Cheryl Wee

Friday, March 27, 2015


Everyone loooovvveeess presents,
well I assume they do.....
cause if you know of anyone who doesn't I wouldn't mind taking theirs ;P

But sometimes when you're on the giving end, and you wholeheartedly want to give someone special a thoughtful personalized gift and you crack your brains through and through and still can't get past any ideas except for a photobook you have in mind but can't find the time to do...ever been in that situation??
I've got the perfect gift idea for you.


 PANDORA ESSENCE collection is an expression of inner values, hopes and desires that is beautifully conveyed through hand finished semi-precious stone charms designed to stay in place on slender sterling silver bracelets and necklace.

A whole range of exquisite charms that represent significant life values such as belief, generosity, optimism, dedication and dignity are included in the PANDORA ESSENCE collection to act as symbols and heartfelt desires of the wearer. Each bracelet is unique as each wearer would choose their very own story and values through the intricately designed charms on their bracelet.

I chose Patience, Faith and Belief. The series of up and downs left me kinda battered but there's no need to be afraid cos we all fall, we just gotta remember to get back on our feet and start again. When things get you down, just wanna keep in mind and believe that you can make it from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Hence I chose Belief. Next, I chose Faith, many times we cannot see whats ahead, and when what's in front looks cloudy and grey, keep the faith alive and see the light with your heart even if your eyes can only see the darkness. And last but not least, when you give your best in all you do, don't rush and expect immediate results cos haste isn't going to get you there faster, but might bring you 2 steps back. Be patient, practice and all is coming.

Last year was a challenging year for me,
with setbacks, disappointments and uncertainties,
so much so that I took a toll on my own health.

One of them was facing weight issues and succumbing to others' perception of beauty.
Being impatient and not having the courage to love and accept my physical appearance,
I subjected my body to extreme diets. You name it, I probably did it all and brought it to the extreme.

Say for example the 5:2 diet.
I would extend the 500cal per day diet to 4 days per week, or add on a juice cleanse.
I just wanted to lose weight fast, thinking I'd be happier.
But it only snowballed into yo-yo dieting, bingeing, starving and mentally draining.

The burden to hold on tight to me and walk me through it was on my family and God.
Thankful for their unconditional love,
bit by bit,
I learn to believe in your true inner self.
To believe that you are more than just the numbers on the scale or how sharp your face looks.

To believe that you have the strength to overcome challenges, take it in your stride and climb every mountain.
And to have faith in love and goodness,
to have faith that in trying times,
be not afraid to take the first steps even if you can't see where this stairs would take you too.
And most of all,
all good things can't be rushed.
Practice and all is coming,
to have patience with yourself and your body.
And your body will love you back.
Thus, I'm so grateful to receive this PANDORA ESSENCE bracelet that "Express the Essence of You[me]" with significant meanings and reminders with each and every charm. It's not just an accessory without a purpose, but an accessory with a story behind it. It's a perfect gift to share with your loved ones and make them know you care with this personalized gift. Plus of course, for all the ladies out there, receiving jewellery and accessories can never go wrong. A simple yet classy piece that'll go perfect with a casual weekend flowy maxi dress outfit to a little black cocktail dress look for dressy evening dates. You wouldn't need to hassle over what accessory to change from a day to night look, this slender PANDORA ESSENCE bracelet has got you covered.

And the highlight of this PANDORA ESSENCE collection is to get it now!
Customers will receive a complimentary PANDORA silver bracelet with a minimum spend of $250nett. Valid till 29 March 2015 across PANDORA stores in Singapore, excluding Changi Airport Terminals. Enquire in store for more details.

Find out more about PANDORA and the ESSENCE collection at their website or their facebook page and create your story with PANDORA today!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL GIVEAWAYS!!!!!

Few things in life are sweeter than waking up to a homemade sea salt caramel chocolate tart for breakfast. Combine that with receiving a surprise in the mail, a bag full of lipsticks in the richest Christmasy colours.

This was one of those days I was pretty much in heaven and warming up my homesick heart in the cold wet and windy taipei mornings. 

Speaking for most girls, there's nothing we love more than desserts and pretty surprises!!
So touched that VDL sent over their latest Expert Lip Cube OneClickWonder, and the colours are all so pretty. Perfect to kickstart the holidays this season. 

I've always admired ladies who are able to execute a perfectly lined red lips that are supple and moist. Especially ever since I been in Taiwan these past months, and with the temperatures getting colder and windier, I find my lips getting chapped and dry more often. When I first applied the Lip Cube Expert, I fell in love with its moist and creamy but not sticky texture. Application was really easy with just one twist of the dial. No wastage. Not too little leaving patchy red blots like you've just walked out of a vampire diaries novel. With it's thoughtful cube-like sleek pen shape, executing a perfect lip shape is easy without all that hassle to "stay within the line". 

Edge Fire 501

This Expert Lip Cube series is definitely gonna add on to my list of beauty essentials. I even thinking of getting 2 of each in my favourite shades, the Edge Fire 501, Miss Right 102, Hello stranger 502, Attitude 301 and the Tribeca 101, before the run out. If you're thinking of getting your Christmas shopping done this week, this Lip Cube Expert would be a perfect gift for your girlfriends, colleagues, aunts and mamas.

It's GIVEAWAY time!
One lucky winner will have a chance to win VDL's Expert Colour Lip Cube EX.
To enter, just comment on my blog:

What are 3 of my favourite Lip Cube Expert EX colours?

Alongside your email, so we can contact you :)
Winners will be chosen at random and contest ends 14th Dec 2014 2359hr.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL's One Click Wonder

When I think of make up, science and technology isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
But ever since VDL found its way to us, I've come to appreciate the importance of technology to enhance beauty.

You guys are probably familiar with VDL's uniquely shaped moisture lip cube by now,
and who'd think it could get any better so quickly??
Because VDL's expert colour lip cube has now upped its game into a

No more wastage, messy lipstick covers, too much too little,
cos now,
1 CLICK of the dial is all you need for a single full application.

This new range comes in 8 new colours and of course its signature sleek minimalist design, and here are 4 of my favourite shades (clockwise from top left to bottom left: 101 Tribeca, 301 Attitude, 502 Hello Stranger, 102 Miss Right)

Why I Love VDL's Expert Colour Cube EX:
  • Soft glossy finish without having to lather on extra lip gloss.
  • Creamy and Moisturizing even for chapped dry lips.
  • Super easy and handy application.
  • Sleek minimalist design, which I can slip it into those mini clutches without having to force and close my clutch with a lipstick buldge.
  • Smashing and sexy colour palatte.
  • Super long lasting.
  • It has SPF!!

Last but not least, this November, get to experience the new Expert Color Lip Cube EX at an introductory price of 10% off with a minimum purchase of $30 at VDL

Stay tuned cos we're gonna do some give aways real soon!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sinful Sundays: White Chocolate Matcha Cake Recipe


I absolutely adore all Japanese desserts especially all things MATCHA!!!
For today's Sinful Sunday installment, I'm gonna share a green tea cake recipe I tried out a couple of days ago. 
I went through a couple of recipes and came up with my own concoction of
White Chocolate Matcha Cake.

Ingredients :
250g of butter (soften)
150g of white chocolate chunks
30g of white chocolate chips
100g of sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon of matcha
3 eggs separated
2 tsp of vanilla 
65g all purpose flour 

Preheat your oven to 170degrees celsius.
Line the pan with parchment paper. 
Over a double boil, melt white chocolate chunks and butter and whisk until smooth.
Leave it to cool slightly. 
Whisk eggs yolks and half the sugar. 
Add vanilla to egg yolk mixture.
Then combine into chocolate mixture. 
Sift matcha powder and flour into the chocolate mixture. Whisk until smooth. 
In a separate bowl, whisk egg white with remaining half of the sugar until soft peaks form. 
Fold in egg white into the chocolate mixture.
Fold in white chocolate chips. 
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 45mins.

Cool and dust with matcha powder and serve it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
Happy baking :)

(photo credits: rachel wee) 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sinful Sundays at The Diner

Hey guys! 
Ever since I came to Taipei, I've realized that their breakfast culture is a must. You can easily spot breakfast bars everywhere, serving every kind of toast, sandwiches, mantou/steam buns, eggrolls, and prata-like scallion pancakes 葱抓饼. But these breakfast bars serve only during the AM, and with the Sunday Brunch culture taking over our world one eggs benny at a time, Taipei is definitely heading windwards, and now, there are loads of places you can have ALL-DAY breakkies EVERYDAY! 


One of the widely recommended brunch places on tv, blogs and friends was The Diner. 
And in celebration of N's birthday, we decided to celebrate with Brunch!

Thankfully we've been rather active at the gym, which means we can eat whatever we want! I started off our pig out session with Smoked Salmon and Spinach Frittata (420NTD) and had it changed to an egg-white frittata with an extra topping of avocados. You might be wondering if these healthy swops would compromise on the taste, but believe me, it was just as good! Though the whole dish was slightly on the salty side, the crisp flax seed toast complemented well with the frittata. The portions here are huge! Standard american size. You might wanna share your orders. And each order comes with an orange juice and a refillable coffee or tea.

Another dish we ordered was the Baked Eggs with Oxtail Sugo Breakfast (460NTD). This dish reminded me of a Russian Borscht Soup and Wild Honey's Shakshuka baked eggs. It's like a breakfast pan from all around the world. Though it was heavy but delicious.

Since breakfast is the most important meal, we had to complete it with some sweets. The greedy pig in me kept a watchful eye on the servers while we were having our mains, and most of them were walking around with this thick fluffy stuffed french toast. The Strawberry and cream cheese French Toast (370 NTD)

Thick brioche bread stuffed with strawberries and cream, coated with a golden brown eggs mixture, topped with fresh berries, dusted with some icing powder and drizzled with maple syrup. Sounds good?  Can you imagine the taste already? But sadly, it tasted way better in my head and the looks of it. It was dry and the flavours weren't as robust as we expected it to be.

Unsatisfied with one dessert = order another!!
This is what I call a blessing in disguise.
We ordered the Cinnamon Roll drenched in cream which tasted kinda like a marshmallow sauce. 
The sweets kinda fell short of what we were expecting. Felt this was a tad dry and the cinnamon flavour wasn't soaked into the bun well enough.

All in all, The Diner is a decent brunch spot, but perhaps go for the savories instead.
Be sure to get here early or make a reservation cos it gets crowded especially during the weekends.

The Diner
No. 12 Song Shou Road
Tel: 02-7737-5055

Monday, August 25, 2014

Primp Palettes: VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation

During these hot hot hot summer months dehydration is at its PEAK. Plus all that sweating from just stepping outside into nature's oven leaves you feeling sticky on the outside but dry on the inside. Isn't a pretty situation we got here. During these months, we pay a lot of attention to SPF and protecting ourselves from the blazing sun, which is no doubt very very important, but, sometimes we forget that HYDRATION is as important.

(photo credits:
No matter how you avoid it, living in the tropics with 365days of summer or places that enjoy hot summer days, you're bound to lose fluid through sweating. A no-brainer solution of course would be to drink lots of water. But for us ladies, it gets a little tricky. Other than locking in moisture through drinking water and facial moisturizers, our make up and foundation may be causing our skin to get drier, soaking up what's little left of our natural moisture, hence causing more damages to our skin. 

VDL in collaboration with LG has come up with the perfect summer solution.
VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation.
You may be wondering how much difference can a metal plate make?
This metal plate is no ordinary plate, it's designed to: 
  • Keep the low-viscosity foundation cool  
  • Maintain the moisture level of the foundation
  • Provide anti-bacterial benefits by reducing contact between application sponge and foundation
Other than its moisturizing effects, it's SPF50++ too! So fret not cos VDL has got you covered all round.

This foundation is super moisturizing as it contains PRUNE WATER.
This super food contains:
  • 8x more potassium than an apple
  • 4x more vitamin A than an apple
  • 2.5x more antioxidants 
Now I think I'm gonna have prunes for breakfast before I primp up with VDL's Metal Cushion Foundation. Eat your prunes and lock in that moisture with some prune water to prevent getting pruny :)

Metal Cushion Foundation finishing effect

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

VDL's 1st Bday!!!


This August, my favourite korean make up label VDL turns 1!!
I absolutely love birthdays and giveaways, especially during this time of the year when we're just slightly off the mid year mark, and not quite yet near christmas, when things are starting to feel a little slower. So I'm pretty excited that VDL is having a timely birthday celebration to perk things up.

I'm a rather practical person whether it comes to gifts, daily essentials or most things, well maybe with the exception of food. If a product is good and scores on practicality of usage plus design, it would be something worth taking an extra look at. What drew me to VDL was their incorporation of technology into their design and products. 

As most lipsticks are roundish, VDL came up with a series of square tip lipsticks. You may wonder what so special since it's just different shape (especially you guys out there who probably won't get it with us ladies and our make up). What I appreciate it VDL's thoughtful efforts to make it easier for us to draw a more precise lip shape with their square lipstick design, hence without the need of an extra lip liner. Convenience without compromising on beauty. 

Good news is, VDL will be giving away 2 sets of gift sets. Whoever who wins the LADY-OF-THE-NIGHT set will get to bag home their star products and their square lipstick. Their CHICK-ON-THE-GO set comes with their triple shot lip tint :) Here's all you gotta do:
Repost: Go onto my instagram @cherylweexh and repost the HappyBirthday VDL pic
Tag: Tag @vdlsg 
Hashtag: #vdlturnsone

Contest ends August 22nd 2014.
For those of you who would love to grab these anniversary gift sets, they are currently retailing at any VDL store in Singapore right now!