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Friday, November 10, 2017

[Review] Facial Masks Pt 2

I have been using more gel type masks the past month because of the freebies I got from innisfree, and I kept forgetting to keep the packaging. xD But here is finally another mini-review of masks! From left to right:

♡  Dr Morita Intensive Whitening Facial Mask ♡

What it is: Sheet mask for clear and fair skin. 

What it does: Maintain ideal hydration levels of skin and restoring skin balance

Price: I bought them as loose sheets, but the boxes retail at $15.90 at Sasa / Qoo10.

Key ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Rice extract, Green Tea Extract

My thoughts: I usually use whitening masks when I spend a lot of time outdoors or when I have long days - the mask really helps in brightening up the skin. I think you would need to use this more often for the whitening effect to be more apparent.

♡  Dr Morita Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask ♡

What it is: Sheet mask to leave skin dewy soft and hydrated with improved elasticity

What it does: Replenishes and keeps the moisture to create hydrated skin.

Key ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Vitamin B5, Aloe Extract, Seaweed Extract

My thoughts: The top few ingredients do not change much from mask to mask. However, this mask did achieve the hydrating effects very well! There was some stinging while the mask was on, but this was because my skin was really dry (especially around the nose area)!

♡  Innisfree Green Tea Capsule Recipe Pack ♡

What it is: Sleeping mask for hydration using green tea

What it does: Keeps your skin moisturized and clear while sleeping, using organic Jeju green tea 

Price: This was a freebie from innisfree, so there is no price tag to it. It does retail online at S$3.49. Each pack has up to two applications!

Key ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methypropanediol, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Fig Extract (and the list of extracts goes on...)

My thoughts: The packaging is quite travel-friendly, and you can close the lid to keep the tub in the fridge for the next use. Or share with a friend! This mask was very calming on the skin, and my skin looked hydrated the next day (even after sleeping in air-con).

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Friday, September 22, 2017

[Review] Facial Masks (Fridays?)

Trying out a series of face mask reviews while I cultivate a habit to use these on a regular basis. Quick review of each starting from left to right: 

♡  Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Aloe) ♡

What it is: Sheet mask made with aloe vera to fully moisturize and soothe the skin. This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

What it does: Moisturizes and keeps skin healthy

Key ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Betaine, Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barba Densis Leaf Juice

My thoughts: As a person with combination skin, this mask does really well in moisturizing my face without feeling sticky. I can skip the moisturizer after having this mask as well. I was really sad that they stopped selling this series in the stores - totally regret not buying more during the Great Singapore Sale x)

♡  Annie's Way Brightening Jelly Mask ♡

What it is: Jelly mask containing arbutin and hyaluronic acid.

What it does: An all-rounder mask – it brightens, hydrates, reduces fine lines and soothes.

Key ingredients: Arbutin, Hyaluronic acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate

My thoughts: This was a pretty messy mask to handle even though it was in a packet. The good thing is that the jelly has a consistent texture and will not slide off your face, so you can multi-task with this mask on (like watching a show).  Washing it off is also tricky. But I must say that this mask works really well! Skin was smooth and supple after application. I hope they come up with sheet versions soon!

♡  Annie's Way Oil Control Jelly Mask ♡

What it is: Jelly mask containing charcoal for oil control

What it does: Oil control, purifying mask for remarkably softer, smoother and clearer skin. 

Key ingredients: Bamboo Charcoal, Distilled water, Carbopol 940, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, POE (60) Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

My thoughts: The jelly texture is very soothing when it is cold xD I usually use purifying masks during times of stress because I will get small breakouts. Using a black mask was also a refreshing experience from the usual white masks. I think that the mask works well to calm skin, but since my skin does not suffer from too many pimples, I can't say much about the purifying effects. Other reviews have raved about the purifying effects though!

And that's all for now! I have had these masks for a while, so I cannot remember their prices xD I will try to include prices next time!

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

The Sunday Currently, Volume Thirty Six

From Tumblr.
Work and music has been a big priority of my life the past months. I passed the Grade 5 piano practical exam in March this year (yay!) after learning for about two years. My next goal would be to pass the theory exam this October (one more month to go!).

I originally planned to finish Grade 8 within 5 years of starting formal music lessons, but priorities and mindsets change over time. It is sometimes frustrating to see little/no progress, but as advice from long ago would say:

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." -- Confucius


READING... (or re-reading) 全职高手 - my Kindle restarted from a long time of not using it for a few months, and it did not save the last reading point I had. So now I have the joy of reading the entire story again! While skipping the more boring parts that I have already read in detail. 

WRITING... in my monthly journal! I used to have a daily journal when I was in university, which was really helpful because my schedule varied more day by day. Now that I am working full-time in a steady job, my weekdays are essentially work at the same place and time. XD So I started moving towards some form of bullet journalling with a monthly spread. I also now have a monthly photo spread, which I look forward to at the end of the month.

LISTENING... to more pop recently, especially with the direction that the choir I am in is taking. I picked up this song while watching dance videos though x) 

THINKING... of listening to different playlists to broaden my music horizon through Spotify. Any suggestions?

EATING... lots of good food recently! Have you seen them on my Instagram?

WEARING... this really cute Pacman ring that I got from Taobao. Been one of my favourite accessories so far since I started wearing rings.

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WANTING... to get back to reviewing skincare and cosmetics that I have been using. Since my instagram is mostly on food and travel, having these reviews would be too much clutter for me. I might put them on this blog instead as micro reviews. Yay or nay, you never know till you try!

LOOKING... forward to attending STGCC this year! I will be helping out again this year with the cosplay guests, so really happy for an opportunity to meet people in this community again.

COVETING... (well, actually I already bought it...) the JapanLoverMe sukajan! The Hokusai-Oiran reversible was really tempting, but I decided to get the Hokusai-only in the end. It is so pretty!

PLANNING... to start exercising more! Now that a yoga place (Yoga Inc) has opened up nearby, there really isn't much excuse for me to push back exercising >_> I hope you will follow me on this journey too!

Inspired by the original The Sunday Currently, here.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

[Amaya Travels] Moments in Melbourne

Hello there!
Earlier this year, I took a short trip to Melbourne to visit some friends. Having friends meant free accommodation and insider information of best places to go, so I had my work cut out for me xD

It was a really stressful period for me then, so I ended up spending a lot time at home, trying to get two cats to love me xD After I came back, I nose-dived into work, and had a lot of computer trouble. =\

Felt way over my head like this dude here xD

Initially, I did not think I had enough content to post about this trip since I spent most of it hobo-ing...

Still, to celebrate the end of my computer troubles, here are some moments that I cherish from the trip!

First memorial I visited in Melbourne City
Lots of lovely flora and fauna in the Royal Botanic Gardens!

Pretty sunset before meeting up with friends!


Buttermilk waffles. Yum!

South Melbourne Market!
For just one thing: oysters!!
Rows upon rows of chocolate!

When you give in to Asian food. XD
More breakfast places!

Pahran Market: Small, but still lovely!

Amazing art in the streets!
Great Ocean Road! Pity it rained, so not many pictures.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

[Amaya Travels] Tokyo Japan (Sunshine City, Odaiba, Aoyama, Koenji)

♡  Sunshine City ♡

Sunshine City is a multifunctional urban complex featuring a variety of facilities including office buildings, amusement facilities, event space, shopping centers, and a hotel that receives over 30,000,000 visitors a year.

This place is a must-go for people who love anime and games! There seems to always be an exhibit going on, and the Pokemon Center and Namjatown are sure to entertain!

Chanced upon a Kuroko no Basuke exhibit!
Gyudon ;_;

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♡  Odaiba ♡

Must-have shot of the Gundam! It's been taken down now ):
This man-made bay is pretty much self-contained - there is lots to see and do here!

Runaway kid, lol

Autumn colours <3
Wanted to ride the ferris wheel but decided that being so near the sun on a warm day isn't a good idea xD

Vintage car exhibit in Venus Fort, I think!

Shrine for Takoyaki?

Japan's Statue of Liberty!

♡  Aoyama Flower Market ♡

5-1-2, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3400 0887
Nearest Station: Omotesando

If you love flowers and tea, then you must visit the Aoyama Flower Market! Not all branches are cafes. Highly popular, do try to go on weekdays during non-peak hours to have sufficient quiet time!

Tried out an herb tea blend!

Separate serving tray for the dessert - rose tea parfait!

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♡  Floresta (Koenji) ♡

3 Chome-34-14 Koenjikita, Suginami, Tokyo 166-0002, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5356-5656
Nearest Station: Omotesando

Floresta donuts is the home to most of the cute animal shaped donuts I always see on the Internet, so I had to go there! It was a pleasant find to see that the entire lane of shops was being promoted and developed into a shopping district. Would like to spend more time here some day!
I completely missed seeing the indoor seating area. Guess who ate donuts in the cold XD

Sells a variety of tea in small amounts, so you can buy many types home to try!

A few interesting stores!

Would anyone try these? XD

Hope to be back here again some day!

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