Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beauty Trail @ Orchard Central

I'm sure most of us are familiar with Orchard Central located at Somerset MRT Station! With its wide variety and selection of food outlets (my fav are Tanuki Raw, Kiseki and Maccha House!) which also boosts a great view of Orchard Road, Orchard Central is easily one of my favourite hang-out place in town!

However, little did I expect that there is so much more to Orchard Central than the great variety of yummy food choices and the many teenage girls' favourite – The Editor's Market. The shopping mall also has an extensive directory for beauty services, ranging from facial to massage to manicures!Just a few weeks back before I left for Korea, I went on a Beauty Trail at Orchard Central for some pampering session!

Here's what I did for a self-pampering afternoon, in the span of 3.5 hours!

I started off my Beauty Trail with a facial treatment at Epi Treatz, and I did the Lymph Drainage Bio Facial treatment!
Getting my skin checked and O M G look at those (gross) enlarged pores on my nose!!!

Was also brought through a step-by-step instruction of how my treatment was going to be carried out!
Let the facial begin!

I especially enjoyed the lymphatic massage which gave my tired skin a good lift! It was really soothing as well and my face was visibly brighter and "energized" after that! The massage around the eye area was extremely relaxing, and my eyes were less puffy and dull after that too!  I didn't even bother putting on anymore make up after that for the rest of the Beauty Trail!

Epi Treatz also has a special promotion now!!!
Lymph Drainage Radiance Facial @ $68
> - Free Hydro Collagen Eye Mask Therapy (worth $70)
- For first time customer of Epi Treatz
- For Singaporean, PR, EP and SP, aged 21 and above only
- Limited to One treatment per customer only
- Nric must be presented upon registration and redemption of services
- Prior appointment is required
- Not valid with other offers, services and promotions
- Epi Treatz reserves the right to amend the terms n conditions without prior notice.

Epi Treatz
#03-16/17/18 Orchard Central
Tel: 68845977

After the facial treatment, I was brought over to Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa for a body massage and their signature fish spa! Frankly speaking, this is the session I looked forward to the most because I LOVE getting massages and I've never tried fish spa before!!!

I think I've mentioned before in my older posts that I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, so I like my massages to be done with lots of strength (deep-tissue!) The therapist took note of how I liked my massage to be, and also took into consideration that I was having a really bad backache and slight cramps from my period. The massage was so... rejuvenating?! She focused on easing my backache (I always get backaches during period) but also made sure I didn't feel uncomfortable. After the massage, all the discomfort were eased and it was really as though my body "battery" has "recharged"!

It was really just what I needed at that point in time. Periods have always been very unkind to me :(

Then, I got to try the fish spa!! Omg I was so excited but nervous at the same time. The thought and sight of SO MANY small fishes feeding on your feet is quite... weird??? hahaha It felt like there was a phone at my feet vibrating constantly. LOL. Definitely quite an experience for a first-timer, I felt so amazed by how everything worked!! The fish spa is supposed to help remove all your dead skin on your feet, and thank goodness for that, I managed to get rid of some really stubborn dead skin on my heels from all the friction that resulted from dancing bare-footed!

Kenko Reflexology and Fish Spa
#04-10/11 Orchard Central
Tel: 65090303

After some pampering for the face and body, it's time for some pampering for the nails! We headed over to Pink Parlour for a manicure session. My nails, as I have blogged about before, are EXTREMELY short so actually there was nothing much to paint haha. But I've grown to take a liking towards having my dead skin removed and my fingernails buffed clean :)

Look at those short nails LOL

The place was cosy and really pink like the shop name suggests! You'd surely feel like a princess inside here LOL. And, I have some good news from Pink Parlour!

Duration: 1 July 2015 to 31 August 2015
For just $50, customers can purchase (either one)
  • Gel manicure in red and white 
  • Brazilian Wax
  • Boyfriend’s Brazilian Wax
  • Snow White Brazilian
*T&Cs apply
Package deals are also available and this applies for all Pink Parlour outlets!!! :)

Pink Parlour
#03-20 Orchard Central
Tel: 68845359

To end off my Beauty Trail, I checked out Fullmask located at Basement 2 of Orchard Central. It's a pretty small shop front, but the size of the shop doesn't mean it is any short of beauty goodness! Fullmask was stocked with LOTS and LOTS of Korean beauty products, from Innisfree to It's Skin to Secret Key! I was introduced to so many of the highly raved products in Korea that I am all ready to conquer Myeong Dong with confidence. (which I am doing right now!)

The popular It's Skin serums are also available here!

Animal masks!!! They're ALL over the streets in Myeongdong, pretty fast for Singapore to have it instock alr! 

The staff also generously gifted me a bottle of Secret Key's Snow White Milky Pack to try! This product is quite raved about as I've seen on reviews and the Koreans are CRAZY about whitening!!! Well, I'm still in the midst of trying the product so I can't leave my verdict so quickly. But so far, so good! Will definitely review it in depth if it works ;)

#B2-44 Orchard Central
In 3.5 hours, I was able to receive a pampering beauty session at Orchard Central from top to toe! The places I visited were just 4 out of the many, many other beauty services available at Orchard Central! It is definitely a place to bring yourself/girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/mother/father (you get it haha) as a reward or simply to pamper yourselves ;) Now that I am aware of all the available beauty services in Orchard Central through this Beauty Trail, I'm definitely gonna be at Orchard Central a lot more frequently now because it has ALL that you need to feel happy about! (Food, shopping and spas)

Embark on your own Beauty Trail at Orchard Central now! :)

Xin Lin


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My First Juice Cleanse with Daily Juice!

If you guys have already noticed from my Instagram, I recently did a 3-day juice cleanse with Daily Juice!

They had initially arranged for a 3x 1-day juice cleanse over 3 weeks for me, but I felt a little more adventurous and courageous, so I told them to send me 3 days worth straight HAHA I've never done a juice cleanse before!!! And even though my juices were sponsored, I partially decided on the juice cleanse because I've personally tried their juices before previously at The Yoga Co's official housewarming and I liked it! In a sense, I already tried their juices before I got sponsored :) Also do rest assure that every word here is according to my own account and how I feel about the cleanse for myself!

I decided to try out a juice cleanse not because I want to lose weight or be skinnier, I honestly think I am in a size I feel comfortable about even though I'm not perfect-- it's never enough when it comes to beauty, we'll never be satisfied! I embarked on a juice cleanse mainly because I really wanted to "clean" my system because since the holidays started, I've been eatings LOTS and LOTS of junk! I came back from Hong Kong with slight constipation and prior to the holidays, I also seldom eat vegetables in my everyday life.

Sometimes I really dislike my own unhealthy eating habits but thankfully I also do not eat all processed meat and some other fatty stuff like cream, mayo etc. I thought a juice cleanse was timely to help my body "restart" itself.

To be honest, I didn't lose a single kg during my cleanse!!! But the weighing scale doesn't even matter that much to me in the first place. They're just numbers. I used to be crazy about the numbers too but they do not tell you your body's fat and/or muscle composition. Numbers alone doesn't reflect health. I hope girls out there will realise this too!!!

During the 3 days of my cleanse, my bowel system was soooo regular that I think I really got rid of everything hahaha. I didn't lose any weight, but my tummy was definitely flatter, if there is a "physical" change I observe. I found it amazing how I survive those 3 days solely on the 6 bottles of juices sent to me daily! (fine, I did cheat a litttttlllleeeeeee but they were all within the "acceptable" stuff in the guide sent to me! eg green tea)

Let's take a quick look into the 6 bottles I consumed daily for 3 days! (consumed in chronological order)

1) Barnie (Beet, Carrot, Apple, Lemon & Ginger)
This bottle was the easiest to consume because tbh, I wake up every morning so hungry that I'd quickly gulp everything down!!! It is suggested that we prepare ourselves with a cup of lemon water before starting the cleanse :) The beet was of an acceptable taste to me and I actually looked forward to drinking this bottle!

2) Krypto (Green Apple, Romaine, Spinach, Cucumber, Lemon & Parsley)
Because I'm not someone who ever likes vegetables, this bottle was SO HARD for me to finish on the first day when I had it for the first time!!! I literally cringed so badly at the taste of vegetables  (mainly parsley omg) HAHAHA It felt like when I was younger and my mum forced me to eat vegetables when I clearly hated it. The veg taste is very strong in this because well, it's made from veg!! Thankfully, things got better from the 2nd day onwards and I took half the time I took to finish the drink as compared to Day 1 of the cleanse haha

3) B.Smooth (Mixed Berries, Banana, Apple, Natural Yoghurt, Chia Seeds)
I let my friends and mum taste a mouthful of this and they all loved it. Like it's their favourite out of all the sips/mouthfuls I've let them try. I also heard from the owners of Daily Juice that this is a hot and popular selling item in their shop/store! But personally for me, I liked it but it's definitely not my favourite LOL. The sole reason being the banana taste is soooo strong! I know I sound weird but I don't eat bananas so for me, this was tough to be a favourite although I have to agree that the smoothie on the whole tastes really great! Nothing terrible at all, it just feels like you're drinking a normal smoothie! If you're fine with or LOVE bananas, you'd love this definitely!

4) 'Sup doc (Carrot, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon & Tumeric)

Personal fav! This was the bottle I first tried, even before I got started on my cleanse! Everything in this bottle goes well on my palate and for the first time, I think carrot juice can be yummy HAHAHA like... it's such a great mix! And this bottle is very, very filling. Or rather, I happen to always be SUPER HUNGRY right before drinking this bottle and this bottle makes my stomach happy!:)

5) Pepplemint (Pineapple, Apple & Mint)

This bottle is soooooo sweet!!! If I have to rank the 6 bottles, this bottle would be the last on the list for me :( The pineapple taste is too overpowering and sweet, and I can't really taste any mint actually. I always struggle to finish this bottle because it's too sweet for me :'( 

6) White Rabbit (Almonds/Cashew, Himalayan Pink Salt, Agave/Dates, Vanilla, Alkaline Water)
My second fav bottle! I haven't tried nut mylk in my life ever before so tasting this for the first time does feel a little funny! Like being introduced to a new food and being unable to decide whether I like it or not... you get what I mean??? Hahaha but I slowly fell in love with this!!! I even headed back down to Daily Juice to grab a bottle of White Rabbit for myself a week after I'm done with juice cleanse :)

So... actually the juices weren't yucky at all and in fact it's quite nice! It's really just like drinking juice just that you have to solely drink juice only which might be the tough part. I'd get soooo hungry  at 4pm-ish but funnily, at night I always have to force myself to finish my drinks cos I am alr so full!! 

And it's been weeks and i think a month after I've done the cleanse and my appetite has definitely became a lot smaller! I seldom crave for oily/fried/sinful food now and I also eat lesser carbs and all. It really feels like a little rejuvenation for my digestive system :) 

For those who are interested, I'm pretty happy to let you know that Daily Juice's juices don't cost a bomb at all!!! I've seen juice cleanse selling for a few hundreds... But a 1 day juice cleanse is only at $55 and a 3 day one at $163!!! It's much much more affordable than many sites I've seen... Considering on doing another cleanse after I'm back from Korea! Hehe or you can also buy ala-carte bottles of juices from them! They also have a physical store for you to visit which makes everything even better :)

Also, from now till 31st August, simply quote "XINLINxDAILYJUICE" to enjoy 10% off for a la carte juices and cleanse!!

Daily Juice 
20 Lorong Telok #01-01
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8am-6pm