Monday, September 15, 2014

VanityTrove x Tammy Tay

Have been really excited to launch this alongside with Vanity Trove and I can finally reveal it to everybody!

It's my own customized .. 

VANITY TROVE X TAMMY TAY SPECIAL!




Here's a sneak peak of the box! It contained an exclusive 13 products hand-picked by me just for you! 

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer!

 

The one I am holding on my left hand is the sample size that comes in the box! The one on the right is the actual size of the product and I strongly recommend you guys to try this product out!

This moisturizer is a perfect blend of skincare and make-up that hydrates skin and softens fine lines with a sheer hint of colour for a healthy, dewy glow, Laura Mercier created this product to give skin a healthy 'no-makeup' look with a soft hint of colour that evens and enhances without hiding the skin.

 This lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun's harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen. It's perfect for all skin types, including people with sensitive skin. I applied it using my fingers and it feels very thin. Once applied, the texture completely transforms and it no longer feel watery and I really like how it nicely sets into my skin

SKIN INC Serum


Received it in my favorite shade of pink!

The Skin Inc’s award winning - My Daily Dose features encapsulated technology from Japan, which contains active ingredients encased in capsules to maintain freshness and effectiveness. 
The caviar-inspired capsules burst upon contact with the skin, dousing skin with high-performance active ingredients. I did my skin check online (www.iloveskininc.com/skincheck) and got the following serum mix customised in My Daily Dose - Pycnogenol, Placenta, and Vitamin A - to target all my skin needs.

My Daily Dose will offer multiple benefits to give you younger and healthier skin with minimal fuss! Those who get my box will receive a Skin Inc Pycnogenol Serum worth SGD $136.


It’s a super anti-oxidant 350 times more effective than Vitamin C and 170 times more powerful than Vitamin E. It is combined with EGF, a protein found naturally in skin that increases DNA synthesis and cell growth that moisturises the skin and reduces the signs of ageing skin. It helps solve stressed and sun-damaged skin especially in Singapore we really need the extra protection!

How to use:

3 drops twice daily before applying moisturiser!

The My Daily Dose customised serum is retailing at SGD $169.00 in stores. For only my readers, you can quote my name 'Tammy' at any Skin Inc concept stores in Singapore and receive a complimentary Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask 20ML or Pure Snow White+ Mask 20ML (worth $40, whilst stocks last) when you purchase your My Daily Dose Serum. Promotion is valid from now until 31 Oct 2014.


 For more details on how to customize your own serum: www.iloveskininc.com !



Z.A Killer Volume Mascara


Big big fan of this mascara. 

It has a big brush with great amount of mascara liquid instantly creates long-lasting, separated and upward volume lashes without clumps. On first coat, it already volumnized my lashes quite alot and it separates them perfectly without any clumps.The mascara holds the curls and stays all day long till removal so in another words, no smudges throughout the day!

You have to try it for yourself!

4. Carantion Cracked Heel Cream, Exfoliating Foot Scrub and Intensive Moisturizing Foot Cream



Bet you all have never really paid attention to your feet!

Cracked heels are a common cosmetic problem. If untreated, it can be very painful and the skin may bleed easily. Walking may often increase the pain. For all woman like us, the culprits are none other than all our high heeled pointed shoes that force the toes to the front and crowd them for more than a couple of hours each day. Now your legs too can get the necessary treatment with Carnation. It revives rough, dry and cracked heels and the peppermint leaves the feet smelling fresh and feeling cool all dayyy ~

Left : Carnation Intensive Moisturizing Foot Cream

Provides intensive re-hydratetion to soothe, soften and condition dry and rough skin. Love how the peppermint oil leaves my feet smelling fresh.

Middle : Carnation Exfoliating Foot Scrub

Foot scrubs are the best! Never forget to indulge your leg with some well-deserved pampering. Apricot seed and walnut shell effectively remove rough, hard skin while mineral oil moisturises the treated area. This Carnation Exfoliating scrub helps sooths dry and hard skin.  

Right : Carnation Cracked Heel Cream

Itchy, cracked, and dry feet can be painful and even lead to infections and other problems if they aren't treated properly. There are thankfully several products in the market that help hydrate and heal. Like I mentioned previously, can’t help but to place emphasize on the importance on foot care.

It is an important part of your beauty regimen, even if you don't currently have issues with dry or cracked skin on your feet. Carnation Cracked Heel Cream is a product with a unique formula to treat and restore cracked heels to soft, healthy skin.

Vichy Normaderm Night Detox 




NORMADERM Night Detox is the first detoxifying and purifying night moisturizer that transforms mornings for oily and imperfection-prone skin! This lightweight oil-free gel provides targeted care that’s even suitable for sensitive skin, is ideal for both teenagers like us with skin imperfections whose skin produces too much sebum at night, which can lead to blemishes and greasiness.

Too Cool for School : McGirly Come Clean Cleanser and Jean George Llong

The Jean George Llong Sunblock is is very long-lasting and non-greasy. And you will not have to worry if it will make your face oily as it is resistant to sweat. .



Texture of the Jean George Llong Sunblock is smooth, creamy, and light. It has a nudy beige colour which suits most of the asian skin tone. 

The McGirly Come Clean  Cleanser is coming clean on the secret to soft and clean feeling skin! 
With rich foam that cleanses deep down to the pores without stripping the skin of its moisture, Come Clean is perfect for dry skin. It controls excessive sebum secretion to maintain soft, clean and moisturised skin!

How to use:


Lather up and use it directly, or use with facial bubble net!




EmerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask and Scientific Organics Peeling Pad 




The Phytocell detox mask is an effective French-green-clay-based “detox” mask designed to draw out impurities, nourish, soothe, brighten, fight free-radical damage and improve tone and texture and is suitable for all skin types and it is recommended to use 1-3x a week! 

Results: Leaves skin looking bright, healthy and detoxified with a radiant glow after leaving on for 10-15 minutes and then removing it thoroughly!

Moving on .. 


Other than the normal mask you use, This is a new breed of at-home facial peels made from all natural and organic ingredients, saving you the trip to any expensive dermatologist or spa! They use a combination of natural acids and compounds found in fruits and botanicals to exfoliate the skin and cleanse the pores, without the use of harsh chemicals for the same results. Instant glow on skin!

Application Tips:

Apply peel pad on clean, dry skin avoiding eyes and mucous membranes. Leave on for 2-5 minutes.  Remove thoroughly with cool, wet cotton or cloth, or rinse off. Follow up with emerginC Scientific Organics phytocell detox mask to draw out any further residue on pores!

*(Retail size item comes with clarifying kit. Apply clarifying pad after the use of peel pad to nourish and clarify skin. Do not rinse off. )

Results:

Rapidly improves skin tone and texture, minimizes appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores, brightens complexion, clarifies, soothes and nourishes.


POND'S Flawless Light Whitening Day Cream




I will recommend you use this every morning after cleansing your skin. Apply cream over entire face and neck with your fingertips. It comes in a good white and pink tub packaging. Pond's Flawless White Visible Lightening Daily Cream contains multiple UV protection lightens visibly the skin, gives it a natural, flawless radiant look. The VAO-b3 complex fades away dark spots and blemishes. Extremely useful and super pocket friendly! 

Silm Secrets Daily Fibre Power Bar with Seeds Coji 




Love this on days when I feel like snacking but have to keep my weight in check. This power bar helps to pump a healthy dose of daily fibre into your day! It helps atisfy your hunger and buy you some energy before your next meal. It also helps to gently keep things moving smoothly in the body with loads of wholesome seeds and ingredients, including psyllium husks.

Available at the following health food stores: GNC, SuperNature and Brown Rice Paradise and it's retailing at S$3.90! 

All 13 items for only $35 and I personally feel it is a super good deal that you really won't want to miss.

What's even better?

The 1st 50 readers who purchase my box using the promo code "TAMMYTAYVT" will receive 1 BONUS FULL SIZED ITEMS too!!! Awesome much ?

So remember to check out with the promo code "TAMMYTAYVT"!

Fingers crossed you can be the 1st 50 readers! :) 




Use code "TAMMYTAYVT" to get it at $35.
https://www.vanitytrove.com/sg/shop/special 

*psst: sales of box ends this sunday so fastest finger first!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

CarrisLabelle

 Carrislabelle


Carrislabelle is a young, cheerful and sophisticated brand that caters to young ladies and adults. The idea of the brand Carrislabelle came from it's owner named "Carris" and a French word La Belle, which means "beautiful or lovely woman" in English. Every woman deserves clothing that best represent their style, and we hope you will find yours in Carrislabelle.

Besides apparels, Carrislabelle also offers bags and accessories at affordable prices! 
Statement necklaces starting from just SGD$14.00

Missed the chance to purchase the item you had your eyes on a long time? 
Fret not,
these items are what they have restocked recently!
All of them are best-sellers on the website and now they are back in stock, there is no reason you should miss this chance again.

Start shopping now at www.carrislabelle.com





The most flattering yet comfortable skater tube dress are restocked in several colours!


Glamourise your outfit by pairing it with a statement necklace! 

Accessories can be found here:


New arrivals launched a few days ago at







Shop New Arrivals:

Carrislabelle offers free normal mail within Singapore
Ships to Malaysia at just SGD$3.00 (non-registered) and SGD$6.00 (registered)
Ships to other countries starting from SGD$5.00

Sign up for mailing list here to get the latest updates and promotions just for mailing listees:

Besides that, my readers get exclusive discounts!
Enter "TAMMY5" during checkout to get 5% off your cart

Like the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/carrislabelle
Follow us at Instagram Address www.instagram.com/carrislabelle

Shop at website 








Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Last Week? (Hopefully)

Hello Week 39! Still no baby in my arms. Sadly.

The most asked questions now are...

"Where's your baby? Why still no baby? Can you feel if it is happening soon? Are there signs?"
I also want...haha. Can you imagine how the last 2 weeks have been? I'm due next week and have been experiencing stronger contractions now but it's all irregular. Had so many false alarms but nope, labor hasn't happened! I also read many labor stories, it usually happens when you least expect it to? Many times in the middle of the night. But after reading that it usually happens in the middle of the night, I keep going to sleep expecting it to happen which will then keep me up all night. And I end up not sleeping well. Zzz. 

Had a check up yesterday. All is good! And when I asked the doctor if he had any idea if it was gonna happen this week or not, his answer was "I wish I knew too! My job would be so much easier if it could be predicted.". 

So yeah...I have to just keep waiting...

I also dare not make plans to go anywhere now because I'm so scared it'll happen when I'm out. So I'm just really bored now. Which explains why I'm so quiet on social media (kinda?)...which led to a lot of people assuming I gave birth already. Haha. The wait is killing some of my friends too. Yeah I know many of you are as excited! :) 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Natural Ways to Induce Labor

This week i am 39 WEEKS PREGNANT! Ok, only 1 more week to my due date. Great? It's really soon. BUT THEN MY DOC LETS HIS PATIENTS GO TILL 42 WEEKS SO WHAT IF BABY DOESNT COME OUT. Ya, my doctor is great and everything, he wants the best for his patients and all and believes in the "natural way" but this last few days have been so torturous I feel really REALLY depressed. I hate to keep complaining but I really am miserable.

I really want this baby out of me ASAP! My mood has been pretty bad lately because of all the pain I'm feeling all over. I can barely walk because of the pressure in my pelvis.  Everyone is like "it's only a week or so only what...you already went through 9 months". Easy to say! Wait till you're pregs, you'll understand how tough the last few weeks are. I can't "enjoy pregnancy" anymore. I hate how I'm feeling everyday. I wake up extremely disappointed everyday cus I haven't gone into labor. I have started trying a lot of natural ways to induce labor and well, some do give me rather strong contractions while I'm at it but none works because as you can see, I am still here with a baby in my belly. 

Here are some Natural and Safe Ways to Induce Labor. Please don't try it if you are under Week 38 as it might be too early!

1) Eat Date Fruit

It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial."
Just bought a packet of dates so imma munch on them later!
2) Sex
Sex is a commonly suggested method of natural induction due to semen containing prostaglandins – which help to ripen the cervix. 
I did not try it because I am absolutely grossed out by my body I can't feel sexy :( i feel uncomfortable being touched and cuddled. It's really quite sad whenever I look at my expanded body filled with stretchmarks. My stretchmarks situation is getting from bad to worse. I don't know of anyone with a worser case than mine. What makes me even more annoyed is that I have been religiously applying the best stretchmark prevention oils and creams throughout but nothing works!
3) Nipple Stimulation
Nipple stimulation produces oxytocin and can produce some strong effects, so you can try stimulating your nipples (including your areola, as a baby would when sucking) with your fingers, massaging one at a time. An alternate option is if you are still feeding a toddler, let him attach and the sucking action will do the same thing.
Massage the first nipple for 5 minutes (when there are no contractions), then wait to see what happens (around 15 mins or so) before doing more. It’s a good idea to take your mind off things by getting on with your usual duties than sitting and waiting for something to happen – so try and keep busy!
This was something I did almost everyday since I hit Week 38. I did feel contractions every now and then! Sometimes it gets so strong I'll get all excited cus it might be it! Then I'll go to sleep in hope to wake up in labor but sadly, it hasn't happened yet. :( 

4. Eat Pineapples

Pineapple, mango, and kiwi contain en enzyme called bromelain that is supposed to work like a prostaglandin, ripening and softening the cervix.

I ate a whole pineapple (small one) one day and had cramps thinking it's gonna happen. Then that night, I had diarrhea and was in and out of the toilet all night. Plus they said diarrhea was a sign of labor too so it got me so excited! Sadly, it didn't work for me but i actually think it might work for some people!

5. Eat Spicy Food

It didn't work for me though and I'm not surprised because I eat spicy food everyday. Not even Mala Xiang Guo or Steamboat would work on me. My body is too used to extremely spicy food. But if you aren't such a die hard chilli lover like I am, it might work for you!

6. Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry Leaf is a uterine tonic, which also has added benefits after the birth for breastmilk production.
Some women like Raspberry Leaf tea, however if you don’t like the taste or want a specific, stronger dose, you might like to buy some from your health food store. It’s generally recommended anytime after 12 weeks in a healthy pregnancy – make sure you check with your medical carer and a naturopath for doses and to see if it’s appropriate for you.
Haven't tried this but am on a hunt for this! No idea where I can get it in Singapore. 

7. Sweeping Membranes (done by doctor)

Sweeping the membranes involves your medical carer separating the membranes from the cervix by vaginal exam. This may be a little uncomfortable for some women and on the other hand, some have said they didn’t feel much at all. Some spotting or bleeding may occur as a result and some find they have irregular contractions after a sweep, which may be uncomfortable and still not progress into labour.
A sweep can be performed on women who are at term and have no other complications.
Ideally though this method is more of a last resort of all of these methods, as it is invasive and not really natural. You also give bacteria the opportunity to grow when you have things unnecessarily inserted into your vagina, right up to your cervix.
As mentioned, my doctor is extremely pro natural. He doesn't even check if I'm dilated or not and do any vaginal checks on me. So there's no way I can get this sweep done but you can try your doctor! I have read forums of people doing the sweep in the morning/afternoon and then going into labor at night!
8. Acupressure Treatments
Try self-applied finger pressure. Firmly press the "webbing" located between the the thumb and index finger for about one minute and release. Press or rub the large muscle located between the neck and the shoulder. Another pressure point to try: the area on the back above the buttocks and lower back. Finally, find the pressure point inside the leg above the ankle or the one on the outside of the ankle just behind the bony 
Tried. Didn't get any contractions or feel any different though.
9. Walking
If your body is ready to give birth, walking can help induce labor or encourage stronger, more regular contractions once labor gets underway. Walking uses the force of gravity to pull the baby down and to put gentle pressure on the cervix, which encourages dilation. Walking also helps to move the baby into the correct position for birth
Haven't done much walking because of the pressure in my pelvis but everyone highly suggests I do it to get labor started faster. 
Although none worked for me YET, I'm going to keep trying most of it till this baby is out! Hope this post was helpful for you. 
 Baby Boy, when will you be ready to meet Mummy?!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cleaners in Singapore

Recently, I spoke with an elderly cleaner aunty at a hawker centre. She seemed to be in her 70s, shrivelled skin and her hands were shaking as she held the food-stained tray with one hand and wiped the table with her other hand.


There have been quite a bit of news recently about this thing called Progressive Wage Model being legislated within the cleaning sector, and i wondered how it has impacted cleaners like herself in Singapore. 

She shares that she now earns $1,100 each month, since the Progressive Wage Model was lobbied by NTUC in recent years (compared to a stagnant $800 monthly salary). She also hopes to earn more also as finances are tight for her, with medical bills and rental take up the bulk of her salary. It is crazy because looking at the amount of work she does everyday, she deserves so much more. And what makes it worse, most people don't even appreciate the work the cleaners do. I can't say I do a lot for them but well I do hope to brighten their day by smiling more and talking to them. 

With PWM being legislated as of 1st September, cleaners can now expect a career path where there is a built-in progressive wage structure to be adhered by cleaning companies who used to pay cleaners low wages, to maximize profit margins. So instead on cost and headcount, companies now compete, based on productivity instead.

The new legislation for PWM which cleaners can look forward to includes:
·      Increase to a base wage of at least $1,000
·      Acquire new skills (e.g. operating cleaning machines which makes work easier)
·      More ladders implemented for career progression for all cleaners, both outdoor and indoor
·      Wage increase each year with added productivity and value to the company (no more stagnation of wages)
    
From the Progressive Wage Model shown below, you are able to see the wage rate given to the following industries:


Something that NTUC Secretary General Lim Swee Say mentioned recently that struck a chord with me: “We believe that, starting from today, we should no longer look at our cleaners as cheap labour. Starting from today, let us look together to treat our cleaners as a manpower resource ... just like the way we treat other (types of) manpower.”

Indeed, these are the people we should appreciate because without them, we'd not be able to enjoy a clean environment. 

How often do we get to thank them and show them how much we appreciate their work?

I do hope that the relevant employers would take into consideration the pay adjustments of hardworking individuals, so that they are able to enjoy a better standard of living. In fact, PWM should be applied to all other sectors too and not just limited to the cleaning sector.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Week #38


Baby bump at Week 38

So close...SOOO CLOSE. 

Not knowing when my baby will come is making my brain go crazy! I even had thoughts of getting myself induced but then my doc said no cus I'm totally healthy and baby will come when he is ready. I'm going cray cray though! Every night I've been talking to my belly and telling Baby E how excited I am and how I wish he'd come out already!

Baby seems to be moving lesser and lesser as the days pass. Always makes me super worried when I don't feel his movements! More and more contractions this week. I find it hard to "time" it though because it doesn't hurt at all and it can be so easy to ignore. But I guess when actual labour begins it'll confirm be painful and strong and I'll definitely have no problem recognizing it right? Or it's different with everyone? Wonder if it's possible for it to not hurt and not be aware?


Week 38
Current Weight: 68kg
Started At: 51kg 
Total Weight Gained: 17kg

Appetite is smaller but I gained weight because I guess I've been really inactive. Been lying in bed so much because Baby is so heavy it's painful to walk. A lot of people recommended me to walk more though? The more I walk the faster baby will come? Not sure how true that is but as much as I wish to be all active and exercise, my body just wants to be glued to my comfy bed. 

Had my Week 38 check up this morning and baby's head is now "engaged". 

You may be wondering what it means to be told your baby's head has engaged. As you journey through the third trimester of your pregnancy you may experience a feeling of being 'full up' and find it more difficult than usual to breathe deeply. This is thanks to baby now pushing up into the space where your lungs and stomach are! However, as your due date approaches you may feel these symptoms ease, or feel a heaviness in your pelvis - this is known as your baby's head engaging, and essentially it means that your baby is in the correct position for birth, so that their head has moved down to sit in the pelvis.


However that isn't an indication as to when labor will start :( my doc is super pro natural so he will not induce me unless he really has to. Eg. at week 42 Heard people getting induced at Week 38 onwards but my doc discourages that as he said baby will definitely come when he is ready...our bodies are made to do this!

Oh did I mention I walk like a penguin now?! I feel like baby is going to drop out anytime cus he feels so low. I have to open my legs wider when I walk and sit. Yeah...so classy. Haha. 

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