Hi, my name is Aisyah Rozi, founder of Imansara.com & webdesigner at Laman7. This is my personal blog where I share my life experience, thoughts, ideas and occasionally, my projects. My passion is designing, sketching and sewing. I'm 24, a babywearing, cloth diapering mama of Sara.
Apr 21 2015

How having a kid will put you into perspective

I’ve read a lot of articles saying that having kids will put life into perspective. But I haven’t read on HOW can a kid do that to you.

Well, here is how my daughter, Sara, put my life on perspective.

1. She gives my life a new meaning
I now almost cannot imagine what life was before I had her. Sure, I remember my husband and I went out on dates and all but compared to now, our dates must have been so bland.

When I thought of my life as a single, I felt like back then, my life was meaningless. It was all about studying, having fun and enjoying ‘life’.
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What “life”? Lol

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2. I now truly know what love means
Yes, I love my husband but I thought that was just it. My family, my husband and my close friends are the people I will only able to love.

Once I had Sara, now I REALLY know what love is. How big my heart actually is.

3. Busy busy busy
Once I have a child, I now absolutely know the what busy actually means. And I would cringe when singles complain “I have no time.”

Well, be a mom and you will know what “no time” is! At the very least, after a very very long and busy day, they can still take a long shower and a cup of tea before bed. Perhaps some house chores to attend.

Yet, a mom who had an equally tiring and busy day, will still have house chores to do, ON TOP OF taking care of her child. Feed them, change them, put them to bed, wake up in the middle of the night and still have to wake up early in the morning the next day. Earlier, let me clarify, to prepare her kids before going to work.

Am I doomed? No. The key is organization and focus. Sure, I might not get everything done in a day, but one thing is better than nothing. There are supermoms out there who are raising 5-8kids (or more), and I have highest respect for them. How people able to deal with more than one kid is a mystery to me.

4. Sense of responsibility.
Of course, that seems very obvious. Babies are born absolutely helpless and the fate of a baby is completely at the mercy of his caretaker.

But what I mean is, it makes me more responsible in all aspects. I feel like I want to do good in my career, or if I were to further study, I want to work really hard at it. You know, just an overall sense of responsibility.

Why? Because everyday is a reality. Reality. Reality. Reality. There’s no lazy-series-marathon-in-bed-all-day. Ever. You have a kid to take care of and you have to get your ass off your bed, take a shower and make a breakfast.

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5. Everyday is a gift.
This is probably one of the biggest change of perspective. Ever since she was born, I felt like every waking day is a gift and a blessing.

Just looking at her gives me a sense of gratitude to god. Alhamdulillah. She makes me appreciate life. How everyday matters. How lucky I am to have her. I know that she is not mine forever, and Allah is only lending her to me. She will only be a child for this short while and I want to treasure every moment with her.

Mar 27 2015

World Organic Makeup Review: My Newfound Love

I’ve always been a fan of natural and organic things. I’ve tried many, many commercial skin care growing up, but I found that the synthetic (and sometimes harsh, no matter how mild the formula is) tends to irritate or cause side effects when used after a certain period.

So I turned to natural skin care. I learned about the effects of the synthetic chemicals present in modern skin care and cosmetics. It is alarming to find how much chemicals that are being absorbed through our skin on daily basis, and some are even carcinogenic. It is no wonder how cancer statistics has increased over the years.  I’m not going to go into the details, but if you are interested, you can watch this video and be enlightened.

Okay moving on… Review time!

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World Organic Introduction
I was introduced by The Hehs Lady, aka A’ishah Kamaludin.  I fell in love when I learned that they have 100% natural and certified organic makeup!

I’ve only known about natural skincare before, but makeup?? Wow. I’m amazed and so glad that I can use safe cosmetics.

Foundation

So I first ordered a foundation. Love it! It feels so light on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized.

It is, however light to moderate coverage so it doesn’t really cover much. For someone who doesn’t wear makeup so much but would like a little bit of coverage or something, this is perfect. If I want more coverage, I just use my Bare Minerals concealer.

Since I love the foundation so much, I bought an eyeliner, lipstick and blusher, just so I will have my basic makeup set. Plus my old makeup.. Need to be replaced.

Eyeliner

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This is my must-have item. It is always with me wherever I go. And I always have a good eyeliner.

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It comes in a tube and brush. It’s been such a long time since I used this kind of eyeliner. I usually use the liquid pen type. The brush is easy to work with and precise. So I got used to it pretty quickly. As with all liquid eyeliner, it takes some practice if you’re a liquid eyeliner virgin.

It is very pigmented, which is a surprise since it’s all natural. Yeah I’m sceptical like that. Lol. And it lasts just as long as a good long-lasting eyeliner! Which is a good thing.  I suspect it would last even longer when paired with my Urban Decay eye primer or perhaps just powder. It doesn’t smudge if at normal circumstances. This evening I was so sweaty in a train delay, and it held up well. Note that I wasn’t using any powder. Since i was so sweaty it did smudge when I purposely rubbed my eyes.

Blusher

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The main reason why I *need* this brand. I have sensitive skin so usually blusher will cause tiny bumps to appear on my face. So i only use blusher for special occasions. My skin reacts very well to natural products so I guess I’m safe. So, yeay to daily blusher!

Again, it is very pigmented and I only need to apply a tiny bit. It has a lovely shimmer to it but its very subtle when applied.  The only downside is it only lasts for 12months once opened. So I have to use it everyday to finish the tub. Lol.

Lipstick

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I bought the Sahara colour and it’s love! It looks so natural. It is also buildable for more intense colour or you can just dab for subtle effect.

A colleague of mine tried it on and it also looks lovely on her.

What I love about this lipstick is that it feels so light. It doesn’t feel heavy like usual lipsticks do, which is why I hardly use lipstick. This lipstick feels more like a lip balm.

In terms of wearing, I guess it wears well. I still have some on my lips after a couple of hot drinks and dinner. It’s much better than my NYX. Plus, now I’m not worried if I’m eating my lipstick because the ingredients are safe. So yes, it’s a win!

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My look today. Huhuhu malunyaaa mak selfie. :p  please excuse my skin imperfections, its that time of the month and I was under stress. :p

You can get your World Organic products at their http://worldorganic.com.my or consult one of their ambassador, The Hehs Lady. She’s lovely. 😍

Disclaimer: I bought all these products using my own money and I receive no gifts or payments for this review. It is my opinion.

Mar 24 2015

Mom Battles: Staying home vs working

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for almost a year, I know how it felt. Now I’m working full time and I know how it feels.

First, let me tell you how it felt like to be a SAHM. When I was a SAHM, I managed to do a little bit of freelancing for side income. Taking web design commissions and selling scarves and nursing covers. However, it was way more challenging than it seemed.

It required a lot of self motivation and discipline, more than ever. It is easy to slip into break time or a TV time after you are so tired of doing never ending housechores (that nobody notices) and taking care of your baby.

Jan 28 2015

How to have a smooth delivery (InshaAllah)

I’ve promised to write this entry long time ago but I never got to it. Since… Uh, never mind.

One of the many concerns of a first time mom is going through labor. I don’t know about you, but for me, thinking about it made me sick to the stomach. I heard so many horrifying stories on labor and not many actually talked about it positively. Well, you can read my wonderful labour story. Hehe

For me, the scariest thing about labour is not having control. So, I decided to do something about it. I wanted to  take some control wherever I can.

#1: Get Educated
This is my number 1 most important tip. It doesn’t matter how, attend antenatal class, read a book, whatever. Bottom line is, educate yourself with labour procedures, labour stages, complications, interferences, pain relieves, anaesthesia etc.  Knowledge is power.

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