Yesterday, it was Fiorr’s graduation! In case you’ve forgotten, or haven’t followed me for long, Fiorr is my sister. She has made guest posts on my blog and is also one of my partners in Skylar Fashion (along withRaine)!
I’m so proud of her because she just graduated from her law degree – and it’s her second degree!! Seriously thought she would be studying til she’s 30, but anyhow, she’s finally completed it now!
My family. Lots say I look like my dad, but it seems like I look like my mum here, and my sister looks like my dad! You tell me!
The typical graduation moment. *Throws grad hat in the air
Happy belated mothers day to all those mothers who read my blog!
I didn’t get to celebrate it much, only really ended up helping out at my dads restaurant for the weekend – which was sorta doing my parents a huge favour anyway!
This week’s a huge week for me at work. Seems like the market is picking itself up so we’re getting super busy! Speak again soon x
Usually, I’m intimidated by “branded”/”higher-end” salons. Christopher Hanna (CH).. just sounded as if they were going to charge me hundreds for a blow dry (obviously exaggerating a little… or alot)
I mean, I’ve been to so many salons in my lifetime. Infact, high and low end. Had my hair ruined, had my hair pampered.. but I’m still too scared to risk spending hundreds if they “may” destroy my hair.
Another problem with living in Australia is that it is very hard to find a salon who knows how to deal with asian hair!
Now.. to solve this problem, I usually try the salon with a blowdry first!
Last week, I was one of the lucky bloggers to be invited to CH Platinum (located on Oxford Street) for a meet and greet! The staff at CH immediately welcomed us with a glass of champagne and a quick introduction of their team!
To my surprise, everyone was super friendly and was not pushy at all! The best part about coming to a salon is when they actually make you feel welcome, instead of pushing products to your face and telling you “what you need” for your hair.
Here’s Sam genuinely talking to me about what services they offer at their salon. CH Platinum actually offers more than just for the hair! They do complete makeovers with botox, fraxel and more!
My hairdresser was just a beauty. She discussed with me the types of curls I wanted – which is rare because normally when I walk into a salon and ask for my hair curled, they curl it in their own way!!
As we, beauty gurus know, there are so many different ways your hair can be curled. Big dolly curls, waves, mermaid waves, victoria secret style.. the list goes on! So I was very pleased she went through my preference with me!
The result you ask?
Here! Take a look for yourself!
I asked for curls which would not make my face look bigger. It would frame my face and were soft enough to touch with the hand. I told her I was going to a CNY family dinner and would need to keep it rather conservative.
And this is what she came up with!
If you want a blowdry for a Friday Night or an event, it’s $35 and if you work in the city, you can go right after work or during your lunch break! (Who needs to eat lunch when they can look good instead??)
With the rest of the bloggers who also attended the CH event.
Now because I also know that you may be intimidated and fear wasting money at a new salon, I will share with you a website that was unknown to me!
CH actually have their very own online deals site!! And like I said earlier, because CH Platinum does not only offer hair services, the deals site offers cosmedical services too!! You can receive a full fraxel restore treatment for $799, or a full hair colour package for $140!
Now unfortunately, the deals are only valid on new customers!! But if you are new to CH, I definitely recommend trying it out!
Christopher Hanna is located in Sydney CBD (inside Ivy) or Paddington (Oxford Street). Mention “chaigyaru” when you visit and I’m sure they will take care of you!
I’m an extremely festive girl when it comes to special occasions and I tend to love having parties and dressing up for Christmas!! This year, we held a house party at my best friend’s apartment and had kris kringle (also known as secret santa) with my loved ones.
Jeanice gave me a photo frame filled with our memories and a jewellery tree! Thank you baby!
To complete our christmas party, we also ordered Laos dishes from one of my favourite laos restaurants called Laos Village in Fairfield. You guys have to try this place. It’s cheap & their dishes are mouth-wateringggg.
Pic of me right before heading to Christmas Dinner. I think my makeup & hair looks abit different because I had darker pink lips and had my hair tied up, but it’s definitely still the same night!!
It was also raining in Sydney on Christmas (hence the umbrella)
And ofcourse Christmas isn’t christmas without driving around scouting out the best lit-up houses. We drove to about 10 houses this year and found some of the best ones I’ve ever seen in my 24 years of life! :O
That’s it for my christmas. I hope you guys had a great christmas break and had a great getaway – if you went anywhere!
On December 13th – 15th, Gloss cosmetics invited nail artists from Iscreamnails (based in Melbourne) to come to their new Parramatta Flagship store and help girls do their nails for free!!!
(I hope you guys went after I tweeted about it ^O^)
The new GLOSS Flagship store – like all the other Gloss stores – is super bling and pink!! You can spot it straight away!! This is their second Parramatta store and is located right beside to Ice & Supre in Parramatta Westfields! Find all their other locations here.
LOL. There is a guy in this photo. That was unintentional.. but there were quite of few of them in the store! :D
The nail artists doing free nail art for the girls. I must say.. they were super quick at it!! Each girl took about 5 minutes each! The design below was done for the girl infront of me.
They even catered for these designs which looked super time consuming! I like the diamond one on the bottom left corner!!! *sings “we’re like diamonds in the sky”*
After getting your nails done, you can walk your nails through the manicam!!! This is a new concept Gloss is really excited about!!! It’s essentially like a catwalk but for your nails!!!
**Check it out!**
They were also giving out free fairy floss at the front of the store!!! What a way to attract girls. Girls and sweets and beauty!!
The best thing about Gloss is that they always have your big brands of cosmetics – Revlon, BYS, Maybelline, SugarBaby, Chi chi cosmetics, Model Co – just to name a few – for discounted prices!! There are usually quite a few shades of the products too – unlike some discount outlets!!
Unfortunately I couldn’t get my nails done that day because I had shellac, but I generally love Gloss!! My closest store is in Hurstville and I quite frequently bump into readers in that store!! (Funnily enough)
Anyhow, hope you guys have been having a good week – it’s almost Christmas.. and it’s almost 2013!!! I can’t believe it!
Here’s a quick camwhore shot of me (on a Monday, hence why I had a sad face) to keep you guys updated! I have a few reviews for you guys that I will hopefully be able to post before Christmas.. which I think will be very exciting to read!!!
Nuffnang Talent Bloggers Program has officially launched!
11 other bloggers and myself were chosen to become a part of the pilot program! Basically the Talent Program will now focus on educating all bloggers to become better and stay motivated!! Nuffnang Australia will be organising more educational master classes and resources for bloggers all over Australia! :)
The master classes will focus on a range of topics important to blogging, such as social media strategy, building a brand around your blog, working with brands, SEO, website management, and more. Talent bloggers will also be given the opportunity to sit on discussion panels with some of the world’s most popular international bloggers, sharing knowledge and applying the skill sets to Australian blogs. – Nuffnang blog
I’m super duper excited about becoming a part of this team!! See the photoshoot we had at the launch party in Melbourne!
Last week, ECCO shoes held an event at Darling Harbour, Sydney, to beat the world’s longest catwalk record of 2.7km in Turkey. They invited bloggers, competition winners (from their facebook) and some others from the media to model their shoes!!
I was lucky enough to be invited! I’d never tried ECCO shoes prior to this soley because I’ve always been a big fan of “uncomfortable” shoes truly believing that looks & comfort just do not go together. Think about those amazing Christian Louboutins!!! #mindsidetracks
For those who have not been introduced to ECCO shoesbefore, they are known for their lightness, comfort and flexibility. I have flat feet so it’s typically extremely hard to find comfortable shoes. They either scrape the back of my heels, or pinch either ends of my toes. But the shoes that I modelled for Ecco.. did do not any of these!!! I was essentially walking on cushions!!!!!
I wore these loafers during the whole catwalk are called KAYLOR.
Rich leather ladies moccasin with a contemporary nautical look
Absorbent and extremely breathable leather lining for all-day freshness
Comfort foam cushioning supports the foot for easy wear
Slim, highly flexible cemented rubber sole enhances stability
Here I am with some of the other models. There were 39 of us altogether and we walked a total of 2.812 kms each!!! Some of us were even in wedges and heels!!!!
Mia Freedman, author and writer of MammaMia hosted the event! She’s such an amazing speaker and David Thompson from Record Setter came to measure the distance of the catwalk and award ECCO shoes for their new record! I can’t seem to find the video that was made on the day, but here are some photos! You can also see the rest of the photos here.
You are read more about the World’s Longest Catwalk here.
After the long walk, half of us walked over to Black by ezard to indulge in a mouthwatering feast.
Blueberry & Lemon Tart
I’ll be back with the video real soon!!
Did anyone manage to catch the show on Saturday morning? Let me know if you did!
On Sunday morning at about 9am, Jeanice randomly sms’ me and we decide to head over to the Sydney International Beauty & Spa Expo 2012!!
I’ve received plenty of emails about it, but I didn’t think it would interest me because I didn’t realise there would be so many cosmetics, brushes and skincare stalls there! I thought there would mainly be “body treatments” and “hair treatments”, etc.
Anyhow, I rocked up and found that it was three halls!! That’s even bigger than IMATS and just about the same size as the Fashion expo I went to this year!!!
My media registration card. I love taking photos of these passes that have “Chaigyaru” or “Blogger” on them!! Makes me feel like a real blogger #blushes
OPI polishes for $10. Everyone was crowding around that stand!!! Does anyone know it’s $12 at Bankstown?
Jean & I posing at this huge make up mirror. Really reminds me of my Conair light up mirror that I use for my make up every morning!!!
I kind of feel like I’m sitting here and presenting at a talk show. I wish I could host my own talk show one day!!! #dreamsbig
This brand “Eye of Horus” really caught my eye because the way they set up their store was really unique!!! They made the whole stall Egyptian themed and even had bollywood dancers dancing around their stall!!!!
In the middle of the expo, they had a catwalk too!! Damn those girls are so lean and tall!!! #fitnessmotivation
There were quite a few asian beauty stores too!! This one was one of the “korean” ones so there were “Scandal” (korean brand) nail polishes for about $4!!! Look at the amount of nail polishes on these stands!! That’s just from one stall!!!
The one thing that Jeanice was really really excited about is Minx nails!!! Apparently she can’t find them anywhere!! We were going to do a demo, but didn’t bother because the line was too long!!
Using front camera of iphone so it was really shxt quality. Apple, you really need to consider the quality of your front camera!!!!
I only ended up making a few purchases because I have far too many beauty products (for my own good). I purchased a pink tweezer from Tweezerman for $16, some nail glitter gel for $4, sterling silver studs for sensitive ears for $13 and some tanning mousse and mitts from Techno Tan for $20.
If you missed out, I highly suggest you to go next year!! Or.. IMATS coming up this year – usually it’s in September! More info on the Sydney International Beauty & Spa expo here and IMATS here.