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. :)


Company Website: Beauty Recipe
Another customer review: Read HERE

There are 2 locations to choose from: I did mine at Marine Parade Central but there is also another shop at Jurong East.

April 22, 2016

Double the Glow with Astique Clinic's Dual Yellow Laser

Quite a lot of people knew I was getting married soon, especially with my Engagement Story out on Dayre.. but nobody knew just HOW soon was soon. Well, the answer is, SUPER soon.

So soon, that I'm getting married (well, okay just the ROM) 5 months after my engagement. Yes, that soon! Haha okay I'm using the word "soon" a bit too much. Anyway, with that short of a time frame, I wanted to settle a lot of things before the Medium Day. Big day is next year, so I'll just see this as a Medium Day lol.

Though I wasn't planning on doing anything big - I'm actually very against the whole huge wedding shebang style - I still wanted to ensure I look my very best that day. Because not only is the Medium Day the day I am officially and legally married, it is also my 6th anniversary with my beloved.

Thus, I must say, I am SO SO HAPPY I chose to go down to Astique Clinic and do this very special treatment called the Dual Yellow Laser.

I've had treatments done with Astique Clinic before (Botox Post Here), and I've had the honor of having Dr. Celine ensuring that I come out looking nothing but better and better each time I go. Thus, I knew that deciding to do this laser, which I've heard raves about from many place, would be the best if done at Astique Clinic. Some may argue that the treatment is all the same, but I think having a good doctor that one feels extremely comfortable with is more important.

Before I start with my review though, let me get into what Dual Yellow Laser is all about.

The laser is called Dual Yellow because it features both yellow and green light for fast, precise treatments. The laser delivers amazing outcomes such as reduced skin damage, less wrinkles, melasma treatment, acne prevention and even pore minimizing, with as little discomfort as possible. This is due to the many decades of research and development, backed by clinical trials, that has been done to ensure such quality.

Credits to: WhatClinic
Here are some photos I scoured the net for as some evidence of how amazing this laser can be.

And here are some things you can look forward to, should you opt to do a Dual Yellow Laser treatment (the effects are obvious after one treatment but I do think it is best to do at least 2 - 3 times to resolve any skin issues!).

  • An immediate brightening and improvement in skin tone and appearance
  • Good improvements in vascular lesions and thick/dark veins
  • Significant lessening in acne as bacteria beneath the skin is effectively destroyed
  • Lightening of Melasma and a smoother complexion
  • Overall skin tone evening and smoothening

Feel free to look at more results over here: Dual Yellow Results Page

Since I had already been sold on what this laser could do, all I needed was a consultation.

I have very sensitive skin, due to a C02 laser gone bad in 2010 (I did it more times than I should've and now I live eternally with extremely sensitive skin that's prone to allergies at any given point of time urgh). So, naturally, I had to be as informed as possible about how Dual Yellow would affect me and my skin.

I was assured that Dual Yellow had no downtime, meaning that I would leave just as good as or even better than when I arrived. It was to be sooooo minimally invasive that I would have zero redness or marks and could even apply make up on before leaving.

That was extremely comforting for me as certain lasers advice staying away from makeup for skin to "heal" and when I hear that, all I hear is, "this laser is super strong and you are going to regret it."

Thankfully, this Dual Yellow Laser is NOT THAT AT ALL! (Wish I could insert a heart shape emoji here). I even did this during lunch time and headed back to work after. A colleague commented that she couldn't even tell I did a laser. Super awesome.

The next thing on the menu was a thorough cleansing to remove whatever makeup I had worn to the clinic. If you, like me, have specific areas that you feel require more cleansing, simply let them know! I wear a lot of undereye concealer - but not so much foundation/bb cream/etc - and I didn't want remnants of the concealer stuck on my face whilst doing the laser.

So don't be shy and simply request! This is for your own good after all :) Plus, everyone at Astique is super friendly and willing, so there's no need to feel intimidated either. I say this because I used to be one of those very quiet ones, but I realized there's really nothing wrong in speaking up!

Thereafter, a cooling and thick layer of gel was applied onto my face in preparation for the laser. Unlike other lasers which occasionally require numbing cream to be applied, this gel is used instead. The laser works ON TOP of the gel (something like IPL, if some of you have gone for the treatment before), and the heat from the laser is counteracted by the coolness of the gel.

In conclusion, you'll end up feeling almost nothing. I guess you might feel the laser going over your face, but pain wise rates at a ZERO. A big fat ZERO. So yeah, please don't worry! Moreover, as the doctor moves to different sections of your face, the nurse stands nearby ensuring a top of more gel over the areas that have been previously "lasered" so that a round 2 can commence without any sensation/sensitivity/pain. Awesome right!

As you can see, though, the light is pretty bright so always ensure you've got those "goggles" on. They'll be placed on for you and they feel super comfortable so don't worry. You won't feel itchy or annoyed by the goggles - especially since there's cotton pads laid underneath for hygiene's sake as well.

The whole thing was done in a few minutes, perhaps 15 - 20, and I was all ready to leave! Truth be told, I even brought some of MY OWN soothing gel/moisturizer to be applied after the whole treatment because I thought their products might not be able to soothe my crazily sensitive skin. Sometimes after treatments, it's normal for me to break out in itchy spots here and there after all. But you know what? NOTHING. NO REDNESS NO ITCHINESS. NOTHING.

I actually left the clinic as I was. No make up needed at all.

Here is what I looked like before. The photo is unedited... and also very very unflattering. But I guess it's what you need to see to understand my skin issues.
  • I had an uneven skin tone (forehead darker than rest of face)
  • I had larger pores
  • I had annoying pimple scars (again, note the forehead)
  • I had an upcoming pimple on my chin
  • My nose was bumpy and unflattering

Here's what I looked like 2 weeks later. THE PHOTO IS UNEDITED, besides being cropped.

The scarring on my forehead had been significantly lightened and my skin was overall more evenly toned. 

However, my face still didn't look as smooth as I'd have liked it to be so I wouldn't say this was the best period. Fortunately, because the Dual Yellow Laser can actually continue to improve the skin over MORE weeks... I thought I'd give it till about another 3 - 4 weeks later to see the full effect!

And here is what I look like now. Once again the PHOTO IS UNEDITED, and might I say, is once again in a very unflattering light. Hahaha. But there's no better way to judge someone's skin than in horrid lighting, right?

A bit off topic, but I hate it when I look great in a shopping mall.. but I step into their dark fancy toilets and my skin suddenly looks damn rough and gross... but yeah this is pretty much what I mean.

Goodbye gross scar on forehead!!! As you can see, it's not only lightened, I've bid adieu to that horrid thing. Just in time for my ROM. I've really actually had scars, with approximately the same kind of darkness, last for months. One irritating one even lasted A YEAR!!! But nope, goodbye scar.

My skin is wayyyyyyyyyy smoother, and I'm only in sunblock here! *Pops confetti* ALSO please direct attention to my once-horridly-bumpy-nose and notice that it's smoother than a baby's bottom here.

I do have a zit growing on my chin, but it's a new one so forgive me, it's not the laser's fault. Periods aren't the kindest times of a girl's life haha.

Another unedited photo - Sorry for the very strong RBF
There you have it. In a total of 6 weeks, the Dual Yellow Laser has given me skin which I've been wanting for awhile!!! But of course, these things take maintenance so I do suggest actually going back a few more times, as per the doctor's instructions. I highly suggest asking for Dr. Celine if you're female because she really puts your heart at ease! It's just so much easier explaining your need to be vain to a female doctor, because you know she empathizes!

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

1 session @ $535 nett
6 sessions @ $2407.50 nett
10 ssessions @ $3745 nett

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

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