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Monday, March 25, 2013

My Girly Kit

Now that I have a What’s in My Bag post, I would like to share my What’s in My Kikay Kit.

I really am a simple girl.  I don’t put a lot of makeup, simply because I don’t want to make my acne worse now that it is healing up.  Also, since I work at home now, I rarely go out except for chores/errands like going to the groceries, trip to the bank, doctor’s appointments and malling.  It is also summer time that’s why I feel if I put a lot of makeup on, it will just melt anyway due to the heat.

So here it goes …

My kikay kit is a freebie pouch from Clinique.  I love that it's pink and oh so girly.  Pink spray bottle that contains alcohol.

How it looks inside.

1.  Kleenex tissues.
2.  Wet wipes freebies from the plane (yes, i try to get these everytime as i find it handy).
3.  Tangelo Orange from Bath and Body Works hand antibac (truly smells like oranges).
4.  Country Chic lotion from BBW.
5.  Cheap butterfly clips.

6.  Fashion 21 Two-Way cake with tea tree oil (nice buildable coverage, keeps oilies at bay, good price less than 200 pesos).
7.  Old Sanrio mirror and comb (i have short hair).
8.  Giga massage rub (i am very mahiluhin, smells like mentos candy).

9.  My lips eat cherry lip and cheek tint.
10.  Rosebud Salve (my lips love this).

11.  Clinique chubby stick in Mega Melon.
12.  Majolica Majorca lip magiex in PK211.

13.  In2It waterproof pen (good for doing the wing tip).
14.  Mascara from Clinique (I use any mascara I get from Clinique bonus).

So that's about it.  I just keep it simple.  Less stress, more beauty!

Friday, March 22, 2013

What's in My Bag

The chismosa in me always wonder what other girls are putting in their bags.  Girls who pretty much bring everything with them (but still keep them organized).  I wonder how they are able to carry their purses, hmm.  Nonetheless, I very much enjoy reading “What’s in my bag” posts.

Before I share mine, I’ll share a little secret.  I usually hate changing bags.  I try to wear out and make the most of my bags before I let them retire.  My mom hates this habit.  She wants me to match my outfits with my bags, but I’m too lazy to do that.  So just to please her, I try to rotate my bags weekly or sometimes even monthly (if she won’t nag me, haha)

I am also a girl who won’t bring the entire house with me.  I try to limit what I bring, because I easily get tired (brought on by old age and inactivity).  I am also a regular forgetful Jones that I tend to lose/misplace my things that’s why I only need the basics when I go out.  Notice I don’t have any set of keys with me, not even a proper wallet, because I tend to lose those.  I am such a silly goose.

So here are the contents of my purse…


H&M crossbody satchel.  This size is just perfect for me.  I love that its slouchy, giving it a relaxed vibe.  Gift from my mom.

How it looks inside.

With my iPad – minimizes the need to bring a notebook and pen (but I still carry a pen, it’s just that it got lost again!)

Kikay kit and alcohol placed in an atomizer (because it looks much better in a pink spray bottle don’t cha think?).

1.     cheap coin purse that Jellybelly bought from Bangkok
2.     Michael Kors sunnies from my sister
3.     Envirosax (because Sa Munti bawal ang Plastic!)
4.     Leather card holder (this has been with me since 2006)
5.     Mini fan I got for less than $1 in HK.  I would die from the heat without this lifesaver.

 My rosary, a gift from a tita who went to Lourdes.

Not in the photo is my Nokia phone (charging) that sadly needs to retire soon.  My kikay kit, I will put in a separate post (well nothing special, nothing much in there also, haha), but I just want to, until then.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Look

Cuteness galore!  Again, me being finicky.  Please indulge me.  Yay or nay?  Anyone?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Face Shop's My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint versus Ever Bilena Advanced Lip and Cheek Stain

My makeup routine is very simple.  I am for the no fuss, simple and barely there makeup look.  I really like products that multi task, like lip and cheek tints.  I have used The Body Shop’s lip and cheek stains (which I love, a loyal fan), Sugar Baby’s Pink Ink (which I got from Rustans, but sadly discontinued and one of the best in my opinion) and The Balm Stainiac (so-so).

When I ran out of The Body Shop’s lip and cheek tint, I decided to try other brands.  It so happened that I passed by The Face Shop and saw a lot of My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint from the Lovely me:ex line, that I decided to give it a try.  To compare with, I also purchased Ever Bilena Advanced Lip and Cheek Stain as I have read good reviews from this also.

TFS My Lips Eat Cherry
EB Advanced Lip and Cheek Stain
295 pesos
125 pesos
Comes in a sturdy clear tube with doe foot applicator (not really hygienic because of the applicator).
Comes in a clear plastic squeeze tube (very hygienic, you only dispense what you need).
Juicy red.
Very red.
Net weight
5 g/0.17 oz
20 ml
Made in Korea.
Made in China.
The list is in Korean, no translation.
Contains parabens.
Runny and not sticky.  Spreads easily.
Gel-like, sticky at first.  Spreads easily.
Very mild hint of cherries.
Smells like jelly ace.
Very natural and buildable.
Pigmented, a little goes a long way.
6-8 hours on a humid day (cheeks).
6-8 hours (cheeks).
Skin Reaction

 Ever Bilena:

TFS My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint:

What can I say, I love both!  Easy peasy application.  No brainer when you are in a hurry, takes the guess work in your routine.  Just a tip, if you want to use it on your lips, just use a salve/balm as it can be drying.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Lunch at Home

It was a lazy breezy Sunday.  I cooked lightly buttered shrimp for lunch.  We also had misua soup (forgot to take pics).  It was a nice day that we decided to eat outside in our garden, under the shade of our Macopa tree.  Fresh sweet mangoes for dessert.  Such simple pleasures!

P.S.  I would have taken pictures of my garden lunch set up, but the minute I set the table, Jellybelly and mom were already there, ready to eat.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, (But Words Can Never Hurt Me)

We’ve all been asked rude questions one way or the other, be it from our frenemies, nosy relatives or even strangers.  Sometimes we find ourselves at the receiving end of those rude questions.  I used to be affected by their rudeness, but through the years, I have come up with several comebacks for such.  Here are some examples of rude questions and how I deal with them.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Products that Cleared My Acne Part 2

Just an update, my skin is on the road to recovery.  I rarely get flare ups now.  Thanks to my mom’s advice about simplifying my regimen.

I accompanied my mom to have her usual diamond peel session a week ago at YSA.  (note:  I used to go there as well to have facials and diamond peel, but after being traumatized/had painful facials there at the height of my pimple outbreak, I decided to look for other facial clinics.)  Well anyway, I bought their papaya liquid soap.  I feel I need this to lighten my scars.  A big bottle, which I share with Jellybelly and my mom.  I also got their erythromycin solution, just for flare-ups.  I have used these products before and I feel, I can now introduce this again to my regimen (I’m a risk taker, I know, hehe).

Erythromycin solution from YSA, around 250-300 pesos, (a regular forgetful Jones here, sorry can't remember).  I use this as spot treatment for flare-ups.

Papaya liquid soap from YSA, priced at 750 pesos.  A little goes a long way, usually a pump is just enough for face wash.
After one week of using these, I can say that I made a good decision.  I did not experience any breakouts.  I hope my scars would lighten up.  I still do baking soda scrubs twice a week, undergo diamond peel sessions at least twice a month, papaya liquid soap everyday, Eskinol pimple fighting variant at night, and erythromycin solution as needed.  I stopped using Safeguard soap on my face as it can be really drying (not unless I get flare ups again, fingers crossed).  Ooh, another thing, I also make it a habit to drink at least 12 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins.  I think this is also helping.

A simple regimen, but effective (at least for me).  As they say, less stress, more beauty!

Mini Haul

My mom and I were so bored last week.  We had no plans whatsoever.  We’re supposed to just spend a lazy Sunday sleeping and catching up on my readings.  Jelllybelly asked us if we wanted to go to the mall and so we did.  We went to Forever21 in Makati.  At first, we were just looking around.  No plans to buy.  BUT, they had a crazy mark down sale.  I couldn’t resist.  We also went to Landmark just to kill time and I got something there also.

Here’s what I got from Forever21 markdown sale:

Light pink shirt with soft lace sleeves, 750+ pesos regular price, marked down at 50%.  Even if it is summer already, the long sleeves is made out of soft lace, you won't feel hot wearing this one.

Another one in hot pink.

Accessories, not part of the sale. For a formal event coming up, priced around 700-800 pesos, cant remember.
Another option for the upcoming formal event, priced at 505 pesos. 

From Landmark:

Mint green lace top, priced at 249 pesos, loved the color.  I didn't realize that I seem to like lace tops lately.

Jeggings, around 279 pesos. I was just gaya-gaya as my mom got one for herself.

It was a good thing that we went out that day, thanks to my Jellybelly who likes to spoil me, teehee!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Review

I am currently experiencing a mild case of sunburn (forgot to use sunscreen and forgot to bring my umbrella).  It’s a good thing that I have a tub of Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel.

Product Claim:
·       Abundant 92% aloe vera.  Mild formula free from paraben, mineral oil and artificial colors.
·       Certified by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) which has real 92% of aloe.
·       It can be used to mildly moisturize various parts of the body such as the face, arms, legs and hair.

  • Reasonably priced at 295 pesos, bought mine at Nature Republic Festival Mall.
  • It comes in a big tub, 300 ml worth of product, which can last a long, long time.
  • Nice clean looking packaging.
  • Cool, relaxing clear gel.
  • Sticky at first, but once absorbed it feels smooth.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Soothed my sunburned face.  I also tried this on insect bites, it also can reduce redness and soothe it.
  • Can be used as a moisturizer and lotion, good for summer because it feels lightweight and not sticky.
  • Clean, refreshing scent.

  • Since it comes in a tub, it is not hygienic as you have to dip your finger, just make sure you have clean fingers.
  • I tried this on my hair.  It made my hair stiff.

I put mine in the refrigerator to make it super cool and to prolong its life span.  You can also use this to tame your eyebrows.

Overall, it did soothe my sunburned face.  As for the moisturizing quality, it is just mild, not super moisturizing if you get what I mean.  I find this perfect for summer as it can give a cool feeling.  Once I finish this tub, I will purchase another one.

Oh, Mr. Sun!

Last Monday, Jellybelly and I went to my alma mater, DLSUMC.  We had to get my sister’s yearbook as well as her and my alumni card.  We graduated eons and light years ago, haha and it’s only now that we had the time to claim our cards and yearbook.

Jellybelly and I figured it will be easier if we commute, as it is only one FX ride away, that’s what I thought.  Can I just say, ang init sa Cavite, grabe lang!  We were supposed to go early, early morning (6 a.m.), but because we overslept, we left Alabang around 9 a.m. already.  We arrived around 11-ish and the sun, oh my, the sun was scorching.  Because we overslept, I didn’t have enough time to prep myself, forgot to wear sunscreen, arrrrgghh!!  It didn’t help that the building for the college of PT was situated far, far, away from the old building that we used to go to.  I also forgot to bring my umbrella, again, arrrrgghhh!!! 

Going back to my school brought back fun, pleasant memories.  It’s where I found my best friends for life.

We went home after lunch (had a late lunch at Festival mall), needless to say, Mr. Sun really shone hard and toasted me that day.  It was tiring and hot, hot, hot.  Summer is here folks.

p.s.  I didn’t even get to take pictures of the new PT building because it was so hot.  Those two were the only pics I took, under the shade.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Midas Touch

(WARNING:  Picture heavy post)

I have been playing around with The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802.  The shade is so pretty.  It can suit most skin tones, anyone can wear it, young and old.  However, I think this might not be safe for work especially in a corporate setting.  Since I am no longer working, I can wear this whenever I want, yey!

For some, gold/glittery polish may be too much (as my Jellybelly would say “hon, sakit sa mata, nakaka-distract”), but for me, I say “Bling it on baby!”

Polish:  The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802
Price:  295 pesos

Here are fun ways to wear gold polish…

(note:  My mom and I pretty much do DIY manis and pedis so please excuse the not so perfect application.  I also can’t do nail art as I got very unsteady hands and I got the lowest grade in art class, so there.)

The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802

Wear as is, (my kikay mom’s hand)

The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802 with Forever 21 Love and Beauty in Brick Red

Red as accent color.

The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802 with Bobbie Nail Polish in Salmon

As alternate color.

The Face Shop’s Face It Crystal Collection in BR802 with Elianto Nail Color in Dark Purple (an old polish)

As french-tip.

(Rings are from Forever21)