Sensational Sydney X Nostalgic Newcastle (I)

Hey guys, how’s it going? :>

Ahhh, it’s so hot back in sunny SG that I miss Sydney so much alrd :<
The skies are so much bluer there, the breeze, the trees, oh those beaches and the waves. 


Departure night

Kinda departed with a heavy heart,
don’t really like leaving things behind.
Although I know no one is indispensable,
but I still fear that during my absence, something bad happens and I can’t be around to do anything. 
What a helpless feeling :/

But I had to say a temporary goodbye.


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My lepak attire for the flight
The flight was about 7 hours long overnight. 

I sat beside a Vietnamese man who thought that I was Vietnamese too. 
WHY? WHY? WHY?
Previously on the mrt, this auntie also asked me if I’m from Myanmar. 
Don’t I look chinese enough? Meh. 

The flight was really bad, 
was fighting my period cramps the whole night. 
Super awful :<

But at least, I recovered by morning.
Amanda is strong *flex non existent muscles* HAHHA


Day Uno


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Checked into Mercure Sydney Hotel!

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Stairs in my suite! HAHAH kidding, this was in the lobby.
We checked in and felt really hungry so we headed out for some food!

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Old looking building just outside the hotel

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Couldn’t help but stop to take OOTDs

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Love my sister’s knitted vest thingy
The hotel is smack in the city.
With University of Technology and University of Sydney just down the road, 
the place was buzzing with students and full of life.

Lots of sushi places around to fill the tummies of hungry students 


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Reminds me of Aussie Roll at Chevron house back in SG. If you like Sushi Hub’s FB page, you get one roll free. SO GOOD RIGHT

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Blue skies and majestic clock tower, lovin all the old architecture!
We took a bus to get to the Sydney Harbour, 
transport is quite exp in the city. 
One trip easily costs you 3.80 AUD.

Passed by a lovely lil park otw

It was just a short walk, 
the harbour is located at Circular Quay, which has a railway station!

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Someone please buy me flowers
IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO SYDNEY,
THERE IS SOMETHING YOU MUST KNOW.

THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND HARBOUR BRIDGE LOOKS AH-MAZING FREAKING BEAUTIFUL GODLY-HUMAN CREATIONS


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Before edits, already beautiful.

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After edits, jaw droppin head turnin

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Shark fins, sashimis, shells, sea inspired.

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Eating ice cream in cool weather is the most wonderful blissful feeling

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With the bridge

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With the Opera Houseee

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th power of VSCOcam

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Selfie?
The sun sets really early, 
like around 4.30pm, the sun is already preparing to end the day

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River Cruise

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Lookin’ more and more alike
After all the gawking, 
we decided to train back to our hotel area to have dinner.

Our hotel is really near The Central Station.

Understand that shops close really early in the evening,
but thankfully we managed to find a lil vietnamese shop to fill our tummies.


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A nice hot bowl of beef noodles with soup :>

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Makannnnnn~
In Australia, you learn to take it slow. 
There isn’t much to do at night unless you go drinking or clubbing. 

We ended the day with a trip to the supermarket, we just love Australian supermarkets. 
So much variety and S P A C E to run around.


Day Dos

We woke up bright and early to go on a day tour to the Blue Mountains!

The first stop was actually a Aboriginal Centre, where we learnt more about their culture; their dance and their music.

Then we headed to Scenic World


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At Scenic world, there are basically 3 rides that you can take. It will bring you into the valley where you can be one with nature :>

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Skyway, here we come!

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Totally feeling the height

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I believe that’s where we came from.
We headed for our next ride, hohoho
Was in for a big surprise

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Tram to the future?

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Couldn’t understand why the seats were so weird until…
T H E   D R O P

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IT WAS MAD STEEP OMG LIKE ROLLER COASTER

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WE SURVIVED and reached the bottom

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Closing up on that sign, VERTICAL DROP OF 250M STEEPEST INCLINE OF 52″

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Survival selfie

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Spot the 3 Sisters

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If only this was a Singapore sky

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OOTD in the valley
We took a leisure valley walk, 
enjoying the cool weather, 
eating apples and snacks, 
talking about our lives. 

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Just wanna lay and watch the clouds pass by
The bus brought us to an area with shophouses for lunch!
Love love shophouses.

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Autumn leavesssss
We explored a little, 
had cheap fish and chips at a takeaway shop run by chinese, 
and peeked into the chocolatier stalls.

Then, we headed to Featherdale Wildlife park for some animal lovin’


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We were greeted by a cutie

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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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Swear this bird comes from the jurassic ages

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This cockatoo can talk! Super smart hehe

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Pelicans are such big mouths LITERALLY

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Sleeping Koala

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Koalas can eat super a lot

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this hungry roo lookin’ for food

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grumpy wombat

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Fruit bats fighting for apple

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Don’t be fooled by this seemingly cute Tasmanian devil

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IT EATS A CHICKEN WHOLE, WITH FEATHERS AND BONES

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AHAH I GOT YOU.

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See you still dare to eat chicken feet a not uh

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Sigh, when will I find my companion?

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Missin’ you when you’re gone.
To finish off the day, 
we cruised back to the city!
Just in time for sunset views *heartshaped eyes*

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Would kill to stay in one of these houses

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Yatches and the high life.
Upon reaching the city, we headed to the Central, which was a mall near the hotel.
Sissy and I decided to get some Mexican food!

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Look at the size of that burito!

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i’m so wicked.
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Sample Store Seeders Program

Hey, remember when I shared about Sample Store?
Hope you girls have gotten your samples!

As part of the Seeders Program, 
I get to try free samples 
and share my reviews with my readers!


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Was really excited to receive this!

Beauty Biotics

Skin Gets Younger, Faster, Longer
The BEAUTYBIOTICS range of Dream Cream products is a breakthrough, new range of dermatological cosmetics or functional skin care that erases imperfections upon first application, and continues to work at the skin’s cellular level to deliver intense hydration and regenerate skin collagen and elastin, 
leaving your skin supple and youthful in the long-term.

Based on medical aesthetics science, BEAUTYBIOTICS light-diffusing optic technology infuses skin with a soft light for a radiant and glowing complexion
BEAUTYBIOTICS also uses Nano Technology to pack more hydrating and age-defying active ingredients into one application and deliver them into deep layers of the skin to enhance skin cell regeneration.

BEAUTYBIOTICS is dermatologist tested for sensitive skin, and made in Japan for Asian skins with proven ingredients to:
•! Regenerate skin elastin and collagen for plumped up softness
•! Intensely hydrate for supple skin
•! Improve skin radiance and clarity 
•! Effectively whiten for luminous, bright skin

1) BeautyBiotics Dream Cream BB/CC Beauty Balm Colour Corrector, $39

Yknow how the best you can go is usually a 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 product?
This Dream Cream, is a 12-in-1 multitasker (with an advanced whitening formula)!

  1. Covers: Effectively covers blemishes, pores and wrinkles! It provides good and lasting coverage, concealing my pores and blackheads well. 
  2. Controls: Itching, Inflammation & sebum secretion
  3. Corrects: Dark spots, pigmentation and uneven tones (Available in 3 shades, Light, glitter and tan)
  4. Refortifies: Collagen Regeneration, Hydration and provides UV Protection with it’s SPF 40, PA +++

SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES, EVEN SENSITIVE SKIN!


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Before: Noticeable pimple scars, pores, uneven skin tones.

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My skin is a lot smoother, blemishes concealed, pores minimized, and corrects my skin tone! HURRAY~
I personally love the product because:
1)  I have very dry skin and Dream Cream will re-hydrate my skin!
2) It doubles as a sun-block with the SPF 40, PA+++ which is superb for SG weather. 
3) It also helps to cover blemishes which means I can avoid layering too many products such as concealers on my face. 

BB+ Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder, $45

The Dream Cream BB+ series features another amazing product!

I got to try the Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder in Shimmer
(However, I’m not really used to my face being all glittery)

It provides Advanced UV Protection with SPF 40 PA+++! 
If you don’t know what SPF kinda means, it actually relates to the period of sun protection the product provides.
So the higher the SPF, the less you need to top up to get protected from the sun!
Girls usually worry about the stickiness that a sunblock brings so this powder solves that issue!

(Psst. It’s also waterproof!) I know it can get really hot in SG and sometimes we perspire (esp when we run to catch the bus)

 Also, the powder diffuses light through its light-diffusing pearl crystals to hide all the things girls hate:  
– Wrinkles
– Spots (This I really hate, and please be careful with spots cause they might grow into really ugly pigmentation so don’t forget your sunblock or SPF equipped products!) 
– Pores

 Also though it’s a powder, it has all the benefits of a cream for it hydrates, regenerates and repairs!

I believe that most Asians regard fair skin as beauty and guess what?
This powder promises to make skin One Tone Brighter
Say YAY to radiant skin! :>

DIRECTIONS: Apply evenly onto face using the powder puff that is provided. 
Reapply onto problem areas for enhanced coverage


UV White Nano Mineral Powder

Another great powder to talk about in this series!  

UV White is a clinical strength sun protection and whitening nano mineral powder that provides broad band UV protection and helps whiten skin at the same time.
This makes it a great sun protection alternative apart from applying sunscreen; providing high sun protection with 
 SPF 50/PA+++.

 The powerful Nano Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Alpha Arbutin Formula helps regenerate skin, reduce pigmentation and 
lighten dark spots!
It’s hydrating quality attracts me as well, for my skin is really dry after long hours of air con in the office :<

UV White is hence essentially a sunscreen in powder form, with whitening benefits and is such a breeze to apply!

DIRECTIONS: Apply evenly onto the face and areas with dark spots and wrinkles. 
Re-apply throughout the day as necessary.


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It is very easy to apply! Pour a lil powder into the transparent “plate” and then use the puff to dab some powder and apply onto face! Convenient packaging which makes it easy to bring along with you anywhere :>

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I’m ready for the sun!

What are you waiting for? 
Hop on over to ‘like’ their FB page for more updates on their products: https://www.facebook.com/SkinbioticsSG?fref=ts
Note that BeautyBiotics Products are exclusively sold at Watsons Singapore outlets only!


Darlie All Shiny White Charcoal Clean Toothpaste

Before we start, 
let’s consider the following point: 

That a bright white smile plays a large part in creating a good first impression,
 whether it’s to bag a date or a job. 
White teeth make you look more employable and younger, as quoted from an article from Dailymail

I’m sure you agree that yellow teeth are quite a turn off.

With that said, let’s work towards a set of gleaming teeth today!

PS. Pardon the poor photo quality (used iphone 5s front cam :/ 
I really need to upgrade to a camera, any recommendations?


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Unboxed

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My teeth are in desperate need for whitening :
Clinically proven to effectively whiten your teeth in 14 days!

Darlie All Shiny White Charcoal Clean contains a speedy whitening agent which removes yellowish stains, to deliver effective whitening results. 

Combined with natural bamboo charcoal molecules which absorb dirt and can deeply clean your mouth, dual whitening benefits are achieved!

Not forgetting of course, fluoride for healthy teeth :>


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Won’t you join me on this whitening journey?

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You’d better.

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heheh let’s go out there and shineeee ūüôā Big smiles everyone!
Don’t forget to LIKE Darlie Singapore on FB for the latest updates and product launches!

Wanna try the Darlie ASW Charcoal too? 
Hop on over to Samplestore and redeem a free sample!

This product is available at selected major NTUC Fairprice, Giant, Cold Storage, Sheng Siong, Prime and other leading supermarkets; Watsons, Guardian, Unity and other cosmetic stores. 


This review is brought to you with love from Amanda, xoxo.
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Benefit Boutique, Westgate Mall (Brow Bar)

Before flying off to Sydney for my mother’s convocation; 
I made an appt for my momsie, sissy and I; with Benefit so we could all do our brows and look pretty hehhe.

On that note, yes my mum at her age of 49, graduated with an MBA from University of Newcastle 
*claps* 
She’s such an inspiration and motivation :>

So, I first tried the Benefit Brow Bar when I won a free eyebrow waxing sesh through Nylon SG!
You girls should totally follow Nylon on Ig and Fb as they have contests pretty often heheh.


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The Waxing Station

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“Before” // looks so untidy gross

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My brow artist pins up my hair and does mapping for me!

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Drawing out the rough shape of the brow

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Omg is he gonna give me rectangular brows?? (At this moment, he reassures me that he won’t hahahha)

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He uses the cotton bud to remove some ink that spreads out of the ideal shape

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Female hitler in the making? HAHAH
I have kindly censored the waxing process which includes him applying the warm wax 
and then using a white sheet to stick on top of the wax. 
He then pulls off the sheet and out comes the hairs, RIGHT FROM THEIR ROOTS!

This is very important as it ensures that the new browhair that grows, would be finer. (and hopefully lesser)


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Forgot to take an “After” shot, but this was taken on the weekend after I got the brows done heheh

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just a section of the wide range of products that Benefit has!
Follow Benefit Cosmetics Singapore on their social media to get the latest updates!
(Sometimes they conduct contests and giveaways too!)

Locations & contact number of Benefit boutique & counters in Singapore: 

Benefit Boutique, Westgate Mall [Brow Bar]: 6369 9496
TANGS Orchard [Brow Bar]: 6235 5953
Robinsons Raffles City [Brow Bar]: 6338 4976
Sephora ION [Brow Bar]: 8228 9987
Sephora Ngee Ann City [Brow Bar]: 6235 8176
Sephora Bugis+ [Brow Bar]: 9653 3325
Sephora VivoCity [Brow Bar]: 9655 5036
Sephora Marina Bay Sands [Brow Bar]: 6634 3589
Sephora Suntec City [Brow Bar]: 6337 2976
Sephora JEM
Sephora Plaza Singapura
Sephora Great World City
DFS Galleria (Scotts Road), Beauty Hall



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This was dinner after the session heheh, jap food at Ichiban Boshi! #nofiltergoodness
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Tulipmania

When my aunt invited me to go with my family to check out Tulipmania,
I knew I couldn’t miss it.

TULIPS FROM HOLLAND ON HOME SOIL!
No one should miss that.

Girls say flowers are unpractical gifts and all,
but they still love them nonetheless.
So, please boys, do still buy her flowers from time to time;
or bring her to Gardens by The Bay. :>

BTW GUYS,
ITS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENT FLOWER MEANINGS ALRIGHT.
It’s my first time entering the domes at GBTB,
and it’s so cooling inside!
I guess cause the tulips also need to be put in cool temperatures to live and bloom :>

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Holland Orange! Super bright hue, how can your day not be made?

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D A I S I E S ; So pretty and dainty

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Pastel beauties, these look a bit like ixora flowers but I’m not too sure.

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A nice lil congregation, the pinks are cherry blossoms apparently!

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Like a dancing fairy

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Roses; they are beautiful but they prick. I guess that makes them perfect symbols for love huh?

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Lookin’ so perf bloomin right there

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Summer lovin’

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Holland clog shoes! Sho cutesy :>

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just another day in the neighbourhood park of Holland

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Bell pepper lookalikes?

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Definitely ixora this time. heheh

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Appreciation with sight

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Appreciate using one than one sensory organ, works on women too.

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A lil Holland community, I won’t mind living in these apartments at all; with flowers greeting me every mornz

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WIWT

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The skies were grey when we headed for lunch

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Hippos spotted at Satays by the Bay

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This flower looks painted, can’t stop looking at it.

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Purity, love the romantic pink shade too!

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Leaves complement the flowers, and are just as beautiful

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Stone age

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Beauty among the cactus

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There’d always be the weird ones of the lot.

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Momsie auntie and me

All photos taken and edited by Iphone 5S. :>
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