Monday, 30 May 2016

Beauty Sleep

sleep, grunge, and light image

The best thing after a looooooonnnnnggggg day is sleep, right? Who's on Earth who doesn't love to sleep. Everyone do. But unfortunately, it is hard for me to get my beauty sleep last few months even now I'm still facing the same problem. I don't even know why it happens to me. Before this, my sleeping time was okay and on time. But as for now, I will not sleep until the clock passes three a.m in the morning. Maybe some of you might think that it is just a normal and simple thing, but believe me not having enough sleep is not good for your body, mind, and everything. We need to have eight hours of sleep, right? But, I only had three to five hours a day.

Because of my lacking of sleep, my productivity is going down and I can't even focus when I do something. Not to mention my headache too. Hmm. I did try so many things to fall asleep. But it doesn't work at all. I try to read a book. I listening to songs. Apply minyak cap kapak (which I always do when I can't sleep at night). Switch off the light. And everything but still it doesn't work at all! While waiting for me to sleep around two to four a.m (sometimes it can be more than that), what I can do is scrolling my phone, reading Wattpad, and rolling on my bed. Yeah, then I fell to sleep. I always said to myself that I want to sleep early every single day but ended up sleep at three or four a.m in the morning.

Alhamdullilah, these few days have been slightly changed. I managed to sleep around twelve to one a.m in the morning. I really really hope it will continue for a long time cause I really really need to take care of my sleep right now.

So, if you have any tips regarding my problems, please do share cause I really really need them so much. Sometimes I just feel like I want to take sleeping pills so that it will be easy for me to fall asleep! Sampai tahap macam tu sekali just because I want to have my beauty sleep back. Hmm.






Thursday, 26 May 2016

5 Years of Blogging. How Do I Feel?



This going to be a short update since today is my special day. As mentioned by the title, I think you can guess what I'm going to say here, right now.

Yes, today is my 5th blog Anniversary. 

I have been blogging since 26th May 2011. I still remember my very first entry ever is about. But, sorry I have deleted that entry. Don't worry, I will share with you guys what I mentioned on that entry. So basically I just post an entry titled "Finally!" and the content was like "Finally, I have a blog!" That's it. Pretty short and simple, right? Haha. But, the next posts/entries were all about my life. I shared almost about everything back then. I shared how was my day on that day. I shared my feelings. I shared where I go, what did I do and everything. But, few years after that, I started to share about my student life (secondary school plus my early diploma stories) and a bit about tips, DIYs, petua, novels that I've read. And here I am now. Sharing with you guys about my personal, lifestyle and a few beauty stories.

Being a blogger is not as easy as you think. It is quite challenging too (at least for me). You have to sacrifice your time and energy just to update an entry. But I'm still okay with it and try not complaining about anything cause this is what I love and wanted to be which is being a blogger?

5 years of blogging, I did experience many things. And the best thing is having a collaboration with Zalora Malaysia. Other than that, winning some giveaways held by other bloggers. I still can't believe it until now. And I'm really really happy and so thankful thinking about it. The relationship that I got with other bloggers is so amazing. Talking and sharing the stories that we know together. Especially, Blogger's Family. Hehe. I need to mention that!

Thank you so much for those who spent their time reading my pointless or uninteresting entries from me since 2011 until now. I really do appreciate it so much. Thanks for everything.

Happy 5th Years Old, dear blog!

Love, SR.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Review : Purederm Skin Solutions Argan Oil Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Removing makeup after a long day wearing it is the best feeling ever. It is because your skin doesn't have something that clogs your face anymore and it can breathe easily without any problems. Did you feel the same? 

Usually, I have two steps of removing my makeup also known as double cleanse which is the first one is wipe my makeup using makeup wipes/using cleansing water and the second one is cleansing my face using makeup cleanser/facial cleanser. But, there is the time that I'm so lazy to remove my makeup and just take my makeup wipes to cleanse it and that is. But then when I have breakouts (because not removing makeup properly) I cried and felt regret. Do not do that, okay? It's not good for your skin. You HAVE to remove your makeup once you're using it!

As for today's entry, I will review Purederm Skin Solutions Argan Oil Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. What a long name we have here. Haha. It's my first time hearing about this brand and my first time trying this product too. So, I'm a bit excited to share this with you guys how I think about this makeup remover wipes.



Purederm Skin Solutions Argan Oil Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

  • Gently cleanse, tone and remove make-up
  • Made of a precious blend of Argan Oil and Vitamin E to restore hydration and softness.
  • Ideal for all skin types.

Purederm Argan Oil Make-Up Remover Cleansing towelettes are gently and effectively remove eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, and even waterproof mascara without skin irritation. These ultra soft towelettes provide a complex blend of Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Green Tea and Aloe Vera to gently cleanse, tone and resurface skin texture.

Use daily, our advanced pre-moistened formula works in seconds to leave you feeling smooth, fresh and moisturised anytime, anywhere!

How to Use
  1. Slowly lift the front seal and pull out towelettes as need.
  2. Gently stroke the towelettes over eyelids, lashes, face and lips to sweep away makeup.
  3. Make sure to reseal the pack after each use. Dispose of towelettes in trash receptacle (do not flush)
Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Olive Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract. Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Fragrance (Parfum)

Pros:
  • Moisturising : I love the feel when I'm done removing my makeup. My skin does feel soft and moisturised. 
  • Resealable: I like the resealable packaging which is more convenience and does not make you wipes dry while you're not using it.
  • Nice smell: The smell is not too strong. it just nice and subtle. I like it.
  • Affordable price: I can say everyone can afford this makeup wipes since it is cheap.
  • Does the job: I do feel that this makeup wipe does their job for removing my makeup even the waterproof one (after a few sweep).
  • Good amount of wipes: 30 wipes in a product! It's a lot okay. You can use it for a month but if you're not wearing makeup everyday this product might finish for more than a month.

Cons :
  • Dries fast: I can say that the wipes do dries fast. Even though I just removing half makeup on my face and the wipes already starting to dry.
  • Poor quality: I'm sorry to say this. It is because the wipes are easy to tear up. Yes, it happened to me a few times using it. Maybe because the wipes are just too thin so when I'm removing/sweeping my makeup is just torn. 

The first time I tried this, it was not bad at all. Maybe because the amount of makeup that I'm wearing that day was not too much. But, the second and more time I used it I feel the different already because I did wearing much makeup than normal basis. I think it worth it for the price that I paid for this product.

Will I repurchase this product again? Maybe yes and maybe not. Yes, because it does their job by removing my makeup, makes my skin smooth and hydrated. No, because this makeup wipe does to tear up. Maybe if they improved the quality of the wipes, then I will not hesitate to buy it again in the future.

I heard that Nivea already came out with Cleansing Water that supposed removing your makeup. I would love to try that too in the future. Then I will compare and differentiate between using makeup wipes and cleansing water. Wish one is the BEST out of those two.

I think that's all I have now. I'm considering to publish another two makeup products review which is Silkygirl Matte Junkie and Pixy BB Cream but I don't know which one to published it first. Which one do you want me to publish first?

Thanks for reading this entry. Have a nice day! Xoxo



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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Favourite Apps on My Phone



People nowadays tend to spent most of their time using gadgets especially phones, tablets and more. It's included me as well. Regarding of that, there will be a lot of applications that we install on our phone, right? Did you have your favourite apps? Of course, you have it. Oh, ya. These favourite apps are not including any social medias application like Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and everything. Who doesn't love them, right?

1. Wattpad

I discovered this app pretty late which is early of this month. I thought why not install this app since it been a while I read the book or any English book. Maybe I can improve my English and gain some knowledge through reading? What I like about Wattpad is that you can read the books wherever you want even if you have no internet connection! Yes. Other than that, there are varieties of genres/types of book that you can read such as teen fiction, action, horror, adventure and more. Just name it. 

The book that I'm currently reading is She's With Me by Ava Violet. I'm in love with the story line, characters (especially when Aiden with Amelia) not to mention their friendship! I'm still waiting for the writer to update the new chapters and it is really torturing me cause I'm dying to know what will happen next! HAHA

*Do you have any recommendations of the best book you've read on Wattpad? Leave it in the comment box below.

2. Smule

This app really really amazing! It helps me a lot! The last time I was karaoke-ing was three or four years ago! And its has been a while, okay! I always wanted to karaoke but after I discovered this app, I don't need to go karaoke places anymore, no need spent much time or even money just to karaoke for a few songs. In fact, this app is FREE. But, you still need an internet connection to be able to karaoke. There are tonnes of song you can find there. But, there some songs that are not included in the playlists. My favourite song to karaoke? Of course, it will be songs by Agnez Monica, Taylor Swift, Gfriend, and more.

The best part is when you've done singing a song, you can play and listen back your song that you've sung. You can either ignore it when you're done or save it and it will be on your profile.

3. Spotify

Sometimes your memory phone doesn't have enough space to put your favourite songs on your phone, right? It's happened to me when my memory phone is full and I have to delete my others fav songs, videos, pictures just to put my new songs on my phone. But, you don't have to worry as long as you have Spotify. Now, it's not a problem anymore. I can just save the songs on my playlist and play it whenever I want to. (But still, you need an internet connection too) In fact, I did install it on my lappy too. The best about this is that it has lyrics appears on your screen when you open Spotify using a PC. How cool is that, right? Listening and singing at the same time! Perfect.

4. Adult Coloring

Whenever I have nothing to do, bored or when the time I cannot sleep at night, colouring is the best thing you can do while waiting to sleep. There are a lot of apps that providing colouring for adults. For example, Colorfy, Recolor, Colouring Book: Art of Mystery and more. Just choose and do it. I did colouring in real life too, but colouring using the phone is quite different and more interesting.

Did I have favourite games app? Not really. Before this, I did playing Candy Crush but end up uninstall it because the level that I currently playing was very very hard to pass. I did play Episode Demi Lovato too before and a few more games and I've already uninstalled it. But as for now, the games app that only has on my phone is Hotel Story. Yeah, you can guess now that I'm not matured enough because playing these kinds of games. HAHA. Are games apps is my favourite? Not really. I like it but to be my favourite maybe not.

So, yeah. That's all my favourite apps on my phone. What's your favourite?

Thanks for reading! Xoxo




Saturday, 14 May 2016

Story Behind My Blog Name



Thinking about how I got my blog name during my first time involving with Blogger make me feel want to laugh out loud. I still remember the moment when I decided to make a blog for myself. It was so funny, okay! If I can turn back the time, I would never pick Apple Mints as my blog name but use my name instead. And now, it's 2016. What can I do with that? Just let it be. It's already happened anyway. Right?

So, back to May 2011.

I literally did searching the proper and great name for my blog for few days or maybe months before I officially created my blog. Regarding the blog name, I also did open some newspapers, magazines, and google-ing the 'perfect name' for my blog. And when I opened SOGO catalogue, there was Applemints's apparel on some page of that catalogue and on that time I said to myself that Apple Mints could be great to use as my blog name and I did it.

Yes, I did it.

For ones who already follow my blog during the time I used Apple Mints, they might be noticed this changes. That's the reason why you can see syaza-applemints.blogspot.com on my link blog until now. But, after few years using Apple Mints as my blog name, I decided to change it to my name which is Syaza Raihanah until now. I also want to change my blog link too. Unfortunately, I cannot change my blog link. Sad. After asking a few bloggers about changing my link blog, I'm not going to change because there might be some error or problems after changing that. Since I don't want to take any risk, I just let it stay like that. Hmm. I have thinking to have a domain for my blog too, but not for now. Might be in the future. Wait for it, okay?


That's all my un-interesting story behind my blog name. Do you have any experiences about this? Share with me in the comment box below. Would love to hear that!


This coming 26th May, my blog gonna be 5 years old. Yay! I'm so happy and glad that I still here, as a Blogger.

Friday, 13 May 2016

#Ananasgoodmood Shawls Giveaway



Syarat paling simple yang pernah SR jumpa. Hanya perlu follow blog, klik Nuffnang dan Churpchurp, you're good to go. Don't forget to join okay?

Hadiah : 5 helai shawl

End : 22nd May 2016


Wish me luck!





Thursday, 5 May 2016

April Haul 2016

Every month I will update an entry about everything that I bought for that month. Always wanted to share with you what I bought so if its good product/things, maybe you can give a try? Why not, right? So, without any further, let's jump to the haul!!!

I planned to do RM100 makeup challenge for you guys after watching Shila Amzah video. I'm so impressed cause she can do a makeup look using RM100 only! How cool is that? But unfortunately, I can't do like that because I didn't have so much time to go shopping for my makeup at that time, so I just grab what I want. RM100 Makeup Challenge changed to April Haul 2016. But if I have time to look up for makeup I will definitely be doing that. Promise!


Epop April 2016

At first, I just pick this magazine up just to see what inside but I was a bit excited when I saw Gfriend on the front page. On that time, I said "I need to grab this! It is Gfriend, okay?" Without waiting so long, I grabbed one for myself. Actually few years back, I tend to buy Epop every single month, but then I stopped. So buying these magazines reminds me when I was with my best friends talking about Kpop and everything during my secondary school. This April issue also included stories about Lee Kwang Soo in Malaysia for Samsung S7 and also Kwang Mong Siblings which are Kwang Soo and Song Ji Hyo in Runningman.


Makeup Remover

Before this, I did use a makeup wipe remover from the brand Watsons but I can't find it anywhere at the store anymore, maybe it just out of stock. But, they just have wet tissues. So, since I ran out of makeup wipes, I just take a makeup wipes that I see during my time on Watsons. What attracted me to buy is because of the argan oil. You know that argan oil has a lot of benefit right? I'm so excited to try since this is my first time using this brand and using argan oil wipes to remove my makeup. I will definitely be doing a review about this makeup wipes for you guys so you can know whether it works or not. Wait for it, okay?


Silky Girl Matte Junkie Lip Cream

OMG, I have been wanted to have lip cream for a long time. The major reason is because I didn't like to re-apply my lip colour every single time so I think that lip cream will help me through this. I think Silky Girl just release a new product line which is lip cream cause I never see lip cream product at the drugstores before. Or, I missed it? Since Silky Girl have promotion in Guardians during that time, why not to grab one, right? I'm having a hard time choosing the shades that I want. I really really wanted to have a red lip colour but since that lip cream has variety color selections make me take a few time to think which colour should I pick. Lastly, after I did swatch on the back of my hand, I picked up code number 2 and left my dream to have a red lip colour behind and buy my usual lip colour instead, which is pink.


Pixy BB Cream

I think I do prefer BB Cream rather than foundation. Not to mention because it is a bit pricey but BB Cream is more convenience. Even though the coverage is not super high but for me it still some of my blemishes, scars peeking through on my face. But, using BB Cream doesn't make my face look too cakey in fact its make the face looks more natural like actual skin. Adding that to my skin just to give seri to my face. Since I heard Pixy just launched a new BB Cream, why not to give it a try, right? It cost me about RM 18 only, how affordable is that. There also provided a few shades so that you can matches it to your skin. Oh ya, I picked up Beige, the lightest shade if I'm not mistaken.


Eyelid Tape/Sticker

Having one side uneven eye makes my eyes look a bit weird. Not to mention my hooded eyes too. So using eyelid tape really helps me solve my problem. I usually using this eyelid tape when I want to go out or wear it just for fun. I think if I use it regularly my problem regarding my uneven eye will be gone. But the downside about using this kind of product is I can't put any eyeshadow to my eyes because the tape tends to cover all my lids. So every time I wear eyelids tape I usually didn't wear any eyeshadow at that time. And the good thing is, when I have even eyelids, my lashes look more pop and  better than without eyelids tape.

Tools for Mask

This tools really really useful cause I don't have to get my hands dirty anymore. I have one before but the brush doesn't in good shape anymore. This thing is perfect to use for a liquid mask like Egg White Mask, Shiseido, and more. It is also time-saving cause it is easy to use and wash too. Just put the brush in lukewarm water for a while and rinse it. The tools also included spatula so it will make it easier for you guys to mix and stir your mask before you use it. Very very useful!




I think that's all for my April Haul 2016. I think I spent less money than my previous month. Which is great. Yay! If you want to know more about the products or you want me to do a review, just leave a comment down below. I'll try my best to answer them. 

Have a nice day! 

Thanks for reading! Xoxo


My Monthly Haul



Tuesday, 3 May 2016

My Top 5 Favourite Gfriend's Songs





If you're one of the Kpop fans, of course, you will know Gfriend, right? Or you're not? It is okay! Let me introduce them to you guys. Gfriend or mostly known as Yeojachingu is a six member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group members are Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. You can go check out my previous post about Gfriend where I put a picture and a bit details of every member.

It's All About Gfriend

Back to the main topic, today's entry will be my top 5 Gfriend songs. Gfriend has quite a lot of songs since they have been released 3 mini album since their debut era which is Season of Glass, Flower Bud, and Snowflake. Based on their all mini albums, I will make it short to 5 songs that I really love and like to listen. It not means that I don't like the others song from them, I do like it but not as much as my top 5. Okay? In fact, I already memorized a few song of the lyrics in romanization. Hahaha, sound crazy right? Maybe it just because I like the songs so much so I ended up memorized the lyrics too.





1. Rough

Released the music video and song in January this year, Rough is symbolizing graduation. It's like a trilogy from the other album which are Season of Glass and Flower Bud. When I heard it for the first time, it's already caught my heart. I love the song, melody, choreography, lyrics and everything. I can say that they already 'grown up' and 'matured' compared to the other two albums.



2. Trust

I can't believe it that Gfriend has a ballad song. I really adore Umji's voice for this song because she is adorable and perfect for this kind of genre. It feels a bit weird not to see them dance on the stage since it is a ballad or slow song. All of them are so pretty. When they sing this song, I actually can hear clearly their voice. I think Gfriend suits ballad song too. Wish that their next comeback will be a song like this. 



3. Me Gustas Tu

This song made me notice who is Gfriend. As I mentioned on my previous post about Gfriend, I noticed and started to know Gfriend through a fancam where they performed Me Gustas Tu on the slippery stage. If I said it is slippery, the chance to fall is high right? Yes, that happened to few members of Gfriend. Even Yuju fell almost 8 times on stage due to slippery stage. Poor her. Even she fell, she never stop perform but get up and continue to sing and dance. I can see how strong they're to be an idol group. When I watch Me Gustas Tu MV for the first time, I thought that Jessica (Girls Generation) was on the music video but I'm wrong. Its actually SinB, one of the member of Gfriend that look a bit like Jessica. Haha




4. White

I really really like the choreography of this song because it so sync and catchy. White was the second song that I listened to after Me Gustas Tu. The fact that the song is too catchy make me feel like want to dance too. Hehe




5. Luv Star

I love the choreography for this song especially the 'star' part. I always figure out how to do 'star' like that. But, for the one who didn't know how to dance, you will find its hard to do it or else you will need time to practice to make it happen. This song is cute and catchy too. They look so much fun performing this song.







I think that's all for my top 5 favorite songs of Gfriend. It might be changed by time especially if they make a comeback. I heard that they will be a comeback this June. If it is true, I can't wait to see what kind of genre and songs will be. Really really look forward to that.


If you ask me who is my bias in Gfriend, I can't answer it cause I love all of them and I find it is hard to choose who is my bias. All of them are cute, adorable and sweet!