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    is a virtual space where Liyana Aris documents her evolving modest personal style, which is based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest and doing it all on a budget; about 93% of her closet are filled with affordable things. (PS: The remaining 7% has a lot to do with her secret addiction to Adidas shoes and her occasional splurges on discounted high-end bags and clutches, shhh.) [+]
    17.7.13 .

    I've bought three pharmacie / pharmacy / drugstore foundations this yearL'oreal True Match, Maybelline Fit Me and this oneand this is my favourite out of the three.

    Let's break down the good and the bad of Rimmel Match Perfection 402 Bronze.

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    17.7.13 .

    I've bought three pharmacie / pharmacy / drugstore foundations this yearL'oreal True Match, Maybelline Fit Me and this oneand this is my favourite out of the three.

    Let's break down the good and the bad of Rimmel Match Perfection 402 Bronze.

    12.7.13 .

    This idea of  lip stain involves a pigmented lipstick, a lip brush, a couple of tissues and a few cotton buds.

    Lately i've been into lipstick that's barely there, and i call it "homemade" lip stain. This is an example of how it looks like:

    8.7.13 .

    I'm just going to go ahead and declare Revlon Fire & Ice as my favourite red lipstick ever.

    Let's break down the good and the bad.

    The Good

    • Amazing, fiery red shade
    • Instantly brightens up complexion
    • Suits all skin tones (legend has it Fire & Ice will appear a different colour on different people)
    • A legend on its own; it's been around since the 50's
    • Creamy and moisturising
    • Great staying power
    • Affordable

    The Bad

    • Not available in Malaysia!

    It's difficult to describe the colour. Cherry red with a hint of orange, maybe?

    I first heard about Fire & Ice from Lisa Eldridge in one of her videos and I knew I had to have it. Lucky for me, this shade is available in Paris!

    I carried this lipstick around during my trips around Europe with Shah where I'd usually just pair this with some concealer where needed, curl my lashes with an eyelash curler and I'd be good to go.

    Swatches (in different lightings):

    On my lips (in different lightings):

    On me (full face):

    Mini Europe in Brussels
    Canal boat in Amsterdam
    With zero other makeup on

    Revlon Fire & Ice looks similar to another favourite red lippie of mine, the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 22. The Rimmel swatch on the left has more pink in it whereas Fire & Ice, the swatch next to it, shows more orange hues. I like to pair Fire & Ice with a red lip liner by Deborah Milano, which I swatched on the most right.

    For the Rimmel lipstick review, go to: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 22.

    I love the shades Rosewine, Fleshtone, Rose Velvet and Bali Brown from the Revlon Super Lustrous Creme range as well. Click on these links here and also here to go straight to my reviews and thoughts on those other delightful Revlon lipsticks.

    Final verdict: I am obsessed with Fire & Ice and I am very much looking forward to the day when it's made available in Malaysia!


    If you're ever in Paris for the La Fete de la Musique, try not to expect the outifts you've seen on girls in Coachella. The French does as the French does. I saw loads of normal clothed girls strolling around Paris on the evening of 21st of June—which, i loikeee. Certain music festivals just result in everyone trying to dress so "individually" that they end up looking like everyone else. Except maybe worse, because the next girl usually looks more ridiculous.

    And since i am not French, and i am just me, i dress as i do.

    Leopard print scarf - A stall somewhere in Europe
    Lisa Simpson t-shirt - Pull & Bear, La Defense
    Black blazer - Bershka, One Utama
    Faded black jeans - Pimkie, La Defense
    Yellow-ish nude sneakers - An "Asian" store somewhere near Les Halles
    Black bag (my satchel/messenger bag/tote hybrid) - A store in Jonker's Street

    My shoes are seriously rotten. I shouldn't be allowed to wear them in public, really, they're all smudged with dirt. But it's the most comfortable shoes i could've gotten for 10 euros, and for that i am simply not ready to get rid of them. Piece of advice: do not buy nude sneakers.

    I did wish i have some cute skirts lying around my apartment here though. I got pretty jealous looking at girls clad in maxi skirts/dresses. The weather was pretty good too that day.

    None of the items i sported cost more than 25 euros. Congratulations, me!

    The music acts we came across that night (reminder: i am not at all well-versed in music, so i just describe it as i tookk it!):

    (1) Piano-playing in Forum des Halles

    (2) African-like beats outside Forum des Halles; i couldn't resist shimmying along with the dancing listeners!

    (3) A band covering famous rock songs near Nabab (Bapak's favourite kebab place!)

    (4) Spanish music on the way to Pompidou

    (5) Heavy-metal band playing from the balconies of their apartment, possibly?

    (6) A band that resembles the typical school/college bands you see in the tv shows/movies, except their music is about fifty times cooler. Also, from what we saw, the one that drew the hugest crowd, right in front of Centre Pompidou.

    The red-clad band didn't even mind their delighted fans jumping up and down and dancing so close to them. And i will admit i did some shakin' myself, their beats were contagious!

    (7) Hip-hop music on our way back to Metro from Pompidou

    (8) We have no idea how to describe the last act we saw. Red-Indian-like...somewhat...?

    And then Shah and i had to go home for Maghrib (Isyak came in around 1145pm). I wish we could have stayed out for more music!

    Here is a photo of Shah and i fooling around with his screen-cracked iPhone: