September Faves

Hey everyone! I'm back to share some of my favourites from the month of September! The last 2 weeks have been a crazy episode in my life, hence the lack of updates on Instagram and the delay of this post. This post is going to short because there weren't much favourites this month and I'm not even sure how it's October already. But it's finally time to bust out the vampy lip shades – I waited all year for this season!


Who doesn't love scented candles!? There's something sleek that I love about white candles in a beautiful glass jar. I always have the Lavender, Eucalyptus & Sage candle from Artisan of Sense lit an hour before bed, so my room smells of a calming and soothing lavender/eucalyptus scent. Have you ever burned a candle and somehow end up in a candle tunneling situation? I absolutely hate that because so much wax gets wasted! Thankfully, these do burn down evenly and nicely, which I appreciate. They are priced affordably, so you can consider getting it for yourself or they would make perfect gifts! P/s: I will be sharing more lavender scented things this weekend!! 


Lippie Primer – Colourpop

It's not me if I don't have a favourite from Colourpop. I personally don't think this lippie primer is necessary when it comes to Colourpop products, as they are quite long-wearing. But I would recommend using this with lipsticks from other brands or those that fade away quickly, as I noticed that it definitely helped increase the longevity. Apart from longevity, I don't think it is that moisturising but it does help with filling in the fine lines on my lips. My verdict: I love it, but it's a good-to-have, not a must-have! 


Roses De Chloé – Chloé

I have never been a perfume collector until recently, when I stepped out of my comfort zone of Chanel perfumes and explored the big big world. Apart from Jo Malone's English Pear & Freesia cologne which has been my favourite since January, I have been using this scent almost everyday for September. I would describe this as a feminine scent that's fresh and not overly rosy (which puts me off). I really love how subtle the scent is, yet lasts all throughout the day. That moment when you find a scent that works with your body's chemistry! 😍

I may repurchase this in a small bottle so I can take it around with me. I suggest going to the counter and request for a sample and try wearing it to see if it's your type and most importantly, if it matches your body's chemistry. If you're wondering why some scents smell good on others but not you, or change throughout the day, that's why.


Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – Tarte Cosmetics

As Sephora's beauty insider (you have to become a member, that's all), every year during your birthday month you get to pick whatever birthday gift choices they have available. I love getting makeup freebies, especially mini ones because they are perfect for travelling. This year, they had a Tarte set and of course I had to get that! In the set you receive, a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush and a Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint (which was TOO DRYING for me).

The shade, Paaarty, is richly pigmented and didn't need any touch up over the course of the day. The peachy pink shade makes it a perfect everyday blush, giving you that beautiful natural flush - if you apply moderately. It retails for SGD47 for the regular size of 5.6 g / 0.20 oz; the freebie is 1.5g / 0.05 oz.



Ebb Earrings – The Ordinary Co.

I guess you could say I have a addictive personality/behaviour, because when I like something I get a lot of them at a go. For instance, I went from owning nothing in gingham print to now having 3-4 clothing pieces. I'm very minimal most of the time when it comes to jewellery, but when I started wearing large hoop earrings that's when everything spiralled out of control. 

After I saw these earrings at The Ordinary Co's birthday party, I knew I had to get my hands on them! They may be huge, but because of the minimalistic design it's not excessive. I wear them at any given chance, and when paired with an all black outfit it completes the look.


Gratitude Reminder Cuff – The Mindful Company

The last few months were difficult for me as I was dealing with issues related to my own personal growth, and there were (still are) many days when I get so caught up and forget to be grateful. There are times when you'll be put in a negative situation, or have to deal with people that ruin your day and put your down, but that's normal. Many people think that you need to have a positive mindset every day, or to be grateful for every single thing every day. It can get tiresome and false positivity sucks, period. When I first stumbled across this company I thought "hey, I really do like their initiative". As much as I always try to use my voice to spread gratitude, I also needed a constant reminder that I have so many things to be grateful for. 

And there we have it, a few things I've been using and loving this month! What would October bring?

24 Things I Have Learned

So today I turn 24, and it felt like just yesterday I was celebrating my 21st birthday; a hopeful 21-year-old with dreams for the future. But before I turn into Debbie Downer, here are 24 things I've learned along the way and notes to myself. I can't say that I've learnt a lot, but definitely enough to change my perception on many things. Well, change is the only constant right?

1. Treat every experience as a lesson and learn from it. The good, the bad, when pieced together makes life LIFE. It's not fun without a little challenge, is it?

2. Everyone goes through a period, and we can all go a little mad sometimes. Nobody has their shit together all the time, and you don't have to. 

3. You are never alone, even if it seems like it. Please remember that there will always be someone thinking of you, someone who cares and loves you.

4. Our priorities and perspectives do change overtime. When I was 14 I had a different way of viewing things, but now at 24, I am struggling to cope with life while crippled by my existential crisis. Can't wait for when I turn 26 and look back at this post. 

5. Find the silver lining in everything. There are dark times, but there's also the light at the end of the tunnel. Hold on.

6. Take chances. Don't be afraid to fail, keep trying until you've tried your best. Sometimes plans just don't go the way you hope, learn to pick yourself up after you've fallen.

7. Do things that ignite your soul, not things that dampen it. You only got one life, live it well and you only need to live it once.

8. Stop making excuses for people and yourself. It is not your duty to justify someone else's actions, if they are bad then they are bad. Neither should you short change yourself and prevent yourself from achieving the best by giving excuses. How good you want to be truly depends on you.

9. Gratitude. Go beyond just being thankful, have a deeper appreciation for situations, things or people. 

10. The world is both beautiful and ugly, pick a side. I don't mean to become oblivious to whatever's happening. Rather, acknowledge it, move on or do something about it. Which brings me to my next point. 

11. Be the change you want to see in this world. "Not all of us can do great things. but we can do small things with great love."

“Don't hope for a life without problems. There's no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”

12. Life becomes meaningless without a goal, harsh but true. What is my purpose in life, what are my goals? It takes time to discover these. Just remember not to compare yourself with others, we exist on our on time and space. Just because it hasn't happened to you yet doesn't mean it never will.

13. Lose yourself so that you can find yourself. Allow yourself to be free, start afresh, look at things from a different perspective and open yourself to new discoveries. Being lost is just another opportunity to find yourself.

14. Stop caring about what people think, or will think about you. No matter what you do, someone is going to judge so what the heck?  

15. Give yourself a break. Don't be so hard on yourself, you are already doing your best. Everyday is a new day with new challenges that you're figuring out for the first time.

16. Stop stressing yourself out over the little things. So many things are out of our control but I have to admit, as someone who can't deal with uncertainty it freaks me out.

17. Realise that you deserve better. Close some doors even if you don't want to, because they no longer lead somewhere you wish to go.

18. Everyone has their own perspectives, their own take at life and that is okay. 

19. Do what you love and love what you do may seem to have the same meaning, but really, I think there's a very slight difference. Do it with passion, or not at all.

20. Live your life exactly the way you want it, don't allow anybody to live your life for you. Be your own captain, sail your own course and find your own path. Learn to believe in yourself and create your own definition of "success", don't just follow what someone else wants you to be.

“There is no right or wrong way to go through life. Ideas that are set by society are examples of the way it could be lived. The path that chooses you, or better yet, you choose, is a masterpiece of broken pieces mixed with confetti and balloons. Don’t compare your story with anyone else’s.

21. Learn to embrace the uncertainty. It's okay to feel lost and unsure sometimes, it's part of the journey. Uncertainty will always be there, and so we should earn to work alongside rather than against it.

22. Learn something new. Whether it's another language, or a new skill, self development helps with to reconnect you with the universe.

23. Everything happens for a bloody reason. A corny, overused phrase no doubt, but one that I resonate with. There's a time and place for everything, if it's not your time yet then it's not. The things that happened and didn't happen, the friends that left, the failed attempts, all of which helped shaped and influenced my life.

Lastly, as difficult as it is, try to live in the moment. Being mindful and appreciating the little moments in life is something I've been trying to practice lately. So many days I live on auto-pilot mode, going through the same thing over and over again just to exist but am I really living? Some days my depressive tendencies get the better of me, and I forget to embrace the little things. Today is the oldest you've ever been and the youngest you'll ever be again. 

I really don't know what the future holds, or how old I will live but I hope the coming years would be meaningful. I hope everyone finds the light in their life and dare to chase their dreams. Remember that under the stars, there's a place for everyone so go find a place you truly belong. As always, stay gold my friends!