|Review| theBalm Time Balm Face Primer

 I cannot believe that I haven’t talk about this darling! I first discovered this primer by theBalm early this year while I was casually browsing at SaSa. theBalm section straightaway caught my eyes as I’d always wanted to try this brand but ended up never tried anything from this brand, until this year.

theBalm Time Balm Face Primer “for a flawless face” comes in a 30ml (1 FL OZ US) peachy-pink tube. As far as I know, there’s only one size of this product and it has been around. In other words, it’s not a recently-launched product from theBalm. It was only me who has just recently discovered this gem. Haha!

The ingredients

As for the product, it really does its job as a primer that helps products stay longer and matte on my face. However, do note that I don’t use cream nor liquid foundations. I’m a minimalist makeup-wearer with acne-prone and combination skin. As least for me, it’s great enough to hold my powder foundation and powder blusher. I noticed that my skin looks less oily too whenever I put on Time Balm, even if I skip the powder and the blusher.

I just ordered my third tube online. Yeah, the second, and current one I have is almost finish. Gosh, aren’t you proud of yourself when you did actually use up the whole product? ๐Ÿ˜„  Priced at RM124, but I bought it with 10% off, it is available at SaSa stores and Sephora online. (I haven’t been to Sephora stores for months so I’m not sure if it’s also available in store) 

 -Hanna-

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Let December comes

December.

The last month of the year. The last remaining few weeks of 2017. The last chance, before 2018 greets us. 

For me, December is simply my favourite month in all of twelve months. Well hey it’s my birthday! Coincidently, my daughter’s birthday falls in early December, a couple of days early from mine. So it’s no surprise that for four years now, we’ve been sharing birthday cakes and celebrations. ๐Ÿ˜

December is also the time when I usually stock up on beauty supplies. Ah, those pretty holiday sets and stuffs, coupled with ‘birthday reward’ and special ‘birthday discounts’ whatnot. My wallet hurts the most during this festive time of the year. Haha! 

December babies be like…
Seize the last days of 2017 before the new year comes.

-Hanna-

Bengkel Kecantikan bersama Jelita X Nu Skin

There was once a fashion workshop and then a beauty workshop I’ve been to years ago. But I’ve never been to any skincare-focused beauty workshop. So when Jelita mag partnered with Nu Skin, an international skincare brand to bring a beauty workshop in October 21st, I gave it try. 

It was held in a small, cosy hall in Sunway Putra Hotel (formerly known as The Legend Hotel, if my 12 year old self remember correctly. Post UPSR hi-tea wey!) For RM20, I didn’t expect to be fed with breakfast but refreshments were served for workshop participants anyway.

I had tea since I already had a light breakfast before I left home that morning. (Truth: I had no idea how to use the coffee machine and no one was around to help me out. Sobs!) 

The workshop was mostly presented by Eva, the representative from Nu Skin with silky hair and flawless skin. Of course, as expected from a skincare company. ๐Ÿ˜˜ She first introduced us to the four types of facial skin; normal, dry, oily and combination. Pretty basic, I’d say. But what makes her presentation interesting is how she relates these skin types with “surfaces”. Have smooth, white hard-boiled egg in mind? That’s what normal skin should look like. As I was thinking of my combination skin lookalike canvas, Eva moved on to this slide;

Yep. Oranges. 

I do have visibly large pores as long as I could remember. 

The slot continues to its main subject; their newly launched product, Nu Skin ageLOC device. I have sensitive skin and it kinda whispered to my ear NOT to mess around with random skincares, let alone a device pressed onto my skin. However, I was sandwiched between two ladies who didn’t feel like taking off their makeup so I willingly became the guinea pig. After all, isn’t this my first skincare workshop? My face can deal with potential breakouts later.

I tried out the device and some of the skincares provided on each table. Those two ladies were sweet enough to help me out during the hands-on part (Thanks, girls. You guys should’ve joined in the fun!)  I also tried out the sunblock but I’m afraid it’s a little too thick for me. Soon enough, my face started to sweat and I had to apply some powder and blusher back on my now bare face. The workshop ended just in time for lunch. Again, for just RM20 to attend this workshop, I didn’t expect that lunch would be provided but oh my, how were treated to scrumptious buffet of salads, rice and dessert! Yum! 

Every participant brought home a goodie bag filled with Nu Skin NaPCA moisture mist & a tube of hand lotion.

Oil-slick facade post skincare playtime. Haha!
Hotel restroom selfie! I rarely go to hotels so please give this old lady a chance. ๐Ÿ˜œ

-Hanna-

Hey October!

Screw negativity! Since July, some negative things have been taking over my life, it’s apparent from my recent posts on this blog. But for once, why don’t we focus on the positive aspects of life instead? So this is why this post is up right now; the highlights of the fun stuffs that I’ve been up to these days; ๐Ÿ˜

When the flower matches your shoes.

1. I know nothing about gardening but when I was assigned to attend some sorta gardening event last month, I took pictures of all the pretty flowers they have, like this one. All guests received a goodie bag (Yay!) which contained several items including…a bag of soil. Yes, soil. I wasn’t exactly sure how to process my thought upon holding that heavy plastic bag filled with fresh dark-coloured soil but I was 100% sure who would be thrilled to get that goodie. (You are welcome, Mom!)

2. I’m a coffee addict so when Nando’s have this limited-time free Americano with 2 pieces of brownies offer, of course I’ve HAD TO redeem it. I don’t really have a sweet tooth (I’m more of a kerepek & salty chips kinda girl) so I initially wasn’t excited with those brownies. But look closer guys, can you see those red chilli flakes sprinkled on top of the brownies? ๐Ÿ‘‡ Interesting! 

3. Since we are on the subject of food, have you tried sugar-free peanut butter? This PB with no added sugar from yogood is my current favourite! 

Just like any other good PBs, this is just as rich, creamy, peanut-y but sans the sweetness of sugar. No problem at all, as there are so many ways to have fun with PB sans sugar. I usually spread it on wholemeal breads topped with banana slices for breakfast, or have cut fuji apples to dip this peanut butter with as in-between-meal snack. That’s natural sweetness plus wholesome goodness in your food! 

How do you have your PB? Do share your ideas with me here so we all could continue having fun while eating healthily. Until then, 

-Hanna- 

Progression, not perfection.

These are the words I keep repeating to soothe myself. As some of you might have already known, in mid-February I started committing myself into what I hope would be a life-long commitment; fitness & nutrition. 

The first three months were incredible. I ran, I struck, I circuit-trained and I lifted weights like a beast. I was damn proud of my achievements. However, as months went by, other commitments and a recurring challenge came back; my daughter’s eczema. Big time. 

Being a parent is already challenging enough.

Being a parent with an eczema child makes it even more challenging.

Being a parent with an eczema child while trying to workout and eat right consistently is plain, f***ing difficult.

Of course, then the classic mommy guilt trip. I feel guilty for feeling great after a training session at the gym, then come home to Aida with flaming, weepy cheeks. Sometimes, I feel guilty for being in the studio for yoga at 8am on Saturday, instead of laying in bed with her while she’s still asleep. 

And now, as her eczema is currently accompanied by fever I have no choice but to let my fitness commitment take a back seat. That doesn’t mean I don’t exercise at all. Rather, I’m reducing my personal training sessions from 3 to 2 weekly and focus more on eating healthily at the moment (which, to be honest is a challenge for this foodie). This means it’ll take me even longer to achieve my fitness goal. Honestly, a part of me isn’t exactly happy with this but well, I guess a mom’s gotta what a mom’s gotta do. After all;

-Hanna-

Family

Love. Laughter. Support.

These are what family is all about. A family that lifts its members up. Not bringing them down.

A family that acts like glue that binds everyone together. Not tears each other apart. 

A family which members complement each other. Not competing with each other to be the ‘best’ sibling/parent. 

A family that values the goodness in someone. Not magnifying the single flaw he/she has which makes him/her human.

A family, through thick and thin, remains a family. Through and through.

-Nur Hanna-

|Review| REVLON Ultra Volume Mascara

Hey guys! Yes we’re all still in Eid holiday but I miss blogging too much, so here’s a super short product review on one cold, rainy Syawal night. ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™

Remember REVLON ULTIMATE All-in-one mascara? Well here’s her girly-pink sister. (They are actually five of them, like the Kadarshian-Jenner sisters) “Girly-pink sister” is the black+pink REVLON Ultra Volume non-waterproof mascara in 001 Blackest Black. I’m not sure if they have shades other than Blackest Black though, as I usually go for black all the way when it comes to mascara. 

For a voluminizing mascara, this baby is pretty good at helping my lashes to appear fuller. Removing it with water isn’t much of a hassle too, although I won’t suggest it. I usually clean up my lashes with oil makeup remover, or with a makeup remover wipes. 

Now, I’m interested to try out if the other three mascaras are just as good as this one. ๐Ÿ˜€