FAQ on birthmark removal and updates

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my¬†Facebook page! ūüôā

As promised on my‚ÄĮFacebook page‚ÄĮ(follow me if you haven‚Äôt already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read¬†about¬†the progress¬†from the treatments I have undergone thus far‚ÄĮhere.

I have been trying out‚ÄĮthe‚ÄĮMedlite¬†C6 laser from HOYA¬†ConBio¬ģ, the latest in Q-switched laser technologyto treat and remove¬†my birthmarks.¬†So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the¬†Medlite¬†C6 laser treatments¬†well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using¬†Medlite¬†C6,‚ÄĮmy doctors‚ÄĮdecided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than¬†Medlite¬†C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as¬†Medlite¬†and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‚Äėcut‚Äô away the layer‚Ķ.which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I‚Äôm not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‚Äėpopping‚Äô out with an ‚Äėextra flesh‚Äô.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 :¬†This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on¬†the¬†individual‚Äôs condition. The number of sessions would depend¬†on how ‚Äėdeep‚Äô your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to¬†analyse¬†the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 :¬†This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400. ‚ÄĮBut then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 :¬†I would be lying if I say it doesn‚Äôt¬†hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an¬†ant-bite¬†pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling¬†involved.¬†Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after¬†which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this¬†pain because it‚Äôs really ‚ÄėNO PAIN NO GAIN‚Äô.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 :¬†I¬†was¬†given bleaching/whitening cream and ‚Äėcalming cream‚Äô before but logically, I skip applications when the area is¬†still¬†sore and the new layer of skin is still ‚Äėfresh‚Äô. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it¬†then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :¬† I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents¬†which¬†some¬†of you¬†might call¬†‚Äėscars‚Äô,¬†they¬†are actually areas that are whiter than¬†the¬†surrounding¬†skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my¬†Facebook page! ūüôā

Updates and FAQ on my Birthmarks Removal

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my¬†Facebook page! ūüôā

As promised on my‚ÄĮFacebook page‚ÄĮ(follow me if you haven‚Äôt already!), here is the latest update on my birthmarks removal.

You may read¬†about¬†the progress¬†from the treatments I have undergone thus far‚ÄĮhere.

I have been trying out‚ÄĮthe‚ÄĮMedlite¬†C6 laser from HOYA¬†ConBio¬ģ, the latest in Q-switched laser technology to treat and remove¬†my birthmarks.¬†So far, my 2 smaller birthmarks have been responding to the¬†Medlite¬†C6 laser treatments¬†well enough to have them almost completely removed. There is a risk of having a white indent mark after the treatments but I guess that would be better than having a dark one? However, not to worry because the white indent will slowly fade away with time as seen from the pictures.

Unfortunately, the huge birthmark on my inner thigh has not been responding well to the laser treatments but instead, sort of backfired. You will need to consider this risk if you are looking to remove yours. Stubborn pigmentation that are too dark and deep may not be able to disperse and lighten, and may darken even further. This was what happened to mine.

After the 4th treatment using¬†Medlite¬†C6,‚ÄĮmy doctors‚ÄĮdecided to use another alternative to help treat my birthmarks, especially the huge one, which is the Fractional Laser Treatment. I was told that this is stronger than¬†Medlite¬†C6 but surprisingly, it did not hurt as much as¬†Medlite¬†and downtime in terms of swelling and redness but lesser and faster too!

This is the first attempt using the Fractional Laser Treatment.

My doctor mentioned to me that some of the patients who have had their cafe au lait birthmarks treated using Medlite have also encountered the same issue as my huge birthmark. Similarly, they have also been advised to use the Fractional Laser Treatment and some of them had theirs successfully removed.

I am crossing my fingers doubly hard this time round because should this treatment also fail me, then the final and last resort would be to ‚Äėcut‚Äô away the layer‚Ķ.which I really shudder even at the mere thought of it, although I‚Äôm not too sure how this would be done since my birthmark is flat and not ‚Äėpopping‚Äô out with an ‚Äėextra flesh‚Äô.

I know some of you guys might think that it isn’t such a big deal having these birthmarks but all I can say is that I have been living with these for the past 26 years of my life and every single time I wear short skirt, short dress and shorts (not even mini level), I get extremely self-conscious. Without fail.

And to make it worse, this is validated and verified by onlookers’ watchful eyes. Although some of you guys might also say that thankfully the birthmark is not on my face which is a gazillion times worse, but still….

I got this even when I was a child especially when I went swimming as the huge birthmark on my inner thigh would definitely be seen while wearing a swimsuit or during physical exercise lessons in school.

In whatever circumstances, this huge birthmark has somehow or rather but certainly affected my self-esteem. Even having long slim and toned flawless legs (no other blemishes) wouldn’t make me contented if the huge birthmark remains.

I must say that patience is really required should you want to remove your birthmarks, because a few treatment sessions are usually required. One should be realistic with their expectations of the results and time process.

Here are the usual FAQs I have been receiving and should I have missed out any of your queries, I apologise. I hope these FAQs would more or less address your concerns with regards to birthmark removal.

Q1: How many treatment sessions do I need? 

A1 :¬†This is one of the most common queries I have received. My answer to this is that it would really depend on¬†the¬†individual‚Äôs condition. The number of sessions would depend¬†on how ‚Äėdeep‚Äô your pigmentation is, into the layers of your skin. One very obvious method in deciding whether your birthmark pigmentation is deep or not, would be to¬†analyse¬†the shade of the birthmark.

The 2 smaller birthmarks are definitely much lighter than the huge 1 on my inner thigh. And to achieve good results, I have undergone 4 treatment sessions for that to reach this stage.

Another consideration would be the size of the birthmark. Logically, smaller birthmarks would require less number of treatments compared to bigger ones.

Q2 : How much does the treatment cost? 

A2 :¬†This is pretty much dependent on the number of treatments required for your condition. From what I know when I inquired with the doc on behalf of my friend, a 50cent coin size scar (not birthmark) costs around $350-$400. ‚ÄĮBut then again, for a more accurate and confirmed quotation, it is best that you check with the doc.

Q3 : How long would a session take? 

A3 : Again, depending on the above contributing factors, it may take approx 15mins to 30mins. You will also require numbing cream to be applied before the treatment, and it would require about 10 to 15mins for the numbing effect to take place.

Q4 : Does it hurt? 

A4 :¬†I would be lying if I say it doesn‚Äôt¬†hurt. Before the process, as mentioned above, numbing cream would be applied to minimize pain. During the treatment, when the laser beams penetrate into your skin, it does hurt but it is more of an¬†ant-bite¬†pain. Personally, the aftermath of the treatment is much more painful as there would be redness and swelling¬†involved.¬†Based on my experience thus far, the pain would usually remain until about 2 hours later, after¬†which it would gradually subside. I tolerate all this¬†pain because it‚Äôs really ‚ÄėNO PAIN NO GAIN‚Äô.

Q5 : Any downtime? What is the recovery period? 

A5 : As mentioned above, there would be redness and swelling for approx 2 hours after the treatment. The redness may continue till the next day and will then subside gradually. After about 4 to 5 days, the treated areas would then experience dryness and scabs would form, then shrivel and dry up. This is the period in which you may most probably itch like crazy. It’s best not to scratch or touch the area at all, which can be quite frustrating because it’s just sooooo itchy. But this is the same with any other wounds that are healing.

Q6 : Any medication? 

A6 :¬†I¬†was¬†given bleaching/whitening cream and ‚Äėcalming cream‚Äô before but logically, I skip applications when the area is¬†still¬†sore and the new layer of skin is still ‚Äėfresh‚Äô. Definitely would hurt a gazillion times if you apply something on it¬†then.

I was told not to apply anything onto the birthmarks after my Fractional Laser treatment.

Q7 : Will it be permanently removed? 

A7 : This is really anyone’s guess. Even the doctors would not be able to provide a definite answer because it really depends on the individual and one’s luck. Some birthmarks do recur while some don’t.

Q8 : Any scars? 

A8 :¬† I am very lucky not to have had any scars from the treatment. There may be some white indents¬†which¬†some¬†of you¬†might call¬†‚Äėscars‚Äô,¬†they¬†are actually areas that are whiter than¬†the¬†surrounding¬†skin. But I guess that looks better than having a brown patch which is more obvious? I was actually afraid that the white indents would remain forever but it seems like they do fade away gradually with time, although not 100% complete.

With the new laser treatment, I am starting to harbour hopes that my birthmarks can be completely removed again.

*fingers crossed doubly tight*

Watch this space for the next update!

*For pictures, please email me or leave a comment, or simply ‘like’ and follow me on my¬†Facebook page! ūüôā

New Hair Sponsor : Modern Style Salon x Grand Opening x Beauty Review

As the title suggests, I have a new hair sponsor! ūüôā And what’s awesome is that the salon is located in Tampines and hence, very convenient for east-siders like me!

Awhile back, I did Shiseido’s Hair Treatment and Soft Rebonding with Modern Style Salon as my mane was getting out of hand, with frizzy bits and flyaway. It made me look very unkempt. Even after washing, which is supposed to ‘tame’ my mane after a night’s sleep, I have had people asking what happened to my hair! ūüė•

So you cannot imagine what my hair look like first thing in the morning when I wake up, it’s really quite horrendous!

I guess this is the result of dyeing your hair too often and even bleaching it. Yes, you would recall that I bleached a portion of my hair to dye it hot funky pink…

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And of course, it has lost its colour since a long time ago…

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But what is more concerning is the quality of my hair aftermath…

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You can tell the difference by just looking at this before-after pic.

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The one on the left was before bleaching my hair, it was dry and messy yes but there weren’t as many flyaway and crisps compared to the aftermath on the right ūüė¶

Needless to say, the drying got worse and I had even more split ends than before.

My first visit to Modern Style Salon was to have my hair treated because I reckon they were under too much stress and I haven’t been pampering them for such a long time!

So, I decided to do my hair and myself a favour! ūüôā

Before that, let me take you a little tour around Modern Style Salon.

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And this was me having my tresses pampered… ‚̧

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End result?

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Smooth and silky hair in no time!!!

Hair treatments are for maintenance purposes which means, similar to facial sessions and self-masking at home, you would need to undergo treatments regularly to achieve your desired result. I dreaded that because that would mean that I would have to squeeze in a slot among my busy schedule and hence, I decided to opt for soft rebonding to solve my problems once and for all.

Headed to Modern Style Salon again to rebond my hair.

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And…the aftermath!

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Yes, that’s my Mac for lunch which my hair stylist, Tonny has very kindly allowed me to bring in to munch while he fix my hair.

Some tips from me if you are intending to have your hair treated/curl/rebond/any other services that might most proba bly take some time to complete – empty your bladder, ensure your phone/ipad is fully charged (or you can charge it at the salon if allowed) and fill your tummy/take-away and munch while the treatment is done (if your hair stylist doesn’t mind).

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You can tell how my locks are now more ‘tamed’ and silkier than before right? ūüėÄ

Awesome right? Read on and look out for my promo code to enjoy discounts!

Modern Style Salon recently had their grand opening and I had the opportunity to meet other MyFatPocket bloggers as well ūüôā

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All of us had our chance to share our experience we had with Modern Style Salon and I was the first to be interviewed.

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Tonny, our hair stylist was interviewed by the emcee as well because all of us girls had only praises for him!

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What is an event without music?

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And delicious food should never be excluded…

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And wines!

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There were freebies which were proudly sponsored by Shiseido!

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And now for the best part…

Wanna get a better deal out of this?

Just simply quote ‘MFP-Jean’ and enjoy 20% off ALL HAIR SERVICES!!!

Modern Style Salon

5 Tampines Central 6,

#01-10 Telepark,

Singapore 529482
Operating Hours:  10.30am to 8.30pm (Mon РFri);

10.30am to 7pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)

‘Like’ their¬†Facebook page¬†for more promotions and updates! ūüôā

[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 ūüė¶

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. ūüôā

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 ūüė¶

After 2nd coat :

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

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 ūüė¶

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 ūüė¶ 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 Рif 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 Mascara.¬†Just 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 ūüôā
  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…?

[Beauty Review] b.liv Absolute Matte Mask

I don’t know about you, but I notice that when¬†that time of the month is nearing, my skin gets oilier than usual. Blame it on the hormones man!

I don’t have oily skin type and I belong to the combination skin type, so frequent touching up of makeup at the T-zone areas is required, especially so during this period.

I was fortunate enough to be sent b.liv Absolute Matte Mask which many raved about and was able to experience the aftermath effects myself!

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b.liv has also kindly sent me their TOP selling product – Off with those black heads serum to try which I will blog about it another day ūüôā

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Pros :

  1. The mask sheet is thick and not flimsy, hence does not tear easily
  2. Sebum production reduced
  3. Lesser need to touch-up my T-zone areas which means lesser clogged pores!
  4. Skin feels matte after removal and still matte after applying my Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Serum and Emulsion

Cons :

  1. Varies individually but those with oily eyelids may prefer for the eyelids flap as well

On the whole, this mask would benefit those with oily skin type as well as combination skin type. Comes in handy especially during the period nearing that time of the month.

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?

grey Updates on My Braces Journey for my Underbite

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 Р$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

With Sculptra Treatment, I look younger with fuller cheeks now!

It’s been only 5 months since my 1st session of Sculptra fillers with Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic¬†and I have undergone a total of 3 sessions thus far. Results have indeed been very promising and effective.

Read here for my previous sessions :

1st Sculptra treatment session

2nd Sculptra treatment session

3rd Sculptra treatment session

Sculptra is¬†a type of filler, injected with¬†¬†l-poly-lactic acid to help stimulate and encourage facial growth via natural collagen production. By ‚Äėnatural‚Äô, it means that the collagen formed comes from your own tissue. Besides being able to achieve facial volume, Sculptra is also able to target other common areas due to loss of facial volume and ageing problems such as wrinkles, folds and skin laxity.

The effect of Sculptra is more natural looking than what Dermal Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid), dermal fillers are not able to create this much of volume as well.

These pictures would portray the obvious differences and effective results I have enjoyed from my Sculptra treatments.

Please note that pictures are left unedited except for brightening effects due to bad lighting in the background and poor resolution.

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I took these 2 pictures above for comparison mainly because I am not smiling in them, which gives you a clearer perspective of how much volume my cheeks have been effectively filled via Sculptra.

And because I have finally removed my braces recently, apart from being able to smile more confidently with my teeth, I need not worry about my sunken cheeks anymore!

Taken recently while I was at a hair salon :

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#buffirstletmetakeaselfie :

 

 

 

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If you are looking to achieve fuller cheeks that presents a more youthful radiant looking appearance, Sculptra is definitely recommended! Moreover, it is clinically proven to be able to last up to 2 years or at least 25 months! 

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  3. Dr Chau is the most experienced practioner and pioneer in Sculptra procedure ever since its launch in Singapore in 2009.
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[Beauty] Have you heard of ‘Botox’ for your hair? Fluff Hair Room

I have been dyeing my hair for years till date and it is no wonder my poor mane dries up easily and quickly due to the chemicals used.

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I realised that using hair treatment products at home such as hair conditioners, be it wash-off or leave-on or even hair mask do not work exactly well.

This brings me to my main topic of ‘Hair Maintenance’ and you should consider pampering your tresses approx once every month with hair treatments by notable hair salons.

Just last week, I dropped by Fluff Hair Room¬†(what a cute name, isn’t it?) to have my hair treated.

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The products which were used :

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Left : Erayba Professional Line Hydraker K11 Keratin Hair Botox

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A deep moisturising shampoo with Keratin,thermal lipid-complex, Argan Oil, Vegetable proteins and Karite Shea Butter.

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Paraben free, salt free, sulfate free
For damaged hair that needs special care and deep moisture. Enhanced hair reconstruction from inside out, hair protection, natural shine, nourishing and smoothing effect. Combine the HydraKer series for different therapy rituals and bring back your hair¬īs youth and natural beauty.
I trimmed my hair and fringe as well as my last trim was during cny period!
The aftermath results :
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[Beauty] How to make your DIY Gel Nails last?

Gel nails have their pros and cons but one of the main reason why girls have their nails done in gelish nail polish is due to the durability. Gel nails are known to last longer than normal nail polishes, although they are more harmful due to curing under UV/LED light.

Apart from having my manicure sessions done at nail salons, I like to DIY them myself.

These are the tools which are required :

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I have blogged about them before earlier on, so do take some time to read here before moving on, especially if you are new to this ūüôā

I get most of my stuffs from Qoo10 and they aren’t expensive.

Although the quality of the nail polishes make a huge difference, I realised that some cheaper gel nails (authenticity unverified though) can last too! I know how expensive it is to have manicures done every now and then and also how pricey gel nail polish brands such as Gelish Harmony, Artistic, Red Carpet are…

I have soft and brittle nails (natural and due to wearing nail polishes too long) and often experience breakage and chipping. Furthermore, recently I have been suffering from short lifespan of my gel nails as they peel easily. And I don’t mean like chipping off bit by bit, it’s like the whole piece of nail polish peels off from my whole nail bed!

It’s definitely annoying especially since it can occur few hours or the day after my DIY manicure! Not to mention, it is also very unsightly. #OCD

So here are some useful tips which I have discovered that would help you achieve longer lasting gel nails :

1. Remove your previous manicure properly. I didn’t really follow this because most of my gel nails were able to peel off, so I took the easy way out and peel them all off, although not advisable. Heh.

2. Buff and file your nails. 

3. This is the most important step. I skipped this step previously and that was why my gel nails kept peeling off. Cleanse the nail bed thoroughly with Acetone. 

4. Apply pH bond. I used to think applying pH bond was sufficient and never really thought that there might be some residue left from my previous session despite peeling them all off.

5. Do not allow the nail polish to come into contact with your skin. If it does, remember to WIPE IT OFF BEFORE YOU CURE IT. This is because curing your nails under the UV/LED lamp ‘seals’ the nail polish and hardens it, thus making it difficult for you to salvage it without removing the whole nail polish again. Any ‘gaps’ will cause your nail polish to chip/peel.¬†

6. Apply an additional layer on your finger tips to ‘seal’ the whole nail bed.¬†

7. Apply an additional top coat and cure it for a longer time (optional).

Here are some of my humble works thus far :

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Hope you enjoy them and thanks for reading! ūüôā