March 18, 2017

Softer Brows with Powder Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery at Beauty Recipe

I decided to redo my eyebrow shape sometime this year.. because... new year.. new brows!

Nahhh, I kid! In reality, what happened was that I've recently done a double eyelid suture surgery, and my eye shape became slightly different (you can read more about my double eyelid story here:

Straighter eyebrows from previous embroidery
Last time, with my inner double eyelids, my eyes were smaller and slightly straighter. Now they're rounder - thank goodness! - and hence the straight-ish eyebrow shape from my previous eyebrow embroidery didn't suit me so well. I wanted something A LITTLE different, just more rounded towards the ends with a gentle arch so I'd look less fierce!

Moreover, I was starting to realize that my previous eyebrow shape looked a little off, not too sure why. Perhaps after the surgery, the suturing of my right eye required slightly more work, leading to an uneven eyebrow propotion (one high and one low) which I'll show at the lower part of this post.

Fortunately! Jessie, the owner of Beauty Recipe, told me that she could not only alter and help CHANGE my eyebrow embroidery shape, she could also let me try out a new technique to give my eyebrows a softer arch and coloring! SUPER EXCITED.

As you can already guess with the title, what I was going to do is called the Powder Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery. It's different from 6D Eyebrow Embroidery in a sense because it doesn't use a blade to get the color in. It is sort of "tattooed" in the way the old embroideries were done EXCEPT that it uses A LOT more skills, and for the therapist to be really deft with her hands.

My eyebrow expert for the day was Khanh, and if you haven't already read, there's TONS of gleaming reviews for her on the Beauty Recipe Facebook. I felt very safe in her hands lol!

Anyway, as I was saying, the color for this type of eyebrow embroidery can't go in as a patch as you've probably seen on numerous people before. The color MUST go in, as mentioned, in a gradient. You've probably seen a lot of "Instagram Brows" where the front is light and has hair strokes almost but the back is DARK and very defined - yupp something like that.

However, my eyebrows this time required even more dexterity as I was not only trying to color them in but to reshape them.

Original Shape versus After Peeling
Above, on the top half of the collage, you can see, I tried to change my own eyebrow shapes by drawing the left side sort of arched but the right side went too high up and I couldn't create an arch there to "pull it down".

I attribute this, as I mentioned, to my double eyelid surgery as my eyebrows were perfectly fine and even before that. The eye on that side has more skin and thus, to create the parallel lid at the front, had to be pulled downwards more.

I'll be honest and say that I was hesitant and a little disbelieving when Jessie said that her eyebrow expert could make both sides even. I was sort of thinking... okay so do I need to do a laser or?? Jessie said that they could use a skin colored ink to, in a sense, embroider over the parts where the eyebrow "got out of shape. I was even worried that the skin color wouldn't match mine and it would look really fake and patchy... but I WAS WRONG. It was.. undetectable even!

Sorry for the quality - this was taken with my phone!
I was SO impressed with what Khanh had done that I JUST HAD TO TAKE A PHOTO AFTER. I sent it to Jessie straightaway and GUSHED about her! I really really couldn't believe I finally had even brows after months of tolerating one of them being so much higher. #firstworldproblems.

Here's the peeling process. By Day 3, most of it had peeled off already, especially the front. Those who do the Powder Gradient embroidery will notice pretty quick peeling, often within 2-3 days: so do not be alarmed if you experience this.

The thing about Gradient Eyebrows, or what was told to me, is that due to the technique if it being tattooeed in, the color RIGHT after the treatment isn't as dark and the eyebrows won't look as thick as it would be after microblading (6D embroidery).

However, unlike 6D eyebrow embroidery, the color remains strong at a 70-80% of the original shading after peeling - whereas the color for a 6D embroidery would only be about 50% strong.

In total, both have their perks though as the 6D embroidery can emulate hair strokes whilst the Gradient embroidery is more of a powdery makeup finish. It's really up to each person's taste. Anyway, both treatments come with a free touch up, so don't worry too much about the fading. You can even opt to do BOTH 6D and Gradient at the same time depending on the areas (eg. front with hair strokes and back with the gradient shading)! Amazing right!

Just in case you're wondering why my gradient brows aren't as obvious (from light to dark), it's also because I had previous eyebrow embroidery done before and my front was still dark. If you're doing this for the first time, the results are a lot more obvious! If you're also someone who's doing the Powder Gradient on top of a previous embroidery, you could perhaps just ask for the darkening of the tail area.

Regardless, I was super pleased with the whole process and final result. Like, VERY VERY happy. It was painless as usual, I occasionally checked my phone and chatted with Khanh every now and then. I think at one point I even fell asleep. If you're looking for a complaint, I've got none.

Beauty Recipe, Jessie, and all the amazing eyebrow experts there never fail to amaze me and brighten my day. Thank you so much!

For those who wish to have Khanh do their brows for them, do head to Beauty Recipe in Jurong East instead of Parkway.


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December 30, 2016

Goodbye, Bulldog face

I am a generally skinny person.

Okay, maybe I’ll use the word slim.

Okay, maybe I’ll just admit that I would like to think of myself as both those words but I’m very probably not (curse you bloody milk teas and overly tasty aglio olios!).

It doesn’t help that my metabolism has taken a very steep dive off a cliff since I turned 25 and all the unattractive traits that I am to inherit from my family has started to set in.

The funny thing is, I do think my genepool has been quite fair. I did get voluminous locks, perfect eyesight and a relatively small-sized body….. I guess the only issue is that.. The down sides I experience are quite proportionate to the up sides.

The women in my family all BALLOON after a certain age (my aunties used to have waist sizes of 19 inches!!!), we are more inclined to get glaucoma and diabetes and above all.. we are doomed to have a bulldog face eventually.

Welcome to my Bulldog Face

What is a bulldog face you ask? Well. It’s pretty straightforward. Please refer to the photo above haha.

For as long as I've known, almost every young person (myself included) in my family has enjoyed years of those much-coveted apple cheeks. We have high cheekbones, rounded full cheeks and somewhat sharp chins. However, since life is fair.. these attractive round high cheeks… sag all the way down and rest happily around our jaw area.

Hence – the bulldog face. In a more anatomical terms, we all get jowls super easily.

(PS: In fact, you can read this post on the recent Indiba programme I went through to remove my double chin! SEE. The sagging is real.)

Astique Clinic to the Rescue
Astique has been taking care of me for so long! Check out this old photo.. and my fringe! lol

But I digress.

Since the jowls issue started so suddenly and unfortunately.. I decided to waste no time in letting the matter worsen.. and I booked an appointment with my Astique Clinic, who has been in charge of all my aesthetic needs the past 1.5 years (what with my monthly Dual Yellow Lasers and the occasional Botox treatment), and told them I wanted to get an Ultra V-lift done A.S.A.P.!

You're probably wondering.. what is an Ultra V-lift all about.

Here is a quick idea of what it can do and what one can typically expect.

Credits to: ShoesandDrama

An Ultra V-Lift is also known as a non-surgical ultra-fine threadlift that does not involve cutting or stitching, using absorbable ultra-fine threads that are inserted under the skin with no down time*.

The threads are made of Polydioxanone, an absorbable and biodegradable material used in various fields of surgery. It is now as the “Lunchtime facelift” and is suitable for those who have mild to moderate sagging of the skin, and wish to restore the youthfulness back to their skin with minimal downtime*.

Collagen and elastin skin proteins start to form and the skin is lifted and becomes tighter and more youthful, resembling a more streamlined “V”. Patients can return to work as early as the next day. The results will last for about 12-18 months and possibly longer*, if combined with a skin tightening procedure later on.

*Results vary based on the individual

How does Ultra V-Lift compare to Traditional Lifting Though?

The traditional lifting methods are more invasive and involve a longer recovery period. In contrast, the Ultra V-Lift has a short procedure time and requires no general /local anaesthesia.

And while many assume that "face lifts" are solely meant for the older population, the fact is that any patient experiencing the effects of aging is a suitable candidate. Ultra V Lift patients are often aged from 25 years old and onwards, because that is when skin tissues start to thin and collagen fibers begin breaking down.

It all seemed pretty straightforward to me, and I'm not that afraid of pain anyway so I decided to go through with it. The results seemed so miraculously that I JUST HAD TO try it out.

The Process

So here I am numbing my face out before the Ultra V-Lift. I chose to go through about 30 minutes of numbing but I've heard of patients who are deathly afraid of pain and have requested for up to an hour of numbing too.

Astique clinic is pretty versatile and very open to customer requests, so I think that's fine if an hour is what you need. However, be sure to let them know your concerns though, so they can schedule a longer appointment period for you! :)

After the numbing was done, the cream was cleansed and removed from my skin so that the doctor could begin marking out the necessary points for the thread lift.

As you can see, the marks are drawn in a white pen and they're in rows of three. These areas are swabbed with an alcohol cotton ball before any needles begin pricking through.

In case you're wondering just what do the needles do... the secret behind this procedure lies in the expert placement of ultra-thin polydioxanone (PDO) threads. When deftly inserted into the treatment areas, loose skin is tightened and skin tissues are triggered to produce new fibroblasts and collagen, leading to the creation of a more sculpted V-shaped face.

Since my area of concern was my lower face, up to 55 threads were used going around from the end of one ear to the other. That naturally included my lower chin area too.

Here I am right after it's all done! Really zero downtime (looks-wise) but I did feel pretty sore. I was told not to press onto the areas too hard, lest the threads break, and also not to do any facials till a minimum of 3 weeks after. This is mostly because facials can include massages which can also cause the threads to loosen.

I think the area that hurt the most after everything was my chin.. but when I say "hurt" I don't mean any sharp pain. It felt like... my chin had done a million sit ups LOL does that make sense? I also tried not to sleep on the side of my face for a week -- a pretty tough feat in itself but I think I did pretty well.

No one could tell I did a lift when I returned to work the next day, so don't worry about looking like a monstrosity or anything!

The Results
Here are my results after 4 weeks. I even drew out the face shape LOL in case you found it difficult to infer from the photos.

I definitely think the V-shape is a lot more apparent - hence the name of the treatment - but my cheeks still feel SLIGHTLY meaty.. I guess I can't run because I've definitely gained weight. All in all though, I am VERY pleased to have done something to prevent those jowls from getting any worse. Plus the effects will continue to work over as the collagen is stimulated so I'm excited to see what the future holds too!

I've managed to bid my bulldog face adieu for now and for that I am extremely grateful to Astique Clinic! Who says time reversal is impossible!? ;)

Here are the prices, in case you're interested in trying this out too:

Call Astique Clinic at 6732 3801 / 9857 7892 (24-hr SMS) to find out more! :)


December 8, 2016

Getting Rid of that Dreaded Double Chin!

Many people who know me.. constantly see me as an all-rounded petite. As in I'm not just petite height wise, but literally all over. I'm just one of those girls people feel they can pick up and fit into their pockets.

So when I say that I've got a fat/saggy/droopy face, many people tend to brush me off. My husband is one very good example who feels used to my complaints and has mastered the art of selective hearing - or should I say selective deafness? Haha

Sorry for the lousy quality of my iphone's front camera!

I digress. Recently, something I've noticed since about sometime last year... is that my double chin has started taking on a life of its own. Photo above probably speaks a thousand words already.

Some people may go, "well obviously because you're forcing it!".. But the sad truth is that it doesn't take a lot to force that huge lump of a potato out beneath my face (I can just look down at my phone for that THING to appear).

I mean, just look at Ben. That's SKIN. Just skin, lots of excess skin. I have an actual LUMP full of fats and what not below. So yeah. It's sad.

Indiba Treatment at Carragheen

As usual, though, Carragheen came to my rescue by offering an 8-session course of Indiba Face Contouring Treatments - otherwise known as a facelift without surgery! Isn't modern day technology simply fascinating!?

The Indiba Deep Beauty Machine and its Proionic technology was originally kickstarted to achieve body-coutouring results.. However, it was later discovered that the exact same process could help achieve a tighting/firming/slimming effect without the need for invasive techniques!

How it works is that it targets the fatty tissues underlying the superficial layer of skin which start to weaken and droop over time (something I personally felt was happening to me and my double chin!). It uses and is also able to generate heat internally for precise skin tightening as well as the regeneration of collagen to help improve skin elasticity and water retention issues - great for someone like me who literally EATS SALT.

The process begins with a lymphatic drainage followed by a massage of the treatment area(s) with the radiofrequency device coupled with smooth and soothing massage strokes. The heat slowly grows and can become quite hot suddenly, so I strongly suggest to tell your therapist the moment you feel that the temperature is beginning to feel a little overwhelming. However, do not feel daunted as the whole treatment is actually EXTREMELY relaxing and the heat can feel comforting even.

This heat, which is a patented radiofrequency, enters the body safely, working its magic through the deep tissues. In fact, after the treatment, the heat will continue to work around and in your body for up to 24 hours to maximize results.

This outcome of this is rejuvenated and supple skin with decreased pore size, lesser scars, and a tighter countenance. It also helps with wrinkles, eye bags and dark rings! Though you will see an immediate effect after a single treatment, it is still recommended to follow through with 6-8 sessions to have long lasting results.

Results over 8 Weeks

Below, I've laid out my progress over the 8 sessions I attended at Carragheen. You'll probably notice that my progress is slightly slow, seeing as they're each taken 2 weeks - 1 month apart.

That's largely because my skin is highly inelastic :( And everyone in my family is no stranger to the bulldog face as our faces begin to sag very very early on...

Which is why I must say.. that at the very end, I was SUPER impressed with the results.

I suspect that I will still need some maintenance now and then as I am nearing my 30's in just a few years time.. but I'm happy enough that I can lower my head and read books without feeling my double chin strangling me from below.

Goodbye days of feeling like a multi-chinned creature!

Overall Review

In case you're wondering if this treatment is just meant to target double chins or fatty areas... you're wrong! In general, it's a device that tackles aging from all fronts. This photo above was when I FIRST tried out the Indiba Deep Beauty Treatment at Carragheen! I was totally TOTALLY blown away. Not only is my left eyebrow higher, my LAUGH LINE TOTALLY DISAPPEARED! I was sold on the spot.

I would recommend this highly to anyone who needs a quick resort to handling troubled areas without opting for invasive treatments.

8 weeks for me meant I needed to commit a minimum of 2 months to this treatment, which I feel is what you need to consider if you'd like to sign up for this as well. I did skip a few treatments here and there due to busy dates, which I shouldn't have, and that also attributed to why my results took slightly longer to show. I feel that a great timeline to have is probably 2-4 months before a wedding or big event. JUST in case you need more sessions.

You can also read more about my first Indiba Deep Beauty Treatment here on my Dayre Post.

Good news to those who'd like to try this awesome treatment out: Carragheen is currently offering first trial sessions at a special price of $128. Treatment packages at attractive rates are also available; do call 62223376 to find out more!


July 16, 2016

Rosy Lips with Lip Embroidery at Beauty Recipe!

I was going to write, "notice anything here?" and probably ask you, "want to zoom in on my lips to find out?"... but I realized the title already gave it all away haha!

Yes, I redid my lip embroidery - this time with Beauty Recipe - after about 2 years because I wanted more vibrantly colored lips for my ROM! (In case you're wondering how the day went, you can read this Dayre Post). I decided to try out Beauty Recipe for my lips this time because they did such a good job with my eyebrows, and I was told they had a new machine coming in for Lip Embroidery which would make the color look brighter and last much longer! Needless to say, I was sold.

I made my appointment approximately 2 weeks before my ROM and I've never looked back!

These were the state of my lips before the embroidery. In case you're going, "Huh it looks perfectly fine and pink!?"... that's because, as mentioned above, I had lip embroidery done before (Read Post Here).

I don't know.. perhaps I'm just being anal.. but notice how the middle area of my previous embroidery didn't match up with the middle line I drew? It bugged me so much! I think it might just be the designer genes in me, but everything's got to be JUST SO! And I gotta say, I'm really glad I took the plunge AGAIN!

However, before I show you more pictures of my new lips, let's get started on the process.

Eileen, the "Master" will start by drawing your desired lip shape out. She's very thorough with this, much like when she does your eyebrows, so you know you're in good hands. HOWEVER, they are your lips and if you don't like what you see, simply tell her!

Many times, I read reviews online where they blame and shame the person who does the embroidery, saying that the shape wasn't what they desired or wanted. And I understand sometimes, some of us might feel shy to voice out, or feel bad to say, "hey, this looks nothing like what I thought it would look like!" But I really insist for you to be honest, because these are YOUR lips after all. And Eileen is very open to changing the design till you're satisfied as well.

Once that's all done, Eileen puts on numbing cream.. in the form of a lip mask (pretty cool!) and adds saran wrap to keep it in place. Don't worry about swallowing any liquid from the mask because she places cotton pads inside your mouth to prevent this.

After about 30 - 45 minutes, she'll be ready to start. You can ask for an hour or more if you're extremely scared of pain, but the mask is super effective so I would say you have nothing to be scared of. My lips were REALLY numb! *Thumbs up*

I didn't manage to get pictures of the actual process, but they're pretty similar to my previous post's steps. First, an outline is tattooed onto your lips and the color is filled in after. What's great about their new machine is that.. instead of 1 needle, there's 3 at a go, and that means the color is filled in MUCH quicker and it absorbs better too!

The only bad thing I can say about this process is pretty much well known to everyone. Your lips will be swollen and I guess it's best you request for a face mask to cover your mouth when you head home. You can request this from Beauty Recipe and Eileen will pass it to you for free. No worries! Also, if there's one thing I strongly urge you to do, that would be to purchase the lip moisturizing ointment at $28 as it helped me a great deal with my lips!

Now, without further ado, heres what my lips looked like right after.

A little blurry sorry!
Day 1:
  • Lips were very much numb and swollen, but no pain
  • Assuming that lips were 100% swollen when I left the store at 3pm,
    my lips were at a 60-70% swollen by night time
  • Color is extremely strong and vibrant
  • Lips feel slightly dry but kept moisturized with the ointment
  • Gargled with salt water after dinner then reapplied ointment
  • Brushed teeth as per normal
  • Put an ice pack on for about 10-15 minutes before heading to sleep

Day 2:
  • Woke up with red marks on my face - realized that the ink from
    the embroidery mixed with my saliva and drooled down my face
    during the night - haha! Nothing big, was easily wiped off
  • Though note to all is to probably sleep with a towel over their pillows
    for at least the first 2 nights
  • Lips were still very swollen the next morning
  • Lips felt sore and numb all at the same time, but no pain
  • The inner parts of the lips, as expected, had already started peeling
  • Swelling of the lips was lowered considerably, lips almost normal
    sized by evening/night
  • Bits and pieces of lip skin started peeling off and fell off when I
    gargled my mouth
  • Lips felt very very dry so constant application of ointment was done
  • A lot of dead skin - hence lips felt very flaky before sleep

Days 3 - 4:
  • Day 3 onwards, lips were no longer swollen but they felt
    extremely extremely dry
  • Woke up with about 90% of my dead lip skin left on my lips
  • 10% peeled off from the day before and perhaps from me licking my
    lips as I slept
  • Lips felt very dry, much drier than the first 2 days
  • I had to apply the ointment many times over the day to ensure that
    my lips or dead skin do not crack
  • A lot more dead skin fell off whenever I gargled and brushed my teeth
  • By evening on Day 4, only 20% of dead skin was left, which was those
    around the rims of my lips

Day 5:

  • I think I spammed a little too much of the ointment over the first
    4 days so I was pretty much out of it by this point
  • I substituted it with some lipbalm instead
  • Luckily, my lips were pretty much done peeling and the color
    looked good so I survived without the ointment just fine
  • Lips were still very dry, but not as dry as Day 4 when it was peeling
  • I was a little anxious about the rims left around my lips but I had no
    real need to worry because they went off pretty well after!

Day 6:

I didn't get a close up picture, sorry, but I was well enough to head out. 

P/S: I went out to get my ROM documents settled on this day hehe!

My lips felt perfectly fine, looked really good, and they were extremely vibrant! Look at this gorgeous red lip here! My husband (at that time, fiance) thought I was actually wearing lipstick. I was so happy!

But just so you know, the color will continue to fade over the next 3 months till it settles on something more natural. After all, our lips aren't meant to be this red. Mine was actually supposed to be more pink. I was a little bummed it wouldn't stay this red actually haha but I guess in the long run, it's still better to have a more realistic lip color. If you do want it REALLY red even after fading though, you can always request it from Eileen. :) 

Below are some pictures you can refer to as well! These are about 2 weeks - 1 month after my lip embroidery session.

Here's my husband and I on our ROM day! Not having to wear lipstick was the best because it meant I could actually kiss him! Haha! I'm actually a little jealous that his lips are as red as mine without him doing anything... hmmm.

Here's some pictures of me during our mini-moon to Melbourne. I don't know if you can tell but my lips aren't so red anymore. They became closer to a pinkish hue instead.

I apologize for the weird angle, this was taken at a facial!

This picture was shot very recently, so you can gauge it at about 3 months after my lip embroidery was done! My facial sponsor even came in and praised my lip color for being vibrant yet natural enough! Haha! I must say that my favorite thing about getting my lips done is really not needing much to head out looking made up. I think not many people give as much credit to lips as they're due, but I think a vibrant lip is really what helps one cross the line from looking simply awake to looking naturally good!

Plus the hype now is all about that minimalistic make up look - which we all know can actually take a REALLY good and hard to find lip product to achieve sometimes - so I rather opt for this. Forget feathering after eating or touching up when I'm out. I know my lips are settled wherever I go!

Thank you dearest Jessie and Beauty Recipe for giving me beautiful lips! Confidence is something money really cannot buy. :)


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