Triumph My Beautiful Me Campaign

Recently I had the pleasure to attend Triumph’s My Beautiful Me campaign, held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Partnered with Parkson, this campaign showcased Triumph’s winter 2016 collection, while highlighting Triumph’s expertise, style, evolution and dedication of being the purveyor of women’s confidence.
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It was an evening of glitz and glamour while guests were dressed according to the theme encompassing “My Beautiful Me”.

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To inaugurate the momentous occasion a spectacular fashion show was held encompassing the campaign’s highlights of My Beautiful Me – Adore, Cherish and Shine. These three highlights showcased different themes; Cherish being pretty yet sassy, Adore encompassed fun yet beautiful and Shine showcased glamour with a hint of sexiness. Models walked the runway in different Triumph’s stylish designs with beautiful dazzling shades of colors.

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A familiar face in the local music scene, Poova also performed while the models were doing their thing. Looking every bit the model herself in a sparkly dress strutting up and down and runway, her voice definitely brought plenty of soul and not to mention excitement to the event.

Here are a couple of video demostrating her vocal prowess.


Let me treasure you! Emcee of the evening Julie Woon grooving along as well.

Take me down like I’m a domino!

Here are some photos from the fashion show.
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My Beautiful Me campaign reflects the journey of Triumph, from wanting women to find the one (the perfect bra), to ending the year with encouraging women to love and appreciate themselves for who they are. The campaign allows women to discover their true selves within regardless of age and shape. It’s an opportunity for women to embrace their bodies, individuality and openly express themselves. Join the journey and feel beautiful with Triumph.

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Thank you Triumph for having us at the meaningful event.

Photo credit: Triumph Malaysia

For more information about “My Beautiful Me”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Smile Makers Launched in Malaysia

There are a few things in life that can truly contribute to one’s happiness. Just like a good meal can give you the boost of endorphin, an orgasm is a surefire way to relieve stress and anxiety while boosting your self-confidence. In this day and age, sex is no longer that much of a taboo subject. In fact, according to a “Malaysian Women Sexual Health and Well-being” survey, 79% of Malaysian women talk about sex in general as well as their own sex lives with their partners and friends. Therefore, today’s topic is all about taking charge of our body in order to promote sexual well-being.

There are few more interesting findings from the same survey (which is sponsored by leading sexual well-being brand Smile Makers, and we will get to that in a bit):

·         65% of Malaysian women are sexually satisfied.

·         73% of Malaysian women feel they are in control of their sexual satisfaction.

·         68% of Malaysian women feel sexual satisfaction is important.

·         9 out of 10 Malaysian women view women who own a vibrator positively and neutrally, thinking them to be open to new experiences and fun & spontaneous.

·         78% of Malaysian women have experienced dryness-related pain during sex, negatively affecting their sexual satisfaction.

·         58% of Malaysian women have used a personal lubricant, which is higher than other Asian countries.

·         Over half of women in Malaysia are more open to either using, or the idea of trying out a vibrator than many Asian and European counterparts.

·         Three-quarters of Malaysian women consider the ingredients in lubricant products before purchasing them.

These statistics may come as a surprise to some of you, but I feel it’s great that we don’t have to feel ashamed to go for what we want, in a safe way of course. In view of these positive findings, it’s certainly the right time that the Smile Makers has made its entrance and appearance in Malaysia, with the launch of its perosnal massagers and premium lubricants that are designed to enhance the sexual well-being of us women in Malaysia.

Mr. Mattias Hulting, the co-founder of Ramblin’ Brands shared, “The survey results are truly amazing- showing that Malaysia is a very different country in actuality when it comes to sexual wellbeing than how it perceives itself. It is much more open, and the reward is a higher level of satisfaction and happiness.”

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The survey shows that over half of women in Malaysia are either using, or open to the idea of trying out a vibrator. Over half of non-users would be open to try a vibrator (52%), making them much more open to the idea than many European countries, including Belgium (37%), Switzerland (31%), France (32%).”   Mr. Mattias Hulting added.

Buying a personal massager or two shouldn’t have to be a difficult process (not everyone is open to walking into a “specialty shop”, and it can prove a little embarrassing to be browsing online specialty shops for these too) and the sleek design of these Smile Makers provide extra discreetness too.
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The range of personal massagers include four personalities (from left): The Fireman, The Frenchman, The Tennis Coach and The Millionaire – to help women explore and appreciate their bodies to feel sexy, confident and beautiful. Smile Makers are produced alongside some of the world’s leading electronics brands in a static-free environment. All products are completely phthalate-free, made with super-smooth, 100% body-safe, FDA-aprroved silicone. All four are designed differently, with The Fireman and The Frenchman (as you can imagine) designated to external use, The Tennis Coach with a special curved ball for G-Spot Stimulation, and The Millionaire as an all-rounder.

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The Personal Lubricants are as pretty as they come, easily confused with one of those luxury beauty brand (one that comes with the miracle water). There are 3 types: Little light liquid (for a natural sensation) Stay Silky Serum (for a smoother, velvety feel), and Generous Gel which is rich and luxuriously textured. All formulations are paraben free, water based, fragrance free and condom compatible.

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It’s common for stressed, post-natal, post menopausal women to have dryness-related pain during sex. Lubricants can help to ease the discomfort. The use of water-based, paraben-free and pharma-grade ingredients are important when choosing lubricants. Water-based lubricants will be ideal as they are less sticky and are easy to wash-off. What’s more, high purity ingredients that are used in water based  lubricant make it safer  to use. Professor Dr. Jamiyah advised. 

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It’s clear that Smile Makers is a brand that women will be able to trust wholeheartedly, due to its uncompromising commitment to quality, and unswerving dedication in desiring to enhance the sexual well-being of women the world over. Since launching its personal massagers in Europe in 2013, Smile Makers has helped women around the globe find their inner smile through a network of over 4,000 health and beauty stores in ten European and Asian markets. And today, you can experience it for yourself too, as it’s now available to purchase online at http://www.lazada.com.my/smile-makers/.

Get a 10% discount on Smile Makers when you enter this code – SMBLOG10
*This code is valid from 12 May to 25 May 2016 and enables you to get up to RM25 discount for the products.

Ko SkinCare Specialist Pt.3 – Ko Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen

Recently, I’ve replenished my skincare products at Dr Ko Clinic, and I’ve been recommended a few new things. Today I shall share with you my favourite product of the lot, with more in come in the next posts.

We all commit our shares of beauty sin, and I’ll say the worst sin for me would be neglecting sun protection. I’m well aware of the effects of sun damage and currently suffering consequences of not applying regular sun block in the forms of melasmas and lentigos on my face. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a healthy tan, but we shouldn’t ignore the harmful effects of UV rays either.

One of the reasons I loathed applying sun block is that many products in the market have that undesirable texture. Most of them are also too greasy for my liking. As my skin is ultra sensitive (I sound like a broken record here), I have developed many a times allergy reaction to various sun block, so in the end I just didn’t dare to try out new stuff.

And that is until I met this beauty.

The Aqua Gel Sunscreen is completely water-based. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and fragrance free.
Containing chamomile extract, hydrolyzed silk protein, antarcticine, pearl extract, aloe vera extract, provides high SPF protection (a whooping 55) while calming skin discomfort caused by sun exposures. Ideal for oily and acne prone skin.

Personally, I love the texture of this gel. It doesn’t leave anything behind at all, and works well with or without makeup. I usually use a primer before applying foundation, and after a few weeks usage, there has been no problem with my skin so far. The gel absorb super fast as well, which is another bonus.

Thanks to Dr Ko, now I can step out of the house confident that I won’t get anymore new spots!

The KO Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen SPF55 retails for RM180, but you can now get it here for only RM162!

For more information, visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

 

Dr Ko Clinic – Carbon Laser Peel

Following my last consultation at Dr Ko clinic, I’ve been using a range of their products for several months now. You can read about them here and here. My skin is sensitive so I’m always very careful with changing skincare regime for fear of breakouts or worse, allergy reaction. Luckily for me, Ko Skincare range has been agreeing with me and I’ve been seeing some benefits with using the products. Which is why when they offer for me to try out some of their services, I did so with confidence.

This time, I was invited to their USJ Clinic (there are quite a few of them, do check out their website for one near you) and I met Dr Chan, who’s friendly enough to put me at ease talking about my skin concerns. This clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments as well as body contouring treatments. One thing of note is that the surgical treatments are only available at the Dr Ko Specialist centre which is located in Klang.

During our consultation, we talked about a few things that I’m not happy with and numero uno has always been my pigmentations. No, I’m not talking about freckles (I’m quite proud of them), but the mild lentigos that I’ve starting to get on my cheeks, due to aging and sun damage. I’ve been given products to combat sun damage but it sure wasn’t enough. So Dr Chan recommended a few things, one being the Carbon Laser Peel.

Carbon Laser Peel is increasingly popular for its multiple benefits and convenience. It’s a “lunch time” procedure with zero downtime, and works well for aging skin and pigmentation. The process involves a laser beam focused on skin that has been covered by a thin layer of carbon powder. The laser beam is absorbed by the carbon particles due to its dark colour. Throughout the procedure, skin pores are simultaneously minimised. Due to the thermal effect, the growth of connective tissue increases while the carbon particles exfoliate the skin and purge skin pores. It’s effective in treating scars and wrinkles to0 and provide an overall brightening effect.

So off we went to the treatment room when the assistant gave me a quick face wash, then apply the carbon powder on my face.

You can see from the picture that I have few obvious spots on my face, one located right next to my nose.

It’s not as black as I thought it would be, but then again Dr Chan did instructed her to go lighter on my sensitive skin.

Then, it’s time for the laser!

Because of my specific concerns, I was given 3 rounds of laser. The first one is the long pulse, with the aim of firming and lifting. It’s really tolerable, with just a tiny bite each time the laser fires off. The second round was a little more interesting, as the 1064 wavelength which burns off the carbon powder, creating mini ‘explosions’, those exfoliating the skin while also refining the pores. And for the last round Dr Chan changed to a different applicator for the 532 laser. This is the target the epidermal pigmentations. This one is a little more intense, but still a walk in the park basically.

After the laser, a cooling mask is then applied on my face. It’s made with peppermint, so it smells absolutely amazing and also feels great on the skin.

The effect of Carbon Laser Peel should be immediate, and here’s a pic of my face.

Of course the spots are still there (usually need more than one treatment to get rid of them), but my skin was visibly brightened after the treatment. Excuse the flat hair.

Generally, a carbon laser peel is around RM900 per session, and it’s recommended you do about once a month, although some will benefit from just a single session. Do visit your nearest Dr Ko Clinic for more info, or check out their website. I’ll be following up with more posts about Dr Ko Skin Care soon!

Klinik Dr Ko
Unit 4A-C/D, Jalan USJ 10/1A.
Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-80230232
Consultation hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 7pm
Sat 10am to 6pm

Triumph Finds The One For You

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How many of you are guilty of not getting your bra fitted regularly? According to a survey conducted by Triumph International, Malaysia’s leading lingerie brand, 7 out of 10 women would wear the wrong size bra and many are clueless on the right ways to find a bra that fits perfectly. What are the consequences of wearing the wrong sized bra? Apart from not having the perfect elegant look for your outfit, there can also be health risks like bad posture, sagging breasts, back/neck/shoulder pain, and even things like scarring of your breasts. Scary right?

Just as important as choosing a life partner, finding THE perfect bra is crucial for every woman. And recently Triumph has launched its “Find the One” Short animated movie that brings to life the magical experience of finding the perfect fitted bra. Here’s the very much Disney inspired musical with a lovely song:

The launch was set at Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid, where the area was turned into a fairy tale setting, with triumph products displaying for our viewing and shopping pleasure.

The gorgeous Daphne Iking hosted the event, and shared with us some benefits about finding the right bra through her own experience. With this campaign, Triumph hopes to address the various concerns that Asian women are facing while searching for a bra with the perfect fit for themselves.

To our surprise (pleasant, of course), the animated movie came to life when the 3 girls appeared on stage and started prancing around the concourse.

Daphne Iking was soon joined by supermodels whom also talked about how a perfectly fitted bra gave them more confidence.

After the formality, we had the opportunity to spend some time with the fitting expert for a free fitting consultation. My last fitting was several months ago, so nothing much has changed, though I was recommended a few very pretty bras to complement my body type. We also did some measurements to find my bust age and I’m glad to report that my bosoms are keeping young and healthy.

Personally I’ve always been a fan of Triumph lingerie and I’ve been wearing them since high school. Since I’m not particularly blessed in that department, I’m really impressed to find that the Maximiser collection really delivers its promise. I usually don’t like to wear push up bras, but these are really comfy. A great secret weapon to have in my wardrobe for sure.

Here are some tips for you to find your perfect fit:

Starting from 21 September 2015, Triumph launched a fitting campaign nationwide, targeting to fit 50,000 women across Malaysia ensuring they find the right fitted bra. Every woman who visits any Triumph Boutiques or counters will receive a free fitting consultation conducted by Triumph professional fit experts. From measurements of the correct bust size to finding your actual bust age and body shape, the comprehensive fitting consultation will help women find their perfect one!

So visit your nearest Triumph Boutique/Counter today!

For more information about “Find The One”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Ko Skincare Specialist pt.2

I’ve shared my experience with Ko Skincare Specialist in my previous post (along with the background of Ko Skincare Specialist and the range of products they offer). And here are the rest of the products prescribed to me, in addition to my current basic skincare regime.

KO Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence II 30ml RM180

Because I have occasional breakouts (especially when hormonal or stressed), this essence is recommended for me to use on problem areas (T zone and chin). Basically, it’s designed to reduce skin imperfection while balancing sebum production for a clear and refined complexion. It’s suitable for oily skin, or combination skin. Furthermore, it’s also alcohol free.
Contains: Aloe extract, witch hazel extract, licorice leaf extract, job’s tears extract.

KO Dermacare Perfect Brightening Cream 30g RM380

This product is prescribed for me for extra boost of brightening and hydration. It combines mandelic acid, kojic acid and tranexamic acid to brighten the skin gently and safely. It also works to resolves pigmentation problems such as freckles, sun spots and melasma.


Ko Dermacare Miracle C Powder – RM299 (2 Vials)

In addition to the perfect brightening cream, they have also recommended the Miracle C Powder. High dose of Vitamin C aids in reducing pigmentation as well. I’ve had experience using Vitamin C serum in the past and find it too oily for my skin. This one comes in powder form to mix in with my regular moisturiser which I think is ingenius! I was told they are changing their packaging for this product too.

Dermax Dermax Bio Defence UV Foundation SPF60 6N 30gm RM199

I have a bad habit of not being vigilant enough with my sun protection. It’s mainly because I don’t like to cake on products on my skin. So a product with dual properties is definitely a bonus. Here the sunscreen also doubles as foundation, which saves me putting on additional layer. The coverage is really good though, and it’s suitable for dry skin as it’s on the oily side.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Sago Hydrogel Mask 5pcs/box RM280

Last but not the least, I was recommended the Intense repair whitening masque (starting to see the pattern yet?). This mask is made with 100% natural bio-gel, free from chemicals, preservatives and toxicities. It’s supposed to remove dead skin cells and brightens skin tone. I like how gentle it feels on the skin (the bio-gel has a peculiar texture which is strangely exciting). That reminds me I should apply this tonight (I tend to be too lazy and procrastinate on my skincare).

After using all the products for couple of months, I’m quite sure I’ll be continuing with some of the products, especially the Perfect radiance cleanser/toner, Aqua moisturiser and the Miracle C powder.

To find out more about Ko Skincare Specialist and purchase the produce, you can visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

To celebrate the opening of their e-store, Dr. Ko Skincare is running the following promotions from 20 July 2015 to 20 August 2015:

– 20% storewide discount
– 50% discount on Ko Series
– Free delivery for purchase of RM300.00 and above

Download the Dr. Ko Skin Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount (excluding 50% discount items).

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shockmediastudio.app.drko&hl=en

Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8

The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
Malaysia.
T:+603 3343 3140
You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22

Ko Skincare Specialist

I’ve been lucky enough to not have too much trouble with my skin in general, except for a period of time in my uni days when I suffered from quite bad acne due to the oral contraception pills. It took me a long time and frankly quite a lot of money to get my skin back to optimal condition so I’ve been very careful with my skincare ever since. If the products work for my skin, I’d gladly fork out for them. I’ve heard of Ko Skincare Specialist before but didn’t know that they had their own range of products, so when I was approached to give their products a try, I was curious enough to find out more about them. Here’s a little background on Ko Skincare Specialist.

The founder of Dr. Ko Skin Specialist – Dr Ko Chung Beng, spent 17 years in UK and obtained his specialist qualifications prior to his return to Malaysia in 1994. He headed the Dermatology Department of Seremban Hospital until 1997, then founded the KO Skin Specialist which has since been providing a comprehensive range of in-depth services from dermatology to cosmetic surgery.

When he first started out on his own in 1997, KO Skin Specialist was just a little clinic in Klang, located on the first floor of a shop lot. However the effectiveness of his prescriptions soon spread and today, that little clinic is now the headquarters for the 26 clinics of KO Skin Specialist centres across Malaysia. KO Skin Specialist now has their very own formulation of skincare products which are formulated by their team of professionals to combat signs of aging, acne and other skin problems. The centres also offer the most complete range of laser therapy equipment in Asia. No longer just a Malaysian brand, KO Skin Specialist has a branch in Xiamen, China, and will be opening more branches in the future! How’s that for a Malaysian success story?

There are 4 ranges of skincare under Dr. Ko Skincare Specialist: Dermax Clinicare, KO Dermaceutical, KO Series, and eKo and here’s a brief overview:

Dermax Clinicare

The Dermax Clinicare series is known for its effectiveness in preventing new acne formation. Products in this series are meticulously blended with a natural botanical extracts under strict quality control. It removes impurities; refines open pores; soothes and heals the skin for an acne-free face.

This series comprises a broad range of products, even for dry and sensitive skin. Products from the Dermax Clinicare series may be used together with products from other Dr. Ko Skincare series depending on your needs.

KO Dermaceutical

The KO Dermaceutical series speeds up recovery; protects the skin from sun exposures; combats dullness, pigmentation, dehydration whilst reversing the signs of aging. The serums, cleansers, toners, moisturizers and sunscreens complement the needs of most skin types, and is also ideal for post-treatment care. Like Dermax and the KO series, products from the KO Dermaceutical range can be used together with products from other series, depending on your skin condition.

KO Series

The KO series offers a gentle solution to reduce blemishes, which is great news for those who have sensitive or acne-prone skin as most blemish fighting products can irritate sensitive skin.

eKo

The eKo series is infused with amaranthus caudatus — one of the best sources of vegetable protein known for its antioxidant and skin revitalization properties.

Before I was given the products, I attended a consultation with a Doctor at their 10 Boulevard Branch located in Petaling Jaya. The consultation was to discuss my skin concerns as well as for the Doctor to assess my skin condition. As I’m in my early 30s, I’m realising the importance of combating sun damage in the form of pigmentations and spots (I have a couple of lentigos on my face and has always been prone to freckles), and I suffer the occasional pimple whenever I’m hormonal and stressed. So these are the products prescribed to me:

Since there are quite a numner of them, I shall divide them into 2 groups and I’ll talk about the basic 3 step cleansing and moisturizing routine first.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Cleanser 1 120ml RM198

First of all of course, the cleanser. This cleanser is designed to cleanse, hydrate and firm the skin without stripping the surface of its natural moisture and protective lipid layer, giving your skin a fresh and radiant glow. Enriched with botanical extracts, it’s gentle enough for those with dry and traumatized skin. The cleanser is clear in appearance and doesn’t product much bubble unlike the commercial ones. And my skin feels clean and fresh but not dry after each wash. It’s even good enough to remove makeup, although I generally do a double cleanse with that.
(Contains: Cactus pear extract, trehalose, lavender essential oil, salicylic acid.)

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Radiance Toner 21 120ml RM198

I always avoid toners containing alcohol so this one is perfect for me as it’s formulated with plant extracts to sooth the skin while inhibiting melanin production (the stuff that causes pigmentation and spots). It works to transform dull, tired skin into a brighter and luminous complexion with long-term use. I love the feel of this toner as it’s absorb pretty quickly in the skin leaving my skin feeling fresh. As a bonus, it can also be used to set or refresh makeup, and it’s fine to use at anytime of the day. I think it has definitely worked its magic because I’ve received a few compliments that my skin looks more radiant now.

(Contains: Cactus pear extract, trehalose, centifolia rose extract, witch hazel extract, cucumber extract, orange flower water, raspberry fruit water, lavender essential oil.)

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer I 60g RM280

My favourite product of all would be this moisturizer. The texture feels incredibly light yet it’s very hydrating. It also feels a bit cool on the skin, which soothes any irritation. It’s water-based, so it’s perfect for acne-prone and oily skin. Since I have combination skin, I also use another additional moisturizer which I’ll review in my later post.

I’ve been using the products for over 2 months now and I’ve noticed my skin is more radiant, although it’s near impossible to get rid of pigmentation just by using skincare products but they are not as noticeable due to the increase luminance. Thank you Dr Ko for the recommendation!

One recent selfie, even complete with Dr Ko's shade of blue!
One recent selfie, even complete with Dr Ko’s shade of blue!

You can now purchase Dr. KO Skin Specialist products online at http://www.drkoskincare.com/

To celebrate the opening of their e-store, Dr. Ko Skincare is running the following promotions from 20 July 2015 to 20 August 2015:

– 20% storewide discount
– 50% discount on Ko Series
– Free delivery for purchase of RM300.00 and above

Download the Dr. Ko Skin Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount (excluding 50% discount items).

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shockmediastudio.app.drko&hl=en

Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8

The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
Malaysia.
T:+603 3343 3140
You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22

Medlite C6 Laser, Premier Clinic

Chinese New Year is almost here! What better time to take charge of your skin, right? No thanks to my crazy schedule for the past few months, my skin has really been suffering the consequences. Occasional pimple here and there, dull complexion, ezcema patches, you name it. I got them. Which is why I decided to take up the offer for an aesthetic consultation at Premier Clinic to see what they can do for me.

Premier clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic services and has 2 branches; one in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and another in Bangsar. I went to the one at TTDI and my first impression was that the staff and nurses there are welcoming and friendly, making the visit a pleasant one. Dr Aarthi Maria was my consultant and I sat down to chat with her about my various skin concerns. There were a few things I could do based on my needs, but in the end I chose to do something that has completely no down time, seeing I have few gigs in a row following the visit.

The top concern for me was my complexion and pigmentation issues and Dr Aarthi Maria offered me 2 options: Fraxel (has down time, much more painful) and Medlite C6 Laser. Both offers similar things in different intensity. Obviously I went with the Medlite C6 Laser; The latest laser technology for skin whitening, pigmentation and dark scar removal. At the same time, it will also help to reduce wrinkles, open pores and even up the complexion. Although as compared to one time treatment of Fraxel, Medlite C6 laser will require few more sessions to achieve the desired results.

I have pretty sensitive skin so I’m always worried about having treatment done. I was assured that this laser is safe for all skin types unlike the older technology such as IPL which can cause burns and redness in some skin types.

Not the most flattering picture of me, that’s for sure.

 

Liposonix: The Follow Up

Several months ago, I’ve mentioned that I went for a Liposonix treatment with Dr Alice Michael. To rehash your memory, it’s a targeted fat reduction treatment designed for those who has that stubborn inch of fat to lose. It’s perfect for those who are already living a pretty healthy lifestyle but just want to drop a dress size. Read about how it works, as well as my treatment experience here.

Well, I’ve also mentioned once or twice that I’ve lost a bit of weight lately. I haven’t exactly changed my diet, but I have been quite busy the last few months with my shows, and as a result I didn’t have much time to think about food. My meals were mostly Paleo, but sometimes subjected to the event/function I was working at. I’ll admit to skipping a meal or two because I was too busy (not intentionally, I promise) and sometimes have no appetite for the same reason. But I definitely have not been starving myself.

Exercise wise, my shows are often quite physical because I’m always dancing and jumping around the stage. Apart from that I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle outside of work (though mostly because I needed to rest between gigs). From time to time when I’m motivated, I’d do some squats/planking while watching shows on my iPad (but that never last more than 5 minutes, haha).

Anyway, I’ve gone for a follow up review last month at Ageless Medispa. It was a quick one as they just needed to weigh and measure me. While I know that the result would be quite positive, it was still a shock to realise that I have lost almost 5kg in the last 3 months. This is overall weight loss, of course, because I’ve gone a full dress size smaller, even though my treatment area was just my abdomen.

The measurements are a bit confusing to read. Basically upper ab: From 86cm to 70cm, lower ab: From 89cm to 82cm.

If they had measured my hips they would probably be shocked to find out I’ve lost 2 inches there too. This is not a good thing however, because I now require cushion whenever I sit. Better do more squats to build the gluts!

So here’s a before/after photo:

Plump vs Tighter abs

I’ve tried to crop it as close as possible, but I guess you can tell that my abdomen is now almost flat. Also, I can no longer wear that pair of white shorts, they just fall right off! All that’s left for me to do is to keep up the exercise to tighten my muscles. I am more confident when wearing cropped tops and it’s been a joy doing an overhaul of my wardrobe. Best still, there were some dresses that no longer fit 3 months ago, and now I can wear them again. *Happy Dance*

I’d say that Liposonix definitely has been helpful for my weight loss journey. My upper abdomen especially. My body fat percentage has also gone down to 21% (pretty good for female non athletes) and my muscle mass is 35.9% (amazing considering I don’t exercise…much). Thank you Solta Medical and Dr Alice Michael for my transformation!

For enquiries and appointment with Dr Alice Michael, please contact:

Ageless Medispa
257 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
https://www.facebook.com/Dr.AliceTotalWellnessCenter
http://www.aliceantiaging.com/

For more information about Liposonix, click on http://solta.valeantonline.com/brands/liposonix

Vanity Post: Benefit Agent Zero Shine Workshop

Wow, it sure has been some crazy weeks! I do apologise for the lack of recipe posts here, as I barely has time to cook for myself for the past month and have been sticking to simple frittata and soups for my meals. Here’s a fairly backdated post for Benefit, as I attended a small workshop at their Midvalley branch back in February.

I’ve always been quite fond of Benefit line of cosmetics because of their cute packaging and fun names. I remember going on a Benefit shopping spree several years ago after being successfully coaxed into a makeover one day at Myer Melbourne. Hence it was just the right time for me to be reintroduced to them again with the launch of Agent Zero Shine (more on that later).

Some of my favourite products

I arrived at the workshop rather late due to the delay of my flight from Penang (that reminds me I need to blog about my Penang work trip soon) so the MHB girls were already there and had their makeup removed. I probably didn’t get the memo otherwise I wouldn’t have put on my makeup prior to the workshop. So there I was frantically removing my makeup as the girls put on their face mask, sitting back and chit-chatting away. The mask was soaked with Benefit Prep Moisturizer Toning Lotion to soothe our skin and prep our skin for the makeup.

Benefit Skincare

We then put on the moisturizer followed by the eye cream. I really like the light texture of their skincare products, perhaps time to try some of them out once my current one finish.

James demonstrating with the POREfessional

A primer has become rather essential in our makeup routine not only to increase the staying power of the foundation, but also to prevent environment irritant clogging our pores. Here Benefit’s star product the POREfessional is perfect for the job. Once again the texture is fairly light and non-sticky.

I don’t normally use liquid foundation (my eternal combination is BB Cream and Mineral Powder Foundation for minimal coverage) but find their “Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!” quite pleasant. A little bit goes a long way and the coverage is quite good too.

The Benetint

We then moved on to my favourite product of theirs, the Benetint. It’s supposed to be the highest selling product in Korea and the Korean girls mainly use it on the lips. The famous lip and cheek stain actually comes in several shades but Benetint is their signature with a sweet rosey colour. Just do a couple of swipes across the cheeks and blend, and dot it on your lips. Fabulous!

We also tried on a couple of other things including their “Gimme Brow” Brow Volumising Fibre Gel, which gives our eyebrows natural definition and is pretty easy to use. For eyeshadow I used a small brown palette to achieve a smoky eye look. But what I was really impressed with is their “They’re real! Mascara”. You might be able to guess from the name for their dramatic results. No need to curl our lashes, just a few brushes and voila! Here’s a pic of my done-up eye.

My lashes are usually quite pathetic, here they look nice and long!
No need for falsies.

And of course, the last step involves their brand new POREfessional Agent Zero Shine.  It comes in a tube with a twist off brush. The shine-control powder instantly minimizes shine and helps smooth the look of pores. Just twist off the brush, tap the powder onto the lid and dip the brush in, and sweep on your face for a matte complexion.

Agent Zero Shine

I love it! As we all got to take one home, I have been carrying this product everywhere and it’s especially handy when I am doing outdoor gigs.

Here’s a pic of my finished look.

And of course, we need a group pic with the girls.

 

Thank you Benefit for a fun workshop!

The Mid Valley branch offers brow bar service too! They provide one-stop brow shop for their signature brow shaping, body & facial waxing everything you can find from head to toe. Check out their new store in Mid Valley. To find out more, feel free to visit their website as follows: