(PRODUCT SHARING) Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles at METRO IPPIN

Red and white, the prominent traditional colors of Japan.

Komachi men” is a kind of noodle made from rice named Akita at Tochigi Prefecture. Komachi dough is kneaded, rolled out and sliced into long strips. ”Komachi men” is recommended to serve in soup flavored with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake).
Comes in red and white, this noodles is great for celebration of happiness and joy since the colors mean strength (red) and purity (white) in Japan.
This flat noodles is very tasty and has a chewy texture. It can be kept under room temperature for 1 year.

To cook these chewy noodles:

1.Cook in boiling water for 3minutes

2.Rinse with cold water

3.Eat it in a hot broth or with a soy based dipping soup.

I love to cook this in my laksa broth or use them in my steamboat hotpot. Slurping good!

Please take note if you don’t eat this soon within 30min after cooking, it’ll turn soggy.

Get this Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles from Tochigi Prefecture at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section, selling at $8 each.

(BEAUTY SERVICE REVIEW) Misty Eyebrow Embroidery at Allure Beauty Salon

I’m really very happy with my eyebrow embroidery, finally!

I did several eyebrow embroidery throughout the years and the one with Allure Beauty was my fourth one. (I went to the outlet at City Square Mall). The ones that I had previously were not too bad, but the pigments just could not stay on for long. I’m blaming this on the nature of my skin. 🤣

Allure Beauty’s Signature Misty Eyebrow Embroidery is their latest eye brow embroidery technique developed for one whose ideal is to have natural looking brows, yet giving off a well drawn brows effect. This certainly attracts me a lot and the thought of saving my time from drawing my brows make me feel excited.

Misty Eyebrow Embroidery will give a soft, natural-looking brows with dual layers of embroidery. This new technique ensures that the eye brows embroidery lasts longer and looks more natural. The gradient effect is achieved by first embroidering the base layer to cover the bare skin to prep for better colour penetration of the second layer of embroidery. Brow strokes will appear more fine and natural just like your own brow hairs.

In case you didn’t know, the key feature that makes a face prominent is not the nose, eyes or mouth but our eye brows! A good set of brows frame our face lovelily and enhanced the other features on your face. Without eyebrows, we look unkemptly bad, restless and lack of confidence. Try shaving off your eyebrows and you will get what I mean. 😉

My brows are always unequal looking because my one eye is larger than the other. Hence having the right brow shape can actually reduced this flaw of me visually. I wasn’t blessed with the skill to draw my brows skillfully so Misty Eyebrow Embroidery seemed to be a good solution to it.

Allure Beauty is well known for their expertise in brows embroidery. Finding a salon with brow experts who listen & care are important and they fulfilled my requirements. Moreover, they are reasonably priced for the standards they gave. Anyway, you should not be choosing a salon based on their prices because a bad brow embroidery will cost you more than anything else. 😭

After completing my basic questionnaire (health and areas of concern), the brow artist applied a good layer of numbing cream onto my brows for 30 mins. After which, she cleaned them and examined my face to design the brows that are looking the best on me. Coming to an agreement and satisfied with the drawings, she took me into a comfortable room where I laid and get the Misty Brow Embroidery started.

Based on the color of my hair and skin tone, she selected a suitable pigment for my brow embroidery. Brand new micro blade and good pigments are used so that the completed brows will not turned reddish or greenish overtime.

Each of the strand of brow hair drawn is painstakingly beautiful, unique and surreal; looking so alike to the real brows. Take a closer look and you will see the direction of the drawn brow matching to the growth of the real brow, excellent art work! Allure Beauty is so dedicated and sincere in their service by making sure that they have got me the right shape and thickness for my brows at all angles and different lightings. The whole process took around 1 1/2 hours but fret not, because Allure Beauty is very comfortable to be at with its warm ambiance and amenities.

For the next 7 days, I’m advised to keep my brows dry and refraining them from water especially during bathing and washing of face. Knowing that the aftercare for brow embroidery is important, the founder of Allure Beauty Ms. Angela Tnee gave specifications on what are her requirements and hence the special formulated antiseptic cream is created. This can purchased from the salon to ensure better healing without infection or inflammation and better color retention. I will be going back to Allure Beauty in a month’s time to touch up and fine tune the brows to its finalized stage; Misty Brow Embroidery should last up to a year or two.

Misty Eyebrow Embroidery gave me a soft, natural-looking brows with dual layers of embroidery. There is no downtime and I’m ready to flaunt a new me with natural looking, well defined brows that look just like my own but only better!

Quote ‘MAYAALLURE’ and gets 25% off eyebrow embroidery services that applicable to new customer of Allure Signature or Misty Brow Embroidery only. This promotion is applicable for all tiers category, except for services from founder and co-founder. Validity till 31 Mar 2019.

Contact Allure Beauty at for appointment now!

https://www.allurebeauty.com.sg/

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(PRODUCT SHARING) Furikake from Yamasu Japan at Metro IPPIN Section

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ) is like a magic because it makes food that you sprinkled on so tasty.

The Japanese love their rice topped with something simple but flavorful such as raw egg, umeboshi, natto, furikake, & etc. For me, I love furikake the most because it is very tasty, convenient and beautiful aesthetically.

There are 3 types of furikake from Yamasu imported by IPPIN available in their shops. I have tried them and I love them all!

First up is the Plum Flake Furikake ($9). This has got amazing plum flavor, just like having umeboshi. Difference is, this has added white sesame seeds, mackerel and bonito flakes, a very appetizing and uplifting seasoning and goes really well with rice. 😋

Next up, the Sesame Flake Furikake ($9). Sesame lovers must get this because it has a good mixture of black & white sesame seeds that tasted extra fragrant with the kelp powder in it. I love to sprinkle this on my chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) to give extra crunch and tastiness.

My favorite of all is their Dried Baby Sardines Flake Furikake ($9). This tasted so good and can be used on rice, porridge, meat, fish, salad or anything you fancy. You can even mix this in your mayonnaise for dipping to fried food! The lovely aroma from the sardines and umaminess from other fishes (mackerels & bonito) make this furikake very appetizing and healthy. The beautiful colors make my dishes very pretty too!

Get these Yamasu Furikake at IPPIN and make your own magic. 💫 They can be found at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) ANTE Suika Hime Watermelon Soda at Metro IPPIN Section

On a hot sweaty day or cool breezy night, Ante Watermelon Soda is perfect and lit!

This watermelon soda ($7) comes in a cute glass bottle with a sweet smelling watermelon scent once you opened the cap! It is also beautiful like diamond in the sky with those sparkling watermelon fibers.

The watermelons used are harvested from Kanazawa Dune, near to the Sea of Japan. The sand dunes are very cold in the morning, hot in the daytime and cool at night. The temperature differences of the sand dunes and the pure groundwater pumped from deep underground increase the sweetness of these Kanazawa watermelon.

This watermelon soda is also added with seawater salt from Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is rare and very tasty.

A slightly sweet and refreshing cider that gives you a taste of salt while quenching your thirst! Drink it chilled or with ice for the best satisfaction. Get this Watermelon Soda at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka at Metro IPPIN Section

One of the thing I’ve learnt from the Japanese and trying to follow diligently is to adopt a tea drinking habit.

Knowing that the teas are full of antioxidants and could keep our cells energized and healthy, I tell myself must drink it regularly!

Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka has many varieties. Shizuoka accounts for almost half of Japan’s overall tea production, and this prefecture has premium tea plantations because of its water quality and climate for production. In addition, Shizuoka’s tea can comes in a number of varieties, giving them very significant versatility.

IPPIN has imported not 1 but 8 varieties from Marumo and they are ranged differently by how the tea leaves are harvested, processed and serving suggestion.

The varieties include:

• Sencha (common green tea)
• Genmaicha (roasted rice + Sencha)
• Houjicha (toasted green tea)
• Umegashima (exclusive green tea coming from a tea garden instead of mountain)
• Fukamushicha (similar to Sencha but steamed for longer period)
• Gyokuro (highest class of green tea among all because of special treatment before harvesting)
• Boucha (made from stems of green tea plant)
• Konacha (powder that comes from production of Sencha)

Pick something that you fancy and start your tea drinking habit now. You can find these teas (ranging from $8 to $66) at Metro’s Paragon (level 2) & Metro Centrepoint (level 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

Experienced Natural Results with Celevenus

Lacking vibrancy in my appearance? Celevenus is here to help me!

I get to know Celevenus through Instagram and apparently, Celevenus is very popular with many beauty and lifestyle bloggers. I have read pretty good reviews on their hospitality and services and is delighted to start my beauty journey with them.

CELEVENUS IS LOCATED AT NGEE ANN CITY TOWER B

Despite having a beauty regimen, there is something that skincare and diet cannot help; the lost of volume on facial muscles due to aging or lost of weight. This is where a professional aesthetic doctor is needed to improve my appearance.

ONE OF THE TREATMENT ROOM

Dr Dylan Chau, the doctor at Celevenus diagnosed my face with care and understanding my area of concerns. He then suggested I can give Sculptra a try since I’m looking for a naturally enhanced look that is less frail looking and that my dark eye circles can be lighten. Sculptra is a kind of collagen stimulating medicine that triggers the body to produce its own collagen naturally, otherwise known as ‘The Liquid Facelift’.

Since Sculptra works by replacing lost collagen using the body’s very own collagen stimulation process, the result is not instantaneously like what a filler can do but is known to be longer lasting.

THE FRIENDLY THERAPIST DOING CLEANSING ON ME FOR PRE SCULPTRA

You can wear your make up and pop by for your treatment to suit your schedule because the therapist will do a good cleansing and removal of make up for you. Great service!

APPLYING THE NUMBING CREAM

I was brought to a comfortable room where the therapist cleansed my skin & applied a good amount of numbing cream. A good 30 mins of numbing is anticipated since Sculptra involves multiple injections at area of concerns.

GETTING READY FOR SCULPTRA (pictures taken in Apr 18, my first Sculptra treatment)

Dr Dylan used a white wax pencil and started marking on the areas he thinks should be filled for attaining a fuller, youthful appearance. After the markings, he checked to ensure I’m happy with what he is doing before proceeding with the injections.

HOW SCULPTRA WORKS?

As I aged, there is volume loss in the internal facial tissues such as the loss of bone density in skull, loss of collagen and muscle tissues, as well as fat resorption.

As a result, my skin sags & become droopy. Folds at the cheeks, tear trough, laugh lines and corners of the mouth became more prominent. There is also slight development of fine wrinkles for me.

Sculptra helps to replace & reinforce the skin’s collagen structure within the deep dermis. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the fullness of my facial contour which in term smooths out shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that has been depleted over time.

WHY CHOOSE DR DYLAN CHAU?

Because he is nice and charismatic. Of course not just these but also because you will be in good hands under him.

  1. Dr Dylan Chau is the trainer of Sculptra
  2. Dr Chau has over 10 years of hands-on experience in Sculptra, he is one of the pioneers in this procedure ever since its launch in Singapore.
  3. Dr Chau is also the Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for Sculptra.

THE PROCEDURES

Sculptra is injected into the skin. The number of injections per treatment session will vary depending on the degree of correction and Dr Dylan’s decision of what is right for us. For mine, it was a 3 sessions course.

A topical anesthetic will be applied and you may experience injection site discomfort in the treatment process. However, this varies from person to person and you should not receive treatment if you have an active infection or skin inflammation near the planned injection site.

After each treatment session, I experienced slight swelling, which can give me a preview of how I may look once my shallowness is filled. The swelling on average subsides within a few days and the wrinkles will temporarily reappear as the gradual process of collagen replacement continues.

RIGHT AFTER SCULPTRA (pictures taken in Jun 18, 2nd session of Sculptra)

Following an average of three treatment sessions over a few months as what Dr Dylan recommended for me can produce a more natural, younger looking appearance that is potentially long lasting. During the course of treatment, Dr Dylan may adjust your treatment plan to help you reveal a natural-looking appearance that’s uniquely yours too.

TIPS & THINGS TO TAKE NOTE

Some patients may experience injection site pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, or swelling. Other side effects may include the delayed development of non-visible, small bumps under the skin sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area.

It is better that you can take SinEcch a week before your procedure to reduce the side effects . This is not necessary but can be an aid for someone who is  prone to bruising.

Also, try to stop your skin supplements including fish oil as they have blood thinning effect. When you blood is thinner, you will bleed a little more during the treatment.

AFTERCARE (MASSAGING BY THE THERAPIST)

After each treatment session with Sculptra, give yourself a good but gentle facial massage. This easy step will let you achieve better result with Sculptra if you are disciplined with it. Massage the treated area for 5 minutes 5 times a day for 5 days after treatment is highly recommended by Dr Dylan.

MY RESULT AFTER 3 SESSIONS OF SCULPTRA IN 5 MONTHS (Apr to Sept 18)

The result? A refined, more youthful looking appearance over time that are potentially long lasting. Look at my eyes area, temple and laugh lines! These are something that cannot be digitally enhanced but only with the help of Sculptra.

ON MY FINAL THOUGHTS

With my 3 sessions of Sculptra at Celevenus, I must say it does work!

The work of Sculptra is so natural but noticeable, I get compliments for looking better in appearance rather than I look unnaturally beautiful (this could happen with traditional fillers). The final result from my 3rd session of Sculptra done in Sept 18 needs another 3 months to take effect but I’m already very happy with the result I have gotten till date.

The downpoint of Sculptra? It is a little priceier than normal fillers and it took longer to cultivate the result. But with a final beauty look that is more natural and long lasting, Sculptra definitely have my vote. Considering myself as a foodie and beauty blogger who is constantly on the go without proper rest (I sleep like 3 hours daily) and diet (I eat all sorts of food 24/7), the beauty and plumping effect of Sculptra seemed to be good already.

Maintenance is the key of success for anything that works, so if you have gotten the result you wanted, try to adopt a healthier lifestyle to sustain your new beauty look.

If you have any enquiry or want my in-depth sharing, feel free to email me at hazeltree85@yahoo.com else contact Celevenus Aesthetic so that Dr Dylan and team can advise you further.

Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetics 

391B Orchard Road # 16-03/04

Ngee Ann City Tower B

S238874

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Sat 11-2 pm

📞 6410 9621

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