Beauty Haul

On Wednesday I decided to pop into Sephora and Sasa to get some stuff since I knew the sales were on. Unfortunately, I ended up buying more than I intended to. Oops. 😡
I had actually intended on getting some toner, falsies and quick dry top coat. But, I got all of this instead. Lol.

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1. Masks from b.liv ( buy 2 and get 1 free. 7 masks in a box )
2. Percy & Reed dry shampoo and conditioner.
3. Fashion eyelashes in double flex AG8944
4. Urban decay in perversion and deviant.
5. Darkness nuddy double eyelid tape (one of my favorites. Not as obvious as other tapes)
6. Darkness eyelash glue in clear. (One of the best glues I’ve used. Stays on all night. )
7. Shadow on eyelid tape. (Not a fan of this. Eye shadow looks horrendous on. )

Some photos from Wednesday night when I headed out to zouk.

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Kobo

Currently, I’m obsessing over Kobo which is an equivalent to iBooks. I used to love the iBooks interface but since purchasing books isn’t offered in Singapore, I’ve decided to look for an alternative. As usual, I probably jumped on this bandwagon a little late. I really enjoy the interface of Kobo as it’s pretty similar to the iBooks one. The only downsides are probably the fact that you can’t change the highlighter colour (which isn’t even a big deal) and that you have to purchase books through the website. You can’t purchase books through the app itself or I’ve just not figured it out yet…. Also, you can’t put a bunch of books in your basket, there’s only a buy now option. But, those are just minor things really.

More about Kobo (taken from the website)

Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo’s belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 190 countries and features one of the world’s largest eReading catalogues with over 3 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles.

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Love

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
– Louis de Bernieres

Argan Oil

I’m probably hoping on the bandwagon late again with this and I’m not really a beauty person. I occasionally try a few products that I take a liking to and tend to stick to my usual products that I know work well for me. After reading about Argan Oil and watching Youtube Beauty gurus hype on about them, I decided to give it a go.

I decided to give the Josie Maran Argan Oil ago and it was the only one I saw at Sephora at the time. I know there are probably cheaper alternatives out there.

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(Photo taken from Google images)

What it is:
Argan oil is a lightweight oil that can be used as a daily moisturizer or treatment for skin, hair, and nails.

What it does:
This 100% Pure Argan Oil is a legendary oil that’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe.

What else you need to know:
100% Pure Argan Oil is first cold pressed to ensure the best quality, highest-grade oil. It is housed in a recyclable glass bottle and purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.

Research results:
This product is clinically proven to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity after only four weeks. In just four weeks: Participants saw a visible reduction in coarse wrinkles and fine lines in the eye area, and more than 83% of women showed significantly improved skin hydration.

I thought I had photos of the actual product but I didn’t so I resorted to using google images. I couldn’t take photos of it because after 3 days of using it, I accidentally dropped the bottle and it smashed into a billion pieces. My heart literally sank at that moment. Sighh…

But on to the product. Initially, I didn’t really like putting on my skin and I wasn’t sure how much I should put on but, even after 3 days I did see a difference in my skin. I found that my complexion had improved slightly and my skin was a lot softer. I also used any excess product I had left on my cuticles or the ends of my hair. Alas, I cannot say much as there is nothing left for me to try but, I did purchase another bottle . This time I purchased Kahina Argan Oil from Charis Naturals after some research. Will blog about that in a week or so.

Pros:

  • It’s lightweight
  • Fragrance free
  • You only require a few drops to go a long way. ( I found that 3 drops was more than enough for my whole face.)
  • Organic

Cons:

  • It’s quite pricey. (I paid $72SGD for a 50ml bottle)
  • Bottle is really fragile

( Sorry there isn’t much of a review, I couldn’t use it as much as I would like… Seeing as it smashed and all.. )

How to Apply for a US Visa

This is based on my experience and I hope it helps people who might be a little dim like me. Haha

If any of you follow me on twitter or read my blog, you would know that I had to make two trips to Malaysia to get my US visa done because, for some reason, I couldn’t do it in Singapore and when I made the first trip I didn’t have enough documents with me.

I shall break it down to easy idiot proof steps. (This is only applicable if you apply via the internet)

Step 1:  Go to the website and just fill in the form. It will ask you to select which country you are from and if it is your first time applying for a US visa or not. If it isn’t your first time, you better look for your old visa because you are required to key in the old visa number. The questions are fairly straight forward. You will also need a photo of yourself with a white background.

 

Step 2: You have to make payment and you will need the number on the receipt. It has to be specifically Standard Chartered Bank. 

 

Step 3: Once you have filled in the form, answered the necessary questions, and made payment, you will be able to make an appointment. But what I have noticed is that you can only view dates 2 – 3 weeks in advance. I think the earlier the appointment time the better but, through experience the appointment times don’t even matter all that much. ( I ended up waiting up to 2 hours just to be interviewed)

 


Step 4: The actual interview. It would be best to head down early and make sure you bring a good book for entertainment as you won’t be allowed to bring any techy things in. The interview doesn’t last more than 3 minutes.

Make sure you bring all the documents you need. For example, as I am studying in Singapore, I was required to bring my:

  • student pass/visa
  • letter from my school
  • student contract
  • financial statement

Those are the extras you would need to bring depending on why you are going to the US. The more the better and I know I am probably the only idiot that didn’t know that I was probably required to bring those due to my age. 

The main things you would need to bring are your:

  • Passport
  • IC / Drivers license
  • Appointment letter
  • Photo with a white background and is 50x50mm
  • Receipt of payment

I think that’s about it. If you’re lucky, you’ll get your passport the next day or have it sent to you in 2 days, depending on what you selected.

 

This probably didn’t help but hey ho. An excuse to try to get this blog going.