• #RethinkPink – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • personal |    7 October, 2017  |    1 Comment    |   
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  • It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I’m proud to support The Estée Lauder Companies’ #RethinkPink Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The campaign started in 1992, and aims to get fellow Singaporean women to take charge of their own breast health.

    Did you know, breast cancer affects 1 in 4 of all cancers worldwide, making it the most common cancer among women? It is therefore encouraged for women to go for regular screening (i.e. Self-Examination, Clinical Breast Examination, Mammography). Early detection offers more treatment options and a better chance of survival and recovery. Being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetable and whole grains, limiting alcohol intake, and breastfeeding your children, are some of the ways you can protect yourself against breast cancer.

    To aid breast cancer research, brands like Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Estée Lauder, La Mer, and Origins are donating part of the proceeds on an exclusive range of products. Visit rethinkpink.sg to find out more information on how you can create a breast cancer-free world.

    If you know of someone who requires support, or if you have general enquiries about breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Foundation runs a free helpline at 63560123, they also have schemes and programmes dedicated to providing sponsorship for prosthesis and bras for lower-income women, wigs for women diagnosed with breast cancer, and counselling sessions for survivors and patients.

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  • 3 Everyday Hairstyles You Can Learn
  • beauty |    5 October, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • Brought to you by Dyson Supersonic

  • I normally style my own hair myself on a day to day basis, but whenever I have major shoots or events, I can always turn to a few hairstylists I can trust to doll me up and transform me from my usual potato state.

    For today’s post, I am working with my dear Pari (find her on Instagram @beautifulfaces_bypari). Pari and I have worked together for almost 4 years, and she styles my hair beautifully. She’s also a braiding goddess in my opinion – give her any Pinteres tpicture of a braid, she can replicate it!

    To depart from the usual bun/ ponytail/ side braid styles that we turn to everyday, Pari came up with three styles that are really easy to achieve and learn! All you need: A comb, hair bands, bobby pins, and a trusty hairdryer – in my case, the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer (:

    The Twist-and-Pin

    1. Start off with damp hair, I highly recommend applying heat protector cream if you style your hair often.
    2. Blow-dry your hair with the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer on medium heat and medium strength. Work the comb in a rounded, inwards direction.
    3. Once hair is dry, it should have an overall wavy look.
    4. From either side of your temples, take a 1-inch segment of hair and twist it inwards, secure with a bobby pin. Pull hair out gently to create a little bit of volume and texture.
    5. Repeat step 4, this time securing the segments at the bottom of and close to initial twisted segments.
    6. Style with a scarf if you wish!

    Side Braid with Bun

    1. Pick your best side, and create a braid from the fringe down to the side of your ears. Tie the rest of your hair with a rubber band.
    2. Grab the remaining of your hair and roll it inwards into a bun. Secure with bobby pins.
    3. Take the ponytail from the braided section, and wrap it around the bun. Secure and accessorise with decorative bobby pins in an X-shape.

    Inverted Half-Ponytails

    1. Create volume with the diffuser attachment on the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer.
    2. Create a half ponytail, create a hole in the middle, take the tail-end, put it into and through the hole.
    3. Take two 1-inch segments from either side of your temples, secure with hair band and invert the ponytail. Secure this ponytail as close as possible to the previous one with bobby pins. Pull hair out gently to create volume.
    4. Repeat Step 3 with hair gathered from either side of your ears.
    5. Take the remainder of your hair, twist and blow dry to create a wavy curly texture.

    There you have it! 3 super pretty and easy hairstyles to learn. I found myself turning to the Inverted Half-Ponytails look quite often after learning how to do it! If you’d like to see more of these kind of blog posts, do let us know! (:

    Love,
    Drea

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  • Universal Studios Japan x Halloween Horror Night
  • travel |    27 September, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
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  • Halloween is coming, which means you it’s time to get all excited about dressing up and heading to a Halloween-themed party. You could wait for October 31, or… you could start heading over to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) every September onwards to do the above and more!

    We were invited to USJ in Osaka by KKDay last week to check out the newest Halloween installations, attractions, and menus the Park recently rolled out. Apart from plenty of screaming done on our end (I swear not all of them came from me), we got to go on the other signature rides the Park is famous for – a huge plus for me since this is my first time to USJ! Before I go into details about their Halloween activities, here’s some good-to-know info that might be useful.

    How to get to Universal Studios Japan:

    If you are coming from Kansai International Airport (KIX), buy your JR Line tickets to Universal City station. From KIX, take the train to Nishikujo Station, afterwhich, change to the Sakurajima Line, and you’ll be at Universal City station in 2 stops! The whole journey from the airport will take about 70 minutes, and will cost you 1000-1300 yen. The entrance to the park is just a 3 minute walk away.

    Where to get your tickets:

    Skip the queue and get your passes online at KKday! All you have to do is print and show your purchased KKday voucher, and scan your QR Code to enter the park! Easy!

    Where to stay if you are intending to spend the night at Universal City:

    We decided to spend the night at Universal City because we didn’t want to spend 140 minutes on the train traveling to and from Osaka to USJ. We chose to stay at Park Front Hotel, and it is literally a 2 minute walk to the Park entrance. Hotel Kintetsu Universal City and Hotel Keihan Universal Tower are next to the hotel I stayed at, but I ultimately chose Park Front because it’s the newest hotel out of the 3.

    Halloween Horror Night

    From the moment the park opens till it closes its doors, expect to experience a slew of Halloween activities and attractions dedicated to giving you a Halloween you will never forget. This year, USJ has introduced three new “horror attractions”: Dead or Alive, Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab, and Cult of Chucky: Chucky’s Mad Hospital Ward. According to people we’ve met, Trauma 3 is the a level 10 on the fright scale – we didn’t manage to fit this ride into our itinerary (thank goodness!).

    Besides these three new attractions, there are 4 others —A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Maze 3, The Exorcist: House of Exorcism, Sadako: The Cursed Attraction, and Gakkō no Kaidan (Haunted School): The Cursed Attraction.

    We started our day at USJ running away from zombies.

    Yup, you heard that right. We went through the Deadman’s Forest Escape experience and honestly, I will never put myself through ever again. Hand in hand with my friend Charlotte, we were screaming all the way as zombies came out of nowhere, some from the bushes, and some chasing us with an axe from behind. It did not help when we were told to choose one out of three correct routes through the forest, and that we had to memorise a 6-digit code to get us out of the forest lest we get attacked by another group of zombies. I have never desperately wanted to memorise 6 random numbers in my life, but alas, my memorizing efforts foiled – our pin code receiver was deliberately masked up so we could be in a vulnerable position for more zombies to attack. Great. Thanks guys.

    The Forest of Death is only a 4 on the fright scale. I definitely do not want to know what Trauma 3 is like.

    If you plan on recovering from the sweat and the intense heartbeat after putting yourself through a morning of Halloween scares, head to the Studio Stars Restaurant, or the

    Three Broomsticks Restaurant located at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Both restaurants have Halloween-Special menus that include ingredients and flavours that will remind you of Halloween! You can check out the street cart food options too, like the Hello Kitty Chucky and Minion Dracula paus we had.

    End the day with street zombies that roam the park from 6pm onwards. Expect 20 types of zombies (the widest variety in USJ’s history) attacking guests at every corner (there are “safe” zones for children). I must say, I am very impressed with the actors hired to play the zombies. They are incredibly passionate and so into their roles as zombies that nothing can stop them. Want a selfie? No chance, because since when do zombies take selfies?!

    Of course, the park is not only limited to Halloween attractions and activities in the month of September and October. All other rides run as per normal! If you are a Harry Potter fan, definitely pay the Wizarding World and Hogsmeade a visit: Pick a wand, go on the Forbidden Journey ride, and stay till sundown to catch the Expecto Patronum Night Show.

    The Japanese love their Despicable Me! Minions too, so a visit to the Minion Park cannot be missed. Walking around the park, you can spot hundreds of people dressed in yellow tees and blue overalls (like the minions!), and it really is no surprise a lot of their Halloween-Special Menus feature Minion-inspired designs.

    I hope you guys enjoyed this quick how-to guide to USJ during Halloween season. I had a lot of fun traveling to Osaka for this, and I can safely say the excitement and post-USJ withdrawal symptoms last for days. Don’t forget to get your USJ passes online at KKday!

    Love,
    Drea

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