A few people have asked me for this and I actually planned to post this up before Eid but time wasn't on my side unfortunately. So here I am.... a little late but here it goes!

You will need:

1. A good inner.
2. A pair of earrings.
3. 6 pins.
4. 2 safety pins.
5. A headscarf.



1. Your inner needs to be fitted; it cannot be loose unless you want it to migrate to the back of your head with hair creeping out from the sides. I like to use an inner that you tie above the back of your neck (talking about THESE kinds! Also shoutout to the girls who used to shop at Pearl Daisy in UK!), but that can be a bit tricky (you'll see why later on), so I'm using the dUCk Snowcap here to make it simple. This still works but it becomes loose after a while, so just make sure your hair's tied neatly. 

2. I usually put my earrings on first, just so I can make sure the hijab doesn't cover it in the end.


3. Adjust the length of your hijab accordingly. I usually have one slightly (keyword: slightly) shorter than the other.



4. Take both sides to the back of your head. Make sure it's secure and tight. Lay one side on top of the other and pin it to your inner using a safety pin. (See, when I use an inner that you tie at the back... it gets a bit tricky to pin it down. But when I get past that hurdle, everything stays put and it moves a bit less than if I were to use the Snowcap.)





5. As usual, pin the smaller side to your inner using a safety pin.



6. Swing the longer side around your neck and pin both sides down. (Note that this isn't baby-proof cause it may prick your baby when you're carrying him/her, but it IS windproof haha so it depends on you really.)



7. To make sure it's extra secure, I pin it down everywhere and I mean everywhere! I always pin the scarf down behind my ears where my scarf makes a fold and on the edge of my inner to make sure it doesn't move around.





That's it! Quick and easy, right? 

Okay, I better go catch up on some sleep. Today has been an odd day (I'll talk about it some other time) and tomorrow's rayaSelamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin, and Eid Mubarak to those celebrating!!! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. Enjoy the long break, eat well and drive safe!


Love,


How I Style: Hijab with Earrings

Monday, 26 June 2017

A few people have asked me for this and I actually planned to post this up before Eid but time wasn't on my side unfortunately. So here I am.... a little late but here it goes!

You will need:

1. A good inner.
2. A pair of earrings.
3. 6 pins.
4. 2 safety pins.
5. A headscarf.



1. Your inner needs to be fitted; it cannot be loose unless you want it to migrate to the back of your head with hair creeping out from the sides. I like to use an inner that you tie above the back of your neck (talking about THESE kinds! Also shoutout to the girls who used to shop at Pearl Daisy in UK!), but that can be a bit tricky (you'll see why later on), so I'm using the dUCk Snowcap here to make it simple. This still works but it becomes loose after a while, so just make sure your hair's tied neatly. 

2. I usually put my earrings on first, just so I can make sure the hijab doesn't cover it in the end.


3. Adjust the length of your hijab accordingly. I usually have one slightly (keyword: slightly) shorter than the other.



4. Take both sides to the back of your head. Make sure it's secure and tight. Lay one side on top of the other and pin it to your inner using a safety pin. (See, when I use an inner that you tie at the back... it gets a bit tricky to pin it down. But when I get past that hurdle, everything stays put and it moves a bit less than if I were to use the Snowcap.)





5. As usual, pin the smaller side to your inner using a safety pin.



6. Swing the longer side around your neck and pin both sides down. (Note that this isn't baby-proof cause it may prick your baby when you're carrying him/her, but it IS windproof haha so it depends on you really.)



7. To make sure it's extra secure, I pin it down everywhere and I mean everywhere! I always pin the scarf down behind my ears where my scarf makes a fold and on the edge of my inner to make sure it doesn't move around.





That's it! Quick and easy, right? 

Okay, I better go catch up on some sleep. Today has been an odd day (I'll talk about it some other time) and tomorrow's rayaSelamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin, and Eid Mubarak to those celebrating!!! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. Enjoy the long break, eat well and drive safe!


Love,


May and June have been super hectic for me. During these past two months I actually feel like I'm trying my hardest to balance on a ball while juggling a bunch of eggs. I've had a couple of days where I'm just feeling meh and short-tempered and exhausted, but a girl's gotta keep it together! Anyway, I needed to tell you guys that I think I finally found a skincare routine that works. Ya'll know my forehead is a place for pimples to gather and it's apparently such a great party too cause none of them want to leave!



Last April, I asked Fina (@weekendfrocks) to grab me a few things from the Drunk Elephant line while she was in LA. Beautypedia has really good reviews on them and I think that's really rare. I also wanted something that was simple and non-toxic. But when I first tried the serums--C-Firma Day Serum and the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum--my face became irritated and a few red spots (painless and non-itchy) appeared all over my face. I was like 'what in the world is going on here?', my skin can usually take Glycolic Acid and I wasn't sure if it was the Vitamin C either. So I put those away for a week and waited for my skin to calm down a little before I tested them out again to see who the culprit was.


Cleanser



Long story short, I found out that the serums were actually really good but I had to throw out my Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser from my routine because I think it was just too harsh with the acid. Something about foaming cleansers and the pH level. Now, I use my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil daily and I even use it to double cleanse at night too. I only figured this out when I started using Dear Daffodils's handmade and all-natural Pure Soap (shoutout to this local brand!) and realised that my skin was getting better. It doesn't foam and it feels like an oil. GAH! I really want to get my hands on more of those. Check them out if you haven't!


Toner



I switch up between the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner and the La-Roche Posay Serozinc depending on what my skin needs. Sometimes I might just use the Serozinc on my forehead and then the Rose Toner everywhere else. Serozinc was recommended to me by a friend (Hi Bob!). She gave me a bottle and it actually helped calm my angry cystic acne down, so I got a friend to get me two bigger bottles of it. Zinc apparently protects and heals, and I'm all about that now. (It was only £6/8 pounds at Boots! I love inexpensive skincare that works!)


Serum



As I've mentioned above, I use the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum every 2/3 days and their Glycolic Acid at night or as a spot treatment because it also contains Salicylic Acid. However, as it's quite expensive and difficult to get a hold of, I've been using Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% from The Ordinary (which you can now purchase on Cult Beauty for a few pounds! WIN!) more on a daily basis and the DE Glycolic Night Serum just as a spot treatment or for days when I feel I need extra exfoliation. As a spot treatment... omg it's a miracle worker and I'm so annoyed that you can't get this in Asia yet. The Ordinary sells an AHA + BHA and I'm hoping it'd be a great (and cheaper) substitute. Note that Lactic Acid is a milder peel and is perfect if you have a much more sensitive skin.


Essence



Yas, this is my Asian side kicking in. As you know I've been using my smelly love i.e. SKII Facial Treatment Essence on a daily. But for days when I feel like I need extra hydration, I've been enjoying Laneige's Water Bank Essence EX.


Eye Cream



I've also been really loving the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel because it's so light and it feels like you're just dabbing water underneath your eyes. Before this, I was using the Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment but I didn't really see much improvement so I stopped that entirely. Laneige has been surprisingly good (and it's available in Brunei so I'm very happy about that). A lot of people have been telling me to get the Lip Sleeping Mask, and I can't lie... I'm tempted.


Moisturiser



I've been switching between three products. Firstly, the DE Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which I LOVE SO DEEPLY. It's a cream that has 6 rare African Oils and is said to be rehab for your skin. It also talks about lightening discolouration which is my biggest concern after acne and it really does lighten my pigmentation! Although it is probably also assisted by those lovely serums I now cannot live without. Since that's also hard to get, I use my Laneige Balancing Emulsion alternately. I also bought the DE Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, which is just okay for me but I love a good oil at night because my skin is very dehydrated (I don't drink enough water!). I think I prefer the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil that I received as a sample though but it's definitely better than the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster that I don't think did anything at all to my skin.


SPF



Because I use an acid serum, I feel really naked when I don't use an SPF. I'm really liking Dr. Dennis Gross's Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50. I just purchased another tube from Cult Beauty yesterday because I have been ditching my CC Cream and just going to work bare-faced as my skin's been better (with a little concealer cause I don't want to scare people that much). But of course on days when I feel like wearing a make-up base, I use my IT Cosmetics CC Cream which has SPF 50+.


Masks

I still use my sheet masks when I feel like I need to chill. But two people (Hi Bob, again, and SIL!) have sent me sample sizes of this one product that I thought I'd hate (because it has the word pumpkin in it and I'm not really a fan of those) but ended up really liking. It's the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask that helps 'digest' away dull skin. It smells like Christmas haha and it does brighten my dull skin.

After using all these products, I think I won't be changing up my routine anytime soon until my DEs run out. My skin has been calmer and clearer and brighter and I'm very grateful for that (and for having Bob recommend and give stuff to me! Bless her!).

Summary!
1. Stay away from foaming cleansers.
2. Don't forget to use an SPF after using acid toners and serums.
3. Go back to basics (using good AHAs and BHAs) when your skin is acting up.
4. I love Salicylic Acid (the most common BHA) for my cystic acne.
5. There are some pretty awesome inexpensive skincare out there like La-Roche Posay and The Ordinary.

Oh, it feels really good to let my skin breathe again.


Love,


Letting My Skin Breathe

Sunday, 18 June 2017

May and June have been super hectic for me. During these past two months I actually feel like I'm trying my hardest to balance on a ball while juggling a bunch of eggs. I've had a couple of days where I'm just feeling meh and short-tempered and exhausted, but a girl's gotta keep it together! Anyway, I needed to tell you guys that I think I finally found a skincare routine that works. Ya'll know my forehead is a place for pimples to gather and it's apparently such a great party too cause none of them want to leave!



Last April, I asked Fina (@weekendfrocks) to grab me a few things from the Drunk Elephant line while she was in LA. Beautypedia has really good reviews on them and I think that's really rare. I also wanted something that was simple and non-toxic. But when I first tried the serums--C-Firma Day Serum and the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum--my face became irritated and a few red spots (painless and non-itchy) appeared all over my face. I was like 'what in the world is going on here?', my skin can usually take Glycolic Acid and I wasn't sure if it was the Vitamin C either. So I put those away for a week and waited for my skin to calm down a little before I tested them out again to see who the culprit was.


Cleanser



Long story short, I found out that the serums were actually really good but I had to throw out my Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser from my routine because I think it was just too harsh with the acid. Something about foaming cleansers and the pH level. Now, I use my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil daily and I even use it to double cleanse at night too. I only figured this out when I started using Dear Daffodils's handmade and all-natural Pure Soap (shoutout to this local brand!) and realised that my skin was getting better. It doesn't foam and it feels like an oil. GAH! I really want to get my hands on more of those. Check them out if you haven't!


Toner



I switch up between the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner and the La-Roche Posay Serozinc depending on what my skin needs. Sometimes I might just use the Serozinc on my forehead and then the Rose Toner everywhere else. Serozinc was recommended to me by a friend (Hi Bob!). She gave me a bottle and it actually helped calm my angry cystic acne down, so I got a friend to get me two bigger bottles of it. Zinc apparently protects and heals, and I'm all about that now. (It was only £6/8 pounds at Boots! I love inexpensive skincare that works!)


Serum



As I've mentioned above, I use the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum every 2/3 days and their Glycolic Acid at night or as a spot treatment because it also contains Salicylic Acid. However, as it's quite expensive and difficult to get a hold of, I've been using Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% from The Ordinary (which you can now purchase on Cult Beauty for a few pounds! WIN!) more on a daily basis and the DE Glycolic Night Serum just as a spot treatment or for days when I feel I need extra exfoliation. As a spot treatment... omg it's a miracle worker and I'm so annoyed that you can't get this in Asia yet. The Ordinary sells an AHA + BHA and I'm hoping it'd be a great (and cheaper) substitute. Note that Lactic Acid is a milder peel and is perfect if you have a much more sensitive skin.


Essence



Yas, this is my Asian side kicking in. As you know I've been using my smelly love i.e. SKII Facial Treatment Essence on a daily. But for days when I feel like I need extra hydration, I've been enjoying Laneige's Water Bank Essence EX.


Eye Cream



I've also been really loving the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel because it's so light and it feels like you're just dabbing water underneath your eyes. Before this, I was using the Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment but I didn't really see much improvement so I stopped that entirely. Laneige has been surprisingly good (and it's available in Brunei so I'm very happy about that). A lot of people have been telling me to get the Lip Sleeping Mask, and I can't lie... I'm tempted.


Moisturiser



I've been switching between three products. Firstly, the DE Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which I LOVE SO DEEPLY. It's a cream that has 6 rare African Oils and is said to be rehab for your skin. It also talks about lightening discolouration which is my biggest concern after acne and it really does lighten my pigmentation! Although it is probably also assisted by those lovely serums I now cannot live without. Since that's also hard to get, I use my Laneige Balancing Emulsion alternately. I also bought the DE Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, which is just okay for me but I love a good oil at night because my skin is very dehydrated (I don't drink enough water!). I think I prefer the Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil that I received as a sample though but it's definitely better than the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster that I don't think did anything at all to my skin.


SPF



Because I use an acid serum, I feel really naked when I don't use an SPF. I'm really liking Dr. Dennis Gross's Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50. I just purchased another tube from Cult Beauty yesterday because I have been ditching my CC Cream and just going to work bare-faced as my skin's been better (with a little concealer cause I don't want to scare people that much). But of course on days when I feel like wearing a make-up base, I use my IT Cosmetics CC Cream which has SPF 50+.


Masks

I still use my sheet masks when I feel like I need to chill. But two people (Hi Bob, again, and SIL!) have sent me sample sizes of this one product that I thought I'd hate (because it has the word pumpkin in it and I'm not really a fan of those) but ended up really liking. It's the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask that helps 'digest' away dull skin. It smells like Christmas haha and it does brighten my dull skin.

After using all these products, I think I won't be changing up my routine anytime soon until my DEs run out. My skin has been calmer and clearer and brighter and I'm very grateful for that (and for having Bob recommend and give stuff to me! Bless her!).

Summary!
1. Stay away from foaming cleansers.
2. Don't forget to use an SPF after using acid toners and serums.
3. Go back to basics (using good AHAs and BHAs) when your skin is acting up.
4. I love Salicylic Acid (the most common BHA) for my cystic acne.
5. There are some pretty awesome inexpensive skincare out there like La-Roche Posay and The Ordinary.

Oh, it feels really good to let my skin breathe again.


Love,


I'm actually struggling to construct sentences here. I type half-sentences and delete them, repeatedly. It's no surprise it took me a while to blog about it. I have been contemplating for a whole year whether or not I should even talk about it... or how even. But I've been seeing a lot of quotes on my feed lately about how what you see on social media is only half of a person's story... and it could not be more accurate. 


Last year was a wonderful year for LMN but behind the scenes, around June, we found out that it was not possible for us to have children. IVF was not even an option; adoption was the only way. We were trying straight after we got married (no rest for the wicked! haha!) but it was just not happening. We knew it in our hearts that something was wrong. It didn't help that every time I was ill or every time we met a relative, they would ask if I was pregnant already. I did not appreciate that at all. Stuff like this can be a sensitive subject to some people, and it was for me. Some people were getting pregnant like they were catching the damn flu, but it wasn't like that for us. We were devastated and heart-broken. So to those who think my uterus was your business, no thanks to you.

So yes, back to June 2016. When we found out, we were shattered. But after a while... I stopped feeling sad about it. I actually feel liberated. I mean, we both cried when the doctor shared the unfortunate news and the days after, but it was the closure I needed to set my soul free. Now I can move on, and focus on adopting. The amount of support from family and friends... was ridiculously remarkable. My grandmother was pretty cool about it. She was like "Oh, that's okay... we'll just adopt. It's fine..." and god do I love her for that because that's all I wanted to hear. It's so much better than "Don't give up. Don't believe in doctors". Like... can you just... shut up? I get furious when I hear people say that. "Naik Valak".  I don't know why. I know that anything can happen. Anything is possible. But I can't sit around and hope because it hurts.  And you know what? We're the ones who get hurt.



Anyway, as I was saying, life goes on. There's no lemon so sour that you can't make something resembling lemonade (a quote from This Is Us that resonates with me). You just have to believe that everything will be okay. And everything is exactly how it should be. It's all part of a grander plan and there is absolutely no point in fixating on this one small problem when you have so many other things to be grateful for. Somewhere out there, our child is being born/conceived. Mum and Dad are patiently waiting for you, baby. 

But in the mean time... Mum and Dad are gonna travel to faraway places and focus on realizing our dreams. I'm going to make Dad buy me all the expensive bags and shoes I need before he starts spending it all on you. We are going to be obnoxiously selfish until we're maxed out on selfishness before your arrival. 






I always thought timing was a b*tch. But it isn't. Timing is always right. And I know... right now... I am exactly where I need to be. I hope you know that too. 


Love,



Maktub: It Is Written

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

I'm actually struggling to construct sentences here. I type half-sentences and delete them, repeatedly. It's no surprise it took me a while to blog about it. I have been contemplating for a whole year whether or not I should even talk about it... or how even. But I've been seeing a lot of quotes on my feed lately about how what you see on social media is only half of a person's story... and it could not be more accurate. 


Last year was a wonderful year for LMN but behind the scenes, around June, we found out that it was not possible for us to have children. IVF was not even an option; adoption was the only way. We were trying straight after we got married (no rest for the wicked! haha!) but it was just not happening. We knew it in our hearts that something was wrong. It didn't help that every time I was ill or every time we met a relative, they would ask if I was pregnant already. I did not appreciate that at all. Stuff like this can be a sensitive subject to some people, and it was for me. Some people were getting pregnant like they were catching the damn flu, but it wasn't like that for us. We were devastated and heart-broken. So to those who think my uterus was your business, no thanks to you.

So yes, back to June 2016. When we found out, we were shattered. But after a while... I stopped feeling sad about it. I actually feel liberated. I mean, we both cried when the doctor shared the unfortunate news and the days after, but it was the closure I needed to set my soul free. Now I can move on, and focus on adopting. The amount of support from family and friends... was ridiculously remarkable. My grandmother was pretty cool about it. She was like "Oh, that's okay... we'll just adopt. It's fine..." and god do I love her for that because that's all I wanted to hear. It's so much better than "Don't give up. Don't believe in doctors". Like... can you just... shut up? I get furious when I hear people say that. "Naik Valak".  I don't know why. I know that anything can happen. Anything is possible. But I can't sit around and hope because it hurts.  And you know what? We're the ones who get hurt.



Anyway, as I was saying, life goes on. There's no lemon so sour that you can't make something resembling lemonade (a quote from This Is Us that resonates with me). You just have to believe that everything will be okay. And everything is exactly how it should be. It's all part of a grander plan and there is absolutely no point in fixating on this one small problem when you have so many other things to be grateful for. Somewhere out there, our child is being born/conceived. Mum and Dad are patiently waiting for you, baby. 

But in the mean time... Mum and Dad are gonna travel to faraway places and focus on realizing our dreams. I'm going to make Dad buy me all the expensive bags and shoes I need before he starts spending it all on you. We are going to be obnoxiously selfish until we're maxed out on selfishness before your arrival. 






I always thought timing was a b*tch. But it isn't. Timing is always right. And I know... right now... I am exactly where I need to be. I hope you know that too. 


Love,



Being on leave meant that I had extra time to do my make-up. On a usual workday, I just have enough time for skincare, cc-cream and concealer, and then I try to do my eyeliner, mascara, blusher, contour, highlighter and brows in the car. If you know the roads in Brunei well, you would know how difficult of a task that is, hence I always end up with unintentional thick eyeliner. (But there are days when I just cannot be bothered and end up getting a million 'are you feeling well?' questions and 'you look tired' remarks! SIGH!)

It feels so good to be able to wake up in the morning and do my face properly. I thought I would have been more creative and experimental this week but no... I stuck with the same make-up routine every single day and if you continue scrolling down you'll see the products that I have been loving (and one odd useless mascara you should never buy!).





1. IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium
I cannot even begin to comprehend how much I adore this product. It's so difficult to find a good base these days and I think I'm forever going to use this. I also mix it with my foundations and it makes the formula less tacky and runny (which has always been my issue with using foundation in this weather). 





2. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard
 Surprisingly, I quite enjoy this. It has good coverage and is creamy enough that it's easy to apply. I use this under my eyes and on top of my blemishes. I like it better than the Radiant Creamy Concealer too. I have heard that the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is better than this so I cannot wait to try that out!





3. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette all over the lid.
Love this. I don't get some reviews that complain about this creasing because it does not crease at all on my lids and my lids are like... greasy central.

4. Coco Eyeshadow from the Huda BeautyRose Gold Textured Shadows in the outer corner and into the crease.
I'm still trying to find good use out of this palette. I don't really look good with reddish eyeshadow and the chunks of glitter aren't that flattering on my eyelids sometimes but I am determined to make it work! Coco is surprisingly turning into my go-to eyeshadow. Sometimes I just use this all over the lid and call it a day.





5. The Face Shop Ink Graffiti Brush Pen Liner
I bought this during the SCB Flash Deals promotion in January. It's not a bad product but I think there are better eyeliners in the market that are more black. I still use it for work though, especially when I don't want my liner to be so prominent.

6. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

7. Blinc Mascara
Yeah. Skip this. I put it on and I can't even see it. When I spend money on something, especially on mascara, I want you to be able to see it from a mile away. Plus, it's super watery that you cannot afford to blink (ironic, given the name) or else you'll make a mess around your eyes. Ugh. Really hate this.





8. Benefit Brow Zings - I only use the wax bit; I rarely use the powder. 
I've had this since 2015 (yea ew I know). But I have since bought a new one (shade no. 5 was recommended to me since they've re-done the entire brow range but it seems a tad bit lighter and I'm not sure if I like it or not) and I'm going to start on that pretty soon because I do not want my brows to catch a disease.






9. NARS Blush in Taj Mahal
This colour scares a lot of people. It is super pigmented that you only need to dip your stipling brush ever so lightly or you'll risk looking like a clown. Taj Mahal will always be one of my favourite blushers. I have been using this since my second year of university and no matter how many blushers I've bought since, I always come back to this one. It gives me that sun-kissed glow and it probably even looked better when I was a little more tanned back then.

10. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
I use this to contour my cheekbones. I'm running out of this and will definitely repurchase on Cult Beauty.

11. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
I use the bronzer to contour my nose and the highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bone, upper lip... gosh if only I could bathe in that stuff. The highlighter is my absolute favourite... and I own ABH's Glow Kit in Gleam and Becca's Champagne Pop fyi.






12. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Fair
I set my entire face with this powder. I love it. It probably lasts a bit more than 6 hours before my forehead becomes shiny, which isn't too bad. I do always want to come back to the Laura Mercier Transparent Loose Powder because it gives such a lovely finish but... I don't know. Should I? 






13. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk
My favourite lip pencil. I'm so bummed I didn't manage to get the lipstick version of this. Anyone know how I can get them?

14. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim K. W.
Too pale on its own. But with Pillowtalk, it looks superb!



Lastly

15. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Fallen Angel
I just use the champagne colour for my inner corner highlight. (As you can see... the black eyeshadow has popped out and it made quite a mess.)

Voila! That's my face for you!






Love,




Holiday Make-up

Monday, 24 April 2017

Being on leave meant that I had extra time to do my make-up. On a usual workday, I just have enough time for skincare, cc-cream and concealer, and then I try to do my eyeliner, mascara, blusher, contour, highlighter and brows in the car. If you know the roads in Brunei well, you would know how difficult of a task that is, hence I always end up with unintentional thick eyeliner. (But there are days when I just cannot be bothered and end up getting a million 'are you feeling well?' questions and 'you look tired' remarks! SIGH!)

It feels so good to be able to wake up in the morning and do my face properly. I thought I would have been more creative and experimental this week but no... I stuck with the same make-up routine every single day and if you continue scrolling down you'll see the products that I have been loving (and one odd useless mascara you should never buy!).





1. IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium
I cannot even begin to comprehend how much I adore this product. It's so difficult to find a good base these days and I think I'm forever going to use this. I also mix it with my foundations and it makes the formula less tacky and runny (which has always been my issue with using foundation in this weather). 





2. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard
 Surprisingly, I quite enjoy this. It has good coverage and is creamy enough that it's easy to apply. I use this under my eyes and on top of my blemishes. I like it better than the Radiant Creamy Concealer too. I have heard that the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is better than this so I cannot wait to try that out!





3. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette all over the lid.
Love this. I don't get some reviews that complain about this creasing because it does not crease at all on my lids and my lids are like... greasy central.

4. Coco Eyeshadow from the Huda BeautyRose Gold Textured Shadows in the outer corner and into the crease.
I'm still trying to find good use out of this palette. I don't really look good with reddish eyeshadow and the chunks of glitter aren't that flattering on my eyelids sometimes but I am determined to make it work! Coco is surprisingly turning into my go-to eyeshadow. Sometimes I just use this all over the lid and call it a day.





5. The Face Shop Ink Graffiti Brush Pen Liner
I bought this during the SCB Flash Deals promotion in January. It's not a bad product but I think there are better eyeliners in the market that are more black. I still use it for work though, especially when I don't want my liner to be so prominent.

6. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

7. Blinc Mascara
Yeah. Skip this. I put it on and I can't even see it. When I spend money on something, especially on mascara, I want you to be able to see it from a mile away. Plus, it's super watery that you cannot afford to blink (ironic, given the name) or else you'll make a mess around your eyes. Ugh. Really hate this.





8. Benefit Brow Zings - I only use the wax bit; I rarely use the powder. 
I've had this since 2015 (yea ew I know). But I have since bought a new one (shade no. 5 was recommended to me since they've re-done the entire brow range but it seems a tad bit lighter and I'm not sure if I like it or not) and I'm going to start on that pretty soon because I do not want my brows to catch a disease.






9. NARS Blush in Taj Mahal
This colour scares a lot of people. It is super pigmented that you only need to dip your stipling brush ever so lightly or you'll risk looking like a clown. Taj Mahal will always be one of my favourite blushers. I have been using this since my second year of university and no matter how many blushers I've bought since, I always come back to this one. It gives me that sun-kissed glow and it probably even looked better when I was a little more tanned back then.

10. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
I use this to contour my cheekbones. I'm running out of this and will definitely repurchase on Cult Beauty.

11. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
I use the bronzer to contour my nose and the highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bone, upper lip... gosh if only I could bathe in that stuff. The highlighter is my absolute favourite... and I own ABH's Glow Kit in Gleam and Becca's Champagne Pop fyi.






12. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Fair
I set my entire face with this powder. I love it. It probably lasts a bit more than 6 hours before my forehead becomes shiny, which isn't too bad. I do always want to come back to the Laura Mercier Transparent Loose Powder because it gives such a lovely finish but... I don't know. Should I? 






13. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk
My favourite lip pencil. I'm so bummed I didn't manage to get the lipstick version of this. Anyone know how I can get them?

14. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim K. W.
Too pale on its own. But with Pillowtalk, it looks superb!



Lastly

15. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Fallen Angel
I just use the champagne colour for my inner corner highlight. (As you can see... the black eyeshadow has popped out and it made quite a mess.)

Voila! That's my face for you!






Love,




Thavia is a brand that resonates with me. They do a pretty good job elevating the basic wear into contemporary fashion. Just like the reconstructed shirts that have made it big until today, Thavia takes the ordinary and comes up with something fresh. The Eden top is my favourite piece from Thavia currently. We all love a good white blazer and the cold-shoulder trend, but who knew I would be obsessed with their lovechild.

Below are 5 ways of how I'd style it. Mind you, I did not include a denim number because we all know that's the first thing I'd gravitate towards--my good ol' skinny jeans. 


1. Warrior Princess

The Eden Cut Shoulder Top is a rather masculine piece but yet alluring. To balance out its ruggedness, I paired it with a tulip skirt that softens the look. However, as the skirt is made from songket, it doesn't affect the structure and strength too much. I still prefer keeping it a bit boyish. 






2. The White Rabbit

How could I not have an all-white outfit? The cutouts just make it less predictable and gives a fun spin to the regular white pantsuit.






3. Checkmate

Throw in a pair of formal pants, heels and a clutch and you're ready to go to a (what's the Malay version of a) cocktail party! But I, being boring of course, chose to pair it with my black trousers and my trusty Black Olive dUCk.






4.  Break Rules

Okay this is a tad bit outside my comfort zone. I chose not to listen to rules and paired it with palazzo pants. Now, if it were any other boxy jacket, you may end up looking like a tent, but when your shoulders are exposed like that, it doesn't seem all that bad. At the end of the day, you do you and own it!

To take it down a notch, you could even wear flats, espadrilles and sneakers but I personally don't like it on me (although when my feet are killing me, flats are godsend) because these pants make me look shorter than usual.






5. Casual Sunday

On days when you feel like dressing up but have no willpower to put in any effort, take your statement piece out and pair it with your lazy pants and a pair of sneakers, and get on with your day!





There are of course other ways you could wear this baby:

With a belt.




Opened... with a belt.



And the list goes on! Really diggin' the versatility of Eden. So happy that I can get a lot of wear out of it!

Check out more from Thavia on FashionValet and their instagram!



Love,



How I Style: Eden

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Thavia is a brand that resonates with me. They do a pretty good job elevating the basic wear into contemporary fashion. Just like the reconstructed shirts that have made it big until today, Thavia takes the ordinary and comes up with something fresh. The Eden top is my favourite piece from Thavia currently. We all love a good white blazer and the cold-shoulder trend, but who knew I would be obsessed with their lovechild.

Below are 5 ways of how I'd style it. Mind you, I did not include a denim number because we all know that's the first thing I'd gravitate towards--my good ol' skinny jeans. 


1. Warrior Princess

The Eden Cut Shoulder Top is a rather masculine piece but yet alluring. To balance out its ruggedness, I paired it with a tulip skirt that softens the look. However, as the skirt is made from songket, it doesn't affect the structure and strength too much. I still prefer keeping it a bit boyish. 






2. The White Rabbit

How could I not have an all-white outfit? The cutouts just make it less predictable and gives a fun spin to the regular white pantsuit.






3. Checkmate

Throw in a pair of formal pants, heels and a clutch and you're ready to go to a (what's the Malay version of a) cocktail party! But I, being boring of course, chose to pair it with my black trousers and my trusty Black Olive dUCk.






4.  Break Rules

Okay this is a tad bit outside my comfort zone. I chose not to listen to rules and paired it with palazzo pants. Now, if it were any other boxy jacket, you may end up looking like a tent, but when your shoulders are exposed like that, it doesn't seem all that bad. At the end of the day, you do you and own it!

To take it down a notch, you could even wear flats, espadrilles and sneakers but I personally don't like it on me (although when my feet are killing me, flats are godsend) because these pants make me look shorter than usual.






5. Casual Sunday

On days when you feel like dressing up but have no willpower to put in any effort, take your statement piece out and pair it with your lazy pants and a pair of sneakers, and get on with your day!





There are of course other ways you could wear this baby:

With a belt.




Opened... with a belt.



And the list goes on! Really diggin' the versatility of Eden. So happy that I can get a lot of wear out of it!

Check out more from Thavia on FashionValet and their instagram!



Love,



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