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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
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Many people were born with a belief that we can't change what will happen to us and destiny is a fixed road for everybody. I used to have the same thinking when I was in Vietnam. I should get married after graduating from school, have kids, and be a housewife like many other girls. A part of me said that this was the right things to do, but the other part kept telling me to go out of my comfort zone. I was so young; I should explore the world as much as I could.

At the age of twenty, I decided to give up a decent monthly paycheck from two jobs: a secretary by day and a dance instructor by night to pursue further studies in Malaysia. Having only one thousand dollars in my pocket, I started my new life in a new country, with no friends, no relatives. Nothing. It was extremely hard at first, but things got better along the way after I made new friends, had a new job, and became familiar with a new lifestyle. But as soon as I had a chance to settle down, that little voice in my head started questioning me once again about what I wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to become, and where I wanted to live. I couldn't find the answer. I just had to keep looking.
From a secretary and dance instructor in Vietnam to a marketing executive and vice principal of a dance studio in Malaysia, I took another leap of faith to start a brand new chapter in a new country: Singapore.

A fashion blog CrystalPhuong.net was born and when it was nominated in Singapore Best Fashion Blog Finalist, I realized that I had to be more responsible for what I wrote every day. I spent so much time and energy on this blog that I slowly gave up my dancing passion. I used to say "Dancing is my life", but now, guess what? Blogging is my life. I can spend days and nights thinking of creative content, attractive visual, and meaningful stories to share with all of you. It makes my day when people tell me that my stories inspire them to be stronger and more confident in themselves.
Is it a final change? I don't know. But I knew that if I didn't make these changes, I wouldn't be as happy as I am right now. I could blame the destiny and feel regret for not making any move, or I could take a risk and be proud of what I've done.

I always believe that we can't change who we are, but we can always change who we want to be. Destiny is not the matter of chance; it's a matter of choice.
I don't know what changes will I make next, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm shaping my life, my destiny. One step at a time. What about you?

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by SK-II to promote a global campaign #ChangeDestiny. For more information about the campaign, please visit this website
Watch this video to discover a similar story. How a lawyer-turned- fashion designer, Priscilla Shunmugam, overcame her obstacle to follow her dream. 

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CrystalPhuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Anti aging treatment

When I was twenty years old, I never paid any attention to my skin. The only thing I did was remove makeup and wash my face. No one talked to me about moisturizer, toner, or serum, please. I had no time for it.  When I passed the age of 25, I realized many wrinkles around my eyes, dryness around my cheeks, and premature aging skin, that's when I started taking skin care routine seriously. Now, at the age of 30, anti-aging is all I care about. 

You've probably seen me doing some DIY skincare routines at home (like this one), but the truth is, nothing beats a facial session at a professional beauty spa. They have all the right tools and the right skills to achieve the results that my homemade beauty remedies can't. That's why I was actually looking forward to trying out the "Vagheggi Delay Infinity Treatment" at Bejeweled Nails and Facial Boutique. They have two outlets, one at Tanjong Pagar that offers only mani-pedi services while the other newly opened boutique at Tai Seng offers a full range of beauty treats from manicure, facial services to eyelash extension. 

I dropped by their new branch last week to have my anti-aging facial done. It is a neat and clean shopfront, tastefully decorated with a creative products display, fanciful room divider, and an artistic picture of Audrey Hepburn in the waiting area. 

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Bejeweled beauty spa

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blogger- Bejeweled Facial Spa

Bejeweled Beauty Spa Interior

Bejeweled Spa Interior- Wall Divider

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Bejeweled Beauty Spa Interior

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Bejeweled Facial Spa Interior

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Bejeweled Facial Spa Interior 2

While having my drink served by the staff, on this unique sofa, I was introduced to a bunch of Italian skincare products (which will be applied to my face later) called Vagheggi Delay Infinity

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Vagheggi Delay Infinity Products

Vagheggi Delay Infinity products are 100% made in Italy. They are best-known for delaying the skin aging process for women from age the 30s to 40s. They prevent an appearance of first wrinkles and other signs of skin aging, stimulate the collagen and maintain the skin elastin. At the same time, they rebuild and improve skin texture. There are many other benefits you can get from Vagheggi Delay Infinity. If you have been looking for these products in Singapore, you are in luck, because Bejeweled carries them in the store. Feel free to visit and have a look. Maybe, you can try the same treatment they gave me. 

The 90-minute facial treatment includes 18 steps in total. It starts with a Welcome and Relax treatment with lenitive essential oil. Then, Eye and Lip makeup removal, followed by Face cleansing with Delay Infinity Cleansing milk. Second cleanse with equilibrium phytogel. Exfoliation with micro peel. Light extraction. Eyebrow shaping. Cold compress using a paper mask and soothing lotion. Scalp and shoulder massage

This was the first half of the session. I'm getting tired just by typing all of these. I don't know how the beautician can manage to finish all of these routines. What did I love most about the first half of the treatment? It's when I looked at all of the stubborn blackheads and whiteheads that were completely removed. I always tried to remove them at home using all different types of masks. None of them worked. This is why it's always good to visit a beauty spa as often as you can.  
Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Facial cleansing

Moving on to the radio frequency treatment to tighten early signs of loose and sagging skin. It also helps to deeply penetrate Delay Infinity Flawless Face Ampoule into my skin.  

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Facial Radio Frequency Treatment

When all was done, it's time for masks. Not one, but three different types of masks pampered my face. A Delay Infinity Face Mask, an Equilibrium Lenitive Geomask, and lastly a Soft Mask. 

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Facial Mask

 It was hard not to fall asleep with this cooling mask on my face, in a dim lighted room while a saxophone music played softly in my ears. Life is so beautiful, isn't it?

If only we could wake up from our sleep and look like this everyday!   

Crystal Phuong- Singapore Beauty Blog- Beautiful and healthy skin after a facial treatment

I took these photos the next day when I woke up, applied only sunscreen on my face, mascara on my eyelashes and moisturizer on my lips. I have never felt so good about my skin recently. There are a few things that I've learned over the past few year. Skincare is like dieting, it takes a lot of time and effort. There is no shortcut to perfection. But trust me, it'll be all worth it. When you focus on a good skincare, you don't really need a lot of make up.  

I just chanced upon this quote from Coco Channel that I love so much: "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it's up to you to merit the face you have at fifty". It's truly a wake-up call for me. I'm glad it's not too late for to start taking care of my skin. I hope it motivates you too. 

Before I end this blog post, here is a little treat for you:
You can get up 10% OFF for all Vagheggi skincare products AND can enjoy the 18 steps "Vagheggi Delay Infinity Treatment"  at only SG$98 (Usual price SG$268) only if you mention "CrystalPhuong" when you make an appointment. 
Don't forget to check out Bejeweled Nails and Facial Boutique website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates and promotions from them. 
If you are interseted in mani-pedi services, visit their Tanjong Pagar branch at: 
10 Anson Road #02-48
International Plaza Singapore 079903
Tel: 6222 2526
Operating hours: Mon- Fri: 11am- 8pm. Sat: 11am- 4.30pm. Closed on Sun & Ph
Otherwise, drop by their new outlet for a full range of beauty services:
30 Tai Seng Street #02-01, 
BreadTalk HQ, Singapore 534013
Tel: 6443 9789
Operating hours: Mon- Sun (including PH): 11.30am- 8pm

Thank you so much for reading! 

Disclaimer: This blog entry is proudly sponsored by Bejeweled Nails and Facial Boutique. Technical terms, information about the products and services are provided by the sponsor. Opinions are on my own. Feel free to contact me if you need further clarification.
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I love Summer, but it's also the reason that causes a lot of skin problems. Sun damage, uneven skin, redness, and acne are the most common issues that people face this time of the year. How to get rid of them? The answer is simple: make an effort to take care of your skin. 

Although, we can easily buy any commercial facial mask from a beauty store, it's always more fun to make our own skin care remedies from our kitchen. Besides, it's safe, effective, and affordable. I've been feeding my skin with a lot of natural and organic products. Tomato is one of them. I make an effort to apply tomato mask once every two nights and they really make my skin so much healthier and softer. Below are some of my favorite homemade facial masks from a tomato that I'd love to share with you.  

1. Tomato and Lemon mask
Tomato and Lemon mask- Skincare tips
 Squeeze the juice from the tomato and lemon into a bowl or a container and mix them well together. I usually put the mixture in a fridge so it can really give me a cooling feeling on my face. It's like a wake-up call. Whenever you are ready, apply the tomato-lemon juice all over your face and wait for 15 to 30 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water.  

While tomatoes contain vitamin A and B that regenerate cell renewal, Lemons can be used for oily and combination skin. Especially, if you have enlarged pores, you definitely should apply this mask. 

Tomato and Lemon mask for a flawless skin

2. Tomato and Honey face mask. 

Tomato and Honey face mask

Blend the tomato until it becomes juice then mix it with honey. Then, apply the mixture onto your face and leave it for half an hour. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water. 

This simple mask is perfect to brighten your dull skin. Just in case you don't know, tomato can protect your skin from sun damage. Honey, on the other hand, can protect your skin from bacterial and gems, prevent acnes and blemishes. It's a double protection for the skin. 

Mixing tomato juice with honey and apply this mixture onto your face

 3. Tomato and Milk face mask. 

Tomato and Milk face mask

Mixing tomato juice with milk and applying it all over your face using cotton pads. I usually keep some extra mask in a container and apply onto my face once a day. If you have oily skin, this mask (or some people use it as skin cleanser) is good for you. Don't apply this if you have sensitive skin. 

Tomato and Milk face mask- Best natural mask to brighten your skin

4. Pure tomato mask. 

If you are really lazy but still want a flawless and healthy skin, just cut the tomato into thin slices and place them all over your face. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse off with water. 

A couple of #selfie photos would be fun while waiting.

Crystal Phuong- Skincare tip- Tomato face mask

There you have it! Some of my most affordable, easy, and effective facial masks that I can swear by them. 
Please do try them out and let me know how they work for you. 
If you have any great skin care tips, please do share with me in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for reading! 

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When I said, I went to have my skin treatment done, my friends looked at me with curious and surprised eyes: "Why do you need to go for skin treatment? Your skin is looking perfect". I don't understand their philosophy and I believe they don't understand mine either. I don't understand why do people only go to beauty salon to seek for help only when their skin starts having problem? 

I used to take my youthful skin for granted and put the blame on my busy schedule. I didn't have enough time to finish all my works in a day, how could I afford to spend 2-3 hours in a beauty salon doing nothing? Well, I still don't have enough time anyway, but when I look at my bare face in the mirror, I notice there are many blackheads, white heads large pores staring at me, it's time to do something about it. 

When I was looking for a recommended beauty salon to solve my problem, Bioskin came with the invitation to try out their signature service: Skin Rebirth. Special thank to Omy team for helping me to arrange everything! :)

I arrived quite late at 8.30pm on Friday and quickly had an in-depth consultation to understand more about my skin condition and the treatment. It was a short and sweet yet informative consultation as if the staff already knew exactly what she needed to do to my face before she even talked to me.

I loved the glitz-and-glam decoration inside their Orchard Brand. It began to look a lot like Christmas with red, green, white and the sparkling chandelier at the waiting area.   

Having a full understanding about Skin Rebirth dos and don'ts before I started the treatment. 

Skin Rebirth is clinically proven treatment for Skin Renewal, Pigmentation, Acne Scar Lightening, Lift V-Shaped Face, Wrinkle Reduction and Pores Tightening which is exactly what I was looking for. 

Unlike other technologies that use light emitting wave or laser frequency wave to target on dermis layer of skin, Skin Rebirth uses a multi-source, phase-controlled Fractional Radio Frequency  (FRF) energy that generates pulses of energy into skin, causing a deep volumetric dermal heating effect that enables collagen remodeling, skin resurfacing and treatment of wrinkles, acne and acne scars. More information about the FRF energy, visit this page

The FRF resulted the redness and minimal pain on my face right after the treatment but it didn't last long. I could even go out to party if I wanted to. 
First, my make-up was removed,

and then there was an amount of numbing cream applied all over my face to prevent the pain

After waiting for 20 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect, that's when the treatment started. The beautician used an appliance to apply the F-RF energy onto my skin to achieve an enhanced effect of deeper penetration and optimized efficacy. 

One hour later,
Who is that girl looking so refreshed and happy after the Skin Rebirth treatment? Ok, I'm not going to lie, my face was quite red and uncomfortable as I was told by the beautician. But instead of feeling worried, I felt so excited about my flawless skin and couldn't wait to see how my skin would turn out. 

Didn't expect that I even had a bag of handful products to use at home.  

Thank you so much Bioskin! You are so generous! 

These products are my absolutely favorites now. I love their tightening face mask, spray sunblock (so creative) and the moisturizing cream. They made my skin so soft, smooth and super flawless.
Don't believe me? Take a look at these non-photoshopped photos! 

This is what I do every night before my bed time: applying facial mask. This is by far the best facial mask that I've used. It does a wonderful job to tighten up your skin, please give it a try and tell me "Crystal! You are so damn right". 

That's me without ANY make up on, right after I took off my facial mask. How incredibly my skin looks!

Notice the pores are visibly reduced now? I was totally amazed when I looked at the mirror again. 70 percent of the blackheads, white heads were gone.  

And another me, with a make-up on. In case you still don't believe what I say, Bioskin is confidently announcing the Money Back Guarantee policy that allows the customers to take their money back if after 21 days they don't see any improvement from the treatment. There you have it, a security for you. All you need to do is to make an appointment with Bioskin and try out the service for yourself.

Now here are some questions you might want to know. 
1. Is my skin suitable for the treatment? 
Yes! Skin Rebirth is suitable for all skin types, except for overly sensitive ones. Please let your beautician know if your skin is overly sensitive so that they can give you the best advice. 

2. When does my skin need to go for Skin Rebirth ?
When you have acnes, scar problem, pigmentation problem, wrinkles and large pore. OR, if you want your skin to look beautiful always. 

3. Any Do's and Don't ?
Of course yes! 
Don't wash the face with soap on 1st day of treatment. 
Don't do sweaty exercise. Swimming is not allowed to during the first 2 weeks. 
Avoid sun and sauna for 1 week. If there is sun exposure, apply moisturizer and sunblock quickly. It's simple enough to follow! 

4. How long does it take to recovery?
For me, it was pretty fast, a few days after the treatment, my face was completely recovered. 

5. Does it have any side effect?
No, not at all for me. You can check with the beautician to be sure for your case.

6. I'm pregnant, can I go for the treatment?
I'm not quite sure. Please call Bioskin to ask! 

7. Do they have any promotion right now?
Just ask and you shall be given. Bioskin is giving the best deal ever for you to try out:
 1X Skin Rebirth + Cryo Splash @ $38 (Incl GST $40.66)
Hurry up!

Besides getting help from technology, I do have some personal rules that I try to keep in order to have a perfect skin; 
1. Never sleep with make-up on. I always wash my face twice a day no matter what. 
2. Always apply sunscreen whenever I'm out and about. 
3. Eat well. Thank God, I don' like snack, oily stuffs and have huge appetite for fruits. I can eat fruit and vegetables all day long to survive. Also, I try to drink lot more water now. I don't smoke and occasionally drink coffee, perhaps twice in a month. 
4. My daily skin care routine is pretty fixed; always apply toner first then facial mask and moisturizer before I go to bed. 

These simple steps have helped me so much over the years to have bright and beautiful skin that I'm having now (my skin used to be very bad last time with lot of pimples and dark circle), I hope it will help you to achieve your amazing flawless skin too. It sounds tedious with all the steps dos and don'ts but trust me, it's all worth it. 

Thank you so much for reading and I'll share with you more about my secrets in the next blog entries! 

Have a great day!  

Disclaimer: This blog entry is proudly sponsored by Bioskin Holdings Pte Ltd. Technical terms, information about the products and services are provided by Bioskin, opinions are on my own. Feel free to contact me if you need further clarification.
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