tuesday, 29 jul 2014/ sponsored advertorial

Hey guys, though today is not monday but its still kind of feels like monday, back to school back to work. After a long weekend, life goes on and so does my adverts ;)
Hollyhoque in the house today! Second time working with HH, scroll to see what i have put together with their versatile pieces!
1. warm embrace knit top (here)
2. thrill city skinnies V2 (here)
3. love de'orsay pointed flats (here)
4. next in line boyfriend shirt (here)
5. make a wish necklace (here)
Hollyhoque's pieces are mostly very versatile, you can mix and match almost anything with your own style. Casual, formal or in between, that's up to you!
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sunday, 27 jul 2014/ SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 LTE/ GEAR 2

Hello there! As promised, I’m back for another review after having spent a longer period of time with my Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE. 
I like that the GALAXY S5 LTE allows me to customize a lot of things, almost everything can be personalized, and not forgetting the relatively larger screen that makes browsing a bit less taxing on the eyes.
Okay, so before we even get started with all those functions and geeky stuff, I must confess that I really love the whole outlook of the phone.

It looks really gorgeous in photos.
I’ll kick start with some functions that I missed on the first review (here).

A smart phone, as we all know serves as communication and entertainment purposes, but what about a phone that allows you to enjoy exclusive privileges, special deals and discounts! The Samsung GALAXY Life & GALAXY Gifts allows you to experience more with theses rewarding privileges. On top of that Samsung has throw in over US$500 worth of free contents and services under the GALAXY Gifts section.

For many of us, phone security is very important, we all know that there’s a pass code to unlock the phone but sometimes this can be real burden! On average, most people check their phone every 30 minutes and when even more when we are alone or in an intense conversation with friends/family. So, to key in that pass code every single time we want to unlock the phone is plain annoying. I was really glad that Samsung now too, has introduced the finger print security. You can now unlock your phone with just one swipe!

One more feature that deserves some attention is the Accelerated Download Booster, where files can be downloaded up to 80-90% faster than just using only Wi-Fi or LTE, as the Download Booster engages both LTE and Wi-Fi simultaneously! No more waiting for urgent files to be downloaded!

Another thumb up for the GALAXY S5 LTE is that they understand that “shit” happens! Ever dropped your phone into the toilet bowl? Or perhaps, accidentally spilled water over it? Fret not! The Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE has qualified protection from water and dust. The back cover and multipurpose jack (picture above) when closed tightly forms a rubber-sealed design that helps to keep dust particles out and also protect against harmful ingress of water for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one meter. Equipped with a water resistant earphone jack, the GALAXY S5 LTE frees you to use earphones above water when the phone is wet or in water. Totally awesome for careless people and also you do not have to worry that the vapors produced when showering will damage your phone.

(**Water resistant only applies to pure water with no chemical content)
Moving on to the Gear 2! This is something very new to me and I find it quite interesting and very suitable for people who work out. 

What is a Gear 2? It is pretty obvious that it is something you wear on your wrist which people call it a watch. But behold, it is not your average watch. The Gear 2 is an essential companion device that acts as an extension of your daily life activities, but offers more control and convenience.

The Gear 2 allows you to make and receive calls, receive and reply messages. You can even customize replying message using the S voice. E-mails and notifications can also be viewed on the SUPER AMOLED screen so you can always be in touch, anytime and anywhere without having to touch your phone. :D
The Gear 2 comes in five different colours and I felt the design is stylish enough to be worn as a daily accessory.
How do you even get started? Instructions are played on the screen of the watch when you first switched it on. First you have to download the Gear app (for free) and later just connect it to your Gear 2 via Bluetooth.
The Gear 2 allows you to access it easily by either swiping left/right or downwards. Below is an example of what you will see.
The Gear two in my opinion is really great for people who work out often and are very detail about their diet/calorie intake.

Like the GALAXY S5 LTE, it allows you to keep track and monitor your health and progress with the S Health application & Heart Rate Sensor. In a sense, it acts as a personal fitness manager by identifying all your personal health and fitness data under one convenient dashboard. It can monitor all your physical activities as well as your calories intake too!
This still isn’t the coolest part~

What I love most about is…. It has camera function as well!!! The Gear 2 comes with a 2.0MP camera, this comes in really handy if you are working out, jogging or just do not want to have your phone in hand! Also great for spying and checking your eye candies out :/
The strap is adjustable as well so do not worry about wrist size or having to alter it. A watch that allows you to call/message/take photos and much more, this is totally what you would see in sci-fi movies. Well, it is now happening! Technology is really powerful!!
Even after having spent two months with the Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE and a month with the Gear 2, I’m still discovering new stuff about these devices. I’m not quite sure if I’m done exploring but as for now this is what I could relate to you guys based on my personal experience.
I hope this review helps in your decision of choosing a smart phone that is suitable for yourself and also to those that do not have a clue with Samsung/Andriod devices.  

Oh! And if you’re worried about transferring data and files from smartphone/tablets/computers to smartphone, Samsung GALAXY has the Samsung Smart Switch function that makes transferring of data fast, easy and safe! You can see the step-by-step guide here:  http://www.samsung.com/sg/support/smartswitch/

That’s all for now. Till then, love.

friday, 25 jul 2014/ AVEDA

Hola everybody! Hope things are good for you in this week.

Ever since I was introduced to the hair care products (smooth infusion range) by AVEDA, I became more conscious with my hair’s health. (You can click here for my first experience with AVEDA)  Have to admit though, I’m still not as disciplined to stick to the routine but I’m slowly getting used to it and I do see quite a bit of improvement in my hair condition when I go through the routine, compared to days when I’m lazy and skip it.

After trying out the smooth infusion range, AVEDA invited me to visit their outlet at Ngee Ann City so that they can put together a range of products which truly suit my hair’s needs and problems.
I was pretty reluctant to head down initially because I do not feel there is a need for professional guidance in choosing hair care products. But I guess I was wrong :/ More on that later~ Let us sidetrack a little~ AVEDA is most well known for their high-performance hair care range but they also places emphasis in balancing the body and mind as a whole with their uniquely blended aromas. What I find interesting is they have made aroma oil into pure body mist, and these aroma body mists are formulated to one’s character and is beneficial for the body and mind. The picture above is a list of questions to determine your character and after which, the store personal will recommend you the most suitable aroma according to your character test.
I’ve been recommended Chakra 7. You might wanna try out the character test if you head down to the store, pretty interesting
AVEDA has a “ritual” for every customer who is interested in getting his or her products. They do not simply recommend products without fully understanding their customers. And what I find credible about them is that they do not offer promotions, so customers purchase their products because they truly believe in them and not because they are attracted to the promotions.
Let’s get started with the “ritual”.  My daymaker started me off with some body oils to relax the muscle and tense scalp. You might be wondering, why are the AVEDA advisors are called daymakers? Over at AVEDA, all the advisors believe in putting in their best to make the day of their guests, thus the title “Daymaker”.
She did some massage with the concentrate provided - so as to relieve my tension and set me in a calm/refreshing mood. It lasted for about 1-2mins but she was so good with the massage that I just wanted to fall asleep. I was secretly hoping that she went continue for a little while more.
After which, a scalp scanner was used to determine the state of my scalp and a little backcombing done to test my hair condition.
There is a list of questions to be answered, so that the daymakers can further understand the guest’s hair condition and provide the best solution.
My daymaker picked out a few products, which she thought would work for my hair and brought me through a step-by-step tutorial on how the products should be used/applied to the right areas.
These beautiful curls are being achieved with just applying the products and a little help with the hair dryer. Absolutely no heating tools required! Very beautiful and subtle curls ^^
Thank you AVEDA for inviting me to your store, it was indeed an experience and I have learnt so much more about my own hair. J

Just in case you are interested, here’s my daily routine for my hair now.
First up – The Aveda Dry Remedy System. I’ve been using the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner and Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque which provide extraordinary moisture and suppleness to instantly transform even the driest, most brittle hair without weighing the hair down. My hair is pretty dry due to constant perming and heat styling. One of the reasons why I refuse to use remedies, which is often recommended for very dry hair, is because I’m afraid that it will turn out greasy, leaving my hair looking flat, heavy and oily. But when I use the Aveda Dry Remedy range, my hair is left feeling soft, supple and shiny.
When I told my daymaker that my hair is rather thin and pretty sparse at the crown, she recommended Invati Scalp Revitalizer, which aids people with thinning hair. It energizes and creates a healthy environment for the scalp, also reducing hair loss by 33% that is usually cause by breakage.
The Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is a leave-on product so no washing required. This product is infused with quiona protein, restores and restructures hair moisture. This too is not a bit greasy at all.
Last but not least, these are the products needed for styling. Previously, I tried their smooth infusion range with makes the hair straighter to achieve a smoother hair surface I’m now using the smooth infusion range on my bangs only as I still want my curls to have volume.
I was given two products of Aveda’s Be Curly range the Curl Enhancer and the Curl Enhancing Hair Spray. These products help to combat frizz, define curls and boost shine. Now my curls look so much better with less crazy strands flying out. I know it seems really too much for a daily routine but trust me, you’ll feel the difference and it’ll be worth the effort.

AVEDA provides professional daymakers to recommend the right products for different individuals so if you have the time, I’d definitely recommend for you to head down to AVEDA to find out which products really suit your needs instead of purchasing random products off the shelves. Once again, thank you AVEDA. Head down to www.facebook.com/aveda to find out more!

thursday, 24 jul 2014/ sponsored advertorial

1. the collector's maxi
a very flattering piece
2. ebony organza dress
dresses like this usually does not fit petite frames like myself
but this piece in size XS fits perfectly, i was surprised.
3. willow tweed skirt in indigo 
I'm totally digging this indigo shade~
material is quite soft and comfy as compared to most tweed apparels 
that is usually stiff and not that comfy.
Fashmob has been around since 2010 and I'm always very drawn to their pretty visuals for their lookbook. Apparels are mainly feminine and elegant but sometimes you can find a tinge of edginess. 
All 3 looks are courtesy of fashmob, a new collection have just been launched a couple days ago,
 do pop by! 


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