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!

NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum keeps my skin happy!

New addition to my bedside table.

I was recently sent the new Nivea Body Intensive Moisture Serum. When I first tried it on, a wave of nostalgia hit me and I was transported back to when I was little again. If you’re an 80’s kid like me, you might remember this NIVEA Crème that came in this blue metal tin packaging… 

My mum religiously applied this NIVEA Crème creme everyday when I was little and I remember just sitting beside and watching her smoothed the luxurious white cream that smelled so heavenly and womanly to me all over her hands and legs. She’d let me have a go at it sometimes and on some days when she was not watching, I’d open the tin and sneak a bit of it on my legs to catch a whiff of the scent and pretend that I was all grown up. My mum -surely due to her religious application of the NIVEA Crème everyday- has velvety soft and super fair skin up till today and I’ve always wanted skin like hers. Somehow, this NIVEA Crème got lost and forgotten through the growing up years…I’m excited to ‘find’ it again and can’t wait to add it to my daily skincare regime. 
What I really like about this body serum is that it’s lightweight and easily absorbs into the skin very quickly. I really dislike the heavy creams that stay on the skin and remain sticky in our humid Singapore weather. Upon application, the skin seems to ‘drink’ the lightweight body serum and my skin immediately feels refreshed, hydrated and softer to the touch. 
According to what’s on the packaging, the serum contains Vitamin E+ and Grape Seed Oil. It is also the first body moisture serum with sun protection, SPF 25 PA++ (hooray to SPF!) to combat 10 signs of dry and damaged skin:
1. Flaky
2. Itchy
3. Uneven
4. Scratched
5. Rough
6. Cracked
7. Stressed
8. Dull
9. Peeling
10. Tight
I’ve been applying the serum every morning for 3 days in a row especially on my elbows and knees where the skin is rough and dry with some flaky bits.  Already I’ve noticed considerable improvements in the skin around those areas – there are lesser lines, almost no more flaky bits and and the skin feels a lot more hydrated, like the moisture is retained as compared to just superficial moisturizing.
I also like that the packaging is simple and fuss free. The flip cap top opens and closes easily and dispenses the serum with a good dosage with every squeeze of the tube. The last thing I want for a body moisturizer is cumbersome screw caps and those open tubs that run the risk of spilling when you leave it on the bed whilst moisturizing.
Thank you, NIVEA for sending this wonderful tube of goodness to me. It keeps my skin hydrated, happy and supple…and I can’t wait to share it with my mum. I’m sure she’ll love it as much as I do!

Hello, stronger and thicker hair!

If you guys remember, I blogged about L’Oreal’s Hair Expertise range of sulfate-free, silicone-free and paraben-free haircare last year. A quick reminder, sulfate is really really bad for the hair. Sulfate is equivalent to and found in most home and industrial cleaning products such as floor cleaners, car wash soaps and engine degreasers. Using shampoo and hair products containing sulfate can lead to dry and brittle hair, split ends and scalp irritation. So if you want healthy and shiny hair, sulfate is a big no.

L’Oreal has recently introduced and added on to their Hair Expertise range a complete hair and scalp system that includes shampoo, conditioner and hair thickening tonic. Aptly named EverStrong Hair and Scalp System, these 3 products when used in unison targets hair fall control from the roots so that you’ll have stronger, thicker hair in 30 days! 
The promise to target hair fall control from the roots got me really interested as my regular hairstylist told me that she noticed that my hair has gotten significantly lesser over the years. *gasp* (Damn you, ageing process!!) I’ve also noticed that I drop quite a lot of hair throughout the day and during hair wash. Most likely, years of scalp neglect is the cause for this hair loss. I’m sure it also doesn’t help that I’m quite a bit older now…everything seems to start falling apart as you age. I used to have a full head of thick hair! Anyhow, here are a couple of reasons why your scalp becomes clogged: 
– Excessive sebum production/oily scalp
– Leftover styling products
– Pollutants
– Improper cleansing/use of the wrong products
So obviously when your scalp is clogged, your hair cannot grow properly and healthily. Just as like plants that need good fertile soil and nutrients to grow well, hair is the same and a healthy scalp is necessary for thick and luscious locks. The EverStrong range of products promise to help regulate and control sebum production, hence allowing hair to grow healthily while fortifying hair strands, making each strand thicker and stronger. It’s enriched with botanical oils such as Rosemary to sooth the scalp, Mint to revitalize and also contains Amino Acid Complex to fortify, thicken and energize the scalp.
To test the effectiveness of the EverStrong range, I’ve embarked on the 30 day challenge to test the claim for ‘stronger, thicker hair in 30 days’.  I had my scalp tested for a before/after review.

In this ‘before’ image, you can see that my hair strands are of varying thickness with some being very thin. As opposed to a healthy head of hair where the strands are of similar thickness (see below picture). This hair test shows that my hair strands are thinning which means that my hair is more brittle and drops and snaps easily. Thinner hair strands also equals a less full head of hair. 

I am mid-way through the challenge and this is how my scalp looks. Already, the width of my hair strands look more similar and each strand looks thicker and stronger. Although we could not locate the exact same spot for the before/after images, we did a more thorough scan around my scalp for this after review and the images all turned out pretty similar. 

Besides strengthening my hair so that each strand becomes thicker, I really love the minty smell of the products and how fresh my scalp feels after a wash. My scalp also feels a lot cleaner now, like I’ve thoroughly removed all the hair styling product build-ups and excess oil. 

If you would like a healthier scalp and stronger, fuller hair, join the L’Oreal Hair Expertise Every Strong 30-day Scalp Care Challenge too! (Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want a healthier scalp and stronger hair…)
Here’s how:
1. Purchase the Ever Strong tonic and receive a 59ml set of shampoo + conditioner. 
2. To redeem your complimentary shampoo + conditioner, register with your particulars on L’Oreal’s HERE.
3. Use the full set of products for 30 days after redemption. At the end of the 30 days, head back to L’Oreal’s office for an after challenge scalp shot, share your testimonial and receive a $50 hamper incentive.