A Tale of Two Dry Shampoos

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A quick note on the 2 dry shampoos I’ve been using from Bastise. I started using the one on the left and I liked it because it leaves my hair feeling soft and gave a nice shine. However, while my hair didn’t smell (when I picked up portions n sniffed), somehow I felt there was an unwashed scalp smell. I don’t know… Maybe it’s psychological. Haha. So I bought the dry shampoo on the right and lo and behold! No more smell whatsoever! The downside is, my hair felt slightly stiffer than usual.

In the end, I now use both. Hahaha. Seems to be the perfect combi for me. 🙂

Purple Hair & Dry Shampoo

I finally got bored of my long tresses after 2 years and decided it’s time to have short hair again! I wanted a funkier cut but needed a more classic bob to cover the bleached and dyed hair. In the end, I settled for an inverted / a-line bob (googling for inspiration turned up several names).

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The purple’s more striking than in the photos (dim lighting) and I love it! My only worry is whether the purple will last. The previous time I bleached and coloured my hair, the purple came off with every daily hair wash and became a faded pinkish purple instead of a dark violet purple after 2 weeks. My stylist gave me a free recolour the last time but I don’t think I’ll have the luxury this time round because it’s near CNY and it’s so difficult to get an appointment! (I sat at the salon from 6:30pm-12:20am on Mon!)

After thinking of various solutions, I decided the best way to preserve the colour is to wash less. I’ve tried shampooing my hair on alternate days before. However, although it didn’t look greasy on day 2, it felt greasy. Then I remembered reading about this thing called a dry shampoo before. It’s basically a hair product containing cornstarch (or other agents with similar oil absorbing properties) to remove excess oil from the scalp. I popped into Sasa during lunch and bought the Gosh Dry Shampoo. It was the only brand they carried.

I googled online after that and realised that the most popular brand is Batiste. Oh well, whatever. Buy already might as well try. So I just sprayed some onto the roots of my hair, massaged in and brushed out. Viola! I like it! My hair felt a little stiff initially but that went away after 10min. It gives a little bit of lift / volume and makes my hair even straighter. Lol.

Anyway, the true results can only be seen tomorrow morning but I’m hopeful!

Time for bed then! 🙂

Dyeing Hair

Tried one of those DIY hair colours at home today. It turned out well, thankfully. LOL.

Ideally, l would’ve like to go to the salon to colour my hair before CNY but there weren’t any more available appointment slots left at the salon I usually patronise hence I decided to try 1 of those DIY hair colours.

Asked around on Facebook & was recommended either Liese Bubble or L’ Oreal. Went with the former as the NTUC near my place was only selling Liese.

I was attracted by the ash brown colour but chose at dark, chestnut brown instead.

The entire process was simple enough – mix the colourant into the mixer, apply foam throughout hair, wait 20-30min & voila!

So far so good. The colour turned out darker than I thought but it covered the grown out hair since my last colouring in Oct.

Only upsetting thing is that the curls on the right side of my head seem to be disappearing. 🙁

Fancl

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Bought this Fancl collagen tablet during my HK trip. My mom was telling me that she takes it for maintenance of her skin. I’ve tried the collagen drink from Fancl too. Though my mom & I agree that we aren’t sure if taking collagen really helps our skin but we concluded that it doesn’t cause any harm so why not.

Anyway, strangely, I’ve been taking this collagen tablet for 1 month now & while I’m not sure if it does anything for my skin, I have noticed that it helps with my water retention problem! Doesn’t quite make sense cos collagen’s not known, nor has it been shown to have any effects on water retention. However, I’ve always suffered from water retention, especially the 2 weeks before my period comes and in the past month, I’ve only had mild cases of water retention so far. I can’t explain it but I can’t deny it either.

Well, should someone someday find a link between the prevention of water retention & collagen, remember, you heard it here first!

Masks!!

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I seriously don’t know whether applying face masks will bring any benefits to my face…  I guess it’s one of those “no harm trying” kind of thing.  Unfortunately, being the lazy person I am, I hardly apply masks, though I’ve bought and have been given quite a few. 

Anyway, there’s this temporary stall at Icon that was selling these 我的心机 masks.  The stallkeeper says it’s been feature on 女人我最大 and since it was selling for $2 per mask, I decided to buy some to try.

Just tried the mint collagen mask above.  Loved the tingly feeling on my face.  My skin as pretty hydrated but once the lotion was fully absorbed… I felt it wasn’t moisturised enough so I apply a bit of my SKII moisturiser.  Maybe I’m paranoid.  Haha. 

One funny thing I noted – the Chinese name 我的心机 was translated as “My Scheming”.  Hehe.  Just sounds so wrong.  Wakakakaka.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Haven’t blogged for so long because my boss went on a 2-week Japan holiday.  Nearly died trying to cover all the deals that seemed to flood in.  The minute my boss came back, I took leave to just nua.  After that, I got busy preparing for my own Japan trip.  Hehehe. 

Here’s what I did…

1. Hair Cut!!

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To ensure that I earned the right to walk next to Booze Queen in Japan, I went to cut my hair.  In fact, I got it cut not once, but thrice!

I showed the stylist a pic of what I wanted.  It was risky – ‘cos the style I wanted required waves at the back and my chin length hair was a little short for it.  Nonetheless, he decided to take up the challenge and thus my hair got permed, then trimmed.

Unfortunately, it totally didn’t come out the way I wanted.  So I decided to chop it all off, and go with this 2nd choice of hairstyle (which I also had a pic of).  I didn’t leave the salon till 11:15pm that night!  Heh.  Poor stylist.

Anyway, that was last week.  I visited the salon again 2 days ago, with the intention of colouring my hair.  The stylist was however, rather traumatised that the curls he did for me all straightened.  So he insisted on perming and cutting – again!  What was supposed to be a 2.5-hr perm & cut, stretched to 4hrs!  The pic above was taken by Azure when she arrived at the salon for her hair appointment!

 

2. Winter Wear

The last time I travelled during winter was way back in 1995 and I used a winter jacket borrowed from my mom’s friend then.  The hunt for winter clothing thus started.

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I initially couldn’t decide to buy a trenchcoat like jacket, or a leather jacket, but chose the latter since I figured it would go with both boots and sneakers.  Bought the above from Mango at an obscene price and earned myself membership rights at Mango at the same time.

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I was also very tempted by this white down jacket from Uniqlo.  It’s sooo light!!  Only 200g!  And you can fold it into this small bag so it’s extremely space efficient. 

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Here’s a pic of me trying it on for size.  Was dissuaded from buying by Booze Queen since I probably can get it at a cheaper price in Japan.  Heh.  Cute hor?

Uniqlo also has a range of inner wear with their “heat tech” technology that’s supposed to keep you nice & warm.  I bought a black scoop neck long sleeve top, as well as the polka dotted turtleneck top.  Here’re more pics of me cam-whoring.

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I also bought nice & warm knitted socks from Uniqlo.  Am a little worried about my feet cramping in Japan – they tend to cramp if I have to stand for more than an hour, or if it’s too cold.  Given that I’m likely to stand more than 1hr in cold weather in Japan, I’m… quite screwed.

I also liked this beret from Uniqlo but decided that I can get it in Japan.

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If my ears get too cold, I have these cute furry ear muffs borrowed from Booze Queen.  Hehe.

I also bought heat tech leggings but didn’t really like them – ended up giving them to my mom who’s also going to Hokkaido the same time as me!  Hehe… but she’s going with a tour group whereas I’m going with Iceman, Azure, Ms Trenchcoat & Booze Queen (only for Tokyo leg).

I’m so looking forward to the trip.  Hehehehe.  I will, however, miss Twitter and Weibo terribly.  Sigh.

Ok.  I gotta get back to doing my policy wording now.  Ciao!!

Day Off

Took one day leave today.  Initially took only half day afternoon leave to visit Embrace Dental to get replacement aligners done ‘cos there’s a hole in my upper aligners.  Then decided that since I was going to be on leave, I might as well go for a manicure & pedicure, as well as get my hair trimmed.  In the end, I decided that dressing up for half day of work was just too troublesome so I took the entire day off.  Wahaha.

Here’s a pic of my new haircut!

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I initially wanted something like this:

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But my fringe hadn’t quite grown out and the above really reminds me of Napkin’s hairstyle.  So when the stylist suggested cutting a thick fringe, I agreed.  The ends of my hair is still a little wispy from the last cut but the sides is pretty “stepped” as seen in the pic immediately above.  Hmm… guess one can’t tell from the pic I took of myself.  Wahaha.  Living room was a little dark.

Anyway, I gotta go shower & zzz soon.  Tired from being out the whole day!