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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Life Update - What's next?


Hello October! Wait. What? It's October?? Didn't I just post Hello 2015? Anyhoooos, I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I figured we could do with another life update. Before I begin, I'm warning you today's post is all over the show. Just my random thoughts here and there.

I've been buried in decision making and managing our finances for le big day and work. My day to day has been rather mundane I think I'm losing my mojo. How does one get they mojo back?? I deserve a holiday. In fact, I'm in dire need of one (or two). BUT it would only jeopardise our finances. For those who knows me well enough, I may splurge at times, but I'm quite discipline when it comes to finances. I have friends coming up to me for financial advice. (You know who you are!) I should start charging them consultation fee! So, anyone has too much money on their hands willing to sponsor me a trip?? That would be ideal. 

Nazzmie and I have carefully selected afew wedding vendors based on our requirements. Having dealt with so many brides in my previous job, I can testify that I'm not a bridezilla (yet)! Haha! If I ever start becoming one, please, by all means, give me a knock in the head. Over the years, I've grown to love simple and intimate weddings. In fact, there's a handful of typical wedding highlights we will be doing without. Just the necessary. Boy am I glad Nazzmie and I are on the same page... Let's not bother about what people think. People will talk either way. 

When I talk about blogging, some questioned, "Why bother, Nora?" I love penning my thoughts down. I grew up in the era of diaries and journals. I even named all of mine! What a weirdo. I know my sister and cousin had one (cus i secretly read theirs. Not so secret anymore ay!) To date, I still keep my diaries. More often than not, I catch myself laughing and cringing to my impulsive adolescent thoughts and decisions I made. When I was first introduced to blogs in Sec 2, it was the coolest thing ever to have your own site. I got roped into it and blogged for fun till I recently decided to take it to the next level as an informative and inspiring space, all in the name of passion. Blogging takes me into my own zone; an outlet or platform to express myself and allow all my creative juices to flow. In fact, if I was ever given the opportunity to blog for a living, never in a million years would I turn it down! 

You don't have to be the best to love what you do. Thank you for the astounding response over the Unbreak My Heart post. A heartbreak is incredibly  painful and I don't wish it upon anyone. I know not a word I say or do can make things magically turn around. You'll just have to go through it. But it's temporary, trust me, you'll heal in time. And you'll bounce back only to become a stronger person. The world is now your oyster, make the best out of it. I hope it has made an impact on you (even a tiny winy one) one way or another. From all your responses, let's start a #mattersoftheheart segment to discuss issues that are very close to our heart. 

Stay safe everyone! Till the next entry.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

All About That Base - Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation


Because you know I'm all about that base, bout that base. Yeap we're not talking about no bass. Today, it's gonna be about that base. And I'm referring to foundation base. 

When we talk about foundation, everyone has their personal preferences and expectations. Some prefer their skin looking matt to achieve that smooth flawless babyskin look. While others prefer dewy and glowy look to achieve a healthy and radiant skin effect. I'm somewhere in between. I know I cant pull off the dewy glowy look cus my oily skin turns into a grease ball at the end of the day from humidity. While being completely matt makes me look too 1 dimensional. Haha! First world problem much??

Its almost impossible for me to achieve that semi matt look given the weather here in Singapore. Here's what I look for in a foundation: long wearing, comes with a decent coverage and non-cakey. Sounds like a piece of cake but this has been on my search list since forever! 

I received heaps of compliments on my make up during the engagement. Mainly on how flawless my skin looked (eventhough I had a couple of breakouts here and there), how long it lasts, and how it matches my olive skin tone really well! 

What better foundation to use none other than the highly raved Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation? I was quite skeptical with this foundation initially. I figured this could be one of those not-worth-the-hype products. You won't know till you try it! I head down to their counter at Tangs Orchard to get a perfect match. Below are the product details picked up from Estee Lauder's site. It's reasonably priced (SG$58), it checked all my boxes and believe it or not, it actually does its job! 



Product DetailsLong-wearing makeup with 15-hour staying power. Looks flawless and natural. Lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity.Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable.For a look that lasts all day, without touchups.BENEFITSLong-wear: 15 hours. Medium coverage. Our #1 Makeup.COVERAGEMedium, BuildableFINISHNatural, semi-matteFORMULA FACTS
  • Oil-free
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Non-acnegenic; won't clog pores
  • Fragrance-free
I'd give it extra credit for the non-transfer formula. Most foundation will leave a transfer on my clothes and helmets especially. Not this one! Thank goodness! Giving the helmet a good wash can be a chore sometimes. Or.... dearest Nazzmie can always do that for me 😎

The Estee Lauder DWF does a fantastic job on its own. Given that I was using it for a special occasion, it could do with abit of help. I'll whip out the Murad Oil Control Mattifier Moisturiser and the Make Up For Ever All Mat Primer for that flawless skin finish. 

On a day to day basis, I'll switch it up to a drugstore or CC foundation for work. I like to call it my 5 minutes make up challenge. Let me know if you'd like to see that one!




Just a little sidetrack... Say hello to my beautiful sister! I've always thought she looked like Hanie Haddad, she definitely takes over my dad of course with the fair skin and defined nose. And yes we look worlds apart. We get that alot. Haha!

So guys, if you have found THE foundation for you, please share it! The EL DWF has set the bar up so high, I now have a hard time looking for others to beat it. And for those of you still looking, definitely give this one a try.

I hope everyone is keeping yourself hydrated and minimise outdoor activities. Don't forget your new fashion accessory! The N95 mask. 

P.s. I know this is also the first time I'm mentioning the engagement. As I've mentioned in post Hello 2015, Nazzmie and I will be embarking to the next level of our relationship In shaa Allah and have been engaged since April. Keep us in your prayers, In shaa Allah this journey will be a smooth sailing one.

Take care, till the next entry!
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