox Micellar Water Makeup Remover until I tried this product myself. I was pleasantly surprised when my heavy duty makeup was removed cleanly with the use of only 2 cotton pads soaked with it!

And the best part is no rinsing is required and my skin feels refreshed with no oily after-feel! I feel Japanese cleansing oils tend to sting my sensitive eyes. But Creme Simon Micellar Water Makeup Remover is really gentle on the eyes yet it removes eye makeup effectively! This product has also won Her World Beauty Awards 2015. Well, you have to try it yourself to believe it. I say, trying is believing =) The retail price for Creme Simon Micellar Water Makeup Remover (150 ml) is SGD$55.

On a side note, I like the signature nude pink shade of Creme Simon, which reminds me of my leather bags in the same shade, lol. Seen here is a flatlay of Creme Simon Brightening Detox Micellar Water Makeup Remover together with my nude pink bag from Raoul

Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50 is a lightweight oil-free sunscreen which contains an optimized UVA/UVB protection system, thanks to a hybrid of mineral and chemical filters. The High Sun Protection System (with zinc oxide) provides enhanced protection against premature ageing and sun spots. If you speak to any skin dermatologists or aesthetic doctors, I'm sure they will tell you about the importance of sun protection. Even though I'm mostly indoors most of the time, I still prefer to go for high level of sun protection and SPF 50 is the minimum I would use. Creme Simon sunscreen is SPF 50 and the fact that it is both a physical and chemical sunscreen helps in blocking off all those harmful rays which are both damaging and ageing to the skin! It also contains the signature Activ-Fleur Complex as well as Rose, Iris, and Jasmine extracts and Wheat Oligosaccharides Complex as mentioned above.

Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50 has just won Cosmopolitan Bright Sparks Award 2015 for the "Most Luxurious Sunscreen"! I love the light and non-oily texture of this oil-free Creme Simon sunscreen, which is extremely helpful for my face which can turn into an oil quarry pretty like how this Creme Simon sunblock also works as a mattifying makeup base and helps makeup to last longer. So there is no need to pile on another layer of makeup primer. I like how it is non-comedogenic and oil-free, which is very suitable for my oily and acne-prone skin. Besides being paraben free and alcohol free, it has also been clinically tested on Asian skin. Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50 retails for SGD$68 and is worth every cent of this investment in my opinion.

Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50 is handy in size to fit into my nude pink Miu Miu wristlet =)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rad Russel + Simon Carter Unveils Capsule Collection

Was at the launch of RAD RUSSEL in collaboration with SIMON CARTER capsule collection in Singapore at the Rad Russel flagship boutique at Plaza Singapura on Monday. This new footwear capsule collection features the season’s latest footwear style and is available in Rad Russel stores and will be coming to their website soon. 

Pairing elegant design with contemporary detailing, UK designer Simon Carter inspired the designers at Rad Russel to create an exclusive collection of footwear infused with Carter’s sense of London style. The collection comprises classic Oxford’s and Derbies handcrafted in calf leathers, buttery leather inners and insoles in Carter’s signature colour – cinnamon. Personally, I find these stylish designs to be timeless and very wearable for the modern male. 

The technical bit: There are two styles of shoes in this collection: The Wholecut which takes its name from the outer being made of one whole piece of leather. The second is the Derby which has the eyelet's sitting above the upper on two separate pieces of leather. The upper of the shoe is calf leather. Comfort is certainly a key consideration in the design of this capsule collection as the shoe lining is made of sheepskin leather which allows the imprint of the foot to be taken quickly by the shoe for increased comfort. Thus, fewer weeks of having to wear them in would be needed! The Heel inner is suede to increase grip and comfort. Durable and Soft latex cushions covered with sheepskin leather offer a supportive inner and help maintain comfort around the foot’s arches. Anti-slip rubber outer-sole in the signature Simon Carter house Paisley which is ideal for the London weather as rubber provides essential grip and durability as compared to a leather sole. These leather shoes are retailing at S$268 which are great value for money. 

Like the sleek designs of this Rad Russel x Simon Carter capsule collection

Glad that I was able to make it in time to meet designer Simon Carter in person for the launch of his Rad Russel x Simon Carter capsule collection

Simon Carter having his shoes shined at the cozy Minster Mint corner

I had the opportunity to have a quick chat with Simon Carter about his designs. He actually designs a lot of menswear clothing (you can check out his website for more of his menswear clothing). We chatted about his interesting cufflinks which make great conversation starters. I spotted some cufflinks with the designs of spiders and westies! Cufflinks and watches are the key accessories for the modern male and can make a great difference to one's overall look. So it's definitely worth it to jazz up one's image with statement cufflinks from Rad Russel x Simon Carter. Honestly, I love those Rad Russel x Simon Carter cufflinks with bling bling crystals! Some of his cufflinks designs can be pretty unisex so ladies can consider wearing some Rad Russel x Simon Carter cufflinks as accessories =)

Interesting Simon Carter spider and bumble bee cufflinks spotted!

These Simon Carter westie cufflinks are super adorable!!

“I’ve worked with the designers at Rad Russel for many years, and I’ve always admired their energy and modern take on shoe designs,” explains Carter. “Therefore it seemed like a natural partnership when they approached me to work on a collaboration design. I bring a touch of Simon Carter detail and style to their expertise to produce a range that is well-made, sharp, and very wearable.”

Check out the range of Rad Russel x Carter Simon capsule collection, featuring shoes, cufflinks, bags, belts and small leather goods

Rad Russel presents 2 main seasonal collections a year, namely the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections, besides their capsule collections. Their products are all designed in Britain before the manufacture of the prototypes in other countries. They take great care in ensuring the consistency of sizings. And ladies who are shoe-lovers will be happy to know that Rad Russel has a ladies shoes line too. They carry mainly ballerina flats and heels for this female line. Me being a shoe fanatic, I'm definitely going to check out their ladies shoes ;p

Love the London themed store display at Rad Russel Flagship boutique at Plaza Singapura

Thanks Rad Russel for these gorgeous cufflinks!

I've paired the Rad Russel x Simon Carter bling bling cufflinks with my Raoul shirt =)

Rad Russel is a label specifically designed to meet the aspirations of today’s stylish individuals. It reflects a London classic design philosophy that contributes timeless elegance and enduring styles. Web: 
Instagram: @radrussel, #radrussel 

Simon Carter is a menswear retailer based in London that is known especially for their accessories such as cufflinks, watches, jewellery and luggage. They also branched out to feature full range of formal and casual clothing. Founded by a businessman of the same name in 1980s, the Simon Carter label is stocked in most major British departmental outlets. He also has seven stand alone stores in the UK. 
Instagram: @simoncarterltdl, #simoncarter 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Female/Nuyou Catwalk 2015: Raoul Pre-Fall

Raoul just presented its Pre-Fall 2015 collection at Female/Nuyou Catwalk 2015 held at MOCA at Loewen. I had a brief chat with Nuyou Editor, Terence, and he said this year being SG50 so it's really very apt to have our homegrown local brand, Raoul, to present at its annual catwalk event in our SG50 year. This event was well attended by more than 300 celebrities, trendsetters, fashion insiders, society ladies and media. Many celebrities were decked out in Raoul.

Shiseido was the official sponsor for makeup and Kimage Group was the official sponsor for hair styling. Both the makeup and hair styling on the models accentuated the timeless yet chic feel of the Raoul outfits. Various interesting concoctions of Reyka Vodka cocktails were served at the bar and guests were served a variety of savoury and sweet canapes by Luxe Catering.

Me being a Raoul fan and supporter, was really happy to watch this fashion show live. 20 models showcased 40 different looks from Raoul's Pre-Fall 2015 collection. Thumbs-up for this Raoul Pre-Fall 2015 collection, which feature many very stylish and desirable day and evening outfits! Especially love the pretty embellishment details seen on the gowns =) Thanks Raoul, Shiseido, Female and Nuyou for this lovely evening of fashion and fun.

Chic geometric print details seen on this Raoul dress

Lovely maroon Raoul dress paired with an interesting clutch

I like the bling bling details on the waistline of this satin black peplum top, when paired with this satin long skirt, really brought out the bling bling embellishments really well =) 

How about making a red carpet entrance in this elegant maroon gown with embellishments on the waistline?

Love the bling bling embellishments on the neckline of this classy black gown

Pretty Candylicious Raoul Pop Up Store showcasing the latest glitter shoes

With pretty Sheila Sim and dapper Nat Ho at the photowall

Selfie with ex schoolmate Jeanette Aw after the fashion show. It's always nice to see your schoolmate again. And we are all dressed in Raoul =)

With Terence, who looked really suave in his white suit, after the show

With Varian, who's the winner of Female 50 Gorgeous People 2013, who looks as gorgeous in person.

With stylish Lynn at the photowall. The nude pink bag that I'm seen carrying is from Raoul too.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Samsung Fashion Steps Out 2015

550m of Orchard Road was transformed into the longest runway for Samsung Fashion Steps Out on Saturday night! A grand total of 176 models were involved in this iconic annual affair! 

The participating brands this year include: 
Aimer (China) who presented 20 sexy tropical swimwear outfits, 
Ashley Isham (London), who's my favourite designer, with 10 amazing looks, 
DEPRESSION (Singapore) with 10 of their signature designs, 
FOX Kids (Israel) presented 40 looks with really adorable kid models,
Francis Cheong (Singapore) with 10 gorgeous gowns,
Germain (France) with 10 chic looks,
Mary Katrantzou (London) with 15 mostly prints-inspired looks,
Moiselle (Hong Kong) with 10 mostly floral looks,
max.tan (Singapore) with 10 white classy designs,
PAULINE.NING (Singapore) with 10 monochrome outfits, 
PAUL (Thailand) with 10 colourful outfits,
Pleatation (Singapore) with 10 interesting plays on pleats,
Sean & Sheila, Indonesia with 10 very wearable looks.

I like the interesting hairstyles on show too. Reds Hairdressing is the Official Hair for Fashion Steps Out 2014.

I have always admired Ashley Isham's intricate designs and I love how he used bells on the shoes for this showcase. Love those pretty pink dolly gowns with sequins and frills from Francis Cheong, who just celebrated his 30th year of Haute Couture at Jewelfest last year but still looks very youthful. For fans of pleats, Pleatation is a local label worth looking out for with their interesting take on pleats. Aimer never fails to delight with their sexy tropical swimwear segment. And it was so fun to watch the adorable kids walk down the runway in colourful outfits and balloons, with their proud parents watching and taking photos from the viewing gallery (I happened to sit just next to the viewing gallery). Moiselle is a label to watch out for if u love floral prints.

The theme for this year is Fashion Fast Forward, Fashion Then & Now, Singapore 50 Years On, so it was really nice to see a few new local designers showcasing their collections at this SG50 Samsung Fashion Steps Out event besides the few well-known international designers. This year's Fashion Steps Out coincides with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge 4G+. It felt just like yesterday when I attended Samsung Fashion Steps Out 2013 which coincided with the launch of another Samsung phone then. How time flies...

Heartfelt thanks to Orchard Road Business Association for this wonderful event which leaves me with lovely memories of fashion and Orchard Road. Appreciate the front row seat at this iconic fashion event during SG50 year.

With Mediacorp beauties, Paige Chua and Yahui

What I wore to Fashion Steps Out 2015: Michael Kors dress and Sam Edelman heels and using L'oreal Professionel haircare products and Creme Simon sunblock

Seated and waiting for the fashion show to begin

Finale of Fashion Steps Out 2015

Love this pretty pink princessy dolly dress with sequins and details. The model's hairstyle just complements this dreamy, princessy look

Pretty pink dolly gown by Francis Cheong

Floral tropical bikini from Aimer

This gorgeous ensemble of lacy dress and jacket with a train is one of my favourite from this Ashley Isham collection! And it looks like the headdress has lighted bulbs? o.O

Lovely bling bling outfit from Ashley Isham and I love the bells on the shoes! Certainly making your presence felt with those bells!

Check out these adorable models decked out in Fox Kids

With pretty Regina Chow at Ion Fashion Garden during the pre-party. Her swan prints dress really complements the swan in this garden

Check out the signboard behind

Sunday, April 5, 2015

IONgraphy Contest Exhibition at Ion Orchard

Heartfelt thanks to Ion Orchard for selecting the photo that I took at the Panerai event as one of the top 5 in the June 2014 #iongraphy contest and for selecting it again for the #IONgraphy exhibition at Ion Orchard held during 26 March to 8 April 2015. 

My photo which was one of the top 5 in the June 2014 #iongraphy contest

I was so pleased to see my photo being displayed on the giant screen outside Ion Orchard last year!

I was so happy to take a selfie with my #iongraphy cube which was being displayed at Ion B4 for the #IONgraphy exhibition at Ion Orchard held during 26 March to 8 April 2015. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tribute To Mr. Lee Kuan Yew: Emotional ties don’t come to an end with the passing away of a loved one

Yes, I stay in Tanjong Pagar GRC and Mr. Lee has been my MP even way before I was born. Fast forward to today whereby my neighbourhood has one of the highest rental rates in singapore...n it's not easy for me to walk around the malls here in my tee n shorts without those office crowds staring at me...Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew for what you have done for Singapore. Rest In Peace!

Sending Mr. Lee Kuan Yew on his final journey during this rainy afternoon. It's raining v. Heavily. Even the heaven is crying over the loss of a great man :'( Ah Gong, please rest in peace...

Crowds lining Cantonment Road to bid Mr. Lee Kuan Yew a final farewell in the heavy downpour this afternoon...We were all drenched in the heavy downpour but it's worth it to bid farewell to Ah Gong...Ah Gong, You will be missed :'( 

Even Mr. Jack Ma took time off his busy schedule to travel all the way to Singapore to pay his respects to Mr. Lee at Parliament House! Sincerity at its best!

MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, Indranee Rajah puts it best:
"The real secret of his enduring bond with Singaporeans is that we all fundamentally understood that the vision, the drive and the intellect were all powered by one thing - he cared. He cared deeply for Singaporeans and Singapore and all his actions were driven by a desire to make things better for them. Singapore was his life’s work."

He cared!!! That's the most important quality!!!

Love this quote from our beloved Ah Gong

"Emotional ties don’t come to an end with the passing away of a loved one
Written by Dr Lee Wee Ling
Source: The Sunday Times October 2, 2011 

My friend Balaji Sadasivan passed away on Sept 27 last year. In the obituaries section of The Straits Times last Tuesday, exactly one year after his death, there was a sonnet by Balaji himself: ‘But even in gloom, one truth is fundamental, from time immemorial, love springs eternal.’

A week after Balaji died, on Oct 2, my mother passed away peacefully at home. ‘Love springs eternal’ – but what comfort is that to the one who has departed and can no longer reciprocate our love?

This thought slipped randomly in and out of my mind as I was exercising last week. Then my Blackberry buzzed. I read the incoming e-mail. It was from my father – brief, concise, a mere statement of fact, yet what was unsaid but obvious was his love and concern for us, his children.

I suddenly realised that love does spring eternal.

Papa, my brothers Hsien Loong and Hsien Yang, and my sisters-in-law Ho Ching and Suet Fern, and I are still bound by our love for Mama and will continue to be for many more years.

For the first few weeks after her devastating stroke on May 12, 2008, my family and the doctors met often to discuss how best to minimise her suffering and perhaps enable her to recover to some extent.

The physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists all did their best, but Mama did not improve. The May 12 stroke was more extensive, and involved more brain regions controlling movement than her first stroke on Oct 25, 2003.

But Papa remembered how well she had recovered from that first stroke, which had occurred while my parents were visiting London. By the end of that year, we were celebrating Mama’s 83rd birthday on Dec 21 in a private room at Goodwood Hotel in Singapore.

Now, in October 2008, Papa knew that if Mama survived she would never be able to walk independently. But he felt that so long as she knew she was an important part of his life, she would still find life worth living.

He told her: ‘We have been together for most of our lives. You cannot leave me alone now. I will make your life worth living in spite of your physical handicap.’

She replied: ‘That is a big promise.’

Papa said: ‘Have I ever let you down?’

Mama tried her best to cooperate with the therapists. But it seemed a useless struggle. Even swallowing a teaspoon of semi-solid food was a huge effort. Then more bleeds occurred and her condition deteriorated. We, her family, decided that no further active treatment should be sought. We arranged to bring her home and nurse her there.

Before we brought her home for the final time, Papa arranged for her to stop at the Istana, to see her favourite spots in the grounds. We wheeled her to where she had planted sweet-smelling flowers such as the Sukudangan and the Chempaka. Then we wheeled her to the swimming pool, where she had swum daily.

We showed her the colourful little ‘windmills’ she had arranged around the pool. She also saw the colourful wetsuits that Papa had arranged to be made for her to keep her warm in the water.

He and I had been convinced that she had to exercise to remain fit. So come rain or shine, she would don a wetsuit and swim. Even when travelling, she would swim in the hotel pool.

On one trip, Mama said to Papa: ‘Today is a public holiday in Singapore. Can I take a break from swimming.’
Papa replied: ‘No, have a swim. You will feel better after that.’

As a neurologist, I knew that after the first bleed in 2003, a second was likely. But I did not want to burden Papa or Mama with this knowledge.

Still, unknown to me, Papa had sensed that she could easily rebleed. He told us later that they had both discussed death. They had concluded that the one who died first would be the lucky one. The one remaining would suffer loneliness and grief.

Mama deteriorated further after she returned home. Finally, she reached a stage when she could not even speak and seemed unaware of her surroundings. But she was always aware of Papa’s presence.

When Papa travelled, she would stay awake at night waiting for his phone call. When I began travelling with him, he usually would tell her on the phone: ‘Bye dear, I am passing the phone to Ling.’ Those were the times when I could hear her actively trying to vocalise.

When Mama passed away, I was at her bedside, watching her fade as her respiration became more shallow and feeble until it finally stopped. I did not try cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It would have been futile to have done so and cruel.

I called to ask my family physician to sign the death certificate, then returned to my room in a daze. Papa waited until the people from the Singapore Casket Company arrived. He showed them the jacket he wished Mama to wear and asked them to do their best to make her look attractive.

The wake lasted for three days. Hsien Loong and Hsien Yang, together with their wives, took turns to stand by the coffin and greet well-wishers. I was tired and rested at home, only attending the wake on the first evening to greet my friends and colleagues. I hoped that by resting I would recover by the day of the funeral.

Most of the time, my mind was blank. I thought I had my emotions under control. It was only at the funeral, when it was my turn to deliver the eulogy, that the finality of Mama’s passing hit me. I managed to control my tears but my voice was strained with emotion.

Three days after the cremation, the urn containing my mother’s ashes was delivered to our home. We all stood and bowed as the urn was brought into the dining room.

A few days later, I noticed that Papa had moved from his usual place at the dining table so as to face a wall, on which were placed photographs of Mama and himself in their old age. He tried various arrangements of the photos for a week before he was satisfied.

He also moved back to the bedroom he had shared with Mama for decades before her final illness. At the foot of his bed were another three photographs of Mama and himself.

The health of men often deteriorates after they lose their wives. The security officers and I watched Papa getting more frail every day. His facial features were grim, perhaps to mask his sadness and grief. I took one day at a time and persuaded him not to undertake any arduous trips to America or Europe. China and Japan were near enough and manageable. I was pleased to get him out of the house.

By July this year, Papa’s health had stabilised and even begun to improve gradually. I reminded myself of the analogy I used for him – titanium. Titanium is light but strong. It can bend a little, but it will not snap unless it is under overwhelming force.

Physically, we all eventually succumb. Papa is also mortal. But he is psychologically stronger than most people. Life has to carry on, and he will keep going so long as he can contribute to Singapore.

As I was halfway through writing this article, I went out of my room for a drink of water and saw a note from Papa addressed to all three of his children.

It read: ‘For reasons of sentiment, I would like part of my ashes to be mixed up with Mama’s, and both her ashes and mine put side by side in the columbarium. We were joined in life and I would like our ashes to be joined after this life.’"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review of Sponsored Hair Makeover By Rise Salon

Tucked away in a prime corner on Club Street, Rise Hair Studio’s mission is to provide affordable yet quality-oriented services to meet the needs of both working professionals and fashionistas. They adhere to the maxim of attracting and maintaining customers through outstanding services, trendiest hairdos styled by their international team and relaxing salon ambience. There are current fashion magazines and TWG Tea Set (Tea flavours: Sliver Moon, Eternal Summer, Jasmine Green, French Earl Grey) available at Rise Salon. Well, I think it's really nice that they have good quality TWG tea here.

Like the spacious interior of Rise Salon

Their current team is made up of Agassi (Director with nearly two decades of experience and who was previously heading a popular Korean salon, 8709 2745 for booking) and Chris (Senior Stylist who has been with Rise for many years, 96472604 for booking). They plan to have Korean top stylists joining in the near future.

Hair services rendered include:
Colour/highlight - using Loreal and Shiseido colors. Special technique using Balayage (hand painted highlights). Rise Salon tends to focus on neutral darker shades to suit its current crowd but will venture to bolder colours soon.
Rebond/Perm (Cold or digital) – Korean style
Magic Setting (Rebond and perm) – combination of both to create a natural looking korean style hair curls.
Root Perm $80 – to fluff up the volume in the hair and is best for flat hair. It can last 3 months.
Wash- Shampoo, conditioner and treatment using ‘John Masters’ Brand - a highly popular organic solution from the states. Boxes made from recycled material; very environmentally friendly. (
Hair Manicure - Gives the hair another layer of coating to restore and create a permanent shine and locks the dye in and this is what Kpop stars usually use.

Earlier last month, my mum was commenting that my hair looks very out of shape and messy with all the dark roots growing out and requires some serious fixing. So really appreciate Rise Salon for this timely invitation for a sponsored hair makeover on Valentine's day =)  

Before hair makeover by Rise Salon: Check out my bad hair day and in particular, my unruly and unmanageable fringe which is curling in all different directions and dark hair roots with light hair ends. In short, my hair basically looked like a huge mess!

Chris first did soft rebonding on my messy fringe using Shiseido rebonding products. I don't have the typical Asian type of hair. My hair is very fine yet my natural curls are extremely stubborn so it requires a delicate balance for rebonding to work! Check out my newly rebonded fringe! Makes me look fresher ya?

Chris then touched up my dark hair roots with a lighter brown tone from Shiseido hair color before using another darker brown tone on the rest of my hair cos my hair nearer the ends has turned rather yellowish and brassy in color. Shiseido colors look rather natural on Asian hair cos I picked what appeared to look like purple-red tones in the color chart that turned out as natural brown on my hair. I have always colored my hair red quite often these few years and now I feel that this new brown shade has given me a fresher look! I looked back at the photos that I took during Audi Fashion Festival last year when I sported magenta red hair and realized how aged and tired I looked back then. No wonder Henrique Fukuoka said I look better now than during Audi Fashion Festival last year. 

The end product! I was complaining to Chris that I don't like the V-shape cut of my original hairstyle which resulted in a few strands of v.long tail. So she gave me this concave hair cut which looks more oval and gradual and I don't end up with a v.long tip. I like this relatively dark shade which makes my hair look healthier. There's a slight tinge of wine color if you look really closely. I have naturally curly hair so I don't need to perm my hair. The curls that you see in this photo are the results of just a classic blow-and-dry at Rise Salon. My natural curls are extremely stubborn...n I'm born with

After hair makeover by Rise Salon: Check out my neatly rebonded fringe and refreshing hair color change.

Notice the huge contrast between the before and after pics?

It's really nice of Rise Salon to sponsor a hair makeover just in time for the festive Lunar New Year period. I have received plenty of compliments for my new hair color...I guess darker shades work better for me now as I age...friends have commented that I look fairer now...well, I'm already very fair to begin

I really like my new dolly fringe and I have friends wanting to touch my dolly fringe to check out the texture =) Glad that more friends are considering to have their fringes rebonded after seeing my fringe =) My mum is certainly very happy with this hair makeover by Rise Salon...well, she says I look like a girl

Some current promotions at Rise Salon:

Price list of hair services at Rise Salon:

Exclusive promotion for my blog readers and friends:
Please mention LEECHIE when you call Rise salon for any booking and you will be entitled to receive 20% off all original priced services!

Rise Salon:
12 Gemmil Lane , Singapore 069252
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Tel: 6438- 3138