Laser Sessions With Astique Clinic

As I travel quite often, I often meet with climate and weather changes hence I had to deal with tormenting skin issues such as severe breakouts and bumps on my left cheek and forehead. It so happens that my photogenic side was actually the left facial side. This actually made me depressed and I sought several dermatologists’ opinions on these issues. The breakouts and bumps was making me feel ugly and unconfident.

After visiting a few doctors and also trying out prescribed and over the counter skincare, I finally settled upon Astique Clinic Dr Ng Hong Yi as my aesthetics doctor. New to Astique Clinic but with many years of experience in the world of aesthetics, I would like to thank Dr Ng Hong Yi for helping me regain my confidence once again. I am now able to take photos of my favourite facial side anytime I want even under bright light. He’s a very sweet doctor and for as long as I can, I hope to be under his care.

So far, I have only went for two treatments and my breakouts have improved significantly. For more info on the first treatment, you can view it here. For the second treatment, he did three types of laser 1. Fractional CO2 Laser 2. Radiance Laser 3. PPX Laser for me.

For the second treatment session, numbing cream was lathered on my face for a good 20 minutes and sealed with plastic before starting the laser. During the laser, I had minimal pain. Out of the three lasers, I found the second laser, Laser Skin Rejuvenation to be most painful but it was still overall bearable.

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is effective in reducing acne scars. It is a process in which the skin’s outermost damaged surface is physically removed by a controlled and extremely precise burn, and the growth of new collagen fibres in the underlying skin is stimulated. When the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. As the procedure is ablative, there is a downtime of about one week where there will be redness, warmth and peeling at the treated area. To make sure I had minimal downtime, Dr Ng Hong Yi lasered off only the very huge marks and used the milder lasers for the rest of my face instead. I wanted this laser to be used for the whole face but thank goodness Dr Ng Hong Yi persuaded me not to as I realised i won’t be able to stand the downtime as I have so many events to attend. I felt a slight burning sensation during the process but the feeling was almost painless.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

This is the second type of laser used. Laser Skin Rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that uses light energy to gently stimulate natural collagen growth, improve pores, remove irregular pigmentation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Laser stimulates collagen production in our skin, and as new collagen is generated, lines and wrinkles are decreased. Additionally, as the laser light penetrates age spots and other pigmentation, these areas are broken apart and absorbed into the skin. Patients report, and studies have also confirmed that laser skin rejuvenation results in a refreshed appearance, smoother skin texture, an even skin tone, and a decrease in pore size. Also effective in removing acne, this laser was used on the whole face to reduce acne. This laser had a biting sensation to it and was most painful compared to the rest of the lasers but still overall bearable.

PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX)

PPx Pore-Cleansing ACNE Treatment™ (PPX) was the final laser used. It is an advanced technology that combines a gentle vacuum with therapeutic broadband light, to help rid skin of acne-causing impurities, leaving your skin cleaner and clearer. PPX eliminates acne and pigmentation, and rejuvenates your skin in a quick, painless and effective manner. This laser had a pinching sensation to it but was almost painless.

Right after the laser, I was left with 4 tiny raw marks on my left cheek which subsided quickly over the week. I could still go out and attend events as the raw marks were easily covered with make up. There was zero pain even after the numbing cream wear off.

After almost two weeks, my skin looked SO MUCH BETTER. My raw marks are still there but have faded about 80% and my overall skin area on the left cheek looks less clogged and almost no pimples. I am quite satisfied with my overall complexion. Thank you Dr Ng Hong Yi for everything! I can’t wait to go for my next treatment session and will update this space once I see better results.

MORE INFORMATION

350 Orchard Road
#08-00 Shaw House
Singapore 238868
(Within AsiaMedic Specialist Centre)

Tel: +65 6732 3801
Fax: +65 6235 0966
SMS: +65 9857 7892
Email: enquiry@astiqueclinic.com.sg
Website: www.astiqueclinic.com.sg

Opening Hours: 

Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm
Sat 11am to 4pm
Sun / PH Closed

 

Malacca with BD LIMOUSINE TRAVEL

When was the last time you guys went to Malacca? For me, that was about 4-5 years ago? That was a long time but anyway things have now changed and it looks so much more developed! It has turned from a family vacation favourite to a youths’ hot spot. Thanks to BD Limousine Travel, I went on a 2D1N trip to Malacca just this week! A perfect start to the week I would say. Thankful for Yixin and the whole BD Limousine Travel group for the wonderful short trip.

So, unlike the usual travel packages around where you have to take the overcrowded and uncomfortable coach to the customs and lug all your bags while queueing at the immensely long queue over at customs, would you fancy getting picked up right at your door step and skip the whole queuing up at customs? I sure do and I know many people who would rather opt for this too!

I got picked up right at my door step by the PR person, tour guide and driver. We reached and crossed over to Malaysia in less than 1 hour?  We had a stopover lunch in JB since we were early. Tried the very famous Taman Pelangi beehoon and dishes. The beehoon was so tasty! The coconut water was fabulous! The meal was overall very appetising. It was the best meal of the trip.

We reached Malacca about in 2-3 hours time and immediately checked in to our hotel. The hotel we were staying for this trip was Hatten Hotel. Hatten Hotel is a new 4 star Luxury Hotel in Melaka City Centre. BD Limousine Travel also do tie ups with Estadia hotel. We almost couldn’t bear to leave the room because it was so luxurious. And for shoppers, you would be happy to know H&M, Jurlique and Braun Buffel (Tim Hoe Wan is also in construction) is within the Hotel itself!

The hotel amenities were wonderful. They had a bar, infinity swimming pool, a spa, hair salon and gym.

After resting for a bit, we met up with the rest to head to Pantai Klebang – the place ideal for taking worthy ootd shots! Yixin and I were overwhelmed with the desert-liked venue that had dunes and a beautiful view. This could be the perfect place for wedding shots. We saw a wedding photo shoot about to take place when we were there.

After exploring a bit and taking fun shots, we went back to the hotel restaurant, Chatterz for Steamboat dinner! Even though nearby our hotel, there were tons of famous food places, we decided to settle with Steamboat for the night because it’s such a rare occasion and so much more fun! Indeed, we had so much fun eating steamboat. The food was fresh and so much variety! You get to choose from an endless selection of sauces, meats, noodles, vegetables, desserts and cooked food. This was by far the most impressive variety I have seen of a Steamboat Buffet. At only RM$50, you can try it when you do not want to head out of the hotel.

After dinner, though we were exhausted we decided to try the very infamous trishaw rides. What’s so special about Malacca trishaw rides is that the trishaw drivers spend a lot of effort in decorating their trishaws into very cute rides. Some like to decorate with Hello Kitty, or Mickey Mouse and even Super Man! Yixin and I chose the Hello Kitty one. At RM$25, its something interesting you can try when you are there. Available in the morning too, I would advise morning rides so you can take better pictures.

Even though some of the places we went this time were touristy spots, BD Limousine do bring you to interesting unique spots that not many people know about. Apparently, there is this very cute home stay that looks like the famous Melbourne Blue Boat House. They could bring you if you are interested!

After we went back at night, Yixin and I got rather hungry and the very nice BD Limousine Group actually went to get us some KFC! So very nice of them.

The next morning, it was extremely difficult to get up. I was sinking too deep into the bed. Eventually, I managed to wake up for the buffet breakfast. The buffet breakfast at Chatterz was good! I love the breakfast as it had eggs and dessert stations. The variety was extensive.

Right after breakfast, it was drizzling but we still went over to Jonker street for sightseeing. Thankful we had a rather pro photographer around to help us take pictures! He’s our driver cum photographer too!

After lunch, we went to do more sightseeing. We first went to the floating mosque. It was the MOST BEAUTIFUL mosque I have ever seen before. It reminds me of BALI’s resorts’ and hotels’ wedding chapels to be honest. For females, it is a must to wear the shawls and tudongs given by them to enter. Yixin and I was not very keen hence the tour guide and driver went on our behalf instead. HAHA and they ended up using our camera to take artsy pictures of themselves instead. It was hilarious. Never before have I travelled with such a fun group! Traveling with them is so fun and lighthearted.

We even went to Upside Down house after that. Look at all the fun pictures we took! This resembles Trick Eye Museum.

After all the fun, we went to  eat the famous chicken rice balls. I did remember being a fan of chicken rice balls when I was younger but somehow the balls were a tad too salty for my liking this time. Yixin however loved them! The entire meal was rather expensive though at RM$70+.

We then went to shop around Dataran Pahlawan. The shopping mall was huge and is ONLY  8 minutes walk away from our hotel.

After that, we went to view the Harbour City (Hatten Hotel’s upcoming theme park/hotel project) showroom flat and it finally came to saying goodbye. The driver brought us back to Singapore and we alighted right at our doorstep. This was indeed a memorable trip. I will definitely visit Malacca again and this time I am going to get BD LIMOUSINE TRAVEL as my travel group.

PROMOTIONS

Currently, they are having extensive promotions. Do check out their fab giveaway happening on their Facebook now! They might also be opening up wedding photography slots soon so if you are interested, you might want to check with them.

S$120 per pax (Sun to Thu)

S$155 per pax (Fri & Sat)

Min 4 pax

2 ways Singapore to Malacca

1 Night Hatten Hotel Stay

OR 

S$100 per pax (Sun to Thu)

$125 per pax (Fri & Sat)

Min 4 pax

2 ways Singapore to Malacca

1 Night Estadia Hotel stay

Hope this helps! xx

 

Orchard Central’s Beauty Trail

Had the opportunity to go on a beauty trail with Orchard Central (OC) a few days ago and it was an eye opening experience as it was my first time doing spray-tanning, which I never thought I would! If you have been to Orchard Central, you would notice a few big beauty names like Pink Parlor, Hair Inn, Essensuals Hairdressing etc. For this beauty trail, I went for Mucota Scena treatment at Essensuals Hairdressing, customized facial treatment at Epitreatz and finally a Spray Tanning service at Pink Parlour

What’s more? This spring, shoppers can also get to enjoy attractive promotions when they spend minimum $200* at fashion apparel and accessories stores, or $250* at hair, beauty and wellness stores in OC. Check out the relevant promotions at Orchard Central Promotions Page.

MUCOTA SCENA MOISTURISING TREATMENT AT ESSENSUALS HAIRDRESSING (#03-09)

Essensuals Hairdressing, a division of the world renowned Toni&Guy hairdressing brand was established over 15 years ago. Essensuals interpret catwalk and street inspired trends into wearable, desirable styles that require low maintenance between salon visits.

Sean, the head stylist and also my hairdresser was very professional and made sure to find out my hair condition before recommending the right treatment for me. Below, I would take you through the steps of the treatment. Sean mentioned I have really dehydrated hair and doing the Mucota Scena treatment would prep my hair for bleaching in future.

STEP #1. Mucota Scena Adel – Moisture Base for treatment

This step is the most important step of the whole procedure as it makes hair soft and moist before the next treatment with its internal permeation typed moisture holding elements. I was given a wash at their washing corner and had to apply the treatment on for 10 minutes at the sink. It was rather comfy and during this time, Sean provided me with some blankets as it can get pretty cold. He’s indeed a very caring hair stylist.

STEP #2 Mucota Scena Brava – Repair damaged hair and keep better condition

Containing 5 kinds of hair repair elements to repair various damages and containing reactive ceramide-like ingredients that prevent them from flowing from hair and keeping elements inside the hair. For this treatment, Sean used a spray and comb through the hair with it.

STEP #3 Mucota Scena Calore – Protect cuticle and get healthier hair

This step repairs cuticle damage and improves beautiful lustre. 2 kinds of cuticle repair elements give hair silky texture and shining lustre protecting hair from external damage. They used a steam machine to seal the nutrients into the hair. The whole procedure was quite fast as it took only an hour. Sean also reminded me not to wash my hair for 2 days for the treatment to be at its maximum effectiveness.

The final results were amazing! I love my glossier and smoother hair. It feels lighter too and the results actually lasted until now.

PROMOTION

Quote <SYDNEY> to get 20% off for all hair services!

Terms & Conditions

– Not valid for fringe cut and wash & blow

– Strictly by appointment only

– Valid till end of May 2016

– General term and condition may apply

MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE FACIAL AT EPI TREATZ (#03-16)

EPI TREATZ is a firm believer in adopting non-invasive and holistic approach to achieve optimal skin health.

They did the Manual Lymph Drainage Facial for me after checking my skin and realizing that there’s puffiness. It is also an important foundation and a ‘must have’ to a natural healthy skin. It kick starts the body’s lymph flow, carrying away stale lymph from the face back into the bloodstream where it is broken down, thus reducing skin congestion and eliminating skin wastes and toxics. With reduced puffiness, I can achieve a slimmer face.

It comprises of their signature Miracle 4 Steps massage techniques detoxifying facial manipulation for an immediate brighter, firmer and younger skin in 1 session!

 

PROCEDURE

She started off first with deep cleansing of the skin with KEITHZ Brightening Cleansing Foam, to gently remove dead skin cells, follow by a soothing Ultrasonic Pore Softening Therapy for subsequent effective removal of skin congestions such as blackheads and whiteheads.

Once these are completed and the skin is being disinfected, she started with the signature Miracle 4 Steps to kickstart my skin lymph flow and proceed to the full process of the advanced Manual Lymph Drainage Facial.

Finally, she completed the facial with KEITHZ Ultra Hydrating Oxygen Face Masque. While waiting for my skin to be soothed and hydrated, the therapist pampered me with a relaxing shoulder and scalp massage.

BENEFITS

Instantly, I noticed my skin was visibly brighter, eye bags were reduced, puffy face were slimmer and skin tone was more even toned. The whole procedure took about an hour and it was so relaxing. My therapist, Cindy was very good with the extraction. She made my skin a lot smoother.

PROMOTION

Experience Manual Lymph Drainage Facial at special trial price of $38 when you quote ‘Sydney’ (U. P. $180) – 75min (Includes skin check and consultation)

Terms & Conditions

  • For new customers of EpiTreatz.
  • Aged 18 years old and above.
  • All skin types and
  • Treatment will be customized to suit all skin

SUNLESS SPRAY TANNING SERVICE AT PINK PARLOUR (#03-20)

A pioneer in the beauty services line since 2005, Pink Parlour offers nail, waxing, long term hair removal (Alpha Light) and spray tanning services, I have heard about them ever since I was young.

Their 2 hr Rapid Tan leaves you bronzed and glowing in no time. You get to keep the bronzer on for that instant fix, or wash off in 2 hrs and wait for the color to fully develop after 8 hrs. The end results are a natural looking, streak free tan in 15 mins.

You can choose from mid to dark shades in Bronze, Gold or Chocolate. You may also ask their friendly therapists to customise the best glow for your skin color. I chose the lightest color as I am rather fair so going too dark would not look natural as suggested by my therapists.

They use only paraban free spray tan solutions that contains organic aloe vera and green tea, natural coconut and DHA and is suitable for most skin types. It lasts about 5 to 10 days depending on individual skin condition. Unlike other spray tans in the market that uses UV light which is harmful to the skin, they use a sunless spray tan here. It was a very interesting first-time experience for me. It was a stand and spray sort of process where the therapist would guide me to stand and lift my hands appropriately for even spraying. Done by a machine but handled by a therapist. The whole process was very cooling, fast and fuss-free!

She was very knowledgeable and even told me the benefits of spray tanning. I heard that with this colouring technique, it protects the skin from harmful sun rays so in fact, you will become fairer after the spray wears off which did happen to me!

 

I had the beautiful tan on for awhile (about 5 days) and even though it wasn’t dark, it did make me look healthier and more radiant all of a sudden.

PROMOTION

Quote ‘sydneypptan’ (not case sensitive) to enjoy a free tanning session for HER with every purchase of a tanning session for HIM. Share the news with your other half!

Terms & Conditions

  • Valid till 30 June 2016.
  • Applies to both 6-hr and 2-hr rapid tan
  • Other terms & conditions may apply.

It was indeed a fun experience going through all the beauty treatments in a day! Not only is Orchard Central conveniently located in the heart of Orchard, it is also a beauty haven. Make it your #1 choice when you are looking for a day of pampering!

SHU UEMURA Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil & #KYEFORSHU

Received the Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil together with some recent launches from the #KYEFORSHU collaboration. Along with the package, I received these sweet treats, eclairs featuring cute tags of Shu Uemura iconic products from a collaboration with Two Bakers! They are so yummy, I especially love the Passion Fruit and Coffee flavoured one.

Not new to Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils, I was previously using the Blanc:Chroma version which targets whitening concerns. This all new version of the renowned cleansing oil mainly targets pollutants.

Not known to many, pollution causes oxidative stress and damages skin little by little, day by day and causes the skin to feel dry and fragile. This will result in dull and aged skin like what I am experiencing right now. I have very sensitive skin hence, external causes actually impact my skin extensively. My skin is easily aggravated by pollutants especially during the haze period.

Knowing external pollutants play a big part in skin damage, more cosmetic companies have created products that target these concerns and I am glad Shu Uemura has also created one range for this purpose! According to Shu Uemura’s research, Anti/Oxi+ clears away 91% of pollutants including PM2.5 when we use Anti/Oxi+ at least twice a day!

Known for its removability effectiveness, Anti/Oxi+ clears away long lasting lip/eye makeup even more effectively as compared to the other cleansing oils. Anti/Oxi+ can also be used with wet hands. Previously, the other cleansing oils I have used leaves a filmy feeling after washing off, but this version doesn’t leave that feeling. Skin also doesn’t feel as tight as before after washing.

I love the fragrance most! Thanks to the ingredients such as elemi, mandarin, ginger, lavender, cardamon, geranium and guaiac wood, a refreshing and relaxing fragrance is given off when cleansing. Not only do the ingredients invigorates you it also comforts your senses.

This comes in a hygienic pump and its recommended to use 3-4 pumps of the oil on the entire face for a thorough cleansing experience. You can also give your face a good massage with the oil during cleansing for a therapeutic experience. Most people do not know this but for Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils, you do not need to double cleanse. This serves as a makeup remover and cleanser.  It effectively removes even stubborn mascara so you don’t have to use two separate makeup removers now!

Look out for their extensive range of cleansing oils and other cleansing products if you wish to target other skin concerns.

INGREDIENTS

PAPAYA EXTRACT

Removes protein stains and is a gentle natural exfoliator.

MORINGA EXRACT

Anti pollution and removes pollutants from skin’s surface. This is a magical herb that has incredible purifying power that has a mechanism similar to that of water purification plants. Hence, this ingredient is used to capture and clears away harmful pollutants and oxidative sebum leaving skin cleansed and invigorated.

GREEN TEA EXTRACT

Known for its anti-oxidant defenses against free radicals, the miraculous powers of green tea to revive health and vitality. This is a potent anti-oxidant.

This product also features the Next Generation Removal System features new blends of 4 botanical origin oils. Our composition solubilises stubborn waxes and oils used in waterproof mascara and long-lasting makeup giving skin a soft and smooth finish. This new formula retains the beloved smooth texture and easy rinsability while improving makeup removability and skin hydration effective at retaining skin moisture.

#KYEFORSHU

Next, we have the #KYEFORSHU cosmetics launches. Was given a brow:palette in seal brown/stone gray, sheer color balm for the lips in Hugged in Peach shade and two brow:sword eyebrow pencils in Dark Rose and Dark Violet to try and I love it! I love to receive cosmetics and this did put a smile on my face for sure.

KYE is a Korean fashion designer and even though I didn’t know who she was before, I salute to her fashion sense after researching on her. The packaging she recreates for Shu Uemura is so pretty and meaningful. Apparently each motif she creates represents something significant. For instance, she has a motif of a tiger which represents Korea’s national animal, and she has the lovelock motif which represents a Korean tradition. You would know if you watch K dramas!

The sheer lip balm apparently changes with your original lip tone and becomes a light sheer natural pink tone that goes really well with my skin tone. I love products that magically do such things! Its really cool I must say.

Next, the brow:palette comes with a mirror and one angled brush and applicator which makes on-the-go touch ups fuss free. I like the colours given to me because it matches my hair colour!

The brow pencils. My favourite is Dark Violet because I love dark tones for eyebrows. The darker it is the more i love it. Shaped in a katana format and comes with a sharpener and brush, I think its so travel friendly! The Katana design is their specialty.

#KYEFORSHU collection is already out in stores but Anti/Oxi+ Cleansing Oil is an upcoming launch and will be out soon! Do stay tune, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. xx

Clinique New Pop Additions

Introducing NEW Clinique Pop Sheers and Eye shadows! Have been a fan of Clinique Skincare ever since I started incorporating a beauty regime. My mom was my biggest influence when it comes to growing to love Clinique. We love the brand because of how effective the products are yet at the same time is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free.

New additions to the Clinique Pop Family range from pretty pops of sheer colour to full coverage and full shine; creating endless ways to make lips and eyes pop.

NEW POP GLAZE SHEER LIP COLOR + PRIMER & POP LIP COLOR + PRIMER

The sheer version is a pretty pop of bold yet with a tinge of see-through colour +  smoothing primer all in one coat. Weightless formula with built in primer makes gliding on really effortlessly. Lips are kept moisturised over a long period!

The other version gives off a more bolder look. It merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. It is so smooth, it glides on effortlessly to a modern velvet finish. Color stays true and lips are kept moisturised for up to 8 hours.

LID POP & CHEEK POP 

These Lid pops come in 5 shades, and I have all of them here! The Lid Pop & Cheek Pop is a silky long wearing eyeshadow that gives a pop of cool vividly. It is easy to blend and customisation for the level of intensity. The Lid Pop is good with sensitive eyes too while the cheek pop is very pigmented and so easy to form the colour.

SWEET POPS (S$33)

Exclusively sold in TANGS for a limited period of time, these cute little treats are perfect for travel as they are so tiny and they work as a scrub and a lip balm at the same time. I can smooth some kissable lips all day with these.

HOW CUTE. I never knew Clinique has brushes and I am so happy to receive them in such a cute packaging! I will bring them wherever I am on the go because I somehow have no brushes in all the makeup palettes I use on the go.

Already available in Clinique stores, do check out the launches!

KatVonD is coming to Sephora SG!

Love the lip paints! They have such gorgeous colours. Look at the eye contour quads too! My favourite is the Plum shade which fortunately I got to bag it home too!

Received the most exciting news last week…that KatVonD is coming to Sephora SG! OMGOSH! Had the opportunity to meet her personally and she’s such an inspiration. Also got a chance to learn some makeup tips from Erik Soto, the global makeup artist for KatVonD.

Tried out the foundation and gosh its so silky smooth yet matte. Easy to glide on too.

Oh Luscious lipsticks!!

Here’s Erik Soto doing a makeover for the model. He’s so talented! Love the look he did for the model.

Check out the shades of the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette! They can alter the eye shape too.

This powder is so smooth and the coverage is just right. Not too thick but covers up all the pores!

So heres the items I received from KatVonD launch.

My absolute favourite shade, goes so well with the lippie shade.

The palette is so pigmented!

Have never tried this shade before but loved it! Can’t wait to do a tutorial of it.

Light and fluffy! I love this brush. The angled type makes it so easy to contour the face.

In a coffin shaped packaging, it is super cute!

The brush tip is so thin, it is possible to draw very thin lines which is awesome!

EVEN BETTER THAN THE Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette.  Light to Medium shades, I use the centre ones most.

Will post a tutorial very soon, do stay tune. Coming to you soon, remember to check it out this JULY in SEPHORA sg!

Dr.Ci:Labo X Labo Labo Mix & Match REVIEW

The Labo Labo Super-Moist 5H5C series is the first products of it’s kind in Japan to have this powerhouse of beautifying ingredients. You will be surprised to learn that there is 5 types of Hyaluronic acid and 5 types of Collagen included in their little bottles of magic which stands for 5H5C. Labo Labo is the sister brand of Dr. Ci:Labo which is highly sought after and even have their flagship store in Ion Orchard basement. 

I have always been a fan of Japanese skincare products since young as they work best for my skin! Unlike European brands, Japanese brands comprises of ingredients that are more suited for our Asian skin. Can you imagine my amazement when I found out Labo Labo series is developed by certified Japanese dermatologists and 100% Made in Japan? I was also surprised to find out that the Labo Labo series is free from irritants which means NO fragrance, NO artificial colouring, NO mineral oil and NO paraben are added.

With an adhesive strength that keeps the product from washing off, This product maintains moisture over long periods of time and protects the surface of the skin. I tried and tested it with my hands and true enough, even after washing it off with water, the moisture is still kept there. Skin is still moisturised.

SUPER-MOIST GEL (60g, $34.90)

A multi-functional moisturizing gel that approaches the signs of First aging Works as a moisturizer, toner, serum, whitening cream and makeup base. It is highly recommended that those with dry skin apply several layers of the product. I find that the texture is extremely lightweight and absorbs really quickly into the skin unlike most gels. It is also very cooling when applied which is a plus factor for me especially when we are located in such a humid country like Singapore. Gel type is best for those who have combination skin type!

SUPER-KEANA GEL (50g, $34.90)

Labo Labo Super-Keana Gel is an all-in-one pore refining gel, and the 5 steps of “toner”, “moisturizer”, “serum”, “mask”, and “makeup base” can all be completed with this single product. This product is exceptionally gentle on the skin and is free of 5 irritants, fragrance-free, colorant-free, mineral oil-free, paraben-free, and alcohol-free. PERFECT for daily use. The texture is even lighter than the Super-Moist Gel. It is also more cooling and smells naturally citrusy.

DR. CI:LABO’S SUPER 100 SERIES

This series are rich serums formulated with a high percentage of undiluted ingredients developed in Labo Labo clinic. You can even mix and match, customise your Labo Labo Gel with Ci:Labo Super 100 series! For example, to achieve brighter skin, mix vitamin C and Labo Labo Super Keana Gel.

MARINE COLLAGEN BASIC SUPER 100 SERIES (30ml, $40)

Our collagen-based beauty essence keeps the skin moist, firm, and supple. Collagen can be found in the skin’s basement membrane and dermis and accounts for as much as 70% of the latter. It provides effective moisturizing care for fine lines due to dryness and noticeable enlarged pores on the cheek due to the aging of the skin. The serum is more on the heavy side and leaves a thin film after application. Skin is more moisturised for sure.

HYALURONIC ACID (30ml/ 60ml, $32/$ 56)

A 100% undiluted hyaluronic acid essence with exceptional water retention capabilities that increases the moisture content of the stratum corneum. This hyaluronic acid is refined using bio-technology involving fermentation using lactococcus bacteria. Having tried concentrated Hyaluronic Acid before, this is quite similar but because of its 100% undiluted content, it is definitely more effective than the others I have tried before.

VITAMIN C (10ml, $39)

An essence containing 10%VC-IP (oil-soluble Vitamin C derivative) that enhances the clarity of the skin, tightens pores and leaves skin brighter. VC-IP is exceptionally stable and capable of permeating the skin, enhancing the elasticity of the skin and tightening the pores from the inside. It also has exceptional brightening properties.
Best for whitening purposes as it suppresses melanin production, preventing dark spots and freckles from sun exposure. Also aides in collagen production. This serum is thicker and on the heavy side. I love Vitamin C as they really work for my skin! Skin is visibly brighter and clearer.

EGF (10ml, $53)

This beauty essence promotes skin cell renewal and keeps the skin moisturized, firm, and smooth. It is also effective against acne scars and skin dullness, tightening pores and keeping skin balanced and clear. EGF plays a large role in the slowing down of turnover cycles as we age. The texture is lightweight as compared to the rest of the serums and is absorbed into the skin really fast.

Placenta (10ml, $44)

Rich in vital nutrients that the skin progressively loses with age, our beauty essence increases the skin’s natural moisture, firmness, and clearness. The texture is similar to Vitamin C’s, it is heavier as compared to EGF but and it keeps skin very moisturised. Apparently, Vitamin C is very important for the body as well as the skin which is what we are lacking.

HOW TO USE THE SERUMS

I. Use it as a beauty serum.

II. Add it to your current skincare product & create an original skincare product that accommodates your skin.

III. Use it on your body.

 

Labo Labo Super-Moist 5H5C and Dr.Ci:Labo Super 100 series are available at their Ion store, #B3-41 Ion Orchard (tel no. 6238-8395) or via online www.ci-labo.com.sg and selected Watsons:

For Labo Labo, you can buy at the following Watsons (Anchorpoint/ Bugis Junction/ Bukit Panjang Plaza/ Causeway Point/ ION/ JEM/ NEX/ Ngee Ann City/Parkway Parade/Toa Payoh Hub/  Westgate/ West Mall).

For Super-100 series, you can purchase at Watsons Ngee Ann City, Parkway Parade and Raffles City Shopping Centre.

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mondo Vantaggio

Headed down to the all-new Multi label luxury store, Mondo Vantaggio to check out their collection of designer labels and I was amazed with the variety and of course, the prices.

A multi-label luxury store offering designer labels at discounted prices, Mondo Vantaggio, occupies 13,000 sq ft on the second floor of Furama RiverFront hotel in Havelock Road and carries more than 40 high-end European brands. You will not want to miss their exciting ongoing 30% sale storewide (they have the lowest price guaranteed promotion during this sale period).

It carries mainly leather goods and bags, with a small selection of ready-to-wear clothes and shoes. Customers can look forward to new merchandise every two weeks. If you are wondering, they also carry a small selection of mens merchandise! Why not indulge in luxury shopping with your other half the next weekend you are looking for something to do?

The extensive discounts offered by Mondo Vantaggio is so tempting, I almost brought home a bag and a pair of shoes for myself.

Decor here is really exquisite with gold and marbled decor. Apparently they spent $3 million on the renovation alone!

To create an opulent appearance, they had their staff dressed in smart black attire ready with gloves on. The store is filled with spacious shelves that shows clearly the brand names in big signs. You also request for private viewings of merchandise in their VIP room which by the way is luxurious and very comfortable.

If you are looking for another reason to come by, you would be happy to know that they house a cafe ran by the team behind The Tiramisu Hero and serves snacks, dessert and good coffee. Your other half will never be bored here and might even want to linger around longer!

Sunglasses!

Customers who are afraid of the authenticity of the items can be assured that when they buy from Mondo Vantaggio, they will receive a full refund if they return their purchases in their original condition within seven days of purchase which is awesome for us cautious buyers right?

Anyway, this mother’s day, Mondo Vantaggio is hosting a mother’s day celebration in conjunction with their 30% off storewide. Why not pop by and enjoy a mother-daughter day out with a high tea party at Mondo Vantaggio? Of course, you can opt to come by with your husband or son too! If you would like to attend the tea party, please RSVP on their Facebook Event Page to waive off their ‘minimum value spent’ entry requirement! You will be granted straight access to the tea party unlike those who walk in. Walk in customers will have to spend a minimum of SGD 300 to be able to attend the tea party.

If you or your mum is looking for a nice hang out place this weekend, do pop by! I will be attending the 8th May, 2pm time slot so see ya there!

Dual Yellow Laser for Vascular Lesions at Astique Clinic

After returning from Hong Kong, I had quite awful breakouts due to climate and weather changes hence I went looking around for reputable clinics that did lasers. Even though I was using very good skincare which did clear some of the acne for me, there were some persistent ones that required laser for it to go off completely. This is when I chanced upon Astique and its lasers. Having heard so many good things about Astique before and as some of my friends are already their customers, imagine my excitement when I visited Astique for the first time.

BACKGROUND OF ASTIQUE

A boutique aesthetic clinic located in the heart of Orchard Road, they provide a comprehensive range of FDA-approved medical aesthetic treatments which have minimal or no downtime. These include laser skin treatments, non-surgical facelifts, fillers, facials, non-invasive body contouring and skincare products for both women and men.

I had the opportunity to consult with Dr Ng Hong Yi this time who’s one of the newest doctor in Astique Clinic. Though new to Astique Clinic, he’s definitely not a newbie in the aesthetics line. Being the very first time meeting him, I have to say he’s a very gentle doctor and though not chatty, he listens to my issues attentively and attends to them warmly. I like that he understands my woes and provides me with the right solution. PS. Can you see the bumps on my face? :/

For my treatment, there will be a few sessions aimed to treat my acne scars, acne, breakouts, vascular lesion and enlarged pores. For the first session, he will be fixing my vascular lesions first as he said that my skin is very sensitive and appears red easily which should be the first step before he goes on to treat the other issues. It is something like before treating the scars, he is treating the root of the problem first.

DUAL YELLOW LASER VASCULAR LESION TREATMENT 

For my treatment, he will be using a Dual Yellow laser most of the time which can be used for problems like Vascular lesions, Acne, Melasma, Bulky Lesions, Skin Rejuvenation and Pigmentation. So what is Vascular lesions? Vascular lesions occur when the small capillaries in your skin become dilated. When grouped together, they can give the appearance of red spots, or sometimes large stains (port wine). When spread out, they are visible as threads. Contrary to popular myth, the capillaries are not broken. The yellow light from the Dual Yellow laser immediately shrinks the capabilities to provide instant cosmetic results. This happens because yellow light is readily absorbed by blood to shrink the vessel, and is achieved with minimal or no pain. This will lessen the blotchiness and redness all around my cheeks which can be a pain sometimes when applying makeup.

TREATMENT

So before the treatment, I was surprised that there was no need for numbing cream! All that was applied to me was a thick layer of IPL gel haha. Apparently its supposed to be sufficient as the laser is going to be mild.

There was literally no pain at all, all I felt during the session was tiny shocks that lasted less than 5 seconds each shock. It wasn’t painful but slight discomfort. During the entire treatment session of 15 minutes, I felt that shock about 4 times? 2 times on the eye and 2 times on the chin area.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED

It is best to consult with the doctor for an exact treatment plan i.e. the number of sessions. Each treatment promises immediate results which showed on my skin too! No downtime, I had very radiant skin right after that did not require any make up at all. One of the persistent bump I had significantly subsided after this treatment and the cheeks area on a whole was less bumpy. The vascular lesions on the cheeks also reduced. As mentioned previously, it is insufficient to witness full results from just one session. You can expect to see the actual result after several sessions hence, please wait for it! Will update again when I finish my treatment. Check out my skin right after the treatment, I think it got better right? You be the judge haha.

MORE INFORMATION

350 Orchard Road
#08-00 Shaw House
Singapore 238868
(Within AsiaMedic Specialist Centre)

Tel: +65 6732 3801
Fax: +65 6235 0966
SMS: +65 9857 7892
Email: enquiry@astiqueclinic.com.sg
Website: www.astiqueclinic.com.sg

Opening Hours: 

Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm
Sat 11am to 4pm
Sun / PH Closed