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How I Prepared for Christmas – French Cleanse Program

screenshot_01If you have not checked out our latest video on Black Box’s Channel, please click on the link above! As the name suggests, it’s all about the different ways we can detox in our daily lives and more effectively so with the help of Theresa Beauty’s French Cleanse Juices! Previously I have tried out Theresa’s signature internal detoxification and external slimming treatments. If you wonder why it’s called the “French” Cleanse and how this program originated from, read on!

The French are known for their excellent and sumptuous meals. French women practically don’t get fat. Despite the abundant availability of exquisite French macaroons, breads and cheeses, there is still one golden rule of typical French eating habits – that is, to eat everything in moderation in order to revel in delicious meals but also stay off the kilos.

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The French Cleanse system is formulated with the best fruits from the land of France. Cleansing the body system with its rich organic nutrients to achieve optimum well-being.  The human body is designed to be an extraordinary self healing mechanism. Its number one priority is to consistently return to homeostasis, or “perfect balance”. In perfect balance we experience complete health, vitality, energy and optimum well-being. One of the most important ways our bodies achieve this balance is through detoxification.

Our detox organs (liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) work 24 hours a day to rid our bodies of the harmful toxins and sticky waste products that accumulate in our cells. Processed foods, air pollutants, cleaning agents, the water we drink, medications, even many of the beauty products we slather on to our skin contain harmful chemicals that the body has to continually process. As these toxins accumulate in our cells, our bodies become taxed, overworked and overburdened. We begin to experience breakdowns in our health, digestion, immunity, clarity and our ability to focus.

It is possible to develop signs of pre-mature aging, allergies, unexplained aches and pains, and “stress” headaches. We go through our days feeling thick, heavy, bloated, tired, depressed and discouraged. But we don’t have to! Juice cleansing is a natural way to give our bodies a break, clear out toxic obstructions, and repair degenerated cells. Let fresh raw juices flood our cells with live enzymes, vitamins, mineral and oxygen in their most absorbable form. These are the vital elements that stimulate the body’s innate healing system while flushing out old toxic waste. When the waste is eliminated, our bodies can return to its natural balance and optimum health, leaving us feeling light, clear, healthy and energised!

Cleansing the organs with natural foods in the meantime has become a new type of effective self treatment. The best part is, you can enjoy the juices because they happen to taste good too!

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Theresa recommends that their customers should undergo internal detoxification in order to achieve optimum slimming and detox results. Otherwise, the weight loss process will be lengthy and there is a 90% possibility of weight rebound.

Theresa Beauty’s French Cleanse juices are:

• free from chemical residue that are harmful to one’s health (they may cause cancer and allergies).

• 100% pure fruit, carefully selected from their own farm, pressed, softly pasteurized to preserve nutritional quality and bottled – the fruits used in the juices are certified by many certifying bodies in France. One of which is Ecocert, that guarantees natural cosmetics containing ingredients resulting from Organic agriculture and complying with precise rules aiming at protecting the consumers and the environment. The AB logo belongs to the French Ministry of Agriculture.

• not made from concentrate.

While you enjoy the high quality taste, no sugar, water, preservatives, artificial or natural additives are added. So they are a dietetic drink and need around 2kg of fruits to get 1 liter of juice. In fact, drinking a 250ml glass is equal to 500g of fruits.

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Alene and myself were given 3 flavours for our 3-day French Cleanse – Hibiscus, Raspberry and Apricot.

Benefits of Hibiscus (Main Quality: Detoxification)

1) A natural emollient ideal for softening and healing skin.

2) Stimulates Body Detoxification

3) Improves arterial health by decreasing blood viscosity

4) Hibiscus contains anti-oxidants that help control cholesterol

5) Known to alleviate constipation, bladder infections and nausea.

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Benefits of Raspberry (Main Quality: Ultimate Fat Burner)

1) Raspberries break down fats 5 times faster, reduces weight by 2kg to 4kg and body fat by 5% in one week. Raspberries are excellent source of anthocyanins, the powerful anti-oxidants, which retard the effects of aging, prevent cancer and may reduce the risk of heart disease.

2) Excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C, town critical antioxidant nutrients that help protect the body tissue from oxygen- related damage.

3) Great for alleviating morning sickness and arthritis

4) Folic acid is important in helping the body make new cells, especially red blood cells.

5) Combat viruses and bacteria

6) Drastically increases lipolysis (fat breakdown) in the body as well as greatly increasing your body’s resting metabolism, allowing you to burn stored fat and shed pounds quickly and efficiently

7) Regulate metabolism and break down stored fat.

8) Increases our metabolic rate without heart palpitations like slimming pills

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Benefits of Apricot (High Fibre Detox)

1) High fibre promotes metabolism and prevents indigestion

2) Protection of skin and lungs from oxidative damage

3) A very cooling drink to soothe fever when mixed with glucose or honey

4) Lycopene is known to prevent build-up of fatty deposits in arteries

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So the program is to alternate between the Hibiscus, Raspberry and Apricot juices in scheduled timings throughout the day, from 9am to 8pm while maintaining a low-calorie, protein-based diet (light meals). As you can see I have been conscientiously drinking the juices and really looking forward to my next glass everyday! In between the juices, we have been advised to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. That calls for frequent visits to the washroom to clear the bowels/bladder but it’s all worth it because I never felt so detoxed and healthy! The result is also a less bloated feeling because of better digestion and weight loss.

With the festive season tempting us with parties and feasting opportunities, we will definitely need some of these cleansing juices to free our system from the overloading and calories, and to feel more energetic for our outings!

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Thank you Theresa Beauty for taking care of us with your fresh juices!

For more information on the Number 1 Organic Slimming And Beauty Wellness Center, please visit www.theresabeauty.com.sg. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR all!

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Maiden Hair Treatment @ Chez Vous!

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My curiosity got ignited when fellow blogger and friend Ena introduced me to Chez Vous. She had visited the hair salon and sang its praises about their services and her wonderful experience and I couldn’t wait to check it out! Chez Vous is a beauty outfit veteran (with a 19-year history) that has just gone through a stunning facelift at their Takashimaya location!

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With a redefined layout and designer interior setting the stage for a series of innovative and ambitious initiatives, the 2,000 square foot elite beauty powerhouse exudes a reassuringly unpretentious yet chic sophistication. I felt very comfortable in the salon and was amazed by Chez Vous’ attention to details and care towards customers’ needs. You can even have your manicure sessions in the salon – that’s killing 2 birds with 1 stone, which is awesome for busy working professionals like myself.

I was particularly intrigued by their display wall of products and brightly colored hand sculptures. These sculptures represent the hands of the many people that have been on Chez Vous’ journey, reminding them that the success of this unassuming industry heavyweight was built neither ovenight nor alone.

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 The remixed Chez Vous now tastefully flaunts a focus on aesthetics combined with experiential elements from arrival to departure. The interior’s piece de resistance is unmistakably the handsome panelled wood sculpture artwork that forms a man’s face that transforms in expression given your perspective.

Apart from each plush styling pod equipped with in-seat entertainment gadgets, the salon is also uniquely conceptualised using defined “zones” – the SPLASH calming head wash area, the WOW private room, the HYDRA reception bar; each designed to please and pamper the clients.

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After a privileged tour of the salon, I was showed to my seat, all ready to be pampered by the Chez Vous professionals!

And my “throne” of the day looks like this, fit for a princess! Almost a private space all to myself, I quickly settled in and got my hair assessed by Jamie before the treatment began.

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By the way, Chez Vous boasts a “only hair directors allowed” policy – the first of its kind in the hair salon industry in Singapore with an unparalleled roster of beauty experts. I had no doubt that my hair would be well taken care of :) And only just in time before my major event started, because my hair had looked like this:

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 A long mess of frizz and parched haystack :( I mean, I have been so busy working that I had neglected taking care of my hair and going for regular treatments. And for hair like mine that had been chemically treated and also given the length, it practically needs special attention for basic maintenance.

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Taking some more shots of that mess of a head before I bid it goodbye for real!

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So Jamie had advised that I go for their keratin treatment that will defrizz and smoothen the unruliest of hair textures. And I also requested for a hair cut to chop off that long mob that had no longer done justice to my photo-shoot pictures. The length (almost waist-length) had caused some hair-fall and its weight was a bit too much for my petite frame. So finally, I’m cutting my hair!

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Enjoying a cup of hot camomile tea I ordered during the treatment.

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And I’m not kidding when I said that they have a drink menu! And it includes selections like americano, latte, teh tarik and peppermint tea?! WOW.

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They even have a tablet at the vanity table right in front of me purely for entertainment purposes. You can watch your favourite programmes, movies, play games, etc.

Yup, its almost like your own home!

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Pre-loaded apps for your enjoyment.

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During the treatment, Jamie and Eugene both advised on the post-treatment care procedures, and gave me the Ultra Rich Keratin Care Shampoo & Conditioner for my usage at home. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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As the treatment was underway, I also took time to browse Chez Vous’ corporate profiles and came across its Chief Director & Co-Founder’s – Thomas Teo. It was really interesting to find out that they had listed their stylists’ credentials, strengths and years of experience. This December, Chez Vous has also kicked off their “We’ll Fix It” initiative that boldly promises to miraculously repair manes that recently have been badly treated or cut. And for Thomas, in this instance, his ‘Fix You Programme Lead’ will be in haircut correction and color/highlight correction.

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Spotted this mannequin in Chez Vous, their way of supporting local fashion designers – Depression (AW14 Collection – Dark Nature). It was thrilling to me to know that Chez Vous also supports local fashion talent, and symbolically doing so even within the physical arena of the salon. In many aspects, I share the brand sentiments and philosophies of Chez Vous and is honoured to be part of the Chez Vous team in promoting fashion and beauty and their accompanying campaigns/initiatives!

And before I know it, bright smiles and thrilled with the results after the keratin treatment! My hair looked so much healthier, shinier and softer. I felt ready to take on the world!

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With my stylist, Jamie <3 Thank you for being awesome and I really love the hair cut!

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This private WOW room was where I took all my selfies because the lighting was so good and I had all the space to myself for the self shots :P

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Unbelievable improvement of my hair quality after the cut and treatment. My hair color was also enhanced and the overall look became so much more lively and radiant :D

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 Chez Vous’ signature menu ranges from the buzzing Ikebana series to scalp and Keratin treatments and Korean styling by one of their own hair directors whom hails from Korea. The salon continues to expertly deliver on its core offerings while naturally, using only the creme de la creme when it comes to products and technology.

Upcoming initiatives will also include cheeky by-appointment only makeover parties coined “Mix, Mingle, Makeover” as well as their #ThursdayisthenewFriday programme once a month where there will be a surprise treat for all guests e.g. macaroon and wine butler service, waive of bills etc, ongoing campaigns and efforts to support emerging designers. As a show of their support, Chez Vous’ shopfront will regularly be transformed by Singapore’s design personalities on the rise.

With its A-list team of directors, a genuine commitment to their craft and service, and a new tastefully chic environment set to awe, the revamped Chez Vous will undoubtedly prove itself not only a mainstayer but also a pioneer in the art of hair.

Thank you, Chez Vous, and till my next trip, love ya!

To my readers, simply quote “Melissa Jane” to enjoy 10% off your bill (chemical services) when you visit Chez Vous. Look for my stylist, Jamie Seah :) Offer ends 30 Jan 2015.

For more information on Chez Vous, please visit www.chezvoushair.com and their respective social media channels!

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[Black Box Editorial] Florals for Autumn/Winter 2014

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For every flash-in-the-pan fashion fad there is a timeless and chic look that you can pull off practically every season. Just be a little more adaptable and tweak the details.

Being a lover of florals, there experiences a great comfort to know that they never really go out of style. We see flowers, flora and fauna everywhere, and they all began from Mother Nature. The inspiration for the evolution of floral designs emerged from the natural environments, too. Flowers-as-adornment is as old as the hills. The painting of blossoms and prints on clothing were first seen on Japanese kimonos in the year 794 and on rich Genoese velvets in the 1400s.

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Because florals are so pretty to look at, and so feminine in every way, they keep coming back in different patterns and styles. There are countless interpretations to appeal to any taste – from soft, watercolour petals to full-on flower power.

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The celebrity floral-print obsession has also been ongoing for many seasons, but the opportunity for our favourite fashionistas to deliver the newest and most gorgeous crops never ceases.

All over prints are always great, but they usually attract a lot of attention, especially with bold colours and luxe fabrics. For a subtle approach, choose only a floral top or bottom (not both) or spruce up a simple outfit with a lively floral details or accessories such as a brooch or scarf.

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For Autumn Winter 2014, wear your floral prints, and think along the lines of folk and fairy tale, glitter, velvets, jewels and quilting. While trends are enticing, think about your personality and dress the part to bring out your inner best.

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[Swatch]: 2014 Seaons Special/ Flik Flak Winter Tales Collection/ 25th Anniversary Philippines

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Hello guys! Swatch is proud to present the perfect holiday season gift for those that can’t resist a peek inside the parcel.

The Swatch 2014 Seasons Special, HOLIDAY TWIST (SUOZ709S) is a numbered and limited edition piece which only has 14,999 worldwide. It reveals a secret symbol colour of holiday fun every day, through a Christmas tree shaped window on the dial and comes in a special packaging scattered with cut-out Xmas trees.

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HOLIDAY TWIST is geared up for party-time, glamorously mirroring the fashion world’s current claim that gold is the new black. This collectable piece is a must have for all Swatch Fans and makes a great Christmas gift this season! It is now available at all Swatch Boutiques in Singapore. Hurry now to get your limited piece only at S$167!

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HOLIDAY TWIST comes with a Christmas appropriate packaging that’s perfect for the season.

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FOR KIDS

As for Flik Flak, they are pleased to present the Winter Tales 2014 Collection – White dreams for her ZFTNP001 and White dreams for him ZFTNP002. This festive watch for kids promises happy endings as the gift of time-keeping plays lead role in magical wintery fairy tales.

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Flik Flak watches for girls

Snowflakes, Stars, Santa Claus and Reindeer around the winter wonderland strap, creating an iconic signature of Switzerland tucked up in the season’s snow. A snug stocking comes with every watch, mirroring the snowscape and giving the kids the festive atmosphere.

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Being the first child’s watch to translate the concept of telling the time into accessible fun and entertainment, Flik Flak Winter Tales is available at all Swatch Boutiques in Singapore.

I remember loving and wearing Flik Flak watches when I was little, because they look so colorful and quirky yet so pretty. Even as a kid I was already looking forward to new Flik Flak collections at Swatch retail stores!

This hot pink piece matches so many of my outfits – I interpreted it as a versatile design that’s great for casual looks or even something a little more dressy. In any case, the pretty Swatch cheers me up whenever I put it on!

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Swatch 25th Anniversary Philippines

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Swatch has launched its 25th Anniversary Philippines” Limited Edition watch 2014, SWATCH SABEL! This New Gent watch comes with a specially designed sleeve with only 999 pieces worldwide!

SWATCH SABEL is a collaboration with Philippines’ National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera better known as Bencab. He is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art.

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For over 30 years, Swatch has been working closely with painters, musicians and designers to take art onto your wrist. Swatch has always been connected to contemporary art and bringing together artist from all over the world.

Get your hands on this collectable piece today at only S$99! Available at all SWATCH boutiques while stocks last :)

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