Doing it for Myself :)

I’m meant to be downstairs right now watching Gilmore Girls with my sister, but I suddenly had a strong urge to write. I was feeling inspired. I just read a little bit of a book called “The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha for a school assignment. I wasn’t too excited to start reading, but once I did, I’m so glad I picked out this book. It’s probably not what the teacher is looking for, but it’s definitely something I’m enjoying.

The content really got to me once I read,

“DO IT FOR YOU.”

Whatever it is that you’re doing, do it for you. Do it for intrinsic reasons, don’t do it to please others. Just do it for you.

And that automatically got me thinking about my blog. I love writing, and it just seems like the perfect outlet to write whatever I want. Whatever I’m feeling, whether it be a poem, a story, or a literal blog post. But if it seems so perfect to me, why do I always end up neglecting it? And that’s when I realized it was because although I enjoy writing for myself, for pure enjoyment, that’s not what I was using this blog for. I somehow got myself to want to do it for extrinsic reasons. Watching these famous YouTubers, seeing all the views, the likes, the comments, the fan base, the free stuff… that seemed so intriguing to me. And I liked to write. So I thought, why not try to do the same, but with a blog? So I tried it. But no matter what I wrote, or how much I wrote, I wasn’t actually enjoying it. It didn’t satisfy my cravings for wanting to write, and it was all because of the intentions behind my writing. I wasn’t writing for the sake of writing, I was writing because I wanted the materialistic benefits. And not only did I not enjoy writing by that point, but I didn’t like the content I wrote either. And that was all because I had the wrong intentions the whole time. Yes, I love the beauty and fashion world. All the YouTube videos I watch are about beauty and fashion. But when I write, although I do enjoy writing about that stuff occasionally, that’s not why I want to write.

It’s way too constricting for me, setting up a theme for my blog (leading me to always fall off of it). But now I think I’ve finally realized that the true purpose of this blog was for it to be a spot where I could just write because it’s something I enjoy so much. Whatever it is that I’m thinking, or whatever I’m feeling, that’s what I want to write about, and writing about things that I thought others would want to see did not satisfy my desire to write.

I really did forgot how much I loved to write.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know I don’t get tonnes of views, but I truly appreciate the people who do read what I have to say. However, I want to make sure that I’m not writing for views, but for the sake of enjoyment.

And to tell the truth, writing that out has made me feel so much happier now.

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Here’s to a new start of doing it for myself !

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Bridal Shower|OOTD|MOTD|HOTD|

To kick off the wedding month, the first function was a bridal shower. Bridal showers aren’t a thing in my culture but of course people still have one if they’d like. This happened to be my first bridal shower (since I’m still a teen), and I don’t think I’ll be going to one in a while 😛


First off we have my outfit. I decided to wear a pastel blue dress which I got from Burlington Factory a while back. The dress is sleeveless with a lace back and two slits down the sides of the dress. I paired this with a white cardigan and white tights underneath because of the slits. For shoes I wore white sandals (which I know you can’t see because I hate my toes) which I got from Forever 21. On my ears (which you can see in the picture below) I’m wearing white pearl earrings.

For my makeup I kept it really simple. I’d just like to mention that my makeup won’t be anything extraordinary in any of the wedding functions since makeup isn’t something I’m great at.

For my base, I’m wearing Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium Sheer Tint. On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable. For my highlight I used Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer WHICH I DO NOT RECOMMEND. If you’d like to see why, check out my last post here. I still ended up using it though because since I have it I might as well use it than waste it. I tight lined my eyes with Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever and even smudged a little on my lower lasheline. On my water line I used the same product but in the shade Tu-Tu-Turquoise. The masacara I used was Maybelline Colossal Volume. To set my makeup I used Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. I finished off the look with a little bit of Vaseline on the lips.

I also ended up keeping it simple with the hair and just straightned it.

Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer Review


After recieving a ton of Eidi on Eid-Al-Fitr, I decided to spend the first bit on makeup. Highlighter is a look I’ve really been into lately but I didn’t own an actual one. I’ve been using an eyeshadow from a mini eyeshadow palette I have and it worked wonderfully. However, I thought it was time I bought myself a proper highlighter.


Although this product is called a bronzer, it definitely isn’t one, at least not for my skin tone. This would probably work as a bronzer for super pale skin.

I saw plenty of amazing reviews for this product online and decided to buy it after accepting the fact that Canada doesn’t sell more affordable highlighters from brands life Elf, Wet n Wild, and Essence. The reviews said that it was a strong highlight and the shimmer didn’t actually show once applied to the skin.

I was still a little double minded on buying this though because I rarely spend money on makeup, and this product cost a little under $10. Eventually I set my mind on this highlighter and purchased it.

I was so excited to try it out! I swatched it on my fingers and thought the colour was beautiful. But unfortunately, once applied to the skin, you couldn’t see it. It felt a little powdery as applying it and you couldn’t see a thing.

Then I decided to use a brush and I got the same results. All I could see was glitter.

Next I decided to wet my brush and apply it. This did help a little, but it still wasn’t as intense as I wanted it to be. Fortunately though, it was build able.

But once I got it to the intensity that I liked, the highlight looked more of a white, glittery streak rather than a golden sheen.

I was super disappointed to see that it wouldn’t blend and it had so much glitter!

I did try this highlighter a few times after the first time hoping that it would look better this time, but it never did.

I really wish I didn’t buy this product and I do not recommend it if you don’t like a glittery highlight.

Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric is a yellowish spice that most South Asians use for cooking, and even for skin. Turmeric can help with:

  • anti-aging
  • improving the elasticity of your skin
  • lightening pigmentation
  • brightening
  • controlling oil
  • curing acne
  • slowing down the growth of facial hair over time

As if it doesn’t do enough alone, adding 3 other ingredients can make it even better.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 tsp gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • pinch of turmeric

I used half the recipe here only to find out that it was only enough for a very thin layer. The right amounts are listed in the ingredients above.

1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Apply to face. Leave for 15-20 mins (or until dry).

3. Rinse off. Toning is optional, but moisturizing is recommended.

Nume Octowand

“You’re never at a loss for ways to style with the NuMe Octowand. Unleash your inner curl maven with eight interchangeable heat barrels to create styles from loose mermaid waves to defined curls. Octowand’s clipless heat barrels are tourmaline-infused and ceramic coated, penetrating the hair with 600% more negative ions to lock in natural moisture, add luminous shine, and keep your curls beautiful all day. The must-have Octowand offers an easy-to-read digital temperature control and heats up to 450 degrees for professional styling results.” (NUME WEBSITE)

Cost: $300USD (Nume has a lot of coupon codes that offer great discounts. I bought mine for $99USD+free US shipping)

18mm to 9mm, 19mm (3/4″), 25mm to 19mm, 32mm (1-1/4″), 25mm (1″), Reverse (narrower at tip)=13mm-25mm (1/2″-1″), Pearl (alternating 13mm and 25mm diameter), 13mm (1/2″)

Pros:

  • Quick shipping (mine took 2 days)
  • Adjustable temperature (170°F-450°F)
  • Digital temperature control screen counts up to temperature and turns green when ready. Light blinks in blue when plugged in but turned off.
  • Heats up in seconds
  • Swively cord
  • Curling set comes with glove
  • Comes in small carrier case making it easy to travel with
  • Easy to change barrels
  • Hair doesn’t slip off the barrel while curling
  • Power button must be held, not clicked. This is good so you don’t accidently turn the power off when curling your hair.

 

Cons:

  • No resting stand
  • curls from smallest barrel don’t stay frizz free

Essence XXXL Long Lasting Lipgloss|Matt|Soft Nude|💟

Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss in Soft Nude

After finally getting over the fact that this lip cream is not available in Canada, I found it on my trip to Pakistan. The price was a little higher here (after converting it), but I knew it wasn’t available where I live so I picked it up without hesitation.

The first thing I’d like to say is hOLY IT SMELLS AMAZING. This cream has a sweet vanilla scent when applying which I feel is 90% of the reason why I like this product. The doe foot applicator is also a pro.

But other then that, there’s nothing much to this lip cream. The shade is a soft brown which looks no different then my natural lip colour, and the formulation is neither matte or creamy. It’s somewhere in between which I feel doesn’t look so good on the lips.

When I do wear this lip cream I like to pair it on top of a lipstick.

OVERALL RATING: 2/5

NOTD//BLUE FUZZ

With the weather being so chilly I decided to paint my nails with Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat nail polish in the shade Wool Knot. The polish has blue and white flecks which gives your nails the fuzzy texture. I know that this is a 2013 trend but I still haven’t gotten over how cute they look, especially in the winter time. Here are some pictures of how they look:

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