I recently saw the film Lucy and at the premiere saw the trailer for an intriguing film called Boyhood. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the centre of the plot is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.

 

 

I have 2 sneak peek preview passes up for grabs for loyal DIYnamic Style fans which are valid for the weekends of  August 22 and 29,  as well as the season of the film commencing September 3rd.

Boyhood is in cinemas nationally from September 4th with weekend and advance screenings from August 22nd at Luna Leederville, Luna on SX, Hoyts Carousel and Event Innaloo. I

For more on the film check out www.boyhoodmovie.com.au.

To win 2 tickets to advanced screenings of the film you must be from Perth, Western Australia.

You must follow this blog at the below links on:

1) Twitter

2) Instagram

3) Official Public Facebook

When you have done the above please write your name and email in the comments section below so we can contact you with your electronic tickets!

Prize will be drawn on Friday August 15th. Good Luck!

 

It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway and this one is exclusive to my Perth readers. I have new Arbonne Genius resurfacing pads which are phenomenal and valued at $137! Plus a trial pack of Arbonne’s #1 anti-ageing skincare range (including foaming cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, night cream and SPF 15 day and cream). Plus a sample-sized make up primer to be won.

Arbonne skincare is formulated in Switzerland (you guys know I used to live there in 2002) and produced in America. This is not a drugstore brand, these are luxury skincare products that deliver amazing products.

To grab these gorgeous products you need to:

1) Visit the Perth-based Sarah Clark’s Arbonne website.

2) You need to like the Arbonne Facebook page.

3) You need to follow DIYnamic Style on Instagram.

4) Share this post on your own Facebook page by copying and pasting the link.

5) Follow Arbonne on Instagram.

When you have done all of this please write your name and email in the comments fields below.

This competition is open to all Perth, WA readers. The competition will close Saturday August 23rd, 2014.

 

I have paid for this treatment before. I have flown over from abroad for this treatment and I am so in love with what Browhaus do, I am sincerely looking into bringing the company over to Australia!

Here’s where I yell out, IF YOU ARE AN ASIAN WOMAN WITH SPARSE BROWS, YOU NEED THIS. YES, YOU DO. DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER TATTOOIST/BEAUTY PARLOUR BESIDES BROWHAUS, IF YOU DO, YOU WILL END UP WITH CRAY CRAY BLUE EYEBROWS (and people may stop you on the street and call you Aunty) Phew! glad I got that out.

From the time I went through puberty I became aware that my eyes were so dark and my eyebrows so sparse. I have a very high forehead and without my eyebrows drawn in, the space from my eyelids to my hairline looks like it’s almost half of my face! It’s insane! #firstworldproblems I know.

Don’t believe me. Here is a picture of me sans make up:

These are my brows after my Browhaus Brow Resurrection:

*Now do note they are newly done here and fade down by 2 shades after the first 10 days. I also opted for the “Define” treatment. You may want to go for “Natural” for something lighter.

Below: These are my brows now, 3 weeks later, with no eye makeup.

The first time I got my brow resurrection done was in April 2013. The guy I was dating then was so impressed at how much better I looked without makeup and my new brows, he actually said it was a “vast improvement” (needless to say I am no longer dating this tactless wonder). I didn’t how know to take the comment, as a compliment or an insult, so I just took it as a compliment to the team at Browhaus, particularly the therapist Lydia Li Xia Yan. This is Lydia and I below:

Every Brow Resurrection Define comes with a complimentary touch up within 3 months to redefine the semi-permanent treatment but as I was living in Dubai I wasn’t able to last time. The months whizzed past and by June 2014, I was well in need of a touch up. I was so blessed and ecstatic when my management in Singapore, Fly Entertainment, managed to book me in. I am so passionate about the treatment, I had been bugging them for months that I needed to come to Singapore just to get it done. Yes, I have flown once from Dubai and now once from Australia for a Browhaus Brow Resurrection, it’s that damn good.

I think the thing I love the most is that I can wear only some BB cream and with my brows resurrected, I am ready to walk out the door. I don’t have to be scared that people will be shocked that I am not the same “Simone Heng” they see on Google images when they see me sans make up. This used to happen a lot in Dubai.

So by now you’re wondering, what is this Brow Resurrection exactly? Brow Resurrection is a signature semi-permanent treatment, an advanced brow embroidery technique that is unique to Browhaus. Each strand is constructed to give the illusion of actual hair strands. Browhaus also uses 100% vegetable dye and a top-grade anesthetic, making it a completely safe, comfortable and near-painless treatment.  Hence, why my eyebrows have never faded blue and don’t look like a McDonald’s is sign drawn half way up my forehead (or a fivehead as I like to think of mine, because it’s so damn big).

The way the treatment is done, it creates a defined yet “non-golden arches” look because every single strand is thicker at the root and tapered off at the tips to mimic real brow hair. How do they do that? You may ask…Let me walk you through it like it’s one of my step-by-step DIY tutorials:

First the therapist draws on your brows with a super fine eyebrow pencil. Every single hair is defined to show you how the 3D-treatment will look when it’s done. This way you can see the exact shape you will get.

Here’s what my shape looked like at the end and I was happy with it. I had Lydia (by total coincidence) as my therapist in April 2013, so I trusted her completely this time. I later found out she’s one of Browhaus’ most prized therapists for Brow Resurrection. She also tolerates me speaking infantile Mandarin to her (she’s from China) and I love seeing her giggle.

From here the eyebrows are numbed with numbing cream and covered with some cling film type material. This is left for 15-20minutes until your brow area is numb. During this time, the Browhaus team will ask you if you have plans to dye your hair and if not, they will recommend you a shade of vegetable dye for your brow embroidery which best matches it. I didn’t know if I’d get to visit Singapore again in 90 days for my touch-up and I wanted my treatment to last longer than last time so I opted for a slightly darker dye this time.

Now from what I am told is going on here (I barely “feel” what is going on here, because it’s almost painless), Lydia is using the finest multi-pins to craft life-like brow strands into my brows following the lines of the shape she drew in with pencil earlier. The vegetable dye is then deposited into the skin. This process is done within 40-45 minutes.

As you can see. I couldn’t be more happy with how my brows turned out. I suffered only 1 week of minor scabbing and took home my after care kit and followed it religiously. They recommend no swimming, sauna, steam baths or excessive sweaty exercise (I gave up my long runs) for 2 weeks. No facials for at least 2 weeks and of course no tanning (which let’s face it, none of us smart girls who want good skin do anyway)!

Thankyou so much Browhaus for another reliable treatment. I had so much fun giggling with Lydia that I got the boyfriend threaded straight after. He needed some giggle sand grooming! He said the brows were amazing and not blue as he feared! LOL. I cannot recommend this treatment enough to women in the public eye especially, who have no brows. I will be going back every year for this.

Here’s a limited offer specially for my readers!!
Quote “Simone Heng” to redeem a Brow Resurrection Natural Trial at $300!
Only available at the following outlets – Browhaus 100 AM #03-06, Raffles City Basement #B1-17, Raffles City Street Level #01-15, Westgate #03-23 & Holland Village 18A. For bookings, please call Browhaus call centre at 6471 2769 (BROW).
Valid for new brow resurrection customers till 31 July 2014 only.

I recently caught up with a high school friend Petrolyn Vanessie upon my return to Perth. Petra had contacted me when I was in Dubai about her designs from her label Petra Vanessie. She was so sweet and I was delighted to see how much her work has matured since I last looked at her first collection. She gifted me this amazing blazer that you may have seen me in here:

I teamed the Petra Vanessie blazer with jeans from GAP and a t-shirt from COS.

This gorgeous blazer can be worn so many ways:

Shoes by Mango. Pants by Mersels (lovely gift from the team). Top by Portmans. Necklace by BYSI.

Pants by C.Wonder (lovely gift from them). Shoes Vintage. Blouse by Gisella Blu (another lovely gift).

Top by Forever 21. Shoes Vintage (my mother’s). Pants by Wardrobe.

Top by GAP. Necklace from C.Wonder. Shoes by Vince Camuto (a gift from them). Shorts from Mrs Brown Vintage.

Shoes by Seed. Top by Portmans. Jeans by French Connection but DIY’d here.

Here’s the best part, the designer of this amazingly versatile piece, Petra Vanessie, has offered me a $100 voucher to give away to her store.

To win all you have to do is:

1) Like the Petra Vanessie Facebook Page.

2) Follow me on Instagram.

Contest closes on June 14th. Contestants must reside in Perth, Western Australia.

Thankyou to the amazing Paula Fitzgerald for the photography.

You may have noticed that my blog looks a little different. We have finally migrated to the new brand DIYnamicstyle.com and we have new pages as well. To celebrate I am so excited to give my Perth readers a “reel” treat. Excuse the cheese. Check this out:

I had seen the concept to this sort of screening overseas but am so excited that the team at GProShaw Events have bought it to Perth. This is exactly what we need to envigorate the entertainment scene here. Imagine Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” come to life with a live cast, themed venue, concert production and live music plus champagne on entry.

Tracey Shaw, the wonderful woman behind the event, is also a lady after my own heart.  I met her while I was MCing Perth Runway for a Cause and she shared for me her love of costume design, she’s even sketched my outfits from #whatimwearinginthestudiotoday along with the costumes she’s creating for the screening of Moulin Rouge. How totally DIY!

So here’s the great part, I am inviting you and a friend to attend the Australian PREMIERE of Reel to Real’s Moulin Rouge as VIPs. These tickets are valued at $95 each and include a private function, canapés and champagne. You can also get dressed up in your favourite character from the film and rock it like the cast of dancers.

VIP guests arrive for a private function at 6.30pm to indulge in French canapés and champagne. General admission is 7pm with a complimentary glass of bubbly, live music, raffles and prizes for best costume!

Tickets on sale NOW! http://www.showticketing.com.au/events/event/reel-to-real-presents-moulin-rouge/

To WIN all you have to do is:
1) Like the GproShaw Events Facebook page so you can be in the loop on their events.
2) Share the link to this blog on 2 of your friend’s Facebook pages who live in Perth.
3) Follow this blog on Instagram.
When you’ve done all the steps above, simply write your name and email in the comments section below. The winner will be notified on Saturday June 7th and must live in Perth, Western Australia.
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