Saturday, 19 August 2017

Everyday makeup products.


Hello, hello everyone! I know I have been absent for the longest time (nothing new there lol) and a lot has happened since I last updated my blog. As most of you know, the contents of this blog are mostly rambles of my personal feelings, stories of one of my many adventures and pretty much updates about my life, as I had intended this blog to be. However, in today's post I have decided to try out something new and different because why not? 

Recently, I've been feeling really inspired and I wanted to write it all down before I lose that 'inspiration' or 'motivation' or in other words, before I get too lazy again. It's a bad habit and I've been trying to update more post on this blog and my wordpress but I guess 'life' got in the way. And I have also been really obsessed with anything Korean related (Kpop, K- dramas, Korean food… you get the drill) recently. I've been particularly obsessed with BTOB and I can go on forever about them but that's not what today's post is about. In today's post, as you can probably tell from the title and picture that I took, (A+ for effort in making it look aesthetically pleasing) I will be writing about the makeup products that I use everyday - not really everyday, because I'm not the type of person to even wear makeup (just started learning earlier this year!) but let's say every other day, or when I'm feeling  bothered at all.

Most -  if not all - of my makeup products are from the drugstore because I am a cheapskate and I'd rather splurge a little bit more money on skin care products rather than makeup. Plus, drugstore brands perform just as good as a higher end products so I don't see why I should spend 30-50 quid on a foundation/concealer/palette etc. However, lipsticks are an exception because I love lipsticks. But hey if you are the type of person who loves spending your money on higher end products, do you boo.

Okay, now let's get started.

I have a combination oily to dry skin but I much prefer my skin to feel hydrated than dry so before I put on any makeup, I prep my face with a lot of hydrating products. After I prep my face - I will write that in a different post - I use the Soap & Glory Speed Plump as a primer before I apply any makeup on. It's technically not a primer but a super hydrating moisturiser but it makes my face feel tacky as it has glycerin in it so that makes the product stick to my face better. I actually bought this because of sophdoesnails on YouTube. She's a UK YouTuber and she uses/reviews a lot of drugstore products and usually her recommendations are spot on which is why I gave it a go. So far I can say that I quite like it.

So after I prime my face, on days where I feel extra bothered or want that extra coverage, I use the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream in the shade Bronze & Rose Beige (I mix them together). The thing about me is I like wearing very light makeup. I am that person who wears the 'no makeup makeup' because personally, I don't like the feeling of a heavy foundation on my face so I opt for CC or BB creams. What I like about this CC cream is that you can build it up to a medium coverage which again personally I feel like that's already too much for me. This CC cream has an SPF 15 and it covers pretty much any discolouration, dark circles and spots. I find that this product is really lightweight which I love and I apply a thin layer and blend it with a Real Techniques sponge so it makes my skin still looks like skin but better. On other days where I don't need any coverage and I feel like my face is looking dull and I need just a little help, I use the Body Shop All In One BB Cream. This BB Cream  has no coverage but it adapts to your skin colour - I use the darkest shade (4) - and it just makes your face looks more awake. It doesn't cover anything which I don't really mind because personally my skin is not that bad. It's not oily or drying on the skin which is nice and overall I really like these two products. It does the job but it's also not as heavy as an actual foundation. The only downside to these products is that the shade range is a complete joke. My skin tone is I would say tanned caramel and for both products I am the darkest shade which sucks to be honest because there are so many beautiful skin tones out there and they don't cater to them.

Moving on, the concealer that I use is the Maybelline Eraser Eye or aka Instant Age Rewind in the shade Honey (which is also the darkest shade! Smh and it's still fairly light for me) and I love it. It really does conceal all the spots and dark circle under my eyes. It is full coverage but I use just a little swipe under the eyes, spots and places I need to conceal so it still looks natural. I have been meaning to try the Maybelline Fit Me concealer as well as it has more shade range so I might give that a go in the future.

Of course after the base, you would need to powder your face and under eyes to stop the concealer from creasing (I obviously have been watching far too many makeup videos on YouTube lol) and I use the Coty Airspun Translucent Powder. I bought mine on Amazon and the reason why I bought it was because Jbunzie  and Tati (also YouTubers) spoke so highly of this powder so I was like why not try it. It's great, it mattifies my face pretty well and it makes my skin feels soft. The only downside to this product is, it is a loose powder so it's hard to put in a makeup bag for when I need to touch up but I hardly ever do that anyway so it doesn't bother me much. I powder my face using the same damped sponge from Real Techniques that I used for my base.

After I powder my face, I bronze my face with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in shade 4. They have two darker shades after 4 so it's a little better than the first two products I mentioned. I bought this Honey Bronzer because I heard so many good things about it so I decided to give it a try and honestly after powdering my face, I need a little colour so I don't look unnaturally pasty. I don't use blushers so I like that this bronzer warms up my face. It blends really well and the colour compliments my skin well. I just use a normal, cheap buffing brush I got from Primark to blend everything in.

Because I go for the very natural, minimal look, I never go overboard with anything and that includes highlighter. I like a soft, highlight because I do not want to look like I've been running a marathon. So I use the Sleek Face Contour & Highlighting kit in the shade medium. The highlighter in the Sleek kit is really soft and subtle which I really like, it gives a sort of glow from within. If I want to contour, I would use the contour shade in the same kit using the same brush as the bronzer. One brush for everything, quick and easy.

For my eyebrows, I don't really do much with it. Because I don't thread, shape or do anything with my eyebrows, I just brush them with a spoolie and lightly draw upwards with the Maybelline Master Shape in dark brown. My natural eyebrows are already thick so sometimes I just brush them and leave it at that. As for eye shadow, I use the same Honey Bronzer from Body Shop and use my finger to apply  on my crease to give my eyes a little colour. As for my lashes, I LOVE full, fluttery eyelashes and since mine are pretty long naturally, I'm not particularly fussy about mascara. I use an eyelash curler and apply the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara. This mascara is honestly not the greatest but I take most of the product off on a tissue before applying a thin layer on my lashes and like I mentioned, since my natural lashes are already long, it doesn't bother me if it doesn't give me much volume. It's not clumpy and it does the job so I'm not too fussy about it. However on days where I don't have to pray, I use a waterproof mascara, Miss Baby Roll Mascara from L'Oreal and that is a great mascara. It's a bit of a pain to get rid off but it's a great mascara. I might have to buy the normal version of it. 

Finally the lips. I love lipsticks the most, so on days where I don't wear makeup at all, I would at least apply some lipstick so that I wouldn't look so dead. I use quite a few lipsticks regularly and some of them are liquid lipsticks from Sleek in the shade Birthday Suit or Bittersweet, Rimmel The Only One Lipstick in the shade Naughty Nude, Maybelline Colour Sensational in Nude Mocha, Coffee Crazy mixed with Beige Babe, Sephora cream lip stain shade 01, Rimmel liquid lipsticks in Be My Baby or Moca and The Body Shop liquid lipstick in the shade Windsor Rose. If I wear a more nude brown lipstick, I use a lip liner I bought from Primark for a quid in the shade toffee and honestly this lipliner pairs wear with most of my brown nude lipsticks! And I love it. However fall is approaching and I might have to buy a few more shades to add to my collection. A girl can never have too many lipsticks ;)

So that's that guys. This was a longer post than I had intended to write but I wanted to write it as detail as possible as to why I like it and I figured this was something different than my usual post so I thought might as well, right? I hope whoever reads this post finds this somewhat informative? Entertaining? Helpful? I don't know but I hope you enjoyed reading this, whoever you may be. Oh, I almost forgot. Sometimes when I remember to do this step, I use the Makeup Revolution Setting Spray to set all that product in so it lasts longer through the day (until I have to take my wudhu/ablution then I don't bother with my face anymore. Lol). That's all I have for today so, until the next post - which will probably be about my skincare routine so stick around!

Thanks for reading.

x,
Haziqah. 


PRODUCTS MENTIONED
Soap & Glory Speed Plump All Day Super Moisture (£13)
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99)
The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream (£12)
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Honey (£7.99)
Coty Airspun Powder (Amazon)
Real Techniques Sponge (£4.99)
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer Shade 4 (£14)
Sleek Contour & Highlight Kit Face Powder shade medium (£6.99)
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil Dark Brown (£2.99)
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara (£8.99)
L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara (£7.99)
Sleek Matte Me Birthday Suit/Bittersweet (£4.99)
Rimmel The Only One Lipstick Naughty Nude (£6.99)
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick (£5.99)
The Body Shop Liquid Lipstick Windsor Rose (£6)
Maybelline Colour Sensational lipsticks (£6.99)
Sephora Cream Lip Stain (I bought this back in Malaysia and I believe it was RM 49)
Primark lipliner 'toffee' (£1)
Makeup Revolution Setting Spray (£5)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

First year down, two to go.




Hello, hello. Yes it is I. I am still here, still alive and I'm back again with a new post. First of all, how y'all doing? I hope everyone (if there is anyone) is doing great. I for one am not doing so bad, if I do say so myself. I'm just a little stunned at the fact that I have two weeks of uni left before I finish my first year. I started in September. Where did the time go? Honestly, I feel like the months went by just like that and I have no idea what I've done since September *insert laughing emoji here*.

That's not entirely true, I know what I've done but I feel like the course that I'm studying is so chilled and I don't know how I feel about it. It's like a love-hate relationship. I hope for my second year, which I'm starting in October (yes, I have 5 months break) will have more work… Did I just say that? Yes, yes I did. I really don't have a lot of exciting things to talk about in today's blog unfortunately, I just wanted to write a quick update to let you know that I am still here, and I think I'll always be here. Unless I die, then there's that.

I do want to talk about something I recently picked up an interest in but I want to do that in a different post because I think it's more appropriate. Oh yeah, there is something else I wanted to update on; I think I mentioned this before but I have another blog, it's meant to be for uni but even after uni finishes, I'm still going to keep it and update regularly (well, I'll try anyway) on it. And it's mostly about my work, any pieces of writing or poem or whatever that I have, I'll post it on there. I feel like it's a good platform for me to improve and we all have to start somewhere right?

I'd really appreciate it if you, whoever you are can take a look at it here and give some feedback or a productive criticism or even love on anything that I've posted. I accept it all unless if you're going to be a dick then I won't tolerate it. Even if it's THAT bad, let me know nicely because I am not a professional though I hope to be one day and that's why I'm doing this blogging thing, you know? I really don't have anything else so I guess that's all I have for today then.

x, Haziqah.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Him.

catharsis, n.  
"I took it out on the wall.  
I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. YOU FUCKER, I LOVE YOU."

The Lover's Dictionary, David Levithan. 




Monday, 2 January 2017

A fresh start.

Image from here.

Strange as it seems, it's already 2017. I know, it's been so long since I last updated this blog.. or any blogs that I have actually. I have no specific reasons as to why I haven't been writing, I just didn't feel like it. Oh, by the way, Happy New Year! A lot has happened since I last updated and I wish I could say that all of it was exciting, adventurous stuff but I can't. But I'll tell you about all the good and blessed things that took place in 2016.

First of, I moved back to London… which I assume some of you who follow me on my social medias you would already know (… and she writes as if she's a celebrity). The day I found out I was moving back to London, I didn't know what to feel. I always thought that if I were ever to move back, I would be the happiest person on Earth because I always thought London was home but when I found out, I literally bawled. Like an infant. For someone who has never had a proper place to call home, no real friendships that last for years, I finally found what I can call home in Malaysia. It's true what they say, home is not a place but rather a person.. or a feeling. It's kind of sad if you think about it but sometimes in order to be a better person or have a better life, you need to make sacrifices. 

On the brighter side though, I have the chance to do my degree in London. For those who are wondering what course I am majoring in, it is Creative Writing and Journalism. I actually applied for a different course but time wasn't on my side back then so I just went with what I was offered. I was pretty happy anyway because at least I'll finally be studying on how to become an actual writer. I wasn't so keen on the journalism part, particularly because I have never wanted to become a journalist or even thought about having to do anything with journalism but hey, life works in mysterious ways and sometimes it's for the best. Who knows I might be the world's best journalist one day (not really but a girl can dream).

Though leaving home was hard, London has and will always be a part of me so all in all, I was or am content with this journey that I am currently on. So, unto a more sad story; I don't know why but it seems like every year, I will always fall out with someone. Sometimes more than one person and it is really sad because you thought - you hoped - that those people will always be in your life forever but you thought wrong. A new year's post for 2016, I wrote about spending time with two best people that I've ever known but as time goes by those same people somehow abandoned (?) no, abandon is too strong.. I would say forgotten me within one year and the funniest thing was, I always thought that they out of all the people in the world would never do such a thing but I guess I was wrong. I'm not going to lie, at first it felt like hell. Being slowly forgotten and then as the year proceed, more and more I was completely out of the picture. But that's the thing that hurt the most, it was just me. They still seem to be getting along just fine with each other; it was just me that they left behind.

Sometimes I wonder if somehow it was my fault, but every time I look back at it, I don't know what I did wrong. I am not writing this out of self pity, or that I want anyone to feel sorry for me but it has been a while since I last wrote anything in my blog so why not? From time to time, I endured the pain and thought to myself you know what? It's fine. Maybe they were all just busy and I mean I can't really blame them because everyone has a life of their own, so I let things go. But as the year goes by, the pain was just too much for me so I really decided to let them go. I mean it hurts seeing them together laughing and joking when I used to be in the picture.. It hurts seeing them act like nothing was wrong when they, out of all the people should know me and how I really am but I guess that's just it. Maybe in those three years of being "best friends", they never really knew me at all. Sometimes when I think back of all the things we went through, of all the times that I was there for them when no one else was, times when I was the only person who believed in them when no one did, was all those time and love worth it? Till this day, I'm still trying to figure it out if I'm honest.

I'm not one to bring things up, but I just wonder if it was worth; if they were worth it. Three years, a lot happened in those three years. For every birthdays, I always thought of how to make them happy. For every problem, I was always there to listen and carry the burden with them because that's what friends do. And funnily enough, I thought they were my friends too but jokes on me, huh? It took me a lot of courage to let them go because even though it was just a short period of time, for someone like me who constantly move around a lot, who constantly needs to make new friends, I really loved them. There isn't anything that I wouldn't do for a friend. But I guess, Allah has better plans for me, for them and it's all been written down so there's no use to linger or stress over it. Whatever that happened was for the best and what's important right now is to keep moving forward and never look back.

On a more happier note though, old friendships rekindled, I am still in love with the same person, I started wearing the hijab and got myself closer to my creator, my Lord, my family is healthy and alive, and as am I. 2016 has been a year full of surprises and lessons - as all the previous years was - and overall, it was a damn good year. I am excited of what 2017 is going to bring to the table but whatever it is, I am ready. So my new year's resolution is this:
1) To become a better daughter, for my parents because they deserved nothing but the best.
2) To become a diligent, honoured student and prove to myself that I can do it.
3) To become a better lover, for my beloved; for he is ever so patient and kind and loving to me.
4) To become a better Muslim.
And last but not least, 5) to become a better person in general.

And here is to you, whatever it is that troubled you in 2016, leave it there. Whatever and whoever that made you unhappy, let them go no matter how hard it is. I promise you, better things are ahead. It's the new year and you have 363 days to create memories, go on adventures, discover new things, love more people and be happy. Even on days when you feel like the world is against you, just smile and count your blessings because there are others in this world that wish they have your life. If you are a Muslim, say alhamdulillah everyday because you are alive and if that's not enough to be happy about then I don't know what is.

Have a magical year ahead.

Love,
Haziqah. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Seven months later.


Hello, to anyone who's reading. Honestly, my blog is pretty much dead probably because I tend to update it once every few months or maybe even twice a year. I don't know why I still have this blog if I'm completely honest, I mean I rarely update it and I doubt anyone still reads it but nevertheless, I can't seem to get rid of it. I've had this blog for 6 years, and I think I'll keep it for 6 more. Maybe even longer. Hehe.

Anyway, it's July now. My favourite month of the year (I wonder why, *hint hint*) and I would like to wish every Muslim in the world, happiest Eid Mubarak! I started writing a new post prior to this one wanting to wish everyone a happy Ramadhan but meh, that post stay buried in my drafts for months. I have to admit, I haven't exactly written anything for almost a year. Not even in my journals. Yes, plural because I have more than one journal to write in. Why? I have no idea, I guess I just like books in general. So bare with me if there are any grammar errors, spelling mistakes or  even if it just doesn't make sense. It's currently 2.30 a.m. as I'm writing this and I'm supposed to be finishing off my work but hey, everyone needs a little break right? So, my last post was in January and let me tell you one thing, time sure flies faster than lightning. One day everyone's wishing each other "Happy New Year!" the next thing you know it's July. Amazes me. But anyway, I hope 2016 has been treating you well, whoever you may be.

I, on the other hand, have literally taken almost a year off doing absolutely nothing. Well, I wouldn't really say nothing, because a lot of things happened for the past 7 months but I haven't exactly been doing anything adventurous, or spontaneous either. This year has been kind of dull, but amazing at the same time. What's dull is probably because I've finished college and most of the people whom I thought were my "forever people" kind of forgotten about me. It's fine, I guess. Life happened and everyone's gone their separate ways. But if you ask me, if I was important to them as they were to me, we would've still been on our bombastic, unforgetable adventures together. Alas, everything has an expiration date and I guess our friendship had one too. Kind of sad, really but at some point in life you kind of get used to it and you just think to yourself, "you know what? If I matter, I shouldn't have to chase anyone to be in their life". And so that's what I did, I stopped chasing after those who no longer wish to be in my life. I do wish them well though, to anyone who fell out with me (or if I fell out with you); I wish you well and healthy and happy. 

What's amazing about my 2016 thus far is probably because of, of course, my family. Without them, I am nothing and I wouldn't even be here. Another person who I feel really blessed to have in my life is the man in this photograph. Now, before you cringe, I would just like to say this, I am just very, genuinely, extremely grateful for this man's existence and presence in my life. I am grateful for his patience, his kindness, his warmth and of course his love. Nothing is for certain but I sure pray to the Almighty that he is. I wrote once about loving someone just because they exist and there's no other better reason to love someone than that; well this man is it. Despite all the arguments and cusses, I am more than content, I am happy. 

Another year will soon pass and I pray to Him that this guy will still be around for next year. Hopefully for many more years to come. We can only plan but He is the one who decides and makes it happen, for His plans are far greater than ours. But we musn't lose hope and faith in Him, and we must always put our heads on the ground and talk to him and to thank Him for everything that He has given us in this life. He is here with us, He listens. He will never fail you and I am lucky to have Him as my Lord. 

Moving on, I guess I don't really have much to write in this post. There are a few things that I would like to write about, mostly of what's happening around the world but I'm afraid that I might be pushing the wrong button or pull the wrong trigger, so I don't think I'll even go there. I'd much rather have my blog like this; quiet and peaceful with just a few people reading it. Actually, I'm lucky to even have anyone reading this dusty old blog. Haha. I guess that concludes my post for tonight then. I should get back to my work now. I'm sorry if it's uninteresting, my next post will be better, I promise. Till then, x.