TRIAL Ganbanyoku treatment not to be missed

Heal and rejuvenate in an hour

With temperatures dipping to below 23°C, Singaporeans were feeling the chills in January 2018. I can’t help, but think of Ganbanyoku. The latest hot spa that has arrived in downtown Orchard Road area. Located in Far East Plaza, it does more than simple body warming and blood circulation, but also offer Holistic Healing Therapy. This is the place to rest and rejuvenate.

My 1st Experience
Although we live in the tropics where daily temperature is about 30°C, I was amazed that I slept for an hour the moment I laid on the hot stone. My cold hands and feet found comfort in the warmth and I left Far East Plaza refreshed and rejuvenated.
I was given a set of Japanese yukata to change into and a huge bath towel to lay over on the hot rock. It took a while to get used to the heat. But after tossing around as recommended, I gradually got used to the heat and managed to nap a little.

Treatment beds to lay on



One of the significant improvements in health that I discovered immediately after the session includes having less stuffy sinuses which cleared up significantly. Not to forget that my skin felt smoother than before. In the days that followed I found that my hot flushes reduced as well.
Glowing skin after an hour in therapy room

How It Works
The stone bed that I slept on are made of precious magma stones from Japan. The heated stones naturally release Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and negative ions to speed up the purging of toxins from the body through perspiration, while stimulating the body’s acupressure points to help to alleviate joint, muscular and nerve pain.

After that one session, I feel that this is the goto place to detox and rejuvenate in 60 mins. It is suitable for children as young as 12 years old to senior citizens.

Benefits of this treatment:


Where to enjoy this therapy?
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #02-29, Singapore 228213. Opens from 9.30am to 9pm daily. Make your appointment at 6208 9357.

Fees start from $20 per session. Package rate of $91 for 7 days are available. Prices are valid till further notice.

For more on who will benefit from Ganbanyoku – Hot Stone Therapy, please go to:
https://www.ganbanyoku.co
https://www.facebook.com/ganbanyoku.sg/
https://www.instagram.com/ganbanyoku.co/

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TRIAL/COLOURS Max Factor is back in town to enhance your beauty

Look fresh from day to night With Max Factor

Max Factor is available in Singapore again!

TRIAL

COMPLEXION

What I love about the latest buzz from #MaxFactor are their Face Finity 3-in-1 Foundation and Colour Elixir Velvet Matte Lipsticks.

I am delighted to find that #FaceFinity 3-in-1 #Foundation kept me fresh faced through the day. It didn't leave my skin tight or feeling uncomfortable.

What is in the bottle:
Powerpacked with a primer, concealer and SPF 20 rolled into the foundation, Face Finity is the one step complexion enhancer. This #buildablefoundation conceals freckles and uneven skin tone with each layer that you apply on your skin. So you can customise how much makeup you want on different occasions.

LIPS
MAX FACTOR X Colour Elixir Velvet Matte Lipstick come in six luscious lip shades that last over sips of water and beverage. Despite being described as a matte lipstick, the lippy leaves my lips appearing moist and luscious. A plus point for an affordable lippy priced at about $20.
Max Factor Matte No 15 in Flame leaves my lips looking soft while brightening my complexion
TIP: Pick the shade that complements your skin tone. One with a tinge of yellow in it would be the best match for my complexion with yellow undertones. So we are looking at shades like orange-red and peach. What's your best match?

What is in it?
#MaxFactor X #VelvetMatteLipstick is the modern woman's answer to long lasting lip colour minus the uncomfortable drying feel. This creamy, moisturising formula uses #CFMica, a fine mica that diffuses light reflection for that subtle matte finish. Its fine texture is also responsible for the smooth glide as you slick on the lip colour and the velvet soft feel on the lips.

EYES
A subtle wash of gold eye shadow that is obvious only under certain light

I also love their Max Factor X #FalseLashEpic mascara, liquid liner and eye palette

To coat the finest and shortest lashes, the mascara wand is designed with a ball tip with bristles and the sides of the wand are expanded to a curve lodged with bristles for quick application.

Do you see the longer and more luscious lashes?

Mascara makes my otherwise beady eyes larger and open up more than before

The eye makeup, liquid liner and mascara enhance my eyes, leaving my peepers appearing larger than before. The pale gold eye shade from the eye palette subtly plays with light to brighten up the peepers while also giving my eye lid a healthy wash of colour to brighten my eyes. The shade is so light it adds a subtle touch of elegance to my overall look (without being over the top).

This range of makeup and colours from Max Factor are definitely the economical choice for anyone who needs to look fresh and perky for 8 hours.

MAX FACTOR X Colour Elixir Velvet Matte Lipstick, $20.90, is available in 6 shades

MAX FACTOR X Face Finity 3-in-1 Foundation, $29.90, is available in 10 shades

MAX FACTOR is available at Watsons stores in Bugis Junction, ION Orchard, JEM, Ngee Ann City, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Parkway Parade and NEX in Singapore.
#maxfactorsg #effortlesslyglam

A GLIMPSE INTO THE MAX FACTOR PARTY









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FOOD Wide variety of fine wines and good food for the foodie @ Wine Bonanza


Fine wine and good food go hand in hand. And in November, Wine Bonanza relaunched with a new team of chef and culinary staff, menu and wines. 

What to look out for? Modern fusion cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. To enhance your dining experience is a menu that focuses on food and wine pairings.









During the launch, the finger food that we loved most were the truffle fries and cheese platter. For mains, check out the signature dishes listed below:

SIGNATURE DISHES
Seared Half Lobster with Watermelon Cloud and Sauvignon Blanc Jelly
Beef Stew
Cherry Duck Rilette
Confit of Duck with Sangria Reduction and Crushed sichuan peppercorn
Foie Gras with mango salsa crepe
Grilled Halibut
Fish and chips

PASTA OPTIONS
Lobster Aglio Olio with Caviar
Octopus squid ink pasta
Truffle Mushroom Cream Pasta
Appetisers
Aged Itslian Bean Puree Beignet with Truffle Mayo
Cheese Platter
Gambas

SOUPS
3 hours Lobster Bisque
Pumpkin Soup

SWEET ENDINGS
Moscato Strawberries with watermelon Cream Cheese
Bread & Butter Pudding
Crepe with chocolate Mousse and Berries

WINES
The range includes cocktails, from classic to premium/fine drinks at reasonable prices. Wines priced from $45 are from US, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and France




VIP PRIVATE DINING
For a private party, check out the underground VIP Private Dining next to the wine cellar, which houses a selection of great wines. Great for parties of up to 10 guests seated or 20 guests mix standing. Meals can be customised to guests’ dietary requirements, such as vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, and lactose-free. 
Ask about the dedicated butler, sommelier and chef service for a memorable private wine and dine experience.

Capacity: 3,000 square feet
Indoor setting seats up to 60 guests
1 VIP Room for 10 or 20 guests mix standing
Alfresco dining seats 30 or 60 pax standing

Located at 180 Albert Street #01-09 Albert Court
Tel: 6909 3828
For more information: www.facebook.com/winebonanzaSG/
Operating hours: 5pm to 11pm from Sundays to Thursdays


5pm to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, public holidays and eve of public holidays

Thanks to Wine Bonanaza for the pampering treat
To celebrate the opening, the host had hired Calli Nails manicurists to offer Express Gelish manicure services to the ladies.





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TRIAL: Simple Hair Reviving Tricks To Try At Home

Reviving Waves
After I had my tresses reshaped, Keith my go-to hair designer advised me to twirl my hair real tight after scrunching it with handful of Paul Mitchell hair mousse.
Knowing how stubborn my coarse hair can be, I went to bed with these twirls.

And this is the result:

Went to bed with my hair twirled into bundles

Morning After Mess

This is how it looks after releasing the hair from the twirls:


Shake out the twirls to see the fruit of my labour:

What do you think of this trick?
Incidentally this is one of the 1st hair tricks I learned while translating articles from the French ELLE in the late 90s. LOVE it?
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REVIEW: Japanese Luxurious Utena Jelly Sheet Mask

REVIEW: UTENA Golden Jelly Mask RO (Rose) Hydrate and Tone (aka Premium Presser Golden Jule Mask Rose)

While you have heard of the wonders of the Japanese Jelly that instantly hydrates skin and leaving it with a smoother appearance, have you tried the Jelly Mask that hails from the country of the rising sun?

Imported by the owner of a hot stone therapy spa at Far East Plaza, instead of a beauty house, this wonderful face mask comes in five formulations. Below is the review of the Golden Jelly Mask RO (Rose).

How it works: Douses skin with a generous amount of jelly serum that hydrates and softens skin.
What does it use: Rose extract, hyaluronic acid, collagen, royal jelly extract firm as they hydrate skin.
What’s great about it: Free of Alcohol, mineral oil and UV absorber.

REVIEW:
The scent of rose is almost absent to me. The lovely mask is easy to put on and what I love about it is the flap for the eyes to hydrate and firm the skin around the eyes as well.
The comfortable mask instantly brightens skin while leaving it more hydrated instantly. Please see before after image below.



Available at Ganbanyoku Hot Stone Therapy spa at #02-29 Far East Plaza. Tel: 62089367

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