Tuesday, October 4, 2016

RYOB Challenge: September Update

I'm doing really bad on this challenge, I know.

This month on my RYOB Challenge, I've manage to get just one book of my list. I have valid excuses though: exams and schoolwork and vacation (I have loads of other hobbies I worked on - like sleeping). Still, it makes me a bit sad to know that I wouldn't be able to win this challenge. I have a few months to go though so I'd probably get through a few books more before waving the white flag.

Anyway, so the lone book I've managed to read is Rick Riordan's Mark of Athena, the third book in the Blood of Olympus series. Part of the reason I was only able to read one PHYSICAL book this month is that I had to reread the Percy Jackson series and the first two books in the Blood of Olympus before I started on Mark of Athena. I've had to review the books because it was a long time ago when I read them and if you're also a fan of Rick Riordan's works, you'd know that each book is so action-packed. Even now that I've just reread them, I have a hard time recalling which events happened when. Not complaining though - I'm a big big fan of Rick Riordan and mythology in general.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Manicure Monday: SanSan Nail Polish in Red Gleam

September was quite a busy month for me, and as much as I want to be able rock chic nails on a daily basis, sometimes doing my nails are too much of a hassle. Still, whenever I can, I sneak in a mani-pedi session (which is usually on my off days while watching an Grey's Anatomy or whichever series I'm currently watching.)

Last August I wore different shades of grey and though I love the classy look, I really missed wearing bold, bright colors. Hence this bottle of San San Nail Polish in Red Gleam worked her way out of my cupboards.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RYOB Challenge: August Update

Is it only me or does it seem like time flies too fast this 2016? We may not be able to slow down time but what we can do is make the best out of it. My August had been slow at first with all the class suspension and all but we got loaded up with work as soon as we got back to school to make up for all the missed classes and it made me wish for more class suspensions.

Anyway, although I got a bit swamped with schoolwork and wasn't able to read any book for about a week, I still am proud to say that I finished three books this month. Read on to find out what my thoughts are on these. I must warn you that I will be giving my honest opinions of what I thought about the books so if you are a fan, please don't hate on me. Also, there may or may not be spoilers throughout the review, so you have been warned/

Monday, September 5, 2016

Manicure Monday: Shades of Grey

It's been a few days since August ended and I was not able to share with you guys last month's NOTDs. Better late than never, right? So, I would like to share with you guys my NOTDs for the month of August.

The past year, I've been really in to grey nail polishes. There's something about grey that makes it look classy and in the past few weeks, I've been searching for the perfect shade of grey to suit my skin tone. Unfortunately, the only accessible (and within budget) store to me is Watson's. Don't get me wrong though - Watson's is the best place on earth for budget beauty enthusiasts like me but this particular branch might be the smallest one I've ever been too, in short, they didn't have a large collection of nail polishes. They carried the typical cheap variants, which I totally love to loot, but the said variants do not have my perfect shade of grey. Still, a happy ending though, since I loved the polishes that I bought.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Product Review: Sophie Paris Fairness Peel off Mask

It's another cloudy day and I hope you guys are having a productive day like mine. Yesterday was a holiday here in the Philippines and I don't know about you guys but that was a much needed break from the craziness of the real world. On rest days, we all get the chance to find our center and balance things out - not to mention catching up on those much needed ZZZzzzs.

So today, I'd like to talk about one of my favorite products of all time: face masks. I love face masks since it makes me feel like I'm treating myself to a spa (for about a tenth of the actual cost of spas) and my face always feels refreshed and soft afterwards. I personally love mud masks and peel off masks but they do take time with all that soaking and rinsing. Sheet masks are okay by me for weeknights when I feel like my skin needs more TLC but I find that sheet masks are a lot more expensive versus mud masks and peel off masks since you can only use a sheet mask once.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Product Review: Nichido Pressed Powder (Tan)

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I'm reviewing the Nichido Pressed Powder in the shade Tan. I learned about this particular product from beauty blogger Michelle Dy. What really hooked me on this is the packaging - it doesn't look like it only costs PhP.100!

Monday, August 8, 2016

July Empties and Decluttering

A cold Tuesday afternoon when the all the world seemingly just wants to sleep and here I am, decluttering my stuff. LOL. I'm just the type of person who functions better in a clutter-free environment. Don't get me wrong - my room is messy about 90% of the time.  But on days that I want to be productive I spend a good chunk of my time cleaning up my mess.

I've always been fascinated with empties post and I meant to do one last month (which obviously didn't happen - I kept putting writing the article off and eventually, I decided if I can't make the time to write about it, it probably isn't worth the time reading). So, today's empties will be short since I did a MAJOR decluttering prior to this - just a few bits and pieces of junk and a couple that I'd be giving away to those who will be able to make a good use of it than me.

First off are a couple of lotions. I go through lotions a LOT since I have really dry skin. I've been alternating between Nivea Intense Moisture Lotion and Musk by Alyssa Ashley, both are gifts from abroad so I really can't tell you their prices. Nivea is available locally at department stores, drugstores, etc. Musk by Alyssa Ashley on the other hand, is a little hard to get hold of. I've never seen it in department stores, etc. which sucks since this is probably my favorite lotion of all time: it smells amazing and it's non-greasy but still does a great job of moisturizing my dry skin. (I'm really oily on my face but I have really dry skin for the rest of my body - I don't get it). I'm not really sure if I'd buy another bottle of the Nivea lotion for full price since their yearly sale would save me tons but I do love their lotions and I'd hoard them in next year's sale. I would buy another bottle of the Musk by Alyssa Ashley, as I've said it's my favorite lotion but a little bit on the pricey side plus I only know of one place where I can get my hands on it (stores at the Mezzanine floor at Cash n Carry) which isn't really accessible for me.

Next is The Face Shop Clean Face Mild Lotion. I got through with the toner version of this so fast (which made me sad because this is PRICEY). But I'm pretty happy with this moisturizer which I've used for roughly 3 months in my estimate, which isn't bad at all. I'd be willing to spend money on this in the future, but right now, I'm trying out a few cheaper alternatives for a face moisturizer.

Starting my make up empties is the Nichido Final Powder in So Natural. This was my favorite setting powder last year and I had quite a few months of good use out of it. This only cost me PhP.150 but there are quite a few products I'm currently testing out and since this isn't really a travel-friendly face powder, I'm still thinking if I will be repurchasing this. If I do repurchase this though, I'd go for a lighter shad than the So Natural since this is too tan for me.

Next is a tube of my holy grail mascara which is Maybelline Hypercurl. I've already repurchased this as I've said in my back-to-school haul and I think I will be purchasing a few back-ups since they are still on sale at the Watson's nearest to our place.

Lastly are four tubes of lipstick, one from Avon cosmetics, which I'm throwing away since it's been about two years since I've bought it and the life span of a lipstick is only 18 months. The one from Maybelline which is the Maybelline Colorshow Lipstick in the shade Pinkalicious broke off after only a few uses. I know there are a few tricks of life hacks that would fix broken lipsticks, but I really am giving this one up since living in a tropical country, I need to have my lipsticks melt-proof. I don't want to be constantly fixing my melted lipstick. Next is a lip butter from Revlon in the shade sugar plum. I love this. It felt like I'm just using lip balm but it was just too creamy for me. So creamy that I have a hard time putting it on since it moves and leaves lines and such. I couldn't for the life of me make this work. Lastly is a once favorite of mine which is the Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte lipstick in the shade Rosebud. I've been using this lipstick for a while and lately I've realized that the color does not match me at all. It is quite a good bright pink shade for morenas like me, but I think it doesn't go well with my lip color (I have dark colored lips). So this and the lip butter will go to my sister since the shades work well for her.

And there you have it guys, my empties and decluttering for the month of July. Follow me on instagram and twitter for more updates. xoxo

Sunday, July 31, 2016

RYOB Challenge 2016: July Update

I didn't really intend on doing an article today but I woke up today and it was all cloudy and cold and cozy - my kind of weather. For some reason, this got me hyped to have a productive day - so I made myself a cup of tea and sat in front of my laptop and I'm now ready to talk about my Read Your Own Book Challenge July Update.

I've been really bad doing this challenge. When I started this, I thought that four books a month is nothing. Now though, I'm afraid I won't be able to finish my target of 40 books this year. It's already July and I'm at 4/40! I know what you're thinking, for a self-confessed bibliophile, that's not really much. It just so happened that past few months, I've been sticking to reading on my phone and this challenge as I've said in my post, I would only include physical books that I've read. In that article I also have a list of the books I'm targeting to read (which I update from time to time).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Manicure Monday: Obsessing over pastels

I have to admit that even though I'm a positive person, oftentimes, Mondays do get me down. Today, for starters wasn't a very good start for me - having that monthly "visits" and looking forward to a kindah stressful week isn't a very good combination. Still, I'm all for kicking Monday's ass so I did my work out, worked on my nails and now, working on this blog - you know what they say about working on the things that you love.

So, for the whole month of July I've been obsessing on pastel colors. Late June, I got bored with my current collection of nail polishes but I so wanted to paint my nails, so I borrowed one from my sister and got my hands on a Girl Stuff nail polish. I love the color which was a creamy white, but there is no label at all about what exact shade it is (not even a number).

The manicure did last a couple of days without chipping which is quite good given that I wasn't able to do my nails properly because the nail polish has gone all sticky and gooey (my sister has had it for over a year now).

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Back to School Skin Care Routine

Any beauty enthusiast would agree with me that the search for the perfect skin care routine is a constant battle. Sometimes, what worked out for you before won't work now or your skin "got used" to the product that it doesn't give a wonderful effect anymore. There are a lot of factors that causes this, your skin might be different or your hormones are acting up or your diet. Anyway, the only real solution for this is to constantly try out new skin care products. A few things to keep in mind when trying new stuff out: give a new product two weeks to work before deciding whether you like it or not, often it takes that long for something to work its full effect. Also, try rotating you holy grail products after two to three months of use so you can give your skin a rest for a while.

Today, I will be sharing with you guys the new skin care routine I've been trying out for a couple of weeks or so (basically when school started). A few weeks before I started this particular routine I've been breaking out on my forehead which is probably an allergic reaction to dust (we had a general cleaning of the house). I found that my skin care routine back then wasn't doing much for the problem. Usually when I break out it only takes a week to dry, I knew I had to change my routine after a couple of weeks without any improvement on my break outs.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Back-to-School Make Up Essentials

Today's Top 5 Tuesday is a continuation of my Back-to-School special. Here's an extra challenge for beauty enthusiasts like me: how to get a perfectly made up face that could last all day.

We've all been there: the waking up early despite the late nights, the sweat from going around the campus, 12-hour days were you couldn't even pause and take a glimpse on a mirror (at some point, you'd find yourself looking at any reflective surface to assure yourself that you are presentable, at least). The answer to this hectic days of our lives: low-maintenance make up.

I rarely have time for touch-ups in between classes, and I sweat a lot. To top it all off, I have oily skin. So the search for the perfect make up products is a continuous battle for me. But for now, here are my back to school makeup essentials. A bit of a bonus on this article: each product costs PhP.350 or less.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: This is Me, Love Marie

Happy Thursday guys. I hope you all are having a great week. Today, I will be reviewing Heart Evangelista's book on beauty 101 entitled This is Me, Love Marie. Apart from being an actress, Heart is a painter, makeup enthusiast, tv host and the wife of Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Back-to-School Beauty Haul

After a few weeks of hibernating from blogging, I'm back! Hopefully, I could come up with a routine for the term and find time to blog more regularly (keeping fingers crossed). Anyway, it's weird starting school in July. Still, it's the best I could hope for given my situation and I'm so glad I can fill up my days with something worthwhile again. What better way to start a new academic year than a shopping haul?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Manicure Monday

Another month has come and gone, and I hope that 2016 has been treating you well! Personally, my year has its ups and downs but really, those are the very reasons why we all deserve a good mani-pedi session.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Product Review: Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

 A few weeks ago, I've scoured the mall for a new brow product as my eyebrow pencil is down to its last few uses. But of course, I ended up buying a bunch of stuff and NONE of those were brow product. Still, I'm very happy with my purchases especially this Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel from Nature Republic. I may be extremely unobservant but it is only now that I've heard of aloe vera soothing gel and I noticed that most of Korean Skin Care shops have one (and we've gone through all the Korean Skin Care shops at MOA). Nature Republic's soothing gel was the cheapest one though (PhP. 245) and so I decided to give it a try.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Essentials

Summer is HERE! 

Okay, it's been a few weeks since summer officially started and we can really feel the heat. This may be an unpopular opinion but summer's not my favorite time of the year and I think anyone who lives in a tropical country is of the same opinion. But still, it's the best time to go to the beach and unwind and look at the brighter side of things. 

So today I'll be sharing a few tips on how to stay cool (in the literal sense) and still enjoy summer without hurting your wallet (each product is less than PhP. 500).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Product Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, Primer and Pressed Powder

Coverage is a big deal for me and if you're a makeup enthusiast like me, you'd know how important coverage is. That's why standards are set high for products that are dedicated to this - from foundations to BB creams to CC creams to tinted moisturizers, you name it;  there's much research to perfect this make up "base". As a girl with oily skin this comes extra hard for me for I not only need to cover up, I also need to keep shine away from my face. That's why I thank the heavens for these lovely products.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Manicure Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I know, I know, happy and Monday don't usually go together but let me tell you a secret to make Mondays more bearable, HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
For me, I usually have my nails done on Mondays (or Sunday nights), and I know a LOT of women out there are with me when I say that Mani-Pedis are the best way to unwind. I stick to one nail color a month (so as not to keep stressing myself on nail polish shades) and just keep fresh on a regular basis (I usually remove them Friday night if I don't have anything special for the weekend so as to let my nails "breathe").

Friday, April 1, 2016

RYOB Challenge 2016: March Update

The first of April is upon us and it's really amazing how another month of 2016 has gone by so fast. Anyway, in February I talked about the Read Your Own Book Challenge (read all about it here) and, as promised, I will be giving an update on the books I've crossed off my list.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Stuff (Non-Makeup) in my Bag

Happy Tuesday everybody! On today's Top 5 Tuesday, I'll be sharing with you guys the top five stuff that I always have in my bag, all the non-makeup once that is, cause let's be honest, that deserves a Top 5 Tuesday of its own.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Manicure Monday

Confession: I'm obsessed with my nails. I have been since I've watched a local celebrity confessed that the nails are the one thing that she looks at and she believes that nails are the reflection of an individual's hygiene. I'm no OCD, but I tend to be very meticulous when it comes to personal hygiene.

I know I'm not the only girl in the world with this obsession and so I am dedicating an article series on this very topic. I usually have my nails professionally done once a month and maintain them on my own (every week for my hands and every two weeks for my toes), but I always allot two to three days to let my nails "breathe" by leaving them polish-free (usually weekends whenever there are no events and such). Mondays or Sundays are the usual days that I paint my nails fresh, something to make the start of the week more bearable.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Banana Smoothie (Under 250 calories)

With the beginning of March comes the start of summer season, and even though we are still enjoying the last few days of the cold weather, I am now looking for ways to battle the summer heat. And the best way to do just that is with a healthy smoothie. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Haul

Hauls are one of the many videos that really interest me in YouTube, I guess it's something that the nosy side of me really love. So it really gives me pleasure to share my very own February haul.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Read My Own Book Challenge

So, I started the year by challenging myself to read more books using Popsugar's 2016 Book Challenge but as I was going through books on our "library" at home I realized that I should just ditch the reading challenge and get on with reading the books I already have at home. We do have quite a lot of titles I haven't read and there's no better time reading them than now. It felt fulfilling going through all our books at home, sorting them into piles and all the time I was thinking of the big book haul I will be doing after I get through this reading challenge (guilt-free book shopping!) I limited my list to just 40 books which gives me a book a week to read, but I wanted to be realistic (take in those busy weeks where I wouldn't be able to get my hands on any single book) and I have quite a few ebooks in my eReader that I also wanted to get through (I only counted the physical ones for this challenge). So here goes my list:

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Product Review: The Face Shop Clean Face Mild Lotion and Mild Toner

Toners and moisturizers are essential parts of our skin care routine. Both are part of the basics of the basics and usually go hand in hand. I got a pair of The Face Shop's Clean Face Toner and Lotion (moisturizer) last Christmas as gift from my mom and sister. The Face Shop products are generally too pricey for me and so this is my first tome to be able to use their products. I was so excited when I received these since they contain tea tree oil which they say is very good in helping oily skin. I've been using these both as a pair and paired of with different products and I wanna share with you guys my experience with it.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! I wanna celebrate the last work day (for most) of the week by starting a new series called Friday Favorites where I will talk about random favorites of mine and hoping I can share something that might interest you. These stuff helped me start off February with positive vibes so here goes.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Top 5 Tuesday: My Top 5 Beauty YouTubers

Today I'm gonna be starting a new series in my blog which I will call Top 5 Tuesday. I got this idea from Zoella, right before she remodeled her blog (she doesn't do it anymore). I am a lover of many pretty things and I wanna share with the world all about them. I'm gonna be sharing my top 5 of each category every first Tuesday of each month.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why New Year's Resolutions Won't Work

Time flows by so fast and before we know it the first month of the year is almost at its end. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating another year over and declaring our vows to live life to the fullest this coming 2016. Who here has started the year with the traditional New Year's Resolutions? I know I did.