2012-12-22

Youth Code Eye Essence

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Let's talk about our eyes today!!



Starting with a bit of trivia!!

Did you know, that the skin around your eyes is 
at its thinnest, thinner than anywhere else on your face?


At just 0.3mm to 0.5mm, it is about 3-5 times thinner than skin elsewhere on your face, which is usually between 1mm to 1.6mm!!

That's why the skin coutour around the eye area needs all the help it can get!!

Not only is it the most fragile, it also also the most abused...

We put most of our makeup on the eye area and sometimes get a little too violent tugging out falsies or wiping away waterproof mascara...


We rub our eyes when they get itchy, tugging on the paper thin skin there...

And I'm most guilty of this...


I give my eyes no mercy at all whenever I'm awake, staring at my phone's bright sceen, the computer or TV... The stress gets to the eyes, causing constant blinking, dehydration etc.

When it comes to skincare solutions for our eye area, most of us are praying for a solution to the 5 most common problems:


Eeeeks!! Hate all these!!!!!!

Most of us just give up the constant combat, especially for dark eye circles, because it seems impossible to not have any of these!! But... applying concealer isn't really fixing the crux of the problem.

If you want to try a new eye skincare solution, why not give the L'Oreal Youth Code Eye Essence a try?


The Youth Code Eye Essence is a brilliant combination of 2 patented technologies developed by L'Oreal Paris.


Don't want to say too much about the scientific stuff that's in this little powerful bottle, but here's some statistics from tests done on participants:


After 4 weeks of usage:

Elasticity and firmness on average improved by 16%
Fine lines and crows' feet diminished by 12%
Wrinkles reduced by 14%
Overall signs of fatigue decreased by 7%

Can you say wow?



I personally love the ultralight texture.

After application there is no stickiness or oily residue (I worry about causing milia seeds). It is super refreshing and feels so nice on the skin under my tired eyes, absorbing instantly, leaving a velvety silky finish.

After I come home from a long day wearing makeup, I realised that after cleansing and showering my skin, especially around the eyes, become super dry...

After putting on the Youth Code Eye Essence I instantly feel the skin become plumper, hydrated, and firmer!!

Also, application is so easy...


On a clean face (obviously I have makeup on, this is for demo purposes), use the glass dropper to put some eye essence on your ring finger...


Simply use your ring finger to gently dab the Youth Code Eye Essence into your delicate skin. Use once every morning and night... The formula can be used under makeup too.

The result?

Instantly rejuvenated, hydrated skin around your eyes!

And Xmas came early!! The L'Oreal Youth Code Eye Essence retails at a usual price of $34.90 for the 15ml bottle. Totally affordable!



But from November to December, the Youth Code Eye Essence is retailing for only $29.90!!

GRABBBBB!! FIVE DOLLAR DISCOUNT!!

If you are looking for something just as powerful that will care for the rest of your face as well, you can also try out the popular L'Oreal Youth Code Boosting Essence!

Have you thought that somehow, your skincare just doesn't seem to work as effectively as it used to?

Well, the scientists at L'Oreal have discovered that it is because of the "Recovery Gene" in our skin. In youthful skin, the Recovery Gene absorbs active ingredient and fights fatigue up to 5 times than in mature skin!

But don't fret if you are.. old... like me! In this bottle is the secret that can speed up the Recovery Gene in aging skin - the result is not only can it recover the skin's natural recovery capabilities, it also amplifies the effects of any skincare you apply on top of it!

Just imagine - same skincare, twice the results!! That's why this is called the BOOSTING essence, to help you maximize the skincare you already love!


You can find the Youth Code Eye Essence and Youth Code Boosting Essence at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, selected departmental stores and major hypermarkets.

If you want to find out more or keep yourself updated, remember to LIKE L'Oreal's facebook page!


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2012-12-19

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As you all know I typically use false lashes to enhance my eyes. But fake lashes are, no matter what... fake.

So sometimes when I see girls with super pretty thick and long natural eyelashes, perhaps enhanced with only mascara, I feel so jealous!!


Kim Kardashian is particularly fond of flaunting hers -_- Show off!!

She has said many times that those are her real lashes!!

I also want!! I want to be one of these girls with *ahem* naturally luscious lashes framing my peepers!!

Therefore, sometimes when I'm in the mood I also forgo the stick-on lashes and go for mascara instead!! When that time comes, I'm always hunting for the best mascara to use.

I know a lot of girls don't bother to put too much eye makeup and fake lashes are too much for them. Mascara is also good for occasions like going to the pool or beach because fake lashes won't stay... and let's face it, swimming with fake lashes is just ridiculous.

When it comes to the best mascara, the brand that many people swear by is Maybelline!

After all, Maybelline *IS* the number 1 brand for mascara in Singapore!!

I remember all through my youth I've used Maybelline's mascaras... Anyone remember the one that is neon pink and green? I loved that! :D

Now new to the Maybelline mascara family... Introducing...


The Volum' Express Falsies Mascara!!


People have different needs when it comes to the perfect mascara, some want volume, some want length... for others it is more important that the mascara is smudge-proof because they tear more.

Well, after trying the Falsies mascara, I must say that this new concortion is the all-in-one bombdiggity!!!

LENGTHENING!
VOLUMIZING!
WATER-PROOF!
RUB-PROOF!
SMUDGE-PROOF!
FLAKE-PROOF!

It is dream lashes in a bottle!!


Comes with a fanned out brush to catch even your finest little hairs... And look at those lengthening fibres!

Are you ready to see the before and after on me?

100% not photoshopped:

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TADAH!!!


Suddenly my eyes look much more alert than the sleepy and dull specimen on the left...


I only put 2 coats of mascara on and the difference is already so obvious.


Ohai!!

I may not have Kim K's Armenian hairy genes but I still look ok with my sparse Chinese lashes thanks to Falsies mascara!! :D



Wish I could transplant my arm hairs on my lash line. LOL


I love how when you close your eyes people can see that there are no fake lashes on... :)

But how mascara looks after you put it on is just the first hurdle...

As the day goes on can it last??

What I love about Falsies mascara is that even in Singapore's ultra humid weather the lashes remain curled instead of drooping after long wear!

Plus it is one of the few mascaras I've used that are truly flake-proof... I super hate it when mascara flakes on my face making it look like I have black spots all over... -_-



Eye itchy and you went to rub it?

Not to worry....


Watching a sad movie and it made you cry??


AND smudge-proof so you never end up looking like a panda!!!!!! I don't know how they did it but Falsies mascara kinda has an almost rubbery feel... Once it is on your lashes and solidified it just won't "melt" again!

Well if you don't believe me watch this video I did with Golden Tan (that's Michelle Chong in one of her funny personas), putting the Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Mascara through a variety of torture tests!




Had a lot of fun filming this... Thank you Michelle Chong and team for taking care of me, Larry Yeo for my makeup and the Maybelline team for all the niceness that day!! Just FYI if you are wondering, I was about 3 months pregnant when this was filmed. I was still skinny-ish... :X

Can't believe I actually went swimming and inside a sauna with Falsies mascara and it survived!!


Ok one last photo before I go!!

Serious fierce look

If you want to give the Falsies Mascara a try, they are available at Watsons and most places that sell makeup... At an affordable $20.90!

Additionally if you want an even darker and more intense look for Xmas/NYE, you can now try out the limited edition Falsies Everlasting mascara! Available only during this Xmas season so remember to grab, fast!

Of course, remember to Like Maybelline's fb page below to get updates for more good deals!

http://www.facebook.com/MaybellineSG

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2012-12-14

Politics and Adultery

Just want to give my two cents on the recent Michael Palmer affair that has been dominating the headlines in Singapore lately.

In case you are not Singaporean or you are but somehow still do not know what happened, basically it is your classic story of a politician who decided to have an affair, the news got leaked out, and he resigns his post.

There are no sex tapes or naked cellphone photos accompanying this news (boring!) except some mushy smses discussing... fruit... but Singaporeans are still pretty excited about it. Our country is kinda boring.


 Here's Michael Palmer with his mistress Laura Ong

The first thing that popped into my mind when I heard of this was... "Not again? Why can't politicians keep their penises in their pants when they have so much to lose?"

So I googled it and got some answers from various articles. The top answer to the Yahoo! Question of "Why do so many politicians have affairs?" is:

"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac." 

It is true that women are generally more attracted to men who are rich, good-looking or show leadership qualities. Being a politician possibly also means being good with words (or lies) and having a certain amount of charm. The average man might have perhaps 5 women trying to seduce him throughout his married life but if someone has 1,000 women fawning over him the chances of a successful seduction is much higher. Of course, not in all cases the homewrecker must have been the initiator, but I'm just saying it is hard to resist, say... Marilyn Monroe if she were coming after you. (Not that Laura Ong is anywhere near that standard)

Another reason could be that politicians are supposed to uphold extremely tight morals, including fidelity to their wives. Rarely do we hear of politicians who get divorced, probably coz they know it will negatively affect their image. So I suppose a lot of them stay on with an unhappy marriage, which is, again, more susceptible to infidelity.

Thirdly, it has also been said that the more someone knows they shouldn't do something, all the more it is fun and thrilling to them.


It may seem at this point that I am somehow on the side of the philandering politicians and finding excuses for them. Rest assured that I am not. Despite all the solid reasons listed above, the fact remains that although it may be harder for politicians to keep it in their pants, we expect MORE from our leaders.

We expect them to show more self control than the average man, be more loving and considerate towards the feelings of his wife and family than the average man, and to be SMARTER than the average man.

Yes, smarter. We don't need a dumbass to be making decisions for us and for our country.

These politicians KNOW very well the consequences to having an affair. They know they will lose everything - the career they worked so hard for, their precious public image built up over years, the trust of their voters and family.

They know that if they send a picture of their penis to their mistress the mistress can blackmail him and/or the penis photo can be sent to the media. They know the media will dig around and publicize every other shameful secret they have.

Plenty of precedence in history. And yet they still fuck around.

The ensuing scandals erase whatever good they have done previously, making them go down in history with all their dirty private sex secrets exposed as an adulterer. I don't know a single good thing Bill Clinton did when he was president but I do know he put a cigar in Monica Lewinsky's cheebye.

ANYONE can tell you it isn't worth it. What do you call a person who, despite knowing that fire burns, decides to put his head in it? Crazy.... Or stupid.

Michael Palmer doesn't seem crazy, so I'd say he is stupid. I won't vote for a stupid politician.

Which leads me to the next topic of discussion...

It is extremely surprising to me that a lot of people are saying he shouldn't have to resign. Are you kidding me?

Here are some of the reasons I've read:

1) His private life has nothing to do with his work life.
2) He just made an "honest mistake".
3) Cheating is not a crime

And this paragraph I got from Yawning Bread:

 

Right... Firstly, I'd like to say that being faithful to your wife hardly seems to be a "throttling moralistic standard".

70% of men did not cheat throughout their marriage, and to act like it is SOOOO much to expect of Michael Palmer to tell Laura Ong "Look, sorry, but I'm married and also being with you will be political suicide." - that is ridiculous. It isn't that hard, sorry.

Let's not forget that however throttling being monogamous is, Palmer was the one who agreed to it in the first place. Nobody forced him into it.

He could be a single man now and who he fucks is nobody's business, but he proposed, he signed an oath, and to turn back and say "Hey, this fucking one person thing is really throttling!"... That's his fucking problem. You don't want to have one vagina the rest of your life, don't sign on the dotted line. Regret it? Divorce your wife, THEN fuck around.

Nobody expects our politicians to be saints, but since when is being faithful considered... unachievable saintly behaviour? 

The line has to be drawn somewhere, and if it is lower than adultery... well then let's also invite rapists, murderers and thieves to lead the country, lest we deprive ourselves of possible talent.

(There are leaders who have turned into rapists, murderers and thieves later on, but we generally do not elect them knowing so)


2) His private life has everything to do with his work life. While his actual work may have no relevance to whoever he is inserting his penis into, whether he likes it or not, he represents the PAP, our government.

Our government dictates a huge part of our societal laws. As a married woman and an expectant mother, yes I'd like to believe in the sanctity of marriage - one man and one woman (applicable also for homosexuals, but that's another topic altogether) for better or for worse till death do us part blah blah.

I'd also like to believe that my government upholds the same familial values and will have laws protecting me should I be a victim of my spouse's adultery.

I expect to see the same values reflected in who they choose to represent them in parliament.

To have an adulterer in the midst of my government... Sorry, I simply cannot accept. It would seem to me that the PAP finds adultery acceptable.

I know that if Palmer remained an MP he is 1% of 99% of monogamous people in the parliament, and it's not like he can suddenly approve a bill of polygamy for all Singaporean men or something, but I just find him repugnant and that feeling will extend to any political party he is in.

Besides, his actions (from his personal life) prove that he is a man who is weak-willed, lack self control, irresponsible, has rotten morals, and as I mentioned before, is stupid. I believe character has everything to do with what he votes for in parliament, don't you?

You may say that Michael Palmer probably will never cheat again so why can't he be forgiven? Which leads me to the next point.


 3) It isn't an HONEST MISTAKE. An honest mistake is when you accidentally step on someone's foot in a crowded bus.

This affair has been going on for a while now. It is not like Oh Mr Palmer was not wearing pants one day and his penis accidentally went into Miss Ong's vagina when she was bending over to pick up a pen, oops.

No, he committed mistake after mistake, Monday after Monday... With no consideration for his wife and kid's feelings whatsoever.

Maybe, just maybe, his wife is a horrible person who is also cheating on him (not that this is a valid excuse, he should divorce her before cheating if that's the case) but what did his poor kid do to deserve this?

Sorry, this was done with selfish intent and purpose.

After the first time he had sex with Laura he must have told himself "Oh I've done such a horrible thing today!! Should I stop?" and somehow his answer was No, I should continue.

And he did... All the way he continued until he was caught, and if he weren't, he'd still be fucking Laura Ong next Monday.

So please men, don't say it's an honest mistake, trying perhaps to justify your own weakness and infidelity?

Count the amount of times you inserted your penis into a woman other than your wife... Considering you can stop after any amount of thrusts, THAT count is the total number of mistakes you made.


4) Michael Palmer resigned not because he was forced to but because he knew it was the strategic thing to do.

Just imagine if you were him, how thick-skinned would you have to be to stay on? All your colleagues will be gossiping about you, nobody will focus on any of your good work.

Nobody will vote for you anymore because someone who cannot even handle his family well should not try to handle the country. Staying on will only cost his party precious votes. Really, what choice does he have?

I've read people saying he being brave and honourable to resign. I agree it does take courage to admit a shameful mistake, and Michael Palmer's reaction is definitely more honourable than the last politician who had an affair, Yew Shin Leong, who is a coward, but let's not make him out to be some sort of hero, shall we?

A man should man up to his mistakes. He simply did what any PR agency would have advised him to.

I cannot believe that there are people who are on his side, and this is simply the most ridiculous thing I've read, via my facebook feed:



I'm guessing his wife is not one of the 4 people who liked this.


Are you fucking kidding me?

So now we are supposed to be sympathetic and empathizing to adulterers too? THEY HAVE RIGHTS?

No, what they had a RIGHT to is to NOT cheat!

Nobody took a gun to their head and forced them to have an affair!

Really, think about it, what do adulterers get when they cheat?

Sometimes, if the adulterer is male and rich and happens to have a scheming wife, she get a fair share of his estate, ie monetary rewards.

However, adultery isn't that easy to prove in court, and for the men whose wives cheated on them or for the wives of poorer men, sometimes the consequences for the adulterer is simply shame and embarrassment.

Most of the time the adulterer goes on to lead a new life with the homewrecker.

In the case of no divorce, the spouse is forced to forgive such a monumental mistake and continue trying to make the marriage work.

Is this fair? They do something so cruel and selfish to their spouse whom they have made a promise to, and signed an oath on. Sometimes there are children involved. Other times they pass sexually transmitted diseases to their partners.

And now you are telling me we should not even bestow upon them the rightful shame and scorn they deserve because we shouldn't DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM? FUCK YOU!

I can discriminate against them all I want because they made themselves into adulterers via conscious choice, it is not like they are born an adulterer now, are they??

Save your self-righteous anti-discrimination crap for the right people who deserve it, people who are discriminated based on something they cannot help, like gender, race, or disability - not for fucking adulterers for fuck's sake.

Disgusting.

I'm still cracking my brains thinking exactly what "rights" I'm supposed to be giving to Adulterers... The right to privacy perhaps since what happened in their family is their business?

Sorry, the Adulterer is the first to pull a third party into the picture and after that he lost his right to privacy when he decided to create such a scandal for everyone to see. It's like dancing naked in your backyard and yelling at people to not look at you.

Adulterers know exactly what they are getting themselves into when they have an affair. The same reason I agree with capital punishment - if you know the consequences and still do it, you deserve it.


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2012-12-08

CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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Ok, everyone knows I like shiny stuff right? Right... That's why I'm always blinging any of my possessions that can be blinged with loads and loads of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS!!

My blinged up gadgets never fail to get me so much praise and attention :D






Like this gorgeous camera? You love?


But just sticking crystals on stuff is not the end of what you can do with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS!!!


Thanks to this advert, I recently went to a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS workshop and it turns out you can also use their crystals to make your own jewellery!!!

I mean, I've seen Swarovski Beads and Swarovski Sew-on Stones in craft shops before but because I always thought making your own jewellery was hard, I just never bothered to learn and try... BUT TO MY SURPRISE IT IS SO EASY!!!

This opens up a whole new world of possibilities :D


The front and back of my blinged up blackberry bold 9900

Just like with Swarovski Flat Back No Hot Fix, the possiblities are endless when it comes to design and personalization!!

You no longer have to hunt for the perfect accessory to match your outfit - you can just make your own!! And I daresay it is possibly cheaper than buying one off the shelf. :)

Here's one of the necklaces I made in about.... 15 minutes?




I always feel photographs don't do justice to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS... They are really very shiny in real life sparkle whenever you move!!


Shiny crystal ball in my necklace made from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Beads

Rose peach  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Sew-On Stone... It's a flat crystal meant to be for sewing on your clothes but with a bit of innovation it can also be part of your necklace.


Want to learn how to make this necklace? 

I made a video tutorial!!




Hope you liked the video!! Of course, this is a simple piece... Once you mastered all the techniques you can move on to making very intricate and beautiful pieces. :D

Wait, I'm not done yet!!

If you wish to learn more about how to use SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to create your very own customized pieces, COME JOIN OUR WORKSHOP!!!

CREATE YOUR STYLE is organizing a workshop specially for you guys and this is why you should come:

1) Mingle with your favourite blogger!! That's me lol.. And I will be *ahem* passing down our skills from what I've learnt so far.

2) No need to be confused as you watch videos/read books on how different techniques... It's much easier to learn with a physical demonstration and you can ask all the questions you need. Then you bring home the skills!!

3) All the tools and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will provided so when you are done with your masterpiece you can bring it home... For free! :D

4) Get to win goodies

5) Upon completion you can also create more jewellery and participate in a competition where the piece with the most votes will win exciting prizes


You decided to come yet?

Great, here are the event details:


DATE: Saturday, 15 December 2012
VENUE: Red Room @ Talent Cafe., 34 and 36 Tras Street, Second floor
TIME: 11am - 3pm


You can always go to www.create-your-style.sg for more details, and do remember to visit and like the facebook page HERE!!

See you guys at the workshop!!



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