Dec 30 2015

Skin Updates!

So Mel and I have been to New York Skin Solutions for my facial treatments for about 5 times already and here’s to share with you guys on our skin progress!

After our last treatment recently, we did a skin analysis using New York Skin Solutions’s scanning equipment.

Here’s some before and after shots of my skin condition:

Less clogged, and you can see that my skin has more collagen now (the zig zag lines are collagen within the skin). With more collagen my skin will become naturally more hydrated and hence less oily. Those black spots you see are very stubborn “dirt” that has accumulated within my skin for a long time due to lack of proper extractions and they can only be improved after a few more rounds of treatment.

My skin used to have random acne popping out here and there and that causes alot of scarring. Ever since I’ve started my skin treatments here, I find that my skin is less clogged and more radiant looking. It also feels smoother and more supple thanks to the collagen treatment!

You can see that my skin is smoother and more radiant now!

I also see significant improvement on my chin area which used to be soooo clogged!!

For Mel, his face feels less oily as compared to the past and one drastic difference is that his face is so much brighter.

If you’ve remembered, this was his ‘before’ scans:

Which was super dull, clogged and really dirty. I get goosebumps whenever I see this.

This was his most recent scan:

His face doesn’t absorb the collagen as well as mine but it’s now much brighter and less clogged.

Thank you New York Skin Solutions for taking such good care of our faces!!

I cannot stress the importance of facial treatments enough, which I’ve mentioned in my previous post.

If you’ve not redeemed your FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! Hop over to this link ( to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time!
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

You can also visit New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:

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Dec 2 2015

Skincare Routine!

Many people tend to use over-the-counter products and some don’t even know that they are using the wrong types of products on their face. Like me for example.. Previously I was using facial cleanser meant for acne skin. But in fact my skin is not suitable for such products because acne products tend to be drying which causes my skin to become dry on the outside but oily on the inside!

So ever since I’ve started my facial treatments with New York Skin Solutions and found out what are my skin conditions, I’ve also changed my skincare regimen completely. Here’s what I’m currently using:

From left: 2 kinds of cleansers, moisturiser, toner and sunblock

1 of the cleanser is to ensure that makeup is removed completely, while the other is for deep cleansing. I used to use a cleanser day and night but now I’m only using these at night. In the morning I just simply wash my face with water followed by Toner and my moituriser. According to Joanne (my consultant), when we wake up, there are good nutrients left from the products we apply the night before so just washing the face with water is enough.

I really love the moisturiser (mine is for dry skin) because it’s super lightweight, doesn’t feel oily at all and is easily absorbed into the skin. The sunblock is not greasy too compared to others I’ve tried before. And most importantly, it doesn’t feel like it clogs my skin. My skincare routine has become so simple I’m loving it!

Above is Mel’s skincare products that he’s using. His cleanser is the same as mine but he’s using a soothing cream (which acts as a moituriser) and a serum (for oil control)

Previously he was also using products meant for acne skin which drys out his skin and makes it even more oily as well!

I tried this soothing cream and it’s so nice! Has this cooling effect on the face and also very lightweight.

I like that all New York Skin Solution’s products come with a pump dispenser which is more hygienic.

Mel’s skin has become so much brighter after his treatments.. And this was taken after only the 2nd treatment! The other day I looked at him and I was like:”Wa why you suddenly become more handsome” Lolol.

I’ve also skipped putting makeup when I go out to let my skin breathe and recover and also because I’m confident with how my skin looks now. You can still see some scars left from my acne previously but overall my skin is less bumpy and so much less clogged. The other day someone even commented that she thought I had light foundation on when I wasn’t wearing any makeup!

Just for my readers, you can also try out New York Skin Solutions yourself! New York Skin Solutions is giving away 1 FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! All you have to do is use this link to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time:
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

Also, hop over to New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:

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Oct 25 2015

Singapore Restaurant Week: Salt Tapas & Bar

Singapore Restaurant Week is back again  (23 Oct to 1st Nov 2015) and this is my 2nd time trying!! For those who are unaware, Restaurant week is when you can get 3 course lunch (25++) or dinner ($35++) at top restaurants that are participating! (Do note that there are extra charges for restaurants with the dining star award!)

Reservations were filling up fast and I decided to book a dinner for 2 at Salt Tapas & Bar since we’ve not tried it yet!

Nice ambiance and there were alot of people chilling on a Saturday evening when we were there.

For $35++, here’s what we got:

Assorted bread basket

For the Tapas there was a choice of Bone marrow with shitake duxelle, holland potato.

Or Foie gras mousse with truffle dressing. Which we ordered both to try.

For mains, it comes in a sharing platter and we chose: BBQ pork ribs, that comes with mash potato and pickle + Sirloin with assorted vegs

The ribs was really tender and easy to eat and the sirloin was cooked to perfection like how we wanted it to be! Yummy!

Lastly, there was Chocolate ganche, marshmallow and rhubarb rose tart for desserts.

I’ve a sweet tooth so I really enjoyed the desserts!!

The staffs were really nice and service was good even though the restaurant was reasonable packed! Thanks for making our evening a memorable one. :)

Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan
252 North Bridge Road,
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre


Since we were in the area, we went over to the Singapore River Festival to take a look!

The light show was so pretty!

Ending off the post with my outfit of the day!! Very casual outfit and the weather’s seriously too hot these few days! Loving my top from TVD which I stashed it away in the cupboard for a long time! Why didn’t I wear this sooner!!

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Oct 21 2015

New York Skin Solutions

So lately my skin has been really clogged and uneven (which I suspect the haze has a part to play) and I’ve been getting pimples in the same places. And thankfully, I was introduced to New York Skin Solutions at the same time!

A little fact sheet about New York Skin Solutions:
- Started in 2004, they have established their brand name in the skin care industry for providing effective facial treatments and promising results for the past 11 years.
- Facial products used in their treatments are 100% plant-based and perfectly formulated for Asian skin.
- Their range of skincare products are customised to suit different skin types, even the most sensitive skin.

This is my skin condition about 3 weeks ago. Not super bad like people with acne outbreak, but still room for lots of improvements.

During my first session at New York Skin Solutions, I was given a form to fill in for them to know my medical/skin history, what skin concerns I have, etc. A special machine was then used by my consultant to properly view what was beneath my skin to correctly address my skin problems.

Roped in Mel to embark on this journey with me cos his skin is really bad too! (More on that later). Here’s us at our skin consultation prior to the facial treatment.

Getting a detailed skin analysis.

Here’s my results: As you can see, my skin is ‘dirty’ and clogged. The huge thing with a hold in the middle is an active pimple that just keeps coming back even though I thought it was healed already!! And according to Joanne (my consultant), she said that the skin area is already damaged. What I used to do was that I applied pimple cream on it hoping that it’ll heal my pimple.. But the pimple cream was too strong and actually damaged my skin without solving the problem. :(

Joanne also scanned her own face to do a side by side comparison to mine (hers is the one on the top left).. You can see that her skin is really clear and not congested, and there are many criss cross lines. These lines are actually the collagen levels in your skin. Mine has almost none.. Which is really bad for my age, and Joanne is 10 years older than me!!

Here’s another scan of another section of my face. Here you can see lines going downwards, which shows that my skin is actually sagging downwards and is showing signs of early skin ageing!!

Really freaked out by what I saw.. From the skin analysis, Joanne explained that my skin is actually very dry on the outside but oily and clogged on the inside. All this while because of my random acne spots, I was actually using a cleanser meant for acne skin. Joanne explained that my skin is not acne type skin at all and by using acne cleansers, it’s too strong and drying out my skin. This causes my skin to produce more oil and clogs up my skin. All along I was so confident of the products I was using but it was only after this in-depth skin analysis that I start to realise the issues..

With New York Skin Solutions, the solution to my skin problems will be going through a series of collagen treatments. Collagen is very important as it helps to moisturise our skin. Once our skin is properly moisturised, it’ll not be overly oily and all the problems that comes with it (e.g. acne) will go away by itself.

This is Mel’s skin condition: Enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin, super oily skin but yet he can also feel that his skin has this dry feeling.

He washed his face with a cleanser in the afternoon and this is the amount of oil on his spects in just 4hrs… The shiny part is all oil if you can’t see properly.

His skin analysis photos. It’s so clogged and and even more dirty looking than mine!!! And unlike most guys, he’s actually the kind that will buy facial products and use them diligently.

So oily and dull looking!! His skin is the same issues as me actually. It’s oily yet dry on the outside. And he’s also using purifying products so it’ll cause the skin to become more dehydrated. And because his skin is oily my nature, his oily skin condition is worse than most people.

But wait, he has 1 more problem… Can you see those uneven surfaces on his nose? They’re actually oil bubbles which resulted from him trying to squeeze his own pimples.

By squeezing them incorrectly by yourself, it’ll cause more damage to your skin than good.

Another picture that shows incorrect squeezing.. The middle right spot you can see that there are lines coming out from all different directions from this hole. Actually he told me that he didn’t even squeeze, he just simply tried to DIG the pimple out since it was so stubborn. The horror. Now he has damaged his skin really badly. There are also signs of early ageing (sagging skin) and would aggravate if he did not properly take care of his skin and use the correct products. To solve his skin problems, he also underwent the same collagen treatment as me.

After about a 1.5hr session, our consultants again used the same machine to see how the treatments helped our skin.

My before and after results. It’s obvious that the before is the one on the left.

After all the extractions, my skin is so much clearer now and I can see visible brightness to my face because of the collagen treatment. And also in the very first photo you can see that there are the criss cross lines in my forehead already, which meant that my skin absorbed the collagen pretty well! Other areas would take longer in order for the collagen to be built up but I’m really happy that all the toxins in my skin is now slowly cleared out!

During the treatment, Joanne actually did the collagen treatment to only half of my face and let me see the immediate results. What I saw was that my skin was visibly lifted, brighter, and even my dark eye circles were reduced! Was enjoying my treatment so much I didn’t take any photos to show.

This is Mel’s before and after results. So much clearer too! There is a significant difference to his skin tone and I was so shocked!

Pics taken during the treatment. His skin was so dull but after the treatment it was much brighter. You can also see that his skin has a lifted effect.

His dark eye circles are also slightly reduced too.

Happy customers!! The results were really visible after just 1 treatment. Of course, to maintain it, we have to use the correct products and go for a few more treatments to boost our skin’s collagen up to a certain level.

Our 2 consultants (Joanne & Elise) that did the consultations and treatments for us were very experienced and knew what was best for our skin. Felt really safe to leave my skin in their care.

Here’s something for my readers!! New York Skin Solutions is giving away 1 FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! All you have to do is use this link to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time:

Will be sharing more about our journey with New York Skin Solutions, so stay tune! Can’t wait to achieve healthy skin again!!

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