Sunday, September 23, 2018

My Sephora Package Has Arrived!

Hello gorgeousness! So, my package from Sephora has arrived few days ago and I'm sorry if it took THIS long for me to unbox it with you guys. I got busy and forgot to show it on the blog. Anyway, it's here now and I'm so excited to share it with you!

My Sephora Package Has Arrived! | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

I ordered this on Monday last week (September 17th to be exact) with free shipping on order of RM80 and above. It arrived at my office on September 21st. I'd say it's not that painful to have to wait for my package to arrive because I made a smart move to order it on Monday. Yay me!

They all came bubble-wrapped as usual. Nothing fancy. It's not a hassle to tore them too because you know sometimes companies love to wrap their products in a bubble-wrap with lots of tape on it for that extra protection y'know.

My Sephora Package Has Arrived! | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

This is probably one of the most hyped about beauty products of all time and that is the Pixi Glow Tonic (RM67). I can't think of a single Youtuber/Blogger/Influencer that I follow who hasn't mentioned this product. As for me, I haven't been using it so much to give my verdict about it so I'm just gonna give my first impression and whatnot.

For those of you who doesn't really know what is this Pixi Glow Tonic thing, it is a toner. A gentle exfoliating toner, if you will. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid which basically helps to clarify the skin, brighten, remove dead skin and impurities from the skin. Yes, I know for some, the 5% Glycolic Acid may sound harsh and it MIGHT be the case for people who just starting out with acid toners, but if you have a stable basics before this, I think you will be just fine.

My Sephora Package Has Arrived! | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

This is my first time using a Glycolic Acid for my toner and I admit I was a bit nervous about it. Will I experience a burning sensation? No one knows. Follow me on Instagram for more updates, that is if I managed to not be lazy. That's all I can say, you can do your own research on Google for more info.

Next up, I got the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (RM42). It's Mario Badescu, everyone. I think no one could go wrong with Mario Badescu. Their skincare products are just tiptop! Their drying lotion is one of the best I have ever tried. 

This time around, I got their most-talked about facial spray just because I have been itching to try this due to that 'rosewater' goodness. It's highly beneficial for the skin, helps to keep your skin clear and fresh. It offers a multipurpose function in one - to hydrate, to fresh, to set the makeup or even to use it on dry hair. I bought it solely for skin benefits rather than to set my makeup or whatnot.

My Sephora Package Has Arrived! | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

I hope you enjoyed my mini Sephora haul! Have you tried any from Pixi or Mario Badescu?
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Friday, September 21, 2018

A Drugstore Beauty and Skincare Haul

A Drugstore Beauty and Skincare Haul | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Hello there ladies (and gents)! Today is all about another haul of bits and pieces that I have picked up mainly from my local Watsons and Guardian (you know how big my love towards drugstores) and figured I would share them with all of you. There's actually a lot more than what I will be sharing today but I have talked about them on the blog before, I don't want to sound like a broken record y'know? So I would say just sit back, relax and enjoy!

I haven't bought that much makeup for the past few weeks because I didn't need more of them but I just couldn't resist this Maybelline Fit Me! Blush anymore because I have been meaning to get my hands on it since forever! By the way, I have it in the shade Wine Bourgogne and honestly, the color is super pritz, it has a really beautiful sheen to it but one thing though, it doesn't last that long on my cheeks :(

A Drugstore Beauty and Skincare Haul | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

When it comes to skincare, that is one thing that I can never try to pull myself together and buy because there are just so many of them and I am honestly so overwhelmed! That's why I got 2 toners at the same time just because. So I got the Simple Soothing Facial Toner and the Bio Essence Miracle Bio Water Moist-In Water Lotion. I really love them so far and I use both of these in my every day skincare routine. I will apply the Simple toner first on a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face and then I'll go in with the Bio Essence toner where I just pour a few drops onto my palm and gently pat into my skin.

I've got another Bio Essence product which is the moisturizer. You guys know how deep my love towards the aloe vera gel I am currently using and it has been my only moisturizer for ages now! So I was like, alright, let's switch it up a little bit and I went to buy a new moisturizer which is the Bio Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturizing Gel. I checked the reviews online and people are loving it. I am kinda on the fence, I need to try it a little more before I can make up my mind about it.

Honestly speaking, I bought my current beauty blender not long ago maybe some time in April but just by the look at it, it went through a lot. That's why I went out and pick up a new one and who doesn't love the feeling of using a new Beauty Blender.. or my personal favorite, booty blender.

A Drugstore Beauty and Skincare Haul | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

I also got a super cute nail lacquer! (Disclaimer: I only wear this when it is the "time of the month") It is the Nail It! With Bloop in the color 008. I always come across Bloop's standee at Watsons I believe but never really care about it. This time around, I bought it simply because I want to try it and they have heaps of beautiful colors to choose from. It's.. alright, not the best, not the fastest drying nail lacquer on earth but it lasts longer than I thought.

Last but not least, I got a nail polish remover from Bloop. It's a NEED when you buy a nail lacquer. Anyway, it really is a good nail polish remover in my opinion because it removes 90 percent of the nail polish in one swipe! It's dirt cheap too, what's not to like?

Have you tried any of these products?
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What I'd Do When I Couldn't Sleep

What I'd Do When I Couldn't Sleep | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Working at 8.30 in the morning doesn't do justice to my sleep pattern. Actually, there were days when I was extremely tired and I slept before the clock hits 11 pm. But that's that. I typically sleep when the day is about to hit the dawn. I know it's bad, be it for my own health or my every day performance etc etc.

I guess that explains a lot why my skin is driving me crasssy! Well, I can't really help it when my crazy-hormone-ridden brain sometimes just enjoy sleeping at 4-5 in the morning. I know.

Listening to music

I don't know why this is like the perfect time for me to digging all the way back and searching bunch of my old favorites tracks. It's weird but they comfort me. You will be catching me listening to Crush by David Archuleta or even Belaian Jiwa by Innuendo! I am such an emotional wreck, I know.

Stretching

Yes, I stretch. On the bed. Ultimately, this helps me getting into deep sleep. Oh boy, lord knows the day I was running late to work. Bad day. Anyway, it helps me relax, big time. I just simply put my legs up against the wall and I will alternatively do some light leg and arm exercises.

I drink something hot

When I couldn't sleep, I always drink something hot. I grew up watching my mom always making herself a cup of coffee before she sleeps. But y'all know the drill, I cut all connection with my dearly missed, sugary drinks. The moment I sacrificed them for the better, I only take a glass of warm water with me to bed. *sigh

It would have been a glass of hot tea or hot chocolate! Anything hot, really. It could warm your body up for rest. People have said that chamomile really help puts you to sleep though. I would love to try!

Blogging / editing my blog

If this ain't the truth, I don't know what is. I will always find stuff to blog about (I'm so inspired after I changed my theme!) and what should I tweak to make my theme look nicer. The second one usually fails every time but I tried, okay?

Googling stuff

We're humans and we are always, always curious about bunch of stuff. And I am that person that always rely on Google and I think that's alright. There was one time where I spent the night googling weird stuff like "is it safe to eat your own booger" and I know it's honestly disgusting but I was so curious.

Turns out it really is safe and healthy for you. I know right. I am not one hundred percent sure about it, don't come at me lol. You can do your own research or read this.

I shop online

Last night, I spent a good amount of money on Sephora.com and it felt good. I always do my shopping late at night, I don't know why. I guess the silence calms me in choosing the items I want. That way, I won't be buying unnecessary stuff. I don't know, I just do. You best bet I'll be doing a post dedicated to it once they arrived. So can't wait!

What would you do if you can't sleep?
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dealing With My Skin When It Acts Up

When your skin has been a good patch for a quite some time, and it starts to acting up what do you do? Yes, you panic. That's what I'm dealing with right now. My skin has been showing good progress since earlier this year until I started to work again. I know I've been raving about my skin definitely has cleared up because I drunk crazy amount of water and that's true my boo. 

But now, Imma blaming it all on my work. Yes, I got so stressed (due to workload) and most of us experienced acne flare up when stress is on the rise. However, I'm not going to let that sink in. Nope. So I'm going to be sharing with you things that I have been doing to my skin when it is not on its best condition.

Trying not to pick on my skin

Being a professional picker that I am, I know this is easier said than done. I'm trying to commit to keeping my hands away from my face although I admit I do have occasional moments of weakness where I feel like the acne is calling my name. Don't pick on your skin, it will leave scars and just basically lead to more serious skin problems.

Be mindful of how I sleep and wash my pillowcases regularly

I'm a side sleeper and for the most part, this position isn't the greatest because you're squishing your face on the pillow and your pillow isn't always clean. It's all about hygiene. Our skin reacts to hygiene and depending on how you take care of them, you will either have nice skin or not-really-that-nice skin. So I will wash my pillowcases every week (as I'm doing the laundry once a week, sorry not sorry) and I will try to sleep on my back imagining the ceiling is a sky full of stars.

Be cautious with all the beauty tools I'm using

If you wash and clean your beauty tools once a week (like I always do), then you need to wash and clean them everyday during your crappy skin day. Like I have mentioned, it's all about hygiene. You don't see all the bacteria that has been living and sitting on your beauty tools so. I use the beauty blender everyday to blend my foundation so during my bad skin day, I have to be aggressive and double the effort of cleaning everything that I will use to put on my makeup.

Dealing With My Skin When It Acts Up | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Avoid scrubbing my face

I know how irresistible it is to scrub your face with the bumps all over but please be nice to your skin. I'm begging you for the justice of your skin. Scrubbing your face during breakouts will just make it worse. You sure don't want that.

I do all the scrub thing depending on my skin condition. I will scrub once I don't have any active pimples on or when my face gets too greasy and not cute or if I need to go somewhere that needs me to beat up my face with A LOT of makeup.

I don't dry my face using a towel or cloth

Again, it's all about hygiene. Please don't get tired of me mentioning "hygiene" in this post. It's THAT crucial. You know the towel or cloth that you are using to dry your face after you have showered or cleansed the face, yup, that one. I don't use that because I don't wash it everyday and lord knows how nasty it is. So I commit to only dry my face using a tissue paper or most of the time I let it air-dry.

Cleanse my face AM and PM - no matter what it takes

It doesn't matter if you're not leaving the house all day and wearing makeup or not, you still need to cleanse the face no matter what. You sure don't want all the bacteria to be sitting leisurely on top of your skin. Washing the face is probably one of the easiest skincare steps but people tend to neglect it.

What do you do when your skin acts up?

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Friday, September 14, 2018

The day I gave my blog a revamp!

The day I gave my blog a revamp! | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

I'm still freaking out. 

I mean.. I have gone 360 degrees with my blog theme. I mean.. how? This is by far the most expensive thing I have done for my blog. I wasn't planning to spend a heap amount of money but it happened anyway and I'm not regretting it. If you don't have a clue of what I'm talking about, my blog has got a revamp! I purchased a freaking beautiful blog theme that is Holly & Weave by Pipdig, well I purchased it two days ago exactly but who cares. A theme from Pipdig? I know, right?!

The 'behind-the-scenes' of why I got this new blog theme is because I just wanted to treat me. I have been in the state where I was just not doing 'something' for myself anymore and I have been neglecting my life a lot. And can we just talk about how I honestly haven't been the best in keeping up with blog? *guilty as charged*

So, I posted an Instagram story basically telling people that I want to reward myself but I need some help from them, a recommendation or suggestion, anything. If you're following me on Instagram, you would know. Anyway, a lot of them were telling me to buy a new handbag! I don't know what the coincidence was but truth be told, my current handbag is honestly not at the best looking anymore. So I was, "okay, handbag it is!" until someone suggested me to buy a new theme for my blog. 

I honestly so extremely grateful that I took the plunge and purchased this whopping 200 ringgit template because IT. IS. WORTH. IT. I know it also means "I'm officially broke", but hey, I only live once. Why wait later if I can do it now? Why wait later if I have the chance now? Okay now, can we talk about how fresh and modern my blog looks? Ugh, it's so pretty it's almost worth it just to... look at. 

I'm still playing around with the theme, though it's almost nothing much I can do because it would be a cut above if I'm using WordPress. Regardless, I'm happy with how it looks now. Can I just say it's almost impossible for me to believe that the installing process, all the tweaking and editing are so easy?! It's just my head that making everything seems hard. Overall, I'm so excited to write again. I'm so inspired and I hope to see you guys in my next post. Toodles!

I hope you love my new blog theme as much as I do and please let me know your thoughts in the comment!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Beauty Product Empties #2

I rarely finish products but I have accumulated another pile of empties, surprisingly. I literally use the same product every time so there's nothing really exciting about my empties. But I am trying to use up different products from different brands in the future. Let me know if you like this kind of post and I will continue doing it. All ramblings aside, it's time for a mini review which items are worth purchasing!

Wardah C-Defense with Vitamin C Serum | RM 32

Holy. Molly. This is definitely a gem! It's probably my most treasured skincare product ever. I have been using it religiously and dearly over the past 4 months or so. I went through heaps of this because my skin loves it so much. I have talked about it in this post and why is it so magical yadah, yadah.

Is it worth it? Definitely.

Would I repurchase it? I already have.

IN2IT Waterproof Single Blush | RM 17.90

This has been a staple in my collection because it is THAT good. You guys probably heard me talking about this too many times already but I highly, highly recommend it. I have an oily skin but every time I wear this blush, it stays put until I am about to remove my makeup and it's still there. I love this blush because I am able to control it, how pigmented and how sheer I want it to be according to my mood.

Is it worth it? Yes yes yes, a thousand times yes!

Would I repurchase it? I would but I think I want to try the BeauTyra's blush hehe.

IN2IT Hair Brush Waterproof Eyeliner Pen | RM 23.90

I am so loyal and easily attached to everything that I found works best for me, never steer me wrong and so forth. No joke, this is the only eyeliner I have been using since last year. Even though I bought bunch of other different eyeliners from different brands, I will always go back to this one. It is so good, so pigmented, not bleeding on me, the type of brush is what I like the most because I can create the most natural wing or as dramatic as I wanted it to be. I hope they don't discontinue this one because it is incredible!

Is it worth it? Yes sis, please try it if you have not already.

Would I repurchase it? Ummm you already know my answer.


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer | RM 32

I happen to love a lot of Maybelline's product and this one is a killer! I recently bought the Maybelline Fit Me concealer and realized I love the Age Rewind a lot more than the Fit Me. I also did a review a way back when I first purchased this concealer. I rambled more about the concealer in that post. It's HERE if you fancy a read.

Is it worth it? Worth every penny.

Would I repurchase it? I already did, hun.

Bio Essence Miracle Bio Water | RM 32

My lifesaver when it's too hot outside, it's suffocating and stuffy. Glad I also bought the travel size so I can easily throw it inside my handbag and spritz whenever and wherever I want. The mist is unbeatable, smooth and so freaking fine. Here's my full review of this Miracle Bio Water.

Is it worth it? Super.

Would I repurchase it? Of course. I am thinking of buying the other one too that says hydra bounce or something on the packaging.

Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara | RM 21

I kind of have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. The formula is somehow a little bit heavy for my sad eyelashes. I am a simple person, if the mascara can hold up my curl all day long, I will treasure it. But what I like about this mascara is, it is cheap and perfect for my natural everyday makeup, plus I had it in the color Brown so.

Is it worth it? I am kind of on the fence with this one. 

Would I repurchase it? Umm not for now. 


Maybelline Magnum Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara | RM 30

This one on the other hand, my friend, is love. I really like the formula, it's almost the same with The Falsies but they discontinued it in Malaysia I don't even know why because it is a bomb dot com mascara. Anyway, if you want all-day-curly-and-perky-lashes, this is your bestie right here.

Is it worth it? Umm duh? 

Would I repurchase it? Of course! But I want to try other mascara too because I have been using the same old collection. If you have any recommendation, please let me know in the comments! 

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation | RM 49.40

I know it looks like I have quite a few left on the bottle but I cannot get them out anymore, like it won't pump y'know what I mean? Anyway, I looooove this foundation! I have found another dewy foundation that aren't too dewy for me and match my skin tone perfectly. The coverage is awesome (medium to full) and a little goes a long way with this foundation. I mean, every time I do 2 pumps of this foundation, it will have a leftover. So, 1 pump is enough I guess. But one thing I noticed with this foundation, it clogged my pores. I already can tell because the texture is kind of heavy though.

Is it worth it? Yes, especially if you live for dewy finishes and complexion.

Would I repurchase it? I already have. Hehe.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash | RM 19-21

I think I love this cleanser! The reason I bought it was because I am not sure who recommended this on Twitter, I am pretty sure she is quite popular and she is known with her skincare talk but I cannot remember exactly who the person is. Anyway, I really like this cleanser because I think it suits my skin better than other cleansers. It has a gel like consistency and it is a non-foaming cleanser. It also has a little bit of exfoliant but it is so gentle! I use it on rotation with other cleansers as well.

Is it worth it? Worth to try if you have oily to combo skin. Plus, it is quite cheap though.

Would I repurchase it? I am already on second bottle lol so it is a yes from me!

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Puree

I am sorry I don't really know the price of this because I got it as a gift from Japan and the back of it was all written in Japanese, and I obviously could not read Japanese so. But you can always Google it hehe. Anyway, I looooove The Body Shop's Satsuma range! This one right here smells so yummy - it smells like a fresh peeled orange! It is really light on the skin and is non greasy, which is a huge plus point. But what I love most about it, is the scent, of course! It is almost worth it just to smell.

Is it worth it? To me, it is worth it because the texture is light and the scent is to die for!

Would I repurchase? Well, I didn't purchase this one but I think Imma go grab a new one in the store soon.


What are the beauty products that you have used up recently?

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Friday, September 07, 2018

How I Perfect My Base | Foundation Routine for Oily Skin

If you are an oily skin gal like me, and you have to have foundation that lasts all day (which is almost impossible), this post is your lifesaver! Hopefully it will benefit a lot of people with oily skin out there. Don't you just hate it when it is not even 6 PM and you are checking yourself in the mirror and you see your makeup is fading in one area because of the oil? It is annoying. Big time. Okay, enough with the ramblings already. Let's get into how I perfect my base! 

First thing first, of course, skincare. Never ever forget to apply serum, moisturizer and sunscreen before moving on to your foundation and whatnot. 

Step 1 : Primer

Yes, I do prime my face using a matte and pore filling primer. My favorite has to be the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. The reason why I put on primer because I want a smooth surface before I cake my face with foundation and whatnot. If you are not a primer-kind-of-gal, then it is okay you can skip this step. 

Step 2 : Loose setting powder

Hold up, don't freak out. I know it is against the beauty law BUT TRUST ME. It really works! I have been putting powder over foundation for quite some time now and I am not changing my routine no more. So the order goes like this: powder > foundation > the rest of the step. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is on top of my skin. I am in love with the Silkygirl No Sebum Mineral Loose Setting Powder as of recently but the Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder works great too. Just use any loose setting powder you own and you are good to go.


Step 3 : Matte foundation

Once that done, it is time for foundation. Anything that says "matte" on it, it is going to be you bestie. Okay gworl, you know how big my love towards the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation (I am using the shade 220 Natural Beige) and yes I am telling you yet again, I cannot get over it - it is incredible! But just use any type of matte foundation of your choice, it doesn't have to be this one though. With the powder already set, just go in with your foundation application. I don't know if I am trippin' or what but powder on top of foundation gives the foundation a little bit more coverage than usual.

Step 4 : Concealer

I have raved about my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer before, and guess what I am going to do? Yup I will do it again, just in case if you are new here. I use the shade Medium because it has a little bit of yellow tint in it that is enough for me to cancel out my redness, under eye circles and blemishes. Sometimes I like to switch it up with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer but I love the Age Rewind more.

Oh btw, I am blending all my base using the iconic beauty blender (my must-have beauty tools ever) okay now moving on to the next step please.

Step 5 : Loose setting powder, again

Last step! Once you have finished with all that, using a brush (I like to use a kabuki brush/ fluffy brush) and lightly set the foundation and concealer using a loose setting powder. Please remember, DON'T do the 'baking' thing because it will look  cakey and patchy and ruin your base and it is not cute.

What's your foundation routine like?
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