I'm currently cramped with loads of writing so here's another moment of glory for Milo to bask in. These photos were taken exactly a week ago and he was in a good mood to pose for the camera that day. Unfortunately I need him today for a close up but the ASSBUTT is sleeping soundly in a fetus position, with his limbs tightly tucked under his chin. Good Life~

Anyway, I was the LA MER counters yesterday(which will be explained in the coming posts) and was speechless when one of the counter staff told me their customers enjoyed reading my blog. Hello Amy and the other ladies stationed at Takashimaya! I felt like some VIP upon identifying myself in the afternoon, everyone seemed excited to see me (lol)

For those who are new to me and my space, this is my furry BFF who is now 1 year and 6 months old! He likes to throw tantrums when I'm too busy to bring him out for walks, and create havoc by marking territories here, there, EVERYWHERE! Fortunately, he hasn't peed in my room so it's still my domain!

Have a wonderful weekend and I'm gonna spend mine concocting with those brain juices, and at the same time munching on those Garett Popcorns! Yesh! I got more yesterday! Nomnomnomnom♪

(My favorite out of the bunch - doesn't he look like a cartoon with those big eyes?)

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I love consuming Bird's Nest soup. This Chinese delicacy is available readily at supermarkets and restaurants at various prices, depending on the superiority and where they were harvested.

Please do not check up the trees, looking for bird's nests to snitch. God bless those poor birds. This delicacy derives from the saliva of male swiftlets during the breeding, and takes the shape of a sallow cup that are stuck to the walls of caves.

The nutritional benefits are aplenty - they are an excellent source of calcium and protein that improves the quality of regenerated and cells and strengthens our body immune system. Most importantly, frequent consumption nourishes the skin, making it soft, supple and elastic.

WATSONS Bird's Nest Essence + Rice Bran Whitening Facials
I have been a fan of this particular product but delegated to use in times of skin crisis. During the agonizing PMS period, my skin would get awfully dry - that got me in a hissing fit just yesterday. Imagine having a good diet and skin care routine yet your body choose to betray you every month, as if my face is a getaway resort for hormonal bumps to reside. (TωT)

I have since finished the previous batch which is in an all-white packaging, and slightly bulky. The new ones you see here look absolutely luxurious and contains more punch this time round. No idea if the product's been re-formulated either.

This time round, it comes in a set of 4 facial masks partnered with equal vials of Rice Bran serum. You are instructed to use them together to achieve that whitening boost.

Each vial of Rice Bran serum contains a generous amount of product that can be evenly divided for your face and neck. Take some time to massage it in, before placing the facial sheet over your face. The cloth sheet is made up of 12,000 knitted micro fibres that fits my facial contours very well, with none of that messy dripping all over your clothes.
No thanks to my recent Detox Program that cuts me off from using any whitening products, my skin tone had been looking dull but there is a subtle brightening effect after usage. There is no difference in the fine lines being smoothed out though. Also there was no flakiness of any sort, like what I'd experienced with other brightening masks which is a big plus.

There is no need to add on moisturizer afterwards since the two products hydrate the skin just the way I like it. But if you need a product to lock in the beneficial ingredients, opt for AQUALABEL Skin Enhancer.

I can't remember how much it cost... around S$20? There was a promotion spotted just yesterday that reduced me a mere S$15 poorer. But I'm sorry to announce that it ended on the same day. Anyway, check back with Watsons from time to time since they hold promotions all year round. They also have their in-house Green Tea masks but I'm no fan.

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Hi everyone, this post is dedicated to my favorite/most used products for the month of February. I had gotten quite a lot of products lately but due to a breakout, they would have to be set aside for my skin to recover. On the makeup front, things were left simple as usual, with a few occasional smokey, bold looks. Not to mention the brave attempt on going loud .

My skin has gotten better after a facial session earlier last month, and SK-ll Facial Treatment Essence not only helped to clear up my complexion but also balanced my skin's PH levels. I rarely feel the need to blot my face in the afternoon, even the products that normally don't fare well in the sebum-control department seemed to have played nice with my combination skin.

Part of my Detox Program, I use LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care as my moisturizer rigorously. It is partially hydrating, but enough to prevent CICAPLAST from flaking. The latter is slightly waxy and needs a well-hydrated base for the product to stay onto the skin. I use it mainly the area around my nose, which is awfully dry and red. A month of consistent use, it accelerates skin recovery and I find it easy to apply makeup - powders in particular which no longer cake around my nose.

I have been using CLARINS Extra-Firming Foundation for close to a month, and it was love at first use! Such situations rarely happen, that I must say. I have also recommended many friends to try it at the counters they agreed with the lightweight texture. The consistency is a far cry from BB creams and other foundations I have tried. It felt like second skin and the oil-control properties are up to par with Revlon Colorstay. Although this is formulated for mature skin, it really works well for me, but I don't feel much of that firming effect. I am not ready to give a full review just yet as I'm still going through the trials-and-errors with different setting powders.

The Rouge Hydra Nude Lipstick from CLARINS is another item that I can't go without these days. Nude Coral has a nice tinge of coral that complements all looks, be it smokey or a simple eye makeup. Plus the creamy texture tames down dry flakes, and given its light coverage has surprising good-lasting power! Perfect for me who doesn't like to touch-up.

February has a month of corals, especially in the blush department. The 6 new ones I had gotten in the last 60 days all belong in the same family color but with different characteristics. That I shall explain in another entry. Layering has become an unconscious action, with Rose Gold from SLEEK. The heavy gold undertones enhances any preceding cheek color, though you may look like a tomato if you're not careful. I just don't like to use on its own unless you are going all hot and heavy.... on the dance floor(Gotcha, what were you thinking?) later, I prefer to layer it with another matte blush.

Lastly, we have MAC Blot Powder. Even though I'd mention about the lesser need to blot my face during the day, that doesn't mean I don't reach for the compact at all. After setting my foundation, I went about with colors on my eyes and cheeks. By the time I'm ready to leave the house would be 30-50mins later, give and take with multi-tasking such as feeding the pooch with treats etc. Blotting my face would be the last time I do before putting on my shoes. One application can last a mattifying finish for around 3-4 hours tops. Impressive, eh?

I am currently dealing with a couple of zits, minor buggers after bunching over these delicious popcorns gotten over the weekend. Damn, they smell so good whenever I walk through Citylink Mall. Originating from Chicago, Garrett Popcorns were featured in Oprah Winfrey's "Favorite Things" segment, in which she would share products with her audience that would make a great gift.

Although it's recommended to enjoy these popcorns fresh, but I prefer them a day old. I like mine soft and tender. The one I purchased was in CaramelCrisp flavor. Cashew CaramelCrisp is the same as the former, except that it comes with cashews. The smallest bag will set you back by $8 and lasted me a good 3 days. I can't wait to get me somemore and munch on them over the weekend~.

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I'd attended the Eye On Youth workshop over the weekend, organized by LA MER. First of all, I wanna thank Tina Kaur for securing a seat for me, upon reading my unpleasant experience at one of their counters. Actually I had booked seats for a later time slot but heard nothing back, so was kinda surprised to receive a message from her who offered me the 10am spot. There weren't any photographs taken during the 2-hour session, so I went the extra mile by taking mental notes on special techniques on how to care for our eyes - the windows to our soul.

We began with the obligatory presentation on how to care for our eyes, and medical condition that may be caused by hereditary and other external factors such as long-term exposure to sunlight, pollution etc. Training manager Cecilia took over and related the famous story on how founder Max Huber created the famed Miracle Broth and the process in which he incorporated Sonochemistry -the effects of sound on a cellular level that utilized light and sound waves- and the engineering with transformative effects of magnetized gemstones.

First up is the cleansing ritual - opt for the Cleansing Fluid if you wear makeup daily for it removes impurities effectively, especially waterproof mascara. We were then given Cleansing Lotion and Refining Facial, which is a luxurious treat indeed. The latter works as an exfoliator that instantly soothes and boosts skin's brightness and radiance, and can be used as a mask at the same time. The next step is softening with the use of the Tonic that revitalizes and enlivens skin.

The highlight of the workshop - we weren't just introduced to the brand's eye products but also their special techniques on how to utilize the powerful ingredients within. Most of us have puffy eyes in the morning that could be due to our unhealthy diet such as excess intake of water, sodium, caffine etc.

The Eye Balm Intense helps to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles as it visibly lifts and firms the areas around the eyes. Employing their unique Acupressure Eye Massage , the product will be effectively absorbed and soothes puffiness for a smoother, vibrant and rejuvenated appearance. In simple terms, this action that can combined with your desired eye product will de-clog your undereyes, specifically the areas that causes dark circles to form and help to lift and firm where the skin has sunken.

Following which is an intensive eye treatment using Creme de La Mer. The Miracle Broth contains a seasborne elixir known for its healing energies. Instead of using warmth from your fingers to activate the ingredients, we were instructed to slather a generous amount around our eyes for a good 10 minutes. We ended the Eye ritual using the Eye Concentrate, a vanity table staple for many women across the world. Making use of the silver applicator ensures the product to penetrate into our delicate eye areas and reduces dark circles and fine lines for a brighter, radiant and more supple results.

That's not all, after pampering the eyes, we tried the Infusion consisting of 3 formulas that target different concerns. The Radiant Infusion delivers clarity; Hydrating Infusion plumps the skin and restore moisture, and Blanc de la Mer Infusion for hyper-pigmentation problems. I chose the Radiant Infusion which can be used before serum and before/after your moisturizer. I felt the consistency to be slightly drying after experiencing some flakiness, thus I would prefer to apply a hydrating base prior.

Did you know that Botox is now banned in Hollywood? Although the procedure greatly reduces wrinkles, crow feet and laugh lines, but it freezes the muscles  which prevents actors from making appropriate facial expressions. In comes the Regenerating Serum that lifts and firms the complexion and helps to regenerates tissues under scars. I lilke that my laugh lines are tightened afterwards.

We ended the entire skincare ritual with moisturizer with 4 selections to choose from - Creme de la Mer, Gel de la Mer, Moisture Lotion and the Oil-Absorbing Lotion. I chose the gel verson of the creme and patted onto my skin. This is a good alternative if you think the Creme might be too rich a formula for you. It is afterall, suitable for mature skin.

The Radiant Concealer contains precious marine and plant extracts with a gemstone technology that optically erases imperfections and treats all at the same time. I like the coverage, and the texture turns from cream to powder upon application.

I also managed to try the Translucent Powder; the lightweight texture might just be a great companion to CLARINS Extra-Firming Foundation which I have been trying out in the last 2 weeks. Not a fan of the Powder Brush though, it kept shedding and felt rough to the touch.

I shall end this post with a teaser, and let you figure out which LA MER product I purchased, in addition to the door gift.

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All the tossing and turning last night made me almost gag when I looked in the mirror this morning. I was pretty excited to wear my brand new lipstick, and was worried that matching it with my cardigan of the same color would overkill the overall appearance. Anyway, it turned out fine. I mean, if you don't get weird stares then I must be looking okay, right? Although I daren't walked into Sephora on my way home (lol)

Today I paired Illamasqua blush in Lover with Rose Gold from SLEEK(Swatches). Lo and behold, these two cannot get well together - once I had my Lover all settled nicely on my cheeks, Rose Gold got jealous and tried to "overpower" it. Thus I had to use a white highlighter(WT905) from SHISEIDO to play peacemaker.

Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick

You see, I have been lemming for Rose Paris(#27) for months, and couldn't make up my mind since the counters are only available at DFS Scotts and Transit area at the Airport.

Rose Paris is described as a pinky coral shade though when I first wore it, it looked fuchsia! Thankfully I had an authentic fuchsia color to prove me otherwise. As mentioned, it is a twin shade as my cardigan - it can look pink one way, or coral from another angle. It is a vibrant color, which I have never tried to wear it, especially in the morning. I am in an experimental phase at the moment, if you must know.

Anyway, I got this at DFS Scotts for S$49. GOD, I MUST BE CRAZY! It wasn't really a spur of the moment thing, since I had decided to purchase it after a nice Japanese lunch with a friend. The price didn't stand out like a crucial red emergency sign at that time, thus I paid for it and walked out with a luxurious lipstick in hand, and the "Hallelujah" jingle booming within me (lol)

Here's some random shots of Milo taken just yesterday. Yes, he is getting meaty which means we are feeding him well (lol) Have a wonderful weekend!

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