BETTER BODY WELLNESS
Lifespa’s award-winning 60 mins Eastern Meridian Point Massage helps to refresh and soothe your body. It helps to release blockages, detoxify and strengthen the meridian points to improve blood circulation for better wellness. Try it now at $48 (UP $260). Bring a friend to enjoy FREE (15 mins) Red Light Therapy for the both of you. Promotion is valid from July 1 till August 31, 2019. Call LifeSpa PremierTWO outlet at 6337 6339 or Whatsapp 9171 3143 with the quote “CongratsSWW19”. Terms and conditions apply.
QUEEN OF HEARTS
In celebration of its 100 years, KitchenAid debuts its The 100 Year Limited Edition Queen of Hearts Collection of countertop appliances in a new Passion Red colour. Its limited edition 3.5 Cup Mini Food Chopper features unique 100 year celebratory fixtures and simple, one-touch operation with built-in cord wrap and pour spout. It is ideal for everyday use – whether you want to eat healthier, be more creative, or just save time on meal prep. 3.5 Cup Mini Food Chopper, $129 (UP $199), from Courts Megastore, TANGS at Tang Plaza, TANGS Vivocity and Harvey Norman @ Millenia Walk.
GREY HAIR NO MORE
If you’ve always dreamt about reversing your grey hairs, now you’re able to do so. The world’s first Black Reverse Formulation for asian hair, MARO17 BLACK+ Collagen Shot is able to reverse greying hair by re-pigmenting the hair from the roots by infusing Apple Stem Cells and Bamboo Apical Cells to increase melanin in melaninproducing pigment cells. Additionally, it also helps to promote hair growth with a Capixyl-based formulation (5 per cent); a proprietary blend of peptides to penetrate the bulge region responsible for restoring hair follicle stem cells for thicker, blacker and healthier hair! MARO17 BLACK+ Collagen Shot, $69.90 (50 ml), available exclusively at Guardian stores.
TASTE OF NATURE
Keep hydrated in our humid weather with a pure water source – elkali natural alkaline spring water is a rare pH 8.8 naturally alkaline spring water which comes from a unique and rare self-flowing alkaline spring and contains no artificial minerals or additives. Bottled at the source in the pristine mountainous region of Taiwan’s Hsinchu province, 500 meters above sea level and within a 10,000-meter radius of a protected nature reserve, it helps to ensure the purity of the water source. elkali Natural Alkaline Spring Water, 510 ml and 1,250 ml, available at selected 7-Eleven stores, FairPrice outlets and Amazon.
THE DAILY C’S
Did you know that 1000 mg of vitamin C is the recommended daily dosage for anyone who is nine years of age and above? As the first beverage with 1000 mg of vitamin C in liquid form, try YOU.C1000: Vitamin Lemon to supplement your diet with the ideal amount of vitamin C that your body needs. YOU.C1000, $9.10 for 140 ml x 6s pack, from all leading supermarket and convenience stores nationwide.
LIGHT BUT POWERFUL
LG launches its lightest 17-inch laptop that is perfect for use on the go. Featuring a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution twice that of a standard full HD screen, you can expect clear and detailed video and image quality. It also has a precision glass touchpad, which is made from durable glass to offer smooth, adaptive recognition. For even easier usage, it recognises handy shortcuts provided by Windows 10 and a four-finger multi-touch for easy usage. LG gram 17”, $2,799, from LG authorised retailers, Harvey Norman, Courts and Best Denki.
"I became a beauty freebie junkie… by becoming ugly!"
fearless, fun, free – these are three words that best describe me when it comes to makeup and skincare. Fearless in trying on the most innovative products; having fun while experimenting with makeup; and doing all these for free! Until it almost cost me the love of my family…
Three years ago, I went on a trip to Seoul, and came back a changed woman. No, I did not undergo plastic surgery, but I did opt for the second best thing – skincare and cosmetic retail therapy. South Korea was already known for its numerous beauty stores, but I was taken aback by how generous they were with freebies. With my hubby Weng* and daughter Sam* in tow, I went trawling the stores and in just three days, managed to grab enough samples to fill my carry-on luggage. It was both a culture shock and a thrill!
When I returned to Singapore, I had the post-holiday blues. The overwhelming rush of getting plied with free stuff had carried over into the joy of trying my treasure trove of lotions and creams, but it still left me unfulfilled.
An idea then struck me – I could look beautiful without paying a cent. I decided to visit Korean skincare stores to see if they provide a similar service as those in Seoul, and all of them passed me small sachets or bottle testers, most without me asking. I was pleased, but I thought I could do better.
I devised a strategy to visit as many different beauty stores and counters all over Singapore as possible, appearing only once or twice in a year, so that I would not be identified as a free-loading customer. Being polite yet thick-skinned, I would buy the cheapest product available, and coyly ask for complimentary travel kits. I would also actively encourage friends and colleagues to get beauty items, and piggyback off them by bagging less expensive versions of what they bought.
I soon realised that I needed to be more brazen to get more of what I wanted. I adopted bolder tactics such as insisting for additional brand merchandise like miniature perfumes and pouches for a single purchase, while pretending to be a hemming-and-hawing customer netted me trial-size sets. I even gatecrashed beauty store events just to get a door gift even if I wasn’t on the invite list! I was non-discriminating about the brand as long as I walked away with some kind of benefit – I was that cheap!
Weng and Sam weren’t spared from my penny-pinching ways. I hassled my hubby and daughter to help keep a constant lookout online for promotions, new product launches and store openings so I wouldn’t miss out on the latest giveaways. A section of the family fridge was even allotted to store these goodies, which made Weng and Sam “hangry”, as sometimes, there were more face masks and toners than there were groceries!
What was worse: I would drag Weng and Sam on weekend shopping trips, and pulled embarrassing stunts in public. I would return used products, create a scene saying that they had caused horrible allergic reactions, and demand rudely for refunds and more free products! I made Weng and Sam lie and vouch for me for my “incidents” in these instances. I did not care how I had appeared in other people’s eyes because I thought my strategy allowed me to avoid being recognised.
A few months ago, Sam came back from her secondary school late in the evening with reddened eyes and looking distraught. I questioned her harshly if she had been bullied in school. Sam went on a tirade, saying that she had been teased by her classmates for having an “ugly beauty bum-mum” and that she too, like me, was a lying, fake cheapskate. Apparently, the mother of one of Sam’s schoolmates who had worked part-time at different cosmetics counters had seen me on several occasions acting terribly and told on me to others. I was speechless. Sam ran into her room and slammed the door shut, while I sat alone at the dining table, ugly and ashamed.
It took about two weeks before Sam came around to accept my apology (Weng’s suggestion of a bigger allowance helped) and for me to quit my obsession. I have parceled out my entire beauty stash to friends and colleagues, and I now buy what I need, only when I need them. I believe that real beauty is indeed free – inner beauty that should never come at the cost of losing your pride or that of your loved ones.
*Names changed to protect privacy.
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