Friday, January 30, 2015

Fashion Fridays: SIA International Cup 2014


What do you wear to the races? My typical outfit for the races would definitely include a fascinator, paired with a glamorous dress and stilettos. In fact, I have a growing collection of dresses and fascinators reserved for such special occasions. 

You may have read about my previous experiences at Singapore Turf Club, but what I wore for the Singapore Airlines International Cup & Krisflyer International Sprint 2014 was probably one of the most dramatic ensembles that I have put together to date.

With Karen and Jessie at SIA International Cup 2014
Hairstyling c/o Naoki Yoshihara by Ash
Dress from Dustbunny Vintage
Fascinator from Eskpade
Shoes from Jimmy Choo
Clutch from Forever New

I love black and white dresses, but for special occasions, I generally prefer bolder, more striking colours as I finally have an excuse to let my creative juices run wild without anyone batting an eyelid. I also prefer vintage dresses for special occasions as the designs are unique and one-of-a-kind, which means that the probability of me running into someone else in the same dress is virtually zero. 

Many thanks to Jessie once again for inviting me to the SIA International Cup. I had an enjoyable day catching up with friends over a little bubbly and light bites amidst all the adrenalin pumping horse-racing action.


The races only began in the evening but the heavy downpour in the late afternoon proved to be a challenge, which made every race all the more exciting. 

Due to the weather, we had a tough time deciding on which horses to place our bets on. With a prize money of S$3 million, the race attracts some of the best horses from all over the world. This time, as some of the hot favourites were probably at a disadvantage due to the wet terrain, the dark horses were given the opportunity to shine and clinch the top spots.






Congratulations to the grand winner from Hong Kong!


 Karen and I also enjoyed a few minutes of fame on the big screen just as we were basking in the thrill and excitement of the races. We were interviewed earlier that afternoon and this came as a pleasant surprise. JW, who attended the event with me, whipped out his camera in the nick of time. 


Thank you Singapore Turf Club for hosting us! 

If you're looking for a venue to host your corporate events or VIP guests this Chinese New Year, do check out Singapore Turf Club's exclusive rooms and Chinese New Year Package!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Look Younger with Sculptra at CeleVenus



If you have been following my blog for a while, you would probably have read about my positive experience with Dr Dylan Chau from CeleVenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic for non-invasive aesthetic procedures. 

This time, I was introduced to Sculptra, the first anti-aging facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Unlike fillers, it is not a quick fix and results are not immediate, but it is long-lasting and promises a more natural appearance without giving you away, which is what we all want at the end of the day isn't it? 
 
I have had dark eye circles for as long as I can remember, but they look far worse when accompanied by sunken under eye hollows (otherwise known as tear troughs) which only deepen with age. While there is little that can be done to eradicate dark eye circles for good, you can however get rid of your sunken tear troughs with non-invasive aesthetic procedures like Sculptra. 



What is Sculptra?
The loss of collagen is the main cause of facial ageing, which leads to deeper lines and more sunken eyes. Made from Poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra targets the root of the problem by replacing lost collagen over time. Poly-L-lactic acid is gradually and naturally absorbed into the body, and has been used in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999 in over 30 countries.

It starts to work within the deep dermis and as Sculptra replaces your skin's lost collagen, the reinforced collagen structure forms the foundation that gradually plumps up wrinkles, folds and sunken areas to restore the look of fullness.    

How does Sculptra work?

In general, Sculptra is not meant to be injected into the eye and lip areas.How does it correct under eye hollows or tear troughs then? It is injected into the upper cheekbone area to plump up the skin, which in turn corrects the hollowness in the tear trough area. 

 This is the key reason why you should engage an experienced aesthetic doctor who knows the dos and don'ts of the Sculptra procedure at the back of his hands.  

Dr Dylan Chau is a Sculptra Trainer for doctors in Singapore and is one of the pioneers in Sculptra procedures since its launch in Singapore. Dr Chau's qualifications, coupled with the fact that he has an eye for aesthetics, assured me that I would be in good hands.

Sculptra requires a series of 3-4 treatments spaced a month apart as time is needed for your skin to generate collagen. It is also important to administer injections in small dosages to achieve the best results.

Does it hurt?
Numbing cream is typically applied for about 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure. There was some discomfort during the injection but it wasn't particularly painful for me.   

Numbing cream application prior to Sculptra Injection


How long does it last? Is there any downtime?
It can last for more than 2 years, but as with all aesthetic procedures, individual results may vary.  


What can you expect immediately after Sculptra? Is there any downtime? 
 There is no downtime. However, I experienced slight redness and a little bruising after my first session, but I hardly had any bruising after my second session. In any case, all you need is a dab of concealer to cover up any imperfections.

Here are some pictures of me before Sculptra to give you a better idea of how sunken my tear troughs look. 

Sunken tear troughs (without makeup) before Sculptra Injection


Sunken tear troughs (with make-up) before Sculptra

Even after applying several layers of concealer, you can tell that I am unable to fully conceal my dark eye circles due to my sunken tear troughs. I also look more tired than I actually am. 

After Sculptra, my tear trough immediately looked plumped up and less sunken. I was also told to massage the area 5 times a day for a period of 1 week to ensure that the Poly-L-lactic acid is evenly distributed throughout the tear troughs. 


Plumped up under eye area immediately after Sculptra Injection
  
At the end of 1 week, you will probably notice that the initial fullness around the tear trough area would have disappeared. This is normal, as the Poly-L-lactic acid is gradually absorbed into the body and your body starts to generate collagen to plump up the sunken area.

Here's a photo of me taken 1 month after my second session of Sculptra. Don't you agree that I look more awake and less tired (even without my eyelash extensions)? What I love most about the treatment is that I no longer have to apply thick layers of make-up to conceal my dark eye circles. Now, all I need is 1 light layer of concealer, which translates to extra time savings for me!

After 2nd session of Sculptra


Once again, I can't be more grateful to Dr Chau and CeleVenus for turning back the clock and restoring my youth!



Address: 
391B Orchard Road
#16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238874

Tel: 

+65 6410 9621 / +65 6410 9622
 
Email: 
beauty@celevenus.com.sg

Website:
http://www.celevenus.com.sg/ 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sponsored Video: Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner


If you were to ask me to name one make-up item that I can't live without, my answer would be eyeliner. I have been wearing classic winged eyeliner for years, and I can't wait to get hold of the newly launched Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner.

I typically use pencil eyeliners as most liquid eyeliners are either too thin or too thick for my eyes and they smudge really easily too. Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner promises cleaner, more precise lines and comes with a duo thickness brush that allows you to vary the thickness of your eyeliner depending on the occasion. 

The duo thickness flat tip brush measures 0.01mm on one side for thin strokes and can go up to 2mm for thicker lines. All you have to do is twist the pen to adjust the thickness. Plus, it is 100% water-proof and highly pigmented, which means your eyeliner stays put for 24 hours.

Watch the video below to see how you can easily switch between thick and thin lines with the flick of your wrist:




As I have eyelash extensions on, I would typically start by drawing a thin line from the corner of my upper lash line and wing it out at the end with a slightly thicker line. This style works well for me as it creates the illusion of larger eyes. On days when I prefer a more dramatic look, I would draw a thicker line throughout. 

If you need some help, here's a simple guide to help you perfect that winged tip with Maybelline's Hypersharp Wing Liner:



Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner comes in Intense Black and is currently retailing for S$23.90 at Watsons, Guardian, SaSa, selected departmental stores and major supermarkets.


**This post is sponsored by Maybelline, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Crop Tops for Work


 
As much as I would like to say it is perfectly fine to wear crop tops to work, the truth of the matter is, no, crop tops that reveal your midriff are not meant for the office, unless perhaps you are in the creative industry and dressing as such may be acceptable. 

Otherwise, it is difficult to be taken seriously in these midriff-baring tops and the last thing you would want is to be reprimanded at work for your choice of clothes.

But if you insist on wearing your crop tops to work, I would suggest wearing high-waist bottoms that cover up the midriff entirely. Alternatively, an easier way out would be to cover up with a blazer that's buttoned up throughout the day. You can always let the buttons come off after work to reveal your crop top and midriff in their full glory. This method also allows you to take your look from day to night without compromising on professionalism.

Today's edition of Fashion Fridays showcases a crop top ensemble that I would personally wear for work. This cape blazer from Love Bonito may not come with buttons, but all you have to do is pin up the front with a brooch to make the outfit work appropriate. Remove the brooch or the blazer altogether after work and you'll have an outfit for a lovely dinner date and drinks. 





 Crop top, pleated pants and blazer from Love Bonito
Shoes from Valentino
Bag from Givenchy
Cuff from Hermes
Shades from Marc by Marc Jacobs


 Thanks for reading and have a great weekend ahead!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeric Salon: Ash Brown Hair with Aveda

Ash brown under indoor lighting/minimal light

A new year calls for a new hair sponsor, except that Jeric Salon is no stranger to me, given that I have had my hair done at the salon on several occasions previously. I've had some of the most flattering haircuts and hair colours by Director Michelle Soh, hence I knew for sure that I would be in good hands.

If you follow me on instagram (@reginachow_sg), you would have seen my latest perm done by Michelle just a couple of days ago. I will share more details about that separately. 

Before my recent perm, Michelle gave me a trim and a fresh coat of colour to welcome the new year. I love how the colour looks ash brown indoors or under minimal light and golden brown under sunlight or stronger light. It adds movement and dimension to my hair without going over the top. Most importantly, the final look is fuss-free, stylish yet work appropriate, exactly what I need.
 

Golden brown under sunlight/stronger light

As I colour my hair frequently, I prefer hair dyes that are derived from natural sources instead of petrochemicals that dry out my hair and pose risks to my health. 

If you are like me, you will be happy to know that Jeric Salon uses Aveda products which are formulated from plants, non-petroleum minerals and water. It is also free from parabens, nitro dyes and animal-derived ingredients. 

 

All Aveda products are made from organic botanical oils such as sunflower, jojoba and castor. Its full spectrum deep permanent hair colour is 99% derived from plants and contains organic babassu oil, processed from nuts gathered by the women in Maranhao, Brazil. Through the brand's purchase of organic babassu oil, it also supports the families in Maranhao and protects the rainforest ecosystem from climate change. 

I love how vibrant colours are now achievable without the accompanying health risks. By supporting Aveda, I am also indirectly giving back to society and the environment.
 


Besides in-salon treatments, suitable home care products are necessary to keep your hair and scalp in the pink of health. I am currently using the Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment to strengthen my hair and Be Curly Style Prep to tame my baby hair and to keep my curls moisturized all day long.





If you are interested in Aveda home care products, you can find the full range at Jeric Salon.





Thanks to Michelle and Jeric Salon for giving me beautiful, lustrous and healthy hair! 

Remember to book your appointments early for Chinese New Year (there's no surcharge!) as slots are filling up fast.




Jeric Salon (Bugis)


Address:
 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction
#02-01
Singapore 188021

Tel: 
6337 4343

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Fashion: It's Prints Galore at MDS!

Minimalist chic is my cup of tea but there are occasions when I am more adventurous, and that’s when prints and colours come out to play. Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, I figured it’s time to have fun with prints and colours!

Here’s a piece of good news for you ladies. It's prints galore at MDSCollections! From floral for spring to tropical for summer to brocade for fall and winter, there is a print for any mood you’re in. Here are a few pieces I'm eyeing from the home-grown fashion label now:


1. Floral

There is never a time when floral print isn't relevant. A spring-ready print like that brightens up any day and makes a statement on its own. Just look at Miranda Kerr's ladylike ensemble.

Do you know what makes floral print even more feminine? A floral midi skirt reminiscent of the 1950s like this one from MDS. Perfect with white pumps and a crop top.


2. Tropical

Selena Gomez's sunny Dolce and Gabbana red carpet outfit had me sold on tropical prints.


Even if you can't take that island vacation now, wearing tropical prints can put you in a vacation mood. Well, at least it works for me, which is why this adorable flamingo and palm tree printed blouse caught my eye. Pair it with skinny pants and a pair of loafers, and you’re all ready for the weekend.




3. Brocade

I may not be a huge Selena Gomez fan, but she definitely hit the right note with this Dolce and Gabbana outfit again. This time, she stands out from the crowd in a luxurious brocade print dress:

Dating back to as early as the Middle Ages, brocade fabric was one of the few luxury fabrics worn by nobility in Greece, China, Japan, Korea and the Byzantium empire. Brocade print is lush and sexy in itself, but as a crop top, brocade's sexiness factor skyrockets. For this top from MDS, I'd pair it with high-waist flare trousers and throw on a crisp blazer for work, or a flare skirt for a lunch date.

 


4. Bird

I am OBSESSED with bird prints. Whimsical and adorable, bird motifs add a girly touch to any outfit. Even VB looks sweet in this bird print dress.


This pair of bird print shorts from MDS Collections would go well with ankle booties and a white blouse for a downtown look, a style that Rachel Bilson would approve.




5. Graphic

Graphic prints are so bold and chic that they jazz up any neutral outfit straight away. Look smart and strong a la Olivia Wilde in graphic prints!


This crop top from MDS comes with athletic details like a striped collar and sleeves. Take on the sports luxe look with high waist flare pants and thin strapped heels, or work the street look with cuffed jeans and sneakers.





Are you a print fanatic? Which print(s) is your favourite? How do you usually wear prints? Share your style tips in the Comments section below!



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Staycation: DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

Established on 1 July 2014, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru is one of the newest additions to the city's hotel scene. Situated in the heart of Johor Bahru's Central Business District, the hotel is just 5 kilometres away from the Woodlands Checkpoint and 25 kilometres away from Senai Airport. Its accessibility to Singapore and Changi International Airport makes it particularly ideal for business travellers.

DoubleTree by Hilton is just a stone's throw away from City Square Mall (0.5km), Sultan Ibrahim Building (1km) and Johor Zoo (1.5km). You can also take a walk to Jalan Dhoby, home to popular hipster cafes and the best chicken chop in JB. Having stayed here not just once but twice, both for a span of about 3-4 days, I can certainly attest to the hotel's strategic location.

There are 335 well-appointed guest rooms, including 22 apartment-style suites. After a long day of meetings or activities, you can look forward to unwinding in the comfort of your room with DoubleTree's signature Sweet Dreams® bedding. If you end up falling head over heels in love with their bed, you also have the option of purchasing it here

Each room is equipped with wireless internet access, a must-have for every business traveler (or Singaporean traveler, since most of us are addicted to social media) and a 40" LCD TV with a wide selection of local and satellite channels.






 I love rain showers because of their massaging effect and was absolutely delighted to find a walk-in rain shower in the bathroom.


Every bathroom is also well-stocked with CITRON Honey & Coriander by Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries. I especially like the Crabtree & Evelyn mouthwash that is included in the set. Its handy size makes it perfect for freshening your breath on the go.




During my stay on both occasions, I had access to the Executive Lounge, where I was treated to a tantalizing selection of canapés and drinks every evening at 5.30pm. If you prefer a little more privacy, you could also choose to have your breakfast here instead.









If you prefer complete privacy, you can always turn to room service for breakfast, like I did. All you have to do is fill up the order form behind the door and state what time you would like your breakfast to be delivered. Hang your order form outside the door the night before and your breakfast will magically appear at your doorstep the very next morning!  



Feeling peckish after a meeting? For a quick snack or coffee fix any time during the day, you could head to The Food Store at the hotel lobby. Over here, you will find a delectable array of savoury sandwiches and pastries. If you have a sweet tooth, you can satisfy your sugar cravings with some cakes and ice-cream too. In fact, during my stay at the hotel, I got so addicted to DoubleTree's signature chocolate chip cookies that I decided to pick up a tin to take home with me.










Makan Kitchen on the other hand, is an all-day dining restaurant that serves an international buffet spread including famous local specialties. Enjoy western and Asian delights during breakfast and a variety of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan dishes at lunch or dinner. 






The noodle soup station was my personal favourite as a bowl of warm soup and kway teow is my idea of comfort food. Simple, yet satisfying.

  
For those of you who prefer a party of flavours, you could check out the barbecued meats, fresh seafood and huge assortment of curries before ending the meal on a sweet note with their exquisite selection of desserts and sweets .






Tosca, an Italian restaurant located on the 13th floor of the hotel, is my favourite restaurant in the establishment. The cod fish is my top pick as the fish skin is perfectly crisp while the flesh is moist and tender. 




Fitness junkies will also love the 24-hour gym that offers a splendid view of the outdoor swimming pool. Both facilities are located beside Tosca on the 13th floor. The hotel is also equipped with male and female steam rooms and jacuzzis, perfect for relaxing on a hot and humid afternoon.




What did we like about DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru?

The location of the hotel is perfect for sight-seeing, shopping and cafe-hopping. JW and I had the opportunity to explore Johor Bahru by foot, which was a whole new experience for us as there were pleasant surprises in every alley and that led us to uncover some hidden gems along the way.  



We both agreed that the warm, personable service was one of the key draws of the hotel, and the signature Chocolate Chip Cookies that we received upon arrival added a nice touch too. This, coupled with the luxurious amenities, made us feel absolutely pampered in this home away from home. If you are planning a short get-away to Johor Bahru, you can rest assured that DoubleTree by Hilton will not disappoint.

If you're interested in the places that we visited, do keep your eyes peeled for my next post on Johor Bahru!

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