Oct 10 2013

Outfit: Minimalist

I find myself leaning towards different styles at certain periods of the year. Like how sometimes I prefer to wear dresses, then another moment I like to wear skirts, and another moment it’s all about florals then pastels… And currently, I like going for the minimalistic look. Very simple colours and sometimes I don’t even accessorise anymore cos I want everything to be plain and simple (or maybe I’m just too lazy. :/)


Outfit

Top: Azure Lasercut Top in White from The Tinsel Rack
Bottom: M&S Jeans
Bag: Courtney Box Clutch in White

Love the lasercut top but it can be a little troublesome to wear this out because I have to keep a lookout to ensure that the delicate lasercut part doesn’t accidentally get hooked onto something and gets ruined in the process.


And I foresee that this will be my new favourite bag! Even though it looks small, it’s actually roomy enough to fit my phone, clutch and most importantly my camera. It’s so so hard to find nice bags that are small yet roomy to fit my camera cos it’s too bulky.

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Oct 7 2013

Review: Vichy Normaderm Range

I came home to this really pretty kit by Vichy which contains information on skincare myths as well as some of the products in their Normaderm range!

Vichy’s Normaderm range is not unfamiliar to me and I’ve heard about it about 2 years back when I first attended their launch event. The Normaderm anti-perfection range is actually one of the best sellers in Vichy for treating imperfection-prone skin.

From the Nomraderm range:
Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel, Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion, Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care

Above are the 3 products of our basic skincare steps: Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising. I’ve currently switched to the Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel as my daily cleanser and I love it!! Lathers and foams into a rich creamy texture and makes my skin feels really smooth and clean yet doesn’t feel drying at all. This product contains Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid which helps to remove sebum and dead skin cells respectively, which is essential to prevent acne. The Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care is also formulated for acne-prone skin and is has a really light texture and is fast absorbing on the skin!

Normaderm Hyaluspot.

This product is more for targeted care and spot treatments. Texture is gel-like and apply it to blemishes to prevent infection. Similarly, this product contains Salicylic Acid to help heal blemishes as well as Hyaluronic Acid which is known for its moisturising properties and also for its anti-inflammatory benefits! After trying this, I find that it does help to stop the growth of active pimples, but I wouldn’t recommend this on those pimples that are embedded deep within the skin.


Some interesting myths about skincare! Here are some of my faves:

Myth: Toner is just a useless marketing gimmick
False! Of the 3 steps in a basic skincare regime (cleanse, tone and moisturise), toning is the most often skipped due to a lack of understanding on what it does for the skin. Toner actually helps to prepare the skin for the next skincare step by balancing and refining the skin! (Note that not all toners perform the same functions)

Myth: Eating junk food causes my face to breakout
False! There is no scientific evidence yet to proof that junk foods alone can cause outbreaks. However, it’s true that a poor diet leads to poor health, which is susceptible to the various causes of outbreaks.

Myth: Toothpaste cures my zit
True and False. Conventional toothpaste contains ingredients (like baking soda, hydrogen perioxide, etc) that can dry out a pimple. However, toothpaste is formulated for the teeth and the proportions of these drying agents are often too harsh for the skin. Hence, the surface of the skin might be stripped of its moisture and gets irritated when using toothpaste on the skin. Some have reported itching, peeling, redness, and even burns after.

You can get Vichy products at most places like Watsons, Guardian, etc. :)

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Oct 3 2013

Peplum Love.


My dressed down OOTD to work on Friday! I actually stopped wearing Jeans about 5 years back and preferred wearing skirts/dresses cos they’re less restrictive when walking and partly cos jeans are mostly too loose on me. But ever since I started working, I took to wearing jeans again! And thanks to Marks & Spencer, I found my perfect pair of jeans that fits me so well!

My new peplum top from Thread Theory! Peplum tops help to accentuate the waist and hips and help hide tummy areas! Great for people like me who have narrow hips and want to create the illusion of more curves!

Been down with a nasty flu for the past week and I hope I’ll get well soon!! Booo. Everyone seems to be falling sick.
Stay healthy everybody and drink lots of water!!!

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Sep 29 2013

Taiwan Day 4: Taipei (Jiufen + Shilin Night Market)

Continuing on my Taiwan trip which I’ve left it sitting for quite awhile! On day 4 we visited Jiufen (九份) and Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)! (If you’ve not read my previous posts on Taichung, Wu Fen Pu and Raohe Night Market, click on the links to read them!)

So the initial plan to get to Jiufen is to take the Taipei Railway Station at Taipei Main Station and stop at Ruifang (which would take about 1hr?), then take a cab up. But the night before I was doing some research on alternative routes and I realise that taking a bus all the way from Taipei to Jiufen would be much cheaper and it doesn’t take long as well.


We took the Metro to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. I can’t remember which exit to exit by because the directions on the website was a little outdated and the initial bus stop was relocated. So check with the counter at the station for exact directions when you’re there!


Board the bus direct to Jiufen (the one towards Jinguashin (金瓜石) and the fare should cost less than 100NT. Journey takes about 1hour plus. I calculated if we went via the initial route of railway then cab it would easily cost 4 times that price. Travel time doesn’t vary much and you can rest on the bus instead of transferring here and there!


My EasyCard! Can get cheaper fares (a certain % discount) with this card compared to using cash and you don’t have to worry about having your money stuck in this card cos we managed to get our remaining amount inside refunded on the last day!

How the bus looks like. Not very new but it was pretty empty and quiet along the journey.

Jiufen! This is my second time to this place since my first trip to Taiwan with my family 8 years back and the entire place still seems the same to me.


The layout of Jiufen is like walking through a narrow path with rows of shops. Reminds me of Bugis Street. I don’t think there’s any off-peak period to visit Jiufen because tourists seem to be swarming in at all times!

Herbal Tea Egg for 10NT each (About S$0.40).


I got one of these on my first trip before!! It’s actually a wind musical instrument.

Sophisca, which you can find in Singapore as well. But I think prices are slightly cheaper there.

Grabbed a bite at this fishball place.


So good!!! Even though this is considered a touristy place, prices of everything is quite reasonable and not as rip-off as other places.


There are also many teahouses/cafes in Jiufen. Good for siting around and chill.

It was raining occasionally when we were there but thankfully it wasn’t pouring. Some of the walkways in Jiufen are sheltered as well and you can easily get shelter in one of the teahouses too.

Meowr!

Many cute handmade items for sale, which would be good as souvenirs.

When you’re a tourist, you’ll take photos with every single thing… Maybe even dustbins.

View from above.

This is one of the must-trys in Jiufen. 2 scoops of ice cream wrapped with peanut in popiah-like skin. You can choose if you want to coriander leaves or not.


There are 2 stalls in Jiufen selling this so I think you need to go to the correct one. We tried the not-so-nice stall so it wasn’t anything great. But still it’s something different and you don’t see this in Singapore so you should try this! We tried a very similar one in Raohe Night Market and that was so good!! Preferred the one in Raohe Night Market than this.


I love Taiwan’s pudding! There’s quite a number of stalls selling this kind of souvenir items. Most are at the same price but some will offer more freebies (like buy 5 get 1 free), so we always like to scout around before buying anything. This is by far the cheapest I’ve seen selling. 100NT for 1, buy 5 get 1 free.

Super love this flavoured Muah Chee!! It was 3 for 100NT (S$4.20) if I remembered correctly. So good that we finished like 1 packet that very night for supper.

I ended up not buying the pudding there because I didn’t want to lug the heavy boxes around. And I realised later that other places in Taipei sells around the same price too (I got mine at Shilin Night Market in the end. Think it was buy 5 get 2 free at 100NT each)


Spent a few good hours there before taking a bus back to the main city area in Taipei. Jiufen is a good scenic place to go and something different from the city area.

It was raining rather heavily when we reached our destination so we went into the Sogo mall to walk around.

Took the Metro to Shilin Night Market (alight at Jiantan Station, one stop before Shilin Station would be nearer to the night market).

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken! Queue was long but the staffs were very efficient!

Tastes about the same as the one in Singapore but at like half the price?

Shilin Night Market has this basement area for all the food.

So good!

Love this Ai Yu Lime!!! Very refreshing.

Fried Oyster Omelette. I still prefer the ones we have in Singapore.

This is the Hot Star store in the basement area. Notice that they’ve Grilled Chicken Steak and Crispy Chicken Steak which isn’t available in Singapore!!

Lots of clothing shops at the open area in Shilin.


Find it really different that Taiwanese really queue up when boarding public transports unlike in Singapore. (During peak hours we do see queues forming in Singapore but usually you’ll have 3-4 people forming another queue beside if you get what I mean. And usually the queues are pretty much useless once the doors open and everybody just rushes in)

And that concludes our Day 4! Looking through the photos make me miss Taiwan alot!!

If you’ve missed my previous posts:
Day 1 & 2:Taichung
Day 3: Wu Fen Pu + Raohe Night Market

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