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 4.21.2014

Let's talk Lipstick: #LipstickEnvyShineSG


Make up has changed my life in innumerable ways. I always underestimated how make up could help me to look better by enhancing my features, but also make me feel more confident as a woman.

Modelling has really taught me so much about make up and has also introduced me to so many different brands, types of make up, and colours and shades that I would never be open to on my way.
I am so happy that it has stretched my boundaries and allowed me to explore make up with a completely whole new perspective-- which I hope, I'm able to adequately share with you and hopefully influence you too.

Lipsticks were the first kinds of make up I'd use. I remember stealing my grandmother's bright red Estée Lauder lipsticks for school concerts as a kid. I was so paranoid about it smudging all over my face that I stayed away from food whenever I had it applied it on.

At the age of 10, I would secretly try out my mom's lipstick when she was out at work. She usually sticked to the lighter hues of pink. They looked so natural that it was barrely noticeable on me (so I wouldn't get caught by anyone at home) but yet I felt prettier with that slight tinge of pinker lips.
Over the years of my adolescents, these pink shades grew on me. I always sticked to the lighter colours that subtly enhanced my lips but weren't too overpowering.

However, over the years, I've started experimenting with bolder colours like hot pink, red, nude lips, brown tones, purples etc and I really love how playing with these colours can completely change the overlook look and feel of my make up!



Recently, I've been using Estée Lauder's NEW Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick, which they recently unveiled in stores not too long ago.



More than a lipstick, this new sensation in color, moisture and shine, surrounds lips with effortless, luminous color, and adds dimension for a fuller, more sculpted pout.



Featuring the colors, "Mischievous Rose", "Delicate", "Fairest" and "Blossom Bright".
Housed in this gorgeous lipstick case, these lip-sculpting statement shades were exclusively developed to complement the natural beauty of Asian women.

I feel that it they complement my skin tone really well. I never knew I could pull off nude/brown shades too cos I used to think that brown shades will look dull and lifeless on me. However, these ones have grown on me and I love how it makes my whole make up look all matt and neutral looking.

Colour on me: Fairest 
Perfect for the most natural and subtle finish. This colour is closest to my natural lip colour but I love that it covers over my cracked lips and gives a beautiful layer of gloss over.





Colour on me: Blossom Bright
This one is for days I feel more girly and wish for slightly more colour. It is not your classic bright red lips but it is has a nice pinkish red tint for the sweet girl-next-door look. (:




To me, there's nothing more seductive—or feminine—than a bold colour filled pout-- regardless the colour.
Mischievious Rose is my top favourite one and I've been using a lot lately.




ILLUMINATE
This ultrachic palette of 16 beautifully feminine shades has the power to well define the lips, while enhancing and brightening my complexion.
The colour stays vivid and shines on my lips for hours without smudging easily.



SCULPT
In just one stroke, my lips are sculpted and shaped with a uniform layer of brilliant, fresh colour and a high-shine finish that glides on effortlessly and stays true for hours. From stick to lip, Multi-Faceted Color Pigments create shape, definition and volume.
Plus, the colours pigments really stay on my lips for a really long period of time!



HYDRATE
The indulgent, melting texture hugs lips in creamy, smooth and luxurious comfort. A uniquely modern formula envelops lips in immediate and long-lasting moisture. I love how their new and exclusive Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with micronized Hyaluronic Acid helps to attract, capture and seal in moisture for continuous hydration. My lips not only look livelier but they feel so much softer, smoother and more supple! The best part is that it stays that way throughout the entire day!



STYLE
The gorgeous casing is designed and inspired by modern architecture. It is slim, sleek, feminine and precious. The case reflects Estée Lauder’s signature navy and gold, while golden plaques at each end of the case, and golden tones within the interior, convey the modern glamour and style of the brand. It really does make carrying around this lipstick a statement and a luxury. I especially love the innovative, magnetic closure that always clicks the case perfectly into place.

With the 4 different shades of the NEW Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick I received, I decided to play them out different with these varying styles..

The boho chic in neutral shades and brown earth tones.


The girl-next-door in happy shades of pink.


A luminous range of nuanced hues with pops of bright tones include delicate nudes, captivating corals, demure pinks and heavenly berries. All create enviable lip-sculpting statements that range from a fresh look to a soft glamour look.



Take your pick at all Estée Lauder stores, priced at SGD$45.00




Wear your favorite Envy Shine colour, take a photo and upload it to Instagram with #LipstickEnvyShineSG from now till 30 April 2014 to stand a chance to walk away with $100 worth of Estée Lauder products.
10 lucky ladies will be picked, so you guys stand a good chance! (:
Announcement of winners will be on their Facebook page on 10 May 2014.



Check out: www.esteelauder.com.sg/envyshine

Love,
Mel

 4.20.2014

New: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Milo

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When I first learnt that NESCAFE Dolce Gusto (NDG) recently launched MILO in NDG form, I went a little over the top.



I was literally bursting with so much eagerness that I decided to ring up a few of my friends to share the news. This was immediately after the briefing I attended at their headquarters, where I was privileged to be the among the first few to try out the NDG Milo. It was also my very first encounter with the machine and I was so impressed that a press of a button and a push of a knob could concoct such a delicious cup of hot velvety tasty Milo.

I used to see these machines around in my office while I was still working my day job but I never really explored much with it because they only served espresso and coffee related drinks. I am not really a coffee drinker, so it didn't appeal much to me then.

But just last year, I had my very first cup of Green Tea Latte made by NDG and I fell in love with it so much! This time, when I learnt that they're now selling the almighty MILO CAPSULES-- could you just imagine my overwhelming uncontainable excitement?



I swear, I am not kidding when I say uncontainable. I am such a huge fan of Milo, I don't know where to start.
Milo brings back so many fond memories of my childhood, adolescence and young adulthood -- I can still vividly recall the taste of the cup of milo that my kuku makes for my cousins and I whenever I stay over at their place; I still have images of my friends and I running towards the Milo van at our school's annual sports meet; not to forget, the 3 in 1 Milo wonder mama would make for me when I was feeling hungry late at night, oh how that really fills me before bed; as well as the packets of milo I would get from the school vendor during my recess breaks; "Milo Peng" or Iced Milo-- my favourite pairing with Roti Prata when we went for late night supper at Fong Seng during my days in NUS Kent Ridge Hall; the packets of Milo I packed with me to the states for my internship/exchange just cause I need something to remind me of home.
I'm not sure if most of you can identify with this and share similar experiences with me but regardless, I'm confident that every born and bred Singaporean has grown up with Milo and have their own "Milo Story" to tell.




The first few people that I wanted to share this experience with were my siblings because they're all love Milo. Mommy says I spoil them with this "atas" or high class version of it but I think she secretly loves it too and selfishly wants to keep all the capsules for the adults. #justsaying but I see her alternating between this and the regular ones too (: 
I stock so much Milo in my house so much so that they can be found not only in the shelves and cabinets but also in the fridge.

The Milo made from the NDG is extremely velvety, rich and smooth. Damn it's so good that I think if I could appreciate coffee, I would be raving about it the same way--VELVETY, RICH AND SMOOTH.




So let me first introduce this wonderful invention- the Nestle Dolce Gusto Machine, maker of delicious drinks.



Even my dog concurs with me, hehe.





It is extremely simple to use. Just follow through my series of photos or head to my instagram for a live video demo (:

There are 2 capsules needed for this- 1 white (milk) and 1 brown (milo).
We will start off with the brown capsule.
Lift the lever and remove the tray.



Place the brown Milo capsule in.



Close it back and push the lever down to lock it in place.



Turn the dial to 3 notches high (*recommended) and push the joystick to the right to commence the dispensing.



Just wait for a few seconds..



Don't worry, it will be done in a blink of an eye (:
Throw away the brown milo capsule when done.



Place the milk capsule in and repeat! The recommendation is 3 bars but I like mine done a little milkier so I usually turn the dial to the 4th notch. Just be sure your glass is big enough so that it does not overspill.





Same thing, push the joystick, sit back, relax and wait for the milk to dispense.



The result is a delicious cup of Milo with a beautiful layer of froth.



NDG Milo has really taken itself a level up. I now have this machine by my bed side, so I get the convenience of starting (and maybe sometimes ending) my day with a cup of goodness.




Calling out to all Milo lovers, I think you're definitely in for a treat with the New NDG Milo.

Contest Time!!!

Think you’re “stylo” enough? Strike your most “stylo” pose with our new NDG MILO®, and 5 lucky winners could stand a chance to walk away week with a S$50 NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto® goodie bag each! What’s more, ONE lucky winner will stand a chance to win a free NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto® and goodie bag!

Simply post a picture of yourself on facebook or instagram with a #StyloMILO pose and enter this contest by simply posting their photos with the hashtag #StyloMILO! You can find out more info from here!

This is an example of a photo I'd submit. Do I look #StyloMILO with the milo capsules and matching beats solo? (:



Contest Period: 4 – 25 April
Winners announced by: 30th April 2014

Note: Winners will be picked by NESCAFE® Dolce Gusto®.




Some pictures from me checking out the machines and variety of capsules at their roadshow at Tangs, Vivo City last week.








Do pop by their roadshow at Takashimaya B2 Atrium cos when you buy 5 boxes, you can get a limited edition capsule cushion! Not sure if you've spotted my pink one in my pictures above! (:
There, you can also get to sample a cup for yourself!

Hope the long weekend was a restful and rejuvenating one for you guys!

Love,
Mel