Sunkiller Skin Care Gel

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Went to Johor Bahru with my friend today!!! My Hada Labo moisturiser was running out and I thought it’d be cheaper at the Watsons over there.

Turns out the difference was like one dollar so I decided to screw it and look for other things that may be more worth it to buy.

Omg sunblock galore y’all!!! Would’ve taken a photo but umm, my phone got stolen #fml

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(Photo credit: @flrncx on Dayre)

Since I don’t have a photo I’m just gonna take one from the net and tell y’all it’s something similar HAHAHA. Basically just an aisle of facial sunblocks

ALL. BELOW. $15!!!

Sorry for the excitement; facial sunscreens in Singapore always cost upwards of $15 so when I saw that there were $10 ones I went batshit crayyyyyyy.

I bought the Sunkiller Skin Care Gel (first picture in post) because I was looking for a sunblock that could double as a moisturiser.

Right now, I slap on moisturiser before my primer with SPF. And it always feels so troublesome because of the double step ūüė¶

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This is what it looks like fresh outta the bottle!

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And this is what it looks like spread out hehe.

Basically I really love products with gel/water-like consistencies, and this product comes really close (given that it is both moisturising and has SPF at the same time).

One of the other reasons why I got this was because it was quite a lot of product for $10; the rest were mostly 30-40ml, whereas this was 90g (presumably 90ml).

Looking forward to using it hehehe. Maybe also blog a Part 2 for how it feels like on the face? ūüôā

An Update

Hi everyone!! Sorry for not updating T_T

I returned from my exchange a month ago, and am now back in school! Really glad to be back here in WKWSCI (my school) and Singapore, because it really feels so much more like home than my exchange university was.

But okay, I shall leave my whining aside for now and talk about what I’ve been up to lately.

Ever since I got back, it was mostly errand-running and alumni band practices that filled up my time (I play the clarinet! Like Squidward!). Not complaining, the few weeks between me returning from Perth and school starting was actually pretty great.

Especially since I really enjoy playing in my school’s alumni band hehe.

I’ve also been running around and sourcing for an internship. Since we have a compulsory semester-long attachment to do next year, we have to start looking for one right after exchange LOL.

So yeah, busy with that as well. Am currently in the midst of finalising an application so *fingers crossed* my school approves this one!! If not I’ll have to scramble to look for another ūüė¶

Only problem I have with being back is that I don’t really have time now to vlog/post girly stuff like I always did back in Perth. But this kind of busy is good as well I guess; even if I’m tired, at least I’m productive with my time.

(I’d like to think I’m busy, but if I were truly busy I wouldn’t be typing all these let’s be real HAHAHA.)

This post was rather cathartic, actually. Feeling super tired now and wondering how exhausting this semester will be, with all the activities I’ve lined up for myself.

But scrolling back up to the second paragraph of this post reminded me that at least I’m¬†home, and there really is no other place I’d rather be ūüôā

Sorry that this isn’t the usual content I put up ūüė¶ Will definitely post something more decent during recess week!!!

But for now, bye bye cos I gotta do my homework zzz.

P.S. here’s a list of the modules I’m doing this semester, in case any of you are interested:

  • Communication Campaigns (CS4032)
  • PR Writing (CS2101)
  • Ad Copywriting (CS4029)
  • Online Magazine Practicum (CS2068)
  • Health and Wellness Marketing (BU8544)

P.P.S. the concert I will be playing for!!!

We’ll be playing Japanese songs so if Spirited Away/Joe Hisaishi is your kind of thing,¬†please, please come hahaha the medleys are damn good.¬†Sumpah.

My YouTube Channel

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Hi!!!

I know I’ve been away from this space for a while, sorry about that ūüė¶ have been vlogging a lot more lately because I realised that making videos is definitely more me¬†than writing blog posts.

That said, I would appreciate it if you guys could check out my YouTube channel¬†ūüôā I post videos on affordable fashion and beauty so if that’s right up your alley, do check it out!

Here’s a video on my favourite Perth fashion buys! Decided to do this since I’m heading back to Singapore soon and it was a good way to round up my trip here (since I am a budget shopaholic at heart).

Do let me know if you guys would like to see any Singapore-related fashion/beauty content, and thank you so much for supporting this little site of mine ūüôā

Bubble Teas in Perth To Spend Your $5 On

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I know, 5 bucks for a cup of bubble tea is¬†heart-breaking, given that it’s less than $3 back home in Singapore.

But bubble tea is to me, what alcohol is to alcoholics. As such, I have spent a good amount of Aussie dollars trying out various versions of the drink.

Though it’s hard to find something that tastes just like Koi / Gong Cha, there are a few worthy contenders for those of you craving for a taste of home.

Presotea

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(Range of drinks available here.)

This is apparently the go-to brand for bubble teas here in Perth. According to a friend, their drinks are made upon order, unlike other chains that already have a premix on standby.

This results in a fuller taste as well, which is made even more obvious when I compare Presotea’s drinks with other brands’.

Both medium and large cups are available, but I usually go for the latter as it only costs 50c more. Toppings are 60c each, which is quite bo hua (not worth it) so I just skip them altogether.

(If you haven’t already noticed, adding toppings means you’re effectively getting less tea! Used to work at Gong Cha and the difference stated in the SOP was 50ml. #theresadifference)

As for sugar levels, I order a level above what I usually do in Singapore, because I find that the teas here aren’t as sweet.

Here’s a list of what I tried:

  • Jasmine Milk Tea ($5.10)

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  • Royal Earl Grey Milk Tea ($5.10)

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The above are pretty self-explanatory, and similar to those you’d find at common bubble tea chains like Share Tea and Each A Cup.

If you’re used to buying these flavours back home, no worries cos they taste the same.

 

  • Okinawa Brown Sugar Milk Tea ($5.10)

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This tastes a lot like Gong Cha’s Brown Sugar Milk Tea. If you have a sweet tooth (like me!) you will like this a lot.

 

  • Hokkaido Milk Tea ($5.10)

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Didn’t like this as it tasted a lot more like sugared milk than milk tea. I haven’t drunk anything similar before so I’m unable to describe this precisely (sorry!)

My sister said it wasn’t bad though, so I guess this drink will have its fair share of likes and dislikes.

 

  • Charcoal Roasted Milk Tea ($5.10)

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This is actually just oolong milk tea HAHAHA goodness I wish they just named it as such.

 

  • Ceylon Milk Tea (Original Milk Tea), $5.10

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  • Signature Milk Tea ($5.10)

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Don’t mix these two up cos I did HAHA and I was genuinely confused as to whether the staff made a mistake or I did.

The Ceylon Milk Tea is the standard¬†nai cha that we’re all used to, whereas the Signature Milk Tea tastes more of oolong.

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Utopia

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In terms of taste, Utopia does lag behind Presotea by a little.

However, they make up for it with slightly lower prices, and also a variety of drinks that aren’t available at Presotea. I also like how their cups are made of paper, so it isn’t so cold to the touch when you hold it.

Their drinks come in both medium and large cups, with free upsizes available on Mondays. Otherwise, an upsize costs $1, which is a bit of a stretch for me so I just go for medium.

(Oh, if you’re from UWA you get a 10% discount. There was once I forgot and till this day I blame myself for not remembering.)

Sugar level-wise, order a level above what you normally would in Singapore as their teas aren’t that sweet as well.

  • Utopia Milk Tea ($4.20)¬†
  • Premium Jasmine Green Milk Tea ($4.80)¬†

The above drinks are your standard milk tea/green milk tea. They do taste more like Cha Time than Share Tea / Each A Cup though.

  • Lavender Black Milk Tea ($4.40)

Regretted buying this after taking the first sip. Which made me remember that I actually just dislike lavender tea in general.

Still advise against getting this drink cos there are many other better options in the menu.

  • Honey Milk Tea ($4.60)

This was a pleasant surprise, especially after trying the LBMT and nearly losing hope in Utopia altogether LOL.

I like how this isn’t sugary sweet like honeyed drinks are supposed to be, and drinking it didn’t result in that¬†jelak, overly rich feeling.

  • Green Tea Cheese Latte ($5)

If you’re a Gong Cha Milk Green Tea fan like I am, this would be right up your alley. It’s easily my favourite Utopia drink due to the resemblance, though it is admittedly more sweet than savoury.

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There you have it, two bubble tea chains from which I’ve been getting my fix. Hope this has been (vaguely) useful for anyone out there!!

5 Tips For Shopaholics Looking To Stretch Their Dollar

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Entire looks for under $3o, yes?

I’ve been a diehard bargain-hunter for a while now and this passion of mine isn’t going away anytime soon.

After all, nothing beats the satisfaction of telling your friends that the runway-inspired dress you’re wearing only costs ten dollars.

So here are 5 quick tips for those of you who wish to get more bang out of your shopping buck. Or in my case, you just want a cheap thrill (literally).

1. Set pricing limits for yourself.

For instance, I¬†NEVER buy tops above $10. The only exception I’d make is if the top is from a high-end brand, and obviously of better quality (thicker, good for winter etc).

And even if that’s the case, $15 is the maximum.

This also makes you more disciplined in spending; if you really like something¬†but it’s above the limit you set, you should¬†wait for a promotion first.

2. Go directly for the sales racks/section.

Pretty self-intuitive tip actually. But for the uninitiated, try not to buy items full-priced because there’s always the chance that it might go on sale.

Again, if you really like it but it’s expensive, refer to Rule #1.

3. Follow the social media pages of the brands you like.

I do so to keep myself abreast of ongoing sales and promotions hahahahahhhahahaha #auntie

Seriously though, I never would’ve known that H&M was gonna sell their jeans at $10 had I not seen their Facebook post.

4. Ask yourself if it can be thrifted for a much lower price.

It isn’t difficult to find brand new tops and bottoms for cheap. However, items like outerwear are a lot more tricky in the budgeting department.

If that’s the case, you might wanna turn to thrifting as an alternative.¬†Because what you can’t find cheap brand new, you might just be able get at a thrift store.

5. Don’t buy something just ‘cos it’s cheap.

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This is a rule that just screams to be broken; I know because I myself am guilty of it.

However,¬†I also believe I speak on behalf of all cheapskates when I say we have at least 5 pieces of clothing we don’t wear anymore, but were bought “because they were only x dollars”.

It’s a painful lesson some of us aren’t the best at learning. But remember, $5 on something you won’t wear is worse than $15 on something you will.

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Hope this helps a little in curbing your shopping expenditure! ūüôā

Drugstore Beauty Products That Worked For Me

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Admit it,¬†drugstores are the heroes we don’t deserve.

I jest. But in all honesty, with accessible prices and outlets all over the island, pharmacies have become our one-stop place for quick beauty fixes.

Sunscreen? Drugstore. Makeup remover? Drugstore. Makeup?? Also drugstore.

Besides their affordability, the popularity of these products can also be attributed to the rise in drugstore haul videos. Zoella, for one, likes to talk about her trips to Boots and what she got from there.

As a firm believer of the truth that there’s always something¬†affordable¬†and good, I have rounded up 4 drugstore favourites of mine.

1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, 400ml (SGD17.90)

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This is the bomb dot com and honestly one of the more underrated things out there in the beauty world.

It does the job perfectly, removing makeup fast and without irritation at all. For its price, this is good value for a micellar water.

The only competition I can think of is Bioderma’s, but I dare say this is just as good.¬†Stock up on these if¬†you’re in Australia, they¬†can go for¬†less than $10¬†there!

Overall rating: 5/5

2. Bio-essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturizing Gel (SGD25.90)

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I like my moisturisers in a water-like/gel consistency because they’re absorbed more quickly¬†than creams.

This one smells nice and is light, which¬†is good because I don’t sleep with air-con. Thick moisturisers¬†just don’t do it in Singapore’s humidity.

(After it ran out I used it as a container for my rings haha.)

Overall rating: 3.5/5

3. Essence lipstick (~SGD5)

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Inserting this one for the very attractive price and colour, since it suits my skin tone and almost everything I wear. Do wish it was more lasting though.

Overall rating: 3/5

4. Silkygirl Colors Radiant EDT, 50ml (~SGD12)

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I’m not particular about scents because when it comes to buying fragrances, it’s either nice or not nice – there’s no in between.

This one was nice and lasted throughout the day whenever I wore it. Not sure if they carry this particular scent anymore, but do give drugstore perfumes a try.

Overall rating: 4/5

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Disclaimer: some of these items were bought on sale and not at the prices mentioned. If you feel they’re expensive, wait for a promotion first! ūüôā

Is Makeup With SPF Enough?

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Many of us already know the benefits of putting on beauty products with SPF. Or rather, the consequences we face if we don’t.

(Basically the sun doesn’t just cause sunburns. UV rays are capable of breaking down the stuff in your skin that’s responsible for elasticity, firmness blablabla.)

But in Singapore where the weather is humid and hot, is it possible to just skip sunscreen and go straight for makeup with sun protection?

I did some Googling and here are some factors you may wanna consider before deciding:

1. Effectively, the protection on your face is that of the product with the highest SPF.

So if you have on SPF 50 sunscreen and SPF 15 foundation, your effective protection is SPF 50.¬†Adding on more layers of SPF isn’t gonna increase the protection!

2. If you’re spending time outdoors/indoors where areas are sun-lit, an SPF of at least 30 is a must.

Most products I know have factors of 15, 30 and 50. Those with 15 are usually meant for indoors where exposure to sun rays isn’t constant.

3. Makeup fades over the day.

When¬†your foundation/bb cushion¬†starts wearing off, so does your SPF. Which means¬†it’s still best to have a form of protection underneath the makeup.

4. Skincare with SPF is sufficient, doesn’t strictly have to be sunscreen.

I have dry skin and moisturiser is a must for me.

So¬†in Singapore where it’s always hot and I’m rushing for class, I like to apply a¬†moisturiser with SPF. Kills two birds with one stone.

Or 3, given that layering on stuff in humid weather leaves your face feeling icky ūüė¶

Or 4, since I’m saving money haha ok I’ll stop here.

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TLDR; SPF is important so remember to apply¬†some (on your face at least) before you leave the house ūüôā

Lads, you are not exempted from this either. Go invest in sunscreen if you haven’t already!