Need a running BOOST?

Adidas just released their latest running innovation called the adidas BOOST. I was given a pair of the running shoes to try out and I gotta tell you; these babies are so comfortable I’m still wearing them right now after a workout!

With my fellow adidas girl Linora and Soraya from adidas
Dropped by the adidas HQ and met with my fellow adidas girl Linora and Soraya from adidas.
A late Christmas gift from adidas... The shoe box had my name on it!
A late Christmas gift from adidas. All these goodies which came in a shoe box with my name on it!
Soft cushioning. Bouncy. Light. Boost.
Soft cushioning. Bouncy. Light. Boost.

The stretch, breathable mesh material on the shoe offers the fit of a sock. Minimal stitchings inside the shoe means less irritation on your skin so it’s totally ok to go without socks. My feet get really sweaty when I run so I prefer to wear socks to avoid stinky shoes 😛

The right fit ensures support and helps stabilize the feet when on the move.

Run. Better. Faster.
Run. Better. Faster. (Excuse the angry face, I was pretty tired after a run on the mill!)

The Energy Boost retails at RM550 for both men and women and is now available (limited quantities) at the adidas Sports Performance Concept Stores in Suria KLCC (Level 3) and Sunway Pyramid (Level 2). In conjunction with the launch, from now up till 24th February 2013, you can pre-order your very own Energy Boost at www.adidasboost.com

Check it out!

 

Stay Active & Beautiful With Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

When it comes to skin and hair, there’s one brand that I’ve stuck to for years, and it’s funny that it was in fact Charles, who introduced me to Kiehl’s when we started dating. Who knew men and women could share the same favorite skin care brand? I choose recommendation over experimentation, especially when it comes to skincare. Kiehl’s generosity with free samples of pretty much all their products made it easy to find what was best for me.

I believe that vitamins, particularly vitamin C, is an important nutrient in your diet. That’s why it’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables! Vitamin C is the first thing that comes to mind if you catch a cold as it is helps support the immune function and protection from viral disease and cancer.

As mentioned in my previous post, while consuming vitamin C is great for overall health, the best way to absorb vitamin C for a healthier skin is to apply it directly. So… Lo and behold! Kiehl’s intelligent chemists have finally worked a formula to come up with a serum that contains the highest level of concentrated vitamin C to offer benefits to the skin’s appearance. It is powerful yet gentle enough that it does not irritate the skin.

Feed your skin pure vitamin C! Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate has been a popular product since it was launched in 2005. THIS is why – It contains 10.5% pure, stabilized vitamin C which helps improve not only the look of fine lines and wrinkles but to address skin texture and radiance as well.

I’ve been using this product every morning and night diligently for more than a month now and I’m pleased to see some improvement on some “expression lines”! You know those facial lines that just don’t go away even when you’ve stopped laughing or frowning? There’s a solution to that, and it’s not fillers!

My daily morning skincare regime: Vitamin C concentrate!

To use this product more effectively, you’re meant to firstly squeeze about 1 to 2 pumps on your palm, gently rub your palms together then dab it all over your face and allowing it to fully absorb before putting on your moisturizer. This product is highly concentrated so you may feel a temporary warm, tingling sensation when the vitamin C reacts to your skin. I like to tell myself that’s when the vitamin C is working its magic 😉 Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, the warm sensation goes away very quickly.

I like that it comes in a small 50ml pump bottle as it fits perfectly in my travel toiletry bag. The twist lock on the bottle pump also gives you assurance that not a drip would spill.

The vitamin C concentrate does not replace my daily moisturizer though! To compliment the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, I also use Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating Moisture Emulsion. This gentle moisturizer was tested and developed for Asian skin to intensively correct uneven skin tone and improve skin clarity.

Wear a daily moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and happy!
After a refreshing shower and my morning skin care regime, I start the day with a hearty breakfast and a warm cup of green tea to kickstart my metabolism.

Don’t make excuses such as you’re always in a rush in the morning! A whey protein shake takes 2 minutes to make and helps to boost your metabolism by 25%. You’re making the wrong assumptions thinking you’re saving calories by skipping breakfast. Skinny people eat breakfast! (That may not be true, but I like to use that as a motivator.) My favorite breakfast meal is oats topped with fresh blueberries and crunchy muesli. I look forward to it every morning!

I’ve taken up a personal training course under FIT Malaysia to prepare myself for the ACE exam. Yes, I am training to be an ACE-certified Personal Trainer! About time, you say? ☺

I like to pack my own meals before class in the morning or at night before I go bed. If you’re seriously trying to shed some fat, preparing your own meal is a great way to keep your calorie intake and food proportions in check. Instead of settling for hawker/fast good, you stick to what you know is good for your body.

All these dishes take less than 20 minutes to prepare!

My favorite time to workout is after breakfast/before lunch (anytime between 9am-2pm). I like an outdoor run in the park at least once a week, otherwise I hit the Interval Training Program on the treadmill or elliptical machine.

To switch things up, I also do other forms of cardio workout such as spinning class, Muay Thai or High-Intensity interval training (HIIT). Check out an example of a HIIT workout here.

Training at X-studio in Brickfields.
Question of the day: What’s the best ab exercise? Hanging leg raises!

Staying in shape naturally makes you feel more confident of your body. I love modeling not only as part of a job, but I also appreciate and admire a photographer’s work. Always had an interest in photography!

I like to be behind the camera too sometimes!

Check out some of my work.

Men’s Health Singapore: August 2012 issue

2 years in KL flew by so quickly and I didn’t realize how rapidly Singapore is changing! However, It’s always nice to be back and I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to return permanently again. So many countries to explore, I’m not settling anywhere just yet. Meanwhile, I’m so blessed because KL’s been awesome! I’ve made quality friends and am pursuing what I’ve always wanted to do. Couldn’t be more grateful.

Now back to my daily skincare regime, I make it a point to remove any make-up and cleanse my face before bed. I don’t know how Lady Gaga does it but sleeping with make-up on clogs the pores of your skin, which may lead to breakouts! For healthy skin, best make sure your skin is clean and moisturized before hitting the hay.

After cleansing and applying the PSLR, my nighttime skincare regime consists of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Midnight Recovery Eye Cream.

Applying the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is pretty much like the PSLR. Squeeze 2 drops on your palm, gently rub both palms together then lightly dab your palms, covering all areas of your face.  This miracle worker contains natural oils such as evening primrose oil and essential oils including lavender, which gives your skin an instant moisture boost! The scent of lavender helps you to relax so you can be ready for bed. Make sure you aim for 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep to let the Midnight Recovery work its magic. Say goodnight to tired-looking skin and wake up to hydration and freshness!

Feel The Powerful Strength Of C!

The more I think about it, the more it seems true: A lot of good things start with the letter C – carrot, cheese, cakes, cherries, candy, caramel, chips, corn, chili, calamari, chamomile, coffee, change, cats, Christmas, career… I could go on but I’ll save the silly jokes for next time 😛 . Above all, the most important C that you need in your life is VITAMIN C!

I’ve been a genuine fan of Kiehl’s since Charles introduced it to me 3 years ago. Most (if not all) of his bath and skincare products are from Kiehl’s. Curious to find out if his favorite brand would work on me too, I did a quick skin analysis at the store and got a few samples to try at home. My first love was the Ultra Facial Oil-Free cleanser. It was perfect for my skin type and didn’t leave my skin feeling tight after cleansing (if your skin feels taut after cleansing, it is likely that the product you’re using is too dry for your skin).

Have you taken your vitamins today?

 My birthday last month reminded me that maybe it was time to look for a skincare product for mature skin. Every woman wants to maintain firm, youthful skin. I’ll admit to getting fillers for my laugh lines last year, but I was never a fan of needles so I’m hesitant to go back. Excessive sun exposure, free radicals and aging naturally slows down collagen synthesis which causes skin to sag and wrinkle.

Taking Vitamin C tablets is great for overall health and beneficial for your hair and skin. It helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself. Lack of vitamins will eventually  slow down hair growth, cause thinning hair and make your hair look dull and easily broken.

Taming this medium-length hair is far more manageable than the Rapunzel hair I once had

For skin concerns specifically , the most effective way to absorb Vitamin C is to apply it directly on the skin. I’ve just discovered that Kiehl’s formulated a gentle serum that contains the highest level of Vitamin C to offer benefits to the skin’s appearance without irritation. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate contains a powerful and potent level of pure, stabilized 10.5% Vitamin C! That’s great news for your skin!

Bear in mind that you are still recommended to wear sunscreen on your face (yes, even if you love to tan), especially if you spend a lot of time under the sun. Even with the help of Vitamin C, the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause undesirable damage to the skin.

Feel the power of C on your skin! This potent treatment serum formulated with a high concentration of pure vitamin C (10.5%), known for its powerful ability to improve the appearance of aging, significantly reduces marionette lines around the mouth, crow’s-feet and sub-orbital wrinkles with continued use.

This product is said to be Kiehl’s #1 best-selling product in the U.S., China, Italy, and Singapore – which makes it very promising, I can’t wait to see if the same miracle works on me!

Will try with this C-rum 😛 and give you all an update in a few days.

Very Effective Anti-Cellulite Massage at Face Factors Clinic

To be honest, I’ve never really been a huge spa or massage fanatic. I much prefer doing DIY facials at home and chiropracty if I needed a full-body rejuvenation. Some people freak out at the thought of getting someone to crack your back and neck but there’s more to chiropracty than just that.

But hey, if it isn’t your thing, there’s always a less expensive and a more conventional way to revitalize your body.

There are several benefits to getting a massage. Besides being one of the nicest ways to pamper yourself, it helps to improve blood circulation, promotes total relaxation and stress reduction.

The body has the tendency to get so worked up from all the exercising and dieting that it can forget to relax, just as you forget to relax. Massage is beneficial for this reason because it allows the body to just chill out for a while and try to recover.

Face Factors is a premier aesthetic and wellness clinic located at Solaris Dutamas. The clinic offers a complete range of services ranging from advanced aesthetic and anti-aging solutions, unique body treatments and hand and nail therapies.

I was a little sore from a recent leg workout so I signed up for a massage to aid with muscle recovery.

The massage room doubles up as a waxing room which explains why it doesn’t look like your regular Balinese-style massage spa. The bed is covered by a while plastic sheet with a sauna blanket bag underneath. This will be used as part of the massage later on. The sauna blanket wrap emits heat throughout your whole body which helps you to sweat and reduce water retention. It also helps to promote blood circulation, resulting in a more effective muscle recovery when combined with massage.

The Lymphatic Drainage Body Contouring Massage is a powerful deep cleansing treatment that will counteract the strains and stresses caused by the environment in the urban life. The treatment helps to detoxify the body by opening the routes of elimination which cleanses toxic accumulations, stimulates vital immune defenses and noticeably reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Does massaging get rid of cellulite?

On its own, massage will not remove cellulite, but is a great way to improve circulation, and with improved circulation excess fluid can move more easily out of the tissue, and proper cell functioning is improved. Massage also assists in temporarily reducing the skin dimpling appearance caused by cellulite.

It is responsible for flushing out toxins, waste, dead blood cells and excessive fluid among other functions involving the body’s drainage system – thus leaving you with beautifully defined silhouettes.

The sauna blanket wrap was a little uncomfortable (it lasted 30 minutes) but it’s far more bearable than the massage that comes after it. The Lymphatic Drainage Contouring Massage reminded me of how achy my muscles were and it wasn’t quite as relaxing as I thought it would be. But my 2 massage therapists assured that the massage will visibly the reduce cellulite on the back of my upper thighs – a common area for most women, so I endured the pain and just went with it.

The 90-minute sauna blanket wrap + massage session left me leaving a little dehydrated at the end hence it is important that you drink plenty of fluids to avoid water retention. The next day, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the appearance of cellulite on the back of my upper thighs is almost diminished. A daily massage with your favorite body moisturizer should help to reduce the appearance of cellulite even further. I would definitely consider going back once every twice a week!

Face Factors Clinic
D3-G4-2, No.1, Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas, Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 6205 3508