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Saturday, August 01, 2015

10 minutes hair prep by Glam Palm!

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Why is it so that at times we leave the house without making our hair? Is it because we overslept? Or took a little longer on those brows? For me, most of the time was because my styler always took 5-10 minutes to heat up?

I now take only 10 minutes to get this hair for my ootd shots! 

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This is by far my second post for Glam Palm. They have become my hair styling tool best friend for it's simple to use capability and effectiveness! Curling has become a breeze. There is no excuse for leaving home without doing some twirls with it!

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I set my styling tool's heat to 160 degrees and hold on to a small section of hair for about 5 seconds and I can achieve these curls! 

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And I just start twirling them inwards

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Glam Palm hair styling tool allows temperature setting like those used by hair salons! You can now own one at no more than S$300 and prep your hair at the comfort of your own home, or anywhere and anytime! Heat settings comes in 11 variable which is from 100°C to 200°C and the iron actually heat up within 15 seconds! There is no need for you to turn on the iron and go do something else while you wait for your styler to heat up anymore!

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I like how it comes complete with a Luxury Travel Pouch and 2 Sectioning Clips! I have used many other styling tools and always have trouble keeping it especially when it's still heated or bringing it out. So this little black clutch is very compact and friendly, easy to pack it into my luggage for travels!

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GlamPalm Singapore offers 3 different sizes of stylers and if you are not sure which model to get, fret not! You can check out Styler Guide where it will recommend a styler based on your hair length, type and what styles you would like to achieve!! I use GP201 which has the smallest ironing plate of all 3 because my hair is mid-length and I have very fine and little hair! 

Here's what you all are waiting for in this post! As per my Instagram, you can now own a Glam Palm GP201 styler worth S$289 too! All you need to do is:
1) Follow Glam Palm on Instagram
2) Tag 3 friends
3) Leave your email address!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Smoothie Recipes!

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I am a fan of fruits, at times, I think I take too much of them a day! I have never own a smoothie blender but have always wanted to get one to make my fruits intake a little more fun!

I was recently gifted this Yoyo Shaker from Korea (It is also going for just S$39.90 while stocks last!) which I heard is very convenient, just prepare my cut fruits, milk/ yogurt if I wish and put them in the shaker!

After the blending is done, I can just put the bottle cap on and bring it out for my morning yoga practice! Fuss-free!!

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I went online to search for some smoothie recipes and top on the search engine was this page! This page offers 20 healthy smoothie recipes!! I browsed through the page and made 2 of my favorites which required bananas, strawberries, blueberries, soy milk and green tea!

I played around with the recipes by adding and subtracting! The recipes did give the option of adding honey which I decided to skip because the fruits itself are sweet enough for me! I subtracted water and added in a few more pieces of fruits.

First Recipe:
Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

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Burst of colors!

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Stay full and fight disease. This high-fiber drink becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C!

The original recipe was to add 1¼ c cold apple juice but I didn't have that at home so I skipped that.

To prepare a Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie, you will need:
1 banana
2 kiwifruit
5 strawberries

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Cutting the banana into smaller pieces for easier blending!

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And press on the shaker!

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Second Recipe:
Green Tea, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie!

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Antioxidant-rich green tea makes this smoothie a nutritional powerhouse.

To prepare this Green Tea, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie, you will need:
1 green tea bag
Frozen blueberries
1 banana
1/3 soy milk

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All in!

While I cut my fruits, I had the green tea bag soaked in half a class of hot water!

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And hit the shaker!

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Purple smoothie!!

A little more about the shaker! This shaker has a convenient 2-in-1 design with an easily detachable bottle for smoothies on-the-go! It is also capable of crushing ice cubes! It is also made of safe and non-poisonous Tritan material and is BPA-free and leak-proof!

You can make your purchase for this Yoyo Shaker which is retailing at only S$39.90 now at Buy Home Singapore and visit JNC facebook page for more updates and promotions!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Yoga with Herbs of Gold

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It has been slightly more than 2 years since I picked up yoga. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some basic yoga poses, these are the poses which I was first taught when I went for my first class! Therefore, these are the poses which you would need to do in any Hatha or Vinyasa practice. 

These poses require precision to avoid injury to the knees.

Virabhadrasana I
Warrior 1.

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1) Step your feet 31/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms perpendicular to the floor and reach actively through the little-finger sides of the hands toward the ceiling.

2) Turn your back foot in 45 to 60 degrees inwards and your front foot out 90 degrees. Align the front heel as much as you can with the back heel to square off the hips. As the back hip point turns forward, press the head of the back femur back to ground the heel. Always make it a point to remember to lengthen your coccyx toward the floor.

3) With your back heel firmly anchored to the floor, exhale and bend your front knee over the ankle so the shin is perpendicular to the floor. More flexible students should align their right thigh parallel to the floor.

4) Reach strongly through your arms, lifting the ribcage away from the pelvis. If possible, bring the palms together. Spread the palms against each other and reach a little higher through the pinky-sides of the hands. 

5) Keep your head in a neutral position, gazing forward, or tilt it back and look up at your thumbs. Stay for 30 seconds to a minute. 

Edited from source Yoga Journal

Virabhadrasana II
Warrior 2.

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1) Like Warrior 1, step your feet 31/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms perpendicular to the floor and reach actively through the little-finger sides of the hands toward the ceiling.

2) Turn your front foot slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Unlike Warrior 1, the hips do not need to be square, thus there is no need to align the back heel inwards. Firm your thighs and turn your left thigh outward so that the center of the left knee cap is in line with the center of the left ankle.

3) Exhale and bend your front knee over the ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. If possible, bring the thigh parallel to the floor. Anchor this movement of the knee by strengthening the back leg and pressing the outer back heel firmly to the floor.

4) Stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Don’t lean the torso over the front thigh: Keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Press the tailbone slightly toward the pubis, to do this, engage your core. Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.

5) Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

Edited from source Yoga Journal

Virabhadrasana III
Warrior 3.

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I took awhile to do Warrior 3 because I tend to open my hips when I do this pose. Squaring the hips make the pose a whole new level tougher because balance comes into play.

1) Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), exhale and step your left foot back into a high lunge position.

2) From the lunge position, stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor and parallel to each other, palms facing each other. Synchronize the straightening of the front leg and the lifting of the back leg. As you lift the back leg, resist by pressing the tailbone into the pelvis.

3) We tend to come up into Virabhadrasana III by lunging the torso forward. This tends to shift the body weight onto the ball of the front foot and unbalance the position. Don’t allow the torso to swing forward as you move into position; instead, as you straighten the front knee, think of pressing the head of the thighbone back. This centers the femur in the hip joint, grounds the heel into the floor, and stabilizes the position.

4) The arms, torso, and raised leg should be positioned relatively parallel to the floor. For many of us, the pelvis tends to tilt. Release the hip of the raised leg towards the floor until the two hip points are even and parallel to the floor. It does not matter how high the back leg goes but square off the two hips points. Bring the head up slightly and look forward, but be sure not to compress the back of your neck.

5) Stay in this position for 30 seconds to a minute. 

Edited from source Yoga Journal

Viparita Virabhadrasana
Reverse Warrior also known as Dancing Warrior.
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Begin from Warrior 2. 

1) On your next exhalation, drop your left (back) hand to the back of your left thigh. On an inhalation, lift your right arm straight up, reaching your fingertips toward the ceiling. Your right bicep should be next to your right ear.

2) Keep your front knee bent and your hips sinking low as you lengthen through the sides of your waist. Slide your back hand further down your leg and come into a slight backbend.

3) Tilt your head slightly and bring your gaze to your right hand’s fingertips. Keep your shoulders relaxed, chest lifting, and the sides of your waist long.

4) Stay in this position for 30 seconds to a minute. 

Edited from source Yoga Outlet

So here are some of the basic poses should you want to have a quick kick start to yoga!

These are also some poses which if they are not done correctly, it will cause injuries. There were times where my knees were aggravated, I suffer from wear and tear in my knees from too much high heels when I was younger. So you know, how important healthy bones are. I took them for granted and I am taking extra caution and care today.

Because of my weak knees, I have some very simple poses like the Hero Pose which I can't achieve now. Therefore, I have been religiously taking Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 with Vitamin D and Herbs of Gold Glucosamine MAX to improve my bones and knees. 
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As a yoga fanatic, I also do quite a bit of arm balances like this one so I know how healthy bones and joints are really important so I do not injury myself too easily. 

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Not forgetting the stretching and balancing poses!

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Natarajasana, Dancer's Pose!

Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 with Vitamin D is formulated with advanced bone support.

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Besides Calcium K2 and Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 is also added which is clinically proven to incorporate Calcium into the bone. Calcium and Vitamin D help to promote strong bones and maintain bone density and healthy teeth. Calcium may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and may assist in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. I take 1 tablet, two to three times daily!

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Herbs of Gold Glucosamine MAX helps in aching joints, knees and back pain. 

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Most importantly, it helps maintain healthy joint cartilage. As I read through the ingredients of the product, I was surprised to see Ginger content! My Mom would make us ginger tea and I know of the wide benefits of Ginger. One of which is that it provides anti-inflammatory support for joints as well! Only 1 tablet is required each day so I would take it every morning before I head out for work. 

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Calcium K2 with Vitamin D is retailing at $72.90/ 90 tablets while Glucosamine MAX is at $79.90/ 90 tablets! Herbs of Gold is only available in Guardian stores. 

1) Like “Herbs of Gold Singapore” facebook and pm “Why you want to try Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 with Vitamin D and Glucosamine MAX” with the code “zoeraymond”! 8 lucky winners will win a bottle of Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 90s’s with Vitamin D and Glucosamine MAX 90’s worth $152.80!! 

Ending the pose with another of my favorite poses that combines the deep, hip-opening stretch with a vibrant, heart-opening backbend, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Mermaid's Pose.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

SG50 Funpacks!

Was part of the packing of the NDP funpacks over last weekend with the Nuffnang family! Zonia came along with me, so we were up at 7am to prepare because we had to reach Kranji camp by 8.30am!

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This year, being our Golden Jubilee as we turn 50, every household will receive a funpack whether or not you attend the parades! Therefore, we required a lot more help in the packing this year! >1.25 million funpacks this year!!

The massive scale of logistical operations was lead by Combat Service Support Command and other Army units! Glad that we could be part of this special initiative! (:

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Here are some behind the scenes with my fellow Nuffnang family! We were so fast like a factory, we completed 4000 funpacks, I had so much fun!

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We wrote our names and these will be packed into the funpacks! (:

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Ended the morning with selfies with Zonia as we waited for Sheila to take her OOTD. 

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Me with my chocolate, anyone remember these chocolates? It's been so long since I last saw these!! And this is one of the food (it could be hawthorn candies too!) that will be in your funpack!

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