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I’m a lushie – LUSH quick reviewย 

I guess I qualify to be a Lushie now …? Hahaha.

This was today’s haul


Kinky was the sample for today :).

So I thought I’ll do a quick summary of all the LUSH products I bought so far:

  • H’suan wen hua: my favourite for hair hands down. My hair is long, and had been permed, dyed… so this is a saviour. Even my mum likes it now.
  • Mask of magnaminty: my favourite for my combo skin hands down. Gives me a good scrubbing, controls my oil levels, and makes me feel so fresh. Plus factor is the smell. Nothing more refreshing than a fresh tub of this. I love sniffing it hahaha!
  • Tangled: this thing is freaking magical. ย It being on a stick is like it’s a magic wand itself. I used it just the night before I flew to Indonesia last week for my bro’s wedding. At this point in time, my hair was very difficult to deal with because it was very long (til it touched my lower back), and super dry, frizzy, knotted up. I used about 70% of the treatment, and it really freed my hair.
  • Cup o coffee: the coffee smell wakes me up always. I can’t drink coffee because of gastric/acid reflux problems but this is as good as waking me up if I were able to drink coffee. The exfoliation is a bit stronger, so gotta be gentler when scrubbing and washing it off ๐Ÿ™‚ but it does leave my skin smooth, whereas mask of magnaminty may leave my skin a bit drier (especially if I left it on longer).
  • Grease lightning: this works better than Body Shop’s tea tree oil honestly. I’ve been a fan of Body Shop for many years, but this works better for me. Probably because I work out in the gym twice a week, thus exposing myself to more germs and bacteria (you know, all the sweat from everyone ..), I seem to get a mysterious ย pimple on random parts of my body. Tea tree oil didnt get rid of them quickly, but this grease lightning did.
  • Catastrophe Cosmetic: calmed my face drastically. I shd have taken a before and after pic because the redness was gone. Also left my face smooth, and moisturised ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Charity Pot: this is my favourite for hand creams hands down. It beats so many hand creams I tried from Body Shop to Crabtree and Evelyn. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy and sticky. And it healed my broken skin pretty quickly (abrasions from doing planks on rough gym floor)
  • Ambrosia: I love how this doesnt make my skin feel dry after shaving. I used to use Veet but it’s troublesome to wait for 5mins or whatever before I can shave it off with their … spatula or scoop thing idk. Ambrosia smells good too, and my skin doesn’t feel as irritated afterwards.
  • Daddy-O: I only used this a couple of times after I dyed my hair. The lemony smell makes you feel like a little kid again, you know where many kiddy products have nice fruity scents. Plus purple shampoo is awesome to look at. My only problem at the time was that my hair felt a bit dry or still tangled up after washing off, but this could be because my hair was already so bad in the first place. I’ll have to give another review sometime soon after I dye my hair (probably soon)
  • Purmice stone: I love it because I guess I’m like a touch sensory kinda person? Feels like this sand scrubbing my feet but not as painful as sandpaper. My feet feels cleaner. However it breaks up pretty easily when it becomes smaller, like most soaps.
  • Pink Peppermint: unlike Mask of Magnaminty where the smell of pepperment is much stronger, this one is less intense. However it is pretty cooling to tired feet ๐Ÿ™‚ only thing to note is the pink colour probably can stain? So I have special socks I bought from Body Shop years ago, that are meant to keep you from slipping and prevent foot lotions from being all over the floor
  • Outback Mate Soap: my go-to soap when I need a pick me up after gym, or just a tiring long day.
  • Sunrise: makes me feel happy cause I love orange and yellow so that’s a win for me. Also that orange fruity scent is uplifting especially on tiring days.
  • Sunny Day: saviour of frizzy hair and knotted locks. Took me a while to get used to the idea of spraying and taking the time to comb through my locks but it is worth it!!! I was amazed at how long my hair stayed knot-free.
  • Honey Lip Scrub: oooo this is a fun one that I need to stop licking off my lips literally. But I have dry lips, so this feels good to scrub off those dead peeling skin ๐Ÿ™Š
  • Honey I Washed The Kids: this one is like endorphins making me so happy. Or maybe the name is funny. But the honey smell is sooooooo soothing. Like I could really use a bit more sweetness in my life. My only pet peeve is the top honey comb part, which feels a bit too hard to use at times. Oops. But I love to look at the honey comb structure. It is pretty cool to really look at, and I think it reminds me how beautiful the natural world is.
  • Coalface: if my face was really oily at that moment, I would use this immediately. The charcoal smell took me a while to get used to, I wasn’t a fan of it instantly tbh. But this does the job damn well, and it leaves me face so so clean. ( O_O)
  • Movis: I received a small piece as a sample on the very first time I walked into LUSH because I was very self conscious about my acne scars, and I remember asking the salesgirl if LUSH had any chemical peels to remove scars. So she gave me this to try, after explaining LUSH is about being natural. I don’t use it quite often because my face becomes oily quickly, and I end up using Coalface instead. For the times I do use Movis, I would use it straight onto my face for that gentle exfoliation. And after a while I started feeling good because my face felt cleaner and the scars weren’t as bad.ย My only problem is when I use it often, it can melt pretty quickly. But when I don’t use it that often, it becomes hard and takes a bit longer to lather up again.

What made me continue using LUSH:

Movis + Mask of Magnaminty became the foundation for my face to improve and thrive on. I’ve received a lot of compliments from my mum, my relatives, my friends about how my face isn’t that bad anymore. It looks darn good on its own without make up.

My self esteem grew thanks to these 2 products. Honestly I went into LUSH despite initially disliking the strong scents from the shop (I have a really sensitive nose which is why I don’t use many perfumes either), because I was fed up with the amount of criticism my brother’s mum in law was giving me. (Okay she’s a toxic lady, but that’s another matter.)ย I just wanted her to stfu honestly, and I really wished my face would be better.

Thanks to Liana (I got her name wrong in my first post on LUSH in January) for her recommendations, that my face improved. Then my hair felt healthier and was glowing. My friends said my curls were beautiful, and looked soft. Also probably why my perm lasted longer tbh. Then I went into more and more products, my skin started to feel less dry. As I worked out more in the gym, I toned up, lost weight, and LUSH helped to get my skin to a good healthy level. For people who lost weight, they would know how bad stretch marks can get, and so I think LUSH taking care of my skin contributed to my stretch marks being less visible now.

So I have a number of products I have not used:

  • Love Lettuce
  • Retreat
  • Hands of Friendship
  • Kinky
  • Volcano
  • Damaged
  • Tender is the night

I’ll update in future ๐Ÿ™‚

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One stitch at a time

It has been crazy these past few months, and it feels like finally everything will be over in a few weeks. 

My stress levels have been really high. 

As a result, I made the conscientious effort to knit as often as possible. Daily, if I could. 

I have been learning to relax, tell myself to stop stressing and stop working. Leave those for tomorrow, and for now breathe and knit before bedtime. 


My current progress on an entrelac blanket throw for a dear dear friend :). I really love how this photo turned out, the blue contrasting with my golden/yellow/tumeric coloured bedsheets. 

Don’t forget to knit, a stitch at a time. 

Don’t forget to breathe. 

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My trainer’s evil laughter

Going to bed soon so this is to record my workout. I knew I was in trouble when Gordon started laughing while setting up my second circuit. @_@. 

First circuit

  • 37 squats with a 10kg dumb bell. (Last set, Gordon told me to do 16-16? Then a rapid 40 squats without dumb bell without a break. I still took a small break or two to catch my breath.)
  • 2m10s plank. (Really proud of myself for completing two! Dropped during the last set.) 
  • 10 inclined push ups. (Gordon lowered the pull up bar rack. Sooner or later I shall be doing normal push ups on the floor @_@.)
  • 10 inclined pull ups. (Again bar was lowered.) 

Do 3 times entirely. 

Second circuit – Gordon changed the circuit entirely!

  • 10 Sumo squats deadlift kinda style with 12 kg kettlebell
  • 10 “go into bridges when my feet are balancing on fitness ball and then pull in before extending again?” IDK what they are called but I think I described it well enough. This one burned my glutes, thighs, and back. I shd ask Gordon for the official name. 
  • 10 burpees. With the freaking Bosu ball. Rip. 

Do 3 times. I got faster subsequently. And managed to hold my bridges higher ๐Ÿ™‚

Third circuit

  • 10 single rope swings
  • 10 ball slams
  • 10 reverse lunges per leg
  • 10 chair dips. Ahhahahahaha I can’t feel my arms ๐Ÿ™‚

I think my ball slams scared away some guys who looked like they started working out recently? Tbh my arms are bigger than theirs. They remind me of my ex, who was scrawny. 

But I needed to vent out my anger at the shitty time I had in Indonesia last week. And Gordon wanted me to slam the fitness ball so hard that 1) the entire gym heard it, and 2) he doesnt hear the music cause one of the EDM tracks was shitty hahaha. 

Then I said to him, “Thanks to you, I won’t get a boyfriend here.”

He said, “Let them be scared of you.”

๐Ÿ˜‚

But that’s the good thing about Gordon, he constantly encourages and pushes you to the limits, and he obviously as a fitness alpha male bodybuilder, he doesn’t care if your muscles are big, or if you, as a girl, are using your full force. He wants you to push through and give your ultimate best, and show the power you have. 

So I’m lucky to have him as a trainer ^_^. 

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Review of Star Wars Run SG 2017

So me being the lazy one, here’s the copy paste from my facebook ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

Enjoyed #StarWarsRunSG! This is my review of the event.

Pros:
1. Baggage deposit and baggage retrieval was efficiently done. Many crew members on hand, which helped speed things up.

2. There were a good number of cosplayers and crew who cheered on the runners. Really love this!

3. Running through MBS, Esplanade, Helix Bridge, Gardens was a thrilling experience. One of my bucket list items to run through at night so I’m really happy.

4. The emcees did a good job hyping the crowd before each wave was flagged off.

5. Event kept to the theme very well. Especially how even the supertrees in Gardens were lit up to be light sabers.

6. My biggest thumbs up goes to the food stalls available. I have been to quite a number of run events to know what is bleh, and what is good.

A) Generous big UFC Coconut water bottle given to everyone. I took two cause I think I was dehydrated.

B) Chobani giving out free 100g cups, one for each runner! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป to Chobani.

C) Aloha Poke had a stall. First time trying and OMG IT IS DELICIOUS. Queueing and ordering was pretty orderly. And serving was quick. I will try to buy more often in future when I’m out.

D) Vitagen giving free vitagen to everyone. Really good job.

E) There was also a stall selling coconut related drinks/soft serve, and a korean stall. I didn’t get them cause I was low in cash (only $17), so I went for Aloha Poke.

7. Last but not least, outdoor viewing of The Force Awakens. Nothing can beat this. The atmosphere was fun, you could hear the audience laugh at the jokes, all focused and pretty much considerate to each other’s space and belongings.

8. Also a well deserving shout out to the clean up crew. Really, from where I was, they cleaned up litter so quickly. That say, I am disappointed so many littered.

EDIT
9. THE FIREWORKS BEFORE THE RUN STARTED.

Cons:
1. However due to the sheer number of participants, the routes were squeezy at some points, especially after Esplanade and behind F1 pit building. I know the organisers would have done their best to ensure the best and most interesting routes for both light and dark sides, so this was kinda unavoidable.

2. There needs to be more signs to the public and the participants because a) we are running through a popular area, b) sometimes the routes can be clearer. However, the attempted segragation under and after the Helix bridge wasn’t too bad.

3. The organisers should have reminded participants of race etiquette. This is probably my biggest problem with the event and all running events.

They should have told participants that slower participants or those who were walking to keep to the left, and let those who want to run, run on the right.

I know this is a family-friendly event. I’m not against families of course, but this is for safety. There were some near brushes where people could have collided, and I nearly collided with people too. There were families with prams too.

This is a standard runner’s etiquette I’ve seen in major running events like Sundown and StanChart.

Also many people were swinging their light sabers without considering or checking around. I saw an ang moh politely telling an aunty, “Mdm, please be careful with your light saber,” after she nearly hit him in the face with it unknowingly.

4. The human jam at the finish line was tough to deal with because many people just didn’t want to move off quicker despite the organisers’ attempts to tell people to keep moving. I think this is partly due to: a) people queueing up for the coconut water which was quite near to the finish line, and b) people trying to cross the same narrow way back to baggage deposit area.

I’m not sure where else the organisers could have put the baggage deposit, because it was in a good spacious location. However, they could perhaps consider to give the coconut water at the same time while giving the medals out. Like how some of the major races give bananas and water with the medals at the same time. (I remember when I did Sundown 2014, they gave the banana at the same time.) Hopefully this reduces the human jam around the area.

Photos!

Close to being flagged off!
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Night view of MBS. Always wanted to run here at night so this is a dream come true. =)

The supertrees of Gardens by the Bay being converted into lightsabers!

My supper: Free Chobani + Aloha Poke (Wasabi mayo salmon + Mentai salmon (seasonal)) + free UFC coconut water!

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Breathe

So my trip to Indonesia wasn’t great. I’m trying to get out of that negative vibe so I won’t rehash the story here. Thank you to my closest friends for reading my rants on Whatsapp and Twitter. 

I’m really happy, joyous to be back home in Singapore. 

I had a great meet up with 2 friends; we are like the Japanese musketeers, except I’m the newbie to Japanese language and culture. ๐Ÿ˜… I miss them so much, and I’m glad we had a good time bitching our problems. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Then on Saturday night, I took part in Star Wars Run SG. It was really good ๐Ÿ™‚ I should do a separate post for that, since I typed a lengthy review of the event. Photos will be there too. 

So today I met up with Connie for a movie again. She’s my movie buddy ๐Ÿ™‚ we are two single ladies lol. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was really good. Goddamn it, I’m crying more, or are the movies we watch getting more emotional? Stop tugging my heart strings. 

And this is my LUSH haul for today:

  • Running low on H’suan Wen Hua, especially after my recent perm at the end of March
  • Mask of Magnaminty, cause I have no more oil controlling face scrub mask. 
  • Daddy-O because I dyed my hair for the first time ever in my life on Monday! Which is why the Hsuan Wen Hua is so needed now. 
  • Charity Pot because my skin is so dry to the point that my elbows suffered abrasions from me doing my planks. And they are peeling and scarring really not nice. 
  • And I probably visit the same LUSH stall too often to replenish, because one staff member remembers me ๐Ÿ˜‚. I told Lianna to remind me next time I drop by, about shaving creams because I’m curious. In the end she gave me Ambrosia to try ๐Ÿ™‚ but admitted that they don’t carry much stock so if I want, I have to go to the other branch in Orchard Central. Oh well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ this is my third freebie from LUSH already! 

Well time for me to wash off some H’suan Wen Hua and Mask of Magnaminty! 

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First line of defence

Got a bit of a blocked nose, and a swollen throat. I’ve been drinking honey but it doesn’t seem strong enough to tackle this. I’m guessing it is due to the recent weather: sunny hot days, and then we can have thunderstorms for hours. 

So my first line of defence is a 1.6L/54 ounces/0.4 gallons of honey with lemon and ginger slices, by your truly hahaha. Hopefully I recover soon!

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Going deeper into the rabbit hole. Or hell. Whichever is closer.ย 

Like when Alice thought “Underland” was “Wonderland”.

Either this, or Bohemian Rhapsody is a good way to describe my feeling now. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m waiting for the bus as I type this, and my wet pony tail continues to drop beads of sweat onto my shirt.

Japanese was really tough ytd. We started learning on ๆ•ฌ่ชž, after the hell that was ไฝฟๅฝนๅ‹•่ฉž. Who am I kidding though, it’ll be tougher as we continue. Even my sensei had his head on the table after the lesson.

2 more lessons and we are done with intermediate level! Ha, I really started from ใ‚ใ„ใ†ใˆใŠ until now, the looming chapter 50 of ็š†ใ‚“ใชใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž, with Ikoma school.

So gotta finish my overdue homework for a few chapters, complete my listening exercises, get sensei to mark, and go into full on revision battle mode for JLPT N4.

So I’m blogging now cause I just completed gym, and the bus isn’t here yet.

Exhausted, and can’t be bothered to format nicely on my phone.

Same exercises:

First — nevermind, bus is here. Will continue when I’m home.

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I’m home, fresh from a rewarding shower. Thank you LUSH for making me feel so clean and refreshed now. Also doing a nose mask to get rid of my blackheads D:

So as usual the summary of exercises, we increased some of the reps, while others we made slight differences.

First circuitย 

  • 35 squats with a 9kg dumbbell, cause some kid was using the 10kg ones. HAHAHAH. THANK YOU RANDOM KID. Still the increased reps killed me.
    • For the last round though, I did 15 with the dumbbell. Then Gordon told me to do 35 planks without any weight as quickly as I can.
  • 2 min plank. I can’t believe this. I actually survived the first two times? What sorcery is this. I dropped twice on my 3rd time btw.
  • 20 inclined push ups
  • 20 inclined pull ups. I managed 7-8 proper inclined pulls up per round, and the rest was modified ones as usual.

Do 3 rounds.

Second circuit

  • 20 rounds of the halo log exercise. I tried to do it faster.
  • 20 rounds of side lunges while holding a squat position on the Bosu ball
  • 20 superman lifts on the Bosu ball
  • 20 sumo squats-deadlift with the 8kg kettlebell

Do 3 rounds.

Third circuit

  • 15 Single rope swings. How many I forgot.
  • 15 reverse lunges on each leg
  • 15 ball slams
  • Last round, Gordon reduced to 10 each, but he wanted to speed through all 3 rounds like a HIIT circuit with no breaks.

Do 3 rounds, no breaks in between.