Mermaid Hair Don’t Care.

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I officially have the mermaid hair I’ve always wanted thanks to Shaun Cheong of Shaun Hair Studio in Publika. 11053492_10153026726052058_1916560724559992481_nThe best part about it all? Bleached and dyed several times but my hair is still soft thanks to the 5 step treatment that Shaun provides!
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I’m feelin’ myself,
Harmini Asokumar

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Saying Goodbye To The Road Most Taken

1009981_10151979168102058_1751773297_nIt’s been a long time coming, but I finally decided to pull the plug. The plug to my 9-6 job that is. I decided to leave my job for my art & the journey ahead seems scary but so promising. If I were to be completely honest, I always knew this day would come. I wish it had come sooner, but then again, I live with no regrets but lessons learnt.

I’ve been running Deeper Than Fashion for almost five years now, quite successfully I might add. Most people didn’t even know I worked a 9-6 job because I managed to handle the work load from both jobs. Then I thought to myself, if I managed to create so much with limited time in my hands, image all the possibilities of what I could do with more time? I could then focus on unleashing all my creative juices and have the freedom to chase the things that make me happiest.

A flashback to when I was on a job hunt and I sent in my resume to a well-known and respected media through a friend, only to have been turned down because & I quote “My editor think you aren’t someone who is meant to sit at a desk and work, you will just stifle your creativity. You need to explore!”. He had no idea how right he was, and I will forever be thankful someone said that to me to further clarify what I already knew.

It took a lot of convincing for the people around me to finally accept I was not molded the way they were, especially when it came to things like financial stability. As much as I’m a dreamer, I’m very much a realist too & I won’t pretend money isn’t a factor. It always is but it’s never been one that played a key role in my life. If I wanted something, I would just need to work harder for it. I wanted happiness and to just breathe. 

Being given the freedom to be my own boss also gives me a chance to create and fulfill my own destiny. I’m taking this leap away from the conventional work force, to focus on creating a work force that is truly my own. Here’s a perfect time for me to prove to myself that I am capable of making my dreams come true.

I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in the past & to be able to create my own future opportunities. The Universe has been kind, and I am thankful for all the blessings. Mostly I am thankful to YOU for being a support system, motivation and constant inspiration! 

Here’s to me embarking in a brand new adventure. Much love & light to everyone.


It’s new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life,
& I’m feeling good,
Harmini Asokumar

Beach Please! Soaps.

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I took a soap making course & am coming up with a range of soapy goodness. Introducing my first one;
11143220_440918062747908_511134318485068447_nUsing a shea butter base with a little extra oatmeal scrub & a calming sage scent, I created a beach inspired design (of course!); 11698720_440918102747904_5162908069303387359_nSeriously, how gorgeous are these?! They take you back to paradise in the shower!

To top it up, I’ve been experimenting with making little sea life soap creatures too; 11143227_10153018986402058_6111321075264345835_oAnd of course, every sea creature need to be at the beach; 11267369_10153020101047058_3912246289098272415_oKeeping a block of this in my bathroom to rid the musty, murky smell that sometimes happens due to heat and water. Loving how my bathroom now smells!

Beach please! always,
Harmini Asokumar

Mermaid’s Margarita Lipbalm.

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Mermaid’s Margarita Lipbalm is ready for YOU! My first ever organic beauty creation and something I am extremely proud of.

This homemade lipbalm is packed with moisturizing goodness that will keep your lips hydrated in this hot weather. As an added bonus, it’s also refreshing due to its fruity margarita scent. Guaranteed to keep your lips soft and your senses happy.11412214_436672989839082_3886769866280587554_nThe goodness packed in the little tube includes shea butter, beeswax and avocado oil. With no compromises in the quality of products (as well as mermaid magic), this lipbalm is not to be missed out on.10480226_436670749839306_7846921690687361952_nBut that’s not all, the first batch of Mermaid’s Margarita lipbalm will be sold at a launch discounted price & come in a super cute little bag; 11666164_437143769792004_618197596865117054_n

Can’t wait for YOU to try it,
Harmini Asokumar

Makeup Shaming.

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“Women are taking to social media to post pictures of their half made-up faces to hit back at makeup shaming.” Because makeup is a huge part of what I do, something I love and am passionate about, I decided to jump on that bandwagon too; 1467467_10152989173137058_1571272690138611902_nIt’s pretty hard a concept to grasp, but makeup shaming is a real thing. Seriously, it is. Though one might laugh at this notion and of how silly it is, it’s an actual problem. It might not be as important as (& I’m quoting based on comments I read online) poverty and hunger but it’s important enough for me to want to take a stand.

What is it exactly? It’s telling women they are less ‘real’ because they wear makeup, or aren’t ‘all that’ without which is why they wear make up. It’s making women feel bad for wearing makeup because that’s what they are comfortable doing. Wearing makeup doesn’t mean you are insecure, nor does it mean you are any less a feminist.  mu2I never really understood why how I looked affected others. My weight, my skin colour, my scars were always something people found a need to comment on. As a kid, it used to upset me and make me feel self-conscious. As an adult, I’ve learnt to laugh it off and just be comfortable in all the forms I’m in.

Gone are the days where validation is needed by others to make you feel good, I do what I want, when I want to. I love makeup because; mu

It is a form of art. How every colour used, stroke of the brush and blending of tones makes a difference. It’s a choice and a freedom of expression all in one. Most women who love makeup feel exactly the same way. We’re comfortable with or without makeup.

Now can we all move along, stop bringing each other down, and agree to disagree without being judgmental? All this negative energy just isn’t worth it 🙂

It’s all good vibes (with or without makeup);
Harmini Asokumar

Introducing Deeper than Beauty

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Having difficult skin and testing tons of products (bye-bye hard earned money!) led me into a path of making my own, using only organic and natural ingredients. After much studying and research taking place, Deeper Than Beauty was born; DTB logo

“If it’s natural and comes from Mother Nature, it should be good for you”. That was my initial thought when I first embarked on this adventure of natural products and how wrong was I! After doing research, just natural products aren’t enough to ensure it’s safe, however organic natural products are what you should be looking out for. The idea behind organic ingredients are that they are of high quality and no form of chemicals were used to help grow or make them.

Due to 60% of what is applied to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream, and into your system. Feeding your skin the good stuff helps cut down and eliminate doses of chemicals from entering your body. Chemical based products have been altered to save cost, and emphasizes on luxury, convenience as well as longevity as opposed to health. Organic natural products however focus on health, producing long term results and inducing less harmful ingredients.

The idea behind Deeper Than Beauty is to enable your skin to feed on the good stuff, making you feel beautiful on the insides (literally!) as well as the outside. Each product will be carefully tested (on willing human participants!) because all our products are; PETA_Logo& no cute, cuddly animals were harmed during the making of the products 🙂 There will be no compromising on quality and will only give your skin the very best (because it deserves only the best!)
11391379_10152964389517058_7601487386345571391_nCurrently in the midst of creating different types of ‘magic’ potions and ensuring it’s perfected before it’s released for sale. From face masks, lipbalms, soaps, scrubs & bath bombs, (to name a few) as well as importing makeup tools and such, Deeper Than Beauty aims to promote and feed your skin the good stuff, and for you to embrace your own kind of beautiful, any way you want to.

I can’t wait to go on this adventure with you.
I hope you are excited too 🙂

A start of something magical,
Harmini Asokumar

MOTD: Ain’t Nothing But A G Thang

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Heading to the Pestle & Mortar party, and in dire need of a change in the way I look. I love costumes and makeup/accessories is the easiest way to transform an entire look.

Was feeling very baby gangsta that night, so makeup was inspired by that; 11392773_10152938936912058_9083237354017851643_n

  • Flawless skin: MAC foundation & pro conceal and correct palette in Medium Deep
  • Blusher: NYX Blush in Cinnamon
  • Lips: Loreal in Black Cherry
  • Eyebrows: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Black/Gray
  • Eyebrow Highlight: Revlon Colourstay Neutral Khakis pallete – lightest colour
  • Lashes: MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash
  • Eyeliner: NYX Super Skinny Marker in Black

Travel: Pulau Redang

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The playfully peaceful salty breeze in your hair, the soft sand between your toes, the warm sun kissing and caressing your skin, the rippling, tranquil soft waves rolling to the shore, the crystal clear water recharging all your sense and keeping you grounded. A beach vacation is something I look forward to daily; embedded in my mind at all time, the ultimate escape away from reality.

Pulau Redang is the perfect example of what paradise should be. With everything I mentioned above & so much more. Words cannot describe (but I’ll still try) just how gorgeous this place was.

The journey to paradise was a fairly enjoyable one as well. Keep in mind to always double check your ferry timing, and how far each destination is before purchasing your flight tickets. A tiny mistake could lead to less time in paradise (*sigh* you live and you learn ey?).

The travelling was in this sequence:
Flight to Kuala Terengganu (an hour) —> cab ride to Shahbandar Jetty (20-30 minutes) —> ferry from Shahbandar to Taaras ( one and a half hours).

Throughout the journey, people were very friendly and courteous (a refreshing change from the city!), always with a smile on their faces and a warm welcome. Upon reaching the Shahbandar Jetty area, there was a one hour wait for the ferry but thankfully there’s Pasar Payang and Chinatown at a walking distance of 5 minutes.

Chinatown otherwise known as Kampung Cina, had some of the coolest street art and installations I’ve seen. Most of the walls of the houses and shoplots were painted in pretty colours, some with motifs and colour blocking. Each alley had it’s own art exhibition going on. I absolutely loved how artsy it was; 2015-05-30 12.02.482015-05-30 12.03.112015-05-30 12.03.402015-05-30 12.04.052015-05-30 12.04.302015-05-30 12.04.59Besides the really cool art, Kampung Cina had many food places that one can indulge in local delicacies. I enjoyed a plate of yummy Nasi Kerabu at Madam Bee before heading back to the jetty;2015-05-30 12.05.29It was a no brainer that Taaras Beach & Spa Resort was going to be the place I stayed, mainly because of its mermaid logo. If that wasn’t a sign, I don’t know what is 😉 When I reached that place, I knew it was fated in the stars;
2015-05-30 12.09.242015-05-30 12.08.56The hotel is described as “a bespoke 5-star Private Beach Residence, tucked away and hidden from the outside world on a small island found just off the unspoiled East Coast of tropical Malaysia. The resorts ethos is to provide a contemporary, barefoot luxury experience with warm Asian hospitality.”

I couldn’t agree more ; 
2015-06-01 19.18.202015-05-30 12.05.56The mountain view rooms were spacious and cozy, also with a decent view from the balcony. Also, little sea-inspired details adorned the room except this super cute cat aircond remote holder (that I need in my life!); 2015-05-30 12.06.23At the resort the activities include beach activities like sea sport, the spa & my favourite, lazing by the beach; 2015-05-30 12.06.502015-05-30 12.07.412015-05-30 12.09.422015-05-30 12.08.362015-05-30 12.08.13The food at Taaras was good (not great!) but the cocktails were very much disappointing and cost more than our dinner.

The next day consisted of the buffet breakfast that was also pretty disappointing when it comes to the Western food, the Malaysian food however was good. The rest of the morning was spent climbing rocks and walking around the private beach; 2015-05-30 12.10.022015-05-30 12.10.252015-05-30 12.11.092015-05-30 12.10.452015-05-30 12.11.52Due to unforeseen circumstances, we only managed to go on a one-stop snorkeling trip & I finally got to try out my GoPro underwater properly! Absolutely can’t get over how magical it was; 2015-06-01 19.12.112015-06-01 19.12.332015-06-01 19.14.132015-06-01 19.14.482015-06-01 19.15.402015-06-01 19.15.08Snorkeling is a lot of fun, but gets tiring real quick especially if you wear a life jacket (which I always do because as much as I love the sea, I fear it too). An hour floating and swimming around is enough to get you exhausted.

Headed back for lunch and more frolicking on the beach. Special shoutout to the Dhinasaur as he patiently took pictures of me with a lot of direction; 11295557_10152918653982058_3271492246744293090_n10460274_10152918654532058_7115002151764208783_n1795660_10152918654892058_9019122776221672231_n10300515_10152918655037058_3854036658116977473_n10408127_10152918654177058_2981680514886532529_n11231797_10152918655007058_979375901713796780_n10413325_10152918655212058_1119175731428320328_nI kept forgetting I was swimming in salt water, because its so clear.  2015-06-01 19.16.06The trip back was a similar one, but with more time spent at Shahbandar Jetty. Managed to walk around Pasar Payang to check it out, with all the old skool candies and keropok lekor being sold; 11269092_10152922202897058_5607965317081391827_n& back to Chinatown for some authentic Chinese grub and rich coffee; 1524647_10152922202672058_2213834036698083582_n11009177_10152922202777058_6228197723318225885_nMore walking around the town led to more cool finds; 2015-06-01 19.13.022015-06-01 19.13.2711015779_10152922202802058_7318160881824318710_n10672138_10152922202872058_5923378478682865293_nIf I could describe Pulau Redang in one word, it’d be ‘paradise’. I can’t wait to go back again. 10408036_10152918654387058_6486835140083617237_n

Full of vitamin-sea,
Harmini Asokumar

MakeupOfTheDay: Nude Glam

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  • Skin: MAC foundation & pro conceal and correct palette in Medium Deep
  • Lips: Sephora Lipliner in Funky Fuchsia (17) & MAC Pro Longwear Lipliner in Nice’n’Spicy
  • Eyebrows: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Black/Gray
  • Lashes: MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash
  • Eyeliner: NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black.