[Review] Marie France Pro-Freeze Treatment

 

Due to lack of exercise and aging, fat begin to accumulate in my lower body and I find it real hard to lose those belly fats! About a month ago, I was invited from Marie France Singapore to experience one of their tummy slimming treatments – Pro-Freeze (PFZ). I get to undergo this trial to share the experience from the recent consumer satisfaction survey, conducted by Nielsen. See below for more info.

Pro-Freeze is a new treatment that uses fat-freezing technology to safely and effectively remove the unwanted fat cells. What Pro-Freeze does is to ‘freeze’ away the fat bulges without the need of incisions, anaesthesia or surgery. With target cooling, the fat is safely chilled to ‘kill’ the fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues.

When fat cells are exposed to an extreme cold temperature, they will be ‘frozen’. These ‘frozen’ fat cells will be degenerated and eventually ‘die’ (a process called adipocyt apoptosis). These degenerated fat cells will be eliminated from the body via the body’s own metabolism system. It is claimed that it can permanently remove up to 25% of the unwanted fat in a single treatment session, thereby reducing the thickness of the fat layer.

marie france pro freeze

Pro-Freeze comes with two medium sized handpieces that help define the two sides of my tummy. I must say Pro-Freeze is pretty similar to Cool Sculpting. I have tested Cool Sculpting once when it was first launched many years ago. Cool Sculpting uses a larger applicator to treat the centre of my abdomen, whilst Pro-Freeze uses 2 smaller applicators that able to define the two sides of my abdomen. Both have their pros and cons, the results will vary depending on our distribution of fat at our abdomen.

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Watsons’ Girls Day Out Beauty Bash Event

 

watsons girls day out

Early last month, Watsons has hosted its biggest beauty bash Watsons Girls Day Out, bringing forth the latest health and beauty brands, be it cosmetics, hair, skincare, inner beauty supplements, health, as well as a few surprise brands to pamper oneself from head to toe. The beauty bash also showcased Watsons’ own brands – Watsons Hair Pro, Pure Beauty and all new skincare line – Divinia.

Watsons presents a lively carnival of exciting activities and informative beauty tips and advice from the experts themselves. In addition, Watsons has launched its Watsons eStore, the brand’s online portal, in conjunction with Watsons 27th birthday.

I got to preview more than 20 over range of products during the event. Featuring some of the previewed products below :

bioderma cleansing milk

Bioderma has introduced a new addition to its exclusive cleansing range – Sensibio Lait Cleansing Milk – exclusively available at Watsons, . Bioderma has an ultra-light texture that provides gentle cleansing and removal of makeup from face to eyes. Formulated with Toleridine® patent, it is claimed to increase skin tolerance and reduce skin sensitivity. Priced at S$26.90 for 250ml.

vichy ideal white

vichy ideal white

vichy ideal white

Vichy introduced a new whitening skincare range named Ideal White, specially created for Asian women. Ideal White’s new Metabolic Whitening complex is said to enhance the skin’s whitening balance and boosts skin’s metabolism for spotless, healthy glowing skin. The range consists of a Deep Cleansing Foam S$39, Cosmetic Water S$39, Essence S$65, Gel Cream S$69, oil-free Daily Ultra-Block in SPF 40 and SPF 50 S$49. This range is available at Derma Center, selected Watsons, Guardian and Unity.

hada labo

The Hada Labo Lotion is one of my favorite skincare products. It now comes with an advanced new generation of four interlocked Hyaluronic Acids that unlock the secret to ocean-deep hydration for the skin. It retails at S$22.90.

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The Face Shop 10-Step Korean Skincare Regimen

 

The Face Shop

Korea’s The Face Shop has recently hosted a mini workshop to walk us (bloggers) through the 10-step Korean Skincare Regimen.

Step 1, 2 and 3 consist of Cleansing, Replenish and Tone respectively. First remove dirt and impurities from your skin with Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Glowing Cleansing Foam. And kick start your skincare journey with a boost of Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Treatment Essence. It is a multi-functional water based boosting essence which helps to boost next product efficacy. This unique step is an addition to our usual skincare regimen. Next step, revitalize your skin by toning your face with Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Whitening Toner.

Step 4 – Balance. Indulge your skin with a sheet mask soaked with dual skincare functional Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Mask Sheet - a premium 24k gold double functional hydro-gel mask sheet effectively improves skin tone and elasticity.

Step 5 – Boost. After masking, further boost your skin for the next few skincare steps by applying Seed in Seed Core Seed Purifying Essence which is rich in antioxidant.

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Thermage CPT Procedure Revisited

 

Recently, Asia Healthcare Associates, the exclusive distributor for Thermage, has organized a private event to re-introduce the Thermage CPT procedure. In addition to Thermage, Asia Healthcare Associates also distributes Fraxel, Liposonix and Clear + Brilliant.

The Thermage Patient event was held at Pheonix Medical Group @ HillV2 at HillviewRise.

What is Thermage? Well, in short, Thermage procedure can help smooth, tighten and contour your skin for an overall younger looking appearance in a single treatment without surgery or injections. Thermage procedures can effectively and safely treat fine lines and wrinkles on most body parts, including the face, neck, eyes, tummy, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks.

I must confess I’m a big fan of Thermage. This is one aesthetics treatment which I swear about. As I age, the collagen in my skin breaks down, resulting in sagging skin, nasolabiol folds and marionette lines. The new Thermage CPT System uses patented radiofrequency technology to safely heat the deeper layers of my skin, stimulating my existing collagen and promoting new collagen growth.

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Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30

 

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30

Recently, I’ve received an interesting eye product from Kiehl’s Singapore and it is the new Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30. Two things that really excite me – it provides broad spectrum UV protection with 100% mineral filter and it comes with a natural mineral tint universal shade.

In addition, it is formulated with a vitamin C-derived ingredient (Activated C) and it is free of paraben and fragrance. Vitamin C is said to help improve collagen production, reduce fine lines and pigmentation. :D

Dark circles under the eyes are a common cosmetic concern that affect over 139 million women globally. In Asia, dark circles are said to be the #2 concern behind wrinkles. The common causes are poor circulation, puffiness and age-related factors such as UV damage and melanin production (under eye discoloration).

Kiehl’s Chemists address dark circles by offering this new, 3-action solution that :

  1. Instantly brightens and perfects the skin: Formulated with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to instantly help diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
  2. Brightens overtime by reducing hyperpigmentation: Activated C and Licorice Root are used within the formula to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
  3. Protection: Developed with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, utilizing a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration.

Dark circles are commonly attributed to thin skin and pooling of blood under the skin surface. A tough area to address and one that contributes to “an aged, tired-looking eye-area”, many eye creams simply rely on caffeine for puffiness and skin boosting ingredients that claim to make skin less transparent.

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My Favorite Beauty Supplement – AFC Japan Tsubaki Collagen DX

 

Japanese women are known for their youthful looking skin and they actually look younger than their actual age. They pay great attention to their skincare routine and strongly believe their skin will look visibly fresher, younger and firmer by regularly consuming beauty supplements. Collagen helps the skin to regenerate itself and maintain a youthful and wrinkle free skin.

I’m a strong believer in beauty supplements and collagen drink is still my favorite beauty supplement; as compared to collagen powder and pill or tablet.

afc japan tsubaki collagen drink

Recently, I was pleased to receive two boxes of AFC Japan Tsubaki Collagen DX, and many thanks to Lifestream Group.

afc japan tsubaki DX collagen drink

I must say the best tasting collagen drink I’ve tested so far is this AFC Japan Tsubaki Collagen DX.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Heritage Collection – Black Absinthe Eau de Cologne

 

Following the success of the original seven limited edition scents launched in 2013, Crabtree & Evelyn introduced 2 new additions to its newly relaunched Heritage Collection this March 2015 – Black Absinthe Eau de Cologne for HIM and Parisian Millefleurs Flower Water for HER.

These 2 latest sensual fragrances, take inspiration from the romantic city of Paris, combine traditional botanicals with a contemporary twist, featuring notes of absinthe, rose, narcissus, lavender and cypress.

The Limited Edition Heritage Collection was first launched in October 2013. Evoking classic aromas of the Mediterranean coastline and Europe’s ancient cities, the Heritage Collection is the fruit of 40 years of experience in fragrance creation.

I was pleased to receive the Black Absinthe Eau de Cologne recently, many thanks to Crabtree & Evelyn Singapore. The gift box also contains a lovely notebook.

crabtree & evelyn black absinthe eau de cologne

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Orbis Singapore Opens New Store At Westgate

 

ORBIS, a leading Japanese cosmetic brand which pioneer in oil-free skincare, has recently opened a new store at Westgate #02-18. I was pleased to attend the opening ceremony of this new store recently.

ORBIS is well known for its 100% Oil-Free skincare and has been voted No.1 in Japan. In addition to skincare, this holistic beauty brand, created for Asian skin, offers a wide range of health food and beauty supplements to help users achieve beauty inside-out.

Orbis collagen drink 12000

The collagen supplements available in varies forms – powder, jelly and beauty drink.

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Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF 50/PA++++ Day Screen Multi-Protection

 

To upkeep my youthful looking skin, SUNSCREEN is one skincare product I absolutely cannot leave without. Whether if it’s rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, I will always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen on my face from 9am to 4pm every day. I reckon many of you may not be aware that exposure to UV rays can actually accelerate aging process.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution PA++++

Recently, I have received a surprised parcel from Clarins Singapore and it contains the latest updated series of UV Plus Day Screen that is now formulated with an anti-pollution protection and with PA++++. I actually go ga-ga when I see PA++++ on the packaging! The four ‘plus’ actually means it gives a maximum protection against aging damage, as compared to those with only PA+++. This new UV Plus Anti-Pollution is also formulated with SPF 50 that helps protect the skin against sun burn.

I must confess, I’m really obsessed with looking and staying younger! In addition to protecting my skin against harmful UV rays, I’m also a strong believer of protecting my skin from environmental factors such as harmful particles and toxins. Studies have shown that city living actually makes the skin age much faster than a rural living. UV and pollution are the main causes of premature aging and hyperpigmentation, that lead to rough and uneven skin texture.

The Clarins UV Plus Day Screen was first introduced in 2005, specially created for Asian women living in the city. 10 years after its success, Clarins has now gone even further, to offer even higher protection, not just against UV rays but also against the harmful effects of pollution. In 2015, Clarins introduces a new powerful sunscreen – UV Plus Anti-Pollution.

Clarins Research has demonstrated that UV rays and pollution generate damage in the skin, including an overproduction of free radicals in the dermis and epidermis which speeds up skin aging, damages skin texture and alters skin color.

UV Plus Anti-Pollution now available in three shades : Neutral, Baby Pink and Baby Blue.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution sunscreen

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Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Water Lily Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser

 

crabtree & evelyn caribbean island water lily home fragrance reed diffuser

This February 2015, Crabtree & Evelyn introduces the new Caribbean Island Water Lily Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser, a refreshing green floral room diffuser. This new diffuser joins Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Wild Flowers Collection and it replaces the India Hicks Island Living Casuarina Fragrance Diffuser.

crabtree & evelyn caribbean island water lily home fragrance reed diffuser

It is packed in a nice wooden box with a bundle of reeds (12 sticks) in it.

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