Jul 29, 2014

Sunflowers = Happiness? [Outfit Post]

Okay, confession time. I don't even know if these are sunflowers. I mean, some of them are blue! Anyways,

Dress: MartofChina 
Hat: No brand (from Taiwan?)
Bag: Liz Lisa
Shoes: No brand

 MartofChina contacted me the other day asking if I wanted to do a review for them. Initially, I was quite apprehensive. What I like about this site is that they told me "you can review the items you ordered solely based on your personal experience with the product. And you reserve the right not to post about an item if the quality or fit is poor." Well, if they're that confident in their stuff, I figured that I could be as well.

 I was also worried that they wouldn't have any pieces in my style for me to review. However, I was pleasantly surprised - they have a lot of stuff, everything from sexy bodycon dresses to the more cute style that I like.

Fine Quality Round Neck Floral Dress with Cutout Design

Quality: Impressive! The dress feels soft but sturdy and has an inner lining. 
It didn't fade or tear during washing.

True to Picture: Looks identical to the stock picture imo

Fit: I got this in M (I put on weight ok! Don't sue me) and it fit quite well. I would prefer it to be a little bit shorter though, maybe slightly above the knee. That should be fine if you order S.

Customer Service: Good communication, pleasant tone, and good English skills.

All in all, my experience with them has been quite good. 

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Jul 26, 2014

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Skin Care Set Review

Hi dolls! How are you all doing?

I have two more weeks before school starts (nooo!). I plan to spend most of that in the comfort of my air conditioned room hehheh.

I'll admit, I haven't been one to take good care of my skin (it takes so much time to put all those products on your face!), but I am trying my best to start now. Hopefully, when I am 50 my skin will still look all right. 

Remember my last Etude House haul? I was so happy that I got a mini sample kit as a freebie! Inside the kit were three products from their Moistfull Collagen Skin Care Collection. They looked so adorable so I couldn't resist trying them on straight away.
The three products included were:
Etude House Moistfull Collagen First Essence
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream

I’ve almost finished using all the product (sadly), so I’m here with a review!
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Skin Care Set Review

Etude House Moistfull Collagen First Essence
‘Moisturizer maintains 90% Hydrolyzed Collagen content to tighten and moisturize the complexion while strengthening skin structure to prevent aged look. Baobab Tree + Collagen combination improves dermal structure and moisture retention’

After applying this product, I felt that my skin was firmer, hydrated, and more refreshed. It doesn’t feel like those thick hydrating creams at all. In fact, I thought it was very light, sorta like the citrus feeling of an orange. This is my fave out of the three, A+!

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream
'Fight for the dryness!! Firming moisture cream with baobab tree and collagen extract improving your dermal structure leaving tight and moist skin. Baobab Tree + Collagen combination improves dermal structure and moisture retention'

Awesome! It feels a lot like the essence. I felt that my skin definitely showed improvement in firmness, hydration after applying this.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream
Eye cream moisturizes, tightens and protects the delicate eye area with Baobab Tree extract and Collagen to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve look. Baobab Tree + Collagen combination improves dermal structure and moisture retention.’

My current favorite eye cream! Usually, I tend to stay away from eye creams on hot days (which has been everyday recently) because they make me feel so oily, so much so that my glasses slide down. Miraculously, this one is both hydrating and light! It doesn't get rid of lines, but makes them a lot less visible. Great product!
Personally, I am quite skeptical the absorption rate and effectiveness of collagen skin care products.
Still, I feel that these products are excellent. They feel light-weight, hydrating, and refreshing. Aside from the collagen part, I feel that they live up to their claims.

This line gets a thumbs up from me!

It’s one of the first few things on my Korea wish list now.

Have you tried these? Thoughts?
Aany other Etude House skincare products to recommend? 
I would love to try new things from them!

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Jul 22, 2014

Simple Makeup For A Day Out ♡♡♡

Hi everyone! (。´∀`)ノ

Whee, NTU internship period has ended. While it was fun, my boyfriend and I are delighted to start our holidays. We met up today for lunch before going back to my house to play computer games. 

Since I had quite a bit of free time while waiting for him, I decided to do my makeup. It's been a while since I've done full-face makeup. When I was working I didn't have enough time in the morning. 

It feels fun to get all dolled up, but I think Singapore is too hot for makeup if you are planning on going up for too long. It just melts off ;___;
For my makeup, I decided to go for a simple, natural (as far as gal makeup goes) look. The lashes are Diamond Lash Fairy Eye on top and Dolly Wink #13 Baby Girl on the bottom. I feel that Dolly Wink #14 ( my usual go-to bottom lashes) are more natural than #14. However, it was a nice change. Ah, I love bottom lashes so much! They give the eyes a nice boost, without the hassle that comes with removing mascara < 3

My outfit for the day:
Top: Liz Lisa
Shorts: Ank Rouge
Bag: Liz Lisa
Shoes: No brand
Accessories: No Brand

Three accessories! That's a huge achievement for me. I have a really bad habit of not wearing accessories out because I'm afraid that I'll lose them (one of my kitty hairbands is still missing). I reached home with everything still in place though, nice!

I originally prepared this photo for my IG & FB, which I usually update right after I take outfit pictures. Seeing the curved border with all the sqaure ones in this post drives me INSANE.
We had Pepper Lunch for.. lunch. I love this set meal! The mash potato tastes a bit weird imo, but the steak and pasta are great for the price! Yummy~
Obligatory date selfie! We're compiling an album over the years. I wonder if people will still take selfies when we are 50. Anyway, I had a great time.

Have a good week ahead!

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Jul 20, 2014

How Social Media Affected My Self Esteem; A Blogger's Tale

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other social media platforms have become part of our daily lives. Maybe, too big a part? These days, it's not uncommon for people to pay thousands for a professionally taken profile picture. 

When so much of our lives are on social media, do "likes" impact our self esteem?

Do we base our self-worth on how people respond to us on social media? In a way, our posts are "judged" by our peers in terms of how many comments and likes we get. Facebook is the most widely used social media platform, but also the most disliked according to some surveys. Some users feel that it's like an online, never ending version of the "rush to fit in, climb to popularity" phase in high school.

For me, I don't really feel that because I'm very inactive on my personal social media accounts. I only have Facebook, and most of the time I'm stalking people rather than posting things. Anyways, I will be speaking based on my experience with my blog's social media.

Is it because I don't look good?

I don't know if any of my fellow bloggers feel this way, but in the blogging scene I think people have some sort of expectation of you to look good, or at least presentable. After all, it's somewhat like showbiz. When faced with this question, I think of it this way - I've never been very photogenic. So really, pretty much anything is an achievement for me. After all, beggars can't be choosers. I try to remind myself to take a step back and appreciate what I have. If ten people liked your photos, it's like getting ten compliments in a day. In real life, I think one compliment can brighten up one's whole day. For me, I'm really happy that the drink stall auntie was finally nice to me. She is usually super cranky, but she smiled and even said some nice things today!

It might not even be a question of looks.

Content plays a huge part in the response you get. Sometimes, I post a photo of myself that I really like, but it doesn't get as great a response as I had hoped. But instead, a "meh" photo of myself gets more likes. Look at the successful social media starlets. Sure, they are pretty. But, they have good quality content too! That's why we keeping following them, right? Even some of the gorgeous, popular Youtube stars of the past have started to fade because of inconsistent or less interesting content.

Haha anyway, that's enough thinking for now. Gonna go online shopping now, mwaha.
To conclude:
In my opinion, social media can be toxic, if we let it be.

What are your thoughts about this social media boom? 
Love it or hate it? 

Let me know in the comments~

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Jul 19, 2014

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips Review & Swatches

Hello! I promised to do a review for these, so here they are!
As part of my Etude House haul I posted earlier, I bought four of the Rosy Tint Lips. I know it's a typography thing, but the fact that the 't' in 'tint' is not capitalized drives me insane! Love the packaging though. Then again, I love everything floral so...
These are drier than lipsticks, but much more long-lasting. The colours are buildable and do not emphasize lip lines. Many people use these for gradient lips!
Swatches for you~
So far my experience with these has been great!

Have you tried Etude House Rosy Tint Lips before? What are your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments!

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