Friday, April 17, 2015

Osim uMagic Massage Chair

This is me on a normal day at work. As a co-owner of online fashion retailer - Hollyhoque, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Liaising with my Chinese counterparts online, replying to emails, organizing shipment lists and the long list goes on..

This results in constant tension on my neck and shoulders. 

Which is why I often find myself massaging my neck and shoulders like this to relieve the soreness. If you are in the same shoes as me, good news for you today because the latest Osim's uMagic Massage Chair is here to provide a therapeutic solution! 

A couple of weeks ago, J and I were invited to try out the Osim uMagic. Honestly, I wasn't expecting anything at all because to me, all massagers are the same. You know.. Rollers, vibrating effects until I went on the Osim uMagic and experienced a wholesome hand-grip massage. 

Tried the Magic Moments and Shoulders Delight massage programme and I was instantly sold! The patented Magic Hands Massage emulates the agile hand grip of a masseuse to extract deep seated aches and tension. With the Osim uMagic, we can all enjoy a professional massage at the comfort of our home. 

I attended the event after a long day at work and just a short 15 minute on the Osim uMagic offered great relief to my stiff shoulders. 

Even J who is very particular about massages gave the Osim uMagic a thumbs-up! Just look at his fascinated face! 

If the functions on Osim uMagic is not enough to wow you, take a look at the chic and streamline design with a touch of polished chrome hardware! Not to mention the super soft quilted leather that makes me heart flutter whenever I brush my fingers against it. 

I can already picture how the Dreamy Cream one will look in my Scandinavian themed living room. Osim is having an introductory price at $4988 instead of $5288, get yours soon!
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Recent Beauty Favourites

These are the new products I tried in the span of 2-3 months and I'm sharing them because I personally like them a lot! Some are given to me, while some are bought!

Crème De La Mer

My skin tends to be on the dry side so I'm always on the look out for moisturizers. This is the most expensive moisturizer I own (~S$370) but it is also by far the most perfect. I use it every morning after showering and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before I apply make-up. My skin feels instantly hydrated easing make-up application! The skin around my nose used to be flaky but ever since I started using this, I don't face this problem any more! I also read somewhere that this cream is efficient in keeping the skin hydrated for 6 hours in-flight so I decided to test it on my latest trip to Guangzhou and I was blown away! At the end of the flight, I didn't experience tightness on my skin like I used to, instead, it felt plump and supple - Never boarding a flight without this magical broth, ever.

It is a very thick cream and lightly scented. You are to take a pea sized amount and rub it between your fingers until it is almost clear to activate the ingredients then gently pat it all over your face. It takes a while to master, but once you get the hang of it, you're good for life.

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask

This was included in the Nuffnang goodie box I received last month and I tried it the night I got it! Great for someone that is glued to the computer more than 9 hours on a normal work day. I found the warm steam to be super comforting though my lash extensions were a little in the way :P

Dearberry Berry Bright Moisture Toner

Received the full range of Dearberry's newly launched skin care range a couple of weeks back and I'm pretty impressed with their toner!

Unlike most toners that has texture like water, the Dearberry toner is slightly syrupy and I love how it feels on my face! Locking in moisture without any stickiness. Oh and don't get me started on its sweet berry scent. Each time I apply it, I feel like I am walking through berry dreamland.

Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream (Special for dry skin)

I'm hitting mid 20s soon and after hearing horror stories about how skin losing its elasticity after 25, I am constantly searching for a good firming cream and stumbled upon this when I was shopping at the airport while waiting for baggage clearance.

I sleep in an air-conditioned room every night so keeping my skin moisturized before I go to bed is very important. This is the last product I apply on my face every night unless I am masking. It has a smooth and creamy texture that spreads easily, also smells really good! Most importantly, I wake up with soft springy skin the next morning. Although this product works pretty well as a moisturizer, I haven't seen any firming benefits despite having used this for 2+ months.

Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrae

Like the MegRhythmn Steam Eye Mask, this was also included in the Nuffnang goodie box! My first experience with Belif and it is surely a great start! With Peat extract as one of its main ingredients, this serum allows better absorption of other products you apply to your skin. I alternate between this and Biotherm's Life Plankton Essence every night.

 I am usually not a fan of herbal scents but this surprisingly smells very refreshing! The consistency of this serum is thick and very smooth and although it leaves my skin deeply hydrated, it also feels slightly sticky after application - If this bothers you, you'll have to pat it a little more and wait for awhile.

Kerastase Initialise
Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate

This concentrate is a leave-in treatment that thickens hair and makes it more resistant to breakage. Some time last year, I found my hair to be thinning and shedding more than it should, I tried multiple hair loss shampoos and treatments but none worked at well as the Kerastase Initialise - My hair still sheds when I shower now but it is a healthy amount and I definitely saw improvement.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bali - Akasha Villas

We'll be jetting off to Santorini & London come early May and I hope to finish blogging about Bali by then. I'm taking my time on the Maldives entries so I can slowly reminisce that holiday.

If you follow me on Dayre (@Sheilamansy) you may know that this Bali trip was a birthday surprise planned for Mabel! Its the first time J and I were travelling with such a big group of friends so we were extremely excited! After reading up on one thousand and one villas, we finally found Akasha Villas that met our criteria - Located within Seminyak (Our villa was only a short 7 minute drive to Seminyak Square), had 4 bedrooms + pool and super within our budget - SGD2140 for 4 days so each couple only paid SGD535! 

The large common area where we had our in-villa breakfast and drinking nights. 
Their breakfast menu is very limited, so don't expect too much.

There are 2 floors in our villa and other than the slightly bigger toilet at the master-bedroom, all the rooms are pretty much of the same size. The design is different for each room though! Like Zoe's bedroom came with an outdoor bathtub while mine looked...

Like this! 

Chill out area on the 2nd floor and this pretty much sums up our villa tour! 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Eucerin 30-Day Challenge

Hello everyone, I just got back from Bali with friends and it was one of the best holiday ever, ever - Not a moment was spent without laughter! 

Brought along all the Eucerin products (Because I was still in the midst of the Eucerin 30-Day Challenge) blogged about previously here and I need to stress that the Active Concentrate is a life-saver! Can you tell that I've been religiously feeding my skin with these products judging from what's left of the bottles? 

I get pimples whenever my period is nearing and on the 2nd night in Bali, I felt a bump rising on my right cheek so after cleansing, I immediately applied a generous amount of the Active Concentrate over the bump and the next morning, it disappeared! I didn't even have time to take a before & after picture! My holiday would surely be dampened if it forms into a pimple D: I don't know about you, but my self-esteem drops whenever I get pimples - I wouldn't feel like taking pictures or even meeting anyone. 

Although it didn't completely clear up the blemishes on my chin, it has effectively lightened those spots. I also love the formula's malty texture and I can use it on a daily basis without worrying that it'll dry up the skin! 

The Make-up & Acne Remover is my favourite product out of the 4 I received! It cleanses optimally, doesn't make my skin feel sticky nor tight after application and to add to its awesomeness, it doesn't require rinsing (On very lazy days)! Really, just what more can I expect from a make-up remover? 

I am still trying to get used to incorporating the toner in my daily skin regime because it is an important step in opening clogged pores to prepare the skin for better absorption of the subsequent products I apply to my face. What I like about Eucerin's toner is that instead of leaving my skin feeling dry (Like most toners I've tried), it made my skin feel moisturized and refreshed! 

Last but not least, the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser that makes cleansing my face an effortless task! I used to be extremely cautious whenever I cleanse my face because of my lash extensions but ever since I was introduced to this cleanser, it has never been easier! It doesn't matter if the product gets in my eye simply because it is SOAP FREE and will not irritate my eyes!

 That said, my 30-Day journey with Eucerin has been a great one and I'll definitely continue to use these products in my skincare regime! If you've been battling acne problems, open yourself to one more option! 
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

PUB - The National Water Agency

As some of you may know, J and I moved into our new place earlier this February and we've been enjoying our little kitchen space a lot! We cook almost 4 times a week and this brings me to my next point, saving water in the kitchen - Our PUB bills will not only be smaller, we can also play a part in conserving this precious resource for future benefits.

One of the most effective methods of saving water in the kitchen is to avoid washing our dishes under a running tap. Instead, we soak & scrub all our used dishes in a large bucket/container filled with water. Before we do this we always scrap all the leftovers into a the bin to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of our sink getting choked in the long run. After scrubbing, we'll do a quick rinse with minimal water and its pretty much done!

 Rather than boiling our vegetables, we steam it! Many rice cookers these days have this option and you'll not only save water, the vegetables will be of greater nutritional value!

We usually rinse our rice 3-4 times before cooking and it is a waste to throw the water away so we usually collect it in a pail to water the plants or rinse the toilet.

Also refrain from thawing food under running water. Instead, let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator or if you don't have time, use the microwave to heat it up or even place it in a bowl of water and leave it to defrost.

Lastly, always make sure the tap is securely turned off to prevent unnecessary water wastage.
These water saving tips may seem insignificant to you but if everyone does the same, it'll add up to a whole lot so lets do what we can in conserving water and make our environment a better place!

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have more water conserving tips! (: 
Keep a look out for the water conservation mobile showroom as PUB Water Wally will be on site to meet his friends >>

(Thu) 19 Mar One Raffles Place Beside one altitude
(Fri) 20 Mar Icon@IBP 3A International Business Park, 609935 (In front of food-court)

(Sun) 22 Mar Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509

Beside taxi stand (opposite the UOB Bank )

(Tue) 24 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 

(Wed) 25 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 

(Thu) 26 Mar Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks) 

Watch this videa & click here to visit the official PUB site to join me in learning more about our nation's precious resource! 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colgate Optic White

What is the first thing you notice when you meet somebody new? For me it has definitely got to be the smile for it unconsciously tells me if someone is approachable and friendly followed by his/her teeth. The colour of someone's teeth not only says a lot about their personal hygiene, it also has an impact on perceived attractiveness. Bright, shiny and white teeth definitely appears to be more appealing! Never underestimate the power of a smile to set the first impression right! 

The boost to confidence also comes from a bright dazzling smile and I'm ever so thankful I went ahead with the decision to get braces 3-4 years back. After removing my braces, the first thing I did was to go for teeth whitening and while it gave me a beautiful set of white teeth for a while, I will think thrice if I had to do it again.

So now, I only depend on whitening toothpastes and Colgate's Optic White Plus Shine is my new found buddy! Even when I travel, I bring it with me! 

For those of you who are skeptical about whitening toothpastes because it is said to remove enamels from your teeth, you'll be relieved to know that the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine uses a special formula that protects enamel and provides anti-cavity fluoride protection so go ahead and give it a try!

It also contains whitening accelerators (Silica & Phosphate Salts) that safely ex-foliate stains to whiten teeth in just one week! 

The Colgate Optic White Plus Shine is an upgraded formula with "Micro-Crystal Particles" that polishes teeth to give that highly coveted dazzling smile. 

Having used the Colgate Optic White Shine Plus exclusively for 5 days, I can safely say my teeth is slightly shinier than before! It tastes minty, not overbearing and I love how it makes my mouth feel clean and fresh with no bitter after-tastes. Most importantly, I haven't experienced any teeth sensitivity after using this toothpaste!

Get your own Colgate Optic White Shine Plus at only $6.90 and get ready to flash your big wide smiles!
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