Is Zoe Tay Even On Instagram?!

Zoe Tay instagram

So I spotted this ad on Facebook today and TOTALLY had to leave a comment to ask if Zoe even has an Instagram account, much less one that has helped “Over 11,000 Women Lose Weight”. *lmao*

I stalk follow many celebs on Instagram (people like Sharon Au, Felicia Chin, Jeanette Aw, even Pan Lingling! And I have NOT come across Zoe’s instagram account. Is there something I am missing here? ;)

And my goodness, though it is just one short ad, a grammar Nazi would have a field day with it.

“The few detail advice Zoe was able to share has helped so many mum’s and daughters reach their goals.”

-> Should have been “The detailed advice that Zoe shared has helped so many mums and daughters reach their goals” and even then, it is not saying very much. Kind of like a lot of fluff.

And…

“Zoe Tay Shed Tears On Instagram Because She So Happy to Help Over 11,000 Women Lose Weight!”

I think there’s a missing “Was” in the sentence above. I doubt she actually helped anyone lose weight because I am a huge fan of her acting and I have not heard of her helping anyone lose weight.

So guys, the next time you see such an ad, question it. ;) And there are only 2 methods (known to mankind) for losing weight:

(1) Diet & Exercise

(2) Liposuction

Zoe’s “few detail advice” is not one of them. ;)

Which is the real Stefanie Sun, and which is the wax figure at Madame Tussauds?

Madame Tussauds - Stefanie Sun Yan Zi

Picture credit: CNA’s Facebook Page

Yup, they fooled me. These two look so alike that I had to look at the most minute of details. I thought the one in black had visibly flabbier arms. The one in the white dress has incredibly toned arms – too unreal, I thought.

As it turns out, I was wrong. The real Stefanie Sun is the one in white while the one in black is her wax figure at Madame Tussauds. The attraction will open on October 25th. Will you be there? :)

I’m not too excited about the other wax figures of Lewis Hamilton, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Michelle Yeoh and Lady Gaga. For Stefanie Sun, I just might go get tickets.

For a more detailed writeup, head to CNA’s website here.

Lady First SG Episode 11: Bags Attack

This episode will likely rank as one of my top favs in the whole two seasons of Lady First Singapore! :D It’s all about bags! I can’t believe the team was so awesome as to put together an ENTIRE episode about bags! My goodness! They really know what women want! :D

A long time ago, I started an online blogshop selling bags (and the store’s called ‘Bagging Rights’) because I thought it made more sense than selling shoes or clothes because the latter come in many sizes and you’d have to keep so much stock! But with bags, it’s one size fits all, no?

Still, there’s so much to note with regard to having the bag match your body shape (e.g. don’t carry an over-sized bag if you’re petite) or personality, and how to care for your branded bags!

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In this episode, the gurus Keith and Kevin introduce bags from Saint Laurent, Longchamp, Fendi, Loewe, Ferragamo, and more. Check out the list here.

I have realized that when I carry bigger bags, I tend to put more things into the bag, and it really weighs down on my shoulder and causes aches and pains! So I now try to carry backpacks for a more even weight distribution, or carry smaller bags.

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Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag

I LOVE the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag in baby pink. It’s just so pretty! Here I am with the same bag in red…

Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour

Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour

Pretty eh? :D

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Here are some tips from the show regarding accessorizing with bags, and for bag care:

1) Cleaning your branded bags: use lens cleaning cloths without fibres as fibres might stick to the bag’s surface. Do not use newspapers to clean your bags as the ink might get transferred onto your branded bag! Always pat dry instead of rubbing off any residual moisture.

2) Crossbody bags are ‘hot’ right now, and bags in a blue-green shade are trending!

3) If your bag has a chain, clean it with a lens cleaning cloth when you are home so as to prevent bacterial growth on the chain which has come into contact with sebum from your skin. Also, do not store your bags immediately in a cabinet. Let it ‘air’ for a bit after you get home.

4) Adjust the length of the straps to suit your height:

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5) Use tassels and bag charms to jazz up plain-looking bags:

bag charm

bag charm

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bag charm

6) You can even transform your bags using necklaces and earrings! Talk about recycling! :)

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7) Interesting designs – let your choice of bag reflect your personality:

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The famous Karl Lagerfeld bag charms made from mink, fox and goat furs:

Karl Lagerfeld bag charms

Karl Lagerfeld bag charms

The amount you’ll spend on one of these is enough to buy you a branded bag. ;)

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All I want now is an episode on shoes or watches. :D Hehe!

Samsung K

Remember to leave me a comment on my Lady First Blogpost on StarHub Community (Click HERE) if you want to win a Samsung K! :D StarHub is also giving away $50 in shopping vouchers weekly! Just tag me in your comments! :)

Lady First SG Episode 10: Cover Up!

[For a list of all the products featured in this episode, click here]

In this episode, it was quite obvious that the producers saved the best for last. I was totally blown away by how severe acne scars could be covered up to resemble flawless skin! :D If you missed the episode but are reading this now, lucky you!

Dexter and Xiao Kai help the 5 ladies with their woes: wrinkles and yellowish skin tone, too-high foreheads, dark eye circles, square-shaped face and harsh jawline and finally, bad acne scars.

Xiao Kai made an interesting statement – that women with oilier skin tend to develop fewer wrinkles! People with dry skin get more fine lines and wrinkles than those with oily skin! (Also, Xiao Kai had a sideburn transplant *gasp*)

Wrinkles and Yellowish Skin

Tip #1: Add color correcting cream to your makeup products

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Tip #2: Use a moisture-rich foundation

Tip #3: The less makeup you use, the better. Too much foundation will make you look old

Tip #4: No concealer is needed. Just ensure you use the right shade of CC cream and foundation

Tip #5: Use an orange-colored blush for a healthy glow

Tip #6: Skip the loose powder as your skin is already too dry especially around the eyes

Too-High Forehead

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Tip #1: If you have bangs, and oily hair, bring powder with u. Using a tissue, pat some powder onto your bangs so it’ll absorb the oil

Tip #2: Avoid buying hair pieces which are too shiny – they look fake

Tip #3: Use hairspray to ‘harden’ the roots of your hair then use a hairdryer set to cold air or medium heat for a quick blowdry, then attach the hair piece

Dark Eye Circles

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Tip #1: Use concealer in a color close to your skin tone and start at the tear trough area (pictured above)

Tip #2: Use only a tiny bit of concealer towards the end of your eye, so it doesn’t appear unusually white. Spread it out and blend with your foundation

Tip #3: Gently tap on the loose powder so you don’t rub the concealer off

Tip #4: Add (mousse) blush as a distraction from your dark eye circles

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Square Face, Strong Jawline and Protruding Ears

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Tip #1: Use the L’Oreal Professional Steampod to straighten and moisturize your hair

Severe Acne Scars

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Tip #1: Use a pore minimizing primer (gel) and mix it with foundation or concealer. Gently pat it on

Tip #2: Use a concealer brush when applying concealer over the pimple

Tip #3: Pat gently to fill your pores with powder, especially if you have ‘potholed’ skin like Constance’s

Giveaway

Leave a comment about your skin or hair woe and win an autographed DVD set from Pauline Lan AND a mystery product featured on Lady First SG! :D

Pauline Lan DVD

Comment HERE.

Lady First SG Episode 9: Tropical Winter Fashion

*Exclusive Giveaway at the end of this blogpost!*

{ For a list of the products featured in this episode, click here }

It’s kind of an oxymoron, yes. Tropical winter fashion? I’m still quite rebellious where fashion is concerned. I really do like my tank top + shorts + slippers combo, and I like putting on little to no makeup! (I do believe in skincare though) Hehe. In this episode, gurus Keith and Kevin show us how to rock the tropical winter look. They also shared that nature-inspired menswear is fashionable right now! ;)

15 Tips For The Tropical Winter Fashionista:

1) To rock the ‘sweet punk’ look, note that piling on colors at the end corners of your eyes works only if you have deep-set eyes like the Westerners or Indian ladies. Otherwise, apply your colors at the corners of your eyelids with thin strokes, and with a contrast color on top, such as fuchsia and blue as shown below:

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2) Wear contact lenses in a purplish shade – it’s difficult to go wrong with this color as it’s both ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ tone, and should match your makeup and skin tone.

3) Draw the blue line first (in picture above) before using black liner, if you are a beginner.

4) You can use a pencil for the first color then black liquid eyeliner.

5) Avoid large patches / swathes of color which will make your eyes look puffy.

6) Make your eyes look wider / longer by drawing contrasting geometric lines.

7) For the grunge look that Vee is trying to pull off, wear shapewear even under a thick jacket. Choose Triumph’s which can (supposedly) lower your body temperature by 1.27degrees.

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8) Choose a body sculpting bra with large side panels for more support. Put on the bra first, before your shapewear.

9) Quilted panels on a skirt make you look skinnier.

10) For the leather jackets, choose a lighter color (e.g. white) instead of black all the time. This makes the look less ‘heavy’. Alternatively, choose those which come with two materials e.g. chiffon and leather. Going sleeveless is recommended so it doesn’t get too hot. Be sure to choose the right cut and material.

11) If you want to sport ulzzang lips, ensure your lips don’t end up looking too dry and wrinkled, like Candyce’s. Pearl powder is good for the runway but not for everyday use.

12) Choose Laneige’s LED lipsticks, which have over 35% moisturizing serum. You can use a magenta-colored one then a berry red one.

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13) Nude colored boots or booties make your legs look longer.

14) Some boots have perforated soles to let your feet ‘breathe’ and cut-outs so the look is less ‘tense’.

15) Choose neon nail colors based on your personality, e.g. darker shades for clubbing and pastel / ‘macaron’ types for outings with girlfriends. And use crystal nail sheets on alternate fingers, not on all nails.

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{ Giveaway }

WIN Laneige’s Serum Intense Lipstick plus travel-sized goodies from Nuxe and a limited edition Lady First SG manicure set just by commenting on my blogpost on StarHub Community! :D Simply comment and tell me what’s your favorite lipstick color, and why. :)

Laneige lipstick

Lady First Ep 5: Hairstyles That Make Men Go Ooh La La

[Hair Accessories Giveaway at the end of this post]

This episode is all about how to turn heads with a stunning hairdo no matter whether you have long hair, short hair or curly hair. I wondered if there was any tension within the studio as two hair gurus were featured in this episode. :D

Yi Lin was a natural before the camera while Dexter tried too hard to keep facing the camera while doing his demonstrations – he should have been focused on his subject instead. ;)

Based on the street survey that Kelly conducted, it was found that guys like girls with big curls best.

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Take note of the tips associated with your current hairstyle, whether you have curly, straight or short hair, or whether you like wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail.

Curly Hair – Silver

1) Comb through your curls with your fingers, so they look more natural

2) Use a leave-in conditioner before utilizing a curling iron. It can protect your hair from the heat and also help ‘hold’ the curls

3) Men love it when you wear your hair in the over-one-shoulder style – exposing a bit of neckline drives men crazy ;)

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Straight, Long Hair – Celyn

1) Part hair in a zigzag fashion so your bangs don’t look as flat

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2) For the Princess-y half ponytail, push the ponytail up before adding a hairclip

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3) Use a spray to add shine to your hair

The Bun Hairstyle – Hayley

1) Use dry shampoo – it removes excess oil from hair

2) To make a bun, use a thicker sock unless you have a lot of hair. Cut a hole at the tip of the sock, around where your toes should be, then roll the sock outwards into the shape of a donut. The sock should match your hair color. With your hair through the ‘donut’, roll your hair outwards till the bun is formed, and use 2 hair pins to secure it in place

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3) Use a serum to reduce frizz

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The Ponytail – Kelly

1) Tie a ponytail at the roundest part of the back of your head

2) Tie a French braid for use as a ‘hairband’

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Short Hair – Vee

1) If you have heavily damaged hair like Vee’s, don’t use sticky styling products – use more lightweight ones

2) It is trendy to wear your hairband ‘low’ – down your forehead. Use the hairband to push your fringe upwards first so it doesn’t look ‘flat’

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[For a list of all the products featured in this episode, click here]

{ Giveaway }

Hair Accessories Giveaway

To win the hair accessory of your choice, simply comment on my StarHub Community blogpost HERE and tell me your choice + one hair concern you have, e.g “I want #1. I have long hair which gets tangled easily”

How I Won Four Tickets To Star Awards 2014

I had the opportunity of attending the Star Awards Show 2 on April 27th at the Suntec Convention Centre. My first time at the Star Awards! :)

And it is very different from watching the Star Awards on TV at home.

For one, the atmosphere is CRAZYYYY! The various fan clubs generate so much noise that you wonder why herbal lozenges are not included in the goodie bags.

Secondly, there are no advertisements. Wait… let me repeat that again. THERE ARE NO ADVERTISEMENTS. Woohoo! I really dislike TV advertisements, so there you have it – watch the Star Awards ceremony live!

Third, you don’t miss a sec. Some portions of the show had been edited, especially if you watch the repeat telecast. For instance, Chen Liping, upon receiving her Best Actress award, proclaimed “All glory be to God”, but it seems that portion was cut out from the 2nd telecast.

And here’s how I won those 4 tickets. I took part in 8 Days Magazine’s Caption Contest. I won tickets for 2 of my captions. Here are the photos and my accompanying captions. :D [Both pictures are from 8 Days]

Elvin Ng Star Awards [“Hey bro, smile lah. You want an endorsement next year or not?” :P]

Rui En Star Awards

[ “People say you have to be friends with everyone in order to win an award. I’m, like, whatever~.” :D]

Did I stay for the whole awards ceremony? Nope. We left early so as to avoid the crowd when taking the train home. We left just before the Top 10 Favorite Female and Male Artiste awards were given out.

Perhaps next year, if given tickets again, I will stay till the end. :)

Spouse For House: Do HDB’s Rules Pressure Young Couples Into Marriage?

Selena Li TNP

[Pic source: TNP]

Due to a fellow blogger’s recommendation that I should watch ‘Spouse For House’ on xinmsn, I did. 6 episodes in fact. I wonder if it is not entirely impossible that a couple would get married just because their BTO flat is ready so as to avoid losing both their money and the flat if they decide that marriage is not for them. Hmm…

[Just a warning: Be prepared for many annoying Triumph ads if you want to watch Spouse For House on xinmsn!]

The main characters in Spouse For House are played by the very pretty Selena Li and Alaric Tay of ‘The Noose’ fame. In the first episode, Alaric’s character, John, wonders aloud – “you are getting married because everyone says you should? Your parents, your friends, and most importantly, HDB.”

It struck a chord with me because that’s exactly what happens. People like to ask me when I’m getting married. And I know that will not be the end of their questions. In future, it’ll be “When are you having a kid?”, “Which preschool are you enrolling your kid in?”, “Which primary school is your kid in?”, “How did your kid fare in the PSLE?”, etc. Point is, is it any of their business? *ahem*

So John and Jessica get married just for the house and for their folks, and decide to split the proceeds from the sale of the house after 5 years. In the meantime, they face all sorts of “married couple woes”.

John’s mother (played by Irene Ang) decides that just because she helped the couple foot the 15% downpayment on the flat that she can come stay with them anytime she likes, and she constantly (and relentlessly) reminds them about that 15%. John’s father likes hitting the furniture and wall fixtures, slapping walls, and slamming doors to check if they are “solid”-ly built. The couple also tend to hammer on the main door each time they come to visit. Truth be told, if someone comes hammering on my door like a loanshark demanding his million dollars back, I’ll call the police.

John’s mother also loves to find out every single detail about the young couple’s lives. She even designated every Saturday evening as family night. Come to think of it, yes, it would be extremely difficult for a mother to stop, well, meddling in her dear son’s life even if he has a girlfriend or wife to take care of him.

She kinda becomes the “third party” in their relationship. Though come to think of it, as she’s the mom, she was there first. The wife’s the ‘third party’. I used to be rather taken aback when the future MIL joined us on our dates, even to JB. Men don’t really care about such things, because to them, hey, it’s just one more person in the car, and it’s not like there’s no space! Women, on the other hand, like to know who is the most important woman in his life, hence that very silly question of “If your mother and I both fall into the sea at the same time, who will you save first?”

Men will perhaps finally understand this when the first child is born and the wife gives her 100% attention to the baby. That’s usually when men feel neglected and want to look for another woman who thinks he’s the most important guy ever.

It’s tough to divide your attention between 2 women (especially if one’s your mother and the other is your wife) and love them the way each wants to be loved. So don’t do strange things like attempting to have them live together under the same roof!

Back to the topic of whether HDB’s rules pressure couples into getting married. Yes! The G’s not stupid. It wants families and it wants babies.

So I’m not getting a BTO flat. *cough*

Who Does David Gan Think He Is?

On Instagram yesterday, celebrity hairstylist David Gan had some harsh words for his followers. The photo which started it all:

David Gan instagram

David Gan

David Gan

David Gan

David Gan

David Gan

~ On another post ~

David Gan

So that’s why, when asked for their opinion on something, celebrities say “No Comments”.

Update: I was emailed another screenshot by a reader who claims I had missed some other comments which had been deleted:

David Gan

I have a couple of comments about David’s choice of words, but I think I shall just keep them to myself. “No Comments”. ;)

Sunday Siesta 4: Hello Kitty Meet-And-Greet At WestGate

[The Sunday Siesta series: You’ll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs! Every Sunday! :) ]

Two weeks ago, I decided to go on a journey to the West (of SG) to catch Hello Kitty in a rare Meet-And-Greet session organized by Isetan, Westgate. I don’t usually travel all the way to Jurong East, but for Kitty, I did:

Hello Kitty Meet And Greet

I was the only lone adult in a queue dominated by screaming kids and their parents! Imagine that! I bought a Hello Kitty tote bag in order to secure a photo pass, and was later rather peeved that they were giving out FREE passes as the response wasn’t as overwhelming as they had expected. (@_@)

But the rest of Westgate mall was pretty impressive. Reindeer ornaments outside the mall, a roaming Santa Claus within Isetan, a soon-to-be-opened Wonderland for kids, free popcorn and candyfloss, and a BORDERS bookstore! I managed to attend the BORDERS book talk by Suchen Christine Lim, regarding the exact same book in the first of this Sunday Siesta series! What are the odds?! A huge pity that there is this gigantic TV screen next to the author’s table. The award-winning author had to wrestle with the TV for the audience’s attention! And oh… Kym Ng was in Isetan too! :D

Westgate Jurong East

BORDERS Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Going Shopping? Have a Happy Sunday! :D