That is “Hello, how are you?” in japanese language! It’s been 1 month since my visit to Aoyama Hair Studio and if you haven’t seen my new hairstyle, here’s showing you my new kawaii look. Can’t help admiring this new change and looking twice in the mirror every time I walk past a reflective surface (mainly to check if there’s a hole in my fringe heh).
<REVIEW> It is my first time using Althea’s product and if you haven’t heard of this brand, Althea is an one-stop shopping destination where you can get authentic Korea beauty products at a reasonable price. If you are a fan of Korea beauty trends, you need to know this site.
(SP) Real beauty comes from within. Besides having good thoughts and kindness that will shine out of you, I think true beauty is reflected through healthy and glowing skin. If you are keen to enhance your external appearance and get better skin, QYRA intense care collagen drink has been proven to be more effective than normal topical cosmetics.
Here’s sharing 6 Big Reasons why you should try QYRA:
(1) Clinically Tested
Photo Credit: HerWorld
Made in Germany and safe for consumption; QYRA Collagen Drink has been clinically tested on more than 100 women, and they have shown visible effects and improvements for their skin after a short period of taking the drink. The clinical test result revealed that the consumption helps delay skin aging process, and participant’s skin also became visibly firmer and smoother.
(2) Reduces cellulites in 4-6 months
As we age, our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down; and the magical ingredient in QYRA is called Verisol (a scientifically proven Bioactive Collagen Peptide) that can enter the deep dermal layers of the skin to help improve our skin from within. Collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity, and the good news is you can intake good collagen orally to help your skin cell repair and renew normally. However, please also remember to cut down on unhealthy lifestyle habits like eating a diet high in sugar, smoking or even being under the sun for prolonged period of time which depletes your natural collagen level!
(3) Reduces wrinkles in 1-2 months
A very small bottle (2.5g), the QYRA collagen drink if taken over a period of one month, can produce measurable effect on supporting skin metabolism, reducing wrinkles and improving skin elasticity.
(4) Intense moisture
A significant percentage of the human body is water, and when your skin is sufficiently moisturized, it feels soft and young-looking. Restoring and retaining moisture are my top priorities in my skincare routine, and I couldn’t be happier finding a way to top up the moisture level for my skin in such an effective manner! 🙂
Small and portable, the packaging of QYRA Collagen Drink is so easy to be brought around in my daily routine! I usually carry at least 2 small bottles with me (so that I don’t miss drinking it when I am on the go) whenever I am out and I don’t even feel the extra weight in my bag.
(6) Simplify your skincare routine
In general, QYRA Collagen Drink is such a wonderful skin enhancer product. Easy to drink, it has a light tangy flavour which is very appealing in taste. Most people think that it is difficult (or even impossible) to enhance attractiveness without going under the knife, but you can actually get younger skin by taking in the right supplements. For people who hate taking tablets or pills (ME!), rejoice as QYRA is so pleasing in terms of taste and it cares for your skin in a way that application of topical creams can’t.
In case you are wondering, there are a total of 21 small bottles for drinking in each package of QYRA Collagen Drink. At a promotional price of $76.50 (original price $85), you can get yours to try from www.360activ.com. Eager to try? You can drop an email to email@example.com to get your complimentary sample today!
Wishing everyone a happy and bountiful new year! If you had always had questions on laser treatments, watch my latest interview with Dr Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics. Stay beautiful in & out everyone! ❤️
Attended MicaBeauty’s Know Your Skin private event with my beautiful Cindy two weeks back, and was introduced to the varied skincare and make-up products from MicaBeauty.
A U.S. brand, MicaBeauty, it carries 100% all natural cosmetics and I was won over with the Jewels range, which is an anti-aging line with organic extracts (including gold dust, diamond dust, pearl dust and gemstone dust) to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Never too young to start equipping myself with these anti-aging tips yo!
Through the session, I learnt about Mica’s minimalist approach to skincare and that Mica is actually an ingredient that imparts a sparkly white appearance to cosmetics and personal care products. By the way, the Jewels line is both luxurious looking and highly coveted.
Here, I am holding on to the Gold Plasma Night Recovery Serum. It is a late night recovery treatment to fight signs of aging, allowing you to wake up to a more beautiful skin every day.
What amazed me that session is this Volcanic Sauna Masque that is powered by heat technology. The volcanic ash ingredient helps absorbs oil and debris trapped deep within pore, which is to my delight as I get small pimples on my face very easily! So I love anything that can deep cleanse my skin. The masque is recommended to be used with the Recovery Activating Serum, and the warm feeling generated by the serum feels so comfortable and good on the skin. It is like hot sauna for the pores! Volcanic ash is known to have many benefits which include reducing cellulite, sun damage and even wrinkles. I tried the masque on my hand that session and my hand felt so sparkly clean without the aftermath tightness that other brands of masks leave.
MicaBeauty also has a series of mineral make-up products, consisting of all-natural powders and minerals to suit all skin types. I chose a couple of their glittery eyeshadow colours (see below for the insane number of colours available!) which I am saving to use for CNY; so, do look out for reviews on my IG (@JacelynPhang) to find out how I rate the products!
MicaBeauty is located at Chinatown Point #01-13 and Vivocity #02-162, feel free to check them out if you are around the area. 🙂
Here’s wishing everyone a prosperous and beautiful year ahead in 2017! Happy New Year friends!
(SP) It’s been awhile since I last updated this space as I had been tasked for several overseas assignments by my company to conduct the Mid Brain class in different cities. This time I am back in Singapore for two weeks and I hope I can complete as many work as I would like.
Before I go for any overseas assignments, I would like to get my eyelash extension done as it saves a lot of my make up time. This is extremely important because I can sleep in a little longer and save A LOT of my time on eye make-up. All I have to do is dust some loose powder on the face and brush a little blusher on the cheeks; and I will be ready for my day!
I was invited to Lushlashh which is centrally located at 13A Bali Lane.
Stepping in, the outlet is spacious and roomy; there is also a waiting area with sofa, so whoever who is accompanying you for the session can wait comfortably too. I am super afraid of the cold, so I love that I can tuck under their comfy blanket when I am on the treatment bed while getting my lashes fixed.
Here’s a quick guide and some tips for you to note if you haven’t done eyelash extension before:
Have an idea of what you want
If not, fret not too; before the treatment, you can speak to the therapist to understand the lashes they have and pick one from their selection. I like my lashes dramatic otherwise I see no point in doing it. In my opinion, if you want something that others can barely notice, you might as well just use a mascara to achieve the same effect for yourself. But not everyone thinks the same, so Lushlashh has a variety of choices for you to pick. As for myself, I decided to go for C-curl 12mm for a natural yet WOW effect.
2.Never open your eyes during the treatment
Lushlashh specializes in strand by strand eye lash extension using products directly imported from Korea. Applying a full set of lashes takes about an hour so you get to have a shut eye while having it done. I think I fell asleep halfway haha. Do avoid opening your eyes during the application so that no glue will get into your eye!
3. Always check the eyelash extension results
When it is done, always check the mirror to see if you are happy with the results. There were some strands that were wrongly glued to my lower lash line, I told the therapist and within the next 5 mins, I have the perfect lashes I have been looking for! At Lushlashh, you can be sure you get to be happy with how the lashes look before you leave the place.
4.Avoid oil-based make up remover for a lasting results
For a lasting result, avoid using oil based products or makeup remover around the eye area. They could weaken the adhesive glue and cause lashes to fall off.
My overall experience with Lushlashh was good. They were thoughtful to use an eye mask for the eye instead of using painful sticky eye tape for bottom lashes. I like that the eye mask could help to rejuvenate and brighten my dark eye circles while I had my extension done. Most importantly, I like the outcome of the extensions! The lashes were feathery and light, I didn’t feel that there was anything that was weighing down or making my eyes uncomfortable.
Thank you Lushlashh for keeping my lashes fluttery and ready for any work trips!
To book an appointment, contact +65 85685268.
Their operating hours are: Mon – Fri: 1030-1930 (last appointment), Sat 1100-1730 (last appointment).
I had taken a break from blogging as I was busy for the competition of Miss Singapore International (MSI) 2016 which happened just awhile ago. Prior to the competition, I was so busy juggling work and the trainings; I had so many breakouts multiple times a week (the thick makeup I have to wear made my skin so much worse too :(). On a usual basis, I battle with small pimples on my forehead, but this year, (to my horror!), I’ve started having a few big pimples on my cheek and chin area together with some stubborn red marks from old breakouts.
For awhile, I relied on over-the-counter products but quickly I realized they don’t treat the root problem of acne, and they take very long to decrease inflammation. Dryness of the skin usually comes with it too.
That is when I decided I needed to sought professional help and here I am back with trusty Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics.
Why I like visiting Halley Medical Aesthetics:
For customized solutions that address my specific skin concern. This visit, Dr Tan professionally designed a “off the menu” laser treatment specially for me.
There are no downtime solutions for me! I can get treated and go up and about for my daily schedule right after the treatment.
After a comprehensive consultation, Dr Terence Tan customised a no downtime laser treatment combining two different lasers to address my acne concerns and improve my skin texture. The first was a long pulsed laser treatment to treat acne by clearing and rejuvenating pores. The second was a Q-switched laser to minimise pigmentation. The treatments came in timely as I was just one week to the finals of MSI competition and I want nothing but perfect skin for the big day.
For any treatments to be effective, the first step has got to be thorough cleansing. Halley Medical Aesthetic has an experienced and professional team that always make me feel at ease when they work their magic. I was comfortably lying down on their reclining treatment chair, while Dr Tan’s assistant helped with the removal of my existing makeup. The facial cleanser they use removes impurities on the surface skin and helps prepare my skin for the treatment thereafter.
The red spots on my face are actually acne marks that have been there for a long time. As a perfectionist and someone who is in the beauty industry, I am emotionally disturbed every night by the presence of such unsightly scars. I am sure many of you will know what I mean because these tiny scars take what seems like FOREVER to lighten or even disappear.
The first part of the laser treatment is the long pulsed laser prescribed for me by Dr Tan because it can accurately focus on small spots with very high energy. The aim is to target the specific problematic spot without harming the surrounding tissue. The whole process was almost painless (discomfort level is 1 out of 10 with 10 as most uncomfortable), and the whole procedure was so relaxing, I hardly felt any discomfort or pain. Along with the laser therapy, Dr Tan used another hand piece that provided a constant stream of cooling air to cool and provide comfort on my face. So imagine an intense cool stream of air like air con being blown on your face during the entire therapy, the feeling was so SHIOK (sorry for the lack of a better word!)!
Dr Tan’s professionalism always wow me every visit as the process is usually very quick, fuss-free and delivers results. He chats with me during the process to make me feel very relax.
The second treatment is the Q-switched laser, it is made of extremely short pulse duration and it targets very small pigment cells and particles. Comparing the two lasers, this second one has an tapping effect that could be felt. You could feel short pulses of energy being directed on to your face. Discomfort is only a low 3 out of 10, where 10 is the most uncomfortable. The process was quick; it took only around 5-10 minutes to cover the whole surface area of the face. The two laser treatments combined makes it perfect for a lunch time rejuvenation or an express acne recovery treatment when you need it.
What I love about this treatment? There is no redness, bruising, blistering and pain AT ALL. Throughout the process, I could almost fall asleep. Also, I am so impressed that Dr Tan is so meticulous! He wouldn’t miss any spots; I have some acne scars below the area where the goggle was covering and Dr Tan would lift the goggle up to make sure he covered every single spot.
For the two laser treatments, there are no needles or anaesthesia involved. It took only 20-30 minutes for the whole face. Anyone of any age who suffers from acne, acne scars or enlarged pores are recommended for this procedure. The laser treatment stimulates deep collagen production to improve the scars from within. As mentioned by Dr Tan, laser treatments improve the skin, but it will take a few sessions, hence, expectations need to be managed when undertaking this treatment to clear or remove your acne concerns.
In summary, this procedure is safe, has no side effects and no downtime. After only one treatment, I could visibly feel that my skin is brighter and smoother. The cost for each individual treatment is at $370 each. For optimal results, minimise exposure to the sun right after treatment and repeated visits are recommended!
Here’s a photo of me taken right after the treatment, and you can see that my face is practically glowing even without makeup. I was ready to go for my next appointments for the day too!
On a side note, here’s presenting to you the First Runner-Up and subsidiary award title Miss Elegance from Miss Singapore International 2016. A big thank you to Halley Medical Aesthetic for taking care of my skin needs for me to look perfectly flawless before the audition (when I did my fillers) and attentively taking care of my acne scar marks just 16 days before my finals.
I always feel the best doctors are those who care about your concerns and find the most suitable solution for you. Thank you Dr Tan for making me feel at home whenever I am at Halley Medical Aesthetics! For my readers, if you had been plagued with any skin issues, be empowered to improve things and learn ways to achieve the perfect skin you have always desire too!
Our eyes are the window to our souls; it is often the first feature that catches another person’s attention when meeting someone new. Our pair of eyes can scarily also tell many things, whether it is your age, emotion or health. As beautiful as our Caldecott queen Zoe Tay is, it is hard not to spot her fine lines around her eye area on High Definition television now. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Zoe Tay and I love that she advocates aging gracefully, yet wrinkles are sometimes still a little bit distracting for me. These fine lines scream AGE.
My issue is not so much for the wrinkles YET, but for the longest time, I had been battling with sunken eyes and dark under eye circles due to poor blood circulation around my eyes area. Eye bags could be caused by a variety of different reasons, including diet (high salt intake), lifestyle (late nights), stress, dehydration and genetics. As we age, the eyes are usually the first area to show signs of aging and fatigue since the skin around the eyes is the thinnest. Correcting this problem is what I have always wanted; read here to see part one of the story “Jacelyn X Halley Medical Aesthetics: Consultation on my 1st EVER filler”; and in this second blogpost, I’ll be sharing more on the Filler Process and Results.
Expert opinion from Dr Terence Tan
For my situation, I knew I don’t want to correct the loss of volume around my eye area with a surgery; I was looking for something that has the wow factor, which is quick and easy with NO DOWNTIME.
For a non-surgical approach, Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics suggested Restylane Perlane and Restylane Vital, a kind of hyaluronic acid base filler, for my treatment. The filler can help to fill up indentation, improve tear troughs, and remedy imperfections under the eyes. When Restylane is injected, it helps to make the eyes appear better-rested and fuller.
Restylane is a biocompatible and biodegradable product, which means that it is not harmful to the body and is broken down and removed from the body naturally. In other words, it is SAFE to be injected into human body. Together with the use of this “Magic Needle”, this procedure is recommended by Dr Tan as one of the most effective ways to reduce under eye bags with no down time.
The procedure only took 10 minutes, it was nothing nerve wrecking or scary mainly because Dr Tan would always take time to explain each step of the procedure to me. I rested on a comfy big chair with a comfy towel covering my legs, and was surprised by how minimal the pain was.
A cooling numbing cream was first applied on my eye area followed by the application of an ice pack. When Dr Tan started the procedure, I didn’t even feel the needle poking underneath my skin, I was still smiling to the camera, because I didn’t feel any pain at all. To be honest, my tolerance of pain is rather low, you would most probably hear me screaming from the top of lungs even if I accidentally hit onto anything (whether it is the edge of the table or the corner of a chair). Yet, with Dr Tan’s careful and intricate application, the process was NEARLY pain-free.
Dr Tan used the “sandwich technique” which involved injecting the Restylane Perlane, which is a firmer filler below for lift first before injecting Restylane Vital, which is a softer filler to smooth out the fine wrinkles. This resulted in a more natural look.
Dr Tan starting the procedure and injecting the fillers
As the eye area is generally more sensitive, I was expecting bruises, swelling, or redness; but I got NONE of these at all.
I absolutely saw a difference in my eyes and with the new enhanced volume; you can see that my skin around the eye area is revitalized INSTANTLY. The “hollowness” under the eyes disappeared and there is also a notable enhanced cheek area.
I was smiling ear to ear in this photo which was taken immediately after my filler procedure because I am SO pleased with the results.
1) There was no surgical scarring for such non-invasive treatment
2) There was no overnight hospital stay and I could get on with my normal daily routine right away!
3) This means no time off work and NO DOWNTIME!
4) This would also mean that I would use less time on my make up routine to cover my eye bags (which always seem to look unnatural anyway).
In my opinion, for whatever procedure that you are keen to do, it is very important that you do it with a highly experienced and trustworthy doctor. Even though fillers seem like a simple and low risk injection, it really requires the right skills to target the proper depth and anatomical safety boundaries to get excellent results.
My personal reason for liking Dr Tan has got to be his professionalism. I actually turned up at Halley Medical Aesthetics for my fillers appointment one day before my Miss Singapore International 2016 auditions. However, upon knowing this information, Dr Tan rejected and refused to do the filler injection on that visit. Side effects as mentioned include swelling, bruising and redness; and Dr Tan would rather not have me take the 5% probability of bruise factor which might affect my performance for my audition the next day. He chose to do the right thing instead of proceeding with the procedure.
Unlike other doctors who do not give personal touch, I find it comfortable with Dr Tan because he would always try to understand the requirements of his patients better before suggesting any procedures. Knowing that I am very conservative when it comes to appearance enhancing procedures, he did a great job educating me about the information of fillers, its risks, its effects, and addressed every fear I had about it.
All in all, no matter how far you would go for your pursuit of beauty, always be safe; and I know I am in safe hands with Halley Medical Aesthetics.
For those who are interested in the cost of the products used for me, it is as below:
– 1 syringe of Restylane Perlane $780
– 1 syringe of Restylane Vital $650
For more information, book for a thorough consultation with Dr Tan and their contact information can be found below.
A stone throw away from Kallang MRT (5 – 10 minutes walk), Dermis Cosmeceutical is convenient for those who stay in the east side. A small and cozy place, I am greeted by Loreen when I went down to the outlet who nicely introduced the service and the equipment about my treatment to me.
Frankly I was a bit shocked when my therapist, Jane, said she noticed that there were horizontal lines on my neck and suggested I try the DEEP RF neck lift treatment. At my age, it should be pretty unusual that I have such lines and the appointment became a timely reminder to start taking care of my skincare needs of my neck too! P.S. You could see the visible lines on my neck in the photo below.
REVIEW OF THE TREATMENT
A skin rejuvenation and skin tightening treatment, the whole session was using a hand piece to go around your body part of your choice (i.e. from neck, arms, tummy, thigh), it’s a warm sensation that you feel throughout the treatment. There were points where I felt that the warm sensation gets a bit unbearable (the treatment is most effective at around 39 degrees and it gets quite hot for me when it is close to that temperature) but Jane was always checking on me to make sure everything is okay, and she will adjust it accordingly to your comfort level. For the neck treatment, you can also expect that there is some pressure from the handheld equipment presses against your throat. Pain level I would rate it a low 3 out of 10, where 10 is the most painful.
Jane first did left side of my neck for me, and it was pretty amazing that I could see the tightening and uplifting effects almost immediately. This treatment helped contour the unfavorable fatty areas seen around my neck area, and I could see that the neck muscles on the left side starts tightening and eliminating my existing neck bands. I left the salon with a youthful and tighter neck contour that amazes myself too.
With FDA clearance, this Endymed Plus equipment and treatment is totally safe and induces minimal pain. For the instant results, I would have loved to try for the other areas like thighs, tummy and arms next time too.
For friends who have neckbands and necklines, no words from me would be as effective as meeting Jane in person. For her age, she has no necklines at all!! Making her the greatest testimony on how effective the treatment can be when done consistently. P.S. the photo above was taken days after the treatment and lines could hardly be seen.
To check out Dermis Cosmeceutical, you can look them up on Facebook here or reach them at 6846 1105.