Sunday, 22 May 2016

One of the changes blogging has brought me was to force myself out of my introvert comfort zone. To be honest, until now, people can still sense my shyness when they are aware of my quietness. Sometimes, it is not being shy to talk, but lost of words to speak of. 

I was never the model material although people might say I look like one, perhaps out of courtesy, perhaps just because of my height. However, I feel lucky to be able to at least experience this for a second time. (;

Without further a due, let's roll the negatives and get the photo shoot starting!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Last year around April / May, it was those days when I would pick up freelance jobs to get additional income. Needless to say, I got pretty excited when I stumble across job opportunities with fair pay. It was a day / 2 day hair show model job I found out about through a friend.

To be honest, the haircut does look a little bizarre and hard to blend in with the current normality. That's where the pay comes in I guess. After enquiry at the salon (located at Damansara Perdana), I was shown the hairstyle which I will get, informed about hair dye, requirement to be engaged for 2 days and of course the pay.

I was ready albeit a little reluctant about the change of hairstyle. I persuaded myself that I can always get a change or hairstyle later on if I want to. Proceed with it I did, and this is the outcome. Yes, it's the style of a punk rocker back to your momma's era. Looks fine.. but only on appearance.

It was the most horrific experience I ever had in all my experience of having a hair makeover in a salon. Something I did not expect at all to experience in this salon where they are distributors of big names of hair products.

Firstly, there was no communication between the team. My hair was bleached once, to strip off my current hair colour. The bleaching was a long process and it actually hurts because they applied it up to my roots and scalp. It was then dyed some super saiyan pink. Yes, pink like the cardigan on me in the above picture. Trust me, it definitely looks attention seeking, Nevermind this colour, I'll probably dye it off with a darker colour after the show. 

However, to my horror, the hairstylist in charge of the show came over and told the head of the salon that this colour is not the one he wanted and this pink won't do. It was really mind boggling! After a short conversation, they compromise on the decision to give me another bleach tomorrow for a change of colour. 

You have no idea how bad it was to have to hear this decision. Bleaching round two. Definitely gonna hurt like hell when the first one already hurts. 

My hair is already wet (chinese proverb), the show has to go on. I brave my self towards the next day of bleaching. Horrible enough, again, they painted the bleach on my scalp. It feel exactly like adding salt to the wound, except that this is some freakin' chemical bleach! (sorry about my language but I still feel upset as I am writing this) Even when I told them it is hurting, they choose to tell me; this is not suppose to hurt, perhaps your scalp is sensitive. So it means I have to bear with it?

Deep down, I feel really disappointed, mad and stupid. Yes, stupid that I actually trusted this place to be professional and know what they are doing. If they are really experience and knowledgeable, I really don't know what to comment on their reaction towards me informing them of the burning sensation their bleach is causing me.

Even after the first bleach, I could feel a thick patch of dry skin on my scalp, their bleaching probably scalded my scalp. Which leads to why it was like sitting on a hell's chair during the second day of bleaching.

After the event, my scalp condition deteriorated even more. The condition of scalp on my sideburn keep drying up. Patches of dry scalp would peel off, just to be replaced with another layer of dry scalp. It was not like a wound healing over time. The picture itself also shows that the dye has even got into my flesh. That's how scalded my scalp is.

I contacted the person whom I liaise with and informed her about the condition this job left me with. She asked me to go over so that she could examine the problem and told me to come for treatment every week but I don't think that's feasible, considering that my home is so far away. Imagine going over there everyday takes more than 1 hour drive.. The petrol and time I have to sacrifice, and it all sums up to doing a job which instead of earning, will cause me to fork out money instead.

I went for the hair and scalp treatment which she told me can also be done at home as no machinery were used, instead just application of chemical, leave it for a period of time and wash off. Hair condition might have felt better but there was no improvement on the scalp.

2 months later, condition of scalp is still in the state of fluctuation. It gets a little bit better and then worse off again. Once a while, the condition got so bad that I get acne growing on my scalp as well. Honestly, it feels dreadful everyday.

Since they do not have the utensils to give proper professional treatment for my condition which I would deem serious and worrying, I asked if they do provide compensations so that I can go for proper treatment at a skin clinic. Instead, she told me to drop by for another round of examination and treatment. This time around, I was given a set of products to use at home;

1. La Biosthetique Shampooing Lipokerine - The shampoo does help to improve healing on the wound but it was still drying and hair feels coarse and dry too. I always dreaded when it was time to wash my hair because the experience was stressful. Imagine washing a head of coarse and tangles hair. I was told that no conditioning was needed but it left my hair in a mess.

2. La Biosthetique Lotion Ergines E - This lotion was cooling but once it dries off, the condition comes back exactly the same. It was good for soothing but do not really promote any improvement.

My scalp condition got better but it didn't heal completely. It healed to the stage where scalp on my sideburn was still dry with fine white flakes, and definitely itching all the time. When the itchiness was unbearable, I would lightly rub it with my finger and that will cause the fine dried skins (kinda like powder) to drop off and my scalp would sting again. 

I am not gonna lie but since this incident at the salon, my confidence drop drastically and I became very self conscious. I would care about how I look even more and looking at my hair and scalp condition, I do get upset and it affects my mood for the day. It does make me feel stressful.

I would try to smile, style it off but most of the days, but deep down inside, it didn't feel good at all. It was bad hair day most of the time.

I didn't tell anyone about it and would brush it off when some one told me that my hair condition is horrible, just to not worry them and lie to myself that everything is fine, just to feel better.

On December 2015, I paid a visit to A Cut Above for a scalp treatment and the stylist told me that if this still doesn't help, I should definitely pay a visit to the doctor instead. Verdict, I paid a few hundred for the treatment and it didn't help. Stress.

In 2016, I stop using the shampoo they provided and changed to Moist,  Diane . Unknowingly, my condition started to improve. No more dry flakes and dandruff. 

Finally, about 1 year later, the wound was pretty much healed. Every salon I went to, they told me my hair and scalp condition is not in a good shape. Only time can heal it overtime.

I have learnt my lesson not to trust even a salon who is a distributor of well-known brand products or a well-known salon. Never going to leave my hair and scalp in their hands anymore until I get a full detail of what they will be doing.

Glad that everything's finally returning to normal except for an inch of damaged hair.

I'm a happy girl now and my confidence is back. (:

Most importantly, learnt my lesson.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

In this fast forward moving era, most women speak only of women empowerment and equality.

While fighting for women rights, trying to create these impactful changes, more often that not, the world lack those who enlighten women about understanding of their own physical and psychology needs.

A woman's sexual well-being, to be exact. It is not surprising that many well-educated women in Asia actually lack information when it comes to understanding and taking care of their sexual wellness. After all, Asia has always been known as the continent with the more reserved races and hence the taboo of such topic.

It's really about time women are infused with knowledge of their sexual wellness and how to make the best out of it!. A big thanks to Smile Makers for bringing us another step forward.

It's been many ten years since women stop playing the role of just being a housewife. More women has been given the equal opportunity towards basic education, then higher education, then to join the working society, the discussion tables and be important decision makers. All these responsibilities come with commitment and stress which can take a toll on a woman's well-being.

With greater responsibilities, comes more stress and it is important to balance it out to be at your best! Don't you agree? Hence the importance of taking care of one's sexual well-being! Many women not well informed about their own sexual well-being might have been feeling rather stressful and that there's something missing but could never figure out what it was. 

Let's read on to check if I have a solution to your problem here!

The general public might define Sexual Wellness as nothing else but just a fun and intimate personal moment of pleasure seekers. Evolution has brought us to understand that Sexual Wellness is much more than that, playing a crucial part in better health and happiness through the state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.

The benefit of sexual fulfillment can make you live longer, have a better career success and greater overall well-being!   

Two hormones play some major role in sexual satisfaction;
A pleasurable hormone, the Oxytocin widely known as the Love Hormone alongside other names such as the hug hormone, cuddle hormone and blissful hormone released in the brain floods the body with feeling of relaxation and happiness during teasing moments of a sexual activity. When achieving orgasm, endorphin is released into the body, responsible towards a feel-good pleasure and satisfaction  moment. 

So, now have your found the missing link in your overall well-ness?

Smile Makers products has recently been introduced into the local market creating awareness and encouraging improvement of woman sexual well-being. 

Revolutionizing the world of sexual well-being Smile Makers is on a mission to normalize the sexual well-being category as a natural and healthy part of beauty care and life. They are very serious about their mission and this can been seen through the effort they put into the design, material and other important considerations of their products.

Unlike the general, Smile Makers has put effort to thoroughly study the specific sexual needs of women and came up with  4 sleek personal massager designs. 

Without further a due, introducing the 4 professionals;
  • The Fireman - the man who knows his way around a fiery situation and is mighty skilled at cooling things down. He's gentle and starts his way from the outside with a soft tease.
  • The Frenchman - the cunning linguist, he may speak in a foreign tongue but sure knows what he's talking about! He uses his tongue to slide his way through, his tease tickles!
  • The Millionaire - the classic gentleman and an all-rounder, he's here to pleasure you like the princess you are. Being the millionaire, he knows his way through almost every corner!
  • The Tennis Coach - the sculpted and fit sportsman with a forehand stroke designed to take a very specific aim. He knows your special soft spot and targets like no other. 

4 sleek designs with very specific function, and comes in the most pretty colours, women will be attracted at first sight even before they know these men. Get to know them a little more and you will be more than happy to know that they are completely phthalate-free, and made with super-smooth 100% body-safe, FDA-approved silicone.

Being their thoughtful self, Smile Makers have also recently launched a range of personal lubricants to enhance women experience with their man or men preventing experience of intrusive dryness and discomfort. Being the "gentleman" to women out there, they have again, put women first during the formulation of the lubricants.

The 3 types of personal lubricants are;

  • Little Light Liquid - lubricant formulated for a natural sensation hence it's light texture.
  • Stay Silky Serum - silky and soft, this soothing lubricant nourishes for a smoother, velvety feel, fulfilling you need for a smooth ride.
  • Generous Gel - rich and luxurious textured, this ultra-sensorial lubricant provides the right amount of cushioning. Free yourself from all worries because this gel will take care of everything for you. :)
Taking cues from the world of luxury skin care, Smile Makers personal lubricants are water-based, pH-optimal and uses only the highest purity of ingredients available. 

They contains a natural plant extract (DPG - a natural extract frin the licorice root) which is a natural anti-irritant and regenerates skin. Safe to announce, they are also paraben free (replaced with pharma-grade salt as preservative), and fragrance free.

I hope to have helped women explore and understand more of their body and overall wellness needs in this new demanding era with  this new found information and am excited to discover more about their own body for a better overall wellness! 

Sexual well-being is not all about the pleasure anymore but creating a healthy and beauty part of a woman. 

Smile Makers Personal Massager + Lubricant

Sunday, 1 May 2016

So things might have settled down and little and I could slip in some me time to relax and unwind. (to counter the current pressure)

What's more enjoyable than to explore new places and lift off the current reality for a bit!

I've been eyeing this place for sometime but never take the initiative to check it out because..

one. I never really had some one who would tag along with me for this.
two. I heard it was pretty pricey (considering it's only a bowl of salad)

so.. yea, procrastination beats me to it. Haha..