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I’ve just returned from a short vacation, where I had no access to the internet whatsoever. I felt like I had been completely isolated from the modern (and virtual) world, which is both a good and bad thing. I wasn’t even able to access the wifi in Starbucks; I guess the place was too secluded!

Anyway, after checking my email when I got back, I received some bad news from Abbamart:

Abbamart had to make some hard decisions, and we are not shipping to Singapore at this time.

WHATTTTTTT! Was this even announced anywhere? There is nothing on the info page or Facebook about this. I don’t understand the reason at all, and I am not happy about this. Singapore isn’t some third world country where packages get lost all the time. Besides, WE are the ones paying for shipping, not them – it is well within their right to retract the free international shipping offer.

I’m not sure if I ought to bother trying to get my American friends to help me with future Abbamart purchases. This is one very upset ex-customer here. ūüė¶

 

[Edited 17 May 2012: Abbamart has contacted me to apologise, and they explained that shipping had to be suspended due to cases of fraud originating from Singapore.]

 

xoxo

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Beauty Crazed is having a huge Spring giveaway at their blog. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this for the world! Good luck!

 

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I’ve been rather down lately. I haven’t worn nail polish in a month, which kinda speaks volumes about my mood.

Those who know me would be familiar with the amount of crap I have to put up with at work every day. I have been very unhappy for a long time, and had to put my professional troubles on the back-burner in order to deal with other priorities in my personal life, namely the health issues my hubby and I are facing, and medical expenses that come along with them.

I suppose it is due to all the media hype over The Hunger Games movie, but I have finally gotten around to reading the books. For days, I immersed myself in the trilogy and was swept along with Katniss and her mental and physical battles.¬† When I finished the books, it suddenly hit me that the organisation I’m working for is just like the Capitol!

I don’t know how to articulate this in a way that will make sense to outsiders, but on a very small scale, various aspects in the books mirror what’s happening at work (death and destruction aside, naturally). While I cannot and will not claim to possess even a fraction of the amazing qualities Katniss has, I feel like I am the Katniss of my workplace, if The Hunger Games were to be written as The Office Games instead. Am I making any sense whatsoever?

In order to do the jobs we are paid to do, there are times when we have to go against our moral values and principles. It seems Ethics and Integrity no longer have a place in today’s dog-eat-dog world, where getting ahead of the competition is more important than anything else. Every day, the internal conflict rages on inside me as I see or am asked to do things that I completely disagree with or know is wrong. I can almost hear my ethics professor quoting Socrates and Aristotle in my head.

In the corporate arena where we employees are mere pawns in the games our big bosses play, the only thing we can control – the one thing we have that nobody, however high up they may be, can take away from us – is the right to tender our resignation.

For various reasons I will not go into in the interest of anonymity, I will soon be on the hunt for a new job. I no longer want to be associated with a company that I’m not proud to be in, whose values I don’t agree with, and whose actions I don’t want to be a part of. I have reached my limit; enough is enough.

It’s a bittersweet feeling, and I don’t know what is in store for my professional future. The unknown scares me, but it is time for me to do what’s best for me.

 

Note: Lest I come across as someone on her morally upright high horse, I ought to mention that I’m not exactly the beacon of moral standing here. I freely admit to bringing home office stationery like pens and highlighters, and I’m pretty sure that amounts to stealing in some countries.

 

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Me vs URTI

I’m back! Well, I was back from our vacation awhile ago. It was our first trip to Hong Kong and we had such a great time. The food and shopping there is incredible! I can’t wait to go back again, it really is a foodie and shopaholic haven.

When I came back though, I was immediately down with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, and I was in bed for 2 whole weeks! My fever had reached 38.5¬įC, the highest I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t breathe because my nose was alternating between blocked and runny, and I couldn’t speak or swallow because my throat was coughed raw. Simple things like eating and drinking water were torturous, and to be honest I was scared stiff for awhile there because my fever simple wouldn’t subside. Just when I felt like things couldn’t get any worse, I was on 2 courses of antibiotics (when the first course didn’t work, the doctor switched to a stronger one), both of which caused diarrhea and had me running to the toilet more than five times a day, every single day (I am NOT exaggerating)!

After my fever started subsiding, my poor husband became really ill. I guess his immune system was continually being attacked by my germs and had finally lost the war. He started having high fever and it was my turn to take care of him, however sick I was. Looking back, I wonder how we would have coped if we were BOTH really ill at the same time!

Enough of TMI stuff. I’m finally back at work, still coughing and sniffing, but slowly recovering. HELLO AIR, I CAN BREATHE YOU PROPERLY AGAIN! The little things we take for granted. My lovely friends on MMF have given me plenty of tips and they’ve also recommended a neti pot, so I’m looking to buy that soon. I am so thankful for the MMF ladies, for I wouldn’t have recovered so quickly if not for their help. What a wealth of information and experiences these women have!

Work is extremely insane, with me clocking 8.30am to 11pm some days. After sitting at a computer all day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is to turn on my computer! I have been too tired to even watch TV, much less blog. So, no promises.

Take care, and stay healthy!

 

xoxo

8-year Anniversary

This blog is on hiatus, as my husband and I are currently overseas celebrating our anniversary. We first got together, 8 years ago today.

We have never celebrated Valentine’s Day, as we feel it is a day glorified by retailers to charge exorbitant prices for gifts, meals and flowers. In the words of my wise husband, “Every day should be Valentine’s Day; there is no need to set aside a special day to show someone how much you love them”.

Therefore, there shall be no roses, no chocolates, and no clich√© heart-shaped dust collectors. And that is just the way I like it! ūüėÄ

Back in 2 weeks! Bye!

 

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Zoya – Ginessa

What it is:

A metallic polish from Zoya’s¬†Ooh-La-La collection.

What it claims:

The Zoya website describes Ginessa as,

Soft, silvery white glitter flakes against a sheer winter white base. A clean shimmering white that’s universally flattering.

What is noteworthy:

Not only are Zoya polishes vegan, but they are also 4-free, meaning they do not contain the toxins formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.

My impressions:

Elegant and beautiful, I personally think this is one Zoya’s hidden gems. While many pearl white polishes apply sheer and streaky, and tend to lean towards silver or gold, Ginessa is a true white which has adequate coverage in just 2 coats. It dries to a shiny finish, so there is no need for a top coat if you’re lazy like me. The polish is packed with little silvery sparkles which are extremely fine, and the effect is stunningly pretty when the flecks catch the light. It is understated and subtle, yet intense and eye-catching.

I have reviewed Zoya polishes many times already, so I won’t bother to describe the formula – Zoya polishes are pretty much perfect. The texture seems quite different to the other Zoya polishes – this might sound weird but it’s light and fluffy! It kinda reminds me of clouds or whipped cream. Application-wise, Ginessa is very forgiving and would be good practice for nail polish novices.

While Ginessa looks good on its own, I find it is fantastic as a base for layering other polishes over it. Fine shimmer, coarse glitter, multi-coloured sparkles, holographic flakes… you name it! I haven’t tried a crackle polish over it though… I wonder how it’ll turn out?

This is without a doubt, one of my favourite Zoya polishes!

Size:

15 ml

Price:

USD $8.00

It’s ironic, because I’m doing a lot of free publicity for them as a non-US customer, yet Zoya is out of my reach as the polishes are only sold within the US. I really wish Zoya ships internationally. ūüė¶

 

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

What it is:

A dry oil spray for the skin.

What it claims:

According to the Darling Girl (DG) e-crater site,

Dry oil sprays are so quick and easy to use and leave your skin silky smooth in one easy step. I find the best time to apply these is right after bathing to lock the moisture in, of course you can use these whenever your skin needs a drink. Just spritz on and give a light rub for smooth lightly scented skin.

What is noteworthy:

Susan, the owner, wrote on her blog that,

These are made with light carrier oils that soak into the skin quickly. Darling Girl are different because we do not use silicones in ours like many other companies use. We use Grapeseed oil which is so awesome for dry skin, Apricot Kernel Oil another great oil for dry skin and Fractionated Coconut oil which is the lightest of all carrier oils and gives these such a light and airy feel.

My impressions:

As far as first impressions go, I like the high quality vintage label used. The label is waterproof, which is really important because the bottle tends to get quite oily after some time. After handling the bottle with my oily hands for a few months now, the words on the label have not rubbed off, nor has the label peeled off.

Despite living in a climate with high humidity, I have very dry skin from spending most of my time in an air-conditioned environment, and I find that the dry oil spray leaves my skin feeling moisturised and silky smooth. When I first sprayed it on, the Skin Quencher seemed quite oily because it was literally a puddle of oil coming out of the nozzle, but after a light rub, it sunk in quickly and did not leave a greasy layer on my skin.

The passionfruit rose scent smells amaaaaazing. The passionfruit and rose combination works really well together, and I like that it¬†is strong and sweet. After applying this product, I do not need to apply perfume as the fragrance is long-lasting. I don’t think this is for people who are sensitive to smells though. I can only use this when my husband isn’t home, because he finds the scent overpowering.

I must say that while I like the¬†aesthetics¬†of the packaging (the black bottle with the spray nozzle looks rather classy), it leaves much to be desired in terms of usability. When I spray the oil on my body, I have to work quickly because the oil will start to stream downwards. At some point, I have to switch the bottle to the oily hand in order to moisturise the other side of my body. I do understand the concept behind the spray bottle, and it does make sense – spray and rub.¬†However, it’s not that easy to hold a slim and smooth bottle with an oily hand, while trying to press down the nozzle with an equally oily index finger!

To be fair though, oil is a difficult liquid to package properly. Even the Johnson & Johnson baby oil bottles are terrible, with oil running down the sides. Perhaps a pump bottle or a bottle with a pointed mouth would dispense the product better than a spray nozzle?

Size:

2 oz or 59.15 ml

Price:

USD $5.75

Ingredients:

Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed oil, Apricot Kernel oil and fragrance

I will definitely repurchase the Skin Quencher despite my views on the packaging. I like the texture of the oil, and I like how it makes my skin feel. Shopping at DG is always a pleasure, and Susan’s customer service is fantastic.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.