Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty: b.liv Off With Those Heads Review (For Blackheads & Whiteheads)


Is your skin prone to whiteheads and blackheads? Mine is, and I try to get them professionally extracted at a beauty salon on a regular basis. The only issue is, I don't always have the luxury of time to indulge in a facial. 

What do I do then?

I usually try to extract blackheads on my own, but whiteheads can be a real headache as they are unbelievably stubborn. Thank goodness b.liv's Off With Those Heads found its way into my skincare regime at a friend's recommendation. I love how effective it is when it comes to softening my whiteheads for easy extraction, hence when I was asked to review this beauty product recently, I had to say yes. You'll find out why as you read on.


What causes blackheads and whiteheads? 
Did you know that blackheads and whiteheads form as a result of excessive oil secretion and dirt accumulated in open pores?  I have naturally oily yet dehydrated skin, which is why these horrible comedones refuse to leave me alone. Controlling oil secretion is the key to preventing their formation.

How does b.liv Off With Those Heads Work?

 b.liv's Off With Those Heads (30ml/45ml, S$69.95/S$94.95) softens the clog in your open pores and promises to help with easy and painless blackheads and whiteheads extraction after just 14 days of application.

Off With Those Heads is a beauty-salon formulation that incorporates tea tree oil (acne control + comedone control + soothing), witch hazel extract (oil control + comedone control + skin softening) and aloe vera extract (soothing + hydration). It uses a dual-action process to deeply penetrate within the skin to keep oil secretion at bay. Tea tree oil has antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties while witch hazel extract and aloe vera extract control oil secretion, soothe and soften the skin without drying it out. This way, achieving blackheads and whiteheads-free complexion is possible without compromising on hydration.



How do you apply the product?

I use this twice daily after cleansing. All you have to do is pump 2-3 pea-sized drops onto your hand and apply to areas that are prone to blackheads and whiteheads. I like to pat in the product gently on my nose and the sides of my face. I apply it on pimples too. Give it a night and the tiny ones usually subside by the next morning. The bigger ones generally take about 2-3 days to recover.

I love how the lightweight water-based texture leaves a cooling sensation on your skin upon application and feels like next to nothing as no residue is left behind. Its minty scent is very refreshing and never fails to perk me up every morning.


 
Does it really work?
I always check out online reviews before I decide to purchase skincare products. If the reviews are positive and they include convincing before and after photos, the deal is sealed.

 I wish I could show you before and after photos of my full face for better comparison, but as I've been using this product for many months before this review even came up, most of my whiteheads have cleared up considerably.
 
However, I did have a small blackhead right above my eyebrow recently. I couldn't extract it initially but after applying Off With Those Heads, I could extract it with ease the very next day.

Here's a before and after shot for your reference. Seeing is believing, and you can tell from the comparison below that the blackhead above my eyebrow has flattened and the skin has almost completely healed.


  This product definitely works for me and I would highly recommend that you try it too if you are a victim of stubborn whiteheads and blackheads. 

After all, you have nothing to lose because b.liv's Off With Those Heads comes with 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked, within 2 weeks of purchase!


For more information on b.liv Off With Those Heads and other complementary products, do check out their website here

You can also follow b.liv on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!




Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Nine West Spring Summer Collection 2015


Nine West shoes have always been known for their classic designs, comfort and quality. In fact, my very first pair of leather high heel work pumps came from Nine West and they were so durable and comfy, it took me a long time to wear them out.



Fast forward many years down the road and I am still an ardent fan of Nine West. I attended their Spring Summer Collection preview at their new Suntec branch a couple of months back and couldn't be more thrilled to see how the brand has reinvented itself with bright bursts of colours and sporty elements as the sports luxe look gains widespread popularity.

 
 
Think flatforms, colourful loafers and wedges that can easily incorproate into your weekend wardrobe for a casual chic look infused with athletic vibes.
 
My favourite pair in the collection has got to be this pair of stylish white and gold brogues. I made a mental note to purchase it on my next visit and I really need to make time to pop by soon.
 

Summer just isn't summer without pastels and florals, and Nine West knows just that. These dainty pastel heels with intricate floral details and diamontes are the perfect accompaniment to your summer wardrobe. They come with matchy-matchy bags too so you can easily complete your summer look!



Nine West's Spring Summer Collection is now available at all stores island-wide. Since it's summer all year round in Singapore, it's never too late to update your wardrobe with these gorgeous finds!

Happy Shopping!



Monday, July 20, 2015

Travel: Scenic Day Trips from Gold Coast


 If you have had enough of the beach and theme parks are not your cup of tea, you can consider taking a day trip from Gold Coast to get closer to nature. These are just some of the day trips (and super easy hikes) that we took during our recent trip in May. There are many more hidden gems within the Gold Coast hinterland so go on, take the road less traveled and explore to your heart's content!

1. Cedar Creek Falls & Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is home to several waterfalls and rockpools. To get there, head north from Gold Coast. Tamborine Mountain is 36km from Southpart via the Pacific Highway and Oxenford-Tamborine Road or 28km from Nerang via Nerang-Beaudesert Road.


Cedar Creek Falls is very accessible and only a short 30-minute hike from the carpark. The path is well paved with wooden steps and is an easy route for non-hikers too.
 
You can even take a dip or swim here if you like but do watch out for danger signs as parts of the falls are not meant for swimming.


 On the way to Cedar Creek Falls, you can also stop by Mt Tamorine Village for a quick bite at one of the cafes within these quaint and pretty houses.

 
 

2. Byron Bay 

Byron Bay needs little to no introduction. A popular spot among locals and tourists alike, I've heard so much about its beauty long before I visited its iconic lighthouse. 
 



It takes just slightly over an hour's drive from Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway and is very accessible by car. There is a little ice-cream parlour near the lighthouse, so you can just sit back and relax with dessert (who says no to ice-cream??) as you take in the beautiful panoramic views atop Byron Bay.








 3. Natural Bridge

Pictures do not do Natural Bridge justice, and you really have to be there physically to witness the beauty bestowed upon us by Mother Nature in its full glory.

Located at Springbrook National Park, the easy hike which only spans about 30 minutes to and fro is an absolutely rewarding one especially when you approach Natural Bridge, a natural phenomenon formed by the force of the waterfall over an erosive basalt cave.



To get to Springbrook National Park from Gold Coast, use the Pacific Motorway, exit at Mudgeeraba and follow the Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.

If you love scenic drives, you have to drive up to Springbrook National Park. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the drive as the breathtaking scenery along the way reminded us of New Zealand and Southern France. 



 
 Planning a trip to Gold Coast? I hope you found this post useful. 

Here are my previous posts on Gold Coast too for your reference:





Have fun!

 
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Purple Balayage Hair & Tips to Maintain Your Hair Colour


Ever since my trusty hairstylist Michelle gave me pink highlights earlier this year, I've been wanting to up the game with something a little more adventurous.

I always give Michelle free rein to do whatever she wants with my hair and this time, she gave me beautiful purple balayage.  



What exactly is balayage?
 
Unlike traditional highlights or ombre hair, balayage is a technique of hair colouring where the dye is applied to the surface of your hair and only becomes saturated at the tips. 

What I like about balayage is that you can get a smooth transition between two completely different colours. Minimal maintenance is required as there isn't an obvious regrowth line, unless you have a lighter base colour.



Now, here's the catch. Bold hair colours like pink and purple usually do not last more than a couple of weeks. 

I should probably thank my lucky stars because my pink highlights from April never budged and were only further enhanced by the purple balayage. Other than giving Lady Luck full credit for this, I am pretty certain that my haircare regime plays an important role in keeping my hair colour fresh. 

Good things ought to be shared, so I thought I'd share some haircare tips for maintaining your hair colour too.



6 Tips for Maintaining your Hair Colour

 1. Never shampoo your hair immediately after a colouring job - Give your hair a full day to absorb the dye. Your hair colour will also last longer if you wash it less, but I wouldn't recommend this in our humid climate.

2. Avoid shampoos and conditioners with sulfates -  I have been using sulfate-free haircare for more than a year now. Sulfates are known to strip your hair of moisture, oil and colour, so if you want your hair colour to last, avoid them at all cost.

3. Protect your hair from UV rays - I use a leave-in conditioner with UV protection on a daily basis. UV rays are harmful not just to your skin, but to your hair too, especially coloured hair.

4. Rinse your hair with cold water - Hair colours last longer when you rinse your hair with cold water as warmer temperatures cause hair colour to fade.

5. Avoid haircare products with alcohol (especially ethanol, SD Alcohol,  SD Alcohol 40, Alcohol denat,  Propanol, Propyl Alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol) - Alcohol strips your hair of its colour and causes it to be dry and frizzy. The types of alcohol stated above are commonly found in hair styling products.

6. Avoid heat styling tools - My hair is naturally straight and I wear sponge curlers to sleep when I want my hair to be curly. I steer away from curling tongs and straighteners as the heat again causes hair colour to fade quickly. 

 This is what my sponge curlers look like:

credit: Wikipedia

Definitely can't sleep with these as they're made of plastic and much harder:

 
Aside from my haircare regime, I have to thank Michelle for taking such good care of my crowning glory. The strawberry hair treatment is my personal favourite as it keeps my hair soft and smooth for several months.

I can't wait to visit Michelle at her own salon when I am back in town but from now till August, you can still book an appointment with her at Jeric Bugis and say hello to beautiful hair!


Jeric Salon (Bugis)
Stylist: 
Michelle Soh

Address:
 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction
#02-01
Singapore 188021

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Summer Outfits To Beat the Heat


Long breezy tunics, shorts, rompers and gladiator sandals are my summer must-haves. When temperatures soar and the weather gets insanely hot, beating the heat in comfortable clothes becomes my top priority.

I love how long tunics like this white sleeveless top from Zara are more stylish and versatile than the average tank top. Achieving different looks with a top like this is an effortless task as it can be styled tucked out or in. I can totally picture myself pairing this with my white ripped jeans from Frame Denim instead of denim shorts when I travel to cooler climates.




 I can never get enough of rompers too. They're ideal for lazy days or days when the heat gets unbearable (which is practically everyday now). I favour rompers with cute prints like this popsicle print romper in sweet candy colours. And of course, I had to match it with my milk carton bag that Karen gifted me.


  
Sunset is also my favourite colour and I adore how it casts a soft glow to photographs. We managed to catch the last rays of sunlight last weekend and I couldn't be more grateful.


If you haven't already realized, gladiator sandals are now my summer staple. I never fail to reach for them when I am in shorts or rompers as they dress up my bare legs and add balance to the overall ensemble, revealing just the right amount of skin while keeping me cool at the same time.


What about you? What are your summer staples to beat the crazy heat?


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

American Eagle Outfitters is in Singapore!


Did you know that American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), America's favourite jeans brand, is now in Singapore? Its flagship boutique at VivoCity opened its doors to the public on 19 June. 

Spanning 4,000 square feet, the AEO boutique featured rugged and natural building materials and relaxed, carefree apparel designs that personify the AEO culture which encourages you to "be yourself" and "live freely". I have always been a fan of AEO's line of apparel as their basic pieces are wardrobe gems that will never go out of style.



An exclusive Media Preview Party was held on 18th June, where Isabelle and I were treated to a sneak peek of the latest Summer 2015 collection. The AEO Jeans line stole the limelight with its exceptional selection of denim washes and fit styles, ranging from cuts such as Slim Straight, Skinny and Original Taper for men to Jeggings, Skinny and Boy Jean for ladies.


It was a star studded event, and we spotted many familiar face including radio DJs Daphne Khoo, Heng Kae In, Joakim Gomez, Tabitha Nauser and Xie Jia Fa; models Fiona Fussi and Henrique Fukuoka; MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer; singer Jonathan Chua from The Sam Willows; SEA Games 2015 celebrity ambassador Russell Ong; TV host Richard Herrera; actors Keagan Kang and Paul Foster; influencers Benjamin Toh, Cynthia Lee Mcquarrie, Iman Fandi Ahmad, Jon Yongfook, Jonathan Raedeke, Justin and Vanessa Vanderstraaten, Maia Lee, Randy Toh and Soh Pei Shi; and celebrity stylists Annie Chua, Jerome Aswathi, Lionnel Lim, Marcus AC, Sharon Tan and Trey Wong.

AEO Models
Wendy Jacobs & Iman Ahmad

To mark the opening of the store, StarThreeSixty CEO, Mr Andy Chaw, SVP (Brands) Mr Ken Liew and AEO representative Mr Kareem Gahed, along with Tosh Zhang and Joshua Tan of Ah Boys to Men fame, were also invited on-stage for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 







It was a night of fun-filled activities as the store transformed into a magical playground with a temporary tattoo booth with 5 AEO designs to choose from, foosball and ice air hockey table. Not forgetting the free flow of champagne, Krispy Kreme donuts and delish canapes such as Wagyu beef burgers and grilled prawn skewers.



 




If you love preppy American college fashion and breezy weekend styles, head on down to AEO Singapore now for their opening specials. 

I will be popping by soon to pick out a pair of jeans, or two!









 *****

Opening Specials

With a minimum purchase of S$80 nett spend in a single receipt, shoppers will receive a free AE tote bag, while stocks last.

Citibank Credit cardmembers are entitled to 10% off regular-priced items from now to 12 July 2015.
 *****

American Eagle Outfitters

Address:
Vivocity #B1-06/07

Opening Hours:
10.30 am - 9.30 pm daily

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