Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rebirth of PPP Laser Clinic to NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic

 

PPP Laser Clinic has grown to over 40 outlets worldwide since its inception in 2010 and has recently undergone a brand evolution to NOVU. Was at the press conference to understand more about the rebranding. Terence Loh and Nelson Loh came onboard the management team in February 2016 to restructure PPP Laser Clinic and NOVU held its official brand evolution ceremony at Raffles City on 19th November 2016. The name NOVU was conceived to mark the rebirth and development of PPP Laser Clinic. With this rebirth, NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic continues to provide customers with safe and effective medical aesthetic treatments and the brand evolution will take place in stages and all existing PPP Laser Clinics will gradually be rebranded to NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic. The company has completely overhauled the menu offered, incorporating more than 6 primary treatments and new product lines within a brand new system of the specialized NOVU 360 solution, which was developed as a novel approach to skincare solutions, offering value catered for the modern lifestyle. NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic helps patients to benefit from economies of scale with its own R&D and manufacturing arm, as well as inhouse proprietary technologies and equipment.

 

NOVU adopts a 3D approach whereby the clinic Rescues skin from acute deterioration, Renews skin by elimination of root problem and Restores skin health against aging. NOVU strives to offer patients value for money as well as better skin knowledge and effective skin solutions by constantly keeping abreast with the latest technological and medical advancements.

 
Photo with Dr. Sau who did the treatments for me and Medical Director, Dr. Ho, who did the medical consultation earlier in July this year prior to the rebranding. This photo was taken immediately after the NOVU 360 solution treatment was done and I wasn't wearing a single trace of makeup. Notice that there wasn't much redness on my skin? 

The NOVU 360 Solution is a holistic treatment tailored for a range of skin conditions based on the concept of 3Cs: Colour, Consistency and Contour. The NOVU 360 Solution encompasses five different treatments to rejuvenate and add radiance to the skin:

1. P+ PHYTO LASER & RADIANCE LIGHT
This 2-in-1 deep-cleansing skin rejuvenation treatment combines a non-ablative intensive laser treatment to rejuvenate skin in the epidermis and upper dermis, and a shower of polychromatic broad spectrum light pulses of energy to give a healthy glow to the skin. This first step deep cleanses the pores, disperses melanin, controls oil glands to aid acne recovery and stimulates new collagen growth.

2. FL - PIXELCLEAR
This non-invasive treatment creates tiny pixels on the skin surface to selectively pushes out dead cells and triggers production of collagen to repair skin while retexturizing and smoothening skin surface. This second step repairs beneath the skin to enhance tightness and elasticity, removes superficial epidermal pigmentation, reduces pore size, lightens acne scars and reduces appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

3. CR - CELLUWEAVE (Lunch Time Face Lift)
This treatment targets the collagen layer of the skin: it gently heats and stimulates collagen renewal, resulting in skin and muscle tone tightening, and reduces facial lines and wrinkles.

4. RF - FIBROTAUT
Radio frequency is delivered to the facial skin to target the upper dermis and epidermis of the skin. This step immediately lifts and tightens lax and saggy skin, while increasing oxygen delivery and toxin clearance to reduce effects of aging, achieving an overall youthful complexion and reduces depth of wrinkles.

5. Ion Infusion with Hydrating H.A. or SHIRO Whitening
NOVU laser treatments increases permeability of skin by creating micro-holes and allows deep penetration of serums for better results. So Ion Infusion with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or SHIRO treatment is recommended immediately after laser as a cooling and relaxing treatment to plump, hydrate and improve skin suppleness.

The NOVU 360 Solution Taster Pack is available at all NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic and PPP by NOVU clinics at S$360. The Taster Pack includes one session of each of the following: P+ Phyto Laser & Radiance Light, FL-Pixelclear CR-Celluweave, RF-Fibrotaut, Ion Infusion with H.A. or SHIRO Whitening.

 
Tried out this new NOVU 360 solution treatment earlier in July when I returned from my Taiwan trip. I had a consultation with the medical director, Dr. Ho, regarding my skin's key concerns before Dr. Sau did the treatments for me. She first did the P+ laser which is great for whitening and brightening of skin tone before the collagen remodelling laser to reduce my dynamic wrinkles. The therapist did radio-frquency to contour my face before Dr. Sau did fractional laser for my uneven skin texture. The therapist then finished off with ion fusion with HA.

 
Previously I didn't dare to do fractional laser cos I have very sensitive skin which can be rather prone to possible post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. But now that I'm being reassured that the power of this fractional laser is low, I know that I'm in safe hands. Happy to notice that my pores look more refined after the treatment. And the effect of the radio-frequency treatment is immediate too! My face looks more lifted! And I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't much redness on my skin and so there wasn't much downtime. Most of the redness, if any, went away by the very next day.

I'm glad that when I look into the mirror now, I find that my laugh lines are visibly less obvious. I'm really happy to have done the NOVU 360 solution treatment as it gives me a more refreshed look! Honestly, there are many people who mistook me for a fresh graduate. When I tell people that I'm an obasan, some people thought that I'm 27. I'm no longer in my 20s and I take it as a compliment that I look much younger than my actual age. I'm still amused whenever I go to the hospital to see the eye specialists, I get the nurses calling out Madam when they saw my nric. Once I stood in front of them, they would quickly apologise and address me as Miss. There's a famous saying that there are no ugly women, only lazy ones. I'm still 100% natural and haven't had any plastic surgery done. I'm just an obasan who is working hard to defy aging and anything that can help me is greatly appreciated! And NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic provides safe anti-aging solutions. I used to print out Scientific Medical Journals, requesting aesthetic doctors to do the stamping technique of micro-needling but unfortunately, the technology was not available in Singapore a few years ago. Now that NOVU has brought in this new machine, I'm really looking forward to try out the new Europa treatment that will be launched in January 2017.

 
Congratulations NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic on your rebranding and thanks for the 2017 calendar and samples of the new range of skincare products.

 
No filter selfie taken at the press conference





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SK Jewellery Disney Tsum Tsum Collection

 

SK Jewellery has come up with a super adorable range of Disney Tsum Tsum collection, which is great for all Tsum Tsum lovers: suitable for both the young as well as young at heart. SK Jewellery has partnered with Disney to bring this exciting range which include the brand's signature 999 Pure Gold Bars and Gold Coins, 999 Pure Gold Charms (which could be worn as pendants too) and 18K White Gold diamond pendants and earrings.

 
The clever use of glittery gold texture adds subtle shimmer to these 999 Pure Gold Charms.

 
SK Jewellery's 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum charms are easy to mix and match and feature numerous beloved characters from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger to Flounder from The Little Mermaid and more!

 
And the premium quality synthetic fibre bracelets come in a delightful selection of colours, in sizes suitable for both kids and adults.

 
SK Jewellery's Disney Tsum Tsum Colourful 999 Pure Gold Bar and Gold Coins series are delightfully whimsical and colurful! And there's a special Christmas Edition featuring Frozen's Elsa, Anna and Olaf in 999 Pure Gold 0.5-gram coins.

 
And the 18K White Gold Disney Tsum Tsum range will make its debut later this month, in time for the festive Christmas season.

 
The standout pieces from SK Jewellery Disney Tsum Tsum collection are the beautifully crafted 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum Charms which can be worn on the gold bracelets, premium quality synthetic fibre bracelets or even as pendants on necklaces!

 
These three-dimensional 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum charms with delicate details are uberly cute and hugely irresistible to all Tsum Tsum lovers.

 
SK Jewellery is the first jeweller in Singapore to design and produce these colourful 999 Pure Gold Bars and Coins, not to mention the smart use of matte and shiny finishes, coupled with rainbow gold for an amazing three-dimensional effect.

 
SK Jewellery's 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum Gold Bars are available in 1-gram and 2-gram editions, while the Gold Coins are in 0.2 gram edition.

 
Little Miss Bento was demonstrating how to make Tsum Tsum bento at this preview event.

Check out the cute Tsum Tsum bento made by Little Miss Bento! 

 
A closer look at the super cute 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum charms and pendants.

The 999 Pure Gold earrings feature refined finish with amazingly delicate details.

 Selection of canapes served by the cafe at the preview event

The lovely pieces from SK Jewellery's 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum Collection make thoughtful gift ideas for the upcoming festive Christmas season. SK Jewellery is retailing exclusively 2 Disney Tsum Tsum pieces on its new eShop: the Alice in Wonderland and White Rabbit 999 Pure Gold Coins. Do check out www.skjewellery.com and the rest of SK Jewellery's 999 Pure Gold Disney Tsum Tsum Collection is now available at all SK Jewellery showrooms. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Giftopia: Sample Store Event

Thanks Sample Store for the lovely Giftopia event held at Raffles City. Giftopia is a movement to bring back the joy of sending hand written postcards to our loved ones. Think of those good old days before emails, facebook and whatsapp messages became a norm. What an awesome idea to re-connect and surprise our loved ones!

Sample Store have recently revamped their website too. Check out their new site: https://www.samplestore.com/ One of the most popular booths at Giftopia was the sure-win spin-a-wheel Sample Store booth that everyone would win a sample after filling up a feedback form on the newly revamped Sample Store’s website. 

 

There were plenty of things to see and do at the Giftopia event. Being a beauty addict, I had a beautiful sunday exploring and discovering various interesting beauty products from Taiwan and other countries. Giftopia is an awesome event whereby the vendors threw in amazing discounts. Well, one basically gets the best of both worlds at Giftopia: a wide variety of beauty products at pocket-friendly prices!

Posted this photo on my instagram which attracted plenty of interest: The door gift from Sample store, which contains a wide assortment of interesting beauty products. I kept wondering why did my Giftopia tote bag smell so sweet until I noticed the Dinobay air fresheners (Strawberry and Bubble Gum) in there (not to mention the really cute packaging :D). The next cute beauty product which caught my attention was Cathydoll Ready 2 White - 2 in 1 Bubble Mousse Cleanser from Karmart. The Cathydoll Lip Smile - Dragon Fruit Vit B Lip Perfume has a sweet bumblegum scent too. The Cathydoll 99% Aloe Vera & Snail - Serum Soothing Gel looks interesting too. There was a pretty pink rose moisturizing essence mask from My Beauty Diary. So happy that my Giftopia bag contained all the sweet smelling pink beauty products.  I'm such a sucker for sweet smelling and pink products.

I'm a fan of Taiwanese beauty products and spent most of my time at Beauty Keeper booth. Beauty Keeper is an e-commerce site which offers the best of Taiwanese beauty products: www.beauty-keeper.com is the one-stop site whereby you can find the most innovative, novel and award-winning cosmetics and skincare products from Taiwan. Although the company is based in Taiwan, the good news is there's free shipping for international orders.

A closer look at some of the beauty product offerings from Beauty Keeper:
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All Belle Eyelashes are artistic designs of eyelashes which can help you to stand out from the crowd at a party. Miss Hana No Smudge Waterproof Eyeliner is a set of 4 pencil eyeliners in easy to wear shades of brown, grey, navy and black in a pretty pink metallic box. Minorca Ideal Flawless Beauty Cushion Mousse (black round container) smoothes skin and has oil-control properties. The pretty pink Anion Skin Towel, which is made of synthetic micro-fibre and germanium, cleans pores, removes blackheads and clears clogs. PSK Pearl CC Cream (white round container) has 95% of skincare ingredients and contains pearl powder and gold seaweed so using this make up is like some kind of skin treatment.

 
I was given a sachet of Forever Young Yoho Power to consume on the spot. The probiotics enhances the effectiveness of the collagen and one can take it on its own without mixing in any water. And unlike many collagen supplements in the market, this product actually tastes good! Phytopia Slim Way Synergy is a natural appetite suppressant which is made of organic essential oils. I find it interesting cos most appetite suppressants are meant for oral consumption but Phytopia Slim Way Synergy is meant for topical application onto problematic spots such as tummy and thighs. I like the inspirational quote on the earthy green Phytopia packaging: "Change starts with me".

 
There's no way that a pink fan like myself can possibly miss out on the pretty pink packaging of Crisstar Oxygen Hydrationist Skin Repair set which contains natural plant extracts and is created for sensitive skin! Crisstar Hydrationist Energy Aqua Essential Gel contains 9 peptides which can stimulate collagen generation and biological hyaluronic acid which deeply hydrates the skin. Jan Dan Rose Facial Essence (bottom left in the photo) is a toner which contains rose essence and organic aloe vera and zemea. The organic aloe vera can speed up skin cell turnover rate and stimulate collagen and elastin production. I like the light rose scent and light texture which is easily absorbed by the skin. Aurelia Aurita QQseries Moisture Jelly Toner (bottom right in the photo) is the revolutionary toner in the gel form! It provides deep hydration and skin repair and soothing properties.

 
Silkah Frozen 18 (top in the photo) is powered by stem cell technology and introduces various growth factors and cytokines to activate rejuvenation of fibroblasts to solve skin aging problems. Mdmmd Water Drop Cream is a 3-in-1 Skin care product: toner, serum and lotion in a single product which is very suitable for our busy urban lifestyle. It is 100% oil free and some of its ingredients which caught my attention include: Yeast Extract【Drieline】, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37 and Niacinamide. Mdmmd Upra ® Age Delay Revive Toner slows down skin aging and improves cell metabolism.

 
The multiple award winning Shan Camellia Essential Intensive Hair Oil (small brown tube) contains naturally extracted premium oil which penetrates deeply into hair cuticles and tames frizz and increases repairing abilities. Contin Plant Extract Shampoo is a patented shampoo which maximizes the effectiveness of garlic and is so popular that the Beauty Keeper booth ran out of it by the time I reached so I don't have the opportunity to try it out yet. Bravura Essence Mask is an exclusive refined wood pulp facial mask which has whitening and moisturizing properties. And the pretty pink packaging is so alluring. Sevynal Brightening Firming Repair Mask contains peptides and EGF and has tightening and repairing properties.

 
One Makeup Phyto Collastin (top in the photo), which comes in an elegant navy blue box, is made in Germany and contains Patented formula that rebuilds skin structure. MD/AA Jiao PULSED MASK FOAMING FACE CLEANSER (bottom right in the photo) is acid free and antibiotic free created by dermatologist for oily yet sensitive skin. It oxygenates skin deeply and balances the oil and moisture in the skin. I tried this cleanser and loves how it cleans the skin very cleanly and leaves my skin with a natural glow! MD/AA Jiao HERBAL ACNE CONTROL SOS STICK (bottom left in the photo) is an Antibiotic free and Emergency Remedy for Acne. Home Love Eyes Light (white container in the middle in the photo) is great for relieving eye fatigue and contains Astaxanthin, B-Carotene, Protein peptide and Collagen.

 
P.Seven Eau De Parfum is Taiwanese Tea Perfume which integrates the freshness and classical charm of Taiwanese tea. And can you believe that these pretty colourful macarons are actually facial masks?! 

 
The stack of pretty pink boxes at Beauty Keeper booth!

 
There was a Vaniday booth at Giftopia, offering express manicure services. Saw a queue at another booth offering temporary ink tattoos. There was also a Singpost booth where mail packaging of various sizes were on sale. There were many booths selling handmade accessories and cute toys and papercrafts too. It was a pity that I had to rush off for other commitments and didn't have time to explore everything. 

 
Here's a flatlay of some of the sweet pink Beauty Keeper beauty treats from Giftopia event which has attracted interest on my instagram. Thanks Beauty Keeper for all the lovely beauty treats. Shall be doing more detailed reviews on more of the products in my beauty box. Stay tuned for my updates!

 
I wore these All Belle false eyelashes to the recent Singapore Fashion Week and I like how natural-looking, soft and comfortable they are. The quality is really awesome and I could reuse each pair of false eyelashes multiple times! These are no filter photos! See how dolly these eyelashes look!

MD/AA Jiao PULSED MASK FOAMING FACE CLEANSER has been formulated by dermatologist for oily yet sensitive skin. Upon application, it bubbles and oxygenates the skin deeply and balances the oil and moisture in the skin. Notice how clean my skin looks after cleansing from the photo on the right? I love how it cleanses my skin very cleanly and leaves my skin with a natural glow! I was under the impression that skincare products formulated by dermatologists tend to be much more pricey than other products. But this MD/AA Jiao pulsed mask foaming face cleanser is value for money and is reasonably priced at only $58. There's a promotion right now, and the price is only $52! Don't miss out on the promotion here: http://www.beauty-keeper.com/shop_detail_page.php?category_id=2&product_id=26 

Thanks Sample Store for hosting this awesome Giftopia event, during which I discovered many hidden beauty gems and thanks Beauty Keeper and Karmart and other sponsors for sharing more about your beauty products.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Murad Youth Regain Facial at Body Contour Premier

 

Thanks Joanna for the kind invitation to try out facial services at Body Contour Premier salon. I visited the Body Contour Premier outlet at RB Capital Building (22 Malacca Street Level 5), which is just next to Raffles Place mrt station.

I had diamond peel done previously at another salon at Ion Orchard which increased the sensitivity of my skin so I'm more careful with facials these days. But I'm in safe hands at Body Contour Premier salons where all the consultants and therapists are very experienced with various types of facial treatments. The consultant first analysed my skin before recommending the new Murad Youth Regain Facial which is suitable for my sensitive skin.

 

Murad Youth Regain Facial is an age-defying facial which uses acupuncture massage to regain the youthful look with firmer and uplifted skin. This professional strength treatment reduces blemishes and breakouts and also fights against the signs of ageing and improves skin clarity and smoothness. This scientifically-formulated dual function facial helps to clear clogged pores and relieve inflammation and soothe redness while boosting skin elasticity and reducing appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The health of the body's entire cellular population is optimized by this clinically-tested Dr. Murad system. Murad signature facial treatments are therapies developed for mind relaxation, skin revitalization and improvement in appearance. Murad professional treatments combine high-concentration of active ingredients with the power of healing touch, which makes it more effective than just homecare alone. I believe in the 50 years of research that is behind Dr. Murad's award-winning formula. Happy to know that only Dr. Murad products are used in this Murad Youth Regain Facial.

The therapist who attended to me is very experienced with treating various skin types and she could tell that my skin turns red very easily. She shared with me the importance of using skincare products which not only control sebum production but also hydrate the skin. There is an indication on Dr. Murad products which show the level of hydration, which I think is very helpful. So look out for the water droplets indicator on the back of each bottle of Dr. Murad's products.



The therapist first applied lavender oil on the area just below my neck and let me inhaled the vapor to help me to relax. She removed my makeup and cleansed my face with a mild makeup remover before gently scrubbing my face. Extraction of clogged pores and pimples was then carried out. She was careful to do only pressure point massage so as not to trigger any sensitive reaction. The facial treatment was completed with a mask.

Thank you Body Contour Premier for a most relaxing facial. I like the Dr. Murad products used during the facial treatment and of course, the effective results produced. My skin is decongested and clearer after this treatment. And I'm pleasantly surprised that my skin is not red after the facial and there is no peeling at all (which unfortunately happened at times after other facials done elsewhere). Appreciate the attention to details on the part of the therapist.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review of Sothys Hydra3Ha Hydrating Home Care

Sothys is a French family business which has been handed down from one generation to the next and will be celebrating their 70th year anniversary this year. Thanks Sothys Singapore for the kind invitation to attend the bloggers event held at Bakerin. It's interesting to learn about the technology used in Sothys Hydra3HA hydrating home care range over afternoon tea.



Sothys Hydra3Ha line acts on 3 main actions: Restore, Regenerate and Re-activate. Star ingredients used include:
High molecular weight hyaluronic acid: for restoring and retaining hydration on skin surface
Patented 1055 boletus extract and regulating active ingredient: for reactivating skin's hydric memory
Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid: rapid moisture penetration and skin action within the skin

This 3 dimensional approach provides and extremely powerful hydration which commences from deep within the skin cells at the gene level to the surface moisture barrier.

Sothys beauty trainer sharing with us the technology behind Sothys Hydra3Ha hydrating range

Sothys Hydra3Ha hydrating home care range include: hydra-smoothing mask, intensive hydrating serum, hydrating gel-cream, hydrating cream. 

One of my favourite products in this range is Sothys Hydra3Ha intensive hydrating serum which increases hydration by up to 60% and reduces water loss by 36%. I have very sensitive skin n suffer from urticaria. Each urticaria attack leaves my face red and itchy and results in subsequent peeling. I tried this serum on my face and love the hydrating effects on my skin!

Hydra3Ha hydrating gel-cream provides continuous hydration of up to 8hours. Like the non-oily texture of Hydra3Ha hydrating gel-cream which is easily absorbed by my skin. It soothes tightness on dry skin. I also tried the hydra-smoothing mask from the trial kit. I used it as an overnight sleeping mask and like how it helps to lock in moisture. Prefers this more moisturising texture compared to the usual gel sleeping masks in the market.

I like how this Tiramisu iced coffee drink is served with a scoop of ice cream. Quite a few of the other bloggers also ordered this after I commented that it's nice =)

My dessert choice at Bakerzin during the bloggers' session: Sweet Pleasure. Think this dessert has undergone modifications to its appearance over the years but I still love the hazelnut dacquoise base, along with the crunchy praline, Jivara ganache, chocolate chantilly cream and thin layer of chocolate.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Top Picks from Zalia Showcase at Zalora Style Awards


Zalora unveiled Zalia 2016 Festive collection at the inaugural Zalora Style Awards at CATO on Thursday night. Zalia Homme, its first exclusive capsule men’s collection, was presented at this showcase. This festive collection “Ancient World Romance” was inspired by ancient architecture and allure of culture rich cities such as Rome and Abu Dhabi. Elaborate and detailed ornaments and embellishments were seen in many glamorous outfits from Zalia 2016 women’s collection. Both the Zalia Homme and Zalia 2016 collection are now available for pre-order at http://www.zalora.com/zalia/.


This show stopping number with floral patterns and side slits on the sleeves marked the opening of the Zalia showcase at Zalora Style Awards. The elegant and flowy silhouette is certainly very flattering and apt for parties.


This glamorous ensemble of Jacquard Embroidered Peplum Top and Gradient Sequin Skirt will definitely draw attention towards the wearer. The intricate gold-tone embroidery and waist-defining belt adds an interesting dimension to the popular peplum style. This dazzling sequin mermaid skirt is figure-flattering while stirring up visual interest with a play on the gradient hues.


This Embellished Wide Sleeve Swing Top when paired with Sequin Mermaid Skirt is a bedazzling combination which will help you to stand out from the crowd. The subtle embellishment on the neckline complements the glamorous and elaborate all-over sequin pattern on the mermaid skirt.


This Placement Sequin Mermaid Dress aces the balance of glamour and elegance with an ethereal feel.  This romantic mermaid dress with beautiful sequin placements which bring out its figure-flattering silhouette will surely score more than a few visual interests.

The hosts (Yumika Hoskin and Justin Bratton) with Skinny Kat woman, Nadia Rahmat, and Zalora Managing Director,Tito Costa, at Zalora Style Awards.