Wear A Sparkle with Xanna Reis


This year, I spent my Christmas with my beloved family and it was simply a great time we had. I was so glad that most of us managed to find time to spend this together.

The end of the year season was literally the busiest time for us ladies, despite the festive holidays. We all had to scramble to groom ourselves immaculately for the parties and dates which awaited us, having to make sure we look our best when we meet our friends and relatives we haven’t seen in a long while. Coming next will be another slew of occasions, such as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

What did you wear for your Christmas and year-end parties? How did you choose to glam up your outfits? Today I would like to share with you an exquisite piece of jewelry I chose to accessorise one of my favourite looks.

Thanks to Xanna Reis, I was given this pretty pair of ear candies – named Pastel Ringing Candies – which goes really well with many of my outfits.

Can you see how my ear candies make a classy finishing touch to my look? I really like the details of this piece especially the combination of pastel colour with rose gold. The sweet colours on my ear candies brighten up my look immediately in a subtle way, which I love. And it’s very easy to mix and match with many styles I have in my wardrobe.

These ear candies, named Pastel Ringing Candies, will only be launched in the next collection, so pop over to LIKE their Facebook page here for more updates.

As a woman, I believe in investing in exquisite little jewelry pieces that will exude your femininity and charm, such as the ones I’m wearing from Xanna Reis. Depending on your style, you can choose more classic and simple designs for an everyday look if you like.

A little more about Xanna Reis. It is a newly launched online jewelry store, boasting of the finest selection of ear candies. From Austrian crystals to pearls to sterling silver, the workmanship is excellent. I really love how the crystals on my ear candies sparkle in real life.

You will be surprised at how donning a sweet nice pair of ear candies makes you feel much more feminine at once. I hope you find your own pair of ear candies which brings out your charm!

Love, nira

Peace of mind to breastfeeding


Finding the right products for your breastfeeding process is important, especially when it comes to breast pump as there are many different types and quality to choose from. The good one will help you keep your milk supply flowing and not causing any pain. For me, I always prefer electric pump than the manual.

I started pumping as early as second day after giving birth to baby Terena so that she can benefit from my supply even when I’m not around with her or need more sleep. She has been bottle-fed (with breastmilk) as early as 2 days old and at least every two days.

And recently, I’ve started using this Silent Electric Breast Pump by Pigeon.

It’s a very quiet pump with silent motor that allows me to express breastmilk without disturbing my sleeping baby in the same room, and of course doesn’t cause any pain as well.

It has a good suction strength which is adjustable. The Advanced Sealing Air Cushion also helps to painlessly stimulate a steady let-down of breastmilk. There is no backflow feature and only few parts to assemble; making it easy for pumping and cleaning. This product is easy to carry around with me because of its lightweight. Their price is very affordable compared to many other brands too.

Good breast pump should come with good nursing bottles too.

And yes, they are essential tools for you (and your babysitters) when you are in a situation where direct breastfeeding is temporarily not possible such as during illness etc.

Makes me even happier to introduce you more good stuff: Peristaltic PLUS™ Nursing Bottles – a new nursing bottle designed to mimic a baby’s natural sucking behaviour and minimise nipple confusion.

Based on extensive research on feeding babies, Pigeon bottles stimulate the three key steps of a baby’s natural sucking motion; enhances the peristaltic movement – the unique undulating motion of a baby’s tongue, which removes milk from a mother’s nipple – thus encouraging the baby to employ an unerring sucking pattern, cultivating healthy sucking behaviour.

The bottles are made from sophisticated materials, meticulous measurements and production methods, and uniquely crafted with roll-free bottle hoods.  In addition, the Peristaltic PLUS nipple is made using a thick silicone rubber which is flexible and soft for your baby to drink with comfort.

I’ve been using many different milk bottles from Pigeon but this is currently my favourite. My baby seems to love and manipulate it very easily as if she was breastfed directly from me. I strongly recommend you to try them.

The Silent Electric Breast Pump and Peristaltic PLUS™ bottle (comes in two sizes) are available at leading departmental stores, supermarkets and baby product stores.

Give the needs to both, you and your little loved ones.

Love, Nira

New hair, rebonded

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If you want you hair to look good, it’s going to take some work. Look at my hair now and you probably have no ideas how bad my experience was with hair rebonding.

First time I got my hair rebonded many years ago, it turned out to be a big disaster. My hair was very damage with a lot of spilt ends. It took me more than a long time to fix that so I was afraid to do it again.

However, I want my hair to look good everyday without having to straighten the wavy parts, and also to save time. After much thoughts and consideration, I decided to go down to my new hair sponsor, Combhead at Plaza Singapura and get better suggestion on this from the experts.

Soft rebonding would be a good choice for my hair type instead of normal rebonding. Normal rebonding will make my hair look too flat and too straight like a broom. That’s a NO for me. Honestly speaking, I kinda have a phobia for rebonding since my first experience was pretty bad. I have been taking really good care of my hair so those effort shouldn’t go to waste right? Most importantly, I trust my new sponsor right after my very first visit. They have technicians as a specialist, and hair stylist separately. This is to make sure you have higher chance to achieve exactly what you want yet keeping your hair healthy.

Insteading of rebonding my whole head, they suggested me to do only certain parts from the root to middle part and avoid the ends; to achieve natural looking straight hair with my natural wavy ends to compromise the look. Here’s the result.

Need I say more how much I love my hair now?

Process took about 3 hours in total. What I enjoyed most was great hair wash because the way they do it surprised me. I know many salons give head massage but at Combhead they pay attention to details on every points. Talking to a massage lover like me.

Not only the atmosphere makes me feel like home with a spa but I love how the staff treat their customers as well; friendly yet professional. Working with nice people is enjoyable.

This is my favourite spot and it supposed to be their makeup services area. They also have a private room if you want one.

Oh yes, they like to spoil their customers too.

If you are curious, Liz was the one who did my rebonding and haircut by Phyllis (above). Price for soft rebonding is around 280-350 depending on your hair length.

You can check out their Facebook here or call 62388044 to book your appointment, located at Plaza Singapura #04-31.

And again, thank you for making me feel very comfortable and great results.

Love, nira

Get Your Bottom Slim

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Getting post-pregnancy body in shape is now on top of my list.

With a normal lifestyle habit I’m having now, it’s not good enough to get rid of those excess body fat because some areas are just really difficult to reduce, especially after giving birth.

I get my weight down but still have a problem with the flabby tummy and excess fat in the thigh. The biggest nightmare it is to me because I love wearing shorts, skirts, dresses, jeans or anything in tight fitting. And I won’t look good in those without having a slimmer and slender lower body. Being a mom doesn’t mean I’m no longer need to take a good care of my body shape right? No one wants to look pregnant when they are not.

I’m about to share with you one amazing experience I’ve had at Bottomslim. They are known as Pioneer in lower body slimming to helps trimming away additional bulge.I went to the City Square Mall branch at B2. The Ambience was cozy and simply nice.

It started off with a consultation to personalize my lower body analysis in details to find the suitable treatments. The main concern for my body is to get rid of flabby tummy and the appearance of cellulite on my hip and thighs. So I was suggested to have APL-09 and then URF-55.

APL-09 works like a vacuum and is mainly for my tummy and hip areas. You might feel a bit of pain depending on the areas. The more cellulite on specific areas such as thighs and buttocks, the more pain you might feel. I don’t need anything on my tummy. This treatment helps to:

  • Contouring and correcting figure shapes
  • Reducing appearance of cellulite, water retention in localized area, stretch marks and scars.
  • Soften and liquefy fat deposits with photolight therapy. Red endo light to repair cells and strengthen collagen elasticity

The result here.

Next treatment was URF-55, and is more for the thighs. You might feel very warm with no pain at all. I actually liked this treatment as it felt like oil massage. It helps to:

  • Liquefy fats into free fatty acids ( breaking down of stubborn fat ) to reduce body fat percentage and appearance of cellulite
  • Stimulate collagen production within skin for firming effect and increase blood circulation.

And the result.

The difference right after one treatment is amazing. More curves at my waist areas and more firm on lower body. You might experience some redness after the procedure and it’s very normal. It should go away in a few days. But for this, you don’t have to go under the knife. However, do take notes that you still need to eat healthy and exercise.

They also give me this slimming product as a complimentary (not included in a promotion).

Love the scent, non-greasy and extra-light on the skin. It helps to maintain the body’s curve, tightening and toning.

Are you interested now? Here is an exclusive promotion for my readers. BottomSlim x Nira August National Day Special:

Q:  Name a part of your body you would like to slim down: tummy, hips, thighs, calves or buttocks?

All entries are entitled to:

  • 5 Targetted BottomTrim Treatments worth $1288
  • In celebration of National Day, First 48 receive a complimentary Travel Slimming Set worth $388+
  • National Day Lucky Draw: up to 48 sets of $50 Sephora Vouchers to be won!

Please leave your details here. T&C apply. You can check out more information on their current promotion or available locations here.

Getting good shape has never been easier. I hope you will be happy with the result like I did. Thank you Bottomslim.

Love.- nira

Keep the Frizz Away


Do you need to straighten your hair so often because your hair is too frizzy to wear it natural?

Especially for very frizzy and curly hair, you need to use high heat but it will also damage your hair at the same time. Having beautiful hair day after day is not an easy work unless you know the keys. And those are, the right tools, the right techniques and of course the right products.

I have a bit of frizzy baby hair on the front and top of my head. Thanks JOHN FRIEDA, the No.1 hair brand in UK. I have recently tried their Frizz-Ease range and it works for me.

Full Frizz-Ease range.

After using their shampoo and conditioner, my hair become more smooth, hydrated and easier for straight styling that lasts up for a day. It smells great and the scent last long too.

But out of all products from this range, my favourite is Leave-on hair serum. I use it on damp hair and blow dry after. It isn’t greasy in my hair and helps to reduce my frizzy baby hair too. This product has won many beauty awards in US and UK. 1 SOLD EVERY 30 SECONDS! 

Do check out more information on products from different ranges here. You can purchase John Frieda products at selective Watsons, Guardian, and Cold Storage outlets.

If you have fizzy hair problem, feel free to leave a comment (with an email) and you might get one product from Frizz-Ease range to try out. Giveaway ends next Friday 2/8/13. Applicable for those who reside in Singapore ONLY.

Every woman wants a healthy and manageable hair.

Love.- nira