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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.) [+]
    28.2.17 .

    Not to be confused with the best face scrub ever (but is called a mask)!



    This was one item that surprised me in Althea's February box. Obviously vegetables are crucial in our diet but I never thought to seek out a beauty product with veggies as contributors to their ingredients. Skin Food Bitter Green Clay Mask claims to include the goodness of wheat sprout (WHEAT sprout? Who dat?), kale, celery, broccoli, and cabbage. Aside from wheat sproutwhich, when Googled, looks like something like my classmates and I "harvested" as a science project when we were 10I genuinely enjoy consuming all of those veggies listed, so I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised that I love this clay mask just as much.

    The scent is interesting, to say the least. Very vegetable-y, I suppose? If you're not a fan of greens you might cringe at its clean "green" scent but as a veggie-lover, I'm at peace with it. The texture is just as interesting, with bits of clumps in the mask that are especially obvious once the mask dries on your skin.



    The mask is described as "anti-dust & purifying"; honestly, guys, I'm puzzled at the "anti-dust" part as much as you are. I suppose it has to do with how dust in the air can interfere with the condition of our skin (?maybe?) somehow, but anyway I'm very much on board with the "purifying" part.

    The result is really the surprise element here. I thought the "best face scrub ever" (mentioned in the first line of this post) gave me the best instant supple skin I could hope for but this clay mask managed to surpass that result; if that face scrub gave me 'baby-soft skin', then I guess this one gives me the ultimate baby-buttocks smoothnesswhich, I assume, is proof for the "purifying" claim. I can't imagine discovering a better clay mask than this, especially considering its affordability, but I do look forward to discovering that theoretical product!



    And that ends my reviews for Althea's February picks! Check out the other two posts on the other products here:

    Outfit post coming up soon! XO



    Thank you Althea for sponsoring my February skin care routine! I did not pay for these products but my reviews on them are honest and entirely my own.

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    28.2.17 .

    Not to be confused with the best face scrub ever (but is called a mask)!



    This was one item that surprised me in Althea's February box. Obviously vegetables are crucial in our diet but I never thought to seek out a beauty product with veggies as contributors to their ingredients. Skin Food Bitter Green Clay Mask claims to include the goodness of wheat sprout (WHEAT sprout? Who dat?), kale, celery, broccoli, and cabbage. Aside from wheat sproutwhich, when Googled, looks like something like my classmates and I "harvested" as a science project when we were 10I genuinely enjoy consuming all of those veggies listed, so I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised that I love this clay mask just as much.

    The scent is interesting, to say the least. Very vegetable-y, I suppose? If you're not a fan of greens you might cringe at its clean "green" scent but as a veggie-lover, I'm at peace with it. The texture is just as interesting, with bits of clumps in the mask that are especially obvious once the mask dries on your skin.



    The mask is described as "anti-dust & purifying"; honestly, guys, I'm puzzled at the "anti-dust" part as much as you are. I suppose it has to do with how dust in the air can interfere with the condition of our skin (?maybe?) somehow, but anyway I'm very much on board with the "purifying" part.

    The result is really the surprise element here. I thought the "best face scrub ever" (mentioned in the first line of this post) gave me the best instant supple skin I could hope for but this clay mask managed to surpass that result; if that face scrub gave me 'baby-soft skin', then I guess this one gives me the ultimate baby-buttocks smoothnesswhich, I assume, is proof for the "purifying" claim. I can't imagine discovering a better clay mask than this, especially considering its affordability, but I do look forward to discovering that theoretical product!



    And that ends my reviews for Althea's February picks! Check out the other two posts on the other products here:

    Outfit post coming up soon! XO



    Thank you Althea for sponsoring my February skin care routine! I did not pay for these products but my reviews on them are honest and entirely my own.

    24.2.17 .



    Prior to mid last year, I was the kind of person who faithfully stick to a skin-care range for as long as I could, come rain or shinethat is, until my skin started to breakout like CRAZY (which I had copiously described in this NARS concealer post). That was when I realised no matter how vigorously I maintain the "right" skin care routine, my facial skin is not excused from hormonal imbalance or allergic reaction.

    In turn, I had a strong reaction to that realisation by going from "safe and boring" (having only one to two brands in a skin care routine) to "Imma just experiment the heck out of this!!!" (trying out any product I desirethose with high ratings, of course).

    Not going to lie: as excited as I was to break out of a beauty rut, it was nerve-wrecking as well, what with the constant worrying if a product is going to break me out or not. However, I am happy to report I have not had a bad reaction from my experiment so far. In fact, my February products have been incredibly, incredibly kind to my skin!



    As mentioned in my previous post on the makeup removers, I've been using Korean beauty products in Althea's February surprise box. Out of the four products in today's post, three have won me over, but I'm going to go ahead and break down the four items:



    Missha Deep Clear Cleansing Foam
    I rarely let a product's scent sway my thoughts on their effectiveness but can we just talk about how gorgeous this foam smells? It really doesand there I was thinking I'd like my facial products to be as scentless as possible! It lives up to the title 'foam', too; it builds up into this dense foam, and not like the weak bubbly kind I'm used to. I only need to use the smallest amount to cover my entire face, plus it does feel like my face is thoroughly cleansed after using it.

      Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
      This is actually my second bottle Wonder Pore Freshner toner, as I had purchased one myself last year. I made a mental note to get a fresh bottle as I finished the last drop, so imagine my excitement when I discovered it in Althea's box soon after! While I can't attest to every single of the "10 in 1" claims (my pores don't seem to shrink), oil-control is noticeably better with this product; I'm less shiny now, which is a feat for my oily-combination skin.

      It's My It's My Sun Cream
      Nope, I didn't accidentally typed "it's my" twice; the product's name is It's My Sun Cream, and it's from the brand It's My. It has an SPF 45 which is a good high number, but I haven't been out under the sun enough to prove this product's effectiveness. For me personally, I just dislike the strong scent of sun screen and sun block in general, like this one has. You guys know that scent, right? I tend to stick with sun protection products with added pleasant scentwhich arguably might affect how well it works, but thankfully I'm rarely under sun light! This is the one product from the box that I rarely reach for and most probably won't be repurchasing.

      Onsaemeein Perfect Moisture-Cream
      This cream is recommended for dry skin but it suits my oily-combination skin beautifully for some reason. The texture is unlike any I've used before; I have to literally scoop it out instead of just swiping my finger inside the jar and having the cream sticks to my finger, as is the case with most creams I've used. Does that make sense? I also love the pleasant smell this cream has to offer. My skin gets shiny and oily pretty easily but it constantly feels parched, so for me, the best part of this cream is it really does a great job hydrating my skin! A huge plus: no breakout whatsoever.



      I will absolutely purchase the three products that I love myself and would recommend you to give them a try. There is another product from the box but I feel like it deserves an entire post, all on its own, so watch out for that review soon!

      Have you tried any of these products? If not, are you into K-beauty at all?


      Huge thanks to Althea for sponsoring these products! I may not have purchased any of them myself but my reviews of them are honest and entirely my own.

      22.2.17 .


      But since I don't (work at an office, that is), I'm just going to wear the outfit on a day out during the weekend, because why not. LOVE the trumpet sleeves on this striped top, by the way, and such a gem sales find at RM 40, which is like 10 USD (!).



      I'm very much into these ribboned mirror block heels I wear here at the moment (seen more clearly with these tiered baby); I wore it on both days this past weekend, on Saturday for a wedding and for another outfit shoot on Sunday. Which reminds me of this story: I went to my friend's wedding in December 2015, in this floral black dress paired with these nude flats. My friends and I were having fun catching up and taking photos afterwards when one of them said to me, "Those shoes don't really match that dress, though, do they?"


      For the longest time, I didn't own a single pair of black "feminine" shoesyou know, like ballet flats or heels (I swear this is true). I had a couple of nude ones, electric blue, red, but no black, which obviously should be a staple in anyone's closet! Perhaps I liked colours too much...

      Now, however, I own five pairs of black heels / flats, which probably stemmed from my friend's comment to me on that day. To be honest, I think five is a ridiculous number but the damage has been done, and by "damage" I mean me accruing five pairs of black shoes in a short few months instead of, say, only three pairs (three just seems more practical).


      After hearing her commentwhich was said in the gentlest way an honest best friend couldI might have feigned outrage (and to be honest felt a little insulted on the inside) but seriously though, I'm now genuinely glad for what my friend said, because a style wake-up call was exactly what I needed. What are girlfriends for, right?

        Wearing: Pull & Bear striped trumpet sleeves top  |  H&M high-waisted pants  |  Mango mirror block heels  |  Lancel Premier Flirt canvas bag  |  Aldo shades

        21.2.17 .

        Every time I purchased a bottle of the pricey Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing oil, I seemed to run out of it at a pace my wallet definitely did NOT appreciate. As much as it's worth the price, after my last bottle emptied I decided to go rogue and try out drugstore cleansing oils for makeup-removing, dabbling with the purple Biore onenot a fan of thisand the blue and green Neutrogena ones which I found to be kind of meh, so I continued to be on the lookout for a good, affordable product.


        Althea, the online destination for Korean beauty and makeup, has pretty much sponsored my skin care for the month of February by sending a huge box filled with "surprise" beauty goodies (and to a bunch of other bloggers too, in case anyone thinks I'm special), and in the box arrived two makeup-removing productsso convenient for me, guys.

        There are a bunch of products in the Althea box but I'll concentrate on the makeup removers for now: Calmia Rooibos No Wash Cleansing Water and Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm.


        Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm
        Let's talk about the good stuff first: I absolutely adore the grapefruit flavoured Jamong Cleansing Balm. It really does resemble "melting sherbet" as it's claimed on the little box it comes in! Putting aside its physicality, this cleansing balm really does work, leaving no trace of makeup behind after I'm done using itmaybe working even just as well as Shu Uemura's cleansing oil, which is a big statement to make!

        After I wipe away my eye makeup (I love these Biore wipes for that), I would scoop out a huge gunk of this and massage it on dry skin and rinse it off with water bit by bit, continually working any leftover around my skin.


        Calmia Rooibos No Wash Cleansing Water
         Now, the Rooibos one, on the other hand, is unfortunately not the best cleansing water I've used. It does remove makeup pretty well, which is the only reason I'm still using it, but for the love of tear-free beauty products this cleansing water just stings my eyes a little too much. I'll be sticking with my firm Biore fave for my eye area!

        I'll be updating with more beauty stuff from the same box, which also includes the best vegetarian (?!?) mask I have EVER used, so do come back to this space for that in the near future <3


        Thank you Althea for sponsoring the products! I may not have paid for these products but my opinions of them are honest and entirely my own.

        19.2.17 .


        I mean, did anyone actually predicted that side-striped track pants would be considered stylish some day? Gotta love the unpredictability in fashion! But in all seriousness, I'm sure that without the undeniable existence of conformism in fashion, the track pants would be a trend that is unanimously hated on.
        Not unlike mom jeans, which we ughed yearsss ago, yet now suddenly it's on every major fashion "It" person at fashion week, amirighttt?

          The fact that I genuinely love these "track pants" surprised myself; I bought it thinking it was something to throw on when I need to be out of the house in a hurry, but I'm definitely rethinking its potential. My favourite detail about it is the vertical line at the front of each leg which lends a hint of formality, and somehow brings what would've otherwise been a regular track pants to next-level!


          I paired this blue side-striped pair with my Adidas Tokyo tee and grunge-y ripped denim jacket, but soften the whole look by finishing with my favourite slingback flats and the fluffy chain bagwhich is, by the way, one of my best purchases from Tokyo.


            I can see how the track pants trend might be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing, though, but how about you? Are you into this trend as well?



            Wearing: Mango ripped denim jacket  |  Adidas Tokyo t-shirt (will forever miss Tokyo!)  |  H&M track pants  |  H&M flats  | Furry bag from Nishi Ginza mall, Tokyo

            18.2.17 .

            I feel like plenty of people regard January as one of their least favourite months, possibly due to the facts that it's the month after Christmas and also one of the coldest months in the calendar for a lot of countries. Since my birthday falls on 13 January every year, it's obviously my most favourite month evahhh so Imma just disregard y'all's feelings about January.

            Besides, if you wish for January to never happen, none of us would be blessed by the presence of the best, most interesting, most beautiful people to have EVER lived on planet Earth, OKKK, and I'm going to prove it to you by naming these January-born superstars in the hopes that if you ever said you hated January you'll take it back: Oprah Winfrey (Queen that she is), Muhammad Ali, Stephen Hawking, Michelle Obama (women's female bae everywhere), Kate Middleton, Siti Nurhaliza (Malaysia's Sweetheart), J.R.R. Tolkien, Ellen DeGeneres, Emma Bunton (Spice Girls won't be the same, guys), Mozart, Orlando Bloom (three words: Le. Go. LAS), and, um, it'd be a little narcissistic if I put my name on this list with all these people, but I happen to be number one on Shah's list, so that's pretty important, too. 

            Anyway! Here's what went down on my Instagram in January:


            The best part of Chinese New Year is getting myself a big box of the sweetest, juiciest mandarins!

            One of my best friends took me out a day before my actual birthday for brunch and she got me a hazelnut meringue cake with a candle on it to go with our coffees (like a lot of resturants, the staff joined my friend in singing 'Happy Birthday' before I blew the candle
            always fun!).


            I tried out truffle fries for the very first time on my birthday and I was like DAYUMMM how did I not get introduced to truffle fries at a much earlier time of my life? Like, how?? I've been missing out!

            January is special to me not only because it's my birthday month, but it is also my baby sister and my niece's birthday month! For the past four years we always do something special together as a family to celebrate the three of uslook at Arya taking my outfit photo! (She was using her toy camera but still, girl's got potential!)

            By the way, do Starbucks barristas always spell your name correctly? Not that I blame them for not getting mine correct every time, because I'm pretty sure they don't enjoy getting their customers' name wrong. I mean, I'd personally feel anxious about it constantly!

            One Utama has one of the prettiest Chinese New Year decors amongst all malls!      One of my favourite Italian restaurants has posters of old movies up on the walls of their branches, and I noticed I haven't seen any of these movies nor even heard about some of them. Which led me to this: as much as I love looking at photos of Audrey Hepburn (whose immense beauty was a DREAM), when I started watching Breakfast at Tiffany's a couple of months ago on Netflix I'm experiencing trouble finishing it, but have continued to finish loads of other movies and tv shows. Perhaps old movies are just not my thing...? But I should finish it, shouldn't I?


            If you haven't already followed my Instagram, have a quick look at @theliyanaaris and give it a follow if my feed tickles your fancy! <3

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            On a side note, my post What Is Your Style? (More Importantly, What's Mine?) was chosen for Independent Fashion Bloggers' Links a la Mode for this week! Check out all the other posts that made it here:

            16.2.17 .


            I repeat outfits that I particularly like all the time because, first of all, it's the practical thing to do, and I'm not entire without practicality, am I? (Answer: If it seems otherwise, I'm really not, I promise.) Plus, there's the question of not being able to afford a hu-u-u-ge closet filled with just enough items and things that could provide me the ability to wear an entirely new outfit, comprised of brand-new everything, every single dayor even every single weekend, as a matter of fact, which is when I get my outfit shots taken.

            Also, well, I admittedly get just a tad lazy sometimes...but don't we all? (PS: It'll make me feel better to know I'm not the only one!)


            Recently I wore this pajama top + culottes combo with pink scarf and derby shoes, but I liked the combo so much that I was willing to re-wear it again this soon! Here I substituted the pink and black with navy blue scarf and my baby Converse. Just goes to show, how you accessorize an outfit can make all the difference! With sneakers on, the vibes are a lot more casual here, compared to my more formal black derby shoes.

            Which of the two is your preferred styling though?

              I almost didn't buy this blue scarf (also worn with this burnt orange bomber) but I'm really glad I did, for its uniqueness. I imagine plenty of people who see it up-close would think someone drop a confetti of thread scraps on my head that messily got stuck on my scarf, because of the tiny, tiny colourful threads sewn-in in a scattered manner all over the scarf, but is it weird that that is exactly why I like it so much?



              Wearing: Zara pajama top  |  Ciaopanic culottes  |  Converse All Star sneakers  |  Rocawear bag  |  Zara scarf

              15.2.17 .


              I have this love-dislike relationship with my eyebrows; I suppose it's easier to say I have good days and bad days with them. Doesn't everybody, though...? But seriously, 'Good Brow Days' have now come around more often because of these Benefit products, so two thumbs up! (Or two brows going up and down in quick succession as a sign of approval!)

              I've always wanted to try out a brow product that comes in a potespecially Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade but sadly it isn't physically available hereso Benefit Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color (sure is a mouthful) seemed like a natural selection, especially since Benefit is known for their 'brow bar'. I ran out of my No7 clear brow gel months ago so I decided to pick up Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel as well.


              Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color, shade 4
              The cream-gel in the little pot is perfect for those who like going to town with the strong, bold brows trend. However, go easy on it with a light hand and you could achieve a softer, more natural effect, too.

              Ever since I saw a video of a makeup artist drawing individual brow hairs with a pomade and a thin brush, I've been wanting to try out that technique but unfortunately I haven't met a brush sturdy and thin enough to do the job (recommendation, guys?). I imagine Benefit Ka-Brow! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color is a good enough product to achieve that particular result as it's super pigmented, but the best part about the cream-gel in this little pot is it stays on for a wholeee day.

              The pot has an attached little brush that looks well-made but I never used it, as I feel like it'd be a nightmare to clean on the tiny space of where the brush is kept. (<--- As a mild germaphobe, this is more my problem than the packaging's, I must admit.)      This is one product I would definitely recommend anyone buying! I'm using shade number 4 but I'm thinking about going one or two shades lighter for my next pot.

              Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, shade 3
              I'm not as big of a fan of Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel; as much as I comb through my brow hairs with it and coax them to go in the direction I want them to (usually upwards), they go lifeless and messy again after a short while, unlike the colourless No7 brow gel (PS: No7 is not available in Malaysia, sadly, too). Other than it's less-than-impressive staying power, it does a great job at darkening and defining my brow hairs, which is a huge plus! If I ever purchase this again, I might go a shade darker.

              I don't consider Gimme Brow a must-have but if you're really into dyeing individual brow hairs and nothing more, you might like it.


              One thing's for sure: the packaging for this Benefit range is SO sweetadorable and kitschy, which are right up my alley! Even though one's a hit and the other's a miss, I still look forward to trying out the other Benefit brow products.

              Have you guys tried either one of them?

              13.2.17 .


              Once in a while it's kind of nice to feel like a total lady, too, right? I've ditched my ripped jeans and sneakers for skirt and heels, and also added an oxblood mesh split dress underneath my red knit just for "something extra". Although, I must stress the "once in a while" part; as much as these particular studded heels were comfortable enough for a couple of hours of walk, no heels are made for solely for walking, after all... (PS: And you can't drive in heels either; it's hazardous, girls.)

              This might be how I do "total lady" but the look is still casual enough to wear out and about on a regular day, don't you think?



                Wearing: Zara knit sweater  |  Zara mesh dress  |  Uniqlo skirt  |  Mango heels (first worn in my green-gold look during Eid last year)  |  Monki bag  |  Niichi scarf

                10.2.17 .


                I racked my brain for other ways to wear the pants from this striped set because seriously striped cigarette pants are REALLY hard to style, as I had just discovered with these particular striped ones! I can honestly say I have more flattering pants than them in my wardrobe (on me, that is) but I tend to wear what I want to wear anywayjust as everyone should, purely for our own satisfaction (and self-loving and confidence and all that good stuff!).



                The morning of this day, I remembered that I bought this burnt orange bomber jacket last year, with zipper at both sides, but also had no idea what to match it with. Coincidentally it matches the stripe in my pants so I consider "Round 1: Match Striped Cigarette Pants With Something Other Than Matching Top" done and dusted! Looking at these photos gives me retro vibes, for some reason...


                    Care to share ideas on how to style these pants for Round 2, guys? Because I need help with this one! (And for the jacket, toomuch appreciated!)

                    Wearing: Miira Mew bomber jacket  |  Esprit t-shirt  |  Monki pants  |  Adidas Stan Smith  |  Bow & Engel scarf