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{Being 23}

It's 2016 &&& I AM 23!
Hookayy, this hasn't exactly sank in yet even though my birthday was in Jan. 
I still have the habit of writing 22 under the age column when filling up forms hahah
Not sure if I am the only one feeling this way 
but damn, 
being 23 is scaryyyy.
It may be just a year's gap between 22 - 23 but it sure doesn't feel as nice to be a 23yo 
as compared to a 22yo.
Like you suddenly feel so ooooold (no offence to anyone)
& it's really kinda scary how you are supposed to be an actual adult now haha 
Wonder if I am the only one who feels this way?

So why is being 23 totally different from being 22?
I can't actually put a finger to it though.
Where should I start?
Hookayy, you know how you have been pushing some responsibilities aside?
Thinking "oh, its fine, I will come back to it in the future."
Now, we HAVE to face those responsibilities cause we ain't kids/"young" anymore.
It's really funny how when I was 14, I wished that I could celebrate my sweet 16 ASAP
&when I'm 16, I'm looking forward to being 18.
Of course,
when I was 18, I just can't wait to be 21 when I'm legal & stuff.
It's when I'm 23 that I wished that
I didn't spent so much time wishing to be older.
I wish that I spent that time enjoying every moment in my life
&living in the moment.

Another thing bout being 23/just growing up in general,
is that I feel that as I grow older, my circle of friends shrink.
I have had my fair share of nasty friendships
& I gotta admit that it is really tough for me to trust people now.
It's like it has became a phobia
&I just kinda automatically shut new people from entering into my life.
I'm forever grateful for my group of friends that I have w me now
cause they have seen me at my worst & have still stuck w me.
They are basically my pillars of strength heh
They loved me even wayyyy before I was "sugarrandspice", hookayy, you get the point.
There are also just too many complications when you have tons of friends
& I'm always skeptical bout meeting new ones
cause I'm not sure if I can fully trust them/ if I will have to go through what I did in the past again.
Losing friends is never easy.
To me,
it feels like someone has died cause it will never be the same again
& often, the person will most probably be outta your life after the fallout.
I also have these huge huge walls that I built subconsciously to prevent me from getting hurt.
I know it can be quite bad at times cause I may be losing out on opportunities to meet
new awesome people & let them into my life
but I just can't help it you know?
It's like after going through all that sh*t you realised that
its the quality of your friendships that matter & not the quantity.
I also happen to have the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for
so why is there a need for new ones?

I'm also pretty much a worry bug so I tend to overthink A LOT.
I'm not sure if it's cause I am becoming more "mature"
but I have been thinking way too much bout life & death.
As I grow older,
I'm worry more and more about losing my loved ones
& I become more aware of the various types of sicknesses that we may acquire as we aged.
Some nights,
I would lay in bed thinking bout why cancers needa exist,
what will happen if I were to lose someone close to my heart,
why are there so many people suffering in the world,
why are we so fragile etc.
Is this what people call the mid-life crisis? HAHAH JK!
I just can't help thinking bout them you know?
I have also became pretty paranoid whenever I feel pain & when experiencing any abnormalities
cause I'm not that "young" anymore haha

I'm most definitely feel the pressure of needing to know what I wanna do w my life
cause I'm already 23:/
Since I'm graduating this year,
I feel like I HAVE TO know exactly what I want to do at this point in life.
Some of my besties are already planning their weddings
(one of them is even getting married this year)
& I'm like " I don't even think I can handle my life, much less another person's."
Really needa give it up to them for having things all planned out @ 23.

Here are a few more tiny stuff that I feel that I should share:

1. You know how you have this list of things you wanna accomplish by 25?
Ya, there's like only 2 more years left to achieve them hahah

2. You don't feel young anymore cause you're not the youngest one in the group.

3. My appetite started to shrink & my metabolism isn't as high anymore ):

4. I prefer hanging out w my fam at night instead of having a "nightlife".

5. You start to feel like time is passing by quicker and quicker.

Am I the only one who feels like this? :/
All these cons aside,
I think it is really time to make the most outta your life
&be the very best version of yourself as you can be.
Stop wasting time wishing for things & start working towards reaching it.
Oh, I also forgot bout how as I grow older,
I start to appreciate everything even more.
I think it is really important to be grateful for what you have
instead of focusing on what you don't have.
There will always before someone better than you/ have something better than you
but there will always be someone who isn't doing as well as you are.
Josh once shared something w me
& I will constantly remind myself bout what he said cause
there's just too much truth in it.
Here's what he said:
"You are never gonna get the same thing as other people, it's never gonna be equal.
It's never gonna happen ever in your life so, you must learn that now.
The only time you should look in your neighbour's bowl is to make sure that they have enough.
You don't look in your neighbour's bowl to see if you have... as much as them."
Think he saw the quote somewhere hahah
So yeap,
I have also learnt to be more contented :}
Here's to being even better than who we are yesterday
& if you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to drop me an email.
You're never alone & stay strong!



{#ootds from ZNU}

Will be sharing with y'all two of my favourite #ootds in Japan today :p
They were practically staples during my trip hahah
The weather was crazy cold there & I wore these 2 for majority of my trip :x
They are both from http://www.znu.com !
Btw, I really love this store cause they offer all the pieces every girl needs in their wardrobe! 
They have everything from swimwear to prom dresses :o

Here's the first (&undeniably my favourite) #ootd in Japan:

You would have probably seen this on my IG hehe
I really like how there are pockets on the side which makes it so convenient for me to store my wallet & phone. 
The length is perfect too!

You can find out more about this piece here:

The second #ootd isn't as thick is the first one but I LOOOVE the back of this sweater!
It has a split back :o
Super unique huh?
You can even wear it at the beach hehe 
More on how it looks like from the back in this link below:

I basically wore this sweater as second layer over my tops for majority of my time in Japan
I gotta add that I really like the loose collars on these two!

Am super pleased with how good the quality of these sweaters are!
Will def bring them along for my trips in future :}



{Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion}

We all know bout how I'm not exactly a fan of foundations :/
hahah I really don't like how they tend to give the cake-ish look.
Not only that, 
I have the tendency to perspire a lot real quickly 
& sweat + foundation? 
Not exactly the best combo hahaha 
Wouldn't deny that I was slightly skeptical bout trying Biotherm's latest product.
Much to my surprise, 
Hookayy, lemme share more about it before talking bout reviews. 

Biotherm has recently launched a makeup product, 
Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion. 
It is formulated with Life PlanktonTM cellular water 
which provides 4 hours of intense continuous hydration.
It also contains
 youth-protecting Adenosine, 
pigmented polymer gel and brightening Symwhite® ,
resulting in a dewy, natural glow. 

Here's how it looks like:

I really like how it has the "cushion effect" which gives great consistency.
The soft and airy cushion is formatted with thousands of cushion pores traps 
to deliver hydration and color in liquid form. 
Each dab releases the right amount of product onto your skin
which gives the natural "not too done" result.
10 points for that! HOHO 
the CC is a water-light texture that offers hydrating care and it also contains Spf 23 protection.
Kinda feels like your foundation and moisturiser has been mixed into one huh?

So why do I like it so much?
It gives a very natural, translucent finish and helps to minimise the appearance of pores. 
That's how it looks like on my skin without any added foundation/concealer. 
It is supposed to act as a base that provides light coverage
but I feel that it's all I need hahah 
I especially love how well it holds together even after I perspired like crazy
and at the same time, 
providing moisture and hydration for my skin. 
it smells nice heheh

Oh one more thing,
 the CC Cushion is refillable! hahah

The Biotherm Evermoist CC Cushion is available in 2 shades;
Fair Beige and Natural Beige. 
The case retails at S$17, the refill pack (with 2 refills) retails at S$52.
Total price for the refill pack and case is S$69.
Guess what! Just for the launch, 
from March 1st-14th, 
You can trade in your old CC/ BB Cushion/ Foundation at any Biotherm counters
to get a FREE case (worth $17) with purchase of the NEW Evermoist CC Cushion duo refills 
(1 case + 2 refills) @ $52 (U.P. $69 for 1 case and 2 refills)!
*While stocks last!*



{IPL + Brazilian Waxing by Milly's}

Will be talking bout my IPL & Brazilian Waxing experience w Milly's today :)
Fret not, I will not be sharing anything explicit on this post.
Will be keeping it very PG13 thankyouverymuch hahah
I have been doing IPL @ my underarm area for about 3months plus
& the reason why I am only sharing bout my experience now is that 
I wanted to wait till I have experienced a few sessions first before sharing bout the results. 
Like waxing, 
IPL results are more visible after a few treatments. 
Do keep in mind veryone's hair type is different.
For those who has stubborn hairs like mine, 
you will need more than just a few sessions.

The aisle where all the IPL &waxing sessions take place.

Here's how the machine looks like:

I really like their IPL service cause unlike some of the other IPL machines, 
Milly's machine is able to target a larger area at a go. 
 Instead of targeting an area at a time, 
the beautician is able to target the top to the bottom of the underarm each round 
as the machine is able to release 5 "clicks" each time. 
They will start by applying a layer of gel on your underarm
followed by requesting you to put on a pair of goggles. 
It is nice to know that the beautician is always very careful
& will constantly checking w me if the heat is too hot for me. 

Haha as you can see, 
I have some ingrown hairs. 
This is usually caused by shaving ):
sometimes I'm just too lazy to pluck them one at a time... hahah 
Don't tell me you don't have one of those days! 
Did you know that IPL treatment reduces the possibility of getting ingrowns?

As for plucking, 
it can be damaging to the skin too & it can be pretty painful for first timers.

I'm happy to share that after 3 sessions, 
I can see visible difference in my underarms. 
We all know how the hair would grow back pretty quickly when you shave them.
After the IPL sessions, 
I can tell that the speed at which the hairs are growing are much more slower 
(takes around 2 weeks to grow out)
& some parts have stopped growing :o
I would also like to add that there isn't any burning smell after the treatment.
I've done IPL on my face with another beauty salon before
& there was always this burning smell after the session is done :/

(Milly's uses hot wax for their waxing services)

I have heard that Brazilian Waxing hurts like sh*t & I wouldn't be surprised. 
It's at one of our most sacred and sensitive area of our body!
I was really nervous & y'all know how my pain threshold is very high hahah

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I kept bombing Shakila (my very so patient beautician) tons of questions
while she was performing for the session XP
I was also very very shy about showing her my Brazilian area *ahem*
Like so awkward & paiseh right haha
I guess y'all are waiting for my answer to your burning questions right now,
So did it hurt?!
I'm not gonna lie,
it did hahah
Shakila mentioned that it is probably cause I used to shave
(for those who hasn't shave the area before, it will be less painful for you).
The reason why I wanted to try out Brazilian is cause
I don't wanna have ingrowns & it is so much more cleaner as compared to shaving.

Really felt like I was in good hands cause she is experienced &
seemed so confident in what she is doing.

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That's basically me each Shakila counts to 3 to pull out the next strip hahah
I still feel pretty nervous even though I have done Brazilian w her 3x already.
It doesn't feel as painful now as compared to the first session though.

Here's how the wax looks like:

One is dark brown for the thicker hair
& the white wax is for finer hair.
I like to call them dark and milk chocolate :D

It's really way cleaner after the waxing (feels like newborn HOHO)
& the new hair that grows out doesn't itch as much as compared to when you shave them...
The hair is also softer & finer.
Will share more bout the results in a few months' time!

Milly's is having a promo for first timers interested in trying out
their IPL service!
First session will only be join at $19.90 (at small areas)!!!
Don't forget that you can also quote me "Georgina" for a special discount!

Until next time!