Posted in lifestyle, make up

CURRENT BEST-LOVED

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I have been on a hunt for a new facial cleanser and found Aveeno. I used a few products and did not find any distinctive result from a long time of using it. Sure, it cleanses your face, I hoped. However, with this product, I notice a difference right after patting my skin dry; it does not make my skin feel tight like an everything-stripped-off kind of tight, and the brightening effect does actually work because my pimple scars appear less dark in just two weeks of using.

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Sunscreen. We all know how important sunscreens are and somehow we just take it for granted. However, it is essential in your skin care routine to count the sunscreen in, every day. I too don’t bother to use sunscreen before, but now I do. I am using Cetaphil; it tends to feel a bit sticky on the skin at first right after applying it, but it dries faster and absorbs into the skin quickly, so the stickiness therein will not be long.

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I fell in love with the Diorskin Star Concealer by Dior. In fact, I like it more now than the NARS Creamy Concealer. It blends well, matches my skin tone and acts as an undereye highlight as well; it is perfect. I do not use it every day though because it is a bit pricey for a 6ml tiny little tube or bottle.

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This fragrance is currently my go to scent. The girl working at Sephora recommended it, and so I gave it a try. Received a couple of compliments on it too (insert tongue-out emoji). I am bad at describing scent or anything really, but I will try, it smells like fresh flowers without making it overwhelmingly flowery or sweet; it is light and clean. Yes, there you go. Hehe.

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I am fully committed to bronzing now. Totally can make a huge difference on your whole face’s complexion or overall appearance. The product and the packaging itself compliment with each other resulting into this adorable little bundle. Thanks to a good friend of mine for having such a great sense of Christmas present idea.

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Still on the era of my ‘things that shimmers’. Took a break from using my Elizabeth Arden Liquid Highlighter and switch to Make Up Forever Pro Light Fusion in No. 1 which is golden pink, ideal for light to medium skin tones. I am recently obsessing over highlighting my nose bridge, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and chin. I use the Sephora Pro Fan Eventail 65 with it, which I do not really like but it does the job, so I still use it. You can never go wrong with highlight, and it seems like if you overdo it the better. But I don’t, overdo it. Hopefully.

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I got my eyelashes permed, so I don’t have to deal with curling my lashes every single day. The thing is if my eyelashes are curled they tend to smudge the mascara big time. So finding a mascara that can minimise that is a bit tricky. I stumbled upon soap and glory products and found this Thick and Fast mascara, and it isn’t mentioned on the packaging if it is actually a waterproof one, but I like it a lot. It doesn’t smudge and can be removed easily every time I wash my face which is a good thing; because there’s nothing more annoying than removing waterproof mascara and trying hard not to pull all of your eyelashes off.

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I recently cut my hair short, and so it means my styling options are limited now. I have been wearing my hair curled, and with the use of this product, it stays curled for at least 6 hours tops since this is a soft touch hold hair spray only and because I don’t like the feel of crisp and stickiness the strong hold hairsprays are giving. I use a 16mm curling wand, spritz some hair spray and dry shampoo if it is the second day, then call it a day.

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I didn’t realise how much I missed wearing ear hoops until recently. They are in now, and I think they look cute with every outfit possible, and so I thought I would try them on again. I used to wear them since high school, I reckon. This one is from H&M, by the way.

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I finished reading this book a while back, but it has remained fresh in my memory especially the images it has created. I tend to go back and flip the pages and I might or might not have read it a couple of times more. This book talks about issues surviving high school (regular millennial thing), bullying, love, struggles, life and death. The book is so well-written and expresses a particular message that will make you realise; you will never know what anyone could be thinking and feeling. It will leave you wanting to know more and more about what will happen next once you start flipping the first few pages. This is definitely my absolute favourite as of now; otherwise, this has not made it to my fave list. Highly recommend reading it and let me know if you cried too.

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Broadchurch is my current favourite TV Series. It is about crime, drama, and mystery. It has 3 seasons so far with 8 episodes per season. It makes you think and wonder what has happened as well, and the twists are just amazing and exciting. I can not wait for the season 4 to come out. Watch it, and I assure you, you will love it. Unless you are not into crime investigations, journalism and law related kind of stuff, this might bore you. I, on the other hand, enjoy it.

These are my current favourites. I hope you discover something you might end up liking too. Thank you for stopping by and take care of yourself!

xx

Posted in tips, travel

Fell In Love With Armenia

Hi, everyone! For those who are wondering and planning to visit the amazing Republic of Armenia, this is my version of a travel guide, I hope this somehow will be helpful. There are a lot of things to do and enjoy in that beautiful country. Like skiing and lying on the snow (haha), but seriously, a glimpse of what and how middle age probably or certainly looks like. From the aesthetic of the city, medieval churches and monasteries, up to the massive mountains stretched into the surface your naked eyes will ever reach, with my absolute best judgment – I am saying you’ll not regret it. I thought we simplify things so we can get to the point quick. From Abu Dhabi, UAE to Yerevan, Armenia, this was my 4-day itinerary.

  • Airline Ticket

Book your ticket with your airline of choice. I have chosen airarabia because they have the lowest airfare but departs from Sharjah International Airport. They’re having a deal of a return ticket for 1 week at 650aed and flight schedules are only Tuesdays and Fridays. If you happen to be traveling for less than a week, the fare will have a little difference (mine was 940aed), but I believe it’s still much cheaper than the other airlines. You can try checking out Fly Dubai as well. AirArabia offers a shuttle bus which I wasn’t aware of, you can check with your agent if you’ll book via travel agency and google it if you do it online. I took the bus from Abu Dhabi Bus Station going to City Centre Sharjah at 24:00 being the last trip because the first trip is 04:30 and my flight was 08:10 then it would have been bad if I came late; I then took a taxi to the airport for 32aed.

  • Hotel Booking

Booking can be done online with multiple choices of booking sites; I did mine at Hotel. Com. Either way, I highly recommend Kantar Hotel situated just few minutes walk from the Republic Square. You can choose your preferred room whether you want to stay alone in a room or in a shared room, of course, the prices will varry. My friend and I chose the shared room for 31aed/night since we just need some place to rest, take a shower and to store our luggage. It is a dormitory room with 4 double-decker beds and no worries you’ll have a locker to store your valuables. The hotel is affordable, clean and pleasant, you’ll get the best value for your money. They offer a broad range of delicious breakfast, coffee, and tea that is already included in your stay. The staff is friendly and very welcoming. Please bring your own toiletries (except paper tissues) indoor slippers, and plug in socket adapter.

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Kantar Hotel, Reception Area
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Kantar Hotel, Breakfast Lounge
  • VISA

Visa is upon arrival for 3000 Armenian drams (1 aed=129 drams) for up to 21 days of stay if you wish to stay longer you can extend and an additional fee will be charged accordingly. You need to secure beforehand the amount in Armenian drams because they might not accept any other currency, like dollars or dirhams, etc.

  • Airport pick up/drop off and Tours

You can contact Tours in Armenia if you haven’t had chosen anyone yet. Pick up from airport to your hotel is 2000 drams as well as drop off from your hotel to the airport. You can find the contact number on their page and you can communicate via whatsapp. They’re approachable and will reply to your query quickly. And also, their car has wifi which is quite nice or better. For the tours, I had 2 days from 09:00-18:00 top. Day 1: Geghard ChurchGarni TempleSevan LakeCable CarKecharis Monastery. Day 2: Khor VirapHin AreniNoravank. I would recommend joining the tour on the 2nd day from the day you landed, so you are well-rested and have the entire day.

  • Tour Fees

Day 1 – 5,500 drams

Garni Temple – 1,200 drams (entrance ticket)

Cable Car (Tsaghkadzor) – 2,000 drams

Day 2 – 6,500 drams

Hin Areni Wine Tasting and Tour – 1,000 drams

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  • Places to Eat

Pandok Yerevan

Shaurma Club

Tospia Restaurant

Kalian Khalill Maamoon

Food and present budgets are all up to you depending on how much would you wanna spend. Shops and restaurants accept visa and mastercard.

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Tospia Restaurant

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I would also like to share some experiences and thoughts about a couple of things that honestly surprise me. First thing, please please please don’t be rude to anyone, especially to the locals. I have seen kabayans acted kinda off even in public, like WHY? Why would you do that? Aren’t you supposed to prepare everything before you even step on the plane? You are coming to a foreign country, of course, you’ll gonna need the money in their own currency(!) We are all foreigners, and their country belongs to them, whatever their traditions and rules are – we are expected to obey and follow without questions. This is ridiculous and funny, but it bugs me- for instance in restaurants, please ask nicely for your RICE and SPOON. Second thing, we don’t need to give our comments to everything we see. If they are negative, we resist it and keep it to ourselves unless it is appreciative then we go share it. Notwithstanding our differences, we are well-mannered HUMAN beings (I believe..).

Good luck and have fun!

Don’t forget your cameras, extra batteries, and cozy outfits! xx

Posted in travel

Made it to Armenia

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Made it to the beautiful country of Armenia! Even the flight was delayed for almost 2 hours, we landed safe and just blown away by the stunningly medieval city of Yerevan. Can’t wait for the adventures that await for the following days. I so love the city as much as the people around, the ambiance is so pleasing and accepting that you almost feel at home. The city makes you feel like you’re experiencing some middle age vibe in the 21st century. Credits go to the Armenian citizens that preserve such gems. I highly recommend coming here and see it yourself. I’ll try to post a travel guide soon that hopefully can help out anyone planning to come.

Enjoy the rest of your week!××

Posted in lifestyle

Electric Run

One of the things that I like to do or my friends and I would like to do is joining the fun run, and I am saying FUN run, it has got some twist in it that makes the whole experience more unique in my opinion, and I am down for it. Staying active is as important as getting 8 hours of sleep every night (if I could) for me. Although I get a lot of comments on how skinny I am and yet I still like to go for a morning run or going to the gym and whatnot, to be honest, I don’t do this to lose weight. First, I do not gain weight because I have an extremely bored metabolism that knows nothing but to let go of everything I ate the second it hits down my throat (well, not literally but you know what I mean), second I do this because it is fun and it makes me happy plus the benefits I am getting. It is like fuel to my system that keeps me going and makes me feel good about ME.

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It was a 5 km night run around the lush Yas Gateway Park with colourful decorative street lights and loud music all over the place. The after party was also epic with a lovely and ridiculously good looking DJ, of course, I am not posting pictures of me actually dancing because that would be too embarrassing. The participants are all from various age groups; there are families with cute kids, massive group of friends and adorable lovers as well. The idea got me thinking and inspired me to promise myself that I am so bringing my children to run with me someday, YES SOMEDAY.

Posted in lifestyle

Skin Care

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My Top 7 Skin Care Products:

  1. Clinique Liquid  Facial Soap
  2. Bioderma Sensibio H2O – helps to remove any left over products from washing alone
  3. Sephora Wrinkle – fighting Super Serum
  4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  5. Orogold 24K Cell Renewal Night Cream
  6. Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream
  7. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – let the pink particles settle down and use a cotton bud to take it and apply directly on your pimples, this thing works wonders!

Taking care of your skin is as necessary as not skipping a meal or keeping hydrated on a hot sunny day. I mean, it’s vitally needed in an obvious possible way. I have noticed that over the time as we age whether we like to acknowledge it or not, it’s happening! Our skin is starting to experience or display stuff that wasn’t there before. And by stuff, I meant, rank pimples, overdue scars from previous pimples, bigger pores, uneven skin tone, lines and wrinkles around the eyes and laugh lines. The list is going to go on and on, and it is tough, real tough! At least for me, it’s definitely real for me. I am so near to 30 now, and I’ve got multiple skin issues way more than my OTHER issues. Haha! So regardless of how time-consuming it is and how pricey things can turn to be, I’m down for it, and I don’t mind.

These goes with you too; PLEASE take the time to remove your makeup before going to bed if you do wear or even just a moisturizer and powder on, just remove any product from your face and wash it off with water and soap. Having all these products that have chemicals on your face for the day time is too much for your skin to handle and for it to breath let alone keeping it for 24 hours round! It will cause you loads of skin problems, (top on the list, pimples) that you may not see now but eventually, you will especially when you pass teenage life. There isn’t really a way we could stop it, but at least we can do something to prevent or to delay it a bit. I just wish I knew this before then probably my wrinkles not be appearing at this early stage. But well, it’s here now and no reason to mourn about it. This post went off quite ranting once again. HAHA.

These are just a few of my skin care routine. Of course, if you’re wearing makeup you have to remove it first with a makeup remover, either with wipes, cream or in liquid form before you proceed washing to attain the actual aim, REMOVING. Face mask, exfoliating mask, treatment, and facials once in a while are perfect as well. I hope this was helpful!

PS: Daily default – sunscreen, tons of water and at least 6-8 hours of sleep

Thank you for stopping by. May you have a pleasant day or evening. And don’t forget to smile! xx

Posted in food

Homemade Hot Chocolate♥

Hi, guys! I wanted to share with you on how to make my version of hot chocolate. It’s perfect for the cold weather and couldn’t think of any more relatable time than today. You’ll beat Starbuck’s overpriced one, I’m telling you. Haha! So, we’re doing this.

Here are the ingredients:

  • fresh milk
  • nutella
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg ground/peanut butter
  • mini marshmallows

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Here’s how you do it:

Low heat, in a saucepan, heats up a 3/4 cup of fresh milk, stir until the sides of the pan become fizzy then add a tablespoon of nutella and continuously stir until it’s completely melted into the milk. Now you can add a copious amount of ground nutmeg or teaspoon of peanut butter whichever you fancy and give it a stir once more. Maintain the low heat because you do not want it to be boiling. Make sure everything was incorporated then pour it into your mug; drop few mini marshmallows or more according to your preference, top it off with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re done! It’s that easy. You can use chocolate chips as toppings also but if you don’t want to add more evil sugar-do as you like. Enjoy, and you’re welcome!

Posted in make up

Beam of Shimmer

Officially fall into the wagon of shimmer (not too much for now). A friend of mine uses a shimmery blusher from NARS, and when I tried it I surprisingly loved it! The journey has begun, and I intend to keep the theme from now on considering I live in a hot country and every day feels like summer (after few weeks still) so it’s just appropriate I must say. I love how it’s added some radiant to the skin and makes it extra glowy.

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First off, Bobbi Brown’s limited edition brightening blush in Truffle Pink. The thing is gorgeous! Honestly, the packaging is so over the top that sold me out as much as the product itself did. When you apply it, the color payoff is a bit brown (ish), and with a hint of soft pink, it is just perfect especially if you have a golden undertone skin like I do. With golden and dark eye makeup with nude lips, I think it will look bomb. Haha! I’m so bad at describing things. I hope you get what I mean.

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I also stumbled upon a lipstick that is like a lip balm consistency with a bit of color and thought to give it a try since I wanted to re-open the possibility of wearing lipstick again especially colored ones. Hopefully, we are off to a good start. It doesn’t give that much of a colour, but it goes perfectly with the blusher and thus keeping the whole shimmering shimmery and golden nudeness situation going on, I just love it! 🙂

Posted in lifestyle

A Day in my life

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Today marks the 6th month since I left my previous place (used to be my home for two years), my workplace and my friends. I paid a visit and nostalgia kicked hard. I missed them so much and the places I used to see every morning on my way to work. Realizing that I am going old and eventually pass adulthood makes me cringe, because of how the time just flew by. Haha! But it’s all good, and this goes to show that I am aware that I am an adult and expected to act like one. Willingly, opened myself to change and worked my way through it as what I have imagined it going to be. I still can remember those times I caught myself wondering what to do next. But as long as we know what we want, we can always start from there. I wanted to explore more in a way that can help establish new learnings; for my career, personal and social well-being, and so I did. For now, everything is in the place where they’re supposed to be and happy beyond measure that I did the right thing for me. Take a risk, be sensible in things that are attainable and what are you capable of, then work on it, fight for it and never stop until you get it. Fear is always there, and it’s good serving as your reminder that screwing up is not an option and that you better do good!

The day was filled with giggles, catching up, and was productively fun. And of course horrible and shameless photoshoot in every corner possible. 🙂