Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence

For years now, we have been aware of the youth-promoting effects of collagen supplements.. Collagen is an important fibrous protein that is found in connective tissue – it's in our bones, our joints and is also a major component of our skin. With collagen supplements, we can maximize collagen levels in our body to support the skin’s structural foundation to improve firmness and elasticity for youthful and supple skin.

With BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence, it goes a step further with its unique RubySignature™ Formula which is a combination of micro-collagen peptides and Astaxanthin. 

I prefer to consume natural and wholesome ingredients, because I feel we are truly what we eat. Unlike normal collagen, RubySignature™ formula is made with a unique blend of ingredients derived from natural sources, not synthetic. It contains micro-collagen and one of mother nature’s most powerful antioxidants, astaxanthin (this is a micro-algae extract). Astaxanthin is the special ingredient that makes BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence different from other collagens in the market today.

The buzzword for fighting aging has always been anti-oxidant for years now. We know we need anti-oxidants in our diet to give us good skin and health. I try to eat as many superfoods as I can conveniently incorporate into my everyday lifestyle. Astaxanthin is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful anti-oxidant, and is scientifically proven to be 800 times more powerful than CoQ10, 6000 times more than Vitamin C, 500 times more than Vitamin E. It's an amazingly powerful ingredient!

In fact, Astaxanthin is the key ingredient in contributing to BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen’s effectiveness. Astaxanthin added to collagen creates this natural shield against the collagen being depleted from my skin cells by stresses beyond my control such as age, the lack of sleep or even the sun! And because it has both micro-collagen and astaxanthin, RubySignature™ formula helps to fight aging of our skin by naturally providing us with 3 things -  supplying collagen, protecting against collagen depletion and delivering collagen effectively to our skin cells. Perfect for a busy lifestyle because all the things my skin needs to maintain its youth and health is there for me in one tasty drink.

Designed to complement your topical skincare routine, in just 6 weeks you will be able to experience skin rejuvenating power with BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence*.

I have been enjoying 2 bottles of BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence daily for 2 weeks now. And it's been very convenient to add to my diet. I chill them in my fridge and just drink one every morning and evening. It's something I really look forward to because it tastes great. No need to pop any yucky supplement pills (I'm never good with pills and will miss out many days because I'm forgetful and also swallowing a pill is not something I would look forward to).

The essence comes individually sealed in small glass bottles. It tastes fresh and has a pleasant fruity flavour. Trust me, it does not taste medicinal at all (if it did, I would not drink it). I love it cold and just drink it straight from the bottle, but here I've poured one out into a glass so you can see its rich colour and smooth texture. It's my power packed daily juice treat!

After just a couple of weeks, I feel that my skin texture has improved and it is also firmer than before. I think this is because the BRAND’S® InnerShine® RubyCollagen Essence has greatly improved skin moisture and hydration so my skin is much more supple.

Even with my late nights ( I usually complete the house chores, work on my writing and keep up with social media channels after baby sleeps!) and busy days with my hands full keeping the little one out of trouble, I don't wake up with tired looking skin. And if I have to doll up for any meetings or events, I have found that my make up goes on better now because my skin texture has improved.

I've also noted that my hair and nails have improved in quality so far. I am looking forward to seeing more improvement over the next few weeks.
This product also comes in a strip form which you can eat... it tastes like yummy gummy jelly. It's very convenient to take on the go.

Buy now on BRAND’S® E-store or find out more information on RubyCollagen (click here).

* Results may vary according to individuals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Postnatal Hair Loss Solutions

For many new mums, dealing with hair loss which usually starts around 3-4 months post delivery can be an uphill battle. It was definitely tough for me... so, with the demands of a young baby, I went for the more convenient option of just CHOPPING MY HAIR OFF.
While I do love the look of my short crop hair, unfortunately, it did not reduce my hair loss. I swept my floor everyday, and found that my hair was still dropping just as much as when it was long. Quite shocking. 
I finally decided to consult a Trichologist at TK TrichoKare. The diagnosis I received revealed why I was facing so much hair loss after giving birth.

After going through some details about my previous pregnancy, and my current lifestyle, we have found that the cause of my hair loss was a few things in tandem, and that was why my hair cycle wasn't able to regulate itself even after months and months of hair loss.

For me, the factors were- a poor diet (and lack of water), stress from a busy lifestyle (there's no time to relax, many late nights on the computer and a lack of sleep) and significant weight loss ( I lost all my pregnancy weight gain which was about 20 kg quite sudden after delivery). I'm glad I sought professional help, because with all these factors contributing to hair loss, the problem wasn't going to right itself any time soon. So I could have carried on suffering for many more months or even years probably. 

The Trichologist customised a deep sea mineral clay mask for me, followed by a special hair tonic using European herbs to promote hair growth, a scalp massage as well as an infrared red light machine to further improve circulation and to ensure the tonics and nutrients are absorbed fully.

The process itself was very relaxing and pleasurable, much like a spa. Just sit back and relax for an hour or so. Immediately after the treatment, my scalp and hair felt very light, fresh and clean.  The Trichologist did a scan of my scalp and hair before and after the treatment, so I could really see a difference. My scalp was indeed a lot cleaner and clearer than before, and the follicles were no longer clogged up. This helps encourage new hair growth.

Over the next few days, I started to notice fewer hair fall on my pillow in the morning and I'm sweeping up lesser hair in the day time. My scalp is now less oily... I can feel the difference because at the end of a long day, my hair doesn't get greasy like it used to. I can now get by washing my hair on alternate days, whereas before I would wash it daily and still end up greasy looking at the end of each day.
I'm encouraged with the results so far and I'm looking forward to growing my hair long again!
Why should we consult a certified Trichologist ? 

At TrichoKare, they have certified Trichologists who use their experience and expertise to help us understand what is happening with our hair. Based on this information, the trichologist is able to customise treatment, give nutritional advice and recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health and appearance of the hair and scalp.
What is Trichology?  
How is it different from just going for any other hair treatment? Well, Trichology is in fact a specialised branch of dermatology dealing with the health of your hair and scalp. A certified trichologist will take a holistic approach by not only analysing your scalp and hair, but also analysing your diet, health and lifestyle to get to the ‘root’ cause of the problem.
Hair loss, dandruff and dermatitis is primarily a medical problem. Just like how you would see a doctor instead of self diagnosing or ignoring a health problem, a trichologist is who you would need to see for issues with your hair and scalp. And you'll want to find yourself a certified trichologist especially one as experienced as TrichoKare.

As a leading trichological centre, Trichokare provides customised European herbal hair remedies validated by certified Trichologists. The treatment uses premium European botanicals which have been proven to have medicinal benefits on the hair and scalp to promote hair growth.

TrichoKare has won many awards. Just this year alone, they bagged the Her World Spa Awards 2016 – Best Treatment For Damaged Hair, ELLE Beauty Treat List 2016 – Best Anti-Hair Loss Treatment, Harper's BAZAAR Hair Awards 2016 - Best Sebum-Regulating Treatment for Oily Scalp, and The Singapore Women’s Weekly Hair Awards 2016 – Best Anti-Ageing Hair Treatment. This is a great testament to the success and effectiveness of TrichoKare in healthy hair growth, preventing hair fall and hair loss.
Over the years, there are also many celebrities like Xiaxue and Sheila Sim who have endorsed with Trichokare to have their hair problems solved.
Trichokare has outlets conveniently located at Novena Square, The Clementi Mall, Nex, Orchard Gateway and their new outlet is at Compass One. 
If you have any hair problems, don't just ignore it as it may get worse. Get them solved with TrichoKare Award-winning Hair Treatment at $29 ONLY plus FREE Hair Care Kit (total worth $250)! It includes a Tricho-Scalp Scan and hair analysis before a personalised treatment is customised to fit the condition. Click here to sign up.

In celebration of TrichoKare’s Trichology Week, they are offering FREE Trichologist Consultation worth $85.60! Valid till 30 Nov. Limited slots only, book now!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Letters to Myla Rae- Your First Word

Open when- You're curious
A week ago, at the Marriott

Dearest Myla Rae,


That's your first word. You started cooing at 2 months and laughing out loud really early ( You were just under 3 months old, we have a video of you laughing really loud and heartily , it was surprising because the magnitude of the laughter did not correspond with your tiny size, I think you had only just hit 3kgs at the time. I was BORN almost a kilo heavier than that! So you have come a long long way so far, chubby one). 

And then when we were in Scotland (so you would have been 6months old then), the cooing and baby sounds became hard consonant sounds. Your first was DADA. Well, more like Dadaddaddddaaaa. And from there it went to baba, papa, yaya, and finally mama (hoorayyyy! lol). But they were just sounds. Even though some people say their baby has started talking once those sounds are made... I don't think it really is. I mean, the baby makes the sounds, but it's random. They call out to everyone and everything BABAAAA! Know what I mean?

But yesterday, my Dad (your G-pa), pointed out as he was leaving our house (G-pa, G-ma & auntie Kerry had all come to visit you yesterday)- "Eh... she can say Bye"

At first I dismissed it as your usual no meaning babble. But as they went into the lift and the doors were about to shut, you did it again. You waved and went "Byeeee".

I think you actually know the context in which to use that word. You didn't say Bye when you waved at your dad when he reached home yesterday, didn't say Bye when you waved at people sitting next to us at the coffee shop yesterday evening. You don't say bye while you're just playing with your toys. Basically, I've never heard you babble it in the wrong context.

But this morning, when your dad was heading out to go buy breakfast, you waved at him and said Bye. It was so adorable. Not a loud excited Bye, but a gentle baby voiced bye. haha.

So yes, if you were ever wondering about your first word, that would be it I think.


P/S - update. It's 4pm now, we just got home from meeting Bessie. Just wanted to say it's confirmed! You really do know how to say Bye and what it means. You just did it, u waved and said "bye bye" as we exited Bessie's car when she drove us home. Took her by surprise (Eh, she can talk ah???), and me too lol (even though today is day 2, but it's still surprising haha).

Friday, November 18, 2016

Out Takes- Myla's Christmas Card Photo Shoot

So today, I put Myla Rae in her Party Frock which my cousin Jess gave her a while back. And took her photo for the Chirstmas cards we are sending out this year.

Oh man it's hot outside on our balcony, so we could only tolerate a very short shoot..... hahaa... but ok ah, I got the shot I want to use for printing on the Christmas cards.

Here are some out takes. :)
(I didn't bother to edit the lighting all that la... will only edit the one I'm using for the cards)

I'm going to use PostSnap to send this year's cards. Have used them quite a bit for the past few months, and love the quality (my mom frames up every Myla picture card she receives lol).  Postage is free in UK and USA so perfect since most of our recipients are there. But they can also send to Singapore etc, there's a postage fee for that.

To get your £1.99 (that's about $4) free credit, use referral code - 917182 when you sign up (click here). (This is not an advertorial... am just sharing what I am currently using).

Monday, November 14, 2016

ShopBack gives you Cash when you Shop at TaoBao etc

I was recently invited to try out a new site called ShopBack which promises to give you cash back for your online shopping. I went to try it and see what it's all about and if it's really about getting actual CASH BACK.
And it is!!! Super Yay! So I'm happy to share the info with you :)

ShopBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ online stores, plus Cashback! Cashback is really just "getting cash back". When you spend online through ShopBack, they give you a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. You can withdraw this Cashback from your ShopBack account right into your Paypal or SG bank account (POSB, UOB etc).
Basically, ShopBack earns a commission from merchants whenever you shop via their website. And instead of pocketing the commission all to themselves (which practically all Discount code sites do!), ShopBack gives a portion back to you, the buyer. So I'm all for shopping through ShopBack, since it benefits me by getting a % of my purchases back in cash. Plus, they include websites that I already buy from quite regularly anyway.. like Lazada, Honestbee, TaoBao, Apple, ASOS, Foodpanda.... there's more than 300 merchants.

I'm planning my flights and accommodation for a trip to Thailand in January, and I'm thrilled to find the lastest Expedia discount codes on ShopBack. The coupons I used are for Daily Deals with up to 60% discount and I will also get up to 6% CashBack. I can withdraw all that for some extra spending cash to take with me on our holiday in a couple months. :)
I'm sure many of you are already familiar with online shopping, especially for cheap deals at Taobao... just watch this quick video on how to use Shopback to shop at Taobao or Tmall and get your cashback for purchases there. The same method applies to all other stores listed at ShopBack  (You get 11% cashback for your Taobao or Tmall purchases)

It's pretty straight forward:
- Click on any store through ShopBack and get redirected to the store's website  
- Shop as usual on store's site and make a purchase
- Get Cashback in your ShopBack account within 48 hours, under the 'Pending' tab
- Your Cashback will turn 'Redeemable' once order is validated by the merchant. This will take 30-60 days to ensure that there is no order cancellation/return/exchange
- You can request for payout once you've reached Redeemable Cashback of $10.00

Wish I found out about this earlier... I buy most of my stuff online. It's ok, now is the perfect timing for Christmas shopping! You can get started and shop with a Lazada voucher, or simply grab the latest online shopping coupons. Have fun! :)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Letters to Myla Rae - Your First Best Friend

Open whenever.

My Dearest Myla Rae,

Today's letter is about your very first best friend Lola. It just occurred to me that I should tell you about her in this letter because she's getting old now. And while I wish for her to be your best friend until you're like 5 years old and can remember your time with her... I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach today that told me she might not be around that long.

I adopted Lola almost 8 years ago. I've slept in the same bed as Lola for many years more than I've shared a bed with your father. I think by the time I met him, she was already 3 to 4 years old. She is family to me. To us.

Your friendship with Lola started from my belly.

This photo was taken one evening at week 34, and the very next day, I went for my regular check up, and ended up not coming home. I was admitted, and we tried to keep you safe inside me for as long as possible.

Lola was very shaken by this. I had gone on holidays without her before, but I suppose she knew this time was different. Your father would update me about how Lola was very restless, and just not herself.

Lola never takes things that are not hers (not even your squeaky toys now, she won't touch them), she doesn't mess stuff, so I can leave practically anything lying around and she won't touch. But one evening at home, Lola went into the spare room (supposed to be your room but we hadn't set up the cot or anything yet at this point), she dug through bags and bags of your stuff ( these were hand me down clothes, some new bedding I bought for you, and I think some toys too). And she started tearing up the bags and removing the contents, then burrowing and making a nest. David snapped a pic and sent it to me. I wish I hadn't deleted it (it wasn't significant at that time). He just said - "I think your dog's gone mad. lol".

It was her doggy 6th sense.. because the very next day (which was a week after I was admitted to hospital), after one final scan, the doctor said you would be safer out of me. And so you were born!

This is when you were 10 days old. Day 2 of you being home from hospital. So everything was still pretty new to everyone... but Lola took to you like a fish to water.

And since then, Lola has never left your side.
At this stage you're probably way too young to remember any of this on your own. So here are some of my favourite pictures of you and your best friend, so you can take a trip down memory lane ... whenever you want to.
Both of you like to gang up and guilt trip me when I'm eating without you both. Lol.
You used to pull her fur and swing your hands in a slapping motion to pat her, but you soon learnt from observing us, that gentle pats are the best way to show your love.
 I hope you will always love and be kind and gentle to animals. By the time you're a teenager reading this, Lola would be long gone to doggy heaven... but rejoice in the fact that for her twilight years, she enjoyed being around you so much.

Love you,
Mum (& Lola!)