Imagine us in these scenarios:
- Sharing a kiss with the Eiffel Tower and crimson sun setting in the background, a trip he planned for my birthday
- Spending our nth year anniversary on a lavishly decorated picnic mat under a shady tree, nibbling on cranberry scones and sipping tea
- Producing the most enviable vocal harmonies while looking into each other’s eyes
Then imagine none of them. HAHAHAHA.
Before Mr Mode proposed, I kept watching those OTT, mastermind proposals on YouTube. You know, those with at least 100 people dancing and singing in a staged surprise, complete with laser lights and dancing fountains, those that left me in awe and disbelief with the amount of time and money the man pumped in to produce the perfect, romantic proposal.
I thought of my boring then-boyfriend……………. and sighed.
I worried that we wouldn’t go far because the common advice is that a couple ought to have some common interests and we had/have none. Additionally, we are so different in almost every conceivable way – in the way we make decisions, how we react in situations, our likes and dislikes, our hobbies.
But can I tell you something, my friends?
After 15 years of courtship and 1 month of married life, I realized being so different is what makes our relationship so fun and entertaining.
Not a single day goes by without us breaking into stitch-inducing laughter; we laugh with and AT each other when either does something silly; I am completely at ease and myself when I’m with him. His arms are my cradle when I fall, and no matter how hard the situation is, he never lets go.
We are different but COMPATIBLE.
We have nothing in common but CHEMISTRY.
They say the real test comes after the wedding, after all the glitter and sparkle have settled, after the crowd has left and it’s just the two of you.
The perfect, romantic man isn’t the one who takes out all his guns to give you the perfect proposal or wedding.
It’s the one who takes the initiative to clear your dustbin so that you won’t accidentally kick it and trip over spilled trash, the one who listens instead of talk, the one who kisses you before leaving the house and again when he comes home, the one who gives you massages until his hands ache, the one who tells you you’re beautiful even when you have no makeup on and are dressed in pyjamas with holes.
Most importantly, it’s the one who tells you he’ll go through your darkest times with you.
It’s our differences and the precious chemistry we share that make our life together so thrilling, rich, and long-lasting. He makes the other half of our Perfect Duo.
50 years later, I’d still choose him all over again.
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The reason for sharing my little story today was because I recently found a pair of skincare products from Estée Lauder that work together like a Perfect Duo. This Perfect Duo tops the class in terms of COMPATIBILITY and CHEMISTRY, and this magical combination reminded me of us.
Many products are compatible, meaning they can be applied atop or underneath one another, but RARE is when two products can work together to create a synergistic repair for your skin.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
The Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion delivers serum-like properties in a watery lotion to address the multiple signs of aging.
So is it a serum, toner, or lotion?
It isn’t a toner in the traditional sense. It’s an essence-in-lotion that hydrates, calms and repairs the skin barrier, kind of like having a ‘reset’ button for the skin.
The ‘Micro Essence’ element is the result of Estée Lauder’s scientific expertise in including micro-nutrients and peptides small enough to be absorbed quickly into the smallest unit of our skin to repair damage before it turns into future skin problems.
I like to use my bare hands because there’s less wastage this way (why let the cotton pad take all the good stuff! Lol).
I’ve been using the Estée Lauder Micro Essence for a couple of weeks now and my skin has been experiencing heightened levels of hydration. Areas with dryness like the chin and lower cheeks are visibly less patchy and rough. I also feel that my skin looks and feels more plump and nourished.
Is Estée Lauder Micro Essence Suitable For You?
The Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion is Asia-exclusive, tailored for the Asian market since a treatment lotion is something many of us are familiar with.
If you have dry skin, this Micro Essence will boost hydration levels of your skin. If you have oily skin like I do, you will also benefit from the added hydration because oily skin can be dehydrated too! I love that there’s no greasy feel or strong fragrance and feels very comfortable on the skin, just like water!
Estée Lauder Micro Essence + Advanced Night Repair Serum
The Micro Essence by itself is pretty powerful but when paired with a serum, my skincare regime has been brought to a whole new amazing level.
What I do is after cleansing, I apply the light watery lotion – Micro Essence – which prepares my skin for the repair serum – Advanced Night Repair (ANR).
The ANR features a blend of anti-oxidants to neutralize environmentally-generated free radicals before they can damage the skin’s appearance, and boasts high levels of Hyaluronic Acid for continuous hydration.
When used together, these two breakthrough formulas penetrate skin faster and deeper to strengthen and repair the skin. Of course, you can pair the Micro Essence with any of Estée Lauder’s serums, but I find that it works BEST with the Advanced Night Repair.
So it’s back to the COMPATIBILITY and CHEMISTRY story again. You can be compatible with many people, but have chemistry with only a rare few. The Micro Essence + ANR combination is a match made in heaven.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence + Advanced Night Repair Serum can be purchased at all Estée Lauder counters in Singapore.
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