Thursday, March 28, 2013

Free Vouchers from Jrunway + JStar Competition!



Hello lovely Golly-Lockies!

I still have another 6 hours to go before I head off to Japan!
Before I leave, I wanna at least blog first!! 

But of cos, I'll try my best not to just enjoy myself over there and shop all day and neglect this space!
Hopefully I'll find the time to at least blog a lil when I'm there~

So anyway, today's topic is none other then about JRunway! Yes I know I've been blogging quite a bit on the place but that's because it's a super awesome place for shopping! If you can't go all the way to Japan just to shop, head to JRunway! They have the latest trends brought in just for you!

Also! I always keep up to date whenever they are having sales! I love sales! 
Just head over to their Facebook Page and "Like" to receive updates~

Talking about sales~ I got a top from JRunway just last week!


It is this grey super comfy top with typography saying "VENTURA" from BROWNY, a sub brand under WEGO ~ There are other colors available too~ There is a pale yellow which I was super tempted to get too~

Not only is it comfy, it's cute too!! So cute that I had no choice but to act cuter -_-
I went for a more Uzzlang kinda makeup cos I was in a rush~ No lashes at all just eyeliner~ Not very used to it, but it seemed to match the outfit quite well! I paired it with a pair of denim shorts and a thin brown belt!
Accessories wise, I only wore a big framed glasses to kinda frame my eyes up a lil~

But but but~ Guess how much I paid for it!

SGD$19.00 ONLY!!! 

It was already on sale at SGD$29.00 but I had a further SGD$10 discount voucher given by Jrunway!
So I only paid SGD$19! TEEHEE~ Happy~



OK.

Now on to the best part~ FREE VOUCHERS!!

Yayyy! Discounts FTW!!



Yep! SGD$10 worth of cash voucher to spend at JRunway!

All you have to do is flash the above voucher image (or you can download a copy of it in your phone) whenever you purchase anything at JRunway and you automatically get a $10 off your bill!


So if you like discounts like me~ Better save this image~ hehe~

This voucher is valid till 30 April 2013 , so go make your purchases quickly before that!
You can flash it as many times as you want, but only 1 voucher can be used per receipt~ 

I just saw some updates from their FB Page that they just stocked up on new items for Spring/Summer 2013! 




And last but not least....


Please vote for me in the JStar contest when you make any amount of purchase there

You can just ask the friendly staff at JRunway that you want to vote for Golly-Locks/ Jacqueline in the JStar contest and they will show you how to!

I will really appreciate your votes!!!

I'll be holding a giveaway soon after my Japan trip (planning to get some pressies from Japan to be added in my giveaway hehe) so please stay tuned to Gollylocks.com!


I'll see you in my next post!!!


Baibai and love y'all!!!






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Monday, March 25, 2013

How I combat Water Retention


Hello everyone! So sorry I've not been blogging~ I was really busy preparing for my trip to Japan this Thursday. >.< 

But anyway, I'm here to blog today on how I combat with water retention!

Just to touch a bit on my medical history, I've been on medication for Hypothyroidism since I was 14 years old. Just about 2 years back when I was 22 years old, my right knee swelled up for no reason and doctors were not able to diagnose what happened. I lived with it and all of a sudden, about 1 month back, my right index finger and right wrist swelled up and was really painful, I couldn't bend my wrist/ finger without feeling any stiffness or pain.

My family doctor then suspected that it might be some kind of Rheumatoid arthritis, chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that commonly attacks the joints.

Ok... Enough of my history, I'll continue my story as we go on as my water retention story has got something to do with medications that I took for my stiff wrist and finger.


So what IS water retention?

Extracted from various sites:
Water retention aka Edema, is the abnormal build up of fluid in the body. Edema is commonly seen in the feet and ankles. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.
But swelling due to water retention involves the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body structures. It is caused by excessive build up of fluid in the tissues. This build up can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur throughout the body (generalized) or it may be limited to a specific part of the body (localized).


Possible causes for water retention:
- Lack of water intake
- High sodium (salt) diet
- Medications (e.g. Birth control pills, steroids, blood pressure lowering drugs, anti-depressants etc..)
- Pregnancy
- Kidney malfunction
- Histamine (Insect/ mosquito bites)
- Pre-menstrual bloat
- Thyroid disease

There are many more causes to water retention but I shall just stop here, it will take forever to list all of them down. But these are the main ones that could cause water retention.

I've never had water retention before so it was pretty easy for me to identify what caused it. Since I was on medication for years for my thyroid, it'd definitely couldn't be the cause of it.
I did a Google search on the medications my doctor gave me for my stiff and inflamed wrist and realised I was given some kind of steroid (I've never eaten steroids in my life so far) to reduce the inflammation and that particular steroid has side effects of swelling.

The swelling was so bad that I put on a total of 6 kg! YEP! A WHIPPING 6KG WORTH OF WATER!!
 It is totally normal if you put on that much weight if you tend to have water retention.
My legs were sooo sore and heavy I could hardly walk properly.

I stopped taking the steroids and it kinda went down but I wanted it all to go away! So this was what I did everyday for about 4 days before it completely went down and my weight went back to normal~

1. Water intake of at least 8 (8-ounce) glasses


Very contradictory and people always have this thinking that water retention is caused by drinking too much water which is very very wrong!
If you're dehydrated, your body automatically retains the fluids in your body and disallows it to get rid of toxins.
It will be best if you could just add a few slices of lemon, lime, or orange as citrus is high in potassium and can relieve bloating!


2. Wear compression stockings


With good blood circulation, your water retention will definitely reduce! That's what compression stockings does, reduce bloatedness, aids with tired and aching feet etc... 
I wear the Dr. Scholl's Qtto night stockings every night when I go to sleep and it helps circulate the blood in my legs and feet at night. 
Not only that, it helps make my legs look slimmer the next day~ hehe~ 
Even if you do not have water retention, I still think it is something worth investing on.

3. Elevate your legs whenever you can


Again, even if you do not have water retention problems, it is always good to elevate your legs like in the picture above to improve and let blood circulate back to your heart. This elevating action helps to reduce swelling as well~
I don't have a special pillow like the one in the picture so what I did was to stack a couple of normal pillows on top of each other and lay my legs on it, it was kinda difficult cos I had to tryyyyy not to toss and turn while I slept.

4. Reduce sodium intake in daily diet


Although excessive salt intake might not be the main cause of your water retention, it can be the contributor of it. The main component of salt is sodium, which the body dilutes with water if too much of it is present. Salt makes you thirsty, and your body will hold on to this water. 
Reducing the amount of salt in your diet will help you to release a little water retention, not all, but helps a little at least.



This was what I did everyday for about 4 days and was I glad the swelling went down (so did my weight) ~ PHEW~

Here are some other ways that should work as well:
- Do regular exercise
- Do not stand/ sit for too long
- Avoid extremes of temperature, such as hot baths, showers, and saunas. Dress warmly if it is cold.
Massage - if the affected area is stroked firmly in the direction of the heart it may help move the fluid.
Increase intake of food sources that contains potassium(melons, citrus fruits),Vitamin B6 (whole grains, salt free nuts)
- Try a natural diuretic (e.g. watercress, watermelons, cucumbers, oats, tomatoes, celery, carrots etc..)




I hope this post helps anyone of you facing the same problem like I did!

I'll see you soon in my next post!!









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Friday, March 15, 2013

[Skincare Review] Biore UV Watery Essence S

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Hello lovelies!! I'm back with a skincare review!

As you all know/ seen me in real life, I'm quite a fair skinned person.
And I won't deny, I love being fair!

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always kept my eyes open for products to maintain the fairness of my skin. 
And suncreen is one of them!! 

And so.. today I'm gonna be introducing you....

Biore'S UV Watery Essence!


This product acts mainly as a sunscreen but at the same time, it hydrates and softens your skin as well!

Applying sunscreen daily is a must for me, not only to maintain the fairness but also to protect your skin from harmful UV rays! It will also help prevent pigmentation like freckles too~

So just some basic theory behind what sunscreen does for you and should be looking for..All of you out there, not only the girls but the guys as well should really read this!

These are some things that you should ALWAYS look out for when purchasing sunscreens/ sunblocks/ makeup etc~

What is UV?
There are 3 types of UV; UVA, UVB & UVC



PA Grades helps determine how protected you are from UVA!! 
The more +++ there is the better!
VERY IMPORTANT!

SPF levels X Skin Type= Protection time against UVB

So basically, if you're fair skinned like me, it is best you get a sunscreen with a higher SPF level since fair skinned people gets protected for a shorter period of time as compared to tanned skin people.

Amount to be applied


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So what is Biore's UV Watery Essence all about?

o Is the No.1 Sunscreen in Japan since 2011.

o Won multiple awards in Asia and some of them are:
- Japan COSME in 2011
- Top Beauty Magazine in Japan VOCE’s Top Pick
- Biteki Skincare Award

o Water-based and high SPF formula perfect for hot and humid climate.



As you all know, I live in Singapore, the very very sunny island. -_-
And it can get VERY humid sometimes so a normal sunscreen with tacky or sticky textures kinda leaves me with a BLEAHHHH face. 

But I was so surprised this sunscreen didn't leave that awful sticky feeling on my face after applying! Instead it feels smoother WTF?!



If you all have applied sunscreen before, you all will know there are some that leaves your face WHITE after applying it. This baby on the other hand, leaves no white overcast on my face PLUS it gets absorbed quite quickly. OH OH you can also apply this on your body!! How awesome!

First squeeze out of the tube

After spreading it out

After massaging and patting for 1 minute

But what I really like about this product is that it feels REALLY LIGHT. Like I have nothing on my face at all...

Also, right after applying it, feels almost like I have had water splashed right across my face. Yes, you heard me right, that is how hydrating this sunscreen is. Plus I love love love how it makes my face super smooth!! Awesome as a makeup base!!


Conclusion: (Max 5 ♥)
(Biore UV Watery Essence )

Texture: ♥♥♥
Super light, and leaves no sticky feeling on the skin. 

Effect on my skin: ♥♥♥
Very hydrating and helps smooth and soften my skin! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Acts really well as a makeup base too!

Absorb-ability : ♥♥♥
Eventually gets absorbed by my skin with continuous patting and massing for about 1 minute or so.

Availability: ♥♥♥♥
Selected Supermarkets, Hypermarkets and Pharmacies

Price: ♥♥♥
Priced at SGD$18.90 for 50 ml, quite worth it for me since I only use it for my face but if you use it for you body.. Well.. you might have to replenish them every 1 month maybe?

Will I repurchase this again?
Yes definitely! This might even potentially replace my current sunscreen I'm using!





Hope you enjoyed my review and see you soon!!

Bai Bai!!






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Monday, March 11, 2013

SCANDAL is here in Singapore!


 

Can you believe it?! Yes!!! Scandal is finally gonna be here on this sunny island Singapore this week!!

As an avid fan of theirs since their debut, I really can't wait to see them perform live!

Just in case you don't know who they are, you should have watched the animes Bleach or Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood? Well, yes! They were the ones who sang the OST for both! Shōjo S (Bleach) & Shunkan Sentimental (FMA: Brotherhood)

Also, they did the cover of Don't Say "Lazy" for the anime K-ON! with Nakagawa Shoko which is one of my favorite animes!

Here are the 3 songs!

Shōjo S (Bleach)


Shunkan Sentimental (FMA: Brotherhood)

Don't Say "Lazy" (K-ON!)

Just in case you don't watch animes and is now scratching your head still about this awesome girl group, here's a short bio of them~



SCANDAL was formed in August, 2006 with four high school girls who went to the same vocal & dance school in Osaka, Japan called Caless.


They started performing as SCANDAL with an aggressive sound coupled with pop characters. After the band was formed, they often performed on the street known as Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park. After a while, they began performing at a live house located in the Kansai area until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. That October, Scandal released their major debut single, "Doll", under Epic Records Japan.


You can read more on them at http://www.jlive.asia/scandal/

There is also one common thing that you will notice in their outfits, they always have uniforms!! Super cute!!








Getting excited yet?! Quickly go get your tickets!!! Cos there's an early bird discount!
Original / tix purchased on that day itself is S$168 for VIP and S$118 for General Admission... 
But with the Early bird discount...


I'm probably gonna go for the VIP ones cos I get to stand in front!!! Plus!!
There will be a High Touch with the band after the concert + A2 Sized poster of them!!!

They will be performing for 2 days~ 16th & 17th March!

What are you waiting for?! 









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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Random OOTD!

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Hello!

Super short post on a random outfit of the day!

It has been quite some time I've been post my OOTDs now~ 
cos I NO GO SHOPPING~ T^T


So thanks to www.amebelle.com , I have something new in my closet! And I really like this dress since this was the first piece that really caught my eye. Cos this could be my potential Office wear/ party wear!
I wore this to the office with a small cardigan just to cover up the "holes" at both sides of my waist and removed the cardigan after work for a chill out session with the girlfriend!

Here's the link to the dress I got!

It looks so much nicer on the website, cos my photo quality was sucky. *I used my mobile phone cos my cam battery wasn't charged =X*

My picture couldn't catch all the details but it has gold 3D embroidery on the chest area! Love detailed apparels like these~ 
I particularly like how it fits me so well and the stiff shoulder is is not THAT stiff gives me a more hourglass body shape.

So do check their website out and quote "GOLLY5" when purchasing to get 5% off!

I'll be updating really soon on some reviews!!!! 
So stay tuned here!


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My hand just died + Candy Crush Saga Cheat!


Not literally, but yea..my right hand is in intense crazy pain now for I don't know what reason.


Gonna have to go see the Tie Da doctor to solve it most likely, western doctors will most probably just give me muscle relaxants which doesn't really help.





Despite the pain, I still decided to at least blog a bit since I've not been updating this space a lot lately and I feel guilty XD


Hopefully updating on what's going on in my boring life will help fill the gap, kinda. HAHAHA!





Aside the painful hand, which is an ass really. I've had my hair dyed again! After much procrastination. =D  Which is why you always see photos of me only from middle forehead down recently. Cos I NO WANT TO SHOW BLACK ROOTS! =X










This was taken just 2 days before I had my hair dyed~


And if you follow me on Instagram (@golly_locks), you'd probably know by now what my hair color is..










Yep! Looks like black in photos but it's dark brown. Still not very used to it and I am really praying to God it would kinda fade off by this Sunday. 





Speaking of Sunday, I'm super nervous about it. I'm not gonna say what it is yet * Chinese superstition: divulging something good beforehand and it will not happen -_-*  but I'll definitely update if I receive any good news!





*****





And my recent addiction? Candy Crush Saga. WAHAHAHHA! FML. I'm currently only at level 60 =( 


As much as it gets me sooooo frustrated when I can't pass the stage, it's really addictive! I see almost everyone playing it on the train, in my office etc! 





And and and! Since I'm at this topic, anyone of you playing it too?


If you do, you should know there is only a maximum of 5 lives you can "accumulate". Once you run out of them, you have to ask your friends or wait it out right?





Well, I've found a cheat recently and it helps regain your 5 lives back whenever you need it. This cheat however, only works on Android phones cos I only play it on my S2, so it only makes sense if I tried my best to find a cheat for Android phones XD. But I'm sure there are cheats out there too for Iphones/ Ipads!





PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!


One thing you need to note which is REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT!





Make sure you are logged onto your Facebook account when playing Candy Crush Saga! This cheat only works if you link your Facebook account to play the game. If you don't when you apply the cheat, you have to start from Level 1 again, doesn't sound good eh.





So here is a step by step guide for easier reference:





1. Double/ triple check if you are logged in to Facebook from the start to play CCS





2. Press "HOME" button. Go to "Settings"





3. Click "Applications"





4.Click "Manage Applications"





5. Find Candy Crush Saga app and click on it





6. Click on "Clear Data" then "OK"





7. Go back to Candy Crush Saga Game and log in to Facebook again and TADA! You have 5 lives again!


You should be back at the stage you last stopped at if you did the first step.





Hehehe~~ Hope this helps for CCS addicts like me!





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And last update will be... I AM HEADING TO JAPAN IN 23 DAYS!!!!!





I really can't wait to go back!! Shopping shopping eating eating and enjoying!!
But most importantly, I'll be spending my 24th birthday there! On 3rd April! This is the first time I'm spending my birthday overseas~ thus the excitement!


I'll be heading there with le boyfriend but if any of you would like to meet up, please do let me know! I'll be more then happy! I'll be there from 28th March - 5 April~~ Hehehe~





And since I've not been there for 2 years now, any suggestions where I should shop, eat etc?


Do let me know by commenting below or emailing me at gollylocks@gmail.com or twit me also can la!





Love ya all!!!! 




BAIBAI!












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