PICNIC @ MARINA BARRAGE X OLD PHOTOS REVEALED!

Hey there!

In preparation to gear up for my 3 days event job this coming weekend, me and the boyfriend went to have a picnic and kite flying session at Marina Barrage last Sunday. I swear the sun is a killer, and we almost gave up on kite flying. Luckily, we had the marina barrage gallery for us to cool ourselves down before we embrace the heat on the green roof.

Let’s just let the pictures do the talking, shall we?

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“Love is P a t i e n c e.”


I was looking for a performance video when I stumbled upon an old disc which contained some pictures I took at Korea back in November 2003. I thought it was pretty nostalgic, and reminded me of the thrilling happiness when I was touring Korea.

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I wish i still fit berets as well as before.

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Back when red-eye remover was not invented (or maybe I was too young to be aware).

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#youngskin

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Little did I know that I had already met Park Ji Sung when I was 9.

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I miss my long flight-static hair.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to post my May Favourites soon!

XOXO,
Iris

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MIDLIFE CRISIS RESOLVED?! X OLD FRIENDS REUNIONE

Hey there!

This might come off a little funny. After all that depression in the previous post…

MY MIDLIFE CRISIS HAS BEEN LARGELY RESOLVED.

That’s right, I’ve gotten one of the greatest news in life today. It still feels surreal, and I actually cried tears of joy when I received it. Rather than being happy over the news, I was more thankful and glad that I was given the chance to tide through this challenging period. I’m just relieved that I don’t have to play the role of the disappointing character in my family. And I’m just grateful for being given a chance once again to prove that I am worthy of something.

This coming Thursday I can strut across the stage and receive my well-deserving certificate, knowing that I have a direction to head to at the new corner of life. If you are not in my shoes, you won’t understand what a relief it is to me.

I am someone led my determination. I need to know I have something to work hard on, so that I can perform well. Now that I know where life will take me, I will learn from my lesson and make sure I don’t make myself go through this hell hole ever again.

Now that the biggest problem is solved, I’m starting to get worried about the other upcoming problems. The people that I will miss and worry about when I’m away at the other side of the country, and the people whom I will meet at this new environment.

I may not have great luck like some of the other people I know. But they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Maybe I am lucky in the sense that I always seem to make it ashore no matter what deep shit I’m drowning in. I thank God for this.

Sorry for worrying you guys. I may not have explained myself, but I am thankful.

I will always remember how my Dad replied “YE YE!” when I told him the good news. (Yay Yay is what he meant btw)
And how my Mom hug me and told me she knew someone would see the whopping potential in me.
As well as my half laughter + half sobbing conversation with da boy on the phone.


Met up with several old friends this week!
Familiarity makes me comfortable. (wide grin)I will let the pictures do the talking!

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Cafe hopping w my Shopaholics @ Group Therapy.

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Poached Eggs @ Group Therapy

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Icecream waffles @ Group Therapy

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Truffle fries @ Strangers’ Reunion

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Magic Mushrooms @ Strangers’ Reunion

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Mango Mousse Cake @ Bakerzin

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Better late than never. Happy Birthday!

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My true blue old friends
XOXO,
Iris

HELLDAY, MIDLIFE CRISIS.

Hey guys,

It’s been a really tough holiday for me.
I feel like this world is challenging my limits, and trying to find out how much I can take. I was shoved in my face many rejections and at the same time many opportunities that were supposedly beyond my league.

I am not someone who takes risk well. However, I always believed I was meant for bigger things. What I’ve been through these feel months showed me that maybe I have hit my limits and this is the most of me I will ever see. Which is upsetting, discouraging and pathetic. As a 19 year old, why should we go through so much? Why must this society filter us and rank us into positions we try so hard to ignore?

It feels like this world has abandoned me, and I think I have hit the lowest at this very moment that I’m typing this post.

I’m not a bright student, but I have my own wits and a willingness to learn. I may not be as good compared to my genius brother, but I was hardly a disappointment to my parents. I naturally give my best in whatever I do, and have never failed my own expectations. However, this holiday gave me the biggest disappointment in my 19 years of life.

What makes it worse is that I don’t seem to feel like the people around me actually gets what I am going through. No absolutely one seems to see the severity of this entire issue in my life. I feel like I am going through all these by myself.  And you ask me, why don’t you voice it out? I would have voiced it out if I were younger and not sensible enough, but with my current maturity (not that I am matured enough), I feel like I shouldn’t add on the load on my parents, and I should not waste time telling the people who have no idea what’s going on about it because I will just bore them out and also make myself exhausted. So I bottle it all up, and here I am, feeling sickish, and depressed.

Thankfully, my Dad seems to see the dullness in my eyes, and decided to chat with me. He did not say much, but one line was all that I needed to unload much of the weight on my shoulder.

“What’s important to Daddy is that you are doing something that you are interested and passionate in.”

That’s all I needed, Dad. That’s all that I really ever needed. Thank you.

I understand that family is what will always be behind your back, lending you support. But I want to do them proud. I can’t be the daughter who get straight As all the time, I can’t be the daughter that’s presented awards on stage, I can’t be the daughter whose fame makes them smile, but at least I don’t want to become a daughter who makes them doubt whether they had went wrong way in the journey of my upbringing.

Without knowing what to do now, I’m just praying and keeping my hopes alive. I’m not a religious person, but I feel that my current situation needs more strength than I can channel from myself.

I will be fine, I always do, eventually.
But this time I don’t only want to be “fine”, I want to be feeling “great”.

XOXO,
Iris

APRIL MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Hey there!

I can’t believe it’s time to do another monthly favourites again, because it means I only have about 3 months left before my hectic academic life starts again… Oh well, I shall not think about it and enjoy my holiday as it is first, because #YOLO!!

SO! This April’s favourites will be split into 4 sections, namely “Skincare”, “Makeup”, “Fashion” and “Random”.

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Skincare Favourites:

1. Avene Thermal Spring Water
I know I’m a little slow in this, but I only got obsessed with this mist in the past month despite hearing soooo many raves about it throughout the years. Initially I was a little skeptical because afterall, it’s just normal water right? How much difference can spring water and normal water have? Well, let me tell you that I don’t know why, but this thing really works. My skin was having some trouble due to the stupid hot weather here in Singapore, and even though I wasn’t breaking out, my skin just felt rougher than before and there are dry, red patches around my nose, forehead and chin. I was pretty annoyed because my base makeup did not sit as nicely as before. However after using this product, I felt like my skin has soothed down a lot, and it felt more hydrated and less irritable. In addition, this is a good before & after makeup spray because it helps the makeup to adhere better and also hydrate your skin even with the layers of products on. In conclusion, I’m sure this is going to be a permanent staple in my skincare routine from now on!

2. Bath & Body Works Golden Magnolia Sun Fine Fragrance Body Mist
I got this while shopping with Char & Esmay for a friend’s present. I always wanted a BNBW fragrance body mist, but never got one because there were just tooooo many varieties in the store I cannot make up my mind and da BF definitely cannot let me waste 1H in the store picking up a suitable fragrance. However with my girlfriends, it was a different story because we literally took almost more than an hour in the store just going crazy over every single product! I think I tried out almost all the fragrances available in the store to be honest, and by the end of the day my nose was sooo clogged up. I wished they had those little jars of coffee beans in the store to kill the multiple scents lingering in my nose. Anyway, I was not very keen in any scents despite the wide varieties available. They were just too sweet, too strong or too musky for my liking. In the end I just settled for this Golden Magnolia Sun scent which I was not exactly loving, but the scent was not too offensive and I was okay with it. (You know, girls have this time when they just need to spend money on stuff they don’t really like/need, yeah?) However, when I got home and sprayed this on my skin, I was really surprised! It smells so much better on my skin than that strip of paper they gave me in the store, and this mist lasted longer than I had expected! I like how the caramel and vanilla scents worked well with the peony and magnolia scents! It feels very summery to me, and the bottle is PINK, what is there not to love? All in all, I find this a great summer scent for the days when I feel active and extremely cheerful!

3. LALINE Ocean Handcream
I’ve mentioned this product in my previous post before, but I have been using it dutifully for the past month and it deserves a spot in my monthly favourites! I just really like the consistency of this handcream as well as the subtle scent it gives. My Mom hates it when I put on strong body/hand creams at night because the scent lingers in the aircon room and irritates her nose. However, with this Laline handcream, the scent is so subtle that she does not even realize I had on a scented handcream. It feels personal because only I can smell it from my hands hehe. Plus, this handcream has really kept my hands feeling moisturized and cured those dry patches near my cuticles which I cannot stop picking at. Definitely wished I had purchased more of this than the Laline body mist. Oh well!

4. SK-II Signature Eye Cream
I’ve had this for awhile, and never really used it because the first time I tried, it gave me oil bumps around my eyes and I was freaked out. I recently rediscovered this, and decided to use it in tiny amount, and it worked brilliantly! In my opinion this eye cream is seriously rich, and hence a little goes a long way! I did not really see any improvements in my dark eye circles, but that is probably because of my unhealthy lifestyle (3am bedtime,

Makeup Favourites:

1. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette

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Beautifully captured with my Samsung S5 Camera

I purchased this 32 colors eyeshadow palette in NATURAL from a Carouseller who sells many makeup instocks at a more reasonable price than Watsons/SASA roadshows. For $9.90 I was not expecting much from this palette, especially since its from e.l.f., which is famous for their hit & miss products. I was actually going to skip this palette because of its natural shades, as I already have both the NAKED 1 & 2 palettes as well as The Balm Nude ‘tude palette but gave in because of its price. Thankfully, the pigmentation of this palette is slightly better than average, and despite some chalky shades, the rest of the colors were beautiful and applied evenly! In addition the palette has a fair share of matte and shimmer shades, and the colors compliment each other on the eyes. The palette definitely performed beyond my expectations, and I find myself reaching for it a lot when I feel like doing a natural eye makeup. For days when I prefer a pop of color on my eyes, I use the Too Faced “A few of my favourite things” palette which my boyfriend got for me last christmas! With these 2 palettes, i can do any looks that i want 🙂

2. ASA Korean False Eyelashes DS20

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After watching one of the episodes of Get It Beauty! (Korean’s version of 女人我最大)where the makeup artist revealed that all actresses, even Jung Ji HYun in “You who came from the stars”, can never give up their false lashes, I decided that it was time I venture into the false lashes dimension. The Koreans make false lashes look sooooo natural and pretty, I just had to try!

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Not only is her eyeliner near to invisible, I just cannot believe she is wearing false lashes too!

So I searched for an identical lash design as what the makup artist in the episode showed, and cut the lashes up as he had instructed (that’s why you see the first pair of lashes appeared shorter than the rest in the image above). I realized that using only sections of the lashes greatly increased the ease of its application, and gave a more natural appearance. I do not like to have the false strands appearing longer than my own lashes, as my main intention is to create volume not length, hence i trim down the lash tips to reduce its length. I find that it looks even more natural like this. I don’t use the lashes often because application is quite troublesome, but on days whereby I do not need to rush to head out, I like to feel a little more dolled up.

3. Darkness Eyelash & Double eyelid glue
I needed an eyelash glue as the lash glue that came with my false lashes could not be shipped over via normal air, so i went to SASA and randomly picked up an eyelash glue without reading the description. I did not realize that this is a double duty glue, and can be used as an double eyelid glue as well. I have natural double eyelids so I only used this as an eyelash glue. I find that it performs as well as the ever so famous ARDELL lash glue, and turns transparent when dried. I only wished it came with a brush applicator or something so that I can apply it on the lashes easily. Nonetheless since it is the only eyelash glue I own for the moment, I have been reaching for it alot in the past month!

4. CATRICE Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish in Mission PINKpossible

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Lip lacquers are all the hype now, and several brands ranging from YSL to Etude house have introduced such similar lip products. I had always wanted to try Clio’s Lipnicure, but never got around buying it because of the mixed reviews on the net saying that it was extremely drying and uncomfortable. The Etude House color lips fit lipstick did not appeal to me because of its powdery finish when dried. So when I was shopping in Guardian, scanning the Catrice shelve from top to bottom, I saw these lip polishes and immediately grabbed the hot pink shade and headed to the cashier. I did not bother to google for reviews because after trying so many Catrice products, the brand has built up a sense of trust in me as Catrice has never disappointed me in the aspect of their products’ quality. My trust did not go to vain because this lip polish is not only superrrr pigmented, it is moisturizing and lightweight, long lasting and also wallet-friendly!! These were only $9.90 per tube, and even though I wished they made the packaging a bit more glamorous, the applicator is really good at precise application. The finish is glossy, which was right up my alley, and a matte look can be achieved by removing the surface of the lip polish. What is left behind is a beautiful matte hot pink stain, which I adore as well. My braces do not really like this lip polish though, as I must be really careful to prevent the lip polish from coming in contact with my braces. It seriously stains my braces in a hot pink shade, and that is a big problem especially for my ceramic braces. Removal for this product is a little troublesome as a oil based makeup remover is needed (I use the Loreal Eye & Lip makeup remover). I am currently planning to purchase another shade “Jen & Berry’s”, as I need a more natural shade for days when I don’t feel like wearing such a bright lip color.
(Swatches available below, along with swatches fro the color sensational lipstick)5. MAYBELLINE Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in Hot Pink

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Another really bright and bold lip color, I have been using this lippie for the gradient lip effect. Because it is super bright and pigmented, I apply this in the middle of my lips and sheer it out towards the edges of my lips, and the result is beautiful and girly.
Here are some swatches of the lip polish and this lipstick!
(L – R: Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in Hot Pink, Catrice Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish in Mission PINKpossible)

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6. Beauty Blender Pro

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If you are wondering what that black round thing is from the first picture, it is my beloved Beauty Blender Pro Sponge. I had always wanted to get the original pink Beauty Blender, but held back because of its price tag. I do not know what got into me for the past month, but I finally went out and purchased a duo set. I got the Pro one because i couldn’t find the original pink one sold anywhere, and I did not like the Beauty Blender Pure as it will definitely get stained like crazy. I finally understood why many people do not mind the price tag that comes with these blenders! They seriously apply my base makeup flawlessly, and gives an airbrush finish. Like mentioned above, my skin has been very irritated by the weather recently, and my base makeup emphasized those problem spots. However, using the blender helped solve this problem! I also really liked the way my base makeup is even and applied in thin layers, because it allows my actual skin to shine through and doesn’t look cakey. I use the blender with my IOPE CC cream (which did not make it to my favourites as I don’t really adore it), and managed to achieve a dewy and flawless finish. I also use it to apply primer, concealer and powder blush! It is simple actually, I JUST REALLY REALLY LOVE IT! If you haven’t gotten one, don’t hesitate, just splurge and be impressed!!

Fashion favourites:

1. Sneakers creepers

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have been wearing these kicks A LOT. They give me some extra height (not that I need one, I’m already 171cm), and are pretty comfortable to walk in. They are really light, but the only problem is that I cannot run or walk too fast in these shoes because of the extra layer(s) below. I just feel that they really add a statement to my overall outfit, and breathing even fresher air is a plus for me! HAHAHAH

2. Infinity Rope Bracelet

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This infinity bracelet is available on MARIXSTYLE ! I just like that it is simple yet adds a little statement on my wrist, and the white ropes make it easy to match my outfits!

Random favourites:

1. Meiji Matcha Latte Ice Bar

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My mom got this for me, and let me tell you IT IS SO GOD DAMN GOOD!! The matcha icecream isn’t bitter, and has small lumps of what seems like mochi in the icecream! Really good for a hot day (which is everyday), but not very cheap as it cost $7.90 for 4 sticks. But who cares, when it’s this good?

2. Harada Green Tea Sachets

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There are many health benefits in green tea, and drinking unsweetened green tea is definitely better than those bottled green teas with artificial flavourings. These sachets can be used to make hot or cold green tea, and the taste is very rich unlike those bland green teas that are served in several japanese restaurants. However, do note that these are not tea bags and do not come with the strings, and soaking the sachets in water for too long may result in a cup of overly bitter green tea! I prefer to drink these hot, and the taste encourages me to drink more water! You get 40 sachets for $3.90!

Well, this has been a really long post, and I hope I didn’t bore you out!
That is it for now!

XOXO,
Iris