Monday, 09 March 2020 14:53
The turquoise lagoon, shaded by young coconut palms. The sundrenched sand, soft and fine, has been calling out to me since 2 months ago when I did CoolSculpting with Halley Body Slimming Clinic (Halley Body).
They clinic mentioned that I lost 1.5kg, but at home, I seem to have lost close to 3kg! Must be the thick dress I was wearing on the day of the mid review
Several machines working in tandem
In between, however, one of the applicators indicated a "thermal error" after running for a few minutes. It is a safety feature built into the CoolSculpting machine, which stops the treatment when it detects that the area treated is getting too cold. I learnt that each applicator has sensors which would regulate the temperature. The temperature has to be maintained at minus 11 degrees celsius. This meant that I could only proceed with treatment for that area 24 hours later. This was really reassuring that caution had been exercised when building this machine.
Compare & Contrast
Definitely flatter tummy!
Can you see my curves?
Tried to pinch a layer of fats and this is all I could manage.
Friday, 06 March 2020 16:23
After my first round of 12 CoolSculpting Applicators ( read about it here – there is plenty of other information in this post relating to CoolSculpting as well), I was due for my mid-treatment review with Halley Body Slimming Clinic in late November last year.
Before that, I had already noticed obvious differences, like how my clothes hang on my body. From being able to wear clothing I hadn’t been able to in years, to noticing a significant gap between my waist and my shorts – I now look in the kids' sections for my clothing needs!
I feel the difference even when I am sitting down. I’m really not particularly good at angling myself for photos, but there were no obvious bulges at my tummy area by the 7th week after my treatment, and I have more of a curve now that my waistline is smaller.
The moment of truth came during my mid-treatment review with Dr. Terence Tan of Halley Body Sliming Clinic after my first session (which you can read about here) when we took down all my measurements again. Here are the changes measured:
Weight : 45.8kg -> 44.7kg
BMI: 19.0 -> 18.6
Body Fat %: 27.9 -> 26.6
Waist: 75.6cm -> 70.5cm
If you look at my progress from the very first visit two years ago, there are even more significant reductions (10.5cm off my waist!), which have been sustained even though I had taken a 2-year break from CoolSculpting.
Weight : 48.8kg -> 44.7kg
BMI: 20.3 -> 18.6
Body Fat %: 29.1 -> 26.6
Waist: 81cm -> 70.5cm
Dr. Terence Tan took a look at my shape during my mid-treatment review and to see where else we should sculpt. After the consultation, he prescribed a total of 8 CoolAdvantage applicators and 4 CoolAdvantage Petite applicators for the next round of treatment.
Upper abdomen: 2 CoolAdvantage 1 CoolAdvantage Petite
Lower abdomen: 2 CoolAdvantage 1 CoolAdvantage Petite
Left flank: 2 CoolAdvantage 1 CoolAdvantage Petite
Right flank: 2 CoolAdvantage 1 CoolAdvantage Petite
Each needed an application time of 35 minutes.
Now that I have lost quite a bit of fats from my first round of 12 applicators, I find this round of treatment to be more uncomfortable as compared to before – so much so that I needed to hold one stress ball in each of my hands to help me get over the discomfort for the first 10 minutes of each application. I also felt much colder during the treatment. Thankfully, the specialists at Halley Body Slimming Clinic took very good care of me by providing me with many warm cups of milo and adequate cover-up.
Halley Body Slimming Clinic has a total of 6 CoolSculpting machines that can be used at the same time. However, because I had gotten smaller in size after my first round of 12 CoolSculpting applicators, they were only able to apply a maximum of 2 applicators at the same time – I just didn’t have enough surface area for them to do more!
These pictures were taken right after completing all 12 CoolSculpting applicators. There was some redness at the application areas right after application, but as you can see, the redness on other application sites have already gone away. It is normal to feel that the application site looked lumpy or flabby after treatment, but this will be resolved over time as your body passes out the dead fat cells.
This is how my midsection looks like on Day 8 after the second set of 12 CoolSculpting applicators with Halley Body Slimming Clinic. I had experienced quite a bit of discomfort after my round 1 of 12 CoolSculpting applicators, but this time around it was completely different. Even though I could still feel some swelling and slight pins and needles in my treatment areas, I was very comfortable when I was going about my day to day activities.
CoolSculpting is a treatment that permanently kills fat cells. I will need to wait around 12 weeks to fully pass out fat cells that were targetted during round 2 of my treatment, but given that I was still experiencing slight swelling, it already looked pretty. I’m looking forward to even more visible results!
For more info:
Halley’s CoolSculpting video playlist.
Halley Body Slimming Clinic
277 Orchard Road #03-16
Phone: 6246 8806
By Estella Goh
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 10:06
The makeup trends for Spring 2020 are a visual feast. From colourful eyeshadows to bold graphic liners, Spring makeup is getting as exciting as can be.
Credit: Mariah Leonard
But like we mentioned earlier in another article, one of our favourite, and the easiest to wear is the pastel blue eyeshadow. This is nothing new to the '90s and '00 kids when pastel blue washed over our entire lids was a thing. However, for those of you who are so used to your usual browns and corals, here's a tutorial to help you hop on to the makeup trend.
Monday, 02 March 2020 07:00
Spring 2020 is a time for all makeup maximalists. Gone were the natural-looking browns and taupes, with bold neon shades and candy floss pastel colours taking over our makeup palettes.
Credit: Peter White/Film Magic
One of the most wearable shades from the runways has got to be pastel blue. Bring back the '90s when we wash our entire lids with one shade of pastel blue, because Spring 2020 is seeing a major throwback to this makeup trend. Marc Jacobs sent Gigi Hadid down the runway with pastel blue eyeshadow for his Spring 2020 collection and that channelled major Spring vibes.
To achieve that Gigi Hadid eye makeup look, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply pastel blue eyeshadow all over your eyelids, and sweep the colour along your lower lash line. Dab your brush into some shimmer and apply them at the inner corners of your eyes to open them up.
Try Dior 5 Couleurs Glow Vibes in Blue Beat. It has got the perfect pastel blue shade, including pastel pink and green for you to play around with.
Thursday, 27 February 2020 15:01
When is the best age to start on an anti-aging skincare regimen? No one has the answer. But I'll say, as early as possible.
It is much easier to maintain your youthful skin than to try and reverse all the damage years later. I started my anti-aging skincare regimen when I was 23 and I've never regretted it. However, your anti-ageing skincare products should change as you age as your skin condition changes over time.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum and Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream are anti-aging products that are suitable for all ages though, because they aren't too heavy for those in their 20s, nor are they too light for older skin that requires a stronger concoction.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum ($279)
This anti-aging serum is naturally-derived and fights visible signs of aging to transform our skin. Its youth-restoring secret lies in its Plantscription signature vital-plant technology, a potent ingredient combination that features Anogeissus Bark Extract and Bamboo Complex to boost hydration and soften fine lines.
Upon application, my skin felt soft, hydrated, and plumped up. There is no artificial smell, but instead, it comes with a comfortable, light herbal scent. The serum is pretty lightweight and absorbs into my skin fairly quickly. With continued use, you can expect to see brighter and more radiant skin with your fine lines minimised.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream ($83)
The area around our eyes ages the fastest since the skin is thinner there and that makes it susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, and even a loss of skin elasticity. Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream is a hydrating eye cream that will visibly reduce and smooth fine lines around the eye with Anogeissus Bark Extract, plumps and lift the skin with Crithmum Maritimum, Bamboo and Pea Extract, and minimises puffiness with the golden combination of Golden Chamomile and Algae.
Just like the serum, the cream is very lightweight and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. After using it for a while, crepey lids and fine lines are reduced. If you often wake up with puffy eyes, this is one of the few rare eye creams that reduce eye puffiness as well.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum and Eye Cream are available at Origins stores islandwide and Lazada.
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