Before every zap, some cooling lotion's applied on my skin and that actually gets all over my face... and into my hair, argh. I'd suggest that you go straight home or to the salon after Thermage!

Thermage® Total Tip 3.0 – Why, What, & How

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WHY?

Why did you decide to undergo Thermage Total Tip 3.0? 


I used to hear a lot of it, but after I’ve been through it then I knew that it’s true – once you hit 25, the years zoom past you like the wind. It was just yesterday that I had full cheeks which made me look kiddish… and then the next day suddenly I see saggy cheeks in the mirror staring back at me.

*horrified look* 

“Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional.”

Yes, it is – and you can do something about it! After witnessing the magic of Thermage on my aunt (we share similar facial features like the saggy jowls and cheeks) I decided that I could do with some help. Actually, I did not realize that I need it THAT much until I did it!

I didn’t have this problem previously but somehow after I turned 29, my smile lines AND nasolabial folds made their appearance and I definitely wasn’t happy about that : (

Problems you probably never knew I had, but bugged me for a while by now - the most pronounced problem were my chin/jawline area, as well as my sagging jowls! It runs in the family.

Problems you probably never knew I had, but bugged me for a while by now – the most pronounced problem were my chin/jawline area, as well as my sagging jowls! It runs in the family.

WHAT?

What is Thermage?


Thermage is a non-invasive RF (radiofrequency) treatment which can be treated on 3 areas – Eyes, Face, Body – to improve the appearance of saggy / loose skin. You can see results in just one treatment, and the Thermage treatment can be customised to suit your needs (focusing on certain areas), with little downtime!

Effects last for around 9 months – 1 year depending on current skin conditions.

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“Thermage treatments are all about energy – focusing radiofrequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. Like most smart technologies, the process is relatively simple – it’s a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver better patient comfort. And our latest evolution of Thermage includes patented Comfort Pulse Technology – gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that make your Thermage treatment even more comfortable.”

I first heard about Thermage by reading Shirleen’s experience about it – she has been through 3 generations of Thermage, and one would be comforted to know that Thermage Total Tip v3.0 is much less painful than the other versions. In fact, for me – other than about 6 – 10 zaps, I felt nothing at all.

HOW?

How did it go?


Let me bring you through my experience!

First, you have to apply numbing cream and let it sit for approximately 15-20 minutes to take effect.

I have low pain threshold, and hence they applied two layers of numbing cream on me, which I thank God for!

I have low pain threshold, and hence they applied two layers of numbing cream on me, which I thank God for!

Then, I was told that they’ll be mapping my face with grids – basically, they transfer the markings onto your face by swabbing rubbing alcohol over your face. It kind of stings but that wasn’t unbearable.

Grid sheets

Grid sheets – sort of like guides for the Thermage Total tip

All marked out!

All marked out!

After the grids were marked, the doctor also marks out areas I’m concerned about so that he can concentrate on them – which are my jowls, obviously!

Then they’ll apply a pad on your tummy for the current thingamajig (yes I don’t know how to explain to you, but its a must have.)

colddddd upon application haha

colddddd upon application haha

They use a new tip for every procedure, and i was shown how it looks prior to commencing the treatment.

Thermage Tool Tip v3.0

Thermage Total Tip v3.0. LESS PAIN? I’M ALL FOR IT!

Once the tip is connected to the device, the machine comes to live and all 900 zaps are ready and at your disposal!

Once the tip is connected to the device, the machine comes to live and all 900 reps are ready and at your disposal!

Alright, I’m ready for it, Thermage CPT! Bring it on! 

And so the zapping begins!
I call it zapping cos sometimes when you do feel the pain, it’s akin to getting shocked (and well if you’ve felt nothing for over 100 zaps but this one suddenly hits you it’ll feel like a shock yes?).

While a zap is being delivered, the Thermage Total tip actually vibrates to ease the pain and disperse the heat, so you don’t feel anything (or feel less pain).

In my case, I didn’t feel much pain at all but the vibration annoyed me so much that I requested for it to be turned off for most of my face, except at the hairline, jaw and neck area which was more sensitive than the other areas.

Before every zap, some cooling lotion's applied on my skin and that actually gets all over my face... and into my hair, argh. I'd suggest that you go straight home or to the salon after Thermage!

Before every zap, some cooling fluid would be applied on my skin and that actually gets all over my face… and into my hair, argh. I’d suggest that you go straight home or to the salon after Thermage!

The settings of my Thermage was set at 4.5 / 4, which was extremely strong, but I felt next to nothing (except a few zaps here and there, maybe 6 – 10 out of 600+ zaps I had). Strangely though, my friends had theirs at 1 or 2.5 and they all felt quite a moderate amount of pain – I guess that’s why I’m thankful for the 2 layers of numbing cream!

We had half my face done to compare the results – and it was really pretty obvious!

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Instant difference

First thing that surprised me was… eh, no redness from the procedure? (whatever redness you’re seeing now is my skin’s natural flush)

Next was… hey, is it just me or is my right eyebrow much higher than before?!

And upon opening my eyes, I could see some difference! My lid wasn’t as hooded as it was before. : D I quickly let the doctor get on his way and finish the other half of my face, and before I knew it, it was done! (Picking a good doctor is important – both skill (means you feel less pain and he asks you if you feel pain frequently), and ability to help you pass time while he’s zapping!)

I came out a happy patient – It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would, nor did I have to stay at home for a few days because there were absolutely ZERO redness on my face. In fact, the only thing I felt was that my face seems to be much tighter and the improvement around the chin area was IMMEDIATE.

Thermage actually gives you an instant result, but it also stimulates collagen growth, which means that you’ll see even better results a few months in – which is why I didn’t notice the improvements of my saggy jowls till about 2-3 months in and even my friends (who always take photos for me) noticed the difference in my jawline and jowls! It makes me incredibly happy as I consider that to be the biggest problem for me, and looking at how my grandma and mum ages, it’s NEVER TOO EARLY to start preventing the onslaught of saggy jowls!

This is 2 months post treatment, and you can see A HUGE difference!

This is 2 months post treatment, and you can see A HUGE difference!

The double chin came back though (I would think it’s just that the skin isn’t as tight as right after the treatment), and by the 3rd month it was slightly flabby again, but not as much as before. I must say that it depends on individual, and I might just really need to lose weight… or go for another Thermage session, hehe. I consider this treatment EFFECTIVE – even for a person in their late 20′s or early 30′s. Thermage does for you what a cream or serum takes ages to – and it is just what I was looking for – I would rather start using effective skincare after aging effects have been “reversed”!

Botox & Thermage to compliment each other?

I did have my concerns before Thermage as I had botox done about half a year or more before, but I was advised that it was okay. But in actuality, after some explanation, I have derived at the conclusion that Botox, when injected about 1-2 months prior to Thermage, can give you an even better sculpting effect. I am not selling services, but just explaining what made sense to me.

Botox shrinks your muscles, and your jawline and takes 1-2 months for best effect. But skin would be lax at the area where your muscles have been made smaller (I did notice that effect on myself), and that’s where Thermage comes in, to tighten your skin – this would mean a more contoured face with skin that is taut. I hope that made sense!

I must emphasise again that not all doctors have the same aesthetic sense or make the same judgements, so choose your doctor/clinic wisely!


I did my Thermage CPT session at Calvin Chan Aesthetic & Laser Clinic in Wheelock place.

Thermage costs differently at different clinics – the price range is around $4,500 SGD for a single session, you might want to ask if a clinic offers such services and pricing. It is advised that one does it every year for regular maintenance (and that is also approximately how long it will take for the effects to slowly wear off).

For more information: Thermage Website | Facebook 

Remember, everyone’s pain threshold is different and you should always let the doctor know which areas you’d like to work on – a good doctor will know how to customize a treatment for you so that you do not lose fats at the wrong areas and get collagen growth stimulated at the right areas! 

Feb 2015, during CNY. Thank you for the amazing results, Thermage!

Feb 2015, during CNY. Thank you for the amazing results, Thermage!

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OOTD: Love Bonito Covet Dacasia Graphic Tube Dress

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What is this gorgeous print?! I know right, I was drawn to it the first time I saw it.

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It goes perfectly with my silver/black heels from Jeffrey Campbell (from P.V.S. in Singapore)  and my Proenza Schouler!

It goes perfectly with my silver/black Jeffrey Campbell Ashsky with Lucite heels (from P.V.S. in Singapore) and my Proenza Schouler!

Made of comfy neoprene material, this stretchy dress seems to run slightly large – given that I’m quite, uh, top heavy and this is size S *almost* slipping off me at times.  I say almost because it has a non-slip rubber lining the top edges of the dress. Size XS proves to be too small though!

The best part: This dress comes with pockets!

The best part: This dress comes with pockets!

Outfit of the day:

Dress: Love, Bonito Covet Dacasia Graphic Tube Dress
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Ashsky
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic
Accessories: Butler & Wilson (necklace), Alexander McQueen (bangle)

Wore the dress to an 8 days event but I spent that half of it covering up with a LB jacket because it was simply too cold!

The awesome pork belly at Kuvo, in Orchard Shopping Centre.

The awesome pork belly at Kuvo, in Orchard Shopping Centre.

It was 8 Days Eat’s first party of 2015!

If you don’t know yet, that’s the popular food segment on 8 Days magazine which I’ve followed faithfully since my secondary school days for its unapologetically honest views on just about anything lifestyle. From how stars dress (admittedly before the gossip sites on the internet popped up, I looked forward to 8 days every week after Star Awards haha), to the quips from local celebrities and discovering new dining spots from 8 Days Eat section and the tales of Saffy & Amanda – I love every part of this magazine and am only happy to be there for 8 Days and my dear friend, Sue Jean!

And thank you, Nuffnang for securing seats for us and our friends and followers too! ; ) We all had a blast!

With Ailian & Yina!

With Ailian & Yina!

Bernice aka Burpnist! Thank you dear for taking part in the giveaway and lending your support!

Bernice aka Burpnist! Thank you dear for taking part in the giveaway and lending your support!

With my beloved friends at the 8 Days Eat party! Thank you, Sue Jean!

With my beloved friends at the 8 Days Eat party! Thank you, Sue Jean!

It was a waste that i didn’t get to try more of Kuvo’s great food – I would love to go back again some day for the prawn noodles! Kuvo is a lifestyle concept retail + restaurant brought to you by the TCC Group, located in a central location (Orchard Shopping Centre, 2nd floor) and opens till 1am! This is fantastic news because the movie-goers at Cineleisure finally have another dining option pre-movies, yay!

They serve fusion food, and you can find more promotions over at Kuvo’s facebook page (for example, they’re taking part in restaurant week – registration here)!

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No event is complete with a FOTD to match the dress! Going simple these days and giving the Shu Uemura Lacque Supreme in PK01 all the attention it deserves! Love the vibrant pop of color. $40, out in all Shu Uemura stores / counters!

Face of the day:

Base: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in shade B20
Concealer: Amazing Concealer in Light Golden
Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula
Blush: MUFE HD Cream Blush in 210
Lip: Shu Uemura Lacque Supreme in PK01 

 

Life Change: My ReLEx SMILE Vision Correction Surgery

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“Why don’t you do LASIK?”

That’s what almost everyone says when they come to know that I am actually 850 degrees short sighted behind my contact lenses.

OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE 6/6. There wasn’t a day when I didn’t wish that I could do without my heavy glasses or wearing / taking out contact lenses!

But just like everyone else, I had my reservations – the price, not being able to wear colored contact lenses anymore (for vanity), possible halos/shadows/imperfect vision still after surgery… but really, was wearing contact lenses and glasses for the rest of my life worth it?

I’ve already spent 21 years wearing glasses, and 18 years wearing contact lenses. 

If a box of contact lenses costs me $60 for a month’s wear, and my glasses cost $400 for a pair every year, it should have cost me at least $20,000 so far for me to see clearly. When you compare it with a surgery which can give me perfect vision for the rest of my life (I would like to live another 50 years, please) – $5,000 would seem like a steal, doesn’t it? (And not to mention the costs of seeing doctors whenever I get infections…)

And also, I’m so used to my contact lenses, that I hate the sight of myself without it. I thought I look weird, not normal, and ugly in my glasses. In fact on long flights, I would wear my contact lenses onboard.. and wait till all lights are off before taking them out for a nap. And then wear a fresh new pair before the plane descends. That’s how vain I am!

So imagine my delight when I came to know that there’s a new kind of vision correction surgery - the ReLEx® SMILE procedure and the fact that it’s a less invasive procedure!

So what is ReLEx® SMILE?

ReLEx® SMILE stands for – Refractive Lenticule Extraction, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.

Conventional LASIK surgery involves a machine creating a flap (either with a blade, or without a blade) in your cornea and then having another machine to shape your cornea to perfection with laser. Close flap, eyes heal, voila – 6/6.

ReLEx ®SMILE, on the other hand, doesn’t create a flap – instead, a femtosecond laser creates a refractive lenticule (a thin lens shaped cornea tissue) in your eye and a 2mm – 4mm incision – the lens is then removed by a surgeon – eyes heal, and voila, 6/6.

Here is a video on how this is achieved:

It is less invasive with just a small 4mm incision as compared to a LASIK flap which is around 20mm. Your cornea’s integrity is maintained, and since it is less invasive, it also means you heal faster than a flap would, and there’s less risk of the flap dislodging as well.

Why do ReLEx® SMILE now?

Other than the fact that it is less invasive than LASIK, logically, to me, it is an improved version of LASIK.

Also, I am honestly sick of my plane contact-lens-on-contact-lens-off ritual. I would like to wake up and not worry about whether my contact lenses would fit me well today. I would like to go out and not worry about how long I can stay out, or if I can sleepover even if I don’t have my glasses. I would LOVE to not feel my heavy glasses on my nose bridge, and be able to fall asleep without taking out anything from my eye. It’s freedom. It may cost more compared to LASIK, but that amount for the freedom I get to enjoy? WELL WORTH IT, especially since I have better financial capability now as compared to when I was 18!

But first, before I embark on my journey to freedom, I have to make sure that I am eligible for laser surgery. Due to how high my degree was, my cornea had to be thick enough and healthy enough for the surgery. So I made an appointment for a consultation at a renowned eye clinic in Paragon.

Consultation & Tests

16 September 2014

They advised me beforehand that I should set aside about 3 hours for the consultation which involved a number of eye tests.

I was first led into a room with about 7-8 machines inside and had to work my way through station by station – there was the typical machine to check your degree of myopia / astigmatism, and also several machines to check cornea thickness, eye pressure and to scan my eyes. One of the machine made me feel like I could see all my veins in the eye ball! The tests usually involved staring into a light for 5 seconds without blinking. Not difficult at all!

My optometrist, Ginette was very helpful in answering all my curious-cat questions, and made me feel at ease. After every single test I would asked her if I passed, if my corneas were thick enough. It felt like I was going through an exam (well, I was!) and I wanted to pass badly!

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Thankfully, even after 2 serious bouts of eye infections about 4-5 years back, my corneas were healthy enough to go for laser vision correction! It was a relief hearing Ginette tell me that my corneas were thick enough.

After I was done with the hypnotic looking machines, she led me to another room where we did the routine eye reading test.

My reading was:

L: -8.50, astig -0.75
R: -8.75, astig -0.25 

Once we were done with the heavy glasses, I was seated down to watch an informational video about laser eye surgery - the do’s and don’ts, what to expect etc, and at the same time, I was also given eye drops to dilate my pupils so that the doctor could take a look at my eyes later on. That stung just a little, and I was told that it might get increasingly uncomfortable – as the pupil dilates, your vision gets a little distorted especially at near distances - this is only temporary, and would go away after a few hours.

My doctor had over 25 years of experience under his belt and clarified everything I wanted to about LASIK vs ReLEx® SMILE. The doctor looked into my eyes (hahaha, well, literally!) and told me that all was well for me to do either LASIK or ReLEx® SMILE! You bet I was gonna ask him all the niggling questions I had in my mind, and he answered all of them in detail. Most important questions for me were:

How long do I have to stay off make up? (as a beauty blogger, this was important)

“2 weeks”

Can I wear contact lenses after surgery? (lol I know, I was sort of expecting him to roll his eyes but he didn’t lah)

“After 6 months, we can see if you are suitable to”

Okay, I jest la! And many other burning questions, but this post is getting really long – if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them!

I decided on ReLEx® SMILE of course, as it was the less invasive surgery – and he pre-empted me that in the case that I do not achieve 6/6 or still have residual degree left to be cleared, I could still get enhancement surgery done – but this time round, it will have to be LASIK (which means cutting a flap, instead of ReLEx SMILE which has no flap). I understood this risk and said I wished to go ahead, and thus, my surgery was set for 20th October, after my trip.

You can get laser surgery done as soon as the very next day after consultation, and go back to your regular activities on day 3 post op, but I decided not to tax my eyes during my vacation. That was my very last trip with my glasses and contact lenses!

Preparation for surgery

20 October 2014

Other than instructions to come with no make up on, not to drive and also to shampoo my hair before the surgery (as I will be unable to shampoo for 2 days after) there was no other special preparations for the surgery – I could eat normally, but I was so excited I forgot to – luckily, they had milo and biscuits at a snack station.

I had to go through the tests again as it was more than 1 month after my consultation. So yes – try to arrange for your surgery to be done ASAP after your consultation!

You cannot wash your face for the next 24 hours post surgery, and try to not get water into your eyes 48 hours post surgery, so I decided that I would have a hydrafacial (that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates my skin all at the same time) done at the aesthetics clinic on the same floor – I mean, why not? I can make sure that my face is gunk free (esp since I just came back from a trip) as well as relax my nerves just before the operation.

I think it was normal to feel scared! I was getting the jitters when I sat in the waiting room with 2 other patients who were supposed to get it done before me.

Someone then walked out from the operating theatre as the nurse placed scrubs on me and I immediately asked him how he felt. He was tearing and his eyes were red… but what he said really cracked me up. “医生讲了一个很感动的故事所以我哭了” LOL. I could use the joke no matter how cold it was!

Another person went in and when he came out 10 minutes later, I asked him how it was – he said it felt like it was PSI300 hahahaha. And right after laughing at what he said, it was my turn to sign the form and get my surgery done!!! I was so nervous and I grasped my locker key super tight. (You can place your things in a locker if no one’s there to wait or keep your bag for you)

You will be given a post-op care kit to bring home, and this kit contained:

  •  Antibiotic Eye drops 
  • Lid care wipes ( you can’t wash your hair or face so this is to clean your eyes for 2nd and 3rd day) 
  • A pair of 3M goggles for you to wear immediately upon exit of the waiting area after op 
  • 2x eye shields (to protect your eyes from pressure or foreign objects when you sleep) 
  • Tape (to tape the shields to your face) 

Scrubs, on. Glasses, off. Eyes, wiped clean and sterilised by the nurse. Anaesthetic numbing eye drops dripped!

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I’M ALL READY FOR YOU, PEW PEW LASER!

And oh may I add – based on TCM, Chrysanthemum and Wolfberries are purportedly good for the eyes. I had a bottle of that in my bag. ; p 

“SUCTION, ON” – THE SURGERY

I was placed on a bed which was 90 deg to the doctor, and it swung into place beneath the machine.

The doctor told me to relax – he covered the left eye, and then opened my right eye wide with a prong. The machine was activated and it started lowering itself towards my eye… “Focus on the green light”, I was told. And then I heard a female voice from the machine say… “SUCTION ON.”

I think this part is the most scary part of all – for all you people who have itchy hands and went to see exactly how a LASIK procedure would be like, you’ll probably be freaked out and be afraid of 1. pain 2. seeing what’s happening 3. final destination-like happening.

First of all, 3. is not going to happen.

Secondly, no you don’t feel pain. (Anaesthetic numbing eye drops, remember?)

and Thirdly, if you’re as blind as a bat like me, you pretty much CAN’T SEE ANYTHING once you take off your glasses anyway!

The lasering was super fast. There was no burning smell, no sensation, no pressure no nothing. All I could see was a green dot which slowly became blurrier and blurrier by the second because a lenticule was being formed. Removing the lenticule would give me perfect vision – and after a “SUCTION OFF”, it was time for the doctor to perform the manual extraction of the lenticule.

Soon, the lenticule was removed, my eyes were dripped eye drops and wiped over and it was time to perform the laser surgery on the other eye.

Everything was over in less than 15 minutes – I could see immediately after the surgery, but it was hazy and it was glaring.

Was released back into the waiting area where a nurse helped me out of the scrubs and get my belongings. I instantly took a selfie and sent it to the husband who was on the way over to fetch me – and I realized that unlike other LASIK patients, my eyes were not red and did not look like I’ve just been through a surgery… I teared a lot of cos, but it wasn’t irritated and I think that showed how gentle the surgery was!

It got increasingly harder to open my eyes as I went down to the carpark and when I got home, the first thing I did was to put on my eye shields and GO TO SLEEP. If you find it hard to sleep, they actually provide you 1-2 sleeping pills. I was prescribed only one bottle of Antibiotic Eyedrop, and I had to drip it every hour for the 1st day, and for the next 9 days, 4 times a day. It was to be discarded after the 10th day.

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Every time I woke up in-between naps I would have clearer and clearer vision. It was like PSI300, then PSI250, PSI200…

The next day review

21 October 2014

I slept the entire day away, and the next day after the surgery, I was due for a follow-up at the clinic with my doctor.

At this point, I haven’t washed my face for the past 24 hour - except for wiping my face clean with Micellar Water Cleanser and using the sterile wipes provided in the care kit for the eye area. Let me just tell you that I think the hydrafacial was AMAZING because my skin was so clean, free of oil and it stayed that way. I was expecting to sprout some pimples cos I wasn’t allowed to wash my face for the next 2 days but I did NOT! 

I only had to go through one simple machine test, which read my vision as:

L: -0.25, -0.50 astig  
R: -0.25, -1.25 astig 

 I wasn’t expecting an immediate 6/6 but it bothered me that my right eye was blurrier than my left eye, so I clarified with the doctor.

My doctor told me told me that recovery rate really depends on individual, and that each eye recovers differently. He explained that it is part of the healing process and that my vision will eventually get better!

Review at 2 weeks

3 November 2014

Throughout the entire 2 weeks, it was amazing – everyday you wake up with differing vision because it has yet to stabilise but it was increasingly clearer – although my right eye was still much blurrier than my left eye – my left eye had already achieved 6/6, at least that’s what I believed! I was honestly a little worried – so many people had told me that they could see clearer within a week (and even the very next day) but that was with LASIK, and I guess my degree is much higher to start with and thus took longer to heal.

Took the eye test again, and the readings were:

L: -0.50, -0.25 astig
R: -0.00 , -0.75 astig

On the overall, it was an improvement. Technically I had 6/6 but it would get better in the next few months, and eventually stabilise at 6 months.

1 month later…

My next review was supposed to be in January, but it seems like all my worries were unfounded – at somewhere along the 3 week mark, my right eye cleared up much more and the discomfort went away! And it was then that I suddenly felt really 感动 that I finally went for this, and how it has changed my life so much. I even posted my feelings on my personal fb about it.

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I have to admit though, recovery wasn’t as quick as I expected it to be. I understand that recovery time is a case by case thing – generally your vision will stabalize around the 3 week mark. It’s best to rest as much as you can, take breaks every 30 minutes, have more sleep, and drip eye drops whenever your eyes feel dry!

After the 3 week mark, I no longer experience dry eyes and I could go one whole day without feeling like I need to drip eye drops. I still have loads of eye drops though so I’ll just keep on dripping nevertheless!

3rd month review at clinic!

Time for my last and final review. 3 months post-surgery, I am seeing 6/6 vision for both eyes! You must remember, it takes quite a while – around 6 months or so – to stabilise, so these days I’m just reminding myself to rest more when tired, and stop reading in the dark!

So at my final review, my degree reading was:

L:  -0.00, -0.00 (PERFECT!)
R: -0.00 , -0.75 astig

Post ReLEX SMILE thoughts…

Everyday when I wake up I’m thankful there is such a technology, and I’m amazed by what technology can do (I mean, I went from 800/900+ degrees to almost perfect vision. IT IS A HUGE CHANGE!). I didn’t have to stick to a particular cleansing routine (usually I take off my lenses after removing my make up and mask after and I have to have my contact lenses on so that my specs don’t become grimy). I no longer have to pack my glasses along for trips – I recently went to Taiwan, and I could just sleep without worrying about breaking my glasses or losing them, forgetting them etc. It was just so much more convenient in all aspects for me!

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What’s left now, is to slowly come to terms with the fact that I’m actually asian, with black eyes and dark brown hair hahahaha (if you realized, I dyed my hair dark brown and did my brows so that it’ll match my dark eyes now that I don’t wear colored lenses anymore). Hello, freedom!!!

* It is important to note that there are only 2 eye clinics in Singapore which offers ReLEx SMILE, and this clinic in Paragon has the most comprehensive refractive services available, ranging from LASIK, EPI-LASIK, ReLEX SMILE & LASEK in case you are unable to do ReLEx SMILE.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this post about my experience with ReLEx SMILE, do leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them the best I can! ; ) 

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M.A.C Cosmetics Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus (2015)

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“Wham! Bam! VIVA GLAM!

Superstar Miley Cyrus is ready to make noise as this iconic campaign’s 2015 spokesperson.
The global pop phenomenon kicks off her VIVA GLAM with two surefire hits: a super-sexy hot pink Lipstick and matching Lipglass with sparkling pearl shimmer.

Every cent of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.”

If there’s anything that can get women excited, it’s PINK.
When I showed the swatches to my girlfriends they all went “!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE/WHEN CAN I BUY THIS?!”

And I apologetically told them that they’ll have to wait a month more for it to be released on 15th Feb, which was yesterday, so yay!

The M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam collection’s available in selected M.A.C stores now, and as per every Viva Glam collection, each and every cent of the purchase goes to HIV/AIDS sufferers - nothing better than walking away knowing you’ve done something good with your money, aye?

Here are some swatches to entice you further if you’ve not taken a look at the collection yet!

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The collection is small and it consists of just two items - Miley Cyrus' lipstick and tinted lip glass.

The collection is small and it consists of just two items – Miley Cyrus’ lipstick and tinted lip glass.

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Collection arm swatches

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Collection arm swatches

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Collection arm swatches at a different angle to show you the shine and beauty of the tinted lip glass!

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Collection arm swatches at a different angle to show you the shine and beauty of the tinted lip glass!

Oh the shimmer! Be still my bleating heart. Okay sorry overused pun there because you know, it’s the Year of the Goat. haha

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Amplified Creme Lipstick

M.A.C x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Amplified Creme Lipstick

The amplified creme lipstick delivers great color which is opaque and creamy in finish - I love how it glides on my lips!

The amplified creme lipstick delivers great color which is opaque and creamy in finish – I love how it glides on my lips, and that color payoff is amazing!

The lipglass

The lipglass looks really pretty in the tube!

It is beautiful on the lips too - with a nice pink tint that isn't too loud. It's a  great lip glass to use over other lip colors as well for extra oomph and dazzle.

It is beautiful on the lips too – with a nice pink tint that isn’t too loud. It’s a great lip glass to use over other lip colors as well for extra oomph and dazzle.

And of course I had to use it over the lip stick, right? Heh. It instantly makes your lips look more plump and kissable IMO and definitely delivers hydration. I love pairing this duo together!

And of course I had to use it over the lip stick, right? Heh. It instantly makes your lips look more plump and kissable IMO, and definitely gives you added hydration. I love pairing this duo together!

The Viva Glam Miley Cyrus collection is available at selected M.A.C Stores now, and they are priced at:

  • Miley Cyrus Amplified Creme Lipstick: $30 SGD
  • Miley Cyrus Lipglass: $30 SGD

I don’t have the full list, but I guess they should be available at M.A.C Sephora ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Tangs Vivocity & Tangs Orchard!

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M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal (2015)

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The NastyGal x M.A.C Cosmetics collab was one I’ve been waiting for for a long long time!

Partially because I’m a fan of NastyGal and LOVE their excellent customer service, and partially because… of THAT blue lipstick.

When I set my eyes on the collection, I was like, “I GOTTA HAVE THAT LIPSTICK!” And I was even more stoked to find out that it matched the color of my Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir in Amethyst perfectly!

Without any more rambling, here you go!

“M·A·C partners up with vintage clothing icon, Nasty Gal, in a fierce collection of shades that are as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, sultry red and lush burgundy Lipsticks pair perfectly with a killer Nail Lacquer. This season, style has attitude.”

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The NastyGal collection is a small one, consisting of just 4 items – but all super eye-catching and promises you a load of attention:

  • M.A.C Studio Nail Polish in Flaming Rose
  • M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Runner (rich burgundy)
  • M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Gunner (deep purple)
  • M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Stunner (bombshell red)

The lipsticks are $30 SGD each, and the nail polish is $23 SGD.

The NastyGal x M.A.C Cosmetics collection is slated to be released on 12th February 2015 (update from M.A.C: Date has been changed to 13th Feb!) across all Singapore M.A.C Counters and stores ; )
(The lipsticks went out of stock really fast on M.A.C online stores and on NastyGal’s online store!)

They already had me at arm swatch

They already had me at arm swatch

{ Stunner }

“Nasty Gal is about turning heads, and turning fashion its head–changing the game, and looking badass while doing it.
What better way to declare you mean business than with bombshell red lipstick (and a corner office with your name on it)”

What a gorgeous, true red this is! I’ve always preferred reds without any orange tones in it and this one was perfect. Plus matte. LOVE!

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Stunner

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Stunner

{ Gunner }

“Entrepreneurship is for hustlers only—you have to make people want what you’re selling and it’s competitive as hell.
As Sophia says, ‘When dealing in vintage, you never reveal your source.’ Lucky for you, we’re letting you in on this little secret—
to get what you want, sometimes getting loud and lippy (while rocking the perfect shade of violet) is mandatory.”

Surprisingly, this color went on like a dream. And boy, did it attract attention! It’s a little glossy here because I applied lip balm underneath it. Still gorgeous.
I keep trying to find opportunities to wear this baby out…

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Gunner

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Gunner

{ Runner }

“Sophia ran away from convention, capitalism and the suburbs, an adventure that caused her to eventually run smack into something she did want—
Nasty Gal, and the perfect shade of bordeaux for the boardroom.”

This shade had one of the worst application for me. It could be because I have chapped lips and plenty of lip lines, but the problems don’t seem to surface on the other two colors. Still, if you don’t look at it up close like in this picture, it is a stunning deep wine red and probably can be coaxed into perfection with a lot of lip love prior to application.

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Runner

M.A.C Cosmetics x NastyGal collab Matte Lipstick in Runner

Nail Polish in Flaming Rose

Nail Polish in Flaming Rose

M.A.C Lacquer in Flaming Rose is a bright red polish which is probably every Singapore Airline Stewardess' delight.

M.A.C Lacquer in Flaming Rose is a bright red polish which is probably every Singapore Airline Stewardess’ delight. It dries quickly, opaque in a single coat and is pretty shiny on its own! (applied without top coat here)

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With the exception of Runner which I wanted to like very much, this entire collection is possibly one of my favorite so far! Even though it only has 4 items hahaha.

Must buy of the collection? Gunner. It’s beautiful on its own (not patchy or anything) and can be used to make a red lipstick more purplish etc, basically you can mix it with other colors to make the darker or more purple!

... and I did just that for Yina's wedding! Mixed it with a pink here so that it's not so purple but I guess it's still rather shocking to see a purple lipped person walking around. I'm also dressed in a Nasty Gal dress which was unfortunately banned from ever being worn again by my husband, haha.

… and I did just that for Yina’s wedding back on 1st Jan! Mixed it with a pink here so that it’s not so purple but I guess it’s still rather shocking to see a purple lipped person walking around. I’m also dressed in a Nasty Gal dress which was unfortunately banned from ever being worn again by my husband, haha.

 


{ YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN ENTIRE OUTFIT*! }

Yes, you read that right! Since this is a NastyGal collaboration, how can we do without a giveaway involving clothes?

[ CONTEST MECHANICS ]

All you have to do is to do up a moodboard on Polyvore, compiling what you’d wear with either one of the 3 lipsticks, for example:

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And either:

1. Instagram your outfit and #macnastygalSG / #maccosmeticssg, or
2. Leave a comment here with the link to your polyvore image set! For example, my set is viewable at this link

… and you may just be able to win an entire outfit*, including the lipstick of your choice!

*It is limited to $250 though, so even if you exceed, at least you’ll be able to cross some items off your wishlist!

Contest ends 28 Feb 2015 and a winner (residing in Singapore) will be picked by M.A.C Cosmetics Singapore.
Good luck, you guys! :D

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