Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Beauty Favourites

** Sorry about the quality of the pictures. Insya Allah will update it as soon as I can with better ones. 

2013 is coming to an end. I'm discovering plenty of beauty products this year. Most of the products are cult products recommended by beauty bloggers and alike. For skincare, I have written products that I'm currently using and loving it for what it does to my skin [here]. On the other hand, for make up I found myself to love lip products more than blushes and face products. And now, I know which shade I prefer and will get a lot of use. Buying beauty products online is tricky (and risky!) so I read a lot of reviews before deciding. Below are the products that I have use a lot this year and been through tests to be able to be in this list.

Favourite Face Products
  • Primer
    • MakeUp Academy (MUA) Primer
  • Foundation/ BB Cream
    • Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream (not in the picture)
    • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in shade 53 Beige Clair
    • Catrice Infinite Matt Foundation in 020 Honey Beige
  • Concealer
    • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium
  • Powder
    • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
  • Makeup Remover
    • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Pink)
    • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

Favourite Blushers
  • NYX Powder blush in Dusty Rose
  • MUA blusher in shade 6 (older range)
  • MAC Powder blush in Fleur Power and Pet Me (mineralised blush LE 2010)
  • Natural Collection blush in Rosey Glow and Pink Cloud

Favourite Lip Products
  • Lipstick
    • DIOR Rouge Nude in Grege
    • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
    • Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle
    • MAC Lustre in Syrup
    • MUA lipstick in shade 11
    • NYX Extra Creamy Round lipstick in shade B52
    • Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie and Macaroon
  • Lipbalm
    • Maybelline Baby Lips
    • Palmer's Cocoa Butter
  • Lip Scrub
    • Lush Mint Julips

Favourite Eye Products
  • Eye Primer
    • MUA Eye Primer
    • Essence I <3 Stage Eye Primer
  • Eyeshadows
    • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
    • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
    • MUA Heaven and Earth Palette
    • Sleek Storm Palette
  • Eyeliner
    • Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Charcoal and Brown Black
  • Brow Gel
    • Essence brow gel (I need to get a new one!)
  • Mascara - tried few but none to my liking

Favourite Makeup Brushes
  • Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush
  • Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour brush
  • Sigma F60 Foundation brush
  • ELF Blending Eye brush
  • Essence shadow brush (especially for Maybelline tattoo)

Saturday, 28 December 2013

2013 Current Skincare Routine

I think it has been almost a year since my quest finding the right skincare regime for myself. My skin used to be very dry, my t-zone gets super oily quickly. These are the products that I have repurchase a couple of times this year (they last quite long!) and I believe it had helps improve my skin. I have a better skin now although still in the dry to normal skin type. I don't remember when was the last time I had breakouts. That's good, right? 
I cleanse my face daily using Bio-Essence Tanaka White Double Whitening Cleansing Foam. I then put few drops of Bioderma on cotton pad as toner and then I use a pump of Laneige Moisture Balancing Emulsion for my whole face. Pat on Laneige Water Bank Essence serum (daily every night for extra hydration). For moisturiser, I use Laneige Water Bank Moisture cream. Every other night I also use Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. Various times in the month, I also use St Ives Moisturising Olive scrub or Good Things Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliator depending to what I need at that time. A little bit of skin pampering.
When I'm about to wear my makeup, I cleanse-tone-balancing emulsion to prepare my skin so my make up will stay put longer. If I'm doing a heavier makeup, I will use face primer before putting on my makeup. Anyway, that is my current skincare routine for over 6 months now and I'm going to stick to this regime. On a side note, I'm planning to add and change to new products this coming year. I'll report back to you guys about it. It's time to take good care of our skin already. Then again, beauty comes from within. ;)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 310 Warm Golden

Among my recent haul from Guardian, I bought Revlon Colorstay Foundation in shade 310 Warm Golden. I, as usual read reviews to find out which shade will suits me. When I went to Guardian, I went to the display look for the shade, went to the counter and paid for it. I came home and tried the foundation right away. Swatched it and put a few drops for my face. I looked dark. My face is at least twice darker than my neck. :O I asked opinions from my mom and husband, they both said it IS dark. Even darker after it oxidized.
I was puzzled. I thought I bought the right shade. The testers at the shop is questionable hence I did not tried it. I should have but no. I go back to the reviews again. And apparently I bought the WRONG shade. I was supposed to get 300 Golden Beige (unfortunately not available here!). Both names have "golden" in it, I guess that's where I was wrong. :( I remember the lighter shades available are Sand Beige and Nude. Although.. While I was trying the foundation, I like the finish and lasting power. So perhaps I will try Nude next.

I'm letting go this foundation in Warm Golden for $20 (including postage). As mentioned above, I only used a couple of drops. If you know anyone using this shade, please let them know. :)

Monday, 23 December 2013

Haul | Revlon, Maybelline, NYX

sorry about the date stamp -_-"

This is my recent haul from Guardian and Shop at Sarah. I need a new foundation as I am saving my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation for special occasion. After hearing praises for Revlon Colorstay Foundation (even though shades available in this region is rather limited!), I still want to try it. I bought in shade 310 Warm Golden - wrong shade btw! There will be a post about it after this. I also bought the Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium which is good I must say. The texture is similar to my favourite Collection 2000 concealer, very pigmented and good lasting power too. I finally bought my first Revlon lipstick - Revlon Super Lustrous Shine in Kissable Pink. I love love the colour! It does not last long, colour is sheer, texture is soft and moisturising and I do not mind applying it again and again. I also bought Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in Blackberry (?!!) I thought I bought Black Brown which is my favourite. Anyway, moving on.. I need backup for my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. I have only use this ever since I bought it. I have hit the pan too on this hence the purchase. Since I love my NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Yogurt, I bought a back up too because the one I have is already short and I also bought Iced Mocha which the colour is similar to my Maybelline one. This NYX eye pencil however creases on my dry lids though so I need primer for this every time I use it. Everything I bought is currently on sale. Yay! :D So that's my drugstore haul for this month.

Friday, 20 December 2013

first time I won a giveaway

Isn't the title obvious? :P I won a giveaway from Sprinklerain last April [here]. I know I knoww.. It was many moons ago and I have been meaning to write this post for so long! Better late than never, yes? ;)

I was going to write a review on every single item included in the giveaway but I have not use most of them. So, I'll write a haul kind of post today. :D

apology about the quality of the pic :/
  1. Make up bag which is not in the picture :( Sorry!
  2. 17 BB Magic Cream
  3. 17 Face Oil Absorbing Sheets
  4. 17 Oil Control Make-up Remover Wipes
  5. 17 Super Fine Foundation Powder in Ivory
  6. 17 Trio Blush Powder in Peachy Blush
  7. 17 Trio Eyeshadows in Gilded Rose
  8. 17 Duet Match Lip Gloss in Neutral Nude
  9. 17 Va Va Voom Waterproof Volume Mascara 
  10. Watsons Luscious Cheek and Lip Jelly Color in Pink Cherry
  11. Bioderma for Combination/ Oily Skin
As you can see from the picture, I have finished using the facial wipes. It removes all my make-up better as the tissue is thicker than Simple and it does not drying my face. I'm currently still using the face oil absorbing sheets and also, foundation powder which both I have in my on-the-go make up bag.

I still have not use most of them :( but I'll definitely use them once I started working again. I rarely go out these days hence a lot of online shopping happened recently but when I do, I definitely rotate my make ups.

Oh! I sort of 'filter' my make ups the other day and I have some items that I had put in my graveyard basket. Lol! Items that I know that I do not want to use anymore, items that are already drying (mascaras, cream eyeshadows), smells weird and does not work on me especially concealers.
Do you have a make up graveyeard? :P

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Haul | Fashion Valet

I made two online purchases from Fashion Valet last week, Monday and Wednesday. I received my orders from DHL just two days after I placed my order. Unfortunately, one of the item came in the wrong size and I have to return it. Thank God for their return policy, I can return the item and they will send the correct one and reimburse my shipping cost. Awesome service! :D

there's baby Amni 'ignoring' my package :p

Picture above is only my first order. Didn't get to snap my second order. I'll list down the items I have bought if they still have it in their site in case you like it ;)
  1. Caron Boutique shirt [here]
  2. Candy Pop pants in Black and Cherry Red [here]
  3. Nukleus Cassia Activo Singlet in Purple [here]
  4. Skelly in the Closet shirt - not available anymore but the pants [here]
  5. Mycase2case iPhone 4 case [here]

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Year End Splurges?

I don't know why but staying at home means I'd be splurging A LOT! Seriously!

Weeks before and after I gave birth to baby Amni, I hauled a lot of baby clothings from Marks and Spencer and Mothercare (both UK and Brunei). I think I've mentioned this before. And I even bought more clothing last week! It was new arrivals so I had to. ☺️

And because I have been seeing a lot of beauty YouTube-ers posting their Christmas/ Holiday gift guides and I tell you it's really bad. It's actually good and nice seeing these "limited editions" but bad for your pockets! In the end, I bought few make ups (less than 5 items, few right? :P). I don't have them with me yet so, I'll do another post when I do.

And then, realising that I'm running out of tops and pants so I finally gave in and bought few tops and a  pant from FashionValet. And today, it's Vivy (co-founder of FV and MD) birthday so they're having a huge sale which I couldn't pass, so I bought few more tops and pants. Seriously, can you blame me? Hehehe.. 

Anyway, enough with the rants. Sprinklerain is having a giveaway. I'm still debating whether I should enter or not. The gifts are temptinggg which means more make ups. HAHA :P

Oh! I've sigNed up to Luvocracy. I'm addicted to it! :D Go sign up!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Baby Amni turns One month

Nur Amni Thaqifah turns one month last Tuesday, 3rd Dec 2013. Alhamdulillah.. It has been a great first month. She definitely brings more happiness and joy to our little family. I can't believe myself that I could love this much. Still trying to get her into routine.

On the other note, Ahmad Iqbal is being more clingy than ever during night time. Sometimes I feel like crying seeing him. *sighs* Sometimes its funny, and sometimes its heart-breaking too. People say, "kerebutan kasih" - maybe true, maybe not. I'm trying to give my time as much as possible to both. *btw, both babies are currently taking their nap while I'm typing this! and my babies' daddy too! Hehe*

Baby Amni also had her first month clinic appointment last Wednesday. It was only routine check-up, no injection just yet. They currently giving jab when baby is two month old. Oh! Baby Amni ada ruam all her face for the past few weeks already. At first we thought it was heat rash and was getting better few days ago until I ate some durian kuning and seafood! *slaps forehead* The cons for breastfeeding, you have to watch what you eat. *notetoselfforthegazillionthtimes* -_-"

Monday, 2 December 2013

Ahmad Iqbal 2nd Birthday

*latepost* :P

Anyway, we celebrated Iqbal's 2nd birthday last Sunday, 1st Dec 2013 at Sugarbun Hua Ho Manggis mall. What a way to welcome the month of December ey? ;D

Initially, I wanted to have a small celebration at home with our close families and friends. Unfortunately I could not do the preparation, so we decided to have it at a restaurant instead. Insya Allah we'll do a better one next year. :D *can't waitttt*

Below are some of the pictures taken during the function. We invited my brother-in-laws' families too (Mentiri and Rimba families), and of course our beloved Birau families. :D

Baby Amni who slept throughout the event :p