Lady First SG Ep 8: Thigh-tanic

{ Giveaway worth S$176 in this blogpost! :D }

With the help of the gurus (Jackson, Keith and Liu Yan), this episode seeks to combat lower body issues. Three groups of people are especially susceptible to such weight issues: white collar workers, students and TV addicts. This is because sitting for long periods of time can lead to the accumulation of fat in the belly and hip regions.

12 Tips to Combat Thigh-tanic Issues:

1) Avoid pleats if you have wider hips as they create unnecessary emphasis on the lower half of your body. The reverse is true if you are really skinny and seem to have ‘no hips’ or bum. The same applies for outfits with prints and gathers. lady first sg

2) Save yourself from stretch marks by not drinking too much alcohol, and by avoiding drastic weight gains and losses.

3) If you already have stretch marks (the white, silvery or purplish ones are the worst), use firming and whitening products and massage in circular movements.

4) Oils with high fat content (such as olive oil, rosehip oil) are great for the anti-stretch mark massages.

5) From the time you realize you are pregnant till after you are done with breastfeeding, you should diligently do the massages to prevent the formation of stretch marks.

6) Wear a seamless girdle if you need help creating a firmer-looking tush.

7) To create the illusion of a fuller bum, wear high heels.

8) Avoid wearing floral pants if you have fat thighs. Choose those with smaller prints if you absolutely have to wear them. Avoid contrasting colors. Stretchy jeans are good, especially those with ‘shadows’ down the sides, to create the illusion of slimmer legs. A-line skirts work as well.

9) If you have a fuller bum, then avoid wearing jeans with elaborate designs on the back pockets as these draw unnecessary attention and make your bum look bigger. Skinny jeans are a no-no so avoid following fashion trends blindly. Bell-bottom jeans might be the key.

10) Do some hip slimming exercises like squats, and placing a tennis ball at the back of your knees and moving to the right and left of the ball. lady first sg

11) Wedge sandals can make your legs look longer / slimmer. Lady First SG

12) Wear heels with pointed toes or in nude shades if you’d like to make your legs look longer.

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

{ Giveaway }

WIN the Lierac Body Slim Multi-Action Concentrate, worth S$88! I have TWO of these to give away! :D

Lierac Body Slim Multi Action Concentrate

 To win, simply click HERE and leave a comment, telling me why I should pick you as the winner. :D

Lady First SG Episode 6: SOS Quick Fix

This episode is for those times when you need an emergency quick fix for your hair or skin. Experts Wu Yi Lin and Bryan are quick to point out that we do still have to work on our skincare and haircare and cannot make the ‘quick fix’ our daily fix!

1) Candyce : Greasy Hair

Candyce says she uses an oral spray to help her feel calm so her body secretes less oil. The spray purportedly helps you relax and focus too. This Rescue Remedy Spray (get 15% off by following the link at the end of this post) is to be sprayed directly onto the tongue.

For more immediate effects, use dry shampoo. Word of caution: this cannot replace hair-washing!

Yi Lin shared that there are different dry shampoos for pregnant women, women and men – so get the right kind. Those with a spray nozzle to produce fine droplets are best – don’t get the liquid kind which can lead to clogged follicles. Hair thickeners can clog follicles too!

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Part your hair and spray from 10-15cm away, layer by layer. Then attach some hair accessories. Pearl hair accessories are trendy. When using a ‘hair claw’, don’t just clip it on – slide sideways and push upwards.

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2) Lina: Dull-looking Skin

Bryan recommends the Wang San Yang 王三阳 Jasmine Flower Tea. He says you should drink this mindfully; kind of like conscious eating.

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He also recommends using the Nu Skin ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System for 5 minutes, 2 times per week. This device helps in reverse aging, and has different ‘conductor heads’ for slimming, reducing fine lines, etc.

3) Kelly – In Need of a Fuss-free Hairdo

Yi Lin showed us how to just tie 2 braids, give them a twist and secure with a flower hairclip.

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She also mentions that trendy now are hair accessories with pearls and diamonds on them.

4) Celyn – Pimples

Bryan says the special acupoint zhangmen can fight skin irritations and prevent obstetric problems. Pressing this liver meridian nourishes the internal organs. If pressing it hurts, this means the liver is overworked (from late nights or alcohol).

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Yoga-lovers would also be familiar with the tree pose, which activates stem cells and keeps acne under control. Raise your foot as high as possible then raise your arms overhead and say “XU”.

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Once again, drink tea. The ‘shui hsien tea’ (a type of oolong tea) from Fujian, should be consumed before 3pm so it won’t keep you awake at night. Avoid tea after meals; wait half an hour before consumption.

5) Silver – Flaky, Itching and Dry Scalp

Yi Lin recommends a pre-wash scalp treatment (Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment). Leave for 20mins then rinse it out or go to bed. Use your fingers (not the nails) to press and hold for three seconds on various spots on your scalp.

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Then interlace your fingers, relax and lean back for 3-5 seconds:

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Run your knuckles down the side of your neck, in a ‘guasha’ fashion.

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*Wash your hair even after using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo does not replace regular hair-washing!

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

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”

Lady First SG Episode 3: The Male Revolution

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Are Singaporean men “oily” and “sloppy” like Pauline Lan said last year? According to this episode, yes they are! But help has arrived in the form of gurus Wu Yi Lin and Keith Png!

Yi Lin thinks there is a lot of room for improvement while Keith believes that men go to the gym and get good physiques but wear the wrong clothes after.

Kelly did a survey (at Bugis+) and asked the ladies what they disliked about the way Singaporean men dressed. Some complaints included the pairing of jeans or pants with slippers, an evident lack of effort in dressing up, polo shirts with the collars propped up (ah beng style), long hair, greasy hair, looking sweaty.

And the male respondents said they: live nearby so they felt no need to dress up, drove to this location and hence would not have met many people along the way, were just hanging out with buddies, prioritize comfort over style, chose outfits which kept them comfortable in Singapore’s hot weather.

Having the 5 male guests on the show was such a welcome surprise!

There was Yew Kuang (a director) who was carrying a backpack in a less-than-glam fashion, Daren who wore an outfit with sleeves which were too short plus pant legs which were not rolled up properly, Li Ming Lun was sporting a weird-looking fringe, Jeremy was decked out like a Christmas tree with way too many accessories, and Jason (last year’s winner of Manhunt just sported a really strange hairdo.

(1) Yi Lin thinks Ming Lun posed the biggest challenge of all. He has a flat back-of-head plus he had a couple of bald spots, with most of his hair growing at the back of his head.

Yi Lin used the Phytostim thinning hair Fortifying Spray ($94.40 after discount) and the Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray on Ming Lun.

She recommends botanical therapy for its volumizing effect on hair, leave-in treatment, and scalp treatment.

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(2) Daren flaunted his pearlie whites and shared that he uses Pearlie White Blanc Perfect Professional Whitening Toothpaste (check out the giveaway at the end of this post!)

However, Keith said that while having clean and white teeth is a plus, Daren should also avoid wearing tight outfits with floral prints, as they give him a ‘playboy’ and not-too-sincere vibe.

Pointers:

  • Wear clothes in the right size. Your outfit should not be too tight.
  • If you are muscular, your choice of top should be made from stretchable fabric. Use layering of clothes and do a mix-and-match. Wear a summer jacket made of light, breathable fabric, especially in Singapore’s hot weather.
  • Wear ankle socks with loafers.

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(3) Yi Lin commented that Jason has a rather big head (when taking into consideration his sloping shoulders).

She added some curls to his hair then used a matte finish product

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(4) For Jeremy, the ladies’ team felt he was wearing ugly underwear, while Keith thought he should not carry too many items in his pockets (and should carry a bag instead).

Candyce recommends Triumph HOM Men’s underwear – “made of sensitive polyamide microfibre – an exceptional material preventing overheating and allowing the skin to breathe – or in elastane cotton for cotton fans.”

Probably the sexiest pair she brought:

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Keith says the trick to layering bracelets is to “focus on the tone”. He also recommended studded shoes from Dr. Martens.

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Lady First SG

Keith also made Jeremy wear a hot pink cap and a scarf around his hips.

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(5) For director Yew Kwang, Yi Lin brushed his hair towards the back of his head, used a non-greasy styling product to add volume to his hair by massaging the product to his hair roots.

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Lady First SG

Pointers:

  • Avoid greasy and glossy products
  • Make your hair look and feel light
  • Use matte finish hair products

 { Giveaway }

I will be doing a review of whitening toothpastes from 4 different brands, including the Pearlie White Blanc Perfect that was recommended in this episode.

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I am giving away 1 set of the Pearlie White Blanc Perfect toothpaste as I have two with me. :)

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blogpost (<- click here) and tell me what stains teeth (hint: an example would be something people like to drink every morning). :D

Lady First SG Season 2 Episode 2: Hairy Nightmares

<– Season 2 Episode 1

Episode 2 is all about hair problems, most of which are exacerbated by our warm and humid climate. How do you get rid of unwanted body hair – DIY or professional hair removal?

This episode tackles issues such as female mustaches, skin inflammation and itching, waxing and hygiene around our bikini area, darkened armpits, and hair loss.

1) Female mustaches

Avoid bleaching or plucking hairs in this area. This “renzhong” area is especially sensitive so don’t do any pimple-squeezing here too!

Silver has many fine hairs growing like a mustache. Liu Yan says threading is helpful as the hairs are pulled from their roots real fast.

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The key here is to ensure you wipe all moisture off and keep the area dry before hair removal. Also, use men’s aftershave which can make thick and coarse hair become soft, while soothing irritated skin.

2) Skin inflammation and itching from shaving

Kanny’s skin becomes itchy and develops red bumps after she shaves. Liu Yan’s advice is to not shave too much off, as this damages hair follicles, leading to inflammation. This problem is made worse when you shave various parts using the same tool! It ends up spreading bacteria and inflammation, leading to skin problems. So take note!

Bryan recommends the Clariancy Me Touch. It is suitable for all skin types and hair colors and apparently doesn’t hurt at all. It might feel a little warm but the in-built customized sensor ensures the skin does not get pricked. The device combines intense pulse light (IPL), E-light, RF technology and shaving all in one!

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Hairs should be at least 1mm long before removal.

When shaving, E-light penetrates into the skin to prevent hyperpigmentation. RF technology prevents pimentation and also stimulates collagen production.

On your first use, get a shave. From the second use onward, just activate the E-light. If you happen to be pregnant, breastfeeding or have just undergone surgery, refrain from using this device! Aftercare and sunscreen is important too.

3) Bikini area: waxing and hygiene

Vee used to do DIY hair removal at home for her bikini area (she even tried tweezing!) In this episode, she is whisked off to RUPINI’s spa for professional waxing. There are two kinds of wax – hot wax and hard wax.

Powder is first applied to reduce pain and protect skin. Hot wax might hurt while hard wax causes hair to grow back a little thinner, and is therefore better for the bikini region.

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Long story short, Vee is screaming during the procedure but claims it is worth it at the end. She shares that usually after shaving, there is a little irritation when washing this sensitive region with shower gel. Liu Yan explains that soaps are usually alkaline. Our skin is generally neutral in pH but this particular area is slightly acidic. So if you use an alkaline product, it irritates the skin.

Liu Yan recommends using the right cleanser (Lactacyd White Intimate) – one which reduces hyperpigmentation, restores skin elasticity, and helps keep skin soft and hydrated. On top of being a whitening product, the Lactacyd feminine wash supposedly smells good too.

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When we wear skinny jeans, we run the risk of having trapped moisture mixing with our sweat to produce a bad smell. This is worsened when we are having our period. This scented feminine wash can help to neutralize the bad smells.

*Hair removal tends to remove the stratum corneum too. So if you use a peeling product the day before treatment, your skin barrier is absent and skin gets irritated easily.

*Always cleanse skin before treatment and ensure skin is dry. This will prevent dust and dirt particles from entering hair follicles.

*Aftercare is also extremely important for soothing skin, calming any irritation, and to hydrate and restore skin.

4) Darkened armpits

Lina has darkened skin at her armpits. Whitening deodorants don’t work for her.

Liu Yan recommends cleansing the area and then massaging it.

Massage your armpits as there are many lymph nodes there. Massage can help the skin look better, prevent breasts from sagging and ‘armpit fats’ from forming.

Pull upwards then press…

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Apply facial whitening lotion to a cotton pad then place it on your armpits:

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Don’t ever use expired whitening products! The whitening lotion recommended contains ingredients like watermelon and mulberry root, and help make melanocytes less active.

*Myth busted! Use potato slices for whitening skin? It’s a myth! The only reason it looks like it works is because there is a little moisture on the potato after you slice it so when your skin absorbs the moisture and appears brighter, you think it has become whiter.

*Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream. A cream with vitamin B12 can help boost metabolism and rejuvenate skin.

5) Hair loss

Kelly used to have little “excess” body hair and almost no eyebrows previously. She was introduced to a method of rubbing the skin with alcohol and tangerine peels to promote hair growth. Bryan gives the thumbs up for tangerine peels but says alcohol is a no-no as it’ll damage follicles.

Because she has been styling her hair a lot recently, Kelly’s hair keeps falling out and she even has a receding hairline issue.

Bryan recommends dried tangerine peel or lemon essential oil which lower DHT levels and promote hair growth. You can add lemon juice to water and just pat it on with a cotton pad.

He explains that after 7 years, hair simply falls out and there is a 3-month “rest period”. During this period, you have to massage your head regularly. If the follicles get clogged, hair will not grow.

In the past, women would comb their hair throughout the day. Now, with wax, we don’t even touch our head, much less massage it.

Use a boxwood comb (which is ISO 9000 certified, and which usually costs about $20).

Empress Dowager Cixi used boxwood combs. A substance found in boxwood helps promote healthy hair growth, and relieves stress-related migraines. Add two to three drops of rosemary oil to a cotton pad and pat gently onto the rounded bristles of the comb. Let the boxwood absorb the rosemary oil.

[The first queen of England used rosemary to enhance hair growth. And Spanish rosemary is apparently the best and purest of all]

Start combing from the top of the head to the back of the neck (Comb for 5 times)

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At the dazhui acupoint, do meridian tapping (tap for 50 times). This can combat poor blood circulation and stress-related hair loss.

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At the back of your ears is the fengchi acupoint. Use the handle of the comb to massage it gently.

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* You can use any of your favorite essential oils, such as rosemary, lemongrass, lavender.

Final words of advice

Liu yan: Have a good cleansing routine so you won’t have an issue with smelling bad.

Bryan: Don’t trust rumors. Always try to find the right methods.

Giveaway!

*On top of a S$50 shopping voucher, and the Samsung K mobile phone*

WIN Clinique’s Even Better Essence Lotion, which was featured in this episode! Simply CLICK ON THIS LINK and leave a comment telling me one hair issue you have OR one tip for hair growth or hair removal! :)

For a list of all the featured products, click HERE.

Lady First SG Season 2 – Episode 1 ‘Slim Down! Shape Up!’

Lady First SG is back for Season 2 and the fact that the show now comes with English subtitles is nothing short of awesome! Catch the show every Tuesday at 8pm on StarHub Ch 111 or 825.

English subtitles rock!

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In this first episode, there are some new faces – skincare specialist Liu Yan, fitness guru Jackson Tan, and Rebecca on the Ladies’ Team.

This episode tackles 5 issues: Belly Fat, Getting that V-shaped face, Slimmer Limbs, Overall weight loss and Weight Maintenance.

~ Belly Fat ~

I was hooked right from the start, as I do have a problem with stubborn belly fat. Vee from the Ladies’ Team managed to lose 6kg in 2 months but her belly fat has come back to haunt her. If you tend to sleep late and often find yourself sitting in front of the computer (oops!), you will not be a stranger to belly fat.

Vee learnt that Miranda Kerr has been drinking coconut oil to help in weight loss, so she brought some for the entire team. Liu Yan commented that coconut oil can aid in increasing one’s metabolic rate but the oil is high in calories!

Bryan recommends sleeping before 11pm. Sleeping late causes problems in your liver’s production of bile, which can lead to fat building up. I personally have read that the golden hours for rest are between 10pm and 2am. And I have found this to be true. These 4 hours are truly crucial, and can be the difference between a well-rested body and one that feels like it didn’t get any rest at all.

Liu Yan recommends a belly mask (La Dèffidose Paris Body Patch) which contains caffeine and fat-burning ingredients. She also used a body sculpting essence (Darphin Paris Nourishing Satin Oil) containing more than 10 essential oils to give Vee a belly massage.

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Instructions: [Do this yourself or ask a friend for help] Lie down, and pressing down on your belly with your fingers, start from the lower right side of your belly, ‘push’ upwards, then to the left and down. This helps move stool through your large intestine so you don’t get a bloated belly.

I drew these arrows to show you the direction of massage – just follow the intestinal path

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*Myth debunked!* Drinking more water reduces bloating. So the “drinking water before bedtime leads to bloating” rumor is unfounded. Drink some water after a massage, even if it’s right before bed.

~ V-shaped Face ~

Cheryl has been on a “5:2 diet” which is essentially 5 days of 1200 calorie intake daily and for 2 days, just 500 calories daily. In 2 months, she lost 2 kg but her period stopped for 3 months. Bryan noted that such diets affect metabolism, and cause menstrual cycles to get messed up. If your menstruation stops for 6 months, you run the risk of becoming sterile!

Cheryl found that it has been hardest to get her face looking slim and Bryan recommends targeting the acupoints for a V-shaped face.

Quchi acupoint:

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Taiyang acupoint – treats puffiness:

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Yingxiang acupoint at ‘wing’ of nose removes excess fat from waist:

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Appetite suppression acupoint – also suppresses sugar cravings:

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V-shaped face acupoint:

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Method:

1) Use face massage cream with red sandalwood – restores collagen, removes excess water, promotes blood circulation

2) Gua sha with a red medicinal stone held at an angle of 15 degrees instead of the usual 45 degrees for gua sha on the body. [Just twice a week will do]

~ Toned Limbs ~

Silver had previously done the 90-day Nu Skin ageLOC® TR90 SYSTEM challenge. But her flabby arms remained.

Liu Yan recommended using a “body sculpting bon bon lotion” (StriVectin-TL Tightening Body Cream) for stimulating collagen elasticity.

As if you are wringing a towel dry, massage the person’s arm to loosen the fat cells (1-2 mins) using the Barbie Curves Gloves then grab the arm with both hands and pull from top (pit) to wrist, as if you are trying to lengthen her arm.

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~ Sustainable Weight Loss ~

Kelly has managed to reduce her weight from 52kg to 40kg. To prevent yo-yo weight and gaining back the weight she has lost, Bryan recommends ancient indian yoga techniques / finger yoga.

(1) Ring finger touches the thumb, then press the thumb against the ring finger, then put your hands together. This helps those who have cold hands and feet, metabolic and digestive disorders, or those who have trouble sleeping at night.

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Lady First SG

(2) Press index finger against thumb, middle finger and ring finger touching the thumb, then pull the little finger away. This improves heart function and promotes weight loss.

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(3) The seashell pose improves memory:

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~ Exercises to do at home ~

Rebecca weighed 76kg at age 17. Her obesity led her then-boyfriend to break up with her. She started skipping dinner and went running. And she lost 26kg in 6 months, but gained 8kg after coming to Singapore.

Jackson asked whether they thought a glass of juice or a glass of coke contained more calories, and the answer was actually juice because it is high in fructose. He recommends eating just two fist-sized fruits a day, e.g. two apples.

To lose 1kg within a week, just cut out 7000 calories. What you can do daily is to cut out 500 calories from food and burn another 500 with exercise.

The first 20mins of any exercise just burns carbohydrates, and only after that does the body burn fat, so exercise for longer durations, and consider anaerobic exercises in which your heart pumps faster and you may sometimes feel out of breath due to the intensity.

Jackson demonstrated 3 out of his arsenal of 9 exercises. These exercises are to be done for 1 min each then followed by a 30sec break. In 13mins, you will complete one set. Do two sets a day.

(1) Lie prone on the ground, quickly lift your hips, hold it, lean your body forwards, then jump forwards, stand up. Repeat.

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(2) With only your bum on the ground, and straight arms and legs, draw circles in the air. If you find this too difficult, bend your knees.

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(3) Jumping lunge with alternating legs. To make this a whole body exercise, have your (straight) arms crossing overhead each time you do a switch. Remember to land on tiptoe, not on your heels!

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Lady First SG

~ GIVEAWAY ~

Nu Skin exfoliant scrub

Stay tuned for more updates on the Lady First SG episodes and products! Find the Lady First SG Featured Products HERE. I’m giving away a Nu Skin Exfoliant Scrub (100ml). To win, leave a comment about your best weight loss tip OR a weight loss product or diet which did not work for you, on this same post at StarHub Community -> HERE.

Winner announcement after the next episode airs. :)

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:

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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.

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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!

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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

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Lady First Singapore 女人我最大 by Starhub – Episode 10 & 11

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~ Episode 10 ~

In this episode, experts Clarence and Yi Lin teach us how to do the impossible – get our makeup and hair ready in 3 minutes (each). Interesting too is how the guests point out what Singaporean ladies do that is undesirable, such as stepping out of the house with (almost dripping) wet hair.

1) Wet Hair

Beware of complications like inflammations and in more serious cases, balding issues. If you don’t get a blowdry, what happens is that you will find your hair in clumps.

Dry your scalp with tissue:

Dry your scalp

2) Skincare not absorbed

Carrie put a filler concentrate on her face, and before it was fully absorbed, she put powder on.

What she could have done was to use a serum, then sunblock. And wait for a few minutes before applying her makeup.

Skincare can also be ‘mixed’ on your palm, so you’ll only need one application.

3) Oily Hair

Plastic combs aren’t good for long or dyed hair. Get a hairbrush with round plastic tips on the bristles. These won’t harm your scalp.

If you have a lot of hair, separate them into 2 layers before combing.

Comb the ends first and remove those tangles, then work your way upwards.

Don’t use oil on your hair, so as to avoid bad smells later. Your hair should be ‘light’ and ‘dancing’ in the breeze, instead of being in clumps.

combing

4) No makeup, just falsies?

Going out with just your falsies on as “makeup”? It’s not enough! Use an eyeshadow, eyeliner and falsies – but cut your false eyelashes in half and stick them on only the outer corners of your eyes for a more natural look.

Is there a difference between using black eyelash glue versus white ones? No, black eyelash glue will also turn transparent so there’s really no difference.

5) Help a “Passerby”

Irene on lady first sg

Once again, the most “wayang” segment of this show. Kelly hits the streets, spots many ladies with little makeup who “brutally” reject her offer of a makeover, and finally “FINDS” Watsons blogger, Irene, in (woohoo!) a Watsons store. (@_@) Irene acts shocked at the offer of a makeover and “reluctantly” agrees.

Clarence used a BB cream to even out her skin tone. Then a lash curler, liner, mascara, fills in her brows and applies loose powder (in pink) and lipstick.

Pauline Lan makes a rather brutal comment in saying that Irene looks like an “auntie” in the ‘before’ picture. (@_@)

6) Hide messy bed hair under a cap?

Yi Lin advised Vee not to hide her natural curls and messy hair under caps due to Singapore’s hot and humid weather. She used a special hair spray on Vee’s hair which is supposed to remove moisture. She explained that this is necessary because wet hair will result in more obvious natural curls.

She also plaited Vee’s hair and completed the look with a hairband. :)

vee hair makeover

Final tips:

1) Clarence: Take care of your skin. And trim your eyebrows daily – just a few strands a day, and you can have a polished look everyday!

2) Yi Lin: All you need are good tools and good products and you can save a lot of time every morning when fixing your makeup and your hair! :)

~ Episode 11 ~

The experts on this episode are Keith & Kevin. I love this episode because it’s packed with useful information and great tips for sun protection and looking beach ready. :)

Lady First SG Keith Png Fashionable beach wear

Ready to step out into the sun? Here are 12 tips:

1) Sunblock now comes with SPF130 and pa+++. Use non-greasy sunblock so it doesn’t clog your pores. Use oil blotters to test – apply some sunblock on the back of your palm, then check how much oil gets transferred onto an oil blotting sheet.

2) You must apply a sufficient quantity of sunblock – about a 20-cent coin size. It may be too much for one application, so split it up in two applications and layer it on.

3) Use makeup remover (oil or emulsion) to remove sunblock as it is waterproof.

4) Let your eyeliner dry before opening your eyes (wide) to prevent smudging.

5) Apply mascara onto the roots of your eyelashes first and only try to lengthen the rest of your lashes on the second application. This is to prevent your lashes from getting too “heavy” from the mascara and drooping, instead of curling up nicely.

Lady First SG Makeup for UV Protection

6) TANNING: Three days before you head to the beach, exfoliate, so you can later get an even tan. Three days after getting some sun, use a snail secretion(?) mask – sticks to skin just like how snails stick to walls. It’s good for lightening scars too.

7) Kevin recommends a ‘self tan’ (in a can) which will last a week. This ensures you won’t suffer from sun damage. ;)

8) Use a mousse foundation – go for a shiny, not oily, look. Avoid too dark a color below your eyes or you will look old. Apply blush from the area near your ears to your cheeks ‘cos where the blush touches first is darkest, so you don’t want that on your cheeks. Eyeshadow: Apply from your eyes to browbone then bring the final stroke down the side of your nose for a contoured look.

Self tan

9) Besides your outfit and makeup, have a cute nail color too! Neon is ‘in’ these days. ;)

10) Carry a big bag – it can help hide your tummy or thighs *wink wink*

11) Folds down the middle of a tankini hides your tummy. Some tankinis can also help sculpt ur body too, like a corset.

Hiding Flaws Fashionably

12) If all else fails, throw on a cover-all top to hide all flaws. :D

Now you are ready to head off to the beach! :)

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Lady First Singapore 女人我最大 by Starhub – Episode 9

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I totally missed this episode on Monday as I was overseas on a sponsored trip to catch the Asia premiere of Wolverine (any fans here? :) ) but thankfully, I got to catch this episode on Saturday, 12.30pm. I think StarHub has 2 replays of each episode. So awesome right? :)

In Episode 9, we find out all about clothes (storage, selection and recycling matters). :)

Here are 12 tips from experts Keith and Kevin. By the way, I am SUPER impressed by Keith in this episode – for one, he demonstrates amazing fashion sense in the way he “recycled” old tees and made bags, tank tops and scarves out of them!

1) If you have big boobs like Kanny, avoid wearing tops with ruffles as it just makes your chest look more heavy and attracts too much (unwanted?) attention.

2) Repeated patterns and light colors have an “magnifying effect” on you and make you look even bigger than you really are, so pay attention to this if you are trying to find clothes which make you look slim. ;) Even netting can work against you!

3) Have a ‘recycling’ box in your wardrobe. Each time you pick up an item that doesn’t fit you anymore, just drop it into the box, instead of shoving it back into your wardrobe. When the box is full, it means it is time to take it out and give the clothes away.

4) Arrange clothes according to color. You’ll get a visual reminder of which colors and styles you already own and it will help you avoid buying something similar. Great tip for saving money!

5) Every 3 to 6 months, you should do a spring clean of your wardrobe and throw out items you no longer wear.

6) Keep the original stuffing papers, not newspapers, in your bags to help retain their shape and absorb moisture. Newspapers may stain the inside of bags especially if the lining is of a lighter color. Store your handbags, etc, in the dust bags they come in.

7) Buy clothes based on your bust size, not your waist size if you are busty. After the purchase, send the clothes for alteration to pull in the waist, and make the entire outfit look ‘fitting’. If you purchase an item based on your waist size, it will just be really uncomfortable on top and too tight around the bust!

8) Buy silica gel and put them in dustbags with your clothes, to prevent the latter from getting moudly. To recycle the silica gels, put them in the oven for 15mins. You can only recycle silica gels a maximum of 5 times.

9) If you are always feeling cold, it is easier for you to get fat. Your body will start storing more fat when your body temperature drops so always keep a cardigan in your bag for when you are in an air-conditioned environment, to maintain your body’s normal temperature.

10) Use bright green, red, and blue accessories to enliven dull-colored retro/vintage outfits, e.g. a bright green cardigan over a brown vintage dress.

Lady First Retro Vintage Outfits

11) Always use dehumidifiers for your wardrobe, etc. And place one on EACH shelf! Remember to change them regularly too!

12) Keep track of which items you have instead of constantly buying so many of the same style or color, mix new items with older ones, and give away those you can’t wear anymore.

In this episode, Kelly brought some clothes that she claimed were passed down from her grandmother to her mother and then to her. She told the “stories” behind each dress – one was for her mom’s first job interview, etc. But for one particular piece that she said was tailored for her mother, I noticed that there was a clothes label attached to it. So I’m not quite sure if I should believe her story. Hmm…

Kelly's Vintage Outfits

In any case, I think Kevin did a great job in making Kelly look good, even though the dresses are ultra-baggy and in rather dull colors.

A very useful episode! I just wish Keith had more time to go through step-by-step for each tee-revamp he did! I have some old tees I’d really like to transform! :D

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