Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Finding The Lost Passion For Blogging

Hi and Assalamualaikum,

I hate starting off on a post after going on hiatus for months and months long because it takes me ages to figure out how to start and not being cliche about it. For your information, I didn't drop off the face of the earth or lose interest in makeup. In fact, it is quite on the contrary. Let me explain.

About not dropping off the face of the earth, the opposite happened. I now have a legitimate job that requires my whole attention. Which means that I need to stop fantasizing about nonsense and put both of my feet on the ground and focus on my job. Not that I didn't have a job before nor focus on it but it was different then. Different in a sense that my heart was not really 100% in it. I still consider myself not fully immersed in my current job as well but I'm faring well. I'm surrounded by things that I love which is makeup products, lingerie (this was a surprise. I didn't know I love bras so much), my own cubicle, a supportive supervisor, a great team and pretty much your typical happy ending job. I would say, I'm satisfied for now though my eyes are always open for better opportunities out there!

About my interest in makeup, it is still there, steadily burning onto the surface. And as a result from that, I've actually bought quite a diverse range of products and brands recently. More than back when I was still diligently updating this blog on a... weekly basis, kind of. Can you believe that I do bridal makeup now? If you asked me 4 or 5 years ago, I would have shook my head and said a blunt NO. As of now, I find putting makeup on other people, especially for special occasions, therapeutic. It makes me deliriously happy when a bride (with my makeup touch on) looks happy and absolutely radiant on the most important day of her life. It's not about the money, really. For me, it's more about the notion itself. Like being the important person behind the scene, pulling the strings without being seen so that everything flows seamlessly. Here I am, being all philosophical about it!

But that still doesn't explain why I haven't been updating, am I right? The truth is, the main reason I started writing about makeup (or even started writing a blog, really) was because I was upset and needed something to cheer me up. I was terribly frustrated with life in general back in the days, bet you didn't notice that, did you? I'm good at covering things up and pretending things are okay because I'm good at channeling my attention to things that DO cheer me up. When I was a kid, when something upset me, I would lock myself up in my room and read books, all-day-long. Back to blog writing, somehow along the way, it stops being fun and starts feeling like an obligation. I'm still struggling to find the passion back but I'm getting there, slowly.

One more thing, I guess I am in some kind of an internal struggle with myself. Being a copywriter, I've learned to write very few words. Turns out, in advertising, verbosity (wordiness) is not appreciated. You need to be straight to the point and concise. Which is pretty much, the opposite of the real me, really. I enjoy riddles, clever puns and play on words. I love long and complicated words or sentences that look like it means something but actually it is implying something else. A good book gives me an euphoria or some sort of high. When I have a book, life is more bearable, alone. The book becomes my companion. That is how important books and words are to me. Taking it away would mean taking half of my personality away. I dream to write a book someday and get it published.

Before I end this really long stream of emotion, I would like to apologize to the winner of my recent giveaway. I have yet to buy your prize. The giveaway, in itself, was an attempt to gain more followers which didn't happened *laughs. I need to stop doing things for the material aspect of it. With that said, I promise I will get that prize to you as soon as I can (and might put in something really great, to make up for the terrible timing) *winks.

That is all. My heart and soul, the thing at the forefront of my mind.

Sincerely yours,
Aisyah

Thursday, December 5, 2013

[Review] LivingSocial: Newly Improved Shake N Take 2

Hi and Assalamualaikum,

Are you a fan of group buying sites? If you don't already know, group buying site's main business is to bring you discounts and greats deals all over the country. From that spa across town you've been wanting to try but think it's too expensive to your favourite fast food chain, they have it all!

I love checking out these sites for food, beauty and product deals especially those really quirky and good-value-for-money items. You'll get a few hits and misses along the way so please, do your research! My huge MISS would be this ear wax cleaning rod I got from Milkadeal. It was horrendous, to say the least. However, I'm not one to be discouraged by one disappointment.

Cheers for I have finally found a HIT! It's called Shake N Take 2 and I bought mine from LivingSocial!


Ever since I got back to Herbalife, I really needed something to blend the shake and oats together smoothly. Shake N Take does a wonderful job and I like how I can bring the bottle on-the-go!

The unboxing wasn't very nice though:
1) As expected, there's no brand name at all on the product and it kinda scares me to use it.
2) Strong plastic / chemical odor from the bottle. Luckily, it didn't last long and was completely gone after 1 wash.

Why I still like it:
1) Compact and light: It's leaner than your regular blender and the bottle is easy to hold.
2) Convenient: The idea of changing the blending base with a screw top for ease of travel amuses me every time I use it.
3) Colour: It comes in a clean, blue colour (both bottle and base)
4) Blending capability: Real smooth!

Noise-wise, it's your typical blender. Not too loud you'd get yourself in a row with neighbours and not too silent either. I'll live with it. As for the electric usage, I have no idea but there's no overheating detected. Pretty good quality.

It's only RM69.00 at LivingSocial. The deal has ended currently but you can always find it featured back from time to time so do look out for it!

Love,
Aisyah

Disclaimer: I bought the blender with my own money.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

[Review & Giveaway] Avon Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss

Hi and Assalamualaikum,

What's up everyone? See any difference around here? My blog recently had a makeover by the lovely Sabrina Tajudin! If you must know, it is now in my favourite colour; navy blue and pink! I couldn't have been much happier. Thank you so so much!

Today will be another review from the new makeup products from Avon; the Ultra Glazewear Lipgloss. It's not that new anymore though but I'm sure a lot of you haven't tried it yet!

Ultra Glazewear Lipgloss



Swatches





I really do like these glosses despite not wearing a lot of glosses on a daily basis. They're pigmented, moisturising, and varies in finishing. Some are glittery while some are just creamy. Based from the ones I own, three contain glitters which are Mauve Movement, Candy Pink and Coral Reef but the ones in Coral Reef are more noticeable. There are a total of 8 shades alltogether that can be bought from any of your nearest Avon Beauty Boutique.

Price wise, they're affordable comparable to glosses from Maybelline and NYX Cosmetics. These glosses also have a mild vanilla scent to it but not as obvious as NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss.

Guess what, in commemoration of my new blog layout, I'm giving away 3 Avon Glazewear Lipgloss (+ a little something, something). Check out below on how you can win yourself some good old glosses!

1) Must follow me via GFC (I will check)
2) Comment below on your favourite lip glosses color from this post
3) What is your favourite lip gloss to date
4) Share this post on your blog! (Leave me a link and I will check)

Giveaway will be closed on the 19 December 2013 and the lucky winners will be announced on 25 December 2013!

This giveaway (per se) is only open to Malaysians.

See you guys again in next post!

Disclaimer: 2 were bought by me while 3 was given for a review

Love,
Aisyah