doctor appointments

I suppose while I am not fond of visiting the doctor, and generally knowing about my own health conditions, I should feel better about the fact that at least I would never ask a doctor something as silly as that, and in a way, you can also see it as no matter how stupid or whatever shit you tell them, technically it’s all meant to be under patient confidentiality, and even if they do go home and tell their spouse about that weird patient they had that day, they can’t mention your name and all… and if you think about it, whatever strange question that you want to ask, probably had already been asked by some other patients. They see so many patients daily that everything is probably routine by now, and very little would phase them anymore. I mean, that’s what I hope. Even if they’re judging me inside for my dumb questions…


Batiste; Dry Shampoo (Cherry)

Dry shampoo is basically a type of powder ‘shampoo’ that absorbs the grease from your hair without needing to use regular liquid-based shampoo or rinsing with water.

As you know, in order to extend the lifespan of coloured hair, especially when it’s an unnatural colour, you should wait up to three days before washing it with water. However, what happens if you tend to get greasy hair if you don’t wash it daily? That’s when the dry shampoo steps in. With a few sprays here and there, you can eliminate (or at least reduce) the grease from your roots, and get on with your day with clean smelling hair.

I knew I needed a dry shampoo, but I had no real opinion about Batiste or any other brands of dry shampoo available on the shelf. The main draw for me was the fact that the Batiste dry shampoos came in two sizes, the original 200ml or a mini 50ml travel size. I got the mini size as a sort of trial, since I wasn’t sure it would be effective.

But yeah, I ended up being pleasantly surprised that the product actually worked pretty well at absorbing excess oil, and not leaving any chalky residue or had any unpleasant side effects like scalp irritation/dandruff. So, 10/10 would recommend, and I’m sort of curious to test out the other fragrances.

Celebrity Crush: 华晨宇

Described as being a musical genius from Mars, Hua Chen Yu is known for having powerful vocals, charismatic stage presence, and a gift for composing.

He first rose to fame via Superboy in 2013, a Chinese singing competition, in which he managed to clinch first place. He demonstrated his ability to convey a multitude of emotions through his singing by performing a self-composed piece with no words. (And also his social awkward personality XD). The song was written as a response to his isolated nature, and through it, you can hear his agony and yearning.

No, I can’t say that I paid attention to him through this competition because it didn’t air here, and I wasn’t that bored to check out random singing competitions on Youtube for no good reason.

The first song that I heard was 我管你 (Loosely translated as I Don’t Care), and sort of fell in love with the lyrics and the attitude it described:

花臂或刺頭 應該沒說明我所有
我不找藉口 懂的人自然能看透
沒想辯解太多 別用外表解說我
誤解不願反駁 我拒絕只談如果
管你什麼想法 我是我自己的表達
管你什麼看法 我的世界我來浮誇

Basically you can sum up the lyrics as ‘I don’t care what you think of me, I’m gonna do as I please. There’s no need for excuses, the people who understand me will relate.’

I’m not going to lie, lyrics like these resonate with me, even though I’m hardly the devil-may-care person that he depicts. Oh, I want to be like that, but I am shackled by the limits that I have allowed people to place on me for now.

But yes, I started to check out his other stuff, which lead me to a lot of great songs – covers that he did for other singing-based contests or just covers he performed during his concerts. He has a great range, just listen to his cover of 陈粒’s 易燃易爆炸. He is also proficient at rapping, even though that’s not something I can really judge, since I don’t really listen much to rap.

I decided to write up this post after learning that he’s on Singer 2018, and idk, I guess I wanted to gush about a great singer? He did a brilliant take on Jay Chou’s 双截棍 recently, combining alternative rock, rap and traditional Beijing opera into one.

Also, I like his serious attitude towards music – it’s not about creating something that would please audiences, it’s to create something you would be proud of, something that is up to the level that you wanted, the vision you had in your mind.

But when we’re not talking about music? This is one heck of a quirky person. He’s obviously Aquarius (born on 7 Feb 1990), but without a birth time, it’s not like we can check out his other planets, but idk, can I guess that he has either Scorpio or Taurus rising? (lol)

When not obsessed with music, he is super into food, as you can see from the many videos where he is caught eating and eating and eating without caring about his ‘idol’ image:

And his answers to questions tend to be on the spacey hilarious side:

But yes, overall, 10/10 would recommend his music and his adorable nature. (Can’t believe he’s older than me, haha).

The many faces of 花花:

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(Also, not gonna lie, I like how the first word in his name, aka his surname, is the last word in my Chinese name. As in, it makes me feel a little better about my Chinese name, since I don’t really like it. It’s so uncool, lol)

dancing in cars: who did it better?

To be fair, Noel Fielding draws the eye no matter what’s he is doing; like I’d totally just sit and watch the dude walk across the street because he’d make it interesting. But the music really suited the scene that Ansel Elgort did; they really timed the music beautifully to the action sequences.

So, I went to watch Baby Driver the other day, and so far Edgar Wright has yet to disappoint me with how stylish and hilarious his films are.

The plot itself was straightforward and almost cliched, and sometimes the characters were really lacking in common sense or actual development, but the movie itself was so fun. Plus, I liked how they dropped pop culture references and worked foreshadowing into the story.

5 Beauty Products to Buy for that Frivolous Person in your Life/Social Circle

So, Christmas is coming up, and you need a gift guide, sort of. But somehow you can’t just google ‘Gift Ideas for ____’ because you’re worried they might just check your browser history like some sort of weird creeper. (C’mon, I bet we all would check someone else’s browser history if we got the opportunity to do so. No? Just me? Ah shit). Anyway, here are 5 frivolous items that you don’t need to have in your life, but having it certainly doesn’t harm you.

01 Peter Thomas Roth Mask Sampler Kit

Each full sized mask (150 ml) ranges from $80+ to $160+, so I thought this sampler kit (14 ml) was a good way to test out all of the mask available before thinking about committing to a full sized one. Plus, c’mon, how long would it take to use up a 150 ml face mask when we don’t normally apply them daily? I find that I take at least 3 months to finish up my daily cleanser, which is 200 ml, and I use it twice daily.

The set of masks here aims to help with a broad range of problems – the cucumber and marine algae masks are mostly hydrating, whereas the irish moor mud is purifying – and if you want to multitask your products, this would be easy enough. Like, you could always apply the purifying mask to your oily t-zone, and the hydrating ones to the cheek areas, as a sort of troubleshooting.

02 Urban Decay Vice Lip Palette
I understand some people just want to have a minimalist makeup collection, but c’mon, how can one or two lipstick shades last you an entire lifetime? Don’t you mean different colours for different seasons or different outfits, don’t you want to experiment with different looks? Or even different textures and finishes of the lipsticks themselves. But buying multiple full sized bullet lipsticks would be expensive and you won’t ever finish one if you have a large collection like me.

But here’s the good thing about the Vice Lip Palette, you get 12 shades, housed in a 0.7g pan, which doesn’t look as intimidating when you think about using up the products. Sure, you may be like, wtf am I going to do with a green lip colour? And that’s where I have to hush you because why you gotta hold yourself back? (But okay, seriously, I can’t pull off that green either. My undertones with that green shade? Just makes me look sallow and ill.)

03 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
You know, I thought this was a marketing gimmick but it actually works at blurring your pores by diffusing/reflecting light or some other sort of makeup bullshit. However it is definitely not a setting powder and it will not set your makeup at all. Instead, think of it as a Photoshop effect that helps to smooth out the fine lines and minor imperfection.

As usual, I like the palette version instead of buying the full sized compact because the palette gives you more variety and I will never be able to pan an entire compact so why not just get lesser overall product but get more shades since I’m the type who likes choices.

04 Lush Body Conditioner in Snow Fairy
I have talked about Lush’s Body Conditioner before, but it was in the original scent. This one, Snow Fairy, is for the holiday season, and if you ever wanted to smell like cotton candy, well, here is where it’s at.

It’s good for people who are too lazy to apply lotion or body cream or moisturizer (why are there so many names for the same type of product??) when they get out of the shower, but want soft skin (who doesn’t want soft skin???).

05 Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Filter: Blur
Marketed as an oil-based primer for perfumes, so that they last longer on your skin, I find that Blur (and the other Filter perfume oil, Glow) can be used on their own as a sort of lightweight perfume for both skin and hair. They add a nice soft sheen thanks to the oil. I find Blur to smell just a tad nicer, it’s soft and comforting whereas Glow is more tanned and sunshine-y, which are not my thing.

being natural is simply a pose

Are you super lazy? Do you want your no-makeup makeup look to reaaaally look as though you have zero products on your face instead of obviously looking like you have tinted moisturizer/bb cream on, or low-key contouring. The second kind of no-makeup natural looking makeup takes me forever to do at times, because you have to keep things light and subtle, which is probably harder than doing a whole full face because there you don’t to be subtle and draw your eyebrows on as tiny individual strokes or blend your eyeshadows until your eyelids scream for mercy.

Here’s my less than 10 minutes lazy person routine (if we’re excluding the time it takes for me to pop in my contact lenses, change my Spotify playlists ten thousand times, or stopping to spot clean my makeup palettes/brushes)

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baby it’s not cold outside

I’m perpetually stuck in the wrong season – it’s humid and sunny here in Singapore and it’s only cold when you’re in the office or malls, but I’m constantly drawn to the outerwear section whenever it comes to clothes shopping.

I got two more coats during a Black Friday sale, and to be honest, I kind of regretted my impulse buys because dude, I won’t be wearing them here unless we suddenly experience a drop of at least 15 degrees. Which, who knows, maybe climate change will trigger some sort of nuclear winter apocalypse, though it probably will be the opposite, plus flooding will occur or something. Both of which are not coat-wearing occasions ):

Of course, as usual, my mother looked at my purchases and wonders where she got such a frivolous kid when she’s the practical type. Like, oops, sorry, I just happen to like covering myself from head to toe in black, and have a hood obscuring my face from light. Bonus points if my clothes are decorated with safety pins and zippers and metal chains. (So emokid it hurts, basically).

Lol. Wait till she sees my oversized Omocat shirts.

5 Products I Didn’t Like

Before we get into the mini-reviews, can I just say that I think if you work in the beauty/service industry, you should reaaaaally make sure that you don’t smell bad. I went to get my brows done yesterday and the lady (who is really nice) smelled as though she just came back from break during which she smoked enough cigarettes to smell like an ash tray. I have nothing against people smoking, but I really hate that smoky smell. But of course, poker face on, I just didn’t like the smell.

01 Illamasqua – Masquara in Raven

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, Illamasqua Masquara in Raven reveals a heart of darkness with a formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises lashes to extremes – the ultimate mascara.

Yeah, if the soul get super smudged in like a couple of hours, then this is totally the mascara for you. But sorry, I don’t like panda undereyes, I already have my own dark circles to defeat.

Also, I’m super picky about mascaras in general, because my lashes are super pathetic – they are short, even Asian standards, they tend to fall downwards and cannot hold a curl, and also because of these two factors, I can’t even use an eyelash curler because the lashes won’t even register on the curler, so all I can depend on is mascara to lengthen my pathetic teeny eyelashes, and this one didn’t meet the cut. Even if it didn’t smudge, it was still just a meh, the lashes got darkened a little, but no volume or length was imparted with each flick of the wand, so what was the point? I mean, if I just wanted a coat of black on my lashes, even cheap drugstore mascaras will get the job done.

So nope, this is going to my drawer of regrettable products.

02 Illamasqua – Precision Ink in Havoc

Create looks with attitude that no one can ignore with Precision Ink in Havoc. Precision Ink’s fine tip allows for defined application. Long-lasting and waterproof it’s perfect for use anywhere on the face and body to bring out your bold side.

I wanted to like this because I currently don’t have any liquid eyeliners, and none of my eyeliners are in aubergine, which is really pretty.

I read the reviews, and saw that quite a number of people found it to be budge-proof and long-lasting. But who knows, maybe my wonky skin made it crappy, but it flakes on me after a couple of hours.

03 Tarte – Park Ave Princess™ Contour Palette Volume II

This contouring essential features the cult-favorite Park Ave Princess™ matte waterproof bronzer paired with the complexion-enhancing Glisten blush, with a golden, peachy-pink hue, and a highlighter duo in Champagne for a perfect, everyday glow. These pigmented powders are enriched with tarte’s iconic Amazonian clay, which works to balance all skin types for a fade-proof, effortless finish.

I don’t know who came upon with the name, what the hell is a park avenue princess? Is this one of those it girl/socialite heiress thing? I thought I needed a contouring palette because hello, my face shape is so round, it is the full moon. But nope, I don’t know if it’s my lack of contouring game (most likely so), or the colours, but this didn’t feel suitable for my skintone. I think brown doesn’t give off the notion of a shadow – I think a shadow (which a contour should mimic) should be grey-ish rather than brown, which feels more like a bronzer. Is it just me who thinks this way?

04 shu uemura – ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil

Cashmere skin quality: ultime8 complex delivers softer, smoother and moisturized skin for an exquisite makeup finish. The precious essence of 8 exquisite botanical origin oils has been merged together. These oils, carefully sought out from Chinese medicines and beauty oils all over the world, are proven to have the highest skincare efficacy. Utlime8 cleansing oil effortlessly removes all make-up and impurities.

The good thing about this is that it does remove makeup easily, but it’s so frigging oily, and I’m not even using more than 1 pump of this, since I don’t wear heavy makeup. Like, after cleansing with this oil, I will have to follow up with my regular cleanser so that I don’t feel all gross and oily on my face.

05 Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised.

Interested in getting a Lush face mask? Don’t get this one. It smells terrible, so fucking terrible that I had to hold my breath while slathering this on and breathing through my mouth so I don’t smell the horrid stench. Can confirm that garlic and eggs are definitely in this product – they’re not lying.

However, I would have forgiven the stench if it showed any results. It claimed to be good for removing blackheads and preventing spots. NO. Not true for me. In order to use up the product quickly, I also forced my mother to use this, and while she could stand the smell more, because that woman is insane enough to eat garlic, it also didn’t have much results for her.