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Heaven in the hills

I’ve been to Perth so many times now but I’m still discovering new fantastic places to be every single time. Tourism Western Australia, you should honestly just hire me like right now. What are you waiting for?
My visit to Araleun Botanic Park was peaceful, serene and beautiful. There were very few other people in the huge grounds besides Sam & I so it was incredibly romantic to boot. It’s like we had this all to ourselves and we’d left the rest of the world behind. The weather was also thankfully being kind to us – after days of thunderstorms and hail, when I was at the park we had a little bit of sun, light breezes.. not too cold or hot. So happy to be surrounded by fields of gorgeous tulips, lush greenery and to breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I absolutely love how you can find natural gems like Araleun Botanic Park and Cottesloe Beach less than an hour from the city. We came at just the right time – in the middle of Winter and Spring, so the tulips were out and about. I hear in the summer, the tulips are replaced by beautiful rose blooms.

Araluen Botanic Park
362 Croyden Road Roleystone WA 6111

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

Ombre hair – brown, pink, red, purple!!!

Today’s picture spam is going to be of my new (well not so new now but new enough for people who haven’t seen it yet!) hairstyle - ombre dyed hair!!!! Ombre hair is sort of like a gradient effect where the hair color changes as you get further down to the ends. :)

It’s not quite the same as “dip dye” hair, which normally implies only one solid color at the ends of your hair, or “balayage” which is more like highlights. Ombre is a whole new type of awesome, with differing layers of color shades on your hair. I spontaneously decided to color my hair ombre one night, because, well.. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stay with Safe But Classy Brown, go with Crazy Ass Purple Hair or attempt a Fiery Red. So…. what the heck. I thought I’d get all of that and more, for the fickle minded narcissist in me.

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Here’s what it looks like!!!

…Pretty awesome ayyy?

I used my iPhone camera so it didn’t capture the colors quite so accurately, especially the top part where it appears black, it’s more like an auburn brown sort of color actually. So it’s not as harsh looking as it appears to be. The pink / red / purple is THAT intense, though!! At least, it was when I first dyed it, right now the purple is less obvious and the reddish tones are more dominant.

Somethin’ like this (ignore my teddy jammies!), but it all depends on what sort of lighting you’re looking at me in, and which part of my hair you’re staring at.

Other times, it’s just full on bright, neon pink…. I LOVE IT!!!!

I never thought I’d be mad enough to dye my hair these sort of colors, especially not all at once, but I don’t regret it. My mother thinks I’m nuts, but I think it’s fabulous, and so does everyone else, because the first thing people say when they see me nowadays is “Wa. Your hair!!!” or “I LOVE your hair!”

Thank you, thank you! ^.^

This is after a few showers. I try not to wash my hair often these days… it makes me sad every time I see purple and red dye on my towels. :( It’s like washing my money away, lol. I used to need daily shampooing (I get itchy scalp!) but now I limit myself to 3 washes per week. Was so worried about the colors bleeding out too fast, but it’s been a coupla weeks now and it’s still looking quite good except less purply (I’ll go for more purple next time I think)

The only real problem I have with my hair is that it’s so much harder to match outfits now! This is me in black, feeling strangely gothic. I don’t like the vibe it gives off.

I tend to like really bright colored stuff. Bright handbags, bright clothes… and having bright hair to go along with it all just looks plain stupid, to be honest. If I pile on too much color, it screams “trying too hard”… but if I wear something plain-ish like solid colored lace dresses, which I have a lot of, I look like a misfit out of place. So I’ve had to readjust my wardrobe style a little bit. Black just doesn’t look quite right, I come across as a rebellious 14 year old of sorts. It makes me look younger.. sort of?! Nobody past 25 years old would do this sort of coloring to their hair, right?

Proof: Goth #1

And Goth #2!

Yikes…. so not me!!!! 

Slowly, I discovered that bright-ish tones like peach, coral, and oranges look the best with my hair…. and preferably with minimalistic accessories, because my hair is statement enough already. (or maybe I’m just not bold enough) Wearing neon yellow, bright red, solid white or black? Ugh. Just no. Pity, I have a lot of those in my closet.

I also found out that light make up seems to go well with this look. (sorry if this post is incredibly self-absorbed and shallow LOL and forget what I said about minimalistic accessories)

With no make up (except eyebrows drawn) and out of bed hair. If I don’t comb my hair almost everyday I’d look positively crazy and lion-like (like Bellatrix Lestrange)

Something like this. LOL. Yes, I actually went out with hair like that… I’m not sure what I was thinking, and why my tresses just couldn’t be tamed. I’m amazed that despite bleaching my hair twice (to get the “base” for the bright colors – my dark colored hair is so stubborn) and having to dye the red-purple part ALSO twice, it’s really not very damaged. It’s still smooth to the touch, not as much as before, but it could have been a lot worse. I’ve seen people with natural hair without any coloring in worse conditions, so I’m happy with the outcome. It might have to do with the $100 treatment I spent on it directly after coloring, though. Felt pretty much like grass before that.




Coupled with my soblingit’llblindyoureyes hello kitty phone cover, I don’t know who can take me seriously any more. B i m b o and bimbo was her name o! (this song just popped into my head)























Now that my ombre hair’s gradually fading away.. I’m considering which color to risk next! The usual brown, jet black, that fiery red I wanted to try or just stick with my ombreness for another “season”?

















Dunno about you but I think my vote is most likely going for this one!!!!!!!!! :D ♥ ♥ ♥




Hair can make such a positive influence on your life. (this is real talk don’t laugh at me for sounding like a bimbo!) 






If you have boring hair that’s always limp, discolored at the roots or boring looking, you’ll FEEL boring. Just looking at yourself is boring. But because hair can totally change the way you look, putting in effort into styling your hair will eventually change your mind set into wanting to dress in nicer clothes and to present yourself in a nicer image as well. Change of hairstyle, change of person. Personally I’ve noticed that people are a lot more animated when they talk to me these days. Perhaps it’s just my imagination but more people (and strangers!) have been chatting me up (not necessarily guys, it’s girls in fact, first they ask me about my hair then they ask me about other random stuff). Maybe bright hair gives them the impression that I’m 1) fun / interesting / outgoing so that prompts them to do so.


Any how, I like it. I like how I can have all my favorite colors for hair on my one head. 






I’m glad I dyed my hair ombre ;)



xoxo,
Jess

Seventeen Magazine




Lookie! I’m on July’s issue of Seventeen Magazine!!! You’ll find me in their “Beauty” section, sharing some make up tips.

How??? Do I look funny? I think I look a mixture of both old and youthful. (?!?) I think red lips add an instant 6 years of age on me, but I still have young-ish features at the end of the day…. so in other words, I’m confusing to look at. I think I’m one of those people you could never accurately guess their age. I look much older with make up but when you take it all off I actually look like 17, hah. Not that much older than the 20 years old that I am currently, but still. I know this because when I go out without make up, the taxi uncles ask me which secondary school I’m in (-_-) and when I’m all dressed up, they ask me which company I work for.

Seventeen Magazine did a feature on bloggers showing how to do certain make up looks for under $30, and I actually went out and bought Daiso cosmetics solely for this shoot… At first, I was totally apprehensive of applying something so cheap on my face. After, I was shocked / impressed to discover Daiso’s $2 eyeshadow is actually really pigmented, wtf?!?! It comes in like 3 or 4 different colors too! Highlighter, neutral shades, etc. How do they create such awesome products at such a low price seriously? If you’ve been skeptical of their products, don’t be. I used their facial mask & facial cleanser before and totally loved the results for the price I paid.

Thanks Melody for roping me in on this photo shoot, and of course Seventeen Mag for the pics. Even for the rather ghastly completely-barefaced photo of me that I didn’t showcase here. They directed my make up style (I did it all by myself – no make up artist on set as this is meant to be a DIY thing) so it’s not what I’m normally used to, but I still like it. I prefer to use a softer pink on my lips and draw thicker eyebrows, but I guess this will do. My nose looks so big though! Why photog you never liquify for me??? T_T

If you’d like to look at what (affordable!) products I used to achieve that “look”, or the ones Valerie of dweam.com used (we were featured together), pick up a copy of July’s Seventeen Magazine. It’s only $3. So affordable, no wonder it was my favorite magazine to buy when I was still in high school and looking at magazines. You can own a hard copy of my face for only $3… Not bad what. LOL

xoxo,
Jess

Harry Potter Exhibition

When someone first asked me on Formspring whether I was going for the Harry Potter Exhibition (a few months ago?) I had no idea what they were talking about.

I didn’t even know they had an exhibition, and that it was coming to Singapore! I’m kind of (very) slow when it comes to these sort of things. Last year I even had no idea that Taylor Swift was coming to Singapore till about 3 days beforehand? *facepalm*

I made a mental note to check the exhibition out when it’s opened. Then, a week ago, my mother rang me up and told me she had Harry Potter tickets for me & Samto see the exhibition before it was open to the public. WOOPIE-DOO!!!!!!!! I srsly love you Marina Bay Sands. You are the best hotel in Singapore :D And I love you too mummy!

Outfit of the day – mum was back from her USA trip and brought home lots of gifts, as usual. This floral A&F dress and magenta-ish pink Kate Spade bag was some of them! ♥ ♥

Sam and I literally bouncing up & down with excitement before the exhibition preview. I’m so glad I got him to love Harry Potter as well!

Make up of the day~

Had dinner with the fam at Mozza Pizzeria. I actually like their appetizers & desserts there way more than their pizzas.

Dessert!! Anything salted caramel (on the left) is yummo.

Gobbled everything up hastily, before running (yes running, the only time I ever run is for Harry Potter, Taylor Swift or when a butterfly is behind me) to the exhibition area, at the Art Science Museum.

The Art Science Museum was situated in a very nice place where you got a fantastic view of the city skyline.

Thanks for the directions.

My face, the whole night. Alternating between :D and :’DDDDDDD

Getting in line.. there were HORDES and hordes of people! Even on the preview night when it’s meant to be a private event. I can’t imagine on the first day of public opening – must have been swarming with eager fans!!!

As I looked around I saw a lot of elderly people, most yabbering away in mandarin or various dialects. I thought to myself, “What are all these old people doing here?!?”... Then I realized they were only here because it was a free invitation for all paiza members of MBS.. @___@

Imagine the die hard fans that could be in their place!! It’s so typical Singaporean style to go for anything free, even when they don’t necessarily want or need it. A good number of them looked bored out of their brains. If you think HP is boring, go home!! Boo!!!!

Only a few steps away from the exhibition weeeeeeee

I zoomed off before Sam could take another proper picture. LOL

The first artefact I saw – the Flying Ford Anglia!!!!!! It was SO COOL seeing all the movie props that the stars used right in front of you. It’s like they brought movie magic to Singapore! It hits home that the movies are in actual fact… just editing and acting on film. With specially designed fake props. They’re not real. :( But I know I’m not the only one who wished magic was real.

I loved replaying the scenes inside my head as I examined the various items!

Why thank you for standing outside the exhibit to greet us, you three. *giggles* You shouldn’t have…. 

Cool water vapour misty projection effect thingy.

….And here we begin a journey of discovery.

At the start of the exhibit, you’re given a brief introduction of the Harry Potter movies, then a kid gets randomly picked out from the crowd to get sorted by the sorting hat!!! When they were asking for volunteers to get sorted, my hand shot straight up, along with the rest of the kids.

HAHAH no shame. Of course, they picked the kid in the end. I wish they woulda picked me though, coz the kid actually said he *doesn’t* like Harry Potter movies, and has no clue what he was doing there. GASPPP THE BLASPHEMY. I shall try my best not to Crucio you, off to the dungeons you go, the troll can have you!

Harry’s clothes. I “jokingly” asked Sam if I could lean over and sniff it. You know, Daniel Radcliffe has worn it before and stuff. He laughed. I wasn’t joking… I think.

The exhibition had LOADS of stuff. The actual wands used be the actors, clothes that they wore in famous scenes, even Mandrakes that you could pull out of their pots and when you did, they’d wail & cry!!! They even had quidditch – human style. Quaffles that you can throw with your hand through the hoops! The whole exhibit was extremely engaging and interactive. LOVED it – certainly did not disappoint! I highly recommend everyone who is a fan to go… How can you NOT? Even if you’re not a big fan of HP, you should. It’s tons of fun. The movie magic reminded me a lot of Universal Studios in Florida – I still haven’t been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter yet… :(

Some day.

Gilderoy Lockhart always makes me laugh. He’s so silly & fabulous! I didn’t manage to snap a lot of pics because there was just too many people crowding around stuff and it was dimly lit. iPhone cameras don’t do well in such situations.

Ah, I always had a soft spot for Lupin. I have no care for werewolves, but I did think the way he died was sudden (they all are) and sad :( He was so nice to Harry!

Quidditch robes are sexy. Was really disappointed when I found out the gift shop does not sell robes of any sort, or life-sized adult broomsticks. WHAT?!?!

Famous Prisoner of Azkaban set…. I HATED that rainbow belt that Hermione wore. So out of character :/

And man, that Hippogriff was huge. I know they’re meant to be big, but when I saw it IRL…. I’d bow down to that shit, lol. Intimidating. Malfoy had some balls. (until he goes IT’S KILLED MEH)

…K, I don’t wanna spoil too much for people who haven’t seen the exhibit yet – so this is all the pictures I’ll be posting of the exhibition itself! So what can you expect at the gift shop? Lots of amazing but EXPENSIVE stuff.

Probably the cheapest thing in the souvenir store – chocolate frogs with collectible cards. Ate one, it didn’t jump away from me and out the window. Gutted.

BERTIE BOTT’S JELLYBEANS!!! These are wayyy, way awesome. I fed Sam the booger, which he thought tasted like nothing. Then I gave him the rotten egg and he just about barfed in his own mouth. He got pissed off and went to wash out his mouth after that. Hilarious. Great to prank your friends with :D Or to just goof around and make stupid expressions as you chow down on a gross flavor.

I wish they sold love potions but they didn’t. They did have a lot of other random stuff though – Hedwig the owl, behind-the-scenes books of the movies, gryffindor scarves, wands of various characters (they say it’s an exact replica of what they used in the movies – right down to the same wood!), jewelry that Hermione wore during the Yule Ball (pretty!), etc.

Even the time turner Hermione used, which I thought was awesome. I really liked the Marauder’s map as well – super detailed and I admire how it was used in the movies…. but it was $60. For a piece of paper. No doubt it was a map of Hogwarts T___T But there wasn’t any moving footprints on it, how to justify the price?

Dunno why everyone thinks that plush toy Hedwig is so cute… I think it’s kind of ugly.

We ended up buying a Gryffindor scarf, Harry Potter Wand (FOR ME!), a Slytherin shirt and Snape wand (For Sam. After all this time?.... Always.) and also chocolate frogs + jellybeans. I chose Harry’s wand because… (I mean Harry’s wand chose me because :P) I don’t have a favorite character. I’m not biased towards a certain character.  I figured it’d be best for me to get Harry’s wand because he’s the main character, what the story revolves around and also Harry’s wand looked the most normal to me. The female characters (Luna and Hermione) had wands for sale too, but they looked too girly and boring. I wish they sold Bellatrix’s wand – it was spikey and uber cool & evil looking – the best IMO! Voldemort also had an awesome wand but how could I support Voldy?

The wands were $75 each. Gryffindor scarf was $35, Slytherin shirt $40, and jellybeans / chocolate frogs $6 each.

Total damage = $249.

Having a Gryffindor VS Slytherin showdown in the hotel room with your boyfriend feeling TOTALLY like wizards and witches  = Priceless.

If you’d like to immerse yourself into the magical world of Harry Potter: The Exhibition as well, it’s going on from

2 June 2012 - 30 September 2012

Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum

By the way, Hogwarts…. I’m still waiting for that acceptance letter.

xoxo,
Jess
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