Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Candid Snapshots

Hello there! And now TanteiAmethyst are back for more fun! =D

We spent a day of testing my new  Canon EOS 550D. Hmmm... should we give it a name too just like Shinyuu? Tantei and I just couldn't sit still with the cool stuff around. 

One thing peculiar about our household is arrangement. Just look at the alternate brown and green shades of pillow cases! Vivid blues and greens in the CA shooting mode did the trick. 

The same shooting mode was used in this pic. It accentuates the greenness of the table cloth and gives the table a more woody effect. 

Just look at those tiny bells at the bottom. This candle holder looked very elegant and those red balls were caught on cam beautifully.

It might be weird enough to see a Greek-styled vase and an antique camera displayed together. 

For close-up shots, it's better to have a blurred background to make your subject 'pop-up' and stand out. 

This chandelier is probably one of my favorite things in the house. It's classy and it looks close to those I could see in ballrooms. 

A cup of love? Anyone? I must say I owe this cup of cappuccino to my sister Jia and her artistic skills. I tried to make a smiley face but it ended up like a frown.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


We are so sorry for not updating this blog for months! So here is a little teaser on what our upcoming posts will be. J

This past few months, Tantei and Amethyst attended some events...

...made new friends (and met some interesting people)...

...bonded with family...

...tasted new dishes...

 ...and a lot more! So tune in!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Attack of the Cupcakes

     This is just a random blog post to show you how addicted I am to sweets! So a few months ago, I bought cupcakes from The Lady Baker. The Lady Baker is actually my friend’s cousin. She makes personalized cupcakes/cakes, cheesecakes and a lot more!

I ordered half a dozen of cupcakes from Lady Baker. I chose 3 flavors – rainbow cupcake, Red Velvet and chocolate cupcake. J 
My favorite is the rainbow cupcake and red velvet.

See the inside of the rainbow cupcake? So CUTE right? 

Contact the Lady Baker now! (

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What’s in the Bag?

So you are curious on what’s inside that goodie bag?

Cupcakes by Sonja have the best cupcakes in town! J

(L-R) Cupcakes by Sonja, Moistful Trial Kit, Sauna Special Kit, Vivid Led Tweezer 
and Gift Pack from Dove

Gift Certificates from FreshLook, Lay Bare, Five by Five, City Delivery, Fashion Galore and Led Vivid Mirror

And a pouch from Rags to Riches! 
     My favourite is the Vivid Led Tweezer! I actually haven’t tried the Moistful Trial Kit and the Sauna Special Kit yet ‘cause I use products from Neutrogena for my face.

     I also love the pouch from Rags to Riches. Rags to Riches is actually a brand that collaborates with well-known local fashion designers, like Rajo Laurel, and the women of Payatas! Its products are from recycled materials and made by the women of Payatas. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Catwalk x Etude House Makeup Workshop

One thing that I’m passionate about is makeup.

    Others may not believe it at first but it’s 100% true. I love playing with eye shadows and watching Michelle Phan videos on YouTube. It’s my secret obsession. However, I simply cannot do the eyebrow thing! I tried it before on myself and on Mariel and the result is the same, our eyebrows look like that of Betty la Fea! Hahaha

     Good thing I came across Marj Sia’s blog. I found out that she is offering make up workshops for beginners! There are actually 3 reasons that urged me to join this workshop:

a.   I want to learn how to achieve that ‘flawless’ skin minus the face that screams I’m wearing make-up and of course the eyebrow thing that I’m ranting about earlier! J
b.   It is sponsored by Etude House!
c.   Free goodie bag + photo session with Mylene Chung of 50 Feasts

Goofing around with the contacts from FreshLook! Marj gave me the gray one. 
It’s our first time to wear contact lens and I lav et!
And did you know that Fresh Look has 18 colors to choose from 
and it blocks up to 95% of UV rays? J

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? Siya na!  Hahaha

Meet Marj Sia who is super kind and approachable. 

A doctor from FreshLook explained the features and benefits of FreshLook 
and how using contact lens bought from the internet can do harm to our eyes. 
So better be careful when buying contact lens.  

They also provided the makeup that we used.  

The basic make up routine. 
Trying to be attentive while hiding my excitement. J
Here as Marj Sia’s model for the eye makeup! I was so excited when she 
called and asked me to be her model! I couldn’t be more ecstatic. 

Mariel being photographed by Mylene Chung

Group photo! J
 (L-R Sheehan, Marj, me and Mariel) 
Cupcakes by Sonja! So good. 

Our goodie bags from Etude! I’ll make a separate post on this one. J