Birthday beauties; 2019

Kiss of Stars lipstick in Starstruck, from MAC 2019 Holiday collection. RM105

Revisiting my first birthday post back in 2016, I wrote this post with such nostalgia. Personally, I created and maintain this blog not to show off meaningless, material posessions. (That’s what Instagram is for) Rather, it serves as a visual reminder for me to look back what I already have, thus be grafetul. Be it solid family members or a friendship that stood the test of time (with annual pretty birthday presents that come with it😬)

Having said that, this year’s birthday Joanna sent me a cool MAC 2019 Holiday lipstick in shade Starstruck. It’s bright pink/purple fuchsia. And it’s glittery. If you know me, you’d definitely raised an eyebrow on this choice of lipstick. But why not? The new decade is almost here, I’m not getting any younger so why don’t I rock a glittery fuchsia lips once in a while?

Of course sweet Jo sent this lipstick along with some other cute samples, EDP vials and a full-sized lipbalm. Coz even a pair of rock-metal lips need some protection.

Then two weeks later, another parcel arrived at my doorstep. This time is another birthday presents from her too:

Drugstore gems! 💎

Gorgeous goodies from Rimmel, Bourjois and Max Factor. Well thank you dear! These beauties are enough to doll me up in the new year.

-Hanna-

LUSH haul of 2019!

This year’s haul: Charity Pot (rm50), BB Seaweed face mask (rm77), Butterbear soap (rm35), Sleepy soap (rm46) and Aurora Borealis body scrub (rm30).

Sounds like a grand title, doesn’t it? Yet truthfully, this is the one and only time I ever bought anything from LUSH Malaysia store this year. I did attempt to drop by Pavilion a couple of times earlier this year but time and the KL city traffic just hate me. So just like last year, I finally made it to the Pavilion store, in the last month of 2019! It was Monday afternoon in December; where every mall possible is filled with Christmas decorations.

One thing I noticed upon entering the store is, it wasn’t as heavenly scented as it was back in December 2018. I personally love the overwhelming scent; it’s what makes a LUSH store distinctive. However I guess they take customers’ feedback seriously thus the toning-down of the store scent? My theory. 🤷‍♀️

No bath bombs nor bars in this year’s shopping cart.

Next I moved on to the racks and rows of lovely LUSH products. I actually had a screenshot in my hand of four items I planned to buy, but with my six-year-old butting in plus pretty products everywhere, I ditched the ‘shopping list’ and followed my intuition instead. Haha!

No regrets. It’s December; my birthday month and God knows when will I ever have the chance to visit the store again. (Nope, I tried their newly-launched local website but they sucks) The result; I walked home with a brown LUSH shopping bag filled with 5 items worth RM238. A woman’s gotta splurge once a year. 😎

EDITED: Few days after this shopping trip, LUSH Malaysia announced they’re opening another store in Sunway Pyramid in late December.  YASS!

Check out how thick Sleepy is. It actually weighs a little over 130g.

Did you get anything from LUSH this holiday season? Let me know in the comments section. 😉

-Hanna-

Vacation

Sunday sunset in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

…..used to be an unnecessary luxury ever since we have Aida almost six years ago. Financial constrains aside, her chronic eczema flare ups which most of the time were severe, hindered us from any trips we could think of. There were just too much to fear for; “Is the room sufficiently air-conditioned?” ,”Are there carpets in the room?”, “Is the water purified enough?” and our favourite even to this day; “What’s she gonna eat?”

So, no. No. No. No. No. NO VACATIONS.PERIOD. Because really, if you think one night of plush hotel bed is worth one month of flare ups and bleeding nights, then clearly you’ve never taken cared of a tiny human with eczema.

Thankfully, those days are gone. This year, we were blessed enough to squeeze in few mini vacations and sometimes, staycations usually during Aida’s doctor appointments. Case in point, just last month Aida had a great time in Malacca;

Snakes&Ladder fun, post- swimming at the water park
Even the gym is decently adequate! Too bad I only discovered this corner AFTER we’d checked out. Ah, at least I did swim during our stay here. (That’s a workout, no?)

Overall, I’m thankful for my daughter’s improving health throughout this year. Here’s hoping for more mini holidays in the following year, for our little eczema warrior’s sake.

-Hanna-

Yes, the same sunset from the picture on top of this post. This is from last week’s day trip we took visiting family member.

BarbiexSEPHORA Collection

Remember my shameless love for Barbie? Still not getting over my MACxAladdin lovely eye palette and powder blush, I unintentionally discovered this 2018 Sephora-exclusive Barbie kit while browsing through Sephora MY Website last month.

After a sour experience with their stingy SEPHORA Black welcome gift last year, I was actually done with this brand. Really, there’s a one month duration to collect my Black Welcome Gift?! Pff! Despite decent feedbacks from their customer service team, my heart (and bank account) are already cold from the entire experience. That experience in June was the last time I ever did anything with the brand, ever. I uninstalled and unsubscribed from both the app & the enewsletter, turned the other cheek & my nose up whenever I walked past a Sephora store, and I didn’t even bother to take advantage of my member birthday reward in December (instead; I let LUSH took my money❤)

That’s it. Until June come again this year. The month when I watched Aladdin twice; the time I snatched some MACxAladdin beauties coz “It’s Aladdin!” “And look how pretty these packagings are!” And also the month, which has been exactly a year later that I snaked my eyes through Sephora MY website; hoping so much to find a few last remaining MACxAladdin products.

While luck wasn’t on my side, (Where is Genie?) I somehow came across this kit on the website;

Barbie x SEPHORA Collection (RM178)

C’mon, Barbie cap? And a black mascara included? Man I’m sold! So I caved in and order this kit in late June. Waiting patiently for this baby to arrive my doorstep.

What’s in the kit: Miniature Palette-Donut shade collection, Stylographic Fine Line eyeliner, Outrageous Extension mascara in Ultra Black, black Barbie cap.

Alas, I was left soured. Again. Although this time around it wasn’t exactly Sephora’s fault. Rather, the courier service for Sephora SG srewed up BIG time by taking a week to reach my home. Really, you couldn’t find my home add? Oh, I didn’t realised I’ve been living in a jungle and Google Map failed to locate me. Thanks for the news, Aramex.

Just like a year ago, I unistalled Sephora MY mobile app from my phone and unsubbed my email from their newsletter subs, again. This Barbie x SEPHORA Collection is lovely, it’s nostalgic. Even my kid loves the pink-and-grey ’90s boombox’. But it’s not enough, Sephora.

MACxAladdin Collection

Hands up if you’ve watched Disney’s Aladdin live action remake! *me* Hands BOTH up if you’ve watched the movie at the cinema, twice! *again,ME!* 🙌

Gosh I am a legit long-time Aladdin fan! I first watched the original animation in the 90s as a kid and fell in love with the ‘street rat’ Aladdin. Then in my early twenties circa mid-2000, I renewed my love for Disney Reinassance movies by hunting and collecting the DVDs or VCDs. My ‘Aladdin’ & ‘Aladdin and The King of Thieves’ VCDs are still securedly kept in a dusty box in the spare room.

Thus when the live action movie hit cinemas this year, I just have.got.to.see.it. I’m happy to say that I LOVE the movie! I love how Mena Massoud plays Aladdin really well and while I adore the original Princess Jasmine, I feel that the beautiful Naomi Scott gives our princess justice with her strong performance. This Aladdin fan approves! ❤

Now here’s an even sweeter thing; I got my hands on the limited edition MACxDisney’s Aladdin gems!

Since I don’t do MAC nor keep up much with beauty-related news these days, I was actually late at the MACxAladdin game. Truthfully, I only discoved about the limited edition collection AFTER I’ve watched the movie. Naturally, when I hit a MAC store three weeks ago, most products from the collection were already sold out. I’m not gonna walk out empty handed so I got myself these two products;

Princess Jasmine eyeshadow palette (RM221)
Powder Blush in Your Wish is My Command (RM122)

I love everything about these two; even the exterior packaging of pink/gold and turquois/gold boxes screams Princess Jasmine.

Did you get anything from the collection? Commend and let me know which product from the limited edition collection you love most. 😁

-Hanna-

Out in the park

Sun’s out, and the heat is on. No, this isn’t the lovely summer sorta sun. This is Malaysia early Saturday morning in our local park. The real deal.

Which is just perfect for an annual Sports Day fun for this lil’ munchkin. 😀

Natural light was fantastic so naturally, I had to self-potrait a lil’.

-Hanna-

Birthday beauties; 2018

How come it’s ALREADY December?! Last time I was here, I was lamenting about the long hard/easy journey of weight loss…. in July. Now it’s less than two weeks to 2019. Whoa!

But first, LUSH Cosmetics is finally here! Heck yes LUSH.in.Malaysia. 💖 I managed to visit the store in Pavilion KL last Sunday. Look at these colourful bath bombs! 👇

They’ve only been here for two months but I’ve already heard mixed opinions about the price range from fellow Malaysians. Some say it’s reasonably priced yet some thinks otherwise. Personally, I had prepared myself with the fact that LUSH products aren’t gonna be cheap. I’m not gonna compare it with LUSH UK price range, which I was familiar with back when I swapped for LUSH like crazy almost a decade ago. However, I wasn’t quite prepared for some of the price tags when I was at the Pavilion store last week. RM90 bath bomb? Phew~

But overall I do feel the prices here are reasonable. Our Malaysian Ringgit hasn’t been strong these past few years to be honest. In the end, I walked out of the store with a Square Tin (RM20), 150g Golden Pear soap (RM45) and a reusable Bubble Bar Magic Wand (RM60) in my brown paper bag. *Big grin!*

With December being my birthday month, yesterday this birthday girl received a lovely birthday package from a long-time friend from Poland;

Yes, the picture is upside down and no, I can’t edit it. I need a new phone. Lol! I’m so sorry Joanna. For ruining this otherwise a beautiful image of my birthday presents.

My friend Joanna is so nice to get me my favourite Urban Decay VICE lipstick in Ravenswood. And my favourite PALMER’S Daily Calming Facial Lotion. Actually she sent me the moisturizer last month when I told her I couldn’t find it anywhere ever since I finished mine last year.

The rest are cute extras; some perfume samples, ESTEE LAUDER mini mascara, 2in1 mask, 10ml body lotion and a deoball.

She also sent some lovely birthday presents for my daughter too; a t-shirt & hair clips. Thank you!

Now, excuse me while I’m having fun with my birthday goodies…🎁

-Hanna-