8.29.2016

Review: Irresistible Me's Diamond Styler

One of the most important tasks in my life right now is to pamper my hair that turned turquoise on my 19th birthday a few days ago. I have curly/wavy hair that I keep straightening 'cause

1) I like straight hair
2) I like straight hair 2x

When I received a word from Irresistible Me (They are a company specializing in hair styling product who basically slay at everything they do) to collaborate on a post, I knew what I was going to choose from their gorg collection of hair extensions and other hair products. A. GLORIOUS. HAIR. STRAIGHTENER.
I chose Diamond Hair Styler* which is like their hawwwwtest product. 
 It was the talk of the town when it was first launched so I was already starstruck (yes by an iron whoops). You can read all the techie stuff about this hair straightener online. But basically, it's a smart straightener that has a digital controller, ceramic plates with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline and a light beautiful body. I had to get a small adapter since it's American and we had this difference of socket; it only costed me like $1?!?
It arrived pretty quickly, after the day of my birthday # yasss and I immediately started using it. The results were fabulous. I have been using this iron for a while now and let me tell you one thing; it's unlike any other iron I have used so far. You don't have to put on anything on your hair to help them look more 'natural'. I would only recommend using a hairspray to keep them in shape because you never know when the temperature might mess up.
Summary of this styler:

- it's so easy to use. It doesn't take a lot of time to perfectly straighten each strand and does it smoothly.

- the control of temperature is completely in your hand. One button press and you can maximize/minimize the level of heat.
- it has a system of auto turning off, which means if you have left the iron opened and forgot about it, it will turn off. However, don't ever leave your irons open. A serious precaution, y'all!

- I used it without any hair product and the results were still great. When my hair was freshly straightened, they looked like a wig. NO JOKE, MY MOTHER SAID SO.

It takes me less than 10 minutes to finish doing my hair. My dyed hair looks pretty lively after getting straightened by this styler. I am already in love with this, guys.
This diamond styler costs around $149 (currently on sale for like $104 in case you wanna grab a good sale). It's the kind of product I would stop strangers and recommend it to them.

My ratings: 5/5 (buy it ASAP & thank me later)

You can find it on Irresistible Me's hair straightener web page or search on Amazon.

What's your favorite hair styling tool?
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*This product was sent to me for review purpose. The opinions and reviews are 100% my own. 

8.25.2016

Visual Storytelling

A recent research about social media enlightened me how people preferred more video content rather than long philosophical posts. It didn't strike as surprising since I, myself, would enjoy visual content more than scrolling through long paragraphs. Perhaps it's human nature or something. Yus.

Then one day, while I was shooting a video for my youtube channel, I randomly made a video of the sky to just save a serene scenery. But when I went back to edit the videos, that sky clip stood out somehow (though it was like 4 seconds long). I couldn't include it in my channel video but I wanted to do something with it. Next day, I went out to make more clips.

My original plan was to just shoot them and add some light music from an editor and start posting them. However, that social media report had me like, 'instead of writing, let's add all the words in the background of these videos'. Thus, my friends, the journey of visual storytelling started for me.

I have made a few of them so far & here are some of my favorites:

visual storytelling: change
I was attending a social event at one of my favorite places in the old city when I made this vid. It was raining that day and it felt so so good to be there. It had been a while since I attended an event like that where all of my fave faces were present. That change was really refreshing so whilst leaving the hotel, I fetched a few moments to put together a visual storytelling piece.

visual storytelling: life's what we make it
AH! This was the start of it all. I am a firm believer of DIY (do all of your shizz yourself) and it includes life, too # YAS. Nothing changes or progress if you don't want to. You can cry for days and sit in self-pity to think how messed up life is. Or you can cry and sit in self-pity and keep doing your work and think how messed up life is. Ya, same situations but here only the additional work will help. My godfather used to say 'insaan pyara nahi hota, kam pyara hota hay' (translation: a human isn't that important; his work is).

visual storytelling: 'living well is the best revenge'
'living well is the best revenge' has been one hella influential quote in my life. It's not just a phrase; it's more like a philosophy. There were a lot of timeS when I wanted to burn all the bridges I had built and go back to the cave of oblivion but the idea of keep pushing myself to live well just because I had to, for the sake of so many incomplete plans and dreams, really kept me alive. I often replay this vid 'cause, ya know, some things hit home.

visual storytelling: poetry 'YOU'
I used an old poem YOU to bring it to life with some visuals. It's one of my old faves and picking clips for it felt like adding something to the still state of words, which was surprisingly good.

Visual storytelling has certainly given me a way to make words alive. And I couldn't be happier about it.

You can follow me on Instagram for exclusive storytelling vids xoxo not gossip girl
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8.21.2016

19 feat. Turquoise Hair

I turned 19 on 16th August 2016.

Phew!
I have always thought of 19 as a difficult phase. It's exactly when you're in the middle of transiting to a (supposed) adult but the teen in you won't let go; a very difficult phase indeed. The evening before my birthday, I turned off my phone, struggling to keep it shut until next day so I wouldn't have to talk about the dilemma 19th year of life was bringing along.
It didn't take long before I turned it on again to check my Instagram notifications, cried my heart out in front of my twin sister, then went over to my friend's house to pick her up so we could have that 12 AM gosh-yerrrr-burrrthday moment.

I guess I will never stop worrying about the age that's coming, reminiscing about the ages that have gone, things that could have been done, things that should not have happened. The list of should have's and could have's are endless; the numbers I would have to live are going to be pretty limited. So I might as well forget that they exist.
I turned 19 and it didn't feel like anything. I didn't turn around in a halo to have an unexpected transformation. Fairy godmother didn't visit me with magical presents. I also didn't find a secret letter telling me about an ancient family secret to digging it up and realize my ancestors ruled a really cool city that I might inherit. A clock ticked and dragged me to the last teenage year.

After everything jumbling up in my mind, I am settling with reality. The reality is that 19 years of my life have gone and I have yet to do a lot of things. Things my mother would be proud of. Things that I can tell my grandchildren about. Out of everything I would tell them, one is totally going to be about my hair color history.
I have had dyed hair for almost three years now. Started from maroon-ish red to bright red, I just got a hair cut and dyed them turquoise for the big 19th chapter of life. My main inspiration was Kylie Jenner circa 2014 because

1) I love Kylie Jenner
2) turquoise short hair look so dope anyways

I hope my grandchildren would think they looked cool. Because I think they look cool.
Long story short, I am 19 years old with turquoise hair and a lot of gifts to open because apparently, some people were really happy that I am alive and breathing and made it this far so they bought me things. I really like people.

If you're wondering about birthday celebrations, my twin sister and I celebrated with our friends. Then we celebrated again on the weekend (because the 16 fell on a frickin' Tuesday) with our book club anniversary that's same as our birthday, then just today, a family gathering turned into another birthday party with legit cake and lots of small cousins around. Just as I told you, I really like people.

Last thing I really wanted to add to this I-am-so-19 post; it's a note to myself and probably to anyone who might need it: I hope you learn to be kinder than ever before. Because kindness is what mother talked about, kindness is what people will remember you for, and kindness is the only thing you would need to make your life easier I hope you learn to be kind.

How do you celebrate your birthday?
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