Monday, 31 December 2012

The Best of 2012


Today is the end of 2012! How time flies! I must say, the highlight for this year has got to be being a first time mom overall. From breastfeeding, to cloth diapering, to making homemade baby food and best of all, watching my baby grow up every single day. Alhamdulillah! I could not ask for more blessings than these.

There are ups and downs for the past one year but with my kind, loving and supportive husband and families, I managed to get through. Patience is definitely what I always struggle with and I'm glad, I have learned being more patient and less grumpy. :P There are times when we get 'the look' from people when we are out, like we are too young to have a baby. *lol* This is always funny and annoying sometimes! We've past age 25 already people~


Early this year, Dear Husband and I celebrated our 1st Wedding Anniversary at Li Gong, Empire Hotel. We also enjoyed our Ramadhan and Syawal more this year with Baby Iqbal and my sister got hitched before that in June. Seeing Baby Iqbal in his baju melayu always put smiles on our face. Adorably cute!!! We also had our Majlis Mandi Belawat dan Berdikir just about two weeks before we celebrated Baby Iqbal Pororo-themed 1st Birthday. We also made our first trip to Miri with Baby Iqbal for Dad's birthday celebration. We also had friend gatherings throughout the year too - with Iman's friends, my best friends and my Uni friends.


For this, it is definitely in the beauty department - skincare and makeups. I rediscovered my long lost love for skincare and makeups that I had few years ago and now, I even became more adventurous in trying out new things this year. I found that some works, and some did not. Being me, once I found something that works I would stick to it for the longest time until I have another "rediscoveries". :P Hehe.. I'll try to get the things I have in my wishlists first and work it out from there if I need? want? more.

On the other hands, for handbags and shoes, I have few things that have been on top of my list for the past years (this deserves another post, I will work on it!). And, I have also added few more this year. :P Michael Kors. Coach. Prada. to name a few.

I guess that's about it. Baby Iqbal and I had been having fever since last Wednesday and Iqbal's condition worsen on Friday. But Alhamdulillah.. We both are getting better already. Yay!


Saturday, 29 December 2012

Hantaran Bag: Louis Vuitton Idylle Speedy 30

Today, my dear handbag officially turns 2 years old. Hehehe.. I saw the receipt months ago and decided to dedicate this post on Miss LV 2nd Birthday. So here it is! *:D

From Dearest Husband, bought in the UK by Dear Mother-in-law at Selfridges, London. Back then, I was not interested with their monogram canvas hence I chose this bag. I thought there was no counterfeit bags for this bag available and apparently, there are. Pfft!

Usually, I use this bag when I go to functions/ special occasions. I can definitely thrown everything in this bag - wallet, travel pack tissue, keys, phones, coin purse, makeup bag and left with so many room. Nowadays, I also put Baby Iqbal's water bottle, snacks and toys.

This bag is not structured, a little bit floppy but it's okay. The colour is perfect and I do not have to worry about stains or to match it with my outfits. Although I would usually worried when its raining because the material is cloth, not canvas nor leather. -_-"

I LOOOOVE this bag so much and I will always treasure it. Afterall, this is my first LV! *:D

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Baby Iqbal's Afternoon Stroll

Yay we finally brought Baby Iqbal to the Empire Hotel to enjoy the beautiful nature. :D He loves to see the waves and listen to the sounds when we passed by the beach/ lagoon, so we decided to sit on the grass near to the beach/ lagoon. We went with my sister, then Dear Husband came after work to join us. Such a wonderful afternoon. Relaxing!!!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Michael Kors Luggage Tote

After excitedly and anxiously waiting for about a week (and tracking its shipping for almost every hour and minutes :P), I am now a proud owner for this Michael Kors bag [here] that I have been lusting for the past few months. Yayy!!! :D

I did extensive research and waiting patiently for great deals from sites in the US and since Christmas is coming, it is definitely the best time to get a good promotions (and the bag, of course! :P)

excellent packaging

For the past few months, I had been looking at different sites for its availability - Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, one second its available and the next second its gone which frustrates me every.single.time! Recently, between the three sites, Saks offered cheapest (USD10.95) shipping cost using DHL Express which normally would cost twice or triple the price. I felt like I've hit a jackpot! *literally!*

After I took the box from DHL, I was really excited opening it and when I saw the bag, I kneww it is the PERFECT bag. I smile from ear to ear, mesmerise with her beauty :DDD And the most important, I want to say thank you to my Dearest Husband for the bag! ❤ :D

Friday, 21 December 2012

Baby Iqbal's Day Out

Last Tuesday, my sister, my brothers, baby Iqbal and I decided to go out for groceries shopping. We first went to Times Square and Baby Iqbal started to groan looking at the bouncer there. Haha..

It was really funny to see him trying to move his body. Hehehe so CUTE!!! My brothers and sister kindly company him to jump. We paid B$0.50 for 30 mins and was more than enough for him.

trying to move :P haha

This moving-toy has become a must for him whenever he sees one. Haha.. He'll be afraid to sit in it at first then after two rounds, he refused to go out. *LOL*

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

New Revlon in Guardian

I thought I'd share this with you guys. I went to Guardian at Giant last night and I saw a couple of new products at Revlon shelves.

First is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (correct me if I got the name wrong). I've seen these in the blogosphere for a while. Mixed reviews about it. To me, it looks like a jumbo lip pencil like NYX has. Oh! I only saw 8 shades last night but I think I saw more in Guardian at Hua Ho Manggis.

pic credit Google

Its currently on promotion B$17.01 (NP B$18.90), a little bit expensive than Revlon Lip Butter which I looove (currently on promotion Buy 1 Free 1 for B$15.90).

Second (and final one) is Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup. I saw the ad in a magazine few months back. We have four shades here - Nude, Medium Beige, Warm Golden and Caramel. They cost about B$26.91 each and on promotion as well.

pic credit Google

I tested one of the shades on my hand and it feels really soft and blends nicely onto my skin. However, I am not sure about the tub glass packaging - I prefer with pumps more hygienic in my opinion. But I'd love to try it as soon as my Max Factor foundation finish (which might take a while haha).

Go to your nearest Guardian to check these out. I think all Guardian have updated their makeup section as Silky Girl, Maybelline and L'Oreal shelves are now also have been restocked. ;)

Friday, 14 December 2012

New Lust: Sigma Brushes

I have been lusting for these brushes lately. Sigma Mr Bunny travel kit brushes. Its synthetic, vegan friendly (sounds good eh?) and from reviews, its the softest brush from Sigma Beauty. I'm solddd!!!

I prefer the travel size than the regular ones because I love doing my makeup closer to the mirror. It's shorter, easier to handle and compact. I'm wearing glasses, so when I'm putting on my makeup I'm partially blind.

I'd love to get the coloured brushes - aqua, purple, coral, mrs bunny blue & pink but I'll stick with the classic black to match my other brushes.

If I got hold of this set, I don't think I'll be buying other brushes. Who am I kidding? :P I want Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush too. And I'll still be getting Ecotools blush brush and ELF Essential eyeshadow and blending brush from my wishlist [here]. But that's it I hope! ;)

UPDATE (8th March 2013)

I just placed my order for Sigma brushes from Luxola today. I'm happy that they have 20% discount in conjunction with today's Woman's International Day. Yayy can't wait for them to arrive! :D

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Movie Date Twilight

Dear Husband and I went to watch Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 last night. It has been really really a long time since our last movie. Avengers. When was that ah? Hehehe.. Over a year ago or almost a year already? Whatevs! :P

We were having our hi-tea at CA Mohd with my family when DH suddenly said, "let's watch movie!" when my mom brought Baby Iqbal home with her and dad. I asked my brother how they new cinema are, how to book tickets, where to see their shows timetable and so on. So, we went straight to the newly opened cinema, Times Cineplex to buy our ticket and I was literally jumping up and down! :D Thank you Sayanggg!

I have read the book long time ago. :P I did not remember how the movie is supposed to be like. It was months ago when I watched the trailer. So yea, I went with zero expectation but loving Taylor Lautner at heart. *lol* Team Jacob!!! Renesmee is such a sweetheart. So cute and pretty! DH did not like the ending, "it's not epic" since this is the last installment but I love it. I am happy that everyone is happy. Such a hopeless romantic! *lol* But hey, I love happy ending. Forever. ;)

We miss Baby Iqbal every time when we go out without him. ;(

Sunday, 9 December 2012

I love blushes!

Since I have discovered my new "interest", I realised that I have a huge love for blushes. When ever I am looking at new brands, I'd look at their blushes range first. The only downside (for me) having too many blushes is I do not know when can I finish them. I still have the one and only MAC Pet Me blush for over two years now (and I still want to try other colours). Anyway, these blushes are included in my wish list :P

1. ELF Studio Blushes
I can't decide yet which colour but I like to have tickled pink and either peachy keen or candid coral and as for the pink ones, I'm not sure which one hehe ;P

pic credit Amarixe

2. Illamasqua Blushes
I only have Hussy in my wishlist but they recently come out with duo blush - Hussy and Lover, and I thought that is a really good deal. I mean, I don't know when can I finish one blush but with two smaller blush is definitely a better deal ;)

pic credit Illamasqua site

3. Benefit blushes
These have been in my wish list for ages! :P First, Dandelion was introduced by my colleague at work (the same person who introduced to me Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Charcoal). I don't blame her but I love my face when she did my make up for fun when we were at work before ;) Hehe

pic credit Benefit site

4. Nars blushes
I have set my eyes on Orgasms (my makeup artist used it during my Mandi Belawat function) and it's lovely!!! I love the colour on me :D Deep throat. Sin. Ok, If I can get hold of the blush palette is even better ;) I know there are dupes for Nars blushes but I really want to own at least one ;)

pic credit Temptalia

5. Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes
I love the blush gift (for holiday this year however it comes with a highlighter and bronzer which I have not ventured into, but I do not mind having them but I love the other two colours and it's not available in their parmanent line *bummer!*) But hey, their blushes are lovely too~

pic credit Tarte site

As you can see, I have more and more in my wishlist and this excluding the ones that I'm getting from MAC, Natural Collection, Makeup Academy (MUA) and Sleek. *slaps forehead* Blush is my makeup essential. I can go out without wearing any mascara or lipstick (as long as I have my lip balm) but blush is a MUST!!! :D It adds a healthy glow and colour to my face.

What are your makeup essentials? I'd say for me.. BB cream or foundation, blush, eyeliner and lip balm/ lip butter or lipstick ;)

Friday, 7 December 2012

New Lust: Sleek MakeUP

The next make up brand I want to try (after I bought my MUA makeups in my shopping list) is Sleek MakeUp. :D

I have look through their site and I have set my eyes on three items.
  • first is their Oh so Special eyeshadow palette (although storm and au naturel looks tempting but I'm going to get just one) :P
  • next is their blusher in Rose Gold (most people says its a dupe for Nars Orgasms just slightly different in colour) and Pomegranate.
  • and lastly, their lipstick in Coral Reef. Other colours look intimidating but this one caught my attention.  It is actually an orangey red colour (not like in the picture).
pic credit: Sleek MakeUp site

The great thing about this Sleek MakeUp is that they ship worldwide. Yay!! From most reviews that I have read, their colours are highly pigmented so we need to use a light hand in application. I might try to order these sometime next year. :) Insya Allah..

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

That feeling!

My sister and I just finished watching Keepin' up with the Kardashian. We love to see how close they are with each other, and I'm so happy that we are too, close with each other.

The part that made me nostalgic was when Kourtney gave birth to little Penelope. I definitely adore Kourtney among them three. That part really reminded me when I gave birth to Baby Iqbal. That feeling. It's undescribable. Its pure happiness, blessful moment.

In short, despite all the pain, I definitely want to feel that feeling again someday. Insya Allah~ :D

Sunday, 2 December 2012

November Haul

I remember that I mentioned here before that I was on a spending ban until our trip to Miri in mid of the month. Well that was not successful at all. *baddd!* :P I actually made purchases prior to our trip twice and once right after.

I already wrote two posts about my earlier purchases. ELF Complexion brush [previous post here] and, Sigma Bare palette and Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette I bought online [previous post here]. So far, I've been loving my new brush and still playing around with both of my eyeshadow palettes. Neutral looks all the way! ;D

Then my haul from Miri [previous post here]. I have been using the Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation for the past two weeks and I love it!!! The velvety texture, fruity scent and its natural finish. I like to use my Simple facial wipes to clean my face before washing, just to make sure my face is super clean. Bio Essence Tanaka White for my morning wash and Bird's Nest at night time.

I also bought few Essence items soon after - eyeshadow base, lash and brow gel and eyeshadow brush. I just had to buy to eyeshadow base because Imah loves it. Bought the lash and brow gel to make my eyebrow looks nicer and I wanted to get ELF eyeshadow brush at first but Paloma Serusop didn't have it so I just had to try this one. Its an ok brush I think, can't compare much since I do not own any.

Lastly, I am mostly excited about this last purchase I made. I bought Missha Perfect Cover bb cream in light beige (no.21) for US$7.38 through ebay (seller name: iamlove-shop). Excellent service and communication I must say. My item arrived after 3 weeks and I used standard shipping with tracking number for US$2.50 (not economy) for shipping. The seller gave me 3 samples from Missha too and excellent (and safe) packaging as well. Thumbs up! :D

So what have you bought for yourself last month? ;D On a happier note, a month to go til our family vacation. I'm already listing down my beauty items to buy ;) Muahaha :P