The Life of a Young Influencer in Singapore (Q&A)

The Life of a Young Influencer in Singapore (Q&A)

Recently I was approached and interviewed by my dear friend for one of her module. It is about the life of a young influencer here in Singapore. Wow to be honest i don’t see myself as an influencer but nevertheless I’m really grateful that I’ve made an impact and a difference to your life! I’m so thankful for all of you out there for this opportunity. Okay so let’s read on the Q&A to know more!

Q. State your full name, age, occupation
A. Hello! I’m Siti Nur Habibah but you can call me Siti! Ahahahah I’m actually 19 this year, yup that’s right! I’m actually in the mist of going to back school next year, God’s Will. So in the meantime I call myself a full-time housewife ahahaha. But that’s not the only job I do. I’m too a Blogger and Freelance Modest Model. Ya, I must say I’m one busy lady.

Q. What is a day in your life like?
A. A normal day you mean? Well, it’ll be just me and my little family at home, spending time together. I mean it’s really hard to be out and about every single day with a baby. Since my baby girl is still learning to crawl and stand, it’s really a perfect moment to be there with her and just watch her grow! Ouh you know how fast time flies right? Yup, I do not want to miss those small precious memories of her. But let’s say if there’s an event or photo shoot that I need to attend, I’d bring my daughter along with me or else I’d leave her with my husband.

Q. Are you a fan of routine? Why?
A. Well, I’d say that I’m not a fan of routine but everything that I do is a routine for me. Ahahaha. I don’t really like doing the same thing over and over again but I can’t help it if it’s the same thing I’ll be doing. Let’s say my makeup routine to face wash and even milking my daughter.

Q. What are some of your daily struggles?
A. My daily struggles would be having to balance my 24 hours into blogging, be it on my blog itself or my instagram, my daughter and husband and me time. I find it a hard time especially whenever I’m in a mist of blogging an article or a deadline to meet and my daughter starts cranky up all of a sudden. But it all taught me how to make full use of my time and to treasure it even at its few seconds.

Q. What made you want to become a beauty blogger? How did you start becoming a beauty blogger? Was it easy starting out? What are some of the challenges that you face from becoming a beauty blogger?
A. Wow. Okay so what made me want to become a beauty blogger? Well, it all started to the first day where I noticed how girls back then define beauty. I’m personally not satisfied with how the media portrays it. I mean honestly in my own opinion no one exactly is born tall and lean with a size zero, with smooth and even face complexion. To the media, I’m considered a curvy and thick girl with freckles on my face so obviously that don’t count me a beauty. It’s actually stressing for me to fit in and to be called beautiful. Ahahaha. Well that was a few years back. Ya it wasn’t easy starting out a beauty blog that goes against with what the media portrays. But I’m thankful that I found a few other girls who shared the same view as me. I won’t be sure where I will be if it wasn’t for these girls. My initial goal to start a beauty blog is to cast the message that everyone is beautiful inside out, even without makeup and that makeup is to actually enhance the beauty in one. And the challenge I have to face is the growing trend in makeup. I’d say almost every month there’ll be a new change in the makeup and beauty industry. Be it a new product or method or a change in design, it can be difficult to keep up with it.

Q. Is fame a hard thing to cope with? Are you afraid of fame? Why?
A. Oh My Gosh Yes! Actually it’s 50/50 but still yes! Ahahahah. With the sudden growth in the numbers and contacts and everything! And suddenly I’m known to many people and big names. It’s actually a hard thing to cope with fame all of a sudden but as I get the hang of it, I’d say I’m okay with being in the stage light. The only thing I’m more concerned is that I’m actually more afraid that fame will over-control and take over my life.

Q. What are some of your concerns with fame?
A. There are 2 sides to fame, the positive and negative. Positive fame is good, it bring forward all the new opportunities and experiences for me. The one that I’m concerned is the negative ones. Like I’ve said earlier, I’m more afraid that fame will over-control and take over my life. I have seen too many celebrities and influencers being corrupted and drowned in fame.

Q. What can you learn from other beauty bloggers/social media influencers?
A. 1 tip to take away is that the main point of being a blogger/influencer is to share and inspire a certain change. It’s all about sharing and making a difference to others. That’s 1 impactful lesson I can learn.

Q. Do you think fame can impact and shape a person? Why?
A. Okay I’ll admit. Yes! Fame can actually impact and shape a person, depending on each individual. I mean the feeling of being known and recognized to many people is an amazing feeling, as though you’ve accomplished and achieved your highest goals. That’s the best feeling ever. And while you’re enjoying the fame and soaking under its light, that’s when fame can change or shape you. It’ll make you forget and lost track of who you actually are. My number 1 rule of thumb is to always look back to who you are and how you rise up to fame. That way, you’re sure that fame won’t change you but shape you to be even better!

Q. Who are your blogging/influencing inspirations? Why?
A. Everyone and everything. Yes I mean it, everyone and everything. I find inspirations even at the smallest matter. Ahahahah. Okay aside from that I must say that I’m actually inspired to first blog all thanks to my husband. He used to own a blogging platform and blogged about all things relationships. So, I decided to create a blog account for me to join in with my husband. At first, I was a lifestyle and family blogger for a couple of years before turning myself to a beauty blogger as I am today.

Q. What are some of your favourite beauty brands? Why?
A. I’m honestly a big supporter of Cruelty-Free beauty and cosmetics brands! They’re my most favourite of all! Why cruelty-free products? Well it’s because I really do love cats and rabbits and I obviously do not want any chemicals or toxin to be tested on them. Some brands to name are Becca, Colourpop and NYX!

Q. What are some of your least favourite beauty brands? Why?
A. Well, I’m not exactly sure what’s my least favourite except those brands that tested on animals.

Q. Why do you love makeup & fashion? Do you think that the two things stated above are a form of art?
A. Oh My Gosh I love this question! Yes makeup and fashion goes together hand in hand and as like you’ve state, are a form of art! These are the 2 most favourite topics I love blogging about. It’s like a platform for me to express my personal styles and to embrace them. I must say that it’s truly a form of art where no two works are of the same exact copy, be it in makeup or fashion. And I’m very sure it goes the same to others. It just grows inside me, the love for makeup and fashion. I want to be seen well dressed and a put together styled lady and that is when the makeup comes in. It completes the overall appearance of me.

Q. Why do you think society is so critical of girls wearing makeup?
A. Hmmmm that’s a very interesting topic to talk about. Well my reason would be that since years back, media had taught and showed us how a woman should look like. Till today, the society perceives the females as a certain view. As such, we ladies felt judged with the way we apply our makeup.

Q. Have you ever dealt with criticism and hate comments? If yes, how did you feel? What did you do to get over it?
A. Yes actually. It was heart aching to read them but thankful, the negative comments didn’t come from the locals but from the bigger countries. The criticism and hatred of a rising star didn’t stop me. I mean I’m never gonna let a few hatreds to stop me from doing and continuing what I enjoy. And I’m even more thankful to have my husband to shush them away and to continue supporting me in my journey.

Q. Do you think that there’s a lot of pressure being a beauty blogger? What are some of the pressures?
A. Out of many different blog topics in my honest opinion, I say a beauty blogging is most pressurizing. We’re talking about beauty from makeup to skincare. We also need to understand and respect that a small number of people have a certain allergy reaction to certain ingredients or chemical the product contains. Not only that, we need to be aware that different skin products best suits certain type of skin complexions. That is truly pressurizing for me to blog about.

Q. Have you ever felt like as if you were a small fish in a big pond? Has big name bloggers and influences ever made you feel insecure of starting out in this line?
A. Yes. 100% yes. It felt as though I wasn’t even up to their standards and that made me felt super insecure to start out my blog initially. I mean, they have bigger boarder of knowledge in this field and of course with their years of experiences as a blogger and influencers. And on top of that, they have a much bigger follower base, thus their voices are easily spread as compared to me. So personally to me it’s really challenging for me to keep up and rise up to their standards. But just as a normal human being, we all have to start somewhere right? And it’s through the big names that I slowly start to gain the knowledge and experiences to continue with my blog. Each one of us has been a blogging newbie and its pretty normal you see to learn from each other.

Q. Are the Singaporean bloggers and influencers doing their job well? Why?
A. I must say yes to this. I’ve observed that many bloggers and influencers have this positive goals and agendas that they want to share and spread to everyone. They have influenced and make a difference in other’s life as proved of today.

Q. Are the people around you supportive of your decisions and as your career choice of being a beauty blogger?
A. Yes! My family and friends have been helpful and supportive of me being a beauty blogger. But I know deep down they rather see me as a fashion blogger and model ahahahah. Nevertheless I’m super thankful for them!

Q. How is your family like? Who are you closest to?
A. How’s my family like? Well I must I’m really thankful for their existence ahahaha! Both my husband and daughter must always have something up in their sleeves. They’d be there to fetch me after my events or photo shoots and to spend quality family time. But I’m really grateful to have my husband and my sister. I can’t say who I’m closest to exactly but both my husband and sister are the ones who I’d share my joys and pains to. They, to be honest, are the first two to know any good news from me before I shared it to everyone ahahaha oopss!

Q. As a mother, what would you do to ensure that your child will not take unrealistic body and face standards to heart? What will you do to ensure that she loves herself?
A. Ahahahaha this is a perfect question to ask me! Well, since my daughter is growing up, it’s a good question for me to think about. Well you see, I’ve kept on reminding her that she’s beautiful and attractive. Keep on saying to her that she is beautiful and attractive till she gets old ahahaha. And of course I have to remind her that on one is born perfect and that everyone is beautiful, that way hopefully she won’t take standards to heart. Hopefully ahahaha!

Q. Has it been tough trying to juggle being a mother and a beauty blogger?
A. In the beginning yes, it’s been a tough time to juggle the job of a mother and a beauty blogger. Having to balance my time is very challenging. With that I’ve decided not to blog everyday but alternate days and occasionally, this way I know that I have set aside some quality time for me and my family.

Q. Are you afraid that eventually when you get more followers, your personal life will be shared with a lot of people?
A. To be honest, yes I am. But I’m not afraid about having my personal life being shared; I am more concerned how my families would feel about it. I’m totally alright with living under the limelight and of course that being said; there is a certain limit too. I don’t want any personal information or details to be shared around freely without permission. It’s because I don’t wish to see a random follower of mine to suddenly come in person in front of my other family members and caught them by surprised.

Q. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far in life?
A. Everyone made mistakes, no one is born perfect. And I’ve come to learn that there’s no time trying to turn back the time to fix the problem. Life is all about moving forward with a positive mindset. The mistakes that I have made before are a lesson for me not to repeat.

Q. Do you have any advice for people who may want to start beauty blogging?
A. Just do it! Our lives are an adventure, we are all meant to go about our life with trying new things. That’s the fun part to it. It’s really a waste if you want to start beauty blogging but you’re afraid of what’s to come. Let me ask you; if I followed my insecurities on the day I wanted to start a blog, would I be here sharing with you my experiences?

The End

Siti
Modest Fashion Photoshoot

Modest Fashion Photoshoot

Just as promise, here a collage of the pictures from the recent photo shoot.  I’m terribly sorry for the hold up. Been extremely busy lately! So the location for this photo shoot was at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, both indoor and outdoor. For both shoot, the pictures were taken by the great photographer @_MONOSG!

I’m actually in love with this first photo shoot. The feeling of staying modern yet modest in style while shopping in the heart of the MBS. My extra big love goes to @LuvNaf_SG for the lovely pleated skirt and the stunning statement necklace.

For this last photo shoot, it’s more of the outdoor feel and I’ve decided to style something simple. This babydoll top is from Afrilia’s Closet. The beautiful details on the sleeves made it even more feminine like.

So what’s your thought on this pictures? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

Siti

How to take your Best Selfie

How to take your Best Selfie

Ready for your close up? Put your best face forward with these fool-proof selfie tricks.

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Whether you’re showing off your hot new summer haircut, or pulling a friend into the frame to snap a memorable moment, we’ve been there, done that. And since the term “selfie” has been officially added to the dictionary, taking a selfie has never felt so liberating.

There’s no shame in wanting to look your best. From looking for the best lighting to finding your best angles, pay attention to these fool-proof tricks and capture your best selfie ever!

Look for the best lighting

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Have you ever tried taking a selfie using a flash or in a dimly-lit room? One word: unflattering. Having a good light source is important in all sorts of photography, selfies included. Avoid light from the top of your head because it can cast harsh, unflattering shadows on your face. Dark under eye circles made even darker? Nope, no thank you. Make sure that the light source is in front of you and slightly above eye level so that it will accentuate your features with a soft glow.

*Quick tip: Natural light works the best for selfies. Try standing close to a window. It diffuses the natural light which will lighten up and soften your features at the same time.

Set the right scene

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Stay away from backgrounds that will take the focus away from the main subject in your picture (which is you) Choose a clean, neat background free from clutter (or photo-bombers). Alternatively, opt for backgrounds that make for an interesting story. No one needs to see that pile of unwashed clothes in your bedroom, but someone might be intrigued by your summer holiday by the beach.

*Quick tip: When looking for a clean, neat background, try a solid colored wall, or place with a patterned or textured consistency.

Observe the rule of thirds

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The most basic and well known composition principle in photography, applying the rule of thirds provides a visual balance to a photograph. It means that composing your face slightly towards the four corners of the frame could be more appealing than placing it right smack in the middle. In selfie school, this principle comes in especially handy when you have an interesting background.

*Quick tip: Ensure that your eye line is positioned slightly towards any one of the four corners of the frame for better aesthetic impact.

Find your best angle

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Shooting at various angles can dramatically change the way you look in a photo. If you’ve tried taking a selfie from a downward angle, you’d know that finding the best angle is the key! Say goodbye to double chin. Try an eye-level angle for the most natural-looking selfie, or angle your smartphone slightly higher so that your face appears slimmer.

*Quick tip: Extend your neck forward slightly to emphasize your jaw line and eliminate the risk of sporting a double chin.

Use filters to set the mood

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Granted, using filters can effectively improve your features and enhance your looks, but filters can also add an interesting element or “story” to your otherwise plain-looking selfie. Choosing the right filter will help us set the tone, mood and message you’d like to portray, and instantly turn us into an airbrush expert. I have no complaints there. Hint: use Vsco.co

*Quick tip: Warm filters are great to give off a sun-kissed summer vibe or for a sans-makeup look to give yourself a glow. Cool filters deliver a more washed-out appearance, and makes for an icy, sleek image.

Do you happened to have any personal tips for the best selfie? Share with me by commenting in the reply section below!

Siti by Skinnymint.com

#MadeInSG Part I

#MadeInSG Part I

Hello hello, okay wait. OMG!!

Did you know that I was actually selected as a model? Like twice? But I had to reject one as both photo shoot happens to be on the same date. Okay so anyway I’ll be sharing with you guys my modelling experience at my FIRST EVER photo shoot with Tashkila SG!

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#MadeInSG Model Search 

So apparently I came across this above picture on Instagram a few many times as my followers reposted it. And that got me curious, so I decided to check it out.

BE THE NEW FACES FOR#MADEINSG!

Ever wondered what models have to go through for a photoshoot? How it feels like to have your make up done professionally? The experience of being a model itself?

Ladies here’s your only chance to get as close to be one! Our #MADEINSG are finding new faces to wear proudly our local labels collection from

@budinadia
@calaqaisara
@nusheenurra

Don’t worry ladies it’s gonna be fun and you need no experience to be part of this! Try your luck who knows you’ll be the one. Simply repost this and tagged us and you will get our attention!

Hijabi and non-hijabis are welcomed! Allowance and lunch are provided and sweet desserts by @rosette_artistry also hehe! Free gifts from the local label as well! Indoor photoshoot on the 22 October 2016 (east location). 3 winners will be announced on the 20th October! GOOD LUCK GIRLS!

Andddd yup as usual I joined in the search. To be honest I was actually hoping so much that they’ll actually like finally notice me and pick me even though I know there’s more other prettier ladies participated too. Yet I still try my luck!

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AND THE DAY FINALLY CAME FOR THE RESULT!

#MADEINSG ANNOUNCEMENT

 🔸 #MADEINSG MODEL SEARCH has ended! We are in the midst of shortlisting 10 participants to come for a casting on the 21st October, Friday 6-8PM. We will DM you ladies by tomorrow morning insyAllah

🔸#MADEINSG Official Launch on the 2nd November, 3 local designers will be pioneering in this adventure! If you are a local designer or have your own label, do email to us marketing@tashkilasg.com

So this post came in and OMG I was so nervous to whether I’m in the Top 10 or otherwise not. And I was secretly wishing that they’ll pick me and I still keep on hoping. Well they mentioned by morning right? Well morning past by and I still received no news from them. And  I nearly give up as you know, probably I didn’t make it but boy was I wrong!

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OMG I MADE IT TO THE TOP 10!

I mean I was more than happy to read this, like OMG FINALLY!! Someone actually notice me heheheh. And of course I said YES!

Okay that’s my outfit for the casting. And though I came a lil late for the casting (thanks uh to hubby for his meeting), I was still nervous ahaha. I don’t even know what I’m supposed to do again. But I do remembered there’s another 2 ladies before me and they somehow gave me an idea on what I’m supposed to do. Well, that is to pose for the camera!

Boy, it’s my turn! Okay I was actually lost and deep down I feel like ‘can I just go home and not do this?’ ahahaha. But my heart just want to go for it! I mean it’s my first time and I still want to give my best to them! I still want to try my luck for the Top 3 actually!

ANDDDDD …..

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LOOK LOOK!!!

It took us quite some time to decide and finally here are the new faces for #MADEINSG 🎊🎉 Congratulations to the 3 ladies, we will contact you shortly!

Thank you to those who have participated in our Model Search! We are truly humbled by the overwhelming response, and surely we’re gonna do it again insyAllah! Keep yourself updated okay!

OHMYGOSHHHH !!!

I actually made it to the Top 3! Okay I was actually shopping at the supermarket when this news came in, boy I screamed of joy! But too bad I didn’t have a slight hint of embarrassment cause I’m just too happy at the news! I finally made it through to be their #MadeInSG Model! It’s to be honest, it’s my first ever successful model search and photo shoot! Boy I’m too proud of myself!

Ahahahaha okay so that’s all for now! Stay tune for the Part II of #MadeInSG!!

Siti

Stay Fit #1

Stay Fit #1

“5 Ways to Stay Fit Without Really Trying”

Sweating it out on the treadmill or in spin class might be a great way to stay in shape, but gym workouts isn’t just for everyone. The loud music, the mirrors, the over-friendly instructors. Sometimes it’s a bit full on, and it can also put a hole in your budget.

But, just because you despise the gym and (let’s be honest) working out in general, it doesn’t mean you can’t be fit!

Here are the five non-workout workouts even the most dedicated couch potatoes will love (*Apart from doing the housework, obviously.*)

Hit the Dance Floor

Dancing burns a lot a calories without even going to the gym.
Dancing burns a lot a calories without even going to the gym. So grab your girls and hit the club! A night out at the club with your girlfriends is always a good idea, as long as you lay off the creamy, calorie-laden cocktails! Wear your cutest outfit and work up a sweat to Justin Bieber on the dancefloor. Dancing is one heck of a workout – just check out any ballerina’s body! Hands down the funnest way to work out!

 Step it Up

Walk and take the stairs as much as possible.
Walk and take the stairs as much as possible. It isn’t hard, but it adds up. To reach your recommended 10, 000 steps each day, it’s time to get walking. Hop on the bus a few stops later and jump off a few stops earlier on your way back. Or better yet, walk the whole way! Instead of emailing your colleague at the other end of the office every time you have a question, get up and walk over there. And avoid the total awkwardness of sharing the elevator with your boss by taking the stairs. Your butt will thank you.

Do Your own Housework

Doing your housework will make you lose as much calories as working out.
Doing your housework will make you lose as much calories as working out. Plus this workout has a bonus: a sparkly clean house!  Ok, this one is very much less fun than shaking your booty to Beyonce, but it’s a necessary evil. And it burns some serious calories too! Not convinced? A 35 minutes of bathroom cleaning blitzes as many calories as 35 minutes walking on the treadmill. And vacuuming for 30 minutes not only helps with allergies, it burns around 90 calories. This is similar to what you’ll burn in 15 minutes of kick boxing!

Get a Puppy

Getting a puppy will make you move everytime.

Getting a puppy will make you move everytime. Cute and full of energy, puppies won’t let you sit still. As if you needed any excuse to add a puppy to your life, these adorable balls of energy basically force you to stay active. You’ll need to walk them twice a day, play fetch, and catch them when they go chasing after the neighbor’s cat. Even washing a dog is a great workout for your arms.

Add More Play to Your Day

Find out what you love and do it.

Find out what you love and do it. Find something you love, not dread. Even the expression ‘working out’ is kind of off-putting. It sounds like far too much, well, work. Kids have the right idea. They don’t ‘work out’, but they’re usually super fit from all their play time. Instead of dreading your next workout, find your favorite type of ‘play’. Whether that’s a game of doubles tennis, body boarding, exploring on your bike, or climbing a tree! If it’s something you look forward to, keeping fit is easy and fun.

What’s your favorite non-workout workout? Let me know in the reply section below!

Siti by skinnymint.com