Beauty Hope: Meridian Bo Jin Facial Review

beauty hope waterloo

I have to be dragged to facial treatments because I don’t particularly enjoy them (especially the extraction process… OMG) and you will never know what the therapists apply onto your face. As a female pal told me once, these therapists may point to the shiny bottles and jars in their cabinets and say that’s the branded stuff that’s going onto your face. But once the lights are dimmed and your eyes are closed, who’s to know what exactly they apply for you? So it was with a little bit of trepidation, buoyed by reading the (likely sponsored) online reviews of Beauty Hope, that we popped by Waterloo Centre. The staff wear floral headbands and seem pretty friendly, so I saw that as a good sign.

I find the notices pasted everywhere “for gentlemen” quite hilarious too! πŸ˜€

beauty hope review

Their notices for the gentlemen are everywhere. I suppose the staff get many indecent proposals.

The first thing I noticed upon entering the treatment ‘room’, which was basically just a partitioned corner, was that the bedding seems a little worn out. But everything appeared to be clean, at least.

However, the sound-proofing was non-existent. I could very clearly hear the client + therapist speaking on the other side of the partition (not wall). They were talking about someone’s husband having an affair, and after the gossip was over, they chatted about their height and weight and who supposedly looks younger / lighter than whom. *eye roll*

The facial treatment itself wasn’t too bad, though the product sometimes got into my nostrils or between my lips. Otherwise, the therapist (whom I’m guessing is Malaysian based on the accent) was gentle enough.

And the effects last for about 2 to 3 days, and not the 7 they promised. Basically you get cleaner and brighter skin for a couple of days. And without the extraction, there’s no reddening and no pain as well.

~ But the ‘sales’ portion was a bit troubling ~

What I found most mind-boggling was that I thought I’d given them an objection they cannot counter, when I said the facial is good but the soundproofing is horrid. Wait, scratch that. There’s zero soundproofing.

Yet they still insisted on having us pay something. Whether it was $880, half of that, $100 and eventually even $30. I hate desperation. Don’t you?

And I think it’s also a rather sly move to have the two therapists who’d done the facials for us be the ones to sell us something too. I find it much easier to turn down someone who had done nothing for me, such as a sales consultant who has been sitting out there at the front desk the entire time.

Would I go back to Beauty Hope? NO.

Would I recommend you visit them? Yes. Why? If you are there for treatments, it is fine. Say if you have a problem with sagging skin, or need help with weight loss, or if you simply need a listening ear ‘cos you need to rant, this place seems right for that.

If you want to have a relaxing facial and massage session and bliss out on the bed, and catch up on much-needed sleep, then this probably isn’t the place for you. But otherwise, I think the service is good, the therapists are quite skilled, and the prices are not too expensive.

Get Your New Hair Color At This Japanese Hair Salon in Singapore

Belleza De Midori

[ Images courtesy of Belleza De Midori ]

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the hairstyles and hair colors favored by Japanese ladies versus Singaporean ladies? Do you know how to pick the right shade to match your complexion and how to help that color last a little longer? We posed these questions and more to two of the stylists at Belleza De Midori, a Japanese hair salon located in Velocity at Novena Square. If you’ve read the previous blogpost, you’ll know that together with fellow blogger Tiffany, I got a new hairdo at this salon.

Yuan (pictured below) was the stylist who gave Tiffany a new hair color (or perhaps I should say ‘colors’ as there were three). He patiently explained which of the Hoyu hair colors would suit her complexion, provide a chic and natural look, and still look good even when her hair gets longer and she hasn’t done any touch-ups.

japanese salon singapore

Top 3 Tips From The Stylists At Belleza De Midori:

#1: Pick a hairstyle and hair color that suits your lifestyle. Do you lead a hectic lifestyle and often fail to have enough time in the morning to tong your hair properly? Choose a simpler and easier-to-manage hairstyle. For a more natural look, have your stylist pick a color that suits your complexion.

#2: Use color shampoos if you want your new hair color to last a little longer. Your regular scalp or treatment shampoos have harsher chemicals compared to color shampoos, so you’ll find that these harsh chemicals strip your hair of its new color a lot faster.

#3: Wait for a month before changing your hair color (again). Give your hair and scalp some time to rest before getting yet another hair color. Unless you need regular hair color changes for work (maybe you’re a model?) or if the previous stylist did a bad job of coloring your hair, it’s advisable to stick with your new hair color for at least a month before thinking of changing it.

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Yuan is a stylist from Malaysia, who has been working here in Singapore for almost 7 years. Yusaku is Japanese and has spent more than a decade working as a hair stylist in Japan, Australia and now, Singapore! Tiffany and I asked them some questions and you’ll see a snippet in the video below.

And if you’ve not watched the previous video, here it is:

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~ Ready for a new hairstyle / look? ~

I’d highly recommend you make an appointment before heading down to the salon as the stylists have a busy schedule. CallΒ 6358 2900 to book a timeslot. *Psst… there’s 20% discount if you are appointing either Yusaku or Yuan to be your stylist for the day. πŸ™‚ Tell them you read this blogpost. πŸ˜‰

Belleza De Midori is located at #03-43/44 of Velocity, Novena Square.

Belleza De Midori novena square

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Belleza De Midori. πŸ™‚

Belleza De Midori: Highly Recommended Japanese Hair Salon in Singapore

Japanese hairstylist singapore

The ultimate indulgence: having two hairstylists blow-dry your hair at once. πŸ˜€ Tiffany is one lucky girl!

Earlier this month, I met my new pal, Tiffany, for an afternoon of hair pampering at Belleza De Midori, a Japanese hair salon located at Velocity in Novena Square.Β I’ve only been to Belleza De Midori twice. The first time was during their weekend peak hour – I walked in, saw that everyone was busy, and walked right out. πŸ˜€ With Tiffany, we’d made an appointment for a weekday afternoon, right after lunchtime, and it was less crowded.Β I even enjoyed a quick session of their highly-popular hair spa treatment as I was waiting for Tiffany to arrive. Check out the “nano steam” machine they use in the video below. πŸ™‚

Yusaku, who is Japanese, was my hair stylist. He seemed pretty impressed despite my limited knowledge of the Japanese language. I can only do the simplest of self-introductions, like so: “Konnichiwa! Watashi wa Grace desu. Dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.” πŸ˜€

I’ll have a “cut-to”, please πŸ˜€

Japanese hair salon in singapore

And here’s a quick video I shot of our afternoon of hair and scalp pampering:

I think there are three main reasons why Belleza De Midori is so popular:

#1: The Stylists’ Professionalism

They know what you need even when you might not be so sure yourself as to what sort of hair style or color you want. Tiffany had about 6 different hair colors she’d wanted to try, and had trouble deciding on one.

I’d initially wanted to get a short bob that ends just above the chin-level. Yusaku asked if I would be tying my hair frequently. I said “no”, but with some hesitation. I wasn’t exactly sure if the recent hot weather in SG would force me to have to tie up my hair even after getting it cut. I think he picked up on that and gave my hair just a trim so I’d still be able to tie up my hair when necessary. πŸ˜€

As for Tiffany, she’d eventually decided she wanted to dye her hair red. I don’t even know how to describe this color she’d chosen when she last got her hair dyed. Copper? It’s pretty evident that the black roots are showing. That’s one downside of getting a new hair color that has a big contrast with your original hair color.

best hair salon in singapore

So Yuan, a stylist from Malaysia, recommended that instead of dyeing her hair bright red (which wouldn’t suit her complexion), he’d give her a more natural look with a darker color at the crown (so you won’t see much of a color contrast when the hair grows out), a redder tone in the middle and finally some violet towards the end. It’s kind of like an ‘ombre’ effect but done in a classy, inconspicuous manner.

Here’s Yuan explaining which colors work best for Tiffany:

japanese salon singapore

The hair colors are from Hoyu, which “enjoys the largest market share in Japan”. Little wonder why.

And here’s our before-and-after pictures:

Belleza De Midori

Tiffany’s new hair color looks so natural. And this new haircut suits me better as it frames my face, making it look instantly smaller. Muahaha! πŸ˜€

#2: The Very Reasonable Pricing:

Belleza De Midori price menu

For such a central location (at Novena Square), the prices are indeed affordable. Also, the salon uses premium Aveda products (from USA), Hoyu hair colors (from Japan) and they import the machines used for hair treatments from Japan.

There’s also a further 20% discount if you’re appointing either Yusaku or Yuan to be your stylist for the day. πŸ™‚

#3: The Friendly Vibe / Atmosphere

The stylists are friendly without being nosy, and are certainly not pushy. They also have a good sense of humor. Elsa gave me a really good scalp, neck and shoulder massage – probably the best I’ve ever experienced in a hair salon. And I couldn’t help but ask if she has a sister. (She does, actually. Three sisters!) Tiffany, being Tiffany, went ahead and asked for the sisters’ names. We wanted to know if Anna is one of them. πŸ˜€

As you can tell from the video above, we had a really good time. I’ll put together another video clip of a short Q&A session we had with our two stylists. So watch out for the next blogpost.

~ Ready for a new hairstyle / look? ~

I’d highly recommend you make an appointment before heading down to the salon as the stylists have a busy schedule. CallΒ 6358 2900 to book a timeslot.

Belleza De Midori is located at #03-43/44 of Velocity, Novena Square.

Belleza De Midori novena square

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Belleza De Midori. πŸ™‚

What’s In The Elizabeth Arden x Lazada Surprise Box?

Elizabeth Arden Lazada Surprise Box

This is the only surprise box I’ve purchased from the recent birthday bash that Lazada held. The Triumph x Lazada surprise box I’d earlier bought was cancelled the day after payment had been processed and the order confirmed. If you’d like to find out what happened, read my blogpost ‘Lazada Surprise Box Cancelled‘ for the details. I’ve never bought anything from the Elizabeth Arden brand, but it sounds atas enough for me to be curious about what could possibly be in their $29 surprise box. πŸ˜› As always, I like to find out what is the retail price of the products within the box to check if Lazada’s claim that the surprise boxes contain items worth $100 or more is true or not.

The two items in the Elizabeth Arden x Lazada Surprise Box are the Ceramide Ultra Lipstick (in watermelon) and the Ceramide Purifying Toner. There’s also an additional set of vouchers with discount codes for use on the Lazada shopping site.

lazada surprise box

If you’re wondering what ceramide is, I’ve found some info online: “A ceramide is one of three types of lipids (fats) that helps keep moisture in the skin.”

What I found most shocking was the pricetag, actually:

elizabeth arden ceramide ultra lipstick

What sort of lipstick costs $84?! And its net weight is only 3.5g!

The 200ml bottle of toner seems more reasonably priced at $39. πŸ˜€

elizabeth arden ceramide purifying toner

The total value of these two products (with the toner being on sale) is S$124.14, which is about 4 times the price of the surprise box. Wow. If you’ve ever wondered why the surprise boxes get snapped up so quickly (sometimes within seconds of the launch), here’s why. It’s really good value. Plus, there’s free delivery to your doorstep.

Ok, now I can’t wait for the next batch of surprise boxes on Lazada! πŸ˜›

Renaza: Unexpected Prices For Facial Treatments At Palais Renaissance

palais renaissance facial

If you were to ask me how often I visit Palais Renaissance in a year, my very honest answer would be “just once or not at all”. It’s one of those places that I believe only those who want to ‘see and be seen’ (*ahem* Mediacorp celebrities getting their hair done *ahem*), or just want to avoid the hoi polloi at (sometimes) crowded malls, go to. At any other mall during the weekday lunch hour, facial or hair salons should be packed but it wasn’t the case at Renaza during my visit. I was definitely pleasantly surprised. But there’s more…

You can try any of their facial treatments for as little as $38. And a jar of snail cream? The full price is $69 but I believe you can ask for the discounted price. *I’m not sure if their pricing strategy is doing them a disservice: wouldn’t the people who visit Palais Renaissance be willing and able to pay more? And wouldn’t some equate a higher price with better quality? Facial salons deep in the heartlands have tried to charge me more money!

Not a normal sight: Prices on the wall…

renaza facial price

Besides the comfy-looking blanket and pillow(for your legs!) you see in the first picture above, I’m also a fan of their (what I shall call) ‘towel-wrap’. At other facial places I’ve been to before, you have to pull the entire “garment” down over your shoulders. Here, you just wrap it under your arms and button it up.

renaza wellness lifestyle lab

Though I’d signed this when I was filling out the usual particulars form, I had not “discussed all of the above with the consultant”.

renaza consent form

In any case, I was there for the Vita Aqua Glow Express Facial, which takes anything from 45 minutes to an hour. They say the usual price is $180 but I suspect few (if any) customers have ever paid that price. πŸ˜€ Why do I say that? ‘Cos the package price for 10 sessions is $388. That means each session will cost just $38. If you opt for the full facial, prices vary. I’ve been told it’s $588 (consultant) vs $1088 (Facebook manager). *’Full facial’ means you get the works – extraction, massage, etc.

A handheld and wireless device is used to cleanse my skin, and the impurities removed are supposedly emptied into clean water thereafter. And the consultant shows me the result:

renaza review

I get 20 minutes of masking time in the dark, before my face is cleansed with the device once again. I actually took this picture myself, as I realized I could still see under those cotton pads, and my handphone was right next to me. πŸ˜€

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At the end of the day, I like that my face feels clean, there are no nasty red bumps from extraction (because it didn’t happen), and the result lasts for 2 to 3 days.

renaza palais renaissance

After the facial, there was a cup of tea and some biscuits awaiting me. I liked that there was no hard-selling involved. And I had even misheard and misunderstood what the consultant said to me. She mentioned that the 10-session package would cost 3-8-8. I thought she’d purposely dropped the final ‘0’ as most of us speaking in Mandarin will sometimes do, when the figures are ‘large’. And obviously, anything that costs a couple thousand dollars would require some mulling over back at home, so I left. πŸ˜€ Turns out it’s actually $388 for 10 express facials. πŸ˜€

renaza orchard review

Renaza has two outlets: Palais Renaissance #03-10 and Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-23.

If you’d like to experience a trial of their Vita Aqua Glow Express Facial too, simply fill out the contact form below:

*not a sponsored post*

Himalaya Herbals: New Look + A Giveaway

Himalaya Herbals Singapore

When I saw the press release, I got a shock. The packaging for the Himalaya Herbals ‘Root to Beauty’ range has been jazzed up with vibrant hues of orange, brown and green. That’s definitely standing out on any store shelf! My main facial cleanser at the moment is SK-II’s but I do have a ‘secondary’ cleanser that’s either from the Himalaya Herbals brand (which I shall call ‘HH’ henceforth) or Pond’s. Like with shampoo, I believe in switching up the products every so often so I reap the benefits of the different ingredients in each one. Apparently, the one from HH is great at preventing pimples but I’ve yet to use it for 28 days (or more) in a row so I don’t have a good review for you yet. πŸ˜€

Take away the gorgeous sleeves and you’ll see a more familiar sight:

Himalaya Herbals product range

What I’m currently using:

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash

Truth be told, that little bar of soap is really quite small. So you’ll either be running to the store pretty often or you’ll have to stock up…

Himalaya Herbals Protecting Neem and Turmeric Soap

I’m not too sure how much turmeric is in the products, or even how much turmeric is even needed in beauty products in order to see a visible result. So if you’re so inclined, go check out the products in store and read their ingredients list.

The ‘Root to Beauty’ range of products, in their newly designed turmeric root product sleeves, are available at Watsons, Guardian, NTUC, Giant, Mustafa and NHG polyclinics. The price range is between $7.95 and $12.95.

~ GIVEAWAY ~

Want to win a Himalaya Herbals Gift Set worth $100? πŸ™‚ I have 2 to give away. So head over to my Facebook Page to participate.

Elegance Beauty & Slimming: We Tried The TCM Body Massage At Tanjong Pagar

elegance beauty & slimming

[screenshot from myfave.com]

There’s one Chinese phrase which perfectly describes how I am feeling today:Β θ…°ι…ΈθƒŒη—› (both my waist and back are hurting). The worst part is that I’m not even sure if it’s a good thing. You see, we went for a massage together yesterday and the therapists seemed so knowledgeable and they were locating knots in places I did not know could have knots (like at my waist area) and after that massage, even pulling my shoulder blades together hurts. Yikes!

He’d purchased a Fave voucher for a massage at International Plaza and so we went to Elegance Beauty & Slimming. I went into the centre first as he’d gone off to look for a parking lot. And initially I was taken aback at the strong smell of smoke in the air. Possibly why the glass doors to Elegance were left wide open too. I couldn’t tell if it was cigarette smoke or not. Asked the lady (M) at the reception counter and she said it’s from moxibustion. But are the smoke detectors in the building not working? (>_<) Shouldn’t there be an alarm or security officers running over?

Anyway… I thought we were off to a bad start as I really hate when there are strong smells. And the air here made me choke. I was coughing so much they asked if they could get me a glass of water.

But when it came to the massage, all I can say is that it was really good. Sure, I hated the white translucent paper undies and so wore the blue paper boxers for men over it as well, but everything else was good.

tanjong pagar massage

My masseuse (S) and his (J) are from China, and clearly skilled at providing massages. And according to him, they’re really good at sales too (he said he’d poach them if he’s opening a massage parlor, but I guess he’s kidding).

I’d requested a “Relaxing” massage as I don’t really like massages; I basically tolerate them. Anything that’s painful or ticklish… is not my thing. He went for “Medium” strength, and his masseuse looked double the size of mine. LOL. But S, though petite, managed to make me scream in pain. I’d made it quite clear that I didn’t want any ‘baguan’ or ‘guasha’ or anything that would leave a mark on my skin so I escaped unscathed except for some aches here and there. When he got home though, his back still looked like this:

guasha massage tanjong pagar

Not a great look if you’re going swimming (people might think you have some severe skin issues) or just before you head off to a beach holiday, ya? πŸ˜‰

*And oh, S wanted to do naval candling (at least I think that was what she meant in Mandarin) for me but I refused even though she claimed it’d make my tummy feel all warm and fuzzy. Nope, thanks. No fire or heat or scraping or cupping or all of that. πŸ˜€ I’ve read too many horror stories in media reports already.

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The sales pitch after the massage went pretty well. I wouldn’t say there was any hard-selling. M tried to have us sign for a package:

10 sessions for $888 / 20 sessions for $1500 / 50 (+6) sessions for $3888

And when we said we’ll go back to think about it, she asked if we’ll just pay for 1 additional session. It did seem a little bit desperate but overall, she was pretty nice about it and we left the place satisfied.

And no, we didn’t pay for any of those packages. If we decide to return, we’ll just pay per session. It’s too much of a risk, really.

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Do you like / enjoy massages? Lucky you! I’d say this 1-hour massage at Elegance was worth the price he paid for it. $46 for 2 pax is decent; cheap, even. If you’d like to go try it yourself, I believe the voucher is still available at Fave (previously Groupon).

Shakura Pigmentation Beauty Review

shakura pigmentation review 2017

Once again, I went for a facial trial after spotting Shakura Pigmentation Beauty’s ad on Facebook. I was surprised that the outlet was so busy on a Wednesday afternoon, at 2pm. I thought I’d already avoided the peak lunch hour crowd. Here’s what happened…

Shakura facebook ad

*I did not receive the promised 4-pc Homecare Treatment Kit. It helps if you bring the screenshot of the ad to show the staff. I’d forgotten this was saved in my laptop.

The lady at the reception told me to get a seat in the consultation room, and she helped with the registration process (procedure’s the same at Jonsson Protein, and other such establishments). Then she told me to wait for the consultant.

Consultant enters and does a scan of my face – it was rather scary to see my pores, skin tags, blackheads etc close-up on the screen. (*I’m glad there was no ‘selling’ whatsoever at this stage)

Then I went into one of the treatment rooms and put on the robe they provided.

A lady wearing a face mask came in to do the face cleansing portion for me. She’s not the consultant I had spoken with. She also applied the first mask for “softening the pores”.

Then she left.

And another lady entered (might be the consultant, but I’m not sure as she was masked as well). She asked if the other lady had taken pictures of my face and I said no. So she took some. Then applied some “enzyme” to the right side of my face. Then cleansed it off and asked me to hold up a mirror to see how much more radiant the right side was. Actually I saw NO difference whatsoever, but said “ok” just to ‘agree’ with her. Then she worked on the left side. (Do not argue with your consultant, ok?)

She asked if I wanted any trimming / shaping of my eyebrows or stray hairs but I said no to that too. I actually just wanted her to focus on the facial bit.

The extraction was painful, but I guess that’s the way it is.

Then there was this really COLD mask applied to my face. I wondered if such extreme temperature was even suitable for the skin. It felt exactly like putting my face to a block of ice. And, of course, the consultant left the room.

The mask was supposed to slowly harden (?) over who-knows-how-long. Because it was rather cold in the room, from the air-conditioning and also the extremely cold mask, and I had taken some ABC juice for lunch, my bladder felt like it was about to burst from the need to pee. πŸ˜€

With that mask on, I couldn’t see a thing. It covered my eyelids as well. I sat upright on the bed, but that didn’t help very much. Laid back down and felt the urge even more.

Eventually, I couldn’t hold it in much longer, so I got off the bed, took a few steps in the direction of the door, slid it open and tried to get the attention of the people outside. I hope I scared a few folks too! πŸ˜€ (take it as a late Halloween prank)

I wish there was a button to press to signal any sort of distress or to call for a consultant, but there was none. And no one came in to check if I was doing ok. Well, points for improvement for them, I guess.

So the folks who saw me exit with the mask on my face said they had to check if the mask could be removed (oh, my poor bladder!) and a very professional-looking / sounding lady came to me and helped remove the mask, saying there was actually 5 more minutes to go. And she said I should hurry to the toilet (thankfully, it was just next door to the Shakura outlet) and she’ll help cleanse my face when I get back.

When I got back from the visit to the washroom, I just grabbed some tissues and wiped my face. The professional-looking lady insisted I let her do the cleansing and application of toner, moisturizer and sunblock.

After which, she offered me some (detox?) tea outside. I took one sip and disliked it immediately.

She then asked me if I liked the consultant’s service. My jaw kind of dropped at that moment. What service?

I told her this outlet seems too busy for my liking, and the consultant seemed to be in a rush as well; it was all very stress-inducing.

The lady scribbled on a piece of paper that I could pay $321 for 2 more sessions (and get an additional 4 free). But I gave her that incredulous “HUH?” look, like why would I pay anything to come back again?

After that, she even went to get the consultant’s namecard for me. As if I would call her for another appointment. (@_@) The consultant never even appeared again. I suppose she was super busy attending to other clients.

By the way, there’s a 5-day cooling off period for Shakura customers as well, just like at Jonsson Protein. Same management?

shakura cooling off scheme

Before you sign anything, read everything carefully, ya? As for me, suffice to say, I won’t be back.

Hello Kitty Air Cushion from Welcia (BHG Bugis)

hello kitty air cushion welcia singapore

I read that Welcia (a popular drugstore chain in Japan) has set up shop in BHG Bugis, and so I popped by today to pick out a few products to try. I bought the Hello Kitty Air Cushion, a face roller and a packet of “Air Fragrance Beads” (lavender scented to, hopefully, ward off mosquitoes too).

welcia singapore products

The store is around the size of a regular Watsons store with some familiar brands and products (Maybelline, etc) and others which supposedly can only be found in Japan. Because of their opening promotions, many items are going at 20% off! I was looking for the Hello Kitty Air Cushion which I’d seen a picture of online and asked the sales staff I saw hanging about for help.

welcia singapore

Even the applicator has hello kitty print! I’m in love! πŸ˜€

So here’s what the conversation went like:

Me: “Hi! Where can I find this Hello Kitty Air Cushion?” *show picture*

Staff 1: “I think no stock.”

Me: “Huh? But this photo was posted 2 hours ago! So fast no stock already?!”

Staff 1 looks for Staff 2

Staff 2: “No stock. Maybe other outlet?”

Me: “Is there another BHG in Bugis?!”

Staff 2: “What is this ah? Powder cushion is it? (I say yes) You try this foundation product. Better for you!”

Me: “Ah? No no I want this Hello Kitty one.”

Staff 2: “Nevermind. You try first. This is better for your skin (blah blah)”

Me:”No lah, it’s ok, I don’t want to waste your time.”

Staff 2: “I’m very free.”

Me: (>_<“‘)

When I finally found someone who knew where the Hello Kitty product was placed, I overheard Staff 2 telling Staff 1 that it’s so hard to sell the product(s) she’s promoting because there are all these other (Hello Kitty) items.

This product has SPF50+PA+++ πŸ˜€ Another reason to buy it!

welcia singapore bhg

It’s also made in Korea, so I feel a bit more confident about using it.

welcia bhg bugis

As for the pricing, the regular price is $38.90. But with the discount, I paid just $31.12. The other two items I bought cost $1.44 (fragrance beads) and $2.24 (face roller) after discount.

*Items which are going at nett price with no further discount are clearly labelled as such within the store. So make sure you check with the cashier if you don’t get the discount you should.

Me: “This Hello Kitty cushion has 20% discount.”

Guy: “Is it?” (checks with female colleague)

Female: “We follow what the system shows, so if it doesn’t show a discount here, that means no discount.”

Me: “The lady over there told me there’s a discount.”

(Both look like they’re trying to decide if they should walk over and locate the promoter)

Me: “I got this only ‘cos she told me there’s 20% off.”

Female: “Just key in 20% discount on your side.”

Guy: “Ok. So the total is…”

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Apart from the clueless cashiers and the pushy promoter I encountered, there was one Japanese lady (from Tokyo, she said) who helped me decide on which of the 2 shades to pick for my Hello Kitty Air Cushion. I’m hopeless at Japanese while she struggled with English, but it was a pleasant experience. πŸ™‚ I might pop by again before she leaves for Japan in December. I should bring my Japanese-speaking sista with me, and give the lady some recommendations for good local food (‘cos she told me she eats chicken rice daily… and is probably getting bored of it) πŸ˜€

Jonsson Protein Hair Treatment Review And Why I Won’t Be Back

Jonsson Protein cooling off period

Just like with Victoria Facelift, I spotted a Facebook ad regarding Jonsson Protein’s “FREE VE Protein Hair & Scalp Treatment + 3pc Hair Care Pack (total worth $388)” and so signed up for the complimentary trial at one of their outlets. Thankfully, I had my friend accompanying me or it would have seemed like quite a nightmare. Yes, I might have actually walked out of the outlet with my hair dripping wet, and just gone into an actual hair salon on the same level and got it sorted out, otherwise.

Here’s a screenshot of the ad I clicked on:

jonsson protein fb

I’d asked my pal if he’d like to go for a scalp treatment together with me, and after calling JP, we went there together. We arrived early for the appointment, handed our ICs over, and got ushered into a waiting room.

A lady came in to help us with “registration” – occupation, email, etc. Then she left.

It was a LONG, LONG time before anyone else bothered with us. We chatted, looked out of the room, watched the other staff walking about but with no one else coming in to attend to us.

Finally, in came another lady who went through a sort of questionnaire with us. She wanted to know just a couple of things: have we had chemotherapy, have we undergone scalp surgery, do we have AIDS, and other basic questions about lifestyle, work, stress, hair concerns, etc.

Then there was a scanning done to check on the condition of our scalp – whether we had dandruff, oily scalp, health of the follicles, etc.

Jonsson Protein review free trial

I’m showing you just half of the printout here

Then we were ushered to this other area which looks like your typical hair salon. We had our hair shampooed while we were seated, then took turns to get it all rinsed out in the back where there were only two washbasins. We were also each given a cup of “protein drink” which didn’t taste very good. I took a sip and left the remainder there. (We were also not told that it’s best to drink it all within the first 15 minutes for maximum benefit, and to avoid it oxidizing. My pal’s “consultant” only told us that much later.)

Jonsson Protein protein drink

My friend’s therapist kept the towel wrapped around my friend’s head and walked off to attend to someone else, while my therapist removed the towel and left me with my hair dripping wet. The air-conditioning was so cold, and with my hair wet, I was turning into a human popsicle in that seat!

My friend’s therapist came back soon enough and helped do the treatment for him; basically emptying the contents of a foil pouch into a bowl and, using a brush, spread it all over his scalp, wrapped it up and then the “steaming” began.

Jonsson Protein review 2017

Jonsson Protein review

Meanwhile, I was still waiting there, with my hair dripping wet, and cold, and with no therapist.

It was EVIDENT to me that teamwork wasn’t present. Maybe each therapist cares only for her own customer, earning commissions from her own client’s purchases, and couldn’t care less about the customer of another therapist.

So I sat and waited. Other staff walked past.

Eventually, one more senior-looking lady came over to help do the treatment for me. And I could finally get my hair steamed and stop freezing over. However, for some reason, she ended up with a small clump of hair on her gloves and she held it out for me to see, asking if I usually lose a lot of hair after hair washes. I was shocked and said that no, I’ve not seen that happen before. What did you guys do?!

Yet another glum-faced lady assisted with the hair wash after the “steaming” was done.

And FINALLY, my original therapist appeared again to blow-dry and comb out my hair. GOSH! It was painful. It was like she was combing the hair on a mannequin head, without caring if it hurts or not. For once, I was thankful I don’t have a lot of hair to be combed. πŸ˜›

Eventually, it was time for the scalp scan once again, and the sales pitch. It would be $2488 for 10 (+5 free) treatments. OR we could go for $588 for 5 treatments. OR $388 for 3 treatments. And we were also told we could buy shampoo from them for some $30+ dollars (I don’t remember the exact figure). We didn’t want any of them. Even if it was free, I won’t be back again. Thanks! What I found most funny was that we each received a card we can present to a friend and get him/her to come for the complimentary trial. (I put it in the bin later on)

Anyway, we each received the promised 3-pc take-home kit:

Jonsson Protein hair care kit

I’ve included a packet of Watsons tissue for a size comparison.

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Here are some things I’ve learnt from going for these free trials:

  1. Having a friend go together with you is a GREAT idea. Try not to get separated though.
  2. Pick an outlet that’s not in the central area. So it would be less crowded.
  3. Avoid peak hours like lunchtime when office workers come in for treatments during their breaks.
  4. There IS a 5-day cooling-off period. So make sure you tell them you want to cancel your purchase (if any) before the 5 days are up. Make sure you check what you’re signing too as there might be a clause saying there’s an admin fee or something.

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