introducing a new Aesthetic Clinic - The Urban Clinic

Sep 1, 2016
At first blush, the Aesthetic industry could be thought to cater only to glamorous celebrities in the spotlight. Visiting an aesthetic doctor for skin treatment wasn't something on my wishlist till a year ago, when my skin condition got really bad after using products from IDS clinic. And I got to know Dr Yanni Xu at DRx clinic, who fixed my major skin problems a year ago. And now I do have to admit, once we hit certain age, for me that's probably 35, or maybe even 32 (just that I was busy with kids and didn't really realize that), our skincare products do not work wonders and we need non-invasive or even invasive treatments to turn back the clock!

This week, Dr Yanni's new clinic, The Urban Clinic has officially opened at City Hall area. I am so delighted to become her customer once again.

The Urban Clinic has a fantastic location which is extremely convenient for me. It's just 2 train stations away from my office, so I can easily pop by for those 30 minutes quick fix during my lunch break.

If you are a frequent visitor to local aesthetic clinics, The Urban Clinic will give you a very different feel, as you won't see consultants walking around in white uniforms, or white backdrops at reception area. The interior is a lot more chic, yet very cozy and comfortable.

To me, the most important thing about choosing your right aesthetic clinic, is to find the right doctor who knows how to give you best advice based on your need. And Dr Yanni is definitely one of them. Like I mentioned in my previous post on my experience with her at DRx clinic a year ago, she is extremely patient with her clients and she listens so well! I can't tell you how important it is to have a skin doctor who listens to his/her client!!!

You might find your frown lines annoying but your doctor might think you need to have those freckles on your cheek treated immediately.  But at the end of the day, what if you have a clear cheek that is freckle free but your lines are still bothering you?!

That's exactly why I love Dr Yanni so much! She can easily point out all my skin problems based on her professionalism but instead, she asked me what is my number 1 concern about my skin. And based on my needs, she recommended 2 treatments which I managed to do within 3 hours in one afternoon.

BTL Exilis Elite - for my saggy skin, to target on jowls, forehead lines, heavy double eyelids, double chin

How it feels?
It feels like a hot stone massage. The targeted areas are usually jowls, eyes, forehead and neck. The aesthetican will run the applicator multiple times on the targeted area in certain standard motions, and moves on to the next targeted area once one area is fully treated. It can get a little bit too hot around certain part of your skin such as jaw bone, eyebrow area. The heat is bearable and you can let the aesthetician know if you find it painful, she can lower down the degree but rest assure that it still delivers the same great result. No numb cream is required for this treatment.

How it works?
It's using  radio frequency to stimulate collagen at deeper layer of our skin. It's recommended to take 2x 1 hour sessions 1 week apart for optimum result. Thereafter, a 30 minutes maintenance treatment can be done as and when you feel the need. This is a different treatment compared to the famous Thermage treatment, I can't really compare the 2 as I've never tried thermage before. All I know is that Thermage is a lot more expensive and the treatment is rather painful even with numb cream. So personally I am definitely more comfortable with Exilis since they both deliver similar result.

What to note?
Drink plenty of water as all radio frequency treatment will dehydrate your body

What's the cost?
I can only share the price I know for now as I am not sure if there's any other promotion coming up at The Urban Clinic, please note that all price quoted here are excluding 7% GST. 
1x session (1 hour) - SGD$780
2x session (1 hour each) - SGD$1480 (recommended for 1st time customer and the 2 sessions must be done 1 week apart)
1x session (0.5 hour for maintenance) - SGD$390
10x sessions + FREE 2 sessions (0.5 hour each) - SGD$3900

Lasemd - To treat my redness problem. This is what they called Korean baby skin treatment, to improve on skin texture based on individual needs.

How it feels?
It feels like a razor running through your skin so if you were to ask me how painful it is, I would say it's totally painless. Some people might describe it as a mild tingling or prickling sensation.

How it works?
A consultant will cleanse your face and put on a exfoliator from their clinic brand - TUC, which is Dr Yanni's formula, to purify your skin. Then doctor Yanni will come in to perform the actual treatment procedure, which includes a few steps.
- Ampoule incubating, Dr Yanni will open a brand new ampoule to keep the solution as fresh and pure as possible, it is selected by her after consultation. I was given TA ampoule to treat my redness problem, The machine will "spin and stir" the powder and solution in the inserted ampoule which is called "incubating"
- Lasemd procedure, your eyes will be covered and Dr Yanni will use a handpiece to run through your entire face, to create multiple laser microchannels
- Ampoule is applied into the skin along with the laser treatment
What's more? You get to bring home the leftover for self maintenance, but it has to be kept in cool and sheltered place (can be put in fridge, but when you take it out from the fridge, you need to shake it well before applying). Together, a moisturizer is also given to be used at home.

What to note?
Apply sunblock to keep your skin well protected after all laser treatment. Lasemd is like combining a fractional laser + ampoules, so I was told that some patient who's been doing fractional CO2 laser frequently, find Lasemd a much better alternative as it helps with pores just like CO2 laser.

What's the cost?
Please note that all price quoted here are excluding 7% GST. 
5x session (1 hour each) - SGD$1850 (recommended package for optimum result)
1x session (1 hour) - SGD$420
** Opening speical **
1st trial session - SGD$210

P/S: please do take note that price might subject to changes so please do not quote me on that, I'm just sharing what I was told as I know my readers would want to know such information. Please just use it as a guideline.. With my previous experience at IDS and DRx, the price at Urban Clinic is indeed very reasonable, and trust me, you won't want to bargain on things used on your skin... ^_^


As for the result,  here are the photos taken inside the treatment room:

I looked really haggard in the picture on the left, immediately after the 2 treatments, my skin looked rejuvenated and lifted up in the picture on the right.

For the following 3 days I started to notice more and more obvious result on my skin, I'm totally sold and especially for Elixist I must say the uplifting effect is quite remarkable. I was told by Dr Yanni that the result will get more and more obvious in time to come and probably lasts for 6 months to 1 year.  So I will definitely take photos frequently and share more details in the near future.

What I really love about The Urban Clinic, is that the treatment are quick and there's no downtime at all, it's best for us mummies who do not have time for ourselves during the weekends or after work. And Dr Yanni said she's offering treatments that are more affordable for everyone, which is totally true because when I used to visit her at DRx, the packages easily cost over 3k but here at The Urban Clinic, instead of encouraging clients to sign up for full packages, she recommends customized solutions which are way more economical, and if a good one time treatment that costs S$200 - S$400 can give you much better result than skincare products within less than an hour, why not?!! 

Here's detailed information about The Urban Clinic if you would like to find out more:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheUrbanClinic/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/theurbanclinic/

Contact Info
252, North Bridge Road, #01-15, Raffles City Mall S (179103)  (next to the taxi stand facing Chijmes)
Phone: +65 62540407, +65 62540419
Email: info@tuc.com.sg

Review: Popular BB Cushions from Korea

Jul 22, 2016
So, it's been a while since I shared review here. This time I decided to be a bit more hardworking and share with my readers about my experience with a few popular Korean brand BB cushion.
Well who doesn't have a BB Cushion, right?!

So yes I'm quite a big fan of BB cushion because I am not a powder person. I prefer my makeup to look natural and dewy with minimum coverage so BB cushion is always my best bet.

Although a lot of you might feel the pictures do not do much justice, I still decided to apply 5 different brands of BB cushion on half of my face (seen in rights side of the photos), on the very same day, under the very same lighting. The left side of my face (in picture) has no make up at all so hopefully it helps you to see the effect of respective BB cushions this way.

I used these 3 products on my skin, a toner, a serum, and a moisturizer. I did not apply sunblock or liquid foundation as I just want to show you all, how my skin looks with the  BB cushion on top of my very basic skincare products.

So do take note that I only applied BB cushion on half of my face, which you can see on the right side of all the photos below.
  
Etude House
My first ever BB cushion. As you probably can see, I just opened a new refill pack for this review, because I've stopped using this brand for a long time. The coverage is pretty impressive, a big part of it might be because it's a brand new piece. The texture is rather drying for my skin type. Oh yes I have dry and sensitive skin. So my pores and lines are pretty visible after a couple hours. It gives a matt finish so you can't see much radiance on my cheek area, whereas the opposite side of my face with zero makeup, has this natural glow especially around cheek area. Hence I find the "heavy makeup" result is a tad too much for my liking. And I know it's too dry because my skin gets a little itchy and irritated by it after some time. The color is a perfect match for my skin color though. And the price is extremely affordable although I don't even remember how much it is.

Innisfree
Thought I've found the best BB cushion ever when I switched from Etude House to Innisfree. It doesn't oxidize and is pretty long lasting. It's quite hydrating and light weight, which leaves my skin radiant and dewy. But there's almost no coverage at all. You can see the 2 sides of my face looks pretty much the same in this case. And do take note that as their products are made with eco-friendly materials, they are less durable and appealing.

Laneige BB Cushion
I've tried quite a few different brands before I decided to get the Laneige BB cushion in N13 True Beige color. It's moisturizing so the coverage isn't fantastic, but most of the time it works perfectly fine for me when my skin condition isn't at its worst. In fact compared to the opposite side, you can see my redness below nose area was pretty much concealed with Laneige BB cushion. What I love about this product is that it does NOT oxidize! It gives this dewy and bright look and lasts for almost a day. Usually I just need to touch up on my tzone area. And it feels really lightweight, not drying till it makes my lines and pores more obvious, and not too moisturizing till it feels a bit sticky on my skin. In fact if you compare this with the 2 picture above, it does give the skin a more transparent and clear look.

IOPE

I picked the color with glitters so it turned out a little bit sticky on my face. It doesn't provide any coverage, and the color has a bit of greyish tone. I am not sure if you can tell from this picture but I sure can see that. And based on my experience, that could be caused by wrong color shade or tone. In this case I think the BB cushion is in a rather cool tone but my skin is in a slighter warmer tone, hence the mismatch. I used it as highlighter on Tzone before. So do get other type instead of the Shimmer type as it comes with just one color, and it's a tad too light even for my relatively fair skin.

Hera
This is a highly raved brand so I was extremely excited when my friend helped me get it from Korea. The packing is simply gorgeous! Upon first application, I felt my skin looks flawless! It's a little bit sticky and gives a relatively "strong" make up feel, as it provides pretty good coverage and doesn't look completely natural. YOu can see from the picture in fact, especially around my nose area, the coverage is pretty good on the right side of the photo. The stickiness of this BB cushion bothered me quite a bit because same as any other sticky products, it actually dries up my skin eventually after a couple of hours. So I had to give this a miss although I really liked the effect at first. Also, I realized the color I picked, might be slightly darker for my skin, that's why it looks a little dull.

So after trying a few different brands, I found out why even the best raved BB cushion might make your skin looks horrible, because you are not getting the right color!!

Yes the wrong shade of BB cushion makes my skin look patchy, especially after the makeup settles in for hours. And when you choose the exact right shade that suits you the best, it will blend very well into your skin and melt in, that, will even out your skin tone and makes your skin look supple, radiant and natural!

And another tip for you, when you feel the BB cushion is not working miraculously like it used to, it's time to replace the refill then!

Review: Banila Co. Clean it Zero

Mar 31, 2016
I am very certain that this is a brand,  or rather say a product, that many people have heard of. It's extremely popular and highly raved, and it's rated the best of the best cleanser, from Blind Test by Korea famous makeup show "Get it Beauty".

I have been wanting to try this product for a long time. And finally I get the chance to after finishing the famous Shu Uemura cleansing oil, and another small bottle of Innisfree Green Tea cleansing oil. I was recently told by my beautician from Le Queenz, that my T-zone is oily and I have rather enlarged pores on my nose, which somehow happen to trap oils easily. Hence she advised me not to use any cleansing oil so I bought a tub of cleansing cream from Innisfree. Unfortunately, I totally do not like it. That made me recall this famous cleansing balm. so I quickly ordered a tub on Qoo10.

The product comes in a small 100ml tub, it's in sweet pink with a nice scent. The most interesting part is the balm looks like sherbet in texture, and 1 scoop is enough for the whole face if I do not have eye makeup on. If I do use waterproofed mascara, then I would add one more scoop. It melts instantly on warm skin, and turns into a lightweight oil texture. It's not the normal greasy thick oil texture you get with most cleansing oil products. And it removes everything on my face with some gentle massage.

So I've read some reviews about how difficult it is to emulsify and remove this product. Yes that's the mistake I made upon first usage. I splashed water after massaging my face with the cleansing balm, since that's the usual way I use my cleansing oil/cream/gel. And yes it emulsified the cleansing balm which is already in oil texture, and turned it into thick milky creamy stuff. Well here came the problem. It's extremely hard to remove it even after I splashed a lot more water! So I've learned my lesson, wipe it off with a cotton pad or makeup wipe! Then wash the face with water, with the residual balm on the face, it will still emulsify but the milky stuff won't be so thick and it's much easier to wash it off with just water, followed by your double cleanse routine with another foam cleanser. If you ask me, isn't that just another makeup remover? Let me tell you the 2 biggest benefits I notice with this product:
1. It keeps your skin hydrated while removing your makeup at the same time. Yes most other products which cleanse your face thoroughly, will leave it dry. But this product makes the entire face washing process enjoyable because you can see the skin getting bright and radiant without feeling any dryness.
2. It does not leave a greasy feel on the skin after wash off. Yes many other products have this problem that once you wash it off, immediately you want to use another foam cleanser because there seems to be a layer of residue which needs to be removed. I do see people using this balm for everything without double cleanse, I am not suggesting that but I do get it when some people don't bother to cleanse again with foam cleanser. Because after removing the cleansing balm, my skin feels great and I don't have the urge to cleanse it again (of course I did wash another time as double cleanse is just my routine).

I am giving this product a big thumb up as it's so easy to use, removes 100% of my makeup and leaves my skin clean, supple, soft and bright. A little bit goes a long way. I am expecting one tub to last me a good few months so it's not expensive at all. Finally I enjoy double cleansing every night, yes in the past I was doing it for the sake of doing only!

Review: My true experience with Victoria Face Lift

Mar 18, 2016
It took me a long time (nearly 4 months) to decide, on sharing my first and definitely the last experience with this facial salon at the newly renovated Whitesands shopping center.

I first got to know about this place through Kiss92. As my family is royal Kiss92 fans, I've been hearing their special offer of this "FREE NON-INVASIVE FACE LIFTING FACIAL" deal. All I need to do is to message my particulars to Kiss92, and true enough, I got a call from a consultant at Victoria Face Lift (Whitesands Branch) and fixed my appointment on a Friday afternoon.

The salon looks pretty gorgeous and I felt very comfortable the moment I stepped in. The service was nice although, I wasn't feeling good when I saw 3 or 4 consultants chit chatting at the reception area. I was then brought into a private room to meet my consultant. She's pretty with beautiful skin, and has this very chatty and bubbly personality. She's friendly yes, but over friendly for my liking. I knew she's going to be pushy the moment she took out a piece of paper and started listing down the steps of my facial.

Okay, so...
Do not ask me about the name of the facial.
Do not ask me about the duration of the facial.
Do not ask me about the machines used.

Basically, I was not told any details about the above, all I knew was, the "FREE" session I got through Kiss92, consists only 4 steps which is the super basic cleanse, extract, tone and moisturize. So, how would you call that a face uplifting facial if the steps are so basic? And guess what, to enjoy their 12 steps signature facial (which is exactly the reason why I was there), I need to top up an additional amount of S$288, and that's still before GST (which I only found out upon making payment)!!! Alright I do not blame Kiss92 for this at all, I am sure they've done their job by informing us "T&C applies", but still, this is the exact reason why I decided to share my own experience now.

Feeling like being placed on a chopping board, I didn't have much time to reconsider before agreeing to the top up amount. The consultant did a scan of my skin and described it as "completely lost elasticity". I've tried out so many different kind of skin analysis before, I know how collagen looks, they should be diamond shaped and although it's true that certain parts of my face, the "diamond" looked rather out of shape, overall it's definitely not as bad as she described. But I guess that's the only way to make me believe in their service, so I am not too bothered.

Then, I was ushered into the facial room, which to my disappointment, is a single room but rather small. The facial itself took around 1 hour+. My consultant is fast but a little rough so I won't say I enjoyed the whole process. And the result? Yes I do see a little bit of lifting result when she compared my before and after photos on her machine. But, the photos are my bare face photos which, by simply washing and massaging my face for no more than 10 minute, I probably can achieve the same kind of result. Okay, right, maybe not as great but I am just trying to say, the result from their facial will wear off within a short period of time, so it's NOT permanent! And i have absolutely no confidence that it will stay permanent even if I were to sign up for their 3k+ package and visit them regularly.

Yes here comes the steep price tag. I would say it costs as much as, or probably even more, than my laser package with Drx clinic. But hey, even if it's cheaper, I am in the good hands of professional doctors with Drx. So I totally could not see the point of paying such a huge amount for a facial package that has totally nothing to impress.

Let me be honest, the worst part of the facial experience, must be post treatment when I was asked to go back into the consultation room again, and the consultant whipped up with all sorts of permutations based on the standard package price. When I said no firmly to every single item she's trying to sell me. Within 5 minute, she provided me with different special offers, from 100 dollars top up for 1 more treatment, to 100 dollars top up for 2 more treatments, then to 12 dollars top up for just 1 more treatment, and finally to another absolutely FREE treatment, which by now, you should have known that there's definitely no such thing as FREE with them. I left the place eventually after grabbing the free sample of 3 signature products from her, seriously I couldn't remember how I managed to step out of that room anymore.


So I know this review might raise a lot of concerns but I am just being honest with my readers here. I searched on the internet for their reviews and true enough, most of the feedback is that this salon is very hard selling so, I am not saying their treatment is not good, in fact all their before/after pictures are extremely convincing. Personally I just feel Le Queenze wins hands down with their facial service for sure!