Beauty Reviews – Heliocare Sunblock Pills

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It is the dream of most ladies to possess fair porcelain skin and to win the title of ‘Snow White’. Even if that is not your desire, taking good care of your skin is very important, especially to prevent pigmentation, dull looking uneven skin and skin diseases.

I’m sure by now everyone would understand the detriments that the sun rays have on our skin, especially on this tiny sunny island.

Hence, applying sunblock is always a MUST no matter when and where you are and regardless of whether it is day or night.

I must admit that I belong to the nonchalant bo chup group who don’t bother applying sunblock but I will make this a habit of mine now.

Heliocare sunblock pills work exactly the same as your sunblock lotions, just that they are in the oral form.

And I think the best method to test the effectiveness is to head out to the sun!

Went cycling a month back under the hot blazing sun. Came back a shade darker but not that obvious. The obvious ones were the tan lines I had on my shoulders because I guess that’s where the surface area for the sunrays to effect is the greatest?

I took the Heliocare pills before heading out to play and if I’d recalled correctly, I took 2 pills.

BUT I STILL CAME BACK WITH A TAN.

There is no need to apply sunblock lotion again if you’d consumed the pills, otherwise it would defeat the purpose, right? These oral pills are meant to block out the sun effects, just like how sun block lotions do and they present to be more convenient and avoids the hassle of applying lotions which leave you feeling sticky all over.

Yes, convenient. But NO, NOT EFFECTIVE.

I came back with horrid tan lines and I popped another Heliocare pills (4hrs after sun exposure for the 3rd pill) hoping and praying hard that the tan lines would subside.

Of course, they aren’t miracle pills.

Few days later, the tan lines were still there… :(:(:(

I had previously consumed these pills before but I wasn’t in the best position to judge on its effects because there were no sun exposure, but this time, the results were obvious. And it’s rather pricey too – approx S$75 sold at some convenience stores (I remembere

My conclusion, stick to the usual sun block lotions and good if you can get one that is really effective and non-sticky. Comment if you have any to intro! 🙂

Will thank you lots for that 😀

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Beauty Reviews – Vanity Trove August Edition!

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I’m elated to receive my first subscription of Vanity Trove parcel! 🙂 <3

Was given many useful beauty products which felt that my $25 was waaaayy more worth it than Bellabox (Read my post here)
Vanity Trove definitely won me over.

The only thing is that the waiting time was quite long, compared to BB due to a delay in one of the merchant’s late delivery.
But they did promise to deliver before Aug, which they did – on the 29th.

August box includes :

  • The Scottish Fine Soaps Au Lait Bath & Shower Gel
  • Marjolica Marjorca Eye Reset Gel
  • Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover
  • OxyPad
  • Morilins Eye Therapy Mask – Firming and Revitalizing
  • Sampar Poreless Magic Peel
  • Sampar Equalizing Foam Peel
  • Sampar Glamour Shot
  • Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Eye Cream
  • Skin 79 Super BB Cream
  • Neutrogena Mulberry Foaming Scrub
  • BRAND’S InnerShine Prune Plus Essence
  • BRAND’S InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract
  • Erabelle EyeBrow Design Voucher

Not really a fan of eyebrow shaping, so I gave the voucher by Erabelle to my sista 😀

Will update on the products’ reviews! Can’t wait to try! 😀 <3

Beauty Reviews – Skinfood – Black Bean Nose Pack

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Kindly pardon my freckles, moles and disgusting dark circles 🙁
Tried the nose pack last night before I turned in. Bought these some time back.

Honestly, I do prefer the Biore Pore Pack which I have been a fan of for many years. Itching to try on new products, hence I bought these bean nose packs.

Comparing them to the usual Biore pore packs, this skin food ones are not as ‘sticky’. They do not have a sticky back on the black smooth surface shown, unlike the Biore ones which stick onto your fingers before you can even stick them onto your nose!

But comparing the effectiveness, I do think the Biore pore pack does a better job. If you would like to achieve the sense of elation and satisfaction, you may also get the Black coloured Biore pore pack. From the contrasting colours of black pore pack and white heads, you can then see how many parasitic whiteheads have been residing in your pores and on your nose. Designed to remove both white heads and black heads, using the white coloured ones do allow you to view the black heads too! 😀

And yes, there’s a bean smell when using this bean nose pack. HAHA 😀

To share the steps of using nose packs :

  1. Please exfoliate before sticking them on. This is to open up your pores for greater effectiveness.
  2. You are then required to wet your nose a little before you can stick them out, especially for this Skinfood nose pack, since there is no sticky element, you need to wet your nose even more so that they can stick better on your nose.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 mins and then remove.
  4. Apply toner to close up your pores.
  5. Moisturise 🙂

For me, I do get itchy on my nose after using pore pack on certain attempts, regardless of the brand used. And for this time, using the Skinfood black bean nose pack did itched my nose 🙁

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Food Reviews – Paradise Inn

Had lunch at Paradise Inn because my colleague had a voucher for it. Min $60 spending with $20 off 🙂

These were what we’d ordered.

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Seafood fried rice
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Coffee pork ribs
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Fried kailan
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Beef fried hor fun
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Fried prawn rolls with salted egg! YUMMY! 😀
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Rosemary, Chrysanthemum and Lavender flavoured tea, but not my cup of tea LOL
Since I’m not a foodie, I do not source for high-end expensive food. I just included this food category under my blog to share reviews with you guys. I do not especially hunt for good food. 🙂

But in any case, Paradise Inn’s too expensive for me. I would settle down for a simple meal that keeps me full anytime. A simple plate of chicken rice would win me over. I’d like to have a 1-meal-settle-it-all kind of food, unless I’m sharing with others, ala carte is not my preference.

Of all the food above, I really like the fried prawn rolls with salted egg! Well, that’s because I love salted eggs, though I won’t like selling them, LOL?

Another highlight is the fish roe that’s mixed in the fried rice. See those little orange dots? Yes, that’s the one. Not sure about you, but this is my first encounter 🙂

Oh yes, the coffee pork ribs were quite good too! It has a mixture of sweet coffee taste. 🙂

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Skin Care 101

As ladies, we do know the importance of beauty and vanity. However, beauty is not just about stacking and piling tonnes and tonnes of make up on your face, which may result in repercussions, doing more harm than benefiting your skin and eventually, beauty.

Beauty begins with simple skin care tips that you should pay attention to and beauty also refers to natural beauty. Of course, it would be difficult to search for a lady with 100% flawless skin, but that does not mean it is impossible to work towards that.

Always remember that cosmetics can only do so much and if you don’t wish to scare the hell outta people after removing your make up, or if you are ashamed to remove your make up and go bare faced in public, it simply means that you are acknowledging your skin problems. Why not then target  these problematic areas by developing good skin care habits? They are not difficult to nurture and do not require deep pockets. Just really simple steps which can go a long way!

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Here are some useful great tips you should try!

1. 3 basic skin care steps – Cleanse, Apply Toner and Moisturise on your face

Need I say more? This should already be at your fingertips!

You may wish to read my reviews on Kose Supreme Sekkisei and Laniege where I’ve shared some of the reviews as well as info on these 3-step basic skin care tips!

You may not frequent facials or may not slap on sheet masks every now and then, BUT THESE 3-STEP SKIN CARE ARE RULES OF SKIN LAW (if there’s ever such a thing) and YOU MUST DEFINITELY FOLLOW! If you are guilty of otherwise, knock your head 3 times!

2. Facial Treatments

Now, these are not compulsory and essential compared to point 1, but it is highly encourageable! You need to pamper your skin every now and then apart from the fundamentals. Personally, I believe frequenting beauty salons for facials and what more if you fall into the trap of sales talk and gimmicks, causing you to sign up lots of expensive packages, are not compulsory. Putting things into perspective, look at things this way, if you take good care of your skin, you need not burn huge holes in your pockets, right? Well, that is apart from serious skin problems caused naturally/genetics or severe acne problems etc. Plus, results might not be immediate after attending facials or sometimes, they are just pure useless.

I’ve rarely, if not, hardly stepped into beauty salons for facials and have always been using sheet/clay/wash off masks at the comfort of my own home. Well, you may say that these masks are not as effective as those potent ingredients beauty salons can offer, but you can’t deny that certain masks do work! Read my beauty reviews and you will know! 🙂

If sheet masks are not your cuppa tea, you may try to DIY masks using natural food ingredients. There are many websites which offer natural remedies, just google it and you will know! But my advice is, to conduct extensive researches (forums,blogs,beauty consultants etc) on these DIY steps before applying anything on your face and take them with a pinch of salt. You have to be extra careful on whatever you are putting on your face.

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Wash off mask
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Sheet mask
3. Beauty is only skin deep

I don’t mean “Don’t judge its book by its cover”, but that you may look gorgeous after piling up on your make up, but after removing them, you scare yourself sometimes too! 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. 

And I truly believe that. I’m not a fan of fruits but yes, I hate to admit that they do benefit your skin, apart from other health benefits. 

Fruits which you may wish to try :

a. Kiwi and Pomegranate: Kiwi helps to ensure healthy, clear, beautiful skin by preventing wrinkles and blemishes. Pomegranates which are filled with antioxidants helps to fight against free radicals, control acne as well prevents wrinkles.

b. Banana: It is rich in iron, magnesium and potassium and contains lots of vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent.  Furthermore, bananas contain natural fats and complex proteins to smooth and soften your skin  For DIY masks, you may wish to try mashing banana as facial! 

c. Lemon, berries, oranges : Such citrus fruits contain high dosage of vitamin C as well as antioxidants which help to clarify and rejuvenate your skin. Oranges are also known to slow down ageing process. Those who are obsessed with skin whitening, lemons will do the work for you!

d. Apples are rich in pectin which is a starch that is essential in preventing unsightly acne from popping!

e. Papaya: Known to be one of the best fruits in achieving great skin would be papaya! Loaded with lots of antioxidants and an enzyme known as papain, it helps to kill dead cells as well as to cure skin impurities! You may also wish to consider drinking payaya milk instead of consuming the fruit itself, or you may want to try applying the flesh of papaya on your skin and wait for the miracle to happen!

f. Mango: Power-packed with vitamin-A and rich antioxidants, it fights against skin aging, regenerates skin cells and restores the elasticity of skin.

g. Tomatoes : Aids in skin whitening, tomatoes contain lycopene which helps to protect your skin from free radicals and boosts your skin’s natural sun protection factor (SPF). Also, the vitamins and minerals found in tomatoes clarify you skin and prevent blemishes!

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Foods which you may wish to try :

a. Whole wheat : Another ingredient in some foods that is really good for your skin is selenium. This is found in whole wheat cereals, breads and baked goods. It helps to improve the skin at a cellular level and keeps you looking young and beautiful.

b. Salmon : along with other fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseed, is high in healthy fatty acids that are key for achieving healthy skin. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3s help keep cell membranes healthy by keeping out harmful substances as well as allowing nutrients to enter cells and exit with waste products. Omega-3s also reduce the body’s production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin.

c. Carrots : They are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is a required nutrient for healthy skin. They also contain high levels of antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage of skin cells. Vitamin A is required for developing and maintaining skin cells, and a deficiency of the vitamin can cause dry skin.

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You should also :

a. Hydrate yourself with plenty of water : at least your individual minimum intake — will help keep your skin young and healthy-looking. Water in caffeinated or sugary beverages does not count; water intake must be from pure, clean water, which rejuvenates skin cells. Water both hydrates cells and helps them move toxins out and nutrients in.

b. Drink Green Tea : Besides the other health benefits which green tea offers,  it is rich in antioxidants that reduces inflammation and protect cell membranes. It has been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which in turn reduces the risk of skin cancer. Green tea is also high in polyphenols — compounds that eliminate cancer-causing free radicals. Some believe that drinking green tea helps to lose weight too!

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4. Detox every once/twice a month by eating only fruits and drinking water the whole day to keep your skin healthy and to wash out those toxins. It aids in constipation as fruits and water works hand in hand to soften the stools.

5. Applying sunblock : Whether or not you are a fan of fair skin, preventing sun and uv rays from damaging your skin should apply across the board. Plus, uv rays cause acne scars to darken as well. Click here to read on how to choose the right sunscreen.

6. Try indulging in a long, relaxing shower or bath at least once a week. This helps to soothe the skin as well as a form of destressing method. Lesser stress, lesser acnes!

7. Exfoliate : And I don’t mean just your facial skin. Try exfoliating your whole body skin as well to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother, more supple and fairer! Also, since we are encouraged to exfoliate our face before applying any mask as it helps to open up pores, logically, exfoliating the body skin would assist in the absorption of body moisturisers!

8. If you’re a make up fan and can’t leave without concealing, remember to change your foundation sponge regularly if you are a compact powder user. A dirty sponge not only result in uneven application of the powder, it may also increase the chances of you contracting acnes as bacteria gets built up in it!

9. Remove all make up thoroughly at the end of the day. I’m quite sure most of us are guilty for not following this rule of skin law, at least once in our entire lifetime. I too, am guilt-stricken purely out of laziness, but have since avoided such bad habit and will still force myself to quickly remove my make up before I head to bed. Make up clogs pores through impurities which would result in a breakout. You may read my reviews on makeup removers!

10. Of course, good skin care is also a matter of healthy lifestyle choices as beauty is only skin deep. Smoking does a lot of damage on the body including the skin—not only does it contribute to premature aging and wrinkles, it is also the leading cause of more serious health risks like emphysema or lung cancer. The right way to protect the skin in this situation is to simply give up the habit. People have to keep in mind that what they do on the outside affects underlying conditions in the body. This is also why a balanced diet rich in fibre, lean protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals also promotes healthy young-looking skin. Stress affects a person’s peace of mind and makes the skin vulnerable to skin problems like acne breakouts. Managing stress can help a person not only feel good, but look good.

I hope you babes will find these tips useful in achieving your perfect flawless skin!

As the saying goes, “There is no ugly women only lazy ones!”

xoxo
Jean 🙂

Beauty Reviews – Kose Sekkisei Supreme

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Heh, remember my beauty hauls bought online recently? Yes, I’ve also ordered the Kose Supreme Sekkisei skin care products which I have been wanting to try them for a goood long time but haven’t done so because they are so expensive! And I mean those over the counters, full sized bottles.. If you have to get the whole skin care products and I’m talking about those basic ones (Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser), it’s definitely gonna cost a bomb!

So my advice to you ladies is, if you are itching to try out new products, try and get trial sets first. Two advantages to this is that, one, trying out means you ain’t sure if the products are suitable for you and your skin. This goes out especially to those who have sensitive or acne prone skin. Don’t torture your skin by trying out new products which are not prescribed by dermatologists. Your skin requires extra care and special ingredients that some of the products sold off shelves might not contain. Learn to understand your skin first before purchasing any products. Second thing is that, if you decide that these products are not for you, for whatever reasons, unsuitable skin type, non-effective, too oily/sticky/drying whatsoever, at least you don’t feel like you’ve wasted bag full of money! 🙂

The trial set I’ve received costs approx $26 which includes the cleansing cream (make up remover). lotion, moisturiser and revitalising cream.

I’ve not tried the make up remover yet but it’s really quite misleading that it actually meant to serve as a make up remover. I noted that the full-sized bottles do state that it is a make up remover at the back of the tube but for the trial version, it does not. -.-

So anyway, moving on to the next product – Lotion.

Before I’d start, if you are new to Kose products, you will need to understand that they have branded themselves as catering to different types of skin care specifically but not clearly on their products. You will have to either seek assistance from the salesperson or google to find out more (like what I did). There are 2 types to their skin care products – I and II.

Products stating I at the end of the product name caters to skin types belonging to the ‘normal – oily’ category whilst II caters to those with dry skin. As I fall under the ‘combination’ skin type, I’d chosen I.

After understanding them, you will then need to understand the interchangeable terms such as lotion/toner, lotion/cream/moisturiser etc. The former is actually more extensive than the latter, as you can see that for Kose products, there are both moisturiser and cream together.

When I was first introduced to skin care products, these terms really confused me, especially lotion and toner because lotion has been a loose term to mean moisturiser (e.g. body lotion). So we tend to misinterpret these terms.

But not to worry, when in doubt, ASK. When in doubt, CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK. This way, you won’t go wrong 🙂

Lotion/Toner

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I’d prefer this lotion over the SK II one because firstly, it’s not as stinky and secondly, it doesn’t cause my cotton pad to fray, leaving lots of cotton frays on my face here and there. I know, I should also get new cotton pads soon, the ones from Watson house brand really suck and if there is a stark contrast between these 2 lotions from 2 different brands, it is actually quite obvious which is ‘better’, right? 😉

The Sekkisei Supreme Refining Lotion is actually very light in texture and contains a cooling effect when patted over your face.
On the issue of method of applying lotions/toners, for me, the trick is to always adhere to the instructions given. If it clearly states to pat over your face, then do it. Or another method is that it requires you to swipe it across your face using cotton pads, then do it as well. But do remember to always swipe it upwards and outwards to prevent sagging of the skin. For this Sekkisei Supreme Refining Lotion, it requires the user to pat it over the face using a cotton pad. You may also use your fingers to apply lotions/toners if the instructions say so, for example, the SK II lotion requires you to swipe it across your face using your fingers.

I think the overall absorption is quite fast as well. My face feels cool and fresh after padding the lotion into my skin. 🙂

Will recommend this product if you are looking for a fast absorption lotion with whitening effects. 🙂

Moisturiser

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Here comes the next step – moisturising after toning.

This is a must, especially you have dry skin. An essential step to take since we are constantly in an erratic climate/air-con places.

I like this moisturiser because it feel light and fresh as well when applied. It’s not oily/sticky too and is more diluted compared to the cream. I’ll use my 2 fingers to swipe it across my face upwards and outwards 🙂 No cotton pads needed.

The only thing which I loathe is the small opening of the 2 bottles (lotion and moisturiser). It’s quite difficult to get the liquid out of the tiny hole shown below. I would prefer a spray-type over bottle caps anytime.

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Cream


As the name suggests, this product would be ‘richer’ in ingredients and much more heavier in texture and weight compared to the moisturiser.

It may seem like an additional step to take compared to the usual 3-step basic skincare regime, but I’m quite sure that proper and adequate moisturising is essential. More so if you do not consume adequate fluids.

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This too gives a sense of tingling cool feel when applied onto the skin. Dab 3 to 4 spots on your face on the left and right cheeks, forehead and chin if you’d like. Then slowly massage it into your skin upwards and outwards.
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Overall rating for Kose Sekkisei Supreme products : 4/5
As for the whitening effects, no changes take place within such short period of time so patience is a virtue. I will update this space again on the effects 🙂

Thank you for reading! <3

Food Reviews – Madam Saigon

Had dinner at Madam Saigon Millenia Walk yesterday.

Bf and I were disappointed, really.

We didn’t order much because we were still feeling full from our late lunch (Toastbox @ MBS). Plus, the small bites were about the same or more expensive than the main course which we thought, wasn’t really value for money.

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This order was a HUGE MISTAKE! We’d though the spring rolls would be fried but goodness…! We loathed this spring roll because it’s filled with loads of bean sprouts, disgusting peppermint leaves (I think?) and the skin somewhat similar to soon kueh, is quite hard, dry, stiff and difficult to chew.
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Sauce for the spring rolls. Tasted like the sweet sauce for chee chong fun.
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Bf’s sliced beef and meat ball noodles 🙂
I’m not a really a fan of beef  and definitely not for meat balls.
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My chicken noodles. Wanted something light on the stomach 🙂
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Interesting cover caps for the condiments 🙂
Both noodles are not value for money. They tasted just like any other normal noodles which you can get it at a cheaper price at food courts/hawkers/coffeeshops.

But I shall not complain about the price since the restaurant was located at Millenia Walk and well, it’s a restaurant.

Nevertheless, I won’t recommend anyone to patronise Madam Saigon and I doubt I will eat there ever again 🙁

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Beauty Reviews – Laneige White Plus Renew Foam Cleanser

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I have been using this for approx 1 year plus and counting. I was using their previous version and switched to this new and improved version which has added ingredients for extra whitening 🙂

It reminds of the the Fancl’s facial foam which I have not tried it out before, but it’s highly raved 🙂
One thing that is commendable about this Laneige facial foam is that it comes out as a foam when sprayed and unlike Fancl’s you need not mix the powder and liquid together. Totally saves the hassle.

And I prefer sprays over caps which you need to unscrew because the former allows you better control when pressing the spray to accommodate to your own desired quantity. Similar like toothpaste, squeezing out of tubes may cause excessive amount to be squeezed out which is not your intention and it’s more messy.

Moreover, this facial cleanser leaves a ‘squeaky clean’ feel on your face which I totally adore! 😀

For facial foams like this, you will need to shake the bottle well before using.

After massage the foam using 2 fingers on your face, you’ll just have to wash them off. It’s that hassle-free! It doesn’t drip all over the place at all! 🙂

Personally 1 of my Holy Grail! 😀

Beauty Reviews – Bare Aesthetics (Underarm Hair Removal) Updates

Just a little update on the progress of the underarm hair removal thus far. It has been a week plus since my last treatment which was also the 1st session, I’ve realised that the growth of the hair is much slower than before and I feel that those areas which have thinner and lesser hairs, would most probably be “cleared” off completely first compared to those thicker ones.

I’ve also realised that my underarms are much fairer, whiter and smoother now.

Am very pleased with the results especially since I have only undergone 1 session with BA 🙂

Hopefully everything would be cleared soon so that I can save the hassle going back again and again.

Next session in mid Sept, so stay tuned 🙂

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