July 31, 2015

All Daylong™ Protection in the Sun

Long ago, like literally a decade plus ago, I was quite the sun lover. I joined outdoor sports like hockey (I know, I can't imagine myself now lol) and participated in cheerleading. I enjoyed beach outings and also went out to tan with my friends. It was just so hip to have that tanned sunkissed look! However, when I moved over to China for a few years and got mistaken for being my mum's helper lol... I decided I did not quite suit that tanned sunkissed look after all. Plus, anyway, with the current K-wave trend hitting Singapore, being fair-skinned seems the path to go.

Thus, when I returned from Phuket for my anniversary trip this year, I was so so horrified to find out how tanned I'd gotten! It didn't help that I was to fly off to Hainan in the hottest month of the year just a few weeks after for my Best Friend's Wedding!!!! So I must say, honestly, I was just so grateful to have Daylong provide me with some wonderful summer essentials to keep me SPF protected ALL-DAY-LONG*.

*Do note that reapplication every 3-4 hours would be strongly advised.

Daylong understands that different skin types have different needs, and therefore they have created a range of high-quality products to suit diverse skin types.

The Daylong products are developed and formulated by Galderma with unrivaled scientific and dermatological expertise. Thus, be it if your skin is normal, dry, sensitive, very sensitive or allergic, Daylong ensures you only have the ultimate in daily skin protection; with advanced filters' combination and innovative formulations, effective protection with nurturing ingredients promises long-lasting skin care.

The products are easy to apply since they are uniquely light, unscented, fast-absorbing and non-sticky, which is what I know so many of us are looking for in sun protection. GOODBYE GREASY TEXTURES! On top of all that, Daylong is clinically proven to also prevent multi dimensional cell damage and help reduce effects of sun-induced skin aging.

July 27, 2015

Dermagold Giveway on Instagram

Price: $128
Size: 30ml

DERMAGOLD'S Star Product, Dermagold Skin Elixir, is the perfect skin food. An ultimate blend of natural ingredients consisting of seabuckthorn, hyaluronic acid and marine seaweed make for the perfect radiant complexion! Seabuckthorn extract enriches and soothes the skin, hyaluronic acid hydrates and marine seaweed help with skin's revitalization! The product is naturally preserved and paraben-free. No chemical emulsifying agents used.

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Simply head over to: https://instagram.com/samanthajoyloh or use the IG app and follow @samanthajoyloh to join now!


July 24, 2015

Glowing in love with Chelsea Clinic's Ultra Radiance Treatment

Last month, I was facing a huge huge issue of dull skin after my trip back from Phuket. Though I think I took decent enough care, there was no denying the amount of Sun damage done. URGH! So when I got the chance to head down to Chelsea Clinic to try out their Ultra Radiance treatment (only available at their China Square outlet), I was more than happy to.

The Ultra Radiant Treatment is effective in treating pigmentation, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin tones. It also helps to stimulate cells in the dermis to produce new collagen which plumps ip and smoothens out the complexion. :)

P/S: This post is slightly belated, I apologize, but I did write two pretty early posts about the after effects up on my Dayre (@samanthajoy) and you can read them here and here.


July 23, 2015

'S' for Singapore and Strength - NDP 2015's Mobile Column

We've all been celebrating SG50, be it through amazing food promotions, shopping discounts, etc. right? But SG50 is so much more than that! It celebrates our country's 50 years of independence, which is a HUGE deal, considering that we're such a tiny island. And if there's one word to describe everything we've been through, that word would be STRENGTH.

Thus, in line with National Day Parade (NDP) 2015's theme of "Majulah Singapore", this year's Mobile Column will honor just that: the strength of Singaporeans through their pioneering spirit, their resilience and their vigilance. More than ever in this time of trouble in the world with ever spreading violence, Singaporeans will be called on to show a continued commitment to the Defence and security of Singapore.

The last time the Mobile Column was featured was in NDP 2010, and it displayed the advanced technological capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

The Mobile Column will feature as "Chapter 3 - Strength" under the NDP 2015 Integrated Show with 177 assets from SAF, SPF, SCDF and approximately 900 personnel. The 2-km long convoy will take about 14 minutes and 30 seconds in the drive-past at the Padang. Two new vehicles this year, the Armored Engineer Vehicle and Protected Response Vehicle from the Singapore Army will be featured, alongside other crowd favorites such as the Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tank, Bionix II Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle. Spectators will also get to see naval assets not featured in previous Mobile Columns, such as the 40-tonne Specialised Marine Craft.

As mentioned, since the concept is featured around STRENGTH, the Mobile Column will be displayed in four distinct segments - "Giving Strength to Our Nation", "Strength in Action", "Strength for our Home" and "From Strength to Strength". Multimedia videos showcasing stories of the men and women who have operated these platforms in Singapore and on overseas missions will be featured too.

Elaborating on the concept of the display, Chairman of the Mobile Column Committee, Major Cai Dexian said, “This year’s Mobile Column will tell the story of the growth of Singapore’s defence and security forces to become the strong, respected and capable forces that they are today. This strength is inherent not only in the equipment and vehicles, but also in its people. The stories of these men and women from the SAF, SPF and SCDF will be woven into the Mobile Column to recognise their sacrifices and contributions for our security. We hope that the Mobile Column will provide a thrilling experience to spectators and bring confidence to Singaporeans as we journey forward.”

In order to bring the Mobile Column that much closer to Singaporeans, a section of the Mobile Column will make its way around the Marina Bay area, beginning with The Float @ Marina Bay which is the second ticketed site for NDP 2015. It will then drive past the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Convention Center and the Marina Bay Financial Center before joining Singaporeans on the Esplanade Bridge for the Pledge Moment at 8:15pm (20:15 hrs) on 9 August. So head over to the Marina Bay area on 9 August if you wish to get a glimpse of these vehicles!

With the passing of Lee Kuan Yew this year, it's more imperative than ever for us to huddle our strength and show unity throughout. Let's all show support to NDP 2015 and SG50 all the way!


July 14, 2015

I totally judge the #Dontjudgechallenge

I really seldom put down impromptu thoughts on my blog, but I think I might start doing it from now on... because I do want to update more often but when I'm stressed taking the perfect photos I always end up procrastinating.... okay I digress.

I hate the #dontjudgechallenge! HATE. I don't particularly partake in social media challenges nor do I form opinions about them but this stupid challenge really has got me riled. What the hell is up with the Don't Judge Challenge!? Obviously these snobbish self-loving boys and girls (at least the ones who got famous winking and duck-facing over) HAVE and ARE judging these people who look like their "Before" selves.

Hello! There are people with acne, people with unibrows, people who just haven't discovered the best hairstyles and they are totally okay with themselves. WHY do you have to assume that those are the people necessarily being judged!? I judge YOU guys with your horrifically superficial videos that ought to be eliminated from the earth forever.

Don't be all self-righteous and call it a #dontjudgechallenge when the very fact that there's a "before" picture is already a judging statement.

Le meilleur #DontJudgeChallenge que je partage.Un grand respectPour plus des videos aimez: Codes de Meufs
Posted by Codes de Meufs on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

On another hand, here's one that I actually think is pretty worth looking at - someone who's actually brave enough to say "this is what I look like" and not "hey grrrrrllll please check out my abs in the background whilst I smice my eyes and look like a total douche".

Okay rant over now, but seriously that stupid challenge needs to die out.

P/S: It turns out, from THIS article, that I'm not the only one who thinks the challenge is a waste of time and brain cells. Oh yes, and on top of that, it's completely insulting.


July 13, 2015

Pure Aromatic Bliss at Der Anthyllis

A while back, I wrote 2 posts for Der Anthyllis here and here; and now I'm happier than ever to come back with a new post!

I'm not sure if many of you are aware, but I've been a close friend of Amy, the lovely woman who runs Der Anthyllis, for 5 years now. That, in no way, impairs my ability to be objective about her services, so don't you worry. When I say that her services are meticulous and fueled by passion, I mean exactly that.

Amy's abode is humble, just like her. It is no frills, and definitely not your typical facial place. Instead, you can look forward to soothing music, simple decor and a homely bed just waiting for you to rest upon it. I've gotta say, that whatever bedsheets she's using has got me sold - I realize I always somehow drift away to sleep whenever I'm there! haha

I notice that my two posts previously focused on a customized facial for my skin, this post focuses on something more unique - an Aromatherapy Facial! To begin, Amy asked me how my days have been, and I thought that was just out of friendship or for the sake of catching up, but there's a much deeper meaning. She actually asks this to get a better understanding of your internal state before she assesses your external state. After all, a lot to do with our skin starts from the within. I told her of my troubles at work, and how stressed I've been lately and she said she could tell straightaway but didn't want to assume too lightly.

You see, when you're stressed, your skin becomes dehydrated which is very obvious to most eyes. However, beyond that, Amy could see AND FEEL other tell tale signs from my skin - which I thought truly came with the skills of a professional. To be very honest.. for awhile I was very scared of going to Amy because she could ALWAYS ALWAYS tell when I'd been tinkering with products lightly and always getting my skin in trouble haha!! But really, this is one formidable skill. I bet many of her other clients will attest to this as well actually.

hello well-rested glowing post-facial skin!
To protect Amy's business' privacy, I will not be showing you the facial done step by step. What it did involve though was basic cleansing, a mask, etc.. but the WINNING part was the ahhhhhmazing aromatherapy massage that came with it. She arranged for oils to suit my skin (and mental) condition and let me have a whiff of them as she applied them to my face as well. The purity and scent of such oils have a HUGE impact on the skin and most of us aren't even aware of it.

Whilst many places will tell you they use oils too, dear Amy actually TRAVELS by herself to procure these oils and to ensure their quality. I swear that there are almost no facial therapists this dedicated nowadays. As she explains her process to me, I am more than dumbfounded sometimes because such passion is truly rare. At the same time, it makes me honored to be under her care.

The photo above may not really show the full extent of Amy's healing touch since I was facing no real acne at this point of time *thank goodness*, but it's pretty obvious that my cheeks got that healthy flush back and the dryness of my cheeks was reduced by a huge amount. If you're looking for more drastic changes like how she treats acne, feel free to check out her magic on her Facebook Page. You'll also see nothing but heartfelt testimonials from her faithful clients over the years. That's gotta amount to something!

(U.P. $199)



P/S: My skin was still healthily happy a week after treatment, though I did break out in one or two spots which popped and healed very quickly. I suppose that was more due to purging, but it wasn't a huge issue. I suggest that those with oilier/acne prone skins opt for her signature facials instead of the aromatherapy one. If you'd like an explanation as to why, simply ring Amy up and she will be in a better position to advise you. :)

I almost to never really get to connect with my facial therapists as much as I'd like to the way with Amy, but I believe it's her nature that allows me to be this open. Do let yourself be open to trying her services out too, and I know you'll end up going back again.


July 4, 2015

Shu Uemura's skin:Fit Foundation - A Good Fit?

I've been using Shu Uemura's skin:Fit Foundation for some time; I received it at an event a month or so back, and I finally got time to pen my thoughts down.

I've never actually been a fan of liquid foundations, mostly due to me disliking too much make up on my face on a daily basis... so when I heard that this foundation was called skin:FIT, I suddenly felt this wave of assurance that my skin will be allowed to breathe. Hence, I was very excited to try it out! :)

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