Wednesday, April 16, 2014 :: Datsumo Labo New Branch @ PoMo
When I was younger, I always held disapproving thoughts about my body largely because I am very well-endowed in the body hair department. It didn’t help even when the adults always tell me “Don’t you know prettier girls are always more hairy?”
No. I never believe in that.
It definitely didn’t help in my self esteem as a dancer having to bare my legs and midriff all the time (as we are in tights or some rolled up top).
Well…can’t believe I am living the dream of having my body hair removed before the BIG DAY happening within these couple of years thanks to Datsumo Labo ;) If you can remember my first post here, I did full arms, full legs and full brazilian S.S.C. (smooth skin removal). For these areas, I am currently at my 3rd session and patches on my skin has gone “bald” and “poreless” so things are looking reallllll good down there ;)
The newest branch and the fifth one to be exact is located conveniently at Pomo! At least for me haha. After having my hair done at Salon Vim, I drive downwards towards Plaza Sing which is less than 5 minutes away, finish my treatment with Datsumo’s Pomo branch within 2 hours then drive downwards towards Nicoll highway to head back to my office! So much convenience for me!
For the purpose of this post and proof of my body hair, I had a photo taken of my back before the treatment. This is also the first treatment session for body hair on my back, neck and stomach. I also had my 3rd treatment session for my brazilian area on the same day but due to the sensitive nature, obviously I won’t be showing any photos!
A short review on my brazilian area 3 weeks after this treatment session; the coarse hairs are very much finer now and the number of hairs in each follicle has been greatly reduced from 3-4 strands to just 1-2 strands now. Hair growth is also much slower with patches of significantly thinner strands of hair and lightened skin.
I never thought my back looked this hairy till this day when Janice from Datsumo helped me snap this photo. To be honest, I was slightly traumatized. Hey, I can’t see myself in the back all these while.
To save cost, you can also choose to shave yourself at home :)
Treatment was done in down 15 minutes for my back. Easy peasy and totally painless.
Then it was treatment on my stomach. I am not showing the close up photo of my stomach because…it is so hairy and unsightly I can’t believe it haha.
The special gel which is applied before the treatment protects the skin from the heat and rest assured even when I had my sensitive vaginal area exposed to the machine, pain was kept to the minimal. I heard this gel do not come cheap and is nothing like the normal gels used by neighbourhood IPL salons. Vaginal areas usually have much more darker skin compared to other parts of the body so these darker melanin spots will feel more “pain” compared to areas like your legs, arms etc. Then again, trust me when I say the pain is kept to the minimal because I have a very low tolerance for pain. If it is painful for me, I would have given up at the very first session haha.
After the completion of the treatment, the gel is removed and a cooling towel will be placed on the skin to cool down and protect the skin from the heat generated from the S.S.C. equipment. Haha, I have a love-hate relationship with this cooling process. I love it when the cooling towel is placed on just my back. But definitely NOT when I have such cold towels placed on my entire arms and legs and vaginal area. It will be freezing, I promise you -.-
I like how the removal of body hair actually brighten my skin. With the dark hairs removed, it actually helped in giving a fairer illusion.
My beloved therapist, Janice teehee.
Really like this branch for its peacefulness (because this mall is really new!) that I asked for my future treatments to be done in this Pomo branch instead ;) It’s so convenient! John is just 10 minutes away teehee!
APRIL PROMOTIONFrom 1st April to 30 April, Datsumo Labo is offeringANY TWO BODY AREAS HAIR REMOVAL @ only $49 monthly (inclu of GST)!
Friday, April 11, 2014 :: Clarins Body S.O.S.
A topic that is rarely communicated amongst all other skincare and makeup have to be body care or so I call it. I am one of the majority who place lesser importance to body care. In fact, so much importance is placed on my skin care regime (and on my hair) that I tend to disregard other parts of my body. I take my own sweet time every morning and night to complete my skin care regime and keeping up with hair/scalp tonic with massage that it leaves me sooo tired to care for other parts of my body. My poor legs and arms have been on the receiving end of sunrays, lack of exercise, lack of moisturizing, lack of toning.
Many times, I do think about the possibility of fairer legs and arms if I place as much importance on them.I see improvements when I take time to care for my face and hair. For example, the brightness and skin texture of my face have greatly improved over a period of 6 months when I invested time and effort in caring for them - in the process learning a lot about facial care and product ingredients. The returns are so worthwhile because I can even go out without piling on layers of makeup now.I also used to have soooo little hair and problems on balding which was so prevalent it kept inferiority complex at the fore front.
That goes to prove that if you genuinely take effort in caring for your face/hair or any body part, your body will know and results will show in time to come :)
After attending the Clarins S.O.S. Workshop and penning this blog post makes my resolution for attaining that dream legs and arms that I want even stronger. How can you not when I have told you my inspirational experience from caring for my face and hair? ;)Lack of knowledge in body care products makes the inertia to "attain my dream legs and arms" even harder. Which is why I am so glad this engagement with Clarins came so timely.Now before you jump on the bandwagon and ask where in the world does a skinny person like me require any products for cellulite control, prevention is always better than cure and it is never too late to start. I never belong to the anorexic minority who does not have any cellulite. I do have ugly cellulite dimples at my thighs but not so much that it is a big concern (unlike my balding issues previously). Moreover, other than promising to firm and plumps skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite after several weeks consistent use, Clarins Body Life Cellulite Control is also a moisturizer that acts to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
At the first use, I like how the pale pink emollient gel immediately melts into the skin without any overly thick feeling of stickiness which I face with many moisturizers. Although I am only at my first week of use only, it is probably a good sign that my legs become more moisturized, plump, smooth, visibly firmer and my cellulite dimples were not as pronounced at every application that it makes wearing short dresses and shorts so tempting. It is a far cry from my usual dry legs with a handful of darkened scars on the front and cellulite dimples at my back thighs which worsened the entire appeal from waist down. Yes, you just don't see that in my photos haha but we all have areas we find fault in ourselves, don’t we?
Back to Clarins Body Life Cellulite Control, the added bonus for me would be the texture of my legs and arms became incredibly soft just after few days of morning and night usage - which is what I have been hoping to achieve albeit with my lack of discipline in sticking to religious body care regime.I was just speaking to a staff from Clarins during the event that they should hold such intimate sharing session with consumers as well because for someone like me who has never used Clarins and have always associated Clarins with a much older audience perception, I am truly a convert after trying out the various body care products on my legs, arms and hands during the sharing session in the Clarins office. Haha it does help when you also have another blogger friend sitting beside you who is a Clarins user and a strong believer in their body care products. Thanks Candice! ;)
I am not going to lie but body care is a new area for me and I am genuinely impressed with Clarins body S.O.S line. They are the No.1 Body Care Expert and has the answer to every women’s body concerns. Through the sharing session, I discovered the most suitable body care products through consultation with the Clarins Experts to target areas of my concern in particular slimming, firming and hydration. I also experienced for myself the efficacy of the products for example the Exfoliating Body Scrub For Smooth Skin. It is truly amazing and you can also see for yourself from my photos above how the back of my left hand became so much fairer and brighter after testing out the scrub.
One of the products which the Clarins Experts picked out for me is the Body Shaping Cream. I immediately fell in love with its unique mild floral scent and fluffy soft and wet cream which melts easily into the skin to aid the special massage techniques imparted to us during the Clarins sharing session. My lovely friend, Candice, swear by this product!
I have been applying the Body Lift Cellulite Control and Body Shaping Cream religiously using these massage techniques that I learnt during the sharing session. It is not as easy as it seems but it gives my legs a good massage and I am definitely getting better at it! ;) Manage to find the same video on YouTube which I viewed over at Clarins office!
If you are interested to try out Clarins and be a satisfied first time user like I am, Clarins is giving away free Body S.O.S Trial Pack which consists of (Slimming/Firming/Hydration products) along with a 15 minutes Skin Time Consultation with Clarins Experts ;) I would definitely grab this opportunity if I were you because I am truly a convert just after my sharing session last weekend with them. Sign up for your trial here! http://bit.ly/ClarinsBodySOS_Tricia
After signing up for it yourself, you can also get your friends to sign up with you because….the more friends you have signing up, the higher your chances are in winning 1 of the 20 Clarins gift sets (worth $120 each) and a grand prize of a Body Treatment at Clarins Skin Spa (worth $185). Pssssst, I heard from my girlfriends who previously visited Clarins Skin Spa for their highly-raved Body Treatment in preparation for their wedding as it gives almost immediate shaping results for the brides to look good on the big day!
Good luck and I am 99% if not 100% sure you will be a convert like me if you give Clarins a try! ;) Here’s a fun shot with the Clarins girls in their office! They all have such toned figures if not fair skin!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 :: AMORE FITNESS
Growing up, I have been quite the active kid considering my greatest achievement was joining the basketball team as my second CCA in secondary school. Can you believe it? I actually got in.
The basketball team. And Tricia. Hmm doesn’t gel too well together. That was what everyone said to me. I remember when I told my dad I joined the basketball team, he did the math reminded me the ring was possibly 3 metres tall.
You may also like to know that throughout the 2-3 years in basketball, the amount of goals I scored can be counted with the fingers on just 1 hand. Yes.
So the active worm in me quieten down after I stopped dancing after what seemed like a decade. It was a good 2 years of inactivity before I saw my health declining and decided to make a new year resolution to keep fit and visit a gym. It has been close to 3 months now since I got an annual membership at Amore Fitness thanks to Gushcloud. With the flexible class schedules at Amore, I am able to pop by to visit the gym for classes like Pilates and Yoga even though my schedule can be that ridiculous. Being less fortunate in the department of fixed off-work hours, I am unable to commit fully to an intensive yoga training programme so I am really thankful that the classes Amore offers come with great flexibility.
After a good 2 months on attending the classes, I find that yoga has a way of transforming the way you look at your own body and the mindset towards your day to day life. I started savoring the time spent alone during my exercise sessions and yoga classes in Amore. During my yoga sessions, I have to concentrate so intently on what my body is doing and in turn that brings about calmness to my mind – the kind of calmness I cannot bring back even if I lay to rest or sit in a hidden cafe with a book and tea in hand. I have learnt to disengage my thoughts and not put so much mental stress on myself due to work commitments.
Sometimes when I have more time to spare, I squeeze a short gym session using the exercise equipment in Amore before or after the class – at times to get my heart pumping before class or sometimes to keep the adrenaline going after class.
Remember I used to complain about the nagging pain in my back sustained from a decade long in dance? Through constant exercise and yoga (yes yoga especially), I experienced lesser episodes of the tightness and pain in my spinal cord.
(Picture taken from x)
At the start, looking at a gym full of equipment can be pretty overwhelming. I still remember how I looked so lost in the gym with eyes so wide they gave me away as a first-time user, a trainer actually approached me and guided me through the use of equipment. I learnt that there are machines which exist to build our cardiovascular endurance (they are called cardio machines in short) and there are also weight machines to name a couple of variety. So don’t be afraid to look like a beginner in a gym because it gets you help without having to ask ;)
Exercising goes beyond weight loss, muscle tone, endurance etc. For me, exercising the soul gives far more emotional benefits than physical ones. At least, after a long day of work, hitting a gym is like a place of tranquillity and a place for me to seek balance in life.
For those who are interested in gymming as well, do check out the Amore Holistic Package! Details are as follows:
I have also pasted some links below for your easy access to info :)
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Monday, February 17, 2014 :: The VDL Makeover Experience
Here are the lucky winners for TRICIA x VGY GIVEAWAY!
A little background on VDL if you have not heard of them by now! VDL is an international cosmetics brand founded in 2012 by The Color Lab of LG Household & Health Care. VDL, which stands for Violet Dream Luminous, is dedicated to young women who actively seek out and realize their dreams and desires. VDL seeks to create a vivid and sensuous makeup universe through vast, vibrant colors, delicate textures, unique scents and constantly brings in new colors, technology and experience to their customers.
The Festival Lipsticks which are highly pigmented and have great color payoffs. I could not resist the pretty colors (haha!) and bagged home one of these lipsticks in the pretty orangey shade (forth from the left). I was choosing between the gorgeous pink shades and the orangey ones but chose the latter because I have tons of pink lipsticks!
Now, onto the VDL personalized makeover with Priscilla, the retail manager who is a really pretty makeup artist as well! So I arrived in town with no makeup on, looking really haggard and tired from the morning rush at work.
The award-winning Lumilayer Primer is a violet pigmented primer that combines red and blue color to create a clear, radiant and bright skin. It is perfect for a clean healthy glow and is suitable for all skin types. Here’s a tip! You can also mix this primer with a foundation at 1:1 ratio ;) My skin was definitely less dull and not as tired looking after application of Lumilayer Primer. It is comparable to a higher-end primer I use from Guerlain. I have to say it is definitely worth the tag at $36 for a 30ml bottle. This Primer is also able to create a 3D face line by interacting with light at reflecting them at the different angles of the face. This is also one of the products I brought home! How can I not!? It was sold out island-wide previously! ;) I love this product so much I would be bringing it with me for my trip.
So Priscilla also added in Satin Veil Primer by applying it only on my T-zone areas to reduce shine and control sebum. The Satin Veil Primer gave a matte finishing while still leaving the subtle radiance to glow through the matte look. It leaves me with a silky smooth skin thanks to the soft veil polymer which meticulously fills in the bumps and lines around my T-zone to create seamless smooth soft skin.
Onto the foundation, Priscilla used the Perfecting Last Foundation with an SPF of 25PA+++ for me. I like that it is an ultra-high definition foundation that creates long lasting makeup with perfect coverage and settling without any darkening. The foundation lasted me through the day and to another event later in the night without much oxidation.
This photo is taken AFTER application of Lumilayer Primer and Satin Veil Primer but BEFORE foundation and concealer. Look at how clear and radiant my skin is with a subtle glow compared to my neck (which has no products laden on it).
After foundation and concealer, the next step was application of VDL Locking Pressed Powder in SPF 30++. It is a translucent clear powder that creates a clean and perfect complexion with a neo pen puff that enables smooth application without any clumping. It comes in 4 colors but the one I am using is in lilac.
Have you come across such pen puffs for loose powder? Not me though. I like how it enables light application of the powder without the loose powder clumping in one area. It is easy to glide on and the result is velvety skin that looks natural and matte.
Photo is taken AFTER foundation, concealer and locking pressed powder. Thanks to the Brightening Tone Concealer (featured above with the Locking Pressed Powder), it corrects the dark colors around my eyes and covers my skin flaws especially the redness at the sides of my nose.
The brow was then constructed using the Expert Brow Contour Kit and Festival Browcara (brow mascara). Love the brow mascara so much I just have to get one for myself!
I find it interesting how VDL give names to their products. The blushers are named with an action, the eyeshadow in a place and the lipstick is the name of a man. So what is used on me is “A BACK HUG, IN CLUB E, WITH ASTON” hehe.
Geez…hi Aston :p
I have a newfound love for oven baked eyeshadows! The one seen on the left in hues of purple is the Festival Mineral Eyes eyeshadow. It is oven-baked with multi-dimensional visual opal pearls that can fit into any uneve skin surfaces and provide long lasting adherence while reacting with light to create radiance on the eye lids. Additionally, one thing I learnt is by baking the eye shadow, it boosts the glossiness and reduces the heaviness of eye shadow so the colour can be built on for a night look by simply layering and blending! It comes in 8 colors and the one I have chosen is in purple! Brought this home as well and I can’t wait to use it on one of the VGY shoots ;)
For the eyes, Priscilla used The BOMB Eye Bomb Tip Liner and Eye Bomb Mascara. Considering my eyes are watery at times, it is amazing how the eyeliner stayed all day long with natural matte look. There are some waterproof/long lasting eye liners in the market that gives a plastic-look finishing which I find really spoil the look for the eyes.As I have lash extensions on my upper lash, mascara was applied on my bottom lashes instead. I will let the finishing photos speak for itself how the mascara boosted the look of my sparse bottom lashes.
The precision and flexible nip tip that can accurately draw in-between lashes enabling a clean eye line.
And the makeup is completed!
See what I said about the Festival Mineral Blusher? It gives a naturally radiant flush to the cheeks because it has both the blusher and highlighter! Now you see why I have to go back and buy it the second time? ;P
From left to right, Festival Eye Primer, Festival Mineral Eyes in 301 Club E, Festival Eyeshadow 604 Sun Kiss, Festival Mineral Blusher 602 Back Hug, Festival Mineral Blusher 301 Last Date, Festival Mineral Blusher 201 Guess What.
Bottom from left: Festival Lovemark Lipstick 601 Ashton, Ready Action Lip Balm 601, Festival Lipgloss Satin603, Salmonade, and Festival Gel Liner Auto 101 Cosmic Flower.
Thank you Priscilla for being so friendly, knowledgeable and informative! Simply adore the makeover you personalized for me! Love sessions like this because I get to learn so many tips from the MUAs! :)
The VDL Blossom Collection
Release date: 24 Feb 2014Just a sneakkkkk peekkkkk because these products are not yet out in the market (yet many customers have been calling in to check on the releases!). I am eyeing the lipsticks!! My deep passion for lipsticks go really far haha! Tried on the lipsticks and the colour payoff is woah, intense, and it feels like velvet to the touch. The color on the lips is as true as the color you are seeing now from this photo. And I like how innovative the lipstick shape is! The 4 edges can be used to create the perfect cupid’s bow and the perfect sharp and clean corners of the lip! Gahhhh I NEED THIS!
Also a sucker for earthy tones, I am eyeing this Expert Colour for Eyes in Nude Rush. This is VDL’s first eyeshadow palette release as well so I am excited for its release! Swatched the colours and I like how intense and pigmented the colours are on the skin and it gives a dewy and shimmering look. Gahhhhh one can never have too many earth tones eyeshadows!
Tricia x VDL GiveawayWant to win VDL’s signature product, Lumilayer Primer? You really need to try this product out because I love how it makes me look and how lasting it is on my face throughout the day! Just tell me why do you want to win! As easy as that! ;)
Simply leave a comment with your name, email and contact number! I will choose FIVE lucky winners on 21 February 2014!
Please note collection of prizes is only available at Suntec City Mall.
Contest is open to readers residing in Singapore only.*