Perks Of Making A Career Out Of Makeup – Cosmoprof Academy


“You’re really good at applying makeup,

Why don’t you be a makeup artist?”

If you are a beauty junkie or exhibit interest in makeup, you’d have received questions like this. I get that all the time. However, contrary to what most people think, applying makeup on oneself is entirely different from applying it on to someone else’s face. Yes, it’s all makeup, but while I look at and study my own features everyday, I don’t do that to anyone else. There is a whole lot more to being a makeup artist than knowing how to apply it on your own face – or a couple of friends’, for that matter.

Being a makeup artist is hard work. Only if you are willing to put in the time and commitment, and constantly aim to improve on your skills, will you be able to enjoy the perks of a career formed from a passion. Yet, thousands join the industry every year. I guess it’s like they always say, if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day.

I was invited to be one of the judges for the Cosmoprof Academy 30th Artist Awards 2016, and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences ever. It was like a roller-coaster ride – from feeling the adrenaline seeing students working tirelessly right until the last minute, to the high tension in the air when they stood in two lines while we judged for every single detail (that was super stressful for me too OMG), to the joy when they cheered for each other on the runway.



Luxurious Pampering At Capitol Piazza


Whether you’re hoping to spruce up your wardrobe or looking for that perfect present, there’s guaranteed to be something for you at Capitol Piazza, the sparkling new retail arm of Capitol Singapore.

Capitol Singapore comprises of 3 conservation buildings – Capitol Theatre, Capitol Building and Stamford House. After years of renovation and refurbishment, the complex has been given new life, primed to recapture its former glory. Capitol Piazza is the swanky new four-storey upmarket retail mall, and consists of three zones: Galleria, Arcade, Neue.

Galleria is where you’ll be spoiled for choice from a variety of bars, cafes and restaurants. You can take all the time in the world, walking up and down, to decide which ones to enter as the compound is entirely air-conditioned. Arcade houses internationally celebrated luxury brands, and Neue is where new-to-Singapore brands and flagship stores and the underground link to the City Hall MRT reside.



Visa Checkout Makes Online Shopping A Breeze


It’s midnight now – I purchased a couple of dresses half an hour ago and also completed payment for a movie on Friday. I’m in an oversized t-shirt and baggy shorts, with one leg propped up on the chair, my eyes behind my favorite pair of black-rimmed glasses. The night is still young; let me go get some seedless grapes from the fridge.

Convenience is the biggest benefit the internet has accorded mankind. We can shop anywhere, anytime, for just about anything, without jostling with crowds or waiting in line. See something you like but need someone’s opinion? Reviews are just a couple of keywords and clicks away. Many online shops offer coupons and discounts, and the effort to make price comparisons is a fraction of the traditional method of traveling from one store to another. I shall not drone on about the benefits of online shopping. I guess if you are reading this blog, you must already be savvy enough! :)

BUT. Well, there is always a ‘but’. Lol.

Do you know what the killjoy of online shopping is? Forms! Repetitive forms! Endless forms!

Time flies when I’m shopping and adding things to cart, but checking out can be a real pain. As with most people, I browse and add to cart on my mobile phone. But when it comes to making payment, I wait till I get home to complete the transaction on a browser. It’s just too cumbersome to make payment on a small screen, especially if multiple fields are to be filled in.

So many things can go wrong during checkout, with incorrect entry of credit card details being the number one deterrent. Every time I make a purchase, I have to go get my wallet out of my bag, then my credit card out of my wallet, and type in the 16 digits, expiry date, CVV, shipping address, billing address, email address. Sometimes I just give up and abandon cart.

With Visa Checkout there is no need to fill out these information for every transaction. Register just once with your card and shipping details. The next time you’re ready to check out, simply input the username and password. No more wasting time on data entry and checking for errors, since all the necessary information is automatically completed for users. Visa Checkout was designed to make online payment as SEAMLESS, SIMPLE, and SECURE as possible.


Color Me Happy Cosmetics


Lipstick can make your life better. When you swipe on a lipstick that makes you look great, you feel great, which in turn leads to more positive things happening in your life. Bobbi Brown mentioned, “all women are pretty without makeup and can be pretty powerful with the right makeup”. We all are beautiful in our own ways, but who’s to stop us from looking even better?

The psychological benefits reaped from lipstick are aplenty, when you pick a shade that you feel great in, it can become what differentiates you from your peers — it can help you find what makes you YOU. Or, the different sides of you.

Introducing Color Me Happy Cosmetics, Singapore’s first ever lip subscription service, where you get a little box of happy each month. The quality of the lip products far surpass their prices. Seriously, the Boldilicious HD lipsticks can knock any high end lipstick brand off its pedestal. Created using high definition Korean color technology, each swipe goes on like satin and sets like velvet.

The best subscriptions are the ones that give you serious value for money, and here are four different looks to show you that.

Oh before that, I’ll be co-hosting a lip makeover workshop on 14 January 2017, and I hope you’ll join me to learn more tips and tricks on how to achieve the perfect pout. More details below! :)

The Lover

In medieval times, scarlet lips were seen as a stamp of immorality. A sexualized mouth branded you deserving of certain death, like getting burnt as a sign of witchcraft. Fortunately, our view of a crimson pout has evolved and we see a woman with a red lip as one who is self-assured, confident, and strong. We are still hardwired to see red as sexy and alluring, and is it what instinctively attracts men (even though we all know we put on makeup for ourselves).



Slimmer Thighs With Zero Effort – Astique CoolSculpting


My petite frame – small shoulders, protruding collarbones and short height, plays out the best game of deception. People automatically think that I am petite throughout and wear XS-S clothes. That’s only half true, I am an XS-S only for the upper body.

All my life I have been struggling to lose the flab on my troublesome thighs, butt, and tummy. I think I do a pretty good job at dressing myself to hide these areas that betray my otherwise petite frame. I almost never wear jeans because my thighs cry from suffocation, that is, if I can even get my jeans up the thick walls of flesh. With a bottom heavy pear-shaped figure, I never buy bottoms online, or from stores without a changing room.

We are all born beautiful, but you know how everyone of us would like a part of ourselves to be just a little smaller, a little firmer, a little leaner? :)

It’s been 47 days since I got CoolSculpting performed on my inner thighs, and I wanted to share with you my journey during the procedure, results, and my thoughts about it. If you are like me, struggling with losing fat in specific areas, I promise this post will help you greatly!

Every time during/after a session I would jot down my thoughts in Notes, so I’ll be writing this post as though I was there at the very moment again. Here we go!


Is Heat The Secret to Perfect Skin? maNara Hot Cleansing Gel Review


There, a rare picture of me sans foundation/concealer/powder a.k.a war paint. I have spots and acne scars and discoloration and new pimples and comedones; I feel somewhat uncomfortable showing you my naked skin, but you know what? I always remind myself that ‘Hey, it could be a lot worse’. Sometimes when my skin acts up due to change in climate, dirty air, lack of water, lack of sleep, hormonal dysfunction, I look at pictures of worse skin days and tell myself ‘See, it’s not that bad today’. =)

With absolutely nothing on my skin, I thought it the best time to show you how it looks like right after cleansing my face with maNara Hot Cleansing Gel. I’ve never tried any cleanser, heck, ANY PRODUCT like it before. The first time I tried it, I’d thought there would be just a little warmth from rubbing the cleansing gel between my fingers, but no, there was obvious heat on my skin! :O

I was surprised (but not alarmed) coz the more I massaged, the warmer it got. But it wasn’t uncomfortable at all, it was more like an inviting embrace one would encounter when one enters a sauna and gets hit by the wave of warm air. That kind of feeling that makes one go “ahhhh…”. That reminds me of my first time at an onsen in Japan, that moment of relief when the warm waters enveloped my tired body and soothed my soul.

I’ve actually never heard of maNara before because, you know, the Japanese have wayyyy too many great products that are kept for their own community. But now that the brand wishes to share this secret with us, it’s easy to see why maNara Hot Cleansing Gel is the Number 1 cleansing gel in Japan! Welcome to Singapore! 😀

Come, allow me to show you how to enjoy the luxury of a spa facial in your own home.


I kept the explanation short in the above diagram, so here are extra notes for you :)

  • Ensure your hands and face are dry, the hot cleansing gel will not work on damp/wet skin. An oily face is fine though, I’ve tried it at the end of an oily day and my face is always oily in the morning haha
  • Slowly work the cleansing gel in upward circular motions using your fingertips. In my pictures I use my palms, but that’s because I had to keep my fingertips clean to press the camera shutter LOL
  • Your skin will warm up and the heat retained for about 1 minute, after which you should rinse it off with water. 20 splashes should be sufficient.
  • Oil-based cleansers should never be allowed near eyelash extensions as the oil can dislodge the extensions from the root. So far none of my lash extensions have been harmed from the use of maNara Hot Cleansing Gel. It is perfectly safe for eyelash extensions!

Besides The Heat

What makes maNara Hot Cleansing Gel different from other cleansers is that it basically combines the functions of 7 products into 1 – makeup remover (okie, for me 6 then), cleanser, booster, serum, pore care, exfoliator, and thermal care.

It contains three main plant ingredients – golden root extract, multi flora and fruit extract, and artichoke leaf extract that work to tighten pores. The gel formula eliminates oil without stripping your skin, and what keeps the skin moist after cleansing is a myriad of beauty ingredients such as Vitman C derivative, Hyaluronic acid, Hydroquinone derivative, Astaxanthin, Squalene, collagen-supporting ingredients and more.

It is free of harmful additives like coloring, synthetic perfumes, mineral oil, ethanol (yes, thank you!!), paraben. I wonder how they incorporated the yummy citrus scent though, I absolutely adore it.



A good cleanse really is the best thing you can do for your skin, and the citrus scent and warmth of maNara Hot Cleansing Gel makes waking up in the morning a little less painful. I would highly recommended this product, both for its efficacy and fun thermal experience 😀

You can make your order on the maNara Asia page, click here for English and click here for Mandarin, free shipping provided.


This post was written in collaboration with maNara Singapore.