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ELDW: First Impression

So I recently got the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup to try out after careful consideration as I was looking for a full coverage, stays matte foundation for my sensitive oily acne-prone skin and after watching tons of YouTube videos and reading reviews on makeupalley and blogs, I decided on this.

It wasn’t cheap, at S$58 for a bottle, so I’m really hoping it would work out.

I chose 3W2 Cashew to match my NC40 skin, and here’s how it looks like on:

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This is with no primer, no concealer, no powder nor setting spray as I really wanted to see how it performs on it’s own. I’m not too impressed thus far as it doesn’t really cover up my acne or scarring on my cheeks too well and it stays tacky even after 5mins.

For reference: I applied it with a dense flat top kabuki today in a stippling motion.

Time check: 5:15pm.

So I’ve just came back from watching Paper Towns at JEM with my Abang Anjang, walked about, cried (John Green you suck but I love you) popped into the pasar malam there to get snacks for the family and I’m back and I’m pretty annoyed with how my skin looks and feels right now.

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Time check: 10.15pm

For a foundation that claims to be last 15 hours of wear I’m pretty annoyed that it’s gotten this oily just after 5 hours of wear and started to get shiny minutes after application. That’s appalling. It also feels ‘sticky’ somewhat and is slick to the touch.

I didn’t blot whatsoever except with a tissue paper for my nose at approximately 6.50pm and I’m still quite upset but I’m determined to make this work.

I didn’t drop 58 bucks for a dud, heck no.

Read somewhere that ELDW looks best with a silicone based primer underneath, so I’ll try that for work tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Xoxo, Diana.


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Haul: Skincare and Cosmetics

Hello world!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, been swamped with work, with Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr that has just passed – tbh these are more excuses than reasons but I’ll make it up to you, promise!

So I had the day off today and decided to visit my good friend Kela at NEX so that we could grab lunch together, and go shopping after she ends work, and this mall seriously did some damage to my bank account.

There’s just too many good shopping opportunities here, I can’t even. I’m not here to promote the mall but dang son, I was spoilt for choice.

Especially since there’s a sale being held at the atrium by Sasa! Here’s what I got:

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For skincare I grabbed the Combos Skin Tea Tree Balancing Mask and Pomegranate Whitening Mask as there was not only a reduction of price (from $16.90 to $11.90 for a box), there was also a promotion of buy 1 get 1 free. Grab!

I also threw the SaSaTinnie Snail Rejuvenating Face Mask into my basket after some consideration as I’ve been seeing snail extracts being lauded on YouTube and beauty blogs literally everywhere so I just had to. It helped that each mask was $2, buy 5 get 3 free. Hope this will be good! *fingers crossed*

Got a konjac sponge because I’ve never tried one ever despite all of the claims of it’s benefits (gently exfoliates the skin, kills acne causing bacteria, balances the skin’s pH)… truthfully? I just bought it because it was fun to squeeze.

Got the Raspberry Sherbet Body Scrub by Beauty Buffet as I noticed my body has been very berdaki recently like tons of dead skin errwhere (ugh gross) and

the Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser as I’ve been washing my brushes with my own hair shampoo and I just wanna get the right tools for my beauty tools, you know?

Phew. Quite a fair bit right?

But that’s not all!

I also got some beauty products that I’m just so excited to use soon!

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The NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette because I really want to be experimenting with contouring more and the three bronzing powders that I’ve got just aren’t to my liking. The only highlight I’ve got at the moment is my Benefit High Beam and I’m just not feeling it. So yes!

The Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr perfecting primer because I really need a good primer that can control my oils, fill in my pores and let’s be real here, I was deliberating between this and the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer but decided on this as it was 1. Cheaper (hehe) and 2. The color correcting version for the Smashbox primer didn’t have as good reviews as this. So excited to give it a try!

Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Shang-Hi! Isn’t the name just adorable?! Really liking berry tones recently and since I don’t have any matte lipsticks in my collection I decided to add this in.

My first ever high end product omgimspazzingeek so I’ve been having really bad breakouts recently, not too sure if it’s my hormones, stress or my skin purging from my skincare routine (Cetaphil + Benzoyl Peroxide in the morning, Kojic Acid Soap in the evening) but I found that my current two liquid foundations just aren’t cutting it anymore. Been seeing rave reviews on this so I decided to pick it up and *crosses fingers* hope that it works for me as it has for so many others!

NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray just in case the primer and foundation can’t beat my oily skin.

The Beauty Blender because I just want to try applying foundation with a sponge rather than brushes as I’ve been doing thus far and lastly

The Coastal Scents BR-C-S48  Classic Tapered Kabuki Stick because I want to try applying my contour powders with a dense dome brush. Maybe it’ll end well, maybe it won’t but I sure won’t regret adding another kabuki brush to my arsenal.

And that’s it! I’ll definitely be posting up first impressions, reviews and updates soon, so it’s a date yeah?

See you soon!

Xoxo, Diana.


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Of Rojak and Malay Superstitions

Rojak is life.

Or close enough, at least. The other day, the ‘senior’ part-timers for my store went out for lunch and just a hanging out/ catching up session in general.

It’s really difficult to do so since we have other commitments like school and family and of course, work, the place where we met and became friends so I’m really happy we got to make this happen!

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From left to right, there’s Ziela, Hazel and Hajar.

After our lunch of rojak, we sat down at Lorong Di and just… talked. I can’t stress how much I love hanging out with friends doing nothing much but just enjoying each other’s company.

We headed off to Hazel’s place to watch a movie and let me just abruptly change the topic to Malay superstitions and supernatural beings.

The movie we watched was called Nasi Tangas and it’s about a woman who is jealous of the relationship between her husband and his female best friend.

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To get his attention back, she decides to feed him nasi kangkang (straddle rice). The method of preparation is that she takes freshly cooked rice, places it on the floor and stands on top of it without undergarments on, straddling it somehow so that the steam from the rice rises up, condenses and the steam that drips into the rice contains traces of her privates.

Supposedly whoever eats this rice will obey the maker’s every command.

That’s just insane, there are two other nasi kangkang variations (even grosser ones tbh) that were shown in this movie but to keep it short and simple I won’t elaborate on them.

Idk where all these black magic spells and potions come from but dang son, if your man is straying do you really need to feed him rice mixed with your juices? That’s just plain nasty!

Does your culture have crazy superstitions like this, or is it just mine? Do share, I’d be interested to know!


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Alobon Perfect Lipstick

So the other day I got these three lipsticks from Mustafa Centre and I’ve worn each of them at least once. Here’s what I think of them.

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It comes in a squared bottom light gold tube with the words ‘Alobon Perfect Lipstick’ printed on it, and a clear casing for the top.

Colour codes are printed at the bottom as per the norm.

(As you can see, the middle lipstick’s got a bit messed up – the cover came off in my makeup bag and it got mushed up and dirtied up the rest of my makeup slightly. Not too sure if I forgot to cap it on properly or the cover itself is slightly loose.)

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From left to right:

Shade 323: a warm orange which translates to a bright yet ‘safe’ colour once applied to the lips.

Shade 321: a cool mix between maroon and berry, reminiscent of my mother’s Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD305.

Shade 319: a cool pinkish-mauve that I really like for everyday looks as this matches really well with both minimal and heavy eye makeup.

First things first, the pigmentation is fabulous. Just one swipe would be enough for your lips to be vibrant and the colour stays true to the bullet. The formulation goes on smoothly and it gives a slight shine at first, settling down to a slightly matte effect afterwards.

However, it is quite a drying lipstick and you would definitely need to apply lip balm before and during the day for touch ups.

The colour lasts quite a while and I find myself not having to touch up for at least 4 hours but I typically do so anyway because of my lips drying out.

There is also a slight powdery-floral scent to the bullet, it is pleasant to me but for those who prefer their cosmetics to be unscented, this might be a tad offsetting.

In essence I find it a pretty decent lipstick for it’s price point, and I would recommend it for those who’d want to try certain colours first before laying down the cash for better known brands.

I got it for S$3.80 for each tube at Mustafa Centre.


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Turban Try Outs

So the other day, the head of my brand came down to my outlet to talk to me.

Nah, don’t worry! It was just to advise me. Apparently, I’m the first hijabi in Dorothy Perkins and I wasn’t aware of the guidelines (or that they even existed!) for hijabs. Instead of our normal shawl draping our heads falling down to our chests, we (this sounds weird while I’m typing it since it’s only me) have to style our shawls into turbans.

Initially I was upset as I don’t know how to style a turban – heck, I’ve never even watched videos on it since I never was interested in them after all but after trying it out to work, I’m quite happy I gave it a try!

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This was yesterday’s basic throwover turban. Perfect for lazy days!

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And this is today’s knot and twist turban! This look takes little to no effort and I really like how it turned out.

Can you believe it’s my first try? Allow me to humble brag (what an oxymoron), I’m really happy with my look today! Perfect for those days when you’re feeling lazy but you still wanna look like you do care.

Can’t wait to try out more turban looks in future and learn how to accessorize my turbans!

Until next time!


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Mustafa Haul!

Yay, so I’ve just gotten back from a whole day of being out and I finally got to head over to Mustafa Centre with my Abang Angah!

Spent about an hour there just looking at perfumes, make-up, electronics and watches and this is what I got!

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A new perfume, Police Women Passion, a scent I used back when I was a teenager and suddenly got the hankering to wear for work so I can smell fresh and sweet.

Inecto Pure Coconut shampoo and conditioner – first time trying it out so I hope it goes well. Was contemplating between this or the Pure Argan range as I knew Argan oil is good for the hair but decided on this instead as it smelled better.

Three new Alobon Perfect Lipsticks in shades 321, 323 and 319 respectively from left to right and a Gabrini waterproof lip liner in shade 30.

I’m really excited to try out the lip products as the colors were chosen for me by my brother and they are all shades that are new to me, that I’ve never worn before so I hope it goes well!

But what I’m most happy about amongst all my purchases has to be my new Casio watch – it’s really pretty to me as the second hand has a heart shape on it. It’s a really subtle touch and I like it as it can go really well with a lot of outfits due to it’s simplicity.

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Photo taken from Chictopia.

I’m really happy about this purchase because when I first saw it online being sold on Carousell, it was being sold for $28. I just tried my luck at Mustafa Centre as I saw that they had a whole booth dedicated to Casio watches. Lo and behold, I found it being sold for $19, almost $10 cheaper than the online price and I could get it immediately!

Instant gratification is where it’s at.

Will most probably do a thoughts post on the lip products soon – stay tuned for that!


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Sins of the Father

Doesn’t the title just scream incest, whips and rape? Nah, just got reminded of a Marian Keyes novel.

I’ve just ended my counselling session and today we talked about my relationship with my father. My father and I, we were never close. Growing up, I believed that my father resented me because I was a surprise child. This was further reinforced by my observation of how differently my siblings individually and I were treated. He’d ask my brothers for help, ask them to accompany him to places and he used to extend the invitation to me until I grew up – I guess he just didn’t know how to deal with an angsty teenage girl.

He would never praise or encourage us, rather he would chastise us if we were to do wrong in his eyes – the reality could be different to my siblings, but this is what I remember of my childhood.

To get a reaction out of him, I used to hang out late with the older teenagers or not come home occasionally but I never did get the reaction I wanted. I wanted him to ask me where I was, who I was out with, what I was doing – I just wanted some verbal confirmation that he cared. I just wanted to know I was loved.

Reflecting now it’s almost juvenile the methods I tried to get his affection. Almost like a textbook case of acting out in order to get attention, but that was what I did.

Fast forward to now, that I’m 21 years old, not a rebellious teen who thinks she knows everything anymore and I’m seeking help for my personal issues. What came up as a theme for discussion was my relationship with my father and how it links to my relationships with boys and men and it was truly an eye opening talk, to say in the least. My father and I have a 44 year age gap between us and he was raised by very traditional Malays who in those days strongly believed that men were to play a central figure while women were to play a back-up role: to serve to the needs and wants of the central figure. I may not like it but I understand my father’s parenting and ‘husbanding’ style better now –

It’s not his fault that he is the way he is, it’s the way he was brought up and conditioned to act and feel, especially as he grew up in a war-filled environment (the Japanese occupation of Singapore, 1942-1946).

At the end of the day, it would be difficult for me to change him but what I can change is how I deal with it.

I just want to share a phrase I found online that I really like and can connect with:-

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Until next time, then.