✔️ Hijab on

✔️ Hijab on

Assalammualaikum / Peace Be Upon You

Just as I’ve promised from my main Instagram account (@sitiology) that I’ll be posting a story of my turning point.
If you guys have been following me on my main Instagram account from Day 1, you’d know a few changes I’ve made. But those you don’t, it’s alright cause I’ll be explaining it as well. So here goes my story;

Since young, I’ve been donning hijab on and off and I don’t exactly remember when (maybe during my Nursery/Kindergarten days?) It started off as my parents picking out outfits for me to wear and sometimes I’d have to cover up my Aurat. And from there it has been an off/on thing between me and the shawls. But most of the time I’d wear them during special family occasion etc.

It was only when I met my then-Boyfriend-now-Husband in late 2013 that I slowly learned to cover up and the meaning of hijab. He taught me the learning of Islam and what was the points of being a Muslimah and a Khalifah of Allah S.W.T. However, I started donning the hijab only a year after that (I’m not so sure which month but it was in 2014 during my Polytechnic days) It felt a bit weird for me personally as it was in mid-semester that I started to wear shawl. So you guys can imagine the strange looks and questions that my friends asked me all the time. It’s was a hard experience for me as I was an active student outside modules and classes while in my journey of donning the hijab on. I was a Facilitator (E.L.F) as well as a Pesilat and somehow to me it felt as thought I was restricted from doing all those active/aggressive activities. Not only that, I was also friendly and especially loves to mix with friends from the other sex. So obviously it got people talking about me; like Why am I openly mixing around with the boys? Why am I being so closed to the boys? But as I slowly continue the journey, slowly accepting the chances, I was going with the changes. And honestly speaking I’m starting to enjoy it, loving it. And of course donning the hijab didn’t stop me from dressing myself up. I still get to apply the same makeup on and still managed to style myself up (hijabi friendly styles) And add on, I’ve made more new friends who’re in the same journey as me. And yes, it brought me closer to Allah S.W.T.

And if you had followed me along with my journey, it was around third-quarter of 2015 that I’ve removed my hijab from me. To be honest, I don’t know what made me changed back to the old me as it was a hectic period for me. It was the period where me and my then boyfriend got into a real big fight and where I was struggling with my course. I felt really helpless at the point of time and felt like giving up, as thought HE was not helping me. And right after when I was “thrown out”/dropped out from school, I stopped wear hijab. It was a weird feeling for me as if I bared myself for the world to see.

So after the incidence, you can say I’ve totally changed myself back into the old me. I’ve started to dye back my hair ( at first it was brown but I dyed it to dark auburn and then to red mahogany and finally my hair colours turned to somewhat a golden brown) and I’ve started to change my attitude as well. And yes of course that got people talking as well, and the one question that I could never give an answer was “Why did you stop wearing hijab?” and my parents even gave me a questioned look but that still didn’t make me turned back. So as per normal, I continue my days “uncovered”.

So what got me to don hijab back?

It is obviously not cause of the Ramadhan (fasting month) that I wanted to change. What got me to change was after a few incidents that had happened for a few months back – when I finally got accepted into a new Polytechnic, a new course, when my then boyfriend finally took me back into his life, when I had delivered my Daughter and when my then boyfriend took me as his now Wife – it got me thinking about my afterlife later, about what punishment would my hubby be responsible of. And most importantly it got me thinking about my Daughter; of course I wouldn’t want her to be following my dark footsteps. So that got me thinking of wanting to don back my hijab. Yup like the Malay saying “tergerak hati untuk beruba” (not so sure how to translate that …)

But thinking back, the thought of wearing hijab for temporary purpose scares me since of my previous experience. But Insha Allah slowly I’ll continue this journey without giving up. And I’m really thankful for all my families and my friends, especially my hijabi friends (you know who you are babes) for pushing me to be at my best no matter. And yes of course to my hubby who never gave up on me.

So to all hijabis who are new on this journey or are intending to embark on this journey as well, remember that it’s okay to be different from your non-hijabi friends and it doesn’t matter if you stands out from the rest. The most important thing is you’re true to yourself and you want to be closer to Allah S.W.T himself (that includes of being kind inside as well)

So that’s all for now

Assalammualaikum

All About Contouring & Highlighting

All About Contouring & Highlighting

Everyone understood that contour and highlight are the most two important techniques in makeup. A makeup technique recently made famous by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, to create light and dark areas to sculpt and shape the face in a pleasing way.  Using contouring and highlighting, you can manipulate the shape of your face to appear more sculptured. Contour and highlight comes in 3 different types; Cream, Liquid and Powder.

So anyway, I did my research about Contouring and Highlighting as many of you requested for it. And I’ve found the simple yet the easiest methods to contour!

Say hello to Alex Cassie. A professional MUA (Makeup Artist), educator, and Benefit Beauty Artist working in Sacramento & the Bay Area. She specialize in film, print, editorial, glamour, & special FX. So read up on what she has to say!

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Before beginning your highlighting and contouring, you must first determine your face shape.  Faces can be oval, rectangular, round, heart-shaped, oblong, diamond-shaped, or triangular (including inverted triangular).  To determine your face shape,  pull all of your hair back tightly and examine your face in the mirror, looking for the following attributes.

A measuring tape may be used to measure the length and width of the face for a more precise determination.

  • OVAL: Oval-shaped faces have a length equal to 1.5 times the width of the face, with forehead and jaw equal widths.
  • RECTANGULAR: Rectangular faces are 1/3 longer than the width of the face and have strong angles on the forehead and at the jawline.
  • ROUND: Round faces are as wide as they are long, but with soft, rounded edges.
  • HEART-SHAPED: Heart-shaped faces have the most width at the cheek, eye, and forehead areas, with a narrow to pointy chin.  Sometimes they will also have a high forehead.
  • OBLONG: Oblong faces are as long as it is wide.  Straight sides, a high forehead, and larger than average distance between the bottom of the lip and the tip of the chin are common attributes of the oblong face.
  • DIAMOND-SHAPED: Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow forehead and a narrow chin with the widest point at the cheeks.
  • TRIANGULAR (and INVERTED TRIANGULAR): Triangular faces are wide at the forehead and narrowest at the jawline; inverted triangular faces are widest at the jawline and narrowest at the forehead.Determining your face shape will help you decide where to place your highlights and contours and what features you’d like to define or downplay.

You can use many different products to highlight and contour. For a dramatic highlight/contour, use a cream, stick, or foundation. For a more natural look, use powder.  Highlight colors can range from matte white to reflective gold; contour colors from taupe to chocolate and should mimic the natural shadow of the individual’s skin tone. Several different shades of each can be used to add dimension.

I receive more requests for tips on highlighting and contouring than anything else, and there are several different ways to achieve that look. I’ve previously done a highlighting and contouring tutorial using liquid and cream formulations and thought it would be nice if I could show you a different method. You can apply this either on top of a cream/liquid contour for a really defined contour, or simply on top of your normal foundation for a more subtle look.

  • Step 1: Apply Powder Highlight

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After prepping and priming your skin and applying foundation, start by applying your highlight. For lighter skin tones or a more prominent highlight, I use Ben Nye’s Super White powder; for medium to dark skin tones I use Banana powder; and for very dark skin tones I use Topaz. You can also mix these powders together for a custom highlight– for example, I usually use a mix of Super White and Banana on myself and a mix of Banana and Topaz on all but the darkest skin tones. You can find these colors in pressed versions quite often as well– the Anastasia Contour/Highlight palette is my absolute favorite but many brands make excellent versions as well. If you’re using a pressed powder you’re going to apply using a flat blush brush and a patting motion instead of a sponge and a stippling motion.

I use a damp (DAMP NOT WET! like 1-2 spritzes of water from a small spray bottle!) cosmetic sponge to pick up the loose powder and stipple it on. It will look super cakey at first– don’t worry, we’re going to dust off excess powder and blend later. Apply your highlight to: under eyes sweeping up to the temple, cheeks, bridge of the nose, the forehead above the eyebrows, and the chin. You can also apply around the mouth area if you’d like.

Side note: you’ll notice that I’m applying my foundation and powder after I’ve applied my eye makeup. I always do this to avoid any fallout; however, you can also achieve this by applying your eye makeup while your powder highlight sets and any eye shadow fallout will be brushed away with the excess powder. Or, if you’re super confident, feel free to apply eye makeup after your face is done.

  • Step 2: Apply Powder Contour

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Using a fan brush, angled powder brush, or small blush brush (I like the Real Techniques Contour Brush or a large fluffy eye shadow brush), apply your powder contour. Use either a cool-toned matte bronzer, a cool-toned matte beige eye shadow 2 shades darker than your natural skin tone, or a powder designed specifically for contouring. Contour: the sides of your nose, both temples, the hollow of your cheekbone, and your jawline from next to your ear to halfway towards your chin.

  • Step 3: Blend and Buff

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Dust excess powder off using a fan brush or very loose powder brush. Buff and blend your powder highlight into the skin using a buffing brush such as the Real Techniques buffing brush or a kabuki brush. This will allow you to remove any harsh lines and make your highlight and contour appear more natural.

  • Step 4: Powder and Set

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Powder your face to set your highlight and contour. I like to use a translucent powder such as RCMA’s No-Color Powder, Ben Nye Neutral Set, or a loose HD powder for a super-matte finish. To avoid disturbing your highlight and contour, shake a little loose powder into a powder puff and gently but quickly pat it into your face. Fun fact: this technique is the origin of the term “beat that face”!

  • Step 5: Voila!

You’ve highlighted and contoured! This is a much faster way to highlight and contour than with creams/liquids; however, it will fade faster. For more staying power, layer this over a cream/liquid contour. For added sparkle, add a touch of shimmery neutral eye shadow to your highlight powder before applying. If you’re interested in how to get my eye look from this tutorial, check out my St. Patrick’s Day tutorial!

So ladies, what do you think? Are you able to contour and highlight better now? Leave a comment below what’s your say!

Xoxo

Kylie Jenner’s Lipkit 

Kylie Jenner’s Lipkit 

I take it that EVERYONE heard of her cosmetic line ..?? Cause it’s really a shame to me if you don’t. It’s a celebrity lipstick that sold out fast each time she restocks them. She started out with a few Matte Lipkits and now she has widen her range to the Gloss and Metals, and even keep on adding new shades for each family.


Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Line – Contains 1 Matte Liquid Lipstick (0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.25 ml) and 1 Pencil Lip Liner (net wt./ poids net .03 oz/ 1.0g)

  1. Dead of Knight – An intense true black
  2. Exposed – A light cool toned nude
  3. Kourt K – A deep purple
  4. Candy K – A soft warm nude
  5. Dolce K – A medium beige nude
  6. Koko K – A pale, pinky nude
  7. Posie K – A dusty, mauve pink
  8. Mary Jo K – A true blue red
  9. 22 – A vibrant burnt orange
  10. True Brown K – A deep chocolate brown

The #KylieLipKit is your secret weapon to create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.’ Each Lip Kit comes with a Matte Liquid Lipstick and matching Lip Liner. This ultra-long wearing lip liner has a creamy texture that glides across the lips for a very easy and comfortable application. The Lip Liner sharpens easily in most standard sized sharpeners (just make sure your sharpener is not dull!) The Liquid Matte Lipstick has high intensity pigment for an instant bold matte lip. The extremely long wearing lipstick contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient and silky feel that does not dry your lips out.


Metal Matte Lipstick – Contains 1 Metal Matte Lipstick (0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.00ml) 

  1. King K – A soft metallic gold
  2. Heir – A pinkish gold metallic
  3. Reign – A bronzy copper metallic

Kylie created the #KylieLip Metal Matte as another secret weapon to help you create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.’ Liquid lipstick meets metallic. The Metal Matte Lipstick provides bold metallic lips, creamy feel with long lasting wear. While this is a long wearing formula, it does not ever dry down on your lips, lips remain moisturized and comfortable with high impact metallic color.


Gloss – Contains 1 Gloss (0.09 fl oz./oz. liq / 2.60ml) 

  1. Like – A warm mocha, warm brown beige
  2. Literally – A warm toned peachy nude
  3. So Cute – A warm nude beige

Kylie created the #KylieLipKit Gloss as another secret weapon to help you create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.’ This stay in place lustrous soft focus gloss glides on smoothly and evenly to the lips leaving behind a luminous and voluminous effect. A blend of vitamin E and highly emollient ingredients provide hydration and moisturize the lips; while natural lip enhancers provide nothing but volume. An even and saturated application is provided with simplicity, yet comfort, and delivers a long lasting brilliantly glossy end look. Wear alone, with your favorite lip pencils or layer on top of lipsticks… Also pair with the Kylie Lip Kit for a bold, glossy look.

So how much does each lipstick cost?

  • Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Line – USD 29.00 each
  • Metal Matte Lipstick – USD 18.00 each
  • Gloss Lipstick – USD 15.00 each

Shipping cost? 

The Kylie Cosmetics ships to most countries worldwide via USPS for all domestic and international packages. The processing time for orders is 3-5 business days. After that, delivery time within the United States is 3-6 days, and 10-15 business days internationally. Time may vary during the holidays.

  • USD 8.95 flat fee for domestic, all states within the USA
  • USD 14.95 flat fee for the available international countries

However, Kylie Cosmetics don’t actually ship to every country in the world.

Mary Jo K

And yes I did actually got my hands on her Mary Jo K Lipkit. And all this is credited to my best Sis who managed to grab most of the Lipkits. And it’s so thoughtful of her that I got one! And what can I say, I really love it! Oh and did I forgot to mention that it have a sweet vanilla smell?

Mary Jo K

And deep down, I really want to get all of her Lipkits and Lipsticks even though I have more than enough lipsticks from other names.

Xoxo

Dear Hubby

Dear Hubby

I was your Girlfriend and I don’t want to be called that again. I just want to be the one that you call your one and only Wife. Your presence give me happiness and I want you to be my Halal Prince Charming. You’d be riding your horse of Taqwa, holding onto the Quran in your right hand and the Sunnah in your left. I used to hear that you’re worth the wait and Syukur Alhamdulillah I believed it. You found me while I was lost and alone and you guided me back to Allah S.W.T. And I lost myself in Him while finding for my true self. And I’m thankful to Him for having to cross path with you and going on this lifetime journey together.

Xoxo

Why Makeup ?

Why Makeup ?

“Why must you apply makeup all the time? Who are you trying to impress? You’re just showing off and wants attention! You just edit your pictures to make it nicer!”


feat. NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment and Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black

 

So this post is to clarify for you guys out there my reasons why I put on so much makeups.
Yes okay there’s nothing wrong in loving my own natural beauty and yes I get it, I must embrace it. But what can I say? I just love makeups and I loving seeing myself more happy and polished. And yes okay I’m inspired to be a self-taught makeup artist (Insha Allah my Rezeki one day) and plus it taught me to be more comfortable and confident now with or without makeup on. And all those pictures on both my Instagram accounts are just purely edited via Vsco (if you have not tried Vsco obviously you don’t know about that) So it’s totally okay for me to put on makeups as thick as a cake (okay maybe not that thick)

Yes on the side note it’ll bring me more blemishes and breakouts and stuffs but my answer: simply it didn’t. Yes the reason why my skin is naturally baby smooth is cause makeup reminds me that I have to clean it off with facial wash every single night

So if some of you guys are still unhappy or not convinced by that, please feel free to just say it out to my face.

To most of you who complimented me on my makeup hehehehhe thank you so much babes. I promise to try be better (hehehe ya I shy lah but I appreciate all those words)

Xoxo 💋

#vsco #vscocam #motd #mua #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeuplover #beautyaddict #beautyjunkie #beautylover #blushflushface #blushflushdoll

Marriage 💍

Getting married young, being a young mother, it isn’t as easy as it looks. You can’t live on love and fresh air alone. I was lucky enough to have my man snap out of it and step up to the game. Many others I know aren’t so fortunate. I’m glad I didn’t give up on my husband when times were bad. But I don’t know what would become of me if he didn’t change for the better either. It all seems like a fairytale right now, our lives, the happy family we have. But nothing good ever comes easy. 

I hope young girls out there would realise that it isn’t easy to sustain a marriage and raise a kid. Our life isn’t a fairytale and it’s nothing to be envious about. I started out thinking marriage would be like a fairytale but the old folks are right, marriage is tough work but you don’t give up on things you love. It’s always better to be stable and prepared before starting a family, although of course it doesn’t guarantee a successful marriage but it’s always easier that way. 

Shah & I still have a long way to go, we’ve a lifetime of challenges to face together but I know that we will overcome those obstacles no matter what because of what we’ve been through that’s strengthened us and helped us grow as a couple. I know I’ll never find someone else who’d go through that much with me and love me like he does despite my shortcomings.

With my King


Marriage is a marathon not a sprint. It takes two to make a marriage work and although it can be daunting at times, it’s definitely worth the lifetime with the one you love.

Xoxo