Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

Sponsored by CozyCot

Olay was the first skin care brand that I knew of. 
I first heard about this brand from a friend of my mom's about 15 years ago.
She was in her late 40s and she had really great skin. She proudly claimed that she was a loyal fan of Olay (it was Oil of Ulan before the rebranding) for years.
She is still a user now and she is looking great as always.
Hence, I have always had confidence in Olay products.

Olay has just unveiled its exciting award winning anti-aging product - the newly formulated Olay Regenerist.
Due to a decline in cellular energy, aged cells do not have the functioning metabolism required to fully respond to anti-aging treatments. As a result, we see a slowed response to anti-aging treatments and visible skin improvement.

Based on this study, the new generation Olay Regenerist range is powdered by Skin Energizing Technology approach, which is proven to fight the look of skin fatique by boosting natural surface skin renewal up to two times faster in five days.
Olay Regenerist also helps to reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just one jar.

I am currently in pre-aging age, which is from late 20s to mid 30s. 
My skin has developed lines under the eyes and dark spots from sun damage.
Anti-aging potions are definitely something that I am really in need of now.
So here I am, trying out the new Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with 20% more anti aging ingredients.

I like the texture of the cream. It is not too oily nor too light.
I have very dry skin. Therefore I would love to use a product which has a slightly rich texture but not greasy.
The cream has a pleasant smell that is not overpowering.
it is moisturizing enough for my dry cheeks but doesn't leave oily residue.

New Generation Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream moisturizing formulas begin to work at the first touch and provide continued anti-aging results over time:

  • 10 minutes: Noticeable improvement to appearance of aging concerns like eye lines and brightness and boosting hydration
  • 4 days: Intense hydration firms skin
  • 5 days: Regenerates surface skin up to two times faster by boosting natural surface skin renewal
  • 7 days: Visible reduction in wrinkle appearance

I have tried the product for 7 days and there are visible improvements in my skin.
You may see the comparison below.

Before and after 7 days daily usage of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.
Both pictures were taken after the application of my own skin refiner and Olay Regenerist cream.

My skin looks more hydrated after 7 days of daily usage both day and night.
It also shows reduction of fine lines especially on the cheek sides.
Love the soft after feel that leaves my skin smooth after the application without any oily residue.
I am so glad to see the dramatic improvements within just 7 days. 
I will continue using the whole jar and update my skin condition again.

The new generation Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is available in most leading departmental stores and pharmacies. It is retailing at SGD 49.99 for a 50 gram jar.

You may find out more about this product from their website here: http://www.olay.com.sg/Pages/DefaultFlash.aspx

Sunday, 24 March 2013

I am confident in TrichoKare preventing me from further hair loss now

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Hair is the crowning glory of a woman.
I always believe that hair plays an important role in someone's overall physical look.
Therefore, I change the color and style of my hair pretty often.
I usually get my hair colored about 4 to 5 times a year and permed/straightened 2 to 3 times a year.
Unfortunately, these lead to hair loss and irritated, oily scalp due to chemical damage :( 
I have started to notice thinning hair, especially at both sides of my head.
My hair gets greasy in less than a day and I gotta wash my hair daily.

I was really delighted to be invited for the hair treatment session at Trichokare. 
I have heard lots of raving about the treatment at Trichokare but had not had a chance to try it out for myself. 
It got me really excited.

TrichoKare is a holistic hair and scalp care centre that provides European botanical hair remedies, catering to all hair conditions.

TrichoKare has three outlets in Singapore and I visited the one at Wheelock Place.

The first thing that attracted me was the warm and cozy environment with a pleasant lingering herbs smell. 
I am a big big fan of herbs and I have a huge collection of essential oil derived from different 
herbs :p
Needless to say, It got me so comfortable sitting at the receptionist area while waiting for my consultant that I immediately kept my phone to enjoy the moment.

I was then found out from the therapist that the herbs smell came from their products which contain premium European herbs. 
TrichoKare herbs are prepared under stringent laboratory standards and are 100% drug-free. 
They contain pure bio-extracts that nourish the hair follicles and scalp. 
I was really looking forward to try out their products.

Prior to the treatment, my consultant, Ms. Cherries Kor, led me to a cozy and very private consultation room. 
She ran through a series of questions such as my lifestyle habit and product used. There are a few causes of hair loss such as stress, dietary, unsuitable hair products and genetic. 
From the discussion, she concluded the two main reasons that caused my hair loss and greasy scalp are the excessive exposure to chemical treatments (coloring, perming and straightening) and sleeping late. 
I usually go to bed very late which is about 2 am and I am definitely missing the beauty sleep time at 11 pm :(

Cherries then performed a scalp diagnostic for me.
From the picture below, it can be seen that there was an excessive sebum on my scalp caused by overexposure to chemicals.
Cherries explained to me that the excess buildup of sebum on the scalp can also lead to dandruff. 

The sebum and dandruff block hair follicle and affect hair reproduction. These are the culprit of my thinning hair issue.
Healthy hair follicle has 2 to 3 strands of thick hair.
However, the scanning results of front side of my head showed that I have only one or two strands of hair and they are thin hair. I was seriously a bit shocked when I saw the result. 
I bet Cherries could sense my worries.
She kept assuring me that they had a solution for me. With a regular hair treatment and home usage products, I will definitely see a visible result in a certain period of time.

For your reference, here is the sample of clean and healthy scalp.

Cherries worked on a customized treatment for me.
I was led to the treatment area by my hair therapist, Ms. Jess Lim.
I like their concept of cubicle treatment area for customers' privacy.

The first part of the treatment was masque application on my scalp as a detoxification treatment for greasy scalp and clogged hair follicles. This treatment was to remove the excessive sebum and impurities such as dirt and dandruff from the scalp.

During the hair deep cleansing at the cozy hair washing area, Jess used a mint shampoo which was suitable for my greasy scalp condition. I love the minty smell and the cooling effect of the shampoo. I almost fell asleep when Jess massaged my scalp. Jess has a very good massage skill. It was so comfortable that I felt like I was doing head reflexology at the same time :D 
Two thumbs up for Jess.

A shoulder herbal heat pad was put on my shoulder for a complete relaxation before Jess blow-dried my scalp to allow product to be better absorbed by the scalp.

A tonic was applied to purify and rejuvenate my scalp. It was also to help the control of oiliness and dandruff. The tonic application was followed by another heavenly head, neck and shoulder massage and the herbs smell of the tonic added on the the complete relaxation.

Check out the brilliant design of the product. Instead of the usual round shape, it was designed to fit our palm nicely during the usage. And the design of the long dispenser allows the application of product to go directly in contact with scalp instead of just the surface of our hair. This well-design dispenser also helps in minimizing spillage. How thoughtful, right. 

An anti-frizz oil was applied on the hair for protection before hair styling. 
Jess worked amazingly fast in styling my hair which meant less exposure of hair dryer and I loved how she styled the hair curls for me.

Before ending the treatment, an infrared therapy machine was used to stimulate hair growth, allow deeper penetration of the scalp purification tonic and kill bacteria to avoid the spreading of dandruff.

I went back to the consultation room for Cherries to ran post-treatment diagnosis on my scalp at the end of the treatment. I was glad to see that my scalp was cleaner after the treatment. 

The obvious result that I noticed was my hair was not oily even after the end of second day and it was still voluminous.
As I mentioned earlier, my hair usually gets oily and smelly in less than a day. This is kind of frustrating where I have to wash my hair every single day or else it will look and smell really yucky. 
I was convinced with just one treatment.
I will definitely come back and get my hair treated regularly to maintain a healthy scalp and prevent further hair loss.

My readers will get to enjoy a special promotion: 
2 Hair Loss Defence Treatment @ $69.99 + Free complimentary Hair Bath (worth $427)

Just quote "Henny" when you make appointment at the hotline: 6338 8680
Or click the banner below for online registration.

There are three outlets of TrichoKare in Singapore:

- Wheelock Place / #05-09A
- Velocity @ Novena Square / #03-19
- The Clementi Mall / #05-11

Monday, 18 March 2013

DrGL® Foundation and Pressed Powder

Sponsored Post by Cozycot

I am not a big fan of face foundation.
It is because I have always had difficulty in picking the right foundation shade for my fair (or rather pale) skin tone.
If I choose similar shade with my skin tone, I will look very pale especially in photos.
And if I apply one darker shade, chances are it won't look natural on me.

However, after trying out DrGL® foundation for a few days, I am totally hooked now.

DrGL® is a range of custom skincare personally formulated for Asian skin types and climate by Dr Georgia Lee, a renowned doctor providing aesthetic medical services in Singapore. Eschewing the mass for a carefully crafted selection of premium quality products, DrGL® offers the modern busy individual maximum efficacy, minimum fuss.
As a boutique brand, Dr Lee is involved at every stage of DrGL® product development, from formula to manufacturing and packaging, always striving for the highest standards.

DrGL® Foundation SPF 16.38 All Skin Types

The liquid foundation comes in pump bottle which is easier to use and more hygienic comparing to a tube or jar.
There are three color tones for DrGL® Foundation: Fair, Medium and Tan.
The color tone that matches my skin is the Fair tone.

Love the lightweight texture of the foundation and how smoothly it glides on my face.
The foundation provides light coverage and doesn't feel cakey at all.

I apply the foundation on the right side of my face for comparison (pardon my non makeup face).

It looks so natural on me that it seems like I do not apply any foundation.
Nevertheless, it is able to cover my under eye dark circle and even out skin tone.

Here is after applying the foundation on both sides. My skin looks smooth and glowing after the application.

 DrGL® Pressed Powder SPF 20 PA++

The pressed powder has a sot and light texture. There are also three color tones for DrGL® Pressed Powder: Fair, Medium and Tan.
I use this pressed powder on top of foundation as a finishing step to set makeup.
This powder is so unique that it provides a matte finishing without any noticeable color and it is not drying for my skin.

After the application of both the foundation and pressed powder, my skin feel soft and light without any uncomfortable cakey feel.

Although I brought the pressed powder out with me for touching up purpose, I didn't have to use it cause they lasted me whole day.

DrGL® Foundation is for all skin types and it is retailing at SGD 98
DrGL® Pressed Powder is suitable for sensitive skin and the price is SGD 108

You may check the website here for more information and where to purchase the products.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

I lost 300 grams in one treatment at Slimming 101!

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Few days ago, I had the opportunity to try out the slimming treatment at Slimming 101.

I fell in love with the centre as soon as I stepped my foot in. Look at the girlish decoration, they are so pretty.
I was greeted by the friendly therapist, Nittha.

This slimming centre is quite new, I understand from Nittha that this slimming centre was launched end of 2012. 
Slimming 101 is the sister company of Beijing 101, the renowned hair care treatment centre.

What is interesting from this slimming centre is the combination of both modern and tradtional chinese medicine (TCM) method. 
Slimming 101 the first slimming centre in Singapore that combine the use of TCM with modern method.
I always believe in integrating modern western and Chinese medicine. I myself have been practicing this for a while. I have vitamin and mineral supplements daily and take western medicine when I am sick. On the other hand, I do visit TCM regularly when I feel 'weak' or tired and need to boost up my energy.
Therefore, my eyes lit up immediately when I heard about this integration method to treat weight problem inside out.

I was first led to a cozy and comfortable consultation room and asked to fill a form with some questionnaires for the therapist to fully understand my body condition and my main concerns which are flabby tummy and thighs. I believe this is a common problem faced by a number of girls. 

I was then led to do a body assessment.
According to Nittha, my body weight and fat percentage are kind of ideal :D
My body fat percentage is 29.6% where the ideal percentage for my age and height is in between 21 to 34.9%

However, my total body water percentage is on the high side, which is 48.7% 
The ideal percentage for me will be 30%. I have exceeded 50% of the ideal percentage *facepalm*

I finally got to understand from Nittha about the culprit of my water retention problem. 
Firstly it is because I don't sweat much, not even after a 5 km run. Therefore, the toxins are not flushed out of my body. Accumulation of toxins in body cause poor blood circulation and water retention. Our body system will find a way to protect us from toxins by diluting them and store them in water and fat storage. This is the main reason that we gain weight.
The second reason is my bad habit of drinking excessive water before bed time. 

After the body assessment with Nittha, I met up with the Chinese physician for another round of consultation. 
The physician ran through a diagnostic process with me which included understanding my medical history and lifestyle, observation of my skin and tongue, and pulse taking on both wrists. TCM practitioners believe in six pulse aspects which correlate with body organs and functions. 
Photo courtesy of Slimming 101 website

Nittha then suggested to do a detoxification treatment for me, which included sauna, sea salt scrub and hot blanket, followed by acupuncture.

First of all, I was asked to change into a robe and took a shower to remove the oils and impurities off the body. Before showering, I did another body weight measurement with wearing only the robe. My weight was 53.1 kg (after deducting 400 grams of the robe weight).

I was then guided to the sauna room with temperature at 50°C.
I was initially imagining a closed dark sauna room when Nittha mentioned about going into the sauna. Little did I know that it actually has a bright light and a see through glass door which really help for the claustrophobic me, and I was given magazines to read in the sauna room. This was the first time I felt comfortable sitting in a sauna room. 

I headed to another treatment room for the sea salt scrub treatment and massage. The massage technique was a lymphatic drainage massage for the improvement of body circulation and for toxin drainage in the body. The toxins are then removed via kidney as urine. This massage is useful for combating water retention issue.

After the massage, a hot blanket was used to cover my body. I felt so good sleeping in this warm blanket and bed. I started to sweat after 10 minutes. I cant believe I sweated so much, I felt like I have done one hour intensive workout. I cooled down a bit after the hot blanket treatment and went for a shower. 

I did another body measurement after showering. My after treatment weight was 52.80 kg (after deducting 400 gram of the robe). 
I lost 300 grams after the treatment :D

Here comes the second part of the treatment.
After showering, I went back to the treatment room for the TCM acupuncture. 
I was initially worried about the pain because I have a fear of needles and injections.
However, the physician's skill was really amazing that I only felt a slight tinge sensation when the needles were poked in. 

The physician explained the purpose of acupuncture points along the stomach was to aid digestion, increase blood production and cure gas problem. From the pulse taking, she could tell that I have poor digestion. This explained the bloatedness I experienced after a meal.

The last acupuncture points are on the feet to combat liver blood deficiency. This also explained why I have constant dizziness, dry eyes and insomnia.

I felt rejuvenated and refreshed at the end of the treatment. I was completely satisfied.
I would say that I do not have serious body fat issue but my main problems are the flabby tummy and thighs. 
I have tried to lose weight. However, it wasn't easy to tone down the flabby parts.
What I am really glad from this treatment is also I get to understand the cause of my main concern. 
It never crossed my mind that water retention is the culprit that cause the accumulation of toxins and results in weight gain.

And most importantly, the combination of western and TCM method is what I think makes Slimming 101 stands out. The acupuncture treatment was not only combating my flabby parts issue but also help treating my problem from inside, such as strengthening my digestive system and restoring water balance system. 
Therefore, the integration method of treating weight problem inside out will be able to show the result faster and lasting for longer term.

Kudos to the therapists too. They were so friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. They explained to me every single steps that they did and the reason behind. I did ask a lot of questions and they answered them patiently. My therapist, Nittha did a very good job to ensure that I felt comfortable throughout the whole treatment.

Now the good news is... There is a promotion for my readers. 
You will get to enjoy 3 Weight Loss Therapies @ SGD 38
Call 67373101 and quote "Henny" when you make appointment to enjoy the promotion.
Good things are meant to be shared right :D

Alternatively, you may click on the banner below for online registration to enjoy the promotion.

Slimming 101 is located conveniently at 
109 North Bridge Road,
#04-07, Funan DigitaLife Mall, 
Singapore 179097
Telp: 67373 101