Archive for January, 2011

Dr. Brandith Irwin – Womenlovebeauty First Guest Blogger!

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Womenlovebeauty is honored to introduce its first guest blogger – Dr. Brandith Irwin.

Dr. Irwin practices medical and cosmetic dermatology at the clinic she founded in 1999, Madison Skin & Laser Center in Seattle. She is regarded as one of the most skilled cosmetic dermatologists in Seattle, and is an expert injector of Botox and fillers. She has worked with lasers and laser technology since its introduction to cosmetic dermatology in the 1990s. In fact, she has named as one of Seattle’s best dermatologists based on a poll of 2,500-area doctors.

Skin Care and Beauty Advocate

Dr. Brandith Irwin is one of the few independent voices in the medical world today who can help consumers make educated decisions…” - Paula Begoun [best-selling author of Don't Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me]

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You have a question about beauty? Dr Irwin will love to hear from you!

You can now get to ask beauty questions about skin care, new treatments, new beauty technology or skin care products and Dr. Irwin will be glad to personally answer those questions for you. This service is absolutely free-of-charge!

Dr Irwin is one of the few prominent cosmetic dermatologists who does not represent any skin care product lines, cosmetic companies, or device manufacturers. She has no financial ties to any of those companies, and she gives unbiased information and opinions.

Click here to ask a question*

* We do reserve the right to determine whether a question is relevant or not, and whether it would be beneficial to other readers. Those questions which are most relevant and have broadest application to our readers will be answered first. We also reserve the right to publish your question on Womenlovebeauty.com.

Learn great beauty tips from Dr Irwin!

Let Dr Irwin guide you the medically proven techniques to achieve a youthful-looking skin. You will get to learn on how to turn back the clock naturally without going under the knife, the easy ways to correct sun damaging skin, improve the appearance and texture of your skin and what are the non-invasvie treatments that can reverse signs of aging.

You will also get to find out from Dr Irwin the skin care products that are best for your skin.

Womenlovebeauty welcomes Dr Irwin on board!

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Message from Dr. Brandith Irwin

Hello WomenLoveBeauty readers! For this first blog, I want to take the time to introduce myself. I am a board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in Seattle, Washington. I have been a guest expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as written a book called The Surgery Free Makeover: All You Need to Know for Great Skin and a Younger Face. I also have my own website www.Skintour.com.

I truly feel that skin care consumers need an advocate. I want to give people really accurate, trustworthy, and expert information on skincare and anti-aging. I want to share my medical knowledge of skincare and cosmetic dermatology and my experience with many patients, treatments and technologies. The internet has some wonderful qualities, but many people have told me that they don’t know what information they can trust. You can be assured that all of the information I provide is 100% unbiased. I have no financial ties to any cosmetic company, and there is no trade group or company behind my content, it all comes directly from me.

I am very much looking forward to answering your questions and writing new blogs with relevant skincare and cosmetic information and advice.

Talk to you again soon!
Dr Irwin

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Review – Lipolysis & Body Detoxification Treatment At Qian Zu Ge Spa

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Two weeks ago, I was one of the four bloggers to be exclusively invited to experience our first traditional chinese therapeutic treatment at Qian Zu Ge Spa, S’pore 1st Oriental Spa Concept in Singapore. Thanks to TheSampleStore for extending this invitation to us.

Each of us will be pampered with their new Lipolysis & Body Detoxification Treatment. This lifting and toning treatment is claimed to help reinforce the body tone and body shaping. We can choose between tummy or thigh slimming.

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About Qian Zu Ge Spa

Qian Zu Ge is a place of relaxation with an unmistakable oriental touch. Fitted to help customers cope with the stresses of modern life using traditional techniques, the foot/body massage spa concept features luxury spa amenities such as separate male and female shower rooms, steam rooms, personal lockers. The foot massage lounge and VIP suites are fitted with luxurious custom-designed sofas, a perfect place for an indulgent foot massage. Step into Qian Zu Ge Wellness Sanctuary and choose from a collection of authentic therapies inspired by Chinese and Thai traditions performed by trained therapists. Renew your spirit and enjoy the benefits of health, wellness and beauty. Get ready for an unforgettable spa experience!

Qian Zu Ge Spa, an unisex spa, is claimed to be the first oriental concept spa in Singapore. It provides head to toe oriental treatments such as Signature Foot Reflexology, Chinese/Thai/Swedish Body Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, De-stress Head & Shoulder Massage, Gua Sha / Ba Guan Therapy, Infra-red Herbal Detox Foot Sauna, Classic Manicure / Pedicure and Facial treatments.

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Lipolysis & Body Detoxification Treatment @ $98

(Usual Price $296)

This newly-launched 2-hour Lifting & Toning Treatment is claimed to help detoxify, tone, contour and firm the body. As we are allowed to choose between tummy or thigh slimming, I find it hard to decide on which targeted area I should do. After contemplating for 5 minutes, I decided to go for tummy slimming. You can also opt for a full body treatment instead on targeted area and the duration for whole treatment is 3 hours.

Lipolysis & Body Detoxification Treatment is claimed to :

  • Reduce cellulite
  • Body sculpting
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Facilitate lymph & cell metobolism
  • Reinforcing the body tone

AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto – A Low-Calorie Nutritious & Delicious Meal Replacement

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A few days ago, I have received an interesting and nutritious product from AFC Japan. An excellent product for lazy people like me. I want to lose those few kilos and due to my hectic workload, it gives me no time to exercise. And now this product comes in handy and I may able to achieve my goal from it.

Are you trying to lose those weight but to no avail too? Or are you always feeling hungry and looking for food most of the time? Worry no more! Now there is something for you and it can be consumed without feeling any guilt.

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Introducing AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto

AFC Japan has recently launched the NEW Gourmet Meal Replacement Program that comprises delicious low-calorie meals while meeting your nutritional and weight management needs.

AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto is a low-calorie meal replacement that is nutritious and delicious while imparting a sense of fullness. It makes dieting easier, by just replacing the heaviest meal of the day with one pack of AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto.

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About AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto

It is an authentic Italian-style Japanese meal replacement, prepared by renowned by Chef Nishiwaki Ichiro from Japan. Together with the AFC Japan’s Nutrition and Dietetics Department, only the finest ingredients are used in the production of AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto.

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Each box of AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto (S$30.28 before GST) contains 5 pouches (in 250g), one with each delicious flavour. From left : Cream of Mushroom, Tomato with Basil, Seafood, Assorted Cheese and Curry Stew.

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Do you know you can save up to 650kcal per meal if you replace your usual lunch/dinner about 800kcal (for nasi lemak rice) to AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto that is approximately 150kcal only?

And 650kcal is actually equivalent to 3.3 hours of walking!

152kcal for Tomato with Basil,  117kcal for Seafood, 171kcal for Cream of Mushroom, 173kcal for Curry Stew and Assorted Cheese. AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto has a shorter expiry date because it is freshly imported from Japan and there are no preservatives at all.

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Double Happiness In 2011!

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2011 is going to be a great and exciting year for Womenlovebeauty. Womenlovebeauty usher in the New Year with double happiness!

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First Joy!

For the first time, Womenlovebeauty is going to have a guest blogger. I’m not going to reveal her identity yet and here are the hints.

She’s a famous board-certified dermatologist in Seattle and has been a guest skin expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She’s the author of The Surgery-Free Makeover and Your Best Face : Looking Your Best Without Plastic Surgery. She has named as one of Seattle’s best dermatologists based on a poll of 2,500-area doctors.

You will soon be able to ask beauty questions about skin care, new treatments, new beauty technology or skin care products. She will personally answer the questions for you.

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Here’s my turn!

Yes! I’m cordially invited to be a guest blogger for Singapore’s most popular beauty website – CozyCot.com.

CozyCot.com is the leading Singapore-based women’s website and portal for beauty, fashion and lifestyle news. It is ranked by Hitwise as the number one women’s website in the last five years with 600,000 unique visitors per month.

It will be a monthly article contribution with specific topics about beauty for the whole of 2011. The great things are that I have the freedom to link back to my blog Womenlovebeauty.com, increase click-rate and reach a wider audience though their database. The new user interface will be launching soon, stay tuned.

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With these two partnership, I believe it will be a fulfilling and challenging year for me. And most of all, thanks to all my lovely readers for your continuously support. See ya soon ;-)

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Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Extension Launch – Whitening Repairing Night Cream, Brightening Exfoliator & Brightening Peel

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Last Thursday, I was cordially invited to preview new additions from Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched at Institut Clarins @ Wheelock.

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There are 3 new additions to the whitening family and they are Whitening Night Cream, Renewing Gentle Exfoliator and Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.

The full range of White Plus HP series.

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The event started with an interesting quiz game that required bloggers to guess what are the Clarins products that contain in the beauty concoctions.

Guess what does this beauty concoction “Instant Smoothen” contain?

Well, it contains White Plus Gentle Brightening Exfoliator and Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.

We were required to place our bet (using flowers) beside the products that we think is the right answer.

These are the prizes I have received from the mini game.

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To launch the extensions of White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched, Clarins cleverly decorated the whole room @ Institut Clarins with pots of flowers and fruits that can be found in the whitening range.

Love the natural ambiance of a garden.

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Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched

Clarins White Plus HP skin care range was launched in 2010. The whitening range uses natural botanical extracts to help women achieve a radiance and brighter complexion. And now for the first time, it has used Sea Lily Extract, an exceptional plant active ingredient that is capable of controlling the extension of melanocyte dendrites.

The Brightening Powers Of Two White Flowers

Two new high performance ingredients, Sea Lily Extract and Daisy Extract, provide a dual action against the direct and indirect causes of skin hyperpigmentation.

  • Direct pigmentation is linked to daytime UV rays. The production of melanin it triggers during the day, continues at night.
  • Indirect pigmentation linked to numerous daytime stress factors. By weakening the skin, they speed up melanin synthesis.

Sea Lily Extract

Sea Lily Extract, a brightening active ingredient, has demonstrated the ability to control the extension of dendrites, the “arms” of melanocytes which deliver melanin to cells in the epidermis. Clarins is proud to be the first to introduce this high performance ingredient into skin care products.

White Lily is used at the event to symbolise the actual Sea Lily as the actual flower cannot be obtained in Singapore.

The trainer demonstrated, using her hand, on what does dendrite (the “arms” of melanocytes) look like. The palm represents melanocytes and the fingers represents dendrite.

Sea Lily Extract has the ability to control the extension of dendrites, the “arms” of melanocytes which deliver melanin to cells in the epidermis.

Other lookalike flower was used to symbolise Daisy Extract.

Daisy Extract

This soothing, anti-free radical polyphenols, white daisy extract, is an anti-stress ingredient that calms and soothes the skin, to leave it soft, fresh and bright again in the morning. It is also claimed to control the stress factors which continually speed up melanin synthesis at night.

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With these high performance active ingredients, Clarins is proud to introduce the new extension range of White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched with 3 new additions to the whitening family.

Whitening Repairing Night Cream – S$110

The first night cream with white flower extracts which controls hyperpigmentation due to daytime UV rays, and also stress accumulated from morning to night.

As the production of melanin that triggers during the day, continues at night and in addition due to the numerous daytime stress factors that weaken the skin and thereby speed up melanin synthesis, Whitening Repairing Night Cream is claimed to control hyperpigmentation from both factors.

Whitening Repairing Night Cream combines effectiveness and total comfort on application. Its refreshing feel brings an instant soothing sensation while its incredibly fine, melting texture leaves skin silky-soft.

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Soothing Ingredients For Sensitive Skin

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Are you having sensitive skin? And do you know what are the soothing ingredients that are great for your sensitive skin?

Soothing ingredients are often added to humectant and emollient products meant for sensitive skin. Many of these ingredients are added because they have the capability of reducing irritation to the skin.

Azulene, a hyrocarbon that is derived from the chamomile flower, is frequently added to products designed for sensitive skin. Bisobolol is also another active ingredient that is often added to cosmetics designed for sensitive skin too. And not forgetting aloe, the most common soothing ingredients used so far.

Below are other ingredients that are often added for their soothing properties :

- Allantoin
- Balm mint extract
- Calendula extract
- Camphor
- Chamomile extract
- Dipotassium glycyrrhizonate
- Mallow extract
- Licorice extract
- Zinc oxide
- Rice starch
- Stearyl glycyrrhitinate
- Cornstarch

Most of these ingredients may be added to moisturizers, hydrating creams, cleansers, masks, toners and other cosmetic preparations.

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Video – PLASTIC Eye Surgery Makeup Tutorial˜…ç¡åˆ€æ•´åž‹å¤§çœ¼å¦˜…

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I really enjoy watching this video. Queenie is amazing and versatile. ;-)

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Leonard Drake 10th Outlet Now Opens At nex @ Serangoon

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Leonard Drake Skincare & Health Spa is proud to officially launch their 10th outlet in Singapore at #04-23 nex@Serangoon Central in December 2010.

If you are residing at Serangoon, Bartley, Tai Seng, Kovan, Lorong Chuan, Woodleigh, Potong Pasir, Lorong Lew Lian, Eden Grove and Gambir Walk, you can now truly experience the professional Dermalogica facial and body treatment near you.

This brand new Leonard Drake outlet, with over 2,000 sq.ft, has 7 cosy treatment rooms for facials treatments (that includes 2 double facial rooms) and 2 rooms for body treatments. It also has a private room specially created for skincare or make-up training. Do check out their open concept comprehensive retail area that feature a Dermalogica Skin BarSM that allows customers to try out product testers in a comfortable environment. This spacious area also allows the customers to have an easy interaction and consultation with Leonard Drake skincare therapists.

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About Leonard Drake

Leonard Drake abides by a philosophy of promising “Optimum Skin Health with Maximum Results” and is affiliated to the International Dermal Institute in Los Angeles (the world’s leading postgraduate centre for skincare therapy).  Leonard Drake’s regional network is Aster Spring, located in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Malaysia. Treatments results are achieved by advanced techniques, using state-of-the-art skincare equipment and products from Dermalogica, the leading professional skincare system in the United States.

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And what makes people keep coming back to Leonard Drake?

Over the years, Leonard Drake treatments have been widely raved about by both individuals and celebrities alike, and its signature treatments will also be available at Nex@Serangoon.

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There’s always something for everyone

At Leonard Drake, you can find a list of therapeutic treatments to suit every individual.

And there is one signature treatment you may want to indulge with which is the 24k Gold Facial. This luxe treatment utilises 99.99% pure gold sheets and the patented γ-PGA, the most powerful hydrating agent ever discovered, in combination with the nano mist from a special facial spa system to restore radiance to dull, matured and dry skin, resulting in intensely radiant skin.

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Leonard Drake at nex @ Serangoon Central

23 Serangoon Central, #04-23/24, nex, Singapore 556083. Tel : 6634 2368

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Review – Cool Sculpting Treatment, A New Non-Invasive Way To Loss Fat

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During my 20s and early 30s, many peers will always admire my flat tummy and slim waistline. All thanks to my active lifestyle and high metabolism rate.

Fat began to store around on tummy when I reached my late 30s even though I was having the same lifestyle and eating habits as before. The truth is as I age, my basal metabolic rate decreases and with the loss of lean body mass too. And now at 40s, I can’t afford to eat the way as I used to, I have to cut down on fatty and sugary food. I hate those lumps, bumps and bulges. Hence, I refrain from wearing tight fitting clothing and I prefer to wear something loose fitting now.

Of course the best way to eliminate the flabby tummy is to undergo liposuction. Even if this is the best and only solution, I will never go for it because of many bad reports on liposuction that have “gone wrong”. In early Jan 2010, a 44 year-old man died after undergone liposuction treatment at a general practitioner’s clinic.

And recently, I have met up with Dr Chee, the founder of Wen and Weng Medical Group, a reliable and trustworthy doctor whom I have known for more than 10 years. What I like about him is that he never once hard sells or pushes me on signing up any package or treatment. I always feel comfortable whenever I go for a consultation or treatment at his clinic. He gives honest advice and on some occasions he even discourages me from taking up some treatments that he reckon do not work on me. And best of all, he never overcharges me! ;-)

And after sharing my concern on my abdominal bulge, he suggested that I may give CoolSculpting a try.

CoolSculpting is considered the newest non-invasive treatment to reduce fat. This treatment may not be suitable for everyone though. Dr Chee analyzed my tummy and concluded that I’m actually a right candidate for this new treatment. This treatment is ideal for people who are not fat but the little bulge is just enough to show through a snug-fitting t-shirt or blouse. And these small areas of fat don’t seem to warrant a surgical procedure.

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, developed by ZELTIQ, is a new non-invasive procedure for fat layer reduction. This revolutionary procedure, developed by a team of scientists and physicians, uses a precisely controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis to target, cool, and eliminate fat cells without damage to neighboring tissue.

After a one-to-three hour CoolSculpting procedure with your doctor, your body goes to work. Over the next two to four months, the crystallized fat cells break down and they are naturally flushed from your body.

On average, each CoolSculpting procedure will result in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment cycle is completed, you can attain further reductions with additional procedures although some patients may find that one treatment is sufficient for them to achieve their goals.

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Review – Sothys Shaping Neck Care

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When it comes to skin care, I believe most women tend to focus on their faces, forgetting about the other parts of their bodies. And neck is one area that most women will probably neglect.

How often or do you specially buy products for the neck? In fact, the neck often gives away a woman’s age. Many women as young as early 20s have already started to see their first telltale sign of aging on their neck.

As the skin around the neck is much thinner than the face, it therefore tends to age more readily than the face. The most common signs of neck aging are unsightly strands and bands of skin and muscle, turkey necks, horizontal lines and double chin.

Since young, I never neglect taking good care of my neck. Even till now at 40s, I will always apply sufficient sunscreen and moisturizer on the neck. To firm up my neck, I will also perform a diy neck stretching massage after my day and night regimen.

Click here to view the neck massage video demonstration.

I have recently received my first neck product and it was from Sothys Singapore. Sothys Shaping Neck Care, priced at S$129 in 30ml, is my first Sothys product I will be reviewing. In fact, this is not the first Sothys product I have tested. More than ten years ago, I used to adore their hydrating mask very much and I would always replenish it whenever I finished it.

If you are unfamiliar with SOTHYS and here’s a brief description of the brand :

SOTHYS is a professional skincare line from France. Founded in Paris in 1946 by a medical biologist, Dr. Hotz, who dedicated himself to healing the severe conditions of burn victims in the aftermath of World War II. Their expertise is in skincare treatments. They advocate the synergistic use of serums with their respective home care ranges to preserve and maintain treatment results. Hence they are used and sold by trained aestheticians for face and body treatments in the salons. They are not available over the counter. Read on to find out the SOTHYS Contract Salons and Dealer Salons.

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Sothys Shaping Neck Care

Product Profile

Sothys Shaping Neck Care is specially researched and developed to fight gravity and manage cutaneous looseness and sagging. Formulated with Mamaku Extract, Watercress and Biomimetic peptides remodel the neck contour, and refine and re-sculpt the lower part of the face, neck and d©colletage.

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Ingredients

Sothys Shaping Neck Care contains two active ingredients which are claimed to be potent :

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