LET LOSE

We are our very own biggest critic, judge and competitor. We critic our own decision-makings, thoughts and actions, we judge ourselves of who we are and who we can never achieve to be. Hell yeah, we even do the judging of ourselves for others, putting ourselves in their shoes and looking at ourselves from their eyes, making assumptions as if we knew better of what they think about us. We then try to please and live up to our expectations of their expectations. As if all that isn’t enough, we further punish ourselves by competing against ourselves each and every moment. Maybe if I say this, do that, wear this, buy that, have this… I can be more/ I can be less __________________.

But why is it that we are constantly in a battle with ourselves? Is there even a finish line?For how long are we a work-in-progress? How do we come to see that we are well-cultivated? Are we so self-centered, that all we could care about is ourselves?

I know that many of us go through this from time to time, questioning the universe of our potentials and goals. And it isn’t a sin to want to be better and an improved self. And it is okay to want to be good to others and to create an image that you desire for yourself to the world.  These things are what average people would do.

Still, wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could give ourselves a little more credit than doubts, to fill ourselves with positivity than sweating on the unnecessary little things? Perhaps a pat on the back on our mind reminding how far we’ve come? Wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could do more of this than fiddling with the voices in our heads?

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It’s been a recent realisation but a long-time discovery. I finally know and feel what it’s like to be in a crowded room but still feel alone.

Is it supposed to be upsetting? Is it pathetic? Is it so wrong?

Some might say it’s sad… and it is SAD to feel that way. But haven’t we all been there? Don’t we all feel like that once in a while? Why is it that we always need a someone or a something to happen to us, just so we feel right, normal again.

Yes, humans are social animals. We rely on human interactions to survive. But in fact, it would be very rare to die from the lack of human interactions because that is pretty much inevitable. Unless you’re stuck in a deep, dark hole away from any civilisation or something extreme as such. But question is, why is it so bad?

Why do we always feel the need? Why does it get us so upset when we’re the ones left out? Why do we always have to fit in somewhere? What’s wrong with being an individual? What’s so strange and pitiful about being an outsider?

 

A Choice

Hey my lovelies!

Logged back in after ages… and what a coincidence! It’s my blog’s 3rd Anniversary!

Ever since I was little, my personal diary meant the most to me. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I always kept a journal, writing about my days, special moments, the goods and the bads. Like most, it was a way to express myself. Rather than sharing my feelings with people, I found more calming to write them down. Even today, I feel that I can express myself better in writing than doing it verbally.

Before this blog, I had other blogs as well, such as xanga, blogspot and so on, however, 3 years ago, I decided to make this one an official one so that all my thoughts and experiences could be saved in one place. Besides that, I also wanted to put myself out there in the big cyber world. I wanted to share myself, meet other bloggers and hopefully gain something from them!

Today, I am admitting that I have not achieved what I decided to achieve 3 years ago. I definitely don’t have a big following, I occasionally post and I hardly keep in touch with people I’ve met in here! And what I realized is that, it was not because I could not achieve it or was not lucky enough, but it was the CHOICE I made. All this time, my time was shifted somewhere else in my life, graduating with honours, moving house and starting a new job! I can say that all these things occupied my time and so I did not have the time for this blog, but I’d be lying because truth is, we can always make time for things we really want and this blog is something that I want to work for.

From today, I am making another CHOICE, which I should have done long ago. I am going to put my full effort in this blog and stay consistent with it. If you have been reading til here, some wise words of motivation would help me to keep going. Or if you see yourself in me, be sure to share your thoughts! I would appreciate any type of feedback.

Love,

Oddinary Girl

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Kylie Lipkits Review- Mary Jo K & Candy K

Hey Lovelies!

I’m back after so long and forgive me for the lack of post. I’ve finally graduated (though not officially) from University and have already entered the working world as I’m working full-time as an English teacher!

No matter how hectic my schedule always is, I wasn’t going to give up my blog here because I love sharing my love for beauty, fashion and everything lifestyle-related with you guys!

Anyway, surprise, surprise.. I didn’t think I would jump on the bandwagon with the Kylie Lipkits but GOSH, the hype in the beauty world triggered so much curiosity that I just had to try it for myself!

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I decided to get Candy K and Mary Jo K since those colors looked the most versatile and universal that would work on many different skin tones, so of course, I played on the safer side and got more wearable colors, unlike, True Brown K or Kourt K. Besides, it’s always better to get more wearable colors if you’re gonna break your wallet so that you can actually get your money’s worth by wearing them more often!

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From the swatches you can see that Mary Jo K is a classic neutral toned red and Candy K is a pinkish//taupe nude. Though you can’t tell from the picture, I find Candy K has a cool undertone. It’s such a lovely color, but whenever I wear them, it looks almost greyish and very cool on me, perhaps it’s just the reaction with my lip color. The lip liners are more or less similar in color, except for Candy K, where the liner is more taupy.

Overall, they are beautiful colors, one that’s perfect for fancy events and the other that’s wearable for everyday!

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It comes with a standard liquid lipstick applicator that’s easy to apply and gives quite good precision to work on the lip lines.

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The liners are similar to many other brands as well in terms of its look, however, unlike some liners that are twistable, these have to be sharpened once the tip is used up. The liners run out quite quick after a generous application on the lips and as I haven’t owned a sharpener since grade school, I find sharpening it a bit annoying! From the picture, you can probably tell that I was too lazy to search for a pencil sharpener! I’m also quite certain that the sharpening process will waste some of the actual product.

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However, these are one of the best liners I’ve tried as they are very creamy and stays put throughout! It’s also a nice touch that the liners actually have its color name printed on it. Very cute!

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The liquid lipsticks are very light-weight on the lips and though its matte, it has a soft-texture finish. It feels almost powdery after it dries and you literally feel like you don’t have anything on your lips! Some people have complained that they are very drying, however, personally, I didn’t feel them to be drying at all. It doesn’t have any moisturising elements but definitely does not make my lips crack! Overall, they are very comfortable to wear!

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There has also been a lot of speculation about Kylie Lipkits being manufactured in the same place as the matte lipsticks from Colourpop. A lot of beauty bloggers have even reviewed that the Colorpop Matte lipstick in Creeper to be a dupe to Kylie’s Mary Jo K and since I have Creeper too, I had to put a side by side comparison.

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I waited for Creeper to dry to see if it would dry to the same colour but it still stayed brighter. As you can see from the swatch, Creeper is not an exact dupe as it is a much brighter red with a slight orange undertone. However, I’m sure there are many dupes that are comparable to Mary Jo K and many of the other shades!
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After all the lipsticks were fully dried, I ran my finger through the swatches and surprising Candy K in the liquid form did not budge at all! It did not move even after pressing it harder, which means that it is probably the longest wearing colour out of the three. Colourpop’s Creeper easily smudged and Mary Jo K also slightly smudged. Not that this means they are not good quality but just to check how well they would stay after touch.

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Overall, I am absolutely loving my lipkits! They are very comfortable to wear and non-drying and they last pretty long! Though, I know I can find these shades for cheaper alternatives, it’s just different when you know it’s a product that has been loved by many and that’s difficult to get hands on!

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If you’ve been contemplating whether or not to get them and you’re thinking about them for this long, you should definitely try them for yourself! And if you’re a make-up junkie like me then these will surely add some sass to your lipstick collection!

Have you tried any of the lipkits? How did you like them? I would love to hear from you if you have!

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Lights & Stars


Living in the city that’s become hard to spot stars, how I wish I was somewhere where I could look up & count the stars to sleep. But instead this is what I see, a birds-view of city lights. Seeing this, I feel even more blessed. And I remember, serenity is not what’s on the outside but what we feel in the inside.

Throwing a little throwback to the start of my deadline weeks (the end of semester many of us in universities/college can relate!).

Hope everyone else is having good days!
Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Spring Favs<3: Makeup Haul

Hey Lovelies!

The warmer weather is in and it’s floral season! I have been trying some new make-up products and I am loving each and every one of them! So, here I am sharing my thoughts & briefly reviewing them, thus, perhaps you would like to try them out too!

1. Etude House- Cleansing TissueI’ve been using this cleansing tissue since the first time I tried them! It’s been almost a year and I am always going back to repurchase this. Before this, I was using the Neutrogena Make-up remover that was so raved about by beauty bloggers. Though it was amazing, I was looking for a cheaper alternative since I was using them everyday. This etude house one was the perfect one! Reasonably priced for 50 wipes, no smell of chemical and it feels like water! It even takes off waterproof & stubborn make-up and after using it, my face always felt squeaky clean!

2. Etude House- My Beauty Tool

My Beauty Tool is a facial cleansing brush that helps deep-clean the face. Slightly wet the brush and swirl it over your face with your face cleanser. It works very well with foam facial cleansers and really helps to gently exfoliate too!

The brush is very soft and it’s so satisfying to the skin! Whenever I use this, my skin just feels rejuvenated & extra refresh! Give it a try for some more deep cleansing and fun when washing your face!

3. Etude House- Color My brows

I recently changed my hair color to a lighter brown, so I needed my eye-brows to match my hair. I picked this product to tint my eyebrows lighter brown and it does great at that! Because of it’s waxy, thick consistency, it helps to tame my brows in place as well!

4. Evian- Facial Spray

This facial spray was a random purchase, however, it is totally a necessity if you live in humid, hot or dry places. I used this on some drier winter days to give my face some moisture and in the humid days to refresh my skin! This spray is now with me wherever I go!

5. Etude House- Look at My eyes Eyeshadow (RD305) & Inglot Eye Makeup Base (01)

I have been seeing some beautiful coral reddish one shade eye shadow looks lately! I don’t have an eyeshadow of this color and so I was excited about testing this out! I had also heard good reviews on the Inglot eye primer and I had never tried any Inglot products, so it was a first for me from that brand and I have to say, I was impressed!

The color payoff of the eyeshadow was beautiful! Very pigmented, buttery & it gave such a beautiful sheen under the sunlight.

The eye primer has a creamy texture and it instantly dissolves into the skin when applying it. It has a neutral shade that does show any color, thus it’s a good primer for all skin tones!

It seems that I mostly reviewed Etude House products but I can’t help it if it’s one of the cosmetics stores closest to me! Opps!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading my short reviews of some of these beauty products I have newly discovered and loving for a while! I would love to hear your thoughts if you have used any of these products!

Until next time lovelies!

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

So far, so good. 

Hey lovelies! 
2016 is quickly becoming my year of experimenting. I feel like I’m doing things spontaneously, going with the flow vibe. It’s my last year finishing my undergrad and after that I would have to immerse in reality, work, career & just life in general. 

So, I’m taking full advantage of this last year in undergrad school, experimenting different things & finding me, before I lose me in the real world. 

For instance,    I dyed my hair oneday when I felt like I needed change. I wish I was brave enough to go full blonde tho, but the thought of bleaching my hair was just unbearable. Maybe someday, when my hair is healthier!

The other day,   I’ve heard so much about eye-lash extensions, which are fake eyelashes attached to your real eyelashes to give you semi-permanent, full looking lashes. I tried it out for myself as I have almost non-existent lashes.   

  Excuse my eyebrow, but my lashes look almost doll-like! I was hating them the first day and though it’s high maintenance, I’m growing to love them on me. I will write a post on my eyelash extension experience after they reach their life-span (which should be around 1 month if taken good care!). 

    I have also started going back to the gym and regaining my stamina. Working out has become my ultimate stress reliever! I’m also making small changes to my lifestyle & changing things on my plate bit by bit! 🙂 

Another thing I am doing more often, I’ve been snapchatting daily just for the fun of it! Indeed it is so entertaining playing with the filters and making fun of myself …& my friends ofcourse! This is the social platform I’m currently most active in. Add me 👻@ roshpun if you wanna see my daily runabouts! 

Lastly,      I’ve been appreciating my uni days so much more as I am quickly finishing up with my courses & school life! Boy, no matter how stressful deadlines made me feel, I’m gonna miss those days, laughing too much with my mates over project works!

Sorry for the pointless ramble but that’s all I’ve been up to. & so far, it’s been good. What about you guys? 

Xoxo, 

Oddinary Girl 

A Special Woman

I didn’t send her a present this second Christmas but she still is close to my heart in the sense that she touched my whole-being, a new experience that’ll last for lifetime.

A woman, I would have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for my immersion trip to Australia. I realise after my trip that she was more than a host to me. I will always remember vividly having dinner together at 7 while watching Australian Idol, the season with Benji Madden. My favourite will always be the thick cabbage soup (name I can’t recall) with warm garlic bread that she used to bake for us. Simple as that, just like her. Then, we used to wash the dishes together, though she wouldn’t let me near the hot water in the basin and instead I would be helping her dry them with a white cloth. We would sit at the kitchen counter for hours sometimes, talking about our future plans, lives and our past. She was around the age of my mother or even a bit older but she became my friend. A true friend that cared about me and in a way, envied my youth, most probably because I was a reminiscent of her childhood. She would always get me in my feet and never let me miss a chance to go out and explore. It’s strange, even if we were from 2 parts of the world, we still had so much in common. “Good on ya!”, she would say time after time, which I still remember so distinctly.

10 weeks at her place and just like that, she became one of the woman that I truly admired and aspired to be. Genuine beauty from the inside and out that made the last day very emotional for the both of us. I don’t know what it is and it’s even harder to put it in words but she was special to me and I really hope my memories of her will still be as vivid when I have kids, just so I can tell them all about this special someone. Though, I’m quite certain I may never see her again, which saddens me. But more than anything, I am beyond glad I was able to meet a unique being at my time in here, which we call life.

 

 

*I had this sudden urge to write about this special woman I got to meet during my time in Australia in fear that my memories of her would fade away in time. This urge came in when I and my friends were talking about our Australian days the other day and I realize how fragile these memories get, no matter how significant to us, it is bounded to perish as time goes by, so by writing this little description of her, I hope to seal the memories of this special woman, so that maybe in 5 to 10 years, it is just as clear as it is today.

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

 

 

 

 

Life: Update

A (public) note to myself; #facts of life

Expect nobody and no one but YOURSELF wherever and whatever point in your life you’re in.

This is not about dissing others, self-pity or having too much expectation of others. This is also not just a pessimistic view of people, in fact, it is innate in everyone and myself included, whether done intentionally or non- intentionally. Either way, damage is still done and like the saying, it is hard to fix a broken mirror and sometimes not even easily fixable. This year I’ve been going through quite a transition, experiencing horrific things after things and the people I keep close to are too transitioning. This is however, just natural, another fact of life; people change.

From all this, a lesson I have taken is that no matter what, it will only be you for yourself at the end of the road. Promises of always being there and whatnot will be broken promises, so never expect anyone to always be there because they will eventually change just as you will too and you have no one but yourself in the end.  And that’s what’s special about life; the facts of life just like the saying: You are born alone and you will eventually die alone too.

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So enjoy yourself, be you and always put yourself first!

 

xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Shopping Spree: Zalora Review!

Hey lovelies,

Hope everyone of you had delved into the holiday season and took time off to spend more time with friends and family.

Today, I want to share my Zalora shopping experience. It’s my second time shopping at Zalora, which is an online shopping website that caters to both women and men and sells a wide range of fashion brands, selling clothing, footwear and accessories (I’m sure most of us know Zalora already!). They sell trendy pieces and there are new items almost everyday, every minute! They also a lot sales going on and their prices start from very affordable to more depending on the brand. If you are looking for an additional discount code then use the code BAPQFCX  for 15% off your order!

One thing I love about Zalora is its shipping policies, they provide free shipping to Hong Kong and many other countries, including 30 day free return, which is the main reason I can confidently shop!

I bought 5 clothing pieces for less than HK$600, which is actually quite a bargain. I ordered them more than a week ago and as the website is such a fast-pace platform that is constantly updated, I cannot find urls or pictures for most of these items (they are probably sold out :().

  1. Oversize Contrast Jacket

I am all for furriness and coziness for the winter so when I saw this jacket, I instantly needed it. I also loved the white and suede brown contrast, however, I really wished it had side pockets that would make this even more perfect!

This is a picture of the jacket (size M) taken myself and it is almost identical to the one posted in their webpage, so I was very glad. The only thing was the color, it was more of a darker brown but I guess it is understandable because lighting really makes a difference. Overall, I was still very content with it. I loved it but I felt that it didn’t fit me as rightly as I wanted it. Though, the quality is amazing for its price range and is true to picture, I am thinking of returning it just cause it doesn’t quite suit me as I expected.

If you are interested in checking it out, just click here.

2. Draped Mini Dress

This mini dress (size M) was the piece I was most excited for! It has a simple plain back but the front is draped with a cross slit in the front. I really loved it but the only problem was with the length. As you can see in the picture, it can hardly be worn as a mini dress and I am an average 5’5. I really adore the modest necklace and draped design of this dress, which gives you a slimming effect. As much as I love it, I really wish it was a bit longer so I could wear it as a dress.

I’m thinking about getting a Large size, hoping that it would be a bit longer, but I really doubt it. :S It also seems like it has been sold out in the website as I can’t find its link.

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Though in the website, it looked fine on the model, on me, it is hardly wearable as a dress. The quality is great but still a bit disappointed cause of its length. I will definitely be returning this piece.

3. Love Metallic Top Dress

This is another simple cocktail dress that I ordered without much expectation, however, I was very happy with it! The top is a sheen metallic light-weight fabric and the bottom skirt is made of a thicker material that hugs the lower body just right and has a silky finish to it. Very comfortable and stretchy material!

Here’s a close-up I took and as you can see, there are tiny speckles of metallics on the top. Though this was a size M, it was slightly bigger on me, however, I feel like I can still work with it and will be keeping it!

Click here if you want to see more of it!

4. Tyra Loose Fit Sweater

This was my favourite purchase of everything I got! I absolutely love the softness of this sweater and the fur do not shed or easily fall off as well! Keeps you very warm and cozy! I got this in the size M and it is one of those oversized ones, where it is slightly bigger but I love it that way! I also love how it is short in the front and longer at the back that covers your bum just right, making it perfect to pair with high-waisted jeans. Trust me I have been wearing this non-stop since I got it!

It seems that this cozy steal is also not in stock anymore because I cannot find the link for this. 😦

5. Midi- Turtle Neck knit dress

I was looking for a nice turtle neck sweater but I couldn’t find what I was looking for but I saw this and I thought, I can multi-wear it as a sweater or as a sweater dress. It is a one-size fit all and I think it can fit a lot of sizes as the material is quite stretchy. It also hugs your whole body tightly so your curves are emphasized. However, it is a bit transparent so you have to wear something inside.

Personally, I cannot wear this alone and I have to pair it with a jacket of another color or a scarf, just to bring in some color. I love it nonetheless and will definitely be keeping it as a winter wardrobe essential!

Check it out here!

Overall, I love Zalora without a doubt because of its very convenient and easy way of shopping! My order took literally less than a week to arrive! I am completely sold on the price range, delivery services and even payment services as it is one of the few online shops that offer cash-on-delivery, so even if you do not have a credit card or do not want to use it, they offer this amazing low-risk cash-on-delivery service, where you pay when the items are delivered to you! It is always such a great experience shopping in Zalora and if you are based in Hong Kong, I really recommend them if you want to online shop. Totally no risk, easy, fast & great variety!

What were your favourite pieces? Have ever shopped at Zalora? I would love to hear your shopping experience in Zalora!

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

~I do not own all the photos, some were taken off the website. I was in no way sponsored by this company.~