Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fashion: Maxi Cardigans by Freja Designs

 Have you read my previous post on Layering with Ponchos by Freja Designs? Today's post is rather similar, except that this time, I will be sharing how layering is made possible with a maxi cardigan.

Yet another functional piece from Swedish label Freja Designs, the maxi cardigan is perfect for layering over tank tops or camisoles. Again, this piece is made of 100% Rayon and is extremely lightweight. 

Nonetheless, don't be deceived by its sheer appearance. I threw it on on a rainy day and was surprised to discover that this featherlight number kept me relatively warm throughout the thunderstorm even when I was indoors with the air-conditioning at full blast.







Maxi Cardigan & earrings c/o Freja Designs
Jeans from Frame Denim
Top and Sneakers from Korea

I have to admit the asymmetrical cascading sleeves first caught my eye but on the whole, I find its dark yet sensual design very attractive as it embraces femininity with an ample dose of edginess. 

For this particular look, I paired it with my trusty Frame Denim ripped jeans to amp up the rocker chic vibe. I would have gone for heels but sensibility got the better of me, hence sneakers were the choice of footwear for a day of errands.





Aside from outerwear and scarves, Freja Designs also offer an exclusive collection of timeless jewellery that will never go out of style. 

It was tough deciding on what to pick but I eventually chose a pair of stainless steel hoop earrings with black zirconia. Its understated glamour and versatility resonates with me and in addition to wearing this on casual weekends, I can definitely foresee that they'll be out with me on weekdays to the office or even for more formal occasions.

 


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Layering with Ponchos by Freja Designs


In today's Fashion Fridays post, I will be sharing more about layering with ponchos from Freja Designs. Yes, layering is possible even in our hot and humid climate!

I'm not sure about you, but I am always undecided about whether I should bring out a cardigan or a jacket to keep myself warm because I could be feeling unbearably hot at one point and in the blink of an eye, be completely frozen when I enter a mall. In Singapore, it may be blazing hot when you step outdoors, but the minute you step into a shopping mall, the temperature dips drastically as you are greeted by cool air blasting from the air-conditioners. Don't even get me started on the cinemas.

Ponchos, like this one from Freja Designs are a wonderful alternative. Freja Designs is a Swedish fashion brand that is currently found in hotels such as Fullerton Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel and Conrad Hotel. Made of 100% Rayon, their ponchos are incredibly lightweight and versatile. You can layer it over a dress like I did, or if you prefer a more casual look, layer it over a top and wear it out with shorts instead.
 



 
While I wouldn't say that a poncho like this could keep you extremely warm, it does provide some degree of warmth and coverage. Better yet, it adds interest to your outfit and makes a statement. Just look at how my simple white dress has transformed.  

It is amazing how a poncho could make a difference to your entire outfit. I can foresee myself bringing this along for my overseas trips too as it is completely crease-free. In fact, this would make the perfect beach cover-up too! 






Poncho from Freja Designs
Dress from Bangkok
Sandals from Lyn Around (Thai Designer)


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Let's Build Singapore in 2065 - #BuildSG2065

 Singapore has come a long way since it achieved independence 50 years ago. We have a beautiful garden city, a democratic and multi-racial society, and a safe and secure country where everyone lives in harmony. Most importantly, we have a place that we are all proud to call home.

 As we celebrate SG50 this year, let's take one step further and let our imagination run wild as we envision Singapore 50 years down the road. 


What will Singapore look like in 2065?

What do you hope to see in Singapore in 2065?

The Straits Times and CapitaLand are calling out to all Singaporeans to submit your ideas here . A total of 50 attractive prizes are to be won, including the top 3 prizes below:

  
Your ideas can be submitted in the form of videos, images and text. Remember, the only limit is your imagination, so let your creative juices flow and think out of the box. Who knows? You might just be a winner!

Your ideas should fall under one of these topics:
  • Go Green
  • Smart Spaces
  • Space-Age Kampungs
  • Weatherproof World
  
What about me? What do I hope to see in Singapore in 2065?

I've always thought that it would be amazing if we could incorporate augmented reality into multi-tasking wearable gadgets or electronic devices found in our home. 

For instance, by wearing something as simple as a watch, you can get an instant health scan and get a rundown of your current health condition, the types of food that you should avoid and what you should do to prevent yourself from falling ill. 




How about a smart refridgerator that keeps stock of everything that you have in the fridge, keeps track of your likes and dislikes and automatically replenishes your groceries based on your preferences? I have always found grocery shopping a chore, hence I'll be eternally grateful if such technological advancements come our way! 



And you know how women have bursting wardrobes but are always complaining that they have nothing to wear? I have come to realize that these feelings arise because our crammed-to-death wardrobes make it difficult for us to see what we have at a glance, and it takes even more effort for us to mix and match clothes, bags and accessories to put together a decent outfit. 

Now, what if you have a smart wardrobe that catalogs every single item in your wardrobe and project it on a screen whenever you open up your wardrobe, along with styling and make-up recommendations based on not only the occasion that you're dressing up for, but your current mood as well? As it is, I am already rubbing my hands in glee at the thought of it!  

 

 What other ideas do you have? 

The deadline for the contest is 30 April 2015, so keep your ideas coming and submit them at http://buildsg2065.straitstimes.com!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Innersense Spa & Wellness Facial Review



To keep my skin in tip top condition, I stick to a regular beauty routine and make it a point to go for facials whenever I sense that my skin condition is less than satisfactory. Towards the end of last year, I had a sudden outbreak of oil seeds on my face resulting from a moisturizer that was way too rich and creamy for my oily skin. 

Oil seeds are tough nuts to crack as they don't go away on their own, hence extraction is necessary. Fortunately, one of my friends introduced me to Innersense Spa & Wellness, a beauty salon centrally located at Far East Plaza. 




An oasis of peace and calm in the heart of bustling Orchard Road, the minimalist decor and warm ambiance at Innersense Spa & Wellness put me in a relaxed mood instantly. 

My eyes lit up when I saw skincare products by French brand Payot on display. Payot is a staple in the French beauty scene and its products are commonly found in beauty salons. The brand's commitment towards creating natural products from plant and marine extracts as well as minerals to minimize allergic reactions is commendable, and I certainly appreciate Innersense's choice of skincare brand.





Ladies, did you know that your boyfriends and husbands can also treat themselves to a pampering facial or massage treatment with Payot's Homme range at Innersense while you get your treatment done?



Before my treatment commenced, Cindy, the therapist, assessed my skin condition and gave me an overview of the proposed treatment customized for my skin type.



After a cup of warm tea and a change of attire, I was all ready to begin my treatment for the day.




These are the products that were used during the treatment.



Despite the fact that many facial treatments have steered towards the use of machines in place of manual extractions, I still believe that the human touch, especially manual extraction, is of paramount importance and more effective for oil seeds, white heads and black heads removal.  

I had expected to cringe in pain, as with most manual extractions, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. I hardly felt any pain as Cindy was extremely gentle with my skin and executed every move with utmost precision. The diamond dermabrasion machine was also used in tandem with manual extraction to expedite the unclogging process. 





High frequency treatments are known for their anti-bacterial properties, hence this was administered after the extraction process to eliminate any bacteria and prevent infection. My treatment ended with a soothing hydration mask from Payot and a pampering lymphatic drainage massage using Meditrina's Ageless Herbal Cream to remove toxins from the body.

 I have always believed that every facial review should come along with before and after photos. I can go on and on, waxing lyrical about how effective a treatment is, but photos are proof that it truly works. 

Here are my before and after photos. Both photos were taken with slightly different lighting but they have not been edited. 


Can you tell that most of the bumps and oil seeds disappeared after just one session? The most amazing part was, I could immediately head out for dinner right after as there was no redness or swelling at all. 

I have to thank Cindy for this as she did a terrific job of saving my skin!



 
Innersense Spa & Wellness

Address:
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza
#02-08 

Tel:
8322 3889

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Crème Simon Micellar Water Makeup Remover Review

Crème Simon is a French skincare brand that uses over 90% natural ingredients, and natural skincare brands always get me all excited, especially if the products are free of parabens, alcohol, silicones, sulphates and colouring. 

Crème Simon was founded in 1860 by Joseph Simon, a talented young apothecary. He was searching for a remedy to relieve dry chapped hands that laundresses were so prone to, which eventually led to his discovery of a cream power packed with seven types of flowers and plants with incredible healing properties. This concoction is also known as the Activ-Fleur Complex, an essential ingredient in all Crème Simon products till today. 

Did you know that at the height of its popularity, Crème Simon was the most coveted beauty treatment in its era and sold out in Paris, New York and Asia? Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

Today, Crème Simon promises a range of sheer, lightweight skincare formulas for the contemporary woman. The brand believes that our skin is defined by our environment, hence their products are duly customized to our climate. Personally, I stand by this very same belief as well, and as a matter of fact, I always change up my skincare routine whenever I'm overseas. For instance, I prefer gel moisturizers when I'm in Singapore but I'll slather on richer cream moisturizers in Australia where the climate is colder and drier. 

Similarly, I generally prefer cream-based or oil-based makeup removers in colder climates, but in Singapore, micellar water makeup removers are my favourite. 





Crème Simon's Micellar Water Makeup Remover is a water-based, no-rinse makeup remover that gently and thoroughly removes all impurities and makeup, including waterproof makeup. 

It combines the coolness of water with the cleansing properties of oil micelles to effectively trap impurities and make-up. As it is infused with rose, iris and jasmine extracts to boost toxin elimination and promote clear, luminous skin, it comes with a pleasant floral scent that lifts my mood every time I use it.

 Its lightweight consistency leaves your skin feeling clean, smooth and hydrated without any oily or sticky after-feel. You could probably get away without double cleansing if you don't apply much make-up on a daily basis. Otherwise, I would still recommend following up with a facial cleanser thereafter.



Unlike most micellar make-up removers, Crème Simon's version is able to remove eye make-up (including water-proof eyeliners) effortlessly. In fact, I use this a one-step makeup remover for both my face and eyes. 

I use my trusty MAC PowerPoint eyeliner everyday and based on my experience thus far, micellar makeup removers generally do not do a good job of removing it thoroughly. With Crème Simon's micellar water makeup remover however, all you have to do is soak a cotton pad with the product, press it down lightly on your skin and hold for a few seconds before gently swiping your makeup away. 










Most importantly, no rubbing is required at all, which makes it perfect for eye make-up removal as you wouldn't want to run the risk of getting wrinkles due to excessive rubbing.

Did you know that this makeup remover is fortified with Wheat Oligosaccharides Complex which supposedly reduces pigmentation as well? I've been grappling with pigmentation issues for eons and would love to see what this product can do in the longer term. 

While I have yet to witness its brightening effects given that I have just started using it, I would highly recommend this product if you're looking for a lightweight makeup remover that provides heavy duty action with a heavenly scent to boot.







It may have taken me a while to finally get acquainted with Crème Simon's products as I was away during their launch last year, but nonetheless, it is always better late than never. After trying their Micellar Water Makeup Remover for a couple of weeks, I am now officially hooked. 

The lovely ladies at Crème Simon subsequently surprised me with more products recently, so if you're interested, do keep your eyes peeled as I will certainly share my review with you in due course.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Blooming Bougainvillea in Singapore


A glance at the numerous photos on Instagram is all it takes for us to know that it is currently the Sakura season in Japan. The breathtaking scenery makes me wish I had planned a trip to Tokyo this year. Oh well, there's always next year. 

A few weeks ago however, one of my girlfriends alerted me to these gorgeous pink bougainvillea trees in Toa Payoh central. I saw her photos on Facebook and wow, they definitely look like the next best thing to Sakura. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to go down to take a look. 

To say that I was completely blown away by the sight would be an understatement. I basked in the glorious beauty of mother nature and wondered at the same time why there was hardly anyone around to take in the magnificent view. There were only a handful of domestic helpers enjoying a mini picnic of sorts as they marveled at the beautiful trees and proceeded to snap away on their cameras. 

Indeed, photography is the beauty of life captured and photos speak a thousand words.







As you can tell, I was completely besotted. The pictures would have been even more perfect if we had green pastures in place of the tiled flooring.





My outfit for the day was a casual eyelet top and skirt set from Japanese label Liz Lisa, which was purchased last June during my trip to Hokkaido. Before this, it was hiding in the depths of my wardrobe waiting to be discovered. My wardrobe is bursting but I always feel that I have nothing to wear and it doesn't help that I tend to forget what I have in there. Isn't this a perennial problem that most of us ladies (and some gentlemen) face? 




The Liz Lisa brand is femininity personified. Frills, floral prints, bows and lace are what you can expect in almost every collection.

 I find this preppy set very wearable as it exudes tenderness without being too girly. To up the preppy factor, I paired it with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland book clutch in the same colour palette.  You can also mix and match the top and bottom separately to create different looks for the weekend.


Top and Skirt set from Liz Lisa
Heels from Pazzion



I hope you enjoyed today's edition of Fashion Fridays! Have a great weekend ahead!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Healthy Hair with Beijing 101 (Giveaway Included!)

 To have healthy hair, you first need to have a healthy scalp. I can attest to this from experience. I used to have sensitive scalp that itches from time to time, but after regular scalp treatments over time and through the use of suitable hair care products, this has since become a thing of the past.

  I am a firm believer of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese herbs for scalp care because they truly work for me, hence when Beijing 101 invited me to their workshop at their Century Square outlet to find out more about their services, I said yes. 


One common myth about hair care centres is that they are meant for the older generation, especially those with hair loss problems. Hair loss can occur at any age due to a variety of factors such as stress, changes in environment, illness, oily scalp or dandruff.  

Hair care centres like Beijing 101 can help to keep your hair and scalp in the pink of health by diagnosing and treating scalp and hair problems. As we all know, prevention is always better than cure and the first step to preventing hair loss is to take good care of your scalp.


For 41 years, Beijing 101 has been solving hair problems by using treatments based on TCM principles. As Chinese herbs are able to treat the root of your hair problems and are gentle to the scalp, only premium Chinese herbs such as Dang Gui, Ginseng and He Shou Wu are used in Beijing 101's treatments. These herbs are specially grown and harvested under highly regulated conditions. Beijing 101's products are currently sold in over 60 countries including USA, England and Japan.

All hair care consultants at Beijing 101 are trained in TCM and are able to solve hair issues that affect both men and women. Through a detailed hair and scalp analysis, the hair care consultants are able to customize hair treatments that are tailored to your needs. You can also be assured of the quality of the treatments as a resident TCM physician can be found in every Beijing 101 outlet.


 During the workshop, I was taken on a tour of the branch, where I had the opportunity to take a look at the individual consultation rooms, hair and scalp treatment areas.

Typical Consultation Room at Beijing 101

Different Hair Loss Patterns

Hair and Scalp Treatment Area

Hair Wash Area

VIP rooms

I was also treated to a complimentary scalp scan at the end of the tour. While scalp scans are not new to me, this was the first time that my scalp scan results actually turned out better than expected. 


 Look, no more clogged hair follicles! Even then, I know I can't afford to rest on my laurels and the only way to maintain a healthy scalp is to take good care of it. I was also told to go to bed earlier at night as there was some redness in my scalp.






Beijing 101's Herbal Scalp Treatment

Beijing 101's Herbal Scalp Treatment helps to soothe and eliminate itchiness in your scalp while it cleanses deep within hair follicles to unclog impurities.

If you're interested in Beijing 101's Herbal Scalp Treatment, you can give it a try at just S$38 (UP $296).



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