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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!

Porcelain Aesthetics Proionic V-Shape Facial

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About Porcelain The Face Spa

I had the pleasure of hosting an event for Porcelain The Face Spa several months ago. It was a small intimate gathering and I got to understand the history of this luxurious brand a little better. Porcelain The Face Spa, is in fact, a home-grown Singaporean brand and has established itself as the two-time winner of the Best Beauty Spa in Asia Continent at the World Luxury Spa Awards. That is a great feat for a brand that is only about 5 years young! Clients love Porcelain for providing highly effective aesthetic and skin solutions to transform not only their appearance but also their overall state of mind. As a woman, there are days where my hair is a mess and I have a bad breakout. Feeling good about oneself DOES start from taking care of one’s appearance.

Porcelain The Face Spa Singapore

So at Porcelain, their philosophy is that good skin should be clear and radiant from within and they seek to treat the root of the problem. By allowing our skin to breathe, our skin can gain radiance naturally. No two skins are the same. At Porcelain, each treatment is customized specially according to the client’s skin condition.

The Porcelain Experience

Recently, I got to experience and understand why women love the Porcelain The Face Spa.

Porcelain The Face Spa Singapore
Its flagship branch, Porcelain, The Face Spa located at Cantonment Road offers facial treatments. The good news is they have opened a second branch, Porcelain Aesthetics at Orchard Gateway which offers a comprehensive menu of highly effective aesthetic treatments.

Porcelain Aesthetics Orchard Gateway Singapore

Making my way down to the newly open branch at Orchard Gateway, I was greeted by a sleek and sophisticated spa interior. Decked out in muted greys, whites and blacks, it was welcoming as it was elegant.

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Orchard Gateway

As mentioned earlier, Porcelain customises each treatment according to the client’s skin’s needs. So to determine the problem areas and the effectiveness of my treatment, therapist, Jacelyn, ushered me to the skin analysis area. She looked deep into the areas of moisture level, sebum production, skin elasticity, wrinkles, pores and pigmentation to determine where I needed the most help.

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Orchard Gateway Facial Review

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Orchard Gateway

After carefully reviewing my skin conditions, she kindly recommended their award-winning facial – the Proionic V-Shape Facial. This treatment helps to improve blood and lymphatic circulation, increase collagen and elastic fibre production for firmer and smoother skin. Because our skin is full of blood vessels under its surface, it made perfect sense to ensure that blood flow circulation to encourage skin radiance and health. Aside from the lymphatic drainage massage, there would also be a firming and hydrating treatment. The whole facial session would last a total of 75 minutes. Yay relaxing time!

Before I going into the review of the Proionic V-Shape facial, you will want to remember this promotion especially for my readers. Simply quote “Valerie Lim” to enjoy 50% discount off Proionic facial + complimentary skin analysis session worth $60. Valid for first-time customers.

The Proionic V-Shape Facial Treatment

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Proionic Facial Review

Before we started the facial, the therapist patiently explained to me that the Proionic Facial is suitable for ALL SKIN TYPES. I am not gonna lie and say that I have no worries about turning 30. So it was definitely good news to hear that the treatment would help prevent saggy and wrinkled skin and rejuvenate dull and fatigued skin. I certainly needed help with my fatigued skin after much travel and late nights.

The signature treatment of Porcelain Aesthetics utilises a unique patented 448kHz radio frequency technology to produce a ‘Proionic effect’. This facilitates the exchange of positive and negative ions in the skin cells to create a balanced state of ions, thereby giving you healthy cells. Delving into a little basic science here, but we all know that our cells are made up of positive and negative charges. Having our skin cells skewed too much in one charge can severely damage your skin condition and even caused unwanted cell growth.

Porcelain Proionic Facial Review

So it was during the lymphatic treatment, Jacelyn used a little heating wand to encourage lymphatic drainage and cell balance. She positioned the heating wand to the different lymph nodes and gently held it there for several seconds. It is normal to experience some heat similar to that of a heat pack on your skin. I asked about how It is similar to applying pressure to your lymph nodes to encourage them to open. Some skins may be sensitive to heat, and as a first timer, you may experience mild flushing on the face (similar to a sunburn look) but that quickly dissipates after a few hours.

The treatment rejuvenates and improves skin elasticity, boosting overall facial contours instantly for a younger-looking ‘V’-shaped face.

Overall, the treatment is relaxing and the sensation is similar to that of having a facial massage and it was so relaxing I almost dozed off and had to struggle to keep myself awake so I can document this experience and my results.

Results

On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to dirt, dust and UV rays. Add to that, late nights and and stress, it was not hard to see that my skin was getting dull. But after the treatment, there was a radiance and luminosity on my skin I hadn’t seen in a while. The detoxification certainly helped!

Every woman should have some time to herself and indulge in a facial, it is one of the best things you can do to pamper and relax your mind. Not only did the Proionic facial uplift my mood and spirits, it also saw the lift most prominently around my jawline and was certain my jaw line was more defined.

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You can see that on the right side of the picture, my skin is more taut and skin looks more firm than the left. Hello facial contour! My cheeks look fuller and cheekbones more prominent. Ha. I have a lopsided face in this photo. But Jacelyn quickly solved it by working on the other side of my face. More importantly, at the end, my skin was not as dull as when I first walked in. By opening the lymph nodes and draining the toxins from my skin, my skin was brighter and fairer immediately.

On top of that, the radio frequency technology has been proven to stimulate collagen production and increase elastin levels. The 448kHz radio frequency technology used by Porcelain Aesthetics is safe and gentle on the skin. Did you know that this signature Proionic facial can not only be done on the face, but also on the tummy, thighs, neck and décolletage too!

It is fantastic that you can see immediate results after just one session of the Proionic facial session. Based on that, can you imagine that what a course of treatment with the Proionic V-Shape Treatment will do for your skin long term? For optimal results, the therapists recommend an initial course of 6 to 8 sessions, thereafter the treatment can be done once a month as maintenance for long-lasting results.

Porcelain Aesthetics Proionic Facial

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Orchard Gateway

At the end of the treatment, to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me, the therapist did a review and captured an “after” snapshot of my skin. More importantly, this was to ensure consistency in measurement. The results showed great improvement in the moisture level and lesser pigmentation. HOORAY!

Porcelain Aesthetics Singapore Orchard Gateway

If you are looking for a skin-lifting facial that will help reserve the signs of ageing and promote collagen growth, the Proionic Facial Treatment (S$380 subject to GST) is one you have to try. Make sure you talk to the friendly beauty therapists who can also advise you on the packages available. And make sure you quote my name “Valerie Lim” to receive 50% off your first facial and a complimentary skin analysis!

Stay beautiful ladies.

Proionic Facial is available at
Porcelain Aesthetics
227 Orchard Road
Orchard Gateway #03-13
Singapore 238858
Tel: 6227 9692

www.porcelain.com.sg

Biotherm Life Plankton Skin Treatment

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment

I love big, blue ocean and its mysterious wonders. This could be the reason why I have an affinity with Biotherm. This French brand is most well-known for having all its products contain thermal plankton, a micro-organism found in the hot springs of the Pyrenees Mountains by Biologist Jeannine Marissal. Thermal plankton has the capacity to stimulate the skin’s natural defenses. Biotherm reproduces thermal plankton via bio-fermentation.

Biotherm Life Plankton Skin Treatment

Biotherm Life Plankton Skin Treatment

Not only does the new Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment contain thermal plankton, it captures the unique plankton in its purest concentrate. With concentrated 5% of Life Plankton, this Skin Treatment stimulates new skin growth. They are calling it the “Essence of Youth”.

Usage
The Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is a pre-serum, which means you use it BEFORE your subsequent skin care. Whether you choose an anti-aging moisturizer, hydrating moisturizer or whitening regime, the Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is designed to boost the efficacy of that product. I usually use it coupled with the Biotherm Aquasource High Density Hydrating Jelly.

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What I find truly unique and love is the exceptional texture of the Skin Treatment: a water-serum consistency that absorbs in seconds, leaving the face refreshed. It is neither sticky nor oily and in all seriousness, looks like water. It even applies just like water (tapping your skin all over like falling rain), but the benefits are 8-pronged.

Many other women who have used the product report that the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment helps to 1) improve radiance 2) reduce fine lines 3) even out skin tone 4) smoothen skin 5) improve resilience 6) hydrate skin 7) improve softness 8) soothe skin.

While using the Skin Treatment, it helped tackle one of the biggest skin problems I have: hydration. My skin is dehyrated no thanks to the long hours I spend indoors under the air-conditioning. On top of that, it over-compensates by producing sebum to giving me a shiny T-zone. But after days of using the Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment my skin is less oily and visibly more hydrated. Props to the Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment!

Redeem your sample of Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment
From October 2-12, Biotherm is running a bottle exchange event. Simply like the Biotherm Facebook page and then, bring your old full-sized bottle of serum/moisturizer from any counter brand (make sure they are ones sold in major departmental stores) and exchange it for a 30-ml bottle of Life Plankton Essence.

The event will happen at TANGS Orchard and Robinsons Raffles City counters. Alternatively, you can REDEEM a free 8-day trial of Life Plankton Essence to experience the 8 effects of the Thermal Plankton on your skin.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Skin Treatment is now retailing at all department stores and Biotherm counters.

Ginza Calla IPL Treatment – September Review

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Just two months ago, in July, I wrote about my first experience at Ginza Calla, the IPL specialist from Japan with over 21 years of experience in removing unwanted hair painlessly. And I have been going back religiously for my IPL treatments since.

Ginza Calla IPL treatment review
#selfie with the plant outside in the waiting area of the Ginza Calla salon.

Treatment Results

The results were obvious after my first treatment – the hair that grew out was less coarse than before and the areas that had undergone treatment contained significantly less hair. HOORAY!

The areas I got treated included 1) my legs 2) bikini area 3) below the navel 4) underarm and 5) knee caps. The knee caps were a last minute decision because to be honest, I never really knew what to do with the weird hairs on my knee caps. Shaving them invariably seemed like I was driving on hilly mountains because my knee caps are an odd shape and I would delicately navigate my knees with the shaver because I feared shaving the skin off my knees! Oh yes, it has happened one too many times.

But now, I have no worry about getting lost on uncharted knee territory; I simply leave the job of hair removal to the IPL therapists at Ginza Calla. I have no fear of wearing short skirts or shorts now.

Ginza Calla Singapore IPL

Why?

Because it is only $40 for UNLIMITED sessions of hair removal.

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Yes, I kid you not. $40 for a lifetime of safe, clean, FAST AND painless hair removal.

Fast and efficient

Ginza Calla Singapore Plaza Singapura
In the Ginza Calla treatment room

I took the liberty to try out some of the small parts that are included in the S$40 UNLIMITED package. Aside from my knee caps, I simply had to top up S$380 for the second small area to be treated. This time I picked the bikini area. No more worrying about unsightly hair when I am swimming next! Talk about freedom to move.

Speaking of freedom, the IPL sessions at Ginza Calla are so fast they are over in a blink of an eye. You never feel like you have to MAKE time for your IPL session. For treatment on small areas, the whole session takes about 20 minutes to be completed. INCLUDING the after-care with Ginza Calla’s Bihada-junbi cooling lotion.

I think I am going to get the therapists to remove the hairs on my toes with IPL in my next session. I want “Tsuru-puru” skin on my toes too!

IPL Do-s and Don’ts

BEFORE your IPL treatment
DON’T
1. The most crucial DON’T of pre-IPL care is to NOT PLUCK the hair. IPL treatment targets the root of the hair, so you MUST leave the root of the hair in its place. Plucking removes the root and

DO
1. DO moisturize regularly in between your visits to Ginza Calla.
2. DO shave 1 day BEFORE your treatment at Ginza Calla.

AFTER your IPL treatment
DO
1. DO wash the area with gentle cleanser after your IPL treatment.

DON’T
1. DON’T apply deodorant or anti-perspirant to the area after treatment.
2. DON’T exercise

Unlimited Brazilian Package

This September Ginza Calla has another promotion for their full Brazilian IPL.

Ginza Calla IPL Brazilian Package

Everyone who signs up WILL receive a BRAUN Electric Shaver from Ginza Calla!

Remember how I mentioned that in between visits to Ginza Calla you will need to moisturize and shave? Not only does Ginza Calla now take care of your skin in the salon and out of the salon with Bihada-junbi, they are extending their care to in-between treatments!

You should not miss out on this limited time opportunity. Head on down to the Ginza Calla flagship store or call +65 6238 8850 to make an appointment now!

Ginza Calla Singapore is located at
Plaza Singapura, #04-55
Singapore 238839

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.

The Sloane Clinic Singapore

There are no ugly women in this world, just lazy ones quote

And there are two ways to getting there
1) silly and time-consuming rituals like this one

Nose Clip How to Make Your Nose Sharper

Or 2) professional help from The Sloane Clinic

After competing on the global stage in Miss Universe, people always ask me if plastic surgery is prohibited in an international competition. The truth is, EVERYONE at the beauty pageant had some sort of work done. Whether it was permanent or semi-permanent, there was no one who was entirely natural. If you think about, these are absolutely necessary. As Osmel Souza, the National Director of the very famous Miss Venezuela pageant says, “it is a BEAUTY contest, not a natural contest.”

Beauty can be subjective. But, little did you know, facial beauty is actually a mathematical formula. Cultures may vary in terms of what it considers beautiful (different skin colours, hair types, thickness of eyebrows etc), but there are three general rule of thumbs that beauty can be defined by.

Facial Beauty Across Cultures
Image source: The Sloane Clinic

Here is a overview on what scientists have concluded is facial beauty:
1) The face has to be symmetrical
2) Beautiful faces follow the golden ratio of 1.618 and the rule of thirds
3) Youth is beautiful

After attending The Sloane Clinic’s beauty workshop and putting my own experience of rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most beautiful women, I realise that simple changes in a person’s face can make a big difference. Whether it is making a sharper nose tip, making your cheeks fuller or changing your skin colour (not many of us will go to the extremes Michael Jackson did), these things can change the way people people react or treat us.

The Sloane Clinic Singapore Beauty Workshop

Then, there is the whole science of face reading that the Koreans are absolutely obsessed with. With that said, don’t you think that everyone has the right to be beautiful and young?

I have personally undergone aesthetic treatments and can attest to the effectiveness of non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as fillers, Botox and skin facials. What I found interesting was the fact that you can do BOTH invasive and non-invasive treatments at The Sloane Clinic. You can create new double eye lids (upper blepharoplasty), alter the shape of your nose or opt for simpler treatments like getting rid of dark spots and acne. Non-invasive procedures and injectables can be done at all The Sloane Clinic branches, while double eyelid, epicanthoplasty and lower eyebag removal surgery are performed at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre.

The Pursuit of Youth
Double eyelid surgery is a very common procedure in Asia. The desire to have doe-eyes stems from wanting to be young. And to be honest, I have sincerely considered it. My eyes are your typical hooded Asian eyes. Over time, hooded eyes can become droopy and make you look sleepy.

The Sloane Clinic Singapore Bright Eye Beautificaation
Image from The Sloane Clinic.

The Sloane Clinic Bigger Eyes
Before and after effect of double eye lid surgery. Image from The Sloane Clinic

When I first started competing in Miss Earth, I wanted bigger, rounder eyes. At that time, I experimented with double eyelid tape to create bigger and deep-set eyes. During our make up time, my roommates, especially those from the Western countries, would watch and peer curiously as I carefully aligned a clear little piece of plastic on my eyelid. I cannot count the number of times I had to repeat what the little tape would do for my eyes and how I wanted eyes like theirs.


My stash of eyelid tapes that just keeps growing.

Thanks to Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre, I learnt there were two different methods – aside from my little voodoo act – that The Sloane Clinic uses to create double eyelids. They are the traditional open surgery or the suture method. Both methods aim to create the fold that is absent.

The Sloane Clinic Doube Eye Lid Surgery
Image from The Sloane Clinic website

Double Eyelid Surgery – Upper Blepharoplasty
Traditional open surgery involves a surgical incision to remove the excess skin and fat from the eyelid BEFORE placing stitches to create a crease that folds inwards when the eyes open. This method is permanent and has a slightly longer downtime – roughly a 7 to 10 days – whereas the suture method is simpler and has a shorter downtime. Suturing the eyelids simply involves placing the stitches inside the eyelids to create the new crease without the surgical cut. However, the suture method is not suitable for eyelids that have excess skin and fat and may not be as permanent (lasting only a few years whereas the traditional open method is permanent).

If your eyes are like mine, I am guessing that the traditional open surgery method is highly recommended. The traditional method can address all kinds of eyelids (those with excess skin and fat as well as droopy eyelids). But, I am not the expert. It would be best to consult with the doctors at The Sloane Clinic Plastic Surgery Centre where the plastic surgeon will first access your eyelids and then recommend the most suitable method.

The Sloane Clinic Singapore Double Eyelid Surgery Procedure
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Eyebag Removal – Lower Blepharoplasty
If you are plagued with heavy eye bags that make you look older than you really are, there is the option of removing them at The Sloane Clinic. The formation of eye bags is a natural process. As we age, both men and women will start to lose elasticity in the skin around the eyes. Muscles also begin to relax, causing the lower eyelids to appear baggy. The effect can be worse in some people than others due to hereditary factors, excessive sun exposure or smoking. Eye bag removal surgery will help to give a younger, fresher and less tired appearance.

The Sloane Clinic Eyebag Removal Surgery
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Eyebags can be corrected by the removal of some fat from the lower eyelid area and redistributing the remaining fat. Compared to the traditional method in which there is just simple fat removal, this new technique the doctors at The Sloane Clinic use avoids excessive hollowing over the lower eyelid area that is aesthetically unpleasing. This usually also involves re-suspending the outer corner of the eye.

Non-invasive Surgery
Being beautiful, however, does not mean you have to resort to invasive plastic surgery.

The secret to looking young also lies in correcting uneven skin tone, pigmentation and brown acne scars. With accumulated skin exposure and no protection, skin begins to fade and lose its youthful glow. The doctors shared with us about rescuing ageing skin with The Sloane Clinic’s Divine Whitening Program and Brilliant Skin Program.

The Sloane Clinic website has a comprehensive list of the different types of medical facials offered on premise.
Their website http://www.sloaneclinic.com will give you a better understanding of the ways they can help treat skin problems.

Hyaluronic Dermal Fillers
Finally, my favourite treatment for instantly looking younger is dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane� can help to augment and shape features without having to undergo surgery. In the past, fillers were used for smoothing away wrinkles and lines. Now they are also used to enhance facial features such as the nose, chin, lips or restore facial volume to cheeks, giving the individual a more sculpted and attractive appearance.

Just before I left for Brazil to compete in the Miss Universe competition, I got fillers in my cheeks to give my face and cheekbones a lift. This also helped to create a more heart-shaped face and sharper V-jawline. On hindsight, I probably should have used them in my lips for

poutier lips and in my nose to create an upturned nose tip. I have always been obsessed with the Venezuelan noses.

Popularized by Korean celebs who desired both lifted, contoured faces sans scalpel as well as dewy, luminous skins, the Restylane� Hydrolift is specially designed to deliver these multiple benefits � skin lifting, elimination of fine lines and healthy glowing skin, using natural hyaluronic acid. In the picture above, you can see the difference in the way the nose tip is angled after using hyaluronic fillers. It gives the face a cuter appearance.

What I personally like about dermal fillers – I have used them repeatedly – is the fact that they closely resemble our body�s own hyaluronic acid. Because our body’s natural “factories” slow down in the production of hyaluronic acid, topping them up with alternatives such as Restylane� Hydrolift will give you the same natural effect. As such, fillers are perfectly safe with little or no risks. As the acid is administered through tiny injections, the procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the area of treatment) and is associated with little downtime.

The fillers normally last about 6 to 9 months, depending on the individual’s lifestyle habits and metabolism.

You have the ability to take control and stop the hands of time.

With this powerful information at the tip of your fingers, what will you do to take 5 years off your age?

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About The Sloane Clinic
The Sloane Clinic is a chain of aesthetic clinics offering total beauty solutions from non-invasive aesthetic treatments, plastic surgery to hair transplant and medical facials in Singapore and Malaysia.
Visit their website @ The Sloane Clinic or email their help desk at [email protected]