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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Carinn x Invisalign: ClinCheck (Treatment Plan) - Predicting the Future of My Teeth!

Hola! As promised, I am back with more updates on my teeth! This is like taking vanity and LOA to another level dy, but I think you'd wanna know how Invisalign works as well right? What more when I have discovered this uber cool psychic tool that predicts the future of my teeth! YES, REALLY! Video included as well so you'd know what I'm talking about ;)

So after about a month, my Clincheck aka Treatment Plan was finally ready! According to, Clincheck is a 3D virtual representation of all aspects of the anticipated treatment. It allows the orthodontist to evaluate final tooth positions, amount of individual tooth movement, rate of tooth movement and more! It's not only helpful to the Invisalign provider, but to the receiver as well as we are able to opt for any changes before starting the treatment to get the most desired results. For those who have asked, I now know exactly how long I'll have to wear my aligners for! *Btw, thanks Zoe for the photo!

The Clincheck took about 45 minutes in total. I TOTALLY did not expect it to be a computerised report. In my head, it would be a printed version and the orthodontist would have to sit me down and circle and explain each tooth movement to me LOL. In the end, Dr Matthew demonstrated and explained about the whole software to me and I picked it up by myself after that XD It's THAT simple and convenient, not to mention accurate as well!

I shall try my best to explain what I learnt that day, in layman terms. These are some of the images I took from the computer. So as you can see, this is my teeth. It seems pretty neat right? But that's because this is the AFTER results. Remember my teeth mould? You can read about it HERE. At the Invisalign HQ, my teeth mould was scanned into the 3D version to allow for calculation and 'prediction' of my projected teeth movement. Pretty cool, huh? 

Each tooth is numbered to make it easier to identify. The software is super cool as it allows you to rotate and flip the teeth model around, view from literally each angle and the top & bottom teeth separately.

You are probably wondering what's the pink spots on my teeth? These are to simulate the number of attachments and where they will be placed on my teeth. I thought they would all be squares but apparently they come in other shapes and sizes as well. Attachments are the clear equivalent to brackets on braces and are used to help the aligners grip on better. I'll explain more when I put them on! Anyway, it seems like I have quite a few attachments to put on..

My bottom row of teeth. They are numbered as well and yes, I have to have attachments on my bottom teeth as well to assist the shifting of my teeth. See those tiny numbered diamonds? They are actually indications of how much I have to have my teeth slimmed down for IPL (slimming or stripping of the teeth to make it smaller so it'll have space to move). Glad I'm a suitable candidate for stripping, if not I'd have to get some teeth extracted so as to make it less overcrowded ><

The gaps between teeth 4.2, 4.1, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 will be stripped by 0.5mm each. The gap between 3.3 and 3.4 will be stripped by 0.2mm. I did ask if this process would be bad for my teeth and make it weaker but my orthodontist pointed out that as the stripping is done minimally (not even 1mm) and at different times, it will be alright. Apparently, it doesn't hurt as well. These accumulated small strippings will make a BIG difference!

My top row of teeth (sorry for the blur photo). This is how my teeth will look like after the whole treatment. Dr Matthew said that it's not noticeable now, but after my teeth becomes straight, the jagged and uneven edges would be obvious so he will do a enameloplasty for me which is basically reshaping or recontouring the outer layer of the tooth to make it straight. Yay I can't wait!

I noticed that my two front teeth (1.1 and 2.1) are still quite big compared to the rest of my teeth so I requested for Dr Matthew to do IPL for my two front teeth also. It will be stripped 0.5mm each as well. Also, I think the attachments on teeth 1.1 and 1.2 will be quite obvious, even though they are clear, and Dr Matthew said that I can opt to place these two attachments at the back of my teeth if I'm not worried about it being uncomfortable for my tongue. He was very accomodating and open to discussion which really made me feel comfortable to voice my thoughts and he also gave helpful suggestions to help me make my decision better. :D After he has made the necessary changes, the final report will be sent to HQ and my aligners will be manufactured!

Ok lah talk so much also you guys can't imagine what I'm saying so I might as well show you a video! It's a very simple and quick one I edited but you get the rough idea! WATCH. It's a timelapse of how my teeth will slowly move for the whole treatment. The lit-up yellow parts are to indicate on which pair of aligner should I start doing the gradual strippings. SO COOL TO SEE MY TEETH TRANSFORM!


If you're wondering how long my treatment will be... It is estimated that I will have 28 aligners prepared for me. Each aligner takes about 2 weeks before it needs to be changed so all in all, I would need to be on Invisalign treament for a year and a month? That's super fast! If I were to do braces, I'm sure it'll take even longer and I'll definitely have to have extractions done ><

Told you the software is really easy to navigate. After awhile, Dr Matthew left me alone to play with my teeth model and see if there's anything I'd like to change. I felt like a kid, so suaku fascinated seeing this for the first time. I'm so glad this 1st Clincheck went well and I don't have to send it back to HQ for any major changes! This means.. I'll be able to get my aligners next month! OMG! The wait is killing me, I can't wait to start my treatment soon! <


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Monday, 29 June 2015

Shopping: Ensogo Malaysia - One-Stop Shopping Destination

More and more group buying sites are launched recently, can you keep track? It's ok if you can't because your resident shopaholic (me, duh) is here to keep you up to date! Mummies (or mums to-be), I'm sure you will appreciate this. My mum herself is a group-buying site lover so if you're a bargain hunter like her who love searching for good deals online, read on!

Cue Ensogo Malaysia. Founded in 2010, Ensogo is Southeast Asia's premier online shopping destination that feature an exclusive selection of products, services and travel offers at competitive prices. At Ensogo, the best offerings from the latest consumer electronics, state-of-the-art gadgets, luxury accessories, styling home furnishings, fashion finds or even an exclusive buffet dinner can be found at the best offers. Once you log on to the website, you will be greeted by a pop-up that rewards you with RM10 voucher for signing up. Free RM10 to shop, who dowan?

A quick look at the main homepage and you can see that it is cluttered with offers from food to accessories to beauty and home living. Though I normally wouldn't encourage purchasing branded goods online, all offers at Ensogo are handpicked by the team and only highly reputable brands and merchants are selected. Just be smart and not go for the offers with ridiculously low prices yea? (speaking from experience from other group-buying sites here) Quick and seamless delivery of orders are done and should anything go wrong, the customer service team is always ready to assist. The 'Search' bar is also useful to search for any deals you desire!

Let me take you on a quick tour around the site. There are several tabs to look out for whilst you're there and being me, of course I clicked on the Fashion tab to check out the latest, most affordable fashion offerings they have. I must say I'm quite impressed by some of the clothes and accessories posted!

Another highlight of Ensogo is that they provide great deals for parents and caregivers. Just click on the Home and Living tab, and check out the micro tabs they have. Ensogo carries baby supplies from educational toys to prams to milk bottles and many more for supermommies! All products are delivered at rocket speed for the parents' convenience. Other household items (besides Home Decor, one of my fave sections!) such as detergents, soaps, diapers and more are available. Stalk their site every Monday for deals at unbeatable prices!

Hmm what else, you ask? FOOD, of course! Like any group-buying site, it wouldn't be complete without food deals for the foodies around. Already spotted a few deals and cuisines I'd like to try, please go check it out for yourself!

I've personally tried shopping on the site last week. Can you believe I managed to get a pull-up bar for my bf for only RM22 (original price: RM109) and a sleeping bag for my brother for only RM47? Plus, I have the RM10 sign-up voucher which made my purchase even more affordable. I've yet to receive the sleeping bag though. One tip when shopping on the site is not to expect delivery time to be the same for all products. For instance, the pull-up bar took 4-6 delivery days to arrive while the sleeping bag needs 2-4 weeks to be delivered. Always check these terms before you purchase and if you are willing to wait, go ahead and grab these good deals!

Before I end this post, here's something special for my readers. I have an exclusive RM20 discount code for you which lasts this week (1 - 7 July 2015), so hurry and go shop! Use my code CARINN20 to get RM20 off your purchases (minimum purchase of RM60) on now!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Carinn x OOTD: Shift Stylin' ft. Dressabelle Malaysia

I'm finally back in action with another OOTD post! One of my biggest um, problems at work lately is finding work-appropriate outfits. My accumulated college and uni wardrobe has tons of shorts and crop tops *oops. My company promotes a fun work-environment but that doesn't mean I'm crazy enough to wear shorts to work! I still had to find something formal enough, per se, for work and yet still casual for a day out.

Cue Dressabelle Malaysia. Their philosophy is to apply Style, Affordability and Quality to all their designs - to combine quiet beauty with distinctive designs. What started off as an experiment by two friends who wanted to find a platform to share their personal style became a successful and well-known blogshop of 2 and a half years from Singapore. Many of my favourite fashion bloggers i.e Drea Chong, Melissa Koh & Christabel Chua have sported their outfits. I was contacted to be one of their ambassadors and I was super excited about it as I've been eyeing many of their pieces for a long time! Well, knowing that my size isn't easy to shop for is the reason why I've yet to purchase from them online. UNTIL I found out that they have a branch in Johor Bahru and their offline boutique is located not far from where I stay! Dressabelle has a wide range of work outfits that are far from frumpy or boring. Contemporary chic is what I would call their designs. Plus, they frequently launch new collections at great bargains to tempt girls like me!

Black Lace Shift Dress - Dressabelle Malaysia // Floppy hat - Taobao // Clutch - Vincci // Loafers - gifted // Crystal gem necklace - Lovisa Jewellery

Wearing 3CE Lip Lacquer in #Backstage (review here)

Photo credits to Eunice Tham

I was lucky that their Warehouse Sale happened to be on that weekend and I decided to drop by with my mum to grab some pretty clothes at discounted prices. It'll also give me a chance to try out some of the clothes before I picked what I wanted to review :p To be honest, most of Dressabelle's clothes' cutting are quite big for an extra petite girl like me. However, I still managed to grab four awesome pieces from them, two of which were sponsored. From my haul, this dress that I bought was my favourite! I've had my doubts about shift dresses initially as they are mostly shapeless and will make me look shorter, but I was wrong. A tip when finding shift dresses is to find one that cuts just above the knees and where the sleeves end above your elbows. I love plain shift dresses the most as you can either wear it as it is for the laidback look, or dress it up a little. Now I want MORE shift dresses!

This dress was perfect to be thrown on and just head out the door. It has the lovely aztec/ lace details on the outer layer and sleeves that makes it so interesting. Did I mention that most of my outfits are very monochromatic lately? All black just suits my lounging mood for a day of cafe-hopping with the girls (though it may not suit the theme of the cafe we went to). So I decided to amp up the look a little by throwing on a simple long necklace, floppy hat, foldable clutch and topped off with a red lip to stand out.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is pretty much the 'hipster' look lately, right? :p Not much styling required, but it still looks like you've spent hours putting together your look. I'm still in that stage where I just love dressing up in simple, kinda lazy outfits that sometimes I wish I can just wear my pyjamas to work (this is so not me). Let me know what you think about this by hyping me on Lookbook, perhaps? :)

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)

It's official. Dressabelle Malaysia's clothes are my inspiration when it comes to workwear and casual wear for both teens and working adults. They've got everything your wardrobe needs and you can dress their quirky pieces up or down. The price may seem a little high for students but is totally wallet-friendly for a working professional, without skimping on quality. The constant promotions, weekend surprises and discounts are enough to drive a girl crazy, so make sure you sign up for their newsletter to get the latest updates. Speaking of discounts, feel free to use my code 'DSBXCARINN20' to get 20% off your purchases! *Valid until 30th June 2015
I'll definitely stalk their site and drop by their store again soon. Looking forward to DSB bringing in more sizes for petite girls like me soon! :p Keep updated with the trendiest outfit from their website and social media now!
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DSB Boutique (JB)
Address: L1-06, Block A, Akademik Suite, Jalan Austin Heights Utama, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: +607-3610313
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday - 11am - 6pm, Friday - 11am - 5pm (closed on weekends)


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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Carinn x Invisalign: First Invisalign Consultation at Q&M Dental Surgery (Johor Bahru)

I'm here to talk about what went down at my first ever Invisalign consultation! I'm really a blessed girl. First I win the contest, which is totally unexpected (!!!), then I'm told that there is actually an orthodontist in JB who is willing to sponsor my treatment and on top of that has agreed to sponsor the whole process fully. Touched until can cry T.T

The clinic is none other than Q&M Dental Surgery in Taman Molek. Now, there aren't many well-known dental surgery clinics in JB, what more those that provides Invisalign treatments. Q&M Dental Surgery (Johor Bahru) is part of Singapore's largest private dental group and I've been told that it is one of the best there is by friends living in Singapore. Imagine my excitement! Their mission is to provide quality and accessible dental healthcare to the nation. I'll share more about the clinic as I go along in the future.

First things first. I was led to one of the consultation rooms to get some photos taken by the nurses. Both front & side profile, with teeth showing and without. Don't laugh at my noob face ok! 

*WARNING* Graphic images ahead (HAHAHAH not really)

My teeth!! A rubber stopper was used to stretch out my lips for the photo. I had to clench my teeth for that. For the top and bottom row of teeth, a mirror was inserted into my mouth to get a clearer picture. FYI, the nurses had their own camera to take down my records but I requested their help to take these photos for me (so I had to do it twice haha) for my own record. I did think twice about sharing this on my blog (cos not very pretty mah) but decided to share in the end because I'm sure my readers would wanna know how the process goes right? This part of the process is pretty much the same as for normal braces.
Please don't laugh at my ugly teeth, later I get nice teeth after Invisalign dy you don't jealous XD 

Torture tools! Haha jk. I've never really had a fear of going to the dentist, do you?

The nurses preparing the soft jelly to make my teeth mould. Did I mention that the nurses there are all super nice and helped me take photos (without looking at me like a weirdo) AND their photos are pretty decent wan! Yay.

After 2 minutes.. Here's the bottom mould of my teeth! The same process was repeated for the top row of teeth.

After that, it was time to have my X-Ray taken to check the condition of my teeth clearly. I had to remove all my jewellery and wear this blue vest. Not really sure what it's for but the jewellery or any metal objects might interfere with the magnetic fields of the X-ray, so its best to remove them just in case. This isn't your conventional X-ray. The chin rest can be adjusted automatically and I had to bite down on a plastic tab. There was a screen in front of me and two bars/ sensors moved 360degrees slowly around my head to get the full X-ray of my teeth.

Here's the X-ray of my teeth. I almost forgot to shoot this but one of the nurses got a good shot for me yay. To be frank, I was nervous about my wisdom teeth giving me problems as none had ever grown before. My friends always say I'm not wise enough because of this -.- 

From the X-ray, the dentist could tell that all four wisdom teeth are present deep inside my gums. For the bottom two, they seem to be facing sideways so it is unlikely that they will be growing out, maybe only the top bit. But for now, I don't have to get a wisdom tooth extraction surgery done because they will not be giving my other teeth any problems in the long-run. Thank goodness, I've heard so much about how painful it is to get your wisdom tooth or worse, when they're extracted!

When Dr Matthew arrived, I was led to another consultation room to get the second mould done and have a chat with my orthodontist. Check out all his certs on the wall!

These plastic things are to hold the soft jelly and are to be inserted into the mouth - one for top and one for bottom row of teeth. The one with a tiny bulge is for the bottom row and it's where your tongue is supposed to go. Some orthodontists use metal ones. They're huge btw! And I think there are various sizes for these. For me, my mouth is apparently small so they had to dip the plastic holder in hot water and reshape it a little before inserting into my mouth XD Also, Dr Matthew gave me two of these to bring home for fun hehe.

Dr Matthew noticed that my teeth are quite large for a tiny girl like me. For Invisalign, besides a painless and clear solution, another reason to love it is that it is not necessary to get extractions done. Whee! I don't have to get extractions done but he recommends that I do stripping or IPR for my teeth, which is something like 'slimming down the teeth' by filing it and making it smaller so that there is more space for the teeth to move.

After a quick chat and walk-through about what Invisalign is about, learning about some terms (which I will be sharing more of next time!) and understanding what I want for my teeth, it was finally time to have the second mould taken. The first one was for record-keeping by the clinic and every few months, a new mould will be made to track the progress of my teeth. This 2nd mould is to be sent to the Invisalign headquarters in USA to be accessed, hence 100% precision is necessary! Dr Matthew is injecting a yellow PVS solution here on top of the purple jelly for the mould.

Got swag anot? Kinda reminds me of Tron: Legacy haha. Dr Matthew is so considerate and provides shades for all his patients so that they do not feel bothered by the light above the reclining chair. No, the nurse isn't trying to strangle me here. She is just holding the mould firmly on my bottom row of teeth to keep it in place and get the correct shape. It amused me that there was one dentist and 6 nurses helping me with this part LOL. 

The nurse also applied Vaseline on my lips first to avoid cracking of dry lips. Each mould requires 6 minutes to set and according to Dr Matthew, this was the hardest process of the Invisalign treatment and kept apologising. To me, this was nothing and also inevitable cos I just wanted the best for my teeth! It's a very messy process though, what with the yellow solution dripping down all over my mouth (cos of gravity, says the dentist XD) and my saliva filling up the cavity of my mouth LOL. Another nurse was on standby to use the suction device and suck up any excess saliva and keep the mouth relatively dry.

The first two times failed because like Dr Matthew said, the back molars of the top row of teeth were always the hardest to get correctly. Dr Matthew had to stick on additional silicone at the end of the mould just so he knows exactly where to place the edges of the plastic holder against my teeth. The first time, we could not get the back teeth correctly while the second time, it was the front. Third time's the charm and we finally got it perfectly right! My dentist is a perfectionist and only wants the best for his patients :D So after roughly half an hour, I finally got both moulds perfectly done and here's the results! Can't wait for the model to be ready and sent to Invisalign HQ!

Btw, if you ask me how it felt, the jelly is actually a little bitter. The mould can sometimes be a little hard to remove after that. Also, I had no idea that there was a bit of numbing agent in the solution so my mouth felt funny after I left the clinic haha. If you're wondering why two colours are needed for the top row, it is because both solution are of different viscosity to retain the shape better and get a more precise model. Like I said, the top row of teeth is always harder to get right. The purple one is the base and feels clay-like while the yellow one is runny & sticky to get to hard-to-reach areas. The mould can last up to one month and therefore makes it sturdy enough to last the journey to the HQ!

And we're done with the first consultation! It took only about an hour and a half and by the time we were done, the first model of my teeth was ready! Super fast. Nah, here's how it looks like in case you're wondering. From the front it looks pretty close to the real thing and it's quite interesting to see how my mouth looks on the inside in 3D!

Had a little chat with Dr Matthew's pretty and friendly wife, Zoe, after the consultation. She is the General Manager of Q&M Dental Surgery in JB and also Mrs Malaysia Universe 2015 Champion! How cool is that :D She shared a lot of her experiences with me throughout the pageant and more. Looking forward to catching up with her soon!

Wefie with the GM & nurses!

Zoe is so nice, she got the entire clinic to gather for a photo taken with me! Omg I felt so shy cos it's not like I'm some kind of celebrity *hides* but I'm so happy she insisted on getting this shot taken. You guys (and I) will be seeing more of the kind people at Q&M Dental Surgery Molek in the future and this is just the first step! <3

I know this post is very long already so I'll be ending it here. Oh yea, I just got news that my Clincheck is ready! I'm going to see what is in store for me this Tuesday, excited max! Will keep you guys updated xx.


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Friday, 19 June 2015

Girl Talk: Shiro Waki Hime Underarm Exfoliating, Peeling and Brightening Cream (White Princess)

I guess you could say that this is another post that calls for some discretion. From the photo and title, you should be able to tell that I am going to talk about something not commonly discussed.. The armpits. I have no idea why underarms are associated as something of a taboo to talk about though.
It's beach-season now and fellow wanderlusters are going to the beach. I myself have yet to shop for my beach outfit but I'm going to soon! Anyway, you'd want to dress in tank tops, singlets and bikinis at the beach right? But you don't have the courage to because of this problem - dark underarms. Even after shaving, you still don't feel confident enough to wear sleeveless clothes? If you Google "armpits" in the search engine, key words like "dark armpits" will come up as well. Seems like it's a pretty big issue with many women, especially women aged 30 and above. It's even said that if not treated right, it gets darker as the years go by!

Now, what are some of the causes of dark underarms?
- Dead skin & pores clogged with dirt and sebum
- Melanin pigmentation
- Damaged pores from sweat stains
-Friction from inappropriate clothing, razors or epilators
- Clogged keratin (protein)
- Ingrown hair
- Exposure to UV rays

Now, don't be fooled by this tiny tube. The Shiro Waki Hime is the best seller in its category for catalog shopping in Japan. Most underarm whitening creams are used to remove dirt only, not whiten the armpit and uses chemicals like carbonic acid. There is a demand for the Shiro Waki Hime and it gives peeling and moisturising effects for dark underarms instantly, while acting as a foundation!

The tube has a tiny nozzle to squeeze the product out. It is a thick, white cream with hardly any smell when you apply it on. The main ingredients of the products are 6 types of hyaluronic acid (moisturising ingredient) and squalene (sebaceous component made by the body). The whitening effect comes from Titanium oxide. It whitens the skin colour and has high colouring and covering powercovers unevenness of the skin, has high refractive effect and is an imperative ingredient for most foundations or food. It is mainly harmless to the human body.

This product not only gives you instant results for a quick fix, it also has high moisturising properties to keep your skin protected! Did I mention that it is also super easy to use? All you need is 10 seconds! The process starts with absorption, peeling, whitening and moisturising. You can use this right before going out or in the shower. Simply apply a small amount (bean sized) over the armpit for 10 seconds. Let the clay-like cream absorb dust and dead skin before rubbing it off gently. I was totally not expecting the eraser dust-like effect as the cream still felt wet on my hand. The titanium oxide then coats the top layer of the skin and leaves a white coating because of its refractive properties.

K I know this is not something you'd see everyday but read with an open mind lah dei.. Everyone has armpits so there's nothing to be shy about! The results after just one use was not very obvious but you can see that the underarms have definitely whitened up a little, except the creases which will take more time to clear up. Will continue using the product to see if it produces better results!

Now, go forth and flaunt your arms in that tank top of yours!

The Shiro Waki Hime is now available in retail stores! Get it for RM59 from Sasa outlets nationwide.

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