Thursday, September 11, 2014

NAILS TALK: STARRILY PARTY TIME! SILOSO BEACH TRIO COLLECTION

REVIEW
*These products were  provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Hello lovelies! Today I have not one but three stunning polishes to share. This brand is also new to Nails Talk and originates from my favorite city, New York! Without further ado, let me introduce you to Starrily!
Starrily is a designer nail polish brand based in New York City. Starrily was created when founder, Mawish Ali, better known as Mawi, ventured out to bring fun and lively nail lacquers into the nail industry. After receiving several requests from customers for custom made nail polish, Mawi had an idea to let customers completely design and name their own nail polish through a simple method. Starrily plans to continue improving and moving forward with this system to let customers create their own special nail polish. 
Starrily nail lacquers are 5-free, and handmade in small batches using high quality raw ingredients. Each bottle of Starrily is individually inspected and handled with love before it is shipped off to its new home.
The Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio Collection consists of three polishes created exclusively for Mei Mei's Signatures. For the uninitiated, Siloso Beach located on Sentosa, is Singapore's hippest beach and home to the hottest volley boy action along with the coolest bars and restaurants. It's the beach to head for fun-loving people both during the day and night. 
Merlion's Dream is a glitter bomb topper of gold glitters in various shapes and sizes in a clear holo base. I painted one coat of Merlion's Dream over Contrary Polish Surf. Despite the amount of glitters, application was a breeze. 
Songs of The Sea is bright and fun glitter topper in clear base inspired by the multimedia night show at Siloso Beach on Sentosa. Unfortunately it ran it's final show earlier in May this year to make way for a new multi-sensory production. 
Back to the polish. You'll find all kinds of shapes in this glitter topper; hearts, crescents, rings, stars, flowers, dots in rainbow colours. One of the most fun-loving polish I've come across. I chose to wear this over a dark base, OPI Vant To Bite My Neck, using the dabbing method. Despite the huge amount of glitters, no fishing was required. 
Pink Flip Flops is a baby pink jelly linear holo polish. This is a really sheer polish, I required four coats to reach opacity. The strong holo effect made up for it, so not much complaints here. 
Out of the three, Pink Flip Flops is definitely my favourite in this collection. A palate cleanser for those days when I wish to take a break from dark, vampy colours yet not boring. When it comes to pink, I tend to lean towards delicate shades like this, so it's really not hard to understand why I love this so much. 

The Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio Collection is sold out at the moment, but do follow Mei Mei's Signatures on her Facebook and Instagram for updates on restock, new colours and collections.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Brow Resurrection: The Right Stroke

Hello everyone! 

Today I'm going to talk not about nails or flower, but a rare topic which I've only talked about it once. And that's beauty! This is not exactly my field of expertise, so do bear with me if I don't write as well. 

"Defined brows instantly make you look more polished."
Bobbi Brown

When it comes to grooming, I'm a firm believer that having a good set of eyebrows can change the look of a person as compared to unkempt brows. I've been keeping my brows tidy by trimming and going for regular threading sessions since secondary days. To be honest, I'm thankful to be blessed with a set of eyebrows of even thickness and don't have much complaints except for a few sparse spots and the amount of time I have to spend each day drawing my brows everyday.

Last week I finally had the chance to  visit Browhaus and try out Brow Resurrection, semi-permanent brow enhancement service.


The above photos were taken right before my appointment with Browhaus. This is my everyday look, light make-up except I had not drawn my brows. As you can see, my left brow is more sparse at the start and end as compared to the right.


All ready for my Brow Resurrection experience after consultation was done.

Before I go on further, here's some information about Browhaus' Brow Resurrection:

  • It's an advanced embroidery technique that's unique and exclusive to Browhaus. It took the Research and Development team 7 years to perfect the technique.
  • To create an intricate lifelike brow look, individual 3D brow strands are etched into the skin with the finest multi-pins.
  • Premium vegetable dyes which are 100% safe on the skin are used. 
  • A dedicated Browhaus Training School ensures all their therapists are in tip top condition. Each specialist must complete at least 200 brow treatments before they are qualified to do the job. 
  • Browhaus offers 2 different styles of Brow Resurrection, Natural and Define. Natural is finer and lighter version of Define and requires a shorter downtime as compared to Define. 


Before starting the procedure, Faye, my therapist, shaped and drew my brows to show me the how my brows would look like at the end of the procedure.


Once she was done, she then explained why she shaped them in that manner and also to check that I like the look.


After making sure I was comfortable, she then proceeded to apply the numbing cream and I had to wait about 15 to 20 minutes for the cream to take effect.

I was assured by Faye that there wouldn't be any pain and I could plug in my earphones and listen to my favorite music during the procedure. With all these assurance, I definitely felt that I was in the good hands of Faye!


Faye working her magic. True to her words, I didn't feel any pain and was feeling pretty relaxed throughout the procedure.


Fifteen minutes later and tadah! Love how my brows look! So much tidier and define, yet they look natural. Best of all, there was no pain, only a slight discomfort (but bearable) after the effect of the numbing cream wore off. Was also informed by Faye it would take about 3 to 5 days for it to fade.


My brows in the way that I always draw them. Feels happy knowing that I can save some preparation time every other day!


All ready for my dinner date with Trisha after the procedure!


The above photos were taken last Saturday and you can see that the tone of my brows is a shade lighter but they are still define and natural looking. Just that way I like them to be.


I'm really pleased with the results of Brow Resurrection and had received plenty of compliments. can't wait to go for my touch-up session to even out the tone.

For those of you who are thinking of doing something to your brows, Browhaus is definitely the place to go.

Browhaus is currently having a Brow Resurrection promotion, a Brow Resurrection Trial at S$300.

Specially for my readers though, Browhaus is giving an additional 10% off, so you only have to pay S$270 for the Brow Resurrection Trial! All you have to do is quote "Grace Hung" when making your appointment to enjoy this special promotion.

Promotion is valid till 30th September 2014 and for one-time redemption. Valid at all Browhaus outlets except Browhaus One Raffles Place.

This promotion is not usually on the menu so it's definitely worth giving it a try.

That's all I have for today's beauty post and I will be back soon with more updates!

Till the next, stay happy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

LOVE, ANGELINE MAGICAL ROMANCE 2.0

REVIEW
*This product was provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Hello everyone! It's time for a long overdue update on Nails Talk!

I'm pretty excited about today's post for two reasons; first, the brand that's being featured today is new to Nails Talk and second, it's a limited edition polish that's exclusive to my favorite nail polish web store, Mei Mei's Signatures.
Love, Angeline is an artisan indie brand started by owner/creator, Natosha, from the United States. Other than offering uniquely blended 5-Free & Cruelty-Free nail lacquer,  she has a new new product line, Stuck on Love, that offers hand-designed nail vinyl stencils and decals for your nail art needs.

With the introduction, let us now move on to the review!
Magical Romance 2.0 is a beautiful lavender polish with gold and lavender flakies, green shimmer and gold holo dust. Of late, I've been leaning towards pastel colors like this instead of the usual dark and vampy colors so I was ecstatic when this beauty arrived. 
What I love about Magical Romance 2.0 apart from the beautiful color is the amazing formula. Application was smooth and it dried quickly too. Two coats was all it took to reach opacity so coverage was nice too.   
Magical Romance 2.0 is a Mei Mei's Signatures' exclusive and only 40 bottles (numbered) are available. 
Magical Romance 2.0 is already available on Mei Mei's Signatures, so pop over and get a bottle of this beauty before it's sold out. I promise, you won't regret getting this!

Meantime, don't forget to follow both Mei Mei's Signatures and Love, Angeline on their respective Facebook and Instagram accounts to get the latest dips on new colors, collections and promotions.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello August

"Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year -
it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul."

Hello, hello everyone!

Back for a quick update before I get ready for bed. Been meaning to share this wallpaper which I created for August but somehow, many other stuff got in the way and I only found time to share with you guys now. Better than late, that's my consolation. 

This wallpaper has got to be one of my favorite among all the designs I had created this year. The colors, and my favorite wax flowers. With this floral arrangement, I was also playing with a color combination which I had not tried and looking at it somehow fills me with a calming sense. 

Hopefully this wallpaper will fill you with peace, love and joy for the rest of August. 

Go ahead and share it with your family, friends and anyone else who you thinks needs a smile, as long as it's credited back to this humble space of mine.

Till the next, have an amazing week ahead!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ALIVE MUSEUM SINGAPORE

Hello everyone! Can't believe that almost 7.5 of 2014 is over and Christmas will be here before we know it! 

So, August got on a crazy start cause of work but now that the event's over, everything starting to go back to normal. On a side note, I've fully recover after getting the all clear from the doctor. And that means I can eat normally again! Double happiness! 

Met up with Trisha last week for a dinner at Din Tai Feng where we stuffed ourselves with Xiao Long Baos, Fried Rice with Pork Chop and my all time favorite, Prawn Pancake. 

Tummies filled and it was off to Alive Museum for an evening of fun!


For those who have not heard about it, Alive Museum, Korea's first and original 3D visual illusion museum has landed in our sunny island, at Suntec City Mall. It's the biggest 3D illusionary museum in Singapore offering a sensory experience that tricks one's visual, physical and environmental perceptions, bringing fantasy to reality. 

So, what's this 3D illusionary concept all about? It's an entertainment concept where the use clever painting, shading and drawing techniques are used to make 2D photos alive from a particular perspective. This allows viewers to feel as if a picture is three-dimensional.

We were there on a Thursday evening, and thankfully, there wasn't a crowd. If you are to visit Alive Museum on a weekend, try to go in the morning to avoid the weekend crowd. I'm sure you wouldn't want to jostle with the crowd or wait in line for a long time for photo-taking.

Ticket prices are S$25.00 for adults and S$20.00 for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Purchase your tickets online and get a 20% discount with the promotion code "aliveopen".
There's currently a promotion till 30 September 2014 - like Alive Museum on Facebook and get a free meal at Burger King Suntec with the purchase of a full-priced ticket.

Opening hours are daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm (last admission at 9.00pm).
For those like me, who are experiencing 3D entertainment attractions for the first time and are worried about not knowing where to position yourself, fret not. Just look out for the photo and pose points on the floor.

The best way to enjoy the Alive Museum experience is to have fun! Go ahead and try different poses, it doesn't matter if they seem a tad crazy, cause it's the quirkiness and fun that makes the photos Alive!

However, if you have no idea how to pose, don't worry. There are visual aids to help you (as seen in the photo above).

Best of all? There's free WIFI provided so you can upload and share your fun shots immediately on the various social media platform.

Fun fact: Did you know Trick Art was very popular during the Baroque era in the 16th century? Using 3D painting techniques, art pieces like the one above trick the eyes and stimulate our mind into seeing both illusion and reality at the same time.

Royalty for a moment; enjoying the feeling of being worshipped, by a group of heros no less.

So do you need professional cameras or special equipments to take unique photos? Absolutely not!

All you need is your mobile phone's camera or if you like, a point and shoot will suffice. Alive Museum ensures that all visitors will have a great experience by providing all the unique props required for the picture to come Alive.

Do note though that some camera flashes may be too strong and appear as a blinding spot in photographs, so avoid using flash if you can. The artworks in the museum are designed for photo-taking without the use of camera flash for best effect.
I can be a mermaid too! There's no harm in dreaming right? 
What's truly interesting about Alive Museum is that there are over 80 masterpieces, of which 9 are locally themed and unique to Singapore.
Spot my favorite superhero!
 Can you see what I see? And is that laptop from Samsung or Apple?
 So I tried to do a moonwalk but I failed, miserably.
 Do not disturb, meditation in progress.
 Love Trisha's expression in this shot!
This is one of the popular artwork; we just had to reenact that scene from Spiderman. If only it was for real.
Alive Museum's vision is that every experience should be fun and entertaining for all. In line with that, 30% of their exhibits will be switched for new ones every 12 to 18 months. On special occasions like Chinese New Year and Christmas, Alive Museum will also bring in different unique paintings and exhibits to tie in with the theme.
Two extremes here; the photo on the left was the hardest to pose, while the one on the right was the easiest.

Attire wise, I would advise you to dress comfortably, outfits that will allow you to climb all over the exhibits. For ladies, dresses are definitely a big no, no, unless you don't mind flashing at anyone.
I, too, can have gigantic angel wings. And I believe I can fly. In my dreams though. 
 What do you wish to do before you die?
 Floating in a paper boat.
Here's wonderful Trisha getting ready for her flight. A special and big thank you to this lovely girl friend of mine for being my photographer, capturing all majority (90%) of the photos in this post, carrying my bags and checking my poses. Most of all, thanks for your company and the laughter-filled and fun night.
And here's my favorite shot! The pose looked pretty easy in this photo but trust me, it isn't. I'm not going to tell you why, you will have to find out yourself.

This pretty much sums my experience at Alive Museum. The exhibits featured here are only a portion, there are many more exhibits which are not featured here. If you wish to know more, hop over to their website at http://alivemuseum.sg/ or like their Facebook page here.

Alive Museum Singapore
Location: #03-372 Suntec City Mall (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Ticket Prices: S$25 (Adults), S$20 (Children between 3-12 years old)
Operating Hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm daily (Last admission at 9.00pm)

Thank you omy.sg and Alive Museum Singapore for this wonderful experience. I will definitely be back again!