Newly Opened Glow Couture & Essensuals; Carpark Gym at Bedok

I was still berating myself for missing the Rebellious hair show by Hoyu in October when the invitation for Toni & Guy’s Project 10 Collection 10/11 hair show arrived in my inbox. Boy, what a show it was! The collection consisted of styles drawn from couture, high fashion and street styles that had been translated into wearable, versatile looks. There was a big yet sensual pairing of tight curls and solid reds, edgy peroxide pixie cuts (ala Agyness Deyn except with more volume) and futuristic purple undertones—I picked some and stored them in my mental look book for future reference. Of course, no hair show would be complete without a few jaw-dropping scenestealers, which in this case came from the Avant Guarde collection. I loved the harsh black and white accents but I don’t think I will be trying the whole E.T. look anytime soon. I do intend to hit Essensuals’ new outlet (#B1-20 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd., 6736-2212) next week though—perhaps this time I should bleach my hair and find out once and for all if blondes really do have more fun.
I have a love-hate relationship with facials. Sure you look good afterward, but not only does a full regular facial last more than an hour, all that picking on your white and black heads really is quite painful. On some occasions, you even get really nasty scars. That’s why I’ve begun to appreciate quick (and painless) beauty fixes like the Little Miss Petite Visage facial ($128) by newly-opened premium spa Glow Couture (#03-75 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St., 6222-6808). It consists of light microdermabrasion (tweaked so you feel close to zero discomfort as compared to elsewhere), a hydrating mask chock full of vitamins, the use of ultrasound so your skin absorbs the good stuff better and the crème de la crème, a shoulder massage to beat all shoulder massages. The result is smoother, glowing skin—and all in 35 minutes.
It’s true what they say—limited resources make for creative minds. Singapore has come up with all sorts of ingenious ways to get around the old land shortage problem and the new gym at Bedok (Blk 714A Bedok Reservoir Rd.) is a good example. Why? Because it’s located on top of an HDB multi-storey carpark, that’s why. If you live around the area, you don’t have to walk all the way to Bedok Reservoir Park to use the fitness centers anymore. Just pay $3.50 (excluding youth and senior citizens who pay $2.50) and you’ll get access to all the gym’s facilities.