Who is the Cool Girl?

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You guys know how when corporations are trying to sell makeup to you, they’re not just selling you individual products but rather they’re offering an image and a dream. A dream of the kind of woman you could become if only you’d buy this contour stick or this eyeshadow palette or brow kit. I mean I’m not exactly breaking new ground here… this is something we’ve all known for a while. Women in the 60s were being sold the image of the youthful, skinny, bug-eyed Twiggy woman while in the 80s they were promoting the Amazonian supermodel. Back in the 2000s, I totally admired the whole stick-thin blonde It-Girl heiress wearing gigantic sunglasses and toting around an even more gigantic handbag with a tiny teacup Chihuahua in tow look. Starbucks in hand, of course.

There’s no questioning who was the woman we’ve been pushed to aspire to be for the past couple of years… I don’t want to mention the name because I don’t admire them so much but I don’t have to mention her anyway: you know exactly who she is. And in the makeup giant’s quest to make us want to be her, we’ve been pushed contour kits and liquid lipsticks and high-coverage foundation. Everything we need to achieve that exotic, racially-ambiguous Armenian look. But now I think we’re seeing a new kind of woman emerging—The Cool Girl.

So who is the Cool Girl? I can’t name any specific woman the Cool Girl is based upon. I guess she probably does exist, but she’s probably an artist or a writer or a magazine editor AKA not the kind of person the general public would recognize. It’s funny because the first time the term ‘Cool Girl’ came to my (and a lot of people’s) attention is through Amy Dunne’s iconic prose in Gone Girl (the book and the movie) where she basically laid it out that the ‘Cool Girl’ is a myth and a fraud, a front put up to satisfy men. So it’s funny that the term is now being repackaged into something that’s meant to be desirable and aspirational. Not that I mind all that much—I’m pretty much the opposite of a ‘Cool Girl’, but I find myself really buying into it. So here are some of the elements which I think make up the Cool Girl Look.

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My Passport Stamp: Barcelona, Spain

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Right when you thought MyLS is dead and gone like Lindsay Lohan’s Hollywood comeback, BOOM we’re back at it again hoping to start of 2017 with a bang even though January is already almost coming to an end. Really, where did the time go?

All of us over at MyLS HQ, a.k.a the living room of our parents’ house, have been busy with life – some with final exams, classes etc. and as for myself, work got in the way. Apart from work, I’ve also had a billion weddings to attend and flowers to carry around during receptions, alongside travelling and getting my teeth fixed. Trust me, it’s been a crazy November-January for me.

About a month back, I was given the opportunity to spend wintertime in Spain – a trip I’ve been looking forward to! Spain was my eighth country to visit in 2016, and I’m very grateful to have ended the year there, in the heart of Barcelona where the sun is always bright but the cold winds pierce through your skin. Continue reading “My Passport Stamp: Barcelona, Spain”

What’s In My Bag: Batrisyia Razak

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We’ll start with the exciting stuff, which is what’s in my makeup bag. I always bring my MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in the shade Medium Deep. It’s a powder foundation, for touching up like when I’m sweaty and stuff. I apply it with my Bobbi Brown Powder Foundation Brush. I also carry a MAC Blush in the shade Swiss Chocolate, because blusher fades away quickly so you need to reapply. This kind of looks like I contour my face with it actually. I’ll apply this with an Estee Lauder Blusher Brush.

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The Aztec secret behind clean skin!

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I know some girls who spend a lot of money of facials. Some of them, especially the ones who are tying the knot soon, even go for facials as a weekly ritual to help them get that “bridal glow”. I go for facials too, but once a month is the most I’d do. Firstly because, I’m the type of person who’d rather invest money on expensive products rather than expensive service. Getting good service is a good treat every once in a while but nobody gets to touch my face that easily so I started searching for a more at-home, do-it-yourself approach.

My favorite part of my day is taking off my makeup and going through my evening skincare routine. I’ve mentioned the products that I use in my Lipstick Talk, although a few changes to my routine have been made ever since. However, routine is routine and it gets pretty bland and boring after some point. Which is why, I threw in “weekly home facial” in the bunch, just to shake things up a little bit.

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Two throwbacks, one post.

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I know, am I not the alcoholic deadbeat dad of blog writing right now? Ah well. Apologies will get us nowhere. ANYWAY, let’s talk about these two lip products I have: the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 1993 and the Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the shade Obvi.

Besides the fact that these are both really good products (and yes, I think you should go out and buy them), one of the reasons I find them so interesting (and the reason why I gave this post this title) is that they kind of represent two throwback eras which I absolutely love.

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Too Faced Too Furious.

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You know I try my absolute best to never, ever make impulse purchases. I generally don’t buy makeup without reading a ton of reviews first, because too often I buy something without research and end up with a product I hate and never use. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of having TONS of makeup just for the hell of it. I mean it’s not like shoes and handbags, you know. Makeup rots. Having loads of makeup you don’t use just means you’re hoarding bacteria and fungi.

The problem with only buying well-reviewed products is you’re going to find yourself with a boring collection full of cult-y products that everyone already has. So I try to branch out once in a while and buy underrated products or poorly-reviewed products that appeal to me. I mean who knows? I could end up loving it. That’s how I found myself with the Too Faced Totally Cute palette.

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How to upgrade your sheet mask game.

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Hey guys. So I just want to quickly apologise if posts have been spotty lately. I’m back in a new semester and my thesis has been kicking my ass lately. Plus I haven’t really had any new products that really WOWed me enough to want to write about. A few bad products? Yeah, totally. But you know I don’t really like writing negative things. I dunno. I’ve just been indifferent about makeup and skincare these past couple of weeks, but that might just be starting to change. I just need time to visit Sephora and get in the groove again.

Anyway, although I haven’t been to Sephora (in fact I missed the 20% sale recently… oop @ me) where I have been is to Daiso. Anyone who knows what’s good for themselves knows that Daiso is a beauty goldmine. Doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING there is great, btw– don’t be fooled. Their mascara is trash, for example. But their eyebrow pencils? Excellent. I used to purchase and repurchase the crap out of the slanted tip one back in my staying-in-campus days. Daiso eyebrow pencils really are great, you know. Not just great for RM5.30 (or whatever the price is now after GST. Thanks, Obama!) but just great period.

But everyone knows they’re great. I’m here to tell you guys about the Daiso Sillicone Mask— your new skincare secret weapon.

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