Juicy Girls

Here are some simple things that I love in my life:

1) Media preview events. Especially the ones where I can spend time checking out the latest cutest fashion in store & hanging out with blogging girlfriends sipping on champagne, giggling the night away.

2) Taking lots (and lots and lots and lots) of photos in the mean time!

3) Fabulous gal pals ♥

4) Themed parties / gatherings, because they really don’t happen often enough. I like dressing up but I don’t get nearly enough chances to do so! In this case the launch was Pin Up Girl themed in conjunction with their Spring / Summer collection, which got me super excited so I got my hair fixed up & put my red lipstick on + even drew a ridiculous fake mole underneath my eye – what’s not to love about the swinging 60′s??

5) Everything about Juicy Couture!!! ;) 

For starters, there really is no other real point to this post other than to show off my efforts for dressing up that night and also showcasing the beauty of my gorgeous friends and our frivolous evening together. Yep, that is all.

Let the love making to the camera begin!

I have known this girl since the relatively early days of my blogging life in 2008.. Time has passed too quickly! Valerie probably has the proudest dentist in the whole wide world. Her smile… it’s blinding!!! I can’t get over how perfect her teeth are.

While waiting for the mini Juicy fashion show featuring 1.75m tall leggy models wearing their Spring / Summer collection to begin! I LOVE their clothes this season (or rather, every season) and I spotted this super lush corset-like dress I may buy for my 21st birthday. Want want want!

Cute Evonne was the only one who didn’t arrive sporting red lipstick because she didn’t realize there was a Pin Up Girl theme :P

Juli> looking seriously kawaii with her big poofy hair! Ok I actually hate using the word kawaii, and can’t stand people who say it either. Lol. Typing it is okay but I HATE saying it. Nevertheless…. “kawaii” is really the perfect word to describe her so I shall use it just this once. *swallows pride*

I lost count of the number of photos we took that evening. I think when you put a group of girls together, photos naturally happen. Lots of them. It’s just our thing. Don’t judge. But when you put a group of girl BLOGGERS together….. I swear the amount at least doubles! I mean our face is the simplest and best form of exploitation of content for our blogs after all, anyway (YES I SAID IT!)

Wtf Pegs is really super hawt I think I may have a slight girl crush on her!!! And I love our purple hair together. They’re purple but entirely different styles and colors… done by the same salon who takes tender loving care of all our hair needs, Shunji Matsuo @ Somerset 313!

My “EXCUSE ME NO PHOTOS PLEASE!!!!” pose, LOL I don’t even know why we started doing this butttttttt…

This was what happened next. Hahahahah WORK IT BITCHES!!!

Thank you Juicy Couture for the fun-filled evening at your store, your clothes are seriously too cute I’d go broke in 2 seconds thank god I didn’t bring my credit card / Pegs for extending the invitation to us / Juli for your camera’s pics!!!! I can’t wait for the next girly blogging event together!

Also, here’s a shout-out to my salon. They do the best things with my hair. I love the fringe they did for me that evening!!! Can I get away with that hairstyle more often, even when I’m not attending any special events…? You think???

Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon @ 313

Orchard Road, #03-26,
313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
+65 6238 0226
Email: lovehair@shunjimatsuo313.com.sg

Looking back on old photos of me Pre-Shunji era, I don’t know HOW I ever lived with my hair looking so blah because it’s been freaking amazingggg ever since I joined them!!! I owe sooo much to them! I’m sure some of you know I’ve had some really bad hair days in the past (and bad weight days lol). And I kid you not when I say I cannot leave the house to go out without someone asking me where I did my hair or saying something nice about it these days. If you feel like nobody ever notices you / you don’t get enough attention or compliments in your life, please go dye your hair purple tomorrow at Shunji 313. Or bright red / blue / green / something crazy. You will see a 360 degree change and you will never complain about being unnoticed again. And apart from “I’m doing good, what about you?” the other question I answer most frequently in life is “I touch up my hair every 2 months at Shunji Matsuo 313 and I had to bleach it three times to get it purple.”  True story.

Ok, *insert abrupt end to vain post*

xoxo,
Jess

Gettin’ my purple on with Shunji Matsuo 313

So, this happened recently.
It started from like this….


My red hair. I loved it to bits.
It was almost a signature look already. I even dedicated a whole blog post to it at the start of this year. But it was getting, just kinda old….. (I know, I’m so fickle) but c’mon I mean, red is so common now, what with half the female population coloring their tresses red for Chinese New Year. And so when the bright color faded to brownish red and when it was time to make another trip to my trusty salon, I decided to take it to the next level!

Mmmmhm.
Something’ goin downnnnnnnnnn. I spent more than a combined 10 hours in the salon over 2 days.

The red pigments in my hair were so stubborn and strong, that it took THREE times to bleach / lighten it to this color

Bleaching your hair once is bad enough…. I’m quite amazed I managed to survive it three times in a day, followed by 2 rounds of purple dye. That’s pretty intense shit.

But at the end of the day, all the hours of repeated tedious coloring, washing, combing, blow drying was worth it…. because THIS was what we planned to achieve!!!

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I’m getting my P-U-R-P-L-E on! ♥ With streaks of electric blue, because purple solo isn’t quite mad enough for me. I should have been born a peacock instead. I’m soooooo happy with it!!!! When I saw myself in the mirror, I almost leaned forward to kiss myself. :P The only thing stopping me was a swayed sense of dignity and a slight sense of pride.

My relatives wouldn’t stop talking about my hair color during Chinese New Year, much to my narcissistic delight of course. It was always brought up during our dinner table conversations. I bought this Chu Yi dress to match with my hair and bag! I freak out when my shoes and bag don’t match.

And this is Chu Er’s outfit!!! Surprisingly, purple hair goes well with almost every color… except brown, green. Brown just looks like crap on me somehow (no matter my hair color), wearing green makes me look like an eggplant (LOL I’m serious you can even envision it). But that’s okay… because I don’t wear a lot of those colors normally, anyway.

How it looks like when it’s curled! I normally like curly hair on myself but I think purple hair looks best straight or slightly wavy. Curled hair seems to lose most of its shine after the extreme heat sucks out all the moisture!

I only could imagine myself doing these crazy colors on my head because I FULLY trust my salon Shunji Matsuo @ 313 with all my heart (and hair).

I showed them a few pictures of pretty purple hair on other girls, and told them to do whatever they believe would work best on me. I also mentioned I’d like to include some streaks of blue. And this was what they came up with. Aren’t they genius? I owe so much to them!!

My stylist hands after he was done purplifying my hair up. So grateful to my stylists who stayed back late and worked long hours of magic on me!

I dare say I enjoy rocking this purple even more than I did with my redhead. Like, I’ll still always like red because it’s a classic look and easy to pull off and all that, but this purple is really something else. You can’t NOT spot me in a sea of people like this! If you couldn’t already tell, I love the attention. Perhaps I’m used to how it looks by now but I reckon it’s not very unnatural looking – which is a good thing. You know how some people have loud colors and they just look plain ridiculous because their hair is so awfully dry and damaged looking that it comes across almost like a wig? Yeah, thankfully I don’t have that problem.

 My hair WAS dry at first (it was colored a total of 5 times, 3 bleaching 2 purple dyes) but the more I washed it and treated it well with conditioner and hair masks, the softer and more manageable it gets. Of course, going back for nourishing hair treatments at my salon helped as well.

Now, after a few weeks of having this purple hair, it doesn’t feel damaged anymore, in fact it is quite shiny and smooth to the touch!

Big BIGGGGGGGGGG l♥ve goes out to Shunji Matuo @ Somerset 313 for always outdoing yourself when it comes to making my hair even more shocking and pretty!!!! ^________^ Thanks to you guys my hair is always in top form, no matter the occasion or crazy color I attempt. What would I do without you, really? Probably still have some safe boring color.

If your hair salon isn’t making you look your best, time to hop over to the bright side. Why settle for less than best? Remember to make your appointment with Shunji Matsuo 313 before heading down if you’re looking for a particular stylist that day, because from the many times I’ve been there… I can tell you that they’re ALWAYS busy, especially in the evenings. My main stylist’s name is Eddie, but if he’s not available, you guys can also look for stylists named Jerry or Caely there, they’ve done my hair before and I love them all to bits!

Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon @ 313

313 Orchard Road, #03-26,
313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
6238 0226
Email: lovehair@shunjimatsuo313.com.sg

Quote “Shiberty” blogger for 10% off certain services! If you want the same hair colors as me but don’t know how to tell them exactly, either show them a picture or ask for “Shiberty’s red” / “Shiberty’s purple”, they’ll know what to do.

xoxo,
Jess

Becoming a redhead

…Was one of the best things I did this year.

Sure, I’ve done a lot of other things with my life in 2012 probably more worthy of an honorable mention on my blog sensibly speaking (such as working hard to lose 10kg of fats, moving out of my parents’ place and renting an apartment of my own) but you know what…

Having a head full of fire kinda gave me a whole new identity. 

It made me change the way I styled my clothes, myself, and it prompted me to bother to dress up more often to suit my loud tresses. And I guess it even changed the way people looked at me. It screams personality, and it gives people a little insight to who you are just by first glance.

Unnaturally loud hair colors are almost like visible tattoos on a person’s body. It is there to serve as a statement. They say something about you that you wanna tell the world. I am me, hear me roar. Not everyone will approve of it, certainly not everybody will think its pretty or cool…. but YOU like it, and that’s what matters most, because it makes you, more you. I suppose this reasoning applies to hairstyles in general, not just wild hair colors.

Now, you don’t want to make the mistake of entrusting your precious hair to just ANY salon. The last time I went to a random salon to do my hair, my permed hair ended up looking like pubic hair. :’) It took me many months to grow it back after I cut it all off..You don’t even understand how many hair catastrophes I had to go through to finally settle down with a hair color + style + condition I’m more than satisfied with.

These days, I get my hair touched up and maintained at Shunji Matsuo 313 every other month! And I always walk out of there feeling amazing. AND FIERCE. ;)

The friendly and lovely stylists there take care of all my hair coloring, styling, cutting and treatment needs.

Here is my stylist, Eddie, tying pretty little intricate braids for me when I requested for “a different look” from my usual.

Because I’d previously bleached my hair to get an ombre-purple-pink style earlier this year (at a different salon, not Shunji Matsuo) my hair ends were awfully dry after negligent care (as it always is when you have to bleach your poor hair!), on the verge of breaking and splitting too easily. After religiously going back to do treatments every month, my hair condition has improved leaps and bounds!!

My all-time favorite hair treatment that Shunji Matsuo 313 offers is this 100% Organic Curement Treatment!

Using all natural herbs and oils from mother nature, this 4 step herbal treatment is suitable for people seeking more volume and shine for their hair, and especially good for super dry hair like I had. The difference is instant, noticeable and most importantly, long lasting. More treatments only result in my hair looking and feeling good for a few days tops, but my hair felt softer for weeks. I highly recommend trying this at Shunji Matsuo 313 if you have hair in need of urgent repair! Pricing for this treatment ranges from $101 – 155, depending on your individual hair length.

If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you can do a comparison of my hair BEFORE I started visiting Shunji Matsuo (Somerset 313 outlet) and after… judge the difference for yourself.

Pictures can do the convincing better than my words can.



This is what I call a true crowning glory!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

You can compare the Before and After effects from the pictures above and below this chunk of text. The pretty “After”math is the pic above – luscious healthy hair with treatment done, and robust color. The not-so-pretty “Before” pic below… faded red, roots growing out, noticeably drier texture.

Thanks to my stylist’s advice and concern, Eddie has also provided home treatments for me to DIY at home, which I believe is an important factor as well because you can’t possibly go to a salon every single week – you need to be able to maintain it yourself at home! If you visit Shunji Matsuo 313, ask them more about home care products that would suit you. After switching shampoos and conditioner upon their recommendation, my hair fall rate (which used to be a big balding issue) has decreased significantly, and my hair tangles less often. I’m using Matrix Biolage range and loving the results so far!

Thank you Shunji Matsuo 313 for giving a head full of hair that I can be proud of. I am happy to say I almost never have bad hair days any more… every day is a good hair day!!!

Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon @ 313
313 Orchard Road, #03-26,
313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
+65 6238 0226
Email: lovehair@shunjimatsuo313.com.sg

Alternatively, find them on Facebook here. Mention or quote “Shiberty” for 10% off certain services!

To sidetrack a little, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had random strangers come up to me, smile and say “I love your hair!!!”. It ALWAYS makes me grin instantly, not just because someone is giving me a compliment, but because its not everyday you have a reason for people you don’t know to approach you and say something nice to you. They don’t have to do it, but they do it anyway. And living in Singapore where it is uncommon for everyday people to be nice for no apparent reason, I lap up every opportunity I get. It’s like how I always smile and appreciate it when someone who walks by me says, “Good day!”. It might not have been accurately so, but because of those two words, it probably will turn out to be a better one after all.

xoxo,
Jess

Shunji Matsuo @ 313 – My Salon Sponsor!

Located at Somerset 313, Shunji Matsuo is a Japanese-influenced salon that I’m happy to say is my new hair salon sponsor!!! :*

I’m very pleased to welcome Shunji Matsuo as my new hair sponsor because I adore their central location. I frequent Somerset 313 for my shopping and dining needs (Namely Forever 21 and Marche!) and it’s so convenient that I can now get my hair done there as well, then proceed to have an awesome day out in town with a fab new hairstyle!

You’ll probably spot Shunji Matsuo from afar because their wacky interior design really stands out among the cluster of other monotonous salons also at Somerset 313.

Huge, brightly colored polkadots are all over their walls! Brings the place to life.

I was pretty nervous about doing my hair here for the first time. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way before trying out a new hair stylist or salon. They can either make or break your look!

MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL PLEASE!!!!

Upon being seated, I was asked for my choice of beverage to be served, and then Eddie, my stylist for the day, came over to assess my hair and we discussed what I wanted done. I told him that my previous ombre dye job was very faded (which for the record was not done at Shunji Matsuo), and it’s time for a fresh new look!

The last time I did purple and pink ombre, now I want to go full-on bright red. I want my head to be a ball of fire!!!!

I specifically highlighted to him that I want bright red hair, BUT I didn’t want to bleach my hair, because my hair was already dry enough from the previous bleaching and dyeing. Demanding customer yes?? Lol. Want bright color but don’t want to bleach. Eddie took on the challenge and said he’ll do the best he can!

Here I am with some futuristic heat lamp rotating above my head, to set the color. I love and hate salon at the same time. Love them because I am always excited to get a mini make over, but I’m so impatient, sitting for a few hours in a salon absolutely kills me!!!

He used a Matrix red dye for the top part of my head, and an Acid color for my bottom bits! I DIG THAT RED. Reason for 2 different dyes is because he needed a stronger color to wash out the purple / pink that was faded but still evident on my ends. I didn’t question him much about the exact dyes he was gonna use because I decided to take a leap of faith and let him decide what would work best for me.

The red dye comes out so far towards my face because I have a lot of stray baby hair flying about :3

After a few hours and several rounds of tedious coloring, and lots of hair washing (Eddie gives good head massages! ♥_♥)…

Coloring done!

 Now to blow dry my new red hair!!!!!!! About this time I started singing in my head, “I’m sexy and I know it.” LOL.

I like it so much, thank you Eddie!!!! ^_______^

 He’s really quiet but sweet and professional when it comes to doing my hair, making sure I was comfortable and that I liked what he was doing every step of the way. I always prefer male to female hairstylists because I find they’re more gentle with my tresses than girls. I have this theory that male stylists are more gentle because they’re afraid of hurting girls, but female stylists are just gung ho and could care less about brushing your hair too hard / giving you too rough a hair wash. Anybody agrees?!

Before I go on to post a barrage of recent pictures of myself with red hair, I’d like to give a shout out to Shunji Matsuo for doing such a good job. I wasn’t sure of how much I’d like it, but I love the outcome. You’ve earned me about 50 more compliments since I dyed my hair 2 weeks ago ahahaha.

For those of you who are interested, here’s a rough price guide for you to check out! Please don’t ask me about their pricing and approach them directly to find out more about their services and rates instead as it depends on your hair length, which stylist you get, etc :)

Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon @ 313

313 Orchard Road, #03-26,
313@Somerset, Singapore 238895

+65 6238 0226

Email: lovehair@shunjimatsuo313.com.sg

Alternatively, find them on Facebook here.

Do make an appointment in advance and let them know which stylist you want, because it got sooo busy during late afternoon to evening time despite it being a weekday when I was there!

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Ok now to bomb random pictures of me with red hair taken recently!!!!!!!!

CALL ME ARIEL! (lol shameless but I do wish I was a mermaid)

The top park is still darker than my ends because I’d previously bleached the ends, but refused to bleach my top part too just to get it all the same tone.

So it’s technically still ombre, but a single colored ombre style. Definitely digging this more than multi colored ombre because the latter has become just too common now!

It really depends on the lighting as well… some times it looks full on bright red for my whole head, which I LOVE.

I can’t believe Eddie managed to get the top part that red without bleaching!!!

A pic with my cute blog manager, Jayne!

I think dyeing my hair ombre and embracing loud colors was one of my best decisions of 2012. I feel so alive every time I look into the mirror!!!! Even if I’m bored, I don’t look bored. Because how can a person with awesome hair like mine be bored?! Just looking at my own hair keeps me entertained. Only people with boring hair get bored!! *flips hair*

../lol bimbo mode ON.

I actually prefer this fiery red color a lot more to my brown and pink and purple ombre dye, which I also loved, but that was so difficult to match clothes with. I couldn’t wear colorful outfits because I felt like there’s too many different colors going on and I looked like a clown / walking christmas tree. I think red hair goes with pretty much any color, hence I’ve started wearing blues and greens more which I couldn’t even dream of doing with purple AND pink AND brown hair…

Hello! My third ever green dress to exist in my wardrobe. Only $39 from H&M. Gotta love cheap buys.

Ok this is totally random but my mum bought this red Kate Spade jacket recently and I stole it for awhile to take pictures in it – IT’S SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! And, of course, it matches my hair.

I want to wear this around Europe and visit the Eiffel tower in it!! ….Whenever I actually get to go to Europe.

Sam and I at at Universal Studios Singapore’s After Party event recently :)

With bright hair like this you really have to take care not to soak it in water for too long, or all the color is going to come right off! Hence the bun up during my bubble bath. With a good color protecting shampoo and shampooing every 2 days instead of daily…. my hair is still a lovely bright red after 2 weeks ish!!

End of picture spam. Going back to Shunji Matsuo to get a nourishing hair treatment soon to ease my dry hair ends, I can’t wait!!!

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P.S – Totally unrelated content, but I recently made a round of ASOS purchases and accidentally clicked on a few items twice, and ordered more than 1 of each item without realizing, wtf. Don’t ask me how I did that, lol, all I know is I have extra copies of pretty stuff now, so I thought I’d sell em off on my blog instead of letting them rot in my wardrobe as back up pieces!

I’m selling ASOS Shirt Dress in Daisy Print in UK 10 Size



Click here to see me wearing my own piece!

And…

Johnny Loves Rosie Garland Headband – Freesize, velcro adjustment at the back for easy wearing


You can click on the links above for more details about the products. Prices going for very similar as to what is stated on the ASOS website because these brand new items literally just arrived on my door step a few days ago! Can be picked up personally or I can mail it to you.

If you fancy these pretty items, email Shiberty@hotmail.com with subject title ASOS and state your interest! ;)

xoxo,
Jess