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I had to go through my text messages to see when we actually kickstarted the project. It was a while back, you guys! So it all started in September when Farhanna had an epiphany over the waters on her way back to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur. She was peering through the window when the idea came to her mind to work on a very exciting project involving 12 lucky girls whom she picked to work with. We had our first meeting at Twelv--that time it was just me, her, Nuurol and Amal K--and she elaborated more on the whole concept and idea. We were already super thrilled then, and I don't think we've stopped feeling excited about it!

Each girl, together with Farhanna, would sit down together and discuss the vision we had for our piece. Even before we had the actual sit down, I knew I wanted a jumpsuit because if ever I was turned into an apparel I would either be skinny jeans or a jumpsuit. I thought about what jumpsuit I wanted--whether the pants were flared or more like cigarette trousers. I then thought about what Na Forrér signature I wanted to incorporate in my piece--songket or lace--and I obviously picked songket. 

I thought my jumpsuit needed a bit of an edge and you know I am a big fan of structure. It was so easy designing the jumpsuit because Farhanna and I were always on the same page and we always thought the same things! We both wanted big sleeves and a box shoulder! With the sleeves, we wanted it to be dramatic and I had the perfect idea (so did she... I swear we were so in-sync) to have kimono-like sleeves. Farhanna mentioned that I had an oriental look and she wasn't the first to say so! Adila had also mentioned it before! So, I was like, yeah let's give it an oriental edge. A photo popped up in my head. In 2015, when I was doing my final project for that 8-week fashion design course I was taking, this was one that was on my moodboard.




Around, I want to say November, we all had a get-together with Farhanna and she announced our themes and our colours. She divided the collection into 4 colours per our beloved national flag. In terms of theme, we were split into Red Blooded Vixen, The Enchantress, Femme Fatale and An All White Affair. Fina, May and I were grouped under Femme Fatale and we were the grey/black (sheeps) of the clan. 

After fittings, the time finally came for the campaign shoot, which was what we were all so excited about! Moderate Films was the campaign photographer and Natasya did our make-up. Femme Fatale's session was on a Sunday morning. I was there by 7AM, I think, for make-up. And it was the funnest 6 hours of my life! Haha! There was just so much laughter, creativity and direction. I enjoyed it very much.








Farhanna then flew to make us proud in London by showcasing #NFormation at London Fashion Week. On top of that, she surprised us by personalizing the names of our outfits. My oriental jumpsuit is called the Nabeela and I really love it. In all honesty, I love them all. I'd wear the Ajeera, the Disco, the Mayden, the Aliaa, the Lioness, the WeekendFrock, the Ammal, the Namaste, the Ainul, the Rube and the Siddique. My ultimate favourite though is actually the Lioness. I love it so much! 

What I love most about it all, is the sense of national pride. This Bruneian designer is collaborating with 12 local social media heads and bringing our names abroad... to London Fashion Week and to international e-commerce sites. So what are you waiting for? Go pre-order a piece and don't forget you can modest-fy the smexy ones to your own liking. Really thinking about the Lioness now.


Love,


How I got #NFormation

Friday, 24 March 2017

I had to go through my text messages to see when we actually kickstarted the project. It was a while back, you guys! So it all started in September when Farhanna had an epiphany over the waters on her way back to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur. She was peering through the window when the idea came to her mind to work on a very exciting project involving 12 lucky girls whom she picked to work with. We had our first meeting at Twelv--that time it was just me, her, Nuurol and Amal K--and she elaborated more on the whole concept and idea. We were already super thrilled then, and I don't think we've stopped feeling excited about it!

Each girl, together with Farhanna, would sit down together and discuss the vision we had for our piece. Even before we had the actual sit down, I knew I wanted a jumpsuit because if ever I was turned into an apparel I would either be skinny jeans or a jumpsuit. I thought about what jumpsuit I wanted--whether the pants were flared or more like cigarette trousers. I then thought about what Na Forrér signature I wanted to incorporate in my piece--songket or lace--and I obviously picked songket. 

I thought my jumpsuit needed a bit of an edge and you know I am a big fan of structure. It was so easy designing the jumpsuit because Farhanna and I were always on the same page and we always thought the same things! We both wanted big sleeves and a box shoulder! With the sleeves, we wanted it to be dramatic and I had the perfect idea (so did she... I swear we were so in-sync) to have kimono-like sleeves. Farhanna mentioned that I had an oriental look and she wasn't the first to say so! Adila had also mentioned it before! So, I was like, yeah let's give it an oriental edge. A photo popped up in my head. In 2015, when I was doing my final project for that 8-week fashion design course I was taking, this was one that was on my moodboard.




Around, I want to say November, we all had a get-together with Farhanna and she announced our themes and our colours. She divided the collection into 4 colours per our beloved national flag. In terms of theme, we were split into Red Blooded Vixen, The Enchantress, Femme Fatale and An All White Affair. Fina, May and I were grouped under Femme Fatale and we were the grey/black (sheeps) of the clan. 

After fittings, the time finally came for the campaign shoot, which was what we were all so excited about! Moderate Films was the campaign photographer and Natasya did our make-up. Femme Fatale's session was on a Sunday morning. I was there by 7AM, I think, for make-up. And it was the funnest 6 hours of my life! Haha! There was just so much laughter, creativity and direction. I enjoyed it very much.








Farhanna then flew to make us proud in London by showcasing #NFormation at London Fashion Week. On top of that, she surprised us by personalizing the names of our outfits. My oriental jumpsuit is called the Nabeela and I really love it. In all honesty, I love them all. I'd wear the Ajeera, the Disco, the Mayden, the Aliaa, the Lioness, the WeekendFrock, the Ammal, the Namaste, the Ainul, the Rube and the Siddique. My ultimate favourite though is actually the Lioness. I love it so much! 

What I love most about it all, is the sense of national pride. This Bruneian designer is collaborating with 12 local social media heads and bringing our names abroad... to London Fashion Week and to international e-commerce sites. So what are you waiting for? Go pre-order a piece and don't forget you can modest-fy the smexy ones to your own liking. Really thinking about the Lioness now.


Love,


Sorry for the lack of updates! I have been busy. If not for LMN, it's for my day job, and they are both equally important to me so I tighten my reigns on both horses and I beat myself up if I feel like I've been slacking in either one of them. It's not healthy, I know. I need to learn how to take a breather sometimes but there's just no rest for the wicked! I sometimes complain to my husband that I feel a little exhausted but I keep telling myself that someone somewhere is working a lot harder than I am and then I snap out of it and push even harder. 

Alhamdulillah, my March has been eventful! I was a little tired, I can't lie, but it's all good and fun! 

The Wedding KL

This trip was a little impromptu but little did I know it turned out to be the getaway I really needed. Yes I had two shows to attend, but somewhere in between I managed to squeeze in some good food and some shopping. I ate at my usual places--Shell Out and Serai--but I was most happy about my meal at Kyochon at Pavi; I absolutely loved it. I might even like it better than 4Fingers, but don't quote me on that! I could have just been extra hungry that day.

Of course I had to wear songket to a bridal fashion show!

My favourite from the FV Intimates and Robes show.

My favourite from the Mimpikita show! Just look at that angular peplum detail!

#NFormation

In conjunction with IWD2017Na Forrér launched her new collection which was a collaboration with 12 local influencers, including myself! I'll elaborate more on that and the whole journey soon, but I have to say, this has been the most exciting project I've been on. I absolutely enjoyed our girlgang meet-ups, the campaign shoot and the showcase that was held on 11th March. And a huge congratulations to Farhanna for representing Brunei at LFW2017!


Strutting our stuff at the showcase! Go pre-order the Nabeela now!

The fun bathroom shoot we did with @moderatefilms and @makeupbynatasya.

Peek-a-box

This month was also the launch of Peek-a-box Brunei Edition at the Modest Fashion Network event and I was invited for the unboxing that took place on 11th March (4-6PM and then I had to rush to RBRC for the Na Forrér showcase). Because it was the Brunei Edition, they asked me to be their March girl, so I have been pretty excited about this for a while. It was pretty surreal when I saw my face on a card first thing when I opened the box, with some beauty-related information about me that I provided the team (translated in Malay). Again, I intend to do a proper write up about this soon! (Yay! More content for my blog!) But in the mean time, do check them out on www.peek-a-box.com and their IG (@peekabox_beautybox)

I was so nervous during this event but everyone was really nice and encouraging!

Melur turns 1

How has it been a year already since Melur opened? So happy for the girls for their milestone! On the 12th of March, we had a little celebratory tea party at the store with lovely desserts and awesome goody bags (LOVE MY YELLOW NECKLACE)! I don't know about you guys, but I love the smell of that store. It smells like watermelon bubblegum all the time. There were many things I was excited about that day--I had an excuse to wear my Innai dress, the launch of Ayunne's new scarves, Rai's latest creations, Melur started selling Nita Cosmetics and Ellie Norman was there for the launch of My Apparel Zoo! On top of that Tiwin was there, don't we all just love her?

Pretty Ellie!

We-love-Tiwin-club

In the midst of all that, I managed to catch Beauty and the Beast btw. SO OBSESSED. 

So anyway, how have you been?


Love,



March Madness

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Sorry for the lack of updates! I have been busy. If not for LMN, it's for my day job, and they are both equally important to me so I tighten my reigns on both horses and I beat myself up if I feel like I've been slacking in either one of them. It's not healthy, I know. I need to learn how to take a breather sometimes but there's just no rest for the wicked! I sometimes complain to my husband that I feel a little exhausted but I keep telling myself that someone somewhere is working a lot harder than I am and then I snap out of it and push even harder. 

Alhamdulillah, my March has been eventful! I was a little tired, I can't lie, but it's all good and fun! 

The Wedding KL

This trip was a little impromptu but little did I know it turned out to be the getaway I really needed. Yes I had two shows to attend, but somewhere in between I managed to squeeze in some good food and some shopping. I ate at my usual places--Shell Out and Serai--but I was most happy about my meal at Kyochon at Pavi; I absolutely loved it. I might even like it better than 4Fingers, but don't quote me on that! I could have just been extra hungry that day.

Of course I had to wear songket to a bridal fashion show!

My favourite from the FV Intimates and Robes show.

My favourite from the Mimpikita show! Just look at that angular peplum detail!

#NFormation

In conjunction with IWD2017Na Forrér launched her new collection which was a collaboration with 12 local influencers, including myself! I'll elaborate more on that and the whole journey soon, but I have to say, this has been the most exciting project I've been on. I absolutely enjoyed our girlgang meet-ups, the campaign shoot and the showcase that was held on 11th March. And a huge congratulations to Farhanna for representing Brunei at LFW2017!


Strutting our stuff at the showcase! Go pre-order the Nabeela now!

The fun bathroom shoot we did with @moderatefilms and @makeupbynatasya.

Peek-a-box

This month was also the launch of Peek-a-box Brunei Edition at the Modest Fashion Network event and I was invited for the unboxing that took place on 11th March (4-6PM and then I had to rush to RBRC for the Na Forrér showcase). Because it was the Brunei Edition, they asked me to be their March girl, so I have been pretty excited about this for a while. It was pretty surreal when I saw my face on a card first thing when I opened the box, with some beauty-related information about me that I provided the team (translated in Malay). Again, I intend to do a proper write up about this soon! (Yay! More content for my blog!) But in the mean time, do check them out on www.peek-a-box.com and their IG (@peekabox_beautybox)

I was so nervous during this event but everyone was really nice and encouraging!

Melur turns 1

How has it been a year already since Melur opened? So happy for the girls for their milestone! On the 12th of March, we had a little celebratory tea party at the store with lovely desserts and awesome goody bags (LOVE MY YELLOW NECKLACE)! I don't know about you guys, but I love the smell of that store. It smells like watermelon bubblegum all the time. There were many things I was excited about that day--I had an excuse to wear my Innai dress, the launch of Ayunne's new scarves, Rai's latest creations, Melur started selling Nita Cosmetics and Ellie Norman was there for the launch of My Apparel Zoo! On top of that Tiwin was there, don't we all just love her?

Pretty Ellie!

We-love-Tiwin-club

In the midst of all that, I managed to catch Beauty and the Beast btw. SO OBSESSED. 

So anyway, how have you been?


Love,



2016 has been a whirlwind of fun events that I'm extremely grateful for. From starting a blog, to the newspaper article, to sitting front row at KLFW and JFW, to reading surprise emails in my inbox! I'm not sure how I got this lucky... but I do hope I get to continue to do what I love to do in 2017.

Sometimes I look back and think... what on earth was I on that I suddenly went on a weekly hunt for the perfect background to do my 'OOTDs'. If you scroll down to 2015, you will find an ample amount of cringeworthy photos taken at Batu Satu because at that time, that was the only place I knew. Truthfully, I do not recall or remember how or why I started, but I am glad I did. I've always been the type of person who cared so much about what people think, but I suppose over time you realise that everybody has a problem with everybody else, no matter what you do, right? So, always do what you love. It's your life after all. (For as long as you're not doing anything illegal or just morally wrong... you're good.)

I've picked out a few of my favourite looks of 2016 and all I can say is... if people ask me what my favourite colour is and I say dark green--Well I'm a liar. It's obviously pink. (It really is green though but boy do I wear a lot of pink!)

Pink Outfit Roll-Call!


Pink 1

Pink 2

Pink 3

Pink 4

Pink 5

See? What did I tell ya? Out of those outfits, three are of me wearing my precious Frappucino dUCk that I regret not buying a back-up of. So as soon as they release more of it, I will stay up for as long as I can, because these babies are worth the racoon eyes I'll be getting the morning after. Buttonscarves sent me something quite similar (click here) but they're also sold out and I'm not sure why but it doesn't sit well on my head. It just does not want to curve. It sits well on my bestie Farhi though, hence why it's with her now.

Another thing I realise is that I don't smile a lot (and I know I get a lot for this). No, I'm not trying to be a model. I'm about 5'2 and the only thing I could possibly model for is for Zara Kids and even then I'm about a few wrinkles too late. I just enjoy styling clothes and putting it out there--it's just my way of being creative I suppose. And most of the time, the outfit sort of looks better without a smile? Does that make sense? Probably not and I'm sure I'm just digging a deeper hole here. I've been told that my mouth runs on an endless power supply sometimes. 


Anti-smile 1

Anti-smile 2

Anti-smile 3

Anti-smile 4

Anti-smile 5

Anti-smile 5 is my favourite shot of 2016 and possibly my favourite ever. Adila Long has so kindly lent me her pieces from her bold and exemplary Liberation line that was abundantly rich in texture, and with the beautiful architectural structures in New York that has colours mirroring the outfit itself... I'm absolutely loving this one. This is where I hope to take 2017 to. I want my clothes to be a little bit dark and bold. I'll try to steer away from pastels but who we kidding? We'll just have to see how long I can keep this resolution for.


Love,


2016 Roll-Call

Sunday, 22 January 2017

2016 has been a whirlwind of fun events that I'm extremely grateful for. From starting a blog, to the newspaper article, to sitting front row at KLFW and JFW, to reading surprise emails in my inbox! I'm not sure how I got this lucky... but I do hope I get to continue to do what I love to do in 2017.

Sometimes I look back and think... what on earth was I on that I suddenly went on a weekly hunt for the perfect background to do my 'OOTDs'. If you scroll down to 2015, you will find an ample amount of cringeworthy photos taken at Batu Satu because at that time, that was the only place I knew. Truthfully, I do not recall or remember how or why I started, but I am glad I did. I've always been the type of person who cared so much about what people think, but I suppose over time you realise that everybody has a problem with everybody else, no matter what you do, right? So, always do what you love. It's your life after all. (For as long as you're not doing anything illegal or just morally wrong... you're good.)

I've picked out a few of my favourite looks of 2016 and all I can say is... if people ask me what my favourite colour is and I say dark green--Well I'm a liar. It's obviously pink. (It really is green though but boy do I wear a lot of pink!)

Pink Outfit Roll-Call!


Pink 1

Pink 2

Pink 3

Pink 4

Pink 5

See? What did I tell ya? Out of those outfits, three are of me wearing my precious Frappucino dUCk that I regret not buying a back-up of. So as soon as they release more of it, I will stay up for as long as I can, because these babies are worth the racoon eyes I'll be getting the morning after. Buttonscarves sent me something quite similar (click here) but they're also sold out and I'm not sure why but it doesn't sit well on my head. It just does not want to curve. It sits well on my bestie Farhi though, hence why it's with her now.

Another thing I realise is that I don't smile a lot (and I know I get a lot for this). No, I'm not trying to be a model. I'm about 5'2 and the only thing I could possibly model for is for Zara Kids and even then I'm about a few wrinkles too late. I just enjoy styling clothes and putting it out there--it's just my way of being creative I suppose. And most of the time, the outfit sort of looks better without a smile? Does that make sense? Probably not and I'm sure I'm just digging a deeper hole here. I've been told that my mouth runs on an endless power supply sometimes. 


Anti-smile 1

Anti-smile 2

Anti-smile 3

Anti-smile 4

Anti-smile 5

Anti-smile 5 is my favourite shot of 2016 and possibly my favourite ever. Adila Long has so kindly lent me her pieces from her bold and exemplary Liberation line that was abundantly rich in texture, and with the beautiful architectural structures in New York that has colours mirroring the outfit itself... I'm absolutely loving this one. This is where I hope to take 2017 to. I want my clothes to be a little bit dark and bold. I'll try to steer away from pastels but who we kidding? We'll just have to see how long I can keep this resolution for.


Love,


HAPPY NEW YEAR, READERS (if you're still there because I have gone missing for an entire month)! I seriously need to clean the cobwebs and all the dust that has settled on my blog. I was on a self-proclaimed blogging break to do some eat pray love (in New York City). To be honest, I felt a little lost in the last few months of 2016 so I needed to just step back a bit and figure out what it is that I really want.

But I am back! And to kick off 2017, here's a beauty haul because those are my must-clicks on youtube when I'm snuggled up in bed after a long tiring day.

HAIR

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - Ever since I tried Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray (which can double as dry shampoo) in the mornings when I'm too lazy to wash my hair (I wash it at night okay... it's only half disgusting but sometimes I choose to have a few more minutes of sleep over washing/drying my hair... you feel me right?), I have been kind of obsessed with using a dry shampoo to keep it fresh and... pleasantly.... fragrant?
  • Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner - This makes my hair as soft as a baby. Hazim and I first used it back in 2013 during our honeymoon at the hotel we were staying in. I decided to finally purchase it this year... and bought more bottles during my trip!




SKINCARE

  • Tatcha Bestsellers Set - I've heard so many good reviews about the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. I wasn't even intending to purchase it because the full size costs about USD48 (I mean come on... 50 bucks for something that's essentially 99% water?) but when I saw this set costing USD62 (I'm a sucker for sets btw).... it just fell into my basket. Don't know what happened.


  • Too Cool For School 1/2 Dozen Egg Cream Mask - This is a pack of six masks for hydration, firming and pore-tightening. Again, sucker for sets. I know I'm pretty late to the party but apparently Asian skincare has been using a lot of 'egg' as an ingredient for radiant and nourished skin for quite some time! I hope it's true because... boy... I am not aging gracefully.
  • Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask - You know how Sephora has all those stuff on the sides when you're queuing for the cashier? Yeah that happened. Whoever thought of doing that should be given some award or commission from Sephora. It's so genius... and I fall for the trap every single time. 
  • Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask - Same as above. Shake my head. May we all have stronger willpower in 2017. Amin.



  • Sunday Riley Brightening Enzyme Water Cream - My moisturiser ran out and I wanted to try something new. I have tried a lot of moisturisers but I always turn back to Origins because they're easy and light and smell so refreshing. We'll see if I end up loving this or not. Beauty Youtubers, Hello October and I Covet Thee, seem to adore it--it's always up in their favourites. So you better be as good as they say, my friend. 


  • Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser - I was looking for a new cleanser and the lady at Sephora raved about this. I am not one to care about high-end cleanser... All this while I have been using drugstore cleansers from Simple and Oxy, which I quite liked. I also just recently finished my Innisfree White Pore Facial Cleanser, which I also quite liked. Even Caroline Hirons says you shouldn't be spending too much on it (read: where to spend your money here). But I wanted to just check it out. I bet you, I'll turn back to my trusty Oxy Acne Control Whitening Wash once this trying phase is over. (Note: Laneige Brunei sent over a couple of things including a cleanser that I tried and also liked--more on that next time!)




  • Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil - I love facial oils. My skin is extra dry and dehydrated that sometimes moisturisers aren't enough (or too thick and tacky that I feel like dust and germs are just going to stick to my face). So far, I have used the MV Organic Skincare Rose Plus Booster and the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil (I prefer the latter because the booster is just too slippy under make-up but I do use it at night for a thicker consistency). 




I bought these ones at a duty free before the long flight home.
  • Clarins One Step Cleanser  - This toner-like cleanser was an easy thing to travel with. My face instantly freshened up after that 12-hour flight.
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - Okay... I hate having anything shiny on my lips especially sticky tacky gloss. But I have to say, I'm borderline obsessed with this lip oil. It's not tacky at all! It's just nice and comfortable to wear, and it smells super duper heavenly! And most importantly, it saved my lips. My lips have never gotten that dry, ever. In the last few days in New York, it hurt to even smile! At one point when I did, my lip cracked and bled. True story.





MAKE-UP

  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (Medium) - This is a repurchase. I think I found THE base, you guys. It's so easy AND has an SPF of 50+. 
  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer - Trying this out because... well it's 3.30AM and I'm still wide awake and I need to not look like a zombie tomorrow, please. 




  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita - ANOTHER REPURCHASE! This is... probably... my most loved lipstick. I don't normally finish lipsticks, so that says a lot about this baby. Try it if you haven't!
  • Blinc Mascara - Again, I'm not usually big on expensive mascaras because I used to splurge on high-end ones but eventually realised that drugstore mascaras that are a fraction of the price can do the same or even better. I do love the Estee Edit one though but after I ran out of that, I was using L'Oreal's False Lash Flutter Midnight Black Mascara and completely fell in love with it. No smudges, no overpowering scent... and the wand made it easy to coat my bottom lashes!




I'm so excited to try them out and I'll make sure to let you know if I really dislike something. Until the next inspiration to blog, goodnight! (I'm sure no amount of concealer can reverse time and make me look youthful again).


Love,


New Year, New Make-up!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, READERS (if you're still there because I have gone missing for an entire month)! I seriously need to clean the cobwebs and all the dust that has settled on my blog. I was on a self-proclaimed blogging break to do some eat pray love (in New York City). To be honest, I felt a little lost in the last few months of 2016 so I needed to just step back a bit and figure out what it is that I really want.

But I am back! And to kick off 2017, here's a beauty haul because those are my must-clicks on youtube when I'm snuggled up in bed after a long tiring day.

HAIR

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - Ever since I tried Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray (which can double as dry shampoo) in the mornings when I'm too lazy to wash my hair (I wash it at night okay... it's only half disgusting but sometimes I choose to have a few more minutes of sleep over washing/drying my hair... you feel me right?), I have been kind of obsessed with using a dry shampoo to keep it fresh and... pleasantly.... fragrant?
  • Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner - This makes my hair as soft as a baby. Hazim and I first used it back in 2013 during our honeymoon at the hotel we were staying in. I decided to finally purchase it this year... and bought more bottles during my trip!




SKINCARE

  • Tatcha Bestsellers Set - I've heard so many good reviews about the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. I wasn't even intending to purchase it because the full size costs about USD48 (I mean come on... 50 bucks for something that's essentially 99% water?) but when I saw this set costing USD62 (I'm a sucker for sets btw).... it just fell into my basket. Don't know what happened.


  • Too Cool For School 1/2 Dozen Egg Cream Mask - This is a pack of six masks for hydration, firming and pore-tightening. Again, sucker for sets. I know I'm pretty late to the party but apparently Asian skincare has been using a lot of 'egg' as an ingredient for radiant and nourished skin for quite some time! I hope it's true because... boy... I am not aging gracefully.
  • Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask - You know how Sephora has all those stuff on the sides when you're queuing for the cashier? Yeah that happened. Whoever thought of doing that should be given some award or commission from Sephora. It's so genius... and I fall for the trap every single time. 
  • Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask - Same as above. Shake my head. May we all have stronger willpower in 2017. Amin.



  • Sunday Riley Brightening Enzyme Water Cream - My moisturiser ran out and I wanted to try something new. I have tried a lot of moisturisers but I always turn back to Origins because they're easy and light and smell so refreshing. We'll see if I end up loving this or not. Beauty Youtubers, Hello October and I Covet Thee, seem to adore it--it's always up in their favourites. So you better be as good as they say, my friend. 


  • Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser - I was looking for a new cleanser and the lady at Sephora raved about this. I am not one to care about high-end cleanser... All this while I have been using drugstore cleansers from Simple and Oxy, which I quite liked. I also just recently finished my Innisfree White Pore Facial Cleanser, which I also quite liked. Even Caroline Hirons says you shouldn't be spending too much on it (read: where to spend your money here). But I wanted to just check it out. I bet you, I'll turn back to my trusty Oxy Acne Control Whitening Wash once this trying phase is over. (Note: Laneige Brunei sent over a couple of things including a cleanser that I tried and also liked--more on that next time!)




  • Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil - I love facial oils. My skin is extra dry and dehydrated that sometimes moisturisers aren't enough (or too thick and tacky that I feel like dust and germs are just going to stick to my face). So far, I have used the MV Organic Skincare Rose Plus Booster and the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil (I prefer the latter because the booster is just too slippy under make-up but I do use it at night for a thicker consistency). 




I bought these ones at a duty free before the long flight home.
  • Clarins One Step Cleanser  - This toner-like cleanser was an easy thing to travel with. My face instantly freshened up after that 12-hour flight.
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - Okay... I hate having anything shiny on my lips especially sticky tacky gloss. But I have to say, I'm borderline obsessed with this lip oil. It's not tacky at all! It's just nice and comfortable to wear, and it smells super duper heavenly! And most importantly, it saved my lips. My lips have never gotten that dry, ever. In the last few days in New York, it hurt to even smile! At one point when I did, my lip cracked and bled. True story.





MAKE-UP

  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (Medium) - This is a repurchase. I think I found THE base, you guys. It's so easy AND has an SPF of 50+. 
  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer - Trying this out because... well it's 3.30AM and I'm still wide awake and I need to not look like a zombie tomorrow, please. 




  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita - ANOTHER REPURCHASE! This is... probably... my most loved lipstick. I don't normally finish lipsticks, so that says a lot about this baby. Try it if you haven't!
  • Blinc Mascara - Again, I'm not usually big on expensive mascaras because I used to splurge on high-end ones but eventually realised that drugstore mascaras that are a fraction of the price can do the same or even better. I do love the Estee Edit one though but after I ran out of that, I was using L'Oreal's False Lash Flutter Midnight Black Mascara and completely fell in love with it. No smudges, no overpowering scent... and the wand made it easy to coat my bottom lashes!




I'm so excited to try them out and I'll make sure to let you know if I really dislike something. Until the next inspiration to blog, goodnight! (I'm sure no amount of concealer can reverse time and make me look youthful again).


Love,


I have been feeling uninspired lately. I suppose everyone feels that way once in a while. But I just have always dreamt of having my own clothing line. I've been working on it for two years now and I have to admit, progress has been slow. Sometimes I wonder what's holding me back--is it quality control (me not being happy with the quality and not wanting to launch something half-heartedly) or is it just fear (being afraid that people won't like it). I've heard unpleasant whispers of "oh is she really coming out with a line?" and "where is her clothing line that she says she's working on?"--which is totally fine. People are entitled to their own opinions. What's important is that I find my source of inspiration and keep myself motivated. That's all I'll say about that, but insyaAllah, we'll see what happens with that dream.

For the time being I have been soaking myself with the joy (and equally energy-consuming) of blogging life. Jakarta Fashion Week 2017 was something that inspired me so much. It was such a wonderful experience just sitting there in the audience inside the fashion tent being surrounded by so many passionate people. Lights go down, the runway mix starts to play (and this already gives you the vibe that the designer wants you to feel) and the first model steps out. Lights slowly turn on with each step the model takes down the runway... and you just know you're in for a show. 

I was so excited to watch Anniesa Hasibuan's show. She had made history for being the first designer to present a completely hijab-filled show at the recent New York Fashion Week. I was so honored to be able to attend the show to support the hijab fashion community that has started to break barriers. Her show was like an explosion of a textile factory BUT it was done in a way so elegant and perfect. Her designs were a beautiful mess. I was truly blown away by the looks on the runway. To add to the cuteness, models had such an Audrey Hepburn vibe with their vintage sunnies and their scarf-do.









Those are just some of my favourites! Follow her journey via Instagram: @anniesahasibuanofficial and @anniesahasibuan.

Okay toodles, one more JFW2017 post. This one will be about another amazing show that sent chills down my spine!!! 



Love,





JFW2017: The Magical World of Anniesa Hasibuan

Thursday, 1 December 2016

I have been feeling uninspired lately. I suppose everyone feels that way once in a while. But I just have always dreamt of having my own clothing line. I've been working on it for two years now and I have to admit, progress has been slow. Sometimes I wonder what's holding me back--is it quality control (me not being happy with the quality and not wanting to launch something half-heartedly) or is it just fear (being afraid that people won't like it). I've heard unpleasant whispers of "oh is she really coming out with a line?" and "where is her clothing line that she says she's working on?"--which is totally fine. People are entitled to their own opinions. What's important is that I find my source of inspiration and keep myself motivated. That's all I'll say about that, but insyaAllah, we'll see what happens with that dream.

For the time being I have been soaking myself with the joy (and equally energy-consuming) of blogging life. Jakarta Fashion Week 2017 was something that inspired me so much. It was such a wonderful experience just sitting there in the audience inside the fashion tent being surrounded by so many passionate people. Lights go down, the runway mix starts to play (and this already gives you the vibe that the designer wants you to feel) and the first model steps out. Lights slowly turn on with each step the model takes down the runway... and you just know you're in for a show. 

I was so excited to watch Anniesa Hasibuan's show. She had made history for being the first designer to present a completely hijab-filled show at the recent New York Fashion Week. I was so honored to be able to attend the show to support the hijab fashion community that has started to break barriers. Her show was like an explosion of a textile factory BUT it was done in a way so elegant and perfect. Her designs were a beautiful mess. I was truly blown away by the looks on the runway. To add to the cuteness, models had such an Audrey Hepburn vibe with their vintage sunnies and their scarf-do.









Those are just some of my favourites! Follow her journey via Instagram: @anniesahasibuanofficial and @anniesahasibuan.

Okay toodles, one more JFW2017 post. This one will be about another amazing show that sent chills down my spine!!! 



Love,





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