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Cardmembers are in for a treat! With these deals and promotions you probably can’t say no to, give yourself the ultimate retail therapy that you deserve, this July!

P.S Blink once and you might miss it—keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition UOB Lady’s Card x KWANI bag with minimum spending!

 

FASHION Levi’s

A crisp white boyfriend-cut shirt is a wardrobe essential. Like this Levi’s White Button-Up top seen on Andrea! Build a curated wardrobe of staples by starting at your nearest Levi’s, all in the spirit of ‘buying less and choosing well’!

 

Get 30% off regular-priced tops from S$39.90 with your UOB Lady’s Card. Valid until 31 July 2019.

 

innitbangkok

Flowy, flirty and feminine. Flou is currently all the rage. Characterised by their unique pleats and luxe designs, innitbangkok is versatile and minimalistic, yet a show-stopper.

 

If you’re a UOB Lady’s Cardmember, you’re in luck. Complete any outfit with a limited edition #innitDUMPLING pleat pouch!

 

Limited edition pleat pouch with min. spend of S$500 in-store. Valid until 31 July 2019.

 

SK Jewellery

Bigger does not always mean better, sometimes the most delicate pieces grab the most attention. Let your jewellery do the talking this time, with SK’s new Dancing Star and 916 gold collection. Furthermore, this season, pearls are unapologetically taking centre stage.

 

Receive a pair of free pearl earrings (worth S$49) with any purchase if you’re a UOB Lady’s Cardmember. Valid until 31 July 2019.

  

BEAUTY

From essences made of avocados to sheet masks soaked in snail mucin, I think it’s pretty safe to say Korean beauty products hardly ever disappoints. So, it comes as no surprise I’ve dipped into the K-beauty royal league for these finds that your skin will thank you for.

 

SU:M37

Korea’s first naturally fermented cosmetics line (they even have their very own natural fermentation research facility), su:m37 is one of the top five luxury beauty brands the country has to offer. Despite its hefty price tag, it has gained a cult following of skincare junkies who swear by their au-naturel products. Their best-seller is the su:m37 Secret Essence!

 

Get 10% off regular-priced items. Payment must be made with a UOB Lady’s Card. Valid until 31 July 2019.

 

HERA

To be the top-performing beauty brand in Korea—AKA the land that birthed a global obsession with K-beauty—says a lot. If you’re looking for new beauty buys to play up your look try HERA’s Sensual Aqua Lipstick that comes in a spectrum of 10 colours each, from soft to deep tones. Whether you’re going to work or heading out for a girls’ night, HERA’s lipsticks will make for a bold statement!

 

Get 15% off regular-priced items if you’re a UOB Lady’s Cardmember. Valid until 31 July 2019

 

UOB LADY’S CARD x KWANI

It seems like KWANI has found the perfect strike between sophistication and comfort, fashion and functionality. KWANI is a Korean designer brand that first started making rounds on social media and has since gone global.

 

This GSS, UOB Lady’s Card has joined hands with KWANI for a limited-edition UOB Lady’s Card Bag: Cardmembers can customise their own KWANI’s signature Hornet bag—from the bag itself to bag straps, to personalised tassels with their initials!

 

Spend a min. of S$3,800 and redeem an exclusive customised UOB Lady’s Card x KWANI bag. Limited to first 1,000 redemptions. To participate, SMS <LADYSKWANI> space <NRIC> to 77862.

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 Get 10% off regular-priced items with UOB Lady’s Card. Valid till 31 Dec 2019

  

Valid from 21 June 2019 to 31 August 2019. Click here for more information!

*T&Cs apply for all promotions

 

 

If you’re in the shopping spirit this GSS with all the deals and promotions happening, but don’t have a UOB Lady’s Card? Apply now for a UOB Lady’s Card and get up to S$250 worth of cash credits. Shop smart!

 

Love,

Rachel

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If there’s one thing I love doing, is planning for trips. Need someone who can plan a 7-day itinerary for you in a day, complete with car rental and hotel options? Or someone who can get you from the mountains of Niseko to the sunny Italian Island of Sicily in under 24 hours? That’s me. In this article, I share with you 3 habits you should practice when booking your next flight.

1. Membership

If you fly often with a certain airline, you ought to sign up for their frequent flyer membership programme. You get to accumulate miles to redeem flights or upgrade your seats, access to the lounge (and if you hit a certain membership tier, the lounge access extends to your +1 too), added baggage allowance, and updates on exclusive deals and promotions.

2. Reduce The Number of Flights to a Destination.

Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint when booking less number of flights, sometimes you get to your destination quicker. for instance, when I was planning my Marrakech itinerary a few weeks back, there were several routes that came to mind.

The cheaper option would be to take a 7.5hr-hr Qatar Airways route from Singapore to Doha, 7.5hrs from Doha to Casablanca, and 1hr from Casablanca to Marrakech. That’s 3 flights and a 20+ hr journey.

After a quick search online (another tip is to go to the website of the destination’s airport to find out where flights are coming from, and to check if flights are coming from a destination more nearer to you), I realised there are flights to Marrakech from London, so I decided look up a direct Singapore Airlines/ British Airways route, which will take me directly from Singapore to London (14 hours), and London to Marrakech (3 hours). I took one less flight than intended, and my journey totaled up to less than 20 hours!

While the Qatar Airways route is admittedly cheaper, you take less flights, reduce your carbon footprint, and get there faster – all great reasons.

P.S. Head to Google Flights to have flight options displayed to you in seconds.

3. Say Yes To The Carbon Offset Option Where Possible

I recently learned more about this term ‘Carbon Offset’ when I attended a closed-door panel discussion hosted by Shell Aviation at the IATA Conference in Seoul last month. The panel discussed issues surrounding aviation and its environmental impact, and given that aviation passenger numbers are forecasted to double to 8.2 billion by 2037 and that 2% of air transport accounts for Global CO2 emissions, it is imperative to have such discussions like this.

So what is Carbon Offset? Carbon Offsetting programmes allow consumers to ‘fly neutral’, which according to Air New Zealand, is “a way to reduce the impact your air travel has on the environment [by purchasing] emissions reductions from environmentally beneficial projects.” Even fuel companies like Shell Aviation, are investing heavily in nature based solutions projects that heal and recover the natural forest ecosystems such as the Saihanba Afforestation Project in China and the Katingan Mentaya Project in Indonesia.

For example: Based off the Air New Zealand Carbon Offset Calculator, if I fly from Singapore to Wellington, the total distance flown would be 17044 km, and the estimated emissions per person on that flight would be 1362 kg of CO2. The Cost to offset this CO2 would cost NZD$ 29.04 and this money would be used to fund native forestry projects in New Zealand, neutralising your carbon footprint!

While opting for Carbon Offset programmes (here’s a list of programmes offered worldwide currently) does not reduce emissions, it ensures that we don’t harm the environment more than we should. So keep this option in mind when booking your next flight!

I hope you guys found this article useful, I profess I am no aviation expert, but these are just some personal tips I thought I’d share with you guys so we can fly smart and fly neutral come our next trip out!

Drea

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DreaChong by Andrea Chong - 1M ago

It’s been a hectic 2019 and I cannot believe we are closing in on July. The team and I have been averaging 2 to 3 trips a month and sometimes we feel like we’re living out of suitcases (my home is now a place where I do laundry). With little time to do any physical shopping, I’ve been relying on newfound beauty products I’ve been trying during my beauty press trips. In this article, I am working with UOB Cards to take you through the newest in the beauty scene, and other travel essentials I’ve scored both online and in-stores. You can make use of some very useful UOB Cards GSS deals if any of these items catch your fancy.

BEAUTY Fresh

The Rose series from American beauty brand Fresh has always been about hydration. Take a moment to relax and unwind as their rose-infused products take you through a sensorial experience: Indulge in the smell of actual rose petals in their Deep Hydration Facial Toner, or enjoy the smooth hydrating texture of their Rose Sleeping Mask. I was in Morocco recently for the launch of the sleeping mask, a 2-step mask that offers an overnight hydration recovery, good for when your skin gets dry from travelling around. My skin woke up hydrated and refreshed every morning!

Free 3-pc Fresh Favorites set (worth S$36) with min. S$160 spend at all Fresh stores (ION Orchard, JEM, Raffles City, Takashimaya), only with your UOB Card. Valid till 31 Jul 2019, or while stocks last.

Clarins

Another 2019 press trip favourite – the Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift serum. Formulated with Agropyron – a plant known for fighting soil erosion – the serum helps to reduce puffiness and water retention due to stress, travelling in the air, and a salty diet.

My other Clarins favourites, which are my also part of my daily skincare routine: the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (which I use during the night time), and the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris (use day and night).

Checkout with your UOB Card and get 10% off with min. $100 spend online at www.clarins.com.sg. Promo code: UOB10CLARINS. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.

Sephora

We all know how essential Sephora is to our lives. If you’re looking for a new foundation, try Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum foundation – it’s makeup and skincare (see: Cordyceps and artemia to help skin cells replenish their natural energy) all rolled into one product, which is why it is one of my top foundations to use. We also travelled to New York City for Bobbi Brown earlier in April to learn more about the brand, how it formulates their foundations, and meet their brand ambassador Elizabeth Olsen!

I had to pack the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette for my Moroccan adventure – we visited a Rose Farm to learn how Fresh harvests rose petals for their products, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear pink-hued eyeshadow tones. Dress to match your location y’all.

Receive an $8 return voucher with a minimum spend of S$120 at all SEPHORA stores. Valid till 14 Jul 2019, or while stocks last.

Other beauty brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • Sulwhasoo: 10% off with min $500 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • belif: $20 off with min $100 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • Jurlique: 15% off with min $100 spend. Receive a Jurlique signature facial treatment voucher (worth $180) with every $150 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
LIFESTYLE IUIGA

I first came to know of IUIGA because the 100Plus team and I were looking for stylish transparent luggage for our #100PlusxDreaChong tumbler press kits. We had little faith in finding one but turns out IUIGA saved the day – in fact, their luggage comes from the same manufacturers as Samsonite! Stephanie and I brought the IUIGA Aluminium Magnesium Luggage to Seoul recently (watch the video here) – we went to Seoul with only half the luggage filled and came up with no space to spare thanks to all the shopping we did. Point is, we could fit all our shopping in this luggage.

Earn 4X IUIGA points per S$1 spend site-wide www.iuiga.com/gss19 with your UOB Card. Valid till 29 Jul 2019.

Qoo10

Staying with me in a hotel room can be quite stressful. I expect all things to be neat and organised: all clothes to be hung up in the closet, all shoes to be displayed in a row either in the closet or by the door, bathmats to be straightened out after every shower, etc. I know, I’m a tyrant. This need for organisation also translates to my luggage inevitably. My intimates are packed in a bag, clothes are packed according to type (i.e. Tops, Bottoms, Dresses), and accessories will have a bag of their own too. So when Stephanie found this set of 7 laundry pouches for $14 on qoo10 for us to try out in Seoul, I was sold.

Receive S$10 off with min. S$80 spend on www.qoo10.sg. Promo code: UOB10. Valid from 1 to 30 Jun 2019, or while stocks last. Limited to the first 1,000 redemptions. Capped at 1 redemption per customer.

Other lifestyle brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • Muji: 10% off with min. S$100 spend. Valid till 30 Jun 2019.
  • BooksActually: 20% off site-wide, promo code: UOBGSS. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • ToTT Store: 10% off regular-priced items. Valid till 28 Jul 2019.
FASHION By Invite Only

Fun fact: I used to share an office space with By Invite Only. I know much care and attention they place on crafting their jewellery because I’ve seen it first hand. Their designs are also a regular in my accessories bag whenever I pack for travels.

Receive 15% off with no minimum spend. Promo code: UOB ‹first 6 digits of UOB cardnumber›. Or 20% off with minimum S$150 spend only at https://www.byinviteonly.info. Also for in-store purchases at Wisma Atria #01-43. Valid till 31 Jul 2019

Style Theory

Style Theory is the perfect place to go to if you 1) are trying to spend less on clothes 2) be eco-conscious when it comes to your fashion choices and 3) want to reduce spending on clothes which you will only wear on certain trips or occasions. Rent 3 items at any one time (unlimited times in a month) for just $129/ month and Style Theory covers delivery, pick up and dry cleaning. All you need to do is go to Style Theory’s UOB promotion page, select your favourite pieces and press “Deliver!”

Now take $30 off monthly when you pay with your UOB Card. S$99 per month (U.P. S$129) for the first 3 months of your subscription. Pause or cancel anytime. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.

Other fashion brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • ZALORA: 30% off site-wide <Promo code: UOBNEW30> (new users only) | 25% off with min. S$120 spend <Promo code: UOB25FESTIVAL>. Valid till 30 Jun 2019 | 20% off with min. S$120 spend. <Promo code: UOB20STYLE>. Valid till 31 Jul 2019
  • All Would Envy: 15% off site-wide. Promo code: AWEUOBGSS<first 6 digits of UOB cardnumber>. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • SocietyA: Add. 5% off site-wide <Promo code: SOCIETYAUOB>  | 20% off with min. S$300 spend <Promo code: GSSUOB>. Valid till 30 Jun 2019.

*T&Cs apply for all promotions

Now that you’re equipped with all the codes and special deals, it’s time to pack smart and stylishly for your next holiday!

Love,
Drea

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Spring To Fall Fashion Trends

From neon hues to animal prints galore, there are tons of stand-out trends this year that are just begging to be shopped. But amidst the flashy feathers and sequined accessories that take our social media feeds by storm, we’re eyeing the transitional trends that will take you from spring to fall in style–and of course, on trend. If there are any pieces worth splurging on this year, it’s these. So keep reading to find out which trends are sticking around this year!

Look Book: Drea's Try-On Haul (Fall/Winter Trends) - YouTube

Big Bows And Canary Yellow With ZARA

Top, Culottes & Heels from ZARA

2019’s big mood is all about being bold, regardless of the trends you choose. Details get an upsize, accessories are all about being seen, and colour is out of control. So for an instant and easy statement-making move, work this fall’s favourite bright yellow hues into your wardrobe! We love how yellow and white go together to create a fresh, crisp outfit reminiscent of the summer no matter the time of year.

Here we pair this soft, almost sheer yellow top with a pair of white denim culottes for a classic look with a bold colour update. We left the top’s sashes loosely undone for an easy daytime vibe, but you can tie yours into a simple, slightly undone bow for a trend-on-trend look!

Beige on Beige And Utility With Massimo Dutti

Cardigan & Utility Pants from Massimo Dutti

We’ve talked about the timeless stylishness of a beige-on-beige outfit. So it’s no surprise that this spring 2019 trend is making its way safely into the next season. With the sleek and subtle nature of beige, you can play with tons of styles and fabrics without going over the top!

Here we paired utilitarian style pants (which is also trending) with a soft, cozy knit button cardigan. The two different styles complement each other perfectly and come together even better in this beige ensemble. Go in with warm-toned accessories, or a classic brown belt to break up this monochrome outfit!

Warm Tones And Preppy Chic With OYSHO

Top, Vest & Pants from OYSHO

We get schooled on this fall’s best with the preppy chic trend. Think plaid, sweater vests and classic suit sets–it’s all about smart wear that meets streetwear. While the fall runways showcased tons of coordinated suit sets, we like the idea of pieces that can be worn apart as easily as they can be worn together.

To achieve this we opted for a classic monochrome vest and pants pairing that can be mixed and matched! The vest and pants make a great evening look that’s feminine with a menswear influence. But for this daytime option, we wore it with a warm burnt-orange sports top for an extra pop of colour that we’re seeing everywhere this spring.

OYSHO may be a fresh, new brand to hit our shores, but we know their pieces well. They’re the perfect go-to for trendy everyday pieces, as well as super wearable athleisure wear that you can wear from the gym to evening drinks! So get ready to shop some seriously versatile pieces this month!

Staying on trend through the seasons doesn’t have to be a bank breaker. So pick your pieces, and enjoy exclusive deals with UOB Cards from now till 12 May, only at the new Jewel Changi Airport outlets!

ZARA located at Jewel Changi Airport #B1-230 to 234

Get S$10 return voucher with min. S$120 spend.

Massimo Dutti located at Jewel Changi Airport #B1-221 to 224

Get S$20 return voucher with min. S$240 spend.

OYSHO located at Jewel Changi Airport #B1-255 to 257

Get S$10 return voucher with min. S$100 spend.

Terms and conditions apply for these promotions. Visit uob.com.sg/shopuob for full details and more.

Xoxo,

Kat

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Sunblock And SPF Tips

We talk about SPF extensively–and I mean extensively. So if your mother hasn’t already given you the rundown about why you should be slathering this all over your skin, here’s a recap.

Sun protection is your first and most important step in your fight against premature aging and damaged skin tissue. We’re talking hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines and in worst cases–skin cancer. But don’t be fooled, the SPF game is trickier than it seems.

So before you pick out your next SPF product, or reach for that morning slather of sunscreen, here are some SPF secrets to remember!  

SPF Eye Cream

In my morning rush to get my face on before I’m out the door, I apply SPF in one quick, haphazard swoop. But one important spot I–along with many–forget to pay special attention to is the eyes!

The skin around our eyes is especially thin and delicate, making it the most prone to wrinkles, sun spots, and premature aging from sun damage. In fact, 10% of skin cancer occurs in this small area! So if you think you’re too “young” to start worrying about eye creams and serums, think again.

Supergoop’s Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with oat peptides is our top SPF eye cream pick for its instant and long-term benefits. The broad spectrum anti-aging eye cream hydrates and softens the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, while preventing fine lines, dark circles and sagging under the eyes! It’s an instant pick-me-up for your eyes as well as a long-term anti-aging treatment.

Vitamin C Support

Now, I’m sorry to inform you that SPF alone won’t do the trick these days. While many of us measure the effects of the sun from how burnt we get on an especially sunny day, that’s just the half of it–the UVB half.

With UVA rays, a lot of the damage happens in the long term. This is where most of the damage to collagen, elastin and your skin cells occur. TLDR UVA rays age you a ton and is the top cause for premature aging and wrinkles!

Studies have shown that combining Vitamin C with a broad spectrum sunscreen maximises protection against environmental and sun damage. So for that extra line of defence, a good dose of Vitamin C will back your SPF up.

The powerhouse antioxidant may help give your skin that extra bit of protection it needs, but remember you still can’t skimp on the SPF. We recommend layering a Vitamin C serum under your sunscreen for best results–more specifically Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. On top of protecting your skin, the serum treats damaged skin tissue to restore that bright, even and firm complexion we yearn for.

SPF Lip Balm

If you, like me, are a member of the sisterhood of the perpetually chapped lips–there’s hope for you yet. Lip scrubs and uber hydrating balms aren’t the answers to your prayers my friends: it’s SPF.

Many of us assume our glosses and lipsticks provide adequate protection from the sun, but they actually make things way worse. Shiny, glossy sheen in most of our lip products actually attracts sunlight and with it, harmful UV radiation.

Applying your facial sunscreen to your lips might seem like a straightforward solution, but may cause irritation to those with more sensitive skin. Instead, go with an SPF that’s been formulated to protect and treat your lips. We love Supergoop’s SPF 30 broad spectrum Lip Balm that also contains Vitamin E to moisturise, heal and protect your lips from environmental aggressors!

SPF Sprays

Personally speaking, I love SPF sprays. They make the perfect midday sunscreen top-up, and can double up as setting sprays as well! But here’s the catch: aerosol sprays contain tons of alcohol. This breaks down the photostability of your sunscreen, making it ineffective in protecting you from the sun! On top of that, alcohol dries out your skin, which is exactly what we’re trying to avoid.

This doesn’t mean you have to avoid SPF sprays like the plague. Just be sure to read your ingredient labels before making any purchases and stay away from any SPFs that have alcohol listed as one of the first few ingredients. There are tons of alcohol and paraben free options on the market, and the one we have on rotation is the Dr. Ci Labo UV Protect Spray 100!

Strategic Sun Protection

Some parts of your body (and face) are more prone to burning, and sun damage. After all, there’s a reason why freckles tend to turn up the most on our shoulders, cheekbones and nose bridge–i.e. the highest points of our bodies!

SPF balms are perfect for that extra protection without the added weight of heavy creams or lotions. For some light layering, we recommend Supergoop’s Glow Stick. Not just for its light formula, but for its out-of-this-world highlight!

The oil-free balm leaves a high-shine glow that shows from under your foundation, creating a truly enviable natural highlight without any of the pore-clogging makeup! At the same time, it moisturises and protects your skin from free radicals–and the sun of course.

We’re serious when it comes to sun protection (if that wasn’t evident enough). So once again load on the lotions and don’t forget to break out your spray-ons because the sun isn’t letting up, and neither are we!

Xoxo,

Kat

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I first discovered Estee Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair (ANR) serum when my mother had recommended it to me years ago. In a sea of endless product launches and ever-advancing technology, it’s a rare and glorious occasion to be able to celebrate products that have stood the test of time! We sit down with Estee Lauders’ 3 new Advanced Night Repair ambassadors; Joanne Peh, Nurul Aini and Shu An, to pick their brains about beauty tips, self-care, and the art of managing your time like a boss.

Many women find themselves striving to “do it all”, do you have any advice on how to find balance within a hectic schedule?

JP: Not having enough time is not a good excuse. I think time is something you have to find for yourself, especially when it comes to self-care. If that means putting it on your calendar or setting an alarm, then that’s what you have to do.

NA: I’m a working mum and being in this industry, I’m always shuffling from one work engagement to another, and spending time with my kids. When I have a later call time, I wake up at 6.30am to walk my son to school in the morning. Afterwards, I go for a run, then send my daughter to school. When I’m busy, that’s the only time I get to spend with them, so I really treasure it.

SA: Actually, I don’t strive to be someone who can “do it all”. I think it is a slightly crazy, unrealistic expectation to have of anyone! Things can get a little hectic, and when they do, I start planning pockets of time for myself! And when it comes to skincare, I find stuff that helps me do the most work in the least amount of time, the Advanced Night Repair is perfect for that because it works as I sleep.

What’s one of your major self-care tips?

JP: Meditating! I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments with regards to my skin like: How come I’ve got two kids and I still look the way I do? I think the only thing that I’m doing differently now is the fact that I’ve been meditating more. You know how if you’re stressed and bothered, it will show? When you meditate, you calm yourself down. When you’re able to find that peaceful spot and are aware of your emotions, where they are taking you and how you can overcome them, then obviously, you are in a better state of mind and you’ll also look better!

NA: My family and I battle with dry skin so moisturising is the number one skin care step that I never miss out. I’ve been telling a lot of my friends, who are younger than me and aren’t using skin care products, to adopt a healthy skin care routine soon. I think, if I had done so sooner, I wouldn’t have wrinkle problems now. I know there’s no way to prevent wrinkles but why not try to slow down the ageing process of your skin if you can? Another self-care tip would be to allow your skin to breathe, rest and recover by going a few days without wearing makeup.

SA: Sleep to me is very important and I sleep as much as I can because that is when your body recuperates. I always need a minimum of four hours of sleep, if not, I can’t function! My skin looks much brighter and more radiant when I have enough sleep. Drinking water is also very important as it hydrates both you and your skin.

How would you describe your personal skincare routine?

JP: Besides my daily routine of cleansing and moisturising, I never fail to take a serving of fruit every morning. I try to take berries, because of their anti-ageing benefits. I also religiously apply sunblock every 2 hours.

NA: Ever since I got pregnant with my third child, my skincare routine has changed. I prefer quick fuss-free routines and all I need is that one product to help me hydrate and be able to protect my skin at the same time. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair literally repairs your skin as you sleep so all I have to do is apply it on your face and neck and have a good night sleep. The next thing you know, you wake up with fresh hydrated skin and ready to start your day!

SA: Pretty simple, cleanse, tone and hydrate! I love masking as well!

What are your personal skin concerns?

JP: Pigmentation issues from constant exposure to the sun!

NA: Wrinkles and dark eye circles are my main concerns because as a working mother, I struggle with not having enough sleep every single night. I suffer from dry skin too so I always emphasize the importance of moisturising your skin.

SA: My skin gets very dry, especially when I travel or spend long hours in air-conditioned environments such as when I sleep or during rehearsals. And sometimes my skin is exposed to both hot and cold temperature extremes – I’m also outdoors in the hot sun for shoots all in the same day. So I gotta get me something that covers me for both!

How does Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair work for your unique skin needs?

JP: I’m terribly guilty of using my phone intensively throughout the day and into the night. While I know this isn’t doing my vision any good, I didn’t realise the harm it’s causing to my skin! My nightly video chats with my husband mean I’m constantly exposed to blue light, which throws our skin’s natural circadian rhythm out of sync, causing skin cells to continue to “think” it is daytime and impacting their natural nighttime repair process. Estée Lauder Research has come up with the new ANR Eye Supercharged Complex that helps to hydrate, defend and brighten dark circles. And in 21 days, I’m going to be able to reduce my Dark Eye Circles and you’re going to be on this journey with me!

NA: As an actress and a mother, 24 hours just isn’t enough for me. Let alone some “me” time. Before I started using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, my cameramen said they usually had to put a filter underneath my face. But now they don’t have to do that anymore because it already gives me a radiant and refreshed complexion. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is really great for hydrating my skin, making it look fresh and bright despite my lifestyle!

SA: The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is really great for hydrating my skin, making it look fresh and bright despite my lifestyle!

What is your favourite thing about the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair?

JP: I have a love-hate relationship with the sun. Long exposure to it is painful, causes free radicals, and it makes me tanned, but it also makes everything look beautiful on camera. To combat the stress I subject my skin to daily–like during the time I was directing “Under the Tree”, a short film that I wrote the script for as well–I use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair to hydrate and protect my skin during the day from these aggressors.

NA: Now I don’t put on as much makeup as I used to be because I see a difference on my skin after I started using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. If I skip makeup for two or three days, on the fourth day, my skin is super good – super nice, supple and moisturized. I’ve been doing that, and I can actually go out without makeup confidently.

SA: I love how it works as I am asleep, so when I wake up, my skin automatically feels supple and fresh. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair feels very light and is so easily absorbed, and you can also use it in the daytime.

Of course, a solid skincare routine is something we swear by. Does Shu An have any go-to makeup tips for those days where she needs an extra pick-me-up?

JP: For starters, I love using brown mascara on my lashes because it’s not as stark as black – then thoroughly brushing it out with a spoolie brush to get rid of any clumps. This would look natural, and like I have nothing on from afar.

NA: My typical everyday makeup look consists of eyeliner, mascara, soft and natural eyeshadow, blush, and some bronzer to enhance my features. While I don’t put on as much makeup as I used to, I do pair the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair with my Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation for an extra glow.

SA: At the end of the day, I buff on a few drops of the Advanced Night Repair with a clean powder brush, or even dab it on as a highlighter for that extra glow!

To discover more beauty tips and insider info, stay tuned and follow us on our Instagram! The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum is available online and at all Estee Lauder boutiques and leading departmental stores, so get the most out of your beauty sleep today.

xoxo,

Kat

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Fashion And Beauty Trends 2019

It might only be March, but it’s already apparent which trends have been (and are set to) dominate our Instagram feeds this year. From delicate ruffles to high-shine dewy skin, we’ve tracked down the best and brightest Instagram fashion and beauty trends of 2019 so far! And what’s best, you don’t have to break the bank to recreate these looks at home. So keep reading to get ‘gram ready!

Neon trend

Shadow | Nails | Top

Loved by Instagram royalty Kendall Jenner herself, the neon trend has been making its way from clothes to our makeup and manis! The electric hues have been making their rounds online since 2018 but have shown no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. Of course, this trend isn’t for the faint of heart. And if you’d like to ease your way into it instead, we suggest taking a cue from Kendall herself and trying the shades out as a subtle liner in your next beauty look before investing in some apparel pieces!

Dewy Dumpling Skin

Mask | Luminizer | Contour

Move over Glass Skin, there’s a new contender in town. Cutely coined “dewy dumpling” skin, this beauty look is about taking your natural radiant glow way up a notch. Created by Instagram’s hottest makeup artist of the moment, Nam Vo, the look is all about emphasising that dewy highlight. For this, you’ll need a smooth and even base. Start with a mask that brightens the skin and tightens the pores. Before going in with your foundation, apply a strobing luminizer to the high points of your face–i.e. your cheekbones, nose bridge and cupid’s bow–to achieve a radiant and dewy glow from within. We suggest finishing the look off by using a cream contour just to add dimension to your face ever so slightly.

Hair Clips

Pearl Pin | Acrylic Pin | Hair

I’m sure this trend needs no introduction–it’s literally all over Instagram. From pearl clasps to acrylic clips, the hair clip trend is the cute and quirky accessory we just can’t seem to get enough of. To really let these pretty pins shine, wear your hair in a straight, slicked-back do. To achieve this, all you need to do is apply gel through the lengths of your hair before going in with your hair straightener. Flick your ends outwards to achieve a simple yet chic retro look before you secure your pins in place!

Ruffle Details

Top | Skirt | Dress

With the resurgence of delicate, feminine detailing, it’s not a surprise that ruffles have made its comeback on Instagram as well. We particularly love seeing ruffles in collar and sleeve details, but can’t deny the universally-flattering shape it brings to dresses and skirts. This trend is perfect office-appropriate wear as well, so you can look photo-ready all week long!

Online Shopping Hacks

Now that you know where to shop these trends, here are some tips to beat the crowd and snag these sweet deals before they sell out!

  1. Losing out on the last piece can take a matter of seconds. To save time, save your UOB Card to your wallet or account for faster checkouts every time you make a purchase!
  2. There’s actually a right time to shop, and you’d be surprised that most online shops roll out their discounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
  3. Many sites such as ezbuy and Lazada, have live chat functions now. And besides offering customer service, you can use these functions to ask about deals and discounts that you might not have known about.
  4. We understand that trying on pieces can be the most important part of the shopping experience. So look out for sites such as ZALORA and Shopee that offer free returns and refunds! Just be sure to check out their T&Cs before making your returns!
  5. And of course, to never miss out on deals, add your favourite stores to your mailing list! We suggest being selective with these so you don’t end up overloading your inbox.
Shop The Looks For Less

Stay on top of your ‘gram game this season with these fun and fashion-forward trends with these exclusive deals with UOB Cards!

Get 20% off with no minimum spend at ZALORA by using the promo code SHOPUOB20 when you shop with UOB Cards. And $30 off with a minimum spend of $140 by using the code LADYS30ANNI when you shop with UOB Lady’s Card. Valid till 30 April 2019, T&Cs apply. Shop now

Get $10 off with a minimum spend of $80 spend at Lazada by using the code UOB10OFF when you shop with UOB Cards. Valid till 31 October 2019, T&Cs apply. Shop now

Get $5 off with a minimum spend of $50 every Wednesday at Shopee when you shop with UOB Cards. Valid Till 25 December 2019, T&Cs apply. Shop now

Get $10 Qoo10 coupon by entering the first 6 digits of UOB card number when you shop with UOB Cards. Valid every Tuesday from 10am onwards, till 31 December 2019. T&Cs apply. Shop now

Get $10 off with a minimum spend of $100 at ezbuy when you shop with UOB Cards. Valid till 31 October 2019 and the month of December 2019, T&Cs apply. Shop now

Get $10 off with a minimum spend of $100 at RedMart by using the promo code UOB10 when you shop with UOB Cards. Valid till 31 December 2019, T&Cs apply. Shop now

Visit uob.com/shopuob for details and more deals! And of course, we love seeing you recreate these looks, so tag us and send us your best selfies and #ootds on Instagram!

xoxo,

Kat

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Sleek Frizz-Free Hairstyle

Lately, when it comes to my hair, I’ve been so into sleek hairdos, short crops (I keep going shorter!) and ashy-brown tones. To achieve this shade of brown, I had to bleach my hair once and to maintain the sleek tv-commercial-like straight hair, I have to expose my hair to a straightener daily – this takes a major toll on the appearance and “health” of my hair!

So now that I’ve gotten my shown you how I achieve my Cali Glow, I thought it was time to share with you guys how I care for my hair with a TRESemmé! With my non-stop travel, my hair has also been exposed to so many different climates that affect my hair condition, and TRESemmé’s deeply nourishing Keratin Smooth range has been helping me keep all of that under control. US hair brands are generally formulated to strengthen fine and/or brittle hair, which is perfect for me!

On top of that, Singapore’s hot and humid weather makes having photo-ready hair a real challenge. So in this article, I’ve decided to share with you guys how I battle frizzy, dry hair with a simple routine you can totally replicate at home! I’ll be featuring my top hair care picks from Guardian — specifically, top US-based hair care brands — in conjunction with Guardian’s Beauty Around The World campaign. I’ll also be sharing how I achieve my latest go-to sleek hairstyle that looks great at any occasion, so keep reading!

Shower Care

Of course, a good hair day starts in the shower. Treated hair has a tendency to have a grassy, brittle look even when you style it, and if you face this same problem, you need to start working Keratin products into your hair care routine! For those who aren’t too sure what Keratin is or does; it helps to rebuild the protein structure of damaged hair! Over time, it helps make your hair straighter, silkier and smoother.

You can work Keratin into your hair care routine with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz shampoo and conditioner! It’s a really convenient and easy way to treat your hair, and on top of that, it strengthens and protects your hair from environmental stressors! The 5-in-1 hair care range helps with smoothness, reducing frizz, detangling hair, adding shine, smoothing out hair and taming flyaways.

You know how you immediately know your hair is NOT going to turn out great when you use hotel-room conditioner? You don’t have to worry about that with this conditioner I’m recommending. Considering how I have major PTSD when it comes to conditioning bleached blonde hair, I think I’ve developed an acute pickiness when it comes to my conditioner. At once, you already know the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz conditioner will give you smooth hair during your blowout once you’ve used it in the shower post-shampoo. This TRESemmé range has Argan Oil and Marula Oil listed as major ingredients because of their softening and moisturising properties – and Marula Oil even helps protect hair from UV damage!

Drying off

Another simple tip I have is to take the time to dry your hair with the cool setting of your hairdryer. This helps close up your hair cuticles, which makes your hair look shinier! This takes more time if you’re starting with very wet hair, so if you’re in a rush to get ready, you can do most of your drying on a moderate heat setting before blasting it with cool air at the very end.

Before you pick up your hairdryer or styling tools, always apply a heat protectant spray through your hair! I style my hair every day, so this is a vital step I never skip. Too much heat exposure will just dry and frizz your hair back up–even after you’ve treated it with product, so always protect your hair.

Before drying, apply the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Hair Spray from your roots to the ends (yes your scalp can burn too) to make sure my whole head is protected. This spray protects hair from temperatures up to 232°C while shielding your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling.

Sleek Styling

Getting sleek, straight hair at this point is pretty simple. I start by splitting my hair into one-inch sections, then take my straightener through my hair from root to tips, curling the straightener inwards once you approach the ends. Remember to be firm and fast with this! Apply pressure to really get your strands straight, but don’t leave the straightener on your hair for long to minimize heat damage.

To finish my look and give my hair a little shine, I usually warm some lightweight hair oil or serum in the palms of my hands by rubbing them together before running the product through my hair.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this quick hair care guide brought to you by Guardian, and that it helps you have your next Good Hair Day! Stay tuned for more beauty guides and tutorials, and as always, send us your burning beauty questions on Instagram and we’ll try to answer as many as we can! And of course, don’t forget to visit Guardian to explore more US hair, cosmetic and skincare brands.

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March Favourites

We’re always trying and testing new beauty products we’ve gotten our hands on. And amidst the landslide of serums and setting sprays, there’s always new product picks we just have to tell everyone about. So welcome to DC Roundup, a monthly segment in which the DC Team gushes over the best products they’ve tried this month! March has been a big month of beauty drops, so here are the standout products we’ve made our new staples.  

Naked Reloaded Palette

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If you’ve run into me in the last month, you’ve probably experienced what’s about to happen. But for good measure let me just say–I love this palette. I’ve bolded and italicised this statement to drive this point through, but it’s worth it

The latest in Urban Decay’s iconic Naked series, the Naked Reloaded palette features 12 neutral shades that were designed to complement any skin tone (we put it to the test here). As an added bonus, Urban Decay even made the four outer pans in the palette bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. I’m especially in love with the ultra-fine shimmer shades that give an almost pearlescent finish to your shadow look. It makes shimmer so easy to wear in the day, and really lets you experiment with layering your shades as well! So if you’re looking for a palette that you could dip into every day, then this is the perfect one to invest in.

Supergoop Superscreen

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One of the most elusive finds on my list has to be a really good sunscreen. By really good I mean it should provide adequate sun protection, absorb well into the skin, and have a lightweight texture. The Superscreen, on the other hand, has crushed my expectations, and I dare say I don’t know if I could return to another sunscreen again.

As someone who has never been particularly sold on the consistency of most “lightweight” SPFs, I have to say the Superscreen is perfect. On top of this, the SPF 40 strength sunscreen also protects your skin from blue light, pollution and dryness! I also love that it’s fast absorbing, leaving my skin dewy and prepped for my foundation in a matter of seconds.

Tarte Sting Zing Lip Plumping Serum

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Now I’ll admit, I wasn’t instantly sold on the Sting Zing Lip Plumper. To be fair I went in expecting bee-stung lips–which wasn’t what I got (thankfully). But when I gave it a second go, I realised that the slight plumping of my lips smoothed all my pronounced lip lines, making for flawless lipstick application like I’d never experienced before.

The mild tingling sensation can take some getting used to, but don’t be alarmed. The Sting Zing’s formula is actually really gentle, and continued use has even helped treat my chronically chapped lips! I don’t use this every day, simply because I don’t bother with lip products on a day-to-day basis, but I always put this on before applying a lip colour now, and you would too if you felt and saw the difference!

Fresh Beauty Lotus Dream Cream

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Products that promise “instant” results have always left me with some scepticism, but ever so often, I’m proven wrong. One very instance has to be with the Fresh Beauty Lotus Dream Cream. This powerhouse product treats skin with the multi-beneficial properties of the entire living lotus plant encapsulated in an ingredient they call “Super Lotus”.

It provides your skin with antioxidant protection while preventing and minimizing signs of aging. On top of that, it strengthens your skin’s barriers which helps boost the youthful and radiant appearance of your complexion while keeping your skin hydrated! The peach extract included in this cream works to help your skin recover overnight, and lends a calming aroma to the cream which really sets you in the mood for some serious rest. It’s the sort of product that you genuinely can look forward to using every night, and lets you wake up feeling better about your skin (and sleep)!

3CE Blush Palette

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Our graphic designer Shi Lin has recently discovered the wonders of blusher and opts for the 3CE Blush Palette in Softener for her daily looks. The palette comes with 5 warm pink, peach and coral shades as well as a light contour shade to add dimension to your face shape!

This is perfect for anyone who’s looking for a pigmented blush colour that isn’t too bright or loud. Think soft, naturally flushed cheeks. The powder formula also allows you to layer shades without adding any coarse texture to your skin, allowing you to mix up custom blush combos that complement your unique skin tone!

Pro tip: This palette packs a pigmented punch, so you can use the shades as an eyeshadow as well.

Herbivore Botanicals Mini Facial Oil Trio

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I’ve been a Herbivore fan since I tried out their Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème (also something worth checking out). So I was thrilled to try out their Mini Facial Oil Trio, firstly because I love a good aromatherapy-style treatment, and secondly because their vials are gorgeous (don’t roll your eyes at me).

The oil trio is perfect for anyone, and I literally mean anyone because it allows you to rotate treatments depending on what your skin needs at the moment. You can use these oils day or night, but I usually reserve Lapis and Pheonix for my nightly skincare routines because their just slightly richer than the Orchid oil. I use Lapis on days where I’m having more breakouts than usual, and Pheonix for when I need a boost in hydration and radiance! I save Orchid for my morning routines because it feels the lightest on my skin, and adds a dewy glow to my complexion while treating dryness.

Pro tip: Using lightweight oils as a moisturiser is great for combination skin because it treats the dry areas while balancing oil secretion in your oily zones!

Candylab Cosmetics Creampop The Velvet Lip Color

As far as long wear lip colours go, Candylab’s Creampop Lip Color has to be one of the most gentle formulas I have ever worn. With a super light, whipped texture, the product glides on seamlessly leaving no streaks–which means you don’t have to cake on the product for a smooth pigmented finish!

The product finishes matte and dries down quickly without adding weight to the lips, so you can expect flake-free long-lasting coverage. I personally love the shade warm blood, which, as it implies, is a warm red shade that has a slight brownish-orange tint to it. You can expect to shop this extremely affordable beauty buy from exclusively from Guardian from April 2019 onwards!

Stay tuned for more of the latest and greatest drops coming to you monthly from the DC Team! We also love hearing about your personal beauty finds, so drop us a DM or tag us in your next Instagram post!

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How To Get That Cali Glow

I’ve spent most of the past few months on the road (whew!), and this time I’m writing to you guys from sunny California! My Cali adventures have never failed to inspire me creatively, and one of the things I love the most about the West Coast has to be the beautiful warm-toned sunsets.

Inspired by the warm California hues (think sunsets at Santa Monica, sandy sunny Palm Springs, and bright orange poppy fields at Lake Elsinore), I’ve created a subtle coral-toned beauty look in today’s post. Since I’m in the United States of America, I’ll be using some of my favourite US beauty brands as part of the Beauty Around The World campaign by Guardian!

Glowing Dewy Skin

Before I start applying my foundation, I always use a primer – this way, your foundation stays on longer and appears smoother! For today’s look, start off with Revlon’s YouthFX Fill + Blur primer. The primer comes with an applicator-head so you can apply the primer without the need for your fingers or a brush, and the formula leaves an immediate powdery satin texture on my skin!

The desert climate and low humidity in the Cali air have made my skin SO DRY. To keep my complexion looking healthy and radiant here’s sharing one of my beauty hacks: mix your choice of serum into your foundation before application! I keep my serum to foundation ratio at 30:70 ratio for a medium coverage base, if you prefer something sheer you could go 50-50 instead, and blend out with a sponge!

The moisturising properties of serum also adds to the dewy sheen that I’m looking to achieve with this look (remember: Cali GLOW). Use Palladio’s Build + Blend Foundation Drops – the foundation lets you customize your foundation shade easily, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.

Use the flat foundation brush from the Real Techniques Essentials Set, available at Guardian.

3-in-1 Lip Tint

I try to pack as light as I can, so I look for products that can double (or triple) up in use instead! For this look, I’m using the Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in the shade 250, which can not only be used as a lip colour but as a blush and creamy eyeshadow too! The coral tones definitely bring out that sun-kissed California glow! If you are using the tint as a blusher and eyeshadow cream, just use your fingers to blend!

A Coral-hued lip tint that can triple up as a lipstick, blusher and eyeshadow base!

Smokey Liner Look

To complement the flushed coral shade of my shadow, I wanted to create a soft and subtle smokey liner look. To achieve this, I used Maybelline’s Line Tattoo Crayon Pen in dark brown along my upper waterline.

To make my eyes appear bigger and more almond shaped, I start lining my lash line from the centre of my eyes, finishing with a cat eye flick at the outer corners. To soften my liner, I blend it out softly with a brown shadow. For this, I dipped into the Maybelline 24k Nudes palette, but you can try other warm tones such as orange or pink as well!

MASCARA is so important for eye makeup, no eye look is complete without it – it instantly brightens up your eyes! Maybelline’s Magnum Volum’ Express Mascara has been one of my favourite Mascaras of all time – I was so bummed when I could not find it anywhere over the past year, but I’m so glad it’s back now in Guardian. This mascara has an instant volumising effect and captures each eyelash so well.

Final Touches

After tidying everything up, I go in with a light contour and highlight just to add definition to my face. For this, you can check out Revlon’s Photoready Insta-Sculpt palette! This palette was designed to be universally flattering for all skin tones while helping to blur and soften pores and imperfections as well.

To keep the look natural, I buff my contour shade into the hollows of my cheeks lightly with the Multi-Task Brush from the same Real Techniques brush set. To finish the look, I sweep the highlighter shade across the highest points of my face which are my cheekbones and my nose bridge.

I hope you enjoyed this quick makeup tutorial, and try it out for yourself! Guardian gets its products from tons of international destinations, and the US just happens to be one of them. So you guys can now discover, play and love all of your favourite beauty products from right here in Singapore! I can’t wait to see all your different takes on this looks with your very own product picks, and if you’d like to see more tutorials, drop us a DM on Instagram and let us know what you’d like us to try out!

Love,
Drea

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