Advertorials | Beatrice Tan

30

June

TWENTYTEN

1106 HRS

Lexus NX Hybrid

Sponsored Post

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A few weeks back I had the chance to test drive one of the latest SUVs in town!

It has always been a little hobby of mine is driving actually (although that's probably the last thing I would want to do if I'm dead tired), and I do experience a thrill when I'm behind the wheel. So you could imagine how excited I was to have this opportunity. As some might have guessed from the pictures, the SUV was none other than the Lexus NX Hybrid (aka NX300h)! 



I went to Lexus showroom in the morning to have a crash course on the various features of the Lexus NX. Needless to say, a crash course was necessary for me to learn how to function some really advanced technologies the NX comes with. It was in fact my first time operating a SUV and I was initially a little worried if I've trouble parking the car. I must say my worries were all for nothing and in fact, the drive was completely enjoyable and fuss-free which I (including those passengers) was very impressed – more below ;)

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Say hello to my new ride ;)

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MORNING BREAKFAST MEETING
Knowing that I would have the car for a few days, I made plans and started the next day early with a breakfast meeting at Starbucks.  The car definitely came in handy and it definitely makes it easier to travel around for meetings, making sure the day is well-utilized!

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Setting off.

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Love the panoramic glassroof!

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The control on the steering wheel was really stable and it made it much easier to pick up my calls on speakers without my hands fumbling for the phone in my bag!

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I like that it comes with an inbuilt GPS.

Before I move on further, I thought I should share with you some of my favourite features of Lexus NX Hybrid ;)

1. 360-degree panoramic view monitor –   Parking was so fuss-free given the size and it was awfully helpful! (see below)
2. Remote Touch interface with 7-inch display screen
3. Wireless charging for Qi-compatible electronic devices
4. The panoramic glassroof
5. Blind spot monitor (a censor light will automatically appear if another vehicle is at your blind spot)
6. How automated, thoughtful and Intuitive the features were
7. How amazingly spacious and comfortable the interior was

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On a random note, I was also secretly thrilled to be receiving the white version for the period (white has always been my top pick for most things anyway).

I never quite noticed SUVs on the roads but I always had the impression that the designs are pretty restrictive due to size. And after receiving the car, I made an observation on SUVs along the roads and I must say I kinda adore the sporty aesthetic of this particular Lexus model. I like how smart, sleek and classy the car looks and who says an SUV can't look stylish?!

Also, I always think SUVs are better suited for families but after driving it, I had a complete change of mindset and honestly speaking, I was indeed impressed by how functional this car was.

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AFTERNOON TEA WITH GIRLFRIEND

I made a trip back to Klarra's office to settle some work and to collect some outfits for errands that same day as well. I loved how spacious the interior was and it could easily save time and transport a big bulk without having to make multiple trips.

Poots and I arranged for an afternoon tea and I picked her up from her workplace.

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It was my first time being at P.S Cafe petite and it was definitely love at first sight. P.S Cafe has always been one of my favourite places to dine at for brunch, tea or dinner.  Besides coffee, the cafe serves a rather decent variety of food and so we tend to spend hours there and this round was no exception. The truffled mushroom panini was really good, came in a pretty generous portion. And not to forget, we ended the meal with our favourite banana butterscotch cake – you have to try this!

We spent a couple of hours that afternoon and before we knew it, it was around evening time and we did a takeway to deliver piping hot food for the family. A car definitely makes everything easier and everywhere more accessible.

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6:30AM CALL TIME FOR SHOOT

This was next day's morning where I had to report for an early morning shoot. It's always a hassle calling for cabs in the morning and I managed to get to Marina Bay Sands just within 20 minutes of drive! -  – who says Hybrid cars are not known for performance!

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Shoot location was at MBS.

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Shoot was well and I had to shuffle between meetings that afternoon – having the car was absolutely a life savior!

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Last but not least, Lexus NX was probably one of the smoothest drive I'd experienced and it was such a breeze travelling around with the car. Everyone who sat in it had great feedback on it, and commented especially on how comfortable the ride was. Besides that, the automated features were exceptionally helpful and I liked that the car was equipped with GPS for travelling directions as well. Lexus definitely lives up to its name and I can't say how enjoyable the experience was.

Definitely will include SUV as one of the choices when I'm considering getting my own car next time!

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17

December

TWENTYTEN

0612 HRS

Moments with Pandora

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Haven't exactly had the time to head down to town for some Christmas shopping as work has been pretty hectic for the past month even. Can't believe how time flew by and within a wink of an eye, it's the last month of the year. Feels a little sad that 2014 is coming to an end but am looking forward at the same time as it's going to be a month of festivities and celebrations!

Speaking about Christmas, I was pretty stoked when I was told to head down to PANDORA to check out their latest Christmas series.

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I personally don't own any PANDORA jewelry and this was the first time I've actually stepped into the store although I've chanced upon it many times back in London and especially during my trip to Denmark, Copenhagen. For those who didn't know, PANDORA is an international Danish jewelry manufacturer founded in 1982 by Per Enevoldsen and was started as a family-run jewelry shop there in Copenhagen before becoming an international brand. Denmark was one of the places I really enjoyed visiting and am still quite amazed by the Danish culture. Besides that, the Danes have impeccable taste and I honestly admire them for taking so much pride in every single thing (be it food, fashion etc) – it's impressive.

Anyway, back to my Christmas shopping experience at PANDORA ;)

I paid a visit to one of their many stores here in Singapore just last week to pick out something for myself and a gift for mummykins. Felt very welcome upon stepping into the store – love the warm lights and how clean, neat the interior was. I always had the impression that PANDORA is best known for their unique charm bracelets and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that they have a wide array of necklaces, watches and designer rings.

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I decided on a set of dangling pearl earrings surrounded with crystals for mummykins and this was from the latest Christmas series. Always thought pearls are quite a lovely design for moms and true enough, mummykins loved it. We both thought this was a classic, elegant and versatile design and definitely perfect for the upcoming festivities!

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Moving on to picking out something for myself and I decided on building a unique charm bracelet for myself ;) Was pretty overwhelmed with the charm choices and I think I probably spent an hour there deciding on the charms for the bracelet. With that said, I must say the sales associates were absolutely patient and very professional in helping me throughout the whole customization process. As it was my first time, I thought three charms would be ideal for starters although I did think that it would be really awesome if I could fill up the entire bracelet – now I understand why so many of my friends are crazy over adding charms to the bracelet, it's addictive!

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Talking about the charms, I picked out two from the Autumn 2014 collection and one from the Christmas 2014 collection (which was recently available in stores) – am guessing you could tell which is from the Christmas series ;) I like the fact that we can customize the bracelets by combining these charms accordingly to your individual style and memories which you hold dear. Each and every charm has its own beauty and style, ranging from sweet ones all the way to classic and edgy ones. I actually thought we might even be able to tell a person's personality or style just by observing her charm bracelet! Plus each charm represents an unforgettable moment in life which you can add as a chapter to your story.

PANDORA jewelry has always been quite an ideal gift for ladies and the extensive range of the jewelry allows your loved ones, friends to constantly expand the collection be it charms, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. I thought the concept behind PANDORA is meaningful as well because each charm can signify a special moment and I'm pretty sure you can find a suitable charm to represent that moment.

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These two gifts were just two of the many designs I've seen in PANDORA and these jewelry definitely make a good choice for gifts in my opinion. I actually saw a couple of guys visiting the store too and well, am pretty sure this will be a good gift to surprise their loved ones!

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My customized PANDORA bracelet <3

Do you know PANDORA has a VIP membership in Singapore? With an accumulation of S$3000 purchase within a span of 6 months, you would be qualified as a PANDORA VIP member and you get to enjoy 15% storewide discount on regular priced items as well as a one-time 20% discount during your birthday month. Besides that, you get invites to promotions and exclusive private events like the one below! This event was organized specially for PANDORA VIPs and it was a private event (specially to introduce PANDORA's  Christmas 2014 collection) held at the newly revamped ION store. Not just shopping, the team prepared special activities for all their guests such as Digital Caricature of guests with their PANDORA bracelets as well as providing names engraving services on Murano glass charms which were all given to the PANDORA VIPs as a personalised gift! There were refreshments served during that evening and even a photobooth for fun photos to keep ;)

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Happy customers for the night ;)

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Pretty gifts for the guests. I'm sure you would enjoy the evening if you were there ;)

All you have to do is to present your original receipts at your preferred PANDORA store and you will be automatically signed up as a VIP member. Besides these exclusive events, VIP members will enjoy 15% discount storewide on regular priced items, a one-time 20% discount during birthday month and other exclusive offers.

Last but not least, for more details of PANDORA and to see the latest Christmas collection, you can hop over to their Homepage or Facebook Page. Merry Christmas in advance and have a merry time shopping for Christmas gifts!

Take part in PANDORA’s Christmas Lucky Dip Promotion while shopping this Christmas! Receive a complimentary jewellery with a minimum spend of $250 nett. Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last. Enquire in-store for more details.

12

September

TWENTYTEN

0909 HRS

My Collagen Journey

This entry marks the end of my two-month Collagen journey!

If you have followed the previous two entry-updates on this, you would know that I've started taking the Collagen 5000 Powder two months ago after having the opportunity to be the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder ;)

For these two months, I've consumed the collagen powder diligently everyday and it wasn't difficult at all to remind myself to take it because I have always packed in a sachet or two in my bag. It's brilliant that the Collagen 5000 powder is packed in individual sachets and it's absolutely convenient to store, bring along – even for small clutches. It's completely fuss-free and dissolves easily in any liquid and to be honest, it tastes pretty good too.

As the pictures tell below, the Collagen 5000 Powder sachets were always stored in my bag!

ON PLANE RIDES
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DURING MEALS
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Mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder into mineral water

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It goes really well with fruit juices as well ;)

ON THE ROADS

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Like I've mentioned previously too, many of my friends are in fact taking this beauty supplement regularly and have told me how this beauty regime has helped in improving their skin. I was pretty skeptical at the start but after taking Collagen 5000 powder for two whole months, I think I actually do see a difference in the skin!

I haven't quite noticed it until I started digging out pictures taken two months before to do a comparison.

TWO MONTHS AGO
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I had little bumps in my skin and you could see that I pretty much had quite rough, dull tired looking and looser skin (especially the jaw/chin area) even after putting on makeup.

AFTER ONE HALF TO TWO MONTHS
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I don't know if you can tell the difference, but I thought my skin is tighter, smoother, more supple and not as dull/tired-looking!

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Besides mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder with mineral water, there are many other fun (and tasty) ways to take it!

Sharing with you a simple recipe I did with the Collagen 5000 Powder  – A special fruity shake ;D
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You would need juice (I chose apple and mango juice), yoghurt (plain would be best!), your favourite fruits (banana and strawberry for me) and of course, the Collagen 5000 Powder.

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Step 1: Not too much of the juice as this will be mixed into yoghurt and I prefer a creamier yoghurt shake ;)

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Step 2: Mix in the juice with the original yogurt!

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Step 3: Chop your favourite fruits into small slices

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Step 4: Add in a pack of Collagen 5000 Powder
    

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Step 5: Top it with your favourite sauces, jam etc. Honey will be a good idea too.

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Step 6: Tadah! I added the banana bits into the cup and added a slice of lemon for garnishing.

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Yum yum, It was really tasty by the way ;D

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Besides taking the Collagen 5000 Powder with yogurt, you can consume it with your evening drinks as well! No problem bringing it along to your house parties ;)

Last but not least, BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is also available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for you guys, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: 20th September 2014). If you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, you can purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

Before I sign off, I thought I should let you know that you could be the next winner to walk away with a gift set by BRAND’S® InnerShine®!
*Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners with the most creative recipes!

Just simply share your own creative recipes on how you would mix the Collagen 5000 Powder OR a specific dish/meal that you would most likely consume the Collagen 5000 Powder with via instagram (with/without the sachet in the picture) and just hashtag #InnerShineSG #collagen5000.

Say hello to better youthful skin and do head over to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more about Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

21

August

TWENTYTEN

1108 HRS

Beauty Collagen Journey (Part II)

ADVERTORIAL

As mentioned in an entry a couple of weeks ago, it's a great privilege to represent BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and am happy to have stocked up on 3 months worth of Collagen 5000 powder! Thanks to BRAND’S®  InnerShine® , I received the packs before my Europe trip and have started on the collagen journey since then.
 
Have been here in Europe, in London to be exact, for about two weeks. Have signed up for four summer classes, with a mixture of business and fashion topics and so far I've completed three. The classes are basically from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, so weekdays are pretty much packed and now I wish I have spaced out the classes so that I can take some time off the weekdays to tour around London.  Have gotten used to the time difference and have sort of formed a routine ever since I came here. Not a very exciting routine to begin with because most days I'll be in the academy, but here's what I will do:
1. Alarm goes off at around 8am and I tend to snooze to 8.30am
2. Head to the kitchen to gulp down a cup of water (was told that gulping down a cup of warm water- best with lemon, first thing in the morning will help to flush out toxins)
3. Turn on my laptop to play my usual songs
4. Head to the shower and start preparing
5. Breakfast while I do some surfing, check my emails etc
6. Prepare a bottle of water before i leave the apartment (This is when I'll add in a sachet of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder)
7. Get a cup of coffee along the way
8. Time for summer class

In fact most of the time I'm in a rush, so it's really convenient to bring along a couple of BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder sachets and what I will do is to add the powder in later.

Like I've mentioned previously, I had comments saying that I looked tired, haggard although I've been diligently following my skincare routine everyday. I suppose it was the lack of sleep, the diet, the stress in a way etc and I guess it's time to work on the inner-beauty regime. In fact, I'm really thankful to be on board as the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder and have this chance to try this. I had a meeting previously with the Cerebos team to understand about the Collagen 5000 Powder, the ingredients, the benefits and I'm actually quite excited to see what this collagen powder can do to my skin. No doubt ample rest, healthy diet play a huge part but I'm convinced that BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder will be a great boost that will help improve the skin.

Well, not too much on the ingredients but i thought you might like to know that the Collagen 5000 Powder brings together the nature's best 5Cs to nourish the skin for beauty maintenance namely Collagen, Vitamin C, Green Tea Catechin, Rice Ceramide and Acerola Cherry. The Collagen 5000 Powder doesn't have a fishy taste in my opinion and instead, it has this sweet-smell, a faint cherry taste and I personally like it when added to just still water or in my yoghurt.

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Adding it to my yoghurt, yum!
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And of course, water too.
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The Collagen 5000 powder easily dissolved after a few shakes and I would slowly sip throughout the day during lesson.

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The Collagen 5000 powder has became one of the daily beauty essentials and to be honest, I haven't been getting much sleep due to the summer classes and the 'homework' we had to do every night. Am quite glad that I'm taking this beauty drink (those late nights!!) and it certainly helped to maintain the skin elasticity and improve the condition of my skin. Somehow I felt that the skin is pretty healthy and zits seldom form after taking the Collagen 5000 powder!

AFTER FOUR WEEKS
As I'm writing this post, it has already been four weeks into the Collagen journey. I actually enjoy taking the Collagen 5000 Powder everyday as I thought it tastes quite good when the powder is mixed with water. It's not sweet-tasting and very easy to drink at the same time. I love how fuss-free the packaging is and it's quite hard to miss taking it everyday as I tend to bring along a couple of sachets in my bag (they are practically weightless!).

I personally feel that the condition of the skin has improved in terms of tiredness & elasticity. I actually thought that the skin was firmer after taking the Collagen 5000 Powder for consecutive 28 days and now I'm more motivated to take it longer and see what the Collagen 5000 Powder will do to the skin in another 28 days!

Some pictures of the skin below after taking the Collagen 5000 powder for 28 days

Not too sure if you can tell but I do feel that the skin has improved and not as tired-looking as before!  

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Really very excited to compare the difference when I've completed the 3-month collagen Journey! Stay tuned and I'll definitely be sharing more – will try to snap more pictures ;)

For now, what's exciting is that BRAND’S® InnerShine® has introduced a special contest!  You can simply post a photo on your Instagram / Facebook of what beauty means to you, with the following caption:

“Beauty is/means ______________________. Innershine Collagen 5000 Powder helps me in my beauty ritual as ____________________________. #innershinesg #collagen5000”

Best 3 entries will win a $100 InnerShine® hamper!
Contest ends 3rd September 2014.

Once again if you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, find out how you can redeem a complimentary sachet or purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for my readers, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: Until 20th September 2014).

Don’t forget to head to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more and get updates on Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

ADVERTORIAL

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  A couple of weeks before I came to Europe, I was invited to a beauty talk organized by one of the most reputable and established beauty clinics in Singapore – The Sloane Clinic. It was well-organized with the aim of introducing some of the latest advancements in the beauty industry.  Held at the Marriot Hotel for the first time, The Sloane Clinic has specially invited well-known plastic surgeons and aesthetic doctors all the way from Korea to join the Singapore team to unveil the techniques behind the concept of an ideal Asian face (pictures below).

The workshop was very comprehensive and educating in terms of beauty, and I was pretty impressed with how advanced these beauty technologies are nowadays! Topics covered during the talk included transforming faces and enhancing looks using the latest cosmetic surgery techniques non-invasive treatments and I think you can easily find solutions to almost all beauty problems!

I personally am quite neutral toward the idea of plastic surgery but I do believe in undergoing these invasive procedures when necessary. Understand it’s another idea when it comes to determining the term ‘necessary’ but in my personal opinion, it refers to correcting certain areas/parts which have always bothered one deep inside and affected the confidence and outlook of life – which I guess only us ourselves will know it.  Again, I think courage is another thing and I do think people who undergo plastic surgery are pretty courageous people to begin with.

It’s also important to find a trustable clinic and a doctor who is fully understands what one is looking at correcting.  (In my opinion, communication between one and the plastic surgeon is of utmost importance – eg. Language, as it’s going to be a life-changing change!). Have learnt that the definition of beauty in different races is very different and there is in fact, a trend in beauty as well. (eg The arched eyebrow-look was very popular back then and recently, the Korean straight eyebrow-look is in the trend.)

’m not very familiar with the plastic surgeons in Singapore, but I do know that The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre is one of the reputable ones out there. We got to meet Dr Tan Ying Chien – Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre who shared about ‘The secrets of a beautiful face’ and he is also known for the below three surgeries:

1.    Double eyelid surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)
2.    Eyebag removal surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)
3.    Facial contouring using Restylane hyaluronic acid fillers `- hyaluronic fillers is a safe procedure and can help to contour, enhance your facial features and improve your overall appearance.

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Double Eyelid Surgery   (Upper Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyelids.asp

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(Lower Blepharoplasty) http://www.sloaneclinic.com/en-sg/theplastic/clinicsertheplasticfaceeyebags.asp

As mentioned above as well, the non-invasive aesthetic treatments/techniques have changed and improved tremendously and it does seem like we can very easily find solutions to target the beauty issues we have always been very bothered about.  For myself, I do think I have problems with a big fat face, wide jaw (boohoo) and tear tough – whereby the area under my eye is hollow. Yes, I’ve pretty serious dark circle issues and I can’t live without my concealer.

Sat in to listen to a talk by Dr Chua Han Boon, a medical consultant from The Sloane Clinic and he shared about some treatments he specializes in to tackle problems that are commonly faced by many. Here are some of the issues that commonly surfaced:

1.    Uneven Skin Tone
–    For pigmentation, brown scars: Divine Whitening Program
–    Improvements in pigmentation, pores, texture, tone: Brilliant Skin Program –    Acne: Purifying Program

2.    Irregular Texture: Luminous Skin Program  

3.    Dry & Shrivelled Skin 
-    Dark eye circles, fine lines around undereye: Eye Revival Program 
-    Revitalift: Replenishes

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There are many more treatments that The Sloane Clinic offers and do click Here to find out more!

9

June

TWENTYTEN

0506 HRS

Police – My game, My rules

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Eyewear to me is probably one of the most practical accessory one could carry. All thanks to Police eyewear, I had a brand new pair of shades (seen above) to bring to Korea just two weeks ago and it came in handy for the Sunny and cooling weather there!

A couple of weeks earlier on, I actually headed down to the office to take a look at the range of eyewear by Police and I was particularly interested in the above model (model S8299) which I'm sure you have seen it around – one of the most classic models of Police eyewear! You might have also seen it on posters around whereby it features Neymar, the international footballer and budding style icon and Police's classic blue shades! In case you are wondering who is Neymar, he's the new face of Police 2014 eyewear and he is the most talked about personality with Champions League and FIFA World Cup 2014. Neymar Jr’s partnership with Police marks the coming together of two of the biggest icons of the season.

I was delighted to know that I could bag home a pair of shades of my choice and that would definitely have to be the above model! Love the style, the shape and I had such a hard time deciding which colour I should get because it came in four absolutely gorgeous shades. Settled for the gold shade in the end because most of my accessories are gold in colour and I could definitely pair this pair of shades easily with most of my outfits. Additionally, I really like how sturdy this pair of shades is, given its lightweight. You might also be interested to know that it's made of metal and polarized, mirror lens!

Police is definitely a brand that speaks of street style with that slight hint of rebellion. Inspired by American “on the road” spirit, its brand personality is aggressive, non-conformist and even a little hedonistic. You will be surprised to know that Police has created in time a wide-ranging lifestyle concept over the years, which now includes perfumes, watches, jewellery, small leather goods and apparel – Police eyewear is known to be a fashion statement accessory for many!



More pictures of this classic pair of shades.
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Police Eyewear has introduced a couple of unique,exciting campaigns this year and for now, I do urge you guys to participate in this special lucky draw contest because you get to walk home with an exclusive model for Police Eyewear! Purchase any Police Eyewear and get a chance to win a Police Timepiece. Lucky Draw is between 14th April to 13th July and there are 13 watches to be given away which means you stand a high chance to receive it!

To join, all you have to do is the fill up a quick form at this link HERE.
 
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The classic model (S8299)

Besides that, an exciting Police Eyewear instagram contest is going on!

You can easily participant by instagramming a photo of yourself in an outfit that you think would go well with Police eyewear! You don't have to purchase nor do you need to wear any eyewear, but just casually sharing with your followers your outfit which you would love to pair your Police Eyewear with. Simply just hashtag #skpoliceneymar to participate and contest is from 2nd June to 13 July!

Prizes are really attractive because the Police Eyewear team will select a winner each week! Winner will be announced on every Monday on Police Eyewear's official facebook page and the winner gets to walk away with a brand new pair of Police eyewear (the newest model still, more below)!

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Featuring the model S1823 – an Asian fit and it's one of the latest models in town too. In fact, I do adore the fit of Police Eyewear and I'm sure you will like it too. Here's a shot of the other pair I own!

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Don't hesitate anymore and start hashtagging your outfit photos – all the best guys!

P.S: Click HERE for more information.

11

May

TWENTYTEN

0305 HRS

Nine West Spring/Summer’14

     

Headed down to Nine West Summer Private Preview and was really excited to know that Nine West fashion came to Singapore for the very first time! Besides fashion apparel, you can easily mix and match an entire outfit from head to toe with their fashion accessories and shoes as well. Nine West also introduced four main collections for the upcoming summer season, featuring bold and preppy colours.

It was a fun-filled evening with tapas, wine and even pampering treats such as manicure sessions organized by the Nine West team, in collaboration with The Pink Parlour. But the highlight of the night was definitely the fashion show put together by the team, showcasing key essentials for the upcoming summer seasons. Gotta love the bright, vibrant hues accompanied with white base. Got to know from the experts that this season's trend is all about adding chalkiness to it – meaning that there's a white base to the prints or designs and this perfectly describes the entire Nine West fashion for this summer.  Nine West fashion has many stunning floral prints as well, sitting on styles/cuts that are suited to Singapore's all year summer season. More below!

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Love how they display the designs accordingly to the hues. Spot the gorgeous pieces!

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As you can see from the display, many very gorgeous pieces in stores and I had a hard time choosing an outfit. Attended the event with Jessica and lucky us got to pick an outfit each to wear. Here is a shot of us wearing Nine West from Head to Toe -  Great thanks to the Nine West Team for seeding us with these amazing pieces!
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We got to meet some new friends that day too ;) Thanks for coming!

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More pictures taken on that day and scroll down to see more snapshots of the catwalk – featuring Nine West Summer '14 collection!
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These looks are in fact from Nine West's Full Contrast Collection – where the back-to-basics black and white trend continue to be a mainstay in this whole range, with a monochromatic update that takes contrast up a notch!

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These looks below are from the Full contrast Marine Collection - It's all about soothing hues of chambray and ultramarine. Interestingly, the inspirations came from surprising fabled Greece and its crystal blue Aegean waters!
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For the Ultralight Collection -  It features vibrant hues together with feminine silhouettes.
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And you can spot sparkling hues to a sweet palette of soft pastels, pinks and neutral contrasts in the Next Sweetness Collection.
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Nine West Fashion is available at their three main boutiques:
1. Nine West Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, #01-08 to 10            
2. Nine West Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-33            
3. Nine West Marina Bay Sands, #B2 – 08            

But if you are looking for their shoes , you can visit the counters as well:
- Takashimaya Orchard
- Tangs Orchard
- Robinsons Orchard
- Metro Paragon
- Isetan Scotts

If you have any queries, feel free to contact Nine West at their customer service hotline 6293 5322.

There are many more designs in the entire Nine West Summer collection and you can view the rest HERE.

You'll be very happy to know that Nine West is going online too! You can now shop conveniently at home or in the office online for Nine West Fashion (including designs that are not available in Singapore!) by visiting their e-commerce site: www.centralccentralshop.com. Shipping time is from 3 to 7 working days, depending on its availability locally or internationally and it's of a flat shipping rate of USD15. That's considered pretty reasonable given that my shipping cost so much more back then when I shopped at some other international sites. Furthermore, there will be exciting promotions and free shipping from time to time, so do make sure you subscribe to their mailing list to be updated!

Besides shopping for Nine West Fashion on www.centralccentralshop.com, you are able to purchase other prominent labels that are not available in Singapore such as:
- BETSEY JOHNSON
- CAROLINNA ESPINOSA
- EQ:IQ
- JEANNE PIERRE
- STEVE MADDEN (oh no, this is going to be too convenient for me to spend)

Do check out more of their fashion apparel and be one of the first few who owns them – more over at their boutiques if you wish to feel the pieces and have a good time shopping!

16

April

TWENTYTEN

0404 HRS

Pure Colour Envy Shine

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Guess what came in the mail the other day!

I always think events, anniversaries, functions and wedding dinners give us a reason to unbox/open a brand new set of make up, even though we might not have finished using the old sets – at least for me heh. #alwaysfullofexcuses So talking about that, I just attended a dear friend's wedding last week so that was a perfect time for me to test on these new Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipsticks from Estée Lauder!
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Thanks to the Estée Lauder team, I received four of the 16 cool and lovely shades namely (from left to right) to try:
1. 410 Mischievous Rose
2. 320 Surreal Sun
3. 110 Nude Angel
4. 210 Graceful

Kinda into all kinds of pink hues lately so my favourite shade of the lot would be the one on the extreme right – 210 Graceful. More pictures below to show you the shades!

You are probably thinking what's special about the Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick, and as the name sounds, the highlights of this range are the shiny texture and that it is able to sculpt your lips naturally, smartly. The shine feature illuminates, sculpts and defines your lips, making them look fuller and at the same time, shiny for long hours.  As for the sculpting feature, it introduces an advanced true vision technology which encompasses innovative sculpted pigments to provide colour that is multi-dimensional, giving your lips a sculpted look. With the Shine and Sculpting features, we will be able to have our lips shaped with a uniform layer of brilliant, fresh color with a high-shine finish.

Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick range is developed with hyaluronic acid which helps to attract, capture and seal in moisture for continuous hydration! The lips will definitely feel softer, smoother, more supple and stay continuously moisturized throughout the day – especially for most of us who spend long hours outside at work.

Apart from the above mentioned, you'll be happy to know that the Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipsticks are designed specially for Asian women, with colours that are complement most of our skin-tones and enhance/brighten our complexion ;)

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What I like about the Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick is that it is housed in a new, enviable sleek, slim, luxurious lipstick case and additionally, it has an innovative magnetic closure. The latter helps to close the case perfectly, conveniently and most importantly, securely with a click. My old lippies somehow have caps that fall off easily when put together with my other beauty products and many a time, the lippies stained my entire pouch plus other products and I had a hard time clearing that up!

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The lipstick shades were all very intense and I tested out three of my favourite shades amongst the four as these three shades are what I would wear on a daily basis!

Prepared for the wedding dinner and have gotten ready with full makeup except lippie. More below – showing you the three shades that I've tested out ;)
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Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick:
320 Surreal Sun

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As the name sounds, the sun word says that it has a tinge of orange/coral hue and it sure does! When I was much tanner, I used to enjoy using orangey pink lippie and blusher as they gave the illusion of a tanned, glowing sunkissed skintone. Pink didn't blend in well for my dark skintone back then. Have stopped tanning for years so now I'm slightly fairer and from time to time, I still enjoy using orangey pink hues (but perhaps slightly more towards the pink like this 320 Surreal Sun shade) for make up especially for beach vacations as I think they can still be very helpful to create a sunkissed skintone!

Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick:
210 Graceful

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The K-Pop craze has got me interested in all things pink and especially pink lippies! After trying out these three shades, this 210 Graceful pink shade is my favourite out of all and I think it gives the skintone a contrast. Furthermore, I feel that it makes my not-so-fair skintone fairer!

Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick:
110 Nude Angel

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I kinda like how natural this shade is, yet giving your lips a glossy healthy finish. This is the most natural shade amongst the four but it is also the lightest shade – which I think some might prefer a more obvious colour. But this to me is good for days when I prefer to keep my makeup light and simple or this can be great for events whereby you go for the dark, fully lined eyes and balance out the heavy eye makeup by having a nude shade on your lips!

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The Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick is priced at SGD$45 each and is available at all Estée Lauder counters. You can click HERE to check out the store locator ;)

Hope you enjoyed the entry and last but not least, you can also join in the fun and win yourself a gift set with SGD$100 worth of Estée Lauder products! What you have to do is:
- Wear your favorite Envy Shine color
- Take a photo and upload it to Instagram
- Hashtag #LipstickEnvyShineSG 
- From now till 30 April 2014.

10 lucky ladies will be chosen and announcement of winners will be on Estée Lauder's Facebook page  on 10 May 2014. Do join in the contest and you never know you might just be one of the winners!

23

March

TWENTYTEN

1003 HRS

10 x Cleaner with Philips Visapure!

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So I've been testing out a new beauty product for the past month or so, and I thought it's time to share with you guys. ;)

It's something light, something long and slim and something that cleanses. And yes, it's a beauty cleansing tool and it's none other than…..  VisaPure by Philips!

I suppose many of you have heard/seen it because it has appeared on numerous popular international beauty talk shows and magazines especially in Taiwan and Europe. I have previously watched these shows online too where Philips VisaPure was featured and it wasn't available in our local market back then. Excited to know that it has now arrived in Singapore and am elated to be receiving a set for myself to try!

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ABOUT
PHILIPS VISAPURE
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You probably have seen me mentioning a couple of times that cleansing is as important as applying skin care products. Always believe that we need to do proper cleansing of our face (especially after applying full makeup for an entire day) before the skin care products can be better absorbed. Furthermore, when pores are clogged, acnes tend to form and skin gets duller.

For those who haven't heard of Philips VisaPure or seen it, it's basically a facial cleansing brush. But it's not your normal cleansing brush but one that rotates! As they say, Philips VisaPure brings a new technology to your cleansing routine to the next level without extra effort. A few of us have had the privilege of bringing home a set to try and we were tasked to do a video to show you the effectiveness of Philips VisaPure. Video is included at the end of this entry and scroll down to view it!

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Philips VisaPure comes with changeable brush heads and it has 3 types available:  Normal (White), Sensitive(Pink), exfoliating (Grey). My favourite brush head is the Sensitive one and it's extremely soft in texture. Felt almost like touching rabbit fur and as the experts advise,  be gentle to your skin when it comes to cleansing to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. My mom even advised me to refrain from touching my face when it comes to washing face and shared with me that her beauty therapist advised us ladies to just splash water onto the face to wash off the cleansing foam.

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Philips VisaPure has two speeds. Speed one: Gentle cleansing for a mild and soft cleansing and speed two: deep cleansing settings for a comfortable and more intensive cleanse. The slim beauty tool has a one minute timer for the full face and after which it will automatically be switched off to prevent overtreatment. Love that it's waterproof too and that it can be used in the shower!

What's awesome is that VisaPure has a 20 seconds timer, that signals you to switch areas to ensure thorough cleansing.
   

HIGHLIGHTS OF
PHILIPS VISAPURE
I thought you should probably know that Philips Visapure is tested and proven to cleanse 10X better than hand-cleansing!*

Here are other highlights of Philips Visapure that are pretty interesting:
1. Besides vibrating, the brush rotates as well. The vertical pulsating movement gently breaks up surface impurities including dirt, dead skin cells and make-up residues. The vertical pulsating movement gently and effectively breaks up surface impurities including dirt, dead skin cells and make-up residues.The rotating movement sweeps the impurities away, leaving the skin more deeply cleansed. Furthermore, the co-ordinated movements of the bristles give you a thorough and comfortable cleansing experience.

2. Because of the soft brush head, it's perfectly fine to use it twice a day – leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth

3. The stand charges the Philips VisaPure when connected and because it's small, it elegantly complements the iconic design of the Philips VisaPure. The stand holds the brush, taking less space and letting air dry the used brush naturally. When connected, it fully charges the Philips VisaPure in 6 hours and it has 30 minutes of cordless use (equivalent to 15 days when used twice a day).

** Source: Internal study performed in the Netherlands in 2011 with 21 women comparing cleansing using Philips Visapure with cleansing by hand


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To better explain and show you the highlights of Philips VisaPure, I've done a couple of experiments in my video! Experiments such as…….

1. Cleansing with hand & cleansing with Philips VisaPure
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2. Brushing on TOFU and RAW EGG to show you how gentle the brush head is!
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VISAPURE X TEA PARTY WITH THE GIRLS

Had a tea party with the girls, Sandy and Minyi and we took this chance to test our Philips VisaPure! Here are some of the behind the scenes pictures ;)
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Am pretty reliant on VisaPure now to cleanse my face so as to ensure that the skin is well-cleansed and to prevent the pores from clogging. VisaPure is retailing at $269 and I personally think it's worth it especially when it's a tool to keep your skin clean, smooth and soft each time you cleanse!

Hope you have enjoyed the entry and video and do hop over to VisaPure's website to take a vote if you like the video!

26

February

TWENTYTEN

0102 HRS

Cheers with Somersby Apple Cider!

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Introducing to you one of my all-time favourite drink - The Somersby Apple Cider

I was excited when I found out that I'd be tasked to introduce Somersby Apple Cider to you guys because I personally enjoy the taste very much and have been drinking it ever since I found out about this drink.
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Here's a shot taken half a year ago – Was out with my primary school mates and we ordered buckets of Somersby Cider to enjoy!

For those who are wondering what cider is, I quote,  "Apple Cider is derived by the fermentation of the juice of apples, without at any time adding distilled alcohol. Sugar and apple juice may be added both prior and post fermentation. Most ciders are carbonated and food additives (permitted in Eu legislation) can be used."

I'm not a very good drinker myself but I do enjoy a glass of wine (white, preferably) or a bottle of cider. Don't exactly like my drinks sweet in general (can't say no to bubbletea though!) but somehow I like my alcoholic drinks sweet. Quite contradicting, I know! And perhaps because I can't hold my liquor well – Cider is a good option for me to not experience a hangover the next day yet enjoying my liquor for the night.

Somersby Apple Cider is probably one of my most frequently ordered drinks especially when I'm out with my friends for an evening to wind down Personally think it's an easy-drinking refreshment, and I like sodas – sparking bubbles plus apple is my all time favourite taste for most things – eg, fruits, sweets, room freshener etc. What's special about Somersby Apple Cider is that it is based on fermented apple juice and just like beer, the cider is based on natural ingredients – like it that it has a strong non-artificial apple taste. Well, that's for sure given that it has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colouring!

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You will be surprised to know that Somersby Apple Cider is the original cider variant developed by Carlsberg Group in 2008! Here are some interesting facts about Somersby Apple Cider:
•  4.5% alc. vol. Apple cider
• Contains 17.5% real apple fruit juice
• Made from fermented apple juice, with added apple juice, sugar and natural flavoring to give a crisp and delicious apple cider taste
• 55 kcal/100ml
• 12 months shelf life (glass bottle)
• Best served over ice

Some friends of mine think it's uncool to drink booze with ice but I beg to differ! What's most important is to enjoy your drink and the best way to enjoy the Somersby Apple Cider is to keep it chilled till the very end. So best to pour it out into a cup of ice and slowly savour the drink. ;)

Here's a fun video featuring Noah  Yap and you should see his…. interesting and unique dance movements around town!

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Somersby Apple Cider is available almost everywhere (just drank it in Malaysia the other day when I headed in with some friends for food and booze) and for apple fans like myself, you'll love this drink ;)

Do pop over to Somersby Facebook Page for more details about the drink as well as keeping in touch with the latest promotions. Time to stock up to welcome your friends at your place!