Pages

Popular Posts

15 March 2017

BEAUTY REVIEW: ETUDE HOUSE WONDER FUN PARK COLLECTION


Let me first start off the post by letting everyone here know, just how much I love Etude House. The packaging is always pretty, the store makes me happy, and the fact that I can actually afford a beauty haul there makes it one of my happy places. By the way, i don't have that many 'happy places' so that title is pretty exclusive, okay. (The others being.. MacDonalds, Topshop, Zara, Sephora, Disneyland, and well, my bed)

Whenever I travel to Seoul, I probably spend more time combined in Etude House(s), than on any other sightseeing/activities OR EVEN DINING. I'm not too sure if the items are actually priced differently in Korea, but somehow foreign currency becomes like monopoly money to me and I find myself mindlessly blowing cash on things I usually wouldn't without thinking about the consequences. This usually ends in regret at the baggage counter, while I make puppy eyes at my friends/family in the hopes that they'd offer to offload some of my stash. And yes, I never learn.
Do I really need 200 sheet masks? Yup. Will it fit in my luggage? I WILL WORRY BOUT IT LATER.

So when i scored an invite to the launch of Etude House's latest collection - Wonder Fun Park, I was beeeeeeyondddd excited. Words can't even describe how incredibly psyched I was for the event (I believe some jumping up and down and hyperventilating was involved), and man it did not disappoint!

Held at the Etude House Wonder Fun Park pop up store (located at the outdoor foyer of Wisma Atria), the space was transformed into a little pastel (!) theme park wonderland, showcasing their latest line up of products. 

Our bellies were treated to a healthy and refreshing juice blend by Juixup, followed by the equally healthy Eyescream gelato, and our eyes were treated to a live demonstration of Dave Kim (of Etude House) working his makeup magic on his beautiful model. While pastel makeup is (in my mind) very reminiscent of the 90s, the makeup look demonstrated was very current and fun, and hardly a throwback to a 90s. In fact, I got so inspired by the makeup look, that I immediately got the lilac mascara to experiment with. (ahem. Amongst other things, of course)

Here are some visuals of the collection I took at the pop up store, and I will definitely be coming back in with a detailed review of the items. Sadly, today (16th March) will be the last day of the pop up, but the collection is available at all Etude House stores,and I will list the locations down below at the end of my post!

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Color Eyes #1 and #2 -  $25.90




I haven't put these palettes to the test yet, but just going by the shades in the pan, I'm pretty sure these are palettes that I will get a lot of use out of. #1 looks perfect for a daytime girl-next-door look, and #2 for a sultry evening look.

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Glitter Pigment $17.90 



I got the one in pastel pink as a impulse buy, and I've since become very excited about trying it out even though I'm not quite sure when I'll get to use it without looking OTT.

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Candy Cheek and Candy Highlighter $26.00


The one pictured above is the Candy highlighter, I didn't catch a picture of the candy cheek blush, but I will be including it in my detailed review!

Top row: Etude House Wonder Fun Park Dear Darling Soda Tint $9.90 (10 shades)
Bottom row: Etude House Wonder Fun Park Dear My Blooming Lips Talk $17.90 (5 shades)

Not pictured here, but the soda tint in BL601, an iridescent pastel purple, is THE BOMB. It goes on as a translucent gloss, but gradually changes to match your natural lip color. Is it magic or what?!

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Nail Kit $17.90 #1 and #2

Each of these nail kit sets come with an adorable nail sticker sheet which I predict I will not use and just keep forever because they are just too cute for consumption, and they will eventually be inherited by my niece who has already set her eyes (and heart... and soul) on them.

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Brushes - Candy Cheek Brush $22.90, Candy Highlighter Brush $17.90, Color Eyeshadow Brush $16.90

Pictured above is just the eyeshadow brush, and I am now kicking myself in the butt for not getting this. I did purchase the Candy Cheek brush, but in hindsight, having a set would be nice. Last I heard, these beautiful unicorn brushes are no longer in stock, so if you come across these in the stores, just grab them and don't look back. (but don't forget to pay for them first.)

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Eau de Toilette $25.90


Another classic example of a product I don't need, but yet need. This was one of the first items I threw into my basket because, just look at that bottle. You can sell me bottled egg farts in that jar and I will still buy it.

There are still a few more products I didn't photograph during the event, and those are the Hair Perfume Mist $16.90, Lash Curl Fix Mascara (available in Pang Pang Purple and Swing Mint $20.90) and My Beauty Tool Eyelashes - (available in Roller Lash Brown and Petit Wing Lash Brown) - priced at $6.90 but I will be, (now I'm at risk of sounding like a broken recorder) including them in my next review of the collection.

As promised, here's the list of Etude House locations, do drop by to experience this collection for yourself in the flesh!

Central
Wisma Atria (Flagship store)  #B1-20/21/22
313@Somerset #B2-30
Plaza Singapura #B1-26
Suntec City #02-601/601A

North
Causeway Point #B1-K02
NEX #01-63
Compass One #01-23
Junction 8 #01-48

South
Bugis Junction #01-107/108
Chinatown Point #01-12
Vivocity #B1-03

East
Bedok Mall #01-87/88
Tampines 1 #01-15

West
Jurong Point #01-57/58
JCube #01-21
JEM #02-44
Lot One #01-19
Clementi Mall #03-34

10 March 2017

BEAUTY REVIEW: KOWAYO AESTHETIC HIQUEEN (HIFU) FACELIFT TREATMENT

A month back, I  got a little somethin' somethin' done to my face by Dr Wong of Kowayo Aesthetics, a gem of an aesthetic clinic tucked away by the quieter side of Marina Square. To be perfectly honest, I'm okay with the way I look, and I had no intention of making any drastic changes to my features, but I did have some problem areas on my face (mainly my saggy cheeks and obvious nasolabial folds) that I wanted to get fixed.

I do feel that, there is a social stigma, and general misconception surrounding aesthetic procedures, perpetuated by the people who get carried away with the treatments. I, for one, used to be pretty averse to such treatments because somehow I just didn't know anyone who was a success story. Truth is, these treatments don't turn you into a whole other person completely, and is best used as a tool to enhance your natural features, to bring out the best in you.

My mentality, going into the consultation room was - I was open for anything non-invasive and well, not painful because my fear of pain is real. I don't think I have a low pain intolerance, but I just have this fear of experiencing pain and then I'd visualize what's causing the pain and scare the shit outta myself. It's just like how the thought of childbirth scares me, but it isn't the thought of pain, it's the thought of the origin of the pain (mainly the hoo-haa tearing all the way to the ass).
Sorry, I'm graphic like this.

While the thought of botox on my forehead to remove those damned frown lines has occasionally crossed my mind, my eyebrow movement is somehow very important to me (don't judge), and I just couldn't give that up. Plus. needles.

With that in mind, (coupled with the mental image of my saggy cheeks) we decided to go for the HiQueen treatment, which promised to slim my chubby jawline for a more v shaped face, and also reduce the sagginess on my nasolabial folds.

What is HiQueen?
HiQueen is a painless, non-invasive facelift HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment with no downtime, as the entire procedure takes less than an hour to complete. I will not bore you with details on how this works, but HIFU essentially works by stimulating the growth of collagen and thus has a firming and lifting effect on the skin.

My HiQueen experience
The entire process took about 20 minutes to complete with zero down time, Dr Wong was very gentle on me, adjusting (and re-adjusting) the levels of the ultrasound to my comfort level. (Ok, not to sound hyperbolic but I have a huge fear of my teeth falling out), so he had to tune it down a little when going over the area around my nose. I would say that it wasn't painful at all, it just felt like pop rocks crackling within your bone, which I guess I can say is a weird sensation. I got a bit paranoid with the imagery of my teeth shattering into pieces and rambled on non-stop to Dr Wong, who very kindly obliged in (senseless) conversation with me.


While the process was done within the hour, the effects of the HIFU treatment take about 3 weeks to manifest, so I couldn't see an immediate difference in my appearance, but I started seeing its results after a week or so.
 I apologize for the shoddy images, but I don't take too many selfies, and these pictures are the most accurate comparisons that I can find. The image on the left was taken the week before my hiqueen treatment, while the image on the right was about 2 weeks after the treatment. Sure, the angles are different, but logically speaking, my jawline should look sharper in the before image, because of the higher angle from which the photo was taken, and because I was (somewhat) smiling!

Kowayo Aesthetic
I was very nervous going into this because that was my first time making any enhancements / adjustments to my face, and I did not quite know then, what to expect, but found myself quickly acclimatizing to the atmosphere. The clinic was bright, airy, and the whole environment was pretty chill, which I guess helped calm my frantic nerves a little. There's a little waiting room, well stocked with beverages and reading material, for visitors to just sit back and have a quiet moment to themselves. Its central-adjacent location also makes it really convenient because of the abundance of parking, and even more so if you work in the vicinity and want to get a little work done during lunchtime.


My takeaway
I'm drafting this blog post, a month from my Kowayo Hiqueen experience, and I've since received plenty of compliments that I have slimmed down and that my face appears more V shaped. I guess I can also say that my impression of aesthetic treatments has also shifted quite a fair bit, and I'm now more open to the idea of getting little adjustments made, especially when there is no down time to it.

To round up my Kowayo experience, I, along with a couple of bloggers, shared our aesthetic journey at  Kowayo's Dewy Shine Beauty event, where we also got to learn more about how Ellanse fillers work. We were treated to a live demonstration of  nose and cheek fillers, and all I can say is, I am astounded at how a minor adjustment done in a couple of minutes can have such a great impact visually on the face. That, is what I call a quick fix.

Kimberly, myself and Joselyn, the girlboss of Gotideas





And the man behind it all, Dr Wong, and I!

Thank you Dr Wong,  Kowayo and Gotideas Group for making this happen!


Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic
1 Raffles Link #01-03C
Singapore 039393
T: 68844297
E: info@kowayoaesthetic.com
http://kowayoaesthetic.com/





23 February 2017

BEAUTY REVIEW: QOLOURETTE BEAUTY HAUL (OFRA, CAKED MAKEUP)

One thing about me, I LOVE online shopping. It's not just about the convenience of stuffing my face with snacks while i sit back  pant-less and just.. click. A large part of why I enjoy online shopping is because I'm pretty much a lone wolf when it comes to shopping. Unlike most girls who shop in packs, I'm usually set out shopping with a clear idea of what I'm looking for, and what I want, so my modus operandi is to just zoom in on what I want, get it, and make a quick getaway.

I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to sussing out new/indie brands, and I love trying out  new products which are sadly, usually not available in Singapore. With ridiculous international shipping rates, and the lack of friends who are as adventurous as I am to split the shipping cost with, I usually end up just abandoning my cart and not getting anything at all. (kudos to Colourpop and Kylie Cosmetics for free international delivery, yay!)  This said, I was super psyched to discover Qolourette, a Singapore based online store which stocks internet favorites like Juvia's Place, Morphe, and my newly discovered favorite - Caked. The Qolourette team were super kind, and sent me some of their popular items to test out, and here they are!

These were the liquid lipsticks Qolourette picked out for me. I've never tried Caked, or OFRA liquid lipsticks before, but I was blown away by the quality of these lip colours. I'm not sure if it's obvious, but that's a liquid lipstick bar chart above, with my favorites being the nude pinks/ pink ones from Caked!


These OFRA lipsticks have a really smooth consistency and glided on like butter, giving a really rich colour payoff, and the metallic one, Versailles is just. magic! In comparison, these OFRA ones were less dry than the Caked lip fondants, and felt pretty comfortable on the lips. Laguna Beach (the pink one) is my obvious favourite of this lot, simply because it's pink, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well Manhattan (the deep wine coloured one) complemented my skin tone!

The staying power of the Caked lip fondants, not to be punny, really takes the cake. First up, the lipsticks legit smell like CAKE, and once they go on your lips, they stay on. These dry like paint on your lips, giving a very pigmented and matte finish. I'd say it compares to Colourpop's matte lipsticks in terms of its finish. I'm really loving these two shades that the Qolourette team picked out for me!


Here are all the lip shades, swatched on my arm! If you'd like to see these OFRA / Caked lip swatches, click on the video below to see how these shades fare on medium-light Asian skin!

Thank you again, Qolourette, for sending these babies over!

19 February 2017

EVENT: LOVE & CO LOVEMARQUE DIAMOND


A couple of weeks back, I had the privilege of attending Love & Co's launch of the Lovemarque Diamond, hosted by the gorgeous Liv Lo & Henry Golding, at Chijmes and while I can't claim to know much (or anything, actually) about diamonds, it was still an (literally) eye opening evening for me.

Being the first Asian retailer to partner with the International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), Love & Co ups the diamond game by adding another C, 'confidence' to the current 4Cs standard of diamond grading. Well, if you don't know (like I didn't know), the current 4Cs are - cut, clarity, colour and carat. What 'confidence' stands for in this case, is the confidence that you're getting a diamond which has passed the most stringent of international diamond grading standards. All lovemarque diamonds bear an additional inscription of Love and Co's exclusive rose hallmark along with IIGDR's unique ID number.

So I attended the event with my dearest gal pal, Xin, and we had a blast that evening, discussing the authenticity of diamonds, its importance to girls, and how the tradition of diamond ring-giving came to be. I guess you can say I'm pretty unconventional, because for me, I'd much prefer receiving my birthstone over a diamond, just because it speaks to me more. Or buy me a car! or a gold bar! (ok I am definitely going off tangent. and budget here.)

In any case, here are some visuals I managed to get of the evening and the runway show!






Sorry about the blurry visuals, looks like I gotta practice shooting live a little more often, eh.
Thank you Touch PR and Love & Co for the invite and the lovely evening!

15 February 2017

BEAUTY REVIEW: TOO FACED X KAT VON D BETTER TOGETHER

So I'm back this week with the second half of my Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection review and makeup tutorial! At this point of time, I feel obliged to let you know all that I am (obviously) not a makeup artist, just a regular ol' vainpot who loves experimenting with makeup!

When I was sent this collection, my initial thought was "YES, I LOVE TOO FACED" and I was really excited about receiving the set. Pretty sure the courier guys can attest to that fact as I called them up to check on the delivery status like, countless times. So when I finally got my grimy hands on the set and  cracked it open to see those beautiful pinks and creams, I was honestly so happy, because that is like, my thing, you know?


This palette has ignited my love for warm coppery shades, and now I can't seem to stop shopping for peach based palettes. Just acquired Kylie Cosmetics royal peach palette last night via the website and I can't wait for it to come! My first ever Kylie purchase! 
Back to this palette - I really like 'Friendspiration' , way more than I thought I would! I used to stick to cooler based neutrals and pinks for my eyeshadows, and I can't believe it took me so long to realize that warm neutrals ain't that bad on me at all. Not at all.

This candlelight glow highlighter came as part of the Better Together Cheek & Lip makeup bag set, and I am loving the packaging! This is so freakin adorable and its little size makes it just perfect to throw into your purse for any highlight touch ups!
I can't understand how on earth they made blush so adorable. This just brings me right back to my childhood, and my Polly Pocket-playing days, where I would (ironically) stuff my backpack full with Polly pocket cases (with like all the Pollies missing). Looking at this just makes me sad that I don't have the full sized version, because it's a little hard to dip my blush brush in this little pan, but having said that - I love this shade of pink, it's very, me. (I know I say it like people should understand what I mean, but I really have no other way of putting it across)

So anyway, here's my makeup video of the week, using only the Too Faced side of the palette to create my eye makeup! Do watch it, and give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it!

14 February 2017

OUTFIT POST: ALL THAT GLITTERS


I have been obsessed with this shredded denim jacket ever since I laid eyes on it at Topshop last year, and my sis got it for me as a Christmas gift because I was too cheap to shell out the dough for it. In the past, old me would have gotten it in a heartbeat, because I used to shop recklessly, without consequence or any regard for the rapidly shrinking wardrobe space in my home. But new (and improved) me? The new me rethinks each and every purchase before making any decision. I've been sporadically clearing out my wardrobe, a never-ending task actually, and I can't believe how I used to be so disrespectful towards money and just.. things in general. Found myself tossing out heaps upon heaps of clothing with their tags still attached to them, and struggling to find friends in my size who would appreciate them, just so they don't go to waste.

Anyway, here's one of my favorite go-to looks on a casual day - just  my denim cut-offs, a basic top, and my oversized jacket. I guess you can say that there is a formula to my style. Because of my (lack of) height, and non-leanness, I don't really have all that many wardrobe options. It always goes back around to shorts / mini skirts + oversized jacket, and whatever matches within. I guess I should really start rethinking how I put my outfits together. Come up with a new and improved formula or something.

About The Look

Sequin Jacket | Topshop
Denim Shorts | Thrifted
Crop Top | Nakedheart
Choker | Forever21

9 February 2017

BEAUTY REVIEW: TOO FACED X KAT VON D BETTER TOGETHER ULTIMATE EYE COLLECTION

Received the Too Faced x Kat Von D Ultimate Eye Collection from Sephora, and I am blown away by the shadows and lipstick in this set. I have never tried Kat Von D before, like ever, so I  surprised myself when I tried the eyeshadows on and found myself really liking the look.
Anyone who's on my instagram would know that I usually stick to pink/peach shades (PLEASE RESTOCK THE SWEET PEACH COLLECTION. PUHLEEEZE. I say this with much urgency.)  and red is far too dramatic for me, but, this look has grown on me and I think I could really get used to it.

Anyways, in this post, I'll be featuring the Kat Von D products that came in the collection, and I'll follow up with the Too Faced side in about a week!

 This Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in XO is the bomb. It has, hands down, trumped ANY OTHER red shade I've ever tried. This bold, red shade has a slight tinge of cherry in it, from what I see, which is somehow super flattering. This liquid lipstick is part of the Better Together Cheek & Lip makeup bag set, which came in a super cute pouch featuring Kat's cat, Piaf on one side, and Jerrod's dog, Clover, on the other.
Also, I can't believe no one has ever told me how awesome Kat Von D tattoo liners are! The applicator makes it really easy to apply (no boo-boos!), and the liner remained pretty much smudge-free the entire time I had it on.

I'm still pretty surprised at how much I love the colors! 
So my favorite shades of the palette are Swoon (the red shade), followed by Lovestruck (the peach shade with gold shimmers). You would think that red would be difficult to pull off on the lids, but nah uh, somehow it isn't! Swoon has a tinge of gold/terracotta to it, and the color payoff is AMAZING. Lovestruck, somehow doesn't show up so well on my skin, so it is pretty subtle on me, which I love!

Anyway, I loved the collection so much, I thought it would be fun to film a makeup video featuring two looks, using each side of the palette. Do give it a watch below, and let me know what you think! Don't forget to hit 'like' and 'subscribe' if you like what you see!