Monday, August 26, 2013

new found love

I don't normally do beauty posts like this
but I recently found some fantastic products that I would love to share
so here goes!
(disclaimer: I have combi skin with the occasional dry patch around my cheek areas
and these products work for me, but I can't say the same for everyone
so please exercise caution if you are trying something new!)

Just about 3/4 months back,
I had a bout of bad skin attack.
My skin was flaring up in red itchy patches (weirdly enough at my brow area)
and it was tight and dry and flaking.
My eyelids & lips swelled occasionally,
and basically, I woke up every morning with a new red blotch somewhere on my face.
I have been pretty fortunate in the skincare department in the sense that
I seldom have breakouts or any major skin issues.
So this entire incident almost drove me mad.
I couldn't figure out what was wrong.
Was it my skincare routine (which I didn't change since I was 22)
or my makeup (nope, I didn't try anything new either)
my lifestyle? the food I ate? sudden eczema? allergies?
It got so bad that makeup couldn't cover the red patches,
I stopped eating some categories of food just to test which was the culprit,
i rotated my skincare regime to see if I could find out what was wrong.
In the end, I went to the doctors,
got a cream for the patches and took medicine to reduce the swelling.
I also changed my entire skincare regime,
swapped all my lotions and eyecreams to those for sensitive skin
and thankfully, thankfully,
it cleared up about a month later.
I still have no idea what was the cause of it all
but I am not about to try to find out.
Anyway, before I digress to 6 paragraphs later,
here are some products that I discovered post-skincare overhaul
that I totally swear by now.

L to R: Bioderma Makeup Remover//NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm//SkinFood Black Sugar Scrub Foam

I was previously using makeup remover sheets for the longest time
cos they really do the job quick and it was so convenient.
Then I ran out of them during my breakout period and the replacement ones my mum got from Taiwan
were slightly different (and making my skin worst)
so I went to Guardian hoping to buy some gel or milk makeup remover when I chanced upon this.
I read about it quite sometime back on various beauty blogs
and it was one of those items I wanted to get when I was in Paris last year
but I was skeptical about it cos it just looked like plain water
and I had no idea if it could remove eyeliner effectively.
So I got a small bottle to try and judging by the amount left in it,
you can tell that I absolutely love it.
I use it liberally with a cotton pad to remove my makeup
and it does take longer than the sheets but it works fine.
It is scentless, removes everything and the best part is,
i feel SO clean when I am done.
My skin does not feel tight or oily,
nor do I have disgusting residue stuck to my lashes
(which was what happened the last time i used a milk makeup remover, eeks)
In fact, you do not even need to double cleanse after using this
because it acts as a face cleanser as well but..I still do. Haha.
You can get this at most Guardian outlets and if you are worried,
there is this ultra small bottle they sell that you can try out first :)

Another thing that irks me is that I am super dependent on lip balms.
I use to buy 4 sticks of Vaseline at one go just to scatter them around,
1 in my travel bag, 1 in my daily bag, 1 at my makeup table, 1 in office.
And i still lose them every few weeks or so but...that is not the point.
The point is, I used to have dry lips, sometimes they flake really badly
and itch at the same time so I look like I am suffering from allergies
and only lip balm make them look better.
Then I went to Italy. And it was cold. And my Vaseline wasn't working well.
So I checked out their pharmacies
(digressing, i LOVE checking out other countries' pharmacies,
they sell so many interesting stuff there I wanna buy them all back)
and picked up this lip balm cos I have heard of NUXE
and..I was just desperate.
It is the BEST lip balm ever.
You know how it is with Vaseline? You apply it in the morning,
and again 2 hours later, once more time after lunch,
blah blah blah, probably 10 times a day?
I apply this just once in the morning...and I don't get dry lips anymore the whole day.
I am not kidding.
Granted the appearance isn't that lovely (it is this rich yellow paste)
but it smells like honey and it works damn well.
I use it as a base for my lip tints
(i can't use lipsticks, I think i might be allergic to them)
and sometimes as extra protection when I sleep in aircon
and it totally solved all my flaky lips issue.
I am not sure if it retails in SG but ION has a shop that sells NUXE products
so you can try looking for it there!

Lastly, my facial therapist has been nagging me to exfoliate my face
when I am at home more often cos she has this thing about dead skincells.
So I was looking for a good yet gentle face scrub
that won't leave my skin feeling raw and dry.
I do have the Clarasonic but the constant battery charging is pissing me off.
So I did a random google search and hit upon this blog review that raved about
Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub Foam
and I thought, okay, I like the sound of black sugar.
The thing is retailing in SG for $36SGD.
And I was wondering if I could get a more reputable brand for that amount of money
when friends went to Korea and they helped me get it for..SGD$10.
-does a happy dance-
It smells wonderful and is this thick gritty paste
that upon scrubbing, dissolves into a smooth rich cream.
I can't really describe it. You have to try it to know it.
And after rinsing it off, my skin feel much smoother,
but yet it is still soft and you don't feel like you have stripped it of a layer.
This is also THE product that ignited my faith in Korean beauty offerings.

That said, I hope the above products can solve some of the beauty woes
you have been experiencing cos they sure did for me,
and I have been nagging friends & family around me to try them out.

Now moving on..
here is a series of bunneh spam.

baby bunneh is about 2.5 months old and..he loves his supplements.

he spends a lot of his afternoon flopping around the cage
and sleeping just like that.
when I say flop, i mean he goes to his preferred corner,
and just drop down on his side suddenly with a 'plop'.
The first few times he did it, I thought he fainted.

i LOVE it when he sleeps on his side so i can laugh at his white fluffy belly.

his ears go into all sorts of weird positions when he sleeps
and this is what I call his in-built eye mask :)

he doesn't mind being stroked but he doesn't like to be carried,
nor the vacuum cleaner, nor the mop, or air planes flying by.
Oh, he lies to sleep near my thighs.
I think he treats it as a shelter. :(

I have been spending countless of hours sitting in front of his cage,
keeping him company and giving him head rubs on request.
The things you do for a bunny..sighs.

Had a random baking urge sometime the week before
and made cupcakes & tartlets.
Note to self: looks can be deceiving. HAHA.

And also because of the arrival of bunneh plus my sourcing trip,
I have not had much chance to go out to play :(
Some fuss-free outfits for lazy days.

SABINE top (missypixie)//wine shorts (F21)//clear clutch (gifted)//jelly broughs (BKK)

grey boy tee (zara)//VALDA skirt (missypixie)//shoes (zara)

swapped the neon yellow sash of FREDA dress (missypixie) for my own red belt
cos I think the combi of blue and red still rocks my socks :)

TANDRA romper (missypixie)//shoes (Charles&Keith)
I am on the lookout for printed rompers these days cos they are so easy to wear
on days you don't wanna wear a dress but still wanna look good.

I am leaving for Korea sometime in Sept so would really appreciate it
if anyone could leave a comment on food/things/places I MUST try there
or any info that could help!

much love,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

and we're burning one hell of a something //

i've been quite the homebody lately.

this, in a bid to save more money for my upcoming trip (three more weeks omggg) and also, i've been really enjoying being a lone ranger. case in point: went out on wednesday to run some company errands and thought i'd just be home in a bit but instead i grabbed myself a cuppa, finished a book, collected my printouts, had another tea break, did some shopping, browsed for over an hour in the bookstore, went home with three new reads and i felt Suuuuuuuper Happy.
 i mean, this loving me-time thing isn't new at all but these days i really wish i can shut out some things, some people, some noises... the house gets incredibly crowded on weekends and sometimes all i want to do is to run.

it may just be pms but whatever it is, i wish sometimes people can just leave me alone to do my own thang :/
and if i sound like im not easy to live with, its probably true. not gonna deny that, hahaha.

i've been also spending an insane amount of time researching on our road trip; my itinerary's currently 11 pages long and i've not even started on San Fran. hahaha. you see, i'm a really detailed planner and there's nothing i love more than lists - addresses, opening hours, entrance fees, car parks, check-in times, distances, drive times - you name it, i have it. 

and besides typing all these down in a massive word document (maps inclusive) i've also been mentally prepping my outfits for the trip. the boy has already given his stern warning for me to not overpack because we will be travelling everywhere with our bags in the boot the entire trip.... 
you see, im also quite the Snail. i carry everything everywhere with me, without which i feel insecure. 
on normal days my bag is filled with:

 2 wallets (one personal and one work)
1 card holder
1 key pouch
Samsung galaxy Note 
the occasional waterbottle/umbrella
2 packs of tissue
sometimes a pack of wet tissue too

so you hardly see me with a small bag because, oh well, HOW CAN I FIT THESE INTO A CLUTCH?!

that said, i've overpacked on quite a few trips lately, especially when its winter because LAYERING IS KEY, hahaha. it kinda drove the boy crazy especially when he found out i brought 3 pairs of boots on one particular trip. this was not including the pair of shoes i was already wearing on the plane. 
aiyahhh, one was knee high, one ended at the mid of my calves, and the other was an ankle-high pleather one. some more they were all of different colours whaaaaat. im sure you girls will understand? :) 

so this time, since its gonna be summer, i swear i'll be a good girl.
will be bringing tonnes of seperates so i can mix and match - think light chiffon tanks, printed shorts, summer dresses, rompers, maybe one or two cotton maxis... maybe one or two pieces of outerwear (maybe it'll get windy at night?) and two sets of footwear?! but now its kinda looking like i NEED a minimum of three pairs - track shoes, slippers and sandals.. for the different terrains? oh gosh, bless me.

here's a sneak peek of what (i think) my outfits are gonna look like in Cali!
easy breezy ftw.

*note to self: i NEED a fringe bag!

can't wait to pack! i lovvveeee packing. can't say the same about unpacking though.


on to other random happenings on instagram at @druggedreams -

the boy and i are now proud parents of our fluffy kid unicorn, whose gender remains a mystery //

have you gotten your piece of our faded floral bustier yet? //

new coat of polish for the month //

spending my friday nights in with my new reads. 
building up my future bookshelf, slowly but surely //

never too late for a new mantra //

staying in all weekend for this //

and as they say, travel is the only thing you buy that makes you rich. i told the boy i disagreed with that statement because books make you rich too, i said. 
then, being the cheenapiang that he is, he replied: 读万卷书, 不如行万里路. 

back to browsing travel sites - have a good week y'all!
and don't forget to shop at missypixie?!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

that was then, this is now

Please go ahead and help yourself.

enjoy this at from 8th Aug til 10th Aug only!

Now that is out of the way,
here is something we have prepared for this weekend's launch :)

i really really have a thing for stripes.
I think they are amazingly easy to wear and everytime I put on something stripe-y,
I kinda feel like Taylor Swift.
MUAHAHAHAA. deluded much.

I have been slacking a little over dressing up the past week..
which is weird because it is not like I have nothing to wear.
I keep buying new stuff weekly.
Its just that...I am uninspired to mix-and-match new outfits :(

so here is something old.
in black and white because b&w is forever classic.

something new.
A tie-front floral flare dress cos I simply love how the skirt flares out.
(pssst..daisies are my next fav pattern after stripes.)

and even more old stuff from the back of the closet.

i like to match my shoes to my bag.
I can't wear black shoes and carry a nude bag.
It...irks me. :(

and randomly..

we went for birthday high tea at Ritz, which had mediterranean-themed desserts.
Too cute. But..the rest of the spread was so-so.

and still working on having healthy lunches.

Lastly, I am super distracted because I am welcoming a new addition to the family!
(Nooooooo. It is not what you think it is.)

baby bunny!!! which...YC wants to name...'BUNNEH'.
My rabbit is called 'bunneh'.
I need to do something about this :(

much love,