Wednesday, 15 March 2017

KCS Medical Group : Aesthetics Specialist

Is been quite sometime since I blogged about my skincare for my face as the last one was about DRx Clinic. Is already been a long while since I used Drx products and I also updated on that post regarding my visits and experience with them in the end. Like I have mentioned in the blog post, Drx did help me for a period of time, but the end services put me off.
My face was pretty alright after I used their product and I felt that I didn't need to change it, but only felt that it was a too expensive. The one thing I really wanted to get rid of was a keloid scar that is on my left chin. Sadly the injection from DRx didn't quite work and I went to ask for recommendation else where. 

   My friend told me about KCS Medical and that there is high review about it. So I went to take a look for my scar. Well, long story turns short, I ended up going for my entire face, which includes acne, pores and pigmentation. 


Is already been some time since my first visit to KCS and till today, I am still with them. The products have shown great improvement in maintaining my skin and improving it. Which I feel there is no reason to change. 

If you read my other blog post, you will know that face had really bad acne in the past and I was trying to get rid of it. When I left DRx and went to KCS, the doctor who is Dr Chua told me that you wanted to clear my skin first as it is still prone to acne. So I bought the acne skin care set first.

Note: This was taken in 2011, My face always have been like this when I have breakout and I have a lot of scars remaining. Not forgetting really big pores. 



The photo below is early 2016 when I already with them for more than a year. 


Still trying to maintain, keeping my pores in check and lighten the pigmentation. 

   


The thing that helped my skin to clear up this nicely was because of Oratane. Close to Nimegen which is another pill that I use to take when I was a teen that was for acne. I took it for around 6 - 7 month and the doctor told me I could stop taken it regularly and only take it when I need to. So for close to a year and a half. I have not been depending on this pill and so far the results has been great. Which I am really happy! 

Currently, the only time where I have a pimple is when my period is coming and it doesn't come full blown, but just one or two near the T zone area. 


Price : 50+ SGD 
(I need to double check as is been awhile, Will put the updated version soon) 


The products from KCS 


KCS Acne Skin Care Set
Includes the following below. 


1. Anti-bacterial Acne Cleanser 
2. Clarifying Oil Control Moisturizer 
3. Acne Treatment Gel 
4. Advanced C-Serum High Concentration Vitamin C 
5. SPF 90 Daily UV Defense 

Cost: 288 SGD

This was the first set I bought for them to clear my skin and I would say that it helps a lot. 
The wash was light and foamy and there is a light scent. 
The moisturizer and vitamin C cream was not overly oily on my face and just a bit was enough. 
The Acne gel can stingy when applying on a pimple and is also good to maintain it from breakout. 
The sunscreen is one of my favorite since is SPF 90 and is tinted too. 

I usually use this set in Singapore as the weather is hotter and more humid than Japan. Which means, more sweat and more prone to acne. 

There is also another set that is mainly for Hydrating instead of acne.
Is quite similar to the acne set and the only different is that the cleanser and moisturizer will change to the hydrating version and the acne gel is not included.  There is also the option of including the Triple effect Eye Serum and Anti-aging Revitalizing Serum 



The other products that they are selling is also the 
- Hydrating Makeup Remover 
- Intense Hydrating Repair Cream 
and 
- Rejuvenating Hydro Cleanser 
(Didn't have a photo because I used it finish)

Since I go to Japan and the weather is much colder and dryer, so the doctor recommended me to take up the hydrating set as well to bring over. I have been using the hydrating set when I am in Japan with the acne gel. I will switch to the acne cleanser and moisturizer during summer or when I see any pimple growing. Since they product comes from the same place, is OK to switch when needed. 

The hydrating cleanser is way more lighter and smooth than the acne cleaner and it doesn't foam. After using for a couple a months, I understand why and it doesn't help to cleanse my face while keeping the moisture. 
The Intense hydrating repair cream is thicker and moisturize than the acne series. 
The Makeup Remover is light and doesn't create a lot of foam. I am still using the Histomer Sensitive skin gel when I have it, however recently is has not been in stock so I need an alternative. Their makeup removal does its job and is not harsh to the skin. 


      With my face all clear up from annoying breakout, I felt way less stress in the past few years. Putting on makeup and skincare has been way easier and also I don't really need to use so much filter on my face or photo shop away a pimple. I also gain way more confidence and I don't even care if I go out of the house without any makeup on. I will probably by annoyed with my eye bags soon. However, currently my main concern for my skin is just the pigmentation which is the freckles and my pores which I am still trying to tighten. For those problems, only products can get you so far so I may go for treatments like laser in the near future. If I do, I shall keep my readers update and blog about it if it works! (The doctor told me confidently that it will) 

 Dr Chua is the main practitioner in the clinic and he handles all the consultation and treatment. He is a really good doctor that go straight to the point. The issue of my keloid scar was worse than I thought because is still an active scar. I tried to inject it once, but it didn't really go fully away and he told me that this thing probably won't go away for the time being and adviced me not to inject it anymore and just leave it.
He is also very straight forward and doesn't beat around the bush which is something I feel that a doctor should do. Since being a matter of my skin, I would want to know the full problem and details instead of just sugar coating it or giving half baked replies which happened to me in the other clinic. You can really tell that he loves his job and wishes his patients well! 

If you are interested in visiting KCS Medical Group and consult with Dr Chua, do book an appointment with them. Do take note of the opening hours so that you don't go there disappointed. 



The Location is at 

718 Bedok Reservoir Road 
Singapore 470718 
Tel : 6442 4149 




The current post is based on my experience and all paid on my own expenses. I have no sponsorship or partnership with them and I truly want to share with my readers on this clinic because helped me a lot. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

February Favorite Picks


Is already March!! Keeping up with my monthly pick post and February just flew pass so fast! So it's time for February favorite picks! (You can view January picks here). Still have another month of break in Singapore and then is back to school for the new spring semester. I am already missing the cold weather back there because Singapore is just so hot and humid. Not to mention that it rains so much recently too. Hope everyone is taking care of themselves and don't fall sick. 

Getting back to the post, Here is February Favorite picks! 

LANEIGE Two tone bar 


One of my favorite products is Laneige Two tone shadow and lip bar. I purchased a few last year and I really love how the product is so easy to use. When the Milky way series came out in winter 2016 for the festive season, I was eyeing on their shadow bar immediately. However, I couldn't purchase it because I was in Japan and The nearest store is in Osaka. 
I was lucky that my friend Christy helped me get it in Korea and there was still stock in January. 

She also helped me get the new two tone tint lip bar which was released earlier this year. Since I already have some lip bar, I decided to get No.8 cherry milk as it shows a more darker shade of red. 


The effect of both bars came out really well and I love how you don't need much blending after applying. When used together, it gives a really nice burgundy night look which I have been trying to create. Using this product also cuts my makeup timing into half because is so easy and fast! 

No.1 Milk Way Burgundy → retailing at 25,000₩
No. 8 Cherry Milk → retailing at 23,000₩

As far as I know, Singapore is out of stock for both products

Canmake Tokyo - Glow Twin Color
No. 4 Cherry Blossom Lavender 



Next in line will be Canmake Tokyo Glow Twin Color. 

This was marketed as an eye shadow base and highlighter product. I have been using this as my highlight and finishing touches on my face as it gives a really nice glow at the end. Previously, I was using Daiso nose contour for my finishing touches as the white matt eye shadow was really useful. In this case, the base is more shimmery so it gives an extra sparkle. 

I choose No.4, Cherry blossom lavender as there is a hint of violet and pink in it. When is mix together, it feels more natural for my look. 



Taken from the Canmake website, The direction on how to apply is told from the picture. Usually is recommended to mix to two colors for the face highlight. This highlighter is currently the only one I used and I also bought an extra one to put it back in Singapore. 


Glow Twin Color → Retailing at ¥650


ROHTO Medical - メディクイックH GOLD
Mentholatum Medic. 


For those people who have dandruff or itchy scalp, this product is for you! A product that I found last year and been sticking to it when my scalp flare up when the season changes. Found it at the drugstore near my house and decided to give it a shot. Since summer time in Japan can be quite hot, my scalp and dandruff acted up and it was really bad. After using it for sometime, I found out that this product helped it a lot and also stop me from scratch or touching my hair. 

Now I am back in Singapore and after a 2 weeks, my scalp acted up again. The red patches are back, dry spots, flaky and dry skin. I wanted to go for salon treatment, but I remember I bought one back to Singapore. So here is my review with photos! 

After a few days of applying in the night.


When applied, it gives a really nice icy feeling because of the menthol. The Mediquick H product is also known to have ketaconazole (Very effective anti-fungal) and some amount of steroid cream in it. In this case, is a liquid form which is applied directly to affected area. After applying, slow massage the area and let it do its job.

If you have bad cases of dandruff and itchy scalp, I will recommend this for a quick remedy. Usually after this, I will wash my hair with cold water the next day and carry on with my hair routine. 

Retailing at drugstores in Japan around →  ¥1,200 (without tax) 



Récolte Limited Edition Pink Quilt Sandwich Press 




My favorite buy for kitchen appliances! Récolte marshmallow pink press sand maker! When it was release and saw it on Instagram, I just couldn't resist and really wanted it. I think about it almost every day, thinking if I should get it and was it worth the price. 
Knowing Japan, limited or seasonal products can sell out really fast and also may never come back again. The sandwich press originally came in two colors, beige and red. 

However, these two colors were not as appealing to me as the marshmallow pink one which came out much later. Just look at how they market it! Just cute pastel pink. I couldn't resist after a few months. 


When it came, I just couldn't stop screaming. Just look how cute it is, and is a single press maker. I didn't want to get the normal sandwich press because is usually for 2 sandwiches. So this is just perfect for me in the morning when I am in Japan. All alone, making breakfast for 1. 



It heats really fast and cook really well too. There is no one and off button and is just plug and use. The down side of this, is you need to be really careful of the plug.

Being cute also has it's flaws as I am so careful with it. Cleaning for me takes up more time than usual as I didn't want to damage it. The iron press cannot be removed and washing it needs to be directly from the machine itself. So, I was afraid of cleaning it at first and use only paper towels and a cloth to clean it. I soon realize that is designed pretty well and washing it with water is fine. (You just need to be careful of the circuit on the bottom) 

Other than that... I really love the product and I am trying new recipes and thinking what else I can do with it. Making toast in the morning is faster than ever to me and I usually put it on for a couple of mins while doing other things at the same time. 



I got it off at Amazon.co.jp → ¥4,320
which is much cheaper than Lazanda.sg → $91.11

That's it for my February favorite picks! Hope you find it interesting and if you have any questions you can also comment or email me~ 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

SABON, Body Scrub and Body Lotion



The first item that I talked about in my post in "January Favorite picks" is about SABON body scrub and Body lotion. As I mention, I will be doing a full post featuring about the product because is really worth it in my opinion. I apologize that I took so long to make this post because I was busy (lazy)

       The story of SABON originality came from Israel with a different brand name and then open their first SABON store in New York city in 2003 because the owners saw the international demand for their products. Currently they have over 400 stores around the world and is still expected to expand even further. (I wish it comes to Singapore soon) 

My first expose to SABON was at their outlet in Kyoto, which was at the street in Karasuma. Being curious, I entered in the store with my friends and the staff asked if we would want to try their products. After the testing session, I was sold! We all felt that our hands were silky smooth like a baby butt and we couldn't stop touching it. I bought my first product last year, which was the body scrub in Lavender Apple and was happily using it for a couple of months. (It comes with a complimentary spoon) 


Since I bought a small tub of it, I figure out that I need to get a new as it was running out. After a span of 4 months, I went back and bought another scrub and also a body lotion. I decided to buy a set instead of just the scrub because they were having a promotion. With every purchase of the scrub, you will also get a complimentary golden spoon! (I really wanted the golden spoon) 


I wanted to try something new too and tested the Tropic Flavor scrub and decided to buy as the fragrance was really sweet. It has a sweet fruit punch fragrance that you will get from a mocktail at the beach and I thought it will be fun to try something new. 
My friend, Sonya also mentions that "it smells like Bali" or probably any beach resort

The colour looks like a light yellow, which reminds me of a passion fruit drink or mango.
While the lavender Apple has a really nice baby pink colour. 

     

To compare both flavors, I did a video to show what the scrub looks like and the difference in colour. It also shows the amount of scrub and oil ratio that is in the tub. Even thought I already use quite a lot for the Lavender Apple, there is still a good amount of oil left in it. 


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The size of the two tubs is also different as I bought a smaller tub for Lavender Apple and the bigger one for the Tropic. The size difference can be seen in the photo below. I used the smaller tub for around 4 months and using it around once or twice a week. 



It will be really weird to show a video of me using it so I'm just going to type it out here. 

     The scrub is really fantastic! After using it on my whole body, the oil makes it really moist and the scrub really did its job. Is really the perfect thing to pamper your body when is during the winter time when is really dry and your body need extra moisture. After using the body scrub, I usually feel that is smooth and moist enough and always feel lazy to put on my body lotion. However, putting the body lotion increase the effect of it and it will still feel as soft and smooth in the morning.

Since Tropic didn't have a body lotion version, I took my next favorite which is Lavender Apple. The fragrance is similar to the body scrub and their body lotion is really light. Probably the only negative point about it is that the pump is a bit annoying as sometimes the lotion will squirt further than usual. (Flying!)  



Is lightly pinkish in colour and I usually use around 6 - 8 pumps for my whole body. Pairing this with the body scrub helps to enhance the product even more and usually they suggest you use the same fragrance so that it won't mix. 
Well, I did it and I just smell really super sweet in the end. 




The body scrub comes in many different flavors and is best to go down to the shop itself to try it out so that you know which is to your liking. If you love sweet, fruity fragrance like me. 
You can always try Lavender Apple and Tropic! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.  

If you come across this brand in Japan, America or other parts of the world. Do go in a take a look and even try it out! Since the testing is free, it won't do any harm to give it a try. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Japan Baking kits for Valentine Day

Happy Valentine Day everyone Or Happy Single Awareness Day. 

Wishing everyone a happy Valentine day and hope everyone is happy and have no rejection at all. (Hopefully) 


The common thing in Singapore is pretty much like the western countries, where is usually the guys buy things for the girl, however in Japan is the opposite where girls give chocolates to the guys and hope they get something back in return on white's day. For me, I prefer making chocolates or baking something for my boyfriend instead of him getting me an overpriced flowers or dinner.

Since Japan has this tradition of having girls making chocolates for guys (or buying), it has produced many baking kits that usually only make their appearance when Valentine Day is approaching. 
These baking kits that are mostly Do-It-Yourself idiot proof are decorated in cute and girly packaging which sells like hotcakes. 

The one in the video below is in Kyoto Loft, where they showcase the kits on the first floor to promote them 2 weeks before Valentine day. I was lucky enough to buy some back again for my friends and myself. 

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Not only do they lay the kits out, but they also gave a sample piece on how it will look like once is baked which is really informative to know. There are many kits available from different brands and the price is ranging from ¥600 ~ ¥2000 (Without tax) for each box. The quality of the chocolate and the packaging also makes a difference in the price.

So last year I bought the fondant au chocolat to try out and the van houten cocoa truffle was for Aya. The results of both kits were a tremendous success and the lava cake was so good that we ate 6 piece out of the 8 and I only have 2 to Vincent. 



This year, I didn't want to buy the same brand again because I wanted to test other brands and kits. So these are the kits that I bought back for my friends and I. The doughnut muffin is for Pris, while the rabbit cookies are for Aya. 
The chocolate lave cake is for the guys to make for us and the remaining last two is mine. 



The kit that I will be using for my Valentine Day gift will be this one.
 I bought the Macaroons kit for fun and to use it next time. I shall blog about it next time once I get to use it. 

The Gâteau au Chocolat baking kit which includes 2 heart mold. 


Inside, you are expected to have these ingredients and the one that you need to provide for yourself is the unsalted butter, milk and egg. (Which are usually fresh ingredients)

The chocolate powder, raw chocolate, mold and powder sugar. 


The baking starts and we all got down to our kits. 
(Since I didn't have many tools to go around, we had to share)

Please read the instruction on the back and don't be like these guys who didn't even know that they needed to put flour into their mix. 


After a lot of hard work and laughter, here are the results. 

My cake came out really well and I was proud of it! 


The kit even gave powdered sugar for the toppings. 


Vincent looks happy because is not a rock this time XD 


My friends doughnut muffins and cookies turn out pretty well too! The sweetness was just right and both of them were really Delicious. 
The doughnut muffins had strawberry filling inside which they provided and the cookies had chocolate pens to decorate them with. 


However, for the guys, it was their best effort. It hasn't really baked at first and they put it for another 10 mins which resulted to 4 out of 6 turning to muffins. (Well is not that idiot proof after all) 




Even thought their lave cakes didn't turn out to be what we expected and only 2 was passable. It still tasted pretty good. Well, this also show that you can screw up if you don't do it right with the baking part. However, if you really follow the recipe to the book, I am sure it won't be this bad. 

This concludes the baking session for Valentine day that I had with my friends and here are some notes for the kits. 


 If you are not good at baking and always wanted to try out you should buy these kits. 
 The instruction given is all in Japanese so be prepared to use a translator. (Like google translate)
 Some kits like the doughnut muffin gives a detailed instruction sheet inside the box with pictures. While most of them are just behind the box with drawn instruction. 
 The kit usually provides you with the chocolate and dry ingredients while the fresh ingredients are not included.
 Some of the kits, like the cookies provide you with the cutter which you can keep. 
 The kit also includes molds, cups, holders and bags. (EVERYTHING IS THERE) 
 Some kits which are usually the decorating type, also includes chocolate pens and sprinkles.
 Some kits also include Jam and other ingredients inside. 
 There are many kits available, like chocolate cakes to cheese cakes bar, chocolate truffles, cake pops, cereal bars and etc. 
 It is pretty hard to find when is not Valentine season and probably the only way to get it is from Amazon