People often ask if this sort of transdermal technology work and today I will explain to you some of the supplements I take in the form of transdermal technology to assist with my fitness journey.

Having been a beauty blogger for a good 12 years, I will have to say to a certain degree it’s a yes! I truly believe in a good skincare routine will do wonders for your skin hence I didn’t think twice when it comes to transdermal technology product for body.

I won’t go too deep into what it is, so if you want to know how it works and the science behind transdermal technology, you can hear all about it via THE ATP Project podcast episode and the transcript here.

atp science subcut review

Long story short, I use the combination of Block E3 and Subcut on a daily basis.

Block E3 = blocks estrogen dominant fat + Subcut = targets stubborn fat areas.

Below is my routine:

  • After shower/scrub every night, I start with Block E3 mostly applying all over my abs, glutes, thighs and sometimes arms/back area.
  • Then I will follow with Subcut immediately over the areas I have just applied Block E3 with.
  • Additionally, when I have time and when I do remember, I will also apply Subcut to the muscle groups I am working out on just prior to my gym session.

Whilst I know it is recommended to apply day and night but I find that this routine works better for me since I don’t shower in the mornings.

atp science block e3 review

So what do I think of the products you ask?

If I were to play favourites, I will have to say Subcut is my preference because it gives an immediate skin tightening effect and I feel that I get a better pump during my weight lifting sessions whenever I apply this to my targeted muscle group.

Not sure if it was a placebo effect but I have noticed a more frequent pump since I’ve started using Subcut prior to my gym session.

Texture wise, they are both very rich, creamy and leaves a slight sticky residue so be sure to massage it well into the targeted areas.

Additionally, I have also noticed my muscle groups looking more defined than prior to incorporating these products into my routine.

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Will I repurchase these products?

You bet! Subcut will definitely be in my next order, not sure about Block E3 as there isn’t any immediate results (guess I got to be more patient, as I’m only 1/3 of my way through both tubes).

 

Both products were purchased by me via ATP Science website. 

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My current go-to workout jam. I love this Steve Aoki remix as it emphasizes on the beat drops, perfect for weight lifting! The lyrics are also somewhat motivational too. Here is my favourite bit!

People told me slow my roll,
I’m screaming out “fuck that”,
I’m a do just what I want,
Looking ahead no turning back,
If I fall if I die,
Know I lived it to the fullest,
If I fall if I die,
Know I lived and missed some bullets.

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Keune Care Line Satin Oil Intensive Treatment

keune hair treatment

Upon first use of the Keune Satin Oil Intensive Treatment, it reminded me of L’Oreal Professional Masque from the creamy, thick buttery texture to the scent.

Designed for dull, dry hair, the Satin Oil collection from Keune Care Line uses a blend of 5 oils (Monoi & Papaya Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Yangu Oil, Maracuja Oil) to deliver silky smooth, soft and shiny hair.

Despite the heavy oil blend and rich buttery texture, this hair mask leaves my hair weightless upon rinsing out and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. I could easily run my fingers through my usually knotted hair and it leaves a healthy looking sheen.

keune care line

Recommended to use 2-3 times a week, this hair treatment works to deeply fortify and soften hair by injecting nourishing oil to dry and damaged hair to keep hair soft to touch and shiny. Be sure to avoid applying product on and near scalp.

 

RRP AUD$34.49 
Available in www.keune.com.au 

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Now that we are well and truly in winter weather, in Melbourne anyway, it’s time to pamper my skin with more TLC namely with the help of facial masks.

For someone with combination to oily skin, I use a mixture of different masks per week to ensure my skin is rid of all dead skin cells, well moisturised and nurtured to balance skin sensitivity caused by extreme weather condition and the ever so drying heated environments.

raccine

To start the week right, I’ll usually use a combination of Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub Mask first and then Ultimate Youth Power Mask to give my skin a power boost ready for the week ahead.

Mid week, I will then apply Delicare Perfection Delicare Soothing Mask to keep skin revitalised through the week and finish the week usually on Fridays with another round of Ultimate Youth Power Mask.

What they do: 

  1. Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub Mask helps to slough off dead skin cells, soften skin and renew skin for fresher look and better absorption for the masks to come.
  2. Ultimate Youth Power Mask works to improve skin texture and reduce the looks of fine line and dark spots by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier to prevent damage caused by dryness.
  3. Delicare Perfection Delicare Soothing Mask nurtures dry skin, reduces redness and energise skin with natural antioxidants and re-energises skin to look fresh and soften.

All in all, I am really happy with my routine, they keep my skin looking fresh (no dull skin for me!) and helps to keep my skin feeling well moisturised as heaters in winter really causes havoc to my skin. I was surprised to find that all products are made in Korea and they didn’t cause any breakout to my otherwise reactive skin too.

raccine mask review

I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good facial routine all year round to keep skin in the top tip condition.

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Why I take protein shake?

In this post, I talked about my preferred protein shake brand and today, I will be covering the topic around why I take protein shake and some of the typical concern women have with protein shakes.

raw whey protein isolate

Instead of telling you what you should do, I shall share with you why I take protein shake and you can be the judge to see if this is right for you.

As a female, I was reluctant in venturing into protein shakes, as the stigma with protein shakes are usually associated with bodybuilders, men and bad acne. However, after understanding bit more about what type of protein shakes I should take (Believe me, there are plenty in the market all with ingredients no one can pronounce and have no idea what it does unless you do your own proper research); I am more confident with my protein shake of choice and have taken protein shake for almost one year consistently it is time for me to write up a summary of my knowledge about protein shakes and how it benefited me.

What I learnt about protein shake: 

  • It is not a meal replacement and should never be one.
  • As mentioned above, there are a huge variety of protein shakes out there, the less fillers, added ingredients, added “superfood” the better because the more “added” stuff there are, the less protein you will consume and some of these fillers can be carbs and artificial sweeteners that could upset  tummy/gut.
  • There are yummy protein shakes out there, you just need to find one that you like and stick with it.
  • If acne is a concern, I opted for dairy free option and as little fillers as possible to reduce any possibility of acne issues. So far, I have no issues with RAW protein by Muscle Coach after almost 12 months of drinking it consistently.
  • You can make food/drinks out of it, think pancakes, balls, waffles, smoothies, cocktails, you name it.

RAW muscle coach review

Why I take it: 

  • As I started macro counting, I’ve found out that my eating habit/diet is skewed towards fat and carbs and less about protein.
  • Protein is the #1 essential source of building block for muscle building.
  • When you gain more muscles – your body tones up, burn more body fat, gain strength and generally look more fit (not like a dehydrated bodybuilder look that most people associate with muscles.).
  • I generally mix one scoop of protein powder to my breakfast, one right after my workout and one right before bedtime. It helps to prevent my body from going into starvation mode and it also helps to keep my metabolism regulated and even throughout the day and night.
  • Protein helped me tremendously with toning up my flabby bits after a weight lost episode and helped build muscles for someone who struggled to build mass for the longest time.
  • Most importantly, it helps with muscle recovery. If you workout regularly, you will be familiar with DOMs and protein shakes helps to lessen those.

What is important: 

  • As with everything, balance is key. It is crucial to get the right amount of protein.
  • Too much, will make you overstuffed, probably constipated and gain weight. Too little, you will find yourself hungry throughout the day and lose muscle mass.

Who should take it: 

  • Whether if you do weightlifting, run, swim, crossfit, HIIT, gym classes; protein shakes helps to assist with DOMs (muscle recovery) so you can perform better and help with your training.
  • By gaining more muscles, you are essentially building stronger limbs to protect yourself from injuries too.

So there you have it, it’s all about doing your own research, sifting through all the BS and incorporating the right amount of protein in your life to achieve your goals.

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Jay Chou recently released a few songs in anticipation of his new album release. One of the early releases is Shouldn’t Be; a duet he’s done with aMei. It is an interesting sad love song that tells a story between two lovebirds that shouldn’t have gotten together.

Initially listening to this song, it didn’t do much for me but after awhile it struck a cord and now I can’t stop listening to it. Enjoy!

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dyson supersonic

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is no doubt the most exciting beauty launch in a long while for me.

You see, I have long hair that touches my waist and wash them on a daily basis because I exercise a lot and have an oily scalp! Needless to say, it is imperative for me to have a good hair dryer that makes my life easier (speed in drying hair) and also doesn’t damage my hair.

dyson hairdryer

As a long-time fan of Dyson, I’ve owned their normal vacuum, cordless vacuum, fan in the past and have nothing but raved reviews for their products. Dyson generally delivers clever, revolutionary and most importantly sleek looking products that is well worth the penny for.

I am sure many of you have seen the global news press and instagram posts of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer when it launched in Japan back in April 2016.

Good news for us here in Australia is that the pre-order is now available through the Dyson website ahead of the retail release on the 9th July 2016.

Retailing at AUD$699, this hair dryer isn’t cheap and I definitely have high hopes and can’t wait to get my paws on one, so stay tune for the review to come.

Who’s in?

 

Please note: 

Due to unprecedented international demand, the Australian retail release of the Dyson Supersonic™ will be phased as follows:

  • Saturday, 9th July from 12pm, midday: Exclusively sold in Myer, Melbourne City and David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney.
  • From Sunday, 10th July: Widely available from other selected Myer and David Jones stores, nationwide and online.

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When I first started weight lifting and taking the whole gym routine seriously, I was skeptical about taking supplements and protein shakes when it was recommended to me.

I’ve heard and witness how protein shakes can be bad for the skin, etc. However, protein shake is the most fundamental building block for muscle mass building and muscle recovery especially for those who weight lift and cardio quite intensely. Little did I know that the reason why it might have caused bad skin for some is the high dairy content and when taken in conjunction with things like BCAA, preworkout and other types of supplements could potential lead to indigestion and bad skin.

raw whey protein isolate

As I have a sensitive stomach being lactose intolerant and all, I automatically ruled out a lot of options in the market. I was introduced to this brand – RAW by Muscle Coach approximately one year ago and have not looked back since. I have tried their strawberry, banana lolly and chocolate flavour and by far chocolate is my favourite. It doesn’t taste like most of the other chocolate protein shake I’ve tasted, it just goes down really well.

I mix mine with water, shake and down it as I can’t have normal milk. However if you prefer it with milk, go for it!  I’ve made smoothies (with oat/almond milk), oat breakkie, waffles, pancakes with it without any issues.

I have also recommended RAW WPI to all my friends and I have yet to find one person who doesn’t like it.

raw by muscle coach

Why I love it: 

  • It’s lactose free and gluten free. Super important to find a formula that doesn’t upset my tummy.
  • Cold pressed & ultra filtered, meaning it doesn’t have those nasties that could mess with your belly.
  • Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) formula ONLY without any of those added stuff in it like most protein power do like caffeine, BCAA, etc making it unsuitable to take before bed and the actual protein % is way lower when other stuff are added to it.
  • WPI formula is also great because it provides slow releasing protein to the body so it helps to keep metabolism going even when I go to sleep, usually I’ll drink one when I wake up in the morning (by either incorporating in my smoothies or breakfast bowl), one straight after workout and one right before bed to help with muscle recovery too.
  • Not to mention it has one of the highest concentration of protein % around as it doesn’t have any added fillers/nasties to it.
  • Made in Australia and adheres to the local standards of quality products.
  • You can also go into their stores Muscle Coach to test before you buy. They do mini protein shots for customers to trial.

Most importantly do your research, find out protein per gram of protein powder you are taking. If you are in the market of looking for protein powder, I’d highly recommend RAW by Muscle Coach and again no, I’m not being paid of affiliate to the brand/product to write this post. I am writing this purely because there are too many crappy products out there in the market that confuses people with unnecessary fillers in it.

raw whey protein isolate

I will probably write a separate post as to why one should take protein shake soon. So stay tune for it.

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