Friday, November 06, 2015


Just thought that I'd share a mixtape that I made for Irina. The thing is, life get's tough sometimes. However, you never have to face it alone because there are always people who care for you. And when you feel like the world seems just about to swallow you whole, I hope this mixtape will replenish the strength in your heart. 

 P.S I took like 3 hours to figure out how to embed this mixtape. It loads, trust me. Just give it awhile.
P.P.S It doesn't load on Chrome but does in Safari (both on the Mac & iPhone). Shame on you, Google.
Update: It works on Chrome, but golly damn it's slow.
Update: The public link has been suspended for generating excessive traffic. Irina will share it again some other time!

- Yi Ming


Update from Irina:

Heres' the playlist I'm sure able to load and play haha. Thanks, Ming.
You're the best.


Thanks babe.

-Yi Ming

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


If you're following me on Snapchat, you'd by now have a little knowledge on my Brow Resurrection journey! I did it a few weeks ago and #NOREGRETS. I had thought for a long time that a Brow Resurrection would be a splendid idea and more than once I've considered trying it out. However, I was told by many people that I don't need it because I've actually got enough brow hair. 

Hence, I've shelved that desire until.... Browhaus gave me an opportunity to give it a shot! (woohoo)

Then again, (surprise surprise) I didn't say yes to Sherby (Browhaus' marketing executive) right away... I had heard a lot about the Browhaus' services from my sources here and there which made me slightly uncertain. Maybe you've also heard about them too. Now that I've tried their service for myself, I can help you dispel your fears (if you've any).

1. "It's painful, no?"
Surprisingly, no. I wouldn't even say "not really" because I didn't feel any pain at all! The supposedly hardest part was when she stroked in the colours and that, to me, felt almost like... the soft edge of fingernail grazing my skin. 

The brow therapist applies a good amount of numbing cream to ensure that the procedure is both comfortable and painless. However, feel free to stop the brow therapist if you need to due to any discomfort.

You'll feel slight irritation here and there within the week of the procedure. Do apply diligently the after-care cream and you'll be just fine!

I really have gotta give a 5 star rating to the performance of Julia, my brow therapist. The session was estimated to last for less than 2 hours. I was there for THREE. Here's why: IRINA IS MAJORLY PICKY. Yeap. Eyebrows are of sooooo much importance to me that I had to scrutinize every strand and stroke just to make sure that I'd be able live with it for the next 1-2 years. Kudos to Julia for taking in all my requests seriously and patiently, and for diligently amending her work whenever I was not happy etc. I really tested her patience but she didn't crack *applause*

2. "I've heard that the color of the brows will look too dark and awful for the first few days?"
Only partially true. It really depends on the individual case and what colour you apply. I remember that my appointment was on a Thursday and I still went to school the next day. No one mentioned anything about the colour of my brows being too harsh and it was close to black! It'll no doubt look darker than usual, but it won't be to such an alarming extent.

3. "It fades kinda fast, right?"
So far, everything seems fine. It is still as dark as I would like and I still can lazily drag myself to school without drawing 'em brows, which is pretty good huh? Tbh, it really saves me PLENTY of time! 5 minutes of extra snooze time can be so precious. Any student out there feel me? 

This set directly below is the before pictures
Here's the reason why I did it on Thursday when I could have done it on Friday instead (and have the chance to hide at home if the color turned out as dark as rumoured). I had a shoot with Caring Skin on Sunday. Hence, I booked my appointment slightly earlier, hoping that 3 days would be enough for the rumoured darkness to fade. But hey, everything turned out okay! The makeup artist actually said it looked really nice and she didn't have to do much to 'em brows (yaaaaaasssssss)
I loved how the photos from my Smooch The Label shoot turned out. Personally, I think my new set of brows accentuate my features and frame my face so well. Yes, I may have enough hair but the Brow Resurrection did more than fill in hair. It fulfilled me by giving me a  structuring, shaping and tailoring my brows to my face shape, and giving it a colour that complements my skin tone. 

I'm just really glad that I was brave enough to say yes to Sherby. I hope by now your doubts and fears would have evaporated by now because Browhaus is giving a special promotion for my readers who have NEVER tried Brow Resurrection before! The Brow Resurrection Define now goes at $750 instead of $1280++ (the usual price)!!! If you're still on the fence.... They offer consultations at the outlets to address any uncertainty you might have. Remember to call in to your desired outlet first :-)

The $750 package consists of the Brow Resurrection Define session + a touch-up session + an after-care kit. So, let's do some maths, ok? $750 for a brow work that will last for approximately 2 years, that's like $1.03/a day. What dyou think? In my opinion, I've wasted soooo much money on frivolous stuff and this seems like the real deal.

Join me in earning yourself an extra 5 minutes of snooze each day *wink*

Find out more on
Browhaus Singapore
Tel: +65 6471 2769

***Promo valid till Dec 31, 2015 and
only to new Brow Resurrection customers

Monday, October 26, 2015


Just checking in on you guys and hope you're holding up fine ;-)
Saw a powerful video on Facebook that I thought you might like.
Take a moment to absorb cause you never know when you need it, right?

In other words, up your defence mechanism.
Know your worth, girl.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Do you guys shop at Pomelo? No, wait, have you heard of POMELO???? Well, not sure if you noticed, but I mentioned them briefly last year on my birthday post here. Just last month, they announced a major web uplift and the result is major gorgeous. Tbh, I couldn't be any prouder!!

I know that the entire team consists of very very dedicated and hardworking people. The last time I was in their office, the graphic designers were busy editing every single photos. Here's the thing, I'm not referring to lighting or contrast but it's more than that!!! They were editing the skin tone, contouring the legs, giving them a bronze glow. Like... dayummmmm, every model would feel so blessed and safe to work for a company like that! The photos no doubt turned out great!

Personally, I love shopping there. When Pomelo first spoke to me, they sounded like they wanted to take over my wardrobe and I think they've kinda achieve that now... haha. Cass, whom I liaise with for the selection of clothes, has a real great taste in clothes and she is the one of those picking out stuff for the collections - so girls, you're in safe hands.

I've always loved the stylist's recommendation on Asos' page. It's my go-to page for all the new and cool stuff I should look out for. Since there can be so many things on a web store, it'd nice to have someone streamlines the nice stuff for you before you look through it right? *wink* So, I thought I should just sum up the pieces I love from Pomelo here. Some might already be out of stock, but hey if you're interested in it, feedback to them... maybe they'll bring back a few for you!


And what I like best is their... 365 DAYS RETURN POLICY! Nuff' said.

Happy shopping hehe!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


"Are you happy?" my friend asked. 
Smiling, I replied, “I don’t think that’s the right question." 

The thing is... it is almost fallacious to think that happiness is the main criteria for a relationship to continue. However, it probably seems like a great guideline to abide by because we, after all, like to act in our best interest.

I used to agree with the "happiness-frustration" concept. The concept’s premise is simple: when frustration outweighs the happiness one feels from being in a relationship, one should begin considering taking flight. I am guilty of once telling a friend, "If you're not happy, then you should leave”. I have since realised that this philosophy is not applicable to every relationship. It might work for some (i.e. emotionally and/or physically abusive ones) but it sure doesn't work for mine. If one's in a toxic relationship that drains out your beautiful soul, then by all means, gtfo.

Ever since meeting Ming, my take on relationships has evolved quite a bit. Frustration does outweigh happiness at certain times but when we manage to persevere, we emerge twice as happy than we were before. If happiness is to be the sole determining factor of your commitment in a relationship, then what happens to the idea of sticking together through thick and thin and braving the ups and downs life frequently throws? Sometimes, as a test of endurance, happiness has to be taken out of the equation. I often imagine a point of financial difficulty some time in the future, where keeping smiles around the house is no longer easy. Will I waver when my answer to the question “are you happy?” is no?

Instead, let's ask: “Since meeting, have you become a better person?”

Disclaimer: this may not necessarily be the best guideline for everyone but it does help me to gauge if my friends are... in a healthy and blossoming relationship or not.

The term "better person" is of course, subjective. Think of it this way, will your 5-year younger self be proud of what you're or how you've handled your relationship issues today? Are you caring for him, as much as you care for yourself? It's not about extracting every bit of happiness out of a relationship. In my humble opinion, it is about growing together with someone - emotionally and mentally. It's about knowing each others’ intricacies and sanding down our edges so that we can come together for both the good and bad times. I may not be the best version of myself when I'm mad, in fact, I'm real egoistic and it is hard for me to stand down from a fight (especially when I'm right), but at least now I know I’m mad fighting for something that is good for us. I may not be happy at that moment, but I have learnt to muster all the strength needed to take the magnanimous ways to put aside everything that upsets me, for you and I. 
For my interest? For your interest? For our interest.

The idea of holding onto happiness, caging it as if it were a delicate bird, scares me. Happiness is elusive; it’ll arrive when its time. Come what may. 

Then again, my friends, don't get me wrong.
If you very much still like to stick to your question, so be it.

Here's the answer: "I'm happy."

Saturday, October 10, 2015


This time, I've handled the entire situation well enough to deserve a pat on my back. My emotions were balancing on such a thin line between plain sadness and absolute indifference. In order to not show a single trace of vulnerability, my scale skewed itself towards the latter. To not warrant any unnecessary concerns or impose unneeded burden on his family, I think I did maintain a pretty solid calm and composed exterior. Even so, my uncooperative heart has decided to engage me with a new set of feelings I've been trying to comprehend. The moment I reached home from the airport, everything hit me like an eager storm. It felt rich, intense, and anchored deeply inside me. 

I guess, only after a year, I've just grown to truly grasp and understand this whole dynamic between us, and yes, very soon, I'll readapt again I'm sure. In fact, I try to be thankful for this arrangement. I bet he feels the same way with each departure teaching us the idea of potential loss. It just puts us back in our place and ensures neither of us gets too complacent or comfortable with one another. Ever since the plane took off this late afternoon, I've tried my very best to stay busy but my mind kept drifting back to you. It's definitely much harder, after such a wonderful Summer.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


(not a paid ad)

Hey guys! So after the last entry on my journey to skin betterment (here), what's next? What's the next step, after eliminating those nasty blemishes, in achieving nicer looking skin? Well, Caring Skin not only helps tackle problematic skin but further enhances our skin to its full potential. In the weeks where I was faced with school tests and stress levels were at an all time high, it didn't help that my hectic schedule forced me to slack off my skincare routine (yikes!). As a result of my laziness, my skin suffered and I felt like it no longer channeled any sort of glow like it used to. Tbh, all the traveling and hopping from one time zone to another didn't do my skin any favours either... (ugh, highlighter can only do so much!).

Long story short, I tried a new treatment at Caring Skin called "the MatriCol Refiner".

Left side of my face: After treatment
Right side of my face: Before treatment

Basically, the goal of this treatment is the renewal of your skin through the use of a specific duo of active ingredients that optimise tolerance and efficacy. Using an acid carefully selected by the staff at Caring Skin, even the most sensitive skin (mine!) can, after undergoing this treatment, become brighter and more radiant. Psssst.... one of the best collagens used in the field of aesthetics will also be applied before the end of the treatment to slow down the premature ageing and tightening of  the skin - NO WONDER THE RESULTS WERE OBVIOUS.

Being explained to during the session on how this treatment works
Some of you might be puzzled by the color of my right cheek. Do not mistake its the rosiness as a result of applied force. In fact, it's a sign of blood circulation which means the treatment works!

Disclaimer: However, this might also be due to the sensitivity of my skin. My cheeks do get flushed easily and yours might react differently. Don't worry, though; even if a pinkness doesn't surface, your blood will be circulating better after. 

For a slightly more HD photo taken by the staff
Left: before entire treatment
Right: after entire treatment

I was quite shocked upon seeing this photo. While its rosiness isn't captured on flash, and disregarding the extremely flattering angle, the texture of my skin looks a lot more refined and smooth!!!! Pores appear to look slightly smaller and everyone wants a skin with smaller pores - don't you dare deny it hehe.


In all honesty, ever since I've met Caring Skin, I have always felt safe stepping into an aesthetic centre or facial room and grateful stepping out, because I know I'm in good hands. At the same time, it is both very comforting and unreal to me, how I can take post-facial selfies now because my skin has never looked better (then again, my skin fluctuates so fingers-crossed).

So, why not share this goodness with your friends! Aside from the fact they've twin rooms for you and your friend to do facials together, they are also currently running a promotion for STUDENTS!!!! Caring Skin understands how we as students are constantly locked in battle with problematic skin and that these are our crucial formative years that lay the foundation for years to come. Hence, after taking both the above thoughts and your feedback regarding the costliness of treatments into consideration, here is a really good deal that's been specially planned for YOU!!! 

Important things to note for this Students’ Promotion

1. Students will have to flash their student pass/card to experience this absolute goodness
2. The promotion is actually applicable only to first-time customers. However, I've spoken to Caring Skin and they've decided to make an exception for you guys, my readers!!!!! Just quote "IRINATAN" when signing up to enjoy this benefit
3. Valid during off peak hours only (Mondays to Fridays; 11am to 5pm)
4. 50% discount is applicable for any customized facial treatments worth $140 and above
5. Valid till 30 Nov 2015
6. Don't worry, there will be NO hardselling :-)

Feel free to email me regarding your session, if you like!
Hope you like them as much as I do.

P/S their massage is amazing esp. by Hui Qing *wink*