March 7th, 2017

#BetterHairDays with Chez Vous Hair Botox + Fillers Therapy and Bespoke Boosters

It has been almost a year since I started my hair journey with Chez Vous, and I thought it is time for an update.  For the past 15 years of my life, I’ve been bleaching, dyeing, perming and straightening my hair through all kinds of stressful processes.  And until I met the guys at Chez Vous, I had never enjoyed this level of thoughtful care for my hair. I was born with a relatively thick mane, combined with a stubborn natural propensity to curl in odd unmanageable places. Though chemical processes like rebonding and perming helped, over the years I found these to be less and less effective. At the same time, my hair has become frizzier and more prone to breakage.  This is because the internal structure of my hair cuticles have grown porous from multiple processing, and the natural keratin and nutrients have been leached out.  Regular salon hair “treatments” did not help, most were nothing more than merely slapping on a hair mask and sitting under a steamer.  The only treatment that truly left a noticeable improvement to my hair was Chez Vous’ Trilogy System Suite [reviewed here] that comprised of 3 separate but complementary treatments to rebuild, resculpt, and revitalize.  And now, there is an even more advanced, 3-in-1 treatment that does all of the above, fixes over-processed hair and restores softness and smoothness in just 120 minutes. Let me introduce you to Chez Vous’ Hair Botox + Fillers Programme!

Chez Vous Trilogy Bespoke Boosters

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November 22nd, 2016

Gentle & Kind – Klorane for my Stressed out Hair!

My hair has been constantly dyed since I was 18, and I regularly put it through chemical processes like rebonding and perming, so I am very diligent about my haircare, more so than bodycare.  Whilst my bathroom is permanently stocked with all manners of treatment conditioners and masks, and of course I go for regular salon treatments; there is nothing better than protecting and preventing damage to the hair to begin with.  Klorane is a brand that I’ve come to rely on for gentle and kind products, not only for myself but for my entire family.

Klorane Haircare

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May 27th, 2016

Caring for my hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Premium Hair Care

When I was a kid, I would tag along on my mother’s trips to the hair salon and spend seemingly hours staring at posters on the walls, admiring those luscious hair and thinking when I grow up I want hair like that!  And more often than not, they were posters of Goldwell.  Somehow along the way, the brand seemed to have lost a bit of its former shine, so I am glad to see Goldwell starting to emerge again.  I recently got to experience a Kerasilk Reconstruct Treatment at Chez Vous salon, and also got to bring home a full set of home care products to try.  They really are excellent, and I would like to share them with you today!

Goldwell Kerasilk haircare home care products

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April 24th, 2016

Fixing my Fried Ends with Chez Vous’ Trilogy System Suite!

I’m usually hesitant to review services as I find experiences difficult to replicate, and it is generally assumed that bloggers get preferential treatment anyway.  But since I bleached my hair thrice in the span of six months, I’ve been struggling with really weakened strands that split and break.  And nothing has worked, until I experienced Chez Vous’ Trilogy System Suite, and it is too good not to be shared!

Chez Vous hair salon

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January 24th, 2016

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy & Essence Absolue Oil

I have been in search for the perfect haircare for the past year or longer, as the products that I was using grew gradually less effective over time.  My hair has grown steadily damaged over the years due to continual coloring, rebonding, and regular use of flat irons without applying any protective products.  The problem was made a million times worse about 5 months ago when I bleached part of my hair and dyed them all sorts of crazy colors.  So, it was as if I had finally found the pot of gold at the end of a long journey when I woke up 1 morning to soft, tangle-free hair!  And my miracle hair-saver were a shampoo & conditioner from Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy & Essence Absolue Oil!

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy & Essence Absolue

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July 27th, 2014

From Wham to Glam! Total Date Night Makeover Tutorial

Ever since I got some personal coaching in hair styling at the recent OMY.Sg x Panasonic SBA Finalists Beauty Workshop (read here), I have been working on my technique, and am thrilled to be able to bring you a personalized tutorial today! This is a flirty look that you can wear out on a nice date, some place romantic where you can look into each other’s eyes all night long!

The Look

OMYSBA2014 date look tutorial LOTD

Having spent years perfecting my makeup skills, I am convinced that the right makeup can transform a person. And yet, with this look, it is obvious to me that properly styled hair elevates an entire look to an even more polished level. So, let’s get right on with it, and fix up the hair!

The Hair

OMYSBA2014 hair tutorial

As my hair is medium-lengthed at the moment, I look best with these loose waves, curling in gently at the ends. But to achieve that, I have to start curling about mid-way up, around my ears, so that the curl will hold and my hair wouldn’t fall too flat after I comb it out at the end.

OMYSBA2014 flirty date night hair tutorial

Before doing any heat styling, I usually apply some serum to protect my hair. Kerastase Nectar Theremique is something I always keep in my stash as it prevents heat damage, and actually gets activated when heated, to release nourishments to treat the hair.

My weapon of choice is the Panasonic Nanocare EH-HS95-K. I have used a number of straighteners over the years, from cheap drugstore ones to those designed for salons, and found this to be one of the best. It feels nicely balanced even in my small hands, and the finish is sleek but with enough tactile feel to maintain a good grip. More importantly, it is well insulated around the heated plates so there is no danger of burning your fingers; and the parts are all tightly fitted so no hair gets “caught” in unexpected grooves and breaks. Of course, it is ideal for hair curling because the edges are rounded, it heats up quickly to as high as 200 oC (although 170 oC is sufficient for me), and remains evenly heated throughout. Panasonic also claims that its Nanoe technology is be able to reduce moisture loss by as much 14%, thereby preventing further damage to my precious tresses!

OMYSBA2014 date look hair tutorial

To start, I pin up sections of my hair with some giant hair clips, and work from the innermost layers to the top [1]. And then taking about 1 inch wide sections of hair, clip it mid-way up firmly between the heated plates of the straightener [2], and slowly rotate the straightener inwards [3]. Keep on turning, making sure to keep the hair firmly in place, until you get to the ends [4]. If you find some odd bits of hair sticking out and unable to coil anymore, you may want to loosen the straightener a little and slide it down so that the ends get coiled in. Hold for a few seconds, then gently loosen the hold, and slide the straightener out.

It is actually fairly easy, the trick is holding the straightener firmly so the hair doesn’t just come tumbling out as you’re trying to coil it up. For me, I find it best to hold onto the opening of the straightener with my other hand while I turn. Also, it is easier to work in smaller sections at a time.

Once it is all done, comb through with fingers to loosen the curls, apply some serum for shine, and set with a good spritz of hair spray. Because I like wearing my hair on one side, I lifted the hair from behind my right ear, and pinned it under for this side-swept style. This is an optical trick for those of us with asymmetrical faces, slimming down a side of the face that may be slightly chubbier by hiding it behind some hair, and exposing the other side with more sculpted features!

The Makeup

OMYSBA2014 Flirty date night makeup tutorial

Of course, no look is complete with makeup! And to keep with the sweet girlie image, I have decided to dress up the eyes in pretty yet sexy colors! I am currently obsessed with the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres (review and swatches of all the palettes here), so I’ve selected Tisse Cambon for the pink-purple hues!

OMYSBA2014 Date look makeup tutorial

The makeup items I used:

And here is a detailed look at how I used Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Cambon:

OMYSBA2014 Date Look Tutorial

For the eyes, I first applied the bottom left medium pink shade all over the lid [1].  Next, I deepened the outer third of the lid with the bottom right dark eggplant shade [2]. Then, I added a dab of the top left shimmery mauve in the middle of the lid to create some dimension [3], and dusted some of the top right pale pink over the crease to blend out any harsh lines and under the brow bone to highlight. To finish, I lined the upper lash line with black liquid liner, winging out slightly. And lined the lower lash line with black gel pencil, following over with some of the dark eggplant shadow to blend out. And 2 coats of mascara on lashes.

Remember the art of getting dressed includes some personalized fragrance too, so give yourself a good spritz of your favorite scent (mine’s Diptyque Do Son EDP for the moment layered with Jo Malone Silk Blossom!) and you’re all set for the night of your life! Remember, all these preparations are for 1 single purpose… for you to have FUN! So be confidant, and go knock his socks off! Come back and tell me all about it later!  xoxo

Chanel Fall 2016 makeup look ft Illusion d'Ombre Rouge Contraste Rouge Brule

Avid beauty lover living in sunny Singapore. Loves the finer things in life, and believes every gal deserves to be pampered!

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