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Highlight for 2014

Early this year, I posted [here] "2014 The Year of Self Improvement" and I only mentioned 4 things that I wanted to improve. That much I had in my mind on that day. -__-"
Alhamdulillah this year has been more wonderful with Nur Amni Thaqifah around. Even though it means double the trouble and mess. Lol! We're still enjoying her baby stage even though she has turned one year old. She can't talk back to me yet like Ahmad Iqbal. I'm glad!! Haha.. But she's very smart. And an early riser too! Ahmad Iqbal is very smart too. Oh! Both of them ada dua pusar on their head which people always say, gauk "naughty" nie drg ani. But according to Dato Dr Hj Fadzillah Kamsah, they are actually two times smarter and have higher IQ (and EQ, I hope!) too. Whichever it is, insya Allah we will try to guide them to the best path possible both worldly and for hereafter. 

Looking back, I definitely managed to get my driving license. Alhamdulillah.. Finally! But I got hi…

Disney Princesses and Superheroes Birthday Party!

Since both Iqbal and Amni were born in the same month, we decided to celebrate their birthdays together. I didn't have much time to plan though.
We planned to have a party at a playground. At first, we wanted to have a pool kinda party but since it has been raining the past month, we cancelled it. So playground it is. We ordered cakes from Bakerlyn (3 years straight!!!), then bottle wrapper and cupcake topper with to match the theme, which Iqbal eventually choose Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Alhamdulillah the party went better than expected. Especially guests attendance. Really happy to see everyone who came. Seeing the kids having fun in the playground. Such a blessing. Just a small celebration next year I think. Hehe..

Ahmad Iqbal turns 3!

Mini celebration for Iqbal tonight for his 3rd birthday. Next year he'll starts school and that will definitely be another milestone and adventure for us as parents. *deep breath* Haha.. He's a big boy now. Time flies~ I still remember how cute and adorable he was when he was little. Keke.. And he still is! Just a little different. He has a good sense of humour too, although still naughty sometimes towards his sister. He loves attention, that's for sure! -__-"

Happy Birthday babyboy! Ibu doakan Iqbal jadi anak yang baik, penyayang, hormat orang lain, pandai, dimurahkan rezeki, dirahmati dan dilindungi Allah selalu.. Aamiin!!! Ibu, ayah and Amni love you so so much Abang!!! :D *lots of hugs and kisses*

Blush Palettes

I posted this picture on IG about a week ago. I'm so in love! They are so pretty!
That's the thing about holiday collection. I just love them all. Last year I love their eye palettes and managed to get few. This year is the blush palettes. I got one of these blush palettes already. Tarte. :DDDD I'm still torn with Benefit because of the packaging and Hourglass because of the price. Hmm..

An Afternoon in the Park

There have been many times that we wanted to bring the kids to the park. Tapi selalunya inda jadi. Why? Because the kids were sleeping in the car. Today they were but it was over an hour, so we just woke them up.
Amni was really excited. She didn't want me to carry her, instead she wanted to walk. Walk on the grass some more. Pavement is too mainstream for her. Lol! While on the other hand, Iqbal wanted his dad to carry him. Haha! Ok lah, he just woke up anyway. Manja-er ok!
I'm so glad that we finally able to bring them to the park. Taman Jubilee to be exact. They had fun playing at the playground. Not much socialising though especially Iqbal. -_-"
Enjoy the rest of your weekend loves!

Amni Thaqifah turns One!

Time sure flies. Where has the one year gone to? I can't believe that my baby girl is already one!

The second child. She sure is braver than her brother. Started walking earlier than her brother. Very 'dramatic' especially before or after her brother 'hits' or 'pushes' her. Sometimes she even smartly lay down first before Iqbal can pushes her. Lol! She knows how to save herself these days. Except when she didn't expect his brother to do it. There's just so much thing to talk about Amni. She's very smart, brave and independent, that's for sure.

We had a mini celebration at home tonight. It's funny to see how she was amaze looking at the candle lit. While Iqbal at the other end, kept on blowing the candle whenever he had the chance. So much happiness looking at them both, made me feel really blessed. Alhamdulillah.. I can't thank Allah enough for all the things that He gave us. I hope I can be a good mother to them first then a friend …

Long Weekend

It has been a while since my last post. I really miss writing. I wish I have more time so I can write my heart out. *cries*
It's the end of another long weekend this month. Almost, in less than an hour.
I have taken my leave since Thursday because Dearest Dad was having his angioplasty operation at JPMC. Sent him there in the morning with mom and Amni, and then left mom there to stay with dad. Mom decided to check-in at Empire and dad was discharged that afternoon. So both of them were staying at Empire for two nights to REST. 

Although we did crash their stay because I just had to bring my kids to the swimming pool. Teehee! Both Iqbal and Amni was really excited. For Amni, that would be her second time this month. We also checked-in earlier this month during the long weekend. She was really excited to explore the pool and became braver with the water! I wish I could capture all the smiles and excitements. And for Iqbal, he refused to go out from the pool after almost two hours stayi…

Family Planning

I don't think we had a proper family planning after we had Iqbal. I was fully breastfeeding him for a year and over, so that was somewhat our family planning. When Iqbal turns one year old, I had my first period after so long. And I believe that was my only period because after that we found out that we're pregnant with Baby Amni.

This time around is however different. I'm not able to fully breastfeed Baby Amni. Only at night. And I had my period when Amni was only 9 months. So obviously, we do not want another baby anytime soon. That's when we started talking about doing family planning.
I believe there are few options for family planning - tablets, injection (depo) and also IUCD. I settled on IUCD although the idea is quite scary. Seriously, having something stuck in your uterus is scary! But we want a longer break. For now, we want to give our full attention to both Iqbal and Amni.

I had the procedure done today. The Doctor tried to explain other options since we…

More Bags in My List

Since I am on Ban Island, I thought I should list all the bags that are in my wish list to date. *lol* I mean, how can one have more bags in list after finally getting one the list? *slaps forehead*

Apart from these bags that are high in my wish list in this post [here], Chanel Classic Flap bag and CD Lady Dior bag, I have added few some more in my list.

1. Louis Vuitton Capucines

2. Chanel WOC (or a wallet)

3. Prada BN1801 - still torn in getting this as I have read reviews that the stitching came undone after use

4. Fendi Petit 2Jours

5. Givenchy Antigona in small

I mean, if I could have one bag per designer then yes, the above are the bags I want to have. With exception for Louis Vuitton and Chanel. I want them in more than just a piece in my collection.
So do you have new bags in your list? ;)

Eid Mubarak

I hope it's not too late to wish everyone here "Selamat Hari Raya" or Eid Mubarak! It's coming to its end soon and I actually have a lot to share.
This year is our first Raya with two kids (obviously!) - an active toddler and also, an explorer baby. Hence, we only get to go to some houses this year. There were invites that we could not make it especially during their nap time. For Amni, that would means two to three times a day and once for Iqbal. Sometimes we only brought along one of them. We just couldn't handle both of them together on our own. *cries*
Alhamdulillah I get to see their developmental milestones these days. Iqbal has started making few sentences. I heard people say about "terrible two", I guess he's in that phase now and I'm really hoping for it to go away soonest possible. Lol! He started singing on his own too although there's few wrong words. Still breastfeeding before he sleeps at night. We've been trying to wean him …

I'm on Ban Island

The last bag I bought was the Sofina 2.1 bag early this year which unfortunately I have not been using. The bag is rather big on me. So I'm just keeping the bag. Hanging. Not much being loved. Pretty sad actually. I do not want to sell it or give it to my sisters. Haha :P Anyway, that is not the point.

I had been lusting over this bag for over a year. I actually still in disbelief that I managed to get this bag. I emailed the boutique almost every month this year to no avail, but the day before my birthday I received this good news that it is available. And I just had to ask my brother in law who's currently studying in London to help me get the bag. Lol! There were hiccups in buying the bag, but in the end, I still got THE bag. :D

What bag you may ask, it's a Chanel PST. It's one of their classic pieces, a starter investment before I'm finally digging my brain to buy the Classic Flap despite the price increases. But after a year being a working mom to finally have…

Ramadhan Mubarak

It's already our 8th day of fasting today. Alhamdulillah.. I managed to do my duty this year after three years!! Truly grateful!! How are u guys doing?
The first year I couldn't as I was pregnant with Iqbal, second year was because I was still fully breastfeeding him and third year, I was pregnant with Amni. Though I'm still breastfeeding both Amni and Iqbal at night, Alhamdulillah I can still do so even though I'm fasting. Just need to hydrate myself with lots of water during and after sungkai. Hehe
During the working weekdays, the day went by so fast. But weekends, I tried not to look at the time so often. Lol! So I just do the house chores. Oh I am taking gastric pills on daily basis though so I can tahan puasa. I did miss taking it one day, the next day I barely can stand it. :/
Selamat berpuasa everyone. May all of us be bless this year. I pray for all our good deeds will be accepted and we can wash away our sins during this holy month. Sad that I still can't do …

Short Vacation to KK

The week before the long weekend we had for the Armed Forces Anniversary, my family, parents and I went to KK for a short weekend vacation. I must admit, there were not a lot of shopping going on. One, we have a toddler and a baby. What do you expect? Hehe :P Second, Suria Sabah is not as exciting as One Borneo to be honest. Well, that's about it. I actually enjoyed the time with my family the most when we were there.
That's the view from our hotel room. Grandis Hotel.
Them. The love of my life. ❤️
I miss blogging. While writing this, Iqbal is actually 'playing' with his baby cousin, Sofea. More like hitting her with his toys. Sighs! Boys!

Face Masks

I posted this picture in IG few weeks ago. I have been collecting face masks as I feel like it gives instant result (even if its not for long).

1. AESOP Parsley Seed Masque - my favourite mask! Its an all rounder mask - hydrating, exfoliating and deep cleansing at the same time. When it dries, it tightens and I actually felt a tingling everytime I used this which I like. I feel like it's really working and doing its job.
2. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask - this is a hydrating mask. This mask however has a cream consistency, it becomes clear as the minutes go by. I like to use this whenever I feel my skin need that extra hydration. This mask is also good when there's spot trying to come out.
3. REN Invisible Pores Detox mask - this is my second favourite mask. Clay based mask that I like to use when I don't like looking at my pores, when I feel like I'm having blocked pores or when I see my pores and blackheads looking more obvious. My go to mask when my skin needs h…

A Little Update

I can't believe tomorrow is already 31st March and I've only written ONE post so far. It's really is not easy being a working mom. Salute to all working moms out there! Same goes to SAHMs too. :D
This month has surprised is with MH370 tragedy. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. The first few days, every morning we woke up hoping that they already found the missing plane. Days go by, weeks came by and finally they conclude that MH370 ended in Indian Ocean. My prayers goes to all the families - May all of you be granted with patience and strength. Amin Ya Rabbal 'Alamin..
On a lighter note, I'm finally driving to work after a month since I've passed the test. Teehee! I was really nervous on my first day but second day was a lot better. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better and forever I'll be safe while on the road. :) It can be really scary sometimes!
What else have happened? Hmm.. Baby Amni had her first Prevanar jab yesterday and she has her own passpor…

February Favourites

The shortest month of the year, what do we expect? The month has definitely gone by pretty fast. And the fact that I've been working 5 days a week now makes it even faster! *sighs*

So for the past month, I have been trying out skincare products that I bought online. There are few things that I love as I can see the difference even after the first use. For skincare, I have been loving my Oskia Renaissance Gel cleanser and I already bought a backup. That just shows how much I adore that stuff! I also have been loving my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. I don't think I can be without this serum anymore. Definitely a must have! And I have also been giving my skin a treat twice a week with Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. It's definitely an all-rounder mask - deep cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. Super love!
And as for makeup base, I have been using my L'Oreal de Teint Foundation in shade N3 which is a perfect shade to my skin tone. It ha…

I've Passed

Alhamdulillah.. One of the things in my list for this year is to finally have a driving license. I had my driving test yesterday and the examiner was kind and generous. I'm glad I had him as my examiner as I heard there are strict examiners. I was so nervous while waiting to be called but even more nervous when the examiner told me that he had passed me. Lol!

I have not been diligent with my posts this month. I've realised that I have been posting about skincare and make up. In fact, I actually took my stuffs from that post office for the last few things I ordered last month and early this month. I have one more package that hasn't arrived and they already despatched it on the 14th last month. More than a month already!
Update on the new skincare products I've been using. So far I'm loving most of them. Hehe.. I had breakouts but I think it was because of the mask I've been using. It draws the impurities out which is awesome as the zit has been wanting to come…

The Luxury Serum | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair SynchronizedRecovery Complex II

I finally caved in with the hype around this product. It has only been couple of weeks since I started working and my skin has been feeling dry by the end of the day (end of office hours to be exact!).

I actually have been contemplating to purchase this because I don't think I need this yet. Afterall, I already bought a hydrating serum from Caudalie and another hyped-up product - Hydraluron but I do not have it with me yet. So for the past weeks I have been using the Caudalie serum and unfortunately feel it does nothing with my office central air-conditioned environment.
I have tried this serum couple of times - afterall it's only steps away from my office. See I told you my office surroundings are feeding my skincare and make up addictions. Back to the serum - it feels light, silky, a little tacky but instantly hydrates and moisturises my skin - it tempted me! So much!
My first impression for this product is AHMAZING. I put this on for the first time last night and today, my…

Wishlist | Organic and Natural Skincare

I never imagine myself to have this wish list. I mean, I'm not a green type of person and I normally don't care what's in my skincare. Well except for Parabens, I'd prefer paraben-free products. BUT after I came across these brands and read countless of reviews of their products, I couldn't help myself to have them in my list.
The brands include Antipodes, Michael Todd, REN skincare to name a few as of today. Is there even such a thing? For Antipodes, I have a lot of their products that I want to try including their day and night cream, cleanser, mask and face oil and serums. I already bought their toner, their divine face oil and aura manuka honey mask are next in my list. I also have bought Michael Todd's Charcoal Deep Pore cleanser and Blue Algae toner last month from their site. I heard a lot of good things about these two products hence the purchase. From all the reviews, masks from REN skincare seems to be superior than other brands especially their Radi…

Haul | Skincare Splurges

from Cult Beauty - Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 150ml £27.08 | AESOP Parsley Seed Masque 60ml £22.50 | Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum 30ml £24.17 | Caudalie Beauty Elixir 30ml £9.17 from Strawberrynet - Clinique Take the day off Cleansing Balm 125ml US$42 | Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Moisturiser 50ml US$63.50 | Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner 125ml US$36 These finally arrivedddd. I purchased this in January, arrived late January and I just took them from the post office today. I can't wait to use them all especially the mask which I might start be using later tonight and slowly adding and replacing the ones I'm currently using like cleansers, serums and moisturisers. I'm really hoping that all these products will work great on my skin.
I also bought Eve Lom Discovery set which includes their well-known cleanser, rescue mask and radiance TLC cream. I bought this because I wanted to try the cleanser but knowing that it contai…

Mid-week Pamper

I finally started working again last Monday after a long maternity leave. Supposed to report duty last two weeks but I extended my leave. I had to look after my babies while my parents went for Umrah. So it has only been a few days at work, I find it not productive as there are distractions. It's steps away from shopping mall which feeding my skincare and makeup obsessions. Gahhh! :P Anyway, I had a pampering session today just because I just bought these items yesterday - Shea body butter, Honeymania gentle scrub and Moringa Beautifying Oil. It's part of my resolution this year to take better care of myself. Afterall, I'm sure I'll need more pampering and relaxing treat once I'm overload with works. *wails*

P/S: I really love the dry oil. It smells really really nice. :D

Favourites | January 2014

I thought I'd start again doing this monthly favourites post - because I love reading about them and I also hope I'll be able to do this every month. God how was I so spendy last month! I spent so much on skincare but only one came as expected (so unfortunate!) hence not many made it to my favourites.

Since I have been on skincare obsess for the past month, I found a new cleanser - Simple Kind to Skin Facial Wash Gel (review here) which I've been using twice a day daily. Then my new day moisturiser that I ordered came. Although I have only been using it for a week, I'm already in love with it. The citrus-y smell, light texture and it doesn't look greasy or shiny after applying but still keep my skin moisturise - my new love Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser. I also have to thank my serum - Laneige Water Bank Essence and sleeping mask - Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX for keeping my skin hydrated and moisturised every night.
On to makeup, I have been using 

The Forgotten Step | Bio-Essence Tanaka White Double Whitening Clarifying Softener

I should have included this in my skincare routine post [here] but I did not. Just as I've written in the title, the forgotten step.

Since I have been diligent with my skincare routine for about a month now, I finally finished this bottle few days ago. Phewh! I wrote a date at the bottom of the bottle, and found out I purchased it about a year ago. That's been too long. It's an on-off thing throughout the year I owned it mainly because I don't like to use toner. I feel like it's not making any difference but it makes my skin even more dry. So I don't see the point of using it.

But I've been really good in using toner after I found out other purposes of toner (obviously after reading Caroline Hirons blog, yes I listen to my guru). She mentioned that we need to have and exfoliating or acid toner and a hydrating toner. I'm so glad I've finally managed to finish this bottle. I haven't been using any toner since this finished and I feel like my skin…

Better Cleanser | Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

As soon as I found out that foam cleanser is a no-no from Caroline Hirons (yes she is my skincare guru now), I went to Guardian to find a gel cleanser. I'm not sure about oil and milk type of cleanser, so I decided on gel instead. This cleanser does not contain any colour, fragrance - which I prefer, SLS and is soap free. Basic cleanser with no nasties. I have been using this cleanser for a month now. The texture is light and not runny.I take a dollop and rub it between my fingers then massage it on to my dry face. It does not sting my eyes but it does makes my skin feel a little tight in my earlier usage (like all cleansers that I've tried) if I don't use my toner straight away. It removes all my make up traces plus I now use a washcloth to wipe my face clean. Another cleansing method I've learned recently.

This is what Paula's choice said about this cleanser,
"This is an exceptionally basic, yet very gentle, water-soluble cleanser best for normal to dry skin …

Desert Island Foundation | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I knew about the existence of this foundation from one of Lisa Eldridge's video. Then I saw it from Pixiwoo foundation related videos and they mentioned that it is a good dupe for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation that I have been wanting to try! So when my best friend went to UK last two years Christmas, I just had to ask her to help buy it for me.

When I first tried this foundation about over a year ago, it was LOVE. SUPER LOVE. Ever since, I only use this foundation for those special days. And events. This foundation gives a very natural look, look even better after hours wearing it. I don't need concealer to cover redness around my nose area, and if I do, it'd be just to cover blemishes. It IS that good! I want to keep it for as long as I could but we all know, for hygienic purposes that is not possible. 
Shade: 53, Light Beige/ Beige Clair (slightly darker on me, has yellow undertone) Texture: Light and runny Fragrance: Subtle hint of fruity scents - from the ingredien…

Skincare Wishlist | Omorovicza and Sarah Chapman

Since I'm such a skincare obsess now, I want to share with you my skincare wishlist. These two brands are definitely among the higher ends especially in the UK.

Omorovicza Introductory Kit £58
This is a perfect kit to learn about the brand products. According to the website, Omorovicza products are powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and our patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. This is combined with the finest vitamins, essential oils and other natural ingredients from across the globe, from the bed of Lake Heviz to the peak of the Andes mountains. Their products exclude parabens, polyethylene glycol, petrochemicals, silicones, sodium laureth sulfates, synthetic colours and fragrances which is always a plus. I'd say this kit is almost complete to try out their cult and best selling products. Included in the kit - cleansing foam, thermal cleansing balm, deep cleansing mask, queen of hungary mist and illuminating moisturiser. I have…

Haul | Christmas Holiday 2013 Collection


Perfect neutral palette. It does not have a lot of shades which somehow a newbie like me prefer since I can't match colours in the bigger palette. *wails* As much as I love bigger palettes, it hardly get any used from me. They are really pretty to look at especially the Urban Decay naked palettes. (They have the third one out already and I haven't buy any yet!). Anyway, the pigmentation is great too. From what I read, Chanel eyeshadow is not as good as the Dior ones (I need to get their neutral quads soon!) but this is a better version now.

While I was looking for reviews for Charming eyeshadow palette, I saw this blush and thought it was a perfect combination. Although I'm a little disappointed with the blush when I have it as it actually has gold shimmer in it. It's good that you don't need to use a highlighter anymore, but the fine shimmer goes everywhere on your face when yo…

Haul | FeelUnique Sale

I can't remember how and when I found out about this site. But I have always tempted to buy stuffs from them. Luckily I waited for Christmas Day to finally place an order because they gave Luxury beauty free gifts which I'm really excited about! It includes Benefit They're Real Mascara (in my Benefit wish list), Eve Lom TLC cream, Bare Minerals Big & Bright eyeliner in Espresso and Antiac Purity Clear face wash.

I bought Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (apparently we have Elizabeth Arden at Hua Ho Yayasan), Burt's Bees Baby Bee Sweet Memories gift sets for my daughter Amni and niece Sofea, BrushSoClean Conditioning Brush Cleanser for my makeup brushes obviously, and Real Techniques Sam's Pick collection which unfortunately sold out. They emailed me about it and they kindly refunded the amount. I was looking forward to try their most-praised Buffing brush. Bummer!
I experienced something rather new with our postal service. Maybe because I haven…

Haul | Sofina 2.1

I finally get my hands on Vivy's inspired bag, the Sofina. I have been reading her blog for years now, before Fashion Valet even exist. That's about more than 2 years already I think. I missed my chance on their first Sofina which I prefer because it does not have the studs. Not really a studs fan but the colour caught my attention. I also bought a black plain top and a notebook. Delivery was fast as usual from the reliable DHL people. Not going to buy more unless they are going to produce the non-studded ones and maybe, a shoulder bag version of it. I don't mind the handheld/ arm-held? but having babies now, I much prefer a shoulder bag so the additional sling is really nice to have.

Don't forget to check their website tomorrow if you missed you chance to get it last time.

Skincare Matter

I mentioned before that I want to add new products to my skincare routine. I meant it and I researched for it which led me to Caroline Hirons. She's a skincare expert and also, beauty blogger. And apparently, my favourite beauty bloggers (I only started reading their blogs few months ago) are also avid readers of Caroline Hirons's blog. Ok, in short I am a skincare obsess at the moment.

According to Caroline Hirons, this is what our skincare routine should be like; Cleanse your face with a good non-foaming cleanser (oil/balm/gel - no mineral oil and no fairy liquid).Exfoliate with an acidic toner.Spray hydrate.Apply a light water-based serum to target specific skin conditions (ageing, pigmentation, scarring/dehydration etc) if that is a concern.Apply either a moisturiser (am) or a facial oil (pm) designed for your skin type.(points taken directly from Caroline Hirons's blog here).
So for the past weeks I have been reading her blog. Going through all my favourite bloggers'…

2014 The Year of Self Improvement

I had a great New Year celebration with my family yesterday. We spent our day mostly at home - doing the never-ending house chores :P and later in the afternoon, we went to Mangrove Paradise 'resort'. I'm really happy seeing Iqbal enjoying himself in the pool. Of course, daddy was there too and his uncles and aunties. His first swim was on Christmas Day and since then, he's been wanting to have another swimming sesh. We bought him a swimming suit recently hence the excitement. ;) Baby Amni had her afternoon nap when we were there. Very laid back that girl!

I have been trying to think of new resolutions for this year. Is it better to have a monthly resolution or weekly, or daily even (this is too much already!)? Last year's resolutions was not even close to half being a success. -__- So this year, the ones I could think of on top of my head this morning was,
1. to get a driving license (finally!!! at the age of 27!!!)
2. to improve myself at work - Alhamdulillah I f…