Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PHS HAIRSCIENCE® Double Cleanse Review

As someone with long hair 90% throughout my lifetime, finding the right shampoo is so important. I've always felt that my hair turns oily very easily and my hair becomes limp at the end of the day. In recent years, I've also started experiencing hair loss and thinning at my hair parting areas. Therefore, it was a good time to try out PHS HAIRSCIENCE® that was available from Sample Store.


About PHS HAIRSCIENCE®

  • With more than 100 SKUs over 14 ranges, PHS HAIRSCIENCE® caters to a wide array of scalp and hair concerns
  • Made with purest botanical essences
  • Products do not contain harmful additives such as parabens, mineral oils or benzophenone
  • Highly concentrated and not watered down; ensuring effectiveness and fast results

Key USPs:

  • Bioscience-based components deliver fast results and long-term benefits
  • Highest, most effective concentration of pure ingredients
  • Harnesses the power of Bio-Conversion Plant Stem Cells and Patented Complex 5 Technology
  • Contains Herbal Extracts, 20 kinds of Phytogenic Proteins, multiple Vitamins, Peptides and Keratin

About our Scalp

  • The scalp is different from the skin on the rest of the body
    • It has an abundance of blood vessels
    • Higher density of hair follicles, sweat glands and sebaceous glands
    • Scalp has its own distinctive microflora – when sebum and sweat accumulate, it creates an environment that harmful bacteria can thrive in
    • These make the scalp prone to disorders such as oiliness, itchiness, dandruff, acnes and even hair loss
    • This is why proper cleansing to prevent unhealthy build-up of sebum, seat and dirt is crucial
    • Once the scalp is damaged, it’s hard to reverse

About Double Cleanse

  • A two-step cleansing ritual designed for scalp’s needs
  • PHS HAIRSCIENCE® advocates a preventive approach
    • The two-step cleansing is designed to eliminate unwanted dirt, sebum, sweat and styling residue without stripping the scalp of its protective natural oils
    • Prevents hair follicle blockage, rebalances the scalp, enhances micro-circulation and improves the scalp’s natural resistance against infection



How to Use the PHS HAIRSCIENCE® Double Cleanse

Step 1:
  • Start with the ADV Nutrition Shampoo that is suitable for all scalp types
  • This daily deep cleanser thoroughly removes surface grime and oil, leaving the scalp purified and hair roots perfectly clean
    • Can be used daily
    • Unclog pores
    • Purify and strengthen scalp, providing a strong foundation for healthy hair
    • Contains: Plant Stem Cells and Korean Botanical Essences

Step 2:
  • Follow immediately with a second PHS HAIRSCIENCE® Correcting Shampoo
  • Something for every hair/scalp concern – 16 shampoos to choose from: treat specific concerns like hair loss, greying, dandruff, sensitivity or dry, damaged hair and scalp protection. You will definitely find one that suits you:
FEM Fortify Shampoo (for female)
  • Specially formulated for women with mild hair loss and thinning concerns
  • Energises and rehabilitates the scalp to reduce hair fall
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • Contains: Plant Stem Cells and Korean Botanical Essences

HOM Fortify Shampoo (for male)
  • Specially formulated for men with mild hair loss and thinning concerns
  • Decreases the accumulation of DHT around the hair follicles
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • Prevents scalp disorders
  • Contains: Plant Stem Cells and Korean Botanical Essences
  • For other shampoos, find out more here:
    https://www.phshairscience.com/products/shampoo/

Before and After:

 

Review

I have had some hair loss and thinning at the crown of my head due to my prolonged hair partings and oily scalp. So I have tried many different products and treatments before, and the one that works most is called, CONSISTENCY.

If you want to apply hair tonic, apply it consistently everyday and not just once or twice to warrant any changes. If you want to go for scalp treatments, go every week as advised by your hair consultants because really, your hair will not grow just because of one session.

Similarly, the same applies to using the right shampoo and cleansing. Find the right brand and use it regularly.

I feel doubly cleansed after using the PHS HAIRSCIENCE® Double Cleanse series and scalp feels much cleaner. Had a minty cooling effect on your scalp which I loveee! When you have a clean scalp, it means that it is much healthier, and in a better position to 'grow out some hair' which thus solves your hair thinning issues!

Now you can also try out this amazing product!

Redeem free samples from Sample Store:

ADV Nutrition Shampoo + FEM Fortify Shampoo: http://bit.ly/2nFPPpV
ADV Nutrition Shampoo + HOM Fortify Shampoo: http://bit.ly/2maMEGb

Retail Price

200ml @ $48
1000ml @ $210

Where to purchase the products

PHS HAIRSCIENCE® products are available at
Wheelock Place #04-12
Ngee Ann City #05-25
Plaza Singapura #04-34/35
Bedok Mall #B-70/71
Takashimaya Level 3 counter


You can also find them at their retail partners Robinsons and SASA, online at Lazada, Shopee and Zalora, as well as on Singapore Airlines’ KrisShop.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Shuen Chi Salty Yolk Cookies

Singaporeans sure love salted egg yolk.

Salted egg yolk potato chips, 
Salted egg yolk fish skin, 
Salted egg yolk chicken rice, 
Salted egg yolk everything!

Well, if you are looking for something lighter with lower calories, you can try Shuen Chi Salty Egg Yolk Cookies!



About Shuen Chi Salty Yolk Cookies

It is one of the best-selling food products in Taiwan. 
The snack is made using wheat flour, palm oil, sugar, salted egg yolk and salt. Seems healthy, and great as an afternoon tea snack. It is also a ready-to-eat snack that is suitable for all ages! 

*as with all pastry snacks, keep in a cool and dry place.



Review

I was surprised by the taste on my first bite. It was really true to its name - salty egg yolk, and the taste of salted egg yolk was distinct yet blended well into the cookie texture.

The packaging is also small and light. When you are working halfway into the afternoon and are a little hungry, just take 1 small packet out, pair it with a cup of tea for a nice tea break!



Sample Store

Good news people! You can now redeem free samples and purchase the product here:


With Sample Store, you can have popular Taiwanese products delivered to you! There are many innovative products available in the market waiting for us all to explore and try out. Stay tuned to SampleStore.com for more product launches!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Poly Beauty - Facial Review

Had the opportunity to try out a HydraPeel Facial Treatment at Poly Beauty last week.


Poly Beauty is located at a quiet corner in Harbourfront Centre; it is a no-frills beauty salon and I was greeted by a beautiful shopfront with some of the skincare products they carry.




 The walkway leading to the treatment rooms:

Went into the room and saw a batik dress one needs to change into.




My facial started with a foot bath, followed by the usual steps for facial:

Cleansing
Exfoliating
Extraction
Massage
Masking

However, what stood out from this facial was the use of Hydra Beauty machine and its Aqua Cleansing Technology.

This was hands down, the most comfortable extraction I ever had in my life!








The machine uses a strong and safe vacuum technology that is is able to "suck" out your impurities, blackheads, and pimples easily.

Also, the solution that is used in the machine contains AHA, BHA and Hydration elements:

AHA [fruit extracts/exfoliate] 

Naturally existing fruit extracts that is used for effective skin care.

BHA [plant extracts/oil control] 

Helps with effective deep penetration in between cellular structure, enabling care for ACNE skin.

Hydration [moisture] 

Highly effective for inflammation and wound healing, and for calming the upset skin after treatments.

So that is why my impurities are cleared, skin feels smoother, yet there is no redness after the treatment!

Benefits of the HydraPeel Facial Treatment:

Reduce Acne
Reduce Demodex
Improve texture
Exfoliate
Sebum removal
White head removal
Black head removal
Moisturise



Of course, there would be some minimal manual extractions for bigger pimples or acne that cannot be purged by the machine, and that is where my beautician's skills come into play. Much thanks to my beautician Qiqi for the wonderful experience. I never knew facial could be that painless and fuss-free until I met her. Her extraction technique was also so fast and painless that I hardly felt anything!

ps: In collaboration with Poly Beauty, I am holding a giveaway to 2 winners to try this facial treatment (worth $250) for free! Hop over to my Instagram now!




1 Maritime Square
Harbourfront Centre #02-64 
Singapore 099253

Tel: +65 6376 9881

Opening hours
Mon – Fri : 10:30am – 9pm
Sat : 10am – 8pm
Sun : 10am – 7pm

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Urbanski Summer Ski Culture

Had the opportunity to try out Rollerski/Summerski at the recent Urbanski Summer Ski Culture x Sample Store event held at Dhoby Ghaut Green on the 7-8 Sep 2019.


You must be wondering, 

What is Rollerski?

Rollerski is actually similar to ski, but without the snow! This is super convenient for tropical countries like Singapore.



Some statistics about this seemingly rare sport:

  • There are 120 million skiers worldwide
  • Asian market takes up about 17%, according to the 2015 Report done by Snow and Mountain Tourism
  • People often visit USA, Europe and even Japan when it comes to skiing
  • Skiing is seasonal as it requires snow, but not everyone enjoys the cold
  • With Urbanski, enthusiasts will be able to ski anytime, anywhere

Used to be seen as an extreme sport, rollerskis have been redesigned for every one.

Different levels:

  • Level 1 – Trainer skis, safe, slow, stable with minimum danger and maximum fun
  • Level 2 – Intermediate skis
  • Level 3 – Pro-skis


How Urbanski works?

  • Participants can experience Summerski by land or sea transfer from Singapore to Batam or Malaysia in 30 minutes
  • Urbanski Palm Resort, Urbanski Palm Springs, Urbanski Starhill and Urbanski Tamarin
  • Purchase a pass which includes resort access and Summerski rentals
    • Annual unlimited entry worldwide
    • Term entry (3 months, specific resort)
    • On-month Unlimited (specific resort)
    • Day-trip (Specific resort)

My Review:

So skiing is actually my favourite sport, and I make it a point to fly to Korea as much as I can to ski. But that means I only get to ski once a year, or maybe once every few years.

Have never heard of rollerskis, so I was ecstatic to try it out. It didn't really feel like the snow ski due to the ground (snow is very much more slippery) and of course there were limitations to the slope due to Dhoby Ghaut Green not being the best place for it. Felt a bit like rollerblading but I would think it is a mash of everything. haha.

Anyway, I felt that the sport was extremely safe. The instructor told me that no one has ever fell down using the rollerskis, so don't be afraid, let loose and try it out!

By the way, skiing is actually an extreme sport as it works out every bit of your muscle. Other than the heat in Singapore, I perspired so much as we went up and down the slopes with the rollerskis! Can lose weight very quickly doing this sport.

Sounds interesting? Need a new form of recreation activity?
Try rollerski/summerski with your friends and family now!



For more information:

Urbanski


*special thanks to Joel for the dope shots here! 
Find him here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Travel Tips for a short Getaway from Singapore

I love travelling. Travelling is life. 

I believe a lot of Singaporeans love travelling and especially love short getaways from Singapore to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and also to take short breaks away from work!

However, are you getting the most out of your trips?


Here are my top travel tips with regards to my recent trip to Penang, Malaysia.

1. Pack light and save space by bringing sample/travel size skin care or makeup products. 

Better still, you can get free samples from Sample Store! Because we travelled via budget airline, we brought travel sized products so that we do not need to purchase a luggage space just for our toiletries, and can travel light this way!
psst: I got these freebies from the kind folks at The Skin Firm (thanks to Sample Store!)

2. Buy air tickets on Tuesdays or during specific airline sales day. 

eg. Scoot Tuesday, Jetstar Friday Frenzy, be a BIG member on Air Asia to get some discounts off your tickets, Singapore Airlines has two to go fares from time to time; Cathay might have some card promotion for trips to Hong Kong. The list goes on!

I made sure I bought my Penang air tickets during a sale. Furthermore, I am a BIG member, thus I got some dollars off my air tickets from Air Asia. Guess how much my return air ticket to Penang was? S$79.16. Thank you very much.

3. Book hotels through authorised partners and search for discount codes. 

I'm an "AgodaVIP" and "Genius" member on Agoda and Booking.com respectively, thus I often get lower prices than usual. Sometimes, booking via their app will give you even lower prices!
I booked mine via Agoda and stayed in Chulia Mansion for 3 nights in Penang. The room rate was S$61.10/night, which makes out to be S$30.55 per pax per night. It was a good deal considering that the location of the hotel was super near the happening places, room was huge (I got a free upgrade, maybe due to me being a "AgodaVIP" member), toilet was clean.

4. Plan a list of restaurants or sight-seeing places beforehand. 

I don't know about you, but I get pretty flustered if we just wander and get lost in a new place, hoping to discover some hidden gems or what not. So I plan, research, and note down the address, cost (of food or entrance fees etc.). If you don't have all that, at least have a friend who will show you around and bring you to where the locals go. For our Penang trip, we were lucky to have our friend bring us to hidden gems and cafes which I loved!
One of them is Backdoor Bodega, a hidden bar that foreigners probably would never find if no one shows them the way! I will share more on this in a later more detailed post on my food haunts in Penang.

5. Roll your clothes to prevent crease and save space. 

Can't stress enough the importance of rolling your clothes. Have been doing this since forever and my clothes have less creases this way. Take note that this doesn't apply for big bulky items like jeans, or leather jackets...etc.

Are there any travelling tips or travel essentials that you swear by? 
Share them with me!

ps: You can also visit Sample Store to read more about travel tips and tricks here:
https://connect.samplestore.com/stories/printable-travel-packing-list-all-singaporeans

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Cambodia 2018: Angkor Wat

Finally getting down to updating my trip to Cambodia last June. This country isn't in any way on my list of go-to countries, but I had to, because of one very important monument, that is, Angkor Wat.

Despite the reluctance, I'm proud to say I have struck off this once one of the 7 wonders of the World off my bucket list!

Our hotel helped us to book the tour to Angkor Wat. Note that u can opt for either just a tuktuk driver to bring u around for the whole day, or request for a full tour where there will be a guide accompanying u throughout the day to explain about the temples and whatnot. We decided on just the tuktuk driver option for USD 10/pax.

The driver picked us up from the hotel and went straight to the ticketing place (which wasn't even near the temples) to buy our entrance fee to Angkor Wat at USD 37/pax for a 1-day price.

There are actually many different routes they provide, but I guess this route below is the most suitable if u just want to strike Angkor Wat off your bucket list rather than looking in-depth at the relics and cultural meaning behind all of the popular sites. The whole cluster of Angkor Wat temples is really too huge for anyone to cover fully in a day or two.

Angkor Wat
Prasat Kraven
Bantaey Kdei
Ta Prohm
Ta Keo
Chau Say Thevada
Victort Gate
Bayon
Angkor Thom 

I shall let the pictures do the talking.


Angkor Wat main temple







Bantaey Kdei



Ta Prohm


 This is the site where Tomb Raider was filmed. I made an effort to reenact the scene hahahah.


Ta Keo


This temple was memorable because firstly, there were relatively lesser people compared to the 3 main famous ones (Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon) but this had the steepest steps which I didn't make the effort to climb. My travel mate Nini attempted to climb up to the top though, and had sore muscles the next day haha.


Chau Say Thevada / Victort Gate


These 2 temples were opposite each other. Small and insignificant to me. So we just took photos of them from far and left.


Bayon


This is known as the Temple of a Thousand Faces. Quite evident from the pictures.


And that's it for the whole day of exploration. Everyone should come here at least once to strike it off the bucket list. Other than that, it really wasn't something that I like. But it is just a personal preference. What about u?