Aiza Said, Brand Consultant

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I’m 27 this year and I am still trying to figure what product would best fit my skin. It’s not that I started caring about my skin later than most girls but because when I was younger, my skin was clear. As in – I really didn’t have a problem with it? Then again what were the stresses a teenager could’ve faced that was more serious than the issues we currently have to deal with as adults, right?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Mario Badescu. The products that the brand offers are so good. Actually good is an understatement – the products that they have are amazing! The only downside though, is they are so mahal. I used to have their whole set because I’m the type of person who sticks to just one brand at a time. I hate it when products in my medicine cabinet don’t match with one another hence the sticking to only one brand rule. Is that weird?

So going back to my skincare routine…The facial wash that I used, I loved dearly…it contains aloe vera whereas the brand’s toner that I adored was their Special Cucumber Lotion. The toner did come off a bit strong, so I would rotate between that and the Aloe Vera Toner before putting on my Buttermilk Moisturizer.

The Glass Bottle Drying Lotion was good too. It was so easy to use…and it was just, so so good to my skin.

It’s pretty sad how Mario Badescu’s line in Malaysia isn’t exactly complete. I mean, we have some of their products in Sephora of course but some of the products that I loved back then aren’t even available in our local market! When I was studying in Melbourne, Australia, I would constantly check out their website and order a bunch of stuff. It was heavenly but then again, it costed me too much money that I simply had to find a cheaper alternative!

Currently I am very much in love with Hada Labo and I am glad I tried this Japanese brand out. Again, I use the whole set and it’s been great so far. Doesn’t harm my skin, and doesn’t harm my budget either. I don’t normally wear sunscreen but I recently took a trip to Bali and actually burned my nose area. It was so embarrassing so now that I’m back, I’ve started adding sunscreen to my routine. They say you gotta start young – so here I am, hoping it’s not too late.

For makeup, I normally start off with this Revlon Colorstay Concealer….but before I continue I just want to say that a friend of mine, Zatil, gave me a Wet and Wild primer that her friend got in Thailand – and I promise you, Wet and Wild’s primer feels amazing on my skin. After I’ve put that on I would do a little bit of spot concealing. I wear foundations only during events, but if it’s for work or day to day, just a bit of coverage is fine with me. For my undereyes however, I use the Maybelline New Instant Age Rewind Concealer. After all that’s settled, I’d set everything with my Revlon New Complexion Loose Face Powder, or sometimes my Sephora Mattifying Compact Powder.  Unfortunately the Sephora one rubs off on my clothing too easily – and I hate getting makeup on my clothes. You know how when you’re about to try out a piece of clothing at a store and you see someone else’s makeup smudged all over it? Ughh, that just grosses me out.

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After covering the base, I’d then move on to contouring. I’ll do that with my favorite Real Techniques contour brush of course. The thing about contouring that I’ve noticed is that it tends to be a bit tricky. In my case, I sometimes can’t exactly tell where my contour should start or where it should end… Still, I try anyway. For highlights I use Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick Compact – just a bit on the high points of my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, my cupid’s bow and a little bit just under the eyebrows, for a little definition.

I’m grateful that my eyebrows are already here on my forehead, sorry if that sounds strange, but to be honest I don’t spend too much time fussing about them. I don’t do much, but I do apply a little bit of brown from my MAC eyeshadow quad just to make it look more prim and proper. Nothing too spectacular – but you know, neaten them up a bit.

Once I’m happy with how my brows look, I’ll take out my Dallas by Benefit blusher to add some color to my cheeks and then I’d go for eyeliner. My ultimate favourite is by Maybelline but I still can’t tell the difference between Hypersharp Liner and Hypersharp Wing because I feel like both of them are more or less the same. The shape and thickness of the tips seem to be the same but whatever, I love them so much. So cheap and so easy to get, I cannot name a better eyeliner product!

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After eyeliner I’m pretty much done but I recently got the Zooeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette that I’ve been trying out. The shades I reach out for the most are Pure Ganache, Substitute for Love, Sweeter End, Warm Notes and Freshly Toasted. I especially love how Warm Notes is the type of pink that isn’t too pink. I don’t want to look around looking like Barbie, you know? But oh, speaking of pink, I love watching Jeffree Star’s videos on YouTube. Don’t ask me why, but I sort of enjoy watching men in drag with full makeup on.

As a matter of fact, I managed to get my husband to enjoy watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with me and I dare say that we are both obsessed! Tell me, how come these drag queens manage to do makeup better than us girls?!

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