Saturday, December 22, 2012

Battle of the BB Creams (Collective Product Review)

Ever since I learned about BB Creams, I have been in the constant hunt for the best one. Needless to say, I have tried a bunch and had a love-hate relationship with some of them. I used to wear foundation and concealer to hide my blemishes but found the combo to be too cakey on my face after a few hours. But when I tried my very first BB Cream, I was in awe. I was addicted. It became my Holy Grail makeup/skincare product. 

L-R: Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals BB Cream (asian formulation), The Face Shop Lovely Me:ex, Etude House Precious Minerals BB Cream, Tony Moly Expert 3D Collagen BB Cream, Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso BB Cream

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Blogging Era: How to make your Blog Outstanding

I came across one of Vern Enciso's tweets a while back saying that "sa panahon ngayon lahat blogger." English translation: today, everyone is a blogger. I thought this could be a great topic for my next post. Hence, let's talk about the world of blogging for today.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dear Blog: Filling Up the Void

Dear Blog,

I had one of the most fantastic days of my life last Saturday (I am on  hyperbole mode because of my happiness so pardon me for using everything in superlative). After 6 years of separation, I am reunited with people whom I shared some of my most memorable and most important experiences in life. I can't believe how a space between our laughter can be so intense that even the short span of time we have spent was not enough to fill the void. Needless to say, there were moments of awkwardness and feeling of unease but because of how much memories and experiences we've spent together, we are slowly easing in.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Truth will Set you Free

Cliche as that may sound but very true, indeed. The truth is something that is very hard to deal with. Most of the time people just opt to cover up the truth and hide behind false pretenses because they can't handle the former. But no matter how much concealer we put on, how much dirt we throw in to hide the ugly truth, it always has a way of seeping out and letting the world know of its existence. The truth may not come from you but it will come from someone else or worse, from evidences of your wrong doing. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Short Post: I am Not Afraid

Today, I will save all of you from all the lengthy and wordy posts that I have done for quite some time here. This is going to be short but I hope inspirational still.

Fear is something that hinders us from accomplishing what we really want in life. All the "what if's" and the "i'm scared" phrases present hurdles in life that stagnate our growth and development. Of course, all of us want to be accomplished and successful in life but not all of us will get it easily. Some may have gotten it faster and accomplished their goals easily but others will have to wait patiently and overcome many challenges before they reach their goals and fear is one of those many challenges. 


Monday, October 29, 2012

Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

For many months I have told myself I will try this towelettes out. If you have followed my blog before, you know that I am still on the hunt for the best makeup remover for my ultra sensitive, acne-prone skin. I liked a few but nothing was at par with my standards. After watching a ton of videos of my favorite beauty gurus on youtube, it made me covet this makeup remover/facial wipes so much. Curiosity has always been my middle name and the tremendous praises and raves from the beauty community this product received made me lust for this all the more. Fortunately, my package arrived a few days ago and, my, was I ecstatic to try this product out.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Coming of Age

It's so cliche the saying "time flies so fast." But come to think of it, time really does fly so fast - as in lightning fast (another hyperbole of mine). I can still remember last year like it happened just a month ago or so, and now we are in mid-October and it's only a few days before Christmas is here and then New Year is here and then voila! It's 2013. I don't like to think much about time because I feel like it's running away from me. Whenever I try to think that I still have time, I have tomorrow to do such and such, reminiscing about yesterday's events - I just feel like I don't have enough of  it and and soon, I will perish from this world. So as much as possible I try to live on a daily basis and just do what I can do for the day.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Love your Body

Yep, sounds like the Dove commercial. I have been meaning to write something about it because I do have firsthand experience with hating my own body. I remember telling myself once that when I graduate from college, the first thing I will spend on is a boob job. I wanted big boobs; something along the lines of Pamela Anderson and many other playboy bunnies.

When I was in sixth grade, I had been envious of many girls my age already developing their bodies. They have started forming breasts and they wore a bra all the time. I never wore a bra until I was in High School because really, there is nothing to "bra" on my chests. I didn't have my menstruation until a month before graduation so my body looked like a kid's until then (even until now, actually). As I watch my fellow classmates and batchmates become sexier and boys always notice how they look sexier than before, I started feeling low. I always question why am I developing late in the game? Why do they look like that and I look like this? The situation gave me low self esteem. But hey, I was in sixth grade. I was 12 and so are most of my classmates. I was not the only one having this dilemma.


Friday, September 21, 2012

I am a Wallflower

I am not afraid to broadcast to the world that I am a wallflower - or at least I used to be. Some of my friends might disagree on that one because most of them have always perceived me to be confident and self-assured  - but definitely not condescending.

I would never admit before that I am a wallflower. I actually thought that I wasn't because I was the kid who always gets attention. A grew up as a kid who always had confidence. A lot of people thought I was a pretty child simply because I have fair skin, I have a pair of golden brown eyes, and  I have curly dark brown hair. Many adults would even say I look like a doll. Others would exclaim I look like a princess. So I believed them. I felt pretty. I felt like a princess. I felt invincible (or infinite, as Stephen Chbosky would put it). But that very ideal became my undoing. (Just a disclaimer: I am not saying that I am pretty. I am saying what people said to me because where I live, people are mostly tanned so when you have fair skin they instantly think you're pretty).
 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Fifty Shades of Opinions

Judging from the title, yes, I will be discussing the most controversial book of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey. Now before you even exit out of this post, I dare you to read on. I am not here to tell you a story; I am here to discuss the book with you.

I read all three books in less than a week and I think this is the fastest I have read a book. I am a very slow reader because I have a very short attention span. I usually read books a chapter a day and Twilight actually took me 1 chapter in like one month (that is how badly I hated the book). But I found this trilogy quite interesting not only because of the erotic stuff but more because of the controversies underneath. The fact that people had bipolar reactions about it means it made an impact, and as a writer that is what you want. You want people to notice and discuss because it adds value to your work. And that is how you earn big time as a writer.
top: thrifted | shorts and ring: Forever 21 | brogues: Trunkshow | clutch: Accessorize 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cruel Intentions

More than two months and I think I'm back...I think...

I don't want to promise anything because I hate breaking promises and I might break promising to post more regularly. I thank those who still visit and visited my blog despite my hiatus because you gave me page views! Thank you for that. :)

I actually have no idea where to begin because it's been so long since I did this. I have read many bloggers say that it is hard to get back once you stop blogging. Before, I will instantly dismiss that argument but now, I guess I agree. I want to make a blog overhaul so expect some changes around here starting with this post. I hope you prefer a bunch of text more than a bunch of pictures because I fear that is going to happen more often now. And, as you all know and probably observe, I am a crappy photographer. I prefer taking self-portraits than obliging someone to take them for me (it makes me feel too self-conscious). And writing is what I THINK I am good at so this is what I will be doing more often. I will stop pretending to take great pictures because I can't. I will start writing more often because I CAN.

Monday, May 28, 2012

I Dream of Summer Outfits

Despite the intense heat and burning sunshine summer is my favorite season in terms of fashion. I love pastels, pinks, floral and laces which I always associate with summer. I've been spending quite a lot of time in Polyvore lately browsing and creating sets. If I were only rich and can afford all of these items I will wear these all the time.

 Outfit #1: Brunch with friends

This outfit embodies the perfect outfit I will wear to go on a brunch with my girlfriends. I think of nice, creamy and fluffy scrambled eggs with mushroom and cheese, toasted garlic bread, and puttanesca as main course, mango cheesecake as dessert and freshly squeezed pink lemonade. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Until we meet again

I wore this outfit yesterday to meet some of my friends. It was scorching hot that day and I really wanted to take pictures outside my green curtain but the heat was too intense and I couldn't take it! So we'll see more of my green curtain for now. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Product Review: Etude House Green Tea Cleansing Wipes

I told you I love green tea a lot! Another green tea post for all of you but for the skin. I've been using this Green Tea Cleansing Wipes from Etude House for about three months now so I guess it's time that I make a review about it.

I've been using their lip and eye remover for the longest time to remove my make up but I find that it somehow breaks me out so I looked for another makeup remover from the same brand that will give me skin benefits as well. I chose the Green Tea Cleansing Wipes mainly because green tea contains antioxidants that will keep my skin healthy. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Refreshing Iced Green Tea

I do believe that green tea is an acquired taste. I never really liked anything green tea until my dad requested that I make him green tea muffins. It was so good and that's when my love for green tea started. Despite the constant rain it still feels quite hot and humid these days so I thought of a refreshing drink to whip up. There is hardly anything in the fridge but good thing I still have some green tea powder on hand so I decided to make a refreshing iced green tea, kind of like the one from Starbucks. I actually got this idea from Paris but I wanted something green tea and she didn't provide the measurement of some ingredients so this is what I came up with. I was so happy with how it turned out. It was really creamy and delicious but with the healthy benefits of green tea.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Traveling in Heels

It was May 2nd when I wore this outfit and it was a tiring but fun day for me. It was my grandma's 80 something birthday but apart from that, my family and I went on a road trip. :)


Monday, May 14, 2012

Walking Red Velvet

A few weekends ago, I went to the Fort to get my dose of Sonja's cupcakes. I do believe that their cupcakes are heavenly, delightful but very sinful with the huge icing on top. Red Velvet has got to be my all time favorite cupcake especially if it's topped with cream cheese frosting sprinkled with some cinnamon powder. This outfit is a tribute to all the red velvet cupcake lovers out there (although the resemblance in colors were unintended) :)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Running In Bright Colors

Pastels are supposed to be the "it" colors of the season but when my mom gave me this top, it actually screamed summer to me. I have always associated summer with vividly bright colors and this top is the epitome of it. It contains all the bright colors that I would immediately think of once I hear the word summer. This top with its bright colors and light fabric is definitely one of the best tops I have ever worn in this weather.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coralmaniac

Coral is yet another one of those colors (aside from Teal that I have professed my love on this post) that I can't seem to get enough of. I keep on buying a lot of things in this color and I can't help it! I feel like it has become an obsession that I really need to put an end to really soon. I don't own too many of such color though but if I insist on buying even just one more, I feel like the craze won't ever stop. If there is such a disease as coralmaniac I will surely be diagnosed of it.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hungry for some Games

Titanic was the very first movie I saw in my entire life that really captured my senses. I was so young back then when it was first shown on the big screen but everything was just captivating even for a 6 year old girl (yep, I was 6 if I remember correctly when it was first released). It was the movie that set the bar higher for movies. Then came Harry Potter. And now, The Hunger Games. I never thought I could possibly see another movie as great as Titanic but I did. 

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Sunday: Welcoming Jesus and my Sister

Last Sunday we had a double celebration. As a Christian, we celebrated Jesus' resurrection and coincidentally, it was also my sister's birthday. We had lunch at FISH in Visayas ave and then went to Greenhills afterwards because my mom wanted to buy some jewelry. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Social Calendar

I met up with a lot of friends 2 weeks ago and this is what I wore for lunch and dinner meet up with them. I was sick but I miss all of them a lot so despite the constant coughing I bonded with them. It was a very tiring and exhausting day. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it a lot. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Sweet, Sweet Sunday

No outfit post for today! I dedicate this day for some food related post since I was really happy with the outcome of what I did this weekend. Just felt like sharing a sweet vibe to all of you. :)

My weekend was a bit hectic because I had to still finish some work-related stuff even on weekends and I had baking workshops as well. Nonetheless, my weekend was super fulfilling.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Spark a Controversy

I was never really one who disobeys her parents especially my dad. I have grown to have a good fear of him because of the hard core punishments that he gives my sister and I when we were younger (i.e. the palo ng sinturon kind). But now that I'm a little older and I have my own opinions, ideas and wants in life the fear have quite subsided already albeit since he is my dad some hints of fear are still lurking inside me. Especially when it comes to the things that I wear, my dad most of the time disapproves but I'm not the fearful kid anymore who keeps mum.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

We're Almost There

Normally, my boyfriend and I don't go out on dates anymore. He doesn't like to travel (while I really enjoy going to different places) but he likes to cook a lot so we always end up chilling at his' or my place. He likes to cook for me and see me pig out on his dishes. So it doesn't really bother me anymore that we hardly go out because I get to enjoy great food and great company even when I am just at home. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sugar Rush

Okay, in one of my posts earlier this year I said I was going to have a haircut. Well, I did. But it wasn't anything too dramatic of a change. In fact, I can't see any change at all! Before I went out to go to the salon I initially wanted short hair again. I miss how easy it is to manage short hair and how so much younger it made me look. But when I got to the salon I chickened out. I was not ready to part with my hair yet.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Polka Dots Over Hearts

I know, another super late post. This is what I wore on Valentine's Day. It's a super comfortable outfit because I had to run errands for my sister that day but I still wanted to wear something girly so here is what I ended up wearing.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Nostalgia in the Uplands

It's already been a week but I can still feel the cool mountain breeze and the sound of the streets of Baguio. That place will forever hold a special place in my heart.

I once lived in that city due to studies. It's been five years already since I left that place but I can still vividly picture special memories I shared with that place. I used to frequent the night markets and walk around the city without feeling tired and just savoring every moment of it.
scarf: gifted | top: Folded and Hung | jeans: Jag | Flats: Parisian | Blazer: SM Department Store | Bag: Betseyville by Betsey Johnson

Monday, February 13, 2012

Product Review: Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Moist Pack

I have professed my love for Etude House products ever since I started blogging and I still continue to explore as they offer a wide range of products that are easy on the budget. I am most of the time not disappointed with everything that I purchase. So here is another product review that I hope most of you will find helpful of my new favorite product from Etude House, the Silk Scarf Hair Moist Pack.

Initially, I wanted to get the treatment instead of the moist pack because I have read a ton of great reviews about it plus it is cheaper than the moist pack. But when I asked the SA the difference between the two, she said that the former is more for normal hair that needs a bit of pampering while the latter is for dry and damaged hair due to chemical treatments. When I heard that, I knew I had to get the moist pack instead though I would have to spend 50 Php (a little over a dollar) more but I think I made the right decision.

Friday, February 10, 2012

How To: Packing Light for a Road Trip

My family and I will be going on a weekend road trip to Baguio for a quick vacation. I am really excited to go back there 'coz it's been ages since I went there. I have a lot of memories in that place, good and bad, so I am really ecstatic when my mom told we would spend the weekend there. Yehey! :D

Packing light was never really my thing way back in College. Y'all probably know by now that I took up Geography and we frequently go out of town and do excursions. I used to carry a ton of things with me because I always like to be prepared. I pack a ton of clothes, undergarments, extra stuff that I always end up with a big wheeled bag even if it's just an overnight trip. Yes, it was a hassle because my luggage would always be too heavy for me to carry but it made feel fulfilled and satisfied knowing that I am prepared no matter what happens. But then, it is always such a waste of my clothes, space in my bag, and being too heavy is a waste of energy I could use for important tasks. Waste of clothes because they will end up mixing with my used ones so I always have to wash all clothes even if I didn't wear them. Waste of space because it could have been used for pasalubong items instead. So over the past years that we've been going on road trips I have learned quite a few things on how I can start packing lighter and maximize the space of my luggage. 

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Cultural Show

We all have our reasons for wanting to be a different person if we're given the opportunity, but for me, I am happy with who I am especially that I am a Filipino. I know some of you, especially my international readers, might think of my country as underdeveloped, full of corruption, poor and has the worst airport in the world. It is true by the way, but there is so much more to this country than all the bad things we get to hear on the news. The good things about my country is always underrated and are hardly recognized. Though I am proud to be who I am, it still bothers me every time I think of things that makes me proud aside from the beautiful beaches, rich biodiversity and picturesque places.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bipolar Moment: Love or Hate

I wore this outfit a few weeks ago. My mom gave me this dress because it wouldn't fit her and I am the only size in this household who could wear such a small size. I initially wanted the dress and I thought it was love at first sight. Aside from the fact that it's white, I also love the crochet top of the dress.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Everday is Christmas Day

Sorry for the lack of posts lately and for not replying to your comments. I've been caught up with so many things since the start of this year. I am not complaining, okay. I am really happy that I get to do a lot of things everyday. Some I enjoy, some I am just forced but nonetheless, I am enjoying my current state. This really is my year! Welcome, year of the Dragon! Albeit bad forecasts and Feng Shui, I am having a great start!

This was taken Christmas Day. Yep! More than a month ago. I've been really busy that there are some outfit posts taken some time ago that I haven't posted on my different accounts yet.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas Eve Shopping

I know this is such a super late post but I still wanted to share with you guys what I wore when my best friend asked me to accompany her do some Christmas shopping. We went to the nearest mall to our places, Trinoma, and it was super packed with busy people doing their own Christmas shopping. Many people prefer to shop beforehand but I personally like to go Christmas shopping during the season itself. I want to take advantage of all the promos and sales going on. I don't like too many people though so I usually make it a point to go on malls during their opening.

Disclaimer: This is a super comfortable outfit so don't expect anything too fancy. :D

Monday, January 02, 2012

The Kid Inside

I just love the holidays! Who doesn't, really? I love the Christmas cool breeze, the cheerful streets, the glistening lights and most of all the many bonding and binding activities to attend to. Even if I'm way over my teenage years I can't help but gush and be excited during the holidays. I always want it to be longer and wish it would last all year round. I just love, love, love the holiday season, don't you? :)

This is what I wore during a dinner with my fieldmates. The last time I bonded with these people was way back in 2009. We lived together for 3 weeks. We went through a lot during our stay in Banaue and experienced more than 40 landslides in 3 weeks. Yes, you read that right as in 40! Saying stranded is an understatement. I love these people so much! I wish the next time we do get together all of my fieldmates could come. Ah, so much nostalgia going on...now I feel really old. -_-