Friday, 26 May 2017

Laneige x Sephora

Since I came back from Korea late last year, I've started an entirely new beauty regimen. Especially because my facial therapist nags at me all the time about how I should use skincare products diligently (her skin is flaaaawless!). So um, because I'm three years away from turning 30 *cries a river*, I thought it's probably time I focus more on skincare rather than concealing my imperfections.
Everyday I make sure to use Laneige's toner, essence and moisturiser. I like trying out new range of products because after awhile, you tend to get bored by the same scent every single day.
Then, at a recent Zalora event, surprise, surprise, another new Laneige product again in my goodie bag. The Silk Intense lipstick in Carnival of Love, a gorgeous deep red color. I tried it at home and my goodness, I was sold. The pigmentation was intense but at the same time, it was super moisturising. Felt like I was putting on lip balm instead of lip stick!


So when I had the opportunity to choose some products from Laneige on Sephora recently, I focused more on skincare and the lipsticks! I chose the Laneige Sunblock Aqua SPF35 because I was running out of sunblock. So so important to put on sunblock every single day, guys. I like the consistency of their sunblock, its not watery or oily, more to the creamy side. A little goes a long way too. A bonus point, the sunshine yellow packaging is super cute :)
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The next product I was interested to try was the Brush Pact in Natural Finishing. I liked that it was perfect for travelling, a brush and a powder all in one. I use this specifically for touching up because I like that I can bring it anywhere in my make up bag. I don't even have to bring a brush. There's not much coverage but I like that perhaps, on good skin days, instead of slapping on foundation, I can rely on this powder instead.
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I love the next two items the most. I tried out both the Silk Intense in Jealous and Serum Intense lipstick in Sparkle Pink. Jealous has a more red-coral ish finish, while sparkle pink is a light nude pink color, perfect for everyday use. I usually put on a lip balm before lipstick but with Laneige lipsticks, there is absolutely no need for that. The only thing is that, you must be okay with touching up every now and then. Because of the moisturising nature of the lipstick, it does transfer onto cups when you drink and most of the time, you will have to reapply, especially after eating. To be honest, I don't find it a hassle at all. I like that my lips feel moisturised all the time.
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But there's also another reason why their lipsticks are so popular. It was the lead actress of Descendants of the Sun's lipstick throughout the entire series :D
The next thing I want to try from Laneige? Their BB Cushion! I've heard so many good reviews about it, and I can't wait to try it one day :)
You can shop for your Laneige products here. Add to cart, check out and it will be delivered to you in just a few days!
Much love,
Nadya

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ippin.com.sg from Japan to Singapore.


I think we can all agree that the Japanese are the most efficient people around, they do things systematically, they're super hardworking and you kind of know that if a certain product is made in Japan, take my money, I'm sold. Made in Japan products are always well loved, well received and now, it comes in an option that isn't so readily available everywhere. Halal certified Japan products.

Ippin.com.sg is a new Halal portal making it a breeze for us to get Halal certified products from Japan, right to our doorstep ranging from food, fashion, electrical appliances and even cosmetics. The bestsellers are of course, the authentic Ramen but because I ran out of all my facial products bought from my previous Korea trip, I thought, ok this is a good time to try out Sakura Kokoro products.

Sakura Kokoro products does not contain any animal derived ingredients and is alcohol free, paraben free and oil free. Especially for ladies with sensitive skin, this would be aweeesome :)

I'm currently trying out four of their products.



The Cleansing Wash, a water based gentle cleanser, perfect for our make up removal.


The BB cream, a base for your make up with a natural finish.


The All in One Gel, the moisturiser.
The Beauty essence, has a non sticky texture, it brightens and moisturises your skin.



From left to right, the consistency of the BB cream, the all in one gel, the essence and the cleansing wash. 

The smell is soooo heavenly, I look forward to my facial routine every night =D
They also use a blend of Yoshino cherry tree leaf extract, lactobacillus and fermented soy milk to create a formulation which doesn't need alcohol or animal derived products.







Monday, 24 October 2016

a place to call home.

Aman and I are shy of one month before we celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary and so many things has happened this year, I can't even put a finger on where I should start. I always thought that I'm done with O Levels, A Levels and then I went on to Uni, graduated, got engaged, got married and these were big milestones I thought I conquered. Only when I got married, I realised that life is so much bigger than these milestones. There are many things I wish to accomplish and there are a million other goals I aim to achieve, but as of now I am just, contented and happy with whatever I have now. I pause every now and then and thank Allah for everything He has given me. There's a lot more I want in life, but for this moment, I am truly grateful. If everything goes well, I'll blog more about it :)


 Sweater Weather!
Oversized white cable knit sweater from H&M
Pink sneakers from Keds










"I'll ride my bike up to the road,
down the streets, right through the city.
I'll go everywhere you go."

Saturday, 15 October 2016

the rooftop

I am really a chipsmore blogger.
Nyehehe.I'm really looking forward to the holidays so I can blog about my Hokkaido trip because I've received tonnes of inquiries for my itinerary.

The other day, I told Aman, Let's explore the west side of Singapore. I'm tired of taking OOTDs at typical public places and I went to google around. When I saw the picture on Google, I was a bit uncertain, but when we arrived at the right timing, we were greeted with a gorgeous sky. Sometimes you just have to take a risk and explore. You never know what's waiting for you :)








What I'm wearing:

Ava Marbles shawl in Beige from aamanihijab
Ally Dusty Pink wrap dress from Mourissa Concept
EHxFV Lisa Skinny Pants from FashionValet




  Much love,
Nadya

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Love To Dress Eid 2016

Love to Dress has always been one of my favourite brands. I often refer to them as a Muslimah's version of Zara :D I've loved their collections ever since they first released them on Fashion Valet, I admire the sisters who work together despite being worlds apart to create new collections for LTD. The material of their dresses are amazing and they always pay special attention to details such as good quality zips (pretty minimalist!!!) on your sleeve, to make it easy for you to take your ablution. Plus, you get these small tags with quotes from the Hadith/Quraan, such great reminders masyAllah. Most of all, I like that although they play with light colors, the dresses and tops are never semi-opaque for that matter. When they say fully lined, its really fully lined, trust me.





I am wearing Lara Cape Top in Forest Pink and Cream from their recent collection. I love all their dresses from their Eid collection but I wanted something that I could wear at work, matched with pants hehe. For Eid, I'm going to match this with songket!

Satin Shawl; duckscarves





and because I love them too much, here's a compilation of their collection that I've worn for the past year :)










Much love,
Nadya Abd

Friday, 10 June 2016

Aman and Nadya's Honeymoon Guide to Italy: Part 1

Aman & Nadya’s Guide to Milan and Venice

Milan

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to go to Milan. Maybe it’s the hype that comes along with Milan's fashion week or their status as one of the fashion capitals in the world, I thought, Milan, I must come and see you.


We flew from Paris to Milan and we board a bus from the airport, straight to the city centre. Milan hotels were pretty pricey, so we thought, hey, let’s just get a super simple room. Hence, Ibis it is. Most of the time, I usually avoid Ibis. It’s not that I have anything against them, the hotel occupancy is quite high, which means, longer waiting time and a very crowded hotel. But the location was pretty good, price not too steep, so Ibis it was.


We headed to the Duomo. Being the third largest church in the world, the minute you come out from the subway station, the spectacular view greets you. You just can’t help but stare at it in awe and wonder, how on earth did they built this?! So intricate and the enormity of it all, mindblowing. We got our tickets and paid to climb a never-ending flight of stairs, to reach the top. The Duomo rooftop is a whole other story, the view of the city was stunning and I remember we spent quite a bit of time there until the sun set.





We explored Galleria Vittoria Emanuele. It’s a huge shopping arcade but I wasn’t interested to buy anything, I just wanted to sit and have a nice cup of Italian coffee at the Gucci Café. We stood in the centre, looked up at the high ceiling and just gawked at the amazing architecture. Everything about the galleria was so beautiful and definitely the place to go for high end products.



Gucci Café was quite a pleasant experience. We each ordered a cup of coffee, I can’t remember exactly the type and a plate of biscuits. Quietly nibbling on our biscuits and watch the world pass by. Definitely a great place to people watch. A bit pricey but what else can you expect from Gucci? Haha!


To be honest, apart from the Duomo and Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, I felt that there was not much that Milan had to offer. Maybe we didn't really explore the other parts of Milan but one or two days would be enough to cover Milan.

Food wise, we couldn’t find any halal food so we settled for pasta with tomato sauce and Maggi Mee when we came back to our hotel! :D

Venice

From Milan, we took the Trenitalia to Venice. I can’t remember exactly how long the duration of the trip but it took quite a while to reach Venice.




You know all the things people tell you about Venice?

Its true. Venice is SUPER gorgeous.


If you’ve watched The Tourist, Venice is exactly how it was portrayed in the movie. Canals in the place of roads and small little boats and gondolas floating on the glistening waters.

We arrived around Maghrib time, and went to get our 3-day pass for the Vaporetto ride. The Vaporetto is their main public transportation. To be honest, I don’t know if the day pass was worth the money because we rarely took the water bus. Most of the time, we walked through the alleys or we took the Traghetto, which are small gondolas the locals use to cross the Grand Canal. The only time we took the water bus was during our trip to and fro the train station and one more trip because we felt that it would be such a waste if we didn’t use it.

The water bus system is a bit confusing and you must find out beforehand which stop you’re alighting to reach your hotel. The hotels by the Grand Canal with their own private docks are super expensive so for the other hotels, you have to stop at the main area, and walk to your hotel. Some things to take note of, Venice has quite a number of random stairs and cobbled streets so getting to and fro your hotel might be a bit of a hassle. Always take note of your hotel’s location first before booking. Unless if you’re carrying a backpack then this should not be an issue.


Our hotel room was soooooo gorgeous that when we first stepped in, we just went OMGOMGOMG SO SO PRETTY?!?! Even Aman went around to take snapshots and video of our room in all its Venetian themed glory. It was soooooo pretty, I kid you not. If you’re on honeymoon, go on. Book it. You won’t regret, I promise.






Just around the corner from our hotel room was a halal pizza place. Apart from that, we couldn’t find any halal certified restaurants in our area. For dinner, we went to a nearby restaurant and ordered seafood and squid ink pasta. We also specifically asked them not to put any form of alcohol or meat based products in our food. In general, the restaurants in Venice are quite pricey so get your ka-ching ready.


We walked all the way to the central part of Venice which is Piazza San Marco. Along the dwindling passageways are many shops, left and right so we also window shopped while walking. You’ll find many shops selling embroidery, lace, Murano glass, masks and quills.


I won’t go on more about Venice because it has soooo much to offer. On our second day, we went on a free walking tour and the guide brought us off the beaten touristy track. We explored the areas frequented by locals and the guide kept telling us lots and lots of interesting facts about the island. It is quite a fast paced walking tour which takes almost three hours so be sure to wear good walking shoes if you’re thinking of joining them. The meeting place for the tour was right in front of our hotel so we had no problems finding them. The tour is free, all you have to do is to register beforehand and at the end of the tour, it’s up to you to tip your guide :)



We didn’t go on a gondola ride. As much as we would love to, it was too expensive for us. Instead, we took the Traghetto and feeling feeling as if we were on a gondola. If you have a lot of money to spare or it has been your long time dream to go on a gondola, by all means. We were happy to settle for the Traghetto.


Venice has so much character and so many stories to tell. From why they’re known for their masquerade masks, to the flooding that happens quite frequently when it rains or when the water level rises, we truly enjoyed Venice. Definitely a romantic destination, perfect for newlyweds.


Much love,

Nadya Abd