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.

  • My Current K-Beauty Skincare Routine (2021) + discounts for you!

    We already know I’m the biggest K-Beauty stan of 2021, almost my entire skincare routine is filled with products from K-beauty lines.

    It’s no secret that K-beauty has quickly become a favourite of so many skincare consumers all around the world – particularly for their natural and gentle ingredients, adorable packaging and value for money. Even if you’re not a fan of the typical “glass skin” look, there’s something in K-Beauty for everyone.

    I love the ‘matte’ finish and I still use K-Beauty skincare as well as makeup products, so I am living proof that it can be for anyone.

    Disclaimer – clickthrough links are affiliated with YesStyle and you will be able to get some discounts by using any of the links in this post! I will also get a tiny bit of commission if you buy through my links – so please use them if you’re comfortable doing so!


    SOME BY MI – Bye Bye Blemish Vita Tox Brightening Bubble Cleanser

    What the heck is a bubble cleanser?

    This Bye Bye Blemish Vita Tox Brightening Bubble Cleanser is so unique and special, formulated with goheung yuja extract, geju green tangerine extract and 18 kinds of vitamins and Vita oxygen bubbles! It gives a really interesting bubbly texture on the skin and side note – it smells amazing! An extremely fresh and citrusy scent, I use this all the time in the mornings.

    COSRX – AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

    I’m a huge fan of COSRX and I’ve tried a lot of their products. I particularly like their AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner.

    First of all, it comes in a convenient spray bottle and I am all about convenience when getting ready in the morning. The spritz is very light and misty, I love it. Secondly, the toner itself is great, I feel very fresh and my skin isn’t left with an awful greasy feeling which I generally hate.

    I only use this toner in the mornings as I like something a bit more moisturising at night time.

    ETUDE HOUSE – Soon Jung 10-Free Moist Emulsion

    The ever popular Soon Jung range from Etude House belongs in many user’s holy grail collection. I completely get why!

    The Soon Jung 10-Free Moist Emulsion is a great day moisturiser, fantastic for oily and sensitive skin because of its very gentle ingredient list and 0 fragrance. I’ve bought this emulsion-moisturiser twice and I love it! It is hypoallergenic, contains a low pH value and is made of 93% natural ingredients!

    I also love the bottle – it looks like glass but is actually plastic which is handy for travel or if you’re just a butter-fingers like myself. The product absorbs extremely quickly into the skin which makes it perfect for applying makeup afterwards.

    COSRX – Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

    I am personally very picky with sunscreen because of my oily skin as well as because I wear makeup almost everyday – so whatever sunscreen I commit to during that day has to be absolutely perfect. This sunscreen is said to be suitable for face and body. SPF50 is a must in sunny Singapore!

    The COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is close enough for me! One thing I love about this is actually how it smells, I know a lot of people don’t like sunscreens with fragrances but I looooove the smell! It also has no white cast at all and is not greasy, which is great.


    Hada Labo – Gokujyun Oil Cleanser

    Hada Labo has been such a raved-about brand within Singapore’s drug store skincare ranges and I had to try something from them. As an everyday-makeup-wearer, oil cleansers are very important to me!

    The Gokujyun Oil Cleanser is a very nice lightweight oil cleanser that I’ve almost finished using. As someone who switches up their cleansing oil every couple of months, I can say that this is a great starter cleansing oil as it is not too thick, and very easy to wash off. It is also effective at removing makeup!

    This isn’t my favourite oil cleanser of all time but I would say it is indeed a good one.

    Dear, Klairs – Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish

    I love me some exfoliation! As someone who wears makeup very often and has mild hygiene OCD, I really love scrubs!

    The Dear Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish is a repurchase after repurchase! I especially like it because it is a sugar scrub, and I love sugar scrubs for both my body and face. Some of the ingredients include shea butter, black sugar and cranberry oil – all very hydrating and soothing for the skin.

    Add this sugar scrub with a few drops of water before using it on your skin and it will form a lovely emulsified liquid.

    Goodal – Apple AHA Clearing Pad

    I found this clearing pad as a recommendation from TikTok (are we surprised?) and I love it!

    Goodal’s Apple AHA Clearing Pad is something I use 3-4 times a week after I cleanse my face. The pads itselves are shaped like little apples, which I love, and they smell like apples too!

    This peeling pad is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and impurities for a clearer, healthier complexion. It is rich in AHA to help exfoliate the skin without destroying the skin barrier which is very very important in any AHA product. It is also known to minimise pores!

    SOME BY MI – Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner

    I can’t say enough good things about Some By Mi’s Snail Trucica line. I never thought I’d be such a fan of snail-based products, but I love this range so much!

    Some By Mi’s Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner is a great every-day and every-night toner. The truecica ingredient soothes skin and strengthens the skin barrier, all whilst healing your damaged skin with black snail extract. It is also great for acne scarring as snail extract is known to promote skin regeneration.

    You only need a small splash to cover your face, and the scent that comes with this toner is extremely soothing – almost like a spa-like essential oil. Would definitely rate this as one of my all-time favourite toners.

    SOME BY MI – Propolis B5 Glow Barrier Calming Serum

    I know I must totally sound like a broken record with my Some By Mi praise at this point, and I swear they aren’t sponsoring me although I wish they did – but THEY HAVE SUCH GREAT PRODUCTS!

    I only recently introduced a prospolis product into my skincare routine as I hadn’t heard much about it before TikTok introduced it to me. Propolis has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which is helpful in wound healing. The Propolis B5 Glow Barrier Calming serum is chock-filled with propolis and honey extract.

    The fragrance isn’t my favourite but it doesn’t linger on the skin, so it doesn’t bother me much!

    SOME BY MI – 30 Days Miracle Tea Tree Clear Spot Oil

    If I have any active breakouts, I know a tea tree oil is the product for me.

    Some By Mi’s 30 Days Miracle Tea Tree Clear Spot Oil is such a handy item to have in your skincare drawer for those days where you need some extra special treatment for an active breakout. It smells lovely and as we all know, tea tree is great at helping to kill the bacteria present in a fresh pimple.

    The best thing about this tea tree oil is that it can be used daily and won’t dry out your skin because of panthenol and allantoin – 2 very moisturising ingredients that you don’t usually find in spot control oils.

    If this item is not available for you to purchase because of location, The Body Shop’s tea tree oil is also a close second but costs slightly more.


    I’m from – Mugwort Mask

    If I’m looking to be a bit more moisturised that evening, I’ll wear a face mask after cleansing my face and before I start to use my toner.

    The Mugwort Mask from I’m From is a great hydrating mask with the ever-so-popular ingredient – mugwort! This product is a wash-off mask containing 2.1% mugwort leaf powder from Ganghwa, Korea that helps to soothe skin and hydrate. It is enriched with other botanical extracts to treat skin problems and refine skin texture for clear and smooth skin.

    The texture is gel-like, which is interesting and lightweight, and it also smells like a herbal shop. I really like it and a little goes a long way!

    innisfree – Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

    If I feel like I need some extra pore-cleansing that night, the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is my go-to!

    Clay masks are definitely my favourite type of mask as an oily-skinned gal. This little tub contains a deep-cleansing formula with volcanic clusters that draw out toxins and impurities – this is very useful if you have oily skin and wear makeup! Made with volcanic ash, glycerin and kaolin, this mask not only draws out impurities and dirt, but it also won’t dry you out.

    One small 100ml tub seems to have lasted me months!

    innisfree – Super Volcanic Peel Off Mask 2X

    Not everyone enjoys a peel-off mask but I do! I love having the squeaky-clean feeling after a makeup routine or shower, so this mask is perfect for me. And no washing off required – great for lazy nights where you don’t want to troop back to the bathroom.

    Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Peek Off Mask is a great starter peel off mask for those of you who want to get into it as it doesn’t tug and pull like crazy and hurt the skin. It is gentle enough to not leave my skin red and sensitive after.

    Made with jeju volcanic clusters, this is great for controlling oil production.

    I hope you guys enjoyed reading my super lengthy post about my skincare routine. If you’re interesting in getting any of the recommended products, click on the links where I’ve bolded the titles of the products to get a discounted price!

    What do you think of my products that I currently use? Do any catch your eye? Recommend me some of your K-Beauty faves and we can chat about it!

  • Places To Visit Before I’m 30

    Good day everyone!

    I haven’t travelled anywhere or been on a break from work since February 2020 and that’s insane to me. The pandemic has really put my entire life on a hold and I hope more than ever that everything can go back to ‘normal’ soon. I’m double jabbed already, are you?

    I love travelling. As much as I love travelling, I hate being on planes. I can’t help but picture a Final Destination scenario every time I enter a plane, especially for a long-haul flight. When I was at uni, I travelled every couple of months to a new city with my friends and boyfriend and that was honestly the most fun I had. Despite that, there are a lot of places I still want to visit before I’m 30, and I have less than 3 years to go – I’m being optimistic and adventurous here!

    If you’re not a fan of cold wintery places, look away! Most of these will probably be a cold location. As a city-dweller, everywhere I wanna be will be cold, wintery, with not a sky-scraper in sight.

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam has been on my to-go list for about 6 years now and I can’t believe I didn’t visit when I lived in the UK because that would’ve been so much more convenient than me going from Singapore to the Netherlands.

    There are loads of beautiful historical museums in Amsterdam and I am a huge fan of museums! Could lie in one all day. I am not much of a ‘night life’ person which Amsterdam is full of, but I would like to be about to see it.


    Switzerland is one place I’d love to visit during Christmas time. I’ve been on Switzerland TikTok for what seems like months and it looks like a such a beautiful, serene place to be for a relaxing time.

    The Bruno Weber Park in Switzerland looks like such a fun place, filled with mythical animals and lots of photo ops. The iconic city of Zurich is a must-see, and a must-shop-at, according to Google!

    Although admittedly, Switzerland would be a place I’d like to go to mostly enjoy the scenery, and not be inside a shopping mall.


    I almost had the opportunity to visit Prague with my school choir in 2006 because of a competition but I didn’t audition quick enough, so I had to drop the trip.

    The architecture in Prague is exactly my aesthetic. Gothic, victorian and baroque – I love it all! Also, Prague is filled with castles. I’d love to fulfil my Beauty And The Beast fantasy dream out there with my boyfriend.

    Matamata, New Zealand

    Okay – let me just be honest. I have never actually watched more than 1 Lord Of The Rings film (and I can’t even remember which one) but I just love the look of Hobbiton!

    Apart from Hobbiton, there are many other things to see! Such as the Matamata Heritage Trial which is 53km of town parks, gardens and more nature, Wairere Falls which is a beautiful natural waterfall, and farmstays! I’ve never experienced a farm stay before but I would love to.

    Lapland, Sweden

    My boyfriend and I visited Singapore’s Science Centre 3 years ago and had the chance to watch a 3D immersive film about the Aurora Borelis in Lapland and I have been wanting to visit since then. I cried watching the 15 minute film and it is definitely a place that’s on my bucket list.

    I would love to see and pet some reindeer, snap a thousand pictures of the Aurora Borelis, visit Ruska in September – a beautiful autumn-themed forest, and see Ranua Zoo to have a peek at some arctic bears and moose!

    I hope everyone enjoyed my little post after quite a long hiatus, I’ve been so out of it with writing because of my full time job as well as my small business. Glad you’ve stuck around with me, though! I appreciate it.

    Have any of you been to any of the countries I mentioned? What was your experience like? If you haven’t, would you like to visit too? 

    Let’s chat about it in the comments below! 

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    I Miss The Lincolnshire Skies

    I don’t think we can ever appreciate things while we’re doing it. We can only truly appreciate it when it’s gone – and that’s the sad reality of many people’s lives.

    I spent 4 years in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. The 4 years felt like 4 months. Even though I spent 1,460 days in that city, I will never feel like it was enough.

    I miss the Lincoln skies.

    As I write this, I reminisce the times I would open the window of my residence and breathe in the cold fog. I love cold weather. It truly was the ultimate description of a breathe of fresh air. As I write this, I remember drawing the curtains and letting the cool air seep into my cosy little nook, one that was all mine, no one owned it but me, and it was my safe space.

    I lived in 2 different homes while residing in Lincolnshire and I didn’t love one more than the other. They both had their differences but they were both mine. It was the only time in my life I had a home that was all mine, even if it was just a simple studio flat with an en-suite bathroom.

    One was facing my university, one was facing the high street. Both consisted of things and people I loved. Things and people I would never forget.

    As I write this, I’m sitting in a stuffy, dark and dismissive train in Singapore – a place I don’t feel is for me. As I write this, I’m perspiring even though I am in an air conditioned space. As I write this, my heart feels heavy.

    These pictures are of the Lincolnshire sky. I took them way back in 2013 on an iPhone 5. Some were taken along St Mark’s Street, some were taken along Ruston Way. Two places I frequented, one of which I resided in. Even after I moved out of St Mark’s Street, I was there almost every day. My favourite Tesco was there.

    I never really appreciated the time I had there and it’s now gone. 

    I will never get tired of the Lincolnshire sky. As I stared deeper into these photographs, for a moment, just a moment, I felt like I was there. And I felt fake-happy – why fake? Because I know I’m not there.

    And I only hope more than ever that I will feel that kind of happiness again.

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    Experiencing Creativity Burnout With My Small Business

    If you run a small business or even a blog, I’m sure you’ve heard this term many times.


    Burnout is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion from doing something repetitive (or not) over a long period of time. And damn, I’m experiencing it now! I didn’t think I would but here we are.

    My small business occupies so much of my brain that I even dream about it sometimes. It is what I think about the moment I wake up, when I’m at work, when I’m in the shower and before I fall asleep. My mind is just always thinking about what I can make next, what colours I can incorporate, whose orders I haven’t shipped out and sometimes even ‘why haven’t I gotten an order in a week?’

    There are a lot of times where I wish I didn’t care so much and took things slower and at a more relaxing pace. After all, the reason I set up my small business was only as a side hobby to earn a bit of extra pocket money, not for me to stress about it 24/7.

    Feeling the ‘imposter syndrome’.

    I didn’t really know what an imposter syndrome was until I saw many of my fellow creatives posting about it. The imposter syndrome is simply ‘psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

    I’m not saying I’m a fraud. Everything I put out is honest and from the heart. But people visit my instagram page and see over 2,000 followers, and immediately start to assume I’ve got a good sales flow. The truth is, I haven’t. I’m gonna be real with everyone.

    I’m lucky to even get a sale a day. Once, I went without a single order for 8 days. 

    Yes, it is very demoralising. Do people not like my products? Are they bored? Is my content too predictable? Do people not use soap anymore?

    As someone who intends on making this a full-time job one day, it hurt me really bad. 

    I have to occasionally stop myself and remind little old me that this isn’t as deep as I make it out to be. Maybe my customers haven’t finished what they previously bought yet. Maybe they’re taking a break. Maybe they forgot about my company for a bit – which is fine! I also have to remind myself that this happens to people all the time.

    Putting pressure on myself on making new things all the time.

    I used to release a new item every week. How crazy is that?! My brain was on fire and the serotonin I got from posting that new Instagram post showing everyone my latest creation was unreal. I still really want to do that now but my levels of creativity aren’t as high as they were before.

    I still am thinking about ideas but executing them is tough. My full time work schedule really hinders my progress with anything to do with my small business as I only come home at 10.30pm every night and I have about 2 hours to make everything I want before I have to go to bed to get my 8 hours to be prepared for work again the next day. 

    I get so tired a lot of the time and I barely have any proper ‘days off’. 

    Even though I have a phobia of people getting bored of seeing the ‘same old’ products, I need to tell myself that it’s okay to not release new things all the time. So many companies have one set of products that they have for months and continue to sell, so why do I feel the pressure to keep creating new things? 

    Help wanted! 

    Never wanting to take a break in fear of ‘losing out’ on sales.

    Whenever I see fellow small biz owners ‘take a break’, I sometimes wish I could do that too. But I can’t bring myself to do it – in fear of ‘losing out’.

    What if, it just so happens, that when I take my ‘break’, an influx of people all around the world suddenly really want to buy my stuff? They will proceed to visit my website, see that it is password protected and move on to the next maker to purchase something from. I’ve then lost a customer and a potential sale!

    In June 2021, this tweet of mine went viral with over 1 million views. It was a picture I tweeted of my Animal Crossing fossil soap. It happened overnight and I had so many orders, more than I had ever had before and I was happy but also so stressed! I only had 1 mould that needed to set for 12 hours at minimum. How was I going to fulfil those 20 orders?!

    I ordered 4 more moulds from the maker who was in the US, and spent $70 on those. They were expensive! But I knew they weren’t going to get to Singapore in time as the last time I ordered it took more than 5 weeks to get to me. I had too many orders already! 

    For the sake of my mental health (as I was really stressing over it 24/7), I put a stop to all sales for that item, and then proceeded to change it to a pre-order. Even though I felt slightly better after doing that, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had lost so many potential customers. My tweet had over 1 million impressions, for god’s sake! I could’ve gotten so many new customers! Did I miss out?! 

    The FOMO was real. It was my first and probably last time going viral. 

    Do any of you fellow creators experience burnout? How do you recover from it without feeling the guilt of not doing anything or potentially missing out? 

    I see people taking breaks from things all the time and as much as I would like to do that too, I feel like I wouldn’t get the rest I would need and I would still think about my small business all the time. Do you have any tips? 

    My Halloween drop is planned for mid-September and I am stressing out – but I do hope to get your support! Visit my website here

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    The Viral Tiktok Face Cream “Dr Jart Cicapair Re-Cover” — An Honest Review

    We are all on Tik Tok these days, aren’t we? There are definitely some days where I feel like I, as a 27 year old grown woman, should not be on that app as it seemed to be a place for the ‘youth’.

    But the more I spent time on it, the more I realised that it is very versatile, full of people from all over the world and of all ages – and it is the place I spend most of my time on now, if not Instagram. With time spent on any app, you learn about new things, and in my case, I learn a lot about new skincare and makeup – something I already like!

    I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of the ‘legendary’ Cicapair Re-Cover Cream by Dr Jart.

    It was raved about so much for being so good at colour correcting that people didn’t feel the need to put any foundation or concealer on their skin.. and to me, that was a BIG statement.

    A bit of background about my skin so you know what you’re comparing yourself to – I suffered from cystic acne for more than 10 years of my life so my skin is textured, oily, full of large pores and also red in the T-zone. I’ve been on accutane for about a year now and my active spots have cleared up, but the scars remain and that is expected. I do have a lot of redness so I did not expect this product to cure all my skin issues because no product has managed to do that so far.


    This is a mid-range priced product and I bought it from Shopee for $27.80. I would consider that a really fair price as the bottle is pretty big and the cream itself goes a super long way.

    A little dab of the finger into the cream and it’s enough to cover the face, so I would say $27.80 is definitely a great price!


    One thing I did not expected about this item is that the packaging was made of glass which made it feel classier than I originally thought it was. I am not sure what kind of material I expected, but it wasn’t glass.

    The balm sized tub is heavy due to the glass, but also compact enough to bring around. I love the green tint on the packaging too, and it comes with the little spooly pictured above.

    Overall, really love the packaging and I do not have any complaints!

    The Product

    As you can see on the picture above, the consistency is thick and creamy, and the colour of the product itself is a light green which is indeed the colour of a colour-correcting product.

    However, the green does not show on the skin which is fantastic.

    I have extremely oily skin and whilst this product does not claim to be suitable for a certain type of skin, I do feel that this as a moisturiser was a bit oilier than I would’ve liked it to be. I found that I had to powder down my face more than usual when using this, and I didn’t mind that much because it did cover the redness on my face which meant I could use less concealer! This is probably not the best for people with extremely oily skin, unless you aren’t planning to wear it out for a long day.

    Is it worth the hype?

    I think this product is amazing! I have tried loads of ‘colour-correcting’ products in the past and this is the only product that I noticed a difference with.

    I, however, do have oily skin. So this product doesn’t sit well on my face for more than 3-4 hours. If you are someone with normal-drier skin, I’m almost 100% sure this product will be of no issue for you. Then again, this product never claimed to be a mattifying product, so I’m not complaining! It does what it claims, which is to colour-correct and potentially let you go foundation-free for the day.

    Absolutely love it and would highly recommend anyone to try it!

    Also – anyone else surprised that so many of these viral TikTok skincare products are actually amazing?! I never expected this for sure. Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?