Category Archives: Beauty

The Amazing Healing Power of Red Light Therapy

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Originally developed for NASA to grow plants while in space, scientist have accidentally discovered the healing power of these light-emitting diodes or LED. At wavelength of 633 nanometers Red Light absorbs 3-4 mm under the skins surface, stimulating White Blood Cells, Adenosine Triphospate (ATP), tightening skin, smoothing wrinkles and increasing D-3 Vitamin.

Researchers have discovered that Red Light Therapy can eliminate: […read more]

 

Datsumo Labo Japan’s Hair Removal Spa

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Datsumo Labo is Asia’s most popular hair removal spa.  Check out Japan’s website here.  This is Datsumo Labo website from Singapore.

We all wish to have that smooth baby soft skin, right?  Im very fortunate I don’t have too much unwanted hair.  But, for some, hair can grow thick and in places we wish not to have them.

There are many methods to remove hair.  Depending where the hairs are located you could tweeze, shave, wax or use depilatory creams.  But there are problems that come with these forms of hair removal.

 

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Why Datsumo Labo?

1. Painless hair removal treatment with the latest State-of-the-Art Technology.

2. Affordable they have many package deals that you can choose from.

3. Money back  guarantee

So, I had to try this out while I was in Japan.

I first visited Datsumo Labo in the Tokyo Area.  But, unfortunately they do not offer any walk-in’s.  You need to make an appointment, Datsumo Labo offers a fast and easy 40 seconds on-line booking.  Heres the link for Japan and heres the link for Singapore.

They were wonderful enough to get me an appointment in Sapporo.  My first appointment was a consultation and paper work. Everything is written in Japanese and they will not be able to translate anything for you.  I was lucky enough to have my mom there for me.  She read everything  and explained what I didn’t know.  I was disappointed that they did not honor “15% off by quoting a blogger’s name”  they didn’t even know any bloggers on the Singapore’s website.

Here are some areas that are popular to remove hair from.

 

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A few days later I came back for my procedure. I had my legs, under arms,  I line, V line and O lines done (Brazilian).  It was painless.  If you do get this procedure done they recommend that you do not go in the public bath house for at least 10 days.  So make sure you plan wisely since Japan has so many onsen and bath house.

Unfortunately there are no Datsumo Labo in America yet.  Im hoping someday they will decide to bring it here.

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Getting ready for my procedure

 

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Datsumo Labo

 

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Datsumo Labo in Sapporo is located in this building

 

 

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Check out Datsumo Labo Youtube Channel (Singapore)

https://www.youtube.com/user/datsumolabosg

 

 

 

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It’s a 10, Miracle Leave-In Product

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Recently, I was given a full size sample of It’s a 10, miracle leave-in product.  This is a leave in moisturizer that claims it does 10 things instantly:

1. Repairs dry, damaged hair

2. Adds shine

3. Detangles

4. Controls frizz

5. Seals and protects hair color

6. Prevents split ends

7. Stops hair breakage

8. Creates silkiness

9. Enhances natural body

10. Flat iron spray and thermal protector

After shampooing my hair, while still wet I sprayed about 4 pumps of It’s a 10 in my hand and spread through my hair evenly.  I noticed immediately the floral scent.  After air drying for about an hour, I blowed dried my hair and added a little more product before flat ironing my hair.  I noticed 5 of their 10 claims right away.  My hair was shiny, detangled, not frizzy, silky and smooth. I also used it as a flat iron spray and thermal protector. This product is easy to use.  I like to use it on towel dried hair and spraying the product directly in my hand for more controlled application.  When using on dry hair, hair appears more shiny and again smells really nice, this is a great way to refreshen your hair.  This product is amazing and gives exceptional results in just one application, I give it a 10!

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CL, New Face for Maybelline New York

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Maybe she’s born with it! CL from K-Pop girl band 2NE1 was definitely was born with it.  No surgery for this beautiful Asian, she’s all natural beauty.  Rare today with the Korean super surgery quest these days, especially for anyone in the entertainment business.  We love her and her beauty.  Keep rocking it CL!!!
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Duck Lips Please

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You wouldn’t believe whats trending in South Korea. Permanent duck lip surgery.  Its called 입꼬리 수술 – ip-kkori susul – lip tail surgery.  Apparently, its not new, but its trending among the young girls in South Korea.  Its a procedure that turns a downward lip, upward.

Check out more pictures from Kotaku.com

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Photo Credit: Kotaku.com

Would you want to look like “The Joker” forever?  Yes, this surgery is permanent, you can watch the procedure from Aeon Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery  called “Smile Lipt” (smile+lift= Lipt) below.

The video in this post are not mine. Please see  Aeon Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery website www.eng.aone.ac  for more videos of their procedures.

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Pro Makeup Brushes for the Everyday Gal

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Some of my Makeup brushes

I am often asked which makeup brushes are the best.  I can only speak for the ones I have personally tried and I have tried quite a few different ones.  My personal favorites are from 2 different brands.  Sephora Pro-Brushes and MUD Brushes. Sephora-Pro brushes were created with high quality natural hair and synthetic hair.  The synthetic brushes offer a tricolor blend of bristle and anti-bacteria treatment to keep your concealer and foundation hygienic. Each brush is hand cut, and dipped in black lacquer 9x giving it a beautiful shinny finish.  The feral is chrome-finished with the brush number and sephora flame etched in. This chrome will never fade or tarnish. There are 40 Pro-brushes in this collection. My ultimate favorite in this collection are the foundation brush #56 Pro Flawless Airbrush for the ultimate foundation finish (#58 would be my second foundation brush choice), Angled Blush Brush #49 for the perfect cheeks, Precision Concealer Brush #45 for the perfect concealer blend and the Pro Airbrush #55 for ultra smooth powder finish. MUD (Makeup Designoryis another great must have for every gal’s makeup brush collection. This unique collection of high quality premium brushes is designed to ensure perfect performance. Only the finest natural and synthetic fibers are chosen for each brush. My personal favorites are the 210 Angle Liner Brush for perfect precise lines. 330 Shadow Fluff Brush for perfect shadow application and Crease Brush 800 for the perfect crease blending.

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Apparently, my cat Maili loves my brushes too!

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Maili, just loves my brushes!

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Pro-Brushes for the everyday gal

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Unique Asian Skin Care for the Unique Asian Skin.

Most people think skin is …… skin, right?  Actually, thats not true.  Asian skin IS quite unique.  How so? Well, one factor is that Asian skin ages differently than Caucasian skin.  Higher levels of melanin in Asian skin causes sun induced freckles and hyperpigmentation to appear typically by mid to late 30’s.  A sure sign of aging on the Asian skin.  Caucasian skin has a thinner dermis than Asians  so fine lines and wrinkles are first signs of aging for Caucasians.  Because of different aging concerns, treating all skin types with a one-size-fits-all skin care routine is not a smart approach to your skin care regimen.  Skin care products from Asia focuses on different concerns such as skin whitening products rather than fine lines and wrinkles which are a major focus in skin care products in the United States.  Skin care formulations are light, non-greasy and quickly absorbed compared to skin care in United States.  Skin care regimens in Asia have additional products and steps compared to their counterparts in America.  It is not unusual for Japanese women to have 5 – 10 steps in their daily skin care routine compared to an American woman who typically has only 3 steps to their daily facial routine. The first big difference I noticed right off the bat is that the Japanese cleanse their face twice or double cleanse.  Working in the beauty industry, I am often asked what I do to keep my skin looking so nice.  The look of confusion I get is priceless when I tell them I wash my face twice or double cleanse.  I on the other hand find it surprising that many young girls in America that I’ve talked to not only don’t have a skin care regimen but they don’t even wash their faces in the morning or before bedtime.

PRODUCT LAYERING:  Here is a quick look and brief description on the Japanese facial regimen steps.

Step 1: Oil Cleanser

This step is for removing makeup and should be followed by a cleaner.  It is recommended that you start from the check area of your face and continue to your t-zone. Rinse with water slightly cooler than your body temperature. The oil gently lifts the makeup.

Step 2: Foam Cleanser

Cleansing should start in the t-zone (the oiliest) area of the face and work your way to the sides of the face.  Never rub or scrub your face.  The Japanese loves to use foam cleansers.   Another difference in product formulation in Asia is that the cleansers are sulphate-free and foam up into thick foam.  Use foaming net to save time and product to get your cleansers to foam up like whipped marshmallow.  The reason for the super foam is because your hands should not be rubbing the cleanser on your face.  You should have enough foam in your hands so that the foam is gently cleansing your face. Never rub your face.  Again rinse with water sightly cooler than your body temperature.

Step 3: Softener (westerners use toner)

Another step that differs from America is that Asian uses a softener.  This puts moisture back after into the skin after cleansing while boosting moisture penetration for additional products.  Westernized toners uses astringent to clean what the cleanser missed.  Stripping the skin of additional moisture.

Step 4: Eye Cream (optional)

Step 5: Sheet Mask (Optional night only)

Popular in Asia, sheet mask are usually cotton sheets soaked with a treatment essence, targeted for specific skin concerns.  Masks can be worn for 15-20 mins. After removing mask don’t rinse off product just gently pat in the remaining product on skin.  You can use a mask daily or a few times a week.

Step 6: Essence Serum

Liquid concentration of a targeted skin concern.

Step 7: Emulsion

A moisturizing treatment usually of similar targeted concerns as the essence just with less concentration.  If you have oily skin, skip Step 9.

Step 8: Spot Treatment (optional)

Use for your specific skin concern such as acne treatment, whitening serum, retinoid, etc.

Step 9: Cream (optional)

Usually a thick cream is used for skin that is dry.  You may want to add this step only at night.

*If you have oily skin skip this step.

Step 10: Sleeping Pack (optional at night only)

This provides extra moisture with targeted treatment that is left on the face while asleep.

Step 11: Sunscreen (daytime only)

You should not wear anything less than SPF 30

Learn sun protection tips for Asian Women and how to prevent age spots, HP and melasma skin discoloration.

http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Asian/a/Sun-Protection-Tips-For-Asian-Women.htm.

Get Naked

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It’s finally here, the long awaited Naked 3 by Urban Decay.  You’ll find 12 new rose colors from pale neutrals to shimmery pink to black matte with purple shimmering specks.  This amazing pallet is my favorite among the Nakeds.  This pallet is a must have! I love my Naked 3 pallet, Im sure you will love it too! Tell me which Naked is your fave?

K-POP Diva Ailee, is one of my favorite artist.  Her hit single U&I toppled K-POP charts within hours of its release.  This sassy song fits quite well with the sassy Naked 3 Pallet.  Dont yah think?  Check out her video below:

The video contained here is not mine, please visit http://lovekpopsubs.blogspot.com/ to see more of her videos

Slap your face to look young

Sure signs of aging or too much sun are sagging skin which can cause the appearance of enlarged pores, sagging jowls and wrinkles.  Definitely not a very attractive picture.  The latest “Asia Trend” in San Francisco right now is facial slapping.  New to the area is Tata massage, straight from Thailand this technique has been passed down a few generations and is the first face slapping facial massage in the U.S.  Tata’s slapping massage is 100% chemical free and claims to be 1,000,000 % safe!  There is just one warning: you may have a slight risk of elevated blood pressure when you see her bill.  Tata charges a whopping $350.00  for her services.  Now that is a slap in the face!

The Picture in this post is from NYdaily.com

Video links are from tatamassage.com and ABC News

Asian T.V. Drama Hana Yori Dango Makes Flower Boys Popular

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J Drama and K Drama are a big hit in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and in the Asian American Community right here in America!  Among the top favorite Asian Drama Series is Hana Yori Dango (meaning Flower before boys in Japanese).  This 1992 comic book series became a japanese cartoon series in 1996. In 2001, the first of the Hana Yori Dango T.V. dramas series originated in Taiwan called Meteor Garden. In 2005, Japan made its first Hana Yori Dango T.V. series debut.  Gaining much fans and attention around the Asian World.  Korea then made its Hana Yori Dango series called Flowers Before Boys in 2009.  Becoming an overnight hit, Hana Yori Dango has made Japanese Actors Matsumoto Jun and Shun Oguri and Korean Actors Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong an icon for young men today.  After the Korean broadcast of Hana Yori Dango, “hallyu” (a korean popular wave) among young men wanting to look more trendy like the actors in the drama, including wearing makeup, was noticed in S. Korea.  This trend called Flower Boys (young men) or Flower Men (older men) is becoming quite popular.  In fact today the fastest growing beauty trend is mens skin care and makeup in S.Korea.  According to Good Morning America the Euromonitor International, a global market research firm, says 21% of men’s beauty came from Korea in 2011 and expects to double in the next year.  Today, Flower Boys are appealing to the young asian girls.  Living in a world of first impressions; being trendy, fashionable and having good looks is a must for these Asian Flower Boys.