Morning Skin Care Routine for September 2018
Some of my colleagues and friends have told me that my skin has become a lot more clearer and more brighter than last time so, I would like to talk about my glow journey in some posts. Although it is currently already May, 2019, I would like to talk about my skincare journey all the way from September 2018 up till now. It was when my skin started changing drastically. Ever since I have implemented the SK-II in my routine, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. So, I would like to discuss some of it in my posts.

As I have moved back to my home country - Myanmar, I am not as accessible for the products as I was used to in Singapore anymore so, I am trying to simplify my skincare usage. As I was planning to move back to my country, I was already opening less products.

In this routine, the products that I use is less than what I normally use while I was in Singapore but sometimes, having less products can actually acts as a minimalist way of approaching the skincare that we all love. Don't get me wrong, I like trying out skincare as much as you do if you are reading this blogpost in 2019 where not a lot of people are still writing the blogposts these days.

So, let's talk more about the products after me blabbering much about why I'm using this routine.

Although I didn't have in this photo, I was using Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam. It was one of my favourite cleanser at that time and I still use it from time to time even now. It does foam up quite well and cleanse my skin quite nicely without stripping my skin too much.

After that I used the Etude House Wonder Pore, it was really inexpensive for a huge bottle of toner but when I started becoming conscious about the ingredients in the skin care product, this toner has alcohol in a pretty high ingredient list so after using that bottle, I totally stopped using it.

After the toner, I always use SK-II's facial treatment essence. It was my holy grail product but since the price is really high, I use it bit by bit so that it won't finish up. The pitera is really good for my skin and I can see very huge difference whenever I use the SK-II.

The new step that I started cooperating is the Hada Labo's Gokujyun lotion. It is a hyaluronic acid lotion that provides hydration to the skin. It is a very nice cooling and hydrating lotion after the SK-II's pitera essence. It does not break me out and it tends to moisturise a bit more than what I needed in the dry weather.

After that, only in a while, I use the Sana eye cream. It is really thick and moisturising eye cream that sometimes I use as my normal moisturiser for the whole face when I travel. It is a thick but absorbs into the skin super quick and leave the skin soft and supple the next morning. As a eye cream, I don't really see it reducing the very few fine lines that I have.

The last few steps of the skin care is the moisturiser. I am currently trying out the Estee Lauder moisturiser since I got it as a sample when I bought Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for my mom. I can't say it's amazing but it does moisturise the skin nicely. Although comparing to the other moisturisers that I have tried, given the price that they are selling, it's not worth it in my books. So, after I used it up, I haven't purchase the full sized tub at all.

The last step of the morning routine is my sunscreen. I have started applying sunscreen diligently every morning for a few months and I can see a huge difference in my skin being clear and brighter skin overall. For this Innisfree sunscreen, it is a mineral sunscreen so it leaves a white cast which I don't like but can't be helped since mineral sunscreen tends to be white in color. Other than that,  it is a little bit hard to work underneath the makeup so I prefer chemical sunscreens over mineral sunscreens.

So, this is my morning skin care routine. It is not very through about ingredients and such since I only wanted to share the routine of mine. :)

I hope you found helpful in this blogpost. :)
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If you asked me whether I miss Singapore, the answer will always be YES! just because the love of my life is there while I am being back in Yangon where I am still away from my family considerably. Although the advantages of being back in Yangon is that I finally get to spend extra good amount of time with my friends whom I have been lost in touch with for a couple of years when I was in Singapore. Another good things is that I get to travel a lot more with my group of friends, mostly short day trips or one night two day trips with them to nearby towns.

It has been 5 months since I left Singapore, and I miss the place everyday. It has become my second home, my sanctuary for consuming my love for Japanese food, skincare and architecture photography. With being said, I still enjoy being in Yangon. I get to meet my friends so much so that my weekends are always hectic, I have a day job working my ass off and save money so that I get to meet my boyfriend. 

Of course, some of them sucked for me. My boyfriend of 5 and half years and I are in long distance relationship and I enjoy every single moment that I can to spend time with him. I wish we both are free enough to spend more time but unfortunately, both of us have our own jobs and social life that we can only chat a small amount of time per day. Even while chatting, either one of us will be dozing off and my favourite time became staring at the tired boyfriend while he is dozing off. 

Nonetheless, I enjoy living in Yangon, not because of my hometown, but because days are going by so fast that I want to enjoy my days being here for a bit without dwelling back to Singapore too much.  Sometimes, I just wish to play games at home without socialising too much and working too much. 
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Late night musings on long distance relationship
It's time to leave
Ahh, it's been more than 1 month that I moved countries from Singapore back to Myanmar and I have experienced a lot of changes within this one month.

Since young, I have always wanted to get outside the country. I had a kinda rough childhood that I wanted be away from the family and when I decided that I'd be leaving the country, I never looked back. Well, after 5 years of being away from the country, who would've thought I'd be back in this country for the better good. I came to Singapore 5 years ago to study my university and I even finished my Masters Degree during this half a decade. Time had passed so quickly for the past 5 years. Before I knew it, I have been packing my bags for the move.

I can't say that I'm excited to go back to Myanmar since it's only going to be a temporary to stay there before I actually figure out my life and what I want to be in life. However, I'm so excited to see my mom and spend some off time to actually chill and do nothing for a bit. I have been wanting to just chill and explore (which I haven't doing during this 1 month though) and spend some time with family and friends.

I'm excited to see what is to come for me and my future while trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do in my life. It's going to be an interesting experience for me. 
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Let's do a little life update on this post while I explain why I am not blogging these days. I still love blogging, don't get me wrong. I have a lot of new ideas that I want to do on this blog and many other stuff that I need to finish doing.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I did mention briefly why I didn't have time to follow my blog schedule. I have a all-weekday-blogpost which is like 5 blog posts per week. It takes quite a while to photograph and write blog posts for that.

With my blog schedule, I was also full-time studying Japanese and taking exams for that (JLPT) during the time so I chose studying over my hobbies every single time. I am currently at Advanced Japanese (JLPT N2 level) and it cause me to study a lot harder than what I used to during my basics.

Bare in mind that I started studying Japanese in March and it has only been 4 months for me to reach to Advanced class (note: even if you study full-time will not reach Advanced level within 4 months. I have skipped some levels and some I had super intensive courses that didn't happen most of the time so, the rate that I was going was unusual. You have to practice and remember a lot of vocabulary and grammar patterns while using the hiragana, katakana characters as well as kanji for the most part to reach to Advanced class.) I will talk more about my Japanese learning stuff in another blog post entirely.

Another point that was taking my time was the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), I took part in the exam so I definitely had to study for the exam. Well, I cannot tell the results yet since they have not released yet so I will update on my Instagram when I know the results.

Another thing is, I have planned to go back to my home country (Myanmar) by end of August. So, I have been packing, culling down my possessions (which is kinda failing). If you do not know, I am living in Singapore under student visa and it is going to expire soon so I am going back to take my advanced Japanese exams and start working.

So, if you ask what I am doing currently, I am taking JLPT preparation course for JLPT N2 (second hardest exam out of JLPT) part time and I am packing while resting at home. I also have been reading a lot more and there is one thing that caught my interest these days which is gaming. I have been back to gaming whenever I have free time so other than studying, packing and reading, gaming has taken most of my free time.

So, these are the reasons why I have not been blogging these days. Please comment below to make me find some time to blog as well as please give me some ideas for new and interesting blog posts that I should make.

On a completely side note, this blogpost marks my 300 blog posts on my blog! I couldn't believe that I have been writing for so long. I will definitely continue this hobby and share what I love and what I am obsessed whether it might be skincare or makeup. 
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Why I am not blogging these days
What I got from Sephora VIB Sale 2018
I got a lot of stuff from the Lazada sale a few weeks back and I knew I have to save money. Although I have a very long list of wish listed products from Sephora, when I saw the queues and the amount of people queuing in line for going into the stores, I didn't want anything anymore.

However, the boyfriend wanted something and he wanted to make use of my Sephora Black card for his purchase, we decided to go to Sephora at Ngee Ann City rather than Sephora at ION since there were much lesser people than ION.

Since I was there, I was also looking around thinking what I wanted to get and whether should I get anything at all. Finally, I decided that I would get one thing from the sale.

It was a skincare item. I have been hearing about this brand for way too long, on and offline. My friend also uses this brand and she said it is a good brand and it fits her nicely. Everyone that I follow and watch on YouTube raves about this brand and saying that the products are really good so I decided to try it.

I decided to get Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.
The photo above is the 150ml size from the brand and they also have 50ml version of the cleanser. The one that I got is the 50ml size which costs me SGD23 before the discount. The 150ml version is SGD63 and I felt like I don't want to spend SGD63 on a face cleanser that I have not yet tried. 

First impression is that it does smells like cucumbers and it does not strip away the moisture from the skin. I will do a through review on this cleanser soon so make sure to come back soon! 

You can get this from: Sephora SG

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I have been meaning to write this review since a while back and I have been putting it off since I have had mixed feelings about this product. If you saw my "What's I got for Christmas" blogpost, you'll know that my boyfriend got this scrub for me as a Christmas present. I wanted a new scrub and I have been using St. Ives products since 5 years ago and I have been really loving them. So, I definitely thought I will like this product as much as I love the other products from the range.

I paid around SGD8 from Watsons for this scrub so, it is definitely budget friendly product for anyone. If you can find this product on sale, you can even get a better deal than me so, watch out for the sales.

This product claims to "polish away skin's little imperfections. It is infused with pink lemon and mandarin peel extracts, this citrusy face scrub smoothes away rough skin and evens out skin tone for positively glowing skin." This product is also made with 100% natural exfoliants and extracts, hypoallergenic, paraben-free and dermatologist tested as well as non-comedogenic. (Source: St. Ives)

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Hydrated Silica, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Methylisothiazolinone, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Red 30 (CI 73360), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

I tend to scrub my face every week. I have always loved St. Ives scrubs on my face but these days, I realise that they are a tad bit too harsh on my face. Since the exfoliants are pretty big compared to my other scrubs, I have been avoiding this type of scrub for my face.

I love the scent of this scrub. It smells so good. It has a tad bit of citrusy scent as well as the orange scent combined. The scrub itself is much gentler to other scrubs from the same brand like Apricot scrub from them or other scrubs from them. I used quite a few times on my face for a few months and it seemed like it will not run out so fast.

As I mentioned, the scrub itself is a finely milled grain texture that is much finer than other scrubs from St. Ives and you will feel it gently removes the dead skin from the face. Just simply wet a bit of your face and apply gently and rub in circular motion concentrating on the nose or t-zone areas or other areas that has dead skin cells. Avoid eye areas since the skin around the eyes are way gentler than the face skin and it does not required to exfoliate.

Results wise, it does remove the dead skin cells properly although it tends to strip away the moisture from the skin so people who has dry skin, beware of this product. It also leaves the skin nice and smooth while making the skin a bit brighten from the dullness from the dead skin cells.

The thing that I don't like about this and other scrubs from St. Ives is the separation of the gel and the exfoliants after you left it unused for a few weeks. I hate that it separates and the exfoliants gets harden while blocking the tube.

I haven't used the scrub for the body yet but I have been thinking of using the scrub as my body scrub to scrub my elbows and feet areas where the dead skin cells are the thickest.

Overall, I will give this 2 stars out of 5. I do not like to use this on my face but I have not tried it on my body. If it really removes the dead skin cells from my feet and elbows properly, I will properly give 4 stars since it is so budget friendly as well as easily accessible from most drugstores. I will try it on my body in my next shower and will give you an update on my Instagram so make sure to follow me on Instagram.
You can get the product from: Watsons SG, Guardians SG, NTUC/Fair Price and other stores 

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Review: Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask in Aloe ★★★☆☆
Usually, I have written a few blog posts and scheduled them so that I can just rest at night. But, it seems that I have been lazy without writing the sheet mask reviews. So, today, I will be writing the review of the Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask in Aloe.

If you have read my other blog posts from my Etude House Sheet Mask line, you will know that I tend to prefer watery essence consistency since they tend to absorb faster and give me enough hydration. Since I saw how the other masks from this mask line performed, I had high hopes for this mask as well.
As usual, Etude House's 0.2mm sheet mask line got 3 different essence types. The moist water type essence, the ampoule type essence and the emulsion type essence. From what I have experienced, the emulsion type essence is the thickest and the most moisturising while the moist water type essence is the thinnest and the most hydrating.
According to Etude House, this mask claimed to give enough moisture while soothe the skin. 

Ingredients Water, Glycereth-26, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Carbomer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Beta-Glucan, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pinus Palustris Oil, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ceramide NP (Source: here)
Source: Skin18
The sheet mask material is a thin cottony type material that is thin and soft. Since it has a thin sheet mask, it is difficult to unfold with the essence after I took out from the packet. Although the sheet mask is thin, it is not easily tearable and can stretch a bit to fit your face. Once the mask is on, it won't come off that easily. The fit is like a glove on my face and I can do my housework and other stuff while wearing the mask. 

The essence is the watery clear essence that is very drippy. So, make sure to be careful while you are unfolding the mask since it will drip a lot. I tend to unfold and put on the sheet mask at my sink so that it won't get messy inside my room. There is 20ml of essence in the packet. I love the fact that it still has a lot of essence leftover after I have applied the mask on the face. 

As usual, I left it on my face for 20 minutes and for some reason, this mask dried out quite fast. Around 15 minutes mark, most of my T-zone area is dry already. It was such a surprise since other moist water type essence masks tend to last longer than other types of masks. 

Overall, I didn't feel much difference after I removed the mask that has been on my face for 20 minutes. I felt cooling sensation throughout the mask weartime but I didn't see any difference at all. Other masks tend to give me more moisture and hydration to my face so this mask is a meh product for me. I give 3 stars out of 5 for this mask. 
Price - SGD2
I got the entire line of mask during the sale for 50% off and I got all 19 types of masks. Excited to try them all and review them all!

You can get fromEtude House Singapore 

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Finally, I started using the pomegranate mask from Etude House sheet mask line. I have been wanting to use this mask but I wanted to go through other masks first before I use this. Because of that, I knew a bit more information on how to react to this mask properly.
Back of the mask
As usual, Etude House's 0.2mm sheet mask line got 3 different essence types. The moist water type essence, the ampoule type essence and the emulsion type essence. From what I have experienced, the emulsion type essence is the thickest and the most moisturising while the moist water type essence is the thinnest and the most hydrating.
This mask has the ampoule type essence that is not too thin or not too thick. It claims to provide elasticity, firmness and give back health and alive to the original state of the skin. It also claims to give the skin natural glow to the skin. 

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (2500ppm), Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Foencullum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ceramide NP. (Source: here)
The mask material is like not too thick or not too thin cotton material is that easy to unfold if you can find the end properly. Since the material is not too thin, it is not easy to tear which I really enjoyed but if you unfold it with strength, it will tear. Mine tear while I was unfolding today and I was really frustrated when I couldn't find the end of the mask. 

The essence is also a clear watery gel like essence that is not too thin and has a slip to the touch. I really enjoyed the essence of the ampoule type since they are easy to get absorbed into the skin and can see more of results immediately. There is 20ml of essence inside the packet and there is still a lot of essence left over after I applied the mask on the face. Since it's ampoule type, it is easier to get absorbed into the skin and leave my skin nice and supple looking. 

I left the mask on for 20 minutes as usual. After 20 minutes, the mask is still a bit wet although it is getting dry. But it is not as bad as the emulsion type essences since they get to become drier a lot quicker than other mask types. 

My skin also felt nice, supple and moisturised and after a few hours since the essence was absorbed into the skin, my skin looked radiant and super soft to the touch. I really loved this mask and so I give this mask 4 stars out of 5. 
Price - SGD2
I got the entire line of mask during the sale for 50% off and I got all 19 types of masks. Excited to try them all and review them all!

You can get fromEtude House Singapore 

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Review: Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask in Pomegranate ★★★★☆
Today, I want to make a review of the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM Art lens for Canon mount. If you haven't read my "Why I wanted Sigma 18-35 f1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for my Canon 70D", I did mentioned a bit that I wanted it because of this lens is the zoom lens with f1.8 constant aperture. And so, I decided to purchase it with my own money in June and I was super excited to use it! 

Disclaimer: All the photos that I had below are from the Sigma lens and all are not edited, straight out of camera. Although all photos are raw files, they were exported into JPEGS for file size purposes. 
Happy Reyar!! Right after I got the lens, I decided to make use of it in National Gallery Singapore. 
I immediately noticed after I bought it was it had trouble focusing properly. It kept hunting whenever I use the screen instead of viewfinder. When in viewfinder, it shoots immediately but sometimes you don't get sharp images as it promised.
1/100, f1.8, ISO 400
This photo is one of those unsharp images. I was confused on why it is not as sharp as I would like. I was thinking that maybe it is because I used f1.8 and it is quite difficult to find the place where is sharp.
1/60 sec, f1.8, ISO 320
After trying out confused for half an hour, getting shots like this, I decided to go home and research on how to fix it. After researching on forums and some articles, it seemed that auto focus issues are a common thing that happens with the Canon cameras and you could potentially fix it if you get the Sigma calibration dock. TBH, I don't want to spend another SGD200 on this dock that may or may not fix this issue and I decided to take another approach.

Another day, I decided to try till I get sharp images and I was planning to take lots of photos for the day. I knew there will be some sharp images to get by and since I already got it, I really wanted to get some images that I really like and it would be nice to take.
1/800 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
Still trying to get sharp images and these are totally failing on me. I was sad, frustrated and confused why the lens is failing on me. Especially when everybody loves this lens and I paid more than SGD 1000 for it. I still haven't give up on this lens yet since I didn't have the option of returning it like in US. Singapore don't have the return system on most of the things so I either have to sell it or have to just keep it somewhere. At that time, I didn't know where to sell it so the thought of just letting it collect dust that costs me 1k is unacceptable for me.
1/1600, f1.8, ISO 400
Still getting unsharp images. As for reference, I use mainly my viewfinder and I rarely use my screen to take photos. I kept the camera settings manual, with single shooting, at one shot focus and with manual selection for focus. The metering is at evaluative metering. It's for those who are wondering. I was frustrated that I still didn't get a single decent shot!
1/800 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
I knew it was coming! I had my very first sharp image. It was still at f1.8 so it is not the aperture issue. So what was the issue?

It is still hit or miss with everything about this lens. Sometimes, they are super sharp and sometimes they are not focusing at all. In some of the photos that I took, you might think that they are pretty sharp but I usually zoom into my eyes. I believe, if the rim of the eyes are sharp, then pretty much the face is sharp. Usually, I tend to focus on my face or other people's faces so, it is my logic. I know it's pretty illogical to most of the people (haha). 
1/1250 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
Another crisp sharp of the boyfriend. Even if it is at f1.8, I love the way it looks. 

So back to the question of what's causing the focusing issues? 

Tbh, I have no idea. The most closest experience I have with my lens and my camera is that whenever I use the back screen instead of viewfinder and have my focus tapped on the face of the person, it's a tad sharper than using the viewfinder and take a snap. Although there is no certain that this way is what making the lens not focusing properly. Since in some cases, even the back screen focus is not focusing properly and some of the photos that I took with the viewfinder is sharp. 
1/1000 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
I went to Gardens by the Bay after the National Gallery Singapore and I decided to do macro shots with what I have. And I love the bokeh so much. It is so amazing if you do macro shots and the bokeh will be out of the world. But for normal head shots, I am not sure how I feel about the photos that I got since it's not as creamy as the ones that I got from my Canon 50mm f`1.8 lens.

Of course, the distance of the lens plays a huge role in making the shots buttery smooth and creamy af. But of course, I love the fact that it is zoom lens with a constant aperture of f1.8.
1/1000 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
Overall, on that day, I was kinda satisfied that I got a few shots that I liked from the photo shoot but it's still not the standard that I would like this lens to perform since I paid too much money for it. I wanted this lens to work for me most of the time I use it without failure and it is because my SGD 50mm f1.8 performed so well that it wouldn't make it justice for me to spend 1k on one lens.

Another day, I went for taking photos on Tuas side of the country, I brought this lens to test out again. On this day, I actually got a few shots that I really loved and here's the Instagram post of it.
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However, I tried using this lens for headshots and they are always somewhat blurry. I never get somewhat decent photos of me.

As usual, I tried with an aperture of f1.8 since I was that nice creamy bokeh. But it still won't focus properly whenever I tried to use viewfinder and this photo below is somewhat of a result that I get every single time.
1/500 sec, f1.8, ISO 400
Another shot that I really enjoyed using the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens. At that time, I put at 35mm with back screen turned on and tapped on my face to track my face. It was at f1.8 and around 1/400 sec since it was quite bright in the afternoon.

Then I used it on and off but the lens didn't make a chance to come out since I got assignments and my MBA stuff going on and I hated the fact that it was super bulky and heavy to bring my camera out. I could not fit the camera to my bag unless I bring my backpack and it was really heavy on my bag. Moreover, the lens was not weather resistant so whenever it rained, I didn't want to bring outside my 1k camera.

I did shot a short film with this lens but there were no colour correction, no stabilization and shot hand held. It came out decent but I would like to make it a bit more cinematic in the future if I have the time to do short films again. 

And here comes the AFA 2017. I was really pumped to take lots of photos from the cosplayers and guess who's back?! The focusing issue! It was really annoying and make my photos not focused properly. 
Around november of 2017, my boyfriend said he wanted to get a camera for his own use and asked me which camera brands or camera is good for him. His requirements were that it has to be small and lightweight, somewhat of a new model (at most 1-2 years from release date) and he wants it sharp. 

Since he was the one behind the camera whenever he takes a photo of me so he knew how difficult it is to get a sharp image from the 18-35 lens from Sigma. So when he decided to purchase the Fujifilm X-T20 as I recommended him, we went and tried it in stores. 
Shot on Fujifilm X-T20 at 1/60 sec, f2.8, ISO 500
The photo above was the one Marcus (my bf) took inside the store and he was sold. There were no delay at all and he fell in love with the electronic shutter and the sharpness of the Fujifilm lenses. He bought it on spot and we decided that we should go and use the camera the next day. 

And the photo below is at Gardens by the Bay (again!) where I was testing out the camera and amazed on how well the camera handles and how light and small the camera is. (Well, this is not a camera review of the Fuji but if you want to hear from me, let me know!) 
1/160 sec, f1.8, ISO 100
In the above photo, the lens handle well and gave me a sharp image even though Marcus used the viewfinder and took a shot of me. It was at f1.8. I still use it nonetheless and this time round, I use it more often since I knew the success rate of getting very sharp images are low so I take more.

Then again, my final results came. Life got easier and I didn't had a chance to go out and shoot. But, in January 2018, after my finals, we decided that we will be travelling to Japan. I decided that I will only bring 2 lens. My 50mm f1.8 and the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8. I knew the success rate is quite low but I am willing to give a chance.

The catch is that I let my boyfriend handle the canon with the sigma lens on while I take mainly with the Fujifilm. To my surprise, the photos that the bf took were really good and really sharp. The photo below is the sample image of me taking photo.
1/250 sec, f1.8, ISO 100
January 2018 in Tokyo
After I came back from Japan, I went several trips by myself so I asked my boyfriend whether I could bring his camera to shoot with it. So, after that, I rarely use canon.

Around my birthday, my boyfriend gave me a Fujifilm camera as my birthday gift since I was too impressed by the system and the quality it gave. I only use Canon for my YouTube filming since the video capabilities of the Canon is still much better than that of Fuji.

Today, while I was writing this blogpost, I wanted some affirmation whether the lens still has the focusing problem or whether it has been fixed by itself. So, I tried taking from the dark to my room to see a big contrast and lines to see the sharpness clearly.
1/30 sec, f1.8, ISO 3200
The results were that it still has the issues. The door is out of focus and not sharp at all. Although you will say I had the ISO of 3200 and the 1/30 of a second so it might be from unsteady hands. To my defence, I used a tripod and I used the timer so that my hands won't affect the sharpness of the lens.

The two photos below is a comparison that I made with the Fujifilm lens the Sigma lens. Bare in mind that I got my Canon taking raw files and now I mainly shoot in JPGs for smaller photo size.
So, let's do a pro and cons for this lens. 
- When in focus, super sharp
- 18mm f1.8
- zoomable range that is constant at f1.8
- nice and heavy for steady video movements
- super durable build quality
- nice smooth zoom ring and manual focus ring

- size and weight
- focusing issues
- not weather sealed
- no optical stabilization 
- ugly chromatic aberrations (although can be fixed in post)

Whether I would buy again - if the focusing issues have been fixed, I don't mind getting the lens used. Paying for full price will be the death of me and my wallet. 

The reason why I said whether I would buy again is that I will be selling this lens soon. I love this lens even though it's annoyingly frustrating to shoot. I love the feel of it, the weight of it and it's super sharp when it is in focus. 

So, I will be making another post about why I am selling the lens soon. Stay tuned!!

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