October 28, 2010

Plastic Surgery is accountable for the rising number of good lookers??

With the rising phenomenon of Korean pop groups and everything Korean, from the food, the music, the dramas, the fashion... and the beautiful people, pretty boys and pretty girls... we are already accustomed to them doing plastic surgery like doing lunch. Its rampantly common like soup for cantonese families. And we thought Korea is the No.1 country with the highest plastic surgeries done.
Yet look at this.

"For the first time ever, ISAPs has numbers to show what is going on globally," he tells WebMD. There are 30,816 plastic surgeons practicing across the globe, and they performed an estimated 8,536,379 surgical procedures and 8,758,187 nonsurgical procedures in 2009, according to the statistics. 

According to the new statistics, 17.5% of all procedures were performed in the U.S, and 14.3% were performed in Brazil. China accounted for 12.7% of cosmetic surgery procedures, followed by India at 5.2%. The universal desire to look good seems to be firmly entrenched on the desi shores as India having more disposable income than before.

The Top 10 countries for plastic surgery are:
  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Brazil
  4. India
  5. Mexico
  6. Japan
  7. South Korea
  8. Germany
  9. Turkey
  10. Spain
  11. Argentina
  12. Russia
  13. Italy
  14. France
  15. Canada
  16. Taiwan
  17. United Kingdom
  18. Colombia
  19. Greece
  20. Thailand
  21. Australia
  22. Venezuela
  23. Saudi Arabia
  24. Netherlands
  25. Portugal

United States still wins, where Hollywood is the main reservoir of these nips and tucks and tweaks. Who is to blame? Society pressure? Magazines? Photoshop? Technology?
It is so easy to book an appt to do plastic nowadays as long as you save enough money and go to a reliable one i heard. Even among my ex colleagues, there are ones who have done that and still will do some more!
Such as nose jobs, double eyelids, jaw adjustment, fairer skin, etc.

Silicone implants for nose reshaping and eyelid surgery are popular in countries such as Thailand and China, he says. Injectables are not as popular in other countries as they are in the U.S yet, report says. For South Korean teenage girls, the primary target of change is their eyes. Having big eyes is every teen’s dream and it can become a reality via a simple $800 operation in which a small incision is made above the eye to create an artificial double lid. Kids as young as 14 are opting for the surgery, and what have come to be known as “eye jobs” have become a favorite graduation gift from parents. During the winter months when high school seniors are on vacation preparing for either college or the work place, the clinics are at their busiest. Moat of the surgeries requested are for the eyelids, but nose jobs are also becoming popular among the teen population.
“Teenagers are plastic surgery experts. They tell the doctor, using scientific words, which surgery method to use. There is another painful aspect to this plastic surgery phenomenon. The emphasis on looks is fine, but the silent acceptance of a “racially inferior” look is not. The fear of falling behind and not being able to compete unless they have themselves remade is a sad commentary on a generation of teenagers.

Botulinum, or the Botox injection, is the top non surgical procedure accounting for 32.7% of the total non surgical treatments. Hyaluronic acid injection, commonly for face lift treatments, is at number two with 20.1%. Laser hair removal comes at third with 13.1%. Among the top plastic surgery countries, the US has the most number of Botox injection treatments and laser hair removal. Brazil tops the other countries when it comes to hyaluronic acid injections.
Liposuction is the most commonly done surgical procedure. There was a total of 1,607,979 liposuction surgeries performed in 2009. Breast augmentation is at number two with 1,454,317 total and blepharoplasty, or surgery of the eyelids, is at third with 1,153,756. China is the top country for both breast augmentation and blepharoplasty, while the United States tops the list for liposuction.

In Korea, 
“Parents make their kids get plastic surgery, just like they make them study. They realize looks are important for success,” says Dr. Shim Hyung Bo, a Seoul plastic surgeon.
For teenagers in South Korea today, getting their eyes done is a lot easier than getting the keys to their parents’ car.

~ xoxo, Beauty Editor
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October 24, 2010

Korean smoky eyes tutorial

Get ready:
1. Urban Decay Naked Palette
2. Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Black
3. Eyeshadow Brush
4. Dramatic faux lashes
5. Nude pink lip gloss
6. Pop beauty Belle palette

How -To:
1) Line the lids to create an extended cat eye all the way to where your brows would end
2) Further extend the line to the inner corners  
3) Dab your eyeshadow brush into UD Naked Palette Creep and transfer it to the outer V.
4) Using Gunmetal color, blend it over the black to add dimension to the black
5) Add Virgin color to the inner color and brow bone to highlight and bring glow
6) Sculpt the cheeks & sweep a bit of gloss to the lips!
You are all ready to dance!

~ xoxo, Beauty Editor Live Your Dream


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Fall beauty ~ What skincare to use?

Beauty Tip!: To embrace this cool Fall, up your ante! 
The transition from summer to fall is to do PEEL & PAT

As the seasons change, the skin changes too. Although it seems Singapore is summer all year round, that doesn’t give us an excuse to laze about our routine. We still do get very affected as we are earthlings too.
Oily skin may turn normal with less shine as the weather turns colder. Fall can be harsher on dry skin and they may feel thirsty for more hydration! 
There is never a better time than fall to do a good peel and exfoliate away that dead dull looking skin surface that stops you from looking glorious! To finish, pat on ultra anti-aging skincare that pampers skin deep from within!

Time for shopping ladies! Look out for power ingredients like:
For gentle & efficient exfoliation:

  • Enzymes, microbeads, yogurt, papaya, glycolic acid 

For mega hydration & anti aging: 

  • Hyaluronic acid, collagen, jojoba oil, marine minerals

That's you pretty for Fall!

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