JULY X I’M 20

Hey there,

If you are wondering why my title says “CRAZY JULY” as if the month is already over, let me explain. I understand that it’s only the 21ST of July, but to me it feels like I’m at the 30th already. It’s because these 21 days have been so hectic and eventful, and also because I’m spending it like I will never get another July again.

I mean, come on, university life is around the corner, and I’m getting seriously damn panicky and anxious. I just want to grab onto any remaining time I have right now, so I’m like squeezing all the activities and gatherings all in this month and I feel like I’m missing some “ME time” already. But it’s okay, I assume I can spend quality time with myself (& my books) when the school term starts.

From the very start of July, I went to RWS to visit the trick eye museum, adventure cove as well as USS! My very own kind of excursion, and that made me a very happy girl.

(Pictures heavy)

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Is NTU as cool as Hogwarts?

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Experience the life of Yi & Kia.

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#dacorner

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Trying my best to not lose those turn outs.

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I would have done a pirouette on the ball if not for the fear of becoming paralyze.

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I miss ballet

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Doing what i do best #kidding

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Experiencing the life of Locklock.

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I look wayyy too happy for this. LOL

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Excuse that plastic bag at the side, it contains my fave vegan chips 😀

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DUMBO!!

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I didn’t feel like getting up.

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Balancing me on 1 finger

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Alice in Wonderland #mydream

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TIP: Flowy tops are not meant for Trick Eye Museum.

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Am i helping him down or is he helping me up?

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Many thanks to the kind staffs who helped us take photos so that we could both be in the shots.

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#mrprincecharming riding a white… BABY?!

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#nipplefetish

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Cause I’m kissing his abs and they were cold & hard

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Yeah, this is my boyfriend

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Those eyes…

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#bucketlist

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TIP: Please do not attempt this if you have a poor back. After this shot I was in crazy pain & panicked, but could not push myself to sit up. If the boyfriend came to help me any later, I think I would’ve severely injured my back. Thinking about this still makes me flinch.

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This feels WAYYYY more painful than it appears. I finally understood why the RM members always scream in pain sitting on a cone.

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The shot that da boyfriend was most enthu about.

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You lift me up!!!!…

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#swagwolf

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#paintmelikeyourfrenchgirls

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My sons

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EXCUSE ME….

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That boy looks too happy for this.

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TIP: Please cleanse your eyes after reading this post.

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HALLELUJAH!

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kajimaaaaa..

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Am I your type of dish? 🙂

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I really didn’t know my arm was not in the right position..

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Off to USS!

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#selfierodftw

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I was really nervous otw to adventure cove tbh.

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Tbh, snorkeling was NO fun! The mask was too big for my faise, so all the salt water went into the mask and filled up the nose area, and whenever I accidentally breathed through my nose I had a whole load of salt water entering my respiratory system which causes my throat to hurt and I became extremely panicky.. I think I only saw the fishes for like 10sec before all of the above happened. But I refused to raise my hand for help despite all these plus a over sized life jacket which was throwing my head into the water and lifting my legs in the air.. Thank God da boyfriend held on to me tight… I thought I would never see the sky again LOL

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The calm before the storm.

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I wish they were mine to own.

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Need to be rounder.

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#swag01

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#swag02

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#swag03

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#swag04 I don’t wear shades to block sun, I wear shades when I have no makeup.

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I celebrated my 20th birthday with the boyfriend, and what I remembered the most fondly was the midnight surprise, and the many small surprises you gave me throughout the day (balloon, lock, etc..) Thanks so much Bubu ❤

There are many places and situations that make me feel insecure or uncomfortable, but when I’m with you, I have no fears. Even though we bicker (especially on days when the sun is hot like…), I like how we always end up giving in to each other, apologizing and continuing the day as if nothing had happened. Many things will change or has started changing, because of my new university life, but don’t you worry baby, everything will be settled down soon enough and it will be like nothing has ever changed.  🙂

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#mysignaturefaise

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Birthday churros!

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#BIRTHDAYOOTD

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Reminds me of WGM!

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Thanks Bubu!

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My midnight surprise !!

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Yes, my fave fur friends were at my party too!

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Loving my balloon 😀

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That’s all for now! A little overdued, but at least I managed to put them up now!

XOXO,
Iris

JUNE FAVOURITES

Hey there,

The month of June has been quite an eventful month for me with lots of new experiences. I guess I’ve been trying to cram in as much activities as possible this month because I finally felt that the start of my University life is drawing near. From July onwards I will have to go into full swing preparation for school & hostel, and I will officially be an undergraduate starting from August. Time is flying so fast, and I’m being thrown into sort of a panicky state right now. All the freshmen, tell me I’m not alone, please?

That aside, let’s jump right into my monthly favorites for June!

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(From Left to Right)

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1. IOPE Air Cushion XP Compact SPF50+/PA+++

Yes guys, this air cushion has finally made its way to my favorites! I got this back in early March, and didn’t really like it because it felt sticky and too dewy on my skin. For some reason I found it extremely uncomfortable when I wear this under the sun because the sweat made the foundation feel even more sticky and creamy on my face.

However, after almost 4 months of trying this product out, I can finally say that I’m in love with it!

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I really enjoy how convenient it is to use, and in addition I really love the simple yet beautiful packaging. I no longer find this foundation sticky on my skin, and the only trick I used was to forget about the sponge that came with the compact, and substitute it with the almighty beauty blender instead. My gosh, the beauty blender makes such a HUGE difference to the overall finish! By using the beauty blender wet, I can now apply the foundation in sheer layers, which makes it look very natural and less dewy!

In addition, I finish the look with the Innisfree sebum control powder which helps to remove the stickiness as well as improve the oil control of the overall base makeup. The air cushion really does help in evening out the complexion, and brings a brightening effect (not whitening!!) to the face, giving a radiant and refreshed glow.

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Mine is in the shade N21

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Close up on the cushion!

The shade may appear a little dark, but when applied on skin, it is actually quite fair and blends well with my skin tone.

2. Illamasqua Powder Blushed in Unrequited

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CAN YOU HEAR MY HEAR SHATTERING?!?!?
Ok, I bought this online and when it shattered on the way to me and I received a bubblewrapped package filled with pink powder. The moment I opened up the parcel, I mumbled a “FML” to myself. I requested for a refund and got my money back, but I couldn’t bear to throw this beautiful thing away.

So I decided to try to fix my shattered blush, but for some reason, mine doesn’t turn out the way its supposed to, as shown in the youtube tutorials. I have no idea where I went wrong! I even went out to purchase a rubbing alcohol but for some reason everytime the blush dries, it starts cracking and I always end up with a cracked but in place(?) blush. This is the end result after 2 attempts, and I decided I should experiment no more because I have wasted enough of the product. I was thinking maybe i should just make it into a loose powder blusher, but I have no proper container to store them. Such a bummer, really.

Nonetheless, the damage did not stop the blusher from giving me beautiful cheeks, and I am still happy for I get to use such high quality and beautiful blush at the price of $0.

3. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX You & Face Blusher 09 Cinnamon Dream

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This is my go to bronzer for almost a year now, and besides the adorable packaging, I like the blendability of the powder as well as the micro shimmers in it.

For the past month, when I feel like going light with my makeup, all I use is my air cushion foundation, my illamasqua blush, an eyebrown pencil and this “bronzer” to contour my nose. Despite looking pretty dark in the photo, this shade transfers really subtle on my skin, and is barely noticeable. But that’s what I like about it, because I find most bronzers too dark for me and appear unnatural. With this bronzer, I can keep layering until my desired effect without worrying about it looking fake. The only downside is that the cover is coming loose from the pan. Oh well!

4. Etude House Play 101 Pencils in #7, #17, #43, #46

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These pencils come in different finishes, such as glossy, creamy, glitter etc. They are multipurpose pencils, which can be used as eyeliner, eyebrow, eyeshadow, contour, highlight, blusher, lipstick, lipliner and concealer. AWESOME ISN’T IT? The best thing is that they seriously stay put all day once they set, and does not crease or smudge or flake AT ALL. Even when used on the lips, they last pretty well through eating and drinking, and does not transfer.

I got the shades #7, #17, #43 and #46 for myself, and bought #21 as well as #41 for my Mom. #7 was supposed to be a concealer for my under eye, however I realized that when I use #7 on my undereye, it is seriously hard to blend the pencil out using fingers and you can see the pencil strokes drawn. In order to blend, I have to use a small concealer brush to gently scratch at the drawn strokes to make them blend into the skin. This can be quite a hassle and defeats the purpose of how these pencils are suppose to bring convenience. However, for some reason, #7 works really well covering any blemishes or dark spots, and can be blended out easily using the fingers. I don’t really get why there’s a drastic difference between using on the undereye and the rest of the face, to be honest.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you will know that I have been raving about these pencils for quite awhile.

I first heard of them from my favourite korean Youtuber – Pony, and finally found them on sale at Qoo10.sg! The price and shipping fee was quite expensive, but now that I’ve tried them, I feel like they are worth every penny spent! I’m sure they will arrive in the SG stores soon, but I can almost foresee that the price will definitely be higher.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the crazy shade range offered for these Play 101 Pencils?! I wish Etude House sold them in a entire set. Imagine have all the pencils placed nicely into a flat tin box as if they were old schooll color pencils. (squeals!!)

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I’m planning to purchase more shades, such as #14 (orange), #18 (purple), #37 (aqua) and #48 (dark brown). Woop woop!

My Mom and I use #17 & #21 as lipstick and blusher. I seriously love #17 as it is a purplish pink and goes well as a blusher when I use a purple lipstick. I also like to wear #17 on my lower lashline to give it a pop of color. On my Mom, #21 brightens up her face when she wears it on her lips, and make her look well rested and healthy.

#43 & #46 are my go to eyeshadow pencils, which i just draw on messily and blend out with my fingers. They are very shimmery/glittery and looks beautiful on the lids. I also use them to highlight the inner corners of my eyes as well as my brow bone.  My Mom uses #41 as her crease shadow and also to fill in her brows.

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L to R: #7, #17, #21, #41, #43, #46
5. Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in #01, #08, #10

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June is my month of eyeshadow pencils/crayons overload. Here’s another Etude house product, which is a easy to use eyeshadow stick. I got the #01 Shooting star, which is just a shimmery white color, #08 Ivory Baby star which is a peachy brown color (i don’t know where the “ivory” came from), and #10 Little Bear Star which is a shimmery brown color.

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Without flash

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With flash

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All blended out
(Top to bottom): #10 Little Bear Star, #08 Ivory Baby Stars, #01 Shooting Star

I have been hesitant to purchase these eye sticks because several reviews complained that they crease on the lids and does not last long. However, my experience is completely different. Even though after hours, the eye sticks still feel creamy and blendable on my lids, they do not crease or fade, provided that you do not touch them. Being a contact lenses wearer since Primary 3, I have gotten used to not touching or rubbing my eye region for the entire day in fear that eyelashes or makeup may get into my eyes which hurts like hell by the way. So that may be one of the reason why most eye makeup last on me. Oh in addition my eyelids are slightly oily. I use these eyesticks instead of the Play 101 pencils when I don’t feel like being overly precise with my application, or when I want to wear an extremely shimmery eye makeup.

6. Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in 01 Vanilla Sky

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Before you start suspecting whether I’m an eyeshadow pencil/crayon addict, I have to defend for myself by saying that I was kind of pressured into purchasing this. I was at the road show for BHG when 3 sales assistant aunties flocked over to surround me and started hardcore promoting activities. They started showing me testers and demonstrating the products on my/their hands, and even proceeded to help me hold (snatch..*cough*) my bag and drink so that I can try out the products. I really did not find anything that had appealed to me, but they kept talking and didn’t let me go. In the end I just grabbed this jumbo pencil that was infront of me and told them that “ok ok I’m going to get this.” Despite it being a “sales roadshow”, this cost $13.90 (if i’m not wrong), which could have bought be 2 more etudehouse play 101 pencils. I was in the state of regret when I handed my money over to the cashier, with one of the sales assistant aunties still beside me making sure I made the purchase. I suppose commission really is a strong motivating factor for the sales people.
Anyways, I finally had time (and space) to check online for reviews, and realized that many people love this pencil. (PHEW!) It turns out that I am now one of the people who regard this eyeshadow pencil as one of my HG product. This thing is awesome as an inner corner highlight as well as browbone highlight, and I even use it on my nose bridge sometimes. It stays put all day long, no matter how oily your face is, and does not budge until you decide to remove with makeup remover. This works really well even on my waterline.

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With Flash: Blended / Single stroke

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Without Flash: Blended / Single Stroke

7. Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Brown

I don’t think I need to say much about this. I haven’t met one person who didn’t like this eyeliner. I bought this on impulse during watsons member sales. I have been wanting a brown liquid eyeliner for a long time, and this dollywink one works just right for me. It does not smudge or transfer, and is easy to draw thanks to its super fine tip. I find that it is really easy to wing out the eyeliner using this. Another HG product for me!!

8. NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Penny Arcade

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I have Huisan to thanks for this, for if not for her, I would not have been to the Shiseido warehouse sales, and I will never discover my love for NARS lipglosses. I have made myself clear that I am not a lipgloss kind of girl, but this is an exception. Penny Arcade has a really thick formula, and goes on like a liquid lipstick, pigmented and glossy. It is not excessively stick (mac lipglass…), and last well on the lips unless I eat or drink. I actually did not see much that I liked at the Shiseido warehouse sales, and I also had a hard time trying to squeeze my way to the front of the NARS counter to see what’s available. I actually intended to get some of NARS concealer, eyeshadow or lip crayons (cough), but the crowd was so crazy I can barely see anything. In the end I saw a girl waving a tester of this lipgloss, and it look decent enough to work on my skin tone. If it doesn’t, I can pass it to my Mom as this seems to be her kind of color as well. So I just pointed to the tester and requested that the sales person pass a new piece to me because I can barely reach the counter. If i’m not wrong, the price for this is $37 under the NARS Andy Warhol Holiday 2012 Collection, and I got it at the sales for I think $13 or $18. Such a steal! The applicator is a small tiny brush which needs some getting use to for someone who is used to see lipglosses with doefoot applicators. After some experimenting, I found that placing the wand vertically and using the brush by its length inside of its tip helps to provide an even application. A little really goes a long way due to its thick and pigmented consistency, and it leaves a beautiful stain after it wears off.
I’m planning to get myself another one in Norma for my birthday! (hehe)9. Cosmetica Rounded Blending Brush


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I have been looking for a rounded fluffy blending brush as well as a pencil brush, but I could not find the latter. I bought this from the cosmetica counter at Guardian in Vivocity for about $7.90. Super cheap, and works pretty decently! I use this along with the Face Shop ME:EX Blusher in Cinnamon Dream which I use as a nose contour, and it blends out the contour naturally. It does not blend the eyeshadow sticks/cream eyeshadows well, and the bristle will tend to stick to the cream eyeshadows which result in shedding. So I only use this with powder products.

10. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Previously I mentioned in my last month’s favorites post that I enjoyed using the grape peeling mask from the same brand. I still use the peeling mask once a week to remove dirt from my skin. In addition, I added this mint masque to my weekly skin care routine, and use it once a week too. This masque is suppose to dry up pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarge pores. I don’t really break out much recently, so I don’t know how it will work for drying up acne. However, it really does work at reducing blackheads and shrinking enlarge pores. There is a tightening sensation after washing away the masque, and my skin feels super smooth after using it. The tightening effect is definitely temporary, but with prolong use I’m sure it will make some permanent different in the skin texture. No wonder so many people adore this!

I know it’s been a long post with sooo many pictures. My bad, I have a tendency to keep writing when it comes to things I like. If you stayed and read till this part, YOU ARE AWESOME! ❤

That’s it for now, guys!

XOXO,
Iris

P.S. Do you like my new banner? 😀

BRACES 3RD & 4TH MONTHS UPDATE

Hey there,

I finally got about writing my braces update post! Whoop whoop! I know I’m pretty late on this, but nonetheless, here it is!

There hasn’t been a drastic change other than having more gaps between my teeth thanks to the extra space left behind from the extraction site. These gaps have been causing some problems for me, such as food getting stuck in between or food falling out of my mouth uncontrollably. (sulks)

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SMILE!

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1st Month – Pink rubber bands, 2nd Month – Purple rubber bands (not shown here), 3rd Month – Light blue rubber bands, 4th Month – Purple rubber bands again!

I actually wanted to take a pastel pink color rubber bands for the 4th month, but half way through the appointment they realized they did not have sufficient bands in that shade, so they asked me if I would like to change to purple or finish up the remaining ones with purple bands. I pictured myself with pink bands on the front teeth and purple bands at the back, and decided I had better not because I’m going to meet many new people this month (orientation :3) and I would rather not draw any extra attention to my mouth by having multi-color bands.

The light blue bands during the 3rd month were beautiful, but they put so much emphasis on my teeth everytime I talk because the light blue appears slightly white, which was not an effect I was going for. By the end of the month, the light blue bands have turned yellow completely as lighter colors are more prone to staining. Sigh..

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Bottom Row
For the bottom rows during these few months, I suppose the main focus is to cover up the gap at the extraction site. During the 3rd month I had addition chains of bands overlapping my back few teeth, and for the 4th month I finally had on some power chains only on the left side of my mouth.

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3rd Month’s overlapping chain

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4th Month’s power chain on the left

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Bent metal (?)
I have no idea why the metal on the right is bent, but I hope it will not affect or slow down the shifting process. During the 3rd month I had to bear with the pain of the extra extending metal hooking onto the back of my cheek. I even grew a super huge ulcer that made a whole area of by gum white. As usual, I was too lazy so I tolerated the pain and managed to wait until my 4th month’s appointment to get them cut off. However, being absent minded, I actually forgot to request during the appointment and left the clinic with the wires still hooking my back cheek. After i remembered, my mom made me go back to the clinic and request for the dentist to cut the extra metal off for me. It was quite embarrassing, knowing that there was a long queue at the dental clinic and yet I had to hold up the queue because of my forgetfulness. But oh well, at least I am no longer in pain now. (wide grin) By the way, the power chains HURT LIKE HELL!!! But the pain only lasted for two to three days, and thankfully the dentist only put them on for the left side so I could chew on the right. I’m happy that it hurts, because that means its working!

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Everytime I brushed my teeth, I would realize that the 2nd last teeth in the bottom row have been tilting inwards more and more. Sometimes I feel like its been jamming against my tongue quite a bit, and I have never felt this before. I have no idea if this was supposed to happen, but I trust that my dentist knows what he’s doing.

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Top Row
I feel like even the top row’s curve has become narrower, comparing the 4th month’s to the 1st month’s. This is probably because the back teeth are tilting inwards more than before as well.

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Besides the leftover extraction gaps, the other teeth towards the front are gapping as well. The 4th month’s one is actually even more obvious. I hope the dentist will decide to start shifting the front two teeth inwards as soon as possible and start closing all these gaps.
See what I meant? These burdensome gaps.. But with gaps, my front teeth can shift back! Woop!

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4th month’s gap

Oh, and something funny happened during my 4th month’s visit. I received a call a week before the appointment, telling me that the dentist is away on 24th (my actual appointment date), so I had to reschedule my appointment. I was told that there was a slot for me on 26th June 11am. So on 26th, I happily went down to the dental clinic thinking that I can finally get those pricky metals out of my ulcer, but got a huge shock when I was told by the receptionist that the dentist is still on leave today and I must have gotten the wrong date. I was quite pissed with the receptionist because she immediately pushed all the blame to me, saying that it MUST BE my mistake, and never once apologized for my inconvenience. How can she be so sure it was MY fault, and not hers, as she was the caller who contacted me? I guess people are just so afraid to take responsibilities for the mistakes they caused, and the most convenient way is to push the blame. I was so mad at her I could not utter a word back to defend myself. I just checked when was the right appointment date (which was the next day..), and stomped out of the clinic in silence before I called my Mom and complain about this shit service.

The best thing is, the next day when the dentist is around, this receptionist girl had a completely 360 degree different attitude than before. I suppose the dentist had instructed them to have good customer service, and so she had to put up a show when the dentist is around, but when he’s not, she forgets all bout providing customer service and resumes to her rude and cowardly self. Thinking back makes me mad again. Urghhh.

Alright, that’s it for now!

XOXO,
Iris