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

Face Model for Sis Yati

Face Model for Sis Yati

OMG ANOTHER MAKEOVER?? 

GOSH I’M IN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF GETTING MY FACE DOLLED UP!!

Yup, you heard it right! I was appoarched by sis Yati recently to be her face model. Okay a little fun fact: As you all know, majority of the makeup artists work on asignment basis. So what do they do when there’s no new assignments for them? Well,they keep on practicing! To avaoid having rusty, old skills! And here comes the face models! So yup, sis Yati contacted me if I’m alright with having my face dolled up! I mean I said yes of course!

Boy I’m so glad that we crossed path! I managd to learn a few tips from her and share different ides! And best of all the love of makeeup is what bond us together! It felt as though we’ve known each other for long ahaha!

Totally no makeup, just before the makeover 
Okay so that’s how I looked like with totally no makeup at all! My bare face me! ahahaha

It felt good actually. It’s a therapeutic feeling to have someone dolling my face up. Ouh and boy I knew I wasn’t alone when it comes to drawing the eyebrows! Okay except to those with special skills that can be done within a few minutes! Alright anyway take a look at the few pictures below!

So apparently, I’m so used to using liquid based foundation that I’m surprised with how the powder and cream based foundations work! Gosh I’ve learned something new! And unbelievable, the makeup lasts long! Heheheh I just love how pigmented the products that she used! 

Anyways, if you alls have the need for a makeover or just in need of someone to doll you up for any occasions, just hit her up!

Siti 

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! 

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October (Quick) Updates

October (Quick) Updates

OMG Where Have I Been ??

I know, I’ve been extremely quite here on my blog and I’m terribly sorry for the lack of updates. But no worries, you can always find me on my Instagram page as I’m very more active there.

What’s my update for this month? 

  • OMG I can’t believe that I’m in so much collaborations and partnerships with other names and brands. Yup that explains the reason for my lack of updates here. You can scroll down through my Instagram account for more!
  • Did I say that I’m a member of the Blogger Babes?? Yikes I’m so proud of myself hehehehhe. Tell me you’ve heard of Blogger Babes.
  • If you’ve been through my Instagram, you’d know that me and my hubby have both created CO5MOBySnS! It’s my idea to open up an online store for all highly raved US makeups and to gather all makeup lovers together! Do support us as the small profit goes into the savings of our lil princess! PS. I’m still in the mist of getting a personalised website up.

A quick update on me; Say hello to the new me!!

Yes yes I’ve dyed my old brown copper hair to fierce red! 

xoxo