Archive for October, 2010
I had wanted to blog about the entire Halloween but I was overwhelmed by the amount of photos and decided to just do a teeny bit of it today! There’s a couple of readers asking what I’ll be dressing up as so here goes….
Im dressing up as the little devil……….. How boring right? zzzzzzzz….. I also think its the boring-est of the boring-est….
Sigh… but that wasn’t the initial plan! I had wanted to dress up as either Alice from Alice in Wonderland, or Dorothy from Wizard of Oz… Simply because I like blue and both of these characters are “very blue”… But I was late and I did not have enough time to order costumes online. I went to the costumes shop to look for one with Min but as expected… I can find nothing that’s my size…
So I took out the corset I bought a long time back, paired it with my short bubble skirt (same la no need tulle tulle skirt… both got the “pom pom” effect ma… hahaha…. Don’t waste money right.. ;p ). Bought a pair of horns and a devil’s tail, and wore my black boots with red and black stripey socks peeing out…….Viola! Little Devil….
Layered Shimmery brown and black eyeshadow, with eyelashes that are more dramatic than usual and eyeliner…I bought a new eyeliner which I thought was fantastic… I share next time ba… eh… i forgot my lip colour when I took this pic… hehehe…
I wanted to use either a black or a white lippy… but was really busy last week and had no time to buy!
Oh I painted my nails red too! This is the first time in my life that I paint it red! heh!
Dear Dear’s makeup… hahaha… nicely done huh!
He’s performing and hence got professional to do for him la! I love the lips!!
And here’s the boring outfit! hahaha…
Anyway.. the devil’s tail reminds me of the stingray’s tail…
So…Im the sting-vil…..
bo liao xiaoxin…. hahahaha…
I think the Tuesday that just went by was the 3rd consecutive Tuesday that the 3 of us went out together! I should start writing a book like Mitch Albom already! hahaha…
All About Eve
I wanna recommend this very nice place and perhaps bring my friends over someday! The 3 of us headed down to Wenwei’s pub on a particular Tuesday night. I was expecting a crowded place with a noisy crowd but to my surprise, it was nothing that I expected. What greeted us was a warm, cosy, red room!
Very pretty 落地窗 (How to say this in English? hahaha…) and a very beautiful light!
Very nice ambience indeed!
The other side… the bar counter…
There’s even a corner set aside for live band performances but it was too dark and I couldn’t capture it on the lousy iphone camera…
And my Dear Dear!
Dear Dear sang 《一點紅》that night and for the very first time, he said he’s singing it for me! I’ve never heard that song before and he was rarely that open in showing his sweetness in front of others! muahahah… So I listened attentively!
謝霆鋒 － 一點紅
This version of the MV is pretty freaky… not the one I saw at the pub leh… can’t find the version with Nicholas Tse inside….
Sweet hor? I like the lyrics! hahaha…
(sidetrack: The cantonese version of this song is called《玉蝴蝶》… The lyrics are hard to understand… U try and see if u can decipher it. I got the answer to what 林夕 was writing about already.. if u can decipher it… pm me or something!! hehehe…)
謝霆鋒 － 玉蝴蝶
Back to All About Eve… *oops…*
There’s food ad drinks and KTV. There’s nice ambience for people to chit chat and play games for those who don’t wanna sing. Nice place right!
Have been wanting, yet have been hesitating… but i finally changed my blogskin!
I actually made 2 different banners, I think I can alternate them! I like both!
Nice or not nice or not??
1) Biore Makeup Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets
2) Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip
3) Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover
I love makeup. But I always find it a chore to clean it off. But however lazy one is, not removing your makeup properly is going to get you into lots of trouble! Clogged pores, zits and the loss of radiance on your face. I think all the makeup junkies will know the importance of makeup removing and cleansing and for the uninitiated, its time for you to know and to start your cleansing regime already!
And…. Never ever go to sleep with your makeup on, no matter how tired you are! Its skincare suicide!
My Makeup Habits
I always love to play up on my eye makeup and go easier on other parts of my face. A typical makeup will mean BB cream + BB powder, pink blusher, smoky eyes (layering of different tones of grey shadows and highlights, eyeliners, waterproof mascara plus my falsies), pink or nude pink lips. I mean I do have a variety of colours to play with but this makeup is one that’s most typical for me though! (i’m no makeup guru… but the everyday ones are still “handle-able”!
Therefore, my eye makeup is the most difficult to remove. I’ll take much longer to remove my eye makeup as compared to makeup on other parts of my face. And to avoid losing lashes when I rub too hard and swipe too many times, I’ll tend to be very gentle and hence, I’ll take along time……zzzzzz….
comes to the rescue!
Biore decided to sponsor me and let me try out their new makeup removers! I finally found a way to cure my woes! Clean and fast (you know, this is really the era of efficiency!)!!
First, introducing the 3 super heroes…
From left: Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover, Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip, Biore Makeup Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets. (Btw, there are refill sheets for purchase when u finish all the facial sheets in your tub! Save the Earth! )
Loads of makeup on my face!
I purposely not use my fake eyelashes for this review and instead, heaped on mascara. I wanted to see how well the makeup remover can remove waterproof mascara.
I started with the Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip (Pink Bottle). I had to shake it first as it had 2 layers that had to mix well before you use it. Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip promised to remove eye and lip makeup fast with significantly less rubbing and tugging so as to protect delicate skin around our eye and lip area and to prevent wrinkles from forming. Also, the 2 layer micro-active cleansing formula also moisturises the skin as it cleanses and cleansing ingredients will soften the toughest mascara.
I poured some on on a cotton pad and pressed it on my right eye, without swiping it.
When I remove it after a few seconds, this was what I got…
I didn’t swipe it! I swear!
Did it deliver what it promised? Yes! Quick and effective! No need multiple swipes and everything was removed! No tugging and rubbing needed!
(I show you my “makeup-removed” right eye after I try on the Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover.
Next, I poured a few drops of the Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover (Blue Bottle) on my palm. It promised to remove the toughest makeup without all the tugging and rubbing too, and its water-based (but it can still remove waterproof makeup!), and it will leave skin nice and supple and its suitable for all skin types!
Its recommended that you pour the Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover directly onto your palm and not onto a cotton pad for maximum effectiveness. And so I gently rub it on my right face to remove all traces of my makeup.
The results after cleaning away my makeup with Biore Makeup Remover for Eye and Lip (Pink Bottle), and Biore Hydra Clear Makeup Remover…
My very naked right side of the face….
Nice and clean!!
Most importantly… fast! and its gentle! I don’t wanna give myself wrinkles with all the tugging and rubbing!
So now I have half a face with makeup on and the other half supple and clean. Im gonna try out the Biore Makeup Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets (tub) to remove whatever that is still on my left side of the face!
The best thing I love about makeup remover sheets are that you do not need to get cotton pads separately anymore, making it a quick and convenient way to get things done! Its alcohol free and hence doesn’t cause skin irritation and it also promised to remove stubborn waterproof makeup effectively without the need to pull your skin. Let’s see…
Like what I did with the Biore Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, I pressed the facial sheet gently on my eye for a short eye and removed it without swiping.
My multi-layered mascara just came off.. just like that!
Very effective I would say!!!! woohoo!!
Then I continue to wipe my entire face with it and viola! I just need a few wipes….
My super duper naked face without a trace of makeup!
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staying nice and clean,
Its rare that we run into nice and warm-hearted people. But stay optimistic, because there are really very wonderful people around. I met 3 yesterday.
It was raining heavily at around 10.45am in the morning. I booked a cab and was waiting for my cab to arrive at the shelter just below my block. I was playing games on my iphone when I realized that there’s a car honking at me. I looked up and saw my neighbour, Roland, in the car. He rolled down the car window and asked where I was heading to and wanted to give me a lift to send me there since it was raining really heavily. I thanked him profusely but told him I already booked a cab. Then, I saw him turned into the multi-storey carpark. Which means, he actually just came back home from outside! So nice of him to offer to send me to work when he just reached home! What a nice neighbour I have!
And so, i continued to wait for the cab
that took super long to come. Next minute, I saw a SUV turned out from the multi-storey carpark, stopped in front of me and rolled down the window. An uncle asked if I’m going to the MRT station. He could give me a short lift there if I’m stuck in the rain. I thanked him profusely again and told him politely that i’ve already booked a cab and is waiting for the cab to arrive. He smiled and waved and drove off. There are really very kind and helpful people in my neighbourhood, isn’t it?
And then the third one. Andrew Teo.
Dear Dear, Andrew and I met up in Bugis after my work for dinner and shopping (sidetrack: these 2 guys can really shop sia!!) We decided to head to Bugis Village to shop and just as we are about to walk into the huge crowd at Bugis Village, Andrew saw a blind man near us and he immediately went to his aid. We follow suit and help him to purchase some bbq cuttlefish that he was looking for. Andrew went the extra mile, and walk him all the way home from Bugis Market. Although it was just a short distance away, not many people will do that. The society seemed to be constantly immersed in the bystander effect (a social psychological phenomenon that i learn from my uni days dinosaur ages ago…. read more here
). Let’s all just remind ourselves to be the first to react to anyone in need ok?
Yup.. the warm-hearted people made my day. I ended my day buying some 3 for $1 tissue packets from an old man. Spread the love, no matter how small.
Bellerin launched the latest collection “Its Just So Me”…
“If headaches consistently stop you from working or enjoying life, you may suffer from migraine–the most common neurological disorder in the developed world. Migraine affects an estimated 28,000,000 Americans–more than diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy combined–and it is believed that over half of them remain undiagnosed.
“If you are having more than two or three headaches a week, or if your headaches cause disability more than three days in a month, those are chronically recurring headaches,” says Dion Graybeal, assistant professor of neurology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. “Regardless of how those headaches have been diagnosed in the past, 75% to 85% of them are actually migraine, and not tension or sinus headaches.”
Migraine is a debilitating condition marked by intense, throbbing pain on one side of the head that becomes worse with movement and often involves nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. One attack can last several hours to several days.
Fifteen percent of migraine sufferers experience neurological disturbances called auras before the pain begins. Symptoms include vision problems, ringing in the ears, difficulty speaking, disorientation, and numbness or tingling. There is no cure for migraine, but there are prescription drugs that significantly can reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.”
Headaches are nothing close to a migraine. The most fearful feeling to have, for me, is to realized that im going to have a migraine attack soon. Yes, for the migraine sufferers, you’ll know. You’ll know that its coming and there are symtoms that tells you. It is a terrible terrible pain coupled with nausea and vomiting for me. And it will just render me handicap for that few hours or that few days. Normal painkillers do not work for migraine at all.
So if anyone tells you he or she is having a migraine, please do not brush it off lightly, wondering what’s the big deal, or saying that “its just a headache”. You are just lucky that you don’t get it, so, just be a little more sympathetic alright?
Also, having headache on one side of the head doesn’t make it a migraine either… the symptoms and what it is: http://xinzz.blogspot.com/2007/10/blog-post.html
1) I wear pyjamas when Im at home.
Be it a big t-shirt or a comfy pj, I wear super comfortable clothes when I’m at home and hence I’ll need to change out of it to head out of the house. So this is one extra step for the lazy me isn’t it! Hahaha… When I need to head out I’ll need to go and pick out a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and comb my hair and tidy up myself. So troublesome… and the reverse has to happen when I reach home after buying.
2) The super hot weather.
I don’t mind it so much if Im heading out after the sun sets. I hate the sun and the hot weather especially during lunch time! I’ll be hot and sweaty by the time I reach home and I’ll have to take another shower again. This is the main reason why I head going out to get meals, or going out anywhere at all… hahaha…
3) I no longer stay at my old place in Hougang.
It used to be so convenient when my parents asked me to head downstairs to buy food. The older estates had coffee shops scattered over the estate at the void decks. Most people didn’t have to walk very far to get a meal. Now I stay in a new estate and I’ll need to walk quite a distance to the central area just to get something to fill my stomach, have to waste so much time.
But what to do, I get hungry and I don’t like to feel hungry. I can’t cook very well either…sigh. So I’ll still have to get my lazy ass off the couch, haha…
By the way, I’ve cancel my tingkat dinner order because I’ve gotten so sick of it. I’m going to try to start cooking very soon and I promise I’ll learn and hopefully improve a little! Oh yes, I rather cook than head out into the hot sun to buy food….anytime. Hahahah… I 见光死 one loh…
At the blink of an eye, it was already 4 years ago that my whole family was waiting outside the the maternity room for Jingyi to deliver her baby girl. We were so excited and Summer was a little infant then! Time really flies, she’s already 4 years old!
Jingyi held a birthday celebration for her at the SOL Playground Cafe. Its a great place to dine with for family with kids. There’s of course the main dining area of the restaurant, there’s an indoor play area, outdoor play area, and a nursing room. A balloonist and a face and hand painter is there for the children too! Very well thought out family restaurant. Hmm.. Just that they were pretty short-handed that day and the food came really slow. Anyway, for those interested, here’s their website
Waiting for the rest in the car!
Me and Mer Mer!
Dear Dear and Zhe Zhe! I love Zhe Zhe’s very round head!
Mer Mer said something really funny. She said that Zhe Zhe looks like Ah Gong… And when we ask her why, she replied that both of them got no hair. muahahahahaha………
Mer Mer’s body art! She refused to have anything drawn on her face.
Meimei’s face art!
Jingyi and Mer Mer went to The Iceing Room to decorate their own cake before heading to the restaurant. Its so beautifully done!
Ah Gong and Zhe Zhe!
My beautiful and smart niece making a wish.
One of her wish was for us never to grow old… hahaha! I like that! And let’s hope that it’ll come true and then I can dump my anti-aging creams! muahaha!
I love my niece and nephew!
All smiling brightly!
My Mama, Dear Dear and Zhe Zhe
After food and cake-cutting, we headed to the outdoor play area. The 3 little girls were hiding inside this little playhouse ad I took up the role of the evil queen, and tried to pass the 3 Snow Whites inside some poison apples.
The old man enjoying himself thoroughly on the plastic rocking horse!!!!!!!
Just went for Bellerin’s photo shoot for the next upcoming collection last weekend, and here are some of the behind the scene photos and a mini preview of the available designs!
getting ready for the first outfit!
Mini Preview…. there are more designs available during the launch! I just picked a few of my favourites here!
I love this simple tank. I always love black and white and this is so easy to match! Goes well with shorts or skirts, long or short! And we can always tuck it into our high-waist bottoms too!
My pick of the entire collection! I like the jappy look! My favourite!
And I think accessories are important to complete the look!
This chiffon design comes in 2 colours, cream and pink. They are really sweet!
Navy colour dress with ruffles design. This one takes you anywhere…. and blue is my favourite colour!
I think Bellerin
should be launching real soon so keep a look out for it!
Oh…. this time round Bellerin
has brought in some bags and they will be launched in the next collection too. This is my favourite bag design!
nice right! hahaha…
By the time we finished the shoot it was already 5 plus or 6pm. It was s fulfilling but a very tiring day.
Shi Shi n me!
Look at that bump! Sherry said its growing at an exponential rate.. hahaha…
And its a girl!! Sherry said that they have thought of a name for her already and the little princess will most probable be called…………… Sherry should announce it herself!! ;p
We headed to Clarke Quay for dinner after the shoot at our favourite Ramen restaurant. Im going to write about the wonderful food in another post! Its so good that I feel guilty not giving it a space of its own… muahaha…
Myrelle. Sherry and me!
after dinner at TCC…
Dear Dear playing Street Fighter!! So retro…
Oh anyway…. all of us played Charadium (an iphone game introduced to us by Adrian) together after our desserts and it was so addictive. Its like the “Guess The Sketch” on Facebook which Dear Dear and I could play for hours.
Mr Vincent…He must be staring at Myrelle……
and a very happy looking Adrian!
Updates: Comments from the boys and girls from FB…
If a guy decided to gather a few photos of some girls and make a program that allows him to click, and a random photo of a girl will pop up, and then it means that that’s the girl he’s bringing home tonight… What would you think of the program or the app? Just a silly game right? Like “Woohoo! I can bring Angelina Jolie home tonight!” That’s just good clean fun. That’ll be perfectly fine for me.
But change the scenario a little… This guy included photos of his real life friends. And let’s say that im one of the girls in the photos. NOW… WHAT WOULD YOU THINK? “Woohoo! Im bringing Xinyi home tonight!!” and post it on the facebook wall, yes…. photo of me attached.
I dunno about you but im going to be so offended!!! Im not a prostitute that you can choose from a pool of other girls to bring home. Its degrading and humiliating to the max.
Next, some of the girls are attached and you have got absolutely no respect for their boyfriends? And even if so, respect the girls! And are you stupid or what, you posted all your rubbish on facebook. This must be a person who has got nothing inside the skull.
Yes….. this really happpened…. let me know your opinions and leave a comment? Email me also can!!
Updates to my previous “Love and Pamper Your Hair” Essential Damage Care post!
Click on the picture to view like my “Before and After” photo!
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Sponsored Review - Essential Damage Care
My friends said that Im a hair abuser. Yes. I admit it. I shan’t even mention the outrageous stuff that I’ve been doing to my hair all these years. I shall just post a few RECENT photos!
First, Dear Dear and I decided went to colour our hair to a very light shade of brown. No He’s is blonde actually. He bleached it, I didn’t.
And after a short few months, I bleached a quarter of my head of hair and lightened the other 3/4 of it….
And then… I decided to turn it green…..
After the green colour faded off, I bought a DIY hair colour to cover it. Duh, it didn’t manage to cover it up. It just turned into a darker shade of greyish green (Didn’t have any photos of that!
). And so I kept the greyish green for a few weeks, and headed back to my hairstylist who told me that I’ll have to dye it gothic black to cover up the blonde and green. Other lighter shades of brown won’t be able to do do the job.
And so, it became gothic black.
But because my hair was bleached before, the black quickly faded into patchy browns, which i went to cover it up with a rich, warm brown recently.
Hair abuser? Yes.. I think so.
Do i expect my hair to be in tip-top condition after all these years of abuse? Not to mention all the other chemical treatments like perms and rebondings and crimping, and my daily blowing, flat-ironing and hot iron curling. Of course not. My hair is super dry, and most of you didn’t know, that I can’t comb my hair at all after washing it. It just gets tangled up in a mess. Yes, its that dry. I need to condition my hair twice every time I shower, so that I can still try to comb it after that. But lucky for me, I belong to that lucky group with straight and fine hair ( or unlucky group you could say, because its flat and limp!) so my hair condition doesn’t look that bad when its dry…
Sigh.. dry and frizzy hair…
Look at my hair ends@ Especially the last 15cm of my hair! Its so dry and has became ridiculously thin! Btw my stylist told me that the further away the hair from your scalp, the older they are, and the least natural oils they’ll receive from you scalp, and hence the driest. Also, they will get thinner (resulting in fly-away hair and split ends) due to the damage.
Blame myself for the hair abuse!
(But I can’t help it…;p )
Or so when I received news that I’ll be sponsored the Essential Hair Products, I was over the moon!
Rich Premier series
For dry and unmanageable hair. This series will help you attain elegant hairstyles with a smooth and manageable feel!
Nuance Airy series
For limp and flat hair, and this series will help you achieve soft and airy hairstyles with a light and bouncy feel!
I received the whole range of Essential Damage Care hair products! Thanks to Essential and The Sample Store! Muacks!
I tried on both the Premier rich and Nuance Airy series and both did work wonders to my hair! Im all praises for the hair mask especially as it made my very unmanageable hair very very soft. I have no problem with combing my hair after shampooing now. Even after my hair dries, it wasn’t all tangled up all the time and its still soft and light.
I wanna look like that…. hahaha…
I know I far from it la but at least im taking care of my uber damage hair already right… hahahah….
Anyway… I wanna specially rave about these 2 NEW hair essences!
Nourishing Care Lotion
These 2 hair essences instantly repairs and protects damaged hair surface, especially the last 15cm, which is easily dried out due to chemical treatments, blow-drying and UV rays. They both leaves hair smooth, bouncy and manageable! How wonderful is that! and does it work? Yes!
After 1 week of trying out the Essential Damage Care series, my hair is already smoother and softer, and more manageable. Can you see? Its less frizzy…
And the essences has a light fragrance! Its very light, not the overpowering kind of smell that puts people off!
I love Essential’s Hair Essences!
I’ll be good and disciplined and take good care of my hair from today onwards! You should too!
My before and after photos will be up on Facebook and do “like” it to win yourself the much raved about Essential Hair Essences! The photos will be up by 5th October and the contest for you will be from 5th October to 15th October. I’ll update my blog with the link as soon as I get it! Thanks! And I hope you’ll win something!