If you don’t know who Pony is, she is a remarkable make-up artist and beauty Youtuber. I love watching her beauty content because she is so good at what she does and she gives out great make-up tips! She also has her own make-up line called Pony Effect, under Memebox, a Korean cosmetics company. One of my favourite beauty vloggers, Edward Avila, is beyond obsessed with her and he has done a lot of reviews on her products. They are a series of hits and misses but I’ve always been intrigued to check it out. When I got news that she released three new shades for her cushion foundations and one of them would match my skintone, I bit the bullet and got one of them.
Pony Effect has three cushion foundations; the Everlasting cushion foundation, the Longwear Defense cushion foundation and the one I’m reviewing right now, the Coverstay cushion foundation. The Everlasting cushion foundation is targeted towards dry skin and promises a hydrating formula with a dewy/glowy finish, the Longwear Defense promises to help protect the skin from pollution and with the Coverstay cushion foundation, it is targeted towards oily skin and promises an oil-absorbing formula with a matte finish. I have oily and dehydrated skin, but my skin produces a lot of oil throughout the day. Usually by noon, I would have used up one and a half blotting sheets. So I decided to grab the Coverstay cushion foundation and try it out.
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.
On our last full day in Penang, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and were dropped off at Penang’s famous art street. However, instead of hunting down the street art, I decided to walk down the streets to explore the city as a whole.
If you’ve been following this blog since the very beginning, you would know that I am a huge fan of Rimba & Rusa since the day it opened. When I was planning my trip to Kuala Lumpur, visiting Rimba & Rusa was at the top of my list. I follow them on Instagram so I am pretty up to date with all their menu updates and whatnot. I have been wanting to try out all the new dishes they’ve introduced since the last time I was there and it was finally time that I did exactly that.
I went to Rimba & Rusa after I visited the National Zoo, which is pretty ironic because I literally just came from seeing the rimba and the rusa at the zoo. I was trying to keep myself on a very tight budget because I need to save up for another travel adventure at the end of December, but when I opened the menu, I couldn’t help myself.
Last September, I applied for the Yayasan Peneraju ACCA PPAM B Sponsorship online. If you do not know what ACCA is, it stands for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants . To be certified as a professional accountant, there are a variety of certifications you can pursue. For example, in Malaysia, we have the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Meanwhile, in the UK, they have ACCA and is recognised worldwide. I can’t brief you on this any further so you’re going to have to look for more information about it online.
Anyway, I applied for the sponsorship online and it was very very easy. They announced that the online application was open on their Facebook page so I just clicked on the link and it led me to a Google Form page where all you have to do is fill up your name, your educational institution, educational levels, grades and whatnot. It took me less than 5 minutes to do all of that. So, if you want to apply, make sure you follow them closely on Facebook.
Yayasan Peneraju has various sponsorship programmes for ACCA so you really have to go to their site and choose which sponsorship programme you would like to apply for. For me, I chose PPAM B. It is a full-time study programme for those who have completed their Diplomas or their CATs.
As you may know, I travelled on my own, for the very first time, to Seoul in May. I did everything myself; my passport, my itinerary, and my budget. I saved up my own money, I worked really hard and ended up in Seoul, South Korea to experience one of my favourite cities in the world and cross it off my travel bucketlist.
A huge part of my travel planning involved my budget. Saving money is hell, let me tell you and what’s even more difficult is deciding how much money I want to bring, how much would be enough and how much would be too much. Would I be able to eat by the end of the trip if I shopped this much? Would I be able to buy an appropriate amount of souvenirs? There are so many things to be taken into account, and now that I’ve experienced it all, I thought I should give you guys a helping hand.
Since July, I’ve been having minor breakouts due to the haze, which left a ton of scarring and pigmentation on my skin. In December, I was on a mission to help my breakouts and I’m so relieved to say that by January, my skin was doing a lot better. I still had minor breakouts on my forehead due to stress, my cheek due to dirty make-up brushes (guilty as charge!) and more hormonal ones on my skin but with acne, I try to be a bit more patient. By then, I was determined to help my scars and pigmentation. I considered getting the Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, which I used in 2013 and did wonders for me, but it’s a bit too expensive for my budget. RM226 for a bottle? I can’t imagine having to repurchase a bottle when I’m broke. So, I’ve been looking high and low for a good serum that works for my skin and my wallet at the same time.
This Clinica Acne serum promises to help treat acne, clear up scarring and reduce inflammation. I usually wouldn’t buy anything from what I see on social media but I’ve been following Filzah Razak for a while and when she mentioned this serum on her Instagram, it never left my mind. Eventually, I bit my tongue and got it, all 15ml of it for RM90 (price can vary, depending on seller).