Beauty lies in the eyes of its beholder, and this is an age-old adage that most would agree to. However, as immaculate as we wish to present ourselves to the world, there seems to be one magic beauty tool that we simply cannot live without. This tool can elevate our confidence and bring a bounce back into our step as we leave the door each morning, and it can be as simple as a comb to a pair of tweezers.
We asked 10 Malaysian beauty bloggers to spill on the one holy grail item that they simply cannot live without, because who better to know the art of beauty like the back of their hands, than beauty bloggers themselves.
1. Jessica Yong, Blogger at Jessy The KL Chic
Jessica is currently a full-time blogger and she blogs about food, travel, beauty and occasionally tech. She saw a gap in the blogosphere regarding drug store brand product reviews and decided to bridge this gap in 2013 with her blog.
The one beauty item that she currently can’t live without is her hair heat tamer spray and it is a heat protector prior to using any tools for the mane, which emanates heat. “My life has never been the same since I found out about it. It not only protects my hair but I notice that it leaves my hair softer after drying my hair with a hairdryer. It is definitely a must-have for all those with frizzy hair, and it totally saves me from any bad hair day,” Jessica told Vulcan Post.
2. Arisa Chow, Blogger at Irrevocable Passion
Arisa describes herself as an old soul in a young vessel, and she blogs about beauty, travel, fashion and lifestyle. She is also currently freelancing as a fashion cum costume designer.
The one beauty item which Arisa says she simply cannot live without is a hair straightener. Arisa told Vulcan Post, “Ever since I started bleaching and dyeing my hair, I’ve got to keep it looking presentable at all times.”
3. Diana Lee, Blogger at Diana Babe
Diana is a full-time content writer for WeChat Malaysia, who is passionate about food and fashion. In her own words, she says, “I believe that everyone and anyone can be beautiful, all it takes are efforts and determination to improve ourselves.”
Diana’s beauty kryptonite is a pair of eyebrow tweezers. “It’s because if I leave my eyebrows unkempt for more than 2 days, I’ll end up looking like a bushman with a caterpillar crawling across my forehead!” Diana said.
4. Carinn Tan, Blogger at Extraordinarinn.com
Carinn is a marketing executive in a beauty e-commerce company, and she blogs about petite fashion, beauty, shopping and other girly things which she enjoys.
The one beauty tool that Carinn simply cannot live without is a hair dryer, which she has been using almost everyday since she was a teen. “I’ve had long, fine hair almost all my life so it’s important for me to blow dry, or my hair will end up looking flat and limp. I’ve heard people say that using a hair dryer frequently is bad for the hair but it seems to be okay for me so far. Plus, who likes having wet hair stains on their shirt?” Carinn shared.
5. Nicole Leong, Blogger at Nicole Yie
Nicole is a fresh grad whose passion is writing about beauty, as she experiences skin problems and loves to try out different kinds of skincare and cosmetic products and share her beauty tips with her readers.
The one beauty tool which I simply cannot live without is double eyelid stickers. “I look horrible with my original monolid, and double eyelid stickers can totally change myself into another better looking person,” Nicole said.
6. Leona Lim, Blogger at Leona Lim
Leona is an administrative executive in her local church and she blogs about parenting, beauty, food, travel, art and performances.
Leona’s holy grail beauty tool is a manual skin cleansing brush, because cleansing is very important for her skin especially after using makeup. She said, “I need to do at least 3 steps of cleansing, and I need a brush to really remove all the makeup and dead skin cell to make sure nothing is stuck in the pores before applying skincare, or else it is a waste when expensive skincare cannot penetrate.”
7. Maple Kok, Blogger at Maple’s Diary
Maple is a university student who blogs about beauty, fashion, food, travel and lifestyle. The reason why she is passionate about beauty is because she believes that there are endless looks she can portray with makeup, and it also helps one feel better about themselves.
Maple said, “If there is only one beauty tool that I have to have, it would be a facial spray. Seriously, it’s so handy when you feel hot and the pleasant fragrance makes me feel better. Call me freaky, but a facial mist is something that I cannot live without.”
8. Claudine Imelda, Blogger at Little Eyes of Mine
Claudine is a trade finance relationship executive and she blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She began blogging as a means of leaving her comfort zone, when she got out of a long term relationship. Claudine believes that every girl has her own definition of what beauty means to her.
The one beauty tool that she must have with her at all times is a duo compact mirror. Claudine said, “There’s two sides to the mirror, the normal mirror and the magnified mirror, so it comes in handy every time I touch up my makeup when I’m out. The magnified mirror really gives you that magnified view of your face, so your makeup—especially the eyebrows—will always be on ‘fleek’! Plus who knows, the mirror might just be useful to check out a cute guy standing at the corner of a café!”
9. Sydney Lim, Blogger at SomeThinkBlack
Sydney is a digital content creator and she blogs about beauty products as well as does reviews and tutorials. Sydney shares with Vulcan Post that beauty has always been a platform for her to showcase her creativity and she’s always looking to try out new products and makeup techniques.
“My favorite beauty tool would be a the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This has worked for me for so many liquid or cream products including various foundations, BB/CC creams, blushes, bronzers and highlighters alike. If I could only bring one beauty tool with me on a desert island, it would be this!” Sydney said.
10. Clarrisha Hong, Blogger at Memoirs Of C.
Clarrisha is a university student and lifestyle blogger who mainly blogs about beauty. She believes that being beautiful is not just by appearance alone but rather, when one is comfortable in their own skin.
Clarrisha shared with Vulcan Post that eyebrow tweezers would be her must-have beauty tool because she has really thin and sparse eyebrows. “I definitely can’t stand it when my eyebrows are out of shape, that’s why I always have an eyebrow tweezer on-the-go in my bag,” she said.