Update on 2018 reading challenge

Saturday, June 30, 2018


Assalamualaikum

Hi.

When I was younger, I thought whatever comes to adult, they come easy. Money, freedom, the willpower to maintain good habits, I thought it’ll be effortless. I really believe that when I’m 30, it would be very easy for me to exercise, have a healthy life, save money, solat on time, read Quran everyday, well, basically everything that a good responsible adult would do.

Fast forward to now, in 2 years I’ll be 30....happy to report, I am already the adult that I envisioned myself to be!



 -___________-



Not.

I hate to break your bubbles little one but things don’t change easily. If you’re lazy when you were young, chances are, you’ll still be very lazy when you’re older....and since I realised this, starting around 2 or 3 years ago, I started to have new years resolutions and goals to at least keep me on track through out the year. Emphasis on through out. We all know that did not happen last year. I woke up in December with a lot of goals unchecked so I rushed to finish everything. This is not “through out”, this is be good in December only -_____-

This year I try to plan better. Especially on my reading challenges. Please if I have to read six books in a month again, I’ll puke.

And guess what guys, I found something that’ll ease the whole thing; audiobooks! Well, to be honest, I copied Azreenchan. This is her idea, her discovery....She failed her 2017 reading challenge too so she’s the one who’s finding ways to make it better this year, me? I am just a silent reader who creepily copy everything. *side eyes* 

But hey, it works for me, the BBNU on this reading journey, so I thought I’ll recommend it to you guys too.


There are various channels you can use, Azreen lists it here. I tried only Perpustakaan Negara and Scribd so here is my thoughts:

1. Perpustakaan Negara

Free. This is a major plus point. The concept is like the traditional library. You browse for books, find the ones that you like and you borrow them. You’ll get to borrow them for a week I think and it’ll gets automatically return to the library. Suitable for beginners trying to convert to reading/listening to e book. However, since this is free, their selections of books are quite limited. 

2. Scribd

Free trial for one month. $8.99 approximately RM32.80 monthly. Wide selections, unlimited supplies, 32.80 is actually a cheaper option to our usual RM60 something per book. No time limit, you can save books on your digital shelves, you can make bookmarks, I love Scribd.

My 2018 book challenge so far (title in bold is the ones that I recommend):

1. Shyness is not a Character Flaw! Surviving in a World of Extroverts (ebook from PN)
2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead ( audiobook from PN)
3. I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (audiobook from PN)
4. #GIRLBOSS (audiobook from PN)
5. Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles) (ebook from Scribd)
6. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song (audiobook from Scribd)
7. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman (ebook from Scribd)
8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (audiobook from Scribd)

Several more to go before I tick off this reading challenge from my goals!

Shoulder is king

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Assalamualaikum


Ayu called me yesterday and we create a new record, we were on the phone for 3 hours! Three; Tiga. Insane! Our previous record was around 2 hours plus which is already very long, now, 3 hours wth.

Of course, we talked about A LOT of things, both important and random stuff, among the random ones was when we talked about body proportion. Since it s Raya, of course, a lot of our friends posted their Raya OOTD on their social media accounts, which is cool, perfectly normal, but with the abundance of them, my mind started to analyse things and among the first thing that I notice, being skinny doesn't always makes you look good and big doesn't always makes you look bad.

Some girls, skinny as hell, to the point where if xxs do exist, that's her size, but she looks pretty...she looks good. While some, same kind of skinny, looks unhealthy....almost as if you could see their bones. I wonder why.

Among the rare moment where Ayu was wise, this is one of them.

She told me that it's always about the shoulder. Your shoulder will determine your ideal body proportion. Simply put, if you have a M shoulder, your whole body should be M. You can't have M shoulder but have a S or L body. In this case, S makes you look sick, L means you're overweight already. 

I agree.

Because when I browse through again, yes, the ones that I said look ok being thin are never the ones with broad shoulder. An XS shoulder matches well with an XS body. I mean, when you see people like Ayu or Alya, don't you think that being thin suits them well? Whereas if you see me, you know that I should always stop at M. I shouldn't try to lose more than that.

So girls & boys , know your shoulder.

P/S: Of course, when it comes to the actual science of body proportion, it might not be as simple as what we pointed out.


Updated skin care routine

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Assalamualaikum

[9 April 2018]

When I was younger, whenever people asked me about my skincare routine, I didn't know what to answer. Because at 24, I was still struggling to organise my life let alone to have a routine just for skin. I mean, if washing my face in the morning counts as a routine yes that's my skincare routine.

"oh you don't have a routine? Lucky you. Wait till you're 30 then you'll know," said my colleagues.

Fast forward to now, at 28, It finally hit me, I finally get what they were saying! T-T Only "washing my face" just don't cut it anymore. I now have enlarged pores, my skin burns easily and I even have freckles!!! So for the past two years, I have been following this routine:

Morning Routine

Face wash (Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Foam) > Toner (Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Toner) > Essence (Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence) > Serum (Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum) > Moisturiser (Nature Republic Aloe Vera) > Moisturiser (Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream) > Sun block (Laneige Watery Sun Cream). 

To be completely honest, I only recommend the routine. Not the product. I mean, I'll recommend some that I've been repurchasing but some are new to my routine. Some I don't really see much difference with or without, some I'm just waiting for it to finish so that I can go back to the ones that I've used and seen result.

What I would recommend:
 1. Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence - this is a dupe of SKII facial treatment essence. At least that is what people on the internet have been claiming. I haven't try SKII so I can't tell whether it's really a dupe but Emak has and she said they're close. As for me, without this, my skin feels less elastic? less bouncy? if that makes sense. haha.
2. Nature Republic Aloe Vera - This is the my favourite, my must-have, product I'll die without. This is the one that I've been recommending to my beginner friends who don't have a skincare routine yet, this is what I can't skip even on my lazy days and this is what I bring on my purse to reapply after prayer. I cannot stress  enough how good this product is. Someone burned their skin, I shove them aloe vera, someone skin breaks out, aloe vera, someone has big pimple, aloe vera, dry skin, aloe vera. Me and my aloe vera, memang tak boleh dipisahkan. Don't. even. try.
3. Laneige Watery Sun Cream - Last year, Hermo gave this as a tester and I have since repurchase it once on my own. I love this sun cream for one very good reason, it doesn't make my skin looks oily like other normal sun block. The only problem I have is the price. RM110 for such a small container, this hurts my purse. I've tried replacing it with Yadah but Yadah is just blurgh... so I went back to this one. If you have other cheaper alternative, please please please let me know. This is also one of the products that I will not skip even on my lazy days. People, we need to wear sunblock! everyday, even if you're staying indoor. If I could turn back the time and meet my younger self, I would tell her to "wear sunblock" this is how seriously important I think sunblock is.

Product that I have love hate relationship with:
1. Laneige Time Freeze Intensive Cream - I love this product since it is very moisturing but at the same time I hate the cream because it's super thick and takes time to absorb into the skin.

Product that I couldn't wait to replace:
1. My toner - Not that I think the Skinfood one that I've been using is not good but I just love Klairs Supple Preparation Toner more and dare I say, it is the best compared to any other toner in the market. Even if you don't believe in toner (some people think toner is unnecessary), believe me, this toner will change your mind.

Night Routine

Makeup remover (Banila Co. Clean It Zero) > Face wash (Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Foam) > Toner (Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Toner) > Essence (Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence) > Serum (Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop) > Moisturiser (Nature Republic Aloe Vera) > Moisturiser (Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream) 

Again, same thing, I recommended only the steps not all the product. 

What I would recommend:
1. Banila Co. Clean It Zero - I love this makeup remover. Even if I don't wear any makeup, at the end of my day, I just love to clean my face with this one. This cleans my face like no other makeup remover could.
2. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop - This serum is famous for a really good reason. Upon application, my skin instantly feels tight and well, smoother.
3. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream - Seperti nama diberi, this cream really calms all the red spot that I have around my face. I can clearly see the difference with and without this product. With this product, my skin looks brighter and clearer, as if I have a glass skin.... as if je la not the actual glass skin. #girlcandream

Once a week, I exfoliate my skin with this one.

I can't wait to replace this exfoliator. haha. I love the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask version more than this one.

After all this, this is the only makeup I wear on daily basis,

CC cream > blusher > lip balm > liquid lipstick

That's it for makeup? Are they enough? Depends. If full on, fully concealed face with everything on point is the one you're looking for, of course, this is not enough... but for me, I just want to look like me. I simply don't care if my dark circle, bekas jerawat and all other imperfection still shows. I wasn't always like this. I cared, last year. Last year, I got really into makeup and I bought everything. Everything I tell you. I have concealer, highlighter, brow pen, brow powder, eye primer, face primer, eyeshadows, eye liner, lose powder, makeup spray everythinggggg. I used them everyday. Only one day, after I did my makeup, I had the time to really look at myself in the mirror and I didn't like what I see. I'd done a really good job at concealing my imperfection that I felt less as a human. I remember thinking that if I have a daughter, is this the kind of message I wanted to pass to her? That we should wear makeup and conceal our imperfection in order to feel pretty?

Ever since then, I stop wearing excessive makeup and focus and invest more on fixing my skin itself. I personally think this is a healthier way to live.

That's all. hope this helps.

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