#MyRightMiracle

5.27.2015

I don’t know about you but I’ve always associated facial mists with the Koreans.

Since the Koreans are known for their great skin, I have always been on the lookout for a good facial mist that will 1) keep my skin hydrated, 2) not clog my pores and 3) not mess up my make-up.

Since we’re talking Korean skin, it’s no wonder we’ll naturally lean towards Korean skincare. But guess what? Sometimes, aid comes closer from home. And this time, home‐grown skincare brand, Bio‐essence has outdone itself with the new and improved Miracle Bio Water.

I attended the launch of the Bio-essence Miracle Bio Water last week to find out more about this hydrating spray product. We even got to personalise our Miracle Bio Water. Fun!

(Read on to find out how you can redeem free samples to try the goodness for yourself. Or simply click through here if you can’t wait!)

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Here’s the number 1 thing you should know about the Miracle Bio Water: it is formulated with an exceptionally low salt content. Before you brush this off as redundant, here’s the deal… salt absorbs moisture. Get it?

With a low salt content, the Miracle Bio Water will give your skin a blast of optimum hydration without drying it up. Also, a spritz of mist every now and then can be so comforting in this stifling heat!

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This is also a hydrating multitasker! It can be used on your face, hair and body – basically anywhere that needs a bit of moisturising and soothing. Plus, it can also be used over make-up. Because of its gentler, finer mist, it absorbs into my skin easily so my maquillage doesn’t get affected and appear caked up.

The trick is to hold the bottle at a distance not less than 20 cm from targeted area and spray. I especially love how it hits my skin soft and refreshing instead of an unpleasant, severe spritz.

If you’re bare-faced, pat your skin dry gently after spraying. If you have make-up on, there’s no need to pat dry after makeup since it just absorbs right in!

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Here’s my favourite part: it not only comes in a 300ml bottle, it also comes in a travel-friendly 100ml size too! I can already foresee myself breezing through airport security with the 100ml in my carry-on on my next flight out, freshening up after a workout; whipping it out of my handbag and giving myself a spritz every now and then in this stifling heat… all these while keeping a 300ml on my vanity desk on my regular skincare routine!

If you’re worried about whether it’s suitable for your skin, it is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. So yes, it’s ideal for all skin types – whoop!

Don’t just listen to me. How about you go grab one and try for yourself? All you need to do is click here to get your free 30ml travel‐size Miracle Bio Water sample!

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Didn’t think Bio-essence would keep all the goodness in just one product, right? The Miracle Bio Water range now includes the Miracle Bio Water Jelly Makeup Remover, Foamy Cleanser, Cleansing Gel (Soap Free), Cooling Sunscreen SPF 30 (For Face & Body) and Power Protect Cooling Sunscreen SPF 56 (For Face).

My favourite has got to be the Miracle Bio Water Cleansing Gel. Its soap and sulphate free formula is so gentle on my skin that it doesn’t leave it feeling too tight or completely stripped of moisture. It is also paraben, fragrance and preservative free! With 50% Miracle Bio Water, I’m getting an extra soothing dose of hydration. Exactly what I need to make sure my skin stays supple.

To find out more about the Bio-essence Miracle Bio Water and the entire Miracle Bio Water range, click here.

The Bio-essence Miracle Bio Water is available in Watsons, Guardian, Unity, NTUC Fairprice, Departmental stores (CK, OG., John Little, etc. at 100ml ($12.90), 300ml ($28.80), 100ml Twin Pack ($16.90) and 300ml Twin Pack ($29.90?! It’s $28.80 for 1!).

Skin Foods

5.25.2015

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I got seriously acquainted with skincare and make-up shortly after I turned 20.

Before that it was really just touch and go. Wear what was necessary - cleanse, moisturise, conceal - and that was it. (Missed the sun protection there, unfortunately.) 5 years later, maturity (or vanity or ageing. Depends on how you see it) and my previous job as a digital editor led me into this infinite world of beauty. So many beauty choices but only one face to try them! Decisions, decisions...

In this post, I'm going to share with you some of the products that I have been using for a while now, as well as the products I'll be trying next! Hey, one at a time! I only have one face after all.

Skincare

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I have VERY sensitive lips and I am allergic to almost every lipstick I use. Heartbreaking! While Vaseline has been a mainstay, my search for the best lip care product has been a never-ending quest. My recent lip care splurge is the IOMA Lip Lift, which I have been using morning and night. The belif UV Protector Lesports Shaking Sunscreen is another recent find from the #belifSummerYogaRetreat event I attended last Saturday. I like that its watery formula transforms into a powdery form upon application, so it doesn't feel too greasy on the skin.

The Bio-essence Miracle Bio Water is godsend in this erratic weather we've been experiencing! It can be used for face, hair and body, so I've been spritzing this multiple times throughout the day to revitalise and rehydrate my skin at the same time. More about it in an upcoming post! ;)

Base Make-Up

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On event days or special occasions, I whip out my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer to make sure my make-up stays on longer. I've been using my ZA Perfect Fit Concealer for as long as I can remember. It was my first concealer and even though it conceals dark eye circles moderately, I've tried other concealers along the way and just haven't found one that is quite like it.

On days when I feel like it, I mix it up with the Benefit Porefessional - definitely a professional in covering up pores for a mighty smooth layer! The Laneige BB Cushion is my essential. A light touch delivers an even complexion and natural-looking glow. Go heavier for buildable coverage.

These I'll be trying next! For photoshoot-ready coverage, I'd go for the VDL Lumilayer Primer and Perfecting Last Foundation. One of the brand's bestsellers, the Lumilayer Primer gives your skin the ultimate glow even before putting on make-up. I reckon you can even go about your day with just the primer itself! The Perfecting Last Foundation is a high-definition foundation - definitely good if you're going to be in front of the camera.

Eyes

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Brows, brows, brows. If I have to choose only one make-up product to keep for the rest of my life, it'll be my Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil. Actually, can I choose two? The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler expertly turns my flat lashes into fab, even without mascara! But of course for lash length and volume, you have to reach out for the Benefit roller lash and they're real! mascara. They're a deadly combo if you use them at the same time! Even more lethal if you add in the eyelash curler.

I love my Benefit they're real! push-up liner. I really do! But I had an Inglot Matte Eyeliner Gel on the side and I had to scratch that try-a-new-makeup-product itch! All I can say is, this shit is AMAZING. Ultra jet black, pigmented, long-lasting, non-smudgy, non-flaky. Shut up and take my money. Now.

Marc Jacobs does good clothes and make-up. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con Palettes are luxe beauty with great pigments. The Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes are drugstore goodies with out-of-this-world pigments.

Cheeks

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Speaking of pigments... the Sleek Blush By 3 ones are pretty insane. Use a brush that is less dense, brush on with caution, or risk looking like a clown. When I have my glasses on, I use Inglot Powder Blush 20 (I think!) and when I got my contacts on, I use the 3CE Cream Blusher in Coral Coral. Don't ask me why - the colours just match better.

Nails

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Innisfree has quite an extensive nail polish range. Not only are these Innisfree Eco Nail Colour extremely affordable, they are also durable and boast smooth application. I actually find its quality comparable to high-end brands'! A good base is the key to everything beauty. The Nails Inc Nailkale Superfood Base Coat is my weapon of choice in the nail base section.

I have weak, brittle nails so I'm going to give Kerasal Nail a go to improve nail surface integrity. I am always on the move so a quick dry top coat is the way of life. I rely on my Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (not pictured here) to enhance the shine of my coloured polishes.

I'll be sure to be back with an update on my new skin foods. But for now, these are my beauty must-haves! What about you? :)

10 Things My Man Will Never Be

5.18.2015

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We'll be ringing in our 10th year anniversary this July 23rd.

Okay, wow, give me a minute to let that seep in. That's a while considering we're still in our mid-twenties! 10 years in. There are no secret formulas to a relationship. I don't even know whether my relationship will be able to stand against the test of time. Even though there are moments when timeworn mundanity prevail over the feverish freshness of a blooming relationship, I'm glad he stayed.

And I'm glad I stayed too.

Below, 10 things my man will never be... fortunately or unfortunately. You be the judge.

1. He will never send me flowers for no reason.

He sends me flowers just before Valentine's Day (because I once told him I don't like the idea of receiving flowers on V-Day), on our anniversaries, or when I'm mad and he's out of town. I know what you're going to say... "you can't complain!" But over the course of 10 years, I've hinted to him SO. MANY. TIMES. "How nice would it be to just, you know, receive a stalk of rose out of the blue...?" He nods, then smiles, then... nothing. Le sigh.

2. He will never stop tickling or smacking me on my butt.

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It's cute for a while, but after that I just feel like strangling him. He does it all the time when he wants to get something out of me - a confession or when I sneak something out of his possession. That's called not playing fair.

3. He will never take the initiative to make plans.

On special occasions or the weekends, if you catch him making plans, it's either because I made him do it, or he made me angry, or both.

4. He will never stop buying me chocolates when I get mad.

After all these years he still thinks I am a kid who can be coaxed by chocolates and candies. (I can.)

5. He will never enjoy taking pictures for me.

And you think as my "main photographer" he is completely at peace with snapping pictures of me, right? Wrong. But to his credit, he has always been incredibly patient with me whenever I ask for a shot. I also try to make it short and sweet for him so he doesn't get exasperated. ;) Well it takes two hands to clap!

6. He will never be a traveler...

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...but he never says no to traveling with me. Because of his job, he flies around a lot. And even though he doesn't care about traveling, he knows how much I love it and always try to find time to schedule a holiday in at least once a year. Ps: Hoping London will fall into place end of the year!

7. He will never be there for me.

Because he flies on the job, he's missed a couple of the most important high/low points of my life. My LASALLE graduation, my first job, the end of my first job, my second job, the end of my second job... We could play the blaming game but hey, before we became two, we were one. Own lives to lead and own lives to own!

8. He will never stop coming up with ridiculous jokes.

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Some of those ridiculous jokes he makes are not even funny at all! But I guess you can never stop loving a man who tries hard at having a sense of humour. I also love when I make him laugh too. Not just some random laughter, but the overwhelming, laugh-out-loud laughters that have the ability to warm me up inside.

9. He will never truly understand me.

He knows when he should stop pushing the buttons, or when he could shower me with an abundance of affection. He knows what exactly I need when I'm down with lady cramps (a tummy rub and just lying by my side work wonders) or when I feel insecure inside. But he will never truly understand me.

Because I don't even understand me. How can I expect him to do that?

10. He will never be perfect.

The pursuit of perfection is a vicious, cruel thing. I have long gotten over the unrealistic ideology that love is a fairytale. While we're still searching for the best of us in each other, all I'll ever want is the boy who loved me 10 years ago and the man who still loves me 10 years on. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Signing off with the sound of the month: Safetysuit - Never Stop



x Becks


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