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Secrets to effortlessly losing 3kg or more in 4 weeks with Absolute Slimming

-Media Invite-

I’ve rejected many slimming blog engagement because I never felt I needed one anyway. But, after working full time, and realizing that my shift dress don’t glide down my hips like they did before, I panicked! Not too sure if age was catching up with metabolism rate slowing down or the constant sitting around in the office environment…

I’ve develop EXTRAs in areas that are less than desirable!

A holistic slimming program involving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods such as 拔罐 (Cupping) and 刮痧 (scraping) peeked my interest, so I decided to try it for myself.

I was terrified of the cupping procedure before my treatment at Absolute Slimming, since my initial impression of traditional cupping has always been involved with fire, acupuncture needles and blood. But thank goodness, it’s completely different here at Absolute Slimming.

It’s actually pretty cool right here with the use of some new aged magnetic acupressure suction cups. Unlike traditional cupping, these harmless looking suction cups have blunt magnetic “needle” that sits on targeted acupuncture points. This in return mobilises blood flow resulting to more energised blood circulation. With that, it also helps improve metabolism and suppress appetite. Totally explains how I was able to get filled for less and stop with the binge eating.

I don’t get big angry bruises like traditional cupping methods. Mine are small like the ones you see in the image below. They take about a week to go off, but it varies from person to person. The cupping marks are an indicator of how much toxins there are in your blood. Cupping can draw the toxins out to the surface, which allows better circulation and improved metabolism.

 

Hey look! We’ve got the same #ootd! #windowdisplay #whoworeitbetter #whoworeitbest #onekmmall #tomandstefanie

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Scraping is a secondary method which complements cupping, maximizing the weight loss effects to its’ fullest potential. This method involves applying firm strokes to the body with a smooth-edged instrument. I have a very low trash hold for pain, so I often ask the ladies to spare me some mercy. Thank God, they normally oblige and go easy on me.
TCM Slimming GuaSha Abosolute Slimming

Apart from just cupping and scraping, diet played an important role in this TCM slimming treatment. I swear diet was the hardest part for a foodie like me!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on the naughty food list:
Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Processed food & Fruits that are high in sugar or fat content.
In addition, I was only allowed to eat till 70% fullness and stop eating after 8pm.

Diets doesn’t get any easier when #gluttoncherieladie constantly sabotage you!!

I’ve faithfully followed the plan for the first 2 weeks, but the rest is history when I accidentally ate my colleague’s Ebi Rice Burger from MOS. I’ve also had an entire cheat week in Japan! Seriously thought this diet plan was spiraling to hell, but I was surprised to know that I still lost weight after eating “forbidden food” from my Japan trip! #AhSoh吃好料

The Results
I started the program weighing 56.9kg. The program ran 2 times weekly and lasted for a month. Finally ended the program with 53.7Kg. That’s losing 3.2kg in one short month. If that don’t impress you much, maybe these numbers would. Felt a significant difference in my waist, tummy and hips. And these hips don’t lie. 😛 *Sings like Shakira*

CENTIMETER LOSS
Session Right Arm Left Arm Right Thigh Left Thigh Tummy Waist Hips
1 30 30 61 60.5 76 87.5 101
8 29 29 59 58.5 71 82 97

Image what could have been if I’ve been more discipline and strictly stick to the suggested diet?
Absolute Slimming Bugis Review

-UPDATE-
It’s been more than a month after completing the program at Absolute Slimming and my weight has been maintained in the 53kg region. #happylikehell #CNYcoming

What did loosing 3kg meant for me?
Being able to fit into some of my older clothes was a huge ego boost. I realized that I do not have to resign to fate that it’s a “norm” to expand sideways with age or after childbirth. I was motivated to do more. Apart from being more aware of what and how much I was taking in, I’ve also started running. If you’re having trouble kick starting your goals in weight loss, perhaps Absolute Slimming could work for you too.

Absolute Slimming Bugis
470 North Bridge Road
Bugis Cube #04-23
S188735
Tel: 6837 0640

Absolute Slimming Holland Village
211 Holland Avenue
Holland Road Shopping Centre #03-14
S278967
Tel: 6463 0360

Full Disclosure: I was invited to try out Absolute Slimming. 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.

Giveaway Alert: FOX Fashion for Kids this Chinese New Year

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It’s the time of the year again where everywhere is decked in red with pretty pink cherry blossom. Where my “diet-starts-today-to-fit-that-sexy-cheongsam” fitness plan, often fail miserably because of those yummy irresistible new year goodies.

The perfect excuse season, for new clothes because our traditions says so. New Year, New Beginnings, New Hopes, New Clothes…

We are 3 weeks away from Chinese New Year!
We’re almost ready. Are you?!?

It wasn’t easy picking 3 sets of outfit among the wide range of choices at Fox Kids & Baby.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year clothes for kids 2015

But with the kids fully engaged and entertained with Chinese Calligraphy by Confucius Institute.
Chinese New Year Clothes for Kids from Fox Fashion Sg

I managed to shop in peace. I bet you, only another mom could relate and feel my joy. It was pure bliss! Check out what I’ve picked up for the kids… I think they look über AWESOME in it.

Hiroshi sports casuals in a yellow printed tee, grey striped jacket and grey bermudas.
Fox FAshion SIngapore Chinese New Year Clothes for Kids

Sophia is girly in pink, with a white crochet tee under sweet pink jacket and blue ombre skirt.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year Clothes for kids 2015

While James goes for bold in this thick striped tee and black bermudas.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year clothes for kids 2015

Like what you see?
Like, Share and Comment about which outfit you’ll like to win on FOX Fashion Facebook Page.
Giveaway ends on 6 February 2015, 12pm.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese NEw YEar clothes for kids 2015

Can’t wait? Need to shop at Fox Kids & Baby right away?
Check out these attractive Chinese New Year Promotion.
Promotion is valid till 18 Feb, 2015.
Fox Fashion Chinese new year clothes for kids 2015

The kids are definitely excited and can’t wait for Chinese New Year to come by sooner so that they can put on their new clothes. And as for me? It’s back to those dreadful spring cleaning. I’m still looking around the bushes for Flora, Fauna and Merryweather so that they can solve my spring cleaning woes by the wave of their magical wands. If you see them, do let me know…

*puts on rubber gloves and starts floor scrubbing*

Full Disclosure:
We were invited by Fox Fashion Singapore to preview 2015 Fox Kids & Baby Chinese New Year Collection. My kids received 1 set of clothes each and had happy memories of messing around with Chinese calligraphy brushes. NO monetary compensation has been received for this post.

Browtisan by Coco | Eyebrow Embroidery touch up

Photo was taken first thing in the morning without any make up. Right before my eyebrow embroidery touch up appointment with Browtisan.
Browtisan Eyebrow Embroidery before 1st touch up

The color has significantly lighten as compared to freshly embroidered eyebrows.

The most ideal time frame for first touch up is 2-3 weeks after eyebrow embroidery. But due to my busy schedule, I was only able to fit in the first touch up 5 weeks after eyebrow embroidery. I wasn’t as nervous as before since the process of touch up was pretty much similar to Eyebrow Embroidery.

While waiting for the anesthetic cream to take effect, I started spamming cherieladie with pictures of my Starbucks Toffee Nut Christmas drink that she got me addicted to!
Browtisan By Coco 1st Touch Up for Eyebrow Embroidery

Coco checked out the condition of my eyebrow embroidery and trimmed my eyebrows. Then we proceeded into the treatment room.

With all honestly, I thought my embroidered eyebrows were already close to perfection, so I ask Coco what is the repercussion of someone who does not go for touch ups.

She said that the first eyebrow embroidery session is lightly done on the extreme superficial layer of the skin. The color does not penetrate as deeply and might not last as long. This is done so that customers can slowly get accustom to their “new” brows. In addition, everybody’s skin condition and ability to absorb the color differs. So the touch up is essential to check the absorbancy of the color and to make necessary adjustment for any imperfections. So in short, touch ups are important and they are free anyway!

A delicate fine blade is used to ensure that fine hair like strokes are achieved in the process of eyebrow embroidery.
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow Embroidery Touch up

The specialized surgical grade amplifying glasses is essential in the process of touch up as it ensures that the touch up strokes are made right on top of the eyebrow embroidery strokes for a perfect finish.
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow Embroidery Touch up

Coco sits me up on a chair to check if the newly touched up eyebrows are done to perfection. I was impressed by how detailed she is!
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow Embroidery touch up

Close up on my freshly touched up eyebrows. The meticulous work of Coco. Love how natural looking it is! Notice no redness or soreness?
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow Embroidery touch up

Many readers asked about the downtime from eyebrow embroidery. I personally experienced none. I was out and about shopping right after eyebrow embroidery touch up appointment. Nobody stared strangely at me, so I presume I didn’t look too bad.
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow Embroidery touchup

Here’s a recap of my brow transformation. I wake up every morning looking awesome with no effort from my part. I love how eyebrow embroidery has helped make me look effortlessly groomed. Perfect solution for busy moms!
Browtisan by Coco Eyebrow embroidery

And just for the records, I’ve not been mistaken for Maria next door since then!!

Stay calm and look fabulous!

Browtisan by Coco
Delfi Orchard
402 Orchard Road #03-17
Singapore 238876

To book a consultation, call 6235 2355

Full Disclousure: I was invited to Browtisan by ATMC. Eyebrows embroidery were sponsored by Browtisan by Coco for the purpose of this review. No further compensation or fees were received. All opinions expressed are my own.

*Waggle Brows* Hello Browtisan!

Now I could leave the house looking decent even if I had “no” make up on.
Left: My Original Mugshot Right: After Eyebrow embroidery and eyelash extension
Browtisan Eyebrow Embriodery Sg

Being a certified make up artist means that I’ve pretty much seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to eyebrow embroidery. I was apprehensive. But yet, with 3 kids I simply do not even have the time to look at the mirror anymore. I often leave the house looking less than desirable…

I had enough of looking far worst than Maria next door, so I took the plunge.

It wasn’t easy. It was nerve wrecking, and I had thoughts of chickening out.

But when I was introduced my brow artisan; Coco, a veteran in the eyebrow and facial grooming industry with more than 2 decades of experience, I heaved sigh of relief knowing that I will be well taken care of.

The lingering fragrance in the tea gathered my senses back…
Browtisan Eyebrow Embriodery by Coco

Anesthetic cream was applied. But unlike the usual industry standards of putting cling wrap over the anesthetic cream, Browtisan uses 3M™ Tegaderm™ Transparent Film Dressing. This is done to ensure that the anesthetic cream is fully effective.
Browtisan Eyebrow Embriodery by Coco Singapore Numbing cream Process

After detailed consultation by Coco,
eyebrows were trimmed and filled in with eyebrow pencil to emulate the final look.
Browtisan Eyebrow Embriodery by Coco

Waggle your brows and see if you liked it.
Browtisan Eyebrow Embroidery by Coco Singapore

If you are not comfortable with it, you can still change it…
So take your time to decide.

Since I loved the shape, we proceeded into the treatment room.

As I lay down waiting for the procedure to start, it was hard not to notice how lush the bed is! It is soft, comfortable and cushion-y. And not to mention the amount of pillows to make me feel right at home!

Coco puts on her amplifying glasses and carefully work on my brows. Strangely, it wasn’t as painful as I imagined it to be. You could always ask for more local anesthetic lotion to be applied on if you have lower threshold for pain.
Browtisan Eyebrow Embroidery by Coco Singapore

What is the differences between Eyebrow Embroidery and Eyebrow Tattoo?
What is the differences between eyebrow embroidery and Eyebrow tattoo?
Eyebrow Embroidery is done on the epidermis (superficial) layer of the skin with minimum intrusion, so you shouldn’t see any blood in the entire process. It is a semi-permanent procedure, often lasting from 2-4 years with occasional touch ups. And it is definitely a lot more natural as compared to eyebrow tattoos.
Eyebrow Tattoo is a permanent procedure done by penetrating ink deep into the dermis layer causing the skin harm, scaring and bleeding.

Our facial muscles react differently when we are seated upright as compared to lying down, so Coco sits me up on a chair to check if my newly embroidered eyebrows are done to perfection. I was impressed by how detailed she was!
Browtisan Eyebrow Embroidery by Coco Singapore

Can you see that eyebrow embroidery is done stroke by stroke?
Which are my own brows and which are “planted” by Coco?
Can you tell? I am not able to tell them apart anymore…
Browtisan by Coco Eyelash Extension

Since I was in the mood for some pampering, I’ve decided to put on some eyelash extension too. Picture above shows my “naked” eyelash. I could do with some help in the volumising and lengthening department for these ridiculously short eyelashes!

A heated eyelash curler is used before eyelash extension procedure. This extra step is done so that our natural lashes are nicely curled for the eyelash extensions to sit on.
Browtisan by Coco Eyelash Extension Sg

With the help of the amplifying glasses, Coco puts on individual strand of eyelash extension on each eyelash. It was a  precision labored task, Coco made sure that the eyelash extension was about 1mm away from the roots of my eyelashes the best results.
Eyebrow Embriodery Browtisan by Coco Singapore

Totally lovin’ my Thicker and Longer Eyelash Extension.
Eyebrow Embriodery Browtisan by Coco Singapore

That’s me and beautiful Coco.
Thank you for making me look effortlessly better than Maria next door!
Eyebrow embriodery Browtisan by Coco Singapore

Aftercare tips for Eyebrow Embroidery:
– should not come in contact with water in the first 7 days.
– apply a tiny bit of aftercare serum 3-5 times a day with clean finger.
– you’ll see scabbing/flaking in a few days, do not pick it, let it drop naturally.
– eyebrow color will darken in the first few days, but lighten thereafter.
– Return 3-4 week later for touch up

*waggle brows*
At day 6 still looking fabulous huh?!?
Eyebrow Embroidery Browtisan by Coco Singapore

Special discount for Singapore Mom Blogs readers:
Discount Coupon for Browtisan Eyebrow Embriodery

Stay calm and look fabulous!

Browtisan by Coco
Delfi Orchard
402 Orchard Road #03-17
Singapore 238876

To book a consultation, call 6235 2355

Full Disclousure: I was invited to Browtisan by ATMC. Eyebrows embroidery and eyelashes extensions were sponsored by Browtisan by Coco for the purpose of this review. No further compensation or fees were received. All opinions expressed are my own.

Simple 3 Steps to Bigger Eyes.

If Eyes are the windows to the soul,
then eyelashes must be the curtains.

This simple 3 Steps to bigger eyes tutorial
opens up the eye for an illusion of Bigger Eyes.

Step 1:
Tightline eyelid. By filling in the gaps between eyelashes.
This will give the illusion of “fuller” eyelashes immediately

Step 2:
Curl Eyelash with eyelash curler.
Remember to “walk” the eyelash curler. (90°, 60°, 30°)
If you are born lucky with long, full luscious eyelashes, use Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.
If you are born not so lucky with short eyelashes, use Shishedo Eyelash Curler.

Step 3:
Coat Eyelashes with Mascara (top and bottom part of upper eyelash)

Proceed with Caution. Some part of the video looks like scene from the Exorcist.
I seriously dunno how to make tight-lining of eyelid looks “glam”.

Still too much work?
Worry that you’ll pinch your eyelids with the eyelash curler OR
jab yourself in the eye with pencil eyeliner or mascara?

Try Eyelash extension…
The lazy way out to Beautiful Soulful Eyes!!

My recent visit to High Brow left me addicted.
Coz Kitson tells me how attractive my eyes were even at bedtime!

The session starts with consultation with a beauty consultant. And through a series of questions, the beauty consultant recommended me the best length and intensity for my eyelash extension based on lifestyle. I was then led to a recliner at a quiet cozy corner.

And the process of beautification began…

Naked Eyelash before Eyelash Extension
Naked Eyelash before Eyelash Extension

My eyelash technician hard at work “planting” individual eyelashes.
On an average 80-100 stands of eyelashes are “planted” on each eye.
Eyelash Extension High Brow

Significant differences between left and right eyes!
Eyelash Extension High Brow Ying Yang eyelash

The entire process took 1 hour. And strangely, those eyelash extension felt like my own lashes. Feather light. I could hardly feel anything! But yet they look so AWESOME!

Looking Effortlessly Beautiful!
Eyelash Extension by High Brow

High Brow
High Brow Eyelas Extension at Star Vista

1 Vista Exchange Green,
#B1-25 The Star Vista
Singapore 138617
Tel : 6694 2777

If you enjoyed this posting you might be interested in
Perfect Cupid’s Bow Lips Tutorial & Simple Simone’s Eyebrow Shaping Guide.

Till the next installment of Busy Mom Guide to looking Fabulous,
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