Our Home, Our Heart, Our Singapore

6.10.2015

An expat friend once said to me, “Singapore doesn’t feel like the real world”. It’s too clean, too safe, and too politically correct, among other things. He didn’t mean to be offensive. But it got me thinking, what’s wrong with that?

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There’s nothing wrong with being all that. Look where we are today. We are one of the world’s major commercials hubs and busiest ports, one of the highest ranked in standards of living, education, healthcare, and economic competitiveness, and one of the most diversified and globalised countries in the world.

Perhaps we do lack in some areas (perfection is a myth), but this little red dot has accomplished endeavors way beyond expectations. That is why Singapore’s Golden Jubilee is such a big milestone for us. We may be a young country, but we are wiser beyond our age. Oh my, I have a sudden urge to say that I am, truly, blessed to be a Singaporean!

So last week, I got the chance to catch a glimpse of the NDP2015 Funpack and bring one home (I know, lucky me).

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This year’s funpack comes in 50 different designs to commemorate Singapore’s 50th birthday, each designed by Singaporeans from all walks of life. This includes “designers” as young as six-year-olds, seniors from the Geylang East Home for the Aged; celebs like Vernetta Lopez and Dick Lee, as well as (real) designers from The Design Collaborative, and more.

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Being uniquely Singaporeans… we all want to find out how the funpack looks like and what goodies will be in it, right? Besides that, we also want a piece of the funpack that is to become an SG50 keepsake.

So, good news: Every household will be receiving an SG Funpack. We’re talking 1.2 million in total – woah.

There will be two types of funpacks this year – an SG Funpack and an NDP Funpack. The difference? Not much, just that the NDP Funpack will include more sustenance and interactive items to participate in the parade. All in all, the goal is to curate a meaningful funpack filled with not just contents, but memories.

Here’s what I received in my funpack…

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This year’s theme is ‘Majulah Singapura’. Other than the usual suspects (the Singapore flag, interactive items and temporary Singapore theme tattoos), you can expect to see other items that convey stories of our yesteryears. They remind me of the quirks of being a Singaporean, and that we do have an identity that we can call our own.

Can you spot the lollipop, chocolate bangle candy; pick up sticks and country erasers? A mixture of nostalgic snack and games pack will be available in every funpack, so you might receive another old-school item like haw flakes or a deck of Donkey card game.

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Remember Singa The Lion from the Kindness Movement? One of 15 commemorative figures of the Singa Lion will be included in every funpack this year. Wish I got that pilot one! But no matter, these figurines will be available for purchase at The Kindness Gallery from July onwards.

The funpack might seem like the centerpiece of our SG50 celebrations, but don’t be mistaken. There are way more exciting events happening to celebrate our nation’s Golden Jubilee together as one.

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At the media event, other than checking out the funpack designs, I also got to pen down my thank-you and well wishes for Singapore through the “Birthday Wish for Singapore” Postcards.

The “A Funpack from Me to You” Project will also allow Singaporeans to pack a funpack for another fellow Singaporean. Volunteers from VWOs such as the Association for Persons with Special Needs, as well as students from Temasek Junior College will be participating in this meaningful initiative. All in the spirit of bringing fellow country mates closer. ☺

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Born and bred in Singapore, nothing makes me prouder than to see my country grow, and to grow with my country as one. I’ll be looking forward to joining more of our SG50 celebrations!

#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? :)

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