Smashbox : Always on Liquid Lipstick 

Because I came across a beauty youtuber who highly reccomended Smashbox Liquid Lipstick. Then I watched video on kiss-proof liquid lipsticks, Smashbox was given 4 thumbs up ! 

So in the last 30mins of 20% Sephora Sales, I carted out two shades, Dream Huge & Babe Alert. 

And I decided to try Dream Huge. A romantic pink reminding me of Saturday Date with love. 

In my hand, the lipstick feels different and looks pretty on its own. Unlike the typical lipstick cover. 

Eager to try, I used cleansing oil to wash off bourjous lip colour and applied Dream Huge. 

The applicator lives up to its raves, really useful as lip liner. And the super matte pigmented colour need only 1x application on the lips to achieve the look. In mummy hair bun, looking fresh. Make up makes one happier. 

I used to link dry and matte together but Smashbox did a great job to keep the uncomfortable dryness away by infusing jojoba oil for moisture. 

Best of all, there is no transfer on cups and kiss-proof. 

Showing my drinking cup after I took a sip. I went on to see my loved ones on their cheeks and lips. If I wear other lip colour, I wouldn’t kiss them. Some lipstick leaves a sticky texture…thats the last thing I want on my kids face. 

Now I can kiss them anytime and say goodbye to mummy pale, bare face. 

This lasting liquid lipstick is perfect. 

Thoughts

It is Monday 11:30pm and I will be meeting friends for vegetarian lunch. Communicated with Best Friend B, persuaded her to join Liyun and myself. She didn’t want to because of the distance..but she agreed. An hour later, my buddy at work asked if I will be free for lunch. Buddy and me have been really close recently and we learnt a lot more about God and prayers. And that one thing we have in common, the love for travel. An effective escape from our daily routine, finding the joy of doing and learning something new.

Drowning in work is not a good thing for me now. Near mid 30s, I have surpassed the phase where I find myself a positive, driven workaholic determined to achieve goals. In my line of business career, I experienced the true meaning of “Grit and Effort brings Results”.

There is also something I learnt about life, “Human thoughts and perception changes through different experiences.”

Motherhood greatly changed my attitude towards career. I wanted more time with my children and struggled with the need to achieve career goals or being there with my little ones. Deep down, I yearn so much for the latter. Yet in life, we do not always have the choices to do anything the way we want. I had made a choice to commit in a lifetime career, my director had placed hopes on me to do well and I do not like the feeling of letting others down. A struggle I never knew I would have.

When life unfolds, leading us to lovely surprise or shocking ordeal … the best way is to embrace the situation with a positive attitude to move forward.

September 

This year, Bret and I tried something different for the first time. We spent our first week travelling to Tokyo, Japan with 2 of his friends. There wasn’t much planning, we reached Japan and explored around freely.

So how was our trip? The word is relax.

For 8 days, Bret and I walked the streets of tokyo enjoying delicious bites and meals each time we rest at a cafe or eatery. On the average, we clocked 20,000 steps in a day which is impossible to reach back at home. Then several times a day, we savoured delicious Japanese-western food. And every night, we unwind with 2 hours of Drinks Buffet. At my “best night”, I had 5 glasses of whiskey, 2 hot sake bottles & 1 pint of beer.

Souls rejuvenated and all the walking in Japan made me a little slimmer. Travel drew us closer to his friends. We look forward to another trip with his friends next year.

This year-end we plan to bring the kids on a family vacation. Can’t wait!
Make up have been routine as I prefer to keep my cosmetics stash neat & simple. So in the pic is my everyday make-up wear.

Face: Sulwhasoo BB Cushion

Eyes : Kates Eyeshadow and Maybelline Eye Liner

Lashes : Dior IT Lashes Mascara

Cheeks: Bobbi Brow Coral Blush shade

Lips: Innisfree Eco Flower Balm

Stray by Fat Cat 

2 weeks before, Jan and I arranged a day out to hang out. The agenda involves lunch, drinks and mummy topics. It’s our first 1-1 meeting. I suggested Stray at Orchard Central because of the menu looks healthy & impressive artsy food plating. Pricey though

I ordered Acai Berries Bowl. So pretty with healthy antioxidant ingredients.

There were not many choices for lunch so Jan decided on Yu Sheng Bowl. Truly an Instagram-worthy food with Yu Sheng ingredients.

Can’t say much about taste though but I would come back for desserts 🙂

Stray by Fat Cat

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Coffee and Compassion

I was not a coffee person until I became a mother of two. Caffeine to kickstart a tired me at work. These days I appreciated coffee and yesterday I was at Henri Charpentier, Orchard Central. Resembled a pop-up cafe, the cakes are delicious as they look. A little expensive though. Jessie had Americano while I sipped cappuccino and we shared a slice of chocolate cake.

The lady was sharing her thoughts about being grateful and compassion.

She touched on the topic of being in a position where someone says something that hurts our feelings with or without the intention to provoke us versus our choices to react to that someone. I like this topic as I reminded myself to be gracious and be freed from unhappiness.

Of late, I have ventured into new career experiences and all that … led to a shift in my passion that I used to have for the past 10 years. In time, robots will replace many jobs including my current career.

It’s going to be exciting, I welcome revolution if for the better.

 

Happy 7th Birthday, Leia

Today my little girl turns 7 years old. I told myself and people that the happiest moment in my life was having to be in the same room with Leia and Bret right after I delivered her. I experienced motherhood for the first time, realising the moment I have always wanted since my early 20s and finally fulfilling the curiosity of meeting my own child. Till today, I can still picture us in the maternity ward together. At that time, it was all so surreal. And all the precious little details in that hour, I will never want to forget.

Thank you God for blessing us with a girl. Leia likes to drawing. From time to time, she draws cards to express how much she loves & misses us. We have been touched by her thoughtfulness and times when she challenged us with mischief, Bret & I learn to be more creative with parenting as well as patience. Everyday working towards becoming a better person so as to lead by example. 

To Leia:

Many times when you are sleeping mummy kissed your forehead whispering, “Thank you Leia for coming into our life.” I love you and I know you love me mummy daddy didi as much as we do. Both you and didi mean the world to me. 

My devotion for God grew stronger than ever when I was pregnant with you making an unconditional promise to myself making sure you will be safe. When mummy and daddy are not by your side, I pray for the angels to protect you always.
This year entering primary 1 is a steep road for us, we have reached the last quarter and getting better. We make sure you get to play hard as much as studying hard.

Mummy wish you will be healthy and may your days ahead be filled with fun adventures.

Happy birthday, Love you always and forever.