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Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation

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I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’ve been trying new products, and when there’s one that’s worth a shout out… a shout out it’ll get!

I love, love love foundation. My most recent love was Shu Uemura’s Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation, which went almost everywhere with me because it was so easy to touch up. I eve renewed my love for it (purchased refills). Twice.

And before my romance with the Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation was even over, another contender appears!

My latest foundation love: The Shu Uemura Petal Skin Liquid Foundation

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Meet the Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation.

The Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation ($68 SGD) is available in a total of 11 asian-tailored shades, which is the biggest reason why I always reach out for Shu’s foundations above all others – because it suits my yellow undertones so well! I tend to have a lot of red vessels showing, especially around my nose and chin area – the foundation effectively covers them up and leaves me with a radiant, soft glow.

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I’m 764 for most Shu Uemura foundations, which is a medium light beige.

It’s formulated with botanical oleo-veil to soothe, white jasmine which boosts clarity for a bright & radiant complexion, white lily extract to hydrate and sits on the skin so well – it minimizes pores, is comfortable throughout the day, and feels like you’re wearing nothing!

I like my foundation softly matte and not too dewy, and I find that the Petal Skin Liquid Foundation hits the sweet spot. It’s hydrating, but has a semi-matte finish which is natural. I still use a powder to set everything after applying concealer on my undereye area and acne marks, and for this I use the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Invisible Powder!

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You can apply the foundation anyway you like – fingers, sponge, brush… but my favorite method would be with the accompanying brush it as released with, the Petal 55 Foundation Brush!

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The Petal 55 Foundation Brush ($80 SGD) is really, the best companion for this liquid foundation – or practically any liquid foundation for that matter. The bristles are densely packed, and the broad application area means that you can blend foundation really quickly without the brush absorbing too much of it, or before the foundation dries up.

The multi-faceted handle of the Petal 55 Foundation Brush was designed such that it doesn’t touch any surface, thus retaining hygiene AND also, the ergonomic makes it easier to grip while applying foundation, even at the contours of your face!

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I literally only needed ONE (full) pump of foundation for my entire face. I find that I use so little product with this brush that I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll even finish this bottle of foundation by its expiry date! The brush also provides a little massaging sensory experience – it is sometimes quite therapeutic to use it in the morning.

It is however, easy to go too hard and tugs a little at your face if you exert too much strength while using it.  Or maybe it’s because I was using it post-face threads that made me feel like I needed to go easy with the brush, as it was a little more sensitive to the brush strokes (i.e., I couldn’t brush downwards). I found that this was the best way to apply the foundation:

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Annnnnddd are you ready for the before-after?

Before: With dark eye circles, sallow skin, and pimple-ridden chin/cheek *yikes*

Before: With dark eye circles, sallow skin, and PIH (post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation) on my cheeks *yikes*

After: largely concealed, skin tone evened out, with a natural, soft matte finish

After: largely concealed, skin tone evened out, with a natural, soft matte finish (before lip color went on oops)

I mainly wore this foundation while I was in Korea, and it stayed on so well despite the super cold 12-8 degree temperature!

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I kept using this foundation over and over again when I came back to Singapore, because it was just so easy to apply.

Here’s another before-after for you!

Before: reddish skin & a pimple on my chin! argh

Before: redness around my nose, PIH & a pimple on my chin! argh

Foundation on the left side of my face only: Instantly brighter, and much more even - redness is gone, but not unnaturally light skin (my arms are darker due to the lighting in my room)

After: Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation on the left side of my face only: redness on my face neutralized and instantly brighter, much more even complexion, but not unnaturally light skin (my arms are darker due to the lighting in my room)

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And because I’ve had so many good skin days with this foundation, here’s another selfie, this time with their Supreme Matte Lipstick which I really really like! I love dabbing it on my lips with my finger, and the good thing about matte lipstick is… I use it as a blush too! Here’s a link to Pony’s video on her favorite Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte colors *heart eyes* she makes every color look so good!

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In this face of the day, products used:

  • Shu Uemura Petal Skin Foundation ($68 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Stage Performer Invisible Powder ($60 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 ($33 SGD)
  • Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in M CR345 on both cheek & lips ($38 SGD)

Sign up here to get yourself shade matched and receive a foundation sample as well! Shu Uemura boutiques are available at ION, JEM, Bugis Junction & Vivocity, counters in departmental stores at Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines, Metro Paragon, Robinsons Raffles City, Robinsons Tangs & Takashimaya.

In case you’re still not convinced by my post to give this foundation a try, here’s a video by Pony (from Korea) which will definitely make you a Shu Uemura Petal Skin Convert within 5 minutes of watching! (I know I was sold the minute I saw the video!)

The products were sponsored, but all reviews and opinions are my own ; )
I do not review products I don’t use or dislike! 

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro: The One Laptop You’ve Been Looking For

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When was the last time you’ve been excited about a tech gadget?

Well, certainly not in the past 1 year for me – I’ve been less than impressed by the offerings out there… and then, things changed when I got to know of the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro.

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I’ll say it once again – I’m not one who accepts sponsored posts unless I truly believe in the product, and after reading up about it, I was pretty much eager to try out the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro – and then when I met it at the event, I was sold – by how slick it looked, how light it was built to be, and all the extra functionalities that complemented my current lifestyle!

As you age, your lifestyle (needs, wants, priorities) changes – I went from being a freelance designer who stays home most of the time, to someone who has to be able to work on-the-go due to the events I’ve been attending as an influencer, as well as the wanderlust I’ve caving in to! Isn’t it the dream to be a digital nomad, and work a little wherever?

Versatility

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, as the name suggests, is a versatile gadget which transforms to suit your needs – it is a laptop, tablet, and stylus all in one nifty 1.14kg package (including the detachable keyboard)!

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Simply attach the keyboard when you need to use it like a laptop, and remove it when you want to use it as a tablet to say, watch movies – the laptop comes with front facing speakers, and the backlit keyboard magnetically clips on upon close proximity, self activates and even comes with a touch pad!

It’s so easy going from laptop to tablet and to a laptop again. I love that the detachable ASUS Transformer Cover Keyboard comes in 4  colors (black, brown, orange and cream) to suit your choice of the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (comes in Icicle Gold and Titanium Grey), and it also protects the laptop screen during transit!

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As some of you may know, I’m a designer and I’ve been using my laptop with a Wacom tablet. This meant extra baggage (dont lose the stylus!!!), and additional software to install for compatibility, and while one may get used to it, the slight inconvenience of not being able to directly edit via the pen on the screen directly.

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Doing away with all these hassle and trouble of bring extra equipment and installing extra drivers, is what I’d consider the best feature of the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro – the touchscreen monitor, and the stylus that comes along with the laptop for onscreen editing!

One will appreciate how convenient a touchscreen monitor can be when it’s easier to simply tap your screen, especially when your mouse is low on battery (did I mention that I got my Apple Magic Mouse to work with the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro?) and how useful the stylus (a.k.a ASUS Pen) can be when you need to annotate or sign documents digitally!

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12.6-inch display with 3k graphics

The 12.6-inch display on the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro offers makes working on it easy – one of the most important consideration for a laptop as a designer was that it has to be light and portable, BUT it cannot be too small – in fact the screen’s superb graphic output with its 3K (2880 by 1920 pixels) resolution impressed me!

Other than the sharp, clear graphics, its versatility to transform into a tablet by just removing the keyboard enabled me to keep my cousins entertained on our transfers and train rides in Tokyo! Since it’s operating on Windows, I don’t have to convert files and am able to just drag and drop videos into its 128gb SSD harddisk and read directly from it!

Little girl looking bored cos we asked her to pose for a photo and didn't give her entertainment : p

Little girl looking bored cos we asked her to pose for a photo and didn’t give her entertainment : p

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The laptop comes with a built-in MicroSD Card slot, which makes for easy uploading of pictures, especially from action cams, which uses mostly Micro SD cards! This came in extremely useful when I was going through footage from various action cams from my snowboarding in Niseko and diving in Malapascua.

Should you require transferring photos via USB instead, there are 2 USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Thunderbolt) for fast photo transfers into the laptop! One feature I was impressed by was the Microsoft OneDrive storage, which, when configured right, backs your photos and files up into the cloud drive – and when you reinstall the laptop (for whatever reasons), your files will be reinstated for you automatically!

You know, I was pretty worried that I wouldn’t be able to adapt to the Windows interface after years of being with Apple. Turns out I didn’t have much to worry about!

Powerful, yet lightweight

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When it comes to processing power, the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro did really well for such a small, compact laptop!

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro comes with 2 processor options – the Intel® Core™ i5 6200U Processor, or Intel® Core™ i7 6500U Processor. Both options come with 16GB of ram (soldered on), which explains its fast speed and ability to run the multiple programs I require at my job (imagine a gazillion tabs!).

Weighing at just barely 1.2kg, the lightweight laptop is easily managed with just one hand, and is perfect for travels! Case it in point – with all the necessary applications installed, I did work on it on a 30 minute train ride to Yokohama!

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It is extremely important that my laptop be able to run Photoshop and Lightroom for my work and photo editing, as well as the graphic-intensive Adobe Premiere Pro for editing videos on the go!

In fact, I edited and touched up photos + uploaded them really quickly, even before my trip ended! Can I say, productivity +100 points? : p

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I know mobile is pretty good, but hardly can you find a mobile app able to process raw files, which is able to pull out more color and clarity – for these, I have to use Adobe Lightroom on the laptop. I’m actually pretty particular about this especially when it comes to astrophotography!

Sunset in Shibuya

Sunset in Shibuya

Coffee and chit chat on the high floors of Keio Plaza Hotel

Coffee and chit chat on the high floors of Keio Plaza Hotel

Christmas lights on display in Shinjuku

Christmas lights on display in Shinjuku

Power Boost with the XG Station 2

There will always be tradeoffs for laptops that are compact – while the laptop is able to run my intensive programmes without lag, it is always faster and better with a bit of boost. And this is where my eyes sparkled and I looked at the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro as not “just another laptop” – it changes my life completely.

Summary of my life – I do light work on the go with the detachable keyboard on, I present in tablet mode, and when I go home… I revert to nerdy graphic designer and sometimes gamer by simply connecting the ASUS Transformer 3Pro with their ROG XG Station 2!

The first 2 laptops in my life were actually both ASUS – and I purchased them after much research on stability, and ability to perform well while playing games. *sheepish* Yes, I was addicted to gaming for a while – the extremely graphic intensive World Of Warcraft!

ASUS is quite an ICON in the gaming world – ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, and they specialize in the most drool-worthy rigs (both specs wise and looks wise) customized for GAMING. Intensive. Gaming.

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Plug & Play

Deceptively powerful is right – with the right graphics card inserted into the ROG XG Station, the sleek, gorgeous box boosts the Transformer 3 Pro into a machine that’s even more powerful than certain gaming laptops and desktops!

It is connected simply via a Thunderbolt cable – this greatly reduces the need for separate machines (desktop, laptop…) at home – you can just come home, plug your laptop into the XG Station and voila! Desktop!
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It was really a solution that made sense, and fits into my current lifestyle perfectly.

The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro is available at all ASUS Brand Stores and Authorised Retailers, with prices starting from $1,898. Learn more about the amazing ASUS Transformer 3 Pro here!

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