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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What to pack for University / College: Head-to-Toe Packing Method


9 more days left before I head on to University and start the next chapter of my life. There's so many things to do, so many things to prepare, and of course, so many things to pack.

Packing is really important, and it may get chaotic sometimes. While I am fortunate to get a University that is close to home, for some, maybe you have to travel really far away and forgetting anything essential is most probably the last thing you want to happen to you. Instead of randomly listing everything without a sequence, which might cause you to forget some / a lot of things, I came up with the Head-to-Toe packing method to help make sure nothing is forgotten / minimize the chances of anything being forgotten.

The Head-to-Toe packing method requires you to think of things you need starting from your head and all the way down to your toes. This is my list of things to bring using this particular method.


Hair:

  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Hair gel (for guys), wax (for guys again), mousse, hair spray, curling cream
  • Hair dryer, hair straightener, hair curler
  • Hair pins, rubber bands 

Face:
  • Facial cleanser, toner, moisturizer
  • Make up products
  • Shaving cream, razors (for guys)
  • Spectacles, spectacles case, contact lens, contact lens solution
  • Tooth brush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash


  • Casual T-shirts, formal shirts, shirts that are suitable for sports wear, shirts for sleeping
  • Jackets, sweaters


  • Formal wear: skirts / slacks
  • Jeans, leggings, jeggings, track pants
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Formal shoes, sports shoes, slippers



And these are other necessities that I most likely will bring / you all will need:

Electronics:
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger, mouse, printer, cooling board
  • Phone (Cannot live without this)
  • Phone charger, powerbank
  • Calculator

For Bedroom:
  • Bed sheets
  • Pillows, bolster, blanket
  • Standing / Table fan
  • Iron (If your university allows)
  • Curtains (If needed)
  • Padlocks (to lock up your cupboard)

Other Random Things:
  • Clothes hanger, clothes peg, laundry bag, pails
  • Towel
  • Toilet roll
  • Sanitary pads (for girls, obviously)
  • Nail clippers, cotton buds, tweezers
  • Cup, spoon, fork, air tight containers, water bottle
  • Biscuits, bread
  • Mop, broom, cloth (for cleaning up the room)
  • Pencil case, stationary, files, notebooks
  • Documents needed for registration
  • Plaster, medicine, mosquito repellent, Febreeze 




Okay so far these are the things I managed to think of. Of course not everything I listed is necessary, this is just a reference as to how to list out things using my method. I also think this method is suitable to use for vacations as well. Hope this helps and if I missed out anything important do let me know :)


To all that are going off to university/college, good luck and happy packing! ;)



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mid August Life Updates

Just some life updates in bullet point form because I am too tired to form proper sentences and paragraphs:

  • Finally ended my working life.
  • Bought a lot of stuff from Etude House, because now they are having promotion for the whole month! Buy 1 Free 1 or very huge discounts. (stuff I bought listed here)
  • Got into University Malaya!! Was on the edge of my seat while waiting for the results to be announced. Am very thankful and blessed that I got my first choice. Will be studying Business Administration for 3 and a half years there.
  • Brother started coughing out blood. (My brother's condition and story here)

  • Did my medical check up in preparation for Uni.

  • And for the past few days, have been busy taking care of my brother and also relatives and friends that have been coming to visit my brother. 

Just want to say a big thank you to anyone that has been coming / will be coming to visit my brother or leaving him kind and nice messages. All your support and love has cheered him up a great lot and has been a comfort to our family. Especially want to thank my relatives. Now I know how fully blessed we are to have such a loving extended family on both sides. Everyone just comes to my house without prior notice and it was really surprising to see every single one of them. Even those from other states also drove / sat a bus / sat a taxi to our house. Some took emergency leaves just to visit my brother. And those from overseas also have came back / planning to come back. With that, I am truly grateful. Never have I felt so loved and I hope my brother feels the same. Also wanna thank my friends who have left me with supportive messages, called me, skyped with me and everything. Thank you. There's really no other words that I can say except thank you.


We are okay, still hanging in there, and still staying strong :) Prayers for my brother are highly appreciated. If anyone has any recommendations or connections with any doctor that can help my brother's situation, do email me at thatgirlnamedmandy@hotmail.com 




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Thursday, August 7, 2014

{REVIEW} Miss Hana Waterproof Gel Eyeliner



If you are like me and you follow a lot of bloggers who blog about make up then you would definitely know how much they rave about these Miss Hana Gel Eyeliners. I've looked at countless reviews on them and have been wanting to get them sooo badly because they sounded like the perfect eyeliners.....



And then I guess it's just my lucky day. Natta Cosme has generously sponsored me two Miss Hana Gel Eyeliners for review purposes. Just a disclaimer, although these were sponsored, all opinions are of my own and I make a point to be 100% honest with product reviews. 


Side track a bit, I really like the new package box from Natta Cosme. A bit of galaxy theme going on there, matches perfectly with these Stardust eyeliners.



Why stardust you may ask? Well, as you can see, there are specks of glitter on the eyeliners, thus they are called Galaxy Black and Galaxy Brown.


I tried both eyeliners and these are the results:


The Galaxy Brown gives out a more feminine and softer look. Suitable if you're using lighter eye shadow colours.


Galaxy Black is more loud and bold as compared with Galaxy Brown. It is more obvious and really draws attention to your eyes.



Partly why Miss Hana Gel Eyeliners are so popular is because of it's waterproof formula. So I decided to conduct 2 experiments where I'll be using water and make up remover on a cotton pad separately to rub the eyeliner I drew on my hand to see if they are really waterproof.



After using the cotton pad damped with water to rub the eyeliner, it is indeed waterproof. I rubbed it really really hard and it didn't come off. So you don't have to worry about crying while watching sad movies or standing in the rain because you know you won't look like a panda after that. haha (the eyeliner looks slightly smudged, but that's because I rubbed way too hard. Let's be real ok? Nobody rubs their eyelids that hard. haha)

By the way, look closely at this pic and you can see that with sunlight, the glitter on the eyeliner really shows up! :)




After proving that is water proof, the next thing to worry about is whether it is easily removed or not. The answer is : Okay-ish  / Yes!!! depending on what type of make up remover you are using. I used the Kose Sekkisei Cleansing Cream for this experiment and I had to do 6-7 wipes to clean it. Whereas when I used a more oil based make up remover (Kanebo's Blanchir Superior Oil Cleansing), it only took me 2 wipes to clean it off.



As I said earlier, I want to do a completely 100% honest review of this product so here are my likes and dislikes.


LIKES:
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to draw with
    (Very suitable for beginners, like me, heh)
  • Nice colour
  • Easy to remove when using oil based make up remover
  • Pretty packaging!
    (Who can resist baby pink and lace details?!)
  • Affordable
  • Very lasting
    (Went out from 9.30am till 2.00am and it is still intact, no touch ups needed)


DISLIKES:
  • Smashes easily
    (Especially after sharpening, it's advisable to press on the sharp tip a bit to make it more solid before you use, otherwise the tip might break and drop into your eyes)
  • Leaves a bit of residue
    (tiny specks of it might fall on your cheeks when applying, just swipe them off with a brush)
  • Not easy to draw wing tip because it gets blunt fast



Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Even though I listed some dislikes but they aren't major issues and can be fixed easily so I feel that this eyeliner would still be a good investment and a great addition to any girl's make up collection! :D Plus it is affordable...especially if you have a 20% discount code.


http://www.nattacosme.com/

 Natta Cosme is having a special discount of 20% for all Miss Hana Gel Eyeliners! Just head on to their website, choose the colour you want, and enter this code: MHES 20 during check out. 



One thing I would like to say about Natta Cosme is that they take care of their customers really well. They give quick responses to enquiries and are very helpful. 

Personal Experience: I really want to thank the team at Natta Cosme, especially Stephenie, who came to my rescue by sending me the Miss Hana Sharpener when I said the tip of my eyeliner broke and I can't find a suitable sharpener to sharpen it. haha. They sent it over immediately the next day after I told them about it! Efficient or what?!



The discount code is only valid till 31st August 2014 so if you're interested, hurry and go get one for yourself!


Natta Cosme
106, Jalan S2D32 City Centre,
70300 Seremban 2, Negeri Sembilan,
Malaysia.
Tel: 06-6017555 (10am-7pm) / 019-6500746
Website: http://www.nattacosme.com/
Email: customer@nattacosme.com / nattacosme@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NattaCosme


Monday, August 4, 2014

Things I learned when working

I cannot believe it's August already seriously. It feels like I always say this every start of the new month, but time really passes by SO fast.

I have been working since December till now. In between, I changed 3 jobs and also took a mini break and went for a holiday. Reason why I changed 3 jobs is because I had to quit my first one so that I can concentrate on my STPM retakes (which was a total waste of time and money), quit my second job because it was horrible (long hours and low pay, the boss even cheated my salary wth), then now I just resigned from my 3rd job because I want to have a break before heading off to uni. Really stepped out of so many comfort zones (Literally. Managed to stand for 11 hours during the Vivo Grand Opening event) these few months of working and it opened my eyes to a lot of things.


Things I learned when working:
  • Swallow your opinions and only voice them out when really needed.
    Being in the lower ranks of the job, sometimes you just have to shut up and do what you are told to do even if you don't understand or agree with that matter. However, it is also crucial to take certain stands when necessary. Voicing out opinions is scary (especially to bosses or superiors), but if you do it right, you'll be surprised that people do actually listen and take note of it. But if you keep complaining on small matters, then when you really need to have a say on something big, nobody will listen to you anymore because people are sick and tired of you already.

  • Don't be calculative.
    NOBODY likes to work with calculative people okay. Do a bit more work, then mumble behind other people's backs. Do a bit more work then want more credit than others. Can faint ah working with these type of people. Maybe nobody will mind you for the first few times, but after that, nobody will like you anymore.
  • The rainbow always comes after the storm.
    At one point I really felt that I cannot continue working on that job any longer because I was so unhappy with all the circumstances. Kept going back and forth on whether I should hold on or not, and I am so glad that I did. Because later on, everything turned out ok, and I was happier after that. Sometimes things may look really bad at some point, but if it's not something that is totally unbearable, just bear with it for a little while longer, and it might turn out better. Even if it doesn't, you'll come out stronger anyways. Overcoming that hard period of time gave me such a great sense of achievement and most importantly, I left my job happily with a smile on my face instead of a frown.

  • Appreciate good bosses and colleagues
    Cannot emphasize more on how important it is to never ever take your awesome bossses/colleagues for granted. Horrible colleagues are hard to deal with, horrible bosses are worst. I cannot be grateful enough that in this 3rd job I have met some of the nicest colleagues and bosses ever. Seriously.
    These were the ones that really care about me and stuck with me through the ups and downs.



    These were the ones who made me feel comfortable during my first few days at work and always make me feel welcome into their shop. (If anytime you all go to DP to buy a phone or any phone accessories, find them kay, they are really good people :D)


    Then these are the ones that made me feel right at home after joining them and really made me laugh until my stomach hurt with all their craziness. These people wanted to have a farewell for me during my last day of work but they know I cannot drive back home alone late at night. So after our makan and sing k session, they (yes, all of them) fetched me home. As in, we all sat in one car, and they got me home at 2am. Then when they went back it was raining heavily and have to kena rain some more T_T Felt so guilty but they told me don't need to feel paiseh, because we are brothers and sisters. T_T Why you all so love??

    Not forgetting our boss (the one with the cap) also who belanja us all and really took care of us very well when we worked there. 谢谢你啊老大~
  • Nothing is perfect
    I think this is by far the most important thing I learned. No job, no company is 100% flawless. There is bound to be something that you're not pleased with. I just concentrated more on the good things most of the time and tried to ignore the imperfections if they are not a huge deal. I feel that this makes life so much easier this way.

Really went through a lot these few months, a lot of ups and downs but I regret nothing. If anything, it has helped me grow a lot. Definitely a very good experience for me :D


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