MOVIE REVIEW #05: PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER

Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Produced by: Bernd Eichinger
Based on: Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Starring: Ben Whishaw: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille × Alan Rickman: Antoine Richis × Rachel Hurd-Wood: Laura Richis | Dustin Hoffman: Giuseppe Baldini
Production Company: Castelao Productions | Neff Productions | VIP Medienfunds 4
Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures | Constantin Film (Germany) | Metropolitan Filmexport (France)
Release dates:
September 14, 2006 (Germany)
October 4, 2006 (France)
November 24, 2006 (Spain)
Running time: 147 minute
Country: Germany | France | Spain | United Kingdom
Language: English
Budget: $60 million
Box Office: $135 million

 

PLOT (Wiki)

The film begins with the sentencing of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a notorious murderer. Between the reading of the sentence and the execution, the story of his life is told in flashback, beginning with his abandonment at birth in a French fish market. Raised in an orphanage, Grenouille grows into a strangely detached boy with a superhuman sense of smell. After growing to maturity as a tanner’s apprentice, he makes his first delivery to Paris, where he revels in the new odors. He focuses on a redheaded girl (Karoline Herfurth) selling yellow plums, following her and repeatedly attempting to sniff her, but startles her with his behavior. To prevent her from crying out, he covers the girl’s mouth and unintentionally suffocates her. After realizing that she is dead, he strips her body naked and smells her all over, becoming distraught when her scent fades. Afterwards, Grenouille is haunted by the desire to recreate the girl’s aroma.

 

After making a delivery to a perfume shop, Grenouille amazes the Italian owner, Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman), with his ability to identify and create fragrances. He revitalizes the perfumer’s career with new formulas, demanding only that Baldini teach him how to preserve scents. Baldini explains that all perfumes are harmonies of twelve individual scents, and may contain a theoretical thirteenth scent. Grenouille continues working for Baldini but is saddened when he learns that Baldini’s method of distillation will not capture the scents of all objects. Baldini informs Grenouille of another method that can be learned in Grasse and agrees to help him by providing the journeyman papers he requires in exchange for 100 new perfume formulas. En route to Grasse, Grenouille decides to exile himself from society, taking refuge in a cave. During this time, he discovers that he lacks any personal scent himself, and believes this is why he is perceived as strange or disturbing by others. Deciding to continue his quest, he leaves his cave and continues to Grasse.

 

Upon arrival in Grasse, Grenouille catches the scent of Laura Richis (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the beautiful, redheaded daughter of the wealthy Antoine Richis (Alan Rickman) and decides that she will be his “thirteenth scent”, the linchpin of his perfume. Grenouille finds a job in Grasse under Madame Arnulfi (Corinna Harfouch) and learns the method of enfleurage. He kills a young lavender picker and attempts to extract her scent using the method of hot enfleurage, which fails. After this, he attempts the method of cold enfleurage on a prostitute he hired, but she becomes alarmed and tries to throw him out. He murders her and successfully preserves the scent of the woman. Grenouille embarks on a killing spree, targeting beautiful young women and capturing their scents using his perfected method. He dumps the women’s naked corpses around the city, creating panic. After preserving the first twelve scents, Grenouille plans his attack on Laura. During a church sermon excommunicating him, it is announced that a man has confessed to the murders. Richis remains unconvinced and secretly flees the city with his daughter, telling no-one their destination. Grenouille tracks her scent to a roadside inn and sneaks into her room that night, murdering her.

 

Soldiers capture Grenouille moments after he finishes preparing his perfume. On the day of his execution, he applies the perfume on himself, forcing the jailers to release him. The executioner and the crowd in attendance are speechless at the beauty of the perfume; they declare Grenouille innocent before falling into a massive orgy. Richis, still convinced of Grenouille’s guilt, threatens him with his sword, but he is then overwhelmed by the scent and embraces Grenouille as his “son.” Walking out of Grasse unscathed, Grenouille has enough perfume to rule the world, but has discovered that it will not allow him to love or be loved like a normal person. Disenchanted by his aimless quest, he returns to the Parisian fish market where he was born and pours the remaining perfume over his head. Overcome by the scent and in the belief that Grenouille is an angel, the nearby crowd devours him. The next morning, all that is left are his clothes and the empty bottle, from which one final drop of perfume falls. (Wiki)

 

OWN REVIEW

I believe this was the first ‘weird’ film I have seen and enjoyed. The tile itself will immediately catch your attention – Perfume and Murder? Not your likely combination. However, this film justified the choice of title. I have seen this film years ago and I have almost forgotten it but every time I think of a weird film I have seen, this comes to mind first. The cinematography was great. It’s very realistic. The film will get you thinking ‘What the hell just happened?’ or ‘What was that?’ (if you have not read the plot). The story itself was very interesting. You would wonder how Grenouille will preserve the scents he so much wanted.

 

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BOOK REVIEW #04: GIDEON’S SWORD × PRESTON & CHILD

I bought this book because I wanted to read more works from this terrific duo. I fell in love with Aloysius X.L. Pendergast and, really, I was not ready to let go of the character when I finished the last book in his series.

 

So, I bought the next book giving the next character a chance to dominate my world the same way AXLP did. Well, he did not surpass my expectations (I still love AXLP) but he has a characteristic that’s very fascinating. He is more ‘human’ than Pendergast (who has weird and somewhat ‘out of this world’ skills).

 

The story introduces Gideon Crew, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who is also a former art thief/master-of-disguise. He learns from his mother that his mathematician father—who had developed a flawed encryption—had actually warned his boss about the flaws, only to be murdered. Gideon exacts revenge from his father’s murderer. As a result of this, he is recruited to be a freelance operative by an ultra-private security/engineering firm working for the Department of Homeland Security. His mission: to trace and retrieve plans for a mysterious super-weapon being brought to the United States of America by a Chinese scientist before the Chinese can recover them. (Wiki)

 

You’d expect a lot of action in this book (guns, dressing-up, murder, etc…). The parts where Gideon has to change characters were enthralling – it’ll take you a while to realize it was him (if you are a bit slow like me :p). There are a lot of bad guys but one was the main villain – Nodding Crane. The way he kills his adversaries suggests that he was ‘monstrous’. I imagined him to be like the guys from ‘See No Evil’, ‘Jason Goes to Hell’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, etc – you know, monsters. No feelings, cannot talk and created to be a killing machine. However, he was mostly ‘human’ like Crew. I thought Gideon was facing an adversary that cannot be killed but I was wrong. Maybe there was something wrong with me understanding how he was introduced in the book.

 

The writing style was, as always, perfect. There are lots of gripping moments which made me finish the book in one sitting. I also approved of the way it ended – Crew did the right thing (in my opinion). I look forward to the next book to know what’s in store for Gideon’s character.

 

BOOK INFORMATION (Wiki)

Authors: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Gideon Crew
Genre: Thriller, Science fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: February 22, 2011
Media type: Print, e-book, audiobook
Pages: 342 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-446-56432-8
Preceded by: Fever Dream
Followed by: Gideon’s Corpse

 

GIDEON CREW SERIES
The Ice Limit (2000) Series Prequel
Gideon’s Sword (2011)
Gideon’s Corpse (2012)
The Lost Island (2014)
Beyond the Ice Limit (2016)

 

 

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MOVIE REVIEW #:04 AS THE GODS WILL

Genre: Supernatural Horror Film
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Starring: Sōta Fukushi: Shun Takahata × Hirona Yamazaki: Ichika Akimoto × Jingi Irie: Amaya Takeru
Release date: October 18, 2014 (Rome Film Festival) × November 15, 2014 (Japan)
Running time: 117 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (With English Subtitle)

 

PLOT (Wiki)

High school student Shun Takahata spends much of his time playing violent video games. One morning at school he whines that his life is completely boring but then he suddenly finds himself forced to participate in a game of Daruma-san ga koronda with death as the penalty for losing. When the Daruma doll turns toward the blackboard it exposes a button on its back that the students can attempt to press to end the game but if the doll spins back round and sees anyone moving then those students’ heads will explode. Everyone in the class but Shun dies in this first game.
After the game, Shun finds his childhood friend Ichika and they make their way to the school gym. There they play a game where students dressed as mice attempt to throw a circular bell into a hoop attached to the collar of a giant cat doll. Those who miss are killed. Amaya wins this challenge and enables the students to move on to the next challenge in a giant ice cube hovering over Tokyo. These cubes are hovering over many of the world’s cities and the games are being broadcast to the public with the survivors being dubbed “God’s children”.
Shun must keep winning a series of different deadly children’s games in order to protect himself and Ichika. He has no knowledge of who’s behind the games or what their ultimate purpose is. Meanwhile, a troubled classmate named Takeru seems to revel in the opportunity to cause the death of other students.

 

OWN REVIEW

As what you would expect from a Japanese Film, this one’s weird – fascinatingly weird. A bored High School student ‘prayed’ for a different life and he got more than what he prayed for.

The movie consisted of 5 games: the remaining students would have to finish each game alive to proceed with the next.

First Game

Daruma-san ga Koronda: If the Daruma doll sees you move, your head will burst into red circular pebbles and die.

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Second Game

Maneki-neko: A machine-operated cat that eats humans dressed as mice. When the students figured this out, they took off their costumes but then it only made the mice eat everyone since there are no more mice to be eaten. In order for the game to finish, someone will have to shoot the circular bell into the cat’s necklace (hoop).

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Third Game

Kokeshi Game (Kagome Kagome): 4 Kokeshi dolls would sing the Kagome song whilst they move around you. You have your eyes blindfolded so you don’t know who’s behind you – and that’s how you will win the game – you have to guess who’s behind you among the 4 Kokeshi dolls.

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Fourth Game

Pure White Bear: The Bear will ask a question and everyone must be honest with their answers. If one lies, the group will have to figure out who the liar is and have the bear kill him/her. The game will finish if the liar has been killed.

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Fifth Game

Matryoshka: A game member (which was called the ‘devil‘) will have to capture 3 people for him to live. Since there are more than 3 people in the game, if the devil has been captured by the other member/s, the captured ones are released and the devil will die and the rest lives.

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I like puzzling movies so my attention was caught by this film. Though I don’t understand the language, the subtitle made it possible for me to understand the story. The way the students die are very brutal so if you are kind of squirmish, this may not be for you.

 

The movie was well made (in my opinion) and the character’s acting are spot-on, especially the crazy guy Amaya Takeru (Jingi Irie). The graphics are almost too real. I actually wanted to have the Manga series so I can read more about it and of course, I’d like to know the original story.

 

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FOOD/RESTO REVIEW #01: KUMPIR

Kumpir, a baked potato with various fillings, is a popular fast food in Turkey. In its basic form, it is made with potatoes that are wrapped with foil and baked in special ovens. The potatoes are cut straight down the middle and the insides are mixed with unsalted butter and puréed with kaşar cheese. However, all sorts of foods can be added to the potato: mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, sweetcorn, sausage slices, carrots, mushrooms and Russian salad. The cafés in Ortaköy, Istanbul make kumpir that are especially popular with the tourists and offer even more ingredients. (Wiki)

 

In the Philippines, there’s a fast food located in Market! Market! named Kumpir. They offer variations of baked potato dishes and other meals.

 

I tried their Baked Potato Tuna. It’s a large-sized potato cut in the middle and the insides are infused with tuna, corn, green peas, shredded and cubed carrots (actually I’m not sure which one was the carrots and I’m not sure if the other one was not a carrot because they kind of tastes the same), mayonnaise, ketchup, and black olives.

 

PRICE

99 PHP ($$$$$)

 

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ADDRESS

Food Court, Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

 

 

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BELO MEDICAL GROUP TREATMENTS

I am one of those women who have a skin far from being perfect. I admire those who have white and flawless skin. I know that if I wanted to have a skin such as that, I need lots and tons of money, something I do not have.

Just out of curiosity, I asked one of the leading Medical Clinics here in the Philippines for a price quotation of the treatments I have seen online. Those are the ones I wish they could have performed for me but seeing the prices that were sent to me, it became quite obvious I won’t be able to afford one complete session of any of the treatments I have asked for.

See below for yourself. 🙂

ACNE SCARS TREATMENTS

For Deep or Pitted scar

FRAXEL

Minimum Price (Face): Php 18,000.00 per session

Package: Php 80,000.00 for 5 sessions

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in Tomas Morato, Alabang, Greenbelt, Cebu

Fraxel Restore Laser Treatment makes use of an Erbium glass laser that is passed several times over the treatment area causing fractional resurfacing with a million points of light. The laser causes microscopic wounding and the presence of normal tissue around the wounds allows for faster healing and minimal to no downtime. There is a sensation of heat similar to that of a sunburn and the treated area will be red and swollen which may last for several hours to 2-3 days. This procedure helps improve the appearance of acne scars.

 

How long is the treatment?

The treatment lasts about 30 minutes to an hour.

 

How often should I do the treatment?

The treatment may be done every 1-4 weeks, depending on the assessment of the doctor, for 5-6 sessions.

 

When will I see results?

Fraxel produces great results. After the first treatment, you will begin to feel the difference in your skin, as it gradually becomes softer, smoother, tighter and fresher. Fraxel successfully minimizes fine lines and wrinkles as well as an ablative laser peel and evens out skin discolorations caused by the sun damage or aging. Multiple sessions are advised for maximized results and most people begin to notice positive changes in their skin within about a week and the improvements continue for about six months.

 

FRACTIONAL (CO2) LASER

Minimum Price: Php 25,000.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all clinics

Fractional laser skin treatment is an exciting new technology that successfully corrects many dermatological and cosmetic skin conditions, with increased comfort and minimal post-treatment pain and care. Fractional laser skin treatments give excellent results for skin resurfacing and when correcting skin conditions including scars, superficial lesions, epidermal nevi, actinic cheilitis, warts, skin tags, and keratoses.

 

How do fractional laser skin treatments work?

Fractional laser skin treatments create areas of treated tissue surrounded by untreated, healthy tissue. Some fractional skin treatments (e.g., Palomar’s Lux1540 and Lux2940) create narrow, deep columns that extend through the epidermis into the dermis through an array of intense laser energy microbeams. These columns can either be “non-ablative” (the laser beams coagulate the affected tissue) or “ablative” (the laser beams vaporize the affected tissue). The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the columns of affected tissue – improving the skin condition being treated.

 

How many fractional laser skin treatments will my patients need?

The number of treatments necessary will depend on the condition being treated.

 

What should my patients expect after treatment?

Immediately following the treatment, the skin may be mildly red (erythema) and swollen (edema). These effects are normal and indicate a successful treatment. Any swelling typically subsides within a day, and most redness dissipates within a few days. For ablative procedures, light superficial bleeding and “oozing” may occur. As the redness and swelling subside, a brownish “bronzing” effect will become visible. The bronzing will fade over the next few days as new, healthy skin replaces the laser-treated tissue.

Other side effects may include discharge, crusting or scaling, and milia – these too typically resolve within one week.

 

What precautions should my patients follow after treatment?

For best results and to prevent complications, all patients should strictly follow their post-treatment care protocol. Cool, moist compresses applied immediately post-treatment may soothe the treated skin. Soaking and gentle cleansing may aid exfoliation as new tissue replaces old tissue. For two weeks following treatment, avoiding sun exposure is important.

 

For Dark or Hyperpigmented scar

PICOSURE LASER

Minimum price (Face): Php 28,000.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in Greenbelt and Edsa Shangrila clinic

The Picosure is 100 x faster than the Revlite and is great for acne scars, rejuvenation and most importantly hyperpigmentation.

 

As it is the Picosure is the first and only picosecond laser in the world. What’s great about this newest laser is that it requires fewer treatments and less fluence without injury to the surrounding skin. Its ultra short pulse creates an intense photochemical impact like no other laser machine today. The PicoSure laser is a testament to how serious we are at investing in technology.

 

With little or no downtime, Picosure treats fine lines, skin texture, acne scars, melasma, horus nevus, age spots and sun spots. For Skin tightening, patients are advised to do the procedure every month for 4 sessions then every 3-4 months thereafter. For revitalization and treatment of pigmentation, the recommended number of session varies, 4-8 sessions with 2-4 weeks interval. Acne scars are treated once a month and require 7-10 sessions. Treatments take 10 minutes.

 

REVLITE

Minimum Price (face): Php 8,960.00 per session

Program: 6+1 free session

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all clinics except Shangrila clinic

This laser treatment is for underarm lightening and smoothening. It uses PhotoAcoustic Pulse technology to deliver high, short pulses of energy with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. This is a versatile laser that is used to treat epidermal and dermal pigmentary problems including freckles, melasma, nevis of horus and solar keratosis on the face and body. It is also used for skin rejuvenation, acne scar reduction and removal of facial veins. Treatment lasts from 10-20 minutes and is associated with minimal discomfort. Depending on the doctor’s assessment, patients are advised to come back every 2-4 weeks for 8 sessions to achieve best results.

 

Note: Please be informed that it will depend on the doctor if what combination of treatments and products will suit your concern. We suggest for you to have a consultation with the doctor for proper advice.

 

They offer 15% and 30% discount on Picosure until further notice. You can avail the 15% discount if you will avail 1 up to 3 sessions of Picosure and you can avail the 30% discount if you will avail 4 sessions and up of Picosure.

Kindly schedule at least a week before your desired date.


ACNE TREATMENTS

GLYCOPEEL CLEANING

Minimum Price: Php 1,320.00 per session (30%)

Minimum Price: Php 1,800.00 per session (70%)

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics

This treatment makes use of different concentrations of fruit acid applied on the skin to unroof pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and exfoliate dead skin. Recommended for oily and acne-prone skin, glycopeel cleaning can be done every week and the treatment lasts for 30-45 minutes.

 

SPANISH PEEL

Minimum Price: Php 6,000.00 per session

4 sessions program: Php 18,000.00

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics

A wonderful peel that does not leave you burnt and allows you to look presentable shortly after the treatment. It makes use of a peeling solution applied on the face followed by a vitamin cream. Perfect for those with large pores and oily skin. The treatment takes about 5 minutes and is recommended to be done every week for 4 consecutive sessions. This is done after a cleaning procedure.

 

ZO 3-STEP PEEL

Minimum Price: Php 11,000.00 per peel

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics

This potent stimulating peel confers longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels. Peeling is very mild or even unnoticeable, with minimal to no downtime. Designed for acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores, dullness. Promotes softer, smoother skin. This is done after a cleaning procedure.

Suitable for any skin type or color

Usage studies show remarkable safety with minimal irritation

Can be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks if deeper repair is desired

 

RAY OF INARA (OMNILUX)

Minimum Price: Php 2,200.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics except Trinoma clinic

It uses LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology to target and destroy acne bacteria. This is perfect for those with acne because it destroys acne-causing bacteria, reduces pore size and oil production. It has no peeling, no blistering and no down time. This is not a laser or (IPL) Intensive Pulse Light. Treatment takes an hour. This is done after a cleaning procedure.

 

How does it work?

A natural chemical produced by P. acnes bacteria (called Coproporphyrin III) attaches itself to the bacteria’s membranes.  When the Inara radiates this chemical with blue light at specific wavelengths, it produces and releases oxygen molecules that cause the bacteria to self-destruct.  The light also stimulates your body’s own natural processes to heal and rejuvenate your skin. Alternating Inara blue treatments with Inara red treatments adds the unique advantage of reducing pore size and oil production.

 

What areas can I treat?

The most common areas for acne treatment are the face, chest, back, and arms, but any area of your body that has acne can be treated with the Inara.

 

How long do the effects last?

For most clients, acne is gone for six months.  In some cases, touch-up treatments (typically two to four treatments) may be necessary.

 

Is the treatment safe?

Not only is the treatment safe, it’s completely painless.

 

REGENLITE LASER

Minimum Price: Php 5,500.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided upon consultation

Available in Medical Plaza and Edsa Shangrila Belo clinics only

It uses a pulse dye laser that treats acne by increasing & produces the transformation of Growth Factor Beta (GFB kills bacteria). It can be done once a month for 3-4 treatments. There is no downtime and it is painless. When the left side of the face is being treated, it regenerates on the right side as well. This is done after a cleaning procedure.

 

Products:

  • Acne Control Kit
  • ZO Products

 

ACNE CONTROL KIT

Php 2,460.00

 

  1. Glycolic Soap (5% or 10%) – This soap contains glycolic acid in 5% and 10% concentration. The 10% preparation has an extra strength formulation for oily skin and is stronger in its drying effect on pimples. While 5% preparation is milder and perfect for dry skin.

 

  1. Pore Minimizer – Tightens the pores and removes excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells and other impurities that the soap left behind. (use cotton, do not rub, apply all over the face)

 

  1. CHAT 2% – contains Clindamycin, Hydroquinone, Aluminum and Tretinoin. Treatment for whiteheads, blackheads, and mild to moderate acne condition. It also helps in healing skin pigmentations. (use cotton, do not rub, apply all over the face)

 

  1. Daily Peel Solution – Helps dry up pimples, reduce acne marks and pigmentation as well as oiliness of the skin. (use cotton, do not rub, apply all over the face, avoid the upper lip and eye area)

 

  1. Sun Block Gel – this is the best sun block for those who have oily skin. It’s clear and easy to apply. It is absorbed easily and it even makes a good makeup base.

UNDERARMS LIGHTENING TREATMENT

PICOSURE LASER

Minimum Price (underarms): Php 8,000.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided by the doctor upon consultation

Available in Greenbelt and Edsa Shangrila clinics

 

The Picosure is 100 x faster than the Revlite and is great for acne scars, rejuvenation and most importantly hyperpigmentation.

 

As it is the Picosure is the first and only picosecond laser in the world. What’s great about this newest laser is that it requires fewer treatments and less fluence without injury to the surrounding skin. Its ultra short pulse creates an intense photochemical impact like no other laser machine today. The PicoSure laser is a testament to how serious we are at investing in technology.

 

With little or no downtime, Picosure treats fine lines, skin texture, acne scars, melasma, hori’s nevus, age spots and sun spots. For revitalization and treatment of pigmentation, recommended number of sessions vary, 4-8 sessions with 2-4 weeks interval. Treatments take 10 minutes.

 

SKIN MASTER

Minimum Price (underarms): Php 2,750.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided by the doctor upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics

SkinMaster’s Exfoliation, Moisture, Invigoration, Clearing Function produces a highly effective exfoliation. Dead skin cells, excess oil, and cosmetic residue are removed and pores are cleared resulting in deeply cleansed, smooth, soothed and hydrated skin. This boosts hydration levels to help alleviate your dry skin concerns, energizes pale, waxen complexions leaving skin glowing and pink, resulting in brilliant skin tonality.

 

How does the Skin Master System work?

The Skin Master System utilizes targeted mechanical and electrical energy for outstanding beauty results. It provides a unique program with the use of new technologies (Ultrasonic waves, Lotti micro current and Micro diode Laser) and targeted products to give you the results you’ve always dreamt of. It offers a wide array of treatments from exfoliation, to clearing, circulation and moisturizing. The average number of sessions are 6-8 sessions, done every 2 weeks. (This procedure can alsoan also address chicken skin).

 

JETPEEL

Minimum Price (underarms): Php 2,500.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided by the doctor upon consultation

Available in Cebu, Greenbelt, Greenhills, Megamall, Tomas Morato and Trinoma

Jet Peel makes use of pressurized oxygen to accelerate a liquid agent (saline) to supersonic velocities, creating an exfoliating effect on the skin. The Liquid agent is compounded with different vitamins and supplements that will address the problem of the patient. The High-velocity Jet peels the superficial layers of the skin allowing better penetration of the compounded substances. Subsequent reepithelialization takes place resulting in a younger, healthier skin.

 

MESOWHITE

Minimum Price: Php 6,200.00 per session

*Total cost will be provided by the doctor upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics

Whitening solutions and vitamins are applied into dark problematic areas, like the armpits and facial hyperpigmentation. These medicines help break the pigments, allowing the area to lighten in color.  Again, multiple sessions are required and are spaced 1-2 weeks apart. Topical whitening medications can still be applied to maximize results. (6 – 8 sessions, done one session every week – treatment)

 

REVLITE LASER (ND YAG LASER WHITENING)

Minimum Price (underarms): Php 5,600.00 per session

Program  4+1 free session

*Total cost will be provided by the doctor upon consultation

Available in all Belo clinics except Medical Plaza and Shangrila

Nd YAG Laser Whitening uses PhotoAcoustic Pulse technology to deliver high, short pulses of energy with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. This is a versatile laser that is used to treat epidermal and dermal pigmentary problems including freckles, melasma,nevis of hori and solar keratosis on the face and body. It is also used for skin rejuvenation, acne scar reduction and removal of facial veins. Treatment lasts from 10-20 minutes and is associated with minimal discomfort. Patients are advised to come back every 2-4 weeks for 5-10 sessions for best results. (This procedure can also address chicken skin).

They offer 15% and 30% discount on Picosure until further notice. You can avail the 15% discount if you will avail 1 up to 3 sessions of Picosure and you can avail the 30% discount if you will avail 4 sessions and up of Picosure.

NOTE: Please be reminded that all of our products are under doctor’s prescription and are only available in our clinics. We advise you to undergo doctor’s consultation first for proper assessment.


BELO LUMINA ARMPITS

Their Belo Lumina Armpits is a combination of treatments and products designed to whiten the underarm. Kindly see details below:

Option 1: Botox Hyperhidrosis (either with Jet Peel or with Skin Master)
Botox Hyperhidrosis with Jet Peel
Products/Procedure Qty./ Session Unit Price Total
Laser Hair Removal 5 5,600 28,000
Botox Hyperhidrosis 1 19, 400 19, 400
Jet Peel 4 2,500 10,000
Belo White 1 1,850 1,850
Belo Illuminating Cream 120g 1 3,300 3,300
Tyrosinase Inhibitor 5% Cream 10g 2 440 880
Total 63,430
Less Discount 10,630
Discounted Price 52,800
Botox Hyperhidrosis with Skin Master
Products/Procedure Qty./ Session Unit Price Total
Laser Hair Removal 5 5,600 28,000
Botox Hyperhidrosis 1 19, 400 19, 400
Skin Master 4 2,750 11,000
Belo White 1 1,850 1,850
Belo Illuminating Cream 120g 1 3,300 3,300
Tyrosinase Inhibitor 5% Cream 10g 2 440 880
Total 64,430
Less Discount 11,630
Discounted Price 52,800
Option 2:  Revlite (either with Jet Peel or with Skin Master)
Revlite with Jet Peel
Products/Procedure Qty./ Session Unit Price Total
Laser Hair Removal 5 5,600 28,000
Revlite 3 5,600 16,800
Jet Peel 4 2,500 10,000
Belo White 1 1,850 1,850
Belo Illuminating Cream 120g 1 3,300 3,300
Tyrosinase Inhibitor 5% Cream 10g 2 440 880
Total 57,740
Less Discount 8,030
Discounted Price 52,800
Revlite with Skin Master
Products/Procedure Qty./ Session Unit Price Total
Laser Hair Removal 5 5,600 28,000
Revlite 3 5,600 16,800
Skin Master 4 2,750 11,000
Belo White 1 1,850 1,850
Belo Illuminating Cream 120g 1 3,300 3,300
Tyrosinase Inhibitor 5% Cream 10g 2 440 880
Total 61,830
Less Discount 9,030
Discounted Price 52,800

NOTE:

  • All prices stated are vat inclusive.
  • Patients may avail of these programs thru cash payment, straight credit card payment, or a 3-month Paylite scheme using their credit cards.

Additional Information

  • Consultation Fees:

Php 600 – Associate Doctors

Php 1,200 – Dr. Vicki Belo

  • Belo Medical Group Hotline: 819-BELO (2356)
  • Hotline Support Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM MLA: Mondays to Sundays
  • All prices mentioned above are VAT-inclusive and are subject to change without prior notice

Let me know if you will try any of their treatments and how did it go. There’s also a few other treatments that they offer. Kindly visit their site here.

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PRODUCT REVIEW #01: BEAUCHÉ SET

I have a combination skin: oily on my T-Zone area and normal on the rest of the face. I am also prone to breakouts, especially when I was in High School. I grew old with little to no self-confidence because of my acne. I see myself as ugly and I got even uglier because of the pimples. Duh.

Turned out, my breakouts are just a phase in my puberty. When I grew older, I was getting lesser pimples. However, I was left with lots of pimple scars because I used to prick my pimples. I have found out it was the number one thing you don’t want to do with it. Nobody told me. I was even advised to do it. I should have not listened. 😦

Anyways, moving forward, my breakouts are now very seldom. The only problem I have is getting rid of the blackheads that live on my nose and the scars I was left with.

That’s when I came across this product. My friend was using this and it made her skin tight and clear. She recommended that I try it. So I did.

I bought it from Market! Market! for 750 PHP. It was a set which includes a toner, a clarifying solution, a soap, and 3 creams (Rejuvenating, Age Erasing, and Exfoliating). I also got one free soap (the same as the one on the package). I’m already on my 4th day and my face is as red as a tomato and it’s already peeling. I felt like my skin is so tight and shiny.

The package comes with instructions for day and night usage. It started to get stingy on day 2. On the 4th day, it starts to get itchy. I will wait until the end of the week, or probably 2 weeks, to see any difference.

I did not take a ‘Before and After’ photo – yet. I will probably do it later when I get home.

I will give another update after a few days. ❤

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BOOK REVIEW #03: THE SPY × PAOLO COELHO

I was trying to find another good book to read when I heard Spotify’s advertisement of The Spy. I heard it several times before I decided to purchase one.

The cover was very impressive. The texture and color were different than the books I already own. I was never fascinated about a book cover until I saw this.

The story is about a girl named Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” Zelle MacLeod, known best for her stage name Mata Hari. She was accused of being a German spy and was assassinated by firing squad.

Her life was far from ideal. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to live in that era as an exotic dancer and courtesan. But she strived and became famous because of her dancing and charisma.

Those same attributes became her drawback when she was accused of passing information to her Germans clients.

The story was short – I finished it in one sitting, approximately 2-3 hours – but it was very powerful. I was teary-eyed when I finished the book. Paulo Coelho did very well in outlining Mata Hari’s struggles.

It shows that even from the early years, politics and the politicians are corrupt. They work for power and can easily do whatever they want because they are in the position to do so.

But Mata Hari was a brave woman. She faced her detractors and she even blew a kiss to her firing squad before they pulled the trigger. As one of the nuns stated, it looked like she had a good night sleep before her execution.

There were a few inspirational quotes from the book, but my favorite was this:

Flowers teach us that nothing is permanent: not their beauty, not even the fact that they will inevitably wilt, because they will still give new seeds. Remember this when you feel joy, pain, or sadness. Everything passes, grows old, dies, and is reborn.

This reminds me that everything changes, even change. Nothing is permanent. Whatever we are feeling right now will pass. So let it be and it will be gone soon.

 

BOOK INFORMATION

Pages: 208 pp.

Publisher: Knopf; First Edition/First Printing edition (November 22, 2016)

Language: English

 

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