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:

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~ 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

Movie Review: ‘Gravity’ starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

Thanks to a kind invitation from the folks at Golden Village, I got to attend the priority screening of the movie ‘Gravity’ on the eve of my birthday. :D

That’s not me delirious with joy. That’s Sandra lost in outer space:

Sandra Bullock Gravity

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At the start, I found it incomprehensible that a movie could be mainly about just one person (as if the movie budget did not allow for more characters). Then I realized that Sandra Bullock did such a great job that it didn’t seem as though we saw too much of her, though we did see too little of George Clooney. ;)

The synopsis from GV: “Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in ‘Gravity’, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarn (“Children of Men”). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth – and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space”.

What I liked about the movie:

1) Those moments of silence when all you can hear are Sandra’s gasps for air, and perhaps, your own heart beating. If you’ve experienced those moments of pure silence before, you’ll know that it’s both terrifying and liberating. Terrifying ‘cos you’re probably all alone. And liberating at times ‘cos you are all alone.

2) George Clooney’s advice to Sandra to truly get over the death of her daughter, and just move on with life. All too often, we tend to cling on to people who aren’t here with us anymore, and we stop ‘living’, we grieve (for too long), and we forget there is a reason why we are still breathing!

3) How good the two stars look, despite their age. There is hope for all of us (with, maybe, the help of Botox). :D

Overall, a good movie. The bf rated it 7.5/10 and I gave it a 6. It’s a timely reminder for me, on my birthday, to think about whether I’m living each day to the fullest, whether I still have emotional baggage from the past that’s tying me down, and to spend some moments in silence each day to just be.

So a big Thank You to Mr Popcorn! :D

 

Lady First Singapore 女人我最大 by Starhub – Episode 13 [Final Ep]

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In this final episode, the guests and experts, Xiao Kai and Keith, discuss how we can travel in style. No more oversized, overweight luggage, or skincare woes again! :)

Masking On Planes

Pointers:
1) Masking while on the plane? Don’t leave the mask on after the usual 15-20 minutes of masking! The sheet mask will reabsorb all the serum and this leaves your skin dry. Also, when you eventually tear off the mask, it is harmful to your very dry skin then. On top of all these, the masks actually prevent the skin from “breathing” so don’t exceed masking times!

2) Pack your serums/essence/sprays in smaller bottles to take onto planes. Bear in mind, though, that you can use smaller plastic bottles only  if the original bottle is also made of plastic. If the original container is made from glass, for instance, it may indicate that the substance it contains might have a chemical reaction with plastic bottles.

3) Don’t neglect your lips too! Keep them moisturized!

A Short Island Getaway

Pointers:

1) Bring multi-use clothes and accessories so you can mix and match them without bringing too many items, e.g. a belt with a different color on each side

2) Choose black outfits ‘cos they are less recognisable when you are re-using them, e.g. converting a toga dress into a tube dress.

3) Foldable flats are useful for the times when your feet are sore from walking around in heels too much

4) Aching legs from all those beach activities? Instead of normal medicated plasters, use these colorful ones that athletes use and disguise them as a fashion statement:

Lady First Ep 13 Medicated plasters

Too many skincare / makeup products

Pointers:

1) If your makeup is too heavy, your skin can’t breathe. On the plane, use some makeup wipes to cleanse and moisturize your skin

2) Use a nourishing cream for your body too.

Too many jackets in the same color or style

Pointers:

1) Firstly, choose jackets in the right size

2) Invest in jackets that will not go out of style, e.g. the waisted coat, the cape coat (in black or nude)

3) Choose leather jackets too. When you return home, get them dry cleaned, moisturized and stored in a closet with a dehumidifier.

Makeup cracking up in cold countries?

Pointers:

1) You can use your current foundation but allow some moisturizing essence to be absorbed into your applicator sponge. Dab all over face. [An alternative would be to mix the essence with your foundation, if you know how]

2) You can also use a lipstick to double up as a blusher – get some onto the back of your palm then transfer the color to your cheeks with a finger.

Lady First Ep 13 Lipstick as blush

3) Consider getting a liquid eyeshadow so your eyeshadow color doesn’t get dry or cracked in colder climates.

Final Tips: Don’t bring unnecessary stuff, and be knowledgeable about the products you are using, e.g. which lipstick can double up as a blush.

-> Check out more Lady First SG posts on StarHub Community!

Lady First Singapore 女人我最大 by Starhub – Episode 12

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There’s just one more episode before we bid farewell to Lady First SG! Not sure if there’ll be a second season! So, let’s learn as much as we can, and hope for the best. :D

The experts: Keith and Yi Lin

In this episode, the guests present 5 different problems related to dressing up for various functions/events.

First up… Kelly’s, erm, flat chest…

1) Kelly wants to dazzle in her gold-colored dress but she has just one problem: her rather flat chest

Keith recommended the aqua bra, and it succeeded in making her bosom appear fuller. It also allows for additional inserts for extra oomph! ;)

Keith also recommended a Cleopatra clutch (worth 10K) whose design was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. He said that the silver clutch matched Kelly’s gold dress better than a gold-colored clutch, which would just have looked tacky.

There’s also the green Diana bag which is even pricier at 20K!

Lady First SG diana and cleopatra

Keith says we should look beyond the pricing and view these bags as investment pieces – well, easy for him to say. ;)

2) Silver’s bangs and long, wavy tresses don’t quite suit the look she wants to achieve

Yi Li recommends an up-do but there are a couple of problems: Silver’s rather flat head and visibly short neck from the back.

To counter these issues, Yi Lin pulls the hair at the nape of Silver’s neck upwards and holds them in place with U-shaped pins.

Lady First SG Silver updo

*AWESOME TIP* When using styling spray to keep stray/baby hairs in place, avoid spraying directly onto your hair or you’ll get a hard/stiff look. Instead, spray onto a blusher brush and gently brush those hairs into place so as to avoid a hard finish.

3) Candyce requires a smart-casual look for attending a friend’s ROM ceremony

She wants to dress without stealing the limelight. However, her hairdo appears a little weird as her head is bigger at the area around her forehead, and her hair parting is skewed too much to one side.

Yi Lin recommends that after you curl your hair, do a comb through so your hair appears fuller and denser.

Lady First SG hair accessories

Also, you can choose smaller stick-on accessories instead of their bigger, chunkier counterparts.

4) Vee wants a semi-formal look that will hide her flaws

Vee tends to wear baggy clothes to hide her flabby tummy. But Keith recommends that people who are plump should avoid the androgynous look. He thinks they should choose outfits in black, wear pantsuits, etc, but most importantly, he thinks they should invest in…

Lady First SG vee shapewear

Lightweight Shapewear!

5) Carrie wants a low ponytail look for her company D&D

Yi Lin reveals that it is usually difficult for a low ponytail to look good. On top of that, Carrie has a short chin, chubby cheeks, and her forehead is shorter at the sides. So, she needs to put in more effort in ensuring her hairdo looks good. In the end, it still looks kinda weird…

Lady First SG low ponytail

Tip: For a sleek look, mix hair gel and water, plus olive oil or baby oil.

Final words from the experts:

1) Yi Lin – Pay attention to how you look, both from the front and the back. Avoid having oily-looking hair.

2) Keith – Always look your best, no matter the occasion.

The next episode will be this season’s last. Hopefully, the team will come back for a second season! :D

-> Check out more Lady First SG posts on StarHub Community!

Eunice Olsen launches portal ‘WomenTalk’ to uncover unsung heroines

Eunice Olsen & Grace TanI had the pleasure of meeting Eunice today, at the media preview of WomenTalk, a new online portal that Eunice has set up to champion and celebrate the social empowerment of Asian women.

There are 4 main features to this portal:

1) Featured women – interviews with inspiring women in Asia

2) Pages for the featured women – so viewers can get in touch

3) Crowd-funding: donations via PayPal to the women or the organizations or charities they support

4) WomenTalker: for viewers to submit their own videos of interviews with inspiring women [Sounds like something I could do!]

Eunice Olsen WomenTalk

Eunice shared that the portal, womentalktv.asia, seeks to get women to talk about what they are going through, and for other women to draw strength and inspiration from them. The portal seems to be a major milestone in Eunice’s life as she said that “my whole life is making sense… everything is coming together”. And she has put her money where her mouth is, in funding the eight videos for Season 1, despite initially setting out to launch only one video.

One main question, and the common thread, among all videos is this “What does empowerment mean to you?”

For Eunice, empowerment refers to the courage to take on what you really believe in, to stand up and speak out for it, the tenacity to see things through, and to be fearless of failure.

She credits her parents for not only being supportive of her endeavors but for instilling in her the notion that “If you talk about it, you better do something about it. Don’t just sit there and say it”.

I asked Eunice who she would want to interview if she could choose just about anyone (whether living or dead), and she picked Mother Theresa and Aung San Suu Kyi. I think that, like these women she has picked, Eunice demonstrates both compassion and courage. She has been actively involved with non-profit and philanthropic causes, and she’s taking a big leap of faith with this new portal. I certainly hope this new ‘baby’ of hers (after 2 years in the making) takes flight and becomes a huge source of inspiration for ladies in Asia and around the globe!

If you were to head over to WomenTalkTV.asia now, you’ll find 4 videos (out of the 8 in Season 1) and among the featured interviewees are:

WomenTalk Interviewees

1) Ms Yip Pin Xiu, who was born with muscular dystrophy and lost the ability to walk by age eleven. Despite the odds, she won Singapore’s first gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics in the 50-metre backstroke finals.

2) Ms Lena Sim, who was abandoned by her parents after her birth and was raised by her grandmother. She has become one of Singapore’s most successful restaurateurs.

3) Ms Haslinah Yacob, a rape victim at age 18, who has now become an activist for rape victims, and is also the President of the Women For Equality Association in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I’m a huge fan of interviews (especially those that really inspire and motivate me) so I’m definitely going back for more videos. You should head over too, and discover what ‘empowerment’ means to you. :)

ELLE/Canon Beauty Journal Workshop

On Saturday, I attended the ELLE/Canon Beauty Journal Workshop at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. I’d earlier invited my friend and fellow blogger, Priscilla, to join me at the event as I know that she’s a scrapbooking enthusiast. And boy, was I right…

ELLE Canon Beauty Journal Workshop

Our beauty journals (put together in about an hour)…

ELLE/Canon Beauty Journals

I went with an ‘eyelash’ theme and Pris chose a ‘pastel’ theme. And guess what, she won the grand prize of a brand new Canon Pixma MG6370. She’s truly the scrapbooking queen! LOL!

I like my own beauty journal too because I think it is rather creative – I’d stuck false eyelashes onto the pictures printed out using Canon printers! Talk about 3D effect eh?

But Priscilla truly deserved to win as she not only drew those eyes and lips, AND colored them, but she also wrote down notes about the colors used, and her makeup inspirations!

So now you know what it takes to win a printer from Canon!

Next time I attend a Canon workshop, I’ll certainly be raising my game. ;)

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Picked up some tips from makeup guru, Larry Yeo, regarding makeup trends for AW 2013:

1) Show some skin – balmed out, glossy glow, matte finish *Have amazing skincare!

2) Moody hazy eyes are in!

3) Strong, dark colors for eyes IF you can own the look!

4) Burnt reds for lips

Honestly, I think the above will be pretty hard to accomplish on my own. I need a personal makeup artist! :D