9 Signs Of A True Friend

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Rod Stewart once sang, “Keep smiling, keep shining. Knowing you can always count on me for sure. That’s what friends are for.” That song remains as one of many anthems about friendship. As we all know, friendships, more often than not, are very special and they’re a bond that remains through time because friends are everything.

Unless they’re fake friends, which I’m sure we’ve all had a fair share of but as you grow older, and hopefully wiser, you’ll come to recognise who your real friends are. My friends are special to me as these group of wonderful people are the my chosen family. So, what makes a good friend and how do you know if you have real, true friends?

  1. They don’t keep track of favours. Anything they’ve done for you is out of their own goodwill and not for you to owe them.
  2. Real friends will make you feel good about yourself and remind you the good things that you may not see or believe.
  3. He/she is not an enabler and will tell you when what you’re doing is wrong. No matter how harsh they may sound.
  4. A good friend is always present. They’ll put their phone down and really listen when they’re with you and will always pay attention to your needs.
  5. They are there for you at your lowest and have never given up on you, even if you’ve given up on yourself
  6. They accept you for who you are instead of criticizing you for your shortcomings.
  7. A true friend will love you unconditionally, and they’ll show this through their actions.
  8. They respect you and vice versa.
  9. They’re trustworthy and you can trust them with anything without worry.

Favourite Sunscreens

We’re going to talk about one of the most important skincare products – SUNCREEN! We know some of you guys love this andthere are some who just hate it. Like Hollywood’s beauty icon Jennifer Aniston’s said in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar :

“I hate it. I’ve been experimenting with ones that don’t make you look like you have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse. I understand we’re saving our skin, but they gotta figure that stuff out. Who wants to be in the sun and not look cute?”


Jen is right! We definitely do not want to look like we have Kabuki makeup on or like a corpse! We know that purchasing sunscreen (the good ones that suits your skin) are expensive and you really have to find the right one for your skin.

Whether or not your foundation or BB cream has SPF, we believe it is better not to skip the sunscreen step. We have compiled some sunscreens which will blend well with makeup just for you to check it out and get yourself a consultation or test it out at their stores or counters!

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KIEHL’S – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
This sunblock is one of the best selling product in Kiehl’s! With its oil-free lotion texture, you can still wear makeup on top of it. It gives a matte finish and it feels refreshing on skin.

Kiehl’s – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, RM155, available at Kiehl’s outlets.

 

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CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++
The product’s name sounds pretty intense but it does one heck of a job especially if you’re living in a sunny, humid country like Malaysia! It works well as a base, no clogging of pores, non-sticky and it applies easily all over the face. This sunscreen works perfectly for all skin types.

CLINIQUE – Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40/PA+++, RM160, available at Clinique outlets or counters.

 

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SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology
Holly Thaggard, founder of Supergoop wanted to create a sunscreen that’s non sticky, tacky or smells messy, one that you’ll want to wear every single day! It does its job keeping the skin from wrinkles, blemishes caused by UV rays. It’s water resistant and oil-free, which is also perfect to bring along with you on your beach vacations. Also, it has a very nice citrusy smell.

SUPERGOOP! – Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology, RM143 (7.5fl oz), available at Sephora.

 

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Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38
If you have an oily T-zone, combination skin or prefer semi matte finish – this may be the sunscreen for you. Many of Shiseido’s customers stick around for the brand’s sunscreen. Their sunscreen products blends well with moisturisers. It’s also non-greasy, smooth and easy to apply.

Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream N Broad Spectrum SPF 38, RM218, available at Lazada / Shiseido counters.

 

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DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30
This heavenly sunscreen delivers UV protection without unwanted oiliness or chalkiness. Easy on skin, reduces inflammation, irritation, redness and sensitivity. This is definitely ideal for our girlfriends with sensitive skin. The downside is that the bottle is only 50ml with a very steep price.

DERMALOGICA – super sensitive shield spf30, RM284, available at Dermalogica outlets.

 

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LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++
This unique packaging is different from all the other sunscreens. Just like Laniege’s famous BB Cushion, they recently released Sun Cushion which contains Japanese apricot extract and skin soothing powder to protect the skin. It is convenient to carry around wherever you go. One thing you should know is that this product has a newly formulated Water ScreenTM technology that maintains the moisture balanced on the skin.

LANIEGE – Marshmallow Sun Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (10g), RM110, available in Laniege outlets/stores.

 

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GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35
If you still haven’t heard about the Glossier hype, you’re missing out! Glossier is the beauty brand that’s about to take over the world, slowly! This divine sunscreen formula absorbs faster than your best serum. It’s called Invisible Shield sunscreen because it is invisible on all skin types and tones! Our editor from Buffer Daily swears by this sunscreen (read here for the review). This product is not available in Malaysia yet unless you have awesome family/friends living in the U.S who could ship it over to to try, it will be great!

GLOSSIER – Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF35 (30ml), $34, available in Glossier website.

 

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LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA
If you have combination, dry or sensitive/acne-prone skin, this may be the suitable sunscreen for you! Non sticky, runny liquid, lightweight, tinted and overall it gives the skin feeling silky smooth. You would not feel like you have an extra layer on your skin. It’s also great if you want to apply make up over it.

LAURA MERCIER – Flawless Skin Daily Face Shield SPF40 UVB/UVA (30ml), RM232, available on Lazada or Laura Mercier outlets.

 

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CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50
Its formula is rich in plant extracts that gives a clear and light cream which is pretty suitable for all skin types. This sunscreen also helps to prevent your skin from ageing, which will make your skin look and feel younger, fresh and radiant. The light cream also spreads on your face easily, as well as drying up quickly.

CLARINS – UV Plus Anti-Pollution, UV Plus SPF50 Blue (30ml), RM185, available in Clarins outlets.

 

Your skin absorbs everything it touches, it’s important to be super choosy about your sunscreen! Let’s fight anti-aging, fine lines, wrinkles, all at once! If you have any great sunscreen suggestions, please feel free to share it with us too!

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS WE LOVE: October Favourites

Joanne Loves: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15

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Two of my friends wouldn’t stop praising the Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass and how amazing it is. So, once I was done with my old primer, I made sure to rush down to Sephora and grab myself a bottle of this seemingly amazing primer. After first use, I was already impressed and probably will never change to another one.

Here’s why I love it:

  • Love how the texture is silky smooth, lightweight and sits on my skin well, even after I’ve put my foundation on.
  • It helps with keeping my makeup intact all day and controls the shine on my face (especially t-zone area).
  • Highly recommended to combination/oily skin.

The price for Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is definitely on the steep end (RM259), but it’s really worth every cent considering how long the bottle will last. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Product is available in Sephora.

Qing Loves: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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I wouldn’t call myself a makeup guru – I tend to keep my daily makeup routine as simple as possible. Using multiple makeup brushes was too much of a hassle for me, but I didn’t want to apply product using my bare hands either. So, using sponges was an obvious solution.
Everyone’s heard of the Beauty Blender, but after reading a number of reviews, a second name kept appearing again and again.
Enter the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Many called the Real Techniques sponge a great dupe for the Beauty Blender, with some saying it was even better! I had to try it for myself. And it sells at a fraction of the price of a Beauty Blender.
This is what I found:
  • Blends out evenly without absorbing too much product
  • Versatile – can blend both large and precise areas
  • Can be used damp for a fresh and dew look or dry for a matte finish
  • Easy to clean and maintain

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge can be purchased online.

 

Jiar Loves: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF25

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Up until very recently, I never about the need to wear SPF on my lips. I know, I’m clueless! Anyway, when I heard this, I wasted no time and quickly began my research. After reading countless listicles that suggested plenty, I decided to try the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I can’t tell if it’s protecting my lips from the sun but here’s why I love it:

  • Its thick but non-sticky consistency. A little goes a long way with this tube!
  • The product holds its own. I don’t have to reapply very often, even after I’ve eaten!
  • The scent is glorious, I chose the black tea & raspberry.

As I learn more about the importance of protecting our skin from sun damage, I find myself investing in more products with SPF. The lip skin is so delicate that we should not forget to protect it as well.

Shop for this at Lazada

Emma Loves: Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ SPF35

Y’all, I’m a firm believer in spreading word about skincare that works and one that I need to preach about this month is the phenomenal everyday sunscreen by Glossier. Believe the hype because Glossier is about to get you excited over wearing sunscreen. It’s a little hard to believe this considering SPF has a very greasy feel and has a ridiculous white tint that doesn’t agree with women of colour like me. Here’s why you should immediately throw out your old sunscreen and replace it with Glossier’s winner of a product:

  • It’s not white! Its gel-like form is completely clear, making it suitable for EVERY SINGLE SKIN TONE out there. This alone is already why Glossier is winning.
  • It absorbs extremely quick, which is a convenient factor for those looking to apply makeup right after.
  • It’s not greasy at all but if you have oily skin, I suggest patting some powder on after. Perhaps the Wowder?
  • There is a fresh smell to this sunscreen. If you’re not into scented products, this may not be your cup of tea but trust me, the citrus aroma is only light and not overpowering in the slightest
  • The packaging is light and super cute!
  • Its got all the good stuff like aloe leaf extracts, Vitamin E, Vitamin P and brocolli to keep your skin protected from pollution and free radicals.
  • Its broad spectrum SPF 35 shields your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays

It’s a little pricey thanks to the ridiculous exchange rates at the moment but it’s really worth your hard-earned money. Especially if taking care of your skin is priority.

Cop your Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen+ on Glossier’s website.

I Stopped Using Dating Apps For A Year. This Is What I Learned.

I am not ashamed of meeting someone through a dating app.

In fact, I fell head over heels and had an ‘almost relationship’ with the first guy I talked to on Tinder. We had a tumultuous and toxic relationship and I have no regrets. I still find a way to sneak his name into conversations he has no business being in and if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would. So, yeah. I’ve made my point – I’m all for dating apps.

But after being on it for as long as I have, you tend to miss the traditional way of being courted or starting a conversation with someone. There’s nothing charming about ‘Yeah, I swiped right and we hung out’ after several tries.

There are pros and cons, obviously. I mean it’s nice to meet men you would never end up meeting in “real life”. But it’s not really nice to feel like you’re really having a good time with someone only to see a new Tinder notification message pop up on his phone.

F***k it, I thought. I uninstalled the app and made a deal with myself that I will not resort to it no matter how lonely I get.

So, if you’re looking for a Cinderella-esque happy ending where I meet someone across the room and he walks up to me and asks me out and we have an amazing first night together and now I am picking out wedding invitation designs, you are wrong. Here’s the brutal truth:

#1 Guys on dating apps and real life are pretty much the same
If you think good, respectful and worthy men live on a magical island only accessible by a boat that you’d have to sell your leg and arm to get on then you must be outta yo’ mind. Get real, people. We are all swimming in the same pool. That guy you’re eyeing from across the bar probably has Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid and Christian Mingle on his phone. And based on an experience I can’t seem to erase, a guy you met by chance is capable of doing the same douchey things as the guy you met on a dating app. Nobody is safe.

#2 It’s not the same out there anymore
This goes for girls and guys. Nobody approaches anybody anymore. We all hide behind our screens. We all would rather swipe or double tap on a photo than walk up to a stranger we are attracted to. I get it, real life rejection is tough. But you know what’s also tough? Ghosting. Waiting for a text that’s never going to come. But that’s the easier and less painful option so we do it. It sucks, but it’s true.

#3 You might relapse and that’s ok
Sometimes you prefer to stay in your nasty a** jammies and binge watch Netflix all night until a Meg Ryan movie inspires you to find true love but you can’t be bothered to get out of bed so you pull out your phone and start swiping. The struggle to be dating-app free is real. It’s just so much easier to meet people without having to look like a reasonable human being. I think it’s ok to relapse. Delete and re-download as much as you’d like, I say.

#4 You deal with a lot less bulls**t from men
All those nights you spent waiting for them to text back, arguing with them about things you didn’t know you could argue about, and wondering when you will see them are all going to vanish. You’ll have so much free time from all the dating drama you’ve escaped that you’ll pick up a new hobby you never thought you’d be interested in. Now doesn’t that sound nice?

#5 You might or might not fall in love
I suppose this article would be more inspiring if I had found someone to call my own without technology’s help. I’m sorry to disappoint but I didn’t. I did not get into a relationship. I did not fall in love with someone. I did not meet Prince Charming. But, I did worry less, I travelled more, I met interesting people along the way, I was 101% focused on my work, and I can confidently say I was really happy with myself. That’s what I learned and that was OK.

 

10 Epic Reasons Why Witch Hazel Is Magical AF

What is witch hazel? No, it’s not some fancy-schmancy product. It’s simply a plant-based substance that comes from the leaves and bark of the witch-hazel shrub, also known as Hamamelis Virginiana, which can be found in North America.

Where have you seen it? All over Pinterest, and maybe your grandmother’s bathroom.

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One of our contributers is a witch hazel devout. She discovered this multi-purpose product by chance because in her free time, she likes to lurk around pharmacies across town looking for new skincare products. At first, what attracted her to it was the pretty packaging but before she decided to swipe her card, she quickly Googled its benefits. What she read was enough to convince her to purchase a bottle, and life has never been the same since.

Witch Hazel has many surprising uses, which includes:

  1. It’s great solution to treat all your acne, dry skin and soothing dry skin. Our contributer says, “No other toner out there can quite compare.”
  2. It’s the best type of makeup remover because it’s all natural. The last thing you want is more chemicals on your skin.
  3. Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This is a tried-and-true method by one of our mommy contributors. This is done by spraying once a day for a few months, and dilligently so.
  4. It can heal bruises and cuts, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
  5. Do you suffer from puffy eyes? Soak some cotton pad with witch hazel and apply to closed eyes. Allow a few minutes for it to really soak into your skin.
  6. Throw out all your artificial deodorants and spritz some witch hazel to your armpits instead. You can even add some lavender essential oil for a pleasant scent.
  7. Stock a spray bottle of witch hazel in the fridge and treat razor burns or sunburns with it.
  8. Looking for an eco-friendly cleaning agent for your home? Add witch hazel with some baking soda and lemon, and voilà!
  9. Next time you’re planning on going outdoors, carry a bottle of witch hazel with you because it can help treat pesky bug bites and ease the pain of stings.
  10. Suffering from frizzy hair and dry scalp? Yeap, you guessed it. Witch hazel can help! All you gotta do is spritz some on your scalp before going in for a shower, and then wash it out.

There are a lot of witch hazel brands to choose from but most contain more alcohol than actual witch hazel. We highly recommend choosing this brand, which is available at all M+ Pharmacy nationwide.

BEAUTY BUZZ: Get Ready For A Brand New Sephora Outlet in Genting Highlands

Guess what, beauty junkies! Things are about to get that much more exciting in Genting Highlands thanks to Sephora opening its doors to shoppers enjoying the cool-weather. Located at Sky Avenue, the 19th Sephora store in Malaysia is set to open from 1st September onwards.

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Beauty lovers can find all your favourite brands like Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay and many more. Just like all its other stores, there will be an array of skincare, fragrance, makeup, haircare and tools for Sephora devotees to choose from.

Plenty of special promotions will be available during the opening and earlybirds will be spoilt with gift vouchers worth from RM50 to RM100. So, get there fast! You can also snag a mini Sephora backpack with a minimum spend. It doesn’t stop there: Sephora Gold members will stand a chance of taking home the Sephora Collection Geometricolor Blockbuster Palette by spending at least RM600 on the day.

Find your favourite products in the new Sephora store store at Lot No. T2A-49 and 50 in Sky Avenue Genting Highlands. You can also shop anytime, anywhere via sephora.my!

THINGS WE LOVE: Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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One of our contributors decided to rock up at the Estee Lauder counter with the sole purpose of testing out the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation. This is because she’s perenially on the look out for the foundation that suited her skin best, and never had any luck. The ones in the past were good but they weren’t perfect.

Jo has combination skin and some foundation doesn’t sit all that well on her face especially when the weather is humid. But the trip to Estee Lauder proved to be worth her time because after purchasing the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation, Jo fell in love with it instantly. She even received compliments on how great she looked!

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She highly recommends this product because:

  • It lasts all day without touch-up needed (they meant it when the said it was “long wear”)
  • Lightweight and oil free
  • Gives you natural looking coverage
  • Semi-matte finish and it does not smudge
  • Easy to apply (with a brush or Beauty Blender)

Get the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation (RM175) at any Estée Lauder counter nationwide or on the Estée Lauder website.