The baby girl

Oct 2, 2012 by
in Life as it is

It’s my best friend’s birthday last Monday and even though we didn’t have the luxury of time to celebrate together the entire day, we still did manage to meet up for a nice brunch at Dean and Deluca!

In fact, being the kiasu me, I have already met her in August and passed her the birthday gifts. I thought I would be just too busy in September. That time, we ate a quick lunch at Shin Kushiya in Vivocity.

Then, she told me she’s going to take leave on her birthday, and so, I could have brunch with her! I didn’t want to go empty handed, so I decided to make her something – more meaningful and sweet.

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Thanks to Jacq who re-sparked my vague interest in paper origami, I made the Bestie a bouquet of tulips! It wasn’t the most perfect bouquet, but the thought and effort matter the most, yea? ;)

Dear Bestie,
this hasn’t been the easiest year for you and I know you haven’t been the happiest. So, for your new year, I wish you happiness. I wish that you would be able to find new happiness in your life but at the same time, find a way to store the fond memories of the past in your heart as well. I know it’s not going to be easy for you, but knowing you, I know you will be able to do it one day.
When all else fails, you know you have still got me to catch you.
Love you lots!

Can’t wait for October to come to an end so that we can spend more time together. I am totally missing the carefree student-days in the States, where she would just come to my room and stay over and I would cook her the most unhealthy food. :)

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Of happiness

Sep 19, 2012 by
in Because love ♥, Flavours and aromas, Life as it is

I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I once did. It’s not because I have nothing to blog, but rather, too many things on hand that writing got pushed down my priority list.

It’s the time of the year when things get busy and heated. And then before you know it, it’s holiday season! I can’t wait. Will someone wake me up when September ends?

Despite the hectic schedule I have, life has managed to squeeze in some happiness.

We celebrated J’s 26th early this month. We didn’t do anything particularly special, but just hung out together and ate cake. Lots of cake, from obolo!

I also enjoyed time with my family and my little nephew. Moments at home are rare, and especially treasured by me.

Have also scheduled a facial treatment for myself this week, and a birthday celebration appointment with the Bestie on her birthday.

Very soon, life is going to be a breeze! Can’t wait.

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Korea – May/June 2012 – {Part 3}

Sep 10, 2012 by
in Footprints on earth, Oh the things of beauty

Seoul is really an emporium of cosmetics and beauty products. I came home with a large suitcase filled to the brim with cosmetics and other beauty products. It is scary, the way we bought without much thinking. Well, looking at all the great skin on the Koreans, you can’t help but feel that if you use their products, you will end up with the same wonderful, crystal clear skin as well. On top of that, the prices are fabulous – if you compare it with the marked-up prices back home. Oh, and did I mention the free gifts and the out-of-the-blue storewide discounts?

All there to trap you. Your mind. Your wallet. Your money.

Apart from hot favourites like ladies’ skincare from Laneige, The Face Shop, Innisfree, and Skinfood, we also found some quirky items – quirky only in a Singapore-context – makeup for males.

Camo cream for the guys serving the nation! 

In army-friendly colours.

We didn’t buy that, but we bought some BB cream for men. They were surprisingly good on J’s skin – the light cream blended nicely on his skin and matches his skin tone perfectly, giving him some really good skin when he wore that!

Well, too bad he isn’t hooked onto the BB cream, if not we could both put makeup together before going out! ;)

Read {Part 1} / Read {Part 2} / Read {Part 4}

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I don’t normally do this

Aug 22, 2012 by
in Life as it is, Nothing much

Recently, I am pensive.

I don’t normally do this, because life has always been much of a charm, but recent events, however tiny, have made me think alot…

Life doesn’t owe you happiness. Neither do your friends. Don’t blame life or your friends for your unhappiness. Remember, the life is yours to lead. Take charge of your own happiness today.

Stop thinking that you deserve it all (handed to you on a silver platter). You don’t. Life is unfair – a  fact. But you can make it worth living, if only you would try hard enough.

Be genuine in sharing others’ joys. Stop harbouring bitter or jealous thoughts. Ill feelings multiply themselves only in your heart. Joy, however, spreads to all those around you. And you can be sure that one day, the joy you have shared will come back to you, perhaps multiplied.

Do not take everything personally. Not everyone is out to get your blood. Take some things lightly, and you will find yourself walking everyday on lighter, springier footsteps.

Lastly, give and learn not to expect. There’s something therapeutic in giving – the smiles and thanks you receive will fill your heart and nourish your soul. Don’t expect anything in return, because then, you will be most at peace.

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{Sponsored} Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion and SHA Moisturizing Eye Cream

Aug 13, 2012 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

Many thanks to Hada Labo, I am able to review and share with you 2 fantastic products today. I’m so excited to share them that I don’t know where to start! ;)

Hada Labo is a skincare line researched and developed by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Japan and The Mentholatum Co. It has a philosophy of ‘Perfect X Simple’. Hada Labo uses only the purest of ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, with no unnecessary additives and manufacture their products under strict pharmaceutical standards.

A few days ago, I received a cute package for Hada Labo, consisting of the SHA Hydrating Lotion with new nano formula, as well as the SHA Moisturizing Eye Cream. I am wow-ed on the first use, and now, I am going to tell you how great they are!

Before I start, I must first say that Hada Labo really did change my impression of drugstore brands. When I first started a proper skincare regime, I was using Witch products from Watsons. I can’t manage to find the entire range there anymore, but it was great for my then-young skin. I also did try the Clean & Clear range, as well as some other cheap drugstore brands (but eventually, Witch proved to be the best). After that, when I have more disposable income, I tried fancier brands, like ettusais, Clinique, Chanel, etc. Most didn’t work for my skin except for Clinique and now, Jurlique. They are expensive, and so, I have always have been trying to see if I can find a brand which is cheaper and yet can deliver as well.  There came Hada Labo, and I was very impressed. You don’t need a million steps (think Korean skincare) to get the same dewy, soft skin. And best of all, you can find it at drugstores near your house, and they are very affordable – nothing over S$40, I think. I don’t know how else to say how much I love this brand – you will have to try it out, to understand how wonderful it really is.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Lotion (with new nano formula)

The new hydrating lotion contains of a cocktail of 3 different types of hyaluronic acid, and they are the Nano Hyaluronic Acid (with molecules that are 1/20 the size of the normal hyaluronic acid, to enable easy penetration into the skin for deep hydration), the Super Hyaluronic Acid (yes, this is the SHA which is in almost all Hada Labo products, and it has twice the moisture retention capacity of the normal HA, and can keep the skin hydrated and smooth for a longer period of time) and the Hyaluronic Acid (the HA, which is able to hold 6 litres of water in 1gm, to effectively lock-in moisture on the skin).

These 3 hyaluronic acids work together to deeply penetrate the skin to nourish and help to restore the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss.

If you still do not know what the hydrating lotion is, well, it’s simply the toner. You are supposed to use it after cleansing your face and before slapping on moisturizer. Just gently pat it onto your skin until fully absorbed.

The first time I tried the old Hydrating Lotion, I felt that it moisturizes well, but was a bit too viscous for absorption. As a result, I always notice a sheen when I use too much of it, prompting me to only use the lotion at night. With the new nano formula, the lotion is very very light. It’s much less viscous, and hence it gets absorbs fully very fast – I can apply alot (for experimental purporses!), and it still get into my skin fast, leaving no sheen or stickiness. It also moisturizes the skin to the same extent -think bouncy and soft skin! Needless to say, I was sold. I am using this bottle daily now!

I would recommend this to everyone – those who are tired of using expensive brands with no visible results and those who are young and are just starting to have a proper skincare regime. You wouldn’t go wrong with Hada Labo – it has fantastic moisturizing properties (say goodbye to fine lines and oily T-zones) and you can get them all at wallet-friendly prices. What not to love?  Read more…

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