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BTS Love Yourself in Singapore Experience
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 08:28 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone, I'm finally back. I haven't been posting on here because I just couldn't find time to. Juggling between work, gym, Youtube, me time, and a blog is nearly an impossible task unless you sacrifice one out of the five and well, I've been sacrificing this blog for more, much needed, me time. Nevertheless, today I wanted to share my experience of attending the BTS Love Yourself concert here in Singapore because the tour ain't over yet and I thought writing down my experience will hopefully be helpful for those who will be attending!

Pre-concert 

Alright, so I have many complains regarding how the tickets were being sold, how the rules were set and everything, but let's not go through all of that because it was a mentally exhausting process. On the day of the ticketing, my boyfriend managed to enter the system and snatch a Cat 2 Blue 1 standing ticket for me even though I originally wanted the Cat 1 which was already sold out by then. But if it weren't for him, I wouldn't even get a ticket, so I'm thankful! I know a ton of people who bought resale tickets so I'm just glad I paid the original price. Spoiler though, during the concert, the Cat 1 pens were only a quarter filled. The work of scalpers maybe, disappointing and very embarrassing, because true fans had to stay at the back and I swear to God it was so empty looking I wonder how the boys felt.

A week before the concert, they uploaded the rules which I tried my best to follow. I filmed a video on What's In My Bag so if you're interested to see what I've packed along with me, click on the link! I also brought my fanboard which I sadly lost after the concert. I was beyond exhausted I believe I just dropped it unknowingly while walking to the train station. One rule that I did not follow though was the no cameras rule. I know a lot of fans did not bring their cameras because of this rule, because of the risk of being thrown out of the queue and of the venue. I'm a Youtuber, I cannot not bring my camera along. Spoiler, I got through the security check (watch the video to see how I smuggled my camera in haha) and turns out, nobody gave a shit about photography or videography! Thank God I chose to bring my camera.

I know some people are against filming because in a way you're not fully enjoying the concert, and I agree. There were many times where the boys would ask you to jump (like during 'Run') but I just can't because then my video would be hella shaky. But I tried my best to be in the moment and not look at what I'm filming for most parts and I only filmed during my favourite songs and favourite parts of certain songs. At the end of the concert, I'm so glad I chose to bring my camera and film because my standing pit isn't that close to the stage so the camera really helped zoom in to them and because everything went by so quickly, it's so nice to have a better quality (better than an iPhone) video to watch back on.

D-Day 

On the day of the concert, the 19th of January 2019, I woke up really early, but not as early as those young kiddos whom I heard woke up at 5-ish in the morning, and got ready. I'm not that confident with my bare face and knowing that I will be vlogging and taking pictures that day, I applied simple makeup but wished I skipped the entire base because the makeup broke me out the next day. I wore jeans which I believe was a good choice even though it was hot because we had to sit on the floor for most parts of the day, a tank top, again another good choice because it was so suffocating in the pit, and I brought along an outerwear which also served me well at the end because it started to get cold in the train. Since I was in the standing pen, I had to wear platform shoes. Extremely jealous of those who can just wear flats but too bad I'm not blessed in the height department. Not gonna lie, those platform shoes were the worse part of the concert.

I arrived at 10am and the security checks begin at 12.30pm. I joined the queue at around 11am++ because I wanted to get through it asap. Thankfully my boyfriend came, so he helped me get lunch while I stayed in the queue. What will I do without him... I would literally starve because knowing me, I wouldn't be bothered to go grab food. I made an Australian friend in the queue! Her name is Zoe but we got separated after we passed the checks since she was in another standing pen.

12.30pm came and the security checks begun. I was prepared to take out everything in my bag but surprisingly, the security just shone her torchlight over my bag and that's it. I passed. We also had a body scan so don't try and hide your GoPro in your bra hahaha. After the checks, we went to our respective gates and holding area. Time spent there flew by really quickly thanks to Netflix. The gates were to open at 4pm, but by 3pm, they already got us standing up. Finally, at around 4.10pm, the gates opened and it was time to enter the venue! It was so nerve wrecking, you had to self-scan your ticket, people were running, trying to overtake you... But at least the security tried to stop those who were running.

We got into our pen, secured a spot, which was maybe 7 rows from the front? And then, it was time to play the waiting game again. Music videos were played and everyone tried to make time fly by singing along and practicing their fan chants.

The Concert 

Fast-forward to 3 hours later, I guess I did not lose my fangirl skills over the last 4 years because somehow I ended up being in the second row from the barricade with the help of the people at the back who kept pushing us forward. What a miracle. Anyway, at 7+pm, the concert finally begun!



I think we were pretty close to the stage as compared to thousands of others who were seated, but sadly the view wasn't that good since we were at the side so we watched all performances from either the side view or back view. During the concert, I found it so difficult to concentrate because I had to decide whether to watch the huge ass screen which was directly in front of us, or watch them in person. There were a couple of times where they'll walk towards us so that's nice because that's the only time we got to see their faces. For most parts, I just chucked my fanboard on the floor, but when Taehyung walked over, I picked it up and started waving it like crazy.

I'm... 60% sure he saw it! Because he slowed down in his steps and looked like he was reading what was on my board. Also because for some reasons it's not that common for people to make fanboards anymore? I don't know, I only saw a few fanboards and especially in the pen, I felt like nobody had fanboards. Most people were just wearing those BT21 headbands or headbands with the members face on it so I think my striking "태형" fanboard caught his attention. I don't wanna be delusional though.



I loved the special effects during the concert because it really helped amped-up the mood. Twice during the concert, they drenched us with water and it was so refreshing... But mostly shocking. Towards the middle till the end, the security also started distributing water which was a new experience for me.




Right okay, so about seeing the boys in real life... It was so unreal. I wanna say that they look 100% exactly like how they look on my screen so it felt so... Unreal... That they're real? Whenever they walk towards us, I try and take a good look at them and yeah... They look the same. Which makes total sense. But what I'm trying to say is that perhaps it's because they're still pretty far away from me, I wasn't star struck. I remembered the first time I saw HyunA and I was so blown away by how small and white she is in real life. But the boys looked and acted exactly the same as on TV.




There's a lot going on during the concert, trying to watch the performance, look at the screen to see their expressions, avoid falling in the pen, film a good video... But here's what I remembered and felt about each member:





Let's start with Taehyung, of course. Thankfully he has blue hair because it makes it easy to spot him. This boy knows he is adorable. He freaking knows it. Twice, he knew the camera was shooting him and he just stared at it for at least 5 seconds making this adorable face ugh! The moment he speaks, his tone and his expression just makes you wanna grab him and keep him in your pocket. So so so cute.

Jin was so freaking hilarious during his commentary he was exactly like how I expected him to be and that's the reason why I love him so much, the fact that he's the oldest but acts this way. He's such an annoying dork! His shoulders are really no joke and his face, in comparison with his shoulders, is so tiny!?

Jimin sang Promise after we all chanted "약속" and he nearly cried which was so precious, he also fell and I missed that part because someone was talking to me but that's okay I turned around in time to see Jungkook smiling at him. They always say a demon possesses Jimin when he performs but I don't know... He's always so adorable to me. He still looks like a mochi to me.


RM, nearly made me cry!!! Ugh. Prior to the concert, a lot of fans were telling me how they think they're gonna cry and I'm just like hmm yeah I don't think I'm gonna. But RM nearly made me tear. I didn't cry though, but my heart just felt some kinda way that made me wanna cry and tell them how much they mean to me. He basically talked about how they think they'll be tired because of the heat but the energy from our cheers made it worth it. I don't know, like it pains me to know that they're tired especially after what Jin mentioned at MAMA. RM was taking care of the members, I often see him holding them and he also has the perfect proportions. PERFECT.

J-hope's interactions with the camera were so cute! He made so many kissy faces and hearts towards the camera and even though he is really slim, his cheeks are like protruding I don't know, like whenever he smiles it's just so cute and precious. I think he was the happiest because everyone chanted "J-Hope" during his solo and he kept on commenting about how loud and energetic we all were! He deserves the cheer!


Yoongi's solo song is my absolute favourite. If you watch my vlogs you might know that I often listen to Seesaw because it's such a good song! Why is it not number 1 in the charts?! So when I know he was performing Seesaw next, I was hyped. I felt sad though because during the last chorus, I couldn't concentrate enough to sing along and it felt like nobody was singing along in my pen. The part which made everyone feel like "oh yeap that's Yoongi for sure" was definitely the part where it was his turn to do his commentary but he just stoned there for a good 3 seconds or so. I can relate.

Jungkook... Why didn't you lift your shirt up. Haha! I mean I was seriously expecting that during Fake Love but he didn't do it. I think his high note during Euphoria left the biggest impression on me and also towards the end when he was waving so enthusiastically to all the fans. He is really kinda buff and solid looking, as compared to the other members who are mostly just very slim.

Post-concert 

When the concert ended, all I could think of was my dying feet and how to get home. I was so tired and so sad at the same time that it's over. Despite the entire thing being 2 hours 30 minutes, there were a good amount of breaks in between for the boys to change their clothes. It went by so quickly. I didn't really know how I was feeling, it just felt like a dream, like I was high on something and suddenly it was gone. I think my brain couldn't process everything immediately especially when my feet were hurting so much. I couldn't think of the reasons why I felt like it was a different feeling from all the other concerts I've been to. It took me 3 days to really process what happened in that span of time because like what I said, there were too much going on. But here are my thoughts:

I felt disconnected. The members were focused on the cameras instead of those right in front of them. It's understandable since the cameras were the only way for everyone to see them clearly, but it was weird for me who was standing pretty close to them, as there was a camera close to my side. Whenever the members came over, they'll always stop by that camera and make a cute expression, make a heart, etc to it and we can't see it because they'll be back-facing us. And it just felt weird looking at them interacting to the camera instead of us. I think that's one of the main reasons why being there felt unreal.



The stadium is too big, and they are too small. Even switching from looking at the main stage to looking at the screen takes an effort because the venue is so huge. Despite being near the stage, they were still pretty far.

Like I said, I think I made a good (risky, but good) choice of bringing my camera and filming my favourite songs and parts. A lot of people online were saying, put down your cameras and your phones because there will be better quality fancams, better quality photos taken by someone else if you really need to re-watch the concert. But it's different if you took it yourself, from your point of view. It's like an additional memory bank for yourself like honestly if I didn't take any fancams or photos... The only thing I'd remember from the concert from getting drenched and screaming.


All in all, was the money well-spent? Yeah, to see the boys for the first and hopefully not last time, it was. Did I have a great time? I wouldn't exactly say so, I was exhausted from queuing, standing, getting pushed in those bloody platform shoes, I was struggling to see them to watch the performance. But it was a memorable, and better-than-what-I-was-expecting experience. To be able to be there singing along to Magic Shop, Epiphany, Fake Love, Love Yourself, and basically all my favourite songs with the boys themselves singing live in front of you with thousands of other fans... It was a pretty awesome experience.







Review: Giverny Skincare and Makeup (Macqueza K-Beauty Box!)
Monday, 8 October 2018 at 09:40 | 0 Comments
Being a K-beauty junkie, I love discovering new places where I can get my hands on non-mainstream K-beauty products. Over a month ago, Macqueza contacted me and offered to send me a specially curated K-beauty box and that was when I visited their website to see what they are offering.



Macqueza is an online shop based in Singapore, and they offer a good variety of K-beauty products from non-mainstream brands such as Pony Effect, IM MEME, Acwell and more! After browsing through their website, I've chosen a handful of products to try and so today, I wanted to share with you the skincare and makeup products I've chosen from the brand Giverny.



I was attracted to the brand Giverny after knowing that it is a brand that is inspired and made with flowers. Flower extracts are added to all products so our skin can receive the benefits of these natural ingredients and the idea of that made me keen to try them out. Fun fact: Jeon Somi is the official model for Giverny! In today's blog post, I have one skincare product and a handful of makeup products to share, so without further ado, let's start with our one and only skincare product which is the Giverny White Blooming Cream.


First off, I love the packaging of this cream. It feels pretty heavy which makes it feel somewhat expensive I guess and as you all know, I love pink and so this pink and gold packaging really suits my taste! The cap has a "lock" which clicks when you shut it properly and overall I guess the only thing that's lacking is a spatula. The Giverny White Blooming Cream is a brightening cream that is formulated to fight against rough, dull, blemished and uneven skin. Despite having dull skin, I've never used a brightening cream or moisturizer as I'm always so focused on treating my acne issues. Little did I know that a brightening cream would be great for lightening those dark spots and scars left from my acne breakouts!


I've only received this cream about 2 weeks ago so it's really difficult for me to see any huge difference. I think it does its job in keeping my skin moisturized as even though I have oily skin, sometimes my skin flakes due to the spot treatments so this moisturizer really stopped the flaking from occurring. It has a very mild "skincare product" fragrance which is unexpected because I was expecting it to smell like some sort of flower.



Moving onto the cosmetic products, I have the Giverny Milchak Cover Cushion in 02 Petal Beige. Out of all the cushion foundations I've owned, I don't think I have a black and gold one so this actually my first and I think it looks really cool and chic as compared to the pink ones (from VelyVely and Some By Mi) I've been using!



This cushion foundation has a semi-matte, high coverage finish that will be able to cover up any blemishes, even and brighten up your overall complexion with just a light layer. It is also formulated with a special 'tight-fit' formula that gives the appearance of tighter, smoother looking skin. A picture speaks a thousand words and so I'm just gonna put a before and after photo here.


I'm personally not fond of matte foundations and dewy foundations make me look too oily in Singapore's weather, so my favourite point about this cushion is definitely the semi-matte finish. In addition, this cushion also comes with SPF50+/PA+++ and extra sun protection is always a plus in my books. Since this cushion has a good coverage, I do not recommend building up the layers as I noticed that it can get cakey if you apply more than one layer.


Next up, we gotta conceal using the Milchak Multi Spot Corrector. I have this in the shade C02 Natural Cover which is perfect for brightening up my under eye as well as providing some extra coverage for my darker spots.


This concealer comes with a built-in brush and so I just use the brush provided to apply this on my under eyes. As for my spots, I use my fingers instead to avoid contaminating the brush. The lightweight texture of this concealer is great for my under eye as once it sets, it doesn't crease and it blends in flawlessly with the cushion.


Next, I've got two eyeshadow products, so first we have the Giverny Milchak Longer Shadow Stick in the shade Pink Beige. For those who has been watching my videos since... Maybe 4 years ago? You might know that there was a period of time when I was obsessed with stick eyeshadows, especially pink ones. So when I saw this stick eyeshadow, I knew that I had to try it because it just looks like something I'll love.


This eyeshadow stick is super creamy and pigmented which makes it really easy to glide onto your delicate lids. I love the soft pink glitter shade and I think it'll look amazing even on its own. Since it's called a 'longwear' shadow, it is water and sweat resistance, enabling it to last longer on your lids.

*SWATCHES OF ALL PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW*


The next eyeshadow product is the Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow. Liquid eyeshadows has been trending for awhile now with many K-beauty brands releasing their own and so I thought I'd try this one from Giverny. The one I chose is in the shade Posh Gold which is a warm, bronze gold shade.


I was really surprised when I swatch this because the glittery came out so evenly and it was so pigmented! You'll only need a little dab of product if you're looking for something more subtle. This has been my go-to eyeshadow product recently as it's so easy and fuss-free to apply, plus, the colour is so gorgeous and appropriate for autumn and winter time!


Moving on, we've got the Sensitive Deep Liner in Brown. This is definitely one of my favourite products out of all because of the sharp brush tip and pigmented colour. My natural eyes are pretty wide which is why my eyeliner is always so thin and fine as I prefer elongating my eyes to the sides instead of making them look wider.


The sharp tip really made it easy for me to draw the line as closely to my lash line as possible and this eyeliner is also water and smudge-proof so you can ensure that it'll stay on your lids for as long as possible.


Our final eye product is the Sensitive Brush Longwear Mascara. This product initially didn't really look like mascara to me because it looked so thin but later on, I realized why. This mascara comes with seriously the thinnest brush I've ever seen for a mascara.




This brush is apparently designed especially for Asian eyes and since it's so tiny, it is able to reach and coat every single lash including the corners as well as our under lash, without transferring the product onto our lids. Thanks to its non-clumpy formula and the thin brush, I find that this mascara makes my lashes look very natural which I love! Similar to the eyeliner, this mascara is also water and smudge-proof.


The last two products are lip products, so starting with the Giverny 95% Natural Lip Glow in the shade Deep Orange, this is a naturally coloured tinted lip gloss which contains 95% of various seeds, flowers and fruit oils to help nourish and provide moisture to your lips.


This comes with a plastic tip, so all you need to do is twist the product until a suitable amount of product is being dispensed before applying it directly onto your lips. This product makes my lips feel so smooth and I like that it has a glossy finish as it makes my thin lips look plump and soft.



The very last product is the Creamy Tint Lipstick in the shade Blooming Coral. Yes, yes, I am still very much obsessed with corals and so I really wanted to try a coral lipstick from Giverny. This lipstick is super creamy, has a semi-matte finish and it also has moisturizing benefits!


I think this lipstick has the prettiest packaging and even though it looks kinda heavy because of the gold, it's actually very lightweight which is great if you're like me and you love to carry multiple lipsticks.



Using the makeup products, I've created a simple makeup look, so if you're interested to see these products in action and how I created the makeup look, make sure to watch my Korean beauty haul + review where I talked about these products as well as the other Korean skincare products included in my Macqueza K-beauty box! In collaboration with Macqueza, they have very kindly provided my viewers and readers a discount code ("GAWJUSS") that will entitle you to receive S$10 off your first purchase so check them out now!

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