Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Nivea Intensive Moisture Body Milk Series

All my life, living here in humid Singapore, I've never liked the idea of applying moisturizers on my body. Okay actually I do, this whole desire to get soft skin thing, but not after applying moisturizer and going out and feeling sticky WHILE sweating. Eeek.

Then came work life. I started using moisturizers, not out of vanity though. I was a cabin crew, and I never thought the dry cabin air and overseas weather would make my skin itch so badly. It was my first few flights. I was scratching my legs even while serving passengers. I was scratching my arms while going around Tokyo. I was scratching everywhere my pores got red and I got red bumps all over. It was that bad. Then I learnt from my seniors that this itching was because of my skin surface cracking due to dryness. 


So I started applying generous amounts of moisturizer all over myself. Before flights, during flights over my stockings, after shower, before bed. And true enough, the itching stopped. That was my first encounter with the perils of dry skin. And my first lesson on how not taking care of this biggest organ on my body could lead to so much discomfort.

Now that I'm not flying as much anymore (I still love my travels!), I still maintaining the beauty habit of moisturizing before bed (sometimes). I was hesitant about moisturizing in the day before I go out though, because of this humid, sticky feeling that I might get. And then I received these 2 bottles of Intensive Moisture Body Milk and one with SPF15 from NIVEA a couple of weeks ago.

I had to try this one on first because so far I haven't had much luck with finding body moisturizers that doesn't end up feeling sticky. Plus, this one has UV protection & moisturizes, so it replaces my sunscreen (which makes me feel sticky anyway). 2 in 1, why not?

Surprisingly, this doesn't feel sticky at all! My skin just feels smooth after! Now I don't have to apply moisturizer AND sunscreen.
Good on you, NIVEA!

Then there is their bestselling product - the Intensive Moisture Body Milk. 

This item has become my nightly holy grail. 
Firstly, the smell. I smell like a baby after using it! I don't even know how to describe it - it's milky with a nice fragrance, not floral nor sweet or musky or anything like that. Just a nice neutral smell that makes me smell like freshly showered baby. ^-^

Let me show you how my skin already looks and feels different after my first application:
Eeeks. Don't judge me okay, I'm making a big sacrifice by showing you my fat but dry thighs. See the skin? Look how dry and scaly it was?

I applied the Body Milk to my left thigh so you can see the difference.
No edit. No photoshop to make my skin less scaly.

Before (left) and after (right). 

Next, this is not sticky either! Both these 2 items I tried (with and without SPF) left my skin feeling very smooth and soft. I even tried applying powder about 10-15 minutes after, and the powder just went on smoothly without leaving clumpy traces the way it would when your skin is sticky or wet. I don't know if this is weird, but I touch the back of my own hands a lot now lol!

I don't know why I never started using you earlier, but I'm going to finish these 2 bottles for sure. I have almost NEVER finished any bottle of body moisturizer in my life, so you can see how impressed I am with these. In fact, I think I'm going to buy more and share these with my BFF Mint who's getting married in a couple months' time! Hey, which bride doesn't want baby smooth skin right? 

NIVEA is so confident of their efficacy of their bestselling Intensive Moisture range that they're challenging you to try it. If you do not see smoother skin after application, you can get your money back! T&C here!

The NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk (250ml - $6.90, 400ml - $9.90) as well as the Intensive Moisture Body Milk SPF 15 ($10.90) retails exclusively at Watson's. I think there's a 33% storewide sale at all outlets now, which means time to go shopping! ;) 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

What Being 30 Means

So there, I turned 30 last year, and I'm turning 31 by midnight tonight. Not like it has really done anything to me. When I was younger I had this plan you know, like oh get a job I really really like, then get married at 25, have kids a couple of years later, then by 30 buy a landed property and live happily ever after. 


None of that happened.

To be honest, I feel like I'm 24 (but a little wiser), I'm still exploring the never-ending world out there, I still feel like I need to travel (a lot), I'm still learning, and no, being 30 doesn't make me a 萬事通. Here are things you will learn about being 30.

1. Life will sort itself out.

I know, at 20 we just see ourselves finishing school and going out there into the real world, fighting our own battles and coming out a real adult, with plans to tick off (like mine). Sometimes the universe just has something else planned. And it may not necessarily be a bad thing. 

2. No one's going to give you a pat on the back for the great things you've done.
I can do great things. Like attempt to fly.
Gone are the days when being an 8-pointer for your O'levels secures you a trip to the Florida Disneyland by your parents. You are responsible for yourself now, more so now that you're (already) 30. That being said, when you do have a little achievement, take time to celebrate that. If you don't dote on yourself, who will?

3. Also, no one's going to scold you anymore for the wrong things you are doing. 

If they wanted to, they'd have already done so. At 30, unless you have a great mentor or a senior who actually bothers, no one will reprimand you. They won't bother because they'd have figured out that you already know. Or they won't dare to because they are more junior than you. If you smell bad because you didn't wash your clothes? Well you should have done your laundry. If your teeth are rotting and you can't find a bf because you haven't bothered to take care of your oral hygiene, guess who's to blame? If you look bad, well, that's your own problem. FIX IT.

4. You have to start exercising.

This one we've all heard. I've heard this from when I first started working, from the "adults in their 30s". I used to think it's just them being old and starting to be wiser about health and taking better care of their bodies. Turns out, it IS FREAKING TRUE! That the metabolism miraculously just decides to slow down. We used to not have to exercise and still keep the figure despite eating whatever we liked. Or lose weight easily when we had to. Now? Nuh-uh. You want that figure? Work for it. No work? Okay, Humpty-Dumpty, your choice.

5. We have a LOT to learn. More than when we were kids.

When I was little I never had to Google stuff. I just knew how to do them! Or at least, I always had my own way of doing the things I never knew how to do. These days, I feel a lot more stupid.

6. Passion may start to die a little, or change.
Yup, when I was younger and you offered me the world I'd take it. Now, tell me the a China company wants to sign me on and offer me a 10 year contract as an actress/singer, I'm going to take a very long time to consider. You see, what was passion then could have changed. I still enjoy what I do, but now I might want something else. I don't have many more 10 years left, and now what I want is to build my own business and see it grow. That's kind of more exciting now.

7. Botox is real.

I don't know if you've ever been one of those who goes "Aiyoh she goes for botox!" or "Man I want to age gracefully", but for me, when lines appear around the eyes and even the most expensive creams don't help, I reach for the phone to make an appointment with my aesthetic doctor. I'm not condoning aesthetic treatments, but I'm not shunning them either. They are doctors, and doctors are meant to help people. Plus, if the government allows doctors to use these on people, these things can't be bad. Sometimes, if all it takes is a jab to make you feel like you can take on the world again, by all means go ahead! Just make sure you go to a trusted doctor. ;)

So there you go. What it's like to be 30. Now I'm gonna wash up and prepare. In about 2 minutes, I'm turning 31. See ya on the other side!

How to Find Good Property Deals Below Valuation: Belowval

As a property agent, I've often been asked if I know of any good deals, or if I can help owners or homeseekers find a client or an urgent place to stay. So I often had to browse a lot of property sites to help my clients find the best deals. 

Now, here's a fact that non-agents will most probably not know: Many agents post fishing ads.

Basically, these are ads of deals which do not actually exist. These agents will post up vague ads like "HDB in Toa Payoh for Sale" or "Houses in Bukit Timah for Rent", and when you call, they then have you as a potential client and use that to help you find a place in Toa Payoh. Not that it's a bad thing since he will help you anyway, but it's just not ethical, in my opinion. Also, it's frustrating for people who actually want to find something fast, because they spam and clutter the property sites, among which real urgent deals are waiting to be made, making these deals very hard to find.
Also, even if the listings were real, there are some agents or owners who post multiple listings of the same property and, once the deal has been closed, do not bother to take down the listings. Can you imagine how much clutter this is on these property sites?

These homeowners are selling urgently for a reason - they could be migrating, relocating because of work or kids or marriage, family change, or they might be urgently needing money. Whatever the reason is, these homeowners wish to make a sale as soon as possible, without losing out on too much. 

Here's another fact: Many urgent deals that do not meet with good potential clients get bought over by big companies with a lot of money.

Now, when these owners need to urgently sell their houses but people can't find them, they usually get approached by law firms, estate trustees, or other distressed asset funds which will come "save" them. The catch? The offer price is usually a lot lower than what the owner would like to settle for, even for urgent sales.

So when belowval was launched, I was pretty curious. As its name states, this property site only lists urgent sale properties that are below valuation. Why, I wonder, did no one think of this sooner? After speaking to the founders and the people behind belowval, I was bought over. When agents or home owners post on belowval, each listing gets checked and verified so you can be sure these listings are actually there. Listings are also constantly checked on to make sure they are up to date. Also, because belowval does not list regular-priced properties, there are less listings on their site, making finding a home so much easier.

Most users on belowval are genuine buyers and homeseekers, so one can be pretty assured that you won't be dealing with "window-shoppers" who just want to "look see". It's pretty win-win the way I see it. Urgent home sellers will likely reduce their prices to increase demand (but yet are not willing to sell tooooo low to companies when they meet their deadlines and have no choice), and homeseekers get to find something they like but may not have the budget for the regular-priced ones. 

Properties are properly classified according to type and budget so it's a lot easier to search for what you're looking for and what you can afford.

They are in the midst of building their app, but you can check out here. All the current below valuation listings are there!

I do not work for them, in case you're wondering. I'm an agent with HSR, a local property agency.
If you need help with selling or renting out your home,  drop me an email at, and we can discuss further from there. =) Alternatively, drop an SMS to 88080306, and my team will be pleased to help you! One thing's for sure, I'll be using belowval for all my clients! ;)

Here's a video in case you didn't understand a single word I typed. Lol. JK! But this is a summary of what belowval is: