My skin saver.

I was in a wintery country last month and my friend from there asked me how I maintained such fair skin coming from a sunny island like Singapore. “Lyco White and sunscreen”, is my answer. If you’re wondering what Lyco White is, it’s an oral skin supplement to support skin health. Packed with powerful ingredients that are all proven to significantly work, these tablets are an all-in-one for whitening, sun protection and as an anti-oxidant. 
I’m on to my second bottle already (each bottle lasts a month) and although I admit that I’m already quite fair to start, the most significant difference I’ve noticed is that my skin looks a lot less dull. Especially on days when I’m tired and didn’t get enough sleep. Before, my skin used to look really dull and yellow on days like these. These days, even when I’m feeling horrible and unrested inside, my skin fakes it and makes me look all fresh and bright. 
The whitening process of Lyco White comes from the humble fruit, the tomato. A complex called Phytofloral is derived to help give you fairer and clearer skin. It also helps decrease the sun’s effect on your skin by inhibiting melanin synthesis. Which means, I can stay out in the sun longer without developing a tan, become sunburnt or develop dark spots. Plus, it contains a unique ingredient to increase the skin’s ability to defend itself against UV radiation. 
My favourite benefit from this awesome pill is its super antioxidant powers. We all know how essential antioxidant is for happy and healthy skin. I’ve noticed that my sensitive skin is a lot less sensitised after taking Lyco White and is less reactive to pollution and the environment. My skin used to flare up and I’d get red spots from allergies and what not. 
To complete this pill and make it even more awesome than it already is, black pepper extract is added which boosts absorption of all the nutrients. This means that all the goodness is absorbed into your system quicker, which means faster results.  
Now you all know why, alongside many of my other friends who have embarked on their Lyco White journey love it so much and ‘panic’ when we forget to take our dose for the day. It’s literally, a skin saver! 
You can get your dose of healthier and brighter skin with Lyco White from IDS Clinic. For more details:

IDS Clinic is located at:
8 Sinaran Drive #05-07 to 10
Novena Specialist Centre

Tel: 6568 3555

My entire skincare range is from IDS and I’m seeing excellent results on my skin from their products! 
Outfit details:
Playsuit: Wardrobe Theory 
(I especially love the back details on this piece)
Brooch: Chanel
Heels: Alice & Olivia
Hair & Make-Up: Xuann

Fresh hair.

Just got my hair done by Sue from Salon Vim at Orchard Central. I trimmed, coloured and did the Privy treatment. My hair is soooo soft and fluffy now…I can dieeeee. I also got a set of home haircare products – the Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo for colour treated hair, Kerastase Nutri-Thermique Hair Mask and Kerastase Fibre Architecte Double Serum for my dry ends. I’ve been using Kerastase hair products for a long while now and I love what they’re doing for my hair. I’m all set for the Chinese New Year! 

Here’s an exclusive bundle deal from Salon Vim to get your tresses ready for CNY: 
Haircut + Highlight + Base Colour + Treatment for $288 and up! 
Call 6884 7757 for your appointment.

The amazing LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation

They say that when you hit 30 and your body starts going downhill. Your health will start showing subtle signs of ageing and taking care of yourself will mean finding a balance between stress and healthy living habits. I’ve never quite thought about that when I was in my 20’s and used to probably scoff at that, thinking that my body will probably have some super powers to maintain and keep my youth forever. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I take those thoughts and words all back. I’m sad to say that my memory is not as good as before – I’ve never used to need to make lists or write down scheduled appointments. On occasions that I don’t enter appointments into my calendar, I  receive texts that read, ‘I’m here. Where are you?’ and completely panic simply because, I forgot. That of course will set me off like a crazy lunatic rushing to get ready in all of 5 minutes. I usually take at least 30 minutes and I’ll be out of the house looking like a crazed wreck, waving my hands crazily in my desperation to try and hail a cab to rush to my appointment. Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight. 
I’ve read that as we get older, the number of nerve cells in the brain decreases. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function. Right. I’m not looking forward to that at all! 
So, besides the age taking a toll on my brain and memory retention abilities, the next most obvious change that I’ve noticed on myself is my skin. Having suffered from sensitive and blemish prone skin for most of my life, I’ve always been religious with skincare and taking care of my skin. Complicated skincare routines and slapping on masks a few times a week on my face are routines etched into my daily life. Despite my being so disciplined, I’ve noticed that my skin, especially those around my eyes have become less taut. A deep line has formed above my eye socket making it look like I’ve got deep-set eyes – pretty on some days, but I think I just look older on most days. My cheeks are not set as high as they used to be – I used to get compliments on how pretty and high my cheekbones were. Yep, as you’d expect, those compliments are now a distant memory and I don’t hear them anymore. The most worrying of all besides the cheeks not sitting as high, is my skin being less taut and giving way to gravity. I try and fight it as hard as I can, but I see a hint of double-chin (gasp!!) and saggy cheeks that hang off my face and goes beyond my face bone structure (god forbid!!). Wrinkles of course, are having a heyday on my face. The most obvious merry makers are the wrinkles and crow’s feet around my eyes and boy, do they show up when I laugh or smile. The crows feet at the end of the eyes used to be called cute smile/laugh lines. Now, they’re just called crow’s feet. 
Research shows that your skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20’s. As get get older, production of collagen – the protein that acts as scaffolding to the skin – slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has less spring and can even break. Dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. This causes fine wrinkles and thin, transparent skin. 
Hooray! Cheers to being 3-0! Haha. Alright, don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying my time being 30-something (figured I’d better have the time of my life before I hit 4-0 and more goes downhill). Being a petite Asian, I’m also lucky to possibly have the signs of ageing show up less. People still tell me that I don’t look my age – thank you!!. But you know that we are always our worst and harshest critics. We prod and examine ourselves under the microscope and set alarm bells ringing at every small change. I sink into a mild depression every time I spot a new wrinkle. Okay, kidding. 
The good thing is that there is so much help available in the market now for you to preserve your youth and defy the ageing process. I was recently introduced to GNC’s LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit (Retail price: $188 / total worth $249.40). The kit contains:

– 16 x 50ml of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta

– 5 x LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask

About  LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta

Each bottle of this collagen drink contains 13,000mg of premium collagen from red snapper and other age-defying nutrients. The collagen strengthens your skin and improves skin’s elasticity for youthful, clear skin. It visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin is lifted and tightened. The placenta helps rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhances the skin renewal process. The drink also contains DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, CoQ10, Ceramide and Vitamin C and E for enhanced skin hydration, elasticity and luminosity. 

About LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask

This facial mask is infused with concentrated premium collagen-enriched essence to firm hydrate and brighten your complexion in 7-10 minutes. This intensive mask smoothens deep and fine lines, infuses skin with moisture and lightens stubborn skin discolouration and dull skin. It also contains antioxidant ingredients to target dark spots and wrinkles caused by ageing and environmental pollution.

Direction for the transformation kit: 

Drink a bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink daily, preferably before bedtime for 16 days. Use at least five pieces of LAC Taut® mask during these 16 days for a powerful synergistic effect.

After 16 days, take 1 bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink, preferably before bedtime, at least 3-4 times a week as a health supplement and for maintenance. Use the LAC Taut® Collagen Mask at least 2-3 times a week for best results.

Strengthen skin, improve skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and lift sagging skin, rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhance skin renewal process?! Imagine my glee when I read up and found out more about the kit.

I couldn’t wait to start. I religiously followed the instructions and drank the collagen drink for 16 days in a row and used the facial mask for about 15minutes each time every 2-3 days.

This is my before/after documentation.

Full-face Before:

Full-face After:
I tried to keep lighting conditions and angles as close as possible for the before and after shots with no makeup and filtering of course. The most drastic difference that surprised me after 16 days of the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit was that my face looked sharper and it was more V-shaped. Notice in the before picture that there is some flesh hanging off my cheeks (especially on the right side of my face / left side of the image)? It’s gone in the after picture! Even my friends around me commented that my face looked sharper and asked if I’ve lost weight. Trust me, I haven’t lost any weight. 

Other differences I noticed were my face looking generally brighter, the darkness below my eyes lightened some and my skin generally looked more even-toned overall. I’ve also got combination skin where the skin on my cheeks tend to get dryer than the rest of my face. Guess what? I’ve had less of this dry skin issue now that I’ve completed the 16 day transformation. My eyes may be playing tricks on me, but doesn’t my skin look ‘tighter’ in the after picture too? I’ve definitely noticed that I look less tired and my skin less dull without makeup. I’ve even felt confident enough to step out of the house without makeup on a few occasions. Haha. Check out the close-ups on my eye area below. I’ve been most worried about the fine lines below and around my eyes. 
Close-up of my eye Before picture:
 Close-up of my eye After picture:
The most obvious difference I noticed as you can see from the both pictures is that the fine lines below my eyes were lesser and less obvious than before I started the 16-day transformation with LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit! I’ve also always had this strange streak of dark patch below my eyes (as seen in the before picture) that I’ve always had to conceal and the dark patch lightened significantly after 16 days. 

Wow. I was definitely amazed by the results after just 16 days. I’m so excited to continue with the drinks and masks. I’m cutting the regularity to 3-4 times a week for the drink now for maintenance and  fingers crossed, even more results. If you are looking to achieve brighter, more hydrated skin and to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, I’d definitely recommend this LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit. Start today and you’ll still be in time for Christmas! 🙂 
Even more exciting news for my readers: 
Share your experience from the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit in a video with LAC Taut® on their Facebook ( and you may stand a chance to win a year’s supply! Go to for more details of this contest and watch videos of real Taut users. Terms and conditions apply! Good luck! I am sooooo tempted to join the giveaway too. 


The Ginza Calla Difference

I admit that I’m slightly biased with anything ‘made in’, or ‘from’ Japan. My experience from working with Japan Airlines as a flight attendant has proven that the Japanese are a bunch of very hardworking people and they are extremely focused on customer service and giving their consumers the best quality products and services. I’ve always been a huge fan and trusted Japanese skincare and beauty solutions. I figured that Asian beauty solutions should suit us much better, right?

I jumped at the opportunity when I was given the chance to review the new IPL salon in town, Ginza Calla. This renowned Japanese hair removal specialist store has been around in Tokyo for over 20 years and by far, they’ve got 30 stores located across Japan. Their first Singapore store is located conveniently at the new wing of Plaza Singapura (#04-55). I went for my appointment without much expectations as I’ve done IPL treatments before and the sessions are usually no frills (with no pampering whatsoever) and very quick. 

It turns out that Ginza Calla is unlike no other IPL treatments that I’ve tried before. This Japanese specialist not only pays attention to removing your hair, they also take care of your skin before and after the IPL session.  

The therapist explained the entire procedure before my treamtment session and I filled in a questionnaire to make sure that I was fit to undergo the IPL session. 

The therapist first spread a cooling gel on my legs in preparation of the IPL treatment. She then proceeded with the IPL. The entire process was pain-free and super fuzz free. Here’s a tip for those going for the IPL treatment, shave the day before and not on the actual day so that your skin is not extra sensitive on IPL day from shaving!

And here’s the Ginza Calla difference that got me sold. 

Five pulses of light
While other IPL treatments deliver 3 pulses of light per shot, Ginza Calla’s delivers 5. This makes the treatments even more effective and hair growth will be greatly reduced after 12-18 sessions. 
Bihadajunbi Lotion
This part of the treatment was what impressed me most. After the IPL treatment, my skin was doused in this moisturizing Bihadajunbi lotion from a high powered jet spray machine. Developed by dermatologists, this lotion is packed with moisturizing properties such as Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen to keep your skin supple and moisturized. The jet spray allows for better penetration of the lotion into deeper layers of the skin and ensures 95 percent moisture retention rate. The cool blast of air from the jet spray was very welcoming and calmed my skin after the IPL treatment leaving my skin feeling refreshed and comfortable.
This is the Bihadajunbi jet-spray machine.

Here are my legs being pampered with the moisturizing lotion after IPL.
After application of cooling pads, my skin was doused with this deliciously moisturizing lotion once again. And here are results that I never expected from an IPL session. 
Ta-dah! Fairer legs! Can you spot the difference in skin colour from my thighs (did not undergo treatment) and calves that underwent treatment? This was completely unexpected. Smooth, fuzz-free legs – yes, but fairer skin? No way! It was such a nice surprise. Now I want to IPL and Bihadajunbi my whole body! 
I proceeded with IPL for my underarms excitedly after my legs because not only was I going to have the whole Bihadajunbi experience, a moisturizing and whitening mask was going to be applied after for even better results. This was the procedure for my underarms (in-order): cleansing, shaving, application of cooling gel, actual IPL, high-pressure jet spray Bihadajunbi lotion mist shower, cooling pads, whitening mask, last douse of Bihadajunbi lotion.

This is the whitening mask that was applied to my underarms after treatment. Similarly, it will be applied to your brazilian area for those who undergo Brazilian IPL treatments. Once again, Ginza Calla not only takes care of your hair removal needs, but also ensures that your skin is taken care of after the treatment.

Now, here’s the part that I know all of you are waiting for. Special Ginza Calla promotions when you quote my name so that you can try their awesome IPL treatments too! 
Promotion 1
$2 for any small parts (unlimited) when you purchase the small parts unlimited plan for $388.
Small parts are marked out in red below.
Promotion 2

$68 for 3 sessions of Full Brazillian with that amazing whitening mask that I mentioned about earlier or Unlimited full Brazilian IPL for only $2,380. Brazilian IPL is one of Ginza Calla’s specialty and you know you’d want someone really professional for your V area.  The number of IPL treatment sessions varies with each individual and it usually takes at least 3 sessions for results to show and at least 12 – 18 sessions for a truly fuzz-free Brazilian area. In this case, the unlimited plan totally rocks. Split $2,380 by 18 sessions and it only works out to $100+ per IPL treatment. And I bet you’ll be going more than 18 times.

For customers who purchase both 1 & 2, you will be entitled to 1 free sea-plant mineral mask which contains nourishing ingredients that will help eliminate dullness and un-even skin tone while soothing and calming your skin.

Promotion 3

$50 Unlimited Plan on any 1 of the following 4 parts: Underarm/ Upper Lip/ Back of Hands & Fingers/ Toes and Feet. This promo is for limited customers only, so do hurry and make your appointment!

For more information, go to:



Opening Hours11:00 21:00

Thank you, Ginza Calla for my smooth, soft, fuzz-free legs and underarms!

Protecting your V’s – it’s about time you start!

I’ve been getting these blast-from-the-past moments of late. Brands and products that I used to use many years ago have been re-appearing in my life and they bring back so many memories and ignite such a strong sense of nostalgia. 

Anyone familiar with this bottle of Lactacyd Liquid? I battled with acne when I was in Junior College (I was from Catholic Junior College, if any of you are wondering) and I asked this girlfriend of mine, who is super pretty and has flawless skin no less what facial wash she was using. She told me that she was using Lactacyd Liquid and of course, I headed for the stores right away and got myself a couple of bottles. I remember using it for quite a few years. Lactacyd liquid is extracted from milk, maintains the natural skin acidic pH and is suitable for sensitive skin and those with dermatological problems. My skin cleared up with the help of creams from the dermatologist and this wash. 

So when the good people at Lactacyd contacted me recently to share about a campaign that they’re currently running, I agreed immediately. I definitely trust this brand. They sent me these bottles of feminine wash. Is anyone of you using these already? I honestly can get quite lazy sometimes and do the minimal to ‘upkeep’ myself. 
Reading up about how to care for the V area and feminine washes online, the general consensus is that different parts of the body require different cleansing products. Just as you would wash your face with a facial cleanser, you need a special cleanser for your Vs too to protect the area and to keep it clean and fresh. This definitely makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? Prior to this, I’ve not given much thought to treating my V well at all. I think it’s about time I start.
Everyday washing with normal soap can weaken the natural protection of your V area because the pH value is different. When the balance of your pH value is disrupted, bacteria can breed and form.
Lactacyd Daily Feminine Wash not only carries a pH closer to your V area, it also contains Lactoserum, Lactic Acid and other natural ingredients which strengthens the natural protection of the area so that you are free of irritation and odour. There are different types of washes for different needs. Revitalize contains Vitamin E and Collagen to hydrate and refresh, Femining Hygiene contains Lactoserum and Lactic Acid to maintain a balanced pH level, All-Day Fresh contains extra herbal essences for a refreshing clean feel, White Intimate contains marine-based algowhite and plant-based Actipone-B to lighten (within 4 weeks), and Soft & Silky contains extra milk moisturizers to moisturize and prevent dryness. They’ve also got feminine wipes, to keep you fresh and clean when you’re on the go.

Besides sharing about the importance of feminine care in this post, I would like to share about this amazing empowering campaign that Lactacyd is currently having. Actually, maybe I don’t really want to share about this contest because I want to win too. Haha!  :X
Aptly called, ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ (I came, I saw, I conquered ), Lactacyd not only takes care of all your feminine needs, but they are also aiming to inspire confidence in women and encourage all of us to follow our dreams. They are giving all aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to realise their dream of starting their own business by giving away a business start-up package worth SG$15,000. No way, I want to participate too! Here’s how to participate and stand a chance to win. 

Log onto Lactacyd’s ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ Contest Facebook app, register your details and share your business idea. 

Top 10 finalists will also be given the opportunity to have 1-on-1 interview sessions with women of substance from top International companies and get first hand business tips. How brilliant! 

Contest period: 10thSeptember – 16th November 2014

Visit the Lactacyd Love Your V Facebook page for more details.