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  • Pomelo Fall 2017 Collection – Chase The Dream
  • style |    17 September, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
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  • Honoured to be repping Singapore once again for Pomelo’s Fall 2017 Collection. As with my earlier Summer campaign with them, we flew down to Bangkok, where Pomelo’s main HQ sits, to shoot the social-media collaterals. This time it was no holds barred: we were introduced to the largest in-house collection – 100 pieces to be exact – Pomelo has ever launched. Aptly named Chase the Dream, this collection is all about challenging every woman to wear without limits, unleashing their inner star!

    … & unleashing my inner star (or at least I attempted to) was essentially the theme of our video shoot! Today’s blog post features behind-the-scenes moments caught on set, and as you can tell, a lot of effort and creative forces came together to put everything together! The outfits pulled for the shoot are perfect for the upcoming festive season: featuring glitzy fabrics, celestial appliqués, star-shaped sequined patterns – my favourite from the shoot has got to be the Nicha Star Cut Out Shoulder Top, and Midori Star Sheer Maxi Skirt. Other favourites that you don’t see here, but are available on the site are the Labuki Oversized Blazer, Lan Flared Trousers, Riku Flared Overalls.

    Separately, if you have not seen it, I especially love the main campaign lookbook featuring Thai actress Thanaerng. Edgy street styling coupled with neon coloured-gel colours definitely brings out the underground scene girl personality that is Pomelo’s Fall Collection.

    Love,
    Drea

    P.S. All first orders on Pomelo are delivered free of charge and arrive from web to wardrobe within three working days. Also, Pomelo has a 365-days return policy: free returns on all orders via 90+ drop-off points scattered throughout Singapore.

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  • Nu Skin ageLOC Me – Review
  • beauty |    4 September, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
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  • This is one beauty review I’m excited to share with you guys about – the Nu Skin ageLOC Me. I recently brought the ageLOC Me (the super sleek device you see in this post) with me on my trip to Greece, and I thought it’d be good to give this product a go while I’m traveling – my skin gets sensitive when it’s in other climates, and especially with a dry and hot climate like that of Greece’s, I get to really see how effective the products are!

    The ageLOC Me is essentially a smart device that carries 5 essential airless cartridges for you. The cartridges include a 1) Day Moisturizer with SPF 2) Night Moisturizer 3) 3 Serums that can be customized according to your skin’s needs and preferences. For first-time users, myself included, a general starter kit of 2 moisturizers and 3 serums (which I tried for today’s post) will be issued. After using the ageLOC Me for 2 weeks, you will have to take the ageLOC Me Skin Assessment (more about this later), and a customized regimen will be created just for you!

    I know, this smart device may look rather bulky compared to small tubes of moisturizers and serums which you can pack in a Ziploc bag and go. But what I like about the ageLOC Me is products are dispensed via airless cartridges, which means your products don’t get exposed to air, and are kept in its pristine condition. The ageLOC Me also dispenses just the right amount of product onto your hands, and indicates how many doses you have left so you know exactly when to refill your cartridges (this versus my sometimes-feeble attempts at gauging how much moisturizer I need when I’m traveling). Each set of cartridges are meant to last you a month. The ageLOC Me comes with a travel lock feature too, so you will never run into situations where your tubes/ containers leak, situations that have been applied to me one too many times.

    As mentioned earlier, it is recommended to take the ageLOC Me Skin Assessment after 2 weeks, so let me touch on experience for the first 14 days.

    Before using the ageLOC Me, I remove my makeup with Micellar Water and wash my face with a facial cleanser – two extra products to bring/ have aside from the ageLOC Me. During the day, unlock your ageLOC Me, select the Day Regimen, and a dose of Day Moistruizer and a dose of the serum will be dispensed. Another great thing about the ageLOC Me is you never have to worry about opening and closing tubes and containers of products, simply unlock your device, place your fingers in the archway, and the product gets delivered onto your fingertips when th e machine senses them! The same routine applies for your Night Regimen (the moisturizer dispensed will be the Night one)! While there is a power base (which you need to connect to a wall socket) available, I chose to power my ageLOC Me with 4 x AA Batteries instead since I was traveling, and it has lasted me for the past 2 weeks (and counting!), apparently, it can last for up to 4-5 hours with those batteries, which is a lot since you technically only need the ageLOC Me for 30-60 seconds at any one time!

    Results during the first 2 weeks: I felt that the products did great in reducing any redness on my face. I had a really obvious pustule on my forehead, and the products helped reduced the size and visibility of the pustule over 4 days (it got smaller and less red day by day). The texture of the products are non-sticky, and they get absorbed into the skin fairly quickly! I felt that the moisturizers could have been a little bit stronger, my cheeks didn’t feel as supple and soft as they normally would with this formula. But as I’ve mentioned before, the products that I’ve tried for the first 2 weeks are part of a general starter kit, I plan to customize and select a more intense moisturizer during the assessment!

    After my 2 week mark, I took the assessment online, where I responded to questions about my daily exposure to pollution and the sun, my skin type and condition, and my preferences regarding fragrance, SPF and moisturizer feel! Since I felt that I could do with a stronger moisturizer, I chose to try a medium cream formula with mineral spf for my day moisturizer (mineral sunscreens have a whitening effect!), which is more richer in texture than the starter kit one. I don’t know if I’m the only one that believes in this, but I feel a richer, dewy moisturizer helps in boosting radiance, especially when you apply makeup after! For my night moisturizer, I stuck to the current “Medium” texture, as the “Intense Cream” – which is the only option after, has an oily finish, and I’m not too keen on having the product get all over my pillow when I sleep!

    After completing the assessment, I got my unique code of CV65, where I got a more tailored combination of products: Day T2 Medium Cream Moisturizer with SPF 20, Night K7 Medium cream Moisturizer, and serums Q5 (Firming of Lines and Wrinkles), X9 (Hyperpigmentation), R3 (Cellular Turnover)! All of which, except the Q5 serum, are different from the current starter kit, so I’m hoping for better results in terms of hydration and radiance!

    All in all, the ageLOC Me is a great and fun beauty device to try out: it’s easy to use, travel-friendly, portable, hygienic! Give the starter kit a go to see how it works for your skin, then customize it according to your preferences! The good thing is you can always take the assessment again and again, till you get the right combination that meets your needs!

    If you’ve tried the ageLOC Me, do let me know what you think, and if you have any questions or need more informaiton, visit ageLOC Me’s website!

    Till next time!

    Love,
    Drea.

     

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  • My Get Ready Routine (Overseas Edition)
  • beauty |    22 August, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • Brought to you by Dyson Supersonic

  • Whenever I’m traveling, it’s impossible to bring all my skincare, hair styling tools, and makeup with me. So I make it a point to pack efficiently and only what’s essential. You can bet this list includes all my favourite products rolled into one. We recently went to Bangkok to shoot a F/W 2017 campaign video for Pomelo, so here’s taking you through what my mornings while overseas at work usually looks like!

    First 8 minutes: An 8-minute shower that will definitely involves these two products: 1) Facial cleanser – which all of you would already know, I’m not fussy about. 2) Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner because my hair cannot keep colour to save its life. No really, my hair is terrible at keeping colour. Also, recently I just found out certain shampoos I’ve been using can cause breakouts on my skin, especially my hairline area, so if you are experiencing hairline breakouts that will not go away no matter how much product you apply, change your shampoo!

    Next 2 minutes: A quick skincare routine that involves my ultimate swear-by moisturizer, Philosophy’s Take A Deep Breath Gel Cream, Calvin Chan Sunscreen, and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. If I’m on the go, then the day mist will do!

    Next 8-10 minutes: I must put it out there, my hair is pretty damaged because of the intensive bleaching I’ve done over the past 2 years, so drying my hair can take longer than usual. But with the Dyson Supersonic, my hair dries way faster than usual because of its intense speed and airflow. I also get to minimize damage to my hair with the controllable heat-settings which ensure my hair doesn’t get burned. The other thing I love about the Dyson is its super cool accompanying attachments. There’s one to create volume in your hair and get air to flow through your roots more evenly (don’t ever forget to dry your scalp – I find that if you don’t dry your scalp thoroughly, your hair gets this really oily texture and your scalp and hair will start to smell throughout the day, so dry it well!), and another one for precision-drying, which I use for my fringe (see the gif we created!)

    If I have time, I will normally spend another 10 minutes curling my hair with a curling tong, but we’ll skip that for another day!

    Next 10 minutes:
    I normally do my makeup within 10 minutes – pretty proud of that! – and my recommended list of makeup definitely includes: 1) Lâncome’s Ultra Teint Cushion Foundation (I’m wearing Shade No. 4), 2) Benefit Cosmetics’ Browzings 3) Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara.

    And there you have it! My get-ready routine in less than half an hour! If you know me, I’m always about having efficient, simple get ready routines, just because I would rather get out of the house or the hotel as quick as I can to accomplish as much as I can!

    Coincidentally, while we were at the photoshoot studio in Bangkok, the hairstylist and I each brought our own Dyson Supersonic to the shoot! I have noticed – ever since the Dyson Supersonic was launched – that it is the hairdryer of choice for all my hairstylists. John Tham from Salon Vim, Dexter and Junie from Hair by Duo, and Pari (lovely freelance hairstylist I mostly get for my events!) all use it while working on my hair, and they never go back to their old hairdryers! So when the moodboard and styling direction for the Pomelo campaign video was “tossled wavy” hair, the hairstylist simply took some texturizing spray, and the Dyson Supersonic, and started grabbing my hair by the bunches to create that “beach hair don’t care” look – a look you can achieve on your own too!

    I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you took away some tips – especially hairstyling and hair-related tips! Till next time! x

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