The happiest run on the planet is back in Singapore! Last year, I had the chance to join the first ever Color Run Singapore on Sentosa. It was an experience full of squeals, laughter, photo-taking and… very little running on our part.
Gen and I went last year and obviously had a lot of fun and we are going back this year on the 31st of August! New Balance kindly sent over a kit in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Color Run. This year, aside from getting decked out in colored powder on the day itself, we get to decorate and color our shoes however we want BEFORE actually getting decked in color powder.
The New Balance Runnovation Fresh Foam shoes BEFORE meeting my artistic talents.
The kit comes with puffy paint, spray bottles and instructions on how to unleash your inner graffiti artist.
I started getting creative and went ahead and decorated my shoes immediately. I’ll upload another photo when I’m done with splashing paint on my shoes. Haha.
Most people dress up in crazy and funny costumes… and this was us last year. Haha. A poor attempt at trying to be ninjas. Take a look at the photos from the official Color Run website that captured the fun!
The Color Run Singapore happens on August 30 and August 31 on Sentosa, Silso Beach.
And there are two ways to getting there
1) silly and time-consuming rituals like this one
Or 2) professional help from The Sloane Clinic
After competing on the global stage in Miss Universe, people always ask me if plastic surgery is prohibited in an international competition. The truth is, EVERYONE at the beauty pageant had some sort of work done. Whether it was permanent or semi-permanent, there was no one who was entirely natural. If you think about, these are absolutely necessary. As Osmel Souza, the National Director of the very famous Miss Venezuela pageant says, “it is a BEAUTY contest, not a natural contest.”
Beauty can be subjective. But, little did you know, facial beauty is actually a mathematical formula. Cultures may vary in terms of what it considers beautiful (different skin colours, hair types, thickness of eyebrows etc), but there are three general rule of thumbs that beauty can be defined by.
Image source: The Sloane Clinic
Here is a overview on what scientists have concluded is facial beauty:
1) The face has to be symmetrical
2) Beautiful faces follow the golden ratio of 1.618 and the rule of thirds
3) Youth is beautiful
After attending The Sloane Clinic’s beauty workshop and putting my own experience of rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most beautiful women, I realise that simple changes in a person’s face can make a big difference. Whether it is making a sharper nose tip, making your cheeks fuller or changing your skin colour (not many of us will go to the extremes Michael Jackson did), these things can change the way people people react or treat us.
Then, there is the whole science of face reading that the Koreans are absolutely obsessed with. With that said, don’t you think that everyone has the right to be beautiful and young?
I have personally undergone aesthetic treatments and can attest to the effectiveness of non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as fillers, Botox and skin facials. What I found interesting was the fact that you can do BOTH invasive and non-invasive treatments at The Sloane Clinic. You can create new double eye lids (upper blepharoplasty), alter the shape of your nose or opt for simpler treatments like getting rid of dark spots and acne. Non-invasive procedures and injectables can be done at all The Sloane Clinic branches, while double eyelid, epicanthoplasty and lower eyebag removal surgery are performed at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre.
The Pursuit of Youth
Double eyelid surgery is a very common procedure in Asia. The desire to have doe-eyes stems from wanting to be young. And to be honest, I have sincerely considered it. My eyes are your typical hooded Asian eyes. Over time, hooded eyes can become droopy and make you look sleepy.
Image from The Sloane Clinic.
Before and after effect of double eye lid surgery. Image from The Sloane Clinic
When I first started competing in Miss Earth, I wanted bigger, rounder eyes. At that time, I experimented with double eyelid tape to create bigger and deep-set eyes. During our make up time, my roommates, especially those from the Western countries, would watch and peer curiously as I carefully aligned a clear little piece of plastic on my eyelid. I cannot count the number of times I had to repeat what the little tape would do for my eyes and how I wanted eyes like theirs.
My stash of eyelid tapes that just keeps growing.
Thanks to Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre, I learnt there were two different methods – aside from my little voodoo act – that The Sloane Clinic uses to create double eyelids. They are the traditional open surgery or the suture method. Both methods aim to create the fold that is absent.
Image from The Sloane Clinic website
Double Eyelid Surgery – Upper Blepharoplasty
Traditional open surgery involves a surgical incision to remove the excess skin and fat from the eyelid BEFORE placing stitches to create a crease that folds inwards when the eyes open. This method is permanent and has a slightly longer downtime – roughly a 7 to 10 days – whereas the suture method is simpler and has a shorter downtime. Suturing the eyelids simply involves placing the stitches inside the eyelids to create the new crease without the surgical cut. However, the suture method is not suitable for eyelids that have excess skin and fat and may not be as permanent (lasting only a few years whereas the traditional open method is permanent).
If your eyes are like mine, I am guessing that the traditional open surgery method is highly recommended. The traditional method can address all kinds of eyelids (those with excess skin and fat as well as droopy eyelids). But, I am not the expert. It would be best to consult with the doctors at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre where the plastic surgeon will first access your eyelids and then recommend the most suitable method.
Image from The Sloane Clinic website
Eyebag Removal – Lower Blepharoplasty
If you are plagued with heavy eye bags that make you look older than you really are, there is the option of removing them at The Sloane Clinic. The formation of eye bags is a natural process. As we age, both men and women will start to lose elasticity in the skin around the eyes. Muscles also begin to relax, causing the lower eyelids to appear baggy. The effect can be worse in some people than others due to hereditary factors, excessive sun exposure or smoking. Eye bag removal surgery will help to give a younger, fresher and less tired appearance.
Image from The Sloane Clinic website
Eyebags can be corrected by the removal of some fat from the lower eyelid area and redistributing the remaining fat. Compared to the traditional method in which there is just simple fat removal, this new technique the doctors at The Sloane Clinic use avoids excessive hollowing over the lower eyelid area that is aesthetically unpleasing. This usually also involves re-suspending the outer corner of the eye.
Being beautiful, however, does not mean you have to resort to invasive plastic surgery.
The secret to looking young also lies in correcting uneven skin tone, pigmentation and brown acne scars. With accumulated skin exposure and no protection, skin begins to fade and lose its youthful glow. The doctors shared with us about rescuing ageing skin with The Sloane Clinic’s Divine Whitening Program and Brilliant Skin Program.
The Sloane Clinic website has a comprehensive list of the different types of medical facials offered on premise.
Their website http://www.sloaneclinic.com will give you a better understanding of the ways they can help treat skin problems.
Hyaluronic Dermal Fillers
Finally, my favourite treatment for instantly looking younger is dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane® can help to augment and shape features without having to undergo surgery. In the past, fillers were used for smoothing away wrinkles and lines. Now they are also used to enhance facial features such as the nose, chin, lips or restore facial volume to cheeks, giving the individual a more sculpted and attractive appearance.
Just before I left for Brazil to compete in the Miss Universe competition, I got fillers in my cheeks to give my face and cheekbones a lift. This also helped to create a more heart-shaped face and sharper V-jawline. On hindsight, I probably should have used them in my lips for poutier lips and in my nose to create an upturned nose tip. I have always been obsessed with the Venezuelan noses.
Popularized by Korean celebs who desired both lifted, contoured faces sans scalpel as well as dewy, luminous skins, the Restylane® Hydrolift is specially designed to deliver these multiple benefits – skin lifting, elimination of fine lines and healthy glowing skin, using natural hyaluronic acid. In the picture above, you can see the difference in the way the nose tip is angled after using hyaluronic fillers. It gives the face a cuter appearance.
What I personally like about dermal fillers – I have used them repeatedly – is the fact that they closely resemble our body’s own hyaluronic acid. Because our body’s natural “factories” slow down in the production of hyaluronic acid, topping them up with alternatives such as Restylane® Hydrolift will give you the same natural effect. As such, fillers are perfectly safe with little or no risks. As the acid is administered through tiny injections, the procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the area of treatment) and is associated with little downtime.
The fillers normally last about 6 to 9 months, depending on the individual’s lifestyle habits and metabolism.
You have the ability to take control and stop the hands of time.
With this powerful information at the tip of your fingers, what will you do to take 5 years off your age?
About The Sloane Clinic
The Sloane Clinic is a chain of aesthetic clinics offering total beauty solutions from non-invasive aesthetic treatments, plastic surgery to hair transplant and medical facials in Singapore and Malaysia.
Visit their website @ The Sloane Clinic or email their help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekends are the only time I get to run errands out and about town. So dressing down in jeans is the easiest and most comfortable option.
Especially in this recent heat, styling it up with a fun superhero tank top in the brightest summer colour energises me with the strength to get through the massive crowds. Haha. Add a cap to that and I stay cool throughout the day. Pun totally intended.
The Sephora Beauty boxes always come packed with wonderful goodies that never fail to delight and surprise. The month before, it came chock full of Stila Metallic Eyeshadows. This month, it was full to the brim with eyeliners. A girl can never have too many eyeliners; it is THE make up product that every girl should have.
I picked up 3 of the newest eyeliners from the beauty block and decided to test them out.
Benefit Cosmetics Push Up Eyeliner
Not only does Benefit Cosmetics have the cheekiest names for their makeup products, they come in innovative and unique packaging. Gel liner in the form of a pen? Definitely a winner in my books. No need to carry the little gel pot and its accompanying brush for touch-ups.
I love gel eyeliners for their smooth consistency and easy to handle texture. The Benefit Cosmetics Push-Up Liner does all of that and more. Using it gives you a thick, bold line and the effect of bigger and bolder eyes, all thanks to the little rubber tip (see above) that ejects the gel in a flat pancake style.
The rubber tip is soft against the eye yet controls the gel distribution well, making it the easiest of the 3 eyeliners I reviewed to achieve a thick eye line. As with most gel liners, the Benefit Cosmetics Push-Up Liner gives a matte line. The eyeliner won’t budge simply by rubbing it with your fingers. Removal with a gentle eye make up remover is highly recommended.
The Benefit Push-Up Liner is now my go-to eyeliner. Definitely the perfect eyeliner for portability and wearability.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er
Marc Jacobs Beauty recently landed on Singapore shores to much fanfare. This is the first of the Marc Jacobs Beauty line that I have laid my hands on.
I love the name the fact that the name of the eyeliner is a play on the Marc Jacobs name – Magic Marc’er. Opening the cap, I find a felt tip with a sharp nib that is great for creating a winged tip – the felt tip Magic Marc’er produces a fairly thin eye line.
You’ll need some skill with this felt tipped eyeliner to draw the perfect line and several repeated attempts to get a thick line.
But I love how it gives a more subtle and delicate look to the eye.
Dior Addict IT Line Eyeliner
Out of the three eyeliners, this one was the most difficult to use simply because it was full liquid. You’ll need deft hands and patience as you wait for the Dior Addict liquid liner to dry.
On top of that, I found the liner consistency watery and the intensity of the liquid liner “ran out” towards the end. Your winged liner tip will thus be lighter and faded in comparison to the rest of the line. It might be wise to layer this eyeliner over another darker and intense one.
As much as I didn’t like the use of the Dior Addict IT Line, the packaging was my favourite out of the 3 liners in this review. I’ve used the Dior Addict Lip Glosses before and I love how this IT Line eyeliner stayed true to its Dior Addict packaging roots.
Newbies will find the Benefit Push-up Liner and the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er the easiest of the lot to use and achieve the perfect line. With easy to control consistencies and lasting power, if you’re looking to purchase a new eyeliner, these two eyeliners should be at the top of your shopping list.
Sephora Singapore locations:
Sephora ION Orchard Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn #01-05
Sephora Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #B1-05
Sephora Great World City
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-59
Sephora Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue #B2-32
Sephora Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road, #01-56/57
Happy Birthday Kiehl’s Singapore!
Kiehl’s, the venerable New York based purveyor of fine quality products started 163 years ago in 1851. Today in Singapore, the generous brand celebrates its TENTH year.
Did you know that their first store in Singapore was at Scotts Square – Scotts Shopping Centre in 2004? From lowering their prices to continuously giving out free samples, Kiehl’s has certainly come a long way with a ubiquitous presence all over Singapore.
To celebrate their 10 years of service in Singapore, Kiehl’s is launching their first ever Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck. Look out for this truck coming your way! It’s KIEHL’S ON WHEELS – a moving store that will bring the original New York experience to the neighbourhoods.
You can head on down to the other Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Trucks at
20 July – Vivo City
12 – 9pm
21 / 22 July – One Raffles Place
10am – 3pm
25-27 July – Cineleisure
2 – 10pm
Kiehl’s has always had a philosophy of giving back to society. They have previously collaborated with local Singaporean celebrities to support the Autism Association of Singapore.
So, this year to celebrate their 10th year in Singapore, Kiehl’s is collaborating with Singaporean songstress Olivia Ong to create a limited edition set of the Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. I bagged one of the limited edition masques home. Yay! The products designed by Olivia Ong is in support of the Garden City Fund for National Parks Board Singapore.
In the Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck, there are a whole bunch of activities you can engage in.
1) View and sample the Kiehl’s top 10 customer favourites that have been loved by men, women and celebrities alike.
2) View the art creations contributed by Olivia Ong and 7 other personalities – XiaXue, Keith Png, Pornsak, Yutaki James, Larry Yeo, G.T Gan, Soh Ee Shaun
3) Join the charity initiative by contributing a simple drawing on the spot – Kiehl’s will donate $5 per drawing to the Garden City Fund
4) Take a #selfie with the trucks and speak the love with #KiehlsUltraGenerous on Facebook and Instagram and stand a chance to take home a Kiehl’s Top 10 Customer Favourite Hamper worth $450!
I got to take home some of my very favourite Kiehl’s products after visiting the Kiehl’s Ultra Generous Truck and Vivo City store.
The Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator is great for daily use – gentle and thorough at the same time. Stocking up on my Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.. This time with the limited edition one designed by Olivia Ong! Lastly, I decided to try out the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to control my oily scalp.
Thank you for your generosity Kiehl’s!
Cheers to many more birthdays in Singapore, Kiehl’s!
Sometimes when I can’t think of clever or cool nail designs, I inevitably go back to the basics: the French Manicure. This classic is chic, stylish and will never go out of style.
To jazz this classic up, my clever nail artist, Eloise from The Nail Artelier added gold beads to frame the white and give the impression of chains on my nails. With nail stickers, she also made it look like there are charms hanging from the chain.
Loving this updated version of the classic French manicure. This nail art design definitely deserves a repeat!