Thursday, 24 November 2016

I suffer from dry skin, especially when I travel. I remember when I used to travel a lot more, I would scratch my legs so much that they end up bleeding because my skin cracked from being too dry. *cringe* I know. Then when I'm back in Singapore I don't moisturize because our weather somehow makes the skin very sticky when we moisturize and sweat in the heat after.
That was before I found NIVEA. This is a brand that has been around for as long as I can remember, but why I never used it before in my life, I had no idea. All I remember when I first tried the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk was "WOW WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE???" It wasn't sticky, it smelt great, and best of all, it actually moisturizes and makes my skin so so soft.
There was only one problem, my skin still felt a little dry after flights. It's this thing about inflight cabin air that makes our cuticles harden after flights. Not sure if it happens to you, but my hands suffer the most when I fly. Followed by the skin on my shin.
Then the kind people at NIVEA sent me their latest product a few weeks ago.
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NIVEA's floral-scented Oil in Body Milk!
This is a body moisturizer that combines caring oils with nutrient-rich milk and precious natural ingredients to give a glycerin-based lotion enveloped with delicate floral fragrances. If you've ever tried using body oils, you'll know that they kind of stain the sheets, especially if your sheets are white are mine. As this is a glycerin-based formula, it doesn't do that! Plus it's a nice in-between for body oils and body milk. Woohoo!
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Smells can impact our moods, so NIVEA has carefully chosen 2 smells that positively do that. The NIVEA Skin Delight Oil in Body Milk Glowing Rose has rejuvenating and healing benefits, and smells really feminine, whilst the Skin Delight Oil in Body Milk Relaxing Lavender is infused with a delicate lavender scent to soothe, calm and put me in a relaxing mood. I particularly like using the Glowing Rose for day, and the Lavender one for bedtime. But you can apply any of these any time of the day to suit your moods.
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You know how moisturizers smell good for a while after application, and the smell just disappears a few hours later? You can actually extend the positive aromatic effects by layering on fragrances. Say you have a rose-based EDT or perfume, just spritz it on after you've applied your moisturizer. That will keep the smell lingering the whole day!
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Pair the NIVEA Skin Delight Oil in Body Milk with your favourite rose-based EDT or EDP to feel rejuvenated and feminine the whole day. Also, I noticed one thing after a day of using the Oil in Body Milk formula - my skin felt really soft even when I reached home at night! And this was after a whole day of being in the dry air-conditioned filming studio. This was something I didn't expect, and that also meant the moisturizing effects run really deep!
After showering, just pat the body milk onto slightly damp skin to keep skin feeling soft. No more excuses for dry, flaky, itchy skin!
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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Look Better with Marie France Bodyline 30-Day Challenge

Hello!!! It's been a while since I was last here. Have been busy working on something really exciting, and Tanglin has most of my time these days. Anyways, here I am!

I just started on this new 30-Day Challenge with Marie France Bodyline, and I am psyched! Well, to begin with, you need to know my story. I was happily in the range of 50 to 53kg between 2006 to 2011. I think that was the lightest I've ever been in my life, minus the times I was a kid. (I think I hit 50kg at Primary 4 and have never gone below ever since.) So between 2012 to 2016 (now), I somehow managed to put on 6-7kg to hit about 60kg. I know. Can't tell right? Lol. But I am. You may say it's age catching up, or maybe it was due to a hip injury I had (I was a dancer when I was younger, and I sustained a hip injury then) that actually prevented me from doing the exercises I enjoy. Hey after all, you should be doing the exercises/activities you enjoy, right? I was having knee pains every time after I worked out, it was frustrating. So much so that I stopped exercising altogether. With online shopping being so rampant, I even stopped going to the malls. Talk about a sedentary-ish lifestyle huh.

I was lucky in the sense that my work actually requires me to go everywhere and do stuff, so I can't just plonk my ass on a chair and not move until work is done. But still, I never really watched my diet. Like most of us, I ate whatever and whenever I felt like. I'm lucky I'm not much of a snacker, otherwise I might be 70kg by now.

Anyway, I just decided that I think I've had enough of being chubby. I'm not fat, not in normal layman eyes. But I am fat onscreen, in this crazy industry where you're judged a lot on your looks, especially if you're a woman. And just a couple weeks ago I had this director tell me there was no point watching what I ate since I won't slim down anyway. OUCH. Like wth?

Yah. The stuff I have to go through. Anyway that was a rude wakeup call. Yeah you see all these self-love love yourself no matter what your weight is stuff on IG, and it's all really inspiring, but as women, deep down, we all want to be a little slimmer healthier. Don't get me wrong. I'm really happy being how I am, but I really wouldn't mind being able to fit into clothes better, and not have my thighs rub together when I'm wearing shorts. (Not to mention having the inside of the shorts ride up as they rub together.) I want to look better, feel better, work at least for these 30 days for a body I would rather have. Instead of just complaining and whining once in a while that I look chubby. I want to feel good about myself. So I took on this challenge.


I was taken through a consultation so I know what to expect for the next 30 days, and what kind of treatments I will be getting. After which I met the nutritionist, who took my body fat analysis test and gave me advice on what kind of foods to eat and what not to.


If you are like me, you must have read thousands of articles on what kinds of diets work and what don't. To avoid confusing yourself (like I did at first), for this 30 days, follow the recommended nutritional plan as advised by the nutritionist. If you're going to go with the program, go all the way. It helps to only have one nutritional advice to follow, and to have an actual professional nutritionist help you monitor it. =)

So what should you expect?

In 30 days, expect to look better. There is a team of nutritionists, consultants and therapists that will be there to help you achieve a better body. You do have to step out of your comfort zone, but it will all be worth it. I'm pretty excited myself about how my results will be in a month! 

You will go through 8 treatments, and 4 weekly customised nutrition plans. They will do a body fat analysis before and after the 30 days so you can compare your own results. You will also be given a free goodie bag which includes two retail-sized home care kit: 1 from the Bodytech series & the other from the all-natural Slendher Series, a 30 Days Challenge Tank Top and a $100 Marie France Bodyline Treatment Voucher. All these which are worth a total of $2140.

For just $300. 

If I could change my life for $300, I'd grab it. 


I'll be documenting my progress on Instagram so you can follow me at @silver_ang.
You can also check out and sign up for the Marie France Bodyline 30-Day Challenge at goo.gl/guHM17.




Thursday, 15 September 2016

Fave by KFit

I'm sure many of you guys are familiar with KFit. I'm a paying member myself as I can go to any courses to try out stuff I haven't before, at one price. The people at KFit has launched a new app called Fave. KFit is for fitness right? Fave is for Fitness, Food, Massages, Manicures, basically anything that you think you'd like to do with your friends! 

How Does It Work?
All you need to do is to browse through the hundreds of activities/restaurant offers that go up to 70% off usual prices, select the one that you want, and then liase with your friends, all within the same app! No more going back and forth between apps and websites just to organize a workout/dinner meeting with your friends. And you save too!

This was at one of the cafes I tried called Chocolate Mark at Wilkie Edge.




There are also health food choices, like Absolute Acai. 



We need to meet people all the time, especially over meals and activities. Why not do them at a better price at Fave? ^.^ Download Fave here and try for yourself!

Oh and here's a 10% discount code on top of the existing offers, for all first time users:

FAVESILVER


Do more of your favourite things with your favourite people! #holiaogaixiao

Friday, 12 August 2016

Fern Studio75: Alliums & Delphiniums

Thank you Fern Studio75 for always sending me beautiful flowers every week. They do a weekly floral subscription service so I always have fresh flowers in my house! This is such a brilliant idea, since we have subscription services for milk, beauty products, food... Why not flowers??

This time my flowers came in a huge lovely purple bouquet more than half my height. O.O

These purple bulbs are called alliums, also known as flowering onions, giant onions, or ornamental onions. I never knew onions could give me such pretty flowers!

These elegant accompanying flowers are called Delphiniums. These remind me of quaint English cottage gardens! Note to parents with young kids or dogs - delphiniums are poisonous when young, so make sure they don't get eaten up! Then again, we don't normally eat flowers, do we?

Carnations.


With little dashes of Caspias and Waxflowers. ^.^



Thank you Fern Studio75!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Use These Tests to Decide Which Pokémon Go Team You Should Join

The world is going crazy over the Pokémon Go game launched just 2 weeks ago, and Singaporeans can't wait for when this app finally launches on our shores. 

I have already downloaded it, thanks to an APK mirror which I can't tell if it works because there are no official Pokéstops or Pokémons in Singapore yet. But you can try downloading it here. So far I think the app is safe, no known malware or anything, but don't take my word for it lol. You can catch your first Pokémon, which will surely appear once you first load the game. Word has it that if you keep ignoring the first 3 types of Pokémon, Pikachu will appear, and you can catch him as your first Pokémon.

When you get to Level 5, you will need to choose a team that you will fight with throughout the rest of your Pokémon Trainer life. You cannot change this once you have selected a team, so choose wisely. I like the colour blue because Team Mystic is supposedly the brainiest and I'd like to think of myself as so, but then I have nation pride so I'm also inclined to do the red. Plus Team Valor's logo is pretty fierce.

Choices, choices. So what did I do? Leave it to fate. Lol. Like Harry Potter's sorting hat.
Here are 2 sorta-personality tests to help you decide. I stumbled upon them while trying to figure out which one to choose.


My results for both clearly indicate that I'm no doubt meant to be in this team.

Team Singapore it is! #redandwhiteunite

Do note that it would be nice if friends or family are in the same team, so you can fight/defend gyms together, and stuff like that. Just so you know. #redandwhiteunite hahahaa
(By the way, don't you think it would be cool if all Singaporeans were in the same team?)

Which team are you meant to be in?

P.S. Guessing a lot of people will be trying to talk about Pokémon a lot in the coming months, maybe years, so here's some trivia. If you're using a Mac, to type that funny é in Pokémon, you press Opt + e to get the apostrophe, then release and type e. You're welcome. ;) 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Nivea Intensive Moisture Body Milk Series

All my life, living here in humid Singapore, I've never liked the idea of applying moisturizers on my body. Okay actually I do, this whole desire to get soft skin thing, but not after applying moisturizer and going out and feeling sticky WHILE sweating. Eeek.

Then came work life. I started using moisturizers, not out of vanity though. I was a cabin crew, and I never thought the dry cabin air and overseas weather would make my skin itch so badly. It was my first few flights. I was scratching my legs even while serving passengers. I was scratching my arms while going around Tokyo. I was scratching everywhere my pores got red and I got red bumps all over. It was that bad. Then I learnt from my seniors that this itching was because of my skin surface cracking due to dryness. 

#mindblown

So I started applying generous amounts of moisturizer all over myself. Before flights, during flights over my stockings, after shower, before bed. And true enough, the itching stopped. That was my first encounter with the perils of dry skin. And my first lesson on how not taking care of this biggest organ on my body could lead to so much discomfort.

Now that I'm not flying as much anymore (I still love my travels!), I still maintaining the beauty habit of moisturizing before bed (sometimes). I was hesitant about moisturizing in the day before I go out though, because of this humid, sticky feeling that I might get. And then I received these 2 bottles of Intensive Moisture Body Milk and one with SPF15 from NIVEA a couple of weeks ago.



I had to try this one on first because so far I haven't had much luck with finding body moisturizers that doesn't end up feeling sticky. Plus, this one has UV protection & moisturizes, so it replaces my sunscreen (which makes me feel sticky anyway). 2 in 1, why not?

Surprisingly, this doesn't feel sticky at all! My skin just feels smooth after! Now I don't have to apply moisturizer AND sunscreen.
Good on you, NIVEA!

Then there is their bestselling product - the Intensive Moisture Body Milk. 

This item has become my nightly holy grail. 
Firstly, the smell. I smell like a baby after using it! I don't even know how to describe it - it's milky with a nice fragrance, not floral nor sweet or musky or anything like that. Just a nice neutral smell that makes me smell like freshly showered baby. ^-^

Secondly, I LOVE HOW IT MAKES MY SKIN SO SMOOTH!
Let me show you how my skin already looks and feels different after my first application:
Eeeks. Don't judge me okay, I'm making a big sacrifice by showing you my fat but dry thighs. See the skin? Look how dry and scaly it was?

I applied the Body Milk to my left thigh so you can see the difference.
No edit. No photoshop to make my skin less scaly.

Before (left) and after (right). 

Next, this is not sticky either! Both these 2 items I tried (with and without SPF) left my skin feeling very smooth and soft. I even tried applying powder about 10-15 minutes after, and the powder just went on smoothly without leaving clumpy traces the way it would when your skin is sticky or wet. I don't know if this is weird, but I touch the back of my own hands a lot now lol!


I don't know why I never started using you earlier, but I'm going to finish these 2 bottles for sure. I have almost NEVER finished any bottle of body moisturizer in my life, so you can see how impressed I am with these. In fact, I think I'm going to buy more and share these with my BFF Mint who's getting married in a couple months' time! Hey, which bride doesn't want baby smooth skin right? 

NIVEA is so confident of their efficacy of their bestselling Intensive Moisture range that they're challenging you to try it. If you do not see smoother skin after application, you can get your money back! T&C here!

The NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk (250ml - $6.90, 400ml - $9.90) as well as the Intensive Moisture Body Milk SPF 15 ($10.90) retails exclusively at Watson's. I think there's a 33% storewide sale at all outlets now, which means time to go shopping! ;) 


Thursday, 2 June 2016

What Being 30 Means


So there, I turned 30 last year, and I'm turning 31 by midnight tonight. Not like it has really done anything to me. When I was younger I had this plan you know, like oh get a job I really really like, then get married at 25, have kids a couple of years later, then by 30 buy a landed property and live happily ever after. 

Eh...

None of that happened.

To be honest, I feel like I'm 24 (but a little wiser), I'm still exploring the never-ending world out there, I still feel like I need to travel (a lot), I'm still learning, and no, being 30 doesn't make me a 萬事通. Here are things you will learn about being 30.


1. Life will sort itself out.

I know, at 20 we just see ourselves finishing school and going out there into the real world, fighting our own battles and coming out a real adult, with plans to tick off (like mine). Sometimes the universe just has something else planned. And it may not necessarily be a bad thing. 


2. No one's going to give you a pat on the back for the great things you've done.
I can do great things. Like attempt to fly.
Gone are the days when being an 8-pointer for your O'levels secures you a trip to the Florida Disneyland by your parents. You are responsible for yourself now, more so now that you're (already) 30. That being said, when you do have a little achievement, take time to celebrate that. If you don't dote on yourself, who will?


3. Also, no one's going to scold you anymore for the wrong things you are doing. 

If they wanted to, they'd have already done so. At 30, unless you have a great mentor or a senior who actually bothers, no one will reprimand you. They won't bother because they'd have figured out that you already know. Or they won't dare to because they are more junior than you. If you smell bad because you didn't wash your clothes? Well you should have done your laundry. If your teeth are rotting and you can't find a bf because you haven't bothered to take care of your oral hygiene, guess who's to blame? If you look bad, well, that's your own problem. FIX IT.


4. You have to start exercising.

This one we've all heard. I've heard this from when I first started working, from the "adults in their 30s". I used to think it's just them being old and starting to be wiser about health and taking better care of their bodies. Turns out, it IS FREAKING TRUE! That the metabolism miraculously just decides to slow down. We used to not have to exercise and still keep the figure despite eating whatever we liked. Or lose weight easily when we had to. Now? Nuh-uh. You want that figure? Work for it. No work? Okay, Humpty-Dumpty, your choice.



5. We have a LOT to learn. More than when we were kids.

When I was little I never had to Google stuff. I just knew how to do them! Or at least, I always had my own way of doing the things I never knew how to do. These days, I feel a lot more stupid.


6. Passion may start to die a little, or change.
Yup, when I was younger and you offered me the world I'd take it. Now, tell me the a China company wants to sign me on and offer me a 10 year contract as an actress/singer, I'm going to take a very long time to consider. You see, what was passion then could have changed. I still enjoy what I do, but now I might want something else. I don't have many more 10 years left, and now what I want is to build my own business and see it grow. That's kind of more exciting now.

7. Botox is real.

I don't know if you've ever been one of those who goes "Aiyoh she goes for botox!" or "Man I want to age gracefully", but for me, when lines appear around the eyes and even the most expensive creams don't help, I reach for the phone to make an appointment with my aesthetic doctor. I'm not condoning aesthetic treatments, but I'm not shunning them either. They are doctors, and doctors are meant to help people. Plus, if the government allows doctors to use these on people, these things can't be bad. Sometimes, if all it takes is a jab to make you feel like you can take on the world again, by all means go ahead! Just make sure you go to a trusted doctor. ;)

So there you go. What it's like to be 30. Now I'm gonna wash up and prepare. In about 2 minutes, I'm turning 31. See ya on the other side!