Hello, I’m Marissa

28 years old. Based in Singapore.
Asian lifestyle blogger. A fan of colour and tapirs.
Chatting beauty, skincare, small businesses, self-care, wellness and Animal Crossing.

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    The Face Shop’s Quick Hair Puff (For Thinning Hair) — An Honest Review

    I’ll be the first to say my hair isn’t at its healthiest at the moment. I was born with so much thick, black, curly hair – and now that I’m inching towards 30, my hair is thinning out very noticeably especially at the crown of my head.

    I’ve been using hair tonics, hair growth shampoos, and minoxidil for the past few months. I’ve been extremely self conscious about the patch at the top of my head that I’ve taken many many pictures of to see if there has been a difference. Unfortunately I’m not seeing much at the moment, but I do feel like my hair loss in the shower during my daily hair wash has lessened – so that’s something! I suspect it has to do with minoxidil.

    Please note that all products linked are discounted specially for you and if you purchase any linked item, I will get a tiny bit of commission! If clicking links aren’t your thing, do use code MARISSA420 at checkout on YesStyle for discounts on all products storewide!

    This post is not sponsored by The Face Shop or YesStyle.

    Recent photos of patch at the top of my head – probably taken over a month ago

    I can’t stand those 2 photos of the top of my head but I’ll be transparent with you guys since I’m reviewing a hair product. That’s what the top of my hair looked like between 1-2 months ago. I don’t like it and I’ve been trying all sorts of ways to cover it up including changing my hair parting but it hasn’t been working so well.

    I discovered this somewhat dubious looking product by The Face Shop called the Quick Hair Puff. I’m going to tell you more about it.

    The Quick Hair Puff’s Shade Range

    The Product

    This product is basically a hair fibre puff – it is made with nourishing ingredients such as soybean seed extract, panax ginseng root extract and artemisia princeps leaf extract whilst also containing some ingredients that I’m aware people may want to avoid such as talc, silica and aluminium hydroxide. Despite the controversies surrounding talc, it being present as an ingredient means this product helps absorb oil too.

    As someone with a very greasy scalp, this was a useful factor for me.

    I personally chose the shade Dark Brown because my hair is, well, dark brown. I didn’t want to choose Black because I was afraid it would be a too obvious colour difference.

    Price

    I bought it from YesStyle for just $14 – that’s in Singaporean dollars. And with my discount code, MARISSA420, you’ll be able to get even more money trimmed off that!

    $14 is very affordable for this product as I can tell it will last me ages as a little definitely goes a long way!

    How It Works + The Packaging

    Once you uncap the powder, you’ll have to remove a plastic cover before use. It will allow the hair fibre powders from the bottom of the product to seep through the puff with a few shakes. If you’ve ever used the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, it is basically the same concept without the twisting of the bottom of the packaging. It takes a few shakes but very quickly you’ll soon see the coloured powder go through to the puff.

    It is, admittedly, very satisfying to start using!

    The fibres look exactly like brownish blackish dust or very very fine powder. I got a bit of it on my hands as I was trying to shake the product out during the first use and it was easy to clean off too.

    The Product + Effectiveness

    Enough of the talking, I’m going to show you what it did to my hair with a shocking before and after.

    Be warned, I’m very excited about the following photos.

    Before VS after using the Quick Hair Puff

    Can I just say quickly.. I gasped when I saw the pictures my mum took of the top of my head. I didn’t shift my parting nor did I change the lighting and OH MY GOD LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE! It is such a big improvement!

    The fibres covered up the patches of ‘empty’ on my scalp so effectively without making it look like I had brown powder all over me. I would go as far as to say it looks extremely natural and I wouldn’t be able to tell I had any product in.

    A Little Downside

    The only downside to this product is that you’re gonna have to wash your hair after using it on a day out. As a morning-hair-washer, this means I’ll have to wash my hair twice in a day whenever I use this product which is obviously a tad too drying for the hair to be doing regularly, but I wouldn’t use this product on a daily anyway. Maybe for an event or my wedding?

    However, and this is just an assumption on my part, you will notice that the fibres don’t stick to your scalp for hours and hours. Just running your fingers through your hair will cause some to fall out and dust your hands. I would think that this means that if you blew out your hair through the day there would be a chance bag there would be very little product left in your hair. You may be safe to sleep on your white pillow without washing your hair a second time! But don’t take my word for it – do try it for yourself first.

    I would also advise you to not wear white when using this product.

    Is It Worth The Hype?

    YES – ABSOLUTELY.

    We’ve all seen those crazy hair fibre videos on Tik Tok where an almost balding person gets some hair product sprinkled over their scalp and it suddenly makes them look like they’ve got a fuller head of hair. I always thought those were exaggerated and edited but after discovering this product and trying it myself, I’m convinced they work well!

    There are obviously many different brands of hair puffs on the market, but you know me – I love my Korean skincare and beauty. The Face Shop has also been around for ages and is a brand I trust. However, like I mentioned when chatting about ingredients, you have to still look at the ingredient list of any product you’re buying to check if they contain any ingredient you’re trying to avoid.

    I would highly recommend trying out the Quick Hair Puff if you have thinning hair anywhere on your head – just get the right colour!

    I hope this review was helpful for any of you suffering with hair thinning or some hair loss and that it can help you make a decision on whether or not to try this product. Let me know what you think!

    Don’t forget to use my code MARISSA420 for ANTHING you want to purchase from YesStyle to save some money!


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    June Beauty First Impressions – Clio, Focallure, I Heart Revolution & More!

    I have stopped buying as many beauty products as I used to in the past mainly because I want to focus more on skincare in 2022. In the past 2 months, however, I realise I have tried quite a number of ‘new’ beauty products that have been drugstore priced from Shopee and YesStyle.

    This post is as casual as it can get. Let’s just have a cuppa and talk about some random beauty products I’ve sampled recently!

    Please note that all products linked are discounted specially for you and if you purchase any linked item, I will get a tiny bit of commission! If clicking links aren’t your thing, do use code MARISSA420 at checkout on YesStyle for discounts on all products storewide!

    I Heart Revolution – Peach Delight Mattifying Primer

    I’m usually very wary of tubed primers. I’m an Elf Putty Primer girl myself! I find that a lot of liquid primers clog my pores and break me out so I’ve stayed away from them, but when I saw the I Heart Revolution Peach Delight Mattifying Primer retail for only $14 during a sale, I thought why not?

    This primer is suitable for oily skin and comes packed with vitamins C and E – who doesn’t want a bit of vitamin in their makeup primer?

    It smells delicious, exactly like peaches and is indeed mattifying! I’m quite pleased with this product. It does need a little shake because the formula is quite liquidy, but it dries down matte. If you’re a fan of tacky primers, this may not be the one for you but I personally get along with it quite well.

    Focallure’s MIX Blusher in Fearless

    Now.. I have many questions about this brand. It is incredibly dubious. Focallure is one of those brands that make mysteriously cheap makeup (this blusher was $4), is a brand from China with no real contact number, and they sell on ‘sketchy’ websites such as Wish and AliExpress, which are not cosmetic websites.

    I bought mine from Shopee, and only because of one reason – it looks like a dupe of Dior’s Backstage Rosy Glow Blush. And I have to say, if you don’t mind the sketchy-ness of the brand, this is a great dupe when it comes to colour.

    However, I do not think I will be buying from Focallure again. Reason being is after I bought and tried the product, I realised I never actually saw an ingredient list on the Shopee listing. I had to personally go to their website to find an ingredient list and sadly, it has talc, which is what I’ve been trying to avoid. But that was my mistake for not checking up earlier.

    Another thing that comes up when the brand is googled is they have had an FDA Advisory against their liquid concealer in shades 1 to 4 in the Philippines due to having no certificate of product notification which is necessary when selling any cosmetic product. This is a violation when it comes to legally selling cosmetics online and if that doesn’t tell you that they may be doing something fishy, I don’t know what will.

    Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

    I’m a long time user of Burt’s Bees products and I used their lip balms all through uni when I first started buying lip balms (it’s what happens when you move from Singapore to the UK). Their tinted lip balms have been so popular on TikTok and when I saw someone selling them for $11 on Shopee, I knew I had to try it.

    I just want to say, as someone who generally hates lip sticks or any lip product that isn’t a lip balm, this product is amazing. It gives a nice sheer tint to your lips without feeling heavy like lip stick or even a lip tint. And obviously, it has its hydrating properties!

    If you hate using lip products or hate the feeling of having a layer of something on your lips but yet you want a bit of colour on your lips, you should totally try this product!

    Clio’s Extreme Gelpresso Pencil Liner in the shade Black Brown

    Clio has been very well known for their eye makeup for as long as I can remember. Their Extreme Gelpresso Pencil Liner is my new favourite brown eyeliner!

    I never trust most things that say they are waterproof, but this one is pretty good! For some reason, my eyes have been watering a lot lately and this eyeliner has actually stayed on for my 13 hour work shifts – pleasantly surprised. I also really like the unique packaging, it makes the pencil liner much easier to grip if you’ve got unsteady hands like me.

    Clio’s Twinkle Pop Glittering Eye Stick in the shade Shy Me

    I’m no stranger to Clio eye products and I have liked their products for a long time. I’ve also recently been a fan of glitter under the eyes and this glittering eye stick works a charm!

    I chose the shade Shy Me because pinks generally look good on my eyes and against my skin tone. The colour is truly beautiful, and not overly glittery to the point where you look like you could be crying. It is so easy to apply and requires literally no skill – a toddler could do it! If you’re a fan of the subtle eye glitter look, try one if Clio’s glitter eye sticks!

    Did I forget to mention, this is so god damn affordable at only £3 a stick?!

    What did you enjoy in the recent months? Anything noteworthy that you would recommend I try? Let me know in the comments!

    Stay safe, stay sparkly!


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    Testing Some La-Roche Posay Products + My Thoughts

    I’m sure by now we’ve all heard of the amazing ‘skin saving brand’ that is La Roche Posay. It’s been all over Instagram, Twitter and of course, Tik Tok.

    I’ve seen this brand in most drugstores in Singapore and I’ve always wanted to try it but the high price point put me off. I know some people may not think that $30 to $50 isn’t that expensive for a skincare product, but it is when you’re someone who has never spent more than $30 on a single skincare product.

    My routine has been filled with Korean skincare for the past year or so, and I didn’t see the need to change it up. But the influence of social media as well as random breakouts on my face happening at the same time coerced me into wanting to try this semi-high-end brand.

    With the help of Tik Tok and a lot of Googling, I found a few products I wanted to try first, and I did! So I’m here to talk to you about them.

    For context my skin type is oily, full of texture and pores and scarring from previous breakouts and cystic acne. I was on Accutane for a year previously. I’m here to give you my honest opinions!

    EFFACLAR Micro-Peeling Gel Cleanser

    The first La Roche Posay product I tried was the Effaclar Micro Peeling Gel cleanser. It is marketed as a face wash suitable for oily, acne prone skin, and that it helps remove impurities and excess sebum by unclogging pores. Just what I need for my problematic skin!

    Very unfortunately, I will not be repurchasing this again as I find it to be a little too drying for me. Even as someone with oily skin, this product may have destroyed my skin barrier a little, as my skin would feel tight after use and a few weeks later, the skin around my cheek and nose started peeling, which as an oily girl, NEVER HAPPENS!

    This probably means it was doing its exfoliating job a little too well. I needed a lot of moisturiser after, and that is not considered normal to me.

    Despite all that, the Effaclar Micro Peeling Gel cleanser is one of La Roche Posay’s best selling cleansers, so it may be that my own skin doesn’t agree with it but yours may. Still, worth a try.

    EFFACLAR DUO(+)

    The second product I decided to try was their Effaclar Duo skin treatment and moisturiser. This product is supposed to help rapidly clear existing spots, prevent their reappearance and limit the risk of marks.

    I’ve been using them on my dark scarring for quite a few months and even though the difference isn’t huge, this has definitely worked well as a mattifying moisturiser and I haven’t had any negative reactions towards it. It looks great under makeup and does not leave a greasy feel on the skin.

    It absorbs fast and doesn’t ball up for me. I’ve read other reviews where the user has said that the product balls up on their skin and I’m not sure why this is so, but it hasn’t been that way for me, thankfully.

    Probably would not purchase again because of the next product.

    Effaclar Mat Sebo-Regulating Moisturiser

    I’m all for matte moisturisers during the day as I’m an all-day makeup wearer with oily skin. I knew I had to try this when I saw it!

    This moisturiser is supposed to reduce excess sebum, instantly giving skin a long-lasting, shine-free matte finish – and it does what it says! I absolutely love it under makeup and it doesn’t dry out my skin too much like the cleanser at the start. It also claims to ‘tighten pores’, my pores are huge and I don’t see much of a difference but it doesn’t matter that much to me since I use a pore-filling primer.

    I would definitely purchase this again as I feel it works well with controlling my oils from working their way through my makeup. It hydrates, but keeps me matte for a good amount of time.

    Cicaplast Baume B5

    This amazing product known as the Cicaplast Baume has active repairing ingredients such as Madecassoside and soothing Panthenol, great as an anti-bacterial agent. It is known to soothe, nourish and protect dry skin, as well as help repair skin barriers.

    I have been using this product nightly to help repair the damage the Micro Peeling Gel cleanser did to my skin and I would say it is slowly but surely working.

    I love the texture of this product – it’s kind of like in between a balm and a cream. It is thick and feels rich, but not extremely greasy. I only use this overnight as I don’t want to get too oily during the day when I’m out and about in Singapore’s humid climate.

    Definitely would repurchase this again, especially for when I move to a colder climate like the UK. It comes in full size and a smaller sized bottle (which is the one I bought) and it seems to last absolutely forever – definitely worth your coin!

    Effaclar Serum

    We all need a bit of acne treatment every once in awhile. This Effaclar Serum was raved about on Tik Tok so heavily that I had to try it. It claims to be is a concentrate of exfoliating acids combined with soothing niacinamide that targets blackheads, pimples, marks and visible pores.

    I’ve been applying this serum to active acne spots as well as the tip of my nsoe where most of my blackheads live. Although I haven’t seem much obvious difference in the blackheads, it has soothed and calmed my active acne spots down quickly overnight.

    It is quite a sticky serum so I’m not sure how well it would work under makeup, but I use it at night as an overnight treatment. It works well for active acne spots but it’s not a miracle serum that kills all acne overnight. It does take quite awhile, but it’s still a good product.

    One letdown is that it is a very small bottle. At 30ml and costing me almost $56, I think it is pretty excessive, so I use it very sparingly.


    As with every brand, there are bound to be hits and misses. The reason I wanted to review a few popular products from La Roche Posay was because I had heard nothing but good things about the brand, and I wanted to put it to the test as I did not truly believe there would ever exist a ‘flawless brand’.

    Aaaaand, sadly, I was right! There are good products and there are bad products that I would stay away from as mentioned in this list. La Roche Posay has an incredibly wide range of products available for many skin types, but they seem to mostly focus on acne-prone and sensitive skin. There’s many more for me to try!

    Have you tried La Roche Posay or any of the specific products I mentioned in this post? What were your thoughts? Let’s discuss!


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    Fenty’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation — An Honest Review

    The ever so popular Fenty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation has been circulating on Tik Tok more than ever and as a very impressionable 28 year old, I knew that someday, I’d buy it.

    And I finally did.

    Let me be clear – I am absolutely 100% a drugstore girl and I hate spending above $30 on any single product. My foundations are usually $29.90 and below, and the most expensive foundation I had ever owned was Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation that is now discontinued in Singapore. Because of what a thrifty person I am, I rarely walk out of Sephora with an item as highly priced as Fenty’s Eaze Drop skin tint which retailed at $49. But aye, Tik Tok, right?

    Before I start this review, I’ll give you a very quick rundown of my skin type. My skin type is oily in the T-zone and normal everywhere else. My current skin barrier has gone to shit as I’ve been using too many mattifying products recently and they’ve dried out my skin. I’ve got lots of very dark hyperpigmentation from acne scars, as well as large pores under my eyes. I do have some active pimples at the moment, nothing too major, but they’re the annoying kind that hide deep under the skin so they can’t be popped or pimple-patched.

    Let’s get into it, shall we?

    Skin Tint Foundation

    The Fenty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation is described as a ‘light coverage blurring skin tint that delivers smooth, instantly blurred skin in just a few easy drops’. The range comes in 25 shades which is pretty good for a skin tint in my opinion, as skin tints are very easy to work around even if you get the wrong shade.

    Price

    Retailing at $49, I would say that this is quite an expensive base product. There are much pricier ones out there, but I would say for 32ml, $49 is quite hefty.

    Packaging

    Okay.. I just want to quickly say, I LOVE THE PACKAGING! I love the unique shape of the bottle and it comes in a squeezy tube which I don’t mind even though I prefer pumps.

    It is small and compact and great for bringing around with you in your bag.

    One little extra thing I like about Fenty’s products is that they are recyclable or refillable. All shipping boxes are fully recyclable, and they are also incorporating PCR material—post-consumer recycled material—into their bottles, tubes and jars whenever possible, according to their website.

    The Product

    Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

    I am very particular with my base products and I always want my base to be perfect. Because of my many years of cystic acne, achieving the ‘perfect’ base has been hard, but I do have a routine I like to follow.

    Look at that shade range!

    This product was something very new to me because I do not own any skin tints, or any foundation that claims to be of ‘light coverage’. All of my foundations are medium to full coverage because I am very self conscious about my leftover acne scars. I was taking a complete leap of faith purchasing this with my hard earned $49, as I have always wanted to have a more ‘natural’ look on days where I’m not doing much, and to try to ditch the full coverage look. It was a scary thing for me to try.

    My biggest fear about this product was that it would be too hydrating or oily for me, as my oils start coming through after 3-4 hours of foundation wear. It is described on the website to have a ‘QuickBlur Complex for a hydrating, diffused effect’. I am pleased to say that it is actually not too oily for me, and can of course be mattified with some powder. I was so relieved to see my face in the mirror, not completely drenched in oil after a full day of wearing it. So oily skinned people, this skin tint is suitable for you!

    Coverage wise, it is what it described. However, I wouldn’t say it was sheer to the point where it looked like I had nothing on my face. Amazingly, it did give a sort of air-brushed feel to my skin whilst still giving a natural subtle glow. I am not a fan of extremely glowy complexions, and I prefer a more semi-matte base, but the finish of this skin tint was right in the middle. I was fine with it! I just don’t want to look like a glazed doughnut.

    I will say though, that I did top this skin tint off with some concealer. This is because my acne scarring is still an issue for me, as well as my dark undereye circles. So I topped my base off with some concealer and translucent powder, and voila! My base was done and I like it!

    The product doesn’t feel heavy, and it isn’t slick to the point where you feel greasy and disgusting. I actually really really like it and I would buy another bottle again.

    I’m using the shade 5, but I do find it is too cool toned for me. It’s passable after some concealer and powder, but I would like to get a more warm toned shade when this bottle runs out.

    Is it worth the hype?

    I would honestly say, yes!

    Despite the high price point that hurt me a little when I paid for it, I do feel that this product works well for me and is very versatile. You can wear it for a no-makeup-makeup look, or you can build it up with some concealer for a more covered glam look.

    The shade range is great, and they even have ‘warm’, ‘neutral’ and ‘cool’ guides in-store in Sephora to help you shade match. I would highly recommend going into the store to see the shades in person because admittedly, they don’t look quite the same as the charts online. But that is the case for most foundations!

    I can see myself wearing this daily to work, or for a hot day out, as I wouldn’t want to feel like I was actually wearing any sort of skin base product.

    The only thing I wish it had was SPF. I know we shouldn’t pit makeup brands against each other but a lot of other skin tints in Sephora had SPF in it, which I think is great. But personally, I would wear SPF anyway, so it doesn’t make that much of a difference. But if you’re one to forget to wear SPF before your makeup, it would be useful to already have SPF in your base, which the Eaze Drop does not have.

    What did you think of my review? Has it made you want to try the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation?

    If you’ve already tried it, what do you think?


  • COVID-19 Isolation Diaries

    I never thought I’d write this blog post. Simply because some part of me thought I was some kind of mega superhuman who managed to avoid the coronavirus for 2 years as everyone around me caught it left, right and centre. I work in a retail and school environment and I interact with hundreds of kids and their parents weekly, and I took public transport everyday. I still didn’t catch it! Amazing.

    Come February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, and I feel so ill that I thought I was dying. My throat felt like burning hot razorblades, I had a fever of 38°c, my body was aching and my head was throbbing. Oh no – did I catch it? I felt like I did.

    Everyone in my family took a test. Alas, my grandma and my live-in helper tested positive. They quickly went to isolate and I thought to myself, this negative test I received must be a false negative. But I waited.

    Day 1 – 14th February

    I woke up feeling like I was burning in hell. I quickly texted my boss to tell her I wouldn’t be coming in today as I was ill and that I suspected I had COVID. I took a test at 9.30am and it came out negative but I didn’t trust it. After all, I had just been in close contact with 2 positive cases.

    I went to the doctor with my mother, who coincidentally started feeling ill too. “We definitely have it!” I kept telling her. I was 100% convinced. But by this time, I had 4 negative tests.

    The doctor at our GP gave us an ART test and sent us home with medication. An hour later, the godforsaken text message came in.

    “Dear S—-853C, you have tested positive for COVID-19. You should self isolate immediately for at least 72 hours. Thereafter, you may exit self-isolation if you test negative on a self administered ART, or on day 7 if fully vaccinated.”

    I knew it! I knew I was getting false negatives. My mum tested positive too.

    My mum and I quickly isolated in the master bedroom of our flat as it had an ensuite bathroom. I felt like death, and I drank lots of water. The body aches were terrible, and the dull, numb headache was making me feel extremely lethargic. The rest of the day flew by as we slept, ate, showered and slept again.

    I also realised I had lost my sense of taste. I could still smell, but tasting food was difficult. I was apparently eating a very ‘tasty’ meal of fried rice that had 0 flavour to me, and it upset me deeply.

    Day 2 – 15th February

    I woke up with the worst sore throat I think I had ever had in my life. It was painful to the point that I couldn’t even swallow liquids.

    I also sweat throughout the night, so much to the point that my pajama top was soaked. I felt disgusting, so I showered twice on this day. I stayed in bed a lot, watched H3 podcast videos and played some games. The fever was making me feel extremely tired, so I drifted in and out of sleep several times during the day (as you will notice, I did this a lot during isolation).

    In the afternoon, my fever seemed to subside but the body aches were there. I also started developing a chesty cough. My dad bought coconuts for my mum and I to drink as it had been highly recommended.

    Had porridge for dinner and it was ideal as it was watery, soupy and warm. I would highly recommend sticking with hot, soupy meals for your COVID isolation. Fried foods are NOT THE ONE and will definitely make you feel worse.

    Day 3 – 16th February

    Day 3 coming around meant that I had to take another ART test according to the Ministry Of Health’s rules. If I tested negative, I could exit self isolation.

    Alas, the positive line was super thick and dark on my ART test kit. Not surprised.

    The moment I opened my eyes, I knew there was no way I was going to test negative. I felt HORRIBLE. The worst day by far. I genuinely thought I was gonna sink into the bed and die. The fever and headaches were crippling and the cough made it almost impossible for me to lie down and rest. Whenever I tried to talk, a coughing attack would hit me suddenly.

    I talked as little as possible on this day. Also drank lots and lots of water and coconut juice.

    Day 3 was the worst day by far. Both my mum and I had very similar symptoms. I had to take a few puffs of my inhaler as I started to wheeze from a combination of my asthma and the coughing fits.

    Day 4 – 17th February

    A glimmer of hope has appeared! I woke up with only a sore throat, a very very mild, almost undetectable fever and cold sweats. The worst downside was the cough, I practically coughed all night which made it difficult for myself and my mum to have a good night’s rest.

    The test still showed a very very strong negative line but I felt like the worst was over. I had heard from several friends who had recovered from COVID that Day 3 would be the worst day of them all and it seems like it was true.

    I was well enough to have full meals again, but my sense of smell was no where to be found. I couldn’t even smell my shampoo or soaps I use in the shower and they’re quite strongly scented. I was upset about the loss of sense of smell as I enjoy food a lot and couldn’t really enjoy it now.

    I developed a sudden horrid headache in the evening and it only went away after several hours of me writhing in pain. COVID headaches/ migraines are very very painful. I couldn’t open my left eye. I took off my glasses and turned blue light filter on all my devices I was using. It did help a little.

    Stayed in bed most of the day (where else could I go?) with some H3 podcasts to entertain me. Drifted in and out of sleep once again as my entire body felt lethargic and tired.

    Day 5 – 18th February

    The first thing I did when I woke up was to do an ART test because if I were negative, I’d have to turn up at work the next day (Saturday). I wasn’t feeling tip-top yet, but nothing compared to the hellfire that I experienced on day 3.

    My test still showed a thick, dark line.

    Slightly relieved that I wouldn’t have to show up for a 13 hour shift the next day, I’ll also say I didn’t feel as ill as the line showed. The line looked exactly the same as it did on days 2 and 3 but I was feeling miles better.

    Felt well enough to order a McDonald’s delivery too. Thought that was a mildly important update.

    Day 6 – 19th February

    I woke up feeling good. My throat was still a bit dry and my nose blocked but I felt way better than yesterday. The cough was still present but at least the fever was gone.

    Got up, made myself an avocado toast and did another ART test. Alas, the line was still thick and dark. It looked the same as yesterday’s test. I had only just read an article about a poor Turkish man who tested positive for 8 months and I was certain that would be me again. My mum tested negative on this day (keep in mind she tested positive on Monday, same as me).

    Sustained a mild cough for the rest of the day and moved back to my own bedroom because of my mum testing negative. I missed my own bed so much!

    Day 7 – 20th February

    Day 7 came around and I was honestly prepared for the positive line to still be there. And it was. Everyone around me had negative tests except me and I was on day 7.

    According to the Ministry of Health in Singapore, I am allowed to self-discharge after 12pm on Day 7 if I still test positive because I am no longer infectious. Personally, it still sounded scary. My positive line wasn’t super thick but it was very visible. I didn’t go back to work or go out today.

    My sense of smell was still completely gone. I had a laksa for lunch and couldn’t taste or smell anything. I put my strongest perfume bottle up close to my nose and I couldn’t smell anything. As I run a soap and candle making business, this worried me a lot. How do I make scented things if I can’t smell?

    Day 8 – 21st February

    Ah, it has been a week since I tested positive. What did this mean for me?

    According to government rule, it didn’t matter if I tested positive or negative on this day, I was free to exit isolation as I was no longer considered contagious or dangerous to people around me. I did a quick test in the morning and the faintest positive line was still present. I felt well enough to go back to work so I did.

    What was left of COVID? I had a mild cough, a very congested nose and my voice sounded funny. I also noticed I was sweating a lot (I call them the post-COVID sweats) no matter what environment I was in. I felt damp all the time, it was awful and still hasn’t gone away (I’m writing this post on day 9). Back aches were still present, and I felt lethargic, still do.

    One of the worst bits was that I could not smell. My sense of taste was not too bad, I could taste the strawberry birthday cake my colleague got me the day before, but I couldn’t smell it, nor could I smell my Jo Malone perfume. How was I meant to know if I stank?! It’s a miserable time.


    Did you get COVID? Was your experience similar to mine, or did my experience (particularly on day 3) scare you?

    Stay safe and healthy everyone!