Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tired to the Bone, Happy to the Core

Last week, I was given a chance to be involved in a biannual event held in my uni. Actually, I pretty much ‘asked’ to be a part of it because I signed myself up for it. Not gonna lie, there were moments when I regretted my decision and wished for the week to swiftly pass.

Age wise, most of the others who signed up for this were younger than me. Not that I undervalued those who were younger than me, but you get what I mean. I thought there was no way for us to discuss anything non-work-related. I was wrong, though. Turned out that I wasn’t the eldest of the pack, which I thought was good. It also appeared that there were so many things other than work that the gang and I can relate to/discuss about. So, I was wrong again. Moreover, I had some eye-opening talks with a few of them that reminded me to some of the good things in life.

One of the talks that I had was about carrying ourselves as individuals. The way we act--live, in general, is based on our status, which determines the responsibilities we ought/expected to do. It also determine your position within the social hierarchy. The problem that I’ve seen on other people and experienced myself is that, our status can make us feel inferior. I’m not talking about being humble--this is also necessary--but I’m talking about a self-degrading mindset. It’s all in the head. It should be us who define what we want to do and more importantly how to do it. In other words, it depends on how we carry ourselves. Everyone else’s expectations toward us shouldn’t matter as long as we have the power of mind over matter.

I didn’t really have much time to, you know, interact with every single person there. But I had all the time to pretty much observe the new faces I was surrounded by, from the way they deal with their responsibilities to how treat each other. They may sound like nothing big, but it’s the little things that matter.

Apart from acting all professional and serious, I definitely had fun with them as well. I hadn’t had a good laugh in days and I finally had my hard-earned one (or more) right there. I even had some brief conversation over... lipsticks (I mean, let’s be real here). ‘No way for us to discuss anything non-work-related’ what?

All in all, it was one of the most tiring yet delightful experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure to gain. I’m chuffed that I crossed paths with these peeps. Too bad it was such a short time to get to know so many people. Regrets? What regrets?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blow a Kiss, Fire a Gun

I love makeup. This blog is pretty much about makeup. But the thing that I mostly talk about here is mauvey-pink lipsticks. What can I say? I’m quite obsessed with that particular shade. I haven’t talked about mauvey-pink lipsticks for awhile and if you fancy another new one, then today is your great day.

Meet the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (every time I put this number on, Major Lazer’s song plays in my head). The product is encased within a luxe, shiny black tube with magnetic closure. It has a silver button but it just serves as an ornament. Here’s the cool thing: if you twist the tube from the front, with the silver button facing you, the bullet will come up/down but it won’t rotate, meaning that it will keep on facing you (am I making sense here? Please tell me I am). Cool, right?! Well at least it’s very amusing for me. I haven’t found any lipstick that does that.

The shade is mauvey-pink (d’uh) and the finish that it offers is satin. The color reminds me a lot to the Clinique Plum Pop Lip Colour, but this one is a tad darker than the Clinique one. It shows rich pigmentation in just one go and feels very buttery on the lips, just like Plum Pop does. 

Does this last on the lips? Hell yeah is does. In fact, it can last up to 6 hours. Depending on what you eat, of course. The other day, I had a fairly greasy meal with this on. I drank a lot of water from a glass too. The color definitely didn’t stay intact, however I still looked like I got lipstick on. And it didn’t look crazy messy as well. 

All in all, it’s a lovely, lovely product. I’d love to try some other colors from this range. Have you seen the shade J’adore? It’s truly something that I adore. And Boy Gorgeous looks downright gorgeous. There’s also the one called Infamous, which is another mauvey-pink shade... just give me them all.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

C-c-c-check These Out

What do you do when you’re bored? Surfing the web? Watching YouTube videos? Stalking on a person on Instagram and trying your best effort to not encounter the chance of accidental double-tapping? been there, done that. There are a million other things that you can do to kill time that won’t get you into any trouble. 

Every day, I always pay a little visit to one of Anna Gardner’s little corners of the Internet, which is her blog. Yep, she posts every single day! I admire her dedication and the way she crafts her writings. She also has a YouTube channel and she uploads her videos every Sundays and Wednesday. I love her video editing technique. I love her angle in creating her contents. I love her online persona. I just love love love her. If you’d like your makeup to be minimal, simple, and somehow look a-girl-next-door-esque, then head this way.

Going down-under, we have Karima McKimmovski. An Australian YouTuber with one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever laid my eyes on. She is sooo stunning! I also love her somewhat soothing Australian accent. Her videos are always informative and she always tells you how to be strategic when you’re applying your makeup. So, she doesn’t just show you how to look all dolled up; she also educates you about the most efficient makeup application techniques. She also has a blog filled with informative posts and some of the most cool makeup photographs. But she doesn’t post that often though. I think her main platform is her YouTube channel.

Next, we have Nikkie de Jager from Holland (Nikkie Tutorials), who makes everyone and their mothers go nuts over the Nivea Men After Shave Balm. She is basically a makeup prodigy and has been on YouTube since around 2008. Now, she has more than 2 million subscribers. Her signature makeup look is something I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward because it involves lots of shimmers and super glowy highlighters and is sometimes over the top–more like most of the time! However, I really enjoy spending my time watching her videos, especially her ‘Hits and Oh, Goooooood Nos!”. If you’re all about that glam, glimmer, and super glowy makeup, check out her channel. Oh, you should also check out Jamie PaigeBeauty’s Instagram and YouTube channel. Her looks are pretty similar to what Nikkie usually pulls, but imho they’re more of a dialed down version compared to Nikkie’s. Both are amazeballs though!

Just like Nikkie, Jaclyn Hill loves her glow as well. I didn’t really like seeing her videos at first because she talked really fast and I couldn’t keep up with most of what she was saying. However, somehow I’ve managed to get myself used to hearing her talking and now I find her videos so entertaining to watch. One of many awesome facts about her is that she once wanted to become a Sephora salesgirl when she was in her teen years, but the company turned down her application. Last year, the product that she created in collaboration with Becca made the most record-breaking sales at in just a matter of minutes when it first launched. The girl really knows how to #slaaaaAAAY, huh? Her genuineness and bubbly personality are also things that I adore from her.

Do you like kids? Because I do. Especially if they’re cute toddlers. And not on a tantrum mode. If you have interests for babies then you should be subscribed to Judy Travis’ channel, itsjudyslife. She vlogs about her daily life and obviously my favorite part about them is her twin daughters, Miya and Keira–both of them are so adorable and ridiculously smart for 1 year olds! I’ve been watching her videos every day since around 2014. Yep, she uploads her videos every single day which is kinda awesome. Judy also has a beauty channel called itsjudytime, but I hardly watch her beauty videos there and I suppose she doesn’t really have an exact uploading schedule for her beauty channel.

Last but not least is @deabakri, whose Instagram account I discovered just around three weeks ago. You see, #flatlay photos are some of the most common photo ideas these days and they seem hella boring when every single person you follow does the same technique. For me, her flat lay photos are unlike many others. Hers are somehow neat, organized, and well-executed yet messed up at the same time, which make a strikingly beautiful juxtaposition for anyone to behold. See it for yourself and fall in love with her photos just like I did the day I discovered her account.

Enough about me. What about you? Whose Instagram account is filled with double tap worthy photos? What other YouTube channels should I be subscribed to? I’m all ears.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pavilion Beauty

There’s a new ‘ladies only’ salon here in J-town! I’m not one to have salon treatment on a regular basis but this one gets me really excited. It is situated in Jalan Cempaka Putih Raya. If you have trouble finding where the salon is, just look for a small periwinkle blue building across the Bank Danamon outlet.

Pavilion Beauty has been operating its business for about a month now. The salon offers a wide selection of treatments for the hair, the nails, and also hair removal treatments. So it’s like a one-stop beauty parlor that will make all your beauty needs fulfilled (beauty needs. That should be added to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs).

This January (more like last month. Well, last week, if you read this post exactly the day this post goes live), the salon provided a promotional 40% discount for all the treatments. For a discount whore like me, this opportunity was not one to be missed. Besides, my pits needed to be waxed. So it was bound to happen.

The place looked really feminine and parisian-esque, which I found very common on many salons these days. Except the walls on this salon were painted in this lovely deep, periwinkle blue shade. I was welcomed by a somewhat relaxing, parisian-esque music as I opened the door and stepped inside the place. The selection of songs within the playlist played was so darn good, that it piqued my interest to ask for the complete song list.

I already prebooked for an underarm waxing treatment over the phone, but when I got there, the lady who was supposed to wax  me was still handling another customer. I wasn’t in a rush so I didn’t mind waiting for my turn. The salon didn’t have a large number of employees, which was quite understandable since the place was rather small. It was still quite spacious, though. The insides of the salon was divided into separate sections; a small waiting lounge, a nail treatment room, a hairdressing area, a room that had two hair washing sinks, a waxing room, a prayer room for Muslims, and a shower room/lavatory which had the most beautiful floor tiles.

The underarm waxing process took less than 10 minutes. The lady who waxed me was really nice and had performed different types of waxing on so many people before. She used caramel-based wax for the waxing itself followed by threading the remaining hairs that the wax didn’t remove. The wax was taken from a pot that was heated into a separate small bowl, so there was no double-dipping involved. I personally really enjoyed the threading process, since I also happen to be a person who enjoys tweezing my axillary hairs very much (getting a little bit TMI here!). After the threading was done, she gave me a small mirror to help me look at my waxed and threaded underarm and see if there were still some hairs left. I thought I couldn’t find any hairs left there. She then moved on to waxing and threading my other underarm. After I got home, I took a look at my underarms and noticed a few short hairs over there  (like, extremely EXTREMELY short hairs). But I just easily tweezed them out and be done.

All in all, it was a rather gratifying experience. So far, I think its only issue was the fact that customers had to wait for they turn to get treated due to the small number of staffs. Other than that, everything was great.

So, if you live nearby the area and want to give a little treat to yourself, you know where to head for. Next time, I’d like to try out the chocolate-flavored 'creambath' treatment. Sounds yummy, no?