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Five Things In April

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Howdy guys! Wow, where has April gone? This month has totally flown by so fast and May is almost here. Not to mention that us Muslims will be fasting soon and are you guys excited? I know I do. Anyway, let's not ramble on too much and here's my Five Things In April. I hope you enjoy!

1. DWIPUTRA RESIDENCE, PUTRAJAYA 

So, my aunt and uncle bought a new house and it's SO freaking amazing and beautiful. I'm crazy fangirling over this house or condo, if you will. All the renovation has been done and I believe it all started last year so it's pretty much done now.





It's a house full of mirrors, I tell you! Haha. My aunt and uncle are still searching and buying new stuffs for their new home and I'm in charged to help them to choose what's best for the purpose of decorations and along the lines of arranging things in the new house.




However, we have been shuttled regularly from the current home to the new home just because a lot of things going on and they can't really 'move in' just yet so yeah. It's tiring but whatever, I love the house. What do you guys think of the new house?

2. BABYSITTING 4 KIDDOS 

I'm currently on my two months semester break and I really don't know what to do for two months straight, so my aunt came up with a great idea to kind of babysit her kids. I totally don't have a problem with that as my meals and accommodation are fully provided by my aunt and uncle. Haha! I'll be happy to help them any other way. But the fact that I don't like kids that much just worries me at the beginning, now I guess I'm definitely their new best friend and I love them! Not to mention that my aunt is pretty busy with her cake business, so I thought I could lend a helping hand with the kids and houseworks. That's about that.

3. GOING MAKEUP-FREE

I haven't been super getting ready or putting heavy makeup on my face for a good one month now because I intentionally avoid it so just my skin will look more flawless and healthy-looking. And guess what? It works! I'm so happy to see my skin is definitely look healthier now and my skin can 'breathe' happily. Did I mention, I ditched all my previous skincare products? Yup, I ditched them. I ditched them for good. And now I have been trying new skincare products and I guess that's just like the icing on the cake.

4. GETTING BACK ON TRACK WITH WORKING OUT

I have been slipping up with my workout, I bet we've all been there. However, this time I'm starting to realize something; I want a healthier and fit body but I eat everything in the fridge, gurl! That didn't click with what I want for my body, that's for sure. So I have to get going, I mean hit the gym or something?? But man, I'm too lazy to hit the gym so what I do is I started off with 'flashbacking' on what I used to do when I was super taking care of my body and I used to follow all Joanna Soh's workout on Youtube! Yes, that's what I used to do and I'm doing it again at this point of time. It works. That's it. I'd say I have been committed with all the exercise for a good 3 weeks straight now and I'm so proud and happy with myself for not procrastinate or whatsoever. Another achievement for this month, yay! *casually patting myself at the back*

5. I SHOP TOO MUCH 

That's that. I probably spent a little too much this month because basically I have nothing to do and I just wanted to shop till I drop. So, I did. And I kind of regret it now but on the bright side, I can do a haul post here on my blog! I just love haul posts and I bet you guys love it too. The fact that Ramadan is just around the corner and Eid is about to gear up soon, I'll be spending more. Yup. I'll be spending more for my baju raya and whatnot. Yes, I'm very prepared for everything in my life including finding the right outfit for that big event a month earlier. Haha! Sorry not sorry. I don't like everything last-minute, I just have to say. Hmm, what about you guys? Have you gotten your baju raya yet, ladies and gents?


That's that. I'm enjoying my April, how about you?

15 Blogging Facts About Me

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1. My first ever blog url was linalovehugsandkisses.blogspot.com and I know it sounds cringey and sounds so wrong. It was back then when I was 14 so.

2. I have literally tons of friends here and I do consider them as genuine friends but I haven't met any of them yet! 

3. In my 7 years of blogging on and off, I still suck at coding. All the HTMLs and ones and zeros whatever. It pisses me off and no matter how many times I learned about it, I tend to forget it. Shout out to premade responsive templates for making my life so much easier.

4. I have never thought of running a kinda-sorta beauty blog because I didn't have massive collection of beauty products to begin with but I guess it's all about passion and all the number of products will grow from time to time. Never let the flaws stop you from doing what you love :)

5. I have disabled my comment section once because I thought it wasn't cute until someone asked me where is the comment button. 

6. Writing feeds my soul, I guess. I have always love writing since I was small. When someone reads what I write and gives feedback to me, it's like giving my soul some extra nourishment. You know what I mean, jellybean?

7. My blog used to be some sort of online diary where I'd write about the stupidest things about the girl I hate the most. #DoNotDoThisAtHome It's good to throw bits and pieces of your personal life on the blog but it's never good to express negativity. 

8. I really can't blog if someone watches me or stares at the screen as I'm typing because I can feel a little bit uneasy and 'disturbed'. I need all those space and time.

9. I jot down ideas for my blog posts on my good 'ol notebook. It's just my thing because when I jot down things, I tend to remember it rather than keeping them in my phone. 


10. I have never won any blog giveaways before. Yup. You read that right. Never won any. Maybe because the rules seemed silly to me or they're not up to my standard or maybe because I joined like 2 giveaways throughout the year lol. Giveaways or contests are not really my thing I guess.

11. I always get nervous before starting up a new blog post and I always have to go to pee first. I know it sounds weird.

12. I don't really have a blogging space. I blog wherever I want; at the library, at the cafe, all over the place. 

13. I visit my blog everyday because because. Don't need a reason to; I just love visiting my blog although there's not much to find or to see. I bet some of you have done this too, am I right?

14. I enjoy doing reviews and hauls on my blog because it's fun to do and fun to read and I get to know other people's different views as well. More review and haul posts coming your way because to be honest, I bought quite a lot of beauty products and skincare products! 

15. My photography skill is so crappy and so 2010. I suck at taking photos because 1) I don't have the skills and 2) I don't have all the equipment. All of my images were taken by my phone camera and that's the only equipment I have. Oh and if you see a white background here on my blog, that's probably a piece of drawing block or A4 paper. The white marble background? Oh that's the floor. 

Now it's your turn to share yours!

That One Eyeliner I Always Repurchase

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Who have had the experience of trying tons of different eyeliners because you got played by your eyeliners? I mean they claimed to be smudge proof, budge proof, waterproof, stay on all day, highly pigmented yada yada but did none of all that. Me too. However, I don't have to worry anymore because I've found the one that works best for me.


I have a love/hate relationship with eyeliners because it looks on fleek today, but I might look like a racoon tomorrow. My eyeliner often end up below my eyes, sometimes even for only two freaking hours and it continues to budge throughout the whole day.

IN2IT really impressed me with this baby right here. Since I've started using the IN2IT Hair Brush Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, my eyeliner hardly smudges on me. Only when it's scorching hot outside. It totally gives me the assurance to know that I no longer have to check my eye makeup 637383 times throughout the day or constantly clean up the smudges or even reapply.


The brush, in my opinion, is very well-designed. Why? Because I have all the control I need with this kind of brush/ tip. I can create lines that I desire whether it's a very thick or thin line. I hardly had any trouble getting the line that I want with this eyeliner. The tip is so sharp and pointed like that so when it comes to the 'wing', I can create the perfect 'wings'. The wings that can lift me higher lol. I think it's suitable for both newbies and experts because you can't go wrong with this perfectly-designed brush. I honestly prefer hair brush tip rather than a felt tip because a felt tip tends to dry and hard to achieve a sharp 'wing'.

I have nothing bad to say about this eyeliner, honestly. It's so dark, it's all black (hence the name), I can achieve an insanely pigmented line in one swipe and lasts the whole without smudging on me.

This is the IN2IT Hair Brush Waterproof Eyeliner Pen that retails for RM23.90. You can make a great deal because it's inexpensive and very high quality product. Available at Guardian, Guardian online store and Watsons!

What is that one eyeliner you always go back to?

Gooey Brownies with Shiny Crust

Sunday, April 09, 2017
This is the first time I find myself sharing a recipe on my blog. It's one of the most requested post ever since I posted this post. I didn't know a lot of my readers are a foodie, just like yours truly. Okay, back to the brownies. There are tons of reasons to love about these brownies and I'm going to spill the tea in a minute! So without any further ado, here's the secret to gooey brownies with shiny crust!


A lot of chocolate. 

Yup. It scares the crap out of me because I'm not a fan of chocolate. At all. But I guess, this is an exception. I mean, look at the shiny and satiny sheen on top and mind you they're so very delicate and heavenly. Here's what you will need.



Gooey brownies with shiny crust recipe: 
  • 400g dark chocolate 
  • 150g butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 
  • 100g all purpose flour 
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 30g cocoa powder 
  • handful of chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Start out by pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and dark chocolate together. Double boiler will do and don't allow the butter and dark chocolate mixture to boil.
  • While that melt, beat in brown sugar, castor sugar, eggs and vanilla essence until they are well combined and have that golden-brown color. If you're a sucker for vanilla-scented everything, this part is going to be tough for you because it smells heavenly. 
  • Take the dark chocolate and butter mixture and pour it into the sugars, eggs and vanilla essence mixture. Stir until they are well combined. 
  • Once the batter is well stirred and completely combined, add all purpose flour and cocoa powder into the batter. This part require some strong hands if you don't have a stand mixer because the batter is thick and sticky. 
  • Add chocolate chip once the batter is well stirred.
  • Spread into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes where the edges should be set and the center look slightly moist, but not uncooked! :)
  • Cool the beautiful brownies on a wire rack for a few minutes and it should be good to go, I mean you can enjoy the brownies but careful not to eat too much because this stuff goes away fast haha.


I find this easy as pie to follow but of course I had to do multiple batches of brownies until I get the perfect one. No regrets baking these gooey brownies because they're so full of chocolate and scrumptious! That's all for now and I hope you enjoyed!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Monday, April 03, 2017

This is legit a long LONG overdue post that should have been up in the month of March but I was super duper busy preparing myself, physically, mentally and emotionally for my finals. Why I still decided to write this post, anyway? Because answering questions online is fun! But not online quizzes, though. You would not know what are the questions; they are pretty random and rare, like the one I have got here. Anyway, I was tagged by Rasya and thank you so much for tagging me! I enjoyed reading yours <3 Here I'm going to answer 11 questions by her and let's get started!

1. If you're an electronic appliance, what'll you be?

An electronic appliance, huh? I wouldn't know, honestly. However, if I could twist the question a little bit and took "If you are a kitchen appliance. what would you be?" I will go with the refrigerator. Why? Because I get to stuffed with food all the time. #FoodMatters #Foodie 

2. The last book you read.

I don't know. Sales management, I guess? It was for my next final paper. If I could be real honest with you guys, it was a book by Jenny Han and it was like three months ago. Sorry not sorry.

3. But wait, do you read?

I do but as of now, I don't enjoy reading that much. I have priorities.

4. If so, what're your favorite authors?

I read a lot of Sophie Kinsella's and Cecelia Ahern's, so I guess they are considered as my favorite. I do love Sidney Sheldon's writings though but I only read like probably three of his books.

5. Recommend me a book.

Aha, I don't know what to recommend. Really. Sorry!

6. What do you visualise yourself as in the future?

This is like a very common interview question, am I right? I wouldn't know, honestly. But all that I can picture is that I'm a successful businesswoman (just like Neelofa!), happily married with my significant other, have cute and adorable babies, living in a nice house, earning a certain amount of money and going to places I wanted to visit and all good vibes. I know it sounds very typical to some of you but this is like my answer every time I get asked such question haha! It sounds really fairytale-like, am I right? But I'm that person who always dreamed about all good things about my future. Who wouldn't want that, no? However, you can't really predict what will be thrown in your way. I guess I can picture myself focusing on being the best version of me that I can be. I may not be a successful businesswoman like Neelofa but I can be successful in my own way. That when I know I'm living the best life. I will focus my attention on what I do have, not on what I lack, I guess :)

7. The biggest decision that you regret making.

Wow, this question happens to be really hard to answer because I have tons of them and I don't know which one to choose so come back to me in like five years.

8. Why do you blog?

Well, I blog simply because I could write. I love writing, and I still do. I write in my notebook all the time. Plus, I love sharing new things to the people online and I love discovering new things from other bloggers too. Apart from writing and sharing, I love getting to know awesome people here! I have known a bunch of them and I just really want to hangout with you guys haha!

9. The meaning behind your blog URL and name.

It's pretty self-explanatory. It's my nickname combined with my father's name. I came up with this nickname because my classmate kept calling me Lenne back then when I was thirteen or fourteen. And here we are now. The reason why I chose this URL because if my blog ever did become successful, I want myself to be known as Lenne Zulkiflly.

10. Recommend me a blog that you always read.

ERIN AZMIR! Hey gurl, heyyy! I'm not saying this because she's my babe but she's the real deal, guys. I just love reading her blog because she loves to throw a bit of her personal life on the blog, I mean come on! Sometimes you do want to know the reality of that particular blogger. No one wants a straight up beauty post in a month but I wouldn't mind that. But honestly, it adds up more fun while browsing through the blogger's website. And yes, I get so inspired by her blog, her writings and all. So, Erin it is!

11. Is blogging fun?

Heck yeah! Just the idea of came across thousands of blogs and thousands of different writing styles are just super fun. I can spend days sitting in front of my computer and doing my usual blogwalking on blogs I followed and visiting new ones as well. Seeing people really passionate in what they are talking and seeing them really into what they are doing, just amazes me. I will instantly get so inspired and I think that's the beauty of blogging, it inspires a lot of people out there to share what they love, to lend a voice on that particular issue and to motivate a busy-school-girl-who-always-procrastinates like me to blog more. Heh.

That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful day x

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