Casual Saturday Look

I know I am slacking on my makeup updates and face of the day kind of sharing, so here are I am sharing with you the look I am currently wearing - "My casual Saturday Look". I don't wear makeup as much as anymore... want to get back in the game of making time for myself and the things I love doing.

This look is very easy to achieve and it took me around 15 - 20 mins to complete it. No heavy concealing or foundation just contoured the sides of my cheek & nose and my jaw line to minimize the double chin appearance. There is nothing to be shy about having a big nose or double chin....just make it up with makeup.

I have been searching high and low for the Nivea After Shave Balm all over town and I finally found one but it is not the sensitive version that all my favorite beauty gurus have been raving about. I found this at Watsons, gosh I cannot remember the price...If I'm not mistaken it is around RM 20 something. 

I really like this product, I have facial hair and I remove it every 2 days using all the sophisticated chemicals - facial hair removal creams. My hair is dark and so are my facial hair, If I dun remove it frequently it will leave black rash like bumps on my face - I think they are hair stubs. The cream only takes off the most top part of the hair leaving behind the roots that like to sabotage my appearance. At this point, I must stop and thank my dear hubby for all the tolerance and acceptance. He has not shown any form of disgust. I am truly blessed to have him as my life partner. 

Facial hair removal creams are very potent, they do tend to break and dehydrate the skin. I have been using many different brands in the longest of time. Never found one formula that actually shows some care on the face. The Nivea After Shave is now my new found "Holly Grail", I truly mean just hugs and comforts the skin. Very hydrating and makes my face feel supple. I do add on some moisturizer over it.

The balm contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5 that helps with skin repair and regeneration after shaving. Sounds too fancy for a man's product. I am loving every bit of it; definitely, definitely a repurchase for me. Oh yeah it smells like a man, yummy you say.....totally!!. The scent doesn't linger as much, very strong upon application but disappears as I layer up makeup. It has been 3 hrs now, no itchiness or oil build-up. Let's see how it feels later in the evening.

My Verdict : Amazing - 5 «««««

Other products used are : 
  • Olay Total Effects Moisturizer 
  • Mary Kay Liquid Foundation in the shade Bronze 1(I mix both and then apply it on my face & neck)
  • Avon Simply Pretty Loose Powder 
  • Some generic contour pallet that I bought from Laazada
  • The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
  • Nyx Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue
  • Himalayas Black Jumbo Kajal Stick
  • Kate Eyeshadow 
  • Tarte Mascara 
  • Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade Super Strawberry 
My fav way to add some glam to my look is by adding coloured liners instead of colourful and vibrant eyeshadows. I alternate colour liners, sometimes I just line the bottom water line with a coloured liner instead. Trust me, it just makes the eyes pop. I keep the overall lid colour always on a neutral tone - nude or skin like tones works best for this look. You can still look glam at work in a subtle way. Always, go light-handed when applying eye makeup, it makes the look more natural and flawless (Just my personal preference).

Hope this helps you rock your Saturday or any day. Make time for yourself, cause if you don't no one else will. It will show that YOU actually cared to look as good as you truly are. I am not saying make-up is a must, making time to bring out your beauty; inside-out is a MUST.

Parenting Unembellished

Being parents not only takes practice and dedication it is painful  and has to be taken seriously. Yes, you heard me right. We are foster parent for a 13 year old girl. She is just blooming into a young lady and I have all these dilemmas in my head. Life just got fast-forwarded 13 years.

Why fostering you may ask? I always wanted to adopt a child and make him/her mine , but a better opportunity arose. This little girl is the eldest  among 5 siblings and she was in need of an environment change. Her parents do not have much as they have to feed four other mouths and just like that we had agreed to foster and provide as much as we can for her. If I was given an opportunity I would want to keep all 5 of them with me. Let's see if time can permit that.

Life now has changed tremendously and the best thing about it is that we have 1 proper meal together as a family. We feel all is happening for a reason. Both hubby dear and I are more organized and disciplined in getting our life together. Our couple and carefree life has changed for the better.

I am super busy doing the things I don’t normally do on a regular basis.  Now there is daily laundry, cooking and cleaning and more home/family oriented activities. I don’t really have the time to catch my breath. I really have no clue how parents with more than 1 kids are doing a fantastic job. Only then It came to my mind about my readiness to be a mother…I was not there yet but now I have a good real life training now. Trust me is a struggle.

If both hubby dear and I can raise her well, we will have a lot lesser roadblocks when it comes to bringing up our own. We now have to role model stuff and live up to a certain level of correctness…if that is even a word. I am tired, yet I am enjoying it. Life is a little more meaningful with her around.

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I am happy to see her try fitting-in into this new environment, everything that happens around her should be a learning process.  At times, it feels like looking back at my own life and the things that I would do differently now; If I could turn back time. Not really complaining about my teenage life, I was a rebel to begin with and life had its share in making me the tough babe that I am now. Proud of myself and the mistakes that I have done.

Bottom-line is; To be able to pick up from where you left and let time do all the healing required and go thru all  the strength training the heart will endure, when we did not have too many things to worry about ….we lived life…. I am being thankful and grateful in life, expressing gratitude to the people/thing/events in my life is helping me to see the good in everything. I list down 10 things that I am grateful for each day……it gives me hope that good things do happen during tough times.
Okay, enough with all the ranting and catching-up, let’s get into something more serious than life (make-up)….. Shall we.? I have started applying simple work appropriate makeup since Monday. I have to improve my dressing style and update my make-up collection. Slacking for the past 3 months or so. Today, I made an on-line order from Sephora, I must say it was therapeutic and want to hear me exaggerate more?....It was the best 2 hr lunchbreak of my life. I am truly a shopaholic….My latest on-line shopping spree was just weeks ago…I was clicking away ordering for hair management tools…really Lakshmi…hair management tools…what was I thinking? (Slap on the forehead) acknowledging the mundane corporate term used “Management” Note to self: Please write often and be creative and stop using corporate terms here in a lifestyle blog.  

I have a list of pending blog entries waiting to be publish cause I have not taken cool pictures to share with you guys…Lame…I know right…Lame as Lakshmi can be! So here I am typing away….In my next post, I will share with you my collective haul (result of on-line shopping spree(s)) and details of my recent purchase at tuned.

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