November 22nd, 2016
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.
May 27th, 2016
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!
April 24th, 2016
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!
January 24th, 2016
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!
July 27th, 2014
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!
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!
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.
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!
To start, I pin up sections of my hair with some giant hair clips, and work from the innermost layers to the top . And then taking about 1 inch wide sections of hair, clip it mid-way up firmly between the heated plates of the straightener , and slowly rotate the straightener inwards . Keep on turning, making sure to keep the hair firmly in place, until you get to the ends . 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!
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!
The makeup items I used:
And here is a detailed look at how I used Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Cambon:
For the eyes, I first applied the bottom left medium pink shade all over the lid . Next, I deepened the outer third of the lid with the bottom right dark eggplant shade . Then, I added a dab of the top left shimmery mauve in the middle of the lid to create some dimension , 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
June 1st, 2014
When I was living in the Bay area, I aspired to all things organic. It was a combination of living within walking distance of Whole Foods (notable because Americans in general don’t walk), and the prevailing Californian school of thought (happy weather makes happy people who are therefore committed to maintaining their happy living). But having dabbled in organic hair care for a bit, I was left with the impression that it was mostly just marketing ploys to elicit pricing premiums and excuse poorly formulated products. Fast forward 5 years later, I am happy to observe that things have improved tremendously. From Aveda to Evolvh, it just keeps getting better.
What is the point of organic anything that isn’t digested orally?
Since it is the weekend, let me digress a bit and address this often-asked question. Some time ago, I had written an article (here) in which I advocated consumers to be more discerning than to pick up everything labeled “organic”. My thoughts have not changed, and I still believe that we should be wary of anything labeled “organic”, and critically determine the right product for ourselves. But a recent bout of prolonged sickness (and a depressing read titled “The Fault In Our Stars”) gave me a new level of awareness of the importance of good health. Products that are left on our skin (scalp included) have the potential to be absorbed (in fact good products are designed to be absorbed), and therefore impact our health. Add to that, aerosols contain potentially harmful chemicals that are inhaled. Used independently, their harmful impact may be negligible; but significant when compounded by all the many (shockingly much in my case) other harmful products that are in our daily lives over a prolonged period.
And finally, I am happy to note that high quality, organic hair care is now widely accessible! So why not?! I’ve been luxuriating in a couple of deluxe samples that I obtained in the last SpaceNK Beauty Bag bonanza, and would really love to share them with you.
The star ingredient in the Rahua hair care range is Rahua Ungurahua, which has the ability to strengthen weak, damaged hair while nourishing and regenerating the scalp and hair follicles. This Rahua Conditioner has a slightly thick texture but does not feel overly oily and heavy when applied, instead it is light weight and rinses out easily. I also loved that is smells absolutely divine, so much so that I was desperately trying to dig out the very last bit of it from my sample bottle! It boasts of 100% natural and organic including quinoa, aloe, and rice bran wax; and is ideal for color-treated hair. More importantly, it is free of parabens, sulfates and other nasties.
It worked wonderfully on my dried and tangled hair, smoothing it out without weighing it down. I combed it through freshly shampoo-ed hair with my fingers, left it on for 3 minutes or more, then rinsed out. It worked better than any other conditioners I’ve tried, even surpassing hair masks that needed to be left on for longer. Throughout the 2 weeks I was using Rahua Conditioner, I woke up every morning to good hair days (I wash my hair every night to get rid of all the gunk before getting into bed). But if you still need some help taming flyaways, this can be applied as a styling product on towel-dried hair.
Rahua Conditioner retails for SGD54 is available in Singapore via Luxola (click here to sign up!) or USD32 via Beautybay.
Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color
The Oribe hair care line is named after supposed hair legend Oribe, who was a lauded hair stylist in the 1990s. He has worked with top supermodels, designers and photographers. After 30 years in the industry, Oribe finally launched his eponymous hair care line in 2007. The Oribe line features high performance, luxurious products targeting the discerning.
Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color is an intensive conditioning treatment that smoothes hair cuticles, and delivers a radiant shine. It has a thick gel-like consistency, and combs through freshly shampoo-ed hair easily. Even though it is a mask, you only need to leave it on for 1 minute before rinsing out easily. The result is soft and smooth hair that is still bouncy without feeling weighed down.
It is formulated with a cocktail of delicious-sounding ingredients with beneficial properties:
And as always, what is not included is equally important. Oribe products do not contain parabens and sodium chloride.
Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color retails for USD59 and is available on Net-a-Porter and SpaceNK US.
These are certainly high-end products, and will only appeal to the discerning consumer. However, if you are already a regular user of salon-branded products, then this is not a leap. In fact, over time, you are likely to notice improvements in your hair. Plus, both Rahua and Oribe smell so amazing, your daily hair wash is going turn into a treat. Go ahead, treat yourself after a hard day’s work!