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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review: My Top 3 Clay Masks

If you've known me long enough - be it as a reader, an Instagram follower, a friend, a family member, you'll know I love my clay masks. My sister in law constantly sees me around the house with some spots of grey/black all over my face and my baby niece always asks, "What ter that?" when she points to them haha.



What can I say? Clay Masks are the new pimple cream, and sometimes they just make life so much easier! I like knowing that I could put a thin layer all over my skin for some fast-acting purification as well as tiny dollops all over as blemish cream! if you're looking for that two-in-one miracle product, I say you go with Clay Masks.

Of course, with the market being SATURATED with Clay Masks, how do we know what's really good? Let me share my top 3 with you so you may make a more informed decision! :) 


Shiseido: The Skincare Purifying Mask

I mentioned this mask earlier in my March Favorites. It is basically a "creamy, rinse-off facial mask formulated with Marine Mineral Clay to absorb dulling surface sebum and impurities" so that your skin is left "visibly refined and refreshed". It "contains a unique combination of highly-porous Marine Mineral Clay, kaolin, and powder ingredients" and aids in minimizing the appearance of pores!

The texture is almost mousse like, and smells slightly of sunblock (to me, I don't know why). It is a dream to put on and feels very silky on the skin.




I purchased this because Linda (Silverkis) was raving about it so I just had to buy it (that and it's quickly going to be discontinued). From the first time I used it, my skin really did look brighter and smoother! I was so impressed! But the truth is that you probably cannot use it more than 1-2 times a week as an all-over mask because it can be drying; so instead, if you've got problem spots, just dab it on whenever and you can even leave it overnight. In the morning, you'll find those pesky pimples miraculously gone or lessened by at least half! :)

This is my new HG, in case you're wondering, because I use it for spot treatment at least 3-5 times a week. I find I almost no longer need to worry about my pimples because I'm reassured they'd be gone in 1-2 days with this godsend! 

As an All Over Mask: 3.5/5
As Spot Treatment: 5/5
Removal of Blackheads: 2/5


Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mud Mask

This mask is a little bit like the lochness monster: Everyone's heard awesome things about it but can't seem to find it at any Kiehls store! Apparently it's sold out EVERYWHERE and sent some people into a right old frenzy. I purchased mine last year in August and since then I've never seen it again.

Makeup Alley rates it a whopping 4.0, which we all know is high by their standards. That, plus the fact that it rates as one of the Top 10 Customer Favorites just lets you know its good! Kiehls' website claims that the Rare Amazonian White Clay "helps purify and detoxify the skin" whilst minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. At the same time, the addition of oatmeal and aloe vera would ensure that skin is soothed, hydrated and protected.



Whilst I did use this for spot treatment before I purchased my Shiseido, I found that it was actually better as an all over mask. Texture wise this feels a little "harder" than the Shiseido, not so mousse-like, and a little more resistance in spreading, so do remember to apply it on slightly DAMP skin and only put a thin layer or it will dry your face out. All you have to do is give it 10 minutes once a week (twice if your skin is being naughty) and you'll find your skin really squeaky clean! Hydration-wise, it's not really there for me but my face is always left clear and happy. I suppose this would be better for oilier skin types because it causes skin to be quite matte thereafter, and drier skin types may have a problem with that.

As an All Over Mask: 4/5
As Spot Treatment: 3.5
Removal of Blackheads: 2/5


Origins Active Charcoal Mask

I got this mask during an X'mas sale last year and I've got zero regrets. You're probably wondering, "You have 2 other clay masks already, how does this outdo them!?" Well, 1 word: BLACKHEADS.

Just as the two other masks excel in their own ways, so does this one. I don't particularly fancy it as an all over mask due to my dry skin, but I love it for areas where I face trouble spots and/or blackheads. My nose is very very stubborn when it comes to blackheads, and sometimes I just don't want to resort to those pore packs. Continued usage and "pulling" eventually makes my strawberry nose even more distinctive, and to me, enough is enough!



I only only use this all over when I feel my skin is oilier or feels less dry because it does create a nice subtle glow with a firming effect after use - some people have even called this a dupe for the GlamGlow masks! The bad thing is that it is way more drying than the Kiehls and Shiseido, so you might want to use it sparingly. Works amazingly for troubled skin - probably a little too harsh for skin that just needs a little maintenance, so do discern for yourself!

As an All Over Mask: 3/5
As Spot Treatment: 4/5
Removal of Blackheads: 4.5/5



Hope this has been helpful
to all of you!
()
Sam

Monday, 14 April 2014

Event: Chachott Freed of London first flagship store in SEA!

Hi lovelies,

The world renowned brand Chacott & Freed of london have officially opened up its doors at its first flagship store in Southeast Asia, right here in Singapore! We were so happy to have gotten an invite to this lovely event a week ago!

Neither Sam or I do ballet and the most that we've been exposed to is less than a years worth of ballet in primary school, but we were thrilled to hear that they have also brought in Chacotts professional makeup line and couldn't help but get a little excited when Camy from beautydirect dropped us an invite :)

About


Chacott and Freed of london are two of the most highly regarded labels in the ballet world. They are not only known for their amazingly handcrafted pointe shoes but also for their quality apparel and equipment for rhyhmic gymnastics that is favoured by our very own Singapore National Rhymthic Gymnastics team. They have, in fact, also extended their line to jazz and yoga wear as well! Perfect us ladies who aren't in the performing arts scene ;)



Chacott owns 30 directly-managed stores and is one of the top leading companies of ballet and dance manufacturers as well as retailers. Chacott product range includes pointe shoes, leotards, costumes and cosmetics for ballet, yoga, ballroom dance, rhythmic gymnastics and much more. Chacott has also set up dance studios which are beloved, expanding their business year after year. Chacott and Freed of London, another world famous pointe shoe maker, are also in a business relationship, and by cooperation have been expanding overseas business, since 1987.

Freed of London was founded in 1929 by Frederick Freed in the heart of London’s  theatre  land.  Still  making  shoes  in  England  and  with 85 years of experience handcrafting bespoke pointe shoes, Freed of London now produces over 200,000 pairs per year. Each pair of Freed of London pointe shoes is still crafted  using  Frederick  Freed’s  ‘turn-shoe’  method  ensuring  the  expertise  of   their highly skilled shoe makers goes into each pair of pointes.
*Taken from Chacott freed of london’s press release

The Store


The store is located at Mandarin Gallery #03-21A, just a little further down from BUD cosmetics. Inside the store you'll find a shelf full of elegant looking pointe shoes, ballet flats, various apparels for yoga, ballet, jazz and of course, the make up shelves which we will get into as you scroll down!

The Event




The event was nice and cozy at the Chacott freed of london store, there were so many people around including some very well-known bloggers/ makeup artists such as Larry yeo, Missrusty, facesbysarah, makeupblogette, so you can almost imagine how bustling the atmosphere was. I’ve always wondered what it was like to be a ballerina, from the looks of it (or at least from the apparel) it looks so elegant. 








What's a good event, without good food? The Povidore offered a plate full of sweet treats alongside their amazing sparkling organic juices. Kathleen, Shirlene and I basically tried out almost all that they had to offer, and all I can is that they were all so good that it was hard to believe it was organic. 


If I were a dancer I'd be in heaven, there were so many shoes to choose from! I'm the type of girl who loves being in ballet flats or having anything really minimal and this was exactly what they had to offer!

Chacott Makeup


Chacott offers a wide range of professional stage makeup, from cleansers to blushes to the infamous powders that have gotten quite a lot of hype amongst the bloggers! Instead of going into every single makeup item that's available in-store ,  I decided to pick out just a couple to share with you that you have to check out when you're there!

Chacott makeup products are reputable for being sweat proof and long-lasting as they'd have to suit the schedule of the active performers throughout their performances. Sounds like it would work perfectly with the humidity and heat in Singapore doesn't it ;)?

Lip Palette 




This lip palette, as mentioned by camy, is a hot favourite. We gave them a swatch and they were incredibly pigmented and creamy. The palette you see above is "The Essential" and was palette put together by makeup artist Joanna Koh. With universally beautiful shades to compliment all skin tones. There’s also a perfect clear gloss at the top left hand corner to complete your look.

Price: the empty palette SG$25 , individual pans for SG$18.

Makeup color variations



There were also these notably beautiful matte powders, that at a glance looked like blushes until you've seen the rest of the color selection. They are in fact, Color variations! Colour variations are versatile matte powders that can be used as blush, eyeshadow and even as a brow powder.




 Here’s an example! We mixed the white with the pink to achieve this beautiful baby pink colour, and what’s great is that you can keep adding the colour in percentage to get the ideal pigmentation of the blush you’d like. With 8 shades avaliable in store and more on beautydirect

Price: SG$22

Eyeshadow trios


One of the highlights at the makeup counters were the two trios put together by Sarah Chaudhry, (facesbysarah). Above is the trio titled "Arabian nights" which is one out of the two palettes and the eyeshadows are decently pigmented with an array of matte and frosty finishes to pick from!

Powders 
There’s been so much hype about the Chacott loose powders, I mean have you seen Japanese celebrities? Their skin never fails to look flawless! They are, afterall, professionally designed for performers so it has great oil-control properties to give a flawless finish in real life and on camera! 

Their powders alone were awarded. the No.1 finishing powder in Japan for two years straight! So there’s no doubt that it was worth checking out.There are three different types of powders that were pretty popular amongst the few that Chacott had to offer, the plants powder foundation, the Finishing powder and the HD enriching powder!

Chacott Plants powder Foundation 
A tinted powder foundation made with natural ingredients (excluding the color agents) and contains organic raw materials within. It's waterproof, SPF 50 PA++++, which is pretty decent for a powder foundation! It's known for its fine coverage  also come in 5 different shades for you to choose from!

Price: SG$33

Chacott Finishing powder
With 5 different shades, this line of finishing powders set out to suit your different needs! They've got a powder for brightening, a translucent powder (753 - shown in the photograph above) , one to cover reddish skin, another for slightly darker skin tones and the final one to give a healthy glow to your look! These finishing powders are known to go on very smooth and to help keep oily skin looking matte throughout the whole day. 

Price: SG$22

Chacott Enriching powder
This amazing powder comes in 3 different shades, similarly, targetting 3 key concerns that you might have. One to brighten, Another to neutralize skin tones with more red pigments and the last one being translucent! What's special about this is that it's formulated specially for TV without having to cake on lots of other products as an alternative. "Good at both high-covering and translucent natural makeup. Makeup as recovering damaged skin enables to show a perfect fine skin for a purpose of appearance at professional photo and film close-up situation."

Price: SG$33

Packaging




While we were testing the products on our hand, we were all quite shocked that for SG$22 you would walk away with so much product! The powders were incredibly smooth and the wide range ensured that there was one for everyone’s skin type.
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If you guys would like more information on their professional line, head on over to beautydirect to check the rest of the products out!

Meeting the bloggers
We got to catch up with so many fellow bloggers at the event, and I’m sure if you’re following us on instagram / Facebook, you would have seen a couple of collages from the night itself! A big hello to Sarah, Michelle and Sophia! It was nice to finally meet you lovelies off of Instagram and of course it was so nice to see familiar faces at the event as well :) 

We also had dinner and drinks with some of the lovely beauty instagrammers ( Linda, Leanne, Winnie, Jolene, Rachel, Fenny, Sarah)  after the event as well! We had so much fun hanging out with some of the top beauty igers in Singapore! 


Congratulations to Charcott Freed of london for opening up your first flagship store in Southeast Asia!
Sorry this post was up a little later than usual, we had a couple of school submissions to tend to but! we've got more posts coming your way soon ;)

Thank you Camy/ Beauty direct for the invite!
Much Love,
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Ash



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sponsored Review: Loveybelle Eclipse Range Brushes

Hey lovelies,
if you didn't already know, Ash and I are on Vanity Trove; so if you guys have an account, please feel free to follow us! :) If you don't know what that is, we'll break it down for you! It's just a platform, much like Facebook, but for us beauty/lifestyle/style lovers! So if you're into OOTDs, LOTDs, MUOTDs, just hop on the train and join in the fun!



Now, the reason why I brought that up is because we got sponsored these very amazing Loveybelle brushes from our kind and pretty friend, Vinna, who we met on Vanity Trove! She actually sent this to us awhile aback, before Chinese New Year, but we were so busy trying out the different brushes on occasions and were able to draw a better opinion of each of them, which we are then able to create a video of at the end of our favorite Loveybelle brushes!


About the Brand



Loveybelle was established by Carol, a working mum who had years of experience in the beauty line. After graduating from her major in makeup and cosmetics, Carol started off her careeer working as a consultant in a local beauty company whilst freelancing as a makeup artist.


Another co-founder is Vinna, a working mum who freelances as a makeup artist as well. Vinna studied Beauty and Cosmetics whilst overseas and took that knowledge back with her to Singapore.

Using their years of experience with women from all walks of life, they stringently handpicked all of the products in the store, ensuring that their customers receive affordable products of great value.


Overview of Brushes

Above (in the cover photo) is what we received in the mail each! We both got our own Eclipse Range Set of Brushes, which basically is a set of 12 brushes for the whole face encased in a pretty black faux leather casing which can be closed with a zip. The case is about 20 x 13cm long, which is easy to bring about for travel, and weighs less than a compact camera! Very convenient! :)

We'll be giving a brief summary of the brushes below - what they're specifically used for and what hair type they are of! In case you are wondering, the whole set of 12 brushes only cost $138 which comes up to slightly more than $10 each, what a steal!

All information is credited to: Loveybelle Official Website


Face Brushes



From left: Buffer Brush, Tapered Brush, Angled Foundation Brush, Loose Powder Brush, Angled Blusher Brush, Duo Brush for Face

Buffer Brush: Made of Taklon hair, and is great for use with liquid, cream and even powder application of foundation.

Tapered Brush: Made of Natural and Synthetic Hair and is shaped to apply loose & pressed powder application of Blusher or Bronzer. It's a great tool for contouring the Trace of a "E" shape  & Trace of a "C" shape highlighting.

Angled Foundation Brush: Made of High Quality Synthetic Hair, and is used for soft & natural application of liquid & cream foundation. It is for quick application & blending of contouring using cream of liquid foundation.

Loose Powder Brush: Made of Taklon Hair and is used for the soft application of loose powder.

Angled Blusher Brush: Made of Taklon Hair picks up powder well; it also allows for blusher and contouring. Really amazing for cream products as well.

Duo Brush for Face: Duo headed for compactness. Brush comes with two different brush head for foundation application and the other for concealer application.


Eye Brushes


From left: Tapered Eye Blending Brush, Small Contour Brush, Eyeliner/Eyeshadow Brush, Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Dual Eyeshadow and Socket Eyeshadow Brush

Tapered Eye Blending Brush: Made of Natural Hair; it is a fluffy and soft blending brush with a round tip to easily blending the crease of the eye and contour side of nose.

Small Contour Brush: Made of Taklon Hair, and is for shading of eyes and highlighting, whilst creating a smouldering eye effect.

Eyeliner/Eyeshadow Brush: Made of High Quality Synthetic Hair. It can be used for cream, gel or liquid application of eyeliners and eyeshadows, and even application of Eyebrow powder.

Flat Eyeshadow Brush: Made of Natural Hair, and is used for the application of eyeshadow over the lids.

Dual Eyeshadow and Socket Eyeshadow Brush: Made of Natural Hair. The flat eyeshadow tip is for application over whole lid and the fluffy tip is for eyeshadow along eyelid.


Lipliner Brush




Lipliner Brush: Made of High Quality Synthetic Hair. Used for the lining of lips and application of lipstick.


Brush Guards


We were also sent a set of Brush Guards which cost $15. They are extremely useful for keeping your brushes in shape especially after washing and drying them. The best part is that they come in small and large sizes for your respective brushes! I think this is especially useful when you take the brushes overseas and don't want to end up squishing them in your luggage.

I read a useful tip from our beautiful friend, Kathleen, who recommends cutting the guards in half so you get twice the usage from them! Very very clever right!? *off to do it now too*


Overall Opinion

We have both truly enjoyed these brushes and have incorporated them into our daily lives as well - as you would be able to see if you are following us on Instagram :) Ashley and I have our own favorites, as you would be able to watch below in the video, and we use them all the time!

Since Vinna is our own personal close friend, we got to talk to her about her brushes and we love how she constantly asks us how we feel about them. It feels very sincere, and I feel she would be this way even if we were just her customers. Whenever we do face any problems, due to using the brushes wrongly, she more than willingly shares useful tips on how to use them better or what areas of the face they work better on.

I love Loveybelle not only for their products but as a brand too - they are extremely unpretentious and their prices are more than reasonable. I say all this probably because I know Vinna to be a very sweet woman as well, and I can see her dedication in her work.

We will be honest and mention that we don't use the WHOLE range for everyday because Ash and I just aren't the types to wear eyeshadow on a daily basis nor do we often draw our brows (Ash uses Gimme Brow by Benefit Cosmetics) and mine are already embroidered on. However, what we know is that the ones that we have grown to love and use have become irreplaceable. I think that's a sign of a good brush - because there will always be better ones, but you just keep some close to you all the time.


Video on Favorites



Discount for Readers

Our readers will get to enjoy these beautiful brushes too with a storewide 10% off if you quote "SAMNASH" (there's an "N" in between!). Do take this chance to try out some of our favorite brushes and let us know what you guys think as well!



Thank you Vinna!
We love these brushes to death!
(
Sam & Ash


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Advertorial: Korean Glam Perm at Dusol Beauty

Hey guys!

Recently, Ash and I got a new hair sponsor... and it's none other than.. Dusol Beauty! :) If you remember, my last visit to them was about half a year ago, fully paid by myself, for Volume Magic Rebonding. Apparently, that post was such a hit that Edward, my amazing hairstylist, decided to sponsor me with a new hairstyle! What are the chances!? And how blessed could we be!?


Of course, I told him to do as he wished with my hair because it has never gone wrong before, and he told me he would like to give me some natural loose waves. Perfect! Because it was just what I had been thinking about doing for awhile - so yes, here's my post on how I got these lovely curls, otherwise known as the Korean Glam Perm at Dusol Beauty!


Introduction to Dusol Beauty & Edward Kim



So if any of you aren't familiar with Dusol Beauty, it might be because you still associate it to Spa Scene, which is what it used to be named! Its one of Singapore's very authentic Korean salons, and its not only because their hairstylists are Korean, but also because the products they use are from John and Jack, a popular brand that is made and imported from South Korea as well! Isn't that really cool!?



But what I really want to bring your attention to is Edward Kim, my kind and amazing hairstylist! :) I've been going to him since 2010, when my Korean friend introduced me to the salon! Back then I was searching for a good place to do the Volume Magic Rebonding treatment, and I heard he was the best! Ever since then, I've not looked back or looked for any other place.

Edward is very meticulous in his job and never takes any comments or suggestions lightly. Whenever I mention my discomfort with any process, he either assures me that my worries are unfounded or he will try something else. Now, this isn't only because I'm sponsored. I've been going to the salon way before this blog even started! I seldom trust people with my hair, and its great to know I am in safe hands.


Korean Glam Perm


So here's a little video as to what a Korean Glam Perm is like! :)

Seems pretty funky doesn't it, especially with the machine! But no worries at all! What it ensures is that it takes the heat away from your head and hair (though to be honest there is almost zero heat involved, so your hair is less damaged), and you end up with beautiful curls!

Do note: My process is slightly different by one step, and if you want to see what it is, just read on to see my documentation of it!


Products


Dusol Beauty uses Vodana hair products, which can be found on their website John & Jack. Their products are all imported from and made in South Korea, so you can be assured of their quality. Do not worry about anything being sub-standard because the salon keeps very true to their principle of quality!

Here's a fun fact: The person who owns John & Jack also runs the salon, and also brings in their own brand of items into the store for usage!



Here are some examples of their John & Jack hair tools! There are, of course, many more besides this but we thought a good close-up of a few items would be better!

I think it's great that Dusol Beauty takes everything seriously - down from products to tools. It makes me feel like they know what they are doing, and are included every step of the way from the creation of products to the understanding and using of them. This sets me at ease because there's nothing better than someone who is well-informed.


The Process


First off, I would like to apologize if any of the lighting is very yellow - I tried adjusting it on my computer and camera but to very little avail. :(

The process started off with the washing of hair then cutting it. At this point of time, my hair was about waist length already to Edward trimmed it to about chest level. I suppose he didn't make it shorter because it would be better to show off the curls this way.



Once he's done with cutting, my hair is blown dry till its only very very slightly damp, and then he proceeds to put the perming lotion onto my hair. Saran wrap is then placed around my head for better absorption of the lotion. In the mean time, I read a magazine and chill out because the waiting time could be about 20-30 minutes.




Then, my hair is once again rinsed out clean and towel-dried till it's damp. Some heat protectant is applied to the hair before it is curled up and placed into the.... machine? Hahaha I do not know how else to describe it! It kind of looks like a robot with many hands. I love how it draws my hair away from my skin so I do not feel the heat on my face! :)



The machine beeps when it's done, but Edward still checks intermittently throughout to make sure everything goes smoothly. He removes the curler thereafter and lets the curls hang.

He later proceeds to take a hair straightener (shown in the Products section above) to create a "Volume Magic" effect to the hair near the crown of the head to the start of the curls. This smoothes the hair out and makes it all soft and shiny! It also prevents any weird kinks from occurring. There is also a nice transition created between the straight hair and the curls so everything looks like a slick wave down.



Whoo! This sounds like a long process but bear with me, it's soon to be over!

Finally, he puts in the last round of setting lotion and lets it sit for 30-45 minutes. My hair is rinsed out after that and treatment is applied to my hair! Look at all that wonderful steam! It smells so fragrant too! I loved just how everything was so calming and nice! :)

Now, my hair is complete and ready for drying into very very luscious locks!


Final Result


Here's the final result after approximately 3.5 hours! Whoo! It was quite an experience, hahaha. I can only imagine my boyfriend whining away if he sat down with me the whole way; but luckily I've got this amazing partner called Ashley who patiently waited and took all the wonderful pictures above!

Edward takes his job so seriously, and though it can be intense (lol!), you just know when you've found the right hairstylist for life. I got to take more photos with this handsome Korean (but just so you ladies know, he is taken! hahaha). I especially love how they've got this specially made "photo-wall" so people like us can camwhore! ;)


After a Few Weeks





This is about... 3 weeks after the treatment. As you can see, the curls are much softer and wavier. They're not as curled up/tight as the original result! I suppose it's also because my blow-drying methods are different from Edward (if I ever remember to blow dry hahaha), and most of the time I wear my hair up in a big bun so the curls are also "enlarged" in that manner.

No issue with me at all because the waves are so natural - Ashley calls them "Second Day Curls" because they look like I tonged my hair the day before and left it till the next day! This is what most of us aim for right!? Some of my friends have even made comments on how well I use a curler, only to end up being shocked that it's a perm! Love it. Love it so much, let me spell love for you. L.O.V.E.

(Hahaha what a silly moment, but yes, two thumbs up. If I was in X-Men, then 10 thumbs.)


Tips and Advice

Here's where I have to give you guys some tips and advice, as a honest and responsible blogger. Your hair will definitely still suffer a little damage. It's a perm after all, not a miracle. Do take care of your tresses!

1. Condition Your Hair

Condition it at least 3-4 times a week and try to apply some serum whenever you can; I use Original & Mineral conditioner and a 20 cent amount of Orofluido hair serum/ Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Argan Oil to my hair ends. I don't even do treatments (like sit around 15 minutes with stuff in my hair), in case you're wondering. I only condition my hair for about 1 minute - yes that short a time - whilst I wash my body and I'm done. It's that simple - I know people who do this even without perming or coloring their hair anyway.

2. Styling... or No Styling..

It's up to you, personally I don't bother at all hahaha. I suppose you are supposed to, with the blow-dryer but I am just so lazy. However, isn't that good news for you ladies who are just like me!? I mean, there are some days where you come home/go out after showering and don't want that hassle right!? All I do is allow my hair to dry completely (air dry, blow dry, cool dry, whichever), then do a low bun at my nape of the neck, and clip it in. I then do whatever else I need to do for 1-2 hours before I sleep, let the bun go, and I wake up with pretty curls. Isn't it easy!?

3. Do NOT Sleep with Wet Hair

I feel it is my personal obligation to tell you not to sleep with your hair wet with this perm (or for that matter, ever) because you will wake up with really REALLY curly and tangled hair! It's also going to be slightly frizzy because your head messes your curls up without letting them set properly and you will wake up looking like the swamp monster. Don't do it.


Overall Thoughts

This hairstyle definitely isn't as fuss-free as my Volume Magic Rebonding, but is really as fuss-free as it gets for a perm! I even love how I do not need to worry about rubber band marks in my hair after tying it up, it just adds another dimension of waves to my hair!

If you're looking for a pretty perm, why not try this out? I was pretty worried with the taking-care part of it, but it turned out that I had nothing to fret about at all! :)


Price of Perm



Dusol Beauty is currently having a promotion, as shown above, so don't miss out on it!




Thank you Edward!
You're my savior!
(
Sam

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Feature: Samantha Ashley x BRAND'S InnerShine

Hey guys,

As many of you know, we've been running this blog for about slightly more than a year. During this period of time, we've definitely faced many ups, but have also experienced quite a few downs. It's not easy in the Blogosphere, where everything is so saturated and it gets increasingly difficult to stand out. Sometimes we've definitely questioned ourselves on our worth as bloggers, or even as girls, when we just don't seem to get noticed or no one seems interested in partnering/sponsoring us.

However, 2014 has started off wonderfully for us, and we've gotten opportunities way more amazing than we ever imagined! In fact, if you've been following us on our Instagram and/or Facebook, you'd notice a recent photoshoot we did the week before, and yes that's us from it in the photo above! In case you're wondering how we got there, let us tell you where we started from.


Beginning as Bloggers

A lot of the time, we get questions regarding how and why we chose to be bloggers. This is pretty hard to answer actually, because there was no real reason we wanted to do it.

Ash and I were just that crazy about makeup and enjoyed talking about it so much, we thought to ourselves, "why not just write about it too?" And so we did. It took us about 6 months to go back and forth on the title of our blog; but one day, the name Samantha-Ashley seemed to just hit us, and we decided to start it from there.



Here's one of our first few photos starting out: it was taken by our Photography Lecture, Benson. We asked for his help one day and he agreed, so we shot this one. It looks a little unprofessional because I was so camera shy and we weren't really dressed for it.



Forward to a few months later, Luxola agreed to feature us as their Bloggers of the Month and we were THRILLED! We just couldn't believe it! Almost immediately, we set up a photoshoot with our friend, Andy, we booked the location at Windowsill Pies and got it all done within a week! At this point of time, I had pretty much gotten over my fear of phototaking, so it was much better as you can see haha. However, it was obvious that we still had not really grown. We definitely got a lot more exposure thanks to the lovely ladies down at Luxola, but our hype as BOTM died pretty quickly as not many people had heard of us previously.


Working Together with BRAND'S InnerShine

One very fine (and fortunate) day, however, we were scouted on Instagram by Brands InnerShine! That was pretty crazy because everyone knows Brands - even my mum hahaha. Of course, the older crowd knows them for their Essence of Chicken, but the youth also recognize them for their Beauty Drinks and Collagen Jelly! We were so overwhelmed because it finally meant we had gotten somewhere!



We got to speak to their Digital Marketing Lead and Brand Manager, who proceeded to gift us with boxes of their MCJelly to incorporate them into our everyday lifestyles, whilst capturing those moments on our social media platforms.

Together with Brands InnerShine, we're currently promoting the platform over on @innershinesg to create a space for regular girls like us shine. It's so refreshing to know that there are existing brands who do recognize and pay attention to the efforts of us regular girls.


Aspirations as Bloggers


Aside from sharing our passion about beauty related topics and glimpses of our lives, in the long run, Ash and I hope to build a community for young girls who struggle with confidence. If you've read my H2H post, you'll know that I didn't have it easy growing up; I was made fun of being short, having small eyes, basically just for being unattractive. High School wasn't easy at all for me, and it wasn't for Ashley as well. Till today, of course, some of our insecurities remain.


Whilst we are the lucky few who did not resort to cutting ourselves or delving deeply into depression, we know people who have. Their stories, though sometimes unknown to many, are not to be let off lightly or forgotten. We want them to know that we fought to where we are today, and that we did not let the words and actions of bullies hold us down for too long.

After being given this chance with Brands InnerShine, we hope many girls out there will be able to see this too. We may be regular girls and we may just do regular things, but it doesn't mean we won't have our time to shine when it comes.


Thank you to Brands

A big shout out to Brands InnerShine once again - thank you for discovering our potential, our blog, and our enthusiasm. This is a step further into our lives as bloggers, and we definitely would not have achieved it without all of you!


Shine on Everyone!
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Sam

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Info: 5 Beauty Mishaps of My High School Life

Happy April Fools everyone!

In the light of this wonderfully "tricky" day, we thought we'd post something lighthearted and funny (yet serious at the same time). Laugh at my silly High School makeup mistakes here, and also learn from them! After all, prevention is better than cure! ;)


1) Using Cheap/Unsuitable Eyeliners

When I was in High School I was living in China. This meant that all kinds of cheap makeup was highly available around me. As someone who wasn't earning at all, I thought this would be the way to go! Unfortunately, most of them never lasted past a minute, and those that did gave me a panda eye halfway through the day. In the worst scenario, I even had ones that stung my eyes. The horror!

Invest in good makeup (quality over quantity!), even drugstore brands have good ones if you're on a budget! Don't go fiddling around with $2 makeup ever, I sincerely mean that.


2) Using Expired Foundation

I used to use my mother's 5 year old foundation from Estee Lauder when I was in High School. Gross right? Back then, I never knew the evil consequences of using way expired makeup and thought that makeup was made to last forever! Terrible! Never ever think this way. From a poreless face, all kinds of pores popped up overnight and my skin got increasingly worse.

Thinking back on it, I feel like crying now, but it's too late aye? Save yourselves!!! And remember that no matter how expensive your makeup is, the real price you're paying is with your skin!


3) Using Undereye Concealer without applying Eye Cream

At one point of time, I thought that eye cream only made my undereye stickier, and thus made my concealer look cakier! Whattttt? As a youth I was full of rubbish. Anyway, after about 2 years of doing that, I realized my eye area was getting crazily dry and fine lines were popping up left right and center! What was happening was that I was basically growing years older than I actually was!

Always always use eye cream, be it before makeup or before you go to bed. I cannot stress how vital it is. Thank goodness that my eyes were saved after I switched over to an amazing product by YSL, but remember that prevention is always better than cure! Start using eye cream at 18, and at 30 people will still mistake you for being in your early 20's!


4) Perming my Eyelashes

This. This. This.

Do not perm your eyelashes in dodgy places at cheap prices. I've had friends complain about their pain before and here I will share mine. I went to a cheap shop in Guangzhou, and whilst the service only cost me about $10 (yikes right!), what I really paid with is my self esteem - which did plummet through the ground.

I was so sure I looked amazing.. but my then-boyfriend asked me why my eyelashes were sticking to my top lid like insect legs..... and I just lied and said I curled my eyelashes with the eyelash curler and he gave me this really puzzled "why would you do that!?" look. Anyway that was the end. I never permed my eyelashes again.


5) Not Removing Makeup Properly

To me, makeup during high school was more about "putting on" than "taking off". It wasn't that I was lazy, but I was just very ill-informed. It didn't help that I was piling on makeup like nobody's business, and then failing to remove it all properly at night. When I look back on my bad skin days, I have nobody to blame but myself.

Source out a good makeup remover - my personal favorite is Bioderma (light makeup), and Ashley's is 3CE's Cleansing Sherbet (for heavier makeup days). Also, no matter how good a makeup remover is, try your best to double cleanse. It's troublesome in the short run, but so worth it in the long run.


Photo credits above to: Funny Face Beauty




Happy April Fools! :)
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Sam