First impression: Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation

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Bought the Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation to replace my finishing cushion foundation. Each time I finish my cushion, I have the tendency to go back to foundation. Recently the weather has been really crazy; everyday’s temperature ranges from 32 degree to 34 degree Celsius. I need a long lasting foundation that last throughout the day.

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This oil-free foundation claims to synchronize with your skin and enhances it beautifully. It is pretty runny and easily spread across the skin. It should last about 6 to 7 hours in our humid weather. I got this in the shade Golden 2.

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On the left is my skin without foundation while on the right is after foundation. As you can probably tell, all my imperfections has been covered up without the use of concealer. The semi-matte finish doesn’t make my skin look oilier. I figured that I wouldn’t want to look dewy in this weather. Dewy makeup just doesn’t last!

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Skin looks really good.

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Somehow pores got accentuated once I add my highlighter. Shimmers always do that to my skin. But otherwise, foundation looks good!

I documented how I feel about the foundation throughout the day.

  • 10am: Just applied the foundation. Realised it has a high coverage which is obviously better coverage than my cushion. Skin feels and look satin-smooth.
  • 11pm: Sister commented that my skin looks like my skin but better.
  • 2.30pm: Slight shine on the nose area. All of the makeup is still intact.
  • 5.30pm: Some foundation came off at the nose area due to constant nose blowing. But the rest of the makeup is still intact. Blot twice with tissue and everything looks good again.
  • 7.30pm: Makeup looking really natural with shine on T-zone. After blotting, it looks perfect again.
  • 8.30pm: Do not see the need to reapply foundation.

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After 10 hours, slight shine on T zone. Redness at the nose area.

Overall, I feel that this foundation does a pretty good job and it is indeed long lasting!
Today I applied my foundation with a beauty blender. I would try on with a brush next time and see how it looks.

Les Miserables Musical

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First musical with SW yesterday and it is Les Miserables! We got the ticket last year just so that we can catch this popular musical this year. I must say it was pretty good! The changing of scenes were so smooth that I often wondered how did they do it. And the stage effects were pretty real as well. The actors and actresses sang well too.

My fav song is I dreamed a dream. How depressingly beautiful is that song!

[Outfit: Black Spag Top from Bershka. Pink Midi Skirt from The Velvet Dolls. Pumps from Melissa. Bag from Japan. ]

 

Thought Bubbles: The Joy of Reading

So I actually bought the E-book Me Before You when everybody is watching the movie. Well, I just thought maybe the book might be better and it would be nice to start off with the book, after all that’s how the movie came about — from a book.

The thing about Kindle is I actually do not know which page I’m at. I just know that I’ve been through like 23% of the book. So every book is a 100 pages to me. Normally, I read really slowly, but this book kept me going page after page. The last time I had a super good read was when I read Before I go to Sleep. Nothing quite get me reading like this book until now.

But because spoiler is everywhere, I actually sort of do know the ending of the book already. But nonetheless, I’m still hoping this book would make me cry. And I would try my best to read it as fast as I can, and when the book finishes, I would feel lost and cringe for another good read like this again. Exactly like what my sis said, “I’ve lost the meaning of life” when she completes her drama.

Well, this is the joy of reading. Isn’t it?

PS: I’m not too sure how many of you care about my thought bubbles. But you know, sometimes I have conversations with myself and I need to get them out. :p Well, introverted people are just strange creatures.

Thought Bubbles: Life got to be more interesting than just work

I’ve headed back to work after a 2 weeks plus long break, dealing with meetings after meetings and preparing for a presentation that will be held like what, tomorrow?

Nonetheless, I’m really thankful for the long break. The break was long awaited because unlike other people, I cannot take the time off as and when I like. And when it gets so unbearable, I just have to push it through. So I took the break to travel around, spent time with my family and love ones, ate plenty of good food, sleep a lot and sometimes do nothing. The feeling of not waking up at 545am and the chance to fall back to sleep slightly after waking up is simply awesome.

After coming back from travelling, I finished up Nicholas Spark’s See me, started on Me before you and also getting back to the gym after a long break. I am also excited about Les Miserable and Ignorland!

I was sitting alone at TCC with my kindle after my gym (I do enjoy spending time alone like this) and a thought struck me. Why was I so reluctant to get back to work? I know everything about vacation blues but I was just wondering what is there to be blue about if I could make my work hours meaningful and then continue to lead my life after that.

Very often, I would just head home after work because that’s just how tired I am. But I’m thinking I should make a change. I think it’s high time I stop feeling so lethargic because sometimes it’s all in the mind. Taking the time to do the things I wanna do is important. So I’ve decided that I’m gonna try and make 2 nights my own time to do what I want to do (like gymming, chilling somewhere or watching a movie/play).

Life got to be more interesting than just work and feeling tired.
And now I need to warm up my engine to prepare for another 10 weeks battle. Honestly, nobody is ever ready for that. But come what may ….

Signposts

What if certain people were signposts in your life? Representations of good or bad. Like an old friend you see across a crowded street, one you wave hello to, before hurrying on. The last time you saw them, things took a turn for the worse and, as sad as it may seem, they have unwittingly become an omen — a precursor of bad luck.

Or that one person whom you rarely speak with, who can always be found right where you left them. You carry their smile with you like a tailsman – for whatever reason, their presence in your life will always bring the promise of better days.

Then there is the boy you can never stop thinking about. Whenever you see his name, it trips you up. Even if it’s one that belongs to many others, even if he belongs to someone else. You know he is a symbol of your weakness, your Kryptonite. How he rushes in like wildfire and burns through everything you worked so hard to build since he last left you in ashes.

So you do the only thing you know how – you put as many miles as you can between him. As many roadblocks and traffic lights as you can gather. Then you build a bold red stop sign right on your doorstep, knowing all the stop signs in the world could never hold him – they can only ask him to stay awhile.

– Langleav

Indeed, certain people are just signposts of our life. And you may just be glad that you’ve drove past these signposts.

A trip to Malacca

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It is always nice to have time for travelling. This June break allows me to travel the second time. This time round I went to Malacca with Prawn. A long break like this allows me to rejuvenate and recharge. 休息是为了走更长远的路,有一点不想开工了。

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The last time I’ve been to Malacca was when I was a 12 years old. So much has changed since then.

 

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There are more hipster cafe around now and our first cafe was to The Daily Fix!

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We enjoyed this fluffy pancakes a lot!

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Catching the sunset at The Portuguese Settlement where we had awesome seafood. There were lots of touting. We settled in stall 10, J&J because that was what we read in most blogs. Not disappointing at all with the food!

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Along the Melaka River. I can stay there all day without the heat.

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A relaxing night with conversations and beers.

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We also had fantastic meal at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah. The rice balls are interesting and the hainanese chicken was so good! I love it a lot! Highly recommended.

Hong Kong 2016

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A break from Singapore is definitely something I truly need. I nv knew I needed a real vacation so bad till I travel. Hong Kong is not a first choice destination but because it is family friendly, I reckon it would be a good place to go with the family.

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At Ruins of St Paul. It’s amazing how only this piece of structure is left behind.

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Taking the cable car ride up to Lantau island, fully immersed in their scenic view. The cable ride is 100 times more worth it than taking it in Singapore.

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37I  love the trip to Lantau island. The view there is spectacular.

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40Went to Tai-O fishing village via bus 21. Didn’t get to see the traditional houses in stilts, but we get to experience their slower pace of life there. They sell mainly dried seafood.

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The Venetian at Macau was impressive. It looked so real, including the artificial sky!

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wp-1465640701226.jpgSunset up the observatory deck was breath-taking.The golden yellow hue of the sky is too beautiful.

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It was not the most enjoyable trip as folks can be pretty hard to please. But it was definitely a good break from the stress of life.

De-clutter and organize the workspace

Recently, I’ve a lot on my to-do list but my work space is so cluttered that I couldn’t find the motivation to work. So I took the time to de-clutter, re-organize and decorated my space. Well, at least my space is now pretty neat!

Hello my clean work space!
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On my desk: A cable organizer to organize my cables, speakers for my laptop, muji acrylic pencil holder, terrarium, a vase, clock, my planner, water bottle and my laptop. I also put up some photographs on the wall.

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Drawers are clean and neat too. I organize them using boxes which I’ve accumulated over the years.

Well, my desk now is more or less pretty neat and I now have ample space to work on. I’ve been making sure I keep eveything into where they belong to after working. Not too sure how neat it will remain to be, but I do hope for a  long time!
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I’ve  also gotten quite a few storage from Muji to organize my office desk. Once the desk is done up, I will probably put up a picture! Quite excited on this organization project.


Love all these muji storage!

3CE eyebrow tattoo marker that last for a week

I place emphasis on brow makeup because brows frame the face and can make one person look fresh and put together. I don’t usually put much makeup on a day to day basis but eyebrows are something I will not forget to draw.

I wanted to try eyebrow embroidery but good ones are usually quite expensive and I’m not too sure if I want to spend that much money on that and besides I know quite a few who still draw their eyebrows despite doing embroidery (natural ones ie).

So I’ve read about 3CE long wear tattoo eyebrow marker that allows you to tint your eyebrow overnight and wake up with nicely drawn brows (after washing your face) that will last you for about a week. It is not in stores yet so I got it from Qoo10.

The first picture shows my brows that I’ve drawn at night before I go to bed with the tattoo marker while the second picture shows my brows the next day after washing my face.
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I would say this marker really works! I really don’t have to fill in my brows in the morning which saves me a lot of time. The effect is similar to the brow tint that I always do at Benefit which also only lasted for about a week.

I love the result but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who do not have their brows trimmed or people who do not know how to draw their brows properly. These pictures were taken on my third try with the pen. Honestly, the first two times I kinda screw it up. I didn’t know how to draw my brows with a marker which resulted in lines that were not drawn smoothly enough. But on my third try, the brows were drawn well as I’ve figured out the best way to do it. The trick is to draw the outline first, and fill up the brow, blend with cotton bud. That way, the brows will not look too dark and you will be able to control it better.

But of course, easier said than done. You really need to practice a few times to get a hang of it. This tint lasted about 3 to 5 days before I feel the need to draw again. The good thing about this over embroidery is that if you dislike the shape of your brows, you can always change it after it faded. Hence, no permanent damage is done!

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So if you have sparse but trimmed brows, knows how to draw your own brows but have limited time in the morning, I recommend you to try this out!

Nunsongyee Korean Bingsu

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We all love to have some ice in a hot and humid summer country. J and I decided to try some Korean Bingsu from Nunsongyee. Nunsongyee means snowflakes and it is a 3 storey-tall cafe that opens 24/7!  We had sesame bingsu which cost us $18.90. Very expensive indeed.

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Dessert wise, it was good but not exceptionally good for the price. I could have ordered 2 bowls of ice elsewhere. The ice itself has no flavour to it, you need to eat with the toppings for a great taste. It was smooth to taste. The peanut sesame and the red bean paste goes very well together.

But I probably wouldn’t go back too soon.