Singapore's Biggest Sephora Outlet Opens at Ion Today

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Friday, 22 July 2016 15:16

The go-to store to get our beauty products, Sephora opens their biggest outlet in Singapore today at Ion Orchard basement 2.

Take a right turn after you exit from Orchard MRT Station to see the bigger and more accessible Sephora store, which was previously located at level one.

Besides all the familiar beauty brands at Sephora, American label Kat Von D is now available too, with their own store-in-store concept at Sephora Ion. 

Kat Von D bestsellers include the Tattoo Liner ($32) and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($31).


The Beauty Studio where you can aproach their in-store makeup artists to get a makeover done.


Urban Decay also launched their Vice collection of 100 lipsticks in a huge variety of shades. From the red to the nudes, and even the more exciting colours like black or blue. You name it they have it. We are fortunate to be the first country in Asia to lay our hands on these awesome lippies.


Exclusive merchandises that are only available at Sephora Ion.



Sephora Ion Orchard
Basement 1 B2-09-15
Opens daily from 10am to 10pm




A Walk With Halley (Episode 3 Part 2): I Want A Better Looking Body. What Should I Do?

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Friday, 22 July 2016 07:00

Our Resident Blogger, Sydney, interviews Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more about non-invasive methods of fat reduction and skin tightening.

Watch the video below to find out more.



[Blogger Jasmine] Geranium Oxygen Treatment

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Thursday, 21 July 2016 07:00

It’s every bride's dream to look their best on their big day. As a bride to be, I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity given to experience one of the signature facial treatments “Oxygen Treatment” at Geranium Skin & Hair Boutique.

Geranium turns 10 this year and they specialize in Facial Therapy, Skin Care, Scalp Therapy, Body Waxing, Hair Care and Hair Styling. They are also known for unique facial techniques in Pain Free Extraction and Facial Gua Sha.

What’s different about Geranium’s extraction is that the treatment is literally pain free. I have low pain tolerance so it really means a lot to me knowing that I do not have to go through cringe worthy moments to achieve crystal clear skin. Best of all, I get to have the best of both worlds! Pain Free Extraction + Crystal Clear Skin. Yay!

Another unique technique that they use is Facial Gua Sha. Here are the benefits!

  1. Muscle stimulation (It educates the facial muscles to do tightening and firming)
  2. Organs detoxification (Remove toxin)
  3. Lymphatic drainage (Getting rid of waste products in our body)
  4. Promotes blood and “Qi” circulation (Helps to increase cells renewal for a younger looking skin)
  5. Reducing of water retention, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles

There are many more benefits to Facial Gua Sha facial therapy but in short, the positive effects of this traditional facial technique are wondrous.

Meeting Grace and Angela gives me a sense of comfort that I’m in really good hands. They are very meticulous and passionate in what they do and best of all, they believe in using “轻工”. Now this means they use really gentle and light technique especially during the Extraction. I haven’t been going to facial for close to 2 years now and partly the reason is because I dread having to endure the pain during the extraction.

After accessing my facial conditions, they further explain the benefits and effects of Gua Sha technique and the details of the treatment. In my case, my skin is dehydrated so I’m really glad that this treatment gives full hydration and promotes cells repair to my skin.

I would highly suggest going to the rest room before the start of the facial treatment as all of their facial treatment is minimally 2 hours. Besides, I love how they took the effort to DIY all of their door signs including all of the treatment rooms and how clean their bathroom is!

The treatment room is simple and clean. A spa robe is provided and every room comes with spa relaxation music so you can be sure to fully relax and rejuvenate during the 2 hours facial treatment.

Here goes!

As I’ve light makeup on, the first step is to remove my makeup with cleanser.

The 2nd step is exfoliation and Geranium uses this technique called Gommage that is a French term of exfoliating. This is the gentlest form of exfoliation. Once the cream dries slightly, Angela then removes it from my skin by rubbing and the gommage rolls off the skin picking up the skin’s outermost dead skin cells.

See how clean my face is and how it gives a glow!

The 3rd step is extractions. As I’ve mentioned earlier, part of the reason why I stopped going to facials is because I dread enduring the pain when it comes to extractions but when Angela did the extractions for me it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be so it’s all good.

What I really like about their extraction is they immediately use a cold compress, an in-house concoction of essential oils, to calm down the skin and redness. With the 4th step, the cold compress helps to heal and calm the skin straight after extraction and I think that is genius!

The 5th step is the traditional Facial Gua Sha and also my favorite part of the facial treatment!

Angela did the right side of my face to show the difference and I’m really amazed by the instant result after the Facial Gua Sha. My right cheek feels and looks so much fuller than my left cheek. The effect is so amazing that I wish I could do this everyday.

The 6th step is letting the serum penetrate into my skin.

The 7th step is mask time. This is the 2nd last step of the treatment.

And finally, the treatment ended off with a really “Shiok” shoulder and scalp massage.

Thank you so much Angela for taking such great care of my skin! I really admire her professionalism. You can be rest assured that all of the products used are organic with no synthetic preservatives. The products smell really good too.

Few points to note for Geranium’s “Oxygen Treatment”:

  1. Oxygen Treatment does not come with Facial Gua Sha, this is an Add-On technique. If you opt for Non Facial Gua Sha, it will not affect the duration of the facial treatment.
  2. Gua Sha is not recommended during pregnancy, for acne skin types or hypersensitive skin.
  3. It is highly recommended for brides to do the facial treatment 1 day before the wedding day. Alternatively, you can do the facial treatment 2 – 3 days before the wedding day if you don’t have the time.
  4. After doing Gua Sha, the effect will last approximately 7-10 days.

Geranium is offering new customer discount for “Oxygen Treatment” at 40% off your first visit!

They also have an introducing treatment called “Balancing Treatment”. This is suitable for all skin types, with Extraction (Gua Sha excluded) for 2 hours, valid till 31 August 2016. U.P. $240 and they’re now having a promo at only $128!

Geranium Skin & Hair Boutique

26 Horne Road, BH Building #01-01 Singapore 209062


Take Exit B from Lavender MRT Station.

Operating Hours

Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 am – 9.00pm

Saturday: 10.30am – 8.30pm

Sunday: 10.30am – 7.30pm

*Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays

Tel: +65 6294 2581


3 Cute Braided Workout Hairstyles You Need to Learn

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:00

It is a must to keep our hair off our faces whenever we want to head for a workout. We really don't want hair to be flying all over and sticking onto our sweaty face. Grab an elastic band and tie your hair into a ponytail. That's the SOP, isn't it?

Credit: Youtube MakeupWearables Hairstyles

Actually, that need not be the case. Be a little more playful and style your hair for your next workout session (in case you bump into that eye candy at the gym again!). Here's 3 cute braided hairstyles that we need to master. 


Dewy Skin or Just Plain Oily? Get Powdered Look with Micro-Botox

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 07:00

Koreans can make anything trendy. From neoprene fashion to creating “dewy skin”, let’s just address skin issue with the wonders of Micro-Botox.

The Koreans are smart and practical people. Trends started by them, which have also spread to many corners of the world, are nothing but economical and weather-friendly. Their fashion and beauty trends are influenced by the everyday people. It allows us to look good even as we go about in our daily schedule.

Korean fashion: One size fits all

The practical and economical Korean fashion has led to many trends. One of them is the one-size-fits-all boxy tops; they fit anyone from size XS to L. What about the Neoprene tops and dresses? Not only are they en vogue, neoprene is a functional fabric due to its heat-insulating properties. What’s more, because they always look good no matter what the wearer does or where they go, the Koreans have managed to turn the practical material into fashion!

Credit: Vogue

That is just fashion but what about their make-up?

Korean beauty: BB or CC creams

Their Blemish Bare (BB) or Colour Correct (CC) cushion compact make-up changed the cosmetics industry 360 degrees! It’s famous for their quick and easy application, and the ability to create the sought-after dewy, glowy skin. Thanks to the never-ending list of Korean A-list stars and their radiant skin, the Koreans managed to turn the shiny look that is the result of oxidisation of make-up in our Asian hot weather into something highly desirable. Isn’t that conveniently smart of those Koreans?


Credit: Marie Claire

When the Koreans realised that beauty photo filters are making complexions appear flawless and matte, they made the semi-matte popular by making it a staple of Seoul Fashion Week 2015. It is a look that can be very easily applied by the many Insta-beauties who are uploading and sharing their selfies with the world daily – mostly with the help of photo-editing apps, not surprisingly.

Fixing oily skin with micro-botox

There is certainly no shortage of photo-editing apps. There are thousands of them around. However, whether you want to glamourise your skin condition with words like dewy, shiny or glowy, just call a spade a spade already!


Credit: Vanessa Van Huynh

Makeup and photo filters do not solve your oily skin condition nor will it fix any fine lines or pore issues that you already have in real life. Caking your oily skin with makeup encourages congestion. Why not “wear” your skin as it is? Healthy!

Intradermal-Botox or Micro-Botox is by no way micro or mini in its results. Also known as “baby-botox” in Hollywood, Micro-Botox is when diluted Botox is injected in very small doses on face areas such as the jawline, under-eye area, and cheeks.

Not only does Micro-Botox make your skin less oily with reduced pores, it also removes fine wrinkles, addresses inflammation or acne, refines skin texture, leaving you with a natural-looking mini facelift due to the tightening of the skin.

Overall, you will have a chiseled, poreless and powdered look anytime of the day!


Halley Medical Aesthetics
248 River Valley Road #01-01
Singapore 238302
Opening Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm Daily
Tel: +65 6737 8233
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