Friday, 29 April 2016

Rainbow Hair!!!

I'm sitting in FDP's comfy salon chair now as I type this and attempt to blog the journey while Angeline works her magic into my hair. (And I'll probably finish this blog post days later hahaha!) For those who've been following my Instagram and blog, you'd know she's my hairy godmother. I've known her for more than 10 years and I'm super glad about where she has come. She knows what she's doing, and is the woman behind Hirzi and Munah, as well as Tabitha Nauser and Nadiah M Din. And me. =)

So it all started with Instagram. I saw these pictures of crazy beautiful rainbow hair, and for some reason (even though I've seen rainbow hair before and never was drawn to any of them) I suddenly had the urge to go all colourful. Maybe the rainbow hair styles I saw before had a bad mix of colours, because using any wrong shade, or choosing the wrong shade to go with the colour next to or below it, really can make your hair look more "eeyer" than Wow. 

I have been warned that some colours may be hard to wash off after, but I'm prepared. I've checked with my Tanglin folks, and since I'd be taking a break from shoot for a bit it's okay for me to change my hair colour. YES!!!! So there was excitement, and anxiety, and then psyched to get those colours, and then anxiety again. Lol. Will it turn out like those rainbow hair I didn't like? What if I regret? I like my current hair so much as well, so if it turns out bad will I hate myself? That kind of thing. 

I went into FDP with a crazy heartbeat. It wasn't showing on my face, but it was definitely there. When I went in I still wasn't sure if I wanted something milder or the full-on rainbow. 

I went with, yes, the full-on. *fingers crossed*

I already have pretty amazing looking hair, all thanks to Angeline, but my roots were growing out and well, so just nice I was going on a holiday to europe so I really wanted my hair to pop in my pictures. Yes. Hiao. Hey got to up my IG game right? Lol! =D

My hair before today. I didn't apply anything on my hair ends, nor styled my hair in any way. This was after waking up and just having changed and done my makeup. Unbrushed, uncombed, raw out of bed hair. You can understand why I'm anxious and worried right? This hair looked so amazing, what if my new hair turns out like shit? What if I don't like it? What if all my clothes don't go with my new hair colour???

As I had black hair growing out (we call this virgin hair, meaning hair that hasn't got anything done to it before), I had to bleach the roots first. This took just 20-30 minutes and it didn't hurt at all. Which was nice. 

One more for a fair comparison under the lighting here which is a bit warmer. 

Bleaching of the roots.

Roots done! It didn't hurt at all. Okay one thing you MUST remember (which I forgot) is that prior to doing any crazy colour which requires prior bleaching, DO NOT wash your hair for at least 2 days before the dye job. This is to allow your own oils to coat your scalp, which acts as a kind of barrier between your scalp and the bleach that is going to sit on your scalp. Having said that, after the first bleach (chances are you will need more than one), they will rinse your hair to get rid of the bleach. At this point they will not use shampoo yet but the rinsing might still get rid of some oils on your scalp. 

So be prepared, the second bleach is going to hurt. If you don't want it to hurt tell your stylist to avoid your roots. But seriously, the colour will have a bit of black up there, which I do not want. So, bite your lips and bear with it. BUT, that being said, if it hurts so bad you are sweating and you swear that you are going to get brain damage, tell your stylist. I was sweating like mad and it hurt so badly but I just bore with the pain. In the end, one side of my scalp, the side which hurt the most, was flaking and scabbing. Eeeks. No I didn't get brain damage, but my sensitive scalp did suffer some bleach burn. Do note that I have really thin skin, because for most people, this doesn't happen. (My sis said her friend bleached like 8 times to get really light hair. And the scalp was fine. Mine just took like 2 times???) 

Anyway, to get to the below effect, though only 2 bleaches, took about 5 hours. Mmm hmm.

Who is this ang mor?

And the colouring finally began!

Each clump of hair has to be carefully chosen with the right colours so the colours blend into each other at the gradients. So make sure your stylist has good colour sense!

This green was so intriguing, it looked like some kind of tree lizard or snake. Okok maybe a pretty leaf shade lol.

Tadah! You can't tell how it'll look just yet until the blowdrying is done.



See those colours? Mmm mmm~~~


Woohoo! Initially I was really worried about how it may turn out. I'm sure Angeline was jittery too haha! But I think it worked out well!

And here's the final result:
TADAH~~~

The colour just gets better with each wash though. Think more pastel.

This was after 1 wash. The hair was in a much better condition than I expected. The ends weren't breaking off like crazy. You do have to blow dry immediately after your wash though, for it to look nice when it dries. The same goes for all hair actually. Unless you're into the whole bedhead look thing. Also, remember to apply some kind of hair treatment on your hair to help close up the hair shaft. Chances are they are all opened up and that could cause breakage. Applying treatment or some kind of hair oil will also help give it a nice sheen. 

Suddenly I could carry off purple eyeliner. How awesome is this???

And after the second wash this was my hair:
Mummy look! I have rainbow hair!!!!!
THANK YOU ANGE!!!!!!! I've never been more intrigued by my own hair!!!


You can find Angeline at:
FDP Prestige Haircare
18 Jalan Masjid
Kembangan Plaza #B1-06
Singapore 418944



P.S. I did finish this post 2 weeks after lol. You can check out my Instagram or Snapchat (Silver_Ang) for how my hair looks like now!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Nailz Treats Review

I've been with Nailz Treats for about 6 months now, and I have to say they are one of those nail shops that don't try to hardsell their packages to their customers. Not like they would try to hard sell to me of course, but from the times I sat there and listened to them speak to their customers, it's just something I've observed. Personally, I'm not fond of those hardsell types. We don't just go to a manicurist to make our nails pretty. For many of us, it's also a time when we can unwind and relax and not think while someone pampers our digits. So imagine you trying to relax and there is this voice asking you to buy this, sign that, add this, yada yada...it can get really annoying. So thumbs up to this Nailz Treats! I hope you stay this way! I think customers are more likely to return like that. =)

As for their nail art, I daresay they haven't let me down. When it comes to hand and feet care and applying moisturizer, I'm a total bum. I let dead skin pile up and harden for weeks, then if not for these nail technicians I think my hands and feet would be quite jian bu de ren. Lol. So how they always manage to make my nails look good is a mystery. Here are some of the nail art I've accumulated over the months.

What I had on for Valentine's Day.


My CNY nails! I love the Fortune Cat and the baby monkey!




And this was for SG50:


Halloween nails! 


I love dolling my nails up for festive occasions! I also wanted to do a Deepavali-themed one too but it was too close to Xmas so...oh well~


I tell you, once you start doing gel nails on your toes, you'll never want to do normal toenail polish again. Because they last forever~~~ They really just stay on until I want to remove them. Unlike my fingernail gel which very occasionally gets peeled off by me. ><

This was painstakingly done layer by layer by one of the manicurists. I loved this so much! Like it had this tribal yet hippie feel about it.


And then when I saw this glass nail design on an article I read online, I presented it to my nail technician, and despite having no glass nail foil and having never done it before, she managed to pull it off with whatever she had!

Then this was my favourite:


Oh and they also do lash extensions as well! Personally not a huge fan of extensions as I rub my eyes a lot (although I'm not supposed to).

This was really pretty! And I like how natural they look. I'm not a fan of the overkill lashes that fan out dramatically, so this was perfect for me.



You can read more about my experience with Nailz Treats here:

For the ones staying in the west, don't fret! They are opening a new outlet at Clementi Mall come May 2016! Woohoo!!!


You can find Nailz Treats at:

Bedok Mall #B1-03
311 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9558
SMS/Whatsapp: 9731 1180

Vanity by Nailz Treats
Bedok Mall #B1-56
311 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467360
Tel: 6385 6255
SMS/Whatsapp: 8533 5776
(Nails. Lashes. Waxing. Makeup)

ONE KM Mall #02-46
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437157
Tel: 6702 2202
SMS/ Whatsapp: 9111 8123

The Clementi Mall #04-14
3155 Commenwealth Avenue West 
Singapore 129588
Tel: 68365133
SMS/ Whatsapp: 8522 6771
(Opening May 2016)


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

CNY!!!

Hello! Haven't spoken to you in a while, and I can't believe CNY is over just like that. I didn't really do much bai-nianing this year, just the family and extended family. But here are some pictures!

My grandparents' place would always have these potted festive plants at the corridor during CNY. It's been like this ever since I could remember, and I really appreciate this effort (much of it goes to my Mum who usually is the one buying them). Makes the house look so much more 喜气洋洋!

Borrowed this head-dress from my little cousin!


And yeah, when you're at that age where almost everyone around you has gotten married, you're bound to get the questions like "Oh, do you have a boyfriend? When are you getting married? Yada yada yada yada blah blah blah~~~" Seriously, this gets old man. The good thing is, since everyone else around you is married, you get more angpows! Haha! Buay paiseh I know. Teach you a trick - tell them you need to save a few more years' ang pow money because marrying is expensive these days. “红包钱包多一点我就快一点可以结婚了!” Haha! Worked like a charm for me this year. 

First angpow from the closest cousin I grew up with! She's younger than me by a month but she's my aunt. Thank you Ah Yi!

#thatface
You know, I never open up my angpows from that year. I usually keep them until the next year before I open and consolidate my "earnings".



I've still always followed the tradition of having to buy new clothes for the new lunar year, and I did the same for Alton!
Got ti from Taiwan! At like less than S$20! Locally most dog clothes cost even more than human clothes lor!


Not forgetting the lou hei of course. Lou Hei was done on the 7th day of the lunar new year, known as Ren Ri (人日), and it celebrates the birthday of all mankind. I wrote a post about this many years back!






HUAT AH!!! Hope your CNY has been a fruitful one! 
Now, time to go open those last year angpows...