GRADUATION 2014

Hey there,

If you’ve friends who are currently studying in tertiary institutions, you’ll probably know quite well that it’s the time for graduation ceremonies! I had mine on the 29th of May, at 6pm.. YES 6pm! Tell me, who graduates in the evening?! The sun has gone down and that explains all the poor quality photos. Such a bummer. In addition, the evening heat is crazy. I had actually planned to head down early to school to take some pictures with my friends, but by the time we arrive we were all sweaty and frustrated we just really couldn’t be bothered to find good background to take pictures. I actually brought makeup to touch up my face, but in the end I was more concerned about getting into the ceremony venue asap than how my makeup looked to be honest.

Nonetheless, it was an exciting night for me, and I was proud to be a part of Temasek Polytechnic! Seeing all the familiar faces once again, felt like going home to me. I know everyone will probably head in different directions from now on, but all I wanted was to cherish that joyous moment with the friends I love. Many thanks to everyone who came down to support me!

I always thought that when the graduates are getting ready to receive their certificate, there would be a moment where each and every one of them will flashback to the years spent in school with the friends they will never forget. However, when I was on the steps waiting for my turn to strut across the stage, my mind was blank and my heart was beating so hard I could hear it in my ears. I did not know exactly what I was doing, but as I walked towards the presenter, I just felt like the distance was really far, as if I was unable to reach him. In the end, I was too eager to reach him so I started taking big strides and extended my hand wayyy too early. Of course I didn’t realize that when I was in the moment, but after that when I looked through the video recording from the boyfriend, it was quite awkward and embarrassing. (Or maybe I was just reading too much into it) I only remember hearing Dav & Nat cheering for me, but not the words of the presenter. He probably said Congratulations or something, I guess.

My flashback moment hit me, when I was out of the limelight and exiting the stage. All the late night project rushing sessions, camwhore sessions, sleeping in lectures, debating with tutors, achievements and what nots all came rushing back to me. I just cannot believe 3 years passed by so quickly! It all felt like yesterday when I was worried about entering Temasek Polytechnic because I suck at making friends.

But it’s all over now, and I have done a good job propelling myself forward. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who have participated in this particular part of my life. In addition, I would like to thank myself for having enough determination and perseverance to survive through all of these.

Pictures time! They are not in order, and I could not fix the bad lighting and quality, sorry!

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#sluttyinrobe

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#Iwantcandid

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BF’s paparazzi shot

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Spot San & Me!

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Next up: NTU!
(Matriculation is such a hassle! But I should be thankful)XOXO,
Iris

MAY MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Hey there,

It’s that time again for another monthly favorites post. I can’t believe almost half of 2014 is gone already, it’s just insane. May ended in quite a rush for me probably because I was busy working, and June started with so much sadness..  I just hope the rest of the month can go smoothly, I won’t load you with anymore of my tear jerking story for now, so let’s move on to the items I have loved for this month, shall we?

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From Left to Right:

1. Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque
This product claims to be able to clean clogged pores, soften facial lines, soothes and tones skin.
I was eyeing this masque and the mint one that day in watsons (sold at about $12), but was unsure whether they were suitable for sensitive skin. After doing some research, I discovered that the beauty community online have been raving about these products since 81912921 years ago! I knew I had to get it, and lucky me, I found a time sales on Qoo10.sg which was having promotions for these masques and some lotions from the brand. In the end I got 3 different Queen Helene masques for a total of $15. SUCH A STEAL RIGHT!! I love peel off masques, and this one is especially easy to use and really fun to peel. I have been using this masque 2 times a week for the month of May, and although there are no significantly visible results, my skin feels really clean and fresh after using the masque, and it also feels so much softer! As someone who puts on makeup on a daily basis, I feel like this masque really does help at removing all the junk in my pores and revealing a more radiant skin. The only downside is that it has a glue-like consistency which is quite hard to spread on the face.

2. CHANEL Snowflakes Cosmetic Pouch (in Large)
Even though this is supposed to be a cosmetic pouch, I prefer to use it as a clutch for days where I don’t really need to carry much things other than my Phone and Wallet. The design is so elegant and versatile, it matches any outfit! I have this in the larger size, and hence it has so much space to hold a bunch of things. I especially love the snowflake zippers, too cute!
This item is available here

3. Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mask

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I have been using the toner from this brand, and found it to be quite good. When I stumbled upon the brand’s masks at Chinatown while shopping with Meipeng, I was really curious and wanted to try it out. It was pretty inexpensive considering the brand, and was priced at $9.90 for a box of 10. I am sure Watsons or SASA carry this too, but at a higher price. This item really did not disappoint me! The mask sheets were of high quality and adhere to the skin very well! The smell is good and the essence is really moisturizing and thick, without being runny. I can put on the mask and continue with my usual activities without having to worry that the essence will trickle down my neck or that the mask will start detaching by itself. After using the masks, my skin feels more supple and moisturized, and the dry patches around my nose and chin were all cured! The only thing about this mask is that I have a feeling it is quite intensive and hence should not be used more than once a week, in my opinion.

4. Benefit Lolli Tint

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The Pantone Color of the Year 2014 is Radiant Orchid, and that explains my craze for anything that’s pinkish purple. My favourite Korean Youtuber “So Young’s beauty room” loved the Benefit Lolli Tint and I was dying to get one for myself too. Honestly, the price for the full size tint is such a turnoff, so I got myself the sample size instead to try out the shade in case it is not suitable to my skin color whatsoever. Thankfully, the tint works out just fine with my skin tone! I prefer this as a blush more than a lip tint because my natural lips are quite pigmented and hence the tint does not show up well. I know I can conceal my lips with foundation or concealer, but I dislike the thought of consuming such chemicals. This tint last the whole day (8 hours or more) on my cheeks, and give my face a special look – Is she wearing a pink blush or a purple blush??? (Hehe)
Below is the swatch for the lolli tint.

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Top: CHANEL ROUGE COCO Hydrating Creme Lip Color #98 Bottom: Benefit Lolli tint
5. CHANEL ROUGE COCO Hydrating Creme Lip Color #98

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I got another sample size purple shade lip product to try out how it will work with my face. I love the consistency of this lipstick, as it is very creamy and moisturizing. The color payoff is awesome, and the sample size is small enough to provide better application control. The formula is not exactly long lasting, and disappears after food consumption, leaving a purplish tint on the lips. This shade goes well with the lolli tint on the cheeks, which is the makeup look I have been going to for the past few weeks.

6. Aritaum Honey Melting Tint

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I was so excited when I found this on Qoo10.sg going for 2+1 promotion! I wanted this ever since the same Korean Youtuber mentioned above exclaimed her love for these tints. I understand that Aritaum has pretty awesome products, but have never owned any cosmetics from them until now! I got myself 3 shades at a go: Strawberry Chips, Coral candy and Grapefruit Soda. I received Grapefruit Soda as the free +1 item, which was randomly distributed. Initially I was hoping to be sent a more neutral shade, but to my surprise Grapefruit Soda is the color I wore the most out of all the 3 shades! These tints are super moisturizing and glossy, and really does leave a nice bright tint on the lips. The only problem I have with these is that because the bullet itself does not have a sharp edge, I have a hard time during application as I need to be super careful and precise to prevent smudging the product out of the lip line. Shaping the cupid’s bow is a challenge with the round bullet. Nonetheless, I still love these tints because they are moisturizing, lightweight, super pigmented and glossy! I’m a bit tired of seeing dry, chapped lips which matte tints causes.
Close up and swatches available below.

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Strawberry Chips – Hot Pink shade

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Grapefruit soda – Slightly deep orange shade

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Coral Candy – Reddish Orange shade

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7. DIOR Lip Glow Color Revival Balm

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This may appear a little gross because it’s been too well loved by me. In fact, this item should be on every single monthly favourites post until I run out of it because that is exactly how awesome this item is. Many people mistaken that this item has no color whatsoever and is just merely a lip balm. This is a misconception! This lip glow adjusts its color according to the chemistry of the lips, and the result is a special shade of pink that is unique to each person. On my lips, the lip glow transforms into a sweet hot pink color that is glossy and moisturizing. It leaves a stain after the balm wears off, which ensures that your lips are never bare. Whenever I head out, I usually put on a normal bright lipstick, and layer this lip glow on after that lipstick wears off. The lip glow not only cure the dryness left behind by the previous lipstick, it also works with the lipstick stain left behind and enhances the lip color. The best thing is that I do not even need a mirror to apply this because it really is a easy and non-fussy lip product. I think when I finish my current tube (thanks boyfriend!), I will definitely get myself another one because I cannot survive without it. I have never reached for a lip product so much in my life.

8. THE FACE SHOP Aura Color Control Cream

CC creams have been all the hype recently, and many brands have been introducing their own takes on CC creams. However, I have only tried 1 CC cream so far, and that is this Aura Color Control Cream from The Face Shop. With this product, I do not see the need to try out any other CC creams because this CC cream is a perfect match to what I want in a base makeup product. This is a little embarrassing, but I have received sooooo many compliments about my skin whenever I wear this CC Cream (hehe). I find that the Beauty Blender works really well in applying this product, and it gives this really natural finish that allows my actual skin to shine through while correcting any dull complexion I might have. The oil control is pretty good! I only have to blot once out of 8 hours of wear. I do not feel like I am wearing anything on my skin when I use this CC cream. In addition, as it comes in a compact design it is travel friendly and easy to use! It has SPA30, PA++ and I wear shade #01. One tub(?) lasted me for about a year or so, because only very little amount is needed for the entire face and neck. I’m about to run out of product soon, so I’m planning to repurchase it from Qoo10.sg which sells it soooo much cheaper than in TFS stores. Really really recommend this for girls who has an overall good complexion and just want a base to provide radiance and light coverage.

9. Arm Candies

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I probably caught on the arm candies trend a tad too late, but recently I really enjoy layering these beautiful bracelets on my hand along with a watch. The only downside is that they can be quite annoying when washing hands, and I really hate the feeling when my metal watch overlaps the bracelet because I fear that the crystals will start falling out. Nonetheless, I will definitely get more soon, especially the rope ones because they can be tightened to fit my small wrists.

10. Samsung Galaxy S5 & CHANEL N°5 PARFUM mobile case

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When I first got my new phone, many people have been asking whether S5 is good. It’s been about 2 months since I first got it, and I know this is a bit too early for me to say, but S5 IS AN AWESOME PHONE!! As compared to S3, I really like how stable the system is and there’s minimal application crashing and almost no lag at all. The rear camera is awesome, as we all know. I like the front camera because of the Beauty Effect that it comes with by default, however the MP for the front camera leaves more to be desired. Nonetheless, I feel that selfies look the best when they are not so clear, yeah? (laugh)
The phone is a little big for my liking, as I have quite small hands, however there is a single-hand function whereby your entire screen will shrink to a corner and you can use your phone like usual with only one hand. I can text with one hand thanks to this function! Overall, S5 is a really functional phone with minimal gimmicks, and is more suitable for mature users who value stability over fun but unnecessary functions.
By the way, this is a little random but I am in love with my new phone case. Shoutout to da boyfriend for giving me such a pretty case! Not only is it in hot pink, but I also really like that it comes with the lanyard. While I was working at the Motherhood expo fair for AIA, I had to look after kids in the ball pool and holding my phone on my hand is quite inconvenient especially when I have to carry babies in and out of the pool. Thankfully for the lanyard, I can free my hands out for those cute little chubby toddlers (or tiny devils). Initially I was worried that the lanyard might break off or something but so far it’s been secure and reliable, phew!
Item is available here.That’s about it for now! I have to catch up with my braces post soon!

XOXO,
Iris

GOODBYE, MY FRIEND.

Dear Locklock,

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Thanks for keeping to our promise and hanging on till we got you to the vet. I know many people must’ve thought we were crazy, but you understood that I just wanted to give it my best to get you feeling well again. I don’t get why an owner who lost a dog can wail while an owner of a Betta fish cannot sob when its gone.

Our loss is equivalent, and should not be measured by the size of our passing companions. 

Even though you had to be constraint without water compounds, I never felt like we had any distance between. Humans criticize and judge, but you were always there for me 24/7 ready to listen. I remember when I first got you, you were so active and curious. You kept fighting your own reflection in the heavy round glass bowl my aunt got for you, and in the end I had to transfer you to a small square tank which no longer had those beautiful rainbow gravels that you loved.

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You never tried to jump out of the tank, and if you did, it was to snatch the food off my finger. I knew you could recognize my face because every time I come close you would act like a busybody and started stalking me within the tank. I always took a long time to wash your tank because we were busy playing hide and seek together. Thanks for all the beautiful bubble nest you built to show me, especially the heart shaped one.

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I’m sorry that I could not provide you a better environment, and lacked in any knowledge whatsoever about what is best for you. Everyone kept asking why you were so thin, and that may be why I ended up overfeeding you. If only you knew how to resist food, you would still be swimming in your cozy tank right now.

My Mom persuaded me to get another fighting fish that was more beautiful to accompany you, but you are all that I wanted. I did not want to have to split my affection to different fishes, because you were precious to me. I wished you would stay around longer, but I guess you are in a better place now with less suffering. I’m sorry for the stressful journey to the vet who stressed you out even more. No Betta fishes will ever be as beautiful as you, because you are perfect in my eyes.

I was planning to bring you along with me to the hostel, so that you and I can accompany each other in that unfamiliar place. But I guess you probably didn’t quite like that idea.

I hope you slept peacefully till the very last moment. I should’ve been there, you must have been disappointed that I was not around. The box may be small, but it is in red, just like your shade, and will be a cozy and safe place for you until you reach a better place.

I’m sorry but I love you, my friend.

RIP Sherlock (19th August 2013 – 2nd June 2014).

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When I first met you ❤
XOXO,
Iris