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Have you ever been confused with beauty terms such as "skin tones", "undertones", etc.? It's almost like we can never be certain what our skin tones or undertones are, unless we consult a beauty professional. Even if we do know, how do we ascertain which hair colours are right for us? Understanding which colours flatter our skin tones is important. Different colours produce different vibes and the right hair colour can enhance our facial features, brighten our complexion and improve our style & overall look.

This is where Chez Vous Hair salon comes to the rescue! In collaboration with Goldwell Singapore, Chez Vous designed #RightColourMatters - an Asian-centric hair colour diagnosis methodology that helps to find hair shades that best complement you! 


THE PROCESS
As you can see, I headed to Chez Vous and tried the service myself. The diagnostic test begins with my stylist, Associate Salon Director Readen holding a series of colour charts against my facial skin to demonstrate how the different colours reflect light and work with my skin tone. This is followed by a short consultation session where Readen advised the suitable corrective shades for me.  And I can say that I was surprised to learn that my skin tone is in fact rather neutral so quite a range of colours suit me. (Lucky me!) Something I never knew until this #RightColourMatters test is that Ash Lavender/purple tones also work well on my skin tone and can potentially help me sport a more updated & younger vibe!


To achieve ash tones, bleaching is required. My hair initially contained significant yellow pigments due to all the browns/reds that I have been spamming with for years. It took us two rounds of bleaching to be able to achieve my new dream hair colour. 


Goldwell BONDPRO+ was added to the hair colouring process to strengthen hair fibre as well as to support bond stability, in turn preventing breakage or hair damage. This is really effective. My hair was still going strong and looking healthy, as seen below!

THE RESULT

Stepped out of Chez Vous, feeling like a million bucks, ALWAYS!

First day hair always appears darker and shiner. As days went by, my fresh hair colour faded beautifully to a nice ashy lavender hue (which was closer to my expectations) instead of the deep violet you see above.



MY THOUGHTS

As you'd already know, this is not my first visit to Chez Vous. The good folks there have been taking care of my hair since November 2017, and I am really glad to stick to them. Situated conveniently at the heart of Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, this trendy salon looks very new on the exterior but in fact they are a well-known brand name for 20 years! All their stylists are director levels with in-depth hair knowledge & vast hair styling experience, plus many awards & accolades under their belts. 



My favourite stylist is Readen. He has a good aesthetic eye for trends, makes accurate diagnosis by putting efforts to communicate and understand his clients' lifestyle, personality, individual style preferences, etc. and provides his clients with valuable advice on aftercare. I picked up so much hair care tips from him! One of which is to mix Gentian Violet into my shampoo to lengthen the colour span of my new Ash Lavender Rose hair.
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Photo Credit: chezvoushair.com
PROMO

From now till July 2018, Chez Vous is running a launch promotion on #RightColourMatters, which is priced at S$299 for above-shoulder-length hair and S$399 for below-shoulder-length hair. It includes a haircut, a #RightColourMatters Diagnosis, and a 3D Colour and Highlights or Balayage. Complimentary items include a Goldwell BondPro+ Hairshots (worth S$55) and an Express Revitalizing Supreme Therapy (worth S$205).
Chez Vous 
391 Orchard Road
#05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6732 9388
Email: emailus@chezvoushair.com
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 8.30pm; Sat: 10.30am to 7pm; Sun: 11am to 6pm

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Weight loss and body slimming goals have always been on many women's minds. How many of us are blessed with a naturally slender figure and super charged metabolism levels? Rarely. 

That's why this topic is the most discussed health & lifestyle topic among women and even men! Recently, so many of you noticed my weight loss and have approached to ask me about my "secret" to shedding off the excess pounds in such a short time... well, ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. 

In this blog post, I am going to share with you my entire weight loss & body contouring journey of 4 months! (Keep scrolling down for a sweet little surprise - just for you, my readers and followers!)

From 67kg (Jan 2018) to 53kg 
Dress Size from L to S and sometimes XS.





Back in mid 2016 through year 2017, I experienced massive weight gain due to some changes in my living arrangements, personal health issues and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Apart from being aesthetically out of shape, the weight gain has affected my health and fitness level to the point I was panting when I climbed up a flight of stairs! My BMI was skirting the unhealthy range. I couldn't fit into my usual M size anymore. Being a part of the beauty & fashion community, this inevitably led to some unspeakable inconveniences for me. (I mean, how do I tell my clients & sponsors I need to wear an L or XL? Many local or Asian labels don't even have clothings in size XL right?)

I decided to take matters in my own hands. 
I need to shed off the extra pounds!

The esteemed Dr Dylan Chau and Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic

As much as I want to solely rely on my mental tenacity to lose 10 kg by myself, I observed little success for the first month. I probably lost no more than 2 kg despite increasing Zumba lessons per week from one to two, and decreasing my meal portions by half.

That's when I knew I needed extra help from a professional, a REAL professional in health & beauty. I have never trusted slimming centres - you know, those places that push you to sign up slimming packages which usually sets you back by at least a few grands.




By word of mouth via friends and online reviews by patients, I got to know that Dr Dylan Chau is a highly regarded expert in the arena of aesthetic augmentation. His clinic, Celevenus Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic, is Singapore’s premier aesthetic clinic, offering an extensive range of the latest cosmetic technologies and professional treatments, targeting various parts of the body such as face, neck, eye, hair & scalp and the entire body for slimming.

Personal Background Story: I first got acquainted with Dr Dylan (that's how many of us address him in person. Besides being professional and very knowledgeable, he is a genuinely caring and humble doctor whom everyone feels comfortable with) a year ago, because I desperately needed some corrective procedure on my nose due to a botched thread job by another aesthetic doctor. Dr Dylan stepped in to help me with no judgement nor unnecessary questions asked, resolved my issue on the spot, and in no time, I was back on my feet (and beautiful face)! This explains why I trust him and Celevenus with body slimming services too. I just know I will be in safe hands. :)

Dr Dylan Chau is an industry leader in the medical aesthetics field, a Sculptra Trainer to other aesthetic doctors and the Pioneer of Thread Lift in Singapore. He also deploys the use of an arsenal of high-tech machines to assist his patients to achieve their desired body shapes.

You can read more about Dr Dylan Chau's credentials HERE.


Advanced Techonology Body Slimming by CELEVENUS 




How to Lose Excess, Unwanted Fats on the body without invasive surgery?

I am not going to lie to you that slimming/fat loss is easy, because it's not! However, with discipline and a little bit of professional help, it is not unattainable. Just look at me...

(Disclaimer: I did not undergo and will never consider LipoSuction!)

Proven Results of Lipo Cryo + I-Lipo!!!


After a consultation, exercise & coaching session with Dr Dylan Chau, he & his team of therapists tailored a combination of *3 sessions of Lipo Cryo + 8 sessions of I-Lipo for me. So it goes something like...

1st session Lipo Cryo > 3 sessions of I-Lipo > 2nd session Lipo Cryo > another 3 sessions I-Lipo > 3rd Lipo Cryo > 2 sessions I-Lipo

* This series of treatment stretched out to 4 months for me. Duration could be shorter if I wasn't travelling!
* Depending on individual body contouring goals and weight loss target, your personalised treatments may differ from mine.

What is LipoCryo© ?

LipoCryo© or Coolsculpting is what the laymen calls "Fat Freezing". It works through the process of cryoliposis which destroys fat cells by cooling them. Over the course of a few weeks to months, the body works itself to flush out the dead fat cells, resulting in a reduced fat layer of the treated area.

  • No downtime
Because it is a non-invasive procedure, you’ll be able to return to all of your usual activities immediately after treatment.
  • Minimal discomfort
Virtually painless and has only minimal side effects including localised redness, bruising and numbing which quickly subside.
  • When will the result show? *
Usually it takes between 1-3 sessions to achieve the desired result.
*Results will begin to show within 15 days and gradually improve over the following weeks and months. Possible total fat loss will be somewhere in the vicinity of 25%. Results vary for individuals.
  • Fast treatment
Treatments last anywhere from 20 to 180 minutes, depending on size of the target areas.
Read more about LipoCryo HERE.
Photo taken in January 2018, during my first session of LipoCryo. 
MY THOUGHTS ON LIPOCRYO
If you're a fitness buff, you'd have learnt this before in sports science or on fitness literature that "spot reduction of body fats is impossible". Thus, it is understandable if you think that LipoCryo or fat freezing procedure is a sham. On the other hand, if you're someone who thinks that Fat Freezing sounds like your fats are gonna ALL be frozen & flushed away after the treatments are completed without you making any lifestyle changes - then I am here to MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
Both extreme ends of the belief spectrum are wrong.
LipoCryo is EFFECTIVE. 
But it is not without conditions attached. Understand that LipoCryo (or any fat freezing machines) will only work for generally healthy individuals who are not obese, and who have less than 2 inches of stubborn fat around the treatment area. This is not exactly a cheat way out of gluttony - you cannot expect to do this treatment and continue eating the way you do, thinking your fats will disappear anyway. Don't nullified your results by eating more, please!
PAIN FACTOR: 1/10. 
I know of people who experienced more pain than I did. I do not have a high pain threshold, but honestly, I really did not feel pain during this treatment. At most it felt cold and slightly uncomfortable as the cold clamp pinched on my fats. However, the discomfort went away after a few minutes because the treatment area was totally numb by then.
SLIMMING RESULTS: 8/10
My first session of LipoCryo reaped the most significant effects. I witness an obvious ab crack within 3 weeks. During that 3 weeks, I ate the usual way (low carb but not on ketogenic diet yet). I also noticed a flatter upper abdomen and reduced size of my hip area which used to be my most stubborn trouble spot. Subsequent two LipoCryo sessions kind of heightened my slimming journey, coupled with i-Lipo treatments which I am going to touch on in a while.
More information about LipoCryo HERE.
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What is ILipoXcell?
ILipoXcell Laser Lipolysis (a.k.a I-Lipo) is an FDA cleared multi-platform body contour system, incorporating 4 technologies in 1. It can help reduce fat in those troublesome areas, improve the appearance of cellulite & stretch marks and increase lymphatic drainage. 
Each treatment session targets only one area and it lasts from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. 
More detailed information on ILipoXcell HERE.


My top favourite therapist in Celevenus, Veron! 
MY THOUGHTS ON ILipoXcell


This treatment needs to be followed up with a 20-minute cardio exercise session for it to achieve maximum results. It took me a total of 8 one-hour sessions, so I shall be blunt and say that it took me a hell lot of discipline and commitment to this part of the slimming program!

I can't totally credit my fat loss to I-Lipo, because alongside with this course of treatments, I stepped up my game in dieting & exercise too. Plus there was LipoCryo as well, which I actually witnessed greater fat loss effects. That being said, i-Lipo do help in cellulite reduction. My hips used to have loads of cellulite, and now they are almost invisible! Unlike dieters who complain of excess skin after weight loss, I don't seem to have serious issues with this. I believe I-Lipo really helped in sculpting & toning my body.

PAIN FACTOR: 4/10. 

It's strange because I was told that no other patients complains of pain for I-Lipo, only LipoCryo. For me it was the other way. I found the laser and RF sequence could sometimes overheat, and the cellulite massaging part felt painful due to the suction. Therapist Veron is very skilled at handling the machine, so whenever I fedback any discomfort to her, she promptly adjusted the frequency settings to ensure my skin doesn't get burnt and that I feel more comfortable.

SLIMMING RESULTS: 5/10

As mentioned, this is a machine that sculpts and maintains the body shape, not so much of it is focused on fat loss or weight loss. However, for the effort I put in my exercise routines thereafter, I expect no less. I guess this machine may demonstrate more solid results for aging, saggy skin?


The teddy bear heat pack, with compliments of Ms Cindy Tan, was my best companion for treatments in air-conditioned rooms.


Special mention to all the lovely Celevenus staff and the Head of Marketing, Ms Cindy Tan for always taking care of me and making my body contouring journey such an amazing and happy one! The team consists of all beautiful ladies who are attentive, professional, knowledgeable and most importantly, caring & encouraging to all their patients! Thank you Celevenus' angels for always being so sweet and kind to me. Without your positivity and ongoing encouragement, I might have given up halfway already!

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Other Common Questions I Get Regarding My 14 kg Weight Loss Journey:

Q1: Is it compulsory to sign up a package with Celevenus if I want to experience the slimming treatment for myself?
A1. No. They will advise you on what target treatments you need for your slimming goals, but will not push you to take up anything you are uncomfortable with.

Q2: How much is per session?
A2: I can't determine the size of your treatment areas and length of treatment session, etc. Only the professionals at Celevenus can advise you. Please enquire directly with them. Call +65 6410 9621!

To sweeten the deal for you, QUOTE MY NAME FOR 50% DISCOUNT ON LIPO CRYO!!

Q3: How do you lose so much weight in 4 months? Did you do anything else besides the slimming treatments?
A3: Celevenus slimming program was there to assist my weight loss goals, but it was never to make it my main focus! I did not set out to lose 14kg, initially I thought I will be super happy with just 10kg.. but it just happened for me. I have to tell you that HIIT (High Intensity Inteval Trainings) and the Ketogenic way of life was the backbone of my successful weight loss. 

Q4: I want to start exercising, but I don't know how.
A4: Start by doing something you like and can commit to. You don't have to do HIIT if you hate it; neither should you force any diet on yourself if you know you just can't. It's the journey that matters, a lifestyle that you ultimately can keep to, not just an end goal of a certain number of kilos. Trust me, maintenance is the hardest part of weight loss success, not losing weight itself!

Q5: Wahhh I can't do Keto lehhh...have to cut out sugars and carbs ah? I don't eat veggies also leh. Can I still lose weight if I don't do Keto?
A5: Yes, you can still lose weight if you don't do Keto. As long as your daily total amount of calories intake is lesser than total amount of calories expended, you will still lose weight. Besides Keto, there are plenty of other variants of low carb diets if you want to explore this option. Low carb diets are not just there for weight loss, they exist for health reasons too!

Q6. Keto food very hard to cook leh! So troublesome and seems so yucky! Where to buy outside?
A6:  It's not that hard to cook. I take about 30 minutes to prep my daily Keto meals like the ones shown below. It is very palatable to me and my family. 



If you really want to buy ready made Keto compliant meals from outside (which I don't recommend due to hidden carbs in the sauces, the low quality oil used and how they prep the food), I suggest salads, roasted pork belly, Hainanese chicken drumstick, Bak Kut Teh, soft boiled eggs with butter, etc. all must be without sauces. Alternatively, you can visit cafes such as Cookit or Haakon

Word of caution: Research extensively on Ketogenic Diet before you get started! Don't be half-ass and eat fat-laden foods while hanging on to carbs (such as fruits or mee hoon or brown rice!). You will get your health into trouble if you are only half ass into Keto. Good luck!!

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Hope you find this lengthy blog post informative! You're welcome to ask me further questions of Celevenus's services, Keto Diet, HIIT, and just about anything else regarding my weight loss journey! Stay healthy and beautiful, lovelies!


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My hair journey these recent years has been somewhat a crazy one - from browns to ash shades, vibrant colours such as pink & purple, and the daily flat iron and hot-curling, I am pretty lucky that I even have a full head of tresses right now!

Constantly on the lookout of a good homecare hair masque, the first time I spotted COCO & EVE was on Instagram. I was immediately drawn to the colours & design of the packaging! It was only a couple of weeks ago that I finally had the opportunity to test out the product on myself, and boy, I quickly grabbed it!

The brand came to the UK late 2017 and has already won over plenty of beauty fans. Founded in Bali, the masque was created to get your hair back to its purest a.k.a virgin state, with only the best ingredients.

Best selling points : completely free from sulphates and parabens, gluten-free, cruelty-free and 100% vegan and is made using 5 key ingredients: coconut, fig, shea butter, argan oil and linseed.

Benefits of Coco & Eve’s Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque:
  1. 5-in-1 treatment, 
  2. Restore dry and damaged hair
  3. Improve hair texture and shine
  4. Hydrate and deeply condition
  5. Treats split ends and tame frizz
  6. Transforming your hair in only 10 minutes.

 This cute pink brush is for detangling hair during or after hair treatment. Such thoughtfulness!


HOW I USE THE HAIR MASQUE
  1. After shampooing my hair, I divided my hair in two sections.
  2. I took about 2 tablespoons of the masque and applied on each section of my hair,
  3. Using the detangling brush that comes with the package, I brush through my hair to detangle it so absorption can be better.
  4. I left it for about 5 - 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly, depending on my hair condition of the day. You may wear a shower cap to allow for deeper product penetration.
  5. Skip hair conditioner!



MY THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT
The most distinctive trait of this hair masque, apart from its cute packaging, has got to be its strong coconut scent. It's a hit-or-miss for different individuals, but for me - it's definitely something I adore as I am really coconuts about coconuts! Just check me out on my IG Stories and you will know I happily ingest coconut oil every day!
The texture is pretty thick and feels luxuriously rich and pampering. On the hands, product may feel a little on the greasy side but once it reaches to the dry ends of my hair, I can feel my hair soaking up the moisture and goodness of the masque. That explains why I am able to rinse off even before the recommended leave on duration of 10 minutes.
Most hair masques works by coating your hair with silicone or oil so it will appear to be tame. Usually, after another day's wash, hair condition is back to usual condition. NOT COCO & EVE. My hair really looks like it's strengthened and repaired from within; no greasiness and amazingly with more body which my hair normally lacks. Best of all, the effects are long-lasting. Day after day, my hair looks less frizzy and is less prone to breakage.
I finally understood the hype of this product and would highly recommend the splurge!

PRICE: SGD64.90 Save 20% using discount code: SAVEIT
Get your Coco & Eve’s Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque HERE.


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"Mothers are like buttons, they hold everything together." 
I adore this quote - find it especially true and endearing. 

Mothers' Day is fast approaching. Have you given a thought about how to celebrate this special day with the special woman in your life?

For the woman who held everything together in my family, I decided to skip the crowds (which Mom hates!) and hold a tea party at the comfort of my home for her! 

How to Throw a Tea party with Simply Blooms’ Flower Gift Set


To hold an awesome girly tea party, the essential items to prepare are:
  1. Tea - better if it's floral tea
  2. Cookies, pastries, etc.
  3. Flowers for ambience and as a gift for dear Mama! (who doesn't love flowers?)
  4. Optional : pretty tea cups, crockery and cutlery.
To save the hassle and resources of preparing these individual items, Simply Blooms made it simple for us! I was simply elated when I received the Floral Breakfast flower gift package. It consists of almost everything we need for our tea party.

What's in this gift set:


- Juan Tea Relaxing Blue Tea
- Old Seng Choong Putu Mayam Cookie
- Simply Blooms Hand Bouquet


First, you have to lay the table with some pretty place mats. Next, brew hot water to make some tea with Juan Tea Relaxing Blue Tea which is an aromatic blend of French Rose and Lemongrass to help Mom & you to relax and destress from the normal hectic Singapore life. Then, place out those fragrant, tantalising Old Seng Choong Putu Mayam Cookies and serve them in a nice plate. Simply Blooms Hand Bouquet should be positioned strategically on the dining table as a form of decoration and at the end of the tea session, present the bouquet as part of your Mothers' Day gift to your Mommy Dearest!

What I love about Simply Blooms Floral Breakfast Flower Gift Sets

The Juan Tea and Old Seng Choon traditional cookies are a perfect match to my mom's picky taste buds! As of writing this post, it's not exactly Mothers' Day yet, but we have already tried the tea and cookies. Seriously, my whole family LOVES them! Initially, I was skeptical about how Putu Mayan Cookie will taste. If you don't know what Putu Mayan is, it is a traditional Indian breakfast made from bee hoon and brown sugar very popular in Singapore and Malaysia. After one small bite, we were hooked! The aroma of the butter coupled with the distinct taste of coconut and sea salt blended so impeccably, and to top it off - the golden sugar sprinkled on each cookie enhances the flavour of Putu Mayam! Juan Tea was a good light-bodied tea to refresh our taste buds after savouring each cookie.

The hand bouquet was a lovely curation of pink daisies, purple carnations and nude pink roses. The flowers are always fresh and pretty at Simply Blooms, and they often last for more than a week if I keep them properly in a vase and under cool temperatures.


More importantly, I love Simply Blooms flower gift sets for their variety and free flower delivery!  Order/delivery process is seamless and their services are prompt. Prices are very affordable too. A stunning gift set like this costs only SGD95.23 (incl. GST)!


Besides Floral Breakfast as seen above, Simply Blooms also offers a series of gift sets with other flavours of cookies & tea and different floral bouquet arrangement too.



Check out their website for more information!


**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Simply Blooms. Opinions expressed here are completely my own based on my experience.
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