Monday, August 22, 2016

Breeze through #QuarterLifeCrisis with Origins Original Skin!


Olla! If you have been following me on my ig @paperkitties, you would have realized that I have recently been involved with Origins #QuarterLifeCrisis campaign and talked about their Origins Original Skin range! Reason I agreed to be involved with this was simply because I could totally relate it to what's happening in my life this year.. when you're between your 20s to 30s, it's an unspoken transition period where you are leaving your reckless days behind, trying to understand the responsibilities that comes with adulthood. I reckon it's also about this period that I truly understand what Britney meant when she sang of not being a girl, but not yet a woman. I reckon that's how it is for us? Similarly, my skin is also going through a transition period where it stops producing as much sebum but starts to turn dry instead. The cyclical changes to our skin that comes along during our monthly menstrual cycle is made even more obvious that our skin needs are different throughout the month. I consider this a dangerous period as my skin is now a little of everything, but I can no longer use too much of a certain skincare product that targets a particular skin type, it's all about balancing and adjusting my skin routine accordingly.

Wave goodbye to enlarged pores and start embracing hydrated skin, this range is ideal for ladies whose skin is facing a transition period and wanted something gentle and nourishing, or better still, a routine recommended for brides-to-be to include. Origins Original Skin range is all about boosting your glow from within whilst refining your skin texture.


Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

A gentle, frothy wash that thoroughly cleanses one's skin whilst leaving it feeling comfortably clean, Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash aims to balances face with dry and oily places to balance your skin. Using this facial wash left my skin that gives a squeaky clean feeling, I would have very much love this a year ago when my skin is still horribly oily and need some help in getting rid of the excess oil. It's amazing in doing so, which in turn help lessen breakouts and clogged pores from the high sebum production. If your skin is steering towards the dry side like mine is at the moment, it may take a little getting used to before being assured that it still doesn't dry out your skin though!

I've recently been pretty much intrigued by the beauty benefits of crystals so it was quite surprising for me to realize that Tourmaline crystals are used in Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash to detoxify and brighten skin while improving vitality. I won't be going in depth on crystals and beauty yet as I am still trying to learn more about it, but I thought it will be a fun fact to note!


Origins Maskimizer

A skin-optimizing mask primer with Marine Algae Complex, Origins Maskimizer helps hydrate, soften and optimize skin’s condition to prep your skin for your masking experience! I would especially recommend this to fellow maskaholics who would like to get the maximum benefits out of their masks, please take note to not use them with your peeling masks though.. it won't work!


Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

Origins Out Of Trouble use to be my holy grail mask to treating my acne; but when you're getting older and your skin is transitioning towards the dry side.. would such a harsh mask still be ideal for your skin? Why not try something that's much more gentle but still as effective? Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay is a 2-in-1 masks that is made of Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willowherb and exfoliating Jojoba beads. It helps to deeply cleanse your skin, minimize pores while refining skin's texture for a radiated glow. I find it great for absorbing the impurities in my skin that's still oily but yet leaves my skin baby soft after washing off. Not to mention being able to massage and exfoliate my dead skin cells when washing off. It's such a good change to steer towards without comprising on the efficacy!


Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion with Dual Ferment Complex

This newly launched potent, multi-tasking essence lotion is fortified with Origins dynamic Dual Ferment Complex to enhance their radiance-reviving blend of Willowherb and Persian Silk Tree. Lightweightand oil-free, Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion with Dual Ferment Complexsoftens, refines, hydrates and restores radiance. The first thing that attracted me to this essence lotion was the citrus-y rose scent; it reminded me of a particular geranium blend I adore yet at the same time soothes my senses. I have tried a few treatment lotion and essence lotion before this, and have never stick through a particular bottle for long as they tend to break me out. Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion with Dual Ferment Complex is the first that I've stuck through until now as my skin is still under control :)


Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb

An upsized version of 50ml is launched alongside the former, Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb amplifies the essence lotion by helping skin to rebound and reduce oil production. My favorite function has got to be the ability to blur imperfections and enlarged pores, a good cheat for my day makeup without the need for pore minimizing primers! Am pleased that it helps my makeup stay better during the day too! Yes, I personally prefer using it during the day so that I can double it up as a primer whilst I stick to something richer at night to repair my skin. It keeps my face feeling balanced and more matte during the day.


Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm

No point pampering your entire face if you have dry and chapped lips, so don't forget to moisturize your puckers with Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm! A thick gloss that comes with a hint of tint, this gloss gives a protective shield against dryness.


Intrigued in preparing a skin survivor kit for yourself to tide through your quarter life crisis? Join Origins Instagram Contest to win one for yourself! Just so you know, Origins #QuarterLifeCrisis Survivor Kit (worth more than SGD300) comprises of full size products of:

- Original Skin Essence Lotion
- Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay
- Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willow Herb
- Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash
- Maskimizer Skin-optimizing mask primer
- Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm

It's so easy, just capture your essence and share your selfie on instagram. Don't forget to follow and @Origins.Sg and tag #QuarterLifeCrisis #Sweepstakes to be one of the three lucky winners on 31 August! Good luck kitties!x

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

OPERATIONKITTIES: Online Prints with PRINTFORFUN


I can't wait to share my AD photographs with you kitties but I'm still waiting for them to be in.. so in the meantime, let me share some bridal-related vendors that you may be interested in. The first being PrintforFun.Sg - my one stop shop for everything that's photos related: photobooth, canvas prints, stickers, photo prints, instagram hashtag services etc. How convenient right?

Being the bride who aims to minimize unnecessary trips and extra work, I'm always more than happy to rely on doing every thing at a go from my chosen vendors. So I decided to try printing some photos out for keepsake, to put it on my office table and to distribute some to my family! PrintforFun.Sg has a variety of sizes and finishes to choose from: 4R, Half 4R, 4inch Sq, 3inch Sq, A4, 8R to Large Vintage, Small Vintage, stickers!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks Review & Swatches


Woohoo, let's make this week beauty posts be all about Too Faced cosmetics! Now that I'm back to my short crop, it's time to bring out some loud lippie colors and kohl black eyeliners~ Just so I won't look like a kiddo :B

Another awesome range that will be launched this week for Fall 2016 Collection is none other than Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks at SGD$33 each! Infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler, Melted Matte ensures your lip color glides over lips like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte opaque finish. There's 17 crazy shades to choose from but here's 7 ranging from nude, coral to pinks and berries for you to ponder on.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer Review & Swatches


Concealers are a staple in my daily life ever since I was 12 - when I first noticed the existence of my dark eye circles. I have since gone through different brands/pots/sticks/coverage to get me through these years of panda eyes along with angry teenage acne. I had two holy grails, MAC Studio Sculpt and Ettusais Premium Perfect Clear Up Concealer, that had since discontinued and pulled out of Singapore respectively.. so what's next?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sephora Natural Allure


Phew! I'm finally done with the wedding and can be back on board my beauty reviews whilst waiting for my AD photographers to get back with me on the pictures~ Who knew wedding would take up so much time and effort even for a chillax bride like me, and after 9 months of intensive planning... Didn't help that I have to be extremely careful with the type of products I apply on face as I can't afford to breakout after all my intensive facials right? In the end, I just stuck to a "new products" ban and only use what I already have and am familiar with. Do you know how sad I was :/ Needless to say, my non-existent patience was running thin, I just wanted for it to be over and done with! Lol. Now I'm back in "business", let me kickstart with a long overdue post that had me raving non-stop about: the natural skincare section at Sephora!

Bet none of you realize that Sephora actually holds a wide range of natural skincare products that you may have missed and/or not know much about. Well, me neither! I'm glad to have been exposed to a good variety of brands that I will be introducing to you kitties today :)

Monday, August 8, 2016

#Operationkitties: Casual pre-wedding shoot with Samuel Goh

Right from the start, I knew that I will not be scrimping on my AD photographer - moreover so, when I've decided to scrape the idea of hiring a videographer. The problem was having to justify to my fatty on the cost.. As always, The Wedding Scoop was very helpful in their list of recommended photographers, price range and reviews; so I shortlisted a few whose style I'm interested in and discussed it with le fats on the budget (we agreed on $3k+).

Pretty quickly, we narrowed down to three, before throwing all our eggs in one basket - Samuel Goh. For starters, I was impressed with his turnaround time when it comes to replying my emails. No more than 2 working days (yes, I calculated). Then, we decided to pop down to his studio at Tiong Bahru for a further discussion and to judge for ourselves if Samuel is compatible to work with.

I'm glad we did.

After introducing ourselves, listening to him talking about his inspirations and what he focuses on... I knew we were in sync. It's all about raw emotions, nothing cheesy or overtly posed. We liked him so much so that we decided to include a pre-wedding shoot as well.

We have been together for 11 years, yet this is our first proper photoshoot as a couple. I love how it's different from my usual style, and most probably the most hipster shoot we ever will have. Obviously, this is only the beginning...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Review, Swatches & Pre-Wedding Look c/o Marie Soh


After a detailed blogpost by Linda on Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani's Eyeshadow Palette, let's talk about the remaining collection and which products was used for my pre-wedding look! Launched for Spring 2016, I may be way overdue in reviewing this collection but I still will simply because I love them so! And also because, I realize that the blush palettes are still available in our local Sephora whereas the lippies are now also availble in UD's latest 100 vice lipsticks (minus the limited edition packaging)!

Monday, July 18, 2016

#Operationkitties: Consultation at Halley Medical Aesthetics


Fast forward to consultation day, Halley Medical Aesthetics was very easy to locate. A short walk from Dhoby Ghaut or just a cheap ride from Orchard MRT, it's located at 248 River Valley - opposite UE Square and the streets of Mohd Sultan Road.

The interior of the clinic is classy but minimalistic. With their signature red sofa welcoming guests upon entering and a statue of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic white dress at the counter top, this medical clinic exudes a welcoming and peaceful aura; a place where patients can relax and truly enjoy their treatments in comfort.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#OperationKitties: Choosing THE Wedding Venue - The Straits Room at Fullerton Hotel


Choosing the venue seemed so easy initially when I already had my eyes set on Raffles Hotel at The Lawn, but things quickly got complicated when I was exposed to the variety of choices available to hold my dream outdoor garden wedding. Other venues such as Villa Halia, Tamarind Hill, Alkaff Mansion, One 15 Marina Club, Fort Canning, The Arts House, Shangri-la's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Tanjong Beach Club, Naumi Hotel etc started looking like good alternatives, and suddenly I do not know what I want! It didn't help that Raffles Hotel will be undergoing through a major revamp from May 15 onwards, making it impossible for us to hold it on our anniversary date. It was just a matter of time before I got spoilt for choice, had a major headache narrowing down the options, and had my fatty stop being interested in my next ideal location -.- All within a week!

Then, other factors came into play.. the solemnization at The Lawn means that only canapes is being served, guests witnessing us signing our life away to each other and that's it - sounds pretty underwhelming isn't it? So luncheon came into my mind as the next best alternative with long table setting like I have dreamed of. Well basically, I was open to any ideas but a typical traditional chinese banquet. NO, just NO (and an extra NO because my parents wanted one in JB anyway). I was torn between old colonial restaurants, still sticking to my garden wedding, and choosing between just a soleminzation or luncheon or both? (Oh yes, I included a lot of links that accompanied my thought flow throughout the entire decision process and I hope that will help speed up your search too :))


credit: blog.weddingpaperdivas.com

By a stroke of random luck, Fullerton popped into my mind and so I decided to give it a look and found THE perfect venue for me: The Straits Room. And I know I made the right choice when my fatty immediately let out a loud gasp and went "woah" the moment we stepped into the room. We need not look any further. The thing about fatty and I is that we have been together for so long, we are not just foolish kids in love anymore, we are more than best friends.. we are a team. For this wedding, our partnership is simple: I look out for the aesthetics (the big picture, the theme etc) and he look out for the technical stuff (like contracts and whether it is worth the moolahs); so it makes it very easy for us to reach a compromise as long as we know what the other party truly wants.


The very picture that made my decision | credit: www.fullertonhotel.com

I've only been to Raffles Hotel prior to making this decision but I do find Raffles much more flexible and accommodating than Fullerton. For your reference, here's what we managed to request at Fullerton:
- corkage waiver or extra bottles of wine (up to a dozen)
- upgrade from Palladian to Loft Suite at $300 (no complimentary extra night stay for luncheons)
- at least 70% of wedding cards

That's it. You'll get more perks if you paid your deposit with the Amex card instead.. such as $500 off per table and extra complimentary stay to say the least. Which we would have if our wedding coordinator actually gave us more time to have our card approved instead of rushing us -.-

Truth be told, it wasn't smooth sailing for us initially due to our unhelpful wedding coordinator, Maureen, who not only was the most inflexible and rigid wedding coordinator I have ever encountered.. she was of zero help too. In our opinion, it felt as though she was only doing the bare minimum of what's required and nothing more. You can read more about my complaints at dayre for I don't feel like repeating the unpleasant encounter with her again. Thankfully, we made the right decision of changing our wedding coordinator to Wendy 2 months shy of the wedding, and everything went uphill with her ever since. Efficient, quick to respond with solutions, very professional and helpful; we couldn't be more thankful.

I can't wait to slowly reveal my wedding journey with you guys once the official pictures are in! I would also be updating my #Operationkitties page should you miss anything! If you're wondering why am I only documenting this once in a lifetime journey only after the big day is over.. the reason is simple: I wanted to eliminate the possibilities of looming stalkers and copycats. Sad to say, my life is filled with losers like these who are so competitive and greedy, they rather copy whatever I have than to be original and use their own resources. In fact, I was told that one infamous blogger was already eyeing my gown sponsor the moment I revealed by pre-wedding pics on instagram.. and when she was rejected? She started dissing on wedding related issues to make her sorry self feel better *roll eyes* I know I can't prevent these people from doing what they do, but the very least I could do is to protect myself from unnecessary dramas that would upset me on my big day right? :) x

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clarins Shaping Facial Reshaping Program


With the big day coming up, it is without a doubt that one of secret fear is to wake up to puffy face. Though I blame them on my poor sleep cycle (which I'm trying desperately to adjust), it's good to know that my trusty Clarins has just the right range of products of my needs again! And that's none other than the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift that's much raved about by my gfs. To be honest, I didn't think too much about the range until I tried them out during the workshop (on dayre here), and was totally impressed by this range! With V-Facial Intensive Wrap & Enhancing Eye Lift, in synergy with Shaping Facial Lift Serum,today I shall introduce you a total facial reshaping program to achieve the ideal V-face contour without going under the knife or aesthetics injections~