" I regret taking good care of my skin."
said no one ever
I've finally finished my Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation that I have been using for basically the last two years and have since been on the lookout for a foundation for days I want to feel more put together and less Britney Spears pre-breakdown. No hate, I think she looks gorgeous now and I admire her work ethic as well as her ability to bounce back up after somewhat hitting rock bottom. YOU GO BRITNEY!
So after a few months of searching and going foundation free ( I've just been using the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness just to cover some of my redness around my nose and in between my brows, legit no makeup -makeup look), I have found my new little favourite- The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation (in the shade 07, Natural).
Everyone on the internet has been reviewing it, most people say that it doesn't have enough coverage but for me I love that 'your skin but better' look; I think it definitely fits that bill. I use one drop on each side of my face and spread it out. The directions state, 1-2 drops (light coverage), 3-4 drops (medium coverage) and 4++ drops (full). It is also meant to be applied with a brush because sponges tend to soak all the product up because of how liquid-y the consistency of the foundation is. I just use my hands because again, it looks natural and God gave us fingers anyways.
Here's my latest skincare revelation,
I've really bona back to the basics and have given all the serums and what-nots a break. Just good ol' organic (make sure it's certified organic when you check the packaging) RoseHip Oil. This liquid gold does wonders, even for oily skin. I have combination skin that occasionally gets sensitive and this helps smooth out all my dry patches as well prevent my T zone from shining bright like Rihanna's diamonds.
It also helps calm sensitive or irritated skin and evens out complexion, smoothes out texture and heals hyper pigmentation or pimple marks. Plus its cheaper than most serums on the market, I got mine for about RM50 and I use 1-2 drops day and night. Will last me for a good eternity and more.
WHERE MY CHEAPSKATES AT?! *drops mic*
We are great and all, but we are not invincible.
Especially not from the sun.
I do not want to sound like that 57 year old aunty that smells strongly of Talcum powder, but you gotta wear sunscreen! If you're like me and hate that greasy feeling of having sunscreen on then I have tried and tested these two.
TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!
The neutrogena one I got in Melbourne and probably would be harder to find here in Malaysia but a good dupe would be the Biore Aqua Sunscreen (Light blue with a white cap). These are for normal to combination skin.
For oily skin girls, the Biore UV Colour Control CC Milk is perfect to double as a light foundation + sunscreen. Super oil control and very long lasting, this sunscreen lasted me through the Butterworth Fringe Festival; NO BUDGE NO SMUDGE.
As for makeup products,
the MAC Prep + Prime is my favourite setting spray/finishing spray/ priming spray/ anything spray. The mist has a really good consistency and it's super duper fine so it doesn't feel you're spraying a water hose directly onto your face.
The Makeremake makeup remover has been my go to for cleaning my face (yeah, use it on my whole face). Easy, and it removes even the most stubborn mascaras like a breeze. It is a little bit oily so I always follow up with either a baby wipe or a face wash (THE FACE SHOP RICE WATER BRIGHTENING FACE WASH, DO YOU HEAR ME? YES? YES!)
And recently I've been enjoying coral blushes, this NYX blush is super pigmented and yet it blends into the skin so beautifully. I've yet to be disappointed by any NYX product and they're all fairly reasonably priced. Though I've heard the ombre blushes ain't that great but I've never tried it.
My last little secret for preventing breakouts.
Witch Hazel as a toner,
and diluted tea tree oil for pimples.
Works like a charm.
Thought I'd end with my current favourite perfume,
and a good pun.
Because why not.
Thanks for sticking around folks,
this month has just been something else but I'm excited to be involved in some exciting things in Kuching. One of 'em is TEDxKenyalang.Will be doing a post on that this weekend and also, the Butterworth Fringe Festival Video will be released tonight on my Youtube Channel, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
but it must find you working."
I am a content creator,
easiest way to put it.
I create content for branding, marketing (online & offline), advertising, and social media.
Perks of the job?
working with anyone and everyone.
But sometimes ideas don't come and you can't do much about it.
So I collected a bunch of hopefully helpful tips of what helps me work.
The environment you're in often helps put you in a mood.
It helps the mind with the creative juices.
Favourite work spaces: DNA office, ChinaHouse@Old Court House, KULTURE, Madeleine, SUKHA, Earthlings, The Charcoal, MY HOUSE
I'm not talking about a bowl of laksa or a plate of special chicken rice right smack on my work desk.
Nothing too messy, though my laptop stains would beg to differ.
Favourite work snacks: Shapes biscuits, citrus fruits, coconut water, peach or chamomile tea, cake (not too sweet)
It is important to create original content,
but in order to do that I find it helps to constantly flood myself with examples of good work;
because there is plenty.
Knowledge is trendy.
Favourite *knowledge outlets* : TED talks, Kinfolk, FRANKIE, Cereal, Podcast- Becoming Superhuman
Multi-tasking is my middle name.
I usually need either some background sound, a series (RIVERDALE), or music.
It's often music,
songs carry emotions and that gets translated into my work.
I found this playlist in a the LOCAL WOLVES// ISSUE 50
Something about exploring someone else's playlist,
feels almost naughty.
Current favourite songs : NYK-FWB, Martin Garrix ft Troye Sivan -There For You, Childish Gambino - REDBONE
5. Take Breaks
Kinda like a power nap,
take short power breaks.
A change of scene.
I am a sucker for funny comics.
I believe in efficiency than slugging it out without quality.
It's like going shopping on a budget.
Don't go over and you won't feel guilty.
Hope your Sunday is as chilled out as mine!
The world ain't perfect sunshine,
but that's the best part.
Flaws reminds us that we're human;
1. MOM IS USUALLY RIGHT
This implies to multiple areas of life. From fashion choices, to relationships, major life decisions and even her questionable 'medical advice' (drinking water is her solution to every thing under the sun). You may argue, you may debate, you may even present her a thesis of your findings; but lo and behold, she will be right. Again and again.
Looking back, I should've listen and not intentionally go sun tanning every opportunity I could. I thought the sun-burnt look was the trend, so I was nicknamed 'burnt fish' throughout primary school. Then came the fights every Sunday morning. Mom would try to get me to wear something nice, but I wouldn't have it. Nothing made me happier than my sleeveless kikilala tank top and my adventure pants. One word - HIDEOUS. Now I look back at old photos and just want to burn them all as a sacrifice to the WHAT-WAS-SHE-WEARING-GODS. *jokes* (There is only one Almighty God, and he forgave my lycra-9-pocket box shorts)
I seriously could go on and on, but if any of you feel like your mom is being unreasonable. Take a deep breath and really give it some good thought and consideration. Moms always want the best for us, even when they occupy 75% of our lives nagging; Believe me it's for the best.
2. DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE, DISCIPLINE
Swimming training & competitions, tennis practices, Violin solo, group practice and orchestra, taekwondo, after school athletics, Cross Country, Debate Club, ISCF, Tuitions, Mandarin classes, Church groups, Worship practice...
I had to schedule in birthday parties two weeks in advance if I really wanted to go.
"Child Abuse!" they yelled.
I regret nothing. I feel like it wasn't just the skills that benefited me, more so the understanding of discipline. Being able to handle stress and pressure, having to learn to manage my own time and most importantly not giving up when things got hard. To all my coaches and teachers, thank you for moulding me to the somewhat decent person I am today.
Like my sister would say, "GURL, YOU BETTER WEEERK!"
3. BE ORIGINAL
There was this one girl that I admired so much when I was younger. So I did what a 13 year old me could mentally comprehend. I copied.
I copied the way she talked, her hair styles, the way she dressed. I loved how she was so confident, how guys liked her. I wanted to be just like her. However, it became so exhausting because I couldn't constantly keep up my act. It was starting to lose it's OSCAR/ACADEMY AWARD appeal and I finally decided one day that I would stop, not because I wanted to; I was tired.
However, when I stopped trying to copy-paste, I really grew into my own and people seemed to like it. I became more happy with myself, more confident and I just had more time and space to focus on improving myself rather than copying someone else.
Remember, Imitation isn't as valued.
4. TRY! DON'T LIMIT YOURSELF
If I could turn back time, I would've dived into music and singing a whole lot earlier. I used to think that it just wasn't my thing so I didn't even bothered trying. I am also happy that I tried so many things since as early as I could remember, it taught me balance and that helps loads when you have to 'adult'.
5. THINGS WILL CHANGE
Change is the only constant. No matter how much you think that one thing or one person is of the utmost importance, time will tell; seasons will change. Your likings will changes, your hopes and dreams will change, your fears change... Heck, YOU WILL CHANGE!
I used to think swimming was my world and when I had to stop I felt my world came crashing down. I had found my identity in it, my friends, my entire social life. Of course there are the crushes and the " semi-relationships", the disastrous exam results or the pimples, the self-consciousness/ self esteem stuff. etc.
Everything will change and you will be fine, just take things as they are and be grateful for each day.
6. FITTING IN IS *SOMEWHAT* IMPORTANT
Social skills gets you pretty far in life. Learning to read people's emotions, learning to empathise; Those things are insanely important. Try to work with people from all backgrounds, even when it's challenging and you can't fully understand them because that is life.
"在 家靠父母 , 出外靠朋友"
You can google that. 12 years of Chinese classes right there!
7. YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE
If you think you're gonna suck at something and you keep telling yourself that, you probably will. So channel that negativity into positivity and focus on always better-ing (is that even a word) yourself.
8. STRESS IS GOOD.
My favourite TED talk of all time will explain this concisely and precisely.
9. KNOW WHEN NOT TO COMPROMISE
Life is all about compromise, I agree.
However, there are core values that shouldn't be compromised; core values that shape and define you. For me, that's definitely my faith. There has been so many things I've tried to change or compromise over the years, but the one thing I've promised I would never change is my belief.
Well, to each their own.
You're gonna have to figure out the values that you matter to you, but in that process, you are no way in a position to ever judge someone else's core values. Learn to love your neighbours as yourself, even when you can agree to disagree. Narrow-mindedness is no one's friend.
10. ENJOY YOURSELF
Don't hurry to grow up and don't drag it either. You're never going to know what the future entails and that is completely normal. Even on the days when everything just seems to be going wrong or when you have the week from hell and you just want it to end, remember to enjoy each and every moment and to live in the moment. Your perspective in life is the defining factor of what makes a 'good' or 'bad' day.
Don't get so caught up chasing a future dream that you neglect the people in your present. Don't continuously wallow in the past that you don't give your future a shot. Do the things that you love, and do things for others out of love. There is no bigger enjoyment than living a life for more than just yourself.
If only mini me could've read this.
It was the one thing I could do,
with ease -
I could put my emotions
I wrote all day, everyday since I could remember. Poems, short stories, songs, funny comics, you name it.
I'd look forward to turning in English essays in school (except those structured ones like formal letters and news etc. *yawn*), I was a full-fledged creative writer! Little me was writing about love before I had ever fallen in love, but somehow, I found the words to pull together the concept of love. A concept that I had gotten from watching Disney movies and all those princess stories. Yet I saw the reality of love through sacrifice that my parents made for each other, the respect that they showed and the care that went in to raising our family. So, I'd write about it; almost as a reminder/ checkpoint for myself.
Joyce at 9, thought that love would be the most powerful and unbreakable thing in the world. Over the years, I've seen my share of failed marriages, cheating partners, heartbreaks... but I look back at the wisdom of Joyce at 9, and it's a reminder that despite our human flaws, my understanding of love remains the same as mini me.
That's part of the beauty of writing. Putting down your feelings, your thoughts and your dreams onto a physical piece of paper. 10 years from now, it'll still be there (hopefully it'll still be there, unless your mum throws away everything like mine).
It almost feels like opening a time portal, just like pictures but so much more in depth. A picture is a freeze frame of how something looks at a point of time; A piece of writing however, encompasses the memories, the feelings, your thought patterns, your fears, your dreams and everything else in between.
I have journals for different seasons of my life, and everytime I want to remember or reflect on how I was at a state of my life- I'll just look for the specific journal. It's insanely entertaining and I can have a good measure of how much I've grown from that period of time.
In my collection, I have 12 full journals that I've written from about the age of 9 - 17. I was 17 (turning 18) when I discovered the internet and the world of blogging. I've read blogs before but till that point never saw the need to participate in it. Then Facebook came along and suddenly I had 'online' friends, some that encouraged me to write stuff and share it online. They found it amusing and would share it with their friends.
**This usually happened whenever I wrote a touching piece for my family member on their birthdays, I was broke, so a heart-wrenching mushy I-love-you-poem was as good as it gets.
So eventually I did start a blog <---(click to read) BITS & PIECES
I find it slightly cringe worthy to be sharing it again but I must say, I'm not ashamed of my writings. So you can go ahead and scroll through the mind of Joyce Khoo in her uni days. Boy! I've come a long way, and even back in the days before social media was a big part of my life... I gathered a far amount of readers ( close to 50,000 page views for that poorly designed blog, talk about that tacky bird background)
So why am I writing this?
Besides the fact that I am procrastinating another job yet again.. I am writing this because journalling was what got me started into this online world. It's also an announcement that I will be cutting back a little on my videos because a lot of my focus will be directed back into my one true love - eating *JOKES* Writing.
Don't worry! There will still be videos but just a whole lot more consistent blogs. I understand how many of you have been there for me since the very beginning of my emo-nemo writing days. Thank you for that! I promise to pour my heart and my soul into my work and to bring you content that has inspired me throughout my journey. I promise to bring out goodness, kindness, peace, joy, gratefulness and to be a beacon of light representing God through written words, in hopes that you too can share in the blessings of God.
I sincerely hope that you journey with me, in life; be it even through a computer screen, a mobile phone, a call, a comment or a text. That may our paths collide through the letters we type and that you can witness my growth as you grow along with me. May we encourage each other to create meaningful conversations that go beyond which branded handbag you are using and may we care so deeply for each other's well-beings even though we have not yet met.
That's the power of words.
Like I said, I have a journal for every season and time. This was the journal that started SOOL, the same journal that went to Africa (Uganda), the same journal that brought me back to Kuching for good (and all the trials of trying to 'fit in'), and the same journal that started this website. It is now full and as much as I hate to see a journal end, I know a season has ended and that there are greater things to come.
I'm a third into my new journal, and I have so many more exciting stories to share. So I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed writing it.
I guess this is why I write.
" pibu gwanli "
The strange yet abundant and oddly addictive world of korean skincare. Tbh, I wasn't a big fan until after university. I became a convert/lover of Korean skincare after my trip in Korea, in which I vlog-ed about on my youtube channel (watch it here). In high school, everyone caught onto the whole 'K-wave' thing and lots of girls were sporting the 'dewy','fair', neon pink cheeks and ombre lips sort of makeup looks. I was still very much into sports, not so much sporting any 'new looks' besides the sport shoes and the chlorine bleached hair.
The only exception to be my obvious oblivion was of course The Face Shop . The Face Shop - Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam was and still is my Holy Grail, do note that there is one with exfoliating beads and one without. I used to use the exfoliating one when I had oiler skin but now I prefer the normal foam one. The older I get, the more gentle I have to
be with my skin. (and wear sun screen!- says every article I've read)
Here's the real catch! Kuching K-beauty lovers can start rejoicing
because NATURE SMART has now opened in The Spring Mall,
while 50% of the store is predominantly The Face Shop products;
the store now also carries new brands like: BEYOND, TOMARU,
BEYOND THE REMEDY, CNP LABORATORY, DEARPACKER
and MAKEREMAKE. They also have plans of adding more brands
into the mix down the road.
ONE STOP BEAUTY HAVEN!
Nature Smart, from LG Household & Health Care (LG H&H) has
a philosophy :
" Most beautiful things are from nature."
A quick introduction of Nature Smart brands
1. The Face Shop
The Face Shop is literally everywhere and is the most commercially successful and recognisable Korean brand with it's famous tagline 'Natural Story'. The Face Shop products remain the main featured brand in the Nature Smart Store.
An ethical and eco-friendly brand, abiding by 10 eco philosophies for sustainable living. Among these are: no parabens and minimum waste in production chain management.
3. Beyond The Remedy
Beauty using root energy. The brand uses Root Therapy Complex™ and Root Drop™ patented technology to beautify the skin. It also only uses ingredients earned through Happy Root Extract™ that does not harm live plants while extracting medicinal components from their roots.
"Tamara" means creating a high beauty standard. *look at me learning korean :>" They fuse a combination of modern technology with traditional Korean guru recipe to produce skincare that is gentle yet potent.
5. CNP Laboratory
I was recommended this by quite a few friends when I was in Korea. It's a skincare range developed by skin doctors (always a plus to have medical input) by the founder Dr Lee Dong-Won at the renowned CNP Skin Specialist Clinic in Korea.
Famous for their peeling booster and ampoules! I NEED!
I love love love their packaging. IMO, it's the best of the lot. They stock all kinds of masks and the designs are inspired by the symbolic aesthetics of different countries.
This brand is a specialist in everything to do with cleansing, using fresh whole food ingredients and 7 free formulas -
NO PARABEN, TEA, SYNTHETHIC COLOURING, MINERAL OILS, TRICLOSAN, SLS & PHENOXYETHANOL.
I was given a nice goody bag of new products to try and it's been a fun week of chucking multiple product on my face and waiting to see what happens. Thankfully my face is still very much intact and I'm happy with the results. I managed to pick out my favourites down below!
I spent the afternoon with Nicole from The Face Shop and she shared so many tips and tricks to maintaining great skin. She mentioned that she had problematic skin before and that using a mask (either cream or sheet) at night really made a big difference. My mum uses the Raspberry Root Sleeping Mask from The Face Shop and I often steal some off her. It's slightly tacky but really hydrating and I can notice the obvious glow the following morning.
Also, I asked Nicole "when should one start using an anti-ageing skincare line?" We both couldn't be definite but we settled on the age of 25, because prevention is always better than cure. I have 1 more year before my bank account is buried
behind theanti-ageing counter. Until then, I'm still on team #brightening.
Seriously, get the Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam.
NATURE SMART x THE FACE SHOP
Open now in The Spring Mall Kuching,