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Monday, July 7, 2014

100 Happy Days

Can I be happy for 100 days?

Day 1: the first day of this challenge is also the first day of the holy month of Ramadan!

Day 2: Did some online shopping!

Day 3: this picture frame was a wedding gift which remained in its box for 2 years. Finally I found time to add in our colourful holiday photos!
Day 4: Watched our wedding videos
Day 5: watched The Switch - a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston

Day 6: the wonderful feeling I get whenever I receive the things I bought online

Day 7: went to the hospital, thinking something was horribly wrong with me. I turned out to be fine. Doctor's order: enjoy the upcoming Eid, and enjoy life

Day 8: sometimes good things fall apart so that better things will fall together

Day 9: 2 more days until I return to work so I'm enjoying the remaining days off as best as I can. Time to relax and reflect.

Day 10: Something to smile matter how long the rain lasts, there will be a rainbow in the end. No matter how sad you may be, believe, that happiness is waiting.

Day 11: Last day before I return to work. Time to catch up on some religious reading!
Day 11: First day back at work. Grateful that I still have a job. A colleague gave me this Portugal pin first thing in the morning.

Day 13: Happy about Ramadan working hours! By 4.30pm I'm out of the office!
Day 14: Saturday shopping spree. Bought a Pandora charm to add to my collection. Hubby bought me an Evita Peroni headband! 
 Day 15: A colleague recommended "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" to help me regain some positivity back in my life. So I went to the bookstore to get it and found "The Happiness Project" which seems like an interesting read. So I bought both books.
Day 16: Hubby and me made a simple meal for buka puasa. Grilled lean beef with Lebanese bread and sweet corn.

Day 17: It's Nuzul Quran. This is one of my favourite verses from the Quran. Surah Ad-duha ayat 4.

Day 18: After work, I went to Body Shop and bought the Aloe Vera travel set, Aloe Vera exfoliator and got RM15 voucher which I used to redeemed the RM 19.90 detangling comb. I love the mint green pouch that comes with the Aloe Vera travel set!
Day 19: Clean eating! Cooked with hubby for buka puasa. We made kofta, spinach and boiled sweet corn with toasted Lebanese bread. Yum!

Day 20: It's Friday - my favourite day of the week! The office had this day-before-the-weekend atmosphere.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lactacyd face wash

I've had a few nasty cases of breakouts.

I had my first major breakout when I was 15. Zits all over my face. Went to see a dermatologist and was prescribed antibiotics and Lactacyd face wash. This combination cleared up my skin. However, I stopped using the Lactacyd cleanser because I found it too harsh - the skin on my palm peeled off after continuous use.

The next time I experience a bad breakout was when I was around 23 years old. I tried MAC Studio Fix Liquid foundation and got a bad reaction from using it. I went to the same derm and she prescribed me antibiotics and Cetaphil cleanser for oily skin. I continued using the cleanser for about a year, until it reached a point where it did nothing for my oily skin.

Then at age 24 I broke out again, this time because of Sephora mineral foundation. I went back to the same derm, and this time she gave me antibiotics and Lactacyd cleanser. Prior to the dermatologist visit, a colleague told me that she swore by yoghurt cleanser to maintain flawless skin. Lactacyd's active ingredient is lactic acid which comes from milk so I was excited to try the cleanser again. Oh, and did you inow that Cleopatra used milk as part of her beauty regime? I didn't plan to use it for a long time though, because based on my experience, it's abrasive.

Surprisingly I've been using Lactacyd for almost 2 years now. I guess they changed the formula because it is no longer harsh on my skin. Another thing that I like about this cleanser is that it doesn't contain a lot of chemicals. It has very few ingredients, with the main one being lactic acid.

This is how the Lactacyd face wash looks like:

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The manufacturer has changed the bottle design for the Lactacyd feminine hygiene wash so consumers won't get confused with the face wash.

Actually this Lactacyd cleanser is not just for face, you can also use it as body wash and shampoo. But right now I'll just stick to using it as facial cleanser :-)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

I already have an iPad 2. My husband gave it to me as my 25th birthday present. Now I'm experiencing some technical difficulties using the iPad. One of the problems is that the browsers cannot open a lot of websites :-( Recently I got promoted (after 2 years in the company! Yeay!) and I decided to reward myself with a new tablet. I'm planning to buy it next week. So excited!!! I'm thinking of getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 because of these awesome features:

1) It has a voice assistant feature like Apple's Siri
2) Smart Stay feature that detects eye movement
3) Multitasking feature that allows multiple windows to be opened at a time!
4) I saw a Youtube video that shows that you can take a screenshot just by waving in front of the screen!
5) The camera has beauty mode. I know, I'm so vain
6) It has a microSD slot
7) Reasonably priced. The wifi model is RM 1099
8) Samsung has some sort of deal with Trip Advisor so for this tablet there are travel wallpapers installed. Cool!
9) The speaker is Dolby Surround!

Wish I can fast forward one week!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tips for travellers

Last week I went to London for a holiday with my husband. Today I'm back in Malaysia and still recovering from post-holiday blues (the feeling right after you come back from a holiday is the worst feeling ever! It's have nothing else to look forward to) so I decide to write a short blog entry on travelling.

Here are a few tips which (I hope) all other travellers out there might find useful for your future vacations:

Cropped jacket vs Long Coat
If you intend to travel light to a cold climate country, try to bring one jacket only. Preferably a cropped jacket instead of those long trench coats to save space. Oh, and if you're petite like me cropped jackets will suit you better. Long coats will just "drown" you and this will not look flattering in photos.

Small flexible tripod
It's good to have a small flexible tripod that you can mount anywhere (well, almost anywhere) to take photos. Then you don't have to rely on strangers to take your pictures and you'll take less self-potraits too. I love taking self-potraits but when I'm on holiday, I want to capture the scenery as well.
You don't have to buy expensive tripods. Daiso sells good and reliable small flexible tripodsfor RM5 only.

Foldable tote bags
I'm the kind of traveller who carries a backpack from home-airport-hotel and vice versa, and uses handbag while I'm shopping or sightseeing at my holiday destination. Usually I would pack a large bulky handbag in my luggage but recently I've developed a liking for Longchamp bags. Simple design, nice colours and most importantly, foldable.

Ensure all liquid bottles are less than or equal to 100ml
I always got my contact lens solution confiscated because I forgot each time that the 100ml rule is based on the bottle size, not the amount of liquid. If the amount of liquid is less than 100ml but the volume of the bottle is, say, 120ml, then the liquid will be confiscated by airport security.

Travel pillow
Last but not least, bring a travel pillow! I forgot to bring mine during the recent London trip and totally regretted it!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

26th birthday

Just like my wedding anniversary, my birthday fell on a Monday.

I took leave on that day and on Tuesday as well. No way I was gonna work on my birthday and be depressed about going to work the next day.

Hubby couldn't take leave on my birthday so I went to my parents' house to spend some time with my mum. First thing in the morning, the parents gave me a birthday card.

For my parents, birthday card is a must for each birthday. Clearly they don't really mind about not preserving the environment.

I spent my birthday shopping at KLCC with my mum. Initially I wanted a Pandora bracelet as a gift but then there's none of the design that I like. I ended up choosing a gold-plated Swarovski bracelet instead.The bracelet has a timeless, classic design and I just love the 3 crystals on it.

After my husband came home from work, we went out for dinner at Subang Parade and he bought me the Panasonic Ionic Facial Steamer which I've always wanted:

I'll do a review on the facial steamer in a future post.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My office is just 5-minutes walk to Sephora...

...which is why I always go on impulsive shopping during lunch break!

Just to share 3 products which I've purchased from Sephora recently:

1) Urban Decay Naked Basics eye palette

Initially I was skeptical about spending RM90++ on an eye shadow palette (I can get cheaper ones at Watsons & Guardian) but it was the good reviews and peer pressure that motivated me to buy this. A lot of people are raving about the two Naked palettes by Urban Decay. I didn't buy the original 2 Naked palettes because a) it's RM 179 and b) I don't use all the shimmery shades. When a colleague told me that the smaller Naked Basics palette was out and how good it was, I headed straight to Sephora and bought 1 for myself.

What I love about the Naked Basics eye palette:

- small size, perfect for travelling
- matte eye shadows only! Perfect for my everyday office makeup.
- highly pigmented
- when I use it with the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, my eyeliner stays dark and last for the entire day!

What I dislike about this palette:

- it's hard to open the case
- it doesn't come with a brush

2) Bare Minerals concealer

I need a concealer to cover my acne scars. I have sensitive skin so I can't just simply use any concealer or else it will clog my pores. I've been avoiding those creamy and stick concealers and gave this Bare Minerals concealer (which is in a loose powder form) a try. It's unusual for a concealer to be in a loose powder form. Surprisingly, the Bare Minerals concealer provides a pretty decent coverage (and buildable, of course). I got mine in shade 2B: Summer Bisque (it's the second lightest shade). I can't remember the price but I do have the ingredients list (FYI for those who have sensitive skin like me):

Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides.

3) Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder

Another downside of having sensitive acne-prone skin: you cannot just use any primers.

I'm glad I found this powder from Too Faced. It's a 2-in-1 skin smoothing priming powder AND finishing veil.

It comes in a cute vintage packaging. Downside - it's hard to open the container and everytime I twist the top, it will make this annoying squeaky sound.

Ingredients list (all natural!): Silica, Populus Tremuloides Bark extract, Honeysuckle flower extract, Water, Mica, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride (no silicone like all the other primers in the market!)

Product description on the box:

Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Priming Powder and Finishing Veil turns any foundation into high definition makeup. Our silky, translucent primer and finishing veil adjusts to any skin tone while minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines. It can be worn alone or under and over foundation to prep skin, lock down makeup and control shine for a complexions-smoothing, flawless finish.

My review:

Don't expect this powder to miraculously turn your makeup on HD makeup (considering the natural ingredients) but I'm loving this powder because:

- it gives my complexion a nice glow
- pores are minimized (though the effect is not as good as normal primers)
- helps control sebum and minimize the need to use facial blotters

The price is RM105, quite expensive but hey, you're getting both a primer AND finishing powder! :-)

Monday, January 28, 2013

New clothes!

You know you're getting old when...

1) you start buying all your clothes at Marks & Spencer because the stuffs at Forever 21, Cotton On etc. no longer appeal to you.

2) your casual wear = office attire

Today I went shopping at M&S Sunway Pyramid. Bought a red long-sleeved top and a black jacket:
P/S: My mother-in-law bought this huge mirror which is hung in my living room. Now it's my favourite spot for taking self-potraits. Haha.