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Friday, February 28, 2014

Liposonix Experience at EHA Clinic

If you guys have been following me on my blog, Instagram and Dayre regularly, you'd know that I've been trying my very best to slim down, because my wedding day is now only about nine months away and I really want to look my best on the big day! TT_TT

But you know how stubborn some fats are, no matter what you do, it's so hard to get them off! And for me, my most stubborn areas has got to be my tummy and love handles, which refuse to go away no matter how I try to get rid of them! :(

So after doing a fair bit of research, I finally decided to go for Liposonix, which is a safe, non-surgical and non-invasive procedure that's helpful for people like me who's trying to lose that stubborn bit of fat that just doesn't want to go away!

Why I chose Liposonix is because it only takes about an hour with no downtime, and also because it is non-surgical and non-invasive, unlike real liposuction that involves tubes going into your body to suck out the fat, which is not just painful, but has higher risks of complications and a much longer recovery period!

Instead, Liposonix uses high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat and eliminate stubborn fat, and you'd be able to target your problem areas specifically with the handheld treatment head. The high-intensity focused ultrasound is used to non-invasively get rid of targeted fat around your waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery. The average waistline reduction after just a single one-hour treatment is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) – which typically means one dress or pant size. Yup, only ONE session needed to achieve such results! Most kinds of machines usually have to go through multiple sessions (I've tried others before with no results despite paying for 6 sessions of treatment..) so this was a big deciding factor for me.

Being able to lose an inch with just one treatment.. Sounded exactly like what I needed! Another great thing about Liposonix is that it also helps to tighten the skin with its heating technology, so for those of us that have concerns about loose skin, Liposonix will help to tighten the skin and give it more elasticity.

I got my appointment booked with Dr Elias Tam of EHA Clinic, YZ has also gone to Dr Tam before for other procedures and I know from my sister-in-law who works in the pharmaceutical industry that Dr Tam is a very established and respected doctor/surgeon, who has been in the industry for a very long time!




Dr Tam spoke to me to find out my concerns, and also to explain more about the procedure to me before we proceeded straight to the Liposonix session, it was that quick!


***BELOW ARE PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE AND DURING THE SESSION. ***
Please do not be alarmed to see large areas of exposed skin and fats.


After the consultation session, I had to change into an unsightly pair of disposable shorts, luckily only Dr Tam and the nurses were around to see that sight -.- A few pictures were taken for the official records, and then we started!


Firstly, Dr Tam had to "map out" the treatment areas: my tummy and my love handles! This is because the treatment is very precise and really requires mathematical accuracy for every pulse of ultrasound! Eeks, please pardon my fats. Now you know why I need to get procedures done!


All those marker dots actually turn my tummy into a grid of treatment areas that Dr Tam will use as a guide during the Liposonix procedure later on! (Please ignore those circular marks left behind as I just had a Gua Sha session done a couple days before the Liposonix treatment!)


Yes there is a lot of fat to be targeted. DIE FATS, DIE.


And also my love handles at the sides of my hips!

My marked out tummy and I all ready for Liposonix!


This is the Liposonix machine!


A gel is first applied on the skin... While Dr Tam did an ultrasound for me to see how much visceral fat I have..

Look at that on the screen, it's my layers of fat! According to Dr Tam, I don't have that much fat around my tummy area, but I don't quite believe him. I mean, just see the pictures of my flabs.. So much fat still say don't have?


More mapping to be done as the treatment areas are numbered for better reference! It's all very orderly and professional!


And we started the actual Liposonix procedure!


The treatment areas are targeted one by one, and pulsed with the treatment head one by one! There's different "levels" of intensity, and depending on how much discomfort you feel, Dr Tam adjusted the intensity of the Liposonix treatment for me.

You also don't need to be worried about Liposonix leaving the treatment area with uneven bumps like some other machines or treatments, cos the hand held device is designed to be able to treat any part of the body, as long as it is deemed suitable by the doctor!


The Liposonix procedure wasn't scary at all, it felt like a jet or pulse of sudden heat! On some areas it doesn't feel like much, but I remember it feeling quite hot on my lower tummy and so I asked Dr Tam to lower the intensity for that particular area. Other than that, it's not really that painful and I'd say it's a mild sensation of heat.


What is happening during Liposonix is that the high-intensity ultrasound energy focuses on the targeted fat, destroying fat cells beneath the surface layers of the skin! It doesn't harm the other layers of your skin at all, as the ultrasound energy is designed to only target the fat layer.

If you're wondering how fat is reduced with Liposonix, the treated fat tissue is actually removed through the body's natural healing and elimination process, leaving you with a thinner, more contoured waistline!


I was having a good time chatting to Dr Tam while he did the Liposonix procedure.. It was a good thing that Dr Tam is so friendly and easy to talk to because otherwise it might have been a dull one hour during the session!

Soon enough, the Liposonix session ended, and I was instructed to return in a month's time for a follow-up!

It was really a very fuss-free experience, and there was no downtime at all, post-procedure! I do remember there was slightly soreness around my love handles area and a bit swelling, but it was not major at all. It has been about two months plus since I did the procedure, which is just about the time it takes for Liposonix to show optimal results: results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks (which is the time needed for the body to naturally process the treated fat).

Of course, Liposonix is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, or regular exercise and a good diet! But it is great if you're already close to your ideal shape but have that last bit of stubborn fat around the abdomen area to lose... So I thought I'd share with you some pictures of my tummy/love handles post-procedure that I just took recently!

I might not be super slim or skinny yet, but I think I've seen some pretty good improvements in my physique, thanks to Liposonix, and also with the help of exercise and diet! :) Gonna continue working hard!

The pictures are not photoshopped: As you can see, I'm still quite heavy-bottomed but I do feel that my fats around the abdomen area have reduced quite a bit!

If you're thinking of getting procedures done to target fat reduction, you can certainly consider Liposonix!

Hopefully, carrying on with a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise and the right diet will help me continue to get more toned and fit! Just another 9 more months to go, and I really want to be a healthy, happy and pretty bride! :D

xoxo
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

hic'Juice: Level 1 Reboot Cleanse 5-Days Experience!

Very recently, I achieved something that I never thought I'd be able to do: Go five days without food!

Before you start giving me incredulous looks and going like "Whaaaaaat?!", let me just set the record straight. It's not just going five days without food, but rather, going through a five-day holistic and healthy organic cold-pressed juices cleanse with hic'Juice, a homegrown company that delivers juice cleanses straight to your doorstep!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore

Why do a juice cleanse?

There are lots of reasons and benefits for doing a juice cleanse.. And the most important reason is for HEALTH!

In our usual hectic and busy lifestyle, many of us neglect eating well and maintaining a healthy body. Late nights, junk food, alcohol, stress and aging are just some of the factors that cause our bodies to slowly deteriorate over time, and will eventually lead to health problems over time! :(

I'm definitely guilty of overindulging in bad foods, sleeping late, and not exercising or doing enough to keep my body healthy. And one of my favourite ways to "reset" my body system and to detoxify is to go on a cleanse/detox.

Hic'juice's cleanse programs act as a healthy routine maintenance tool for your body to detoxify through the wholesome ingredients you consume while at the same time allowing your digestive system and liver to get a much needed rest. You will be feeding your body with organic ingredients that are easy to digest and filled with live enzymes and vitamins, while eliminating processed sugars, alcohol, caffeine, carbs and meat from your diet. This shifts your body from an acidic environment to one that's highly alkaline and boosts your body’s immunity and helps it to fight inflammation.

It's very simple, all you have to do is to replace your meals, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks with the 6 delicious raw, organic and cold pressed juices that will be delivered to your home or office. In between the juices, you will drink plenty of water, lemon water and even herbal teas. You can carry on your everyday life as per normal but do get plenty of rest and try adding in some activities like yoga, walking, swimming or spa treatments to aid in the elimination process. Leave the rest of the work to the juice and your body.

Once your body is free from the task of digesting solid food and instead, receiving our organic ingredients that are easy to digest and filled with live enzymes and vitamins, your body will gently shed the stubborn toxins and excess weight. After 3 or 5 days on this clean and lean program, you will feel lighter and healthier as well as more balanced, lucid and vibrant!

After the cleanse, you will also tend to be more conscious of the food you take, keeping the healthier path you started sustainable in the long run.

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore

This is not my first cleanse with hic'Juice: I actually did the Level 1 3-day Reboot program last year (just before Christmas! Read about my first cleanse on my Dayre: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3), and I liked it so much that I decided to do it again this year, but to challenge myself just a lil more, I went for FIVE days this time!

After placing your order online and picking your start dates, your freshly pressed juices will be delivered to you the night before your cleanse begins: They come in cooler bags (these cooler bags are really handy for keeping the juices cold!) and if you are doing a 5 day cleanse like I did, you'll get the juices delivered in two batches, because the juices have to be consumed fresh, within three days!

Which is kind of good because it means there's no turning back once your juices are delivered to you! Lol cos you can't put it off if not the juices will not be fresh anymore!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
So this time round, I did the same Level 1 Reboot Program: but for 5 days!

It's really idiot-proof. All the bottles come labelled with names and numbers, and you basically just have to reach for one juice every two hours!

Drinking nothing but juices sounds really tough, but it is really much easier than it sounds, and kept me really full! In fact, sometimes I was so full that I couldn't even finish my bottle of juice!

Let me talk about some of my juices, and share with you which juices I like! :P



  1. POPEYE SMOOTHIE
    Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this blend of Red Dragon Fruit, Pineapples, Bananas, Spinach and Ionized Water is the perfect start to your healthy day!
  2. 4 CARATS
    This cold pressed blend of Carrots, Apple, Cucumber and Celery will be your next best friend with the glow it gives you, sans diamonds!
  3. COOL AS A…
    Keep cool and juice on with this hydrating blend of Celery, Cucumber, Apple & Lemon.
  4. LEMON N’ SPICE
    The refreshing and tangy blend of Apples, Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, Himalayan Salt and Ionized Water gets your metabolism and circulatory system going, while boosting immunity!
  5. KALE TALES
    We heard so much about this Super Veg! Cucumber, Apple, Pure Coconut Water and the elusive Kale completes this delish drink.
  6. GREEN LEMONADE
    The sacred seven of detoxification – Apple, Cucumber, Kale, Celery, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley and Lemon.
  7. HEART BEET
    This fuchsia medley of Carrot, Apple, Beetroot, Lemon and Ginger promotes cardiovascular health, fights cancer and is a super tonic for the liver!
  8. PURE COCONUT WATER
    Highly regarded as Earth’s natural Gatorade, you will be amazed at the many wonders of Pure Coconut Water.
  9. OH MY GREENS
    Oh My Greens! - Celery, Apple, Pineapple and Brocolli makes up this juice which is designed to fight inflammation and boost energy!
  10. KALEIDOSCOPE
    The upgraded version of the Sacred Seven, this juice has nine amazing ingredients to gently rid the toxins in your body.
  11. NUT MILK
    A hearty but healthy non dairy milk for dessert with Raw Cashews, Raw Almonds, Vanilla, Medjool Dates, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon and Ionized Water.
hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Popeye Smoothie: Red Dragonfruit, Pineapple Banana, Spinach, Ionized Water

One of my favourite juices in the cleanse! It tastes so yummy and refreshing, like a fruit smoothie! I super love this one. Fills me up first thing in the morning too cos this is usually the first juice of the day!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
4 Carats: Carrot, Apple, Cucumber, Celery

Another juice that I enjoy a lot. Carrot juice drinkers would probably like this. It has a sweet carrot taste with hints of apple, cucumber and celery! Though I don't like celery eaten on its own, I find that it's actually okay when mixed with other fruits in a juice.

PS. Spot the "My Cleanse Journal", as well as a little time table to help you get through each day, thoughtfully included with your juices by hic'Juice!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Lemon N' Spice: Apple, Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, Himalayan Salt, Ionized Water

I quite like this but some people would find it too spicy because of the cayenne pepper! That ingredient is important to help suppress appetite and also burn calories! Drink!!!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Green Lemondae: Apple, Cucumber, Kale, Calery, Rmaine Lettuce, Parsley, Lemon

This drink sounds so super wholesome with so many greens, but it really isn't gross and is very tasty! I taste more of the apple and lemon in it, and it's very refreshing too!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Kale Tales: Kale, Cucumber, Apple, Coconut Water

I'm quite neutral towards this juice, it's pretty nice and palatable but I don't love love it like I love Popeye Smoothie.. or even Nut Milk!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Nut Milk: Cashews, Almonds, Vanilla, Medjool Date, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon, Ionized Water

The best drink that I look forward to, almost every night!! (It's in your "menu" every night for a 3-day cleanse, but not for 5-day!) This doesn't seem like much, but it's a nutty, fragrant drink that is sooo comforting to have, especially when during this 5-day cleanse I've been working out! I drink it as a post-workout drink and it tastes amazing. Not just me, Evonne loves this as well! Lol. I even bought extra bottles for YZ to try too.. :D

My least favourite juices were probably Heart Beet (something with beetroot and ginger) and Kaleidoscope (one of the really "green" juices...) but I believe most people would be able to enjoy the Level 1 Reboot Program because most of the juices are so tasty and easy to drink! In fact, I even miss having the Popeye Smoothie and Nut Milk! :(

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
If you're thinking, "What? I could make my own juices at home!", yes, you probably could, but hic'Juice uses ORGANIC and COLD-PRESSED juices, which means that you get 5x more live enzymes and nutrients in your juices as opposed to using a juicer! (Also, I personally wouldn't be bothered to make myself 6 different juices a day and would probably give up from boredom after a day)

There's too much I could tell you, so just read hic'Juice's webpage here on "Why hic'Juice?"

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Also, hic'Juice is nutritionally sound: Dr Doreen Tan, who is a leading health care and beauty guru, also happens to be a good friend's mom, and I trust her opinions and advice on health a lot! It is NOT a low-calorie crash diet, and should not be treated like one! In fact, the six juices a day are enough to provide you with enough calories and nutrients in a healthy and wholesome manner.

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore
Doing the hic'Juice 5-day cleanse was slightly more challenging than I expected (I've done other detoxes for up to 7 days so I thought that 5 days wouldn't be too tough), and my brain was craving for food on the 4th/5th day! But I managed to pull through all five days successfully, and I felt really proud of myself!

Read about each day and how I felt during the course of the day: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4 and Day 5 of my hic'Juice juice cleanse on my Dayre!

At the end of 5 days, I didn't just feel lighter and more rejuvenated, I also ended the cleanse with a huge sense of accomplishment and empowerment. Just having the discipline to get through 5 days without food is already a feat, to me! Also, I weighed myself before and after the 5-day cleanse, and I lost a total of 1.6KG in 5 days! That's pretty decent!

Though I know that this weight might not stay off for long, I do feel physically and mentally lighter and healthier! And quite a few people commented on how I look "glowing" when I posted up this picture on Instagram.. And I believe it's because of hic'Juice

For me, doing the cleanse is not just about losing weight, or even detoxifying. One of the best things that I experience from juice cleansing is to really be aware of my body and eating habits, and being able to take a step back from unhealthy eating and just sort of reset my eating habits. I don't think there's a healthier way to do it than to experience a juice cleanse!

Of course, please treat your body right when you finish the cleanse, and don't jump right back into junk food and huge carb/sugar-laden meals! You should be easing healthily back into nutritious food, with lots of fresh, unprocessed food as much as possible!

I personally feel that hic'Juice has aided me a lot in my quest to become healthier and trimmer, but don't take my word for it, try it for yourself!

hicJuice juice cleanse singapore

hic'Juice is offering 10% off for readers (quote YINAGOH when checking out!), so if you're one of those eager to try juice cleansing and experience the benefits for yourself, I strongly recommend starting with the Level 1 Reboot 3-day cleanse!

Just for your information, below are the prices for the Level 1 Reboot cleanses:

Level 1 Reboot 1-day cleanse: $108
Level 1 Reboot 3-day cleanse: $308
Level 1 Reboot 5-day cleanse: $508

You've already read all the good things I've had to say about hic'Juice: if you're still not convinced, head on to hic'Juice's website to find out more! :)

I'm pretty sure that this isn't going to be my last juice cleanse with hic'Juice, I hope I'll be able to do it at least every few months as a means to keep my eating in check, as well as detoxifying and staying in the green of health! :) I have really been trying to shift towards a healthier and more wholesome lifestyle, so do expect more health and wellness posts soon! ;)

xoxo
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Friday, February 21, 2014

K-Beauty Secrets: Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange!

Today's blog post is on.. K-Beauty!

If you're even living on Planet Earth, I'm very very sure you've noticed. Korean trends are taking over the world! D: Be it K-pop. K-drama, K-beauty.. Everything K is now super popular, and thanks to all the K-trends, I've found myself slowly being drawn into the world of K-everything too!

And I love K-beauty trends!

Why? Because last time, puffy eyebags used to be something to try to conceal and remove, but thanks to K-beauty trends, "aegyo-sal" (smiley eyes) is the hottest things to have! That makes me super trendy right now, since I've had aegyo-sal ever since forever! *smug*

And since K-beauty is all about a natural and flawless look, thick eyebrows have also become trendy now, and subconsciously, I have let my eyebrows grow out thicker and draw them even thicker, and I love the thick eyebrows look! :D

So the very latest K-beauty craze that I never used to take note of but now loveeee, is wearing LIPSTICK. And it's not just any normal lipstick colour, but a bold, striking shade of lipstick, with a natural and flawless base!

And recently, I was inspired by a very popular actress from a K-drama series to do this look..

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You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
Thick eyebrows, check.
Flawless but natural looking complexion, check.
Striking lipstick color, check.

有没有感觉? (Have K-style feel, yes?)

I super love this look, and the most important part of the look is the lip colour, which is Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange! *hearts*

My inspiration came from Cheon Song Yi, who's a character played by Jun Ji Hyun, super pretty Korean actress, in the popular K-drama: You Who Came from the Stars/ 來自星星的你!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
See this scene of Cheon Song Yi applying a neon orange lippie in Episode 12 of You Who Came from the Stars/ 來自星星的你!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
TADAAA! It's my favourite Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick, in Neon Orange!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
So, how to create the same look? I'm gonna share with you some of my favourite products that I use frequently, to create this K-beauty flawless look!

These few are my key products that I cannot do without!
You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
Laneige BB Cushion (New and improved formula with Melacrusher technology! Super love!), Laneige Pure Radiance Eyeshadow Palette in No.4 and Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
I'm a huge fan of Laneige lipsticks! My first Laneige lipstick is from the Silk Intense range, I also spotted the Serum Intense lipstick on You Who Came from the Stars/ 來自星星的你 D:

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
This one!

So the second lipstick that I tried from Laneige is the new Serum Intense range, and it is so love! I mentioned it before in my Dayre two months ago, and I have to say that it's thanks to Laneige that I'm now a lipstick convert!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
Just look at the shine on this baby, because it contains 35% of serum in it!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
Here's a hand swatch to show you the colour of the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange, the top is with three applications and the bottom is with just one application! The texture of the lipstick is amazing, it feels so smooth in texture :D

It simply glides over with an intense pigmentation, but is so hydrating and with a gorgeous shine!

❤❤❤

In order to create my K-beauty look, firstly, I pat on the Laneige BB Cushion (I reviewed the previous version here) all over my face for a dewy and natural finish...
Laneige BB Cushion

Then I add just a bit of contouring to my eyes with the Laneige Pure Radiance Eyeshadow!
Laneige Pure Radiance Eyeshadow
For the natural look, I only use the top and bottom right, which is the beige shade all over my eye, and the brown in the outer corner of my eyes for some slight definition. It's very easy to do!

Lastly and most importantly, I apply on the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange!
You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
You can either use a lip brush to apply... or just use the lipstick on its on!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
I prefer to use the lipstick on its own when I'm applying a full coat of lipstick!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
I didn't like orange lipsticks last time, but now, I own more than one orange lipstick and they're all from Laneige hehehe. Don't you love how outstanding this lip colour is? I don't know how to describe the shade, it's like a deep orange that's almost red but it's not. And I never thought I looked good in red lipstick, but orange lipstick looks so much better with my complexion than red lipstick did, for some reason.

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
The Serum Intense Lipstick is so moisturising that it glides on like a dream! You have to try it for yourself to understand what I mean ;)

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
My top three favourite Laneige makeup products!

Another one of my favourite ways to wear the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick in Neon Orange is to do it gradient-style! Gradient lips are yet another trending makeup style in Korea, and it's easily achieved by using a lip applicator to gently dab colour onto your lips, focusing on the inner most part of your lips and leaving the outer areas nude!

Actually you're supposed to use concealer or a nude lipstick to conceal your natural lip color first, but I was lazy so all I did was to use the Laneige BB Cushion to pat over my lips before applying the lipstick :X It works just as well!

Gradient Ombre Lips
Dabbing on lip colour on with the lip brush/applicator..

Gradient Ombre Lips
It gives a much softer and youthful look somehow, doesn't it?

Gradient Ombre Lips
This is great for the ladies who want to wear orange lip colours but don't dare to go too intense first! Do it gradient style to get this soft, doll-like effect! I love how one lipstick can give me more than one look!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
The three Laneige Serum Intense Lipsticks that I own.. I love each and every one of them!

You Who Came from the Stars Cheon Song Yi
Laneige is definitely one of my favourite Korean brands ever! (Not just saying this because I have to, but I really really love the brand!) ❤❤❤

To find out more about the Serum Intense lipsticks and to keep yourself updated with Laneige, follow Laneige on Instagram (@LaneigeSG) and like Laneige Singapore on Facebook too! :D

xoxo


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