Sisterly Love

A lot of people asked me how do my girls get along so well and have they ever fought with each other?

Haha. My girls are normal kids, guys. Of course they fight!

They usually fight verbally (girls, right) over petty things like… whose hair is longer, or who should become Twilight Sparkle, or when kakak doesn’t want to sit beside adik, or when Raina sang My Little Pony song wrongly… stuff like that.

And then they would always end it with “I DON’T WANNA FRIEND YOU!” or even “I DON’T WANT TO BUY YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT BECAUSE YOU DON’T BEHAVE!” and then the other would cry, “HUWAAA SHE DON’T WANT TO BUY ME PRESENT NANTI I DON’T HAVE PRESENT!”.

Sheeshhh pening aku -___-’

But their squabbles and fights don’t last long. One minute they’re like Ultraman and raksasa (except this Ultraman and raksasa fought over which Lego Friends scene they should pretend-play), and the next minute they’re like BFFs, laughing and giggling away like nothing ever happened.

Like the other day, they were fighting over iPad and there were lots of screaming and crying involved. Apparently, one of them “ruined” Sofia’s bedroom because she colored the bed with the wrong color and didn’t put the right accessories or something (they were playing Sofia The First coloring game by the way).

5 minutes later, they came downstairs together and Ayra told me, “Mama, I like Raina. She’s my best friend foreverr!”.

Righttt.

I guess it’s normal for siblings to fight and squabble every now and then. But one thing I learned is not to blame only one child or assume things based on what you see without finding out what really happened. Listen to both sides of the story. Let each child explain and then only take necessary actions (advice and whatnot). Parents should be the peacemaker here!

 

IMG_2195Dresses from DVF ♥ babyGap collection, flats from Zara Girs

 

One time, I casually asked Ayra whether she loves her little sis and she said, “Yes, I love Raina. She’s so sweet and funny and she’s so silly”.

Then I asked Raina the same thing and she answered, “I love kakak because she so nice and like to teach me”.

Awwhhh….

These two can be really sweet with one another when they’re not fighting. I just love to see how they get along nicely. It never fails to warm my heart. I hope my girls will remain close (if not closer) when they’re older, insya-Allah.

 

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I think parents play a very important role in helping nurture a good sibling relationship. I know it can get really tempting to compare your children with one another (I admit I used to do that too), but please please pleaseee avoid comparing siblings, especially in front of them. It’s a recipe for disaster that can lead to sibling rivalry. Nobody likes to be compared – I’m sure you don’t like it when somebody compares you with someone else so don’t do it, especially to your children. Everyone is different and has unique talents and abilities; so does your child.

When you compliment or praise one of your children, compliment the others as well. You don’t want your child to feel “superior” or appreciated more than his/her other siblings and you certainly don’t want your other child to feel, “Mom probably loves my brother more because he’s smart”. You want each of them to know that they are all special in their own ways and that you love them no matter what. Insya-Allah they will learn to appreciate and respect each other. I actually learned this from my MIL (somebody once complimented one of my girls and my MIL told that person, “Kalau puji sorang, kena la puji sorang lagi”) and I have been doing it ever since. The compliments don’t have to be the same. Like for example, when I told Ayra, “Your hair is beautiful. So straight and smooth, I like it”, I would also tell Raina that, “I like your curly hair. It looks fabulous”.

Whether it’s their appearances or their abilities, just try to find the best in every child and appreciate their differences. It’s what makes them unique!

 

IMG_2205The dynamic duo. Ayra the neat and independent one, and Raina the cool and funny one :)



SK-II Auractivator CC Cream Review

Ever since discovering BB (Beauty Balm) creams a couple of years ago, I’ve been hooked. I’m not really a big fan of heavy foundations, but I don’t fancy the sheer coverage of tinted moisturizers either. BB creams seemed to fall in between those two - not too heavy, not too sheer. It’s just right. I love the “no makeup” makeup look it gives yet still provides enough coverage without looking too heavily made-up.

And then comes CC creams.

I read that CC cream is like BB cream’s amped-up big sister with more focus on skincare. It’s lighter and more opaque than BB creams and therefore they are better for acne-prone skin as it helps to conceal imperfections.

Behold the new SK-II CC Cream (this is actually my very first CC cream)…

 

IMG_2059It comes in a tube with pump dispenser, making it easy to use.

 

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I was told that this Auractivator CC Cream has so many benefits, but I really like the fact that this CC cream helps skin reduce melanin that cause dark spots and protect the skin from future damage with its SPF 50, besides providing a good coverage. Gotta love makeup with added skin care benefits!

Here’s the product swatch:

skIIJust dot, slather and voila~ instant glowing skin
(You can use a makeup brush to apply it but I usually just use my fingers)

 

As you can see, the CC cream is very light in color (almost white), but once you slather it on your skin, it oxidizes and changes color and just blend right in. I think it does a nice job at disguising unevenness and redness, especially near my chin area. It also contains iridescent micro pearls to give your skin that radiant glow that you can see instantly. I would also suggest to go easy on the powder. You only need a thin layer to set it.

 

IMG_2118My current go-to minimal makeup look – SK-II Auractivator CC Cream, loose powder, mascara, lip gloss and I’m good to go!

 

Overall, I’m liking this new CC cream by SK-II. It gives great coverage, evens out my complexion with a nice glow anddd contains a whopping SPF 50, which makes it a makeup product with the highest sun protection that I have ever used. This SK-II Auractivator CC Cream retails for RM290 and is available at all SK-II counters nationwide.



Getaway in Style

So there’s this contest that FashionValet x The Luxe Nomad are running for bloggers to win a stay at the luxury Paresa Resort Phuket.

I’ve seen the photos of the resort and it’s ah-mazing, guys.

I mean, just look – the view, the sea, the suite, the private pool and everything. Sigh… it’s so romantic.

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I miss having a romantic getaway with my husband. The last time we had one was on our 5th wedding anniversary, which was 2 years ago. And it was only for a night. Tak cukup! Hehe. We’ve been busy being daddy and mommy (even to each other sometimes) that we somehow forgot to be just husband and wife. It’s kind of hard to do so when the kids are around. So really, I’d like to win a stay at Paresa Phuket on The Luxe Nomad with my man so we can spend some time together, just the two of us. Plus, it’s our birthday this month (our birthdays are only 11 days apart) so it’d be a perfect gift for the both of us.

I’ve already picked out a head-to-toe outfit from FashionValet that I’m going to wear on one of the days if I win this contest. Something casual and breezy but still chic, in light neutral tones with a pop of color.

 

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Top – Aere Oliva Oversized Buttoned Cuffs Top in Ivory
Bottom – Scha x FV Plumeria Skants in Peach
Scarf – dUCk Georgette Scarf in Chocolate Cookie Dough
Shoes – ShoesShoesShoes Liza Kinked Mule Wedges in Nude
Bag – Mischa CDG Pouch in Holi Pink

This contest ends today tho, so hurry and blog about it now if you wanna join! Hehe.

They are going to choose 2 winners – the 1st prize is 4D3N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM1,000 FV voucher and the 2nd prize is 3D2N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM700 FV voucher.

So exciting!

You can read more about the contest here: http://www.fashionvalet.com/fvtlngetaway.



New Hobby: Food Flatlays

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been bitten by the flatlay bug quite recently, thanks to all the beautiful flatlays on my Instagram feed. I even followed @flatlays on Instagram, which is an account for everything flatlay. It’s impossible not to get hooked!

I love seeing all those beautiful fashion flatlays, but I have a particular obsession for food flatlays (probably because I love food) so most of my flatlays are food related. I think it’s a chic way of taking photos of your food, plus it’s super fun. Makes cooking a whole lot more enjoyable because it’s like playing dress up – but with food. Nothing more fun than mixing and matching the food I cook with plates and napkins! Hehe #foodiealert.

Here are some of my food flatlay photos that I shared on my Instagram. I get a lot of ideas and inspirations from my favourite flatlay accounts (@tenthousandthspoon, @thepinkdiary@dreamy_touch and @crazystylelove). Some of them are either photographers or stylists, so that explains their crazy awesome flatlays. Makes me want to take food styling class or something!
 
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This food flatlay thing has also made me go crazy over dinnerware and serveware – something I had never even bothered to think about before. So now plates, bowls, tea sets, mugs, trays, spoons, napkins, tea towels and placemats have been added to my list of shopping obsessions, along with clothes, shoes and bags (God, help my husband). Haha.

In case you’re wondering, I get most of my serveware from Daiso (my ultimate source because everything so cheappp), Aino Living, H&M Home and Ikea. I can spend hourssss in these shops. Sigh… the woman I’ve turned into! :P



Chill Festival

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning has been a part of my daily routine for about a month now. I’ve seen a lot of health and fitness junkies posted (on Instagram) about the benefits of lemon water and I decided to follow their advice. I just can’t believe something as simple as lemon water (I mean, it’s just juice from lemon and water!) can give your body SO many benefits, among which are – cleanses your system, aids digestion, boosts immune system, clears skin, promotes healing, hydrates lymph system, energizes you, enhances your mood and aids in weight loss.

 

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What I didn’t know is that, this morning routine of mine could somehow harm my teeth because lemon juice is actually one of the worst drinks for teeth as it is highly acidic (apparently, sugar is not the only thing that is bad for your teeth). If I don’t do anything about it, I might end up with tooth sensitivity. Yikes!

To be honest, I was quite ignorant of tooth sensitivity. I thought it was like a hereditary case or something. I didn’t know tooth sensitivity is actually quite common in Malaysia. In fact, I just found out from a Sensodyne event that I attended recently, that approximately 1 out of 3 Malaysian consumers claimed they have sensitive teeth. Now that’s a lot! Sadly, only one third of the sufferers use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to relieve their condition. Others probably just tahan the ngilu-ness. I just can’t imagine if I had to deal with that sharp ‘zing’ sensation every time I eat or drink something! #iamafoodie

*Ipsos, Oral Care Usage & Attitudes, 2014

 

IMG_8143Dental Surgeon, Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, explaining about tooth sensitivity.

According to Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, some of the possible causes for sensitive teeth are:

  • Enamel wear and dentine exposure caused by acidic food/drinks
  • Brushing teeth too hard
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums

There are ways to reduce or even prevent yourself from tooth sensitivity, such as practice good oral hygiene, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoid grinding your teeth and use sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. I’ve always thought Sensodyne is only for those with sensitive teeth; turns out anyone can use it as a prevention from tooth sensitivity.

Sensodyne has a range of products that provides different solutions for consumers. There’s Sensodyne Repair & Protect that helps repair sensitive teeth, Sensodyne Rapid Relief gives fast relief in 60 seconds when used as directed, and Sensodyne base range which gives everyday protection for sensitive teeth which includes Sensodyne Fresh Mint, Sensodyne Gentle Whitening and Sensodyne Gum Care. Using the right sensitivity toothpaste can help to relieve tooth sensitivity and allows you to indulge and enjoy your favourite food and drinks.

 

IMG_8265I got the Sensodyne base range toothpaste in Fresh Mint. Hopefully this will prevent my teeth from sensitivity despite my daily lemon-water routine.

If you’re not sure whether you have sensitive teeth or not, you can take this Tooth Sensitivity Check at https://www.sensodyne.com.my. I’ve checked mine and I don’t have sensitive teeth. Phew! Else, I wouldn’t have enjoyed drinking this delicious organic cold-pressed juice at the ‘Tiada Ngilu, Hidup Ceria’ Chill Festival!

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Sensodyne is currently collaborating with Chatime Malaysia for ‘Unfreeze the Coolest Drink’ contest where consumers get to vote for their preferred Chatime drink and enjoy 20% discount for the most voted drink.

To enter this contest, go to http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my, click on the ‘Unfreeze Deals’ tab and vote for your favourite Chatime drink. You can also participate on any social media platform by including this hashtag #tiadangilu <drink code>. The discount voucher can be downloaded on the website by the end of March.

For more information or terms and conditions of the contest, visit www.sensodyne.com.my or http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my.

*This is a sponsored post. All samples are provided by GSK and opinions expressed are of my own personal views.