Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Is Baby Blue the new Pink?

Is Baby Blue the new Pink this year?
I've been seeing a lot of baby blue in stores. Baby blue tops, pants, shoes, get the drift. And it isn't a bad thing.

I love pastel colours, especially baby pink, a feminine and delicate shade which still remains one of my favourite colours to date. Baby blue, on the other hand, has the same characteristics, and more, which means the styling possibilities are endless.  

There is an understated sweetness and elegance about baby blue that makes it edgy yet effortlessly chic. Baby pink can be a little too girly or overpoweringly sweet for work wear, unless it comes in the form of tailored jackets, shirts or pants. Baby blue however, takes the style factor up a notch without compromising on professionalism. In fact, this outfit that I'm sharing with you today is one of my favourite Casual Fridays ensembles for work.

Pants from Ching
Shoes from Charles & Keith
Clutch from Givenchy
Top and necklace from random stores

I have been wearing this pair of baby blue pants from Ching (Far East Plaza) more often these days. I love the unique baroque prints and there's a slight stretch to the pants which makes it unbelievably comfortable. 

These baby blue mules from Charles & Keith have also been making very frequent appearances. I like the minimalist chic design and clean simple lines. Don't you think they resemble an Alexander Wang design?

Whenever I wear these two items together, I prefer to keep the rest of the outfit simple with a basic black or white top. The whole idea is to make the baby blue shade pop.

 On days when I have after-work events to attend, I'll throw on a statement necklace to dress up the outfit. I'll also swop my work bag for a clutch, like this cute yet stylish piece from Givenchy.

Have you got any baby blue pieces in your wardrobe? If not, perhaps it's about time (now that the weekend is just around the corner) to start adding a dash of baby blue to keep your wardrobe updated!

 Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TruLife Ready to Drink Supplements

Restoring a healthy balance and rejuvenating my skin from within are two of my key priorities now that I'm well into my early 30s. Aside from exercise (hot yoga in my case), I've been incorporating supplements into my daily regime in a bid to maintain a healthy, energetic lifestyle and to keep my skin glowing. Thanks to Vanity Trove's invitation, I was introduced to TruLife's ready to drink supplements during their product launch at Willow Stream Spa recently.

TruLife is a newly launched contemporary healthcare brand by Poli Medical, an established Singapore-based company that has served the TCM needs of many Singaporeans since 1971. TruLife is acutely aware that today's society thrives on convenience and aims to answer the health and lifestyle needs of consumers with this in mind. 

Manufactured in Singapore, TruLife's ready to drink supplements combine powerful active ingredients that are rapidly absorbed by our body for targeted results, giving us the luminous glow of health from within. 

The best part is, these supplements are completely sugar-free and additive-free. 

Collagen Cell Renew - For Bright & Radiant Complexion (S$56.60)

I am a huge fan of collagen drinks and most of the collagen drinks that I have tried in the past contain preservatives and added sugar. I couldn't be happier when I found out that one of TruLife's latest state-of-the-art products includes Collagen Cell Renew, a collagen drink that contains 15,000mg dosage of Micro Marine Collagen Peptides.

Collagen Cell Renew is clinically proven to increase moisture levels by 50% and decrease UV spot area by 13%. It also targets fine lines and brightens your complexion, leaving you with smooth, supple skin.

I have previously read about how difficult it is for our body to absorb collagen due to its large molecule size, hence you can imagine my delight when I was told that only low molecular weight collagen peptides of deep sea fish origin are used to enhance absorption levels and ensure that our body absorbs the highest grade of collagen available today.

I was given a box of 10 Collagen Cell Renew supplements to try at home. Having read that effects are visible after just 10 days, I drank a bottle everyday before bed. It is recommended that you take this before bed as your body is better able to absorb the nutrients to achieve optimal results.

As no sugar is added, I was half expecting the drink supplement to taste bland or in the worst case scenario, bitter. I took my first sip gingerly and to my surprise, it was just as sweet and palatable as other collagen drinks that I've tried. Unlike other collagen drinks, the Collagen Cell Renew has a thicker and more viscous consistency, which I believe is largely attributed to the higher concentration of collagen peptides.

Did I see any results after 10 days?

 To ensure that I could make a fair assessment of the supplements, no changes were made to my daily skincare routine. Aside from pigmentation at my cheek bone area, my skin tone is pretty even thanks to my whitening skincare regime, which I have been adhering to religiously for a few years now. 

While I didn't see significant improvements in my overall skin tone, I did notice that the pigmentation around my cheek bone area seemed to have lightened and I could get away with less concealer than usual. My skin also felt firmer, softer and well-moisturized. 

I am not certain as to how enduring the effects are and if further improvements can be seen if I were to take this supplement in the longer term, but the results that it achieved in just 10 days are enticing enough to make me want to buy another box! 

Besides Collagen Cell Renew, we were also given a thorough introduction to the full range of TruLife's ready to drink supplements and products by Mr Dylan Hu (Director of Poli Medical and third generation business leader) as we nibbled on delicious canapes between sips of yummy fruit-infused water. 

Mr Dylan Hu, Director of Poli Medical

Yingjie, a seasoned TCM practictioner, was also present to give us tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Based on TCM theories, the key to achieving good health is to balance the Yin and Yang energies.

Yingjie, TCM Practitioner

Here are the other two ready to drink supplements that we were introduced to:

Herbal System Detox - Stay Lean with Less Effort (S$45.95)

Herbal System Detox helps to improve kidney and liver functions by stimulating regular bowel movement, thereby preventing toxin accumulation and increasing metabolism. It also enhances digestive health and reduces oil absorption after meals. 

 It contains six natural active ingredients, namely Green Tea, Lotus Leaf, Folium Sennae, Hawthorn Fruit, Herbal Plantaginis and Cassia Seed to hasten the detoxification process.

This supplement is perhaps your next best alternative to dieting. Not only is it flavourful, it is also completely natural, which makes it safe for consumption in the long term.

Berry EyeHealth - Brighten Eyes and Improve Visual Acuity (S$45.95)

Berry EyeHealth aims to improve visual acuity and relieve eye fatigue to keep your eyes bright, sparkling and healthy. Infused with high concentrations of Wolfberry, Bilberry and other natural ingredients such as Chrysanthemum, Dendrobium stem and Prinsepia Seed, this supplement targets common problems such as blurred vision, cataract and even symptoms of glaucoma too.

I intend to purchase a box of Berry EyeHealth soon as taking good care of my eyes is one of my top priorities given that I spend the bulk of my time sitting in front of the computer on a day to day basis. I am also genetically predisposed to myopia and am practically blind without my contact lenses or spectacles.

We also had the opportunity to try other products under TruLife. Perosonally, I think that the Bird's Nest Drink would make a wonderful gift to my parents or friends who are more health conscious as TruLife offers a sugar-free version of this popular tonic too.

 After the comprehensive presentation, the evening ended on a relaxing note with a pampering massage of our choice at Willow Stream Spa. I chose the Keep Calm with Collagen treatment, a specially customized Face and Neck Massage that complemented TruLife's Collagen Cell Renew supplements perfectly.

TruLife's supplements are now available at Guardian and Nishino pharmacies, as well as OG and Robinsons department stores.

  For more information on TruLife's premium quality healthcare products, do visit their website here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yun Nam Hair Care

 While I may not be plagued by hair loss issues, I do have a relatively sensitive scalp as I colour my hair frequently. It is also somewhat oily and itchy. I knew I had to do something about my scalp, hence I was looking forward to trying out a series of treatments specially customized for me by Yun Nam Hair Care. 

With a total of 27 outlets in both Singapore and Malaysia since its establishment in 1984, Yun Nam Hair Care is an award-winning hair care brand and a recognized leader in the haircare industry. By targeting various hair and scalp issues with customized herbalogy treatments, Yun Nam Hair Care’s greatest achievement is its ability to restore healthy hair and the confidence of their clients. Yun Nam Hair Care has also won several awards, including the prestigious Superbrands Awards from 2008 to 2010 and 2013. 

Yun Nam Hair Care's professional range of hair care treatments effectively solves: 

- Male Pattern Hair Loss
- Female Pattern Hair Loss
- Premature Hair Loss
- Post-natal Hair Loss

- Hereditary Hair Loss
- Ring-shaped Hair Loss
- Mediterranean Hair Loss
- Patch Baldness
- Grey hair
- Dandruff
- Oily Scalp
- Sensitive Scalp
- Scalp Infection
- Hair Loss due to Chronic Illnesses

 To give you a better understanding of what to expect at a typical consultation and treatment session, I will be sharing more about Yun Nam Hair Care's 3-Step Approach to guarantee results.

Step 1: Professional Scalp Scan and Analysis
I knew my first consultation with Yun Nam Hair Care was off to a good start when warm smiles greeted me at the reception counter upon arriving at the Tiong Bahru outlet. I was then guided to a consultation room where I was treated to tea and a light snack while I eagerly waited for my hair care specialist to attend to me. 

As Yun Nam Hair Care believes in getting down to the root of your hair issues, I was asked to answer some questions about my lifestyle habits and health before treatment commenced. This helps the professional hair care specialists to gain a deeper understanding of how your hair condition came about and allows them to customize your treatment accordingly.

Agnes is my appointed hair care specialist and she will be taking care of all my treatments at Yun Nam Hair Care. She has a friendly and bubbly disposition which put me at ease immediately.

After answering a series of questions, Agnes conducted a scalp scan on different areas of my scalp, including the crown area, the back of my scalp, and the side of my scalp. 

Here are the results:

Did you know that a healthy hair follicle usually has three or more strands of hair?  

Each hair strand should also have a lifespan of 2-6 years, during which it will regenerate approximately 21-25 times. However, this is only applicable if your hair is in tip-top condition. In many cases, the lifespan of a hair strand and the number of times that it regenerates are shortened, no thanks to our lifestyle habits and environmental stress. 

I was informed that I had more hair at the back of my scalp (top-left picture) but I didn't have as much hair in the other areas of my scalp. Also, my scalp is pretty oily (the whitish residue are traces of oil) and while some of my hair follicles had at least 2-3 strands of hair, there were many hair follicles with just 1 strand of hair due to clogged pores. In a nutshell, what this means is that I have to improve my oily scalp condition before hair loss issues set in.

Agnes then gave me a detailed overview of Yun Nam Hair Care's products, all of which are 100% herbal. The key ingredient is primarily Ginseng but other herbs such as Danggui and Lingzhi are widely used as well.

Depending on your hair condition, Yun Nam also offers oral supplements to hasten your recovery process.

Step 2: Customized Treatment Programme

To target my oily scalp and clogged pores, Agnes recommended that I should do a course of scalp cleansing treatments. Agnes explained that this step is critical as my hair and scalp will only be able to absorb nutrients to stimulate hair growth and increase hair strength after its state of health has been restored. 

You can either choose to have your treatment done in the main hall or in a private room. I wanted to have some privacy, hence I opted to have my first treatment done in a private room.

I was first given a thorough hair wash using Yun Nam Hair Care's in-house Ginseng shampoo. The Hair Cleansing Lotion and Hair Renewal Lotion are used hand-in-hand with the shampoo to restore my scalp's PH balance. Yun Nam Hair Care advocates the use of cold water when washing your hair as this prevents irritation.

Next, the Dandruff Emulsion, a strong herbal concoction to melt off traces of dirt and residue was applied using a brush to effectively deep cleanse my scalp.


A hair steamer was used to open up my hair follicles and product absorption to allow deeper penetration of the products into the scalp. 

Agnes then rubbed away the residue with her fingers. I was told that this process helps to lift all the dirt and grime from my scalp.

 I had another round of shampoo followed by conditioner this time. I really enjoyed the light head massage that accompanied the hair wash as I could feel all the tension slipping away into oblivion. 

So, what did I think of the treatment?

Amazingly, my hair felt much lighter after the treatment and as I ran my fingers through my hair, I could feel that my scalp was extremely clean. What I love about this treatment is that the effects last for more than two weeks. I wash my hair everyday and I noticed that hair fall was greatly reduced as well.

Agnes did a scalp scan immediately after my treatment and a before-and-after comparison for my reference. From the scan results below, you can see that my oil clogs have cleared up significantly. As this was only my first treatment after all, I was advised to undergo a series of 10 treatments for more permanent results.

Step 3: Home Care & Follow-up

Having a comprehensive set of home care products that is suitable for your hair and scalp condition plays an integral role in achieving the best results. 

Here's the set of products that Agnes recommended based on my scalp analysis. I have just started using these products and will share my thoughts on them in time to come, so do stay tuned to my subsequent posts for more details.

 At Yun Nam Hair Care, the hair care specialists are trained to monitor each client's scalp and hair health, and appropriate treatment adjustments are made along the way for optimal results.

To recap, here are some of the treatment benefits:
  • 100% herbal formula consisting of mainly Ginseng extracts
  • Fast penetration deep into the scalp 
  • Stimulate New Hair Growth
  • Unclog and Repair Damaged Hair Follicles
  • Reduce and Control Hair Fall
  • Increase Hair Thickness and Strength
  • Strengthen Hair Roots

Free Consultation at Yun Nam Hair Care

If you are interested to try out Yun Nam Hair Care, you'll be happy to know that they are offering a free trial redemption for all first-timers! 

Yun Nam Hair Care

Hotline: 6363 3232 

Outlets in Singapore:
  • Century Square
  • City Square Mall
  • Heartland Mall
  • Jubilee Square
  • Jurong Point
  • Lot One Shoppers' Mall
  • Plaza Singapura
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza
  • Woodlands Civic Centre

Fashion: 5 Classic Accessories for Every Woman

You know your fashion must-haves: a little black dress, a crisp white shirt and a timeless pair of jeans that always flatters your figure. But what about accessories? What are some timeless pieces that you can always count on to look polished even after ten years?

Here are five classic must-have accessories to invest in:

1. Colour-block bag

Colour-blocking is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. Fun and functional, a colour-block bag helps to brighten even the severest outfit. Bonus points if it comes in a structured shape.

Many women turn away from wearing black and yellow together to avoid looking like a bumblebee, but Nicky Hilton's New York Fashion Week look made a case for the dynamic colour combo. She worked a complete Diane von Furstenberg ensemble - black leather shorts, a printed tie-neck blouse, and a color block bag - with ankle-strap Brian Atwood pumps, accessorised with an emerald cocktail ring and diamond ear studs. 

For work, replace the leather shorts with a more conservative pair of sleek black trousers and leave the shorts for after-work drinks with the girls. But keep the bag - the structured colour block design will take you from day to night.

2. Dress watch

You can't go wrong with a dress watch as you’ll always look professional and put together with one on your wrist. 

As one-half of the stylish trendsetting duo, Ashley Olsen can always make an impression with minimalist statement pieces. One such piece is this gold Michael Kors chronograph watch. Here, she went for the monochromatic look in a white blazer, black leggings and matching heels and clutch. The watch makes her look even more like the business mogul she is.

Here, she does the classic chambray shirt and skinny jeans, accessorising with wayfarers and the gold dress watch, and looking polished and ladylike as a result.

3. Stud earrings

Drop earrings are great and all, but sometimes, you don't have to let your accessories do all the talking. A subtle pair of stud earrings is all you need to direct attention to your pretty face. 

Emily Blunt's Chopard diamond cluster earrings bring a glow to her face. Teamed with a sleek bob and winged eyeliner, the earrings are an elegant, feminine touch.


4. Scarf

Girls star Allison William does Parisian chic with aplomb here, pairing a black polka dotted Oasis scarf with black pumps, skinny pants, clutch and a navy blazer. The lightweight scarf works for all seasons and weather conditions. It is also perfect for the boardroom and the red carpet ... you know, in case you ever need to walk on one. 

5. Statement necklace

A block-coloured top will never look plain when you have a statement necklace to dress it up. And sometimes, that is all you need to complete a look. Just look at Nikki Reed below!

Her silver J.Crew necklace looks fabulous against that mustard yellow top and skinny black trousers. (I love how her boots elongate her legs, by the way.) Dress up a casual outfit with a bauble laden statement necklace, or amp up your work outfit with one!

What about you? What's the one fashion accessory you foresee yourself wearing ten years on?


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