If you followed me on Instagram, I constantly update on my current read audio-books I’m listening/listened to on Scribd.
I listened to An Ember In The Ashes (Book #1) and A Torch Against The Night (Book #2) by Sabaa Tahir last few days and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE her books!
With that said, I am equally excited for her next installment of the series; A Reaper at The Gates (Book #3) which will be released in June 2018. I AM SO EXCITED!
June is in less than 2 months but it will be the longest (less than) 2 months I’d have to endure.
Do you read/listen to her books?
P/s:The link for Scribd is an affiliate link which you’ll get 2 month free trial + unlimited books to listen too, in return I will be credited with 1 month free read. Help a sister out if you want to try listening to audio-books!
As much as I want to deny this, I just couldn’t. I am terrified of commitment!
Let me explain.
Terrified of commitment; not necessarily in terms of relationship.
I have a problem with setting goals for myself because it requires commitment to execute the steps to achieve the goals. If you read my past journals, I wrote a bunch of goals in the beginning of the year. Step 1, checked! Following up with the steps I should take to reach them, down the pit of the deepest hell.
So this year, I don’t write any. But I do have few etched in my brain:
Get a job
The first 3 are in progress. I got a job at the end of January which is exciting. I am reading (currently on hold) two books but haven’t finish them. That’s okay since I started listening to audiobooks and I finished 5 books. And I workout for 2 days this week.
Now, as for writing, I really need to start.
I loved writing. I wrote constantly from 2009~2012 but then I just stopped. I remember, people starts making amazing contents and I tried to get to their level but failed miserably. I am a perfectionist when it comes to having nicely taken and edited pictures. It was making me discouraged when I can’t achieve what I’ve imagined in my brain. So now I’m reminding myself even if I don’t have perfectly lit pictures, I should just use them and write more.
Wow January nearly ends but that’s okay. Better late than never.
I used to write so much in my old blog. I had over 300 posts that I’ve archived (because I feel like they are not what I vibe with nowadays). So here I am testing the water with WordPress after so long using Blogger. Wish me luck guys!
I want to share my 2018 Project Pan in today’s post. I did a post last year on 2017 Project Pan but never end up updating on the progress so I might include it in here along with the products I chose for 2018.
I was inspired to restart this project after I saw the #projectpan community in Instagram so I said to myself, “Nazihah, why not try and see if you can finish/pan some products?”
Let’s start. I took these pictures on 31st December 2017 and I do wear most of them on a daily basis.
Silkygirl Face Powders
Both of them are from Silkygirl but from different range. The smaller pan are my favourite as of now, so buttery and smooth. I have 2 more as my backup! The other pan is what I really want to finish up and toss out because I hate the texture. Too dry.
Makeup Revolution EyeshadowsYes both of those are actually from an eyeshadow palette and I used to use them all the time so I am making it a point to use it up as soon as possible. The shimmery eyeshadow, I use as my highlighter and what sparked my interest to use highlighters in the first place. The nude one is just what I used as my all over lid colour or sometimes I used to set my undereyes if I need them to be extra bright. And I discovered that I do not like eyeshadows in long pans.
Maybelline 24K Nudes PaletteThis is a gift from my friend for my graduation and let me tell you, I wasn’t interested in any Maybelline’s Eyeshadows (dunno why) but I find myself using some of the shadows in this palette as highlighters. My target is to pan the 3 shimmery shadows (marked with star).
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 PaletteThis is by far my favourite eyeshadow palette I owned. Few reasons; it has a mirror, row of matte shadows and a black shadow! I need a palette to have a black shadow for my brows and mirror is a must! My target are to pan 5 shadows (marked with star) and finish up the black shadow.
AlhaAlfaCosmetics Royal Propolis Foundation
My current favourite foundation and it is a local product! #sapotlokal
I find this foundation looks better the longer you wore it. I did a wear test for over 8 hours and I am impressed. I wore it for my graduation and everyone complemented my makeup. It is great!
I want to finish this up so that I can start using and finish up my other foundations. Will definitely repurchase this foundation again.
Makeup Revolution Pro Bronze
I’ve been using this for over 1 year (bought it at the end of 2016) and have been wearing it religiously every single time I wear makeup and used it on my friends as well. Wanted to use it up and go back to Catrice’s bronzer because I feel like this is a little powdery for my liking. The pan size is huge and super cheap! Bought mine thru a seller on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/makeuprevolutionmy (she offers ready stock items for Makeup Revolution).
Palladio Matte Blush
Bought this middle of last year and my target is to finish this up because I find it is powdery for my liking. But it is a beautiful blush for daily use. But since I am an oily gal, I find the blush fades throughout the day.
Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush
This is probably my favourite blush I’ve tried but I don’t think tarte produced it in a full sized pan. Bought this together with the deluxe sample size lipstick and mascara for the 2016 Christmas Gift Set. I want to use as much as possible, ideally until I hit pan because I want to buy the tarte big blush book by the end of this year.
NYX Concealer Jar
I had this concealer for too long. 4 years long to be exact. I find myself not using concealer because I prefer having foundation with medium to full coverage so that I can just build up the coverage. I want to finish this up by this year and if not, I probably going to get rid of it.
Makeup Forever HD Primer
I bought this about 2 years ago from a seller through Carousell and I thought (for the longest time) it does not have any effect on my makeup application. But I start using it again and my foundation adhere better and longer when I used it. I know I can finish this up and I will be introducing another (almost finish) primer by tarte after I am done.
Loreal Mat Magique 12 Hour Foundation
I hate this foundation because this is one of the most drying matte foundation I have ever tried. But I’ll mix this with moisturizer to wear while running errands. It is nearly gone, probably a month use and I’ll be done with it.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Had this for about 4 years and I do love it but I keep forgetting to use it. I feel like I could finish it in 3-4 months. We’ll see!
I know it seems like I am cheating but I really want to finish every bit of it. But I might take my own sweet time as I want to find a replacement for it. This lipstick is the perfect nude lipstick for my skin tone. I wanted to get a lipstick from MAC/MUFE/Bobbi Brown with the exact same colour but I might buy them after I finish the NYX SMLCs.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
I chose both of this because I am nearly done with them and these adds colour for my daily makeup. I will not repurchase any NYX SMLC because I prefer liquid lipstick or the traditional lipstick better.
Enuca Serum and Spot Concentrate
I bought this probably at the end of 2016 and I regret it. I really never use extra skincare because I find those extra steps takes too much time. I usually only use moisturizer and some argan oil.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
I do love this mask but since I can only get this by pre-ordering through online sellers, I might not repurchase it after I finish them.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
I find this lip balm doesn’t give me any hydration. I am slightly confused on what exactly it does. I do like the minty smell and tingly feel on my lips. I want to finish this up and probably will take the plunge and buy a Fresh lipbalm.
Freeman Detoxifying Charcoal and Black Sugar Mud Mask
I don’t like this mask because whenever I use it and have a whiff of the smell, it made my eyes water. Did they put onion in there? I will use as much of it until I am sick of it.
I know the amount of stuffs are overwhelming (even for me) but I want to try to use up / pan as much as possible. Let’s do this!
Oh yes, I will incorporate updates on my Instagram as well.
Welcome to my new blog and let me introduce myself.
I am Nazihah also known as Emon. My skin type is oily/combination and I live in Malaysia where it is always Summer with high humidity!
If you came across the name Emon on my previous blog and think “Did she abandon her old blog?”
The answer to the question would be,YES.
Yes I abandoned my old blog for few long months. I had no motivation to post eventhough I have few written and drafted more than 10 posts. I figured, it’s the New Year so why not just use a new blog and start updating the blog posts that makes me happy!
Enough chit-chat and let’s get on to the intended post shall we?
I am a creature of habit most of the time and here are my most used and loved beauty products of 2016!
Carli Bybel Eyeshadows and Highlighter Palette
This palette is hands down one of the products created by a YouTuber that I am very excited to own!
At first when I saw the colour, I was debating when will I ever wear purple eyeshadow since I have the tendency to look bruised when I use purple on my eyes. But look at the purple colour, I used it so much it is nearly hitting pan!
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 Eyeshadow Palette
I loved the Iconic 2 eyeshadow palette by Makeup Revolution and when I heard about the Iconic Pro line, I made my decision quickly and bought one (the end of November) to test out. And I can tell you it was worth it! I used it nearly every single day of December!
Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer
Since my Makeup Revolution Aqua Seal is on its last leg (I probably get 8-10 uses but I am so scared of it running out) so I only use it when I need absolute staying power for my eyeshadows, hence I started using this. #oilyeyelidsprob
TBH, it has no wow factor to it but if you just need something to hold the color on daily basis, you can use it because its cheap!
My advice, just get Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer from Sephora.
Catrice Velvet Matte Eyeshadow in 070 Princess Mattleine
I purchased this on a whim. I got home and swatched the eyeshadow, it is a satin, muted pink eyeshadow. Not gonna lie, I wasn’t impressed.
But after few times playing around with it and wearing it to the class, I am in love with it! It is a no fuss eyeshadow that you can apply on your lid with little to no blending (I never blend mine anyway when using it) and you still look put together.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Unstoppable
Believe me when I say this, this is the prettiest blush colour I used, EVER! It may look super light on the pan.
Girl! You wrong!
You need to apply it on your face!
I have always been eyeing for Tarte’s blushes but for RM120 a pop, I’ll be eating Mi Sedap for the whole month (I am a student still, so nope). I went to Sephora early December with the intention of trying out UD’s new foundation and I saw Tarte holiday bundle (a small blush, deluxe size mascara and a mini lipstick) and I grab it and went straight to the counter!
Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze
It looks light but the colour is perfect for bronzing and light contouring! I thought with my skin color, it wouldn’t show up. Boy was I wrong! It gives the perfect amount of warmth and shadow as you layer it.
Elianto Satin Matte Rouge Lipstick in 03
Dear Elianto, why did you discontinue this lip color tho???
Whenever I saw Youtubers mentioned how devastated they are when their favourite product is discontinued, I can never relate. But not anymore! Now I experienced the heartache and stress of not having that perfect shade of lipstick you love so much.
As you can see, it is on its last leg and I use it sparingly because I don’t want it to finish (because I have not find the perfect and exact shade of this lipstick!)
Watsons Water360 Mineral Spring Hydrating Facial Lotion
I used to use the Aloe Vera gel from Elianto but I noticed my skin is dry and started peeling the longer I used it (there’s alcohol in the gel) so I hunted a new moisturizer.
When Watsons BA suggested this lotion, I’m a little sceptical but let me tell you, this is one of the best moisturizer I have ever used. I have very oily skin and with this lotion, it gives the hydration my skin needs. I use it day and night. When I used it at night, I noticed the next morning my skin is smooth, hydrated and not oily. NOT OILY!
I will repurchase the lotion before I run out of it!
De’Xandra Perfume in Paris Hilton’s Woman
I love De’Xandra perfume. If you are like me, sweating like a cow on a daily basis, you need to try De’Xandra!
3 spritz is enough for the whole day! I do not feel the need to buy expensive perfume from Sephora nowadays. I had 2 empty bottles and 3 soon-to-be-empty bottles now.
With makeup, come the tools to apply it! If you are a beginner and do not know what to buy and where to start, I hope this mini review will help you out!
Real Techniques sponge
I know Beauty Blender is all the hype in the beauty industry and makeup lovers. But I ain’t got RM100 to be spent at Sephora for a sponge.
Pssst, RT sponge costs me around RM30. Much cheaper, ya know!
Hence, I chose the closest alternative of it and got Real Techniques sponge. I was sceptical as always but it really works! My foundation is always flawless when applied with RT sponge and I am regretting not buying the pack of two!
Makeup Revolution All Over Face Brush
Okay, I think if you have this type of brush (fluffy but pinched, not rounded), you are set for life. I use this brush every day to apply powder, bronzer & blusher. I don’t even reach for any other brushes I have.
Slanted Foundation Brush
If you want to use a brush to apply foundation, please find a dense brush. It picks up the foundation but does not absorb too much. If you use fluffy brush, the foundation will stick on the bristles and the application will result in streaky mess. Not cute.
MAC 217 Eyeshadow Blending Brush
Okay if you like applying eyeshadow with your fingers, go for it!
However, if you want to try using a brush, get a brush like MAC 217 because it is fluffy enough to be shadow blender for transition colour and since the tip is slightly tapered, it can be used for precision blending of darker eyeshadow too!
H&M Double-ended Brow Brush
TBH, I only wanted the spoolie. The other end can be used as eyeliner or eyebrow brush but for me, it is too flimsy for both application.
Rosegold Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush
@thehoppipollastore on Instagram sells the set for less than RM50! She has this rosegold brush bundle of 7 brushes but the one I use every day is this one brush. I use it to fill in by brows!
P/s: I just realized that the 7 piece brush set is the exact replica of Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection.
I’m glad you are still with me!
Here are some bonus informations for you for few honourable mention products that I tried and loved in 2016!
Cosrx Hello Good Morning Low pH Gel Cleanser
Great cleanser! No tight feeling on the skin after each use.
St. Ives Peach Scrub
The best scrub to achieve soft and supple skin after a long day of wearing heavy makeup!
Thursday’s Plantation Tea Tree Oil
Always my favourite tea tree oil. Body Shop’s tea tree oil is nothing compared to this!
I bought the wrong shade of the Revlon foundation so my genius idea is to buy a lighter Maybelline foundation. Mixed them together. So far, I’m okay with it. I need new foundation in few months.
Silkygirl BB 2-Way Powder Foundation
Hands down the best powder foundation I have ever tried! Medium to full coverage depending on how you layer it.
Since I love the powder so much, I searched for the foundation every week for three months at Mydin, Guardian, Watsons, AEON and Sam’s Groceria. I’m not even kidding.
However, my prediction was right. Silkygirl DISCONTINUED it! (I found a Silkygirl’s promoter from the factory and asked her).
Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder
One of the best bronzer from the drugstore. Very affordable. Priced at RM22.90 and I used it nearly every single day for the whole year and I still have some leftover on the rim of the pan!
Daiso Princess Mascara
The cheapest mascara I have ever tried and not bad either! Priced at RM5.30 and you can get it from major Daiso stores. Great as an everyday mascara. But if your eyes are watery like me, would not recommend using it on the bottom lashes!