October 21, 2015

Shaping Up With London Weight Management (Part 1)

In case many of you didn't know, this would be my 2nd post on London Weight Management (the first was an advertorial HERE). I am aware that many were very doubtful about my first post and that's understandable. Weight loss, in any kind of post, always raises a lot of questions. So this time, I thought that I'd clear the air in the beginning of my write up.

I have been sponsored 10 sessions, with the inclusion of a coffee which helps raise metabolism, and slimming cream (as shown above). I'm about 1.5 boxes into the coffee and approximately 4 sessions in which means I'm halfway through. My next, and final, post will talk about my weight loss experience - if any. I have discussed with London Weight Management that I will disclose everything honestly, up to the point on whether I have had any apparent results.

And since I am cognizant that many negative reviews float about online regarding London Weight Management's way of handling customers, I will also throw in some thoughts about how I've seen the staff get along with the customers during my initial weeks there. So without further ado, I'll begin!

My Issues

I've written about my thigh issues before (HERE) and they slimmed down after a few sessions at another slimming place, so for that I'm lucky. However, I subsequently returned to my heavy, and unhealthy, meals at work and sat down promptly thereafter... so my thighs kind of ballooned back. Im sure its needless to say that my thighs are quite obviously unproportionate to my body.

Please note, I'm not saying I'm FAT but I do have skinny fats which haunt me as a result of being immobile... and due to my penchant for enjoying salty foods, a lot of the retention has appeared on my upper thighs and buttocks. So while I'm not looking to LOSE WEIGHT, I am definitely hoping to slim my thighs down and get a more proportionate body figure.


I am not going to go too in depth with the treatments as what I did can already be seen from my First Post. I went through a Scrub + Warm Blanket as per usual, and I also went through Electrical Muscle Stimulation.

However, one thing that really stood out to me was how my consultant dealt with my tricky situation. My skin has been very very sensitive lately. Not just my face - my whole body. When I used to do the full body scrub, I would really enjoy it. I enjoyed being in the warm blanket and having sweat pushed out of my body... but now... I itch like crazy. I attribute this to my crazily dry skin. Which means no steam baths either because I get tiny itchy bumps all over my back too..

So, after a bit of pondering, my consultant got me into a room with this machine which not only emanates heat to simulate a sauna without any itching on my body, but also aids in blood circulation due to the vibrations and ultimately helps rejuvenate the skin. It's an all-in-one, and I really appreciate this because it DOES help me sweat and I still feel very comfortable! Thumbs up! :)

My Experience

This is my 2nd time at London Weight Management.. but I can see some changes actually. The first time, my consultant was a lot more direct with me, which I can see people misconstruing as harsh or tactless. This time, my consultant Charmaine at the Takashimaya branch has been really friendly.

When I described my problems with her, she nods as opposed to frowning at my fatty areas. She also doesn't make me feel inadequate in any way. I must also compliment her for being so flexible with me because I guess most of the treatments were planned to involve the steam room for me but my skin just can't take it. I think a personal touch does go a long way.

So if you do go down to the Takashimaya branch, do look for Charmaine! She's really a pleasure to have as a consultant! :)

Overall Observations with Customers

From what I've seen, I think London Weight Management has improved the way they speak with their customers. I'll be honest and say that I had ONE unpleasant experience so far but that was over-the-phone rather than face to face.

What happened was that I called in to change my session timing to a half hour earlier, and the person who picked up just said ok and hung up. I was super peeved! They did not take down my name or number and I was thinking... how would they knew who called to change!? So I called back again to ascertain my details, and later passed on feedback about how this annoyed me. I understand I'm sponsored, but paying customers are sure to feel a lot angrier!

After leaving my feedback though, I realized that the same situation never happened again and I was grateful for it. I think, on all accounts, that mistakes are bound to happen but it is the way they're dealt with that speaks more of a company. So in that aspect, there has definitely been progress.

(P/S: Regarding this matter, I was also informed it was because LWM has a caller ID on their phone. Nonetheless, they rectified the issue quickly and I was impressed at their speed of it as well.)

Besides that, I do see customers getting along quite closely with the staff. Many hold conversations, even about their husbands, lives, jobs, etc. I don't know how many sessions it took to create such a bond, but it's still a good sign to see this happening. I was even impressed that they got along like friends! I don't know many other readers/people who go to LWM now, but if you have any feedback on current day/year experiences, please let me know - be it positive or negative (so it can be rectified)!


Business Locations and Hours

London Weight Management
Ngee Ann City Tower B, #05-21
Singapore 238873

Tel: 6757 1234 (for Takashimaya)
Hotline: 6222 1234 (for general)

Opening Hours :
Monday – Saturday
11am to 9 pm Sunday
11am to 8 pm Public Holidays
11am to 7pm 

For full list of locations, please go here:


October 13, 2015

Current Favorites (March - October!)

I've been really missing my Monthly Favorites column.. have you guys? I'm sorry that I've been so caught up with life (things are a whirlwind right now) and left this monthly column on the backburner. Now that I've settled most of my issues, I thought I'd check in again. I actually had a fair bit of favorites accumulated over the past few months, but it turns out I found them pretty 'meh' in the end...  I think that played out for the best in the end because I've managed to weed out the disappointing ones and thus post only the best here!

Oh and yes, I feel that I should mention... a lot of these favorites are all interlinked. By that I mean that I use a lot of them in conjunction with each other. So do forgive if a lot of them mention another item in the mini review itself. :)


October 9, 2015

August Society Swimwear

I've always been pretty insecure about my body. I mean, I'm not the best proportioned girl around: I'm pretty skinny on top and slightly chunky on the bottom. In fact, when I buy tops they're mostly around an XS-S range, but my bottoms always fall somewhere between S-M. Not a flattering body shape at all (psst: once, my boyfriend called me pear shape and I almost had a meltdown).

So when August Society Swimwear asked if I'd like to collaborate with them, I'd admit I felt pretty unsure. Instagram photos in bikinis are as far as I'd go I thought.. but a blog post? Not too sure how I'd feel letting the whole world see my pear-shaped body.

However, as I read through their website, I came across their promise to ensure that their pieces would not only make me feel confident but would also flatter my body shape no matter what it was. It was then that I became pretty excited. After all, I didn't see the harm in going on a quest to find what could potentially be my perfect bikini!

Hence, I didn't hesitate to get down to business: I scoured their website to find what I'd like to try on. I loved how everything was so straightforward. The bikinis were broken down into prints and single colors and I could click whatever I was interested in. The photos were detailed, measurements were to a T (I really hate websites with vague measurements for the body) and the descriptions were extremely informative.

I especially loved how these pieces were made with longevity in mind. Yeah, that's right, I used the word longevity. And they don't mean it only in the sense of quality materials such as luxury lycra blends which holds up against fading in the wash and piling, but in the aspect that we could finally have bikinis that STAYED IN PLACE as we moved. No more fidgeting in the water to ensure our chests were properly covered or to check if our bikini bottoms slipped off after a cannonball jump. These pieces were made to be so secure that we could finally feel free! What a liberating thought indeed.

This was my original favorite pairing when I bought the pieces online, the Bondi Wrap Top (Cobalt) and the Bora Bora String Bottom (Tribal).

When I first tried this on, I really tried to be as critical about it in all aspects. I mean, I was promised the perfect bikini after all! So I'll admit, it took a little bit of time to get used to putting on the Bondi Wrap Top. I eventually managed it in 5 minutes after looking at the instructions online, and then I got busy admiring myself after haha (the wrap top finally gave me some semblance of an hourglass figure!).

Oops, forgive me, I digress; anyway, when August Society said they made these pieces with quality in mind, they weren't kidding. The long-lasting nylon/lycra® spandex material felt amazing to the touch - the pieces were soft and so comfortable to be in. I felt extemely tempted not to get out of this piece, but I forced myself out eventually to complete the shoot haha!

I never actually saw myself liking the color aquamarine, but still I thought I'd try out the Laguna String Top and Boracay Hipster (Reversible Aquamarine). The little knot at the top of the bikinis/bottom of the halter string truly got me squealing. It was so adorable and I thought the runched look of the top added a great texture as well.

This may be weird, but I have such strong opinions about the bottoms! I LOVED LOVED LOVED the material/feel/look! It fitted like a glove and did not give that much-dreaded camel toe look I know us ladies fear of having whenever we first get a bikini! It was so thick and sturdy.. and.. wow I can't even explain!? The website wasn't kidding when it described it as "full coverage" and that it would make me feel confident no matter what I did in the water. I really don't normally feel this way about bikini bottoms (really really!) but this one took the cake.

This combination is made up from the Zanzibar Bandeau (Black) and Bora Bora String Bottom (Heartbreaker). I actually fell in love with the top and would've kept it if not for the fact that I have 2 black bikinis already. I thought it was ingenious that it came with a detachable string to change the tube top into a halter! All I had to do was wrap the string in a loop around the middle, and I automatically got a different style. It was also great that the tube tied with such a thick ribbon at the end for extra security.

The String Bottom was a medium rise with string adjustments at the side, akin to the Bora Bora String Bottom (Tribal) in the first set.

Bondi Wrap Top (Cobalt) + Boracay Hipster (Reversible Aquamarine)
This combination unexpectedly my favorite and the one I decided to keep! I know it's pretty simple, or rather, the simplest out of the lot, but what can I say? I like the minimalism. I like the cute aquamarine stripe on the reversible bottom and I like the design of the top. They're both unique in their own ways but come together to look stunning! :)

I guess that's something I really appreciate because I never actually asked for these 2 pieces to end up matching them. It was just coincidental that I had the cobalt top on when I decided to change out of my bottoms and I thought, hey this looks really cute too, I should shoot this! And tada! I loved it so much it was the first one to go up on my IG, So yeah, when you purchase your pieces, I think this is something you can look forward to - great pairings out of the blue (haha pun intended!).

Feel like getting a bikini for yourself now? Well, here's even better news. The whole shopping AND shipping process is a breeze. No more worrying if that XS turned out too small or that M turned out wayyyyy too big. Forget having to make countless trips back and forth to the post office.

August Society is one of the few swimwear companies offering free courier deliveries and returns, so you can actually order a bunch of sizes and styles, try everything on at home then return whatever doesn't fit FOR FREE within 14 days!

And if you really need another feel-good factor in your decision making process, do know that August Society helps fund water projects in developing countries through their support of charity: water. This means that $5SGD from every swimswuit sold will be donated to help bring clean water to communities in need!

There's nothing better than knowing you're buying something good, but also contributing to something great at the same time.

So hesitate no longer because your dream bikini is just waiting for you. Head on over to http://augustsociety.com/ now and QUOTE 'SAMANTHAJOY' FOR 15% OFF!

Disclaimer: This product has been sponsored for my consideration, but all views and opinions discussed here, as always, remain honest and unbiased.


October 8, 2015

5 things I've learnt while blogging

I've not been blogging for very long... compared to pioneers who've probably blogged for 10 over years, my 2.5 years' worth of contribution is probably puny. Nonetheless, with the constant blogger drama going on and people telling me, "why are you blogging!? Bloggers are so disgusting".. I started thinking.. was this line I'm in that bad?

Sure, there've been bad times but there's also been good. At the end of it all, there's always a lesson to be learnt. Since some lessons tend to overlap, I thought I'd break it down to 5 things I've learnt while blogging. Lets start!
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