Wednesday, 31 December 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: It's Pure Hair Indulgence when Kishani Discovers the Creambath!


The Hair Creambath treatment at Immortelle Atelier was pure bliss for me the exhausted traveller, having spent two days back to back taking in the sights, sounds and shopping of Singapore; you could say I was rather exhausted, when my friend raved about their Hair Creambath, I just had to give it a go (its only $55!!!) and OMG it was a pleasurable moment that allowed me to survive the rest of my holiday! 


John the head stylist started my treatment off by washing my hair with a caviar based shampoo, which smelled ever so good. Btw ever heard of water conservation while shampooing, well i don’t think he used more than three squirts of water on my head to lather the shampoo, quite a fascinating tactic, recommended to all stylists! From there I was treated to a divine head massage while he washed away the shampoo. There after John’s magic hands worked-in a cooling menthol Creambath with a thirty-minute head massage, at the end of which he had to wake me up, that’s how calming it was (thank goodness I managed to snap at least one photo before I nodded off).



I was informed by John that the most effective way to maintain the good health of your hair and scalp was to schedule in a Creambath as often as possible.

I totally swear that if I lived in Singapore, I would have one at least once a week! Fun fact did you know that the scalp determines how great your hair looks!

Note this treatment will definitely leave your hair shiny, healthy and easy to manage and ONLY costs $55!



Post the indulgent massage my hair was wrapped for a few further minutes where the product is allowed to penetrate into the scalp, and then he continued with a relaxing shoulder and neck massage which was performed while the treatment took effect. OMG this was amaaaazing! The man has magical hands or something. He kneaded away all my stress and knots and left me wobbly as a Jello!

While my scalp was being pampered, my tired from shopping hands were being moisturized and massaged and then they were put into a pair of gloves filled Maria Galland Cocoon mask and left to absorb for about ten minutes and then washed off, leaving me with baby-soft hands!



After about forty minutes of the cooling mint Creambath that had been absorbed into my tired head my hair was rinsed and conditioned with a Caviar conditioner, where again i was spoilt with a short but ever so loved massage, after which my hair was blown and styled into a swishy do that left me looking and smelling so awesome!



The Cream Bath at Immortelle Atelier is a definite cost effective spoiler for anyone looking for some timeout in the hustle and bustle of Singapore holiday.

Priced between S$55 and S$60 it is affordable and definitely a highlight of my holiday. I love you Immortelle Atelier and will be back again soon!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

THELADY@LXG: The LADY tries her first meal replacement!


 Day 1 - Weight: 56 kg
Because this is my first time taking a meal replacement of any sort, I sort of didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect it to be so delicious! It comes in four flavours and I was given seven days worth of a mix of them to try.

Today I had strawberry with half a glass of full cream milk (sorry but skim milk just tastes so yucky) and half a glass of iced water and oooh it was so delicious that I could have a few more.


The strawberry flavor is formulated with freeze-dried Korean Strawberry extract, naturally sourced Korean rice and soy based and is suitable for lactose intolerant and vegetarians. It also has some bits of dried strawberry and a few seeds and I drank/ate them all. Its 6.30PM now, lets see how long I can last before getting hungry. Super excited to see the results of this one week trial/challenge!

Ok by 8PM I was quite hungry so I ate a persimmon and a handful of almonds, pecans and wall nuts. By 9PM I needed more food, so I had a boiled egg and a half glass of milk after which I was satiated until bed time which was at 1AM. Each sachet has only 150 calories, so I don’t blame it for not keeping me full until bed time. To be fair, it must be said that I took the sachet post workout, so I had already worked up quite a hunger, plus I am used to consuming many, many (think at least 800 to a 1000) more calories per meal.


Day 2 - Weight: 55 kg
I am super happy to have lost one-kilo. I know its most likely water weight, but it made me smile nonetheless. Today I had the chocolate flavor and tried to drink it a bit later in the day, so instead of 6.30, I stuffed my face with nuts and a banana and guzzled it at 7.30PM.  By 9PM I felt a bit faint so had another boiled egg (yes I have a thing for boiled eggs). The chocolate flavour is made using the best Valrhona Chocolate extract, filled with yummy chocolate bits and US milk protein. I decided to make it with with full cream milk and it was so tasty but strawberry is still my current favourite!

Day 3 - Weight: 55 kg
Today I had the Grains Flavor, which is formulated with grains, chia seeds, spirulina extract, naturally sourced Korean rice and US milk protein. and it was really tasty.

I decided to use full cream milk instead of the half water / half milk mixture of day 1 and 2.

But I still got hungry after a couple of hours and had to eat two boiled eggs, almonds and some yoghurt and another glass of milk.


Day 4 - Weight: 55 kg
I decided to go with the Matcha flavour today, and to be quite frank, expected it to be my least favourite, so I was quite surprise by the fact that it was really yummy! Matcha Flavor is formulated with Japanese Green Tea extract, naturally sourced Korean rice and soy based is suitable for lactose intolerant and vegetarians. This basically means, that every single flavour is delicious, although Strawberry is still my favourite. Today I decided to use it as a pre-workout drink and it did a fabulous job keeping me focussed on my workout and not on what I would eat next. It also stopped me from gorging as soon as I walked through my door and actually helped keep me satiated until dinner.

Days 5, 6 and 7 - Weight: 55 kg
I have now decided to use this as a pre-workout drink and it seriously helps keep me energized and focused and being only 150 calories, it is easily burned in under an hour.

Its been about a month since I took the meal replacement and I must say that after just seven days and eating almost as much as normal, and basically using Ulti Trim as more of a pre-work out drink, I still not just managed to lose a kilo, but actually maintain the loss, which is absolutely fabulous! Does this work? I think it does. And if I had a stronger will and stuck to a strict diet, I could have lost so much more.
Ulti Trim™ is formulated and recommended as a meal replacement to be used at the very most twice a day.  As delish as it is, Ulti Trim™ should not be taken as a sole source of nutrition to replace all three daily meals and if you want to lose weight healthily, it is still important to consume at least one well-balanced solid meal and shift your butt and exercise for at least 30-45 minutes a day.

For people on long-term medication / diet allergies / pregnant / on lactation; please seek proper medical advice before taking any meal replacement / supplements.

Each box of Ulti Trim™ contains 7 sachets for one week’s consumption, and retails
For $48 a box and is available at:

Nishino Pharmacy Outlets
Shaw House| Liang Court | Takashimaya
Robinsons
The Centrepoint | Raffles City | Orchard | Jurong East Mall
John Little  
Marina Square | Plaza Singapura | Tiong Bahru Plaza | Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Pan Derma Clinique 
Great World City Level 2
Phillip Wain
Mandarin Gallery
Selected TCM and medical clinics



Monday, 17 November 2014

LADY@LXG: Introducing Sothys Sun Protection with Brightening Care


I actually received this fabulous product a few months ago, but because I very cleverly got eczema all over my face, I was unable to use anything, including sunscreen, which made me very paranoid, because if you have been following my inconsistent ranting, you would know that I absolutely adore sunscreen and feel naked, not to mention unprotected, without it.
While most of my girlfriends spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging skin care, my weapon against  the signs of premature aging is a good tube of sunscreen. 

When I say “good” I mean that it should be from a brand that I trust to take care of my skin, and I am willing to pay for that protection, rather than to use some generic drug store brand that may not give me the protection that I require.
I have been a huge fan of Sothys since I started working in magazines almost 14 years ago. I trust the brand and have great confidence in their products. 

In fact, one of my absolute favourite night creams is their Energizing Night Cream Just one dab on a zit and its gone the next morning and I wake up looking refreshed even though I would have only clocked in around five-to-six hours of zzzz. 

SOTHYS [W.]+ Ultra-protective Sun Shield SPF 50 not only shields your skin from the three main causes of premature aging– UVA, UVB and Infrared Radiation (IR), it also prevents pigmentation by reducing melanin synthesis. 

This is definitely a MUST-HAVE for all who aim for translucent and radiant complexions!

With Calcified Algae (Sea Origin), which is rich in minerals to fight against Infrared Radiation and Chemical Filters to ensure a broad spectrum of protection against UVA & UVB radiation. Sunflower Extract acts as an anti-oxidant to reduce the spread of free radicals generated by UVA, UVB and IR. It helps reduce the number of sunburn cells up to 54%.  Celligent™ a plant-based ingredient with synergistic combination of active molecules from rice, rosemary, sugar beet and sugar cane, protects epidermal stem cells from free radicals. 

The [W.]™+ Complex which consist of Azeloglycine + vitamin PP + vectorized and stabilized vitamin C helps to optimize cell renewal, reduce melanin synthesis, limit melanin transfer and create an equilibrium between light scattering and reflection.

And for all you sticky sunscreen haters, the Galenic Formulation in this product helps for quick penetration without the sticky and dehydrated touch we have come to associate with regular sunscreens. This means it goes on smoothly without any icky after-feel! 

How do I apply it?
Simply apply to your face and neck before sun exposure. Reapply frequently during sun exposure. Avoid eye contour and contact with clothes. Personally I like to tap my sunscreen in, to ensure thorough coverage.

This wonder in a tube retails at only $119 (30 ml) and is available at appointed SOTHYS Salons.

LADY@LXG: Firm, tone and Lift features with ATACHE Lift Therapy


I have spent most of my life as a editor / writer having facials and trying out a variety of skin care products and services. And I can tell you that it is not often that I come across a treatment that makes me sit up, glance at my reflection and think; ‘OMG! this actually works!’.

This was my first experience with ATACHE and I decided to - like any ex-beauty editor worth her salt - to find out more about the brand. The skin care brand, based in Alicante, Spain was developed by the pharmaceutical group ASAC PHARMA. The group has more than 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical field, with a strategic focus on Dermatology and allergies. 

Unlike many major scientific skin care lines, their main target is the research and investigation of active ingredients originating from European and American medicinal plants. In fact, because ASAC owns the cultivation fields in Central America, it allows for a tight control on quality plants, from seeding, harvesting, processing of extracts, and manufacturing the finished product. However, as a true blue, petition signing and PETA supporting animal lover, the most important point to me is that they do not experiment on animals, and actually strive to preserve the environment throughout their manufacturing and packaging process. Way to go ATACHE!
The treatment I was lucky enough to try, Lift Therapy is a completely manual treatment that works to stimulate, reactivate and induce our body's own natural firming properties in achieving skin lifting to improve skin firmness and helping to densify skin texture.  

The treatment uses a revolutionary formulation of hyaluronic acid soya isoflavones coupled with a unique and extremely therapeutic firming, lifting massage technique that actually works, to lift up your facial contours and smooth out fine lines around the neck.   

Lift Therapy acts by reactivating and balancing the cellular metabolism and the synthesis of proteins. It moisturizes and reinforces the skin’s capacity to retain water. It also prevents and delays the aging of the cutis and protects and firms the outline of the face helping to reduce wrinkles. 

Would I do this treatment or any ATACHE treatment again? Definitely! My first experience was a huge success and I believe any future treatments offered by ATACHE would be just as effective! 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

FILM@LXG: These Final Hours

(from our resident reviewer two_senser)

How would you spend your Last Day on Earth?

This is the question posed by These Final Hours. It's a question that's been asked many times before. Celluloid has placed the Earth and the Human Race in many apocalyptic scenarios, from alien invasions to climatic catastrophes, to viral pandemics. Most of these have been huge, effects-driven blockbusters - and although the Apocalypse told on such a grand-scale certainly draws the crowds - it's the smaller, more intimate stories that leave a lasting mental impression, and lead you to really ponder the question, "What If?" 
Set in Perth, Australia, we quickly learn that this is the final day on Earth and that the Western Australian city only has 12 hours left before the inevitable downfall that has already taken down Europe, Canada and a large chunk of the rest of the world.

We meet the self-absorbed James (a believable and gritty performance by Nathan Phillips) as he is rushing off to his mate’s massive house party to drink his sorrows away and forget about the looming end of life as we know it. It’s a dark, foreboding urban landscape that James traverses - as society falls apart at the seams, and the city's inhabitants cope with the impending disaster in their own, often disturbing and macabre ways.

Unforeseen events then place James in situations where he is forced to choose between his own self-destructive resolution and the last shreds of humanity that are buried away, deep within him. 

What is most disturbing about this movie, and the reason why it works so well, is that the scenarios presented are entirely plausible. We all like to think of ourselves as decent, civilized human beings. But when presented with just 12 hours to live; and a fate we simply cannot escape - would it be so difficult to slip from the shackles of humanity and rapidly descend into a much darker state of consciousness?

Adding to a growing list of recent explorations into the Apocalypse by way of Antipodean directors and storylines, (see The Rover and the upcoming Mad Max reboot), director Zak Hilditch takes us on a journey without destination, although we inevitably, unequivocally know where we're headed...
  two_senser

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Susan pampers herself at Immortelle Atelier



I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl almost five months ago. Motherhood is a completely life changing experience and as a new mother, I barely had any time to take care of myself. As much as I love spending time with my new baby, the sleepless nights have taken a toll on my complexion and hair. 

 That’s why I was ecstatic when I was offered to try out the Cryolift Facial Treament with Guasha Eye Treatment and a hair Cream Bath treatment at Immortelle Atelier in their spanking-new outlet in United Square, which is centrally located near Novena MRT station. 

Immortelle Atelier is a one stop venue for all your facial, make-up, styling and hair treatment needs. 

For busy individuals and mother's who have dropped their kids off at class and have some time to kill, they offer quick 45-minute facial and hair treatments that are a wonderful treat and should definitely be tried.
After a quick assessment of my skin condition, my therapist led me into the cozy treatment room at the back of the salon to change and get ready for my treatment. I loved that their robe was so soft and plush and smelled so nice. For me, its the little extra touches like these that make the experience so special.

She started off with a relaxing lavender aromatherapy massage to help me unwind. She then proceeded to deep cleanse my face using Maria Galland skin care products. I love it that they only use very high-quality skincare products such as Maria Galland and Jyunka – this shows the length that Immortelle Atelier goes to in order to provide the best facial experience to their clients.

After the deep cleansing procedure, Judy proceeded with the Guasha Eye Massage. Guasha is a traditional Chinese medical therapy using a spoon-like bone to massage the skin and the bones to help improve blood circulation and drain toxins. I must say this was my favorite part of the whole treatment session! As a new mother experiencing sleepless nights, I honestly thought that I would permanently have to sport massive eye bags, but after Judy’s skillful guasha massage around my tired eyes, I could immediately feel that my eye bags were less pronounced and I felt much better overall.

As I opted for the Cryolift Facial Treatment, Judy applied the Skin Perfusion Gel and Serum containing more than 12 vitamins, 24 amino acids and various minerals and anti-oxidants onto my skin. She then proceeded to use the state-of-the-art Filorga cryolift probe around my face. The probe helps bring the skin down to -18 degree Celsius, stimulating collagen production under the skin. The treatment works by dramatically improving micro blood flow in the skin, reversing the aging process.

The whole facial treatment took about two hours – complete with skin extraction, eyebrow trimming and a relaxing head and shoulder massage. To finish off, she applied a hydrating mask onto my face and a cocoon mask for my eyes. The cocoon mask is unique in that it helps stimulate skin metabolism to fight the destructive effect of stress on the skin. 

At the end of the session, I could feel that it helped my fatigued skin regain its lost radiance and tautness. The best thing? the products used are safe for breastfeeding mothers and even pregnant women!
 After my relaxing facial, I was treated to a Hair Cream Bath session to help restore the shine back to my dull hair. Hair Cream Bath treatment is a highly popular hair pampering experience in Indonesia, where I grew up, so I am glad to re-discover this treatment here in Singapore at Immortelle Atelier. I have been experiencing severe post-partum hair loss so I opted for the “Cooling” cream bath treatment. The treatment lasted for 45 minutes and started off with a hair wash, followed by the application of the cream of your choice, a relaxing head and shoulder massage, a rinse and a final blow-dry. My hair smelled so good and felt so soft after all the pampering. All in all, two thumbs up for my experience at Immortelle Atelier. I will definitely come back for more! 


Saturday, 18 October 2014

LADY@LXG: My eyebrow touch up at Allure Beauty


 For those of you who followed my latest eyebrow embroidery session at Allure Beauty's newly renovated outlet At Bukit Batok in August this year, you would know that I had my touchup due this month. For those of you who missed my post, you can read about it here.
Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I couldn't make it there as planned in September, instead, I found myself making my way to their Tiong Bahru outlet last week (almost two months since my first treatment) to get my brows touched up. As soon as I stepped into the cool confines of Allure Beauty, I was greeted with a big smile and a cooling cup of ginseng tea. A therapist then applied numbing cream, topped up my cup of tea and left me to de-stress. 

After around 30 minutes when the numbing cream had taken effect and I was feeling suitably numb around the brow area, my original therapist examined my brows and admired the fact that two months after the first drawing, it was still looking awesome, thanks to me diligently taking care of it as instructed!
My therapist then touched up my brows, drawing in individual hairs using a hand-held eyebrow embroidery tool, similar to a thick pen. This detail-oriented process is carried out to match the natural growth and direction of my own eyebrows and fill in any gaps and darken any areas that had lightened. The procedure was very fast and painless. In around just 20 minutes I was done. 
Despite the painless procedure, my therapist handed me a tube of antiseptic cream to be applied five times a day for a week, to prevent infection as the process involves the penetration of colour into the top layer of the skin. You will also be handed a list of care-instructions that I advise you to follow as much as possible, if you want your brows to last. Try and avoid wetting the brows for the first week - and facials are a no-no during this crucial period as well. Based on my previous experience, I expect my brows to last between 18 to 24 months!
Allure Beauty, Tiong Bahru Plaza, #05-04A, 302 Tiong Bahru Rd. Tel. 6270 8845

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

LADY@LXG: Perfect skin with my new awesome Clarisonic's Mia 2

 I have always wanted a Clarisonic face brush. I mean like REALLY, REALLY wanted a Clarisonic  face brush so much, but the retail price is not exactly pocket change, so I just secretly fantasized about it instead. Eventually, I settled on a cheaper alternative, which to be fair did a decent job, but did not extinguish the flame that burned deep within me, for the Clarisonic.

Then one day, out of the blue I met lovely Matilda from Clarisonic. While she demonstrated the benefits of the brush and all the different brush heads (they have the regular type, one for sensitive skin, one to hydrate the skin and one for the delicate eye area), I restrained myself from braining her and running away with her demo model. Instead, as she extolled the brushes' many benefits, that little flame which burned deep within my heart began to grow into an uncontrollable inferno and I found myself falling in love all over again. The Clarisonic was so pretty, so perfectly crafted and so ergonomic in design that it seemed like it was made just for my little hand! 

Christmas came early for me this year when Matilda not only GAVE me a Clarisonic Mia 2 (OMG not just a Clarisonic but the latest model!!) she also let me choose which colour I wanted. After 30 minutes of dithering, I finally picked the "Energy" brush, a fresh, light green hue that is so fresh and cheerful that it makes me smile whenever I see it perched upon my bathroom sink.
 I have had the brush now for over a month and I love it! I mean really! I use it once a day, every day on my face and neck, and my skin has truly cleared up, so much so that I no longer get insulted by my facial therapist. (Score!)

For those of you who follow my frequent rants about the state of my congested skin, I can honestly say that it has improved by leaps and bounds since using the brush just once a day. Its so gentle, I even use it a day after having my face lasered. Yeah, its that gentle. 

I did the tissue test with my old brush which had the sheet of facial tissue spinning around like a windmill, but when I used the Clarisonic on the very same piece of tissue, it didn't even budge. This is because the Clarisonic does not spin, which is why it is gentle enough to be us
If that wasn’t enough, Matilda also gave me the Clarisonic’s Deep Pore Decongesting Solution, a definite “must-have” for those of you with congested skin like myself or those of you who just want an awesomely flawless complexion.

The Clarisonic’s Deep Pore Decongesting Solution combines Clarisonic’s first-ever two-step skin solution with its patented Deep Pore Brush Head and sonic technology to optimize the cleansing experience when it comes to pores. This innovative collection includes the renowned Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush with the Deep Pore Brush Head, Deep Pore Daily Cleanser and Decongesting Clay Mask.  

Tested by leading dermatologists, this set reduces pore appearance by 25% after just one use. Skin is left with a smoother, more radiant and flawless complexion.  

When used twice daily, the powerful combination of the Deep Pore Brush Head and Deep Pore Daily Cleanser flushes pores to remove set-in debris, revealing clearer, smoother skin. The Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is specifically formulated with ingredients designed to help control oil and refine enlarged pores.  

The sulfate-free, paraben-free formula when activated by the Deep Pore Brush Head creates a keratolytic action that loosens pore-clogging dead skin cells. While the Decongesting Clay Mask combines the skin-renewing power of a hydroxy acid blend with the oil-absorbing power of kaolin and bentonite clays. When removed with the Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head, this combination helps exfoliate dead skin cells and rid the pores of damaging pore-clogging toxins. 


Monday, 22 September 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Joanne tries the Cocoon Mask facial at Immortelle Atelier!

I’ve always had dehydrated and sensitive skin, and the condition of my skin has gotten a lot worse ever since I came back from Paris (the weather was pretty cold when I was in the City of Light). If you take long flights or visit drier countries, you probably know what I mean. So I was pretty excited when I was given the opportunity to review the Relaxing Eye Treatment and Maria Galland's Cocoon Facial at Immortelle Atelier.

Conveniently located at United Square in Novena, Immortelle Atelier provides professional facial, make up and hair services using only high-quality and premium products. Indeed, some of the products that the salon uses are Maria Galland, a premium skin care line from France and Jyunka from Japan.

I was attended to by my friendly and knowledgeable therapist, who took me through the various facial services that are available at Immortelle Atelier in-depth, and they include:



-          Maria Galland Hot Modelling Facial Treatment (for rejuvenating & lifting effects)

-          Jyunka Vitamin C Facial Treatment (for instant radiance)

-          Jyunka Epidermal Peel Facial Treatment (for skin purification)

-          Jyunka Whitening Facial Treatment (Whitening treatment)

-          Filorga Cryolift Facial Treatment (for firm and intensive radiance)

-          Intensive Dark Circle Eyecare Treatment (for dark eye rings & puffiness)


The treatment that I was scheduled for was the Maria Galland Cocoon Facial Treatment for instant hydrating results. I’ve never tried something like this before, but the professionalism and friendliness of the staff put me at ease.



I was led into a small but cosy room to being the treatment.


We started off with the usual deep facial cleansing procedure, followed by the eye treatment thereafter. This is really interesting as she applied the Gua Sha therapy to my under eye area. If you’re not familiar with Gua Sha (just as I was earlier), this is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that uses a spoon-like tool to scrape your skin. According to my therapist, this helps to stimulate blood circulation and reduces dark eye rings. She even shared that some customers actually commented that they could feel a difference in their vision right after the eye treatment.  I can’t attest to this, but it did feel good.



For the facial treatment, she applied the Maria Galland Masque Froid Hydratant Hydrating Cooling Mask. As it name suggests, the mask was really cooling and I felt good knowing that my (dehydrated) skin could finally get the essential moisture that it needs. She shared that this is one of the star products by Maria Galland, and that she has seen her fair share of brides who diligently used the Cooling Mark for at least a week before their big day, and swear by it.


Both treatments lasted slightly under two hours. Eyebrow trimming, extraction and your usual neck and shoulder massages are provided as well. I could instantly feel a difference right after the facial – my skin was much firmer, supple, radiant and definitely well-moisturized.
Apart from facial services, Immortelle Atelier also provides professional makeup and hair services for both adults and kids. Not surprising, given that United Square is also known as the ultimate kids mall. My therapist shared that they have their fair share of experience styling kids for children’s birthday parties.


The team of lovely ladies and their affordable treatment that uses premium and quality products easily attests why Immortelle Atelier has won several accolades (such as CozyCot.com’s ‘Best Salon Vitamin Infused Skin care' for their Jyunka serum SME of the year 2014 and ‘Singapore’s Outstanding Enterprise’ Award 2013). This may be my first time at the salon, but I know I’ll definitely be back for more!
Immortelle Atelier is located at: United Square Shopping Mall Singapore, 101 Thomson Road #02-08B, Singapore 307591. Tel: 6259 9001/ enquiries@immortelleaterlier.com











Friday, 12 September 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: TS takes the Braun Cruzer 6 for a test drive

I am often told I need to shave more. My reply is often a mumbled apology about time and a fear of having my face ripped to shreds by dull blades. All right, I maybe exaggerating slightly when I say rip my face to shreds, but let's be honest here; getting nicked while shaving is probably the third worst thing that can happen to you before you leave the house every morning. The first two being constipation and diarrhea in no particular order. 

So when I was offered a chance to review the Braun Cruzer 6, I was interested but not really hopeful. I had tried electric shavers before and they were not good. I looked unshaved and the shavers usually irritated my skin. So with trepidation I decided to give it a try. I've had it for about a week now and here's how it has been so far. 

Day One:
I had shaved the day before, so I only had a short bristles. It was time to test the claims that the Cruzer gives you a smooth clean shave, even removing the the 5pm shadow that Asians never ever get. 

The result was surprising quite decent. Usually it takes around a week or two to get used to an electric shaver, however the Braun Cruzer was amazing easy to use and I had a smooth shave (impressed but still skeptical. Maybe this was a one off?). 
Day Four:
Skip ahead a few days and here I am with thicker beard and an unofficial warning from HR about maintaining professional standards (I seriously can't believe they did not accept that I had to grow my face hair for a review). Ok, let's see how well the Braun Cruzer does on my longer, thicker and generally bushier beard and mustache. 

Personally, I prefer to dry shave, though Braun has the awesome option of a wet or dry shave, so if you're strapped for time, you can always shower and shave at the same time.  

After three passes of the shaver, my hairy beard was a thing of the past. I was a little sad to be honest cos I had kind of grown attached to my fuzz, but feelings be damned, I had a review to write. 

This time I was able to test it more thoroughly and see how well it shaved the contours of my face. And I must say, my jaw line has never felt so smooth before (the girl friend was most appreciative too!)

I'm going to skip the next week or so, because it is safe to say that the shaver works well and I also don't want to piss off HR any more than necessary. 

The Braun Cruzer is awesome and I am a believer. Though I probably should mention the styler or as I like to call it the sideburn trimmer. You can slide up a trimmer that allows you to maintain your sideburns and if required trim your facial hair rather than shave it all off. 

To those of you who can actually grow a lot of facial hair and think thin beards and mustaches are uber cool, you're most welcome.

The Braun Cruzer 6

The Braun Cruzer retails at S$119 and is available at all major retailers.

You can find out more about the product on the Braun website: http://www.braun.com/global/male-grooming/cruzer-shavers-and-trimmers/cruzer-cleanshave.html Or join Braun’s facebook page for great giveaways and tips: BRAUN



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Jyunka launches TWO new products!


We at LXG are huge fans of Jyunka and did a happy dance when Jyunka sent us two of their latest launches; Jyunka 5-in-1 Gel Cleanser and the JYUNKA Extreme Hydrant Serum


JYUNKA 5-in-1 Gel Cleanser goes beyond just cleansing your skin. We should know, we all got a chance to try it out!

Enriched with H complex, it maintains harmony in the skin’s hydrous equilibrium while tackling skin sensitivity, perfect for those of us with sensitive skin or post laser treatment. 

This all-rounder is pH balanced, removes all traces of makeup (hoorah no double cleansing required!) and impurities, leaving your face looking and feeling so fresh and and clean. 

Do we love it, hell yeah! 



Extreme Hydrant Serum We all know that hydration is crucial to keep skin looking and feeling youthful and healthy. Tiredness, aging and sensitivity are often magnified due to insufficient moisture. 

Environmental factors, a lousy skin care regime, aging and insufficient sleep can cause a lack of hydration in the skin. The Extreme Hydrant Serum immerses your skin in an aqueous environment and locks the moisture in the upper epidermis to ensure optimal cellular activity. 

A special Visco-Elastic Complex using high molecular weight proteins, provides gentle nourishment while forming a protective layer, tightening pores and improving skin firmness. 

The LADY@LXG is currently using this twice a day and is in love! (this is all well and good, but not letting us use more than 1 pump is just mean!)





Sunday, 31 August 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Chen Chen tries the Thalasso facial at Immortelle Atelier!


Many people always stare at me in disbelief when I tell them my beauty routine consists only of cleansing and moisturizing. Period. Yes, that’s how lazy I am when it comes my skin care. I find it chore to even slap on sunscreen before heading out, let alone go for a facial.

So when my girlfriend raved to me about this really fabulous facial she’d had I just brushed it aside. Until I checked myself out in the mirror one day and had the shock of my life – tiny bumps lined my forehead, my cheeks were dehydrated and I looked like l’ve been punched in the eyes. Horrified by this discovery I called  my girlfriend up and made her book me an appointment with her facialist, pronto.

And thats how I found myself at Immortelle Aterlier, two days later.
The salon, although small and cozy, pays great attention to ensuring that customers get only the best. The bed linen is super luxe and so is the robe. The attention to detail is impressive!


After a detailed skin assessment, my beauty therapist recommended two treatments for me – the Thalasso Facial and Meridian Eyecare Treatment.

The first is designed to rejuvenate tired skin and comprises of an active ingredient specifically tailored for my skin type. It is then followed by a micro-algae mask that helps to rebalance and delivers long-lasting hydration deep into the skin. The latter incorporates the “Guasha” method (a form of traditional Chinese therapy), and uses a smooth bone to apply pressure and relax the eye area. Total bliss!! You MUST try their eye treatment and the best part?its only $48 by itself! 

I must say that the treatments felt really luxurious and pampering! My therapist's masterful massage strokes put me in a totally relaxed, almost meditative state, and I loved the rich and soothing scents of the Maria Galland products used.

More importantly, my skin felt much smoother and hydrated, and I no longer look like Kungfu Panda!

To try out the treatments for yourself, visit Immortelle Atelier at 101 Thomson Road, United Square Shopping Mall #02-08B. Tel: 6259 9001

For more information, visit their website www.immortelleatelier.com or join their Facebook page for the latest news and promotions.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

LIFESTYLE@LXG: Natural Healings opens its first branch in Chinatown!


 
"Many of us take better care of our automobiles than we do our own bodies… yet the auto has replaceable parts".

- B.J. Palmer

By opening their third outlet at China Town Point Natural Healings hopes to introduce Chiropractic treatment - something that has always been perceived as a very western form of alternative treatment - to the people of Chinatown, the home of traditional Chinese medicine.
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The wellness centre aims to bring its unique brand of pain relief and preventive treatments to a wide cross-section of Singaporeans. By integrating chiropractic and physiotherapy, the treatment plan targets to help patients achieve relief from chronic pain and illness, sports and work-related injuries, as well as pain caused due to illness and aging.

This is achieved by combining hands-on therapy utilizing state-of-the-art equipment with specialized stretching exercises using modern gymnasium equipment and facilities. Completely needle-free, this is a great solution for all you needle-phobes out there suffering in silence.

Natural Healings caters to everyone in the family – from the youngest to the oldest, with specifically designed treatments that focus on both pain management and injury prevention.
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Their new Chinatown branch is located at 133 New Bridge Road, #B1-38, China Point. To make an appointment or find out more, call them on 6225 2202.