Castelle de Beaute | Botox without needles!

Located at a stone throw away from Jurong East MRT station, Castelle de Beaute is a cozy salon smacked right in the middle of the busy heartland. I read with interest in regards to a new facial treatment that they are launching that combines both eastern and western techniques to achieving the best “V” face shape results, so I took the journey to the west.

My therapist greeted me at the door and brought me up to the treatment room. She did the norm of double cleansing, exfoliating, followed by extraction.

She continued on with a radio frequency machine, carefully sculpting and lifting my skin penetrating the deeper tissues for better results. A blend of essential oil (Neroli Essential Oil, Rosemarry oil & Grape seed oil) was applied, followed by the therapeutic gua sha facial. The warm herbal mask that follows up next has to be my absolute favorite part of the entire treatment!

My therapist remain friendly and warm as she patiently explains the process of the entire treatment. Did you know that gua sha facial is also known as the oriental botox? Watch this video to find out more…

“It’s time to try
defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I am defying gravity
And you won’t bring me down!”

Exactly how I was feeling throughout the 90 mins of EastWest RF Sculpt & Lift Facial Treatment from Castelle de Beaute; Defying Gravity! 😆 Lifted jawline, refined and lifted cheeks, decreased eye wrinkles, reduced dark eye ring and more radiant skin! Suddenly felt 5 years younger on my skin.
Castelle de Beaute EastWest RF Sculpt & Lift Facial

In celebration of SG51, Castelle de Beaute is giving away 30 minutes free EastWest RF Sculpt & Lift facial treatment for the 1st 10 who calls 6563 1131 to register!!
Castelle EastWest RF Sculpt & Life Facial

Castelle de Beaute
Block 133 Jurong Gateway Road, 01-301, Singapore 600133
Contact: +65 6563 1131

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 10AM-8PM
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 10AM-7PM

Full disclosure: I was invited to Castelle de Beaute to try out EastWest RF Sculpt & Lift facial for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation has been received. All views and opinion reflected here are my own.

Just Did It! | Dermal Fillers at Halley Medical Aesthetics

Halley Medical Aesthetics
I’ve decided on dermal fillers after my consultation with Dr. Terrance from Halley Medical Aesthetics. Although no one has openly question about my needs for fillers, but I know there are some kaypo people out there who are interested to know why I’m doing it.

“she’s not that ugly what, why she needs fillers?”
I do not live in the world of what ifs and I’ve always been open to experiencing new things. Motherhood should not spell the end of loving oneself and looking great! Instead of tearing one another apart, women should embrace, empower and seriously judge less! If you’re still interested to know more about dermal fillers for nose and tear trough, read on…

Dr Terence did a great job in explaining about dermal fillers and what it could do for me. On top of that, I did my due diligence and conducted extensive research on the subject matter before making my decision.

Dr. Terence Tan Busted Botox & FIllers Myths!
Tear Trough & Nose Fillers at Halley Medical Aesthetics

I asked him several questions that I’ve had some concerns with. And he patiently explained to me

Me: My nose button is the worst kind of nose for fillers right? *Almost feeling hopeless*
Dr. T: Actually, button nose is a good candidate for nose fillers. It’s all about proportion of the overall look.

Me: Ok that’s a relief to know. Also, I heard that once u start on Botox and fillers, you can’t stop?
Dr T: *Wide smile* No, it’s not true because with the advancement of medical technology, they last longer.

Me: What if you don’t like it the way you look after you had fillers done?
Dr. T: Oh not to worry at all. If you don’t like the final outcome of the hyaluronic filler, you can have them dissolved or top up the fillers to attain, say, the height of the nose bridge or sharpness of the chin that you like.

Me: *Feeling assured and all geared to go!*

Tear Trough & Nose Fillers with Hyaluronic Acid FIllers from Juvederm
Tear Trough & Nose Fillers at Halley Medical Aesthetics

The most popular filler worldwide is hyaluronic acid. It is a compound found naturally in our body and is in charge of retaining water to hydrate the skin. Afterall, it’s not a permanent process, dermal fillers usually last for a year or 2 and if I really don’t like it, Dr. Terence could easily dissolve it too.

Dr. Terence suggested using 2 different types of dermal fillers. Juvederm Voluma is a firmer type of fillers which is perfect for my close to non-existence nose bridge. While Juvederm Volbella, the softer kind of fillers, will be sandwich together with Juvederm Voluma for the tear trough area.

Before the actual procedure started, Dr. Terence lathered on numbing cream. While we’re waiting for the cream to do its magic, we were LIVE on Facebook! Many thanks to Mabel who came all the way down to give me moral support though she is extremely fearful of needles!

Here we go!

After the numbing cream has taken effect, Dr. Terence carefully wipe the residue away.
Halley Medical Aesthetics Dermal Nose Fillers

Apart from numbing cream, the area will also be further numbed with an ice pack to reduce pain, swelling and bruising! Loving the extend they would go to minimise any discomfort.
Halley Medical Aesthetics Dermal Nose Fillers Singapore

Nothing impresses me more than a honest business! I love how they open up the new boxes right in front of my eyes, so at least I know I’m not using someone else’s leftover fillers!!
Halley Medical Aesthetics Nose fillers Tear trough Fillers

Dr Terence carefully injected the fillers into my under eye area and nose bridge, stopping occasionally to ask if I’m satisfied with how it looked. He was helpful by expressing his professional opinion as well.
Halley Medical Aesthetics Dermal Nose Fillers

Picture above might look slightly intimidating, but in actual fact, I felt no pain at all. Apart from numbing cream and icing the injection site, Juvederm contains lidocaine which is a local anesthetic agent. A blunt micro-cannula (magic needle) is also used to distribute fillers more evenly with promises of practically no pain and bruising.

The entire procedure was done in under 30 minutes. Dr. Terence assured me that the fillers will settle in and look more natural in the next couple of days. Honestly, I wasn’t too bothered. I ate bak kut teh opposite the clinic and even shopped at Liang Court.

Ta dah!
Halley Medical Aesthetics
Halley Medical Aesthetics

Check back next week to see how the tear trough and nose fillers look after it’s settled in and read about my after-thoughts.

[Giveaway] Special edition Rilakkuma + Canon EOS M10 #ToyTravel

canon EOSM10 Rilakkuma Giveaway

Exciting times ahead, Canon partners up with the much-loved Rilakkuma to inspire creativity among all social media users. This initiative aims to spur users to incorporate the ToyTravel (Nui-Dori) trend artistically in their photography through the launch of a special edition EOS M10 box set, bundled with a limited edition 24cm Rilakkuma plush toy.

You wanna know what is lagi more exciting? We are giving away a set of special edition Rilakkuma EOS M10 set to our readers! Quick, say thank you to the good folks at Canon…

This special edition Rilakkuma EOS M10 set consists of;
Canon EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M15- 45mm & EF-M55- 200mm)
+ 24cm Rilakkuma plush toy!
(Mai tu liao, don’t say bo jio!)

The EOS M10 is the newest addition to Canon’s EOS M range of high performance mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Being the most compact and lightweight in the series, it is ideal for users to carry around on all types of adventures!

The large 18.0-megapixel APS-C sensor and the fast Hybrid CMOS AF II system will capture spontaneous photographic moments and provide excellent quality images.

The special edition #EOSM10Rilakkuma box sets are also available at Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended prices:
Canon EOSM10 Rilakkuma Giveaway

So here’s how you can win a special edition Rilakkuma EOS M10 kit ||| set (worth $999) for yourself and get started with toy-travel photography! Good luck!!

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Terms & Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends at 11:59 hrs on 22 July 2016
2. Only residents of Singapore are eligible to participate
3. reserves the right to determine qualifying entries and amend terms and conditions without prior notice.
4. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
5. The winner will be announced on the blog and notified via email by 31st July 2016.

Full Disclosure: Prize for this giveaway is kindly sponsored by Canon Singapore.

Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics Revealed They Are Syringomas, Not Milia Seeds!

I’ve been plagued with a skin condition since very young. It’s not life threatening, but I just can’t simply ignore it! Tiny bumps started popping up around my eye area when I first started on a skincare routine at 9 years old. I hear you screaming in shock! My mama was THE “beauty influencer” I looked up to at a tender age! Vainpot-ni-siam kinda runs deep in our blood…

I didn’t know what they were. My any-own-how hantam diagnosis from Google seems to point me to the directions of it being milia seeds. I’ve actually stopped using any eye care product in fear of further worsening the condition since I thought milia seeds were caused by using products that were way too rich around the delicate eye area.

As I grow and age ever so gracefully, those bumps got more and more obvious! I’ve been on the lookout for a good medical aesthetic doctor to check out and treat this condition. So when Flora Isabelle posted about her experience on Halley Medical Aesthetics, I decided to go and get a consultation done with a medical professional rather than just trust Google.
Halley Medical Aesthetics

Wasn’t sure why I waited so long to consult a professional! Dr. Terence Tan is incredibly friendly and very approachable. I felt very much at ease during consultation. In just one glance, I was told that those tiny bumps were not milia seeds but syringoma instead.

20 years practicing experience really beats self assessment and Google hands down!
Doctor Terrance Halley Medical Asthetics

Sy-simi-goma?!? Such a big word that I’ve never heard before. Dr. Terence Tan patiently explains the differences between milia seeds and syringoma. Looks same same but different!

Milia Syringoma
– Asymptomatic, keratin-filled cysts.

– Superficial, pearly white, 1-2mm in diameter.

– Skin-coloured or yellowish, small, asymptomatic dermal papules that may appear translucent or cystic.
– Less than 3mm in diameter.  Multiple in symmetrical clusters.

Milia VS Syringoma

And you know what… the sway thing is, Asians are more prone to Syringoma. The only way to get rid of Syringoma is by CO2 laser. Dr. Terence Tan advised that the results are often uncertain and the ability to heal differs. And there’s no telling if you’re that lucky bitch who would heal perfectly or the sway one who would end up scaring coz your skin cell lousy-pox don’t regenerate fast enough. 😥

Judging from my age and my ability to heal I think I’ll most likely fall under the sway-chee category. So better don’t take that risk loh!

Dr. Terence Tan asked if I had any other concerns. Of course I do, and my list is even longer than my grocery shopping list. Apart from Syringoma, I’ve got plenty of fine lines, a collection of prada eye bags and slight hollow + sagging skin due to aging. It would also be an absolute bonus if Dr. Terence Tan could do something about my nose bridge which was close to non-existence.

For a total overhaul of the face, Dr. Terence Tan suggested Ultherapy; a skin tightening treatment that uses high intensity focused ultrasound to lift droopy eyelids, fill in wrinkles, reduce the appearance of eyebags, and tighten sagging skin on the cheeks area.

Whereas for my close to non-existence nose bridge, Dr. Terence Tan suggested using fillers to create a more projected mid face to compliment my forehead and chin. And while I’m at it, I could also consider fillers for tear trough as it would fill up my hollow under eye hence reducing the appearance of dark eye rings.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

I’ve decided to go with the fillers. YOLO, don’t want to live with the nagging feel of “what ifs”… Bye bye photo editing apps, I could actually have chio-er nose bridge in real life!

Check back soon as I share first hand virgin experiences on nose bridge and tear trough fillers. Mad excited! #YOLO #JustDoIt

Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

After a short hiatus since February, I’m now back into the hustle and bustle of Public Relations industry. Things are moving a lot faster and I can’t be more thankful to be given opportunities. I decided to give myself a well deserved pampering treat after a busy week at work. I signed up for Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment to unwind and hopefully brag on Instagram with the hashtag #iWokeUpLikeThis! 😆
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

I was told the treatment would leave me with a well contoured face and glowing radiant skin. “准吗? 真的有那么神奇吗?” I asked in disbelieve. Apparently, the magic lies in a special tool made from the therapeutic Hinoki Cypress tree. The shape of the tool was designed to mimic the physical shape of a therapist’s hands at work, with up to six times the strength to enhance its effect on the lymphatic drainage system. I kept a skeptical mind with such exaggerated claims!
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

Like any other facial treatment, we started of with a cleansing routine using a gentle cleansing foam. Then a warm face and head compress was used to kick-start the treatment process. Thereafter, a blend of Grapefruit and Grape Seed oil was applied and my therapist worked her magic with light pressure on various pressure points along the décolleté and neck to stimulate detoxification through lymphatic drainage using the Cypress hand apparatus. This is to reduce the appearance of uneven skin due to clogged nodes and tired muscles.

My therapist has been working on the left side of the décolleté, and the image below shows that the area of the left collar bone is clearly lifted! I’m now a believer! Damn magical right!!
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

The pampering treat continues with soft hand massage across all key area of the face. Followed by the “magical” Cypress hand apparatus dipped in the Grapefruit oil gliding across the contours of the face, concentrating on facial acupuncture points to shape, detoxify as well as stimulate cells. Although the image below isn’t that obvious, but the left side of my face where the therapist was working on seems to be slightly lifted and contoured. 🙂
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

A balancing mask was left on for 20 minutes to improve the radiance of my face.
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

Cold compress to seal the goodness all in!
Mary Chia Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment

A final generous spritz of Mary Chia’s renowned MU V.TIVATE Mist Spray is added to intensify the lifting effects from the Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment. That was 90 minutes well spent! I walked out of the treatment room refreshed. Feels like a million bucks with my skin shinning like a diamond and a more contoured V-face shape. #iREALLYwokeUpLikeThat!

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The Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment is 90 mins and is available at an introductory price of $180 before GST (Usual price $235) across all Mary Chia and Urban Homme centres.

Full Disclosure: We’ve been invited to Mary Chia to try out the Hinoki Cypress Face Sculpting Treatment for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation has been received. Views and opinion reflected on this blog post are my own and are no way influenced by anybody else.