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Hello Everyone!

A very Happy 2016 to all!

To be honest, I’m not a fan of painful facials where the technician man(more like woman) handles my face and forcefully squeezes out all my black/whiteheads, scrubs my skin and then masks it – that I can DIY myself at home and be more gentle to my delicate facial skin.

However, I was recommended to try the Dr. Face facial out as it uses an infrared device and all you need to do is to lie inside this “helmet-like” machine for about 30 minutes with a facial mask on and it will work miracles on your face. This latest technology is from Korea & is a USFDA approved technology using far infrared light to deeply penetrate into our skin to rejuvenate the cells.

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I’ve attached the detailed explanation of how this device works above. But what better way to gain knowledge about Dr. Face is to experience it myself.

So here I am at beauty salon, giving it s a shot!

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A pre-facial selfie to capture my skin condition before the facial.

I’ve been pretty busy with planning my own wedding since November 2015 and have not been very religious in my home facial routines. As you can tell my skin is starting to look a little dull, and dark eye rings are showing from the long hours of staring into my laptop searching for wedding ideas, dresses, decorations, hotels, venues etc. It’s a fun process but it will also take its toll on my skin conditions and increase stress levels.

First step of the facial process, like all facials, is to get your skin cleansed of all skincare products like sunblock & make-up and dirt on the face.

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Fran, who’s working on my face, gave me a nice facial massage while cleansing which I totally enjoyed. After which, she started the black/whiteheads extraction process which honestly was not pain-free. (I would skip this step if you don’t enjoy extractions)

After which she applied a Korean medical clinic brand facial cream which helps soothe the skin, prevent redness and moisturise. On top of that she added on an anti-aging facial mask which will brighten and smoothen the skin.

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Every inch of my face was covered with this facial mask serum including the delicate eye area. (facial is full face, I know of some places charging “extra” for the eye area serum)

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Now my face is prepped to enter into the Dr. Face infrared chamber. I will lie inside for 30 minutes with the facial mask on, remove the mask, and another 15 minutes to allow the remaining serum to absorb deeply into the dermis.

After a nice 45 minute afternoon nap, the facial is done. The entire process took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. This far infrared rays are meant to work on tightening the pores, firm sagging skin, whiten, smooth out wrinkles and detox the face.

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The most immediate effect that I noticed on myself was brighter skin tone, and a lifting effect.

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I guess it’s a lot more obvious on older skin. So here’s another example of Fran’s older client who tried Dr. Face. In the photo, you can see the drastic lifting and firming effect on her face. Her eye bags were obviously firmed up and skin tone more even. Even her deep wrinkles smoothened out.

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Conclusion:

Dr. Face is an effective anti-aging facial. And I believe if I constantly do this treatment religiously, my skin will look younger and more radiant after. The true effects of this facial actually showed after 2 days as the collagen levels were boosted up and new cells regenerated. Infrared technology for facial is not new in the market. But this far infrared deep penetrating rays is new for me and much more effective.

Who Offers this Facial?

This facial is currently available at a promotional trial price of HKD$880 (RRP HKD$1500/session) in Hong Kong at:

Nail & Waxing at LKF

Address: No.1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2530 2022

www.nailatlkf.hk

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello!

Hope you had a fun Christmas feasting & partying! But with all those late nights of wining & dining, you will notice fine lines and dark circles around your precious eye area. That’s why I’ve been applying REGEN Cosmetic’s Premium Gold Eye & Spot Patch to prevent those late nights from showing.

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The usage of Gold in skincare products are popular nowadays for its anti-aging properties. But Gold has already been long used by the Japanese, Romans & Egyptians for various skin treatments for its miracle effect on the skin. Cleopatra was known to use  a gold mask every night to maintain her youthful good looks! Gold has been known to stimulate the basal cells of the skin, hence reducing fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes, making one’s appearance more youthful. The ions present in gold help stimulate cells, nerves & veins in the body which improves blood circulation which in turn increases the metabolism of skin cells & expulsion of waste. It also prevents premature aging by preventing dryness in the skin. Gold is also known to reduce the production of melanin hence preventing blemishes from Sun exposure. Collagen production is also increased with the presence of Gold. To sum up, Gold is beneficial to our skin in various ways. It slows down collagen depletion, increases skin elasticity, lightens complexion and stimulates skin cells making skin firmer and younger looking.

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With REGEN Cosmetics’ Premium Gold & Spot Patch, gold is incorporated into its hydrogel patches (Hydrogel reacts to body temperature that closely adheres to the skin and helps the absorption of active ingredients) for its wonderful benefits.  It is formulated in gel like patches that is rich in moisture for easy application and maximum cohesion to deliver its essence straight into your skin.

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The tub consists of 30 pairs of eye patches and 30 pieces of spot patches. Spot patches can be used anywhere on the skin which requires treatment like between the eyebrows for frown lines, on your forehead for expression lines or as shown in my photo for laugh lines etc.

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After a 20-30 minute application of the patches, you will notice a visible reduction in volume of the patch as most of the essence has been absorbed into your skin and the fine lines are plumped up appearing less visible. Do not throw away this residual thin film. You can further melt it down with hot distilled water and use the remaining essence on the rest of your face!

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REVIEW:

After the first application I did notice an obvious decrease in fine lines under by eye. Also, the area looked brighter and dark eye rings are less obvious. I have been using this nightly for about a week, and my under eye area has visibly improved in elasticity and looks smoother and less tired. The remaining melted essence is also added onto my nightly regime under my moisturiser acting as a serum. I love it!

Where to buy:

hermo.sg is selling it at SGD$33.20 per tub (so reasonably priced!)

or you can purchase it directly from REGEN’s online website

regencos.com for KRW28,000

This is my last post for 2014, so here’s me signing off & wishing everyone a dazzling New Year!!!

XOXO

Jessica

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REGEN is a household name for most Koreans as they are the largest leading beauty medical group that provides services like plastic surgery, dermatology & dentistry. Since 2010 REGEN received the Grand Prize of Medical Korea every year and they are the no.1 brand in the plastic surgery part of the Korean Customer Satisfaction Index.

Dr. Kim Woo Jung, Director of REGEN Clinic, who is ahead of his time, went ahead and developed cosmetics to reflect the distinct characteristics of cosmetic surgery and help the cubic effect. As a result he founded a way to provide a off-the-counter mask to satisfy Asia’s thirst to achieve a small & cubic face through the 2 Step Synergy Effect Mask & V Fill-Up Mask.

I got myself some of their masks to try out and was eager to see the effects of a more V-Shaped and firmer face. (who doesn’t want a slimmer firmer face with smooth pore-less skin?!) Did some research and managed to find out the key ingredients used in their masks. As the packaging is entirely in Korean, I did up a simple table of the key ingredients in English to share with all of you!

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The above list is for the 5 different mask types the REGEN has for the 2 Step Synergy Effect Masks. They all carry the same 2nd step mask for the V-Shaping effect. This mask uses Halophyte, which is an ingredient from the polar region, to help moisture circulation of the skin to provide a sharper face contour. It reduces water retention in the jawline area making the face look slimmer and more picture perfect.

I decided to try out the masks for pores first as I am most concerned with my open pores around my cheeks. The application of the mask is fairly straight forward with the only difference of the V-shaping mask in step 2. Since the instructions is entirely in Korean, this video helps a lot with the application of the mask just to ensure we are using it right.

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Apply the sheet mask as Step 1

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Step 2 – V-Shaping mask

Leave the mask on for a minimum of 20 minutes. I removed the step 1 mask after about 25 minutes but left the shaping mask on for an additional 10 minutes hoping to get better results.

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Immediately, I went to the mirror to check my pores and miraculously they were shut tight. The exact results I wanted! As you can see from the photo below with my make-up free face.

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That additional 10 minutes came up and I removed the step 2 mask. I could tell that my jawline was slightly smaller. So I used the mask again on the following night to enforce the results. This time I found jawline slimmer and sharper looking with the puffiness of water retention gone.

Results: I would say that this mask is really effective in both the pore reduction and V-shaping. Especially so for those of you who tend to have a rounder face from water retention and fatty deposits and not because of bone structure. (Why I emphasise on bone structure is because I have a squarer jawline on one side compared to the other and this won’t make my face magically symmetrical, just smaller and sharper) The pressure applied from the V-Shaping mask applies a comfortable but firm pressure that tightens the skin tone and flushes away excessive fluids in the unwanted areas including your double chin.

It’s no wonder that Paris Hilton unveiled that REGEN’s Synergy mask is her secret go-to mask especially on plane rides.

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This mask is really worth a try and I am always a fan of home facials, using masks on myself every night to maintain a naturally healthy youthful looking skin. (A hardworking girl will always be beautiful ;P)

It is available in:

Hong Kong – Watsons  at HKD$187.50/box of 5 or HKD$37.50/piece

Singapore – http://www.hermo.sg/flagship/regencos.html at SGD$32.20/box of 5 or SGD$7/piece

Look out for my next blog post of REGEN’s V Fill-Up Mask for smoothening out fine lines and wrinkles on top of reshaping your face shape naturally.

XOXO

Jessica

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Today, I am going to share with all you girls this simple yet really effective way to curl your eyelashes with tools that you definitely have at home – a hairdryer & your eyelash curler.

Firstly, choose a good eyelash curler suitable to the shape of your eye socket. To me, Asian eyes tend to be less deep set and flatter in the curvature, so brands like Shu Uemura & Shiseido are likely to be more suitable to our eyes. My personal favourite is Shu Uemura. Invest in a good eyelash curler and it will last you for many years!

I have typically Asian eyelashes, short & straight, but I found a way to keep my lashes curled all day with heavy layers of mascara. Usually, with many layers of mascara, my lashes tend to droop pretty quickly and loose the curled effect.

This is how I do it:

1. Heat up the eyelash curler with your hairdryer at low speed for 5-10 seconds till the curler is heated up but not too hot on your eyelids.

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2. Curl your lashes as per normal. Gently clamp down on your lashes closest to your eyelids, release, and clamp down again in an upward motion towards the tip of your eyelashes almost perpendicular to your eye. It is about 10 gentle clamps with the curler.

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TIP: Make sure you do not heat your eyelash curler for more than 10 seconds or you may overheat the metal and burn your eyelids.

3. Repeat Step 1 and Step 2. I usually will do this 3 times on each eye.

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My lashes before curling – straight as hell

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My lashes after using a heated eyelash curler

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I love how easy my eyelashes curls, opening up my eyes instantly

4. Once you have achieved the curled effect you want, apply 2-3 coats of mascara.

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A false lash effect achieved!

I find this method much more effective than just using an eyelash curler on its own, or even an expensive heated eyelash curler. Especially for my type of short and straight eyelashes. The compression and heat from using a hairdryer with your eyelash curler will create a temporary permed effect to last you throughout the day. It’s the same concept as using a heated tong for your hair to create curls – this is the miniature version!

Try it to believe it!

XOXO

Jessica

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IMG_4043Photo taken after using Voile under my make up

I attended the launch of this latest product by NuBo last week with colleagues from the lovely Starz People at the restaurant & bar & Harvey Nichols in Landmark, Central – Hi-Tea party style. We tried their various signature products like the White Diamond Ice Glow Mask, Cell Dynamic Essence Bio-Gold & of course the newly launched Voile in Hong Kong.

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We had to fill in a questionnaire about our skin concerns and they would recommend you suitable products to try out.

IMG_3972Trying out the White Diamond Ice Glow Mask which is perfect for dehydrated skin. My hands felt so pampered and smooth after only 10 minutes.

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I immediately fell in love with the Voile & so did my colleagues! The Voile forms a really smooth film over your skin making it look flawless & hides imperfections.

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The Voile is a treatment make up base which is suitable for all skin types. It has anti-aging properties to mattify the skin and hides fine lines and wrinkles, making make up application much easier and skin more beautiful. It also has water resistant qualities to help make up stay on all day comfortably. After using Voile, I realised I don’t really need to use filters or apps like 美图秀秀 to smoothen my skin further! It’s really that good and instant. TWO THUMBS UP!

NuBo Voile’s Key Ingredients are:

  • Bio-Peptides – for wrinkle reduction and stimulates skin’s natural collagen, elastin & Hyaluronic Acid  production
  • New Matrixyl synthe’6 – clinical studies states a 31% reduction in crows feet in 6 weeks twice a day application
  • Inyline – reduces depth of wrinkles by 15% in 4 weeks twice a day application
  • Syn-ake – Botox-like effect to relax expression lines in 90s after application. With twice a day application, clinical studies states a 52% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Blurring formula – a breathable micro-film instantly lifts, firms and mattifies skin. Giving you a fresher younger appearance.

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A bottle of NuBo Voile retails at HK$650 per bottle of 30ml and is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols LANDMARK Beyond Beauty, Harvey Nichols Pacific Place Beyond Beauty and Beauty Bazaar Beyond Beauty.

XOXO

Jessica

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I am Human… This is how I look like when I first wake up in the morning without a hint of make up on my face. Eyebrows not drawn, dark eye circles not concealed, clean skin… au naturale…

And if I only have 15-20 minutes to get ready and head out, my must go-to beauty item is Yves Saint Laurent ‘s Touche Éclat highlighter pen to give my skin a quick perk-me-up! I’ve been a fan of this for many many years because of its smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t cake up and its portability to bring it around for a quick re-touch even over make up!

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Touche Éclat is great to provide some coverage and masks shadowy areas on your face like dark eye-circles, smile-lines, highlighting your nose bridge and deep-set areas between the chin and lower lip. So this is how I would use it:

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When I am in a rush, I would just use Touche Éclat after my skincare regimen without any foundation for a simple, clean and natural look. Which is what I am going to show you today.

Let me share with you this beauty product of mine: add a dab of Philosophy’s Hope in a Tube and mix it up with Touche Éclat.

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Hope in a Tube contains vitamins E & C with polyphenols which will temporarily erase fine lines immediately.

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This mixture plumps up the under-eye fine lines & conceals at the same time! Creating a brighter and healthier looking skin.

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As you can see, after applying Touche Éclat on shadowy areas and the bridge of my nose, my face immediately “wakes up”. And if one application isn’t enough for you, you can layer on another coat for a thicker coverage.

After only Touche Éclat application:

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Then, with a dash of mascara, eyebrow pencil, pencil eyeliner & blush. I’m ready to head out! All done in 15 minutes.

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My simple beauty must-have… YSL’s Touche Éclat

XOXO

Jessica

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Ever since I went to Tokyo over the Easter long weekend to celebrate my birthday, I was inspired to have my hair curled and styled just like the Japanese! So when I returned back to Hong Kong, I immediately took out my new Miracurl and started fiddling with it. And it was a pleasant surprise that Miracurl made, the once gruelling and time-consuming, hair-curling easy and straightforward more than ever.

 

Previously, I used my heating tongs (which I had given away since) to create curly locks on my own. This always took me eons and I had to be constantly mindful to not burn my face/neck with the heating tong… Hence, unless I had tons of time, I would never touch those heating tongs.

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But with this latest product from Babyliss Pro, it took me a mere 10 minutes or less! And the curls turned out beautiful and looked as if they were professionally done. It is such a simple tool to use – basically you section your hair no more than 3cm, put the bunch of hair into the V-shaped part of the Miracurl, squeeze, wait for 10 seconds, and it’s done!

I did up a simple video tutorial to show you how simple and easy it really is:

Miracurl is now retailing in Hong Kong at:

LOG-ON, City Store, SOGO, AEON, Fortress, Rosy Rain  at HKD$1689.

In Singapore it is retailing at: 

Selected Watsons stores island-wide at promotional price of SGD$199 from 01-28 May 2014. Retail price is SGD$259.

I know it is one of the more pricey hair curlers in the market, but it is worth every penny; it saves time, it is safe (no more burning of your face or neck *ouch!*) and it is versatile with any hair length! (you can share this with just about anyone, including your boyfriend).

Also, be mindful of the cheaper priced “Miracurls” in the market as there are plenty of knock-offs owing to its world-wide popularity. These knock-offs may not have complied with strict quality controls and may be a hazard to use.

Miracurl has the thumbs up from this happy customer! 🙂

XOXO

Jessica

For more information, do visit:

Facebook Page

BaByliss PRO Asia Facebook Fan Page

MiraCurl ™ Website:

http://www.babylisspro-asia-miracurl.com

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