Sunday, December 29, 2013

It has been slightly past a week since I got proposed to and to be very honest, everything still feels very much like a dream to me. Although I already knew that the ring was ready long ago, like early this year, I never thought that he would pull such an early (and AMAZING one) on me. Yes, you read it right. I was aware of the ring’s existence. I can’t remember when we started discussing the idea of getting a ring together, but JS decided to let me choose my own stone cause it’s something that will follow me through my entire life and he wants me to like it, while he chooses the setting (so that I can still have that surprise element) but somehow it ended up with both of us choosing the entire ring together (:

Event : Bobbi Brown x Holiday 2013 Collection Preview

Monday, October 21, 2013

Two weeks ago, I was invited to a media event for Bobbi Brown's Holiday 2013 Collection Preview and I brought my Mom as my +1. It started with a catwalk featuring matured models (aged 35 and above) from a reality TV series "Models Reinvented" and all the ladies wore Bobbi Brown makeup.

Didn't take alot of photos of the runway show cause I was way in awe how young and amazing these ladies look.

You wouldn't believe that these ladies are all 35 and above. Moral of the story ? With Bobbi Brown's Holiday 2013 collection, you can achieve that glamour red carpet look effortlessly whether you are fifteen or fifty.

There was also a make up demonstration by Bobbi Brown's makeup trainer Sophian Loh.

Now let's see what Bobbi Brown has to offer this season. Holiday 2013 is all about Old Hollywood and Gift Giving. Old Hollywood gives you the red carpet glam and you can party all day and night in style with shimmery glosses and glittery nails.
Top-Botton, L-R, Limited Edition Old Hollywood Eye Palette S$99. Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick S$45. Ink Liner S$40. Limited Edition High Shimmer Lip Gloss S$36. Limited Edition Nail Polish and Glitter Nail Polish S$29. Limited Edition Old Hollywood Lip Colour S$50.

And what's holiday season without Gift Giving ?! The Gift Giving collection is your perfect choice if you are looking for something somewhat less glamorous yet equally classy.

Clockwise direction, Smokey Cool/Warm Eye Palette S$108. Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette S$110. Old Hollywood Travel Brush Set S$230. Everyday Pretty / Date Night Lip & Eye Palette S$59.

There were also other items such as Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette S$99, Nude Glow Shimmer Brick S$75 and the Lip Gloss Trio S$77 which I didn't manage to snap photos of. But anyways, the Bobbi Brown’s Holiday 2013 Collection will be available at all Bobbi Brown Studios from November 2013 onwards at the following locations - ION Orchard, Tampines Mall, Isetan Scotts, Isetan Katong, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Centrepoint, Robinsons Raffles City, Robinsons JEM, Tangs VivoCity, Tangs Orchard.

Before I forget, the generous Bobbi Brown Team also presented Mom and myself a door gift each. It was wrapped with a beautiful red bow just like how a perfect Christmas present would look. Stay tuned for a mini review and swatch post.

Just to share : Breakup Tips

Sunday, August 18, 2013

If you're facing a tough time after a failed relationship, this post would probably be useful !

When a relationship ends, people tend to over-complicate things and over-analyze every thought and emotion we have. What you need to remember is that you don’t have to make yourself miserable when a situation doesn't work the way you expected it to. Here's some tips for all you lonely souls out there to get over your blues.

1. The first question to ask yourself is, “How does what I’m doing right now serve me ?" Seriously, you don't get happiness by hiding under the covers, sulking over a soured relationship. You can choose to be better. Instead of isolating yourself from everyone else and walloping in self pity, go out there and develop skills and habits to support you in BEING BETTER.

2. Self-Assessment. Make a list of the following,
  • the qualities that you like about yourself 
  • things you know that you are good at doing 
  • skills / talents that you have 
  • things that other people you respect appreciate about you 
  • prove each of the things on your list with real-life situations that you have done / are doing 
Read this list daily to boost your positive and powerful energies and to render criticism (especially ugly-break-up accusations) useless and unfounded. Never compare yourself to anyone else in her / his life. Seriously, why should you care ? Why want to be with someone who doesn't want to be with you ? If your partner compares you to a new lover, defuse their abuse by saying, “Sounds like you deserve each other. Good luck,” and get away from them. Choose to have a better-for-you situation all the way around. 

3. Identify how the person differs from the ideal you hold / held of her / him. Every time you begin torturing yourself with false visions of how you want to believe he / she is, remember how he / she really is and notice how huge the difference is. Most often, we will see warning signs in relationships but our commitment to our fantasy ideals set us up for a“predictable disappointment.” Perhaps, we can choose to commit to paying attention to the signs in order to make healthy relationship choices along the way. 

4. Don’t play the “make-wrong-game” on yourself or your partner. The reason you feel that the situation was “wrong” was because it did not meet your expectations. The make-wrong-game fosters negative, toxic energy that turns in on yourself. Your time could be better used on forgiveness and loving yourself more so that you will attract the person who can love you the way you want to be loved and who will deserve to love you. 

5. Forgiveness. When you break it down the to lowest level, you are forgiving yourself and your partner for not showing up to fit your expectations and fantasies. Repeat to yourself “It could not have been any other way than the way it was.”

Wasting time on what could have been, would have been, should have been is completely unproductive. You could be indulging in some Love-Myself-Time and committing to your joy. Remember the good qualities that your partner had which attracted you to him / her. This alleviates you from making yourself wrong for the fact that the person stopped displaying those qualities with you. It also validates the qualities that you like in a partner and frees you to continue to enjoy them in the next person. Practicing this habit also allows you to smile and laugh at the good things, which in turn generates positive energy for your success. Forgive yourself for any and all situations that you participated in and acknowledge yourself for your good contributions. You did what you did, he / she did what he / she  did and that’s that. Nothing was ever all good or all bad. Let the good be valuable to your life lessons and let the bad be indications of what not to do in your next relationship. If the opportunity presents itself and is right, you can say you’re sorry that things didn't work out and wish your partner well. You do this as part of evolving to the next level of forgiveness for yourself and for completion with your partner. Have no attachment to their behavior or the outcome. Forgiveness is first and foremost for youself. 

6. Listen to your thoughts and actively choose to condition them to support your goals. Pay attention. Check in before you freak out. Don’t be afraid of what you will find inside yourself because your ultimate power for happiness is within you. By constantly dwelling on negative, self-defeating thoughts, you create a void within yourself. “Nature seeks to fill a void,” so if you are not careful of what you put in, the probability for all kinds of dreadful crap to fill your vessel is very realistic. Again, develop skills and habits to support you in BEING BETTER.

7. Stop whining and move on. It seems that far too many of us are conditioned to be addicted to misery. Too many people spend enormous amount of time and energy making themselves miserable and when they can’t do that adequately, they look to make others miserable as well. Misery is the comfort zone for people who fail to brave to be better. The best way to make yourself – and others who have to tolerate you is to “beat a dead horse,” as the dreadful expression goes. It is valid to have your feelings, to grieve, and to have your processes. However, it is not the goal to make the grieving process your new existence. On this occasion, a little tough love will get straight to the point - grow up, stop whining, take positive action, and move on. Many people are not aware that they are trapped in the misery-making-mode. So, a good way to check if you are is to look in the mirror. Can you smile at yourself and like what you see ? If not, do whatever it takes to be better. Take responsibility for the energy you bring. 

8. Learn to enjoy your own company. This is the most important step of all. Without realising it, many people jump into relationships to avoid feeling lonely and being alone. This fear is generated from a lack of self-validation and self-appreciation. If you don’t like your own company, why should anyone else ? Make it a conscious habit to be good to yourself and with yourself. 

As you become better, there is the strong probability that many of the people you thought were part of your support system become tacky in ways that appear to be jealous. Don’t take this as a personal attack. They are feeling their comfort zones being shaken by you braving to be better. You may have to make some tough choices to let them go – which may only be temporary. But as you commit to loving and caring for yourself, you will attract people of like minds, like energies, and the ability to love you the way you deserve to be loved ! 

Source: x

GFS 5th Anniversary

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Holla people ! I am extremely atrocious. I left my blog sitting here for close to 3 months. I was still thinking how should I even begin this entry without talking about how irresponsible I have been to abandon this space once again. I actually wish I have a more meaningful / convincing excuse like I've been trying to save the world etc but the cold hard truth is that I was simply too caught up with work. So before I got lazy and leave this blogosphere again, here's a pictorial update - GFS 5th Anniversary.

Lucky draw prizes

Alex & his missed-hit Samsung Note


Jasmine, with her long service award plaque and Tag-Heuer watch

Till then !