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:



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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.