30 July, 2013

Beauty Products Part 1: Foundation & BB Cream

I have a habit of invading Watsons and a couple of other stores every now and then, to check for new products. It's my way of updating myself about the latest creativity for beauty products. So...

Something I've been wanting to share are the products that I loved for a long time.

You know how many people test products, either personally or for advertorials, but many of them only using for a short period of time? These few posts of products are the ones that I've used for some time, and can really guarantee that they are not only good, but worth buying again and again.

So first up, my favourite Foundation and BB Cream!

Firstly... can I say I'm very proud of the red set? It's actually... the drape part of my dress. LOL.

So anyway, I've tried many brands of foundations, including Maybelline, Silky Girl, ZA, Kate, L'Oreal, and some really random and cheap ones from Chameleon.

For years now, when people ask what brand of foundation I'd recommend, I'd say ZA in general. But with new types of foundations emerging, from powder going on to liquid, gel, and liquid-powder, etc, I have to say that each brand has its strength.


Good liquid concealer
Liquid & Gel foundations
Shades closest to Asian tones
Consistent color
Economical option

I think Za liquid foundation is comparable to L'Oreal, but is definitely a much more economical option. I used to use the Clear Smooth Aqua gel foundation but that line has been discontinued much to my dismay. The reason I have different shades is that I like to get tanned but I turn fair again very soon, so my foundation shade varies very differently each time. So I bought No. 12 and No. 24, and mix them up sometimes. The ultimate tanned No. 14 is more for contouring.

The gel foundation is good for dry skin, especially when I was overseas during the autumn/winter seasons.

Ever since the gel foundation line is discontinued and my skin became oily because of the hot weather, I started to use concealer instead of foundation, because I feel that it's lighter and wouldn't look as shiny when I sweat a lot. The concealer perfection line was my favorite, and Maybelline BB cream was worse as it was very liquid-y and oily. However, the blue collection was soon discontinued too, and was replaced by the pink Perfect Fit Concealer in pink.

I use No. 3 most of the time now as I'm in the sun more often. As you can see, I have five tubes because using BB cream as foundation means using a lot more at once, and it runs out pretty quickly. Good thing that it's pretty cheap ($13.90) and goes to show it's something worth buying again time after time.

The True White Liquid Foundation is the one that's comparable to atas brands, but as it is pretty expensive, I only buy a light shade to use for highlighting.

Out of 3 shades, choose shade No. 2 for average skin tone
If you like a certain product, buy extra as they discontinue collections often/ sell out fast


Maybelline is also another brand that I liked for a really long time. However, their products are either very outstanding, or very horrible (personally).

If you haven't notice, I am a HUGE Za fan, but powder foundation is one thing that they lose to Maybelline. The powder is more fine, and helps liquid foundation to stay on for the whole day. It also helps to control oily skin condition for me, and makes my complexion still look super good after a sweaty day.

The Maybelline BB cream, however, is one of the biggest nightmare for me. It is super watery and oily, and the consistency is pretty bad. =( Unless you have really really dry skin, don't consider the product.

One of their latest mousse collection is also not suitable for oily skin in my opinion. It doesn't go onto skin as well, and looks very thick after application even after blending it out.

Another strength of Maybelline has to be their product packaging. My guess is that they always keep in mind that women tend to like compact packaging, so their design is usually small, simple and clean to use for touch-ups outdoors.


I have to admit that SilkyGirl is one of the most disappointing brands I've tried in general. I've tried their lipsticks, eyeliner, eyeshadow, etc. So the only reason I decided to buy the loose powder was because of the price.

As it turns out, it's one of the best 'economically-friendly' decision I've made. The loose powder helps in oil control to prevent a shiny forehead, and also helps expensive liquid foundations to set and last.

However... The puff that came with it wasn't ideal. Instead, I now use either a loose powder brush, or the puff with a rear pocket for fingers, as shown in the photo. It's available at Chameleon.


The first time I tried Kate product was because of its eyeliner - the super permanent one. (More about their products next time)

Their range of foundation was fascinating for me, because it's supposedly a liquid foundation that turns into powder seconds after application. In a way, it means that I get the best of both liquid & powder foundations and don't have to layer on products. Super awesome choice for a clean look, when you're in a rush.

The only MAJOR issue I have with their foundation is that there is no indication of shade on the bottle. So if you're like me, the kind of people who like to buy a few shades from a line, well... Uh-oh.

The shades are also confusing, something like OC-C, OB-C, OD-D, so it's hard to remember, and even harder to keep track when you have a couple of them. I truly wish they'll remember to label the shades IN PRINT on the bottle next time, and come up with a name more humanly-possible to remember. Like numbering from 1 to 10 and/or supplementary pronoun.

Anyway, one bottle is about $30+ so I only use it for super important occasions.


That concludes my favorite foundations & BB creams blogpost!

At the end of the series, I'll also post up a list of products to avoid (T_T|||) only because they are really... not worth wasting money on. It's also important to note which products are so harsh that people with sensitive skin should avoid at all cost.

That being said, it's good to experiment with different items from different brands because each of them has their 'niche' and just because their lipstick sucked doesn't necessarily mean that their eyeliner isn't worth trying. ;D

Final foundation tip: Don't judge a product (blindly/solely) by its price.

24 July, 2013










自己拿着Canon 5D Mark III,不要对拿着iPhone 相机的菜鸟翻白眼。就因为自己很厉害,也没必要侮辱别人“什么屎都不是”。






19 July, 2013

Trying Day.

Today has been a very trying day. In some sense, I woke on the wrong side of the bed.

Usually... I think I know what upsets me. One thing I'm certain I don't get calculative about is food. But when I do, I know it's a trying day for me. Probably not a good day, and bad enough that I actually care about food.

There's a lot to do, but I don't want to deal with it. Let them stay in my inbox. If they do matter, I'll get around to working on them in a while. If they don't, well... I just need a break from all these to settle down.

There's always something I can rely on to express how I feel - Goldin Universe Test.

You have always been on the move seeking affectionate, satisfying and harmonious relationships. Your ultimate goal has been the realisation of an intimate union in which there could be love, self-sacrifice and mutual trust. It has often been said that 'True love is just around the corner' and - if you haven't found it as yet - you possibly soon will.
You are totally dissatisfied with your present situation. Matters are not going right for you and you are seeking a means of escape. Your mental state of mind necessitates that you need to change your thinking patterns. Remember, if one particular modus operandi doesn't seem to work, then try something different.
Enough is enough - but the problems never seem to stop. They never stop. You feel, and maybe you are right, that the problems seem to go on and on and you have indeed had more than your fair share of trials and tribulations. But to give you credit - you bounce back time and time again - you stick to your beliefs because deep down you have that inner knowledge, that 'belief' system that in the end, everything will turn out OK - and you are right -it will!
For whatever the reason, you find it extremely difficult to sustain relationships - that is to sustain them in the manner that you would wish. You are a very gentle sort of person, full of feeling, sensitivity and susceptible to love and affection, looking and longing for a partner with whom you can enjoy 'All things bright and beautiful' - someone with whom you can seek out the more esoteric things of life. But up to now this person has only existed in your imagination. You are very choosy, appreciative, refined and extremely artistic in temperament and it is your hope to seek others who will allow you to form and express your own taste and judgement and who at the same time may assist you in your intellectual or artistic growth.
You are inclined to be too trusting and you feel that you need to be on your guard against the possibility that your endeavours and actions may be misunderstood. Too often you have been taken advantage of and you have been mentally abused. Now you are seeking a relationship which can provide peace of mind, where you can be yourself and not have the need to put on a false front.

On days and at times like these when I'm truly incredibly annoyed and frustrated... It's frickin easy to get pissed off. And when someone sets his/her heart to annoy me... I'll do the same.

It's said that guys and girls confide for different reasons. Guys confide for solutions, girls confide for relief. 95% of the time when I admit what's bothering me, I don't need someone to tell me that whatever's bothering me doesn't actually matter.


That's something our lecturer told us is more important than communication, yet so many people don't understand.

I mean... When I'm on fire and cussing in pain, you should try and lend a helping hand, instead of pin-pointing that hey you know it isn't right to curse right? It's not acceptable to me.

Let me just say that... I don't like cussing, and I only do when I really need to get some negativity out of my system. Which is pretty much frequently lately. But I think that's okay.

What's not okay about cussing is when youths and adults use it excessively. Like mixing CB and F in random daily conversations for no apparent reason. So in a sense... I think my principles do make sense.

Really upset today because.. I've reached a point where I don't even want to bother what you think or feel anymore, because I can't even wrap my head around my own problems. If you can't spare some attention for me, why should I care about your feelings?

I don't want to have to put on a false front.



当然,要说是一帆风顺是Mission Impossible。不可能。但是从中我有很多的体会,尤其是不要随便出面/插手,因为有些时候彼此觉得是为大家好,后来却可能被反咬一口。这是基本原理,不指任何人,也不限于这件事。













所以…… 我不觉得一直拒绝这些想要插手的人是种错误。你应该知道,自己的事无法自己拿主意,被人摆布是多么烦恼的事情。所以请你将心比心,不要多管闲事,因为说难听一点,我真的不屑为了巨额工资,长途跋涉,反复奔波。


我也很讨厌拒绝别人,尤其是需要婉转拒绝,很伤神也浪费我的时间,所以我拒绝过一次,就千万别再跟我提起。有句话说To do the same thing and expect different result is stupidity。


17 July, 2013




但是…… 我也因此看着他们一个个离去。有的看着他们渐渐被病魔打倒,有的赶不及道别,有的让我留下很深的遗憾和自责。














YOLOsg.com,一岁生日快乐…… (今天特地吃了一块我最喜欢的蛋糕。)

16 July, 2013


组屋是新加坡的特色,也是人民居住的主要宅类。每次看到社区为了提倡建立邻里关系,总是颁奖给所谓提名的好邻居。我本身觉得…… 认识一个住宅区更有意义,也更有趣。








他们都好可爱,也不怕人类,但是…… 希望他们可以安静一点。

15 July, 2013

释怀就是爱 · Forgiving is loving





最近我有网购,所以今天早上在房间和妈妈讲话的时候,我们忽然听到生日快乐歌!我当下反应是…… 可能门铃刚刚换电池,所以自动改音乐设置。但因为我蓬头垢面(unglam)的,就麻烦妈妈帮我开门签收。




但是接了没声音,挂电话后,我已走到她旁边。我按扭查Caller ID,发现…… 根本没有记录!超级不可思议,因为从妈妈走出房间——〉妈妈开门——〉妈妈看家里电话——〉我走出房间,电话响了那么久,照理说一定会有记录到啊!

以下是从我的房间角度拍的照片,妈妈是从我站的地方,走到大门,再走到电视机旁边,真的是有段时间,没理由Caller ID没录到~!

然后…… 妈妈先去开门按门铃,就是普通平常的叮咚!叮咚!不是生日快乐歌。

接着……我去拿妈妈的电话,打家里的电话,看是不是妈妈昨晚讲电话调到。但是…… 家里电话响也是平常的嘟噜~嘟噜~!

而且挂电话之后,Caller ID马上显示妈妈手机号码记录。所以Caller ID没坏。



所以我和妈妈都觉得很诡异…… 然后妈妈问我,今天是谁的生日啊?

我就去拿日历…… 整家人也只有我的生日最近啊,然后看日历……

所以我的结论是…… 以前奶奶在世的时候比较重男轻女,我一直耿耿于怀,直到近几年,我发现了一些事情,才知道当时候她也*算*疼我的。自从对她的埋怨释怀后…… 就发生过几次和奶奶有关的灵异事件,其中一次还发现了没有人告诉过我的事。
在写这篇的时候,忽然想查看,家里电话还有什么音乐选择…… 这时候才发现…… 家里的电话根本没有《生日快乐》音乐选择,只有不同频率的嘟噜~嘟噜~ OMG!!!!!!!
所以今天莫名的开心。奶奶生前我得不到她的疼爱,但过世后却多次与她有所接触…… 很感动!代表我不是被忽略的。现在就一直觉得我不是一个人,因为有她的陪伴!=)

13 July, 2013

Make every second count

I hate goodbyes. But you know what's worse? When you know the goodbye is coming, but yet it drags on forever and you see no end to the dread.

Some of us lost a few loved ones, some a few more, some a few less. But one is enough to etch the fear of goodbyes, not to mention the ones we lose as we grow up.

At some points of our lives, we find ourselves attending many weddings. That's when we grow up. Later on, we find ourselves attending more funerals, and we realize just how far we've come, and how little is left.

Why am I saying this?

Because some goodbyes are temporary, some goodbyes are, well, forever. Some parents say goodbye to their children and can see them again after school. Some kids say goodbye to parents going to work, and never have the chance to reunite again.

Some of us have grandparents we wish we could ignore. Some of us have hollow spaces in our hearts wishing our grandparents were still around, to see us walk down the isle, to tell us 'I'm so proud of you.'

Every single time you ditch your friend for your Whatsapp, every single time you ignore your parents for YouTube, every single time you go clubbing while your grandma has her meal alone at home, just remember I fucking wish I have what you still do.

For that, make every second count, before you learn to hate goodbyes the way I do.

03 July, 2013









在人民抢购口罩、外劳在烟雾中不人道地继续工作,比一位代表的道歉更重要。等到人们奄奄一息,病的病、倒的倒,再来告诉大家别担心!我们有N百万个口罩,也会发给低收入家庭…… 到底是谁错了?











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