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Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Love their lipsticks!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Love their lipsticks!

Urban Decay just launched a makeup collection inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat.

This is exclusive in their Urban Decay stores only, so girls, get your hands on them quickly because I heard stocks are extremely limited!

The collection features a eyeshadow palette, blush palatte, 3 shades of lipsticks, 3 shades of glide-on eye pencils and 3 cosmetic bags with his artworks imprinted on them.


"Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat began drawing and painting at the age of four and never stopped. By the time he was in his teens, his graffiti was a fixture around lower Manhattan. After leaving home at 17, Basquiat began selling hand-painted postcards and T-shirts. At 20, he landed his first public exhibition. A pioneer of the neo-expressionist movement, he quickly rose to fame on the '80s art scene in NYC, where he ran with the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Debbie Harry. His iconic work is still exhibited all over the world." - Urban Decay


The collection is befitting of an artist's - especially developed for Jean-Michel Basquiat's work because of the loud and graphic nature of his work - graffiti, street art style. I'm guessing this explains the loud colours which can be found on UD products such as the Tenant Eyeshadow Palette ($62) and the Jean-Michel Basquiat 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($32 each).

The eye pencils are successfully made to resemble art pencils and the eyeshadow palette has such rich, blendable and loud colours you can boast of.

I also really liked the Gallery Blush Palette ($52) which has versatile shades and I'm liking one of them especially - the 'Now's the Time' shade which works like a highlighter - brush them across the apples of your cheek after applying the blush and just watch your cheeks light up pretty under the lights.


3 exclusive shades to choose from: Abstract, Epigram and Exhibition. Each at $29. The lipsticks are creamy and well pigmented, as with the other UD lipsticks, so I've totally no regret purchasing it.


You can also purchase 3 unique cosmetic bags adorned with the artist's artwork, starting from $30 for the cheapest one.

1983 Jean-Michel Basquiat Cosmetic Bag, $35

Untitled Jean Michel Basquiat Cosmetic Bag, $50
The colour I got was Epigram, and I'm totally lovin' the colour, which resembles a little bit of a darker, burnt red with a tinge of orange to it. Lovely, totally lovely.

Very happy to also have it in the limited edition Jean Michel Basquiat artwork imprinted on the lipsticks. The only gripe I have of the lipstick is that it doesn't open very easily, because of the sheer design of the lipstick which leaves a narrow room at the bottom.

Only after a while, did I have it figured out. Always have to remember to twist it and then pull. Twist and pull, that's the only way the lipstick cover's gonna come off.








I got mine from the UD at Vivocity. If you already know what you want but have no time to get it, you can give the store a call first and get them to reserve it for you first.

Check out the other stores on this page: https://www.urbandecay.com.sg/store-locator/




Urban Decay VivoCity 
Location: 1 HarbourFront Walk #01-13 Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
Tel: +65 6221 6259

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For more on the collection, check it out here: https://www.urbandecay.com.sg/featured/basquiat-collection/

Review: My Visit to Apgujeong Hair Studio Vivocity

Friday, 12 May 2017

Review: My Visit to Apgujeong Hair Studio Vivocity

Some close friends might know that I actually frequent Apgujeong Vivocity since it opened its doors sometime last year. So imagine what a pleasant surprise when I received an invitation to review its hair services, to which I of course chose Vivocity again, as it was most convenient for me in terms of location.

Being greeted with friendly and welcoming faces is always one of the best things I love about going to this salon. No matter who serves you. Everyone is pretty much smiley around there, so you’ll definitely feel welcome.

And no, I’m not saying this because they sponsored my hairstyling session this time round – well I’ve always been a paying customer at this branch, just remember that. J


After a very hectic month of falling sick, recovering (put that on repeat mode twice) and then coping with the regular stressful workdays, my hair was really uncared for, for close to 2 months!

OG. Imagine all my split ends, my ugly black hair sprouting out the roots, trying hard to blend in with the previous light brownish colours. A huge no-no.

When I got there, I immediately told my hairstylist, Yuri 최 (Assistant Director Stylist) and Alice 이​ (Korean Senior Stylist) that I wanted a treatment and a hair dye. In fact, I wanted some ashy looking colours without really bleaching my hair – which of course I had expected it to turn out dark, though hoping for more dark ashy colours to appear at the end of it all.


My hairstylist patiently explained to me that I shouldn’t do that because my hair is already very damaged, and what with 2 months of no treatment! So, she suggested a colour which would still be able to be roughly seen as somewhat ashy under the sunlight and was clear that I would not be able to achieve the light shades of ash.

She used the inoa hairdye, which is supposed to be a less damaging type of hairdye. Throughout the process, I felt that I was quite well taken care of and that my stylist took time to share with me what kinds of shampoos and conditioners I should use. But I also liked that whenever they did that, they did not hardsell me the products, which could be quite a turnoff – like some hair salons I visited in the past who did so.



A selfie with Alice after the satisfying hair service :)
Cost Breakdown (my hair was considered long):
-          Inoa Hairdye: $169
-          Scalp protector: $20
-          Mucota A treatment: $205

All in all, my hair felt softer, nicer and I was pretty pleased with my hair colour after everything, despite it being a dark colour. The total service time took a rough 1.5 to 2 hours, which I thought was very fast, too. Which is good.





Students say YAY! Cos they are also offering 20% student concession pass discount, only available on weekdays from 11am to 4pm!

For the full price menu, you can refer to their website here: LINK

Once again, thanks to the team at Apgujeong Vivo for fixing my stray hairs and uneven hair colours!

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Apgujeong @ Vivocity
Location: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-216, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 9.30pm (Daily (Including Weekends & Public Holidays)
Tel: +65 62556564
Website: http://www.apgujeonghair.com/  

Life's Good with LG: Premium 2017 lineup of TVs, Audio and IT Solutions

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Life's Good with LG: Premium 2017 lineup of TVs, Audio and IT Solutions


Yes! I traveled to a mountainside before heading to a snowy capped peak just so you could see these views!

Say what? Am I kidding? Yes. I actually am.

These views are so realistic I actually thought I was there earlier on. But nope, I was actually at LG's new 2017 electronics launch event, where they showcased some of the exciting products which would be coming up very soon!

Following the launch of their extremely classy LG G6 smartphone, they continue to spark our interest with the 2017 premium lineup of TVs, Audio systems and IT Solutions.


Here are their executives, sharing the exciting launch and updates with us.



I managed to snap a shot of the 2017 Lineup for their TVs. Don't we all love TVs... I seriously do. haha.



I've seen for myself the extremely sharp and lovely quality of their TV screens, which is one to look out for. We're talking 10 awards here for their signature OLED TV W, my friends.

This TV is so special because it has the world's slimmest panel at just 2.57mm! Take two 1-dollar coins and stick them together. That's 2.57mm! Super slim! And you know, minimalists out there would love this - no more unsightly wires for this TV as there's a universal strip cable to keep it all neat, and it's the perfect wall mount (mounted directly on the wall with only magnetic brackets) with minimal gap! Sticks on your wall like the ultimate digital wallpaper!

The TV audio is also extremely powerful and rich - using object based sound, mastered in Dolby Atmos that capture every sound of each object. You actually feel like you're there, listening to the pitter patter of the raindrops.

The 2017 lineup of LG OLED TVs to look out for include the W7 and G7 (77-inch/65 inch), as well as the E7 and C7 (65 inch and 55 inch).


The LG UHG 4K TVs seen here also offers resolution four times higher than HDTV's. Excellent viewing angles, superb colour reproduction, and optimal screen brightness!

Also, these TVs are Netflix Recommended, a title which is only awarded to TVs that have passed rigorous evaluation processes such as a fast app launch, easy access, clear display of images and text, etc. No more lag time in switching to your favourite programme!




Another feature of their TVs that really impressed me was the Perfect Black TV. This feature enables the TV to have infinite contrast and is 200 times deeper black than other non OLED TVs.

This is awesome because non OLED TVs have a grey overcast, marring the visual experience, while the Perfect Black makes it such that at any angle, you'll see the same, deep, alluring black you'll find visually stunning.


Look at the HDR feature as well. The colours are brighter and more vibrant, providing a more realistic view for deeper visual impact.


These TVs feature the Nano Cell display, and incorporating it with a cutting edge LCD display technology that improves the picture quality considerably. The Nano Cell absorbs unwanted light, and this light absorbing capability reduces instances of colour fading and degradation, improving colour gamut and accuracy! 

That means a wider viewing angle and no more colour distortion, y'all!

 

Check out these speakers too! 

Portable and pretty - that's what I would want. Give me this one already (under the PJ series of portable Bluetooth speakers), it's super lovely! I was glad to learn it's also well suited for the outdoors. 

The speakers feature a turbine blade design that allows the sound to resonate 360 degrees and when using outdoors, no need to worry about adverse weather conditions as it can withstand immersion in water up to one meter for up to 30 mins! 

But please lah, if you can avoid it, then do so. Don't itchy hand go try, ok?



Another speaker which is super cool, people. Check it out, it floats!

It's known as the PJ9 speaker, which can be paired with a subwoofer to achieve a truly sonorous audio experience, complete with deep bass. The subwoofer acts as a levitation (a.k.a FLOATING!) station. When activated, the speaker will float and rotate in mid-air! This visual effect is created using powerful electromagnets housed inside the levitation station.


Curved TV, perfect viewing around you at any angle.

Gaming monitors are extremely attractive looking too. I feel like getting one of these!


To be honest, what impressed me was also how they took in their consumers' feedback and updated what bothered people the most, in their next design - which birthed the next edition of the lightest laptop, which weighs only 970grams, bruhs. 970grams! SO LIGHT. This is totally lighter than my entire palm, you guys.


Not sure if you can see it, but this 14-inch LG Gram is perched on a weighing scale, showing its weight - 956 grams, to be exact. 970grams are the maximum weight which the laptop will weigh, so hence, the specs for the LG Gram will be listed as such.



Following the success of the LG Gram launched in Singapore last year, the brand will expanding the series with a 13.3 inch, 14 inch and 15.6 inch laptop bodies, which are all the lightest in their own category. The screen is extremely sharp as well and go easy on the eyes. I'm seriously considering getting myself one of these laptops!

What I'm impressed by these laptops:
- improved battery life (up to 17.5 hours)
- assortments of inbuilt ports for easier and quicker connectivity to various devices
- Backlit keyboard (which was not available on the previous LG Gram), now available
- extremely thin but not flimsy
- Super lightweight
- uses the advanced 6th gen Intel Core i5 or i7
- Screen support Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) IPS display
- Quicker charging (included fast charge feature)


Here's me with the 15.6 inch LG Gram Laptop!


The launch for these products is slated to be in the upcoming month.

For exact details on launch dates and for more information, please stay tuned to LG Singapore's official website at http://www.lg.com/sg

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