Sunday, 4 November 2018

My Story : Luck in Life Year 5


One thing I have learnt over these 5 years living with cancer.
In my case, it won't completely be cleared or cured 
BUT
Just live with it.
All We Have Is Now

I didn't write anything for my 4th Year here,  there's no excuse.
I have had the hardest time being inspired, creative and even trying to motivate myself in my terms.
From then till now,
"life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"
Some days were too sweet, some days bitter, some just mellow, some even sour and sharp.

Kind of does some up many things through these couples of years that I've been through.
Of course, thanking everyone around me that supports me, I am so blessed that I have so many people in my life that not only supports what I do for my career, life but most importantly, mentally. 

It has been a major subject to talk about these couple of years where alot of bloggers you read or vloggers you watch about our mental health. Without denying, it is important to have a good back support. Keep those close to you who support and love you, leave those behind who don't care and only takes advantages. These two things have been the top 5 things that has taught me over these 5 short years. 

Live the life you want and strive for it. 
I always try to strive for the better and work as hard as I can.
There will be people who will bring you down.
There will always be more of those who will take you to joy of various heights. 

5 years with cancer (and a very rare type too)
Having to know that I've literally been turned into a case study, I'm okay with it.
Honestly, if the research for my illness can bring better treatments to those who have it in the future, I'm willing to give all that I can and support to the medical team.

Blessed and won't ramble on any longer.
After what's happened 5 years ago.
Definitely say that I'm very lucky to be alive and to have met so many new and great friends surrounded with love, laughter and full of life.

Just remind yourself like I try to everyday.
Take each day and each thing as it comes.
S x

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Weleda : Skin Food


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I've been using this Weleda: Skin Food cream for a while now. Even if it's for dry and rough skin, it gives a great base for the makeup without feeling too heavy or sticky. It gives an instant glow too after applying it. Smooth and easy to blend on the skin too.

Personally, I use it on myself and clients. 
I've tried to use this as a highlighter as well and it works wonders in this summer heat!
A little does go a very long way so if you have oily skin, I would suggest using a wee dollop and blend on the highest points on the face. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Origins : DRINK UP Intensive Overnight Mask

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The one thing I can't stand myself of in the winter days, is that dryness I have from the bitter cold weather outdoors to the blazing hot heat indoors. Now that spring is almost here, I can say that this Origins: Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask saved my skin from looking patchy, especially after having makeup on all day.

Why I love it is because it's not greasy or sticky. I absolutely disliked some overnight masks where I wake up with my hair stuck to my face because of the product and as well as my pillowcases. With this Overnight Mask, it just feels like cream you've put on after cleansing your face before going to bed. If you do feel like you've got too much on, you can always blot it off with tissue which I find it very useful. 

I use this at least once a week to keep my skin hydrated. I tend to use it when I know I won't have enough sleep or haven't had enough water during the day. One of the best thing with Origins is, there aren't many products where I don't like the scent of it. So, after washing it off in the morning, my skin feels very smooth and soft. Makeup then always looks so much better when your skin is hydrated.

 People ask me how I apply masks in these types of big squeezey tubes. I like to use an old flat brush (like a foundation brush that I won't use anymore) then slowly brush it over my skin. That way I can see how much product I directly put on the brush. If not, just make sure your hands are nice and clean before you apply the mask onto your face. 

Last but not least, because I can travel a lot because of work, I can easily depot it into a smaller tube or pots when ever I need it. The best place I would recommend for these is MUJI. It will become one of your favorite travel container store like me.

If you've tried this product, let me know what you think too.
Please do let me know if there are other products you'd like me to try out too! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Charlotte Tilbury : Hollywood Contour & Highlight

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A little while ago, I bought the Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (Highlighter) and the Contour Wand.
As much as I love some of her products, being honest, the Highlighter is amazing. Like the Wonderglow, you can use it before and after foundation. Personally, I do prefer the finishing texture of the Wonderglow more but of course, to get that highlighted look, then go for it.

Now, when it came to using the Contour Wand (I have it in Light to Medium), it did take me a while to get use to it because of how much more fluid it is comparing to a cream colour I use daily.  It does set once it's blended, it can be used without powder on top of it. Because I do have my makeup on all day without touching up, I tend to use a powder contour to go over it so it lasts longer. Colourwise, Light - Medium is more of an ashy tone, it does give a very natural look. I will say though, the amount of contour I use is alot more than highlight, so for it's price, I do find it more expensive however, it's great for travelling and lightweight!

The only problem I really had was to remember to twist the top part of the sponge to close it, otherwise, I had a bit of a highlight and contour spillage all in the cap and makeup bag. Basically, remember to twist to open and close the product if you're not using it!




NOTE* I did purchase with my own money. NO AD 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Most Worn Reds



Do click on the products listed above to see where you can get them and prices too. 

Personally, I love a good long wear of a lipstick or liquid lip, so that I don't need to worry too much about the smudging or colouration as constant especially after having a coffee or two on the go all the time. There are many other brands but these are just the few that have been long wearing and available for me to use. 

* I'm not advertising or any sort, these are the products which works for me

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Tram Store


I came across this little café from viewing one of the random collective photos you get on Instagram. On this glorious day through the winter seasons, the sun decided to come out before the rain poured over the weekend. I will say though, what attracted me to go was the setting and atmosphere I saw from the photos.

Just around the corner of Lea Bridge Roundabout on Upper Clapton Road its not too far from Clapton Station either or the bus stops by the roundabout itself. 


By the time I arrived around 12.30PM, it was pretty packed on the main tables (which I will admit, I love a good wooden sharing table). Since that was the case, I opted to sit by the window. I love how everything inside the café is filled with greenery, chilled vibe and relaxed music.


The stools by the window are very tall comparing to the low level of the table, so if you are as tall as me (I’m 5’7) and having to work on a laptop, the hunch was beyond uncomfortable. So I waited until most people have left after the bustling busy lunch hour and made my way to the long table for a more comfortable level to work from. 

Ordering at the till like any cafe then having a seat. I had a vegan sandwich (sourdough bread) with roasted aubergine, courgettes, harissa, tahini, garlic sauce and salad. It says salad on the menu but I was given some pickled veggies, along with a black coffee as always. Not going to lie, but the coffee I had was slightly to the sour taste, maybe an over burn of the coffee beans? Or maybe I was having a fussy day where I need a good coffee to get me going for the rest of the day. 


After moving from the window seat to a more human level to work from, having too many coffees is never good for any one. I debated to myself at the counter staring at the drink list board, finally ordered a Chai Tea Latte in the end to stop myself from going hyper-overactive on caffeine. 



Just as I finishing up with work and a lovely chai tea latte, it was time to hold my cup up (just for the sake of a photo) and say cheers to the weekend to come! 



Monday, 22 January 2018

January Everyday Makeup Look


The makeup I've been wearing the most this January is this Mauvey look. I do tend to stick to very matte colours during the winter seasons, however, with special occasions, I do tend to do the very normal gold and bronzey look to have that bit of sparkle. 

I know all the makeup products have already been listed above but it maybe easier to see what I've used again so here they are:

Foundation : Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
Highlighter : Fenty Shimmer Skin Stick (Confetti)
Contour : Becca LIght Sculpting Perfector & Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
Eyeshadow : Laroc Pro Palette
Eyeliner : Chanel Stylo Yeun Waterproof Pencil (Brown)
[only on the top eyeline and waterline]
Mascara : L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Waterproof
Eyebrow : Bobbi Brown Brown Natural Brow (Auburn)
Lipstick : Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment (Walk The Way)

Personally, I tend to use powder only on the T-zone areas but since it's the winter seasons, because my skin can get really dry very quickly because of having foundation on, there are times where I will just skip even having any powder on.

From taking this day makeup to a night one, I tend to just add a winged-eyeline, darken a little of the same shades I have already used and even a red lip depending on my mood. Add a little more  powder contouring to deepen the colour slightly as most of the colour might have already come off for the day. 


Photos has not been edited or filtered*
Taken in natural light

Monday, 8 January 2018

Scary Start to the New Year


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Happy New Year Everyone!

This is generally not the start of a new year post I would do.
Normally, I do a Christmas wish list and present help list but last year, it just seemed to me that presents were not the most important thing but spending time with loved ones and have time to yourself (myself in this case) for once.
 SO! 
Hopefully, you will all forgive me for being MIA for a while.
Fresh start of the year has already made me plan to write more.

As spook as I can get from a horror movie, I've braved the new year to watch The Exorcist play at the Phoenix Theatre in London over the weekend. For someone like me who is generally horrified by the sound and word of "horror" in movies, somehow, the stage play wasn't too bad! 

It was a last minute impromptu kind of decision to go watch it on the day and prices were not bad at all for 15 pounds a ticket each. Mind you, seating selection can differ depending on the price range you're willing to spend.

Nevertheless (going back to topic), the play itself was not as scary as the movie itself so if you're going to brave it as watch it. I'd say go ahead and give it a go. 

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