MBD Style | Everyday Women’s Fashion Essentials

Thursday, 21 June 2018

You simply can’t get around it, there are some items you must have in your wardrobe that you can throw on at any time. The right pair of jeans, tees, flats, heels, pumps and the right accessories that can really set you apart when you are in a crowd. These are some fashion essentials every woman should own.

Clutch purse. Charles & Keith

It is light, it is small and it can accessorise any outfit. A pixie dress or sundress, a pair of skinny jeans, a formal blazer/coat you’re wearing to work, all go perfectly with that clutch. If you’re just going out on the town it won’t weigh you down like those other huge purses you have in the closet. If you would like to purchase some fashion essentials then I would recommend visiting a credit clothing catalogue.

Skinny jeans and white top. D S L T D

Skinny jeans go well with anything, in fact for most women it is the ‘go-to’ outfit when you are in a rush. It looks good, you dress well in them and you feel comfortable. The right ‘white’ tee/tank/blouse, is also a must-have item. You can dress it up with a colourful jacket, keep it simple with flats or accessorise as you deem fit with other colours/patterns, based on the occasion. With this pairing, it is truly up to you how fancy or formal you are going to keep it.

Earrings and necklaces. Hijabiworld.

It doesn’t have to be flashy or stand out. It’s very handy to have a pair of earrings you can throw on with any outfit, and a necklace that accentuates your outfits. Sometimes, it is all that’s needed to really set you apart from someone wearing a similar outfit.

Every woman knows the right essentials go a long way in helping you stand out in a crowd and truly looking your best no matter where you are going or what you are doing. These are a few essential items for every closet no matter what time of year. You can put them on and feel confident.

I guess that's all for #myrabeautydiarystyle this week, I'll see you guys on my next post!

Makeup Routine | Face Powders

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Of course, the first thing I learned about makeup are face powders. I used to wear compact powders back in school and university days but ever since I'm into K-Beauty skincare and makeup, I was introduced to translucent powders that goes on all types of skin; they’re universal i.e. fit literally any skin tone if they’re fine enough.

While some are my absolute HG (asterisked) and repurchased more times than I can remember, some are just not powerful enough for my oily T-zone. Still, they’re worth the try.

  • LANEIGE Brush Pact in No. 1 Natural Finish.
  • LANEIGE Brush Pact in No. 2 Pore Blur.
  • Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.*
  • Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder.*
  • Innisfree No Sebum Blur Pact.
  • Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder.
  • Son&Park Flawless Pore Pact.
  • EGLIPS Pore Blind Powder.
  • Althea Petal Velvet Powder.*

Whether it's compact or loose powders, I always opted for powder brush for application and touch-ups as I don't really like the puffs that come with most powders and none of the powders that I own is a two-way powder (wet application for foundation-like finish) so the puffs are usually there in order to avoid the powder spilling out of the case.

I’ve won my first Althea Petal Velvet Powder from @pinkmidorilove giveaway and bought myself another as it’s almost finish. I’m hooked with it and probably gonna give the recently launched Warm Beige a try.

I guess that's all from me. Until next post, annyeong~

Makeup Routine | Foundations

Sunday, 8 April 2018

When it comes to makeup base, I love using cushion foundations instead of traditional way of using foundation as cushion foundations are much easier to apply and I love the finishing as well as the fact that cushion foundations comes with SPF50+. Especially these days when my favourite brand for cushion foundations; LANEIGE have expanded the range shades and I've finally found the exact shade for my skin tone. For reference, I'm currently MAC NC40. 

Back in 2014, I got my first cushion foundation from LANEIGE; Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ in No. 23, the deepest shade at the time and boy, it was way lighter than my skin tone at the time. I had to set it with MAC NC42 (also my shade at the time) face powder to tone down the whiteness but I've come to terms that it's definitely not for me. In 2015, I've discovered cushion foundation in No. 31  from Innisfree but it was too yellow for me (this is the moment when I discovered that I have neutral undertone) and then I've gotten myself LANEIGE BB Cushion (Whitening) in No. 31 Brown Beige. This one is only slightly brighter than my skin tone at the time but it's too dewy to my liking hence I got myself the BB Cushion (Pore Control) in the same shade No. 31 Brown Beige and I loved it to the point that I actually used up both of the refills. Located at second row from bottom. 

In 2017, LANEIGE came out with renewed cushion foundations, adding Anti-Aging version and they even changed the look of the cushion itself. Of course, they've made their base correctors into the form of cushion as well although I didn't get one myself as using primer-foundation-setting powder is already a stretch so I only got the BB Cushion Whitening and Pore Control both in No. 33 Cinnamon. The reason why I went one shade deeper because at this point, LANEIGE has expanded the shade range once again and added more shades hence more choices for me. This shade was exactly my skin tone. Located at third row from the bottom.

In between the release of new cushion foundations, LANEIGE has released a matte cushion; Powder Fit Cushion that doesn't come with refill. This is perfect on those days I'm feeling extra oily on my T-zone so I'll apply this cushion on that area only with other BB Cushion for the rest of the area. The most recent launch is that beautiful, Layering Cover Cushion that supposedly give not only coverage but a rosy look as well. I haven't gotten around of using this yet as I have many cushions are already opened at this point so let's just wait till July or August. Located at top row.

I also got that three cushion foundations from THE FACE SHOP but the brand has discontinued the third shade for cushion and I've only been keeping those for the sake of the cases only. Just look at the KAKAO FRIENDS Ryan and Apeach!! Until they're bringing in more shades to Malaysia, I'm not gonna get any cushion foundations from them.

The ones in Innisfree cases are merely sunscreens in cushion forms and at this point of using it, I do find it's way easier to blend the sunscreen and it's important to be careful while applying using the air puffs as you might pressed the cushion deeply which can resulted in excess product being picked up and can cause your face turning white as ghost. What's even worse, the sunscreen took longer to blends into your skin tone.

Now, I'm going to talk a little bit about the most recent makeup purchase that I've made from SEPHORA, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in the shade 290 Neutral Olive.

I've tried this at the store, with the primer sister and setting powder brother and I absolutely loving it. I got the perfect shade for my skin tone after trying 8 shades (yes, I thought I'm waaaayy darker than I look) and I just love the undertone for this foundation. I've only been using this less than 5 times (no occasions to attend at this time of the year really) so I'm going to do full review once I have enough experience of actually using it at least 8 hour-a-day. 

So I guess that's all from me, I'll see you guys on my next post. Annyeong~

Makeup Routine | Makeup Brushes and Beauty Blenders

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Whether you're using brushes, sponges, puffs even your own fingers to apply your makeup, it's entirely up to you. It all boils down to how you want to express your own makeup style and your choice of finishings. My ideal finish for makeup bases is airbrush look but I can't afford that so I'm using makeup brushes and sponges to apply my primers and foundations. In today's post, I'll be talking about makeup brushes that I have in my makeup stash.

First off, FENTY BEAUTY makeup brushes! My new toys! I've been collecting the items slowly since the brand was first launched and at this point, I have the foundation brush, highlighter brush, mini touch up brush and the sponge. I honestly haven't use any of these yet (except while I'm at SEPHORA as I was testing them) and indeed I am excited! Of course, I had to get the makeup items to use these brushes for so stay tuned for that!

ZOEVA eye makeup brushes. I just got my essentials for eyeshadows and brow products. As you can see, I do love them especially the Luxe Crease brush as it blends my transition shades so beautifully. Definitely will  be continuing to grow my collection from this brand.

Etude House makeup brushes. I also got other brushes from Korean brands but I love these the most. Each of the brush is soft, does the job and pretty! I especially love the Powder and Cheek Brush because these respectively apply my powder and blush so nicely as they pick up the appropriate amount of product.

Real Techniques makeup brushes are among the first brush collection I got myself into about 4 years ago. I still use them, I still love them! The bristles are soft as they apply my makeup beautifully. I use the foundation and concealer brushes from this collection the most as they blend my foundation nice and even; not that other brushes that I have don't but maybe I'm just loving these a little bit more compared.

Last but not least, the original Beauty Blender. Lots of other brands came out with their own version but to me, only Real Techniques version comes to a close. On days that I want a simple application for foundation, I go for the Beauty Blender to get my airbrush finish. It's best to use this damped prior application as to let it bounce the base makeup evenly on facial area. I had yet to try the sponge from Fenty Beauty yet and again, I'm excited to!

As I'm moving places soon, I decided to place all these brushes and sponges in my SEPHORA Train case for easy access to them and to avoid them getting dusts from all the cleaning and packing I'm doing.

I guess that's all from me! I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~

Makeup Routine | Primers

Sunday, 1 April 2018

It's April already and it's a new category for my posts under Beauty Routine ; makeup items that I currently use in my daily and occasional makeup routine. Posts under this tag are mainly talking about number of products that I use at certain point of my makeup routine so for today's post, I'll be giving out my thoughts on makeup primers.

When it comes to face primers, I've only been focusing on getting my pores' appearances at my nose area being reduced and less oily T-zone. I'm taking care of my dehydrated cheek area with proper hydration so my choice of primers are:

  • Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. I have nothing to say as you guys definitely are familiar with this primer especially if you have similar concerns as I am; huge pores and oily T-zone so this primer actually helps in preparing the 'canvas' for makeup application by blurring the pores and smoothing the lines, giving sebum-control at my T-zone. My base makeup stays intact on top of this primer and all I have to do is to set it properly with setting powder.
  • LANEIGE Lumi Block Primer. This evens out my skin, gives sebum control, mattifies and overall soft-looking finish which is perfect for my cushion foundations. It's light and gives cool sensation as well and I sometimes used this on top of cushion foundation for touch-ups.
  • FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer. I've only tried this at the store when I bought this and fell in love with its texture instantly. I'll let you guys know more details when I actually tried this under a foundation soon.

The three above are actually unopened primers and below are my the ones I'm currently using in my actual routine. Guess it's no surprise to see the first two are repurchases for me and the other primer that I recently tested is that Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer that works similarly as Benefit's but I'm going to say that this is at 75% capacity of that of Benefit's to me i.e. works similarly but less. I won't be repurchasing this.

If you're new to makeup, I just have to say that when it comes to investing in makeup collection, base makeup products are those you should be splurging on because there are so many formulations, shades, undertones, etc out there and I did spent money on looking for a good foundations but at some point, I also realised that I need a good primer as well to ensure your look for the day stays on nice and smooth.

I guess that's all for today's post! I'll see you guys on the next one. Until then, annyeong~

Beauty Routine | Foot Cream

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

One of the newest habit I got myself into is applying foot cream before bed and I have to admit it's hard at the beginning as once I got into bed, I fall asleep the second my head touches the pillow. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I give out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines i.e. this foot cream.

Actually, I’ve only been using body lotions to moisturise all my body area but then I saw this foot cream while I was at the store and decided to indulge for a little bit with this Shea Butter Foot Cream from L’Occitane. It contains only 15% of Shea Butter so it’s lighter than the hand cream and a little goes a long way with this one as I only have to use small amount per application.

The thing with moisturizer, if you do your scrubbing routine regularly, like once or twice a week, the better your moisturiser being absorbed into skin. As the skin at our arms and legs; pretty much almost body area is thicker than our facial area, it's imperative to do scrub regularly so moisturizing it after can be easy breezy. 

I guess that's all from me, I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~

Beauty Routine | Hand Creams

Sunday, 25 March 2018

A hand cream or two with different scents and functions are staple in my handbag/backpack and definitely something I can't leave house without. I have severely dry hands as I'm too lazy to wear gloves while doing dishes or laundry so I just have to compensate the moisture in my skin by regularly applying hand creams, hand lotions even hand balms; depending on how I feel at that time of the day or night. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines so let's get into it! 

When it comes to hand care, I must have 3 things; hand wash, hand sanitiser and most importantly or most things that I've indulged so much for my hands are moisturisers for my hand. As I only been using Dettol hand wash and sanitiser, the above are some of my favourite hand creams.

I love perfumed hand creams from Korean beauty brands like Innisfree and THE FACE SHOP especially the ones with floral or smells like baby stuffs. These minis; usually sized in small 30ml tubes are regularly being repackaged as a whole and sometimes being released in limited edition scent and of course packaging which can make me go crazy as I want to collect them all!

On days I feel my hands are extra irritated, I usually go with EUBOS Sensitive Hand Repair & Care; now a favourite brand of mine from Germany along with ZOEVA. Some areas on my fingers tend to get dry and flaky especially after I do my laundry or dishes so this actually smooth out the area and I just love its silky velvety finishes.

I bought my first tube of L'Occitane Intensive Hand Balm thanks to @illiyaridzuan and it went to my dad as his hands are super dry too hence I bought another tube for myself. The brand released several hand creams under their Shea Butter line with different intensities i.e. percentage of Shea Butter and this contains 25% of it. I usually apply this before bed as one, it's inconvenient to carry around that huge tube and two, I just love how moisturised my hands feel in the morning.

Do you use hand creams on daily basis? Do let me know your favourites by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~

Beauty Routine | Hair Treatment

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

As I’m a hijabi; I wear hijab on daily basis so I don’t really spend money on hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and hair oil or serum. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines I'll be talking about these two products that I discovered and attempted to try.

The Pure Beauty Treatment Hair Oil which I got about 5 months ago, isn’t something that I use everyday as my scalp and hair tends to get oily under my hijab. If I were to spend more than a day at home, then I’ll apply this after I washed and dried my hair. It’s light but somehow it makes my hair oilier so I usually just take small amount of it and applied my hair ends. 

On the other hand, I love the Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum for its light texture and my hair smells great whenever I applied this. The serum absorbed well and I don’t feel as oily as the regular hair oil. I’ll be sure to purchase its full-sized version.

Do you use hair oil or would you prefer serum-type hair treatment? Do let me know by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~

Say hello to!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Finally after more than 4 years of having this little blog of mine, I decided to get my own domain so say hello to Myra Beauty Diary!

To those of you who have been reading my blog from time to time (or is there any of you who read every post here? Hugs!) I'm pretty sure you guys know that all I've been doing here in this blog are writing beauty reviews, hauls and of course beauty topics. Therefore, I think it's befitting the new name that I chose for this blog as it's pretty much like I'm writing my diary, with snippets of my view on stuffs and some photos.

I have to admit that I've only been so active on social media especially Instagram and sometimes Twitter as I've been working on new contents hopefully in much more organised and coherent manner. It's about time for me to really show you guys on what's going on with my beauty routine and other things I'm eager to share with you guys (hint: I've got new place to live!) as all I've been doing for the past months were just sharing my obsession with sheet masks and some beauty blogger mails and packages. 

So let's engage by letting me know your thoughts on the latest trendy topic on Asian Beauty. If you did left comments before, please know that as I've changed my domain, all comments are no longer available (that's just how Google+ works) so feel free to drop some comments down below. 

Feel free to reach me via Instagram or Twitter @myrabeautydiary. That's all for now and I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~

Beauty Routine | Body Lotions

Sunday, 18 March 2018

After I started working over 2 years ago, I've spent roughly 12 to 14 hours a day in a full air-conditioned office so that was the time when my legs area became dry and flaky hence I've started piling on body lotions. I prefer those light in consistency however still provide ample moisture for my skin. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines I'll be talking about these products that I've actually love and repurchased several times. 

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. What I love the most is indeed the scent and how it moisturizes my skin well without being sticky or tacky feeling. One of the first few things I bought from SEPHORA back then and this has become a staple to my after-shower routine.

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Lotion. I decided to get the full-sized product when someone gifted to me a small size of it during the time I was obsessed with rose-scented body products. I do like this very much too though sometimes I feel this left a sticky feelings on me.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing and Restoring Body Lotion is the new love that I found end of last year. I never knew that I actually love the honey scent so much! I thought it’s going to be all sticky and whatnot but not this one! It goes smoothly on my skin, absorbed well into it and again I just love it. I heard they're releasing Body Yogurt version of this so I actually am curious to see the texture and feel but for now this going to be staple for awhile.

I guess that's all from me, do let me know your favourite body lotion by leaving comments down below. Until next post, annyeong~