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Monkey Business

Julia Roberts at the 1999 Notting Hill London Premiere. Looking prim with red sequin Armani number, grasping the attention of the world (in one way AND another).1999.NottingPrem

While every other women wish they have the courage like Julia, a few (good) aesthetician contacts might come in handy for those who aren’t such a big fan of au natural.

As much as I like D-I-Y, hair vanishing needs magic. So, I went to the witches. Speaking of which (pun intended), I’m gonna re-veal (view) their sorcery.

Adeline Face & Body (Jurong East)

I got a trial ticket to redeem either an EPL (E-light IPL) underarm hair removal or facial treatment worth S$39 from my step-sister. I chose to have the hair removal for the fear that they would wreck my face with some weird facial whatsoever. The trial session was a pleasant one and to not waste their hard-selling effort, I bought a package at the end of the consultation. The sessions went pretty well, result seems promising too. Each session would cost about S$88 (by dividing the total I paid for the package).

Here’s the climax: Things went all well until the 7/8th sessions (each session was usually recommended to be one week apart). I found my hair grew faster and denser after treatment. (Wait for it..) I further found out that they would recycle the cooling gel they spread under my arm for the treatment (to my horror!). I was suspicious because they would spread the gel on one side and carry on with the treatment, remove it, wipe the treated area dry; ask me to raise the other arm, spread the gel and carry out the treatment. The latter was always not as cold/cooling as the first and finally I SAW it (because they asked me to close my eyes during treatment, so I never open my eyes until this ONE destined day). They scooped the gel off my skin into a small bowl, put it on the trolley (then wipe the treated area dry; ask me to raise the other arm) take the gel from the bowl and use it on me again.

Though some of you might argue that the gel WAS used on me, what’s the big fuss? Lemme tell you what’s the big fuss about – I paid S$88 for one session, that would equal out to S$44 for each side of my armpit underarm. They might not be showing much, but they do deserve some dignity and better treatment.

On my second last session, they tried to persuade me to sign on another package so to have my hairy permanently out of sight. N-O.

MUSEE PLATINUM TOKYO (WestGate)

In the name of beauty (laziness convenient), I tried another salon. I mean, S$38 for unlimited hair removal package – aren’t you buying (I’m not affiliated, trust me!)?

They offered a free consultation when you sign up for the package to determine suitability and blah blah blah..

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I then fixed my very first treatment date. The treatment room is white, in fact, the whole place is white. They let me change into their spaghetti top (in case the gel gets on your clothes). Then the treatment began.

Cooling gel was spread under both of my arms, next they zap-zap my underarm with their machine, wipe off the gel and place cooling pad (imagine a full-padded NuBra) on each side and ask me to put down my arms. I would hold the pads for 2-3 minutes before they remove it to complete the session.

Each treatment range between 15-25 minutes and each treatment is about 2 months apart. Accordingly to them, the hair growth cycle asked for it.

I’m currently still undergoing this package treatment and hopefully hairy will go away for real ONE DAY.

 

Disclaimer: I do not get monetary compensation for these opinions expressed. They are also (usually) not the opinions of any/everyone else on the planet. So, use this review at your own risk!

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Hello Lashes!

Who (women) doesn’t dream of a pair of lashes long and thick which can double as a b*tch slapper in case of emergency?

Giraffe-Eyes

Finally, I’m riding on the wave to try on the trend of extending lashes! I didn’t take any photo of my lash prior to the treatment, but you can check out my bare lash from the blurry picture below which belongs to a review I did for a mascara. (With and Without Mascara)

I grabbed the deal coupon from <insert very famous coupon dealer name> site for just S$42 for one session of extension and touch up each and booked my appointment right away. A usual session can easily cost from S$70-S$180, for both eyes, in case you’re wondering.

Image from the internet

I was guided to the treatment room where the masseur beautician let me laid down. The room is cozy with instrumental Disney music like Beauty and The Beast, ReflectionFrozen and some classical piece which I don’t know, which is really great ’cause I don’t have to hold back my urge to karaoke in the room.

The beautician checked out my natural lashes and asked me where are they explained that due to the scarce and shortness, I can only go a maximum of 10mm. I just nodded, I mean, what can I do anyway? Next she asked for my preference in term of the curve and where I’d like my longer lash to be (Centre, which makes your eyes looked rounder or outer corner, which elongates your eyes. I summed these myself by the way, she didn’t explained it).

She started off by cleaning my lashes with (something) wet, very gently with her lovely smelling hands (sounds wrong, but the sweet note is a bonus to the whole treatment). Oh! They offer under-eyes patch instead of tape for S$5 in case you also want to moisturize your under-eyes during the treatment. I declined the offer, anyway since my skin is badly sensitive to any type of mask. Personally, I do not recommend the patch either. Masks/Patches shouldn’t stay on your skin for more than 15/20mins, it can easily caused adverse result.

The beautician then taped my lower eye rim.

Image from the internet

She would also taped my upper eye lid.

Image from the internet

She started doing her thing (patiently) for the next one hour while I resist my urge to sing along every Disney instrumental came along. Strand by strand she glued the lashes onto my natural lashes, close to base. No pain nor weird smelling glue whatsoever, but I eventually got sore back for not moving for an hour duh!

And when an hour is finally over!


  
I’m this happy with my lashes now:


(Now that you finally see them) Say Hello!

The whole process was pain-free. Unlike some reviews that I’ve read, they mentioned that the beautician would use some solution which kind of hurt/sting the eyes. It never happened, just my inner eyes rim sore from the constant exposure due to the fact that my eyes where taped to be held in good position for the beautician to work, which in some way does felt like sting.

P/s: Images from the Internet are for illustration purposes only. My eyes where shut throughout the whole process. No human is/was hurt during the treatment.

Inside Out

© Disney

It takes only a thought to rejoice. It takes courage to sorrow. It exposes your weakness. 
But to grow, is to bestow your strength and embrace your weakness. 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

✌ Yeay~ Just hit 10k views! One step on the moon!

Before moving forward to 2015, gotta wrap up 2014! I had been invited to an event at Robinson’s The Heeren back in early October (Yes, I know I’m super slacking on updating!) by Don from a local cosmetics distributor. Don also runs a blog!  (=

We were greeted by Ryan, the Regional Education Manager at NUXE. (Psst! Super loving my L’oreal Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick!

NUXERyan Lau,  Nuxe Education Manager

Back to a little history of me and Huile Prodigieuse®. I received a 10ml sample in one of my beauty box probably back in January last year. I wasn’t paying much attention to the dry oil because I don’t particularly like to use oil (I use it after my swim, on my hair only).

After all the education (by the cheecky Ryan), I’ve finally mastered the ultimate knowledge to unlock the goodness of Huile Prodigieuse® (Okay, a l’il exaggerate. But, you get it!)! The title of the post pretty much says it all for this prodigious oil. So, I’ll skip to my usage of the oil.

Hair Nourish:
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® Hair Nourish

My overnight hair (not expired, fret not!) frizzy resulted from the turning and tossing in the morning refusing to get up.

How to Rescue?

1. Spritz oil onto palm and lightly rub over hands (as if you’re moisturizing your hands)
2. Run hands into hair (think you’re on the beach and you’re sexily tousling your hair)

and tada’ah! I have tousle, beach hair!

Now, if you realize (means you have been reading some of my posts), I’ve always been in a hard relationship with my skin. Let’s see if how this oil provides immediate relieve.

Skin Moisturizer:

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® : Dry scaly skin
My dry scaly skin

How to Rescue?

1. Spritz oil onto palm and lightly rub to warm the oil
2. Press oil on affected skin (remember not to rub over dry skin as friction WILL worsen you condition. Been there done that!)

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® : Press on skin

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® : Relieved skin

After applying Huile Prodigieuse®

I’ve also been using the oil for my face since I’m sleeping in the air-conditioning room to prevent moisture lost during the night.

An overall 4★ out of 5 because of its convenience and immediate relieve for dryness, no more packing up moisturizer, body lotion and hair spritz!

TCC, Anchorpoint Alexandre

It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon with me on a pleasantly pleasant mood heading out for a coffee with Mas Ter. Perhaps, a little anxious over the bombarding morning news. But, Mas Ter suggested a TCC cooffee lunch, so my mind was bubble-filled with Baby Crayfish Spaghetti (Bottom 2. Tried 31 weeks ago; Buffalo wings on top)!!

TCC

We were already disappointed to realize that TCC had decided to leave the item out of their new menu. What’s more frustating is that their service of this particular outlet is far far below average. We waited for 5-7 minutes before a waiter (Fang), came mumbling (to himslelf). It happened that he was telling us to wait while they clear the tables (it was 5.15pm and there was barely any crowd). We waited another 5 minutes before getting our seat.

Service crews were hardly attentive, we had to wave (like nuts) for 2 minutes before they attend to us on our ordering (bright side is, the waitress attended to us is rather bubbly). I’m not sharing on what we ordered, because this entry is, dedicatedly, to complain. (Thanks. And you may want to leave ’cause there ain’t no food review here). We had Fang attended to us when we realized that our drinks weren’t there even after we have done our dessert and main course.

His reaction,

“(MUMBLING)”

“Our drinks are not here yet.”

“Did you ordered from me?”

(I swear I was furious) I raised my voice and asked nicely, “Could you check for us?” and turned back to find Mas Ter trying to calm my angst.

B*tch, please!

 

Food: ★★★

Price Range: ★★★

Service: -★★★★★

2B Alternative Into Arm & Body

Stepping into the second quarter of 2014, everything just got double-loaded. Shopping needs doubled, work-load doubled (minus the pay ㅠ_ㅠ), and the number on the scale. NO! It did not double. But, have gotten up *sigh*.

Correct me if I’m wrong, being slender and slim is the life-long pursuit of the (self-conscious) female majority! And sadly enough, I am one of the majority. Which resulted in the 101 search of (fastest, most effective and permenant) ways to keep the weight limit in-check.

There are 1001 product in the market, just like one that I’ve used before. And here I am with yet another one – 2B Alternative Into Arm & Body. The brand has been in the market for quite some years (mainly in Hong Kong) and they have Tavia Yeung (杨怡) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) as their faces.

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*phewitt~* Sexy ladies!

Let’s get to work the product. 2B Alternative Into Arm & Body 100ml

The gel:

2B Alternative Into Arm & Body 100ml

Gel is a little too sticky to my liking.

No Chili 2B Alternative Into Arm & Body

Usage & Tips 2B Alternative Into Arm & Body

As a very “scientific” person, what caught my eyes is the active ingredient named Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (AH3), or better known with their commercialized name – Argireline®. Argireline® is a form of anti-aging ingredient (think anti-wrinkle). However, the efficacy is aomewhat arguable as the ingredient inhibits the reactions that cause muscles to move or contract, which in a way stop your muscle from contraction(?). By which translates into causing muscle to sag(?). However, Dr Oz did suggest its use (as part of the ingfredients of) for fine lines reduction, replacing Botox.

You can check out the texture and some personal opinions on the product in my very first embrassingly-awkward-self-editted video (I had fun editting tho, put in extra effort for BTS ^_~).

 

Product courtesy of 2B Alternative Singapore.

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