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Friday, 12 January 2018

A Song For You: Untitled, 2014 - Kwon Jiyong (G-Dragon)

When it comes to music, I don't have a preferred genre. I listen to pretty much every genre and yes, even the heavy metal, hardcore music where you can't really understand the lyrics because they are basically just screaming. No hate there, I used to actually enjoy it. These days though, it's just not my cup of tea anymore. If there is a favourite, I would say acoustic, maybe? I do love me a good R'n'B but nothing beats the sound of an instrument accompanied by a heavenly voice.

This is going to be a rather short post, but I wanted to write and share it with you anyways. As you know, I am a fan of anything Korean. Fashion, beauty, dramas, music. I was thinking of making this 'A Song For You' as a sort of 'series' (I guess is what you can call it?) where I update my current favourite songs from time to time.

As you can probably tell from the title, it is a song by G-Dragon. If you don't know who he is, he is a Korean rapper/singer/producer/songwriter and leader of a KPOP idol group, BigBang. They're pretty famous actually. A little back story, I never used to like KPOP, let alone enjoy it. I've always known who BigBang was but never got into it and this was circa 2007, 2008? My brother however was obsessed with them. Dare I say he even fangirled over G-Dragon.

Now though, I bloody love it even though I'm a decade too late. As much as I love BTOB, BigBang has slowly sneak their way inside my heart for the past couple of weeks.  Especially a beautiful man, who goes by G-Dragon. I'm sort of catching up with all the years I missed out on but 12 years seems a little bit too much so I decided to focus on recent years.

He released a solo album and one of the tracks, titled 'Untitled, 2014' (ironic huh?) and it just gets to me. It's all I've been listening to and I just wanted to share it with you, hoping that you'll love it as much as I do.

Monday, 8 January 2018

My Skincare Regime

Two words: hydration and moisture.

When it comes to skincare, I like to give it a fair shot before I give my opinions about it. I would say I am a skincare junkie - I might even have a bit of a problem if I'm completely honest but let's just pretend that everything is fine. A few months back, I mentioned that I was going to write a skincare routine but never got round to it. Well you're in for a treat because in today's post I will walk you through with the products that I use on an everyday basis for my face.

Drinking a lot of water and getting a good 8 hours of sleep as well as taking care of your diet and lifestyle plays a big role to having smooth porcelain skin but skincare plays a big role in it too. I am not much of a health freak (I should really exercise more if I'm honest) but I do drink a lot of water  daily and I attempt to get more than a couple of hours sleep. My skin really isn't that bad - I rarely get any blemishes and there aren't any visible scars but hey, nothing lasts forever so it's better to be safe than sorry, right?

Before I start, I'd like to make a quick note that I only have 6 steps that I take every single day/night. Okay sometimes I use the Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Mist just to refresh my face but that doesn't count, right? And these steps doesn't include any exfoliating and masking - maybe I'll write that in a different post. It's not all that crazy, right? *laughs nervously* Okay, okay.. so maybe it's a little excessive but I personally think it's really calming. I enjoy slathering my face with an abundance of moisture and hydration. I used to never have a skincare routine, it was just a facial cleanser and moisturiser and that was it but as time goes by, I wanted to try something new and here we are now.

1. CLEANSER. This is a must for me, I can never go a day with just splashing water on my face. I don't care how late or tired I am - I must at the very least cleanse my face and for the past few months, I've really been enjoying the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I've mentioned this in my Glossier Favourites but it is just a soothing, gentle face wash. It doesn't burn or sting my skin and its consistency is as the name suggests, a jelly. It smells of faint roses and I love how soft and clean my face feels after each wash. I'm even on my second bottle now!

2. TONER. The second step of my routine is toning - I used to use a toner but then I stopped and I revisited that road and now I cannot live without it. I use the Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner and it's brilliant! Especially for my skin where I get oily on my nose and forehead and dry on the perimeters of my face. I find that it doesn't clog up any pores and controls the oil but doesn't dry my skin which is all I ever want in a product.

3. ESSENCE. Now this next step I've only recently added to my routine because 1) the more the better, duh! and 2) we all know the crazy 10 steps Korean skincare routine that recently caught everyone's attention, so I had to try it for myself. After toning, I apply an essence and I use the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence. I call it, 'pre-moisturising' because it's lighter than an actual moisturiser and it just adds another layer of hydration which hey, no complaints there.

4. MOISTURISER. Need I say more? I use the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream as my night moisturiser because I like a heavier cream based consistency at night, so when I wake up in the morning my skin feels extra soft and hydrated. I am a little extra when it comes to moisturising so for day time use, I use my Chanel Hydra Gel Creme. Not much to say about it really - I prefer a gel based moisturiser for day time use because it won't be as oily and heavy on my skin but still gives hydration and nourishment for my skin. The only downside to this is it is VERY bloody expensive. You can definitely use a different moisturiser and it'll work just fine, I just find that this one works really well for me.

5. EYE SERUM. Just like the essence, I never used to use any eye serums or eye creams but seeing as how I am always on my laptop/phone/iPad and my usual bed time is past midnight (facepalms), I had to give my eyes the extra love that it deserves. My mum actually got this as a part of a gift set but she is pretty loyal to Estee Lauder so she gave this next product to me. The L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Eyes Ultimate Youth Cream is a great way to give some life back to my dead, raccoon  looking eyes. Again, say it with me - it is hydrating and very light under the eyes. The only downside of this product is IT. IS. SO. BLOODY. EXPENSIVE. Will I purchase it for myself once I'm on my last drop? I guess we'll have to see.

6. EYE CREAM. The final step to my skincare routine is eye cream. As mentioned in my Sunday Splurge post (which by the way is one of my popular post, so thank you!), I use the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and again it's ahmazing! Ever since I started using it, my dark circles are less visible and it's so creamy and moisturising. One of the best thing I purchased in 2017! And, I use this religiously but I still have a lot of it left. A little really does go a long way with this product. Bloody love it.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Ready For Another Year

New adventures awaits us! Let's make everyday count, you lot!

By the time you read this, it would have already been the 1st of January 2018 and I just had to write the obligatory 'New Year's' post. Before I start though, I do apologise for being MIA for the past few weeks. If you must know, I have been lounging in my bed with countless amount of paracetamols and cough syrups, feeling absolutely sorry for myself.

I wanted to post something but I was just not feeling particularly well and quite honestly not myself. I feel much better now, though still battling with the cough and flu but nothing can stop me from writing about the things that I've achieve in 2017 and what I hope to achieve in 2018. 

This is going to be a fairly long post so bare with me. A lot of things happened in 2017 and we cannot deny that it went by so fast. I feel like I blinked and here I am writing this on the very last day of 2017. Out of the many events that happened, the first thing that I can proudly say I've achieved this year is that I managed to get through my first year - halfway through my second now! - of uni without any problems. Though my results for first year wasn't as great as I wanted it to be, I'm just glad I didn't fail anything. I can also proudly say that I am still working at the same place with the same people. There was many times where I really wanted to quit but I preserved and I'm glad I did. I learned so much from working at a hotel and in the marketing department, though it can be very tiring both mentally and physically, I'm grateful for the job anyway.

Another thing that I'm kind of proud of myself which I don't think this is an achievement to anyone but it is to me and that is I've been *attempting* to wear makeup - if you can probably tell, this year. I used to be one of those girls who find makeup a bother -  I still think it is on days where I have to take my wudhu - but I quite enjoy it now. Though I was greedy at the start of the year but I think I'm over that phase now. I found products that work well for me so hopefully for the coming year, I won't spend anymore unless I am completely out of it.

I'd like to think my biggest achievement for 2017 was that I became a more positive person. There were so many times that I fell, constantly losing battles against myself but I got back up and thought to myself that there are so many people out there who have far less than I. So many people who wish they could have a quarter of the things that I have and just like that, I think more positively about everything. It's not easy though but I do wish to keep this up for years and years to come - if I make it that far.

As a whole, that pretty much summed up the things that I was proud of in the year 2017. Though I can ramble on and on about specific memories, I don't think there is anything else is worth mentioning if I'm honest so I'm going to quickly write about the things I hope to achieve in 2018. 

The first thing I would love to achieve in 2018 is to help as many people as I possibly can. And this isn't just something that is for the new year but is something that I, we should do every day. There has been so many devastating news of nature, suffering, political issues and differences everywhere, I thought why not give all that I can and to the best of my abilities to help those in need? It may not change the world, but it may make a difference in one's life. I don't know who said or wrote this but there is this quote that goes, "The world is full of good people. If you can't find one, be one" and I just try to live by my life like that, every day. 

I would also like to make a difference. This is quite vast, as I'm not sure yet what kind of difference I would like to make but I hope when I do, I will do it for myself and it will be for the better. 

I'd also like to bloody read more books. For someone who calls herself an aspiring writer, I don't read as many books as you think I would. For starters though, I'd really like to start and finish A Thousand Splendid Suns. 

Spend less money on things I absolutely do not need. Now this may be a hard one but I have come to a conclusion that I'm not getting any younger (I'm turning 22 in July! Bloody hell) and I need to save up. This will be my biggest challenge yet but hey, if other people can do it, so can I. And so I shall!

Another thing that I really want to improve on is my iman (faith) because lately I've been feeling pretty weak, which I feel absolutely horrible about. Yes, I am well aware that this isn't something you can just achieve within a few weeks or maybe throughout the whole year, but I thought I'd just put it out there. It's just something that I struggle with everyday - most days I win, other days unfortunately, as strong as I may perceive, I am defeated.

I would also like to invest more on this blog. Maybe pick a better layout? Maybe post more than once a week? Maybe start an open discussion on a specific topic? I don't know what it is yet but I'll figure it out in time. But hey, if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment something down below. 

And lastly, I would very much like to live my year (and everyday for the rest of my life for that matter) with no regrets and focus on the positive things, even on bad days; especially on bad days. I mean you never know when your last day is going to be so it's best to just live happily. New adventures are ahead and I am quite ready for it.

I guess that is all that I have for now but hopefully in time I'll know better of what to do. I'd also like to thank you for sticking with me this far. I don't know how I still have people reading my blog (it might be the fact that I literally post a link to my blog everywhere) but thank you for being here anyway. And I hope that you'll be good to yourself throughout the whole year and to remind yourself  that whenever you find yourself feeling weak and vulnerable, you'll be okay. Just keep moving forward. I promise you better days are ahead.

Happy New Year!

With love,

Friday, 8 December 2017

Five Lessons I Learned In November

Wait... It's December already?!

I can't believe we're almost at the end of the year again! I sometimes feel like a broken record when I'm in front of the screen typing away at the fact that we'll soon be bidding 2017 goodbye. It's quite scary though isn't it? How fast the time is moving, and so many has happened too. Just a side note, I did plan to update this post before I posted My Glossier Favourites but I thought I'd just get that one out of the way first.

I read Anna's blog (no surprise there - I am such a fan girl, she's such an inspiration!) and she wrote a Five Highlights From The Month of November so I thought why not write something similar? I have quite a number of things I'd like to share with you, hoping that you'll gain something from this post too as I have of the past month.

Speak up because not everyone works the same way as you do, and that's okay. What's not okay though is to let others take advantage of you especially when you've been nothing but kind and understanding to them. It's not wrong to voice out something that doesn't seem right; I mean how else are you going to solve it if you don't know what the problems are?

Being patient is key, especially when you're working with other people. Again, everyone works differently than we do; sometimes their pace is slower than us, sometimes it's faster. When these things happen, we have to be patient. What's important is communicating with the people around you and it will all work out in the end, you'll see. Good things come to those who wait, because trust me; I KNOW. *Pats myself at the back*

While this may be harder to do (at least for me but I'm trying!) but saving up from what you earn is such a satisfaction. Ever since I started working, I've been able to buy things *exhibit A: Glossier... makeup...  food... SKINCARE *face palms** for myself and also for my family - but putting all that unhealthy and unnecessary splurge aside, I do have my savings and it makes me feel pretty good about myself. I feel like I'm a secure and responsible adult. Ha!

Offer a helping hand or words of encouragement because you never know who is in need of it. I don't know about you, but my day instantly gets better after helping someone out and after I posted 5 Ways To Keep Moving Forward On A Bad Day, three friends of mine messaged me and told me that they needed to read, see or heard what I wrote (which by the way made me THE happiest person alive and  I cried *actual* tears.) It genuinely makes me happy every time someone tells me that they enjoy  and/or feel good reading the contents that I publish on this world wide web.

And of course I started actual blogging this time. I've been reading a lot of other blogs to get some inspiration and a very dear friend of mine, Martine - other than the lovely Anna - actually got me into wanting to blog, for real this time. Though I still wouldn't call myself an actual blogger but it's still fun and I've got to say, I'm really enjoying it. I still haven't got to that stage where I'd pay for a custom domain and a nicer template yet but I'll settle for what I have for now.

Photos by: Sarah Haque