Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beautiful?


"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mama Mia! Every women's dream skin and overall complexion...

I remember watching Mama Mia - The Movie, with my kids and had a great time. It was full of memories, especially those ABBA songs. Yes, it was like 30 years ago when I was a teenager like my 15 year old daughter.

Other than the fun storyline, the romance and those songs, I remember being quite captivated by a young actress, who played the daughter to the mom, famously immortalised by Meryl Streep.

And I found out that her name is Amanda Seyfried. You can read more about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Seyfried



















Other than her overall youthful demeanor, Amanda has the most beautiful skin, not mentioning her lovely, mesmerizing green eyes. Well, some girls have all the luck! HAHA!




































Just the other day, a patient asked me what kind of skin treatment and procedures she can sign-up to look like Amanda Seyfried, the IT GIRL of Hollywood now.

I was caught speechless, momentarily.

I didn't quite remember what I said, but she burst out laughing saying she was just pulling my legs, and she knew there's no such treatment and confessing how she envied Amanda's skin and complexion, and her wonderfully slim and attractive body, with just the right curves at the right places.

And here's Amanda Seyfried in her latest movie, "In Time".



















I watched it with my loved ones on a weekend two weeks ago.

Amanda Seyfried!

O wow! I know what's troubling my pretty patient now...


Beauty Concept : Tattoos - Beautiful or dirty and ugly?

Do you think tattoos are beautiful? Or are they dirty and ugly?

















Angelina Jolie. and her tattoos.


When I was a young girl, growing up in a certain part of Kuala Lumpur, tattoos are a no-no. Only gangsters get tattoos. If you are stopped by the road and the police found tattoos on your body, you are suspected of being a triad member.

Now, you see tattoos on people you least expect, like that red rose on the shoulder of that lovely young mother who's cradling her 1 year old baby daughter at the mall.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Isn't she lovely?

What is your concept of beauty? Each and everyone of us holds very different views as far as beauty concept is concerned.

Do you often hear people say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? Well, with Katie Holmes, it is easy. I think the percentage of people in agreement with the title of this post will be very high. She's a natural beauty, and we certainly don't have to argue on the concept at all.

Isn't she lovely? Beautiful? Gorgeous? What lovely skin, lovely smile, lovely dress (love that purple, grey shade!) covering a wonderfully, lovely body, AND...Ooooo, what a lovely handbag! Can anyone tell me where I can get something like that? HAHA!

KATIE HOLMES, the natural beauty.

A dressed-up Katie heads out to present at the 2010 Tony Awards in a glamorous Armani Privé dress

Sunday, January 9, 2011

LO & BEHOLD, America's Most Wanted Celebrity Body Parts!

I stumbled unto the article below. I am posting for your reading pleasure. :-) Yes, I find it amusing, if not slightly enlightening. Don't we all sometimes envy those beautiful people we see on the silverscreen. So bewitched we are that we secretly wish we look like our stars. So here we are, with a list of those body parts that we secretly wish we own. Well, we all  know if we ever put them together into one person, he/she will look frightful. What makes a person beautiful is more than the sum of the parts, yes?

What makes us beautiful is who we are inside. The person inside.

Having said that, let's enjoy the article. And please take it with a pinch of salt, yeah? OK, a lot of salt. HAHA!

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When it comes to figures, Jennifer Aniston’s is pretty flawless. But for those looking for some help from the scalpel, long, lean and supermodel-y beat out the petite “girl-next-door” look in 2010.
Aniston came in second for the “Most Desired Female Body” on the 14th Annual “Famed Hottest Looks” survey, compiled by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons Dr. Richard Fleming and Dr. Toby Mayer.


Even after giving birth in December 2009, Brazilian-born supermodel Gisele Bundchen was the most requested body by the doctors' patients. “Different body types are represented on the list because most women are shaped differently and want to look naturally beautiful,” explained Dr. Fleming. “Some women want the lean look like Gisele, while others want to retain their roundness – just not too round. Men, on the other hand, all want a six-pack regardless of their body type.”On that note, Mark Wahlberg took the top spot, pursued by six-packing Channing Tatum and Tyson Beckford.
Aniston came in second again in the category of “Most Desired Hair” (first was country crooner Taylor Swift, third was reality starlet Kim Kardashian) and when it came to schnozzes, Natalie Portman was 2010’s winner, followed closely by Emma Stone and category veteran Nicole Kidman.


In the lips category, Angelina Jolie came in second for the first time in quite some time. The Oscar-winning beauty, famous for her plump pout, was stopped by 26-year-old, newly single, Scarlett Johansson.
The docs said in 2010, keeping it real was the top priority for those seeking artificial enhancements.
“The biggest trend we have seen this year is that patients are requesting a more natural look. If you review the names on the list, you will notice that all of those people look naturally beautiful,” added Mayer. “We have been performing plastic surgery for 35 years and after 35 years of stressing the non-surgical look, our list reflects non-surgical looking people.”

Take a look at all of the winners and runners-up below.




AND THE 14TH ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS ARE...

BODY
Gals
Gisele Bundchen
Jennifer Aniston
Penelope Cruz

























Guys
Mark Wahlberg
Channing Tatum
Tyson Beckford

NOSE
Gals
Natalie Portman
Emma Stone
Nicole Kidman

Guys
Jude Law
Josh Duhamel
Benn Affleck

HAIR
Gals
Taylor Swift
Jennifer Aniston
Kim Kardashian

Guys
Jon Hamm
George Clooney
Chris Pine
















EYES
Gals
Anne Hathaway
Mila Kunis
Megan Fox

Guys
Hugh Jackman
Jake Gyllenhaal
Ian Somerhalder
LIPS
Gals
Scarlett Johanssen
Angelina Jolie
Christina Aguilera

Guys
Ashton Kutcher
Viggo Mortensen
Brad Pitt

CHIN
Gals
Halle Berry
Keria Knightly
Jennifer Lopez

Guys
Jon Hamm
Johnny Depp
Robert Pattinson

CHEEKS
Gals
January Jones
Jennifer Garner
Beyonce Knowles

Guys
Leonardo DiCaprio
James Franco
Will Smith

SKIN
Gals
Amy Adams
Kate Perry
Gwyneth Paltrow

Guys
Neil Patrick Harris
Hayden Christensen
Orlando Bloom

Follow the rest of the article this here:
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/06/gisele-bundchen-mark-wahlberg-plastic-surgery-celeb-bodies/

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Away to Singapore

I was away to Singapore yesterday and this morning for a seminar. Just landed at KLIA and making my way back home. I probably will drop by my clinic along the way.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stay Real, Be Beautiful!

I am sure many of us want to be beautiful, and we unwittingly try to compare ourselves to our most loved celebrities. The truth is, most celebrities aren't always as glamourous as those fancy fashion magazines would like us to believe.
As beautiful and dashing they are, they all need a little help (sometimes a lot!) with digital re-touching. It is call Photoshopping, the art of digital manipulation using the powerful and versatile software, Adobe Photoshop.
Take a look at the pictures below, and ask yourself if you are being unkind to yourself when you do compare yourself to those glossy, glamorous cover pictures on Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, etc.

Britney Spears

Enlarged/ repositioned head, hair and necklace,
Enlarged/ raised contrast on eyes and mouth,
Removed minor wrinkles from eyes, mouth and neck,
Brightened eyes, hair, and skin tone.




Brittany Murphy

Removed lower eye lids,
Smoothed and softened skin tone,
Minimized shadows, brightened eyes and hair color.


Kelly Clarkson

Thinned face and jawline,
Thinned stomach, thighs and behind,
Minimized shoulder.


Eva Longoria
Removed dark circles under eyes, removed blemish on cheek,
Thinned waist, made shirt more transparent,
Enlarged arm, thighs and behind,

Enhanced eyes and hair color.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Removed dark circles from under eyes,
Brightened eyes and evened out skin tone.


Justin Timberlake
Removed dark circles from under eyes,
Removed shine and creases from forehead,
Brightened eyes and hair color, smoothed skin tone.


Keira Knightley
Enlarged chest,
Added volume to hair,
Softened eyes and eye brows.



Madonna

Removed bags from under eyes,
Removed wrinkles,
Brightened eyes, hair, and skin tone.

So, I hope you feel better about yourself now. 
 
There's a big difference between self-grooming and self-delusion. We know the media world  isn't helping us much to feel good about our real selves, living ordinary lives with our imperfect complexion, a figure that is one size too large/too small or our body weight that refuses to cooperate. 

Just remember this, you aren't perfect.

And that's OK!

And like they say, "Glamour is a state of mind" and "Sexiness is a mental attitude".

So, let's all live with an attitude!

The right attitude, that is :-)




Photos taken from http://current.com/1n8hm4c

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I am looking forward to upgrade my website with XIMNET.

I have been using this blogger account to manage my Internet presence for a while. I started out using Blogger because it is convenient and fast.

A few years down the road now, I am seriously considering engaging a professional web company to design my website. My choice is obvious. XIMNET MALAYSIA will be a perfect match in terms of their design skills and industry experience. I consider XIMNET MALAYSIA to be the best web design and Internet strategy company in Malaysia. Well yes, the reasons are obvious.

Recently, XIMNET launched XTOPIA (http://www.xtopia.com.my/), and I am thinking now of using this as the platform for me to serve my customers better. Since it has the ability to manage content with its in-built CMS (Content Management System), track sales opportunities, store my customers database, manage service requests, I think it will be good for me. Another thing is, I am thinking of starting a Loyalty Program and I understand that XTOPIA has a built-in loyalty program system.

I will get started once I am clear on what I want to do and how much I am willing to invest.

Till then...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Poll: How Much Is Beauty Worth at Work?

I picked up this article from Newsweek. Enjoy!

NEWSWEEK surveyed hiring managers and job seekers about the role of beauty in the workplace. The bottom line? It pays to be good-looking.


We’ve all heard the stories about how pretty people have it easy: babies smile more around good-looking parents; handsome kids get better grades and jobs, and earn more money; the list goes on. Still, we’d probably all like to think that we’ve earned our jobs on merit alone—and that, in this economy, it’s our skill that will get us back in the game. But if you believe the results of two new NEWSWEEK Polls, you’d better think again—because in the current job market, paying attention to your looks isn’t just about vanity, it’s about economic survival. Job candidates have always been counseled to dress up for interviews. But our surveys suggest managers are looking beyond wardrobe and evaluating how "physically attractive" applicants are.

NEWSWEEK conducted an online survey of 202 corporate hiring managers, from human-resource employees to senior-level VPs, as well as a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 964 members of the public, only to confirm what no qualified (or unqualified) employee wants to admit: that in all elements of the workplace, from hiring to politics to promotions, even, looks matter, and they matter hard. The eight most interesting revelations:

1. Just Admit It: Looks Do Matter at Work

When it comes to getting hired in the first place, 57 percent of managers believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate will have a harder time getting hired; 68 percent believe that, once hired, looks will continue to affect the way managers rate job performance. It’s a view that’s reinforced among survey respondents from the general public, a third of whom are either retired or looking for work themselves: 63 percent said being physically attractive is beneficial to men who are looking for work, and 72 percent said it was an advantage for women.


2. Looks Matter More Than Education, Apparently

Asked to rate nine character attributes from one to 10 (with 10 being the most important), looks came in third (with a mean score of 7.1), below experience (8.9) and confidence (8.5), but above where a candidate went to school (6.8) and a sense of humor (6.7). Does that mean candidates should throw away their college funds on a nose job? Probably not. But it does show that not all recruiters are looking for an Ivy League diploma.

3. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (We Suppose That Could Be Taken Literally.)

Fifty-nine percent of hiring managers advised spending as much time and money “making sure they look attractive” as on perfecting a résumé. Botox, anyone?

4. Yes, We Knew This: It’s Worse for Women

Most news junkies have probably heard the story of Debrahlee Lorenzana, the Queens woman who sued Citibank last month, alleging she was fired for being “too hot.” Whether or not there’s any validity to the woman’s case, women in the workplace are often faced with a double bind: they are expected to be sexy but can be punished for being too attractive. Sixty-one percent of the hiring managers we surveyed—60 percent of whom were men—said they believe a woman would benefit from wearing clothing that shows off her figure at work. Meanwhile, 47 percent of those same managers said they believe some women are penalized for being too good-looking in the office. As a whole, women are perceived to benefit more from their looks: 39 percent of managers believe that being “very good-looking” is more of an advantage for women than men, while only 16 percent believe the opposite—that it’s more beneficial to men than to women. (Is anybody surprised?)


5. We Hate Fat People—Even Though Most of Us Are Fat

Almost 75 percent of Americans may be overweight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, yet the fact remains that we discriminate against fat people at work and in life. Two thirds of business managers said they believe some managers would hesitate before hiring a qualified job candidate who was significantly overweight.


6. We Also Dislike Old People

Eighty-four percent of managers said they believe some bosses would hesitate before hiring a qualified job candidate who looked much older than his or her co-workers.


7. And Apparently We Think ‘Lookism’ Is OK. (In Certain Situations.)

Sixty-four percent of hiring managers said they believe companies should be allowed to hire people based on looks—when a job requires an employee to be the “face” of a company at retail stores or in sales. But here’s the contradiction: 60 percent of them also said they believe most Americans would favor a law making it illegal to discriminate in hiring based on looks. The reality is more evenly split: 46 percent of the public said they would favor a law making hiring discrimination based on appearance illegal.


8. Don’t Throw Yourself Off the Balcony Yet—Confidence Is Important, Too!

Confidence—and experience, of course—can still go a long way when it comes to succeeding at work. Remember, both ranked first and second on a list of the most important employee attributes. Beauty bias notwithstanding, there are still opportunities for people who aren’t hotties—and lots of them.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Skin doctor in KL, Malaysia?

A few of my patients have been asking me to move my clinic to KL (Kuala Lumpur) so that I can be more centrally located for them.

This is especially true for my expatriates patients as they live in the city and they find travelling to Subang Jaya, or for the matter, Petaling Jaya, a little inconvenient.

I've run my skin clinic for a couple of years now, and while I do find the parking at Taipan, Subang Jaya a little challenging at times, I'll have to say I am rather reluctant to move my practice to KL. I also live nearby Subang Jaya and grown to like this place a lot. Moreover, I cannot imagine driving to KL every morning. I used to do that, but I am happy I don't have to do that anymore.

However, I did consider moving to JayaOne, Section 13, PJ (Petaling Jaya), because I really like the place. But after much consideration, I've decided to continue my practise at Taipan, Subang Jaya.

For those of you who are looking for a skin doctor, or an aesthetic clinic in KL, I hope you can find someone in the city.

Or, if you don't mind the short drive, my clinic, Klinik Christina Chea is really quite easy to find.