Monday, May 25, 2015

Big Bang Loser Nail Art - BIGBANG | 빅방 루저

Here's another nail art for the VIP's! 


I'm not really a fan of Big Bang because I prefer the cutesy idol groups over the masculine groups that show swag like Big Bang. But I have to admit that the boys are really good looking and talented in music. I also always like their songs when they release new ones and always add them to my K-pop playlist.

They have been on hiatus for years and now that they are back with a new song/album, I didn't want to miss the chance to create another Big Bang inspired nail art.

Here are some of the inspirations I got from their outfits in the Loser video. 



Watch the tutorial here ; 




I wasn't able to include TOP because the prints on his outfits were too intricate. 



I hope you like this simple nail art I did. 

If you are on Instagram, please do follow me! My user name is @RealAsianBeauty. I am very excited to reach 4,000 followers! Only 33 followers to go. Be one of the 33, will you?



Kristine

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Singapore Day 5 : $1 Ice Cream in Orchard Road + Marina Bay Sands

On our second to the last day in Singapore, we opted to go to the Lucky Plaza mall in Orchard Road first. I was looking for a camera (Casio 1500) and was hoping I could find a great deal there. My cousin who also worked in Singapore suggested I go there for more souvenir items.


But instead of finding the camera that I like and some souvenir items, I found CHOCOLATES! Lots and lots of chocolates!

After that, we explored the Orchard Road to see some more tourist spots. Oh, I forgot to meantion right away that I met with a Filipina viewer that is currently in Singapore. Mae is one of the loyal viewers that I have. We have been exchanging messages for more than a year before meeting. I was so glad I was finally able to meet her in Singapore!

She helped us get around the area. We also looked for the famous "$1 Uncle Ice Cream". 
After few minutes of walking, we were finally able to find the ice cream stand!
I ordered the Red Bean ice cream! It was delicious! The ice cream melts fast, though, so it has to be eaten right away. 

While eating ice cream, 2 adorable dogs passed by. You really know when a person is a dog lover. She/He has gotta to say hi to a dog that passes by no matter what. It's also so cute how the 2 dogs look so much like my pet, Fluffy! Only they are bigger. I guess they are pure Poodle while mine is a cross breed between a Poodle and a Shih-Tzu.


I filmed a vlog! Please watch the video below! ^^




After that, we went to ION mall, still in Orchard Road. The thing I noticed about Singapore is that it is so hard to crave for a food because restaurants aren't everywhere, unlike how it is here in the Philippines. I am so used to being able to buy what I want right at the moment because food stalls, fast foods and restaurants are everywhere here. While in Singapore, you really have to go all the way to a certain place if you want to eat a certain food.


I was honestly craving for ROTI but I couldn't find a restaurant that sells it. In the end, I settled for this Thai or Indonesian Chicken and Rice. It was tasty but the sauce was too salty!

I have a friend that asked me to follow a certain someone on Instagram. That person is probably the richest, infamous, commoner person I know. She is addicted to Hello Kitty and she posts daily shopping hauls of stuff that I think always come down to around Php 20,000. She doesn't splurge once in a while but almost everyday. OMG. Because of her, I found out about a bag brand called Samantha Thavasa. Since then, I've been so curious and have wanted to own one. I looked for it everywhere in Malaysia and Singapore. Good thing I found a branch inside the ION Mall!
You will believe me when I tell you she has almost all the Hello Kitty in the world, right? When she likes a bag, she has it in differnt colors plus in all sizes. OMG, so rich! How do people become THAT rich? Anyway, I was certain I'd buy a Samantha bag when I see one. But when I was at the store, I had second thought. Their bags are pricey yet the brand is not known to everyone. For the price, I could buy a Kate Spade, Michael Kors or a Tory Burch Bag. So I just put the bag downa and left the store. Hehe 

After that, we went to the Bugis Street Shopping Center. I bought some Egg Tarts but of couse, nothing beats the first try. The one I tasted in Hong-Kong still wins!


We also had Lychee drink but since nothing beats the first try, the first one we had at Makansutra Gluttons Bay also wins. It is $5, though. While this drink is only for $1.


We then went to Bencoolen where we saw this area. The lady said anyone could tie a ribbon and make a wish...

So, I did! I hope all the wishes I made come true.



Then, again, we saw a stall that sells the famous $1 ice cream. This time, I had the Mint flavor. It was an interesting flavor to try but in my opinion, it is too minty. It felt like I was eating cold food while brushing my teeth. hehe


After some shopping, we headed back to our hotel to leave our stuff and freshen up.

Ahh, fresh once more!

Because we didn't have enought time when we went for the first time, we went back to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel area and to the Gardens by the Bay area for more photos!


I love this photo so much! Noone helped me take it, though, I used my mini tripod to take it. hehe


Then we went to the Flower Dome where I got overwhelmed! The place smells like heaven because of all the fresh flowers. I instantly regretted that I didn't bring my DSLR with me to the dome. All the flowers were fresh, colorful and beautiful!


Too bad the light show wasn't on when we went out. They said they had a minor problem so there will be no show for that night. Aww... But still, the view of the lights and the giant structures were breath-taking! 



We were getting hungry so we decided to go inside the Marina Bay Sand Hotel to grab some food. We passed by the Singapore Flyer and it was so beautiful!

I wasn't able to take a photo of my food but I believe we had Chicken Rice again! Hehe

We ended the night with this spectacular view of Singapore's Sky Line. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Let me know your comments or questions below. Also, I am nearing 4,000 subscribers on Instagram! Yay! only 45 followers to go. Will you please be one of those 45? My user name is @RealAsianBeauty. Yay! Thanks!


Kristine

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Skin Update : 4th Session of FNT at Flawless (Fractional Needling Therapy)

A lot of you have been asking me to post an update showing my skin condition and how my skin looks now after a couple more sessions of Flawless' Fractional Needing Therapy. (I posted a comprehensive review on Flawless' FNT HERE.) FNT is one of my favorite treatments to get at Flawless! It works so well and leaves a really nice effect on the skin.

Be sure to read the review I did on FNT (here) before you proceed to this blog post! :)


So, it's Summer and we all feel hot, exposed to the sun, got darker and often sweaty. Those things often lead to bad skin or acne breakout. I noticed that my skin gets really bad in Summer because of the extreme hot weather we have here in the Philippines. I have been wanting to continue with my FNT treatment at Flawless but I knew I was going to go out a lot so I waited until all the events I had to go to were over.

Finally, I was able to go back to Flawless for my 4th FNT treatment!

Each session of the FNT is around Php 4,500. Pretty pricey but the result is really nice and it gets better with each treatment that you get. The treatment does not take a long time to finish but it does have a down side to it. It could get a bit stingy, especially if you have low pain tolerance. You also have to allot at least 5 days for the down period of your skin.

Anyway, here's me after the 4th session of Fractional Needling Theraphy. It doesn't look really bad but I was at the mall and my skin was super red so I opted to ask for a mask to cover my reddish face. 

And notice how I'm carrying a box of delicious J. Co Donuts! hehe

When I got home at night, I took a bath and washed my face with just water. It was really red but I was glad that it was not painful at all. Here's how it looked.

The first time I had FNT, my face was red and had ugly, dark spots on the cheeks, chin and forehead. But this time, I was surprised that the redness was gone the next morning. It looked fine so I was able to go out that day without having to wear a mask or feel ashamed of my skin.

I was surprised that the "down period" was almost non-existent this time. I was able to go out the entire week without having to worry about reddish skin or dark spots. Though, there was some minor peeling on the cheeks and jaw area. But they were fine as soon as I applied moisturizer.


On the 5th day, my skin was finally better. The peeling was over and the redness was totally gone! I said hello to a new, brighter and clearer skin. I also really, really like whenever my skin looks tight because that way, my pores become less visible.

I'm not sure, though, why the photo appears reddish/brownish. It could be because of my new hair color so my skin also appeared darker. But it was really better in person! I was so happy!

If you were wondering, here's my current skin care. Yes, just 2. I always make sure I don't use a lot of products after a face treatment. I want the treatment to take full effect on my skin so I always avoid putting on a lot of products that could trigger the acne again.


For better comparison, here's how y skin looked BEFORE and AFTER my 4th session of Flawless' Fractional Needling Theraphy.

I noticed that a lot of people have been curious about Flawless' Easy Peel ever since I posted about it. That treatment is also nice as well as FNT. I really can't decide which one I like the most because they both work so well, leave the skin with great result and also they both belong to the same price range.

I hope you like skin update! Let me know if you like the idea of me posting a monthly skin update and showing my current beauty products!

Thanks for reading!


Kristine

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Universal Studios Singapore ❤

I've always wanted to go to Universal Studios so I  was really excited for our Singapore trip! We wanted to avoid long lines and horde of people so went on a Monday. Going to Universal Studios from our hotel was rather very quick and easy. The attendants at our hotel said it would be easier to go by taxi rather by bus or by train. The fare came down to just $9, which was very cheap as compared to having to walk a few blocks and take a train and then transfer to another train line. 

I made sure I wore comfy clothes to Universal as I was sure the weather was going to be hot and sunny!

Finally, a picture with this iconic globe/logo!

The ticket price was $68 for a One-Day Pass Ticket. We got a few $$ off the price because we got our USS ticket from our hotel, Victoria Hotel. I think it was around $5 discount.

UNIVERSAL!!

To make my story-telling even more realistic, I filmed a vlog for you guys! Click the video to see the fun we had at Universal Studios in Singapore!!


It was close to Easter so the theme of the park was Eggs, Eggs and more Eggs!




Does it not hurt your eyes to look at these golden awards lined up?

I saw this one award that would be a perfect gift for my Mom.

See, I told you! More eggs!

One of the main attractions of the park is the Ancient Egypt area. I have always been amazed by the Egyptian hieroglyphics, the huge statues, the pyramids and more! It was so nice to see replicas of those inside the Universal.


The Revenge of the Mummy ride was also thrilling! I really loved it!  You guys should try it if you ever visit Universal Studios, too!

Then there's the Jurassic Park area. I also loved the Canopy Flyer ride. It was just too short for a very fun ride, though.

Then, every kids and kids-at-heart's favorite place- the Far, Far, Away!

I really love going to theme parks with castles and "princess" themes! I just really love fairy tales and I guess I have always wanted to be a princess, too!




This ride also seems fun but I don't know why we didn't ride it. I guess it because the entrance to it was kind of hidden and my cousin and I got lazy to actually go and look for it.

Candies for the sweet tooth!

The Madagascar area was also nice. We rode the Crate Adventure but I thought it was a little plain. I couldn't really complain, though, because the reason we rode it was because it was so humid and we were so tired. We saw that there was no line so we got inside so we could have a bit of cool air and a nice seat in the boat. hehe


Cute penguins! Have you guys seen a real penguin? I haven't! Are they really that cute in person? Like Panda level cute? Oh, wait. I've never seen a Panda in person, either! hehe

Because I'm happy!

Everyone is free to enjoy the park! See, even this cute little bird is enjoying it's walk along the walk of fame!

My cousin and I didn't stress ourselves too much trying to explore the entire place and trying to ride all the rides. We just wanted to really enjoy the time. So we weren't really tired at the end of the day. By 5 PM, we were almost finished going around the park so we still had time to go back to the souvenir shop.

When we got out of the park, I saw my paradise! OMG!! So much REESE'S in one picture! How could there be so much Reese's?! I want them all and I won't ever get tired of eating them! Reese's is my favorite chocolate, EVER!!

So, after I got crazy inside the Hershey's store, we walked around Sentosa trying to find a place to eat. We were both craving for chicken and rice. No, not the chicken and rice that they have in Singapore but the fast-food fried chicken and plain rice that we are so used to eating here in the Philippines! hehe


We took the train going home because that's what the hotel attendant told us to do. He said the taxis are more expensive at night and that the travel time would be longer then. We passed by Vivo City Mall really quickly. I saw this cute wall art there.

We got home at around 10 PM. We were so tired but it was surely a fun day! I hope you enjoyed the photos and the vlog!

Two more Singapore posts then we're done with this travel diary episode. Hmm, I wonder where my next destination would be? Somewhere with cherry blossoms or pretty maple trees perhaps?

Thanks for reading!


Kristine
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