Forever Young

Kim Kardashian

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Ladies, do you know that a part of you can be kept forever young? That part is your eggs and your ability to produce healthy babies.

With the new breakthrough in cryo-technology, your eggs can be vitrified and stored in liquid nitrogen below -196⁰C forever. This maintains your ability to remain fertile even when you become menopausal.

The younger you store your eggs, the higher would be their fertility. Generally the fertilizing ability of a woman’s eggs would have already begun to deteriorate at the age of 35. After 40, egg aging would speed up and after 43, the potential for producing healthy babies would be very low.

If you want to keep your fertility options open and not be constrained by time and social factors, you may like to explore egg storage.

It is now becoming fashionable for modern women to store their eggs. One of the most famous women in this category is none other than Kim Kardashian. If you are a fashionable woman who values her fertility potential and refuses to be constrained by time, you may like to join the likes of Kim in storing your eggs now before the window of opportunity passes.

Kim Kardashian baby North West

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What options open up with egg storage?

You can continue full-steam ahead in developing your career and postpone childbearing to a time when you have achieved your ambitions.

You do not have to settle for a less-than-desirable man to be your husband just because age is catching up. You have the assurance of continued fertility and remain confident of your self-worth as you conduct yourself in dating situations and when meeting your potential mother-in-law.

You can choose not to be saddled with a man and wash his dirty socks and yet have a baby of your own to take care of you in your old age if you also use sperms from a reputable sperm bank. You can choose the father of your child to be of any desired physical and intellectual attribute if you use a reputable sperm bank.

You can also choose not to get out of shape with a pregnancy by having the fertilized egg implanted in a surrogate woman.

Egg storage would liberate you from the march of time and give you the freedom that men enjoy in reaching your full potential.

If you are already over the age of 35, don’t worry. There is now a youth hormone called Human Growth Hormone which can make some women’s eggs ‘younger’. Better still, if you want to postpone egg collection you can start receiving this youth hormone now to slow down the egg aging process.

Sarah Elizabeth Richards shares her experience on social egg storage in her book, ‘Motherhood Rescheduled‘.

You can also see the experience of others in the blogs on their egg freezing experience.

The main risk of egg storage is the necessity of producing multiple eggs. This may cause ovarian hyper-stimulation.

Egg storage is relatively safe nowadays because this complication can be considerably minimized.

The cost of egg freezing in the USA is about USD10,000 per attempt. This is about SGD8,000 in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

Social egg storage is not permitted in Singapore. The nearest locations are Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

If you want to know which are the best centres for egg storage, you may like to email Dr. Charles M P Lim at dr.charles.mpl@gmail.com. He is passionate in promoting fertility preservation.

Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth Range – Smooth But Still Frizzy Hair

Herbal Essences Japan Series

Herbal Essences shampoos are well-known for their lovely scents, and now they have a new range which promises ultra-long-lasting fragrances! Under the Japan Series, there is the Touchable Smooth range and the Touchable Moisture range.

I was given the Touchable Smooth range for review and I found a most willing volunteer in Barbie! :D

Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth

To test if this range truly works, I backcombed (or teased) Barbie’s hair. Truth be told, her hair was already frizzy when I took her out of the box. There were split ends and all, and backcombing made it worse.

Bad hair day, Barbie?

Barbie Hair

I then wet her hair before the shampooing began…

Barbie Shampoo

I used the Touchable Smooth range of shampoo, conditioner and treatment:

Barbie Shampoo

This range, with fusions of camellia oil and pink rose truly smells heavenly.

Then the pat dry with a towel and a comb through:

Barbie shampoo

And just for fun, a blow dry:

Barbie Shampoo

The Outcome & A Giveaway:

Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth

Barbie’s hair looks and feels really smooth till about three-quarters of the way down, where it is still frizzy and with split ends. Her hair smells wonderful though! The scent lasts for about 4-6 hours easily, but definitely not for the whole day.

The other range in the Japan Series – the Touchable Moisture range – is the one that is said to be able to combat frizz and manage flyaway hair. This particular Touchable Smooth range just gets hair smoother. So I guess you just have to buy both? Or wait till there’s a 2-in-1?

In any case, here’s a giveaway!

{ Giveaway: Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth travel set }

How To Win:

1) ‘Like’ my Herbal Essences Touchable Smooth giveaway on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

2) ‘Share’ my giveaway post on facebook.

That’s all! It’s that simple! :)

*This is an international giveaway! The prize will be mailed to the winner.

Gucci’s Made To Measure EDT for that Dream Date

Gucci Made To Measure

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When I took the bottle of Gucci Made To Measure EDT out of the box, what captivated me first of all was the interesting cap and how heavy the bottle is – it would make a good paperweight one day!

Even before finding out if the scent was pleasing, the fiance asked if he could have the bottle as he is a fan of the brand. So… no giveaway this time! :D

My thoughts about the scent: It’s for the more distinguished gentlemen, so if you are below the age of 30, it’s probably not that suitable. It belongs to the man who has earned his place in society and is unafraid to flaunt it. [Wow. I should go write those cryptic descriptions for perfumes! Ha!] I’m not sure if this scent will be a hit with the ladies, so, guys, it’s best if you ask your girlfriend or wife for her opinion about the scent before you make that purchase. [Prices below]

Gucci Made To Measure

Pricing: EDT 30ml (S$88), 50ml (S$112), 90ml (S$146), Aftershave lotion (S$103), Shampoo (S$50), Deodorant (S$45)

Together with the bottle for review, I was also asked what I thought would make a “dream date”. It’s definitely important that my date must smell good (or, at the very least, not smell bad). An ex-boyfriend used to douse himself in cologne before stepping out of the house, and anyone within a 5m radius would end up choking. So, guys, moderation is key.

Also, let’s not forget about basic grooming and hygiene, clean shoes, and clean clothes. There. It’s not that difficult. At least guys have no need for makeup or elaborate hairdos. :D

Sense 108: Over 100 botanical extracts in one capsule! Better than multi-Vits!

[1-for-1 PLUS 10% off PROMOTION ends on 30th April 2014! Promo code at end of blogpost]

What is my #1 fear when it comes to being self-employed? Falling ill! If I’m still in a regular job, coming down with the flu or a fever just means a welcome rest from work and the more days of MC (or medical leave) the doctor gives me, the better!

But falling ill is not an option when I am self-employed. I want to stay healthy because I enjoy my work, firstly, and also because time really IS money – the time spent lying ill in bed could be used to work on an advertorial which pays the bills (and my next holiday).

When I fell ill after my Indonesia trip last year in October, I panicked. And I went out and bought myself more supplements. Check this out:

my supplements

After I recovered from that nasty flu + cough combination that I totally hated, I stopped taking these supplements because, really, who has the time to pop all these pills? Some of the tablets are also pretty huge and I always end up with a bloated belly from all the water I drank while trying to swallow the pills. Never quite gotten the hang of it.

So, I’m really very impressed with this new product: Sense 108. It combines over 100 botanical extracts including Resveratrol, royal jelly and kintoki ginger. And the capsules are small!

lifzyme sense 108

Just take two capsules before your heaviest meal of the day!

And if you think that you don’t need supplements, think again. Some of our favorite local food don’t provide the nutrition our bodies require!

Such as roti prata!

lifzyme sense 108

I love prata but it just doesn’t give me the fibre, vitamins and minerals that my body needs. And prata fills me up such that I don’t eat anything else at that meal. So Sense 108 helps me enjoy my food with less guilt. :D

Its ingredients list includes items like bamboo shoot, chinese ginseng, chocolate vine, job’s tears, etc. Fruit extracts included are from watermelon, orange, satsuma, grapefruit, lemon, kiwi, grape, papaya, mango, garden strawberry, apple, pineapple, banana, etc. There are also vegetable extracts from cabbage, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, and more! How did they pack so much goodness into one capsule?!

Each capsule is rich in enzymes which “help you digest your meals more efficiently and deliver the nutrients from your food to your body and releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair”.

During my trial of this product, I experienced a mild detoxification effect. Sense 108 helps in bowel movements, so it is great for people who suffer from constipation!

Before I did the trial of this product, I asked the distributor for the lab reports to ensure this is safe for consumption, and it was promptly provided. But that’s not all, I was also given a promo code for you, my readers, to try this product yourself!

Sense 108 ingredients

[ April Promotion: Buy 1 Get 1 Free PLUS 10% off]

Each bottle usually retails at S$150! But just for the month of April, get another bottle absolutely free, on top of 10% discount with your purchase. So you pay just S$67.50 per bottle!

Each bottle comes with 90 veggie capsules. If you take 2 capsules per day, it costs you just S$1.50 per day! All that botanical goodness in 2 capsules is even more affordable than a cup of ABC juice!

Just key in the discount code ‘Grace’ to enjoy this ‘additional 10% off’ promotion. There is also free delivery for orders over S$60! :D

Click HERE to make your purchase, whilst stocks last!

*For more information, please check out www.lifzyme.com*

influr.com: Linking Content Creators And Businesses

In this blogpost, I will apply makeup on a fruit, show you pictures of my bare face without even a tinge of makeup *gasp* and tell you how your posts on social media can earn you exclusive rewards. Ready?

Laneige BB Cushion Pear Experiment

It all began last Thursday with influr.com’s launch event at Marriott Hotel.

Introducing influr.com }

For Influencers, influr is a platform that measures your social influence (based on how many people like, share and comment on your posts) and awards you Treats from your favorite brands via influr’s rewards program. Elite influencers also get the opportunity to become Brand Advocates for exclusive assignments.

Elite Influencer

One of the available treats:

influr treat

For businesses, influr serves as the link between companies and top content creators whose loyal audience could become their next potential customers. The blogosphere is not an easy one to navigate, so influr can help companies make wise marketing decisions.

To sign up, head over to influr.com

{ The Venue: Marriott Hotel’s Pool Terrace Pavilion }

influr’s launch was held at Marriott Hotel’s Pool Terrace Pavilion on level 5. The Pavilion is usually a dining area for patrons of the Pool Grill, but was converted into an event space for the launch:

Marriott Hotel Pavilion

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill

Usually occupied by a few tables and chairs, and (mostly) angmohs chilling with their beer, cigarettes and laptops…

Marriott Hotel pavilion

I had dinner there on Monday with my pal, Steven. He’s 66 but never too old for a cutesy pose in photos. He inspires me because he is constantly in the pursuit of knowledge and does not take himself too seriously so he always makes me laugh with his jokes. He’s a fantastic dining companion, and I have so much to learn from him!

We even learnt something new over dinner. Being ignorant is not being foolish; choosing to be ignorant is…

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill

I ordered the Roasted Cod Fish (S$36) while Steven had the Yellowfin Tuna ($32). Steven wondered what that bright yellow ‘package’ next to the tomatoes contained. I thought it might contain a dessert of sorts (maybe jelly?) and asked him to untie it. And lo and behold, it was half a lemon (for his tuna, geddit)! Both of us had a good laugh, and Steven quickly re-tied it before anyone else noticed. :D So silly and so funny, but now we know. ;)

As an event space, the pavilion offers a cosy and intimate setting for 20-30 guests comfortably. Otherwise, you might want to dine indoors at the Pool Grill as smoking is allowed within the pavilion.

{ Laneige BB Cushion: My review }

At the launch, I was also introduced to a best-selling Laneige product: the BB Cushion.

Laneige BB Cushion review

If you don’t already know, I do not use makeup nor sunblock! Simply because I don’t like having gunk on my face and the consequences of not removing makeup properly. I’m serious – all I use in the form of “make up” is a pair of false eyelashes. Period.

The only drawback thus far is that when I am tired, it shows on my face. Also, people can’t help but gasp when they hear that I have neither makeup nor sunblock on. Yes, I know how damaging the sun can be to our skin! 

Thanks to influr, I got to know about Laneige’s BB Cushion which not only provides long-lasting, natural coverage but also has comprehensive UV protection of SPF50+, PA+++!

I received a small sample of the product in No.13 True Beige, which is the lightest shade in the range for Asian skin. But I don’t have very fair skin (no sunblock, remember?) so I headed to the Laneige counter at Isetan, Nex, to purchase the full sized product in No. 23 Sand Beige.

The Laneige BB Cushion retails at S$59, inclusive of one refill! Twice the amount of product for one price. I like. ;)

Laneige BB Cushion

The Laneige consultant told me that Sand Beige is the closest to my skin tone and would result in a natural, no-makeup look. If I decide to select one shade lighter (No. 21 Natural Beige), I would get an even more radiant, dewy look, but there might be a color difference between my face and my neck. (@_@) Obviously, I picked the color that would look most natural on my skin: No.23 Sand Beige.

 My Before & After application comparison (no filter)

Laneige BB Cushion Before and After

My skin tone seems more even after application and I look more radiant. It was really easy to apply and I now know why the puff (or applicator sponge) is so popular! It grabs onto a sufficient amount of the product and cleanly transfers it onto your face, leaving little to no residue behind on the puff! I am very impressed! For those who are particular about keeping the puff clean, either wash it or purchase new ones at S$5 per piece whenever you need a change! *Psst: the refill pack also comes with a new puff! :D

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I made a serendipitous discovery as well. I’d wanted to test if the Laneige BB Cushion can conceal skin imperfections such as freckles. So I took a spotted pear from the fruit bowl and conducted an experiment. To answer your question and mine, no, this product is *not* a concealer. BUT, it does give you really radiant skin. Watch out for that light spot on the pear. I applied the BB cream only on one small portion, and noticed that it made light from my ceiling lamp reflect off the pear, even though it doesn’t conceal/cover any dark spots!

Here’s what to look out for in the video later…

Laneige BB Cushion experiment on pear

The portion which I used the BB Cushion on became rather light-reflective. See the bright spot that the pink arrow is pointing at? Watch how it disappears when I rotate the pear over to the side without the BB cream. And back and forth again.

Are you amazed too?!

(*If the vid doesn’t load, click here)

Conclusion: I am absolutely SOLD on this product. Sure, I doubted their marketing claims that TEN BB Cushions are sold worldwide EVERY SECOND. But now I think it could very well be true.

This product does give a natural finish and very visible radiance. It’s worth every cent.

{ The influr Video }

And to conclude this post, here’s a video about influr.com:

influr video

How I would write the description for this video: “influr empowers the dreamers, the creative spirits, those who dare to be and dare to try, those who take time off to be inspired and to inspire others.”

If fortune favors the bold, influr favors the creative! :D Now, what is your interpretation of the video? ;)

I asked for your comments about this video on my facebook page and here are some of your replies:

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Just this evening at an event, I was introduced to someone who began asking me about what I do for a living.

Ms X: “I heard you are a blogger. So what do you blog about?”

Me: “I blog about business and lifestyle topics” (when prompted about the business portion) “I interview businessmen, entrepreneurs, even some celebrities.”

Ms X: “So, do you have a real job?”

Me: [I don't get offended anymore] “I’ve been blogging full-time for over 3 years now. And last year, I published a book titled ‘Blogging For A Living’. You can find it in bookstores.”

The above is an actual conversation that is not a first for me. People tend to think I am joking when I tell them I blog full-time. Till they spot me on TV, or read my book, or see me featured in the papers. It has not been an easy journey. Even my closest and dearest have, at some point or other, doubted that I can ‘make it’ in this career choice of mine.

But as the poet Robert Frost wrote in ‘The Road Not Taken’,

” I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

I am thankful that platforms like influr.com have been set up to empower bloggers and those who want to take the road less traveled. There will always be people who doubt your capabilities and people who envy your success and try to drag you down. But there will also be those who support you on your journey. So dare to dream. And dream big.

Now, go be beautiful… and live your dreams! :)

Laneige BB Cushion Barbie and Pear

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Update: This post won influr.com’s Blogger Contest. :)

WON

Prizes: Staycation at Marriott Hotel (worth S$390++) and Laneige White Plus Renew Hamper worth S$306! 

Pictured with me is Max Clyne, the photographer who helped shoot the photos in my award-winning blogpost! 

Connect with Max here:
https://www.facebook.com/maxbg12?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/maxclyneatwork

Review: A Luxurious Hair Spa Session at J’s Salon

{ Giveaway worth S$400 at the end of this blogpost! }J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Last month, I had the pleasure of experiencing a luxurious hair spa at J’s Salon, on the 3rd level of Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. I entered the salon with hair damaged by multiple rounds of bleaching and dyeing, and left with healthier, smoother and more manageable tresses! I even got temporary curls after the blowdry at the end. :D

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

It’s like I’ve experienced a small portion of the tai-tai lifestyle before actually becoming one!

I invited my blogger pal, Clarence, to join me for the hair spa, and we were pampered thoroughly, from the unlimited rounds of refreshments to the cushy recliner seats. We even had our feet wrapped up in warm towels for a quick massage!

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Just to ease us into things, we also received a warm shoulder massage and there was an element of aromatherapy as well. All just to create a sense of deep relaxation.

It was all so comfortable that Clarence fell asleep!

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

What took place during those 2 hours or so: Hair brushed -> Scalp massaged -> Dead cells softened with spray and removed during a later wash -> Shampoo to prevent hair loss -> Warm rinse -> Hair growth treatment -> ‘Steam’ (which was actually cold) to seal cuticles -> Mask for anti frizz and smoothening -> Massage!

At every stage of the hair spa, we enjoyed lovely views of the Singapore River. Can you imagine getting your hair washed here:

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

And the final result? I was so tickled by my tai-tai hairdo! And there’s Ms June Ng, director of J’s Salon, the real tai-tai, right behind me. :D

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

{ GIVEAWAY }

Would you like to enjoy the hair services at J’s Salon? Fancy a hair spa just like the one I went for? Or perhaps, a Lancome facial treatment or body treatment would be more suitable? Well, you’re in luck!

I have 2 x S$200 vouchers from J’s Salon for this giveaway, so I’ll pick two lucky winners!

How To Win:

1) ‘Share’ my giveaway post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

2) ‘Like’ J’s Salon facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jssalonsg

3) Comment on this blogpost and tell me why you deserve to win a S$200 voucher.

*This giveaway is only for residents of Singapore. J’s Salon reserves the right to make any changes to this promotion / giveaway.

*Make sure you have ‘liked’ my facebook page as winners will be announced there, so make sure you get the notification. :)

UPDATE!

Congratulations, Jaime Chan and Vanessa Koh! :D

To claim your prize, email gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com with your mailing address to claim your prize, before 5th April 2014, 23:59hrs! :)

Teeth Whitening At i.Dental: Review, Cost and What To Expect

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I got my teeth whitened at i.Dental’s Capital Tower branch last month. “Teeth whitening” was put on my list of things to do this year because while I envied celebrities their super white teeth, mine were stained by years of tea drinking (I don’t drink coffee) and perhaps from my love for curries as well. I have tried one brand of whitening toothpaste but it didn’t work, and was a waste of my time and money! Thankfully, i.Dental managed to help bring the ‘dazzle’ back to my smile.

At an i.Dental event after I got my teeth whitened:

Grace at i.Dental

*She probably needed sunglasses before she could look at my teeth. Just kidding! :D

Whiter teeth also results in greater confidence when taking ‘selfies’!

Rubi Hello Kitty Shoes

J's Salon Hair Spa

Even if you are not obsessed with photo-taking like most bloggers are, whiter teeth also helps you portray a more professional image at work, and it could also be beneficial where dating is concerned and on any occasion when first impressions count!

{ The Process }

Before the whitening could take place, I underwent routine scaling and polishing. The dentist also found some remnants of the bonding agent (from when I wore braces) on my teeth, so she removed them as well, otherwise the whitening gel would not be able to get into close contact with my teeth.

Here’s Dr Veronica, who did the teeth whitening for me. What she did was basically professional bleaching. A tray was fitted into my mouth and a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide was applied onto my teeth. Then, a laser light was used to ‘activate’ the gel. This whitening process can take up to an hour. There were supposed to be 4 rounds of application for me, but I stopped after the second round. Each round involves the application of the gel, the laser, and then a rest period of about 15 minutes before the next application.

i.Dental Dr Veronica

And here are my Before, During and After shots:

Whitening iDental

My teeth looked rather dehydrated immediately after the whitening, and it was normal according to Dr Veronica. It is bleaching after all. But that didn’t last very long.

And the reason why I stopped the whitening process after just 2 rounds was because my teeth were getting sensitive (an expected side effect of the procedure). If you have never experienced teeth sensitivity before, it’s kind of difficult to explain. It’s like your teeth are shivering. I have never had sensitive teeth so I was unaccustomed to that tingly sensation. Fortunately, the sensitivity did not last very long – in less than 24 hours, it was gone. I was given painkillers and toothpaste for sensitive teeth and those really helped! Also, not consuming anything cold (drinks, ice cream, etc) immediately after a whitening treatment is a good idea.

If I had done all 4 rounds of whitening, perhaps I’ll blind people with my ultra-dazzling smile. :D

My teeth were about 2 shades whiter after the process. So, if you can bear with it, go ahead and stay the course with 4 rounds!

Here’s the pricing for teeth whitening at i.Dental:

(1) Whitening by tray system S$450 before GST

(2) Whitening with Chairside Professional S$988 before GST

Why i.Dental?

i.Dental is most recognized for its Invisalign treatment, and is a Platinum Elite Invisalign provider. But since I’ve already got my teeth straightened out with braces, the next thing I wanted to get done was whitening. :)

I liked how the clinic’s assistants are really friendly and eager to ensure I was comfortable. One asked if I’d like to watch a movie while another asked if there was any music I’d like to listen to while lying on the reclining dentist chair. Though I shook my head to indicate “no” twice, I was very impressed. A visit to the dentist is always frightening for me (and for most people I know), especially when you have a tray fitted into your mouth and can’t utter a word during the whitening process, but staff who try and make you feel at home really help to calm those nerves and make the whole process more bearable.

After whitening, do still be aware of what stains teeth. The usual culprits are coffee, tea, soda, and tobacco. If you can’t do without your morning cuppa, at least get a rinse after you drink. And quit smoking. ;)

For more information, visit i.Dental’s website and facebook page (links below). When making an appointment, or when popping by an i.Dental clinic, mention you were referred by me and ask for Dr Veronica – she’s a really sweet dentist.

Here’s the number to call: 6323 2813

http://www.idental.com.sg/

https://www.facebook.com/iDentalSurgeonsSingapore

SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence Giveaway & 5 Tips For Great Skin

[GIVEAWAY at the end of this blogpost: WIN a bottle of SK-II's new Cellumination Aura Essence worth S$199!]

SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence

When people ask me what I do to get good skin, my (short) answer is usually “SK-II”, which I like to think explains a lot. :D And of course it doesn’t! A fellow blogger who ‘modeled’ at an SK-II event put it even better. Her answer to my question of “How do you get such good skin?” was “Good genes”. (@_@) So here are my 5 tips for good skin:

1) Drink lots of water. Not soft drinks, not fruit juices. If you have trouble tracking how many glasses of water you drink daily (actually who does that, anyway?), here’s what I do: I have 3 water bottles at home – 1.5 litres, 1 litre, and 500 ml. I just have to fill them with water in the morning and drink them all before the end of the day and I KNOW that I have consumed at least 3 litres of water. Simple as that. Three litres is probably not even sufficient for days when I hit the gym.

2) Get your beauty sleep. Ok, I find it tough to stick to this myself, but the 10pm to 2am golden hours are REALLY GOOD for people who want to have glowing skin in the morning, on top of really good rest.

3) Don’t use face towels. Actually, don’t use *any* sort of towel on your face. After cleansing, dry your face with tissues instead. You don’t want any bacteria from towels to get onto your face! Also, begin your face cleansing routine with warm water to open your pores, and end your routine with cold water to close those pores (makes sense?).

4) Don’t wear makeup! Yup, people are often surprised that I don’t have foundation, powder, blush, etc on my face. The only makeup I do is eye makeup – just my false eyelashes, and sometimes, eyebrow pencil to fill in those brows. That is all. My skin has REALLY benefited from being taken off makeup. But of course, the makeup industry will not want you to believe me. Truth is, yes, your face will look pale and ghastly in the first few days or weeks of no-makeup, but after that, you can get great skin with the right skincare regime. [*I don't recommend this for everyone, of course. If you need to face customers in your line of work, makeup is actually a form of respect. So don't scare people, especially your boss!]

5) Incorporate SK-II products into your skincare regime. You don’t have to buy ALL the products in the SK-II range, ‘cos they can be pricey. [Look out for 20% discounts at Metro sales] The basics are the Facial Treatment Essence and a product from the Cellumination range. I was using the Cellumination Essence EX previously but now, there’s the Cellumination Aura Essence, which I have tried and tested, and found to be even better! :)

“I’ll be your new best friend!”

SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence

Want to learn more? Sign up for the SK-II Women with the New Aura workshop (11th Feb 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Paragon). S$100/pax (fully redeemable). Register here: http://campaign.herworldplus.com/sk-ii/ *Her World and NuYou beauty & fashion editors will share industry insider tips and tricks.

Here’s what supermodel Sheila Sim uses:

Sheila Sim SK-II

I know my 5 tips above don’t make an exhaustive list. So, if you’d like to win the SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence, share a tip for good skin with me…

{ Giveaway }

Be one of the FIRST to try the SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence, worth S$199.

How To Win:

Step 1: ‘Like’ my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

Step 2: ‘Share’ my SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence giveaway post on Facebook

Step 3: Comment on this blogpost and share one tip to great skin with me. I’ll pick the best answer <- This is obviously subjective so go ahead and share more than one tip if you’d like! :)

*This is an International Giveaway!

*Just comment once. I have to manually approve all comments so they will not appear on this post immediately. :)

Update:

Congratulations, Clarence Chin! :D You win SK-II’s Cellumination Aura Essence worth S$199! :)

Fragrance Review: BOSS Nuit Pour Femme

I was sent a 30ml bottle of HUGO BOSS’ new Nuit Pour Femme fragrance for review. And because of its petite size and lovely scent, I thought I’d just stash it in my purse instead of giving it away like with my previous fragrance giveaways.

HUGO BOSS Nuit Pour Femme

Just based on the name ‘Nuit’, I had expected a heady scent that would be great for partying. But interestingly enough, even after 4 sprays on myself, I couldn’t smell a thing!

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Ambassador: Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

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This fragrance is so light that I’d recommend layering it. Use the shower gel and body lotion in the same range, THEN spray on the perfume. OR, you can use it like I do: spray some onto your pillow for sweet dreams. :) Alternatively, use it only when you are cuddling up to someone. The perfume smells REALLY good, but you have to be REALLY up-close before you can smell it. :D

It’s one perfume that doesn’t even leave a lingering scent on the bottle:

HUGO BOSS Nuit Pour Femme

My perfect makeup look to match the BOSS Nuit fragrance would be this look (above). A natural, unassuming look, but with a stunning personality when people get to know me. Or at least that’s what I choose to think. Muahaha. :D

Just beautiful eyes and some lip gloss!

HUGO BOSS Nuit Pour Femme

What scent are you wearing this Christmas? :)

Replace Your Anti-Aging Products with Reverse-Aging Ones: Cellglo Creme 21

[Giveaway worth S$690 at the end of this blogpost]

Cellglo

pic cred: http://www.cellglo21.com

You probably own a skincare product (or two) that has anti-aging properties, i.e. the product helps slow down the aging process. But Cellglo claims to be able to reverse the effects of aging, making you look younger than you really are. ;)

It promises to nourish, restore and protect your skin. A multi-use product, you can apply the cream on your face and body. Some people use Cellglo Creme 21 to combat pimples, acne, eczema, and heal scars. Others claim that they have firmer skin, reduced pigmentation, less visible wrinkles, and even firmer and fuller breasts (though of course I have yet to verify this) :D

Cellglo prides itself on using a 100% natural blend of plant ingredients, with no added drugs and chemicals.

Based on my personal experience using this product, I’d say it is indeed moisturizing though I cannot vouch for its wrinkle-reducing properties because I don’t have any visible wrinkles to work on, or flabby-enough bits to apply this cream on. But, I’m going to select FIVE people to test this product and find out how it works for them. If you’re younger than me (I’m 27), please don’t tell me you want to test the product’s wrinkle-reducing properties as I’m pretty sure you do not have any wrinkles! :P But if you would like a firmer waistline, for instance, go ahead and take part in this giveaway…

~ GIVEAWAY ~

Giveaway: 5 Sets of this ‘Reverse-aging’ Cellglo Creme 21, worth S$138 each! 

*Only for residents of Singapore!*

How To Win: 
 
1) ‘Like’ my Facebook post about this Cellglo giveaway 
2) ‘Like’ Cellglo21′s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/cellglo21
3) ‘Comment’ on THIS blogpost: tell me why I should pick you and include your email address in the comment. For example, “I’ve tried all sorts of anti-aging creams which are useless at combating my wrinkles! Pick me - youremail@gmail.com
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Contest ends: 14 Dec 2013, 23:59hrs
- WINNERS - 
Huifang Huang
Monera Tan
Amie Chen
Satish
Sharon Ngo
Congratulations! You’ll be contacted via email regarding prize collection! :)