Monday, April 27, 2015

Strip: My first IPL Brazilian

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Recently, I was invited to Strip for their Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal. It was my very first time (I haven't even tried waxing!), so I was really excited and pretty nervous! For those who are curious about this treatment, I'll be sharing my experience with you, and there's a discount code at the end of this post as well! ;)

WHAT IS IPL?
It is an advanced technology which uses intense pulses of light with specific wavelengths to weaken hair follicles and supporting tissues for a semi-permanent hair reduction.

WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH IPL?
It can be used to treat almost any part of your body: arms, underarms, upper lips, back, legs, bikini lines, etc.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO GO FOR TREATMENT?
It is recommended that you go for 6 sessions, with a 4-6 week interval in between.

WHEN CAN YOU SEE VISIBLE RESULTS?
Unlike waxing, the results are not immediate. After the first session, it takes about 1 week for a percentage of hair to shed - it varies from person to person, as well as the treated area. Any regrowth is finer than before.

HOW LONG CAN THE RESULTS LAST?
It is not a permanent, but it can last up to 2 years.

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With 20 years of experience in hair removal + over 3 million customers + 40 stores located in 9 major cities globally + 41 global beauty awards, Strip is the place to go - especially so if it's your first IPL session!

It is available over 16 outlets islandwide, and I went to the one at Wheelock Place.

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The treatment room where IPL and waxing sessions are held.

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At Strip, they go through over 6000 disposable razor cartridges, 9000 fresh new towels, and 10 000 disposable gloves a week to keep customers safe!

Not only do they use disposable razors, all tools are also sterilized with hospital-grade disinfectant before and after every treatment. The therapists wear masks and disposable gloves, just so you stay 100% safe!

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Be assured that every customer gets a personal kit for every IPL (and waxing) treatment!

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A packet of wet wipes is included for you to clean up before your IPL session.

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All ready!

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The therapist started off by giving me a clean shave. A cold gel was applied with a spatula to minimize discomfort from the machine, and then the pulsed light was delivered in intervals. The entire session took about 40 minutes.

Initially, I was quite nervous even though I was told that IPL is painless. Everyone's level of tolerance is different after all, right? More ever, it's a sensitive part we're talking about!

But I'm super pleased to let you know that it was painless for me. At worst it's a 1/10 because I felt more of the cold (from the gel) than any pain! My therapist was also very friendly and chatty, so I didn't feel shy at all during the treatment.

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Strip's care doesn't stop even after you leave! They have a range of aftercare products to maximize results and address concerns. This was what I took home with me:
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Any mild redness after treatment (which I didn't have) is not uncommon, but I was told to apply their Ice Cream to soothe and moisturize the area.

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Here's one with my therapist, Sandra!

For me, hair removal usually equates to pain, and even threading/waxing/plucking my brows is such a dread (!!), so I never thought I would enjoy any hair removal service this much. It's been more than a week since, and my hair is starting to fall off! They're like, what, 2mm only?! I must say it's quite an interesting sight, and it's definitely the fun part of the IPL treatment. :D

If you haven't had the chance to try IPL at Strip, you're in for a treat!

Enjoy your first Brazilian Wax at $32 (U.P. $62) or your first IPL Brazilian at $68 (U.P. $642) by purchasing a voucher at www.stripexposes.com! Apply discount code 'Kathleen' during check out and get additional 10% off! 
T&Cs apply.

I think $68 (+10% off after my discount code) for IPL is a really reasonable, especially for those of you who don't want to fork out $600+ straight for something that you aren't sure of. It's a great opportunity for you to try it out, and I really hope you do because it was an amazing experience for me!

Hurry though, the promotion is valid until 31 May 2015! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DRx: New Essential Facial Plus

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Last week, I was pampered with a facial over at DRx! It was my first facial with them, and I was pretty excited! Facial = better skin and complexion, am I right?

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I went for The DRx Medispa's revamped fundamental facial treatment, the NEW Essential Facial Plus, which is "reinvented to counter environmental irritation and premature aging to reveal softer, younger looking skin".

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I am lucky enough to be blessed with fairly good skin with no major issues, but my tired and dull skin was evident before the facial.

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First, my makeup was removed completely.

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I wish I looked better without make up!

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After makeup removal, it was deep cleansing. Using their revolutionary DERMA-INFUSER machine equipped with crystal tip, my pores were unclogged and stubborn dead skin cells removed.

It wasn't painful at all - felt like a therapeutic suction, and that's about it.

It was followed by extraction which took about 10 minutes. Extraction is one thing I'm concerned about whenever I go for facials. I'm sure all of us have heard horror stories, and I definitely don't want to contribute to it. This, however, was surprisingly painless for me.

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Clean skin and unclogged pores!

After extraction, a Multi-Action Solution full of antioxidants was infused into the skin with a crystal-free tip.

This step also felt like a gentle suction, with a pain level of zero.

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Then, a Radiance Renewing Serum was applied on my face,

Other customized serums include Pore Purifying Serum and Intense Hydrating Serum.

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This Ultrasonic device was used to allow deeper penetration of ingredients.

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Finally, the facial ends with a Therapeutic Mask to soothe and nourish the skin.

I fell asleep because it was so relaxing!

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Glowy skin (which I love!!!) right after the facial!

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I also really appreciate the fact that DRx always has a dressing table somewhere for touch ups after appointments. Tissue papers, cotton pads, and cotton buds all provided! :)

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No foundation at all here, just eye makeup!

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Closer view: I love how my skin was immediately smoother, softer, more radiant, and more hydrated! Compared to the picture taken just before the facial, my skin after was noticeably healthier and younger looking! You can tell right?

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After putting on some blusher! The only concealer I used was for my dark undereye area. I didn't bother with any foundation or base, simply because there wasn't a need to.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

If you're interested to try it out for yourself, do quote <Kathleen40%discNewEFPlus> which gives you a whopping 40% off for your first trial! Valid till 31 May 2015.

I highly recommend the NEW Essential Facial Plus because it worked so well for me, and the results are immediately noticeable! I'm sure you will love it as much as I do! ;)


The DRx Clinic
302 Orchard Road
#16-01 Tong Building 
(next to Paragon Shopping Mall)
Singapore 238862
Tel: (65) 6733 1555

Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm
Sat: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sun & PH

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Salon Vim: My First Digital Perm

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Hello! Today I'm delighted to share about something new I did to my hair at Salon Vim!

My previous visit was in December last year... and I finally found the time to head down again after 3 months!

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My hair is the most frustrating of all when I take pictures for adverts - this I simply cannot emphasize enough. I love my natural waves, but I hate it when they don't fall nicely!

I walked into Salon Vim with only trim and treatment in mind, but my new stylist, Joyce, had other plans! Despite the fact that it was my first time meeting her, she was very friendly and easy to chat with, which made me feel comfortable in her hands.

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First, she softened and straightened the upper portion of my hair so it wouldn't curl in the wrong places.

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This was after straightening.

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How do I look with straight hair?? :D

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Neutralizer then applied to "lock" the hair in place.

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My snack because I was really hungry!!

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Next comes the exciting part: digital perm!!!

It is apparent that I have never been adventurous with my hair. It has stayed this way for years - black, naturally wavy, beyond shoulder length. I have never dyed, permed, straightened, or done anything to my hair other than cut and treat. So perming my hair this time is quite a big step for me!

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Partly excited, partly nervous, partly apprehensive to be honest! What if the curls don't turn out nice?? What if I look like a poodle? What if I have maggie mee hair?! :O

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When it was about done, neutralizer was applied again. I think the bowl they put around the neck is a really smart invention!

After perming, I was given the Kerafusion treatment.

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Joyce mainly wanted to strengthen my hair as it is quite fine - although I look like a have a lot of hair haha. At the same time, she also wanted to add some shine and bounce to my new curls.

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I used to be quite scared of this because it does look like your hair's gonna catch fire... right?

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Now this was just before I left my house for Salon Vim:
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Messy. And crazy.

This was the day after:
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Yay to pretty curls and healthier hair! :D My 4-hour stay at the salon was definitely worthwhile hahaha.

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They have loosened just a little right now because I don't really make an effort to ensure that they curl nicely after drying..... I just keep combing through them which I don't think is correct but I do love it even more like that!!

If you're interested in the services at Salon Vim, do quote my name and you will get 15% off your first visit! ;)


By the way, Salon Vim is now seeking the next Face of Salon Vim!

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Can I just highlight that the Face of Salon Vim will win a grand prize of 6 months hair sponsorship worth $5000?!

No harm trying! ;)