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

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

Be A Successful Blogger 

Be A Successful Blogger 

If there’s even a tiny part of you that aims to become a fashion blogger (and not only become one, but also a truly successful blogger) you know it’s a crowded, competitive space. The best way to learn how to navigate it is simple: go straight to the top bloggers themselves, and find out how they did it. 

Aimee Song, creator of the blog Song of Style, plus-size bloggers extraordinaire, Gabi Fresh and Nicolette Mason, and Raina Penchansky, the Chief Strategy Officer of blogger management behemoth Digital Brand Architects. They sat down to pick their brains on the best way to climb the blogger ladder from unknown to unforgettable (and making millions).

Scroll down more to get their 7 top tips on becoming a successful fashion blogger!

  • First, ask yourself: how is my blog different from everyone else’s?

“If you’re a blogger just starting out, I would start with asking yourself the question why,” Raina Penchansky says. “What’s your point of differentiation? There’s a great rule of thumb: no one needs another _______. Come up with a really compelling reason as to why you’re doing something. ”

“For new bloggers, it’s important to be different and stand out, rather than following what everybody else is doing or what is trendy that moment,” Aimee Song echoes. 

  • You have to know exactly who your audience is and how they interact with you.

“Remembering why you blog and why people follow you is the key,” Song says. “Never lose sight of that, no matter how successful you become.”

“The people who find the most success are the people who understand that there’s an element to this that is analytics-based,” Penchansky explains. “You have to really pay attention to the back-end of your business. Ask: who is your audience? How do they engage with you? The people who find the most success are the people who understand their analytics—what does my audience want from me, and who am I talking to? Do they want to see me launch a collection, or do they want to see a book from me?”

  • Instagram is your new best friend.

“If you’re starting a blog today, you pretty much have to start with Instagram,” Penchansky boldly states. “The fastest way to build your brand is Instagram.”

“Honestly, blogs are dying out, because Instagram is taking their place,” Gabi Fresh adds. “Especially with style bloggers, our whole thing is photos, so if we have a platform to show our outfits, we’re going to use it. Thankfully, I still get high traffic to my site, but my comments are down, because people are looking at and discussing my pictures on Instagram. The interaction is much more done on Instagram and Facebook these days. ”

“Instagram became a great way to discover new blogs and fashion inspiration,” Song adds. “For me, it’s been yet another medium to engage with my audience.”

  • But high-quality content really is the most important thing.

“Content is king. Regardless of what [social network] is most popular at the moment—if you’re producing amazing content, you’ll always have a platform,” Penchansky advises. “When you first start your blog, stay focused on just creating amazing content for six months to a year. Brands will come crawling, invites will roll in, but first and foremost, figure out your point of view. That’s the most important thing.”

“There’s a lot of steps involved in being successful, but the most important thing is just focusing on your content,” Gabi Fresh adds. “To take it to the next level, you need consistency [in terms of publishing regularly] and make sure you have clear photos. Your content will speak for itself.”

  • You have to know yourself well enough to build your brand.

“Remember: what’s right for you isn’t necessarily what someone else is doing,” Penchansky says. “There is an element of risk-taking. Relationships with brands is a great vehicle for monetization, but it’s also not so much about what brand am I going to be paid for, but how do I myself become a brand in a truthful and an organic way? It varies from person to person—there are going to be some people who have Target lines, some people who have single products they sell on their site; you have to know what works for you.”

“The thing to know is that you should really be discriminating about what is encompassed in your personal style, and what you want to pursue professionally,” Nicolette Mason adds. “I think a lot of people make the mistake of doing everything, and diluting their own vision and their own approach toward fashion. You have to learn to say no.” 

  • The most successful bloggers are those with true personality.

“There are only so many ways to shoot a certain a photo, but if you have a personality and you showcase that personality, that’s the point of differentiation,” Penchansky says. “Don’t try to be something you think is what everyone wants you to be. Be genuine. It sounds like the most cliché thing, because it truly is what resonates. People say this about actors: that there’s just something about them I really like. The same holds true for digital talent as well, so you have to show that side of yourself.”

“Always stay true to yourself and don’t chase money or fame,” Song adds. “That’s essential to long-lasting success in my mind. If you are doing what you love, money will follow.”

  • Ask yourself: What does my ideal team look like?

“It takes a village—at a certain point, you have to acknowledge that Rome wasn’t built in a day or by one person,” Penchansky says. “What will your team look like? You want people who come in and bring a different point of view—we only work with people if we add value.”

“I recommend bloggers engage with the plus-size community, whether they’re plus-size or not,” Mason adds. “It’s a really active space—if you’re really in it from a genuine space, it only helps to engage with the plus-size space.”

So? What do you think of this blog? Do you have any ideas for how to become a successful blogger? Sound off below in the reply section! 

Extract from WhoWhatWear

 

ThinTea Detox Tea 

ThinTea Detox Tea 

Can you guys see how happy and healthy am I now??

And all this is a thank you to Kylie Teo and Thin Tea for the reason why.

Hello my amazing readers, I’m so sorry for being inactive lately and yes I’ve just realized that this post is my first post of this month. Yikes where have I been? Yes, yes I know I’ve been a little too busy here and there and on top of that with my lil’ (but not so baby) princess. Yes she’s at her 4th month this coming few days ahead which will be on the 1st September. I know what you guys are saying, Time really flies fast when you’re busy. Okay so today’s post will be my   O B V I O U S L Y   H O N E S T   and   U N P A I D   review about this Detox and Fat Burn Blend Tea from Thin Tea that I’m drinking currently.

So as a rough background of me recently; many of you guys do know that right now I’m a busy wifey and mummy to my King and lil’ Princess and a soon-to-be-a Nurse (hehehe) Busy as in having to prepare meals and help to clean the house and taking care of my lil’ girl, ya you know those typical “jobs” that us housewives have to do behind the scene. So anyway, it’s really hard for me to work out or gym as easy as I used to. And on top of that I dream of getting back my per-pregnancy body which was to be honest I was at 55kg for 1.60m. Can you imagine how slim and sexy I was before? Imagine me back then as a sexy hourglass. And right now I’m at 68kg for 1.60m which I’ll describe that as the pear like hourglass. Calculate and check the BMI chart to see where I stand before and now.

So anyway I was approached by Kylie a few days (few weeks) back to test and experiment the 14Day ThinTea Detox and Fat Burn Blend Tea. I mean for only 2 weeks? Who wouldn’t want it? So yup obviously I took the chance since it might be an advantage for me to loose weight. This was mentioned and summarized through my Instagram post but on my blog that you will be reading soon is the detailed reviews from the past 1 week.

Below are the 2 pictures I took a few hours before I start my 14 Day journey. You can see the marks/shape of my previously 4 abs pack and now it has been covered by layers of fats. Do take note that this picture was taken while I was at 68kg for 1.60m.

So what happened in the beginning of my journey? Well this doesn’t happened exactly right after my cup, its a few hours after my breakfast that I must say somehow I felt a gust of energy boost that amazingly last me through out the day. What surprised me most is I don’t need much nap while I’m on my journey. And on top of that I don’t need to munch on snacks in between meals as often as I used to before. Wait, no nap, no breaks? How did I managed to get going? Trust me this tea works its own magic! You’d feel the major boost to your energy and metabolism as well but it all depends on how your body works. So ya anyway that’s how I really know that the tea is  E X T R E M L Y  effective in cutting down my appetite for fats to be burn.

And that being said, just take a look at the 2 pictures below, the tea itself is all organic! Which means everything you see inside the bag is 100% natural loose leaves and flowers, totally no chemical at all! And no,it won’t even effect your liver especially and having to go to the toilet after each cup. I’ve been drinking the tea for a week already and I do not have problems going to the toilet every cup. Cause (I’m saying this again) it’s all organic and natural. Can you see how all natural these teas are? It’s not only 100% natural I must say that it’s 101% or what you say 200%(?) and yes you can smell all the herbs and the fresh flower petals inside each bag and I can guarantee you that!

So along the days especially during dinner time, I realized that I don’t ask for second servings much. Even the normal serving that was served to me was already more than enough for me. And I’m telling you this that the tea works wonder! I honestly don’t even need to exercise or workout or even having to hit the gym to be healthy and be in shape. And guessed what, it’s only been a week past that I’ve lost nearly 4kg! I’ve added along the 2 pictures just at the end of his paragraph. So imagine being from 68kg before my journey to at 64kg as of today? A M A Z I N G  R I G H T ?! I’m telling you that it’s 100% effective and not forgetting having to drink fresh leaves from every cup.

Okay, I admit. There not much physical change on my tummy as previouly but I can feel it from myself. Firstly I’m xx times healthier than before like I can feel myself that my toxin somehow has been removed and my fats, well, have they disappeared from me? Not really but I’m able to physically see that I no longer have those extra spare tires hanging out from my tummy. But what about my bloated tummy? Yesh, I’m still working on those stubborn bloating but there’s not much I can do since I’m on Implanon for probably the next 3 years? But hey, that won’t stop me from getting back my per-pregnancy body right?

And secondly, not having to munch on snacks in between meals and yet still having the energy to continue on the day and without naps? Yes that’s a big change for someone like me. It’s healthy that I’m on this journey as I believe those snacks will be my next fats stored inside my tummy if I don’t do anything. And yes of course I’m so proud of myself that I don’t need those extra energy(fats) boost for me to keep going. A big Thank You to Thin Tea for this.

Yes. I’m totally sending my super super big thank you to @kydauzxbodyblendz for sponsoring me with these ThinTea Detox Tea. I’m already satisfied with the effects though it’s only been a week of me consuming the tea and I have another 1 more week to go. Thank you for giving me this morning boost to get my day going.

And by the way, keep an eye out my 2nd post about my Thin Tea review later next week. But you’re most welcome to join me in this journey to a healthier us! Just simply head over to www.kydauz.com and enter this code <NEWME> for 25% off your order for all Thin Tea collections!

Till again,

Siti