Friday, May 1, 2015

Beautify Me (April)





What is Beautify Me?

Beautify Me will be a post I'll share products and treatments that I have tried and tested which worked for me. It will be a post sharing my latest favourite skin care products, make up, hair products and maybe aesthetic procedures...well basically anything which has helped me "look better" and "feel better".

I'll recommend 5 of my favourite products of the month (again, that is if I have enough)! Don't worry, most products would be bought using my own money in this post because I'm still quite a shopaholic and always on the hunt for good things! Of course I might also put in products I've been sponsored before but since I already have an advertorial post on it, I'll try not to include it in this post unless I REEEEALLY do love it that much I can't help myself but to recommend it in Beautify Me again haha. Still, this is NOT A PAID POST. MAJORITY of the items are bought using my own money and i am not paid to add any of the brands in my Beautify Me posts.

I'm not sure if I'll do this Beauty Favourites Post monthly but I'll try to if I have enough products to recommend!

I will try to do Beautify Me posts on the 1st Day of a New Month!

Please bear with the low quality pictures...will improve on the photography once i get the lights from my other place! :)

Here we go! 

My 5 Favourite Beauty Products of the Month...




1. Dermaroller 0.5mm

Buy a 0.5mm needle one because that's one of the most gentle one and you can use it up to 3 times a week. No down time at all. 

I bought this hand held needle roller online as I didn't have time to go to my facial place to do the needle rolling (which i've been doing for quite some time and love it). Thought since I could do it from my own home, why not! Plus it's only $20! No harm trying right? Not sure if it's the same...maybe doing it at the facial place is a bit "stronger" because of the stuff used?

So basically u apply your favourite serum (it'll be good to invest in expensive ampoules on nights you want to use the needle roller), then roll it all over your face. Left-Right 4 times Up-Down 4 times Diagonal (do both directions) 4 times 

After rolling, your skin might turn a little bit red. Apply your moisturizer and a sheet mask (preferably cold) and pat the goodness into your skin. 

After using this at night, when I wake up the next morning. My skin feels like it really absorbed all the goodness very well! 

Pain Level: 3/10 (don't roll too hard or too many times because you will damage your skin) 

Where to get it?
I bought mine from Flowertrade on Qoo10 (link here).
Price: SGD$20 approx.






2) Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold

I bought this on Luxola. I have never heard of Sleek before this but I wanted to find a blush to replace my NARS Orgasm Blush. I saw the reviews that this was a very close color to that and decided to try it. Moreover, Sleek's one is a fraction of the price! I do love the color a lot and it's very pigmented which is what I look for in a blush. Just one sweep and the color is on.

Where to get it?
Price: SGD$15 approx.



3. Tangle Teezer / Magic Comb

I have used the Gold Tangle Teezer for quite a while now and only recently purchased another one (this one is half the price because it's chiong one haha but works as well) which has a handle. Both works super well de-tangling my very tangled hair. I just cut 5 inches of my hair a week ago and before I cut, my hair was in a pretty bad state (hmm i do a pretty good job blowdrying my hair and going for treatments but when i stop treatments it can be really bad). I refused to cut my long hair until I saw how much hair was breaking and dropping, leaving a scary amount of hair in my toilet every single day. It is a post-partum thing i believe. But well, it was also definitely pretty damaged from the years of bleaching and my hair is pretty porous so it gets tangled damn easily. The Tangle Teezer has saved me a lot of time de tangling my hair with a normal comb. I can't imagine life not having this brush anymore. A must have for girls with long hair! 

Where to get it?

Tangle Teezer
Price: SGD$20 approx

Pink With Handle aka The Chiong One
Price: SGD$7 approx






4. Two Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer

I only started using Primers religiously not too long ago as I realised how important it is to help make up stay and look good for many hours! I'm not sure if it is bad for your skin but with thorough cleansing it should be fine i think. I've tried a few which I love but this month I'll recommend you guys this!

So after completing your morning skincare routine (wash, tone, serum, moisturize) I would apply this all over my face. Alone, this makes your face so smooth and helps minimize the look of large pores. This can also be used alone if you have very good skin and have nothing much to cover. It feels nice and silky on my skin. After primer is on, I apply my BB Cream and then set it with loose powder. The primer really helps the BB Cream last longer. In the past, after like 2 hours out without a primer, I'll see like random lines and crease on my face...then I'll pile more powder and it ends up looking worse - it'll look cakey and all. After using a primer, gone are the days I face those problems! I won't lie and say your make up is going to stay put and look good the WHOLE day (i have read that you will need a good setting spray but i've yet to purchase that, maybe i should and do a review on it if i find a good one), maybe 5-8 hours depending on your skin type and the weather. For me in Singapore's humid weather, i'd say it'll be good for say 6 hours then it will melt cus my skin tends to get oily easily and I perspire a lot (idk why...i would love to stop perspiring so easily...got help for that or not i wonder?).

Where to get it?

Sephora

Price: SGD$40 approx.






5. Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Lipstick (PK005)

This pink lippie is my favourite of the month! I've always liked bold lipsticks but decided to go light this month as I have a new hair color. I love the color of this as it's sweet and really great for day time wear. It's creamy and easy to apply. The finishing has a nice slight shine. Sad to say, it's not very long lasting though.

I've just bought another light pink one and I love that a lot too but I'll leave it for the next Beautify Me post. Hehe. 

Where to get it?
EtudeHouse 

Price: SGD$11 approx.

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I hope you girls enjoy my Beautify Me posts and it'll be helpful for yall! 

Feel free to share what products you love that I should try too. :) 

See you girls next month! 

Stay Beautiful x

"There Are No Ugly Women, Only Lazy Ones."

P.S i'll add a column for my Beautify Me posts at the side so it'll be easy to find (on your right) :)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tattoo Removal 4

Today i went for my 7th session of tattoo laser removal. I started back in Feb 2013, and till today have only went for 7 sessions as i was pregnant in 2014 and it is not recommended to laser tattoos during pregnancy.

I do my laser tattoo removal at 2 places, National Skin Centre and Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade).

1st - 5th session were done at National Skin Centre. Est. $300-400/session.
6th - 7th session were done at Trinity Medical Centre (Marine Parade) Est. $300-400/session

Bear in mind that my tattoo area is big, but if yours is like say, less than palm size, it should cost $100-200/session.

So at my 6th session, i switched from NSC to Trinity as i didn't see much difference in the colors of my tattoos, it was lightening very very slowly. Not much difference from the 4th and 5th session. The initial plan was to go to Trinity for aesthetic procedures but i spoke to the doctor about tattoo laser removal and he told me he could do it too.

My most recent Tattoo Removal Process seems to be really effective after Dr Lim switched to another Laser Machine. According to him, this one is MUCH stronger.  I guess so too since it was EVEN MORE PAINFUL. Still, i think if i started on this machine from Day 1, i would require even lesser sessions to remove my tattoo.

I wasn't too impressed at my previous session because it was more or less the same as NSC so i never blogged about it...until THIS RECENT SESSION. OMG. I really think this one will make a BIG DIFFERENCE.

Oh wait, don't get me wrong, not saying the tattoo removal doesn't work at NSC but it just seems to be slow so I just wanted to try another clinic and see if I can see a bigger difference. I will still have to go back to NSC to remove certain colors (my tattoo is pretty darn colorful) if Trinity's machine can't do it.

Previous sessions, the "piak" (when laser hits your skin) sounds were much softer, and not so frequent at but after switching to this stronger machine, the sound was much louder and just keeps happening all over, so i really felt like it could remove even more pigments than ever.

It was damn painful though. Much more painful than all the 6 sessions i've done. NOT LIKE THOSE WERE NOT PAINFUL ENOUGH. Haha. But seriously, if it's going to make this process faster, I'LL GO THROUGH THE PAIN, GET IT OVER AND DONE WITH!!!

You can read my previous posts here if you are keen...


Here's my Progress update...



It's much easier to cover with a tattoo concealer now!
But i need another 5 more sessions i think....but i think after switching to this new machine, it should be even faster...we'll see!

So well, here's a picture taken right after my 7th Session...


I'll keep the pic small because it's SUPER GROSS. Never has my tattoo right after lasering looked THAT YUCKY. And it kept bleeding...and IT WAS REALLY SWOLLEN.

BUT...

Certain spots didn't form a white frosting previously!! Like the past 3-6 sessions, not much frosting formed leh...like only super duper red right after laser session. But this time after switching to this new machine, white frosting formed on almost the whole tattoo!!! Which is a damn good thing because i found this information online...

What is White Frosting?

The rapid local heating of skin pigment, which leads to gas or plasma forming, causes the white frosting you sometimes see during and after laser treatment. Carbon dioxide is released as a result of laser penetration and surfaces on the upper layer of the skin, which resembles a white frosting.

In the vast majority of cases, this only lasts for 15-30 minutes after treatment. It is a temporary side effect, which is perfectly normal. White frosting is always evident during the first treatment, but once more ink gets remove from further sessions it won’t appear as much.

Is white frosting a good or bad thing?

It might not look very nice, but the white frosting you see during laser tattoo removal is very much a good thing. This reaction indicates the laser is penetrating the ink effectively. On top of that, it also shows that your body is reacting and healing quickly.

As soon as the laser hits your skin, it can go in various different directions. Some paths of light will reflect off the skin, while others will penetrate into the epidermis and dermis. However, we are interested in the ones that reach the ink particles, are absorbed into the skin and cause white frosting to occur.

Cr: x

Looking forward to it healing so i can see how much it has lightened! But seriously, i think this recent treatment has to be one of the most effective one lah...it better be after going through even more pain. Haha.

I need to wait about a month for it to fully recover then i can show ya'll the results so look forward to the next update alrighty! :)

Details of the clinics i go to...

National Skin Centre
Address: 1 Mandalay Road Singapore 308205
Phone: 6253 4455

Trinity Medical Centre
Address: 87, Marine Parade Central
#02-500A, Singapore 440087
Email: marineparade@trinitymedical.com.sg

p.s i'm not paid to write this post. i am a paying customer at NSC however at Trinity MC i get a huge discount but still, i don't have to write about the clinic if it doesn't work for me (which I didn't do for session 6, but am doing so now because I think this time it will work). Just here to share my tattoo removal experience.