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13 April 2012

Review: Kimage Hair Studio (haircut)

almost two months ago, i couldn't bear my excessive hairfall anymore. i had to cut my hair. and so even though i'm very scared to have a local cut my hair (for fear of not being understood what cut i want), i braved confirming an early morning appointment with Kimage Hair Studio at Bukit Panjang Plaza.

the day before the actual appointment, i did a bit of research on the net to see if there are any good reviews for that branch of that salon. i came across one that totally convicted me to go there and he highly recommended Yvonne, the salon manager and a top stylist.

and so when i arrived at 1030am, i was delighted that a pretty woman greeted me and ushered me in. i told her i'm looking for Yvonne and she just asked me to follow her - not knowing it is already her. she guided me to the shampoo area and shampooed my hair. i was shocked when she told me she's my stylist when i asked her who is Yvonne. she shampooed my hair thoroughly, gave me advice on my scalp and massaged my scalp oh-so-good! can't believe that a stylist would do all that, i thought they only do the actual cutting.

after the shampoo, she towel dried my hair and proceeded to cut my hair, asking for my preference. i said i want shorter hair that won't fly away at the sides or back. here she is, giving my hair her "magic touch":

fresh from the salon!

i was really delighted with how my hair turned out! i love how it made me look youthful and blooming! she was offering me a scalp treatment but i was in a rush that day. next time i visit their salon i will have that done! she also gave me some tips on blowdrying and best ways to style my hair, she's very helpful!

i paid S$55 for the services of a top stylist and i got a Kimage Style Card membership for S$20 for 2 years. with that card, i was able to avail 10% discount on my haircut and 10% salon credit which can be used for future visits to the salon. i am totally visiting again! i plan to do so on my birth month when am entitled to 30% discount!

what i love about my new haircut is it's so much manageable now, i've only minimal hairfall, it's very easy to style with and so many people complimented me on it! i totally <3 Yvonne! if you live near Bukit Panjang area, try her services and you won't regret it! (^_^)

the next day...

a couple of days after (please excuse my bare face! focus on the hair :P)

what's your highly recommended salon/stylist in Singapore and why?

have a blast this coming weekend everyone! (i know i will!) God bless us all!

12 April 2012

Review: Sleek Makeup O.M.G. lipstick

ola chikas! i'm back at work today hehe. still feeling a little bit under the weather but i'd have to suck it up - program codes waiting for me in the office aren't going to code themselves haha! ok, enough geek talk lol time for some makeup talk!

for Valentine's Day, i received a gift from my daughter - Sleek Makeup O.M.G. lipstick. she asked me what i wanted and i showed here everything i wanted at Luxola.com haha! i think she chose this not only because it looked pretty but because it's what she can afford too hehe! she was super sweet to have gotten me anything really! (^_^)

i admit, the first time i saw the color in Sleek Makeup's website, i was dubious. i don't really tend to favor reds on my lips as i feel they are too much of an attention seeker so i cannot pair it with loud eyes. but lately, i've spent less and less time to get ready in the morning so i don't really devote time to apply eyeshadow to my eyes anymore compared before. boo hoo! but anyway, if there's any consolation it made me consider bold lips instead of just relying on colorful eye makeup. and i think i'll be in love with looks that showcase lips more - thanks to O.M.G.!

what Sleek Makeup says:
* A superb highly-pigmented lipstick enriched with Vitamin E which leaves amazingly rich shades on the lips with only a single coat.
* Can be applied using a lip brush for a professional finish. 3.5g

O.M.G. on my lips, only lip balm underneath, nothing over it

my thoughts:
- this is a highly-pigmented lippie alright! i know now why it's called O.M.G. - people who take notice of it will immediately think or say such thing! it's in your face color but it's very classy, it's just love!
- i agree that one coat will give you enough color but i like to apply two coats of lipstick for longer wear (what i do is apply one coat then put tissue between my upper and lower lips then press them together gently and add another coat; i do this both straight from the tube because i don't have the patience to apply with a lipbrush lol)
- this didn't dry out my lips a lot, a little bit perhaps but not bothersome - probably because i wore lip balm underneath
- the color lasts long without touching it (drinking or eating). it wears out when you do drink or eat though.
- i had to take note to exfoliate my lips as if there's flaking of some sort it'll look weird when you apply this
- my daughter got this at Luxola.com for S$16 (free next-day delivery anywhere in Singapore!)
- i think this is the first time i got a tiny lipstick but for the pigmentation of the product i think it's well worth it
- the casing is very classy - matte and black all over, doesn't look cheap at all!

overall, i am proud to be an owner of such lipstick hue! it's definitely memorable, flattering, warm and can make you look sexy in a snap! i never wanted a lipstick i want to have backups of but i think this is one i contemplate on getting! it's that irrestible to me - two thumbs up!

do you own this shade? or have dupes? do tell!

take it easy this beautiful Thursday. God bless us all! (^_^)

11 April 2012

LC as in Longchamp!

i called in sick today. i have a seriously clogged nose and my body aches. :-/ hopefully, i can recover by the end of the day so i can face the ever-piling load at work tomorrow. LOL

i thought to cheer me up a bit i could share with you the first designer bag i own to date - Longchamp. my lifegroup leader (at church) went to Paris a couple of weeks ago and asked me if i wanted to buy some since the price there is way cheaper here - about half of it. and some buying i did! (^_^) it was so hard to choose and so i ended up getting 3.

covered up

from left to right: Beige Planètes cosmetic bag, Black Planètes large tote bag &Orange Le Pliage large travel bag

all laid out, from left to right: Black Planètes large tote bag, Orange Le Pliage large travel bag & Beige Planètes cosmetic bag

i've already used the cosmetic and tote bag. to be honest though, i don't want to use it often as i'm wary i might ruin it one way or another! i plan to use the travel bag for our handcarry when we go for vacation to Manila this coming school holidays.

i like the material of the Planètes bags - shinier, sturdier and classier than Le Pliage.

do you own a Longchamp bag? share your thoughts with it please? (^_^)

enoy your Wednesday everyone! God bless us all!

10 April 2012

DIY: Homemade sugar scrub

i remember i received a newsletter from Sephora Singapore previously that announced they already have Fresh which is supposedly known for their lip treatments. around this time i think i was also asked by my church lifegroup lady friends to prepare for an activity we can do during one of our bonding nights. i know most of them are practical moms so i thought why not do something DIY that is still beauty-related? i initially thought we can do homemade bath salts as that seemed fab but i thought not all of us have bathtubs haha so when are they going to use that?! then i thought why not sugar scrub!

i searched the net for an easy to follow recipe using ingredients that can be found at home and i adapted Petit Elefant's. i modified it a bit and used food color for my personal use - i don't like the boring brown one alone. and here's the end result:

at first, i wanted to use blue or pink food color but they both stains the skin! so i settled for green - didn't stain and it looked outstanding! when i look at it at my bathroom sink, it reminds me of fields - green pasture and dirt underneath it. so calming to look at! the most important thing is, this sloughs off dead skin off my lips and body then moisturizing it afterwards. i use this on my lips after brushing my teeth in the morning and in the evening and it prevents my lips from drying out - fabulous! i sometimes use it on my body too but not often and only in evenings, before going to sleep. i don't feel as comfy in my body compared to my lips that's why but my hubby commented that my skin felt smoother and smelled yummy when he noticed i used it for the first time haha. so there, wanna follow suit?? (^_^)

have a tranquil Tuesday mademoiselles! God bless us all! (^_^)

09 April 2012

Review: Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Warming Treatment

merry Monday maidens! haha that's triple M lol. it's yet another start of a busy yet favored work week for me and hopefully a blessed one for you too! (^_^)

i wanna share with you today my experience with a product that just got my attention at the store - Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Warming Treatment. (say what? nvm, i'm not saying it again haha :P what a mouthful!)

The pitch:

Use the gentle power of warming sensation to help eliminate blackheads for visibly clear and healthy looking skin!

- Instantly warms up to open pores, "Blackhead Fighting Complex" then penetrates into pores to promote the removal of dirt, oil and even stubborn blackheads
- Cedarwood extract and moisturizer help strengthen the skin's natural water and oil balance, and prevent new blackheads from forming with continuous use.

For best results, use together with other Blackhead Eliminating products.

- Oil-free
- Non-comedogenic

Directions: Cleanse your face, preferably with Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. Leave the face wet. Dispense the product to the tip of your finger and apply immediately & directly to face focusing on blackhead prone areas like nose, T-zone. Gently massage these blackhead-prone areas for 20 sec then rinse off. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.

my thoughts:
- i bought this product because of two things that caught my interest: blackhead elimination and warms up to 40 degrees Celcius. when they mentioned in the description, it will "eliminate blackheads for visibly clear and healthy looking skin", it does just that. although i know i shouldn't expect a lot from this product as it says only visibly clear, meaning will not thoroughly remove it (only facials can do that, imo), the results on is not so bad at all - quite decent actually. i felt the area that i apply this on becomes smoother and looks a lot better afterwards.
- this has a scent i love, smelled like guyabano (soursop). the texture was a bit grainy but not harsh on the skin which i liked. when the directions say apply immediately, you really need to do that. the heat sensation only lasts for up up to 5 seconds max then it just feels like your usual cleanser. i'm totally still unsure if the warm sensation had anything to do with the "removal" of blackhead but it was a nice kind of feel, liked it very much.
- what sucked totally for me for this product is that it "hardens" after a while. i think it's the reason why they chose to put this in small tubes, hence you see 6 of them in a box. in all the tubes i consumed, all of them came to a point where i know there is still product in the tube but i simply cannot squeeze it out. sad. (T_T)
- i do not recall already how much this costs exactly but i believe it's not more than S$15, another reason why i tried it.

if not for the hardening part of it, i would have bought this again. i liked that it sort of gave me a mini facial effect that my face smoothens and looks free of blackhead, even if just at the surface level only - rids me of that guilt i should have already gotten my facial hehe.

have you tried this product? would love to hear what is your take on it!

make your Monday count ladies! God bless us all! (^_^)

08 April 2012

Review: SHIELO Antioxidant Leave in Protectant and Hydrate Sealing Mist

happy Easter to all of you! no matter what you believe in, i just want to share with you that Jesus Christ has laid His life on the cross to save us from our sins. and this day celebrates His defeat of death by His resurrection. and i'm thankful for this day, for He has saved me from my sins and can look forward to an eternal life after my time in this world is up. (^_^)

in tune with my upbeat cheerful mood, today i'd like to highlight a sponsored hair product brand i was asked to try out - Shielo. the following is the background info of this company:

Shielo Hair Technology & Care was created in New York City in 2001 when salon industry leaders modernized the hair care industry by providing new technologies in the first voluminous technologies. A need was identified among top salons in New York City and their clientele for more voluminous styles, while including the effort to enhance and fortify hair care products with volumizing and color protecting elements. In 2007, the Shielo brand was extended from salons into clients' homes with scientifically superior products designed to invigorate hair for all styles. The Volume Collection was the first to debut online in 2007, much to the delight of women who craved high performance product that addressed the needs of limp and weak hair. Towards the end of the 2008, the Color Protect line was launched which today remains a product winner in many categories for color protection and shine.

The Shielo Difference

Strand Guard Technology®
- Protects hair from environmental factors, such as free radicals which attack hair follicles and colour pigments, that fade color and cause premature degradation of the hair structure. Shielo's priorietary Strand Guard Technology® contains potent antioxidants and sunscreens to protect colour from free radicals.

Spatial Expanse Technology®
- Products with our Expanse Technology give hair volume for greater strength and flexibility. Targetting specifically damaged and weakened hair, the results are thicker, healthier, more beautiful hair.

Concentrated Potent Formulas
- Investments in hair care products should be protected, which is why Shielo formulas are not diluted and contain concentrated formulas in each bottle to ensure your investment lasts and your hair is protected. That means a little goes a long way.

Our philosophy is to create products with integrity and ensure that we preserve the future well-being of our environment. Shielo is against animal cruelty and proud to use post-consumer recycled and recyclable packaging.

Vegan & Natural Base
- Our products contain the highest quality ingredients from nature, combined with advances in haircare research to ensure desired performance and ultimate results. As an organization, we have committed to developing naturally-based formulas infused with organic botanicals harvested from plants grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or chemicals.

Sustainability Policy
- Shielo has enacted a Sustainability Policy to ensure that all our raw ingredients are derived from a plant, non-petroleum, inorganic or other natural source (such as water). The policy requires that at least 65% of the molecular weight of our products comes from those natural sources listed above. We consider the impact on the communities and associated ecosystems which provide our raw materials, and we would never source materials that are considerd endangered.

their product line is grouped into five categories: VOLUME, COLOR PROTECT, HYDRATE, ANTIOXIDANT and ANTI-AGING. i was sent two hair products - the Antioxidant Leave In Protectant and Hydrate Sealing Mist.


What Shielo says:

Paraben free
UV protection with organic extracts
Styling aid 
4oz 118 ml

This antioxidant rich leave in protectant is designed to fortify every strand of hair, creating texture, as well as protect your color-treated hair from the elements. Our unique protective complex with pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids infuse hair with vitamins while providing UV protection. For deeper natural and color-treated hair color. Excellent in eliminating frizz and protecting hair from styling tools.

Key Ingredients
• UV Protectants and natural antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.
• Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.
• Innovative Wheat Crosspolymer creates an invisible safety net around each hair to shield color, increase flexibility and reduce breakage.

Directions: Mist throughout clean, towel-dried hair. For best color protection, comb through to ends to deeply preserve. Do not rinse. Style as usual. Can be used throughout the day.

my thoughts:
- i use this before i use any styling tools that involve heat (such as blowdryer and straightener) and i adore how this makes my hair shine and protect it from further breakage. my hair color is also a lot more noticeable as well when i used this product over just styling it with an ordinary heat spray (i used to use v05)
- i do have a bit of frizz on my hair reason why i go for rebonding once a year. currently, the top half of my hair now is regrowth so if i just dry off my hair and let it dry naturally or fan-dried with or without hair product it'll retain that frizziness. this product totally addresses the frizziness issue of my hair, to my satisfaction!
- it's in spray form so it's not messy on the hands and ample product is applied to hair
- the smell is reminiscent of coconut due to the ingredient Shea Butter. it's subtle but at first i admit i didn't like it because i usually don't like foody smell on my hair products but it kinda grew on me and i adore it now 
- the fact it's environment-friendly (the bottle is recyclable, made from high-density polyethylene or HDPE) and cruelty-free makes me feel better to support such products that do care for both environment and animals
- i believe it sells for US$19.99 but a little goes a long way. i've been using this once everyday (about 5 spritz) for about 6 weeks now and i still haven't used up one bottle. now, they are actually having a special on this product - 50% off at US$9.99!

i'm really head over heels over this product! i always thought heat sprays can only prevent the heat-inducing tools to further damage the hair - this product does more than that! so i was pleasantly surprised with this product. i'm definitely restocking! (^_^)


What Shielo says:
Proteins + Botanical Extracts
for hair and skin
4 oz 118 ml

Special edition hair mist seals hydration with 
Vitamin A, ProVitamin B5 and Vitamin E.

For hair: creates a hydrating seal for fresh, free flowing hair. Excellent for adding extra shine and fortifying strands throughout the day.

For skin: Use as a gentle toner after cleansing. A delicate blend of botanical extracts, including Aloe Vera, form a protective shield that locks in moisture and provides a natural source of nutrients. Excellent when used to set makeup.

Dermatologist tested.

* For skin: Spray generously on face and body after bath or shower. Can be used on bare skin or sprayed over makeup to set and keep fresh. Position bottle 6-8 inches from skin prior to applying the mist.
* For hair: Spray on wet hair and comb through for an exceptional moisture sealing before styling. Spray on dry hair to revitalize style.

my thoughts:
- i've seldom use this before styling my hair because i've some scalp issue and i tend not to overapply products on my hair. but times when i feel like my conditioner needs a bit of help to moisturize my hair, i do use this and it sort of helps but i cannot really see a big difference.
- i tried using this on my face to freshen up and it kinda does without any stickiness, but i feel it should have that refreshing effect more - like what i experience with Avene Thermal Spring Water - for me to enjoy it more. i didn't dare use this to set makeup, as my face is oily and any setting makeup spray i've tried before doesn't really help. besides, this says bring moisture so i chose not to do so - i usually let my moisturizer does that, before makeup and not over it. what i like about this though is it doesn't irritate my oily, breakout-prone, sensitive skin which is really rare for trying out new skin products.
- this has subtle scent of aloe vera which is calming and soothing aroma
- the fact it's environment-friendly (the bottle is recyclable, made from high-density polyethylene or HDPE) and cruelty-free makes me feel better to support such products that do care for both environment and animals
- this sells for US$12.95 which i feel is a good price for a product you can use both on your hair and skin

i cannot say i am in love with this product but i am happy to use it. i reckon it's great for people with very dry hair as this adds more and locks in moisture.

Shielo is a USA-based hair and skin product brand that operates in New York. they do sell their products internationally and throws in free shipping for orders over US$75. i do recommend their Antioxidant Leave in Protectant - in fact, i am placing an order to replenish.

*disclaimer: this sponsored review is based on my actual experience of the products and these are my personal and honest opinions.

i hope you'll spend the day meaningfully and happily! God bless us all. (^_^)

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