Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fernweh 2017 - Part 1

"We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there..." 
~ Pascal Mercier

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I am getting the itch to travel. And I do have places planned this year.

I have had to cancel a trip due to my grandma's ailing health.

But this trip, I promised I would take.

So off we go.


It's time to return.

Soon. Soon.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.




Monday, February 6, 2017

AraCare is Up and Running #bethechange

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world..." - Mahatma Gandhi

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I just have to share my excitement and joy with all of you.

The family, especially Airiel's atok has been helping people in need for as long as I can remember. We grew up in that environment and it has become our way of life.

Late last year we decided to make it official in the hopes that more people can join us for change and to perhaps cover a bigger ground in so far as assistance is concerned.

Aracare was born.

We just managed to put up our FB page

 

Like and follow us at Aracare!

Spread the love by sharing the page. 

Let's effect change, one life at a time.

What a start to Monday.

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

My Go To Websites to Buy Cosmetics and Skincare

"You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful" ~ Amy Bloom 

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Most Merciful.

Hello readers.

I have been asked by one of my readers to list down my go to websites to buy skincare so here goes.

First and foremost, I must say that I have pretty much moved away from European and Western brands when it comes to skincare or makeup (I use very little makeup, but still). I find that it just doesn't suit me or the climate and weather I'm in. Plus the price point with the exchange rate these days are downright ridiculous. We can get much cheaper options which are equally or even better suited to our skin from Asian products. So the websites I visit to buy stuff reflects my inclination. Dah namanya dasar pandang ke Timur kan? Hehe.

5. Elf

The ELF brand is perhaps the only Western brand that I regularly use. The products are not expensive and they do worldwide shipping. I am a huge fan of their setting spray which is such a good dupe for the Urban Decay setting spray and Mac setting spray, both of which I have stopped using once I knew they were on the BDS list. For those who want to join in on the BDS movement go to buycott app and learn how to use it effectively from here.

My fave setting spray is below:-



There are some really good bargains on GemFive depending on what is on offer. I sometimes buy my B.liv products from Gemfive depending on the discounts, so watch out for the offers and bargains.


3. Hishop

I absolutely love this online shop, which offers great bargains on predominantly Asian skincare and makeup. And at the checkout you will ALWAYS, ALWAYS get some free samples of new and upcoming products that you can try! #IlapyouHishop


I am definitely going to go get this after I am done with this post!


Althea sells predominantly Korean products which is what I use apart from Japanese ones these days. The array and brands offered are endless and all products come with verified reviews before you decide to buy something. The thing about korean products is that the packaging is soooo cute!

I usually buy my Etude House toner here and I also get most of lipsticks, lip glosses and cushions from here as well.

My go to toner from Etude House:-


Awesome for dry skin. And my skin seems to glow with this! If you order above RM100 you are entitled to free shipping and everything is shipped out from Korea directly so if your products are running low, make sure to order in advance and not wait until its completely finished as it may take around a week for you to get your order.

1. Hermo

Hermo started their website some years back with a bang and have been on the forefront for online Asian makeup and skincare ever since. It is a local Malaysian startup so I have been told so #malaysiaboleh!

Their sale deals are some of the best I have ever seen, with really competitive prices. I usually buy my Missha Time Revolution Essence and b.liv products here, depending on the sale prices because I make a comparison with the rest of the websites I listed here before buying. The products are also packed with verified reviews so you can always read before you buy.

I must of course show you my fave SKII dupe essence which I will be permanently switching to since it suits my skin so well at 1/3 of the price of SKII.


How can you resist these websites right? Do have a click and see these fabulous products that are way cheaper and works better.

You're welcome, hehe.

Hope I have answered your query reader! XoXo

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone. 



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thantophobia

"What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again..." ~ Suzanne Collins



For some it is a phobia. For Mama it was a reality, angel Akif. Today is your birthday. Today is the day you left Mama and Airiel 4 years ago. Thank you for teaching me how to survive loving and losing. Thank you for the permanent scars on my body I now carry with me everywhere in memory of you. Thank you for hugging and kissing me in my dreams. Thank you for teaching me that love hurts, and that's why it matters. Thank you for making me weak and then making me strong. Mama misses you so much. More than words can say. More than tears can ever convey. May you be blessed kid. Al-Fatihah


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weekie 2016 - Grand Lexis Port Dickson

"And now I was older, and the wishful props of future selves had lost their comforts. I might always feel some form of this, a depression that did not lift but grew compact and familiar, a space occupied like the sad limbo of hotel rooms" ~ Emma Cline

Hello readers,

The only reason I am getting to update this today is because I am down with vertigo and is resting at home. It was only a matter of time before an attack hit, I literally felt it coming. And then boom.

Anyway, last year's end of the year weekie was awfully fun for Airiel and I. We went to Grand Lexis PD and it was simply awesome.

The villa comes with a pool which Airiel did not want to go into at first because he thought it was deep and he was afraid he would drown. Once he was comfortable though he basically refused to get out and forced me to stay in the pool with him! 



The bathroom and toilet was clean and was a separate space, although it was next to each other.

It had a nice lounge seating area. 

It had a working table which I used for work while Airiel played. 


The kitchen was a nice huge size with a microwave and basic essentials. 


The powder area is situated in front of the toilet/shower and was quite spacious as well.


The best part was of course the twin king beds. They were simply huge! Airiel and I was super comfortable.

This is one hotel that I have absolutely no complaints about. The staff was friendly, no request was too much for them and check in was fast, despite the crazy end of the year crowd.

The place was clean and all facilities were working.

I would recommend this place to anyone with kids and family. If you are aurat conscious opt for the villa with the pool that cannot be seen outside like mine. And then put your bikini on and jump in!!

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Revolution - Missha Treatment Essence

"Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is..." ~ Saul Bellow


Hello readers.

Its just a few hours to 2017.

2016 has been a roller coaster. Those reading this, we survived, we made it. More is yet to come. 

I have been looking for a cheaper option to that of SKII and I am currently trying out this essence touted as the absolute cheaper dupe of it.

I'll do this for a couple of months and keep you guys updated okay?

Much love from Airiel and I.

Peace and love to everyone.