A Quick One, While It’s Eid

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Today marks the first day of Eid-ul-fitr for 2016 (or more commonly known as ‘Aidilfitri’ in Malaysia… or just ‘Raya’!). The first few days of Raya will usually be spent with the immediate family, but after a couple of days that’s when we’ll start to see the onslaught of open houses left and right.

Raya is supposed to be all about spending time with loved ones and feeling grateful for what we already have, but… you know, what’s a major holiday without a little bit of consumerism? At least today we’ll be supporting local– meet Lilin + Co scented soy candles!

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Po, Cat

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The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is work out. I’m very into cardio, so I run laps around the house until I’ve burnt up enough calories. I like to call my workout ‘organic jogging’, because I don’t follow any particular route— just wherever my legs take me. Organically. So if something ends up in front of me, I just knock it over. Actually, knocking things over helps to build up leg muscle. I’m very proud of my legs.

When I’m done with my workout, I like to take a short rest. Resting and self care is very important to me, because as a cat I face a lot of stress in my life therefore it’s crucial that I take good care of myself to ensure my mental health and emotional wellbeing is at tiptop levels. My favourite way to unwind is to cuddle up in a corner with some aromatherapy fragrances. The best fragrance, to me, is the smell of my own farts. It’s so relaxing, and it’s organic. My humans are not into the smell, though. They’re too used to the smell of chemicals. I’ve tried to teach them that natural and organic is better, but they just don’t get it. I guess that is why they are humans and not cats. Cats know better, which is why you don’t see cats burning up forests and fossil fuels.

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Nadia Nash, TV Host

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I’ve been asked a lot on why I always have short hair – well, why wouldn’t I? Every other girl in the world seems to have long hair! I’m kidding, it’s simply because short hair is so much easier to manage especially when you’re always travelling like me. With short hair, I don’t have to worry about it too much – none of those time consuming routines that I honestly would be too lazy to do! I like to think of myself as a very practical girl. The simpler the better, and that’s exactly how my approach for beauty and skincare is as well.

I keep it as basic as I could with my skincare regime. When I’m taking my makeup off after work or after a shoot, I first take it off with the Cleansing Facial Wipes by Simple. I love this product, it takes everything off so easily and gently. After everything is all off, I wash my face with the Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy. This facial cleanser does the job perfectly – it cleanses well and doesn’t sting my face or make it feel tegang which I don’t like.

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Raja Azureen Eleena, TV Host & Makeup Artist

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Technically my interest in makeup started when I was 14 because of Youtube, but if we’re talking about my entire makeup journey I guess it started from when I graduated from Ohio State University. I did psychology, and the reason I was doing it was because someone told me how they were looking for people to provide counselling for patients before they go to surgery and stuff. So I was interested and was like “yeah, I want to do that” but by my final year I felt like it was making me crazy so I ended up deciding that I wouldn’t do psychology after all. My first job after graduation was in PR and Branding for Marina Capital which is a private investment firm. I left after three months and that’s when I started Youtube since I wasn’t doing anything and had so much free time. My friends were all telling me that I should try doing tutorials since I practically spent half my day watching them— my favourite was Kandee Johnson, I loved how she was always smiling and how inspiring she was— so I thought I’d try it out.

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What’s In My Bag: Dayang Souraya

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” My bag is from DKNY, which my parents got for me for my 19th birthday. It’s small and dandy, and the size doesn’t lend a lot of space to carry lots of things but it’s good and easy for just going around anywhere. Inside, I have this Yadah Powder Compact. I like this powder because it’s really cute and it actually covers really well! But it’s not the most long-lasting so I have to bring it with me to reapply for when I get oily… Speaking of being oily, I always carry around tissues with me so that I can blot my face with it before re-applying powder. I don’t want to get dirt and oil all over my powder puff, that’s disgusting!

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Jun Yong, Shiseido White Lucent Ambassador

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My name is Jun, and I’m a TV presenter and also a model. Often when I show up on television or for shoots, I’ll have my makeup done by a pro— of which I feel very blessed, since I’ve been able to pick up some tricks from them. Like if there’s an event, more often than not I do my own makeup so yeah, very lucky to have someplace to learn from.

Even then, I’ll still need about an hour to do my own ‘special event’ makeup. It’s just that I make such a mess of my eye makeup! I keep having to clean it up and do it again. For everything else, I can do it myself. Like eyeliner… I use the Shu Uemura Calligraphy Ink liquid liner. It’s so precise, you can easily get a thick or thin line just by adjusting how you hold the pen. Perfect for someone who doesn’t have steady hands, like me. For contouring, I like the NARS contour sticks. I use the sticks instead of powders since it’s easier to blend. I use liquid foundation, so it’s better to blend creams on top of liquids, then top it off with a powder— I use a Chanel powder, but to be honest you can use any brand. I’ve never found a bad powder. However, if I’m going to be on TV, I’ll have to use a powder bronzer, since the NARS one is too shiny for the cameras and I’ll end up looking like a lightbulb.

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Tasha Manshahar, Singer

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To be honest, I’m not really good with makeup at all! I just don’t really have the skills for applying it… any good makeup looks I might have are all thanks to my makeup artist. But there are times when I have to do my own makeup— for events and such— so when those times come I try to keep my makeup as fresh and simple as possible so that I don’t mess it up. I try my best!

Makeup for your complexion can be a bit tough. I’ve got oily skin, so it can be a challenge on days when I have to wear more makeup than usual… Especially when I’m on the go non-stop, from events to shoots to more events and the makeup needs to keep getting refreshed. So you’ve got the makeup artists touching up over and over and adding more and more layers until… well, you can imagine it.

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