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Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips for the Stress-Free Bride!

Beauty booking app VANIDAY shares tips to help you look and feel app-solutely fabulous on your big day.

Every bride dreams of having that radiant glow-from-within look. Want flawless skin, silky hair and a mega-watt smile on your wedding day? You need to start putting in the work. VANIDAY encourages you to come up with a beauty game-plan to look and feel your best.

VANIDAY is a new app offering the most diverse collection of spas, facials, manicures, massages, hair and makeup services, all booked conveniently and easily using its intuitive interface. With over 850 salons and spas in Singapore, discover, compare and book your favourite beauty treatments and services at amazing prices in just a few clicks. The best part of it all – with the option to pay online via credit card, you can just show up and enjoy the entire experience.

4-6 MONTHS BEFORE: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND?

A healthy-looking complexion free of blemishes is a top priority for every bride. The problem is, good skin does not happen overnight. Want that elusive glow? Start scheduling regular professional facials with your aesthetician at least once a month to address skin concerns. The same goes for spotting a head full of glossy locks. Take the first step by investing in quality hair treatments that will smoothen and repair your damaged strands.

Try Epi Treatz’s Anti-Acne Purifying Facial ($68 for a first-time trial) to target unwanted blemishes and Chez Vous Salon’s Cut+Rebuild ($202.23) which includes a 3-step treatment to rebuild, resculpt and revitalise your tresses.

EPI Treatz

Epi Treatz

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE: HOW TIME FLIES!

Smudged eye makeup, cakey foundation and a shiny T-zone on your wedding are big no-nos. At this point in time, you would want to start looking for a professional make-up artist and arranging for a make-up trial. Find someone who’s organised and whose beauty style meshes with yours. Remember, putting makeup on your wedding day should be a seamless and fun process!

Try Ponnie Hsu (from $720) and The Make Up Room (from $1,035) for wedding make-up and hair-dressing packages.

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The Make Up Room

2-3 WEEKS BEFORE: GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME

Going for a trim and colour touch-up for your hair is a great idea at this stage. Talk to your trusted hair stylist about how you can best prepare for your wedding hairdo, and give your strands some TLC before your big day. As stress levels rise, don’t forget to take time to unwind and connect with your loved ones. Even better, take half a day off and indulge in a luxurious couple spa treatment.

Try Pavo Hair Studio for your pre-wedding hair fixes. Bring along your best friend to take advantage of its GSS 1-for-1 deals for all hair services.

For quality time with your partner, try Auriga Spa’s Honeymoon for Two ($1,176) for a half-day pampering session that includes a Ylang Ylang and Rose body scrub, body wrap with hair and scalp treatment, top to toe massage, Honey and Jasmine facial mask, and Mandi Safar bath. On top of that, you get to enjoy bar mocktails and tapas.

Auriga Spa

Auriga Spa

1 WEEK BEFORE: STAY CALM SISTER

It’s time to get your wax on. Ensure your legs, bikini line and eyebrows are all waxed, groomed and ready to go. One week ahead is a safe time to do this just in case you experience any extra sensitivity or skin reaction. Don’t forget to get enough sleep too to look your best on your big day!

Try Pink Parlour’s Women Full Body Waxing ($160). Recognised as one of Singapore’s leading hair removal specialists, you can put all your waxing worries to ease.

Pink-Parlour

Pink Parlour

THE BIG DAY: HIP HIP HOORAY!

Start your morning with a relaxing bath. Get your makeup and hair done. Slip into your gorgeous white dress. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy being in the moment – live, laugh and love!

Book your appointment with VANIDAY, on vaniday.com.sg or on the VANIDAY mobile app. For first time users, use the code W&T to get 50%* off your first appointment! Offer valid till 31 August 2016.

*Capped at $25 off

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Tasty Taiwanese Treats for the Whole Family

Do you miss delicious Taiwanese food and snacks? Imagine braised pork melting in your mouth in a tantalizing sweet and savoury sauce, mixed with steaming white rice for a satisfying meal! How about the popular Oyster Noodle? A must-try Taiwanese food, feel the taste of succulent oyster that is sure to delight your taste buds! The Hot & Sour Noodle, a chef’s recommendation, is also worth trying! Or are you a fan of chicken? Honey Chicken, Three Cup Chicken with Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, or Vegetarian Chicken all for you to choose from!

You can enjoy these mouth-watering Taiwanese treats, and many other famous snacks such as Fried Plum Sweet Potato, Crispy Salted Chicken, Deep Fried Cuttlefish, Shiitake Mushrooms, Seaweed Fries, thick toast and more! All at unbelievably affordable prices.

Hot & Sour Noodles, only at $5.50

Hot & Sour Noodles, only at $5.50

Crispy Salted Chicken, only at $4.80

Crispy Salted Chicken, only at $4.80

Seaweed Fries, only at $3.50

Seaweed Fries, only at $3.50

Particularly at Tea Valley @ Downtown East, there is steamboat on the menu, which is great for the whole family or a bunch of friends to recharge after a fun and exciting day at the nearby water theme park, Wild Wild Wet! Tea Valley @ Chevron House and @The Central offer set meals that come with a free drink of your choice, only from $9.00 per set.

For fans of milk tea, snow ice, and other Taiwanese beverages, you will be elated with a wide selection of milkshakes, blended ice drinks, bubble milk teas and desserts like the mango and strawberry snow ices. If you want to sit and relax with a cup of high quality tea, Tea Valley is the place to be. Select from special teas such as Rose Honey Tea, Lotus Leaf Hawthorn Tea and LongJing Eight Treasures Tea.

Tea Valley @ Downtown East

Tea Valley @ Downtown East

Tea Valley is established in 1999 as a family-friendly restaurant chain serving Taiwanese food based on age-old recipes. It has been awarded Singapore’s Best Food and also the Best Culinary Skills in bubble tea and snack food category. You can be sure that only the best food is served onto your table! What’s more, there is no GST and service charge!

Check out their website at www.teavalley.com.sg regularly for updates and attractive promotions. Alternatively, follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/teavalley or Instagram www.instagram.com/teavalley!

Now you no longer have to wait for the holidays to fly to Taiwan when you can enjoy all these delectable Taiwanese food here at Tea Valley!

Tea Valley has 4 outlets across Singapore:

Chevron House #B1-04  10am – 8pm, Monday to Friday except Public Holidays

The Central #B1-47 – 11am – 10pm daily

Downtown East #01-05A – 11am – 10pm daily

POMO #01-26 (express counter) – 10am – 9pm daily except Public Holidays

Shine Bright Like The Stars

Are you plagued by dark skin pigmentation that is making you look dull and listless? For many Singaporeans, we are always exposed to deadly UV rays in this heat. It is no wonder that our fragile skin is easily damaged, losing its shine. The all new Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Series launched by For Beloved One, a cosmeceutical skincare brand from Taiwan, will help to unveil your skin’s brightening factors and protect you from dark and uneven skin tone.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Series

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Series comprises of two key brightening formulas developed by For Beloved One’s team of experts – the Lumiskin™ and the Wonderlight™, which help to inhibit the darkening cycle right from the beginning and activate the brightening factors in your skin. This ensures that your skin gives off a natural, perfect brilliance.

The series includes 5 products, namely the toner, essence lotion, jelly and bio-cellulose mask. Each product contains specially formulated brightening ingredients that permeate your skin, laying a strong and healthy skin foundation. You can effectively achieve a flawlessly clear skin tone with a hydrated glow!

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Toner $60 for 200ml

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Toner $60 for 200ml

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Toner contains X-pressin™ C and Vitamin B3 that accelerates metabolism, softens skin, acts as a brightening precursor, and brings ultimate luminosity to the skin.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Lotion $57 for 50ml

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Lotion $57 for 50ml

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Lotion contains Eurol® BT, a botanical extract, and Vitamin B3 to strengthen skin, inhibit dark spots, prevent pigmentation and encourage brightness.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Essence $99 for 30ml

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Essence $99 for 30ml

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Essence has dual inhibition of sources of dull skin, helping to accelerate skin metabolism and fade dark spots, restoring brilliance to the skin from inside out.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Jelly $85 for 50ml

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Jelly $85 for 50ml

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Jelly contains Dermawhite™ WF, Rosa Alba Extract and White Wine Extract, helping to stop pigmentation and unveil brightness within the skin. It will also calm and soothe your skin, keeping it moisturized and revitalized.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-Cellulose Mask $63 for 3 pieces/box

Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-Cellulose Mask $63 for 3 pieces/box

The star product in this series is the Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-Cellulose Mask, the world’s first brightening repair bio-cellulose mask. This mask contains a 3D collagen repair formula, Matrixyl® 3000, to stimulate collagen synthesis deep within the skin for repair and regeneration. You will achieve a rapid boost in your skin’s brightness and luminosity, as the vicious cycle of dark spot generation is inhibited.

With breakthrough technology and brightening formulas in the all new Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Series, this will prove to be the key to achieving the most beautiful and brightest complexion, as well as perfect translucency of your skin! So even if you are exposed under the sun daily, you will not have to fear that your dull, dark skin will ruin your beautiful image on your wedding day! Start reversing your damaged skin now, and regain clear, bright and luminous skin!

The Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Series is available at Sephora stores.

XEOMIN® – Approved Botulinum Toxin in Singapore

The nightmare of looking into the mirror and spotting those frown (glabellar) lines between your eyebrows. You should start doing something about it before it gets too late. Frown lines are caused by muscles contracting, and usually begin developing in our 30s. Without proper treatment, it can become more serious as time goes by.

A purified botulinum neurotoxin injectable, XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) has been clinically tested, approved and is currently available in Singapore. It belongs to a family of medicines known as the peripheral muscle relaxants. XEOMIN® is free from complexing proteins, containing only the purified neurotoxin as the active ingredient to help improve the look of your frown lines by allowing specific muscles to temporarily relax. You can expect to see improvements within an estimated period of 3 days.

xeomin1XEOMIN® is created by Dr. Jurgen Frevert, head of Botulinum Toxin Research at Merz Pharmaceuticals GmBH, Germany. Merz is a research-based company headquartered in Frankfurt. It has specialised in medical and aesthetic dermatology and neurological movement disorders for more than a century.

You can trust in the safety and effect of XEOMIN®. It has shown high clinical efficacy in most patients, whereby they experienced early onset of treatment effect as well as sustained efficacy. Being the third botulinum neurotoxin to be approved for aesthetic use in Singapore by a trained doctor, XEOMIN® has also gained approval in more than 20 countries around the world.

If you are considering to try out XEOMIN®, do consult your doctor to assess your suitability, dosage required, as well as the possible allergy and side-effects. More information on the product can be found at www.hsa.gov.sg.

True Love in Taiwan

The good-old perennial travel destination for a leisure and relaxing trip. It can only be Taiwan! It’s near to Singapore and air tickets are relatively cheaper, making it a great honeymoon option for many people. No matter whether you are considering Taiwan for its irresistibly tantalizing eating finds in every corner of its streets and night markets, or for its awe-inspiring scenery, it is a honeymoon destination that won’t let you down! Take a look at these top 3 recommendations W&T has for you if you are planning a Taiwan trip:

1) Stargaze at Nantou (南投)

Picture from tripzilla.com

Picture from tripzilla.com

When Singaporeans think of stargazing, the first thing that comes to mind is probably “Singapore has no stars”. With the “lack of stars”, it will be a fun and exciting, albeit unconventional experience to stargaze when you are overseas. Taiwan has just the perfect place to catch a dazzling array of stars across the night sky. With stargazing as part of your honeymoon itinerary, it will definitely be a romantic and magical memory for the both of you. Embrace your significant other in your arms as you make a wish under the stars. Who knows, you might just be lucky enough to spot a shooting star! Cingjing (清境) is a good location to do some stargazing as it is situated on higher altitudes. If you are heading to Cingjing the next time you travel to Taiwan, why not join in for a stargazing tour? Some homestay inns (民宿) in Cingjing organize such star-gazing tours, where you will travel up to Hehuanshan (合欢山) for an enchanting star-gazing night followed by an enthralling view of sunrise.

2) Wulai (烏來) Hot Springs

Picture from nymag.com

Picture from nymag.com

How can you not try out the famous Wulai hot spring when you’re in Taiwan? Hot spring baths in a hotel or resort are too mainstream. At Wulai, get ready to indulge in a hot spring experience like never before at the open-air mountainside public hot spring! The hot spring is situated next to the bank of Nanshi River, and directly channelled from steaming rocks beneath. The name Wulai is derived from the Atayal language, a dialect spoken by one of the Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, and refers to “steaming water”. The water of Wulai hot spring is famously known as “beauty spring” for its therapeutic benefits. It contains rich elements of alkaline sodium bicarbonate, and is clear, transparent and odourless. As you and your significant other soak in this soothing hot spring, your eyes are also in for a treat with beautiful natural landscape and waterfall views surrounding you. The popular Wulai Waterfall is estimated to be 80m high, and looks like a spectacular white silky cloth pouring down from the sky above. Pamper your skin with the most natural beauty treatment, and feel wrapped in the tranquillity of nature’s paradise! After a relaxing hot spring, engage in some activities such as fishing, swimming or camping or simply take a stroll along the Wulai Old Street while digging into aboriginal cuisines at Atayal restaurants.

3) Bai Sha Wan (白沙湾), Kenting

Picture from travelking.com.tw

Picture from travelking.com.tw

When we think of Kenting, we usually think of its pristine white-sand beaches, caves, coral reefs, cool sea breeze and lots of sunshine for an unsurpassable tropical resort stay. Situated at the Southern tip of Taiwan, Kenting boasts a number of gorgeous beaches. With popular beaches jam-packed with crowds, it can get a little annoying trying to have a relaxing dip in the sea, or to find a perfect spot to suntan. Bai Sha Wan is a relatively uncrowded beach in Kenting, slightly hidden away from the main tourist beach spots. You will be delighted to find that you can enjoy a quiet time there with your significant one, with no crowds of tourists photobombing you in the background of the azure, sparkling sea! Bai Sha Wan is known for its long stretch of fine white sands and clear waters, which makes it a wonderful snorkelling spot! It is also ideal for other water sports activities like hang gliding, and rental of equipments are readily available for adventurous couples. There is a campground and some food vendors at the beach entrance, so you can opt to camp there with your loved one for a night. Bai Sha Wan is indeed a water paradise of its own!

If you are considering Taiwan for your honeymoon, do check out the Chan Brothers Group of Companies booth at Wedding & Travel Fair @ Hougang Mall Level 1 Atrium, for exclusive travel offers! There will be up to 50% OFF 2nd pax for any selected Taiwan package tour*! ONLY from 13 – 19 May!

*Conditions apply

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