June 24, 2016

Choosing the Right Perfume

I have always been a fan of anything scented since I was a little kid. When I was younger, I was obsessed with scented soaps then, I used to just hold the soap under running water until the soap disappeared slowly in my hands. I was very amused and continued doing that until Mom found out and Mom changed from soap to liquid body shower in my bathroom. I eventually got over that phase after I found out that perfumes and body sprays exist. After exploring Mom's vanity table, I started to secretly spray Mom's Dior every time after I shower. But when Mom was confused why her perfume ran out so fast, I just kept quiet and gave her the innocent "how should I know" look. *Hi Mom. I know you're reading this and I'm sorry hehe*

After all those years, I am still pretty much obsessed with scents. Be it candles, body lotions, sanitizers, wet tissues or perfumes. You name it. As long as it smells good to my nose, I love it. I collect perfumes and body mists and wear different scents according to my outfits and my mood. Sometimes I go for sweet scents, sometimes I go for fruity scents. But most of the part I will go for the latter because there's just something about fruity scents that appeal to me. It's more "me", if you know what I mean.

Because of my obsession towards scents, I am always on the look out for new body sprays and perfumes. I have a tray full of different perfumes in my room. Sometimes I buy the perfume for the scent which is normal but you know, these days perfume packaging are so adorable that I can't resist buying even if the scent isn't my cup of tea. As long as the bottle looks nice in my perfume collection, that's good enough for me. This habit is bad, I know. Perfumes can be pricey and it's not good that I buy for the purposed of having the pretty bottles on my vanity table instead of actually putting the perfume to use. Note to self : I need to stop buying pretty perfumes!

Being a fan of perfumes, with my wedding coming soon, of course I want to add  a perfume set on my dulang hantaran. It's like, a no brainer. I am still on the look out for the right perfume. So far I've seen pretty bottles but decided against it because I know not to make a decision based on the packaging. I also came across some pretty nice scents but the bottles just don't make the cut to be on my dulang! I need a nice bottle and a nice scent that screams ME! I thought I wanted to go back to one of my favorite scents but I feel like, this is a special occasion, so of course I want to try a different brand, a different smell. But here are some of my favorite scents that I've grown to love over the past few years :


Taylor Swift Wonderstruck



This perfume is soooooooo sweet, I can almost taste the sweetness in my mouth. When I first bought this bottle, it was because I love Tay Tay and being typical fan girl that I am, of course I bought her perfume! I actually bought it without smelling it first. That's how obsessed I am with Taylor. Hehe. When I got home, I smelled the perfume and the rest is history. It's safe to say that I might like the perfume more than Taylor Swift, that's how much I love the scent!


Viva La Juicy


This is another purchase that I made not because of the scent at first. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you'd know how much I love Juicy Couture. I actually felt lost when Juicy Couture shut its doors in Malaysia a couple of years ago. It was such a sad m  oment for me! That was the reason why I bought my first bottle of Viva La Juicy. The scent was too strong for my liking but then I guess the scent grew on me because I started to like the scent more and more every time I wear it. Now I'm on my third bottle already but because of the strong scent, I often choose to wear it when I have dinners or events that suit the strong scent.  

Victoria Secret Pure Seduction

This is my signature scent. Like, if you are around me a lot, you would know that Pure Seduction is so "Ayeen". My family and friends already recognize this scent. There was this one morning, I came to the office earlier than usual. I went into the office and went straight to my desk. As I was doing my work, the cleaner came up to me and said "Adik, kalau adik datang saya sudah tahu sebab bau adik ini sangat manis" (Translation : I know it was you when you came in because of your sweet smell). See how this scent has become a part of me? Haha.

Because I know these three are always in my collection, I want something different on my hantaran. Which is why I couldn't and haven't decide what perfume I want to choose. However, I just thought of sharing a few tips before you decide to buy a perfume.


I didn’t know there’re something about fragrance that is called perfume terminology – something useful to determine types of perfume such as absolutes, note, eau de cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and perfume. In fact there is other terminology to describe scent families. For women there are citrus, fresh, floral, oriental, sweet, wood and spice. Perfumes for men include those and other masculine scents like leather, musk and mosses. This is where I noticed in which category of the scent families am I always attracted to and this has helped me to save a lot of time at the store by eliminating perfumes within the scent families I don't like.

A friend of mine told me to keep a few different perfumes from different fragrance families. To be honest it is kind of fun to switch up my signature scent according to different time of season, occasion or even my mood. For example, sweet floral during the daytime and something spicy at night for a dinner date.This is where my Viva La Juicy came in. Since the scent is stronger for my liking, I always opted that scent when I have dinners or events at night.

Perfumes do react differently depending on who is wearing it because of our unique body chemistry. Before you get a new bottle try to spray it on a card first and smell it again after a few minutes. If you are okay with the smell then spray it on your skin to be sure. Plus you need to take your skin type into account because it can effect on how long it will last. Not just that, it is very important for you to know that the scent of your perfume does speak for you personality. So you might want to get the latest selection of perfume online that shows of your style, taste and personality.

Here are some recommendations :







Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Orange Flower and Lychee Fragrant Body Spray, L’eau D’hiver Editions de Parfums  Frederic Malle, Atelier Cologne Oolang Infiniti Cologne Absolue.








Tom Ford Café Rose Eau de Parfum, Byredo Black Saffron Eau de Parfum










Les Exclusifs de Chanel Bel Respiro, Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne



What is your favorite scent? Share with me and I might choose your favorite scent to be on my dulang.
Help a girl out because I really am spoiled with choices. There are too many choices and I'm getting confused which suits me the most!

October 15, 2015

#8HoursofLux Bold & Beautiful Campaign


Do you know how annoying it is when you found a shower gel that smells so good and you bought it hoping you’d smell so good throughout the whole day but the fragrance just don’t last? Some shower gels can’t even last a couple hours. Being a fragrance addict that I am, I’ve experienced this a lot. I always tend to purchase good smelling things only to find out that I have to shower at least 5 times a day to make the smell lasts all day.

That is why when I was invited to this campaign by Lux, I was thrilled and curious. It is said that the long lasting fine fragrance from Lux can last for up to 8 hours. I was of course, doubting the truth behind that statement. And so.. I RSVP-ed to the invitation, wanting to know more about this long lasting fine fragrance that is Magical Spell.

“8 hours?”
“Yeah right”, I told myself.

I admit, I was being skeptical about it. Well, don’t blame me. Blame the thousands of shower gel bottles I’ve tried but was never satisfied.

Since (and I quote) the Lux Magical Spell can lasts up to 8 hours, the campaign is scheduled for 8 full hours. From 10am to 6pm, which was pretty shocking to me. Usually the events I was invited to will end in no more than 2 and a half hours, max. But now, 8 hours? Wow, Lux really wants to prove me wrong, I thought to myself. Hehe.

 
  
I arrived at the venue in Sunway Damansara sharp at 10am. I wanted to be there earlier but you know us girls (or is it just me? Just me? Yeah okay….). My right wing eyeliner was not streaked the same angle as the left. So…. Yeah. There goes my 10 minutes.


Anyway, I knew Sabrina Tajuddin was coming to this event as well. So we texted each other saying that we should meet up at the entrance so we can go in together. When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendliest people. We were also offered drinks while waiting for the rest of the media to arrive. While waiting, I had the chance to meet the other 6 bloggers who were participating in the make over by Lux. Aside from Sabrina, I met Charis, Sarah, Chenelle, Shea, Namee and Cik Epal.


The event started with the host welcoming the guests, talked a little bit about Lux and Magical Spell, followed by speeches by Chong Yen Nee, Category Head Senior Brand Manager, Total Skin, Unilever Malaysia Holdings Sdn Bhd.  as well as the special celebrity guest, Juliana Evans.

 
The objective of this campaign is to inspire women all over the world to be bold and beautiful by stepping out of their comfort zone but still feel confident with themselves. With Lux Magical Spell, which contains powerful fragrance of black orchid, juniper oil and a blend of dark woods, golden amber and vanilla bean, the fragrance can provoke the boldness and bring out the sensual confidence in a woman.




All guests were then invited over to the fragrance corner where we can experience the long lasting fine fragrance that is Lux Magical Spell right there and then. I couldn’t miss the opportunity so I went to the fragrance corner and tried it on, with the help of Lux R&D team of course! After she exfoliated my hand with the cute purple loofah, I straight away put my hand to my nose so I can smell it.

Mmmm, yes. It smells gooood.





BUT!

Yes, there’s a but. I was still doubting its ability to lasts up to 8 hours! So let’s just wait till this event ends and I can smell my hands again, then we can jump to a conclusion, alright? *smirks*

After lunch, all the media went back while the remaining 8 bloggers stay for the make over. We were all so anxious because we didn’t know what to expect from the make over.

What if I didn’t like it? *gasp*

The make up team from SUB International School of Beauty and Make-Up was all ready at the vanity tables, waiting for us. Once seated, I realized the lack of mirror presence. Yeap, there’s no mirror at all! Well, except the full-length mirror I saw stationed in the middle of the changing rooms. But even that mirror was covered with cloth over it. Dang, these people really meant it when they said “you are not allowed to see yourselves during the makeover”. Even our phones were taken away in a box! *cries* All of us were looking at each other when they took our phones away. Confusion and devastation were plastered all of our faces! But the team said that they don’t want us to take selfies of ourselves or take a peek at our make up and outfit before they reveal our full make over in front of the full-length mirror (yes, the mirror I saw earlier). I guess that’s the only mirror in the whole room.


Each one of us was styled with the help of fashion stylist, Min Luna alongside Juliana Evans. All the outfits chosen for us were all from ZALORA, which was pretty exciting. I mean, ZALORA is a reputable online brand and everyone knows that. Not only that, now they have their own store in Mitsui Outlet in Sepang. Impressive, I must say!

After our make up, we changed into the outfits chosen for us. I know what the outfit looks like (Juliana and Min explained to us on what our make-up should be and how our outfits should look like at the beginning of the makeover) but I had no idea if it'll look good on me. Not to mention, my make up! Oh no, what if I didn’t like the make up? Everything was recorded from start to finish. So I was pretty nervous on how to react in front of the mirror when they finally reveal my whole look.  Long story short, I did not run away. Nor did I faint after looking at myself in the mirror. Instead, I was honestly shocked. I couldn’t even recognize myself! The color combination of the outfit and the heavy eye shadows were not something I would choose to wear. However, I definitely feel confident with the bolder look I was donning! I really liked how it turned out, honestly speaking. Stepping out of my comfort zone never felt so good!


BEFORE


AFTER

I mean, I can't believe my eyes. I looked so different!
So here's a better picture of me before and after side by side so you guys can see how different I looked after the make over!


 All of us were treated for a glamorous photo shoot after they revealed everyone’s makeovers. There was also a surprise where they would choose one winner who stands out and portrays confidence with the new look.

Whatdayaknow?

I was the winner!!!! SCREAMS!!!!



I didn’t expect it, honestly but it sure felt good to be on that stage as the winner for this bold and beautiful campaign.

As for the prize, I got to keep all the ZALORA pieces that were on me. How awesome is that?! Thank you ZALORA.

Now I am excited to see how the whole thing once it’s produced!

By the way, when the event ended at 7pm, Charis and I excitedly smelled our hands to see if the Magical Spell’s fragrance is still there. Yeap, the smell was still there, as if we just washed our hands with it only 5 minutes ago. Lux Magical Spell truly has the long lasting fine fragrance that lasts for up to 8 hours!

Finally, a shower gel that lasts!! JACKPOT!!!


To experience a luxurious shower, follow these three steps:

Step #1 - Lux
Wet the loofahs in the shower and pour a little Lux Magical Spell on the loofah.

Step #2 - Loofah
Gently massage the loofah to work into a rich, luxurious lather and enjoy the intense and alluring fragrance of Lux Magical Spell.

Step #3 - Lather
Massage all over your body to let the luxurious lather and its enchanting fragrance embrace your skin and sense!


Lux Magical Spell is available at all hypermarkets, supermarkets, pharmacies and trade outlets.

 
RM17.90 / 950 ml


 
RM6.00 / 220ml

While the refill pack is priced at RM8.90 / 600ml.

The campaign really made me realized that no matter what you choose to wear,  it’s your confidence that matters the most.



I was asked at the event to explain what being bold and beautiful means to me. Without hesitation, I said:

“Being bold and beautiful to me is being able to feel confident with who you are and what you choose to wear. It’s about being able to do that without thinking of other people’s judgments. It’s all about being true to yourself, loving yourself for it and showing to the world that you are confident and comfortable being in your own skin.”

What do you think? What does being bold and beautiful mean to you?
Let me know!

July 3, 2015

What's In My Bag Eid 2015 | #RayaCantikBergaya


Take a peep on what I have in my bag this Raya/Eid! 



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June 30, 2015

Skin Care Routine ft. Hermosa by Belinda | Ayeen Kadir

Almost a couple of months ago, I was approached by a skin care brand called Hermosa by Belinda. Frankly speaking, I had never heard of this brand at that time. So I did some research about the brand and found out that it's a local (Malaysian) brand. I was impressed with the range of products that they have and wanted to know more about the brand. I arranged a meeting with the person who contacted me.

From what I heard from Syaf, the girl whom I met from Hermosa, this brand was actually founded by a Malay lady called Belinda. The reason behind the birth of Hermosa by Belinda is the founder, Belinda, had a problem where she and her family had sensitive skin and no products work perfectly for their skin. Taking that as a motivation, Belinda started to find nature ingredients to make her own skin care products that can work with sensitive skins like hers and her family's.


It all started from there and now she has her own brand, products that her whole family can use as well as other people. It's very inspiring hearing her story and how it all began.

I agreed to try a few of Hermosa's products and it wasn't an easy "yes" for me as I have very sensitive skin. I always have to choose carefully when it comes to skin care products whether when I'm buying or when I'm reviewing. I won't simply agree to review skin care products but this one, I couldn't say no to. How could I when the products are so promising?



I started a new skin care routine with these products a week ago and so far it's been nothing but great! My skin feels fresher ever since I started using Hermosa but of course all the pimples and pores are still here on my face. I am just going to continue using Hermosa for another couple of weeks to really know what it can do to my skin.  In the meantime, let me introduce you girls (and guys?) to the products I'm using.


Bright Complexion Soap (RM59.00) - They're having sales & it's RM49.00 NOW!!


The first thing I noticed about this soap is the scent. It smells so good, I just want to have it on my face all the time. Lol but of course I need to wash away all the foam after cleansing my face with it. However, I put the soap on a tray on my sink and it makes my whole bathroom smells nice. Hehe.



Whitening Toner (RM59.00)


What I like the most about this toner is the pump as the lid of the bottle. Usually toners will come with bottles that have holes on them where you have to pour a little on a cotton pad and apply on your face. But with this toner by Hermosa, I can just spray it on my face and let it sink in my skin for about 2-3 minutes before applying my moisturizer.


Make Up Removing Water (RM150.00) - They're having sale & this product is only RM129.00 NOW!


I cannot emphasize enough how much I hate oil based make up removers. I know the oil is supposed to be better to remove the make up off my face but I just can't stand the feeling of having oil on my eye lids and the rest of my face too. So when Syaf told me their make up remover is water based, I practically jumped because I was too excited to try it. I even made a whole video showing how I remove my make up with this Make Up Removing Water. You can watch it here.


Mongolian Pink Salt Body Scrub (RM49.00)


This product had me at "Pink". Hehe. I think everyone knows how I love anything pink. A pink body scrub? Heck yes! The scent of this is very rosy and florally. I haven't tried this one yet but am planning to pamper myself this weekend with this body scrub.


I will definitely update you guys with how these skin care products work with my skin in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you guys are interested to know more about Hermosa, you can click on these links :

Instagram : @hermosabybelinda




June 15, 2015

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June 12, 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW : SHU UEMURA skin:FIT Foundation

All my life, I have been searching for the perfect foundation. When I say “perfect”, in my mind, I think of lightweight, not thick but is capable of giving me the best coverage as my face is (like it or not) flawed.  I have blemishes, pimples and the areas under my eyes are just…. horrible.

So far, I have found one that is almost perfect and it’s the Covergirl foundation that I always use in my make up tutorial. However, sometimes it gets cake-y under Malaysian’s weather. It’s not too thick but it tends to feel thick on my face when it gets hot outside. And if you live or have been to Malaysia, then you would know how hot it gets here. Because of this, I stopped wearing that Covergirl foundation because it gets uncomfortable after awhile. My face will feel like I slathered layers and layers of make up and my skin will get so oily to the extent that I would need 2 blotting papers to blot all the oil away from my face. Therefore, I have stuck to just concealer for my under eyes and compact powder all over my face. I can’t stand the cake-y-ness I feel if I have foundation everyday. I’ll resort to foundations only if I know I’ll be indoors the whole day and/or if I’m going to events-indoors, of course!

When Shu Uemura extended an invitation to me for their skin:FIT foundation launch, I didn’t expect much, to be honest. In my mind, I thought, “Oh, it’s just another foundation. No biggie:” I vlogged the entire day, so if you want to watch it, you can click here.

Anyway, after listening to the introduction of the product and trying it out myself at the event, I definitely fell in love with it. It’s like, Shu Uemura heard my wish and created this amazing foundation! So this skin:FIT foundation is actually water-based, so it’s definitely light-weight. It has SPF 30 and despite it being water-based, the coverage it gives….man, you really have to try it out yourself! We were all given one set of the skin:FIT foundation together with the pentagon sponge that comes with it. The sponge basically has to sides, brush on one side (to apply the product on your face) and sponge on the other side (to spread and blend the foundation). Since the day I got it, I have never missed even one day wearing it. I think it’s the most genius invention ever and I’m not even exaggerating here guys, I swear! I even receive compliments saying how flawless my face is, when the truth is, my face is not flawless. At all!


This foundation is created to cater the women in Asia where the weather is like summer in California, but all year round. That is why it’s called the “Summer Foundation”. It gives you a refreshed look without being too thick but at the same time covers all the blemishes on your face. It’s like magic in a bottle, don’t you think?




This Shu Uemura skin:FIT foundation comes in 12 different shades exclusively designed for Asian skin tones. How awesome is that? I don’t know about you guys but I feel special being an Asian now. Shu Uemura invented a product exclusively for us! Hehe.


Before applying the skin:FIT foundation without any filter


After applying skin:FIT foundation without any filter

What I like ?

How my skin is still breathable and doesn’t feel like I patched something on my face throughout the day, even under the hot sun. It feels really light, like I’m not even wearing any foundation at all. What I also like about this is that I can skip the whole compact powder step because skin:FIT foundation itself absorbs the oil because it uses a different kind of powder which absorbs oil better than the usual Silica powder most HD foundations use.

What I don’t like?

Hm, I know this will sound like I’m being biased but I swear to God, there’s nothing that I don’t have anything that I don’t like about this product. I even told my Mom once they are on the shelves at Shu Uemura, I’ll get one for her as I really do believe in this foundation and I think everyone should try it.

Price?

RM148 -30ml skin:FIT & one pentagon sponge
RM 37 - A set of 4 pentagon sponges

Side note : Mom was so impressed by how my skin looks after I applied the foundation that I managed to convince her to buy one set for herself! She bought it at KLIA, so the price is a little but cheaper but not much. If you want to buy it at Shu Uemura in KLIA, the price for one set of skin:FIT foundation and pentagon sponge is RM141.00.

My overall verdict?

I can definitely see myself repurchasing this once I run out of my first bottle. I totally recommend this foundation if you are someone who doesn’t like foundations but need coverage on your face.
  
I rate this product : 
✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
10 stars over 5 
Lol is that even possible? Because I definitely think this one deserves 10 stars!

May 29, 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW : Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Sticks

I'm going to be honest, I am not someone who actually wears eyeshadows everyday. It's because I think it's a hassle when I have to re-apply shadows on my lids after washing them off for my wudu'. I will end up not re-applying them, therefore I find that it's easier to not wear any eyeshadows at all when I go out. The only time I wear eyeshadows is when I'm on my period (because I don't have to pray when I'm out and about) or when I go to events. Most of the time, events that I go to won't exceed 3 hours and never clash with my praying times. Not only it's a hassle to re-apply, but it's also a hassle to bring my palette and brush around in my purse. It's just not very convenient, if you ask me.



So when Elianto sent me these eyeshadow sticks, I was like, "hey... maybe eyeshadows are not that bad after all if they come in sticks." Because stick eyeshadows don't require brushes to apply and it's so light and hassle-free to be kept safely in my purse. 

It took me just one swatch on my hand, and I was sold completely! The pigmentation of these eyeshadow sticks are incredible! It's really (and I mean, really) smooth and the colors appear so solid on the skin. 


Swatches of the colors on my hand in natural lighting. 


Close up of the swatches. 
Just. Look. At. How. Pigmented. It. Is.
I really am impressed! 


Not just that, but these Long Wear Eyeshadow Sticks are made of German-made wax-based formula, which not only gives you the long lasting effect, but also easier and smoother blend. The texture is just amazing, guys.

Because it's super smooth and the colors are solid, you can use it as your eyeliner as well if you are feeling bold and creative.


These Elianto Eyeshadow Sticks come in 6 beautiful colors :
White
Black
Brown
Blue
Navy 
Purple


What I like?

The texture and consistency of it, of course!

What I don't like? 

I usually will find something that I don't like in a product but this time, I am being completely honest. I spent like a few days to figure out what I don't like about these Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Sticks. But I can't seem to find one!

Yes, I like them that much.

Price ?

RM31.90 for 1.4g/0.05 fl.oz
(at all Elianto Stores)



Overal verdict :

These sticks are definitely love at first swatch. Totally recommend it for people who think eyeshadows are a hassle (like me) because these sticks make life easier!

I rate this product : ✭✭✭✭✭

Yeap, full stars.

I have never given full 5 stars to any product guys. 
So, obviously it's a must try product!

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