Clinique : Even Better Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer

February 5, 2016

Got a little parcel from Clinique the other day, and I'm honestly always excited getting parcels (even though lucky me gets so many a week, I'm still as excited!) but this one was one of the most exciting ones : I've heard tons of good reviews on this product, and because it targets a problem I face, of course I wanted to try it as soon as I could...

Clinique is a well known brand with dermatologist-created customized products I'm sure you don't need much introduction to, so I'll get on with my review on this bottle of magic serum named Even Better Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer.

The parcel was pretty heavy, so of course I was curious as to what was inside other than the product itself... I was delighted to see this :

A Gyokuro Tea set (it's different from usual green teas made from sencha, grown in the shade instead of the sun), flowers, and of course the product!

I've made and tried the tea myself and somehow, although the preparation takes longer and is troublesome.. It tastes different, in a good way. Conclusion? I love my green tea whether it's grown in the shade or sun. Anyway, I'm digressing a lot. (I'll explain more about why this type of tea was included in the parcel later)

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer delivers corrective and preventative benefits, allowing skin to look smoother, more radiant, luminous, and with a uniformed tone.
My skin did not feel irritated at all, and I've used it together with my favourite jelly mask (that enhances whatever serum I apply beneath it) so although it hasn't been two weeks, I already see results! I don't have dark spots, but I have uneven skin tones. The area under my eyes, and at my laugh lines, are a lot darker than the rest of my face. So thankful I've found a cure!

To make Even Better, even better, Clinique has developed an Optimizer infused with a cocktail of soothing ingredients that help prevent irritation caused by environmental aggressors, which can lead to dark spots, uneven skin tone, and dullness. 

What makes this product special is the Power of Gyokuro Serum with patented CL-302 complex that helps reverse the look of dark spots and blemish marks.

With Japan's most precious and expensive green teas included in the ingredient list, abundant in antioxidants and anti-irritants. Housed in a custom dual-chamber bottle in order to preserve the purity and potency of ingredients until released with the dual chambered pump.

The NEW Optimizing Cocktail includes a key ingredient - Gyokuro Extract which has exceptional anti-irritant benefits, which helps skin resist against future darkening.

I'm pretty set on including this in my skincare regime forever and ever... It's nice waking up and seeing my complexion more even and luminous. The best part of it is that it doesn't irritate my skin, like I thought it would before trying it out!

NEW Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector 8& Optimizer is available at Clinique counters islandwide and all Sephora stores for $135, 50m1. 


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To My Old Friend

January 18, 2016

You should still be here, and I should still be seeing your angsty updates on your social media channels. 
I should have thoroughly enjoyed that cheeseburger (no pickles) you got me when I was scoopin' ice cream as my part time job instead of eating it so quickly like I did.
I should have texted you to catch up, and show you that we've all got our bad days, maybe some of us more than others, but it doesn't mean it cancels out the good ones.
Wish you knew that if you needed me, I would have been here for you 100% even if I haven't seen you in such a long time. And that you made people happy more than you must have known.

You should know this now, though : Today, I texted someone whom I fell out with because you reminded me how much we should really cherish the ones around us. I texted her to make things good again, so we'll come see you together. 

Be happy and free now, I promise I'll try to make this harsh world just a little better for others, however I can. And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again x

My Chiropractor // Chirokare

January 15, 2016



So I've talked about this before on my social media channels, but today I'm gonna be talking about it in detail - My chiropractor, Chirokare, and what they've done for me since I've started seeing them last August!

If you think I'm just posting about them coz I've been asked to/sponsored these sessions, you're so, so wrong.
*This post isn't paid for and I was allowed to try it out first then decide on whether I wanted talk about it or not. In fact, I haven't told them I was gonna blog about it yet so they're just gonna see this post the same time you guys do!*

I've had back problems and shoulder/neck pain for the longest time.. Everyone around me knows this coz I'm 24/7 complaining about it. It gets so unbearable especially when I travel coz sitting for long hours just makes it ache so much more.

This is an x-ray of my spine :

I have scoliosis, something I actually kinda knew all along since I stopped dancing (I used to do ballet till Grade 7!) coz of the pain in my lower back. I thought that when I stopped dancing, it'd get better, since I stopped working on the muscles as much - it wouldn't put a strain on my back anymore, and it'd be good again, right? 

Unfortunately, when I saw this x-ray result last year, it was obviously even worse. I wish I had seen a chiropractor earlier but it's no use dwelling on things that I can't go back and change anyway.

My neck is also not in great shape :

A normal spine here should be curved into a 'C' shape and not look straightened like this. This comes with too much time spent looking down on my phone/computer/reading books. 

It's so important to take care of your spine. Why?
Because when your spine isn't aligned, it presses down on the nerves that connects our entire body together, and it doesn't function as well as it should. This is where a chiropractor comes in!

"Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system. For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual."

I'll be honest and say that although it isn't painful at all when Dr Kim/Dr Alex 'snaps' my bones back in place, it may not be the most comfortable thing in the world sometimes when they press on certain muscles or areas that are tense. I also always feel a little tired after a chiro session, but this goes away after a little while, and I definitely feel my muscles in the neck down to my back loosened everywhere afterwards.

I usually visit Dr Kim, and he's always super amazing at distracting me whenever my body readily prepares itself to be snapped into place - For example, he'll ask my to wiggle my toes and while I'm at it, *SNAP* my hips are realigned again!

I feel much better these days and don't go for a massage as often as I used to (it used to be one massage a week! Plus, it doesn't cure the problem, it just gives me temporary relief) and I've also learnt some healthier habits to keep like neck exercises and better sleeping positions to improve the curves of my spine. Everything works better now!

A BIG thank you to Chirokare and their staff for taking such good care of me and making me feel so much healthier. 
Visit them at :
304 Orchard Road, Orchard Medical Specialists Centre, 
Lucky Plaza #05-25, Singapore 238863

More info HERE x

2016

January 1, 2016

It's been a really long time since I last penned down my heartfelt thoughts here..
I guess today would be a better day than any other day.

 In 2015, I learnt a lot.
And much like all the other years of my life, I loved and I lost, I laughed and cried.

I learnt that I still have a lot to learn in being a better friend, and that I truly still don't know what I really want in life, and am okay with that. There's still tons of exploring to do. I just know that I want to spend more of my days laughing instead of worrying/thinking too much as I so often do.
I learnt that even if someone loves you, that love doesn't always help you and can sometimes hurt you. And that sometimes, you don't really have a choice but to make that choice to take those lessons and those memories with you, and move on.
I learnt that sometimes people can change, too. I reconnected with some friends I lost, and I'm thankful for it because I didn't realise just how much I missed having them around. And we still laugh as much together as we used to. You know who you are.

I learnt to let go, knowing that if it's meant to be, it'll always be.

"Although this year has been tough, I also know that this year's struggle and pain will turn into strength and wisdom for the years to come. I have learned that some lovers are meant to be temporary, that a short-lived lover can sometimes be the most beautiful. That we should cherish every other human being, listen to them, learn from them, teach them, and love all of them, no matter what. I have learned that losing yourself is not always terrible, that sometimes you have to experience being at your lowest to want to crawl back up to your highest. I have learned who I want to be again, having been a person whom I do not. I want to say Thank you to those who have loved me this year through my worst, knowing what I am capable of at my best. Thank you to my family for never giving up on me, and once again proving to be my truest friends. You are all beautiful. This is not a New Years resolution, this is a promise to myself to never stop loving me again."
- Raven Jewels

To all of you who have been reading my blog, or following me on my other social media channels... Thank you for reading and giving me a voice, no matter how small it really is.
Know that one of the many resolutions I have this year is to open up again to all of you.

Always remember : You can be whomever you wanna be, you deserve to love and be loved right, you can create magic and make a change in this world, and also be that kind soul to someone in need. Just keep fighting for your dreams, and love bigger everyday.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Hotel Jen Tanglin : Pre-Christmas Staycation

December 22, 2015

I'm literally always up for a good staycation in Singapore coz to me, it's basically a little holiday without the pesky flight time which I hate!

This time, I spent my weekend at Hotel Jen Tanglin (which is the newly revamped Traders Hotel) :

What I really like about it is that they kept features people loved from the old Traders Hotel, yet renovated and updated the things that needed it too. So you get an old school charm, but with a fresh new look.


Woke up to this view of the pool : 
Most of the rooms have this view, with the window and view being the main focus of the room (to me, at least)

I L O V E D their fluffy bedroom slippers, not every hotel has comfy ones like these..

Of course I had to check out the pool as well, and I did, on Sunday before I left.
They had floats for us to play with and I spent most of my time on this flamingo one ^.^




Amenities like these are obviously important.. Especially for people like me who always forget their toothpaste and toothbrush.

The highlight of my stay definitely had to be the brunch on Sunday at J65, though. It starts at 12pm and has the biggest spread of the week. If you don't have time or don't like staycations, you should definitely still head down for their Sunday Brunch. 

Fresh seafood from lobsters, to mussels, to crabs are available..

An entire section of salami and smoked salmon to choose from...

Choices of tuna and salmon sashimi, as well as sushi...

Food close to our hearts like the chilli crab with mantou...

And even traditonal cakes and pastries like Kueh Lapis!

I was really excited at their selection of cakes, all festively decorated!

And here's what I actually picked out and ate :
I highly recommend the laksa, which is freshly prepared by the chef. You can choose from a few different types of laksa, like Penang or Singapore. I went for the Lobster Laksa as recommended by the chef and I loved it!


I'd say it's worth it if you have a biiiiig appetite especially, with buffet prices at $138SGD with free flow champagne/wine/beer/cocktails and $98SGD without.
These prices are net, so it's less confusing and you don't have to worry about GST or service charge at all!

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Wearing Nailed It bracelet from tjem.sg 







Thank you for the weekend staycation, Hotel Jen Tanglin!
I hope to be back soon.

Hotel Jen Tanglin is a charming, fuss-free hotel, great for travellers :

Book your stay with them HERE

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Preloved Picks : Christmas 2015

December 16, 2015

Prices are negotiable, I just want a fast and responsible deal - No lowballin, please!

Everything is GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC, feel free to get them checked.
Meet-ups only for these items, cash on delivery.

Fendi Monster (Wild Jess) - SOLD

Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano in Neon Pink - SOLD


PRADA Cat-eyed Sunnies - PENDING
Brand new, comes with everything pictured.


CHANEL Classic 2-way Necklace in Gold - PENDING
Preloved, still in great condition, comes with everything pictured.


HERMES SAC Birkin 35 - $16,000
Hardly used, Rouge Casaque Veau Epsom Q5
Bought in Paris, comes with everything except box.




PlayNoMore Beaker Croc Bag - PENDING
Not available anymore in this design/colour
Hardly used, comes with everything pictured and a dustbag.

River Island Studded Shoes in Nude - PENDING
Size 37 (too big for me)
Condition as pictured



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Please direct all enquiries to shoprchlwngx@gmail.com



Thank you x

(Guide to) Sydney in November

December 12, 2015

This very long post I promised awhile ago is finally ready, here and now...
Here's a fair warning, it's REALLY long and full of visuals!

It's been about 7 years since we took a trip there and coz my aunt moved there a really long time ago with her family, we always have somewhere to stay and our very own 'tour guide' ^.^

I'll just go ahead now and let the pictures do the talking!
Also, I'm going to slot in some of the names of places I feel are worth a visit so keep an eye out for it :

Bondi is always worth a visit, being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are always a whole lot of people though, so don't expect it to be anything close to quiet!




The Grounds at Alexandria has their own little farm (don't forget to say hi to Kevin Bacon the pig) and everything on the menu is very fresh and pretty healthy! 

I also finally got to meet my little niece, Ness's 6 month old angel! Emelie is a real cutie, even with a snapchat poop sittin' on her head....

She also has the most adorable habit of touching my face and I melt every time!


Sydney Flower Market isn't a touristy place coz it's where the locals get their flowers for cheap, and you gotta be up at 6am in order to get the best blooms, but boy are they worth the morning call.


My cousin and her husband also opened Mr. Nam, where I had the BEST Vietnamese Pho in my life! Wagyu beef cooked perfectly with crunchy veggies and smooth noodles made in store.. Good stuff. I hope they bring it here!







This pair from Tods were my comfortable travel slip-on choice!



Chat Thai at Westfield has surprisingly delicious Thai food. Honestly, I always feel like it's hard to get good Asian food outside of Asia, but this place proved me wrong.


We also went meat shopping at this place that stocks the freshest, biggest variety of meats. It's super cold inside so they provide jackets at the door...

I'm always happy finding some beautiful marbled wagyu...

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We then took a 2 night trip to Hunter Valley, which is a 2 hour drive away from Sydney, and is Australia's biggest wine-making vineyard farm.

Took a nice helicopter tour of the area and it was one of the best experiences I've had coz the view is amazing!



Brunches in Australia always have plates overflowing....


And I really liked staying at Vintage Drive!












If you were wondering, we rented a car to take the drive over and around for the time that we were there. In Sydney, we had rides from my Aunt and Cousin!

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Also visited Taronga Zoo in Sydney because I was told the giraffes there had an amazing view.. And if you've been reading my blog/following my IG for long enough, you'd know I LOVE GIRAFFES.

I spent about 30 minutes just staring at these beautiful creatures...


The Free Flight show at Taronga Zoo is a must watch!




Hope you guys enjoyed this post!

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I won't be blogging about my last trip to BKK coz honestly there wasn't enough time to do a lot of things and I hardly took any pictures while I was there (we just kept shopping and eating...) so I'll be leaving you with this post for a while, although I promise it won't be the last post for the year.

Thank you for reading as always!