What do you look for when buying a watch? Is it design, brand, reputation, function, price or popularity? For me, it’s all about style, quality and value (in that order).
Since I’m usually active, the watches I normally go for are either digital or sporty. But lately, I was having trouble matching any watch I own with an evening dress. It was then that I realized I needed a change of style to suit my feminine side.
Elegant was the first word that came to mind when I saw this Aries Gold watch. This one’s definitely for the ladies and Aries Gold knows exactly how to display the right amount of ladylike charm on your wrists with its ‘Enchant’ series.
The beauty of rose gold adds a luxurious feel to the watch. The best details, however, lie in the inlaid black ceramic mother-of-pearl dial and Swarovski crystal hour markers.
The butterfly clasp makes easy to put on and take off. When secured, it is virtually hidden underneath the metal bracelet with no holes or other buckles visible. That makes this watch more than just a timepiece; it’s jewelry.
When it comes to the quality of a watch, we generally know that it’s good to look for Swiss movement. To achieve a breakthrough in innovation, Aries Gold expanded its movement parts from Switzerland to both Switzerland and Japan.
The stainless steel used for Aries Gold bracelets is one of the best alloys available at the present time. Its low carbon content makes it particularly resistant to corrosion by the rigors of daily wear, like perspiration and water. Perfect for an active person like me!
This exceptionally resistant watch is also fitted with sapphire crystal, which makes it virtually scratchproof (it is said that only diamond can leave scratch).
Model: Enchant BOS10-014L - Black
Black Ceramic with Rose Gold Stainless Steel
Scratch Proof Sapphire Crystal
10 Years Warranty
Retailing at S$285
While the ‘Enchant’ series is mostly suitable for women, you might also like to check out their latest ‘Inspire’ series, which I personally think would appeal to the men as well. The price range for an Aries Gold watch is between S$199 to S$380. That’s a reasonable price for a quality watch that comes with 10 years warranty. You’re also entitled to free battery replacement (only at H2 Hub) with the warranty, which to me, is a sweet icing on the cake.
You're in luck because my trusted hair salon (and sponsor), Essensuals Bugis, is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this May and they are giving away $8000 worth of prizes and goodie bags to anyone who drops by for a hair appointment. Every $80 spent entitles you to one raffle entry and promo starts from May 1 to May 31 2013.
These are the prizes that are up for grabs:
1st prize: 2D1N star @ Marina Bay Sands
2nd Prize: 1 Apple iPad Mini
3rd Prize: 1 Canon camera
Make sure to leave your entry ticket in the drop box at the salon. Winners will be selected on June 2nd, 4pm @ Essensuals Bugis. I plan to be in Singapore during that time so hopefully I'll see you there for the grand draw. Good luck!
PS: Looking for hair inspiration? Follow @essensualsbugis on Instagram
You’re not gonna get the butt you want by sitting on it! Start your day right and perk up with 3 of the best butt exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. If you’re looking to make that gluteus maximus a little more minimus, you’ll love what you can get out of these few exercises. It is aimed to tone and lift your posterior giving you an added boost of confidence!
You'll need: Ankle weights (optional) and a bench.
You can do these workouts with or without ankle weights. I recommend starting out without the weights to get a feel of the range of motion. Then, progress with a 2lbs to 5lbs weighted bands on each leg for added resistance.
Let the booty-lifting commence!
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Booty Booster Workout #1 – Capoiera Squat
Strengthen and lengthen those legs with this exercise.
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and fists at your sides. Squat down as if sitting in a chair and extend your left leg directly behind your right ankle. Touch your right hand to the floor beside your right foot for support. Return to starting position and repeat with your right foot to complete the rep.
Do 3 sets of 12 reps.
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Booty Booster Workout #2 – Superman Booty Lift
This is my one of my favorite exercises because it looks easy... until you try it!
You’ll need a bench. Lie face-down on the bench with legs hanging off. Keeping legs straight and hip-width apart, slowly lift them straight behind you as shown, squeezing butt as you hold for two counts; lower and repeat. Do 20 reps; rest for 20 seconds and repeat.
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Booty Booster Workout #3 – Extended leg shoulder bridge
This is an great way to relieve tension in your lower back and work on your butt at the same time!
Lie on your back with knees bent, feet hip-width apart. Extend your left leg, point your toes and lift hips until your body is in alignment with your extended leg. Squeeze the glutes and hold the lifted position for 2 to 3 seconds then slowly lower hips to an inch above the ground. Keep the hands on the floor for more balance if needed. Repeat 20 times and switch legs.
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For maximum results, combine these exercises with a 20 to 30 minute cardio workout. While there is no magic bullet for a smaller, rounder behind, there are many foods that are proven allies in burning off fat from the thighs and butt. Some of my favorite muscle-building foods are oats, asparagus, chicken breast and walnuts.
Exercise and eating clean will not only benefit your body, but your skin too! After using the Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare range for over a week, my skin feels noticeably softer and more supple. My favorite product from the range is the 2-In-1 Foam Cleanser that also doubles up as mask. I always make sure I pack the cleanser in my gym bag to freshen up after a workout - wouldn’t want clogged pores to lead to a breakout!
Winners of the Pomegranate Giveaway Set
Thank you for submitting your “5 Motivating Factors” on why you like to keep fit! Congrats to Jesslyn, Jessica and Ailany for your honest answers, you'll be receiving a gift in the mail soon!
Thanks to everyone for your participation!
You can get Pure Beauty products exclusively at Watsons in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
For other countries, check out this link to locate the nearest store
There are many reasons why couples can get along so well together. Similar interests or the ability to make each other laugh (and cry) are key ingredients in a healthy relationship.
However, there are also some unconventional factors that contribute to that attraction. For most women, it’s all about that MASCULINITY, and what else would make you want to lean closer (or farther) if not for his scent?
Now there’s a reason why most bath products these days are catered specifically for men and women separately. Women generally wouldn’t use a men’s body wash because it isn’t moisturizing enough for the skin or the scent might be too strong. Most men on the other hand, don’t see anything wrong with smelling like a bed of flowers as long as they feel clean.
Ladies, it’s time to put your foot down and stop your man from using any regular body wash because Dettol High Performance for Men Shower Gel will not just give them the deep down clean they need, it will leave them smelling like a real man should – STRONG, FRESH & MASCULINE. Like a macho man!
Listen up boys! If you wouldn’t wear women’s perfume, you shouldn’t share the same body wash as your partner. I think the only bathroom product I share with Charles is toothpaste.
Get this straight: Women love the smell of flowers, but not on dudes.
What I like about Dettol High Performance for Men Shower Gel is its long-lasting, manly fragrance.
Try the EXTREME:
(I personally like this one on Charles!) It kills 99% of germs and cleanses deep down for all-day freshness.
Also kills 99% of germs while cleansing deep down and replace essential moisture, leaving your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
To find out which Dettol High Performance for Men Shower Gel suits you best, try the ‘Unleash The Man’ survey to discover your real man persona!
You’ll even stand a chance to win SGD50 worth of manly Dettol goodies just by doing this quick survey. That’s enough supply to last you up to 6 months, or even a year for men who… use very little soap.
You’ll be asked 5 survey questions before you’re led to this page where you’ll be asked to choose a photo for your final manly mug.
Make sure you choose a good ID type of photo and use the buttons to center the eye line.
I think my result was pretty spot on...
Okay, so this app is obviously more suitable for men… That’s why I think Charles’ final photo is a very good example of a REAL MAN!
Macho, macho man! I wanna be… a macho man!
The lucky 50th person that takes the survey of the day will stand a stance to win SGD50 worth of manly Dettol goodies!
There will be one winner each day while the contest runs between 18 July 2012 to 3 August 2012!
So you’ve made the commitment to be healthy and have actively started working out – how do you stay motivated?
Well it’s time to BANISH all excuses and FOCUS on the things that will get you to the gym and make you wanna sweat! The secret to staying on track with your goal is not just about being motivated, but to be INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED.
When you’re intrinsically motivated, you are self-motivated to being physically active because you truly enjoy it. An extrinsically motivated person would work out even when they have no desire to just because they want the reward; i.e. to lose weight, look good or to please a significant other (a combination of all the above is probably the most rewarding for some). Sound familiar?
Now, working out for rewards is totally effective for short-term goals but that’s not enough to keep you motivated in the long run!
It’s just like difference interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you only do it when circumstances permit. When you're committed to something, you give no excuses, only results.
My inner motivation is that fresh feeling of rejuvenation after a workout. More sweat now means less jiggle later. See, good habits are as addictive as bad habits, only a lot more rewarding! Gaining confidence is definitely one of it.
And what do I know about confidence? Confidence comes from overcoming challenges. So start with the first step – whether it's jogging, running, cycling or lifting weights. Challenge yourself to find what makes you sweat the most. You don’t need to be confident to begin exercise; you just need to want confidence
Speaking of confidence, I just got to know about a skincare line from Korea called Pure Beauty. The Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare range definitely appealed to me when I first heard about it because it is specifically tailored for Asian skin. Using mostly pomegranate extract, a fruit that contains high levels of Vitamin C, the quality of the Pomegranate Antioxidant Skincare range is ideal for brightening, firming, anti-aging, energizing and soften the skin.
I got a few items from the skincare range to try out. Thanks Pure Beauty!
So now, time for a beauty review!
I tried the Pomegranate Antioxidant Eye Mask for the first time in the morning and I was pleased with the outcome! The cooling eye mask helped to reduce puffiness and turned out to be instant pick-me-up. So refreshing!
To fully benefit from using the Eye Mask, try the Pomegranate Antioxidant Eye Cream. Its soothing properties consist of nourishing natural ingredients that works to hydrate and invigorate the eye area while helping to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
There’s also the Pomegranate Antioxidate Facial Mask. I love it because you can wear in the morning to feel refreshed, or in the evening to wind down.
What makes this 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser a winning product is that it cleans and also doubles up as a mask. It contains a natural complex of fruit and herbal extracts that gently de-stresses skin, unclogs pores and detoxifies to leave skin energized and refreshed.
The Pomegranate Antioxidant Toner is made with natural herbal complex that blends with pomegranate oil with oriental herb extracts. Your skin will benefit from its superb anti-oxidizing capabilities that purify skin and reverse signs of aging and fatigue.
Reveal a more radiant and supple youthful skin with the Pomegranate Antioxidant Essence. This one comes in a small 30ml bottle but you’ll only need a small amount to feel the difference on your skin. Skin feels soft and velvety. It is made from mulberry root, rice, green tea and pomegranate oil to help your skin cells regenerate faster while detoxifying and reversing the signs of aging.
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For me, diet means feeding your body with nutrition and eating consciously in smaller proportions, with food choices that you’ll be happy with for a long time. A healthy diet is a permanent lifestyle habit, not a temporary excuse to lose weight quickly.
As part of my diet, I include mostly clean complex carbs (oats, yam, brown rice and whole grains), lean protein (chicken, white fish, lean beef and egg whites), lots of nutrient and fiber rich veggies (broccoli, spinach and asparagus), ‘good’ fats (salmon, almonds, walnuts and avocado) and of course, plenty of H2O (at least 4 litres of water a day)!
As a daily supplement, I take a multivitamin and fish oil for overall health benefits. A shot of BRAND’S Essence of Chicken is good too so that I can stay on top of things. It contains an active compound called ProBeptigen® which has been proven to boost learning and memory. This is especially handy when I’m training Muay Thai… Gotta stay focused!
I’m still a beginner so it’s important for me to stay alert when sparring with my trainer so I don’t get hit! When my mind is alert, it gives me better focus and reflexes to avoid attacks and to strike back efficiently with my body and effectively. The technique can be quite technical and speed gives a huge advantage.
I definitely wouldn’t want to get socked in face at Muay Thai again. The last time that happened, I almost got knocked out!
ProBeptigen® is the magic ingredient in BRAND’S Essence of Chicken which has been proven to boost mental concentration and memory. Combined with Carnosine, it promotes brain health and brain fitness, which increases mental concentration, focus and willpower. Now THAT will absolutely give you a greater advantage when at work AND working out!
I trust in BRAND’S Essence of Chicken because it contains no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives. It’s been around for 175 years and is known for its efficiency in mental alertness.
I checked out their Facebook page yesterday (link to http://synad2.nuffnang.com.sg/nn_gtrack.php?click&gid=10971) and saw this awesome contest called “Stay Switched On, Stay Open To Opportunities” with BRAND’S Essence of Chicken!
Basically until 31st May 2012, you stand a chance to win over S$30,000 worth of cash and prizes just by spotting and sending in this 8 number code on the inside of the promotional sleeve (the promo pack costs $18.95). Looks legit, I’m going to give it a shot… no pun intended! By the way, the promo pack above should come with a sleeve that contains the "Stay Switch On Stay Open to Opportunities” blurb on the front panel.
Haven't had my hair this short in a while. I was growing a little tired of long hair, especially when 1. it's so humid here & 2. washing long hair twice a day is becoming a real chore! I gotta give it to those girls who wear permanent hair extensions...
Got my hair done at my favorite spot Essensuals Bugis in Singapore. Coincidentally, this month (May) happens to be their 2nd anniversary so they're giving a 20% on all services this whole month!*
Peep the Essensuals Bugis Facebook page to check out other limited-time offers.
(*For first time visitors only. Not Valid for any other promotions or packages.)
You would all know how I make fitness an integral part of my daily lifestyle. Cultivating a regular exercise regime allows me to maintain a radiant and clear complexion which all girls seek for. For myself, I always go the extra mile to take care of my skin.
Whenever I’ve plans to hit the gym, I make it a point to remove all my makeup. This is a especially crucial step when you know you’re going to be working up a sweat. All that pore clogging foundation simply can't be good for your skin while you're sweating it out. When your ring of eyeliner smudges, all I can say is that panda eyes are not normally a look you’d want to sport at the gym!
I keep it simple with lightly drawn brows and lip stain. Keep the rest of your face make-up free. However, if you must use eyeliner, skip the pencil and line your lower lash line with dark eye shadow instead to avoid smudging.
You’ll be getting that natural flush while working up a sweat, so you can pass on the blusher.
I used to travel around with not one, but TWO bottles of make-up remover -- one for the face and another specifically just for removing waterproof make-up. They are definitely a hassle to lug around but we often don’t wash our face thoroughly enough to remove all the make-up. I simply can’t take any chances with my skin.
Today I’ve found a handy product that saves me from that dreaded makeup removal routine.
Kick out the troublesome steps now!
Introducing Biore’s Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets!
As a daily skincare regime, I use Biore’s Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets for my skin to look at its best. Whether is it prior to hitting the gym, post workout or after a long day of being out and about, it never fails to thoroughly rid my face free of make-up or dirt. These sheets are gentle on my skin and did you know it’s totally alcohol-free? This makes it suitable for almost all skin types.
I usually pack light for the gym, as I prefer to change and shower back at home. My gym essentials are: A fitness magazine, daily workout plan, gym gloves, towel, music, eyedrops, hand sanitizer, body mist, hair tie and of course, Biore’s 10-sheet handy pack to help me freshen up before and after my workout.
For those who actively work out like me, you’d be glad to know these sheets definitely come in handy. Here’s how I removed my make-up in just 3 easy steps with Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Sheets.
Step 1: Place the cotton sheet firmly over your eye
Step 2: Hold for 5 seconds (let it do its magic!)
Step 3: Wipe swiftly!
Each cotton sheet is plentifully soaked with smooth cleansing oil, which dissolves even the toughest of makeup. Upon removal, I realized the skin around my delicate eye area felt soft and supple. It’s probably because these sheets also contain moisturizing agents, which basically fulfilled double beauty duties for me. Finally I can spare my precious peepers from all that tugging and rubbing.
You can see how effectively it removes the make-up without leaving a single smudge. Kudos to Biore!
After removing my eye make-up, I used another sheet to clean the rest of my face. You’ll need at least 2 sheets to thoroughly remove all your make-up; depending on how heavy it is.
All set for the gym now!
This is what I personally like about it:
1) The 10-sheet pack is convenient to carry around. It’s light and fits right in your pocket. Perfect for traveling or when you’re on the go.
2) The refillable, 48-sheet pack comes in a cute, pink container which helps to keep the cotton sheets moist, down till the very last piece!
3) The sheets double as a face freshener especially after working out. Helps to remove existing dirt and sebum to prevent clogged pores.
4) The smooth cleansing oil thoroughly removes waterproof mascara and facial makeup without leaving a greasy film on your skin
Biore cotton facial sheets have sold over 3.6 million packets in Japan in 1 year alone, which explains why Biore is the No.1 make-up remover in Japan and Singapore!
It comes in 3 sizes, including the 10-sheet handy pack that is light and convenient to bring to the gym or anywhere you go.
A must-have in every girl’s gym bag!
Being the beach bum that I am, I'm always shopping for new bikinis. Most bikinis come in free size and you can find plenty anywhere but finding the right bikini for your body is important so you can flatter the right curves.
A friend of mine, I'Ling, recently moved to Singapore from Hawai'i and opened a bikini & yoga apparel store with her best friend, Sarah. Both are dancers (mainly pole-dancing), hence they know exactly what to look for when it comes to activewear.
Those who are into pole-dancing would love these Pleaser heels which are also available at the store. These super-sexy high heels come in various styles are comfortable enough to be worn out, all thanks to the pig-skin lining and cushioned soles.
There are at least 3 different styles for the top - triangle cut, bra top & bandeau and for the bottom -itsy bitsy, love without the handles (shown above) & scrunch booty (my fav!).
Store is open between 12pm to 9pm by appointment only for now. Contact the store to make an arrangement before you drop by.
Check out their Facebook page here!
I decided to go for a hair relaxing treatment because I was getting a little bored of my long, wavy tresses. I spend way too much time styling my hair (blow-drying + tong) when I have to go out so I wanted a fuss-free hairstyle that's manageable and easy to style when I'm on the go.
Rebonding wasn't an option because my hair is naturally wavy so I was afraid it might end up looking 'puffy' and unnatural when it grows out it. Hair relaxing treatment could last between 3-6 months, you're advised not to wash your hair for 2 days and have it up as a ponytail for a week. Conditioning your hair with a hair mask at least 3 times a week is also recommended so it doesn't dry out or become frizzy.
Gotta love the free wi-fi at Essensuals Bugis! It can get pretty boring at the salon sometimes while you're getting your hair done...
Special promo packages available for 1st time customers:
$50 (usual price $95) - Haircut, blow-dry & treatment
$139 (usual price $225) - Haircut, color & treatment
$199 (usual price $320) - Haircut & perm (plus free product or treatment)
$219 (usual price $355) - Haircut, rebonding & treatment
For a quick fix, try the $40 Macadamia Oil Treatment + blow-dry including free consultation with the Essensuals Bugis professional stylists.
If it is your first time, mention how and where you heard about the promo (...my name and my blog of course!)
Essensuals Bugis is located at 241A Victoria Street on Bugis Village. It's walking distance from the MRT station and just above Burger King. To make an appointment, call +65 6333 0039
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