Pencil Eyeliner Review

If there’s one makeup item that I cannot live without, it’s got to be eyeliner (lip balm does not count as makeup, does it?). Eyeliner alone can make a huge difference to your look without much effort, so it’s a handy solution when you’re in a hurry.

To me, the most important thing to look for in an eyeliner is that, it must be really black and glides on easily.

When I came across Dior Crayon Eyeliner, I thought I had finally found my HG eyeliner.

Then there’s Chanel Precision Eye Definer. I kind of like it bcoz it’s softer than Dior’s, so application is a breeze (the Dior eyeliner is quite dry compared to this). But the color is not intense enough that I have to reapply a few times to get a bold black line. Not a HG material for me.

Then recently, my sister bought Stila Kajal Eye Liner, so I tried it and OMG, I’m in love. It is hands down the blackest and creamiest eyeliner I have ever tried! I am not talking Benefit BADgal eye pencil’s creamy kind of texture (that was a nightmare! It smears on my upper lids and staying power is really bad. In fact, everything from Benefit seems NOT beneficial to me), but this kajal eyeliner is so soft and velvety that it just kind of melts your heart as it glides on! The color is so dark and intense too – just one sweep and blend a little, and you’re good to go. It stays long enough until I remove it and doesn’t smears.

Here’s a comparison of each eyeliner in just one sweep:

I wish it comes with a blending applicator and a sharpener though. But that’s not a problem as I have about 3 of Dior sharpeners and 1 from Chanel. For smudging/blending, I use the angled liner brush from Too Faced makeup brush set that I have.

Just a word of caution: you have to master the art of applying eyeliner first before using this bcoz it is super soft (almost gel-like); it just “obediently” follow the movement of your hand as you glide it on, so the slightest error of a jagged line will be very, very noticeable. Not hot.
But practice does makes perfect.



Big Appetite

Last week, I had breakfast with my parents on the way to my dad’s office. I ordered Roti Canai, then my dad suggested to try their yummy Nasi Lemak as well. So with a plate of Roti Canai in one hand, I ordered the Nasi Lemak. The pakcik saw me and quizzically asked “Ni untuk sape?”, so I said it was for me. He had a mischievous smile on his face and said, “Malam tadi tak makan ek?”. Haha, very funny.

I should have said that it was for my baby! ;p

I finished everything btw! Mum was very surprised bcoz all this while she thought I was still on diet (even though I told her a zillion times that I am SO not and that I’ve gained some weight) and insisted me to eaaaatttt bcoz:

a) I still take Herbalife shake for breakfast (except on that day)
b) she said I don’t look that big except for my front parts (I was like, hmm how big do you want me to be?), and
c) the fact that I can still fit my old pants (with the help of Belly Belt of course).

I don’t know how else to eat. But well, with that Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak, I guess I’ve proved to her that I’m not on diet (I managed to stay hunger-free for 8 hours straight without snacking btw!). How can you be on diet when you’re pregnant, right?

But I will never ever have those for breakfast ever again.
Sekali setahun bole la kot ;p

p/s: Lately, I seemed to talk mostly about food. Must be the phase I’m in!



I’m NOT buncit, I’m just pregnant!

I was walking with my husband passed an OSIM store when a promoter with an OSIM uZap strapped on her tummy looked at me and said, “Kak, nak try OSIM uZap?”.

I grunted, – “I’m pregnant, okay” and walked away without even looking at her.
Sheesh
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Seriously, I need to wear that t-shirt.

**UPDATED**

Here’s how “buncit” I am at the moment…


Buncit2 pon, I can still wear that Topshop Pintuck Shirt in the smallest size (size 6)! ;p


Food and Friends

One of the best things about being pregnant is, I get to decide where to eat 🙂

And that’s why I brought my friends there, bcoz we have a BIGGG appetite! (and bcoz I know they are gonna enjoy the food).

Mr. Hubby had futsal game with his office buddies every Thursday night, so I decided to meet up with my friends for a girls’ night out at The Gardens, last night… and all we did was eat eat and eaaaatttt!
Deciding what to eat and drink is part of the fun, even tho it took us awhile to make up our minds – so many food, so little time! We ordered our drinks, and I had my usual Strawberry Splash.

The food at Italiannies are meant for sharing, so here’s what we had:

For appetizer:

We wanted to have mussels ape ntah, but the waiter informed us that there’s alcohol in it. Well, never mind. That reminds me, you know the complimentary fresh breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar that Italiannies always serve while waiting for your meal to arrive? Well, next time tell the waiter to pour only the olive oil bcoz I just found out quite recently that balsamic vinegar is not halal. It’s made of leftover wine or something like that. If anyone has clearer info about this, please share.
Ok, moving on to the best part of all: the main course.
We had…

I’m not so sure if the grilled chicken is called ‘Martesse’. All I know, it starts with an “M” and has “S”-es somewhere in between. Hmm, come to think of it, I think there’s an “L” too. Martessel? Marlettes? Apa2 la. But basically, it’s grilled chicken topped with chunks of tomatoes with creamy gravy that’s made of cheese and umm… spinach, I think. It was soooo divineeee that I nearly swooned when I had my first bite! It was one of those moments where you savor the food with your eyes automatically closed, not wanting to relinquish the taste, and finally exhale with a deep breath, shivers and go, “mmMmmMMMmhHhhhhh…”. That’s the kind of divine I’m talking here.

And I don’t think I need to tell you just how much I love shrimps, especially if they are as fat and succulent as the shrimps in the Shrimp Linguine. The pizza was yummy too – well, all of the food we had last night were yummy!

Oh, let’s not forget the dessert.

I wish they pour more of the white sauce bcoz I like my bread butter pudding flooded with that thing, like my mom does. It was good, I like the slight taste of cinnamon, but I still prefer their creamy cheesy Strawberry Cheesecake with strawberry puree (which MZ and I got as a complimentary dessert for being a regular customer). That was even more sinful.

We couldn’t finish off the dessert tho, bcoz we were so stuffed to the brim! But it was definitely one of the best dining experience I’ve ever had with my friends. And tonight we’re going for makan-makan again, at our friends’ wedding.

Speaking of that, I haven’t decide which shoes to wear! I gotta go now. I have some trying-ons to do. And yes, I am gonna wear high-heels, pregnant or not! ;p



Acne Treatment

My face has gone haywire since getting pregnant! Red bumps, white bumps, deep bumps, whiteheads – it’s the worst acne I have ever had in my whole life. There are 7 of them (yes, no kidding), and it seems to get worse day by day – especially since entering the second trimester. I am not blaming the pregnancy hormones alone (although that is obviously the main reason), but my lack of skincare routine especially during the early days might also worsen it.

I began searching for acne problems during pregnancy and whether it’s safe to use acne treatments… and I found some conflicting viewpoints. Most acne treatments as we know contain Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide, and some websites say it’s safe to use, while others say to stay away from anything containing Salicylic Acid bcoz it may be harmful to the baby. I’m really confused.

But I went to Kiehl’s the other day anyway, and purchased the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment, hoping it would ease my pimples. I told the SA that I’m pregnant and she said it’s okay to use, so I believed her. I should’ve asked my doctor first before purchasing it bcoz… it turns out that leave-on gels/creams especially, should be avoided during pregnancy bcoz it will be absorbed in the bloodstream and to the baby. I even showed the box to my doc. She said those pimples that I’m having is bcoz of hormone changes in my body so I just have to live with it *sobs*. She mentioned something like “pembawakan budak” – which I’m not sure what it means, but the fact that my skin will be back to normal when the pregnancy is over is a total relief. As of now, I shall leave my pimples alone and try not to focus on them so much. Anything for you, baby!

So since I can’t use the spot treatment, I’m gonna let it go. I have only used it for about 4-5 times, so it’s hardly used. Here’s the details:

  • Inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion®
  • Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment with Extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root
  • Helps prevent new acne blemishes from forming
  • Clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Not tested on animals

Inspired by Kiehl’s venerable and most enduring preparation, Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion™, this gentle, yet effective gel dries and clears blackheads, whiteheads and acne blemishes and allows skin to heal. Quickly penetrates pores to eliminate most acne blemishes and help prevent new ones. May be applied on clean skin, per directions, as necessary. Dermatologist-tested to help minimize allergy risk.

Size: 15ml
Retail price: RM70
Selling price: RM50 only (free shipping)

If you’re interested, please email me at iza_mirilyea@yahoo.com for details of the payment.

*update*

The Kiehl’s Spot Treatment is sold. Thank you!