How Not To Be a Hot Mess

Yes! Wedding season has officially begun. If your mailboxes, overflowing with invites isn’t proof enough look around and you’ll see love in the air. Speaking of which reminds me of the humidity that lingers in the air. It sure can turn any event into a horror show with messy hair & patchy makeup.

Though it doesn’t have to be you. A couple of extra steps and you are good to go!

1. Primer

Primer

First things first. Priming the skin before you go in with other products not only fills in pores and imperfections but also provides a texture that make products stick to the skin better.

L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

2. Colour Correctors

Refrain from piling on a ton of products. Patience and a light hand goes a long way. Build up on the coverage a little at a time so as to avoid caking on too much. Heaping on foundation and concealer in an attempt to conceal discolouration can make the area look ashy and start creasing in no time. A dab of colour corrector can cancel out the discolouration before going over with the foundation and concealer.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD – Orange

3. Waterproof Products

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It goes without saying that waterproof products will stay put longer even in the instance of profuse sweating.

Chambor Infinite Lash Lengthening Waterproof Mascara

4. Setting Powder

 

 

 

A light dusting of powder after the application of the cream based products will make them set in place without budging.

Makeup Revolution Luxury Powder

5. Liquid Matte Lipstick

Liquid Matte Lipstick

Liquid lipsticks that dry matte have proven to last longer than regular lipsticks. Exfoliating and moisturising the lips before application is crucial to avoid being mistaken for prunes.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte – Bombshell

6. Makeup Setting/Extender Spray

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This step is essential to meld in the layers and to transform the chalkiness of the powder to a satiny finish. It also creates an invisible film on the skin that extends the longevity of makeup.

Makeup Revolution Fixing Spray

7. Blotting Paper

Blotting Paper

People with oily skin may need this in their handbags at all times. Powdered blotting papers work wonders in absorbing excess sebum without disturbing makeup.

Sephora Oil Blotting Papers

Favourites

Yayyy!! We’re turning one! And what better way to celebrate than with a round up of a few favourites.

Here, we have a mixed bag of products I’ve been obsessing over lately.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

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For that subtle glow that puts your face on the spotlight. It’s ultra fine texture does not show as specks of glitter when applied. It is the holy grail that we have all been looking for, for that perfect dewy look without appearing slick & oily. This shade in CHAMPAGNE POP is perfect for Olive / Indian skin tones.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

2. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

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Huda’s formulation of liquid matte lipsticks are comparatively less sticky & are giving competitors a run for their money. They are extremely pigmented with a very smooth application. A little goes a long way. This shade in GOSSIP GIRL is a pretty pink, the epitome of summer.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

3. Sephora Collection Super Smoothing Lip Butter

Sephora’s in house lip butters are the perfect solution to chapped lips. They are perfect for daytime use under your favourite lippie for added hydration.

Sephora Collection Super Smoothing Lip Butter

4. Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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Kiehl’s has always been known for its game changing products sans any harmful chemicals. And this natural elixir is nothing short of magic. Infused with lavender, which is known for it’s relaxing properties it works wonders on dull skin when used about thrice a week.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

5. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick

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This is a beautiful everyday lip colour that I have been using day in & day out. It’s moisturising formula is an added bonus.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick

6. Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres

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Chanel’s range of precision lip definers are extremely long lasting with no tug during application. The blending brush on the other end is an added bonus. This shade in 55 blends perfectly with summer-y pink shades.

Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres No. 55 Fuschia

7. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP

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A bold fragrance that makes an instant statement , it creates an explosion with exotic top notes and ripples down to a beautiful feminine scent as it ages on the skin. The metallic packaging adds to its appeal.

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP

8. Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub

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The universal appeal of Burt’s Bees products is the fact that they are manufactured using naturally sourced ingredients. The peach and willow bark scrub has a slightly runny consistency that glides over the skin easily. The natural gritty texture is perfect for deep pore cleansing. The quantity is enough to last a couple of months when used once a week on dry skin.

Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Scrub

9. Broadchurch

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Detective shows with interesting protagonists never fail to keep us on our toes. And this is exactly the series we had been waiting for! Back after three years with the third and final season, it had us hooked from day one.

Watch on Netflix

10. Godiva

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Now, how can I wrap up (pun intended) a favourites post without including chocolates? Beautifully sculpted with premium flavours they can perk up any dull day.

Godiva Dark Assorted Chocolates

And the most important of all would have to be the people who keep me going! You know who you are. 😀

Travel Essentials

Hello Globetrotters!

Spring/Summer break is right ‘round the corner and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for.

Though travelling can be easy and spontaneous for some it can be stressful for others.

If you’re looking for a travel checklist for a smooth flight, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a compilation of a few basic essentials for your carry-on while flying light.

Comfort

This is the first thing we can think of while hovering more than 20,000 ft above home ground. A cashmere jumper and a pair of socks will help you stay warm and cozy during cold and sterile flight conditions.

Socks: Puma
Cashmere Jumper: Marks & Spencer

Sleep

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A neck pillow is an absolute necessity when you’re planning to get some shut-eye (unless you want to clumsily rest on your seat-mate’s shoulder and irk them).

And to arrive looking well-rested you’d need a sleeping mask to turn out the lights and be off on a long slumber.

Memory Foam Pillow: Travel Mate

Hydration

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Climatic conditions on a flight can get bitter and sharp at times, stripping moisture off our skin. Face creams, hand creams and lip balms can easily address these issues by keeping parched skin hydrated. If you can’t find your preferred cream in a travel size, transfer them to travel-friendly bottles, keeping it light and preventing leakage.

Lip Balm: The Body Shop
Hand Therapy: Crabtree & Evelyn
Hand Recovery: Crabtree & Evelyn

Hygiene

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A PocketBac hand sanitizer is totally essential to get rid of the germs you come in contact with in public places (especially if you have OCD like I do).

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste during long haul flights.

Make-Up Remover Wipes: Purederm
Hand Sanitiser: Bath & Body Works

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Gum, tic-tac, fresh mints whatever you prefer to keep your breath fresh. But you gotta have ‘em on you girl!

Entertainment

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An iPad to watch videos and listen to podcasts when in-flight entertainment is a disappointment.

A Kindle if you are a voracious reader. It is great for an extended trip where you don’t need a bunch of books weighing you down.

A phone is an absolute necessity to stay connected with loved ones and to keep them updated with your travel status.

Ebook Reader: Amazon Kindle

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Carry a portable charger as a back-up when your gadgets need more juice.

Don’t forget to plug in your earphones to avoid ruffling some feathers. You could also switch to noise cancelling headphones if yelling kids are the last thing you wish to hear when you’re in la la land.

Portable Charger: Mi
Earphones: Apple

 

Aesthetics

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You might need a hair brush to tame your mane and a mirror to keep it in check.

A perfume atomiser to carry your favourite perfume in a travel size and some basic make-up like lipstick and mascara to arrive at your destination with a half-decent face.

Lipstick: Sephora
Mascara: Chambor

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And obviously, a wallet for your cash and credit cards. Always make it a point to have both local currency as well as home currency for unforeseen circumstances.

You’d need a pair of sunglasses to reach out for, if you’re getting off the aircraft on a rather sunny afternoon or at a tropical locale.

Wallet: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Aldo

Check-In

Lastly, the most important thing that you can’t travel without, literally, i.e. your travel documents like passport, ticket, visa, medical insurance preferably tucked in a file and a pen to fill out forms.

Bon Voyage

Effortlessly, Spring

Spring is here and we are torn between summer and winter wondering what to wear during this transitional phase.

Here are my top 5 picks from this season’s trends that can be sported effortlessly.

1. Mellow Yellow

If you think that yellow isn’t your colour, fret not. It’s not limited to bright canary shades. Find a shade that flatters your skin tone and slay like you always do!

2. Flower Power

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This sounds like a cliché. But what better time to rock florals than this vibrant blooming season.
Go bigger & bolder with the prints and throw on a moto jacket for an edge.

3. Pretty Pastels

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I have always been partial to pastels no matter what the season is. Now that spring/summer is here there’s no reason to stay away from these light & airy tones.

4. Dainty Lace

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Delicate lace detailing can instantly spruce up nondescript looks by adding a touch of femininity. The latest collection at Forever21 does just that. The modest options are an added bonus for Hijabistas.

5. Denim Shirts

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Denim shirts are perfect for those days when you aren’t sure about wearing a denim jacket or going bare. This slouchy number from a local brand in Malaysia is denim-cotton and embellished with lace trimmings.

P.S: Don’t forget to add a dose of ‘spring’ in your step as you stroll through picturesque fields and meadows.

10 Wardrobe Staples of a Hijabista

ssHave you ever dreamt of a closet that magically renews itself, not having to spend another panicky morning, staring into the emptiness (or rather the crowded-ness), thinking “I have nothing to wear!”, yet again?

We have no fairy godmothers, so the closest we could get to that is by investing in a few timeless pieces that can work it’s charm anytime, anywhere with grace and elegance.

Here are a few classics:

1.  A White Button-Down Shirt

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A crisp white button-down is the most versatile piece in a wardrobe. Suit up for office or dress it down for the weekends, layering it under crop tops and jumpers.

2.  Maxi Cardigans

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For sheer comfort and ease without compromising on coverage.

3.  Basic Tees

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An essential layering element, they can be used as a foundation for your outfits.

4.  Wide Leg Trousers / Denims

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Pull together a pair of wide leg trousers with your favourite top as alternate work wear and a pair of denims with an over-the-top flared sleeve tunic for brunch with your girls.

5.  Scarves

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An absolute necessity for every hijabi, there’s nothing wrong in hoarding them in every colour, print and texture you spot! ;p

6.  Trench Coat

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Throw it over any outfit to up your game instantly.

7.  Blazer / Leather Jacket

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Be it work or a casual weekend you can werk it anyday, anytime!

8.  Maxi Dress / Maxi Skirt

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There’s nothing that translates to hijab chic like maxi dresses and maxi skirts.

9.  White Sneakers

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If they go out of style you’ll still need them for your workouts. Duh.

10.  Classic Pumps

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Black and nude pumps are basic essentials in every wardrobe. They’ll go with practically every outfit you put together.

Shifting Shadows

Solitary feathers drifting down
Lofty trees shroud the sinking sun
While the pampering wind blows fronds apart
A ray of golden warmth gleams down

The sky that knows no bounds
Rolls down to the creases
Where valleys of crimson hue, abound
Catching reflections of a splendid scene
Flocks and feathers flying by

Peering through the sky, the half-traced moon lies
My thoughts prayerful as the day dies
Time is melting by, as the wilderness comes alive
And it’s time we said good-bye

The wave lash reverberates through the skies
Drifting clouds shadowing the night
The weeping moon sheds light
Tear drops evolving to a star-studded sight

Delirious Minds

My love affair with books goes way back to kindergarten when Dad first decided to take me book shopping and introduced me to a whole new world of imagination.

From scouting and flipping through random books in the aisles of our favourite bookstore to monitoring my reading content during my teen years when we started sneaking romance novels into our homes, we have come a long way. It were those magical stories that made life fulfilling and worth living.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.

–  George R.R Martin

Reading not only takes your mind off your troubles but also takes years off your mind and enlightens you in infinite ways. New perspectives are built, broadening your scope of contemplation and making a positive impact on your life; which in turn manifests as empathy towards others and drives you to altruism.

I urge you to snuggle up in a warm bed and  bury yourself in a good book to open new doors that lead to bliss.