Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Spa Ceylon Ayurveda De-Stress Range & Massage Therapy

I believe many people in Singapore are going through rather stressful lives because of work and probably other factors too like health, family, financial, environment and whatnot. I can't deny that I too, am stressed about work almost every other day. In order for us to relax and put our mind off from the things that are stressing us up, we would more often than not think of travelling to overseas, shopping with friends or having a nice relaxing meal at a restaurant.
While doing all the aforementioned activities do keep me de-stressed but sometimes I would rather be at home sleeping or be at a quiet place, lie down comfortably to watch Kdramas (there's no money involved! Lolx~). While sleeping and watching dramas could loosen me up for that few hours a day, sometimes I would still feel tense as I would suddenly think of work inbetween and even dream of certain stressful situations.

Some facts about Singaporean's stress level: It was reported (in a survey by Health Promotion Board) that 24% of working Singaporeans experienced high level of stress in 2013, a 6% increase from a year ago. The increasing trend is a cause for concern as stress can lead to a plethora of health problems such as heart disease, sleep disorder, depression, bad skin conditions, and more.

Based on this common problem that Singaporeans face, Spa Ceylon released a range of products to help us unwind ourselves everyday, at home. I find that this range suits my kind of lifestyle perfectly as I'm actually a person who rather stay home and laze on my bed than to go out if given a choice because I easily feel fatigue after work (on many days I always yawn non-stop) even though I have slept enough everyday.

To put everyone's mind at rest for a start, I'm telling you that Spa Ceylon De-Stress range products are actually:
- Paraben Free
- Paraffin Free
- SLES Free
- Silicone Free
- Alcohol Free
- 100% Vegetarian
- Not tested on animals
Woohoo! ^o^/~
They also:
- Promotes Sustainable Harvesting
- Supports Community Fair Trade

Below shows the Spa Ceylon Ayurveda (pronounced i-yer-vay-da) De-Stress Home Spa Set (inclusive of pouch) along with a Pink Lotus Almond Intensive Hand Cream.

About Spa Ceylon Ayurveda De-Stress Series
Spa Ceylon, the world’s leading luxury Ayurveda brand with nearly 50 years of expertise in the field of natural health and beauty products, has launched its all new De-Stress range of health and wellness products which are designed to help ease stress and still the mind, thus promoting natural harmony and chakra balance.
Infusing soothing Sandalwood, refreshing Tangerine and Kaffirlime with its main ingredient Frankincense, the De-Stress range is ideal solution for today's hectic lifestyles. The range is also enriched with powerful Ayurveda herbs, and features the traditional Dashamula formula fortified with potent extracts of 10 medicinal goods.
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Suitable for who?
The De-Stress range is suitable for all dosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha) & skin types.
As this is my first time hearing "dosha", so I did a little googling to understand more. Tridosha means the 3 fundamental energies or principles which govern the function of our bodies on the physical and emotional level.
To learn about dosha, you can read it up here and also do a short test to determine your dosha type.
I have done my test and my primary dosha is VATA (hit almost all points at 5), followed by prominent secondary dosha which is Kapha. I then read on more about it, so to know how I can balance my doshas. You can do the same too as it's really interesting. ^_^ Doing the right things to our body helps balance it physically and also mentally!

Spa Ceylon Ayurveda De-Stress Massage Session @ Healing Touch Spa
I was given an opportunity to try out the De-Stress collection at none other than the well-known Healing Touch Spa. I visited this spa long time ago and didn't continue to visit them because I'm always busy and when I'm not, I rather sleep. Lolx~ I actually do love going for massages especially shoulder and feet massages so if I do have some personal time, I will visit a spa to take a break (have a kitkat).
At the spa, I was presented with the De-Stress range full size products. Below shows few of the products from the range. More will be shown and explained later in this post. ^_^

Healing Touch Spa @ Orchard
As this session happened quite some time back ago, so I have actually came back to this spa a couple times after that. hehex~ ^▽^ I love this outlet as it's slightly away from the busy part of Orchard Road thus it feels more calming as I escape from all the hustle and bustle. Another reason I came back is that I like the massage therapist who was assigned to me during the De-Stress therapy. Later I'll tell you why!~

At the spa I enjoyed a 1.5 hour session massage therapy to experience the Spa Ceylon brand and its new De-Stress Collection.
I'd just recovered from flu that very day so the massage therapist started off by rubbing Harmonizing Balm in her palms to heat it up and placed her plams infront of my nose (below the massage bed) while I face down on the bed. This helped a little by easing my stuffy nose. As I was breathing in the scent from the balm, I could clearly smell something sharp like lemony and minty...? Because of flu so I couldn't identify what the scent was (lolx~) but it was definitely nice! I totally loved it and she kept adding balm to her hands to make it more pungent. She also sprayed the Harmonizing Essence Mist in the air above us to make the whole room smell lemony-minty and to let me rest back and relax.
The whole session was soothing, therapeutic and the pressure my therapist gave was perfect. I love massages that press on flesh, muscle, ligament, tendon - the deep tissue kind, not the bone massages which other therapists did that pained me alot. The deep, firm, strong pressure made me felt sore but at the same time relaxing after the soreness feel was gone. Singapore term for this feeling, SHIOK! hahahax~
My therapist commented that my overall skin is dehyrated and dry, tend to absorb the Calming Body Massage Serum quickly so she applied tons of it on me. She suggested to leave it on til I got home instead of washing them off right after the therapy. When I touched my skin, I totally didn't feel any oiliness or stickiness so I left it on and went shopping after that. True enough my body was so hungry for thirst that it sucked all the serum up thus I didn't feel any stickiness on my skin even after many hours of roaming outside. hahhax.. ^▽^")
During the session, the therapist and I had a great chat. She's local and at a retirement age but she didn't retire as she wanted to do some work to pass her time. She's already in this line for many years and is so experienced (if I remember correctly, it's 30 or 40 years?) hence I wanted to come back to her again for my next massage! Along with my man of course~ ^,^
*Ask me personally for her name if you want to make appointment with this therapist. ^,~

Spa Ceylon Ayurveda De-Stress Home Spa Set
This De-Stress Home Spa Kit contains the following:

- De-Stress Harmonizing Essence Mist
A calming & refreshing natural mist. Fresh Organic Aloe Vera helps tone & hydrate skin while natural Witch Hazel helps cool & comfort.
Main Ingredients
Frankinsence, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine, Witch Hazel,Castor.
How to use?
After bath, spray on lightly, all over body, pillows & bed linen. Leave on. Relax & unwind. For best results, keep refrigerated before use.
I used this Essence Mist most times when I wanted to fall asleep quickly or when I wanted to nap during day time. Honestly, the scent of this mist is really strong (since parfum/ fragrance was listed in the 4th of its ingredients). Sorry, I should say that most of the De-Stress range products scent are strong. At the spa, when such strong fragranced products are used, I could get by with it but when I sprayed this at home for the first time, I was not used to the strong fragrance. At the back of my mind I kind of thought that the scent would be slightly mild if to be used at home.
However this strong floral-piney-citrusy scent didn't stay, it immediately settled down (after the mist drops down to the floor or on the bed) and only soft lemony-sweetmess fragrance lingered. This mist must be used away from face as my eyes got slightly stung by the mist a few times when the wind blew it towards me and it landed on my face. It was nice and soothing as I lay down on my bed indulging myself in the soft relaxing fragrance.

- De-Stress Dashamula Body Treatment Oil
A traditional scalp & body treatment oil made to a centuries-old classical Ayurveda formula. Helps soothe & calm the entire body system, while easing stress & related discomfort.
Main Ingredients
Coconut, Bael, Grape, Thotila, Palol, Ethdemata, Elabatu, Katuwel batu, Aswenna, Polpala, Nerenchi.
How to use?
Heat in oil warmer & apply all over scalp & body. Massage with slow, long strokes for up to 30 minutes. Leave on & unwind for further 30 minutes. Use twice weekly.
Honestly, I was quite confused as to how I should use this Body Treatment Oil. I read from the packaging and website, both gave me similar answers which is to heat it in oil warmer and apply all over scalp and body. I do not own any oil warmer so I gave it a try by warming it up in my hands (traditional method of warming stuffs lolx~). Somehow I think it worked because after doing so, I applied it on my body and I could do proper massage with the massage oil. This massage oil has only 1 oil content which is the Coconut Oil and the rest are ingredients of various plant roots. I had a mini incident whereby I accidentally poured half bottle of oil into my palms. I did not expect that this oil is so watery! ^_^" I would suggest to transfer it into pump type bottle. Though it has thin viscosity, the massage oil however do not feel as lubricating as like other emollients such as lotions & creams. It provides slight friction so I was able to apply my preferred pressure at every point without my finger tips slipping off. The skin turns quite oily looking after massaging. The instructions didn't mention if I should wash them off too (I guess no need because the ingredients appeared what seems like all natural plant oil and ingredients) but I decided to rinse it off or otherwise I might feel that cat fur is sticking on all over my body. lolx~ This treatment oil is the only 1 of the 2 products in the whole De-Stress range that do no have fragrance thus it doesn't smell as nice as the rest, it smells like natural plant oil.

- De-Stress Calming Body Elixir
A naturally hydrating formula. Virgin Coconut, Wheatgerm & Sweet Almond help nourish & even-out skin tone. Rice Bran, Soya, Olive & Honey soften & protect against dryness, improving visible youthfulness.
Main Ingredients
Frankinsence, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine, Coconut, Wheatgerm, Olive, Rice Bran / Avocado, Almond, Soya, Honey.
How to use?
Apply on palms & rub together to heat activate herbs. Bring palms close to face, gently breathe in & relax. Apply all over hands & body. Gently massage till abosorbed & leave on. Avoid sun exposure.

The Claming Body Elixir is a body lotion which is milky, a little thick yet liquidy. The scent is similar to the essence mist just less sharp, a little bit more woody and should i say slight sour-ish? ^,^"

After spreading it onto my skin, it got absorbed immediately without leaving any trace of stickiness or shine.
Body Elixir is one of the De-Stress products I used most often. I must stress that I'm really, REALLY lazy to use body lotion or even a hand cream. What I experienced from using De-Stress range Body Elixir and the rest of the products was quite different from the other bodycare products I used before, so basically this range got me started to care about skin other than my face. I used Body Elixir the most and usually only on its own, right after bath on every other day. I stopped for awhile (started getting lazy again) and then I started using again when I found out there was a patch of dry dermatitis skin on the back of my ankle. It initially wasn't useful when I applied Body Elixir on that dry itchy skin, instead of getting better, it got worst because it felt more itchy than ever every night and it left me a black patch of dark scar. I complaint about it to +everblue c (she's almost an expert in sensitive skin ^▽^hehex~) and she told me that I must disinfect the area first before using any moisturiser because bacteria will only continue to accumulate if I keep moisturising it. So I did what I was told by using a medicated oil-lotion that has disinfectant properties, only once on the area, and applied Body Elixir regularly after that. After 1 week, that dermatitis, itchiness, scar and everything was gone and never came back!
Aside from this special case, other parts of my body are just normal-dehydrated skin and they too benefited greatly from the Body Elixir. This lotion spreads out quite easily (even better if my hands are damp), is slightly slippery and absorbs real quick into my skin. You know when lotions are not entirely absorbed by skin is when you squat or fold your knees and the back of the knees starts to sweat, the sweat combined with the unabsorbed lotion will become some slimy know what I meant right? Lolx.. Well, this Body Elixir didn't give off alot of that slimy thing which made me really happy! So that I don't have to keep wiping off those slimy sweat. But of course, I would always try to avoid applying on that area since they are usually not as dry as the other parts of my body. Last but not least, the lotion is usually applied at night and the fragrance is very strong (not sure why since the parfum is listed way down at the bottom of its ingredient list) so I would take several breathes of the fragrance coming off from my body to relax myself before I sleep.

- De-Stress Relaxing Body Cleanser
A naturally purifying formula. Organic fresh Aloe Vera cools entire body system, while Virgin Coconut, Honey & Olive gently cleanse & nourish skin.
Main Ingredients
Frankinsence, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine, Aloe Vera, Coconut, Honey, Olive, Sea Salt.
How to use?
Use in bath or shower. Pour into palms & gently rub together to activate herbs. Bring palms close to face, gently breathe in & relax. Apply all over hands & body. Gently massage & wash of
This body bath product is also one of my favourites among the De-Stress range products thus as of today, I have already emptied the bottle. lolx~
Just like any other body cleanser, it's easy to use and lather nicely (above pics showing only a tiny amount of cleanser thus there wasn't much foam formed). The scent is similar as the Essence Mist and it engulfed my bathroom with such strong fragrance that I once again, wasn't used to it. Eventually after a few use, I was fond of the scent. On some days I switched to using other body cleansers and then one day I realised this particular fragrance is actually quite unique. I wasn't sure why so and thought perhaps the scent felt more realistic...? Something that isn't artificially made, not like many other body cleansers that have lots of chemicals in it. Or maybe I just got used to the scent after having to use the whole De-Stress range for so long. hahahx.. ^▽^")
Relaxing Body Cleanser contains high amount of Aloe Vera Leaf Extract thus my skin didn't feel taut after bath. The areas that are drier are usually my legs so I would just apply Body Elixir after bath and that'll do the trick.

- De-Stress Calming Body Massage Serum
A soothing natural serum. Anti-oxidant Virgin Coconut, Soya & Aloe Vera help soften rough areas, while Wheatgerm & natural vitamins help nourish & even-out skin tone, improving visible youthfulness.
Main Ingredients
Frankinsence, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine, Coconut, Aloe Vera, Almond, Olive, Rice Bran, Wheatgerm, Bees Wax, Sesame , Bael, Grape, Thotila, Palol, Ethdemata, Elabatu, Katuwel batu, Aswenna, Nerenchi
How to use?
Apply on palms & rub together to heat activate herbs. Bring palms close to face, gently breathe in & relax. Apply all over hands & body. Massage with long strokes, leave on for upto 1 hour & wash off. Avoid sun exposure.
Calming Body Massage Serum texture is in semi-solid oil state, unlike the Body Treatment Oil which is a pure liquidy oil type. But this serum turns to oil when it's being rubbed against. After I applied the Massage Serum on my skin and waited for few seconds, the feeling of the oil turned into serum, which I guess that's where the name "Massage Serum" comes from. In compare to Body Treatment Oil, this gives only subtle shine to my skin.
Calming Body Massage Serum bottle is also smaller at 30ml while others are twice the amount. The fragrance is similar to Essence Mist with additional of a gum-like scent in it. The fragrance did not linger on my skin for long, it kind of subsided after awhile.
When I used the serum I did not wash off after an hour, usually I had it on for a longer period. Since the massage serum really felt like a normal body serum so I tend to forget to wash it off. However I did not experience much difference from those times that I did wash off. The serum was entirely absorbed into my skin making it feel supple and hydrated and felt almost the same when I did wash off after application. I am not encouraging everyone to do that though as I believe there might be reasons to why we were instructed to wash it off. Maybe it could clog the pores if it wasn't washed off or something, so girls and boys, pls do not follow me! ^_^"
The washing part aside, this serum works similar to the Treatment Oil except that it can't be used on the scalp because it contains much more other ingredients (and fragrance) which might not be suitable for scalp massaging.
If asked which to use and when to use the massage products, I would say to use Treatment Oil when weather is less humid (since we never have dry weather) and Massage Serum when weather is more humid. Simple as that. lolx~

- De-Stress Cleansing Bar
A naturally calming & soothing purifying formula to gently cleanse, soften & comfort skin, protecting against dryness.
Main Ingredients
Frankincense, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine,Coconut.
How to use?
At bath time, massage all over hands & body. Wash off.
When I first saw this soap, I found it's super cute and I loveeeee that translucent blue shade. The perfect beautiful blue that reminds me of blue stain glass. ^_^ Anyhoo, this soap is, like any soap which lathers and turn foamy. The fragrance is once again similiar to the other products but it gave off a lot less scent than the Relaxing Body Cleanser during my bath time. My skin after bath felt squeaky.
After coming out from bath, my skin felt much purified, free from sweat and grease, soft and not dry. To compare Cleansing Bar with the Body Cleanser, I felt the latter gave much more softness to my skin but less that squeaky clean feel.

- De-Stress Harmonizing Balm
A calming & relaxing natural balm. Helps still the mind & ease stress, while promoting clarity & refreshing the senses. Helps uplift, soothe & balance the chakras.
Frankinsence, Sandalwood, Kaffir Lime, Tangerine, Coconut, Bees Wax, Bergamot,Grapefruit.
How to use?
Apply finely on temples, behind ears, back of neck & inner wrists. Gently breathe in & relax.
This Harmonizing Balm works almost like Vicks Vapour Rub. Neh just kidding hahax~ ^,^
Although I feel that this balm is similar to Vicks (appearance & texture wise) but it does not clear stuffy nose because it does not contain Eucalyptus oil which are commonly found in products used for healing respiratory issues. This balm does not heal physically but did awesome work by healing us mentally.
The balm is another product that does not contain fragrance and the scent I breathed in is all natural from natural plant and fruit oil. I only used a little bit each time at about 5 cents size (afraid that the balm gets stuck inbetween nails and the oiliness) so I could not achieve the strong lemony scent which my massage therapist did. It was however still nice to be able to smell it again at the comfort of my own home.
I tried applying to my nose directly too after rubbing it between my palms, the scent was nice but it faded off almost immediately. I guess to make the natural fragrance last longer, alot more balm has to be used, probably at a 50 cents or a dollar size.
The balm made my hands looking glossy and slightly oily so I suggest to not use it when you are outside otherwise you might get spotted with shiny temples. lolx~

Spa Ceylon Ayurveda Pink Lotus Almond Intensive Hand Cream
A natural soothing treatment enriched Lotus Honey to help soothe, calm & care for skin after harsh skin exposure. Sweet Almond, Wheatgerm & Virgin Coconut moisturise, nourish & care for dry & rough hands.
Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Lotus, Sweet Almond, Wheatgerm, Virgin Coconut, Mango Butter, Kokum Butter, Rice Bran, Soya, Olive, Bees wax.
How to use?
Apply & gently massage into hands, after every time hands are washed. Use several times daily. Overnight treatment: at bed time, apply generously & leave on.
Pink Lotus Almond Intensive Hand Cream (phew~ what a mouthful) is not included in the De-Stress range, it is sold separately.
This hand cream got me stunned for a while when I first applied it on my hands. The fragrance was very strong! I turned to look at the packaging and noted that fragrance is right in the middle of the ingredient list so why is it so strong? It can easily be detected about half an arm's distant away.
This strong sweet honey floral scent reminded me of the bunches of flowers that were placed on the altar in temples. Maybe its the lotus scent but then again, I have no idea how lotus smell like. <_<") On days when I applied the hand cream in air-conditioned places, I found that it smelled weird...a little sour-ish. I'm not sure why.. perhaps the strong fragrance drifted into the air and blended with the surrounding and gave off another kind of scent? Just guessing.. hahax.. ^^")
Anyhoo, in the beginning I refrained from using this hand cream as I'd mentioned before I am too lazy to use bodycare products including hand cream. But for the benefit of my readers, I have to try it to tell you my thoughts about the handcream....right? ^▽^ hehex~
Basically, I have begun to feel that my hands are ultra dry since about a couple months back and they felt even worst when I'm in aircon room. I knew my hands are dry all along, I wanted to apply hand cream, I looked at my hand cream and I turned away. That's the problem with me.. I'm just too lazy when it comes to this. =_=" Also to be frank, most hand cream did not really get absorbed immediately making a greasy mess on my skin. That frustrated me a lot so I rather go hand cream-free.
Then suddenly I started using Spa Ceylon hand cream and was crossing fingers that it would not feel oily and my fingers would not leave prints on my mobile screen. Thankfully, all of that didn't happen.
I was (uh-hum) clever enough to only apply hand cream on the back of my hands and leave my palms free from the cream so that I would not feel the stickiness or the greasiness. Knowing that the label mentioned "Intensive Hand Cream" I expected it to feel oily and whatnot, but the results amazed me. It took not long before I felt that the skin at back of my hands sucked in all the product entirely and no greasiness was left on the skin. Sure, it looked a little shiny and felt abit sticky and tacky but there was not a single product that wasn't absorbed by the skin.
If I use other hand cream, I would usually expect some parts of the cream to remain ontop of the skin and glides around my hands. Then my hands touched each other and I would end up with greasy fingertips leaving marks everywhere.
With this handcream, I was surprised that there wasn't any slimy film on my skin when I wash my hands. Also no greasy slippery feel when I touch my skin after the cream got absorbed. I'm guessing that I would still continue using this hand cream for next couple months (am infact still doing it now!). So congrats me YEAH! ^o^/~
For time being I have not seen the skin on my hands looking less wrinkly but they definitely felt alot better. The skin felt alot more moisturised and soft. No more tight dry hands for the moment. ^,^

About Spa Ceylon
Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean lies the tear drop isle of Ceylon, acclaimed since ancient times as an exotic tropical paradise rich in natural beauty. Deep rooted in the culture of the island over centuries of time were natural relaxation, rejuvenation and healing rituals, derived from Ayurveda, the 5000 year old 'science of life' originating from the region.
Receiving great Royal patronage, Ayurveda became the heart of the majestic well-being rituals practised in the grand palaces of ancient Ceylon. Derived from these Royal well-being rituals and holistic healing practices of Ayurveda, comes the range of treasured natural formulae and rituals from Spa Ceylon, to purify, hydrate, treat, soothe and calm the body, mind and soul.
Backed by a five-decade old family business with vast expertise in the manufacture of Ayurveda health & beauty care, Spa Ceylon was founded by brothers Shiwantha & Shalin in 2009. As at 2016, the brand was grown rapidly to establish itself as 'the world's leading luxury Ayurveda brand', with more than 40 signature boutiques and 15 spas located across South Asia, the Far East and Europe.

About Ayurveda
Formulated only with the purest natural ingredients, Spa Ceylon's high-performance products are enriched with powerful Ayurveda herbs, certified organic essential oils, precious natural minerals, extra-virgin coconut oil, rich ocean salts and the finest spices from Ceylon. Designed to delight the sense, the formulae are infused with luxuriously rich island oromas, blended with fine aromatic essential oils of exotic flowers, herbs, fruits and woods.
True to its island heritage, signature Spa Ceylon packaging incorporates Ceylonese Royal insignia, traditional motifs, native script and jewelled hues, combined with contemporary design

Spa Ceylon De-Stress Home Spa Set SGD$79.90
Spa Ceylon Ayurveda Pink Lotus Almond Intensive Hand Cream (Ask Spa Ceylon for availability)

Spa Ceylon @ Wisma Atria
#01-43 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Contact: 67378643

Spa Ceylon De-Stress Home Spa Set
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Beauty Hope Dermashine Treatment

Here I was at Beauty Hope again. This time round, I got "upgraded" to a bigger single room! Lolx~ Neh, just kidding.. It was just coincident that this room was empty so I got to do my treatment in here. When I mentioned about the room upgrade (like hotel room upgrade), my therapist Lol-ed at my joke too. hahhax.. ^▽^)~
Anyhoo, today I'm going to review another treatment from Beauty Hope. Same as last time, I'mma attaching videos to this blogpost for your watching! ^,~

Dermashine Treatment
Overall benefits of Dermashine:
1. Deep cleansing, sebum reduction and reduce pores
2. Improve skin clarity
3. Deeper penetration
4. Skin brightening and lighten skin pigmentation
5. Stimulate skin cell renewal
6. Skin firmness and reduce wrinkles
7. Water therapy treatment

Before I talk about the facial treatment steps, I would like to say that my skin has actually improved quite alot comparing to the previous time I had my first treatment at Beauty Hope. Of course my skin concerns remain the same which are oily, dehydrated, congested, aging and slightly sensitive, but this time they are better. Later in this post, you'll get to see the photos of my naked skin (not body ok. kekex.. ^▽^~) and you can compare them with the pics I posted in the PTD Magic Treatment review. 

Ok so on we go with my very naked face, blemishes, dark circles and all... >_<") Scroll down further for the treatment steps! (Photos sequence: Top left, Top right, Bottom left, Bottom right.)
1. MAGIC GLOW Cleansing Gel - After removing my base makeup, my therapist proceeded to cleanse my skin with this cleansing gel by gently massaging the gel onto my skin in circular movements for a few minutes. And then she rinsed my face thoroughly with water.
MAGIC GLOW Cleansing Gel removes the superficial layers of dead skin cells and eliminates sebum excess on the skin. Moisturizes and respect the natural skin's PH thanks the gentle ingredients. It is ideal for daily use that makes the skin illuminates and brightens.

2. MAGIC GLOW Enzyme Mask - After cleansing and rinsing off all makeup and impurities, the Enzyme Mask was applied onto my skin with a small brush, excluding lip and eye area. My therapist did a light massage and left the mask on my face for about 5-10 minutes and then rinsed off with water.
MAGIC GLOW Enzyme Mask contains highly activity ingredients that perfect for dull skin, pigmentation and uneven skin. The activity ingredients help to deep clean pores absorb excess skin oils and remove dull aging cells from the skin's surface. Benefits are numerous including promotion of new cell growth, leaving your skin brighter, glowing and smooth.
3. Cold Shower - So this step is where magic happens. (Since I'm not too sure of the actual term for this step so I call it the 'Cold Shower'. lolx~) From the above photos, you can see that the therapist placed a large thick pink sponge on the side of my face and then showered my face with icy cold water from a squeeze bottle through a long spout. The sponge was meant to soak up the water that ran down my face so it will not drench the towel, sheet and what not. 
This cold water therapy decreases skin temperature resulting in skin tightening and firming, minimising of large pores as well as reducing redness. Another objective of this therapy is to make the skin shines and glows by itself.

So here's a video of the Cold Shower Part I in Dermashine Treatment. This treatment is done on every part of the face so I would need to close my eyes and avoid blinking so the water would not get in.

4. Face Mask - After the cold shower, a rinse-off face mask was applied and while I sleeped, I mean waited (lolx~), my therapist gave me a shoulder massage.
This allows my skin to rest for a while from the cold therapy and prepare itself for the 2nd part.

5. Pro Skin Shine - After the mask was rinsed off, my therapist applied an essence onto my skin and left it on for about 5 minutes.
This shining essence helps to soften thickened skin and slough off dead skin cells, this will reveal new, fresher skin underneath and allow the face cream to better penetrate the skin. 

6. Cold Shower - After the essence was fully absorbed by my skin, it was back to Cold Shower again! ^o^/

Below shows part II of the cold shower right after the Pro Skin Shine step.

Video of Cold Shower Part II.

7. Aqua Brightening Paper Mask (Brightening and Hydrating) - After the cold shower was done, my therapist put on a paper mask on my face and left it on for about 15-20 minutes.
Aqua Brightening Paper Mask contains Vitamins A & C which helps reduce the signs of premature aging by enhancing the skin’s natural repair process. Hyaluronic Acid and a concentrated system of plant extracts to promote skin hydration. Rich in several choice plant extract essence. It penetrates the skin rapidly and replenish with numerous water and nutrition. It whitens and replenishes water for your skin, fades the pigmentation, reinvigorate the cell, adjust the adaptability of skin, and improve the skin quality to reinvigorate, whiten and smooth your skin.
- To Balance uneven pigmentation and brighten the skin
- Defend skin against free radicals
- Increases skin elasticity and firmness
- Protects against moisture loss
- Ideal for damaged and photo-aged skin
8. MAGIC GLOW Hydra Intensive Toner, Ultralift Essence & Hydrating Repair Cream - So the Dermashine treatment ended with the basic skincare regimen which was to apply toner, essence and cream.
MAGIC GLOW Hydra Intensive Toner, Essence & Cream helps condition the skin and prepare for proper moisture absorption, and improve the five skin disorder: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, refining pores, an immediate lifting effect, and brightening up the skin.
MAGIC GLOW has trace element and organic acids found in plants, gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

During the treatment, my skin tightened quite alot at the cold shower step and after the facial mask and the essence steps, my skin started to turn shiny. The 2nd cold shower did make a big difference to my skin whereby I experienced slight problem trying to smile/laugh because the skin was really tight! Lolx! When my therapist gave me a mirror to allow me to observe the difference during the cold shower, I was really amazed that one side of my face was so shiny and the pores tightened immediately under the running cold water.
But of course, without the help of the products used, my skin would not appear hydrated, dewy and glowy after the treatment. Cold shower alone did alot of work but it might cause the skin to turn dry so the products used during the treatment come into play by helping to remove dead skin cells, balance sebum production level, lighten pigmentation and provide skin hydration.

Right after I returned home from the facial treatment, I saw in the mirror that my face was literally SHINING.
My skin was so reflective that I could probably see myself in my own skin through the mirror! Lolx~ (Well yes I'm kidding about seeing myself in my own skin but definitely not kidding when I said it was super shiny!)

Just look at the shine on my nose... compare this pic with all other pics in this post. So much difference yah?

And nope, my skin is NOT oily! I have actually dabbed the grease off from the skin surface with tissue twice, once at the spa right after my treatment (I always do that because my face will appear kinda greasy after cream is applied on it) and once before I took these pics (as I'd been out for hours so skin started to produce sebum).
My face looked really dewy which reminded me of Korean artists whereby their face are always so shiny and dewy... like this!

After 1 day
Below shows my face with light translucent powder on. My skin felt hydrated, bright and had little shine still, but the glow was muted by the translucent powder.

After 3 days
Below shows my bare skin. The shine, glow and hydrated skin appear more obvious when I'm not wearing any makeup. My skin appeared clear from blemishes.

Only a few tiny spots were seen on my forehead but they weren't much of a big deal as compared to those slightly bigger bumps as seen here.

After 6 days
This time I took photos of my skin with almost full makeup on. I had on my usual base foundation which includes liquid and powder foundation. Through the makeup, my skin still glows pretty well.

Especially those protruding areas like my cheek bones and brow bones, they shine and reflect light.

Lastly, a photo of my face under natural light from the sun.
I was happy that at least once, my skin could shine (like a diamond) which almost blinded my own eyes when I looked in the mirror. lolx~ I was extremely awed with Dermashine's result because never did it came across my mind that I would walk out of the spa with such dewy, glowy.... bare face. To be frank, I was kinda embarrased that it shine so much because I thought my big face would catch everyone's attention and get stared at. hahhax~ ^▽^")
Aside from the extremely glowy skin I got on the very day of the treatment, my skin was also cleared from blemishes. I actually did have a couple closed comedones with slight inflammation before the treatment but they never did surface after that. I guess that the treatment had actually helped clear the bacteria from my skin and calmed it, hence no new acne spots were formed after the treatment.
My skin always have post acne scars which I got either from long ago or from recent acne spots. This treatment has helped in lightening the scars as they have appeared less visible and easily covered up without the use of concealer. Lastly, my skin continued feeling slightly firm after the treatment.

If you are one who yearns for shiny, dewy, glowing skin just like the Korean artists, then you should try Dermashine. Although the super shiny glowing skin is rather short-lived, but you will still get subtle shine after that and also experience firmer, brighter and hydrated skin.

Dermashine Treatment SGD$389

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Beauty Hope @ Relaxing (AMK)
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(Enter from the back entrance)
Contact: +65 64582293

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Pinkicon O-Lens Jenith Green Contact Lens

Recently I have been wearing coloured contact lens to some of the occasions and events I attended. These contact lens that I wore was sent from Pinkicon.
After wearing it several times over a period of 1-month, I finally collated my thoughts about this pair of lenses and decided to put up a full review today.

So here's the package I received from Pinkicon~ The package comes from Hong Kong~ ^_^
Pinkicon is the largest circle lenses distributor in Hong Kong. There are a lot of Japan and Korea lovely lenses on their site.

I chose O-Lens in Jenith Green among all other lens in Pinkicon website with the -1.25 power. This is a pair of 6-month disposable contact lens.
The specs for the contact lens are:
Diameter (D.I.A): 14.00mm
Coloured Diameter: 13.4mm
Base Curve (BC): 8.6mm
Water Content: 38%

The O-Lens are made in Korea. There's a mini instruction/manual slip at the back of the packaging in Korean.

And there are Korean words printed on the vials' packaging too.

Along with my lens, there's also a user instructions in English and Chinese provided by Pinkicon! Good service! ^o^ Click to enlarge pic

So here's a close up of the O-Lens in Jenith Green. In my pics they look like yellow but infact it is more like lime green with some yellows around the centre.

The metal parts ware pretty easy to open as they were a little soft and easily tear when I applied some force.

Once I got the lens out, I soaked them in my favourite saline solution (for sensitive eyes). I then put one len at a time into my palm, pour saline water and lightly rub it with my finger to wash it. When I did that, I realised that O-Lens did not feel smooth and slimy like all the other lens I'd used before. The lens also felt more rigid than other colour contact lens. These lens were entirely different in compare to other lens in terms of texture and lens flexibility.

So here's how the lens look like up-close. Do note that I get red eyes easily. However for these photos, I put on the lens right before I took the pics thus my eyes looked ok. The lens are not big eye lens but they still make my iris look slightly bigger.
At first use, it was really easy to get the lens onto my iris. The lens are rigid enough to remain its original curved state and did not bend or collapse at all (which happened to most of my other soft disposable lens). They continued to sit firmly on my index finger even when I poured saline on them.
I filled saline up to the edge of the lens and then put the lens onto my iris so I could get some lotion into my eyes for hydration.

In my instagram, I posted a LOTD with the O-Lens as shown below.I find that the colour of the lens compliment my skintone~ (♡▽♡) Woots! With some nice lighting focusing my eyes, the lens appeared really glossy and the colour stands out.

Here's another selfie pic of my LOTD with the O-lens, this time with a greenish EOTD. And like I said above, the lens look really shiny and could even reflect! You could probably spot my arms holding a phone in my eyes!... lolx~

The green eye makeup look makes the lens look really natural on me.
I had to say this pair of O-Lens are different from the other colour contact lens that I'd worn. But lens being lens, they still make my eyes turn red after awhile.
I can't 100% say that it's the lens problem because my eyes are sensitive and has visible long red veins  at the corners to begin with (most time due to fatigue). My eyes can't stand strong light such as daylight during the time of about 8am-1pm. They totally could not open and they hurt if I try to force myself to open and look at the bright surrounding.
My eyes also turn red too when I wear the most comfortable 1-day dispoable contact lens, usually the ones without colour. However they do not happen immediately, they turn slightly red after about 3-4 hours of wearing the lens.

As for O-Lens, the weirdest part was that my eyes only felt a little bit dry but they turned red fast (in about an hour or so).
Perhaps it was because of the lens' low water content at 38% that's why the lens did not feel overly dry. I read that high water content lens would make our eyes feel very hydrating and comfortable at the beginning but would feel really dry and discomfort at the end of the day. This is because the lens have lost a lot of moisture through evaporation. Low water content lens on the other side, lose lesser moisture (since they already do not have much water content to lose) thus our eyes would not feel the steep drop in moisture level and that results in lesser discomfort felt.

I was infact really loving the BC of the O-Lens because they fit my iris super perfectly. I mentioned 'super' because the lens did not move or slide even a tiny bit. I always have problem wearing colour lens because most of them do not fit the BC and DIA of my iris and they slided downwards almost every single time I blinked (maybe due to my eyes are prominent type). Every time I wore colour lens, my eyes would sting and feel prickly too for god knows why.

For O-Lens though, I was really amazed that I did not experience any of that except for feeling of slight dryness and the heat in my eyes (due to redness). I was ok to wear them for about 6-8 hours but I also had to walk around with red eyes which I dislike.
Every time I remove the lens, I would wash and rinse them extra long to make sure I get all the residue, bacteria and what not off from the lens so I could probably have non-red eyes the next time I wear them... but it seems like it's not gonna happen. (U,∧U,)*sad*
I now only wear this pair of lens for short period of time about 4-5 hours so my eyes wouldn't turn very red at the end of the day. I still find this pair quite comfy due to the fitting and I just need to eye drop it once if I feel it's slightly dry.
I would recommend these lens to those who have similar problems like mine -unable to find the right lens that fit your iris or your prominent/protruding eyes (only if you do not have sensitive reddish eyes like mine). Firstly, check the BC and DIA of these lens against the ones you usually use. That should allow you to understand more about your iris surface curvature and diameter and then decide if you should try Pinkicon lens that has specs like the ones I tried. If your current lens are already a good fit, then search for lens in Pinkicon website with the same specs as yours.

Happy Shopping! ^,~

Where to buy?
Buy O-lens Jenith Green at

Pinkicon has monthly promotion for selected contact lens and they offer FREE worldwide shipping for all cirle lens.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Win Party Passes, Bottles of Martini, F1 Race Tickets And Enjoy Martini Cocktails

Have you ever thought about getting up close to one of the Formula 1 cars, at least once in your lifetime?
Well now you can, with the Williams Martini Racing FW38 car replicas placed at iconic locations in the heart of the city! It's a lifetime opportunity to see one of these beautiful machines in all its glory so get down there and share photos taken with these FW38 car replicas on social media with #MartiniSG, and stand to win prizes such as bottles of Martini and passes to the hottest parties in town!
The countdown begins with every ladies night in the four weeks leading up to the race weekend at the three establishments - CÉ LA VI, 1-Altitude, and The Exchange. With actress Carla Dunareanu and Christabel Chua at CÉ LA VI; host Yvette King at 1-Altitude, and sexy connoisseur Victoria Cheng at The Exchange, your weekly ladies' night will be filled with fun and surprises.
Stand to win Martini cocktails, bottles of Martini and even tickets to the races, every Wednesday during ladies night at these 3 places! \(^,^

Martini Cocktails
While you watch the sun go down over the breathtaking Singapore skyline and urban race track, Martini and partners CÉ LA VI, 1-Altitude and The Exchange will present you with their Martini cocktails, with a unique Singaporean twist.

The 3 signature cocktail are Martini Rosso Spriz, Martini Negroni and Martini Parisian. They will be served to you at CÉ LA VI, The Exchange and 1-Altitude respectively.

If you have Martini at home, then here's some tips to making your own Martini cocktail.
Martini & Tonic
Make this cocktail with 2 parts Martini Bianco and 2 parts Tonic.
Steps to make this drink:
1. Pour all the ingredients in a Hi Ball Glass
2. Stir Contents
3. Garnish with lemon twist

Make this cocktail with 1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin, 1 part Martini Rosso and 1 part Bitters/Campari.
Steps to make this drink:
1. Pour all the ingredients into a short tumbler
2. Fill tumbler with ice
3. Stir contents
4. Garnish with orange slice and lime peel
5. Pour into short/rocks glass

Make this cocktail with 1 part Martini Rosso, 1 part - Bitters/Campari and 2 parts Spumante.
Steps to make this drink:
1. Pour all the ingredients in ice-filled Rocks glass
2. Stir contents
3. Garnish with orange slice

About Martini
Martini® is an authentic and expressive brand, founded by three Italian friends during the mid-19th century.
With a heritage of over 150 years, Martini® has been made, over generations, by families dedicated to the brand. Living by its motto, "Volere é Potere" - where there is a will there is a way; and drawing on its longstanding Italian heritage, Martini® possesses an innate sense of style and quintessential playfulness. It has since become a symbol of Italian glamour and sophistication.
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