COMING TO TERMS WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES

Body image is a pretty evident issue among society, especially among young girls, all thanks to the beauty standards that the society put on us. The fashion and beauty industry play a huge part in making us feel like we’re not enough, only to sell their clothes and beauty products. At some point, you might even think fashion isn’t for you because you don’t fit their beauty standard. I had to deal with a lot of body image issues when I was a teenager, mostly because I got fat-shamed a lot.

When I was younger, I was always bigger than my peers and in return, I got fat shamed a lot. Like, a lot. I was never really aware of my body until I was around 14 years old. This was when I started dating and got interested in boys. And let me just say, boys are mean. If someone ever tells you that boys are mean to you because they like you, call that bullshit out because it’s not true. Boys are mean because they’re just that. Mean! You have no idea how many times I’ve been called fat by my peers during my teenage years. Even when they didn’t mean it in a bad way, even when they thought they were being helpful, even when they thought they were trying to motivate me into losing weight, all of that was fat shaming in my opinion. The reason to this is, I wasn’t actually fat back then. Heck, I’m three times the size I was then and I’m still not fat. A little big but not fat, you know what I mean? It was just horrible. I was constantly on the look out for the best way to diet, the best way to exercise. I was constantly on and off a diet regime and it was just exhausting! It was especially emotionally exhausting! Heck, I remember a boyfriend I had back then telling me that I was fat and I need to lose weight and that definitely messed with my head a little. I was 18!

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MY ACNE STORY & MY CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

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When I was 15 years old, I would get pesky little whiteheads so I don’t think I’ve ever had clear skin from that point on. I would get more and more pimples as the days went by and it wasn’t until my Mom told me I should see a doctor that I realize I have an acne problem. I was 16 years old and I knew nothing about skincare. It didn’t help that my Mom wasn’t a skincare pro either so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do about my skin and what works. So, at the age of 16, I started seeing a dermatologist.

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GETTING GLASSES : DISCOVERING MEDIUM RARE

When I was a kid, my Dad got me glasses because the optometrist said I was short-sighted. He even got me one of those strings to put on your glasses so I didn’t lose them. Yeah, the ones Phua Chu Kang’s mom wears. I never thought glasses were cool, especially at a single digit age where all I wanted was to look like Lizzie Mcguire. When I was around 15 years old, I couldn’t see the whiteboard so I went to the optometrist again and she said I have astigmatism. So, I got another pair of glasses. A few months later, I stopped wearing them because I thought I could see just fine without it.

Now, at the age of 21, I am 100% sure that I need glasses because I can’t see clearly. I think it’s astigmatism instead of short/long-sightedness. I just can’t see things very clearly when it’s really bright. It’s really not that bad because I can still read and decipher things but now that I’m working on the computer 8 hours a day, watching something on it at home and looking at my phone almost 24/7, I think it’s only going to get worse. It’s also getting really dangerous for me to drive because my eyes would sometimes water when it’s too bright out and I wouldn’t be able to see that well.

So, glasses it is.

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REVIEW : ETUDE HOUSE DOUBLE LASTING FOUNDATION

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I’m always late on beauty trends (because I’m not a beauty blogger) but when I do get to try them, I like to give my two cents. The Etude House Double Lasting Foundation is a product that I’ve been wanting to try until I visited Seoul and picked up my own bottle. I tried it out straight away, in the cold and dry winter air and came back to test it out in the heat and humidity. I thought it would be helpful if I provide you with my thoughts and opinions on it so let’s jump right into it.

The one thing I remember about this foundation when I picked it up was that it has really good coverage, and I agree, it definitely has decent coverage. I like to gradually build up my coverage so what I love about this product is that it starts out as pretty light-medium coverage then as you build it up, it can go as far as medium-full coverage. This depends on how much you apply the product and whether you apply it with a brush or a make-up sponge. I’ve tried both methods and I definitely think you’ll be able to achieve better coverage with a make-up sponge, especially if you dot it on your face and stamp it around with the sponge. With that said, this has medium-full buildable coverage. Of course, this depends on how much coverage you need, how much you would typically apply etc.

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THE NEW BURGER JOINT IN TOWN // CANARD RESTAURANT KUCHING

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For the past week, I’ve been seeing enticing photos of a new burger joint in town. The presentation reminded me of In N Out, which definitely intrigued me and the burgers were mouth-watering. Since I always love myself a good gourmet burger, I decided to check the place out.

This new burger joint is called Canard Restaurant and serves burgers and salads. Upon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted by a clean and minimal layout with white walls and blue ceilings. It’s very bright and nicely lit when the sun is out, perfect for selfies and flatlays. It’s an open kitchen soย you’ll see a grill and a fryer with a salad/topping bar. Something you would usually see at sandwich shops like Subway. Orders and payments are made at the counter and your burger/salad of choice will be served at your table.

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OF MAKE-UP, CYBER-BULLYING AND BEING NICER TO ONE ANOTHER

I was introduced to make-up when I was 5 or 6 years old. At the time, I was really close to my late grandmother and I would spend a lot of my time at my grandparents’ house. She had a vanity table filled with perfume bottles, jewelry and you guessed it, make-up! I would play with her pink blush and her lipsticks. I specifically remember some of her lipsticks being in gold packaging and I would play with them all the time when she wasn’t looking. I would watch her getting made up and dressed up and I might have gotten my love for making up and dressing up from her.

I started exploring make-up when I was about 15 years old. This was when I was introduced to the world of Youtube. I watched a lot of Michelle Phan, Bethany Mota and some other Youtubers I don’t follow anymore. I began with a bit of BB cream because it’s make-up and skincare in a tube. It’s obviously not commercially made to be that way but I was definitely deceived. I remember going to The Face Shop and buying a BB cream that was way too light for my skintone but I thought I looked good. During those days, especially being in high school, make-up wasn’t a thing. Obviously people would make fun of girls who take their time to look good. I specifically remember getting dissed at by some of my family members for putting make-up on and I was accused of doing that for a boy when I was genuinely doing it for myself. I admit that I was more insecure back then so I might have been doing it to cover up some of my flaws but I don’t see anything wrong with that either.

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EXPLORING SEOUL : MORE PLACES TO EAT // SEOUL SEARCHING #2

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In the process of preparing for my second trip to Seoul, I came up with a list of restaurants and cafes I would like to visit while I was there. Since there were people who asked me for a list of places to eat in Seoul, I thought I should share it on my blog to help anyone else lurking on the internet and asking the same question. I already have a list up somewhere on this blog so hereโ€™s another one to keep your mouths busy when youโ€™re in Seoul.

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JOURNAL BY PLAN B : THE MEAL THAT MADE ME SAD

A few weekends ago, I was at Sunway Nexis for an event and I remember that I hadn’t had a single meal at the time so I was really hungry. I wanted to go to Rimba Rusa but it was filled with people so my friend and I decided to go to Publika to see if we can eat at Wondermilk. However, when we got there, we ended up eating at Plan B instead because we’ve always wanted to try the food there. I specifically remember Plan B being super popular so I had really high expectations.

I really didn’t plan on blogging about this restaurant so I don’t have details about the place itself but it’s super popular so you can easily look it up.

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