You’ll always hate how your writing used to sound

I’m having a roaring good time cleaning out a writing folder filled with incomplete, half-assed fiction, themed articles on beauty, tech and health, as well as a bunch of incoherent poems, and God knows what else I might unearth. Painful as it is, the Recycle Bin is where they shall all go.

I thought I might have written some gems, but really, most pieces are utter crap. I hate how I sounded five years ago. It was then that I used to contribute very short articles to a now-defunct e-zine for silver-haired folks, as well as a Japanese health and beauty site that has unfortunately gone the way of the dodo. Writing came to me rather easily then – it kills me that I’ve developed a lethal overthinking habit, and I can’t seem to write as quickly and smoothly now. I’m hoping to regain some writing mojo.

To celebrate the purge of my writing folder, here’s a short one I wrote to supplement a campaign for healthier food choices for the older generation. Mind you this was five years ago.

Join me as I cringe and watch this burn.


A Bitter-Sweet Life

Most of us battle sugar-addiction on a daily basis. When feeling tired, stressed out or just plain hungry, we reach for sugar-laden quickies – chocolates, icecream or a doughnut with our coffee.

Bitter foods may not be appetising, but studies have shown that bitter foods stimulate our taste receptors on the tongue, increasing bile flow and nutrient absorption. Nutritionist dietitician Nicole Dube of Halifax, N.S. encourages consumption of bitter foods and herbs as “help to stimulate digestive juices and support food digestion.” Enhanced digestion of bitter vegetables leaves you feeling full and satisfied for much longer than that tempting bar of chocolates.

Hate bitter foods? Here are some bitters that make excellent addition to soups and salads, and when sprinkled over pastas and pizzas, or stuffed in a breakfast wrap.

KALE

(photo http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html)

With over 45 different flavonoids in kale being identified by researchers, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties helps to relieve chronic inflammation and supports our body’s detoxification system.

ENDIVE

(photo http://www.renaissanceherbs.com.au/herbs-a-z/endive)

Chocked full of phytonutrients, endives support the liver by reducing cholesterol, and balancing our hormones.

PUNTARELLE

(photo http://www.123rf.com/photo_12793588_fresh-puntarelle-vegetable-on-white-background.html)

A member of the chicory family, sometimes known as asparagus chicory, the puntarelle is an Italian favorite that is low in calories and extremely high in vitamin C and B9 density.

RADICCHIO

(photo http://www.iknowvegetables.com/radicchio.html)

Fresh radicchio is one of the excellent sources of vitamin K. Increasing intake of vitamin K has an established role in treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as it limit neurona damage in the brain.
SPINACH

(photo http://food.sulekha.com/dishimages/24940.jpg)

Lutein, the carotenoid found in spinach, prevents eye diseases such as age-related cataracts and macular degeneration.

The next time you’re craving a sugary boost, think of the healthier bitter alternatives that are in fact, sweeter in the long run.

Need further convincing to eat your bitters? Bitter greens like radicchio, endive, and kale contains phytonutrients that support the liver – the vital organ that stabilizes our hormones, purifies the blood and metabolizes fats.


I cringed, so hard.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Really Really

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY

어디야 집이야 안 바쁨 나와봐
너네 집 앞이야 너에게
하고픈 말이 있어
이걸 어떻게 말을 꺼내야
할진 모르겠지만
이상한 말 아냐 부담 없이 들어줘

지금 내 눈에 제일
아름다운 건 너야 lady
널 향한 내 맘이 돈이면
아마 난 billionaire
널 좋아해

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 믿어줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
널 좋아해
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 받아줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
넌 나 어때

멋지게 골인
프러포즈 같은 세리머니
정해보자 호칭
허니 말고 자기 아님 달링
낯간지럽네 상상해봐도
긴장돼 필요해
a lot of alcohol
덩치는 산만해도
네 앞에선 작아지네
oh 내 맘 알까나

첫눈에 미끄러지듯이
Falling in love
내 맘을 훔친 범인인 건
바로 너
너의 미모 질투해 여신도
내 심장의 떨림은 진동 brrr
치명적인 매력이 날 killin’
섹시해 날 자극하는
Hot chili woo
오해하지 마 나는 진짜
진심으로 채워줄게 너의 빈 잔

지금 내 눈에 제일
아름다운 건 너야 lady
널 향한 내 맘이 돈이면
아마 난 billionaire
널 좋아해

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 믿어줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
널 좋아해
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 받아줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
넌 나 어때

혹시라도 내가
불편하면 let me know
한걸음 뒤로 가
단지 아는 사이로
기다릴 수 있어
너도 나를 좋아할 거 같다 말해줘
지금 당장 만나
나 진심으로 네게 할 말이 있어
[진/윤] 널 좋아해

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 믿어줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
널 좋아해
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
내 맘을 받아줘 OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
넌 나 어때
네가 좋아
REALLY REALLY OH YEAH
널 좋아해

 

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY

Where are you? Home?
If you’re not busy, come out
I’m in front of your house
Wanna tell you something
Don’t know how to say it but
It’s nothing weird, no pressure

The most beautiful thing in my eyes right now
Is you lady
If my feelings for you were money
I’m a billionaire
I like you

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Accept my heart OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
I like you
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Accept my heart OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
What do you think about me?

A cool goal
A ceremony like a propose
Let’s choose our pet names
Honey or baby or darling
It tickles my stomach just thinking about it
I’m nervous
I need alot of alcohol
I may be big
But i grow small in front of you
Do you know how I feel?

At first sight
Falling in love like I’m slipping
The criminal who stole my heart (it’s you)
Youre so beautiful
Even goddesses are jealous of your beauty
My heart trembles like a vibration (brrr)
Your fatal charms are killin me
You’re sexy
Provoking me like hot chili
Don’t misunderstand
I’ll truly fill up your empty glass

The most beautiful thing in my eyes right now
Is you lady
If my feelings for you were money
I’m a billionaire
I like you

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Accept my heart OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
I like you
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Accept my heart OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
What do you think about me?

If i made you uncomfortable
Just let me know
I’ll take a step back
Just be a guy you know
I can wait
Tell me you think you like me too
Let’s meet right now
I have something to tell you
I like you

REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Trust me OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
I like you
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
Accept my heart OH WAH
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
What do you think about me?
I like you
REALLY REALLY OH YEAH
I like you

>>>>>>>>>>>>

Our first collaboration with the talented boys from FulloutSquad! WINNER’s new song has been a big win for us so we tried our best to recreate their dance with a full cast.

We’re also submitting this video for the WINNER x genie cover dance contest and would really appreciate your support + love!

Members:
Jinwoo – Kelvin (@gytuan)
Seungyoon – Daryl (@_daebakdaryl)
Seunghoon – Scott (@scottiemawn)
Mino – Javier (@hynsae)

Dancers:
Kris (@mrsxxmicky)
Peiwen (@wynne.wen)
Xiaoman (@celesteyiap)
Yuzhen (@silhouettekiss)
Youwen (@youwenny)
Amanda (@theephemerality)
Xingyi (@starphis)
Felicia (@chingching11)

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Videography/Editing: Sam (@kirinboi)

This song was originally sang and performed by WINNER (걸스데이).
All rights belong to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

xoxo,

Viktoria Jean

I’ll Be Yours

지금 뭐해? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
갖고 싶지? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

ooh wee baby 뭐가 그리
겁이 나니?
좀 더 다가와 봐
저기부터 벌써 내 앞까지
check it on me
따라만 올 거니?

자꾸만 헷갈리게
나를 밀고 당기지
어느새 빠져들지
망설이단 나를 놓칠걸 whoo

oh 왜 내가 좋은지 들려줘
애만 태우지 말고 웃어봐
남자답게 더 쿨하게 말해봐

지금 뭐해? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
갖고 싶지? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
네 눈에서 뚝 떨어지는
꿀처럼 더 달콤하게
말해줄게 I’ll be yours

ooh wee baby 감탄하겠지
반짝이는 Me
Like a popping champagne
때론 chic 하게 바꿔도 좋지
또 부드럽게
매력을 펼치지

어서 눈을 감고서
주사위를 굴려봐
어디로든 괜찮아
결국 내게 오게 될테니 whoo

Oh 복잡한 생각을 비워봐
어색한 네 마음도 던져봐
남자답게 네 진심을 말해봐

지금 뭐해? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
갖고 싶지? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
네 눈에서 뚝 떨어지는
꿀처럼 더 달콤하게
말해줄게 I’ll be yours

Come On Baby
내게 좀 더 다가와봐
내 모든걸 Boy 가지라 하지
너도 절대 싫지 않은거를 알아
right right
내게 빠져 inside

주문을 걸어 up and down
사르르 녹아 버릴 night
1, 2 step 1, 1, 2 step
이젠 촛불을 끄고서
소원을 빌어봐

baby 코 끝에서 맴돈
Flower 향기처럼 널 간지럽힐래
어딜 가도 잊을 수 없게

baby 귓가에서 맴돈 소리처럼
내 목소릴 따라올래?
Feel so good Oh yeah-

내 맘 원해? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
갖고 싶지? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
콕 찍어서 네 입술 끝에
은근슬쩍 가져가지
말해 뭐해? I’ll be yours

What’re you doing right now? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Want me? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

ooh wee baby
What’re you so scared of?
Come closer
From all the way over there. Till you’re in front of me
check it on me
Are you just gonna follow behind?

You keep confusing me
Playing games with me
Suddenly, I’ve fallen for you
If you hesitate, you’ll lose me

Tell me why you like me
Don’t just make me antsy, smile
Be a man, be cool and tell me

What’re you doing right now? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Want me? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Like the honey that drips from your eyes
I’ll tell you more sweetly
I’ll be yours

ooh wee baby
You’ll be in awe
Cuz it’s the dazzling me
Like a popping champagne
Sometimes being chic is good
Softly, I’ll show you my charms

Close your eyes
Throw the dice
Wherever you want
Because it’ll come to me in the end

Empty out your complicated thoughts
Throw away your awkwardness
Be a man, tell me how you really feel

What’re you doing right now? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Want me? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Like the honey that drips from your eyes
I’ll tell you more sweetly
I’ll be yours

Come On Baby
come a little closer
I’m telling you boy, to have all of me
I know you don’t hate it
right right
Fall into me, inside

Cast a spell up and down
Softly melting night
1, 2 step 1, 1, 2 step
Now blow the candles
Make a wish

baby, like the flower scent at the tip of your nose
I wanna tickle you
So you won’t forget me wherever you go

baby like the sound that lingers in your ears
Wanna follow my voice?
Feel so good Oh yeah-

Want my heart? I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
Want me? I’ll be yours
Maybe I’ll be yours

Wait a minute! I’ll be yours
Baby I’ll be yours
I’ll aim and slowly take it to your lips
What’s more to say?
I’ll be yours

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We couldn’t resist the song when it’s so catchy. Heels are definitely not one of our strengths but you’ll enjoy our cover just the same!

Subscribe and stay tuned for more coming your way!
And also, our 6th collaboration with MarvinPD! Don’t forget to check out his facebook and youtube channel!

Videography/Editing: Marvin PD
Find him on instagram: @myeyecandies15
Find him on Facebook: facebook.com/myeyecandies

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Members:
Sojin – Kris (@mrsxxmicky)
Yura – Peiwen (@wynne.wen)
Minah – Xiaoman (@celesteyiap)
Hyeri – Yuzhen (@silhouettekiss)

Thanks to our ssenze fairies (Amanda, Youwen & Xingyi) for coming down to help with the music and lighting!

This song was originally sang and performed by Girl’s Day (걸스데이).
All rights belong to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

 

Say My Name

Any other day
I would call, you would say,
“Baby, how’s your day?”
But today, it ain’t the same
Every other word is “Uh huh”, “Yeah, okay”
Could it be that you are at the crib with another lady
If you took it there
First of all let me say
I am not the one to sit around and be played
So prove yourself to me
I’m the girl that you claim
Why don’t you say the things
That you said to me yesterday

I know you say that I am assuming things
Something’s going down, that’s the way it seems
Shouldn’t be no reason why you’re acting strange
If nobody’s holding you back from me
‘Cause I know how you usually do
Where you’re saying everything to me times two
Why can’t you just tell the truth
If somebody’s there, then tell me who

Say my name, say my name
When no one is around you,
Say baby I love you
If you ain’t runnin’ game
Say my name, say my name
You actin’ kinda shady,
Ain’t callin’ me baby
Why the sudden change?

Say my name, say my name
If no one is around you,
Say baby I love you
If you ain’t runnin’ game
Say my name, say my name
You actin’ kinda shady,
Ain’t callin’ me baby
Better say my name

Videography/Editing: Marvin PD
Find him on instagram: @myeyecandies15
Find him on Facebook: facebook.com/myeyecandies

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

I will have your heart right now 너의 맘을 갖겠어 지금이야

탕탕탕 we’re back with our 4th collaboration with the lovely MarvinPD님 for a cover of ‘FINGERTIP’ by GFRIEND.

It took us ages to even get 1% near their neatness, but we tried. They be slayin’ with this choreography!

Videography/Editing: Marvin PD
Find him on instagram: @myeyecandies15
Find him on Facebook: facebook.com/myeyecandies

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Members:
SinB – Kris (@mrsxxmicky)
Eunha – Youwen (@youwenny)
Umji – Peiwen (@wynnewen)
Yerin – Xiaoman (@celesteyiap)
Sowon – Yuzhen (@silhouettekiss)
Yuju – Xingyi (@starphis)

Many many thanks to Amanda & Paopao for coming down to help with the music and lighting.
This song was originally sang by GFRIEND (여자친구).
All rights belong to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

xoxo,

Viktoria Jean

>>>>>>>>

오늘 난 특별해
설레는 시작이야
왠지 알 수 없는
두근거림에 끌려
사뿐한 발걸음
오늘따라 괜찮은
느낌이라 좋아
예감이 다 좋아

(어떻게) 방심한 순간
oh 이건 말도 안돼
(그렇게) 날 보는 눈빛이
너무 완벽해
아무 흠이 없는
너를 가리킨 순간
내 것이 될 것 같아

탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
네 맘을 겨눌게
탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
심장이 멈추게
뭐 어때 네 곁에
더 다가가볼게
손 끝에 네가 있어
FINGER FINGERTIP
FINGER FINGERTIP

그래 너의 맘을 갖겠어 지금이야
시작해 완벽해
준비는 이미 끝났어

그 짧은 시간에
내 맘에 들어왔어
너 빼고 아무도
보이지도 않았어
한 걸음 다가가
너를 스치는 순간
느낌이 다 좋아
확실히 다가가

(123) 시간이 갈수록
열리는 fantasy
(321) 이 넓은 공간에
가득 가득해
아무 빈틈없는
너를 가리킨 순간
내 것이 될 것 같아

탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
네 맘을 겨눌게
탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
심장이 멈추게
뭐 어때 네 곁에
더 다가가볼게
손 끝에 네가 있어
FINGER FINGERTIP

오랫동안 기다린
순간에도 태연하게
그 누구도 모르게
눈치채지도 못하게
손짓하나 까딱까딱
네 맘을 조종할게
시간이 째깍째깍
다 가기 전에 다가와 1234

정말 어쩌지
널 조준했던 순간
사랑에 빠질 것 같아

탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
네 맘을 겨눌게 (맘을 겨눌게)
탕탕탕 FINGERTIP
심장이 멈추게 (심장이 멈추게)
뭐 어때 네 곁에
더 다가가볼게 (다가가볼게 )
손 끝에 네가 있어
FINGER FINGERTIP
FINGERFINGER TIP
그래 너의 맘을 갖겠어
지금이야
손 끝에 네가 있어
FINGER FINGERTIP

 

Today, I feel special
It’s a heart-fluttering beginning
I’m being pulled by a mysterious
pounding in my heart
My footsteps are light
I feel good today,
I like it
I have a good feeling

(What do I do) The moment I let down my guard
This can’t be
(Like that) The way you look at me
Is so perfect
The flawless you
The moment I pointed at
You became mine

Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
I will aim for your heart
Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
So your heart can stop
Who cares?
I’m gonna go closer to you
At the tip of my finger, you are there
FINGER FINGERTIP
FINGER FINGERTIP

I will have your heart right now
Let’s start, this is perfect
I’m all ready now

In that short time
You entered my heart
Besides you,
I can’t see anything
I’ll take a step toward you
The moment I pass by
The feeling is so good
I’m certain, I’ll go to you

(123) The more time passes
The more this fantasy opens
(321) In this wide space
You fill it up
The flawless you
The moment I pointed at the flawless you
You became mine

Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
I will aim for your heart
Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
So your heart can stop
Who cares?
I’m gonna go closer to you
At the tip of my finger, you are there
FINGER FINGERTIP

Though I waited for
This moment for a long time
I’ll be calm so no one will know
So no one will even notice
I’ll make one movement with my hands
To control your heart
Time goes tick tock
Before it passes, come to me, 1234

What do I do?
The moment I controlled you
I fell in love

Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
I will aim for your heart
Bang bang bang FINGERTIP
So your heart can stop
Who cares?
I’m gonna go closer to you
At the tip of my finger, you are there
FINGER FINGERTIP
FINGER FINGERTIP
Yeah, I’ll have your heart
This is the time
At the tip of my finger, you are there
FINGER FINGERTIP

Baby, me like yuh

I can only do right by ya
I won’t ever go deceive ya
I’d even dye my hair blonde for ya
I can be your Justin Bieber
Gimme that work like you RiRi
Girl, pop it like three D
Your wish is like genies
Oh let me see that thing baby
Trust me
This is the moment you been waiting for, girl all your life
Tell your friends that you don’t need a ride home
‘Cause I got you tonight
The Uber’s on the way
‘Cause I had a couple drinks tonight
But I’m more drunk off of your love
Baby I just can’t get enough
So baby girl
Wake up, wake up, let’s get it started
Stay up, stay up, girl I’ll be on it
Don’t go to bed, unless you go with me
Phone blowing up, I’ma let the hotline bling
Girl
Baby, me like yuh
I’ll make you feel so good
Do you just like I should
I hope you know it
I hope
Me Like Yuh (Korean) – ft Hoody
It’s a perfect night.
너무나 완벽한 밤이야
I am crazy in your move
네 움직임에 나는 미쳐
Come a little closer.
조금 더 가까이 다가와
I’m waiting for you.
애타게 기다리고 있어
gimme that work like you Riri
Girl you are my genie
girl 너는 내 genie
make your wishes true
난 소원을 빌지
oh lemme see that thing baby
Now is the time
지금 이순간이
That’s the time I’ve been waiting.
내가 기다려왔던 그 시간이야
When I look at my gestures
나의 몸짓을 보면
I have a sense of what you want.
니가 뭘 원하는지 감이 와
Keep dancing.
춤을 계속 춰
I’m not tired all night.
밤새도록 안 피곤하니까
I was drunk in your eyes.
네 눈빛에 난 취했어
I do not want to break forever
영원히 안 깨고 싶어
so baby girl
wake up wake up
let’s get it started
stay up stay up girl
I be on it
Do not go home. stay with me.
집 가지마 나랑은 괜찮아
I’ll lead you so baby come.
리드할게 so baby 따라와
baby me like yuh
Irresistible
거부할 수 없는
how you look now
너의 지금 모습
I hope you know it
Woo
As if to be held
마치 홀린 것같이
In front of you
어느새 네 앞에
Stand up I do not know
서있어 나도 모르게
Unable to draw
이끌려 알 수 없게
It’s not what I expected.
예상 못 한 건 아니야
I waited for today.
오늘만 기다렸어
oh let me see that ting baby
Now this moment
지금 이 순간은
I do not need any lights.
어느 조명도 여긴 필요 없어
The two of us exchange
우리 둘이 주고받는
our eye contact is enough.
눈빛이면 충분하니까
Woo You have me before
Woo 아까 네가 건넨
I’m not drunk.
술에 취한 게 아니라
I was drunk in your eyes.
네 눈빛에 난 취했어
I do not want to break forever
영원히 안 깨고 싶어
you know
you know
wake up wake up
let’s get it started
stay up stay up girl
I be on it
Do not go home. stay with me.
집 가지마 나랑은 괜찮아
I’ll lead you so baby come.
리드할게 so baby 따라와
baby me like yuh
Irresistible
거부할 수 없는
how you look now
너의 지금 모습
I hope you know it
I feel a cool breeze
시원한 바람이 느껴져
I want to be here forever
여기서 난 영원하고 싶어
The sky is coming down on us.
하늘이 우릴 내려봐
That star is shining
저 별이 빛나도
your my star
my star
baby me like yuh
Irresistible
거부할 수 없는
how you look now
너의 지금 모습
baby me like yuh
Irresistible
거부할 수 없는
how you look now
너의 지금 모습
I hope you know it

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

3 ways to wear Swarovski Crystal Pixie Nail Art!

Swarovski Crystal Pixie nail art is the manicure industry’s best kept secret. It’s still popular in Japan and the States, but strangely this style is quite rare in Singapore. I have seen some gorgeous pictures on Instagram so I was really excited when Vanitee matched me up with a lovely manicurist, Janelle from Nailbuddies, who gave me a very rare Swarovski Crystal Pixie gel manicure!

You may be wondering – what on earth are Swarovski Crystal Pixies? They are tiny round crystals mixed with other bullions, and serve as little pretty gems to adorn your nail art. So you may choose to highlight one finger, or bling out all 10 of them (thumbs included). I swear, they are much shinier, lighter and sturdier than your average plastic nail gems. After my experience, I decided to write this piece about 3 ways to wear the Swarovski Crystal Pixie Nail Art!

Janelle has 2 types of this: the dark and light crystals. I chose to use the light ones this time, but it really depends on what base colour you choose, and which crystal will complement it best.

Anyway, more about Nailbuddies! Janelle offers a convenient home-based service, so you may select from her range of available dates. If you’re an Eastie, her home in Tampines Street 84 (psst…please see the app for her full address) is just 3 bus-stops always from the interchange. If you’re lost, just give Janelle a direct ping in the Vanitee chat and she will give you directions!

I arrived at Janelle’s place for the first time, and was invited into her spacious, private manicure haven. Her manicure workspace is so comfortable and I felt right at home. Plus Janelle is so chatty and friendly, I felt at ease being in a stranger’s room! Right away, I could feel her passion and expertise with the number of tools and gel bottles in her room.
Choosing from her stash of gel colours is really not easy – her collection is amazing!! This is just some of it:

I picked the dark, starry midnight steel blue (which already naturally bling because I love glittery nails!), and Janelle got right to work. First she patiently removed my DIY-ed gelish nails, then trimmed my nails into nice round shapes, before buffing and taming my messy cuticles. I applaud her skills! She really saved my ugly nails.

See? She’s giving my nails some TLC (won’t show you her face, till she gives me full permission!)

Following the TLC, she gave my nails 2 layers of base colour. Then she takes out some very delicate skinny tools to begin glueing the Swarovski Crystal Pixies. So fascinating!

I cannot emphasis how carefully she placed the crystals on my fingernails, and arranges them artistically. It’s like a surgery going on in here!

She actually pours the crystals onto the fingernails that require more crystals, as this gives a more even effect.

In the span of 2.5 hours, my nails were done! Revealing the full pictures in 3…2….1…

So for your next nail adventure, why don’t you try these 3 amazing ways to wear the Swarovski Crystal Pixies?

1. Forming Shapes with the crystals

With a silver sticker strip, a triangle was first shaped, before filling it up with crystals. This is my personal favourite because of the endless possibilities! Yes shape anything you want. You will never get bored.

2. Crystal Clusters

Spot the crystal clusters! Yes these are on my index finger (top hand), and middle finger (bottom hand). Love how the crystal are clustered near my cuticles to give variety to the texture.  These subtle differences lets your nails stand out from everyone else’s boring old matte patterns. (But no offence, I have days when I just want matte black nails)

3. Pairing Crystals with Bigger Gems

If you’re looking to go over-the-top, Swarovski Crystal Pixies will be able to help. When paired with chunkier gems, the effect is crazy – I swear it’s the first thing people see when I wave to them, in the dark, 5 feet away.

See how the bling-bling gems stand out in this full-manicure shot?

Swarovski Crystal Pixies really helped to add a gorgeous shiny glow, and an interesting bumpy 3D effect. Sometimes I wash my hair, and I can feel the crystals on my head – it’s like a scalp massage! (Not kidding) Or maybe I’m biased because I’m loving it so much.

Really enjoyed my manicure session with Janelle from Nailbuddies. Learnt from her many tips and tricks that she willingly shares, which include: a manicure must always end with capping the outer edges with a layer of finish! Also, if topping up your manicure with Swarovski Crystal Pixies, you don’t actually need a top coat. Her skills with the crystals are amazing and if you have never tried the Swarovski Crystal Pixies, I strongly encourage you to. She’s available at @nailbuddies on Instagram and Vanitee app!

It’s super easy to book a session from Vanitee! There are beauty offers from nails, hair, brow and lash, makeup and hairstyling and facial treatments uploaded daily from over 1,700 beauty salons! It’s truly Singapore’s #1 app for booking beauty services. And conveniently, you can also see customer reviews and view the artists’ portfolios on the app itself, by simply clicking on their profiles! And as I mentioned, you get to chat direct with the artist, so you can get your requests way in advance. Like for my session, Janelle checked with me way in advance the type of design I wanted. Sounds good right? On top of that, you can earn rewards from booking on the app too! Sign up with my link <<viktol1>> and get $15 OFF any beauty services! Download the Vanitee app now from www.vanitee.com!
Anyway, here are some screenshots of the app to illustrate. When you search for “Nailbuddies”, this page should surface:

When you click “Portfolio”, you get to view photos of the work that she has done for her past clients. That’s right – she does Tsum Tsum nail art!

Under reviews, you can also view what others have said about your artist. I gave Janelle an honest review, with some pictures for reference. You can view it on her page!

Looking forward to my next manicure session, and to try new patterns using the Swarovski Crystal Pixies. Have already booked my next session with Nailbuddies!

If you have pictures after your Swarovski Crystal Pixie sessions, do share! 🙂

Xoxo,
Viktoria Jean
P.S. Sharing a bonus picture I took with Janelle’s pup!! He’s totally adorable, and is usually kept away when strangers or customers come. Special case only that he is let out to play with me 🙂

 

Yes No Maybe

Yes, no….. maybe?

In any case, we loved both Mina Myoung’s choreography and Suzy’s stage choreography so we mashed them up a little.

Back with another one, and hope you guys like it ❤

Dancers:
Kris (@mrsxxmicky)
Youwen (@youwenny)
Peiwen (@wynne.wen)
Xiaoman (@celesteyiap)
Yuzhen (@silhouettekiss)
Xavier (xvrlum)

Psst…follow us on Instagram for more!

Yes No Maybe

받지마 알잖아
목소릴 들으면
분명히 내 맘이
또 다시 흔들려
잠깐만 얘기만
나누려 했지만 했지만

Yes no maybe
도대체 내 맘이 뭔지
다신 너를 안 보려 해도
또 너에게 가고 있어
이젠 no more baby
이러는 나를 난 hate me
너를 안 볼 수가 없어
그런데 볼 수도 없어

Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes

가지마 돌아가 만나면
알잖아 또 빠져들어가

Yes no maybe
도대체 내 맘이 뭔지
다신 너를 안 보려 해도
또 너에게 가고 있어
이젠 no more baby
이러는 나를 난 hate me
너를 안 볼 수가 없어
그런데 볼 수도 없어

언제까지 이럴 순 없잖아
끝이 뻔한 길을
계속 걸어갈 수는 없잖아
가면 안 되는 길을
되풀이 하는 내 모습을 봐
이런 내가 이해가 안가

Yes no maybe
도대체 내 맘이 뭔지
다신 너를 안 보려 해도
또 너에게 가고 있어
이젠 no more baby
이러는 나를 난 hate me
너를 안 볼 수가 없어
그런데 볼 수도 없어

Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes
Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes

하지마
마지막이라고 하면서도
또 다시

 

Translation

Don’t pick up
I know when
I hear your voice
My heart will shake again
Though I tried to
Just talk to you

Yes no maybe
I don’t know my heart
I try to not see you ever again
But I’m going to you again
Now no more baby
I hate myself for doing this, hate me
I can’t not see you
But I can’t see you either

Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes

Don’t go, if you go
You know you’ll fall for him again

Yes no maybe
I don’t know my heart
I try to not see you ever again
But I’m going to you again
Now no more baby
I hate myself for doing this, hate me
I can’t not see you
But I can’t see you either

I can’t keep doing this
The end is so obvious
I can’t keep walking on this path
This path I shouldn’t be on
I see myself going back on it
I don’t understand myself

Yes no maybe
I don’t know my heart
I try to not see you ever again
But I’m going to you again
Now no more baby
I hate myself for doing this, hate me
I can’t not see you
But I can’t see you either

Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes
Yes no no yes no
No yes yes no yes

Don’t do this
I tell myself this is the last time
But yet again

 

This song was originally sang by Suzy.
All rights belong to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Hobgoblin (도깨비) – Concept Video

Our concept video collaboration with MarvinPD님 (@myeyecandies15) is out!

Truly enjoyed the filming process for this one with my special SSENZE girls. Big shoutout to our crewmate Bev, who has returned to Korea for her studies, but managed to film this while she was back in Singapore for a short while.

Don’t forget to check out our dance practice ver of Hobgoblin here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQXka3j3-50

Credits
Videography/Editing: Marvin PD!

Members
Beverley (@berlyhong)
Youwen (@youwenny)
Peiwen (@wynne.wen)
Amanda (@theepheramality)
Xiaoman (@celesteyiap)
Yuzhen (@silhouettekiss)
Kris (@mrsxxmicky)

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Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/theofficialssenze

This song was originally sang by CLC (씨엘씨).
All rights belong to the respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – INNI Skincare

My ultimate skincare remedy for the festive season has arrived! Look no further if you too are worried about ruining your skin with anticipated late nights, booze and Christmas goodies. INNI by La Source Spa is a premium range created by beauty professionals from the popular beauty sanctuary, to give you results that parallel stepping into a spa.

I’m featuring 2 exclusive product sets from BlackBox SG – the INNI by La Source, and INNI Solutions by La Source. Both beautifully packaged, these will make great Christmas gifts for family and friends. Products are 100% botanical and source-traceable – its ingredient lists feature easily identifiable plant and nature-sources. To put our minds at ease, all products are also free of parabens, mineral oils, additives and preservatives as well as colouring or artificial fragrances.

You can purchase these exclusive sets straight from BlackBox SG, plus don’t forget to claim a further 10% discount by using the promo code <<BBXJEAN10>> upon checkout!

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

 

Exclusive Box – INNI Solutions by La Source

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

These products are a sneakpeek into INNI’s extensive solutions range, which target age-defense, advance whitening serum, pigment corrective and AHA renewal, amongst many other skincare troubles. All products in this set have a really clean  scent – no acidic / alcoholic smells which irritates the hell out of me. I’m big on the scents, and INNI has passed the test. Here we go:

1. Hyaluronic B5 Gel | 30ml
Provides intensive hydration by binding moisture to skin tissue. Restores and hydrates all skin types without clogging pores.
Suitability: For all skin type includes acne prone skin, male and female
Retail size and price: 30ml @$104.86
Verdict: With an au-naturale ensemble, this product is super hydrating. Gel-based, it glides on smoothly and is absorbed so quickly, it is as if my skin is quenching its thirst. Leaves no residue so feel free to layer with the rest of your routine. My favourite product from this set!

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

 

2. Youthful Glow Enzyme Peel | 15ml
A nutrient-rich exfoliant that combines the enzymatic properties of papaya and pineapple with the nourishing advantages of wholesome pumpkin. Leaves skin with a soft, refined glow.
Suitability: For all skin type, male and female
Retail size and price: 15ml @$17.66 | 80ml @$94.15
Verdict: Only tried this once – the exfoliant is powerful, and the results are as though I’ve just done a peel at a facial. Slightly drying after the exfoliation. Moisturizing products used after this peel got absorbed really efficiently.

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

 

3. Skin Rescue Serum | 15ml
An instant fix for tired and fatigued skin, this Vitamin C-based serum hydrates and rejuvenates, promoting overall skin balance.
Suitability: For all skin type, male and female
Retail size and price: 15ml @$57.78 | 30ml @$115.56
Verdict: This worked wonders for my tired and fatigued skin. I’ve been having some late nights, and my complexion is taking the brunt of hits. Besides needing hydration, a shot of Vitamin C helps lighten up any pigmentation from skin fatigue, and also boosts skin elasticity. Great especially if layering on right before bedtime.

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

 

Exclusive Box – INNI by La Source

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

This set includes item overlaps from the previous set –  Youthful Glow Enzyme Peel and the Skin Rescue Serum. I’m really in love with the white mini satchel and pretty orange ribbons! Everything about this packaging feels like I’m stepping into a spa room.

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

1. Illuminating Whitening Mask | 15ml
This unique brightening mask contains sea kelp, enzymes and minerals which work together to tone and brighten dull and tired looking skin.
Suitability: For all skin types, male and female
Retail Size and Price: 15ml @$15.65 | 80ml @$83.46
Verdict: I have fair skin in general and whitening masks never managed to achieve immediately visible effects. Or this could be because I was using this after a particularly late night. This revived my late-night, sleep-deprived zombie complexion, which instead of looking lifelessly gray, has taken on a slightly brighter tone. Will definitely try this again for more visible results.

2. Youthful Glow Enzyme Peel | 15ml

3. Skin Rescue Serum | 15ml

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

INNI by La Source - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Have never been to the La Source Spa, but from what INNI can do, the spa is definitely worth a visit somehow. Get these exclusive INNI skincare sets if you’re looking for some home-based pampering!

Named INNI – short for Infinity – the brand is founded on love for purity and wellness. All products are 100 per cent natural and made without parabens, mineral oils, artificial colorants, perfumes and fillers. Harnessing the power of the range’s signature ingredients – Australian heilmoor clay, a peat which has purifying, anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties.”

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – Winter Organics

What’s new in my beauty stash?  A box of cool face and body products from Winter Organics that I’ve been psyched to try out!

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

What are they:

Calendula Shower Gel 
Retail Size and Price:
 200ml, $19.90
Lather and cleanse in a field of budding marigolds, refreshing your mind as well as your skin. The organic flower extract calms skin irritation and replenishes dry skin with lashing moisture. pH5 formulation, certified organic and suitable for all skin types including sensitive/eczema skin.

Key Ingredients:
1. Calendula Extract: Gentle on the skin with moisturising properties. Beneficial for allergy prone and sensitive skin.
2. Rooibos Extract: High level of anti-oxidants to counteract the effects of premature aging. It’s anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties makes it perfect for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
3. Vetiver: Anti-septic and moisturising properties to protect skin.

Verdict: Gentle flowery scent of the soothing kind. You know how flowery fragrances can get really sweet and annoying, but this one grows on you. I can foresee my family and I using this again.

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Macadamia Hand & Body Lotion 
Retail Size and Price:
 100ml, $18.90
Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin, the Macadamia Hand and Body lotion uses the healing power of macadamia nut oil/milk and Tocopherol. Rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, it keeps skin moisturised, improve the appearance of scars, helps with sunburn and other skin irritation. pH5 formulation, certified organic and suitable for all skin types including sensitive/eczema skin.

Key Ingredients:
1. Macadamia Nut Milk/ Oil: Rich in Vitamin E. Improves the appearance of scars, helps with sunburn and other skin irritation. Promotes skin elasticity, youthful appearance and restore skin’s barrier function.
2. Tocopherol: Natural antioxidant which is rich in Vitamin E that promotes cell renewal, skin elasticity and help prevent the signs of ageing.
3. Chamomile Flower Extract: Anti-inflammatory and soothing, beneficial for allergy prone and sensitive skin.

Verdict: Handy bottle to carry around in your purse or handbag. The texture can get a little thick and takes some time to absorb into your skin, but when it finally does, leaves a pleasant lingering scent. My skin was left moisturised for a very long time.

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Cacao Facial Scrub 
Retail Size and Price: 100ml, $26.90
Cacao is a natural beauty superfood. With high level of antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, magnesium antioxidants, it enhances cellular regeneration to develop a healthy glow and clear skin. Triple natural gentle exfoliants of bamboo powder, argan shell powder and olive seed powder gently polishes and exfoliates. pH5 formulation certified organic and suitable for all skin types including sensitive/eczema skin.

Key Ingredients:
Triple Natural Gentle Exfoliants – Bamboo powder, Argan shell powder and Olive seed powder
1. Cacao: a natural beauty superfood. With high levels of antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, magnesium and antioxidants, it enhances cellular regeneration to develop a healthy glow and clear skin.
2. Olive Squalane: Derived from olives, it is similar to our skin own molecular structure. It’s biocompatibility allows it to penetrate all layers of skin for hydration, rejuvenation and nourishment of our skin.
3. Papaya Extract Enzymes have exfoliating properties to remove dead and damaged skin. Improves tone and texture of skin.

Verdict: Indeed a natural beauty superfood! This is my favourite Winter Organics product from this set because it smells good, and does wonders to my skin. After one scrub, I swear my skin glowed a little, even after an entire day in a dry air-conditioned environment. Unlike many scrubs out there, it didn’t feel rough. But don’t take this for granted, when using a scrub, always only use your third and fourth fingers so you don’t harm the top layers of your skin.

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Chamomile Facial Cleanser 
Retail Size and Price: 100ml, $25.90
Refresh your skin with Chamomile Facial Cleanser pH5 for use day and night. Release the relaxing, soothing scent of a natural flower blend as you massage the cleanser into your moist skin. Soft chamomile, soothing aloe vera, sweet calendula, exotic ylang ylang, warm rosemary, and citrusy orange ingredients blend together for a luxurious natural fragrance. Our formulation of pH5 is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and speed up acne healing time with anti-inflammatory properties.

Key Ingredients:
1. Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice: Anti-inflammatory, soothing, hydrating and toning
2. Seabuckthorn: High level of anti-oxidants, vitamins A,C,E & K and fatty omega to counteract the effects of premature aging.
3. Chamomile Flower Extract: Anti-inflammatory and soothing, beneficial for allergy prone and sensitive skin

Verdict: Chamomile always has that calming effect. When I use this to wash my face before bed, the au-naturale floral scent soothes my skin and relaxes my mind. I found the product slightly drying because after one wash, my skin felt a little tight. Then again this could be because I have been staying in air-conditioned areas for too long periods of time.  Overall I would still use this product again! Plus it’s handy enough to carry around for my showers at the gym.

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Winter Organics - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Winter Organics formulations are all natural, gentle on the skin, environmentally friendly and cruelty free. Natural and organic compounds are not only biodegradable and sustainable, they also do a better job than harsh chemicals which is a cheaper alternative for skincare. Certified organic ingredients must pass more rigorous standards of purity.

You heard it here first: Winter Organics Exclusive Box is available exclusively at S$61.60/box at BlackBox SG. (Usual Price: $88). Promotional price of S$49.90 is applicable to the first 30 sets only, after which this set will be sold at $61.90.

Don’t forget! Quote <<BBXJEAN10>> to enjoy an additional 10% off this or ANY exclusive sets at BlackBox SG 🙂

Direct shop link- http://blackbox.sg/luxury/detail/everything/Winter_Organics

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

The Face Inc – Revolutionary Primer Mist

Bustling with excitement as I’m writing this – The Face Inc has just, on 1 Nov, launched its Primer Mist and I’m honoured to be able to review this!

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Back in April, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Face Inc’s cleansing gel and active toner. I loved their lightweight texture and clear composition. And especially because it doesn’t create a layer of grease on my skin. The Primer Mist has not fallen short of expectations. It is indeed, as described on their website, a “lightweight hydration face mist that works instantly to hydrate, smooth and tighten skin in 15 seconds“. As The Face Inc suggests, the product is ideally for use before make up as a skin refresher and primer, to allow makeup to stay fresh for longer periods of time, but I spritz mine on before and after to lock in my makeup.

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean SingaporeThe Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean SingaporeRetailing at SGD68, the primer mist comes with a travel-sized spritz bottle and 2 refills (3x15ml). Shaped like a lipstick, the bottle is slim and small enough to slip into the pocket of my jeans, and even the smallest of purses, for all-day hydration on-the-go. Perhaps I’ve just found the perfect alternative to Vichy’s Eau Thermale, which I used to never leave home without.

To open, the blue top cap is easily slipped off, and a nozzle is revealed by twisting the bottom half of the spritz.

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Directions for use: Hold bottle 8 to 10 inches away from desired area and spray gently. Wait a few seconds before dabbing dry, and proceed with regular make-ip application. Can be used any time of day!

I tested this out first by first spritzing onto my hand – the liquid is clear,  but not completely watery (see first picture below). After spreading out the product evenly, absorbance rate was pretty fast. Within 15 – 30 seconds it was completely absorbed into my skin (see second picture below).The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

After application, a cool sensation persists. Zero grease/residue was left behind so it looks as though I didn’t apply any product at all and that I feel was the best quality of this primer mist. Fragrance-wise there were no distinctive smells at all, so it doesn’t irritate at all when you spritz close to your eyes or nose.

I brought this out to the gym this morning. Post-shower, this doubled really effectively as both toner and moisturizer, and even as a makeup setting spritz! Seriously given this super convenient design, even without learning about the product, I’m already sold. Just take my money already. Loving this sleek blue hydrating primer mist so much, that I’m just so glad it comes with refills.

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Please refer to this snapshot for complete detailed directions for use!

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

The Face Inc Primer Mist - Viktoria Jean Singapore

Thank you, The Face Inc.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – ProActiv+

No.1 acne treatment system Proactiv® has developed a more advanced Proactiv+ – an all-new acne-care system, now gentler and more effective than before. Completely reformulated from the ground up, Proactiv+ integrates Proactiv’s Smart Target Technology to deliver active ingredients directly into the pores to fight off breakouts.

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Proactiv+ is a medicated acne care treatment featuring a 3-step regimen and salicylic acid. This exclusive set comes with a handy quick start guide (albeit in Japanese), and is now available at BlackBox SG. Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ for further 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

I’m hosting a giveaway for Proactiv+’s Skin Refining Mask at my instagram, and am announcing the results for this tomorrow (Sunday, 25 Sep!) Simply comment to stand a chance to win.

Now moving onto my reviews.

Proactiv+ 3-Step Core System Kit Exclusive set

The exclusive set comes in a convenient box, which opens up into a pretty turquoise interior, in which the 3-step regime is laid out cleanly. Though formulated to last 30 days, I believe this will last more than 2 months.

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1. Proactiv+ Skin smoothing cleanser

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“Gentle exfoliating beads remove dead skin cells and excess oil. Contains an active ingredients salicylic acid. Kills acne-causing bacteria and helps to improve acne-causing bacteria and helps improve acne-prone skin. Smooth-textured agent thoroughly cleanses your skin.”
Retail Price: 60g, $29.90

Verdict: The texture felt too clean and even to be an exfoliator, but as it thins out against the skin, I could feel the small exfoliating beads working to smoothen out and remove my dead skin cells. Could feel and see the difference – though it’s good to remember not to rub too hard! Especially if you have bumpy acne. I’m in love with the clean, indiscernible, scent.

To use, apply appropriate amount (one tea spoon) of product to damp skin, then gently massage avoiding the eye area and lips, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

2. Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment

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“Integrated with the New “Smart Target™ Technology”. It is a serum with active ingredients to help prevent acne. A gentle lightweight gel texture adds moisture to the skin. Helps improve the skin’s texture to ensure a supple appearance.”
Retail Price: 30g, $20

Verdict: The light serum gets absorbed quickly, and can be applied with heavier creams like sunblock and liquid foundation. A light tingling sensation follows after application, and I like that it only has a light, clean fragrance. Formulated as a pore tightening treatment, I felt that it was better as a acne-smoothing serum.

To be used after Step 1 (Skin Smoothing Cleanser). Apply appropriate amount (pearl size) of product, then gently smooth over entire face avoiding the eye area without rubbing and allow to fully absorb.

3. Proactiv+ Skin Brightening Hydrator

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“Moisture-rich texture containing Vitamin C derivative and botanical ingredients. Protects skin from dryness. Prevents new acne from forming and smoothens skin. Adds complexion and helps make transparent skin.”
Retail Price: 30g, $29.90

Verdict: Skin feels moisturised upon application, though when used on top of the Pore Targeting Treatment, the product takes a while to get absorbed and leaves a layer of residue. Meantime, I’ve been using this together with sunblock and BB cream. After a week of use, my skin appears brighter!

To be used after Step 2 (Pore Targeting Treatment) or a toner fully absorbed, apply appropriate amount (pearl size) of product. Gently smooth over entire face
avoiding the eye area without rubbing and allow to fully absorb.

[FREE] Proactiv Refining Mask 

When you purchase the exclusive box set, this product comes completely free!

 

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“Proactiv® Refining Mask provides pampering that an oily, pimple-prone and sensitive skin needs. The facial mask acts as an acne treatment skin care product as it contains elements such as sulphur (a proven acne-fighting ingredient) that effectively fights acne causing bacteria. The active ingredient in it absorbs excess oil, reduces the appearance of pore size, pacifies redness and improves the skin texture. It also works well on stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. Regular application of this facial mask will give your skin a smooth and radiant effect.”
Retail Price: 28g, $20.50

Verdict: I have enlarged pores on my nose and certain parts of the T-zone. After a week of regular use, it gets easier to cover up those pores with makeup. Wouldn’t lie as to say that my pores are completely diminished from sight. I do love the clean fragrance of this refining mask, and would definitely use this on a longer-term basis for more effective results.

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Overall Verdict: As with most Japanese cosmetics, this Japan-formulated series give off a clean, refreshing vibe. It is an affordable off-the-shelf pharmaceutical brand, and I’ll definitely replenish the products that I find useful after I’ve used up this 30-day supply. For all my readers, I do hope you’ll give this a shot!

Direct shop link – http://bit.ly/ProactivExclusiveBox

Quote <<BBXJEAN10>> to enjoy an additional 10% off this or ANY exclusive sets at BlackBox 🙂

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Watch this space for more skincare reviews.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – Dr Young Skincare

Hello! Haven’t updated in a long while, but I’m still alive!

Got my hands on a bunch of skincare products from Dr Young Skincare, and had the luxury of pampering my skin with goods from their latest launch. They deserve a good long review. Thank you BlackBox SG!

More exclusive Dr Young skincare sets are available at BlackBox SG. Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ for further 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

Exclusive Box 1 – Dr. Young Acne-Prone & Oily Skin (Dark Skin Base)

Targeted at troubled skin, these products focus on soothing inflamed skin, and covering up your flaws. Though generally I don’t have acne problems, I have worked these wonders into my skincare regime to soothe the occasional breakout. Limited sets are now available at $32.90/box (U.P $76.60)! Link to purchase: at BlackBox SG

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What’s in it:

1. AC Out Spot Toner With Herb Complex | 120ml
Contains green and white tea that protect skin, with additional 5 herbs that prevent spread of irritated spots and control sebum excretion.  Green Tea & White Tea prevents skin damage while Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid and Triclosn soothe irritated areas.
Retail Price: 120ml, $36.90

Verdict: Slightly watery, with zero alcoholic scent. Faint scent of tea tree oil in the liquid, which I loooove. Used this on my seasonal, hormonal breakouts (ladies, y’all know what I mean) and the toner soothed my angry red spots – making them calm down and fade away way faster than they usually do. Advise not to skip the cotton pad during application due to extremely runny liquid. (Then again, I hate viscous toners.)

Dr Young Toner AC Spot Out

2. 2P Pearl Brightening Balm SPF35 PA++ | 30ml
Hydrating soothing B.B. cream without stickiness but light adhesiveness that makes dark/tanned skin much brighter, healthier. Provides fresh feeling on your skin all day long.
Shade:  dark skin color base
Retail Price: 30ml, $27.90

Verdict: Unfortunately the BB Cream was of a darker tone and didn’t suit mine. Will be giving this away to a tanner friend. Any takers?

Dr Young BB Cream Skincare BlackBox SG

3. Refreshing Spring Showers Mask (Damyang Bamboo) | 2pcs
Contains refreshing bamboo extracts from Damyang, which are rich in mineral and Portulaca Oleracea Extract. Also contains Flavonoid from Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract which soothes sensitive skin.
Retail Price: Per sheet (20ml), $5.90

Verdict: Left mine in the fridge before application so as to ‘ice’ my pores – the cooling effect doubled the shiokness of this mask. Bamboo extracts in any facial product almost never go wrong. The cooling and soothing effects were good – although I was left with a slightly heavy residual essence on my skin. I actually do prefer some other varieties in another Dr Young face masks set (below).

Do make sure that the BB Cream suits your skin tone! There are two available in the selection. All in all, a very good selection of products for a targeted purpose.

Exclusive Box 2 – Dr. Young Face Mask Set (Citrus, Bamboo, Ginseng)

You know how some facemasks can never adhere comfortably to your face, or annoyingly leave a thick sheen of grease after? In my opinion a good facemask should fit ‘like a glove’, with minimal slipping, and leave little to no residue.

Dr Young’s exclusive sheet masks set comes with 5x citrus, bamboo and ginseng-enhanced face masks, which in my opinion ranks above the usual drugstore variety. The texture of its sheets are even finer than some of my favourite Taiwanese brands (My Beauty Diary included), though not as soft or pliable. At $22.90/pack (U.P $54) for 15 sheets, this set is practically a steal. Link to purchase this set: at BlackBox SG

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What’s in it:

1. Clear & Glowing Sky Mask (Jeju Citrus) 
Boasts the brightening effect of tangerine from Jeju Island, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, and White Flower Complex (Jasmine, Rose, Lilium candidum, Freesia Refracta, Leontopodium alpinum, Iris Versicolor Extract) to improve your skin tone and complexion. Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract and hyaluronic acid provides deep moisture to skin.
Retail Price: Per sheet (20ml) @$5.90, 5pcs/set @$18

Verdict: I’m biased towards product with tangy, citrusy scents, as it enhances the clean, refreshing effect. After a couple of use, skin seems lighter and brighter from within. Great as a boost to the pre-bed ritual.


2. Refreshing Spring Showers Mask (Damyang Bamboo) Contains refreshing bamboo extracts from Damyang, which are rich in mineral and Portulaca Oleracea Extract. Also contains Flavonoid from Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract which soothes sensitive skin.
Retail Price: Per sheet (20ml) @$5.90, 5pcs/set @$18

Verdict: As mentioned, the slightly heavy residue could be better. I’ve tested some lighter bamboo facemasks.

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3. Nourishing Rain on Dry Skin Mask (Geumsan Ginseng) 

Saponin, which is the main ingredient of ginseng from Geumsan, ChungCheongnam-do, provides elasticity and nutrition to skin. Additionally, Medicinal Herb Complex (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract) and Shea Butter extracts fill up skin with deep moisture and nutrition and wrap it up, which leads to healthy and glorious skin.
Retail Price: Per sheet (20ml) @$5.90, 5pcs/set @$18

Verdict: The ginseng mask is by far my favourite – after 20 minutes my face feels truly ‘prepped’ for other products in my routine. This was lighter than most ginseng masks (or masks claiming to boast the skin-loving properties of ginseng), and the aftereffect was less oily than most. The moisturized feeling lasted for about 4 hours before my face started greasing up. And that was good enough for me. Was able to layer on some sunblock after using this, and not feel that there was too much on my face.

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Feel free to develop your own verdicts. With the haze returning, it’s even more crucial to give your skin some lovin’. On most days, I begin my evening skincare regime with facemasking – this step in the ritual is just really important to me, and increasingly so with bad air conditions.

Grab your Dr Young skincare sets from BlackBox SG today! What’s even better, you can quote <<BBXJEAN10>> to enjoy an additional 10% off this or ANY exclusive sets at BlackBox 🙂

P.S. I’ve missed writing here! ❤

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

A Better Florist

Only the freshest flowers for my dear mother on Mothers’ Day, and where better to get fresh floral cuts than A Better Florist? Specially curated, hand-made arrangements can be whisked to your doorstep with a few simple clicks.
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A Better Florist, Singapore, Viktoria Jean
Blue Roses to fend off those weekday blues:
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Blue Roses, A better florist, Singapore, Viktoria Jean
A Better Florist, Singapore, Viktoria Jean
Don’t wait to show your mom and others around you some love! Use promo code “viktoriamum” to get $10 off your purchases.
xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – The Face Inc

A peace of mind is what I got from trying out The Face Inc‘s cleansing gel and active toner. The clear, see-through consistency of both products attest to its au naturale qualities. And I just love the clean, simple fragrance!

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I found out about The Face Inc via this beautiful, exclusive set from the BlackBox SG, and was so glad to discover this quick facial fix at only a fraction off the market value!

Over at www.BlackBox.sg, you can grab this Exclusive Set at ONLY $26.90 (U.P $44), with full sizes included (only for the first 40 sets, while stocks last).

What’s even better, you can quote <<BBXJEAN10>> to enjoy an
additional 10% off this or ANY exclusive sets at BlackBox!

The Face Inc BlackBox SG Giveaway

Read on for a sneak peek of this exclsive set. Unwrapping this took a little longer, because I never want to ruin these boxes.

The Face Inc Cleansing Gel Active Toner

I was really fascinated by the product’s absolute clarity. Transparent cleansers are not very common, or perhaps I’ve been using way too many products with  intensive lather.

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1. The Face Inc Cleansing Gel | 50ml

Marketed as a proprietary cleansing formulation that hydrates and tones all skin types. The clear gel feels cool to the touch when applied, with a faint fragrance attributed to the gel’s cucumber extract component, that acts as a skin conditioning and softening agent. The cleanser even has mild exfoliating properties, but for that property you still need an additional exfoliator.

The sodium chloride ingredient acts as a natural astringent and antiseptic agent, absorbing moisture, firming the skin and balancing the skin’s pH level. I don’t have to worry about acidity wrecking havoc on my skin.

Retail Size and Price: 50ml, $22

The Face Inc Cleansing Gel

2. The Face Inc Active Toner | 50ml

This alcohol-free toner contains AHAs for an enhanced cleansing process. Components like Citric and Lactic Acids remove dead skin cells to reduce wrinkles, discoloration and roughness, to reveal a radiant skin. Although toners are typically applied with cotton pads, I tend to skip the whole cotton-pads thing, since a lot of the product gets wasted and soaked into the applicator anyway.

I love the tingly feeling upon application of this clear, colourless fluid. There’s even a faint fragrance that lingers after!

Retail Size and Price: 50ml, $22

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This Exclusive Pack – The Face Inc (Clear) is available at $26.90/pack (U.P $44). Direct shop link here at www.bit.ly/thefaceinc_toning

Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ for further 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

Promo price @$26.90 is applicable to the first 40 packs only, so grab yours quickly! For more information, head over to www.blackbox.sg.

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About The Face Inc:

Doctor prescribed skincare, The Face Inc comprises a range of products near pharmaceutical grade, specifically formulated to tackle the prevailing conditions of acne and blemishes, pigmentation and scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Their primary offering is a skincare range comprising of 16 products, that is of near pharmaceutical grade, their high concentration of active ingredients translates into prompt and visible results, truly efficacious.

The Face Inc Blackbox Singapore Active Toner

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

BlackBox SG – Formula 10.0.6 Review

I first noticed Formula 10.0.6 on a Priceline Pharmacy shelf in Brisbane because the brand’s bold words and bright perky packaging were hard to miss. I’m really ecstatic to try this oft-heard of skincare brand that has been around for 83 years. Thank you BlackBoxSG for allowing me to review FORMULA 10.0.6!

Psst… don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

So the products I got to test were:
☆ Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer (75ML)
☆ Three Times Sublime 3-In-1 Blackhead Wash+Scrub+Mask (100ML)

☆ Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask
☆ Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
☆ No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask


Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer
This matte-finish moisturizer contains guarana and Vitamin B3 to keep skin smooth and shine-free all day. The energising Guarana extract recharges tired skin while the combination of Vitamin B3 and Salicylic Acid helps prevent excess oil secretion, leaving a seriously shine-free complexion. This all-new formulation is derived from a predecessor, the Aloe Vera and Bamboo Mattifying Moisturizer.

I first noticed the product’s interesting fragrance – I still can’t put a finger on what it smells like! A pleasant mix of aloe vera and eucalyptus?  With a touch of tea tree, so altogether a pleasant, clean scent. The product has a a thin consistency for people who dislike thick viscous formulae. When applied, I felt a slight stinging sensation all over the areas in contact with the cream. The stinging sensation stopped after the cream was fully absorbed into my skin within 2 minutes. The mattifying effect lasted on my skin for approximately 4 hours after application, before my face naturally became oily.


True to its mattifying properties, the cream is fast-drying and leaves no sticky residues. Under my usual sunscreen and foundation, I used this as an oil-control base to keep my shine in check. For a long time after application, the pleasant scent remained on my skin!

A component of the product -Aloe Barbaden Leaf Juice – is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, cell-detoxifying acids, and also anti-inflammatory ingredients like salicylic acid. Often described as the ‘life-force of aloe vera’, the extract helps to shrink pores and sooth acne flare-ups, while nourishing to avoid over-drying sensation. I learnt this while googling the product ingredients to find out what was contributing to that incredible fragrance.
Three Times Sublime 3-In-1 Blackhead Wash+Scrub+Mask (100ML)

Three Times Sublime was first launched in 2012. The product annihilates blackheads and clears up your skin by simultaneously removing excess oil, unclogging pores and eliminating dark blemishes. It’s 3-in-1 formula which acts as a foaming wash, exfoliating scrub and mud mask for the complete complexion overhaul.

I wasn’t expecting such a thick scrub with that many jojoba beads, but thankfully the product worked well and didn’t feel scratchy on my skin. The product smells au naturale and fantastic thanks to its Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate formula. For 15 minutes, with the product on my face, there was zero irritation. Just a small tip: leave your Three Times Sublime in the refrigerator before application for an amazing cooling effect!

Being an ultimate time-saver, the product is ideal for the busy socialite…and basically anyone who wishes to save time on skincare. Pink Grapefruit, a subtropical citrus fruit with an invigorating and uplifting fragrance to boost your mood, is one of the ingredients, along with  Jojoba beads to exfoliate dead skin cell, leaving your skin super smooth and blemish-free.

Directions to application: Apply to freshly cleansed and dried skin. Apply a thin coating over face and neck, avoiding eye area and allow mask to dry for 10-15 minutes. Dampen face and neck and massage gently until skin feels clean and smooth. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry. For best results use three times per week on alternative days.

Mud Masks
☆ Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask
☆ Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
☆ No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask

I managed to test all 3 mud mask trial kits. Formula 10.0.6’s Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask was my absolute favourite – the product smells refreshingly warm (I love the fragrance!) with its sea-salt, bergamot and orange combination. There was a heating sensation which tingled my skin which I didn’t find unbearable at all. In fact, that’s when you know the product is working its magic.

The Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask is beige-pinkish in colour, and completely opaque. The cream glided onto my skin with easy finger application. The hard part comes when getting the product off! After leaving the product on for 15 minutes, the layer dries and hardens, making it harder to remove. Just a tip: use warm water and a soft washcloth (which I usually do for all liquid face masks).

I noticed significant difference from ‘pre mud-masking’ to ‘post mud-masking’ – my skin was visibly brighter and my pores weren’t as visible. I can even forgive the slight drying effect that comes with the detoxification process, because my face felt thoroughly cleansed of all the impurities from makeup and accumulated sun damage. For just 10-15 minutes of your time every week, the effect can be amazing. This is great for anyone feeling as though your skin can hardly breathe from the amount of makeup you’re putting on everyday. Loved this product so much that I’m planning to get a full-sized tube of Deep Down Detox!

Directions to application: Apply to freshly cleansed and dried skin. Apply a thin coating over face and neck, avoiding eye area. Allow mask to dry for 10-15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry. Use 1-3 times per week.

No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask is one of those face masks that works perfectly after a day out in the sun. The product consists largely of sea kelp and calendula – a little flower that packs a reputation for healing, soothing and antiseptic qualities. Sea Kelp normalizes the skins moisture content and helps heal blemishes due to antibacterial qualities. Concerns over sun damages are allayed at the end of the day when this mud mask helped soothe my skin. Despite its oil-absorbing claims, the product does not dry out the skin. I’m particular about product fragrances, and this one has an herbal deep-sea scent which I love!

Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask  clarifies the skin by eliminating impurities and clearing blocked pores. With the help of Strawberry, Yarrow and Rosemary, Pores Be Pure works to provide your skin with instant complexion perfection. The product is packed with antioxidants, which in any case is great for your skin and health in general. I found this product mediocre, and didn’t detect significant skin-clarifying results on my first usage. Perhaps I just need to use this a couple more times for that to show. Nonetheless, there is a mildly sweet scent to this product which matches the pink packaging and girly strawberries content.

All in all the mud masks are great value-for-money in terms of face masks. I do greatly recommend the Deep Down Detox!

About Formula 10.0.6
Jesse G Bell brought Ten-O-Six to life in 1933 with the first hero product lotion. The brand took off in 1950, when the product hit Seventeen magazine in the US, promoting complete complexion care. In 2008, the brand underwent a revamp into their current vibrant packaging, perky product names and even more star products to banish blemishes. The current range includes skin care products specifically designed to promote clear, healthy skin.

The range is now exclusively sold at selected Guardian Pharmacies in Singapore. You can also find incredible Formula 10.0.6 deals at BlackBox SG!

Visit BlackBox SG for more skincare magic!
Get the exclusive set with all the above products: Here.

Don’t forget to apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase! ♥

Check out my past review of TDF skincare sets, also available at BlackBox SG.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

The Ultimate Cheat-Sheet To Decluttering Your Vanity Space

(Article originally published on HIPVAN, January 26.)

All beauty lovers face the same problem: they find their room gradually being taken over by skincare and makeup products. Lipsticks all over the desk, toner bottles under the bed, sunscreens in the bookshelf and a skincare stash littering the floor. Does this sound like your bedroom?
Come every Chinese New Year, creating order in your vanity space is possibly one of the most neglected duties! For convenience, many ladies leave their beauty stash out in the open, all of which goes into a shoebox somewhere during relative’s house visits.
Watching beauty YouTubers organise their vanity space have inspired many solutions for decluttering beauty essentials. Once you begin organising that beauty space, a little bit of OCD will possibly get you addicted to keeping lipsticks, brushes and skincare products spick and span, nothing out of place. (Psst… All the products below can be found at HIPVAN.) Here’s our 10-step cheat-sheet to a more organised vanity space:

1. Check That Expiry!

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Don’t be afraid to throw out unfinished products that have been around longer than you can remember! Skincare products (serum, lotion, face cream) are typically good for 1 to 2 years upon unboxing. As for makeup, the shelf-life depends on the nature of product. Throw out mascaras after 3 months of use, lipsticks after a year, and compact foundations after 2 years or more. A good rule of thumb to follow before purchasing full-sized skincare products is to test out miniatures, before deciding if you would use the product often on a long term basis.

 

2. “You spin my head right round…”

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Too many knick knacks lying around, are they making your head spin? YouTube Vloggers have started trending the craze of spinning vanity organizers for a while now! The Tabletop Spinning Vanity Organizer holds over 100 pieces of your everyday beauty essentials, arranging them in specially designed compartments for ultimate efficiency. What’s more, it spins (so you won’t have to!) for easy access to your skin care, cosmetics, or other grooming supplies conveniently!

 

3. Let’s Hit The Bar

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In the midst of spring cleaning, don’t forget your skin needs defense against the drying, clogging effects of dirt and dust. Mini Beauty Bar might just be aptly named when used to store the perfect thirst-quenchers that your skin needs. The double-tiered crystal-clear acrylic drawers will keep contents visible and organized while adding the perfect sparkle to your room.

 

4. Tender Loving Care (TLC)

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Your products need a little TLC in order for them to love your skin. The first thing you touch before applying the products to your face is the exterior of the product aka the bottles. Do wipe down the surface of your skincare products during spring cleaning to avoid the transfer of bacteria to your face! Precautions are worth it.

 

5. Stack Them Sky-High

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A smart way to save on space and still keep a neat vanity space is storing your vanities in stackable acrylic drawers. Most acrylic organizers are build in such a way that they can be stacked on top of each other, so make use of this idea to build your own Empire State of Beauty.

 

6. Brush Up On Your Cleanliness

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Brush cleaning can be a chore, but not having your brushes cleaned at least once a fortnight breeds germs and other unspeakable dirts. Powder residues will also build up in your vanity space, making your storage area altogether unhygienic! Make sure to use shampoo or a brush cleanser for frequently-used makeup brushes. Also keep your brushes neat and tidy with the Swirly Acrylic Makeup Brush Holders

 

7. Spin Me

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Want a fun unconventional way of storing your beauty products? This 4-Section Acrylic Swivel Organizer saves a whole lot of space and still keeps storage fun by having the swivel function in each tier. Store more than just your skincare products! This is a fun way to keep your jewellery, lipsticks and hairclips in plain sight.

 

8. Playing Hooky

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The Bow Dress can do so much more than it looks! Sticking to the fun side of storage ideas, this hookable Bow Dress can be hung up in your wardrobe to stash products that are used with lesser frequency, yet still keeping the products within your sight. This way, you can still view all your beauty stash at a glance. Let’s get hooked up!

 

9. Cutting Corners

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The Acrylic Corner Organiser saves you a tonne of space by taking up the most underrated spaces: the corners. Utilise every corner of your desk, table-top, room edges!

 

10. Size Matters

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Keep your storage light and simple with the Acrylic Triple Tier Mini Storage Box – this baby is perfect for miniature sized skincare testers. The diameter is also perfect for cotton pads, cotton wool, nail polishes and nail-art paraphernalia.

So now you have your space organised, no more excuses on stocking up your favourite beauty brands this CNY season!
For more information, visit BlackBox Singapore at blackbox.sg to get your beauty miniatures.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Music and Endless Wintering

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.”
― Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

 

Last night saw the revival of my 7-year-old iPod (above), opening an emotional floodgate of memories tagged to songs from another lifetime. Despite being in a badly scratched and battered state after years of abuse in the studio, it played just fine. I recall purchasing this as a fresh undergraduate who had just fallen so hard for dance and was ready to give up the world just so I could dance forever. On days when nothing else made sense but songs and movement, I was plugged into my iPod, lost in beats.

At 19, I was a dance instructor earning my keep. Pretty much everyone I knew joked that I was the part-time student and full-time dancer. I would skip classes for show rehearsals, then stay up all night after dance classes to do a half-assed job on assignments. I neglected a lot (of people and circumstances) just so I could dance. When I bothered to show up in lectures I was the hard-to-reach girl perpetually in baggy Tees and flashy dance shoes, who never stayed to chat with my Professors as I would be rushing off to dance. I’m blessed with parents who never questioned my passion even on days when I got home after rehearsals at 3am and had to be up for school in 5 hours.

Music was my high and music was my low. I danced hard out of passion. It was a vent for all my frustrations and a channel to my joys. In itself a process and not means to an end, I enjoyed dance rehearsals more than the actual showcase. I didn’t dance for fame – I was and am just as happy grooving in my own bedroom, eyes closed. More ways than one, dance is a bridge to emotional states I could never quite cross.

Eventually when I got my psychology degree, I knew my love affair with dance was to end. During my final semester reality struck hard – I was never meant to be a dancer. I was too ambitious and scared to be led by fluffy, unstable dreams. Much as I am passion-driven, I would first and foremost be a logical being with my emotions suppressed. A lot of decisions I now make are rooted in that part of me.

Last night, realization struck that I’m not the same person I was 7 years ago. Just as I often did I was in an open space, plugged into my old iPod, yet the familiar highs and sorrows evaded me while listening to songs I once loved. I used to be so harsh on myself – I would never allow myself to forget a step. Yet I don’t feel a sense of loss now at not remembering dance steps which once branded my muscles like a memory or a scar. Memories fade, as do priorities. Many things which once mattered so much to me, or even once meant the world to me, didn’t matter any more. I had playlists marked ‘To Learn’ or ‘Practice’ with music which were once looped over and over. Now they no longer made any sense. Other songs were sectioned into playlists by genre, mood and artistes, including a playlist just for ‘Recorded Lectures’ which I taped when my heart and soul wasn’t in the classroom with me  Even in an inconsequential iPod my life was logically compartmentalized.

Logic speaks for the mind. Even with evolving circumstances and passing time, I would always be reduced to a state of logical reasoning. Above all, my thoughts overcome my heart. At certain points in time we’re bound to feel lightning flashes of passion and heat – but could they endure the endless wintering of time? Or are they only good at offering escape and a state of trance.

Food for thought on this Sunday night.
I still miss.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean