Thursday, December 5, 2013 :: Boracay With Tigerair & Gushcloud
Heading off to Boracay this Sunday with Serene courtesy of Tigerair and Gushcloud and I can’t be more excited teehee. Gonna be away for 4 days and it will be most fun travelling out on a short getaway with a gal pal! Serene and I share a very urm unusual friendship, to say the least haha. Other than being my other half running The VainPot Boutique, we are sisters-in-Christ and…..strangely enough, always squabbling and screaming down each other’s neck to get our point across. In that sense, it is a healthy form of communication (at least for us) although it always ends up with one being exasperated and the other rolling her eyes.
Then again, I am glad that I can be there for her when her other half is miles and miles away. For these past couple of months, we have grown even closer and have mutual respect for each other as friends, partners and GIRL BOSSES of our own online shop haha (but not before through many tears and laughter).
Just last month, we were buzzing our butts off travelling all over Singapore to find vintage furnitures for VainPot. More are coming in by next year and we hope everyone will get to see a new VainPot by then ;) Oh, before I forget again, we have been gathering feedback from many customers and have FINALLY decided to open our doors to vendors in VainPot Boutique teehee. For the past 3 years, we have always rejected interested brands who wish to rent a small space in the shop with us due to many reasons. Money was not a concern for us as our main objective for VainPot is solely to help gain traction and trust for our online shops in this highly competitive business.
Having receiving so many feedback from regulars and walk-ins, we have now decided to open our doors to non-conflicting brands so our customers can get to shop a whole variety of products in VainPot :) So if you are interested in renting a small space or wish to see a particular brand in VainPot, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see what I can do! ;) We are highly selective of the brands which we will welcome into the shop as our goal in 2014 is to work towards a brand of sophistication and fine living. As you can see, going mainstream is the last thing on both Serene and my mind ;)
Oh, I had digressed too much haha. Back to the Boracay trip this Sunday! Googled a few images and I am already excited looking at them! :D
We will be putting up District Boracay! ;)
Tigerair is finishing the year with a bang because there are giving away $1 million worth of flights in their year-end draw!
Here’s giving you first scoop of this kickass year-end draw! 100 lucky travellers will walk away with $10,000 worth of flight credits each. Every booking you make gives you 1 chance in the draw. Book and travel by 2013 to qualify. Every booking made per booking reference number will be counted as one chance towards the $1 million draw, regardless of number of passengers/sectors booked. If you happen to be one of the lucky winners, you can use your $10,000 flight credits throughout 2014! ;)
Visit tigerair.com/1milliondraw for more information and details!
With Love,Till then! :D
Friday, November 29, 2013 :: Erabrowlogy @ Erabelle
Just 2 days ago, I paid a visit to Erabelle to have my brows done for the very first time in my life. To be honest, I was skeptical about doing my brows and had a bad impression on “embroidered brows” because I have seen friends with stick thin tattooed-looking brows of less than 2mm thick. I have also seen people with embroidered brows which looked totally unreal – not in the least natural looking. That really got me off on a bad impression for embroidering my brows. Until 2 days ago.
After receiving an email invitation from the lovely people at Erabelle, I did a thorough research online about them and found so many positive reviews and photos of satisfied customers with their new brows (which for the record do not look like my impression of “embroidered brows”). At the risk of sounding extremely vain, this step I took to do my brows has got to be one of the “face-changing” experience I have other than doing eyelash extensions. Within these 2 days, so many people I meet said I look different, more poised, prettier (haha) to mention a few. The most drastic reaction (which I don’t know whether to be happy or sad for) has got to be from my manicurist Eleen. She actually asked if I did plastic surgery before she looked closely at me then finally came to realize it was actually my brows that (in her words) “framed your face so beautifully” haha. I’d like to call these the Encounter Test haha. If I receive so many positive reactions from the people around me, whatever I have done, must be a “good job” then haha.
And so, this is my new brows! Taken right after the embroidery service! More on that later!
I booked my appointment at the Visioncrest Building branch because it is just a stone throw away from 313 Somerset and Orchard Central, which was pretty convenient for me ;)
The cosy and whimsical ambience greeted me when I stepped foot into Erabelle Prestige. I like how brightly lit this place is and not to mention the fact, the decor and furniture are inspired from influences of Japan.
I was brought around for a tour of the rooms and I was surprised at the amount of detail and thought that is put into designing each room – down to the precision of the smallest object in the room. The room below is reminiscent of a traditional room in Japan. Even the shower room (on the right) is designed to look like the most traditional shower area in Japan!
The cosy bed and extremely cushy looking quilt.
Here’s another room with the beautiful decals on the glass shower door.
A really feminine room for the ladies :) I love how each wallpaper in the room is handpicked by the owner, who lovessss the Japan culture.
Here’s one with double beds for couples and BFFs ;)
I really love the wallpaper for this double-room!
The common changing area where guests can come here to change and freshen up after their sessions. It is pretty cosy in here ;)
What did I say about the place being whimsical and cosy at the same time? Just look at the cute decals. This is the shower room for all which is extremely clean and as good as new!
A place for relaxation. This is also where ala-carte meals like sushi are served to the VIP members after their treatments.
The wholesome experience at Erabelle commenced with a calming foot spa which aims to take away the stress by relaxing your mind via providing comfort and warmth first to the feet.
It came with red dates tea – my favouriteeeeee at CNY! Didn’t expect to be able to drink it here so it was such a nice surprise haha.
After my foot spa, I was brought to this place which felt like Antoinette haha. It does give off that vibe doesn’t it? This is Erabelle’s consultation area (left side) and relaxation corner (right side) which I felt was extremely posh.
Settled down for a skin analysis before my facial and I was shocked to know my skin’s water content on my cheeks are 30+ on both sides, while my forehead and chin had better readings. The optimum level of water content is 60 so if you get a reading of 30+, your skin is considered dry and I learnt that most people hover in the 30s. Better start taking care of your face before it gets too late!
My VIP room which came equipped with a bath tub!
Then it was a good 90 minutes on the posh bed for my Japanese Sake Face Spa. Erabelle, being the first face spa in Singapore with a traditional ryokan-like service culture seek to provide an original experience that will transport guests to a luxurious sanctuary of personal attention. During my time here,I definitely had a taste of Japanese hospitality and service at its legendary best ;) two thumbs up!
After the first 3 essential steps which includes healing breath therapy with pettigrain essential oils and double cleansing, I thoroughly enjoy this step of the process known as the Lifting Sake Cold Compress (photo on below right).
If you do not know, Sake is known to be an elixir that geishas used to keep their skin smooth. It’s been used by geisha as an all-purpose tool to exfoliate and brighten the face, smoothen rough hands, detoxify the body and regenerate the skin. The Japanese Sake Facial is a deluxe treatment using this age-old Japanese organic ingredient to work its magic – purifying while actively renewing your skin, natural Kojic acid from sake will inhibit production of melanin, aid in lightening and leave you with a radiant glow. And you can see from my photos subsequently how I woke up to radiant skin with a smoother texture which did not need any makeup to look good!
The scalp massage was nearly orgasmic. That is all I have to say :p
This is my customized clay mask with sake infusion. I was given White Clay to combat my sensitive and dry skin. In the mask concoction, there was also moisturising vegetable glycerin and jojoba oils ;)
The additional steps thereafter also include Sake Hot Compress, a relaxing shoulder massage before ending with a face massage with essential oil blend. The Sake Hot Compress was extremely comfortable where a warm towel infused with sake solution was placed over my face to boost blood circulation, contributing to further radiance on skin ;)
The entire range of products from Toner, Eye Care, Skin Care and Sunblock for total skin protection and hydration.
The benefits of this facial aims to (1) Eliminates toxins and detoxifies the skin (2) Makes skin clearer by lightening age spots and blemishes (3) Soothes irritated skin and restores moisture and (4) Regenerates the skin and enhances skin texture. This is my refreshed look after the facial!
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* * *Right after my facial, I was slated to do my brows. Haha living the life you must be thinking! But not at all! I was worrying about work all day long. At least the facial and massage took some stress off my heavily burdened mind. Have been physically and emotionally spent these past few weeks. That aside, I am extremely excited to introduce Erabrowlogy to you because I am in love with my new brows! :D
WHAT IS ERABROWLOGY?
Erabrowlogy is a more holistic brow service (as compared to Erabrow) with a pre-treatment step and boosted aftercare routine, to give beautiful and natural-looking brows that frame the face with enhanced colour retention. The effect is expected to last from 2 to 3 years.
This is the exterior corner where the first step of Erabrowology is carried out.
Step 1: Brow Preparation: A brow mask was applied onto my brow area to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum, whilst hydrating the skin. This is especially advantageous for those with oily or dry skin.
(on a side note, I really love my skin after the facial!)
Step 2: Erabrow Design: I went through a customisation design process with my artist which includes face shape and eyebrow analysis, designing, trimming and tweezing. Creation of the perfect arch was then drawn with Erabelle Long-Lasting Brow Pencil where the shade is chosen accordingly to suit skin tone and hair colour. I just had my hair color done at Salon Vim with John where he gave me a very subtle sombre from deep brown notes at the roots to a slightly lighter honey brown at the end of my hair for winter. So it was a darker shade for my brows instead of my usual light brown!
I was then brought into the room and given a patch test (Step 3) to test for any allergy to the certified colour pigment Erabelle uses. I watched on as my artist prepared new micropen tips and colour caps to ensure that strict hygiene standards are observed (Step 4).
When it was time for the application of color (Step 5), I was slightly afraid as I have always hear people complaining eyebrow embroidery is the most painful procedure to go through etc. Surprisingly, I did not feel any pain! I later learnt it is attributed to the stronger numbing effect that Erabelle practises to ensure the procedure is more comfortable for the consumer.
Then using specialized Softstroke technique and Erabelle’s micropen, colours are applied just below the epidermis of skin to enhance facial beauty, simulating the look of perfectly-drawn brows while minimizing discomfort to the skin.
And it was completed within an hour or so! I asked for darker brows because I take into consideration it may fade slightly over the next few days before settling in. Also, I have always love strong brows! Don’t you think they emphasize the features and make your face look even more attractive? (Think Park Sora hehe). The effect will last for a good 2-3 years over the course of the 4 color sessions so I am looking at all the time saved to put on makeup and having to draw my eyebrows which usually takes the bulk of my time.
Headed out to eat with the girls (after my eyelash appointment with Graceous) thereafter and Evonne said I looked like an ang moh with my new brows haha. Really? REALLY? :D
Even without makeup, with just the brows done prettily, it frames my face and there is really no need for heavy makeup to look good. Got to give thumbs up for this beauty invention! And I have to say again, why did I only discover eyebrow embroidery now at 25!?
Gonna go back for a few touch ups and will document it on my Instagram so follow me there! ;) I really do not understand how people experience redness and scabbing on subsequent days because it has been 3 days now and I did not experience any discomfort?? I should be happy right?? Haha!
Lastly, I have heard stories from fellow blogger friends who mentioned having to bear salons hard-selling their aftercare brow kits with promises that the color will stay longer and then being convinced/forced to fork out additional monies to purchase these kits. But fret not, Erabelle actually provided me with the Browlogy care kit which will be given to all customers after each colour session. It consists of an aftercare cream, hydra cleansing water (which was also used in my facial! Thumbs up for this product!), and skin calming mask which I used on the 2nd and 3rd night for a soothing effect on my brows.
COST & DISCOUNT & A SURPRISE
For those who are interested in the cost and is a virgin to eyebrow embroidery like myself, you can expect to pay this figure which IMO is a value-for-money and one of the cheapest in the market as it includes the price for subsequent sessions as well so you can return for touch-ups!
Erabrowlogy 60mins/session $1,314 (which works out to be $330/session only!)[Consists of 4 colour services, with pre-treatments and Browlogy Care kits.]
PSST, I checked and compared the pricing with my friends who have done eyebrow embroidery outside, Erabelle definitely has one of the cheapest package in Singapore ;)
For those who have actually gone through eyebrow embroidery and would need extra help in altering the design etc, this package is for you :)
Erabrowlogy Redesign & Intensive Change 60mins/session $1,690.60Consists of 5 colour services, with pre-treatments and Browlogy Care kits.
*additional surcharge of $214 applies for Master Artist request*prices are inclusive of GST
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* Discount applies on 1st time customers only.* Discount does not apply on Master Artist surcharge of $214.* Promotion will be valid for 1 year from your blog entry. Expires end of November 2014.* 10% discount will be applicable on Eraliner & Eralip packages if they are purchased on the same day as Erabrowlogy.
With Love,Before I sign off for now, I will be choosing 2 lucky readers to attend Erabelle’s roadshow event at Vivocity on 3 Dec 2013 happening from 6-8pm! You 2 lucky ladies will get to enjoy a complimentary eyebrow design on the spot, pastries and moscato, and a door gift to bring home as well! More on this….ON MY INSTAGRAM today! Stay tuned! ;)