Monday, November 30, 2015

The History of Whoo: Royal Beauty Secrets Revealed!

Healthy, radiant and youthful skin. That's something that every woman has been striving towards since olden times.

Revolving around the concept of providing self-care and self-regeneration beauty remedies for women, The History of Whoo reinterpreted the traditional beauty formulas used by empresses from the Eastern Royal Courts and through modern technologies, developed various skincare and makeup lines that are fit for a Queen.

Thanks to premium Korean skincare range, The History of Whoo, I'm one step closer to royalty, and I have nothing but raves after using The History of Whoo for the past two weeks! Read on to find out more about my experience with The History of Whoo, and find out how to redeem a complimentary Bichup Ja Saeng Essence Experience Kit to try it for yourself!

The History Of Whoo is just a few months old in Singapore, but here's an interesting fact: LG Household & Healthcare was commissioned by the National Government of Korea to create a luxury skincare brand that fully embodies the Korean traditions, thus developed and launched The History of Whoo in Korea in 2003!

The History of Whoo celebrated the launch of their first flagship counter at TANGS (Tang Plaza)!

I went down for a quick consultation at TANGS, where I was introduced to the concept behind The History of Whoo, with its strong emphasis on the use of premium eastern medicinal herbal ingredients in their patented and signature herbal complexes that enables skin cell self-regeneration for powerful and effective anti-aging benefits.

I fell in love with the brand at first sight! Regal, elegant and beautiful packaging that every woman would covet!

The colors purple and gold are used as they are the colors of royalty. This is the Hwanyu symbolic line that is the most premium of all the ranges!

One of The History of Whoo's star product, Bichup Ja Saeng Essence, a limited edition that's adorned with motifs and encrusted with embellishments.

These gorgeously-packaged lip products had me lusting after them!

There are many different ranges available at The History of Whoo, depending on your skin type and needs.

After my consultation, I brought home the Gongjinhyang range: A preventive anti-aging suited for 25 years old and above. You're never too young to start caring for your skin and slow down signs of aging!

Of course, apart from the Gongjinhyang range, I also brought home The History of Whoo's two must-have products: Bichup Soon Hwan Essence and Bichup Ja Saeng Essence, as well as the Essential Massage Mask that comes with its own traditional Oriental massaging tool!

The beautiful products sitting on my vanity shelf makes my room look extra luxurious! I love the royal and regal packaging.

The magic behind The History of Whoo is its rich traditional core of herbal ingredients to balance our "Qi", and blood circulation, inducing self-healing and self-regeneration for our skin!

It is the secret herbal formula known as the Gongjinbidan (供辰秘丹) Complex (yes, it is a magic elixir formula!) present in all The History of Whoo’s skincare and makeup products, formulated by combining 6 different precious herbs; Siberian Deer Antler, Angelica Roots, Cornelian Cherries, Acanthopanax Root Bark, Asparagus Roots and Wild Thyme.

Through modern technologies, The History of Whoo created a single complex that increases energy flow in the skin while balancing the Yin and Yang energy, improving every product’s efficacy while inducing self-regeneration by triggering skin cell activities.

Let me first share the Korean royal court beauty secrets with all of you by introducing their must-have items: Bichup Soon Hwan Essence and Bichup Ja Saeng Essence!

These two products are essential to any skincare routine to aid self-healing and fight aging!

Bichup Soon Hwan Essence // SGD$122 (85ml)
The History of Whoo’s must-have first care essence. Contains multiple herbal complexes that synergizes one other to improve Qi & Blood circulation, reduces facial water retention and delivers clear skin with vitality.

Bishop Soon Hwan Essence is the first step in my skincare routine! Two pumps of this essence absorbs easily into my skin. Soon Hwan Essence consists of 6 oriental herbs to improve blood circulation to enable detox! The texture is very light-weight, with a mild floral scent. It is also supposed to aid the efficacy of all other products used after this!

Bichup Ja Saeng Essence:
The History of Whoo’s world-wide best-selling essence. Formulated with multiple powerful and effect herbal complexes, this essence also contains Plant Placenta derivatives, the main ingredient that provides energy for skin to self-recognize individual skin concerns and activateright skin cells for self-heal/repair.

I love the Ja Saeng Essence, one pump of it is sufficient for my entire face, and it has a gel-like  consistency that melts into my skin! My skin immediately feels more hydrated, supple and plump after application.

Here are the other products from the Gongjinhyang range that I've been using in conjunction with Bichup Soon Hwan Essence and Ja Saeng Essence!

In Yang Balancer is an ultra-moisturizing & concentrated skin softener that replenishes nutrition while rehydrating skin which help to maintain soft & moist skin

Qi & Jin Essence is a moisturizing, lifting and firming essence that improves skin elasticity and radiance while replenishing skin nutrition. It also contains Natural Olive Oil and Aloeswood which helps to seal in moisture for a longer period of time and improve Collagen synthesis respectively.

In Yang Lotion provides gloss and life to skin by supplying sufficient nourishment and moisture. By penetrating deep into the skin, In Yang Lotion keeps your skin clean and healthy.

Qi & Jin Cream is a hydrating, anti-aging moisturizing cream that restores skin moisture and nutrition while improving skin elasticity. Secret Court ingredients nourishes skins with energy from the deep inside.

Qi & Jin Eye Cream is a cream firms the skin around eyes that has thin layers of skin with more tendency to wrinkle. Qi & Jin Eye Cream solve the problem of wrinkles around eyes with excellent wrinkle free ingredients.

I love the entire Gongjinhyang range, and after religiously using it day and night for the past two weeks, I've seen a noticeable improvement in my skin! My skin is more hydrated and plump, and it also looks healthier and more radiant now!

With just light makeup on :) I feel that my skin texture has also become more refined and supple!

One last product from The History of Whoo that I use twice a week and love is the Essential Massage Mask!
This traditional Oriental massage mask is a hydrating anti-aging gel massage mask that incorporates 5000-year-old Meridian Scraping massage techniques to improve skin elasticity.

This product is meant to be used as a massage gel on your face, along with a traditional rosewood "gua sha" tool to help to massage your face to improve the elasticity of your skin, aid blood circulation, detoxify lymphatic nodes, and reduce water retention!

It can be used on the forehead, along the jaw line, on the sides of your face, and even under your chin!

I like to use it along my jaw especially, it feels really comfortable and therapeutic and I like to visualise my face become smaller and more defined as I use it!

Massaging your face regularly is supposed to help with firming and lifting as well so that your skin doesn't show signs of aging, such as loose and saggy skin.

What I love about the Essential Massage Mask is that you don't have to rinse it off after you use it! Just pat off any excess with a tissue and leave it on overnight. I always wake up to even smoother and more moisturised skin the following day!

I'm definitely in love with The History of Whoo!

So pleased with the results I've been seeing from using The History of Whoo, and looking forward to achieving even more radiant and beautiful skin!

Would you like to experience the secrets of the royal court beauties for yourself too?

Flash this blog post or my Instagram post at The History of Whoo’s Flagship Counter at TANGS Orchard to redeem a complimentary Bichup Ja Saeng Essence Experience Kit

(Valid from Now til 31 Dec 2015)


Saturday, November 28, 2015

5 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong in October/November!

Hey everyone!
It's been barely two months since my last trip to Hong Kong in August 2015, but I already missed Hong Kong so much that I booked another trip back for YZ and I together!

Maureen (MissTamChiak), Evonne and I were also honoured to work together with Hong Kong Tourism Board during this trip, and we had an amazing time!

Hong Kong is fantastic all year-round, but October/November is one of the most exciting periods to visit! Here are my top 5 reasons why you should visit Hong Kong in October/November!

1. It's Halloween!
Hong Kong is the best place in Asia to celebrate a fun-filled Halloween. There is a festive Halloween buzz permeating the city during the whole of October.
I already adore Hong Kong Disney Land on any regular day, but Hong Kong Disney Land during Haunted Halloween is extra extra spook-tacular because of the Halloween decorations, themed food and special attractions! The Halloween décor and themes can only be found throughout the month of October, so we were really lucky to have been there at the right time!

Hello at the Happiest Place On Earth!
I love how Disney music is blaring from the speakers from the moment you step into Hong Kong Disney Land. It's so magical!

Photo-op with Duffy and ShellieMay, all dressed up in Halloween costumes!

It's our second time in Hong Kong Disneyland, but it hasn't lost its magic or charm at all!

Disney and Halloween-themed food! That "Nightmare Before Christmas" Jack Skellington bun is so cute!

We had a lot of fun tucking into all those themed bites and snacks ;D

The Mickey-shaped waffle is really good by the way!

And Mickey ice cream!

This Mickey-bat cookie was so adorable I couldn't bear to eat it. Haha!

Oh, spotted this little kid dressed as a Stormtrooper for Halloween! Can he get any cuter?

The Halloween decor was Disney-themed too!

Waiting for the Flights of Fantasy Parade to start!!

*cue Flights of Fantasy music playing* The afternoon parade is always the highlight of the day! The parade starts at 3pm, along Main Street.

All my favourite Disney characters appearing in real life!

I really love that happy, spirited vibe that all Disney performers exude!

Absolutely enchanting experience for the little ones.

Disney princesses!!! *hearts*

After so much excitement, we were more than happy to rest our legs and dig into more super squeal-inducing Halloween/Disney-themed food at Corner Cafe on Main Street! The Main Street Halloween Duffy's Afternoon Tea Set, which is a Halloween special, is too pretty to miss!

Just look at all those Mickey silhouettes as well as additional touches of Halloween: Bat-shaped cheese and pumpkins, anyone?

I particularly have a thing for Jack Wellington. Look at those macarons!

A pink Shellie May strawberry milkshake that tasted so good after our time out in the afternoon sun!

And there were also festive food dishes just for Halloween on the menu as well!

Happy us with all the happy food!

We went on all my favourite Disney Rides, including this one at Toy Story Land! It's the RC Race Roller Coaster! This ride was such a blast!!!

Love the thrill and adrenaline rush of the RC Racer, a U-shaped coaster.

We also went on some other rides that I really love, like the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, and Mystic Manor at Mystic Point!

When night fell, all the ghouls came out to play!

Like these Victorian ladies and gentlemen in eerie white.. They attracted such a crowd from the park visitors!

And I was eager for “Disney Paint the Night” Nighttime Spectacular: The night parade! It's a fairly new addition to Hong Kong Disneyland and wasn't introduced yet the last time I visited a couple years back! The parade started around 7.30pm, so the beautiful neon lights were very striking in the dark!

Got started with my favourite characters from Monsters Inc, Sulley!

An effervescent-looking Ariel from The Little Mermaid, this display was magnificent!
Everyone's favourite, Beauty and the Beast!

Toy Story's Woody and Buzz Lightyear on the giant slinky dog!

Don't all these characters bring back nostalgic childhood memories of your beloved animated films? Disneyland really makes me feel like I'll never grow old! :) We really enjoyed the "haunted" atmosphere and had such a frightfully fantastic time.

But the Halloween party didn't stop there, even on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, Halloween festivities were going strong!

I've always heard a lot about Halloween celebrations at Lan Kwai Fong, and we arrived at the perfect time to join in the monstrous fun! Lan Kwai Fong is one of the largest and most entertaining outdoor hot spots for Halloween celebrations, and the best place for partying in Hong Kong!

Check out these elaborate Halloween ghouls at Lan Kwai Fong! Thankfully, they were friendly ones and even obliged us to a photo!

 I kind of regretted that I didn't think about dressing up/making up for Halloween! It would have been majorly exciting!

2. It's Wine and Dine Month (22 Oct - 30 Nov)

Apart from Halloween happenings, October/November is also Hong Kong's Wine & Dine Month (from 22 Oct to 30 Nov), and we were delighted to attend the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival during our trip!

Apart from celebrating Halloween in Hong Kong, us girls also had the opportunity to attend one of the largest and most anticipated festival as well: Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival!

The popular “Hong Kong Wine & Dine Month” kicks off with an internationally-celebrated four-day “CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival” at Central Harbourfront Event Space; then follows through with a month-long series of events and promotions, including street carnivals, hotel wine and dine offers, wine-themed tours, classes and fairs.

Hong Kong is known to be the ‘Culinary Capital of Asia’ internationally, so you can imagine how massive this event was!

There were over 200 wine booths featuring great wines from around the world, and 100 food booths featuring winning dishes of the 2015 Best of the Best Culinary Awards and signature dishes from many of Hong Kong’s renowned hotels and restaurants.

We literally wined and dined the entire evening, sampling different food and wines from all the different booths at the festival!

There were also performances and live music, and the lively atmosphere was electrifying!

Getting happy with all the alcohol. We were able to sample and taste so many different kinds of wines and alcohol!

It was really interesting as there were five thematic wine zones (e.g. Cheering Zone with champagnes, party wines, cocktails etc; Country Pavilions with fine wine and delicacies from Europe and more!)

There were also five thematic food zones (e.g. Star Avenue with popular dishes from renowned hotels and restaurants; Festival Treats with street foods, burgers and party foods such as ham, cheese etc.) so it was easy to zero in on what you were interested in trying. We barely sampled one-third of all that Wine and Dine Festival had to offer!

Pretty eye candy at a booth offering Spanish sangrias and wines!

Food food, and more food. Yum!

For the first time ever, whisky and craft beer were also available at the festival! We tasted some really great craft beers, and this Juicy Pear Cider was my personal favourite :)

I thought all the different sections throughout the festival was ingenious, such as the Garden Party Zone – a new lush dining experience in a garden in the city, exclusive for participants with the Garden Party Pass.

And this year, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival unveiled the Tasting Room, a privileged, stylish dining area which was open to the public from 24-25 Oct. It offered amazing dining experiences such as the Masterchef Lunch, Afternoon Tea and more. This beautifully styled Tasting Room was a platform for international and local chefs to present their culinary masterpieces. Enjoying mouthwatering fine dining in the presence of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline – what could be better than that?
Even after the four-day festival is over, there is still a month of Wine & Dine events, tours, classes, and promotions going on in Hong Kong! Ranging from street carnivals to food and wine themed tours, and even birthday specials, it's the perfect time to visit Hong Kong! If you missed it, don’t worry – be sure to visit the Festival next year!

Meanwhile, do check out the video below of us having fun at the Wine & Dine Festival!

3. More partying at Marco Polo German BierFest!

Where in Hong Kong can you find the most traditional, authentic and popular German beer festival? Right at our hotel (literally at our doorstep)!

We went to the Marco Polo German Bierfest for more partying and a whole lot of enjoyment, think German pork knuckles, German beer, fantastic live music by German band Notenhobler, and a huge crowd of energetic party-goers! It's true, Hong Kong knows how to party!

I was soaking in the entire German atmosphere.. Although I've never experienced Bierfests in Germany before, Hong Kong's Marco Polo German Bierfest is probably the closest it'll get in our vicinity.

Cheers with German beer, pork knuckles, ribs, bratwursts and more!

Look at that insane spread of food in front of us!

Photo credit to MissTamChiak: Our resident food blogger who took mouth-watering photos of the food!

We were practically tearing the ribs apart with our teeth, we were that hungry!

Everyone at the Marco Polo German Bierfest was totally enjoying the live music, alcohol and food!

Since 1994, “The Notenhobler” has been the official band in Marco Polo German Bierfest. The band wears original Oberkrainer clothes, and sings traditional tunes and hearty folk music. The Notenhobler also performs madcap antics and hosts popular games!

Evonne and I got kinda high towards the end and were dancing and singing like nobody's business. Crazy fun!

The incredible Hong Kong landscape from our vantage point at Marco Polo German Bierfest! The best part about the crazy night out at Marco Polo German Bierfest was that it took us barely a few minutes to get back into the comfort and luxury of our Marco Polo Hotel suite!

We slept like royalty for the two nights that we were hosted at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel!
 The bed was absolute gold, so comfortable that I really had trouble getting up in the mornings!

Definitely the most spacious and luxurious place I've had the pleasure of staying in Hong Kong!

4. Amazing good food!

This might be a moot point, but the one good reason for me to visit Hong Kong, ANY TIME, has got to be the food! You've already read my previous Hong Kong food guide, so I'm sure you know. There are never enough meals to go around in Hong Kong for everything you'll want to eat!

I sure ate my way through our trip and I'll be posting more of my favourite food recommendations soon, so stay tuned!

5. Shopping!!

There is so much shopping to do in Hong Kong, it is ridiculous! Regardless of whether you're looking for designer boutiques or cheap street fashion, you can get both ends of the spectrum in Hong Kong, and we definitely shopped at every opportunity we got.

 PMQ has lots of significance as a cultural site, but it is now a space for design and creative enterprises, housing many different Hong Kong designer labels and cool studios! It's a very interesting area and Evonne loves PMQ.

With Felicia and Fang, Evonne's friends whom we also spent time together with during this trip to Hong Kong!

For more shopping, I personally love Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok! Tsim Sha Tsui has got so many huge shopping malls, it's any shopaholic's heaven ;)

Don't forget to pop by Argyle Centre at Mongkok, I make sure I visit every trip to get some good quality shoes at affordable prices!

The good thing about visiting in October/November is that you can find upcoming winter trends (boots, covered shoes, trench coats, parkas) all over the place, and they're so cheap! I scored a pair of black heeled booties for less than SGD30. The parka on me cost about SGD50. So much awesomeness!

Well, it was certainly an incredible time in Hong Kong yet again! If you still haven't booked your next trip to Hong Kong, do it quick, and don't forget to check out Discover Hongkong's website to get updated on the latest happenings in Hong Kong!

More videos of our Shop, Eat, and Play fun in Hong Kong will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Also, check out my previous blog posts for more of my Hong Kong experiences!