Dropping In To Say “Hello” & Some Random Rambling Thoughts

Yes, hello you guys!

I know I’m still posting relatively regularly, of course not as frequent as before but enough for you to know I’m still alive (ha). However, because time is packed these days I haven’t been able to plan and craft up impromptu entries and my agenda is always to get brand mentions up so I do sense that my blog has definitely become sponsored features after sponsored features.

Though a quick disclaimer, sponsored meaning I get the product to try but I receive no moolah at all. I aim to keep my blog a hobby with no obligations to brands so I don’t accept paid deals cause… you know, that comes with obligations. Usually.

So anyway, while I mentioned I have no obligations to brands often times I still am excited to try out products they have sent and share my opinions on here in hopes that my thoughts are helpful and informative for those considering a purchase. That said, I still don’t manage to get around to featuring everything that I get and I’ll admit I do have some biaseness for certain products or gravitate towards certain brands but slowly and surely most things will have their place on this site.

Not everything I get, but most things…

I know a constant stream of sponsored posts are becoming quite a norm that no one really points it out or cares anymore but I figured I would like to address it anyway – that regardless of content, everything here is still largely me and my honest opinions. I wish I did have a little more time to construct candid, fun and slightly more random beauty-related posts cause I do miss that myself but bear with me for now while I clear out my backlogs and mentions and have zilch time / brain power for that for now.

 

Moving on a little to just random life stuff…

Where work is concerned, all’s good. Of course New Job is as busy and bustling as I had imagined but not scarily so. It saps my time and mind enough to take me away from my blog for the most part but you guys still catch me on here now and then so… I guess it means it hasn’t completely taken over my life.

That’s good, right?

Ha, well okay… anyway this entry is random and I just wanted to drop in and ramble a little because I feel like I haven’t had the time or capacity to do that amidst the small little pockets of time I get – and when I get those pockets I’m always scurrying about thinking what I can quickly shoot or edit, or write / review.

So yes. I’m really glad to just sit down and word-vomit. So to speak.

I was just done with a major life update (at that point) which was New Job and thinking about it I kinda overhyped it up a bit with my worry and apprehension towards it because I’m facing another Life Update situation but I’ll get to that again shortly.

All in due time ;)

Meanwhile, thank you again to everyone for sticking by me and reading this wordy ramble about absolutely nothing at all. Heh!

I’ll see you all as soon as I can! In the mean time, you can always catch me over on Instagram!

 

Thanks for reading! ♥

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It’s Baby Sitting Time! Or Week, Whichever…

I wasn’t going to bother with an announcement post because I’ve left enough posts running along during my absence that you probably wouldn’t notice anyway… ha!

Though I guess my need to ramble and talk about absolutely nothing important at all got the best of me so here I am saying, tata my little blog space! Be good, listen to the scheduled timer and put things up on time and all’s well, alright?

I guess it does help that after shifting to WordPress there is a really handy and easy to use mobile app to help me keep track of whatever is going on on here, on my phone, so if somehow anything misbehaves I still am able to check in real quick.

I doubt anyone is interested to know, but yes hubs and I are spending a full week at home since our in-laws are away on vacation (something I totally need) and I would hardly call this ‘break’ of ours a vacation because we know how our little monster can be such a handful but it’s still nice, I guess to plan some activities that we would like to cover during this period of leave and home-boundness.

“who are you callin’ little monster!”

We’re thinking of some water activities, beach activities, indoor playground fun again seeing as she enjoys that and of course just regular ole family bonding.

We had a thought to do a staycation but that thought came really late so booking is near impossible (I’m sure vacancies are close to none) and it’ll be super costly booking at such short notice so, nevermind. We’ll be more organized about it the next time.

 

But alrighty, enough rambling, you get the point.

All should be good to be well, my fellow readers! You’ll still hear from me all week long, if you aren’t sick of me already and if anything you can catch more real time updates from me over at my instagram – that’s provided if I’m able to get a hold of my phone during the day!

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Upcoming mentions include:

  • My RF Facial Experience
  • Nail Swatches
  • MAC Holiday mentions
  • Acca Kappa Travel Kit mention

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That pretty much sums it up. Till I’m back, toodles!

Thanks for reading!

Packin’ & Settlin’ – Home Away From Home!

I wanted to start this entry saying it’s been awhile but truthfully it hasn’t been that long a while since an update on here because I have been posting with rather quick and easily-put-together entries. Though sadly to say not the full bulk and substantial sort… I keep saying I want to get to it but with this temporary housing situation it is shifting me to a more Holiday Mood than ever.

Especially when I am away from my stash as of now. Here’s the last I saw of my stash, at stage 2 / 3 of the packing and sealing process.

Here, let me explain a little about this ‘move’ I have been talking about. I know not everyone cares but… humor me.

So there are currently some renovation works going on at my place (or rather my in-laws place where I stay right now) so in the meanwhile because using a temporary toilet and living in dust filled corridors with a toddler just isn’t an ideal scenario, Hubs and I have moved over to my parents place.

It also helped that my bro had just enlisted into the army so his room is vacant for a couple of weeks, perfect timing really.

So for the next 2 weeks and a bit more I am living from bags I had carted over (as seen at the start of this post) and my stash consists of a well-filled and gigantor pouch.

It’s not everything but it is sufficient and I do feel a little bad I couldn’t cart over some new stuff to give a go at (YSL Leather Fetiche Palette, I miss you…) but I had to pack practically and bring what I typically would use more of.

I have in mind to do a little feature on the makeup and perhaps skincare I brought over… if anyone is interested in that?

All that aside, I guess to a certain extent, it’s good to be back.

Don’t get me wrong I do love staying at the in-laws place because I have shifted things around and tweaked the space enough to call it my own but something about going back to where you spent years of your life growing up at – the neighborhood, the whole place as a whole – is just really tranquil. Almost like coming home.

Though I’ll admit it is a bit more of a B to get to work from, but I can deal.

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I have also brought my camera along with me (but of course) along with some products I want to shoot and try out during my stay, so I can still be productive. As much as I can, that is. I can’t guarantee it given lighting conditions are tricky to get used to once more but I will try.

In the meanwhile here’s a little snippet of some shots I managed to snap over the weekend, both lifestyle and upcoming-on-the-blog!

Shots are taken with my Olympus OMD EM10, I loooove this camera so much and am so glad I got this in the end.

The shots with Baby K are done with a Olympus 45mm lens and the product shots are done with the 14-42mm kit lens.

So all these, plus a round up of what I carted with me here, and perhaps some backlogged mentions should be up soon!

You know me, while I really should be keeping with the times and posting what is most current I tend to let my words get swayed with my thoughts and end up writing what I randomly feel like for that day. Which often results in rambles more than productivity but I would like to think that’s what makes you guys read me, yes?

Hurhur!

Thanks for reading!

Whoopdedoo – New Camera (And New Makeup)!

Hello!

I’ve got some really really exciting news to share, more so for myself actually but remember the little camera dilemma I found myself in a while back? When I posted this LOTD?

Well, that dilemma is now a thing of the past because…

Voila~

My new shiny and sexy baby, woots.

Okay I couldn’t help myself there, please excuse me.

But as you can see, after seeing both the Olympus EP-5 and EM-10 in person, I had fallen for the Olympus OM-D EM10 because of how adorably compact it looks along with how handy the knobs and dials are even though before this I always had my sights set on the EP-5.

I guess it’s true, when it comes to cameras you really have to see and feel it in person before passing judgement.

Given how pretty this looked, I went all the way (or rather Hubs went all the way) and got a whimsical and girly strap for me to go with the camera instead of the default black one that comes with.

It’s frivolous yes, but a pretty strap makes a pretty camera even prettier, yes?

On a not that frivolous note, I got the dual lens kit because I figured given the focal (and zoom) length of the kit lens, I probably want something a little further for occasions like zoo trips or… something.

While not as cute, that ‘tumbler’ you see there is the 40-150mm lens, for ‘back up’ purposes.

Now, it’s really random for me to be parading my new birthday present from the hubs but I guess my point of this is, yay to a new camera because for the most part the use of a camera is to snap pictures for this little space of mine so… I guess that is why I felt this newbie deserved a mention and an introduction.

While I love my old and gold SONY A350, it has been giving some problems and is starting to sound aged (springs do echo once pictures are snapped, slower start up time, lens spasm… etc).

It is still going strong (bless that trooper) but I am in need of a shiny new play toy, and also a back up plan if you will.

Long story short, I am might pleased with the camera I eventually decided upon (Olympus OM-D EM10, once again) because I have shot some test snaps and am loving how it feels and shoots so far.

Here are some quick shots:

And that one is some dreamy filter I was testing out. Cool stuff.

And then there’s more!

So… yes while I am excited about the camera, so excited that I daren’t touch it much for fear of dirtying it (so lame, I know), here’s more stuff to be excited about!

After all, we talk about make up on here so here’s a little makeup to show for it!

Also along the lines of a birthday gift, here’s a generous beauty pile I got from my beloved beauty pals (hurhur, see the rhyme) – Eliza, Mabel and Sophia!

It’s so darling that they remembered I have been sitting on my wishlist of the Les Beiges powder and after gifting me the Retractable Kabuki last year, I now have the powder to go with!

And to add to the Chanel party, I also got this stunning gem!

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The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Bleu Metallique which is absolutely gorgeous.

I know that because I have already used it… I couldn’t help myself.

And lastly, the beautiful beautiful hot pink lipgloss from NARS, Priscilla. Looks like Yu and Schiapp have company now!

Wrapping It Up – One Year Older, Not Sure If I’m Wiser…

I guess wrapping up the past year, time seems to have flown by and things were quite a rollercoaster of events and emotions. Such as this little frivolous roller coaster that is going through my mind right now as I fret about blog issues. Yes, the same blog issues that aren’t solved thus far. Tsk!

In the bigger scale of life, I have been busy with my mini-me and also trying to put entries up as often as I can, along with sorting out work issues in work time but like what everyone says, life truly passes you by the minute you hit your 20s because, frankly speaking it felt like it was just yesterday that I turned 21 and now I have just turned 24!

Yet, here I am still the same girl, writing on the same blog about the same frivolous makeup issues even though my life is completely different from what it was when I first started this space.

I don’t know what else to contribute to my philosophy of life because it didn’t even feel like a whole year had gone by yet here we are sitting in 2014 with a very much evolved blogging scene. Everything is booming on social media these days and we’ve got so many more avenues to contribute to Cyber Bullying and a whole lot more frivolousness to fret about.

Like how I have been quite annoyed and peeved with the blogging issues and dilemmas I have ben encountering these days, with the whole Onsugar RSS and Security Cert glitch and how it has also in turn been affecting traffic on my blog. Which really in a sense shouldn’t bug me because I don’t play the number game though I can’t help but feel annoyed I am subjected to this just because I don’t have control over portions of the site to tweak and amend. I guess that is what comes with being hosted for free as opposed to self-hosting.

So anyway, I will admit that this issue is nagging away at me, making me consider remedies and options like moving out to another host or even self-hosting but at the end of the day, I should remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

I love makeup, I love writing but I should also find means and ways to improve my quality of life, my family’s and much as I enjoy attending events, writing about products and such there are occasions things start to get to me and get in my head and I tip towards the scale of numbers but I must always remind myself that there are bigger things in life than makeup clique-goss, who gets more products, who posts the quickest, etc.

I guess this is growing up, learning responsibilities and hopefully learning to ramble less!

A large part of this could be confusing for a lot of
people but I guess I am just having a self reflecting verbal diarrhea on here, and being very truthful about matters running through my mind for whoever is interested or around to read.

I feel grateful that given how I’m not as shiny and prepped (I mean this in the whole doll-ed up aspect of it) as good deal of the girls sashaying about on Instagram, I still get a substantial amount of views, presence and I truly appreciate all of you because in a world so frivolous and fickle, somehow this feels genuine.

Okay, enough of me, I should go now. I had no intention to make this so deep but… if it helps lighten matters up, I have a LOTD coming up soon!

Thank you so so much for reading!

Of Rambles, Videos, Votes & K-Dramas. And Oh Yes, Backlog.

Hello hello you people!

Well truthfully this is really just a sneaky little post to remind everyone to help vote for my baby girl on her Pampers Journey!

So with that intention in mind, shall I just go ahead with that first?

Of Votings –

So yes, if you have noticed I recently did a bit of a Pampers stint on here and while I am done with sharing my adventures, the adventure isn’t over just yet because now the focus shifts over to you guys – the readers aka voters!

If you have enjoyed reading about My Pampers Journey thus far, please hop over to OMY’s Contest Page and drop me some lurve!


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Here’s a simpler step by step:

  1. Go here!
  2. Select the little radio button beside me (Sara Kye)
  3. Proceed to fill in your details
  4. Select agree-ing to their simple and generic T&Cs
  5. HIT SUBMIT!

It’s that simple and get this, you can vote once, every single day.

Egads, that’s a lot!

Though 10 lucky voters stand a chance to win 2 packs of these Pampers Baby Dry to give these diapies a shot on their own so more submissions / votes is equivalent to more chances! It’s win-win for both you and me ;)

Though there is a tiny restriction and that is voters will have to be Singporean or at least hold a NRIC Number (be it PR, etc). So if you are an international reader and have the intention to vote, I am sorry but this sadly doesn’t allow for it though thank you for the thought.

Voting ends on 19th June at 12pm (Singapore local time) so, get voting!

Also if you are too lazy to read about my Pampers Journey as a whole, I have summed it all up in a clip (which I spent a fair amount of time and effort on) so please humor me and just watch that.

And then go vote for me for the effort, hurhur! ;)

But no really, every vote counts, thank you all for the support! I truly appreciate it!

This is truly truly going to be my last dabble in these voting thingamjigs in awhile. I know I always say that and somehow I find myself pulled back to the whole whirlwind of voting competitions – I don’t even know how!

Of Videos –

So, videos… Well there isn’t a whole lot to discuss about because it’s me doing my Angelica Duties once more. This time around, I will be sharing about the new moisturizers from L’OCCITANE’s Angelica skincare range.

And also a little bit about my current L’OCCITANE skincare regimen as well (same same but different!).

I have given them a brief mention in my skincare ramble post and I will still be reviewing them proper in a blog post closer to their launch date!

Though the video is more for L’OCCITANE’s side of things, to better showcase the texture and also elaborate on how they feel and which you should grab for your skintype!

I will cover those aspects in my blog entry too but sometimes words can only say so much and visually seeing how the creams apply and smooth out is rather self-explantory so I’ll pop the video in that review mention as well, just so you can fast forward through my blabbering and see the texture (in action) for yourself.

Of K-Dramas –

Okay, before I go to my obligatory ramble about me being busy and life taking its toll on my blog hence the backlog, lets shift to the entertainment side of things.

It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed what I was watching of late, not that anyone really cares but hey since this is my rambly post, I shall ramble on.

I’m not the biggest K-drama fan, well I do watch what is fairly popular at a point of time, but I never avidly continued K-Drama after K-Drama. Though these days, after managing to persuade the Hubs to watch some with me, I’ve been on quite a kick and managed to complete a good number of dramas since the start of the year.

I shan’t mention them all but here are the ones I have finished up fairly recently, for anyone who is interested to know.

Cunning Single Lady

So we watched this because Hubs is a bit of a Lee Min Jung fan, after watching BIG. I thought BIG wasn’t as bad as all the hate it seems to be getting but this, Cunning Single Lady, is a way better portrayal of her acting skills. It helps that the male lead did a great job at being all cool-like yet still goofy at the same time.

Full of sobs, laughs and revelations, a pretty good show overall!

The Moon That Embraces the Sun

Okay, so I became quite a bit of a Kim Soo Hyun stan after the alien show that everyone is talking about. So much so I went back to re-watch Dream High 1 that I had already completed years back! Somehow he didn’t stand out to me much in that film but I always found his acting quite captivating.

So about this… I think it’s a great show, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t typically like period dramas. Though somehow this one manages to shine through with the child actors (awesome job for those kiddos), humor and also the sappy sob-story. I didn’t like the whole sobby bits but I understand it is meant to be a melodrama that tugs so painfully at your heart strings so… yeah.

The Master’s Sun

Wow okay this one I never imagined I would watch because it’s a tad too horror for my liking. Though since Hubs wanted to see it too, he loves horror films, I figured why not! The whole horror aside (which isn’t that bad, you kinda get used to it), it’s quite lovely. Though I felt the ending bit a little too draggy and dull (just get it over with already), I absolutely loved the start and middle of this drama.

Great for the spooks and laughs, if you dare…

So after all that drama chasing and being half-amused, half-frustrated at the noble idiocy found within K-Dramas (really tho, just live life y’all!), we’re back to some laughs with Running Man. We have been following that regularly since it started almost 4 years ago and it gets a little old now but still funny and nice to revisit here and there.

That aside, we are going back to the realm of American TV and starting on this TV Series I had bugged Hubs to watch (with me), Orphan Black. So far so good! We are 2 episodes in and it’s safe to say I am quite hooked.

Who else is on this bandwagon with me, or probably
ahead o
f me?

Of Backlogs & Posts to Come –

So anyway, moving on from Dramas, I hope that for those who aren’t too huge a K-fan you skipped past that point. If you didn’t and somehow decided to plough through, good on you!

Now about my blog.

Yes well, I guess it’s the usual of work being work and getting to me. Somehow whenever I have a lot on my plate at work, my blogging-brain tends to shut down or go into overdrive mode, both of which leaves me finding it hard to find words to describe what I really want to say.

I want to talk about Shu Uemura’s upcoming Drawing Pencils but I have no idea where to start. I want to showcase the mighty gorgeous Stila Foil Shadows but I haven’t managed to shoot them proper. I want to ramble about this ombre lip phase I am going through but I can’t seem to piece the entry together.

Plus all the unmentioned hauls I have been sneaking behind-the-scenes of this blog.

So… well yes I have a lot to say but not much of a time to both organise my thoughts and also piece it together coherently.

The keyword here being coherently because I have a little bit of an expectation for myself when it comes to writing entries. Not so much so that it has to be top-notch quality because look at this rambly mess that I am churning out thus far. It’s more of… that it needs to come from me, it needs to be something I am interested to write about to begin with.

The entry needs to have a spark, a personality and an underlying fire behind it even if all I am talking about is frivolous items like eyeliners, foundation, lipsticks etc.

My motto is that if I enjoy writing, hopefully people will enjoy reading. The effort and the passion is communicated, I would like to believe.

So, with that said sadly right now my passion and spark seems to have faded a little because my mind is so distraught and distracted right now.

I think as much as I am afraid to say this, for fear that everyone will think I am going to MIA forever and then jump ship on me, I think a breather may do me some good.

Though who knows, perhaps the minute I go on a breather I feel inspired to write again. After all, based on my history here I can’t seem to stay far from my blog for too long. Unless I had a legit reason about it, such as just having given birth.

Hurhurrrr, so yes I maaaay be gone for a little longer than I am used to, maybe just a week, we shall see! I want to just calm my mind, collect my thoughts and properly arrange my entries instead of feeling frazzled to post things up amidst other (more important, ugh, work) matters I am caught up with as of now.

I want to think about blogging, be inspired and blog for me again. I think along the way I started to put a lot of pressure on myself to churn new things out as soon and as much as I can but thankfully I figured it out soon enough and just need to take a step back to breathe once more and to realize, that isn’t me.

So I’m stepping out but I’ll be back, alright? :) I promise I wouldn’t be long… I think.

As always, don’t forget to follow me on instagram and also to VOTE for Baby K (from now till 19th June)!

And thank for you for reading this ramble. Much much love~

Life For the Next 7 Days…

Will be spent ‘uninterestingly’ at home! Hurhur.

Yes, it’s the home-bound period again and this time around, unlike previously where we had a staycation planned, I’ll just be back at my parents’ place with hubs, baby, and of course my parents!

It’s quite random and I probably don’t need to give this a shoutout given that I have more entries planned for this period than the amount I typically put up in a 7 day span (ironic) but… I guess what I am saying is it’s nice to be back (home home) and it’s nice to take a break from the madness work has been for the past few weeks.

Though what I am doing is essentially hiding in a bomb shelter because it is still crazy at work but what can I do, family calls and I am needed to take care of baby while in-laws are abroad.

After having some experience with it from before, this next 7 days are possibly going to be tougher and more tiring than work days (plus lesser time to myself and the computer), it is going to be so rewarding spending time with my cheeky little baby girl.

Kids grow up too quickly it seems…

So yes, anyway, if you’re interested to read about baby, you can follow my Pampers Journey thus far (3 entries down, 2 more to go)

That aside in some beauty news, I’ll be plopping on a fair amount of Lancôme entries because that’s what I feel in the mood of and for these days. So, that’s coming up!

Looks, swatches, mentions, reviews, all that so stay tuned!

I have also recently got on Carousell to hopefully, in due time, clear a little of my stash so you can find me on there if you wish. No prizes for guessing my moniker on there – icyabstract! See you on Carousell (hopefully soon) if you’re on there as well!

In the meanwhile wish me luck for the next 7 days to come, hurhur.

Thanks for reading and remember, stay tuned!

Restarting my 2014 (A random personal ramble)

All words, no pictures – okay cool? Let’s go…

Hello you guys (by that I mean you ladies)! 

Wanted to post a casual ramble to let off some steam and rant? Well about nothing in particular but I wanted to just type words and not have to list down product information, texture description and key information in the process. Basically I just want to blog a little ambiguous life update.

So 2014 has been nothing but chaotic and blah this far. I certainly didn’t start it on a very good note.

There were some highlights – Angelica workshop (scary but fun!), meet up with pals amongst other things but my general mood has been so down in the dumps and everything going on around me just isn’t helping. I refuse to believe or read too much into things like The Secret but at moments like this, I can’t help but feel there’s a little truth in it – negativity breeds more negativity.

So maybe this post is like a reset to myself, let me shake all that madness away and start 2014 anew once again! At good time too since I had just successfully wrapped up a major work event (which contributed to the stress). There’s one more on the way but at least dealing with one is better than the thought of two!

Okay this post is getting really pointless for my blog but I guess what I’m trying to say is I haven’t been on here much because I’ve been swamped and also wallowing in my own misery for a bit, I’m only human! But no more – chin up and ready to take on the world.

Not sure where the random bout of moodiness came from because I’m not feeling that sore about getting a year older. Or perhaps subconsciously I am and I refuse to admit it which caused a whole snowball of emotions.

Though now I’m done rambling / ranting so I shall attempt to push all negativity away be it people, situation or even myself.

In 2014 I aim to be more gracious with my emotions, be the bigger person and be more forgiving about things. Majority of this sounds bizarre cause I appear so happy and carefree on here but in person I can be very demanding (esp work-wise, I expect a lot of people) and I seem to live life on a fast forward button, no time to smell the roses despite what it may seem or what I may portray online.

While I’m not going to hit slow-mo, I will attempt to take a walk in the park when I can, take things slow, calm and of course aim to be a better version of myself.

Fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading this random-ness, do you have any personal goals and state of mind for yourself in 2014?

On a happier note, I’ve got loads of lovelies to share once I climb out of this emotional rut and get my blogging mojo back. Hold out for me! :)