Monday, May 25, 2015

Svenson Trichology Hair Products Review

[This post was written by Isabelle, a permanent writer on Shopping Queen's Haven.]

Isn't it true that hair completes a look? Perhaps that's why we always bemoan bad hair days, as we instinctively feel the difference that great hair makes us look and feel.

It was therefore a pleasure to learn more about hair care and hair health from Svenson, the leading expert in solutions in hair and scalp problems with over 40 years of trichological expertise and knowledge. The scalp is actually an extension of our skin, so just as we spend lots of time and effort on our facial care and body care, we should not neglect our scalp. And indeed we'll be thankful for it later when we do not need to battle hair loss problems, but enjoy the benefits of luscious, healthy, shiny hair!

Debunking Hair Myths

During the Svenson expert talk, they did a careful analysis of my hair and scalp, and also shared many professional tips that debunk hair myths we might have believed in.

Did you know that it is recommended to use combs with wooden bristles, as plastic bristles cause greater static and frizz? When applying styling products, you should also avoid getting them onto the scalp. Also, always wash your hair daily, especially in our hot and humid weather.

I have to admit that many years of hair dye and perms have inevitably caused damage to my hair. More importantly, I also need to continue to take care of my scalp to ensure my hair follicles can grow healthily.

That explained why I was really excited to try the treatments and shampoos, and immediately tried the entire regime as soon as I got home after the Svenson event.

Svenson Trichology Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Firstly, I applied the Svenson Trichology Pre-Shampoo Treatment to unwashed scalp, section by section. Then I used my fingertips to gently massage it into my scalp, left it for 2 minutes, and rinsed it off. So simple!

During the 2 minutes, what did I do? I was reading the label (I really like reading up on products): Svenson products are a concentrated blend of carefully selected botanicals and protective herbs combined with advanced bio-chemical technology, designed to help you achieve healthy scalp and strong beautiful hair. Sounds promising.

Svenson Volumizing Shampoo

Next, I started my hair wash. All it took was a small amount (around 50 cent size) of the Volumizing Shampoo rubbed in palm to create a very nice lather that I massaged through from scalp to ends, then washed.

I loved how the rich lather thoroughly cleansed my hair and scalp without stripping my hair of its natural oils.

Svenson PLGA Total Solution
And finally, the crowning jewel : Svenson's PLGA Total Solution!

It is one of Svenson's best-selling hair care treatments, and is a breakthrough Do-It-Yourself home treatment that combines remarkable properties of the rare Loquat leaf and nanotechnology to produce noticeably thicker, fuller-looking hair for those suffering from thinning hair. 

The key active compound extracted from the Loquat leaf is Corosolic acid, traditionally used as a herbal medicine. It encourages better blood circulation and manages testosterone level, often the primary cause of hair loss.

The PLGA Total Solution is to be applied daily after hair wash using a light head massage on problem areas, and a typical complete treatment process will take six months of consistent application. But the great news is, from as early as two months, a gradual increase in fine hair growth at alopecia neurotic areas might start to appear.

Do the products work?

Every time after I wash my hair, I experience a huge amount of hair fall. When I shared my concerns with the Svenson Expert, I was assured that hair fall after each hair wash is normal. We should not be afraid to wash our hair daily simply because we are worried about the amount of hair fall each time. After all, as they shared, the hair would fall, regardless of wash or not. Instead, washing daily and then applying the treatment is the proper way to treat and regain healthy scalp and hair. This was indeed reassuring to hear!

And the results speak for themselves. After I finished washing my hair and treating my scalp that night, I did my daily blow dry (remember not to sleep with a wet scalp), and I was so excited with the results that I immediately texted my friend to say it was amazing how my hair felt so light and bouncy. I could truly feel the difference. It was such a pity that night to sleep with my happy-looking hair (or rather, I was happy, haha!). I have been faithfully using the products these 3 weeks, and I can attest to the great results.

Besides using these products, I have been religiously following the Svenson 5-Step Massage to increase circulation, facilitate absorption and release tension.

Remember, do not hesitate to kick-start a good hair and scalp regime. You will certainly reap the benefits for a long time to come!

About the writer Isabelle:

An MBTI personality profile that believes in making the world a better place (one starfish at a time), Isabelle is a communications professional who enjoys creating good memories for others, and balances realism with a healthy dose of joie de vivre and can-do positivity. 


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fashion: 5 Female Celebrity Styles with a Backpack

Think backpacks are only for students? Well, the memo is out: backpacks are back and they are more chic than ever. You'd be surprised at how many ways you can wear your backpack with style.

No longer just meant to carry heavy textbooks, backpacks are now making a statement as an accessory for the out-and-about girl on the street. With so many textures, fabrics, prints and colour palettes available for experimentation, designers are flexing their creative muscles to produce stylish backpacks worthy of every occasion.

If you're aching to switch your handbags or clutches for something comfier, take your pick from the array of backpacks for women online. But first, check out what the stars are wearing. Here are 5 celebrities who are also feeling the trend:

1. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde's style has always been utilitarian chic. The brainy and beautiful actress does not waste time on pointless accessories, and prefers pieces that are practical yet stylish instead. Here, she carries a limited-edition army canvas backpack she helped design with Alternative Apparel to fund the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At the launch event of the collection, Olivia teamed her backpack with an A.L.C. printed maxi skirt, a black racer-back tank top, and brown ankle-strap sandals."

2. Bella Thorne

I know, what a crazy outfit, right? Especially for Bella Thorne, who is usually seen in sweet dresses and heels. But somehow, this outfit is so outlandish it works. From the checked sneakers to the bright green jeans to the pink-heart-shaped sunglasses and bright red Boohoo Natalie backpack, Bella is doing quirky cute right. Bonus accessory: an adorable puppy.

3. Mary-Kate Olsen

One half of the trend-setting Olsen twins, Mary-Kate Olsen flaunts her avant-garde style here with an embroidered emerald jacket by Dries Van Noten, a loose black top, dark wash skinnies and a Pendleton leather and fabric backpack. The backpack lends a touch of laidback earthiness to the elaborate outfit and tames down the eye-catching jacket for a more casual vibe.

4. Kate Bosworth

As a lover of all things pink and girly, I'm in love with Kate Bosworth's ensemble here. That furry Isabel Marent sweater is all kinds of cute when matched with pastel pink shorts and a white backpack from Alexander Wang. To avoid going overboard with the sweetness, she slipped into a pair of brown ankle boots and a pair of Ray Ban aviator shades that look sleek with a high ponytail. The effect is ladylike and smart-casual.

5. Selena Gomez

Another proponent of the boots and shorts trend, Selena Gomez goes for a boho-inspired look with an oversized oatmeal-coloured Free People top and brown knit scarf, cutoffs and brown ankle boots. The black backpack casually slung from her arm adds a touch of edginess to the laidback outfit.

 Which is your favourite style?

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend ahead!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Singapore Fashion Week OOTD: White on White

May has been a busy month for me but by some stroke of luck, I managed to make it down for one of the shows at Singapore Fashion Week. Here's what I wore to the Star Creation: The Winners' Collection fashion show.  

The white-on-white trend seems to be here to stay, and it is easy to see why. Clean, sharp and chic, standing out from the crowd with an all white ensemble is a breeze. It also provides the perfect canvas for accessorizing, but if you prefer to keep things simple, go for the minimalist look with just a touch of accessories. If you think the outfit is too white for you, you can always jazz it up with a pop of colour, like I did with my bag and strappy gold heels.

Dress from Keepsake
Cape Blazer from Love Bonito
Heels from Vera Wang
Bag from Hermes

The white geometric tube dress I have on is yet another quality classic piece from Australian label Keepsake. I love how the structured silhouette and asymmetrical hemline add a dose of edginess to the otherwise feminine dress. 

Speaking of Australia, I am looking forward to my Gold Coast getaway that's happening in just a bit. I seem to have so many things on my plate these days and I just need my precious "me" time to relax and recharge. 

If you're interested in what I'll be up to in Gold Coast, you may wish to follow me on instagram (@reginachow_sg) and snapchat (@reginachow_sg) as I will be sharing instant updates on these two platforms when I'm away! 

Have a great weekend ahead!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Florida's Natural Juices (Giveaway Winners)

I have always been a loyal fan of Florida's Natural juices and my favourite is their Orange Juice with Most Pulp (Product of USA). Squeezed from Valencia oranges and not from concentrate, it is the next best alternative to having freshly squeezed juice.

Nothing else comes close, and naturally, I couldn't conceal my excitement when I had the opportunity to be a part of their latest campaign, where I got to find out more about Florida's Natural range of juices and their multiple uses through 3 challenges (hidden within the envelopes labelled A, B and C in the photo below) that were posed to me.

If you follow me on my Facebook page here, you may already have participated in my recent Florida's Natural Juices Giveaway where the winner will receive 1-month's supply of juices from Florida's Natural. I asked you to choose the sequence in which I should open the envelopes which would determine the order of the challenges that I take up. 

Which sequence did I pick in the end?  

Who is the winner of this giveaway? 

Sorry for keeping you in suspense for so long!  The winner of the giveaway will be revealed at the end of this post, but meanwhile, read on to find out more about each challenge.

Challenge B: Cooking (Orange-Sesame Noodles with Grilled Shrimp)

I started with Challenge B, a cooking challenge using Florida's Natural Orange Juice. 

Yes, that's right. Orange Juice.

Before you start frowning at the idea, I have to tell you that I have tried using freshly squeezed orange juice to marinate shrimps previously. However, this was my first time using Florida's Natural Orange Juice or any juice straight out of a carton for that matter as a sauce for soba noodles and I wasn't so sure if it would taste good.

Here's the recipe if you're interested in recreating this dish:

1/4 cup fresh orange juice (I used the Most Pulp version)
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used organic unsalted peanut butter, but I think the sinful version would taste better)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
10 ounce soba noodles
1 cup snow peas
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks (I used baby carrots as they're sweeter and there's no need to cut them up)
1.5 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used ready cooked frozen shrimp for convenience)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil


1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl to make orange juice sauce.

2. Boil noodles according to package directions. Before draining, add snow peas and carrots to cook for 30 seconds.

3. Drain pasta, peas and carrots and toss immediately with orange juice sauce. Set aside.

4. Brush shrimp with sesame oil and grill over medium-hot stove for 3-5 minutes

5. Arrange pasta on serving plate, topped with shrimps.

And here's presenting my final dish! I was surprised that it actually tasted better than expected. It had a pleasant nutty taste accompanied by a refreshing citrus flavour. I used organic unsalted peanut butter but I have a gut feel that this would taste better with the more sinful version.

Challenge C: Flatlay (What's on my table?)

My next pick was Challenge C, which also turned out to be the easiest challenge for me as I love flatlays. I did a flatlay of my favourite beauty products, accessories (the lovely people who packed my challenge chose this gorgeous floral wreath and floral ring for me), and not forgetting Florida's Natural Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice.

Since we are on the topic of beauty, did you know that grapefruit juice promotes a healthy complexion and helps with weight loss too? It gives you more energy at the same time and decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease too.  

Now, I'm sure this gives you ample reasons to start consuming grapefruit juice! I have just started taking grapefruit juice during breakfast every morning so I always have a carton of Florida's Natural Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice in my fridge. You should try it too!

If you prefer something a little sweeter, you could give Florida's Natural Cranberry Ruby Red Juice a try. Cranberry juice acts as a sweetener and promotes urinary tract health too, which is perfect for us ladies.

Challenge A: Upcycling (Juice Carton Desk Organiser)

I wished the challenges were as easy as ABC (in that order), but the truth was, I was stumped by Challenge A. I was tasked to upcycle an empty carton of juice and in a nutshell, what this means is I had to make a useful product out of waste materials. I have to say it is a very meaningful task, but handicraft is definitely not one of my strengths.

Thankfully, with the help of my brother who loves art and craft, we managed to convert the juice carton into a desk organizer to store my girly stationery. As frivolous as my pens may look, don't you agree that they're so adorable? Looking at them brightens up my day instantly. 

If you're interested in making your own desk organiser, follow the instructions below:

What you need
 Empty juice carton
Craft knife
Hole punch

1. Thoroughly wash and dry the interior and exterior of the juice carton. Use your craft knife to cut out an entire flap on the side of the carton.

2. Use your hole punch to punch several holes all over the flap that you cut out. Note that you have to use a hole punch that is able to create larger holes. The usual puncher does not work as well, so I used this hole punch that I purchased from Art Friend instead:

3. Use blu tack to stick the reverse side of the flap back onto the side of the carton.

Here's a close-up of the final product:

I had a lot of fun with these creative challenges and I certainly hope this post has given you a better idea of what you can do with your Florida's Natural juices.

And now's the time for the big reveal. 

Did you guess the sequence of my challenges correctly? 

 For those of you who guessed BCA, you could very well be my giveaway winner! 

Giveaway Winner Announcement

There are two winners for this giveaway and they will each walk away with 1-month worth of Florida's Natural Juices. 

The winners are:

1) Serene Tay

2) Tan Bee Leng

Please drop me an email at Florida's Natural will get in touch with you directly to make the necessary arrangements.

Thank you once again for participating in this giveaway. I took a while to sieve through all the comments as there were more than 100 responses! 

Missed this giveaway? I'll be holding giveaways regularly, so do follow me on Facebook here for more updates!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fashion Fridays: REDValentino Takashimaya

REDValentino is one of my favourite brands. It epitomizes the feminine, preppy chic style peppered with quirky, whimsical elements.

"The REDValentino girl is an adventurer, a citizen of the world. She is open minded and ironic, she speaks all the languages as she embodies the contemporary. Intelligent and self-reliant, she likes to dare and to rebel to common rules. She is a dreamer but has the capability of being down to earth too. Inspired by the exciting new world unfolding around her, she borrows bits and pieces and makes them her own."

I always feel like I've walked into a fairy-tale when I step foot into a REDValentino store and the dreamlike experience continues in REDValentino's third store in Singapore at Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City.

The new 116 square metre boutique, designed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Maison Valentino, currently stocks its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

White is the unifying theme for the store as it provides a blank canvas with which you can put together the outfit of your dreams and create your own fairy tale. 

It is a place where you can unleash your imagination and let your dreams and aspirations of becoming a princess come alive.

Bold prints in nautical colours, dreamy pastels, floral prints, polka dots and tutu skirts are what you can expect from REDValentino's Spring/Summer 2015 collection. These feminine, timeless styles are injected with a dash of playfulness and a sense of adventure that is unique only to the REDValentino girl. 

Here are just some of my favourites (I would love to have them in my wardobe!): 

Red Valentino

Ngee Ann City #03-15 

Opening Hours:
10am - 930pm

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beauty: Skin Shape Club Skin Shaper Plus Facial Review

Constant traveling and my hectic city lifestyle are reasons why my skin looks the way it does these days - dull and dehydrated. I am usually very diligent when it comes to exfoliating and masking the minute I get back to Singapore, but there are times when masks just don't cut it anymore and a facial is required for that immediate pick-me-up.

My main gripe about facials is that a thorough treatment typically sets me back by about two to three hours on average, making it difficult for busy bees like you and me to indulge in these treatments regularly. Not many of us have the luxury of time, hence when I discovered Skin Shape Club which offers facial treatments that only take between 30 minutes to 1 hour per session, I knew I found a gem.

Located in the heart of town in Orchard Central, Skin Shape Club was established in April 2015 as a boutique wellness club to allow members to learn more about beauty and wellness, as well as to receive clinically-proven skin and slimming treatments to keep you looking great all year round.

Skin Shape Club has an in-house R&D team that works with doctors and dermal experts both locally and overseas to design treatments and programs that can be done daily, weekly and monthly. Skin Shape Club is also acutely aware that most ladies already have a basic skincare routine, hence a range of skincare boosters was exclusively developed to suit your lifestyle and complement your existing skincare products. This series of skin essence is able to address any skin issues (e.g. clogged pores, pigmentation, wrinkles and dark eye circles) that you currently encounter and can be easily incorporated into your regular skincare regimen.

As the treatment duration is between 30 minutes to 1 hour, it suits my busy lifestyle and I love how I can just pop in during lunch and return to the office with glowing skin.

Whatever your concerns may be, be it wrinkles, acne or pigmentation, you can be assured that Skin Shape Club's Skin Shaper Plus Program will deliver noticeable results without any downtime. Here's what you can expect from the Skin Shaper Plus Program:
  • No downtime
  • Gentle treatments
  • Discreet as there are no side-effects
  • Fast treatments

The Skin Shaper Plus Facial combines light and heat energy with Skin Shape Club's signature serum-infused facial massage to achieve younger looking skin. 

LHE technology (Light & Heat Energy) helps to promote skin rejuvenation, collagen regeneration and combat acne conditions. The diagrams below show how it works:

I had just returned from a week-long work trip on my first visit to Skin Shape Club and I desperately needed to revive my dull-looking skin. In the photo below, you can tell that my skin was really dull, which makes me look much darker than I usually am. 

It may not be very apparent from this photo but I have rather severe pigmentation on my upper cheeks as well, hence I was also hoping that the LHE Technology would be able to lighten these marks.

 How does LHE differ from similar light based treatments such as IPL? 

Unlike IPL, which can burn the skin and thus requires the use of cooling gel, LHE uses lower energy frequency as it combines two energies (light and heat) to give you optimal results with greater comfort and safety. It is suitable for most skin types and skin tones, but those with very dark skin would need to undergo a consultation process prior to the treatment so that the therapist can adjust the settings of the machine to suit your skin tone.

 Cleansing and exfoliating are integral steps before treatment begins as impurities are removed to allow the light heat energy to better penetrate into your skin. The LHE applicator is then placed onto your skin (including your eye area) where pulses of light will be administered. A slightly warm sensation is felt as the pulses of light and heat penetrate deep into your skin. The treatment is very gentle and comfortable, without the shocking rubber-snapping sensation that you would expect from a typical IPL treatment. 

After the LHE treatment, your skin is all prepared to absorb skin-loving nutrients. This is the best time for Skin Shape Club's signature facial massage followed by a mask. 

Although the entire process took only about 50 minutes, it was truly a relaxing and pampering experience as the therapist gently soothed my tense facial muscles. Before long, I was lulled into a deep slumber.

I wasn't expecting immediate results as 6-12 weekly sessions are usually required, hence I was pleasantly surprised to see a significant difference in my skin tone after just one session. Can you tell that my skin is more radiant and much brighter than before? I literally woke up to beautiful skin.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of my skin before treatment, after my first session and after my second session at Skin Shape Club, taken in the same treatment room under the same lighting. To say that I was amazed by the results is an understatement. I could hardly believe my eyes, but pictures don't lie. I became two shades fairer, my pores have become more refined and the pigmentation on my upper cheek has lightened tremendously.  The treatment does work wonders!

(L-R): Before treatment, After 1st session, After 2nd session

I was advised to avoid sun exposure and oily/alcohol based products for 48 hours after treatment. It is important to apply sunblock religiously too.
And if you were wondering if there are any side-effects, the answer is no, so you can head back to office or even go to a party right after. A small percentage of individuals may experience slight redness immediately after the treatment but this would only last for a couple of hours. 

Beyond its effective treatments, what I really love about Skin Shape Club is that its services extend beyond just facial or slimming treatments. If you have some time to spare, you can always feel free to have a snack, sip some tea or simply relax and read a magazine in their exclusive members-only lounge. 

Healthy light snacks are specially prepared for you in the lounge after each treatment. I have been there twice thus far and on both occasions, the food was so delicious I had to have two servings.

I don't usually find myself looking forward to facial treatments but as I am writing this, I am eagerly anticipating my next treatment session at Skin Shape Club.

If you are concerned about wrinkles, dull skin, enlarged pores, pigmentation or all of the above, perhaps you could consider the Skin Shaper Plus Facial at Skin Shape Club too. 

4 Complimentary weekly sessions of Skin Shaper Facial worth S$480

For busy professionals like you and me who are always in a rush for time, you might want to try out Skin Shaper Facial instead. This is a 30 minute facial that includes LHE treatment without Skin Shape Club's signature massage. And honestly, there's no better time than now to try out this facial because you can click here to redeem a package of 4 Skin Shaper Facial sessions absolutely free from SampleStore

Upgrade to Skin Shaper Plus Facial (includes signature serum-infused massage) - worth S$680

For a more indulgent and pampering experience, you can also upgrade all 4 complimentary sessions to Skin Shaper Plus facials at a flat-fee of S$28!  

Skin Shaper Plus facials include Skin Shape Club's signature massage (i.e. the same treatment that I did). The duration of this treatment is 50 minutes. 

To upgrade your redemption, simply quote "RC-SSC" when you book your appointment with Skin Shape Club.


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