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IMG_8060I spent the whole of yesterday in the hot sweltering sun at West Kowloon Promenade participating in the very first Run For Your Lives Asia event in Hong Kong with my friends from Starz People.

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It was exhilarating playing this Walking Dead inspired run with obstacles and zombies to overcome. You can either opt to be a zombie or a survivor. We chose the survivor side as it was much more fun to go through the entire 5km route of zombies and obstacle course (better workout too!).

IMG_8076Our run was right smack in the afternoon sun at 1pm when the sun was up and clouds were no where to be seen. Great if you wanna get a tan, but not so great for my work nature & hair. What you won’t realise is that the UV rays are pretty harmful to our hair too. It damages and dehydrates our hair unknowingly. In addition, for the past 2 weeks I have been working in the sun filming a commercial for HK Disney filled with hairspray as well. So my hair condition wasn’t in good shape after the run yesterday.

Decided to give my hair a treat with Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and the 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner.IMG_8040The shampoo was heavenly with a tinge of natural sweet smelling goodness which doesn’t overwhelm you with artificial scents that certain shampoo brands use. It uses Australian Macadamia Nut Oil to infuse moisture back into my hair. After shampooing my hair texture felt slightly better but not satisfactory. So I added on the 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner after washing off the shampoo and squeezing out excess water from my hair. I applied a generous amount and left it on for 5 minutes (yes, I was being greedy as my hair was really really damaged!). The Australian Balm Mint added extra moisture and life back to my hair. When I applied the 3 Minute Miracle, the texture was thick and greasy like some conditioners and I was wondering if it will really make my hair silky smooth like some other richer conditioners. So after about 5 minutes, I rinsed it off and miraculously I could run my fingers through my hair again! After just 1 use, my hair feels very different, and I’m definitely one happy camper with this product. Brushing my hair last night was much easier and I had lesser hair fall from tugging. I’m gonna use it again tonight to further improve my hair condition. :)

Effectiveness: 4 out of 5

Texture: 5 out of 5

Scent: 5 out of 5

For those of you who have trouble finding a good shampoo & conditioner for severely damaged hair, maybe you can give Aussie a try! I am definitely a new fan of theirs!

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XOXO

Jessica

 

 

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Ever since I came to Hong Kong, I didn’t have the luxury to visit Mosche Hair Salon back home (Singapore) as often as I would love to to maintain my locks. So I had to find DIY home-care kits to give my hair the much needed moisture boost every month especially with the constant heat styling done to my hair due to my job nature. This is my to-go-to “steamer” for my hair that does wonders and gives me that same salon quality treatment, leaving my hair soft, filled with moisture and luscious! This simple kit consists of only the heater cap and a matching coloured fabric shower cap. Safe and easy to use. I’ll use this together with facial masks when I’m watching my favourite dramas in the evening after a shower.

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Here’s how to use it:

Step 1

Wash your hair with a scalp cleansing/anti-pollution shampoo. I use Rene Furterer Forticea for a cleaner scalp and prevent thinning hair.Rene-Furterer-Forticia_Shampoo-2_zps6080ff4f

Rinse off shampoo and apply a light layer of conditioner (just to be able to comb through the wet hair more easily to apply treatment).  Rinse conditioner off. Towel dry.

Step 2

Apply any good hair treatment onto your towel dried hair. I am using Shiseido Professional Sleekliner Hair Mask currently.

IMG_7140Comb in the hair mask throughout your hair and avoid your scalp area. I would emphasise more on the ends as its usually a lot more dry and prone to breakage in my case.

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After hair mask/treatment is throughly applied throughout, twist your hair up into a bun for those with long hair and place the fabric shower cap over as such.IMG_7146

Step 4

Now place the heater cap over the shower cap. Avoiding your ears. And flick the switch on (lights will light up). Simple. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. IMG_6895The heating coil in the hear cap will slowly heat up. With water left behind in your towel-dried hair together with the hair mask, steam will form inside the hair mask enabling the hair mask to better work its magic on your hair.

Step 5

After 20 minutes, switch off the heating cap. Remove it and rinse out your hair with cold water. Cold water will help close up your hair follicles and trap in the moisture absorbed from the mask. And you are set to blow dry your newly revitalised hair!

This DIY kit saves a lot of time and money as I can use it as and when I want to even at 3am in the morning. Great for people who hates visiting the salon and sitting there for hours to get your hair done!

This hair steamer cap can be found in various online stores and costs between USD$10-15 depending on stores. Girls… time to hunt it down!

Happy Mid-Autumn festival everyone!

XOXO

Jessica

 

 

Babyliss Big Hair was recently launched in Hong Kong in August and I had to try this latest tool from them. After a few practices after my shower, using this 2 in 1 volumnizing hair dryer became pretty much second nature as it is extremely simple and straight forward to use.

Take a look at my video tutorial on it:

Babyliss Big Hair now retailing at

Times Square/Harbour City/ New Town Plaza LOG ON at HKD$699.

XOXO

Jessica

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Kate Somerville Hong Kong is currently having a special promotion for their customers – for every HKD$3000 spent on any of their products at Kate Somerville beauty counters in Lane Crawford (TST & IFC), you will receive a 45 minute Red Carpet Glow facial for free!

I was invited to give this facial a try (lucky me!)

IMG_4404When I arrived at Lane Crawford Harbour City, the Kate Somerville beauty advisors escorted me to their special treatment room inside Lane Crawford. Spacious and highly private, the treatment rooms are neatly hidden away from the beauty counters.

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There’s a comfortable waiting area outside

In the treatment room for Kate Somerville, I noticed this little tray that is so thoughtfully laid out for their customers to use – make-up remover, contact lens case & solution & a hair brush for you to freshen up after the treatment. Love these subtle touches!

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As I lay down to start the facial, Yen explained to me that today’s facial uses Oxygen therapy to rejuvenate your skin and allow better absorption of  Kate Somerville’s star products – Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask & DermalQuench Liquid Lift.

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Yen first started with ExfoliKate – a quick 2 minute intensive exfoliating treatment that you can even do it yourself at home. It uses microbeads and fruit enzymes (Could smell the pineapple & papaya scents when applied on me, kinda felt like I was having a Pina Colada on my face! Super tropical!)  to clean pores and remove dead skin cells, and salicylic acid to balance hydration. The first minute after application, my skin stung a little as the acids naturally worked its magic to remove the dead skin cells, I was told that this is normal and nothing to worry about. After 2 minutes and ExfoliKate was washed off, I immediately felt that my skin was smoother, softer and surely looked brighter! Wow! Impressive.

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Next, Yen prepared the oxygen spray applicator and mixed in DermalQuench Liquid Lift treatment serum in so that it can be sprayed directly onto my newly exfoliated face mixed with oxygen to enhance the absorption effects of the serum.

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Oxygen Spray Gun

DermalQuench Liquid Lift infuses the skin with 3 powerful ingredients in the advanced HydraFill complex – wrinkle-relaxing PFC-Oxygen Carriers, fast-penetrating Hyaluronic Acid and radiance boosting Rare Botanical Extracts. Yen concentrated the oxygen/DermalQuench spray on my eye area and chin as these are my problematic areas – dry and lack-lustre. Immediately after this treatment, she brought over a mirror to show me the instant effects. My complexion was even toned, eye area and chin-line looked brighter, fine lines plumped up and skin felt firmer. Complexion looked so shiny & smooth!

The last step is the Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask. This mask uses a Nobel Prize based Telo-5 technology to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and elasticity and significantly hydrate the skin. White Water Lily extract and pure Ceramide-3 help firm skin, improve elasticity and replenish lost lipids. I love how cooling and refreshing this gel like mask felt on my skin. After 10 minutes or so, Yen washed off the mask & applied sunscreen and I was done!

I took a photo of myself immediately after this facial without a drop of make up and I loved how beautiful my skin looked! Fresh, radiant and flawless! Literally a Red Carpet Glow!

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Thank you Kate Somerville! I am an immediate fan!

XOXO

Jessica

Beauty Counters

Lane Crawford – IFC Mall

Podium 3, IFC Mall
8 Finance Street, Central
Tel: +852 3102 1319
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 9pm

Lane Crawford – Canton Road

3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3102 1919
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 9pm

Website

www.katesomerville.com

Today, I am going to share with all you girls this simple yet really effective way to curl your eyelashes with tools that you definitely have at home – a hairdryer & your eyelash curler.

Firstly, choose a good eyelash curler suitable to the shape of your eye socket. To me, Asian eyes tend to be less deep set and flatter in the curvature, so brands like Shu Uemura & Shiseido are likely to be more suitable to our eyes. My personal favourite is Shu Uemura. Invest in a good eyelash curler and it will last you for many years!

I have typically Asian eyelashes, short & straight, but I found a way to keep my lashes curled all day with heavy layers of mascara. Usually, with many layers of mascara, my lashes tend to droop pretty quickly and loose the curled effect.

This is how I do it:

1. Heat up the eyelash curler with your hairdryer at low speed for 5-10 seconds till the curler is heated up but not too hot on your eyelids.

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2. Curl your lashes as per normal. Gently clamp down on your lashes closest to your eyelids, release, and clamp down again in an upward motion towards the tip of your eyelashes almost perpendicular to your eye. It is about 10 gentle clamps with the curler.

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TIP: Make sure you do not heat your eyelash curler for more than 10 seconds or you may overheat the metal and burn your eyelids.

3. Repeat Step 1 and Step 2. I usually will do this 3 times on each eye.

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My lashes before curling – straight as hell

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My lashes after using a heated eyelash curler

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I love how easy my eyelashes curls, opening up my eyes instantly

4. Once you have achieved the curled effect you want, apply 2-3 coats of mascara.

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A false lash effect achieved!

I find this method much more effective than just using an eyelash curler on its own, or even an expensive heated eyelash curler. Especially for my type of short and straight eyelashes. The compression and heat from using a hairdryer with your eyelash curler will create a temporary permed effect to last you throughout the day. It’s the same concept as using a heated tong for your hair to create curls – this is the miniature version!

Try it to believe it!

XOXO

Jessica

IMG_4043Photo taken after using Voile under my make up

I attended the launch of this latest product by NuBo last week with colleagues from the lovely Starz People at the restaurant & bar & Harvey Nichols in Landmark, Central – Hi-Tea party style. We tried their various signature products like the White Diamond Ice Glow Mask, Cell Dynamic Essence Bio-Gold & of course the newly launched Voile in Hong Kong.

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We had to fill in a questionnaire about our skin concerns and they would recommend you suitable products to try out.

IMG_3972Trying out the White Diamond Ice Glow Mask which is perfect for dehydrated skin. My hands felt so pampered and smooth after only 10 minutes.

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I immediately fell in love with the Voile & so did my colleagues! The Voile forms a really smooth film over your skin making it look flawless & hides imperfections.

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The Voile is a treatment make up base which is suitable for all skin types. It has anti-aging properties to mattify the skin and hides fine lines and wrinkles, making make up application much easier and skin more beautiful. It also has water resistant qualities to help make up stay on all day comfortably. After using Voile, I realised I don’t really need to use filters or apps like 美图秀秀 to smoothen my skin further! It’s really that good and instant. TWO THUMBS UP!

NuBo Voile’s Key Ingredients are:

  • Bio-Peptides – for wrinkle reduction and stimulates skin’s natural collagen, elastin & Hyaluronic Acid  production
  • New Matrixyl synthe’6 – clinical studies states a 31% reduction in crows feet in 6 weeks twice a day application
  • Inyline – reduces depth of wrinkles by 15% in 4 weeks twice a day application
  • Syn-ake – Botox-like effect to relax expression lines in 90s after application. With twice a day application, clinical studies states a 52% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Blurring formula – a breathable micro-film instantly lifts, firms and mattifies skin. Giving you a fresher younger appearance.

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A bottle of NuBo Voile retails at HK$650 per bottle of 30ml and is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols LANDMARK Beyond Beauty, Harvey Nichols Pacific Place Beyond Beauty and Beauty Bazaar Beyond Beauty.

XOXO

Jessica

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(Curls using Miracurl, jewellery from Mint Bauble)

Applying foundation on your face is one of the most basic forms of make-up, but it isn’t the easiest to do it well. Firstly, you have to find the perfect match of colour to your skin tone, then a foundation brand that doesn’t just sit on your skin but blends in like it’s part of your skin. To me, the perfect Summer time foundations that work great are RMK’s liquid foundation & Kate’s Powderless Liquid for Cover.

 

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Both these foundations keep your skin pretty much shine-free throughout the hot and humid days and they don’t cake up from the heat! If you are wondering why my foundations are in different shades – the RMK one darker(one or two shades darker than my skin tone) & Kate a lighter shade(matches my actual skin tone). I use 2 different shades to “sculpt” my face and give it a slimming effect. Great for days when you feel that your face is retaining water from a late night of partying, or its that time of the month…

Start with the darker shade first. In my case, I am using RMK liquid foundation. Apply it under your cheekbone area till your jawline.

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Blend it downwards towards your neck using your fingers or a foundation sponge. (I simply use my fingers)

After that, apply the lighter shade on the peaks of your cheekbone.

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Blend in the lighter shade downwards towards the darker shade. Make sure both the foundations blend in well, without being able to see a distinctive change in colours.

After your base foundation is done, use a highlighter pen (I am using YSL’s Touché Éclat) on your nose bridge, under eye area & smile lines. Focus on your nose bridge – this will make your nose seem sharper & higher. (I often get asked if my nose is fake, or who is the surgeon that did my nose! I take that as a compliment but it’s just good make-up tricks peeps!)

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(picture from previous post on Touché Éclat)

Blend in the highlights & apply a layer of translucent loose powder on your face. Get a brown-shade blush ready to create a more shapely face. Here I am using MAC’s Wonderwoman blush which carries 3 tones – pink blush, brown shading blush & a highlight blush.

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Use an eyeshadow brush to pick up some of the brown blush, apply it on the sides of your nose bridge.

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This creates a sharper & slimmer nose.

TIP: Use the highlight blush on your under eye and cheekbone area for a radiant glow!

Now that your perfect base is done. (which is oh-so important!) You can just stop right here and add a touch of blush, brows & mascara & you are good to go! But I am going to carry on to show you my favourite falsies to use to brighten up your eyes and NOT have that “umbrellas shading your eyes” look. If you know what I mean… ;)

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These are the 3/4 length falsies which wing-out to longer lashes at the ends. Easily found in any SASA or Watson’s stores. MAC & Shu Uemura have them too but they are a lot more costly.

So, curl your lashes, apply a layer of mascara, then glue on these falsies from about 1/3 distance away from your tear-duct.

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See how they immediately open up my eyes with the winged effect of the lashes. And they are much easier to use too!

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Do the same for the other eye. Apply a tad of lip gloss/balm and we are done!

Ready for a slimmer more sculpted face? Try out these little tricks of mine which I use daily when I head out for castings!

XOXO

Jessica

 

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