Aeon Medical’s Winter Glow – For Perfected Skin & A Glow of Radiance!

Okay… here it is!

Though before I start I must disclaim: Lotsa pics, quite a bit of words but a whole lot of awesome in this post ;) Just check out this before and after!

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Remember that awesome facial I was stated to do in my previous visit to Aeon Medical? Yet at that point my skin decided to troll me by breaking out so Plan Winter Glow had to be put on hold.

Though thankfully my skin has gotten a whole lot better since then, the breakouts have stopped and the spots are healing up nice and well, it was in better shape to undergo the Winter Glow treatment this time around.

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I feel it was also quite an appropriate time to give the Winter Glow treatment a go since my skin was just getting better from an exhausting breakout that glow and shine were the least of its concern. In fact even my skin texture needed a little help and the sleepless nights / stressful deadlines I’ve been facing these days are of no help at all so a treatment to firm up my skin to give it that bouncy look, fresh radiance and a refined skin texture is very much welcomed!

If you’re looking for something like that to just perk your skin and complexion up in lieu of the upcoming Chinese New Year visitings, then read on to find out more about this pretty impressive (and pampering, might I add) Winter Glow treatment at Aeon!

So, as I had mentioned earlier, Winter Glow is an incredibly popular facial / treatment that Aeon Medical & Aesthetic Centre offers and it doesn’t help that this is a seasonal treatment, which means it isn’t going to stick around forever.

Primarily targeted for the end of year period (in conjunction with the idea of winter), this treatment was the answer to a refreshed, brightened and refined complexion even when your habits at that point are far from achieving that same rested and perfected skin effect.

You know how when you look at K-Pop celebrities and their skin is always so nice and smooth, taut yet bouncy and radiant (not the dewy BB Cream look) at the same time? That’s the softness yet polished look that Winter Glow is looking to achieve.

It’s a treatment that combines aesthetics (well, somewhat) procedures with pampering and relaxing steps like massages and masks so apart from delivering results on your skin, you’ll leave feeling relaxed and well rested.

I could go on and on about this, really, because I do feel quite strongly about it both in what I know of the steps already (because I’ve read about them / tried them elsewhere before) and also because I am rather pleased with the end results but I’ll control myself becuase I doubt you’ll want to see a whole wall of text alone so…

Let’s get to the treatment, shall we?

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When I arrived, I was first ushered over to Aeon’s Chill Waiting Area (that’s what I’m calling this place from hereon) because I was quite early. I was offered a cup of tea and left to my own rather embarrassing selfie / self-timer devices so I’m mighty glad that this place offers complete cozy privacy.

Wouldn’t want anyone seeing my embarrassing behind the scenes antics, heh.

I know tea is tea but I do enjoy the different types of tea offered at Aeon. It’s like you get a random one each time and they’re all really yummy. I think I had a ginseng-something one this time around but I really can’t tell… it was good, that’s all I can say.

 

Makeup Removal –

After sipping tea and running to and fro taking self timer shots (so failed I must add), I was ushered over to the facial treatment room for makeup removal.

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As usual, the makeup process was delicate and also meticulous. I especially like the gentle way they remove my eyeliner, because it’s generally quite effective (like 80% removal?) and the only parts that don’t budge are on my lower lashline, close to the waterline, so that tricky no matter who does it.

But anyway, that’s just makeup removal so… moving on!

 

Robe-ing Up With Cool Slippers! –

After all my makeup was removed, I was told that I would be moved to Dr Kim’s office for the aesthetic procedures since treatments that require aesthetic machines will be done there by the doctor himself.

While Jina (the kind and patient Clinic Manager) left the room to prepare a robe and these really squishy and comfy slip-ons for me, I decided to take this opportunity to snap some ‘before’ pictures.

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I know the lighting and all isn’t the best but it’s obvious, to me, that my skin is facing ashen and fatigued days, looking a little dull and my skin texture suffering a little from the recent breakout. Needless to say, given that my skin isn’t going to be radiant or all bouncy and fresh.

Once Jina returned with the robe and helped me into it (along with the slippers) we shuffled one door down from the corridor into Dr Kim’s clean and bright office.

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Clarity Laser Toning –

The first procedure to this treatment is the Clarity Laser Toning, a non-evasive laser treatment that targets and breaks down pigmentation in the skin in an effort to lighten them and give an overall brightened complexion.

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This, was what I was most excited about because while I love the other treatments involved equally, I haven’t done anything to treat or better the pigmentation levels and uneven skin tone in an extremely long time.

To be nitpicky, I have noticed that my skin is getting a little darker at certain areas, mainly the crevices and while it isn’t an obvious thing it is the reason why I look that much fresher and better with foundation on even though I don’t have many issues with blemishes or skin redness.

If slight discoloration or uneven skin tone is something you’ve started noticing, then maybe you can consider some laser procedures because they really make quite the difference.

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However Dr Kim did explain that since Clarity Laser Toning in used in conjunction with other treatments here, the dosage isn’t the most intense so the skin doesn’t have to go through too much. Those with more severe pigmentation issues may want to look at Clarity Laser Toning by itself.

As for discomfort, Dr Kim warned that I would feel a prickling sensation but frankly the only thing I felt was a tickle. It wasn’t painful or uncomfortable but that’s me. If you’ve got a lower threshold then maybe a prickle but I doubt it’ll be in the area of pain.

 

Diamond Lift (RF + Magnetic Pulse) –

After the Clarity Laser Toning comes one of my favorite facial procedures, the Radio Frequency one. If you read my thoughts on the many facial sessions I’ve done through the years, you’ll know that RF always has this special place in my heart because of the very immediate and noticeable effects that you’ll be able to achieve.

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I’m not the only one to think so as I have girlfriends who love RF as well and their eyes light up at the mention of it because they are well aware of what you can get out of it – a more refined skin texture, skin tightening and lifting, radiance and a flush from within.

If you’re facing pore issues you may also notice that your pores will diminish a little or become more uniformed in size.

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So, the machine that Dr Kim uses is one that I have tried before – the Venus Viva with the diamond head – and his reason for choosing this is because it emits a Magnetic Pulse as well which somehow seems to tamp down on the discomfort of heat discharged from RF while not compromising on the efficacy.

Now, I’ve had my experiences with RF (and even the same machine at that) but I’ll say that this is possibly my most comfortable experience ever. There wasn’t a moment where the heat was uncomfortable or something I had to ‘bear with’ for a little bit of the sake of refined and perfected skin.

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The gel that was used, I noted smelt really nice and feels good, was remarked to be quite a pricey one and one application was all that was needed through my whole procedure. The gel didn’t seem to disappear away and seemed to hold well as a lubricant / barrier between the RF hand piece and my skin.

It is also comforting to know that Dr Kim is doing the procedure himself – not a therapist or apprentice etc – and this is an option he chose to do because he feels that all aesthetic treatments, no matter how big or small, can go wrong when left in untrained hands (or rather trained but not Dr level, definitely) so he would rather assure the patients and handle it personally even if it means he’ll be busier.

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To monitor the temperature of the skin, to ensure the patient is comfortable and to prevent skin burns (which can happen with RF, ouch), Dr Kim uses an infra-red thermometer and scans the patient’s skin every once in awhile through the RF treatment.

See what I mean now, dedicated and meticulous! You know you’re surely in safe hands here at Aeon.

 

Cleaning The Skin, Skincare Steps & Cocoon Mask! –

Once the more aesthetic treatments were done, I was ushered back to the facial room where my therapist (Esther) helped remove the remaining gel on my face with a lovely hot towel maneuver.

It’s not quite a massage but it was very calming and soothing a step.

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Do I look ninja? Ha!

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After the gel was removed, Esther proceeded to prep my skin with the many steps of a skincare routine from toners to ampoules (I love that they use this, because ampoules are not cheap!), rejuvenating creams and of course a moisturizer to top it all off and seal it all in.

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In true Korean fashion, the many steps of a skincare routine isn’t compromised.

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Once my skin is all nice and prepped with skincare, Esther continued the treatment by layering a mask on, followed by this detoxing eye mask which was really new to me.

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Dr Kim spoke about it during my session in his office earlier and warned that if your eyes are really tired, you’ll experience quite a detoxifying effect and he wasn’t wrong. It’s a stingy feeling that isn’t painful but brings to mind this image that the mask is sucking all toxins from around my eyes and also infusing it with moisture at the same time.

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At least that’s what it felt like, stingy but not scary and quite nice even. It’s like being sadistic to see dirt being sucked out of your face… yeah, along those lines.

After the first layers of masks, a gauze was laid over my face and the Cocoon Masking step begins.

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The Cocoon Mask, as I had explained the first time I tried is is a mask that works to encapsulate everything within this self-warming cocoon of foam. The temperature is kept comfortable and what you get is this soothing sensation over your skin as you feel a light pressure from the foam on your face that is both comforting and also warming.

The mask itself contains nourishing ingredients to plump and hydrate the skin as well as stimulate collagen production within the layers of the skin. It also works to promote better efficacy of the masks (and skincare) laid underneath it as it envelops your skin.

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With the Cocoon Mask on, I was given a very relaxing neck and shoulder massage that felt extremely legit! It’s something you would expect when you walk into massage parlors and while TMI, the therapist doesn’t skim over the decolletage area either.

That area gets some attention as well and I’m only bringing this up because I know of friends who have mentioned in passing that they do like it when that area gets a good dose of massage yet most places don’t focus on that – usually only the shoulders, neck and upper back.

No pictures of the massage obviously because I was too busy enjoying it to snap – plus it’ll be tricky to snap anyway so I only have words for that segment.

I was left to rest with the Cocoon Mask on for a little while more after and once time is up, Esther returned to remove and foam mask (very adorably shielding my eyes from the light while removing it) and while I couldn’t see my skin there and then I did feel that it felt very refreshed.

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These pictures were snapped right after the Cocoon mask was removed and my face cleansed of the foam remnants. Looking at it now, I think my skin looks pretty amazing with a flush and glow being emitted from the skin.

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Esther proceeded to re-apply some skincare products to my face again before announcing that I’m done and directing me to the Chill Waiting Room after.

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So healthy and radiant, I love!

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Post-Treatment Chilling (Awesome Tea + Post ‘Selfies’)

After the Winter Glow treatment,  I was served another round of tea along with some chocolates at the Chill Waiting Room and I took this time to take a couple more vain selfie shots because I felt so pleased with how my skin looks.

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Granted I had no choice but to use the camera flash (which we all know is never forgiving on skin, too harsh and too stark), I think my skin looked pretty good given that!

Of course it’s got a little shine to it from the skincare laid on but I love how it has this fresh and brightened appearance, a bit of a translucence almost and of course that bouncy look to it.

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eyebags cannot helped, heh maybe I’ll have Aeon help me with that sometime down the road…

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I’ll say that my skin doesn’t need a whole lot of lift right now and my last RF session wasn’t too far away so the difference isn’t major but if you’re looking for a more perfected contour and could use a mild skin lift, you’ll see more viable differences in this aspect.

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More ‘AFTER’ Shots! –

Now I hope you don’t mind if I just spam a couple more shots of myself but this time in a different time frame and context from the earlier one, which was right before the treatment.

These were snapped as I went about my daily life the few days after the treatment and it was a time that I was so happy with my skin that I actually skipped wearing foundation for a few days! I did the usual sunscreen and of course concealer under the eyes but that aside, and a little finishing powder for oil control, my skin was left to glow and shine through on its own.

Why cover it up when it’s looking so good, right?

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No makeup! No brows even, oops.

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Made up but without foundation – just concealer under the eyes and finishing powder (not tinted).

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Lunch time selfie of a day without foundation – the skin still looks glowy and radiant because there isn’t any foundation to fade away and all!

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Random selfie I took while OT-ing (after a whole day of work) – the concealer fading and liner smoking does make my makeup a little less than perfect but I think the skin is still looking pretty good after a whole day at work (no blotting too, oops).

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So, I know this entry has gotten exceedingly long but I had so much to share and talk about this treatment and even then this is me holding back on some parts of it already!

I could go on and on if I wanted to, I’m sure but instead, here’s this picture again to sum it all up.

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If you’re intrigued in Aeon’s Winter Glow facial so you can have your skin all perked up and refreshed for Chinese New Year, or if you want to treat a loved one to this so they can put their best face forward this CNY, I recommend for you to hurry and book a session (or package) now!

The Winter Glow facial treatment is a seasonal offering so it’s only around for a Limited time! Until Chinese New Year to be exact so, hurry!

There are some T&Cs to comply to given the immense popularity of Winter Glow, so here they are below:

Winter Glow facial is only available on weekdays from 10am – 5pm. Only first-time visits will be entitled to the trial / promotional prices.

 

Aeon is having a TRIAL promotion for their Winter Glow facial right now – S$190 for one trial session (full works, no different from mine) and entitled to sign on for a package of 5 sessions for S$2,500.

The usual price is easily double, so hurry and grab this promotion while it lasts! Also while the Winter Glow facial treatment lasts as it is only available till 18th Feb 2015.

Call 6733 2002 for more information & to make an appointment now.

Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre is located at:
9 Scotts Road #06-02 , Scotts Medical Center @ Pacific Plaza S228210

Thanks for reading!

Immortelle Atelier Take 2 – The Cocoon Mask Treatment!

Hello, I’m back!

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Back here at Immortelle Atelier, I mean, since I haven’t been away from my blog so to speak.

I think I’ve been quite good with regular postings to the point that I may be flooding you guys a bit – my bad! Though there truly is so much to say and there’s so much going on right now (in the beauty world, opportunities etc) that I’m really thankful and partly swamped too.

A good kind of swamped I’ll admit and of course, I would rather be swamped with a million and one things to do rather than none, no?

Which is why I like to come back to Immortelle Atelier for that short 1-2 hour window where I can focus on absolutely nothing and just calm my mind, enjoy the facial procedure and come out feeling completely rejuvenated and fresh.

If my first take on Immortelle Atelier doesn’t sway you over to the facial world of calming massagings, soothing your senses and such (and you much prefer the quick-dry-and-go sort of facial), then I hope today’s feature on the Cocoon Mask Treatment I got to enjoy awhile back catches your eye at least!

I mean… it’s quite a sight really, the whole ‘cocoon aspect’ and as always, they’re offering great deals for my readers so read on!Grey Divider Before we proceed, here’s an idea of what the Cocoon Mask Treatment focuses on and what to expect with this Facial Treatment.

Suitable for all skin types (be it if you’re dry or oily), the Cocoon Mask Treatment seeks to enhance the quality of your skin by nourishing and hydrating it in a unique ‘cocoon’ masking method.

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The treatment combines a mixture of effleurage (light) and therapeutic massages to help stimulate metabolism, circulation and also ease stress and tension on the face. Overall, that helps with fighting the ageing process, dulling skin and returns your skin to a youthful bounce and flush! Grey Divider So, as always, the lighting is a little dim in the facial rooms at Immortelle Atelier (all the better for your relaxation) so you’ll have to bear with graininess in some pictures. Though… I’m sure picture quality isn’t the key here ;)

Once More, The Room –

Just because I didn’t get to properly document the room and whatnot the previous time, here’s the fuzzy furry and comfortable carpet I was talking about. DSC00986 It’s a small touch but it makes for a comfortable experience such that you don’t have to remove your shoes and do a quick tip-toe over to the facial bed to evade the cold, hard floor. DSC00989 After getting settled in the comfy bed (this comforter is bliss, really), I took a quick selfie and announced that I’m ready to go~

Removing The Makeup & Talks –

As always the very first thing to do is to remove the makeup and my therapist was nice and thorough with it using a cleansing milk for the entire face (while doing a massage of course) and a separate remover for the more stubborn makeup bits around my eye area. Though I swear, I was already wearing the non-waterproof and fairly easier to remove liners and all! Heh! DSC00990 DSC00993 Aside from cleansing the face, my neck and décolletage area were not forgotten about and also received a nice cleanse!

Exfoliate & Massage –

Next up, exfoliating the skin! My therapist explained that she will be doing a massage to stimulate the skin and she will also be using an exfoliating product that feels nice and liquid (so it gives that perfect slip for a massage) yet contains gentle gritty bits that exfoliate the skin as she massages. DSC00995 DSC01004 As with the relaxing spa-sort of facial places, cleansing and massaging goes well past the face and neck, focusing on the decolletage area as well, which I personally really like. DSC01000 It’s like a wholesome relaxing experience with your upper-chest area, hands, shoulders and neck receiving the same amount of love. Because, you know, you can take care of your face alone but your neck is a tell-tale sign once aging sets in too! After the scrubbing, massaging and skin renewing process, my therapist proceeded to calm and soothe my skin down with a Maria Galland toner product (which was used repeatedly through my facial session) that felt oh-so-good on the skin. DSC01010 I would akin it to Japanese skin softeners – liquid with a nice slip but absorbs once you massage it in and leaves a light hydrating tact on the skin. Not heavy at all but it doesn’t dry the skin out like astringent toners do. This one helps to balance out your skin’s pH and moisture level too, which is why she likes slapping it on after any ‘strenous’ activity to the skin. Such as exfoliating, extracting etc.

Extractions Again! –

DSC01011 Speaking of extractions, that is the next process we moved on to, along with a little brow trimming which was very much needed. DSC01018 I’ve been managing my strays quite okay, not too diligently but just enough so they don’t stick out in eye looks but after this trim, I’m so glad to see my brow hairs all neatened in shape and length once more. I definitely needed that!

The Cocoon Process –

Now, this here is the fun part, the cocoon-ning! Perhaps by the end of this my face will emerge as beautiful as a butterfly, yes? Ha! So anyway, the first step to this is to slap on a mask that my therapist personally really likes and recommends to clients, especially Bride-to-bes! p.s. They do sell the mask alone, for your at-home use, at Immortelle Atelier too DSC01022 A versatile hydrating cooling mask, this can be worn as a face mask, slapped on liberally, for 30 minutes each time (used 2-3 times a week) or if your skin is particularly parched and in need of repair due to climate change, travel and such you can use it continuously (maximum of 7 days cause it’s quite rich) as a night cream each night. By the end of the consecutive use, your skin will look plumped, nourished and balanced again, almost like magic! Which I can imagine is why this mask would be recommended for brides-to-be or those who need to put their best-face forward at a particular event. DSC01026 The mask seemed to have a cool minty sensation on the skin, not the lip plumper sort, it’s a whole lot milder. After the mask has been applied, my therapist proceeded to place a gauze over my face. I’ve felt some facial places do this before but I had no idea the piece of gauze was this huge! DSC01034 It was only after, when I reviewed the blind shots I took, that I noticed how large a piece it is though it makes more sense as we go on. After the gauze comes the whole ‘cocoon-ing’ aspect of the treatment as a thick mousse / foam was slathered all over my face (over the gauze). DSC01036 This part was the most intriguing as I felt a dense and thick foam being slathered on my face, such that something was pressing down on me, but yet so gently at the same time. It’s peculiar, like dense and weighty but yet light. DSC01038 The point of this cocoon-ing process is to encapsulate your skin in these layers and layers of nourishment. The mousse / foam is a masking product as well (I forgot the name of it though) and helps to form a barrier around the skin to lock in nourishment and moisture while radiating a comfortable warmth – yes, it is warming, woots! This helps promote circulation and also betters the absorption of minerals and products that you are putting on your face. DSC01044 To prevent the cocoon mask foam from sliding off, the remaining bits of gauze were wrapped over my face, forming a ‘net’ of foam. At this point it looks like I have a meringue on my face and it’s so comical. But underneath that funny outlook, I felt very comforted and pampered with the minty cool sensation from the first mask and the gentle warmth of the cocoon foam. It did not feel uncomfortable at all be under all that and in fact, it was really calming. DSC01047 DSC01050

The Shoulder & Hand Massage –

What’s more while my face was under that mound of foam and gauze, I was treated to a shoulder massage (this is part of the whole facial experience I’m sure)  and it wasn’t just a quick rub and go. My therapist pressed away at the tension in my shoulders (I always have tension there, grr) and massaged my neck as well. Afterwhich, I thought I would be left to rest alone for a bit but guess what – there’s a hand massage to follow too! I’ve not been given hand massages much (except when I go for a body massage, which is quite expected) so I was nicely surprised when the therapist massaged both my fingers, palms, wrists and even upper arms. I didn’t take any pictures of these because I was too busy enjoying the process. My bad!

The Finale of Skincare & Scalp Massages –

After removing the whole cocoon gauze, which made my skin feel like it had been ‘unveiled’ as the cool room air gushed over my face once the warming masks was lifted. Once the residual of the masks were wiped off, the therapist went ahead to slap on some skincare for me, massaging it in thoroughly as well. Bliss! DSC01051 Did I also mention that the skincare she used is from Maria Galland? DSC01068 Really though, the moisturizer that they kept applying on me felt so amazing I feel that I might be swayed to pick it up the next time I come by. I’m serious. It makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, without being greasy, but nicely hydrated. So, so awesome, I tell you. DSC01053 And there was also a little scalp massage while we let the lotions and creams sit, woots!

Refreshed, Supple & Pampered Skin –

Post-facial, I immediately noticed (fluffy and still-awesome hair aside, thanks to these guys) that my skin looked really good!

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Bad lighting, but here’s the ‘first look’.

I mean, that’s without a doubt given most often skin should look cleaner and fresher post-facial but given I had gone through some mild extractions and am completely stripped of makeup, my skin looked supple, plumped and most of all evened in skintone! It looks as if I were wearing some tinted product such that my skintone appeared more radiant, fresher and not blotchy at all given my recent bumps and spots (girly time of the month, don’t ask). DSC01073 DSC01076 Needless to say, my skin texture also felt a lot smoother and cleaner. While this isn’t focused on deep cleaning the skin, given my skin hasn’t clogged up loads since the last clean-out, the exfoliating and massage that went along with helped to rid my skin surface of dead skin cells and whatnot. This leaves me feeling all fresh-faced, clean and with a smooth canvas to slap on makeup once more! DSC01078 I’m really enjoying the continual skincare maintenance even if it means having to dash down to facial appointments after work and then dashing back after to my little baby girl at home. But it is nice to really indulge and pamper myself for that hour plus, and of course leave with rejuvenated skin that has been given its dose of TLC. Here are also some pictures of myself with nothing but foundation on, to show you how my post-pamper skin looks with makeup on – really more of showing the texture and how soft supple skin allows for optimal makeup application ;)

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wearing Dior Diorskin Nude Fluid Foundation

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Promotions For Icyabstract Readers!

Simply mention my name (Sara or Icyabstract) when you call to make an appointment and request for any (or both in 2 separate sessions) of the following promotions!

  • Promotion #1 – The Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Bring a friend along when you buy a Meridian Eye Care Treatment (S$48 for 30 minutes) and your friend gets to enjoy her session FREE!
  • Promotion #2 – Book A Facial & Receive An Eye Massage FREE Buy a facial session (any session to suit your skin) and receive the Meridian Eye Care Treatment for FREE!

The Cocoon Mask Treatment (seen here) retails for S$128 per session (120 minutes). Call Immortelle Atelier now (6259 9001) to enquire and book an appointment – they function on an appointment basis so no walk-in allowed. If you would like to find out more about Immortelle Atelier, head over and LIKE their Facebook Page for information on promotions and offers!

Immortelle Atelier is located at 101 Thomson Rd #02-08B, United Square Mall

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Lifted Eyes & Pampered Skin With Immortelle Atelier!

I know a lot of us live very rushed lives with hardly any spare time to indulge or pamper ourselves. Even when we do any form of pampering activities, we often have a ‘time slot’ for it inwhich we rush off to yet another appointment or errand right after we are done.

So much for pampering, right?

In the realm of spas and treatments, we have seen quite a technological leap whereby these days machines are often used to help quicken the facial treatment yet still provide and promise the same cleansed result. While a quick pop by these facial services definitely get the job done, especially so for the time constrained, sometimes it is nice to indulge yourself in a little more time and a lot more pamper.

Truth be told, it has been a good while since I had treated myself – or rather, my face / neck area – to a facial session as pampering, calming and soothing as this one. And I have clearly forgotten how therapeutic and indulgent face massages can be especially when done in the right environment – perfect plush blanket, soft music and soothing botanical aroma.

It’s absolutely indulgent and while photos can’t capture the whole situation I can try my best to relate this absolutely calming and much needed rejuvenation.

What’s more Immortelle Atelier offers this absolutely stellar ‘Intensive’ Eye Treatment which I absolutely enjoyed and am raving about to no ends. It is amazing, simply said, read more about it below!

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Stay tuned till the end because, as always, Immortelle Atelier has some really great deals for Icyabstract readers! They are pretty awesome deals for a treatment I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend, so stay tuned!

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So… tucked away in a quiet little corner of United Square is this very quaint-looking and delicately furnished facial shop that is Immortelle Atelier.

The minute you spot the shop and the entrance, you’ll be greeted with a very ‘backstage’ set up meets French-boutique sort of vibe. It’s clashy but it’s so feminine and beautiful at the same time. It’s almost like saying, we’re here for you be it if you want to be stage-perfect and ready to shine or looking for a calming and tranquil space to relax your mind.

Previously located in the Chinatown area, Immortelle Atelier had shifted over to United Square to cater to the busy moms (and working ladies or home makers) who need a quick refresh and break from the hustle and bustle of life.

I popped by after work and was offered a cup of tea (Jasmine, I think) before I was brought to one of the facial treatment rooms. For the small square space they had to work with, the room was nice and cozy. It didn’t feel cramped even though it could have been and the furnishings (soft lush carpet, such a plus!) along with bedding accessories made it feel so comfortable overall.

I especially enjoyed the furry comforter they provided. It was like sleeping with a furry little kitty – warm and cozy.

The lighting within the room was kept dim most of the way so I do apologize for grainy images. I shot with RAW and was able to turn up the picture so you can actually see what happened but graininess is something that happened as a result, I can’t escape that bit for sure.

 

Makeup Removal –

As always, the very first step was to remove my makeup and while I didn’t explain above, Immortelle Atelier mainly uses Maria Galland skin care products (hence the posters in their waiting area). This brand is new to me but according to my therapist, and also after some googling once I got home, Maria Galland is a brand rich with heritage and is deeply devoted to offering natural, quality and also indulgent skincare.

A globally renowned brand amongst those of the trade, Maria Galland supplies to a large amount of top beauty salons so I was glad to be introduced to this and also to experience these indulgent and positively delightful products.

Being all about peace, wellbeing and a well-rested experience, most of Maria Galland’s products have a soft botanical scent to them. It isn’t cloying nor over-powering but they lend a hand in the relaxation process along with the soothing music and ambient lighting (along with the really comfortable throw) at Immortelle Atelier.

Product-wise, the Maria Galland creams and cleansers felt watery, yet still creamy, aqueous but also luxurious. It had made me intrigued enough about the product to consider some of their items. Immortelle Atelier also sells some pieces of the Maria Galland skincare brand at their boutique.

So anyway, the therapist did a double-cleanse for my skin (soo calming I tell you!) before proceeding to access my skin concerns.

After accessing my skin, my therapist (Julia) commented that I have fairly good skin – phew! – though it is a little fatigued and stressed out from both environmental exposure and perhaps some lifestyle choices too. Oops, I should really stop keeping late nights.

Given that, she opted for a anti-stress facial (which consists of multiple massages to relax the tired skin), their famed eye treatment just to relax the taut eye muscles, and some deep cleansing steps just to properly clean out my skin once more. It seems like no matter what, my skin is like a lint roller and it just sucks dirt to it.

I swear I have a proper cleansing regimen and I hardly slack off it!

 

Extraction –

I’ve spoken about extractions before, the pros the cons, the lovers and the haters. I mentioned that as much as it hurts and as much buzz as there is around extractions, I actually really like them.

I think machine cleansing is great for the time constrained peeps and if anything, sometimes machine can clean in a way that human hands can’t but same goes. Machines can’t extract or cleanse pores the way extraction can and for me, I feel that often times my skin truly feels cleaner after a manual extraction process.

Of course, I must also disclaim that it is best to leave your face in hands that are professional at doing this because it can be painful or go awfully wrong if extractions aren’t done right.

Thankfully for me there isn’t all that much to extract, only a few problematic spots and blackheads around / on my nose.

Since only a couple of points of my face required an extraction, my face wasn’t left sore or painful after. I didn’t have to walk around with a whole bunch of red spots post-facial either (as you will see later).

After extracting, Julia soothes a layer of toner over just to calm the skin and also because the mild astringent quality helps constrict the pores post-extraction.

 

Meridian Eye Treatment –

Thisssss, this is awesome, you must read this portion even if you somehow decide to speed-read the rest of this entry.

A famed treatment here at Immortelle Atelier, their Meridian Eye Treatment lends the technique of the traditional chinese massage method ‘Gua Sha’. Those who are familiar with that massage method may recoil in shock at it being used on the eye area, but let me just say – it’s not the same of course.

The technique and thought is the same, to relief any taut tension and muscles from the area but the way it is done is obviously different because the eye area is such a delicate spot. I assure you there is absolutely no pain in this process and I actually found it really relaxing.

Firstly, your therapist will apply some thick balm to help ease the movement of the ‘bone’ tool that is used to massage the eye area.

After that, your therapist will go through a series of soft rubbing and point-pressing sort of movements around your eye area ranging from your socket, to your brow-bone. Again, let me assure you that this is not painful at all.

This massage reminded me of the body massage that I have to do regularly to help ease the tension in my neck and back because somehow my meridian passages get congested very easily.

I had no idea that the eye area gets ‘knotted’ as well, until Julia started easing some knots on my lower socket away and I could feel that familiar motion of her ‘pressing the knots out’. I really can’t describe it as well without making it sound scary but those who do similar treatments will likely grasp what I am trying to get at!

The eye treatment takes 30 minutes in all, so that’s about 15 minutes for each eye and after your therapist is done with your first eye they’ll usually stop to let you see the difference between the massaged eye and the not massaged one.

I expected the eye to feel more relaxed after but I wasn’t expecting to actually see a visible difference in the eyes, much less the face! It appears that the whole cheek and eye area of the side that was massaged is lifted and that in turn makes me look a lot more awake!

It’s quite amazing, see for yourself!

So after that comparison, Julia proceeded to work on my next eye and I just sat back (or rather lied back) and enjoyed the massage.

 

Massage Time! –

Now, this part I really really enjoyed.

I enjoy massages of all sort, especially face massages! With more facials moving towards the technological side, I’ve realized that lesser places incorporate massages into their facial routine, which some people may prefer since it saves time but a face massage just makes you feel so pampered and so good after.

What’s more, it helps lift the face too (no matter how temporary)!

The neck isn’t forgotten about either!

A bit of a random point to mention but I noted that my therapist, Julia’s, hands always felt warm and soft on. It’s a small thing to pay attention to but it definitely adds to the overall relaxation process, to have a warm touch instead of icy cold hands.

I never thought I would mind or nitpick on things like the temperature of the therapist’s hands but, it truly was enjoyable.

 

The Purifying Mask –

After the very enjoyable face and neck massage, Julia proceeded with the masking session and recommend a purifying one for my skin. She said that this mask would help draw the impurities, clogs and oils from my skin out and leave it cleaner and fresher after.

Julia also went ahead to put a cold eye mask on the eye region to relax the eye area after the treatment.

While we left the mask on to do it’s job, more massaging went underway and this time it was a scalp / head massage – bliss!

 

Cleanse Off, Cream On! –

After leaving the mask on for a bit and leaving me to relax on my own after the scalp / head massage, Julia returned to remove the mask and also proceeded to help my slap on some skincare.

The skincare that she used would be a toner and face cream from Maria Galland, followed by an eye cream (which felt so creamy and nice!), all of which came with a little application massage as well. I can’t get enough of the massages and wish someone would apply and massage my nightly routine on for me, ha!

They even do a little shoulder rub and back massage (not just a quick pat all over) once you’re up from your lying position before they head out and leave you alone to change to your clothes.

 

Post Facial Face! –

So after you’ve seen my face in all sorts of unglam from the facial, here are some post-facial shots with no makeup and flat hair but it’s good enough to show you how rejuvenated my skin looks and feels!

Again, it’s quite hard to actually translate the cleaner skin or to measure the amount of tension that Julia massaged away from my face but the whole lifted complexion, brighter eyes and smoothened skin after says enough for itself!

The key area to note would be how my eye lids seem less puffy and the whole cheek area is so much more lifted than before. Maybe it’s only partially lifted but the difference it makes in making me look a little more awake is awesome.

And then following that, here are some shots taken the next day with a little foundation and brows on. Just to better showcase the smooth canvas my skin is, so as to allow foundation to go on flawlessly.

And a closeup of my eye area (which I had also posted about on instagram) just because I am so so amazed with the eye treatment. My lids are less puffy and my hooded lids aren’t as hooded anymore! They seem lifted almost and I don’t have as much issues with eyeliner smearing in the outer edges!

It’s quite something and I’m so impressed.

Unfortunately this lift isn’t permanent, of course, and to upkeep this you will be recommended to go back to Immortelle Atelier for the Eye treatment about once a month or so, depending on your needs!

I know I’m definitely going back for another session – I need and love it sooooo much!

If you’re curious about the Eye Treatment too then I’ve got a treat for you!

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Promotions For Icyabstract Readers!

So, yes, just for my readers I am so glad to be able to share this amazing promotion which I had suggested to Immortelle Atelier about and they gladly agreed to!

Simply mention my name (Sara or Icyabstract) when you call to make an appointment and request for any (or both in 2 separate sessions) of the following promotions!

  • Promotion #1 – The Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
    Bring a friend along when you buy a Meridian Eye Care Treatment (S$48 for 30 minutes) and your friend gets to enjoy her session FREE!
  • Promotion #2 – Book A Facial & Receive An Eye Massage FREE
    Buy a facial session (any session to suit your skin) and receive the Meridian Eye Care Treatment for FREE!

For further information, the prices over at Immortelle Atelier are actually really affordable. The pampering session I received (and talked about above) is the Instant Anti-Stress Facial and it costs S$68 per session (of 1 hour)

 

So hurry, call Immortelle Atelier now (6259 9001) to enquire and book an appointment – they function on an appointment basis so no walk-in allowed.

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Immortelle Atelier is located at 101 Thomson Rd #02-08B, United Square Mall

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