Liquid Face Lift by Kowayo Aesthetic

If you want to look younger in a less than a week without surgery, you may want to read this post. Because I’m very excited to share with you about this facelift treatment I recently did two weeks ago. It’s called “Liquid Face Lift” or you can call it a “Soft Lift” botox injections with special techniques. I had concerns about my cheeks and eyelids areas and wanted to lift them up a little bit more to achieve a younger look.

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(Photo taken 2 weeks after treatment)

I thought this treatment was the best option so I went ahead with appointment booking at Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic. It’s a rare occasion that I look forward to a doctor’s appointment but this is really an exception case.

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Before that, I did some researches on a doctor/physician to make sure I will be in good hands and I think it is a very important step we shouldn’t skip. It will give you perspective into what to expect, and get a sneak peek into what others have received as well. I am really fortunate enough to consider myself in good hands of Dr Wong Kee Seng. You can read more about his profile here.

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Let me explain a bit more about Liquid Facelift Treatment before we jump into my results. This treatment is generally done to reduce signs of aging including wrinkles, saggy cheeks, fine lines and even droopy eyelids. It helps to life your face the non-surgical way, using “micro-botox” applied to relax superficial fine muscles.

After a consultation with Dr Wong, I was brought to another room to remove makeup and apply numbing creams for about 20 minutes. And then brought back to another room where aesthetic treatment is performed. I wouldn’t lie I was quite nervous since it was my first time trying botox. Yes, you read that right.

The nurse started to put an ice pack for a few seconds on areas where (and before) the injections will be applied. Dr Wong then gave small injections close to the jawline and forehead to lift my face upward, a bit of my chin to smoothen it, and eyebrow lift.

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Was it painful? No, there was a little bit of a pinch but it was not painful. Coming from a person like me who is sensitive to pain. Numbing cream and ice pack surely helps. It took only about 10-15 minutes to complete. My face instantly feels a little tighter with no visible bruising at all. Some patients might experience bruising or swelling, which goes away in 24 hours.

I was told that the full effect of Botox takes a couple days. It’s different for everyone. For me it took about 6-7 days to see full results. My skin looks firmer, smoother and tighter. I also see improvements at the eyebrow and eye areas. Many thanks to Dr Wong for helping me to achieve such results. I’m very satisfied with them.

You can find out more information at www.kowayoaesthetic.com or call them at +6568844280. Do check out their Facebook or Instagram for more reviews and stayed updated.

Stay beautiful, always.

Love, nira

Short Break in Phuket

It was a bit difficult for me to fall in love in Phuket after I already did with Bangkok, I think Phuket is still a really nice city for nice holidays. Although I didn’t explore much outside this trip but I really enjoyed a few days there in a nice hotel with beautiful views, friendly local people, good food and my own sweet time. I felt a little bit like a tourist as long as I’m not at home in Singapore or Bangkok city.

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This post I’m going to share some reviews on the recent hotel I was staying, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach.

This hotel is pretty near to the airport which is about 10-15 minutes by car. It’s not in town areas but I love how quiet and peaceful this beach is. I didn’t see much of a tourist and there is still the true beauty of the old Phuket I used to remembered when I was a kid. If your main purpose is to party hard in Phuket, this is not the areas you want to be. For me, this is great.

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They have really nice welcoming and relaxing areas for both indoor and outdoor. I could just sit there for many hours with my current reading book and some nice cocktails.

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Lovely pool too I’d say. It’s just right outside the breakfast areas. I almost forget to mention how great their breakfast was. It’s one of best hotel breakfast (in Thailand) with variety of choices. If you have a chance, try their local noodle soup. It was so delicious I needed to take another bowl which is very rare for me especially for breakfast.

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This is how the beach right in front of the hotel looks like.

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A view from my hotel room balcony.

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Well, my only inconvenience was that I had to wait for hotel car/cart to take me back to my room and sometimes it could take up to 10-15 minutes.  However, I’d still recommend this hotel for those who is looking for a vacation here. I had an excellent stay.

Before finishing this post, I will also share with you one more place to go in Phuket, Cafe Del Mar in Kamala Beach, for a nice relaxing dinner by the beach. Good food and drinks with nice music. The sunset too, was really worth waiting for.

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Till then, enjoy and look forward to the holiday season soon.

Love, nira

The Good and Not So Good Face Sunscreens

Because sun exposure is very ageing to our skin as well as the risk of skin cancers and many of us are already aware of this. There are many factors that cause your skin to age faster but I’m just going to skip that part because we should already know a lot of them. Just remember, sunscreen is a must and you need at least SPF15 and above for a daily use. However, not all of them are safe to use so it’s a must you need to know and avoid those toxic ones. So what is considered a good sunscreen to me?

First of all, it protects our skin from UVA, UVB and Infrared. The higher SPF, the better protection for your skin? No, not really true. It must not be oily and doesn’t clog pores or give breakouts. It should also help makeup to stay in place after applying or doesn’t ruin it at least. And most importantly, safe to use of course. Now let me give some reviews on the ones I have used/been using. Please kindly take notes that these reviews are purely based on my personal experiences and they may not have the same effects on everyone.

1. Biore UV PPerfect Face Milk SPF50+ 

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Another favourite sunscreen as of now. The texture is very light with fast absorption. I thought it would be quite greasy after a short while and not so suitable for my combination skin but I was wrong. It doesn’t ruin my makeup too. Reasonable price. I hope it comes up with the new upgraded formula in the near future. I will repurchase this or their upgraded formula.

2. Nivea Oil Control Sun Protection Serum SPF50PA+++

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The texture is quite light and it only takes a short while for this serum to be fully absorbed into my skin. It can control oil in a certain level but not for many hours. I’m still not sure if I get breakouts from this or not. But the price is very affordable so I think it’s alright for this quality. Will I repurchase this? No. But I would say I found a few other Nivea body sunscreen and body lotion products are quite good.

3. Anessa Whitening Essence Facial UV Sunscreen

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My current favourite sunscreen. I love its texture, fast absorption as well as how it helps my makeup to stay in place. I can go at least 4-5 hours without feeling greasy at all. I will repurchase this product.

4. Estetica Sunshield Aqua SPF50

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I got this after a spa session at Estetica beauty Plaza Singapura. What I like most about this product is the instant brightening effect right after applying with non-sticky and light texture. I can use this alone instead of putting a foundation after to go for a very natural look. The cons about this product? My makeup cannot really stay in place after this sunscreen. I still like it anyway.

5. Keihl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 

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The good thing is their cream is pretty rich but I find it too heavy on my skin. It also makes my skin greasy after awhile and doesn’t really help with holding makeup. It’s alright if I plan to go on bare face but not with my makeup on. I personally think it doesn’t work well on (prone to)oily skin. Although I like a lot of skincare products from this brand but I will give it a pass for this sunscreen.

6. Mizumi UV Water Serum SPF 50+

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This one is actually not bad but I think I prefer other sunscreens I already have than this one. It doesn’t give me breakouts but I find it can be quite greasy easily if I stay outdoor for long hours.

When I find ones that are not so good for putting on my face, I put them on my body instead. I hope my reviews help you find the most suitable sunscreen for yourself.

Love, nira

Most Favourite Perfect Skin Hydrators, 2017

Derek Zoolander once said “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” and I couldn’t agree more. In this post I will share some reviews on my most favourite moisturizers with hydrating formulas.

I have combination skin that leans more towards oily and quite sensitive. However my skin can also look quite dry underneath my makeup. If you have a similar skin type like mine, you might find this review very useful.

I often go for an oil-free moisturizer that helps to balance my skin’s natural levels and reduce shines from a greasy complexion. And it is also very important that they will keep my skin hydrated for long hours without ruining my makeup. It’s not difficult to find ones that is specifically suited to your skin’s needs if you starts to pay more attention on the key ingredients.

1. Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream

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I’ve been using this cream very often for my skincare routine in the morning, especially on the days I prefer to put makeup on after. It quickly absorbs into my skin very well with instant cooling effect and doesn’t make a mess for my make up. Non sticky, non greasy and control shine for at least 4-5 hours for myself. No overwhelming fragrance too. I strongly recommend this for good results with affordable price.

2. Dr.Jart+ – Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

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I was quite impressed with this moisturizer and its lightweight and very smooth textures. I use this at night and I’ve noticed some difference the next morning after I woke up. It makes my skin so soft and looking more radiant as well as doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin so far. The cons of this product? I find it cannot hold shine very well and that’s why I personally prefer to use it at night. I randomly bought it from Sasa in Hong Kong.

3. Bioelements – Beyond Hydration

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I read some reviews online and decided to give this moisturizer a try. It’s recommended for oily skin to keeping skin hydrated without leaving adding shine. It only takes a few minutes for their gel-alike texture to sink into my skin. It also doesn’t feel sticky at all and works pretty well for my combination skin with no breakouts. This one gives a bit of cooling feels on the skin which is quite refreshing. So far there is nothing I dislike about this product. Worth buying.

Have a good skin. x
Love, nira

Go Natural In Your Home with Pineapple Power

Mothers and household jobs can never really be separated whether you are a full-time housewife or a working mom. This post I will be sharing some good stuff which may help you to do them even better, and safer.

Choosing household cleaning products that cleaning quicker and easier may not be a difficult task at all but some of them may not be good for our health. Unfortunately, not many of us are aware of these toxic chemicals (or petrochemicals) which are commonly used in those products and how badly they could harm us both short term and long term. It can lead us to the development of allergies, skin rashes, asthma, eczema, and reproduction issues in pregnant woman. I’ve been through experiences with unsuitable products which caused me very bad rashes on my skin (and worsen skin allergy) and took me almost a week to get rid of them with medication, creams etc. From then it taught me a very good lesson to be even more careful with cleaning products.

But I definitely understand it can feel quite overwhelming scanning through all the ingredients of every cleaning product you are going to buy, so what I usually do is to find natural products from trusted brands, such as Pipper Standards.

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Their products are naturally made from pineapples, have both hypoallergenic and non-irritation certifications by Dermscan Asia, and are free of known allergens according to U.S FDA; which is safe for babies or young children when using Pipper Standard products at home.

I’ve been trying a few Pipper products and my most favourite one goes to laundry detergent. Because Terena has sensitive (and eczema-prone) skin so I’m extra careful with anything that related to her skin or detergents that used in her clothing. Pipper detergent is perfectly safe for her with no itchy skin or rashes, clean effectively with lesser foam, easier to rinse out compared to many detergents in the market with chemicals added to create foaming effect due to the common misconception that the more foam is the better cleaning. There is also no damp smells when I dry my clothes indoor because their products contain no chemicals.

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Below is a picture of Terena trying to wash her face towel with water only and there is no detergent or fabric softener added in until it was my turn to hand wash it myself. Teaching my daughter some household stuff is fun, especially when we can do it together sometimes.

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Another thing I love about Pipper products beside being safe cleaner especially for our family’s sensitive skin; is the powerful natural cleaning with eco-sustainable. They use patented pineapple fermentation process (yields natural organic acids, natural enzymes, natural preservatives and biosurfactants) to clean as good as or even better than some chemical products. Not to forget the air we are breathing in too. Cleaning products with harmful chemicals that circulate in the air of our home is definitely harmful. With Pipper products, I do not have to worry about that. They are chemical-free, worry-free and healthy for environment. And most importantly, I personally think it’s better to use natural products to keep my daughter safe and away from any possible harm of chemical products.

You can find out more Pipper Standard here. Always keep your home clean, and your family safe. Easily starting a healthy environment at our home.

Love, nira