Monday, November 17, 2014

7 lessons life is trying to teach you

1. Don't scratch your itches.
Because it will only make it worse. Leave it alone and it will heal. 

2. Wait your turn.
Just like the seasons, there is a time and place for everything. 

3. We are not original, only inspired.
You are one of a kind based on your own construct, not of your own creation. 

4. Your hands are good at different things.
Nobody was created equal, everyone has their talents. 

5. Change what you can't accept, accept what you can't change.
There is no third option. 

6. Sunsets are glorious but fleeting and are never the same. 
Appreciate the beautiful moments in life, because the only way you can relive them are in your mind and even memories don't stay. 

7. Nothing matters unless you let it. 
We give meaning to what has none. Sometimes things just happen for no reason. But the truth is, your perspective of reality is an illusion. So make your perspective count, make your life worth living. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Beauty Talk Double Cleansing Gel

I received this baby from HiShop and I think I've found it. I found my Holy Grail Cleanser.

Don't you just hate it when you hop into the shower and realise that:

1. You forgot to remove your makeup.
2. You forgot to put hair removal cream on your legs for the 500th time and you're starting to look like a man.

I don't have a solution for the 2nd scenario except try again next time, but I do have a solution for the 1st: Beauty Talk's Double Cleansing Gel!

I don't usually use makeup, but sunscreen isn't skin care and you have to remove that ish otherwise, it'll clog your pores and you'll have nasty buildup on your skin which will lead to all kinds of problems.

For the sake of demonstration though, I started my shower looking like this:

After using the Beauty Talk Double Cleansing Gel, this is how naked my face was:

To double confirm that all traces of makeup have come off (cos I'm paranoid like that, which is why I hardly use makeup in the first place), I used another makeup remover and tadaa:

Not bad, considering that if you want to use the cleansing gel as a makeup remover, you're supposed to "dispense the gel into dry hands. Massage onto the face in gentle and circular motion until all make-up is completely removed and rinse with water. Repeat steps for heavy make-up."

But even though my face and palms were wet, it took everything clean off, save for some really waterproof mascara (which my eye makeup remover also has problems removing). If you couldn't tell from the picture, I had on foundation, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. So yeah, I think it's one helluva cleanser.

For daily usage, you mix the gel with water and massage it into your face and rinse. Just like any other cleanser. One thing I realised about the cleanser is that it is mild and hydrating enough that I haven't noticed any adverse effects even when I go for a 3rd wash in between waking up and going to bed. I get finicky about washing my face more than twice a day because I'm afraid it would stimulate oil production because most cleansers are quite harsh and strips away your natural oils, causing dry skin, which, equals oil glands working overtime to compensate.

I haven't been using it for long, but so far it's been showing promising results. I haven't noticed any blackheads developing ever since I started it and blackheads run in my family. So it is both shocking and beautiful. The first day using it caused a few tiny red spots though, but they all disappeared after a day and my skin hasn't been breaking out since. I'm quite sold on the cleanser.

On top of it all, it smells like a dream (Johnson's Baby Bath, to be exact). And I love it! I love it! This is it. I am never changing cleansers ever again. And just imagine, this cleanser perfect for me, found me. I spent all my life (since I turned 13) looking. I tried all sorts of different brands with no luck whatsoever but this got sent to me for a review and turned out to be the one. Just goes to show that sometimes the best things in life will fall right into your lap without any effort on your part. Crazy.

Anyway, if you have combination skin like me, and have been struggling to find a cleanser that works for you, definitely give this a try.

Click on any of the pictures in this post or this line of text to get one of your own and to read more about the product - like the ingredients used! And use the coupon code "VEYRONIQA" upon checkout to receive a 15% rebate. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

fly away

I never really understood wanderlust. It seems tedious and tiring to travel. There is so much to consider - money, research, time, courage. But as I looked down from the plane, I saw responsibilities fall away. I feel lighter. But it is one thing to fly to a place you've never been and to fly somewhere you constantly visit. Here I know I have a home, here I know I would be taken care of. But more and more I see the appeal of disappearing into a world where the only person who knows you is you.

I always believed it's not where you are, it's who you're with, so travelling with friends and people I loved seemed like the only option. Because I could be alone in the Bahamas and marvel at my loneliness. But there is also beauty in being alone. I wish I had that courage, but the most I could ever stand is shopping alone.

But one day I will do it. One day I will disappear. If only for a little while.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sephora Opening at Spring!

Man this post is so outdated I feel physically sick at myself. To be fair, I had laptop issues and I wasn't thrilled at the prospect of using a new operating system and was waiting for the official photos to be released... But enough of waiting. I want to blog about it now.

So I'm sure many of you Kuchingites know that Sephora finally hit East Malaysia on the 1st of September. :D I saw many familiar faces in the crowd but everyone was too distracted by the novelty of having Sephora in Kuching (!!!) to really chit chat. I feel my eyes wandering when someone stopped me to talk, and I'm sure everyone else felt the same, but at the same time, felt obliged to chat and acknowledge each other. But enough of that!

I attended both launches, once with colleagues (way to go hitz!) and once with this crazy girl I love.

Seriously though, I don't know why she's the way she is.

Everyone got these RM50 vouchers for the VIP launch, and because I attended both, once alone and once with my bf, I got two RM100 vouchers AND a RM50 voucher. Needless to say, I spent it all.

Sephora girls waiting for the first customers, but first...

There was a performance by Soul Dance (if I'm not mistaken). I really like the girl in the center. She danced with passion, and when you're passionate about what you're doing, that's when you are at your most attractive. They danced twice, once for the VIP launch and another time for the public launch and I couldn't keep my eyes off her.

Once the emcee said: "SEPHORA IS OPEN!!!" I rushed forward and upon realising no one else was following me, looked back and asked "seriously?!" before deciding that I could either shrink away awkwardly or make the best of the situation. So I told myself to fuck it and ran in, hi-fiving the waiting salesgirls. See, I was waiting for the photos to illustrate my golden moment but well, fuck it.

So now Kuching is another step closer to being an actual city. Exciting.

Here's Joash looking fab as he accidentally photobombs me.

Packaged rainbow bath capsules.

Check out this crazyass queue! It went all the way outside of Sephora. I'm glad I already surveyed the products before the public launch so I was in and out of the place quickly. Okay la maybe not as quickly as I made it sound because it's Sephora and I didn't really want to leave.

The first time I entered Sephora was in Singapore and I loved their service. I'd go back every one or two years because I cannot deny that I love Singapore. It's just such a nice city. But anyway, there was one particular promoter who always made me feel special by throwing in free gifts and samples (although, thinking back, he probably made each of his customers feel special - which is why he gave the best service!) and remembering me each time I walked into Sephora and introducing me to perfume he knew I'd like but not hardselling. He made me feel like he honestly enjoyed talking to me instead of treating me like a customer. I wish I got his name because he doesn't work there anymore. And now I don't know who is it I appreciate. But whoever you are, cheers, cos you're awesome.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What is your subconscious obsessed with?

I wasn't surprised when I got this:

Your subconscious is obsessed with the need for love!  
Your selection of pictures suggests that from very early age, you were a very emotional and passionate person. You grew up with a big family, lots of siblings, and a nice group of friends. Because you weren't always in the middle of everyone's attention, you have to constantly feel loved.  
Your subconscious is very occupied with reminding you that you need to find someone who loves you. Sure, some people think that this is a bad quality in a person, but you shouldn't listen to them, this is one of your strongest attributes!  
This subconscious need to feel loved drives you in every aspect of your life, makes you study harder, achieve bigger things and search for true love without compromising. This feeling is what’s gonna get you places! 
Because I already knew. I'm not sure that it is 'one of my strongest attributes' because as you earn the love of others, you often forget yourself. You try so hard to make others fill the void that only you can fill, that you feel empty and discontented. People don't crave for things they have enough of, but enough is subjective.

What is your subconscious obsessed with?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Mediental Botanic Garden Mask (Acaiberry)

This is a tone-up mask (no idea what that means) which will make your skin moist, lively and clear.

My skin has been suffering lately, due to late nights and I've noticed micropeeling. I'm not complaining all that much, because dry skin is better than disgusting, oily skin. But then again dry skin also equals aging. So, I grabbed the mask and smacked it on in the morning, after another late night to see what miracles it could do. 

The mask itself is textured, which is supposed to allow better absorption, while not suffocating your skin. The essence, on the other hand, was quite thick and while it didn't leave a sticky film on my skin, when I hopped into the shower, I discovered the essence was not absorbed, only dried. 

I don't think it's much of an issue, because it didn't feel uncomfortable and didn't bother me throughout the day. However, there also weren't any noticeable effects. I supposed it's one of those masks that require multiple use. If you'd like to give it a try, you can get it on HiShop, by clicking on the photo above.

Also, get a 15% discount with this coupon code: VEYRONIQA. :D

Friday, September 12, 2014

why I've stopped updating

My Monstar's graphic card has died for some reason unknown to me. So sometimes I get to do some stuff on the laptop before it starts beeping and crashing. Which is why I haven't been updating.

It's extremely upsetting as I've only had it for a year and a half and would cost a good 627AUD to repair.

My previous Vaio lasted a solid 6 years - and is still running perfectly. I just needed an upgrade because softwares and games nowadays require so much more.

But fuck new technology and their shortass lifespans. Honestly. What happened to quality?

I'm going to leave it till the bf gets back so he can deal with it, so gimme some time as I learn to navigate a Mac. And figure out how to use Adobe Photoshop on it. And stuff. ^^y