Bella Tries: the Nu Skin Lumispa™ Cleansing Tool, is it worth the $$$?

Having been exposed to the skin industry since I was 12 years old thanks to my cosmetic dermatologist father, I’ve seen and used my fair share of products. My face is so accustomed to therapeutic salon brands, that over the counter products have little or no effect on my skin anymore. And knowing what I know, I’m a bit conservative with my expectations when it comes to beauty and skincare products in the market, especially something from an MLM company. Not that I don’t trust their products, in fact I think MLM companies put more effort into providing better quality products, it’s the overpricing of their items that really bugs me off. Anyway………..

Lately, there’s been much hype and rave about the Nu Skin’s Lumispa™ Cleansing Tool. And having been recommended by my trusted long time make-up artist friend, I decided to give it a go. Plus, I really have been slacking in the skincare department ever since having 3 kids, lack of sleep and just plain lazy you know LOL, so I thought I’d take a plunge and splurge on this funky looking gadget that promises to improve the overall health of your skin (on your face of course).

SO… what is the Lumispa™?

According to their website, the Lumispa™ is a dermatologist-tested device that gently but deeply cleanses the face with their Micropulse Oscillation technology. With its soft silicone head, it moves at a precise frequency that helps promote faster skin renewal, tighten up enlarged pores, therefore, giving you healthier, more radiant looking skin.

1 step, 2 minutes and 7 benefits is tag line.

“Experience brighter, softer, smoother looking skin and an energising facial massage. Simply spend two minutes twice a day to enjoy healthier, youthful looking skin in as little as two weeks.”

Their patented technology even won the Best Upcoming Skincare & Cleansing Product at the 2018 Biotechnology Award. That’s gotta say something, and it definitely upped their credentials, for me at least.

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Unboxing my new toy just a week or so ago

So….. fast forward a week and 3 days later since the beginning of my Lumispa™ journey, I have been pleasantly surprised by the results. To be honest, I was expecting to be smacked by the husband for being so gullible, as to believing an MLM product could be as good as a salon product. But you know who uses it as routinely as I do now??? Take a guess ROTFLMAO…. Tadaa, the husband uses it every night that he comes back early from work and keeps telling me how clean his face feels. Hah!

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It does look pretty cool, doesn’t it?

The soft silicone head contains anti-microbial silver, is non-abrasive, cleanses deeply into the pores, and moves at precise frequencies for optimum skin renewal process

The ageloc Cleanser. You can choose between normal, combo, oily or dry i think. 

Now before you go diving head in and pressing the “Add to cart” button on their website, I have to tell you that it wasn’t such a smooth journey for me, as compared to my husband. His skin texture has improved quite significantly since his first try of the Lumispa™. Mine, on the other hand, took a few breakouts before my skin got better, and I’m not even sure if it’s solely the effects of the device.

What happened was that 3 days after using the Lumispa™ once a day (at night before bedtime), my whole forehead was filled with tiny little comedones, aka whiteheads. There were a few possibilities that I could think of as to why this occurred. One, it could be that the Lumispa™ somehow stripped off my skin’s natural sebum and the skin is now aggravated; two, I made the mistake of randomly using my mother’s Olay Regenerist moisturiser left in the guest bathroom because I was too lazy to go into my own bathroom for my Sulwhasoo Essential First Care Activating Serum EX that I started using just a couple of months back (a product that was a gift and which by the way, does nothing much for my skin, but that’s a story for another day, and seriously it’s too expensive to just let it sit in the cupboard).

Anyway, back to my story. I had so many tiny bumps on my forehead that it wasn’t funny. Even the hubby asked me to stop. But I persisted because I had a feeling it could have been the moisturiser more than the gadget itself. So like always, I stopped all moisturiser (both Olay and Sulwhasoo) and went back to my trusted Derm10 Comedone and Skin Renewal Complex. Within 2 days, the bumps subsided to just a few spots (seriously, these 2 products are my saviour to any sudden skin imperfections). So I continued with the device and then I began noticing how my skin has actually improved. My nose and cheek areas used to have enlarged pores, but while I was focusing on my breakouts on my forehead, I didn’t realise that my pores are now more refined and less visible.

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The obligatory selfie, right? >< Pardon the blurry picture, blame it on the old iPhone LOL. You can still see some bumps on my forehead though. But overall my skin has improved, and this was taken before I had any make up done.

 

THE VERDICT?

Me: Needless to say, I was impressed. Because I’ve tried many products that claim to help tighten pores to only be left with disappointment. Imagine my surprise when I try pinching my pores, checking to see if any sebum or whitehead emerges, that the congestion was so minimal! Because the pores were smaller, my overall face did somehow look smoother.

The hubby: His face looked brighter, and definitely cleaner than it has been for a long long time. He occasionally needs to be in the restaurant kitchen when we’re understaffed, so his skin gets really oily. The normal cleansing routine of just using a cleanser didn’t exactly helped clean off the impurities and oiliness. By just spending two minutes daily before bedtime and getting good skin, he’s definitely happy using it.

Overall, the results have been pretty positive. However, I honestly wouldn’t make a firm judgement so quickly a of yet though. I’d be interested to see how our skin fares in month’s time.

Is it worth the money spent?

I’d say yes for now, especially for a gadget that is meant for one, but utilised by two. LOL.

 

Do you have a Lumispa™ too? What are your thoughts on it? Is it worth it for you?

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Bella Tries: Nutra Organics Mermaid Latte

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Ever since I’ve been on latest midlife crisis mode, I’ve been splurging on things that would or could help me feel younger again. Recently, I stumbled upon this interesting drink called Mermaid Latte by Nutra Organics at a health food store. Needless to say, the packaging and name captured my attention first, then the ingredients. LOL.

 

 

A magical drink created with Ayurvedic principles. There’s spirulina (we all know that spirulina is Da Bomb) and sea minerals in it, and of course the Butterfly Pea Flower which gives it the vibrant blue colour; Siberian ginseng, ginger, liquorice and honey for immune function. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s see how it turns out……….

 

image2-2The Mermaid Latte powder, reminds me of the Butterfly Pea Flower. It does say there’s no artificial colouring on the package. 

 

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I like my unhomogenised milk unheated, so I decided to mix the powder straight into it to see if it would blend. The package did say that the milk could be slightly heated or chilled. It took longer to blend it, but it did blend nicely in the end, and my milk turned into a beautiful shade of blue.

Now that we’ve agreed that it looks beautiful, what about its taste? Does it taste as good as it looks?

I’d say it’s an acquired taste. But if you’re into spiced tea like me, then you’ll enjoy this superpower punch. There’s a gingery-peppery after taste that gives you the wake-up-now feeling, which was what I needed this morning. I also love the taste of chai and coconut milk with a hint of honey.

While we’re at it, I’m compiled a summary of the benefits of the main ingredients so that you know what’s good for you. 🙂

  1. Coconut Milk – High in saturated fats, which is good for maintaining good cholestrol level, improving blood pressure, preventing dehydration and a rich source of brain food (Read more here)
  2. Manuka Honey – Proven to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant (Read more here)
  3. Blue superfood – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Sea Mineral Complex is a multi-mineral algae grown on the ocean floor, and is high in bioavailable calcium, magnesium and 72 other trace minerals. Nutra Organic’s Sea Mineral Complex has appeared in a number of scientific studies that have proven it’s ability to support bone, joint & digestive health (Disclaimer: I can’t find any link to those studies. But generally, sea minerals are rich in potassium and magnesium and it promotes the body’s dynamic regenerative system to heal and balances itself. A peer reviewed study can be found here)
  4. Spirulina – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Famous for being one of the most nutrient dense superfood in the world, the Blue Spirulina is the Smurf child of spirulina – it’s literally the blue pigment, also called Phycocyanin, derived from the blue-green algae. It is a powerful antioxidant and supports the bodies response to inflammation. It also helps to detoxify and protect the liver.
  5. Butterfly Pea Flower – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Used mainly in South East Asian countries as a tea, it is a potent source of anthocyanin antioxidants and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic traditions for its medicinal properties and anti-aging effects.
  6. Adaptogenic Herbs – Great for anti-stress (Read more here)
  7. Ayurvedic Spices – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] These spices are traditionally used to enhance digestion and metabolism, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, balance hormones, reduce inflammation, help with sleep, and promote healthy and glowing skin.

With whimsical blues that reminds me of the ocean, and glorious superfood that will make me feel (and hopefully look) beautiful like a freaking mermaid, I’m looking forward to having my beautiful blue morning elixir every morning now!

Find out more about Nutra Organics and their range of products at www.nutraorganics.com

 

 

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Travelogue: Camp5 Indoor Climbing in Malaysia

Recently, we went back to Malaysia to celebrate my dad’s 74th birthday, and of course to have a family holiday. One of the highlights of the trip, was a day out at Camp5 Indoor Climbing in 1Utama Shopping Centre.

At first, I was a little apprehensive letting Big Warrior have a go at it, as with previous experience, adventurous and her just didn’t do well together. She’s been much better and more willing to try new things this year, but I really didn’t want to push it. So the first time we went (with my sister and her kiddos), I let her and Little Warrior watch their cousins in action, and because they were both in skirts, they couldn’t join even if they wanted to. But watching their cousin having all the fun, they made me promise to bring them there again the next time. And I said okay.

So the day came for them to actually have a go. Big Warrior got to do it, but Little Warrior was apparently still too young for it. Minimum age was 4, and she was 3 3/4. Bleh. Oh well, she got to play at the elephant looking climbing rock thingy so it was still okay. We paid RM55 for a whole hour of fun (Try Climbing Session) for Big Warrior, equipped with all the necessary shoes and harness and guide.

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The Elephant looking climbing thingy ;P

 

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This is a snapshot of the page. More info on the session can be found here

 

The best thing about this place? The guide takes your kiddos out of your sight for almost an hour so you get to enjoy your cuppa without having to freight over how high your child is currently climbing at the moment. Out of sight, out of mind, you know? LOL.

 

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Snapshot from their page. The walls that are covered in the Try Climbing Session

 

There were 6 of them for this session, so it ends by the climbers attempting the autowall next to the cafe. There, parents like me, get to finally witness their children in action. I was surprised at how eager she was climbing up the 12m high wall. I mean, being a waldorf child, it’s no surprise she’s done climbing (trees) before. She had some difficulties reaching the top and came down half way. As she made her way to my table, I could see she was slightly disappointed but kept up a brave front and just told me she wanted to have a rest and that she’s probably had enough climbing for the day. So I ordered ice cream for her, and when I brought it back to the table, I was surprised to find her gone. It was then I noticed she was again half way through to the top on the auto wall, this time with a guide next to her. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the amount of encouragement that was given by the guide (slightly regretful I didn’t manage to get the name of the guide). He didn’t have to waste more time entertaining kids you know, but the fact that he came back and encouraged Big Warrior to go up again, and climbing side by side her to show her the ropes (no pun intended LOL) and teaching her the best way to gage which steps to take and balance, I was absolutely grateful. In my life in Malaysia, never had I come across such enthusiasm and smiles when it came to customer service, and especially to a kid at that! Bravo to the people at Camp5!

 

All in all, we had a great day at Camp5. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s in town to drop by. Thank you Camp5 for giving my Big Warrior the day of her life. 🙂

 

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Image credit: http://www.camp5.com

 

Camp5 Indoor Climbing 

EZ501, 5th Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama, Damansara,
Petaling Jaya 47800
Selangor
Phone: +603 7726 0410
Phone: +603 7726 0420
Fax: +603 7726 0210
Email: 1utama@camp5.com

www.camp5.com

 

Travelogue: Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery cafe

Nestled amongst the valleys of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales is the picturesque Thredbo Valley, home to the award winning Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery.

 

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Image credit: Wildbrumby website 

 

The 20 acre Wildbrumby estate boasts a Schnapps distillery, working organic raspberry farm, cellar and a quaint little cafe. The picturesque car journey there from Hill Top (where we stayed) itself was worth it. Lake Jindabyne was absolutely breathtaking, it was like we were transported to Switzerland.

 

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Image credit: bookjindabyneaccommodation.com

 

The entrance to the estate was interesting.  Austrian cowbells and horseshoes decorated weathered log fences, laser cut Wildbrumby signs proudly visible all around the vicinity, and the scenery surrounding the place is a sight to behold.

 

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Think Sound of Music. I can totally picture Julie Andrews singing here, or perhaps the Mother singing “Climb every mountain”

 

The inside of the cafe was very quaint but cosy. The main feature was the state of the art German-built distillery pot in the middle of the rustic cafe. It’s where all the final distilling takes place. You can tell by their menu and setting that the distillery has some sort of Austrian heritage. There’s the Farmers Pfandi, Austrian Beef Goulash, Kessler, Austrian apple strudels (which is totally different from the Australian strudels), lemon gugglhupf, Schnappygato, just to name a few.

 

 

 

Their Toby Estate ice coffee that the Mr ordered was awesome as it was aromatic and smooth, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their Bambino cones. My ice chocolate was decent but nothing to shout about. Unfortunately, we weren’t a fun of the apple strudels, I think we still prefer the usual Australian apple strudel. We did love the bacon from the brekkie plate. Lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy had a bit of fun tasting most of the Schnapps while daddy took the responsible role of being sober. My favourite was the butterscotch and peach nectar.

 

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Overall, it was a great experience for us. It’s rare that we get to enjoy a cuppa with the daddy without him being constantly on the phone busy with work. So we really treasured the moment.

 

I’d recommend everyone and anyone who is travelling to the Snowy Mountains to make the detour and visit this beautiful little place. We fell in love with the place, I’m sure most of you would too.

 

Wildbrumby Schnapps DistilleryCorner of Wollondibby Rd and the Alpine Way
Jindabyne NSW 2627 Australia
E info@wildbrumby.com
T 02 6457 1447 / F 02 6457 140

 

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Salon Review: J & K Hair Salon Perth

So, my hair has been breaking and falling ever since Littlest Warrior turned 4 months. After a month of unapproved leave from my Littlest charge, I finally got to have an hour off (Hooray for grandparents!) to go do something about the haystack on my head.

 

I am totally clueless about hair salons in Perth, and I don’t exactly fancy having my hair done here because as prejudice as it sounds, I don’t trust the locals with my hair. It’s true, Australian hairdressers just don’t know how to cut Asian hair. So I usually get my hair done whenever I’m in Kuala Lumpur.

 

But I really really really, like really needed a hair cut right now, and beggars can’t be choosers. After some research and recommendation by friends, it was down to between Tao or Hair and J&K Hair Salon. I decided to give the latter a try, just because it was easier to find parking compared to Tao. 🤣

It’s a few doors down from the Victoria Park woolies, so it was like, park at car park, walk 2 minutes and voila, you’re there!

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Owned by a Korean couple Aron and Alice, the establishment began back in 2010/2011, and they were already in the field prior coming to Australia. So as far as experience goes, it’s pretty decent. The store front is nothing to shout about, the interior is typical but cosy. Two Korean ladies rushed to served me as I made my way in. One asked me for my bag and jacket so that she may stow it away for me, while the other ushered me straight to the basin for a hair wash prior to the cutting session.

 

As far as hair massage goes, it’s decent but again nothing compared to many salons in Malaysia. The lady who washed my hair was very smiley and friendly, so that’s a huge plus point in my books.

 

Anyway, I requested for Alice as she was most recommended according to my research. She was very attentive and eager to please. However, I had no idea what type of hairstyle I wanted so I gave her the green light to cut it however she wanted. I always like to give free reign to the person cutting my hair, because they should know best what cut would suit my face. I did tell her though, that I didn’t mind it pixie short if it suits me, just so that she knows the extend I’d be comfortable with the length of my hair.

 

Being the nice person she is, she asked me every time she was about to make changes to my hair, like how do i like my fringe, how do i like my hair parting, etc. I guess in a way, that reassures both parties that things are going on the right track. I would say that she’s the “safe” type of hairdresser. LOL.

 

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Snip snip snip…

 

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Can you see how dry my hair is? Are those dandruff??!!!?!?!? Yikes.

 

Forty five minutes later……….. and $45 poorer. I didn’t walk out of the door feeling like a million bucks due to the past few hectic husbandless days, but I did feel a million pounds lighter and a few years younger. LOL. Plus, I have actually been getting compliments about my new hair look, so I guess it’s a good sign? 😊

 

Operation Chop Hair complete

 

Would I go back? Yeah, I would, whenever I need a “safe” trim or haircut. But I think I might just have to give Tao a try the next time I want a more drastic hair makeover. 😉

 

J & K Hair Salon

440 Albany Highway,

Victoria Park,

Western Australia

Tel: (08) 9362 6795