Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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My First Visit To IDS ;)

Hello peeps! It's so nice to able to blog even though I'm on internship. It's been 2 days now and so far, everything's going really well. At the moment, I am just required to source for apparels for an upcoming fashion show next week! How exciting! It's really what I've always wanted to do so I can say that I'm pretty lucky ;) And this is all thanks to my bbgirl Jas for helping me secure a position in this company^^
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Right, back to the main subject of this post. You probably already know that I've made my very first visit to IDS skincare clinic. Yes, that's something I never thought I'll ever do unless something really terrible happened to my skin. *touch wood*. All these years, I've been using the same old products over and over again, and I never thought of going for facials either simply because I'm just afraid. Like some of you have mentioned, "if it's not broken, don't fix it." 

Well, it don't seem like it but I do have some problems regarding my skin that I wish I could fix too. For example, I used to think that I have a combination skin type whereby my T-zone is pretty oily while everywhere else is fine. But lately, I've noticed a change. After just a few short hours out in the sun, I find that my skin gets SUPER oily. The sort where my oil blotter becomes translucent type of oily. It's upsetting and I've become pretty conscious about it. Apart from that, I have been getting quite a few break outs even though it's not that time of the month yet. (Hopefully this is due to the weather) 

Also, I've always noticed that my skin isn't as bright and alluring as most bloggers. It's definitely NOT flawless because I've quite a bit of dark spots from old break outs. I have itchy fingers and I enjoy bursting my pimples even though I know that it's bad. hahaha. So the dark spots are something I wish could go away. But how's this possible if I have really oily skin that keep giving me breakouts? 

That's when I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make an appointment to consult Dr. SK Tan from IDS Clinic.
IDS is located at 
8 Sinaran Drive, #05-07 to 10, 
Novena Specialist Center, (s)307470

I've heard of many great things Dr. SK Tan did for my fellow blogger friends and I'd wanted to join the clinic he was at previously- Derma-RX. However, he's has left and founded IDS, so it's only natural that I'll follow wherever he goes. 

Dr. SK Tan is one of the foremost physicians in aesthetics and cosmeseuticals in Asia. Speaking to him was pretty nerve wrecking because he's a man with tons of experiences and qualifications. I don't even know where to start of the amount of certificates on display outside his office. Some of which I have never heard of! I won't be surprise if he's the only doctor in Singapore or as a matter of fact, in Asia to hold these certs. Read more about him here ----> http://www.idsclinic.com/Doctors
The awesome thing about IDS is that they always believe that every skincare problem can be solved through a range of IDS skincare products, specially innovated by Dr. SK Tan himself! I was relieved to hear that I can expect to not go for facial treatments if the products work well for me. Which is great news for everyone because treatments are always a lot more costly than products. When I heard this, I knew that IDS is a place that doesn't hide you from the truth. Dr. SK Tan and his team is genuinely passionate about helping us with our problems.
I love the ambience of the IDS clinic. It's not very clinical like hospitals and such, so I felt a little less intimidated. Everything's extremely clean and organised. The moment I'd stepped in, I knew that I was going to be in really professional hands.
The entire process started out by an analysis of my skin which required me to be bare face. So please don't be alarm at the following images, I have NO make up on, except for my brows, and thank God I did eyelash extensions a few days before so I didn't look as bad as I'd usually do. hehehe

The analysis helps Dr. SK Tan to keep track on the progress of my skin. I look horrendous in the pictures! As you can see, I have quite a bit of dark spots on my forehead and the side of my cheeks. They've been there for God knows how long and I'm tired of constantly covering them up with make up everyday. Hopefully, my skin will look better during the next visit. I think it will ;) 
No foundation, powder, concealer and this is how my skin looks like. Quite certain that my eye-bags are worst now though! hahaha, I haven't been able to get proper rest.
Next, I was brought to Dr. SK Tan's office for consultation! He has such a fatherly figure and isn't afraid to "lecture" you if you're not taking proper care of your skin. When I told him that I don't use sunscreen before I head out, he showed me a file of images of how my skin might look like in future if I continue this bad habit. Right at that very moment, I was SUPER EAGER to slap on layers and layers of sunscreen. Trust me girls, you do not want to battle with hyper-pigmentations in future. Prevention is better than cure! Do something good for you skin now while you still can.
Once the consultation was over, we proceeded to the next step where I was introduced to the products catered for my skin type and it's problem areas. In total, I have 9 different products to use. It may seem like a lot but when it does wonders, you won't even care about how many products you have to use. I love how this segment was done privately behind closed doors away from the other patients at the waiting area. I felt so secure knowing that IDS truly cares about how I feel.

Here are the 9 products that I used every morning before I head out and every night before I go to sleep, except for the Facial Scrub, I use that only once every 2-3 days. I shall talk more about these products individually towards the end of this post.
It was a very pleasant first visit and I can't wait to see even more results! As of now, it's only been about 2 weeks so my skin isn't flawless yet but it's on it's way there. Also, since I haven't been getting enough rest, I still do get a few pimples here and there. So we shall wait a while more and I will definitely do a before and after comparison photo. With that said, I do see and feel a difference in my skin. It's AMAZINGLY not as oily anymore and my pores (Especially nose and side of nose area) aren't clogged as well!!! Soon enough, I don't think I'll need to use oil blotter anymore. hehehe.

I understand that some times you'd find it hard to believe a blogger's words because we are always getting sponsors and free gifts etc. But I would NEVER EVER advertise for something I don't believe in. I did it once when I first started out and I had a pretty unpleasant experience which taught me to always be as truthful as possible to you guys. 

So trust me on this, I know that IDS is a reputable skincare clinic and if you're looking for a place to treat your skin problems, IDS should definitely be on the top of your list. This is my first time agreeing to seek help for my skin woes, and I never thought I'll ever do it. Doesn't this already show how much I trust IDS? :) But always remember that at the end of the day, the outcome of your skin depends on how you take care of it. Being lazy to apply the products won't do you any good. So it's all in your hands.
Thank you IDS for having me! Cheers to a great partnership ahead!^^ 
Oh, and to flawless skin too! hehe

Visit IDS's website for more details----> http://www.idsclinic.com/
If you're interested, do give them a call at +65 6568 3555 or make an appointment here.
Quote "Eunice Annabel" for free consultation!
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And now, more in-dept details about the IDS products.
Step 1: Cleansing Gel
- Removes make up, dirt and grime effectively
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients
- Helps to neutralize chlorine in water
- Paraben and fragrance free

I start off the entire routine with the Cleansing Gel that I am really impressed with. I hate removing make up because it's so tedious but we all know that it's really crucial. Usually, I'd just used make up wipes to remove my powder and concealer etc. and I've always thought that my make up wipes are amazing until this came along. Even after removing my make up using the wipes, this cleansing gel managed to find traces of make up that I've left behind. The awesome thing is, it doesn't dry out my skin!!! After this step, my skin still feels supple and smooth.
Step 2: Gentle Cleanser
-Fragrance free
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant extracts
- Moisturise and fight environmental stresses
- Gentle on dry and sensitive skin

I LOVE THIS CLEANSER. It's so light and fragrant-free. After every use, my skin always feel a lot fresher. It is extremely gentle that I thought I didn't apply enough on my face during my first encounter. It's almost like just applying water on my skin with a huge after-effect. Like magic.
Step 3: Scrub
- Ultra-fine crytals
- Exfoliate dead skin cells
- Speed up skin turnover
- Clears out impurities and absorbs excess oil

If I had to pick out one product out of the range that I've received, I would pick this scrub. I think the reason for the decrease in oil production and clogs in my skin is thanks to it! Almost immediately after using this, I can feel a huge difference in my skin. As though they can finally "breathe". hahaha. I use this once ever 2 to 3 days though because my skin can get pretty dry if I use it too often.
Step 4: Purifying Toner
- Refreshing and Soothing
- Alcohol-free
- Photo protection and anti-inflammatory benefits
- Protect and repair DNA damage caused by UV exposure

This is the first toner I've used in my entire life that doesn't make my skin feel dry thanks to it's alcohol-free properties. Toner is something that I MUST use in any facial routine because I simply just think it's not complete without it. I love how this toner and every other IDS product feels light and settles into the skin quickly. Almost like water.
Step 5: Pore
- Minimizes excess oil production 
- Reduced blackheads and whiteheads
- Green Tea extracts that reduced break outs

Who need pimple creams and such when you can get something that prevents pimples instead of just curing it. Thanks to this product, I don't get extremely oily skin anymore! Like every other IDS product, it's also light and settles into skin quickly thus leaving my skin feeling supple and smooth after. I was told to apply it to my T-zone area but I like to apply it to my entire face. hehehe
Step 6: C+
- Age fighter
- Tackles wrinkles, loss of firmness, patchy skin tone, dark spots, acne
- Antioxidant and collagen-boosting benefits
- Skin lightening effects
- Melanin- suppressive effects 

Arghh! Vitamin C is always good for everyone. Now I can be sure that my skin has adequate amount of it with this product! It must be the reason why the dark acne spots on my skin have reduced significantly. Anything that makes me fairer is always good for me. hehe. We shall see if I managed to get back that "glow" in a few more weeks time ;)
Step 7: A+
- Encourages and boosts cellular turnover
- Maintain overall skin quality

Stop telling me that I'm too young to be using products on my skin! Just because I don't have wrinkles yet doesn't mean that I can't prevent it or reduce it. With this A+ product, I think that I'll be able to grow old without worrying to much about ageing skin. hehehe. Oh and I LOVE THE SMELL of this product.
Step 8: OM
- Oil-free moisturiser
- No shine/grease
- Vits C, E and moisturising extracts
- Suppresses melanin, hence fights acne and lighten acne scars

So many benefits in a moisturiser? Sign me up! I love love love this moisturiser. It's feel so good applying this because it's really light and not greasy at all! It's amazing.
Step 9: Sunscreen SPF50 Non-tinted
- Block infrared radiation
- Keeps skin's surface temperature stable
- Vit C and antioxidant benefits

My savour. My first sunscreen. Girls, if you don't use sunscreen, you will definitely see an effect on your skin a few years down the road. You can't see anything now but things are happening beneath the surface. Please use a sunscreen so that you don't have to spend even more money in future getting rid of hyper-pigmentations. Thank you IDS and Dr. SK Tan for lecturing me and saving my skin before it's too late. I love this sunscreen, it's really watery, not oily or greasy at all. Dries up quickly as well. I can't leave house without it now!!!
Whew! Finally covered all 9 products! It was pretty difficult for me to remember the steps during the first few days but I'm a pro now. hahaha. And that's it for now people! Hopefully, one day I can leave house with just sunscreen. No powder, no concealer. Maybe just brows, mascara and tinted lip balm on. hehehe. Cheers to FLAWLESS SKIN!

Visit IDS's website for more details----> http://www.idsclinic.com/
If you're interested, do give them a call at +65 6568 3555 or make an appointment here.
Quote "Eunice Annabel" for free consultation!

Thanks for reading guys! Time for me to catch up on my beauty sleep.

xoxo,
Eunice Annabel

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Tyra Top in Black 
Unlike most off-shoulder tops that makes you feel uncomfortable after a while with either super tight or really loose sleeves, this one is ultra comfortable and fits me perfectly. What I love a lot about it is that it's really easy to wear for an off-shoulder piece. Also, it's SUPER versatile. I honestly couldn't decide which colour to pick because they're all so damn gorgeous!

NY Top (Off White)
With my super busy schedule, I'm always all dressed up for events and parties that when it's time to just lay back and unwind, I don't really have anything appropriate to wear! hahaha! That's why I'd pick this relaxing oversized baseball tee. It looked great on it's own and I don't have to tell you how comfortable it is! I wore it out the other day and almost decided to not ever dress up ever again because I felt so good in this tee! hahaha

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2) Vogue Avenue
"Energetic, fresh and vibrant online boutique based in Singapore. Vogue Avenue deeply understands the love and affection in you girls towards style and fashion." 

I'm certain that you're no stranger to Vogue Avenue. As mentioned before, they're one of my favourite shops to work with and their stuffs are always really really REALLY pretty. Be sure to be one of the first few to shop their new collection launching on 23rd April 2014 at 8PM! You won't wanna miss it cause stuffs on Vogue Avenue sells out FAST. Here are my picks^^

See what I mean by Vogue Avenue sells stuff that are super unique?? I'm sure it'll be tough to find this anywhere else. It's a really pretty piece that looks great on it's own and I foresee myself wearing it for either a party or a special dinner date. I love the halter neckline that shows off my shoulders, that creates a sophisticated touch while the low back details makes this romper absolutely sexy!

Next, I'd picked this gorgeous romper that fitted me so well, I found it hard to say no to. It's in a beautiful lilac hue that creates a soft and feminine appeal. It'll be perfect for a Sunday brunch date or a casual day out with my girlfriends^^

Like and follow Vogue Avenue on their social media platforms for more updates!
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**And in case you didn't know, Vogue Avenue has a "Rewards" system whereby, with every purchase of $1, you will be entitled to 1 VA point. For every 20 VA Points accumulated, it is equivalent to $1 credit! (as stated in screenshot below)

Head on down to http://www.vogueavenue.com.sg/ and click on the "Rewards" icon on the top right hand corner of the website to find out more^^
To celebrate their 3rd anniversary, Vogue Avenue is having a WEEK LONG MEGA SALE starting from 23rd April 2014 to 30th April 2014!! On top of that, an additional 50VA points will be credited into your account with every purchase!! This is their way of thanking you guys for the support all these years. I told ya they're super nice to work with ;)
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

GCxIT, MixesFromMars X Adverts- PeppyThread

Gushcloud Weekend x The Hidden Good
Gushcloud X i.t store X MixesFromMars

Hi guys :) The past few days have been exhausting... Well, it's 1.23AM right now(dated 18th) and I'm sitting next to Fai working on this post while he works on his own stuffs. Things are better now, of course we can’t expect things to be perfect overnight but at least it’s better :) Thank you all for your kind words and support. I may not have replied you all yet but give me some time and I definitely will. Once again, we all make mistakes but what I’ve learnt from a couple of my friends through this situation is that, we have to face our mistakes, get over it, learn from it and move on.

I find that it’s always during situations like this that I get to learn about things I never thought about at all. I’ve realized I’ve been too blind to see how many people are actually really here for me. My message to anyone out there who’s facing what I’d faced would be- Don’t be afraid, don’t be too hard on yourself and open your eyes. You’ll be surprise to find a lot of shoulders waiting for you to cry on :)
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Life goes on :)

It's been a week since Gushcloud weekend and I've honestly been slacking away. I'd usually take about 2 days to get a post about it up but this time I took a week?! Bad Eunice. Well, it's better late than never. This month's GC Weekend was held at I.T Store at Wisma Atria. I love how GC is always finding new ways to make every GC Weekend interesting. The next one might probably be held at the new office! So excited for that. hehehe

No matter the location of every GC Weekend, the main objective is simply just to come together, hang out and know more about each other so that we can all foster a closer bond with not just the company alone, but with clients, friends and family too. It's a great idea because that's basically how all of us bloggers became closer than ever which resulted in us calling GC our second family. Awwww!

Nuff talk, I shall let the pictures do the talking!^^

Dearest Fai and I <3
Wearing dress from http://www.shopsupergurl.com/
Standing beside a bunch of gorgeous and talented girls: Maybelline, Hayley and Shine!
With Maggie, Gushcloud's very own SUPER CHIO mummy blogger. 
You won't believe she's a mother of three. How does she maintain such a great figure?! I wanna be a pretty mom like her in future too! 
Fai with Kayliss, Maggie's super adorable baby girl!
Be jealous. I got to finally meet Munah and Hirzi properly! 
The first time I saw them in person was way back when I was still working at A&F. I remember Hirzi strutting across the walk way from the entrance to the store, and the shirtless greeter and I would be stun. HAHA. It was a breath of fresh air though. We really needed a good laugh cause work was just too boring. 
The second time I met them was after their Happy Ever Laughter show. It was so long ago, I don't expect them to remember me at all. But it was a pleasant surprise to know that Munah's an avid follower of mine on Instagram. Awwww! They're not just talented and humourous, but really down to earth and friendly too.
With my favourite bunch of people. GC will never be as great if anyone of them ever leaves. 
Love you all! <3 
With the darling Joanna <3
Xavier and Hayden. You two might just be my favourite party people. HAHAHA
My dearest Asyiha Ams. Miss her so much! It's been forever since we last did a photo shoot together :(
It was also The Hidden Good's one year anniversary! If you don't know who they are or what they do, you need to check them out ;) Thank you I.T store for having us and thank you Mixes From Mars for the drinks!^^
There's always an after party!
This time, we headed to Mixes From Mars at 83 Duxton Road (s) 089 540! They're a relatively new bar that has been making quite a scene and I've always wanted to try their cocktails out. Don't judge them just because they're held inside a hotel, they serve extremely delicious drinks.
Fresh fruits!! I was so hungry that I ended up eating the grapes and strawberries while waiting for my drink! hehehe. And the bartender didn't even scold me at all! They're all such cool people.
Hayden coming back to our table with the drink that got us all hooked to after.
It's the flaming passion fruit cocktail! I am a fan of sour goodies and if you're just like me, you'll love this drink. It's light, refreshing, you'd hardly taste the alcohol in it, it's fruity and just perfect.
We all loved it so much that the poor bartender had to make 15 at one go! They've got skills man.
It was a really nice, super chill night. Some of us ended up partying but I was too tired, so I stayed behind at Mixes From Mars for a couple more drinks. Thank you Gushcloud for another amazing weekend!

That's it for now. Two more days till my 3 months internship begins! I am pretty excited for it because for the first time in a long time, I'm going to be doing something new and exciting! Hopefully all goes well. Thank you all for reading and once again, thank you for believing in me. Each and every one of your encouragement over the last few days helped me to pick myself up and start anew. Cheers to finding joy in all our lives and cheers to the new imperfect Eunice Annabel ;) 
LOVE YOU ALL <3 <3 <3

p.s. I didn't get what's wrong with the insta-video I posted a few days ago. The one with the TOY gun. I HONESTLY don't get what's wrong. The people that were upset with it were mostly non-locals. I guess they had some sort of experience of someone they know who shot themselves? But being a Singaporean, I obviously don't have such experiences. I mean, owning a gun isn't even legal here. I just want to make my point that I had no intentions of hurting or insulting or mocking anyone through that video. It was seriously just a joke. I mean, what else can I do with a TOY gun??? I've already taken down that video though. No point leaving such negativism on my social media platform anyway. Like Pharrell Williams said "Happiness is the truth!" ;)

xoxo,
Eunice Annabel
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I'm sure you've all heard of PeppyThread! They're a local online fashion boutique that offers some of the best clothes I've ever worn. The moment PeppyThread came about in 2013, I knew that they were gonna be unique and a little special. I assure you that you'll definitely find something at PeppyThread that you can't get anywhere else. Here are my picks!^^

Kaley Midi Skirt
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this skirt!!! Lately, if you notice, I haven't been wearing much colours, no floral prints either. But when I saw this skirt, I just had to have it! It's floral motifs aren't exactly like the usual girly sort, if you know what I mean. This one's a little more sophisticated, and I love how feminine and graceful I felt wearing it. Received a lot of compliments about it so I highly recommend you guys to check it out too!

Sofia Midi Dress
Long is definitely the new short ;) Midi skirts are everywhere but I suppose that PeppyThread's one of the first to offer Midi Dresses! See what I mean by you can find really unique pieces at PeppyThread? I love this elegant and sophisticated dress. What's there not to like? And if you weren't able to lay your hands on one, fret not! Backorders are now available! Make sure you place your orders cause I'm sure you won't be able to find this anywhere else. Be a trend setter ;) Available in Black too!

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