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February 2015

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London lovin’!

February 12, 2015
London’s defo one of my favourite cities for now but I’m biased cos I went during Christmas and shopping was sick! Besides the shopping, I love how it’s a vibrant and energetic city that’s very all rounded. And I certainly appreciate the fact that everyone speaks english cos I died in Paris trying to communicate. Anyhoos, picture time!
The all famous Monmouth coffee near Borough Market!
I love Borough market’s atmosphere and I’m definitely going back the next time I’m in London. I didn’t really get to try a lot of nice food but I think it was cos we didn’t know which stalls to go, and the cheese toasties I wanted weren’t for sale during Christmas :/
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park was….meh for me. I felt it was a bit overrated and way too cold for me to enjoy 🙁
Super yummy turkey dish at The Wolseley where we had our Christmas brunch! I highly recommend The Wolseley for breakfast. It’s lavish and serves GREAT food albeit a bit pricey. Must go in London!
Buckingham palace!
The big ben and westminster abbey are soooooooooo pretty!!! I have seen big ben pictures before I went and I thought, it’s just a clock lor what’s the big deal but nooooo it’s very grand and majestic! I love it!
Trafalgar square!
Afternoon tea at English Tea Room at the famous Brown’s hotel. Be prepared to spend a bomb if you’re planning to go. We wanted to have a high tea set to share but it was 80 pounds per person! That’s a whopping $160SGD for high tea PER PERSON. In the end, Ange and I ordered 2 pots of tea and 2 slices of cake, and it already cost us around $40SGD each!
Piccadilly Circus at night!
This is the only photo I took on Boxing day cos I was busy shopping! Boxing day sale in London is insane! Everything was 40-70% off and the shops open at 8am so people can shop longer. So sad we only started at 2pm cos we overslept 🙁 But we managed to comb Piccadily circus, Selfridges and a bit of Oxford street! I’m not really big on Oxford cos it’s all high street and I feel it isn’t a lot cheaper? The only high street brands I like are Zara and Topshop so it was quite meh. Prefer Soho and Piccadily. Wish I had more time to shop more though, feel like I didn’t buy enough!
Rushed off to catch Wicked musical after that which was soooooo good and funny! 36 pounds well spent!
Tower Bridge!
Samba Sushi for dinner! Yummy and great view!
Had to try the best red velvet cupcakes in London so made a trip to Hummingbird Bakery. Certainly did not disappoint, and other flavours were good too.
Christmas themed cupcakes!
Shopping in Bicester Village which is one hour train ride away from London but so worth it!!! The branded goods there were so cheap. I bought my YSL trainers for only 100 pounds! And they have a pretty wide range of brands like Prada, YSL, Celine, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo and even BOSE!! Regret not buying myself the noise cancelling earphones urgh :/
Four Seasons duck!!! The best duck ever! So ironic that the supposedly best duck in the world is in London but it’s opened by Hong Kongers (: Love it and it’s not expensive!
Ahhhh I miss London so so so much! Someone teleport me there now!
In London, we stayed in Airbnb as well to cut cost cos hotels there aren’t cheap at all during Christmas especially if you want to stay in the city centre. Our big apartment was only $46 per person per night, super cheap!!!

 

The apartment wasn’t fancy but it was sufficient and spacious for the 4 of us! What I like about the apartment was the proximity to the underground station and how the city was so accessible from where we were! We were staying in zone 2 (the main area is zone 1) and the train ride to places like Oxford and all took less than 15 mins. Also, we got a 7-day pass for unlimited rides in zone 1 and 2 so it was perfect!
The apartment came with a kitchenette so we made breakfast almost everyday and did our laundry every few days. If I were to go to London again, I’ll definitely airbnb it again cos English homes are damn pretty! The next time I’ll probably stay in an English house or a stylish loft smacked in Soho! Lemme show you some really gorgeous ones below $200/night!







 So pretty and unique yet so affordable! I’m not lying when I say I’m addicted to surfing Airbnb, I do it at least once a week hehe.
Sign up and get $33 off your first Airbnb stay when you book with my Airbnb page! Go get lost in this wanderlust spirit!
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Sophia
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Non-incisional Double Eyelid Surgery @ Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery

February 9, 2015

*UPDATE*

It’s been 2 years since my double eyelid surgery using the scarless suture method described below and sadly my double eyelid creases have almost completely faded away…. I’ve actually scheduled a NEW appointment to get my eyelids done, via the incisional method this time, because I really want it to last! I decided not to go back to the same clinic and I’ve found a new surgeon that I trust and can’t wait to share this experience with you guys. My new doc’s website is www.allureplasticsurgery.sg and his name is Dr Samuel Ho.

Stay tuned!

Anyhoos… soon I’ll be an expert on different double eyelid techniques having gone through both lol! Here’s my old post on the non-incisional scarless method which you can still read about. Honestly it was good, while it lasted…

*Disclaimer*

 
Those of you who follow me on Ig for awhile now would know that I went through a double eyelid surgery last November. Before I go into details about the surgery, I just want to say I’m neither encouraging nor discouraging anyone on plastic surgery or any other forms of aesthetic enhancement. Personally, I’ve always been one who’s more on the “nay to plastic” side so it took me quite some time before deciding to get my eyelids done which is honestly? possibly one of the best decisions ever.

This is my first and very likely to be the last (unless the double eyelid fades off/disappears over time) since I’m content with my overall looks. Besides I still stand by, imperfections make perfections. So, it’s your call honey! Now, let’s get to the deets and peeks.

 

 

So the whole process started with a quick consultation on how high I want my lids to be. The nurse used toothpick to help me create temporary lids to show me the different heights and difference between parallel and tapered eyelid, and how it would look like after surgery. I picked parallel in the end cos tapered is too natural-looking for my liking. Here’s the difference between tapered and parallel.

Pic cr : 8asians.com

 

She dotted the final line with a pen so it acts as a reference for the doctor. Easy peasy!

So here’s my final choice. The doctor also explained to me beforehand that my eyelids on both eyes might turn out slightly uneven due to the difference in my brow bone height and the amount of fats I have on each eyelid. Thankfully he did a pretty good job and the difference isn’t very big. I don’t think there are perfect double eyelids cos both eyes are unfortunately and naturally somewhat different from one another. Eg my left eye is bigger than my right and my left brow bone is lower so it kinda makes my fats more compact leading to sometimes multiple eyelids which to me is fine (: Got double can already hahahah.

 

Not the final look of course but fortunately my eyelids weren’t very swollen right after surgery. It only started swelling up the next day!

Healing process 

As you can see the first 4 days my left eye wasn’t healing as well as the right and I panicked! I called the doctor up and he reassured me that it’s completely normal for one eye to heal faster and violaaaaa, he’s right!



Scarring also went down by a lot within 6 days and now I have no scar at all! Nobody can tell I did my eyes even when my eyes are closed.

This was 2 weeks later when I could start applying make up on my eyes.

I took so long to blog about this cos I wanted to give my eyes a few months and see if anything went wrong cos after all I wouldn’t want to get any of your eyes into trouble! It’s been almost 3 months since my surgery and all is well! It’s the best feeling to wake up looking prettier without any make up and double eyelids certainly help to cut down on my eye make up by A LOT! I hardly use eyeliner anymore. Maybe just once a week when I attend events or go out at night? I really really love it and wish I did it earlier. On some days I’ll still get triple eyelids on my left eye after a long day but I know it’s not my doctor’s fault. It’s just my brow bone born this way and I’m cool with it. Now here are some photos taken yesterday with no eyeliner!

 

 

 

 

It’s very natural-looking but not too subtle. Best part is that I still look like myself which is something I don’t want to change so phewwwww thank God I found the right clinic and the right doctor who could deliver what I want exactly.
FAQ time!

 

What I did?
I did parallel double eyelid surgery using the non-incisional technique also known as the suture method. Basically, it’s a non-incisional method that requires NO cutting but just stitching. Basically, it compresses an indentation into place and the whole surgery takes only 20 minutes under local anesthesia. I chose to stitch instead of cut because of various reasons. Firstly, it’s scarless and full recovery takes only about 2 weeks which is really short compared to the incisional method. Secondly, it’s reversible. So if I didn’t like my eyelids after the 1st surgery, I can have a revision procedure to perfect/adjust it which you can’t do for the incisional method. I definitely don’t want to regret only after the surgery and not be able to do anything about it since it’s for life! A lot of people told me that suture method doesn’t last as long as cutting but I was assured by my doctor that the new suture method lasts longer than the traditional method or could possibly last permanently if I take care of it. I went for high eyelids so it look nice with make up as well!
Why did I do it?
I’ve always wanted double eyelids since young but it never hit me to undergo an eyelid surgery until last year. The eyes to me, is one of the most important features on the face and double eyelids help to brighten up your overall look. Some people thought that I’ve had double eyelids all along cos of my photos. But that’s because 1.I could fake double eyelids by forcing it out but it only last for like 30 seconds, 2. I used to draw a line across my lid with eyebrow pencil and made it look like I have double eyelids, 3. I have a soft line across my eyelids but it doesn’t fold when I look straight. It only folds and forms double eyelid when I look up (see pic below for better understanding).
So I kinda had it but not really which was annoying. Initially I thought I could just draw the line across my eyes for my entire lifetime but I realised that each time I drew, I was exerting force across my eyelid which might expedite the formation of wrinkles! Also, it looked ugly when I closed my eyes cos the drawn line would be evident. So after much consideration, I told myself OKAY LET’S JUST GET MY EYELIDS DONE ONCE AND FOR ALL. Don’t need to force it or draw it anymore!

Where did I do it and how much it cost?

I did it in Singapore at Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery. The main reason why I chose Singapore over Korea/Taiwan was cos if anything went wrong, I could bring it straight up to my doctor conveniently and immediately. Imagine if I did it overseas and something cocks up after I’m back, then how????? Spend another $1.5K on air ticket and hotel to fly up to fix it? Secondly, I trust Singapore doctors and Singapore’s surgical system. If I’m going through a surgery, I need to know I’m in good hands and that the surgical equipments are spanking clean. Most people have this misconception that Singapore has no good plastic surgeons and all the good ones are in Korea but that’s not true! No doubt, Korea has more plastic surgeons but there are a handful of good ones in Singapore. You just gotta research and look! And that leads me to my second point, an established clinic and an experienced doctor.My surgeon has a long list of accolades and achievements in the field of plastic surgery. He specialises in double eyelid surgery and has operated on more than 500 patients. He trained at Hanyang University Hospital in South Korea and acquired many surgical techniques unique to Korean plastic surgery. You can read more about him here. Centre for Cosmetic works with many big names like Utt and Jamie Chua who look so amazing at their age and they are really professional and experienced so I didn’t hesitate too much. They also specialise in other concerns like hair-loss, breast augmentation etc etc. The clinic is conveniently located in Orchard so it’s very centralised! If you’re worried about post-surgery swollen eyes, don’t worry! It doesn’t swell much on the day itself. I even went laptop shopping after my surgery hahah. I won’t even consider it much of a surgery since it’s only 20 mins and doesn’t even have open wounds. It’s even faster than my secondary school Home Econs sewing class!
Cost of surgery : $2988+ inclusive of GST
I say that’s a good price considering I got to do it in my comfort zone.

 

 

 

Was it painful and how long was the recovery phase?

The local anaesthesia jabs were rather painful but tolerable. It was just that few seconds of discomfort anyways then you won’t be able to feel a thing anymore. The surgery itself was not painful AT ALL. I  was awake but I couldn’t feel a thing. Post surgery wasn’t painful as well, just a bit uncomfortable cos of the swelling and tightness. Swelling and tightness will ease out within a week.I have to warn you first that the day you do your surgery, your eyes won’t be very swollen. It only comes on the next day and it might look a bit nasty so be prepared to stay home for at least 3-5 days.Is non-incisional method suitable for everyone?Generally, it’s more suitable for people below 26 years old cos there isn’t a lot of fats on your eyelid yet. People with fatty eyelid are encouraged to go for incisional method so you can extract the fats out at the same time. Of course, if you’re past that age but don’t have fatty lids then non-incisional method is okay for you too. It’s better to have a consultation with the doctor first (:

When did I start applying eye make up and start wearing contact lenses?


I started doing both 10 days after surgery but you can apply make up on the rest of your face the whole time!

I’ve tried to cover as much as I can in this blog post but feel free to email me if you wanna know anything else that I’ve left out here!
sophia.chong@hotmail.com

And for those who are interested in getting your eyelids done in Singapore, you should definitely consider doing it in Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery! They have a few outlets depending on the treatments you want to do so I went to their centre for cosmetic rejuvenation & surgery for my double eyelid procedure.
Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery
1 Scotts Rd
#03-03A Shaw Centre Singapore 228208

Tel: 6235 9911
SMS/Whatsapp: 8809 9172

Operating Hours:
Mon to Wed, and Fri: 10am – 6pm.
Thurs: 10am – 8pm.
Sat: 10am – 3pm
Sun and PH: ClosedXX
Sophia
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3D Eyebrow Embroidery!

February 3, 2015
Remember 1 year ago I blogged about my eyebrow embroidery here and the touch up+final look here?
I recently went back to Amy Beauty Link to do again cos it has faded off quite a bit after a year and I’m really getting super lazy to use eyebrow pencil. I wanted my brows thick enough that I don’t have to draw them anymore! Went back to Amy cos I genuinely trust them with my brows (my dad and friends go there too!). Quite a lot of eyebrow specialists approached me last year for sponsorship but I didn’t take up any cos Amy’s the best!
Here’s my before brow!
Looks more faded in real life though but still quite dark for 1 year after embroidery!
And here’s one day after my eyebrow embroidery
Hahah very dark cos it’s only the 1st day!
Changed the shape of my brows a bit to make the front of my brows lower so it kinda help to define my nose more. Also raised my arch slightly more so it looks more feminine! I’m not really into the korean straight brows but they can do any shape you want. Angel, my eyebrow specialist, will draw my brows to the shape I want before starting so that I can adjust before confirming!
The first few days of your embroidery will be very very dark but it will fade off after 4-5 days and it will look very natural and nice after that!
Here’s my brow without drawing on day 5!
I love it so much! Don’t need to draw anymore heheh. Of course you don’t have to do until so dark, you can choose whatever shape and level of darkness you want. Eyebrows are really SUPER important cos it frames your whole face.
My dad did embroidery with me last year and here’s the pic! He just went back to touch up also hahah.
I highly recommend Amy Beauty Link for eyebrows!
Hurry call them and book before CNY k, cos they are very busy during CNY.
Usual price is $450
My readers pay : $398 (with a complimentary touch up)
Just remember to quote my name when you call!


AMY BEAUTY LINK INTERNATIONAL
Far East Plaza
#05-72/73
Tel : 67382180
 
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Sophia
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