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Oral-B Power Brush

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Every June when Father’s Day rolls around, I scratch my head and wonder what else I can get my dad. He likes his tech gadgets (which man doesn’t?) and every time he gets his hands on a new gadget, he gets excited like a little child in a candy store.

I remember when he was the first in the household to get a pager. Haha. It makes my heart swell to see him fiddle with the switches, trying the different modes, plugging the item in and when he manages to “figure it out”, he smiles. 

Father's Day Oral B Gift 

So this year, to really get him to smile, I got him the Oral-B Power Brush. Not only is this electric toothbrush easy-to-use; all you need to do is plug in the charging stand to your wall socket and dock the brush. Once charged, the brush is ready to use! No need for manuals or difficult assembly. 

  
This is an appropriate gift for my practical Papa because I remember when I was little, he would be the one to guide me and show me how to brush my teeth. Then, in my teenaged years, he gifted me with a set of beautiful healthy teeth; he recommended that I get braces. I had awfully crooked teeth then. Fast forward 10 years, you cannot imagine how thankful I am for good teeth because it has changed my life. 

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Oral hygiene is sometimes over looked. Something as simple as a clean, healthy mouth cavity can actually impact how people react to you. 

Think about it, would you ever want to talk to someone who has BAD BREATH? Ohhhh dear no, I would never want the people closest to me to ever suffer from that.  

Aside from your regular dentist visit, daily brushing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So it is important to pick a brush that helps you protect your oral health. 

ORAL-B POWER BRUSH

Compared to regular electric toothbrushes, the Oral-B Power Brush has 5x better cleaning along the gum lines versus manual brushing. Using it, reminds me of being at the dentist! And just like your dentist will tell you, brushing isn’t limited to just your teeth. Cleaning your gums are equally, if not, more important than just cleaning the surface of your teeth. 

I used to neglect brushing my gums. Because of that, I suffered from sensitive gums and they would occasionally bleed. 

  

The gums are where bacteria reside, and with the Oral-B Power Brush, you can clean and massage your gums with up to 48,800 unique oscillating / rotating + pulsating movements. This is the special 3D action of the Oral-B Power Brush that helps to removes more bacteria and dirt per minute. You obviously would never be able to reach that speed yourself unless you were bionic man. Regular brushing regularly hovers around 600 oscillations per minute. The Power Brush is at least 6 times faster! But because it is the visual pressure sensor that helps reduces brushing force. My Dad never has to worry about brushing too hard and hurting his gums.  

  

My Papa also can choose from 3 brushing modes just like a dentist’s brush – daily clean, sensitive and polish. The Oral-B ProfessionalCare series brushes also provide a superior tooth-by-tooth clean through compact, round brush heads. The set I gave my Papa comes with 2 extra brush heads.

The gums are where bacteria reside, and with the Oral-B Power Brush, you can clean and massage your gums with up to 48,800 unique oscillating / rotating + pulsating movements. This is the special 3D action of the Oral-B Power Brush that helps to removes more bacteria and dirt per minute. You obviously would never be able to reach that speed yourself unless you were bionic man. Regular brushing regularly hovers around 600 oscillations per minute. The Power Brush is at least 6 times faster! But because it is the visual pressure sensor that helps reduces brushing force. My Dad never has to worry about brushing too hard and hurting his gums.  

My Papa also can choose from 3 brushing modes just like a dentist’s brush – daily clean, sensitive and polish. The Oral-B ProfessionalCare series brushes also provide a superior tooth-by-tooth clean through compact, round brush heads. The set I gave my Papa comes with 2 extra brush heads.

The first time my Papa used the tooth brush, he said he liked the Daily Clean mode because of the speed and the pressure of the brush. But the real reason why he likes the Power Brush so much, is the fact that the brush head moves on its own. He now doesn’t have to exert so much effort at brushing his teeth to get a good thorough cleanse. Haha! 

WIN YOURSELF THE ORAL-B POWER BRUSH

If you are still thinking about what to get for your Papa for Father’s Day, you can win for yourself the Oral-B Power Brush! 

This Father’s Day, power your dad’s smile and save up to 50% on selected models of Oral B Power Brush on Qoo10! Saving 50% off your shopping will certainly make almost anyone smile!

The other option is to simply join the Instagram #oralbsg contest. 

Here are the deets! 

* Contest runs 8 to 21 June 2015

* Three winners will be picked

And the steps to winning yourself an Oral-B Power Brush are:

1. Post a photo of your father in his best smile (with or without you in it) on Instagram

2. Tell us why you would like to win an Oral-B Power Brush for your dad!

3. Hashtag #oralbsg AND #powerofdadsg

And that’s it! The hardest part is probably convincing your Dad to take a photo. I know it took a while to convince my Dad because he is quite camera shy. But, he was a good sport. Just take a look at my picture on my Instagram account and see how we did it.
  
He taught me how to take care of my teeth when I was little, and now I want to do the same for him. 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, PA!

NEW John Frieda Frizz Ease with Keratin and New Packaging

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I have previously written about my positive experience using John Frieda’s products to battle frizzy hair. Now a year later, this reputable home-care brand has revamped its look and improved its award-winning formula, making it even better than it already was.

Meet the new team that will help you beat frizzy, unruly hair on a daily basis at home.

NEW John Frieda Frizz Ease Keratin

This is the John Frieda Frizz Ease home hair care range. Let me introduce the team to you.

My Personal Favourite
John Frieda Original Serum
If you consistently blow-dry your hair, you MUST HAVE the John Frieda Original Serum. My personal favourite of the John Frieda Frizz Ease range is also their best-selling product. One use and it is easy to see why it has won at least 11 accolades in ONE YEAR from ALLLLLL the beauty magazines.

Using it is as simple as dispensing the product from the bottle and then applying it straight to you hair THE MOMENT YOU STEP OUT OF THE SHOWER. Yes, there is no need to dry your hair before you use this product. It is a leave-in product, and you can style your hair as you normally would after using it.

John Frieda Original Serum
The John Frieda Original Serum old (left) and new packaging (right).

Not only does this best-selling product give you silky, straight hair, it has thermal protectant that prevents further damage to the hair when you blow-dry or style it with heat consistently. I swear by this product at home. My previous bottle of the Original Serum is just about running out!

You can see that the packaging of the John Frieda Original Serum has gone through a style upgrade. The previously skinny bottle is now more robust and eye-catching. In fact, the entire John Frieda range has gone and upgraded itself – not just how it looks but a newer and better formula too!

You can redeem a sample of the best-selling serum from the John Frieda Facebook page. You will have to log in from your PC because Facebook does not allow you to view this page from your mobile phone.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Flawlessly Straight

Reformulation
The John Frieda Frizz Ease Shampoo & Conditioner Flawlessly Straight went straight into our shared bathroom the moment I brought it home, and my roomie has given the thumbs up on the performance of the products. She even says I can quote her in my review. “My hair is less frizzy now! You must write that,” she says. Hahaha. And so I did.

With Keratin in the Frizz Ease Shampoo and Condition, the new formula enables repair and the elimination of frizz from the core of the hair strand. Why is Keratin so important, you may ask? Well, this is because our hair is a whopping 95% Keratin. This complex structural protein helps give our hair its shine and smooth texture. When Keratin breaks or peels off, that is when you get your split ends. Thus, having Keratin in your shampoo and conditioner can certainly do a lot to repair and protect your hair from damage.

Before I continue onto the other Frizz Ease products, you must be wondering how John Frieda got to be experts at treating frizzy unruly hair? Let me share with you a little about its history.

History
It started when owner and creator, John Frieda, worked in his father�s West London barber shop. He came from a family of hair stylists and barbers and obviously picked up a lot of technical know-how from a young age.

To expand his repertoire of skills, Frieda went on to work at another salon called Leonard’s and after 7 years, managed to gain a huge following while there. He eventually left Leonard’s and set up a salon of his own in 1976. Because he was so well-known for his ability to create smooth and silky hair for his clients, Frieda decided to bottle his secret formula so his loyal clients could have salon-perfect hair at home.

Thus, in 1990, the John Frieda Frizz Ease range was created.

John Frieda House of Experts
Fast forward to present day, John Frieda Frizz Ease has had a long and successful history of transforming the hair of ladies everywhere. They have built up a solid reputation over the years and John Frieda is now headed by a team of celebrity stylists who dare to lend their name to this efficacious brand. They have been appropriately dubbed the “House of Experts” and continuously innovate and deliver styling solutions to the modern women.

John Frieda Singapore House of Experts

John Frieda has its own House of Experts here in Singapore too!

Meet the House of Experts on John Frieda Day
John Frieda Day is a special day that happens every month where 30 ladies get treated to a complimentary John Frieda Blow Out at the House of Expert salon.

John Frieda Day Singapore Hair Transformation

Pssst! You will want to SIGN UP for this complimentary wash-and-blow session by the House of Experts because they will be using John Frieda products. You get to experience how well the Frizz Ease range tames frizz yourself. The John Frieda Facebook page will be constantly updated with the latest dates of John Frieda Day!

Dexter Ng
I got to meet Dexter Ng, one of the two House of Experts, when I went down for my complimentary wash-and-blow during this month’s John Frieda Day.

John Frieda Singapore Dexter Ng

Dexter Ng shot to fame in 2003 when he appeared on television on the popular local-based Taiwanese beauty talk show, Lady First Singapore. Dexter has also racked up tonnes of experience working with celebrities. The celebrities he has worked with include Michelle Yeow, Angelababy, Gong Li and local songstress Stefanie Sun.

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When he first ran his fingers through my hair, Dexter knew instantly that I suffered from dry and split ends. As he candidly chatted about his career, he also pointed out what John Frieda products I could use at home to take care of my hair. He explained that there were two simple steps to getting smooth and manageable hair with Frizz Ease:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Transformation

1) Prep it with the right shampoo and conditioner
Whether you choose the John Frieda Flawless Straight or the John Frieda Dream Curls range, you will find that you hair is softer and easier to style after washing.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Transformation

John Frieda Original Serum Review
The best-selling John Frieda Original Serum

2) Treat it to the most luxurious care
After you prep your hair and cleanse it, treat it with the anti-frizz John Frieda Original Serum or the Nourishing Oil Elixir. These two treatment products are non-sticky and light on the hair. There is no residue after application and you can style your hair any way you want after using them.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Transformation

So, with her deft fingers, the stylist washed, conditioned and massaged in the treatment serum and in no time at all, ta-dah my hair was soft to the touch and absolutely luxurious. It was as straight-forward as it sounds (pun intended)and in this photo, you can see how beautifully my hair falls around my shoulders.

Frizz Ease for Both Straight and Curly Hair
But the John Frieda Frizz Ease product is not just for straight hair; this effective anti-frizz range combats unruly frizzy curls too. Whether you have naturally curly hair or permed hair, the John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls will help to redefine your curls giving you easy-to-manage hair. The Original Serum, in particular, can be used for either straight or curly hair.

There is, however, no need for you to simply take my word for it. The next John Frieda Day is coming up in September, and you get to experience the beauty of smooth, frizz-free hair by signing up for John Frieda Day. You will have to log in from your PC because Facebook does not allow you to view this page from your mobile phone.

The new range of John Frieda� Frizz Ease� products will be available at selected Watsons, Guardian and Cold Storage outlets from August 2014. Prices start from S$15.90.

Sephora Haul – Eyeliner Swatches

The Sephora Beauty boxes always come packed with wonderful goodies that never fail to delight and surprise. The month before, it came chock full of Stila Metallic Eyeshadows. This month, it was full to the brim with eyeliners. A girl can never have too many eyeliners; it is THE make up product that every girl should have.

I picked up 3 of the newest eyeliners from the beauty block and decided to test them out.

Sephora Singapore The Beautiful Ones

Benefit Cosmetics Push Up Eyeliner
Not only does Benefit Cosmetics have the cheekiest names for their makeup products, they come in innovative and unique packaging. Gel liner in the form of a pen? Definitely a winner in my books. No need to carry the little gel pot and its accompanying brush for touch-ups.

Benefit Cosmetics Push Up Eyeliner

I love gel eyeliners for their smooth consistency and easy to handle texture. The Benefit Cosmetics Push-Up Liner does all of that and more. Using it gives you a thick, bold line and the effect of bigger and bolder eyes, all thanks to the little rubber tip (see above) that ejects the gel in a flat pancake style.

Sephora Singapore Benefit Eyeliner Push Up Swatch

The rubber tip is soft against the eye yet controls the gel distribution well, making it the easiest of the 3 eyeliners I reviewed to achieve a thick eye line. As with most gel liners, the Benefit Cosmetics Push-Up Liner gives a matte line. The eyeliner won’t budge simply by rubbing it with your fingers. Removal with a gentle eye make up remover is highly recommended.

The Benefit Push-Up Liner is now my go-to eyeliner. Definitely the perfect eyeliner for portability and wearability.

Sephora Singapore Benefit Eyeliner Push Up Swatch

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er

Marc Jacobs Beauty recently landed on Singapore shores to much fanfare. This is the first of the Marc Jacobs Beauty line that I have laid my hands on.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marcer

I love the name the fact that the name of the eyeliner is a play on the Marc Jacobs name – Magic Marc’er. Opening the cap, I find a felt tip with a sharp nib that is great for creating a winged tip – the felt tip Magic Marc’er produces a fairly thin eye line.

Sephora Singapore Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marcer

You’ll need some skill with this felt tipped eyeliner to draw the perfect line and several repeated attempts to get a thick line.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marcer Swatch

But I love how it gives a more subtle and delicate look to the eye.

Dior Addict IT Line Eyeliner

Dior Addict IT Line Eyeliner

Out of the three eyeliners, this one was the most difficult to use simply because it was full liquid. You’ll need deft hands and patience as you wait for the Dior Addict liquid liner to dry.

Sephora Singapore Dior Addict IT Line Swatch

On top of that, I found the liner consistency watery and the intensity of the liquid liner “ran out” towards the end. Your winged liner tip will thus be lighter and faded in comparison to the rest of the line. It might be wise to layer this eyeliner over another darker and intense one.

Dior Addict IT Line Eyeliner

As much as I didn’t like the use of the Dior Addict IT Line, the packaging was my favourite out of the 3 liners in this review. I’ve used the Dior Addict Lip Glosses before and I love how this IT Line eyeliner stayed true to its Dior Addict packaging roots.

Final Verdict?

Newbies will find the Benefit Push-up Liner and the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er the easiest of the lot to use and achieve the perfect line. With easy to control consistencies and lasting power, if you’re looking to purchase a new eyeliner, these two eyeliners should be at the top of your shopping list.

Sephora Singapore locations:

Sephora ION Orchard Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn #01-05
Singapore 238801

Sephora Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #B1-05
Singapore 238873

Sephora Great World City
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-59
Singapore 237994

Sephora Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue #B2-32
Singapore 018956

Sephora Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura,
68 Orchard Road, #01-56/57
Singapore 238839

L’Oreal Beauty Destination

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Larry Yeo Valerie Lim

I have been very lucky to have worked closely with makeup guru, Larry Yeo, recently. Even happier that the tips and tricks I picked up while working with him is something I can share with all my readers. One recent post which Larry shared with me helpful tips was How to Conceal Dark Rings.

But now aside from sharing little makeup tips and secrets with you on valerie-lim.com, I will also be sharing them on a dedicated beauty portal called Beauty Destination.

Brought to you by L’Oreal Singapore, Beauty Destination is the NEW one-stop website where you will learn from experts like Larry and other makeup experts on top of interacting with ambassadors such as myself and Jessica from Tippytap. Furthermore, the website is chock full of beauty how-to videos, step-by-step guides and insider information about the newest L’Or�al products. There is even a contest page on Beauty Destination where you will be able to bag a Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Notebook (worth SGD2000) because YOU’RE WORTH IT!

L'Oreal Singapore Les Ombre Eyeshadow Tutorial

Each month Beauty Destination teaches you something new and for the month of August, you will learn how to UPSIZE your eyes and create the DOLLY look with L’Or�al’s new products. Larry is demonstrating in the above picture how and where you can apply eyeshadow to create bigger eyes. As we go through the tutorial with Larry, he explains that the star product of this look is the highly pigmented L’Or�al Color Riche Les Ombres Eye Shadows.

L'Oreal Les Ombre Eyeshadows

In a whole array of stunning and sophisticated palettes, the Color Riche Les Ombres Eye Shadow is velvety smooth in texture and lasts up to 12 hours. You will love the brilliant colors and highly pigmented formula of this eyeshadow.

LOreal Les Ombres Eyeshadow Palettes Singapore

LOreal Les Ombre Eyeshadow Beige Trench Tropical Tutu Swatches

My personal favorites are Beige Trench and Tropical Tutu. The former is the perfect companion for a subtle yet sophisticated daily look. Colors are always fun and the carnival of colors from the Tropical Tutu palette is right up that alley. If you are a fan of the smoky eye, Velour Noir (black palette) is just what you’re looking for.

At a recent L’Or�al Paris Beauty Workshop, bloggers and I got upclose and personal with the makeup guru, Larry, as he demonstrated how to use these Color Riche Les Ombres Eye Shadow palettes alongside upcoming L’Or�al makeup products.

L'Oreal Singapore Beauty Workshop Larry Yeo

Just as you will learn how to UPSIZE your eyes with the products in the videos and guides on Beauty Destination, Larry demonstrated the how-to on me and here are the tips and tricks he shared with us during the workshop.

LOreal Singapore Makeup Beauty Products

The products used are:

1. Color Riche Les Ombres Eye Shadow Palette in Beige Trench
2. Super Liner Automatic Slim Liner
3. Super Liner Brow Design Pro
4. Lash Architect 4D Mascara
5. Rouge Caress Heart of Pearl Lipstick
6. Color Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Black
7. Super Liner Black Lacquer Liquid Liner

Step 1
L'Oreal Singapore es Ombres Eyeshadow Tutorial

Cover the entire eye lid up to the crease with the�L’Or�al Color Infallible Eye in Eternal Black. This works as a color base to intensify the colors applied over later. Here Larry is using his ring finger to apply the eyeshadow on my lid.

The finished result should look something like this depending on where your crease ends.

L'Oreal Singapore Les Ombres Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial

My eyelid crease is quite thin so the area covered is quite little.

Step 2
L'Oreal Singapore Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial

Next, we’re going to use the brown of the L’Or�al Color Riche Les Ombres Beige Trench Palette on the OUTER CORNER of the eyes up to the eye socket. Basically, it raises the ending point of the eyeshadow creating larger eyes. Layering the Color Riche Les Ombres eyeshadow over the Color Infallible eye shadow intensifies the brown making the lash line darker.

Step 3
L'Oreal Les Ombre Eyeshadow Tutorial

To further intensify use the L’Or�al Automatic Slim Liner, draw very close to the lash line, even dotting between the lashes. This pencil liner is easy to control as the lead of the L’Or�al Automatic Slim Liner is sturdy and can be applied with decent pressure.

Tip: Instead of using your hands to pull the skin around the eye area during eyeliner application, tilting your head upwards at a 45-degree angle and looking downwards exposes your eyelid too. This technique also allows the tip of your eyeliner to get closer to your upper lash line.

L'Oreal Les Ombre Eyeshadow Tutorial Workshop

Step 4
L'Oreal Singapore Super Liner Eyeliner Tutorial

To really supersize your eyes, you can see in this picture that Larry created winged eyeliner on BOTH the top and bottom lids.

L'Oreal Singapore Super Liner Eyeliner Tutorial

The secret to super-sizing your eyes is drawing the wing FROM the bottom lid. You won’t go wrong once you follow the natural curve of your bottom eyelid. Extend the wing 1cm past your eyes for maximum dramatic effect.

L'Oreal Les Ombre Eyeshadow Tutorial

After that, draw your eyeliner on the upper lid as you normally would and then, match the ends of the bottom and top line together. Fill the space in between the lines to ensure continuity.�You can see that the eyeliner on the top lid is quite thick.

L'Oreal Singapore Beauty Destination Eye Makeup Tutorial

The Super Liner Black Lacquer Liquid Liner is a very consistent black liner regardless of how long you draw the line. One stroke of the brush and your winged liner is set. Then, curl your lashes and use the Lash Architect 4D mascara to create the wide-eye dolly look.

Step 5
LOreal Shine Caresse Lipsticks

To balance the large eyes, Larry used the brand new Heart of Pearl Lipstick in Peach & Cute (such a cute name!) on me. The Heart of Pearl Lipstick is named as such because the center of the lipstick is a unique pearl core that gives your lips a beautiful 3D luminous shine.

An extension of the Shine Caresse Lippies Lip Tint I previously swatched, the 6 pearly colors are highly moisturizing. I am a sucker for the pretty little pearl bits that dance on my lips.

And this is the finished face of the day!

L'Oreal Les Ombres Face of the Day

Significantly bigger eyes and a glowing lip color!

If you need more information about how to make your eyes look bigger, there are other videos on Beauty Destination. Re-create the look and upsize your eyes with the L’Or�al Les Ombres eyeshadow available at $22.90, Black Lacquer eyeliner at $20.90, Lash Architect 4D mascara at $27.90, 3-in-1 brow designer pencil at $21.90 and Heart of Pearls $18.90 available at Watsons, Guardian, SASA, selected departmental stores and super/hyper markets.

Have fun girls!

My New Nose!

I have always wanted a new nose. I am not going to lie and say that I don’t because a nose can really change your entire appearance. My previous attempts to make my nose smaller always included shading and using a “Nose Up� clip which I got at a steal for $2.


Yes it’s true. Don’t laugh.

I firmly believe that because your nose lies right smack in the middle of your face, it is one of the most prominent features. Plus having a high nose bridge with an upturned nose will give more depth to a face.

I am quite blessed to have a high nose bridge (thanks Daddy!), but maybe because I have been exposed to the Venezuelan beauty pageant girls, I decided I wanted a little pointy cute nose that I eventually could turn up at people. Look at their noses carefully and you’ll see that ALL their noses seem to be the exact same width, ending in the perfect point.

So, after turning 28, I decided add one more present to my other birthday gifts and get myself a new nose (tip).

Nose Fillers Before and After

I wanted to change my nose shape without surgery so I opted for dermal fillers to help raise my bridge and create a sharper point.

Having done a dermal filler procedure on my cheeks once before, I am quite comfortable with the idea of fillers. Fillers normally last anywhere from 3 months to a year, so technically the procedure is “reversible”.

For the perfect nose, I went to my regular doctor – Dr Sylvia of Cutis Medical. She is just about the nicest aesthetic doctor I know. But aside from that, she is the kind of doctor that puts you absolutely at ease and never tells you that you have to change who you are. No one should do that. So even though she said that I really didn’t need to do anything, I had made up my mind about wanting a different nose.

The procedure for the nose fillers was fuss-free and over in just over an hour.

Here are the before and after snapshots from the clinic’s camera.

Before and After Radiesse

From the front you can see that after the fillers have been injected and shaped in the nose, my new bridge is narrower and sharper (right). As for the tip, instead of a wide round circle (left), it is smaller post procedure (right). Silly ol’ me wore sunglasses before the procedure that day and that left marks on the bridge of my nose just between my eyes.

What is the procedure?
The procedure starts off with Dr Sylvia applying numbing cream to the areas of face around the nose. This takes about 15 minutes to take effect.

Dermal Fillers

After which, Dr Sylvia injects Radiesse Volumzing filler into the different areas of the nose (in particular the tip and the area between the eyes) before molding and shaping the fillers to give the nose its desired shape.

There are different types of volumizing fillers but Radiesse was selected for its chemical properties. It is hardier and can simulate the soft bone of our nose better than regular Hyaluronic Acid.

Benefits of Radiesse Volumizing Filler
As time strips our body�s natural ability to produce more collagen, Radiesse contains fine calcium microspheres to stimulate new collagen formulation for long-term volume. This helps reverse the signs of sagging skin and aging over time. It is biodegradable and also able to be metabolized by the body�s natural processes. The US FDA approved it in 2006 and EU authorities in 2004 with the CE Mark.

How long does it last?
Radiesse can last anywhere an average of 6 to 12 months, longer than most other dermal fillers. Durations vary in individuals depending on factors such as metabolism, exercise, body chemistry, diet as well as area treated.

Nose Fillers Radiesse

Does it hurt?
Honestly, nothing can compare to the M%#!&^f%[email protected] pain I endured while getting cheek fillers. Maybe mothers who have gone through child birth will beg to differ. But the pain level for the nose fillers was negligible. The numbing cream worked wonders and add to that the fact that Radiesse has its own anesthetic properties, I hardly felt anything. Thumbs up for numbing cream and Radiesse!

Will there be bruising and swelling?
Bruising and swelling is quite natural for a procedure that involves needles. However, because the area punctured by the needle is small, it is easily concealed and covered with make up. Swelling is minimal with the right care and normally takes about 2 to 3 days to subside.

Otherwise, there is no down time for a filler procedure and you can walk jauntily out the doors of the clinic and proudly turn your nose up at the next person you see. Lol.

Nose Fillers Picture

How do you feel about my new nose?
I love it! Almost a month after getting fillers, you can see that the side profile of my nose is still raised; not as flat as before. The biggest difference has got to be the smaller nose tip, which is exactly what I wanted.

So there you go. If you’re like me and want to change your look, subtly changing the shape of your nose can change your entire face. Like the various parts of our skin, the area around our nose also loses collagen over time. This can thus, cause your nose to look bigger and droopy. I am particularly pleased that the change isn’t too drastic yet significant enough to lift my nose tip. Thank you Dr Sylvia!

Cutis Medical Laser Clinic
9 Scotts Road
Pacific Plaza
#03-06
Singapore 228210

Tel: +65 6664 8119

Tutorial: How to Conceal Dark Circles

There are some days that I get plenty of rest but still receive comments from friends that I look tired. And I wonder… What could be the cause? Doing a little research (and a lot of staring into the mirror) I realised… A-HA! It must be the dark circles under my eyes. They make my eyes look dull and droopy. :( I’ve tried various methods to conceal and lighten these under eye dark circles to no avail, and eventually realized that dark circles aren’t just caused by the lack of sleep. Other causes of dark eye circles include stress, aging, loss of collagen, nasal congestion and pigmentation irregularities.

Applying Under Eye Concealer - Before

However, in recent months, I’ve been to a couple of new makeup launches and shoots where make up artist, Larry Yeo, worked his magic on me. It seemed that no matter what product he used, he always managed to chase them blue-ish circles away. I was amazed and wondered what his secret was. So, instead of trying to smuggle him home with me to consistently ensure I had a gate-keeper of the dark (circle) realm, I got the make up guru to share how to conceal under eye dark rings using some of my current go-to products.

How to Apply Concealer Under Eye

My current favourite products are:
1. Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation in O-03
2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium GINGER
3. LA Girl PRO Concealer HD Concealer in Pure Beige and Medium Bisque

Step 1 – Apply liquid foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid Foundation

Larry recommends applying a thin layer of liquid foundation first. I like the new Lancome Mat Miracle liquid foundation because it is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. On top of that, the Satin Light Creator gives a radiant glow even with minimal foundation.

How to Apply Concealer - Step 1: Foundation

I dab the Lancome Mat Miracle Liquid foundation all over my face, like I would applying foundation, and this time remember to also apply it under the eyes.

Step 2 – Apply NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The next step is to lighten the dark areas. Larry recommends applying a peach based concealer (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium GINGER) over the grey areas.

How to Apply Concealer Under Eye - Step 2: NARS Concealer

I apply the concealer just on the perimeter of the dark circle and lightly blend it with a concealer brush.

Applying Under Eye Concealer

By this step you can already start to see the difference between the two eyes.

Step 3 – Apply a mix of LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

LA Girl PRO Conceal HD Concealer Swatches

These concealers are great for those on a budget. Going at USD$2.50 a tube, I got two colors: the Pure Beige to brighten and the Medium Bisque as a color corrector. I would have never thought of it myself, but the expert, Larry, taught me to mix an equal amount of the LA Girl PRO Conceal HD Concealer in Pure Beige and Medium Bisque to achieve fuller coverage of the under eye circles.

Applying Under Eye Concealer

With the new mixture, gently dab from the lower lash line towards the cheek bone. Cover the entire under eye area with this concealer. Be careful not to smudge the previous concealer – in this case the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – at the edges.

Remember, the skin under the eye is the thinnest part of your face and should be handled with care. Avoid over-tugging and pulling as this causes fine lines.

Step 4 – Powder with loose powder

Lastly, to finish, cover the entire under eye area with loose powder.

The result?

Applying Under Eye Concealer - After

Brighter under eye that puts the focus on your pretty peepers!

Here’s a side by side comparison of the difference….

How to Conceal Dark Circles

My eyes look brighter and less tired! No photoshop required. Yipeeee! I DID IT!
Thank you Larry Yeo for the tips!

I hope this tutorial was useful for you. How do you girls conceal your dark eye circles? What products do you use?