Weight loss wonder

See that second graph? The one that eerily resembles a doctor’s signature? That’s how my weight-loss journey looks like. This is what I keep reminding myself; that losing excessive body weight is not just a short-term goal. It is a journey. It may take months or maybe years. But as long as I do not throw in the towel, I sincerely believe that I will succeed. One day.

I might lose just 11kg of total body weight in 16 months. But honey, NEVER FORGET that of the 11 kilograms lost, you lost about 10kg of fat and gained about 10-12kg of muscles.

Ten kilograms of muscle GAIN.

Let that sink in.

At this point in my journey, I now identified mindless-eating as my biggest weakness. Munching on Raya cookies while watching TV at home, stuffing on crunchy rempeyek while chatting with relatives during Raya visits…all of habits that I, myself am 100% responsible for.

Not my daugther’s improving health condition. Not my partner’s undivided love (I’m one lucky gal!) Not the lack of time to go to the gym.

So be accountable, Hanna. And do something about it. It’s okay to stumble once in a while. Just remember to get up again as soon as you could.

Again, weight-loss is a long journey.

-Hanna-

Before I leave, just look at how pretty my coffee is!
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MAJOR #throwback with MAJOR major lash mascara

Oh! Hey me!

Look what I found this morning while cleaning up the back room after my coffee and cornflakes. πŸ˜„ That’s me, circa 2008-2009 right after a full on makeover from stila. Ahh stila, anyone else here feeling just as nostalgic as I do upon the mention of the very name stila?

stila cosmetics has come a long way since I first learned about the brand from seventeen Malaysia edition mag. I ADORED the brand’s on-of-a-kind illustrated ‘stila girl’ and their ever-famous lip glazes. My mind is now taken back to the very first time I went to a stila counter and bought myself a MAJOR major lash mascara, which inherently resulted to this complementary mini-photoshoot I had after the stila SA was done donning my entire face with stila products. Girl, I felt like a grown-up, buying myself a ‘grown-up makeup stuff’ from a grown-up Parkson beauty counter. Haha nostalgia! 😘

Ain’t fierce in February

Secluded in the nook of her favourite play area, in my favourite cafe

2018 hasn’t been a breezy sail for us, particularly when it comes to my daughter Aida’s health. She was hospitalised for four days earlier this month due to a secondary infection, no surprise from her on-going eczema flare ups. Even as I am writing this, she has just recovered from viral fever and occasionally coughing. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being freaked out by my child’s sudden high fever, recurring eczema flare ups or even days of coughing. Hell I have no idea how other mothers deal with these with not one, but two, three or four children. God bless them mothers.

On a lighter note, (because I cannot stand being depressed or worried sick about my child’s health twenty-four-seven) did you remember my 12-book-reading-challenge? I am indeed, currently on my 3rd book.

Third! And it’s not even March yet!

Big deal enough for me. But hey, let’s talk about the second book I’ve read shall we?

Love, Hate & other Filters by Samira Ahmed (RM46.90) was successfully read in less than two weeks. It’s an easy read. It reminds me of a similar book I read years ago as a young adult in late 2000s, Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Instead of a story centered on an Australian born Pakistani Muslim, Love, Hate & other Filters is a story about Maya Aziz, a soon-to-be-eighteen American born Indian Muslim.

Devouring Maya’s accounts, opinions and emotions made me realised just how lucky I am to be a Muslim born and live in Malaysia, a multi racial yet very-Muslim friendly country. πŸ•Œ

That’s for February read. Are you reading anything good at the moment? πŸ˜‰

-Hanna-

2017 Favourites

Hi guys! I hope you had a great holiday, or at least a well-spent long weekend. We are now on the final day of 2017 and traditionally, I come up with this post dedicated to the best beauty products I love this year. Read on to find out:

1. Urban Decay VICE Lipstick in Ravenswood

Sometime in March, I went to Urban Decay store in Suria KLCC to get a VICE lipstick in Unicorn for a friend’s birthday gift. “Why not get one for myself? And see why everyone has been raving about this range of lippie.” I thought to myself. Oh my, that is officially the best impulse buy I’ve done this year! It’s creamy, stays on well up to four hours even after eating lunch & gulping water every half and hour and the shade is MY kinda my-lips-but-better. Here’s me with a fresh coat of UD VICE Ravenswood lipstick:

2. Hado Labo Hydrating Lotion (Light)

With good advice from Gio , I eliminate toners completely from my skincare routine, and from my drawers. Apart from suitable moisturisers, I’ve been using this hydrating lotion from Hada Labo since last year and never look back. While the original Hydrating Lotion is popular and I can see why, this light version suits my acne prone/combination skin more. I love how it preps my skin for my serum and moisturiser to be absorbed.

3. MOOGOO Irritable Skin Balm

Since we are on the subject of moisturization, here’ s my fave body moisturiser/lotion for eczema. While it may not magically make your eczema disappear, it at least soothes my daugther’s itchy and Sahara dry skin. As for me, I usually go for this tube whenever my in between toes & fingers get super dry.

However bear in mind that it may not work when your skin is weepy*, nor may it work for everyone with eczema as like I always stress on, each and every eczema-skin is unique and different.

4. essence Mosaic Blush

Dirt cheap (barely twenty bucks). A pretty geometric pan of blusher. Gives a pretty glow on my cheeks. Need I even say more?

5. REVLON Ultra Volume Mascara

I loved the All-in-One Ultimate from the REVLON range of mascaras in 2016. This year, my ultimate love goes to one of its sister, REVLON ULTRA VOLUME Mascara. Don’t you just love the pink-and-black combo of the product packaging? But seriously, this is one heck of a good product I’ve invested in this year.

What are you favourite beauty products this year? 😊 Have a great new year’s eve and see you in 2018!

-Hanna-

Side note: This House Brew with Milk from POP’s Eatery is the best coffee I had last week!

|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? πŸ˜„  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-

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. 😘 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. 😜

-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. πŸŒ™πŸ˜πŸŒ™

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. πŸ˜€