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The Eyebrow Chronicles with Browhaus

If there’s one thing I’ve always struggled with for many years apart from my obviously fluctuating weight, it’s my god damn eyebrows.

Looking at this hilariously embarrassing timeline of myself from 2008 till 2012.. all I can say is.. double you tee eff? WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY EYEBROWS? The answer: everything. It all begins, and ends with one problem: I don’t have enough brow hair.

I have an extremely pitiful amount of hair that I call my “natural eyebrow”, but I seem to have a bountiful abundance of leg, upper lip and armpit hair. Whoever said life wasn’t fair, wasn’t kidding. My brows used to be downward sloping when I was a kid, and this was before Korean eyebrows were the in thing. So I had funny looking puppy dog eyes, up until I was about 13, when I discovered the eyebrow pencil and started plucking them, shaping them to have a higher arch, in an effort to make them more normal looking.

Ever since then, it’s been a war with them brows. Some battles I won, but mostly, I’m sad to say I’ve lost… I’ve suffered from all sorts of brow problems: too thin, too thick, too light, too dark, too straight, too arched, too long and too short. I swear, there isn’t a type of eyebrow shape I haven’t had on my face. It’s not until recent years that I’ve discovered Browhaus, and in no way am I exaggerating when I say… life hasn’t been the same since.

Browhaus is your one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, built for the image-conscious urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style.

I was at their Wheelock Place outlet to get my Brow Resurrection done (again)!

This was me in late June with my brows drawn, lying on a chair waiting for my makeover. My brows don’t look too bad here huh? That’s because I’ve already got a base template from my previous Brow Resurrection, which makes drawing a nice shape much easier! I only did the Brow Resurrection (Natural) once and didn’t go back for regular touch ups, so my brows faded considerably after a year.

Not that it completely disappeared of course, much of it was still intact, but I’m a lazy person who’s perpetually in a hurry before she leaves the house, so I would prefer if I only needed to draw it minimally! Imagine the time I save everyday by not doing my brows. Fact: I can go from bare-faced to all made up in under 10 minutes thanks to not having to fuss over my brows, which usually took up the bulk of my time spent on my make up routine before Brow Resurrection entered my life!

My brow make up is cleaned off, then thoroughly groomed before my specialist, Wayne, draws some temporary brows in the shape that I request for, so I know what they’ll look like before it’s inked on! I asked for a thicker and straighter look this time, and she gladly complied. When I asked her if she thought I would suit thicker brows, she confidently told me “yes”, which made me happy – pretty much everyone else I asked said I shouldn’t go any thicker as it would be too unnatural.

My friends thought a change to my eyebrow shape was unnecessary. But I wanted thicker, straighter brows whether other people ultimately agreed with me or not! Wayne assured me that I’d love the outcome and that I could pull it off given that my face shape is towards the long side.  This gave me a lot of confidence in her and put my mind at ease while she worked. She expertly draws them into my desired shape, then made adjustments to it until I was absolutely satisfied with how it looked on me. Once we got the perfect shape, numbing cream was applied and left to take effect for about 15 minutes.

Browhaus uses vegetable dye that is safe for even sensitive skin to make small & precise incisions, stroke by stroke, onto your skin to replicate the look of real hair.

The effect is semi-permanent, lasting for 1-2 years, depending on how you take care of it, how much make up remover is frequently used on that area, whether you go for regular touch ups, etc. It is a different method from the traditional “eyebrow embroidery” technique and doesn’t leave a weird reddish or greenish undertone when it fades. Once the numbing cream kicks in, the procedure takes only around 35 minutes to complete. You can feel the little cuts being made on your skin throughout the process, but they don’t hurt much. You’ll only feel a bearable stinging sensation every now and then. Overall, the pain factor for this was relatively low and I would say a brazilian wax would probably hurt a whole lot more!

Before I knew it, the treatment was over and my brows had new life breathed into them!

This is straight after having them done – with no down time at all, I was happily parading my new brows around town after my treatment!

There will be a bit of redness and swelling, which is normal and not even that obvious. If you stare hard at my picture, you may notice a small halo around my brows due to the swelling, but other than that they were already looking perfect! I think Wayne did a fantastic job and I highly recommend her services!

Not only is she utterly professional, she’s also kind, gentle and friendly which makes the experience that much more pleasant. I appreciated how she encouraged me to embrace a new eyebrow shape I was initially slightly apprehensive about no thanks to other people’s discouragement, but she helped me find the confidence I needed to pull off a new brow look. I heard she’s the most senior brow specialist at Wheelock Place and is highly popular with customers, so you’ll need to book her way in advance if you want a slot with her.

This is my third time doing Brow Resurrection with Browhaus, and it’s my favorite outcome thus far. I really couldn’t be more pleased! There’s no other place I trust more than Browhaus to give my brows new life, and I see myself returning throughout the years to come. They are always professional, accommodating and the results are impeccable.

Here’s what my newly resurrected brows look like:

They may be a little thick and bold, but I think they bring out my features this way. This is with almost no drawing at all, only to fill in small gaps that have lightened after scabbing (which will be fixed during my next touch up). Looking back on the collage of pictures at the start of this post… My brows have come a long way indeed.

In my opinion, the results from my Brow Resurrections are startlingly convincing. Nobody ever realizes it’s not real hair until I tell them. Freshly done brows can look a bit harsh, and they will scab and peel off after several days, so these pictures were taken a few weeks after they were done, when they look the most ideal.

Never under estimate what a drastic difference eyebrows make to your whole look!!! Please take my pictures for example! Having well shaped and groomed eyebrows is essential to looking presentable. To me, they’re as vital as having clean teeth, nice hair and clothes that have been ironed. If you’re sick and tired of having strange looking eyebrows that are difficult to deal with, you don’t have to put up with it a day longer. We’ve all got enough problems in our life to worry about, and I’m just infinitely glad that every single day is a good brow day for me now, and I’ve got Browhaus to thank for that!

Quote “Jessica” at any Browhaus outlet (except One Raffles Place) to enjoy a Brow Resurrection Trial at only $300.

Only valid for first time Brow Resurrection customers, and T&C apply!

xoxo,
Jess

Tokyo Bust Express

“I must, I must, I must increase my bust!”

- One of my favorite lines from a book I used to love as a teen, called Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This catchy line comes along with the physical action of sticking your elbows out and pulling them backwards, supposedly to “exercise” your boobs! I doubt it works. But it left a deep impression on my young and naive self.

So today we’re going to talk about breasts, and the different types of issues women face when dealing with them. Let’s start with my own story, and problems. As a pre-teen girl, I didn’t really have much of a chest… While going through puberty, it seemed that while I fared well in the height & weight department *cough*, I couldn’t say the chest department was up to speed. It seemed that I was a very tall and rather big-built girl with a relatively flat chest. Most of my shorter and more petite / skinnier friends back in primary school already had more well endowed chests than me, which puzzled and confused me, doing nothing for my self confidence. I thought I was going to stay an A cup forever, until I got into my late teens.. only then, much to my relief, did they start growing into a satisfactory size! One that was proportionate to my overall build.

It remained at a good B cup, all until I started gaining weight, then my boobs got, well…. to put it bluntly, huge. My entire body was huge, so naturally my boobs would’ve gotten huge too, right? Too big, in fact, that it genuinely bothered me. It was super heavy, as though I was carrying around watermelons on my chest. Like you wouldn’t believe. Running and lying face down on my front were considered painful activities. This was a side effect of weight gain, and definitely NOT something I personally found attractive.. It grew to a robust C cup, but luckily for me, ever since losing weight my boobs have now reduced to a B cup again, which is my preferred size. They no longer feel excessively heavy, and I really like them this way. Not too big, not too small. Ain’t got a problem with them anymore!

So at least, that was what I thought until I was enlightened about my current boob situation at Tokyo Bust Express.

Tokyo Bust Express is Singapore-based, but derives its names from Japanese methods of using proprietary technology, age-old techniques and the purest herbaceous extracts to boost your feminine charms and confidence – safely and naturally. They are currently the leading and most established bust enhancement centre with most outlets island-wide in Singapore.

I was at their Square 2, Novena outlet to find out what the fuss about – I was honestly curious to find out what they could do to help me boost my self confidence and body image! It’s not that I’m terribly dissatisfied with my boobs, but one should always strive for self-improvement, right? I’m getting older, gotta upkeep and maintain!!!! I’m no longer “underage-girl”.

During my first consultation with them, I was given a holistic overview of Tokyo Bust Express and the services they provide – 100% natural ingredients such as soy-infused treatments combined with advanced technology and traditional Japanese massage techniques. The products used contain organic soybeans extracts containing phyto-nutrients to stimulate female hormones and aid in optimal bust development. In other words, it’s non-invasive and all-natural.

I’ve heard about them prior to my visit from online reviews and friends who’ve personally tried their treatment before, and so it piqued my interest to give this a shot. What do I have to lose? Only a shapelier bust line to gain!

Knowing that they’ve worn a number of acclaimed awards ensures me that my boobs, are literally, in good hands. Not solely used for aesthetic appeal, Tokyo Bust Express also boosts circulation and helps in lymphatic drainage.

I was asked about my main concerns regarding my boobs, and I guess the first thing that came to mind was that I think it’s become rather oddly shaped over the years. No thanks to my fluctuating weight, my boobs have increased, decreased, increased and yet again decreased rapidly through the years.. they’ve been through a lot. As a result, they’re not as perky or as shapely as they used to be anymore. My upper cleavage is no longer as prominent – it seems like they hang lower on my chest as compared to before, and it’s not just due to gravity! I think it might’ve also be due to the fact that I used to hate wearing bras, for some odd reason. I could not go an hour without wearing a bra these days, but in the past, I would avoid wearing it for as long as possible – I found them uncomfortable and a hindrance, when they’re actually much needed support. Wearing good bras is SO important!!!!! What happened next was a kick in the gut. I kid you not, my therapist referred to a boob chart and classified mine was “abnormal”. Excuse me while I go dig a 2 meter deep hole in the dirt and lie in it for a thousand years now.

I was told, though, that there is hope for me. With regular treatments like the one I was about to receive, it will help me in achieving a more “normal”, attractive and healthy bust line again! My measurements were taken, and then I was whisked off for my first treatment.

All smiles sitting on the bed in the comfy treatment room, because I’m super excited to see what this could do for me!

The treatment was customized to suit my own needs, and it begins with a relaxing shoulder massage. The rest that follow have no visual imaging accompaniment (I’m not that hungry for traffic) but it took place in this order:

1. Firming Scrub
Removes dead skin cell around bust area, for better penetration of treatments and products

2. TT Push-Up Therapy using Bust Toning Essence:
Helps in toning and lifting of breasts
Prevents current condition from worsening
A bust-care treatment that aids in maintaining shape of breasts

3. Bust-Up Therapy:
Helps in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage for detoxifying purposes
Stimulate the mammary glands to enhance and firm the breast
Aids in preventing breast cancer

4. Bust Suction Therapy
To help shape up a rounder and fuller bust line by stimulating mammary glands
To re-position your breasts, reducing armpit fats between breasts and armpits

Maybe it speaks volumes of my childish nature, but I was giggling throughout the treatment, especially during the Bust Suction Therapy… it’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to breast feeding in the future. While some parts of the treatment were mildly uncomfortable and strange, it was still bearable on the whole. The massaging part does hurt, but it’s over in a few minutes and because it actually helps in lymphatic drainage (detox for the bust), something every girl should take care of but end up neglecting. No pain no gain, that’s the first rule of aesthetic beauty! All in all, the treatment takes a little over an hour, and when it was done, I couldn’t wait to get up and stare at my bare chest in the mirror to try and spot the difference, hah!!

Was there an immediate visual difference? To my surprise (I’m a natural born skeptic)….

YES!! There really was. My boobs looked perkier (hehehe), more roundly shaped and there was a slight yet noticeable lifting effect. Do note that this is not a permanent result from one session, you will require to undergo more sessions in order to enjoy longer lasting effects. I didn’t necessarily notice an increase in size, which is fine, because that’s not what I’m after. For me, the “lifting” effect lasted a good couple of days.. and it did look nicer, honestly!

I was also given Tokyo Bust Express’ specially formulated Bust Essence and Intensive Bust Enhancement Firming Cream Serum to apply after showering in a massaging motion for daily home maintenance! I refuse to submit to sagging boobs in my mere 20′s!!!

Here with my specialist Elaine who made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Be it for aesthetic or health reasons, Tokyo Bust Express is worth a try – after all, our womanly curves are definitive of our feminine nature and deserves us paying more attention to them!

Exclusively for my readers, you can achieve your ideal bustline with this promotion:

Free 3x Bust-Up Maximizer Treatment for all readers! 1st 30 readers enjoy complimentary Bra Bulge Reductal Treatment on top of that. Worth $798 in total!

To participate:

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only for females without Eczema or other skin conditions
  • Strictly by appointment only
  • Promotion valid for 2 months

Location (Tokyo Bust Express):

  • City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road #B2-39 Singapore 208539
  • Park Mall, 9 Penang Road #11-06 Spore 238459
  • Nex Mall, 23 Serangoon Central, #03-32 556083
  • Novena Square 2, 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111 307506

For more information, you can visit Tokyo Bust Express or call 6262 6161 to make an enquiry or to book an appointment!

Instagram: instagram.com/TOKYOBUSTEXPRESS

Facebook: facebook.com/TokyoBustExpress
Official Website: tokyobustexpress.com/

xoxo,
Jess

Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream

I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

However, having said that… I do not think anyone in this world could actually find stretch marks attractive… Right?! A great number of women have them, and I believe I speak for all women when I say, we absolutely want to banish them from our bodies. but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. The most common places are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself. But my goodness, they sure do look bad. I would know, I’ve got them all across my hip area!

Obviously, I haven’t been through pregnancy, so my stretch marks around my hips were caused by rapid and severe weight gain (over 15kg). I’m lucky in the sense that they are at a usually hidden spot, I don’t bare my hips often, or at all! I like to keep them hidden because I’m often mortified by how bottom heavy and pear shaped I am. So most people who know me, will not know my stretch marks exist. But I do.

Every time I happen to see my reflection in the mirror when I’m having a shower, I would notice those bright reddish purple stretch marks that stuck out unpleasantly. After some time, they itched, and after even more time, they faded away.. but not completely. Till today, they’re still quite visible to the naked eye, and they are definitely high up on my insecurities list!

When I first heard about Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream, I was obviously excited – to my knowledge, there aren’t many creams that will help diminish stretch marks in the market, so this was something I welcomed with open arms!

Key Benefits of Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream

1. It is specially formulated with Tri-Derm actives that help in rebuilding collagen and regaining skin elasticity
2. Improves skin colour and reduces the size of unwanted stretch marks
3. Initial results may be seen in just three weeks of usage
4. Continued usage is required for a more complete, long term effect
5. Dermatologically tested
6. Clinically proven
7. Preservative free
8. Fragrance free

Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream should be applied 2 times a day, morning and evening, for at least 2 months. It sits on my sink counter with my other daily routine products so that I don’t forget to use it. It’s hard to miss such a striking tube of pretty cyan!

It is best applied on moist skin after bathing. Gly Derm should be regularly used to maximize results, and initial differences may be seen as early as after 3 weeks of usage. However, continued usage is required for a more complete, long term effect.

I started using this a month + ago, and I’m excited to share the progress of my results so far, with a Before & After shot side by side!!!

Be forewarned: The photos below may be slightly off-putting. They’re stretch marks after all!!!


This is so close up that you can see my pores and fine little hairs on my hips! Eek. You can pretty much see that my stretch marks are all over my hip area. Do note that the circular yellowish bruising is from my TCM cupping sessions and are not actually stretch marks.

What you should be looking at is the other darkened pigments, particularly the streaky bits on the left and right side of the picture. It’s quite interesting to note that the stretch marks on the left are pretty much completely flat and light in color, whereas the ones on the right side still do have a slight indentation and difference in skin level, making it much more prominent. The stretch marks on the left are much older, hence they have faded more.

For slightly under 2 months of usage, I’m very impressed by the results as seen. My skin looks slightly more moisturized, and the overall tone is definitely more even looking!

The texture of Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream is much like a lotion, so it also benefited from its hydrating properties, since I do not have the habit of applying body lotion. Apart from that, my darkened streaky marks have also appeared to have lightened quite visibly.  I was kind of surprised myself when I compared the Before & After photos. I never knew how badly discolored my hip area was until I took such a close up photo of it.

While my stretch marks have not disappeared, I’m still happy with the progress because I’m optimistic about continued usage over the next few months.. maybe one day they will be totally unnoticeable!!! What I like most about it is that it feels and smells just like a normal body lotion, which makes application easy and fuss-free. I have this thing whereby no matter how good a product is, if it smells bad, I won’t end up using it in the end…. Thankfully, I don’t have that dilemma with Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream!

For your information there are three different stages of stretch marks..

Stage 1
Early stretch marks will appear pink in colour, and may also be itchy. The skin immediately around the stretch marks may also look ‘flattened’ and ‘thin’.

Stage 2
Gradually, the stretch marks will enlarge in length and width, and changes its colour to reddish or purple.

Stage 3
Once the stretch marks have matured, they lose their reddish/pink hue. In the months after pregnancy, they will start to fade and become pale white or silver. They may also appear slightly depressed and irregular in shape or length.

Mine are mostly of Stage 3, however, I would advise women of Stage 1 and 2 to start doing something about their stretch marks while they’re new so that you can prevent further damage!

If you feel ashamed of the stretch marks on your body, don’t be. They occur naturally for reasons usually difficult to prevent. While they’re not the prettiest sight, the good news is we can actually do something about a situation we might have felt hopeless about before! Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream is retailing at $14.90 and $23.90 for 60ml and 125ml respectively.

Goodbye stretch marks!!!!!! I will apply Gly Derm Stretch Mark Cream diligently twice a day until I see you no more. It’s time for you to leave my body. It was not very nice knowing you, and I’ll make sure we never meet again.

…At least, until I get pregnant lah. Then bo bian already. Just spam this cream again.

xoxo,
Jess

Slim Couture Post 2: Weight Loss Progress

So you guys know I’ve been trying to lose weight.. (what’s new?!) but what I’m going to show you today is visual results from the past 2 months of my efforts! You will definitely be surprised.

It’s been a great journey with Slim Couture so far. Read my first post introducing them on my blog here.
To quickly recap:
Slim Couture is a home-grown Singapore company focused on helping women lose weight safely. Through the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Slim Couture prides itself in providing 100% results guaranteed weight loss solutions to female clients with weight issues since 2010.
Having been on their program for 2 months now, I have hardly any complains. Initially, my gripes were that I couldn’t get used to seeing the marks left by the cupping on my body, and that the treatments can be painful. But as time went on, I realize that these two “disadvantages” are actually quite useful to me. For starters, the marks on my body are a constant visual reminder that I’m on this slimming program. I never have the chance to forget this fact. People are always asking me, “Oh!!! What happened to you?” and I reply with, “Cupping. For slimming. I’m fine!” It’s always good to keep yourself in check, and to let others know that you’re trying to lose weight.. Because whenever I eye fattening food with glistening eager eyes, my friends would shoot back, “Aren’t you supposed to be on a diet?!” 
…Sob. T_T Yes, I am. No more french fries for me!!! 
Secondly, the pain from the scraping is actually something you’ll get used to after awhile, and helps you build pain tolerance. Gua Sha and Cupping is actually known to provide health benefits, and people do them normally even when they’re not trying to lose weight. What used to be borderline intolerable, is now just a couple of minutes of discomfort and unpleasant sensations that I’ve come to realize, will quickly pass. It’s also very good at convincing you not to eat fatty foods! Less fats = less slimming = less pain. Honestly, gua sha scraping can feel pretty shiok on some areas too, like on your calves and on your back where there’s been built up tension.
So all in all, I’d have to say I am a satisfied client of Slim Couture. Seeing my measurements slowly but surely drop every session feels so good!!! I know I’m on my way to a better and healthier body. Although according to them, my results are reallyyy slow compared to their other clients… LOL no thanks to my incessant binge eating.. I really can’t control my appetite!!!! I’m sorry!!! But I do try my best, as much as I can! And I’m STILL proud of what I’ve achieved so far.. Slow and steady wins the race??? *comforts self* To be fair to myself, I’m showing progress, and it’s quite visible. At least enough for everyone to be telling me recently that I’ve lost weight – that has to count for something, right?!

My Weight Loss Progress from the past 2 months of undergoing the “Divine Slim” treatment with Slim Couture:

3+ KG Loss
Arms: 3.7cm
Tummy: 8cm
Thighs: 11.5cm
Never have I ever posted such vulnerable and revealing photos on my blog. I’m uncomfortable to even post anything too skimpy or suggestive on social media these days, but I’m doing something out of my comfort zone in this post because I know a lot of people genuinely want to know whether my results are real or not, so okay lah here you go!!!!!!

This is the real me! (with my head chopped off and in low resolution so as to protect myself)

Yes, I have a biggggg bum. I’ve always mentioned on my blog that I am bottom heavy, now do you believe me? My boyfriend likes to call me”J-Lo” because she also has a big ass and well, my name is Jessica Loh. :’D Sometimes he also nicknames me Kim Kardashian. My big bum is still big (lol), but dare I say quite a lot smaller now! If you move back away from your screen, the difference will be easier to notice. I haven’t lost that much on my arms (damn you arm fats) but I’ve realized that they’re not as obscenely large when I take photos these days. My tummy and waist are also smaller, and no, I wasn’t sucking in!

Don’t laugh at my huge granny bra. It’s comfortable. I know some girls are all about lacey frilly bras and g strings, but I like to be comfortable. Problem?!

Let’s zoom in on the parts that are the most apparent:
I used to have a stomach that bulged out so much, I couldn’t even look down and see anything but my toes, because I was constantly bloated. Now that I’m managing my portions and overall diet better, my stomach is actually quite flat!!! And I can look straight down. It’s a miracle. It’s not TONED, but at least it’s not BULGING.

It feels awesome to be able to walk around without having to suck your gut in! I also have a more defined waist and a less obvious muffin top. 

Woopiee!!!! ANDD I ALSO HAVE some sort of thigh gap going on now!! YAY! My big cankles are now more toned down. Those circle marks are residual cupping marks. 
Thanks to losing 11.5cm off my thighs area, I’ve actually started to wear jeans a lot more often now, much to everyone’s surprise! Everyone when they see me: Oh my god, are you wearing jeans? I’ve never seen you in pants before! Yeah, me too. I haven’t worn jeans since I got fat!!! Feels good to be in denim again, pants that I haven’t been able to wear for YEARS!
I am currently at the lightest weight and healthiest state I’ve been in probably, say, more than 3 years. I don’t know exactly when I started to gain weight, so it’s hard to say for sure, but my jeans don’t lie… when was the last time you saw me in jeans on my blog? My thighs and butt were too big to fit into anything relatively normal sized! If this is my progress in 2 months, I’m looking forward to see what I will look like by the end of the year – or even in a few extra months. It’s actually surprisingly easy to be on this slimming program, seeing as I’m not dieting as much as I should be and still losing weight (although I REALLY SHOULD!!!)

If you’re thinking of going for Slim Couture, please do yourself a favor and diet more than I did!!! You’ll be amazed by the results. 

I managed to convince Sam to try out for Slim Couture too. He’s always had a problem with his belly, and he’s been starting to get a little pudgy around edges too… his results in just THREE sessions are jaw-dropping. I’ve got to hand it to him!
Sam’s Weight Loss Progress in 3 sessions (approximately 2 weeks):

2.4KG Loss
Arms: 5.2cm
Tummy: 5cm
Thighs: 6.5cm
I do not have any Before / After pics of Sam yet, considering he’s only gone for three sessions.. but walao eh!!!! Don’t spoil market leh. It makes me look kinda bad, LOL. He’s almost at my level of progress, and I’ve been on it for 2 months, whereas he’s only had 2 weeks and already catching up to me. He’s not as easily tempted by food such as fries & ice cream like I am, and he’s way more determined when it comes to dieting. This is the sort of result you can hope to see if you follow their recommended diet strictly!
There’s a whole list of foods you can / shouldn’t eat, which Slim Couture will provide to all their clients, but I’m just going to briefly cover it here. No red meats, only white meats such as fish and chicken. No dairy, no nuts, no sugary or fatty fruits / vegetables (for e.g no avocado but yes to leafy greens, no mango but yes to dragonfruit), no processed food or sugar of any sort (duh. but I often have to taste test for my baking, so I fail miserably at this!), no deep fried food, no soups because of high sodium content, no simple or complex carbs except for 2 slices of plain wholemeal bread in the morning.

So what we basically end up eating is super healthy stuff like: tons of leafy vegetables, tofu, a lot of cherry tomatoes, various types of white fishes, chicken meat, eggs, etc….. If you stick to this diet, it’s almost impossible not to lose weight. Despite my lack of dieting and exercise, I still saw visible results with Slim Couture (as you can see by my pictures above) It’s not that I ONLY lost 3+kg in total during 2 months. That’s not true. I actually lost 1.5kg in the first week already – the problem is, I would somehow always find a way to put the weight back on sooner or later!!!! Just like during my Perth trip – I actually gained 2 kilos when I was away for only 5 days. Can you imagine that?! So at that point in time, I was heavier than when I actually started out with Slim Couture. -_- The most difficult part about weight loss is maintaining a steady progress, because it’s so easy to slip and falter, ruining all your hard work. 

Just a gentle note that you’ll have to wait at least four weeks after signing up with Slim Couture to start on your first session, because they’re pretty full with their appointments at the moment. 
Just you wait and see ok!!!! I’m tired of being a “big girl”. Dear god, I just want to be normal, and healthy. I’ll be back with even more impressive results next time.  Give me a bit more time! I’ll blog about Sam’s advanced results too. So far, he’s been handling it extremely well. Slim Couture is opening up a men;s outlet soon due to popular request, so I hope this gives my male readers out there something to look forward to. Couples can now also strive to lose weight the healthy and safe way together, just like Sam and I!

Quote “shiberty” to receive a complimentary slimming wrap worth $58 for every 4 sessions with them. This wrap will stimulate the slimming process and work wonders!


SLIM COUTURE

Official website: http://slim-couture.com

18 Cross Street, #02-06
China Square Central
Singapore 048423

190 Clemenceau Ave 2,
Singapore Shopping Centre, #05-29
Singapore 239924
xoxo,
Jess

4 Steps to a Flawless Face with Laura Mercier

Nobody was born flawless. Part of beauty, to me, is embracing your flaws.

But on the days we really need to look our best (for some people, that’s everyday) we can still strive to attain that enviable near-perfection look, with Laura Mercier’s signature 4 Steps to a Flawless Face!

When fashion and beauty insiders are asked to name one of the most talented makeup artists today, without hesitation it’s Laura Mercier. A world-renowned painter-turned-makeup artist, Laura is known for her trademark ‘Flawless Face’ and her makeup line that enables you to achieve your full beauty potential.

From concealers that go virtually undetected to foundations that resemble second skin to glosses that leave your lips with a just-bitten glow, Laura’s cult favorite collection has an uncanny way of becoming so intrinsic to your daily beauty routine, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Laura Mercier’s 4 steps to a Flawless Face are, Step 1: Prime The Skin. Step 2: Apply Foundation. Step 3: Apply Concealers. Step 4: Set With Powder.

Armed with my Laura Mercier make up & brushes, I’d like to share with you girls how I turned my ordinary, uneven complexion into one that has a seemingly flawless finish that looks surprisingly natural!

Here’s me, barefaced. Loud and proud! To be real honest, I actually don’t mind showing people my naked face from time to time, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to look my best the rest of the time.

Let’s start!

To start off we have Step 1: Prime The Skin with Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer, which minimizes the look of imperfections, and enhances my make up wear throughout the day. I opted for the one with a radiance formula because I like having that extra touch of healthy glow. An overly powdered or matte face is unrealistic and can look as if you’ve piled a lot of make up on, so adding some a soft glow will keep it looking healthy, instead of pasty.

To better demonstrate the full potential of Laura Mercier’s products, I asked my soul sister & make up artist friend, Marie Soh to doll me up! Isn’t she gorgeous? These steps are actually very easy to achieve on your own, but I decided to ask for her help so that it would be easier to see the steps in pictures – I don’t have to fuss about posing or snapping the pics!

Next, is Step 2: Apply Foundation.

Once upon a time, I had a stigma against foundation, thinking all foundations looked too artificial. But of course, that’s not true, as I have found out. It’s all about finding the right product that’s suitable for you, and using the proper application technique.

Seen here is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20), which is a hydrating formula with buildable coverage that successfully evened out my skin tone and glided on my face effortlessly. It feels like second skin thanks to its moisturizing properties. Always blend in towards your hairline and down towards your neck so it doesn’t look like you have a face mask on!

There’s something immensely satisfying about Step 3: Apply Concealers, making those dark eye circles fade away and skillfully hiding those pesky blemishes. We tested out Laura Mercier’s new release, High Coverage Concealer, and it truly lived up to its name! My panda eyes were now almost non-existent!


We also used Secret Camouflage to eliminate my reddish pimple marks, which worked like magic!

I always make it a point to conceal around my lips, too, because natural darkening occurs and I find brightening up the area helps “lift” my smile!

Did you know that you’re not supposed to use the same concealer for under eyes and the rest of your face (other dark areas – usually around the mouth – and concealing reddish blemishes)?

For the under eye, you will need a more emollient formula like High Coverage Concealer or Secret Concealer to reduce the appearance of fine lines and brighten the area whereas Secret Camouflage is only meant for the face. The highly pigmented concealer and dry texture requires very little product to achieve a natural coverage that does not cake. Creamy concealers will not be ideal for inflamed, red areas.

On top of that, the undertones for concealers should vary according to the areas of your face to balance the color properly. This explains why Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage comes with two-toned pan. It allows you to custom-blend the color and tone according to your discoloration, blemishes and redness.

For an extra boost to my tired eyes, Secret Brightening Powder was gently dabbed on to set the concealer under my eyes, making me look livelier instantly! You can also use this on areas to be lightened and brightened but never to set on the entire face.

The last step, Step 4: Set With Powder, is one not to be overlooked.

Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder is extremely light-weight, translucent and an essential step to prolonging your make up wear. This is really important for us ladies in Singapore, where the humidity is soaking wet every single day and it feels like our entire face might melt off in the afternoon.

Unlike usual practices to set makeup with brushes, Laura believes using a Velour Puff to press the translucent loose setting powder into the skin will “marry” the powder with skin to most effectively set and prevent foundation from “sliding”. To do this, saturate the Velour Puff with the powder and gently press the puff in a rolling motion to work the powder into your skin.

It also helps to:
1. Prevent your T-Zone from appearing oily halfway through the day
2. Reduce the smudging of your make up
3. Keep hour make up looking fresh until night time
4. Reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and other imperfections

The different types of powders Laura Mercier carries include:

1. Translucent Pressed Setting Powder: Translucent Loose Setting Powder pressed into a portable compact for convenient touch ups and travel
2. Invisible Loose Setting Powder: Talc-free, zero color pigments, so it disappears upon application for an immaculate finish
3. Invisible Pressed Setting Powder: Similar to Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, pressed into a portable compact for convenient touch ups and travel
4. Mineral Finishing Powder: Ideal for setting mineral formulas and liquid foundation,
5. Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder: Eliminate shine and control oil, with a mint green tint to correct redness. This is also ideal for touch-ups throughout the day!

With such an extensive range to choose from, you’re probably wondering.. which one is perfect for you?!

Loose powder is suitable for oily skin, as it contains oil absorbing ingredients that can offset stubborn shine. It is more finely milled than pressed powder, and offers a barely-there look. However, as loose powder containers are bulkier than pressed powders, it is often used at home instead of being carried around as it can get quite messy.

With pressed powders, it is slightly easier to control the amount of product you apply as it is mess-free and compacted, perfect for touch ups on the go. Due to the stronger pigments you would want to be a lot more careful and light handed with pressed powders.

If you have oily skin that tends to mess up your make up as the day goes on, you’ll fall in love with Laura Mercier’s Secret Finish product. It’s a make up artist favorite which comes in two forms:
1. Original - for normal to dry skin – provides a dewy finish or if the makeup looks too matte, it can help to make it look more natural and 2. Mattifying - for oily skin – controls oil and helps makeup looks fresh. Suitable for touch-ups, no need for powder touch-ups. 


Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the product on your fingers, lightly rub with both hands and pat on areas around the face that requires touch-ups.

Andddddddd, voila. I’ve completed Laura Mercier’s 4 Steps, and I look so much more ready to take on the world than just before!

No more patchy skin tones or listless looking eyes. You wouldn’t have guessed I was actually sleep deprived. This is without any other make up on, except those stated above. If you like to keep the look minimalist, you can stop here and go about your daily activities feeling confident and fresh-faced. But since we’ve gotten ourselves this far… why not just go all the way? You’ve already created the perfect canvas for the rest of your make up!!

Fill the brows, tightline those lids, add a pop of lip color and the last touch – romantic lashes, and we’re all done!!! What do you think of the look?

It is different from my everyday look, but I love the flawless finish, it’s as if I’m glowing. It’s very put-together, yet light enough for everyday wear. In fact, I wore this make up all through the night, till about 10pm, and it did not budge at all, proving to be extremely long-wearing and suitable for ladies who want to look fresh from morning till evening.

Head down to any Laura Mercier counters (Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya and TANGS Orchard) to find out how the award winning Loose Setting Powder can set your makeup flawlessly, and receive a 5 day trial size Flawless Face sample after a short consultation when you mention “Shiberty”!
Also, stand a chance to win a gorgeous Laura Mercier Hamper worth up to $400 when you share your consultation experience on Laura Mercier’s Facebook page.

Laura Mercier is available at Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard and all Sephora stores.

T&C apply: Redemption starts from today to 15 Jul (Tue), one per customer. Limited to first 50 customers per counter and is not valid at any Sephora stores. Facebook contest closes on 15 Jul (Tue). Applicable for Singapore addresses only.

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Thank you Laura Mercier for giving women everywhere the right tools and tricks we need to achieve a Flawless Face, and for letting me meet your national make up artist Alexandre Cianco at the Laura Mercier Global Makeup Artist Event! He managed to convincingly demonstrate the effectiveness of the newly launched High Coverage Concealer on my angry looking TCM cupping marks, which everyone present that day was impressed by.  
Other thanks:

Big thanks to my wonderful friend & make up artist, Marie Soh of mariesoh.com, for doing a fabulous job with this look! 
If you noticed the pictures in this post are more professional looking than usual, your sharp eyes have discovered the talents of Samuel Ng of Pixioo Photography - thank you for the great shots, even though your forte is in prewedding & actual day shoots!

Till my next post: stay beautiful, girls!
xoxo,
Jess
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