A life & style blog written by Bash Harry, a 21 year old perfectionist with little to say but much to do. Let's talk beauty, fashion and intersectional feminism.



Thursday, 29 June 2017

OOTD | Outfits from Eid 2017

Happy Eid Al-Fitri everyone!

The blessed month has arrived to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

I wait for this time to reflect all the changes in life since the last Eid. My cheeks are fuller, braces no longer, and still loving Eid. It is the time of year I look most forward to, if only to dress up nice and show you my outfits.

So here are my outfits from Eid! 

shawl : Radiusite   |   dress : Poplook   |   jewellery : (family heirlooms)
shoes :   Prada

Going simple for the first day of Eid, because I didn't do anything.

This Poplook dress was from its 2016 collection. Originally my sister's but I managed to slip into it for this year. Barely, I might add. I realised how much weight I gained since last year when the dress couldn't lift past mid-thigh.

Radiusite Oxford Shawl added a bolder print to the look, matching the dress' light blue-grey hues.

shawl : dUck Scarves   |   dress : Jovian Mandagie   |   jewellery : (family heirlooms)
shoes : Charles & Keith

I bought this Baju Kurung set the next day I arrived in Brunei. 

Still half-asleep when we drove to Bajoo, in search of new Eid dresses. Since I returned half-way through Ramadan, everyone had bought their clothes and I had leftovers. Searching through the racks, my mother picked up Jovian Izu Baju Kurung in Blue from their LS for Jovian collection.The shantung and heavy crepe fabric wrapped around my figure, and printed skirt fell just above my ankles.  

I fell in love as soon I put it on. Much to my delight, the LS for Jovian Baju Kurung is available on Zalora! (Use ZBAPD013 for 15% off!)

As a contrast to the blue top, I wore dUck Matte Satin Silk Scarf in Sweet Chili. It matched the skirt's pink-reddish hues. My mother made sure the metal tag hung over my shoulder. The little duck sat secure, as if it was proud of its wearer.

shawl : Asha Karim Collection   |   dress : Bajoo   |   jewellery : (family heirlooms)
bag : Moschino

I'm not going to lie. I feel like such a Jackie O in Bajoo's Rania from their Eid collection. The flared tiered sleeves and ostrich plumes add interesting elements to the top. Whilst the long black skirt drapes to the floor like a mermaid's tale. What else can I say? I looked fantastic.

You can tell how much I adore this specific Asha Karim Scarf as I wore it last Eid and during London Fashion Week. The soft teal blue and silver-grey embroidery is perfect. It provides the pop of colour I always seek whenever I wear a black ensemble.

DAY 1:   POPLOOK   &   RADIUSITE   |   DAY 2:   JOVIAN   &   DUCK

Three days spent driving around in a car, meeting friends and family, and dressed in my best. It's fun, it's nice, it's good.

I forget why I love Eid so much until it is Eid. It is for my friends and family, and myself. To take a step back and focus on the loves of life. And clothes. Because obviously. 

What do you like to wear for festive events?

Monday, 26 June 2017

Worst. Malay. Q&A. Ever

Malays who can't speak Malay.

Our parents are so proud.

Aqilah and I have known each other since 2012. For five years, we've spoken to each other in English. For five years, our friends begged us to speak Malay. Five years later, we finally did it.

In the form of a Questions & Answers video. Oh, help us.


This video is subtitled, because I don't even understand what I'm saying. 

In the spirit of Eid, we decided to film this fun, little video so relax as we celebrate this festive season! It's Eid Al-Fitri as of writing this, filled with fashion, food and every growing tummies. 

Selamat Hari Raya & Happy Eid Mubarak!

Friday, 23 June 2017

4 Makeup Looks for Eid

Eid is in three days. 

It is our festive season. When we feel the end of our fast and beginning of our celebration. Everyone rushing to buy their dresses, or hang their decorations. It is as exciting as it is exhausting.

Eid is one of the best times to experiment with makeup. I can slather on as much powder and shadow as I want, and no one bats an eye. Everyone wants to look their best during Eid. So I came up with four makeup looks for the festive season!

Here are some Eid-ready looks!


I always find myself reaching for darker shades as Eid continues. I'm usually out at night at a family friend's party full of Pepsi and karaoke. A dark brown smokey eye is perfect for those nights out. This one in particular is easy. 

For the eyes, I only used two colours from the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I blended Coco into my crease as my transition shade then applied Dubai on my entire lid. NYX Gel Liner in Black helped create a smudged winged liner. As a final touch, I applied House of Lashes' Iconic Falsies.

As for lips, I'm using Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Flirt, a cool tone brown that completed this look.


Get pretty in pink!

In conjunction with my Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette review, I made a Full Glam video featuring my favourite products. I used a mixture of Sandalwood, Henna and Bossy in the crease and Fling on the lids. Then I took Black Truffle on the outer corner, and a hint of Angelic and Moondust as my inner corner highlight.

No glam look is complete without thick liquid liner, made with NYX Matte Liquid Liner and my favourite Huda Beauty Lashes in Samantha. A nude lip like Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Trendsetter sets the look.


Mother says I need to look fresh for Eid. To look like you're wearing makeup 'but not too much.' So this look is perfect for glowing makeup, without any bold statement.

I used theBalm's Nude Tude Palette in Sultry, blending it on the lid. Then applied Snobby and TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer on the centre of the lid for shimmer. This creates a soft halo effect. I quickly lined my eyes then used Huda Beauty Lashes in Giselle. It is perfect pair for these looks. 

For the face, I kept everything blended. I used TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer for my highlighter, and contoured with NYX Contour Pans. The lips were kept nude with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi.


Adding a little colour during Eid keeps makeup looking bold, without overpowering it. Though I used yellow, you can easily use other colours like green or blue to suit you.

I used Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Creme Brûlée and Coco Bear to create a basic eyeshadow look. To add the pop of colour, I applied NYX Eyeshadow Base as a white base on the inner corner. With a bright yellow shade from NYX Ultimate Shadows Palette in Brights.

I quickly lined my eyes with NYX Matte Liquid Liner then applied Mi-in Lashes in Santorini, for light cat-eye lashes. Lips were kept a nude brown with Alapnian So Alap! Matte Lip Cream in Fatima. 

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This was originally going to be five, but time restricted me. 

I've worn all these makeup looks out. Each look is unique but beautiful in its own right. Whether you go dark and smokey, or light and fresh, Eid is a time to feel your best. Dressing up and looking nice help quite a bit. 

So whatever you decide to wear, I wish you a happy Eid Mubarak!

What are your go-to festive season looks?

Monday, 19 June 2017

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette - Rose Gold Edition

I stole this palette from my mother. 

When she came to visit me in London, she showed me the Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette in its unwrapped glory. As any obsessed makeup lover would do, I snuck it into my luggage. She found out eventually when I posted it on Instagram. She was livid.

It goes to show how popular this palette has become since its 2016 release. Every Instagram Makeup video seems to feature this palette or a Huda Beauty product somewhere. And it left me wondering whether this palette was truly worth the hype.

After a month or so, I made a review. So is it worth the hype?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

i feel pretty - unpretty

She said to me,
'You're almost pretty, but not quite.'

I never thought I was pretty.

I wished I were but I’ve looked at my reflection long enough to realise it would never be.

Instead, I forced myself to try. Artificially, superficially, pretty. I caged my teeth in metal terrains for three years. I starved my waist three inches in three months. I hid my bruises beneath bright dresses. I started to smile more. People began to notice me.

It is then I wondered.

Is this what pretty feels like?

Monday, 12 June 2017

MOTD | 10 Minute Makeup + No Foundation

Bash Harry Bruneian Beauty, Fashion Life and Style Blogger
I am infamous for spending hours doing my makeup. 

This is true. I do spend hours trying to perfect my winged liner or carving a pout. It has become a running joke, to the point my flatmates are surprised when I finish my makeup before them. Though I can poke fun of myself, it does leave me running late occasionally. Occasionally may be an understatement.

As a measure to prevent further tardiness, I evaluated the time taken for each step. So I started to skip a few steps and kept the essentials.

And behold, My 10 Minute Makeup Look!

Bash Harry Bruneian Beauty, Fashion Life and Style Blogger
Bash Harry Bruneian Beauty, Fashion Life and Style Blogger

This has become my go-to look during Uni days. When I need to be quick for class but don't want to scare anyone on my way.

I only applied my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Shade 20 and set with MAC Light Plus Mineralize Skin Finish. I apply TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer as highlighter and Sleek Pink Lemonade Trio as blush since I like having dimension to my round face. A bit too much dimension if I may add.

Since I wear my glasses, I keep my eyes relatively bare. I add a light wash of Mary-Lou and heavy coat of Benefit They're Real! Mascara. For lips, I reach for an easy-to-wear nude like Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Venus with Essence XXXL Lip Gloss on top.

So easy, it doesn't warrant a tutorial. Yet I still made one.

This look is quickly becoming a favourite for casual days. Days I want to make the most minimum effort to look decent. Removing colour-correcting, foundation and eyeliner from my everyday look has cut my makeup time in half.

Still running late though. Perhaps that's just me.

What are your favourite products for quick makeup looks?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Words In Books I'll Never Write 03

Oh, this is a trilogy I see. 

I've been writing more this year, I note. 

I flip through the pages of my book. Ink-stained fingers, blue and black. I smile to myself, recalling each reason I wrote each word. Most snippets were crap, these were feasible. Feasible enough for me to publish. 

So here is another edition of Words in Books I'll Never Write...

Friday, 2 June 2017

life happens.

I'm scrolling through my photos over the past year.

It's filled with friends, food and the odd screenshot. I wish it were as curated as my Instagram. Instead, it is messy, wild and carefree. An almost perfect portrayal of my life now. I'm not complaining, I revel in the chaos.

But there are times, when I realise how much I miss blogging. I could organise my life in each post, assign significance to an outfit, or pretend I know things I actually don't.

I want to go back to blogging. I miss it.

My first thought is to apologise.

I forgot to update this blog on adventures I've had, and the stories I want to tell. There are drafts still here. An unfinished story from Easter Break, a love letter, and scripts for the next few weeks. My second thought is 'no one really cares.' 

People forget, I forget. 

I don't want to explain myself, give excuses and repeat. I don't want to write a long-winded concession. I don't want to do anything but say, I'm here. 

Hi again. 

I still want to tell you a few things. I am a blogger after all. Bloggers demand you know every good thing that happens to them. To make life seem more interesting.

six good things to note.
     I removed my braces.
     I saw Jon Bellion perform. 
     I watched Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. (met the cast, and proceeded to cry)
     I visited Cambridge.
     I was featured on The Covets and KacheeTee's Fashion Around the World
     I finished my exams. I'm going back home.

April and May were good months to me. In general, the first half of 2017 has been a good year despite its rough start. I am back in a familiar place. Sitting in my bedroom, storage boxes stacked and waiting for a call. I am happy to say I'm happy. I hope it continues, pessimism insists it won't.

Someone asked if I will start blogging again. I nodded and said, 'Yes. Just give me some time.' They furrowed their brows, and ask why I didn't start earlier. Why did I take a break for so long?

I shrug. 

"Life happens. That's all."

what's going on in your life?

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