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.

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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.

Celebrity Crush: Shin (苏见信)

Taiwanese singer Shin was the Xin Yue Tuan’s (信乐团) vocalist before his departure back in 2007 to launch his own solo career. The band has since recruited a new frontman, and released a new album with him, but I have not heard it yet, so I have no idea if they’re still worth listening to or not.

But anyway, just like Jam Hsiao, Shin has his roots in being a pub singer, and his style of music leans towards hard rock, which is considerably rare in the poppy Taiwanese market.

He is known for his explosive vocal abilities and large range, plus personally I find him really expressive when singing.


Example of his solid high notes – in fact, a lot of variety shows like to use this song whenever they’re challenging male singers to sing high notes, like making them move up the keys, so this song gets higher and higher, until their voices crack. as seen below.


While he is kind of old (plus married with a kid) for me to have a crush on, I do think he’s pretty good looking. And I think he’s pretty humorous when he’s on variety shows.


But he shines when performing live on stage – he has showmanship, and isn’t afraid to experiment with various styles and genres outside of his familiar territory.

Caudalie; Beauty Elixir

I picked up a bottle of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir during the Christmas season last year, as they were nicely packaged and I had a 10% discount to use up. I had read some pretty polarizing reviews of the product, and was kind of curious to test it out.

Obviously, with my holy grail toner, Lush’s Eau Roma Water, I hardly needed another item to add to my routine. But hey, you never know if there’s something better out there if you don’t test it out.

I kind of talked briefly about this Beauty Elixir back then when I first got it, and well, I wasn’t really going to write about it until I realised that hey, I’m moving onto my second bottle, and I actually like it quite a fair bit.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Potassium Alum, Glycerin*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract*, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract*, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol*, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*

With alcohol as the second ingredient in the list, well, it is not surprising that some people have adverse reaction to this, coupled with the peppermint oil because even with my non-sensitive skin, it can be quite stinging and that’s not exactly a good thing to have in a face product.

However, what I really like with this Beauty Elixir is its oil control aspect. I have combination skin, which means oily T-zone and normal cheeks, and using this during my night routine means that I don’t wake up with an oily forehead and nose.

Plus it’s also pretty good as a pick me up, since it’s cold and refreshing, as long as you don’t spray it near your eyes. It can also be used as a makeup setting spray, since the mist that you get is so fine. And c’mon, Liv Tyler apparently loves it, and that’s a pretty good endorsement too, right.

Lush; Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

I have to admit, I have a lot of body lotions, body butters and whatever else they want to call it, in my collection, ranging from indie brands to the mid-range sort of stuff. To be honest, most of the lotions are just languishing away in my cupboard because I’m a lazy person and who really has the time to go around slathering creams every single day, amirite. Okay, granted, I don’t have super dry skin that needs daily lotion-ing and I can get away with not moisturizing until my elbows feel dry.

So what is a lazy bitch to do? Well, in comes Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.

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LUSH product inventor Rowena made this decadent, rose-scented shower ‘lotion’. She noticed how much she liked the sultry soft feeling hair conditioner gives her hair, so she thought how nice it would be if she could have the same feeling for the body too. With scoops of cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils, and the fragrant scent of fresh rose petals, this is the most luxurious body softener that ever was (if we don’t say so ourselves!). After washing up, slather yourself all over with this new invention. Rinse, pat dry and revel in supremely soft, rose-scented skin.

With this, I don’t have to suffer through the stickiness you get from putting body lotion on – you know how it feels when you put on hand cream and then had to wash your hands later on? That weird slippery feeling? Well, I hate it, a lot. Which is why I don’t really use hand cream normally, even though I really ought to, with all the hand washing I do daily. So yeah, it feels like this conditioner was made for people like me.

The first time I used Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, I totally over-applied because I didn’t know it would work so well, I guess. Just a lot of body conditioner rubbed all away, and I left the shower feeling oily and totally slippery. I was ready to write it off but hey, it’s a giant pot and it wasn’t cheap, you know. So I tried it again the next day, going with the ‘less is more’ theory, and yup, I now know why it has good ratings on Makeup Alley.

The body conditioner smells fantastic, like roses, and it really does leave your skin super soft and smooth, especially if you use it after a body scrub. Then you’ll come out of the shower feeling like an entirely new person.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Cypress Leaf Infusion (Cupressus sempervirens), Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa), Fair Trade Organic Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla Planifolia), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Stearic Acid, Argan Oil (Argania spinosa), Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum), Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Goji Berry Juice (Lycium barbarum), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), *Limonene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

priorities~

so guess who made a haul on Book Depository thanks to the 10% off coupon?

I’m mainly excited to get the last book in the Captive Prince trilogy, though I might need to re-read the first two books to refresh my memory. Plus, Idk why but I also got Jon Richardson’s and Richard Ayoade’s memoir books, since they were pretty cheap.

reason #10295 why I’m broke

This special model of the New Nintendo 3DS is to be released in North America on the 20th anniversary. This bundle comes with two unique cover plates featuring the 20th anniversary logo plus the classic artwork for Charizard or Blastoise. It also comes with Red & Blue pre-installed, as well as a code for a unique New Nintendo 3DS Theme.

Yes, I don’t exactly need a new console because my current one is doing fine and I only got it at the end of 2014.
Yes, I got it on an impulsive whim…
Yes, I should have saved that money on more pragmatic purchases or just save it for rainy days.
Yes, I got it because I wanted faceplates because c’mon, I can swap the plates and change how the console looks whenever I feel like it? Damn, I’m sold.

Also, man, I’m old… because Pokemon was my childhood thing and they’re 20. Is Red like in his 30s then?

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