Month: July 2015

Rude

Is it just me or are people these days getting REALLY rude?

Went to catch a show at Gold Class earlier and had an unpleasant incident while collecting our tickets at the counter. When we went inside Gold Class, there was nobody at the ticketing/ cashier counter, so we waited there for about 10 seconds and when the staff spotted us, she came to scan the code on my phone and issued us our tickets. It took probably like 20 seconds max. It was very quick.

What we didnt know was that there was this middle-aged woman (probably in her 40s) with her daughter who was standing about 1-2 metres away from the counter, and the woman accused us of being rude and cutting her queue.

(I didnt even notice them previously, they were just kinda in the background. If I had any inkling that they might be queuing, I would have asked them if they’re queuing.)

As we were walking away from the cashier counter toward the cinema, she started complaining out loud about us to the staff and claimed that we have “NO MANNERS”. She intentionally spoke very loudly so we could hear her bitchy complaints.

I have to say it took A LOT of self control not to give her a good piece of my mind.

1) If you’re not standing at the cashier counter, how the fuck am I supposed to know you’re queuing to get your tickets?

2) It only took MAX 20 seconds for the staff to scan the code on my phone and issue us our tickets. So you got your tickets after us. Did you die? No? Then STFU.

3) If you have something to say, you can jolly well say it to my face? Why whine and bitch behind our backs? We are not deaf.

And yet, she had the cheek to accuse us of having “no manners”. Lol.

I cant help but feel bad for her poor husband. (If he is still around, that is.) Can you imagine what the poor man has to go through in his everyday life, having to deal with a woman like this EVERYDAY? No wonder men have a shorter lifespan on average!!

Some people really need a high five.

In the face.

With a chair.

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Current skincare routine

For every woman, her best friends are moisturizer and sunscreen.

Forget diamonds, diamonds dont do shite. If you have beautiful smooth & clear skin, it will be the best accessory you can wear, which lasts you a lifetime.

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Tried out this silly app recently and had a good laugh. Pretty sure I dont look 11 years old. Lol. But I guess I could pass off as 25 or 26. Which is not bad, considering I am in fact 32 years old.

(Please pardon the horrid eyebags. Ive been having a lot of problems with sleep in the last couple of months. SIgh.)

This is my current skincare routine and I find that everything is working pretty well for me, so I’ll probably stick with it.

In the past year my complexion has improved dramatically after laser treatments and I am now taking better care of my skin.

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(The ‘Before’ photo was taken in Jan 2014 before I started on laser treatments and the ‘After’ photo was taken in Dec 2014, after my second Mixto laser treatment. Both photos have NOT been edited in any way.

These days I dont have to use liquid foundation anymore, and only use BB cream/ CC cream as a base, and I am really happy about that.

Makeup Removers & Cleansers: 

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First, I use the Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover with cotton pads to remove my eye makeup first, followed by a cleansing oil. Ive used bottles and bottles of this stuff. It removes all my eye makeup effortlessly and doesnt sting my eyes. Its the best eye makeup remover Ive tried, and I highly recommend it.

Currently I am using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, which I really like. Before this I was using Dermalogica PreCleanse which is really good as well.

(If you are looking for a good skincare brand to splurge on, I highly recommend Dermalogica. The products ARE pricey, but everything is really good quality and you really do get what you pay for. I usually buy my products from StrawberryNet.com because they stock the large salon sizes (500ml/ 1000ml) which you cant buy from retail, and it works out cheaper that way.)

I massage the cleansing oil over my entire face to dissolve all the makeup and emulsify it with some water, then I use a wet facial sponge (Calypso) to rinse everything off. I follow up with a cleanser. My current favorites are the Dermalogica UltraCalming cleanser and Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. The former does not foam, and the latter does. I usually use the Dermalogica one in the morning when I just want to gently cleanse my face. This one is SUPER gentle and I’d imagine this would work great on people with sensitive or very dry skin.

I used to buy inexpensive cleansers thinking that it was frivolous to spend too much on something that would be rinsed away in seconds, but then I realized that cleansing is such an important step in one’s skincare routine, if not the most important.

If you dont cleanse your skin well enough, your skin will not be able to absorb the skincare products which you apply afterwards and also not cleansing your skin well will lead to clogged pores, comedones, pimples and dull skin. So it is definitely worth splurging on good cleansers which cleanse well without stripping your skin of moisture.

Replenish:

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For eye cream, I alternate between SK2 Stempower and Dermalogica AgeSmart. I kinda prefer the SK2 one because its creamy and feels quite nourishing on the undereye area. The Dermalogica one feels a bit dry and kinda siilicone-y.

I recently started using HABA Squalene as a moisturizer. You only need 1-2 drops of this for the entire face. In the day, I apply this before sunblock. At night I apply this after serum. I am using Lancome Genifique as an anti-aging serum. I prefer this to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, because ANR feels a little tacky on the skin. I may or may not repurchase the Lancome Genifique because it is REALLY pricey, and I am not sure if it makes that much of a difference to my skin.

Sun Protection:

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Okay.

I am VERY VERY VERY particular about using sun protection. I dont go without sunscreen on my face and on my body. Ever.

I have very pale skin which BURNS in the sun. I cant stay out in the sun for more than 30 minutes without sunblock or I’ll turn red like a lobster. Maybe I am a vampire, who knows?

So yes, I cannot live without sunscreens and sun protection. Literally.

I use the Nivea whitening body serum, it has SPF 33. I really like the texture, it absorbs into skin very quickly without feeling sticky or greasy. I much prefer this to the Vaseline body lotions. Not a fan of how they smell.

In the day, I use the Kose Sun Protect Essence Gel, it has SPF50 PA++++. It is very lightweight and not sticky or greasy at all. Will probably repurchase this one after Im done with it.

The Biore one is not bad too. Sometimes I use this on my neck as additional sun protection to the body lotion. (Told you I am very particular!)

The Hada Labo one is a basic moisturizer with SPF50. I use this on days when I am in a hurry or too lazy to apply my moisturizer and sunscreen in two steps. This is pretty good.

The Loreal UV Perfect City Face Mist is a spray on sunscreen. Sometimes if I want EXTRA sun protection, I spray this all over my face, neck and arms before going out. (Because clearly I havent applied enough sunscreen…..Lol.)

When you are shopping for sunscreen, it is important to make sure that it has both UVA and UVB protection. UVA rays Age your skin, UVB rays Burn your skin. Some sunscreens only has UVB protection, so while you may not get sunburnt, your skin isnt protected against the aging UVA rays.

Special care:

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I have many types of sheet masks, gel masks and clay masks, which I use nightly and I rotate the masks depending on my mood and how my skin is feeling.

I have oily but dehydrated skin, so on most nights after I am done with my cleansing routine, I like to pop on a sheet mask for 15- 20 minutes, before I apply my skincare products. I really love Etude House and The Face Shop sheet masks. Innisfree has really nice sheet masks too.

I use the Innisfree clay mask about once a week, and I really love that this mask does not sting/ burn like most clay masks. (The Kiehls one stings like MAD.)

I recently started on the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel wipes, which Ive been using nightly. It is a 2-step peel to deeply exfoliate the skin. Think of this as a DIY chemical peel, which you can do at home.

The GlamGlow hydrating treatment mask is one of my favorites. I tried a sample I got from Sephora, and loved it so much, but because its kinda pricey, I didnt buy it. I got it a few months ago as a birthday treat. :) It IS pricey ($90+ for this small tub), but you only need a little, so one tub will last you a long time.

It leaves your skin feeling really soft and hydrated, plus it smells AMAZING!

I forgot to include the facial scrubs and exfoliating treatments, but for facial scrub I love the St Ives apricot original scrub. Its so inexpensive and works like a charm. It is abrasive enough to use as a body scrub too. A cult favorite for good reason.

I also love SkinC Pure Revival Peel. This one is kinda pricey (approx $100?), but it leaves the skin super smooth and soft like a baby’s bottom. Worth the splurge.

Supplements:

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I really like the Otsuka collagen jelly strips. Not a big fan of this berry flavor though, the mango one tastes way better.

What is collagen and what does it do?

Collagen has great tensile strength, and is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin. Along with soft keratin, it is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging.

(Actually, having read up on collagen supplements and how our body processes collagen, I am not entirely sure if the consumption of collagen supplements actually do anything for the skin, and it may very well be a marketing gimmick. Collagen gets broken down by the digestive system into amino acids.)

So I guess perhaps the best way to slow down the aging process is to PREVENT collagen degradation. Thats where the good skincare regime and sun protection come in.

The Ceramiracle supplement is supposed to be similar to Crystal Tomato. I wanted to try Crystal Tomato for a long time, but it is so pricey and I am high maintenance enough as it is. :p

Im quite excited about this Ceramiracle supplement and I will update on the efficacy of this product in two months!

What are some of your favorite skincare products and holy grail products?

Chivalry is…. in a coma.

Did some spring-cleaning yesterday to prep for moving, and came upon this:

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This is how R asked me to be his girlfriend. With a card.

What are we, kindergarten children?

Even my first boyfriend (or more aptly my first “stead”) Gabriel at 16 years old knew how to take me to East Coast Park and ask me in person whether I want to be his “stead”. Back in 1997.

That word “stead” has thankfully been phased out like the translucent Giordano windbreakers.

(And just in case you’re wondering, Gabriel and I never even held hands. I was 14 years old, bespectacled and was clueless as fuck. Okay?)

Just when you think the card itself is bad… read the contents. Lol.

This one is clearly a narcissistic self-absorbed asshole, but I completely failed to see it. Or perhaps I was in denial, who knows? I did not have a good feeling about the guy, but I thought maybe I was just cynical & bitter, and so decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. #lessonlearnt

Gut instincts are always right.

The proper way to do it is to ask in person, “Will you be my girlfriend?” Its not that difficult. Also a bouquet of flowers never hurt anybody. (Size does not matter. Seriously.)

Goodbye and f*** you.

I just unfriended an ex bf of mine on FB.

We dated a long time ago- 2005-2007. I dumped him when I discovered he was flirting heavily on a forum with some chick he has never even met. (Actually it was my brother who had noticed him being active on this forum and gave me a heads up.)

Confronted him with all the messages between the two of them, handwritten on paper because I did not have a printer. It was pages long.

As if it wasnt bad enough having to read all the mushy and cheesy shite exchanged between them, I had to WRITE down every fucking word.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

(Pass the vomit bucket!)

When I confronted him, he was silent throughout and never even apologized for his actions. (You call yourself a man?)

Actually I cant say I never saw that coming. He was never committed to me, and could not even change his fucking Friendster status. It was “Its Complicated”, for two years. Whats so complicated? If you’re seeing me on a regular basis exclusively, then we are in a relationship, whether you want to acknowledge it or not?

The day we broke up, he changed it to “Single”. How efficient.

I should have dumped him way before this, when he had a slip of tongue while we were talking about random rubbish while he was driving. He wondered out loud how he would deal if his “future girlfriend” wasnt as well-groomed as me. Dude was already thinking of his NEXT girlfriend and her grooming habits, while I was still in his car!


Few months ago, I bumped into him and his father. They live in the same neighborhood. I decided to be friendly & gracious, and tried to make some small talk out of courtesy. He, on the other hand, couldnt get away from me fast enough.

This is the same guy I splurged on overseas phone calls to Brisbane for a whole year, because he was there doing his training. I went through those phone cards like nobody’s business, even though I wasnt making a lot of money. All because I wanted to talk to him on the phone every night, without fail. It meant everything to me, to be able to hear his voice, to know he is okay.

Yet fast forward a decade later, the guy does not even want to waste one minute talking to me. It is extremely sobering.

And having him on Facebook means I have to see him tagging his girlfriend in every thing he posts, calling her “Princess”. This girl is apparently good enough for him to acknowledge their relationship.

Some people are cunts, and its wise to simply cut them out and move on.

Scandalous.

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Initially I wanted to post this on Facebook, but I am going to be a little verbose on this so I decided to make it a blog entry instead. Lol.

Basically Tao Ze had an affair with his ex gf after he’s married, and she went to expose all their intimate chats online.

First, exposing private chat messages online for all to see is damn low class. (But then again, I wouldnt expect anything different from a PRC woman.)

What are you trying to prove? That he is a liar and a bad guy, or that you’re a vindictive and bitter woman?

It takes two hands to clap. No matter how hard one hand can try to make a clap, it wont happen. You dont get to try and sully a man’s reputation when your hands are just as filthy. He keeps texting you? You can CHOOSE not to reply, yes? Or block his number. Or change your number.

But no, somehow you keep responding to his messages. I wonder why?

Secondly, whatever happened / happens behind closed doors should remain that. Nobody needs to know intimate details about your sex life, or who you have sex with. Airing dirty scandalous laundry in public only makes the woman look cheap and foolish. This is unfortunate and sad, but true.

No looks and no brains? Good luck to you. Now this woman is getting sued for defamation. Lol. Orh bee. What was she expecting? Public sympathy and support?? *snorts*

I am in no way siding Tao Ze or condoning extramarital affairs. It is always so easy to blame the men for everything, and I think sometimes women need to take some responsibility for their own actions as well.

Love makes women stupid. The best thing a woman can do is learn to walk away. Be smart. Stay classy.

Dumb as a fox.

The most important skill a woman needs to learn in her life, is to be dumb as a fox.

If you’re born dumb, perfect. Its a blessing to be born a stupid woman. Ignorance truly is bliss. The less you know, the happier you will be. You wont even realize when your man is lying to your face.

If you’re born not-so-dumb however, you will tend to suffer because the lies and deceit of men will hurt you. You will probably spend many sleepless nights wide awake thinking about too many things and your heart will grow weary from caring too much about people who least deserve it.

I envy the women who seem to not give a damn. Maybe they have achieved that zen state where nothing can faze or upset them. Maybe one day I will become one of these women who no longer give a fucking damn.

Not sure if I am truly enlightened or sadly disillusioned, or perhaps even a combination of both.