I don’t know how well you know me, I don’t know how you look at me. I don’t know how many silent readers I have, but I know you are there. Today’s post is going to be quite different from what I usually write about, because I’m going to show you a completely different (and somewhat embarrassing) side of me; a side I would have died trying to hide, even as recent as the beginning of the year. I write this post today knowing that I’ll be judged, but you know something? I’ve thought about it, I don’t mind at all. I know this post will help somebody out there, and that’s what matters to me. So… here are 5 shocking truths about me that may change your perspective on life!
I’m so happy I’ve FINALLY gotten around to writing this post! This is really exciting. Sometime in February, I organised a mini project. I call it “Jade’s Pay It Forward Project – Beauty Edition!” and today I’m pleased to report that the project was a tremendous success! :)
How often do we do good deeds or express gratitude to those around us? It is so easy to complain about life and all the negative things that’s happened to us, so easy to while our time away mindlessly, so easy to take everything for granted. Why not take some time to do something more constructive and create happiness? :)
I’m think most of us would be familiar with the term “Pay It Forward” (I shall refer to it as “PIF” in this post from now). Basically, the principle behind PIF is to do something good for someone, and have him/her pay the deed forward by doing something good for someone else. Ideally, the chain of good deeds should continue and spread to many, many others.
Since I am a beauty blogger (OK, so I blog about fashion, lifestyle and health too…) I thought it would be interesting to have a mini PIF project based on beauty. What I’ll do is send out one or two beauty products each to a group of girls, who will each in turn send out one beauty product to one other person (or more, if they like!). When I first thought of doing this, I didn’t even know if anyone would be keen to participate. I posted my idea on Facebook, and was so pleasantly surprised when my friends indicated their interest in this project! Of course, for the purpose of this project, it is not a requirement for their respective recipients to pay the deed forward, but it would be nice if they did that.
As this is my maiden attempt at organising such a project, I thought I would start small by only involving a cosy group of girls. Let me introduce you to these wonderful girls! They are Carol “Carrot”, Debbie “Winddyy”, Jia Ying, Joy, Kendra, Nia and Jacqueline (who’s actually Joy’s recipient, paying it forward)! They have been incredibly supportive of this project and needless to say, I am eternally grateful for their presence.
Happy weekend, all! :) I swear the week just flew by – hope it was fantastic for you! It sure was for me – my girlfriend Renee had a dozen of rainbow cupcakes delivered to my office yesterday! :’) It was a gorgeous (and sweet!) surprise! I’ll share pics on here later, or if you can’t wait, check it out on my Instagram! Today, I’m showing you what I got in my BellaBox May 2013 – Ready for Cannes!
As we gear up for the film festival, the team has creatively presented this month’s theme card in the form of a large ticket! And yes, I think they probably noticed that we love the cutesy stickers, which explains the adorable clapperboard sticker here! Great job, team! :)
Happy Tuesday, my friends! Another day in paradise. :) A couple of Fridays ago, I received the May edition of VanityTrove at the office. I was quite surprised since I wasn’t expecting it. The first time I wrote about them was back in October 2012. So today we have VanityTrove May 2013 – Floral Notes!
I don’t know if you feel the same, but each time I hold the trove it seems like I just bought an iPad or something. I tell you, it’s the sleek, white, plastic-wrapped box! If I got one every month I’m sure people will start to realise I’m actually a tech whiz who regularly purchases gadgets.
Anyways, accompanying the trove is a mini magazine packed with product details, beauty news, tips, tutorials, fashion lookbook… all lovingly put together by the team. It’s a great read! And in there I found a picture of that tribal manicure I’ve always been fascinated with…
I believe everything happens for a reason; nothing happens by chance. Do you believe the same, or are you a believer of randomness? :) Something happened to me recently, and it drastically altered my perspective on life. With that, I found 3 things to be grateful for.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my wisdom teeth acted up and I had to have it removed. Due to the op, I was given 5 days of medical leave, which is by far the longest I’ve ever had! I did return to the office for a short while on the first day of my medical leave to wrap up some files, and thereafter decided to focus on resting and allowing myself to recover from the op.
During that time of rest, I really felt quite restless and didn’t know what to do with my suddenly free time. Whilst I’ve had great plans on the things I could do when I go on leave, those things were certainly not meant to be done when the dentist gave me strict orders that I should avoid strenuous activities (i.e. no running, screaming, shouting, jumping at USS). Sure, there were things I could do by myself (and which I did do, like have lunch and catch a show by myself), but for the most part of my free time I felt, for the first time in years, that I was jobless and aimless in life.
It seemed like I was whiling my time away, not doing anything constructive and not making a difference in anybody’s life. I felt like returning to work but I knew that I needed to rest too. And that was when my perspective on life started to change… dramatically.
This is what I see every day at work. I have this sticker on my keyboard in the office as a constant reminder of how grateful I am for this life. Follow me on Instagram for more! :)
Yet another brand new week, my friends! How has 2013 been for you? Still keeping to your New Year resolutions? Haa… :P To round off April, I thought I’d put up a product review on Soap & Glory‘s Sugar Crush Body Scrub, which I’ve been wanting to show you for a long time!
Some of you may recall reading my thoughts on their Sugar Crush Body Wash when it first hit our shores last month; how many of you have tried it? If you like the Sugar Crush Body Wash, you’re gonna love the body scrub – I know I do!
In fact, the scrub is so fascinating, Dark Puck couldn’t resist sitting atop the tub all day long. Well, it took some coaxing from Light Puck before he’d even budge.
How’s the week going? Hang in there – just one more day to sweet freedom! ;) April is quickly coming to an end (how horrifying!), but before it does, I’m showing you what’s inside BellaBox April 2013 – Beauty Goodness!
I really like this month’s theme card – very cheery! So apt to have paired it with the cute coral box too… made me smile when I opened the box. :)
Hello everyone! I hope the weekend was good. I had an emergency wisdom tooth op yesterday afternoon, but I’m doing OK now! :) I’m glad it’s over, and whilst I would like to be disgusting and show you a photo of my rogue tooth here, I don’t think you’d appreciate it, haha! If you’re curious, though, you can visit my Facebook page. ;P I’ve got medical leave for the whole of next week, but I think I’ll still show up at work to wrap up some cases. Anyways, today I’m showing you yet another new range from Benefit Cosmetics! 12 shades from the all-new Benefit Cosmetics Longwear Powder Shadow range, launching in Singapore next month. :)
I really do like all 12 colours – here they are, all stacked up, just like the Creaseless Cream Shadow range which I reviewed earlier. As I had mentioned before, the packaging behind these to-be-launched series was inspired by the Art Deco design of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. If you think these boxes are identical to the Creaseless Cream Shadows, look again! The colours are actually inversed.
Happy Hump Day, all! :) On the health front, I aim to eat very clean this week – I’m cutting out all refined/processed foods and eating clean for 7 full days – giving my system a break. If you haven’t tried clean eating, you should! And let me know how it works for you. Alright! Today’s post is all about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Lotion with Soy & Oat Blend which was launched early this year.
A couple of months ago, I reviewed their Cocoa Butter Formula All Over Body Firming Lotion - how many of you have tried that already? You would probably notice, in terms of packaging, that the two look rather similar – same white 250ml plastic squeeze bottle and snap cap.
The Daily Calming Lotion was designed especially for sensitive, dry and irritable skin and based on the same Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. This product comes with an additional soy & oat blend, which is said to have soothing, moisturising and calming properties, with oat being anti-inflammatory and relieving skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, and soy being rich in proteins, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. (Speaking of oats, have you checked out my low-calorie recipe for overnight oats? Many people have tried and loved it!)
It is indicated that the product also contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help exfoliate dry, flaky patches, and Chamomile and Lavender Extract to provide additional soothing benefits. Sounds promising! And you know what? If you thought the All Over Body Firming Lotion is a steal, this costs even less – only SGD9.90!
Happy weekend, lovelies – it’s time to reward yourself for making it through yet another gruelling week! ♥ How about some new makeup? I hope you liked my post on the new range of Ultra Plush Lip Glosses from Benefit Cosmetics, because I spent this morning swatching again! Today, I’m gonna show you 7 new additions to the revamped Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow range, slated to be launched next month as well! That makes 10 shades in total. :)
Just like the Ultra Plush Lip Gloss range, the artwork on these gorgeous Creaseless Cream Shadow boxes was inspired by the Art Deco design of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (SF is where the Benefit HQ is, by the way! HQ, if you are reading this, HELLO!).