THE FLIP SIDE
You may know and love her (and her adorable twins) as a screen queen, but there’s more to Sazzy Falak than meets the eye. By Tengku Zai
Get to know the details behind local TV personality Sazzy Falak
The skies may be gloomy and pouring buckets outside the showroom of Sazzy Falak’s fashion label, SF by Sazzy Falak, but the mood inside is sunny. Throughout her ELLE interview, the actress glows in one of her fashion pieces, and makes the entire process an enjoyable one. When catching up with the busy mother to three-year-old twin girls, it’s easy to see that she’s the personification of what it truly means to be a beauty junkie. She eats well, takes care of her skin, keeps fit and is more than happy to share the wealth of beauty knowledge that she’s gained over the years from her mum, owner and founder of local organic skincare line Blue Oak Valley, and her dear grandma. Oh, and did we mention? While getting her dolled up and ready for her shoot, she even insisted on putting on mascara herself — there are no airs and graces here.
Between creating the fashion line that just had its Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week debut, being a mother, fitness addict, emcee and actress, and handling all the other facets of her celebrity, Sazzy clues us in on a different side to her — the beauty side. WHAT’S YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE LIKE? It used to be cleanse, tone and moisturise. Now it’s oil cleanse, foam cleanse, serum, toner, eye care and then moisturise.
WHAT DO YOU USE EVERY DAY? I mix it, but I use mostly Blue Oak Valley. I try to keep my skincare as organic as possible and the brand offers that. I use their toner, anti-ageing serum, eye gel and moisturiser. I’m one of those people who like to buy make-up and try different skincare products to learn what’s good and what’s not, so that we can try and apply that to Blue Oak Valley as well.
WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? My mum was someone who really took care of her skin and that’s why she started
BEAUTY ICON She’s always so fit and sunny. Like a SoCal girl. She’s got that natural look which I like.
Blue Oak Valley. She has amazing skin. I was about 13 and I had all these pimples coming out on my forehead so my mum brought me for a facial. She told me it’s not a bad thing and that it was normal because I was growing up and to always take care of my skin. Because you may not have fantastic features, like the most outstanding eyes or nose; you may have normal features, but if you have fantastic skin you will stand out. When your skin is glowing, you don’t need anything else. You don’t need make-up or the longest eyelashes to make you look nice. SO WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP WITH A BEAUTY JUNKIE? It was normal but it was good. I’m very thankful I have a mum who’s intelligent — she’s a businesswoman — but who also made sure she took care of herself. So, I grew up to be that sort of woman. No matter how busy I am, I always remember to take care of myself. If I don’t, I’ll look like crap and I’m going to feel like crap. If I look good, I’ll feel good and when I feel good, I look good.
TELL US ABOUT BLUE OAK VALLEY My mum and stepdad care greatly about the environment and were doing a lot of research. Every time they’d buy products, they’d read the ingredients on the back and find that many products contain high amounts of toxic ingredients. They started with the skincare range and then the baby care. But when I got pregnant, they started to focus on the baby care because they realised that that’s what they’re going to put on their grandchildren. It’s all about natural beauty.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BLUE OAK VALLEY? My nenek (grandmother) has been drinking jamu (a traditional herbal medicine) since the ’50s with her sisters. She has nine sisters and from a young age they would get together to brew jamu. I grew up watching that. My nenek is so strong. She’s 80, but has really good skin. She’s the strongest among her sisters and still sharp, and it’s all because she took natural stuff. She didn’t take any chemicals. My mum has taken the time to look at all the natural ingredients in jamu and put them in sachets. So, that’s something we’re going to introduce. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED WEARING MAKE-UP? Probably when I was 19. I started by wearing mascara, then eye liner. I was trying to experiment with eye shadow but I think I ended up looking like a clown. I think I’m a late bloomer because I see 14–15 year old girls now wearing makeup like pros! It’s all these beauty tutorials on YouTube. We didn’t have them back then. They can even wear fake lashes by themselves. I’m 33 and I still don’t know how to put on a fake lash! WHAT ARE YOUR MAKE-UP LOOKS FOR DAY AND NIGHT? I don’t use foundation, just an SPF base. That’s why I like taking care of my skin; I don’t have to put on thick foundation. For eye shadow I use Nars or Shu Uemura because it’s very natural-looking, and during the day I like to use a brown eye pencil. I like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — it gives a glow without making you look too perfect. Mascara and eyebrow pencil are a must too. For night, I’ll just add eye shadow and black eyeliner. HOW DOES YOUR WORKOUT SCHEDULE FIT INTO YOUR WORK SCHEDULE? I need BodyTone. I love my food, but I’m still very, very vain. My work is crazy, but I always fit in the time. I try to work out three times weekly and that’s the best. If I don’t get to work out, I get so irritable and bloated. As long as I work out three times a week, I’ll feel really good. I guess you let off steam. What I love about BodyTone is that you can do cardio and you can tone up. And for people like me, I don’t just want to do cardio. I want to tone up and look really firm and fit.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? I have a lot of ‘what’s nexts’ but what’s really next and what I can’t wait to do is go on my diving trip. I’m going to Tioman and Redang. I’ve worked really hard this whole year and I just got my licence.