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Silkygirl Cosmetics

What’s the most important step of your make up routine? For me, it’s ABSOLUTELY gotta be my eyebrows and lips!

I was born with very scarce brow hair, so I need eyebrow embroidery to look normal. And I have naturally pale lips. People ask me all the time, “where are your eyebrows? are you sick? why do you look so pale?” Guys… it’s just the way I was born. Sigh. Well, nothing a bit of make up can’t fix, of course!

Playing around with these new cosmetic products from SILKYGIRL!

They’ve recently launched the Expert Brow Slim Liner and new shades for their Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm.

The Expert Brow Slim Liner has become my new go-to eyebrow pencil because of how light, sleek and functional it is!

It’s super easy to use. While the pigments are easily buildable for a deeper color, the color I’m using (Natural Brown 01) is quite light, so I can avoid looking like I drew on my eyebrows with crayons! Not sure about you, but I tend to get a bit heavy handed when I’m doing my make up.

I’m the girl that starts off thinking “just a thin line of eyeliner for a natural look” and 1 minute later, I end up with full smokey eyeshadow with an elaborate winged cat eye. Not even kidding. So something that builds up slowly instead of starting off strong works very well for me.

The 1.8mm slim tip makes for concise drawing, giving you the sharp edges you need for eyebrows with higher arches! It’s got additional plus points such as being long wearing, waterproof and fragrance free as well!

It’s a double sided product that comes with a spoolie brush at the other end for easy brushing of your eyebrows.

I don’t find myself using it often because I literally lack eyebrow hair (lol) but I’m sure it will come in handy for girls with thicker brows!

Ta-dah! All done with my eyebrows!

It’s a very natural look that’s great for everyday wear and effortless to pull off.

Moving onto lips, how pretty are these new shades of Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balms?!

I honestly think that bright lip colors are essential in every woman’s make up pouch. They add instant pop of life to your face, and makes your whole look so much more refreshing and fun!

Glides on so smoothly, and there wasn’t any chapping on my lips despite wearing it for a couple of hours. My dry lips didn’t have a problem with this. As you can see for yourself, the color payoff is fantastic!

Is it a lipstick, or a lipbalm? It’s actually both! The Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm is essentially:

  • A lipcolor balm with a boost of color and moisture
  • Long-lasting moisture, long-wearing
  • Enriched with Vitamin A, C and E to nourish and condition lips
  • Lightweight, creamy
  • Retractable
  • No fragrance, no paraben, no carmine, no animal testing

My impression of SILKYGIRL products has always been that of a value-for-money, fun make up brand that’s very suitable for younger girls especially, and I’m glad that hasn’t changed! They’re still coming up with cosmetics that suit the needs of young ladies and keeping up with the trends. .

So girls, be free to express yourself with dramatic make up on your face! Experiment. Have fun. Be yourself.

For more updates on SILKYGIRL’s latest product releases and information, follow SILKYGIRL’s Facebook page, visit their official website and their account on Instagram!

xoxo,
Jess

Laurier 7-Day Challenge

Every single person in this world has insecurities. Some, more than others, and sometimes, on certain days, more so. For me, I always get extra insecure and frustrated during my period week. The mood swings and hormonal imbalance hit me really hard, and I feel the physical & mental effects a whole week before that time of the month. It’s usually pretty awful. I suppose you’re meant to grow out of “horrible period woes” by the time you reach your 20′s, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for me. I still suffer from terrible mood swings and ground shaking painful cramps. But if there’s one comfort I have during my time of the month (apart from painkillers!!!), it would have to be Laurier.

I’ve been using Laurier’s feminine care products since at least 6 years ago, and I haven’t even tried another brand since. Laurier is the number 1 brand in total Singapore Sanitary Protection Category, offering a wide variety of high-quality products to suit every woman’s needs. Laurier believes in empowering women to live their lives with freedom and not being held back by their period. This is achieved through Kao Japan’s advanced technology that produces high quality Laurier sanitary protection products, giving maximum absorbency and comfort to her consumers.

What I really like from Laurier is their Super Slimguard sanitary napkin range, which provides great absorbency and it really is the thinnest pad I’ve ever come across!

There’s no going back to the other thick, fluffy, uncomfortable pads from other brands once you’ve tried this. It honestly changed my life. I can’t wear tampons for several reasons probably inappropriate to state here *raises eyebrows*, that’s why I’m heavily reliant on pads. They’re also one of the few brands out there to provide a SUPER long pad (35cm) because nothing’s worse than waking up to night time leakage in the morning. Because Singaporean ma, must kia su a bit, buy pad also must buy super long one.

Laurier knows they can’t change our periods, but they can change the way we feel about them. To achieve that, Laurier is running the Laurier 7-Day Challenge, challenging & urging girls to empower themselves by overcoming their insecurities and debunk period myths together. It’s time to start embracing our natural selves and be comfortable in our own skin! Participants get to redeem prizes with every challenge successfully completed. When you complete all 7 challenges successfully, stand a chance to participate in the lucky draw for the grand prize: 2D1N weekend staycation at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore and raise funds for charity at the same time. Laurier will donate $20* per successful/completed participant to The Straits Time School Pocket Money Fund. For more info, you can visit their website at www.Laurier7DayChallenge.com! *T&C apply.

So what does the Laurier 7-Day Challenge consist of? Well here’s my take on it, and I hope it will encourage you to try it out too! The challenges are pretty straightforward, so this should be a piece of cake.

Day 1: Tell your friends about the Laurier 7-Day Challenge. Spread the love and nominate at least 3 (female) friends to kick start their empowerment journey now!

I’ve nominated my sweetest gal pals, Gillian Sng, Mabel Yeo and Amanda Tan! All my Nuffnang girls, who have been there for me through so much. I know they’re great sports and will happily take up this challenge!

Day 3: Let loose and take a crazy video of yourself dancing or being absolutely silly for at least 5 seconds. Don’t be afraid to show who you really are!

A video posted by Jessica Loh (@shiberty) on

 

Aaaand here’s my take, going nuts in the kitchen of my new cafe, Shiberty Bakes! I’ve been so stressed lately, and it felt good to just go nuts for awhile. Still giggle every time I see this ridiculous video.

Day 4: Nothing should hold you back from being active or doing the things you want to do, even being on your period. Take a snap of yourself (or with friends!) doing a creative jump shot.

Tadah!!!! I rarely ever jump, so this shot is quite the rarity. Gravity is not my friend. If you squint hard enough, you’ll see a confused looking grandmother in the background, who shot me a strange look as she walked past me. She must be wondering why this girl is jumping for joy in the middle of nowhere.

Also, please spot my spontaneous flying pink slipper, which got flung off my foot when I lifted my feet off the ground!

Day 6: Whenever we get our periods, it’s like we suddenly have nothing to wear. Wearing anything tight, or white, is an absolute no-go unless we choose a good quality, ultra slim pad. True, or False?

…True! I would definitely find myself subconsciously choosing darker colored clothing during my time of the month in fear of accidental leakage. However, I do like wearing tight jeans, because the snug fit makes me forget that I’m even wearing a pad. But visible panty lines are a big No No, so to avoid this, I use the Laurier Super Slimguard 22.5cm day range!

 

Day 7: Embrace your natural beauty! Let it shine through and share your no make up selfie with us.

There you have it! My straight out of bed look. Hair roughly tied back in a ponytail, obviously still in my pajamas, and not an ounce of make up on me.

No make up, no problem! The older I get, the more I have learned the embrace my imperfections with grace and acceptance. Pigmentation, blemishes, stretch marks, cellulite.. all of these things make us human. While I would like to try and minimize their existence, I won’t beat myself up over not being perfect. As long as I like myself the way I am, that’s more than good enough for me.

Because of this mindset, I have come to peace with the way I look and live my life. How I look doesn’t define who I am. Some days I’m going to be dolled up and glamorous, while other days I will be dressed down and plain ol’ simple me. But every single day, I am awesome and fabulous, regardless of what I wear, what I do or where I go! Think you’ll be up to the Laurier 7-Day Challenge too? You can register at www.Laurier7DayChallenge.com and start on your first challenge by nominating your friends!

Laurier will be having a roadshow outside Somerset H&M this coming Sat, 19th March 2015, from 2pm to 5pm. Walk away with a Kao goodie bag worth $35 if you complete 2 of the challenges on the spot! While stocks last and weather conditions apply. You may check LaurierSG’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

Why don’t you girls consider dropping by the roadshow this weekend if you’re around the area? Whatever it is that’s in that goodie bag, I’m sure you girls will find it useful! I love Kao products!

xoxo,
Jess

Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad by Perfect Italiano

I’d like to consider myself a very domestic person.

Sure, I love a good night out with my friends, but more than anything, I think I enjoy house parties the best. Cooking up a feast at a comfortable homely environment, have your friends gather around the dining table or couch, enjoying good home cooked food while chatting and laughing over some drinks… Now, I’ll take that over a night out almost any day. So you can imagine that cooking is honestly one of my favoritest things to do in the world!

I know many people find cooking a chore, but I find it to be one of the most satisfying tasks I can accomplish on a day-to-day basis because it provides me instant gratification. You get to be creative, share the love with your friends by feeding their hungry tummies, enjoy delicious food cooked to your own preferences and of course, flaunt your kitchen skills and impress people! What I DON’T like, however, is the mad rush to get everything prepped right before a big dinner party.. Last weekend, I was tasked to cook for a party that had approximately 20 people, and that kinda intimidated me a little bit! I’m used to cooking for 2-6 people, or perhaps even up to 8 or 10, but 20 pax is a whole different ball game. I needed to do various dishes that complemented each other and tasted great, yet not too difficult to achieve as I’ll be the main one executing them. I came up with this Summer Pasta Salad recipe which got a great response from people, with some even requesting to bring back the leftovers, so I take that as a good sign!

Summer Pasta Salad

This makes a good light lunch or a fantastic side dish to go with meats or heavier main items. But what I like most about it is that it can be made hours in advance, just chuck it in the fridge or leave it out in an air conditioned room and it’s all ready for your guests to dig into as soon as they arrive!

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 200g chicken sausages, sliced
  • 150g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 200g sour cream
  • 100g coleslaw veg, chopped
  • 200g boiled egg, diced
  • 350g cooked macaroni
  • 3 avocados, mashed
  • 1 yellow / white onion, chopped
  • a good splashing / 4 tablespoons of japanese sesame dressing & olive oil
  • 100g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella
  • Perfect Italiano Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil eggs until stiff, then deshell them.
  2. Cook macaroni pasta in boiling water for about 7 minutes or until al dente, then drizzle a bit of olive oil over the pasta to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  3. Stir fry chicken sausages, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and onions until cooked.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, toss together all the cooked ingredients, fresh ingredients and mozzarella together, until well combined.
  5. Give a further splashing of sesame dressing on top.
  6. Garnish with fresh herbs and Perfect Italiano Parmesan cheese.
  7. Toss in fridge or leave out in a cool temperature room, and serve cold!

I love this pasta salad. It’s as versatile as you want it to be! Make it meat-free for a vegetarian option. You can include or take away any ingredients according to your preferences, but keep the sour cream, dressing, cheese, and pasta because that will be your base recipe to work with. I’m a very casual and fuss-free cook, so I prefer using recipes that do not require exact measurements

. I like to make it up as I go, depending on my mood. I’ve made several variations of this recipe, other times including corn kernels, chicken breast to substitute the sausages, and replaced the avocados with pesto sauce – they were all mighty delicious! I named this summer pasta salad because of all the fresh ingredients it uses, and I reckon this would be perfect served up at a summer picnic or BBQ! Or in Singapore, where you know, it’s perpetually summer around here.

I think the key to this pasta salad lies in the sour cream base. Many pasta salads use mayonnaise which I find to be a bit thicker and heavier. I feel that pasta salads should be kept light, and refreshing!

Of course, the addition of Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Cheese gives a nice subtle texture & bite to the dish, and the sesame dressing lends a sweetness because the sour cream doesn’t have a lot of flavor on its own. I like to garnish with Perfect Italiano Parmesan Cheese for that sharp, savory hint of cheese as well. You can keep this salad in the fridge for up to 2 days.

I can always count on Perfect Italiano’s range of cheeses to dress up my home cooking, turning otherwise boring dishes into something different and tantalizing! My life would never be the same without cheese. I think I’ve lost count of the number of cheese-related recipes I’ve posted on this blog.

I hope you guys have enjoyed looking at or recreating them, as I always try to come up with different recipes that aren’t too similar, to show you that cheese can really be used in a huuuge selection of recipes! One ingredient, tons of uses. That’s why I almost always have a packet of Perfect Italiano cheese in my fridge, no matter the time of year!

Available at leading supermarkets, visit Perfect Italiano’s official website for more cheesy ideas to experiment in your kitchen with, and don’t forget to hashtag your own homemade creations using #PerfectItalianoSG on Instagram!

xoxo,
Jess

Decluttering at EBC Self Storage

You know what I considered to be one of the most stressful & challenging tasks I had to complete in 2015?

Moving out of a 1.5k sqft rental home in November. Thank the heavens for I had immense help from someone close to me, because there’s no way I could handle it all by myself. There’s just so much to take into account when you’re moving a WHOLE HOUSE full of stuff, which roughly goes like this – sorting out your belongings, throwing away things you don’t need, pack your stuff into boxes, arrange for movers, thorough cleaning of the entire house, arrange for movers to come, hope they don’t break any of your stuff, more cleaning after moving is done, then finally handover to landlord and hope the agent and landlord are kind to you. Sounds simple enough? I assure you, it is anything but.

I found myself stuck in a huge dilemma. My lease for my Upper Thomson place ends in November, however, I needed somewhere to temporarily put my furniture (such as a coffee table, king sized bed, dining table, computer chair, drawers and shelves) for a couple of months until I move into my new rental place. Oh, the woes of a rental nomad!!!

I thought I would have to be forced into selling my furniture extremely cheap on Carousell while buying everything all over again after a few months for my new place, until someone suggested a brilliant idea – why not try out EBC Self Storage at 50 Tagore Lane? My friend Jessica aka Tippytapp told me about her personal experience at EBC Self Storage, where she kept her stocks for her fashion label Soigne, in order to de-clutter her home. I could totally relate with her about the frustration of having to step over supplies & carton boxes in your own living room when you try to run a business at home. It’s so disorganized, and I wouldn’t recommend it at all!

Absolutely excited, I called up EBC Self Storage the very next day, and just like that, my storage troubles were solved! What’s even more amazing is that EBC Self Storage was a mere one kilometer from my Upper Thomson place, making moving stuff there a breeze. SCORE!

EBC Self Storage houses more than 900 storage units.

It focuses on engaging long term relationships with business and personal users. Their rates are catered to allow significant discounts for long term usage. Personal storers can benefit from their competitive rates as the building is self owned. I checked around with different Self Storage providers, and indeed EBC Self Storage was one of the best!

The storage area is monitored by surveillance cameras, and you require a unique passcode to enter, so you can be sure that your belongings will be safe at all times! And because the storage is self-accessible, that means you have access to your items 24/7, every day and hour of the week!

No need to go through customer service or any hassle just to retrieve your items, which is a MASSIVE plus point to me.

My storage unit is located on the first floor, with full air conditioning and a pretty garden theme to boot. I was both surprised and impressed that they bothered to dress up the place for their customers, which goes a really long way – it makes the overall experience so much more pleasant and comfortable!

And here we are at my storage unit! You can purchase a lock from them, or bring your own.

Ready to see just how much stuff I own?!

My storage unit is SO OVERLOADED AND FULL that I couldn’t even take a proper photo of it!!!! This is mildly hilarious. Yes, everything belongs to me. Apart from obvious home furniture, I had many cake-related items which needed a temporary place to stay while I move into my retail store. Thank god I chose the largest unit they offer, because everything barely fits into one space!

EBC Self Storage caters to all sorts of usage and purposes – including personal storage, business storage, and even wine storage! From really small to large spaces of storage, you can turn to EBC Self Storage to solve your problems. You can request a non-obligatory quote from them before deciding if you’d like to move in.

So what exactly would normal everyday people like you and I need Personal Storage for? Well, here are a few common problems.

Sentimental Treasures
There are many treasures we just can’t bin – childhood toys, first walkmans, CDs that transport us to another time, and all the sentimental secrets we possess. Store them with EBC Self-Storage! Perhaps one day, you will be able to pass them to your special ones.

Moving / Renovation Depository
If you’re just in-between homes or are renovating your place, keep your furniture safe with EBC’s temporary storage space. Perfectly accessible 24-hours a day, so you can start your move whenever you wish.

Personal Collection/Artists/Hobbyists
“Get it out of the house! I can’t stand that thing!” – A familiar phrase for you? When your collection outgrows your home..

In a nutshell, these reasons are why I’m so happy to have found EBC Self Storage:

  • ACCESSIBLE 24/7: 24 hours / 7 days a week. You will have full access to your storage unit whenever you need to retrieve or store more.
  • TOP-NOTCH SECURITY: Personalised Security. Your personal access code or access card will enable you access into your space. Dates and timings of all entries will be recorded by our security system. The storage area is fully monitored by closed-circuit television and digitally recorded.
  • CLEAN, SPACIOUS & WELL-LIT: The highest level of hygiene is maintained to ensure your belongings are kept well. The facility is well lit to ensure you are able to find what you need any time of the day or night. EBC has fitted the building with the right infrastructure so no excessive heavy lifting is required.
  • FREE USE OF TROLLEYS: Trolleys are provided to help you cart your belongings with great ease.
  • EBC OWNS THE ENTIRE BUILDING: Since EBC owns the entire building, they have full control over their rent. EBC will never quote the rising costs of property as an excuse to raise prices.
  • VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR: EBC provide the most spacious cargo lifts, widest walkways, with the cleanest and safest storage facilities.
  • EBC IS MORE THAN A STORAGE PLACE: EBC is a lifestyle hub which encompasses facilities like a clubhouse, sky garden, childcare centre, retail shops, delicatessen and much more!

While exploring their spacious and tranquil sky garden, I came across their clubhouse and decided to take an afternoon break. I especially liked their taro latte and oreo cheesecake! The clubhouse / sky garden are good places to hold business meetings because the ambience is private and cosy, and they offer light food in case you want to grab a quick bite. You could also have a cuppa here with your laptop and have a quiet place to finish up some work! I usually come up here to sit and wait for my Carousell customers when I’m selling something off from my storage space. I’m really thankful and glad to have found such a reliable and convenient self storage provider to ease my storage woes. Now I don’t have to worry about where to put my extra stuff before I move into my new place, which takes a huge load off my shoulders!

Looking to finally declutter your life, office or home?

Let EBC Self Storage help you with that! Find out more from their website, where they’ll be more than happy to assist you and answer your burning questions. You don’t know how good extra space feels until you’re given more.

Let them know you’re a reader of my blog and you will receive a FREE pad lock for your storage unit!

xoxo,
Jess

Protect & repair your joints with BRAND’S® ActivMove

I’m 23, but sometimes I feel like a thousand years old.

I’ve had to visit a chiropractor since I was 20, due to back & joint problems that gave me hell. I don’t know if it’s because I led an unhealthy lifestyle or the fact that I was morbidly overweight, but my bones hurt everyday, especially my joints such as my knees, ankles and back. I suppose all the extra mass my body had to lug around everyday caused it a lot of unnecessary stress. Even though a large part of the weight is now gone, the joint problems somewhat remain! I can’t tell you how good (and bad) it feels to “crack” my back, wrist, neck and ankles everyday. But what I’ve gathered from my chiropractor and various health sources, it’s a horrible habit and vicious cycle that has to stop!

Joint manipulation in humans can produce a sharp cracking or popping sound. This occurs during deliberate knuckle-cracking, but it is possible to crack many other joints, such as those in the back and neck vertebrae, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, toes, ankles, knees, jaws, feet, sternum, and the Achilles tendon area. The mechanism that produces the cracking sound is not known.

According to a folk belief, the popping of joints, especially knuckles, leads to arthritis or other joint problems. However, medical research has so far failed to conclusively demonstrate any connection between knuckle cracking and long-term joint problems – says Wikipedia. All I know is, it feels crazy good momentarily, but I’m sure it’s awful for me in the long run. I’m envious of my healthy friends who don’t face the same problem as I do. I don’t have a doubt that I’m going to face horrible joint problems when I’m older.

Our joints are probably one of the least thought of parts of our body as we are often more concerned with the health of our heart, lungs and other major organs. Our joints carry our weight and move us effortlessly through our daily lives. Whether it is riding a bike or taking a long leisurely stroll in the park, our joints are important to us as we pursue life’s simple enjoyment.

There is very little awareness that our joints deteriorate with age. Everyday movement such as walking and climbing can increase the wear and tear of our joints which lead to joint aches and pains.

Start your prevention early to reduce the risk of joint problems with BRAND’S® ActivMove!

BRAND’S® ActivMove with Flexi-Boost® is formulated as a 360° total solution for joint maintenance and protection. Upon mention of BRAND’S®, you’ll probably instantaneously think of their best-selling Essence of Chicken – but they have a range of other health supplement products which can aid you and your family members in everyday health concerns.

BRAND’S® ActivMove with Flexi-Boost® formulation contains UC-II® and Hydrolyzed Type II Collagen that alleviates joint pain to help you perform at your best. UC-II® (40mg) has been proven to be more than twice as effective as the combination of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500mg) and chondroitin sulfate (1,200mg) in promoting joint comfort and mobility. UC-II® is a novel ingredient extracted from natural food sources that works with the immune system to reduce inflammation and protect the existing cartilage structure. At the same time, collagen provides the building blocks for cartilage production and helps promote repair of damaged cartilage to maintain joint flexibility. Vitamin C is also added in the formula to scavenge free radicals (destroying molecules that causes cell damage within the body) and help protect joints from further degeneration.

If you don’t have healthy joints, even simple and mundane tasks such as sleeping in a comfortable position or lifting a light box seems like mission impossible. Never take your joint health for granted!

Through supplying joint nutrients, protecting existing joint structures from further deterioration and promoting self-repair of joint structures, ActivMove helps maintain healthy joints by supporting joint flexibility and mobility.

Contrary to popular belief, joint problems provide grief not only for the elderly, but young adults who participate in rigorous activities and intensive exercising regimes on a regular basis should be particularly mindful of their joints and take extra care! As they always say, prevention is better than cure.

The recommended dosage is 1 mini tablet daily.

If you know of anyone suffering from joint discomfort, I think this would make a great Christmas present. Presents don’t have to be extravagant, but this will definitely show them that you’re keeping their best interests in mind, and I’m sure they’ll be touched by the gesture!

I’m passing on these packs to my mother and relatives because I know they’ve been complaining about their shoulders, hips and knees for the longest time and I’m looking forward to being able to relieve their pain. This may not be a well-known product yet as it is still relatively new to the market, but you can be a considerate person by suggesting it to the people who may need it!

BRAND’S® ActivMove is available at Watsons, Guardian, Unity Pharmacy and their online store, at S$64 for a pack of 30 tablets.

You can also sign up for a free 10-day trial through this link and share your review of the product to stand a chance to win $100 worth of BRAND’S® products!

xoxo,
Jess
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