Attended my 2nd session with Bare Aesthetics yesterday evening after work and this time, I managed to snap some pictures for you guys to see!It was basically the same procedure as before during my 1st session except for the initial consultation period and signing of some documents. I was told to change into some 'Sarong' lookalike clothe and then the consultant proceeded on with the treatment. My eyes were covered with tissue and protection goggles throughout the treatment but I could still see the flashes of light when the laser beams go off. Despite being my 2nd session, I was still as tensed as ever. But thankfully, the consultant did inform me of the steps she's gonna take next to keep me well-informed and assured. This is quite important because when your eyes are covered, you insecurity starts to creep in and you're afraid of the heat and pain, and any imminent danger, which is only natural from the psychological aspect.
A simple machine, nothing fanciful nor sophisticated from one look at it.
The drawer beside with the keys are meant for customers to safe keep their belongings.
The bed which you lie on to receive your treatments and the cloth is the 'Sarong' lookalike.
Yes, I went in specs, only because 1 of my contact lens tore and couldn't be worn anymore. But nevermind, managed to get 4 pairs at Raffles City at Spectacle Hut after the treatment! :D
Not sure why I was looking dazed, perhaps because of the nervousness?
Without specs and contacts.
After the treatment.
This was when cooling pads were placed at the armpits and we are supposed to hold it there with our arms pressing against them. This is to soothe the tension and heat, and to calm the skin and pores down. Was left alone for approx 5 mins before the consultant came to apply some cream.
Looks like a pretty dress from afar... haha!
The whole session was very quick as per the 1st session, and took about approx 30mins? I would have to head back for my 3rd session in Nov as the interval session is 2 months apart between a session and the next. This 2nd session encountered more pain than the 1st session's during the treatment and I was cringing and holding and locking my fingers together above my head, which my hands were almost soaked in perspiration. The pain is bearable, something like ants bite as mentioned previously but it feels like bigger ants are biting you. I certainly did not expect this especially since the hairs are supposed to be finer and lesser now. Perhaps my roots are too stubborn?My left underarm itched a little when I woke up this morning, but after bathing, it feels alright again. After treatments, you are only allowed to shave off the hairs and not any other removal methods. Also, I think I'm experiencing some sort of muscle aches on my arms at the biceps areas. Not sure if this is related though, but I didn't strain my arms recently anyway.I expect the aftermath effects to be much better than the 1st session's which I had updated here. I also inquired with them on Brazilian hair removal as well as facials. Here are the packages available.
For more info, you may want to contact them :
328 North Bridge Road #02-24 Raffles Hotel Arcade Singapore 188719
Tel: 6883 2295 Website : http://www.bareaesthetics.sgDisclaimer : This is NOT a paid advertorial/sponsorship, but simply just to share my honest reviews on Bare Aesthetics. Good things are meant to share right? ;)
Bought this recently from Coupree.com for $8.90 which is one of the online deal vouchers website, similar to Groupon and Deals.com.sg, only not as popular. The seller is from http://www.shoppingnspree.net/
, so you may want to think twice before ordering from them? I mean, just as a preemptive measure.
I know, I have been kinda crazy over such deals recently. Maybe I'm becoming more and more auntie-like? :/
So anyway, I hope you guys can resist the temptation of convenience in removing unwanted hair because I couldn't and thought of just giving it a try.
But surrendering my moolah for this crap was really not worth it at all!
It comes with 1 big and 1 small 'holder' for body areas and smaller areas such as upper lips and facial hair. I'd only tried it on my left arm and boy, I sure did regret! Tried it on Tuesday and till now (Friday), I'm feeling all itchy and scaly. Little hairs are growing back and the area which I tried on, has become soooo dry! It now feels so rough.
I was thinking what I could try to salvage the situation and still make my money's worth - that I could still try to use the exfoliating patches (somewhat feels and looks like sand paper) to exfoliate my skin, removing dead skin cells. But seems like it's taken a toll on my skin and so maybe I'll have to drop that idea altogether :(
The vibrator didn't product strong vibrations either, perhaps there was the reason for its ineffectiveness? If you require the vibrator to remove the hairs, then how come the smaller one doesn't need? I'm assuming that it doesn't because the instructions didn't state and moreover, there is no sufficient space to place the vibrator on?
In any case, please don't get this useless crap if you happen chance upon it.Overall rating :
Just a little update on the progress of the underarm hair removal thus far. It has been a week plus since my last treatment which was also the 1st session, I've realised that the growth of the hair is much slower than before and I feel that those areas which have thinner and lesser hairs, would most probably be "cleared" off completely first compared to those thicker ones.
I've also realised that my underarms are much fairer, whiter and smoother now.
Am very pleased with the results especially since I have only undergone 1 session with BA :)
Hopefully everything would be cleared soon so that I can save the hassle going back again and again.
Next session in mid Sept, so stay tuned :)
As previously mentioned in my first entry, I'd bought a Groupon voucher for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for underarm hair removal, sponsored by this Beauty Salon known as Bare Aesthetics (BA). Unlimited sessions for $88. :)
Before buying, I did my homework, trying to search for reviews on BA but as mentioned, couldn't get any except for one girl who blogged on behalf of her bf's experience with them. However, in the process, I did find out about other beauty salons that provided such services, and actually, there are plenty of them! I think it's kind of an 'in' thing now... More and more ladies (and men) are seeking painless, hassle-free and fast experience on hair removal that only technology can fulfill.
Some of the results that popped up, such as Musee Platinum Tokyo and Bella Skin (Fann Wong as the spokesperson) appeared, with reviews. I have to first clarify that as I have not personally experienced their services and hence, am in no position to comment on their service quality, but if you'd googled it yourself, Musee has several negative feedback (except for the one by a blogger Silver Ang who replied to her readers that she had no idea of such poor service quality as she was treated with awesome service standards by them and suggested that perhaps it was because she had to write up a sponsored review on them... Hence, the "better treatment".) I must first applaud Silver for her honesty, because most reviews by famous bloggers are somewhat not accurate. They may have to well, tell a lie or the experience they had were offered on a biased note. And for Bella Skin, it was extremely pricey though I do know most permanent hair removal treatments are expensive (ranging from $1.5k to $2k+).
That's not me LOL
Picture credits to Groupon.sg
I know I'm gonna sound a little silly here, but my impression on BA was form based on their location at Raffles Hotel (Somewhat highclass right? Since there's shops for branded and designer stuffs) and the only worrying issue was whether they would try to psycho me to purchase their products/packages, i.e. hard selling.
Ask anyone on the streets and they would most probably tell you that hard selling doesn't work for them. It's annoying and potential customers are sometimes put off with such desperate acts.
Reading from the one and only blog on BA reviews (but for men's hair removal) mentioned above, I was really delighted to know that there were no hard selling involved! More importantly, no gimmicks too, for example, in order to be entitled to the treatment, you would need to top up additional $$ to purchase particular products or you are given the lousiest package of all which you would be left with no choice but to sign on for the best package for the most effective results.
I was treated reasonably, though I felt that the specialist who served me was a little hostile. Maybe it's her face, maybe our 8 characters don't really tally? Haha, I don't know. But overall, I am impressed and satisfied with BA.
I took a half day leave (sniffs) just to attend my 1st session, which had to be redeemed before the expiry date 20th Dec 2012. Do note that the expiry date does not mean that the voucher is deemed to be invalid after that, but simply means that your redemption and 1st session must be redeemed before 20th Dec, a 6 mths validity after you had bought the voucher.
So, during the 1st session, I was asked to fill some questionnaires on personal particulars such as if I had experienced any other hair removal methods and on which areas, and if I am on any medication or having my period. There are some restrictions which you can't do before and after treatment sessions, such as avoiding suntanning, applying lotions containing vitamin c, applying deodorants etc. You can't pluck and tweeze before and after treatments as well, at least for a few days...
The interval between each session is 2 months, as I was told that this would well, increase it's effectiveness.
So here's my experience with BA in detail.
After filling up the form and signing the undertaking agreement, I was brought to a room with the usual bed and was asked to remove my top and wrap myself with a towel like tube dress. Then the specialist started to shave my underarms a little more though it was already shaven. After that, she tested the treatment on my left underarm and drew some red markings on it. My eyes were covered with a piece of tissue with googles over it. I guess the light is harmful to the eyes. The sound of the machine scared me a little but when she zapped, it felt like just tiny ants bites, still tolerable.
After the testing went well, she proceed with full swing on both underarms.
On a side note, during the treatment, there was alot of drilling going on in the other unit next door and I heard the specialists complaining about it outside during the wait in the room. Guess BA can't be blamed for that right? Haha!
I was informed that the level of pain actually varies from individuals and those with thicker hair would hurt a little more.
She zapped twice on each underarm and I was then given some cooling pads for me to hold under my underarms.
Total time taken was less than an hour, rather fast actually.
Satisfaction level of treatment: 3.5/5 stars (as it's not effective yet, hopefully the level would increase as the sessions go by)
Satisfaction level of service : 3.5/5 stars
Will update on them again when I attend my 2nd session in Sept! :)
I might want to try other services they provide as well if they prove to be satisfactory - IPL on arms/legs and perhaps facials? :)