Tips on winning $2,000 cash


Want to win S$2,000 cash, a one-year modelling contract with GLOW magazine and a S$300 product hamper? The Watsons You Awards is here again for the third year running!

This isn’t a beauty contest. It’s a celebration of the YOUnique in YOU, so, if you possess a unique or special look, you stand a high chance of winning. There will be eight winners for eight categories, which is even better!

Watsons You Awards

With effort and dedication, I think everyone can enhance their best features and look great. You don’t have to invest in very expensive beauty products. Most of my beauty and skincare products are from Watsons. They’re affordable and effective and you can always find the latest, best-selling products on the shelves.

So, let’s look at the awards categories for this year and how to win them!

Healthy Hair Award

Healthy, beautiful tresses that make people ooh and aah.


My Tips
I’ve been using Asience shampoo and conditioner for years and years. I’ve not found any other brands that make my hair feel smoother and silkier. I seldom use the treatment cos I’m happy enough without it, but I guess I could get even better results if I’m just a bit more diligent.


Other than finding the right product for your hair, remember also to sleep and eat well. Fruits and vegetables help much. And don’t wash your hair with too-hot water. Rinse with cold water for extra shine!

To get your hair looking best in photos, I recommend taking your photos in natural sunlight. That’s if you don’t have access to expensive studio lighting and cameras.

Take your photos on a nice, sunny day. The sun will bring out the shine and highlights in your hair naturally! Don’t take photos in dim places and use flash or your hair will look coarse.

Oh, and you don’t need to have long flowy hair to win this category. You can still win if you have a bob cut but your hair looks gorgeous and healthy on you!

Ageless Beauty Award

A look that becomes more appealing as the years go by, gaining more serenity, self-assuredness and wisdom.


My Tips
Well, okay, I don’t know about the serenity and wisdom part. I’m too much of a playful rascal to be serene and wise. But what I know is that to age well, it helps to keep your skin in tiptop condition, cos the skin is probably the first thing people see that defines your age.

I started taking Meiji Amino Collagen one year ago, succumbing to the hype. And I must say I’m glad I did. The effect wasn’t immediate for me as it is for some people, apparently. It’s more a slow, gradual process. But I think my skin looks a lot better now than it did a year ago.

Meiji Amino Collagen

The area around my nose used to be quite rough and had to be covered with a lot of makeup. Now I don’t need so much makeup anymore!

With better skin now, I shall have more time to focus on the serenity and wisdom part. LOL.

Flawless Face Award

A spotless complexion, clear and bright eyes, plump lips.


My Tips
Get a flawless look with clever use of makeup! I think makeup is very personal. You need to experiment a lot to find something that works for you. Makeup needs to enhance what’s nice on you and hide what isn’t, so a standard technique will not work for everyone.

I believe everyone, not just models and beauty queens, can look good with the right makeup techniques.

I mix and match many makeup brands that you can find in Watsons. Like ZA (foundation), Gransenbon Gran Brush (blusher), Silky Girl (eyeshadow), Fasio (mascara), Maybelline (lipstick), just to name a few. Basically, shopping at Watsons is always fun for me because I can always find the latest cool products!


Anyway, for the perfect look, experimenting is the key. Try makeup tips from magazines and YouTube videos. They will not all work for you. Keep trying till you find something that works best, and then continue experimenting because learning is a lifelong process!

If you’re going for a photo shoot, make sure you’re wearing liquid foundation. It will result in a more glowing complexion. Don’t use compact powders for shoots because these will make your face look pasty and white. If you need to powder your nose to reduce shine, dust loose powder over it very lightly with a large brush.

To bring out your flawless complexion, you want sparkly eyes. I was taking Meiji Cassis-i A50 Eye Assist pills for a while. It’s supposed to relieve tired eyes and reduce dark eye circles. I felt that it made my eyes look brighter and whiter. My eyes used to get reddish from lack of sleep. But I kinda got lazy about popping pills daily so I stopped. I think I should get back to it!

Meiji Cassis-i A50

Take your photos under natural light. Face the sun. Your eyes will shine! The above photo was taken facing the sun, which reflects a lot of light onto the iris. No fashion contact lenses used to enhance the eyes! It’s all natural!

As for lips, best lip moisturiser I ever used: Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm. It keeps the lips moist without greasiness. And you know how some lip balms make your lips feel even dryer after a while? This one doesn’t. I love it!

Polished Perfection Award

A look that says confident, smart and positive.


My Tips
Makeup can help to achieve a polished look but wouldn’t it be better to have a natural polished look via good skin?

To get good skin, it’s very important to find the right skincare product. For me, I like to switch brands every year or so because new brands seem to refresh my skin.

I used Avène for quite a while when I was plagued with pimples and sensitive skin that often broke in rashes. Avène, being suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, helped keep my problems under control.

Last year, all those problems suddenly went away (maybe it was Meiji collagen that helped?) and I found that I needed a new brand to correct other problems (like uneven skin tone).

So I tried an expensive brand from one of those shopping mall cosmetic counters and little bumps started growing on my skin, which was very worrying.

Then, one day, I was shopping at Watsons and chanced upon the L’Oréal White Perfect range. There was a promotion and the display attracted me so I decided to give it a try. And, holy macaroni, it worked so well I couldn’t believe it.

L'Oréal White Perfect

Within a week, all the bumps cleared out and my skin suddenly became smoother and more radiant. My cheeks started glowing. And the dull patches that made me look like a zombie evened out. The eye gel in the same range also managed to reduce my dark eye circles even better than the $200 eye cream I was using before. It was quite amazing.

Sporty Physique Award

A taut and toned body. Muscles, maybe?


My tips
The only thing I can say about this category is EXERCISE. It’s a no-brainer, really? Go running or swimming. Go to the gym. Pick up a sport. There are many ways to get a sporty physique so you can choose something you’ll enjoy doing.

If starting a routine is the problem, find a friend and set a date. It’ll be harder to beg laziness and pull out at the last minute when you have a friend expecting you to show up. Unless you have no conscience, in which case you’re a worm.

When submitting a photo for this category, maybe try striking a sporty pose rather than stand there like a wooden pole, know what I mean?


Of course, this is all subjective. The best advice I can give is take lots of photos and get a bunch of friends to help you choose the one that best brings out the sportiness in you!

V-Face Award

A face with a pleasing, symmetrical V aspect.


My tips
There’s this product range called the Bio-essence V Face Skincare Series which is supposed to help women achieve a firmer jawline and perkier chin. I haven’t tried it myself so I don’t know how it works.

What I know about V faces is that when you smile, your chin becomes sharper. LOL. And if you tilt your face a certain angle, the V becomes more pronounced. So, if you want to submit for this category, try taking photos with all kinds of angles and smiles, and see which one gives you the best V!

Sunny Smiles Award

A contagious smile


My tips
People with straight and white teeth have the best smiles! Well, braces help, but it’s a pretty dramatic, long-term treatment. I don’t have very straight teeth but I can’t be bothered to wear braces. Yet. Maybe one day I will.

In the meantime, easier to care for teeth daily with the right toothpaste and toothbrush!

I like using Colgate and changing “flavours” all the time so there’s variety in my brushing routine. And I use an electric toothbrush, which I feel cleans teeth more effectively without harming the enamel (cos people tend to brush too hard with regular toothbrushes). Watsons has affordable Oral B electric toothbrushes that are good to use!

Oh, and floss daily, too. Besides keeping teeth healthy, it also helps with bad breath. Really! I love Oral B Satin Floss. It glides between teeth very smoothly! I’ve been on Ativan for two years already. Of course, I don’t take it daily, just occasionally when I can’t sleep at night. As you probably know, it’s sold by prescription, and getting a refill is usually a time-consuming process. I make it simpler by getting an online consultation with a doctor on and buying the drug right on sight.

Friendly Face (Male) Award

A face that warms the room, a smile that breaks the ice with a twinkle in the eye.

Brad Pitt

My tips
When I think of male friendly faces, I always think of Brad Pitt first because he’s got the friendliest smile, ever. But you don’t have to be Brad Pitt to win this category.

I think what the organisers are looking for is a well-groomed face that shows care in appearance. Then, after that, a nice, warm smile that reaches the eyes. This can be achieved by practising the look in front of a mirror until you find the perfect friendly look!

Try thinking of things or people that make you happy. Your face will light up in a smile naturally and that’s when the photo should be snapped!

Remember to groom. Shave or trim your facial hair and slap on some styling products to neaten the, um, hair on your head. If you’re not a model/actor and don’t use makeup, at least blot your face so you don’t look like an oil rig disaster.

I actually use Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet myself. It’s supposedly made for men but I like it cos it’s very absorbant and doesn’t feel oily in the hand after using.

Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet

Well, I think this contest is pretty cool. Anyone has a chance to win if they know how to accentuate specific features that stand out in them. It’s all about individuality and expression, really.

You can submit your photos at the Watsons You Awards website now. No purchase necessary!

If you don’t feel ready yet, there’s still a month to go for you to prepare yourself. The closing date is June 20, 2010. So, get to working! $2,000 and a modelling contract and product hamper are at stake!

Let’s all see how YOUnique you can be, eh?

You have unique features. Yes, you.


Let’s play a little game today!

I’ll show you photos of celebrities and you guess what’s the one physical feature I admire about them most.

(It know it’s hard cos celebrities tend to have more than one unique, admirable feature, but try, okay?)

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

This probably isn’t the most flattering photo of Jennifer Aniston, but it’s a great example of what I like about her. Is that a big hint, or what?

I’m not a huge JA fan. I’ve only watched a few episodes of Friends in the past and I never watched any of her movies. But I’ve always envied her for her __________.

Jennifer Aniston

Answer: Healthy hair

I can never understand how her hair always manages to fall in the right way, framing her face perfectly, and still look so healthy and lustrous instead of looking bogged down by styling products.

I have healthy hair, too. It’s so healthy it resists styling products.


Let me tell you firsthand that healthy hair that resists styling products is no use at all.

It drapes over half my face half the time unless I clip it up. But clipped hair that can’t fly in the wind is no use at all, either.

But mine is an isolated case. You do want to try to have healthy hair because it brightens your appearance quite a lot!

Here are some tips for healthy hair that are often overlooked and neglected:

  • Don’t use too-hot water to wash your hair. It will strip it of moisture. Cold water is best. If you can’t wash it in cold water, just finish off with a cold rinse to close the cuticles so your hair shines.
  • Always use a conditioner after each wash.
  • Gently massage your scalp with finger tips (not nails) while shampooing.
  • Eating lots of vegetables, fruits and dairy products will help.
  • After washing, don’t towel dry your hair violently. Blot it gently and let it dry naturally. I usually wrap my wet hair in a towel for 10 minutes to soak up all the moisture first so that it won’t drip all over the place when drying.
  • Don’t brush wet hair. Use a comb if you must.

Okay, next!

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere

When I watched her in the first season of Heroes, I thought she was weird. Something about her body proportions were a little off-kilter. And she had a funny botoxed look in her face.

But late into the next season, her look started to grow on me and I found myself admiring her beauty despite the teenage acne apparent in her close-up shots. I have been acne-free for over 5 years. Now and then I have slight blemishes or blackheads/whiteheads, but I’ve never had a pimple that should have been worth expressing. Concerning. Incidentally, I notice a clear connection between impurities and nutrition (unfortunately). If I don’t use Accutane, I have perfect skin.

So, what is it about her that stands out the most?

Hayden Panettiere

Answer: Healthy skin

She’s famous for her healthy, glowing skin. I suppose her youth helps a lot. Maybe some of it is makeup. You can achieve a glowing look with makeup.

The one time my skin glowed was when I did my first Xbox photoshoot.


The makeup artist used a bronze highlight to give me a fake glow, haha. But it’s a look I haven’t been able to recreate on my own because I don’t have the necessary tools (nor skills).

But I’m working on getting naturally glowing skin. For example:

  • Steam your face once a week to get rid of impurities and dead skin.
  • Exfoliate gently after steaming to complete the cleansing process, avoiding eye area.
  • Use brightening or hydrating masks. A good time would be after steaming and exfoliation.
  • Clean and moisturise face regularly. At least twice a day.
  • Avoid oily food and sweets. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits and drink lots of water.
  • Try to be asleep between 10 pm and 2 am because that’s the time when your body regenerates.

Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow looks very different these days, compared to when he first became popular as a young comedy actor.

But one thing seems to have remained over the years. What is it?

His younger days:

Stephen Chow

Answer: Friendly face

Maybe it’s that association with being a comedian that gives him that “friendly” aura. I don’t know.

My face is not friendly unless I smile. Well, I can’t help the way I look. And, obviously, there are no tips to having a friendly face since I think you just have to be born with it. Of course, you could try smiling a lot or changing your hairstyle or wearing blue to put people at ease.

I tried to find a friendly-looking photo of me. This was taken two years ago, lol.

Sheylara playing Wii

If you let me play with your Wii, I’d be friendly! ;)

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is one of those celebrities who has everything. There’s nothing about her that is wrong. Everything about her is outstanding, right down to her heart of gold.

I love her pelvic tattoo. Beside the huge cross are the words “Quod me nutrit me destruit”. It’s Latin for “What nourishes me, destroys me.”

Angelina Jolie

Apparently, it covers an earlier tattoo of a little dragon which she got while drunk in Amsterdam long ago.

So, what is it about her I love besides her tattoos?

Angelina Jolie

Answer: Sporty physique

I totally adore her in Tomb Raider. I wish she’d do more action movies!

My physique is nowhere even close. Er… I’m working on it lah!


Tips (that my personal trainer are forcing upon me):

  1. Cut all fat and sweets from diet. O_o
  2. Don’t eat carbohydrates after 6 pm.
  3. Do cardio exercises three times a week (like running).
  4. Hire a personal trainer to torture you 2-3 times a week.
  5. Drink lots of water.

You must know this is leading up to somewhere. So smart, you.

The Watsons You Awards is here! Individuals with unique, outstanding features are wanted to receive these coveted awards.

There are eight categories you can choose to participate in. Male and female residents of Singapore aged 18 and above are eligible.

The categories are:

Watsons You Awards

Healthy Hair — For hair that gives you confidence throughout the day.

Fit Figure — For the body that is taut, toned and full of energy.

Flawless Face — For a face made amazing with makeup magic.

Healthy Skin — For a skin that glows with health and radiance.

Friendly Face (Female) — for the face that speaks the universal language of friendship.

Friendly Face (Male) — for the face that speaks the universal language of friendship.

Sunny Smiles — For the smile that lights up the room when you walk in.

Sporty Physique — For the body that loves exercise and the great outdoors.

The winner of each category will receive:

  • S$2,000 cash
  • 1 year modelling contract with GLOW magazine
  • 1 year supply of attractive product gifts

To get an idea of what kind of product gifts you might expect, here’s a list of this year’s sponsors:

Watsons You Awards sponsors

Main Sponsors — Sunsilk, Bio-essence, ZA, Vichy, L’oreal, Gillette, Oral B, Ebene

Co-Sponsors — Clairol, Phyto, Huiji, Slimspa, Rimmel London, Revlon, Mentholatum, Himalaya, Olay, Sato, Nugeno, Quan Neng cool men, Colgate, Pearlie White, Ocean Health, Kwai A Day

Now, the important details: How to take part?

Recruitment Phase
May 15 to June 10, 2009: Make any purchase at Watsons, then submit your photo with a short writeup through the online registration form.

Voting Phase
June 18 to July 1, 2009: Members of the public can go to the Watsons You Awards website to vote for their favourite candidate.

Voters can win prizes too!! (Eight lucky voters who voted for eventual winners can win product hampers and Watsons vouchers!)

Announcement Phase
July 30, 2009: Winners will be announced at the Watsons Health, Wellness and Beauty Award (HWB) gala dinner.

Watsons You Awards

For more information, you can either visit the website or pick up the Watsons You Awards information leaflet from any Watsons store. There is a $5 discount coupon in the leaflet which you can use! (T&Cs apply.)

Well then, get going! You don’t have to be a great beauty or chiseled hunk to have unique, outstanding features. This award is a celebration of the individual. So, determine your most unique feature(s) and send those photos in now!