It’s time again to award the best in beauty: For the fifth edition of the annual NYLON Singapore Beauty Hit List, we’re focusing on products launched through 2017, so you can update your collection with all the best-performing products on the market. To select the winners among this year’s nominees, we’ve assembled an expert panel of judges who share several decades of beauty experience between them.
THE JUDGES :
ADELE CHAN : Apart from being the Editor-in-Chief of NYLON Singapore, Adele has released two editions of her book Editing Beauty. She has spent most of her working life in the local media industry and was previously handling Public Relations for Estée Lauder in Singapore.
NIKI BRUCE : A media professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry, Niki’s work spans across fashion, beauty, entertainment, lifestyle, and design, in both print and digital. The former Editor-in-Chief of HerWorldPLUS and Editorial Director at Honeycombers has an addiction to shoes and admits she drops way too much money on emerging Korean fashion and beauty brands. Have a look at her style blog here: nikibruce.com.
SHARON LIM : With 30 years of experience in print and digital media under her belt, Sharon is now a Strategic Content Director at The Ate Group, an integrated communications agency. The former Editor-in-Chief of Elle Singapore and current Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts lecturer has also appeared on Channel NewsAsia and BBC World News to speak on fashion, beauty, as well as women’s and social media issues.
SUSANAH CHEOK : Susanah is an accomplished multi-platform publishing professional, who spent the last three decades shaping the consciousness of readers in Singapore’s leading print magazines and websites. She is the founder of The Edit, a content creation consultancy that collaborates with magazines, websites and brands to produce compelling content for a wide variety of audiences. She is also an ardent animal advocate, a devoted mother of cats, and a part-time radio DJ.
WENDY CHENG (@xiaxue) : Better known by her pseudonym Xiaxue, the OG blogger and influencer made her mark for being an outspoken personality on social media, but that’s not all she’s recognised for. The proud mother of one is also a beauty junkie who produces regular content for her own YouTube channel as well as reality lifestyle channel Clicknetwork.
MONGCHIN YEOH (@mongabong) : Like many others, Mongchin started out as a blogshop model, but the Singapore Management University Accountancy undergraduate carved a niche for herself through her love for fashion, beauty, food and travel. If you’ve ever visited her Instagram account or stopped by her YouTube channel and website, you’ll know that this content creator has a clear passion for all things beauty and lifestyle.
CHRISTABEL CHUA (@bellywellyjelly) : Known to most by her moniker Bellywellyjelly, Christabel doesn’t just post photogenic snippets of her life on her blog and Instagram account; she also curates her collaborations with notable brands on her social media channels, and she’s got a few tips and tricks of her own when it comes to getting that fresh, glowing complexion. You can check out her line of cheeky accessories too over at iamkai.co.
Earlier this month, I made the trip to Tokyo for Shiseido’s biggest announcement of the year — they are launching an entire new line of makeup, changing everything you currently see on the counters. For a brand with an immense global presence, and a company that has been around for more than 140 years, it’s obviously a huge deal.
Products above (L to R): Kajal Ink Artist and LacquerInk LipShine
And Shiseido has decided that the way to present their new makeup is not through the traditional eyes-cheeks-lips segregation; instead they propose that makeup falls within these four texture categories: Powders, Inks, Gels and Dews.
Kajal Ink Artist (under the “Ink” category)
They also appointed Pony as their Asia-Pacific ambassador, starting from this new collection. Speaking of which, I’ll be interviewing her this week on her favourite products and shades from the new range. I’ll link to the article once it’s up.
Pony demonstrating Shiseido’s new Essentialist Eye Palette
VisionAiry Gel Lipstick (under the “Gel” category)
But of course the main allure of the new collection would be the actual products; I’ve tried almost all the items and can attest to their quality. These are highly pigmented makeup products that don’t just look nice and sleek, but they work really well too.
To demonstrate the new makeup, I enlisted Lauren Tsai (of Terrace House fame) to model looks according to Shiseido’s four new texture categories:
Photography : Adele Chan, using the Nikon Df Makeup and Hair : Chizu Fukuike, Shiseido Hair & Makeup Artist, Beauty Creation Center Styling : Josiah Chua Shot on location at the Shiseido office building in Ginza.
NOTE: Click on the photos of Lauren to zoom in.
1. Essentialist Eye Palette in Jizoh Street Reds 08, $60
2. MicroLiner Ink in Plum 03, $38
3. ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50
4. Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Kokei 08, $48 CHEEKS
4. Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Kokei 08, $48
5. InnerGlow CheekPowder in Aura Pink 04, $56
6. InnerGlow CheekPowder in Medusa Pink 10, $56 LIPS
7. ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Peep Show 505, $46
8. ColorGel LipBalm in Hibiscus 104, $46
On Lauren: Earring by Hermès, dress by Monse at theoutnet.com.
1. ArchLiner Ink in Shibui Black 01, $45
2. MicroLiner Ink in Black 01, $38
3. MicroLiner Ink in White 06, $38
4. Kajal InkArtist in Rose Pagoda 03, $38
5. ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50
6. Essentialist Eye Palette in Jizoh Street Reds 08, $60 CHEEKS
7. Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Eiko 04, $48 LIPS
8. ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Thigh High 504, $46
On Lauren: Scarf by Hermès, top by Pleats Please Issey Miyake.
1. Aura Dew in Lunar 01, $38
2. Aura Dew in Cosmic 03, $38
3. Essentialist Eye Palette in Kotto Street Vintage 05, $60
4. ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50 CHEEKS
5. Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Eiko 04, $48 LIPS
6. ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Nude Streak 503, $46
On Lauren: Top by Nina Ricci at theoutnet.com, coat by Mary Katrantzou at theoutnet.com, bangle by Hermès.
1. Essentialist Eye Palette in Kaigan Street Waters 04, $60
2. MicroLiner Ink in Black 01, $38
3. ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50 CHEEKS
4. Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in Momoko 03, $48 LIPS
5. VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in Ginza Red 222, $36
On Lauren: Bracelets (worn as chokers) by Hermès, dress and wool cardigan by Bottega Veneta.
Shiseido’s new makeup collection launches 1 September 2018 at all Shiseido counters. Get it first at Lazada on 17 August 2018 for Shiseido x Lazada Super Brand Day!
Also, stand a chance to win your favourite product from the collection! Check our Facebook page for details on how to take part.
How well do you know Shiseido?
It is the oldest cosmetics company in Japan.
It is also the fifth largest cosmetics company in the world.
The Shiseido company owns many other beauty brands including NARS, bareMinerals, Laura Mercier and IPSA (remember IPSA?).
We know, we recently talked about 3 types of trendy sunglasses. But how can we resist gushing about shades when Pedder on Scotts is presenting us with more? Pedder on Scotts is no stranger to accessories lovers. The bespoke retail store opened in 2015 to a throng of excited shoppers, eager to get their hands on the latest designer brands. Housing a variety of products, we know that we can always count on Pedder on Scotts to bring in the latest global and homegrown brands. (Because we #supportlocaltalent!)
Six brands will be debuted exclusively at Pedder on Scotts: The Owner, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, Philippe V, Poppy Lissiman, Westward Leaning, and ZanZan. Their eyewear range covers a wide spectrum, from classics like tinted shades to bolder frames like the ones listed below.
Check out some of our personal favourites from their extensive range!
A crowd favourite, we are starting the list off with cat-eye frames. But these are no ordinary cat-eye frames. We have Pared Eyewear’s frames studded with Swarovski crystals and shell-encased corners. For ‘safer’ options, Philippe V and Kaleos can be styled with practically any outfit. Be prepared to be the envy of everyone in the room!
Cute & Girly
Here are some shades to bring out the kawaii-ness in all of us. Don the Poppy Lissiman shades – named after celebrities that we are all familiar with. Other cute pairs include ZanZan’s and Chloé’s tinted sunglasses. Everyone lowkey likes the colour pink, admit it.
These sci-fi inspired designs are edgy and pretty darn cool. Calvin Klein 205W39NYC’s first line of eyewear is coming on strong with these modern frames. A pair of shades as huge as your ego? We know you want it.
Why get glasses with a straight framework when you can get a more artsy structure? Go crazy over The Owner’s Chinese-designed and Chinese-made eyewear. One step closer to being a hipster!
We’re all fans of the iconic Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation by luxury beauty brand Giorgio Armani Beauty. Well, if you’re planning to try more of their signature products then you’re in for a treat!
Giorgio Armani Beauty is finally opening its first store this August in Singapore at TANGS! Transforming your dreams into reality, this new store is set to give you a new worldly experience to the brand’s makeup line. And what other way than to experience it through the brand’s very own, Beauty Face Designers. How fancy is that!
Think — hues of satin red, forest green and ultra-black. The store at Tangs has been designed to embody the brand’s iconic lipstick shade in red and the volcanic island of Pantelleria; the inspiration behind their popular Crema Nera skincare range.
Up your lip game for a seductive look with these lipsticks by Giorgio Armani Beauty. Selling one of the brand’s bestsellers, the Lip Maestro by Giorgio Armani Beauty is a must-try for anyone who loves a bold red lip (I mean who doesn’t?) The signature liquid lipstick in its iconic shade, The Red, is a showstopper itself. For a more lightweight formula, you can try the Giorgio’s Lip Magnet. In contrast, this lippie comes off more as a stain rather than a lipstick itself.
The Crema Nera Extrema Creme Light, definitely a mouthful but no doubt comes with a hefty pricetag. Nonetheless, this luxurious beauty cream contains anti-ageing properties that promise to deliver fresh, smooth and radiant skin after application. I guess you can say a little does go a long way!
As for the famous foundations, if you prefer something a little more natural then you might like the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation. This foundation might be on the pricier end than other luxury brands but it’s well worth the buck for its good quality. This holy grail that many swear by, glides on the skin smoothly and has a silk-like texture upon application – giving you naturally flawless looking skin you can’t resist.
The Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation is a popular favourite amongst many beauty gurus, like Jeffree Star, for its lightweight formula and matte finish. The foundation is also buildable and provides full coverage with a natural finish that doesn’t come off looking too cakey. It’s also an ideal option if you need to hide any discolourations on your skin.
Otherwise, you can also try their My Armani To Go The Cushion that’s perfect for those who are, well, on the go! This trouble-free compact case is convenient for any touch ups when you’re out and about and did we mention, we’re in love with its chic design as well?
The Giorgio Armani Beauty store at TANGS will also be selling their well-known Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione Eau De Parfum that comes with an intense and uncompromising scent that embodies the values that the brand identifies with – grace, strength and independence.
Check out the full range of products at the Giorgio Armani Beauty store that’s now open at TANGS, Tang Plaza, Level 1.
Let’s face it, after years of having Korean beauty in the limelight, the current kitsch K-beauty hype has become a little dull. Declaring a more refined and minimalistic approach, industry experts have decided that it was time to put Japanese Beauty on the roll call.
With skincare being at the root of J-Beauty, more focus is put on everyday prevention for the skin. And of course, who doesn’t want to achieve that milky or porcelain-like skin look that models like Lauren Tsai and Kiko Mizuhara are blessed with — we know we do. Pioneering the J-Beauty train is none other than the global brand that prides itself with makeup and skincare — SHISEIDO.
Think — bold colours, transformative textures and unsurpassed quality. SHISEIDO’S new collection drops with more than 20 products and 135 shades to best fit every individual.
In line with Lazada SG’s Super Brand Day, we’ve got the inside scoop on the latest collection that’s set to launch exclusively online this Friday, August 17, only on Lazada SG, and nowhere else. So make sure to set your alarms when it drops!
Shiseido’s New Makeup Collection
With a history that spans more than 140 years, SHISEIDO started off as a pharmaceutical brand and has transformed into a household name with its niche in Japanese beauty. So it’s certainly exciting when such a storied brand completely rehauls their entire makeup collection!
SHISEIDO’s relaunch has taken the world by storm with the introduction of their new line of products made with breakthrough technology in Japan that’s rooted in rich heritage. We absolutely love how lightweight their packaging is and the fact that their new line comes in four revolutionary textures — Dews, Gels, Powders and Inks.
You heard that right! Their new mantra “Beauty reimagined. Beauty made with soul.” has evidently been reflected in their new line of products – switching up the game in the world of beauty.
EYES, FACE, LIPS
Get your skin to glow from inside out with SHISEIDO’s newest reinvented texture — Dews. This newcomer has indeed taken all of us by surprise with its ultra-fine rose, silver and gold Japanese pearls made with light optic technology, that illuminate and meld seamlessly into your skin. What we love most about this number is how versatile and lightweight it is upon application and fits perfectly as a sheer lip shimmer, to brighten the eyes as an eyeshadow or even a highlighter if you’re transforming your look from day to night!
Here’s a closer look at the Aura Dew pots that comes in 3 different shades – Lunar, Solar and Cosmic.
Get starry-eyed with SHISEIDO’s ShadowGel Stick range. Inspired from both ancient and modern Japan, this favourite comes in 10 different shades. The introduction of this revolutionary ShadowGel Stick makes prep time a little shorter with one glide and just a tad bit of blending with your fingers — voila!
Formulated with SHISEIDO’s Patented Humectant Technology, the ColorGel’ LipBalm range offers comforting moisture — leaving the lips soft and supple after every use. Goodbye to chapped lips! Not to mention, it’s so lightweight that it will make you forget you were wearing anything!
Psst, the lip balms are made of buildable pigments that’ll give a pop of colour that goes with almost every look.
For something less sheer and more pigmented, SHISEIDO’s VisionAiry Gel Lipstick range is worth the shot. It comes in SHISEIDO’s signature bullet packaging that looks chic and sleek — perfect for the modern “career woman”. Made with Triple Gel Technology, these lippies help to transform and hydrate lips, and comes in 28 different shades!
We all know how important it is to always have our eyebrows filled before walking out of the house. This first contender from the Ink range is a prime example of how weightless and convenient SHISEIDO’s packaging has come into play in this new collection. Perfect your look with the Brow InkTrio pencil that’s multi-functional to correct, shape and extend brows as natural as possible. Formulated to be sweat-proof, smudge-proof and water-resistant, the BrowInk Trio adds depth to the arches and produces hair-like strokes that lasts for eight hours. Talk about eyebrows on fleek!
Having trouble perfecting that winged eye look? The ArchLiner Ink features an ergonomically designed angled micro tip that eases the load off drawing that winged tip that we all want to achieve in one single stroke. This 24-hour waterproof eyeliner also promises no smudging and comes saturated with ultra-black pigments that’ll make your eyes more defined than ever!
IMPERIALLASH MASCARA INK WATERPROOF
While we may not all be blessed with long and fluttery eyelashes, we may seek help from SHISEIDO’s ImperialLash Mascara Ink Mascara. Featuring a dual application system, this mascara was designed to deliver definition with one swipe. And forget about it getting clumped because the bristles on this mascara is made from a new soft silicone material that’s incomparable to any of the mascaras on the market today. Aside from that, it’s also guaranteed to last 12 hours without smudging, especially with Singapore’s humid weather.
The unrelenting Singapore heat has made it such a struggle for all of us to find the perfect eyeliner. The most annoying thing would have to be your oily eyelids ruining your makeup game leaving you raccoon-eyed for the rest of the day instead of looking at your best. Now, thanks to SHISEIDO, our worries have been put to rest. Transforming from solid to liquid upon coming into contact with skin, the MicroLiner Ink range creates a water-resistant film that offers up to 24 hours of wear!
Switching it up a notch is SHISEIDO’s Kajal InkArtist. This multi-functional piece is literally an “everything pencil”. It’s a liner, a kajal, an eyeshadow and a brow filler! What more could you ask for? For something a little more daring, choose from a range of 10 shades — with each shade name taking on inspiration from evocative imagery and icons of ancient and modern Japan, such as Gunjo Blue and Azuki Red.
For a pout that’s durable and hydrating, SHISEIDO brings it home with a high-intensity pigmented lip shine that’s weightless without the feeling of it feeling dry or sticky. Its concave and flocked doe foot also makes application on the lips easier for perfect kissable lips that boys can’t resist.
ESSENTIALIST EYE PALETTE
A pioneer in the Powder category, SHISEIDO never fails to impress us with their wide range of eye palettes — this time, with a weightless formula and intense colour payoff. Our favourite would have to be SHISEIDO’s Essentialist Eye Palette in Jizoh Street Reds, that juxtaposes any look with a dash of colour!
MODERN MATTE POWDER LIPSTICK
SHISEIDO’s Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 505 Peep Show [$46]. Available in twenty-four shades – 501 Jazz Den, 502 Whisper, 503 Nude Streak, 504 Thigh High, 505 Peep Show, 506 Disrobed, 507 Murmur, 508 Semi Nude, 509 Flame, 510 Night Life, 511 Unfiltered, 512 Sling Back, 513 Shock Wave, 514 Hyper Red, 515 Mellow Drama, 516 Exotic Red, 517 Rose Hip, 518 Selfie, 519 Fuchsia Fetish, 520 After Hours, 521 Nocturnal, 522 Velvet Rope, 523 Majo and 524 Dark Fantasy.
As one of Editor-in-Chief, Adele Chan’s, favourite pick of the week, the Powder Lipstick is hands down one of the products that’ll change the way you see lipsticks forever. This newly reinvented lipstick is ideally a prime example of your favourite MLBB product. It glides on smoothly and it doesn’t feel dry or flaky on the lips too!
INNERGLOW CHEEK POWDER
Add some flush to your cheeks with this number by SHISEIDO. This new blush and highlighter hybrid adds colour and vibrancy to any look and nails the kawaii look that J-Beauty prides itself with.
MINIMALIST WHIPPEDPOWDER BLUSH
Available in eight shades – 01 Sonoya, 02 Chiyoko, 03 Momoko, 04 Eiko, 05 Ayao, 06 Sayoko, 07 Setsuko and 08 Kokei.Prefer something more creamy? This WhippedPowder Blush comes off like a mousse with a soft matte finish that’ll make you look extra dreamy. Our must-have for the best flirty makeup for any date night!
Aside from its new line of makeup, SHISEIDO has also released their own set of makeup brushes. Made from SHISEIDO’s very own Hidden Core Technology, these brushes are made with bristles that are one of its kind and we absolutely love their black packaging that goes hand in hand with its makeup line.
DAIYA FUDE FACE DUO
If we had to pick one of our favourite brushes from this collection then this one deserves a shoutout – the DAIYA FUDE Face Duo. With a tapered contour brush that helps to contour and blend creams and concealers seamlessly, the other end of this unique brush features a gel blender that’s best for liquids and cushion formulas. How multifunctional!
Launching exclusively on Lazada SG this Friday, August 17, SHISEIDO will be removing all of its existing products from its current makeup line sold online as well as its retail outlets in Singapore. Actual sales of SHISEIDO’s new collection will commence on September 1 at all retail outlets.
SHISEIDO’s new makeup collection will be available exclusively on Lazada this Friday, August 17, and will be available in stores islandwide from Saturday, September 1 onwards. Visit https://www.shiseido.com.sg/ for more info. #LazadaXSHISEIDOSuperBrand
Coach X Selena Gomez is coming Back To You with their second collaboration, but this time with ready-to-wear pieces designed by the star herself. Did you spot Selena’s custom-made Coach outfit at this and last year’s MET Gala? Coach’s Creative Director, Stuart Vevers has made the singer/actress his muse ever since she became the spokesperson for the label in 2016.
The new collection features ready-to-wear apparel, small leather goods, new bag silhouettes and accessories. A reflection of Gomez’s personality, the collection has a tinge of femininity with soft pastel colours of lace and silk. Of course, let’s not forget her punch of toughness mirrored by the structural bag silhouettes and metallic hardwares. Check out the first campaign shot by Steven Miesel against the skyline of New York.
Gomez also revealed her favourite items among the long awaited collection, the Bond and the Trail Bag which she closely worked with Vevers to produce.
“I love working with Selena because she brings her strong point-of-view to the design process,” said Vevers. “I wanted all of the pieces to reflect her style and her charm—and to feel effortless.”
Pieces styled by Selena feature her personal touches, including message written by the singer herself: ”Not perfect, Always me”.
“I’m so proud of the collection,” said Gomez. “What I love most about working with the Coach team is that they just know how I dress. Everything felt authentic from the beginning.”
The Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be available for pre-order online at coach.com and in stores today, and available in Coach stores globally from August 31
Buttery Nipples and Flying Singaporeans all around, please!
Given our obsession with coffee, it’s a wonder that it took this long for a bar that specialises in just coffee cocktails to materialise.
78 Alkofelic, the newly opened bar on Purvis Street, is all about coffee, cocktails, and coffee cocktails. Just in case you were wondering what language the name is supposed to be in, it’s a hybrid of the words “alcoholic” and “coffee”.
The bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can get your cold brews and lattes for a well-deserved coffee break. Teas and cold-pressed juices are also on the menu. For food, there’s a range of wraps, pizzas and and bites, and a selection of cakes and pastries for snacks.
When the sun sets, that’s when the bar really comes to life. Coffee cups turn into martini glasses as the the bartenders break out a cocktail menu specialising in coffee. A shot of coffee might not be enough to keep you awake throughout the night, but a shot of alcohol might be the answer. Aside from the quintessential Buttery Nipples and espresso martinis, the bar has whipped up their own coffee creations.
A must-have is the Flying Singaporean, which is an Absinthe and XO coffee cocktail which guarantees will have you so tripped out you feel like you are flying. A deadly mix that is not for the faint-hearted! The bar also gives a spin on the classic Old Fashioned by giving it a double shot of espresso, resulting in an Old Fashioned Coffee.
Like the Kopi-O that you get at your neighborhood coffeeshop? Try the Ripple Stimulant – a smooth concoction of Vodka, Kahlua and a shot of coffee. Another local creation is Romeo’s Juliet, a light mix of Patron, Frangelico, Bailey’s and fresh milk that goes down smoothly.
Not forgetting the weekly Ladies Night promotions! All ladies get 1-for-1 coffee cocktails from 6pm to 9pm every Wednesday.
For those who aren’t caffeine-inclined, fret not because the bar also does classic cocktails and bottled beers. But seriously, you’re at a bar that specialises in coffee cocktails. Get an espresso martini.
Eyelash extensions are now almost every girl’s indispensable investment. It is true that your eyelash extensions can last up to 4-5 weeks but utilising the wrong products with them can result in lash fallout. Applying a waterproof or oil-based formula is probably the last thing you want to do as that damages the extension bond of your lashes, which could cause them to be brittle. So, what are the products that work well with our routine (and frankly, quite pricey) monthly investments?
3 main rules.
Steer clear of oil-based eye makeup
Comb through your lashes daily with a spoolie to avoid tangles
Only use products that are gentle on your eyes.
While some girls tend to avoid makeup together, we don’t think that you have to — as long as you know what to look out for. Find those that deliver on intensity and efficiency without risking harm to your costly eyelash extensions, essentially, gentle water-based formulas. So here you go, the makeup (and the makeup removers) that are safe for eyelash extensions.
Want to work on that extra drama on top of your lash extensions? Don’t sweat it. Oil free mascaras/eyeliner works on all synthetic, silk or mink faux lashes without putting them at risk.
If you like your mascara clump-free and inky, this mascara is your best bet. This water-based, paraben free formula defines your lashes in the most natural way possible. Even after multiple coats, your lashes still stay flake-free and silky. It also glides off well when removed with an oil-free makeup remover, which already is half the battle won when it comes to combating lash loss.
URBAN DECAY MASCARA RESURRECTION, $22.10
This is a clear, gel-based serum released by Urban Decay. It helps to freshen up your mascara throughout the day. It can also be used to refresh your extensions by combing through them and separating them when they get clumped up. The oil-free formula will also nourish your own natural lashes simultaneously.
As we all know, cream based eyeliner can potentially leave a gummy residue on your lashes which is a huge no-no. Your best option would be a powder based liner which you can glide on with a flat angled brush. This product delivers a non-transfer colour payoff and sticks with you from dawn to dusk.
If you gravitate towards felt-tip liquid eyeliners, this product is made for you. The tapered brush design of this versatile eyeliner helps you to achieve both precise thin to thick liner looks. Most importantly, it is oil-free which prevents your eyelash extension glue from degrading.
Your choice in makeup remover is also as important as your makeup; excessive tugging and rubbing can aggravate lash loss. These are some removers that are oil-free yet capable in removing all of your daily eye makeup in one smooth swipe.
This is every makeup artist’s holy grail product, you can spy it backstage during Fashion Week, used on the faces of models and talents. The oil-free makeup remover is also free of alcohol and soap, and efficient when it comes to loosening all types of makeup, even paint or powder. Dip it with a cotton bud and trace around your eye makeup as cotton balls tend to fleece and tangle on lashes.
When was the last time you removed your eye makeup without a sting? This classic eye makeup remover formula is not only fragrance, paraben and oil free but also sting-free due to Clinique’s clean philosophy. It works gentle but fast on makeup touch ups and removal with minimal rubbing which is a bonus for lash extensions consumers.
Don’t want to hurt your wallet for a makeup remover? Fret not, we got your back. A budget option would be this drugstore product. It works well for its price and it is also Daxita (London Lash Queen) approved. As it’s packaging suggests, it is gentle on sensitive eyes and contains no harsh chemicals that would harm your lashes nor eyes. Effortless in removing makeup, it leaves your lids spotless and smooth.
As a tourist, New York might seem overwhelming. In this city which never sleeps, it can be confusing navigating the city which seems to have iconic attractions and countless museums at every turn of the corner.
We’ve put together a basic guide to exploring New York as a tourist by picking out the most iconic New York City attractions.
Visit Lady Liberty on her island
Out of all the iconic landmarks that New York is know for, the Statue of Liberty is probably the most famous. The copper statue is one of the largest statues in the world, standing just under 152 feet tall from the base to the torch.
Every ferry ticket includes an audio guide (available in various languages) to guide you through the island the history of the monument as you walk around the grounds. You can choose to take the ferry from either Battery Park (Manhattan, New York) or Liberty State Park (New Jersey). The queues from Liberty State Park is much shorter because most of the tourists would be coming from Battery Park. During peak periods, you can expect to wait for queues for up to 2 hours at Battery Park.
You can also visit the crown and the pedestal of The Statue Of Liberty, although you have to purchase separate tickets in advance for that. The view from Lady Liberty will give you a bird’s eye view of Manhattan from across the river, which can only be topped by view on the Helicopter Tour around Manhattan.
After you’re done, you can choose to stop at Ellis Island which is just next to Liberty Island to drop by the Immigration Museum. There is also an audio tour for the museum, which details the history of Ellis Island which was door to America for over 12 million immigrants, whose descendants now make up more than half of the entire American population. The ferry would then drop you off at Battery Park which is near our next must-visit tourist spot if you’re very auspicious – the Charging Bull on Wall Street.
From $78. Skip the lines when you book your Statue Of Liberty Ferry tickets through Klook. Statue Of Liberty Ferry tickets are also included as one of attractions under the Go New York City Card – Explorer Pass. Booking your tickets online is recommended, especially during peak travel season.
Alternatively, if you just want to get as close to Lady Liberty without actually stepping foot on the island, there is a free ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island where you can get a closer view of the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island Ferry operates between the Whitehall Terminal on Manhattan (next to Battery Park) and the St. George Terminal on Staten Island.
Rub the Charging Bull for some luck
Walking down Wall Street isn’t enough to bring you luck in your financial endeavours. Try rubbing the golden bull for some luck, and you’ll need even more luck to get a picture alone with the bull as it will most likely be surrounded by tourists.
The massive bronze statue was created as a symbol that anyone from around the world could overcome every obstacle through hard work and determination. Now it has become a talisman for Wall Street traders, and has now been joined by another statue, Fearless Girl.
Snap a picture with the Empire State Building
Visiting the Empire State Building might be on top of your must-do tourist list, but here’s our tip if you want to get a picture with the entire Empire State Building. Instead of going up the Empire State Building, visit the Top Of The Rock over at the Rockefeller Center.
The lift going up (and down) is pretty fun, with futuristic music and neon lights to make your lift trip up more exciting. Once you get to the 67th floor, head up the escalator and up another flight of stairs to the 70th floor where you’ll get a view of Manhattan and the Empire State Building without having to look through a grimy piece of glass. Watch the sunset over the city and the buildings start to light up the night before you head back down for dinner.
It’s also good to decide if you want to see Manhattan during the day or at night beforehand. If you want to catch the view of the city at the Golden Hour, try to get there about one hour just before sunset. It takes at least 20 minutes to get to the top as you’ll go through security, a photo opportunity, and watch a few mini-films on the way up as you wait in line for the lift up.
I booked my tickets through Klook, which means that I didn’t have to wait in line with everyone else. The ticket desk will also tell you what time the sun will set, current weather conditions (you might want to visit on another day if it’s too cloudy because you wouldn’t be able to see much) as well as the temperature and winds at the top for that particular day.
During winter, you can head back down to the outdoor skating ring outside Rockefeller center- another must-do for both locals and tourists alike. After Thanksgiving, the Christmas Tree will be erected, and you’ll be able to spin under the lights just like Buddy The Elf and Jovie do in Elf.
From $52. Skip the lines when you book your Top Of The Rock admission tickets through Klook. Top Of The Rock admission tickets are also included as one of attractions under the Go New York City Card – Explorer Pass.
Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge has inspired many generations of poets, songwriters and painters with its Gothic-shaped arches and suspension cables. You can view the bridge from various ferries, but you can also walk across the bridge. Better yet, you can also bike across the bridge.
Instead of just cycling across the Brooklyn Bridge and back, plan your route so that you can see more of Brooklyn. Here’s my recommended route that you can easily complete in 3 to 4 hours.
Pick up your bike at Unlimited Biking at 110 South St, NY10038 or 38 Park Row
Follow the crowd to the Brooklyn Bridge! Note that the entrance to the bridge is away from the water’s edge, and starts at New York City Hall/ City Hall Park.
After you pass by the first pillar, turn and take a picture of the bridge with the World Trade Center in the background.
When you come to the end of the cycling path at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge, turn right and follow the path back to Empire Fulton Ferry Park
If you want a bite, stop by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Shake Shack or Luke’s Lobster.
Stop by Pebble Beach where you get both views of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Note that there is only one cycling path in and out of Pebble Beach, and its entrance is at Plymouth St/ Main St.
Continue onto John Street Park.
Cycle by Brooklyn Roasting Company ( 25 Jay St.) which is just one street away for a cold brew or hot brew depending on the season. Remember to lock your bike!
Head back to Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge. You’d want to cycle on the left side so that you get a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, because the other side is just graffitied rooftops (yep, I made the mistake of cycling back on the wrong side).
Ride through to Chinatown. You’ll know when you’re there because there’ll be loads of Asians on the streets and buildings are adorned with neon signs and Chinese characters that remind us of Hong Kong’s Kowloon at night. Further down in the same direction is Little Italy.
After returning your bike to where you picked it up from, head to The Rooftop at Pier 17 for some live music and a pint. Singers and comedians like Trevor Noah, deadmau5 and All Time Low have performed there.
Update your wardrobe with some new threads at Woodbury
The only thing Singaporeans love more than complaining is shopping. And there’s no better place to go shopping for discounted threads than Woodbury Commons. Unless you’re going to rent a car with a group of friends, the best way to get to Woodbury Common is by booking a coach.
I got my bus tickets through Klook, which also came with a VIP coupons booklet with EVEN more discounts. The best part about these VIP coupons is that they are stackable on top of all the existing discounts and promotions that the brand is having.
Unless you’re planning to come back again, you’d want to hit all the shops. Shortlist the shops instead of blindly wandering around so that you can hit all the brands you want to see. Brands include Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein, Pandora, Kate Spade New York, Nike, Marc Jacobs, Polo Ralph Lauren and Under Armour.
You can also take this chance to get some luxury threads, and you’ll find some higher end brands include Dsquared2, Gucci, Balanciaga, Prada, Tory Burch, Saint Laurent.
If you’re looking for branded bags at cheap prices and you don’t mind that they are a few seasons old, head to Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Take note that not everything there is in top-top condition because they could include some returns, but you’ll be able to find a few gems if you have time to spare to dig around.
Looking for a midday treat? Get some gelato at Venchi or a huge soft pretzel from Auntie Anne’s to get some sugar in your bloodstream.
Leave an entire day for this trip because the trip one way takes about an hour.
CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST. Woodbury Common is outdoors, and you don’t want to be stuck in one shop while it pours because the rain is relentless
Collect your VIP coupon booklet and a map because the place is HUGE.
Want to try Shake Shack but hate the long queues everywhere? Plan your shopping route so that you’ll reach Shake Shack for lunch. Queues here during peak times are considerably shorter.
You might want to consider bringing a luggage if you’re going to be doing A LOT of shopping.
If you’re a die-hard fan of Hard Rock Cafe like me who needs to visit every city’s outlet, you’re in for good news because there are 2 Hard Rock Cafes in New York. One’s at Times Square and the other’s at the Yankees Stadium – both major tourist hotspots. I didn’t have time to visit both, so I decided to pop by the one at Times Square.
I’ll be honest: there are plenty of better burger places around the city (we’re in New York, seriously) and the food at Hard Rock is decent enough. The Hickory Smoked Ribs though – that deserves a mention. For a better experience, visit Hard Rock Cafe at night when there’s live music, or maybe even an artist in the flesh!
Just like every other Hard Rock Cafe around the world, check out the awesome instruments and even costumes from The Beatles, Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Nirvana.
Just before you leave, browse through the shop for some souvenirs. New York City-exclusive shirts, pins and cups are always good souvenirs for your music-lover friends!
Book your meals from $44 through Klook for both Hard Rock Cafes in Times Square and Yankees Stadium. All tips and gratuities included. Just flash your voucher just before you order your meal.
HARD ROCK CAFE TIMES SQUARE
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, USA
Take a break from the city with some beach time
When you think of New York, you won’t think of a relaxing beach holiday. Just an hour’s ride on the train on the other side of Brooklyn is Coney Island, a beach with white sands and blue waters. The blue seas and even bluer skies is a quiet respite away from the hustle and bustle of New York.
The boardwalk is lined with walls covered in colourful murals. There is also a whole other section, the Coney Art Walls, dedicated to graffiti and murals which make good photo ops. If you walk around, you’ll find the Coney Island Freak Show, and hte New York Aquarium is just a 10 minute walk away.
If you’re bored of people-watching, head over to Luna Park for some old-school fun. Luna Park has rides for kids to adults, which makes it much more family-friendly than Six Flags. There are over 50 rides in Luna Park, in addition to more slushie carts and carnival game booths. The rides are ranked from ‘mild thrill’ to ‘extreme thrill’, with rollercoasters, rides that’ll spin you upside down till you puke, a slingshot, and even a water ride to cool down in the heat.
Wonder Wheel at Luna Park on Coney Island
Make sure you grab a hot dog from Nathan’s, with a pint of Brooklyn Lager to wash it down. Sit by the beach or sidewalk as you eat, but watch out for seagulls who can be very aggressive if they spy you with food.
When the sun sets, head to Steeplechase Pier for a view of the cotton candy skies. You’ll also be able to spot a couple of helicopters and a stray plane here and there. It can get cold out here by the sea, even during summer, so bring a cardigan to protect yourself from the winds!
Redeem your unlimited rides pass as one of attractions under the Go New York City Card – Explorer Pass, which you can get through Klook. You can also get day passes from lunaparknyc.com from USD$29. Luna Park also sells individual ride credits or single ride tickets.
Wake up (or pretend you did) on the Upper East Side and sit on the steps of The Met
Any Gossip Girl fans out there?
Take a seat on the steps of The Met (or also known as The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in the shoes of Blair Waldorf. To get the full GG experience, bring along a cup of coffee and people watch on the steps. The nearest place for coffee is Dean and Deluca on 1150 Madison Avenue a couple of streets away. These same Met stairs are also the one which the celebrities walk up for the prestigious annual Met Gala.
If you decide to go in, you can explore exhibitions and art pieces from all over the world (although they tend to be on the more historic side – for more modern works, head to the Museum Of Modern Art/ MOMA). Head up to the rooftop for (another) cup of coffee. Just like every other place in New York, you can expect the rooftop to be crowded too.
After you’re done at the Met, walk through Central Park which is right next door.
If you want to hit several attractions, it’s better to get an attractions pass as you’ll be able to save some money. There are various attractions passes with different combinations of attractions, and I decided to get New York City Explorer Go Pass because it offered me the most flexibility in terms of schedule and the number of attractions offered.
Book your New York City Explorer Go Pass through Klook here. Choose a combination of 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions from over 80 attractions – but you don’t have to pre-select your activities. Just flash your printed out Explorer Go Pass for access to activities, although some tours do require an advanced reservation. Your Explorer Go Pass is valid for 30 days from the day you use your first attraction.
First time booking through Klook? Here’s another discount code for you!
Book tickets through Klook and use our code “NYLON5” to get $5 off for first-time users!
Calling all Hello Kitty superfans! The latest sneaker brand to hit the streets with a new collab is no other than two brands we’ve always loved — Converse and Sanrio. A must-have item for all multi-generational fans of both brands around the world, the collaboration features three of the classics from Converse: the Chuck Taylor All Star, the Chuck 70, and the One Star – all of which are uniquely designed with graphics of none other than the iconic cartoon itself.
The Fall 2018 collab also drops with six sneaker designs, retailing from $59.90 to $149.90. And trust us when we say, anyone and everyone can strut in these kicks, because they’re available in unisex sizes ranging from kids’ to men’s sizes.
Here’s a closer look of the collection:
One Star OX
Sanrio’s Hello Kitty transforms the classic One Star sneaker with the iconic elements of Hello Kitty appearing within the key visual features of the sneaker itself. The shoe comes with an ivory suede finish and suits best for those who prefer a more subtle and minimalistic design.
Chuck Taylor All Star OX
Make a bold statement and add some flavour to your wardrobe with this number. Be it in plain black or decked in Hello Kitty prints, the classic Chuck Taylors All Star OX never fails to make a fashion statement. If this pair of sneakers doesn’t scream Hello Kitty, we don’t know what does.
Chuck Taylor All Star Hi
The OG basketball sneaker takes a spin with this Hello Kitty design featuring Hello Kitty and friends embellished on the sides. It also includes customised foxing tapes that say “say hello to me when you see me”. A quintessential piece for your back-to-school outfits.
Chuck 70 Hi
Prefer something a little more cute? Then this pair of baby pink Chuck 70 Hi’s might just be the right one for you. With a large Hello Kitty face on the canvas upper and a little bow on the shoe cap, this pink piece is sure to leave all your girl friends green with envy.
In addition to the footwear line, the collection also includes apparels such as t-shirts and hoodies, as well as accessories, like the Hello Kitty Crossbody Bag to complement your whole look. Prices range from $59.90 to $119.90.
Be sure not to miss out on the launch of the collection and cop your sneakers in-stores at all Converse retail outlets in Singapore or online on Lazada SG from August 16 onwards.
Hello Kitty x Converse collection, $59.90 to $149.90, available from 16 August at all Converse stores and Lazada SG. (converse.com.sg)
Where is the fun in wearing body-hugging clothes? This season, we are all about the drapey, loose, and baggy clothes. And there isn’t a better way to look fashionable yet comfortable than to be dressed in the Uniqlo U Fall/Winter 18 Collection.
The design team at Uniqlo Paris R&D Center is led by Christophe Lemaire, and he always does justice to each Uniqlo U line. This collection doesn’t disappoint either, with bright staples and easy-to-match pieces. Featuring voluminous fleece jackets and sweaters with boxy silhouettes, these items come in various colours like red, orange and brown. Reminds us of Autumn leaves!
With Fall coming up and Winter right after, we love Uniqlo for their versatility and how they manage to incorporate stylish elements into their collections all the time. The range includes water repellent(!) and windproof(!!!) BLOCKTECH coats from both the men’s and women’s collections.
Uniqlo’s Fall Winter 18 Collection also sees mélange sweaters with raised looks and soft textures due to the special spinning technique used. And did someone mention vintage-style link knitting? Never go out of style with Uniqlo’s timeless pieces.
The Uniqlo U FW18 Collection will be launched on 14 September while selected items will be released on 12 October. Available at Uniqlo Orchard Central and online.
Once again…. so many new beauty products, so little face. Let me rephrase that; I have just one face to try a whole mountain of new beauty launches, but alas, someone has to do the job. This past week in office, I’ve seen many things land on my desk: boxes of Burberry Beauty, eyeshadow palettes from NARS, a paper bag of Wella (I think I saw a brush inside), fragrances from Hermès, Chanel, Lancome and Narciso, Giorgio Armani makeup (finally!), a mask from Chantecaille, lipsticks and liquid lip liners from Dior, a new colour from Beauty Blender, and more (these are just the ones I can remember!). And yes, I try to try everything, and these below are the few that stood out.
$78 (9g), available in 14 shades (featured: 12 Ochre Nude) at Sephora.sg
Standard foundation stick tube
I’m not a fan of stick foundations (I feel they don’t give the beautiful finish I get from liquid ones); so I didn’t have high hopes for this product. The application started out normal enough; I swiped it on directly to the skin, then used a flat round head foundation brush to buff it in. It was only when I turned my cheek that I said “WOW!”….. my cheekbones were glowing! And not in a fake makeup-enhancing shimmery way; they just lit up with natural light, making my skin look healthy and vibrant! I’ve never described my skin as vibrant before, but this… this looked vibrant.
The finish is soft and semi-matte, and the texture is very smooth.
I went over my face twice for fuller, more even coverage, and I achieved my favourite kind of finish: soft, semi-matte.
It doubles up as a stick concealer
This product also claims to be a concealer (the full name is Fresh Glow Gel Stick Luminous Foundation & Concealer), and it actually works as one. I used a concealer brush and managed to cover a mole, some pigmentation and even a blemish — it was impressive. I used my fingers to tap it under my eyes as well, and it performed as good as a regular dedicated concealer. Very impressive. I haven’t tried Burberry makeup in a while and I’m glad to discover this new addition to my makeup box. Oh, and it’s obviously perfect for travelling with.
SHISEIDO MINIMALIST WHIPPED POWDER BLUSH
$48 (5g), available in 8 shades (featured: Sonoya) at Lazada.sg
The airy whipped mousse texture
With Shiseido’s relaunch of their entire makeup line, we can only expect greatness from this legendary Japanese beauty house. I had the good fortune to be one of the first to try products from the new collection, and this whipped powder blush immediately stood out for me.
It feels like mousse
It has a whipped mousse-like texture, and feels incredibly soft. Even just pressing into the product in the pot, you can feel the extreme “airiness” of this formula.
It smooths on like powder
I tried shade 01 Sonoya, which is a pinkish coral with a hint of shimmer. It’s beautiful (just like the Japanese model it was named after). And the texture is amazing; it glides onto skin like silk, and transforms into a soft powder. The product is very easy to blend, so it looks natural on skin and not patchy at all. I can’t even achieve this with some of the best powder blushers I own. Fun fact: it’s also a favourite of NYLON cover girl, Yoyo Cao (we caught it on her IG Stories).
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION
$90 (30ml), available in 9 shades (featured: 2) at Tangs.com
Armani’s cult liquid foundation
For years I’ve been hearing about Armani’s cult liquid foundation. This past week when it launched in Singapore at TANGS, I finally got to try it and it is GOOD. Now I see why it’s a cult product. It glides on very smoothly, disappears on skin, and skin suddenly looks smoother, poreless and more even.
The liquid is super smooth
I know, I know, there are a lot of liquid foundations out there that can achieve this too (Chanel Le Teint, Dior Backstage, Estée Lauder Double Wear, anything from Three…), so it comes down to brand preference, your skin type, and budget. With Armani beauty, what this product has going for it is its cult status (if you care), newness (in Singapore), and it is seriously impressive on just the first swipe. I don’t see anyone not being impressed by this product.
THREE LYRICAL LIP BLOOM
$48, available in 12 shades (featured: 11 Run Free) from 1 Sep at TANGS at Tang Plaza. Pre-launch from 21 Aug at Takashimaya
Nice rectangular packaging
I don’t use many lipsticks or lip colours, but I actually like this new lip product from Japanese brand, Three. The texture is interesting — it’s not glossy at all (hence also not sticky), and it’s not very matte or dry. Three calls it a “raw matte” texture — ambiguous, but I love the description. And what I particularly love about this product are the ingredients in the formula : Prune seed oil, Acai berry oil, Tea seed oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Evening primrose oil, Rosehip oil, Shea butter, and Beeswax — all pretty safe and relatively healthy, which is important because I’m putting it on my lips.
The shade “Run Free” is an elegant poppy red
If I had a choice, I would go with the pink beige shade, “01 Movement Feel”; but I was given shade “11 Run Free”, which is an elegant poppy red, and surprisingly natural. I tapped it onto lips and it resulted in a very pretty stain. I imagine if you swiped it on straight from the applicator you could achieve a vivid, bold lip (I’ll get someone to demonstrate and then update this space).
I love that Three’s eye and lip packaging are the same
I like the packaging too; it has hard, clean lines and is the same shape and size as the brand’s eye products. Imagine collecting them all and lining them up in your makeup box. It’s a minimalist’s dream come true.
MOIST, DIANE EXTRA FRESH & HYDRATE
$16.90 each (450ml), available in 6 variants (featured: Extra Fresh & Hydrate) at Watsons
Shampoos and conditioners are personal preferences, and I believe these are products where price doesn’t really determine how good they are. I’ve used really expensive products from Kerastase, Aveda, Aesop and shu uemura Art Of Hair, which didn’t work well for me; and I’ve discovered drugstore shampoos and conditioners that make my dry hair less frizzy and more manageable. This set from Moist, Diane is one of those great discoveries.
Moist, Diane Extra Fresh & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner
There are six variants in this new collection, and they all include Organic Argan Oil, and some type of Keratin — for the Extra Fresh & Hydrate version, it uses “Feather Keratin”, whatever that is. But who cares what’s inside, because after just two uses, my hair was super soft and flowing the way I want it to!
The fragrance is a bit strong though, mainly due to the anti-bacterial ingredients (Rosemary, Tea Tree and Peppermint), but again, who cares…. my hair is softer and smoother than before I used it. When I finish these bottles, I’m going to buy them again.
Portrait by Adele Chan using the Nikon Df
Text by Adele Chan
Hair and makeup by Christabel Chua
Christabel’s beauty regime takes her just five minutes to complete each morning. It consists of “makeup that I can do in a taxi”, which includes brows, blush and a contour palette that she uses as eyeshadow (why not, right?). She describes her makeup style as “simple”, and also pretty simple to achieve. She knows exactly what she likes — the YSL Tint-In-Oil in shade 19 (it got discontinued so she bought up all remaining stock at the counters), and what works for her — lash extensions! To save time! Here are the products she’s currently using…
We’re loving these four new nail polish shades from the Fall-Winter makeup collections of Chanel, Dior and YSL; plus, we threw in some Sally Hansen because we wanted to see how “gel” these gel nail polishes really are.
Above: CHANEL Ultime 636 ($40) is part of the brand’s Fall-Winter makeup collection. It’s a matte nail polish in a classy and fun cherry-red. (Rings from Chanel)
Above: CHANEL Profondeur 638 ($40) is also part of Chanel’s Fall-Winter makeup collection. It has the same matte finish, but in a sophisticated deep wine shade that is extremely popular now — according to the experts at m’pir the nail bar. (Rings from Chanel)
Above: Dior’s Fall makeup collection includes this one nail polish shade — Hot ($40). As its name suggests, it’s a burning shade of orange with a metallic sheen. (Ring from Bimba Y Lola)
Above: YSL has one of the best nail polish brushes, making it very easy to apply any colour. In particular, a colour like this one from the brand’s Fall makeup collection. The shade 107 Violet Underground ($40) is a muted, understated purple that makes a good alternative to the classic red nail. (Ring from Bimba Y Lola)
Above left: YSL 107 Violet Underground ($40). (Ring from Swarovski). Above right: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($16.90 each) nail polishes. (Rings from Swarovski)
Above: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes ($16.90 each). Shades featured from left to right — 474 Can’t Beet Royalty; 496 Beet, Pray, Love; 549 Boho A Go-Go; and 492 Cabernet With Bae. Our nail artist mixed all four shades to create a marbled effect on the forefinger. And the best thing is, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. (Rings from Swarovski)
Last year, I tried a fat burning procedure called Cool Sculpting; I know it worked because the sides of my thighs were flatter — I could see it, and feel the difference when I pulled my jeans on. But the first 10 minutes of the procedure was torturous; I was essentially getting an extreme ice burn. Well, you know what they say… no pain, no gain (I really don’t like that saying).
So when “Emsculpt” popped into my inbox last week, I approached it with a lot of caution. It claims to tone muscles and build abs by giving your mid section (or butt) a workout. The machine does all the work while you just lie there. Logically, it should work, because your muscles are being exercised; but just like exercise, you don’t get results overnight. You need to commit to a series of at least three to four sessions to see results; but before any of that, the burning question is… does it hurt?
No. Well, it didn’t for me.
I had my fair share of anxiety just before the procedure (I was expecting some level of pain or discomfort). And to be honest, it was the whole “reassuring” talk by the clinic staff that made me more worried than I needed to be. It’s not their fault though; they were trying to put my mind at ease.
So this is what happens when you do Emsculpt:
1. You sign a few forms with disclaimers.
2. Lie on the bed and have a paddle strapped to your tummy.
3. Do nothing for 30 minutes while the paddle vibrates.
The paddle is placed over the tummy and you just lie down for 30 minutes.
The sensation of the vibrating paddle feels like that period pain-killer, Livia, which is essentially a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine. And by the way, Livia really does work to “switch off” menstrual cramps. So imagine the Emsculpt paddle as a much larger TENS unit (which again, doesn’t hurt).
I like that the procedure only takes 30 minutes. I don’t like that I can’t use my phone while doing it — metal devices may interfere with the machine, so I’m told. I like that because it’s a non-invasive procedure, there’s no downtime at all. I don’t like that I couldn’t see a difference after that first session.
The Emsculpt treatment claims that each 30-minute session is the equivalent of 20,000 sit-ups or 20,000 squats.
That’s a very bold claim and I personally don’t believe it. I imagine I would feel horrible after doing 20,000 sit-ups (is that even possible?), and after my one Emsculpt session, I barely felt any ache. But I like it enough to want to go back and complete a four-session cycle. It felt good (psychologically) doing it, and because I did experience a slight (very slight) muscle ache that night (the kind of ache you get after exercising), I do believe something’s happening to my body.
The Emsculpt machine
Note that the treatment is very new (it launched in the US just six months ago), so don’t expect to find many reviews online. So right now, this is one of those procedures that you have to try for yourself. As I write this, I’m going for my second session this afternoon, and I’ll update this space again with my results when the full cycle is complete.
UPDATE : I completed four sessions over a period of three weeks. The last session made all the difference; my stomach muscles had the familiar ache from doing sit-ups, and I felt exhausted that entire day. I’d like to say that my stomach is flatter, but it’s not. I believe it’ll be another two weeks or so before I see a more toned mid-section. Hopefully, I can update this page again with good news.
Emsculpt is exclusive to Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic. One 30-minute treatment costs $900. If you’re doing the tummy treatment, bring a friend along, because there are two paddles and the stomach area only uses one. It’ll cost the same flat rate so you can share the session (and cost) with a friend.
OK, #realtalk time. You can never have too many pairs of sneakers.
We know that too, so we’ve rounded up a list of some of the latest sneaker launches right here for your browsing pleasure. There’s lots to be excited about so check out our latest lineup!
1. Adidas’ newest P.O.D System
Adidas’ new iteration drops in black and white colourways, and it’s a design that reworks past archival designs from 1995. Talk about re-inventing the past.
Singapore’s not new to the P.O.D system — it first launched here in mid-June this year, but we’ll give you a quick rundown on things anyway. The P.O.D system is named after the Point of Deflection bridge in the shoe, which connects the forefoot, the middle and the heel components of the shoe. It’s made to support the natural arch of our feet.
The high-rebound EVA forefoot and the Boost heel of the shoe also offer greater cushioning and support.
The P.O.D-S3.1 model also consists of a knitted upper, which makes the shoe breathable and comfortable to wear.
The P.O.D-S3.1 retails at $200, and is available now in-store at Adidas Originals VivoCity, adidas Originals Pacific Plaza and at adidas.com.sg.
The PUMA California is as gorgeous as it is high-performance. A sport-turned classic, this Tennis silhouette actually originated out of the courts all the way back in 1983 during Guillermo Vilas’ win at the Argentina grand slam. Talk about (not so) humble beginnings for these good-lookin’ shoes.
The Tennis silhouette now makes its way out of the archives with this California exotic, and we love how it is laidback, casual, and yet also highly functional. Not only is it stylish, it also boasts a thick sole and external arch support, which means comfort. Its upper is made up of nubuck and leather with metallic details.
The sneaker comes in a chic, off-white colour that boasts a clean tone, which definitely makes it easier to complement your outfit.
Images courtesy of PUMA.
Guess even Selena Gomez can’t keep her hands to herself with the California Exotic (*smirks*).
The California Exotic Women (Whisper White) retails for $139 and is available now at PUMA Bugis+, PUMA Century Square, PUMA JEM, PUMA Paragon, PUMA Suntec City, PUMA Vivocity, and other retailers at AWLAB and CK Tangs.
PUMA Thunder Desert
Besides the modern, long-slung look of the PUMA California, PUMA’s new launches also include chunkier designs for a more retro vibe.
The latest PUMA Thunder Desert is all about the chunky sneaker trend that adds an edgy texture to outfits. They also look so. darn. comfortable.
Coming in minimalistic colours for Men (Black and White), and softer pastel colours for Women (Dusty Brown and Mint Green), these sneakers are a combination of PUMA’s latest technology as well as innovative designs.
Made with a leather and synthetic upper, the designs feature subtle snake-skin scales that add lots of character. The trainer is also set on a thick IMEVA midsole for maximum support.
I mean, who knew dad shoes could be this stylish? These are one of our personal favourites because the trainer’s artful layering, and overall look. Not too excessive and yet eye-catching and tasteful.
ASICSTIGER and monkeytime just joined hands for the launch of their Faded Gray concept, which utilises ASIC’s signature GEL-MAI running shoe silhouette from the 1990s, and we gotta say these definitely have a unique look to them.
The prominent features of the shoe consist of monotone suede and mesh, and shoelace eyelets that are arranged asymmetrically along the upper so as to better fit the foot.
The GEL-MAI is known to emulate a pouch-like design since its shoelace can also be threaded around the shoe collar. Its new midsole also features fuzeGEL, a sponge-like material created byASICS for the rear foot so as to provide greater cushioning. All in all, the shoe certainly gives off an interesting vibe, and you know you’re in good hands because of these innovative features.
The black and white components of the shoe are blended such that the end result is a gray colourway. Also, we have to mention that the second shoelace is made of stretch cord, which makes this a creative piece.
The ASICSTIGER X monkeytime retails for $229 and is available now across all Leftfoot retail outlets.
ASICS DYNAFLYTE 3
You’ll be glad to know that these newest running shoes which come with a tinge of spunky, eye-catching colours are enhanced not only in design but in performance.
The DYNAFLYTE 3 is meant for runners who are looking for a more lightweight option. Equipped with a FLYTEFOAM Lyte midsole, the shoe cushions impact when you run.
In case you missed it, the ASICS’s FLYTEFOAM Lyte technology basically ensures that the foam provides greater stability and durability, which is good news for all of us!
The ASICS DYNAFLYTE 3 retails at $199 at ASICS retail stores. More information about the DYNAFLYTE 3 can be found out here.
ASICS RoadHawk FF2
Now available in different colours for men and women, the ROADHAWK FF2s are built with FLYTEFOAM Propel midsole technology. We also can’t help but think of how its name kinda reminds us of…Road Runner. Quite a fitting name indeed.
These shoes offer greater responsiveness in toe-off and also consist of a breathable mesh upper, which makes for a more improved running experience.
The ASICS ROADHAWK FF 2 retails at $149 at ASICS retail stores. More information about the ROADHAWK FF 2can be found out here.
Combine the John Elliott’s signature relaxed silhouette with LeBron James’s spirit for versatility, and you get this fresh new collection. Inspired by the Lebron 8 shoe, this collaboration features the outer sole of the Lebron 8.
It’s kinda like a three way collaboration among LeBron, John Elliott and Nike. The shoe features Nike details, like the 360-degree Air Max midsole.
As for aesthetics itself, the shoe features a striped design on a translucent upper. Also, this shoe takes on a fresh “layered” look with LeBron’s idea of a sock. Yup, you read that right. The collar of the shoe is shaped like a sock.
Simple and yet sleek, the Classic Cortez go well with any outfit. The vibrant pops of colour are at once eye-catching and timeless. Also, we find it fitting that this pair was launched in Singapore on National Day itself, with the Varsity Red colour standing out nicely against white!
This exact pair of shoes also appeared on Forrest Gump. You know what they say…RUN FORREST RUN!
The NIKE Classic Cortez retails at $115. For more information, head over to Nike.
5. New Balance X-90 Return to Future
Inspired by the colourful and spirit-filled era of the 90s, this shoe marries vintage and modern tones with a wacky pop of colour.
While it might seem underwhelming, it is exactly this colour contrast that makes it both minimalistic and fun, versatile for different occasions. The REVlite midsole is also lighter, and is both responsive and durable. The shoe is made of pig suede and a mesh upper.
More colours are available. More information on the X-90 Return to Future can be found here.
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In the land where food options grow in abundance, there is always something for everyone. Singapore is a foodie’s haven with a limitless amount of options for you to choose from. If you’re on the hunt for places to sate your Japanese Don cravings, well, look no further.
Located a stone’s throw away from Lavender MRT, The Refinery introduces a new concept of infusing a casual dining restaurant, mixology bar and designer workspace.
Serving Japanese Donburi rice bowls, The Refinery is unique for their own take of famous Japanese dishes, like the Unagi Don. Aside from its aesthetically pleasing food presentation, The Refinery stands out for its unique blend of flavours especially catered to suit local palates.
The Unagi Don, otherwise known as Unadon, is a popular pick amongst customers for its reasonably sized Unagi, that’s rich in flavour and goes hand in hand with its sweet and savoury Tare sauce. Topping off the dish is the 72 Degree Onsen Tamago; a slow-cooked sous vide-style egg, that’s served on the sides. Just look at its mouth-watering consistency.
Another must-try at The Refinery is their Truffle Shimeji Beef Gyudon. If you’re a fan of truffle, then this is your calling. The dish comes with juicy Tare Marinated Beef, 72 Degree Onsen Tamago and fragrant Truffle Hon Shimeiji Mushrooms that’ll leave you craving for more.
Otherwise, you can grab a bite and opt to try their skewers or even grab a cold one with their happy hour promos starting from 6pm to 8pm daily.
The opening hours can be a little confusing at times so make sure to double check before heading down!
115 King George’s Avenue #01-02, 208561
Open from 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays
Open from 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1am on Fridays
Open from 11am to 4pm, 6pm to 1am on Saturdays
Open from 11am to 4pm on Sundays Website | Facebook | Instagram
Starting from SGD$12, the Japanese Dons here at Tanuki Raw are a bit more affordable as compared to the other Japanese eateries offering donburis here in SIngapore. Nonetheless, this place a hot spot if you’re hanging around town. Located at Orchard Central, Tanuki Raw has grown fairly popular, with customers coming back for crowd-pleasing favourites such as their Donburis and, attractive cocktail and oyster happy hours.
One of their most popular dishes would be their Yakiniku Donburi. Strips of Angus short rib marinated with truffle sauce, placed on a bed of soft fluffy white rice, and topped with an sous-vide style onsen egg, what more could you ask for!
Oyster lovers, this one’s for you too. With top of the line oysters freshly picked on a daily basis along with Tanuki Raw’s happy hour promotion, it’s merely impossible to say no.
181 Orchard Road, 04-01 Orchard Central, 238896
Open daily from 11.30am to 10.30pm Website | Facebook | Instagram
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Be it family gatherings, catching up with friends or colleagues, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant is worth the try if you’re making dinner plans. Catering to almost every palate, this restaurant offers an extensive menu that will leave you spoilt for choice.
Owned by renowned Chef Teppei Yamashita, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant has made its name for its, well, you guessed it, Unagi Dons. The eels served here are flown from the Mikawa Isshiki region in Japan, that’s well-known for their freshwater eels.
The eels are then prepared right in front of diners at the restaurant itself, so it is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The eels are marinated with tare sauce and grilled to perfection, making sure that it is caramelised but not overcooked.
MAN MAN JAPANESE UNAGI RESTAURANT @ DUO
7 Fraser St, #01-48 DUO Galleria Singapore, 189358
Open from 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays Facebook
MAN MAN JAPANESE UNAGI RESTAURANT @ KEONG SAIK ROAD
1 Keong Saik Road, #01-01, 089109
Open from 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays Facebook
Donya Japanese Cuisine
Donya Japanese Cuisine is a hidden gem that many are unaware of. With two outlets located at the heartlands of Singapore — one at Toa Payoh and the other opposite Bugis Plus — Donya is hands down one of the best places to head to if you’re looking for Japanese Dons without breaking the bank.
With bowls going as low as $8, the Japanese Dons sold here come with a bowl of miso soup and are all reasonably sized, making it well worth the buck.
Customers usually come back for the popular Salmon Mentai Don. What’s so good about it you may ask? It’s creamy, savoury and definitely filling, all at such a small price tag. An advice to take; make sure to come down early to skip the lunch crowd if you’re planning to visit in the afternoon.
DONYA JAPANESE CUISINE @ BUGIS
269 Queen St, #01-236 Singapore 180269
Open daily from 11am to 8.45pm Website | Facebook | Instagram
DONYA JAPANESE CUISINE @ TOA PAYOH
126 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh
Open daily from 11am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 9.30pm Website | Facebook | Instagram
If you love Tempura as much as we do, this one’s just for you. As with all the bowls served at Tendon Kohaku, each Japanese Don Bowl comes with generous portions of meat and vegetables fried to crisp perfection, with the option of choosing between multigrain or Nanatsuboshi Hokkaido rice.
The only downside about Tendon Kohaku is their waiting line. Good food comes to those who wait, and thus, the queue, especially in the evenings, are exceptionally long. Hence, we advise you to come down a little earlier to avoid the large crowds. Trust us, it’s definitely worth the wait!
TENDON KOHAKU @ SUNTEC CITY
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Open daily from 11am to 10.30pm Website | Facebook | Instagram
TENDON KOHAKU @ BOAT QUAY
64 Circular Rd, #01-01, Singapore 049418
Open from 11.30am to 4pm, 5pm to 10pm on Mondays to Fridays Website | Facebook | Instagram