• 3 EASY Makeup Looks for Work, Night & Weekend

    0 comments / Posted by Barry Ooi


    We know it’s never easy picking out the right makeup shades for different occasions, so here’s 3 looks you can use on repeat every week! 

     

    In this tutorial, we will only be covering the eye brow, eye shadow and lipstick shades so make sure you put on your full face foundation before this.

    LET’S BEGIN!

    Items used:

    - Eyebrows: It's Skin Babyface Natural Eyebrow in Deep Brown.

    - EyesL'Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose, Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liquid Liner &

    Maybelline Volume Express Hypercurl Mascara

    - LipsNYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Beauty Mark, Sleek Make Up Matte Me in Bittersweet & NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken

     

     1. For Date Night

    [Time needed: 15 Mins]

    Dress worn: Sybill Organza Panel Bodycon Dress in Black

     

     Follow the steps below:

    ...

    Optional: Contour and highlight your face to bring out that flawless face structure. 

     

     

    2. For Work

    [Time needed: 10 Mins]

     Dress worn: Pansy Colour Block Sheath Dress in Burgundy and Black

     

     Follow the steps below:
    ...

     Optional: Add on some blush if you want to.

     

     

    3. For The Weekend

    [Time needed: 10 Mins]

    Dress worn: Philo Cold Shoulder Shift Dress in Navy Blue

     

    Follow the steps below: 

    ...

    And, you’re done! As mentioned, just add on some blush and contour if you prefer so.

      

    We hope these looks were helpful to you! Do let us know which look you'd like to see more of next time ;)

     

    You can find these products we used on Hermo. Get RM10 off your purchase with the code below:

     

     

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  • Twenty3 Team: Our Moms' Best Advice

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    In celebration of Mother's Day this year, we asked some of our Unicorns to share their moms' best advice to them. These are ones we will take with us through life, and with each, we are reminded of the unconditional support and endless love we are all so very thankful to have. Thank you, Mom!


    Huicy, Operations Mama Unicorn

    Huicy

    "I've always been an independent girl. My mom used to tell the relatives that I've known how to handle my own homework since kindergarten, and they've never had to worry about my academic performance. This was until l I started dating in secondary school. My mom was strict about this and she wanted me to focus only on my academics. So, I started to tell lies whenever I wanted to go out. She then said to me, 不要挂羊头卖狗肉, which roughly means 'Don't lie'. I then felt the need to prove to her that even though I am dating, I can and will get good results. I got 8A's for my PMR and since then, she's never used that sentence on me again!" 

    Pei, Digital Marketing Unicorn

    Pei

    "Never let anyone tell you what to do. Be yourself, be independent and you can achieve anything."
     

    SoBu, Fashion Design Unicorn

    SoBu

    "Never try to conform if it's wrong. It's OK to say No. That doesn't make us a bad person."

    Jenni, Graphic Design Unicorn

    Jenni

    "There's a uniqueness in you. Discover the inner & create the outer."

    Jonas, Fulfilment & Operations Unicorn

    Jonas

    "My mom used to wish for me to get taller and taller with each birthday. She would ask me to do more sports! Now that I have grown taller, I realise it is actually harder to achieve than I thought because friends around me tend to stop growing since primary school 😉 Thank you Mummy for the motivation!"

     
    Vivien, Fashion Unicorn 

    Vivien

    "Two advices that I can always remember my Mom giving is, 'Always save for a rainy day because you never know when you need the money!' as well as 'Please don't compare yourself with others. Just be yourself'.
     

    Crystal, Digital Marketing & Editorial Unicorn

    Crystal

    “When I was first studying abroad, I was really homesick, to the point of crying every night and wanting to give it all up. My mom said to me then that ‘This, too, shall pass’. And it did. I remind myself of this now each time I am faced with an obstacle. No matter how bad, nothing, is forever.”
     
    Hoi Cheng, Fashion Design Unicorn

    Hoi Cheng


    "The best advice my Mom gave me is to be happy always, no matter what life throws at you. Life is short. Don't waste it by being sad."


    Wana, Customer Support & Social Media Unicorn 

    Wana

    "Don't bother about what they said!
    Well, it all started when my parents got divorced when I was 15. I can say that I'm affected by this because I know it won't be the same as before. I got emotionally harassed by the neighbours, and even relatives. But, I know He plans the best for me. I want to show my Mom that nothing's ever gonna stop me from getting flying colours in exams, and prove them wrong, showing that even if you come from a divorced family, you can still succeed. Thanks Mom for make me stronger day by day."


    Yen Yon, Fashion Unicorn

    Yen Yon

    "Start where you are, use what you have. You can do it."
     


    What are some of your most memorable advice from Mom?
    Share with us below!
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    What We're Wearing 
    (click link to shop)


    Huicy: Cordy Open Back Top in Navy Blue
    PeiTwo-Way Alfy Cold Shoulder Shift Dress in Dusty Green
    Jenni: Medini Colour Block Long Sleeve Top in Grey Stripes and White
    Jonas: Zena Men's Top in Black
    Vivien: Syden Off Shoulder Dress in Light Blue
    Crystal: Weylyn Cold Shoulder Shift Dress in Navy Blue
    Hoi Cheng: Sendayan Long Sleeve Jumper with Floral Embroidery in Navy Blue
    Wana: Heliza Peplum Dress with Placement Floral Print in Mint
    Yen Yon: Syden Off Shoulder Dress in Navy Blue
     

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  • I was told to kill myself.

    3 comments / Posted by Sherlyn Tan


    I was told to kill myself.
    I've never really talking deep about the source of my depression cz I'm worried that i couldn't handle it. But today is World Health Day, focusing on Depression. I want to share my story out to help more people. And if you make the same mistake for telling people to kill themselves, I'm asking you to stop doing it.

    I was told to take my own life, that i wasn't worth living in this world, that i was a burden, an ugly whore, slut and the stupidest person in the world.

    It's been years and i know the person who told me that never intend to really want me to kill myself. It was said out of anger and frustration. Most importantly, that person was depressed as well. I didn't know it that she was depressed and i didn't know i was depressed neither, until my current bf found out recent years when we start living together.
    A depressed person, in contrary with what most people believe, we are not weirdos that looks sad all the time. Every cases is different. I'm the type that i do really well in public, and on my Instagram. But i would hibernate for weeks and week, couldn't leave my bed even for just a second. I would cut myself, because the inner pain couldn't be released and it needs to be bleed out of my body. I would hear lots of voices in my head, telling me to go die and kill myself.
    When it happens, Barry would have to press me down from hurting myself. And he would distract me with work, or message from my DM that need my help for another person who is depressed. Not all the time i could get distracted, but it's getting better over time.
    Remember last Feb when i was in Australia, I've got another panick attack & fall back down into severe depression again. I couldn't swim and i was nearly drowned. But i was saved and i got my life back alive. I had bad dreams and the darkness all came back all together. I hurt myself once again, but not a suicide attempt. It was just self harm.

    Depression takes a long long time to heal. It's a long and it could be really lonely. But I'm here today, stepping out of my comfort zone, telling you how i feel and what I've been through. I know some of you could've gone through way worst than this. I just want you to know that you're not alone. We are not weirdos. Most successful people has depression it's just that it is not always so publicly talk about. But I'm here. With you.

    World Health Day - Depression #ruok #urnotalone

    Love,
    Sher
    @sherlyn_fitness

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    Note: Unedited, from Sherlyn's personal Instagram 
    @sherlyn_fitness. 

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  • 5 Reasons We Love Alicia Tan

    0 comments / Posted by Crystal Chong


    You might have seen Alicia Tan from her acting roles in local Youtube videos. Today, she's the beauty and the brains behind a following of more than 76.8k on Instagram and 11.8k on Youtube. With her signature sweet smile and humble personality, we recently had the opportunity to sit down and get to know more about this Ipoh-born fashion, travel and lifestyle influencer. Here, we give our top 5 reasons why we absolutely love her! (Trust us, there are many more to that 😉)

     

    Alicia Tan in the Drascia Organza Cold Shoulder Top with Graphic Prints in Light Pink & Fleur Wrap Front Skort in Light Denim
    On Alicia: The Drascia Organza Cold Shoulder Top with Graphic Prints in Light Pink

    (Click to Shop) & Fleur Wrap Front Skort in Light Denim (Launching Soon)

     

     1. She's One To Follow Her Dreams

    Alicia Tan in the Eloise Organza Panel Sleeveless Top in White & Charlize Contrast Panel Tapered Pants in Black with White Stripe
    On Alicia: The Eloise Organza Panel Sleeveless Top in White & Charlize Contrast Panel Tapered Pants in Black with White Stripe (Click to Shop)

    was brought up in a small, but amazing town - Ipoh, and was never exposed to the media industry when I was in high school. I would say that I was quite a nerd in school, and I did pretty well academically. Hence, I pursued my studies with intentions of becoming a banker or a chartered accountant.  However, when I came to KL to further my studies, I started getting modelling and commercial gigs, and also started collaborating with local YouTubers and acting in their videos. Through YouTube and modelling, I became more exposed to the social media and media industry, where I found my passion. But that didn’t stop me from finishing my studies, so I finished my Accounting, Finance, & Management degree in the UK, and came back to follow my dreams in the media industry. I started my career in Dubai as a model for Abercrombie and Fitch, and now I’m back in Malaysia to build my own career as a content creator.

    Alicia Tan in the Daenerys Short Sleeves Sheath Dress in White

    On Alicia: The Daenerys Short Sleeves Sheath Dress in White (Click to Shop)

     


    2. She Works Hard

    My typical day is pretty unpredictable. Some days, I will be doing photoshoots for brands and clients I work with, or going to fashion and beauty events. Other days, I will be home filming my own videos and editing them. As a social media influencer, I will curate my Instagram posts, and that’s where I can share my work and life with my followers.


    In the future, I hope I can continue to make videos and make more content! I’m also going to start my own streetwear clothing label this year! That’s really exciting for me, as I have so much passion for fashion!


    3. She's Not Afraid To Be Herself

    Alicia Tan in the Jacquelina Off Shoulder Long Sleeves Top with Floral Embroidery in Pinstripes
    On Alicia: The Jacquelina Off Shoulder Long Sleeves Top with Floral Embroidery in Pinstripes Judith Frayed Hem High Waist Shorts in Denim (Click to Shop)

    There are days where I do not feel confident about myself, and I just think that I’m not good enough. Being in the media industry is competitive enough, and sometimes we are regarded as people who should be sociable and outgoing. Not many people know this but, I’m an introvert. I get nervous meeting new people and being in a public event, and I would always prefer to spend time at home and with just my closest friends. But I always tell myself to just be myself, and be me! To be reminded of what I love to do, and pursue it. 

    Alicia Tan in the Alexandrite Contrast Panel Cold Shoulder Shift Dress in Navy Blue
    On Alicia: The Alexandrite Contrast Panel Cold Shoulder Shift Dress in Navy Blue
    (Click to Shop)

     

    4. She Loves Her Fans, Truly

    One of my favourite things about doing what I do is having my followers and subscribers, whom I call my family. I love that I have the ability to express my own creativity, my own words, my own voice and my own story through my social media and YouTube. I love that I can engage with my followers and the world, that I can be their online friend, and I can use my voice and my life to make a difference in their lives to a certain extent. I hope to share my story to empower and support them, just as they have shown me love and support. It’s the most rewarding feeling when my readers tell me that I have inspired them one way or another, and I hope to continue to bring this joy and love to them!
     

    Alicia Tan in the Demelza Cold Shoulder Shift Dress with Floral Embroidery in Pinstripes
    On Alicia: The Demelza Cold Shoulder Shift Dress with Floral Embroidery in Pinstripes (Launching Soon)

     

     5. She's Got The Best Advice 

    Alicia Tan in the Arcene Lace-up Detail Shift Dress in Navy Blue
    On Alicia: The Arcene Lace-up Detail Shift Dress in Navy Blue (Launching Soon)

    Do not undermine yourself. You are one of a kind, and we are all gifted in our own ways! Success does not come overnight, so work hard, work smart, and keep trying! Do not fear failure, because without failure, there is no success. It is better to try and fail, than not to try at all! So go, get it girls! We can do this :D



    Yes, we can! Wherever we are, may we all empower ourselves and each other to fight for our dreams, no matter the odds.

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  • 6 Malaysian Women We Need To Know About

    0 comments / Posted by Crystal Chong


    We have come a long way as women. With access to education, the freedom to build our careers, enjoy a bustling social life and create the life we dream, some would say we have it good.

    Yet, it is important to know that it wasn’t always this way.

    Without the women who have fought for our rights, we would not be where we are.  

    As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 each year, we look to the women who have and who continue to drive change in helping women reach their full potential. Today, we highlight 6 (of many) Malaysian women who we would like to thank for their contributions to women’s rights:

    1. Ivy Josiah

    Ivy Josiah

    As one of the pioneer volunteers and former president and executive director of the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Josiah has been actively involved in the fight for women’s rights.

    Established in 1982, WAO was one of the first organisations in Malaysia dedicated to helping women and children faced with violence. Josiah grew the organisation from a team of five to 20 employees, and played a key role in promoting WAO’s protection services, advocating for law and policy reforms and in educating the public on violence against women. She was also a member of the National Taskforce investigating sexual abuse allegations of indigenous women in Sarawak.

    She believes in fighting for the rights of others, having shared that she gets “very angry when there is injustice”, which drives her to take a stand and act.

    Today, she is no longer employed by WAO but continues to volunteer for the organisation, while balancing being in the committee of HAKAM (National Human Rights Society), PROHAM (The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights), and Bersih.

    2. YBhg. Dato’ Ramani Gurusamy

    Datuk Ramani Gurusamy

    As deputy president of the National Council of Women’s Organisation (NCWO), Ramani is a veteran fighter for women’s rights and development in Malaysia.

    With focus on professional, social and community work to promote women empowerment, Ramani fought for giving women equal pay, medical, housing and other benefits in the 1960s.

    She has been in the NCWO for more than 20 years now and has contributed in forming its many programmes, including the National Policy on Women and Action Plan.

    She stresses the importance of young women to be involved in driving further progress in women’s rights. She told The Star:

    “We need young, fresh blood in the women’s movement. We need your excitement, your passion and your commitment. So, prepare yourself to get into the movement. Get the leadership skills you need, and you probably already have them. Get into an organisation. Now, with the Internet, you can see what an organisation is all about. See what are the issues that interest you and get involved. We need you.”



    3. Toh Puan Umasundari Sambanthan

    Toh Puan Uma Sambanthan

    You may know her as the wife of the late Tun V.T. Sambanthan, but Toh Puan herself is well known as an activist and social worker, raising the status of women, especially in rural areas.

    A woman who values the power of education, she graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Madras, where she majored in Chemistry. She then continued her Master’s Degree at the Presidency College, Chennai.

    In the 1950s, she was actively involved in fighting for women’s rights, and was involved in spreading awareness of the benefits of Malayan citizenship to rural women. She was also one of the founders and formal president of the NCWO and today, she continues to hold the position as general-secretary of the Sri Ramakrishna Sarada Society, which she co-founded in 1960.


    4. Shamsiah Fakeh

    Shamsiah Fakeh

    Not many have heard of Shamsiah Fakeh. An independence fighter and feminist of the 1950’s, she was the leader of Malaysia's first nationalist women organization, the infamous Angkatan Wanita Sedar (AWAS) and also a prominent Malay leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

    Having fought persistently right into the jungles of Malaya, she has survived poverty, war and imprisonment. In her autobiography Memoir Shamsiah Fakeh: Dari AWAS Ke Rejimen Ke-10, Shamsiah writes: “I was merely a woman fighting the British for my country’s independence and the emancipation of women.”



    5. Low Ngai Yuen

    Low Ngai Yuen

    A mother of four young children, a successful entrepreneur and an advocate for women empowerment, one might think, “Where does she find the time?”
    As with the other women on this list, she knows the difference women can make in this world, if only given the opportunity. From 3R TV to film direction and production, and to being the Marketing and Communications Director of the Malaysia and Singapore arm of Carrefour S.A, Low has done much to show that women can and should have the courage to achieve their goals and define their happiness.

    Today, she is the president of Kakiseni, a not-for-profit performing arts platform, as well as the president and founder of WOMEN:girls, an organisation with a vision to help women realise their potential as role models and inspire girls to achieve their dreams.

    When asked whether women can have it all, Low shares that one should always define ‘all’ in her own way and not in the expectation of others.

    And her motto? Do what is right, not what is easy.

    6. Maria Chin Abdullah

    Maria Chin Abdullah

    Familiar to many, Maria is a leading figure in the Bersih movements.

    As a feminist and a human rights activist, Maria is a lawyer by profession and a prominent voice for women’s rights in Malaysia. She has been a key fighter for Malaysian women's rights for three decades, helping set up AWAM in 1985 and co-founding Empower, a non-governmental organisation that encourages women and young people to participate in politics and to campaign for civil liberties. 


    We have come a long way as women, but we are not there yet.

    Whether it is calling out on unfair treatment, volunteering your time at an NGO, donating to help a young girl go to school, it is now up to us.

     

    SHARE this with the women in your lives and make equality a reality.

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