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My Blogging Routine

Friday, May 26, 2017
My Blogging Routine | Lenne Zulkiflly

I have developed a routine that I go by every single time I blog. It didn't change, it is what it is since the beginning and I still stick to it at this point. So, in today's post I thought I'd share my blogging routine with you guys. It's really simple, nothing fancy or complicated, but hopefully it might become handy to someone out there? Perhaps. Here it goes. 

Planning

Yes, it all starts with a plan. I always have to plan things before I do them. I would say I'm pretty organized and I like it better when everything is planned. So, before hitting letters on the keyboard and having my thoughts and words written to the blog, I first sit down with my blogging notebook and jot down the things I'm going to write about. Yes, I jot down things and I know it's very old-fashioned but it works for me because I tend to forget major things I want to mention in a post. 

Writing 

After I jot down all the details and points, I will then start to write the post. I like to do the writing first and the photography comes next because I just work that way since the beginning. Writing a post can take forever for me because I will read and re-read the post to make sure no spelling errors or basically just any errors before I hit the 'Publish' button. I want to be 100% happy with the content and the quality is approved by me. After I'm satisfied with the result, I will save it as a draft then I can work on the photography (if the post requires my own photo). Just a little FYI, a big cup of tea is very much needed during this session because it's always take the longest. You feel me? 

Photography 

I take all of my blog photos using my phone, as you guys probably should have known by now and I edit them using only 2 amazing apps that I downloaded in my phone - Snapseed and VSCO. Honestly, I kind of having a love/ hate relationship with taking photos just because it's exciting, fun and all but it's tiring! Hands down. You have to have the angles right, no shaky hands and don't get me started with the weather. Anyway, after I'm happy with the photos, I will have it uploaded to join with that particular post and edit the Alt tags and whatnot.

My Blogging Routine | Lenne Zulkiflly

Sharing and promoting

I usually post around 8-10 in the morning, I'm not so sure why but I do. After that have been published for couple of hours, I then promote it. What I usually do is I share my new post on Twitter. Sometimes I do tweet about the post more than once (but I keep forgetting it) and I will not forget to include hashtags along with it because don't underestimate the power of hashtags. Haha! I also put a small description saying 'My Latest Blog Post' and link to the post on my Twitter bio, so whenever people visits my blog, they will know I have a new post. It's not going to work 100% but it sure does drive a crazy traffic to my blog. Yes, I gain lots of traffic and engagement from Twitter. 

That's pretty much my blogging routine, I know it's very simple. I know it may seems unorganized to some of you guys, but I work that way and it suits me best. And I really admire people that has posts planned and written for months in advance. That's awesome and keep doing you! Aaand salam ramadhan al-mubarak to muslims all around the world! ❤

Do you have a specific blogging routine?

My Drugstore Skincare Routine | Oily Skin

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I'm pretty sure I'm the only beauty blogger who has never written a blog post about her skincare routine. Actually, I take that back. I did one but it was a very long time ago when nobody was reading my blog. But that's that. I'm going to share my simple skincare routine in a bit. 

Before anything, I have to throw a quick disclaimer. Let me just say that I'm not an expert when it comes to skincare and I'm not claiming to be one. I'm simply sharing my experience here and at least I didn't break out with any of these products. Also, I strongly believe that in order to achieve a healthy skin, I don't have to have big bunch of products to use daily or 10 steps routine to follow. That's just my opinion. Either way, I feel that this post will be a knowledgeable read.

My Drugstore Skincare Routine | Oily Skin

#1. Remove makeup/ dirt 

I strongly believe that makeup remover should be included in everyone's skincare routine because even if you are not wearing makeup, you have to clean the dirt that sits on top of your skin. This is my very first step and I do it with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Oh. Boy. It's definitely worth the hype and I don't even know how many times I have repurchased this. It works wonders, it removes all of my makeup very well and it's affordable. What else can I say? I highly recommend it. 

#2. Cleanse 

I have used so many cleansers in the past but nothing beats what I'm using right now, it's Pure Beauty White and Bright Cleansing Foam. You can get it at Watsons only, if I'm not mistaken. Now, I have a very uneven skin tone and all I can say is that, it totally evens out my skin tone and I'm so happy that I give this cleanser a try! Another good thing about this cleanser is it does not contain a lot of bubbles too, which is great. I have read somewhere that it's not preferable to have lots of bubbles in a facial cleanser and one should avoid it. Anyway, I cleanse twice a day: in the morning and right before I go to bed. 

#3. Tone

After I cleanse, toner is a must for me. I use a toner twice a day as well. It's an absolute must because it drives the pH of the skin back to normal, which is so important. Apparently, the pH of tap water can be pretty bad for the skin so you have to have a toner. Regardless, when I use a toner, I use the Oxy Oil Control Toner. It works well for me, it's alcohol-free, the sebum on my face have decreased and it moisturizes my face too, which is good because some toners tend to dry out the skin.

My Drugstore Skincare Routine | Oily Skin

#4. Moisturize 

Yes, people with oily skin types need to moisturize and can't skip this step. I use aloe vera gel as my moisturizer. Yup, no surprise. I love my aloe gel. If you wish to know more what aloe gel can be used for, I made a blog post where I talked about how I use my aloe gel HERE. It's been in my skincare regimen for years now. Since I'm having an oily skin (not by choice), I really have to go for moisturizers that are oil-free and gel-based formula. And aloe gel is the answer! It really hydrates and rejuvenates my skin. I like to use a thick layer before I go to bed and when I woke up in the morning, my skin feels so soft, smooth and healthy. It's a wonderful moisturizer for my skin, my skin loves it very much and I know lots of people don't like it and it's okay. You do you, boo. 

That's pretty much my daily skincare routine. It's so simple. However, sometimes, I like to be a little extra just because I love to pamper my skin. Or basically because I just like to give more to the skin. So here's what I do:

To exfoliate: To really deep clean and remove any dead skin on the face, I use a facial scrub from Organic Aid. Seriously, this scrub makes my face more supple and baby's-butt-smooth. I exfoliate twice a week and if you love your skin then you should know not to exfoliate every single day. 

To hydrate: I love sheet masks. I love them very much. I feel extra fancy when I put them on. Haha! Does anyone feel the way I feel? Okay, I like to use sheet masks once or twice a week to give my skin some extra hydration. I love the ones from Sasa and Guardian!

My Drugstore Skincare Routine | Oily Skin

To absorb excess oil: Whenever my T-zone or just basically the whole face gets oilier than usual, I know my Freeman Mint and Lemon Clay Mask will always do me good and always have my back. It works wonders on my skin, though I have read quite a number of bad reviews. But that's about that. Other than that, oil absorbent paper/ blotting paper is also a must for me and I'm using the one from Clean & Clear

There you go, my skincare routine. Actually, quite a number of people have been asking for my skincare routine and all I can say is that I don't have a fancy skincare routine like everybody else. Mine is so simple, yet you guys still want to know. Thank you so much! I hope this post is useful for you, any other way. 

Now, what's your skincare routine like? 

Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder | Lenne Zulkiflly

Growing up with oily skin type, a mattifying powder is a must for me. I have never reviewed a face powder on my blog before. It's not that I don't use it. In fact, I do use one whenever I wear makeup. I always use the same powder for a long time, it's hard for me to switch it up because I'm pretty loyal. Haha! The moment I saw that Catrice would come out with a loose powder that doesn't break the bank - it's only MYR23, I knew I must grab it and glad that I did!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 

The transparent, loose powder with a soft-focus effect provides all skin types with a long lasting matte effect. The micro fine powder particles absorbs excess oil and ensure a matte effect without drying out your skin. For a smooth and flawless complexion. Can also be used to set makeup. Available as a transparent powder - universally suitable for every skin tone and type.

PACKAGING

This powder comes in a simple plastic tube, I believe. A high quality one. It's a container with a see through/ transparent sides so you can immediately see the remaining powder. So that's a plus. The size is not too big and not too small, just right and travel-friendly. Inside, there is a plate with holes that is attached to the tube for easy dispensing of the powder.

Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder | Lenne Zulkiflly

MY EXPERIENCE USING THE CATRICE NUDE ILLUSION LOOSE POWDER 

The powder is white but when applied on the skin it becomes clear. I have a medium dark skin but this powder doesn't look white on me, at least I don't look like a ghost. Haha! I have oily skin type, with the usage of this powder, it mattifyes my skin and the fact that I'm able to control the shine for at least 6 hours really 'wowed' me. It stays true to the claims. That's always a thumbs up. It doesn't exaggerate my pores as well, which is great! Just bear in mind that this powder has a fragrance to it and it lingers on for quite awhile.

PROS:
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Doesn't leave a white cast
  • Blends easily 
  • Doesn't look cakey
  • Matte and natural finish 
  • Controls oil for at least 6 hours
  • Doesn't exaggerate pores
  • Travel-friendly 
  • Budget-friendly 
Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder | Lenne Zulkiflly

CONS:
  • Contains parabens
  • Contains fragrance 
All in all, this is a great product and I believe suitable for every day wear. It gets the job done and I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality of this powder. Definitely would repurchase it and I would surely recommend it if you are looking for a loose powder that deserves a shot and would not hurt the bank :)


What is your favorite loose powder?

Blue Sky Tag

Friday, May 12, 2017
I'm having a major cramp right now. The struggle of being a woman. I feel so uncomfortable as I'm writing this post but now worries, I will be fine. So, I have been tagged by two persons - Farahin and Eyja. Thank you for tagging me, girls! Although this tag is quite similar with the Sunshine Blogger Award but there's no harm writing it.

You are supposed to thank the person who tagged you, answer the questions provided, tag another 11 people and provide 11 questions for them. However, I don't think I'm going to tag anyone beacuse I can't think of 11 questions at this point of time, also lots of bloggers I know have already been tagged so. In today's post, I will be answering 11 questions from Farahin and another 11 questions from Eyja. It's gonna be a long post so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Blue Sky Tag | Lenne Zulkiflly

QUESTIONS FROM FARAHIN 

01. What was the last song you listen to? Describe about it.

Can't Help Falling In Love. It's a love song, obviously. I don't listen to love songs often but I'm currently in love so. Anyway, this song speaks my soul at the moment, I can't but to replay the song over and over again. 

02. What kind of music do you prefer to listen when you're driving? 

I don't drive because I don't have a driver's license yet, but when I do I would listen to the oldies because I'm a sucker for the 90s pop and probably a lot of soundtracks too :)

03. What is your favorite band?

Westlife, BSB, Maroon 5, One Republic, 5SOS.

04. Do you prefer cheap but delicious food at mamak/ warung or expensive and delicious food at hipster/ famous cafe?

I prefer both. I have my cravings and sometimes I want to eat a particular type of food, so it really depends on my cravings. Also in deciding where I'm going to eat is determined by my mood and how much cash I have #TheRealDeal

05. What is the thing that you're good at?

Spending money, playing with makeup, remembering names, procrastinating, chopstick usage, raising one eyebrow, making weird faces. I'm well aware that these are not talents or things like that but these are the only things (that I can think of right now) I'm good at.

06. If you have to choose between friends and lover, which one would you prefer?

Both are equally important to me. This question is like somehow asking, "Which one is more important: breathing in or breathing out?" Both are important and both will keep you alive, that's for sure. So that's about that.

07. How would you describe yourself? 

If I was to describe who I was, I would say I'm a cat lover, a makeup enthusiasts, bubbly, caring, sympathetic and I'm a people pleaser. I'm a sweetheart and a psycho girlfriend all in one. I can be short tempered, my patient bubbles really near the surface. I get frustrated with myself pretty easily because sometimes I don't know how to make things work. I'm a bit OCD in certain aspects of my life. I hate math or anything that involves numbers or calculating. And I love to laugh because I love the feeling of happiness and positivity. So that's me, what about you?

08. Do you really love what you are doing right now? (study/job/etc)

To be completely honest, I love what I'm doing right now - studying. I love studying and learning in general. I love to know and understand things. I know it takes up more time compare to binge watching TV shows but I love it, still.

09. When did you start blogging? 

I started when I was 14. Now that I'm 21 and I have been blogging on and off for 7 years-ish, I would say that does not give me the 'ticket' to be a successful blogger, yet. I'm still in the process of learning to become a successful one although it's kind of blurry. Long story short, I started when I was 14.

10. Why did you start blogging?

I made a post talking about how and why did I begin blogging here.

11. What do you love most about your blog?

Everything. Although it's not much compare to others but it's all about the content, right? And I love the fact that I'm able to inspire and be inspired through this platform :)

QUESTIONS FROM EYJA 

01. Tell me about yourself in 50 words.

A makeup enthusiast and a cat lover. That's what I'm mostly known for. I can be short tempered because I'm pretty impatient. I worry too much, I eat a lot and I workout at the same time and I love spending money on makeup and unnecessary stuff.

02. Open my About page, is there anything that you want to comment? 

Nothing, other than the fact that you are lovely, what's your skincare routine!? Hehe. Aaaand I just knew that you are the only child in your family. How does it feel to be the only child?

03. What lipstick that you use daily?


Blue Sky Tag | Lenne Zulkiflly

My top picks are MAC's Velvet Teddy and Please Me, Silkygirl Matte Lip Cream in 04 Vintage and 01 Retro.

04. Would you love to have bridesmaids during your wedding day or not? Why?

I don't have any plan yet for this. There are no rules written that you have to have bridesmaids on your wedding. I mean, sure, if they will be helping a lot and keep the drama low. However, my heart strongly says that it's not necessary. By not having bridesmaids on my wedding day, I can actually save a bit of money and focus on the things that should be focused.

05. What color might you wanna wear on your wedding ceremony? 

A mixture of white, soft pink and gold perhaps? Or just white? I don't know, I can't really decide. I need to ask my s/o. Haha.

06. Your favorite color is/ are....

Pastel colors, gold and rose gold. Gold is already bomb, but rose gold is definitely more bomb. You agree or nah?

07. When is your birthday? 

November 23rd! I kind of having a love/ hate relationship with my DOB because I don't like the fact that it's at the very end of the year but I also love that it's November because I love the name November. I know it does not make any sense, bear with me.

08. Close your eyes... what do you think of? 

I can't think of anything, honestly. It's too much to bear in my mind that I don't know what to think of first, if that makes sense.

09. Any achievement for this year so far? And what is that?

Nothing, really, other than I managed to maintain my GPA higher than 3.5 for the third semester. Alhamdulillah, I got 3.9 again for semester 3. I hope I can maintain like this for another 2 semesters left. Fingers crossed!

10. Why you choose to be a blogger?

I run my blog simply for personal reasons. I love sharing my experience to people out there and I love creating content. Being a blogger is fun and I enjoy doing it. That's the only thing that matters.

11. Be honest... do you like my blog? Why?

I love it! I love it simply because of your content, I have been following you for quite some time now and I really love the way you write and what you put up on your blog <3

I hope you enjoyed!

What It's Like To Be A Teacher's Daughter

Monday, May 08, 2017
I come from a family of teachers. Both of my parents, my sister, my uncles and aunts are teachers. My mom and dad have now been teaching for over 20 something years, I believe. They were born to educate kids, they are so good at it and I'm proud of them. So, what is it like to be a teacher's daughter?

What It's Like To Be A Teacher's Daughter | Lenne Zulkiflly

I attended the primary school where my parents taught. I used to came in early with them every day for school. I stayed late every day and had to wait until their works are done. I did a lot of 'site visit' of the buildings in school just so I can shake the boredom off. And I also spent most of the time reading my mom and dad's confidential letters, documents, just bunch of things that I probably shouldn't read. I'm rebel liddat.

I surprisingly can recall each and every bits of moments like it's in the back of my mind and I loved every single thing of it.

Being a teacher's daughter, I have seen lots of adults approach my parents in the supermarket, shaking hands, hugging them and telling their children that my parents were one of their beloved teachers. These small acts never fail to amaze me. It's somehow tempted me to become a teacher myself but being the hot temper that I am, better not. I have had a lot of people asking me "Do you want to be a teacher just like your parents?" so many times in my life but I don't know. It feels like a huge responsibility and I don't know if I can pull it off successfully. And I have been told many many times that I have that potential to become one. I like spreading knowledge and new things to people but to educate them, man I have no idea.

Being a teacher's daughter, school starts to feel like home. I like the fact that my school feels like my home. Spending countless times after school and I lost count to the number of times I spent running around the empty school. Having to address my parents as 'Sir' and 'Ma'am' throughout the working hours. I hate those working hours. 

Being a teacher's daughter, I did the same homework everyone else did. I spent the similar amount of time on my homework just like everybody else. No cheating. My parents didn't practice those acts. Doesn't mean I'm a teacher's kid, I automatically dismissed from doing homework or such things. Being a teacher's daughter has its perks and flaws. At times, it can be a little too frustrating and a little too incredible all at the same time. I have heard all the gossip at the dinner table. I have all the access of information about the school; bratty kids, unreasonable parents, unresponsive administration etc. It felt like a behind-the-scenes all of the sudden.

Being a teacher's daughter, I was inevitably have to hear other kids bad-mouthing and complaining about teachers, how boring and strict they are. Man, kids sometimes can be too harsh. But whatever, my parents are fabulous of what they do.

Being a teacher's daughter, it wasn't all the educational lessons my parents have taught me in the past that made me where I am now. It wasn't all the extra lessons or extra books that my parents were able to get their hands to. It was the lessons they taught me at home, the lessons they learned from observing other kids. At the younger age, my parents taught me to be kind, to share, to be disciplined. As I grew up, they still do same but in a different way. They don't teach me as if I'm a little kid because I'm a grown up and I know what's right and what's wrong. I watched them spent hours and hours working at school, they would come home late from work every day, completely exhausted,  carrying lots of bags and folders but still managed to bought food with smiles on their face. I watched them stayed up later than I did in college just to finish a single task. That my friend, I know they taught me to work hard, to have courage, dedication and determination. 

Being a teacher's daughter is finding the cards and gifts with messy "I love you teacher" written all over. I can't help but to shed a tear because I know my parents are making a difference in these kids' lives. Being a teacher's daughter, I had to witness loads of things good and bad that my parents did due to their passion. Even at times it didn't pay enough, but they loved it. Very much. They love what they do and they taught me to don't just give it up. Every cloud has a silver lining, they say.

Being a teacher's daughter, I'm beyond proud to be one. Although sometimes it's hard having parents with a profession that doesn't have a stop but it's amazing and wonderful, still. It's not easy for them, but they would never want to be anything else because they were born to be a teacher for a reason. 

The things that teachers teach us, the support and advice that they give, can truly change our lives for the better, forever.

I love you, Umi and Abah.

Amoura Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Hello everyone! Today I'm reviewing the Amoura Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick for you guys. If you don't already know, Amoura Cosmetics is a local cosmetic brand and based in Malaysia that I never knew existed until someone introduced it to me. Yup, that's how pathetic I am. I believe they carry various beauty products other than lip product, I'm not quite sure. Anyway, I don't want to ramble on too much because that will bore you. So I have two liquid lipsticks to be talking about today and I believe they carry 9 or 10 shades but I only bought two haha. Let's get started with the review!

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review

PACKAGING 

The very first thing is of course the physical appearance of the product. Each Amoura Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick comes in a slim and colorful box (refer to the image). The liquid lipsticks are housed in a slim, square, and 'high end' looking matte glass tubes with the name Amoura Cosmetics printed on the body. I don't have to say much, I just loooove the packaging. 

APPLICATOR

It has a doe foot applicator that seems a bit stiff compared to other brands I've tried but it works well, though. The applicator seems longer too and has slimmer and pointed end. So easy to use!

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review
Pink Thing - a warm-toned peachy pink shade

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review
Dusty Rose - a cool-toned pinky mauve shade

FORMULA, TEXTURE, PIGMENTATION & LONGEVITY

They are claimed to have a creamy matte texture that dry down matte but they are not the extremely drying liquid lipsticks by any means. And I love that. I've used a super drying liquid lipstick in the past and trust me, it's not cute. Moving on, on the lips, they feel weightless and slightly powdery but in no way suck up the moisture of my lips because one of the ingredient is Shea butter! The formula of it is slightly different than what I used to encounter in a liquid lipstick - it's thin and watery (so be extra careful while applying) that glides on smoothly with medium pigmentation, I'd say. If I can talk negative about these liquid lipsticks is that they take forever to dry down completely matte. What can I say? I hate waiting. How about the staying power? If you want a super long wearing lip color, these are not for you. The reason I said that because these wear about 4-5 hours on me. They don't really survive the eating, drinking and talking. They will completely come off or wear off in the center and corner of the lips and that's not cute. However, you can always reapply, right? Did I mention that these liquid lipsticks have a strawberry scent and taste? Yes gurl, they do. And I've always tempted to eat them because they smell so good, but if you don't like scented lip products, you will hate these because it can be a little too overwhelming to certain people.

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review

APPLICATION & REMOVAL 

With a matte lip cream like this, good lip prep is the key. What I like to do is put on a super thick layer of lip balm before I start my makeup. After I'm done with the base, eye makeup, highlight and whatnot, I then will remove the lip balm with a tissue, make sure my lips are dry and apply the liquid lipstick. As for the removal part, there's no pain to get these babies off because they are so easy to remove! They will instantly removed with only wet wipes but I don't have one, so what I like to do is I will remove it using my trustee Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and gentle rub is all you need. I will apply lip balm on my lips afterwards so that they are moisturized and smooth.

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review

amoura cosmetics liquid lipstick review

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

Each Amoura Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick retails for MYR39. These can be found only on their official Instagram account --> Amoura Cosmetics

PROs
  • Easy to use and apply
  • Buildable and doesn't feel thick or heavy
  • Each shades are distinct from one another 
  • Doesn't suck up the moisture of the lips
  • Not extremely drying - creamy matte
  • Easy to remove
CONs 
  • Takes forever to dry
  • Weak staying power 
Phew, what a long post! Overall, I give 3.5 out of 5 for these liquid lipsticks. They are okay but they are not my most-reached lip products. I will continue using them in the future and I don't regret purchasing them. That's all for today's review, I hope you enjoyed and until next time! x 

Have you tried these liquid lipsticks? If you haven't, let me know in the comments what are your favorite liquid lipstick brands!

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