Review: Chrysalis™Spa Lajin Meridian Massage
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 13:11 |
Prior to entering the workforce, I've always been an active girl. I used to exercise 5 to 6 days a week, and I loved to dance during my free time. Unfortunately, ever since I started my first desk job 3 years ago, I've stopped being so active as holding an office job just means sitting in front of a computer for close to 8 hours a day, and the only walking I get to do is from my desk to the washroom, or to the photocopier machine.
I've never thought that sitting in front of a computer for such long hours will cause any damage to my health, but back in 2015, I started to experience occasional pain around my shoulders and neck. Thinking that it was only a minor issue, I did not take the pain seriously. As years passed, my condition worsen especially in 2017 when I started to experience a constant pain in my lower back. The pain in my lower back caused my legs to feel sore and on numerous occasions, I was unable to fall asleep due to my body pains. I started paying more attention to my body pains by doing occasional yoga, by purchasing loads of medicated plasters and sticking them all over, by massaging myself with mediated ointments, and by doing stretches in the office whenever I can. But the pain persisted.
Although I try my best to go through my de-stress routine whenever I feel mentally overwhelmed, stress is inevitable during work, and this stress I face at work feels just like weights pressing against my shoulders and neck while I'm working. Apart from that, after I came back from my Taiwan trip in January, I noticed my shoulders were slightly "swollen" and that is probably due to the long hours of carrying my DSLR around with me during my entire trip that caused the tension in my shoulders to worsen. When I came back from my Taiwan trip, the pain became a nuisance as not only my back aches, but also my shoulders and neck. I was feeling very unhealthy and stiff, and I knew that I had to find a solution to fix it before it gets even worse.
Thankfully, Chrysalis™Spa came at the right time! They contacted me not too long after and asked if I would like to try out any of their services. I noticed that they have a good selection of massages and so I initially opted to go for their Therapeutic massage which is designed for relaxing and de-stress. Since Chrysalis™Spa has multiple outlets all over Singapore, it was very easy for me to find an outlet near me.
When I arrived at Chrysalis™Spa, I decided to inform them about the body pains I was struggling with and their branch manager recommended me to go for the Lajin Meridian Massage instead which is more suitable for those who are experiencing with shoulders, neck, and back pains usually caused by long hours of sitting and stress. Lajin is a Chinese method of massage and it's directly translated to "Stretching your Tendons and Ligaments". It involves a series of pressing and dragging motions to loosen up any tensions formed in your muscles, as well as improve our overall blood circulation.
The entire massage took 20 minutes which I'm thankful about because instead of a relaxing massage, it was actually quite painful! I was told by their therapist that I have a good tolerance for pain because I lasted all the way without showing any signs of pain, but I was actually just bearing with it because I know that once my knots were loosen, I will feel a lot better. I love how their therapist continuously chats with me throughout the process as it actually makes the pain a lot more bearable. After the treatment was done, I was told that I will get bruises around the areas that she massaged and true enough, the next day, my back was covered in bruises. The bruises didn't really bother me since technically, I couldn't see them... I didn't even know I had bruises until my boyfriend pointed them out to me.
Days passed, and I begin to notice a significant difference in my body pains! The area where I found the most improvement was my neck and shoulders. Prior to the treatment, my neck was constantly aching, and during bad days, it would even cause me to have a headache. This aching neck started towards the end of 2017 and since then, I've been trying out various methods of stretching, and even yoga to ease the ache, but nothing really worked as well as this treatment. In just one session of the Lajin Meridian Massage, my neck doesn't ache anymore and my shoulders feel a lot more relaxed and 'light'. Unfortunately, because I have waited only until now to get my body treated, one session is not enough for my body to go back to its healthy form as I'm still spending most of my time sitting in front of a computer. My lower back is still aching and even though I find my neck and shoulders more relaxed, I wouldn't say it is completely healed. Their therapist did recommend me to go for one Lajin session at least once every 2 weeks until my condition improve, so I'm looking forward to go back again for my next treatment!
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Labels: bodycare, health, lifestyle, review, stress relief
Have a Good Night's Sleep with LUSH
Monday, 12 February 2018 at 00:00 |
I've always envied those who can fall asleep as soon as their head hits their pillow. I am a night person, and apart from that, my brain is constantly active, causing me to suffer from insomnia very frequently. If you've never suffered from insomnia, you are one lucky lucky soul! Insomnia is such an inconvenience for me because my work starts at 8 in the morning. So regardless of what time I fall asleep, I will always need to be up by 6ish in the morning. Imagine working with only a couple hours of proper sleep!
To help cope with my insomnia, I'll go through my de-stress routine to relax, and I love to incorporate products from Lush to further enhance the effectiveness of my routine. As you all should know by now, I am a huge lover of Lush's products. Even though I've worked with them multiple times and they've sent me multiple products to enjoy, I still frequent their stores to pick up items that I love. This blog post contains products that they've sent to me, as well as products I've bought with my own money, and most importantly... This blog post is not sponsored! ;-)
The first step of this routine is to take a shower. Before I hop into my bath, I always take a quick shower to ensure that I go in clean. I mean, you wouldn't want to be soaking in dirty water, right? For this step, it isn't very important since you will be soaking in a bath later on, but I recommend using Lush's Twilight naked shower gel
if you want to keep the relaxing trend going right from the start.
Lush has recently come up with naked shower gels which makes them more environmental and slightly more pocket-friendly than the bottled shower gels! If you're new here, you might not know, that my favourite relaxing scent is Lavender, which makes this shower gel is perfect as its main ingredient is Lavender. If you're into relaxing shower gels, you can definitely count on Twilight as it is probably Lush's signature "relaxing" fragrance. Apart from a Twilight shower gel, Lush also offers Twilight bath bombs, Twilight body sprays, Twilight sparkle jars, and even Twilight gift boxes! This product is a Christmas edition, so grab it while you still can.
It's time to run our bath! For my bath products recommendation, I have a bubble bar, a jelly bomb, and a bath oil. You can choose to use only 1 at a time, but I'd probably go with 2 (or maybe even all 3 at once...).
If you've watched my Lush Valentine's Day Unboxing video, I gave a little tip on how to properly use a bubble bar and bubbleroon, and that is to crumble it under running water
once you're starting to fill your tub, followed by making splashes with your hands
to generate even more bubbles. One of my favourite relaxing bubble bars from Lush is the Valentine's Day special Unicorn Horn bubble bar
I first used it in 2017 and I love how this contains, again, Lavender as its main ingredient. It also contains Ylang Ylang oil which is probably my second favourite. This entire horn creates enough bubbles for 2 baths if you use it the right way, turns your bath into a magical baby pink shade and it is also covered in fine silver glitter!
Next up, we've got a jelly bomb. If you wish to see how your jelly bomb fizzes, drop it in just before you crumble your bubble bar, otherwise the bubbles will cover up the magical moment of your jelly bomb fizzing. The jelly bomb I'm recommending is The Big Sleep jelly bomb
Yes. Its main ingredient is Lavender, and it also contains Chamomile! If you're using this on its own, this will transform your bath into a sea foam shade. Because this is a jelly
bomb, the jelly will thicken up the water, making it more comforting to soak in!
The final bath product is a bath oil. I am a huge fan of bath oils, so I was beyond excited to find the Dreamtime bath oil
This bath oil basically melts in your bath, so make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight because it does melt very
easily. I was holding it to take a shot of it and it just started melting on my fingers!
I am so in love with the shade of this bath melt! As you can see from above, it will transform your bath into a gorgeous purple shade and on top of that, it also has purple and gold fine glitter on it which makes it even more magical-looking. The main ingredient of this bath oil is Chamomile, together with the star ingredient of today's blog post, Lavender.
It's time for our post-bath product. This is a fairly new product from Lush, and within days of its release, it went out of stock, island-wide for months! And this product is none other than the Sleepy body lotion
This lotion smells, INCREDIBLE. Once I've applied in on my skin, I just can't stop sniffing it! At this point of time, I feel embarrassed to say this, but its main ingredient is Lavender, along with Oatmeal, Tonka, and Ylang Ylang. I mean, whoever thought of this combination deserves a raise!
The lotion itself is very thick and oily, but to my surprise, I actually love the texture of it! My skin has been very dry recently, making me itch all over the place. But after I started using this body lotion, I've completely stopped itching and my skin just feels so smooth and soft. I've never had the habit of moisturising my body, but this body lotion changed that for me.
As I've mentioned, this lotion is thick and therefore it is kinda sticky to the touch. But since this is a lotion to help me fall asleep, I only apply this at night before bedtime so the stickiness doesn't bother me at all. If you're particular about thick lotions, make sure to head down to a Lush store to test it out first! This lotion also comes in a smaller tub, but in my opinion, the large sized tub is a lot more worth it for the price tag.
And that's it! Cuddle up under your sheets and have a good night sleep. Goodnight!
Labels: bath, bodycare, review, stress relief, tips
Review: TooFaced Chocolate Gold Palette (+ swatches!)
Monday, 5 February 2018 at 00:00 |
The first eyeshadow palette review of 2018 is here and we're kicking things off with the newly released TooFaced Chocolate Gold Palette
! This palette was first released in the US (and perhaps the UK) in December last year, and when I spotted it in a couple of Youtube videos last year, it was a moment of love at first sight. I knew that I had to get my hands on it the moment it becomes available here in Singapore. True enough, this palette came in stores just on the 1st of February 2018, which... Is also the day I bought it. Hehe.
Frankly speaking, I've never really been into TooFaced products (I bought one of their chocolate powders years ago and it broke me out
), until I purchased the TooFaced Sweet Peach palette
in 2017 and it easily became one of my most used eyeshadow palettes in 2017. It was so unexpected, but I loved the Sweet Peach palette so much that I've brought it along with me for both my Korea (May'17) and Taiwan (Jan'18) trip! Since then, my opinions on TooFaced has completely changed, and now I am always on the lookout for their newly released products.
As usual, I like to start by talking about the packaging. Shape, and size-wise, this palette is very similar to the Sweet Peach palette. It appears to be rather bulky looking, but as I've mentioned, I've brought it along with me on multiple trips, so even though it is not the flattest palette in the world, it's still very travel-friendly because of its sturdy and durable packaging. You guys should know by now that cute packaging is one of my weaknesses, so I'm not gonna lie... The gold-dipped chocolate bar design probably makes up 30% of the reasons why I wanted this palette. The dripped effect of liquid gold is my favourite!
The final thing I'd like to point out about the packaging is the size of the mirror. As you can see, the mirror of this palette takes up the entire space as compared to their previous palettes, where the mirror only takes up ~60% of the space. I love palettes that comes with a huge mirror because it makes it even more convenient for me, especially when I'm travelling and don't have an access to a huge mirror to do my makeup.
Moving on to the actual eyeshadows, we've got a good selection of bold and loud shades, as well as some subtle ones for unadventurous people like myself.
One of the bold shades that caught my attention is Money Bags which is an emerald green shimmer. I've never, ever worn emerald green on my lids, but I honestly think that this is such a gorgeous colour! I am hoping to create a look based on this one day, so fingers crossed that it will suit my skin tone. Alongside Money Bags is Chocolate Gold, which is a bright, yellow-toned, gold shimmer. Bit too yellow for my liking, but I can only imagine packing this all over my lids for the Lunar New Year... I mean, how festive will that be?!
Another shade that caught my attention was Drippin Diamonds which is a pure silver shimmer eyeshadow. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to pull that off as my skin-tone is probably too warm for a striking silver. The last bold shade that I find worth mentioning is New Money, which is a bright fuchsia shimmer. I've always enjoyed wearing pinks on my lids so I'm not afraid to actually try this one out! I think it'll look fab when paired along with Famous, which is the warm-toned gold shimmer next to it. Again... It'll probably look really festive for the Lunar New Year season.
Moving on to the slightly more subtle shades. My favourites are definitely Classy & Sassy, which is a rose gold shimmer, and So Boujee, which is a matte medium beige. Using this palette, I've created a Valentine's Day date night look and I made sure to keep it more simple and romantic, something I'd wear on my first date night, rather than something dramatic. If you're interested to watch how I created this look, click here
Overall, I have always been a glitter eyeshadow gal, so it just excites me that this palette is jam-packed with all the glitter shades I'll ever need in my life! As you can see from the swatches, the quality of these eyeshadows are amazing and I really appreciate that because when it comes to glitter eyeshadows, pigmentation is key. I mean if your glitter eyeshadows aren't shimmering in full force, why are you even wearing them?
That said, this palette is not for those who prefers staying on the matte side of eyeshadows because of the limited choices available in this palette, and to be honest, those matte shades are probably just there to help blend the glitter with your skin!
Labels: eyeshadow palettes, make-up, review, tutorials
Review: ContactsDaily - Contact lenses provider
Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 08:46 |
Fun fact about myself, I've been wearing contact lenses ever since I was 15 years old.
I'm 25 now, which means I've been wearing them for 10 years! Holy... Before I got into wearing contact lenses, of course, I started out with a pair of glasses when I was only 12 years old. I didn't like wearing glasses because I grew up as a vain girl, so when my friend introduced contact lenses to me, I was immediately sold. My first pair of contact lens were from FreshKon and they were the clear, monthly ones. When I was around 18 years old, I swapped out my clear contact lenses for coloured ones and since then, I've never worn another pair of clear contact lens.
Contact lenses has now become a necessity in my life because I'm so used to wearing them. I literally don't feel like myself without them and even when I travel, I make sure to bring extra pairs just in case I rip one apart or lose one side of my contacts.
A lot of people think that wearing contact lenses is troublesome because you need to wash them before you put them on, remove them, wash them, and store them. But once you get the hang of it, it's pretty much just like brushing your teeth or removing your makeup at the end of the day. It is
an additional step to your morning/evening routine, but it's most likely that you won't find it a hassle because it has become a part of the routine.
Wearing contact lenses is definitely a lot more convenient for me because I hate the feeling of having something sitting on my face. When I watch Youtube videos or dramas on my phone in bed, I can lie down on my sides and my glasses will not be pressed against my pillow. When I exercise, I don't have to worry about my glasses falling off my face, and one thing I absolutely dislike about wearing glasses is how the lenses always fogs up when I'm drinking a hot drink, or when I exit a cold place like a cold bus or a shopping mall. It's just so embarrassing when that happens!
Needless to say, they are definitely more costly than spectacles because you have to dispose them either monthly, or daily. Therefore, I'm always on the hunt for the best deals. Lucky for me, not too long ago, ContactsDaily
contacted me and asked if I would like to work with them. I did some research and found out that ContactsDaily is an online website that supplies a wide range of different types of contact lens such as daily disposable contact lens, monthly disposable contacts lens, astigmatism lens or coloured lens, and they are all from reputable brands such as Acuvue, FreshKon, Bausch & Lomb, Freshlook, and many more familiar brands! After checking out their prices, I find them cheaper than some of the optical stores I've been to, and most of the prices are comparable to the shops I've been getting my lenses from. In addition, you can also receive up to 15% off if you purchase more boxes at a time! (Spoiler: Read till the end for a discount code!)
To be honest, ContactsDaily is not the first contact lens provider to contact me for a blog post collaboration. I was approached by another company few months back and I rejected working with them because I did not recognize the brands of contact lens they were offering. As I'm now older, I'm starting to learn the importance of taking good care of my eyes and that includes wearing contact lenses from a trust-worthy brand.
(Keep a lookout for ongoing sales too!)
During the past 10 years, buying contact lenses has always been a hassle for me because for some reasons, the optical stores with the best deals are always located in a different area from where I'm living. Not to mention, because I am wearing prescribed coloured contact lenses, most of the time opitcal stores do not keep stocks and therefore I'll always need to make at least 2 trips to get my lenses. There are also times where I've forgotten to stock up my contact lenses, so I end up wearing them for slightly longer than a month! Since ContactsDaily is an online shop, it saves me the hassle of travelling to a physical store to order and collect my contact lenses. I can even order my lenses anytime I want, which makes it extremely convenient for a lazy girl like me. ContactsDaily also ships out your contacts within 1 to 3 days which is pretty much the same amount of time I need to wait if I were to order them from a physical shop.
Unsure of your prescription? Unsure of which type of lenses are the most suitable for you? No worries! As ContactsDaily also provides free eye-checks done by their team of qualified optometrists so you can shop for the right pair of lens.
For this blog post, ContactsDaily has sent me 4 boxes of the 1-Day Acuvue Define 30 Pack in Radiant Charm, Radiant Sweet, Radiant Bright, and Natural Shine. Since I received these lenses a day before I jetted off to Taiwan for my holiday, I decided to bring Radiant Sweet and Natural Shine along with me to test them out during my trip. Being the paranoid person I am, I also brought along my usual monthly lens, just in case I didn't like how the daily ones looked and/or felt. That was the first time I tried out daily lenses, and after trying out daily contact lenses for approximately 2 weeks, I am now seriously considering of switching from monthly lenses to daily ones!
Here are the reasons why I have enjoyed using these contact lenses, and why I prefer them over my monthly contact lenses:
1. Convenience - A typical day in Taiwan for me was waking up at 7-ish in the morning, and only returning to the hotel at past 10 in the evening. By then, my energy level would be close to 0%. Therefore, I love how I can just remove my contact lenses while I'm showering! No more washing of contact lens cases, washing the lenses, and restoring them into the cases! Woohoo! They also came in strips which took up almost 0 space in my toiletries bag!
2. Comfort - I wore my monthly lenses on Day 2, and I noticed that my eyes felt significantly dryer. I suppose it was more noticeable as the air in Taiwan was colder and dryer. This was confirmed during the evening when my lens literally got stuck to my eyeball! Oh boy did I panic. I spent so long trying to get it out and it finally came out after I "lubricated" my eye and fingers with contact lens solution. After this incident, I wore the daily lenses for the rest of my trip and I didn't had any issues removing them at the end of the day.
3. Design - I'm not very particular about the colour or design of the lenses I wear, as long as it's a medium or dark brown, which are shades similar to my natural eye colour. The designs given to me (Click to view close up: Radiant Charm
, Radiant Sweet
, Radiant Bright
, and Natural Shine
) are not only very natural looking, but they also help make my eyes bigger and brighter which is definitely a plus!
All in all, I love the idea of being able to have new fresh lenses everyday as it decreases the chances of getting contact lenses related eye infections. And don't you just hate it when you lose one side of your contacts, or for some reasons it just irritates the hell out of your eyes, in the middle of the month and you'll need to throw them away before they expire? What a waste of money! Even though on the surface, daily contact lenses are pricier than monthly contact lenses, you'll definitely save money on the contact lens solution.
So if you're planning to try out contact lenses for the upcoming Chinese New Year, or simply restock your contact lenses, head on over to ContactsDaily
now to place your order as you can now get an additional $20 off all your purchases using my discount code "maureen20" upon checking out!
Labels: beauty, review