Sep 30, 2018

Review: Huda Beauty Obsession Palette in Smokey

My relationship with Huda Beauty didn't work out especially with its eyeshadow. But I gave the Obsession Palette a try, hoping to get a different experience. It didn't disappoint. My decision to buy the palette mainly for practicality.

  • Price: RM145




From the first glance, I think this palette is a good travel-size palette. It's a palm size and totally space-saving. Most importantly, it has a good mixture of transition shade, highlights & crease, which makes this palette a basic for endless looks that you can create.

This palette is the least popular among all the Obsession range, I think everyone is going for the Mauve and Coral since the rose gold hues are really popular now. But I was going for the practical approach, so I had to choose between the Smokey or Warm Brown. My decision to pick up Smokey is because Warm Brown has all matte shades (except one shimmer).


Overall I'm pretty happy with this palette. I've brought it for two trips, to Penang and Johor, it is proven travel-friendly. The large mirror on the lid also helps when the hotel mirror wasn't easy to work with makeups.


As you can see from the swatch, the shimmers are true to the color of the pan, but the matte appears a little patchy. This quality is consistent with their full size palette. In this case, I'm comparing with the Rose Gold palette. The only thing that is not consistent, is the origin of the palettes. The full-size palette is made in Italy and the Obsession palette is made in PRC. I'm not sure if this bothers you, but I thought you should know it. That being said, you can't really compare the quality of the full size palettes with the Obsession palettes because they come from a different manufacturer. Another difference worthy to be mentioned is that you won't find the shades individually named in the Obsession palette.

This is my go-to look when I'm travelling.


This palette definitely has its pros and cons. I really enjoy the size. I think it is fun to get those funky colors version such as Electric or Gemstone. You can try out those shades without buying a large palette. Since we don't always use those funny colours, it is fun to have the Obsession palette because it's so petite. The downside has got to be the manufacturer. I was disappointed to find that the Obsession palette isn't manufactured from the same place as their full size palette. But I think I can live with it. 

What do you think? Would you get this palette?


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Sep 23, 2018

Halal Food in Yangon, Myanmar


I don't have much to blog about Yangon because I was there for a mere 3 days for work. Our partner in Yangon is a Muslim and respectfully, we had to had to scout for halal food. It wasn't hard for us since our partner is a local Muslim. We trusted him for his taste and at the same time we were adventurous, so we're up for anything.

#1 - Golden Inya Restaurant


The first place we had was at Golden Inya Restaurant, which located at the Myanmar Rowing & Canoeing Federation Compound. We sat near the lake during dusk, the view was spectacular. According to the locals, this place is well-known for events and gathering, so it is "the" place to go for special events. The food was good. It's more of a banquet style where you order the dishes to share. We had a feast! And all the dishes were really good.



Half of what we ordered. The roasted smoked duck and salad prawn are my favourites.



This is supposedly a Burmese hot soup, but it tasted just like tom yum but a little bit more mellow. The recipe was shared by the Thai long time ago. In terms of ingredients and the way of cooking, they are pretty much similar. It's amazing how geography affects the cooking and taste of the locals. 


I could eat this fish alone. It has all the tastes in one dish - sweet, sour, spicy and it's an explosion in every bite. They served the fish last after I've finished all my rice and we almost forgotten that we've ordered it. I couldn't resist not eating it. We finished the fish down to the bone although we were so full. 


Golden Inya Restaurant
132 Inya Road, Myanmar Rowing & Canoeing Compound, Yangon
Opens daily 10:30AM - 10:00 PM


#2 - Myint Family Restaurant

This restaurant is totally hidden from the tourist spots. It's tuck within a housing area and located on the top floor of a run-down flat. The surrounding kind of reminded me of those gangsters Hollywood movie where they hide in a refuge. I can't take a good photo of the restaurant because the place is so small. The family restaurant serves Southern Indian food, cooked by the owner himself. Currently, the restaurant is run by the owner's son, which is a second generation migrant of Indian to Yangon. 

We had the traditional banana leaf rice. The set comes with an option of chicken or mutton curry. The portion is pretty small. The serve Russum with the meal too! (A traditional Indian spiced herbal soup). 

It's totally worth a visit. But during peak hour, the service was quite bad. Do ask for an English menu. 



Myint Family Indian Restaurant
29th Street, Yangon
Opens daily, 9:30AM - 6:00PM

#3 - Thai Express Restaurant BBQ & Hotpot

This restaurant belongs to the chain of M+ restaurants which is under the same umbrella as the first restaurant we mentioned earlier - Golden Inya Restaurant. They are halal-certified restaurants so you can eat in a peace of mind if you're looking for one. The menu is pretty much the same as #1, but there are also options for barbecue or hotpot. We didn't go for the barbecue and hotpot but settled for another banquet-style dinner. Overall, the food was good and the service was extremely friendly. They had a waiter standby for us the entire time.



Thai Express Restaurant - BBQ & Hot Pot
No. 134, Aung Zaya Road, Yankin Township, Yangon
Opens daily; 10:00AM - 11.30PM

#4 - Nilar Briyani

One of the places that worth going back for over and over again is the Nilar Briyani. There is nothing fancy about the restaurant, it looks just like your regular mamak stall. But the crowd is way more pack especially during lunch and dinner time. The rice is bursting of flavour with authetic herbs. You can even eat it on its own. Of course, a briyani rice is not complete without a curry dish. You can opt for beef, mutton or chicken curry. The meat is cooked in high temperature in long hours, so the result is a tender meat and flavourful curry.


Nilar Briyani
Anawrahta Road, Between 31st & 32nd  Yangon


I don't really spend much time exploring Yangon as much as I want to. The city has a lot to offer although it is still known as a third world country. I wished I was given more opportunity to go out and explore. In terms of its gastronomy, you really can't get bored of the variety foods around the city. There are so many to choose from in terms of price, taste, different level of restaurant, etc. 'Till the next trip.



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Sep 22, 2018

Sephora New Brand: Jill Stuart

It's only been a week since I dipped my hands into new brands from Sephora - Huda Beauty, Pretty Vulgar & Saturday Skin. This week we have another new brand came onboard on Sephora, it's none other than Japanese luxury makeup brand Jill Stuart.


Technically Jill Stuart is an American brand, but their entire beauty line is developed & manufactured in Japan by the Kose lab. The brand has a sexy innocent look which appeals to younger women. But with the adorable packaging, I'm pretty sure older women like me are attracted to it as well. If you don't know, Jill Stuart is a household name in Japan for luxury goods. Besides beauty products, they have an entire range of home goods such as kitchenware which is often sought after in Japan.

I've got four items to try out and here are the brief intro to the products. But first, let me show you the free gift I got from the purchase. It's a beautiful crystal and silver hand mirror. You'll receive this hand mirror for every purchase of Jill Stuart products above RM280. It's also exclusive to Sephora KLCC or online purchase only.



Jill Stuart Loose Blush (RM160)

I bought this blush because the packaging is extremely unique and cute. The product is held in a dome-shaped case and the applicator is a dandelion puff. I've never seen something so pretty before. It was a little messy when I tried to set it up, but it's all good after you lock the dandelion puff into the holder.

The shade that I got is Fluffy Flower, which is a coral pink that suits all skintones. It has a subtle sheen that shimmers a little, but not too obvious. There is a strong rose scent too.

I highly recommend this if you're looking for something fun to add into your makeup collection.




Jill Stuart Lip Blossom (RM115)

I read a lot of good reviews on this lipstick and pick a safe shade to try out. The shade that I got is Girly Camellia which is an orangy pink (I tend to lean to orange shade, it complements my olive skin well). Besides the good reviews, I was also attracted to the packaging. It has Swarovski crystal-encrusted to it and a tiny mirror hidden on the top of the lid.

The finish is high-gloss shine and the product is very soft. It glides on smooth as butter. Another thing to love about this lipstick is that rosemary extract, lavender oil and avocado oil are used generously as the main ingredients.



Jill Stuart Brow & Nose Shadow Powder (RM130)

This product isn't as interesting as the others, but still has a pretty attractive packaging with a full mirror on the cover. I think it is self-explanatory, and I will write a full review on this soon when I find the time. It is also noteworthy to mention that, the product seems like a higher-end version of the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Powder Eyebrow & Nose Shadow.



Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact N (RM179)

I was extremely excited about this and save it for the last. I always see this blush in Japanese beauty magazine and it is highly rated. If you're going to get only one Jill Stuart product, be it this blush. The reason because, the packaging is very pretty, 'nuff said.

Just joking... I think this product actually worth your money. It also comes with a travel size brush which you can detach from the blush pan after you finish the product. The product itself has four quads that you can mix and match any shade you wish. That makes it really convenient to travel with this blush. I will definitely make a review for this! Do watch out if you're interested to know more.

The brush also embellished in real Swarovski crystal. The shade that I got is 02 Fresh Apricot.



Jill Stuart is pricey but since the packaging is made of Swarovski, that makes it pretty legit to pay the high tag. Do look out for this sign on the box. Those with no Swarovski packaging is pretty affordable. 


Since I have so many things to review and so limited time, do let me know what product review you look forward to the most:


Which product you would want to read a full review?

Loose Blush
Mix Blush Compact N
Brow & Nose Shadow Powder
Lip Blossom
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Sep 10, 2018

5 Mistakes I Made As A Blogger


This is a rather personal post. Not about my life in general, but my journey as a blogger. There is a reaction behind everyone's mind when the word "blogger" is triggered. To me, it isn't a positive one. Because of that I've been hiding behind my computer screen and tapping on my keyboard just to keep this blog going. I love what I'm doing on this blog, mainly the reason why I still blogging about beauty after a good 8 years.

Also read: What you need to do before you start a blog

I really want to bring this blog up to the next level, so I'm listing down all the mistakes I've done, hope to rectify the mistakes. They say mistakes are the best teacher, and I couldn't agree more.

#1 - Feeling embarrassed

I remember at an event, a guy asked me what do I do for a living, and I said I'm a blogger. He was like, "so you always get free stuff?". I tried to explain to him that I don't write for free. And then his reply pierced me so sharp "not only you take other people's stuff for free, you want people to pay you and send you the free stuff?". I felt so embarrassed.

In countries like the U.S., Australia and European countries, bloggers are looked up to as a journalist, a business owner or event a subject-matter expert (they call it KOL now - key opinion leader). But not here in Malaysia. The image of a blogger is ruined by some who constantly looking for perks with the blogger job title and even ruined the business ecosystem for bloggers.

I stopped calling myself a blogger since then.

Not until recently, I begin to regret this. Being a blogger is not about how many paychecks we get at the end of the day or how many free things we receive, it really is a job to inform. The responsibility of a blogger is how much value we can bring to our readers through our posts. Because of feeling embarrassed, I failed to bring up my blog as a brand. This eventually will fail me when I try to advocate something on my blog.

#2 - Do not take my blog seriously

I have a fulltime job, albeit being a fulltime blogger is what I desire. I want to become a fulltime blogger, not because of the money nor the privilege. What I really seek is a flexible time where I can stay at home and spend more time with my family. I have been staying away from my family for a long time and the feeling of missing out really hurts a lot. I could find a job in my hometown but it really isn't easy. Getting another job isn't my focus because I still want that freedom to be at home, cook for my grandma, bring her out for tea, etc.

If I want to make blogging my fulltime job, it is time for me to take my blog seriously. I will have to tackle my first problem of being embarrassed. I have to openly let people know that I blog and I enjoy doing it.

#3 - Do not prepare my marketing kit


The thing about opportunity is, it comes at the least expected moment. There are many times I turned down blogging gigs because I don't have a proper marketing kit for my blog. When a brand or PR company ask for my rate, I don't have a number to give them or a proposal to send out.

This is by far the biggest mistake. I am still learning about the reasonable rate and understanding my audience so that I can give a better value proposition to my potential clients.

#4 - Taking things too personally


I get a lot of comments from my blog, sometimes they are encouraging, but most of the time they're not. Comments like - I have bad English, I'm showing off, etc. really puts me down. There were a few times I thought of stop blogging entirely, but luckily I manage to control that noises around me and pick only the positive comments to respond to. I read a lot of U.S. blogs and they don't write in perfect English as well. I don't have to feel bad about my bad grammar.

What I have to do is to focus on the content of my blog and ask myself what I can bring to the table. It is not about how I should react to negative comments. There can be 1 reader who gave a negative comment, but 100 more who benefit from what I deliver.

#5 - Do not have a content calendar 


Because I'm not an online magazine, nor an online portal, I don't have a content calendar. It is hard for me to stick to a publishing pattern, mainly because I don't take my blog too seriously (back to point number 2). I am trying my very best to blog daily, whether it is just 20% of a complete post, or taking photos or working on the backend coding, I need to get my feet going. Oh, it rhymes!

"It takes 21 days to form a habit" - Maxwell Maltz

So for the next 21 days, I will spend at least 30 minutes a day to work on my blog.


I think these are the thing I've done wrong through my blogging journey. I'm not sure what's the purpose this post brings to you, but if you're a blogger, maybe you can resonate with what I said and ponder upon it. 
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Sep 8, 2018

Sephora New Brands: Pretty Vulgar, Huda Beauty & Saturday Skin

Sephora is getting pretty exciting lately with these new brands onboard. First of all, Huda Beauty's presence in South East Asia is long overdue. Huda Beauty followers are majority Muslim women and it makes sense for her to bring her brand here since we are an Islamic country. I'm not too sure what's the reason behind the delay, but let's rejoice it is finally here. Pretty Vulgar on the other hand is a new cult brand that caught a lot of attention lately. Last but not least, Saturday Skin just pops out of nowhere and I didn't even know this brand exists until I was browsing through Sephora's website.


Pretty Vulgar

I have to talk about this brand first. I have been dying to try this and finally! Initially, I was excited beyond reason and added 5 items from Pretty Vulgar into my cart. But then senses came to me, and I went on to consult Tati. I trust her review 100% because she always gives a fair review and has never been a brand slave. I watched her video and pretty much buy-in to what she recommended.



After watching the video, I reduced to getting the Shimmering Swan Highlighter and The Ink Gel Eyeliner. The highlight was rated as all-time A+ in Temptalia, I know it would be a star product. And the Ink Gel Eyeliner just won my heart with the ink bottle that resembles classic calligraphy ink. Albeit the packaging of Pretty Vulgar is very pretty, the quality doesn't reflect the price of the products. It feels plasticky, cheap and you can get better packaging from drugstore brands. If you're buying anything from Pretty Vulgar just for the packaging, don't be fooled.



Huda Beauty




This isn't my first Huda Beauty product. I had the matte liquid lipsticks (they dry up my lips so badly). And I had the Rose Gold palette (totally not impressed at all). But I think this brand deserves a second chance from me. After all the Obsessions Eyeshadow palette is too cute to pass. My first choice was the Mauve palette which has a pink/rose gold hue. Since it was sold out, the Smokey palette is my next pick. It is a palm-sized, perfect for travelling. To my surprise, this small palette comes with a mirror inside. But the packaging looks cheap with the cardboard casing. The combination of matte, shimmer and satin texture gives you the flexibility to create multiple looks. It also has a fair bit of neutral shades. You can create looks beyond smokey like how the name suggests. With the usual Huda Beauty quality, I think this palette is worth getting.


Saturday Skin

This is an entirely new brand for me. I've not tried a single product from Saturday Skin and I think the packaging is so sweet. This is a free deluxe size product that automatically added into my cart when I check out. I'm glad I have the chance to try it because the Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist is pretty mediocre. There's nothing noteworthy me to recommend. The mist has no scent and I don't think my skin benefit anything from it. But it's still a good product to keep in your purse in case you need some freshen up during hot days.



So let me know if you are interested to know more about each of the product in a more detailed review. Just vote below:



Which product you would want to read a full review?

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner
Pretty Vulgar Shimmering Swan Highlighter
Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist

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Sep 2, 2018

Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Light & Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip

Another lipstick review? You might think. And you don't need another lipstick, right. What if I tell you, this is unlike any other lipsticks you had before.


The Creamy Lip is Mamonde's new collection in their lipstick line. Or should I say they are the Mamonde's new collections because there are two different lipstick formulas? There are 10 shades of the Tint Balm and 20 shades of the Tint Squeeze in this line. How this is different?



Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip

First thing first, the texture is frosty, kinda like your usual cream lipstick but leans to the hydrating side because it is 28% infused with rose water. The rich texture glides smoothly and easy to control if you want to have a sheer coverage or a full intense lipstick. The packaging is really cool. Unlike other cream lipsticks that come in a form of gloss tube with doe foot applicator, this lip cream comes in a rubbery squeezable crayon tube. It is hygienic and I love the idea of it.

Creamy Tint Color Balm Light

It has a 3-in-1 function where you can use it as a lip balm, tinted of course, lip tint or a lipstick. This product can be used as a cream blusher. It is so versatile that I think you should get all the shades, then you'll never have to buy any lipstick, lip balm, and blusher again.



You can purchase the Mamonde's Creamy Lip Tint Balm from Amazon for $20.05.

To achieve the K-Pop look, both the products are used to compliment each other. You can mix and match the colours and texture to get the gradient look or intensify the colour by using the same shade with different texture.




I think I'll leave it to the pro to show you how the 2-color layering is done properly:




All Mamonde's products can be purchased through the Mamonde Beauty Counters at Aeon 1 Utama, PJ, Aeon Mid Valley Megamall, KL, Parkson Suria KLCC, KL, Aeon Bukit Indah, JB, Aeon Tebrau City, JB, Parkson Gurney Plaza, Penang and Sephora stores located at Mid Valley Megamall, KL, 1 Utama, PJ, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Komtar, Johor Bahru, IMAGO Shopping Mall, KK and Nu Sentral, KL. It is also available on Lazada.com.my and Hermo.my.

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Sep 1, 2018

The Story About The Death of Naked Palette by Urban Decay



By now you should have heard about the Naked palette that was announced "dead" by Urban Decay. Any rational mind would be questioning - is this a marketing gimmick? It seems like it is. Urban Decay produced a video of discontinuing the palette.


It doesn't make sense for a brand to release an ad after the decision to discontinue the palette. In the video all of they have called out the palette as OG - meaning the original. Therefore, it is safe to say that we can expect another Naked palette to be released real soon.


Take note that UD did not specify which Naked palette that they're discontinuing. From the video/ad, it seems like Naked 2, 3, basics, and other Naked palettes are here to stay.


When the Naked palette was launched 8 years ago, Urban Decay was a stand-alone brand, and later was acquired by L'Oreal. At that time, the Naked palette was the best palette ever made in the beauty industry. It compliments every skin tone, and has a variety of finish and works well on anyone. There wasn't any eyeshadow that can top the Naked palette. After the L'Oreal acquisition, Urban Decay have evolved as a brand and also improved their formula in their eyeshadows. From a business point of view, it is about time for UD to remove some of the older products and replace with a new version. Most of the other Naked palettes were launched after the acquisition from L'Oreal.


But what fans don't realize is that UD commercialized the discontinuation of the Naked palette so that the older stocks get cleared off. It is also to increase the hype of the Naked palette after it slumber into a humble zone after being in the spotlight for a while. After the announcement was made, the Naked palette completely sold out within a few hours. It is almost impossible to get your hands on the OG Naked palette unless you stumble upon any reseller, but expect to pay a hefty price.


Did you stock up on the OG Naked palette after hearing the news that it will be discontinued? Comment below and let me know if you did. Certainly, I took the chance to do some online shopping to keep one of the palettes.


At the same time, UD already patented another Naked palette called Naked AF. We expect this palette to be the cousin of the OG Naked palette. Do watch out for the news and let's see if our speculation is correct. Only time will tell.

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