The first day of Eid/Hari Raya usually feels the most festive. Everyone celebrates after a month of fasting and don their festive wear, sometimes colour coordinated with the rest of the family. For this year, my family decided to go with purple as our colour for the first day. (It’s my favourite colour!) I found this outfit at my go-to mall for traditional wear. They sell the top and bottom batik print skirt separately, giving shoppers the freedom to mix and match different colours and prints how they like. I had lots of fun with that and settled on this bright pink and aqua blue floral design for the skirt which really stood out for me. It’s a great contrast against the purple top, which I liked because of the flared hem. Traditional kebayas have a more fitted look. The flared hem gave me a lot more freedom to eat as much as I wanted without feeling too self-conscious for the entire day!
My Hijab Look
I was a little nervous about trying a new hijab look. Past insecurities about my face and head shape made me question whether I was wearing it the right way. Right before I stepped out of the house for visiting, I told myself that as long as I felt comfortable and focused on what was most important for the day – spending time with family – everything was going to be alright. This was an easy hijab look that I pulled together with the help of this video, using a scarf by local modest fashion brand Nushee Nurra that I found at the annual Ramadan bazaar.
Accessories & Shoes
I wore a pair of earrings by sadhu, which I wrote about in this post. The rattan design of the earrings go really well with the batik printed skirt. I got my silver sling back heels from local brand Charles & Keith. They were the perfect Hari Raya heels, meaning that I could easily slip and out of them whenever I needed to entire/exit a family member’s home.
As for my makeup, I used Glossier’s Lidstar in Lily, Fenty Beauty’s Shimmer Match Stix in Unicorn, and Mattemoiselle in One Of The Boyz. They are all different shades of purple, and it felt like a fun beauty and outfit pairing to try out.
I’ll be posting about my second Eid look very soon. To everyone who’s still celebrating, have a great second week of Eid!
Selamat Hari Raya/Eid Mubarak my friends!! I’m writing up this post in between visits – I’ve been down with the flu the past week and this weekend is going to be a busy one with lots of visiting, eating and spending time with my family. A few days ago my package from Glossier came with some products that I wanted to use for the festive period. It was a great pick-me-up when I was feeling down and ill!
Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark
I’ve been eyeing the Perfecting Skin Tint for a while now. I stopped wearing foundation a few years ago and I’ve been trying to clear my skin, so this felt like the right fit if I wanted a little something extra before I apply my concealer. I knew what to expect – sheer, dewy coverage that evens out my skin tone with a subtle brightening effect. It feels comfortable on my face and I like how my skin still looks like skin, textures and all. I might even consider including this in my everyday makeup routine!
I love mascara. It’s the most important part of my makeup routine for me, and I’m always on the hunt for new products to try. So imagine my excitement when Lash Slick was released! I knew I had to get it. I applied it for the first time this morning and I’m really impressed with how it lengthens and separates my lashes. What’s lacking for me is volume. I love thick dramatic lashes, and this just didn’t do that well enough for me.
Lidstar in Lily, Cub and Herb
I was looking forward to trying this the most! I was really tempted to get every colour from the Lidstar range, but I managed to restrain myself – at least for now :p What I noticed when I swatched this was that the darker colours felt smoother and more evenly pigmented as compared to the lighter colour (Lily). I feel that this is quite common when you compare lighter pigments to darker ones in other products like lipstick, cream highlights, etc., so it didn’t bother me as much. I’m wearing Lily today and one tip that I can share is that with this product, application is key. Dabbing will give you a lot more colour payoff, versus swiping it all over the lid which is great for blending it out at the edges or creating a sheer wash of colour over the lids. But for maximum glitter, dab, dab, dab!
A while ago, I was catching up on Margaret Zhang’s recent work on her website when I stumbled upon something she wrote that resonated quite strongly with me. In this post, she writes, “…music taught me how to feel, and everything I touch creatively is driven by emotion – sometimes to an irrational degree.” I think it’s a statement that a lot of people can relate to. Music will always be my first love, and I spent many years learning to play the piano, singing, performing, and making music within the comfort of my bedroom walls. This later developed into an interest in dancing, which I do my best to nourish by attending open classes every now and then.
Music has the power to influence my mood in so many ways, it’s insane. These days, I’ve been staying connected to my favourite crooners and urban poets with a pair of Regent headphones from Swedish brand Sudio. They’ve kindly sent over a pair*, and I haven’t parted with them since. I love how classic they look – the white leather material complements the gold hardware so elegantly, and the marble caps add a subtle statement to the design. This is great because it means they’re versatile and I can match them with all of my outfits (the most important thing, lol!). I also appreciate that they’re Bluetooth headphones because my previous pair used to get tangled up in stuff a lot (yes, I can be quite clumsy). After using them for about 3 weeks, I notice that they last a really long time, and that’s coming from someone who tends to forget to charge anything that isn’t her phone or laptop. The website states that it’s built to last 24+ hours – I haven’t exactly put that to the test but I do notice that the battery life really does last quite a while!
In this look I styled them with my favourite denim jacket that I found at a flea market in Singapore. I love the acid wash finish and the statement graphic at the back – a nod to the Young Romance comic books that ran in the 50s and 60s. I also have on a pair of hand-crafted earrings from madebyhazymomo, and Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Disturbed on my lips.
Sudio has very kindly offered a 15% off for my readers with the code rougeandruche. They’re having their pre-summer promotion now, which means that you’ll get a complimentary tote bag with every purchase from their website from now till 30 June. International delivery is free, and purchases come with a one-year international warranty.
I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite tunes at the moment. I hope they get you grooving along as much as they did for me!
*I was sent a free product in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.