AGNES Treatment to Get Rid of Stubborn Acne and Pimples

Author: Alexius Chua

Being a guy used to be easy. Men were known to keep everything to the basics, just one hard soap is enough to scrub from head to toe, without a care in the world, much less on appearance.

But not now.

I’ve got many skin problems, and one that irks me the most is pesky acne and pimples. It is a skin condition triggered by overactive oil glands. When pores are clogged with too much sebum produced by the oil glands, the pimple pops up.

Have tried a million different things – changing different pimple creams and facial wash, and visited polyclinic for that birth control pill prescription twice, with little or temporary success. What results is dry, sensitive skin and scarring on certain areas. I thought that every option to eradicate this problem has been tried and failed, there is nothing I can do except to watch my diet and hope for the best.

But I was wrong. The solution couldn’t be simpler.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

Thankfully, Dr Ryan Tan at Aesthetics Central Clinic at Clarke Quay Central is here to the rescue. Dr Ryan suggested AGNES Treatment for my first acne treatment. It is a permanent, non-surgical solution to treat my stubborn acne.

Separated to 2 days, on the first day Dr Ryan will use a special device called AGNES to administer radiofrequency energy precisely on specific problem areas. This tiny burst of electrical energy will cause the affected oil gland to shrink and produce less oil.

On the second day, acne extraction by the beautician.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

First, Dr Ryan demarcates the acne areas – an important step as there are 100,000 good, normal functioning pores, and only about 300-500 diseased damaged pores that are always getting inflamed and infected repeatedly. Dr Ryan inspects at every single pores and selectively selects the problem causing ones for treatment.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

Next is the numbing shots, which to me felt like ant bites. Okai to be honest there are jabs on certain areas that woke me up from slumber (Yes I am that tired lol), but his assistant used a vibrator-like thingy to numb area while Dr Ryan administer the injection, making it much less painful.

AGNES Treatment for Acne
The same 1% of the pores on the face are responsible for causing 90% of the acne

Then comes the AGNES treatment, which felt like a breathe of sunshine as compared to the previous numbing shots. Its amazing considering its a special needles but there’s no feeling at all, perhaps partly thanks to the numbing shot taken earlier. Dr Ryan zaps only 1-2% of the thousands of pores, so good thing is I won’t be experiencing any dry skin or flakiness after the treatment as compared to other solutions!

AGNES Treatment for Acne

It is completely pain-free during the AGNES Treatment. Although the machine sound might be somewhat distracting with its constant beeping, it is all in all a pleasant virgin experience for me.

The treatment takes about one and a half hour from arrival to exit, so it is quite fast and, more importantly, painless for me. Although I experience some redness and swelling immediately after the treatment, it doesn’t stop me from going out for dinner. Of course, I must remember to hydrate, moisturize and sunscreen.

AGNES Treatment for pimples

One month after the treatment, the redness has subsided and I am quite pleased with the results. The zapped problematic pimple areas have no recurrence so far and there is no drying or sensitivity. My face also felt much less oilier than before. Understand that, depending on person to person, it may require 1 to 3 treatments or more to prevent new acne from forming from existing healthy pores.

And the best thing of all, it is permanent, so no need to compare between harsh pimple creams or taking medication that is not ideal for kidney again!


Aesthetics Central Clinic Address:
8 Eu Tong Sen Street #11-89 The Central Office One, Singapore 059818
For appointment, please call (+65) 6221 8221 or whatsapp (+65) 9726 8856

The Body Shop – All in one!

Attended a pampering session by The Body Shop just before Chinese New Year and you would definitely be happy to hear this.

They have quite a number of new products that you would like to try on your hair, face, or hands!

Vitamin E is one of the hot selling categories in The Body Shop. And in addition to the Vitamin E family is the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil with their highest concentration of wheatgerm oil.

With a unique texture, this non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula delivers fuss-free, instant skin comfort!

I know oil means greasy and oily and trust me, I hate apply oily stuffs onto my face. My initial question to the lady who dropped a drop onto my skin was “Why does it still feel a little oily?”. She confidently told me to continue rubbing it and it will leave me nothing but smooth skin. Indeed. That was it. Smooth and soft, no tinge of greasiness could be felt.

You can either apply it directly to your face or input 1 – 2 drops of it into your moisturiser.

You can now sleep and moisture the skin at the same time!

84% of the women in a study felt that their skin get replenished and 87% of them agreed that their skin felt softer the next day. Talk about radiancy, 76% experienced a more radiant look.

The next talk is their Spring Trend Collection.

In this collection, you will be able to find Shimmer Cube Palette in either Pink or Bronze, Lip Gloss in Vanilla or Rose and Hair Chalk in Pink or Blue.

Priced at $9.90 each, The Body Shop® Hair Chalks are an affordable way to get gorgeously colourful hair. The shimmer cubes are available for $36.90 and the 12ml lip glosses $16.90.

Let’s play with colours!

Hair Chalk had been around for quite some time already and they can be quite damaging to the hair or messy to apply.

The Body Shop has now come up with 2 bold colours – Tickle Me Pink and Falling For Blue.

Unlike other hair chalks you see in the market, it does not come in the form of a chalk but more like an eyeshadow, making it neater and easier to apply in just 3 steps.

1. Place a towel below the intended area.
2. Gather a section of hair and place it on the colour pad and glide down.
3. Seal the colour with any hairspray.

Get the colour on your hair for some fun and wash off the colour with any shampoo once you are done with the day!

Here is Miwitch, happily trying out Tickle Me Pink.

The Shimmer Cube Palettes are really cute because you can detach each of the cute from the box.

Each palette contains four subtle iridescent shades to mix and match. Crease-resistant and suitable for contact-lens wearers. They are dematologically and ophtalmologically tested.

Swatches of the two palettes.

Verlyn and me while waiting for Nadia to be done with her make up.

Nextttttt, the original and iconic body butter is now available in uplifting blueberry!!! They are available in stores from 10 Feb onwards.

You will never forget your first body butter experience! The Body Shop introducted their first body butter in 1992 and now, they offers over 20 varieties of Body Butter in fruity, nutty and floral scents.

Also available in Shower gel, Body lotion, Body Scrub and Lip butter.

One tub is sold every 2 seconds. The blueberry series comes with a blue berry bath sponge. So cute!!

Just so you know, the body butter offers up to 24 hours of skin hydration, and the skin-soothing butters are full of unique ingredients, scents and textures to suit all preferences.

Good for your skin and good for the world, each Body Butter is made with the finest ethically-sourced ingredients from the four corners of the globe for the ultimate skin nourishing experience.

Also available in Body Scrub which is priced at $30.90 for 200ml. Both the look and smell taste/smell like blueberry. And I like berries.

Scrub before you butter!

Each Body Butter from The Body Shop contains at least one ingredient sourced through its socially minded Community Fair Trade (CFT) programme. Through this programme, the beauty retailer buys the highest quality ingredients directly from small producer communities around the world, paying a fair price that enables families and communities to invest in their future.

Hair, skincare and make up, all in a post. Hurry up, go and test them out yourselves at The Body Shop stores now! 🙂

My skincare regime

CNY is over (for me) and Valentines’ Day is next.

How good do you want to look on Valentines’ Day is pretty much dependent on how good the skin is. You need good clear skin to complete the whole look other than just putting make up on. And this starts from the very basic – hydrating your skin, feeding your skin well.

I have very basic skincare routine and this is definitely for people who are as lazy as me!

1. Lotion – Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Lotion
2. Super Hyaluronic Acid – Hada Labo Moist Essence EX
3. Hada Labo UV

I always start my day by cleansing the face. Wash, tone, moisturizer and then sun block! It is very important to apply the lotion in the morning as it helps to balance the pH of your skin and prepares it for moisturizing.

1. Lotion – Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Lotion
2. Super Hyaluronic Acid – Hada Labo Moist Essence EX
3. Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Mask (one to two times a week)

This Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Essence is a Winner of COSMO Beauty Grand Prix 2012! It was also awarded in 2013 by her world Beauty.

I always wake up to good skin day after I started using this (not to mention about an allergy outbreak last month. My skin had an allergy reaction to other products because I forgot to bring my skincare products out for a staycation).

You may feel that I am exaggerating or saying good stuffs about these products because I am the ambassador for Hada Labo. I am very proud to be the ambassador for the brand, but I wouldn’t lie and say the products are good just because of that. I am proud to be the ambassador because their products are really good. Tested and proven by yours truly 🙂

You don’t need expensive or many products to achieve good skin.

Try Hada Labo! I am all prepared for Valentines’ Day.

Are you? 🙂

Collection Cosmetics is now in Singapore!

I really like exploring make ups and will never hesitate to review or try on new makeups. So just few days ago, I went to the media launch of Collection. This is one of the top make up brands in the UK and now, it is finally available in Singapore!!

They had so many dazzling make ups and lip stains that totally made me go gah gah. I am really a sucker for lip stains.

However, the first range which caught my eye yesterday was these glittery colourful eyeliners. I could feel parties and christmas in them. lol.

You can also dab some onto your fingers and apply them like some glittery eye shadows.

Eyeshadows. Can I just have all of them please? Different palette can create different looks. Totally digging the first 2 on the left.

And now, to my favourite lip stains!

This is the lip gloss series which I applied on that night. I had a pinkish base (from one of their lipstick as well) and top it off with the first lip gloss on the left to create a wet and pouty look.

This series caught my attention because it comes with a mirror at the side so you can actually apply it anywhere, anytime, conveniently. You can save the hassle of looking for a toilet just to re-apply the lip colour.

Swatches in order as seen in the picture above. I like the 3rd from the left and 2nd from the right! As you can see, I love reddish tones more 🙂

One more highlight from the range is the illuminating lights! It lights up automatically when you open the tube. So you can apply it when you’re in the dark as well. Clubs maybe?!

Call me a mountain turtle but these lip colours look like markers to me. And being said that, they are extremely easy to apply! It’s exactly the same on how you would use a marker. And so does the effect. It gives off a matt finish but leaves your lips colored and pouty.

Next up is this cute little cream puff! The tube is really as cute as it’s name.

It is available in 4 different shades.

So we were required to test out the products and create a pop diva look with them.

For me, pop diva is red lips and rosy cheeks.

So here’s me with my usual make up.

Still me, before any of the products were applied.


I drew a longer and waved eyeliner with their waterproof eyeliner and ended it with their bronze glittery eyeliner.

Black eye shadow was also applied minimally.

As for the cheeks, I used the bottom left and right for the warmer feel. Although I know it looked more like the 2 tones above, but I guess it was all because of the lighting.

Also, don’t you just love the lip colour in the picture? OMG. I am so going to get that lipstick.

The side profile of my face looks really sharp here. Hahahaha. Not sure if I love all make ups or do I just simply love Collection.

Just some information on the prices, Collection Cosmetics are pretty valued for money because they are cost slightly lesser but has a huge range of different varieties. You really can’t get bored with them because they have a lot of colours which you can create the different looks with.

As funky and as pop as the picture below!

You can find Collection at selected Watson’s outlets

Ngee Ann City, North Point, Star Vista, United Square, Tampines Mall or Toa Payoh.

Visit them at their Facebook page for more information: or their website at

The Body Shop Christmas Edition

Had always felt that The Body Shop is one of the easiest and best place to get Christmas presents due to the large variety and the long history of the brand.

And this year, I was invited to their Christmas Launch and the whole theme was an old school theme to support The School Project by The Body Shop.

The body shop has been supporting education for over 20 years and through their Community Fair Trade programme, they have helped a lot of children over the world by investing in the building of schools and provision of teaching materials.
The Christmas edition is back again this year to spice up the festivities so you can spoil yourself everyday.

There are three scents to choose from – Ginger Sparkle, Vanilla Bliss and the Cranberry Joy.

I can’t make up my mind whose first. The Vanilla or the Cranberry. Both of them were REALLY GOOD.

To each his own, Ginger was quite a hot pick as well!

For every collection, it contains a Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, Heart Shaped Soap, Body Butter and Body Polish.

Items are sold individually. So you can decide what your friend may need. Very ideal and valued for money if you’re buying them for Christmas presents. I like milky stuffs and scents. Hence, I really really love this Vanilla collection.

As for the Cranberry Joy, you can see a cute little Canberry Joy Lip Balm at the bottom right. It is said to be slightly tinted as well. The Lip Dome only cost $12.90! The cranberry scent has a really sweet smell.  And I love all my scented make ups or perfume to smell fruity.

The ginerbread man can be found in the Ginger Sparkle collection which makes the whole outlook so christmas-y and cute!

The body butter is retailing at $32.90 for a 200ml tub. The gentle, special edition body exfoliator (Body Polish) is beautifully fragranced with the zingy Ginger Sparkle scent and contains Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia. It will only leave your skin soft, smooth, and ultra touchable.

Another good news, The Body Shop’s Sparkler is back!!

Also take note of the brush on the right. New Shimmer Bauble & Slanted Kabuki Brush can also be found in their new collection! It is said to be perfect for all skin tones! So, no matter dark or light, you can just try it!

You can decide if you want an Icy Plum or Golden Brown look for Christmas this year.

I love how the 4 step smokey eyes set are sold ($39.90)! You do not have to carry so many stuffs out just to make sure that the make up stays, all you have to do is to bring the palette out!

I love both, but I would love the Icy Plum look more!

As for the Lipstick (Colour Crush), retailing at $22.90 each, I gotta admit that I love the both of them equally. I am a sucker for lipstains.

They also have adorable Christmas Sets available for sale for the normal collection. You can save some time on packaging because everything is already nicely packed!

I love their Body Butter. Who doesn’t?

It is always nice to help the less fortunate. It is even better to be shopping and helping them out as well. I hope this entry has also given you more ideas for on what to get for Christmas this year! You really have to check the new collection out.

They will be in stores from November 2013 onwards.

The dress I wore that day. Courtesy of

Simple Spotless Skin Range

Simple is definitely not some new brand. The first time I used Simple was when I was in London and my skin was flaking like crazy. A friend recommended me to try Simple – Hydrating Light Moisturizer and I kept using it even when I was already back in Singapore.

Today, Simple has come up with another new range – Visibly clearer sin with NEW Simple Spotless Skin Range.

The new range provides a gentle yet effective solution for acne, the bane of good skin.

What do you do when you have acne/pimple breakout? Most of you would quickly apply antiseptic lotions to ease the inflammation. But many a times, do you know that chemicals like those could be really harsh on your skin? It could even result in a more severe breakout!!

For people who apply makeups (or even if you don’t), it is important that your skin is cleanse properly. Excess oil and impurities have to be removed from the skin so that they do not clog up the pores, causing undesirable consequences.

With proper cleansing, the skin will look healthier, following radiance. Only when your skin is clean, they are able to absorb the moisturizer and other products effectively.

This range contains no perfume, colour or harsh chemicals so that it is also suitable for acne-prone skin rather than causing more irritation to it.

The range emphasis on proper cleansing and is specially formulated with Zinc PLA which helps to moisturise and regulate sebum production. Chamomile, which is also found in the range soothes the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.

First up is the Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash. The face wash has microbeads inside for better cleansing by unclogging the pores and removing hidden dirt. It also has antibacterial effect which could be one of the cause of acne breakouts.

Products with antibacterial effects can be really harsh and causes the skin to be red and dry. But for Simple, they focus on gentle cleansing. Hence, this is also perfect for people who have dry or sensitive skin.

Followed by Spotless Skin Rapid Action Spot Zapper. This handy roll-on is tough on the spots but gentle on the skin. It helps to reduce the spot redness and size without irritating the skin.

You can try applying it at night and wake up to find your spots looking smaller in size. It is also said to see visible results in just 4 hours.

The roll on application also leaves the skin cool.

You can also find Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes and Simple Spotless Skin Deep Clean Cleansing Pads in the range.

The cleansing wipes is the key product in the new range which score high for its ease to use and the convenience it brings. Just wipe your face and neck with the product to remove make-up traces and impurities that can cause spots and blemishes.

I used to use cleansing wipes before removing the makeup with a milk cleanser for double cleansing purposes. I would also strongly recommend this to people who sweat often or people with oily skin. It wouldn’t hurt to use a piece of two during the mid day to wipe away the sebum or impurities on your skin after half a day of work.

The cleansing pads complete the whole cleansing regime by targeting the t-zone area which is prone to blackheads and blemishes. You can use the pads after a face wash or the cleansing wipes. No rinsing is required after the wiping. It aims to clean out clogged pores and exfoliate skin. There are 60 pieces of pads in this small container. Definitely worth your money.

After reading through all these, shall we head to the stores to try them out?

Simple Spotless Skin range is available exclusively at selected Watsons stores with starting prices as low as $13.90!

Let’s go spotless!! We want clear skin!!

Timotei Media Launch – Ensuring shine for your hair

Attended Timotei Media Launch and had the first hand introduction to the brand. Timotei is not a new brand in Singapore. It was launched in 1980s and made its name through a winning shampoo formula of pure, natural herb extracts that is renowned for its mild yet nourishing properties.

Welcome back Timotei!

Each bottle of Timotei condition/shampoo (400ml) is only retailing at $6.90 at selected Guardian Stores including ION Orchard, Paragon, Plaza Singapura, 313@somerset, Tanglin Mall, Suntec City, VivoCity, Serangoon NEX, JEM and Jurong point.

They have different shampoos and conditioners like Shine Recharge, Intense Repair or Delicate/Intense shampoo.

The latest range is not only Paraben-free but also contain extract of Jericho Rose that helps breath life and energy into even the dullest, most unmanageable hair.

The ancient plant can survive for years in West Texas desert under extreme conditions and regenerates instantly with the first drop of rain. WOW. So be sure that Timotei can delivers superb hydration and anti-aging properties to keep your hair strong and shiny.

Shine Recharge was the most hot selling one back then. It is suitable for normal to dull hair. The shampoo is infused with natural sesame oil extracts that freshens up your hair and boosts shine.

I thought I was going to be alone for the launch until I met Verlyn there.

There were 2 parts of the activities where you can choose to build your own terrarium or have your hair pampered with Timotei shampoo first.

She went to get her hair washed and head massaged.

while I happily build my first ever terrarium. I really find this meaningful because a little life was given to me. I put this jar on my desk so that I could watch it grow everyday.

Instant prints were also given to us on the spot!

Timotei believes in treating the environment with the utmost respect and uses 100% PET recyclable packaging that is made from 25% recycled material. This certainly gives you an additional reason why you should use Timotei!

Change of hair color and am satisfied!

Went back to SalonB for a change of hair color because I can no longer stand my ugly hair.

I was very confident that SalonB would give me exactly what I want. C from DRx advised me not to colour my hair unless they leave the scalp untouched. I told Oscar that and he assured me that the scalp would be safe.

Here are some photos of my old and gone hair colour.

Black on top and brown streaks at the bottom. Too untidy.

I was deciding on an ashy shade of brown but not the too extreme kind because I don’t want to end up with very dry hair as I already have coarse and dry hair in nature.

He recommended me the latest Illumina Colour by Wella.

Would really like 9/60 but I went for 8/1 instead because your hair always look healthier when it is in a darker shade. And the latest Illumina Color range gives your hair a greater shine after coloring.

The whole coloring process only took me less than 1 hour but Oscar suggested me to do a hair treatment on top of my scalp treatment.

Nioxin products were used for effects for thicker, fuller and denser looking hair by reducing hair loss due to breakage, delivery of denser looking hair, amplification of hair texture, strengthening resilience of hair against damage and removal of follicle-clogging sebum from scalp.

It is essential for your scalp to be clean and healthy so that new hair can grow healthily. Hence, I would recommend scalp treatment at least once a month.

The entire process was a very cooling treatment on the upper part of the head.

While on the lower part, of the hair, Privy was applied for the hair treatment to leave your hair silky smooth with healthy shine.

An additional 30 minutes for both treatments….

After washing and blow drying.

I was totally SOLD! I could see my hair looking shiny instead of the dullness which I brought in with when I stepped into the salon.

Also really loving the colour. Neither too loud nor too dark. The colour gave me a more feminine look.

I can totally apply a dark brown shade of eyeliner instead of black now.

I only have one stylist and one big salon to thank for making me look like a doll.

Oscar was really gentle with me and extremely skillful as he was able to give me what I wanted with his magic hands! And SalonB for always, always, making me leave the place with a smile.

Salon B is located at 1 Nassim Road #02-03 Singapore 258458.

To avoid disappointments, call them at 6836 5855 to make an appointment 🙂

ONL by sOmang Midnight Regenerating Hydro Intense Sleeping Cream

Other than the event coverage of the previous sOmang event that I had attended, I am also reviewing their new products – Midnight Regenerating Hydro Intense Sleeping Cream! Yay~

Check out the event photos here !

ONL was brought in to Singapore by sOmang on April this year and in Korean, it now means a range of high quality skincare and make-up products aim to improve your lifestyle and build the confidence you never had!

This new range helps to regenerates skin cells more quickly by providing natural healing therapy for the tired and disheveled skin caused by daily pressure and stress.

By stress, it includes the oxidative stress, lack of sleep and etc.

I really need these products a lot because the only time where I can really relax is the only time where I can sleep.

My favourite product in the entire range is the Midnight Regenerating Hydro Intense Sleeping Cream!!

I do not like to apply creamy and greasy stuffs on my face because I do not like the oily texture of it. Let alone applying a generous amount of sleeping cream on my face for 8 hours :O

However, this sleeping cream is totally different. It is a light water-based cream that provides deep hydration with anti-wrinkle and whitening effect while you are in deep relaxation.

It contains Natural Herbs like lavender leaves, lemon balm leaves, rosemary leaves and chamomile leaves which induces sleep and calm nerves and recovers skin from fatigue – just what I needed from all the late nights.

Evening primrose, dandelion, mistletoe, seawater and carnosine were also part of the ingredients.

As mentioned, it is a water-based cream. It helps to form a layer of protection that increases skin moisture retention and elasticity while you sleep.

Best part for a lazy person like me – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RINSE IT OFF. Just go to bed with the layer on your face!

I do not have perfect flawless skin. As you can see below, my pores are quite visible :((

Anyway, this picture was taken with the sleeping cream applied on my skin. It’s this light!!! I couldn’t even see anything much in the mirror, except a little wet feeling on the skin?

In their Midnight range, they also have this Mild Peel Sleeping Essence,

and Nutrition Cream Gel Mask.


I can sleep at relax at night while ONL takes care of my skin.

You can too.

You can find sOmang at:

– Causeway point #01-23A
– Nex #01-77
– One Raffles Place #02-16A
– AMK Hub #01-09/10
– Jurong Point #B1-85

If you would like to try out the midnight sleeping cream, you can also redeem 5-Day supply of midnight sleeping cream when you like sOmang facebook page:

K-Palette – Sweet as Chocolate

Look of the day for K-Palette – Sweet as Chocolate Event.

The event was held at Bliss House and I guess nowhere else would fit the theme as much as the venue it self! The whole decorations was so cute and there was this tea party kind of feel.

Could resist and had to pose with some balloons.

 I have never tried K-Palette Kuma Concealer despite hearing raves about it.

This event has broaden my views about K-Palette and given me opportunities to try out all their Sweet as Chocolate products.

Had always wanted to try brown eyeliner to see how it would look on me. 
Note: Contrast from the black eyeliner that we normally use, apply brown eyeliner can give a soft look appeal.

 You have got to give it to them for their way of presenting their products! Too cute!!

The brown Real Lasting Eyeliner wasn’t as light as I had thought (thankfully). 

I don’t want light brown eye liner on my lids.

Totally dig every little detail of the accessories.

 As usual, a group picture with the fellow beauty bloggers.

Jacelyn, Jamie, Joyce and me. With Chantana, the cat behind.


Desserts to keep us filled while the K-Palette competition was taking place. 
The final 3 from Cosmoprof Academy were vying for the first position.

 Ms. Aya Umehara, who specially flew over from Japan was also present and gave us a demonstration on doing our eye makeup with Sweet as Chocolate products. 
The emcee of the day was also quite funny and joyful.


 Products that I bought home to try. Thank you K-Palette, Thank you Japalang!


Still digging this concealer they gave me. I applied it every morning to hide the panda eyes.
12 hours later, you still can’t really see my dark circles, can you? 😀

To keep yourself updated with their products, you can follow them on their Facebook page.