Let’s Bash Some PR Morons!

I may lose some valuable future PR packages/interactions/money but hey, I gotta do this! I WANT to do this!

I am a beauty blogger in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, a country where beauty influencers aren’t as saturated as it would be in a purchasing powerhouse like the USA. There are also people here that do not even understand the concept of a beauty blog; educated people!

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only male beauty blogger in Malaysia whose blog is predominantly makeup related. So, this small, almost inconspicuous corner on the Internet amounting to this minuscule little blog called FiercePaint, does, surprisingly, get more than its fair share of attention from company PR representatives.

You see, when companies are professional and contact me to offer free products, cash in exchange for a review or something to that likeness, they are zealously welcomed!!! It is when these PR personnel, go above and beyond to do their job that simply pisses me off! Oh the sneaky underhanded maneuvers these blood sucking demonic spawn representatives employ to share in on the little views I get- if only retribution was instant gratification!

(Granted, some people do not put in as much effort as some of us do but get, unduly, more views and followers. YES! I have deliberately digressed to roast “bloggers”. Quotation marked to allow your very own personalised interpretation of these words. Life isn’t fair; I have come to terms with that! That does not mean I have to shut up about it! *eyebrow raise* If you felt heat from this paragraph, well……………)







Dubious methods some company PR personnel employ, don’t just annoy me, it flat out makes me angry!!! If a company condones such devious techniques then I am going to dissociate myself from them whether or not stakeholders are in the know of such asinine decisions.


It has happened before.

And I speak with evidence!

Please spare a few moments to read and examine attached text below.


Outsource getting more followers? I don’t even get help to take pictures! Everything is self taught!

Even then, this is much less offensive compared to the next one only because this person, or company, or whatever else this particular account represents, has directed it to me.

On to Exhibit B.

Ladies, gentlemen, and every other gender option!



You’re not even speaking to me anymore! You are speaking to my readers!!! What am I then? The sideshow freak that no one stops to look at because I’m not weird enough?

Let me also disclose the fact that this is a VERY well reputed company not just in Malaysia but several other countries in ASIA! YES! Safe to say that I HAVE NOT worked with them and WILL NEVER!

Now, I direct this to the person who sat down behind the computer and did this;

Dear homo sapien with the capacity of decision making lower than that of an amoeba,

If you are reading this,

YOU ARE IRREVOCABLY and IRREDEEMABLY DIM-WITTED if you had even the tiniest inkling of hope that this was going to be welcomed!!!

Anyway my rage has fueled but only a post because comments get moderated and there’s this wonderful option called delete and trash!

OR ELSE……………

*cue jaws music*

2 Years of Blogging; A Walk Down Memory Lane

Come 28th February 2017, FiercePaint turns 2!


It is surreal that I’ve made it this far.

1st of January 2015, I made a commitment to myself to do something beauty related.

My initial plan was to attend beauty school and learn makeup and hair part time.

But somehow, I didn’t want to limit myself as just a makeup artist.

Besides, I felt that there was little anyone could teach me about makeup that I couldn’t learn myself.

Somewhere along the way, I rediscovered YouTube and beauty blogs.

The light went on.

Something just clicked.

I looked out for options and decided WordPress was more user friendly. As much as Blogger allows very specific customisation, there were some things WordPress could offer me that Blogger could not.

I had to forgo monetising for ease of use.

Superiority of this decision is something I still debate on, but at the moment, in no hurry to resolve.


Unabashed and unapologetic, I share my very first post!


Let me now take this opportunity to THANK ALL OF YOU!

Whether you read carefully or skim to the end to post a comment;

or if you scan through for the specifics that pertain to your interest;

or if you just plain hit the like button on WordPress reader.

Whether you are blogger, a friend of mine, another makeup enthusiast, or just all the random people following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, NO matter who you are, if you read or follow FiercePaint in the tiniest semblance of that context,



(of course you may imagine me holding your hand and looking into your eyes in profound gratitude!)

Whenever I come on to WordPress, there are a few things that almost make me feel like I literally got a hug…

…that tiny orange dot on the bell sign on the top right corner;

…whenever I catch a glimpse of my blog header picture;


…as vain, self absorbed, insignificant and inconsequential as this may sound; whenever the Blog Stats climb up to another milestone.

I must applaud the beauty community on the blogosphere that is so unbelievably- yes that’s the word I am using- positive that I have felt nothing but welcomed!

Unlike YouTube trolls.

Speaking of YouTube…

My YouTube channel is doing ok considering the mere four videos I have up.

Published in 14th September 2015, here’s how my second video is doing;


Well, f**k those 10 a@@h#e$!

And published in 27th April 2016, here’s how my third is doing.


From Instagram, I offer you revelations;

I tried this beginner hand at “special fx” makeup. Take the quotation marks very seriously!

Some people actually thought this was photoshopped.



To wrap up…

as bad as everyone seem to think 2016 was, it was perhaps one of the best years of my entire life!!!

Welcome 2017!

I look forward to another sublime year!

PS: I know few people would sit through all that rambling but more than for FiercePaint readers, this post was for me to read and reread an indefinite amount of times.

5 Non Beauty Favourites; Collab With Big is Compatible

First of all let me introduce Lakshmi Praba, author of the beauty blog, Big is Compatible (link here). She is another Indian beauty blogger that I became recently introduced to and lo and behold I found out that we live in the same town!!!!!!! WHAT????? To find another Indian beauty blogger in mainland Penang is phenomenal!

Ok, if you’re scratching your head as to why I am Indian yet I am Malaysian here’s the T.

I am born in Malaysia, so I am Malaysian first and foremost! However, much like how there are Americans of Asian and African descent, we too have Malaysians of different ethnicity! I am of Indian, Tamil descent which means my ancestors are South Indians. But as a citizen, I am Malaysian, hence Malaysian Indian!

So here is Lakshmi!


You can find her at http://bigiscompatible.blogspot.my/

Drop by her blog, follow her, send her some love and do let her know I sent you!

By the way, she is so so nice, sweet, humble and absolutely amazing to hang out with! We actually met up after talking only a few times on Facebook and had a wonderful time chatting about life, makeup and everything else! She is actually funding education and accommodation for her best friend’s daughter! How wonderful is that! In this day and age to offer such a supporting hand! I bow down to you Lakshmi! We definitely clicked and we are foreseeing many more collaborations to come in the future!!!

If you are reading this, you are amazing love!


I knew when we met that I wanted to do a collaboration with her. So we decided to do a top 5 non beauty favourites.

Her post link;


This is in no particular order.

1. My hand-painted coffee mug

I was in my teens when FRIENDS was introduced to the world. And seeing those huge mugs that practically cover their faces when they tilt to drink out of was such an organic experience that I have always been on a lookout for a similar looking mug. My quest was roused to insatiable proportions since I started watching reruns of the TV show recently, so roused that I paid MYR 17 for this hand-painted mug. I regret nothing!!!


These mugs are done by a local company called samaria cutlery and one can find them at samaria.my. PS, this is not sponsored and needless to say I PAID for my mug (purchased from Tesco). The company was founded by Feli Hoo in 2003; that’s over a decade in the business. They have their products in places like Dragon-I, Kenny Rogers and Secret Recipe.

2. Starbucks coffee; Cocoa Cappucino

Say what you want about this rather controversial company, I love being in Starbucks with a cup of coffee and a book. I have for many many years! And I absolutely love being in solitude with what I feel is often a poignant relationship with characters from the book I read at the moment. I don’t do it often but when I do, I try and enjoy my time; I call it my “Me Time”. I have tried several drinks but my absolute favourite coffee of choice from Starbucks is their cocoa cappucino.


3. Fave book; The Buddha in the Attic

My copy has been lent to my cousin so I’ll post a picture from Goodreads. If you are an avid reader, read this book, I implore you! I was engaged from start to finish!

Image from Goodreads.

Image from Goodreads.

4. Favourite hangout spot; Mish Mash, Muntri Street, Penang

It is perhaps safe to say that this place is, hands down, the best place to get mixed alcoholic beverages in Penang!!! They also cater to tobacco users as I am pretty sure alcohol and tobacco does make for pretty intoxicating combination. They do have a pretty clear separation for the smokers and the non smokers so fret not if tobacco smoke doesn’t sit well with you. Ben Ng, a co-owner and the one who practically runs the place is the nicest, most engaging host I have ever met.

Image from Timeout Penang.

Image from Timeout Penang.

Oh they do have a food menu as well if you do feel peckish and need a little nibble. They serve fusion bar food that incorporate local flavours. The menu is often changed up so do ask the servers and they will be happy to fill you in on their current specialties. If you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday night do call ahead for reservations as they are usually packed. Food is well-prepared and I have yet to be disappointed by any of their offerings. If you stop by Penang, be sure to check this place out (Mish Mash Facebook page; link here). Needless to say this place is not kosher or halal. PS: I am not paid to write about this nor is this a review! πŸ˜€


Two of my best friends enjoying some time together at Mish Mash!

5. My phone; the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

I am in the least, a tech savvy person but I do have a basic requirement for what I want in a phone. What can I say, the phone performs well and I have yet to use it to full potential. I am definitely pro-android!


Yes, those are my lovely fingers!

I want to sneak in an extra, current favourite song. As much as I have such a love for delicate odissi music, I also happen to enjoy the more cheesy, dance music. And that is NOT a bad thing! I am currently immensely enjoying body rolling to Fifth Harmony’s Work from Home ft Ty Dolla $ign!

Keep body rolling and have fun guys!!!

5 Types of Beauty YouTuber Videos I Hate

I commonly do these posts when things get a little monotonous and/or product heavy on FiercePaint. Seems like over the past month and half or so, it has been too much about products. So here we go!


I am subscribed to 363 channels on YouTube and they are predominantly beauty YouTubers. So I feel like I’ve seen my fair share of beauty videos. I have been watching YouTube since 2007, and after following beauty videos rather actively since 2012, I am really, REALLY sick of some type of videos. Especially by beauty YouTubers.

I have already expressed my disdain over some beauty “YouTuberisms” (if you would indulge me with that word) in a previous post. Should you want a laugh or a reality check, you can take a look (link here).

Let’s, as I usually do, go from the least annoying to the most.

#5 Sneaking in paid reviews

“…………..so in this tutorial, I’ll be using the brand X, miracle product Y…………………………”

Seriously, we KNOW you’re being paid to mention and use it. Why the pretense????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I prefer someone disclose that it is a paid review and be upfront about it. Worse still, if you keep doing it video after video! Honestly, we’re not dumb! Uggghhh!!!

Image from Giphy.com

Image from Giphy.com

#4 Eye makeup tutorials that are filmed about a kilometer away from the camera (oh, for those of you, unaware of the metric system, it is approximately 0.6214 miles).

An eye makeup tutorial NEEDS to be shot up close to show viewers how it is properly done. It’s not that difficult, unless of course you’re insecure of your capacity to properly blend out eyeshadow! In which case, just stick to reviews darling!


Image from imgflip.com

#3 Makeup channel with absolutely no variety

This is actually sad… Formulaic makeup videos with the same kind of makeup looks. Even sadder is when they claim to change up their look but end up with a shade of darker lipstick with everything else almost copied from their previous video. There are SO many halo eyes tutorials out there, why would you want 10 halo eyes makeup tutorials on your channel??? WHY???????

#2 Videos with unnecessarily long intros of just poses

Here’s where I actually start to get angry! 5 seconds of 5 of your poses is alright… 124853024803 poses at the beginning of your video is FUCKING STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously! I get it! It’s a properly executed smokey eye, with pink cut crease, double winged, red polka dot, unicorn land, ice cream, witchcraft level, ultimate perfection fantasy look! I GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get on with the damn tutorial already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Image from stfu.com

Image from stfu.com

And the no 1 most hated type of beauty YouTuber videos!










For me at least…










#1 I’m back videos

Just imagine me rolling my eyes now… A long, absolutely disgusted eye roll.

If you can’t upload, don’t, and just pick up where you left off. Do a Q&A video, a GRWM or something of that manner so you can talk about your absence. In fact it was a recent, “I’m back” (yes, you should totally imagine me holding up air quote and gesturing it really slowly with eyebrows raised to my hairline) video that prompted this entire post!

You see, there’s something on top of it that totally pisses me off (yes, more than the video itself!!!); the reasons. Uggghhhh!!!!!!!

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I had some things going on the past couple of months, life, relationships…

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I was SOOOOO busy the past couple of months.

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but I chipped my nail and it took me three whole months to deal with it!!!!!!!!!!

Uhm, I’m so sorry guys but my mascara ran out and I was looking for one for the past 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PS: If you take offense, then that is your problem, not mine! Have a nice day!!!

3rd YouTube Video

So to preface this, I joined a competition by The Body Shop Malaysia last year and was chosen as one of the three winners. The contest was inspired by Nikkietutorials’ The Power of Makeup video. It was an Instagram competition so you only needed to upload a picture.

Again, I feel I need to repeat this…

Odissi dancing is sacred to me, and in no way am I doing this to take advantage or exploit the art of Indian classical dance makeup. It is also not my intention whatsoever to disrespect the art form in any way, shape or form. If you are a dance purist reading this, let me tell you I value and love odissi like I love God Himself. I am treating this post as respectfully as I can and I do hope that no offense is taken.

Here was my entry;


I even wrote an entire post on it (link here).

Ever since I posted my second YouTube video I already had the idea for my third video. I decided to film this Power of Makeup post.

So I did!

And here it is! My third YouTube video…

Thank you all for your continued support!

From the bottom of my heart!!!

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I WON!!!

I think the title says it all.

I won two giveaways recently.

First was by the talented and gorgeous Fiona who blogs at Street Love (link here). She is a long time Malaysian blogger who takes absolutely beautiful pictures! Eye candy at its most appealing! She knows her way around the local beauty industry and is very knowledgeable about beauty products and brands. Go follow her!

I did post the picture of my winnings on Instagram already and I am sharing the same picture here…


SK-II is a giant in the skincare industry and I can’t wait to try and write about these!!! It is the SK-II Pitera Essence Set.

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The next one was by the beautiful Rachael from the UK.Β  Her blog is absolutely beautiful and she is very honest with her reviews! I love her blog and she also takes lovely pictures! She knows her products well and writes effortlessly. Go follow her too (link here)!!

Let me tell you I LITERALLY squealed like a little pig upon seeing the package because I thought I was only getting the Instablur Primer from The Body Shop. Rachael evidently went above and beyond to send me so many extra products! She also sent me a lovely paisley print card which I decided to keep to myself. THANK YOU RACHAEL!!!!!!!!


Just some information on these products.

– I got the Instablur primer from The Body Shop as promised.

– I also got two products from Makeup Revolution and although not available in physical stores, Makeup Revolution has a Malaysian web store and local beauty bloggers and enthusiasts are aware of this brand. I would have never in my wildest dreams think she would include an eyeshadow palette!!! And it’s the Iconic 2 palette, famously a dupe for a certain naked palette. She also included this lovely deep peachy coral blush in the shade Sugar!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

– Freedom is a new makeup brand and is a sister company to Makeup Revolution. I have already heard rave reviews of their brow pomades by the famous beauty blogger and YouTuber Miss Budget Beauty, Mikhila. Rachael sent me TWO of their products! A higlighter and a lipstick! WHAT?????!!!!!!!! I am so SO happy!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I may be one of the very first Malaysian beauty blogger to try Freedom Makeup!!! YEAY!!!

And to think she sent this from all the way from the UK! Thank you so so much gorgeous!!!


First of all, if you guys didn’t know I have a YouTube channel where I upload very sporadically. When I say very, I mean VERY!

However, the channel has been doing much better than I could have ever expected it to!

My second video has over 4000 views and I went from 15 subs from the time I first posted about the channel (link here) to 53 (last I checked).

I have to thank everyone that has viewed and subscribed!

Thank you!

Beauty YouTuber Phrases I am Absolutely Sick of!

You know what, let’s get a little messy!

This post is going to inevitably annoy and offend some people.

As positive a person I portray on FiercePaint, I am a little bit of a cynic in real life (or I’d like to believe so).

So many beauty guru “YouTuberisms” (did I just create a word there??) irks me to no end that I could create a top 100 list but these are the top 5 that irks me the most!

This is in order of least annoying to please STFU!



I’m not sure exactly how much it costs, I’ll leave it in the description box down below!

Really………, really??


Image from Queerty.

Why wouldn’t you be prepared when you know you’d be filming a video??? SERIOUSLY???



I’m sorry I’ve not been uploading for a long time but I’ve been really busy.

No darling! You just didn’t prioritise. Don’t make promises to upload regularly if you can’t!


Image from Tumblr.



Hey guys, welcome back to my channel. So let me first say bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

And 5 minutes of my life wasted!!! Please get to the bloody point! Or just add the “you can skip to 6.03 for the tutorial” line somewhere on your video!

Hey, I usually just skip it anyway.




I’m a big sucker for packaging.


Image from Tumblr.

You and at least a million others HUH-NEY!… It’s not a special trait…. Change the bloody tune!



I’m so bad at……….

My number 1 most annoying thing about beauty YouTubers is when they are doing tutorials on something and they claim to be bad at it!!! W-T-F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*high pitch bubbly voice*

“Oh my God, you guys, please pray for me, I am so bad at doing the winged liner, like seriously!”

B**CH even if you ARE bad at it, don’t freaking say it and make yourself look dumb!

I mean really??!!!!!!!!!!


Image from Giphy.


And, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I love all you wonderful readers! ❀ ❀ ❀

Oh and did I mention that I am hosting a giveaway for my lovely Malaysian readers??? Link below!


Thank you all!

*Air kisses*

My 100th Post!

I can’t believe it is already my 100th post! This entire experience is still very surreal and I am nothing but thankful for that nudge from the universe to start FiercePaint.

I am also deeply grateful to every single one of you for reading, following, liking and commenting on FiercePaint! Without you, FiercePaint would be nothing more than just a dead blog.

So now, here’s the exciting part.

There are two tiny changes on the blog that signifies a notable milestone for FiercePaint.

Firstly, I have decided to display FiercePaint follower count on the sidebar which hit 100 a couple of weeks ago.


Second, I also decided to display Blog Stats on the sidebar which hit 10K yesterday (3rd Jan).

10kviewsA little remorse here for if I had publicised my blog earlier than I had, I would have hit perhaps twice the views by the end of 2015. But hey, I will be sure to always take every opportunity in the future and make the best out of every situation here forth.

To commemorate these milestones, I present to you, my new venture, LuxePaint; a sibling blog (no gender specifics in my blog πŸ™‚ ). My indulgent blog; a place for everything I love, not just limited to makeup.


I’ve already published a post there! πŸ˜€

LuxePaint link; https://luxepaint.wordpress.com/

With that, from the bottom of my heart, I thank each one of you for all the love, kindness and support.

My blogging experience on FiercePaint has been nothing, NOTHING but POSITIVE.

Thank you so SO much!

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Oh and of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!! 2016 is going to be one heck of a ride!!!

Happy New Year

5 Little Things in Makeup That Bring Me Joy

Emily Noel’s video (below) inspired me to do this post. She did this quite a while ago and I have wanted to do this for a while now but never got around to doing it. I urge you to watch the video because it really does preface this entire post.

These do not actually help makeup application but are happy triggers; some kind of simple joy that emanates every time it is realised.

Some of you may go, owh yeaaaaa while nodding your heads, some of you may not. πŸ˜› Either way, do enjoy this light-hearted post!


1. Soft brushes

Don’t you just love the way soft brushes feel on your face? Every time I open my makeup storage, I have this urge to pick up my softest brush and just run it on the back of my hand to appreciate its softness. The softest brush I have has to be my The Body Shop blusher brush. So soft!!!

The bristles up-close.


2. Scented lip products

I will, occasionally, just pick up my Collection Cream Puff or my NYX SMLC, open it and just take a whiff of that delicious cupcake scent. Sometimes that can be the very purchase trigger, the whole reason you make that decision to buy!


3. Frosted glass foundation bottles

I love the feeling of touching frosted glass. Something about the matte surface gives it a luxurious feeling, more so if its a frosted glass foundation bottle. Some examples are the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and the Marc Jacobs’ foundation. The one I own is the Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear foundation.


4. Sample size products.

There’s something about tiny samples that I love! Miniature makeup; what’s not to love about miniature makeup!!??? I have sample size Tarte and Too Faced mascaras and also a Benefit Pore-fessional primer (picture not attached).


5. First sight of the pan

As opposed to Emily Noel (in the video) I actually love the first sight of the pan. The pan is the container that hold powder/cream/cake products. I love it when that silver (or whatever colour the pan is) peeks through when you’ve been using a product for a while. A feeling of accomplishment just fills my being.


What are your simple makeup joys?


Hope you guys enjoyed this post!

This is my 99th post and I have some exciting news for my 100th! Stay tuned!

A big thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey with FiercePaint!


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