Wednesday, September 28, 2011

張智霖 - 究竟海有幾深(魚躍在花見主題曲)

The show that made me crave for sushi every night!!! But I like this song, goes on and on in my head!

And how is it that Julian Cheung looks like he has never aged????

Monday, September 26, 2011

2nd week of Gelish nails @ The Nail Status

Remember how I mentioned that my 1st set of Gelish nails did not last me 2 weeks and in fact after the 1st week, the edges started to chip? Well, I am now in my 2nd week of Gelish and I am glad to say it is still doing fine! Hahaha. Super happy lah!
If you take a closer look at the edges near the nail bed, you can see that nails are growing out thus there is this puny gap there. But other than that, the design still look as good as new and glossy! Yuppie!!! I am waiting to see if it can pass the 3 weeks mark now. :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

7 things you really don't need to take a photo of

Whenever I go dining with friends, they all knew that they are not supposed to touch a single bit of the food until I have taken all the pictures from every necessary angles. So yes, I know it's weird to take pics of our food but how else do I blog about them? Haha.

This comic is pretty funny and interesting on some of the stuffs we take pics of and yes, I am guilty of No. 2.
Credits: The Oatmeal

Friday, September 23, 2011

Completed: SK II Facial Treatment Essence

I have completed a few bottles of SK II Facial Treatment Essence but this baby warrant a posting in my blog because I previously neglected it and my skin went haywire!!! And when I remembered that I need to put it back into my skincare regime, 2 days was all it took to calm my skin down and restore it back.

It all started when my face started to have small bumps of blackheads and blemishes which was really irritating. You know how it felt when you cleanse your face and it doesn't feels smooth at all? I was really irritated as I exfoliate my face without fail every week. And the blemishes..... man....... it's not even the time of the month and they just kept popping out!!!!

Then I recalled that for one reason or another, I did not incorporate SK II Facial Treatment Essence into my skincare regime for a while (1 - 2 months or so). Please don't ask me why I forgot to use the essence because I am puzzled myself.... Sooooo, I started using it twice a day again, after toner and before moisturiser. Like I blogged previously, my method of application is to pour the essence onto facial pad and pat the essence onto my face gently (in fact, this was the recommended method of application per SK II site as well). And just like how this essence is called 神奇水, my skin really improved within 2 days! The bumps are gone and the blemishes are soothe and almost gone! What can I say? SK II Facial Treatment Essence really works!
I know there are ladies out there who heard of people experiencing breakouts after using the essence. I was one of them and the breakout went on for about 2 weeks. But after that, the breakout stops and my face feels smoother and more glowy. Friends were commenting that my skin improves then! However, if the breakout continue to persist, please stop it immediately. What works for some might not work for you.

The full size Facial Treatment Essence is not cheap, the smallest of 75ml retails at $95 (if I remember correctly). Yes, it is expensive but every drop of the essence is worth the money. :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Completed: Ettusais Medicated Acne Whitening UV (Oil block)

I have been using Ettusias Medicated Acne Whitening UV (oil block) for the longest time and it is starting to frustrate me that I am unable to complete it after coming to 2 years! Please do not ask me why I took so long to finish it because I am not sure either and I can already see fireworks when nothing came out from the bottle this morning!

Extracted from Ettusais website:
Armed with SPF 24 PA++, this lightweight base blocks out harmful UV rays. At the same time, its anti-bacterial effect treats acne and prevents further breakouts. Best of all, it also helps to lighten acne scars, freckles and uneven skin tone.

You know how most sun blocks are greasy and thick and I really hate it. The good thing about Ettusais Medicated Acne Whitening UV is that it's in liquid form and the texture is light and does not feel greasy. Most importantly, it is suitable for ladies with acne prone skin. Upon application, I do not see an ugly white cast as well. The only reason why I do not intend to re-purchase this again is because SPF24 PA++ is too low, in my opinion. Some people like to think that if we are indoors most of the time, it should be sufficient but I am someone who prefer to be safe than sorry.

For ladies with normal to dry skin, you will be glad to know that Ettusais has this sunblock for you and is called 'dry block' instead. It comes in cream form instead of liquid.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How ready are you to own a pet?

Just last week when me and hub were going to pick up Astro from the fosterer, we went to a gelato store near the pet clinic that the fosterer is working at for some snack since we were early. A pair of teens (which later on we found out to be siblings) came in to order some ice cream and while they sat down to enjoy it, a man (who is supposedly their father) came in, throw a bill from the pet clinic on the table and told them, "Look at the bill, 1000 plus. I am not going to pay this kind of money again for a dog. Few hundred ok, but 1000 plus, can buy a new dog liao! I tell you, this is the last time huh, 1000 plus.......". And as he is leaving, he was still going on and on about the 1000 plus.

I was actually quite mad when I saw the reaction from this man...... obviously his kids were the ones who wanted the dog and not him. In my mind, I was already renacting what I would do if I am his daughter.....

"Dad, when I am sick, you also no need to spend money to bring me to a doc, in case too expensive. You can make a 'new' daughter ok? Your d**k still working and can save money on condom, quite in line with your save money philosophy"

I was just talking to a fellow colleague who had a golden retriever and he told me an incident when his dog was down with high fever. When he brought the dog to a vet at the pet clinic (where I bring my kitties to), the vet told them not to get too attached to the dog and the vet added to them to treat pet as normal pet. His wife was fuming and said 'Then when you have children, can you treat them like normal children???'. I asked him who is this Dr and we realised it was the SAME vet who told the fosterer to tell me not to get too attached to Astro! Seriously, this vet is super no EQ leh. At least if she says she is trying her best but we have to be mentally prepared, we also feel better right?????

Anyway, sorry for digressing but my point is, before you decide to have a pet, you must be prepared to be with them until they are dead. No one is asking you to sell your house etc to pay for your pet's medical bill, but if it is something within your control, you have to be prepared to make that commitment to help the animal. If you exhaust all efforts (within your means, of course) to help this animal and nothing can be done, then it's really God's will that we have to let it go. And the part about not being attached to your pet, BULLSHIT........ This vet is either not an animal lover (then I wonder what the hell is she doing in a pet clinic) or she is plain super no EQ.

Tell me how to not be attached to these cuties when they look like this???
Credits: Love Meow

Monday, September 19, 2011

Johnny English Reborn

Have you been stressed up lately? Are you unhappy and bored? Then you really have to watch Johnny English Reborn movie! Trust me, you will be laughing from the opening scene to the ending scene, it is that funny!
It's the stupid things that Johnny English does in the shows, coupled with all the weird and comical expressions of Rowan Atkinson that made this movie super funny. Just imagine this as a funny James Bond!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My second Gelish experience @ The Nail Status

After my 1st Gelish nails experience 2 weeks plus ago (which was absolutely horrible), I was actually pretty disappointed and had given up hope on doing Gelish again. But I still had to go to any nails place to do a soak off to remove the horrible, non lasting Gelish on me so thought of trying Gelish again. At the beginning, I thought that given I am doing housework on and off, thus it doesn't last. But friends like E and V were telling me that it's highly unlikely since it is supposedly to last and most probably the nail saloon that I went at Holland V is not doing a good job. After reading Zoe Raymond's blog that highly recommend The Nail Status at Far East Plaza, I decided to do my soak off and second try of Gelish there then.

This time round, I had longer nails since I had been keeping them since the last time I had Gelish, thus it might be a good idea to do nails art hor? Hahahaha, damn vain! This is the final result, I really like it!
Now the next test is how long will it last this time. I asked the manicurist what could be the reason that my previous Gelish did not last well on me. She said could be the previous manicurist did not apply the gel properly thus 'sealing' everything. So let's see........ The minimum expectation I have is to at least 3 weeks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

View of Gelish

Remember my posting of my 1st Gelish experience 2 weeks plus back? I'm back here to share my view of this now.

First thing first, the claim that Gelish nails stay on for 3 weeks or so is not applicable for me. Maybe it is just me but I noticed after 1 week, the edges started to peel and are not sticking properly to the nails. This could be due to me doing housework. For those who claims that Gelish last super well on them, they are proper gals who need not do housework at all.

The trouble with Gelish nails is that you have to go back to a nails place to do a soak off to remove it properly. Seriously, this is way too troublesome for me....... It is so much easier if I can just grab my nail polish remover and remove the polish when it starts to chip even though it is only for a week or shorter.

And even if Gelish lasts well on me, with the nails growing out, it look super ugly too!!! Don't believe?? See the pic below?? Can't stand it!!!

The only advantage I can think of for Gelish is the beautiful gloss and shine after weeks but the fact that it doesn't last well on me and hassle of having to go back to a nails palour to do a soak off is quite a turn off.

Will I do a Gelish nails again? Hmm, maybe but I might properly consider again before deciding since there are more push factors then pull factors.

Monday, September 12, 2011

We moves in packs

Just this morning I made an interesting observation. I noticed that humans (not sure if it's ALL, but definitely in Singapore), we usually don't know what is going on but we just moves by following the crowd. I think some years back when some uncle or aunties was queueing up to register for a marathon to get free goodie bag, a news reporter interviewed them and ask them why are they queueing, they replied 'I see everyone queueing, I also join in lor'.

The matter of fact is most of us are just assuming that the people in the crowd knows what is going on and we assume they are going in the same direction or having the same objective as us. Question is: Do they REALLY know?? For example, just last Sat, we attended a wedding. After the service at St Andrew's Cathedral, we had to walk to Raffles Hotel for the banquet reception. And you can hear some people saying 'Just follow the photographer and videographer'. End up, they also did not know which ballroom the banquet is held and had to walk around to find.

Maybe it's the auditor's trait in me that says we need to clarify and found out but again isn't that human nature? We are different from animals because we observe, ask questions, understand and internalize. Most of the time, we get so lazy that we just assume, because we don't have to ask. Assuming things seriously take ZERO effort, haha. And really, no brain cells is activated when we assume stuffs.

So the next time when you wanna queue up or follow something, make sure it's something u know and not just following blindly. Will grow senile wo, haha.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill (#5 Gold Blitz, #08 Champagne)

Thanks to a fellow makeup junkie colleague of mine (I always have makeup junkies colleagues!!! lol) who was in HK for a business trip, she managed to snag 2 Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows for me. It was quite an 'along the way' purchase for her as she is a vivid reader of Tracy's Beauty Blogsphere (Tracy, if you are reading this, she LOVES u!!!) and was DYING to get her hands on the liquid foundation from Giorgio Armani thus I quickly ride on it and got her to help me with my purchases as well :)

Again, I have to rely on online swatches to make my decisions on what shades to get and it was not difficult to find pics of them considering the raves that many beauty bloggers went on and on about its lasting power and pigmentation. I have already purchased #4 Pulp Fiction previously, which is a pink, greyish shade so I thought perhaps I should go for something lighter or neutral (again?????) for something that I can wear to work or on it's own. Eventually, I narrowed down to #5 Gold Blitz and #08 Champagne.

Don't you think #08 Champagne looks like a reverse of #4 Pulp Fiction given it has more pink then grey whereas Pulp Fiction has more grey than pink, haha.

I am quite glad that I managed to get Gold Blitz because from joey's space here, apparently there was no close dupes! So it's not just ANOTHER neutral, it is one of its kind as well! (just trying to justify why I am getting neutral colour again......)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof

I have to rave about Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof!!! This baby is really amazing.

From Sephora site:
These jumbo pencils create a range of effects, from bold lines and blended effects to thin, defined lines. Resistant to water, heat, and humidity, their creamy, high-pigment formulas apply smoothly. From deep blacks to rich and shimmery shades, each is formulated with exclusive waxes and pigments to assure maximum color intensity that stays put for 12-hours.

I have wanted to get Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil for a while but has been put off by it's price tag at $36 (or is it $38? I cannot remember) thus till now, I have not got down to purchasing it yet. And then....... I found Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof, which is very much like Urban Decay's but only at $17! Woohoooo...........

I bought Purple & Copper

Typically, when we pay a lower price tag, quality will somewhat be compromised. Thus, I put this jumbo liner to a test.

As you can see above, the first pic was how the swatches look like when freshly swatched. The colour is intense with slight shimmer. After an hour, I ran it under running water and rubbed slightly, see how the colour stays on!! The shades look only slightly lighter. After 4 hours and a few washes under the water on and off, you can see even though the colours look lighter, it does not fade off completely. One thing to note, NO PRIMER WAS APPLIED BEFORE THE SWATCHES. Without any primer, this quality of colour intensity and staying power is pretty impressive!

I am definitely buying more of this, the colour shades are pretty too!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Completed: Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser

I have been a good girl lately and finishing up my stuffs one by one! *pat on the back*. This time round, I have completed another moisturiser, Clinique Moisture Surge!

It is an excellent gel moisturiser for combination and even oily skin given the light light texture of the gel.

In Singapore's hot and humid weather, getting a suitable moisturizer can be tricky for my sensitive and combination skin. It cannot be too rich to cause breakouts and had to provide sufficient moisture and hydration. This is especially when I notice that my skin gets oilier when I do not slap on sufficient SUITABLE moisturizer.

What I like about about Clinique Moisture Surge is the lightweight gel texture, which gets absorbed into my skin immediately after applying it. No oily sheen or sticky feeling. My skin doesn't get oily as quickly as it is hydrated and thus I do not get the tight feeling (and in worse case, itch). No breakouts as well which is like a super thumbs up!!!

For gals with sensitive skin, this moisturizer is also suitable given its soothing properties with aloe vera as 1 of the ingredients. And.... It's fragrance-free.

Would I re-purchase it? Yes, for it's hydration properties but currently no, because I have certain skin concerns I would like to target (like early anti aging, and whitening) but I might just purchase it to rotate with my other moisturizer if needed. :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kitten Massage Therapy

Mad cute!

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