Apr 27

Skincare Products for Oily Skin

Taking care of oily skin is such a challenge: aside from it being too sensitive at times, your skin is also picky when it comes to skincare products. You can’t just buy a random facial product from your nearest drugstore. To help you, here are our top picks for skincare products for oily skin.

Facial Cleanser
A good cleanser for oily skin is Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (for Oily Skin). I grew up seeing Clinique products on the mother’s dresser so when I was a teenager struggling with puberty, the mother made me use this cleanser and it worked wonders on the face. Not only is it effective in controlling oil, it’s also gentle on the skin and makes the skin squeaky clean without the sting.

Exfoliator
Once a week our face needs to be thoroughly cleaned after a week of being exposed to different stressors. Back when I was still in uni I started using Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel and it surely does the trick. It has natural alpha hydroxy acids from papaya and grapefruit extracts, making it very safe for oily and sensitive skin. As it’s gel-based, it means that it’s also oil-free. And, if you’re not a big fan of foamy cleansers, this is also for you since this is soap-free. This not only removes dirt and other impurities, but can also be used to remove makeup.

Toner
A skincare routine is not complete without a toner. The DRGL Toner Oil Control is so far the best toner for oily skin as it controls not only oil but also sebum production. It’s super safe on skin since its ingredients include vitamin E, aloe vera, and other natural products.

Moisturizer
If people tell you not to use moisturizers because of your oily skin, don’t listen to them. Even if you may feel that you don’t need to use moisturizers, you actually still need to because the process of cleaning your face would make your skin dry. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is great for this purpose, as it suits not only oily skin but all skin types. Formulated with algae extracts, vitamin E, glycerin, and botanicals, this makes your face supple and soft like a baby. It’s also surprisingly not sticky for a gel-based moisturizer.

Facial Mask
I’m not a huge fan of facial masks since for me using a moisturizer is already enough, but it doesn’t hurt to try Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. Its main ingredient is the activated charcoal so it’s safe to say that it would really clear your pores (as the name claims). It’s the only mask that I know of that would reduce excess oil in your skin, remove impurities, and prevents breakouts, thanks to the charcoal ingredient of this product.


   Apr 27

Splurge and Steal: Kat Von D vs NYX Cosmetics

Spending a good amount on high-end makeups once in awhile feels good, especially when it is from a really good brand. But the time comes when you will run out of this product, and it suddenly happens while you are in a tight budget. This is when makeup dupes come in. There are tons of good replacements out there, or maybe in your nearest drugstores!

If you are a big fan of Kat Von D’s high quality, cruelty-free, and vegan makeup products but want to replace or just get a cheaper alternative, NYX Professional Makeup is the one. Both can be bought from Sephora and you can also find NYX Professional Makeup products from your local department store.

Eyeliners: Tattoo Liner ($32.00) vs The Curve Liner ($24.00)
Both these eyeliners are highly pigmented, and stays for a long time. The advantage with NYX’s The Curve Liner is that it has an ergonomic design that fits snugly to your hand to make eyeliner application easier.

Eyeshadow, Contour: Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette ($73.00), and Shade + Light Contour Palette ($73.00) vs Love Contours All Palette ($38.00)

I have to merge Kat Von D’s eyeshadow and contour palettes with this one because for $38.00, you can get eyeshadows, contour swatches, and highlights in one palette! NYX’s Love Contours All Palette is an all-around beauty gem. It’s not only for contouring, but you can also use its colors for eyeshadows and highlights. It’s even convenient for travelling because you do not need to bring around two palettes (in this case, Kat Von D’s eye contour and contour palette). Love Contours All Palette is also highly pigmented as with Kat Von D’s. You can really say that it’s worth it!

Foundation: Lock-It Liquid Foundation ($56.00) vs Total Control Drop Foundation ($26.00)
For half the price, you can get the mattifying effect of KVD’s Lock-It Liquid Foundation through NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation. It’s blendable and could adapt to Singapore’s humid weather. It is creamy so it is good for oily and combination skin. Its glass packaging is also ritzy for a drugstore makeup brand.

Powder: Lock-It Blotting Powder Compact ($45.00) vs No Filter Finishing Powder ($28.00)
NYX’s No Filter Finishing Powder can also deliver the matte, flawless finish you get from Kat Von D’s Lock-It Blotting Powder Compact. It makes your face so flawless that you wouldn’t need to edit your selfies. The good thing is, if you are too lazy to use foundation on some days, you can just use this as is and you are good to go!

Lips: Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick ($30.00) vs Soft Matte Lip Creme ($14.00), Cosmic Metals Lip Creme ($20.00), Butter Lipstick ($13.00)
KVD’s Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick is a collection of satin-matte, metallic, and shimmering lipsticks. If you are looking for a matte alternative, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creme is a favourite since it is non-drying and it would not transfer to glasses or to anything. If you want for a metallic lip creme, the Cosmic Metals Lip Creme can be a good alternative. For a creamy alternative for KVD’s glimmer, NYX’s Butter Lipstick is the go-to type.

NYX Professional Makeup has boutiques in Bugis Junction (#01-111), Plaza Singapura (#B1-36), and Westgate (#02-21).


   Mar 22

The Many Benefits of Reading Regularly

You may be part of the population who detests reading. We get it, sometimes reading can be really demanding and exhausting – but picking up the habit of reading every day contributes a lot to your overall well-being and state of mind. Think of it this way: whatever regular exercise does to the muscles, reading does to your mind.

The habit of reading doesn’t have to stop after you’ve earned your college degree. If anything, you must strive hard to be able to read at least some new piece of information on the daily. Here are some significant benefits of reading regularly:

Improved vocabulary
Who isn’t impressed by an eloquent person? The more you read on the daily, the more words you will be exposed to (some of which you may not even be familiar with). Sooner or later, they make their way into your daily vocabulary and there may be instances when you’d apply them in a real-life setting. Now that’s one way to impress your colleagues, and even your boss! Keep in mind that being well-spoken and articulate is an advantage in any profession.

Reduced Stress
Whatever issue you are facing now, in work or in your personal life, you just tend to lose the sense of worry once you immerse yourself in a great story. Reading takes your mind off your earthly woes even just for a moment. It gives you a break from all the stress that is surrounding you. Fiction and fantasy genres, particularly, can even transport you from one world to another. It drains away your pent-up frustrations and helps you relax.

Knowledge
As the adage goes, knowledge is power. If you pick up the habit of reading regularly, you somehow fill your mind with new pieces of information. You learn new things, which is handy especially in situations you least expect of. Learning doesn’t stop after you finish your formal education. There are different instances in life where you learn, and reading is only one of them. The more knowledgeable you are, the better you will be at tackling any challenges in the long run.

Improved concentration and focus
It is easy to get side-tracked nowadays with a mere Facebook notification or a newly released video game. However, if you read more often, you will learn how to focus on the story. You immerse yourself in every fine detail and even visualize the characters in your head. This improves your ability to focus. As a matter of fact, reading for at least 20 minutes before you head to work yields higher concentration as you get work-related tasks done.


   Mar 22

The Search for the Best Burger in Singapore

Burgers may be an all-American fast food icon, but that doesn’t mean there are no good burgers served across Singapore. In fact, there are several Singapore-based restaurants and burger joints which will satisfy your burger cravings. Some of them offer their own distinct rendition of your traditional burger – from fried chicken, pulled pork, or even vegan options for patties.

Outstanding burger choices are scattered in the city-state for your convenience, and all you need to know is where to head to for your next food trip session!

Freehouse
This SG-based beer bar may impress you with their exceptional beer selection, but they also offer good burgers to fill up your hungry stomach. The most popular burger choices include the pork burger and the fried chicken burger. Their classic beef burger is also a fan-favorite, which is composed of a homemade beef patty, tomato, bacon, onion tempura, and melted parmigiano-reggiano.

The Chop House
Living up to their name, The Chop House is well-versed in handling meat well. They boast of excellent burger options like the bacon, guacamole, and chicken (BGC) burger and the Black and Blue burger – made of a house special blue cheese dressing. These burgers also come along with complimentary crispy tater tots!

Dojo
Got a sophisticated palate? Then Dojo is the genie to your desires. Dojo specializes in gourmet pork burgers with cheeky-named choices. Try the Elvisu (bacon with peanut butter and jelly) and the Hadoken (pork patty with Asian chili con carne and cheese). The goods news? All their edible food choices don’t cost more than $15.

Burger Joint
Burger Joint is a NYC burger outlet which recently found its way in SG. The outlet reflects the traditional American burger place – a retro diner and the American fare. The simplicity of the burgers easily shows off the quality of the ingredients. From the first bite, you will find simple joys in the amazing burst of flavors from the fresh lettuce, melty cheese, and the all-beef patty.

VeganBurg
Here’s one for the vegans! If you’re craving burger but not the guilt that comes after it, head to VeganBurg ASAP. They promote healthy eating through selling fast food which is purely composed of a solid plant-based diet. They have options such as the Smoky BBQ (minced mushroom patty) and Cracked Mayo (an egg-free mayonnaise burger with a savory soy patty).

Roadhouse
Up for a challenge? Finish Roadhouse’s Terminator Challenge (six wagyu patties with bacon pieces, cheese, chili, and jalapenos) within 20 minutes and you won’t have to pay a single dollar! Besides that, you will become a part of the hall of fame as well. Sweet! This is perfect for competitive eaters and adventurous food lovers.


   Feb 20

The 4 Best Co-Working Spaces in Singapore

For freelancers and people with mobile offices, co-working spaces can be heaven-sent. Even If you consider yourself a homebody, you could still get crazy from a lack of social interaction if you’re cooped up at home all day. Much like cafes, co-working spaces can provide you much needed social interaction, only they’re dedicated to making sure that you get work done. Whether you’re alone or a member of a small group, here are some good co-working spaces in Singapore that worth checking out.

1. The Working Capitol
Chances are, this is the co-working space of your dreams. This space is located in a picturesque shophouse and designed with tasteful minimalism, providing you with work desks, meeting rooms, private phone booths, as well as offices. But what sets The Working Capitol apart from all other co-working spaces is their dedication to style and comfort; a pantry stocked with goods, a beer garden, a café, as well as showers and changing rooms are available to make sure that you are working at your best. Rates begin at $53.50 per day for work spots and can be as high as $2,300 per month for teams of two to eight.

2. Trehaus Cowork
Trehaus is the first kid-friendly co-working space in Singapore, perfect for new parents who need to take care of their children but are also sick of staying at home. At Trehaus Cowork, you could bring your kids and let them play in the ‘play atelier,’ a space dedicated to keeping children occupied while parents and other adults do their work. There are also offices, meeting rooms, desks, and tables that you can use. The Trehaus Cowork costs $50 for their daily rate, while monthly rates start from $350 to $3,600 dollars.

3. Hakerspace SG
For tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, Hackerspace SG is the co-working space for you. Bask in the almost-chaotic energy of innovation and technical exploration amidst like-minded individuals; here in Hackerspace, cardboard, computer parts, and gadgets clutter desks, all for the sake of discovery and invention. This co-working space is perfect for students and tech start-ups, with a regular monthly fee of $128, and $512 for a reserved desk. For students or those who are just starting out, you could apply for their ‘broke member’ fee which only sets you back by $64.

4. Woolf Works
Named after the famous novelist, Virginia Woolf, Woolf Works is a co-working space that caters exclusively to women. It was created by Michaela Anchan in 2014, as a work-at-home mom who craved social interaction. The rates at Woolf Works are affordable; monthly rates start from $200 and can be increased up to $600 for a permanent desk. There are also classes hosted at Woolf Works for businesswomen and interested mom-entrepreneurs. Classes include business-oriented skills such as photography or marketing, as well as lifestyle classes like parenting.


   Feb 20

The 4 Best Doggy Hotels in Singapore

Dogs can be man’s best friend, but sometimes you have to leave them alone for a trip. If you can’t find a pet sitter in time, though, you could always leave them in one of the many pet hotels here in Singapore. From the classy space of the Wagington to the wide, open space of Doggie Retreat, you are bound to find the perfect place for your furry friend.

1. The Wagington
The Wagington is a pet hotel that does not hold back on style. Pamper your pet with this hotel’s 5-star service, complete with indoor playgrounds and outdoor gardens. They even offer a Royal Suite for particularly kingly pups. It comes complete with a queen-sized bed, a 32-inch led TV, a gourmet selection of dog chow like pork chop and risotto, and is topped off with a beautiful chandelier. The Wagington also accepts feline guests, where they can live like royalty in their suites and a special cat-dedicated menu.

2. Wanderloge Pet Hotel and Suites
You could assure that your pet is taken the best care here in Wanderloge, a home-based pet boarding service. Here your dog will be housed in an air-conditioned environment, making sure that your pups are comfortable and safe. They also have an on-call vet who is available for 24-hours, to make sure that all medical problems that arise will be taken care of as quickly as possible. Wanderloge also provides its services for cats, and you can rest assured that your feline friend can stay safe in a friendly environment as you go about your trip.

3. Sunny Heights
Sunny Heights is different from other doggy daycares as it puts a huge importance on your dog’s social skills. At Sunny Heights, your dog will never be lonely. This doggy daycare has a lot of events and activities that can provide your dog with a lot of opportunities to mix and mingle with other dogs. Sunny Heights even comes complete with its own doggy pool, so that your dogs can do the doggy paddle with others of their own kind.

4. Doggie Retreat
Unlike other dog hotels, Doggie Retreat makes sure that your dog has a lot of space to run wild and free, providing a large compound for your dog to run around in along with other dogs. This makes sure that your pet is not bored of staying in a kennel all day. As a plus, your dog will also stay healthy and strong, as the large space and clean air can provide your dog with much-needed exercise and time in nature. They even have daily outings to various parks and beaches in Singapore, to make sure that your dog gets the best care in the world.


   Dec 13

The Pros and Cons of Buying New and Old Kitchen Equipment

Kitchen equipment is vital to any kitchen, and only commercial kitchen equipment is optimally designed to cook several dishes in one instance or prepare special ingredients as fast as possible.

One of the advantages of purchasing commercial kitchen equipment for your business is that it makes everything fast and convenient (even allowing your staff to multitask by preparing the ingredients for another dish while another is cooking), which will come in handy during a busy service with a lot of customers to cater.

Another is the relative safety of kitchen equipment in terms of being able to handle heavy tasks without easily breaking or being in need of constant repair, which might put your staff at risk of being exposed to a potential fire or explosive hazard.

New Kitchen Equipment
All commercial kitchen equipment leaves the store brand-new, and there are many different kinds and varieties that you can buy to serve the different needs and roles that need to be filled by your staff in their provided workstations.

Pros: Brand-new kitchen equipment is the dream of chefs, cooks, and restaurant owners looking to start their passion and business in Singapore without a hitch.

Safety is also not an issue, as stringent codes and regulations make sure that your brand-new equipment works perfectly and safely to minimize potential hazards an accidents in the kitchen. Many brands of commercial equipment from Singapore’s www.alpscreative.com for kitchens have built-in safety features to make sure that accidents in the workstation/s do not occur.

Cons: The generally high expense of purchasing all-new equipment and appliances for your staff’s workstation is guaranteed to set you back by a significant amount. If you find yourself unable to afford it right away, it will be difficult for you to find a new one that is within your budget, and you will most likely have to borrow extra to be able to afford it.

This makes investing in a restaurant difficult. Aside from the location’s rent and the utility bills, most of your budget will likely go to investing in good equipment that your staff can use not only to cook, but to multitask several dishes at one time.

Used Kitchen Equipment
Restaurants that need to move to second locations or expand will sometimes leave behind pieces of perfectly usable equipment that they will no longer need or cannot bring with them, which often end up sold to other restaurants for a fraction of the initial price when it was bought.

Pros: Often sold by restaurants that no longer need certain appliances or equipment, these kitchen equipment are especially easy to find and acquire.

They are much cheaper than their brand-new counterparts and are often still working perfectly, with the only exception being that the previous owners have no use for them or cannot transfer them to their second location. This makes them great for starting entrepreneurs who are looking for quality equipment without necessarily going over budget.

Cons: While used kitchen equipment is cheaper and easier to acquire (with less documents needing to be signed), there is always a chance that these could be faulty given their time with their previous owner.

You might need to have them inspected for faults as well as taken for repairs by a professional repairman in Singapore before being able to use them in your own kitchen, in which case might also set you back by an amount close to that of a brand-new piece of commercial kitchen equipment.

On Safety and Sanitation Equipment
Safety equipment and devices, which range from fire extinguishers to fire blankets, need to be purchased brand new in line with regulation. These are crucial aspects of your restaurant that need to be specifically purchased brand-new as well as replaced or refilled regularly, and have to be easily accessible.

Certain pieces of food safety equipment, such as deep fry thermometers, probe wipes, and disposable food thermometers, are also a must-have. Thermometers are a safe way to make sure that whatever is being cooked is cooked at the right temperature, which will keep certain ingredients and dishes from spoiling from being overcooked.

Installing and practicing safety devices and measures are a great way to not just keep the optimal temperature of your signature dishes, but also to prevent them from overcooking. Compared to other types of commercial equipment for your kitchen, these are more affordable.

Conclusion
Whether it comes to buying new or used commercial kitchen equipment anywhere in Singapore, it’s important to look at it yourself to know how each one works and where it can best be placed in your kitchen. If it helps, consult with an expert, such as your designer, or the salesperson, where you can best place it to optimize your workspace.

Be sure to look for any indicators for faulty equipment when purchasing used equipment from your kitchen equipment supplier. For example, if the stove range won’t light on the first try or if the deep fryer smells of gasoline no matter what you do, it could mean that either the valve or the socket/attachment point for the power source is not working properly.

Talk to your kitchen equipment supplier about the nature of the equipment before making the purchase. Asking questions such as how long it’s been used or how frequently it’s been mishandled, or even a quick inspection of its valves and other inner workings, will save you a lot of time and money later on.

Note: This list is compiled in no particular order.


   Nov 17

A Beginner’s Guide to Hairdressing Equipment

Starting a hair salon in Singapore doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you know the ins-and-outs of hairdressing. If you love doing your hair and changing your look every few weeks, you probably frequent a hair salon that you know and trust, which means you have an idea as to which supplies are needed for a salon to bring out the best in their clients.
 

Making a comprehensive list of the necessary equipment is the first big step in planning the budget that you need to start up your business. Here’s everything you need to start up your hair salon:

Salon Stations

This should be the first thing that comes to mind whenever the words “hair salon” come to mind. They’re the most important place to consider when designing your hair salon in Singapore and will take up the biggest portion of your budget.

Of course, no station is complete without shampoo bowls and driers. For every three stylists, you will need about one shampoo bowl. You can even reduce neck cramping by getting rubber lips that can be fitted over the shampoo bowls!

You should also consider getting one hood dryer for every two stations. They may indeed be a thing of the past, but they can still be a huge help, as they allow stylists from best hair salon in far east plaza to put one client under the dryer while starting the next. They’re also great for color jobs and styles that need setting.

Here are some other must-haves that should be within reach for every station:

The Hot Stuff

  • Blow dryer – This should be a standard issue, and every station should have one. No questions asked.
  • Conical curling iron – No matter how loose or tight your natural curls are, you can always enhance these gifts with a curling iron.
  • Flat iron – An alternative to the washing and blowing of hair is going straight for the ceramic flat iron, which adds polish and smoothness as well as being gentle on the hair.
  • Diffuser attachment – Air-drying thick hair can take a while, so be sure to use this to keep styling time to a minimum. Be sure to towel dry gently and avoid rubbing the hair, as this can cause it to become frizzy.

Combs and Brushes

  • Paddle brush – This brush is used to keep hair smooth after blow-drying it straight.
  • Round boar-bristle brush – These ones have bristles that are suited for delicate hair, as the brushes are much gentler and the rounded shape helps achieve maximum volume.
  • Boar-and-rubber bristle round brush – Mixed bristles grip hair well, so if a customer wants his/her hair worn straight, be sure to blow dry with this round brush.
  • Flat cushion brush with mixed bristles – This mixed-bristle brush also includes nylon bristles, which help to make hair look smooth and straight.
  • Fine-tooth comb – Tease sections of dry hair at the crown with a fine-tooth comb to achieve lift. Start at two inches from the scalp, and then slowly work your way towards the roots.

Creams, Sprays, and Lotions

  • Volumizing spray – This is guaranteed to bring a little spring to drooping hair. Be sure to spritz this at the roots before blow-drying.
  • Thickening shampoo – These kinds of shampoos have fewer conditioning agents, making the hair lighter and less weighed down.
  • Volumizing mousse – Mousse is great for creating thickness and lift fine curls, be careful not to use too much styling cream and de-frizzing serum. These can cause fine curls to collapse.
  • Curl cream – When you want to hold thicker natural curls together and define them without the stiffness, use a protein-based cream.
  • Rich conditioner – Use this to reduce frizz in thick, curly hair.
  • Shampoo – A good one with silicone and oils should help combat frizz for textured hair (as they tend to be dry).
  • Setting lotion – Dilute in water according to how much is needed for the hair to fight frizz and bring out the natural curls.
  • Silicone shine spray – This spray provides a protective barrier from the styling iron’s heat and adds glossiness to hair.

Others

  • Duckbill clips – This is used for lift, and works by opening them and slipping them by the roots of damp hair. After twisting slightly and anchoring them all along the hairline, be sure to remove the clips when the hair is dry.
  • Velcro rollers – These are the ones that you’ve seen your grandma use, and they’re great for giving body to thick hair strands.
  • Hot rollers – If the hair is rather fine, hot rollers are a safer alternative to providing that much-needed volume and bounce.

Manicure Stations

What’s a hair salon without a manicure station? It’s a guarantee that even best hair salon in Singapore would cater to your hands and feet. They’re the easiest services that a salon can add on, and you can even them to color-coordinate with the customer’s hair if you plan on doing a lot of color work.

For the manicure station, the first thing you’re going to need is a pedicure chair. Purchasing one with a built-in foot bath definitely helps to add more to the salon’s professional and relaxing feel, along with an attractive display of polish colors to tempt the customer into getting their nails done.

And of course, the best hair salon in Singapore would also come equipped with sanitation stations within clear view of the customer, as well as appropriate drying lamps to let the color set in and bring the relaxation to a whole new level.


   Sep 18

5 Types of Online Harassment You May Encounter

With the advent of technology and social networking, the forms of harassment we experience offline have plagued us online. Harassment comes in many forms, but the core purpose is clear and simple: to cause distress. Usually, it’s just hateful words, but sometimes it could be as serious as physical threats. So, how do these harassers do their awful works? Here are the different types of harassments you may encounter online.

1. Cyberstalking and Sexual Predation
Online harassment can become really persistent. Online predators will force a communication with a victim. In many cases, the stalking includes sexual harassment, whether explicitly or implicitly. Regardless, it’s important to understand that harassment done online is not necessarily limited to bullying; it can also take place in the form of excessive, persistent and unwanted messaging.

2. Online Impersonation
Unfortunately, it’s very easy to create an online account under someone else’s name—simply by signing up for a new account. The problem is that many of these accounts are created for not-so-nice intentions. The name used in the account can now be used to do ill-reputed online activities, like Photoshopping nude photos and then publishing it, brag about abusive drug use or wrongly impersonating the person they are trying to be, causing trouble to the real person. Most of the victims are public figures and celebrities, because of their fame and their name they are trying to protect.

3. Intimidation and Humiliation
Aggressive harassment done online includes bullying, hostile action, forcing the victim to execute specific actions and humiliating the person. This online attack is executed with the intention of shaming the person and damaging his self-esteem and emotional state.

4. Hate Speech
Anyone using his online identity to make hate speeches against a person, race, gender, certain religion and political beliefs is considered a cyber-bully. Remember that there is a thin line between expressing your thoughts about a certain idea and giving a hate speech towards certain group of people, an individual or an idea. Any opinion that promotes hate should be reported right away.

5. Threats of Violence
The extreme type of online harassment includes threats of violence against a person or group of people. The threats can be direct or indirect and specific or vague. But in any case, they represent looming danger and may need legal intervention to ensure the safety of the victim and protect him or her from potential harm.
These harassments can cause serious effects emotionally—and even physically—to victims, but we do not have to wait to become victims. If you encounter any of these cyber harassments, report the post to the website immediately.


   Sep 13

5 Possible Reasons Why You’re Still Single in Your 30s

Many modern women would agree that the 30s is the best years of their lives. It is the time when they have finally figured out what they want and have all the things they need to get it (e.g. stable job, decent income).

If you are looking for your one, true love, don’t be shy. Just make sure you’re ready for it. And if you’re not, take a moment to pause and think what’s hindering you from completely putting yourself out there.

1. You’re not over your ex.
Breakups are terrible and painful, but it should not stop you from getting to know other people. Sometimes, comparing everyone to your former lover makes it harder to find a good relationship. Stop idealizing your ex and comparing him to every man you meet. It will only make it harder for you to find love.

2. You’re playing games.
Although it’s true that a little mystery won’t harm, it is also important t be completely honest from the beginning of the relationship. Avoid purposely making a man jealous just because you want to his reaction or taking time to reply because it took him long to message you back. If something is bothering or annoying you, be direct about it.

3. You fear intimacy and commitment
You fear of having to always consider the other person and having to sacrifice what you really for a relationship to work. Although you have the tendency to romanticize the idea of getting married and having a happy family, you often skip the things that come along with flourishing a relationship, such as trusting other people, working together as a team, being together through thick and thin and compromise, compromise, compromise.

4. You don’t go out as much.
If you’re looking someone to have for the rest of your life, you have to be proactive about it. It’s impossible to find a potential boyfriend if you are always in the comfort of your home, re-watching your favourite series. Go out and have fun! Go bar hopping with friends, meet new people and be as approachable as you can be. It is about showing people that you are ready to mingle with them.

5. You limit your type.
We all have our own idea of ideal partner, but that does not mean you have to turn down every one who doesn’t fit the bill. Remember: a person may not have your ideals, but you get to break the pattern of being in the same type of relationship if you break the pattern of dating the same type of person.

Searching for love is not an easy quest, especially during the 30s when we’ve been through so many ups and downs of life. However, do not let your bad experiences dictate your romantic future. Put yourself out there and try to see what’s in store for you.