Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Balmy






Shirt: ASOS | Skirt: Smooch the Label (Similar here) | Shoes: ASOS (Similar here) | Clutch: Sportsgirl (Similar here)
Earrings: Old (Similar here) | Bracelet: Old (Similar here) | Ring: Vivocity (Similar here)

I have really dry lips, the cause of which I'm not sure, but they tend to get really peely and flaky regardless of whether I have lip balm on. Nonetheless, I'm pretty nuts for lip balms so I thought I'd share my faves with you.


Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
This colourless balm has a waxy texture, as you'd expect from the name, and it has a nice minty sensation which is weird because I didn't know bees were minty. Cool bees. In truth, this balm has added Vitamin E and peppermint and is apparently 100% natural although honestly, what does that mean? Anyway, I like the texture and the minty sensation but I know it comes in coloured versions too for those who, like me, look like zombies without makeup on.
Colourless Burt's Beeswax Balm
Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Bomb
I got this as a gift from my friend Mims and it was quite the pleasant surprise. This one in Cherry Bomb is purple but it goes on thinly leaving a very natural glossy shade. I basically want all the shades now. And there are a crazy lot to choose from as they have the regular Baby Lips range and the Baby Lips Electro range. Cherry Bomb is from the Electro range which just means it looks like a dance party in the tube but clearly it's made for all day wear.

A hint of colour and shine from Maybelline's Cherry Bomb
Fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment in Coral and Petal
This is a slightly pricey tinted lip treatment but it feels so lux. It goes on almost like a thick full coloured lipstick but has moisturising properties. I couldn't decide which one I wanted so I bought both but I think Coral is now my preferred shade because it's livelier. Plus it has sunscreen and you know how crazy I am about sun protection. According to the website, it leaves a pearlescent tint which Blogger is underlining as a spelling error. So Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines it as 'having a pearly luster'. Get your shizz together, Blogger.
Petal - a rosy glow
Coral - Makes me look alive!
Thanks for reading, bisous!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Larger than life






 Top: Neon Rose (Similar here) | Skirt: Asos (Similar here) | Shoes: Repetto (Similar here)
Ring: Gift from Wens (Similar here) | Bag: Chicnova
  
One night, my friend was telling me about some young ladies she works with, and how they eat extremely health consciously - strawberries and cucumbers only for lunch, etc. Being young ladies in their early twenties, I'm sure their metabolism can well afford a beating but yet they stick to this bird-like eating habit. No shame on that of course, eating healthy is great, and I don't know, perhaps they really enjoy that kind of diet but I'd choose burgers, kway teow, laksa, fried rice, french fries... Basically anything carb loaded any day. 

And clearly it shows. 

I've actually been feeling a little rounder lately, and hey, no shame in that right? I enjoy my food. But today I stepped on the weighing scale and got a rude shock. I'd gained 3 kilos since the last time I weighed myself - probably a year? And yes, I know, it's not drastic, but I'm creeping back to the weight I was when I first came back to Singapore from Canada - when a friend said to me 'Al! You've gone from a size 2 to a size 6! What happened? Did you eat yourself??' (This friend works in fashion so I guess size is a big deal). 

While I haven't been obsessed with my weight in ages, I think I actually felt a bit grossed out. I don't mean to say gaining weight is unhealthy but in my situation it's really a reflection of my lifestyle. I've been kind of stressed, and when I'm stressed, I like to eat fried chicken. And I haven't really been exercising either because I've been lazy. Overall, I feel terribly unhealthy inside and out. 

So anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm on a diet, but the good healthy kind, not the crazy person kind

Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Klutz





Dress: Borrowed from Mousie (Similar here) | Shoes: Beverly Feldman (Similar here)
Bag: Charles & Keith (Similar here) | Ring: Borrowed from Mousie by Carrie K

I've been experiencing some extreme klutz (do we still use this word? I feel like I never hear people say it anymore) moments lately...

Naked tumble
I was taking a shower when one of the bottles on the shelf started to fall (because I knocked into it). I tried to catch it and lost my balance and fell down SPLAT in the shower. I giggled so hard because I found the whole situation hilarious, and I had so much trouble hoisting myself up again. Thankfully I didn't break my hip.

The invisible ring
I was wearing a new ring that my friend Mellie had given me for Christmas. I went to wash my cup at the office pantry, and removed the ring while washing. I put the ring back on after and then went back to my desk. Half an hour later, I thought to myself 'Oh shoot, where's my ring?', and ran back to the pantry to check. Yup, the ring was still on my finger.

A new way to ingest coke light
Having dinner, someone passed me some bee hoon and while greedily spooning it onto my plate, I tipped over my full cup of coke light, which then spilled onto the table and onto my lap. Instead of immediately jumping up and getting away from the mess, I said 'Oh shoot! I have coke on me!' and then kind of turtle crawled up out of my seat.

So, photo taking needs to be seated from henceforth!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Confidence






Top: Nichii (Similar here) | Culottes: True Decadence (Similar here) | Bag: Gracious Aires (Similar here)
Necklace: Lovisa (Similar here) | Ring: Butler & Wilson (Similar here) | Shoes: ASOS (Similar here)

My sister Mousie came back for the holidays and as part of our sisterly bonding, she arranged a facial for both of us at her regular facial therapist when she's in Singapore - A Confidence. Ok it's pretty chingchongcheenapiang sounding but they use Guinot products and speak in good English so let's get past that. 

There are 3 ladies who run the place:
  • The elderly proprietor whom I shall refer to as Momma 
  • The daughter of Momma
  • The lady who may or may not be related but was in charge of slathering my body with oil and massaging it. I'll call her the Masseuse.
My sister had really sold me on the various facial activities that would happen but I really wasn't prepared for such an experience. We went to this small little shop in RELC and were ushered into the back room by the Daughter. The back room is basically one larger room, separated by curtains. Inside the room were Momma and Masseuse, sitting in wait to apply various liquids to my face. 

I was told me to remove my top and lay down. I'm not shy so I just took it off, bra and all, but it was kind of strange to be removing one's clothes in front of 3 strangers who were just sitting there, looking. 

Momma then started the facial and I'd like to describe it in full details but honestly there were SO many applications of so many things that I actually lost count. Also, I had some kind of wet tissue placed over my eyes so I couldn't see anything and had to just experience various sensations.

Some notable moments include: 
  • The vibrator for my eyes. Yeeeeaaaah I know how that sounds but I don't know what it was, but they placed it above my closed eyes and it was vibrating. 
  • The steamer which would suddenly eject warm steam to my face which was actually quite pleasant but it made me giggle because I wasn't expecting it
  • The extraction which the Daughter did for me and was the most pleasant extraction I've ever had because normally it feels like I'm being attacked with a needle.
  • The zapzap machine which was like two metal spatulas being rolled around my face while giving very very slight static shocks. It wasn't uncomfortable and it was so light I wasn't sure it was actually happening or whether it was my imagination.
  • The squid.
I have to go into detail about the squid because it was hilariously weird. There were 4 strips of what felt like a heavy squid being laid on my face. It was room temperature and I guess it was like a mask of some sort, then the Daughter (I think) started rolling some kind of super cold rolling stick (maybe) thing over the squid which would actually make the cold go through the squid and feel like liquid nitrogen was being applied to my face. 
Anyway, during the entire facial, the masseuse was giving my arms and legs a massage, and after massaging each limb, she'd apply a warm liquid that felt like it had bits of wet tissue paper in it, then wrap the limb in plastic. Strange but also quite relaxing. 
Momma asked me if I fell asleep at any point during the facial but I definitely didn't because there was just so much happening and I'm pretty sure I felt like how a baby first out of the womb feels, like omg what is this what is that is this real life what is going on???? 
After all these experiences, I'd say my skin looks not bad, although I don't think I have bad skin to start with. The treatment, as a first timer, cost about $60 with an additional cost for the leg massage (Mousie treated so I don't know the actual cost). It's generally pricey, but it's a 2 hour non-stop experience session for about $120 I think so not too shabby if you hate facials where they leave you in a cold room with a mask on your face and you're left to only your thoughts. 
Good to consider if you feel like normal facials are just too run of the mill or if you feel like you need to know what expensive cold squid on the face feels like.
Thanks to Mousie for the treat and to A Confidence for giving me the confidence to strip in front of 3 strangers, and for you, for reading all the way to the end!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Strong

Grandfather's road






Dress: Can't recall (Similar here) | Stockings: Propeds | Necklace: Twentyeight Lane (Similar here) | Shoes Asos (Similar here

So I had a spontaneous photoshoot with my friend Samson, a freelance photographer and designer, and I gotta say, the photos are awesome! The photos above (and more that I didn't show) were taken by Samson in the span of 30 minutes and I'm impressed with how chill and fun it was to shoot these even though I was bloody sweating buckets. Mad props to him as I don't look sweaty, plus he's made me look so much cooler than I actually am and I look like a freaking angel because of the way the sun hits me. I love it big time.

Samson does a whole range of photography and you can check out his work at his website 7braidstrong.com or follow his 7braidstrong insta account. Follow him and hire him to photograph your events. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for reading!