Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to look 5 years younger? [Adv]

Hello all! Sorry for being MIA for the longest time ever. Everytime when I come across something interesting to share, I'd document it down in point form and make a mental note to update my blog. but.... they always never make it to the blog post. :x oooops!

So, work at my new place has been great ! Coincidentally, it kinda matches my blog url! I started this blog in what, 2007 (?! has it been that long already?!!!) , and i named it thescarletwords.blogspot.com   I don't know if it's fate or what, but i'm currently working at The Scarlet Singapore! Tell me how much it reminds me of my own blog every time i start my emails with Greetings from The Scarlet Singapore! At times, I do write the scarlet words unknowingly..... (hehe)

Time flies while you're busy with life. I haven't had the chance to swing by my trusted salon for ages ever since my last visit in preparation for my Miss Tourism International Sri Lanka pageant. It's been THAT long.... But, i'm glad that the owners of Hair Plus Korean Salon and my trusty hairstylist, Su Kim, still welcome me with open arms and take the chance to catch up for lost times.

Since I haven't visited them for quite some time, Su suggested for me to go for a totally different look. Plus my hair had grown quite a fair bit, and gotten rougher too (lol). I'm currently in my mid twenties (going to late twenties soon), so naturally i would want to look younger and fresher. The first thing that came to Su's mind was "see-through bangs" or may be known otherwise as "airy bangs" or "wispy bangs". Apparently this hair style will literally knock 5 years off your age and instantly helps sculpt a more defined V-shaped face. I guess it's quite apparent that this hairstyle definitely works wonders if you were to notice several korean celebrities spotting similar hairstyles. Some familiar faces like.....

Yoon Eun Hye
Credits: Singapore Fashion Week
Song Hye Kyo
Credits: Allkpop

Lee Yeon Hee.
Credits: Pinterest
Han Hye Joo
Credits: Soompi 


Keen to find out how to achieve this ? Read on below for my hair transformation process...


Yes, this is my hair when I first arrive at the salon; tangled, unruly and out of shape. Su went straight to cutting away my precious locks. Fun fact: the only time i ever had bangs was in Secondary 3 and I deeply regretted it. It took me awhile to come to terms with my hair going back to bangs, but I always give my 101% trust to Su. This time, i took a video of my hair cutting process just for you guys who share the same fear as me. 


Right after hair cut, I had my hair dyed with brown base and purple hues, followed by faint red highlights. You can't really tell the purple or red colours, it's not like in-your-face kind of colours but more subtle kind if you look closely under the light. As a hotelier, I don't want to have too striking of a hair colour since i have to meet clients daily. These subtle hues are perfect for me (Y)



Here comes the hair treatment (blue/white bottle range)! I loveeeeee their korean hair treatment not just bcos it smells so damn good, but it also feels reallyyyy good! Oh, I tried the scalp care treatment as well. It comes with 3 steps; cleansing, moisturizing and lastly a mist to lock in all the nutrients. I tend to drop lots of hair during shower, sometimes even i feel that its too much to be normal. Many have said that it's normal to drop hair if you have long thick hair, but i kind of find it frightening to see that much hair on the floor each time after i shower. Hopefully this scalp care treatment will be able to help curb my abnormal hair fall problem before i turn bald. (fyi, my hair is still really thick & healthy, no signs of balding yet yeah). While the scalp treatment is on, it was steamed as well and it feel really cool and refreshing. After 10min + 10min + 10min, all the treatment steps was done and washed. My little bunch of fringe was permed for couple of minutes before getting it washed. 

2 hours later .... emerged a younger looking Jasmine!




Look at how healthy my hair looks now! It always look so revived after my session at Hair Plus Korean Salon. 



Do look for my trusty hairstylist, Su if you intend to visit the salon at FEP! P.s. she is only at fep, not at suntec. But fret not, there's other senior stylists at Suntec outlet too, who are equally capable of creating this look for you ;)


If you are wondering how do I look after a week or two or three .... here's some photos of me totally lovin' my new look!




It's really really easy to manage, super low maintenance! I don't even have to take any extra care of it, besides the usual conditioner, and serum once in awhile (once in a blue moon for me bcos i'm such a lazybum). Plus, i play water sports 3 times a week (thurs/sat/sun) and i don't have to fret over my hair turning cray cray. Love it each time I head down. 

Do visit their website to check out their monthly promotions! Click Here to check out their webby!  

Meanwhile, be safe on the streets and eat more during this festive season! I'll be heading to London tomorrow morning to bask in a Londoner's cny celebration. 
Happy Chinese New Year !!!!!


xoxo,
Chye


Friday, August 05, 2016

Inside Scope to Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2016

Time really flies when you are least expecting it to. It is the time of the year again where we choose our new batch of beauty queens under ERM Singapore. Yes you are right, it's time for another year of Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant.

Ever since my reign as Miss Singapore Global Queen 2014, I have been actively involved in pageantry; be it representing Singapore to compete internationally or local events. Till date, I have represented Singapore for 3 separate international pageants and I must say it is such an eye-opening experience. I have learnt and grown so much ever since, and with that, I would like to encourage and empower more ladies to experience what I have gone through. Therefore, I am very honored to be on board the committee board for this year's Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2016. Time to take a step back, and watch and help other ladies shine.

Every year we will have a different charity that we support and this year, our adopted charity is Down Syndrome Association (DSA).  We were invited down to DSA office located at Junction 8 for a briefing on the association, what it does, who it helps etc. This will facilitate the contestants when they are faced with questions from the public.


Did you know that World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is on 21 March and the reason why this date is selected is because it signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.


I am definitely very looking forward to participating and working with DSA on our upcoming pageant activities. If you would like to know more about our adopted charity, you may visit DSA website at  the link here: Down Syndrome Association Singapore


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The contestants had a fun-filled trip to the Canopi at Bintan, where they spent 4 days bonding with one another through game challenges, photoshoots etc. I recall during my year of competition, we were very fortunate to be the first batch of msbp contestants to have an overseas staycation and photoshoot. It was a 3d2n affair for us at Nongsa Resort & Turi Beach Resort at Batam then. Msbp gets better and better year on year, making us past queens super jealous. hahaha. Since I didn't make it for the trip, here's a video of their stay. Do follow ERM Singapore youtube channel for more episodes of Miss Singapore Reveals, a reality show for the pageant.




Since the girls had their fair share of fun, it's time for serious business. A press conference was held on 27th July at Orchid Country Club for our media friends and sponsor partners to officially meet the girls and break some ice. It was my first time having some interaction with the contestants too. Attended the event with Rachel (Miss Tourism Queen International 2013), Apple (Msbp'15 Top 5), Vanessa (Msbp'15 Top 5) and other Mrs Queens! The list of sponsors for this year's pageant has greatly increased over the years, and yes making us jealous once again....

Check out the cute packaging of Maki by one of our sponsors!

L-R: Apple, Vanessa, Myself, Rachel

Rachel is the chairperson for the committee this year ! Chairwoman giving her well thought out speech.... 

 After the ladies were presented on stage, we had a small game planned for them. Since fitness and physique has been in the talks lately, we gave them a planking challenge. Looking good is not all about being skinny; it is about keeping fit and being healthy. Let's hope the ladies are equally fit & healthy! *if not, its time to get fit.....




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Few days later, it was their talent showcase day! I reckon this day is probably one of the more nerve wrecking moments (besides the grand finals of course) as you'll have to perform not only for the judges to judge you, but as well as the public. During my year, our talent showcase was a closed door event held at Lee Wei Song School Of Music. Even so during then, I was super nervous like hell. Imagine performing infront of the public at a mall. *applause to you ladies*

Sumini, Myself, Florence, Rachel
Vanessa Tiara, Hashiena and Myself

Panel of Judges
 I must say some of the contestants have really interesting performance items and they most definitely have hidden talents! Gone were the days where everyone just merely sang or danced, things are getting heated up with saucy performances! Kudos to everyone who plucked up courage to perform in front of the public and us judges, who may have given harsh comments at times.
*some snippets of the performance items... More on my facebook!







After the performance ended, the contestants got to breathe slightly before starting on the swimwear segment proudly sponsored by Triumph SG. This year's swimwear has got a wide variety of designs; ranging from two piece bikini to monokini and covered up one pieces. 
*some snippets of the swimwear. More on my facebook!





The moment of truth is revealed! Who will emerge top 4 for best talent? 


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Congrats to the following ladies for qualifying for Top 4 Talent Show

Vanessa for her saucy latin ballroom dance item;
Jeslyn for her delicate chinese dance item;
Diviya for her belly dance incorporated with chinese fans;
Priscilla for her salsa bollywood fusion dance item.

Practice hard for your items and shine on the final stage. 




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The most recent event we had was the preview show held at Luxi , St James. Just to highlight that this wasn't the finals, it was just a preview show for the ladies to garner support and to present 4 subtitles for the night. 

It was a great event, many Mrs and Miss turned up and it was a full house! Filled with so much laughter and cheering, the atmosphere was so encouraging. All the past crowned queens got to catch up with one another, selfies/wefies away, cheering from the bottom of the stage. 





Which contestant will walk away with the 4 subtitles for the night????? 



And the results are out.  Congratulations to the following ladies:

 Jolyn Ng - Miss Suoer Legs 2016
Jolene Ong - Miss Body Beautiful 2016
Diviya - Miss Eloquence 2016
Vanessa Peh - Miss Popularity 2016 + Miss Luxi 2016


Judges, sponsors and our subtitle winners on stage

The night was still young after the event ended. Several of us queens stayed back and continued on with the party, and members of the public were free to come in to the club afterwards. Had a great night with my fellow queens and the boys from Vintage Studio & Makeover Inc

Mama Angela, Siya, Myself, Apple, Karen, Cheryl, Hashiena and Vanessa Tiara


Abv: Rachel, Myself, Jeremy

It has been so long since I last went home so late from a party night. Long gone were the days where I could party till wee hours of the morning consecutively. But I guess it was because of good company that made me forget about time. hahaha! I guess the next time will probably be ...... after party of Msbp2016? hahahaha! We shall see about that. 

Do continue to support the ladies as the competition hasn't ended yet. Hashtag #MSBP2016 and #MissSingaporeReveals on Instagram to see more posts shared by contestants and committee. There are still a few more events to go before the Grand Finals on 26th August. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, do drop erm an email or call them, link here -> ERM World



Till the next time!

xoxo,
Chye



Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Famille"


Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri !
p.s. sorry if it's super late wishes


Family gatherings have always been something that I treasured a lot. Half of my extended family are living in different parts of Indonesia, so the only time we ever get to meet is during Chinese New Year or during their occasional visit to Singapore. Since Hari Raya was around the corner, my relatives and cousins took the opportunity to come by Sg for a short holiday. 

It's been some time since we last gathered together, let alone a bbq session. I don't quite remember having a bbq session with my relatives ever! Gathered at my cousin's condo function room for the night, and I must say her condo facilities are pretty impressive! I've never seen any condo with an aqua gym, and my younger cousin was having so much fun all by himself there. hoho!

With my pretty cousins!

With thy dowager and mumsie

Not quite the best photo, but its the best among all that we taken
My relatives brought over some indo delicacies and although most of them were too spicy for my taste buds, it was still super yummmmy! Short gathering but a very meaningful one. We had quite a few photos taken, but I conclude that the elders have no clue on photo taking. These are like the more presentable ones...........


Till the next time I meet with them again...


Stay tuned for my next update on my recent photoshoot for Temasek Poly magazine and an in-house bridal fashion show!

xoxo,
Chye


Thursday, June 02, 2016

Korean Styled hair cut & perms by Hair Plus Korean Salon [Sponsored]

Hello readers, it's been awhile!

This post is going to be on my experience of my recent hair-do from Hair Plus Korean Salon. As you all know, I've always had long hair and I feel comfortable with it. Honestly, I am (quite) reluctant to changing hair styles as I have gotten so used to feeling my long hair down my back. How many of you share the same thoughts too? 

I last had a shoulder length hair cut in December 2015 (read all about it here - Fresh New Look with Hair Plus Korean Salon), and I received many compliments on sporting a shorter hair do. Rather unfortunately for me, my hair grows really quick and soon enough it was back to my usual long hair length. This time round, Su gave me a Ji-hyun inspired look. Its slightly shorter than before, with wavy curls and layered hair lengths. 


The thing I love about Hair Plus salon is that all the hair stylists are Korean. They all hail from Korea, and they have at least 7 years (or more) of hair styling experience before they are being considered for a position here in Singapore. (wow). Naturally being at a korean hair salon, I always got korean inspired hairstyles. Well, i'm not complaining, since I loveeeeeeee korean style. Just pointing out something for all the k-fans out there who are looking for a promising hairstyle change :) 

Since I don't have any upcoming pageants to compete for, I agreed to chop my hair and trust the hairstyle that Su had recommended for me. First, we had to touch up my hair roots. It has been 3 months since I last visited the salon, and my roots were certainly showing themselves. Then came the heart wrenching moment, snip... snip.... snip..... A bunch of my hair said goodbye from my head. 

We began the full hair treatment afterwards. First was the treatment spray and it was blown dry with the hair dryer. Why so? Bcos heat helps to activate the protein to get it absorbed faster into the hair. Continued on with the second treatment cream and it was steamed this time round.



 At the salon, they only use Korean hair products (treatment, perming, volume rebonding etc) and the hair stylists would show the products to you before they apply it on. Only L'oreal products are used for hair dye colours. I personally love the hair products used, because I also had some to bring home and try out. Even my mum loves them. 





I have had the Green Tea Scalp Care Pack to try before, and it smells really good! I haven't tried it long enough to give my reviews yet, but as far as I know it is working quite alright for me. Although it says green tea, it isn't green in colour; its actually brown in colour. But packed with green tea extracts and smell. It supposedly helps to reduce hair fall, improves scalp condition. 
 And as for the Energy Oil Serum, it brings out the bounce and shine in hair, makes it look more presentable. Just picture yourself getting out of bed, rushing out for work. Simply dab on this product, scrunch up your hair and tame it down. Violaaaaa, you're ready. Especially since I've got perms now, this product definitely helps to tame those frizzy flyways. 

After the treatment was done, I had the pre-perming cream on, and heated for 5min. This is to allow the hair to take the form of the next hairstyle easier. Got it washed off and here comes the perming cream and rolls with the digital perm machine. I always thought I looked funny like some mad experiment subject with cables coming out of my head. hehe. Read some magazines while the perming was taking place. When it was done, Su came to straighten the top half of my hair and we got the neutralizer applied on my hair to remove chemicals from the perm, so it wouldn't be so damaging on my hair. Washed my hair for the 3rd/4th time (lost count...), had another treatment cream applied on and washed again. I am pretty sure my hair is squeaky clean after that. 

All in all,  I did a korean volume perm (wavy perms) and setting, full hair treatment and cut. Do note that this entire process took 2.5 hrs for me, and it is dependent on the individual's hair quality.
Now, its time to reveal the Before and After photos!!!!

Before


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After


Look at how bouncy and voluminous my hair looks! I'm positive that I look slightllllly younger than before. Haha!  2.5hrs in exchange for a revitalized hairstyle, fine with me!

Here's how my hair looks 2 weeks later... 

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Just a share a little something with my readers, Hair Plus Korean Salon has recently opened their 2nd outlet at Suntec!!! I had the time to pop by their outlet after my hair session, and here's some photos. I know that Suntec is quite a confusing place to navigate, so hopefully this blog post will give you an idea on where the salon is located. 






The concept of the Suntec outlet is slightly different from that of Fareast's. Floor's wooden to begin with, as compared to Fareast's black and white tiles. Warm ambient lightings, and more wood furnishings around, gives off a warm and calming atmosphere. 







Products that the stylists frequently used are displayed in front of you, so you may also pick it up and read off the label on your own. If you don't have any idea on what to do with your hair, they've got a Signature Look chart for you to do a quick reference. If not, there's always magazines to get your inspiration from, or just go with your hair stylist's recommendation. (p.s. I've always stuck with my hair stylist's recommendation, i'm confident they know the best for me)






How to get there:

If you refer to the direction map of Suntec, the salon is located in between T2 and T3, slightly leaning more towards Tower 3, on the 3rd floor.


Driving: Park at Jaguar area of North wing tower 3, take the lift straight to Level 3 and you will be able to spot the directions board right outside the lift lobby. Follow directions and you'll find the salon.


MRT: Take to Promenade station, once you exit, spot Morganfield bar and you're on the correct side. Go straight up to Level 3, and you'll find Alive museum as well as Golden Village.
Continue walking down the stretch, and soon you'll see Kuishin restaurant. The salon is located right opposite that. 



xoxo,
Chye