My Story

How to Look like a Mermaid


I started this blog first as a beauty blog way back in 2010, while I was studying for my Masters in Grenoble, France. At the time, I needed an outlet to write about beauty (it’s my first love, really) and share all the wonderful things I came across while living in Europe – while, on the other hand, trying to perfect my thesis in something about QCM-D and cocaine. I had no idea what I wanted this blog to become, or how I wanted it to grow, except that I wanted to be recognised for my honest and scientifically-backed reviews about products. The blog started with another name, Laced Ivory, but I later changed it to The Skinny Scout in 2015.

When my studies ended a year later, I returned to Singapore and taught Chemistry to high school students for a few years and kept The Skinny Scout going with content that wouldn’t get me fired. When my work contract ended, I decided to take the leap and do The Skinny Scout full-time, alongside my dream project of launching my own jewellery line, Trouvée.Co. I had no kids, no debt, and nothing else that would keep me tied down – so what better time than this to give it a go? I don’t know how much support I had at the time, but I knew that I could always count on my two best friends, Alexis and Corinne, and that whether they understood the world of blogging or not, they would still say, “Go ahead.”

Blogging on The Skinny Scout has given me so much more meaning in life, and so many things to look forward to! Not only does it serve as a record of all the products I’ve owned at one point or another, it has also allowed me to make new friends who I would otherwise only see afar on Instagram and Twitter. I’ve learnt how to use a DSLR, make videos, take pretty pictures and also how to create many looks with a tight budget.

My philosophy is to always take chances when you can, and live your best today for a better tomorrow. And as I journey towards my goals and dreams for The Skinny Scout, I’d like to thank you for your continued support!