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By neftachan · March 15, 2015 · 0 Comments ·

Been a long while since I last posted - I got locked out from this account last year, but it seems its working well now!

Will proceed with blogging on random stuff as and when I'm able to. Or perhaps moving my blog elsewhere...Onsugar is just not very user-friendly...

Till later!


By neftachan · May 2, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry the blog has not been updated for so long! Last year in University is even more hectic (ironic, I know) and I'll be jetsetting off to Europe in about 2 weeks time!

Will have the blog updated with Europe pictures when I can!

Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram under neftasg!


Krabi 2012 Weekend getaway

By neftachan · November 12, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
So my boyfriend was dying to get out of the country and pulled 2 of his friends and I to Krabi.
This is my very first visit to a beach-centric part of the world, really.
I didn't know what to expect, but it was nicer than I expected.</p>

Yes, the views are fantastic.
The sand is soft (not Aonang, but Phi Phi).
And the sun was sure hot.
<em>Phi Phi Don

</em>Awesome clear waters, although there were A LOT of people.

White sands and clear water.

Okay, so the thing I didnt quite like about the trip was that the taxi driver led us to one if his sister's travel agency.
It was good in a way that the locals are trying to promote Krabi's sights and sounds.
But they were trying very hard to sell us their tour package.
I think we paid about S$30-40 per pax for:

  • Car ride to Krabi market (we reached on a Saturday late morning)
  • Boat trip to 3 islands + Lunch buffet + Snorkeling at 2 sites + Mini fruit buffet at the end
  • Car ride back to the airport

Also, snorkeling at Monkey Bay (or something like that) was not impressive as the waters were not clear. 
Snorkeling near Phi Phi Don was better as it was much clearer.
I recommend to bring some bread along to feed the fish. 
Cheap thrills for having a school of fish swarming to a bread near you.

Anyway, don't be in a hurry to get a tour package for Krabi. Along Aonang beach, theres A LOT of tour agencies.
And they are most probably from only a handful of "providers/suppliers".
In fact, we joined other tourists for each of the sightseeing!

Krabi weekend market was nice - but more for food than retail shopping.
There is a mall near the market, which has KFC, Boots, clothes and such. 
I loved Boots, because it carries Soap and Glory - got my shampoo and conditioner for the trip there!

View of the swimming pool at Queen's Bay Pavillon. We didn't dare go in, though.

My hotel/resort was Queen's Bay Pavillon
As it was off-season, my boyfriend took advantage of the cheap room rate (about S$40 for 3 days 2 nights).
The room is HUGE + balcony and big personal swing + HUGE TOILET.
I admit its not as fantastic as I expected, but for the price we paid, it is worth the money.
Except that the rooms can feel humid/damp when you first enter - but after 2 to 3 hours of non-stop airconditioning, it becomes better. So remember to ask for 2 keycards and leave 1 keycard in the slot to keep the electricity on!

We also tried the famous Thai massage along Aonang beach. It was kind of a fixed price, even when we went to the extreme end of Aonang, where its a deadend to a certain resort.
They try to sell you the Aromatherapy Thai massage, but I didn't go for it (:
The Thai massage costs about 200 baht or so? 

Food in Krabi is cheap! Compared to Singapore. I am a die-hard fan of zi char style of eating (i.e. call several dishes and eat with a bowl of rice) and I loved the Thai green curry, Tom yum, minced chicken and basil.
Oh my god, all too awesome!
The Thai ice milk tea that I ordered at 2 different places were VERY SWEET, please take note.
We also got pizza for one night and it was big and cheap. It is thin crust and not a lot of ingredients, though.

Transportation in Krabi is pretty straightforward. Tuk-tuk, walk or rent a scooter. My boyfriend rented a scooter for 24 hours and he enjoyed it. It allows you to explore the island, especially when some places are quite a distance away by foot.
He went to the 7-Eleven store which was quite far (still manageable by foot, I think) and bought Thai-produced bird's nest drink.
Apparently, only 7-Eleven is authorized to sell a specific brand of bird's nest drink, I can't exactly remember the brand.
It was not bad - the more expensive one (premium I think) is better. Less syrup, more bird's nest.

There are also some stores along Aonang beach that sells daily necessities and alcohol. I saw the smallest and cutest Absolut Vodka, very very apt for making your own vanilla extract.

I only spent 3 days and 2 nights in Krabi, but would definitely want to go back there one more time!
Bangkok is one of my to-go list as well! (:

OPI Skyfall (Winter 2012) and Germany collection (Fall 2012)

By neftachan · November 12, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

As promised! I bought the Skyfall collection from TimTam00 (google it). I subscribed to her mailing list and I had a promotional price of SGD$10 per bottle with free shipping (local).

I bought the Germany collection from Wowprettynails, a nail polish spree conducted by a very friendly seller! She shares the cuticle sticks and free Filmo sticks amongst the spree-ers (:

I'll update with nail swatches when I'm done!
[since 11/11/12] Update of swatches done: Danke Shiny Red, Moonraker, Skyfall

Let the pictures do the talking!

OPI Skyfall (Winter 2012)

Instagram-med photo! The bottles were overexposed and a "brightening" filter as set. Not true to colour.

HLD13 Moonraker


Nail swatch for Moonraker


This finished off in a pale blue metallic foil finish. The strokes of the brush are much more pronounced in this polish, which I've mixed feelings about. 
I did a gold glitter gradient on my nails and it matched perfectly with the colour!
My nails look less odd with the glitter gradient - perhaps because the focus is shifted from the blue metallic to the gold glitter.
I think this polish is "too boring" to be worn alone - glitter or nail art should be put on as well. 


<span><span>HLD12 Skyfall

Nail swatch for Skyfall

Pardon the messy nails. Was in a hurry and didn't remove the stray polish at the sides.
This polish is somewhat a wine red-brown creme polish. I can't seem to capture the "maroon" portion of this polish ): Apparently the female seductress in the Bond movie "Skyfall" wears this polish during the movie. The colour certainly has a 'seductive' vibe to it, but somehow it also looks quite tasty.
Did I mention I'm on the hunt for a chocolate brown creme polish? Yes. I saw Rescue Beauty Lounge's sold-out Au Chocolat, and yes thats the exact color I dream of.

HLD16 On Her Majesty's Secret Service

HLD17 Live and Let Die


OPI Germany Collection (Fall 2012)

From left to right: Danke Shiny Red, Germani-cure, Every Month is Oktoberfest


Nail swatch for Danke Shiny Red

Danke Shiny Red

Thoughts and comments:
This polish is actually brighter in real-life. Some bloggers mention it as being "glowy".
Its actually a metallic-foil-like finish without top coat. With top coat, the polish looks like a nice red creme polish.
But when its under the light, you can actually see the metallic-finish of the polish, which is pretty cool. 
This is pretty much incomparable to glitter-based (China Glaze Ruby Pumps) and creme-based red polishes. Pretty nice.


Tagged with: OPI, nail polish

A November Sephora visit

By neftachan · November 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
Popped down to town to check out the new Plaza Singapura extension - lots of new stores opening up!
Theres quite a number of Japanese restaurants and cafe, can't wait to try them all (:</p>

Anyway, I visited Sephora PS and ION Orchard and did not get away empty-handed. Before I "introduce" my haul, the Urban Decay Vice Palette (S$80+++) is in-stock! No GWP, unlike the pre-release event though *major sigh*.
I skipped it, but managed to swatch some of the colours which caught my eye (all without primer).
Pictures below!

Urban Decay has also other Christmas releases, such as the 24/7 Eye pencils and etc. Do check them out if you are interested!

So, my haul consisted mainly of a Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in DemolitionMake Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13 and #15.
Also got myself a Sephora cream eyeshadow brush, nail polish base coat, nail polish remover & makeup brush cleanser!
I also previously bought Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, which I am loving!

Reviews to be up in December, after my exams end! (:

Thank you for reading! (:


Dollywink update - September

By neftachan · September 22, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Tsubasa-chan has updated her Dollywink line AGAIN! This times its 3 new upper eyelashes and repackaging some of her previous line's eyelashes.

It seems that Tsubasa-chan and KOJI loves the new packaging style - sweet and simple. The previous packaging was not that bad either, but very typical gyaru-style - attention grabbing and loud.

I quite like this progression, because it seems as if anyone can pick this up and wear it - not just gyarus!


NEW Lashes:

No. 15 Pure Girl

A set of natural looking lashes - recommended for OLs (office ladies) and university students!


No. 16 Dolly Mix

I think this means that your eyes will much much more "impact". Probably because it has thick black bands.


No. 17 Diamond Dolly

Ok so apparently girls were requesting for a thick base band - there you go.
This is one of my favorite designs of all.


Repackaging release:

No.1 Dolly Sweet

No.2 Sweet Girly

No. 4 Feminine Style

I'm in LOVE with Tsubasa-chan's styling in this photo!

No. 5 Real Nude

No. 8 Pure Little

KOJI x Tsubasa video snips of the new release!

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Hope you enjoyed this update!

OPI Skyfall (Winter Collection 2012)

By neftachan · September 16, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry for the lack of update, BUT I AM IN LOVE - with OPI's new collection "Skyfall". 

I don't know much, but its named after  the latest 007 Bond movie.

I just sent in my order for 4 polishes that I like - 

HLD12 Skyfall
HLD16 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
HLD17 Live and Let Die
HLD13 Moonraker

Swatches will come in slowly as I wear each colour each week (lol).


Credit: Phoenixbeautylounge


One of the highlights - 18k carat gold top coat. Wow.

Credit: DivabooststyleNYC

Tagged with: OPI, nail polish

Macaron Craze~

By neftachan · August 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Made 2 batches of macarons today! I did a plain shell batch and a green tea shell batch.

I matched the plain shell with the Creme de Marron I bought from Paris (yes I cheated, but it tastes so damn good).

The green tea shells were matched with chocolate ganache, which didn't turn out THAT good as I used milk instead of double cream.

I also tried dusting the green tea shells with chocolate powder, I realized the powder would stick better if the shells were in the midst of drying, rather than dusting after it has dried.

Pictures below!

All pictures were taken with iPhone and HDR filter was added ^^

Please refer to my previous post here regarding tips on baking macarons in Singapore!

EDIT 11/11/2012: Baked another batch! This time, I learned that PASTE colours don't stay well on macarons! The best is still powder or gel colourings (: Grinded lavender goes divine with chocolate!
(Left: Lavender macarons, Right: Green tea with chocolate ganache)


Majolica Majorca Raspberry Macaron & Lash King Black Review

By neftachan · July 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Majolica Majorca released a few new products in their Summer release. Lash King (Black) was released in Spring, though. The summer release includes 2 new blusher, 1 body powder, 2 shades of brow mascara, 2 new nail colours, re-release of the creamy brown eye pencil, 2 new eyeshadow coordinates.

Frankly, this is like one of their more elaborate releases. The Spring release had a mere 3 - 4 items.

Anyway, I pretty much liked this release due to the colour concept (Psychedelic) and their tinned blushers! I didn't buy the previous Peach and Pink macaron blushers because the colours were to blah and I had similar colours from CandyDoll, Canmake and Sleek.

This time, they had Raspberry (Fuschia Pink) and Cherry (Cherry Red) Macaron. I bought Raspberry Macaron, because I didn't have a colour just quite like it in my stash ;p

The swatches shown above, sorry for the bad picture! The LEFT shows Cherry Macaron and RIGHT shows Raspberry Macaron. The colours are true to the pan colour and both are gorgeous. Each has microshimmer/glitter incorporated in the blush as well.

You may want to start with a light hand and build up the colour. FYI, I don't use the given powder puff - I use my own blusher instead (:
I think this colour goes well with fair-skinned girls!

Lash King was actually pretty good at lengthening my lashes. My lashes are already naturally long, though. Bad thing is I always have a problem trying to get that curled lashes look and this mascara felt a little heavy on me when I tried layering.

I'll probably try this mascara out again 

P/S: The lace-patterned silicone coaster is from FRANC FRANC. Ikr - I used a coaster for decorative purpose -_-||

New Dollywink Releases (12th July)

By neftachan · July 29, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Just saw new releaes from DollyWink on ekiblog.

UPDATE (23 Sept 2012): I saw these in Watsons! Available now! 

*Foams* The colour coordinate is just too much!

The new releases include: Brown liquid eyeliner, Black liquid eyeliner (repackage), Brown & Black pencil eyeliner (repackage)
Limited edition releases include: Brown VolumeLong Mascara, Eyelashes 3 pack sets in 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 14

 Black Liquid Eyeliner (repackage)

 Brown Liquid Eyeliner (new!) LOVE the mint!

 Black & Brown Pencil Eyeliner (repackage)
This comes in a special "flower-shaped" cap

 Brown Mascara in 01 LONG

 Brown Mascara in 02 VOLUME *<3 Mint*

Limited Edition 3 pairs eyelash sets - basically for the more popular eyelash series.


And guess what, Tsubasa-chan is already working on new Autumn releases! Check here.


Hope you found this useful!

Credits: http://www.ekiblog.com , http://www.koji-honpo.co.jp/tsubasa/

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