Empro Cosmetics Bonbrow, New Brows To Usher The New Year

My brows is always a dilemma, they are sparse, unruly and not in a proper shape. I have been thinking of doing brow embroidery for the past few months and finally decided to get it just recently at Empro Cosmetics in Mid Valley.

Empro Bonbrow Before

This is a show of my naked brows, they do not have strong shape to frame my eyes and you could see my left brow, it looked all so wonky. I came to a conclusion to do brow embroidery because of how my brow looks and chose Empro because I was their customer ages ago and I trust their work art. Brow embroidery unlike tattoos, they look more natural and could last up to 2-3 years depending on individuals. Also, I chose Mid Valley outlet because it is highly recommended by many customers.

Empro Bonbrow Before 2

This is how I draw my brows, thick in height and horizontally flat to shorten my oblong face feature. My sister in law went together on 25 January 2015 with appointment at 5pm. I have been consulted where I should be doing Bonbrow which means they would embroidery the tint of color with result like drawn brows which is known as eBrow and lines that look like hair strands known as Ero. You could read further from their website, here.

Empro Bonbrow After

My brows was done by May, Senior Face Artist who I highly recommend and I will share with you the reason for it later in this post. I love the outcome right after, it looks so natural as though I drew it myself. When I got back to work on Monday, no one notices until I tell them about it.

The process…

Consultants will first share which type of service is more suitable and select the right category of artist who comes with different years of experience in doing such work art. After selecting, the artist will be drawing the brow shape desired until the customer fully satisfied and trim the brows accordingly. Once everything has been confirmed, the artist will bring to a special area of adjustable seats are at to proceed the embroidery. I did try to snap a photo when I have my embroidery done but May told me nicely I was not allowed to, therefore I stopped.

The feeling…

If you have not known, embroidery uses special blade to embed the dye onto the skin. Each blade used is new from sterilized pack and not to be shared with anyone. The dye comes with different shade and mine is Natural Brown.

The first question you would ask, “Wait…there’s blade? Does it bleed a lot?”. Yes it will bleed depending on your skin type as sensitive skin type are more prone to bleed. This needs to be shared with the artist for them to understand and to put their skills in the right manner.

“It’s a blade then how do they embroidery it onto the skin?” Different work art requires different technique to embed the dye in. As for me, I did Bonbrows, a combination of eBrow and Ero. For eBrow, the feeling is like having the blade to hook into the skin and for Ero, I could feel the blade cuts in short strokes. Definitely this technique is not to severely to injure anyone.

“The bleeding must have hurt so bad!”. This will depend on your pain endurance and if you know that you are not able to bare pain, you could share it with the artist. They will help you to apply a layer of cream which I believe maybe numbing cream. I did not go with the cream at all.

Empro Bonbrow Peeling

They do provide a recovery cream for me to apply every night for my skin to properly recover. This is how my brow looked like on the 4th day where my skin naturally peels and it is normal to undergo this stage as our skin renews. At this moment, it is not advisable to peel the scabs by yourself and do allow them to fall off on their own. After another 2 days, the peeling is all done for me.

Empro Bonbrow After Peeling

This is after a week from the embroidery where it is not as thick or dark as how it looks like from the start. Frankly speaking, this is too natural for my liking and I would prefer to have brows just like how it looks after the embroidery. I would also prefer to have much more straighter brows.

Empro Bonbrow Before & After

Here is a comparison of before and after, definitely it shows a beautiful difference. I do require more and this is not a complete brows yet as I am entitled with a complimentary one time touch up after a month. I will be visiting them again this month. I will definitely update, how it turns out for the touch up. With this ‘new’ brows I save tons of time for my makeup and I’m less worried on my brows disappearing act.

An incident…

We arrived five minutes before our appointment at 5pm and was consulted by the Face Artist. My sister in law proceeded with eBrow by May, Senior Face Artist. As for me, I was consulted half way by the Face Artist and she went to another customer who wanted to do Bonbrow. I seek for help from another consultant and she suggested me to do Bonbrow. Consultants are unable to provide embroidery service yet. Due to budget constraint, I wanted to go with Face Artist to do Bonbrow for me and she is occupied with a customer, therefore I waited. She is the only Face Artist in the outlet.

While waiting, there isn’t enough waiting seats, nobody asked if I would need any help or advice how long I should be waiting nor offering any drinks. I waited until 7pm in the outlet with several times of changing seats and glances with Empro staff and other customers until the Face Artist as well as my sister in law done with their embroidery. The Face Artist noticed my presence the whole duration I was there and never ask a word to follow up from me. May, the Senior Face Artist was surprised that I have not proceed any service yet and told the Face Artist that I am taking her service. They were speaking in Mandarin where my sister in law overheard, the Face Artist replied to May by saying “It’s already 7pm.” I believe it’s time for her to end her shift.

May offered her service, however, I shared my concern on my budget and her fees exceeds it. At the point of time, all services has 15% discount off. She made a quiet move by offering me 30% discount whereby her service of Bonbrow is MYR 880 and after discount would be MYR616, the best price she could offer to me.  This price is approximately MYR50 more expensive from the Face Artist discounted fee. I hesitated at first but after a few thoughts, I accepted to take up her service since I have already waited for 2 hours with unwillingness of the Face Artist to help me and I believe May was very sincere to help me. Therefore, I highly recommend May as she is friendly, patient and helpful. I do not have her photo for now, maybe I’ll grab a photo with her during my next visit for touch up.

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balm in Oh! Orange, Giving That Soft Orange Lips

There are times I opt for colored lip balms to get my look quickly done without much hassle plus it doesn’t stain cups as much as lipstick does.  Here I had the opportunity to try Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop Lip Balm.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange

‘Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm incorporates a botanical extract made from Centella Asiatica. A small herbaceous plant native to India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, Iran and other parts of Asia, Centella Asiatica has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. A formula that combines shea butter and vitamin E enables Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm to live up to it’s promises.

In just one application, Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm instantly moisturizes lips and continues to provide hydration for eight hours. These incredible results stem from a unique blend of powerfully moisturizing ingredients, including Vitamin E and a high concentration of shea butter.

The combination of vitamins in these hydrators, along with the Centella Asiatice plant, boost the look and feel of lips, keeping them smooth and supple for eight hours.’

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange Tube

They come in three shades of Pink Shock, Berry Bomb and Oh! Orange. The one that I have here is Oh! Orange. The lip balm comes in a basic twist up lip balm packaging with hand written-like over the clear cover.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange Ingredients

The lip balm also contains petrolatum, fragrance, alcohol and silica. If you are sensitive to these ingredients, I recommend to avoid this lip balm.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange Swatch

The lip balm gives a light tint of orange and the balm-effect shine. Moisturizing and waxy.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange Application

Using this lip balm is just like other lip balms, just apply it whenever you need it. It does felt like other lip balms but this comes with a fruity citrus scent like an orange as describe by it’s name. It glides on easily once it ‘melts’ from the application.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Oh Orange Before & After

Above all…

 I often reach out for this lip balm recently to relief my dry lips without overdoing the color. Even so, the shade is not as shocking neon as it claims and it gives a delicate tint of orange shade. It does keep my lips moisturize but wears off bits by bits every time I drink from my cup and I just reapply whenever needed. The shade does transfer to my cup but doesnt’t stain it. It does moisturize my lips immediately right after application, however there isn’t much of a moisture lock since reapplying is needed after it wears off. This is a good deal of a basic colored lip balm for it’s price and function.

Price: MYR14.90

Availability: Nationwide leading pharmacies, selective departmental stores, super/hypermarket.

PROs:

  • Glides on easily
  • Keeps lips moisturize immediately
  • Doesn’t stain cups
  • Very affordable

CONs:

  • Lightly colored lip balm, no neon shocking shade
  • Poor moisture lock
  • Wears off after a few drinks of beverage

My Rating: 4/5

 

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This lip balm was provided by Maybelline Malaysia for review purpose, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, Smoother Skin From The First Use & Clearer Skin After

This is a gem in a pot for troubled skin and I fell in love with this mask from the first time of using it. It’s GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, an effective mask to treat troubled skin such as acne and oiliness.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

‘The World’s most Scientifically Advanced Clearing Treatment. Clinically Developed by GLAMGLOW®Dermatological Chemist to help fight all common skin concerns. Designed For Men & Women of All Ages & All Skin Types. SUPERMUD® for Super Clear Super Poreless Skin.’

CONSUMER RESULTS

97% agree it improves skin clarity

96% agree it unclogs pores

95% agree it fights common skin concerns

*results obtained following a consumer use study of 100 individuals

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Box

Upon opening the box, I’m greeted with “Hello Sexy”. Simple yet attractive, also can be promising.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Ingredients

At the back of the box describes the mask as well as the ingredients contained in the mask.  Below would be the list of the ingredients.

Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal CI 77266, Parfum [Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate], Glycolic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Lactic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides CI 77491, Mentha Piperita Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerin, Chamoilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Booklet
In the box before anything else, there is a booklet to share in order for consumers to understand more of the mask.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Booklet 2
The booklet contains in-depth information of the ingredients of the mask such as the benefit and how it could improve our skin.

TEAOXI® EUCALYPTUS LEAF
Groundbreaking TEAOXI® is GLAMGLOW’s proprietary continuous time-release technology, delivering daily fresh natural eucalyptol, natural linalool oil & powerful flavonoids direct into our formula from real pieces of Eucalyptus Leaf contained in our magical healing SUPERMUD®.

ACNECIDIC-6™
ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4%. The World’s first Clearing Treatment with a proprietary 6 acid blend. AHA & BHA acids are perfectly PH balanced for mind-blowing faster results.

  • Glycolic – Helps Restore Photo Damaged Skin & Improves Skin Texture.
  • Salicylic – Helps De-clog to Minimize Pores & New Skin Rejuvenation.
  • Lactic – Helps Pigmentation, Moisture, Stimulation & Skin Collagen.
  • Mandelic – Helps Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Aging Skin & Skin Elasticity.
  • Pyruvic – Helps the Effects of Scaring & Clearer Skin.
  • Azelaic – Helps Fight Follicle Bacteria & Breakouts.

PORE-MATRIX™
PORE-MATRIX™ Our Activated-X Charcoal is an Xtreme absorption carbon, attracting toxic substances into its mass up to 500 times its volume from all skin types, within the deepest & toughest areas. Our new proprietary K17-Clay™ will better extract & encapsulate excess sebum oils, bacteria & toxins in a controlled stasis state, revealing a Pore-Matrix™ of extraction dots & areas, ready to be washed away for seemingly poreless skin.
BIO-LIFE-CELL-SCIENCE™
Uses the complex natural occurring skincare benefits of green life, for Advanced Scientific Skincare.

  • EUCALYPTUS LEAF - Helps Fight Toxic Skin Complications.
  • LICORICE ROOT - Helps Regulate & Alleviate Problem Skin.
  • PEPPERMINT PLANT - Helps Control Bacteria & Irritations.
  • CHAMOMILE - Helps Inflammation & Regeneration.
  • MARIGOLD - Helps Fight Viral & Microbial Issues.
  • COMFREY HERB - Helps Analgesic Recovery.
  • ALOE VERA – Helps Healing & Rejuvenation.
  • IVY – Helps Relieve Itching & Tightens Skin.
  • CUCUMBER - Helps Soothe & Calm Skin.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Box 2

The mask comes in a petite jar and just as it’s name of GlamGlow, the jar is designated in white and silver.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Seal

The jar is properly sealed before use, the foil is strongly intact until someone opens it. This also to preserve the purity of the ingredients.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Texture

The mask thick in texture and muddy. It has really decent scent where it smells minty, refreshing and muddy.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Application

To use it is simply easy, use fingers or synthetic brush to apply all over the face. I do notice that I had to apply the mask as quickly as I could because the mask tends to get dry pretty quick. Also, there are  leaves in this mask which I believe it’s the Eucalyptus leaves that could get in a way during the application because it can be tricky to smooth out the mask evenly onto the skin.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Oil Absorbing

Just leave it on until it is fully dried and rinse off with luke warm water. While waiting for it to dry, I noticed certain areas like my forehead and nose seems to have little dots over the mask. Little did I know, the mask is actually absorbing the oil from my face. Every now and then when I have this mask on, I would be so excited to see this to happen.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Before & After

I use approximately 1-2 times a week depending on my skin condition. Throughout the journey for using a month now, I could see great improvement. My acne are much lesser and scars are reducing. Remember I have said I fell in love from the first use earlier in this post? Yes I did because right after I have washed the mask away, my skin felt incredibly smooth and much clearer.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Before & After 2

Here is before using the mask and after using the mask for a month. Big difference eh? Do bare in mind that I had undergone laser treatment in between usage of this mask and yet, this mask has been treating me well.

Above all…

I love this mask although the price tag is a bit hefty. I would consider this as a skincare investment and you’ll be able to see results from it. My skin is clearer, even toned, less scarring and less troubled. My skin definitely improved from using this mask and it is economical because you only need to use a small amount for the entire face or targeted areas.

Price: MYR240.00

Weight: 34grams

Availability: Sephora stores

PROs:

  • Can be economical depending on usage
  • Leaves skin real smooth from the first use
  • Clears troubled skin
  • Reduces acne marks
  • More even toned skin

CONs:

  • Hefty price tag

My Rating: 4.9/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Beauty Transformation @ Dr. Ko : Fractional CO2 Laser + Subcision

Continuing  my journey for non-invasive treatments for better skin and the last time I did Fractional CO2 Laser was in  December 2013. There was improvement however it was insufficient to properly resurface my depressed scars.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre

I was given the opportunity to reclaim my beauty at Dr. Ko and would normally visit the clinic based in Cheras to undergo my treatment. My first visit was consulted by Dr. Loh Yun Ming, a very beautiful doctor who also had the same opinion as I do where my depressed scars needs to be treated as well as my troubled skin. Therefore, she had recommended for me to undergo Fractional CO2 Laser.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Numbing Cream

I was pretty much ready for the laser since I have went through 3 sessions before and I do know what to expect while I am undergoing the procedure. First step, the beautician helped to apply numbing cream all over my face and the cream has to stay for at least 20 minutes for it to take effect.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Remove Numbing Cream

I believed I had the numbing cream left for 40 minutes or slightly lesser. Once it is timed, the beautician helped to cleanse my skin and prep me ready for the laser.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Subcission

Before proceeding to laser, subcision was done in order to work along with the laser for the treatment to work much more effectively. Subcision is also an acne scar treatment for deep scars and it an injection inserted right under the scar in and out to break out the scar tissue. As for me, Dr. Loh has injected hyaluronic acid and it will help to decrease the depth of my depressed scars.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Subcission Close Up

Here is a closer look, it may seem scary and it is slightly painful yet bearable. As the laser helps to promote new skin growth, subcision will assist to provide greater and comparable result. I would be able to say that Dr. Loh is very careful and attentive as she will always inform me for every step she will take when she is doing the treatment to ensure my readiness.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2

After a few injections, Dr. Loh proceeded with Fractional CO2 laser and the feeling is exactly the same as before. The moment the laser hits onto my skin, I could literally smell the burn and it is very normal. I could not feel much pain because of the numbing cream, however when Dr. Loh hits the mark at the outline of my face, I could feel the real pain of the laser. I believe the numbing cream wasn’t applied much around the outline.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Mask Treatment

This is right after the laser and not much of a redness at first. In fact, you could see a whitish layer over my skin which was the result from the laser. The prominent redness is coming from the subcision earlier. The laser leaves matrix dots in squares and this time the laser setting was made for the matrix dots to be much close together. When it is closer together, the squares are much smaller. After the laser, a layer of thick mask was applied to sooth, reduce redness and cools down my skin.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Skincare

I was recommended to use these skincare and they have been treating my skin very well as I noticed my skin is much more less troubled (lesser pimples and blackheads) and less oily. Always follow the advice provided by the beautician when they handover the skincare especially for the directions to use. Speaking from experience because I have used the Dermax Bio Exfoliating Acne Complex 13A around my nose when I just need to dab onto my acne and I ended up with peeling skin after a few days. So, it is very important to follow the instructions given.

  1. Dermax Bio Perform Cleanser 1A (RM139 West Msia)
  2. Dermax Bio Exfoliating Acne Complex 13A (RM120 West Msia)
  3. Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence 1 (RM120 West Msia)
  4. Ko Dermacare Aqua Moisturizer 1 (RM280 West Msia)
  5. Ko Series Multi-Protection SPF41PA++ (RM120 West Msia)

I will have to bare with a week of downtime and as the scabs where falling off, I could see the new skin growth is very smooth and soft. I did it over the weekend and I was protecting my skin not only with the sun block that they have provided but a facial mask. I was wearing it when I was working in my office.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Before & After Front

Here is a comparison of before and after. It doesn’t show dramatic results as it has to follow the nature of my skin to heal and repair. Indeed I do notice that my skin is much smoother, even toned and glowing. Do bare in mind that after the laser, my skin was really dry hence how my skin looks on the after. I was getting compliments from my colleagues and BF’s uncle.

Dr Ko Skin Specialist Centre Fractional CO2 - Before & After Side

This would be the comparison of side by side. My skin definitely became much fairer from the laser as well. Definitely need to work further for the depressed scars.

Fractional CO2 Laser is priced at MYR1800 per session at Dr.Ko and this would differ from promotional or offer packages. Normally subcision will be given complimentary if you sign up for the package. For more information, you could visit KoSkinSpecialist.com or call in to the nearest clinic near you. I will continue my beauty adventure with Dr. Ko and please stay tuned as I have more to share of my next treatment. Meanwhile, do share your support to Dr. Ko Skin Specialist Centre by liking their Facebook below.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh