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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Split Ends

If no matter how much hot oil and conditioning products you slather onto your tresses, your ends still keep on splitting, you’re probably doing something wrong in your hair styling or washing routing. For those who use curling irons and strengtheners on a daily basis and color your tresses quite regularly, split ends is a battle that we never seem to win.

However, if we take a closer look at how we handle our hair, we will be able to tackle the root cause of the problem and be able to prevent further breakage of your strands.

1. Learn to make second-day hair work
The importance of hygiene in maintaining healthy hair can’t be stressed enough. Of course, it’s necessary to take a shower. But sometimes, putting your hair up in a bun and going for a quick shower is just as fine and actually is very healthy for your hair. Every other day washing allows your tresses to restore its health with its natural oils, leaving your hair smooth and naturally protected. You might even be surprised to know how second- or even third-day hair holds up a hairstyle for longer.

2. Brush your hair correctly
First pick the right brush to use. For everyday brushing, go for a cushioned paddle hair brush with rubbery bristles to make detangling of hair easier. Be careful with plastic bristles as it can be too harsh for wet hair and can rip the strands apart. Next, do the brushing correctly. Do not tug on your hair from roots to tips. Do it by section to slowly detangle your hair. Do it by section—from roots, mid shaft to the tips.

3. Shampoo your scalp, not your ends
Avoid piling all your hair on top of your hear when shampooing. The unnatural rubbing, plus the chemicals from the shampoo, will make your hair brittle and prone to split ends. Instead, just let your hair hang down and concentrate the shampoo onto the roots. The suds as your rinse your hair is enough to wash away grease and dirt from your ends.

4. Condition your ends, not your scalp
Shampooing is for scalp, while conditioning is for the ends. Apply most of yoru conditioner directly to the ends of your strands, and then let it soak in for at least a minute. Avoid conditioning the roots as it will only weight the hair down and promote production of more oil, making your hair look greasy much quicker.

5. Tap your hair with towel to dry
Do not rub your hair with towel when drying them. Wet hair is vulnerable to breakage, thus promoting more split ends. Instead of rubbing wrap a soft-clothed towel around your hair to draw moisture out. Then, let it air dried partially before blow drying them.

Your hair is your crowning glory. With all the styling and products you put on it, your tresses deserves some TLC from you.

3 Arts and Heritage Parks in Singapore

Singapore has a rich and important history, and they can be seen In Singapore’s many parks. By visiting one of the arts and heritage parks in Singapore, you can learn about the rich history and culture of Singapore, all the while immersing yourself in tranquil nature and spending your time with friends and loved ones. Make your next outing a memorable and informative one by visiting one of the many arts and heritage parks here in the Lion City. To start you off, here is a short list of three of the many parks in Singapore.

1. Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park is a great park for a weekend outing, especially for those with families. While being chock-full of history and information, it is also a park with a lot of activities happening every day. There are many historically significant artifacts that you can see in Fort Canning Park, like the Fort Canning Park Bridge and the 9-Pound Cannon. Aside from the historical significance of Fort Canning, there are also exhibits for local art aficionados, like the ASEAN Sculpture Trail.

There are even many more things you could do in Fort Canning. You can bring the whole family to the many events that they hold. Even without events, you could still pack a picnic basket and eat with your loved ones on their picnic grounds.

2. Tiong Bahru Park
This 3.3-hectare park was redesigned in 2000 to with the theme ‘Old Frame, New Images,’ which melded new designs with old infrastructures. This park is great for families with small children, as it has a playground with such a unique design that it can only tickle the imagination of youngsters. Tiong Bahru’s playground is designed to look like a train tilted at many spots in different angles so that kids can weave in and out of the carriages. There is even a merry-go-round and a maze, for more kiddie adventures. Meanwhile, their parents and guardians can go on a run on the roads near the park, or buy a quick cup of coffee to drink while watching their children.

3. Pearl’s Hill City Park
For those whose idea of a good outing puts rest and relaxation at the top of the list, Pearl’s Hill City Park is the park for you. A hidden gem in the corner of Chinatown, this park is a place of calm and quiet, giving you a break from the noise and busyness of the city. While you’re there, you could rest under the Tembusu trees, or watch the stillness of the pond waters. When you’re done with your break, simply walk back into the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the city feeling calm and rejuvenated.

Makeup Brushes for a Complete Makeup Kit

No makeup kit is complete without the best makeup brushes. Complete your set with the following makeup brush essentials.

• Blending Brush – This is an essential makeup brush for applying eyeshadow because its narrow tips will soften and blend the lines on the lids.

• Blush Brush – This is a versatile makeup brush that can be used for any task, from contouring to shading. In fact, it can perform almost any task that other brushes on this list can do, that is why you should invest in a quality blush brush for makeup application on your cheeks.

• Brow Brush – This is a must-have for those who want to apply brow products, because it can be used for waxes, powder, and pomade.

• Buff Brush – This is primarily used for applying and blending liquid foundation with its rounded top to avoid visible lines.

• Concealer Brush – Do not apply your concealer using just your hands, you need to blend it perfectly on your skin using a concealer brush with tapered bristles that are easy to control.

• Contour Brush – This makeup brush is used primarily for sharpening and highlighting features on your face. Pick an angled contouring brush to have perfect control when sculpting and finishing your makeup.

• Eye Shadow Crease Brush – The pointed tip of this makeup brush makes it ideal for applying makeup near the creases of the eyes.

• Eyeliner Brush – If you need to create sharp and precise lines using your eyeliner, this brush is a lifesaver because it will work with both dry and wet eyeliners. Pick an angled eyeliner brush for a more precise control.

• Fan Brush – This is used as a cleanup brush for powder makeup, but it can also be used to apply highlights because its unique shape makes it easy to apply makeup on the nose and cheekbones.

• Flat Eye Shadow Brush – This will make the application of eye shadow easier because you can easily blend the makeup on the smooth surface of the lids.

• Foundation Brush – Don’t just apply the foundation with your fingers, because a foundation brush will do a better job with its wider coverage and smooth finish. Pick a foundation brush with a domed tip for a smooth application.

• Highlighter Brush – When choosing a highlighter brush, make sure that you get a brush with soft, packed bristles, and a dome-shaped tip to pick up enough blush, highlighter or bronzer.

• Kabuki Brush – Its size, volume, and flat top make it an ideal brush for applying bronzer and powder, or for blending your makeup.

• Lip Brush – If you want to apply lipstick cleanly and precisely, you need to use a lip brush to prevent smudges.

• Powder Brush – If you need to retouch your makeup, always make sure that you have a powder brush handy. It can also be used to remove extra makeup without messing up your face.

• Spoolie Brush – Eyebrow enthusiasts must have a spoolie brush to create full eyebrows. It can also double as a mascara remover.

20 Beautiful Hanging Plants for Your Small Garden

Need new ideas for decorating your small apartment garden? Try some of these tropical hanging plants when creating your own little patch of nature.

1. Petunia – The color palette of petunia will add magic to your apartment garden.

2. Tomatoes – Not only are they useful, they also look great in hanging baskets, especially the cherry tomato variety. The bush tomatoes also look great as ornament plants because of the hanging trails.

3. Begonia – Hang these plants near shaded areas to create a colorful garden.

4. Spider Plant – Commonly used as an indoor plant, this can also be planted in hanging baskets for variety.

5. Philodendron – This can be placed in shaded areas away from the heat of the sun to add more green colors to your garden.

6. Verbena – This can be planted in small hanging baskets and plant boxes, ideal for small spaces in apartments in Singapore.

7. Portulaca – Besides an ideal ground cover, the portulaca can also be planted in hanging baskets because of their beautiful flowers and trailing branches.

8. Fuchsia – Not only are its flowers beautiful, the variety of colors and the inverted flowers make fuchsia extra special as a hanging plant.

9. Begonia – The brilliant colors of the flowers make them ideal as houseplants, especially if you want to place them outdoors.

10. Impatiens – These small delicate flowers can create a colorful outdoor garden, making the space look bigger than its actual size.

11. Lobelia – The flowers of this plant can thrive in hot climates and will make colorful hanging plants on your apartment’s balcony.

12. Nasturtium – The delicate flowers and the large green leaves make them ideal filler plants for small gardens.

13. Silver Bells – If you want more colors in your small garden, the silver bells make a great addition to any space, whether you plant them in a box or a hanging basket.

14. English Ivy – This plant can be displayed indoors because of its variegated leaves and trails that reach up to 6 feet.

15. Million Bells – They upturned petals and hanging branches make them ideal as hanging plants for your small apartment garden.

16. Lantana – This plant is prized for its tiny purple and yellow-colored flowers.

17. String Beans – They look great on a hanging basket because the leaves spill out over the sides of the hanging basket. You can also harvest them when they’re ready.

18. Lettuce – This can be interplanted with other hanging plants that need a lot of sunlight, because it is easy to grow and is lightweight.

19. Peas – This plant can be visually appealing and will add a variety to a small garden. You can grow them beside the string beans on a hanging basket.

20. Herbs – Grow a variety of herbs in your small garden, such as parsley, thyme, basil, rosemary, lavender, chives, mind, and thyme. Not only are they easy to grow and lightweight, but they take up minimal space and can even be grown in hanging baskets.

5 Things People Often Forget When Buying a New Hom...

It was your dream house, until you notice something that you should have remembered before purchasing it. Unfortunately, many house buyers in Singapore fall in love with a property, only to find out that they have overlooked something major.

Yes, there are many things to checkout but so little time. However, if you want to avoid a major onset of buyer’s remorse, make sure to take mental note of these often-forgotten yet crucial home features.

1. Professional Inspection
Even if the property looks excellent, always bring a professional property inspector to check out every nook and cranny of your prospect home before closing the deal. A professional property inspector can spot looming damages and even pest infestation, which could potentially cost you thousands of dollars down the road if not spotted early.

2. Conveyance Process
The conveyance is the process of transferring the property’s title from the seller to the buyer’s name. You need to have the contract and title reviewed first by a qualified conveyancer before closing the deal. If you are really interested about the property, get a copy of the contract as soon as possible.

3. Loan Pre-Approval
This might be obvious, but be sure not to forget a pre-approval for the loan. This is just a letter from the lender that states how much you will be borrowing. This will help you set a realistic budget for your new home. Having a pre-approval letter on-hand will show real estate agents and property owners that you are serious and will let you move forward confidently when looking for your dream house.

4. The Neighborhood
Seeing your house during the day and the night will give you an insight of what kind of neighborhood you will have. When strolling the streets at night, you want to make sure that you can get home safely. Moreover, a community’s atmosphere can drastically change when most of the people are at work and at home. How does the neighborhood look like during weekdays? How about during the weekends?

5. Enough Space to Grow
To really make the most of your money, you need to stay put in your home for a couple of years. That is why you should think it over long and hard enough whether the prospect property can grow with you through the years. Is it possible for you or your spouse to create an office area in your home? If thinking of having a family in the future, does the property have extra rooms for your children? Is there a nearby park where your kids can play? While you want to buy a home that’s realistic in price and in size, you certainly do not want to outgrow your home too soon.

Purchasing your own home is an exciting decision to make, but it can also be a confusing process. As always, it is best to consult a property expert to guide you through the buying process.

Essential Guide to Buying Wedding Gifts

Other than watching the bride romantically walking down the aisle, proposing a toast and witnessing the couple’s first dance, giving of wedding gifts is also among the traditions of Singapore weddings. Although giving gifts is definitely a generous and thoughtful act, it can also be confusing and a bit pricey.

To enlighten you on this somehow confusing wedding element, here’s a compilation of the common concerns when buying gifts for the newlyweds.

1. “Is it okay to give something that’s not in the gift registry?”
It is absolutely okay to give gifts that are not included in the wedding registry. The items in the registry are just suggestions from the bride and groom themselves, not obligations. A wedding registry is a guideline as to what the bridal couple needs and wants. If you prefer purchasing something else, it is still advisable to view the registry to have an idea of the style or the type of items the couple likes to have.

2. “Is cash better than gifts?”
It actually depends on the couple, because there are some who would prefer cash. However, gifting cash can be tricky, since there’s no appropriate amount to give. The best you can do, if you are not comfortable about gifting cash, go for gift certificate to a store at which the bridal couple has signed up their gift registry.

3. “Is there a standard price for wedding gifts?”
There is no proper amount to spend on a wedding gift for any guest, even the principal sponsors, and no one is obliged to give a particular type of gift. And that belief that the guest should spend no less than the amount of his or her reception meal for a gift is just another myth. Let your relationship to the couple and your budget help you decide for your wedding gift.

4. “Do I need to buy gifts for both bridal shower and the wedding?”
Unfortunately, yes. That is part of your responsibility when you RSVPed for both events. If buying two gifts is too much for your budget, consider getting a group gift with other guests who are having the same dilemma as yours to help lessen the cost.

5. “How long do I have to send my gift after the wedding?”
One year, max. However, ideally, wedding gifts should be shipped to the couple’s house at least two weeks before the wedding day, so they have the time to adjust what to include and what no longer needs to be in the registry. If you end up purchasing your gift after the wedding, make sure to do so right away. Otherwise, you’re likely to procrastinate, forget and remember it five years later, feeling so ashamed that you have not gotten the couple, who are close friends of yours, a thoughtful wedding gift.

If you are clueless of what to give your newlywed friends, just remember to give something that they can use in their new home, may it be kitchenware, bedding set or any decorative piece.

5 Places in SG to Cultivate Your Cultural Apprecia...

One of the perks of traveling is the in-depth first-hand experience of a place’s culture. From the informal things such as street art, to the religious and political sophistication, a place’s culture transcends the boundaries of time. Something that Singapore takes pride in, with all its lush array of cultural intricacies.

1. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Opened in 2007, the temple’s name was derived from the sacred left canine of the Buddha. It’s believed that the tooth was retrieved in Kushinagar in India, where the Buddha’s funeral pyre is located. The temple follows the Tang style Chinese Buddhist temple design, which resembles hundreds of years of Buddhist art and culture. Public viewing of the Buddha Tooth Relic is possible but only from a designated area in the stupa. Regarded as sacred, only monks have access inside the relic chamber.

2. National Museum of Singapore
Serving as the best portfolio of Singapore’s identity there is, the National Museum of Singapore is worth the trip even before you set foot inside the premises. Housing Singapore’s lush history, its exterior rocks with a neo-classical merged with modernist architectural design. Dating back to 1887, the structure is undeniably one of Singapore’s icons in terms of architecture. Exhibits are held all year round. Cafes, restaurants and commercial establishments also cater to both tourists and locals alike.

3. Chinese Gardens
An island located in Jurong Lake, the Chinese Garden has a twin island known as the Japanese Gardens. These two are in the process of being developed into the Jurong Lake Gardens. The Chinese Garden contains culturally rich structures such as various pavilions and pagodas utilized during the Chinese Imperial era, way up in North China. The garden also contains a large bonsai collection. Another attraction is the live turtle and tortoise Museum.

4. Japanese Garden
Adjacent to the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden completes the Jurong Lake Garden. Pagodas are still present, but this time following the Japanese design. There are also picturesque arched bridges, stone lanterns, rock waterfalls and stone paths sure to catch visitors’ eyes.

5. Malay Heritage Center
Containing nine galleries of murals, multimedia displays and artefacts, the museum houses the rich history of Singapore Malays. The Malay Heritage Center was established in the Istana Kampong Glam. It was materialized through the efforts of Sultan Ali, son of Sultan Hussein Shah, approximately 160 years ago.

These are but five of what Singapore has to offer in terms of culture. Known as a collage of cultures in Asia, Singapore struck a harmonious balance of all of them. One culture provides a rich contrast to another culture, and they co-exist in harmony like the colors of a rainbow. Each hue distinct, complementary and blending just right with each other. Indeed, there is beauty in diversity. Singapore is proof.

5 Shoe Types Ideal for a Stroll

Often, our feet get the least attention when it comes to accessories. Yet in travel as well as everyday routines, they should have the most comfort. Any stroll would be cut short if your feet start killing you minutes after you’ve just walked out the door.

As long as our shoes match well with our OOTDs, we’re good to go. As they say, style is always over comfort. Or as far as fashion enthusiasts are concerned, that is. Here are five shoe types ladies must have when in the mood for a stroll in Singapore:

1. Flip flops
Since Singapore has a fairly warm weather most of the year, it’s just wise to give our pair of transport guys we commonly call our feet the breather they need. For travelers, this type of footwear is lightweight and goes well with outfits matching a sunny climate like Singapore’s. Easy to pack and easy to wear, it’s a win-win. For locals, it’s a usual must have for those last-minute strolls we like to squeeze in after a day’s work or on weekends. What better way to dress up than to dress down – comfy and stylish is the combo to go.

2. Gladiator sandals
If flip-flops just can’t stay still, you can always switch to more strapped-style sandals such as these. Not all strapped sandals go well with most chic outfits ladies prefer nowadays, so might as well try these stylish sandals that are not only good for long strolls, but also provide the elegance ladies must have at all times (or as much as possible, anyway). Usually paired with summer dresses or rompers, nobody will guess you’re trying to put comfort over style. Snug-fit to your convenience, it’s a practical choice for those long strolls.

3. Wedge
For those opting to have more height to add to their OOTDs, here’s a type of footwear sure to squeeze in height, comfort and style. Wedge sandals look pretty in any outfit, plus it keeps feet comfortably snug while indulging on those day-long walks doing shopping or sight-seeing. It keeps you stylishly up for social-media-worthy photos along the way, too.

4. Ballet flats / doll shoes
For ladies blessed with height, flats are always a go-to footwear for long strolls. Keeping your feet protected from the sun and other environment naturals, these shoes go well with both dresses and jeans. These types come in different colors, style and materials nowadays, and they’re always in as far as style is concerned. For travelers, these are lightweight so no need to worry about dragging around heavy footwear in your luggage.

5. Sneakers
Who says ragged isn’t pretty? These dress-down types of footwear can easily blend along with almost any outfit. Mostly coming in neutrals white, gray and black, these go-to footwear always make the scene when going for long strolls. They are always in-style, with comfort as top priority.

Five isn’t enough for any girl when it comes to footwear, but these suggestions definitely add to those long list of options that might just come in handy. Up for a walk through Singapore? Pick out your strolling shoes first.