Got my hair styled and I no longer look like a “single soccer mom”!

Two weeks ago, I finally redeemed Dan’s Valentine’s Day gift! For those who don’t know, I had a pixie cut last summer. While it was nice, the growing out phase was horrendous! I began to feel very self conscious and unhappy with my hair but I was also very cheap and couldn’t justify spending $100+ at a salon but also didn’t trust the Asians enough to fix what little hair I had grown out.

(I say Asians because they generally offer very cheap haircuts but can be a hit or miss).

So, I spent months and months complaining to Dan (lol) until on Valentine’s Day, he decided to get a gift card to a very fancy salon to finally get my hair fixed!


My appointment was at 12PM at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra. First impression of the salon? Holy cow, did my self confidence plummet!

EVERYONE HAD VERY BEAUTIFUL HAIR. EVERYONE. EVERYONE!

Behind me were rows and rows of awards this salon has won. They specialize in celebrity hairdos as well. The salon itself was grand and super beautiful and clean – soooo different from the usual Asian salons I go to.

You know it’s a fancy place when they hire dedicated hair washers. I kid you not – I’m so use to the stylist washing my hair before cutting it so I was taken back that they had someone else wash my hair before guiding me to my stylist’s chair.

Unfortunately, I forgot my stylist’s name but he gave me heaps of confidence back. I sat down and told him my life story and why I felt horrible about my hair. I told him I was looking for something that is easy to maintain (aka wake up and brush my hair), and something that I can just grow out without worrying that it would lose its shape again.

He instantly said – “bob”, especially given my hair length as well. He showed me a few styles he think I can pull off but they were waaaay too edgy – also, you know it’s a fancy salon when they do and suggest edgy looks rather than classic, safe styles.

We joked about my hair and be basically said “Your hair makes you look like a single soccer mom from the 80’s.”

Ouch, but also true and here’s why:

LIKE, SERIOUSLY… DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY I HATE MY HAIR?!

I basically had a weird mullet thing and when I got to the gym and sweat, it basically warps around my neck. Also, the tiny little ponytail that I do at the gym is ugly af.


For someone that usually goes to cheap salons, holy crap did I noticed the difference in technique when my stylist was saving me. It’s soooo much more different than the usual techniques I see at the cheap salons do – seriously, how is it that they all have the same technique but fancy pants salons each has their own techniques to cutting hair?

All in all, my session took about 1.5 hours to finish and stylized. Leaving the salon, I felt soooo much comfortable having people look at me and just fell in love with my hair again. I no longer fuss about it and I’m no longer sinking in money in products that claims they help promote growth. I’m content enough to wait patiently now.

Underarm Laser Hair Removal Experience

Last week, I completed my second underarm laser hair removal session. For those who weren’t aware, I finally decided to get laser hair removal back in December.

I’ve always wanted to get laser hair removal because the idea of no longer shaving sounds wonderful to me… because seriously, who likes to shave constantly?

Since moving to Melbourne and arriving just in time for summer, I was getting annoyed with shaving everyday. I kid you not, it’s literally everyday. Plus, Dan bought a pack of 2-blade razors that are shite and I want to get through that 12 pack before buying a new razor so the shaving isn’t great either – it’ll leave like a shadow.

Ladies – be sure your man knows how to shop for razors before sending them out to the store.

However, I’m a wimp and put it off since forever. I stuck to shaving and plucking because I thought laser hair removal is going to hurt like a biotch… I mean, c’mon… it’s a laser beam! But that being said, I did get LASIK done, and been waxing soooo how painful can it really be????


For those in Melbourne, I booked a consultation at ClearSkinCare Clinic (South Yarra). It was meant to be a consultation but I also told myself that if it comes down to my first session as well, I’ll do it right then and there because I don’t want to come down again after a few days. Plus, what’s there to consultant about getting some armpit hairs removed?

Initial thoughts? It’s fast. It literally took less than 5 minutes to do both armpits (which sort of makes me annoyed that I gotta travel all the way to the clinic for a 5 minutes appointment). I don’t even think it’s 30 seconds per side!

I instantly was able to smell a faint scent of something burning – my hairs being burned? It’s a bit off putting but it goes away once she’s done lasering you.

The cool air sensation really helps. I actually can’t imagine doing it without that cool air blowing on your areas.

The actual lasering and pain? It sort of stung, not going to lie. I suppose all those who say it’s like having a rubber band snap at your skin consistently for 30 seconds is correct… At first, it didn’t hurt but after about 3 seconds, you start to feel the sting.

But, it’s not unbearable. I would have to say that I enjoy getting my Brazilian waxes more than getting lasered. I might pop a painkiller the next time I go… The pain is brief – really brief. It stings for a few seconds but once the whole ordeal is over, the discomfort fades. I would call it more of a discomfort than pain and would rate it a 4/10.

If you’ve gotten waxed, tattooed, or pierced, I think you can survive an underarm laser treatment. I’m not sure how well I would do for bigger areas but I’d give it a shot and keep you guys updated if I ever do a Brazilian or full leg.


The price? The clinic had a big sale and underarm treatments were only $9 per session which is how they caught my attention in the first place, lol.

But, it’s $9 per session if you buy in a package of 10. So, I ended up paying $90 but they make you prepay instead of like signing a contract or something. I’ve been told it’s a very common practice in this industry, and if not, I think all of them do it this way?

I think $90 is okay for ten sessions. I probably wouldn’t buy it if the clinic didn’t have a sale, to be honest. Laser can be pretty expensive.

They told me that if I don’t need all ten treatments, I can put the balance towards another laser treatment, but unfortunately, no refunds.


The results? Oh my gosh, am I ever glad to do it! After the first session, I barely had any armpit hairs left. I had a few strands that the laser didn’t get the first time so I’m excited to see how the second and third treatment plays out.

But seriously, after the first session, I shave only once a week. So, with the second session done, I’m thinking I don’t need to shave at all soon.

It’s incredible to see such a big difference after a few sessions. I’m starting to regret prepaying for ten because I honestly don’t believe I need all ten sessions to get results. My old waxing clinic started doing “pay as you go” for laser hair removal and she told me it’s actually cheaper and better in the end because every candidate is different, and clinics do not refund you if you don’t use it all.

For example, even if I paid more than $9 per pay as you go session, it still comes out cheaper than prepaying for everything if I only require 3-4 sessions for my underarms to see permanent results.

That being said, that’s why I opted out not to get my Brazilian until I get back home. I think I’m going to ask if I can use the remaining sessions on my happy trail instead since that’s something I’m self-conscious about too.

But boy do I love hopping out of the shower and not have to worry about shaving my armpits anymore. I would say, you’re pretty much paying for the convenience and you need to ask yourself “do I dislike shaving enough to drop $90?” Because I do.

So, for those who have done Brazilian or full leg laser hair removal, please let me know how it went for you!

Forget what you've heard about brazilian waxes – an honest bikini waxing experience

Do you cringe when people mention bikini waxes? The thought of all that pain as the esthetician rips the hair out of one of your most sensitive area?

That was me several years ago… hell, that was me up until a few months ago! I thought that any type of bikini waxing would hurt beyond belief… I remember one of my professors telling me she tried it once and never again because the pain she felt was bad as giving birth as she described it. Yup…

A few months ago, I thought – why not try it? I thought, if I could survive getting tattooed, maybe a wax isn’t too bad? I mean, it beats trimming it every few days so I guess you can say my laziness got the best of me.

Next thing I knew, I was on Yelp looking at all the highly rated waxing salons and decided to book my first one with Ann-Marie at Frilly Lilly.

Painless is one of my most favourite words, and everyone who went to Frilly Lilly basically called their waxing experience painless.

However painful you thought waxing was – it’s actually only half as bad.

Yes, it’s bad in some spots, but it’s true that the more you go, the quicker and painless it’ll get.

It’s honestly wasn’t too bad. If I had to give it a rating, it’ll be a 3 or 4 out of 10. When she put the first strip of wax on and took it off shortly, it didn’t hurt a bit. I honestly had to confirm with her if she started already or not.

Of course, as she worked her way in, it got a bit more sensitive and a bit more painful, especially the patch of hair above your lady bit and closer to the lips. But it’s not as bad as how society made it out to be. Comparing it to giving birth? I mean, I haven’t given birth yet but I wouldn’t go as far as comparing it to childbirth. Is it one of the most painful experiences you’ll ever experience? No. I cried when I got my ears pierced! That was the most painful memory I’ve had thus far.

I believe the stigma of painful waxing stems from those who used soft wax (?) – basically, the wax that needs to be taken off with a strip of cloth or something. Hard wax is when the wax hardens up shortly after placing it on your skin. I was told the hard wax hurts less because it’s actually tugging at the hairs rather than on your skin. It stung more when she waxed the peach fuzz on my inner thighs and my happy trail.

Oddly enough, the butt? Painless. Virtually painless. I promise.

The first time, it took about 30-35 minutes because she took her time explaining the procedures and giving me post-wax tips. My regular 5 weeks out sessions generally takes about 20-30 minutes, and of course, getting faster and faster each time.

If you’re like to me, scared of what society has been saying about bikini waxes – ignore them. It honestly wasn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how bearable the entire procedure was!

If you’re really considering booking an appointment, here are some tips that I found helpful during my first few times:

  • Do your research. I spent a lot of time on Yelp glancing at reviews before I felt comfortable booking an appointment with Frilly Lilly. It seems silly to read reviews about a salon, but given that you’re stripping half naked and letting someone see, view and cause you physical pain… I’ll like to choose a place that’s highly raved about.
  • Take two painkillers. They help manage my pain a bit and calmed me down… I  guess I viewed painkillers as another layer of protection from the actual pain – if that makes sense.
  • It’s okay to fork out a few $$$. Frilly Lilly was expensive… after tips, my waxing came out to be about $70 or so. I decided to continue going to Filly Lilly for a few more sessions before switching to another salon that offered hard waxing for only $52.
  • Choose hard wax salons. Hard wax is the key to a painless bikini wax!
  • Wear a lightweight t-shirt or dry-fit. You’re going to sweat because of it’s a bit painful. So wear something that won’t show your sweat stains when you leave the salon.
  • Do it for yourself. Groom for yourself – not because some man told you to.

If you’re a local, check out Frilly Lilly at 1076 Hamilton Street in Yaletown!

Hydrating Your Skin (Throughout the Winter) | Winter Skincare Routine

One of the biggest things I hate about winter is the cold harsh environment. Canada is known to be brutally cold but luckily I’m located on the West Coast which proves to have warmer winters (what is snow that you talk about?). However, despite having a warmer winter than the rest of Canada, Vancouver sometimes still gives me dry skin from time to time.

 
 
Lately, I’ve incorporated the L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Fresh Ritual into my everyday life. Previously, my skincare routine was great but I must admit, it did leave me skin slightly drier in the winter time (because I often forget to moisturize).
 
 

I use the gel cleanser every night to get rid of dirt and my make up. This little thing takes off my waterproof mascara and eyeliner in one quick wash! I prefer to use it at night because I feel my face is much cleaner after a long day rather than using a cleanser in the morning.

Following the cleanser, I use the toner to tighten my pores up. I have an oily T-Zone and this is wonderful. The current toner I use has a very strong scent and burns my skin (if I have any cuts). It’s extremely power and makes me eyes water when I use the toner. The L’Oreal toner smells light and to my delight, doesn’t sting at all!

Lastly, I use a bit of moisturizer before going to bed and in the morning. It’s very light weight moisturize and smells great. Unfortunately, I don’t find the moisturizing to last all day – my other daily moisturize works much better.

Overall, the L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Fresh is a great way to keep skin hydrated and moisturized in the winter. Compared to my other cleanser and toner, L’Oreal works wonder. However, I might skin out on the moisturize and stick to my current one instead.

*All products reviewed in this post was provided from Influenster. Opinions stated on this review are 100% from my own observation and usage.

I've Gone Pink!

I’ve always had colour in my hair so whenever I feel my hair is lacking colour, an urge inside me tells me to hit the salon, asap. I made an appointment with Blanche MacDonald student services again because of the great experience I had with them last time. The last time I got my hair coloured at a student services was with VCC and it was horrible!

I originally wanted pink ombre on the ends of my hair, however, once I got to the salon, my stylist, Kelsey, told me my hair was way too dark to get that bright pink I was talking about. You know, the pink that’s in season this summer?

She told me I would have to bleach my hair to a level 10 blonde, but the lightest my hair would go would be about an 8. Anything more would either damage my hair or cost waaaaay too much.

So, Kelsey and Renata came up with two tones of pink/purple that compliments each other and dyed my hair with those two colours. So, instead of the pink colour I wanted, my hair has different tones (especially since I had color prior to bleaching, those strands of colored hair turned out lighter after the bleaching). It’s a mix of pink and magenta.

I love the mix and tones of the two colour, but a part of me is still bummed out I couldn’t get the pink I wanted. It sucks having black hair – I feel colour options are much limited or harder to achieve.

During the process, I got a glimpse of how I looked with bleached blonde hair aaaaaaaand, I’ve always thought Asians with bleached blonde hair look trashy buuut damn… I wouldn’t mind trying it out for a while, haha.

I figured since this is my last year or so before committing to a professional career, I mind as well have some fun with my hair before I settle for plain black or a more neutral shade of dye 😦

Channeling my inner Nikki Wong from 6teen.

Seriously, that show was amazeballs.

Braun Silk Epil Bikini Styler (FG 1100) Review

When it comes to the hair “down there”, there are a couple of ways to maintain it: shave, wax, laser, cream or trim.
Of course, it’s all about personal choices whether you choose to maintain it or not. I don’t believe it doing against your preference because society deems we need to.

I’ve been bare “down there” many of times through many different methods. Shave? Yes, quickest buuut hello stubbles and itchiness; wax? ouch and $$$! laser? I can’t afford $500 sessions LOL; cream? waaaaay too time consuming… seriously, 15-20 mins?!

And, if it’s not the excuses made towards all the different methods, it’s just the fact that I really don’t like going bare down there. I feel uncomfortable (physically and mentally) but, I can’t keep it untamed. I feel extremely dirty when I don’t maintain it.

So, I resorted to trimming. It’s fast, easy and clean. It maintains everything down there to a level where I feel comfortable and clean… plus, it’s pretty much cheaper than waxing, buying cream and replacing razor blades.

If you’re opting to trim, invest in a trimmer. I use to do it with eyebrow scissors and while it does the job, everything was uneven which you can imagine, it gets pretty ugly. You have an area with more hair and then you have an empty bald spot. A trimmer not only creates an even trim, it also decreases any risks of injuries you might sustain with a pair of scissors around such a sensitive area.

I purchased the Braun Silk Bikini trimmer because it was one of the cheapest trimmers in market from a reputable brand. It’s a nice handheld electric trimmer that runs on one AA battery with two comb heads for trimming.

1. The trimmer itself. Light, easy to hold and waterproof.

2. 5mm comb to attach to the head to get a close trim.

3. 8mm comb.

4. Brush to clean out hair.

5. Little trimmer for facial hair/eyebrows.

I’ve been using it for sometime now and it does a great job of removing hair without any tugging. The comb acts as a shield for your skin so you won’t cut yourself, especially in areas where it’s hard to see/reach. I used it delicately when I had a lot of time and I used it when I had little time – it’s amazing how fast I can run the trimmer over the area and not have the fear of getting nicked or anything!

It gets down to a really close shave (5mm!) and yes, it does a great wonder on that thicker patch just above the… you know what. I’ve ran the trimmer through my inner thigh to get to the hard to reach area and while it does trim off some of the hair, that area is better off trimming it manually with eyebrow scissors. With the comb, it’s extremely tough to get a close shave in a small area.

For most part, the trimmer gets most of the hair. Sometimes, you would need to run the trimmer over the area once or twice again to catch a few hair that didn’t get trim.

However, I do not recommend using the electric trimmer (without any combs) as a substitution to your razor. I’ve tried it and it doe not remotely get a close shave as a razor. In fact, it tugs on the hair a bit and after one try on a little area, I had a feeling using the trimmer as a regular razor can easily lead to ingrown hairs around your pubic area.

So, if you want to have a clean shave, opt for your razor. Don’t use this to shave your leg hairs as well. It’s a great trimmer but not a great shaver!

This trimmer also comes with a mini facial razor. I haven’t tried it but after experiencing the poor shaving from the previous razor head, I don’t think I want that razor near my face. I’d stick to my regular facial shaver.

Unfortunately, the razor comes with some cringe-worthy “designs”.

Yup, these are stickers that Braun recommends sticking to your hair and trimming around the sticker for a fun design. I haven’t tried it because I threw away the stickers the moment I saw it… just no.

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable bikini trimmer, opt for this Braun Bikini Trimmer. It gets the job done effectively without breaking the bank (or your skin). Like I said, I recommend you using it with either the 5mm or 8mm comb on your bikini area only. If you’re looking for an all-in-one trimmer that can be used as a regular razor, this isn’t for you.

Right now, this razor retails for $34.99CAD at London Drugs. I got mine off Amazon for $29.99CAD. If you live in the states or traveling down there, I’ve read it goes about $15-$20USD.

How I Got Rid of my Acne

 
I don’t want to brag but I’m lucky enough to have good skin. I rarely break out, never had any issues with long term acne or dryness, or anything along the lines of that. The only flaw on my skin is probably the blackheads on my nose which aren’t too bad.
However, this month, for some odd reason, half of my face started popping up with pimples. I thought maybe it’s time to wash my pillows and towels but still no clear improvements. I also thought about the food I could be eating but nothing that could cause a break out. I also cleaned my face very well so when all the things I normally try to get rid of pimples didn’t work, I decided to toughen my facial cleansing routine.

 
1. St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub for blemish and blackhead control.
I maintain my skin on a regular basis with this lovely scrub. I use it a few times a week depending on how I feel about my skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin (at least, I believe this product shouldn’t) but I cut back to exfoliating once per week, since starting this routine, which is usually on a Sunday. 
I use this product every morning to start my day. It has 2 added vitamins for your skin and cleans your face without drying out. Ever since using this facial wash, my acne started disappearing and my face feeling fresh and clean every morning!

Just before going to bed, I clean my face with this wonderful product. After a day in the city, my face feels fresh, smooth, and relaxed (surprisingly) by the end of the night. It deep cleans into your pores and gets rid of dirt without drying out your skin either. It also gets rid of make up but unfortunately not any eye make-ups.

With only those two cleansing products, my sudden prolonged break out was cleared up in a week! I started noticing the difference about two days into the routine but definitely cleared up my skin in about week, all while still using make up and without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking for something new to clean your face with, I’d recommend the Clean & Clear. I think that made the biggest difference in my break outs.