• How To: Create 3 Different Hairstyles with a Hairdryer!
  • beauty |    17 March, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • We put Dyson’s Supersonic Hairdryer to the test and create 3 simples hairstyles you can achieve on your own at home!

  • Look 1: Voluminous Straight Hair

    No need to head to the salon for a blowout anymore! This look is perfect if you are going for an effortlessly sleek look.

    What you will need: A large rounded hairbrush and the Dyson Supersonic Styling Concentrator attachment. The following technique will leave your hair feeling bouncy, voluminous, and silky smooth!

    Instructions:

    1. After shampooing and conditioning, make sure to apply your preferred hair protectant products before blow drying to minimise any hair damage from heat exposure. The good thing about the Dyson Supersonic is its heat settings are capped at 100°C, which means your hairdryer will never overheat, and your hair and scalp are protected from extreme heat damage.
    2. Blow-dry your hair till partially dry. Working with the lowest air and heat settings (60°C), gently comb through your hair using your fingers.
    3. Section your hair into inch-long portions. For the mid-length to bottom sections, roll your hair into brush and direct the airflow in a downwards direction, brushing your hair inwards as you approach the ends.
    4. Top to mid-section of hair: Roll hair under a round brush and blow-dry the top portion of your sectioned hair in an upwards and inwards motion towards your head. This supplies your hair with volume.

    **Dyson Supersonic settings: Low heat and medium speed.

    Look 2: Wavy Hair Using French Braid Technique

    If you are looking for an easy, fun and playful look, this hairstyle is so easy to achieve! If you want more natural waves, create larger braids, or start braiding from mid-length onwards!

    What you will need: Dyson Supersonic Smoothing Nozzle, 4 Hair Clips, and 4 Hair Ties.

    Instructions:

    1. As with the previous look, blow-dry your hair till it’s slightly damp.
    2. Divide your hair into 4 sections. How to achieve an even distribution: Start with a centre parting, using your fingers, divide each half of your hair from the top of your head to the back of your ears. Use clips to ensure that each section will be undisturbed while braiding.
    3. Taking one section, divide it into three equal portions using your fingers.
    4. How to braid: Begin by crossing the strand “on top” over to the strand in the middle. The right strand should now be the strand in the middle. Then, cross your left strand over the middle stand. The left strand is now the strand in the middle. Repeat this process until you can no longer cross any strands. Note that the key is to ensure you’re always crossing over the top strand. Secure your braid with a hair tie.
    5. Proceed to braid the other 3 sections.
    6. Blow dry each section for 5 minutes with the Dyson Supersonic Smoothing Nozzle. We’d recommend going for the lowest heat setting, with the lowest air speed. Remove braids, starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. Comb through hair with your fingers.

    Look 3: Natural Curls

    This has to be my favourite look to achieve using the Dyson Supersonic. The romantic curls just elevates any appearance, and gives you an instant Korean-celebrity makeover, no? (:

    What you will need: Mid-sized rounded brush, and the Dyson Supersonic Styling Concentrator and Diffuser.

    Instructions:

    1. Remember to apply your desired hair-care products onto wet hair before blow-drying.
    2. Blow your hair till partially dry.
    3. Start with the fringe, use clips to clip back hair that you are not styling to prevent any tangling.
    4. Starting from the ends of your hair, use a brush and start rolling your hair towards your head, in an outwards direction.
    5. With your Dyson Supersonic on a medium heat and air settings, constantly rotate the brush inwards and outwards to distribute the heat evenly along your hair with the Styling Concentrator accessory.
    6. Unravel the brush and twist your hair out from the brush simultaneously.
    7. Repeat this process until you have finished curling all your hair.
    8. End off by using the Dyson Supersonic Diffuser to diffuse the heat evenly through your curls to make the curls last longer and look bouncier!

    And… there you have it! Three looks so easy to achieve in the comfort of your own vanity! What I really love about the Dyson Supersonic is how strong its speed settings are, the looks are so quick to achieve once you master the brush and braiding techniques. If you have any comments on your own Dyson Supersonic experience, leave a comment below!

    I’ll be partnering with Dyson over the next few months to bring you more hairstyling tips, tricks and trends. Stay tuned to the blog for more!

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  • Hong Kong Coffee Break
  • style |    1 March, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • Just what I needed: Hong Kong and a retail therapy session.

  • Shades: Mango
    Jacket: Zara
    Tee: Club Monaco
    Jeans: Zara
    Bag: Michael Kors
    Shoes: Love Bonito

    Quick coffee run in Hong Kong at Winstons Coffee before heading off to Potato Head for a press event! Today’s outfit features a Zara jacket and jeans I got from a retail therapy session last week – P.S. Zara Singapore is now shop-able online, which means you probably never have to leave your house ever. www.zara.com/sg

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  • Hokkaido Travel Diary (Part 2)
  • travel |    22 February, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • The second half of my whirlwind 4D3N adventure in North Tokachi, Hokkaido.

  • This blog post documents the second half of my whirlwind 4D3N adventure in North Tokachi, Hokkaido a few weeks back, you can read Part 1 here.

    Kamishihoro Region: Snow-Shoe Trekking on Lake Nukabira
    After our 8am outdoor morning onsen retreat at Nukabirakan, we geared up in snow-proof outerwear we rented from the nearby Nukaira Gensenkyo Ski Resort (best time to ski: late December – beginning March!), and proceeded to make our way to the Higashitaisetsu Nature Guide Center to embark on a 3-hr long 4km snow-shoe trekking experience to Taushubetsu Bridge.

    If you have never snow-trekked before, just imagine you and an intimate trekking group trekking through fresh 2-metre thick powder snow, through the quiet woods and over a froken Lake Nukabira. The untouched and undisturbed landscape will only stir up the silent adventurer in you, and make you want to spend an entire day trekking through the woods till dusk.

    For more information on the snow-shoe trek we did, head on to this website. The guided tour costs 3700 Yen (approx. SGD $48), and includes snow-shoe rental fees.

    Kamishihoro Region: Higashitaisetsu Highland Railway
    If you still have energy after your trek, you can attempt to go on a trolley ride that runs on the former National Shihoro Railway. You’ll get spectacular views of Daisetsuzan National Park. Though just be mindful that it may be closed on certain days during winter if there is too much snowfall on the tracks!

    For more information: http://arch-bridge.sakura.ne.jp/

    Tokachigawa Region: Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen
    I would definitely recommend spending an additional night in Kamishihoro, however, as we were pressed for time during this trip, we had to set off towards the region of Tokachigawa, where we got to have lunch and have a nice post-trek soak at the brand new Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen.

    This onsen does not provide accommodation, but it does play home to 4 restaurants that serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, so it’s definitely a good rest stop if you are driving around the region. The spa its dedicated to both families and couples, and while most onsens are separated according to gender, this spa is unisex, and will require all its guests to be in a swimsuit. If you do not have one with you on hand, the spa has clean ones ready for you!

    The onsen will cost 1500 Yen (approx SGD $19) for adults, and you can stay for as long as you like from the hours between 9am to 9pm.

    Tokachigawa Region: Daiheigen Hotel and Tokachigawa Swan Festival
    For our final night in Hokkaido, we checked into Daiheigen Hotel. This hotel is definitely bigger than most of the hotels we’ve experienced, and caters more to tourist groups. So if you are looking for a more intimate cosier hotel, I would recommend finding an alternative hotel!

    Daiheigen Hotel and its surrounding hoteliers have a shuttle bus provided every night during winter to ferry its guests to the Tokachigawa Swan Festival Saririnka. It happens every year between the end of January to the end of February and is essentially a light and music festival on snow-filled fields. Definitely a must-go for a romantic night stroll or a nice family night out if you’re traveling with kids!

    We were slated for an early morning sunrise hot air balloon experience, but due to weather conditions, our ride had to be cancelled. It was disappointing we couldn’t go on a winter-time balloon experience, but at least our spontaneous morning walk around the hotel brought us to horses and an amazing sunrise view!

    Final Thoughts
    I’ve said this numerous times, but this trip to Hokkaido was definitely one of my best trips ever. I’ve snow-trekked, ski-ed, soaked in an outdoor hot spring with snow falling down on me, visited an igloo for the first time in my life, and was exposed to the coldest temperatures I’ve ever been in, and I was filled with so much joy doing everything I did. I’m definitely coming back next January with Imran and my family, and I cannot wait for them to experience everything I’ve experienced in this trip. Till next time Hokkaido!

    Love, 
Drea

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