Saturday, 26 December 2015

Bye-Bye Sensitive Chapped Lips!

Hey guys! First of all, Salam Maulidur Rasul and Merry Christmas! Today I've got a little review for you and it's about those chapped lips.

I've always been struggling with chapped lips and have always been looking for a good lip balm.


As you can see, I tried all of these lip balms over time. I have ONE FAVOURITE at the moment and I think I'm going to stick with it for a long long time because it is that good. But let's take a look at each of them first, shall we?

1. VASELINE Intensive Care

We all know Vaseline. It's probably the most talk-about lip balm out there. Every time I get a lip balm, I always get Vaseline because I don't know how other lip balms would work on me. After using this one here for a while, I wanted to switch to a stick form lip balm. At one point, it got really hot in Kuching and the Vaseline was always in my bag..and it melted to almost a watery texture which got really messy and I didn't like it. I went to find the stick form but no where to be found. Also after time, I started disliking the oily texture it left on my lips. It felt too slippery and yeah, not a fan.

2. PALMER'S Cocoa Butter Formula

So I got this one instead! My boyfriend recommended it to me because he used it before and said it's pretty good. And yes, it tasted of cocoa and butter which was nice! I started using it for a couple of days and it was fine. But in less than a week, my lips felt drier and started to chap again. I thought maybe I was just lacking of water. But nope, that wasn't it. It was definitely the lip balm. This happened to me before with a another lip balm and I knew instantly it happened again (for the second time) because of this lip balm right here. It differs - when my boyfriend used it, it worked well on him. But I guess there's some ingredient in the lip balm that didn't go well with my lips.

The condition of my lips were bad. It's not your typical chapped drying lips. My lips actually felt really really dry and the texture of my lips was like sand paper, I kid you not. You don't feel any smoothness nor skin peeling off anymore. It just turned to sand paper, that's how bad my lips had gotten. And then I knew that my lips are actually sensitive. Oh my eyes too - recently I went to the doctor because my right eye was swelling and it was because of this eyeshadow I was using. I didn't know I was this sensitive.

3. MENTHOLATUM Lipbalm

This was like my last resort. If this didn't work, I don't know what would. Well there is Vaseline but I really don't want oily lips. My lips were like sand paper and I was just praying that this lip balm would cure it. And it did after a week or so - I was so glad! It does have that minty taste to it (which I'm not too fond of) but I got over it because my lips needed this. And I had gotten used to the minty feeling after a while. It's hydrating and it doesn't leave this shiny look nor oily feeling on your lips. It's just nice. The one you're seeing in the picture is my second purchase actually. I really really like it and highly recommend it to everyone, especially you gals and guys out there who have really sensitive lips like I do.

I apply whenever my lips feel dry. Since I rinse my mouth (most of the time) after I have a meal, I apply the lip balm 3 - 5 times a day? It depends. Also, whenever I'm going out where I'm going to use a lipstick, I apply it beforehand.



So yeah, I guess you guys can figure it out by now. My FAVOURITE LIP BALM is the MENTHOLATUM's. It's such a good lip balm. I hope this helps for anyone who is still in search for a good lip balm or just wants to try a different product for their lips. It's the holidays so Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Have fun and be safe, everyone!

Xoxo, Ayu

Friday, 27 November 2015

Allan

*Listen to Tokyo Ghoul - Glassy Sky (arranged by Theishter) while reading this. I did. It's such a beautiful piece.*

All the memories.. The things that we've said and done..

No we didn't breakup! - if that was what you were thinking.

I wanted to post something personal so long ago, well not that long. Probably since a few weeks ago. No wait, a month ago. Yup, about a month ago but I didn't get around to it because I didn't know what to say or more like I didn't know how to write about it. What is 'it' really?

Cheesy rolls please.. (Uu that actually sounds better than drum rolls hah). It's my 2ND ANNIVERSARY!! - with my boyfriend of course. So yeah, we're not married yet (if you don't know already). We've been dating for two years+ now. How time flies. I mean to some of you, you might think that two years is actually not that long. But also, maybe less than fifty percent of you think that it's pretty long? I don't know - we're all different. But to me, TO ME, it's pretty long..but it doesn't feel like it. I always remember that it's not how long you've been together with someone - it's how you've spent that time together with someone. (I honestly still didn't know what to talk about when I started typing out this post but now I can feel it overflowing - typical Ayu).


Oh why hello there. This is my boyfriend (also known as my bestest friend ever). His name is Allan. I don't think we need to go over his bio because..I don't know. It's not necessary? Lan don't get me wrong okay, you're important. Anyway, oh yeah this picture. This was taken in the middle of Kuching town (where I live). See the cats behind him? Yeah Kuching came from the word 'kucing' which means cat in Malay language. But I guess they just added the 'H' to make it sound different? Spelled uniquely? I don't know. I just know that Kuching is the city of cats okay? Okay cool. (I'm always getting off-track ugh). So..yeah. We were just walking around town, we watched a movie too. I think it was Elysium? We don't go to the cinema that often. I mean, I'm pretty sure we've only been to the cinema three or four times together? We're just not cinema people, sorry. And this time we weren't dating yet. I think I remember texting him and saying that I was getting bored strolling around town alone and yeah. He came out to join me. I'm so sneaky I know hihi.


Aww look at him. Doesn't he look good in 'baju melayu'? This was during his sister's wedding - thus the dapper look (eyy *winks*). We were still friends here too. See my hand there on his shoulder? I was nervous but I did it anyway (uuu..). Oh oh, I still remember that time he posted this picture on Facebook. Wait, or was it me who posted it. Can't remember. Anyway, his former school teacher commented something like "Are you married now?". It was so funny but sweet at the same time.


We were so young and free..not! Haha. It took guts for me to ask him to take a picture with me okay? Damn I was nervous. Okay okay, by this point you guys will probably think that I was so into him. I was into him but it was not a one sided thing alright? I wasn't alone. But we kept it subtle, that's why it just gradually happened.


Oh look skype! Skype saved us. We just started dating and we were in a long distance relationship already. I have to say, this was one of the darkest days in my life. Not because of him but because I wasn't happy with where I was. I was in uni at Shah Alam, continuing with my degree and..it was just bad. I wasn't happy. Unhealthy. Stressed out. Everything. But thank God, Allan was there to accompany me. Even it was just a text from him, it was good enough. (Not as good as his face though, oooooo! Too much Regular Show, sorry). I would talk to my mom too but you know. Our parents can get pretty busy and after work they're tired already etc. I'm not saying my mom wasn't there for me, she was! It's just I tried not to bother her too much. So the only person was really just Allan. I had friends of course. But at one point, they kinda stopped talking to me because I decided to quit the programme/course I was taking? But I don't mean all my friends (people I know). I meant close friends. So in the end I only had my roommates to talk to and him.

It was such a dark dark point of my life. I was just..a mess. I didn't know what to do. When I decided to quit, I couldn't fly back to Kuching immediately because documents and stuff so I had to stay there for like a couple of weeks? All I did was, wake up in the morning, shower, have breakfast, then I'd play games or do my laundry or read or just doodling. Then I'd probably have lunch a bit later and continue whatever I was doing before. And then when night comes, I'd go have dinner and do whatever after, then shower and sleep. On some days I had to go to the staff office, you know. Documents and stuff for my case. And yeah, just talking to Allan in between. And it went on like this every single day. Do you know how depressing that is? It was very depressing. One of my depressing moments in my life.

I'm probably getting off topic here but the reason why I explained all of this is because my boyfriend has always been there for me. And before you say anything, he's not the cause of me losing friends. Because some people say that you tend to lose your friends because you now have a boyfriend or girlfriend so you just gradually ditch your friends? But nope, not me. My (close) friends were like sisters to me. They were my laughing gas. And I knew Allan for so long already - he was definitely not the cause of it. But yeah, he has been there for me literally through ups and downs. Whether we were apart or not, he's always there. And I'm so grateful to have somebody like him to talk to, to spend my time with.

We all have flaws, I know I do. And he also says he has flaws too which I'm not going to argue about because naturally, us as individuals, know that we lack in something. Be it something big or really small or just whatever ridiculous things we know of - we know it. But to me, in my eyes, he's not. He's special. Such an amazing person. Inside out (btw, I haven't watched this movie properly. Have you? I'm so outdated). Off track, off track! Ugh. Anyway, yeah. Inside out.

He's like, not like any other person I've ever met before. He's so different. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just really different - the things that I experienced with him. The way I started to think was slowly changing, then my point of view on life changed. But I think that's why it's so special this time is because we started off as friends. We didn't expect anything from each other. We weren't thinking like oh cool, another person I got to know, maybe he'll be my boyfriend someday. No, nothing like that. We just wanted to be friends and we did. I make it sound like I didn't start off as friends with my exes in my past relationships. Well I did but I was just in a different kind of phase? And they were definitely not Allan so the effects my exes had on me were completely different. Not saying they weren't good effects, but just different.

Allan is just on a completely different level. I mean the way he thinks, what he says, how he feels, what he wants..it's different. Some people actually think that he's boring to talk to. But I'd say it's more like, what he talks about doesn't interest most people? I guess this is one of the reasons why he and I don't socialize around. It's just the older I get, the more I don't understand (some) people around me. And you're thinking if you're getting older, you're wiser and you're supposed to be able to understand better, right? But I don't. It's mostly because my way of thinking has changed so maybe I have myself to blame? Maybe I'm confused and didn't try to fit in? Well to be honest with you guys, I am done with fitting in. Done with putting a face I didn't want to. Done trying when it's unnecessary. There are all sorts of people and let me tell you. Just because you think differently or you don't follow the trend, styling or whatever, you're slowly being ditched or left out? Right? Do they still do that? Because it surely did to me. Not in that sense but similar. Off track..

Of course Allan and I had our days. Happens in every relationship. But that's why I always try to keep reminding myself that we are always learning about each other. Yes, I know a lot about him. From his biggest fear to his dream home. But man, I'm telling you..I'm still learning about him. I don't want to go overboard but he is the light of my life. He really is. He has spent so much time and effort on me, on our relationship. Sometimes he might not seem like it though but really he has it in the back of his mind. And when you think he stopped, he surprises you. Like something you'd never expect, like it's possible but you'd never expect him to do it you know. And that explains why he looked like he was stopping but really, he was just working on it..in silence. (He's a ninja).

My favourite thing about him is..wait there's a lot. Let me pick one. He is genuine. He doesn't try to be someone else (cliché much, Ayu?). Seriously though, he doesn't. He doesn't follow the trend. Like he knows them but he doesn't keep up with it nor spend time on it. Great example, his clothes. I can tell you that he wears t-shirt and shorts ninety percent of the time. He's simple like that. And I like it. Oh I forgot, he pairs them with slippers. You know those Fipper slippers? Yeah those, mhm. All the time.

Way back (in my previous relationships), I used to care about how I look and stuff - like when I go on dates, I would take so much time to plan and think what to wear etc. Now, I still do that. But me and Allan hardly ever go on dates. And when I say dates I mean formal wear date to a nice dinner place or something. When we go out, we like to go eat (it's a must) and talk for hours and hours. Sometimes we walk along the riverside, get our favourite drinks from our favourite stall and just talk for hours and hours. What do we talk about? Everything. So only when there's a special occasion like everyone we know is in town and everyone just wants to meet and catch up - that's when I put a little extra effort into my clothes and all. But it's different now because I used to worry about my imperfections (you girls know what I'm talking about) and now, not that I don't care about them, more like I've accepted the way I am, the way I look and I'm comfortable with it. It doesn't bother me at all. When I'm out, I'm always happy. I feel good and it's nice. Man let me tell you. It feels so nice to feel content and just take in everything without worrying how your makeup is still intact or if there's any stain on your teeth or clothes after you had a meal. Don't get me wrong. Don't start being disgusting and not care at all - I'm just saying those things don't matter as much anymore. It's okay, you know?

In order to explain my unconditional love for this person, I kinda had to explain all of that to you in hopes you'll understand why I feel so much. I may not post a lot of pictures of us together on Instagram or update my status on Facebook or tweet what we're doing, where we're going - but I can tell you that last two years have been the best years of my life, despite everything we've been through. Allan and I like to keep our relationship private, although we do share some stuff with other people. His family, his close relatives, my family and close relatives too. But we always keep the little details to ourselves because it's not about your relationship with other people. It's about your relationship with your partner. I feel like there are boundaries on what you can say and need not to say to other people. But I do understand that some people like to be very open about their relationship. They don't really care what others think and that's not a bad thing. Others do it because it's nice to let people know that a love like that can exist. That it's possible and it can be inspiring. My reason to share with all of you here is something like that. That it's possible because sometimes people lose faith after an unforgettable experience - it could be anything. And that it can be inspiring - help one grow as a person and have a different outlook on life. Another reason is, I just wanted to write a nice anniversary note (wow note..wow) for my boyfriend. I can't thank him enough for all the things he had done for me, even though I know I say thank you when I should. But yeah, I can't thank him enough.

It's been two years, two wonderful years with this man. I never expected to have someone like him as my partner in life. He came into the picture and it was more than I could ever ask for. So blessed. We don't celebrate a lot of stuff together, the only thing we did on our second anniversary was talking on the phone, wishing each other a happy anniversary and talk about a bunch of random stuff - and I wouldn't want it any other way. We're in a long distance relationship and it can be tough at times. But we're still here and InsyaAllah I'll get to meet him very soon. He's coming back from Perth and I'm so excited to see him. And guys, I still get butterflies every time he flies back to Kuching, every time.

     



To the light of my life, Happy 2nd Anniversary. You are everything and more. Sushi and Aunty's soon, okay? I love you, so very much. Kisses..

Love, Ayu


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Is There More To Life?

Do we really need education? Yes. But what if it doesn't work?

It's been almost two years since I last went to a university - to get a bachelor's degree, to be exact. Long story short, I graduated as a diploma student in March 2013. Then I continued with degree in September 2013. But it didn't work out for me so I took a break and quit before the semester ended.

So here I am with only a diploma and it is very hard to look for a job here in Kuching. Seems like just having a diploma is not enough to get a job - jobs with a good position, in my case a quantity surveyor. I never wanted to be a QS but since I haven't been able to get into any university to continue with my degree (even though I tried applying every semester), I thought maybe I could work for the mean time before deciding on my next move. Makes me wonder why Malaysia made a system where a diploma is an option to choose from after graduating from high school. I'm not mad but I studied for three years just to get a diploma and I can't get a single job with it. Here in Malaysia, it's like vital to have at least a bachelor's degree to apply for a job. And it's not even guaranteed yet that you will get the job because it also depends on your working experience, previous accomplishments etc. which are understandable. But no, not with a diploma.

Last week, I've decided. I've been thinking about it for quite some time already but after I knew what I heard, it's best if I try to focus on doing things based on the skills that I have and maybe try to make a living out of it. It seems like I might not be able to continue with my degree any soon, so yeah. I'm still living with my parents but I don't want to depend on them for too long. The kind of person I am, an independent one and the kind who cannot go through a day without doing anything productive at all, I want to take things more seriously as in thinking of what to do as a career - something that I can do to make a living.

If you don't know this already, I help my mom with her 'business at home' work. She sews statement necklaces, handmade ones and Alhamdulillah her business has been doing well. Our little business is called Hanicomb Handmade and if you'd like to check it out, you can visit her instagram @ida_hanicomb . Other than that, I also bake. Yes, baking. Specifically chocolate chip cream cheesecake and brownies. Not going to talk about it here so do click on the links to know more about it. I also started making YouTube videos. It's going slow at the moment just because the past few weeks have been hectic for me. And you're thinking like what do I do at home that keeps me so occupied? Let me sum it up for you;

Around 9am - I wake up and take a shower

Just before noon - If my parents are getting takeaways, then I'll sew. If not, I'll cook lunch

12 - 2pm - Cook, eat, clean and prayers

After that - Usually I'd just chill for a bit. Play Hay Day, the piano, watch some YouTube videos or watch anime (YES, just recently. My boyfriend got me hooked!) But if there's laundry, then doing the laundry it is. And fold the dry clothes.

Around 4pm - Prayers and maybe more sewing to be done if there's any. If my brownies are almost out of stock at the cafeteria (the place where I send my brownies from time to time to sell), I'll bake some more.

Around 6pm - I start exercising. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes. After I'm done, I would just relax and cool off before next prayers.

Around 7pm - Head out for dinner. If not, I'll cook dinner. Then eat and clean.

Around 9pm - Chill if I don't have anything else to do. If not, I'd sew.

So this is what I do on a day to day basis. If I do have extra time like now, I would blog a bit. More extra time? I'd try to make YouTube videos. Basically, I'm a 'housewife'. Not that it's a bad thing. In fact, I actually thought to myself that maybe I am meant to be a stay at home mom in the future and just work with whatever I can for extra income like sewing and baking. And who knows, I might be able to make a living from blogging and youtubing too!

I don't know, at this point of my life, I just need to do what I can and see how it goes from there. If my brownies are selling out faster each day, I might just need to do that full time and target a new goal. If my mom's orders for necklaces increase, I might have to work with her full time since no one else helps her with the sewing other than me. So at the moment, I can't really decide on anything specific but I am definitely going to do this all the way. Consistently, efficiently and give my best when I do it.

So back to the initial question, Do we really need education? Yes, we do. I'm sure everyone is aware of its importance. But, what if, it doesn't work out for you? I'd say, find your skills. Know them, acknowledge them and think about what you can do with them. Take advantage of them! Are you an athlete? Love working out? Maybe become a personal trainer. But if it seems more difficult to become a personal trainer than you thought, start small. Everyone has to start somewhere. Maybe make an Instagram account to post workout videos or start a YouTube channel. You can also blog about it! Do you like cooking? Maybe start sharing your recipes online. People are always looking for recipes online. I remember when I googled How Long Does It Take To Boil Potatoes! Haha.. As simple as that would do. But if you feel like you have this extra skill to cook like a chef at home, then share that! I can go on and on about all sorts of things but as you can see, there is no limit. "The limit does not exist!" Haha..

Take your time, find your true passion. Maybe it's not a passion, maybe it's a skill. Still, you can get something out of it if you try working on it. We are always unsure but that's why, you can try. If it works out, you gain! If it doesn't, you can try other things. You have nothing to lose, guys.

I scroll through Instagram and let me tell you. I can say that 99% people around my age are either still studying or working. And sometimes that makes me feel left behind. Like what am I doing with my life? And then I come to realization, I do a lot of stuff. I have skills that maybe not a lot of people have at my age, you know? I get to experience so many things earlier than others. My outlook on life and everything else has changed ever since. Today, I can say that I'm healthier because I have time to exercise properly, I'm happier because I'm actually doing things that I like, like sewing and baking and I'm stress-free! I'm wiser because I've experienced so much in my life - the relationships that I once had and still have now, the types of people I've met, the society that I chose to live in now etc. - things that you can't really get or experience in school.

This is not supposed to be a long post..

I am content. But I want to improve and do more. That's just the way I am. And if you're in the same boat as mine, you can too! You just have to start trying and explore, if you can. Not being able to continuing with your studies is not the end of it. I promise you, there's more to life than just that.

If you've reached this point of this post, I love you. Feed backs, suggestions, tips etc. are all welcome!

Xoxo, Ayu

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

I Love Getting My Period

"Lazy.. Why am I so lazy.."

So the past week has been a struggle for me. And in my case when I say struggle, I mean struggling to cope with everyday schedule/routine. Stuff like doing the laundry, folding clothes, clearing up the dining area, exercise etc. And there was only ONE REASON that I could think of that would be the cause of my utter laziness..

MY PERIOD

Uh..just by saying it makes me feel lazy already. You know when you get like super lazy, unreasonably tired, looking for chips to stuff yourself, feel super unmotivated, that's when you realize you're reaching 'the end'. Ah I make it sound so frustrating because it is to me! I really don't like getting off track especially with exercises and house chores. And us girls experience this every month so it really really bugs me. If you don't know me already, I'm a very neat and coordinated person. Seeing things like my sister's makeup brushes on the dining table can drive me crazy.

So last few days I came to a conclusion that my 'problem' has to be resolved. I don't like feeling frustrated and useless when I'm on my period because I barely do anything at all in the house. So I thought, instead of feeling useless and worrying about it every day of my period cycle life, I am just going to practice to go with it. Like actually not do anything when I don't feel like it, eat all the chips and chocolates when I feel like it, not folding the clothes when I don't feel like it and so on.

You know why? Because it is O-KAY to not do anything for a week or so and just relax. If you're like me, constantly pushing yourself to occupy your time wisely, do everything in order and in time, keeping everything polished and squeaky clean, then you my friend deserve a week of 'vacation' with possible occasional cramps every month! And you know how us girls are always like "Why..why do we have to have periods..stupid cramps..WHYYY..". I'm looking on the brighter side and this is why. Because a girl like me is always on her feet doing stuff around the house, getting a period is like a big break from everything.

I just realized that this post might not be so helpful for 85% of you because it's just something that I decided to have a different perspective towards to. I'm having my period so I'm going to eat all the chips I can find, not going to exercise and delaying the laundry because come on, it's just disgusting not to at all (at least for me, of course). I know I'll get back on track with my everyday routine at the end of my cycle so I'm not that worried. I always get super motivated when my period ends and just go crazy around the house!

Til next post guys!

Xoxo, Ayu

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beachy Weekend

One night, and I missed home already..

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well. There's a haze in Kuching now so it's not very pleasant outside. But Alhamdulillah, it's just haze. Nothing horrible.

Oh, so I just got home from Damai Beach Resort. Although it was just a one night stay, it was nice to breathe fresher air there - even though it was also a bit hazy.

Yesterday..

^Brother

Checking-in! ^Mom

View from our room

My brother was playing in this pool and I had to watch over him so what better thing to do than tanning, right?




Also, there was a wedding held in the evening..








Bride and groom! Didn't get to take a better picture because they kept moving around for the photoshoot



This has to be the cutest photo by the pool. This little baby right here was laughing non stop. Music to my ears!


Dinner..

^My parents

^Me


Earlier this morning..

Hazyyy



Post-breakfast face! Breakfast was supposed to be served at 'Cafe Satang' but it's under renovation at the moment so they're using this hall for the time being
Had a short, fun weekend. Will always come back to Damai Beach Resort. Til next post guys! Toodles!

Xoxo, Ayu

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Kettler Yoga Mat

High and low I've been searching (and contemplating), and finally I got one!



Yesss! I've got a yoga mat! First ever yoga mat, if I may. All this while, I've been using my 'sejadah' (a praying mat for Muslims) as my exercise mat. I especially need it for when I do sit-ups, leg exercises etc. because these exercises require for me to lay on my back. Been surveying for yoga mats everywhere. And let me tell you, they're not cheap!

So this one I got here was the cheapest it could go. There was a cheaper one but it's more like a mattress, it's squishy and it's not made up of rubber, hmm.

I got mine at a Nike outlet so I guess it's legit, right? I didn't know any specific brands and this brand was the only one left. There were two of these left at the store - lucky me! Its brand is called Kettler. Paid RM 69.90 for this and I think the price is reasonable for the quality of the mat. This thing came with a net, which makes it really practical for me to carry it around if I plan to do my exercises elsewhere.



This yoga mat is 173 cm in length and 61 cm wide. Its thickness is 8 mm. Mine is in grey - wish they had other colours but they didn't. When I got home, I realized it matches the colour of my weights - cool. Anyway, I might have gotten tired of other bright colourful mats so no complains.



So far, they're pretty comfortable. Let's just see how long the lifespan of this mat is. If you want to check this mat out, you can click here - www.fitnessequipment.com.my . This is the exact one that I got. You can also check Kettler's site itself, but I didn't find any mats there so yeah. Hope this was helpful for you guys out there who are on a hunt! (Beginners like me aha!)

Xoxo, Ayu

Monday, 10 August 2015

Beauty Haul!

The Sun is back and I am currently detoxing. I have been feeling quite dehydrated and my face is breaking out. It has been a while since my face had a break out. I can say that this time, my face is not at its best condition. Been going to Watsons (or a drugstore as you may call it) several times for the last couple of weeks. I didn't really have the chance to purchase my needs earlier because I was quite occupied during Ramadhan and Raya Aidilfitri.

So..without further ado, I thought I would share some of the purchases I did.


I didn't go over board! Picked up these things after several visits at the drugstores. So basically, I am only sharing it now after I have a decent amount of products to talk about. Let's start shall we?

1. OLAY Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System


This first because it's eye-catching, no? Honestly, I just got this last night after contemplating for so long. Its function is similar to the popular Clarisonic and Soniclear. They don't have these products here in stores in Kuching. Not to mention the price of these cleansers. Mind-blowing. But I'm sure they are good after watching endless amount of reviews, hence the price. But I'm just no good at purchasing things online without having a closer look and feel of them in my hands. So I got this one instead!

My sisters had it for a while - which gave me the chance to observe the outcome in my own eyes. Honestly, I could have waited a little while longer to purchase this but my face was just not having the time of its life. I could see my sisters' faces were getting better. Better as in looking smoother and cleaner. Of course, it took time.

So on the box it says;
  • deeply cleanses
  • gently exfoliates
  • primes skin for anti-ageing regimen
After I first washed my face last night using this brush, I did feel it cleared my face from dirt or makeup thoroughly and it did exfoliate dead or unwanted skin on my face after washed. Not mentioning its softness on your skin! So you can see on the box how the brush looks like. I like how it is all white - bonus points! It has two buttons. One is the power button and the other one is the speed control button. It only has a low and high speed. It also works with two batteries.

In the box, they will give you the cleansing tool, a brush head, a skin renewal cleanser, two batteries and the instructions. I am not going to use the skin renewal cleanser just because my skin is quite sensitive to cleansers. I have tried many of them and finally I found a cleanser, that I will talk about in this post pretty soon. I am sorry for this long talk on this cleanser but I just wanted to give you guys an overview of the product, in case you are interested in getting it in the near future. Also, I will update on how this product works on my face and see if there are any obvious results that I can share about.

Guardian : RM119.90

Moving on..


2. PALMER'S Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm Sunscreen Stick

Honestly, I have never tried this particular lip balm before. I once got a Vaseline and it was good. I didn't really like the feel of it after applying on my lips but it healed my dry lips effectively. And I'm not talking about those dry lips people always suffer from - I actually had to go and see a doctor because my lips were too dry and they felt too rough for lips-skin. I even thought I had an allergy or something. But turned out it was this lip balm I was using. It looked so nice on my lips. Gives you this natural lip colour depending on the warmth of your lips. But some chemical in that lip product was obviously too harsh for my lips.

Anyway, back to Vaseline..(seriously I need to try to tone down when I explain things)

The weather got too hot and humid here in Kuching at the time and my Vaseline was always in my handbag. It melted. I mean I bought the liquid-gel like form but when it melted, its consistency was too watery to be kept any longer. So I stopped using it and purchased this one instead. My lips started feeling dry again since the past week, so yeah. My boyfriend actually recommended this one to me because he tried it before and said it was good. So I'm going to give it a go.

Watsons : RM9.44

3. ESSENCE Mattifying Compact Powder

Easy to say, I'm running out of my compact powder so I got a new one. Went for this particular one because it was cheap and as you can see the colour is very subtle, which I love. I have mine in "02 Soft Beige".

Watsons : RM17.90

4. ESSENCE Silky Touch Blush

Oh my God, can I just say how gorgeous this colour is. Mine is in "80 Autumn Peach". Even the name is gorgeous! Reason I purchased this - of course I had to run out of blush to use (when I ran out of compact powder too). I just thought this colour was so beautiful and yes, it's cheap!

Watsons : RM15.80


5. THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Face Mist

There was a time when almost everyone that I'm subscribed to in Youtube raved about this product. It's not a drugstore product since it is actually quite pricey and there are no drugs sold at The Body Shop, so yeah. After I'm done doing my makeup, I spray this mist on my face. And let me tell you, it smells good and refreshing! It smells of rosewater like it says on the bottle. Really like the refreshing look it gives after you spray it on top of your makeup.

The Body Shop : RM38.05

6. SAFI BALQIS White Trilogy Facial Cleanser

This is the cleanser that I was talking about. I don't really know the difference of it from other cleansers but this one is gentle on my skin. It never irritates and it smells good. And I think it's because it has kiwi formulation that makes it usable for me. I alternate. When I finish the one with kiwi, I'll get cucumber next - just to change the mood and routine you know?

Watsons : RM9.40


7. WATSONS Velvety Soft Pocket Tissues

Everybody needs tissue, right? A girl has to have at least one in her purse. But to be frank, I don't buy pocket tissues or face tissues etc. Usually, I would just tear some of the tissue roll we have at home and fold and keep them neatly in my handbag. I feel like there is no use of spending more money on getting facial tissues when I can just use regular tissues from home. But..but, I got these because they were super super cheap. I mean REALLY CHEAP. In this one big pack you see in the photo, there are 12 pocket tissues. 12! So of course I had to get two of these - you know..just in case.

Watsons : RM1.90 per big pack

8. JOHNSON'S BABY Messy Times Wipes

I could've gotten other wipes but come one, these smell like babies! I always, always repurchase this when I'm out of them. They're handy, moist and they smell good. No complaints. I got them in a pack actually. There are three in each pack and for the price, it is very affordable.

Watsons : RM9.10 per big pack


9. DOVE Nutritive Solutions Volume Nourishment Conditioner

This conditioner is so so good. Before that, let me tell you - I have very long and thick hair. VERY THICK. I don't actually use a conditioner because it can be a bit pricey with the volume of the product it comes with. But my hair had gotten longer and with the humidity in Kuching, I just couldn't handle it anymore. It was tangling and dry - not attractive. So I got this. My hair doesn't tangle as much anymore, very seldom. And it brought some moisture to the ends of my hair. I can't say my hair is completely smooth and moist because I do have quite oily roots and very dry ends. But this conditioner did help bring some moisture back to my hair. Not a lot (can't blame because my ends are just really dry), but it helped.

Watsons : RM13.50

10. L'OREAL PARIS Studio Line Fix & Shine 24H Fixing Spray

So I bought a curling iron not long ago and I didn't have any setting spray to set hair curls. I know there are a lot of good hairsprays out there but they can get really pricey. So I just reached this one out because I felt like the price was okay with the size of the bottle - and I have a hair serum by Loreal too at home and it's good, so why not. Basically, after I finish curling my hair I would just spray this generously around my hair. Oh, and my hair shines so beautifully after. Love it!

Watsons : RM21.15

I hope this was informative for all of you - maybe you're on a look out on new products to try. Til next post guys!

Xoxo, Ayu

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Classic BROWNIES

Hello everyone! As you all know (if you read one of my previous posts), I bake cakes. To be exact, chocolate chip cream cheese cake and glazed brownies. I've shown you how the cheese cake looks like but not the brownies yet!



Yes, these are the glazed brownies. All cut in smaller pieces to be delivered. I do sell whole cakes too, which ever the customer desires. I am continuously baking these babies because I supply to Normah Medical Specialist Centre's cafeteria. After they are packed in these small containers, they will be ready to be sent to Normah.

The size of one whole cake is 9 x 9 (inches). And after cutting them, they are 3 x 3 each. If you don't know already, I'm based in Kuching Sarawak. They may look super sweet (like you are going to get diabetes) but they are not. I've received good reviews from my customers and the repeated comment is "It's JUST NICE,". They only look super sweet because of the shiny glaze on top of the cake and the rich chocolate I use to bake it.

So if any of you are interested in ordering these brownies or the cheese cake I've mentioned earlier, do e-mail me at ayu_ika92@yahoo.com or you can contact me directly at +6014-393 7173. Happy Monday, everybody!

Xoxo, Ayu

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Lunch By The Sea

Hey guys! Yup, here I am with another blog post and I know, I know I said I'd blog more often. Guys, I'm really trying *cries*. Anyways, yesterday we went to Kampung Buntal for lunch. And may I just say, that place was simply breathtaking.




This is the little cute restaurant where we had our lunch. It's called 'Restoran Selera Masam Manis'. And that's my brother Arman, by the way.

My parents

Hani, my sissy.

View of the beach from my seat in the restaurant

And of course, THE FOOD..






Okay I'm drooling now..

'Limo Mantak' as we would call it. This drink was EVERYTHING.


We don't usually go to new places to dine. But the 20-minute drive to this restaurant by the sea was nice. Hope to dine here again, soon!

Xoxo, Ayu