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Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation

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I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’ve been trying new products, and when there’s one that’s worth a shout out… a shout out it’ll get!

I love, love love foundation. My most recent love was Shu Uemura’s Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation, which went almost everywhere with me because it was so easy to touch up. I eve renewed my love for it (purchased refills). Twice.

And before my romance with the Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation was even over, another contender appears!

My latest foundation love: The Shu Uemura Petal Skin Liquid Foundation

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Meet the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation.

The Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation ($68 SGD) is available in a total of 11 asian-tailored shades, which is the biggest reason why I always reach out for Shu’s foundations above all others – because it suits my yellow undertones so well! I tend to have a lot of red vessels showing, especially around my nose and chin area – the foundation effectively covers them up and leaves me with a radiant, soft glow.

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I’m 764 for most Shu Uemura foundations, which is a medium light beige.

It’s formulated with botanical oleo-veil to soothe, white jasmine which boosts clarity for a bright & radiant complexion, white lily extract to hydrate and sits on the skin so well – it minimizes pores, is comfortable throughout the day, and feels like you’re wearing nothing!

I like my foundation softly matte and not too dewy, and I find that the Petal Skin Liquid Foundation hits the sweet spot. It’s hydrating, but has a semi-matte finish which is natural. I still use a powder to set everything after applying concealer on my undereye area and acne marks, and for this I use the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Invisible Powder!

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You can apply the foundation anyway you like – fingers, sponge, brush… but my favorite method would be with the accompanying brush it as released with, the Petal 55 Foundation Brush!

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The Petal 55 Foundation Brush ($80 SGD) is really, the best companion for this liquid foundation – or practically any liquid foundation for that matter. The bristles are densely packed, and the broad application area means that you can blend foundation really quickly without the brush absorbing too much of it, or before the foundation dries up.

The multi-faceted handle of the Petal 55 Foundation Brush was designed such that it doesn’t touch any surface, thus retaining hygiene AND also, the ergonomic makes it easier to grip while applying foundation, even at the contours of your face!

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I literally only needed ONE (full) pump of foundation for my entire face. I find that I use so little product with this brush that I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll even finish this bottle of foundation by its expiry date! The brush also provides a little massaging sensory experience – it is sometimes quite therapeutic to use it in the morning.

It is however, easy to go too hard and tugs a little at your face if you exert too much strength while using it.  Or maybe it’s because I was using it post-face threads that made me feel like I needed to go easy with the brush, as it was a little more sensitive to the brush strokes (i.e., I couldn’t brush downwards). I found that this was the best way to apply the foundation:

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Annnnnddd are you ready for the before-after?

Before: With dark eye circles, sallow skin, and pimple-ridden chin/cheek *yikes*

Before: With dark eye circles, sallow skin, and PIH (post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation) on my cheeks *yikes*

After: largely concealed, skin tone evened out, with a natural, soft matte finish

After: largely concealed, skin tone evened out, with a natural, soft matte finish (before lip color went on oops)

I mainly wore this foundation while I was in Korea, and it stayed on so well despite the super cold 12-8 degree temperature!

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I kept using this foundation over and over again when I came back to Singapore, because it was just so easy to apply.

Here’s another before-after for you!

Before: reddish skin & a pimple on my chin! argh

Before: redness around my nose, PIH & a pimple on my chin! argh

Foundation on the left side of my face only: Instantly brighter, and much more even - redness is gone, but not unnaturally light skin (my arms are darker due to the lighting in my room)

After: Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation on the left side of my face only: redness on my face neutralized and instantly brighter, much more even complexion, but not unnaturally light skin (my arms are darker due to the lighting in my room)

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And because I’ve had so many good skin days with this foundation, here’s another selfie, this time with their Supreme Matte Lipstick which I really really like! I love dabbing it on my lips with my finger, and the good thing about matte lipstick is… I use it as a blush too! Here’s a link to Pony’s video on her favorite Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte colors *heart eyes* she makes every color look so good!

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In this face of the day, products used:

  • Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation ($68 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Stage Performer Invisible Powder ($60 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 ($33 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in M CR345 on both cheek & lips ($38 SGD)

Sign up here to get yourself shade matched and receive a foundation sample as well! Shu Uemura boutiques are available at ION, JEM, Bugis Junction & Vivocity, counters in departmental stores at Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines, Metro Paragon, Robinsons Raffles City, Robinsons Tangs & Takashimaya.

In case you’re still not convinced by my post to give this foundation a try, here’s a video by Pony (from Korea) which will definitely make you a Shu Uemura Petal Skin Convert within 5 minutes of watching! (I know I was sold the minute I saw the video!)

The products were sponsored, but all reviews and opinions are my own ; )
I do not review products I don’t use or dislike! 

Shopback x VISA!

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What can $100 get you in Singapore?

  • 3 MAC Lipsticks
  • A tank of gas for a Japanese car
  • Set lunch for two at Tatsuya
  • An Instax camera
  • An Apple Magic Mouse
  • 27 rolls of MT Masking Tape
  • Approximately 40 plates of chicken rice

Imagine how much more you could have gotten if you had shopped online via ShopBack – for a merchant with a 10% CashBack, spending $1000 equates to $100!

I would want to think that I’m one of the most “auntie” person in the groups I hang out with – especially when it comes to things like:

  • Shopping (you want what? I have 20% off!)
  • Carpark advice (don’t park here, very narrow – park here after 5, it’s only $3!)
  • Grocery Shopping (xx is cheaper, the pork in yy is more fresh, this place always got discounts)
  • Life Pro Tips (Put this in your car and there will never be cockroaches)

But when it came to online shopping, apparently I’m a dunce, because I don’t use ShopBack as much as my friends do.

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I’ve heard of ShopBack (they keep mentioning it in the chats), but I never really paid attention to it till my recent craze with chia seeds and then only realising that I could get it cheaper online via iHerb, and save even MORE with ShopBack! shopback

What ShopBack does is that it allows you to get back a portion of your shopping expenditure when you buy products through their online shopping aggregator service. With over 500 merchants from around the world, you can always get a great deal online – from clothing on ASOS, to getting electronics via Lazada (I’m looking at household stuff like steam irons and ovens!), booking accommodation and travel tickets with Expedia, and even purchase health food with iHerb!

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And using ShopBack is easy-peasy; simply

  1. Login to ShopBack’s website, and look for the merchants you’re keen on shopping with
  2. Click on the merchant logo, surf, and check out your items!
  3. The cashback will appear in your ShopBack account within 48 hours of payment
  4. Once it’s been validated by the merchant (no exchange/returns within 60 days), it will be redeemable.
  5. And then all you need to do is request for your payout (min $10) and it will be credited into your designated bank or paypal account!

(For more information on how ShopBack works, click here!)

I feel extremely late to the game – the site sees over 120,000 people per month using this service, but I am sooooo doing all my online shopping via ShopBack from now on!

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I shop often on ASOS, and I use Expedia / Hotels.com, as well as redmart for my heavy groceries. On the average in a month, my shopping can amount to approximately $2000, and that is not including holidays which would incur a larger credit card bill. IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I COULD HAVE GOTTEN BACK VIA SHOPBACK for the past YEAR I’ve not been using it, and what I could have done with it. Argh!  

Sweetening the deal is ShopBack’s collaboration with VISA, which allows you get up to 12% + extra 2% back from your online shopping!

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Guess who’s gonna get her groceries on RedMart (11% Cashback!) and watching movies at Cineleisure (4% Cashback) this weekend?!

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But wait… did you know that there are actually SUPERSIZED promotions on top of that? I did not realize it till I checked my email recently and that’s when this mailer was screaming my name, asking me to go shopping online:

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HELLO? It’s an extra Visa cashback perk for all Visa card holders! It’s a no brainer – you’d want to shop with ShopBack. Before I cleared my  chats there was one part where people were just talking about how much they’ve saved from using ShopBack… and I was hitting myself for not booking everything through ShopBack!

That just means that you really need to pay attention to your emails from ShopBack (unless you have friends like mine, who will make public service announcements hahaha)

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My job is done here, sharing this important piece of information with you – so bye for now guys, I’m gonna go get busy shopping (online)!

28th May – Mummy, Happy Birthday!

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My mummy turned 52 today.

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Had a great meal at Beauty In A Pot over at ONEKM – Other than their very obviously great collagen broth, I also love their mala (it’s a bit more herbal than spicy) and we all loved how we did not end up smelling like cooked food at the end of the session because of their fantastic ventilation! Props to the Paradise group for being so thoughtful.

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Mum: “Wah I look big in the photo!”
Me: “But you are big what… NO MORE SODA FOR YOU.”

Someone messaged me on SnapChat and said that my mum has pretty hair, like mine. I laughed and said that we both have the same unruly, curly hair.

Yup, I inherited my curls from the woman who sacrificed all the fun she could have by giving birth to me at a tender age of 21 years old.

Love you and Happy Birthday, Mummy!

Take a step closer to your aspirations with PhilllipCapital

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Even though I was a financial planner previously and passed my M5 & M9 exams, I wasn’t confident enough to tackle investments. I’ve always been more artistically inclined and bad at math, plus, it was such a broad and scary subject to me.

It still is. Please don’t trust me with splitting the bill. Hahaha.

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If you’ve asked me 5 years ago about investing, I would have said things like…

“Huh? Really can make money meh?”
“Will lose money not?”
“Wahlao my head hurts from hearing all these”
“I’m not good at math, it’s okay I’ll just marry someone who can invest hahahaha”

Back then, I wasn’t earning a stable income and I just decided that such things aren’t for me – I’m a low-risk taker, and conservative with my options.

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However, I’m no longer that bushy-tailed 21 year old girl I was. Things have changed – I’m earning a relatively stable income now, I now have many more responsibilities in my hands, and yes, I’ve gotten married – but not to someone who knows how to invest, hahaha. It’s okay, who says a girl can’t do it on her own?

Life isn’t exactly at a standstill, and I’m comfortable right now – but that doesn’t mean that I should ride along with it.

I’ve become a beauty blogger, I’ve taken up Japanese language lessons, I’ve picked up new hobbies… these are all a kind of investment – I invest my precious time in it to learn something new and useful to me, so why not learn how to make my money work for me too?

I believe that anyone can achieve what they want as long as they set their heart out to do it!

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When my manager sought out my interest in this advertorial, I think she was surprised herself to see me so interested in this – she caught me at the right time – I was just wondering where I could go or who I should consult to learn more about investment and making some passive income. In fact, me and my friends were having in the midst of a group chat discussion on that very same topic!

Everyone wants financial freedom – to be debt-free, to be able to afford all our wants and needs – and this can only be attained when you truly take charge of your assets and learn how to make it work for you. We all want to own our own property, and be able to provide for ourselves at old age and for the future generation – and you can make it happen by doing something about it! 

PhillipCapital is a company with over 40 years of financial expertise – you most definitely would have heard of it, but in case you haven’t, it’s proudly Singapore-made, with global presence in over 16 countries, and a partner in finance to over a million clients worldwide!

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And this year, to celebrate their 40th years of journey, they’re reaching out – share your inspiration with PhillipCapital, and they may just surprise you with help on achieving it and bringing it a step closer to reality!

I took my first step by attending a financial course to gain better understanding of the different options I have to build a solid and well-rounded portfolio at this point in life – did you know that PhillipCapital holds many financial courses at Phillip Investor Centres around Singapore, which makes it convenient for you no matter where you stay?

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It’s a one-to-one course, but I strongly encouraged my friends to come along for a lesson too if they’d like – my advisor was extremely patient and had an extremely good knowledge for me to tap on – we discussed the risks we were willing to take, the possible outcomes, how PhillipCapital had a safety cut off in its system to prevent major losses, as well as a live demo on how the online trading system, POEMS work!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I went home with a much better understanding of how the SimSCI & SGX works, the possibilities of dipping our toes into Forex & Commodities, and most importantly, an idea of how much we need to make our first purchase – I was surprised to learn that it could be as low as $3k+ (depending on market value of the day)!

It’s a little hard to explain everything on this platform, so you should really take a look at the financial courses Phillip Capital offers, and call them up to make an appointment for yourself! And don’t forget to submit your aspiration today – you never know what surprise you may receive in your mailbox!

I also shot a short video for them – excuse my double chin – and I love it! Hopefully this will inspire you to do something you’ve always wanted to do!

Mummy’s 51st Birthday Celebration at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (Marriott Hotel)

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It’s hard for me to come to reality with this but my mum just turned 51 in May this year.

FIFTY. ONE.

10 years ago, the 20-year old me very much wanted to just move out and get her out of my hair hahaha. (Don’t we all!)

But fast-foward ten years, after the younger, rebellious me have grown up and gotten married and moved super far away, I wish my parents stayed closer to me (or me to them) so that I could spend more time with them. The weekly dinners we’d have before my brother enlisted in the army have become lesser and lesser, but my heart is always in Eunos Crescent.

I miss my mum’s cooking loads (all mums should cook because there’s no food like home cooked food) but it just isn’t fair to make her slave over the stove on her birthday, so we made plans to head out for a little family dinner with her loved ones, and we chose the famed Wan Hao restaurant in Marriott Hotel, Singapore!

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{ Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant } 
320 Orchard Road | Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Website | TripAdvisor | Tel: +65 6831 4605

Wan Hao serves excellent Cantonese cuisine (you know it’s famous when your mum makes a remark about how nice the food is etc etc when you mention that you’ve made a booking at Wan Hao) and has been around since 1995 – that’s 20 years this 2015, and to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, they’ve specially put together a menu featuring the best Signature dishes of all time, with 20 of the most popular and award-winning a la carte dishes from 1995!

We got ourselves a little room so that we could get some privacy!

:D that's part of my chinese name!

:D that’s part of my Chinese name!

寿桃! The folks at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

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The kind staff at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

I don’t know about you, but it’s my family thing to make everyone at the table have at least a bite of it for good luck. I love 寿桃s and can finish the entire plate by myself no problem! Hahaha.

The first dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30). The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin and savoury prawn paste which was cooked as one.

The first proper dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30).

One would have thought that this dish of Crispy Suckling Pig would be frightfully oily, but it was not – instead, it was an extremely well balanced dish, with skin and a bit of fat atop prawn paste which was melded together as a bite sized piece.

The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin, which was cooked together with the savoury prwan paste.

The sweet sauce dip it came with went absolutely well with it – it was so good, I couldn’t stop popping piece after piece into my mouth!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

My entire family LOVES soup – every lunch or dinner will definitely have a soup dish and this was hands down the best soup we’ve had in a very long time! The light yet flavourful broth almost had me asking for seconds – the winter melon and seafood were cut up to bite-sized portions (very welcomed as we had a kid in our group) and it was DELICIOUS.

Yum - Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy Szechuan Sauce!

Yum – Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy
Szechuan Sauce came with huge, WHOLE scallops and was one of the star dishes of the night!

The spicy Szechuan sauce complemented the fresh scallops really well, and the generous portions kept my parents (and I) happy!

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

If I had a plate of white rice, I would be scooping this onto my plate and finishing every morsel of rice with this! I love crabs, and the accompanying asparagus was the perfect companion to balance out this very savoury mix with crab roe!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn't stop taking pictures of it!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

My aunt was asking me why I chose this dish because we were really full towards the end of the 5-course dinner – but my parents took a bite and no one had questions anymore. Even I was rendered speechless by how good this dish tasted! It’s really just simple fried rice with waxed meat – but the aromatic fragrance emitting from every bite just makes you want to dig in for more. The portion was really just right for us to finish the meal with, and I would really recommend that you try this at least once! It’s really different from all the wok-fried lotus leaf rice I’ve had!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I'm so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It's really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao's dishes more than met his standards!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I’m so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It’s really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao’s dishes more than met his standards!

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

LOVE.  Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

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Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Psst, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s having their 20th Anniversary celebrations till 31st July 2015, and you can still try out the dishes I’ve mentioned in this post! Plus, dine on Mondays and enjoy special prices! Please call Wan Hao at +65 6831 4605 to check for promotions and for reservations! 

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