Canva: DIY your own graphics

March 25, 2014 | 12 comments so far - join the discussion!

I don’t know about you guys, but for me, I just.. find it extremely difficult to work with some graphic designers. I’m sure there are plenty amazing ones out there, but I’ve never been lucky enough to find one that fits all the points below:

  • Has enough time dedicated to my design
  • Isn’t super major expensive
  • Suits my personal style and knows what I want

I mean, it doesn’t sound that hard right? But these people are so hard to find. It’s like finding a soul mate.. except you pay them to understand what you want. Jees, sometimes, I don’t even know what I want.

However, a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a site called Canva.. which has literally, and I don’t say this often… changed my life.

Canva is a design software which will enable you to drag and drop images into a blank canvas or default layouts for absolutely anything! You can design business cards, website graphics, facebook covers, invitations… anything!

For me, I recently used Canva for my new banner! I’m sure you would’ve noticed the difference when you entered my blog, if not, refresh 1000x to clear your cache and you should be able to see the new design!

The one thing I love most about Canva is that it is so easy to use. I’m not that creative and Canva lets me browse through other people’s designs and choose different layouts and images to let me play around with different pieces and jigsaw everything together.

One thing though, it will not replace Photoshop so don’t expect it to be able to liquify or blend or draw. It only has limited functions. You can Photoshop your own images and upload them into Canva to piece your design together (which is free!). If you do want to use their creative-images, some of them do have a charge of $1.

 

Because the site is still “Invite only” – not too sure when they intend to open it to the public, I will show you little screenshots of what it looks like!

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Basically from the top of the page, you can choose templates of different designs, or you can cllick on “use custom dimensions” if you know what you want! I usually go for custom dimensions because I know exactly what fits into my blog. Unless I wanted to design something else.

 

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Once you start editing, there are hundreds of options for you to chose from. As you can see from the above screenshot, you can add frames into your artwork, choose pre-designed avatars, had text, backgrounds, and there are literally 1,000s of images to choose from!

 

Here is a little banner I pulled together in a few minutes (no kidding).

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And this is another little image I put together in a few minutes for self-promotion. HAHA.

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Must I say more? IN ALL HONESTY, I LOVE CANVA.

 

I think the only downside is that the site is actually still in “invite-only” mode. So it may be hard to access if you do not already have an account. If you do have an account (lucky you), you can also only invite 5 others!

I’m hoping this exclusive access will change soon, but in the meantime, if any of you want an add, just holla at me. I might still have some invites left!

 

Hope this review helped!

 

P.S. This was not an advertorial!

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Non-surgical nose job

March 18, 2014 | 7 comments so far - join the discussion!

So, as I mentioned in my last post.. I’m going to be covering my non-surgical nose job in this post!

Again, please read my disclaimer.
I am not a doctor nor do I claim to know anything at all really. I am trying to share with you my experiences and results.

I’ve never really had an issue with the typical-asian-flat-nose, but I know many asian girls do have an issue with theirs so I wanted to cover it in this post. Without going “under the knife”, it’s actually possible (to some limitations ofcourse) to change the shape of your nose.

The most common method is… once again, fillers. When I covered my “How I got my V line” post last time, I mentioned that I also got nose fillers. I don’t know how many of you are actually interested in this procedure, but I’m sure usually super interested in reading about other blogger’s procedures!

Basically, dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid gel particles which are implanted into the skin to create volume. It can help to maintain volume augmentation for about 6-12months (once again dependent on which product you use). The brand that Susan (My Medical Aesthetic and Cosmetic Nurse Injector from The Laser Lounge) used is called Perlane.

I am honestly no expert when it comes to the “what, how, where, when”s, so if you email me or comment below (I think most of you don’t know I have a comment box because you guys love emailing me! Haha), I can refer all questions to her -  or alternatively, you can email them at info@thelaserlounge.com.au.

 

If you want a face to the name and you missed my last blog post…. here is SUSAN. :)

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And ofcourse you’re wondering, yes, this is right after my procedure with no photoshop. I FREAKING LOVE THE RESULTS, but please read on about the pain factor, close up photos, etc.

 

Okayy….. now onto the post because I know you’re dying to read about it!!

 

Susan had a consultation with me first prior to “fixing” my nose, she told me what she thought about my nose currently, and how I could use fillers to make a higher nose bridge and sharper tip. She also explained all the possible complications to me so that I was able to reconsider if I wanted to. She really is a really really super sweet nurse!!!!

She explained to that the risks of injecting too much at one time, and that safe is better than sorry. So, I’ve actually had TWO sessions for my nose as opposed to ONE. Don’t worry though, I will show you the difference between the two treatments.

 

Does it hurt?

Okay, I think….. this is an important question. Prior to getting my nose fillers, I’ve heard from many friends and bloggers that this treatment is PAINFUL. so mentally, I was quite ready to bear the pain. The first prick in the bridge of my nose actually felt really funny. Infact, it hurt, but I was more concerned about the fact that I could feel a needle in my nose, and eventually some liquid weezing out of it. Think about it for a second… now that’s a sensation I’ve never felt before in my life.

I think the MOST painful part of this treatment is injecting into the tip of my nose. The needle is actually inserted in between your nostrils and the needle is pushed into the tip of your nose. I was extremely uncomfortable during this part of the procedure!! I think I would rate the pain 8.5/10.

But again, like I mentioned in my last post, you can use a numbing cream/ice to help you minimise the pain. Just ask your doctor/nurse!

 

How long does it last?

Can vary from product to product and person to person but Perlane lasts about 6-12months. There are various dermal fillers and some can even be permanent.

 

Results?

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Post-first treatment

 

After my first treatment, I actually had a huge bruise (see the above photo) on the left of my nose!! But the swelling did go down within the first 12 hours and didn’t cause any issues. This can be a side-effect when using injectibles – but ofcourse, its not a big issue, unless the bruising continues for a longer-period of time. If it does, you should contact the clinic/doctor IMMEDIATELY.

 

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Post-second treatment

 

No bruising or swelling following my second treatment. I guess I was unlucky the first time! But because the swelling went down within 12 hours, I wasn’t too worried about it.

 

OKAY, are you sick of staring at my nose yet???

 

Well, keep staring. Haahah. Because this whole post will be about my nose.

As you can see, there is an obvious difference in the height of my nose bridge and the tip of my nose has been lowered slightly. I used to have a big dip between my eyebrows and I had that filled so that it creates a straighter angle down to the tip of my nose. I wish I had drawn lines on these pictures so you guys can see the difference, but if you take out a ruler or pen (anything straight really), you can place it right at the tip of my nose and see how the curvature of my nose has changed.

 

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Post-second treatment

 

 

I think the one thing that most people don’t tell you, is that you may bruise/swell after your treatment and I’m bringing this to your attention because I wasn’t actually expecting this!! When they say “it’s a lunch time procedure”, it doesn’t mean everyone will be comfortable in going back to work! The treatment does take less than an hour – but you may not look the best walking back into the office. I recommend booking in this treatment if you get at least half a day off.

 

I don’t know if I’ll actually re-do the nose filler after 6 months, but I do really like the difference it’s made to the tip of my nose though… but the pain factor is really making me reconsider. Ask me again in 6 months. Haha!!

 

Now, just incase you did forget what my nose looked like before. Here is a before “full face photo” I dug out from a past advert!

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And the after “full face photo”

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The Laser Lounge has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and specialises in Laser Hair Removal, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Stubborn Fat and Cellulite Reduction, Skin Corrective Treatments and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancements. I have done two videos with them which you can see on my youtube channel here and here.

 

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The Laser Lounge – Sydney CBD
12B Westpac Place,
Sussex Lane
275 Kent Street
Sydney NSW

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How I got my V line

March 6, 2014 | 4 comments so far - join the discussion!

I know some of you are really “against” surgery, some of you are “against” injections, and some of you have no problems at all, so just as a disclaimer, these are just my thoughts, my experiences and what you think, and what you experience may differ.

A few years ago, I had my first “jaw reduction” procedure at The Laser Lounge. I’ve always wanted a smaller face because I have a really square jaw and when I went in for a consultation, I was told that anti-aging injections can help to reduce the size of my jaw muscles which can change the look of a ‘wide/square’ face without going under the knife.

Obviously, this meant, LESS RISK and temporary results. But that’s okay, because I wasn’t up for too much risk and cutting my skin to shave the my jaw bones.

I know I didn’t really blog about the “results” in on my blog previously when I had talked about my jaw reduction procedure, but that’s because it’s honestly really hard to show – as it is the Botox (or equivalent) treatment only shows over time.

Okay, so I did abit of research because I didn’t want to give you guys the wrong information (and once again, I’m no doctor, so please just take my words as OPINIONS and not facts).

This ‘non-surgical jaw reduction’ procedure basically helps to reduce the size of your masseters. MASSETERS are two muscles on the side of your jaw that help you to chew. There are two other muscle groups which assist you to chew too – namely the temporalis muscles and pterygoid muscles. So, NO, it does not mean you will not be able to chew if you get this procedure.

For me, my masseters were quite big because I always grind my teeth at night or even, from stress. If your masseters are also big, it can be due to other reasons. Masseters are essentially just muscles right, so it’s very similar to going to the gym – if you work on that particular muscle constantly, it will grow bigger and stronger. By injecting an ‘anti-wrinkle’ product, you can RELAX these muscles and by not using these muscles as frequent, it can result to shrinking the jawline – hence creating a “V” line.

That is basically how it works – IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS. Please speak to your doctor/nurse about this procedure before committing to any sort of treatment.

2 weeks ago, I visited The Laser Lounge to get anti-wrinkle injections on my jaw muscles again and chin fillers. My Cosmetic Nurse recommended these procedures to me for the V line look I was trying to achieve. Please note: This is the look I WANTED, it may not necessary be what YOU think looks good.

 

Pictures taken BEFORE my first treatment:

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I’m aware that one side of my jaw is a little bigger than the other side, but everyones face has flaws. One eyebrow can be higher than the other, one eye can be bigger than the other, one nostril can be smaller, one foot can be smaller, so it is not necessary to tell me I’m not perfect. I’m AWARE OF THIS.

 

My Medical Aesthetic and Cosmetic Nurse Injector is Susan. She’s amazing at what she does. She listens to what you want and explains the procedure step by step in simple layman terms. JUST WHAT I NEED!!! Not to mention, she’s beautiful too!!!

 

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She had a quick consultation with me in my first meeting with her and then proceeded to mark where she would place my fillers. I got my nose fillers too but I’ll cover that in another blog post. TOO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!! But you will see some markings on my nose in this post.

 

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Does it hurt?

Pretty sure this is the question I get asked THE MOST. Well, I think it really depends on YOUR OWN pain threshold, but for me, the pain was bearable. Some areas were much more painful than others. I think like most injections, the first stab hurts the most. If you are scared of needles, you can always close your eyes, or request for numbing cream/ice.

 

How long does it last?

Well, again, it can vary from person to person. It also depends on the product you use! For me, I was told that my treatment could last me from 6-12 months. If you have had the treatment before, results can last longer than your last treatment.

 

Results?

The results are still not the most prominent but I’m so happy with it I think you should all see how my face has changed in JUST TWO WEEKS!!!!

These photos are taken on my phone and NO LIQUIDIFYING or image-editting (apart from adjusting the colours/brightness) were made to these photos.

 

This photo was taken a few days after treatment. You can see that my chin has definitely elongated creating a longer face and smaller jaw. You can sort of see the “V line” in this photo. I also do have a small bruise on my chin from the injection hitting one of my blood vessels. This is a common issue and not life-threatening. Bruising goes away in a few days to a week.

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This is exactly 2 weeks later (also no editting) and you can see that my jaw muscles has definitely shrank. Compare it with the first side photo. My chin fillers were swollen in the first week so it may appear a little longer than in this next photo. But my jaws have definitely shrank after 2 weeks.

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Obviously results will differ from person to person. Sometimes you will see results within 2 weeks and sometimes it may take 8 weeks til you see any difference!!

This below photo was taken like, after 2 weeks and 2 days. Maybe it’s the angle of the photo but I’m really seeing a major difference!!

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For those who have done some research on the above procedures and would like to know more about them, you can email me on janice@chaigyaru.com or better yet, have a consultation with The Laser Lounge!!! The anti-wrinkle product I was treated with is Dysport, whereas the last time I was treated with Botox. Honestly, they work exactly the same under a different brand. Some may find one more effective, but it’s really trial and error.

 

The Laser Lounge has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and specialises in Laser Hair Removal, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Stubborn Fat and Cellulite Reduction, Skin Corrective Treatments and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancements. I have done two videos with them which you can see on my youtube channel here and here.

 

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The Laser Lounge – Sydney CBD
12B Westpac Place,
Sussex Lane
275 Kent Street
Sydney NSW

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DIY gel nailpolish: SensatioNail

February 27, 2014 | 5 comments so far - join the discussion!

I’ve blogged about how much I love gel polish before – to which alot of us in Aust refer to as “Shellac”. The term “Shellac” is sort of like GHD, there are so many other brands out there with a similar product, but we still say “I GHD’ed my hair today”.

 

Well, I’ve never used a “Shellac” kit before to DIY my gel polish, but I have seen lots of different products on the market. Finally, I’m able to try it out myself!!

 

Introducing..

SENSATIONAIL

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I got this Starter kit. Basically, it includes a Gel primer/top coat, Gel Cleanser, Gel polish and a UV lamp to set the polish. This is the result of the polish I used – a Champagne Ice/Pink colour.

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As I already had gel polish on, I had to remove my polish first! I usually get all this done at a salon so I already know how they do it. This time, when I had to do it myself, it was just really easy cause SensatioNail has everything ready for you.

I used the Gel Polish Removal Kit (on the left) to remove my existing polish. It contains a bottle of Acetone, neatly cut pieces of foil with a cotton piece glued to it. The kit also includes a filer/buffer and a wooden stick to help you push the gel polish off. Instructions are carefully written on the back of the box to ensure you do it properly too. Don’t ruin your real nails! That’s how I grew mine to be so long!

 

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The removal process is really easy. Basically you soak the cotton piece attached to the foil with acetone, then you wrap your nail with the piece of foil and soak for 10-15mins. After you remove the piece of foil, your gel polish should be soft enough for you to push it off with the wooden stick.

Buff your nails until they look smooth and you’re ready for your new set of gel polish!

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My polish of choice is THIS ONE because I had to go to a work event this week and wanted to have clean and polished nails. Gel polishes typically last for up to 2 weeks, but I think I’ve worn mine for up to 3 weeks!! So it really depends on how you wear them!

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My SensatioNail UV Lamp is awesome because it has a button on the top which is auto-timed at 1 minute – making it much easier for me to set my gel polish properly without having to use a timer. It also makes a little squeaky noise at 30secs – which allows you to set the Gel primer/top coats which only require 30 secs setting time.

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This is the final result but my first time gel-polishing my own nails!!!

 

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I’m proud of myself! And it only really took about 15-20mins all up!!!

I would actually highly recommend the SensatioNail starter kit and I think I’m going to continue purchasing their products when I’ve finished with this set!

 

SensatioNail will be available in Australia in February 2014. Keep a look out. xx

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Career talk

February 21, 2014 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

Advertorial

Your best days are ahead of you

Why do I say that? Read on.

Most of us aren’t actually in the place of our lives where we ultimately want to be. Right? Well, I for one know I am not yet.

According to 2,000 Australians (research conducted by Open Universities Australia), 58.1% of Aussies are considering another job!

Whether it’s bad pay, long hours, a bad team/employer, sometimes, all we want is a change.

For me? I don’t want a career change. I just want three careers. Greedy, aren’t I?

I’ve never mentioned it, but IRL, I actually do Financial Planning. I hear a loud ‘WOAH’ behind your screen. Haha. I get it all the time! How different from beauty blogging is that?

I mean, I love Financial Planning. It helps me as a ‘growing adult’ to manage my finances and it really helps me guide family and friends too. For me, it’s always been a self-satisfactory career. I love learning about how each strategy can benefit me and my clients, as well as my friends and family. Win win.

But outside of Financial Planning, I’ve always been interested in videography/video-editing. How I wish I was able to create amazing visual content for YouTube, or create a wedding video as beautiful as the ones I’ve seen. My imagination runs wild when I think about what I could POSSIBLY do if I knew how to do it. I love visual art.

So whether you want to make a complete change or  you don’t want to give up your current career but want to learn about something you’re passionate about, then take a look at Open Universities Australia! Basically, Open Universities Australia gives you the flexibility to fit online study into your busy life – no matter what course you want to study and how old you are!

I found this unit called Digital Video Projects 201 which I want to study! You can study all the units ONLINE and the duration depends on the unit itself!

Digital Video Projects 201 is only 13 weeks and the only assessments are ASSIGNMENTS! This means, after the 13 weeks of online studying, I can become a movie-editing expert!

So if you like, you can study individual subjects/units just to learn more about a topic, but if you want an Undergrad or Postgrad, you will need to study sufficient units to complete your degree.

Similar to most colleges/universities, Open Universities Australia gives you the option to access HECS and FEE-HELP so even if you can’t afford to pay for your course today, you can pay it back later. It also offers student counselling, 24/7 tutorial support and access to a student success hub to help you reach your goals.

Read more about Open Universities Australia and know that your best days are still ahead of you!

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