It is less than 1 week to Valentine’s Day and if you are still not prepared, you are in deep trouble haha. Read the post here for my quick guide on finding the perfect gift for HER.
This Valentine, whether you are spending it with someone special, I urge you to show more love to yourself. Your self worth or confidence does not come from anyone but from yourself. Have a splendid day filled with love and remember to make time to do things you enjoy too.
For every grooming talk I give, I can’t emphasize enough that make-up is to enhance your features and to hide your flaws, don’t over-do it. Almost no one recognize that this is me =.= Remember to embrace your beauty girls! You are more beautiful than you think you are.
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!
“Singapore is a melting pot of culture and diversity, so what better way to experience our multi-cultural nation than through our food? Here’s a list of my favourite go-to places for some yummilicious food for yourself or any of your guest.”
“A picture says a thousand words; blog shops provide a platform to list all their items at one glance. Pictorial representation works so much better as it comes along with styling tips; and here’s my a list of my favourite blog shops.” – MFP Blogger Jacelyn Phang
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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.
Visited The Local People Art Flea to support local designers and entrepreneurs last Friday and was pleasantly surprised by the huge turnout for the event! Tanjong Pagar Railway track was massively packed from the entrance and I could barely moved from stalls to stalls inside.
As someone who has always been interested in entrepreneurial activities, I am really happy to see Singaporeans supporting local businesses. I considered myself extremely blessed to have been able to be on the prestigious NUS Overseas College (NOC) program where I had the opportunity to study in Fudan University and interned in a start up company of my choice in Shanghai for a year. The overseas and internship experience in a start-up was enriching and life-changing. It changed my perspective of life, and I am so glad I get to live my entrepreneurial dreams now that I am managing Le Queenz too! #supportlocal
Anyway, the flea had many handmade items and if you would like unique accessories, quirky items and indie products, you will definitely love the flea! More importantly, you will also get to support local entrepreneurs with dreams together with the courage to pursue their dreams 🙂 To find out more about the local people’s upcoming flea, follow them on @thelocalpeoplesg on IG or follow their Facebook account here. (P.S. I do not get paid for saying these and this is not a sponsored advertisement)
Outfit of the day is my first denim overalls from PurPur that is so casual and chic. For the month of March, they are also having a 10% storewide discount + additional 10% off if you purchase a minimum of 2 pieces; so shop away!
Dressed in a full outfit from Pur Pur, featuring a blue floral frills tube top and a D-ring white skorts. I like that the outfit is feminine and chic at the same time, it is perfect for everyday wear and even to casual dinner dates. The versatile top can be worn two ways, either as a tube top or an off-shoulder top depending on how you like it. Either way, it’s perfect for our tropical climate and you can show off your collarbone at the same time (think fun and sexy!). The skorts is both girly and convenient for you when running errands; there’s going to be zero worry about up-skirt situations.
Follow me on Instagram (@jacelynphang) to see more outfit inspirations. Meanwhile, have fun shopping; there’s no reason not to happy when you could be shopping 🙂
Shop at any of Purpur store here or follow Purpur Instagram (@purpursg) / Facebook here to be updated of new fashion inspiration.
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.