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Hello, gorgeousness! I hope you're having a productive day today. I know I am. I love how busy my schedule looks right now. The new year has been wonderful to me so far. I am managing orders for my new CD painting business (@sistersandbrushes on Instagram!) that I believe deserves its own spotlight on this platform. I will talk more about it, don't you worry. 

ANYWAY, I think it's fitting to have some fun today. I haven't done a tag in a hot minute. Doing tags are so much fun and I feel like they're lowkey a little bit left behind. I don't know why but I used to do them a lot back then. So I am bringing the old days back 'cause we're answering some juicy questions created by 90's LoveChild on YouTube!

The Beauty Consumer Tag

01 | How much do you spend on makeup a month? A year?

Some people think I only buy makeup products right after payday. But most of the year I was keeping myself on a makeup budget. I had a budget laid out for myself which indicated how much money I was going to spend per month. I stuck to the RM200-RM300 limit per month. I don't want to go over RM300 because I have other commitments. 

02 | Do you ever feel guilty about how much you spend on makeup?

I used to feel guilty about it and I still do sometimes, in recent times. But most of the time now I don't feel guilty at all because makeup makes me feel happy and content. You don't feel guilty for spending on things that gonna make you feel happy. 

03 | Do you get 'FOMO' related to makeup releases?

Not at all. I never really have.

04 | Do you purchase or keep items simply because they are limited edition?

I don't really care about it at all. It's just going to fuel up my anxiety if I end up loving it and have nowhere to repurchase it. Also, it irks me how the word 'limited edition' is a scam because nothing is ever truly a limited edition nowadays. 

05 | Would you be willing to pay more money for a sold-out product online?

I never have and will probably never do. 

06 | Do you wish you could spend more? Or less?

To be honest, I am pretty much content with how much money I spent on makeup. I only buy products that I run out of, mostly. So yeah, pretty happy with the budget I created for myself.

The Beauty Consumer Tag

07 | Do you feel compelled to buy something when you see it in someone else's collection?

Only if I trust the person's recommendations. A lot of the time, no. It's not my thing to have what everybody's having. 

08 | Do you buy more during the holidays?

Yes. Mainly because there are a lot better sales and it's a really good opportunity to save. I love to get deals for myself. Don't makeup be more appealing when it's discounted? Lol. 

09 | Have you ever hidden a makeup purchase from family or friends?

Nope. Never. I get so excited whenever I buy makeup products so I always want to share happiness with the people around me.

10 | Do you have more than ten products in your collection that you have not used in over a month?

I have way more than 10 products. It's quite concerning. Mostly my eyeshadow palettes and lip products. Concealers, foundations, primers, mascaras are the ones that I rotate through regularly though.

11 | Have you ever been pressured to purchase something you could not afford or did not need?

Never. I think having a makeup budget is a wonderful thing. It keeps me from buying something impulsively or something that is over my budget.

12 | Do you purchase makeup for collector reasons?

Not at all. If I don't like it then I won't buy it.

13 | In your makeup journey have you become less or more consumeristic?

I don't know if it's more or less but let's put it this way: I think I have become smarter and self-aware as a consumer now. I don't buy products for the sake of wanting to have a bigger, impressive collection and not utilizing it. I am pretty selective when it comes to makeup. I won't buy a lot of things at once to be seen as a legit beauty enthusiast. I feel like I am doing good in the way of how I spend my money now.

That's that! This was a really great tag and I had absolutely fun with it. I really want to know you guys' answers. If you haven't done this, I encourage you to do it because it's cool! 

How would you answer the second question of the Beauty Consumer Tag? Let me know in the comments!
  • Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Beauty Consumer Tag

Hello, gorgeousness! I hope you're having a productive day today. I know I am. I love how busy my schedule looks right now. The new year has been wonderful to me so far. I am managing orders for my new CD painting business (@sistersandbrushes on Instagram!) that I believe deserves its own spotlight on this platform. I will talk more about it, don't you worry. 

ANYWAY, I think it's fitting to have some fun today. I haven't done a tag in a hot minute. Doing tags are so much fun and I feel like they're lowkey a little bit left behind. I don't know why but I used to do them a lot back then. So I am bringing the old days back 'cause we're answering some juicy questions created by 90's LoveChild on YouTube!

The Beauty Consumer Tag

01 | How much do you spend on makeup a month? A year?

Some people think I only buy makeup products right after payday. But most of the year I was keeping myself on a makeup budget. I had a budget laid out for myself which indicated how much money I was going to spend per month. I stuck to the RM200-RM300 limit per month. I don't want to go over RM300 because I have other commitments. 

02 | Do you ever feel guilty about how much you spend on makeup?

I used to feel guilty about it and I still do sometimes, in recent times. But most of the time now I don't feel guilty at all because makeup makes me feel happy and content. You don't feel guilty for spending on things that gonna make you feel happy. 

03 | Do you get 'FOMO' related to makeup releases?

Not at all. I never really have.

04 | Do you purchase or keep items simply because they are limited edition?

I don't really care about it at all. It's just going to fuel up my anxiety if I end up loving it and have nowhere to repurchase it. Also, it irks me how the word 'limited edition' is a scam because nothing is ever truly a limited edition nowadays. 

05 | Would you be willing to pay more money for a sold-out product online?

I never have and will probably never do. 

06 | Do you wish you could spend more? Or less?

To be honest, I am pretty much content with how much money I spent on makeup. I only buy products that I run out of, mostly. So yeah, pretty happy with the budget I created for myself.

The Beauty Consumer Tag

07 | Do you feel compelled to buy something when you see it in someone else's collection?

Only if I trust the person's recommendations. A lot of the time, no. It's not my thing to have what everybody's having. 

08 | Do you buy more during the holidays?

Yes. Mainly because there are a lot better sales and it's a really good opportunity to save. I love to get deals for myself. Don't makeup be more appealing when it's discounted? Lol. 

09 | Have you ever hidden a makeup purchase from family or friends?

Nope. Never. I get so excited whenever I buy makeup products so I always want to share happiness with the people around me.

10 | Do you have more than ten products in your collection that you have not used in over a month?

I have way more than 10 products. It's quite concerning. Mostly my eyeshadow palettes and lip products. Concealers, foundations, primers, mascaras are the ones that I rotate through regularly though.

11 | Have you ever been pressured to purchase something you could not afford or did not need?

Never. I think having a makeup budget is a wonderful thing. It keeps me from buying something impulsively or something that is over my budget.

12 | Do you purchase makeup for collector reasons?

Not at all. If I don't like it then I won't buy it.

13 | In your makeup journey have you become less or more consumeristic?

I don't know if it's more or less but let's put it this way: I think I have become smarter and self-aware as a consumer now. I don't buy products for the sake of wanting to have a bigger, impressive collection and not utilizing it. I am pretty selective when it comes to makeup. I won't buy a lot of things at once to be seen as a legit beauty enthusiast. I feel like I am doing good in the way of how I spend my money now.

That's that! This was a really great tag and I had absolutely fun with it. I really want to know you guys' answers. If you haven't done this, I encourage you to do it because it's cool! 

How would you answer the second question of the Beauty Consumer Tag? Let me know in the comments!
My 2020 In Alphabetical Order

Happy new year, guys! Here comes my year in retrospect kinda post with a twist. I do this every year. It's like a tradition here in my blog. It's quite challenging because I have to do it in alphabetical order every single year. You know the drill. Without rambling on too much, here's my 2020 wrap up in alphabetical order. Grab a cuppa because this is going to be a long one. 

Ariana Grande
| Queen of getting me all entertained and fascinated with all her songs. While she's not everyone's cup of tea, she's definitely my cup of tea. 

Bullet journal | I would say 2020 has been the year where I did pretty good with keeping up with my bullet journal. I think I'm more creative there instead of my blog. Maybe because I have all the space for myself only so I just go with it. I'm not the best artist but I've totally become more comfortable doing some hand lettering, creating spreads without even outlining them out first. The practicality of a bullet journal is my number one priority, though. It helps me with managing my personal life to work life to even blogging!

COVID-19 & canceled plans | I've put on my 'positive-thinking cap' for 2020 all year long so I don't have to jump on the "2020 is canceled" bandwagon but it kept disappointing me. I guess I don't have to explain more. Let's hope 2021 will be better for all of us.

Dalgona coffee | The viral drink catching tons of buzz that I, myself was sufficiently influenced to give it a whirl. The result was... I found it to be my favorite type of coffee to drink and I made it a bunch of times. But it all comes with consequences and I would say it's the sleepless nights for me.


Endless cooking and baking | I have always loved cooking, especially baking but since we're practicing social distancing and whatsoever I have been cooking and baking a whole lot more and experimenting with recipes. 

Facetime | Been through a lot of Facetime calls with my significant other this year. It was pretty hard for us in the first few months. He was visiting his parents for a minute and then Covid happened and we can't cross country for a while so he was stuck and we can't see each other. What a situation.

Growing, blooming, and flourishing | This has to be one of my favorite mantras in 2020. 

Hyram | Some of you might come for me but I relate to Hyram more than I relate to other skincare junkies out there. He's so young but so full of skincare information and I want to be like that someday.

Instagram | Instagram is an amazing tool to grow your blog! Yes. I used to think Instagram is a place for people to show their nicest things, the glitz and glam, and all of that jazz. I was overwhelmed. I even went on hiatus on Instagram because it felt so toxic at some point in my life. Turns out, Instagram is not half bad. I decided to make a comeback and trying to stay active there and then I started to promote my blog more. It was surreal. It drives crazy traffic to my blog as well as my Instagram page. My insights were all green! That's insane. I will never talk bad about Instagram anymore.

Joo Dan Tae & Sim Soo Ryeon | I love Penthouse. I was completely invested my time in this k-drama. I am not like a hardcore fan of k-dramas by any means. I watch what I want to watch. So, Penthouse was definitely IT this year. Joo Dan Tae being the father of 2 and a husband of the oh-so-lovely Sim Soo Ryeon. I love their acting ability! Joo Dan Tae, how can you look so kind and yet so unbelievably terrifying? And Sim Soo Ryeon, she's such a goddess, even in real life. Ugh, can't get enough of this drama. I definitely recommend giving it a watch if you haven't. Now. Right now.


“Kelapa Susu/ coconut milk drink | Kelapa susu on a hot day? Yes, please. The weather has been boiling all year long. I wish I can have kelapa susu every day but that can't be good for my health. But yeah, I had an embarrassing amount of kelapa susu this year. It's bizarre.

Loungewear | Since we have been stuck at home with nowhere to go and cute outfits for no one to see, loungewear is definitely a thing in 2020. It is all the rage to be as comfy as possible. Loungewear has always been my go-to and I am glad I am being seen as fashionable now. LOL.

Mostly beige | I really fell so hard into the beige aesthetics. I think beige is my signature color in 2020. I love everything in beige. My bullet journal spreads were mostly in the beige tone. I want everything in beige. Give it to me, I am ready to bathe in it. 

New smartphone | I have been an Android user for as long as I can remember but this year was quite interesting for me where I took the plunge and switched to an iPhone. iPhone is not the be-all and end-all for me but the experience is something else. It's quite spectacular actually.

Organized | I think having a journal is one of the very reasons I am very organized with my life this year. I have several spreads in there to help with different aspects of my personal life, my blogging life. I track down almost everything I could because I am quite forgetful. 

Pictures and videos | I have taken so many photos of me being with my favorite persons. And videos too! I record the moment and save it to myself just because I am afraid one day I will forget the sound of their voice and their laugh and overall the feeling I was in. I have a bunch of them and I encourage you to take pictures and record videos more as well because you never know.

Quitting | Love your job but never fall in love with your company. Mental health always comes first. If you don't already know, I quit my job in November and I know it's not easy to secure a job especially during a pandemic but I can't be in an environment that didn't spark joy anymore, you know what I mean?

Renovation | House renovation, to be exact. We decided to hire contractors instead of interior designers because the cost tends to be cheaper. It was not a hassle-free process, guys. I was a bit unsettled hiring them at first and I should just listen to my guts. We had a lot of unnecessary troubles and that's it. Pay a little more, hire an interior designer and it will save you big time.

Spilled tea | The year of spilled tea. LOL. All jokes aside, I take it as a siren or a warning for me not to fall for the innocent look of certain people. 

Tea | My all-time favorite companion. Perfect for any occasion. I am always with my tea that I love to make in a mason jar because a mason jar makes every drink tastes fancier and cuter. 

Underweight? | Okay. I made a point to get back on track with intermittent fasting this year and it was a success, I think. I used to binge-snacking at work and all I wanna do was munch, munch, munch. That's why I started IF and I wore a waist trainer all the time so that I gradually lost my appetite. It was definitely a big moment where if I apparently lose a few more grams my BMI would probably be severely underweight. LOL. I think I took IF way too far. I have always been normal since I was a kid so that was a pretty major moment for me. 

Visiting a place that I never knew existed | Before the pandemic, I actually had a road trip with my s/o to a place that I never knew existed. Yup. It's called a 'secret garden' and it was so magical. It has such a romantic path to it. Ugh! I didn't document it though because I was so caught up in the moment. It was a place you don't want to burst your camera out. You just want to feel the moment and it was actually the last trip we took together this year.

W7 cosmetics | I didn't discover a lot of makeup products because obviously we're all staying home and feeling comfy all year long, so it's pointless to shop for makeup that I know I am not going to use that much. But I did discover W7 cosmetics at the drugstore. I am actually shook with the quality because how can it be so good for so little money? This is not a new brand but definitely new to me and I am blown away. Please check out W7 if you haven't already. I love their lipsticks and banana powder. 

X-factor” of my blog | I have been getting a lot of compliments on my blog photography this year (thank you for the support, guys <3) to the point I was really kinda embarrassed about it because I am not like other bloggers that have everything when it comes to photography equipment or tech or whatever you wanna call it. If you haven't been noticing, I took all of my blog photos with my trustee cellphone. I don't want to seem like I am shoving this right down your throat but I have said this many times that you don't need much to have beautiful photos for your blog. And in my humble opinion, it's okay to not have a DSLR for your blog photography.

Yash | Yes, the MAC bullet lipstick. My s/o bought it for me as a gift earlier this year. He said I have so many of these in my collection so I won't hurt to another one. However, he didn't have a clue which color to pick so he got me the shade that would look gorgeous on me. He's so clueless when it comes to makeup but his effort wins my heart every time. I honestly haven't been putting the shade to a test as in wearing them daily because I am really sentimental and I don't want to ruin it. That's the first makeup item my s/o got me. I think it holds some kind of memory to it.

Zen attitude | I think one of my biggest achievements in 2020 is achieving a zen attitude. I block out anything and everything that can possibly increase my stress level. I shift my focus mainly on positive things now. I let go of a lot of things that have been weighing me down or just overall negative towards my life. Of course, just focusing on the positive things won't magically make any problems go away, but it seems to boost my self-esteem and helps me believe in myself more. And I lowkey think self-growth is worth achieving.

Farewell, 2020! I don't know what 2021 holds in store, yet now it's a new adventure for me. I have hopes and aspirations, not much a New Year's resolution. But I know what I want. If they don't happen, I know they will be replaced with something else equally exciting. I am going to start it off right by having a positive mindset. The future is uncertain y'know but I am in to embrace that.

Have a blast and safe new year, guys! Take care xx

My 2020 in Alphabetical Order

My 2020 In Alphabetical Order

Happy new year, guys! Here comes my year in retrospect kinda post with a twist. I do this every year. It's like a tradition here in my blog. It's quite challenging because I have to do it in alphabetical order every single year. You know the drill. Without rambling on too much, here's my 2020 wrap up in alphabetical order. Grab a cuppa because this is going to be a long one. 

Ariana Grande
| Queen of getting me all entertained and fascinated with all her songs. While she's not everyone's cup of tea, she's definitely my cup of tea. 

Bullet journal | I would say 2020 has been the year where I did pretty good with keeping up with my bullet journal. I think I'm more creative there instead of my blog. Maybe because I have all the space for myself only so I just go with it. I'm not the best artist but I've totally become more comfortable doing some hand lettering, creating spreads without even outlining them out first. The practicality of a bullet journal is my number one priority, though. It helps me with managing my personal life to work life to even blogging!

COVID-19 & canceled plans | I've put on my 'positive-thinking cap' for 2020 all year long so I don't have to jump on the "2020 is canceled" bandwagon but it kept disappointing me. I guess I don't have to explain more. Let's hope 2021 will be better for all of us.

Dalgona coffee | The viral drink catching tons of buzz that I, myself was sufficiently influenced to give it a whirl. The result was... I found it to be my favorite type of coffee to drink and I made it a bunch of times. But it all comes with consequences and I would say it's the sleepless nights for me.


Endless cooking and baking | I have always loved cooking, especially baking but since we're practicing social distancing and whatsoever I have been cooking and baking a whole lot more and experimenting with recipes. 

Facetime | Been through a lot of Facetime calls with my significant other this year. It was pretty hard for us in the first few months. He was visiting his parents for a minute and then Covid happened and we can't cross country for a while so he was stuck and we can't see each other. What a situation.

Growing, blooming, and flourishing | This has to be one of my favorite mantras in 2020. 

Hyram | Some of you might come for me but I relate to Hyram more than I relate to other skincare junkies out there. He's so young but so full of skincare information and I want to be like that someday.

Instagram | Instagram is an amazing tool to grow your blog! Yes. I used to think Instagram is a place for people to show their nicest things, the glitz and glam, and all of that jazz. I was overwhelmed. I even went on hiatus on Instagram because it felt so toxic at some point in my life. Turns out, Instagram is not half bad. I decided to make a comeback and trying to stay active there and then I started to promote my blog more. It was surreal. It drives crazy traffic to my blog as well as my Instagram page. My insights were all green! That's insane. I will never talk bad about Instagram anymore.

Joo Dan Tae & Sim Soo Ryeon | I love Penthouse. I was completely invested my time in this k-drama. I am not like a hardcore fan of k-dramas by any means. I watch what I want to watch. So, Penthouse was definitely IT this year. Joo Dan Tae being the father of 2 and a husband of the oh-so-lovely Sim Soo Ryeon. I love their acting ability! Joo Dan Tae, how can you look so kind and yet so unbelievably terrifying? And Sim Soo Ryeon, she's such a goddess, even in real life. Ugh, can't get enough of this drama. I definitely recommend giving it a watch if you haven't. Now. Right now.


“Kelapa Susu/ coconut milk drink | Kelapa susu on a hot day? Yes, please. The weather has been boiling all year long. I wish I can have kelapa susu every day but that can't be good for my health. But yeah, I had an embarrassing amount of kelapa susu this year. It's bizarre.

Loungewear | Since we have been stuck at home with nowhere to go and cute outfits for no one to see, loungewear is definitely a thing in 2020. It is all the rage to be as comfy as possible. Loungewear has always been my go-to and I am glad I am being seen as fashionable now. LOL.

Mostly beige | I really fell so hard into the beige aesthetics. I think beige is my signature color in 2020. I love everything in beige. My bullet journal spreads were mostly in the beige tone. I want everything in beige. Give it to me, I am ready to bathe in it. 

New smartphone | I have been an Android user for as long as I can remember but this year was quite interesting for me where I took the plunge and switched to an iPhone. iPhone is not the be-all and end-all for me but the experience is something else. It's quite spectacular actually.

Organized | I think having a journal is one of the very reasons I am very organized with my life this year. I have several spreads in there to help with different aspects of my personal life, my blogging life. I track down almost everything I could because I am quite forgetful. 

Pictures and videos | I have taken so many photos of me being with my favorite persons. And videos too! I record the moment and save it to myself just because I am afraid one day I will forget the sound of their voice and their laugh and overall the feeling I was in. I have a bunch of them and I encourage you to take pictures and record videos more as well because you never know.

Quitting | Love your job but never fall in love with your company. Mental health always comes first. If you don't already know, I quit my job in November and I know it's not easy to secure a job especially during a pandemic but I can't be in an environment that didn't spark joy anymore, you know what I mean?

Renovation | House renovation, to be exact. We decided to hire contractors instead of interior designers because the cost tends to be cheaper. It was not a hassle-free process, guys. I was a bit unsettled hiring them at first and I should just listen to my guts. We had a lot of unnecessary troubles and that's it. Pay a little more, hire an interior designer and it will save you big time.

Spilled tea | The year of spilled tea. LOL. All jokes aside, I take it as a siren or a warning for me not to fall for the innocent look of certain people. 

Tea | My all-time favorite companion. Perfect for any occasion. I am always with my tea that I love to make in a mason jar because a mason jar makes every drink tastes fancier and cuter. 

Underweight? | Okay. I made a point to get back on track with intermittent fasting this year and it was a success, I think. I used to binge-snacking at work and all I wanna do was munch, munch, munch. That's why I started IF and I wore a waist trainer all the time so that I gradually lost my appetite. It was definitely a big moment where if I apparently lose a few more grams my BMI would probably be severely underweight. LOL. I think I took IF way too far. I have always been normal since I was a kid so that was a pretty major moment for me. 

Visiting a place that I never knew existed | Before the pandemic, I actually had a road trip with my s/o to a place that I never knew existed. Yup. It's called a 'secret garden' and it was so magical. It has such a romantic path to it. Ugh! I didn't document it though because I was so caught up in the moment. It was a place you don't want to burst your camera out. You just want to feel the moment and it was actually the last trip we took together this year.

W7 cosmetics | I didn't discover a lot of makeup products because obviously we're all staying home and feeling comfy all year long, so it's pointless to shop for makeup that I know I am not going to use that much. But I did discover W7 cosmetics at the drugstore. I am actually shook with the quality because how can it be so good for so little money? This is not a new brand but definitely new to me and I am blown away. Please check out W7 if you haven't already. I love their lipsticks and banana powder. 

X-factor” of my blog | I have been getting a lot of compliments on my blog photography this year (thank you for the support, guys <3) to the point I was really kinda embarrassed about it because I am not like other bloggers that have everything when it comes to photography equipment or tech or whatever you wanna call it. If you haven't been noticing, I took all of my blog photos with my trustee cellphone. I don't want to seem like I am shoving this right down your throat but I have said this many times that you don't need much to have beautiful photos for your blog. And in my humble opinion, it's okay to not have a DSLR for your blog photography.

Yash | Yes, the MAC bullet lipstick. My s/o bought it for me as a gift earlier this year. He said I have so many of these in my collection so I won't hurt to another one. However, he didn't have a clue which color to pick so he got me the shade that would look gorgeous on me. He's so clueless when it comes to makeup but his effort wins my heart every time. I honestly haven't been putting the shade to a test as in wearing them daily because I am really sentimental and I don't want to ruin it. That's the first makeup item my s/o got me. I think it holds some kind of memory to it.

Zen attitude | I think one of my biggest achievements in 2020 is achieving a zen attitude. I block out anything and everything that can possibly increase my stress level. I shift my focus mainly on positive things now. I let go of a lot of things that have been weighing me down or just overall negative towards my life. Of course, just focusing on the positive things won't magically make any problems go away, but it seems to boost my self-esteem and helps me believe in myself more. And I lowkey think self-growth is worth achieving.

Farewell, 2020! I don't know what 2021 holds in store, yet now it's a new adventure for me. I have hopes and aspirations, not much a New Year's resolution. But I know what I want. If they don't happen, I know they will be replaced with something else equally exciting. I am going to start it off right by having a positive mindset. The future is uncertain y'know but I am in to embrace that.

Have a blast and safe new year, guys! Take care xx

Hello, gorgeousness! It's been a while since my Tea Time post. Can you believe it we're just a few days away from 2021? Each and every new year is a pretty big deal for me so I always get anxious but in a good way, if that makes sense. Anyway, how have your days been? I hope it has been wonderful for you and that you've found joy in the littlest of things. Let me share a quick catch-up of my daily life recently.

I made “brookies”


 
When I am itching for something sweet, my first choice to munch on would be a cookie or a brownie. Brownies are my favorite dessert to make as it's easy and quick. In that sense, an updated brownie post would be appropriate, huh? I love cookies as well as brownies so combining them together you'll get “brookies”! Get it? Brownies + cookies = brookies! It's soft, chewy, rich, chocolatey, decadent, and overall scrumptious with a crispy crust and crinkly top. It's my first time making it and they pretty addictive I would say. Definitely gonna make it again in the future.

Check out the recipe (and some tips on baking a brookie) I shared on my Instagram highlights if you're into brownies.

Painting a scenery (harder than it looks)



Last week, I asked my eighteen-year-old sister to give me some painting lessons. It was out of nowhere, maybe I was a bit too bored at home so I wanted to try things I haven't done before. I don't know how to paint a single shit for the life of me. I don't even know how to hold the brushes to have even pressure. I was struggling and panicking and my sister, she's the best and the most patient art teacher. Trust me, you don't want me in your art class. I was in no doubt enjoyed the experience and would love to paint more. My sister is currently practicing painting on a CD. I will share the process if that's something you want to know more about!

For reference, in my painting lesson, we're using the HIMI gouache paint and probably 300gsm painting paper with lots type of brushes. 

Cut crease eye look



I've been playing with a bunch of eye looks recently and surprisingly I kinda snatched the cut crease eye makeup this time around? This is not me. I used to hate cut crease eye looks because it looks terrible on me (read: I don't know how to do it in the first place). Anyway, yes, my cut crease looked so good this time! I went bananas so I went ahead and added the “foxy” eye effect to give the illusion of elongated eyes. I aimed it to be neutral and soft with a hint of sultry and lifted look. What would you call this eye look? 

Stay safe and be seeing you xx

Tea Time Vol. 7 | “Brookies”, Painting, And A Cut Crease Eye Look


Hello, gorgeousness! It's been a while since my Tea Time post. Can you believe it we're just a few days away from 2021? Each and every new year is a pretty big deal for me so I always get anxious but in a good way, if that makes sense. Anyway, how have your days been? I hope it has been wonderful for you and that you've found joy in the littlest of things. Let me share a quick catch-up of my daily life recently.

I made “brookies”


 
When I am itching for something sweet, my first choice to munch on would be a cookie or a brownie. Brownies are my favorite dessert to make as it's easy and quick. In that sense, an updated brownie post would be appropriate, huh? I love cookies as well as brownies so combining them together you'll get “brookies”! Get it? Brownies + cookies = brookies! It's soft, chewy, rich, chocolatey, decadent, and overall scrumptious with a crispy crust and crinkly top. It's my first time making it and they pretty addictive I would say. Definitely gonna make it again in the future.

Check out the recipe (and some tips on baking a brookie) I shared on my Instagram highlights if you're into brownies.

Painting a scenery (harder than it looks)



Last week, I asked my eighteen-year-old sister to give me some painting lessons. It was out of nowhere, maybe I was a bit too bored at home so I wanted to try things I haven't done before. I don't know how to paint a single shit for the life of me. I don't even know how to hold the brushes to have even pressure. I was struggling and panicking and my sister, she's the best and the most patient art teacher. Trust me, you don't want me in your art class. I was in no doubt enjoyed the experience and would love to paint more. My sister is currently practicing painting on a CD. I will share the process if that's something you want to know more about!

For reference, in my painting lesson, we're using the HIMI gouache paint and probably 300gsm painting paper with lots type of brushes. 

Cut crease eye look



I've been playing with a bunch of eye looks recently and surprisingly I kinda snatched the cut crease eye makeup this time around? This is not me. I used to hate cut crease eye looks because it looks terrible on me (read: I don't know how to do it in the first place). Anyway, yes, my cut crease looked so good this time! I went bananas so I went ahead and added the “foxy” eye effect to give the illusion of elongated eyes. I aimed it to be neutral and soft with a hint of sultry and lifted look. What would you call this eye look? 

Stay safe and be seeing you xx
Beauty Product Empties #8

Hello, gorgeousness! Welcome to my beauty product empties post. I have a bunch of empties for today. I think this is a long overdue empties because I have been saving these empty bottles for over a month. We have a variety for today just because I don't plow through makeup that much. I always repurchase the same thing over and over again. Without rambling on too much, let's see what I have been emptying this time. (Some links used are affiliate links)

L'oreal 3-in-1 Refreshing Micellar Water - Major love!

Such a wonderful micellar water. I don't think I can go back to using the Garnier blue cap one because this is so much better than that. And I honestly felt no different from the much more expensive micellar water from Bioderma. I love it because it's alcohol-free, didn't leave any weird film after cleansing, didn't sting my eye, and it didn't break me out. 

Would I repurchase this? - 100% yes.

Beauty Product Empties #8

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil - Holy grail

What's not to love about this cleansing oil? It's fragrance-free, alcohol-free, minimal ingredients used, it gets the job done, and it's cheap. It removes my makeup pretty well and rinses off cleanly as well. My skin felt super smooth and nourished afterward.

Would I repurchase this? - Definitely!

The Body Shop Vanilla Eau De Toilette - Long time fav

One of my signature everyday scents. This is definitely an OG. It has a sweet and sultry scent. It's not heavy or strong at all. It's great for everyday wear and it's pretty affordable too.

Would I repurchase this? - Yes but maybe not now.

Beauty Product Empties #8

IN2IT Blur & Matte Pressed Powder - An okay product

It was an okay powder. It did add a little hint of color to my skin, it made my skin appear smoother, and it gave my skin that just-nice-matte-finish. It can be light or heavy on the skin. Depends on how you apply it.

Would I repurchase this? - Nope. 

IN2IT Blur & Matte Loose Powder - Not my fav

I have tried so many drugstore loose powders but I would say this one is my least favorite. I tried baking with this powder and it kinda bunched up in a weird way and my undereye wasn't evenly covered at all. However, I think it's an okay product to lightly dust on the skin. And that's it.

Would I repurchase this? - No.

Beauty Product Empties #8

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Rejuvenate Bourbon & Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner - FAV!

A category that rarely gets featured in my empties: hair products. But hey, we have one now! So I have finished the Herbal Essences Bourbon & Manuka Honey shampoo and conditioner. I did enjoy the way my hair felt after using the shampoo and conditioner. It left my hair easy to brush through and I didn't get any dandruff from using these two. Thank god! And it smells heavenly! One of the best hair products at the drugstore. 

Would I repurchase these? - Maybe, I would like to try a few different functions from the Bio:Renew line first and see how they compare.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner - So-so

The idea of real rose petals in your toner is all fun and fascinating until it didn't do anything at all to your skin anymore. I think I was quite lucky with this product because it didn't irritate my skin with the luxe-rose scent. I gotta give credit though because it's really hydrating and skin-soothing if you will. However, I almost didn't see any changes when I was on my second bottle. I don't know how that happened. My skin was like immune to it? So there's no way I am going to continue using it. It was not cheap at all, even for the travel size. 

Would I repurchase this? - I loved the experience at first but sadly not going to repurchase.

Kayman Beauty Skintella Repairing Serum - HOLY GRAIL!

My most repurchased skincare items! I have repurchased this a million times, but I kept forgetting, and I threw it away before it has the chance to be featured in my empties post. But not today folks! It's here now. I mentioned about Skintella pretty often on my blog. It is something that I can't go a day without. It soothes and hydrates my skin, repairs the skin barrier, and reduces redness on my skin. 

Would I repurchase this? - I already did!

Beauty Product Empties #8

Vaseline Dry Serum Deodorant White & Smooth - Me likey!

I ran out of my standard deodorant which is the Enchanteur Whitening Roll-On Deodorant so I went ahead and bought the Vaseline Dry Serum Deodorant to try it for myself. And I am loving it! I would say I hate the delivery system but I can look past that because it did work. My underarm never looked this fair LOL. If only I can show you but that would be inappropriate. 

Would I repurchase this? - Repurchased :)

Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? What are your recent empties?
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Beauty Product Empties #8

Beauty Product Empties #8

Hello, gorgeousness! Welcome to my beauty product empties post. I have a bunch of empties for today. I think this is a long overdue empties because I have been saving these empty bottles for over a month. We have a variety for today just because I don't plow through makeup that much. I always repurchase the same thing over and over again. Without rambling on too much, let's see what I have been emptying this time. (Some links used are affiliate links)

L'oreal 3-in-1 Refreshing Micellar Water - Major love!

Such a wonderful micellar water. I don't think I can go back to using the Garnier blue cap one because this is so much better than that. And I honestly felt no different from the much more expensive micellar water from Bioderma. I love it because it's alcohol-free, didn't leave any weird film after cleansing, didn't sting my eye, and it didn't break me out. 

Would I repurchase this? - 100% yes.

Beauty Product Empties #8

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil - Holy grail

What's not to love about this cleansing oil? It's fragrance-free, alcohol-free, minimal ingredients used, it gets the job done, and it's cheap. It removes my makeup pretty well and rinses off cleanly as well. My skin felt super smooth and nourished afterward.

Would I repurchase this? - Definitely!

The Body Shop Vanilla Eau De Toilette - Long time fav

One of my signature everyday scents. This is definitely an OG. It has a sweet and sultry scent. It's not heavy or strong at all. It's great for everyday wear and it's pretty affordable too.

Would I repurchase this? - Yes but maybe not now.

Beauty Product Empties #8

IN2IT Blur & Matte Pressed Powder - An okay product

It was an okay powder. It did add a little hint of color to my skin, it made my skin appear smoother, and it gave my skin that just-nice-matte-finish. It can be light or heavy on the skin. Depends on how you apply it.

Would I repurchase this? - Nope. 

IN2IT Blur & Matte Loose Powder - Not my fav

I have tried so many drugstore loose powders but I would say this one is my least favorite. I tried baking with this powder and it kinda bunched up in a weird way and my undereye wasn't evenly covered at all. However, I think it's an okay product to lightly dust on the skin. And that's it.

Would I repurchase this? - No.

Beauty Product Empties #8

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Rejuvenate Bourbon & Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner - FAV!

A category that rarely gets featured in my empties: hair products. But hey, we have one now! So I have finished the Herbal Essences Bourbon & Manuka Honey shampoo and conditioner. I did enjoy the way my hair felt after using the shampoo and conditioner. It left my hair easy to brush through and I didn't get any dandruff from using these two. Thank god! And it smells heavenly! One of the best hair products at the drugstore. 

Would I repurchase these? - Maybe, I would like to try a few different functions from the Bio:Renew line first and see how they compare.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner - So-so

The idea of real rose petals in your toner is all fun and fascinating until it didn't do anything at all to your skin anymore. I think I was quite lucky with this product because it didn't irritate my skin with the luxe-rose scent. I gotta give credit though because it's really hydrating and skin-soothing if you will. However, I almost didn't see any changes when I was on my second bottle. I don't know how that happened. My skin was like immune to it? So there's no way I am going to continue using it. It was not cheap at all, even for the travel size. 

Would I repurchase this? - I loved the experience at first but sadly not going to repurchase.

Kayman Beauty Skintella Repairing Serum - HOLY GRAIL!

My most repurchased skincare items! I have repurchased this a million times, but I kept forgetting, and I threw it away before it has the chance to be featured in my empties post. But not today folks! It's here now. I mentioned about Skintella pretty often on my blog. It is something that I can't go a day without. It soothes and hydrates my skin, repairs the skin barrier, and reduces redness on my skin. 

Would I repurchase this? - I already did!

Beauty Product Empties #8

Vaseline Dry Serum Deodorant White & Smooth - Me likey!

I ran out of my standard deodorant which is the Enchanteur Whitening Roll-On Deodorant so I went ahead and bought the Vaseline Dry Serum Deodorant to try it for myself. And I am loving it! I would say I hate the delivery system but I can look past that because it did work. My underarm never looked this fair LOL. If only I can show you but that would be inappropriate. 

Would I repurchase this? - Repurchased :)

Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? What are your recent empties?
What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

It has been ages since I did my last What's In My Bag post so I thought now would be the perfect time to do another one. However, this time it's going to be slightly different because it's a pandemic edition. I still carry a lot in my bag though. I am definitely a packrat. Let's just see what I have on me 24/7 during this pandemic! (Links used are affiliate links)

Hand sanitizer

This quickly has become a must-have in my bag. Most shops have them free to use but I always carry one with me. I prefer it more that way. At the moment I have the Aiken hand sanitizer that I got from Watsons. It has a slight overpowering alcohol scent but it doesn't bother me that much. I really like this one as it soaks into the hand quickly and doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky. I still prefer washing my hands after doing anything but it not quite practical so a hand sanitizer would do.

Face mask

Definitely a no brainer. In Malaysia, you can't go anywhere if you don't have a mask and wear one or you will get fined. But I know I can't be the only one forgetting their mask while already stepping out of the house. So I always carry an extra face mask in my bag and it's there to stay. Sometimes when I have been sneezing or coughing a lot that day, I like to change masks. So it's convenient to have an extra in hand. I am using this cute little pouch that I got for free from a seller on Shopee to carry my mask. It's so cute!

Anti-bacterial wipes

I am obsessed with wipes! I cannot go my day without carrying an anti-bacterial wipes with me. It's practical to have wet wipes all the time with you. You need it basically to clean everything at any place - the restaurant, public transport, the grocery shops etc.

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

A packet of tissue

Need I say more? Hygiene is always important, guys. It's worth it to carry all these things and I love Royal Gold tissue! They are pretty strong compared to other brands. And this comes in 3-ply, by the way. 

Lip balm

Lip balms are my best friend. I hate dried and crusty lips. Sometimes when I am not having it that day I just wipe off my lipstick and go to town with my lip balm. The lip balm I am currently in love with is from Nivea. It's their Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose. It smells divine while keeping my lips hydrated and moisturized all the time. I wish it tastes as divine as the scent though. I wish this was edible. LOL.

Burberry Asian Fit Sunglasses

I love these sunnies so much. I bought them a few years ago, I am not sure if they still carry this line. This is the only pair of sunnies that I wear and actually fit me so well with the unique shape and it matches any occasion. I usually attach it around the chain of my bag. There's no way I am putting it in there with lots of my other stuff. Nah.

Nail file

Having nasty nails isn't a good look. So I always carry a nail file with me just in case I need a quick 'polish' or for any chips or broken nails.

A cute "holographic"/"unicorn skin" purse

Having a small bag means I can't use my larger sized purse so this would do. It stores my card, ID, notes, and coins. All in one place. And how can I not fall for the "holo" goodness of this purse?

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

Lipstick of the day

Whatever lip color I choose to wear that day always goes into my bag in case I need to touch up. And this time particularly I have the W7 Lippy Chic in Banter, my favorite nude at the moment.

A pocket mirror

Of course. Another best friend of mine. Comes in handy for lipstick application or food stuck in my teeth. You never know.

The handbag I am currently using is the Voir Quilted Sling Bag if you're curious. A very spacious bag to me and also a beaut. Anyway, this pandemic has been terrifying for everyone but having these items with me all the time makes me feel a little bit better. Thanks for stopping by and checking out What's In My Bag during this pandemic. Stay safe xx

What are the things you have in your bag during this pandemic?

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

It has been ages since I did my last What's In My Bag post so I thought now would be the perfect time to do another one. However, this time it's going to be slightly different because it's a pandemic edition. I still carry a lot in my bag though. I am definitely a packrat. Let's just see what I have on me 24/7 during this pandemic! (Links used are affiliate links)

Hand sanitizer

This quickly has become a must-have in my bag. Most shops have them free to use but I always carry one with me. I prefer it more that way. At the moment I have the Aiken hand sanitizer that I got from Watsons. It has a slight overpowering alcohol scent but it doesn't bother me that much. I really like this one as it soaks into the hand quickly and doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky. I still prefer washing my hands after doing anything but it not quite practical so a hand sanitizer would do.

Face mask

Definitely a no brainer. In Malaysia, you can't go anywhere if you don't have a mask and wear one or you will get fined. But I know I can't be the only one forgetting their mask while already stepping out of the house. So I always carry an extra face mask in my bag and it's there to stay. Sometimes when I have been sneezing or coughing a lot that day, I like to change masks. So it's convenient to have an extra in hand. I am using this cute little pouch that I got for free from a seller on Shopee to carry my mask. It's so cute!

Anti-bacterial wipes

I am obsessed with wipes! I cannot go my day without carrying an anti-bacterial wipes with me. It's practical to have wet wipes all the time with you. You need it basically to clean everything at any place - the restaurant, public transport, the grocery shops etc.

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

A packet of tissue

Need I say more? Hygiene is always important, guys. It's worth it to carry all these things and I love Royal Gold tissue! They are pretty strong compared to other brands. And this comes in 3-ply, by the way. 

Lip balm

Lip balms are my best friend. I hate dried and crusty lips. Sometimes when I am not having it that day I just wipe off my lipstick and go to town with my lip balm. The lip balm I am currently in love with is from Nivea. It's their Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose. It smells divine while keeping my lips hydrated and moisturized all the time. I wish it tastes as divine as the scent though. I wish this was edible. LOL.

Burberry Asian Fit Sunglasses

I love these sunnies so much. I bought them a few years ago, I am not sure if they still carry this line. This is the only pair of sunnies that I wear and actually fit me so well with the unique shape and it matches any occasion. I usually attach it around the chain of my bag. There's no way I am putting it in there with lots of my other stuff. Nah.

Nail file

Having nasty nails isn't a good look. So I always carry a nail file with me just in case I need a quick 'polish' or for any chips or broken nails.

A cute "holographic"/"unicorn skin" purse

Having a small bag means I can't use my larger sized purse so this would do. It stores my card, ID, notes, and coins. All in one place. And how can I not fall for the "holo" goodness of this purse?

What's In My Bag: Pandemic Edition

Lipstick of the day

Whatever lip color I choose to wear that day always goes into my bag in case I need to touch up. And this time particularly I have the W7 Lippy Chic in Banter, my favorite nude at the moment.

A pocket mirror

Of course. Another best friend of mine. Comes in handy for lipstick application or food stuck in my teeth. You never know.

The handbag I am currently using is the Voir Quilted Sling Bag if you're curious. A very spacious bag to me and also a beaut. Anyway, this pandemic has been terrifying for everyone but having these items with me all the time makes me feel a little bit better. Thanks for stopping by and checking out What's In My Bag during this pandemic. Stay safe xx

What are the things you have in your bag during this pandemic?

I have tried quite a lot of sunscreens on the market just because I want to experience each and every one of them on my skin. Not all of them come close to Korean or Japanese sunscreens. This is a huge statement coming from my mouth. I really love their sunscreens because they changed the way I perceived and used sunscreen daily. (Some links used are affiliate links)

I have reviewed the Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Brightening Sunscreen, also the one from Wardah that I used to love but always, always out of stock. You can go ahead read those if you want to know how I feel about them. I rarely talk about sunscreens but when I do, that's when you know I love it to bits or the other way around.

Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream has SPF 50+ and PA++++. That's a lot of plusses. Anyway, I really like this sunscreen. It's a physical type of sunscreen, but it doesn't feel like one. A lot of physical sunscreens tend to leave a pretty noticeable white cast that's why I am geared towards chemical sunscreens more. This one does leave like a really slight, tiny amount of white cast but barely noticeable. It settles on the skin pretty nicely and I am okay with that.


Ingredients list:

Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Adenosine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

It pretty much contains ingredients that you will see quite commonly in moisturizers. So it's a very moisturizing (Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol) and soothing (Centella Asiatica Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Madecassoside) to the skin type of sunscreen. It's great for acne-prone skin due to its calming effect. I know some people can find Tea Tree Oil some kind of irritating but I have seen people with super sensitive skin doing just fine with this sunscreen.


Now, the real question - is it the BEST sunscreen for oily skin? 

A definite yes. I am not trying to sound like a biased person but I am talking based on my own experience. I have tried it for over a month and so far my skin is loving it. No breakouts, no irritations, no noticeable white cast on my medium tanned skin. It wears a long time too. I noticed it didn't absorb too much on my skin making it look like an oil-slick at the of the day, so I love that. I am initially sold by the alcohol-free tag because my skin is so sensitive to alcohol in sunscreens. I will not second-guess when it comes to alcohol-free sunscreen.

If you're curious, I bought mine from Shopee. It's literally the best online shopping platform. I bought it straight from the Shopee Mall because they have the best deals! Free shipping, coins cashback, they even have special promotions if you buy from their Mall - they have lots of vouchers to be given away! The list can go on and on so I will leave you to wander around on Shopee and try this sunscreen for yourself.


Alcohol-free
Not oily and not sticky
No noticeable white cast
Layers great under makeup
Non-irritating, doesn't break me out
Doesn't absorb too much on the skin so the skin remains protected all the time
It has an intense smell of tea tree
And that's it,
I guess,
no more minuses


Rating


Which sunscreen is the best for your skin type?
  • Thursday, December 03, 2020

Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream - Good For Oily Skin?


I have tried quite a lot of sunscreens on the market just because I want to experience each and every one of them on my skin. Not all of them come close to Korean or Japanese sunscreens. This is a huge statement coming from my mouth. I really love their sunscreens because they changed the way I perceived and used sunscreen daily. (Some links used are affiliate links)

I have reviewed the Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Brightening Sunscreen, also the one from Wardah that I used to love but always, always out of stock. You can go ahead read those if you want to know how I feel about them. I rarely talk about sunscreens but when I do, that's when you know I love it to bits or the other way around.

Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream has SPF 50+ and PA++++. That's a lot of plusses. Anyway, I really like this sunscreen. It's a physical type of sunscreen, but it doesn't feel like one. A lot of physical sunscreens tend to leave a pretty noticeable white cast that's why I am geared towards chemical sunscreens more. This one does leave like a really slight, tiny amount of white cast but barely noticeable. It settles on the skin pretty nicely and I am okay with that.


Ingredients list:

Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Adenosine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

It pretty much contains ingredients that you will see quite commonly in moisturizers. So it's a very moisturizing (Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol) and soothing (Centella Asiatica Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Madecassoside) to the skin type of sunscreen. It's great for acne-prone skin due to its calming effect. I know some people can find Tea Tree Oil some kind of irritating but I have seen people with super sensitive skin doing just fine with this sunscreen.


Now, the real question - is it the BEST sunscreen for oily skin? 

A definite yes. I am not trying to sound like a biased person but I am talking based on my own experience. I have tried it for over a month and so far my skin is loving it. No breakouts, no irritations, no noticeable white cast on my medium tanned skin. It wears a long time too. I noticed it didn't absorb too much on my skin making it look like an oil-slick at the of the day, so I love that. I am initially sold by the alcohol-free tag because my skin is so sensitive to alcohol in sunscreens. I will not second-guess when it comes to alcohol-free sunscreen.

If you're curious, I bought mine from Shopee. It's literally the best online shopping platform. I bought it straight from the Shopee Mall because they have the best deals! Free shipping, coins cashback, they even have special promotions if you buy from their Mall - they have lots of vouchers to be given away! The list can go on and on so I will leave you to wander around on Shopee and try this sunscreen for yourself.


Alcohol-free
Not oily and not sticky
No noticeable white cast
Layers great under makeup
Non-irritating, doesn't break me out
Doesn't absorb too much on the skin so the skin remains protected all the time
It has an intense smell of tea tree
And that's it,
I guess,
no more minuses


Rating


Which sunscreen is the best for your skin type?

New year is approaching. Have you listed your resolutions yet? Do you have any new goals for your blog? I see you still checking in your blog stats a million times a day to reach a certain amount before the new year hits. Well, stop doing that. What you need to do is block out some time to polish your blog and giving it a breath of fresh air. I have compiled some ideas for you to up your blogging game and getting it in shape for a new year. 

Give your blog a fresh new look

This is the right time to roll out an eye-catching design for your blog because a lot of theme designers on Etsy are having big sales, up to 60% off! The theme I am currently using by UnderlineDesigns is on sale where I initially bought it for RM99. Now you can get it for RM36 only. It's definitely a steal! If you're looking for premium themes to have your blog facelifted, Etsy is your best friend.

Theme designers on Etsy that are worth checking:

Find and fix broken links

Broken links are just bad for the search engines as well as the user experience. I track down a bunch of broken links and other technical errors on my blog every once in a month. So if you have never done this, you need to do it to improve your blog performance before the new year begins. The internet has a lot of options when it comes to broken links checker but I personally love ahrefs.com.

Update your 'About' page

Yes, it goes as simple as updating your 'About' page. I know some people love the story-telling type of 'About' page but if you're looking forward to working with brands, you have to make it a little bit more professional and sophisticated. Sure, you can add lots of quirks that you have but still have it looking professional. Remember, one of the first places that brands or new users look is your 'About' page.

Delete any unnecessary widgets on your blog

Keep only the ones that help you and ditch those that don't benefit you at all (e.g. favorite blog list/ blogrolls, brand logos/ badges, etc.) Removing certain widgets on your blog is consider important because it diverts the viewers' attention to your content - where it supposed to be. Deleting widgets and plugins will also speed up your blog, maximize the user experience and minimize security risks.

A new blog header/ logo!

If you love your current theme and decided to keep using it, a new blog header/ logo is definitely a great option! You can hire someone else to do that for you but it comes with a cost, of course. If you don't want to spend on a blog logo, you can easily create one on Canva. Having a new blog logo is like having a brand new hijab for me!

Fix your underperforming content

Contents that you have put up years ago that didn't go as planned. Well, by this point you have already learned so much, you know what is wrong and what to fix. Take this opportunity to visit your old content and fix the dynamics. Save it while you can. It could drive large traffic to your blog, you know.

What are your prompts to make your blog better than ever for a new year?

Ways To Touch Up Your Blog For A New Year


New year is approaching. Have you listed your resolutions yet? Do you have any new goals for your blog? I see you still checking in your blog stats a million times a day to reach a certain amount before the new year hits. Well, stop doing that. What you need to do is block out some time to polish your blog and giving it a breath of fresh air. I have compiled some ideas for you to up your blogging game and getting it in shape for a new year. 

Give your blog a fresh new look

This is the right time to roll out an eye-catching design for your blog because a lot of theme designers on Etsy are having big sales, up to 60% off! The theme I am currently using by UnderlineDesigns is on sale where I initially bought it for RM99. Now you can get it for RM36 only. It's definitely a steal! If you're looking for premium themes to have your blog facelifted, Etsy is your best friend.

Theme designers on Etsy that are worth checking:

Find and fix broken links

Broken links are just bad for the search engines as well as the user experience. I track down a bunch of broken links and other technical errors on my blog every once in a month. So if you have never done this, you need to do it to improve your blog performance before the new year begins. The internet has a lot of options when it comes to broken links checker but I personally love ahrefs.com.

Update your 'About' page

Yes, it goes as simple as updating your 'About' page. I know some people love the story-telling type of 'About' page but if you're looking forward to working with brands, you have to make it a little bit more professional and sophisticated. Sure, you can add lots of quirks that you have but still have it looking professional. Remember, one of the first places that brands or new users look is your 'About' page.

Delete any unnecessary widgets on your blog

Keep only the ones that help you and ditch those that don't benefit you at all (e.g. favorite blog list/ blogrolls, brand logos/ badges, etc.) Removing certain widgets on your blog is consider important because it diverts the viewers' attention to your content - where it supposed to be. Deleting widgets and plugins will also speed up your blog, maximize the user experience and minimize security risks.

A new blog header/ logo!

If you love your current theme and decided to keep using it, a new blog header/ logo is definitely a great option! You can hire someone else to do that for you but it comes with a cost, of course. If you don't want to spend on a blog logo, you can easily create one on Canva. Having a new blog logo is like having a brand new hijab for me!

Fix your underperforming content

Contents that you have put up years ago that didn't go as planned. Well, by this point you have already learned so much, you know what is wrong and what to fix. Take this opportunity to visit your old content and fix the dynamics. Save it while you can. It could drive large traffic to your blog, you know.

What are your prompts to make your blog better than ever for a new year?

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