Lip Treat: Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon

Hola, here’s my lip colour for the week! Introducing the Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon!

Colour: A coral shade, similar to fruit punch and does indeed bear resemblance to watermelon juice, like its namesake.

Texture: Smooth, like a tinted lip balm. Goes on a bit sheer, and is moisturising. I apply two layers.

Scent: A peppermint scent that fades off quickly once you apply it.

Packaging: Cardboard tube with floral prints. Pretty!

Wear time: As this is a sheer lipstick, you would need to reapply after meals and after you drink from a mug. Doesn’t affect me too much because I tend to drink water through a straw now during the day.

Where: Purchased from Sephora, at SGD $26.

Pros: I like the fresh colour and balm-like sheer texture. It makes for easy wearing on casual days!


– It has a peppermint scent, but the scent goes away once you apply it.

– It is not long-lasting, because of its sheer texture.

Verdict: I enjoy using this lipstick because I love the fresh colour and the light texture. It is not long-wearing, but I still like it nonetheless!

Repurchase: Yes.

Note: All items are purchased by me, unless stated otherwise.

Face-Off: Bioderma vs Garnier Micellar Cleansing water!

I must have gone through what must be my 3rd or 4th bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, and for good reason. It’s been loved and celebrated by Makeup artists and beauty lovers worldwide over the past few years and I am no exception. The only catch? Bioderma does seem a wee bit pricey, if you were to compare it to other regular drugstore brands which can be half or even one-third of the price of Bioderma.

In this case, you get what you pay for. I’ve learnt many a hard lesson when I’ve tried several other drugstore brands, most of which broke me out in sensitive-skin rashes or irritated my sensitive eyes and left a stinging sensation. The search for a Holy Grail makeup remover was frustrating and I was about to throw in the towel when I finally decided to give Bioderma a go. I did, and I never looked back.

Recently, I heard that there was a dupe for Bioderma, and that is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing water and I gave it a try. To my disappointment, Garnier’s Micellar water stung my sensitive eyes, even though it did remove my face and waterproof eye makeup fairly easily. I will use this to remove my facial makeup until I finish the whole bottle, and then it will be tossed. I am going to stick with Bioderma as my go-to wipe-off makeup remover.

Comparison time!

Price/value for money: Garnier is cheaper than Bioderma, at about half the price. A 400ml Garnier costs about SGD 20, whereas a 500ml Bioderma costs about SGD 40.

Effectiveness: Both can remove your facial and waterproof eye makeup easily.

For sensitive skin: Bioderma is a lot more gentle on my eyes when I remove my waterproof eye makeup. Garnier stung my eyes! I was so disappointed by this.

Overall: Bioderma is more pricey than Garnier, but I will stick with Bioderma because it is effective and doesn’t sting my eyes. Garnier is effective and a good alternative, if not for the issue of it stinging my eyes.

If you don’t have sensitive eyes, go for Garnier. Otherwise, I would recommend that you stick with Bioderma. Tried and tested : ) !

Disclaimer: Both items were purchased by me.

Til next time,


Nail it with Revlon Nail Enamel in Iced Mauve

Finally re-painted my nails. Been swimming this week and I suppose my previous nail colour faded faster than expected. Here’s some details and photos of my current nail colour, which I use on some weeks!

Name: Revlon Nail Enamel in Iced Mauve, number 151
Colour: A frosty purple-pink, with a smooth sheen
Positives: The brush makes for easy application, the nail colour glides on easily. This colour does last for me. So I am happy with this brand and colour.
Where: I bought this in Watsons pharmacy, but my apologies, I have forgotten the price. I bought this several months ago.
Would I repurchase?: I have 3 different nail colours from this range. So yes. : )

Note: I bought this item myself. No items in my blog are paid for or sponsored, unless explicitly stated.






Lip Treat: Tarte LipSurgence in Escape



Introducing Tarte’s LipSurgence, in the shade named Escape.

Colour: A rose-pink shimmer, subtle and sheer tint. This can be layered to build colour.
Texture: Glides on smoothly, has hydrating oils to nourish lips. It feels like you’re wearing coloured lip balm. But it can feel a little oily if you apply more than one layer.
Scent: A peppermint scent.
Packaging: A twist stick lip tint. You twist the bottom part.
Wear time: The colour wouldn’t last for a long time, especially if you drink from your mug. But the hydrating oils still remained on my lips after I drank some water.
Where: Purchase it at Sephora
Repurchase?: I don’t recall the price, but this is quite a pricey lip tint to me. This wouldn’t be a priority repurchase for me.

Note: All items are paid for by myself. No items in my blog are sponsored, unless stated otherwise.

Merry Christmas!
Love, Neri.

My letter to 2014

It’s almost time to bring 2014 to a close, and time for me to be mopey and have some introspection. I must say, 2014 had lots of surprises in store for me. Of course there have been some bumps along the way, but overall, 2014 was a great year for me. This is in stark contrast to 2013, where I had a very dark phase in my life. I lost everything. My health (physical, mental and emotional), my confidence, my pride, my happiness, my sanity. It was a very, very steep learning curve, and I learnt a lot from it. This time, 2014 has been a much happier year for me. And for that, I am thankful.

What I’ve learnt:

– Good times don’t last forever. Bad times don’t last forever too.

– Appreciate family and friends who still stuck with you through your darkest hour.

– When God closes many doors, He eventually leads you to a door that is more suitable for you, even though you may not see it as such, at that point in time. 

– Like the story of Job, when God takes everything away from you, He will return everything to you, double, threefold, what He took away from you. He will give you a lot more in return. Only if you have some faith, trust, pray for grace and mercy, and have others pray for you too. Believe in the power of prayer.

– I’ve to remember, that I am not alone in my walk/journey.

– You’re stronger than you think.

– When you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way to go, is slowly back up. Slowly, but surely. With time.

– Trust and obey.

– Sometimes, you stand taller when you’re on your knees. And when you fall, you fly.

– Everything, in good time.

This time, I’m ending the year on a high note. And I hope my happiness will follow me, well into 2015. 2015, I’m ready for you.

Lip Treat: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Creme, in 415 Pink in the Afternoon

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, 415 Pink in the Afternoon
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, 415 Pink in the Afternoon

I finally got down to using my Revlon lipstick, it’s code name and number is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Creme, in 415 Pink in the Afternoon. What a cute name. I like this subtle and fresh shade of pink. I quite like the idea of a natural looking nude or pink lip. This is close to my natural lip colour, so I call it MLBB! It means ‘My lips, but better’. This lipstick has a creme texture and is moisturising. I am not a fan of lipgloss because they feel quite sticky to me, so this is a good creme texture lipstick that I would use!

Name: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Creme, in 415 Pink in the Afternoon

Colour shade: A light pink, it is fresh and subtle. Good for those with fair skin.

Price: I bought this some time back, under a buy 1 get 1 free deal. Pretty sweet deal. But a usual retail price, this should cost around $17 or $18 SGD, if I remember correctly. I bought mine from Watsons.

Repurchase?: YES. Definitely. It’s an affordable lipstick which you can get from any drugstore or departmental store that carries Revlon.

Til next time : )

Etude House Lock ‘n Summer Proof Any Cushion Foundation!

I attended a friend’s wedding, and I decided to try out the Etude House Lock ‘N Summer Proof Any Cushion Foundation, in W13, Natural Beige, for the first time! I recently bought it during my Korea trip in June. Here’s my take on it:


Packaging: Cute, white round compact, with a mirror and sponge
The sponge is on a holder, and does not touch the foundation part. Hygienic!

Foundation comes in a sponge form, you use the sponge to press the foam sponge and the foundation goes onto it!

Foundation is refillable, great idea.

Colour and scent: Lovely, light floral scent! I love it.
Coverage is medium, good if you don’t major blemishes to cover. Natural look.

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Have you tried this Korean brand, Etude House? Share your reviews with me : ) x

Flea, fly, flo, fum! Flea Markets for August 2014!

Flea Markets for the month of August 2014!

Hey everyone, apologies for the hiatus, but life gets too busy at times. I’m going to let you guys know about what’s going on this month, it’s a great month for Flea Market fans! It’s been a while since I’ve visited one.

1) Public Garden at Triple One Somerset, Singapore

Public Garden hosts flea markets for independent businesses and creative individuals, expect to find some arts and crafts items, and search for vintage knick-knacks! I hope to go check this one out.

Public Garden, 9-10 August 2014
Public Garden, 9-10 August 2014


Public Garden flea market at Triple One Somerset, Singapore

Level 16, on 9 and 10 August, 2014


2) For Flea Sake Flea Market

Lucky Plaza, Level 6, 1-7pm, taking place daily this August, including weekends!

3) Festival Village, in conjunction with Night Festival Singapore 2014

Cathay Green, 3 Orchard Road, 22-23, 29-30 August, it will be held from 6pm to 12 midnight!

(Green field opposite SOTA and The Cathay)

I do hope to check out at least one of these flea market events this month🙂 It is the month of August, and the National Day (Independence Day) of Singapore is on 9th of August, we are celebrating 49 years of independence this year : )

For those who aren’t sure of Singapore’s past, we were formerly a country colonised by the British, and subsequently/eventually, we gained our independence. And we have jumped from being a tiny fishing village, to a bustling, mutli-cultural city with one of the world’s most best and famous airports called Singapore Changi Airport, and the airlines Singapore Airlines (SIA). More on National Day at a later date : ) It’s National Day this weekend for us!

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Tried it, didn’t like it: Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF 50+ Sunblock Review


Hello, I will be reviewing Biore’s UV Perfect Milk SPF 50+ today. It is from the same range as the Bright Face (pink bottle) and Moist Face Milk (purple bottle). This, or so I’ve heard, is a popular everyday sunblock. They have oil control properties and helps brighten skin tone.

However, when I first tried the blue bottle, I was stunned. The lotion smelt strongly of alcohol! Almost like an astringent. The alcohol fumes stung my eyes a little too. The lotion was lightweight, but felt a little oily at first and took about 3 minutes to be absorbed into my skin. I was disappointed, to be honest, I was expecting this range to smell awesome, not be laced with an alcohol scent. However, I’ve read tons of glowing reviews and next to none have complained about the alcohol scent. Maybe I’m a bit too sensitive to it and others didn’t notice the alcohol? You decide.

What are you using as your sunblock now? Share with me! : )

Claim to fame: Oil control, lightweight, portable, SPF 50.
Texture and scent: Light creamy texture, with regular sunblock scent + alcohol scent.
Availability: Watsons and Guardian Singapore for about SGD $18.

What I think: Alcohol scent too strong, takes a while to be absorbed. Was expecting a gentle floral scent. : (

Repurchase?: Not likely to repurchase.

What are your favourites?

With love,