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Friday, 6 October 2017

Thigh Reduction using Exilis Elite with The Life Clinic

Friday, 6 October 2017
Hi readers!

Continuing from where I left off previously from my intro to The Life Clinic, here's what went down during my first thigh reduction treatment - what to expect and some useful tips!

Right after consultation, I was escorted to the treatment room to get my thigh measurements and pictures taken for record purposes. I was given a pair of disposable shorts, just in case the treatment gets messy.






As you can see in the above picture, my thighs are something I am pretty concerned about because while the rest of my body is pretty petite in size - my thighs aren't exactly like that.
The worst part is, my thigh area is the first part to gain in size whenever I put on some weight.
。:゜(;´∩`;)゜:。




These are how my thighs look like during the first visit and I hope to see an improvement for the coming months.


THE PROCEDURE


At the start of the treatment, the nurse placed a metal sticky pad on my back while I face down towards the bed and my hamstrings are facing the ceiling. It is estimated that the treatment will take about 2 hours for both thighs, including measurements and documentation.


The nurse began massaging a generous amount of mineral oil onto my right thigh, and took the machine head to start treatment. Apparently the Exilis Elite machine has a few different head sizes so we used one that was suitable for thighs. The massage head has a metal ball attached to it and it is used in circular rubbing motions at the back of my thighs. The metal ball starts in room temperature and will gradually increase to 40 degrees Celsius to maximise the burning of fats. It can become quite shocking at first and there are also times when it can become unbearable. The machine itself is not noisy, it operates quite silently and then beeps to indicate the time.


I'm glad that the nurse is patient and careful. She is attentive and quick to notice my sudden movements (when I become uncomfortable to the heat) and helps me stay calm throughout the session. She mentioned that, according to her previous patient, it helps to DRINK PLENTY OF WATER the night before the treatment to ensure the body is well hydrated, to prevent from feeling pain easily.


As for me, since I cannot reverse time - all I could do was stay calm and distract myself with my phone. 


When it came to the second machine, it was very different. It was a long head like a gun with loud jabbering noises but this wasn't painful compared to the Exilis Elite machine. I'm not sure what it's called, but this machine is used to break down physical fats.



The Exilis Elite machine




POST TREATMENT


I AM SATISFIED because I lost a few centimetres off my thighs on the same day!
Also, aside from the size, I also noticed that my skin is smoother!

 The doctor mentioned that I have to wait for 6 weeks to see a noticeable difference and I have to maintain them myself from that point onwards because if I do not watch my body, it will be problematic again.



I will update again in a month's time to let you know my progress and whether it's worth investing.







In the meantime, you may check out more on The Life Clinic on their social media here -
Facebook The Life Clinic
Instagram @thelifeclinic


Location
Lot 6-2A, Plaza Batai, Jalan Batai
Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
(right above Ben's Independent Grocer)

Hotline
+603 2856 9292 / +6014 699 1018


Website


Monday, 2 October 2017

Welcome to The World's First Clarins Retail Kiosk at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

Monday, 2 October 2017
I've always been a great supporter of Clarins, I've attended almost every event they organize! It felt like the first Clarins event I attended at The Westin was eons ago, but truth to be told, that event was only in last year April!


As a skincare skeptic, I am always cautious and wary about products I put my skin, especially those with strong active ingredients targeted for anti-aging and/or whitening.


So far, my sensitive skin never broke out to any Clarins products, be it from their anti-aging or whitening line! In fact, my face and body seem to love Clarins products, I've finished countless of press samples to date!

So far, I've enjoyed using their Enhancing Eye Lift Serum, Extra-Firming Treatment Essence, Repair Booster, Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Control, Exfoliating Body Scrub and the latest Double Serum that was launched recently (look out for my review soon)!


So you can imagine my excitement when I learnt that my favourite French skincare brand is debuting its WORLD'S FIRST RETAIL KIOSK right in Malaysia!





Clarins world's first retail kiosk outlet is now open in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. It is quite a distance from the city of KL, but good news for us that is closer to KL city, Clarins opened their second outlet almost simultaneously at Sunway Velocity Mall, Cheras KL as well!












The retail kiosk in IOI City Mall occupies 600 square feet, with digital integration of a variety of services. This new retail kiosk concept utilizes 3 distinctive experiential zones to customize a customer's shopping journey with Clarins, focusing Clarins' "It's All About You" experience. 





#1 CLARINS Exclusive Concept

Open Spa
At the heart of the retail kiosk lies an “Open Spa,” a new and exclusive concept featuring result-oriented facials tailored with personalized skin consultations. Optimized for both men and women, the facials merge Clarins’ trusted spa techniques with innovative formulas — and run just 30 minutes.

Offers a selection of facials for only RM88.
  1. Bye Dry Skin – hydration
  2. Youth Express - firmer facial features
  3. SOS Detox - radiance
  4. Eye Must - smoother, younger-looking eyes
  5. Men’s Skin Fit – vitality and tone
  6. Say ‘No’ To Tension - ease tight muscles
  7. SOS V-Shape -refined, lifted facial contours
  8. All about Brightening – restores brighter glow

Travel Zone
Beauty on the go travel sizes are available for frequent travelers or those who like to do sports. Customize your travel skin care and choose 4 of your favourites along with a beauty pouch at only RM130.




#2 CLARINS Unique Products

Iconic & New Products
An area highlighting a variety of Clarins’ iconic products are displayed at a glance. This include new products, facial cleansers and makeup. 


Maternity Corner
New mothers can discover a complete range of pregnancy care for pre-natal and post-natal. 


Sample Wall
Pick and choose samples according to your skin needs upon completion of skin check by Clarins beauty advisors. Exclusive Skin Time also provides step-by-step skin care coaching.



Gift-Wrapping
A complimentary gift-wrapping service is provided to add that final French-inspired romantic touch.



Makeup Area
Complimentary make-up demo and touch-ups are provided. Customers get to play with colours easily.




#3 CLARINS Distinctive Experience

Relaxing Lounge
A relaxing area for customers to sit and rest while browsing through a library of the Courtin-Clarins family books. 


Love Wall
Clarins likes to listen and respond to women’s needs. The Love Wall is to encourage customers to share their beauty secrets, views about the products or services. Customers get to take instant photos and write a message and stick it on the Love Wall. 



Recycling Bin
Always committed to protect the environment and natural surroundings. Customers are encouraged to send back the old empty bottles for recycling. The recycling bin welcomes materials such as plastics, paper and glass. 



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Clarins Retail Kiosk are currently at:

IOI City Mall Putrajaya
Lot. G-K4, Ground Floor (Tel: 03-8949 9929)

Sunway Velocity Mall
Lot. G61A & G-80, Ground Floor (Tel: 03-9286 6885)




Friday, 15 September 2017

The Most ICONIC Launch of 2017 goes to ... Fenty Beauty by Rihanna!

Friday, 15 September 2017




I think this has got to be the smartest thing a beauty brand did for a global launch - the very same time, same date launch for all 17 countries (including Malaysia and Singapore, YAY)!!! I WAS ECSTATIC TO SEE MALAYSIA ON THE MAP, because our neighbouring countries such as Philippines and Indonesia might need to wait a little longer for Fenty Beauty to reach their shores.
Usually Malaysia would need to wait for about 1 to 2 years after the initial launch, but NOW WE DO NOT NEED TO WAIT LIKE THAT ANYMORE YASSSSSSSSSSS!!


Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free and is made under KENDO BEAUTY, the same group which manufactures beauty brands such as Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D Beauty.


This beauty line is created for EVERY SINGLE PERSON in mind by the Creator Queen herself. Rihanna made sure that all the not-so-popular skin shades are included in her beauty line to reflect diversity. If you have not heard, there are a WHOPPING TOTAL OF 40 FOUNDATION SHADES in the launch collection!


TBH, it was hard to determine my own shade if I tried to test them all, so the best thing I did was to get a Beauty Advisor to colour match my skin. According to my BA, she recommended me to try 130 Light Warm or 160 Light Warm Peach. I'd say I'm closer to 160 when I swatched it in the store. I've read online that the foundation DOES OXIDIZE after awhile so I'd advise you to try on the foundation in store before buying blindly, in case another shade matches you better.


I'd personally say the quality is more similar to Kat Von D (mid end) compared to Marc Jacobs (high end), so be prepared to spend a bomb at your local Sephora stores! 


Before the launch event, I noticed that special yellow sparkly highlight that everyone was sporting in the Fenty Beauty teaser video, and their lips look the same in the very same nude illuminating glossy shade! Thus when it was revealed during the launch that those were (1) Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife and (2) Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer, I knew I had to get my hands on them both!


Thankfully for me, I managed to get the Gloss Bomb in my PR Kit!!!
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* tears of joy *

I kinda put Trophy Wife on hold because I already have so many highlighters at home that would last me a lifetime and I reasoned to myself that if I still couldn't stop thinking about it, I would get it the next time I step into Sephora, since all Sephora stores carry Fenty Beauty and even online.


So here's a post, sharing all the Fenty Beauty products I got during the launch --



WARNING:
Look away if you're trying to save up money!



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Rihanna believes that being photo-ready means being shine-free, which is why she blots on the fly as the final step to the Fenty Face. This universal blotting powder contains an exclusive pore-diffusing complex that absorbs shine and gives you a natural matte refresh for an instantly filtered look. Invisimatte’s translucent powder is completely traceless against all skin tones and won’t cake, creep into pores or fine lines, or disturb makeup.

Artistry Pro Tip:
Do like Rihanna and blot before and after applying foundation, and throughout the day, to help your makeup last longer.










Light up where you want, when you want. These weightless, longwear cream-power hybrid highlighters range from subtle dayglow to insanely supercharged in solos and expertly paired duos, for all skin tones. Unlike your everyday highlighter, Killawatt keeps skin lit beyond sun-down with its unique formula that melts into the skin with almost zero effort and is packed with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture. Each duo features a subtle sheen on the left (perfect for day) and a more intense shimmer on the right (killer for night).

Artistry Pro Tip:
Apply to face, eyes, lips, collarbone for an all-over glow.




#3 Match Stix Trio - 300 Tan (Truffle, Caramel, Rum), 7.1g x 3 for RM230 / sold separately 7.1g for RM105







Take your complexion to the next level without the guesswork with our pre-bundled sets that make it easy to conceal, contour, and highlight. These light-as-air makeup sticks are expertly curated – and magnetize together – so you’re always ready for anything. Each set comes with two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks (conceal, contour) and one Shimmer Skinstick (highlight) so that you have all your complexion essentials in one portable package.

Artistry Pro Tip:
Use your fingers to warm the product on the back of your hand before tapping onto the skin. To create a soft matte base, swipe onto skin and blend with fingers or Portable Contour & Concealer Brush 150.





#4 Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer - Fenty Glow, 10ml for RM90




This gotta-have-it lip gloss offers addictive shine and nourishing wear as the ultimate finishing touch – in one universal rose nude shade hand-picked by Rihanna herself. (We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone). With one luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand, its conditioning shea butter-enriched formula makes lips look instantly fuller and smoother, and it has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

Artistry Pro Tip:
Wear it alone or layer over lipstick.




See that yellow blinding highlighter on RiRi's cheekbones? That's Trophy Wife for you!





Btw, there was NO SUCH INFO available online or anywhere else before the launch event.
Everyone involved were so good at keeping their LIPS SEALED prior to the launch and I remember seeing about 23k+ followers on Fenty Beauty's Instagram Page the day before its official launch.


Now fast forward to ONE WEEK LATER, the Instagram account has a mindblowing
1 MILLION FOLLOWERS!!!!?
I've never seen such a crazy record-breaking chart for an Instagram account, ever.



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Thankfully for us Malaysians, Fenty Beauty is available at
ALL SEPHORA STORES NATIONWIDE.
YES, you read that right.
Also, the entire 91 SKUs of Fenty Beauty collection is available online at www.sephora.my and the Sephora smartphone app. 


It definitely is a good time to be in Malaysia right now.
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Murad City Screen Age Defense Mineral Sunscreen

I've used Murad products and I particularly like using the Invisiblur as a sunscreen and makeup primer. Though it is pricey, I can attest that it is worth every penny because Murad is well-known to deliver great results overtime.

So when the opportunity came to review the new City Screen Age Defense Mineral Sunscreen, I was naturally delighted! This sunscreen comes in SPF 50 PA ++++ which is quite common in a sunscreen for tropical climates such as Malaysia.









As you might already know, sunscreen is a vital part for keeping your skin youthful as the sun causes a lot of unwarranted damage to the skin. Thus it is the most important last step of every morning skincare routine, especially before leaving the house.


Aside from protecting the skin from harmful UV rays from the sun, this sunscreen is also made for office people in mind, those who do not face the sun directly but computer screens for long hours on a daily basis. It's made with Environment Protection Technology that shield the skin from 5 main causes of skin aging: 

  • Blue Light from devices
  • Pollution
  • Infrared Radiation
  • UVA
  • UVB



This lightweight formula works well on all skin tones and absorbs quickly into the skin with no ashy residue unlike other mineral sunscreens. I've tried the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection for Sensitive Skin, and it left an unsightly white cast on me, which I did not like at all. I like this Murad one because it leaves a luminous, pearlized finish which works well under makeup or worn alone.
No ghostly white cast when I'm not wearing any makeup!


The sunscreen liquid comes in a soft peach tint infused with Vitamin C to help brighten skin, even skin tone, and correct sun damage. What's great about this mineral sunscreen is its ingredients are safe for sensitive skin and the formula is fragrance free. This product is also safe to be used around the eye area.


So far, I'm liking this sunscreen a lot as it doesn't break my dry sensitive skin out nor does it leave a white cast behind. I do not find this sunscreen greasy either, which is great!



If you're interested to know, here's the ingredients list -

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Titanium Dioxide 2.7%, Zinc Oxide 10.0%

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyurethane-35, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Xanthophyll, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Silica, Tapioca Starch, Sucrose, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491)





Murad City Screen Age Defense Mineral Sunscreen retails at RM298 online or you can also get them physically at Murad counters and stores.

Althea's Debuts Its Own Makeup Line with ... Petal Velvet Powder!







Althea Petal Velvet Powder have been making quite a few rounds on Instagram lately, especially by beauty enthusiasts from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and even the USA!

If you haven't seen or heard about this face powder, it's the FIRST EVER product produced by ALTHEA, a website that is focused on bringing Korean beauty products to the world! 


WHAT IT IS
This debuting beauty is a translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves behind a silky finish to the touch. Infused with oil from Althea seeds, this powder works to keep sebum production at bay without drying out the skin for a radiant, fresh look, all while giving out a gentle scent. Keep your makeup looking great all day or dust some on to stay shine-free!


BENEFITS
  • Lightweight
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Sebum control
  • Natural ingredients
  • Cruelty free
  • Translucent
  • Anti-aging properties
  • With sun protection



MY THOUGHTS


๐ŸŒธ  Product & Packaging ๐ŸŒธ
When I first received the package, I thought to myself "This is such a compact face powder, which is reminiscence of Innisfree's No Sebum Mineral Powder. The Althea's size of 3g is the exact same like Innisfree's Birthday edition 3g (Innisfree's regular one is 5g). However Althea's powder is slimmer in height, which makes it less bulky. Since the packaging is compact, it really is convenient to throw this into my handbag to dust my nose throughout the day.

It's matte baby pink cover and smooth transparent bottom jar is made of sturdy plastic but it doesn't feel too fragile. Personally I love the colour pink, so this is a WIN for me; it is also a true representation of Althea's iconic pink website and packages. This product comes with a 13mm thick, soft white puff with a loop for your fingers. TBH, I do not use loose powder puffs as I believe using loose powder with brushes for that airbrushed look.

The website states that the powder is measured 10ยตm (micrometres), which means the powder itself is superfine and is lightweight. Because of its tiny size, it fits into the pores easily and blurs imperfections like a gem.


๐ŸŒธ  Ingredients  ๐ŸŒธ
Coincidently, the Althea flower is the main ingredient used to make this powder!
(Talk about an iconic debut product from the brand!)
The flower has natural antioxidants that protect the skin's barrier from dehydration by increasing moisture levels.

Polyphenols acts as a form of sun protection by protecting the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Saponarin helps to repair damaged skin cells and restores elasticity to premature aging skin.

100% pure silica to blur pores and create a velvety smooth finish!


๐ŸŒธ  Scent ๐ŸŒธ
Scent wise, Althea's Petal Velvet Powder has a faint citrus scent. It doesn't bother me much though I have sensitive skin.



๐ŸŒธ  Coverage ๐ŸŒธ
Since the powder is translucent and very fine, it really does ease the application onto the skin. Just a tiny bit of this and you will see that any reflective shine is GONE!

 I use this powder around my T-zone areas (foreheads, nose, chin) and it's NOT meant to be used as a under eye baking powder because of its silica properties (silica is known to set off flashbacks in flash photography, see pics here).
The trick to using 100% silica powders (like the Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder) is to USE IT SPARINGLY. Also you can check your makeup with snapping a photo with flash on, before stepping out the door to avoid this beauty faux pas.


๐ŸŒธ  Longevity ๐ŸŒธ
I'm glad to say that I did not find any caking by the end of the day. It extended the wear time of my foundation and my makeup didn't fade as much as it would without using a loose powder.
Thus this definitely does as what it claims!
BIG YASSS!


๐ŸŒธ  Value for Money ๐ŸŒธ
Priced at RM16 for 3g, thus making it RM5.33 per gram.
If used everyday, I believe this will last around a month or so. Remember to go light handed with this!


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OVERALL THOUGHTS 
I really appreciate Althea making an effort to create quality products at a fraction cost, but I think I would like to have a powder that can be used to also bake the under eyes. Personally I do not have oily skin thus oil-control is not a huge concern of mine.

Who will like this?
People with oily skin who like to keep shine at bay.
Retouching is easy and the size of the powder is convenient for travels.

Repurchase?
Maybe not because I'd prefer a multi-purpose powder that can be used for baking too!



You can buy the Althea Petal Velvet Powder here or follow Althea online for the latest in Kbeauty world!

Althea Facebook Althea Malaysia
Althea Instagram @altheakorea

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