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Friday, 23 November 2018

How to Achieve Sharper, Slimmer V-Shaped Face Instantly Without Surgery

Friday, 23 November 2018
Many of us seek a slimmer looking face to be selfie-ready anytime, anywhere and it's no secret that I'm one who braves through aesthetic treatments to achieve my personal goals.


If you have decided that creams and massages aren't working for you and currently contemplating having some work done on your chin area - scroll down and read on my recent aesthetic experience.


Answer: Non-surgical chin fillers & botox


Truth to be told, I'm pretty satisfied with my physical appearance but recently when I became had a featured video role - I found that my face is pretty "flat". I mean, in photos I can angle my face for a flattering portrait shot but when it comes to videos - I can't really control which part of my face will be shown because the videographer will basically capture the angles that best tells the story.

Because of this recent video experience, I was pretty disappointed with my non-3D Asian features because I know in the social media world - videos are the future. And if I want to create more videos in the near future for a more engaging content, I cannot help but feel insecure about my "flat face".

It's not like I want a super 3-dimensional face, but I'm looking for some dimensions that will allow my best features to "pop" on camera. Also, I was advised by a Feng Shui Master that my face is my "rice bowl" - meaning if I keep up my appearance, more fortune will come my way. I don't know how true this statement is, but I never denied the fact that having good looks can get you one step in the door because (sadly) people will always judge you by looks first.


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About a few weeks after the video shoot, RJ Clinic approached me. Talk about right timing!
A quick Google search revealed that RJ Clinic (previously known as Renee Clinic), have serviced quite a few famous Malaysian social media personalities - some are whom I am well-acquainted with.

Seeing their faces on RJ Clinic's page gave me the assurance I need to take the leap of faith and get some aesthetic work done together.


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Upon entering the clinic, I am greeted with a Victorian-themed interior.




RJ Clinic is situated along Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur - which isn't far from my place in Petaling Jaya. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to get there and the parking is such a breeze.




These two transparent jars store all the tools for fillers and injections - to demonstrate that they are really experienced in the aesthetic field. (Later I saw they won awards in Golden Record Awards 2018 by Merz Aesthetics - Winner for Highest Amount of Belotero Filler Injected in M'sia & 2nd Runner Up for Biggest Filler User in Asia Pacific!) Not to mention a whole wall filled with certificates too.


Dr. Renee Law & Dr. Cheok receiving the coveted award at Golden Record Awards 2018






Dr. Renee is the founder of the famed Renee Clinic and they recently updated their name to RJ Clinic, as part of a rebranding exercise.


Waiting Areas


The waiting areas are decorated with such plush seats that will make time pass by in a breeze. There is also complimentary coffee, tea, water, and light refreshments served here.






This is the first clinic that I've visited that offers a selection of Netflix movies for you to spoil yourself with! They really do know how to welcome their patients and their companions!


After registering myself, we took a few close-up shots using an advanced camera with unique lens to capture my face in 3D. Yes - 3 dimensional. Apparently, I learned that this camera also costs a bomb to acquire it because it has the ability to preview your face after the aesthetic work is done!




Once my photos are taken, I met up with Dr. Cheok to discuss the structures of my face and we identified some improvements that can be done. It is such a joy being able to share my deepest insecurities without feeling judged.


We identified a few things that can be enhanced without resorting to surgery:

a. Botox & Filler on chin
b. Accusculpt Laser on eye bags
c. Filler on cheeks and tear trough


I pretty stoked to share that I will be going through
ALL THREE TREATMENTS WITH RJ CLINIC!



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I never thought that I would be able to achieve my "dream face" here in Malaysia!
I'm really excited and I can't wait to see the final results.


As for the first treatment, I will be going through Botox & Filler on my chin.



Beauty is served: Dr. Cheok recommends using these two fillers - one intense (firmer type) to create the base while one balance (soft type) to support both sides of my jawline.



The nurse then escorted me to the treatment room, with a flat screen TV attached to the wall. The TV emitted calming music from Spotify and I drank one last sip of coffee before the treatment begins.







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On a side note, RJ Clinic has a Golden Shower in their washroom!
And an automatic Toto bidet!

I could only find Toto in Japan during my trip earlier in April and it is really famous there. Literally, all the high-class shopping malls and hotels use this very brand in their toilets.





With high anticipation, I was lying down on the treatment bed with numbing cream on, ready for my enhancements.
Dr. Cheok marked exact points for the needle to be inserted and I had one last look at my original chin, bidding my farewells internally.





DURATION
After the numbing cream set in (about 20 minutes), the duration of the treatment is really fast!
It only took Dr. Cheok to inject both firm and soft fillers about 10-15 minutes and top up with botox with about 5 minutes. 


PAIN LEVEL
Numbing cream = 0/10
Fillers = 1/10 on my left side, 3/10 on my right side
(the right side of my face seems to have more pain receptors. this varies between individuals)
Botox = 0/10



PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Pain wise, I experienced close to NO PAIN. I thought I was calm in my head before the treatment started, but I can't help but noticed my heart was pounding faster than usual and that I started to feel my body sweat under the covers thought the aircon was working perfectly fine.

I'm not sure why my body reacted that way when my mind wasn't (lol) but I'm thinking that it really has been a while (few years) since I have had anything done to my face so it could be just nerves.


Throughout the treatment, I could HEAR the liquid entering my chin as the doctor injects the fillers on my chin. It was quite a nervous moment for me because I couldn't open my mouth to ask questions as my chin was getting treated. I feared that by talking, I would move the syringe and in turn, disrupt the process. So I had to be patient until the whole 10 minutes or so was over because I could ask anything. But those 10 minutes, I was feeling anxious! So I thought to myself - I should ask the doctor on things to expect BEFORE THE TREATMENT BEGINS so that I don't have to feel paranoid during the process lol.


For fillers and botox, there is NO DOWNTIME so basically, I can return to work or activities as normal. There is only one thing to avoid - which is the sauna or any hot places - as we don't want the newly fillers to be affected. Also, Dr. Cheok warned me not to massage around my chin area because the shape takes some time to fully settle in with the rest of my face.



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Presenting you, my newly enhanced chin --







A comparison with Before & After.

Top - Before. Below - After. Sans makeup.


In the Before shots, you could see that my chin is shorter.
In the After shots, my chin has been elongated and slightly protruding.

With a slightly longer chin, I have now cheated my way to look slimmer in photos haha!




If you want to get some aesthetic work done, you can make an appointment to get professional advice before deciding on a treatment. From my observation, the doctors in RJ Clinic are willing to educate you if you have any burning questions. I was jokingly asking about our ex-First Lady's face mishaps and he was even willing to share his thoughts on it. (Let's save that for another day, shall we? lol)






LOCATION
No. 468-G-9, Ground Floor, Block G, Rivercity,
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 3rd Mile Jalan Ipoh,
51200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

WEB www.rjclinic.my
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/rjaestheticclinic
INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/rjaestheticclinic
📞03-40400778📱016-6651113 


READERS EXCLUSIVE!
If you are interested in getting a filler treatment done, use code “GRACEMYU10” to be entitled to ONE complimentary SilkPeel or Carbon Laser treatment.


Next up, I will be undergoing Eye Bags Removal using Accusculpt Laser Treatment so be sure to stay tuned for my next blogpost!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

[REVIEW] C.Michael London Stem Cell Professional Hair Care Line

Wednesday, 7 November 2018
It's not uncommon for both ladies and gents to lose hair as they age. As for me, the main cause of my hair loss comes from (I'd to admit it) .... bleaching my hair.

Though the colors may look nice and vibrant in pictures, did you know that in order to achieve that vibrancy - a lot of chemicals are involved? Today we have the revolutionary OLAPEX - but 5 to 6 years ago - we weren't so lucky. Not in Malaysia, at least.

Because I have started bleaching, the process is undeniably addictive. I wanted to change my hair colour every other month but my hair condition worsens as time passes, eventually.

If you scroll through my Instagram feed now, you will see that I have not had any bright hair colors since Chinese New Year this year because my New Year's resolution was to cut out hair bleaching/colouring for at least a year to reset my long-lost precious soft hair.


Recently, a friend noticed my hair condition and she realized that my hair needed SOME SERIOUS OVERHAUL. No joke. She was concerned because she could observe that my scalp was sensitive and I shared with her that I was looking for a good hair care to maintain my both my scalp and locks.




I'm so glad that she sent over a box of precious hair care filled with Stem Cell technology!

I received these a few months back and now I have completed using 3 out of 4 products - thus I am now in a good position to share my overall thoughts and experience.


















The same goodness but even more Apple Stem Cell and higher in concentration for better results! The most advanced hair treatment to infuse life back into the scalp and hair with PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica, the world’s first raw material based on Apple Stem Cell.


That's basically the summary of the hair care line, meaning this would be the ones used in C.Michael salons and have a higher concentration of active ingredients to restore hair to its optimum self.


Upon opening the product, there is a strong pleasant scent the diffuses the whole shower room and it lingers on even long after washing and nurturing my hair. To be honest, I enjoyed it so much that even my partner noticed the new beautiful scent.


The conditioner, masque and serum all had the same scent - it was such a joyful experience that it felt like I just walked out of a salon whenever I wash my hair.


After finishing the 3 bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner & Masque - I'm glad to conclude that I did not experience any dandruff during this period of time YAYY!!! My sensitive scalp was not agitated throughout the duration of usage and in fact, it did restore the shine and vitality of my locks. 


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As for HAIR FALL, I also noticed fewer hair fallouts and I'm glad to be reporting that I would be considering to replenish the Shampoo & Masque very soon.


Me in Feb 2018



Me in Oct 2018


As you can see, I'm refraining from colouring my hair drastically and so far, its been great.

C.Michael Stem Cell Professional line is available in Alpro Pharmacies and online at their official website.




Tuesday, 6 November 2018

[Review + Discount code] Sudio NIVA, true wireless earphones from Sudio Sweden

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


Hop onto the bed without leaving sound behind.
Feel the freedom of true wireless earphones, with stellar audio quality.



Tiny, but mighty.


Sudio has craved a name for itself in Malaysia and rest of the world, thanks to the boom of social influencers helping to promote it online. I have used a wired version from Sudio previously, KLANG - but this is such a nice upgrade, especially when paired with my new iPhone XS Max.

As for sound quality, it is good - clarity is there which is great of you're someone who likes emphasis on vocals and instrumentals, but do not expect the bass to be too banging. Personally, I prefer "bass-ier" audio quality for that head-banging jams but then again, I would use headphones for that. With the limitations of not being able to move around quickly (with the fear of it being tossed out involuntarily), these earphones are nice if you are one who sits down for long hours to do some computer work (ie. office/assignments).

These earphones do offer 3.5 hours of battery life per charge but the pocket cover that comes with it, doubles up as a portable chargerwhich could charge these earphones up to 4.5 times, totaling to 17 hours worth of listening time if you are out and about.






When you get these pair of earphones, it also comes together with interchangeable earbud cushions to suit the size of your ears. Also, by finding the right size, you're really in for a treat because it offers soundproof effect - perfect for concentration especially when you're focusing on work.

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Retail Price: RM425
Available at Sudio website.
Use code "GraceMyu2018" at checkout to enjoy 15% off + free shipping + 4 minimalist coasters.


Disclaimer:
This pair of earphones was sent to me for review purposes only.



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