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What happened to being real on Instagram?

September 29, 2014
The invasion of Instagram in our lives is revolutionary, yeah that is the word that kinda sums it up. I’m such a BIG FAN of Instagram and I honestly think it’s one of the best or possibly the best social media platforms created thus far. It’s fun and hassle-free. They say a picture paints a thousand words, right?
There are so many “genres” of photos and Instagrammers on Instagram. The food and pastry pictures, the artsy architecture pictures, the fashionista outfit pictures, the selfies blah blah the list goes on. Some people get famous through their plethora of nice shots, and some… just by having an interesting/extravagant lifestyle (think Kim Kardashian). On the other hand, some people just live by Instagram like a photo diary or an alternate source of platform to make new friends or to stalk your new crush. Bye Facebook.
IT’S FUN, IT REALLY IS. Hahahaha I love it la I won’t deny.
As a blogger (I’m ashamed to call myself one cos my blog’s been quite a bore hehe), Instagram is sort of like my rice bowl. I am somewhat obliged to keep my Instagram account interesting, pretty, or whatever my followers and potential clients would be more inclined to like. When I first started my Instagram account, I did it purely out of curiosity and fun. I just wanted to post pictures of what’s going on in my life and whatever I deemed would make a nice picture. And what I mean by a nice picture is one in my own personal opinion, not what I think the general public would like. I had less than 500 followers and my likes were like 30 per picture? But I was happy cos these 30 likers probably genuinely liked/appreciated my picture or felt happy for me on what went on in the picture.
Numbers didn’t matter one single bit. Let me show you what my old pictures on Instagram looked like.
And this is the first picture I posted on Instagram
Yup just flowers…with no likes hahah. But who cares? At least I got that captured and when I look at it, I remember who got me the flowers and why.
THE LIKES GAME
I still post “anyhow” pictures here and there now but just not as often as before cos I am “obligated” to keep my Instagram pretty and cater to the mass crowd remember? The problem nowadays is that people often get too caught up in this “likes/followers” game and only post pictures which they think can garner a good amount of likes. Me included, unfortunately. And it only hit me recently, why am I letting Instagram define who I am and what I like. Trust me, I know very well what kinda pictures can get me high number of likes and what can’t. But I don’t want to post a picture solely because Im gonna get a lot of likes, or not post a picture that I like just cos the likes would be low.
Why should I bother posting pictures that only you or everyone else like when no one bothers what I actually like in real life? And why would people snap oh so perfect couples having picnic by the tree and doing a night dance kinda pictures when LIFE really isn’t like that at all? That’s my IG pet peeve, couples posing a PERFECT, quarrel-free, fairy-tale life just for pictures/Instagram. Get over it, and let’s get real. Kudos to you if you’re happy in your relationship. I would be happy for you if I knew you and about your sweet love story , but honestly happiness speaks for itself. There’s no need to perpetually paint a perfect relationship through a series of posed pictures. I’m sure there’s a certain type of “genre” y’all like or dislike so don’t hate on mine (:
And then there are those who takes a ton of drool-worthy food pictures but don’t even eat them. No really, that’s just too much. Buying macarons or rainbow cake just to take photos and then passing the calories to your friend afterwards. Oh, another one that I can think of are those who dress up to the nines for an OOTD shot but immediately strips down to slacks after the supposed outfit of the day shot. What irony?
And why do people do that? Simply cos they want more likes for that picture.
I admit that sometimes I get too tangled up in the likes game as well. Sometimes I want to post a picture of my friend, or a picture of a majestic-looking building or just a book I enjoy reading but I know it’ll probably get damn little likes for it and decide to pass on it. I’ve somewhat woken up and I’m not gonna bother as much anymore. I just want to post pictures I like and want on Instagram simply cos I started it to document bits and pieces of my life for my own purpose and for people who would genuinely appreciate what I like, not just for the mass crowd or the clients. It’s also definitely not for me to do blogshop advertorials (which I rarely do on IG in the first place) cos I don’t really like to flood my IG with blogshop advertorials. Besides, I feature or endorse products that I really like or believe in even if I’m not paid to do so.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still gonna take selfies to irritate you hahahah, and ootd shots (because I do enjoy dressing up and taking pictures). I’m just saying I’ll post whatever I like in whichever way I like. It shouldn’t matter much if I get 100 likes or 1000 likes, cos I like it and that’s what matters most.
I do hope my Instagram feed would be filled with real stuff too, cos I appreciate the lives and pictures of those whom I follow, not the pre-planned and pre-painted kinda life.
Just sharing my 2 cents’ worth on my take on the Instagram society. Hope you enjoyed reading my real thoughts (: you can lemme know on my IG if you did!Ps. This post is not directed specifically at anyone. Just my general opinion which you can choose to chuck aside of course (:
Till then!

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Selling my vintage Chanel bucket sling bag!
Condition : 8/10
Fit A4
Selling price : $1.9K, nego for fast deals.
Email me if interested or need more pics
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Sophia
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HOW TO GET RID OF DEAD SKIN AT HOME!

September 25, 2014
 Many people have been asking me how my complexion improved so much over the year. My skin is definitely not perfect now but it has gotten so much better over time. There’s really no fast and hard way to getting better skin. The only secret, if there’s one is hardwork, commitment and of course using right and suitable skincare products. Besides religiously using my Albion skincare range, I’ve recently started exfoliating my face with GLO-ME microdermabrasion which works like a Diamond Peel treatment!
Got a video below, read on!!
This is my face with no make up except for eye make up and lipstick. I love waking up to a fresh radiant complexion, and GLO-ME dermabrasion so happened to be the solution.
So what exactly is GLO-ME dermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that exfoliates the uppermost layer of dead skin cells exposing the supple, glowing layer of skin underneath it. GLO-ME is a diamond peel microdermabrasion and comes with vacuum suction. It is a dual skin rejuvenating procedure that gently abrades the outermost layer of skin with a diamond tip and remove dead skin cell. The vacuum suction at the same time helps to bring the collagen and blood flow to the upper surface of the skin. These actions promote the growth of new healthy skin cells improving overall skin appearance. This process is non-invasive, pain-free, and requires no recovery time.
So these are what come in the package!
A GLO-ME microderm device, replacement tips, disposable filter tips and a portable pouch to store your device. I’ve included a video to show you how to use it and what I feel about it! Hope it’s helpful (:
Here are the benefits of GLO-ME microdermabrasion : 
 Removes dead cell and restore overall radiance to skin
 Improves the skin texture and smoothness
 Improves the appearances of mild acne, and superficial scarring
 An effective treatment to help improve the appearance of mild stretch marks
 Reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles.
 Allows for better absorption of skincare products.
And some important points to note : 
 Do not overlap treatment area
 Always start from low intensity
 Always use on dry cleaned skin
 Always go with short strokes
 Always lift up your skin when performing the treatment
Some pictures of my bare face after using GLO-ME microdermabrasion
And some after applying make up!
For those who are curious, I’m using the white tip cos I’ve sensitive skin. For those with normal skin, you can use the silver tip. I do this once every 1-2 weeks but it varies for different skin condition (: And it’s best to put a hydrating mask after the microdermabrasion to restore moisture back to the skin.
I know it’s a little pricey but if you do your math, it’s actually cheaper in the long run to do this at home than to pay to go to facial parlors to do it. And of course MY READERS GET DISCOUNT 😀 WOOOOHOO!
Simply quote “SophiaC10” to enjoy 10%  off your GLO-ME purchase, valid till 31st October 2014!
U.P. $348
You can call 63382619 or email enquiries@clariancy.com for more details.
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Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong
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Get fairer overnight with KISS SKINCARE!

September 23, 2014
Ever since I got back from Bali in July, I’ve been finding ways to make myself fairer and trust me…it’s not easy at all. I’m taking whitening pills and applying whitening serum everyday, and recently I’ve started using whitening collagen cream mask by KISS SKINCARE!
I’m sure it needs no introduction. It’s one of the BEST-SELLING whitening collagen cream mask in Thailand!
I’ve only tried using it thrice so far so I haven’t seen any distinct difference yet but I got to say it has very light and comfortable texture after application. Initially, I thought it was gonna be creamy, oily and eeky which might cause break out but nothing of that sort happened! In fact, it’s very hydrating and my skin is more supple the next day.
So here’s how I look after a night of KISS Whitening collagen cream mask and a tad bit of make up.
What is KISS Whitening Collagen Cream Mask?
KISS Whitening Collagen Cream Mask is an overnight concentrate collagen cream mask, made up of 100% natural ingredients without any form of steriods nor mercury. It is therefore suitable for all skin types, including those with oily and sensitive skin.

 

It contains ingredients that diminishes the
appearance of pores, supports natural nourishment, exfoliates and addresses impurities.

 

 

The concentrated collagen in this mask serves as a regenerative agent to renew your skin cells and making you look younger and more vibrant. It restores radiance, clarity & suppleness to skin, minimises the open pores, and smoothen your skin.
It will whiten your skin, close your open skin pores, reducing the oil secretion, giving you a smoother, and whiter looking skin.

 

Fret not if you’re worried about buying fake KISS products! KISS SG is the sole distributor of KISS skincare so make sure you buy from the right seller (:

I love the packaging! So girly chic!
And I like that the cream mask is packed in a special vacuum cap container which keeps the cream away from environmental air. Also, the pump makes it so easy and neat to dispense.
Each bottle is priced at $58 only.
Local normal postage within Singapore is FREE. (1-5 working days)
Registered Shipping with tracking is optional with a fee of SGD 3.00 (1-3 working days)
Next day courier is also available at a fee of SGD 6.00 (1 working day)
QUOTE “SOPHIAKISS” WHEN YOU ORDER AT WWW.KISSSG.COM TO GET 10% OFF IN A SINGLE RECEIPT!
You can also check them out on Instagram at @KissSG
I’m gonna use this religiously from now on. Snow white oh snow white, come out soon (:
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Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong