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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish each one of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS from the comfort of my bed! ❀️❀️ 

Today has been such a beautiful blessed day & even if you do not celebrate Christmas, hope today brought warmth in your hearts, laughters in your ears & lots of love in the room! πŸ’• 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl 

It’s that time of the year…Gift Shopping!

Hey Lovelies,

It’s that time of the year again, personally my favourite time of the year! It’s getting extremely cooler each day in HK and tomorrow is expected to be the coldest of this year, so I’m pretty bundled up for that already!

Besides staying warm in the cold & cuddling up, I really enjoy shopping at this time of the year for my loved ones, friends & family & of course treats to myself. So, I thought I would share a little gift guide or more like a head start on finding the perfect gift for yourselves and our closeΒ girlfriends!

  1. Accessories// Make-up // other Cutesy Stuff!

We girls definitely love accessories & makeup all year round, so why not give a classic or a totally funky piece as gift to add to her collection. Β She will thank you when styling with her basics!

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2. A pretty//handy Wallet

Does not have to be designer but something chic for her to carry around or carry as a clutch on its own!

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3. A book novel// journal// scratch book

The year photo book is such a cool concept! How fun would it be to look back on all those memories! Any novel or journal that inspires, motivates & encourages will be a perfect fit!

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4. Flats// Shoes

For this one you would obviously need to know their shoe size, but how nice would it be to receive a nice pair of flats, heels or any shoe? I especially love these Tory Burch flats, so elegant but effortless that goes with any outfit!

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5. Camera// Polaroid// photo-related

I’m the kind of girl who’s into photography, new camera accessories & gadgets and I’m sure I’m not the only girl! This camera has been in my wish-list for so long…. I’m always debating whether I need a new camera or not… Still debating. If you know someone who’s into photo-taking, videography, then a handy camera or camera accessories would be amazing as a gift!

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Which gift would you like to receive this holiday? Share with me your holiday wish list! Have fun shopping & have a very warm & sweet holiday!

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

**All PICTURES retrieved from PINTEREST** I do not own these images**

Lip kit by Kylie: Thoughts

Hey lovelies!

I heard that the new lip kit by Kylie was a sold out within an hour or so! Not that I witnessed it because I had no idea she was out with her lip range, but as many of us may have already seen or heard about the Kylie Jenner lip challenge, which was somehow notorious, you might be interested. The lip kit actually, (I can’t believe I’m saying this to someone I don’t really want to say much about), but it looks quite nice.

She has come out with 3 neutral, nude shades: Candy K, Dolce K & True Brown. (Pictures retrieved from the official website)

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Candy K & Dolce K looks very similar indeed but in the swatches they vary in deepness of the color. Candy K is a lighter nude and Dolce K is a bit darker. True brown is simply a lavish chocolate brown, very true to its name. I really wanna try Candy K!!!

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Each kit comes with the liquid lipstick that finishes matte & its lip liner, retailing for $29 USD. I guess it’s pretty reasonable considering it is marketed as higher brand and you actually get 2 products in the set.Β I love the packaging! It’s pretty unique!

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As stated in its website, the formula for these lipsticks are liquid when applied and then dries down to a powdery soft matte finish. I’m guessing it may be very similar to the NYX Soft matte lipsticks but perhaps more long-lasting so that it’s worth it in its retail value.

It seems that Kylie worked on it for a while and I’m glad to see her do something with her fame. I’m sure there are so many dupes and what not that has already been in the market but even if it is selling off of her name, at least she is doing something for her own namesake!

What are your thoughts on the new Lip Kit by Kylie? Did you get a chance to try them or would you try them out?

Would love to hear ya’all lovelies thoughts on it.

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

Top 5: Everyday Lipsticks (Swatches)

Hello loves!

I know I always start with saying “it’s been a while”, but this whole month of November, I have been literally MIA from my blog. I can’t believe November is almost over and I did not even write 1 post, though I have been reading a couple of yours and checking other blogs in my spare time.

Anyway, for an update, it has finally began to be cooler in Hong Kong in the past couple of days ( for some reason, we had a very late start to Winter this year!) and I can officially say it’s Winter here! Besides that, I am finally getting a hang of my life as a secondary teacher. I feel like I spend my whole day at the school and because of that I have grown to love it and see it as a part of my daily life. Now that I think about it, it might be a tad bit hard to leave my students after my practice phase :(.

Ok, enough with the long intro! Today I’ll be sharing my top 5 everyday lipsticks that I wear literally everyday, of course rotating each at a time but not all at once! LOL! I wear these lipsticks at school as a teacher too and it makes my teacherly-look a little less dull! Just a natural flush to the lips!

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From left, I have the NYX matte lipstick in “Euro trash”, LA Girl in “Snuggle”, NYX soft mattes in “Cannes” & “Stockholm” and lastly, the Milani lipstick in “Naturally Chic” (I love the name of this!)

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As you can see, they are in the same color family! They all are a mauvy-pinkish- nude! I guess I am just naturally drawn into this color family! I think this is the lipstick shade anyone with any skin tone can rock and still look very beautiful & natural on them! These are also more safe/ comfort-zone sort of shades that you can confidently wear!

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Here are the beautiful swatches under natural light. Some are more mauvy or pinky and even peachy! I really can’t pick my favourite but if I really had to I would say “Stockholm”, just because the peachy-ness gives me such a fresh look when wearing at daytime.

For everyday use, I prefer and would recommend tube lipsticks or creamy ones rather than liquid lipsticks as they are more moisturising and forgiving when it comes to precision application. The NYX soft mattes are however, exceptional! They look like they could be in liquid forms but actually they are of creamy-consistency and applies like a dream (very soft as stated!). They have become one of my all-time favourite lipstick formulas!

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So, if you are looking for everyday lipsticks and are totally into these kind of shades, you should definitely try one of these!

What are your top 5 everyday lipsticks or your everyday lipstick in general? I would love to know them and see how similar or different we are! πŸ˜€

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Foodie Day-out!

Here I am, starting with “it’s been a while since…” but it’s okay, because sometimes, we simply get so caught up in our lives, even if its accomplishing day-to-day things, I guess it’s okay as long as we know our priorities in life (not that my blog isn’t, just that there are other things on top πŸ™‚ )!

Today, I just felt like sharing a bit of my day with you all. Well, it was a public holiday and a Wednesday that day. I love it when there’s a day off in the middle of the week, which means, it’s one day closer to the weekends! Somehow, it ended up becoming a foodie day!

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First stop was BLT Burger! I cannot say no to Burgers and Fries, they are literally my favourite kind of food! So, I had this beasty BLT Classic burger with fries and of course coke (because the experience wouldn’t be the same without it). I rarely drink coke but I gotta have it with my burger (Anyone can relate to this?!), so it’s a cheat meal for me! Besides the juiciness and tenderness of the patty, I enjoyed the pickle even more! I absolutely love pickles!!!

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And here I am while waiting for our food!

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After stuffing ourselves with some delicious burgers, we had to take a stroll to let the food sink in…. and to be honest, we struggled a bit with food coma (that just means we had an awesome meal)! Anyway, right outside the mall, I decided to take an outfit of the day!

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Very simply but with a touch of girly-ness! The yellow top that I’m wearing is actually a dress but I decided to wear it as a top by belting it on my waist and folding up the upper half, so that it falls the right length and looks more like a top!

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Soon, it was evening and time for dinner, so we decided to hit up our favourite Nepalese restaurant in Jordan, called “Street Food”. The dumpling in the picture is called momo and as much as it looks like any typical Chinese dumpling, it actually isn’t much alike! Momo is a very popular dish in Nepal and there are so many different kinds. Every Nepali loves their momos! The one in the picture is buff momo and the restaurant specializes in it. This is truly one of the best momo I’ve ever tried in Hong Kong! So, if you ever want to try one of the best momo in Hong Kong, then definitely go here!

With good food in my belly, it was a very content day and a day-off well spent! Comment below if you’ve ever tried momo or would love to!

Talk to you lovelies soon! πŸ™‚

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Outfit details: Top//H&M. Pants// Forever 21. Ballet flats// Forever 21. Scarf//Nepal.

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Set Brush Review

Hello everyone!

How’s everyone’s week going so far? We’re in the middle of the week… and I can’t help but count down the days till weekend! Anyway, today I wanted to share my love for these Rose Golden Luxury set by Zoeva that I got two months ago. Zoeva is a German cosmetic brand that hasn’t been around for too long, however, I do believe that it is quickly becoming well-known in the beauty & cosmetic industry. Watching a review on Youtube on one of their brush sets a few years back,Β I’ve been drooling over their brushes! I just love how elegant and chic they look and when I saw this rose golden set, I just had to try it out for myself!

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The whole packaging was very secure, nicely bundled up in bubble-wraps. It also came with a note with the person’s name that packed it, adding a lovely personal touch to it! Also, all brush sets come with its own clutch, usually color co-ordinating with the brushes, so of course, for this rose golden set, it was a lovely deep brown with gold detailing, very luxury-looking indeed!

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There’s just something about rose gold that makes anything instantly expensive & elegant! I also love how the hair on some of brushes are white and how the brushes have their names (according to its function) labelled on. The Rose Golden Luxury set comes with 8 brushes, 4 that are ideally for face and the other 4 for eyes. I think it is a very good starter brush set if you do not own any brushes yet! The quality is also just as amazing as its appearance.

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As shown in the picture above, for face brushes, you have a silk finish brush (ideal for foundation, contour & any liquid makeup), powder brush, a face shape brush (great for precise contouring, sculpting, concealer, etc) and a luxe sheer cheek brush (basically an angled brush that is great for contouring, highlighting & blush). My favourite is the luxe sheer cheek brush! It is super soft and nicely angled that applies bronzer, contour & blushes very nicely.

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For the smaller brushes, you get a concealer buffer brush (for blending in concealer), a luxe soft definer brush (to pack on eyeshadow & blend), a petite crease brush (for blending at the crease area) and a wing liner brush. I have been loving the petite crease brush because it works so perfectly for my smaller asian eyes!

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I am very impressed with the quality of these brushes, considering its price, which is 65euros, I think you truly get what you pay for! Super soft, sturdy handles & hasn’t shed yet! You also get a cute clutch with it! I would totally recommend this gorgeous brush set (or any Zoeva brush sets)Β if you are looking to splurge a little on some high quality, beautiful brushes!

xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Mood: Bloomy (OOTD)

It was super gloomy and rained bits and bops the other day. It seemed like the weather god couldn’t decide whether to rain full-on or just stay moody, so as highly influenced by the mood, I felt like I dressed a little gloomy too. Here, I’m sharing my outfit of the day that was very much inspired by the weather.

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As you can tell, my outfit involved a lot of dark and blue hues of colors.

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I am always looking for an excuse to wear stripes, thus here I am wearing my white and dark blue striped T-shirt, which is the comfiest and the easiest piece to throw on! I also wore my Buddhist beaded necklace from Nepal to add a little something to the casual striped tee.

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A loose denim shirt is one of my favourite go-to staple to wear when it gets a little chilly outside. It was perfect for the wet and cool weather as it is not overly thick.

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I added another hue of blue with my dark washed high-waisted blue jeans from American Eagle. By the way, I am totally obsessed with American Eagle Jeans! It’s become my favourite place to shop for jeans! These are the kinds that are super-stretchy material and they are very good quality and well-made. They hug my lower body so tightly yet I can totally run & jump on them! They are sooooooo comfortable!

It was probably not a good idea to wear those velvet flats though as the rain water kinda soaked the velvet. Oh well! At least it matched my bag!

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Anyways, here I am feeling a little hopeful for a brighter day! Even though I love cooler, gloomy days like this, I was already missing the usual bright (not the humid or heat though, just the sunshine :D) Hong Kong!

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Hope you enjoyed reading about my outfit of the day. Do share if you dress according to the weather mood like me! πŸ™‚

Outfit details:

Striped-Tee// Cotton On

Denim Shirt// Stradivarius

Jeans// American Eagle

Flats// Cotton On

Bag// H& M

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Find me on YOUTUBE?

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while… & life has been hectic with the starting of my internship this week. For the past few weeks, I have been mentally preparing myself for my internship at a local Secondary school in Hong Kong. For the next 4 months ( a full academic term), I will be working as a practice teacher teaching English to form 4 students and… I’m super stoked yet nervous at the same time! I also feel a major flashback to my own secondary school life such as what teacher qualities I connected with as a student (mainly as a teenager!) and what I enjoyed doing during my time there. I have to say though… it’s not so black and white where I can simply view it from my students’ perspective and mould my teaching accordingly but in reality, there is a lot of weight already burdened on our shoulders before we even begin the school year. Responsibilities to the subject, obligation to the school, coordination within different subjects and even the administrative work for the general office… all these are just some of the work we teachers have to handle. Becoming a teacher myself, I now see my old teachers in a different light and truly understand their everyday struggle, yet it still amazes me how they managed to have a smile every time we faced them! A big THANK YOU and SALUTE to all the hard-working teachers out there! I genuinely believe you are our society’s secret SUPERHEROES!

As for me, I am still a small potato who is yet to dive in the pool. A lot to learn, gain & experience and honestly… I think I am ready to jump in! ❀

Besides talking about my interesting week during my internship, I also wanted to share my first YOUTUBE video! With my noob editing skills, I hope to share memories that were captured in videos with my readers. As much as I take pictures, I take videos as well, so why not just get them into some form that I can always look back at. Β I also love watching vlogs and seeing how other people live their ordinary lives, so IΒ might even start vlogging if I get a chance!

This first video that I’m sharing is actually of my immersion trip to Australia that I went to last summer! I’ve taken so many videos with the idea of sharing it on YOUTUBE for myself to look back… & wow, I can’t believe it took me a year to start! I will be sharing more once I get time to edit and stuff.. since I do have… quite a lot, covering all my whereabouts in Australia. For now, I hope you will check out this video and maybe leave a comment & subscribe. πŸ™‚

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl