73 Questions with Munabanana?

Hi,

…. Sorry!…. I have been away for two weeks, school’s hectic but I do try to be here as frequent…

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No, for as long as I know.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Yesterday? But I can’t remember why, but probably over a book

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yes.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH?
Do I even have to answer this? FRIED CHICKEN, I AM MARRIED TO IT.

5. INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?
Twitter.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes.

7. DO YOU BAKE?
Yes.

8. DO YOU LIKE FLYING?
Not really but I do love being abroad.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

Yes, not tried it for the record

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST?
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Nopeeee…. Moving on…

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?
Physically, yes. Mentally, yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Cookies and Cream from Walls

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their eyes… Cos the eyes are the windows to their soul.

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My thighs.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My best friend.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS READING IT?
The Hunger Games

19. WHAT FILM MADE YOU CRY THE MOST?
My Sister’s Keeper

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Tanglin!

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Blue.

23. FAVOURITE SMELL?
My Perfume.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Can’t remember, phone is too far.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain Hideaway

26. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Table Tennis?

27. HAIR COLOUR?
Brown and a little blonde.

28. EYE COLOUR?
Brown.

29. PUPPIES OR KITTENS?
Kittens.

30. FAVOURITE FOOD?
Donuts/ Fried Chicken.

31. SCARY FILM OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy Endings.

32. LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
Mean Girls I think.

33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Me before you

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter.

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Kisses only cos I am not much of a hugger.

36. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Chocolate fondant.

37. FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE?
My Room.

38. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON FACEBOOK?
Around seven years.

39. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO VISIT?
London, but haven’t been there?

40. WHAT WAS THE LAST COUNTRY YOU VISITED?
Malaysia?

41. DO YOU HAVE A SIBLING?
Yes, an older brother.

42. FAVOURITE SOUND?
Taylor’s voice

43. ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Beatles!

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
India

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Crying maybe?

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Singapore

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Singapore

48. FAVOURITE HITCHCOCK MOVIE?
-none-

49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU READ AGAIN AND AGAIN?
Never Enough.

50. FAVOURITE TV SERIES THAT’S ON NOW.
Tanglin.

51. DARK CHOCOLATE OR MILK CHOCOLATE?
Dark.

52. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
GREEN TEA

53. WHO IS YOUR GIRL CRUSH?
Emma Watson cos damn, she’s fine.

54. WHAT WAS THE FIRST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA?
Harry Potter (I think).

55. HEELS OR FLATS?
These days I wear more flats.

56. FAVOURITE BED TIME STORY?
Sleeping Beauty.

57. BATH OR SHOWER?
Bath

58. WHATS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A MUM?
Not applicable

59. FAVOURITE BAND?
We The Kings (Thanks to F, all his fault >.>) Run baby Run! ❤

60. FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST?
Taylor Swift

61. TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
To be.

62. WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY?
Munabanana, a banana

63. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My memories with F

64. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?
I don’t know

65. FAVOURITE FRUIT?
Durian

66. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PET?
A gold fish.

67. FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Cluedo.

68. HOW DO YOU HAVE YOUR COFFEE?
5 shots of espresso on rough days .

69. BEST INVENTION?
The Aircon.

70. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
Pearls.

71. BLOW DRY OR AIR DRY?
Air dry.

72. CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE SHAMPOO?
A mix of both.

73. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Not too difficult.

That’s all folks, not a very promising piece but I am preparing for my mid terms so I could use a break from blogging 😦

Muna xoxo

All about acne & acne scars…

Hi all,

Sorry, I went incognito for two weeks. Today, I’m gonna share my acne journey with you considering I suffered a lot from acne. I’m the right person to talk about this cos I probably tried every option out there. I used to have so many pimples. There was once I counted and there were about 36 pimples. Now, I am down to 4 tiny zits and many recovering scars…

It has reduced logarithmically!!!

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Today, I will be sharing about acne and how acne can be tackled with just a little effort daily 🙂

First, What is acne and what causes it?

I think everyone probably knows what acne is but I’m gonna ramble anyway.

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Acne or otherwise known as is a chronic skin condition that is caused by hair follicles clogged by either dirt, oil or dead skin cells. Here’s an illustration:

 

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From google 😛

 

The clogging causes the inflammation and it takes a longer time to heal because of that. The problem with acne is that it can not only affect your skin, it also affects your self-confidence.

Before everything, in 2013, I was fat and acne ridden. Well… I tried to find pictures but I hated myself to the extent that I deleted a lot of them 😗 And now I take pictures only with makeup on… so yea. This is the best I could find, no edits 😅

 

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Look at all the acne scars
This is a recent picture of me before I cleared almost everything so I have my tips for acne

*Try the tips at your own discretion cos what works for me may not work for you and vice-versa. I won’t take any liability if it doesn’t work for you.*

Ways to handle acne & scars:

Let me start off with home remedies that I used for at least 2 weeks:

HOME REMEDIES

#1: Sandalwood (acne)

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Directions: You just have to make it into a paste with rosewater and honey then apply directly to your face. Leave it on until it dries up.

My verdict: It definitely made acne smaller but that’s about it, sometimes, I felt like there was more acne from this. When I stopped, there was a drastic change, lesser pimples appeared.

#2: Green beans (acne and scars)

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Directions: Grind the beans into powder and add water to make into a paste. Apply and leave it on for 20 minutes.

My verdict: Not very useful, it left my skin dry many times and I have oily skin…

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#3: Potato (scars only)

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Directions: Just cut it into halves and apply the juice from the potato onto your skin. For better results, peel the skin of the potato, blend it and apply it to your face.

My verdict: I love potatoes, I only started using them for my face recently like two weeks ago cos I found out from my friend, Youtube about it. There is an enzyme in potatoes that acts as some sort of bleaching agent. I basically try to do it every day, I can see the scars disappearing which is amazing.

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Overall, home remedies don’t work well with me.  I had to see a dermatologist where I was given a couple of medications.

ORAL DRUGS

#1: Tetracycline (Doxycycline)

The pills look like this:

I had to take 2 pills twice a day because my acne was really bad. There were also terrible side effects like weight gain, severe gastric pain and also I used to get headaches. To make matters worse, it was expensive

My verdict: nope, I hated it because I was gaining weight 😂 Plus it’s effectiveness wore out after 6months so I had to switch drugs.

#2: Erythromycin

The pills I took looked like this two.

The ones on the right are extended release tablets so the effects are significantly slower. As for the ones on the left are immediate release tablets. Immediate release worked better for me, I am not sure why. This is because normally extended release tablets would be the ones that will be released slowly to the target site… -says the ex-pharmaceutical science student-

My verdict: This is the best after Accutane for me, I never had to try Accutane cos my condition was considered rather mild. There were many side effects that I had to put up with like diarrhoea and weight loss (terrible). I used it even when I didn’t have any pimples just to lose weight, I had a problem. This is the major drawback of this.

Overall, I only still use Erythromycin for controlling my pimples.

DAY CREAMS

#1: Clindamycin 

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This cream was good until there was more outbreak from it, I only used it briefly from 2013-2014. I had more angry marks D: So I had to stop

My verdict: Not only is this expensive ($25 and over I think), it was bad for my skin, my skin was always peeling so yup.

#2: Acne Clear cream

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 This cream is great and all but sometimes I find the clear too dark on my skin. I think I am gonna start using it again because it makes a good concealer to some extent. It is also relatively cheap, $11? I am not quite sure.

My Verdict: I loved this cream from 201-2016 until I met my new cream which is absolutely the best

#3: Garnier Pure Active cream

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This cream is simply amazing, I could see the results immediately when I applied. Sure, it stung when I first applied it but the thing is it really helped. My inflammation went down but a lot. I use a cotton bud to apply it cos I am just so conscious.

My verdict: My to-go cream on a daily basis, I apply it right after my primer so that it stays on hahaha. I also apply it after my foundation just to ensure it stays on. Then I set my foundation after that.

Overall, I guess I had to try 3 different creams to get to the right cream?

NIGHT CREAM

I only used two creams all my life , Differin and Tretinoin

#1: Differin

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This is the worst night cream ever for me. I would start breaking out even more which is a side effect of this cream. Imagine that I had this cream paired with clindamycin. Two words. ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE.

I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror when I broke out. So yeah, I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND THIS… I had to use this for the longest time though cos I tried tretinion was terrible on me with all the peeling from Clindamycin.

My Verdict: Never ever using this again.

#2: Tretinion cream 

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I use this now on alternate days with my potato treatment. Sometimes, I let them overlap. I am also not very consistent because I am like the worst person when it comes to adherence, HAHAHAHA. Since I was back on this, my scars have cleared up significantly which is 2 months. My derma told me my skin will regenerate soon in 9 months or so if I take good care of it. I am really hoping it would be fine so that I don’t have to use make-up.

My verdict: Best night cream ever though I had problems initially.

Overall, my night cream helps a lot though it causes breakouts sometimes but it gets better 🙂

That’s all for today. Busy life so I have to keep it short. This is amazing considering I typed 900 over words in 1.5 hours inclusive of the pictures. Catch you all next week!

Here’s this song that I keep listening to just cos…

Muna xoxo