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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]

 

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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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Handsome Girl-Hunk, A Successful Male Model

Dansou is a term for women who dress in japanese mens fashion.  This trend has become quite popular in Japan and even China. Yachen Xing a 23 year old student from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in China, has been stirring up a lot of attention on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter). Yachen’s photos of her striking handsome looks has gone viral.  She has been named “China’s Most Handsome Girl-Hunk In History” according to Chinese internet sites.  Her boyish looks have helped this young girl to become a successful male model.  Yachen’s fan-following on Weibo call her their “Prince Charming”.  Sorry, ladies (or gents) this handsome girl is taken.  See her handsome photos below.

Another popular dansou, is a Japanese Pop Idol called Fudanjuku. All eight members cross dress in their alter-ego male counter part while performing on stage.  This group started off as Nakano Fudan Juku a J-pop girl-band, but slow sales and stale popularity in the already saturated J-Pop market turned these gals into the popular J-Pop Dansou artists.  Now these cross dressing gals are popular than ever.  You can see them here.

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Sorry Guys, Only True Love will Unhook This Bra

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Photo Credit: Ravijour.com

Ravijour a Japanese lingerie company created a bra that will unlock if the women wearing it is in love.  The bra has a hidden sensor chip, that communicates to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. When the bra wearer’s heart rate goes up reaching the “true love rate” the bra hook is automatically released.  For now this bra is not for sale. It’s part of Ravijour’s 10th Anniversary Mood Up Campaign. With a minimum purchase of 5,000円 (about $50.00) you can enter to win a chance to test it out this bra in six different cities (you pick the city) across Japan. Five lucky couples will be selected, according to Kotaku.com.

See Ravijour.com for their spring lingerie collection.

The video in this post is not mine, please check out Ravijourmovie for more videos on their collections.

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Bizarre Art Display made of Human Bones

jawbone-artIt looks like something straight out of a horror film.  Two tall glass towers filled with over 2,000 jawbone fragments. These were on display as art in an upscale plastic surgeons clinic. These are actual bone fragments that were removed from approximately 1,000 of this surgeon’s patients.  The purpose of the gruesome art display was to show potential patients the skillfulness of the surgeon.  Sort of like a piece-of-mind for the patients before the surgery.  After publishing pictures on the internet of his clinic with the jawbones art, the photo received negative comments and complaints were filed with local authorities.  The surgeon was fined 3 million won or $2,796 for not properly disposing by-products from surgery.   A small fine to pay for this surgeon who charges $3,200 for the popular V-shape jaw surgery.

Check out before and after photos for the V-Line procedure.  Please note these pictures are from an actual clinic in Korea and is NOT the same surgeon that was fined in this post for the jaw bone tower.   

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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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Does your face give away your age?

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Crepey skin and turkey neck can make you look older than you really are. Varying from person to person, signs of aging begins in our late 20’s (eeks!).  Sagging skin, crows feet and marionette lines (smile lines when your not smiling) are signs of facial aging. Smoking, pollution, sun exposure, sleep positions and facial expressions are just a few factors that contribute to this facial aging.

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I believe I speak for the majority of mature adults, in that we would all like to look and stay young looking.  The question is, how?  An important factor in keeping and staying young is collagen.  Collagen is a protein that is found in our bodies (for the scientific breakdown check out SmartSkincare.com) it is essential for younger looking skin. Im sure you have seen commercials and ads mentioning collagen enhancing moisturizers.  Collagen added in our skincare is nothing new, but many times these magical promises of skin plumping miracles fall short.  The collagen molecules are either too large or too small or bogus all together, so the product is not helping you achieve that younger look.  Some that do work, usually give us that temporary satisfaction.  Since Im no doctor or scientist checkout SmartSkincare.com they inform savvy shoppers like you and me about products and their ingredients.  This quote is taken from their site: “SmartSkinCare.com is an independent skin care information portal for savvy consumers. We don’t sell skin care products or cosmetics. Nor do we endorse skin care manufacturers. Our goal is to help you make genuinely informed choices in skin care and rejuvenation.”

Theres got to be another way to get this collagen. In Asia collagen liquid drinks have been very popular.  There are many brands out there and of course they all claim they have that “magic pill” in this case “magic drink”.  New to America, Lac Taut Brand has some very impressive Data and Safety Profile this is quoted from their site:

  • “FDA classifies ingestible collagen as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)”
  • “Taut collagen peptide is comprised of 90% Type I Collagen (shown to support skin and joint health) and 10% Type III, providing the highest quality and effectiveness out of 28 types of collagen*”
  • “Taut is manufactured in Japan according to stringent GMP (good manufacturing practices)”
  • “Each ingredient is tested and certified safe by Japanese independent standards organizations”

“Packaged in sealed glass bottles for optimal sterility and integrity”  Made specificly for the American market, there is no fish taste or powders to mix, just drink! and let science do the rest.  I have not tried this product yet. I’ve been wanting to try a collagen drink, but wasn’t sure which ones were worth trying.  I was so impressed with the scientific backing, I had to write about it.  For more information on this company and product please check out their site at www.renewalliance.com

There are many other ways to increase collagen.  I will continue on this subject in a series of different methods to help increase collagen to stay youthful looking.

I would like to hear from you if you’ve tried this product and what your thoughts and results were.

If you tried another brand of liquid collagen drinks please let me know which ones you liked or ones I should stay away from.

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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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