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My First Hair Perm-and-Dye at X’Pect Studio

You know how to tell when a girl has just gone through a major breakup? She changes her hair. But oh no, it’s not just a normal cut-and-blow session at the salon. Instead, it’s a drastic do-whatever-you-think-looks-best-on-me kind of gamble with the most expensive stylist around. The worse the breakup, the worse the heartache and the more money she’s going to spend.

 

Anyhow, I suppose you can tell that I’ve had quite an OK romantic life seeing that my hair’s been all sleek and straight (read: boring) for as long as I can remember. Actually, it’s more of needing to save up than anything. I mean, I’d rather spend my hard-earned cash at Shu Uemura or on a lovely vacation at a Balinese villa. That said, you don’t always need a crisis to get your hair done!

 

I popped by X’Pect Studio one day after work to see what I could get out of a hair makeover. I was tired of my flat, limp hair and wanted something more voluminous and alive. My stylist for the day was Lee, who was very accommodating and gave me lots of options to consider. In the end, we decided upon a layered style with soft waves.

 

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Link Love: Life as a Blogger

 

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Many people assume that being a blogger is easy and pretty fun. Well, the first part isn’t all that true, especially since most bloggers do this as a sideline, and have full-time jobs like I do. The second part about blogging being fun, well, let’s just say that if we didn’t have the passion for it, we wouldn’t be doing it!

 

Today I’m featuring a few of my latest finds on the web. I love being a part of the blogging community, because I feel that somehow, bloggers do add some value to people’s lives! These 5 today have given me ideas on how I can make my own life more fun, and I hope they’ll inspire you too!

 
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Review & Swatch: The Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer

 

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Makeup is like goodies to me. Whenever I receive something brand new, it manages to fill my life with some sort of magical fairy dust and rainbow unicorns. That’s why when the mailman delivered the new Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The shade I received was Opal, a shimmery shade that I’d been trying to find for quite some time!

 

Opal is a sheer, sparkling white, where the shimmer bits are both blue and purple. I remember how when I was young, I’d mix some silver paint into a small transparent bottle of water and watch how the shimmer glimmered in the light every time I shook the bottle. I couldn’t stop staring at it – the same with Opal.

 

I decided to use this shade as a finish for a dark base, OPI’s Eiffel for this Colour. The final effect is gorgeous!

 

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It looks purple from some angles.

 

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The shimmer also looks midnight blue from some angles.

 
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My Skinspiration: My Story and Yours

 

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Do you have skin problems? Do you wish your skin was as flawless as anyone’s on the cover of Vogue? Or is your skin perfect (like some people I know)?

 

I never had good skin until a few years ago. When I was growing up, in my teen years, I was plagued with horrible acne – some cystic, even – that wouldn’t stop breaking out every single week. It didn’t even take the current breakout to start healing, before the second one would occur. My face was a constant mess and it affected my self esteem greatly.

 

I visited doctors and my parents spent a fortune on my face. The condition of my skin improved, but it never did completely recover. I won’t go into details on how I transitioned into my current skin, which has never been better, but I can say that my never-ending quest for good skin – which ultimately led to the start of Laced Ivory – did help a lot.

 
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Rave & Review: The Sigma Extravaganza Copper Kit Brushes

 

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What is a girl to do when she comes across a heart-melting, brow-upturning collection of the most beautiful brushes she’s ever come across? The Sigma Extravaganza Copper Kit is an assortment of 29 of the brand’s best-selling brushes, complete with a makeover that instantly amps up the glam factor of any girl’s powder room!

 

I fell in love with these brushes when they launched as part of Sigma’s 5-year anniversary celebrations. Not only are the brushes made with the usual Sigma synthetic bristles (so it’s animal-friendly), they also come in 100% pure copper ferrules atop sleek, black handles. I personally use Sigma brushes on a day-to-day basis and find them to be quite reliable, soft and handy. If you like, you can check out my review of the Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit.

 
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Tried & Tested: The Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Hair Treatment

 



 

This month, we celebrated Singapore’s national day with much pride and joy. I love my country but if there’s one thing I really, really, really can’t stand about it, it’s the heat and humidity. Granted, I have a higher-than-normal metabolic rate, and so I feel it worse than everybody else. If my hair had brains and a mouth to speak with (which would be quite freaky), it would agree wholeheartedly with me.

 

I have flat, limp, virgin hair. Other than trying out a D.I.Y. hair dye kit once at home, and having it rebonded a maximum of say, twice, about 8-10 years ago, my hair has not touched anything else. I’m proud of this little achievement, actually, because other than the frizziness on super humid days, it’s otherwise practically soft and smooth. But that’s the thing: Every day in Singapore is a humid day!

 

Sophie had an amazing transformation with the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin hair treatment. When I first watched the video above, I felt this hair treatment was too good to be true but right after that, I also saw some real life before-and-after:

 



 
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Rave & Review: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

 

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When I was younger, my Saturday nights were filled with Hong Kong movies on TV. My favourite actresses looked beautiful, that goes without saying, but the one thing that struck me most was the head full of hair they all had. Take for example Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei in Painted Skin. Which other Asian girl has hair like that? The answer is none.

 

So when Irresistible Me contacted me to ask if I wanted to give their hair extensions a try, I decided to take the plunge. After all, these were clip-in extensions, not the kind where you’ll need a salon visit to have.

 

I looked through Irresistible Me’s website and found a video showing the different shades of extensions they have.

 




 

For an American firm to have such a wide variety of shades is impressive. I picked the third darkest shade (Royal Chocolate Brown), as my hair isn’t completely black and it looks really brown (and sometimes purple) under sunlight. I then decided on a suitable length, and in a couple of weeks, the little black box arrived at my doorstep.

 
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Experience the John Frieda Blowout – For Free

 



 

I’ve never had a blowout, even though I’ve heard of people going for it many times. Before today, my knowledge of blowouts consisted of:

  1. Hair wash
  2. Blow drying
  3. Styling

 

After today, my knowledge is still pretty much the same. But, it would be really awesome if I didn’t have to pay for someone to style my hair for me. I mean, I can do it on my own, provided I have the time to spare. So, let’s all welcome and celebrate John Frieda Day, a special day every month where we can have our hair styled for free!

 

The next John Frieda Day will be on 28th September. Evolve Salon at Liang Court will be the ones to host you (and your girl friends) and you’ll be in the good hands of salon director Ken Hong.

 

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If you’ll like a sneak preview of what it’s like, here are some snaps I took at my very own blowout session at Next Hair Salon.

 

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Guest Post: 3 iPhone Fashion Apps You Probably Didn’t Know About

 

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{Are you looking for a new fashion app to install on your iPhone? Are you bored of Instagram and want more? Today, Mathilde from Price Panda lets us in on 3 new and exciting iPhone fashion apps! Explore away!}

 

We have never been so subjected to so many trends than today. Thanks to technology and especially smartphones, we can get inspiration from the fashionistas all over the world, in New-York, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney. And it’s awesome!

 

Talking about smartphones and fashion, the team of fashion addicts of PricePanda recently discovered 3 fantastic fashion apps for iPhone and wanted to share them with me. They are all great, creative and very different and I thought you would like it. So here we go!

 
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Review: The Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

 

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The very first lesson every girl has learnt in the makeup world is this: Remove it at the end of every day. Ever since we’ve dabbled in the world of foundation, blush and eye colour, we’ve been told how important it is to take it all off again. And so on top of finding that perfect facial cleanser, we also need to now consider makeup removers. Oh, what a chore!

 

My favourite makeup remover is the Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, which has made it into my list of favourite beauty items. It’s expensive but every make up maniac must have a good makeup remover! The only thing about this cleansing oil is that it gives me blurred vision during the day, so I sought high and low for a remover specifically for eye makeup.

 

I wasn’t willing to splurge again on a second makeup remover, so a trip to the local drugstore was sufficient. Thankfully, I found the Neutrogena Deep Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover!

 
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