[Lifestyle] ALS Ice Bucket Challenge #icebucketchallenge

So you have seen people dunking themselves with bucket full of icy cold water over their heads and bodies…

From Hollywood celebs such as Justin Bieber (whether you love or hate him, this guy has done it twice), Taylor Swift, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano RonaldoMark Zuckerberg who challenged Bill Gates to do the same to Britney Spears, Lady GaGa and David Beckham (who has done it shirtless!! *GASP*) to our local celebrities like 987fm DJs, George Young (who in my opinion, is rather bold to have challenged our PM Lee Hsien Loong – who had 24 hrs since the challenge was put forth but till now, no news have been heard). President Obama was challenged too who declined but agreed to donate a sum)  and Tosh Zhang  to top celebs from HK such as G.E.M, Jay Chou, Eason Chen and even Andy Lau.

Singapore's 987fm radio deejays doing the ice bucket challenge. (YouTube screengrab)

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George Young took up the Ice Bucket challenge and tagged Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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With these videos and snapshots, you may have also seen these hashtags #icebucketchallenge, #alsicebucketchallenge and #strikeoutals accompanied in their captions.

And you may be wondering what does ‘ALS’ stand for?

Extracted from ASLA’s website, ‘ALS’ stands for :

“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

If you want to learn more about this disease, read here.

So why is that if someone wants to donate to charity, they are required to “sacrifice” or “torture” or go to such extend to do so?

This viral challenge was initially for those who either dump themselves silly with the ice cold water or donate $100 to the ALS Association. After soaking themselves wet, they can then challenge others the same.

Honestly, the initial intention (which I don’t suppose anyone really refused to donate and rather get soaked instead) is rather silly.

Perhaps this was the very intention of the charity organisation since most people would donate to charities AND get soaked for the fun of it or just to follow the trend since the combination with the power of social media and influential powers of top-notch celebs, who would first be lashed at should they refuse to do BOTH.

True enough, this viral challenge has actually helped to bring in more ka-ching. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions upon millions of dollars for the ALS Association and has helped to raise awareness about the disorder.

As of the date of writing this post, the ALS Association has raised over $31.5 million thus far and it keeps growing!

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However, some burning questions I have collated the back of my mind.

1. Is there really a need to dunk oneself in order to donate?

No, if someone really wants to donate for a good cause, he or she would do it genuinely without having the need to carry out all these silly actions.

Now, before you lash at me, let me qualify my statement first.

On the flip side, this challenge has actually gone viral and has successfully create so much awareness about this charity organisation as well as the existence of the disorder. It has actually gone ‘global’ which originally started out at the West and now even to the East side of the globe! All because of this viral challenge which would not been that successful if people were to just spread the word and say ‘Hey, do you know about this XXX charity organisation? Pls donate’. 

And because people, especially celebs whose pride and reputation are extremely important and more so than us nobodys, it is difficult for them to decline the challenge (except for President Obama and most probably our PM LSH) and refuse to donate as well since they receive huge pay checks!

So, there is really no need to go through all these silly stances just to donate for good causes BUT it must be noted that it has been VERY successful in creating more awareness and driving the donation campaign. It is USEFUL in the marketing perspective just not totally necessary, technically speaking.

2. Should people actually refuse to take up the challenge?

There is no hard or fast rule and it is NOT compulsory to take up the challenge, since the ultimate goal is to donate money to the charity.

So President Obama has refused to take up the challenge but will still donate….and there is still no news from our PM Lee.

It is alright if they don’t take up the challenge but I’m guess that if they join in the trend/fun, it may most probably help to create greater awareness since they are top influential political figures who have loads of watchful eyes cast upon them?

What’s your take?

3. What about other charity organisations?

I know there are tonnes and tonnes of charity organisations and there can never be an absolution donation campaign that caters to all donation organisations.

However, there are also others which face pressing and urgent issues to help increase $$ and the dire need to create awareness of their presence.

I don’t know how successful this would work but perhaps after taking up and completing the challenge, top figures can actually remind the public to not only donate to one charity organisation but donate on a regular basis to others as well, if possible.

But then again, judging at how successful this campaign is, it will be no surprise if other charity organisations start following suit.

Anyhoo, let us salute to those who took up the challenge and successfully completed it and most importantly, donated.

KUDOS AND WELL DONE!!! (Y)

Just in : ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27

Rest in Peace.

[Beauty] K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo K-Palette 24h 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner Micro (0.05mm)

Eyeliners have become part of the daily essential make-up routine for many girls, including myself. Whether you are going for the ‘minimalistic look’ or donning the ‘drama-mama look’, lining your eyes can be very important as it helps to define and enhance your eyes.

They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, that is why I hardly leave home without applying eyeliner, even when I’m going for the au naturale look. Guess you would pretty much catch me without lining my eyes only when I’m exercising.

Besides using Bourjois eyeliner, my other holy grail eyeliner has got to be K-Palette’s 1-Day Tattoo eyeliners.

K-Palette has very generously offered me the opportunity to try out their 1-Day Makeup series which I would be reviewing 1 of the products today.

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K-Palette 24h 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner Micro (0.05mm)

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When I first saw this eyeliner, I was overjoyed because finally, I can perfect my cat-eyed look, or also known ask winged eyeliner because it has very very thin and narrow tip of only 0.05mm! I have written an article on ‘How to get that perfect flick of a cat’s eye’ which I’m sure many of you girls would find it interesting and useful, especially if you are a beginner.

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Look at how thin the line is drawn with just one stroke!

A mandatory before-after comparison :

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On days when I’m feeling lazy or need not put on mascara or fake eyelashes, a stroke of eyeliner is all I need. With that, I am still able to look pretty decent. 🙂

K-Palette 24h 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner Micro 

  • Instant-dry formula to prevent smudging
  • Narrow tip to perfect that cat-eye look
  • Long-lasting that does not require touching up the entire day
  • Improved waterproof formula which is resistant not only to water but to perspiration and sebum as well – good for those with oily eyelids
  • Easily removed using warm water instead of make up remover which helps to avoid straining the delicate skin around your eyes
  • 3 types of beauty essence added in the improved formula – Hyaluronic Acid, Swertia Japonica Essence and Water Soluable Collagen which helps to moisturise the skin around the eyes and also promote lash growth

My review :

  • I still use my Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets to remove the eyeliner since I use it to remove my whole makeup too. No problem faced while removing the eyeliner
  • It does last me throughout the day without having the need to touch up
  • It is definitely more useful in drawing winged eyeliners than other eyeliners with thicker tips
  • Perfect for days when I prefer to go for a more natural look without thick eyeliner or dramatic look, for example, on working days

Overall rating :

5 stars

K-Palette 24h 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner Micro is available at Watsons and BHG stores, retailing at $21.90.

Follow K-Palette Singapore on their social media platforms for more information and updates on their products!

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[Lifestyle] Why is customer service so terrible in Singapore?

Greeted with a scowl by the immigration officers in the ‘World’s Best Airport’ is probably what most passengers would experience. It may most probably be that ‘Customer Service’ was not one of the considerations taken into account when deciding this international award. Looking at passengers dragging their heavy feet and luggage bags, some taxi drivers do not even bother to assist. Those that actually do, cater mostly to Caucasians.  Why the discrepancy? Are local counterparts or other foreigners less deserving to be served and be provided a better customer service?

Why exactly is Singapore’s customer service so bad?

Is the management of the company to be blamed? It may be true that some bosses do not comprehend the importance of good customer service, which more often than not, matters more than the products they sell. Should customer service be deemed as a ‘luxury’ or an essential necessity? Training should start from the top so that bosses would take the importance of good customer service as priority instead of solely focusing and counting the number figures.

As much as Singaporeans love to complain, if for example, the food is good and cheap but was served by a staff with a sucky attitude and terrible customer service, would one actually make the effort to feedback about this to the management? Or would they merely make do with it so long they get to enjoy and fill their tummies with yummy food?  If so, would this then deter businesses in taking customer service seriously at all?

Most jobs that require customer service are held by foreigners due to the nature of the job and its offers. However, as much as we think that most foreigners such as Filipinos and Thais whom we once had the impression of friendly, courteous and gracious is long gone. Now, it does not even raise brows to encounter rude and unfriendly foreigner staffs. Apart from the lack of training and emphasis by the management of the company, could this also be caused by our local counterparts? It may just be true that these foreigners have been negatively influenced by them and it provides less incentive for these foreigners to be all cheery and friendly when they are not treated the same. Singaporeans have set a standard for the quality of customer service in Singapore, which is not high to begin with. Consequently, foreign staff follow suit.

Are Singaporeans face-conscious and do not like to be treated as ‘inferior’ while serving customers? To self-seeking Singaporeans, a job is merely a job which brings home the dough. It is hardly ever seen as serving customers with graciousness and courtesy.

Because Singaporeans love complaining, should they encounter any staff, especially locals, who provide excellent customer service, they would still treat it as being pretentious or having an ulterior motive behind. Could this be actually true, that the service staffs are only friendly and polite because they want to gain something, mostly financially, out of you? Sales-driven commission-based staffs may be the perfect fit for such categories. Take for example, beauty salons and spas, apart from their pushy attitudes which are more often than not annoying, their obvious displeasure and disappearance of smiles comes to light when a customer rejects their offers to sign on beauty service packages with them. Should good customer service only materialise with commissions and monetary incentives? Staffs do not realise that their basic salary actually attaches responsibility to provide the essential customer service.

On the flipside, commission also relates to tips where a country such as Thailand is infamous for their tipping requirements. It may not be explicitly done but the Thai culture has adopt this tipping approach whereby tipping box are placed at obvious areas such as the cashier counters with huge fonts stating ‘TIPS’.  In fact, where tipping is commonly practised, staffs are more motivated to provide great service as the tips can actually exceed the basic salary by a greater margin. Hence, it could be that in Singapore, we are incentivising the wrong attitude as we provide incentives for sales and not great service, which may actually result in staffs acting naturally this way.

With the standard or the lack of it already set by local counterparts, it does not provide foreign staff any incentives to offer great customer service as well since they may think that this is an over-requirement. Either that, Singaporeans’ expectations may be too high or that they are over-demanding to be treated as superiors.

[Lifestyle] Why do Singaporeans love going to Johor Bahru?

Is it because Singapore is a boring place to be at? Why are Singaporeans commonly seen flocking to JB? What do they have there which we don’t ?

These are just some of the reasons why, which are based on my own experience 🙂

1. Lok Lok

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This has got to be one of the most popular reasons why Singaporeans are willing to make the trip down to our neighbour. Sure, Singapore may have set up a store or two here that sells Lok Lok too but we are guessing that the original source is always the best? And eating Lok Lok in JB has the ‘Malaysia feel’, no? Also, the variety of choices can exceed one’s expectations, trigger loads of excitement and thrill, that is if you know where to find such awesome Lok Lok stalls. There are a few that offers myriad of varieties than the rest.

2.Movie

Apart from many other stuffs sold in Malaysia, the movies are much cheaper than Singapore’s prices too! On the average, catching a show on a weekend in JB costs approx. $6 which is almost half of the price of the movie tickets sold here! Thrifty Singaporeans would do almost anything for cheaper alternatives.

3. Pampering sessions

Pampering yourself is a must but not at the expense of your pockets. Your pockets need to be pampered as well. Many girls flock over to JB to have their nails done which is a lot cheaper than the prices offered in Singapore’s nail salons. The prices in JB can amount to almost half price, depending on what type of nail polishes and designs you choose. On top of that, the services provided by the manicurists are not short-changed by the price difference as well and the girls can even be friendlier than the staff in Singapore.

4. Car wash

Most drivers know that it is so much cheaper to have your car washed and cleaned in JB than in Singapore. Cars are given a relaxing and pampering bath known as snow wash and they cost only about S$5?! Where are you going to find such a great deal on our little sunny island? It may not be an absolutely perfect job done but the results are pretty much decent.

5. Petrol

Another car-related reason for Singaporeans to travel down all the way to JB is to fill their petrol because it is also cheaper than the petrol prices in Singapore which can be rather pricey. However, to prevent being caught by the authorities who will check your petrol meter before entering JB, which you should not have less than ¾ tank otherwise you will have to be prepared to pay a few hundred bucks fine.

6. Shopping

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This includes some few popular items such as DVDs, game CDs and gadget accessories. Although illegal, many Singaporeans still get pirated ones from JB and sneaking them back in Singapore without getting caught. It is not to say that at Sugar is encouraging such actions though. With the huge discrepancy in prices between JB and Singapore, we can see why Singaporeans being Singaporeans, are willing to take such risks just to save that few bucks.

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[Lifestyle] Shape Run 2014 – What can be improved?

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Last Sunday, I took part in the Shape Run 2014 in the Women’s Competitive 10km category. I was supposed to run with my buddy but she fell ill and hence couldn’t join me 😦

But I guess that’s alright because usually when I run during run events (I don’t call them marathons because technically, a marathon is 42.195km), mostly with my bf, we run separately although there are times where he waited for me. Different people run at a different pace due to obvious differences such as stamina, gender and so forth. So I guess running alone is alright with me.

To be honest, this is the first time I am running without my bf who was kinda worried for me as he won’t be there to look after me should anything happen. Heh, so sweet eh. 😛

I slept at around 1.45am and sprung up to action at 5.20am when the bf woke me up as he was gonna turn in (he was mugging for exams till late). I usually don’t have sufficient rest the night before the run which is extremely not advisable, so please don’t do that. 😦

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I gobbled a banana before the run and praying so hard that I wouldn’t face with stitches at my tummy, and thank god I didn’t! 😀

A word of advice, you should NEVER run on an empty stomach. I used to do that but I always felt sick  after running on an empty stomach. Eating after the run doesn’t help either because all I felt was puking which I did once, quite badly. 😦

You should always have something light 1 to 1.5h before running and a banana would suffice.

Unsurprisingly, I reached the event a little late and started off 4mins after the official timing. I guess for all run events, especially when there is a massive crowd, the gun time will never be the same as your real commencement timing because it is just too crowded and so, you will find yourself walking first before you can really start running.

Here is some of my feedback and thoughts on the Shape Run 2014 event in summary, which many other runners concur as well (I know this because I saw many others complaining of the same on Shape Singapore’s Facebook)

  • Lack of manpower – at water points and booths giving out finisher tee and medals
  • Runners using USED cups due to insufficient cups
  • Runners drinking FROM THE huge bottles and PASSING IT around to other runners. I really find this unhygienic but I guess this is based on individual’s perspective. But whatever it is, this should NEVER occur and has NEVER occurred in all the run events I have been to (I have completed over 10 run events to date).
  • Because of the long waiting time and everyone was rushing and pushing, with disgusting sticky bodies rubbing against yours (MAJOR YUCKS), I was so fed up that I gave up and forgo the chance (what chance?) to hydrate myself.
  • After completing the race, there was NO direction as to where runners could receive their medals and prizes. There was no systematic method of organising this event. It was so bad that I actually thought perhaps there was no medals given out because some run events actually do only hand out finisher tees. But Shape Run 2014 does give out BOTH medal and finisher tee however, there was no sign to direct runners after completing the run. I was quite lost and eventually, I found the booth giving out the finisher tee and medal.
  • The queue, unsurprisingly was damnnnnn long. The amount of crowd was madness but thank god, the ‘XS’ size category was the shortest and because I opted for ‘XS’ for my running vest as well, I reckon I should be able to fit the ‘XS’ finisher tee as well. photo 2
  • However, upon reaching the booth after queuing like for 10mins (poor others had to queue even longer for other sizes), I realised that the volunteers were not giving out the medals and finisher tees, it was DRINKS. I was like, huh? but took it anyway and it was only the booth after this drink booth, were the volunteers handing out the medals and finisher tees.
  • The event took place at Nicholl Highway and they had booked the huge grass field to fill their tents with, which was quite a distance from one booth to another, but I guess this is only a minor issue.
  • There were long queues at the photo booths and freebies booth which I guess it’s pretty common
  • During the run, there was a junction where both 10km runners and 5km runners faced an intersection (which means prone to clashing into one another). I think this is pretty silly because I thought the organisers could actually route it properly to avoid this? I don’t know but this as well, has never occurred in other run events I have participated, especially at the same route.
  • Not as many road marshals stationed at the routes but I guess this doesn’t really bother me that much

This pretty sums up the consequences of poor organisation of the event. I am rather awed and taken aback because Shape Run as compared to other run events held by Community Centres or small organisers, is considered as a major event. I guess it can pretty much be on par with Standard Chartered Marathon?

Anyway, thank god for another friend who ran 5km and waited for me to finish my 10km.

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Hate my fat arms 😥

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I know my timing is shit.

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Finisher tee and medal!

Upon completion of the Shape Run 2014, I still have 3 other upcoming run events – Yellow Ribbon, Tampines Run and Great Eastern Women’s Run. Still thinking if I should participate in the Standard Chartered Marathon this year…

On a side note, I really hope to improve my speed and stamina but my knees are getting tighter and tighter… 😦

Any advice or tips from fellow runners? 🙂

Edited with results :

TIME: 1:27:21 (gun) / 1:22:40 (net)

Singapore Blog Awards + Contest Results!!!

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The wait is over and today all invited guests and fellow bloggers, including the finalists attended the Singapore Blog Awards held at *SCAPE Ground Theatre Auditorium!

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The theme was derby-fashion or anything inspired by horses and here is my #OOTD for the event!

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Congratulations to ALL WINNERS!!! YOU GUYS TOTALLY DESERVE IT! 😀

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And yes, I came in as 1st Runner-up!

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We had some performance and a light refreshments for those hungry souls…like me. Heh.

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Some of the prizes and freebies :

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And at almost every event, what do you see nowadays?

YEAH! PHOTO-BOOTH!

And we had our fair-share of fun too! 😀

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And the bf…playing around with the props…

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You know.. I actually start to think that he has some secret aspiration……

And a group photo of all the winners!

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And our super grainy selfie.

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Now some post-event and contest thoughts…

Despite having won the Voting Contest which only contributes 30% to the final results, I knew I couldn’t emerge as the Winner because there were just so many strong competitors and these other contestants did an awesome job as well! In fact, I was honestly struggling with the hair stylers and I know NUTS about vlogs. We were not required to do vlogs but I thought that videos are way better for beauty tutorials compared to photos and words only. That was something I learnt in my experience in this Blog award. I know some of you guys are gonna laugh at me, saying that I’m silly, because shouldn’t that be a known fact?

Hmm, but I guess one wouldn’t really understand the difference and importance until one really experienced it for him/herself right? ;P

Anyhoo, judging on their blog posts, one can easily see how much time and effort every finalist blogger has put in for this Singapore Blog Awards Contest.

It was really no easy feat but I’m glad I didn’t allow the difficulties and tall orders to get the better of me, and that I persevered and didn’t give up! All thanks to everyone’s support and encouragement as well 🙂

This Singapore Blog Award contest has taught me several valuable skills which I have documented here. Perhaps fellow bloggers may also find these useful.

1. As mentioned, tutorials (be it beauty or not) are really easier to view by readers via videos as compared to photos and words. This is especially so if you need to teach them how to use a certain beauty tool or how to draw your eyeliners/apply eye shadows. It is sometimes difficult to put everything down in words and videos would do the trick 😉

2. This voting contest allowed me to understand better of my ‘true’ friends. Of course, this may come across as superficial and it doesn’t completely mean that those who voted (say maybe once/twice) are my ‘truest’ friends who will place me as priority before themselves…of course I am exaggerating. But you know what I mean right? What I am saying is that those who made real effort to rally for votes such as my bf, my sister and my family who conscientiously voted for me even when they were away overseas. They never stopped thinking of me. And of course to friends and even virtual ‘friends’ who did not mind me spamming them with thick-skinned messages to rally for votes. Those who have done so were those I am shocked of who they are, as in, we are not super duper close but I am really very touched that they would go the extra mile to remember to vote for me, on their own accord that is.

On the contrary, there were some friends whom I thought would well, vote for me almost every day (because making it a daily affair may seem oh-so-very-demanding…), actually did not…but I can’t tell for sure because I know there are some who voted but without telling me or replying to my messages.

And because voters are required to fill in their identification numbers, I guess that scared the shit outta some people…which I found it quite ridiculous. I mean, isn’t this the same as lucky draws? The purpose of the requirement of identification card number is not to invade your privacy although technically, it is..But apart from that far-fetched notion, it is actually for authentication and verification purpose as well as eh, to identify the winners for the lucky draw…?

There was actually an ex-classmate whom I wasn’t very close to but we have never stepped on each others’ tails (at least based on my perspective) and whose response totally shock me.

I know the prizes aren’t fantastic to some of you but I thought it’s all about helping a friend? Or at least, I thought I’m one.

Apart from having difficulty to vote, which was actually quite a simple procedure, she eventually told me “I’m not keen in the prizes.” This was after I explained to her the purpose of the requirement of the IC number..

Sigh, oh wells. Totally lost for words.

3. To be honest, I hesistated to hold giveaways to rally for votes as well as ‘likes’ for my page because it seems kinda unethical? Some may even view it to be the same as ‘buying votes’? But because I thought, since the sponsor is also giving away prizes which is very common in most lucky draw contests, I went ahead with it.

The response I must say is quite good, but that fantastic though and it did deliver some results…however, I have to make things clear that the votes of these giveaway participants were of the minority. I still relied on my family and friends for the votes.

I hesitated initially for the fear of wagging-tongues and true enough, another fellow blogger did bring a few incidents to my attention because she was gotten involved as well.

We were said to ‘buy votes’ using freebies which made us seem very despicable and unethical…and after complaining that on the social media platform, the very same person who complained also started her own giveaway to rally for votes.

Sigh, I really don’t know what to say about this…seriously.

What I learnt from this is to be careful with every action you take, especially if you are under the scrutiny of the public’s eyes…of course, it’s not that I have zero knowledge about this prior to this incident, but just that I feel the impact now after experiencing it personally.

Also, why don’t people practise what they preach?

4. Family and true friends are always the best. Need I say more?

5. Never give up. As cliche as it may sound but it is really true. I’m the kind of likes taking on challenges and truth be told, I was so frustrated with the hair styler and for a 7-min video, I took around 5h to edit it. The editing process is much worse than photo editing I must say. You will need to ensure that there are no glitch in the whole video and that it plays on smoothly throughout. Not forgetting the narration portion. I know you can actually speak to the video recorder during the video but for those who can’t multi-task especially when your hands are full and you need to concentrate on whatever you are doing (e.g. not burning yourself with the hair styler) or for those who are afraid of stuttering in front of a video camera, you can actually narrate separately and insert the voice records at any time of the video as you prefer.

For those who don’t know, I started off blogging to share with like-minded ladies who, like me, prefer reading reviews before purchasing stuffs, in particular, beauty stuffs. So I’d thought, why not share my own personal reviews with everyone else?

One thing led to another, and very soon I found myself blogging about lifestyle topics, food reviews and even sharing tips on keeping fit and losing/maintaining weight, although I am no health and fitness guru. Neither am I any professional in beauty stuffs compared to many other fabulous beauty bloggers are out there, whose passion is really applauding

Once again, thank you everyone for your generous and kind support for conscientiously voting and rooting for me! I really really appreciate it.

And I know this blogging journey has only just begun with even more exciting activities lined up ahead!  😀

[Beauty Tools Part 3] My Everyday Look – Make Up and Panasonic Multi-Styling Straightener EH-HW58-K

Hi girls!

Today I will be sharing with you a comprehensive step-by-step for my ‘everyday look’ which involves minimal make-up as well as styling my hair using the Panasonic Multi-Styling Straightener EH-HW58-K.

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Don’t we all look like this when we wake up first thing in the morning?

Dull oily skin with messy hair?

Let me show you how to achieve a presentable look, with nothing too much or little and yet still look gorgeous in a short period of time! 🙂

These are the make-up stuffs which I used.

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This includes of the following :-

1. Chanel Foundation Compact Powder Vitalumiere Eclat

2. Silkygirl Shimmer Duo Blusher

3. Etude House Face Highlight

4. Canmake Highlighter

5. Missha Under-eye Concealer

6. Makeon Brown Shimmer Eyeliner

5. Shimmer White Eyeliner

6. Bourjois Ultra Black Liquid Eyeliner

7. Bourjois Brown Eyebrown Pencil

8. theBalm Bronzer

9. 2 Brushes – 1 for contouring and 1 for applying blusher

First after bathing and cleansing your face thoroughly after a night’s sleep, ensure your hands are clean before wearing your contacts.

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I opt for a more natural looking design with enlarging the pupil effect.

Starting out with my bare face with just my contact lens on.

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Applying sunblock before makeup is a MUST and I’m currently using Biore UV Bright Face Milk [Pink] Sunblock with an SPF of 50++.

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Then I start applying the Chanel Compact Powder. Remember to apply it downwards as you do not want to clog your pores. Only apply upwards for substances that contains nutrients such as moisturiser and essence.

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Next, line your eye thinly.

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Then draw your eyebrows.

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Hehe, I know my eyebrows need some trimming…and recently I have hopped onto the ulzzang look for eyebrows!

And then conceal your dark circles and blemishes.

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Use a brown eyeliner to line your below your eyes and join them to the upper eyeliner on the sides.

And then stick on fake eyelashes.

Now this is optional, you may opt for a more simple look without putting on fake eyelashes or may prefer applying mascara for a more natural look, which I have blogged about in my previous blog post.

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Contour your nose if you prefer.

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Blend it well and apply highlighter on your forehead, nose bridge, undereyes, chin as well as on your laugh lines.

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Draw the inner eye corners with the shimmery white eyeliner for the innocent doe-eyed look as well as ‘open’ up your eyes, resulting in livelier eyes!

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Apply blusher.

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You may apply outwards and upwards for a slimmer looking face or apply it at the bottom of your cheekbones.

For the hair, I straightened my hair using the Panasonic Multi-Styling Straightener EH-HW58-K which generously offers a 6-in-1 styling hair designs.

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Using the same method in my video tutorial and steps mentioned in my previous blog post using the Nano Straightener, slide it down straight instead of curling. This should be much easier than curling.

And…TADAH!

The final look :

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A before-after comparison :

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You are now ready to head out and face the world!

Thank you for reading! 🙂

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What does it mean to be a beauty blogger?

Anyone can be a blogger these days but being a ‘power blogger? That is a totally different issue. Being a beauty blogger is one who shares beauty tips and reviews with the readers, who are substantially females. However, that is not to say that men aren’t welcomed either since there is now a growing trend and demand by men on beauty and aesthetic services. This is understandable because everyone wants to look their best! 🙂

To be honest, I was on the verge of giving up on this ‘Best Beauty Blog’ contest because I had ZERO knowledge and experience in creating videos and editing them, as well as ZERO hands-on experience using the hair stylers. I was actually one of the few who was struggling using the styler, even during the Beauty Workshop with Panasonic Singapore. Also, you could see that I still struggled my way through in my video tutorial on using the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener. However, I did not edit those ‘NG’ (‘Not Good’) parts because I believe in putting an honest front and moreover, I am not a professional make-up or hair stylist and started off knowing zilch to creating the full works!

I pressed on not only because I love challenges but also because of the encouragements given by my family and friends. For that, I deeply appreciate it. 🙂

Because of this contest, I have learnt so much within such a short period of time.

This includes creating videos which I have been wanting to do for the longest time and now, I can start creating more vlogs! Vlogs are more useful for beauty bloggers in a way because processes of using beauty tools can be more accurately and clearly portrayed compared to using only pictures, which can be a hassle to snap at every stage. My ‘Everyday Makeup Look’ had only pictures instead of videos because I am down with a sore throat and cough. Even during the video tutorial on ‘How to put on fake eyelashes fast’, I was sick and had to suppress my cough which occurs every 10 mins or so. It was tough, I must admit. Till now, I am still suffering from a bad sore throat and cough 😦

Apart from these skills, I had also learnt and understood better issues such as the importance of networking, those who would conscientiously root and vote for you and those who aren’t that willing to do so, and also how to use the hair beauty tools which I made the effort to watch countless of videos.

I am thankful for this opportunity for being one of the finalists for ‘Best Beauty Blog’ and special thanks go out to Panasonic Singapore and OMY.sg in organising this Singapore Blog Awards. Of course, not forgetting to my voters and Facebook fans as well. ❤ 😀

If you love reading my blog and my beauty tips and reviews, do vote for me! :)

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You will stand a chance to WIN PANASONIC products too!

Open to both locals and non-locals! :D

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