Advertorial: Essential – Healthy hair even to the last 15cm!


It happens to the best of us.

Us girls constantly struggle with keeping our hair ends free of split-ends and dryness, because there’s no point having nicely colored or styled hair if it just looks like a frizzy mess. But that’s more than a lot of us can hope for.

The last 15cm of our hair is the most damaged, therefore requiring the most care. It’s at least 1 year older than the rest of your hair closer to the roots, so it would have gone through more rounds of harmful dye coloring, blow-dying, tonging…

I for one would know very well what happens when you don’t take care of your hair. :(

Check out these pics of my utterly HORRENDOUS hair, taken JUST last year in 2010!!! You DON’T wanna end up like I did.

I’d bleached and colored my hair, permed it, tonged it often, had hair extensions and did soooo much damage to it, felt like my hair was damaged beyond repair.

I had totally neglected my hair’s health and let it become the biggest frizz ball I’ve ever seen in my life. I could barely believe it was HAIR (on my own head!), felt and looked more like grass….

I tried to get out all the tangles in a salon, but my hair was so brittle and dry, it was impossible to get the tangles out (and it was so painful T_T)

Eventually I gave up, and painfully chopped it all off. Possibly every girl’s worst fear. *sigh*




NOOOOO!!!!!!!

This brings back nightmares. Without pretty long hair, I honestly felt like a boy. Feminine level dropped 200%. I now realize how important hair is, and why chicks create such a fuss over their long manes. I get it now.

It can make or break your look.

Thankfully, I never have to go through that nightmare again….

Because Essential makes taking care of my damaged hair so easy!!!

Depending on your hair style, you can choose between the Nuance Airy or Rich Premier range!

Rich Premier – Suitable for damaged hair that seems impossible to tame.


Nuance Airy – Suitable for flat and limp damaged hair. (It calls my name!)

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They have a whole range of products to rescue your damaged hair!

Basic care – Shampoo & Conditioner (needs no elaboration)

Basic treatment – Comes in a tube. To be used once or twice a week as it nourishes your damaged hair ends and gives it the revitalizing boost it needs. You can skip using conditioner if you’re going to use the treatment!


♥ Intensive repair for severely damaged hair :

Intensive treatment – Hair mask, with 3x more High Purity Honey and Milk Protein than Tube Treatment to care for your severely damaged hair.

Leave on treatment – Hair essence. This essence can be used daily on damp hair after shampooing to give your hair continuous care, and it can also be re-applied onto dry hair.

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Let me demonstrate how simple it is to achieve healthy gorgeous hair with Essential products that will make all your girl friends jealous!!! :D

Yes, the following pictures were taken in my actual bathroom. And yes, I am in a fluffy pink bathrobe. ;)

Some girls only wash their hair once every few days because they’re lazy / it’s easier to style dirty hair.. that’s a no-no for me.

Do salons ever say, “Hey, we’re going to leave your hair dirty so it’s easier for us to style now.”


No!!!
They always wash your hair first! Because clean, healthy hair looks and FEELS good. I can’t stand my hair and scalp feeling oily / dirty or looking greasy. And you can totally smell a girl’s hair when she hasn’t washed it for more than 2 days..

I realize that softer, smoother hair = more cuddling from my boyfriend. He runs his fingers through my hair and pulls me closer more often. Score!

It’s a plus point that Essential’s products all smell soooo good! The shampoo was a nice milky texture that wasn’t too thick, so it’s easy to lather up.

Here I am happily lathering my hair up in awesome goodness n_n

If you’re wondering why Essential products are so good for your hair.. it’s because they contain awesome ingredients like shea butter & high purity honey extract, a deep moisture booster formula to care for your damaged hair!

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Using conditioner after shampooing is Essential…. For tangle-free hair everyday. Skip this step and you might find yourself dealing with a tangly mess that is impossible to style or comb properly.

However, if you’re intending on using their treatment products, you can skip using the conditioner. I went ahead and used their intensive Hair Mask.

Making sure I’m getting my Essential hair mask onto everyyy single strand!

This hair mask was my favorite step of the routine!!! The difference before and after applying it was extremely noticeable. There is “after-conditioner” soft, THEN there is “after-Essential-hair-mask-soft”…..

Which is so incredibly silky soft, you’re gonna be touching your own hair like you’ve got some hair fetish the whole day. :P

Once you’re done with basic care and treatment, it’s time to wash it all off, dry your hair and prep yourself for one last step – the Hair Essence. You can use the Hair Essence on damp or dry hair, focusing on mid hair length to hair ends. Ideally, you should use it before blow-drying your hair to protect it from the heat and once more when your hair is dry, to give it a smooth and shiny finish!

This is a good reason why we need to pamper our hair with all these products.

Day to day styling is enough to wear your hair out over time.

Simple harmless looking devices like a blow dryer can suck the life and shine out of your hair if you do it often enough..


With my hair now completely dried, time for the final step!

You can use this product throughout the day. Having a bad hair day and need a quick fix before you leave the house? This will be your lifesaver.

If you’re about to go on a date and you want your man to take notice of your hair, apply this magic formula immediately. He’ll love how shiny and soft your hair looks. ;)

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And now we’re ALL DONE!!!!!! ^.^

Here I am, with hair I’ve never known could be so soft and smooth. :’)

If you have really flat, thin and fine hair like me.. chances are, you have problems with fly away hair. Essential’s Hair Essence minimized that worry for me by keeping my fine hair strands in place, for a natural and effortless sleek look.

You know your hair looks good when your boyfriend notices it’s different and improved without you having to tell him! Men never notice these things.

Living proof that damaged hair can and will get better with enough care and determination. The pictures don’t lie.


Thanks Essential, you worked magic on me!!!!

♥ Check out Essential’s official website at www.sassykawaii.com

♥ For more information on their products, visit this link


Cheers to healthy and pretty hair!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

What’s Bakin’? #9

All creations lovingly done by Shiberty’s Sweets!

Please remember to credit and link back if you’re going to share my cake pictures online. :)

Breakfast served at Tiffany’s was cake.

I am aware the Barney looks slightly possessed.. :P I’ll try to make sure he’s more docile-looking next time.

This birthday girl requested sparkly colorful cupcakes with cute owls and random cute stuff!

Voila!

These ones are for the boys… :)

Yeah, that’s a mini cooper with a UK flag on the roof.


Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains.

With real blood painstakingly cut from my hand. -nods- I have THAT much commitment.


It’s a brains buffet!!!
Om nom nomz.

I like brains for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For the ones who want a really simple and sweet cake on their anniversaries!

I was told the theme of this cake is “Countryside, simplistic, with cute little sheep and the main colors being green white and blue.”

I think we pretty much hit the nail on the spot. :D *buay paiseh*

Lalalala~ Lalalala~ Elmo’s world!

Sam said my Elmos look like downies, but I like them. I think they’re adorable.

Adorably retarded looking.

This was a request for a simple floral-themed with super bright happy colors!

This was a pretty special cake. Her birthday fell on 11.11.11, which everyone kept going on about about how it was a special date for making wishes, etc..

She said she wanted the cake to look “mystical, enchanting, with stars” – I suppose the stars signify wishing stars? :)

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That’s all the cake pictures I have for today!

Good luck with X’mas shopping everyone, I know I’m still scrambling around tryna find a good gift for everyone. I went out yesterday intending to buy X’mas prezzies for others but ended up spending a shit heap on myself only. Omg fail.

But I bought the most gorgeous Marilyn Monroe inspired red dress from Warehouse and fur boots + cardigan from F21 and a furry hoodie from River Island and a blazer + shorts from New Look and new cosmetics from Sephora!!!!!! I know you don’t care, but I just wanted to share. Lol. You’ll want to know when you see pictures of the cute items on my blog in the future!!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Moreton Island


Rise and Shine!

We got up in the early morning, hopped onto a tour bus, and made our way over to the Port of Brisbane, which was an hour’s drive away..

Today we’re heading off to a secluded island called Moreton Island....

To SNORKEL and go sandboarding!!!!!! :D

No food provided on the tour bus, but my trophy boyfriend made me chicken caesar salad the night before, so I didn’t have to starve during the journey… Woopie!!!

I can’t stop snacking when I’m on road trips. This is SERIOUSLY addictive stuff.. peppery and salty and chewy. Wishin’ I had some now.

And we arrive at the Port of Brisbane! It’s such a beautiful day, thank god for gorgeous weather that shined down on us.

Getting boarded into the boat that would take us to Moreton Island… it definitely wasn’t the tour boat I expected. O_O

You’ll see what I mean in a bit.

This is Fidelis going.. “WTF so cold, how to snorkel later on?!”

This little food corner in the boat was a lifesaver. It was another an hour ish before we reached Moreton Island.

Steak pie. NOMZ.

Hey you! Haha he looks so scruffy in the mornings.

Kept my make up minimal that day because it was going to be a day of full of physical activities, sun, sea and the sand… surprisingly my falsies did NOT drop off nor did my eyeliner get smudged at all.

Am I good or what? n_n

A pretty blue pic of Brisbane’s port :) We were soooo lucky with the weather, it didn’t rain once during our 3 week trip!

As we’re approaching the island, we got called to the bottom floor of the boat… where….


We saw a LOT of big cars and trucks. O______o

This boat actually transfers people AND their cars to and fro islands. Of course, only 4WDs were allowed considering the rough terrain of the island..

Why would people need their cars on a secluded island?

Well you’re allowed to drive all around the island, so I guess you can get a lot more sightseeing done this way? You cover more ground, and get shielded from the sun. Some people drive deep into the island and camp in the bushes!!!

It was extremely amusing seeing everyone buckled into their cars, ON A BOAT. I was like…

“Ok, I’m in a car. On a boat. On the sea. This isn’t strange at all.”

The tour we booked, if you’re interested.

However, I do not highly recommend this… There are possibly better tours out there. Moreton Island is beautiful, but this particular tour was kinda overpriced and shit at some points, though it did have its unique highlights.

Excited munchkins!!! Time to soak up the sun! The weather warmed up a little bit, but was still less than 20 degrees..

We drove off the boat, onto Moreton island…. where I took a first proper look of it.

And I was just like…

Wowwww.

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT! I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen bluer skies and waters?!?? Promise you it looked like this or even bluer in real life!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

It was just amazing how serene it was.

Those old, rusty looking boats are shipwrecks by the way.

Purposely sunk there more than 30 years ago!!! Because of the shipwrecks, it’s a protected and safe place to snorkel (no sharks or predators or jellyfish or rip currents) just tons & tons of harmless fishies!

Very reassuring for a noob first-time-snorkler such as myself. :D

I do have a mild fear of the sea.. it is SO incredibly beautiful, what with its vastness and sparkling waters and the beautiful animals that live in it, but honestly, if you don’t know what you’re dealing with you could die in it within a couple of minutes.

So much could happen. Drowning, jellyfish stings, stepping on sharp coral and sea urchins, getting sucked out into the open sea by rip tides, eaten by sharks…. and more. Okok enough with the morbid talk.

This place was a haven. :’)

Gotta get geared up and into the water quick, we had finish snorkeling before the tide changes!

Sammy the Sea Lion in a wetsuit…

HAHAHAHAHAHAH it was our first time trying on wet suits. Superrrrrr difficult to put on pls I could barely get it past my fat thighs and ass LOL.

Fidelis & Me!!!! Lmao @ how everyone’s eyes are closed in pics cuz the sun was so harsh!

PLEASE try your best to resist your urge to burst out laughing at the sight of me squeezed into a wet suit. I know I look like a hei ba zhang ok… lol.

There you go.

If you ever wanna black mail me, you know which picture to use!!

Gearing up was harder than I thought… Sam had to put on my wet suit and flippers on for me. :3 I am so helpless when it comes to outdoorsy activities.

You have to put on your flippers at the water’s edge (you’re not meant to wear them on land) but when I tried lying down and put my flippers on, I kept floating around like a ball?! LOL.

Couldn’t stay still enough.

THE WATER WAS SOOOOOOOO COLD.

I dipped my little toe in and immediately let out a shriek. The scorching sun is so deceiving, it does nothing to heat the water up. Since the air was less than 20 degrees I have a feeling the water must be barely 10+ degrees at most.

Thank god for wet suits, I might’ve hyperventilated and froze to death otherwise. I think the adrenaline and excitement helps keep your body warm too.

I was too busy making stupid happy faces at my camera to notice anything else. LOL.

Funny and friendly Indian guys in our tour group.

They frequently stopped and asked me if was OK, cuz I was always lagging behind… It’s so heartwarming when strangers are that kind to you! ^___^

Fact: snorkeling isn’t a glamorous activity.

Your nose and mouth gets squished, and most of the time you’re spitting water out of your mouth. LOL it was still incredibly fun though!

You see this pink boogie board? The tour guide gave it to me because I told her I wasn’t a good swimmer.. (LOL NOOB RIGHT) considering we were gonna snorkel for an hour straight, I figured it was good measure to keep it with me.

Turns out I didn’t need it at all because the wet suit keeps you so buoyant, you can float “standing” in the water like this! :

In fact, the boogie board was more of hindrance than help. :3

Funny pictures of Sam hahaha it was his first time snorkeling too!

The thick orange gloves was to keep our hands warm and protect ourselves from sharp coral, potential bites from fishes, etc.


Say cheeeeeseee!!! :D

At first I was trying too hard to adjust to breathing underwater and keeping up with the rest so much that I couldn’t really enjoy the view beneath…. so I took meh pictures of shipwrecks, of the sea bed and of people in the water.

I think a sting ray was hiding underneath the sand!!!

The pictures do get better later on (sort of, still just fishes though), unfortunately most of the coral / fishes weren’t colorful and the colorful ones were too fast and squirmish for me to take pictures of! I didn’t see turtles or exotic animals like I’d expected to. :( I heard another tour group saw baby reef sharks and dolphins!! LUCKY!!! I would’ve died of happiness.

But, something really REALLY amazing happened later on in this trip which made up for it (save it for another blog post omfg so excited thinking about it) that totally changed my mind about having bad luck with wild animals. The experience was incredibly special. But that’s for another time!!!

Sam says hi!

What the deuce is this intestine-lookalike-thingy lying on the sea bed? Dolphin poop? Sea snake sheddings? Sea worms?!!?

Striped fishies!!!

I think the shipwrecks were pretty hard to navigate through, some passages were so narrow and sharp, it’s inevitable you scrape yourself on coral or rusting metal while trying to swim through.

Lucky our wetsuit was real nice and thick, I reckon it would’ve resulted in extremely painful cuts otherwise.

A lone starfish

Snorkeling with false eyelashes on. #winner

Don’t mind my picture spam, I was having such a good time, couldn’t stop snapping :)


HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

Sam said he found the elusive Loch Ness Monster. HE IS SO MEAN LOL


Eventually we got surrounded by more fish….


And more fish…


And MORE FISHHHHH.

So much fish, that I was almost scared I’d get lost in a maze of fish and they’d all eat me alive. o_O

In my past life I was a mermaid. #thingsyoudidn’tknowaboutme


ME ♥ YOU!! :DDDDDDDD

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/End of snorkeling pics.

Even though we didn’t see as many sea animals as I would’ve liked to, I still concur it was an awesome first-time experience, being able to take a peek at what life is like underwater. It was safe, guided, and so much fun..

I can’t wait to go snorkeling again!!!!!!!!! ♥

We got out of the water and our wetsuits, basked in the sun for a bit while we waited for lunch to be served!

An assortment of cold food, like ham, cheese, crackers, tomatoes, veggies…

So this was my lunch. Potato chips, dijonnaise and sweet chilli sauce, tomatoes, ham, cheese, salami… wrapped together and eaten like that!

It sounds disgusting but really, it wasn’t that bad. Kinda nice actually, the chips made it crispy, sauces made it tasty, and the ham + cheese gave it substance. I’m a simple person. Lol.

(not really, I just eat anything when I’m hungry)

Sam looking tired from snorkeling~ It’s pretty tiresome to swim for an hour straight, even if the wetsuit helps keep you afloat. I did better at it than I predicted I would!

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Our next activity got the best of us.

We got roasted (as roasted as a turkey on Christmas) in a hellish glasshouse non-air-conditioned bus for 30 minutes while we drove towards the sand dunes, preparing to go sand boarding down the slopes.

It was just TOOOOOO DANG HOT to be out in the sun unsheltered, let alone be walking through this godforsaken desert in the middle of us!!!

This picture is deceiving. Made it seem fun when it wasn’t.

It really didn’t help that we were all dehydrated from swallowing sea water from snorkeling before. Worst part of the tour?! No supply of water or sunblock… -______-

I remember telling Sam, “I would rape someone for a drink right now. Kill a baby bunny for a 7-UP.”

Everyone soldiering on.. but I know they were all dying inside.

I’ve lived in Singapore for 19 years (and this place is hot, hot, hot) and I’ve been to boiling places like Indonesia and Phuket and all the tropical places near the equator, but I’ve never been in a hotter place than THIS.

The desert was so dry, so hot, that BEES flew into my ear. Why the hell would bees fly into my ear?! Good question.

Sam said because my ear hole was cool, and that it had the most moisture out of anywhere else in the desert, the bees got attracted to it and wanted to fly / stay in there.. but of course my trashing around and shrieking disallowed it to do so.

WHAT the FUCK. T___T

Oh yeah. I forgot to mention we also had to carry our sand boards and walk a few hundred meters in the sun and thennnn climb up a STEEP, giant sand hill.

Climbing up sand slopes must be worse than climbing up snow. The sand just keeps giving way under your feet, and you keep losing your footing, it’s impossible to climb up……….

All I could remember thinking was, “Why did I pay money to do this? Why???”

This was how steep it was. It doesn’t look that steep in pictures but considering I was going to take a nose dive down this hill…. yeah, seemed a lot steeper in person.

Everyone getting prepped to go downhill

Sam waxing his board up. The waxier your board is, the faster you go!

The landscape was sort of beautiful. If you disregard the fact it felt like a hell hole.


………And I’m off!!!!!!!!!!

“Elbows out to the side like chicken wings!” – LOL.

I was rather apprehensive about doing it… (I like going downhill and getting air-time, but only on roller coasters, not having my body fully exposed on a flimsy board fml) but I thought to myself, “Don’t be a pussy. What’s the worse that could happen right? It wouldn’t create a painful impact, even if I fell it would be a cushioned fall thanks to the sand.”


But I was so wrong.

It was the SAND that eventually did me in. As I was going downhill, I had my whole face and mouth filled with sooo much sand, I CHOKED and teared like mad.. almost had to rip out my contacts. I kept trying to spit out the copious amount of sand I accidentally swallowed on my way down, to no avail.

That shit gave me the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my life.

The sand from sandboarding + dehydration + sea water from snorkeling fucked my throat up real real real good, spat and coughed up blood the day after that, lost my voice and got a raging fever a few days later, and throughout all this I had an amazing amount of thick, dark green / yellow phlegm for the next TWO WEEKS after that. I coughed like shit every day, and had to have an empty cup ready by my bed side because I would cough and spit in it every few minutes. Actually, half spitting half vomiting lol.

I coughed so hard, it was hard to breathe normally, and I puked in my own mouth a few times. I didn’t BREATHE, I just WHEEZED. And I think I also spread the virus to Sam and Fidelis.

Couldn’t sleep well or enjoy myself properly. :’( It took more than a month for my cough to finally go away. Sounds dramatic but it’s a true mother fucking story. #pissedoff

I was so glad when the sand boarding part was over, and we could go back to the boat.


Fresh air!!! Ahhhh…

Sat on the top deck enjoying the views and the sea breeze. Oh and we bought ourselves a soft drink. The best tasting drink I’ve ever had in my life.

Amazing how the weather and landscape changes to a desert just 20km inland.

I was chatting with other people onboard the boat, and a guy told me how he caught a lot of fishes and saw sea turtles and dolphins while he was on a fishing boat. He wasn’t even snorkeling! ;____;

Check out the beautiful holiday apartments!!! Super duper jelly. I saw other people going on ATV tours, which was something I’d muchhhh rather have done than sandboarding.


Moreton Island ♥

Doesn’t this picture look like postcard material?


Farewell now Moreton!!!!!
Despite my crap experience with sand boarding, I still had a great time, and tons of beautiful & funny pictures to show it!

The boat ride back to Brisbane was really nice and relaxing. It was about an hour long and I had ample time to sit back, relax, and look out to sea, thinking about everything and nothing.

The sun had gone behind the clouds but it was still bright and windy.

I told Sam,

“Hey, let’s try to spot dolphins, I REALLY want to see some!!! You take the left side, I’ll take the right side, if you see some dolphins, YELL OUT.”

And so we did. We kept our eyes peeled for signs of animals in the sea, and concentrated intently on making out dorsal fins shapes in the sea.. Whaddya know? After 30 minutes, Sam goes,


“OI GET OVER HERE JESS!!!”

And would you believe it - we spotted 3 dolphins jumping in and out of the water!!! FWAH.

That was my first time ever seeing a wild dolphin!!!!!!!!!! You have NO IDEA how long and how much I’d waited and wanted this moment. They disappeared behind the waves within a few moments, but I was happy just to catch a glimpse.

It felt like they made a special appearance just to make me happy, even for just a bit. I know it sounds silly, but that’s how I felt anyway. :’)

It made a very special moment for Sam and I to be alone at the back of the boat, looking out to sea while the sun was setting in the background, spotting dolphins together ♥

I think it’s these quiet, personal, I-love-you-so-much-I-feel-like-flying-let’s-sail-into-the-sunset-in-each-others-arms moments like these that really count in our relationship.




And that was one heck of a day at Moreton Island.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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