Liposonix by EHA Clinic

This post I will be sharing a review on a Liposonix treatment I did at EHA Clinic Singapore about 2 months ago. First, let me explain my concerns and lifestyle. I do workout at least 1-2 times per week, mostly cardio and running. However, the “last inch” of my stubborn tummy fat somehow still remain. As you know belly fat is harder to lose than fat in other areas of our body. And that’s why our upper body will be the first to shrink when you exercise or diet to lose weight while a belly remains more or less the same. It is why I decided to give it a try since this is already the closest to a liposuction but it’s non-surgical. And I honestly do not need a liposuction with an inch of belly fat I’m trying to get rid of.

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I went in EHA clinic on Tuesday and met up with Dr Elias for a consultation. Dr Elias gave me some advices and he did 9 markings on my tummy areas. After that I was given 2 pills to treat pain. Let me tell you first, this treatment was very painful for me, and I consider myself to have a low-medium pain tolerance. But it also worked wonder so you might want to keep reading.

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The treatment took about 45 minutes; about 4-5 minutes for each markings. I don’t really know how to describe the exact feeling of pains I had during treatment. It was more than just a high heat and I was trying to concentrate on something else because it was really painful. However, I was glad that I managed to go through this whole thing without stopping it halfway.

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The pain somehow remained a little bit after the treatment. I noticed some bruises about 4-5 hours later and was a lot more bruised the day after, purplish black kind of bruises. They lasted about 2-3 weeks at least. I did not see any results yet until week 4. My waist is about an inch smaller now at week 6! It does feel a bit tighter too. It was amazing how Liposonix could get rid of these stubborn fat after just one treatment! I swear it really works wonder but that’s only if you are willing go through pain. Otherwise, this is really not for you. If you have high pain tolerance then you might be able to tolerate this better than I did.

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Please also keep in mind that you body fat can come back anytime if you have an inactive lifestyle or uncontrolled diets.

Pricing for Liposonix: 1-9 spots = $300 each, 10-14 spots = $250 each, 15 above = $200 each. You can read more on how Liposonix works here. I hope this post will be useful for those who want have a slimmer body.

Love, nira.

 

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

Getaway 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

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

Itch away with Suu Balm

There is no single cause of dry or itchy skin. It can be anything we face everyday from external factors such as cold weather, low humidity, chemical, overuse of sanitizer or soap; to internal factors such as genetics, health, age, and etc.

In my case, I have a sensitive skin with mild allergy and easily become dry or itchy (sometime with rashes) due to all these causes: chlorine in the pool, hot baths or showers, soap or detergents, fermented food and certain seafood, insect bites, dust and dirt. Therefore, I really cannot do without creams and lotions that help to relieve itchiness. And even better when they moisturize skin at same time. I’m glad to be doing this review so I can share with you something that could be relevant to your lifestyle needs.

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To give a short introduction, Suu balm is Singapore’s first rapid itch-relieving moisturising cream and is developed by dermatologist named Dr Tey Hong Liang from the National Skin Centre in Singapore. Their product, backed by clinical evidence, is good for those with dry, itchy and sensitive skin, as well as people who have eczema or those who need to face some internal and external factors I mentioned earlier.

Even though Suu Balm is a proudly Singaporean creation (formulated at the NSC and marketed by Good Pharma Dermatology), it’s doing very well both locally and overseas. In fact, you can read Good Pharma’s interview article with the Straits Times last month here.

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I have been using Suu Balm since the beginning of May until now and I really like this product. Their cream is very smooth and light, non-sticky, and easily absorbed into my skin. I also love how Menthol ingredient itself gives an immediate cool feeling especially on crazy hot days (sometimes I try not to overuse it) and relieve itch at the same time. Suu Balm contains ceramides which help my skin hold on to moisture more efficiently and preventing future dryness and itchiness. I gave my dad a tube to try as well since he also has a very dry itchy skin and he gave pretty good feedback after using this cream.

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I found no cons and I think it’s one great product to have it as a family essential in your home for either daily usage or to standby. Since I travel pretty often, I usually bring a 75ml tube with me in my handbag whenever I’m outside. The pump bottle of 350ml is for home use.

You can shop online or request for a sample at www.suubalm.com. Also available in all Watson branches (in Singapore), Guardian, Fairprice and Unity.Remember to stay updated with the latest news by following their Facebook and Instagram. Support local brands always.

Love, nira