Lady First SG Episode 13: Queen of Elegance

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It’s the last episode of Season 2. :( I was rather surprised the crew didn’t bid us adieu in this episode, making me hopeful there’s a next ep. But there’s no preview for another ep on the official website so this is it, I guess.

This episode is about elegance, so, if you have learnt nothing at all from the entire season, at least get some final tips on elegant hair and attire from gurus Keith Png and Wu Yi Lin.

It came as a shock to see Lina cry in this episode. But she’s been an actress since forever, really. (I used to watch her in City Beat – who remembers that?) So I’m not sure if she was really moved to tears by just a change of hairdo. Hmm.

Yi Lin gave her a low ponytail look, which I’m not exactly in favor off. Cos she looks matronly both before and after. Haha! But I love the tip of using a blusher brush to get hair spray onto her hair, and tidying up the loose ends, instead of spraying it on directly from the can.

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Silver is a fan of the fashionable ‘punk’ looks that Arissa Cheo (wife of Van Ness Wu) likes putting together. She’s hot, for sure:

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(You HAVE To check out her blogpost (from 2012) about her room tour – she has a serious shoe collection: http://www.carteblanche-x.com/arissa/2012/01/a-w-i-s-s-a-s-room-k-e-e-p-o-u-t/)

Keith was super embarrassed during this segment, but still managed to get Silver to get a change of bra, and introduced Triumph’s new Forever Young collection.

Also, I loved how he showed us examples of outfits which look good but need not cost very much, such as this gown going for just $36:

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For Kelly’s new hairdo, Yi Lin recommended that she use a hair thickener or mousse, and that she must choose the right styling products if she doesn’t want to use too many bobby pins.

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As for Cheryl, she wears black outfits to work thinking it represents power and authority. However, the color looks too stern and lifeless on her. Keith puts her in an absolutely gorgeous outfit from Ted Baker instead, and she looks stunning! I love the splash of color and those floral pants (though I don’t think they’ll suit everyone!) :D 

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Also, Keith helped her accessorize with pearl earrings and bracelet, and a crystal-studded watch from Swarovski. I love the whole look. Keith is truly a fashion genius!

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Candyce looked like a disaster before her hair makeover. Because permed hair gets frizzy easily, use hair wax to tidy the look.

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She looks so much better after the makeover! :D

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Well, that’s it for the entire season! I’m not sure if there’ll be a third season. But I love the changes this season – subtitles, fitness tips, featured product lists, etc. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, ladies!

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Lady First SG Episode 12: Forever Young

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Pauline Lan admits to going to the doctor’s for a bit of help with retaining her youthful looks. But for the rest of us who do not wish to go under the knife or get any injections, what sort of pills, potions and lotions can help us look “forever young”?

The gurus Bryan and Kevin make their recommendations – from hydrating gels to Tibetan yoga postures. Whether you have dry skin, rough skin, matured skin, hyper-pigmentation or fine lines, this episode of Lady First Singapore can help you!

Dry Skin

Kevin recommends that the 3 things we must do is to cleanse, moisturize and protect our skin. He raved about the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, a hydrating gel that contains nano-Astaxanthin, nano-Lycopene, nano-Ceramide, collagen, and with 1000 times more anti-oxidizing effect than Q10.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta

Available at Astalift stores (ION Orchard #B3-66, #JEM 01-20) at S$148 for 40g OR in a Trial Kit (inclusive of 15g of jelly) at just S$60 *I called the ION store to check the pricing on 21/8/14*

Rough Skin

Charlyn has had skin troubles since giving birth to her kid. And Bryan recommends eating the locally-grown bananas, available only at Little India. Steam the bananas just like you would steam sweet potatoes. According to him, they are very nutritious.

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Also, he recommends the Riiviva Microderm skin-resurfacing tool which can reduce fine lines and the appearance of dark spots. Avoid using this tool on areas with acne, wounds or if you have eczema. Go over any one spot with the tool just once. At the end, gently press on some soothing rose lotion and avoid any rubbing. Follow up with any product containing aloe vera or collagen.

Fine Lines

Kevin recommends the Nuxellence Youth and Radiance Revealing Fluid, which contains more than 10 floral extracts. Apply immediately after cleansing your face, spread it out with your fingers then massage it in, moving your hand in an upward motion from side of nostrils to temples, for an instant face-lifting effect. In 28 days, fine lines will be reduced by 93%, according to Kevin!

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Hyper-pigmentation

Candyce says she drinks the Wen Ken Three Legs Pe Pa Kao as it is “helpful in relieving sore throats, reduces phlegm and nourishes the lungs”. Bryan says it is recommended to take a teaspoon of it with warm water every night.

He also recommends some yoga stretches, as usual.

Give yourself 8 minutes of ‘me’ time / relaxation time every day to purify your body and mind. Eat some dried fruit, light a beeswax candle, and wear a silk scarf scented with an essential oil. Apparently, wearing silk helps ladies feel relaxed and thus can contribute to the slowing down of the aging process. Also, read some positive-thinking books that make you happy, and have some of your favorite crystals next to you. Then try these:

1) Abdominal (deep) breathing

With a silk scarf around your neck, place your hands on your belly and breathe in deeply through your nose and let your breath out from your mouth.

2) Butterfly Stretch

With the scarf on your legs, flap your legs against the ground. It should produce a sound each time your legs come into contact with the ground.

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3) Belly-shrinking Hip Rotation
Sit cross-legged on the floor and with your thumbs placed just under your ring fingers and clenched into fists, place them in front of your hip area. Rotate your hips in a circular movement five times while holding your breath. Keep your back and arms straight.

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Matured Skin

A makeup look for people with matured skin:

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1) Use a pearl base with a high moisture content, and which is not oil-based

2) Apply translucent foundation so the look isn’t cakey

3) Wear tinted sunscreen

4) Use a water-based under eye concealer (By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer) and pat it on gently.

5) Mix white and champagne-colored eyeshadow

6) Dab shimmer powder across your eyelids

7) Use eyeliner to fill the space between your lashes. To gauge where your eyeliner should end, imagine an extension of your double eyelid crease at the end corner of your eye – that is where your eyeliner should end

8) Use smudge-proof mascara

9) Use eyebrow powder for a less severe look. Straight brows are in this year

10) Apply a coral orange lip gloss as blusher with the help of a sponge

11) Pick a subtle rose-colored lipstick

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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:

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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:

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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!

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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 Season 2 Episode 4: The Korean Wave

I use only ONE makeup product (seriously, just one) and it is featured in this episode! :D I’m not exactly a fan of Korean TV shows, dramas, music, food or fashion. But I do love that luminous makeup look.

In this episode, the gurus Keith and Xiao Kai (so dashing!) teach us how to rock the K-pop look and have soft and delicate skin that even the Koreans would be envious of. :D

As usual, the Ladies’ Team demonstrate (and exaggerate) some flaws in our makeup and dressing, and the gurus rectify all the mistakes.

1) Candyce was indeed well-informed when she told us that Koreans have beautiful skin and that they use the luminous makeup look, in which light bounces off the skin, to look as if they are glowing.

She preps her skin (before makeup) by using a moisturizing mask and facial serum before going to bed. However, she overdoes the ‘shimmer’ part in her makeup; using a shimmer pearl base, foundation, then shimmer powder on top. This is not suitable for Singapore’s climate.

Xiao Kai used the upgraded version of the Laneige BB Cushion on Candyce. It can lighten skin tone, has anti-sweat properties, and can be used directly after a basic skincare routine even if you don’t use sunscreen because it has SPF 50 PA+++.

Pat instead of spreading it over skin so you don’t stretch skin but get to cover up spots more effectively.

The product is highly moisturizing, slows down oil production, and eliminates the need to use loose powder.

And here is my review of the product!

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

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* exactly a concealer (or perhaps the one I am using is not the upgraded version). 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!

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I am not kidding you. This is one seriously good product! Two thumbs up! :)

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2) Kelly had a ‘transformation’ during this episode and the Triumph Maximizer Aqua bra she got from Keith had her go up two cup sizes! I own a Maximizer bra too and can vouch that it really works. It is really every (flat-chested) woman’s dream come true, and also every man’s nightmare. Haha! :D

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3) Silver wanted those Korean-style under-eye bags which supposedly give one an innocent look. She used too much of the under-eye brightener and ended up making her eyes look puffy and small.

Xiao Kai advised her to put on some (vanity) glasses and to use a champagne color instead of silvery-white for her under-eye makeup as she will be less likely to go wrong with it.

For ‘deep’ double eyelids, use some (COSMOS) eyelid tape slightly above the original crease. Then use 3M Nexcare Blenderm eye beauty tape across your nose (concealed by the glasses).

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4) Vee thought it would be a good idea to wear shorts to work but because she chose to tuck in her loose top, she looked like she had a lot of belly fat when viewed from the side.

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Keith advised her to use a big bag to ‘cover’ her legs so it doesn’t look like she is exposing too much skin when wearing shorts.

Also, pairing bright colors with a black blazer is key here. Add an accessory for some bling. :)

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How short / long should your shorts be?

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5) Kanny shared about a 4-2-4 method of face washing which involved leaving cleansing products on your face for up to 4 minutes. Xiao Kai says this is inaccurate – cleansing products shouldn’t be left on for so long.

He recommends the petrochemical-free, fragrance-free, soap-free Face Cleansing “Eggs” which are from the Holika Holika Egg Soap special set.

The white one is for sensitive skin, green one for people with large pores, charcoal for deep cleansing and pore minimizing, etc.

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Massage…

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Also, there is the Clarisonic Mia 2 that supposedly removes impurities from every pore. I have heard SO MUCH about it that I really do feel like I should get it, even though I don’t think I need it. Ever felt this way before? Last time I felt this way, I bought an ipad 2 which I ended up not using at all. LOL.

For a list of ALL the products featured in this episode, 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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(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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~ 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.

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.

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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.

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*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.

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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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