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Yun Nam Hair Care Bloggers’ Promotion!

Is your hair condition as good as it looks?

Think again.

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Having long hair gives me the freedom and prerogative to style them in so many different ways for varied looks, which is great when I attend special events like themed parties, fashion shows and exclusive launches. A unique hairdo can make an outfit even more successful in pulling off the desired look. Imagine how a glamorous dress can be ruined when presented with limp, frizzy hair; when on the contrary, a classy, well-styled pony tail or luscious curls will guarantee heads turning and all eyes admiring you. Well people will stare, so it should be worth their while! However, frequent styling and bad choices of hair products may lead to problems such as hair loss or damage. To prevent such undesirable consequences, use styling products sparingly, and only if they are suitable for you.

To find out about your current hair condition and learn tips on how to care for your hair and scalp, do sign up for a complimentary hair health check with Yun Nam Hair Care!

Also, exclusively for this campaign, my readers will get to redeem a retail size shampoo worth $38 that caters specifically to your hair condition! :)

Exclusively for my blog readers:

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A Whole New Online Shopping Experience: Lazada Singapore

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Lazada fast gained popularity both locally and in the region as it brings customers a large selection of the world’s most popular brands at friendly prices right to their doorsteps! I heard my friends and colleagues talk about it and their respective shopping experiences, which had remained so positive that I was tempted to try shopping there myself.

Today, Lazada is perhaps Southeast Asia’s biggest online shopping mall, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and now Singapore. Lazada is pioneering e-commerce across some of the fastest growing countries in the world by offering a fast, secure and convenient online shopping experience.

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 I love that Lazada offers multiple payment options, free returns, and extensive customer service. It retails so many brands and products that I feel like I was shopping in a real mall in the likes of VivoCity or Ngee Ann City, which are places where you can find almost everything you need, from apparels to electronics to home & living, healthy & beauty, travel, sports and gifts.

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It is also extremely simple to navigate the site, being what I’ll call “idiot-proof”, whether it’s searching for your desired item or clicking through product details & images, browsing similar items, checking out or payment. I was done shopping in minutes when I knew exactly what I wanted. And I know that I’ll definitely come back to shop again!

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So with the upcoming Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year AND my Birthday this month, here are Top 10 products I would/ have purchased that are relevant to these occasions and my lifestyle. A little something to reward myself sounds like such a great idea! Or how about a Valentine’s Day gift?

1. Indoor Outdoor Clothes Drying Rack

At only $14.90, it’s my perfect solution to hang those clothes right in the comfort of my bedroom. Convenient storage at its best! DIY installation makes it quick to assemble, move and store when not in use. Although the rack is meant for drying laundry, due to the versatility of its design I can hang almost anything I want – its sturdy steel is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Actual product is quite as expected, and quality is good :)

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2. Babyliss Pro Stylist Tools

I have always wanted this amazing hair curler, or the world’s “first fully automatic professional curl machine.”

  • Hair is automatically drawn into the ceramic curl chamber where it is softly held and heated from all directions to effortlessly form the curl
  • 3 heat settings (190°C, 210°C & 230°C) for long lasting results
  • 3 timer settings(0 sec (auto), 8 sec., 10 sec. & 12 sec.) with audio beep indicator for different curl effects
  • 3 curl direction control (right / left / auto) for various wave hair styling
  • Ideal for use on different length of hair
  • Temperature ready indicator light
  • Auto-off
  • Salon length swivel cord

Actual product is exactly as what was in marketing materials. I have not tried out the curler, but will probably do so in a separate review :) I might just get too addicted to curls after trying this product, who knows?

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3. The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit

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This is the first ever complete make-up brush cleaning kit to get the ickies out! What are the ickies in your make-up brush? Dead skin cells, oil, dirt & dust, bacteria and old make-up. Yikes! Don’t put the ickies on your face! Cleaning and drying your brushes is fun with The Brush Guard Cleaning Kit from Coastal Scents. Suds up with the luxurious Squeaky Clean Brush Shampoo’s organic natural anti-bacterials and conditioners. The unique Washing Cup is designed to release the ickies. Blot the bristles, shape them and slip on The Brush Guard. Now let your clean brushes dry bristle-down in the ventilated Drying Vase. Gravity pulls moisture away from the ferrule (the metal part) so your brushes last longer Your brushes dry in perfect shape. Store your brushes with The Brush Guard on to safeguard the tender bristles. All these items for just $35.88!

4. LZD Ankle Strap Espadrille Wedges in Red

Lazada’s very own fashion product, I can’t miss this out can I? At at astonishingly affordable price ($7.73), there’s no way I’m not checking this out, literally! Great for Chinese New Year, these wedge sandals feature a chunky block wedge in an allover print. Its adjustable ankle straps and cushioned insoles make for comfy wear. Comes in 3 colours – blue, green and red.

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Wore them in one of my #ootds for ShopsFashion :) Heel height is rather high but proved to be a very comfortable wear.

5. Foldable Manual Treadmill Home Running Machine (Red)

I have always wanted a treadmill at home to work out anytime I want, at my convenience, so this foldable piece is great for my preference and lifestyle.

6. Casio Exilim EX-TR50/TR 500 Self-Portraits Beauty Camera

Love these for the most obvious reasons – selfies, wefies etc in the most flattering angles and shooting modes, enabling quick sharing on social media. Above their beautiful design, this camera comes in 3 gorgeous colours – Violet, Red and Gold. Irresistible!

7. Hello Kitty Bedsheet Set

Simply because it’s Hello Kitty. No Hello Kitty fan girl in her right mind can resist this mad pretty bedsheet set!

Also comes in 3 other designs, the set consist of the following:

1 x bedsheet: 220cm x 225cm
1 x quilt cover: 150cm x 200cm
2 x pillow case: 75cm x 45cm

8. Red Fortune Goat Plush Toy / (发财羊) Cutie Prosperity Goat Plush Toy / (可爱绣福羊) Yellow Lucky Goat Plush Toy

Huggable Auspicious Goat Mascot Toys for Chinese New Year to spice up the environment of the home? I’d say yes! These toys have quality workmanship and if you or your family are the auspicious type – they have red bodies with embroidered Chinese characters (发羊财), symbolic of bringing good luck, fortune, abundance and prosperity. In any case, the kids will love these adorable, cuddly plushies!

9. Cornell CBG5 Pan Grill/Steamboat

Sometimes, one kitchen appliance is all you need to create a complete and satisfying meal. Cornell CBG5 Pan Grill/Steamboat is a prime example – it grills your favourite meats (be it chicken, beef, pork – you get the drift) and simmers vegetables and heart-warming soups or broths – all at the same time! Talk about killing two birds with one stone. It does not take a genius to use the Cornell CBG5 Pan Grill/Steamboat – just adjust the temperature control selector according to your type of food and desired “doneness”. You’ll be pleased to know that the pot has 2.3L capacity. In addition, the non-stick grill plate cooks your meals quickly. With Cornell CBG5 Pan Grill/Steamboat, now you can organise a barbecue AND steamboat dinner at the comfort of your home, perfect for the Chinese New Year reunion dinners!

10. New Look Clutch

What’s a brilliant dress without a pretty yet practical bag? In this case, New Look’s lace detail clutch has been crafted from smooth leatherette body and gold clasp. This structured design also has an internal zipped compartment and a phone pocket. And its colour? A rich coral which set my heart aflutter ;) The price? Only $8.50! Oh my.

So if you are still shopping for the upcoming festive occasion, or even a gift for your Valentine, do drop by Lazada.sg for the instant gratification and snag those best deals from the flash sales!

And just because sharing is love – you really don’t need another reason to shop now, do you?

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My Cozy Room Boutique Spa – A Testimonial :)

My readers would know and perhaps notice, that when it comes to beauty treatments I will usually review for body and much less so for face. That’s because for the past 2-3 years, I am a (paying) customer of My Cozy Room Boutique Spa and have never signed a package with another beauty centre. I do go for special facial treatments at other places but not for my regular facials. Since a spa party at My Cozy Room years back, I was so impressed by their spa services that few can compare.

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Spot me! The bloggers’ spa party (with partner blogshop Pearlavish) that made me discover this wonderful haven and I have been renewing my facial packages at My Cozy Room ever since.

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Just to give a little introduction, My Cozy Room Boutique Spa is a one-stop tranquil haven offering services to pamper your face and body, dedicated to a sense of well-being and to the replenishment of mind, body and spirit. Uncover this hidden gem just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city of Orchard Road. Set against the historical backdrop of a three-story shophouse, My Cozy Room is a covetable sanctuary for seekers of comfort and indulgence. If you are looking for a tranquil home-spa experience, this is just the place for you! I love that My Cozy Room gives me this feeling of pampering, privacy and comfort; a perfect setting to unwind, relax and refresh myself.

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My Cozy Room has really been a life (or face) saver for me because before I got to know them, I used to have such a phobia of bad facials from my experience with NYSS as a student. I shan’t go on about how bad the quality of their facials are, or the rudeness of their staff, and how much they had employed their hard-selling tactics. They had completely turned me off after that and just watching their long-drawn commercials on TV made me flip channels. I used to have very bad complexion and clogged skin (nobody can believe that today, YAY!) thanks to NYSS and partly because I was a hormonal young girl who didn’t know how to take care of my skin?!

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Anyway, happy to declare that my complexion has improved so much after my facials with My Cozy Room. My condition has improved so dramatically that I only go for once-a-month facials now for maintenance. I would say that in terms of overall facial experience, assessing factors like the extraction process, quality of products used, level of comfort and service standards, My Cozy Room offers the best I ever had! :)

Another attractive part of My Cozy Room’s facials is that premium BABOR Skincare products are used. My skin just laps the BABOR’s products up like a parched desert, and they smell/feel so good! BABOR is Germany’s No. 1 professional skincare range – it is adopted by leading spas and beauty institutes in over 7o countries, and used in servicing clients of 1st class travelers of Air Emirates, Lufthansa Airlines, Ritz Carlton Hotels & Four Season Hotels worldwide. No doubt that BABOR is my preferred skincare brand – I even purchased, on a few occasions, limited edition BABOR ampoule sets to be used during my facial treatments.

My Cozy Room recommends that customers top up $28 for a piece of the BABOR ampoule. To me, it’s totally value for money because BABOR is the world’s inventor and largest manufacturer of ampoules, hence they are of unparalleled quality. Manufactured by high-end liposome technology, BABOR ampoules are absorbed into the skin 8x faster than a regular moisturiser!

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With Celine, Founder and Owner of My Cozy Room Boutique Spa. She’s one of the nicest lady bosses I have known and I feel completely at ease chatting with her about anything after my facials. Don’t underestimate her petite frame! Under her charge, My Cozy Room has grown tremendously ever since I knew them only a few years ago.

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Feeling so at home within the coziness of the spa and its floral-themed ambience – which happens to really matchy-matchy with my “flowery” dress of the day <3 Pardon my very lightly made up face!

Here’s a little information on my first facial treatment package at My Cozy Room -

My Detoxifying Facial Treatment – 90mins

SITUATION: At that point of time, my skin was very clogged, thus the focus was more on clearing clogged pores.

 I had their My Detoxifying Facial Treatment (using BABOR products infused with Alpine rose stemcells), which is an effective way to reduce clogged pores and sebum flows. Pores will be refined, producing a more harmonizing “matte” complexion for combination/oily T-zone (problematic) skin that is in need of protection and detoxification.

After about 2 years of treatments, I had recently moved on to a more premium package as I had desired even better results -

My Cryo-Rejuvenating Premium Facial Treatment (Worth $288) – 120mins

SITUATION: Now that my clogged skin has cleared up, this premium facial also helps in anti-aging and is more effective in having products penetrate deeply into skin for longer-lasting effects.

 With this hot & cold physiological treatment, I am able to transform the state of my skin and recover from adverse skin conditions in no time. This Cryo-Rejuventating Facial constitutes the perfect combination of high quality BABOR products and the bio stimulating effect of cold temperatures applied directly to the skin. The active substances used in the treatment penetrate the skin deeply and their active factors are fully absorbed by the skin, restoring the skin’s texture and radiance.

Leading you to the actual facial…

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Getting closer…

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The treatment rooms are looking very inviting and cozy!

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My Cozy Room renovated their interiors recently so their rooms now look even prettier, with a more vintage feel.

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Here are some comprehensive details of the entire facial treatment process for those of you who are interested. My facialist of the day was Violet, who is extremely meticulous when it comes to extraction, and possesses a very motherly and pleasant disposition :)

Step 1: Remove Eye and Lip Make-Up

Step 2: Skin Analysis (to determine the type of treatment that best attends to your needs)

Step 3: Bi-Phase Deep Cleansing Massage (using BABOR 100-year patented cleansing oil)

Step 4: Bi-Phase Deep Cleansing (using BABOR Phytoactive plant treatment essence)

Step 5: Intensive Peeling (using fruit enzyme mask* made from Papaya & Pineapple)

*instead of using harsh mechanical scrubs, this intensive biological peel is gentle, thus suitable for sensitive or blemished skin. Removes dead skin cells & metabolic waste products. Leaves skin feeling soft & supple right after this step! Ideal to prepare skin for extractions.

Step 6: Exfoliation of dead skin

Step 7: Steaming of Face

(This is to open up the pores due to the heat and vapour from the steam, for easier extraction of dirt and particles from the pores afterwards.)

Step 8: Perform thorough Extraction 

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I came at a time when work was very stressful and I was surviving on little sleep. As a result I had breakouts, a face full of congested pores, blackheads and whiteheads. Awwww :( Not the prettiest picture, but decided to show you guys to deliver as accurate a review as possible.

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The extraction process that was slightly uncomfortable at times but bearable. It is also relatively less painful than other facials I have tried, and leaves my face less red and swollen (after facial).

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As Violet was very thorough, the extraction process took about 30-40 minutes? I remember my skin being very dry as well so she had to take extra care. After bearing with the extraction, the rest of the steps are really the sweet treats and rewards! And with a clean face, all the “good stuff” and essences penetrate so well into the skin, so it’s probably all worth it!

Step 9: Apply Tonic to Disinfect the skin

This is to soothe the skin and reduce the redness and slight swelling after extraction.

Step 10: Eyebrow Shaping

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Bare faced, Violet also helped me to trim my eyebrows (simple removal of stray hairs). Complimentary!

Step 11: Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage* (favourite step because it’s very soothing and feels amazing)

*MCR uses BABOR’s professional intensive moisturiser to massage the face, which means that the nutrients from the moisturiser can penetrate into the skin, giving optimal results. Especially for people with clogged / acne skin, using massage creams will clog the pores further. However, when you use an anti-acne treatment moisturiser to give face a
detox massage, it will help to treat the acne instead.

[ADDITIONAL STEP] Step 12: Cryotherapy Treatment 

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This stellar combination treatment starts with a soothing cryotherapy facial massage that utilizes a special cooling device to release a stable –10 deg Celsius temperature and used directly onto the skin. The vitamins, minerals and active substances of the products used in Cryotherapy are pumped into the skin as a result of the fast contracting and loosening of blood vessels. This helps with pore refining, firming, anti-aging and soothing the after effects of a meticulous extraction.

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The extreme cold stimulates the production of collagen and decreases pore size. The skin begins to feel tighter with improved blood circulation. Over time, the skin becomes more elastic and even-toned due to the increase in collagen. Additionally, smaller pores keep the toxins, dirt and grime out. The Cryotherapy flushes away built up toxins in the skin and soothes inflammation, eliminating dreaded puffiness.

The treatment is then followed by a Thermolift eye massage. Up to 40 degrees temperature is applied to heat the collagen in the lower layers of the skin while the top layers are protected with a cooling gel without damaging the skin (epidermis), thus providing a non-surgical “face lift”. This heating action causes deep structures of the skin to tighten immediately. Over time, new collagen grows to further tighten your skin, producing a more youthful appearance. The therapeutic effect of Thermolift can safely improve the appearance of the eye area (eliminating “crow’s feet”) and stimulate blood circulation, effectively reducing eye bags and toning up the eyelids.

Benefits of the Cryotherapy treatment includes

1) reduction of pore size 2) decrease of wrinkles and fine lines 3) stimulated collagen production in skin 4) improved blood flow 5) soothing of skin inflammation  6) brightening of dark spots

The results of the Cryotherapy treatment are wonderful as my face looks uplifted, younger and more radiant. The hot and cold contrasting sensations also felt heavenly!

Step 13: Soothing Crystal Eye Massage

An indulging experience with glacier crystals to reduce puffiness and tension from the eyes.

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Step 14: Facial Treatment Mask

Everything desirable that you want on your face, they are in this mask. Facialists at My Cozy Room always give me the most refreshing and moisturizing face masks to calm and rejuvenate my skin.

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Step 15: Anti-stress Shoulder Massage

Best time to totally relax and even catch a wink!

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Step 16: Finishing with Toner, Moisturiser & Sunblock

Step 17: Home care advice

At the end of the facial, you will be advised on what your skin needs most so that you can follow up with your skincare routine at home, according to the facialist’s advice.

After My Cozy Room’s facials, I feel like a brand new person, all ready to take over the world! Ok kidding, more like feeling all ready to shine at the next party?! The knowledge of having a cleanly “scrubbed”, moisturised and rejuvenated face has a powerful effect on the confidence and esteem level. Isn’t that priceless?

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Besides being a great place to unwind, My Cozy Room also offers Bridal Spa party services for brides & bridesmaids to have girly moments together and pampering treats before the BIG day! They have even hosted private events for ROM soleminsations and corporate ones such as for Laneige and Zell-V etc.

Having received various media coverage for their spa & services, My Cozy Room has established themselves as a reputable boutique spa, working with partners such as American Express, SIA, SAFRA and Far East Flora to extend privileges to their esteemed members.

My Cozy Room is awarded Most Desirable Beauty & Spa Award Winner for Bridal Services & a Finalist for World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. They are also a CaseTrust accredited spa where their customers can experience peace-of-mind, stress-free treatments, performed by certified therapists and their commitment to service excellence.

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My Cozy Room is the Official Beauty & Wellness spa for Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant, Miss Singapore Intercontinental, Mrs Singapore & even ManHunt 2012-2013.

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My Cozy Room is patronised by Singapore’s top supermodel, Sheila Sim, Mediacorp’s most popular female artistes like Jeanette Aw & artistes like Nat Ho.

Special Promotions for Readers!

PROMOTION 1:

 Enjoy My Detoxifying Facial Treatment at $88 (Usual: $188)

 For 1st 20 customers: Receive a complimentary BABOR Mild Peeling Facial Scrub* (travel size) worth $38

*Need a better working facial exfoliator that will rid yourself of those dead skin cells? The Mild Peeling Facial Scrub from Babor is the best way to go! This wonderful working exfoliator contains a blend of nutrients and minerals which work to remove roughness and flakiness from the skin, give the skin a more balanced appearance by softening and smoothing it. This excellent formula works for any skin type to moisturize while eliminating dead cells and rough spots. All you will be left with is softer, smoother and healthier looking skin this festive season!

 PROMOTION 2:

Enjoy My Cryotherapy Premium Facial Treatment at 50% discount (Usual: $288)

 For 1st 20 customers: Receive a complimentary BABOR Skinovage Illuminating Serum* (travel size) worth $68

 BABOR Skinovage Illuminating Serum consists of active ingredients for increased brightness and a fresher complexion.

* Promotes the natural exfoliation of the skin’s surface, resulting in the disappearance of tired “grey shadows”.

•Improves and refines the surface structure of the skin

•Reduces skin irregularities

•The skin immediately appears rosy, fresh, even and smooth

To receive these special discounts & promotions, simply quote “Melissa Jane Ferosha” and make a reservation at 6732-0030! :)

Only for 1st time customers of My Cozy Room. Valid till 31 March 2015.

Also follow me on my Instagram acc @melissajaneferosha for surprise giveaways! Don’t miss out!

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My Cozy Room Boutique Spa

56A Cairnhill Road

Singapore 229667

Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday 11am to 9pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8pm

For more information, you may visit their FB Page at www.facebook.com/MyCozyRoom.

Instagram @ mycozyroomspa

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get the Sony α7 II

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1. Non-intrusive Size

Because life is full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises. Every moment is precious and best captured with a candid shot.  Instead of capturing the moment, you may be spoiling it when someone catches you conspicuously snapping away with that bulky DSLR.

The Sony α7 II is no spy gadget but being a palm sized, full-framed camera, it at least doesn’t scream PHOTOGRAPHER AT WORK when you hang it around your neck. In fact, feel free to just hold it in your hand (with a handle grip of course!).

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The only gripe is that this camera feels more solid than its predecessors, at 556g instead of 416g for the α7 due to ergonomic refinements in its body shape.

2. Wi-Fi and NFC Enabled

Want that flawless Instagram post? You won’t even need filters or the VSCO cam app if you are sharing your Instagram pics from this full-framed DSLR. Connect your phone to the camera directly, and forget about buying that flash-air or special Wi-Fi enabled memory card.

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With a 35mm sensor and 117 points phase detection auto-focus, your Instagram uploads are going to be so sharp, you may just need that special filter or sticker to hide that little zit on your nose.

3. Faster Autofocus and Start-up Speed

The 117-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor and 25 contrast detection AF point starts up 40% faster than the α7 so that even if you were caught off-guard, you can still take a great photo in time before the moment is gone. There are also 117-point phase-detection AF points and 25 contrast detection AF points, giving it a superb tracking capability and a great focal speed. Snapping a clear picture at the next F1 race without skipping a beat has become a dream come true!

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There is even a “lock-on” AF feature that optimizes focusing on the subject in accordance with its size.

4. 5-Axis Image Stabilization 

What this complex description in oversimplified terms means that if you have shaky hands, a fast pounding heart and throbbing pulse you will still be able to capture a crisp sharp image.

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It is not difficult to have steady hands using a kit or prime lens. However, if you are shooting your idol from afar with a heavy telephoto lens, things could get challenging. This is when the α7 II detects and corrects various camera shake along 5 axes, adjusting the sensor to capture the best image.

This also technically allows a user to shoot at low light with lower shutter speeds, as the image shake from holding the camera for too long is auto corrected.

5. Affordability and Usability

What’s best about the deal? You don’t have to fork out $5,000 for this Wi-Fi/NFC enabled, full-frame mirrorless camera with the latest optical 5-axis image stabilisation technology. Heck, you don’t even have to come up with $4,000. Pay three big bills and you’ll get back plenty of change to save for your next lens.

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Ok I lied, this point consists of two points which makes it six reasons for getting this camera. The camera is extremely fool proof. A noob hobbyist like me was able to capture the following images below* on manual settings, just after a few minutes of fiddling around with its settings!

*Pictures were taken during the media launch at Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome, by yours truly. They were not enhanced or touch up by digital software.

BONUS: Need an extra reason to check it out? (you’re kidding, right?)

The camera is also equipped with a full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.3 effective megapixels. High resolution and larger pixels enhance sensitivity and reduce image noise to release the full potential of lens’ optical performance. Images are rendered beautifully and bokeh effects attainable only with full-frame sensors become possible.

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The α7 II (ILCE-7M2) from Sony is available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected authorised dealers at a recommended retail price of S$2,149 (body only) and S$2,549 (with SEL2870 lens).

P.S. This isn’t really an advertorial, though we were given a door gift during the launch, I wasn’t paid to write this, nor sponsored the awesome α7 II. Awwww :|

For more information on the Sony α7 II, please check out this page.

  – Written on behalf of Melissa Jane -

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How I Prepared for Christmas – French Cleanse Program

screenshot_01If you have not checked out our latest video on Black Box’s Channel, please click on the link above! As the name suggests, it’s all about the different ways we can detox in our daily lives and more effectively so with the help of Theresa Beauty’s French Cleanse Juices! Previously I have tried out Theresa’s signature internal detoxification and external slimming treatments. If you wonder why it’s called the “French” Cleanse and how this program originated from, read on!

The French are known for their excellent and sumptuous meals. French women practically don’t get fat. Despite the abundant availability of exquisite French macaroons, breads and cheeses, there is still one golden rule of typical French eating habits – that is, to eat everything in moderation in order to revel in delicious meals but also stay off the kilos.

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The French Cleanse system is formulated with the best fruits from the land of France. Cleansing the body system with its rich organic nutrients to achieve optimum well-being.  The human body is designed to be an extraordinary self healing mechanism. Its number one priority is to consistently return to homeostasis, or “perfect balance”. In perfect balance we experience complete health, vitality, energy and optimum well-being. One of the most important ways our bodies achieve this balance is through detoxification.

Our detox organs (liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) work 24 hours a day to rid our bodies of the harmful toxins and sticky waste products that accumulate in our cells. Processed foods, air pollutants, cleaning agents, the water we drink, medications, even many of the beauty products we slather on to our skin contain harmful chemicals that the body has to continually process. As these toxins accumulate in our cells, our bodies become taxed, overworked and overburdened. We begin to experience breakdowns in our health, digestion, immunity, clarity and our ability to focus.

It is possible to develop signs of pre-mature aging, allergies, unexplained aches and pains, and “stress” headaches. We go through our days feeling thick, heavy, bloated, tired, depressed and discouraged. But we don’t have to! Juice cleansing is a natural way to give our bodies a break, clear out toxic obstructions, and repair degenerated cells. Let fresh raw juices flood our cells with live enzymes, vitamins, mineral and oxygen in their most absorbable form. These are the vital elements that stimulate the body’s innate healing system while flushing out old toxic waste. When the waste is eliminated, our bodies can return to its natural balance and optimum health, leaving us feeling light, clear, healthy and energised!

Cleansing the organs with natural foods in the meantime has become a new type of effective self treatment. The best part is, you can enjoy the juices because they happen to taste good too!

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Theresa recommends that their customers should undergo internal detoxification in order to achieve optimum slimming and detox results. Otherwise, the weight loss process will be lengthy and there is a 90% possibility of weight rebound.

Theresa Beauty’s French Cleanse juices are:

• free from chemical residue that are harmful to one’s health (they may cause cancer and allergies).

• 100% pure fruit, carefully selected from their own farm, pressed, softly pasteurized to preserve nutritional quality and bottled – the fruits used in the juices are certified by many certifying bodies in France. One of which is Ecocert, that guarantees natural cosmetics containing ingredients resulting from Organic agriculture and complying with precise rules aiming at protecting the consumers and the environment. The AB logo belongs to the French Ministry of Agriculture.

• not made from concentrate.

While you enjoy the high quality taste, no sugar, water, preservatives, artificial or natural additives are added. So they are a dietetic drink and need around 2kg of fruits to get 1 liter of juice. In fact, drinking a 250ml glass is equal to 500g of fruits.

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Alene and myself were given 3 flavours for our 3-day French Cleanse – Hibiscus, Raspberry and Apricot.

Benefits of Hibiscus (Main Quality: Detoxification)

1) A natural emollient ideal for softening and healing skin.

2) Stimulates Body Detoxification

3) Improves arterial health by decreasing blood viscosity

4) Hibiscus contains anti-oxidants that help control cholesterol

5) Known to alleviate constipation, bladder infections and nausea.

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Benefits of Raspberry (Main Quality: Ultimate Fat Burner)

1) Raspberries break down fats 5 times faster, reduces weight by 2kg to 4kg and body fat by 5% in one week. Raspberries are excellent source of anthocyanins, the powerful anti-oxidants, which retard the effects of aging, prevent cancer and may reduce the risk of heart disease.

2) Excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C, town critical antioxidant nutrients that help protect the body tissue from oxygen- related damage.

3) Great for alleviating morning sickness and arthritis

4) Folic acid is important in helping the body make new cells, especially red blood cells.

5) Combat viruses and bacteria

6) Drastically increases lipolysis (fat breakdown) in the body as well as greatly increasing your body’s resting metabolism, allowing you to burn stored fat and shed pounds quickly and efficiently

7) Regulate metabolism and break down stored fat.

8) Increases our metabolic rate without heart palpitations like slimming pills

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Benefits of Apricot (High Fibre Detox)

1) High fibre promotes metabolism and prevents indigestion

2) Protection of skin and lungs from oxidative damage

3) A very cooling drink to soothe fever when mixed with glucose or honey

4) Lycopene is known to prevent build-up of fatty deposits in arteries

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So the program is to alternate between the Hibiscus, Raspberry and Apricot juices in scheduled timings throughout the day, from 9am to 8pm while maintaining a low-calorie, protein-based diet (light meals). As you can see I have been conscientiously drinking the juices and really looking forward to my next glass everyday! In between the juices, we have been advised to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. That calls for frequent visits to the washroom to clear the bowels/bladder but it’s all worth it because I never felt so detoxed and healthy! The result is also a less bloated feeling because of better digestion and weight loss.

With the festive season tempting us with parties and feasting opportunities, we will definitely need some of these cleansing juices to free our system from the overloading and calories, and to feel more energetic for our outings!

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Thank you Theresa Beauty for taking care of us with your fresh juices!

For more information on the Number 1 Organic Slimming And Beauty Wellness Center, please visit www.theresabeauty.com.sg. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR all!

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