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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fair and Square

I was plagued by teenage acne when i was 15. It was pretty bad that my self esteem got pretty low. My self confidence was 120% before, with teenage acne, it reduced to 90%. Which is still pretty high, haha! Please don't mistake confidence with proudful though.

So i knew what it was like, having bad skin. I overcamed bad skin (search archives for Saving Skin), and i asked friends if they would rather have gorgeous features but plagued with bad skin or plain Jane/ Peter with baby smooth skin. It was quite a tough choice for some, but i think i will prefer the latter.

To me, even if he is superstar good looking, I can't bear to rub noses/ cheeks with him while making out. I risk bursting his pimples, and the blood/pus, worse case scenerio,  BOTH ooze out and onto your skin!

See, this is what a girl with pretty features but bad skin looks like.
Ok, Christine Lankin was doing the movie Hottie and Nottie with Paris Hilton and that was her character image. But you get my point.
Here is her with red carpet make-up. Frankly, even with all that heavy make-up, i didn't think it made her dead drop gorgeous unlike natural beauties like Kristen Kruek and Liv Tyler.
But when she goes au natural.......WOW! That's what good skin does to you.
ZA invited me for a facial with their new products.  
 I was pretty glad this invitation came at the perfect timing. I was having a break-out! 3 sore ones on my chin (it's that time of the month). The first thing i asked the therapist, "will there be extraction?" Having extraction or not determines if the facial is a REAL full session facial or just one of those "trial" versions. She said gently, "no." My heart sank and thought today my pimples won't be going away.
Her hands smelt so nice and felt so soft. I was literally in Dream Land.

ZA's new True White Plus range. Following statistics, Singapore is following closely behind China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (in order) in vainty. Women in Asia are pursuing the crown of being Snow White!

I love being out in the sun, i enjoy water sports so much that Mix-mix mentioned that my face has 2 colour tone! He said that my forehead protrudes further out compared to my cheeks and therefore gets more sun. Thus my forehead is a darker colour than my cheek. He calls it the nice tan half. I do not want to look two-faced.

The products used in this facial used the prism enhancing system to clarify, refine and polish my skin!

I usually don't go for the whitening ranges of skin care. Knowing that i am out in the sun often, i certainly can't be slathering whitening cream on my body. That would simply be contradicting, like girls blotting their french fries with tissue to remove the oil. And assuming that the whitening skincare will whiten my face, i don't want to look black-and-white!

How wrong i was! Whitening skin care do not whiten your face. Instead, ZA's True White Plus range actually clears the dead cells then re-texturizes it to create radiance, brightness and absolute clarity!

I was so happy to see that my 3 eye-sores on my chin was clearly losing its anger to create havoc. I have to be frank, it didn't totally disappear, but i was surprised to see it NOT red. In fact, if i had done the usual facial with extraction, it will be gone for that day, but the next day, it might return WITH A VENGENCE!
You know, what i appreciate was ZA didn't HARD-SELL. The therapist wasn't going on and on about her products, she actually let me SLEEP! Seeing the results actually MADE ME all the more curious to know what were the products she used. Looking at the ingredients, there was only ONE thing i recognised...VITAMIN C!

I know this is good for the skin, because i paid $1800 for it at BioSkin. #$*&^@!

On a seperate note, i do not know what is the hype about Ippudo Ramen at Mandarin Gallery. There is always a SUPER long queue. So i had to try it. Arriving at 6pm, it was secluded. By 7pm, the queue snaked outside.

9 mini winglets, marinated with different spices. Price: $12. Verdict: Passable. Pizza Hut's spicy wings are better.

Home-made potato salad with bacon bits. Price: $8. Verdict: not worth for its small amount. One small tower, though in picture might look big.

Didn't even bother taking pictures of the ramen. Soup tasted ginger-y and i don't understand why the supposedly authentic Ramen here is always sparsely filled with ingredients! I know your essence is in the soup, but this IS SINGAPORE! We're yao kui peopld, we like to see ALOT of ingredients in our bowl! That makes us feel more satisfied, thinking we've got our money worth.

Damage done for 2 bowls of ramen plus the above 2 side dishes, plain water as drinks = $59.

So not worth it.

OH, i think you'll be happy to know you can do the facial AT HOME TOO!! The ZA products used in my facial will be out in March at Watsons. I am guessing they will be affordable too! Good skin at reasonable prices. Give yourself a treat in March!

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