Friday, October 24, 2014

Essential's New Relaunch!

I'm not sure about you guys but do you use the same shampoo throughout the entire year?
I for one have like 3 different shampoos in my bathroom because I'll always need different shampoos for my different needs.
& my parents have been saying I'm taking too much space in the bathroom with all my tubes and bottles of hair products. *Don't blame me mom, blame my erratic hair & scalp!*
 I tend to get oily on my scalp if I don't wash my hair every day but if I do wash it daily, then the ends of my hair will be pretty dry. #FirstWorldProblems. To wash or not to wash? Haha.

I'm sure that mostly everyone here have heard of Essential hair care before, a popular brand from Japan. It was such a big hit when it launched a few years back and I was so in love with their products too!! The treatment mask was my must-have in my bathroom every time.
Essential has relaunched their hair series with a
brand new packaging,
improved formula
and a new variant!
 I am so happy that I was sent the entire set so that I can find out what's the best for me!
And as you can tell, they are all easily differentiated by the colors of the bottles and looking at it just makes me happy already. (That's the thing about Japanese products, everything is cuter and prettier)
I know many of you may be clueless about your hair conditions because I was, so you can definitely use the chart above to determine which shampoo range is most suitable for you.
Do you know that similar to skin where there are some who has dry, oily or combination skin.. hair also has the same concept of combination hair? Combination hair is when your hair condition is not uniform from the root to the tip. So I'm sure I have combination hair because my roots tend to be oily and ends dry!
& remember how I mentioned I have many different shampoos? That is because I will alternate between a volumizing one today and a oil controlling one tomorrow. It is really quite a hassle and now I'm so glad that Essential new relaunched series can help solve my problem!
Let's take a look at the entire range of products first.

The Orange series, Nourish and Breaking Defense is for the Weak & Damaged hair.
So if your hair is brittle and breaks at the slightest tug then this is meant for you.
The Hair mask & Treatment tube from the Nourish and Breaking Defense series is a bonus that I treat my hair to every week!
The Treatment Tube is a leave-in treatment, just apply a little and massage it into your hair ends for 30 seconds and you are ready to go! It leaves my hair very moisturized and manageable! So if you are in a rush and can't spend much time on your hair, this is ideal for you.

The Hair Mask  is a more intensive treatment to treat those dry/damaged ends, leaving hair softer, smoother and more manageable. I use this at least once a week!

The Pink series, Moisturizing Frizz Free is made for dull & rough hair.
So if you want to add some shine to your hair and tame down that mane, you can try this out!

The Blue series, Deep Cleansing Care is for oily hair & dry ends. So remember what I mentioned about Combination hair earlier on? This is so suitable for me!
The Deep Cleansing Care (blue) variant has the lightest formula and is suitable for people with very oily roots, followed by Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) variant.

The yellow series, Light Finishing Volumizing, is for limp and flat hair.
The Essential Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue) variants are suitable for combination hair and have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology to target both problems of roots and hair ends.
So I can now experience the best of both worlds with one product - airy light roots and moisturized ends. *Exactly what I need!!*
Another one of the issues I had besides just having oily scalp & dry ends.. was that my hair was super flat. I have quite a lot of hair but it is just so flat and shapeless all the time. I hated the limpness of it and would sometimes even resort to using texturizing spray on my roots to give it more volume.
I've been using this set of shampoo, conditioner from Essentials for 2 weeks+ now and my hair condition has definitely improved.
& that is from the Light Finishing Volumizing series!
My hair has so much more bounce and volume to it now.
All I do before I head out now is just to blow dry my hair and it has a really good amount of shape to it. I don't have to rely on hairspray anymore! (I really hate using hairsprays, so sticky!)
Thanks to the new combination variants from Essentials, I can now target both my problems at once!
Dry hair ends.
Oily Scalp.
Flat hair.
1 solution to end it all!

Right now, Essential is giving away free samples of their Light Finish Volumizing shampoo & conditioner (which is the one I'm using!) on their Facebook page!

You can also follow them on the following social media platforms to get latest promotions and updates on their haircare products!

To healthier hair!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tokyo Sushi Japan x Oishi Japan 2014

I'm a huge fan of Japanese cuisine. Whenever SX or my friends asks me for dinner ideas, I'll usually suggest having Japanese food for dinner. It never disappoints me. I swear I can have it 24/7!
So when my dear friend, Esther, invited me down to Tokyo Sushi Academy, to learn how to make sushi, I jumped at the chance! I've always wanted to learn how to make sushi but I just felt it was too difficult and I gave up the idea but I was wrong, I was able to make a pretty decent maki in less than 2 hours!
Esther also invited Tricia down to Tokyo Sushi Academy, and yes, put 2 of us together, the class was pretty hilarious.

So we joined the class of Temasek Polytechnic students for a half day special training session as they will be involved in this year's Oishii Japan 2014 expo held at Suntec Expo Singapore (more on that later).

Here's chef Fujisaki teaching us how to prepare the rice, which is like the most important step of making sushi? It seems to take the longest time too and yes, you have to actually fan the rice to cool it down to body temperature.

 Tricia and I trying our hands on making the most basic type of sushi!

Us trying to blend in with the hardworking students.

But still, we will definitely have time for a selfie before the teacher moved on to demonstrating the next kind of sushi.

Adding fish flakes onto the rice to "color" it.

Ingredients: cheese sticks and boiled spinach.

We were then taught how to make Kazari Maki, which means art or decorative sushi!
Can you tell what we are making?
Serious at work but it was really fun lah!!

Haha, Chef Fujisaki standing on the chair to make sure all his students got what he was saying and were making the sushi correctly.

YAY, part 1 of the Kazari Maki done.
Pretty obvious what we are making right? A flower!

Chef Fujisaki demonstrating how to roll the "flower sushi" into a huge maki.
I needed some help.. hahaha and I was like calling "SENSEI SENSEI!".. so he came over personally to guide me. #NeedyStudent

Very proud of my work even though it is far from perfect. HAHA.
The last step which is the "make it or break it" part is to SLICE IT UP.
& Japanese rice is sooooo sticky, I have to wipe down the knife every time I slice a portion.

It is not that easy okay!! Need skill one man. You got to have a firm hand but not pressing it down too hard else the sushi roll will just go out of shape.
Posing with my sweat and blood. HAHA.
Okay, dramatic much. But I was so happy I did it!

Can you believe in less than 2 hours, I was able to make all these!
The cucumber sushi was the first one I made and as you can tell, my rolling skill wasn't that good at that time because it is quite "loose"?
The crabmeat sushi was the 2nd one I did and I think I did pretty okay there!
And the final sushi was the huge flower one!!
Super cute please.....
I feel happy just looking at it.

& this is... not mine.
Haha, this plate of sushi is done by Chef Fujisaki, our Sensei!
He even carved out those leaves to decorate the plate of sushi.

 MasterChef, Bloggers Edition. HAHA.
Chef Fujisaki is pretty funny during the class even though English isn't his first language, you'll definitely be able to understand what he was teaching. He is really detailed (well, I guess most Japanese are) and makes sure you get the important points down.

One picture with Esther before we left.
Thanks once again for thinking of me because you know I'm such a sushi fan! I really enjoyed myself during the class and I actually really want to learn how to make sushi lah! Next time can be the perfect housewife right? Imagine your husband come home, and you prepared an array of sushi for him.. confirm that weekend he bring you go shopping. HAHA.
If you are keen to find out more, like the price of the courses and all, feel free to contact them!
Address: 133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
TEL: +65 6444 – 7828
So, remember earlier on I was saying that the class of Temasek Polytechnic students were learning how to make sushi because they were involved in Oishii Japan 2014?
 This is the 3rd year Oishii Japan is happening in Singapore. & this time it is held at Suntec Expo from 16 to 18 October!
Oishii Japan is the largest dedicated Japanese F&B showcase.
& it is launched to showcase the beauty and versatility of Japanese produce that can be incorporated into many types of cuisines.
By celebrating the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, Oishii Japan aims to promote the rich heritage, culture and wide array of agricultural produce that Japan has to offer.
The show caters to F&B professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, importers and distributors, retailers as well as new business owners and investors in the food business.
(visit the website to check out the programmes happening on the 18th Oct - sushi demonstration by Chef Yujisaki)
So the class of Temasek Polytechnic student's experience in sushi making will come in handy as they will be assisting Chef Fujisaki during his demonstration sessions during Oishii Japan Expo.
The students will also be manning a counter at J-Food Street on 18th Oct where they will show their newly acquired sushi making skills and will be distributing the sushis for sampling!
J-Food Street will be located at Hall 404 of Suntec Expo and it is open to public. There is also no  admission charges needed and anyone can buy Japanese small bites and beverages there!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sensodyne #TrueWhiteStyle

If you were given a choice, would you choose a toothpaste that has whitening properties or one that has sensitivity relieving properties? 

I'm a huge vain pot so I know I'll definitely pick the one that gives me whiter teeth!
A nice smile is really important to mnee because well, people usually say I look super fierce if I were to not smile (HAHA). So when they say, a little smile goes a long way, THEY ARE NOT LYING!

When I was having my interview to be a flight attendant at Singapore Airlines a few years back, one of the interviewers even pulled me aside to tell me to "smile more, if not you look very serious.". & I kept her advice in mind and I passed the remaining 2 interviews by throwing in tons of sincere smiles. 

However, for individuals who have sensitive teeth, I think you'll most likely to pick the toothpaste that has relieves sensitivity right? My mom has been using sensitivity relieving toothpaste for the longest time because her teeth aches every time she eats something cold! 

& my bathroom has like 2 different tubes of toothpaste on the sink because of our different needs.

But then, I received this parcel from Sensodyne last week
(which is the toothpaste brand my mom uses because her dentist told her it will help her the most)

& it is their new TRUE WHITE toothpaste!

& it contains BOTH whitening AND sensitivity relieving properties!



I was super glad to hear that & I told my mom that she can try using this toothpaste instead because it is like an UPGRADED version of the one she is currently using.

Sensodyne toothpaste has been clinically proven to relieve sensitive teeth and I bet all of you know that right? It really is what most dentists recommend when you tell them you have concerns with sensitive teeth.

Just that now, its BETTER because the TRUE WHITE toothpaste whitens at the same tjme!

The toothbrush has a double head, one side is the normal bristles which is SO SOFT yet FIRM at the same time - the outer extra soft tapered bristles are specially designed to clean in hard to reach areas in a gentle way!

And the other side is the rubbery side is the tongue cleaner to aid in removing bacteria on your tongue surface. Do you know that even though you brush your teeth really well and clean, a large amount of bacteria is still present in your mouth if you do not clean your tongue properly? So remember to always scrap your tongue with a tongue cleaner!! 

I can NEVER go a day without using a tongue cleaner, but sometimes I'll forget to pack it into my travel bag when I'm on a holiday and I just feel so unhygienic the entire day. So I'm really loving the fact that this toothpaste has the tongue cleaner on the flip side of the bristles.

So I've been using the TRUE WHITE toothpaste & toothbrush as a pair & they work wonderfully well together.

My everyday routine..
squeeze a generous amount (this is just my habit, I like to use A LOT of toothpaste) on the toothbrush..

& brush away!!

I really like the minty flavor it has because it is THE BEST at removing any trace of morning breath I have. HAHA, too much info? Oops.

But come on, don't act okay, everyone has morning breath.

& do you know that the Sensodyne TRUE WHITE is really gentle on your teeth and gums even though it has whitening properties? 

It is 10 TIMES LESS abrasive than many everyday other whitening toothpaste!
(While most whitening toothpastes have a Relative Dentine Abrasion (RBA) index above 150, Sensodyne True White has an RDA of just 13!!!)

So you don't have to worry that you are stripping off the top layer of your enamel like other whitening toothpaste that gives you whiter teeth but they are actually "thinning" you teeth slowly. In other words, brushing your teeth with Sensodyne True White is as gentle as brushing with water!

I'll definitely give my nod of approval to the Sensodyne TRUE WHITE toothpaste & toothbrush which I've been really enjoying using daily.

You can also hop over to their website - to join Sensodyne in the search for the ultimate #TrueWhiteStyle! 

If you want to check out the behind the scene actions of the #TrueWhiteStyle campaign, featuring Andrea & Rach, visit the website!

You can follow - Sensodyne SG - on Facebook as well as - @SensodyneSG - on Instagram too.

Are you keen on getting the Sensodyne True White toothpaste & toothbrush yet?

Well, I don't think I need to tell you where you can find them right?

All leading supermarkets, pharmacies and even those "mama shops" will mostly carry it!

So, embrace your smile people!
It really is the most attractive thing on your body.