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. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KEEP SMILING


"Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about."
Marilyn Monroe

Blink, and it's mid April. 

A hectic schedule of back to back events and planning for upcoming overseas trip has taken up majority of my time. Whatever free time that I have now is distributed among sleep, family and friends. Though I'm busier than before, I'm enjoying it. 

April got off on a rocky start and I was thankful that I had work to keep occupied. The last two weeks had to be the unhappiest period in recent years. I have always been a cheerful person by nature, so it was a surprise to me and my closest friends when we realised how badly affected I was by what happened. 

I'm one who doesn't like my loved ones to see me upset, so I have been maintaining a strong front and putting on a false happy mask recently. It has taken a toil on me, both mentality and physically. 

After a putting myself through all this unhappiness for the two weeks, I decided that I had enough. So, after a good cry last night (I can't remember when was the last time I cried), I said a prayer and decided that I was going to let go of what wasn't meant to be. 

For the first time since April arrived, I woke up feeling happy and energised despite getting only three hours of sleep. It was like the huge stone had been lifted from my heart and I could finally breathe. I didn't have to put on any mask when I stepped out of the house earlier. Turning my face towards the sky, with the sunshine shining on my face, I finally smiled, a genuine smile from the bottom of my heart. Another first in April. 

I have no idea how certain matters will turn out in the near future but what I do know is that no matter what the outcome, be it a happy or unhappy ending, I will be able to handle it. Cause the cheerful me is finally back. 

To those who's having a hard time, remember this:

"Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them."
Steve Maraholi

They always say happiness is a journey, not a destination, so I hope that everyone is enjoying your journey. 

Till the next, have a blessed day ahead. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

A LITTLE UPDATE


Hello (to whoever is still checking out this space)!

It's been a good one month and more since this space was updated. February was a hectic month for me, way busier than any of the last of the couple of months. 

The reason for my disappearance was cause I made the decision to return to the corporate world after a year's break from it. The opportunity presented itself late last year and after much contemplation, I decided to give the corporate world another shot. It's a niche industry, one that I'd never thought I would one day stepped into, which was why I decided to give it a try. After all, it's always good to learn more, no?

Returning to the corporate world meant making changes (plenty of it) to my lifestyle. No more late nights (3.00am bed time is non existent now), waking up before the sky lights up and clocking 9 hours daily. After enjoying a year of flexible schedule meant I had some difficulty adapting to this new lifestyle. A month on, I'm quite happy to say that my body has more or less adapted to this new lifestyle, though I have to admit that my bed really seems so much more comfortable in the morning. 

Waking up at 6.00am daily meant that my energy dropped to a dangerously low level by the time I leave the office at 6.00pm. By the time I reached home, I'm all ready to wolf down dinner, shower, laze for a while and then hit the sack. 

Weekends meant sleeping in late, doing house chores, catching up on reading, yoga and attending workshops. There were times when I was tired, I literally slept the whole Sunday (just like yesterday). To some, it's a waste of time to sleep the whole day but to me, it a must. Rest is more important to me than heading on. If I don't rest, it's only a matter that I'll fall sick again and that is not what I need now. 

With this kind of schedule, it also meant that I had to sacrifice certain stuff, like blogging for instance. Much as I want to blog, my brain and body just wouldn't cooperate. And that explains my disappearance from here. 

So will I be shutting this blog? The answer is a definite NO.

Writing and blogging is still one of my passion and there are plenty of memories here that I will never bear to shut it down. 

Now that my body is more or less attuned to this new lifestyle, I'm also trying to work out a schedule where I hope I'll be able to blog at least twice a week. 

And that's the end of this quick update. Till the next, have a great evening!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

NAILS TALK: BLACK CAT LACQUER EVERGREEN AND MAGIC SPELL

Olá a todos! That's Portugese for hello everyone. 

I'm happy to present another 2 stunning thermal polishes from Black Cat Lacquer today. I'm now on a mission to collect her thermal polishes ever since I tried Poison Apple (reviewed here).

Evergreen is a vibrant shade of green when it's warm, changes to dark green when it's cold and comes with a sprinkle of holo dust. 

One unique feature of Black Cat Lacquer thermal polishes is that they are scented! For Evergreen it came with a apple cinnamon scent and I couldn't help holding my fingers near my face so that I could catch a whiff of the scent. If only all nail polishes smell so nice! #justsaying

I rarely wear green polish but I had this on for a week! Not forgetting the number of compliments I received. 

Spot the sparkle from the holo dust!

Up next is Magic Spell!
A scattered holo thermal polish, Magic Spell changes from purple (warm) to a dark purple (cold).

Shown above is how it looks when it's warm.

Transitioning from warm to cold.

Finally when it's cold. 

Have you managed to guess what scent it has judging by it's color? A sweet berry scent! This scent is definitely my favorite! 

Polishes used:
Star Nails Base Coat
Black Cat Lacquer Evergreen
Black Cat Lacquer Magic Spell
Glisten & Glow HKG Top Coat

Black Cat Lacquer is available at her store here and also at Mei Mei's Signatures.

I believe both Evergreen and Magic Spell is currently out of stock on Mei Mei's Signatures so do follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates on the restock.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NAILS TALK: WHAT I WORE

Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far; for those in Singapore, it's two more days to Chinese New Year and a short break! Time to start feasting again! Hope everyone has completed their spring cleaning and shopping. 

For Nails Talk today, I'm gonna do a re-cap of the manicures I sported last month and earlier this month. I was looking through the photos and I felt that they deserve to be posted here too. So here goes!
Chaos and Crocodiles Teddy Bears' Picnic (how cute is that name) over OPI Berlin There Done That. Teddy Bears' Picnic is a glitter topper with bronze, green, red and purple glitter in a clear base. The color combination is stunning and the glitter pick up despite being a glitter bomb. This is my very first Chaos and Crocodiles polish and it's definitely not going to be the last!

The Christmas season calls for some red and gold nails so I decided to shower some love on my China Glaze polishes. Chose Red Satin for this set of manicure with I'm Not Lion for the accent nails. This is one look that I will probably wear again for Chinese New Year.

Something blue, something silver and something sparkly for the Christmas season with Kiss Me at Midnight and It's Frosty Outside from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection, one of my favorite collections ever! I almost bought the entire collection but thankfully managed to practice some restrain and got only 9 shades. Will get round to using the remaining 7 and share them soon!

The last weekend of 2013 saw me wearing All Wrapped Up together with Be Merry, Be Bright from the China Glaze Holiday 2013 Happy HoliGlaze collection. China Glaze never fails to disappoint with their Holiday collections and this collection had my wallet shrinking as I purchased 5 out of the 12 shades.

Rang in 2014 with blue sparkly gradient nails with Ulta3 New Year's Eve (how apt) and Orly Sheer Peche for the base. Had purchased New Year's Eve in Perth back in November 2012 but as usual, I forgot all about it until I was rummaging through my stash and found this and couple of other Ulta3 polishes. Photos don't do this polish justice, it's way more sparkly in real life.

First manicure of 2014 was a gold and black manicure, a color combination which I had been meaning to try for the longest time. Chose Enchanted Polish Austin Powers (another long forgotten polish) with China Glaze Liquid Leather and Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York for the accent nail. 

It's been ages since I wore brown so I dug out Gloss'n Sparkle Mellifluous, one of the very few brown glitter polish that I owned. A dark chocolate brown base polish with copper, gold and caramel glitter, this stunner was a breeze to apply and glitter pick up was amazing! I was expecting it be a top coat eater given the sheer amount glitters but surprisingly it need a single coat of top coat. 

That's all for Nails Talk and I hope you had enjoyed what I had put up for this post. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE YEAR THAT WAS 2013

It has become a tradition for me to do a yearly review since 2011 though I admit that laziness often gets the better of me (from all the year end celebrations) that the post got posted only in January the following year. Still, it's better than late never and it's fun reading the previous year's post. Before writing this entry, I read through the posts for 2011 and 2012 and realized how some things remained unchanged and how some others had changed for the better/worse. 

2013 had been nothing short of an amazing journey, full of highs and lows, good and bad. Lessons learnt and more wonderful memories added to the memory bank. As cliched as it sounds, I cannot say how thankful I am to be blessed with those who not only celebrated the highs and good but also stood by me during the lows and bad. 

As I write the new pages of 2014, let's take a walk down memory lane in the year that was 2013. 

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Two years of keeping my hair short and dark later, I decided start growing it out and have a change of color.  I do miss the crop do though cause it cuts down preparation time by a lot and for someone who's not a morning riser, shorter preparation time = more time in bed. Who knows I might just snip it off again soon. 

After nearly 3 years with the organization, I decided to escape from the cubicle rat race. Much as I miss the lovely people, the camaraderie that we had formed, been given plenty of opportunities, it was a decision that I had to make. I had been working non-stop since my early twenties and felt that it was time work take a back seat and my family and more importantly myself be the focus.

Photography has always been my passion, it's my way of preserving the wonderful memories, an outlet for me to express myself when words couldn't. Yet I hadn't really been making the effort to explore and learn and improve on my photography. With more time on hand, I no longer had any excuses. Still life and minimal photography was something which I ventured, no, stumbled should be the word, in 2013. This was one of the best thing that happened. Along the road I've learnt, be inspired and made friends. I'm still learning and I hope that in 2014, I will be able to push myself past the boundaries and put out more and better photos.

Flowers on the other hand never fails to bring cheer to my life. One of my childhood dream was to be a florist, so that I can be surrounded by flowers everyday. For practical reasons I had to pick something that was unable to provide me with a more stable income. But I had never given up on this passion. Late last year I decided that I was done with just thinking, it was time to put everything in action.

With information and tutorials readily available (thank you Google), I bought fresh flowers from the wet market every week, spending not more than S$10 each time and started learning flowers arrangement. Honestly, I'm amazed by the effort and time I'm willing to put in; waking up early, reading and watching tutorials after tutorials, standing by the sink cutting, trimming, arranging the flowers and then photographing them.

This year, one of my goals to arrange a few hand bouquets for my loved ones. If time and money permits, I would also like to sign up for an advance course in flower arrangements too.

Celebrated the holy matrimony of a few amazing couples. 

Hopped on a boat cruise with two of my lovely girl friends. 

Attended Spring Wave 2013 concert with my Bud Buds. The mando-pop industry has always been my favorite (though I write more in English) and one of the items on my bucket list is to attend the Spring Wave concert in Kenting, Taiwan. I have not got around to fulfilling that wish of mine but I had my first taste of the concert when Spring Wave 2013 was held in Singapore last year.

Baby Yue Jee turning ONE! Ok, I'll have to stop calling him Baby. 

Gave myself one of the best birthday present ever; ticket to OPUS JAY 2013World Tour! Being the Jay Chou fan that I am how can I ever miss his concert? 3 hours of sing and scream fest in the company of thousands of Jay fans, that is one birthday present I would love to give myself every year.

Said hello to 32 in the company of some of the most amazing people in my life. Truthfully speaking, I don't have many friends. I can count the number of close friends that have stood by me through the years. Friendship, like any other relationships takes time and effort to grow and maintain. There are times when people grow closer, at time they don't. I used to beat myself up when certain friendships didn't work out but as I grew older, I've realized that I shouldn't be so hard of myself. People change; maybe the paths that we had treaded before were the same, but then it became different. That's life. What's most important are those angels who have remained in my life, always loving me for who I am, standing by my side through the ups and downs, dishing me advice and most of all, never judging me and accepting me for who I am.

Caught "Phantom of the Opera". Finally. It has been one of my greatest wish to watch a musical but each time, it's either I couldn't make it or I couldn't find someone to watch it with me (none of my friends are into musicals). Now I finally have a companion who enjoys musicals as much as I do, my sweet cousin. Not only did we watch Phantom, we also caught "Crazy Christmas: Ting Tong Belles", one the best local production ever. Here's to more musicals and productions in 2014!

The National Museum became my first home, sleep became a luxury but best of all, I was glad to be part of Night Festival 2013. It was when I handled a fashion show on my own (booking and managing of the models, coordinating fittings and rehearsals). This was one experience that I truly enjoyed and one that I will not trade for anything else. 

Participated in my first ever charity run walk. 

Had my one and only vacation for the year and my first ever overseas concert. Yes, it was a night of scream and sing fest all over again. Only Jay Chou has the ability to do this. Which reminds me, I really ought to get down to finish the entries for the HongKong travelogue. 

Baked a banana cake for the first time and received rave reviews!

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Phew, that was a another long entry. This was supposed to be up last week but I didn't want to publish an entry that was done in a rush, I wanted to really sit down, reminisce and savor all the memories once more. This entry marks the end of "The Best of 2013" series and now's time to create even more wonderful memories for 2014.

Till the next, stay happy and have a blessed day ahead!