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I have this issue with blackheads on my nose... I've tried so many products but they're really embedded into my skin. What do you reccomend? skeletal-moron

Hi there. To combat blackheads, I usually go for a twice weekly routine of: cleansing > blackhead removing facial scrub > toner > self-heating mask > nose pack > toner > clarifying mask sheet. I also make sure to remove all my makeup to minimise clogging of pores.

I would recommend TheFaceShop’s Volcanic Ash self-heating mask as it helps loosen up stubborn blackheads and makes it easier for removal by using a nose/pore pack (I use TheFaceShop’s white mud nose pack for this).

There are quite a lot of products to choose from, and you probably already have them in your stash… so it’s probably more economical to stick to those. What’s more important is to perhaps stick to the routine. Also, be sure to ask the person at the counter if the product will suit your skin, or better yet, book a skin analysis.  That way, you can understand your skin better and spend less on products that don’t actually work for your skin. 

Anyway, thanks a lot for asking. It’s been soooooo long since my last post. Sorry for that… Just haven’t got much to write about these days.

Verdict: TheFaceShop’s Real Nature Mung Bean mask sheet
Yes… I haven’t updated for AGES… It’s not that I’ve neglected my looks: I’ve been keeping up with my beauty routines very religiously (well… I guess there are some breaks every now and then). However, I’ve pretty much stuck to the same products - save for the product above, which I’d bought back in February - but only remembered to use it today *grins*
TFS has a range of new mask sheets and the Mung Bean mask just happens to be one of them. The mask sheet, containing mung bean extract (who’d have thought?) claims to cleanse the skin, purify pores and promote smooth skin texture. Definitely something I’d go for any time.
So I used this mask right after face wash, facial scrub, nose pore pack and toner. Upon removal after 20 minutes, I noticed my pores have definitely gotten smaller and a lot clearer.
I should buy more of this.
My verdict: Ooo…. 8.5!

Verdict: TheFaceShop’s Real Nature Mung Bean mask sheet

Yes… I haven’t updated for AGES… It’s not that I’ve neglected my looks: I’ve been keeping up with my beauty routines very religiously (well… I guess there are some breaks every now and then). However, I’ve pretty much stuck to the same products - save for the product above, which I’d bought back in February - but only remembered to use it today *grins*

TFS has a range of new mask sheets and the Mung Bean mask just happens to be one of them. The mask sheet, containing mung bean extract (who’d have thought?) claims to cleanse the skin, purify pores and promote smooth skin texture. Definitely something I’d go for any time.

So I used this mask right after face wash, facial scrub, nose pore pack and toner. Upon removal after 20 minutes, I noticed my pores have definitely gotten smaller and a lot clearer.

I should buy more of this.

My verdict: Ooo…. 8.5!

Review: La Tulipe Roadshow, Atrium, Times Square Shopping Centre, Brunei

La Tulipe Roadshow is until the 5th of March!

I knew about this Roadshow upon my visit to Times Square in the afternoon today, after being given a flyer by a Dora the Explorer mascot while I was on the escalator (I was heading downstairs, Dora was heading up). Hmm… that person underneath the costume must know I’m into this kinda stuff… I wonder who it was….

I just found out that the roadshow will be ongoing until Sunday, 5th March; so if you really want to get ahold of the bargains they have on offer, there really is no need to rush out there today; you have about three more days to do that. Of course, stocks will be limited, mind you.

The roadshow offers a 20% discount off all La Tulipe products; facial treatment services; skin consultations and free makeovers. To be honest, I was a bit taken aback at the saleslady who; I suppose was just trying to do her job; was being a tad too pushy. She assumed, as I was just browsing through the area, that I WANTED to buy something immediately from them. It really annoyed me that she had to ask whether I wanted lipstick, or foundation, or powder or if I needed a makeover -

Like, HELLO??? Why would I need a makeover? Maybe you could ask if I wanted one but I certainly don’t need a makeover. I really wanted to just snap at her and say the only person who needed a makeover there was her - because her hair needed degreasing; and her eyes needed a little less blue eyeshadow. But I knew I was better than that.

Therefore, lucky for her, I actually took the opportunity to look at the flyer to see whether there are a few items onstore that might interest me…

So I asked for their ‘Body painting kit’; which is usually retailed at $55 for 12 tubs of face/body paint. After the 20% discount I only paid $44 (so that’s roughly about 3.70 per 10g tub of paint?). The quality is pretty high; it’s a lot better - and maybe even cheaper than those kids’ face paints; and it’s DEFINITELY an easier-to-get-hold-of alternative to Kryolan paints, which I’ll have to wait a longer time to arrive and pay a lot more for.

I also bought their ‘Perfect Foundation’ and their mascara; two things I’m almost running out of in my makeup bag. Hehehe…. I just hope their good. Will do a review on them in due time - if I can remember. Ooh and I also received a free pleather makeup bag with a mirror, which is great - if I can just zip it open a lot easier than I can now… :(

So anyway, yes… the La Tulipe roadshow should be interesting… I’m giving it an overall 5/10; but still recommending it because they’ve got some really vibrant coloured products on sale - something you don’t wanna miss.

La Tulipe roadshow @ Brunei Times Square

Happening right now… I just knew. If you are in the area and you are into this kinda stuff, check it out :-)

SpaSpy: Manicure+Pedicure+Foot Scrub+Foot Spa package @ Magstar, Citis Square.
…And finally! We have an article after that hiatus-post-hiatus. Please feel free to bash me for being extremely lazy these days; as the above was not my first spa treatment since my last post. I need to make it my resolution to be less lazy… wait, I think I already made that resolution… and broke it. Oh well… could’ve been worse.
I decided to write about the above spa because I recommend it; the beauticians are very friendly and… as you can see from the photo… they did a very neat job on the footwork. The price? Kinda average - $38 for all four services.
Their foot spa is a lot like the one at Essensuals: it starts with a scrubbing; callous-removing; leg mask, pedicure and foot massage - only, it’s a lot cheaper - which is good for the financially-savvy. The manicure also includes a hand massage. :D
I would say a lot more, but I fell asleep during the package treatment. That’s a good sign though - at least you know I was comfortable there *laughs*.
My verdict on this particular salon and their service?
A 7.5.

SpaSpy: Manicure+Pedicure+Foot Scrub+Foot Spa package @ Magstar, Citis Square.

…And finally! We have an article after that hiatus-post-hiatus. Please feel free to bash me for being extremely lazy these days; as the above was not my first spa treatment since my last post. I need to make it my resolution to be less lazy… wait, I think I already made that resolution… and broke it. Oh well… could’ve been worse.

I decided to write about the above spa because I recommend it; the beauticians are very friendly and… as you can see from the photo… they did a very neat job on the footwork. The price? Kinda average - $38 for all four services.

Their foot spa is a lot like the one at Essensuals: it starts with a scrubbing; callous-removing; leg mask, pedicure and foot massage - only, it’s a lot cheaper - which is good for the financially-savvy. The manicure also includes a hand massage. :D

I would say a lot more, but I fell asleep during the package treatment. That’s a good sign though - at least you know I was comfortable there *laughs*.

My verdict on this particular salon and their service?

A 7.5.

Apologies for my disappearance!

Woah… it’s been a while huh? It’s becoming reeeeaaaally apparent how lazy I’ve become - and I’m sorry!

Truth be told I have had a very rough start of the year. I basically had to pull myself together and reorganise my life before I start sinking down the bottom of the depression tank. So I moved to a new place, got myself a pet cat AND decided to cut down on the spending and focus more on treatments that can be done at home:

 

Due to the above, AND the fact that I spent the final week of January in bed because I’d caught a really bad cold, I wasn’t able to go and get myself pampered.

I do hope to get a massage soon, though, as my back and shoulders are starting to really hurt from the load (of books, and BOXES of stuff during my moveout) I’ve had to carry during the past month. Hmm… where should I go this time?

Hi! I just read your review about Tony Moly's product, Cottony Essence Sheet Mask: Manuka Honey and I wondered what are the directions for use? I cannot understand Korean you see. Thanks! perfectlylucid

Hey :) Thank you for your message and so sorry for the late reply: Before you put on the mask, cleanse and tone your skin, then open the package and place the mask on your skin for about 20-30 minutes. Hope this helps!

Review: TheFaceShop ‘Edgy Chic’ makeup tutorial with Ms. Cho Myeong Ae

(This was written on the 31st of December 2011; but because I wasn’t able to upload this post due to technical and emotional reasons, I could only do this now)

As promised, here’s a review on the above tutorial, which I attended yesterday morning. I’m going to have to apologise in advance for this review is going to be pretty short: I’m still pretty much jetlagged from my vacation over Christmas week. I arrived at the event late because my flight had been delayed and it took me ages to wait for my suitcase at the luggage belt - it’s a good thing Times Square is only literally a minute away from the airport though!

Like all of TFS’s tutorials, the event was very well-organised; and after looking at Ms. Cho, I knew I was in good hands because she is simply gorgeous! The lesson began with an introduction to skincare followed with the actual makeup procedures. What I really liked about the tutorial was that she pointed out:
other benefits of eye serum (which you also can use for the side of your lips to prevent wrinkles and fine lines),
how to draw eyebrows to look younger AND
how to wear false lashes and make them appear a lot more natural, by cutting up the falsies into about 4-5 sections and applying each section onto your lashes sparsely.

What I found a bit weird about the tutorial was that we had to apply eyeliner under our lashes, which was very uncomfortable. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not used to it, heh. Oh, there was that, and the fact that they didn’t write down ‘Edgy Chic’ tutorial on my cert; so I guess I’ll have the same cert for my ‘Sweet Glamour’ tutorial tonight. And to be honest I don’t think the look suited, or did anything different to my face.

Or perhaps it’s just the jet-lag talking. Oh well, I had fun anyway :D

But then again… I DID put on TONNES of makeup for the Dress-them-up competition at Brunei Times Square shopping centre last Sunday.

Although the makeup was done by myself, I copied this look from Promise Phan’s video: you should reaaaaaly check out her tutorials if you’re into cosplaying and other stuff.

According to one of the judges for the competition, I ALMOST won - but I arrive really late so it cost me a couple of votes. Never mind! I’m happy people voted for me anyway - and I just lost count of just how many times people asked to take photos with me.

I was famous for a day! … as… an Avatar?!?

Title: “Anticipation: All made up”

Media on canvas: Derwent inktense pencils, Derwent coloursoft pencils, purple makeup base, BB cream, eyeshadow, nail polish, liquid eyeliners, lipstick, false eyelashes.

Another “Made-up” painting…

December is such a lazy month for me. I’m having winter fever - even though I’m currently nowhere near snow and ice (unless you’re willing to consider the pearl milk tea I just ordered).

I apologise for the lack of updates - I haven’t exactly been out shopping or spa-ing because I’ve just been too… lazy. I wanted to give my face a break from all the unnecessary decorating and get myself used to seeing my natural fresh-faced reflection.

…But I didn’t want my awesome makeup products go to waste as they were expiring pretty soon - hence the painting.

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