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My Current Everyday Makeup and Favourites

It’s been a time since I’ve written anything makeup-related so I thought I’d kick things off again by letting you in on my current everyday makeup routine. I was going to call it a makeup tutorial but I didn’t want to seem like some self-defined high-up person who could teach about makeup. I’m just a girl who somehow got into it and figured what’s best for me and what’s not, y’know? Certainly, there are a lot of makeup favourites in this routine which I’ve stuck to everyday – or at least every time I do my makeup. It’s perfect for work but also dressy enough to go out – a little something but not overly done. I actually haven’t gotten sick of the routine and since a job change, I realise how routine is so key.

I’d like it if you could reply with your current makeup routine and favourites. In exchange, here’s mine! It would also benefit you greatly if you grabbed a hot beverage as this is a long post…

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Featured in this post:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Etude House Sunprise
Maybelline Age Rewind
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact
Sleek Makeup Face Form
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Max Factor’s Masterpiece Max Mascara
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

Base Makeup

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My favourite part of makeup-applying is probably anything and everything base-related. If you have been reading my blog for some time, you’ll know that I’m super into skincare so anything that’s going to make my skin look even healthier and naturally glowy is a plus in my books. I recently shared on my Instagram, what I use when I want a “glow-up” and this makeup look is exactly that – but in the most natural way possible.

I am personally not into heavy-coverage foundation. I have never liked the way it looks on my skin – it just doesn’t sit right and even worse if it’s a matte foundation. My pores usually look more pronounced if it’s super matte and I hate that. Instead, I opt for demi-matte, natural finish foundations although I am careful with this too as oil control is considerably important for me.

Without a doubt, my go-to is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. (I’m in shade 52 Vanilla.) But before we tap into that, I always prepare my skin with sunscreen first before makeup. I am currently using the Etude House Sunprise and I have to say – I’m not mad. It’s easy to blend into the skin, is great to layer with and in particular, I love the minty scent which wakes my skin up in the morning!

I discovered the foundation about 3 years ago and I’d like to say I’m onto my 3rd bottle. I’m due to buy a backup even though I just opened this one because my fear is that this will one day discontinue! I dot this onto my face evenly and with my new favourite brush, the BH Cosmetics 123, I blend blend blend.

Moving onto concealer, it’s strictly just one I stick to and it’s the Maybelline Age Rewind. My shade is in Light. I adore this but man, it was annoying to repurchase because it took a couple of shopping trips as on most occasions it was sold-out.

I like to multi-task with this and use it as a highlight to my nose bridge, forehead and chin too as well as for under-eye brightening. I just find that it helps add some dimension, some glow whilst still looking natural. Best of all, it doesn’t crease on me. As an FYI, I always use a beauty blender during this step. I generally don’t use brushes when applying concealer – it’s just not my preference.

Now this next step is completely optional but I find that with this concealer, I like to set it. I use the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact which I’ve long hit pan on and should probably re-purchase. I apply this with either the Real Techniques Contour Brush or the BH Cosmetics 125.

Adding Colour to the Face

I’m a bit of a blush fiend but recently I’ve learnt how to apply blush in conjunction with contour/bronzer and highlight to make the whole look come together. It’s no secret that I enjoy using the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette but lately, I’ve discovered a much more affordable option which I enjoy using just as much. It’s the Sleek Makeup Face Form which features a contour, a highlight and a blush in a compact that’s perfect for travel.

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Excuse my finger swipe as evidenced on the contour shade… (I did some swatches which you’ll see towards the end of this post.) Isn’t this palette super pretty though?

To be honest, I use the contour more as a bronzer and apply it in a 3-shape motion on both sides of my face. It helps warm my face up without making it looking muddy or patchy…the lightest gradient that you can imagine. This is personal preference as I don’t think actual contour would look good on my face – it would be too harsh. But do what you must. This is just my style.

Next, I apply the blush. The blush is pigmented so all you want to do is tap and that’s both your cheeks covered! I use a particularly light-hand during this step because you want a gradual build that blends with the colour you just added rather than going all in and realising that you’ve applied too much. I tap and blend, tap and blend. Honestly, the two colours when used together on the face is super pretty; and you’ll see that everything starts coming to life. I admit that at first, this palette is daunting when you first access it but honestly, it gives such a healthy and energised look to the skin! Not clownish or overly done. Unless of course, you apply too much. Remember: less is more.

Lastly, we have the highlight. I don’t always do this step but I’m definitely warming more to highlight now although still not as crazy about it compared to the majority! I like the highlight in this because it’s pretty and it’s noticeable but it’s not that out there which I particularly like.

Eyes & Lips

Even if the rest of my routine differs, the products I use for my eyes and lips are generally the same. I won’t be applying any eyeshadow because I never do on a day-to-day basis however I’ve been experimenting behind-the-scenes and hope to bring some looks to the table! Instead, I’ll show you my secret in getting pretty lashes if like me, you have short, straight and flat lashes.

It’s probably my biggest beauty discovery of 2018 and honestly after trying it, it changed everything for me. With the exception of Japanese mascaras, I found it difficult to find a drugstore mascara that held the curl well and made my lashes look good. That’s until I discovered mascara primer. The one I’ve been using lately is the Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base. It isn’t exactly cheap but I don’t regret the purchase at all. I rather like the wand because it has a clean aesthetic that brushes my lashes from tip and toe. It provides a strong base after I’ve curled my lashes and that’s really what you want.

I then dress my lashes in Max Factor’s Masterpiece Max Mascara. This isn’t my favourite mascara however paired with the primer, I get my favourite set of lashes that have some natural drama to them.

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Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base in a super sleek and minimalistic tube. This is probably one of my most favourite mascara designs inside and out – love the brush!

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Max Factor’s Masterpiece Max Mascara in a slightly thicker tube. The mascara has a waxy scent which I sometimes like, sometimes don’t. What I love the most is the brush head as it’s small enough to access the whole lash line.

For brows, I have been using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black. Funny story – I really didn’t like this when I first got it but I think I just had a bad day where maybe I accidentally rubbed it off by mistake. It’s become one of my brow staples now. The colour is perfect – it’s dark enough to blend with my naturally black brows but not so dark that it creates this harsh brow. I also love the tip because it means you can be precise – I never make mistakes with this! [See above picture showcasing the Sleek palette to see the tip of the brow pencil.]

When it comes to lips, my go-to shade is a grapefruit pink because unfortunately, my skin tone doesn’t suit every lip product that’s out there. Most recently, I’ve been into using the NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim though and it is so autumnal. I generally struggle to find a nude that looks right on me but this one’s perfect as it has enough pink in it to still satisfy my need for colour.

Finishing Touches

As we’re into the colder months now, I find that I don’t need to powder as often as I do in the hotter months and it is a blessing! I love applying powder though because it is like therapy and I just love how my powder brush feels on my skin. Also – do you find that sometimes your makeup looks better a few hours after because it’s melded with your skin?

My favourite powder has been the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. It’s really soft and helps take away any shine you have whilst still leaving a natural glow to your face. I can’t seem to find it in-store though so I hope it’s not discontinued.

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I’m almost done with this bottle. I’ve recently purchased the Matte finish version which was sold out last time which led me to purchase this Dewy version. I’ll be looking to compare the two although part of me feels that they wouldn’t differ that much.

Down to the last product, we have the newest addition to my makeup regardless of what I wear: a setting spray. I’m in an office 8 hours a day, sometimes a little more if I’m doing overtime so it’s vital that my makeup lasts. The NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray has been of great help in prolonging the freshness of my makeup and who doesn’t like a spritz anyway?

And that’s it – my entire makeup look that I’ve been wearing everyday to work or just in general. I even prepared some swatches for your reference:

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In order of applying, L-R: Etude House Sunprise, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 52 Vanilla, Maybelline Age Rewind in Light, Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact, Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanilla, Sleek Face Form Palette in Light (Contour, Highlight, Blush), NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim

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This post was really fun to write! I hope to write another make-up related post before the year is up. Is there anything else that you’d like to see? My local John Lewis has recently added a Becca counter and my local Boots has added a Wet ‘n’ Wild and an E.L.F! 😮 I don’t know where to start so any pointers will be helpful!

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Review: L’Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash

I would like to get back into routine of writing more reviews. I don’t typically write them because they take the most time to not only make a post out of, but to product-test and/or have a discussion set up. As such, not all products are worthy of discussion (which is how I decide whether to review something or not) but certainly for today, we’ll be having quite a heated one.

This time, I am reviewing the L’Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash, so stick around to find out just what I think!

FYI – I have combination to oily skin, with a tendency to be dehydrated.

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What is it?

It’s a gel-cream wash cleanser, formulated for dry and sensitive skin. I don’t necessarily have dry skin so arguably this isn’t for me, however I find it interesting to test out some products this way because I don’t think labels are always correct.

This cleanser’s selling points are its rose and jasmine flower extracts which supposedly sooth, moisturise and protect the skin.

How much does it cost?

£3.99 so it’s pretty inexpensive and affordable.

Where from? 

You can purchase at your local drugstore easily. I purchased mine from Boots on offer I think.

Who is it for?

For those with dry and sensitive skin. This cleanser has some big claims – not only will it not dry your skin out, but it will make it so much better.

What made you buy it?

I reviewed its sister cleanser months ago and loved it. [See: Review: L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash] Since then, I’ve been curious to try the other cleansers and this is one of them so far. (I will eventually try them all, out of pure curiosity and for comparison!)

Can you talk me through the ingredients?

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Jasminum Officinale Extract / , Jasmine Flower Extract, PPG-5-Ceteth-20 ,PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, (F.I.L. B196916/1)

Note: For my ingredients research, I use the Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary.

  • At first, I made the mistake of thinking that there is SLS in this. (A foaming agent and surfactant commonly used in shampoos and household cleaning products.) Actually, there is SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) in this which is SLS’s little sister. It’s milder than SLS but still an irritant which will be upsetting news for those with sensitive skin. Oh, and isn’t the label ironic? No soap? (More about that below.)
  • Researching the star ingredients, Jasmine and Rose, was disappointing to say the least. Both are essentially fragrances used for masking in skincare manufacturing. There is little to no benefit to the skin. For medicine and aromatherapy – yes, for skincare – no.
  • Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale Extract) for instance, is used to aid liver diseases which means nothing in the context of this review. It seems to only be in this product for fragrance reasons. Not all sources consider it to be a moisturising ingredient.
  • Rose (Rosa Gallica Flower Extract) is possibly a better ingredient, but contradicting. One or two sources I found states that it’s skin-conditioning and even suitable for those with eczema, however those who are especially sensitive to fragrance or flower extracts will not benefit in my opinion. Other sources strictly state the ingredient as a fragrance.
  • Overall, I found few good ingredients in this list. I get the sense that many of the ingredients are there to create the texture whether it’s foam-boosting, bonding, a pH adjuster or viscosity controller. In other words – style, no substance.

You can refer to CoSDNA for the ingredient breakdown.

What do you have to say about it?

I wasn’t initially going to review this because I didn’t have much to say. That’s your first indicator that I find this product somewhat disinteresting and boring. Whilst my opinion hasn’t changed too much, the more I dived into the research, the more appropriate it seemed to write this review because now, I have lots to say.

Where to begin?

Upon purchasing, I didn’t pay huge attention to the descriptions written on the back. However, one evening in the shower was all it took to discover the marketing fluff. Of course, this is common across many products but this one is not short and sweet. Actually, it is quite exaggerated if I do say so myself. I cringed a little when reading it.

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The product claims:

The rich gel-cream texture emulsifies in water, transforming into a creamy foam that cleanses and softens the skin without drying it out.

Beyond clean, the wash reveals deeply comfortable skin that feels smooth and silky soft. Day after day, skin is softer, more supple and appears more beautiful.

I have highlighted in bold, the claims that I think are rather ridiculous claims.

What does it even mean for the skin to be beyond clean anyway? Surely the skin starts disintegrating or something cos I’m sure we need some amount of healthy bacteria in our system and whilst clean skin is and should be the goal, I’m not sure that a beyond clean skin approach is the way forward. It just sounds painful.

The experience when using this cleanser was certainly lacking. I never once looked forward to using this. I found it drying if anything and just plain boring. I felt like I was using soap on my face and not an actual cleanser. I wanted something creamier. I wanted to treat my skin and whilst it probably did clean my skin, it was taking away too much from it.

The substance itself is hard to squeeze out from the tube. I’m not sure if I blame the packaging either because the product wasn’t so hard to squeeze out from its sister cleanser however different substance, different product. Either way, it’s definitely not my favourite and even for its price which is relatively inexpensive, you can get so much bang out of your buck elsewhere.

Overall Loving: 3/10

I just don’t enjoy using this! It doesn’t even pass as a good, basic cleanser and it manages to dry my skin out, which makes me question its good rating on multiple websites. The drying effect wasn’t so bad after a period of time but I think this was largely to do with the rest of my routine to help aid the dryness. I have managed to finish the full tube but for sure, I will not be repurchasing.


This is an old write-up of a review which I forgot to post months ago. It’s probably not as relevant now but I didn’t want to delete it either.

Speaking of cleansers, I have gone mad as I have purchased so many cleansers lately (not that I needed any). Don’t be surprised if I start talking about them soon! What’s new on the skincare market now anyway?

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Lately on Netflix #2

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It has gotten colder as of late and you know what? – I’m not even mad. I genuinely love the autumn/winter season. I love the cold breeze and how smooth my skin feels. Anyways – today is not a post about skincare or makeup. It’s about Netflix. You know, the other thing that we snuggle up to regardless of season because TV kinda died. Or at least I don’t watch TV anymore. (Please comment regarding this – I’m actually interested to find who still watches TV because I really don’t nowadays.)

I really enjoyed writing the last part so I thought I’d fill you in on what I’ve been watching lately…again. Here’s to #2!

A Silent Voice

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Okay, let’s start off with the anime first!

I would say that this year is all about going outside of…I guess not comfort-zone because I am generally open to trying out different genres but definitely stuff that I wouldn’t normally watch.

One night I fancied watching a film and this one caught my eye on Netflix randomly and without paying that much attention to the description (which was very vague on there anyway), I clicked play and honestly, one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I don’t want to give away the storyline because I think it’s a good film to go in blind to. However, I will definitely say that it’s a film that subtly hits you hard (if that were possible) and is nothing short of the brilliant storytelling that the Japanese are just so good at. Judging from the poster alone, I was expecting something really teenage-y, you know – romance and drama – but wow. The themes covered are so much more – the main one being bullying. I cried at some point.

Would recommend and would watch again. 5/5.

Your Name

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I watched another anime film the morning after wouldn’t you believe!

A lot of people had mentioned this film in the comments on YouTube – some saying one was better than the other and vice versa. Personally, I loved A Silent Voice more but this was still good in its own right.

Fate is actually quite a common theme across Japanese media and culture. There is even a story to do with a red string and basically this red string is what ties you to your soul mate – your destined partner for life. This film loosely utilises that theme in a surprisingly fresh way. Our main guy and girl have dreamed of each other but have never met. One day, they start switching bodies out of the blue and this just happens irregularly. There’s no saying as to why but somehow through this method, they get to know each other even though they haven’t met. It sounds lame in concept but I promise that the direction and story-telling had a lot of belief and heart in it. The OST in particular makes the film and is entirely by one Japanese rock band RADWIMPS which I found interesting.

4/5. 

We’re The Millers

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I’ve watched this a couple of times now – the first time being at the cinema and oh gosh, it is still so funny. If you’re looking for a comedy to watch and have not seen this, I would definitely recommend.

It’s a fresh cast which I think is super important because sometimes American comedy casts can get super repetitive, borderline-annoying. The storyline follows our main guy David who is a bit of a loser to be frank but not a bad guy. In debt and desperate to complete a job in order to write it off, an idea comes to mind which is when “family” come into play.

Perhaps not the most original of concepts but it was pulled off well and I got plenty of laughs out of it. 4/5.

Good Morning Call

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There’s two seasons of this on Netflix and I think it’s still ongoing.

For those who aren’t familiar with Japanese series, they tend to be short and sweet – ranging anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes per episode with 10-13 episodes overall from start to finish. So when I tapped into Good Morning Call, it was honestly quite surprising that there was another season and therefore more episodes.

I have watched quite a lot of episodes of season 1 so far but am lazy to finish it off. It is a cute series but halfway through season 1, it starts to drag and there isn’t an element of surprise which come to think of it – there never was. It is a simple storyline which in all fairness, is made to appeal to young girls but when you get to my age, it gets irritating. I think the thing that peeved me off the most though, was how expressionless the male character was even when they started going out. Some viewers called this abusive and whilst I wouldn’t go as far as to call it that, it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth because the female character always had to try so hard to understand him and that to me isn’t a good relationship.

2/5. 

Million Yen Women

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In terms of format, this is more like your typical Japanese drama – 12 episodes in total, 45 minutes each. But in terms of content, is it really typical? No, not at all.

Out of the list I present in this post, this is the most indie but personally, I really liked it. I would probably describe it as a quiet mystery. The Japanese are great at coming up with bizarre concepts yet it works and is made believable because it weaves in real life elements and everyday problems that people genuinely go through.

We have our boring, expressionless anti-hero Shin Michima, a writer who hasn’t made it big at all. One day, 5 women unrelated to him or each other move in via an anonymous invite and in doing so, each pay a million yen for rent monthly. He’d be crazy to turn down the offer right?

Each character might have more in common than they think – each serving up a dark past. Michima in particular, unable to move on from his whilst his dad remains on death row after murdering his mom, lover and an innocent policeman and thus, remaining as an unsuccessful writer. If you are familiar with Haruki Murakami novels at all, the style in this series is similar and leaves you with unique questions to pose.

Overall, a 4/5. The last episode or so was a little weak in my opinion and could’ve been more stronger. I liked Midori’s ending though. I just felt Michima’s ending needed a tad more closure but maybe I’m just fussy.

Fun Fact: The main actor is the lead singer of the Japanese rock band RADWIMPS, whom I mentioned a few paragraphs ago as being fully featured on Your Name’s OST.


Have you watched anything great on Netflix lately? I’m open to any genre. 🙂 

I fancy watching something dark soon so if my recent lists have been a bit ‘soft’ for you, look out for my next Netflix-related post! 

On another note…how is it even November? One doesn’t know where to begin but I’ll be slowly writing about it. I have this week off so I hope to catch up more with blogging. What have I missed?

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Lately on Netflix #1

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For those who consistently blog whilst maintaining a 9-5 job – how do you do it? Admittedly, I have been particularly tired since entering the new season (although yay! for Autumn – my preferred season). I have been waking up around 6am and ugh – it is so dark. Luckily, I’ve booked some upcoming days off so I hope to relax my mind and catch up with more sleep as I’ve been surviving on 6 hours sleep mostly which in the summer is fine but rather wearing in the darker months. (I’ve decided that I’m never going to fix my late-night owl ways.)

Anyways, I had some time to write and thought I’d kick things off by reviewing what I’ve been watching lately. I’m super late to the Netflix game – don’t ask how but let’s just say I’m glad to be on the bandwagon now.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I wanted to start with the most obvious one because I feel like lots of girls have been fan-girling over how cute the film is. Not just that, but the actor who plays Peter Kavinsky has blown up massively and c’mon, let’s be real – when have we ever recalled another time when an Asian girl was the lead in a film, teenage or not? I feel like this movie makes up for that lost time when I couldn’t refer to a film of that type.

For a teenage rom-com, it’s not super cliché at all plus I got some laughs out of it. Lara Jean is a fresh character and I loved the sister interactions as well as her interaction with Peter. It just felt different. In fact, I watched this again last night for the second time.

4/5

Kissing Booth

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I watched this one night on the basis that I was looking for something really easy to watch which can be a recipe for disaster. It is a cute film but if I was to judge it seriously, it’s not one that I’d necessarily recommend because the acting overall is subpar with the exception of the main female lead who I thought was good in her role.

Admittedly, it’s a cringy movie which in some ways, doesn’t surprise me because it’s based off someone’s short written piece on Wattpad. My main problem with the film (as with most teenage films) is that it’s quite depthless – they open some problems and storylines up only not to close them. Not a repeat watch for me however I did get some laughs out of it.

2/5

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

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I was quite delighted to see the actor of Peter Kavinsky play in another role which lead me to watch this. I also recognise the main actress from a minor role in Riverdale so it was interesting to see how she would evolve from that. Truthfully though, I found this film to be majorly flawed in its storyline. It is essentially on how a catfish is born – even if accidental. Whilst I understand that it’s not about looks, she really fooled him and it was not on for me. And though she wasn’t a mean character per se, she was hardly a redeemable one either because of this action. Her character “growth” went down for me rather than going up.

I don’t know. You judge for yourself but to me, it’s a 1/5.

Almost Friends

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You’ll remember the main actor from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because he practically looks the same. Strangely enough, that was distracting in itself which sounds like such a diss but my mind couldn’t focus on this other character that he was playing!

I wanted to like this and although there were some funny moments at the beginning, the storyline lost itself. I simply just did not know where it was going and the ending itself whilst hopeful, was a bit too open-ended and needed more resolving in my personal opinion. The characters were also quite weak and did not leave a lasting impression on me either. Overall, it needed more finesse to really do it for me.

2/5.

Atypical

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I finally took the plunge to try this and 2 seasons later – wow!

Atypical is about Sam, an autistic high schooler experiencing life unlike others although at the same time, not unlike others which I think is what really hits home for me. It can be considered a family drama as you follow Sam around, getting to know his thought process, behaviour and relationships with his family and school friends. Not only that, but through the other characters, you get to experience the difficulties that others may have in interacting with Sam. For example, the parents and their over-protectiveness which limits Sam from ever being independent. It’s a drama about Sam’s life journey which is super relatable because even as a neurotypical, life just gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it?

Honestly, at the season 2 finale, I welled up at some point because Sam’s character growth was stunning and I can’t wait to see how his character continues to grow in season 3!

4/5. (It would be 5/5 if the mother’s voice wasn’t so annoying and whiny at times.

Elite

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The newest drama to add to my list and I’m so sad that I have to wait an entire year for the next season! I binge-watched 8 episodes in less than 2 days. And I’m already planning on re-watching this first season.

I genuinely haven’t been this excited about a series in a long time but I think this is it. It’s so slick. It’s sexy. It looks at teenage problems through a non-blurred lens. The suspense, story-telling and acting is terrific.

Think Gossip Girl. Meets How To Get Away With Murder with a dash of Riverdale, Skins and Pretty Little Liars. And yet – it feels oh-so-new and fresh. Maybe it’s the Spanish vibe.

The storyline follows 3 new working-class students who enter a prestigious i.e. elite high school via a scholarship after their own high school is destroyed from an earthquake. Without spoiling anything, it displays the frictions the poor and the rich have between each other but also amongst their own class too. There are plenty of problems that are raised in an authentic and raw manner. It’s not afraid to go all the way in exploring these in detail and I can’t wait to see what’s in-store for season 2.

5/5 – must-watch.

And you? What have you been watching lately on Netflix?


Thank you for stopping by! I am still around – just not as active. I use the computer a lot at work so by the time I come back, I hardly want to use my laptop at all! It’s surprising that my eye sight is still in tact. Anyhow, I’d still like to fill you in on a couple of posts that I’d like to post before the end of year (!).

  • A MASSIVE Empties post (I have a bagful right now which I’m thinking would be good for an end-of-year post)
  • My Everyday Makeup Routine
  • My Current Capsule Wardrobe and How I Mix It Up

Hope you’re all well. I’ve been enjoying a lot of things on Netflix lately so I’m sure it won’t be long until my next post regarding it! Until next time…

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Life Update: Settling In

Note: I drafted this post weeks and weeks ago but have only just edited the photos so by the time I post this, it’s not a recent experience that I’m referring to however I still wanted to get this up! Enjoy.

It’s a Saturday and I’m officially doing nothing. It’s approaching the afternoon period and I’m still in my lounge wear and hoodie but that’s okay – I live for these moments and sometimes, it’s just nice to be super comfy. The summer has finally calmed down and I don’t mind so much because summer just aggravates my skin and my eczema can start to play up too. This cooler weather suits me just fine.

I may or may not do my makeup later but for now, I’m enjoying having my skin bare as on most weeks, I wear makeup to work. I’ve been loving it actually. I thought I would hate morning routine but it’s now become one of my favourite things. What shall I wear today? It’s fun to play a bit of dress-up to work even if just casual wear because of the open dress code (provided that it’s not offensive).

I have nothing planned for today. I may or may not do my makeup later depending on how I feel. Or I could just do very minimal makeup – who knows. I do know however that I have missed blogging and already this morning, I’ve caught up with a few blogs. I will pace myself and plan ahead for my next batch of posts because I have a few ideas in mind. September is approaching (!!) which is fitting too.

Last week, I went on a spontaneous trip to a local museum with a close friend of mine. It was raining heavily so needless to say, it was a perfect day for it. We viewed a Japanese exhibit as well as some local pieces located upstairs. We had coffee. We then proceeded to do some shopping where my friend offered to buy me earrings as a late birthday present. I can’t wait to pair them with an outfit next week. Shortly after, we went to a local delicatessen shop which made us hungry so we went for nice food. (If you’re based in the UK, Ask Italian is brilliant.)

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And my job you ask? It’s still going well. I’m more settled in and have a bit more responsibility now as this week was the first in task allocation. I am due for my next one-to-one meeting at some point, however I did receive positive and constructive feedback yesterday which made me happy. Basically, I’m going in the right direction and that’s all that matters. I asked for a feedback sheet and will be working on my next goals to improve. This makes my mind feel good and me feel balanced as a person. I am facing my life head-on and as I hold my head up high, I can feel my confidence start to build. For the first time, I feel whole as a person. My heart feels whole. I am happy and everyone has commented on how much happier I look so that must stand for something.

Funny story time! I was sitting at my desk and I just so happen to sit next to my workmate who I have really bonded with in the last month. I was noticing how dirty the windows of our building were looking and I said this to my workmate. 10 minutes later, I look to one side of the window and think it’s raining heavily to which I tell my workmate. She’s like, “No it’s not”. I look across the other side and sure enough, no droplets – it was actually the window cleaners! This was supposedly the time I summoned the window cleaners. 😂😅 Man, that was a strange moment. We are still laughing about this now.


How has your week been anyway? Any funny stories or general life updates that you can share with me?

I’ve done a lot of clothes shopping this week so let me know if you would like a fashion haul post or more of an OOTD post!

Lastly, I’m sorry for being MIA. I got a new iPhone since my birthday and only just recently discovered how to transfer my photos over…haha! 

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