Hello, 29.

Hello, 29.

When I was young I am excited on how to spend my birthday. Now, I’m not a big fan of spending my birthday. Just an ordinary day on my planner. What makes me more excited? My husband and son’s birthday of course!

As I embark on my final year in the twenties, I find that age is just really a number. I think I stopped counting my age when I turned 25. Our office OJTs guess everyone’s age in the team and when it comes to me, they pick ages in the 30s bracket. At first, I get offended. Really, 30? Do I really look that stressed to make me look 30? Then I realise that they will really think that way! The age gap between me and them is almost 10 years. It is not as if I stopped aging.

Anyway,  Here are things that I have learned in the past year:

  1. To slowly learn to speak up for yourself even in the small things from correct fare up to why my campaign will work, etc.
  2. Motherhood takes a toll on me and that there are times that you just need that me time.
  3. Quality over quantity especially with friends. You make time for people who really matter. No matter how far, no matter how busy the schedule. Of course, you need to take into consideration that there are some situations that will be out of your hands.
  4. Small expenses done everyday become big. (ie: Uber, Milk tea)
  5. It is difficult to break a bad habit.
  6. Finding the correct skincare is important. Each skin is different from the other.
  7. Minimize, minimize, minimize. Don’t hoard.
  8. Buy only when you need anything. Not in advance especially for wants. There’s a tendency I won’t be able to use it.
  9. Exercise or being fit doesn’t come overnight. It’s accompanied by correct motivation and diet which I still need to find.
  10. It is good to admit that there are things that I can’t control.
  11. As I age, I am more open and comfortable to different topics as opposed when I was young.
  12. Material things really don’t last you that long.

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Here’s to another year!

 

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Empties #1

Empties #1

It’s been a long time since I did a post. I’ll try to keep up and do a post in a month. Swear!

Anyway, early last year, I saw that I am accumulating make-up and skin care which I haven’t really used. It just takes up so much space in my dresser and most of them I don’t really use. I had to give some away especially the lipsticks I haven’t been using for quite some time. Now, here we are. I made myself a promise to finish a product unless it has harmful effects on my skin (aka trial and error products) before moving on to a new one.

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This is my first post about products I used from skincare, make-up and fragrance. Looking forward to more of these kinds of post.

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The Face Shop Collagen Pomegranate & Collagen Volume Lifting Toner – You think that by spending on an expensive one will make it better. But my experience with this toner wasn’t good. It reacted to my skin and caused me to have little bumps on my skin. At first, I dismissed it as a reaction to the highlighter and blush that I’ve used. Nope, the culprit is this toner. I took a break from skincare and using make-up aside from my cleanser and the bumps subsided. I almost finished the whole bottle just because I want to ensure that I got the value for my money, I didn’t occur to me that it was the main culprit. I learned my lesson to just work with the usual products that I’ve tried and tested.

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Alcohol-free Toner – I love this product! It has worked for me and I can’t believe that I replaced this with the TFS toner. My loyalty lies with this. I just bought a small bottle since I want to try it first before buying a big one again after my TFS experience to ensure that it would agree with my skin.

Pond’s Age Miracle Night Cream – I love this product. It makes my skin soft until the next morning. It’s priced P99 at the grocery and it comes a looong way for me.

Christine Lhuillier Parfumerie Green Lilac and Tea – I’m on my second bottle already. I love this cologne and fresh. Pretty cheap for an artisan cologne. Will have to invest on the Eau de Toilette for a more long lasting scent.

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The Face Shop Photo Blur Effet Flou BB Cream – When they discontinued the Lovely Me:ex BB Cream, this was the replacement. I am happy because it’s my go-to “foundation”. Its coverage isn’t full so it gives off a more natural vibe. I avoid using too much though unless I want to look like a geisha.

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrows 01 – I saw this from my officemate before and how convenient it was to put on. I used it an it gave a very soft effect on my eyebrows.

Sleek Matte Me Birthday Suit – I love this shade. One coat gives you a pigmented shade. It lasts for quite sometime. You still need to reapply though. What I dislike about it is that it is super drying. Even if I love the shade, I will be steering clear from this.

Maybelline Creamy Mattes Nude Embrace – Love the shade. My officemate sold it to me because the shade it super light for her. For me, it was perfect. It’s a nice everyday shade, the reason why I immediately finished it. It isn’t drying but you need to reapply after since the staying power isn’t that long. It’s pretty cheap too especially if you wait for the sale.

BLK Long Lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick Sophisticated – I joined the bandwagon! I have to say it holds true to its word of making a long lasting matte lipstick. Things I love? How pigmented it is with one coat, perfect everyday shade and IT ISN’T DRYING. Though it tends to have a powdery finish after sometime which is the main effect of any liquid matte lipstick. Worth the price? Definitely! Plus, it’s cruelty-free too!

Wow, I can’t believe I finished those! What about you? What products were you able to finish?

#TryLocal

#TryLocal

I have to admit I am an overbuyer. Regardless if I need it or not, I shop and look for things. The internet is a dark place, you can get sucked in the minute you get distracted. However, I found some great finds lately and I am proud to say that they are local brands. These are the ones that thrive via online shops and bazaars. I am a fan and inspired by some of their stories. I got to ask them questions due to my inquiries. They are accommodating to queries which I think is very crucial especially for online transactions.

I’m pretty sure you are now curious with the list so here’s a rundown:

Shiq Bag (@shiqbags)

This brand is inspired by the femininity, combining classic and modern styles. Their bags are of style and function. There I was looking for a bag that can fit my laptop and I came across the Amber tote.  It’s waterproof and can fit my laptop. Well, not actually. It is 13″ so the size of the bag is quite exact. Plus points to Shiq for customized bags. Just add P50 for every letter. It’s the best bag I use when I need errands to do since it seemed small but it can fit a lot.

Designs by Shima (@designsbyshima)

I actually forgot how I found this brand. What got me hooked is the actual bag which can fit a laptop. This time, it’s for real! My order took some time since it still needs to be produced but it was all worth it. I got to buy a wallet to match with it too! It’s amazing as it is perfect for travel because my passport perfectly fits. This bag can be worn 4 different ways: crossbody, shoulder bag, hand bag and backpack. Definitely handy!

Obsession Without Limits (@obsessionswithoutlimits)

My fondness for crystal necklace stemmed from a Christmas gift from my former boss a few Christmases ago. I kept searching on how to create my own but instead stumbled on this. I love their Prescripstone line since the crystals have meanings perfect each personality need. Every piece is unique as the stones are shaped differently. Another plus is that it is tarnish free. Of course, you need to properly take care of it.

Amber MNL (@ambermnl)

Needless to say, I did a whole blog post about it. See link: Head over Heels. I love how comfortable it is! They have a unique design for flats. Their chunky mid heels is pure love too! This brand is now a staple in my shoe closet.

Hey Jow (@heyjowph)

I love this brand and their different collaborations. The designs are unique and classy. It is fit for someone who wants to upgrade their accessory line. Their products are nicely packaged in a box. I got giddy when I received mine. Hey Jow is a piece that I love wearing if I want to amp up my outfit. A little pricey but the quality is superb perfect for special occasions.

Hello 2018!

To be quite honest, I spent the first day of the year sleeping. It’s so good sleeping in. I wish I can savor the holidays more. I am quite unsure why but maybe as you get older you feel more tired or maybe just being plain lazy.

Anyway, last 2017 was really a year of transition for me. During the last part of the year, so much has been happening in my life and the people who surround me. Some people just come and go, I was able to finally fit in and learn more about myself. Bigger milestones for me came in this December in the form of a promotion and being free from financial debt.

I couldn’t be more happy with the blessings I was able to gain for this year. But to be quite honest, my 2018 will be more focused on the things that I need to improve on which is being motivated and creating the good habits. Health is wealth as they say and my metabolism has slowed down, my arms, thighs and puson are growing in a rate that I really don’t like. This is the biggest aspect I will be working on this coming year.

No new year’s resolution this year but since I know what I want and what I can tolerate, I will be using this to continually improve for 2018. I have so much to learn and experience. I excited of what the next year is bringing it.

What’s your new year like?

Better Than Before: The Start

Better Than Before: The Start

I am not sure if you still count 28 as part of the quarter life crisis. Maybe, it’s more about adulting. As you get old, you have different priorities and having a family really does shake up things. My priorities are different from my single friends or even those who are married without children.

To be quite honest, I am in this confused state and a possible time for transition (I keep seeing 11.11 recently not because of the Singles’ Day). I have never been more confused on what I wanted to do. How do you handle maturity, destroy bad habits, create good ones and the likes.

The bookworm in me always checks out bookstores and I came across this book, “Better Than Before”. This books talks about habits what influences the person, etc. Why am I reading it? The main reason is that I am feel like I am a starter. Example, my goal is to start my skincare routine. I’ll start it today, maybe one or two days then, I will be lazy doing it. Same goes when I tried to exercise or doing a to-do list and blogging. Unless I am accountable for it or I don’t have a deadline, I’m not motivated enough.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

So here I am writing about it because I feel like I want to be accountable. It may seem like I am writing a book report but I want to document my journey and realizations. So far, so good I’ve been answering some of the questions/tendencies. I’ll definitely share it to you on my next post.

Wish me luck!

Head over Heels

Head over Heels

After around two years, I finally got a new pair of shoes. I’ve been interested with the new trend of having mid heels. Mid chunky heels look really comfortable especially if you are wearing it for the office. I have been looking online and I cam across this brand: amber.mnl. You can follow them on Instagram.

Amber MNL is a local brand which sources their shoes in Marikina. You have to talk about quality! It’s definitely legit.

I saw their posts were the Lexie is on sale. It’s a pair of two-toned flats. Love that it’s in neutral colors perfect for office and daily wear. But here’s my first choice, the Feline mid heel sandal.

There a bit mistrust in ordering shoes since I am scared that it won’t fit. So I inquired and the customer service is just brilliant! They answered all my inquiries and I’m sold. I placed my order and waited for the delivery.

I don’t have the photo of the box but if got a bit squished. According to the team, they are still working on the packaging. Maybe something a little sturdier but no worries since my order is intact.

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Lexie in Two-toned Cream Beige and Grey and Feline in Black

Quite a busy weekend for me thus I left my package in the office. I got to try my Feline pair yesterday and it was glorious. Unlike other sandals that are quite heavy it’s quite nice and light. The heel is just comfortable to walk around a floor or two. I even tested it out around the mall since I went out after office.

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On my feet, the Feline.

Today, I wore the Lexie and it’s perfect too. I love the silhouette since it’s a bit pointed it makes my feet look sexy. Definitely worth the every peso!

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Super comfy! Presenting Lexie.

I’m happy giving this local brand a try and definitely will do a repeat order. I just checked their site and they have a promo. It’s P100 off for Feline, Marla and Olivia until September 30. I hope I can order but that depends if my budget will pull through.

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Screenshot from instagram.com/amber.mnl

Their sizes range from 5-9, don’t hesitate to ask the page for questions too. They also have a physical store at Glorietta 4: POP by Retail Lab, 2F, Glorietta 3, beside Adidas.

*This is not a sponsored post.

Salted Egg Chips

Last weekend, we bought a pack of salted egg chips. It’s a large bag. I forgot how many grams it is. Anyway, it’s P250 and when we opened it, we finished it in around 20 minutes. THAT FAST! Goodbye, P250.

This is the reason why I decided to revisit my salted egg recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes around the internet which you may or may not have tried but this I guarantee that I have tried and it works!

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs salted duck egg
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 packs of your favorite potato chips (regular size)
  • Chili flakes (optional)

How to cook:

  1. Remove the yolk from the eggs. You can use the whites for fried rice!
  2. Mash the yolks to remove the bits.
  3. Wash the cup of basil and dry them onto the pan in medium heat. Remove the basil leaves from the pan. Another version will make you deep fry the leaves. Whatever floats your boat.
  4. Add in the butter and swirl the leaves in once melted.
  5. Put in the yolks to your butter mixture until creamy. Add chili flakes if you want to make it spicy. Fresh chili does wonders too.
  6. Once done, you can switch off the heat.
  7. Toss in your chips and coat them nicely.

Servings: 2 – 3 pax (depending on how much you love chips)

Ta-dah! That’s how you do it. See, even my son approves. It takes a lot of time to take the yolks out to be honest. But it is all worth it! Everyone ate it in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for movie marathons!

Let me know if you tried this one out or you want me to try another recipe. Hit me up!