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.

Za

Strengths: 
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.

Tips:
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
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Maybelline

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.
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SilkyGirl

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.
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Kate

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.

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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

因为离开过,更清楚为什么要回来

如果说成绩是年轻人最常被问的问题,那对于20出头的我们,最常被问到的就是“未来”。

未来指的是什么呢?事业+家庭。

所以常常面对有关工作和伴侣的问题。

在工作方面,我曾经在分岔路口:媒体?中文?

我选择了前者,进入了英文电视制作的世界。一切风光明媚,但是更让我清楚为什么要走回华文的世界。

今天傍晚和妈妈谈了/解释了很多。我曾经想要进入的世界,却没有人愿意打开一扇门让我进入、让我学习。但我愿意为了做1件我喜欢的事,去忍受10样我讨厌的东西。磨练曾经让我沮丧,但现在只是让我更清楚这条道路怎么走。


(1)如果你是专业人士

面对菜鸟,请你多点耐心,多解释、多介绍、多帮忙、多照应。记者会只有那15、20分钟,菜鸟挣扎而无法“交货”,内心是很慌张彷徨的。

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”。

(2)如果你是菜鸟

不要因为前辈的装备比你大、比你多,而畏惧或自卑。万事起头难,虽然有些人能一步登天,但一步一脚印地学习成长,基础更扎实,以后会成为你成功道路上的趣事。

虽然有句话说“工欲善其事,必先利其器”,但真正的大厨,用最平凡的食材也能做出美味而深刻无比的佳肴,哪怕是家常菜,也意义非凡。所以在学习的道路上,别害怕自己烂,因为烂过才会进步,也不要怕丢脸,因为没有自尊才能毫无保留地发挥。


虽然我22岁了,虽然我选择抵抗新加坡的教育制度,但是我已经不想再解释什么。剩下的只是希望自己以后能有机会,毫无保留地培育(而非栽培)出下一代怀抱着中文/摄影梦的莘莘学子。

大家加油!

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.

EMPATHY.

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.

我不觉得我是无理取闹

近期家里在筹备喜事,劳师动众去试菜、试装、筹备很多东西。有些东西需要我们的意见,有些则是因为为人母(我指我父母,不是我吼)必须插手,只因为习俗和原则。

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。

不过,最近也有人一直要插手管我的事,让我很烦。

就是求职的事。

求职和恋爱我都有我坚定的原则——宁缺勿滥。

另外,我没有读大学、没有住宿舍、没有买房子、没有结婚,所以我没有负债,除了偶尔买衣服外也没多大的支出,这是让我庆幸的。所以我现在为我的网站拼搏,很多人投反对票(就算表面说支持),我也已经看很开了。

现实是:很多人有梦不敢追,很多人几乎不兑现。虽然我没有资格批评他们的“放弃”是否值得,但我知道如果我不放手一搏,我会后悔一辈子。就像如果不选择中文系一样。

或许在20+岁的年龄,我还不清楚自己要的是什么,但是我很清楚,我不要的是什么。

所以……言归正传,我很讨厌别人插手帮我找工作的事情。

(1)我有在找,但我没必要高调让你知道我在求职

(2)我很严谨,因为钱财虽然重要,但是我绝对不能没时间经营网站,否则前功尽弃

(3)各行入各眼,你喜欢的工作,不要强加在别人身上,我更不需要什么施舍

最重要的是,钱我赚过了,后来发现除了银行数字变多以外,人生根本没有意义。走过每一家店,就算是某些名牌包包我都负担得起,反而容易麻木、对生命失去热忱。

现在买每样东西都会三思,何尝不是一种历练和成长?额外得到的就是钱没有办法给我的欢喜、珍惜和满足。

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。

你不是我,所以不要把你的思想强加在我身上,那是没有用的。

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。

话说到此,再多也是废话。大家自重。

17 July, 2013

YOLOsg.com,一岁生日快乐

最近的心情其实十分沉重。但是因为忍功进步很多,所以没有跟任何人提起,甚至没有掉一滴眼泪。心里的彷徨和无助,其实只有自己知道。随着自己长大,也越来越不会哭。

我家庭的凝聚力算是比一般家庭强吧,所以周末我们多少都会抽出时间,一起相处。所以基本上,我认识爸妈很多的朋友,有的也把我当成他们的朋友。

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。

真正感觉到心里的伤痛,是理工学院毕业的那一天。


幸运的是,我还有父母。不过,我忽然好想念爷爷奶奶。

现在大家成双成对,我也为大家的幸福甜蜜感到开心。可是心里却多了一份无奈和自卑。但是我也很感恩家人无条件支持我选择理工学院、选择不读大学、选择离职,到现在选择创业。

今天7月17日是YOLOsg.com的创立一周年。

很感恩父母大部分时间的体谅、包容和支持,哥哥们也常常提议和帮忙。

就以网站名字来说,其实苦恼了很久。后来是大哥提议用年轻人流行语,我才想到YOLO的。二哥也说回国后,会帮我。

当然,也很感谢好朋友的帮忙。

经营这个网站让我学到很多东西,也让我看得很清楚一些人的实质。例如Poh、喵和老班长阿黑,说到就到,无论是最后一分钟立挺而出,还是挪动工作时间来帮我,都非常感动。

有些人总是说“告诉我,我帮你”,但是从来没有出现,也没兑现,这点我也慢慢接受了。往好的一面想,我至少还有这几位靠得住的朋友,也算死而足兮。

YOLOsg.com可说是我三分钟个性坚持最久的梦想,虽然我跌跌撞撞很多次,被拒绝很多次,但只要有进展、有机会,都感到很满足。

不久前看到这么一段话——不为自己的梦想拼命,就必定成为别人为梦想拼命的跟班。

虽然现在我的资金慢慢掏空,但是我觉得做的每件事、每次采访、每次摄影、每次撰稿、每次克服难关,都很有意义、很满足,也学到了更多东西,让自己开阔眼界。

7月17日,一转眼就过了一年。从一间房间开始的梦想,希望你也能在一路上陪伴,共同成长。

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

我的邻里故事(1):欢喜冤喵

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。
 

所以我决定写一个《邻里故事》系列,你也可以去注意以下,住处环境是否也有另类或类似的人、事、物。=)
 
第一个要介绍的就是我家楼下的猫。这两只常常在我家楼下闲逛,黑色的好像是男生,因为我跟他玩,他喜欢穿过脚下。
 
另一只应该就是女生吧!每次我经过想要拍照,她都不“鸟”我,甚至给我喵青天的臭脸。

 

最近他们的发情期好像过了(所以我的睡眠总算补足!!!),但是这两位小家伙常常在停车场扛上,互相喵喵叫,看似要打架却又从来没动过。这次给我拍到的时候,碰到一位把车停在对面的司机。他说两位已经喵了一个多钟头,他也就看了一个多钟头……

是否有人在想,白猫不是不鸟我的吗?

正是。所以在拍照的时候,黑猫跟我挺熟的,只是看看我,然后就继续对话;白猫则完全不知道我在她后面!后来靠近她的时候,她忽然转过头,看见我在她后面,吓了一跳!

真的是……一跳。她跳了一下。很好笑。(小气鬼很介意被diang!)

至于他们尬喵结果,至今仍未分出胜负。

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

最近我真的是很烂的朋友,因为都在忙自己的事,对于朋友的近况都少了问候。

转眼间,经营YOLOsg.com已经有一年的时间了。我是一个三分钟热度的人(连购物和饮食喜好也是),但YOLOsg.com似乎就是第一个让我坚持那么久的东西。

一年纪念日快到了,我准备了要发的博文,所以感慨就在此暂时打住吧。


今天下午发生了很离奇的事件!

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。

离奇的事情发生了……!!

妈妈开门,门外没人,但是生日快乐歌还在播放当中,所以妈妈就关门,寻找音乐来源。她发现音乐来自家里的电话。


这时候我觉得有些不对劲,所以就走出房间看是什么事。然后看到妈妈订着电话看……然后一拿起来,就像普通接电话一样,音乐停了。

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。

巧的是,昨晚海外亲戚刚打电话来我们家,也是普通的嘟噜~嘟噜~,所以不可能是海外电话的设置铃声。

这架电话我们也用很久了,在我们没有去按的时候,从来没有发出过嘟噜~以外的特别闹钟/声音!

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……

 
 
六月初八。
 
我农历生日时七月初八。
 
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。
 
所以我相信。
 
因为家里电话就在奶奶神祖牌前面,可能是奶奶想疼我,却又记错月份吧!
 
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

没那么简单

今天无意间看到这个视频,因为好奇评审怎么“侮辱”小男孩,所以点击了。


说也奇怪,旁人的眼光总是太高,或者太低。

有些父母看到孩子考得98分也不满意,有些情人不送花也满足。至于这位小弟弟,大家觉得他唱得不错而欢呼,但真正的评判选择让大家错愕的决定,打断他的演出。

观众冷静了,信心满满的弟弟第一次看清“比赛”的重要和压力。Simon举手卡歌,打醒了容易满足的观众,也激发了小弟弟真正的实力和求胜心。

有些时候人们总是这样,看不清事实和真相。

就以烟雾事件为例,许多人执意印尼道歉,就连我们的领袖也想插手别人国家的处理方式。我们不是幼稚,但是否真的太吵了?我觉得是。

其实人民要的很简单——道歉无济于事,反而是我们政府快速分发口罩、暂停户外值勤员工、学期暂停、医疗协助,更加重要。

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?

假设新加坡忽然发生地震,我希望我们的政治家像温家保一样,亲临现场慰问灾民,远远比迟到的记者会、成立跨部门委员会,来得更实际、更能安抚民心。

现在那N百万个口罩分发到各个商店,摆在促销架上也无人问津,只因为为时已晚。这也是那些贪财商家,等到断货才拿出商品涨价出售的因果吧!

说回重点——真正的智者,就是能够把大家的情绪放一边,做出及时而正确的决定。视频中男孩的表现就像印尼政府的道歉,大家觉得“就够了”,但智者会知道什么更重要、更能发挥作用。

虽然成人的世界有很多东西“没那么简单”,但有些事后撇开喧哗和压力,就容易看清楚什么才是该办的正事。

以下是我认为烟雾发生后,本地应该有的应对措施:

(1)无论是高薪还是低薪,在新加坡各个联络所、超市、地铁站和总站发送口罩

(2)当PSI指数超过150后,各个工地必须无条件停工

(3)地铁公司破例,为了人民健康,准许乘客在地铁站内喝水

(4)消费局严厉规定口罩和眼药水市场价,任何黑心商家被人民举报将受严厉惩罚

(5)提醒并确保议员慰问居民,为需要帮助的家庭提供协助

(6)既然政客有社交平台帐户,通过hashtag或FB page留言提出需要帮助的个案/群体,安排区域委员会提供协助和答案

新加坡的应变能力有待加强,在混乱中要判断也不是简单的事。但只要领袖多用心,对症(烟雾)药(口罩),其实也没那么困难。