beauty, personal diary, work


A makeup expert I am not but you know that. I try, maybe. There are no perfect wings to my eyeliner nor cheekbones perfectly highlighted. I can’t contour to save my life. Fact is, the word to depict my makeup rituals would be messy. But when I suggested to Dahlia Nadirah that I want to experiment and blog about her brand, she said yes. So I made some coffee and poured the entire content of the package onto my work desk. I sat with my bare eyes and matching without foundation face to play with some products. And so, here are my novice thoughts on new lip colours, a BB cream and a mascara.



Seri BB Cushion in Natural

I am no expert in foundation. I would usually go medium coverage or totally barefaced. And with my recent acquisition of freckles that I quite like, I wanted to go lighter and barely there. This BB cushion is perfect and it is exactly what I’m looking for. It oxidizes really fast and it evens out my skin tone. It smells lovely too, like spring. I’ve actually added this to my makeup bag because I like it so much.




Left to Right: Asyik / Inang

I have heard so much about this lip cream. I have seen them on celebrities, beauty bloggers / YouTubers, my girlfriends and girls I follow on Instagram and now I know why. They are amazing. Now, I own a fair amount of lip creams and they are from brands both expensive and affordable and let me tell you, most of them suck! They are either too drying or the colour doesn’t stay. So.Lek offers up barely there, soft-matte and most importantly, long-lasting lip creams. I got the whole collection of Tari Gang – a nude, earthy, brownish tone series from the brand.


Left to Right: Zapin / Joget



This is definitely my favourite product from the pile. If you know me, mascara is a staple in my beauty rota. I am not blessed with long, beautiful lashes. I have terribly stubby eyelashes so I prefer the more powerful mascaras. So let me introduce you Lentik – an amazing mascara from So.Lek. This mascara didn’t clump at all, yet lace my lashes with incredible volume, which open up my already ginormous eyes.

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personal diary


I spend a lot of time alone but happily so. You see, I am an extrovert to an extent but I also love my solitude. Even though I have several gangs, I would still disappear for days and re-emerge for important meet-ups or parties. Some of you may know that I’ve gotten engaged with a man that I really, really love. The engagement was simple but most importantly, real. There wasn’t any orchestra or rose petal rain from a helicopter, there wasn’t any dramatized element to it. We were in Singapore, in our hotel room after breakfast when he popped the question. I have not showered, in my favourite grey sweater, he went down on both his knees, hands trembling (he was so nervous) and told me that I made him very, very happy and would I do him the honours to be his wife. I was floored and I said YES. Yes to marrying you, Michael Grudziecki. Yes to marrying you. I sobbed and laughed simultaneously. There isn’t even a picture or a video of the whole thing, but it still lingers in my mind. It’s the kind of memory that will always glow, the one that you can pull up and wrap around when life is slow.  To me, it was perfect. I will also be moving to Germany end of this year. I am absolutely excited about hauling my belongings across the world and start anew. To be honest, this place is frustrating. While I am a happy soul, my city confuses me, mainly the people existing on it. It is a frustrating city to live in. I am not complaining, there is no such thing as a perfect place and there are many, many things that I love about this city too. Everything came to me this week and by the end of it, I was absolutely overwhelmed by how underwhelmed I was with people who often seemed to be placed in my life to taunt me. I couldn’t face this city so I cancelled all my weekend plans for a solitary one instead. Time alone to move slow is exactly what I need. Jean Paul Sartre was right in No Exit when he asserted that hell is indeed, other people. The only FOMO I was experiencing on Friday night was fear of missing out on time away from everyone. Dinners, the city, the restaurants, the bars will always be there on rotation but time alone is hard to squeeze in.