We stumbled upon Syafiqah’s blog, SyafiqahHashimXOXO, earlier this year and immediately fell in love with her. This young Agrotechnology and Plantation Management student treats her blog more than just a blog, but a platform where she can help others through her stories. She’s a regular girl who loves fashion, beauty, travelling and sleep (We love sleep too!) and her positive attitude towards life is such an inspiration. Read on to find out more about this Malaysian Zahara Warrior!
Give us 5 words to describe yourself.
I thought it was funny to answer this myself so I asked a few of my friends what they thought of me and here’s what they said!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
What I’m studying right now! Haha! I’m currently an Agrotechnology and Plantation Management student…and that the total opposite of my interest (which is fashion and beauty)!
What inspired you to start your own blog?
I’ve been blogging since 2010. I love to share interesting stories and my experience with my readers. It feels good when people find my reviews and stories helpful. But I also share bad things that happen to me as I hope it won’t happen to anyone else. When people respond and give feedback to my stories, it feels WONDERFUL. I feel like I’m indirectly helping people and at the same time, doing what I love. It inspires me to write my blog even more, especially since my blog is more like an “e-diary” to me.
Our beautiful Zahara Warrior (and her sunflower ring)!
How has the experience been thus far?
So far, alhamdulillah! Everything is going well. I get opportunities that I couldn’t even imagine before. I meet new friends in the blogging world and network with so many people. But I still have a long journey to go and a lot of things to learn. Wish me luck!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I’ll probably be enjoying my life at a beach in Hawaii, wearing a pink pastel bikini… Hahaha JUST JOKING! I’ve got to work hard now so that I can be where I want to be 10 years later. I want to be more more successful in my career or even build my own empire (well, everything starts with a dream). Not to forget; having my own family and growing older with the one I love.
As a Zahara Warrior, what advice would you give someone who wants to start their own beauty/lifestyle blog?
Well, I may not be an expert in this but I do know one thing: you have to enjoy what you do. If you happen to start your own blog especially in beauty/lifestyle, please be happy and honest with what you do. Don’t get blinded by the ‘tokens’ they give you. Just be honest and be you! Another important point is not to plagiarize! Be genuine!
What’s some makeup no-nos?
DO NOT draw your eyebrow too thick or else you’ll look weird.
DO NOT put too much blusher or else you’ll end up looking like a clown.
DO NOT let you lips become too dry! Keep it moisturized all the time.
Who are your style icons?
I have so many style icons to list! But my favourite international icon is definitely Selena Gomez. Love her since I was a child till now!
What’s your favourite Zahara product?
So far, I’ve tried Zahara’s Matte Lipcream and I’m loving it. I’m amazed at the formulation because it feels like nothing on your lips after applying it. The pigmentation of the lipcream is good as well. I wish to have all shades from Zahara’s Matte Lipcream in my collection soon. I’ll definitely discover more products from Zahara soon!
Complete this sentence: To me, beauty is __________.
Confidence. Seriously, if you have that confidence in yourself, your beauty will glow. Especially when you smile. As you’ve probably heard before; “A smile is the best form of makeup!” Always think positive, be thankful and stay happy. That way, our beauty can shine through!
Don’t forget to follow Syafiqah on her Instagram and read up on her life on her blog. Look out for her honest review on Zahara products soon!
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