Just Banana Thoughts

I think I learned that I was different when I was maybe 16 or 17, and by then it was too late to turn back. One of my most defining moments was at one of my best friends’ birthday party, and I was SUPER PSYCHED to give her this bag that our other friends and I had secretly bought and customized with glitter glue, buttons and key chains. It was this lime green Wild Channel sling bag and those were super hot at the time and I think I had several of them myself, so yeah, ultra excited lmao. In classic Anna fashion I got the time and date wrong, but just in time managed to find out that the party was tonight, not tomorrow night, and in a completely uncharacteristic act of niceness my stepdad drove me to her house and I got there as everyone was presenting their gifts. I sat down on the floor next to the couch my BFF was sitting on and waited my turn.

Her boyfriend went first, and he had gotten her this gorgeous diamond necklace and earring set, which I suppose is the standard boyfriend gift. I think he was a bit older too, so I was like yeah, okay, it’s not like he’s hard on cash or anything. And then her other friends started giving her their gifts, and they were like watches and perfumes and designer clutches and after she opened like the fifth Guess handbag I was like “...Holy shit she’s getting all these amazing gifts and here I am with a canvas bag spattered in paint and glitter“. Here she was sitting on her gilded throne surrounded by Swarovski crystals and designer perfumes and I was about to give her a gift that looked like it was inspired by Shrek right in front of fuCKING EVERYONE.

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Literally the most emo

I think that was when I realized I wasn’t quite like everyone else and it was also the
moment I started trying really hard to be like everyone else. It’s been a good many years since that day, and I do remember a handful of similar moments. Like the time I attended my own birthday party in a neon blue zebra striped tank top and a glittery pink tutu, only to discover everyone else was dressed normal so I got embarrassed and changed into something else, or the time I was set up on a blind friend date when I first went abroad for my studies and the girl I was supposed to meet had porcelain skin and silky brown hair and there I was waiting for her on the corner in combat boots and some kind of corset I had bought at Sungai Wang with bushy orange hair.

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ACTUAL PHOTO of the embarrassing party top (it looked worse with the tutu).

In recent years I’ve been better at erasing those differences between me and other people, at least the physical ones. I’ve removed all my piercings and stopped dyeing my hair and I learned that there are other things I can do with makeup that do not involve smudging thick black sludge all over my eyelids. The newest installment in the Normalize Anna program is acrylic nails, which I quite like. I figured once I learned how to look the same, maybe the rest would follow.

I was so wrong lmao. My boyfriend keeps telling me he likes me because I’m different, he says he can’t put his finger on it but I’m nothing like other girls. Maybe it’s just a thing people like to say to each other, or maybe it’s because I do things like throw birthday parties for lizards, or get nightmares unless I watch murder documentaries before bed, or cry when I drop my pizza sub on the ground, or complain for days on end because Ant Man seems to change density every time he changes size, or got a tattoo that says KMA so that I can yell “KISS MY ASS” when anyone asks what it means.

But I think I’m finally ready to accept that I’m a Shrek backpack among a sea of Gucci clutches, or whatever it is people like to use as status symbols nowadays. I think it’s time for me to start being okay with being a Kiss My Ass tattoo in a world of bird silhouettes and meaningful lyrics. I think maybe one day soon it might be possible for it to be acceptable to be who I am, not to anyone else but to myself. Because the thing is, in all these stories nobody said anything about me being weird. Nobody antagonized me for having stringy striped hair or wearing glittery tulle tutus or looking and being awkward in general. It was always me, having a good time until I realized nobody else was exactly like me and for some reason that made me feel insecure. I want to be okay with that and I want to remind myself that just because I don’t belong wherever I happen to be at the time, it doesn’t mean that I don’t belong anywhere.

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Airport Shopping at Heathrow!

Yay I’m back in KL after THE most relaxing flight ever due to having an entire row (and pretty much the whole plane) to myself! I arrived at Heathrow airport with ample time to spare before my flight, so I decided to do a bit of shopping.

First I stopped by at Boots to see they had tons of sales and package deals for their cosmetics so of course I dove right in! After much consideration I decided to get a Max Factor Lipfinity 24 Hour Lip Colour and the Colour Elixir Lip Liner in a matching shade!

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Lipfinity comes in a set that includes the actual lip colour, in a shade called Spiritual (this pleases me), and a suuuper buttery balm that seals in moisture as the colour is a matte, which is known to be pretty drying. The liquid lip colour smells delish and true to its name, stays on all day and night until I take it off! There are still traces of the original swatch I took from the tester product on my arm that I never bothered to actually remove with makeup remover, and it’s been like four days since I tried it! I’m pretty impressed!

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These two combined came up to a total of $15.99, which made me eligible for a Bright Eyed Glamour box set worth $33! Inside were 3 full sized (Not tester sized but FULL SIZED!) products: The Max Factor Eye Luminizer in Light/Medium, Colour Elixir Gloss in Glossy Toffee and the Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara in Waterproof black. ABSOLUTE JACKPOT YOU GUYS.

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ALL these products are gonna get a ton of use from me, I haven’t tried the mascara or the gloss yet but I’m loving the Eye Luminizer! It’s a perfect match for my skin tone and makes my skin super silky and smooth, I don’t even have to use a primer anymore for my eye makeup! Completely in love with my purchases and winnings haha.

Next up I headed over to Victoria’s Secret, where a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal was going on! Obviously I couldn’t miss this opportunity even though I have never shopped at VS all my life (I’m more of a LaSenza girl tbh). After checking out the selection of glosses, body sprays and various balms and lotions eligible for the sale, I decided to get two Warm & Cozy body mists and a Beauty Rush gloss in Mocktail Hour.

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Why did I get two of the same thing? BECAUSE THESE MISTS SMELL GATDAM DELICIOUS. They smell like warm vanilla cookies and anything that smells like COOKIES I must have at least two! My Beauty Rush gloss was more of a “oml that’s so pretty” kinda purchase, because who doesn’t want sparkly lip gloss with a metallic lip keychain attached?! I haven’t actually tried or even opened the gloss yet, and to be completely honest it’s probably gonna end up one of those items I just keep in my bag because it’s cute and glittery and not much else (a lot like the stacking Sephora lip glosses Marie “lent” me literally a year ago ewps), but I regret absolutely nothing.

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So there’s my mini beauty haul from Heathrow Airport! I’m actually looking forward to going back there to see what other deals are on!

🌸 REVIEW 🌸 | Technic BRONZE & SULTRY Eyeshadow Palettes 🌺

One of the very few things that I think are better in the UK than in KL is the fact that LOOKING GOOD IS SO GATDAMN AFFORDABLE. Or, if you’re hopeless like me, just looking half decent maybe. Either way, cosmetics are cheap af in London and even drug store brands are worth a try. One of my faves that I fell in love with instantly is Technic Cosmetics – they have an enormous range of items and their products are actually not half bad for the prices! So the other day while I was at Body Care stocking up on cosmetics and skin care products, I picked up a ton of Technic stuff including their Sultry and Bronze eyeshadow palettes, their Ultimate Brow Kit and a cute set of Contour Stix (separate review coming another time as youve probably already seen tons of pics of them on my Instagram 😁).


 
Without any further ado here are my two new palettes from Technic Costmetics! I’m pretty sure I’ve purchased their Sultry palette before but Bronze  is a new one for me. Unfortunately I can’t remember how much I spent on these babies but they wouldnt have been more than £2-4 each because I’m a total cheapskate. I absolutely love their metallic shades, they’re super pigmented and glide on ultra smoothly with or without primer. They have great staying power too! Unfortunately I can’t say the same for their matte shades, they’re not as pigmented, don’t glide on as effortlessly and don’t stay on for long either. Even with primer! Here are some swatches for you!


These are from the Sultry palette. The first two shades are too light for my skin tone (although the admittedly the inside of my arm is not really representative of my overall coloration – thankfully I’m a bit browner everywhere else!) The matte brown shade second from the top actually shows up pretty well in this picture, but it’s mostly because my brush was slightly wet because I had wiped it on a facial wipe to remove the glittery pigment from the previous shade I was sampling. Still, very nice colours though and I’m not a huge fan of matte shadows anyway so I’m happy! 


THE BRONZE PALETTE THO. YAAASSS JUST YAAASSS. DEM PIGMENTS. DEM HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS. “100” emoji all the way!! 💯💯💯💯💯  Super creamy, super smooth and super sparkly and just everything you’d expect from a high end designer brand. At the moment it’s 4pm, and I’ve been wearing this palette since morning, and it still looks pristine ! No primer or setting spray needed!

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So yeah, the Technic eyeshadow palettes get a 6.5/10 and 8/10 for the Sultry and Bronze palettes respectively. I’m not a massive fan of the shades in the Sultry palette as two of the colours are way too light for me and their matte shades, one creamy yellow and the other a reddish brown, weren’t very pigmented and didn’t go on very smoothly. However I absolutely love all the colours in the Bronze palette, they compliment each other very well and blend seamlessly – In the picture I’m wearing three different colours on my lids and the matte brown on my lower lash line, where you can see its faded in some places. Would defo get the Bronze palette again!

Anyways, enjoy some pictures of my Ultimate Brow Kit and Contour Stix and I’ll be back soon to review them! Later taterz 😋

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DOES IT WERK? | Sunkissed Rapid Tan Mousse

So summer is coming up, and while pretty much everyone I know is manically working out at the gym in the hopes of miraculously achieving the ideal BMI 21 frame, I’m over here stocking up on tanning products because the last time I went back to KL one of Maries uncles was like “Wah Anna so fair now ah?” Tbh I don’t actually know what he said exactly cos I wasn’t there, but it pretty much destroyed my soul because despite my natural inclination to retain fair skin I’m not particularly fond of the “pale in the summer” look. So I was at Body Care perusing their impressive range of self tanning products and eventually settled on Sunkissed’s Rapid Tan mousse, because 1. I know literally nothing about tanning products and wanted to get a brand I was familiar with (I use their bronzer on the regular) and 2. It had a 2015 Beauty Awards Gold Winner sticker on it. I don’t know what this means and it doesn’t say WHICH beauty award, so I’m just gonna assume Beauty Awards is its own thing. ANYWAY. I also got a Velvotan applicator mitt, mostly (okay, solely) because it was pink and had pretty flamingos on it AND had gold shiny lettering. SUPER PRETTY.


I’ve already ripped the wrapping off the tanning mitt and used it once yesterday, though. Only after that did it occur to me to document this momentous occasion. But it cleans up very easily in just water and soap so I’m pretty happy with it! The mousse smells AWESOME, kinda coconutty and Shea buttery plus it’s also meant to have vitamin E and Aloe Vera somewhere in the mix too, which are, as you know, good for the skin and whatnot. Look how fluffy the mousse is tho!


I thought I’d have to stand with my hands and legs apart for the next hour or so, but it actually dries in seconds and darkens upon contact too. It was a bit messy yesterday because I was totally inexperienced and I spent like an hour applying it all over my body, but today I probably took only 15 minutes or so. I was actually able to reach my back too, so if you’re flexible you probably won’t need to ask for assistance.  EXPERT ADVICE: don’t get this stuff up your butt. I did that yesterday and now my various nooks and crannies are a kind of colour I’d like to describe as… Let’s go with burnt sienna. I’d also like to take the opportunity to say it’s best to have a totally smooth, exfoliated face before you do this, because today I have random dry patches on my nose and around my mouth and it’s looking kinda grody cos the mousse is trapped under the skin. I’m actually not too worried about patchiness though, because  I got the Medium tone (I assume Light and Dark are also available options)  and the reason I’m doing this again today after already having applied one layer yesterday, is because after washing it actually leaves a very subtle, very realistic shade only slightly darker than your actual colour. So it’s totally okay if you mess up, it washes off instantly as well and there’s plenty in the 150ml bottle for multiple applications!

Shade comparison on my unfinished leg!

You can see the shade difference here – it’s important to note that the colour you’re at during application is sadly not the colour you will be after a shower! On the plus side though, and I love this part, after just one application my skin tone looked so much more even and smooth compared to before! You can see the colour on the mitt is a lot darker than the dollop of mousse I posted a photo of earlier, as the colour darkens after a few seconds of exposure.

So here’s what I look like before and after application:

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I mean I’m pretty damn happy with the results! This stuff also washes off super easily in the shower and doesn’t stain your clothes or towels. And like I said, it dried in seconds so you can put a towel down and relax for about an hour while it develops. Overall I’ll give it a 8/10 because it smells delish, is relatively easy to apply even for a noob and does what it says on the bottle! As for the cons, well it doesn’t say exactly how long it’s meant to last and it’s kinda annoying that I had to use two layers and wait an hour for each application but maybe the Dark variation may have been more suitable! Either way, would defo buy again! Here’s a picture I took previously of part of my Body Care haul, and you can see the pretty Velvotan packaging in the background!
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Insta Store Hacks!

EDIT// This post was actually meant to have published months ago, but it didn’t lol so I’m posting it now!

So I’ve been running Moonlit Creatures on Instagram for about a month or so, and although my store hasn’t been around long it’s been super rewarding. I pull in about 100 engaged followers daily and make sales on the regular (although I do expect more in the future). A few friends of mine are thinking of opening their own stores and have contacted me asking for advice or a collaboration, so I’ve decided to put together this article combining my experience in design and marketing in hopes it will help!

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Name your products, such as the Sweetheart Collection, or the Death Shriek Collection, whatever floats your goat.
First of all — Sourcing your products

Once you’ve decided what you want to sell, have a look online for wholesalers. You can find bulk deals and job lots on eBay, which is what I do half the time when it comes to purchasing the materials for my jewelry. I highly recommend dealing with only one source at a time, making your orders easier to track, saving on shipping and ensuring they all arrive at the same time and you can open shop right away with a bunch of items instead of just like, 3 things.

Location, location, location!

There are several places you can list your items. Personally I prefer a hosting site such as Wix, Tictail, Etsy, etc. You can try eBay or Amazon, but it looks a lot more professional if you have your own store.

 

Username

Let’s just say you came across this list of Insta shops. Do you feel compelled to click on any of them?

  • @uniqueee_shop1347
  • @i_LuV_sH0pP1ng_
  • @54.c00l_stuff.82

Keep numbers, underscores and full stops to a minimum. I know you’re tempted to use special characters to change up a handle that’s already been taken, but there are a couple issues with that. First off, how is a customer supposed to remember who tf you are when your username has more numbers than you have followers smh. Secondly – Having a ton of special characters in your user kinda looks like you didn’t really try. It looks like you just went with the first thing you could think of and added a bunch of underscores until “username already exists” stops showing up next to the text field. Pls guys. First impressions and whatnot.

Insta Aesthetics

This is just me, but I like to play it safe by using the same background and decor because this guarantees a clean, clear cut theme. Compare the two samples below:

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A screenshot from my store, Moonlit Creatures

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A screenshot from, let’s say, @_nIce_th1nGzZ_sh0P_
Need I say more? Your products may be fucking stellar — but if you don’t showcase them in a good light, they’re not gonna sell. Here are some tips I like to keep in mind when shooting my products (on my phone I might add – you don’t need a fancy camera):

  • Use a nice background in your photos. A chopping board makes a beautiful wooden backdrop, or you could purchase some glitter paper for a sparkly finish or even sandpaper and some shells for a beachy theme.
  • Daylight. DAYLIGHT. Why? Because fluorescent lighting isn’t exactly flattering b.
  • Please use the sAMe GOSH DANG filters on all your pics! Look at the second photo above. Look at the mess of filters. It hurt me to make that collage. I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell you why using the same filter on all your photos is gonna be beneficial to your store.

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And here are just a few more tips and tricks!

  • Hashtag the FUCK out of your pics. I know it looks kinda try-hard, but you can rope in at least one or two likes per hashtag (if not more) and Instagram allows up to 30. Don’t just use generic tags such as #instagood #potd #love, take the time to type up a list of specific tags and save them on your phone so you can access them every time you post.
  • Follow like, SO many people. I know I’m starting to sound sell-outy rn but hey, you can sit there with your 6 followers or you can get your thumb out of your butt and use it to find people who might be interested in your store. Apps like Crowdfire are super helpful in enabling you to both follow similar users AND unfollow the basic bitches who unfollowed you.
  • Giveaways and promoter searches can be useful in gaining exposure. However, wait until you have at least 500 or so followers beforehand, otherwise you’ll end up with like 2 entries and o exposure. What you can do, however, is contact someone with a few thousand followers and ask them if they’d like to receive an item from your store in exchange for some shoutouts.

So that’s about it I think! All I have to offer now are my design skillz (email me at annararr@gmail.com if you’d like a logo or avatar or header or whatever) and also my social influence (I’m surayanna on Instagram so hmu if you want me to promote your stuff!). You can also shoot me a DM at my Moonlit Creatures insta account to purchase super cheap ad slots! I just wanna end with a little disclaimer – You can have a successful store without following my guidelines. It’s probably gonna take a bit longer and be a bit harder, but it’s possible. Hopefully some of you find this article helpful though, so thanks for reading aaaaand you can take 10% off your entire order at Moonlit Creatures when you enter the code CREATURES at checkout (; Did I mention you should put up some discount codes? Put up some discount codes. Give back to the peoples. Later taters!

Where I’m At

Hay gais!

So I’ve been super busy moving in and starting my second semester at uni, and now before I knew it I’m already closer to the end of the semester than the start! I’d like to say it’s been super eventful and a ton of fun, but it’s been pretty quiet around here lately especially since I’ve moved to a much nicer part of town (probably the nicest part of town where all the hotels and casinos are!). I had a few ups and downs returning to London from KL and experienced what is described as Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD lmao) which is basically a bout of depression that tends to hit in the winter months due to seasonal factors such as shortening daylight hours and whatever else. I was actually super down the past month or so since I got back from warm and sunny KL, which seems about normal when I read up on the symptoms… Anyways I feel a lot better now that I actually know what was wrong with me, because initially I thought it was actual depression coming back (I was afflicted with a pretty serious case of depression many years ago and I barely made it out alive) and it just made me feel scared and helpless because of how fucking terrible it was the first time. Luckily there are a few things that can help with SAD, such as daylight therapy lamps that basically shine a super bright light meant to emulate daylight and it’s supposed to trick your hormones into forgetting everything is cold and grey and yucky!

To be fair though, it hasn’t been all that cold and grey and yucky and now that I’m living on the 10th floor I get a fair amount of sunlight even on the days I just lounge around in bed all day hehe. There’s also an awesome little gym on the ground floor which I LOVE, and now I’m hellbent on losing those last few kilos on my road to 45kg (which, I’ll say it again, is a perfectly healthy and normal weight for my height).

What else is new… Oh yeah, I started an online shop called Moonlit Creatures! Caution, this shop is for cute witches and bad bitches ONLY, but feel free to clicky click if you aspire to be at least one of those things. I’ve been having fun making jewelry and although it’s only been open a couple of weeks, I’ve already received nearly 200 likes on the Facebook page, 2300+ followers on Instagram (and counting — I gain about 700 followers a week!) and generated a fair number of local and international sales despite January being the absolute worst month for shopping! So I’m feeling very positive and optimistic!

Here are a few of my fave items from the store!

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Making jewelry has been super soothing for me and helps keep me calm, plus I’ve always enjoyed running online stores and it’s probably gonna be good for my CV! I have a lot of time on my hands anyways seeing as I only go to uni a couple times a week because apparently its a thing to pay £11,000 for eight days or learning per month… Anyways. All in all I’m feeling slightly more positive about things than I was like a week ago and I’m quite sure things will start looking even better once the weather warms up a bit PLUS I’m looking forward to my visit back home (again) next month! Let’s just hope I don’t turn up so hard I end up in hospital again!

So that’s about it for now, but you know I never like to end a blog post without giving you guys a little somethin’ somethin’ for reading! So today I’m giving you 10% off Moonlit Creatures when you enter the code CREATURES at checkout! Don’t forget to like and follow on Instagram (@moonlitcreatures) and Facebook (Moonlit Creatures) for more exclusive discount codes and flash sales! Worldwide shipping is flat rate (£3.75) and UK shipping is completely free! You also get free worldwide shipping and a freebie with every £15 purchase because that’s just how cool I am. And now it’s time for me to get back to my fluffy duvet and binge watch Ghost Hunters until I fall asleep. Bye betches!

Ciate Mini Mani Advent | A Nailart Tip!

Oh. My. GOSH. U GUISE. Today I picked up the Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent calendar at TK Maxx for only £10! That’s a whole TWO DOZEN, TWENTY FOUR bottles of nail lacquer and assorted nail art supplies for only £10! I couldn’t believe my luck, the box was a bit beat up and I’m pretty sure I got the only box that didn’t already have half the windows ripped open because people are fucking SAVAGES, but hey, whatevs. I’m good.

So obviously I’m gonna be showing off my haul huehue. I’ve always loved Ciate lacquers and I’d get them from Sephora back in KL, but they cost SO MUCH so I pretty much feel like I’ve just won the lottery right now! Anyways! Here we have the box that contains the advent calendar. It’s pretty plain but definitely festive!

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Upon opening the box you’ll find the cute little windows leading up to the little trasures inside. Since Christmas came and went ages ago I decided to just dig in instead of being patient cos ain’t nobadi got time fo dat. But first here’s a look at the back of the box! It shows the 11 guaranteed shades you’ll get plus 13 mystery shades, pretty exciting!

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And here’s what the inside looks like! Too cute!

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After manually ripping into some of the windows I decided it might just be easier to pop the tab off at the top of each of the sides of the box and pull out the plastic tray that holds the bottles so I didn’t have to open every single window… I’m impatient like that. But there are some nail care tips you don’t wanna miss printed on the inside of the windows!

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Those are two of my favourite shades, by the way! The pink glitter shade is Naughty Or Nice and the blue one is called Rollercoaster. And now for the shots everyone has been waiting for! I couldn’t even fit my entire haul in one picture, but just look at these beauties!!

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Not only did I get nail lacquer, I also got a bottle of Christmas Tree Caviar Pearls, Jingle Belle Glitter, Miss Mistletoe Sequins, Concrete Base Coat, Black Light Top Coat and Underwear Base Coat. Pictured below are some of my faves!

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From Left: Miss Mistletoe Sequins, Jingle Belle Glitter and Butterscotch Lacquer
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Rollercoaster, Naughty Or Nice and Blizzard lacquers!

So as you can probably tell I’m still stuck in second grade and I’m way into glitter polishes, and, if you’ve ever had three coats of glitter on your nails, you know how much of a pain in the ass it is to remove! BUT NEVER FEAR, I now have the solution to all your sparkly worries! For super quick and simple removal of glitter lacquer, all you need is some cotton and nail polish remover (obvs) and some tin foil. Tear the cotton into halves lengthwise, soak the pieces in nail polish remover and wrap each piece around your nails. Wrap tin foil around them to keep them in place and prevent them from drying out. Leave for 2-4 minutes, firmly press down on your nail while pulling the cotton and foil and the glitter polish should just slide off! I know it sounds too good to be true, but I’ve done this tons of times and now you no longer need to rip your nails off trying to remove sparkles. You’re super welcome.

Anyways, here are a couple more honorable mentions that I’m actually very happy with. I’m not crazy about the colours in the Christmas Tree Caviar Pearls, but since I’m a sucker for cool textures I’m gonna have to give them a go at some point! I’m also looking forward to trying the Concrete Base Coat, which has little  white grains in it that’s meant to look killer under a matte neutral shade, such as grey or nude.

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At some point I’m gonna see if I can get my boyfriend to take me to TK Maxx again so I can pick up more of these boxes so I can do a giveaway! And maybe I’ll make a post of all the nailart designs I can come up with with the shades that came in my Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent.

In other news, I can’t actually believe I currently weigh 49.2kg when I was close to 52kg before I went back to KL 2 or 3 weeks ago. I thought for sure I’d have gained a ton of weight since going home and eating all the super lemak food my grandma made but I guess I’ve been lucky! Still hoping to reach my goal of 45kg before my birthday in February though, and today I received a parcel from Pretty Little Thing that I’m gonna open as a gift to myself when I lose my next 2 or 3kg. Anyways, as always, thanks for reading guys! I hope you enjoy my ramblings! I assume you do otherwise you wouldn’t have made it all the way to the end of my post hehehehe.


Want me to review or promote your product or brand? I’m always happy to help out companies that cater to my kind of weirdness! Feel free to email me at annaxmaki@gmail.com or drop me a DM on Instagram, or even just leave a comment below ♥ Looking forward to hearing from you!