Addressing Your Mane Concerns: Signature Herbal Scalp Treatment at Luxe Scalp Specialist

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Far from being my crowning glory, my hair had been the bane of my existence – it was visibly thin, frizzy and brittle (hence, much to my dismay, most hair tutorials don’t work for me). Sadly, these problems seemed to have gotten worse with age, to the extent that I could never run my fingers through my hair without losing gobs of them (which was why I had stopped brushing and combing my hair as often to prevent more breakage). Every look in the mirror gnawed away at my self-esteem as I noticed my ever-widening bald spot creeping forward from the crown of my head. At the rate my hair was disappearing, it wouldn’t be long before the bald patches could peek through whichever parting I would be wearing. Soon, my search history once filled with queries on acne was now permeated by worrying questions about premature baldness.

In a stroke of luck, an invitation from Luxe Scalp Specialist to try their scalp treatment showed up in my inbox (do I have guardian angels watching over me?!) and boy, never was I so quick in agreeing to a collaboration. Thank you for coming to my rescue 😭

Luxe Scalp Specialist who?

Founded in 2012, Luxe Scalp Specialist provides top-notch yet budget-friendly personalised scalp care treatments using modernised herbal formulation and trichological techniques while observing and practising high standard of professional conduct and ethical behaviour (no hard sell!). Their herbal treatment is 100% pure, contains no parabens and preservatives, and is validated by Mr Riff Lim, a trichologist certified by the International Association of Trichologists (IAT).

Luxe Scalp Specialist (Tampines 1)

Luxe Scalp Specialist (Tampines 1)

Luxe Scalp Specialist (Tampines 1)

Luxe Scalp Specialist (Tampines 1)

The company follows the L.U.X.E. principle, where services are luxurious and of optimal quality; unique with the use of a one-of-a-kind blend of the finest Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs (they are the only company that uses this formulation!) to combat hair problems such as oily scalp, thinning hair, dandruff and greying hair; experiential as every treatment includes their signature acupressure scalp massage that aids in blood circulation, and a reliever neck massage that is meant to relax the neck’s muscle; and effective, as vouched by their customers who had seen improvements in their conditions after just three treatments.

The Treatment: Signature Herbal Mask with Collagen Deep Moisturising Mask

My visit at their Tampines 1 outlet commenced with a scalp analysis for the specialist (quite frankly, she probably didn’t need it to know that my scalp was in a terrible shape) to better understand my scalp condition. The close-up scan revealed that, despite the dry texture of my hair, my scalp was actually oily and weak to boot, which explained the excessive hair fall I had been experiencing. This was further aggravated by the length of my hair which had kinda been adding to the pressure on my already vulnerable-scalp. With scalp as feeble as mine, the solution wouldn’t be as simple as just chopping off my hair – regaining its health would require professional help which Luxe Scalp is certainly equipped to give.

Those white stuff are oil scales, which were literally ALL OVER my scalp 😭

Those white stuff are oil scales, which were literally ALL OVER my scalp 😭

My poor scalp trying to keep my hair intact :(

My poor scalp trying to keep my hair intact 😦

More grease on my scalp

More grease on my scalp

Once the analysis was completed, the specialist ushered me to my seat where I would receive the Signature Herbal Mask treatment. This 2-hour herbal treatment is specially concocted with premium herbs handpicked from the Himalayan hills and then carefully brewed to allow thorough extraction of their essence and nutrients. It aims to reduce hair loss and dandruff, stimulate hair growth, boost blood circulation, prevent premature greying of hair, control oil production and soothe redness and scalp irritation.

My specialist began with a duo comb massage to improve blood circulation to my scalp. The whole brushing process was smooth and painless despite her swift movements – amazingly, the combs never once got stuck on any tangle!

Tea and caramelised biscuits (my favourite munchie!) were already served when I went to my seat

Tea and caramelised biscuits (my favourite munchie!) were already served when I went to my seat

Duo comb massage

Duo comb massage

She then proceeded to spritz some ginger-infused tonic on my scalp to stimulate the pores, and applied herbal mask (which had an awakening scent of Ginseng which lingered on my hair for the next two days) all over the top of my head before covering it with cling wrap. This was followed by a 30-minute micro-steaming session to allow for greater absorption of the herbal essences into the scalp.

GInger-infused tonic application

GInger-infused tonic application

Herbal mask application

Herbal mask application

Herbal mask application

Herbal mask application

Cling-wrapping

Cling-wrapping

30-minute micro-steaming session

30-minute micro-steaming session

After the beeper sounded for the therapist to move the steamer away, I was led to the washing basin for a deep-cleanse hair bath which lasted for no more than 10 minutes. Being the meticulous person she was, the therapist repeatedly ensured that I was comfortable with the water temperature (I could choose between cold or warm) before rinsing my hair. With her trained dainty fingers easing and relaxing every part of my scalp during the wash, I couldn’t help but drift off into a nap!

Rinse away!

Rinse away!

Deep-cleanse hair bath

Deep-cleanse hair bath

Back at my seat with my hair still wet from the wash, the therapist applied the Luxe Scalp Tonic on my scalp to intensify hair growth. My treatment in particular also came with collagen deep moisturising mask (which is actually ideal for dry and aging scalp) to help strengthen and repair my hair structure, moisturise the scalp and relieve itch, improve hair density and vitality, as well as form a protective barrier against external pollution. To ensure freshness and avoid contamination, the treatment masks are packed in individual sachets and they will be further heated up upon customers’ arrival to facilitate the penetration of the herbal essence into the scalp and help stimulate healthier hair roots.

Collagen deep moisturising mask

Collagen deep moisturising mask

Collagen deep moisturising mask application

Collagen deep moisturising mask application

Collagen deep moisturising mask application

Collagen deep moisturising mask application

The treatment at last concluded (*gasp* it’s been two hours already?!) with an invigorating scalp and shoulder acupressure massage that focused on boosting blood circulation for hair growth.

Sifting my hair through my fingers, what felt like dry rough hay-like strands were now noticeably softer and more manageable. Of course, no miracles were achieved in that one session, and my bald spot was still largely visible. But fast forward about a month, those once-barren patches are starting to show signs of growth! WOOHOO! The future of my hair is finally looking optimistic 😭

Adding the finishing touches. Frizz, be gone!

Adding the finishing touches. Frizz, be gone!

Have you tried the treatments offered by Luxe Scalp Specialist? If not, would you entrust your scalp to them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Luxe Scalp Specialist (Tampines Outlet) · Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1 #04-29 Singapore 529536 · Tel: 65551065
Luxe Scalp Specialist (Novena Outlet) · Square 2, Sinaran Dr #02-61 Singapore 307506 · Tel: 67020777
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CashBack Buddy – Earn Cashback Whenever You Are Shopping Online!

Hello everyone!

The appeal of online shopping has undoubtedly redefined how people fill their closets and cupboard. With more companies cashing in on the “discount mentality” of online shoppers (hey, we all want things cheap and easy!), the list of participating merchants on cashback websites like ShopBack only keeps getting longer and sometimes, it can be a pain to navigate through the different categories of stores when all you ever want do is buy the latest Anastasia Beverly Hills (AWW YISSZZ) palette from Sephora 😪

But life’s about to get even easier for the compulsive online shopping crowd (in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia at least): ShopBack has introduced CashBack Buddy, a browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari that notifies you whenever you are visiting an online store that is eligible for cashback from ShopBack.

Install ShopBack Cashback Buddy on ShopBack!

Install ShopBack Cashback Buddy on ShopBack!

Before I continue talking about how awesome this plug-in is, let me just say that growing up with computers that were constantly attacked by Trojan malware has made me very wary about installing or downloading any software – especially browser extensions – from the internet on my computer. But for the sake of putting together a comprehensive walk-through of CashBack Buddy, I took the plunge and installed it with the thinking that I could remove it after this article is published.

Click "Add to Chrome"

Click “Add to Chrome”

You will be prompted once more to confirm that you want to install the browser attention

You will be prompted once more to confirm that you want to install the browser attention

Don't forget to log in to your ShopBack account before you start shopping!

Don’t forget to log in to your ShopBack account before you start shopping!

You can also view some of the participating merchants on the pop-up notification

You can also view some of the participating merchants on the pop-up notification

Once installed (which was a breeze for me, by the way), a little red square icon will appear so inconspicuously next to the address bar that you won’t even notice its existence until it starts blinking for your attention when you land on a website that has partnership ties with ShopBack.

And here comes the revolution: instead of having to sift through the catalogue of merchants on ShopBack for a particular one (I am not saying that it is user-unfriendly, but the faster processors and immediate search results that the digital era have attuned us to have certainly turned us into some impatient consumers that can’t sit through anything which requires anything beyond a one-step process), CashBack Buddy helps you discover the availability of cashback from stores you never knew you could earn rebates from through ShopBack! In fact, you won’t even need to enter the website to know if it is eligible for cashback – a mere Google search would be able to show you, at a glance, those that qualify on the results page as seen in the screen recording below:

So helpful, CashBaby Buddy!

So helpful, CashBaby Buddy!

Apart from that, CashBack Buddy serves as a notification in the event that you have forgotten to access the merchant’s website through ShopBack (this happens too often to be taken lightly) because you will be notified to activate the cashback button via a pop-up message on the top-right corner of the page. Simply click on it and voilà! You are on your way to earn cashback from your purchase! But this button is only the beginning of more exciting features that will be rolled out in the future to help you make smarter shopping decisions, and the fastest way to find out when these updates would be made available is to install CashBack Buddy, obviously.

A pop-up message will prompt you to activate cashback (red button)

A pop-up message will prompt you to activate cashback (red button)

Once cashback is activated, the button turns green

Once cashback is activated, the button turns green

With the tremendous amount of convenience CashBack Buddy has brought to me, I guess it is safe to say that I won’t uninstalling this plug-in any time soon. Besides, no abnormalities have been observed on my browser since having this addition so it should be fine, right?  😜

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the ShopBack browser extension is available for Google Chrome, FireFox and Safari, laptops and desktops only.
This article was written in collaboration with ShopBack.

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REVIEW: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask + Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment

Hello skincare fanatics!

Unless you have gone on a social media diet, you would definitely have been at the mercy of Facebook and Instagram’s algorithm and seen numerous videos of people prancing around with a pink (or blue) jar or letting out an orgasmic sigh as they slid some pink mousse-like paste down their cheeks. Well, if you didn’t manage to sit through the advertisements to find out what the rage was all about, wonder no more as this review will take you through the exact same products that had sent so many people into a state of euphoria.

*squeals* I'M SO EXCITED!

*squeals* I’M SO EXCITED!

Ohh hey there!

Ohh hey there!

It's the Sand&Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and Porefining Face Mask!

It’s the Sand&Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and Porefining Face Mask!

Founded by Australian twin sisters and supermoms Emily and Sarah Hamilton – who were also the creators of beauty box subscription company, Bellabox – in April 2017, Sand&Sky was born out of the realisation that there was a gap in the market for luxurious yet affordable and effective face masks, as well as their desire to showcase the efficacy of the botanical ingredients (ethically) obtained from their motherland in skincare.

So, gathering their market intelligence on consumer behaviour and experience in collating beauty products for Bellabox members, the Hamilton sisters formulated a millennial pink (😱) clay mask that contains 50% Kaolin clay (Kaolin tops the ingredient list as shown here and it is a considerable amount as compared to the 10-15% in many clay products) sourced from remote pockets of Southern and Western Australia to remove toxins and impurities from the skin, and organic liquorice to diminish the appearance of skin discolouration. Apart from organic aloe and pomegranate to tighten pores, soothe, and stimulate collagen production, this much-revered formula also includes a combination of kakadu plum and mangosteen to create a defence shield that would leave skin clear and glowing.

Porefining Face Mask

Mini brush

Mini brush

Enclosed in the box together with the pink jar (note that it’s no longer blue) of clay mask is a handy flat brush (high quality with soft bristles 😍) which I feel is a really thoughtful gesture on Sand&Sky’s part to maintain the sterility of the product during application. On top of that, it also helps ensure even coverage fast and prevents wastage while keeping our hands clean.

Everything inside the box

Everything inside the box

Protective seal

Protective seal

Protective cover

Protective cover

The product

The product

Cool when first applied, the mask – which had a subtle musty and earthy smell – became warmer as it settled on my towel-dried skin. There was some tingling sensation (but no discomfort or itchiness whatsoever) and gradually, areas where pores were most visible turned red slightly beneath the mask. Perhaps because the fan was blowing in my direction, it kinda expedited the drying time so the mask took less than 5 minutes to solidify completely.

[BEFORE] Cleansed face

[BEFORE] Cleansed face

Gonna pick up some product with the cute brush!

Gonna pick up some product with the cute brush!

How the product looks like when applied! P/S: I filmed the application process on the left side of my face - check out my Instagram for the video!

How the product looks like when applied! P/S: I filmed the application process on the left side of my face – scroll all the way to the end for the video!

When it's still moist, and before I transformed into a Chinese Opera performer

When it’s still moist, and before I transformed into a Chinese Opera performer

TAKE NOTE 📌
Clay masks are known to dry out when exposed to humidity or a drastic change in temperature. Therefore, refrain from storing the clay mask in the bathroom as this will cause it to dry faster. Instead, keep it at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Should your clay mask harden prematurely in the jar, add a few drops of serum or water (about half of the amount of clay left in the jar) to rehydrate it.
Almost there..

Almost there..

100% dried up!

100% dried up!

Ahhhh so smooth

Ahhhh so smooth

Still, it was left on for the suggested 10 minutes before I removed it with a damp cloth in an upward motion. Just to sidetrack a bit, I cringe every time I see reviewers drag their skin down with their cloth as if having a droopy and saggy face is a worthy trade-off for a brighter complexion. As far as possible, we want our skin to be both firm and youthful, so never do that! Alternatively, if you have no cloth available at your disposal (and don’t worry, it doesn’t stain), you can easily wash it off – again, in upward motion – with warm water, which was what I eventually did when I realised that the wiped-off product on my cloth kept transferring back onto my face (the product liquifies instantly when comes in contact with water), repeatedly forming white casts with every wipe 😑

Try'na remove the mask with a damp cloth..

Try’na remove the mask with a damp cloth..

But it keeps coming back >_>

But it keeps coming back >_>

So I washed it off!

So I washed it off!

For best results..
♥ Oily skin to combination skin, use 2 to 3 times a week;
♥ Dry or sensitive skin, use up to 2 times per week

My verdict? The Porefining Face Mask delivered what it promised – a tightened, rejuvenated and shine-free complexion without harmful chemicals and the unnecessarily excessive use of preservatives, which ultimately make it suitable for sensitive skin like mine (even so, doing a patch test on your inner elbow is advisable), and safe to use in pregnancy. The results were even more prominent on my 60-year-old mother (unfortunately, no pictorial evidence as I had experimented on her out of boredom and didn’t expect it to work so well) who was absolutely amazed to see her fine lines smoothed out, wrinkles softened and an overall improvement in her complexion after use. Her skin felt silky to the touch too so for the first few minutes she couldn’t keep her hands off her face!

R E F R E S H E D

R E F R E S H E D

Smoother complexion

Smoother complexion

Pores tightened

Pores tightened

I must, however, add that this is not a cure for acne (but can be used alongside your regular skincare products). In fact, in the process of detoxification and purging, little poppable bumps – like in my case – may surface on congested areas a few days later. But they never grew beyond their initial minuscule size and they disappeared entirely once gratifyingly popped 😂

Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment

Exfoliating scrub

Exfoliating scrub

Since the tremendous success of the face mask, Sand&Sky has followed up with a second product that would complement the erratic schedule of career-oriented women: an exfoliating scrub that doubles as a flash mask which can be applied in-shower. It is also more nourishing than the original mask, making it an ideal option for those with extremely dry skin.

Likewise, the Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment also contains Australian Pink Clay to draw toxins, pollution and impurities from deep within the skin. But because it has more water content, it appears translucent to reveal the physical exfoliating particles when spread out on the skin. Apart from that, it has, among many other ingredients, low amount (less than 10%) of AHAs from Australian finger lime to promote cell turnover, collagen production and the absorption of moisture into the skin, bamboo stem extract to restore elasticity and suppleness to the skin, as well as rosehip seed oil for face rejuvenation and its anti-aging benefits. For the complete list of ingredients, click here.

The back of the tube

The back of the tube

Protective seal

Protective seal

The product

The product

To use, gently massage the exfoliating scrub into cleansed, moist skin (avoid eye area) in circular motion for about 30 seconds to allow the granules to remove dead skin cells. Then, leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. And there you have it – radiant, sensationally soft and smooth skin in just half the time needed earlier! Plus, it also allows for better and more effective absorption of any serums and moisturisers that come after.

Scrub-a-bab-ba-bab for 30 seconds

Scrub-a-bab-ba-bab for 30 seconds

As the product loses its moisture, it also loses its opacity

As the product loses its moisture, it also loses its opacity

Only the physical particles are visible now!

Only the physical particles are visible now!

Rinse away after 5 minutes!

Rinse away after 5 minutes!

However, it wasn’t until I looked in the mirror the next morning that I saw the full extent of the effect. My face seemed like it was given a new lease of life as it appeared to be more refreshed and clear, and the newly smooth canvas made it really easy to apply my foundation. Moreover, the experience provided by the scrub was quite different from that of the clay mask. Besides the coarse texture and the fact that I had to get my hands “dirty”, the warm and tingling sensation felt when using the mask was noticeably absent this time.

Smoother complexion

Smoother complexion

Pores exfoliated

Pores exfoliated

Smooooooth

Smooooooth

For best results..
♥ Oily skin to combination skin, use 1 to 3 times a week;
♥ Dry or sensitive skin, use up to 3 times per week

With the key ingredient Australian Pink Clay present in the clay mask and exfoliating scrub, one may ask if it is necessary to purchase both. In all honesty, it depends on the intent for using the products. I would say the primary function of the clay mask is to purify and tighten enlarged pores and reverse dull skin while the scrub is mainly to exfoliate and eliminate those nasties responsible for clogged pores. Personally, I would pick the scrub over the mask out of convenience, and also because I don’t like to be rushed into finishing the clay mask before it dries out. But both products work best together so ideally, you should get the Perfect Skin Bundle (save 15%!). Bear in mind, though, that they should not be used on the same day because too much good stuff may irritate the already-delicate skin 😝

Furthermore, getting the honourable nod from PETA also meant that Sand&Sky does not test on animals, nor does it contain any animal components or by-product. Thus, if you’re a firm believer that no animals should suffer for our vanity, this reason should propel you to support this brand!

What do you think about this brand? Have you tried any of them? If not, do you intend to? Let me know what you think in the comments below or simply take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading and stay gorgeous! 😘

Sand & Sky is now available on their website (with free delivery on all orders), ZALORA and Beauty Bay.
Products were supplied by Sand & Sky in exchange for this review but all opinions expressed are my own.

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REVIEW: Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque

Hello everyone!

Hello everyone!

As temperature rises across the world, beaches become crowded with sunbathers and swimmers armed with sunscreens to protect them against the sun’s harmful rays. While it may be common knowledge that too much sun is bad for the skin, less is known (or rather, not much emphasis is placed) about the adverse effects it and the seawater have on the hair. Since seawater has high salt content, it strips moisture away from the hair, resulting in a brittle and dull texture that causes tangling and split ends.

But that’s not to say that you should stay indoors and not bask in the summer sun. Fortunately for us, we have Coco & Eve to mitigate the rigours of daily life (swimming in chlorinated pools, styling, frequent use of hairdryer, etc.) so even people living in the tropics (me!) will be able to boast luscious locks all day e’er’ day!

Coco & Eve

Coco & Eve

Coco & Eve

Coco & Eve

Manufactured in the U.S., Coco & Eve was founded by a few expats living in Singapore (say what? 🇸🇬 ) who saw the need for a hair masque that not only repairs their parched and damaged hair from prolonged exposure to the sun, but also provide them with the nourishment they deserve to stay healthy. Hence, the product is created using 2 main ingredients – raw virgin coconuts and figs, both of which known for their hair strengthening qualities – to restore the hair to its pure state. They do so by preventing hair breakage and split ends while promoting a healthy scalp and preventing problems such as dandruff. Furthermore, it also contains linseed, shea butter and argan oil to improve the texture and vitality of the hair.

For complete list of ingredients, click here.

Animal lovers and sceptics will be thrilled to know that the hair masque is cruelty-free and 100% vegan (in this respect, nothing carries more credibility than a seal of approval from PETA), and free of gluten, sulfates, phthalates or parabens. Get beautifully shiny locks with a conscience as the brand works with specialists and thoroughly researches their producers and ingredients – which, by the way, originate from Bali (home to the world’s largest producer of coconuts), Hawaii and the U.S. – to ensure that they are ethically and responsibly sourced without ever compromising on their quality. With ingredients so fresh and beneficial, it goes without saying that this product is also suitable for all hair types and ages (yes, children too!).

Product and brush (top view)

Product and brush (top view)

Product and brush (front view)

Product and brush (front view)

The hair masque arrived in a box brimming with tropical leaf motifs, accompanied by a complimentary tangle tamer brush with a 2-tier bristle arrangement to detangle hair and help with application of the masque. Upon unscrewing and lifting the lid of the masque tub, my nose caught the sweet aroma of coconut and then took me back to the time I had coconut ice-cream at Chatuchak Market – the hair masque seriously smells like the dessert! The tub would have been emptied in no time if the product were edible lol 😋

Smells great!

Smells great!

Product description

Product description

Following the instructions printed on the packaging, I washed my hair with my supermarket shampoo (which I just realised contains sulfate 😫 Ideally, you should use one without sulfate) and dried it with my towel before evenly applying a generous amount of product to it and brushing through with the tangle tamer. The whole application process took less than 3 minutes, but it could definitely be shorter if not for the fact I had to pictorially document it.

Let's put it to the test!

Let’s put it to the test!

Tied my hair in a bun because I was working out earlier!

Tied my hair in a bun because I was working out earlier!

So oily, so messy

So oily, so messy

Hair toned down a little after a while.. but still, slightly crazy (As you can see, I have very little hair)

Hair toned down a little after a while.. but still, slightly crazy (As you can see, I have very little hair 😭)

A little frizz here and there..

A little frizz here and there..

Close-up of my hair

Close-up of my hair

Shampooed my hair!

Shampooed my hair!

Towel-drying it..

Towel-drying it..

Let's begin!

Let’s begin!

But first, inhale the wonderful smell of coconuts..

But first, inhale the wonderful smell of coconuts..

Brush with 2-tier bristles technology (purportedly worth US$15!)

Brush with 2-tier bristles technology (purportedly worth US$15!)

Ooh, it even feels like coconut ice-cream :D

Ooh, it even feels like coconut ice-cream 😀

Applying 'em on my hair..

Applying ’em on my hair..

And then brushing them down..

And then brushing them down..

The masque acts in place of normal conditioner so after having the product on for 10 minutes, I rinsed it off with warm water and blew dry my hair while brushing it at the same time. The masque should be left on the hair for 5 to 10 minutes but the longer the better! For optimal results, you can even sleep in it (by covering it with a shower cap) and then wash it off the next day.

After the final wash

After the final wash

♥  For dry hair, use 2-3 times a week;
♥  For normal hair, use 1-2 times a week;
♥  For oily hair, use just once a week and focus the product towards the ends of the hair and avoid the scalp
Towel-drying away the excess water so the floor doesn't get wet :

Towel-drying away the excess water so the floor doesn’t get wet :\

Blow-drying to speed up the process (actually, I was just very eager to see how my hair would turn out LOL)

Blow-drying to speed up the process (actually, I was just very eager to see how my hair would turn out LOL)

SWOOSH. Not disappointed!

SWOOSH. Not disappointed!

Seriously damn smooth now!

Seriously damn smooth now!

Compare this with the one above! My hair looks more revitalised here.

Compare this with the one above! My hair looks more revitalised here.

Although the effects weren’t very noticeable on my hair (it was already rather smooth to begin with because I seldom style it nor engage in activities that put me in direct contact with the sun or harmful chemicals), it still makes a better conditioner than my existing one. Therefore, I plan to use this at least twice a week.

In addition, unlike many treatments that leave a greasy film on the hair (imagine the product transferring to the pillow and onto your face – ew!), Coco & Eve leaves nothing but naturally flowy tresses and a pleasant coconut scent to boot (I lost count the number of times I took a whiff of my hair 🤭). Running my hands through my hair, the softness it promises is also apparent. Ultimately, I think this would benefit swimmers and people with chemically treated hair.

My hair enjoys the attention from the fan

My hair enjoys the attention from the fan

What are your thoughts about Coco & Eve Hair Masque? Take a quick poll or let me know your views in the comments below 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Coco & eve is now available on their website for S$64.90. Besties kits are also available at S$99.90 each with Free shipping (delivery restrictions may applyy) on all orders.
Products were supplied by Coco & Eve in exchange for this review but all opinions expressed are my own.

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[SHOUT-OUT & GIVEAWAY] I’M STARTICE, Korean Premium Shop @ Big Box

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It was barely 11 a.m. on a Saturday, just four days shy of our nation’s birthday. Blaring music from the tower speakers configured next to a stage for a significant event at Big Box pierced the usually-quiet mall in Jurong East. Unbeknownst to many, a Korean premium shop initiated and appointed by the Korean government (Small & Medium Business Corporation or SBC for short) as an exclusive authorised agent to promote their locally-made products was about to open its doors officially.

I'M STARTICE main entrance

I’M STARTICE main entrance

This 4270-square-foot unit marks the first Singapore outlet for I’M STARTICE (아임스타티스) which already has locations worldwide including the U.S., China, Vietnam and Indonesia. The relatively low-key occasion was graced by one-eighth of Running Man cast, Ji Suk-jin, as well as business partners and several South Korean government officials. I’M STARTICE commemorated its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a free lucky draw where shoppers could stand a chance to win up to S$1000 worth of shopping vouchers. Missed it? Click here to watch the repeat of Big Box’s live stream or check out the pictures below!

Ji Suk-jin and the other VIPs present at the grand opening

Ji Suk-jin and the other VIPs present at the grand opening

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Announcing the winners of the lucky draw

Announcing the winners of the lucky draw

And this lucky guy walked away with S$1000 worth of I'M STARTICE shopping vouchers! Dude, you can practically buy one of every item in the shop with those vouchers!

And this lucky guy walked away with S$1000 worth of I’M STARTICE shopping vouchers! Dude, you can practically buy one of every item in the shop with those vouchers!

We scored a picture with Suk-jin oppa! I had a solo picture with him but I accidentally deleted it 😥😥😥

We scored a picture with Suk-jin oppa! I had a solo picture with him but I accidentally deleted it 😥😥😥

Conveniently located right before J-Walk connecting to Jem on level 2, I’M STARTICE boasts a wide variety of products from cosmetics to food to household wares (not sold anywhere else in Singapore) by small to medium enterprises with a limited selection of offerings from mainstream brands such as Innisfree (mainly their facial masks) and Lotte. Due to their low visibility, most of the brands carried at the shop may be unfamiliar even to the most dedicated Koreaboos but they are in no way inferior to more established brands. Apart from the stringent South Korean safety standards they have to comply with, it is also no secret that K-beauty products in general are made of high-quality (and sometimes exotic) ingredients which their Western counterparts fall behind on. And yet, they are inexpensive. For instance, a 125 ml tub of Mizon’s Water Max Aqua Gel Cream costs just S$19.90 when a similar product by a more reputable brand with less than half the volume would set you back at least S$50.

This area sells mostly household items

This area sells mostly household items

The cashier

The cashier

Heading to an EXO concert any time soon? These official EXO light sticks may interest you..

Heading to an EXO concert any time soon? These official EXO light sticks may interest you..

The other side of the shop stocks up beauty products and food

The other side of the shop stocks up beauty products and food

Another Korean group that has been generating a lot of buzz lately for winning international awards... BTS! Why hand cream of all products, though..? I guess whatever sells with their autographs and faces on it.

Another Korean group that has been generating a lot of buzz lately for winning international awards… BTS! Why hand cream of all products, though..? I guess whatever sells with their autographs and faces on it.

Crazy for Aloe Vera!

Crazy for Aloe Vera!

A complete list of participating merchants and their specialty products can be found here (though I can’t guarantee that everything featured is available in-store here).

My favourite section in the shop!

My favourite section in the shop!

There's something for everyone - even the men get a beauty section dedicated just for them!

There’s something for everyone – even the men get a beauty section dedicated just for them!

Some beauty products for the femme..

Some beauty products for the femme..

Skin care products are sold in a bundle at relatively affordable prices!

Skin care products are sold in a bundle at relatively affordable prices!

Of course, how can there NOT be face masks? South Korea is well-known for their face masks!

Of course, how can there NOT be face masks? South Korea is well-known for their face masks!

Makeup by J.ESTINA, which is more known for their jewelry

Makeup by J.ESTINA, which is more known for their jewelry

Authentic (licensed in Shanghai) Hello Kitty Face and Body brushes! You'll be surprised at how affordable they are!

Authentic (Sanrio license awarded in Shanghai) Hello Kitty Face and Body brushes! You’ll be surprised at how affordable they are!

Korean dietary supplements

Korean dietary supplements

Snacks and some instant beverages

Snacks and some instant beverages

Instant food on the other side

Instant food on the other side

You can find foods like kimchi tteok-bokki in the refrigerator

You can find foods like kimchi tteok-bokki in the refrigerator

Household products like adult diapers, containers and diapers are also sold at I'M STARTICE!

Household products like adult diapers, containers and diapers are also sold at I’M STARTICE!

At I’M STARTICE, products are priced as low as S$1.30 for an instant ramen cup and can be as much as over S$200 for a bag pack. On the whole, everything – especially those at the food and beauty sections – is rather affordable so you should be able to stretch your dollar a lot farther than you would at other Korean marts. The following shows some interesting Korean products I could get under S$100:

Dr. Plus Banana Milk Mask Pack

Dr. Plus Banana Milk Mask Pack

And they smell EXACTLY like Banana Milk. The essence has the texture of milk too!

And they smell EXACTLY like Banana Milk. The essence has the texture of milk too!

These Choco Cacao Nose Pore Strips made me craved for chocolates every time I use it. The chocolatey smell is really no joke!

These Choco Cacao Nose Pore Strips made me craved for chocolates every time I use it. The chocolatey smell is really no joke!

What I bought from the Hello Kitty section. Two of these will cost less than US$100 altogether.

What I bought from the Hello Kitty section. Two of these will cost less than US$100 altogether.

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Body Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Black Hello Kitty 4D Face Brush

Great news for those who hate hustling through the crowd and meandering around the aisles!

You can soon place your orders online at the comfort of your couch and pick them up in-store on another day. This service is not available at the moment, but do check back for further updates!

Some Korean cup noodle which I've yet to try..

Some Korean cup noodle which I’ve yet to try..

I've grown tired of Samyang noodles.. Time for a change!

I’ve grown tired of Samyang noodles.. Time for a change!

More snacks!

More snacks!

Green Tea Dream Cacao

Green Tea Dream Cacao

Korean fried chicken-flavoured chips? Take my money!

Korean fried chicken-flavoured chips? Take my money!

Other purchases we lugged home were a few vacuum-sealed airtight containers (which we bought mainly for storing durians in the refrigerator😲) and a set of kitchen cooking tools meant for our future use (when we’ve gotten our own flat – gotta think ahead, y’know?). Teehee!

And now, here comes the most exciting part of this post..

★ ★ ★ INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY ★ ★ ★
-CLOSED-

I understand Jurong East may be a little too far for some of you living in eastern Singapore, so I plan to bring some of I’M STARTICE’s bestsellers to your doorstep (or rather, mailbox) instead! It has been awhile since I held a giveaway, so I promise this is gonna be huuuge. To thank you for your continued support all these years, I will be gifting three lucky readers either a Hello Kitty 4D Facial Brush or Body Brush. More prizes are up for grabs this time around so as to increase your chances of winning something from this giveaway! If you are a Hello Kitty fanatic, this is definitely one giveaway not to be missed 😘

Prizes to be won

TOP PRIZE
1 × Hello Kitty 4D Facial Brush

CONSOLATION PRIZES
2 × Black Hello Kitty Body Brush

To participate in this giveaway, all you need to do is complete the following easy steps:

  1. Follow me (@amelieseah) and I’M STARTICE (@imstartice.sg) on Instagram
  2. Comment on this Instagram post why you should be picked as the winner (unfortunately, you won’t be able to choose the prize) and..
  3. Tag 2 friends who may also want to lay their hands on these Hello Kitty brushes

And I will pick 3 lucky winners once the giveaway ends! 😉

T&C #1: ELIGIBILITY

This giveaway is open to everyone currently residing in Singapore only. To enter the giveaway, participants must follow @amelieseah and @imstartice.sg on Instagram, tag two (2) friends and comment why you want to win the Hello Kity brush on this particular Instagram post. Only entries on Instagram will be considered for this giveaway. Entries submitted after 8 September 2017, 2359 h will be disqualified.

T&C #2: SELECTION & DELIVERY

Winners will be electronically selected and will be notified via e-mail within 3 days of the closing date. All giveaway results are final; winners are not allowed to choose the prize. Prizes are also non-transferable. Winners will be announced on the aforementioned Instagram post as well as on this feature. Prizes will be delivered by post only and no meetups will be entertained. In the event of unclaimed or unsuccessful prize claims, another draw will be held to determine the next winner.

NOTE

FIONASEAH.COM reserves the right to edit, amend the giveaway Terms and Conditions (T&C #1 and #2) as it deems fit.

[UPDATED: 10 SEP 2017]

★ ★ ★

That’s about it!

Thanks for reading and good luck if you are intending to enter the giveaway! 😄

I’m Startice
big box (next to Jurong East MRT Station)
1 Venture Dr, level 2
Singapore 608521
Instagram: imstartice / imstartice.sg
THIS FEATURE WAS DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH I’M STARTICE. PRODUCTS FEATURED WERE EDITORIALLY SELECTED. ALL OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE GENUINE AND UNINFLUENCED.

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REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Birkin Brown & Very Victoria

Hello everyone!

These days, highly accomplished makeup artists do not simply stop at amassing a wall of accolades or an extensive list of celebrity clientele. Instead, they become entrepreneurs by starting their own makeup line which, owing to their unparalleled credentials and high profile statuses, blooms without a hitch into the talk of the town. From Laura Mercier to François Nars of NARS to Carol Shaw of LORAC (her name spelled backwards if you didn’t realise, because me neither 😂), beauty brands born out of many years of makeup artistry experience are now so common and popular, I bet you dollars to doughnuts that you have at least one in your makeup arsenal.

Now, how about adding another (by a renowned British makeup artist, no less) to your collection? This time, though, you may have to splurge a bit more because we are about to talk luxury, yo 😁

YAZZZ GURRRL

YAZZZ GURRRL ✨

Established in 2013, the Charlotte Tilbury brand is the namesake of its London-born founder, one of the world’s most in-demand makeup artist having worked with the likes of A-listers Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Amal Clooney and Natalie Portman, as well as respectable fashion and beauty publications such as Vogue. Despite being only officially sold in the U.K. and U.S., its popularity has spread globally ever since it was spotted on the lips of celebrity fans sashaying down red carpets, hence making it the fastest growing beauty brand.

“Wait, if Charlotte Tilbury is largely only available in the U.K., how am I supposed to buy anything without paying a bomb for shipping? Even the most affordable forwarder I know doesn’t ship from the U.K.!” ✋ Hakuna your tatas, ladies, for there is now an easy way. Thanks to online beauty retailers based in Singapore – like BlushBoss – that stocks up on brands not available in Singapore (such as Jeffree Star, Kylie Cosmetics, ABH and more) and at reasonable prices, laying your hands on these inaccessible brands has become pretty darn simple.

Matte Revolution Lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury

Matte Revolution Lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury

Through BlushBoss, I received my first pair of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks in Birkin Brown and Very Victoria – the only two shades available on the website, unfortunately (hopefully there will be more choices in the future) – which each arrived in a classy and quaint, very Georgian-like style boxes with gold lettering set against deep maroon background.

The lipstick tube itself is shaped like that of majestic fluted pillars with a texture marked by grooves, perhaps also for better grip since the hard and metallic rose gold material can be quite weighty in the hand. The cap closes with a satisfyingly loud click too! I would say the packaging as a whole has an unmistakable British flavour to it which sets it apart from those pop-ish designs of mainstream U.S. brands.

Side-by-side comparison between Birkin Brown and Very Victoria

Side-by-side comparison between Birkin Brown and Very Victoria

With one of Hollywood’s most celebrated makeup artist helming the brand, naturally there would be a lot of buzz around these CT lipsticks (which was partly why I got them in the first place) even on some of the world’s most revered magazines. Furthermore, the limited availability of the brand also fuels the desire to own one of these prized CT makeup. But do these lipsticks live up to all the hype? Read on to find out!

#1 Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown

Practically every lipstick in the Matte Revolution line is inspired by a celebrity one way or another (which makes a brilliant marketing ploy to garner eyeballs and generate more hype, I must say) and here’s one that was created with fashion muses Naomi Campbell (who pioneered the dark brown lip look) and Jane Birkin (who the Hermès Birkin bag was named after) in mind.

Described as a soft chocolate cream, Birkin Brown glides on smooth and has a nice slip, but settles quickly into the lip lines. Hydrating and emollient with a creamy and slightly glossy finish, this lightweight lipstick leaves a soft and supple feeling while delighting your sense of smell with its sweet vanilla scent. It is, however, mostly sheer and only buildable to a certain degree. Even so, it still appears patchy with very noticeably uneven consistency after many passes, as if there isn’t enough pigment to deliver a strong colour. I had high hopes that this would apply true to the bullet colour but nay.. what a disappointment. This shade fades to a stain after a few hours.

You might also have noticed the uniquely shaped bullet which, according to the website, is angled to mimic the shape of a lip brush for precise application. Gotta trust the expert on this one – it works like a charm for me because application definitely felt a lot easier especially along the cupid’s bow. On the downside, though, I would be more reluctant to use the lipstick for fear of losing the original shape of the bullet.. 😅

Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown - swatch comparison with other browns I have

Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown – swatch comparison with other browns I have

#2 Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

If you’re a fan of Posh Spice, you wouldn’t want to miss this Victoria Beckham-inspired shade. Plus, it’s probably the only thing with her name on it that you can afford. Have you seen the prices of the products in her recent makeup collection with Estée Lauder? It’s CRAY!

Described as a suede taupe nude, Very Victoria is the perfect shade for everyday wear and best paired with subtle smokey eye. This comfortably hydrating formula applies like butter on the lips and leaves sheer but buildable finish with subtle rose gold shimmers. Although, similarly, it settles into my lip lines, the unevenness does not seem as pronounced as Birkin Brown due to its lighter tone and the fact that it is near-perfect match to my natural lip colour. I kinda like this more than Birkin Brown even though I’m usually not fond of light shades, because of it feels more matte. Also, it has better colour payoff.

Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria - swatch comparison with other muted browns/nudes I have

Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria – swatch comparison with other muted browns/nudes I have

All in all, these Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks fare very well in the comfort, luster and moisture categories – basically areas expected of luxury brands because I suppose these make the products feel and look expensive, and also to give a sense of glamour to the entire look. As one who values pigmentation (which, from my observation, luxury brands always fails to provide) more than anything else, I find these lipsticks way too sheer and creamy. They most likely need to be used with other products to achieve that degree of intensity shown on their models.

And most importantly, do I consider these matte? Certainly not 😐

What are your thoughts about these CT Matte Revolution lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Very Victoria and Birkin Brown are available on BlushBoss.com.sg. Get yours from BlushBoss with free shipping (no minimum order required) today!

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Zap Those Unruly Upper Lip Hair with IPL by EXPRESSIONS

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Hey everyone!

No matter how nonchalant a lady is about her appearance, the last thing she would want to see in the mirror is a face marked by masculine features such as facial hair especially on the upper lip. Not only is it embarrassing for a female to have a moustache, it is also as socially unacceptable as women who don’t shave their armpits.

womoustache

photo credit: flickriver

Apart from aesthetic and hygiene reasons, I personally detest facial and androgenic (body) hair because they, especially pubic hair, prick the skin and cause it to itch! I count myself really lucky to have abnormally high tolerance for pain because that has enabled me to master the art of plucking and waxing at a tender age of 11. Believe it or not, I’ve been plucking my own armpit and pubic since puberty with my tweezers because I hated the aftermath feeling of shaving. Crudely put, I’ve been baby-smooth down there for as long as I can remember and the feeling of being hair-free is truly orgasmic. Perhaps I’m weird, but there’s a therapeutic quality to pubic hair plucking just like pimple popping 😉 (yes, in case you’re wondering, I’m a poppaholic too! *fist bumps*)

But of course, a lot of time has to be invested every week (not forgetting the tendency to get ingrown hairs) to ensure that they don’t strike back with a vengeance so it’s always good to have a time-efficient alternative that does an equally great job at removing unwanted hair.

Expressions (Orchard branch)

Expressions (Orchard branch)

I recently came to know about the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal programme at Expressions and was drawn to the fact that there’s even a portable device now that you can use at your convenience. Called My IPL, it comes in three different packages aimed at removing hair, clearing acne and rejuvenating the skin for as low as S$169! But being terrible at electronic gadgets myself (as I keep spoiling stuff), I opted for an in-house IPL session for hair removal because I heard that it’s more effective per session as compared to using the mobile IPL device too!

In-house IPL

In-house IPL

Expressions was kind enough to provide me a demo session, albeit an impromptu one done on the same day I had my weight assessed after undergoing the three-day detox juicing programme. Hence, I hadn’t allowed my armpit hair to grow out prior to my visit. The IPL treatment was carried out on my upper lip area because that was the only hairy spot I could think of 😆

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is the transmissions of highly-wave dependent light passing through the skin. These filtered bands of light consist of various wavelengths that penetrate deep into the skin and thereby effectively removing unwanted hair.

My eyes were shut the entire time because a sudden beam of light would be emitted from the device each time the button was pressed. The whole process was generally painless save for the slight tingling sensation which lasted for a split second upon every zap. They actually felt like static shocks so my body would kinda jerk a little every time a laser shot hit my skin. Lol, embarrassing much. But if it was the My IPL device, I would be able to choose the energy level of the shot according to my preference.

With cream applied

With cream applied

Following the treatment, a clear moisturising cream (Hair Inhibitor Essence) was applied on the affected area to sooth the skin and avoid irritation. The cream somehow accentuated the appearance of my upper lip hair (which otherwise would be unnoticeable) so I could still see some.

Post-IPL

Post-IPL

From what I understand, IPL is meant to weaken the roots and they will only be effectively eliminated after a few sessions. I would probably need to go for more sessions to see results in that case!

In-house IPL prices (image courtesy of Expressions)

In-house IPL prices (image courtesy of Expressions)

If you’re unable to find time to make an appointment with Expressions for an IPL session, remember, you can buy My IPL online for just S$169 (before discount – scroll down for 10% discount code)! The My IPL device offers up to 60,000 shots per cartridge which can be replaced with a new one (at S$80) once the shots have been depleted. On average, you would need 40-50 shots to remove hair on the arm completely. The device can be used practically anywhere on your body – your forehead, underarm, legs and even your bikini line if you’re too shy to do it in the salon.

So what are you waiting for? Get yours now and feel your baby-smooth skin once more! I guarantee you’ll not want to stop touching yourself after that LOL.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

In-House IPL (as low as S$48)
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Expressions (Orchard)
121 Penang Road #01-02 Regency House
Singapore 238464
Tel: 6235 9890
E-mail: orchard@expressions.co
Operating hours:
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