Friday, August 22, 2014

LOVE, ANGELINE MAGICAL ROMANCE 2.0

REVIEW
*This product was provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Hello everyone! It's time for a long overdue update on Nails Talk!

I'm pretty excited about today's post for two reasons; first, the brand that's being featured today is new to Nails Talk and second, it's a limited edition polish that's exclusive to my favorite nail polish web store, Mei Mei's Signatures.
Love, Angeline is an artisan indie brand started by owner/creator, Natosha, from the United States. Other than offering uniquely blended 5-Free & Cruelty-Free nail lacquer,  she has a new new product line, Stuck on Love, that offers hand-designed nail vinyl stencils and decals for your nail art needs.

With the introduction, let us now move on to the review!
Magical Romance 2.0 is a beautiful lavender polish with gold and lavender flakies, green shimmer and gold holo dust. Of late, I've been leaning towards pastel colors like this instead of the usual dark and vampy colors so I was ecstatic when this beauty arrived. 
What I love about Magical Romance 2.0 apart from the beautiful color is the amazing formula. Application was smooth and it dried quickly too. Two coats was all it took to reach opacity so coverage was nice too.   
Magical Romance 2.0 is a Mei Mei's Signatures' exclusive and only 40 bottles (numbered) are available. 
Magical Romance 2.0 is already available on Mei Mei's Signatures, so pop over and get a bottle of this beauty before it's sold out. I promise, you won't regret getting this!

Meantime, don't forget to follow both Mei Mei's Signatures and Love, Angeline on their respective Facebook and Instagram accounts to get the latest dips on new colors, collections and promotions.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello August

"Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year -
it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul."

Hello, hello everyone!

Back for a quick update before I get ready for bed. Been meaning to share this wallpaper which I created for August but somehow, many other stuff got in the way and I only found time to share with you guys now. Better than late, that's my consolation. 

This wallpaper has got to be one of my favorite among all the designs I had created this year. The colors, and my favorite wax flowers. With this floral arrangement, I was also playing with a color combination which I had not tried and looking at it somehow fills me with a calming sense. 

Hopefully this wallpaper will fill you with peace, love and joy for the rest of August. 

Go ahead and share it with your family, friends and anyone else who you thinks needs a smile, as long as it's credited back to this humble space of mine.

Till the next, have an amazing week ahead!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ALIVE MUSEUM SINGAPORE

Hello everyone! Can't believe that almost 7.5 of 2014 is over and Christmas will be here before we know it! 

So, August got on a crazy start cause of work but now that the event's over, everything starting to go back to normal. On a side note, I've fully recover after getting the all clear from the doctor. And that means I can eat normally again! Double happiness! 

Met up with Trisha last week for a dinner at Din Tai Feng where we stuffed ourselves with Xiao Long Baos, Fried Rice with Pork Chop and my all time favorite, Prawn Pancake. 

Tummies filled and it was off to Alive Museum for an evening of fun!


For those who have not heard about it, Alive Museum, Korea's first and original 3D visual illusion museum has landed in our sunny island, at Suntec City Mall. It's the biggest 3D illusionary museum in Singapore offering a sensory experience that tricks one's visual, physical and environmental perceptions, bringing fantasy to reality. 

So, what's this 3D illusionary concept all about? It's an entertainment concept where the use clever painting, shading and drawing techniques are used to make 2D photos alive from a particular perspective. This allows viewers to feel as if a picture is three-dimensional.

We were there on a Thursday evening, and thankfully, there wasn't a crowd. If you are to visit Alive Museum on a weekend, try to go in the morning to avoid the weekend crowd. I'm sure you wouldn't want to jostle with the crowd or wait in line for a long time for photo-taking.

Ticket prices are S$25.00 for adults and S$20.00 for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Purchase your tickets online and get a 20% discount with the promotion code "aliveopen".
There's currently a promotion till 30 September 2014 - like Alive Museum on Facebook and get a free meal at Burger King Suntec with the purchase of a full-priced ticket.

Opening hours are daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm (last admission at 9.00pm).
For those like me, who are experiencing 3D entertainment attractions for the first time and are worried about not knowing where to position yourself, fret not. Just look out for the photo and pose points on the floor.

The best way to enjoy the Alive Museum experience is to have fun! Go ahead and try different poses, it doesn't matter if they seem a tad crazy, cause it's the quirkiness and fun that makes the photos Alive!

However, if you have no idea how to pose, don't worry. There are visual aids to help you (as seen in the photo above).

Best of all? There's free WIFI provided so you can upload and share your fun shots immediately on the various social media platform.

Fun fact: Did you know Trick Art was very popular during the Baroque era in the 16th century? Using 3D painting techniques, art pieces like the one above trick the eyes and stimulate our mind into seeing both illusion and reality at the same time.

Royalty for a moment; enjoying the feeling of being worshipped, by a group of heros no less.

So do you need professional cameras or special equipments to take unique photos? Absolutely not!

All you need is your mobile phone's camera or if you like, a point and shoot will suffice. Alive Museum ensures that all visitors will have a great experience by providing all the unique props required for the picture to come Alive.

Do note though that some camera flashes may be too strong and appear as a blinding spot in photographs, so avoid using flash if you can. The artworks in the museum are designed for photo-taking without the use of camera flash for best effect.
I can be a mermaid too! There's no harm in dreaming right? 
What's truly interesting about Alive Museum is that there are over 80 masterpieces, of which 9 are locally themed and unique to Singapore.
Spot my favorite superhero!
 Can you see what I see? And is that laptop from Samsung or Apple?
 So I tried to do a moonwalk but I failed, miserably.
 Do not disturb, meditation in progress.
 Love Trisha's expression in this shot!
This is one of the popular artwork; we just had to reenact that scene from Spiderman. If only it was for real.
Alive Museum's vision is that every experience should be fun and entertaining for all. In line with that, 30% of their exhibits will be switched for new ones every 12 to 18 months. On special occasions like Chinese New Year and Christmas, Alive Museum will also bring in different unique paintings and exhibits to tie in with the theme.
Two extremes here; the photo on the left was the hardest to pose, while the one on the right was the easiest.

Attire wise, I would advise you to dress comfortably, outfits that will allow you to climb all over the exhibits. For ladies, dresses are definitely a big no, no, unless you don't mind flashing at anyone.
I, too, can have gigantic angel wings. And I believe I can fly. In my dreams though. 
 What do you wish to do before you die?
 Floating in a paper boat.
Here's wonderful Trisha getting ready for her flight. A special and big thank you to this lovely girl friend of mine for being my photographer, capturing all majority (90%) of the photos in this post, carrying my bags and checking my poses. Most of all, thanks for your company and the laughter-filled and fun night.
And here's my favorite shot! The pose looked pretty easy in this photo but trust me, it isn't. I'm not going to tell you why, you will have to find out yourself.

This pretty much sums my experience at Alive Museum. The exhibits featured here are only a portion, there are many more exhibits which are not featured here. If you wish to know more, hop over to their website at http://alivemuseum.sg/ or like their Facebook page here.

Alive Museum Singapore
Location: #03-372 Suntec City Mall (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Ticket Prices: S$25 (Adults), S$20 (Children between 3-12 years old)
Operating Hours: 10.00am - 10.00pm daily (Last admission at 9.00pm)

Thank you omy.sg and Alive Museum Singapore for this wonderful experience. I will definitely be back again!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ROLLER COASTER RIDE

"God makes the best roller coasters."
~ Brandi Keeler ~

If life is indeed like a roller coaster ride, well, after an amazing ride to the top in June, it went downhill the moment July said hello. 

So, I woke up with an aching body on the first Thursday of the month, but I thought nothing of it cause I had been exercising rigorously the couple of days back. Headed to work as usual, by the time I reached my office, I was feeling feverish and my colleagues were commenting that I looked sick. Indeed, I was feeling worse as the clocked ticked by, but I didn't want to cancel a meeting that was scheduled for that afternoon, so all I did was popped two paracetamol and hoped that the fever would go off. 

By lunchtime, I was feeling in the dumps. Not only did the fever not subside, it got worse. Luckily for me, the meeting got rescheduled cause the other party couldn't make it so I decided to take the afternoon off to pay my GP a visit. 

His diagnosis was influenza, the worst form of flu. I was running a high fever when he saw me, and the body aches were so bad that I had problems walking. That night, I slept at 8.00pm.

Friday morning came, and the fever showed no sign of subsiding so the whole day was spent in bed. 

Then Saturday arrived, the day of Stefanie Sun's Keplar World Tour Concert. I was wondering if I should skipped the concert but I was feeling better so I decided to attend since I had already paid for it. 

Sunday arrived and I was feeling much better and all ready to head back to work the next day. So, imagine my horror when I woke up on Monday morning to find my face covered with rashes. That meant my medical leave was extended. My GP diagnosed the rashes as a result of the influenza and sent me home with medication for allergy and rashes. 

Woke up on Tuesday morning feeling tired and weak, but decided it was time to head back to work since my medical leave had ended. Had a hard time concentrating at work cause I was feeling feverish and the rashes were causing an itch. I had never been more thankful by the time the clock stroke 6pm. 

As the night went on, the rashes had gotten worse and the fever was back with a vengeance. By midnight I decided I had enough and made my way to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) unit of Alexandra Hospital. At that moment, all I wanted was to know what was happening to me. 

The symptons were similar to that of dengue fever but the blood test was negative. In the end, the doctor's diagnosis was drug allery. To PARACETAMOL! I was bewildered cause I had been taking paracetamol/Panadol all my life and never had this happened to me. Since that was his diagnosis, well, I took it as that and after lying in the A&E unit for close to 4 hours, I was sent home  with 3 days medical leave and medication. 

Despite taking the medication and sleeping through the whole of Wednesday, I was not getting any better. 

Woke up on Thursday to a rashes covered and swollen face, raging fever and aching body. Mummy Love was pretty worried by now and suggested that I go back to my GP, but I told her that it was better to go back to the hospital. 

The moment I alighted from the cab, I was hunched over and about to faint any time. The hospital staffs rushed over and I was put on a wheelchair, had my temperature taken (a soaring high of 39 degrees) and wheeled to the A&E ward immediately. I didn't even had to register and go through triage. This time round, a senior doctor came to see me and after asking endless questions, his initial diagnosis was a viral infection, I was seriously dehydrated and I had to be admitted. 

I thought that was the end of it but I was wrong. The doctors suspected I had contracted measles and my case was transferred to the Infectious Diseases team. I also had to be isolated because measles was contagious, at that time I no longer cared where they put it. I only wanted to recover. 

Because I was dehydrated, I was put on IV drip and I slept for 3 days, waking up only when the nurses had to take my blood pressure and for medication. There were times when I didn't even wake up for meals cause I had no appetite. 

There is no cure for measles, so the doctors could only treat me by the symptons. Thankfully, by Sunday, the fever had subsided and I felt hungry, but I was still tired and weak and I was sleeping most of the time too. 

Monday came, and I was feeling way better. The rashes on my face and body were clearing, no more fever and body aches and my appetite had returned. The senior doctor came by and informed me that I was recovering, and I found out that I had contracted measles. From where or whom, I had no idea. I was also informed that I could be discharged the next day but would have to be on hospitalization leave till 22 July 2014.

This pretty much explains my absence here and on Instagram. 

I practically slept through half of July and this had been one horrifying episode. During my stay at the hospital, there were times when I cried, especially when I saw my reflection in the mirror. I resemble a puffer fish and I'm not joking when I said that. The times when the nurses took my blood, only to have blood vessel moved before they finished and had to repeat the whole procedure again. The times when I couldn't open my eyes because they were so sensitive to light. I literally spent the first 4 days at the hospital in darkness. The times when I couldn't see properly; blurred vision and extremely dry eyes; I wondered if I would ever see clearly again. 

20 days from the first day I came down with fever, I've finally recovered, not fully though. The older generation believes that it takes about a month to fully recover so I'm almost there. 

Extremely thankful to Mummy love, and the hospital staffs (especially the nurses at Ward 8) for taking care of me during this period. Especially Mummy love. She visited me twice a day, brought me food and herbal tea, and made sure I was feeling all right before she left home. Every night I would update her about my condition to lessen her worries. 

I'm also thankful for my relatives', my close friends and colleagues' concern. Many had wanted to visit me but I forbade them to do so; I wasn't in the state to see anyone and measles are contagious, I definitely didn't want anyone to get infected, especially those who are pregnant or come into contact with children. 

Looking on the brighter side, this period allowed me to rest and catch up on sleep. Cleared my sleep debt and if there's such a thing as sleep surplus, or can store sleep, I had about 80 hours by the time I got discharged. 

Now that everything is over and I've almost recover, it's time to get back on track with life. 

As July comes to an end soon, I hope that August will be a better month, and I wish for good health and happiness for everyone. 

Till the next, stay safe and healthy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NAILS TALK: A-ENGLAND HURT NO LIVING THING & EXCALIBUR RENAISSANCE

REVIEW
*These products were provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Hello everyone! 

How's June treating you so far? Mine's been great and I hope June's treating you exceptionally well too! I'm heading off to Bangkok for a work trip in a couple of hours (thank God the national curfew in Bangkok had been lifted) and since I'm done with packing, I figured it's time for another Nails Talk update. 

Today I have swatches of two polishes from A-England that I'm pretty excited to share with you guys and I hope you will like what you are going to see. 

First up is Hurt No Living Thing, a subtle shifting polish which is described as a "delicate muted shade fluctuating between dove grey and dusty pink to suggest to be gentle and kind to all creatures".

Hurt No Living Thing is part of the Heavenly Quotes Collection and contains shimmers of grey and dusty mauve. It's fairly sheer; you can choose to wear it on its own or layer it over other colors as a special effect top coat. I chose to wear it over A-England Tristam. 
The middle finger and pinky show Tristam on its own, the index and ring fingers show Tristam with one coat of Hurt No Living Thing layered over. I LOVE how it transformed Tristam and gave it a different effect. 
Spot the shimmer in the swatch above! I'm sure it will be fun to layer it over different colors too! 

Up next is Excalibur Renaissance, the latest addition to the Mythicals Collection and is describe as a "majestic platinum silver". 
To be honest, it's my first time using a foil polish and I realized I'm not exactly a huge fan of it. You'll need a to maintain a really steady hand when applying to minimize the visibility of brush strokes and I'm sad to say that I didn't really do a such a great job. 
Formula for Excalibur Renaissance is excellent and it dries to a really metallic finish, so shiny that you won't require a top coat. You can see how reflective it is in the swatch above.
Depending on your preference, you can get off with one coat but I chose to use two coats for my swatches. 

I have to say, both Hurt No Living Thing and Excalibur Renaissance are two great additions to the A-England family. Despite not being a fan of foil polish, I'm not giving up on it. Other reviewers had mentioned that Excalibur Renaissance is an excellent base for stamping, so I'll probably use it for stamping one of these days. 

Both polishes are available on A-England's website and also that Mei Mei's Signatures. For more information on new colors and promotions, don't forget to follow them at the respective Facebook and Instagram accounts.  

Thursday, June 05, 2014

NAILS TALK: PRETTY POTS POLISH TWILIGHT REVERIE

Hello polish lovers!

Today I have a really pretty polish that's exclusive to BeautySoFly, another Singapore based retailer for nail polish. This brand's also new to Nails Talk, so I shall cut the chase and present to you, Pretty Pots Polish!


For those of you who are new to this brand, Pretty Pots Polish is an indie polish brand from Melbourne and was launched just last year. And check out the gorgeous logo!


Twilight Reverie, a BeautySoFly exclusive, is a dark purple jelly brimming with violet and fushcia  round glitters, golden stars, and lime green iridescent hexes. You can choose to wear it on its own, or use it for layering. 


I chose to do a gradient manicure using OPI Which is Witch as the base so that Twilight Reverie will stand out. I've been falling in love with purple of late and I really love this shade!


Now for the formula and application. 

No complaints about the formula, however do take note that you might need about three coats to reach opacity if you are wearing on it's own. Application was smooth but I did have some difficulty fishing the bigger glitters. This can be easily solved by giving the bottle a good shake. 

Pretty Pots Polish is available on her ETSY store and also at BeautySoFly. Follow them at their respective Facebook page and Instagram account for updates and information on new collections and colours. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

HELLO JUNE

"It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses."
~ N P Willis ~


Hello everyone!

I hope you guys got off to a great start for June, mine was amazing if not wonderful! 

I'd been counting down to June for several reasons this year:

[1] My sister and brother-in-law are back from Brazil for a short vacation. Been half a year since I last sent them off at the airport and all of us at home have been counting down to their return. Since their return on Tuesday, we've been spending as much quality time together. Feels good to finally sit down for a family dinner!

[2] My cousin and his wife-to-be will be tying the knot this Sunday! My maternal family isn't that big so it's always a great deal when it's a special occasion like that. I've always love attending weddings because of the all the love and happiness in the air. Seeing how each couple complements each other never fails to give me that soft, warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. 

[3] Work cum leisure trip! My last proper vacation was sometime in September last year (which reminds me that I've yet to blog about it. Will get round to doing it very soon, pinky promise!), so I've been looking forward to this trip for a quite a while. Though it's a short trip but it's better than none. 

[4] I'm gonna turn another year wiser! Funny how I'm actually looking forward to turning another year older. 

To celebrate this happy month, I've prepared a desktop wallpaper for you guys. Simply click on link below to download. 

I hope you will love it as much as I do and please feel free to share it with your friends or anyone you think needs a smile, as long as it credited back to this humble space of mine. 

Till the next, stay gold! xx.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GOODBYE MAY


May favourites.

The month of May had been a learning curve for me. Not only at work but life in general too. 

The sudden passing of a friend made me realised how fragile life can be. It also hit me that some friendships are not what they seem to be, and how I had wasted my time and effort on the wrong people when it could have been better spent with those who truly cares. 

Whatever it is, I'm thankful for the lessons learnt in the past two months. 

Now, I'm gonna put everything behind and look forward to an exciting June; counting down to the return of my sister and spending quality time with my loved ones!

So, bring it on June! I'm all ready for you!

Friday, May 30, 2014

NAILS TALK: PRETTY & POLISHED MA MA MA MY FIONNA

Hi guys! 

Gosh, it just came to my realisation that the last Nails Talk update was in January! I'm still very much in love with nail polishes and am still painting my nails (though as frequent). Just that most updates were done on my Instagram cause I simply didn't have the luxury of time to sit down and write a blog post. 

High time to revive Nails Talk and today I have another beauty from one of my favorite indie nail polish brand, Pretty & Polished to kick start the revival. 

Ma Ma Ma My Fionna from the "A New Equation" collection (an extension to the Adventure Time themed blends) is a light blue crelly polish packed with white, blue, green and yellow glitters to remind you of the beautiful and brave Fionna from Adventure Time. 


Swatches above show two coats of Ma Ma Ma My Fionna topped with one coat of top coat. 

Formula was great and application was easy, however I did had to fish for the bigger glitter pieces. I would recommend turning the bottle upside for a while before use. 


Polishes used:
Star Nails Base Coat
Pretty & Polished Ma Ma Ma My Fionna
Glisten & Glow HKG Top Coat

The last I checked, this is unavailable at Pretty & Polished web-store, but no worries. This and many more is available at Mei Mei's Signatures, so do pop over and take a look!

Don't forget to follow Pretty & Polished and Mei Mei's Signatures on their respective Facebook page and Instagram account for updates and info on new collections/ colors.