Sunday, July 24, 2016

My 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)!

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection Lipstick Swatches

I was really excited about the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick Collection, hoping to have a chance of finally owning her signature bold red lippie - I was not disappointed. Dominated mainly with Reds, there's also a really gorgeous nude and fuschia shade worth lusting after too! Alongside this amazing collaboration, Urban Decay has also taken the chance to introduce their Mega Matte lipstick in 714 which is intensely pigmented as seen on the swatches above.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection Lip Swatches

One thing to note, as of all matte lipsticks, 714 does run on the dry side so it will be wise to apply a lipbalm beforehand. Though not featured in this blogpost, Urban Decay has also taken the liberty to launch Gwen Stefani Lip Pencils in the exact same shade as the lipsticks. My pick was ex-girlfriend in both lip pencils and lipstick for the ultimate nude lips, Firebird for it's interesting take on Fuschia and ohh the reds were hard... but I had my eye set on Spiderweb for it's blue shimmer

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection Brow Box

I admit, I bought this solely just to make my collection complete. The packaging is too adorable to miss and I have such big weakness for beautifully designed cosmetics. I also bought it for safekeeps should I ever need a cool toned, taupe/ash brow product - since it's not as common as the usual black/brown/grey. This will come really handy as my hair color gets lighter but I don't have time to get my brows dyed. And don't the two tiers just look adorable?!

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection Blush Palette

I have always been a fan of Urban Decay's Afterglow blushers and this blush palette, which includes six shades of blushes from a pop of pink to a matte bronze, doesn't fails. They look really natural, lasts for up to eight hours, and have been my most frequently used blusher to date.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Collection Blush Palette Swatches

The blush palette basicaly consists of 4 blushers, 1 bronzer and 1 highligher:

- Cherry, a light, cool-toned pink blush with a soft, pearly sheen
- Easy, a muted, rosy plum blush with cooler undertones paired with warm, gold frost
- Angel, a nude, golden champagne blush with warm undertones and a frosted sheen
- Lo-Fi, a soft brown bronzer with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish
- Hush, a medium, rosy copper blusher with warm undertones and a frosted finish
- OC, a light peach highlighter with warm undertones and a satin pink duochrome sheen

For me, I like to mix and match around the palette. My personal pick will always be Cherry, but on some days I like to pair it up with Angel too! With the warm shades, I would still prefer to mix it with Angel too to avoid looking jaundice. But overall, I would recommend this blush palette as a good start if you're new to Urban Decay's Afterglow blushers. The colours are wearable and value for money too!

Since I was such a fan of this collection, I decided to incorporate my pre-wedding look inspired by Gwen Stefani! My MUA, Marie Soh of, was a darling to work with. She is very flexible to changes, very professional and there's never a dull moment with her as she makes me completely at ease.

It was also from Marie that I've picked up more beauty tips and be more adventurous with my palette. If you haven't already know, Marie is one of the highly raved about MUA in the bridal market and have also worked with several well-known publications over the years such as Women's Weekly, Female Brides, Comopolitian, to name a few.

For this shoot, I decided to steer away from my usual natural makeup and try out something much bolder.. We agreed on 714 from the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani lipstick and lip pencil collection to bring on her signature red lips.

Not sure why I look so fat here (very bad angle -.-) but nevertheless, thank you so much Marie for dolling me up!

And there you go kitties, a prelude to my pre-wedding shoot with Samuel Goh... x

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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 :))


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:

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~

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Albion Exage Moist range

Amongst the many toners I've tried so far, Albion Skin Conditioner Essential has always remained my top favorite. But obviously, this brand carries more than just that holy grail so it's about time I explore deeper into the brand with Albion Exage Moist range. In fact they actually carry four signature skincare series, in which the "Exage" line is a moisturizing range that's formulated with it's unique "Base Water" to promote circulation whilst deeply hydrating and soothe dry, flaking skin - even for those who eczema! Now let me run down the 4 steps to achieving well hydrated and supple skin...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#Operationkitties: Pre-wedding florals from HelloFlowersSg!

For my Zwedding shoot in Singapore, we have also collaborated with HelloFlowersSg as the girls have had such raving reviews working with them previously! HelloFlowersSg is an online floral studio founded by Annie, who had previously trained and worked as a social worker with families who suffered from domestic abuse. She acknowledge the therapeutic effect of flowers and nature (it's true, floral arrangement is the only time I'm so quiet and focused) and decides to marry it with the idea of providing flexible employment for individuals who can't commit full time work. With that HelloFlowersSg was born and has since partnered with various social agencies and volunteer group to provide on-the-job training and adhoc employment. Isn't it a beautiful idea to not only own such gorgeous blooms but to be doing good at the same time? I didn't realize know about #helloflowerswithacause until this collaboration, I'm so proud and inspired by Annie, I wish I had known about her much sooner :)

Without further ado, here are some snippets from my pre-wedding shoot with Zwedding, featuring three beautiful works from HelloFlowersSg: A creamy bouquet and floral head wreath for our outdoor nature shoot + a sexy red bouquet for a good contrast against National Gallery's majestic architecture ♥

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Experiencing the OSIM's uLove Massage Chair!

Throwback to last Wednesday when I had the awesome opportunity to pop by OSIM for the unveiling of the gorgeous new ambassador, Fan Bing Bing, for their uLove massage chair. It's no surprise that Fan Bing Bing is the ultimate goddess who spares no expense in pampering and indulging herself - I have always loved reading articles from her that advocates and empowers women to always remember to love themselves a little more by taking real good care of their skin (cuz if you don't, who will?). Now, we have this amazing woman revealing her beauty secrets to us: hydration and massage!

Friday, June 17, 2016

#Operationkitties: Gown Fitting at Zwedding

When I first started planning for the wedding, I was so sure of what I wanted: Hand Painted floral gowns by Hamda Alfahim from Dubai as seen above. I was especially keen on the mermaid dress with a train (right), it's so me with my usual bodycon cutting and it costs approx USD$3.6K to have it tailored made for me. And when the wedding is over, I can simply cut it short and wear it on formal events to make my moolahs worth. Sounds like a perfect plan right?

Well sadly, in life, you can't always get what you want. And with the strong persuasion from both sides, I had to kiss this dream goodbye. Which I got over it in the end, after seeing a very similar inspired version by a local bridal store... but in hues of blue flowers instead.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Celebrate your unique blend of style with the PANDORA Ring collection!

I find it amusing how my first exposure to PANDORA was not via any social media platforms, in fact, it was from my mom! Being the ever modern mommy that she is, this woman chanced upon PANDORA jewelries way before there was a cult following.. and unlike most ladies who celebrate the idea of buying one charm at a time to signify an important moment in their lives, my parents filled the entire bracelet at one go, with spares -.-

With that, it comes as no surprise that a family heirloom was "born" and I can't wait to share with you guys what my parents have picked for me after #Operationkitties is over! For now, let's focus on what else PANDORA has to offer :)

Monday, June 13, 2016

#Operationkitties: Time to fix some body issues with Halley Medical Aesthetics!

(Credits: Zwedding & LeGrandWedding for our outfits)

Now that I've gotten my skin more or less sorted, it is time to move on to more serious issues that need dire attention to. I have gotten to a point of what every bride fear of... getting fatter as my big day is nearing! Imagine having my sister telling mom that I look fat in my gowns, and the heartbreaking realization of not being able to fit into my usual bodycons (which make up 80% of my wardrobe) anymore 0.0

You may be rolling your eyes and wondering what on earth am I talking about since I look so petite and skinny.. but that's only because I dress to hide my flaws, not flaunt them. My body issues became so bad I once had a meltdown to my fiance which had him so worried, he offered to pay for my exercise sessions if that makes me feel better for myself *so touched*

"What exactly is your problem then?!"

Well, blessed and cursed with a bottom-heavy body, it has come to the point where my tummy is constantly looking bloated and fat, resulting in me slowly losing my waistline too. I'm also facing really wide thighs that makes my lower half looks extremely massive when I wear bodycons, while my upper half remains the small tiny frame it always have been. I really detest my body shape now and when I stop managing to fit into my usual clothes, the effect can be really devastating :/

Another problem I suffer from is my dark eye circles/eye bags. For someone who have noticed how bad her undereye situation is since she was 12 and have been heavily relying on concealer afterwhich, nothing you do will persuade this stubborn mind on her #1 insecurity. I used to think my biggest insecurity would be my nose or my boobs, but turn out it's actually my undereye -.- I even went for Sculptra 2 years back after all the eye products I've used were deemed useless, but the effect had unfortunately worn off right before my big day is approaching.

The above picture marks the very last time I could barely fit into a bodycon, with my bottom half threatening to burst with its fats. I hope it also helps you better visualize what I meant with my pear shape figure. After all the exercising and diet supplements that sadly haven't affect much to this heavy booty, I've decided to proceed on to my final weapon: booking an appointment with Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics to assess my situation.

And while we're at it, I shall also have Dr. Tan take a look at my sunken eye area as I've heard from a little bird that he's good with fillers! Shall report back in a week's time! x

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