Monday, April 14, 2014

Shu Uemura x Mika Ninagawa


I've been missing out on almost all the Shu Uemura product launches because I am working and their events mostly take place during working hours. *pout*

So I'm always bummed to receive the email invitations knowing that I have to give it a miss due to my work. And most of the time Shu Uemura's events are super fun and big scale! 

But sweet Zee, who is the marketing person of Shu Uemura, would always tell me it's okay and that she will meet up with me separately to introduce the latest products to me or she will just surprise me by sending them to my doorstep.


So these were the latest collection that Shu Uemura had, which was a collaboration with Mika Ninagawa for Spring 2014.


Just some image I found off the web.

SO PRETTY RIGHT THE PACKAGING~~

Florals + candy like swirls. *melts*


Okay, time to get down to business!
Let me review the products now.


The above lip products are the new Tint in Gelato for Lip + Cheeks.

I was pretty apprehensive when I first read that it was meant for cheeks too. Because I really hate the sticky feeling of any liquid products on my skin so I saw this product, I thought the texture of it would be like a lip gloss.

But it is not at all sticky!

The product is not very thick and it dries with a rather velvety finish. 
Its like, there is still a little shine but it doesn't feel very creamy or anything.



Color code : CR 04



& now in a louder shade:

RED.


Color code: AT 01



Next up!

The eyeliner - Drawing Pencil.


These drawing pencils are super pigmented.
Color is so intense even when I apply with light pressure and guess what, it can last an entire day on my eyelids and no smudging at all!

I also enjoy using it because it glides onto my eyelids easily so I don't have to worry about any tugging which will lead to saggy skin!


See how rich the color payoff is?



& here I have the Shu Uemura eye shadow spiral duo and the POREraser UV underbase mousse.


This eye shadow duo is already a permanent resident in my makeup pouch because the colors are wearable on a daily basis and I can just apply it with my fingers. So in case there is any last minute appointment where I have to look slightly more presentable, I can just touch up my makeup with this!
*the pretty packaging scored some brownie points too!

Stay beautiful everyone!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dr.Jart+ Giveaway


Dr.Jart+

A little background about this brand is that, did you know Dr.Jart+ launched its 1st BB cream in 2004 and has been the leading the BB cream trend in South Korea for the past 10 years?

& even though CC cream has been seen everywhere now, it actually does not have as much coverage as BB creams and that's why Dr.Jart+ came up with this new BB cream!


The BB Bounce Beauty Balm.
(Functional brightening/anti-wrinkle/UV protection product SPF30/PA++) 

This new unique concept of the bouncing formula gives you the feel of elasticity with your fingertips. 
They call it the 2nd generation of BB cream!


It isn't your typical liquid-y of BB cream that you imagine.
The texture of the product is thicker but yet not sticky (my worst fear).


The puff that comes with it isn't the usual cushion puff too! I don't know how to explain the feel but it is made to compliment the product and when I use it to apply the BB balm, it just goes onto my skin perfectly.

The coverage is more than enough for me because my only concerns are uneven skin tone. 
My skin also feels moisturized and there were no flaking or creases at all.

I wore it out for an entire day 2 Saturdays ago.. 


By the time I took these pictures, I've had my makeup on for more than 6 hours.


My skin just looks so naturally good. I was still worried that the Bouncing BB would oxidize after a long day and my face will start looking oily/shiny.

But none of this happened.


I really like it!!

The only "con " is that application may take slightly longer time than my usual powder routine. You'll need to spend maybe 2 minutes patting the bouncy BB over the face evenly and then setting the T-zone lightly with loose powder. 

But I still love it because I love the natural flawless dewy skin look I can achieve with this bouncy BB.

!!! GIVEAWAY TIME !!!


In collaboration with Dr.Jart+, I'm giving away 3 Bouncy Beauty Balms to my readers / followers!

Steps to win:
- Follow me on instagram (@lianmeiting)
- Like the picture
- Comment "I want to win because...."

Increase your chances to win!
- Repost the picture on your instagram
 - Caption it "Join the @lianmeiting x Dr.Jart+ giveaway!"
- & hashtag #LMTgiveaway

*Giveaway is opened locally only*
*Winners will be announced on 18th Apr 14*
*Winners announcement will be on instagram & blog*


DIS-A-PORE Beauty Balm
(Functional brightening/anti-wrinkle/UV protection product SPF30/PA++) 


"Highly functional Derma Pore BB to simply solve complex pore trouble by covering pores with only BB cream without applying a pore essence and primer. 



Revolutionary pore tightening formula fundamentally manages from the inside of pores to provide a pore tightening effect. It also perfectly covers pores clearly and smoothly without getting oily, so it makes skin look clean."


Radiance Beauty Balm
(Functional brightening/anti-wrinkle/UV protection product SPF30/PA++)


"A new concept of transformer BB with brightening vitamin capsules and white color pigment capsules to change beige tone to bright white/pink tone naturally by bursting capsules on the skin with features of BB and CC. 

The brightening effect of highly concentrated vitamin ingredients in vitamin capsules makes dull skin tones luxurious."

My other favorite item!!
This Radiance BB is very watery in texture and a tiny amount of it is enough for my entire face! The coverage is lesser than the Bouncy BB but it is definitely enough for me so I would use this sometimes too! I love how my face glows when I use this product.


From now till 23rd April, go down to all GUARDIAN to purchase Dr.Jart+ BB as they are having discounts!!

Bounce BB - Original price at S$47, NOW at S$34.90
Radiance BB - Original price at S$47, NOW at S$37.60
Dis A Pore BB - Original price at S$44, NOW at S$35.20

.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kaplan

Ever since I graduated from Temasek Polytechnic, I’ve been through several jobs. Like I was once a kindergarten assistant teacher, an advertising sales executive, a members relations officer and also a flight attendant.

I’ve never stayed for more than a year at each job except for the time I was bound by contract with SIA.

Why was I jumping from one job to another?

Well, because I took a wrong diploma.
Okay, not a wrong diploma but one which I have zero interest in.

I scored 18 points for my O’levels and the courses that I was able to get into were only from Information Technology, Arts or Engineering. My classmate from secondary school was able to get into Business school with 18 points but I was unable to because I was pretty bad with my Math.

I’ve always wanted to learn about Marketing or Public Relations because those were the jobs I saw myself in.
But instead, I graduated with a diploma in Information Technology & went around trying out different jobs.


After leaving the airlines, I was on the hunt for a “perfect” job again.

I was back to square one.

I was so afraid that I would end up job hopping again and I know that I don’t have the luxury to do so because I’m already 25 years old and I’m planning to get a house with my boyfriend and I would need financial & career stability.

So right now I’m in my current job for nearly a year and I am considering furthering my education. I’m happy at my current employment and I've not thought about leaving my job but I just thought it would be safer to have a degree because it is so competitive in Singapore and when I was searching for jobs, most of the companies preferred candidates who are degree holders.

So I decided to go online and search for private schools offering part time degrees in Singapore.


And since several of my friends, ex colleagues and family members attended Kaplan, I decided to find out more.


I’m sure everyone have heard of Kaplan and know that they provide more than 100 top rated full time and part time diplomas and degrees partnered with 12 globally-ranked universities, such as Murdoch University, Birmingham City University, Hull University and Royal Holloway University of London, among others.

With so many choices to pick from, I was totally lost when I was surfing the website because I only knew that I wanted to get a degree in Marketing but I had no idea which university to pick from.


Click image to visit the Kaplan website!

So I decided to register online for a “Preview Session” with the course consultant, Ivan, to get a better idea of what the different universities offered and which would be best for me. Also, I could take a look at the campus to see what it was like.

So I headed down to Kaplan campus which was located at Wilkie Edge for my consultation with the course consultant, Ivan.


& this was where the consultation was carried out, as you can see, many others were also there with their course consultants.

Ivan went through with me on my needs and told me his opinions on which universities offered the degree that I wanted and laid it all out for me. He wasn't bias at all so I like the fact that he wasn't pushy about whichever university I would pick.


So after some thought, I decided to find out more about Murdoch University.

They offered:
-          Bachelor of Commerce (double major)
in Management & Marketing + Marketing & Public Relations

and

-           Bachelor of Commerce
in Management & Marketing.


Most Bachelor’s degrees can be completed within 16-18months, full-time or part-time. 
But if I were to further my education, I’ll definitely be signing up for part-time because I have a job.


The programme consists of a minimum of 9 modules for single major and 12 modules for double major.

One of my concerns if I were to sign up for this is the duration. I mean, who doesn't want to graduate as soon as possible right? But Ivan’s advice to me was to take 2-3 modules a term because it will be too overwhelming if I take more than 3 modules at once as I’m currently holding a full time job.

Each module is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, projects or examinations.


So that means if everything goes smoothly and I don’t fail any modules, I can be able to graduate in 1.5 years with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. The degree will be the same as that awarded to on-campus students of the university. 


However, because I did not come from a “Business background”, as I studied Information Technology during Poly, I would have to take some “bridging” modules. This is to prepare students with non-business backgrounds so that they will not be at a complete loss when they start their official modules for the Bachelor programme.


In the picture that I took above, you can see people registering and paying their tuition fees.

& that brings me to my next concern, which is the course fee.

For 9 modules, it would cost SGD $16,948.80
and
for 12 modules, it would be SGD $22,598.40.

Well, not all of us would not be able to cough up that large sum of money at once so Kaplan has an instalment payment plan where you’ll pay a fraction of the course fee at each term. Which will be about SGD $4000+ per term and that seems quite reasonable and manageable to me.

Let’s be honest, education in Singapore is never cheap. But when I look at the career opportunities I am able to pursue after graduating with a Degree in Marketing, I think it is all worth it. I’m sure with the courses that I’ve taken; I am able to excel in my area of work.


So after my consultation with Ivan, I decided to take a walk around the campus to see how the classes were carried out and the facilities Kaplan has to offer.

The above picture was taken at the campus located at Wilkie Edge and Kaplan takes the entire 2nd floor of it.


The classrooms.


They even have computer labs!!
It really feels like I’m back to school once again.


Then I walked over to the other campus located at Pomo (just 2 mins away).
& the above area is where students register for the courses and make payment.

The campus is located at Pomo is new and everything looks so clean and modern.


So if you are interested to find out more about furthering your education like me, you can click here:


to find for a degree of your choice!

But I would advise for you to arrange a preview session with the course consultant because everything was explained thoroughly to me in layman terms and I had a better idea of what programme was best for me!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little updates...


Today feels like a good day.

I don't know why but somedays I'll just wake up feeling like the day is gonna turn out great. & today is one of those days.

But so far the things that is proving otherwise is:
- stupid smrt delay but I was still on time.
- bit my tongue and it bled like mad when I'm having my oatmeal for breakfast.

Also my inner thighs hurt so bad from ytd's pole class. The pole burn 

But I really wanna master it good & well. So I'll not be giving up so easily!! 



Started my day with a cup of "morning" tea by SkinnyMint.

I've been sent a 28 day teatox by SkinnyMint & I'm currently on day 2! Will wait till I'm at least 1-2 weeks in the teatox before I update here again about the progress!

But it's quite interesting! so you may wanna check out how it works on their website



During pole class yesterday.

We stayed back for 10 mins after to try out the moves we were taught ytd and quickly snapped a few pictures so that we can refer back when we continue adding new moves.



Pretty scary because I feel like any time my right leg is gonna give way and I'll just crash onto the floor.

What hurts the most is the top of my feet!!

I feel like so much pressure is there and it was so red afterwards. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.

No idea lah but I'll keep learning! Can't wait for next week's class!

I need to be less scared of falling I guess. So I can really get into those moves 



Selfie, anytime, anywhere...

It's only been our 8th class for Pole but I'm really glad I signed up for this in 2014. I am even considering to get a pole but..., where in my room can I put it??

I can't put it in my living room. My dad will nag until I die but my room is so small lah. 

Got $$ also cannot buy. Sigh..

Maybe my bf's house?! Hahahaa

One thing his house has is space. Lotsa space but I need to see if he would allow me to fix a pole in his room... 



Worked out at home yesterday for 30 mins after coming home from my pole class.. And check out the amount of perspiration.

It was so much that I started bleeding..

Yes, bleeding.

When I was working out half way I looked down and I saw my torso covered in red dots of liquid.

My first thought "did I cut myself?"

I inspected myself in the mirror, nope, I'm fine.

Then second though "nosebleed?"

I checked. Nope, no bleeding..

Then I realized....



the so called droplets of "blood" is from...

The red dye from my hair!!!!!!!

吓死我!

I thought I so hiong workout until bleed!!

Hahaha it's because I was perspiring so much the red dye from my hair started to come off because I've yet to have my first wash after dyeing it on Monday! 


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My calves hurt so bad.

I think I overworked it from my last workout. It was so painful that I went for a massage specially for my lower legs and the masseur also commented that it's very swollen.



I've always hated my calves and wished I could just chop it off. Super big lump of fat (front n back view is damn ugly) so I always take side view of my legs or I'll cross them in front of each other to give a skinnier illusion.

Damn you fat calves 

It did become smaller after I started running and working out but last week I tried a new workout routine and I guess it backfired.



Anyway I did my hair at salon vim yesterday right?

Let's see what I did!



R.e.d





Guess what is this for????

My eyes!!!

After my double eyelid surgery... I'll use this "ice pack" to bring down the swelling!!

I bought 2 for me & 2 for my other girlfriend who is going with me so we can interchange when 1 becomes warm.

Omg 10 days more!!!!!!!

So freaking excited!!!!!

Need to change TWD soon!



I'm really gonna do my eyes! Yay!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Outpost bar @ St James



Hello all!!

Weekend is over once again. 

& we are back to the starting point once more, Monday! Which means another 4 more days to go before we can exclaim in joy *TGIF!!

Anyway my weekend was fun.

Friday was spent with my girlfriends & boyfriend for dinner at Saveur, I love their duck confit so much!! And we ordered a bowl of truffle mash which was not listed on the menu for $5 and it was so good!!! Can fight with the truffle mash at Poulet!!

After filling our tummies we went to..

visit a fortune master. Or is there another name for them? Because I didn't actually go to read my fortune lah. More like hear about my future like what is good for me and what to be wary of.

I would say she is pretty accurate but then again @evonnz did pointed out that somethings mentioned by such masters are very generic so it can apply to almost anyone?

So just listen only lor. I won't totally do everything the master advise unless it's to my own benefit!

& for those that are interested

The master is from Thailand and she is only in Singapore 3x a year. The place I went to was at golden mile. Level 3 I think. Or level 4. I don't have her number or anything so don't ask me for it.

People address her as "ah ma", and she is known as "guan yin ah ma" cause she prays to guan yin.

So to those that are asking on my Askfm, that's all the info I know and will share. Won't be replying anymore!

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My Saturday was filled with activities!!

Bf woke me up at 11am with my favorite..

Macdonald's breakfast!!

He said that's the only thing that can wake me up before 12pm on weekends. - Food.

Hahahah wah Lao I so greedy meh 

But yah, I did wake up within 30 secs. Hahahaha!!!

After eating our shiok breakfast, I went back to nap until 2pm.  eat n sleep straight!

Then 3pm we headed to gym where I did my usual workout & ran for a good 27 mins! Feel so good to sweat it all out!!

Then dinner time was meeting the following char bors & their partners:



@yinagoh & her Mr Bai, @evepek & her child star Neng neng, @evonnz & her brainy hubby yang.

We had dinner over at Jing Hua restaurant, used to be known as Qun Zhong eating house.

& this place sells the best Guo Tie (pan fried dumplings) ever!

The other dishes that are worth ordering is the pan fried pancake with red bean paste, their Xiao long bao, and ah balling!!



The best!!

Crispy like mad on the outside and the fillings inside is really tasty too!!

SX and I can finish an entire portion which is 10 Guo ties amongst the 2 of us. 



Some of the other food we ordered. The Zha Jiang mian is just average to me and I can don't order it because I don't wanna consume too much carbo? But for the guys it's a must-order because they need something to fill their tummies!



& after our dinner, we headed for the highlight of the day!! Ok night!!!

Which was an hour of fun at Xcape!

If you don't know what it is, then let me break it down to you in the easiest and quickest way:

- you are given 60 mins to escape.
- you'll be locked in a room with your team mates.
- clues will lead u to discover the password for each lock in the room.
- we had to unlock a total of 4 locks to finally escape and emerge as winners!

So yes. It was not easy at all because sometimes..

we overthink. And some clues that are meant for the next room's lock we will think that it is for the current room. So it gets a little bit confusing. If not for the hints from the girl who was working there, I think we will not be able to complete the game on time!!



No cellphones or camera are allowed in the room so we literally had no other distractions. Only 1 thing on our mind - get the password to unlock the door!!!!

So yes only 2 pictures taken after the game! 

After exercising our brains we decided to kick back and relax and I suggested that we head over to my friend's bar at St James - Outpost bar..

It's a bar with indoor (live band) & outdoor area for people to chill if they wish for a quieter environment..



This is their outdoor area, which actually extends all the way go the corridor and one thing I super enjoy is their large swinging table + chair!! I never fail to jump onto it and enjoy a couple minutes of swinging on it.

Another highlight of Outpost bar is that there are Live band every night of the week!

So far I've been there on Fridays and Saturdays so the only band I'm familiar with is Hubbababas (not sure if the spelling is right) and they are really good despite their age!



An overview of the indoor area but obviously this is just a small area of it.

The live band did a real good job at bringing the crowd to their feet and just gets the happy vibes going.



A perfect spot for a big group of friends!

And beside having beer and wine (me loves wine), we also tried out some food!

Let me share with you what we had.. (It's gonna be a long list!)



Pizza!!!

I don't know what pizza this is because I didn't order it but I think it was Hawaiian lah, I ate 1 slice 

To me, there is still room for improvement for the pizza though it is thin crusted - my favorite- but I still feel it lacks this oommphh flavor to the dish. It taste alright but nothing to shout or rave about in my opinion.



Next up is the sautéed truffle mushrooms which is good!! I like it a lot and I actually tried the fried version of it the last time I visited but I forgot to order it this time round.

If I were to choose, I'll pick the fried mushrooms over the sautéed one.

Because, anything fried is definitely shioker!! Hahaha



& here's a dish that left all of us baffled.

If I remembered correctly, @evonnz ordered this and it was named pork belly crackling or something.

But when we all took a bite we were like, it doesn't taste like pork at all! Is it fish? Or like salmon skin or bacon?

Haha but it was still good! Very thinly sliced and goes really well with the sauce! Perfect finger food to have along with beer.



& another 2 finger food that are must-orders when you are having drinks = fried & chicken wings!!

These dishes hardly goes wrong and the ones we has at Outpost didn't fail us too.

I am usually not a fan of steak cut fries but I can't help reaching for more! I think it was the fact that it was hot & crispy and the dips that were given went very well with the fried items

My favorite dip was the truffle tartar sauce? But the curry sauce was very good too! A few of them preferred the curry.



Okay & the last food item..

Crab cakes!!

I remembered having these in Sam Francisco (Cheesecake factory) and they were really good so I decided to try out the ones at Outpost!

It was up to my expectation! The amount of crab in the filling = generous. Only thing that I didn't enjoy was the strong taste of "seafood". I think it was just me because @evepek said she liked it and didn't feel that it had a strong taste or anything.

So I guess it's up to individual preference!



So besides just serving your usual alcoholic drinks, Outpost also offers quite an extensive list of food to be shared amongst friends and I think it's .

Food + drinks + live band = perfect recipe to keep me returning to Outpost.



& we managed to sabo @yinagoh up to the stage to sing for us!

She sang 2 songs - someone like you by Adele & - zombie by the cranberries.

I have the videos in my phone but I can't upload them now because the music will flood my office. Lol

I think it's really fun to see audiences go up to the stage and sing because such interaction w the live band makes it more fun! There were other people who went up the stage to sing as well.

Ahh, am envious of people with good vocals. I sing like shit 





The guys should do such selfie also. Hahaha



With my 



3 Sentosa Gateway, St. James Power Station, #01-11, Singapore, Singapore 098544

Opens daily at 6pm!!

Weekdays end at 2am.
Fri & Sat ends at 3.30 am!

Do pop by and check out Outpost for yourself! 



Some hiao picture taken when I'm home & waiting for the water to be hot before I can shower.



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