Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: What is the Hype about Ka'Fen Hair Products?

Hello my new favourite shampoo and hair care products!!!!
You're probably wondering, like I did, what Ka'Fen is. I never knew about this brand, as I have always been a drugstore brand kind of user. But I think this has become my favourite hair care brand now. You probably might not see results after just one wash, but because this product works to restore and nourish your hair from the inside out, you will feel a difference after about a week or 2. I did after one week!

Ka'Fen is one of the very reputable brands of hair care products that are pretty hot in Taiwan right now. A number of Taiwanese celebrities have been raving about them, including people like Ina Yen, Amber Chen and Queen Wei Ru Yun (you know the song 聽見下雨的聲音?Yah, THAT girl who sang the song). Cao Ge's wife (吳速玲)and daughter, as well as artiste Tina Yen (嚴立婷)are also fans of Ka'Fen products.

Ka'Fen was created in 2010, and is particularly well-known for producing haircare products not containing dimethicone, which is actually a kind of silicon oil. Manufacturers use it because of it's coating property, which gives many drugstore brand shampoo that smooth hair effect after just one wash. 

Dimethicone does form a kind of protective layer over the hair, but when used on the skin, or more specifically your scalp, dimethicone can cause skin irritation. Instead of sinking into the skin and nourishing it from the inside out, it forms a kind of plasticky layer over it, which means it can trap bacteria, sebum and impurities on your scalp. The coating property also prevents your skin from performing its normal activities like sweating and sloughing off dead skin cells. 

Doesn't sound like a good ingredient to have on any products you use on the skin. So dimethicone-free = YES PLEASE!

All Ka'Fen hair care products hydrate, lock in moisture to the hair, as well as keep the scalp clean and healthy, but it is advised to use products specific to your hair needs to achieve best results. 

 These are just some of their bestsellers, and they have good reason to be.

Known as the Absolute/Impression series, this is the first series in the Ka'Fen line of products, which is great for people with specific needs for their hair. They have a floral parfum scent, and the smell lasts, which is pretty good for your crazy humid climate. Most times by the time I walk out into the sun for half an hour, my hair reeks of sweat already, bleah.

The first one is anti-dandruff, followed by the one for permed or/and coloured hair, and the next for general repair and deep moisture. The yellow guy on the right is their best-selling treatment, known as the One Minute Treatment.

The first one is the Anti-dandruff shampoo, also known as the Refresh shampoo. Shane tried this one in a blind test (okay I just poured it out for him to wash his hair and he didn't know what I gave him), and sent me this text the next day "I don't know what shampoo you gave me to wash my hair yesterday but my hair FEELS AMAZING!!!" Haha, you know how most guys can't tell the difference for most things right? And this is one guy like that, and HE RAVED ABOUT IT AFTER ONE WASH! Lol! You get the idea. He didn't have dandruff, and the anti-dandruff one is not just for people with flaky scalps, but great for people with oily scalps. On days when I go too long without a hair wash and my roots look oily (I'd say 2 days, MAX), I reach for this one to fix my tresses. It helps give my hair volume and a certain weightlessness so my hair somehow feels bouncier~

You guys know I have really light coloured hair right? And with light hair I have to go to my hairy godmother Angeline every 1-1.5 months to touch up my roots and freshen up my colour. This little guy is great for chemically treated hair like mine. What it does is help to maintain the colour or perm (or rebonding or whatever you've done to your hair) of your hair whilst keeping it healthy. You know how colours tend to fade and change right? And curls become straighter and straighter and straighter? You get the idea.

It contains active wheat protein and amino acids to help repair the hair, and it also creates an anti-UV mask over the hair to protect it. The sun's rays actually cause hair colour to fade (think swimmers), so sun protection, especially for coloured hair, is recommended. If you want your colour to last longer.

This one is my favourite! I don't know, after using this for a week, I felt my hair a lot smoother and nicer to touch. This is recommended for damaged hair, but because I am super kiasu, I would take this even if my hair is not. I'd like to think it isn't THAT damaged, I've had hair that broke even when my hands ran through them in the past. Now I just colour them every month. Nope, my hair is still healthy. Maybe it's the hair colour they use. Maybe it's Ka'Fen. =)

This fellow also adds sheen and glow to your hair, minimises breakage, and controls frizz, so your hair will look like those Shampoo ads kind that you can flick and have it glide past the face of THE boy of your dreams. (Don't flick too hard. We know how it hurts when hair slaps our faces, at least dancers do lolol!)


THIS. The Snail Series. You know how beauty products have somehow incorporated snail essence and the like into their active ingredient list right? Well for those who fear or have some kind of resistance to use products that have anything to do with some kind of animal extracts or fluids, good news for you. This active ingredient is made to MIMIC what beauty products usually use from snail, so no snails were harmed in the making of these products.

This series is suitable for coloured/permed hair, as well as all severely dry and damaged hair. It works to restore the hair's inner structure and is the most moisturizing series so far as compared to other Ka'Fen products. 

The Restore Shampoo works to restore dry and damaged hair back to health, replenishes moisture and ups manageability. It is formulated with moisture-controlling molecule Polyfluroester to restore the protective layer on dry and damaged hair, and reduces porosity by up to 90%. So if you have previously bleached your hair and it now feels like cotton each time you wash it, please, do your hair a favour and give this a try. Your hair will thank you for it. 

The Restore treatment does everything the Shampoo does, except the cleansing part. It also helps to renew softness and shine on your hair. as well as, get this - increases the hair's resistance to breakage by up to 9 TIMES while healing and protecting the hair!!! Apart from the Repairing shampoo above, this is another one I really like. Plus, it smells fruity floral. I've always liked fruity smells~ Mmm~~~

Apart from Taiwan, Ka'Fen has its presence in Hong Kong, Malaysia and recently, Singapore. Ka'Fen expanded into Singapore May this year and should you want to try their products, Brainman Holdings Pte Ltd is their appointed distributor for Singapore. 

For more information on Brainman Holdings and the other products they carry, you can visit

My hair feels so nice now I can't even~~~

Go visit to get your Ka'Fen now!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Why I Love Singapore

So I was born when Singapore barely turned 20. How young a country that was! And look how far she has come. As a Singaporean who grew up with her nation, I am so, so very proud. I've always been patriotic, even back before our founding father Mr Lee KY passed on. (I somehow have the impression that many people didn't appreciate this land until he left us and enough articles were written to tell of his and the country's achievements.) 

As a kid, I wondered about whether I might emigrate, whether I would want to be a citizen of any other country. And my answer, even as a primary schooler, was no. 

 I love this home, this piece of small land that is an island. I remember passengers asking me where my favourite place in the world is, after having travelled to so many cities, so many countries. My answer was Singapore. It still is. You see, yes, the Big Ben is lovely, and I really like the Portobello Market; the themed parks in the states are great fun, so is the shopping; I love the temperate overseas nice cool weather, and walking around the streets of old towns like Lucerne, and hiking through the Cinque Terre; I miss the cold and snow in Seoul. 

Yet, none of these places gives me that feeling of home. Where there are memories of each street and corner. I remember my first bus ride alone to my secondary school in Nanyang, I also remember climbing that tree in Hwa Chong beside the A11 bench, I spent nights romancing along the Lower Seletar Reservoir, I went for my first date in that cinema, and had chwee kueh and fried carrot cake for breakfast with the family in Chong Pang market. The beaches in Sentosa and East Coast Park left me with many fond memories too, in my school and adult life. That void deck at Bt Panjang was where my great grandmother held her wake. I remember the first year Causeway Point opened. I also remember when I could drive my car onto Palawan Beach and just sit in the car facing the waters, chatting the night away. These, all these, were fond memories no other place could give me. I grew up here, knowing I would be safe just playing with other kids, whether Malay, Indian, or any other race at the playground opposite. I was educated here, such that I was effectively bilingual, taught proper morals, and given what other nations call a 'world class education'. 

I think these are the very reasons why, even after so many years of new NDP songs, "Home" is still the one that resonates with most of us, especially those based overseas. 

Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There's a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

When there are troubles to go through
We'll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home's about its people too
So we'll build our dreams together
Just like we've done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

For this is where I know it's home
For this is where I know it's home

I'll end off with the best cover I found so far of this special heartfelt song, by the peeps behind The Smart Local SG, where Singaporeans from all walks of life come together to sing this song. Beautifully done guys! Even though many everyday Singaporeans zao sngia in this video, it made me warm inside and cry. :,) Thank you for making this video. 

50 years of independence, Wow. Just wow.
Happy 50th birthday, my motherland.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

$50 Eyelash Extensions!

As you probably know by now, many companies are having SG50 promotions to celebrate the nation's 50th. Some of the deals are actually pretty good I must say. You just need to google whatever you might want to buy, and you might just be able to find an SG50 promotion on the www.

Like for example, Allure Beauty is also doing an SG50 promotion (of course) - what do you think about paying just $50 for eyelash extensions?

Click on the picture to read the fine print.

Offer ends on National Day so please hurry okay. We want you to look astounding on National Day. You know, looking good on her birthday is a way of showing respect to the country. ;)

Lashes done at Allure. I cannot begin to tell you about the compliments I got after doing this.

Of course, if you are interested in more than just lashes, they are doing a roadshow this weekend at Tampines One. Do head down and check out the roadshow for other promotions!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wisma Atria GSS

GSS was over before I knew it, and I did not buy anything!!! *round of applause* lol. This must be the 3rd year I didn't go crazy over GSS okay. Mainly because the things I want are hardly on sale and those on sale are things I don't need/want.

Nevertheless, I hope you had a happy shopping ending! Here's a video I did for Wisma Atria for their GSS x Citibank promotion, together with the bf:

Thank you OC for the opportunity! 

P.S This was the same dress by Bridgettbelle in my last post. ��


Monday, 3 August 2015

Bridgettbelle x Montigo Resorts

There's just something about convertible dresses, if you know how to wear them properly and fully utilise the many ways you can carry the super versatile dresses off. So far, I've tried 5, and there are still so many ways left. I guess its versatility is why it has recently become the bridesmaid dress of choice, so that all your sisters can wear the dress in a way which flatters them the most. ��

Currently so in love with this one dress from Bridgetbelle. The blue is in my favourite refreshing shade, and the material is heavy enough to fall nicely down my hips without creating unnecessary fluff. 

These pictures were taken in Montigo Resorts, Batam, where Shane, Mint and Colin surprised me with a birthday getaway. The jetty was so beautiful in the evenings that in pictures, they look kind of photoshopped, don't you think? (They aren't.)

Think I'll get this for myself in a few other colours. 

Convertible Dress: Bridgetbelle
Location: Montigo Resorts

Photography by Shane Low


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Nailz Treats: SG50 Nails and a Luxurious Foot Spa!

Hello! August is finally coming! Which means National Day is near! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty patriotic. I try as much as I can (especially if I'm home!) to stand up and sing the National anthem whenever it plays on National Day. ^=^

If there is an opportunity to do National Day nails, I'd take it! 

So my chance came when Nailz Treats invited me to try out their services. I was more than happy to of course. I haven't had time to do my nails for more than a month and my cuticles were hard from drying out due to flying a lot this month (cabin air is very dry and always dries my hands out). My legs haven't had a pedicure in more than a year, callus was forming and my heels were cracking. Yes, I would LOVE to come get pampered!

I went to their new outlet at One KM.

The lush massage chairs and foot spas! 

I love the fact that they are not excessively pink like how a lot of nail salons are. Don't get me wrong, I love pink. But sometimes it's refreshing to see earthy neutrals once in a while. ^.^

If you're a fan of fancy colours on your nails, you'd be delighted to know that their range of colours is AMAZING! See....

They also use pretty good nail care products! I did some googling, and found that Trind has a lot of good reviews all over the web. =) 

After taking a seat, I was treated to a luxurious foot spa in this foot spa tub straightaway. And they activated my massage chair too! Hands and legs attended to while getting a massage. Talk about star treatment! Mmm~~~

Jacuzzi foam bath for my tired and abused legs. (I got quite bruised and battered on my recent trip to Phuket.)

With mood lights. I read somewhere that different coloured lights actually provide different therapy for different purposes. It's called chromotherapy. You can read more here.

The nail therapist getting to work on my very dead-skin-celled feet. Eeeeks. Sorry for having to make you do this! 

Meanwhile, my hands' hardened cuticles were being taken care of as well. I'm a happy girl. 

While the ladies were busy with my hands and feet, I took the time to look through their work and decide what I wanted. Even though I already wanted National Day nails. Just in case I saw something else and got fickle you know.

Me like what I see.

Ok la, once a year, I'll stick to my SG50 nails! I won't be able to do this in September, or January, or other months you know. Next year it also won't be SG50 already.

Back to my luxurious foot spa. They are having a promotion on this by the way, but more on that later. I was given a thorough foot scrub after my dead skin was removed! 

I could almost hear them squeal in excitement and pleasure. Lol!

Next, this elixir was applied on the injured areas of my legs. I was told that this was supposed to help with healing. I had no open wounds, but I did have quite a number of bruises (from cliff jumping and pole dancing in Phuket).

Next there's this! It's a steamer. You know like how you go for facials and they steam your face? This was for my feet! Whoa!!!

Feet: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

That was not all. After steaming, the pores should open up right? This is when the beautician would apply a mask on your face so it absorbs all the holiao while the pores are open. YUP! A mask was applied to my legs!!! This is pampering or this is pampering???? WOW!

After the mask was applied my feet were placed in these hot socks for further treatment for about 15 minutes. Mmmm~~

Nope, not done yet. After the mask was removed, my therapist applied this moisturising cream on my legs and massaged them some more. I seriously cannot remember when was the last time my legs were treated so well!

Done with my foot spa!!!!

Finishing touches to complete my pedicure.

The colours I went with. I love the random blue and glittery alternates!

As for my hands, I was pretty pleased with the design as well!

Happy Birthday Singapore! Yes, I wanted "I ♥ SG" written. =D 

And I love the big thingies on my nails too! It's been 4 days and they are still intact on my nails okay. I handwash some of my clothes, wash my dog and do the dishes. Those things are not even budging. Usually when I have such 3D pop up things on my nails, they fall off after 2 days, and they are not even this big. I think it'll stay on my nails for a while. Yay!

Like I mentioned earlier, Nailz Treats is having a promotion for National Day!
To celebrate the nation's 50th birthday, you can now enjoy a whole bunch of services for only $50 each, including the super pampering foot spa pedicure I did (which I think is an awesome deal):

Go get your feet pampered, and get your SG50 nails done!

Nailz Treats is located at:
Bedok Mall
311 New Upper Changi Road #B1-03 
Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9558
HP: 9731 1180

One KM
11 Tanjong Katong Road #02-46 
Singapore 437157
Tel: 6702 2202
HP: 9111 8123

They also have another outlet opening next May/June in Clementi Mall so westsiders rejoice! ;)