I had the chance to meet up with a wellness coach today. He is the one who has indirectly helped me to achieve what I have today (in terms of health and energy levels). I was given me a ‘health talk’ back then and the re-evaluation of my health got me to become more conscious of what is happening in my body. In turn, I purchased some of my health supplements through him.

Following that, for the next two years, I have been eating relatively healthy. I do not drink (unless over business meetings), I do not smoke. I do not do late nights. Very good!

I too, watch what I put into my mouth. I cut off deep-fried and oily food totally. I opt for healthy choices every meal. I drink lots of water in a day. I make sure I get my necessary nutrition everyday. And just a couple of months back, I started exercising. Not too late, always better than never. 🙂

I know everything that I should do to keep my body healthy. And I am pretty sure everyone has that basic concept of what healthy living is.

However, how difficult is it to lead a healthy lifestyle? What must you do, and where should you start?

Here, I share with you 6 steps (JUST 6 STEPS) to a healthy you (GUARANTEED!) :

  • Eat well. (Get your basic nutrition right. Eating well involves complex food science and nutrition knowledge. The best way to start is to cut off sugary, oily, and processed food. Try to eat natural wholesome food as much as possible, and always opt for something that is a more ‘bland’ alternative.)

healthy salad

  • Sleep enough. (8 hrs is ideal. Get into a regular routine by trying to sleep at a certain fixed time every night. The best time to rest should preferably be before midnight.)

sleep well

  • Drink lots of water (8 glasses is what we know, however glass size differs. Ideally your body needs around 1.8 – 2.5 litres of water a day. Try the water intake calculator based on your weight here. )

drink water

  • Exercise. (Just getting your body to move as little as 15 mins a day will help. Daily running or brisk walking is a good exercise to start off with involving all parts of your body. It is said that just that little effort a day could possibly add years to your life!)


  • Eat your breakfast. (Your first meal of the day couldn’t be more important. Read my previous post on the importance of breakfast here.)


  • Think Healthy  (Thinking happy and positive thoughts forms a healthy mindset that gives you the awareness you need to do everything ‘healthier’.)


Simple, isn’t it? Just 6 steps to kickstart to a healthier lifestyle.

The key is to learn how to ‘fine-tune‘ your health. This means making small adjustments for optimal performance and results. The way to doing this for you is to set realistic goals. Start with a 1-3 day sugar-free diet, or choose to exercise for 3 times a week. Make small changes. Do what you think is possible to achieve but yet requires a little extra effort from your willpower.  You will soon realize that once your body is able to achieve the goals you set for the first 3 days or a week, your mental power will increase and that is when you can push yourself further to carry on the hard effort. No change is easy, and no change will allow you to stay put in your comfort zone. We are so attuned to the ‘easy way out’ that we succumb to our laziness and reluctance to change. Once you realize you are actually capable of doing it, that gives your more determination to carry on. Before you know it, you will be kicking off all the bad diet habits and basking in a wholesome lifestyle!

Buddy up with your best friend or your partner and chances are it will double the determination. We like to be given the lead. We like to be given goals to achieve. Have a companion to motivate you will help you see results faster!

For the benefit of your own health, start making a change today! Tell me how you start, and how well you keep to it! Remember, you are always able to do more than what your body thinks you can.

With love.

Want to be fair like Snow White? Here’s my little secret!

How many whitening products have you used over the years and I bet that would have cost you a lot of money. I have been into natural skincare remedies for a couple of years now, and I recommend that to anyone because it is inexpensive and effective!

In Asia, girls like to look fair. However, as we age, it is not our skin tone that bothers us that much anymore. We start to develop other skin problems with prolonged exposure to sun – uneven skin tone, redness, sun spots, pigmentation etc.

Here is one of my favorite natural remedy. Its fast, easy and inexpensive, and it couldn’t get any simpler than this!

Milk mask helps to achieve a milky white skin tone, moisturizing it to attain baby-soft and supple skin. It helps to reduce irregularity of skin tone, keeps your complexion blemish-free with regular application, and because skin is moisturized, it helps reduce any fine lines and wrinkles that might be starting to form! Did I mention too that is it has wonderful remover and cleansing properties as well?

Imagine feeding your skin like how you will feed your body. The milk offers your skin essential nutrients, like:

  • Proteins – essential for building healthy skin cells;
  • Lactic acid – a natural alpha hydroxyl acid, or AHA, which helps to remove the dead skin cells that block the pores and hamper the skin’s natural renewal process
  • Vitamins and minerals – help to keep the skin healthy and protected from infections and premature aging.

What you need :

  • A clean bowl (I use a special bowl just for my facial mixes)
  • Cotton pads
  • Mixing spoon / spatula
  • Clean facial masks sheet (optional)
  • Fresh Milk


Wash your face clean and pat dry. Soak cotton pads into fresh milk until it is dripping wet. Apply all over your face once in circular motion. You may even find some residue of your makeup that did not get washed off clean before. Repeat until you have covered your skin in a layer of milk. You may choose to soak clean facial mask sheets into milk and apply it as a wet mask onto your face. Either way works well.


Remove the mask by washing your face with lukewarm water. Make sure to wash it clean before you go to bed. I like to use a facial wash sponge for this.  Apply your bedtime skincare before you sleep. I prefer to go less on my products after my milk mask so my skin gets all the natural nutrients for the night!

Now, here’s Cleopatra’s favorite beauty secret for you!


Give it a go! And let me know if you like it.

Givenchy-Le-Soin-Noir-make-up-4Behold, ladies! Go ‘wow’ with Givenchy’s new Le Soin Noir Lace Mask, the Über-luxurious beauty product one can ever use.

This mask is made from Calais material lace. The haute couture lace is known for its exquisite workmanship and is exclusive to Givenchy.  Imagine cutting up a piece of an exorbitantly priced couture dress, and putting it on your face. Thats how you spell high fashion’s g-l-a-m-o-u-r-o-u-s.

The Le Soin Noir Lace Mask is dipped into the revitalizing formula based on the vital black algae sap concentrate, Le Soin Noir’s signature ingredient. This algae is strong and resilient in its ability to regenerate itself under extreme conditions. The secret lies in the black sap present. This active ingredient in the mask locks in moisture, leaves the complexion firm with its collagen linking and reconstruction capability, resulting in skin radiant and evenly toned skin.

lace mask

Its beautiful packaging is another big selling point. For the rich and opulent, the Le Soin Noir Lace Mask comes in  black jewelry box like packaging, extravagant and posh to the touch. To use, press the individually packed rich Vital Black Algae Sap Concentrate Essence from one end to wet the lace mask on the other end. Pull out the mask and use it when its fully soaked with the essence.

Each box comes complete with 4 mask, recommended for use once a week. Priced at $326 USD on Givenchy’s and major retailers site.


When you have that much cash to spare, why not? Definitely for the rich and ritzy only.

4e81be95894a0.image_Every women loves their beauty products, well, almost!  To us, having too much of a good thing, is never wrong. Any beauty junkie, will always have more than one type of one product, and chances are, they (me as well) like to try various products across different brands.

Cosmetic and skincare companies are now working harder than before to retain their consumers so they will keep coming back for the same product they once loved. Many women like to switch products every few months (in some cases, if it can even last a month). Most cited the reason that the product failed to deliver as what the fancy advertising campaign had promised.

As a result, cosmetic companies end up having to release staggered “versions” of their products. It is not surprising to see products being launched, and completely obsolete in a year or two.  And to tackle that, they will push out a newer version, improved, added special formulae and ingredients, all because consumers are not coming back for the second one, if its not something newer and novel.

It may seem like “feeding” our skin with different products is nourishing, but what we do not know is that the frequent changing of products can actually have dramatic or devastating results on the skin itself. Delicate dermal surfaces are not meant to be changing products daily, weekly or even monthly. Having known this, we are actually taking a risk as we wouldn’t know how our skin could have been if not susceptible to varying products on a regular basis.

Most dermatologists suggest that it can take any time from 1 to 3 months to see the effects and noticeable changes from the products on our skin. By not allowing our skin to adjust to a certain product might cause more damage to our skin. Signs of damage could mean redness, developing tiny bumps, clogged pores, flaking, itching etc.

It is thus important that the average consumer learn to read and research on the products they are interested in trying out, by reading other consumers’ reviews. These information can be acquired and taken reference from beauty forums and blogs, ignoring the peaking hype in advertisements, often claimed as profound medical and advance researches’ results. End of the day, who wouldn’t find it hard not to trust what the doctors or laboratories say?

Product brand loyalty  is evident in consumers who spend time to do in-depth research on what a product does and actually have a certain amount of faith and conviction toward their choices. Their patience and determination results in good skin less susceptible to irritable problems and saves the person heaps of cash spending on wasteful products.

 Personally, I do change the products I use frequently, usually after finishing the entire product. Due to the nature of my work, I need to provide good and reliable reviews and feedbacks to clients from time to time. Understanding the fact that to see a product’s optimum efficacy takes time, I provide reviews at least after a month after using them. Our skin rejuvenation cycle usually takes 30 days for a full run. I try to resist the temptation to try a product that has been heavily marketed. I tend to wait a while, read honest reviews before putting my skin to the test.

How often do you switch your products? Do varying products keep your skin looking healthy, supple and luminous?

SONY DSCI can never have enough of skincare gadgets. From ultrasonic massagers, facial sonic brushes, vibrating massagers to diamond peel devices – all in the quest of having beautiful and younger looking skin. Personally,  I like to try everything first, before I would (eventually) consider anything invasive (that has to be the very last resort!). After all, experimenting and exhausting all cheaper options seem like a wiser approach.

I have my Germanium beauty roller for more than a year now.I purchased mine off an eBay listing in Japan, supposedly authentic (as its from Japan) and I would very much like to think it is! This innovation semi-conductor facial beauty roller  was a big thing when it was first released in Japan, and seems to be still from my last visit to Tokyo a month ago.

The semi-conductor technology and germanium is supposed to relax wrinkles, eliminate dark spots, enhance glow, and makes you looking younger! In a short 15 mins of usage, it seems to give you an instant face lift, without any side effects, down time, none!

What is it? 


The chips on the heavy duty plastic roller comprises of over 99.99% germanium. Germanium is full of its negative charged ion, and this is released to our positive charged body, thus helping to balance out the positive-negative effect. It also helps get oxygen into the body and increases metabolism which allows your body to detoxify.

There are many different types in the market. Some has lesser of the germanium chips, while some has more. I bought mine quite happy that it has 41 chips!

How does it work?

Our body is exposed to lots of harmful positive ions. These ions are generated around us from our daily necessities, for eg. our mobile phones, computers, electronic equipement, chemicals, as well as ultraviolet rays. These have  harmful effects on our skin, causing premature aging and lack of lustre on our skin.

  • Our immune system is compromised and makes us more vulnerable to diseases
  • The positive ions slow down the body’s metabolism, in turn leading to an inefficient body system, causing weight gain and illnesses
  • A high percentage of water in our body becomes waste water, due to the positive ions and unhealthy food that we ingest.


It is said that one roll of the germanium roller is equivalent to 1000 taps during a massage. The germanium beauty roller uses over negative ion energy to balance off the positive, thus purging out the waste and toxins in our body, helping to purify our blood. Too much positive ions in our blood is said to turn our body’s metabolism slower and less efficient.

In summary, the germanium roller helps :

  • improve circulation
  • reduce fatigue and tiredness
  • tone facial muscles
  • promote collagen production
  • improve body’s immunity and resistance to sickness
  • get oxygen into our skin
  • push out the excess water retained in our skin resulting in healthier looking and firmer skin

How to use it?

germanium roll

I like to use my roller every night after cleansing my face. As it can be pretty uninspiring to just keep rolling for 15-20 minutes, I will usually do it in front of the TV while catching my favorite drama series. Apply mask / skincare after as normal.

How does it feel after?

Immediately after a good 15 minutes roll, one will feel a hot sensation in the face, skin will look flushed and red, but this normally subsides in 10 minutes at most. The redness will mean promoting blood circulation, and thus helps in the regeneration of skin cells, as well as the efficient absorption of applied skincare products after. Think of allowing your skin a good workout everyday, firming up those muscles and help in increasing the skin’s collagen production.

 RECOMMENDED! If you are a skincare junkie who wouldn’t mind spending on beauty gadgets, this might be a worthy investment. It costs about US$200+ if you get it from Japan. eBay sells cheaper ones made in China.

Blackhead removal can be quite a headache, especially for people with oily or combination skin types like myself. Once you spot those blackheads, removing them will become quite an every day affair.

There are many methods and tools to remove blackheads, but it really depends on what works best for you. My beautician always scares me about how I must not squeeze my blackheads because I might scar my face.

I have been experimenting for a while, and trust me, this can be easily done at home…And it promises a much improved condition.

Using food methods :

1. Lemon – (I swear by this!)

Buy fresh lemon and squeeze out the juice. Dab your Q-tip with lemon juice and dab it over blackhead prone skin. You will feel a tingling prickly sensation when applied. Leave to dry and wash off with water after 30 minutes. Some websites tell you to leave overnight but for me it does the same effect.

Lemon dissolves the dirt stuck in your pores, and helps to remove the blackheads better afterward. It has a tightening effect too, thus “pushing” the blackheads out for better extraction.You can keep the lemon juice in a bottle in the fridge for up to a week or more, but the freezer may be better.

** Lemon has a slight bleaching effect. If you are dark, don’t keep it on for too long.

2. Honey 
Honey is very good for your skin. Apply warm honey on the affected area and wash after 10 minutes. It acts as a natural peel to blackhead affected skin. It can be used all over the face, but be careful it’s not too hot. This helps improve skin condition and gives skin a natural glow.

3. Baking Soda / Sodium Bicarbonate

baking soda 2
Mix equal amount of baking soda with water, rub it on for a few minutes on the affected area. Afterwards, wash off with lukewarm water and the blackheads are removed.

Followed by : My own tried-and-tested favorite method is to use either one of the above, wash off with lukewarm water, and put on a pore pack strip. Remember to look for one that has a cloth-like texture. I personally do not recommend the paper ones as they dry up into hard paper, and does not adhere so well to the contours of your nose.


My best and favorite brands are Biore, and any of the brands that are  “Made in Japan”. Do not be fooled by those with japanese wordings faking to be made in Japan, when most are not.

Try other methods :

1. Metal Extractor: I do not like this… it seems like I get a scar on my nose every time I use it. It doesn’t work on stubborn blackheads, unless you steam your face enough before using it.

blackhead tool

2. Tea Tree Oil: facial products containing tea tree oil are very good for blackheads.

3. Scrubs: Use exfoliating products with low potency benzoyl peroxide for the removal of dead skin cells.

4. Reduce Oil, More Water: Always remember… we are what we eat. Try to eat less oily food and drink more water. This will really reduce the oil secretion on your skin.

5. Light Squeezing: Make sure your hands are clean. I find it easier to manage than the metal extractor.
*Tip: Always steam or wash your face with lukewarm water to open up the pores before squeezing. Avoid using finger tips or nails — just use your fingers.

Conclude : Personally, I am still using lemon juice for my blackheads. I apply them once every two days and it does reduce the blackheads. I use my nose pore pack once every 5-7 days. Before I use them, I’ll apply lemon juice to dissolve the stubborn dirt stuck in my pores. After washing it off, paste on the strips. Do not leave the pores open after removing the blackheads. I use my egg white mask afterward to tighten, then tone, and moisturize.

How do you remove blackheads?

Time to stop looking at magazines and set your new resolutions based on the  flawless looking pictures of models and stars alike. We all, by now, should know about Photoshop, advertisers’ best friend, to make even the ugliest – pretty! No one has skin with no fine lines, no visible pores, crystal clear skin thats evenly toned.

I am 32 this year, and like everyone else, I constantly struggle with my skin. There are good times, and bad times. I have ‘hardworking’ days where I diligently upkeep with my skincare routine; there are also days where I just get too tired and skip my skin regimens too.

Here is a shot of my skin (face) under harsh white light. No photoshop, not adjustments, no makeup. Not perfect, yes. Not even that close in my opinion.


At 32, I have starting-to-sag skin, open visible pores, blackheads, acne scar on my forehead, unsightly moles, forming laugh lines at the side of my mouth, sallow looking skin.

Yet, I am as diligent as I can be, in the hope of trying to delay any signs of aging. At this moment, I have never tried any cosmetic surgery procedures, never splurge extravagantly on facial packages, and pretty moderate on my skincare product spendings. I am a believer of natural / holistic remedies, and I used to blog my beauty remedies actively on “For Beauty Sake”, before I closed it indefinitely a year plus ago.

This blog serves as a platform for me to actively share and engage my readers in my quest to good skin, looking its best and glowing healthily. I am passionate about equipping myself with the knowledge to maximize the efficacy of the products we use, therefore I never stop learning. Please feel free to share with me some of your firm beliefs, your favorite products, so to allow me to have the opportunity to try and review with my readers.

Till my next blog post, here is a quick reminder for everyone’s who’s reading now :

Have you drank your 8 glasses of water today?

*Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated, makes it look plump and helps to delay any signs of aging! And, its free! Please drink up today!



There are some of us who are always not satisfied with our skin. We lament its dullness, uneven complexion, acne, oiliness, crinkly wrinkles etc. We either blame it on our poor genes, or we blame the countless products’ efficacy. Everything that can be wrong, is possibly wrong.  

Are we able to change that? Yes we can!

Our skin works in such a way that it renews itself every 30 days. This may differ from person to person. Some are blessed with faster skin renewal, and hence are kept looking young. As age catches up, the skin’s ability to renew itself slows down. This is when we first start to see the effects of aging. And sadly, for women, this effects will start to show from the age of 25.

Here, I share some tips on how to maximize the benefits of your skincare, some little reminders of how we should be taking care of our skin, with minimal effort (it still requires a bit of commitment) and seeing maximal results (hopefully!)

Tip :

#1: Makeup Removal – The amount of time to put on your makeup, is the amount of time you need to take to remove them. Completely.

Take time to slowly remove your makeup. Rub in your cleanser in circular motions and the key here is to not RUSH! The longer you take to slowly cleanse, the cleaner your skin will be. Try to imagine washing a stain off your clothes. The longer you rub in your detergent, the longer you soak, the cleaner it becomes. If using cleansing water with cotton pads, clean until you do not see any residue on your cotton. For cleansing oil and gel users, gently massage in for recommended 4-5 minutes, before cleaning off with a clean cotton pad, before washing with your facial cleanser. (Of course dont leave it there for 10 mins..what needs to be washed off, needs to be.)

#2: Cleanliness – Wash your face at least twice a day, but keeping it to maximum thrice a day.

It is recommended to wash your face the minute  you get out of bed in the morning, and once before bedtime. If you are back home in mid-day, it is key to remove your makeup immediately and wash your face. That will be the 3rd time as recommended as a maximum. Too many washing will strip the face of its natural oil that helps to keep the skin hydrated.

#3: Promote Circulation – Gently massage your face for at least 1.5 minutes while cleansing.

Again, do a slow massage of about 3-4 minutes with your facial cleanser. Remember to get into areas that are often neglected, like the corners of your nose, nose bridge area and between your brows, around your lips, as well as near the hairline on the peripheral of your face.

#4: Keep Clean – Change your pillow cases and face towels once a week

Our skin secretes oil and other bodily fluids through the day, and especially so at night when our bodies are at rest and regenerate themselves. Dirt and bacteria built up on our pillow cases and face towels really fast, so its recommended to change them as often as you will like. Once a week is a guide.

#5:Keep Hydrated – Use a mist spray throughout the day, and drink at least 8 glasses of water.

Using a spray mist throughout the day on top of your makeup is actually better than having use oil blotters to remove oil and shine from our skin for people with oily or combination skin types. We have a misperception that oil on our face is bad for us. It is, however, the skin’s natural ability to regulate its moisture content and oil secretion is linked to having dehydrated skin. Use of a spray mist helps to replenish the moisture lost from the surface of our skin, and drinking water helps to keep our system hydrated, to achieve that in-and-out radiant hydrated and supple look.

#6: Skin Absorption – wait 5-10 minutes in between skincare products.

Many of us buy lots of targeted skincare products, each with a bigger than better tagline. From fixing premature wrinkles, keeping skin hydrated round the day, to whitening and firming, the promised results are endless. Yet, I do not recommend using 3-4 or more products in a short 5 min regime. Imagine our skin as a sponge, it has its own limited absorption ability. What happens when we pile many types of creams and gels on them? Will the many products we use, gradually weigh down our skin and cause our pores to clog up because our skin cannot absorb fast enough? What happens to the products that do not get absorbed? Some tend to react with the surrounds, attracting dust and germs and bacteria before they finally get absorbed after 20 mins, or even longer! 

#7: Pore-Clogging – minimize the use of too many products on your skin for each regime.

It is fine to use many targeted products. However, this has to be done in a spaced out regime where you apply one specific product type, you wait for a while before putting on the next. You will be able to feel the skin absorbing the product, for some feel sticky or wet upon application. Feel with your palms. Apply on the next when it feels ‘drier’ than immediately after applying the previous.

#8 : Hygiene – Keep your hands and hair out of your face during the day.

Our hair traps dust and dirt, so do our hands that are full of bacteria and germs from touching things around us. We may not see them but our everyday objects lying in the house can be as dirty as the road. Gadgets like our keyboards, remote controls, cleaning rags etc. are full of bacteria we don’t want on our faces. 

So, what other tips will you share with us regarding your skincare habits? 🙂

Women of today are in constant quest to find ways to improve how we look.  We often find ourselves admiring models on media, magazines, advertising campaigns etc. Seeing the pretty and seemingly flawless beauty turn our attention instantly to the product listed below this stunner. Very often, these are adverts for skincare products, makeup, and beauty enhancing procedures.

Photo credit : Hugh Lippe

False beauty in advertising present to us the ‘perfect woman’ image – smooth skin,  with zero wrinkles, perfectly even skin tone, defined sharp jawline etc. We all know such pictures don’t reflect reality. The average women, or even movie stars, do not look like this. Such beauty is ‘created’ by digital enhancement, and yet, more and more women are hoping to achieve these biologically impossible standards. A recent survey has shown that young girls see the pressure of looking good as being the worst part of female!

Should we not embrace the fact that we are bestowed with natural curves and that we are naturally prettier looking than our male counterparts? It becomes like a global obsession that young people of today are starting to be very mindful of how they look even from a very young age. This is not a bad thing, but over-excessive pursuit of beauty can be dangerous. From as simple as piling on layers of makeup to feel more confident about oneself, to turning to diet pills, botox and fillers injections to cosmetic surgery. These are very real issues by plastering the impossible vision of perfection everywhere in our visual society.

The Bare Beauty’s mantra is that every woman can look good, with the right approach to living and beauty. Everyone has the right to feel happy about themselves, regardless of their size, shape or form. We want to look fresh and natural, and that inherently makes one look younger.  

Embrace :

  1. Love yourself – When you actually do, you radiate a natural glow from within. You exude a kind of personal confidence that makes you more ‘you’, and it becomes evident to those around you. People who love themselves are always comfortable with their own self, regardless of how they actually look and dress.
  2. Live healthy – Eating well and resting sufficiently is important, as it gives you health, which is essential to beauty. Just like how our body functions with healthy organs, you shine when your skin benefits from living healthily.
  3. Be happy. – Learn to focus on the positive, start to appreciate the smaller things in life. Inject happiness daily by picking small little tasks to fulfil, and that gives you a sense of joy and satisfaction.
  4. Be appreciative – Work towards appreciating everything around you, even adversity. Every moment has its beauty, play it up. Live in that moment for it only comes once.


  1. Beautify ourselves – Identify our best feature or asset, and bring it on. Enhance them with subtle makeup, clothing or even pairing it with the right attitude. 
  2. Develop our personal wellness balance – A beautiful mind and heart lead to a beautiful soul. Work on finding spiritual peace and kindness.
  3. Improve ourselves – Constant acquisition of knowledge to improve ourselves. It could be focusing on character building, knowledge gaining, interpersonal skills as well as life’s hard skills. As we are open to learning, we will then be able to improve and escalate.
  4. Change our living environment – The surroundings which revolve around us daily will determine what kind of person we are. Stressful environments lead to an imbalance in our health wellness. Improve the quality of our living space will better our physical and mental wellbeing.
  5. Change our mind-set – We are unable to remove all sources causing unhappiness in our lives. The only way will be to change our mind-set and establish the good in every unpleasant situation. Adopting a cheerful and optimistic outlook helps to improve your overall state of mind, enhances your confidence and definitely drive better results in everything you do.