True Aesthetics – IPL Hair Removal

This will probably be the saddest post I have ever written with the lack of visual stimulation. But then again, before I begin, I don’t necessarily think my audience would be so keen to see pictures of my underarms in all their glory.

I have occasionally heard about this IPL Hair Removal in conversation and seen it on advertisements and never knew why I haven’t given it much thought. In fact, wish I should have done this earlier. I suppose I got the impression that the cost for the ‘procedure’ and sessions would break the bank. Wrong again.

Having lived in Singapore now since February, I feel more confident about knowing where to go for what I want, but as far as beauty treatments were involved I had no idea how to even begin my research apart from good ol’ google search. I had stumbled upon Shanice Lim’s blog where she gave such an in depth and magnificent review on True Aesthetics, that I was sold. I booked my appointment at their branch on Orchard Central, and came in for my very first session.

I believe I paid about $268 for 300 shots. For the underarms, it takes anywhere between 20-30 shots per session. After your first session you book the following sessions every fortnight, but as soon as the hair really starts to slow its growth (or barely grows at all), you won’t need to come in as frequently. Now I have pretty course and thick underarm hair (barf. gross i know), but I was so shocked that after my first session my hair growth had indeed almost came to a crashing halt as 2 weeks into my second appointment there were patches where hair didn’t seem to grow. AMAZING! Prior to my 2nd appointment, I would exfoliate every now and again, and even noticed that the hair would seem to shed with some pressure involved with my exfoliating process (not recommended). The procedure each session take 5-7 minutes if that! Not too shabby eh?

I have been so pleased by my experience at True Aesthetics so far, and though a tiny boutique in Orchard Central, I appreciate how clean and serene it was. The two girls I have met have been lovely and very kind thus far. They also offer tea if you fancy. I am already counting down the days till my 3rd session can can’t wait to eventually be HAIRLESS!

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #06-18
Singapore 238896
(Tel) 688 44 072

http://www.trueaesthetics.net/

Guava Family – Lotus Crib Review

Sometimes I’m a brat, and when a really awesome product comes my way, sometimes I just don’t want to share it. I do feel like I am five years old again in that sense. I can’t hold out though on the Guava Family – this is one of my all time favourite baby gear, and it’s only fair that I put them on blast for making such a magnificent crib that both, the baby daddy, myself, and most importantly our LO loves.

I present the Lotus Crib. I don’t know a whole lot about this company and its inception let alone who are the people behind it – it is quite rare for me to purchase a product given that in mind. I like to have some sense of knowledge however minimal of how the brand was built and how it started. So out on a limb, and with the pretty good reviews I’ve heard, plus a kick ass promotional video (I truly am a sucker) I ordered the Lotus, and it arrived on my parents doorstep just as they had promised – not a day short.

Set up was a breeze, and it just looked so sleek and light, and made traveling a gajillion times easier. We threw it on our back on a flight to NYC as carry on, we have traveled since with it to beach resorts, grandmother’s house in London, Qatar, LA, Manila, its been quite a few places, and not a burden at all to lug around.

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A few important things :

  • 42″ x 24″ mattress, 25″ deep. 11 lbs crib weight.
  • 15 Second set-up, backpack portability, fits as a carry-on, use it EVERYWHERE
  • Cool zipper on the side so your baby can feel free to crawl in our out as he/she pleases.
  • Breathable mesh fabric.
  • Incredibly light and portable as a travel crib should be.
  • Love how it can be worn as a backpack or either carried.

The not-so good :

  • Thin mattress.

The thin mattress isn’t really much of an issue for me or my daughter. She sleeps really well in the crib as Guava threw their quilted mattress in along with the purchase (two thumbs up and thank you). I believe the thin mattress adheres to safety regulations, and that is why the mattress is the way it is. But this has bummed a few people out from the other reviews that i’ve read.

Very pleased with their customer service. Sent an e-mail their way with a question I had, and they got back to me in lighting speed. I highly recommend the Lotus Crib, and I doubt you’ll regret it.

Here is the video that stole my heart:

http://vimeo.com/54987870

Going Dutch with the Nuna Pepp

Veering away from my usual beauty reviews, I have got to show love where credit is due, and blog about one of my two favourite baby products – the Nuna Pepp Stroller. This will be a two part review so stay tuned, as I have yet to test out the new Pepp Luxx that has barely reached the market…

I had been lusting after this buggy since I first laid eyes on it, on a mommy blog. Its sleek design was exactly what I needed, and it was essentially love at first sight.

For months before Tala was born, I had already been scouting for the perfect stroller, and was torn between a few more popular brands on the market namely: Stokke & Bugaboo. I soon realized however just how bulky they would be for a family who travels constantly, and was back on the hunt for something a bit more practical and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

As a gift, we were given the Maclaren Quest, which was awesome and everything a new mum or dad could want: light, easy to set up, pack up and throw around, but not quite aesthetically pleasing for my taste. Yes, I am being superficial, but allow me to be. Plus, my little girl wasn’t too fond of it and after a while of strolling and pounding the streets of NYC, she would often moan and want to be carried. I assume the suspension wasn’t all too great, and eventually took a toll on her little toosh.

The Pepp is a stroller by Nuna that takes a spin on the approach that less is more. A few of their brag worthy points is that it offers a smooth ride, one hand steering and unfolding, and folds flat. As in flat, flat, flat. So once I did my intensive research on the brand, watched its promotional videos, read its reviews etc. it was an easy sell and I knew I had to have it.

For more info on the brand click here.

If you haven’t picked it up on my intro just yet, I am besotted by this little stroller. Here is why:

  • My daughter will happily sit in it for hours, and doze off with ample amount of canopy to shade her from the sun.
  • One thing I love the most about the Pepp is its one hand steering, and it pushes like a dream.
  • Quick one handed set up.
  • Folds beautifully flat with more than enough room to leave you with in the boot of your car.
  • Stands up on its on.
  • You can roll it folded instead of lugging it on your back.
  • Doesn’t tip like most lightweight strollers.
  • Really sturdy (again for a lightweight stroller).

Cons:

  • A popular complaint is the small basket, which isn’t too accommodating to a baby bag, or much of anything else really, but again you can’t expect much for a lightweight stroller that folds perfectly compact.
  • I get a feeling that my little one who is taller than the average baby may outgrow the Nuna, only because the hood seems a bit low.

Road Test:

In our recent trip to London, the Pepp braved the cobblestone streets of the English Countryside and zig-zagged along the crowded touristy areas in Central London with ease. The Pepp also pushed wonderfully on grass as it did on gravel. I was truly impressed.

What matters the most to me is the fact that I can tell my almost 1 year old enjoys the ride. She sits on her chariot as comfortable as can be, and the fact that baby and mummy is happy is definitely a great combo.

Yummy colors to choose from

Pretty cool if you ask me.

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Tala and Grandad

 

Verdict: Two thumbs way up for the Nuna Pepp.

Blanca de China

It was a rainy afternoon and I knew that my face was begging to be pampered and in need of some massive T.L.C. 

The boyfriend and I trekked over 259A Ibuna St. and conveniently tucked on the corner of P. Guavarra, was Blanca de China. The shop was much smaller than I had imagined, but was cute and cozy nonetheless. We were immediately greeted by two lovely therapist who made us feel right at home. You have to forgive me for the lack of photos in this post— too rainy and was feeling a tad lazy to snap a few shots.

We were set on two Ivory Facial’s which we were incredibly pleased to know cost under 1,000 php, which I was used to paying for one service. At this rate, I could most probably pamper myself on a regular basis! I decided to top up my facial with a Gold Mask to help aid with the circulation and get rid of impurities.

I want to begin by mentioning that I do have high standards. I expect to know what is going throughout my service and what touches my face as therapists goes about her business and works her magic. My therapist did just that. She politely and in almost a whisper mentioned that she was going to begin the service, and let me know what she was doing step-by-step. I loved and appreciated that. The arm and hand massage was an unexpected surprise and happily accepted. Once the service was over, we were treated to some tea and biscuits which was delightful touch to a relaxing facial.

Blanca de China is all I could wish for and more. It is a place where my inner goddess can run free and jump freely from service to service. Impeccably immaculate, hygienic, and cozy, with wonderful therapists that know what they are doing and are very professional. I really can’t ask for more.

My first visit to Blanca de China turned out to be wonderful and I would definitely visit again, however it would have made my service all the more superb if the facial extended towards the neck,  as it is just as important as the face, and I am used to it being a packaged deal whenever I get a facial—my neck is never neglected. Also, a complaint that I  do have; however not enough to turn my business away is that I wish my therapist throughly cleaned my face. I found the water to be not warm enough for starters, and when my service was complete, my mascara and my eyeliner still coated my top lids. 

I hope that when I return, the staff will be reminded that the cleansing stage is crucial before any extractions can be made. 

Other than that, I definitely intend on visiting again. Their affordable prices, warm and affable staff, as well as how sanitary they are when it comes to sanitizing their tools, and the fun menu of services—this is a place not to miss.

Best part are their hours:

Mondays – Thursdays at 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Fridays – Sundays at 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Blanca de China Lifestyle Spa

259A Ibuna cor P. Guevarra Streets San Juan 

Tel Number 542 8499