[Beauty Tools Part 2] Enjoy a relaxing facial spa at your cosy home using the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31!

If you are like me, who do not like to sign up facial packages with beauty salons or love having a little spa of your own at your own cosy house, then you should continue to read why this beauty tool, Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31 works best for you!

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My skin condition has deteriorated ever since I have started working as I am always in an air-conditioned room for several hours. Furthermore, being a coffee-addict does not help either as caffeine dehydrates your skin 😦

These 2 factors have aggravated my skin condition, causing it to be dry most of the time.

What is so special about this nano facial steamer?

Similar to the workings of the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener which I mentioned here, this nano facial steamer contains nano water particles which are able to reach even the deepest layer of keratin to achieve deep moisture retention and effectively stimulates growth of collagen & increase quantity of collagen!

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With the consistent usage of this nano facial steamer, you would be able to achieve :

– More well-hydrated skin as it helps to effectively moisturize the dry skin

– Less production of oil sebum which means less oily skin

– Strengthened skin resistance and suppleness

– More tender and smoother skin as it refines your pores

You will just have to fill this container which is located at the back of the steamer to your own water level preference.

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After that, switch on the power and start relaxing in your own heavenly spa!

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Prior to using the steamer, I have exfoliated my face using the St Ives Brightening Scrub to scrub all dirt and to open up the pores.

After which, I then proceeded to steam my face with the nano steamer since the nano water particles can enter even the deepest layer if your skin. Thus, by exfoliating first, the pores are opened and this allows an easier entry of the nano water particles to penetrate into the skin layers, achieving maximum hydration.

Facial steamers also come in handy if you are intending to mask after that as it open up the pores as well, allowing a better absorption of the rich essence from the mask.

As for me, because I noticed that there are several annoying blackheads which popped up on my nose recently, I decided to banish them using Leaders Insolution Blackhead Clinic Sheet + Pore Tightening Serum. Yes, it is a 2-step treatment.

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Ensure that your nose and cheeks areas are damp so that the pore sheet will be able to stick on well and the nano facial steamer does that work for you as it leaves your face damp after math!

And the results?

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Don’t we girls just love to see how many black and whiteheads have been pulled off? Muahaha!

After which, you would have to apply a thin layer of the pore tightening serum.

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A before-after comparison :

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The nose after removing the blackheads really does have obvious positive results! The pores on the nose as well as on the cheeks have also shrunk. 🙂

So you can see that the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31 not only helps to hydrate your skin effectively, helping it to revitalise but is also a useful preliminary step apart from exfoliating your skin before masking!

Now you can banish those black and white heads even more effectively using the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31

Say HELLOOOOO to flawless skin! 🙂

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[Tutorial] How to style your hair with Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener

Are you the sort who desires different hairstyles for the different outlook of the day like me? And is it too much hassle to head down to the hair salon every time you fancy a different hair style?

Or perhaps the money spent on salon services could be money well-spent else where?

Then you are in luck because in this blog post, I will be providing a video tutorial (which is way easier than just pictures alone) on how to style your hair using the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener!

In my previous blog post, I have touched upon how this Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener is Panasonic’slatest hair beauty tool which does not dry out your hair while styling!

I had fun practising with the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener, going from this :

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To this :

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Check out my video tutorial below on how to style your hair using the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener!

Here are some beauty tips to bear in mind :

  1. Ensure that your hair is dry, please do not style if your hair is wet
  2. Comb your hair before styling
  3. Separate your hair into portions, especially if you hair is very thick
  4. Heat protective spray is a must before using any styling tool
  5. Start curling by grabbing the middle portion of your hair bundle, leaving sufficient space to twirl twice without burning yourself, especially near your ears area
  6. Ensure your hair bundle is taut so that they will not fall out of the ceramic plates when coiling
  7. Check to see if all hair is curled properly
  8. Use a hair setting spray/apply hair pump to set your curls

I hope you enjoy watching the video! 🙂

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[Beauty Review] Biore UV Bright Face Milk [PINK] Sunblock SPF50PA++

I must admit that I was one of those lazy ones who couldn’t care less about applying sunblock and its importance. I have had freckles on my face for the longest time ever known, like since young? It could be because I used to be quite sporty back in my teens (yeah I know, it was that long!) and I was frequently under the sun. I used to be quite tanned to be honest.

By now, I hope you girls know the importance of applying sunblock before heading outdoors, if not you should really google all about it!

Anyhoo, I guess the freckles stuck by me for the longest time (sounds so wrong?) and till date, I still have them. Speaking of which, I hope I’ll be able to laser them off soon or something but honestly speaking, lasering my face is so much scarier than lasering off my birthmarks on my body?

It was only until recently I decided to be more diligent and apply sunblock lotion before applying my foundation. I’m using Chanel compact foundation powder by the way that includes an SPF of 20. I was using Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++ and DrX’s Non-tinted Sunscreen SPF 30+ (5A) 60ml.

Recently, I ordered this Biore sunblock from Qoo10 and I’ve been loving it ever since! Never regretted.

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With the constant lack of sleep, my skin loses its radiance easily and the lack of luster inevitably results in dull skin. That was the reason why I choose ‘bright skin’ instead of the rest.

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Now, on to my face.

These pictures are totally unedited, except to sharpen its resolution (because my iphone camera sucks).

Sigh, just take a look at all my ugly freckles and huge pores… 😥

 

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After application of foundation powder :

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Now, for the pros and cons.

Pros :

  • It does brighten up your skin instantly after application
  • It has quick-absorbent properties
  • Non-sticky

Cons :

  • Dries up pretty fast so you will have to apply quickly all over your face 
  • The price difference between retail and the Qoo10 shop which I got this sunblock from is like what, a few bucks? I only realised it when I happen to chance upon it at SaSa which is selling at $15+. Not sure about other retail shops though.
  • Too small a bottle, wish it came in bigger size like its blue version (Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++)

Overall rating :

4 stars

FREE Make-up lessons by a Professional Beauty Trainer for my readers!

You know you are in for an awesome great deal if you are reading this! Yes, as mentioned from my Facebook page, my readers get to enjoy FREE make-up lessons only because YOU ARE SPECIAL! 🙂

This make-up workshop is conducted by Juliana Aw, a professional styling and make-up artist, who is also is the Founder & certified STYLE COACH for Style & Beauty Experts.

Before introducing you to Juliana, let me share with you on my past experience where I had attended a  make-up workshop conducted at my previous company by Juliana and her team of super friendly ladies of  Style & Beauty Experts.

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My first impression of Juliana was that she is a very friendly and vocal lady, and definitely knows how to style and dress herself to bring out the best in her. She is always looking so radiant with a glowing skin which many of us ladies are yearning for! And and and, don’t you just love her spunky hair? I DO! 😀

Her workshop was conducted in a very productive and detailed manner where she taught us several useful make-up tips which can be completed in the quickest time. I don’t know about you, but I’m always racing against time every weekday morning for work so this comes in extremely handy for people like me who wants to prettify themselves in the shortest time! 🙂

Now, a little brief info on Juliana.

Juliana uses her professional background to help her clients make a positive first (and ongoing) impression, while also expressing their unique personality. Whether her clients are professionals, creative types, business owners or stay-at-home Moms she understand that fashion is all about self-expression and that the best in fashion brings out the best in ourselves.  She also believes in helping her clients to stretch their dollars by investing in classic pieces that can be worn season after season!

Juliana has been in this beauty and styling industry for many years and provides training for women in the busy corporate world. Her insightful workshops have been conducted at established corporations such as DBS, OCBC, Raffles Town Club, Orchid Country Club, Mediacorp, Central Provident Fund, Concord Hotel and even at schools such as Cedar’s Girls School and Nanyang Primary School and many many more!

As an independent Makeup Artist, her makeup artistry has appeared on the covers of I-Weekly and also Singapore Women’s Weekly Magazine for Great Women of our Time.

She’s also the Chief Beauty Trainer/ Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay Singapore. On top of that, Juliana had the pleasure of making up for Irene Ang (Owner of Fly Entertainment), Merry Riana (Author, Multi-millionaire, top financial planner in Singapore), Norma Sit (Author for Gorgeous, Sexy, Rich and 2010 Singapore Women’s Weekly Great Women of our Time Judge), Denise Phua (MP & Principal of Pathlight), Amy Cheng (local celebrity), Elaine Ng (Deputy Director in Nursing for Changi Hospital), and Tara Barker (Editor of Singapore Women’s Weekly).

Juliana has a team of wonderful bevy of ladies under her wing whom she has nurtured and imparted many inspiring and valuable styling and make-up skills known as the Style & Beauty Experts.

Their focus is on enriching women’s lives, raising their self-esteem and build confidence, and helping customers to look good. Suitable for all occasions, for example, Dinner and Dance makeup, makeup for bridesmaid and brides, Christmas party makeup.

The trainers are well-trained makeup artists. Their inspiring and highly interactive sessions are conducted in a supportive and enjoyable manner which makes it more memorable. Whether it is a one-to-one coaching consultation, or an intimate group workshop, all of their sessions are tailored to focus on their customers’ particular challenges and objectives.

Below are some of the snippets taken during her workshops :

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So what’s in it for YOU?

The FREE make-up workshop will encompass of the following :-

–          Learn how to achieve luminous, younger looking skin in just 10 mins time.

–          Learn step by step guide to looking flawless in just 6 steps.

–          Wear appropriate makeup to score in the workplace

–          Choose the right foundation formula for your skin type

–          Choose the right foundation shade for your skin tone

–          Control oil and shine throughout the day

–          Instantly hide large pores and uneven skin textures

–          Conceal dark circles, pimples and blemishes

–          Apply foundation and concealer for lasting effects

–          Line your eyes for a sophisticated image at work

–          Use eyeshadow to give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes

–          Use blush to create facial contours

–          Match lip colours to complement your skin tone

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

Wanting to enlighten women more in beautifying themselves even further, Style & Beauty Experts generously offers you another complimentary session on Night Smokey Eyes Beauty Workshop (2 hours session on separate days).

Interested??

If you want to learn these rewarding tips at the comfort of your home, just gather your girlfriends to learn the art of beauty together! Like shopping, it’s always MORE FUN to indulge such goodness together, isn’t it? 😉

Simply start the workshop with a minimum of 3 pax with a max of  up to 10 per session!

And if you are looking for entrepreneurship opportunities and makep-up is your passion, why not be a Stylist cum Beauty Trainer and be a boss of your own?

If you are always interested in fashion and beauty industry, but have no idea how to start?  This will be a great choice to participate! Consider being part of the Style & Beauty Experts Family where you will be taught the essentials of not only make-up per se, but also useful and insightful tips on starting this new career path! Read here on how to embark this fruitful journey with them!

All these will be taught based on Juliana’s own personal experience where she has shared briefly on her inspiring journey to follow her passion here.

To enjoy the FREE make-up workshop with Juliana, simply quote ‘Jean Gan Blogger’ and you’re in for some awesome good treats! Details as follow :-

Style and Beauty Experts
10 Anson Road
#26-04 International Plaza
Singapore 079903
HP: +65 96881798

To book appointment, with min 3 pax to start a class (even better if you gather your gfs to learn at the comfort of one of your homes) : Contact person: Juliana Aw at 96881798 Email: juliana@styleandbeautyexperts.com

Open to ladies aged 20 and above.
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[Beauty Review] L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara Waterproof Formula

As mentioned in my previous beauty review of Love Alpha Mascara, I’m currently using another Mascara which claims to lengthen and volumise at the same time. Definitely what I need for my short and sparse eyelashes!

My natural eyelashes are extremely short and it’s that short till whenever I try to curl, I’ll either press onto my own eyelids (OUCH!) or that the eyelashes cannot even extend to the point where it can be seen.

Don’t get what I mean?

Just take a look at the pictures below.

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Yeah, hello fine lines 😦

So yes anyway, that is after curling… pathetic isn’t it?

But after using eyelash serums (yeah I’m using 2, damn kiasu right?), which I will blog about in my upcoming post, my natural eyelashes have grown – lengthened and volumised! More new lashes have been sprouting out too. 🙂

Really happy about it and I thought that maybe it’s time I can try and abandon my fake eyelashes, and I have not been using them recently, unless I’m really really lazy to apply mascara and remove it after that or if I really want a more dramatic effect for events like clubbing (which I hardly go now)?

And…although many have commented that my fake eyelashes are quite natural looking, some even thought I applied mascara on my own eyelashes, I don’t like the label of being ‘fake’. And what is more amusing is that, after I have stopped using them and decided to wear them on again, I felt that my eyelids were heavier.

It’s really strange, isn’t it?

I thought that I should have already gotten used to the feeling which I really did after wearing them for so many years, and when I didn’t use them for a short while, I couldn’t get used to it. -_-”

Anyway, I read online that if you have short lashes, you should look out for those with fibre that help to lengthen your eyelashes. And if you have sparse ones, you need to volumise them.

But if you are kiasu like me (my eyelashes are actually more of the ‘short’ kind in relation to the ‘sparse’ kind), I got a mascara which consists of both functions – lengthening and volumising! Short and sparse eyelashes – I guess most Asian girls face this problem.

Oh and did I mention that even my bf has longer eyelashes than mine?!

-_-”

And we’d always joke about getting them curled by me which he agrees without any hesitation (not sure if he’s joking?!).

So anyway, here is how the L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara Waterproof Formula looks like :

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The wand is a straight wand and not the curved one, which I prefer.

After application of 1st layer of coat :

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Haha, don’t ask me why they look so unbalanced. This picture was really taken after the 1st layer. I guess it must be the difference in volume of eyelashes for my both eyes. My left eye’s eyelashes are more sparse and lesser than my right eye’s 😦

After 2nd coat :

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I know it still looks unbalanced despite the same number of coatings 😦

If you are wondering why didn’t I apply properly at the inner lashes, well that’s because they are too short to be curled! I am always having difficulties trying to curl my lashes, especially the ones near to my inner eyes 😦

A before and after comparison :

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Let’s see what I like and dislike about this mascara.

Pros :

  1. Lengthens my eyelashes
  2. Volumises my eyelashes
  3. Does not clump easily! I really like this mascara for the fact that it hardly ever clumps! Unlike the Love Alpha Mascara, but I must say that because of the natural fibre from Love Alpha Mascara, the lengthening effect it can provide is definitely better than this L’Oreal – False Lash Architect 4D Fibre Effect Mascara.

Cons :

  1. Lengthens with limitations – does not provide fake eyelash/dramatic effect. However, I’ve seen reviews that it works very well for other girls 😦 It may be because they have long eyelashes to begin with? Or perhaps they applied a thick coating? But I’m not keen in applying so many layers on my eyelashes because it looks too fake and also because…read my next point
  2. It is difficult to remove! Because it’s waterproof (which you can now tell its pros and cons), it makes it difficult to be removed. I have been using Biore Makeup remover wipes to remove them and it always takes a long time to remove them completely, compared to having fake eyelashes on. Amazingly, Love Alpha Mascara is easier to remove but I guess that’s because it may not be waterproof?
  3. Volumise with limitations as well
  4. May be pricey to some – if I recalled correctly, I got this at Watsons for around close to S$30? Love Alpha Mascara  only cost me $11.90 (without postage fees) from Qoo10, although authenticity cannot be 100% guaranteed.

For now, I’ll continue using the Loreal mascara and at the same time, religiously apply the eyelash tonic serum and patiently wait for my natural eyelashes to grow more and longer.

*crosses fingers*

4 stars

If this could really lengthen and volumise further, I’ll definitely give it a 5 star!

[Beauty Review] Love Alpha Fibre Mascara

I have been wearing falsies/fake eyelashes for quite some time now, approx for 6 years? Haha! And I’ve been wanting to stop wearing them for a more natural look but because my natural eyelashes are extremely short, I have been trying to grow them out wish eyelash serum and tonic. Results can  be said to be effective but nothing fantastic. More on that later.

While I was “window-shopping” on Qoo10, I chanced upon this highly raved mascara – Love Alpha Fibre MascaraJust so you know that this isn’t a paid advertorial or sponsorship. I paid $11.90 +$1.50 normal postage fee for it which amounts to $13.40.

A few bucks more expensive than its promo price.


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The packaging is indeed pretty and although there are other mascaras which comes in such packaging, this is my first time seeing this!

This is how it looks when applied :

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Now, for the reviews…

Pros :

  1. It really does lengthen and volumise your lashes
  2. Easy to apply with minimal steps
  3. Pretty packaging

Cons :

  1. I really loathe how it clumps, clumps and keeps on clumping! I’ve tried twice and 4 times altogether (because you have a pair of eyes?) but it still clumps….
  2. The correct method is to apply the fiber at mid-length and ends of the lashes but…it still clumps!
  3. 2-way method is definitely more troublesome than those mascaras which already have fibre in them – am now trying another mascara from Loreal, will blog about it soon 🙂
  4. Seller claims its authentic but I can guarantee and her attitude and customer service is not fantastic as reflected in the reviews
  5. Takes a longer time to apply compared to other mascara – definitely not for those rushing in the morning to work

Will I recommend this product?

The answer is NO.

It may be cheap but I can’t guarantee the authenticity despite the authenticity sticker and clumping mascara is definitely a BIG NO-NO! I don’t know if the problem lies with me or what but some others didn’t face this problem, and perhaps practice does make perfect…?

Goodbye Braces – Underbite problem solved!

I AM UGLY BETTY, NO MORE!!! HOORAY!!!

Most people I know commented on how much they miss their braces once they are removed but not me! I will NEVER EVER miss it, not even a single bit and today, may I present you my ‘new’ set of teeth!

Apart from realigning my teeth, setting it straight and helping me to overcome my underbite problems, I have never liked them. I mean come on, who does right?

Pain from tightening, ulcers, cuts, food getting stuck in between teeth, annoying elastic bands..you name it, I have it. I guess that’s pretty common for most wearers but what about this?

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Of course, this picture doesn’t exactly paint the full picture of what happened and it only captures the aftermath.

What really happened : the frenulum of my tongue got caught on one of the hooks of the braces at the back of my mouth.

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So obviously I couldn’t be expected to be snapping away of what exactly happened at the time of incident right? I was wailing in pain and panicking like mad, and was extremely in fear as I was alone during that time.

After the physical pain was relieved a little (as the frenulum continued to hurt the days after), I had to be financially ‘exploited’ by the private hospital I went to remove the frenulum off the hook which costs me $200+! And well, the whole procedure didn’t even take more than 5mins! WTF seriously.

Now, that’s something I bet you have not come across. Even my dentist hasn’t and perhaps I may be the one and only in this world who experienced this unlucky encounter.

So these are the last pictures you will ever see me with braces on :

(Pardon for the unsightly pictures with food stuck in between my teeth)

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I went from this :

BRACES

To this :

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My retainers which cost me $300! I was advised to wear them for 4 months 24/7 (full time) then only am I allowed to wear them only during sleep.

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I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY THAT THE BRACES ARE OFF!!! I AM NOW A CLASS I INSTEAD OF A CLASS III (UNDERBITE) MALOCCLUSION!!! 

But for now, after not smiling with my teeth for 26 years, I will have to practise more now with the mirror…..

In any case you guys are interested, I did my braces with Dr Timothy Lim from Q&M Dental Clinic. I usually patronise the Bedok branch but I know he runs around other branches too like Centrepoint, Bugis, Bukit Batok…

Don’t be mistaken, this is neither a paid advertorial or sponsorship, and I don’t gain anything from this. Just that I realised that there are actually many people out there facing the same underbite problem as I did too, so hopefully this would be of help to you guys.

I did not get my jaw corrected too to overcome this underbite problem and as I have mentioned previously, I am just PLAIN LUCKY.

Please seek professional help to have your condition assessed as different individuals have different set of problems, and for some unfortunately, having only braces may not solve your underbite problem.

Total charges :

Braces – $4200 excluding GST

Retainers – $300 excluding GST

Misc – $10 per visit for sterilisation and disposable charges

X-ray – I cannot remember how much but you will have to get this done before putting on braces

Fillings – I was charged $70/tooth – but I guess it varies

For cleaning/polishing/whitening/other services, please inquire with them.

SAY CHEESE!!!

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I have been receiving queries as to the address of the dental clinic where I had my braces done by Dr Lim which I have also included in my previous blog posts. Nevertheless, for the benefit of the doubt, here is the address.

Please note that Dr Lim drops by different Q&M branches on different days so it’s best you check with them directly. From what I know, he’s stationed at Bedok on Wednesdays, Centrepoint branch on Thursdays and Bugis branch on Saturdays. He goes to Bukit Batok as well but it’s best you check directly with the receptionist.

Q&M Dental Clinic (Bedok)

Blk 214 BedokNorth Street 1

#01-173

Singapore 460214

Tel: 6876 0533 | Fax: 6876 0082