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VASER Hi-def Liposuction, performed at Bella Vou in the Royal Tunbridge Wells.

This blog post was done in collaboration with Bella Vou. However, all views expressed here are my own.

Let’s start from the beginning…

It was the beginning of March. I was on my way to Valencia to spend a few days by the beach and celebrate the infamous Fallas Festival. *party mode onnn* The whole city of Valencia was celebrating for days and it couldn’t be a better time for me to visit this wonderful Spanish city. The weather was warm enough to wear short shorts and revealing tees. However, I wasn’t confident to show that much of my skin because it’s been rather an on-going issue of mine… I’m not happy with my body and it’s been like this since my early teens! *wait, what?!*

I’ve been trying to achieve a toned/lean body for years by consistently exercising and eating well. There were times where my body was at its best, with muscles showing on my arms and chest. Yet, still… The fat in my lower abdominal area was there like its ingrown inside my body and not intending to leave or change no matter what I do. *sad face*

Also, this may come as a little surprise for some of you but… *takes a deep breath* I have a mild case of Pectus Excavatum! *googles to find out what the heck that is* SO, Pectus Excavatum is a structural deformity of the anterior thoracic wall, which (in my case), is lightly visible but does not affect my internal organs. Meaning, my chest bones have grown slightly inwards but I didn’t need the surgery to fix it. This was a deformity that my parents noticed during my puberty.

Even though I exercise regularly and my chest muscles grow… The results are often underwhelming because of the shape of my chest!

Everything happens for a reason!

Whilst in Valencia, I received a message from my dear friend Ed Lemont. He asked me if I know anyone who would be keen to undergo a new cosmetic procedure called Vaser Liposuction at Bella Vou.

At first, I wasn’t sure about that sort of procedure because it is a full-blown surgery! *yikes* As someone who has never had a surgery of any kind, it was definitely something I didn’t want to get myself into. However, after doing a little bit of research, I quickly realised that Vaser Liposuction is THE procedure I need!

So, I asked Ed to pass on my details to Bella Vou and take it from there. A few email exchanges and I was on my way to the Royal Tunbridge Wells to have my first consultation with Amir Nakhdjevani!


A little bit about Vaser Liposculpting procedure…

Vaser Liposculpting (or Vaser Liposuction) is an advanced body sculpting procedure that eliminates fat by using targeted ultrasound technology to liquefy and then very precisely remove fat from the body.

This treatment only targets fat cells, causing significantly less damage to other tissues. In other words: less pain, bruising and recovery time! It can also sculpt and shape multiple areas in a single procedure, including those ‘hard to reach’ areas of the body.

The thing I was most drawn to Vaser Liposculpting was the precise body sculpting procedure. There was an opportunity for me to have my chest sculptured to create the shape I was always dreaming of.

When I had my consultation with Dr. Amir, he briefly explained the surgery, the technology used and things I should do to fully prepare myself for it. Amir performs most of his procedures under local anaesthetic. He told me that he’ll be performing this surgery under twilight sedation as well… Meaning that I’ll be awake during the surgery. Ermmm, what?! *shook* I would lie if I say that I wasn’t taken back by it.

However, after a while, I got into terms with it and thought to myself that it will be quite an interesting journey. *haha, literally* I am a very curious individual, so doing that one thing a day that scares me also gives me strength to move forward. So, let’s do this!

Surgery Day!

The day before my surgery, Bella Vou were kind enough to offer me a 3-night stay at One Warwick Park Hotel which is just a few minutes walk from the clinic. The hotel offers partner rates for those who are having treatment at Bella Vou. Therefore, make sure to ask them for more details. *wink wink*

I was asked to arrive at the clinic at 10 am and have no food 6 hours prior to this. As you would imagine, I didn’t set my alarm at 4 am to have a meal to feed my old body. *gurl, bye*

When I arrived at Bella Vou, my mind was going through waves of emotions. I didn’t know whether I should be excited or nervous about this whole thing.

At the theatre (where the surgery was happening), the anaesthetist hooked me up to a drip which was inserting local anaesthetic into my bloodstream. Within seconds I was completely out of it. *no joke*

There were 6 small incisions made around my abdomen area to perform the procedure. At one point during the liposuction, I was more awake than usual. I could feel things going inside my body. *omg* But fear not, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The twilight sedation was really great as it made me feel very relaxed at moments like this.

The surgery took about 4 hours, which in my head played out as barely an hour. Honestly, one minute I was freaking out over a needle and next thing you know, I’m stuffing my face with an avo toast post-surgery. *hashtag wild times*

After care…

When the surgery was over, I was hooked up to 3 drainage tubes for the next 24 hours. It was to ensure that all the excess liquid has left my body and I could achieve the best possible results.

Also, I had to wear a compression foam and garment for at least 4-6 weeks following the surgery. It’s definitely not the most flattering outfit in the world but it made me feel cosy at night. As a blogger, I had to give my edgy outfits a little break and focus on other kinds of campaigns.

The thing I like the most about Bella Vou is that they provide the best post-surgery therapy treatments, which are included in their aftercare, by the way! I was required to attend daily 60-minute Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MDL) messages for the whole week. These are very important as they help reduce swelling, as well as release any remaining fluid from the body. MDL therapist Nikki performed my massages. She has made my recovery feel smooth and quite enjoyable. All of this is included in the price.

Final words, for now.

So, it’s been about 8 weeks since my surgery and I can confidently say that it was all worth it. Was it scary? Yes! Was it painful? A little bit BUT my body has never looked this good!

This whole experience gave me motivation to be kind to myself and my body. I’m currently changing my diet by going mostly plant-based. I also exercise more and drink on very rare occasions. Everything just keeps getting better! *yaaas*

Pssst… Watch this space as I’ll be updating you on my Vaser Liposculpting journey, including diet and fitness. Until next time. xoxo

Style

Tiger Eye

Chiltern Road in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Chiltern Road in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.

This blog post was sponsored by Azuro Republic. However, all views expressed here are my own.

A part of my identity…

We are almost halfway through the spring…. Where does the time go?! *sigh* It feels like it was just yesterday when I was wearing thick coats and trying to find any excuse to curl up in bed instead. *cancels all the plans in winter*

However, this past Easter bank holiday weekend, we’ve been treated to the most amazing weather in agesss. As we all know, this rarely happens here in London. So, I took this opportunity to showcase my summer looks by wearing my favourite revere collar shirt, camel trousers and shoes with no socks on! *yay* This was a complete throwback to spring 2017.

On this particular day, I was browsing through my local stores on Chiltern Road. I stopped by an independent coffee shop to pick up my favourite magazine and, of course, oat milk latte! *that afternoon pick-me-up moment*

Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.

A gem that represents intelligence and integrity!

Alongside mag, coffee and myself, I also brought a new accessory from Azuro Republic. For those who are not familiar with the brand, Azuro Republic is a luxury men’s jewellery brand that emphasises on quality, integration and innovation. Their aim is to redefine the taste of men who wish to transform.

As someone who dresses for the weekend every day, I always look for accessories that would compliment me on every occasion. Whether it’s a day out with friends or a wedding – a good quality bracelet can be my best companion at every event.

So, I picked up the Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye bracelet. It is said that tiger eye brings positive energy to people around you. Therefore, I couldn’t resist getting something that would symbolise just that. The bracelet feels very firm on my skin which is definitely something I look for in a good quality accessory.

To be quite honest, it was quite a challenge for me picking up just one bracelet because there are so many to choose from and most of them go really well with most style. The detail that goes behind in making these 24k Gold Plated Beads is remarkable. I often have to use my magnifying glass to really appreciate its exceptional design.

Azuro Republic bracelets are one of their kind as they put so much work in making each item (see video below for a proof). It’s an accessory that will last you a lifetime so it’s a valuable investment.

There are many other bracelets available on Azuro Republic. Whether it’s a silver, gold, enamel or mixed. You’ll always find something that will complete your favourite outfit.

Chiltern Road in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Chiltern Road in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.
Gold Enamel Black Tiger Eye Bracelet from AZURO REPUBLIC. Shot in Marylebone, London. Blog by Skirmantas.

Oh, and… Check out this video showcasing craftsmanship of Azuro Republic:

Grooming

The Science of Celavive

USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was sponsored by USANA. However, all views expressed here are my own.

Go Beyond What You See!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I’m a skincare freak. I’m always trying out new skincare products. So, by now, I have a good idea of what works best for my skin type.

Most skincare products found in supermarkets are not suitable for me because of my oily skin. They often make my skin produce more sebum which lead to clogged pores, blemishes and even acne. *yikes!* Anyone else can relate?!

A few weeks ago, I discovered USANA Health Sciences. They are a global nutrition company that provides the highest quality, science-based health products. Think nutritional foods, dietary supplements and skincare products!

I was keen to try their Celavive skincare range because it claims to support your skin’s natural ability to reduce the visible signs of ageing. *Ermmm… Hell yeah!* As someone who constantly hunts for anti-ageing products, this is a great opportunity for me to test these products out.

So, without further ado… Scroll down to read my step-by-step skincare routine using USANA’s Celavive skincare for combination/oily skin!


USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
USANA CELAVIVE® skincare range review. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

USANA Celavive Skincare Routine

  • Cleanse: Don’t let grime dull your glow! For my skin type, I use Creamy Foam Cleanser twice a day. The product is not as foamy as you would expect, which is great. So, I use it…
    • In the morning, to remove any sweat, excess oil and dead skin cells that may have accumulated overnight.
    • At night, to cleanse away dirt, pollutants and oily residue.
  • Tone: Not everyone needs to use a toner. I use it because it restores moisture balance and helps me get the most out of the other products. In this step, I’m applying the Perfecting Toner. It makes the skin look clear and bright.
  • Enhance: Serums, masks, and eye treatment products deliver more effective results than you can get from a moisturiser.
    • Most nights I use face masks to clear, hydrate, lift and firm my skin. The Hydrating + Lifting Sheet Mask is amazing because it significantly reduces the appearance of tired-looking skin.
    • I use the Vitalizing Serum every day before applying my moisturiser as it smoothens up the surface of my skin. *yaaas*
    • A good eye serum is a staple in any skincare routine. The Hydrating Eye Essence is a lightweight yet very hydrating product that reduces dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.
  • Hydrate: The most important part of the routine!
    • In the morning, I use Protective Day Lotion with SPF 30 to hydrate and protect my skin for the day ahead. It easily absorbs into my skin, perfectly locking in the moisture. *sweet*
    • At night, I use Replenishing Night Gel to rejuvenate and repair my skin after a long day. The texture of this gel is very light, leaving a smooth matte finish. Love it!

Verdict!

Overall, USANA’s Celavive Skincare range is brilliant. Every single product is of high quality and works really well for oily/combination skin. All together, everything costs just over £200. Therefore, it may be a bit pricy for some of you but it’s a good investment for those looking to add a few new items to their skincare routine. I’d strongly recommend Creamy Foam Cleanser and Protective Day Lotion because of their texture and effectiveness!

Playlists

Spice and Shuffle 13

Spice and Shuffle 13 Spotify playlist. Curated by Skirmantas Petraitis.

When We All Fall Asleep…

It’s officially the end of the first quarter of 2019. *damnnn* These past 3 months, I’ve been able to make a living out of blogging and experiment with other forms of media.

On Friday, I’ve published my first vlog in over 11 years and you can (finally) see it here. In this video, I’m showcasing a day in the life of a men’s lifestyle blogger (a.k.a. me, the legendary Mr Salt and Pepper, hehe). We went to the preview screening of Disney’s Dumbo, experienced Tony’s Cholcolonely creations and ate our body weight in Shake Shack burgers. *oops* I had an absolute blast making this vlog because it brought all the joy I used to have back in the day. But this time, I’m more experienced and comfortable enough to show a funny side of me. So, expect more videos very soon! *pinky promise*

This month’s “Spice and Shuffle” cover star is Billie Eilish. Her latest album is an absolute banger! Every single song has been on repeat all day. What are your thoughts on it? BUT most importantly… When we all fall asleep, where do we go? *insert a worried face emoji here*

Also, there are some songs added from the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest (track 17, 21, 28, 29 and 32). All 5 songs flow really well with the rest of the playlist, so I really hope these are going to become your favourites too.

Without further distractions… Here’s the 13th edition of “Spice and Shuffle” Spotify playlists. I hope you like it!

Don’t forget to follow Mr. Salt and Pepper’s Spotify profile to stay up-to-date with the latest music. I’m always up for hearing new music. So, please feel free to email me your suggestions!

Events Tech

In Search Of Incredible

In Search of Incredible. Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

This blog post was sponsored by ASUS. All views expressed here are my own.

Colours That Match Your Vibe…

We live in an age where everything is ready at our fingertips. From browsing the internet, double-tapping on Instagram to answering emails and booking your favourite holidays. Mobile devices have become a huge part of our daily lives. However, I’m still one of those people who enjoys working on a laptop because nothing beats that passionate tapping on the keyboard and streaming my favourite Netflix series on a 15-inch screen. *insert the nail polish emoji here*

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet guys at ASUS and snag their latest ASUS VivoBook S15 laptop. With the four-sided frameless Nano Edge display and powerful Intel Core CPU, this laptop is made for millennials like me. As someone who edits his content on the go and does those daily admin bits, VivoBook S15 delivers speed and all-day battery life throughout the day. *yaaas* Therefore, I’ll no longer be desperately seeking for those power sockets in a café!

It comes in five colours: Icicle Gold, Firmament Green, Star Grey, Silver Blue and Gun Metal. Joe and I opt in for a Firmament Green because it really matches our edgy personalities. *self-proclaimed hipster here* I personally see this laptop as part of an accessory… So, who really needs a newspaper when you have a stylish computer? *wink*

ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530FA-EJ101T 15.6" NanoEdge Screen Full HD Display Laptop (Intel® Core™ I5-8265U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10). Blog by Skirmantas Petraitis.

During our visit at Shoreditch Treehouse, ASUS treated us to a two-course lunch, followed by a photoshoot with our new laptops. Honestly, I’d love to spend my life in that quirky little bedroom!

So, without further distraction, here’s the official ASUS VivoBook promo:

What do you think of ASUS VivoBook S15? Do you consider buying one? Let me know in the comments section below.