Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Five Things In January 2019 | Intermittent Fasting & Bullet Journalling?

Five Things In January 2019 | Intermittent Fasting & Bullet Journalling?

I couldn't remember when was the last time I did a Five Things In _____ post as I was fairly unable to keep up with my life. I think I have a short term memory loss now, guys. I can barely remember what I was doing 8 hours ago. Okay, I probably shouldn't exaggerate it more than it should but you get the picture.

1

That is why I started bullet journalling this year. Yes. I've tried it before but I failed miserably. But I am back! I want to be able to keep track everything that I do in a day. I don't want to second guess everything I encountered in my life no more, so what I often do now is I always go back to my bullet journal after finish doing some stuff. That way I won't forget 70% of the things I did in a day. My bullet journal is like my baby now.

Bullet journalling is really individualized, in my honest opinion. Yes, it has its own system on how it should work and function. You will see a lot of monthly goals, weekly goals and whatnot on the Internet when it comes to bullet journalling. But it's all really up to you, really.  It's personal. You don't have to have spreads like everyone else. Make it simple and remember the reason why you started. I am loving my simple and intentional spreads for January. I can't wait for February's!

2

While I have a tracker now, I also keep an eye on my skincare routine. I can barely remember what I put on my face last night. I know it's crazy. I am basically keeping on track of everything these days. My memory is so bad! Anyway, I am full on basic skincare routine now. All the way. Back to basics. I want to start fresh with my skin, drink 8 glasses of water a day and sweat. And that is all I do. My skin is looking so hydrated, less acne scars and just healthy through and through. Here's my routine nowadays if you are wondering:

AM: Facial wash > toner > acne gel > moisturizer > sunscreen

PM: Double cleanse > toner > acne gel > masks > moisturizer

Five Things In January 2019 | Intermittent Fasting & Bullet Journalling?

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On top of that, for a healthy looking skin (and nicer body too), I also decided to give intermittent fasting a shot. It's one of the trendiest topics these days, eh? Before I go on, some of you might be wondering, what is intermittent fasting? In my understanding, it's basically where you only eat during a specific period of time. For the time being, I am trying the 16:8 method where I fast for 16 hours and eat within the 8-hour window. Anyway, it's a long process and this entry could be a 30 minutes read if I don't stop here. Be prepared to see a post dedicated to my intermittent fasting experience in the future. That is if I am able to not procrastinate...

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Searching the best color for this year's raya outfit is my kind of procrastinate too. I have been looking everywhere to find inspirations but I feel like nothing floats my boat. I kinda want to do pink with a little hint of champagne but my friends said it's mediocre. Then my sister went in with blue but I don't look good in all blue - royal blue, sea blue, SKY BLUE? I look the worst in them. If you happen to have any inspo, please help a sister out!

5

For the most part, I reached the 150,000 views mark for my blog!! I knew 2019 is going to be a good year for me. I made my own blogging goals inside my blogging notebook and "150,000 views in January 2019, pretty please" is one of them. I know what you're thinking. It's not like I reached 1 million views or whatever but still it's one of my biggest achievement. And I still am proud.

That's pretty much it. See you in the next one xx

My January was awesome. I love it. How about yours?
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY

Hello gorgeousness! I am a huge makeup sponge applicator fan when it comes to foundation application 'cause I think it's the fastest, fuss-free and overall makes the foundation looks natural and flawless. I have tried most of them - the cheaper options from Guardian, Daiso, Mr. D.I.Y etc. To be quite honest, none of them were my huge, HUGE favorite.

That being said, I am a huge fan of the Original Beauty Blender 'cause I think no one out there can mimic the softness, quality and the way it blends foundation like no other! I have been using it for quite some time. I have tried the Beauty Blender Pro too, but I think it's pretty identical to the original one so it's pointless. But if you have the budget, you can afford it, I say go for it. Who am I to judge.

Anyway, I recently went on a huge shopping spree (mainly online) 'cause that is, you can say an escape for me or that's just what I would do when my eyes won't shut at night. I love buying things for me. It feels good, it feels like a reward that I deserve.

Okay, back on the shopping spree. So I placed an order for Breena Beauty Blending Pearl in Black. Yup, at last! I am so excited to finally try this Blending Pearl because 1) it's made by one of the Malaysian beauty blogger - Sabrina Tajudin; 2) it's way cheaper than the Beauty Blender; 3) people have been saying it is a great dupe for the Beauty Blender.

Although I am a huge fan of the Beauty Blender and said that there's no one quite like it, I think I would still be able to give a fair comparison and verdict between these two.

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY
Blending Pearl and Beauty Blender - dry
PACKAGING

Both sponges came in a clear cylinder plastic container. This thing comes in handy when I just washed my sponges and I don't want to throw them just like that in my makeup bag because lord knows how nasty it can get while they're in there. I really appreciate it because I don't have to find a storage to keep these sponges. I can just toss them right back where they belong.

SHAPE

You know how Beauty Blender looks like. The iconic pointy egg-shaped, or tear drop kinda sponge that lots of people out there tried to do an impression of (read: copy) but most of the time they're not quite like it. I like the pointy tip because of its 'just right' size and it's capable of reaching the sides of my nose, in between of my brows and the inner corner of my eyes.

Meanwhile, the Blending Pearl has the similar tear drop shape with a slanted side/ flat surface for an easy 'baking' application. It looks like the Real Techniques sponge, but not as much. I am so used to Beauty Blender that it felt weird (in a good way, though) using a sponge with a slanted side like the Blending Pearl lol.

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY
Beauty Blender - dry
Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY
Blending Pearl - dry
SIZE

I noticed that the Breena Beauty Blending Pearl is slightly bigger size than the Beauty Blender, which makes every foundation or concealer application faster. Regardless of sizes, they perform just the same but I will definitely go with the Blending Pearl when I am in a hurry!

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY
Size of both sponges when dampen
WHERE TO GET THEM

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl: Breena Beauty outlet, Official Online ShopHermoShoppinkboxcereal and Shopee (make sure to get it from Shopee Mall only, otherwise I cannot guarantee the authenticity!)

Original Beauty Blender: Sephora outlet, Sephora Online

MY VERDICT

They. Are. Both. So. Similar! They deliver similar effects and finishes to my foundation look in my opinion. They're also identical in texture if you look closely to both sponges. I honestly think Beauty Blender is softer than the Blending Pearl. The Blending Pearl is quite stiff for my liking. As far as how quick they absorb products, I guess the Beauty Blender absorbs quickly and absorbs more product than the Blending Pearl. Also, both are latex-free and if you have sensitive skin, Beauty Blender is the better option because it's more than just latex-free, it's anti-bacterial too.

Let's talk about the quality for a sec. I found that both of them are the best and durable because whenever I am done with my makeup, I wash them immediately and lord knows how rough I can be with them to get a thorough dirt-free and stain-free sponges. They survived my every squeeze, twist and pinch! All in all, I think Breena Beauty Blending Pearl is a good dupe for the Beauty Blender.

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl has got to be my favorite at the moment because:

  • it's cheaper (RM 35) than the Beauty Blender (RM 99)
  • the slightly larger size makes my foundation application quicker
  • makes 'baking' process such a breeze!
  • a reliable local brand like this deserves the spotlight

Breena Beauty Blending Pearl vs The Original Beauty Blender | LENNE ZULKIFLLY
Both sponges dampen
I am not ditching my Beauty Blender by all means. I am still going to use it just as much as my Blending Pearl. But let's be honest, the unforgiving price tag makes it absurd to keep repurchase one after another! I am going to save it for special occasions only (AKA the i'm-about-to-see-my-man kinda occasion), let's put it that way. Anyway, that is all for today. See you in my next post! xx

Are you a sponge kinda girl or brush kinda girl? What is your favorite sponge or favorite brush?
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Sunday Currently #3


Hello beautiful people! Welcome to my Sunday Currently. I hope you're all in the pink of health. I bet y'all currently living the best moment of your life :) Me? Myeh, aside from my arms getting toned and not drinking coke for 6 months, my days are pretty basic and mediocre. Wheww! Also, can we talk how on earth is it January 13th already? Time, please slow the frick down.

Anyway, *smirks* this is my Sunday Currently number tres (number three in Spanish).

R E A D I N G
Nothing, really. I've decided to take a break after I finished rereading To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han that I recently (and initially) bought for my sister because she wanted one. I thought before the book becomes hers, might as well reread it. It's my money after all. Haha.

W R I T I N G
I am working on a few drafts here (I am talking about major entries that has been requested a lot). I don't know when will I finish these up but gotta finish what you started, gurl. #PrayForYaHomegirl

L I S T E N I N G
Imagine by Ariana Grande. This puts me in a really, really good vibe! Actually, almost all of her music puts me in a chill and good vibe. I feel like she can do no wrong. I know, I sounded like I worship her or something. But in all honestly, she's the real deal.

T H I N K I N G
.... of a lot of stuff. I have so many thoughts running inside my head. I wish my brain could stop thinking for a moment, but we all know what's about to go down if your brain really stops working.

S M E L L I N G
Vanilla by The Body Shop. Just because.

W I S H I N G
For a miracle. I really need some good news to justify my 2019. It has been odd and not so promising so far.

H O P I N G
To master my calligraphy skill because this is looking hopeless. My bullet journal is looking hopeless. I can't do calligraphy for shit. 

W E A R I N G
A floral bell-sleeved blouse that I got from Padini with a mid-rise white jeans from Nichii. I just got back from hanging out with my friends.

L O V I N G
The weight I am losing! And how toned my arms are getting! I love the progress I am making, love how I am so attached to this lifestyle, love how my skin looks because of the workout. Aaaah! So much things to love!

W A N T I N G
A new phone and laptop! And bunch of hijab from Ariani. Pretty please?

N E E D I N G 
In need of a new pair of sport shoe. I really set my eyes on soooo many pastel-colored sport shoes that I know don't go with most of my outfits.

F E E L I N G
Hungry despite having lunch about an hour ago.

How was your weekend? Happy Sunday, gorgeousness! 
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Korean Sheet Mask | The Game Changer?

Sheet masks are some of the hottest item on the Korean skincare. They are widely popular and some say they are simply magic in a sheet form and little did I know, they are a total game changer. I am in the mission and aiming to have scars-free skin, pimple-free skin, less oily and more glowy and dewy! 

I know deciding on which one to buy can be a little overwhelming because it's just so many brands to choose from, let alone each of them focus on something different. I would say do a little research beforehand, read genuine and quality reviews, experiment a lot, or bring an "expert" friend to help you decide on which one is worth the money.

I normally use sheet masks at night before I hit the bed so I would wake up with my skin feeling so super fantastic-o! You can use them whenever you want, obviously. It's just a matter of preference.

Now, the real question is, what Korean sheet masks did I use? Which Korean sheet masks that are totally a game changer? Which Korean sheet masks that worth every penny?

My answer is: Mediheal


I have tried the ones from Innisfree, Cosrx, Tony Moly, Etude House, and some other K-brands that I had a hard time remembering their name. I have tried tons of them, let's just put it that way. I swear they're all different and unique BUT there's nothing like Mediheal.

Know why? You can almost see the result, instantly. Especially their I.P.I Lightmax Ampoule Mask. That, blow my mind away and made me wear it again for the next 5 days just because I wanted to see if any drastic changes happen to my skin. Which I think it really did. I can see most of my scars not completely gone but huge part of it has definitely cleared.

I love them all, at least the ones I tried, honestly. They worked wonders! But I totally fall in major love with the one I just mentioned because it performs better for my skin concern (post acne hyperpigmentation). It has a brightening property - it has arbutin and sodium hyaluronate high up in the ingredient list. Also some other fruit extract and vitamin C further down the list. Now you get it why it worked almost instantly. 

I also tried their N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask and it burns when I first put it on my face! I swear it was so uncomfortable and I cannot wait to take it off. After 10 minutes or so, it was okay and not as burning as the beginning. I like this one too (but not as much as the pink one) because my skin almost feel like the 'glass skin' that everyone is obsessing over. My skin definitely feels more hydrated, my pores are minimized and overall my skin looks so healthy and rejuvenated.

The ampoule or essence that comes with it packs a ton too! I think this is also worth mentioning. They're so generous with it. Although it's often we hear that sheet mask like this is for single-use only, but with loads of juice like that, I believe you can use it twice. I have done that multiple times!

Just a heads up, they didn't play around with what they put as ingredients, for sure. I mean, arbutin, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide, collagen and some other amazing ingredients really sits on top of the ingredient lists. It's not impossible to achieve your skin goals with Mediheal's sheet masks, I tell you.

I wish ALL of Mediheal's sheet masks available at our drugstore, y'know. They have tons of other variety that I want to try so bad, in which you can but you can only get it online, I guess? Now, I am a very insecure girl and I question the genuineness of almost everything online when it comes to skincare.


So, is it worth every penny though? For me, yes. They retail from RM 8-RM 14 a piece, which is not so bad. It's reasonable. It's not crazy sky high like SK-II or something. At the end of the day, it worked. End of story. Where to get it? I found that I have bought this from Watsons all along, I am not sure about other drugstores though.

I have to say, I have never been happier with my skin. It's definitely a positive progress I am seeing. I am so excited and for the most part, repeating the ritual - really taking the time to do something for myself every week is totally satisfying and enjoyable.

Have you tried any of Mediheal's masks? What is your holy grail sheet mask?
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Friday, January 04, 2019

My 2018 in Alphabetical Order


Happy new year, gorgeousness! I'm sorry it took this long for me to publish this post. I'm not going to make this like a tradition on my blog amd I'm not restricted to this yearly but I guess let's have fun and challenge ourselves! My friend, Syaza, made one of her version and it was amazing! I can relate loads of them.

Without me rambling on too much, here's my 2018 in alphabetical order.

A | Amalina. No, I'm not talking about the song. It's my name. My real name. I used to hate it when people call me by my full name because I'm so used to people calling me 'Lenne'. Last year was different. Maybe it's time for me to accept that my name is unique too. 'Amalina' sounded so distinct to both of my ears but I kinda like it.

B | Belong. You are not anyone's property. I have learned the hard way. And if it's not belong to be, it's not going to. Do not force it.

C | Checkout. The year of clicking 'Checkout' button on an online store. The amount of money I spent online is illogical.

D | District 21. For my international readers, this is only fathomable by my fellow Malaysian readers. If you are Malaysian, you would know what I'm talking about. I went to District 21 last year and that was the first time I had set my foot in there. It was a great experience to overcome my fear of height! Planning on going there again this year.

E | E-mail. Collaboration e-mail to be exact. I have gotten so much e-mail asking for a collab but you know I do not do collab that much if they're not up to my standard. So I have to politely decline and please know that I appreaciate all of you. Maybe some other time! xx

F | Fried chicken. The (third) love of my life.

G | Goodbye. A year that I swear filled with so much goodbyes. It's crazy how this life is just a stopover.

H | Hello. A year that was also filled with lots of new hello. I can see quite a number of fresh faces in my life last year. It was awesome. This also applies to the new skincare that I picked up. I honestly said "Hello, welcome to my collection."

I | Independence. Taught a heck lot last year. I studied myself more than anything and this is how I survived. Woah, it's crazy the changes that a year makes.

J | Judge. I do not give a single damn about other people no more. You wear whatever you want to wear, you say whatever you want to say, you act like how the hell you want to act. In hopes of people would do the same thing for me. You do you, Imma do me.

K | Kitchen. I admit, I do not cook as much. Cooking is not my forte. However, last year it was like a playground to me where I tried bunch of recipes and not to mention, I baked! It's crazy! I'm such an adult now, huh? #MommyAreYouProud?

L | Liquid eyeliners. I have been buying liquid eyeliners non-stop but none of them ended up being fleaked out on my lids as I would show them to the world how snatched my winged liner is. I'm over it! I chose black eyeshadow to recreate the winged liner effect. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

M | Mother-in-law. Nope. Not happening. Not last year. This year? Pray for me!


N | Needy. I cannot emphasize enough how needy I am around the persons I love. This is totally one of my biggest flaw. Will I change it? Kinda yea, kinda nope.

O | OK. How I 'professionally' end every argument  and run from my mistakes and prolly my most used word.

P | Pause. It was a year of slowing down, take a little timeout, take a moment, pause and reflect before continuing anything. "Just take a moment, breathe and none of this will be remembered if you are rushing it." I said to myself over and over again like a mantra.

Q | Quality over quantity. I'm prolly one of those people who has like 5 friends. Maybe 6. Regardless, I like my small circle and I'm happy this way.

R | Research. Definitely the year of doing boatload of skincare reasearch! I'm so excited to learn something new every damn time. Doesn't it intrigued you and called you to do you own reasearch as why some companies would put one ingredient in a mouthwash and the same thing winds up in a toner?

S | Stress. I'm hundred percent sure I'm just stressed out not depressed. It's not that deep. You should learn the difference too.

T | Thank you, next. Honestly the only thing I have been listening to since it's came out. So so so good! Kudos to you, Ariana. 

U | Us. 'Us' that I miss so much.

V | Vivy Yusof. Who doesn't want her life? Can we like exchange bodies for a week or two, Vivy? She is such a role model. Her IG story is the only thing I look forward to every day!

W | Waistline. I without a doubt have reduced few inches from my waistline measurement throughout 2018. It's crazy what stressing out can do to you.

X | Xx. My typical way to end sentences and it's cute, right? #PleaseTellMeItsCute

Y | Yellow. It was my last year's color. I surely had so many pieces with at least a little yellow on them. I wonder what is my color this year..

Z | Zoella. I was a fan because she was so relatable back then but not anymore. When I found out she has been living happily by scamming other people, ugh it baffles me! Thank god for drama channels on YouTube, right? Sorry Zoella, not supporting your brand anymore.

How's your 2019 so far? Any good feelings or the other way around? Tell me in the comments! xx
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