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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hello Yellow Wedding Guest Look

When I attended my cousin's wedding, I wanted to achieve an effortless, easy breezy, age-appropriate look.  Being on the "health fabulous" side I wanted to look nice and appropriate.  Also, Jellybelly and I became stand in/proxy for my parents as the godparents.

Now, as most of you know, here in the Philippines, there is a certain "ninang" look, you know, the beigey-nude gowns that ninang wear.  I don't want that look as I feel I'm still young-ish to be wearing that.  I just want something that will not make me feel "matronly."  Also, I don't want to wear a gown, just something simple that I could still re-use when another occasion calls for it.

Hello Yellow

This was lifted from Polyvore.  This was the look I was aiming for, simple easy breezy dresses with just the right amount of "bling."

I got this above the knee dress from the sale at MegaMall.  It is a Celine dress, original price is 1600+ pesos, discounted at 1400+ pesos.  I chose this because the material (chiffon) looks gownish/dressy enough that I won't feel underdressed (since I will be one of the principal sponsors).  I have very simple tastes, so I prefer clothes without embellishments/heavy beadings, etc.  The only adornment is the draped front, good enough to hide the love handles/fabulous belly, and what have yous.

Got this silver clutch from Payless at a very low price (less than 150 pesos), also during the sale at MegaMall. (I used a grey polish, which I posted here ).

The shoes, which I posted here Hello Yellow .  They were comfortable, by the way.

My accessories includes my wedding band, engagement ring, cuff (gift from my mom, she got from a trip), earrings and necklage (gift from my sister) and my favorite Forever21 ribbon ring.  Side story - the cuff was a gift from my mom from one of her trips.  When converted to peso it costs around 2500.  We saw the exact same thing at Greenhills and it costs 4500 pesos.  Just sharing, hehe.

I hope someday I will be brave enough to do an outfit post, little steps, I know I will get there.  Do you think I achieved the look I was aiming for?  Please let me know.  Thanks lovelies!

Anyway, just for laughs, meet the Mr. & Mrs.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Shade of Grey and a Wedding

I know the title seems lame, sorry! Can't think of anything else at the moment.  Well this post is about a mani I did when I attended my cousin's wedding.  I love doing manis and weddings, so it was just perfect.

My mom and dad were supposed to be the godparents.  Since they can't be here for the wedding, Jellybelly and I had to stand in for them.  Since I'm still young (haha!), I don't want to appear matronly looking so I had to deviate from the usual nudes/pastel mani.  So I chose ...

Caress Nail Polish in Diamond Gay - yes, it's not a typo error.  This was a remnant when I was in my "grey phase."  I used to love grey, I still do!

It was a bit tricky to apply, only used two coats.  I planned on using white gold/silver accessories (wedding band and engagement ring, earrings and bracelet plus a silver clutch).  I wore a yellow dress so I figured it would look nice.

Now for the wedding, it was a lovely wedding.  My cousin looked lovely and her husband looked dapper in his suit.  My nephew (their son) was so cute as well, he was the ring bearer.  They were already married at a judge, but they still wanted a church ceremony.  I am so happy for them.

It was raining, but that did not put a damper in the festive and happy mood.

The bride and the groom having their moment, so sweet.  It was a really heartfelt occassion, such a joy to witness two people professing their love.  Their love story is so touching.  Everyone was teary eyed as they said their personal vows (it kinda made me remember my own wedding day).

I wish them the best and more fun and exciting times ahead! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

ZA Perfect Fit Two-Way Foundation

While strolling at Landmark Makati, I was surprised to see the ZA cosmetics counter.  The're back.  I remember this brand way back when.  This brand of makeup was also what my mom and aunts bought for me whenever they go to Hong Kong.  Back then I didn't care much for make up.

So, I was happy to see this again. 

SPF20 PA++ (Case and refill are sold separately)
Micro-fine Powder fits perfectly with skin, smoothens pores and brings you amazingly poreless yet natural finish. Skin looks tender and supple with skincare ingredients, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

The shade I got was OC20 with the silver case.

Adhesive at the back of the pan.

OC20 Shade without flash.

With the rubberized sponge.

The price, case is 325 pesos and refill is 345 pesos.

What I like:
  • The shade looks natural on me.
  • Unscented.
  • Rubber sponge that goes with it is okay.
  • Dewy finish.
  • Evens out skin tone.
  • Has SPF 20+, doesn't give off a white cast.
  • Nice packaging.
  • Affordable.
What I don't like:
  • Even though it has a nice packaging, the OC in me hates that fingermarks can easily be seen.
  • If you have discolorations from acne or hyperpigmentation, it only offers medium coverage.  You would still need to use a concealer.
  • Does not keep oilies at bay (maximum of 4 hours before oiliness creeps in on me, but you can always retouch).
This powder is good for everyday wear, looks natural and not too made up. Sorry, forgot to take a swatch.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Project: Perfect Eyebrows

For the longest time, I have always wanted to learn how to fix my eyebrows.  I maintain it by having my favorite hairdresser shave it/shape it for me whenever I get my haircut, and then I just maintain it my using a slanted shaving tool, but there are times when I wish/envy girls with perfect brows.  So, I came up with project perfect eyebrows.  To begin, I watched several YouTube tutorials, so the quest for the perfect drawing tool for me to practice on began.

Enter - Etude House.  To be honest, I have never been a fan of Etude House.  The first product I bought from them was their facial wash, Happy Tea Time gave me breakouts.  The next I've tried was their Precious Mineral BB Compact and I experienced breakouts too.  BUT, I was happy with their brushes and their nail polishes. 

I was willing to give Etude House a chance, as I know I would be able to find a reasonably priced eyebrow pen, and so I did.

I am so loving the packaging now - so cute and so pink.

Ta-dah the Drawing Eyebrow (Jellybelly finds the name funny!)

The shade is in 01 - dark brown, the only shade available at the MegaMall branch.  It has a triangular end, perfect for drawing in/filling in eyebrows.  It is retractable, so no sharpening required. 

Did I say it's dual ended?  Well, the other end is a spoolie/brush.  Props to them for adding this tool.

The color is buildable, nice shade of dark brown so as the eyebrows wouldn't look too drawn in/fake looking.  I only tried this once, on a very hot/humid day and it stayed put.  My eyebrows looked nice (at least for me), but I have a long way to go, practice, practice.  And the price - so affordable at 128 pesos.  This pen is good for beginners like me.

Monday, July 15, 2013

I Heart Mochi

I would just like to share to you lovelies this yummy find from the grocery.  I love sticky cakes for dessert and when I saw Regent's Mochi while grocery shopping, I decided to give it a try.  I can't remember the exact price, it is around 60-70 pesos (sorry!).

Mochi is a Japanese style glutinous rice cake.  It has a sticky consistency with peanuts or bean filling.

I can't wait to taste it that I literally tore the wrapper.

Different fillings:  The green one has peanuts, the peach/orange ones had bean filling and the sesame covered one has bean filling also.  The colors look nice, right?

My favorite is the green one.  Not too sweet, just right.

Jellybelly and I had this for our afternoon snack.  One pack is not enough for both of us.  We will definitely include this in our next grocery shopping. 

Hello Yellow

This weekend, I was in a foul mood (missing my mom).  Jellybelly made an effort to cheer me up, and enticed me to look at the Forever21 sale.  So off we went to MegaMall.  Unfortunately, I did not buy any (that's a first).

Next thing we know, our feet led us at Payless Shoe Store.  They were having a marked down sale.  It was a good thing though as I was able to find a shoe for my outfit for an upcoming wedding we're supposed to attend.

Why, hello there!

Original price was 995 pesos, bought at 597 pesos.

Simple dainty, girly shoes, just right for me.  Finding this happy vibrant color made me happy again, thanks to my Jellybellybean.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Refreshing Calamansi Drink

We have a calamansi tree in our backyard.  For the past 3 months, we have been blessed with abundance of calamansi fruit.  So as not to waste this blessing, we have been enjoying cool calamansi juice (waste not, want not).  Everyday, I would pick 20 pieces of the fruit to make it into a juice (sort of a local version of a lemonade).  This juice serves as a good source of vitamin C.

I want to share my recipe for this beverage ...

To make 2 liters of calamansi juice you would need (you can add or lessen depending on your taste):

Around 20-25 pieces of calamansi

Muscovado sugar (I also mixed in brown sugar cause I'm crazy like that, ratio is 4 tablespoons of muscovado sugar to 1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar) and honey (2 teaspoons) as sweetener - again depending on your taste.  I want mine sweet to counteract the tanginess/acidity of the calamansi juice.

Muscovado sugar - is a type of unrefined brown sugar with a strong molasses flavor.  Also known as Barbados sugar, molasses sugar or moist sugar, muscovado is a very dark brown and slightly coarser and stickier than most brown sugars.  Muscovado takes its flavor and color from its source, sugarcane juice.  It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably long shelf life.  Muscovado sugar has 11 calories/4 grams, nutritionally richer than refined sugar and retains most of its minerals inherent in sugarcane juice (source wikipedia)

For me, I find it easier to use a 2-liter jug of (cold) water so that i will just squeeze the calamansi juice in it (use a strainer to strain out the seeds) and dump all the sugar and honey, then give it a shake and you're good to go.

Sometimes, I leave the jug in the freezer for about an hour so that you can truly enjoy a cool, refreshing drink.

Perfect for warm, humid days.  Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Epic Awesomeness Award

I have just been awarded by Mommy K of mommykristineskorner the Epic Awesomeness Award.  I really appreciate it, a perfect upper and spirit lifter.  Upon reading her blog, I learned that Mommy K is a teacher – I love teachers as my mom is one (school principal when she retired).  Hats off you to Mommy K as I know how demanding your job can be and yet still finding balance between work and family!

As for the award, hmm, I hope I deserve this cause I’m a really boring person and I lead a boring life (hehe).  Here goes …

In accepting this award, just do the following:
1.  Display this logo,
2.  Link back to the awesome person who gave you the award,
3.  Share 10 things about yourself,
4.  Nominate up to 10 other bloggers,

10 Awesome Things About Me:

10.      I am fiercely loyal.  When I love and like someone or something I don’t let go.

9.        After all my experiences and what I’ve been through, beneath this soft exterior, I can say that I am a strong person.

8.        I am a kid at heart (though a bit childish at times).

7.              I am a very simple person.  I have simple tastes, I love all things simple, and I live simply.

6.              I love the beach (and dreams of having a beach house someday).

5.              I love to laugh (and one can easily make me laugh, I laugh even at the corniest of jokes, try me).

4.              I’m trying to stay healthy getting enough rest, exercise and trying to eat healthily (lifestyle modification as my doctor said).

3.              I love my family so much.  I consider them my sunshine most especially during the darkest moment of my life.  P.S. I consider my friends as my family, though I don’t have that many friends, those who stuck with me through thick and thin – I’ve considered them family already.

2.              I’m madly in love with my Jellybelly!

1.              I am forever thankful and grateful for my life, trying to live and take things as they come! (Amen).  My mantra now, “too blessed to be stressed.”

I nominate you – yes, to anyone who reads and wish to do this post (just don’t forget to link back hmkay?).  I believe we are all epically awesome!!!

Thanks again Mommy K!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sophie Martin Lipstick in Caramel Sugar

A friend of mine sent me a catalog of Sophie Martin (they got nice bags by the way, but I didn't order as I don't need one at the moment, trying to limit my shopping itch).  While browsing through the pages, I saw the lipsticks.  I have read a lot of nice reviews about them and decided to purchase three - Velvet Nude, Caramel Sugar and Mango - - - (something, the name escapes me this time sorry).  It costs 79 pesos each.  However, only one was sent to me, as the others were out of stock.

I got Caramel Sugar

It is a nice nude lip color, perfect for everyday wear.  The color doesn't wash me out.  It also has a somewhat chocolately scent.  The only downside, after prolonged wear it tends to settle into the lines of my lips.

So will I repurchase?  No.  My friend informed me that the two other lipsticks I've ordered are now in stock and she will just send it to me.  I will do another review again when I receive those.   I hope those two will be better (and not settle on the lines of my lips).

Friday, July 5, 2013


I asked Manang version 2010 to go to the market.  I made a list of things she needed to buy and told her to buy whatever fruit in season she can find, and I was so happy that she bought Lychees.  She knows how I love it.  It was 100 pesos per kilo and she bought two kilos.  I was the only one who ate it as Jellybelly did not like it, he said it tasted like bugs (coming from someone who doesn't like to eat fruits that much, hehe).

Since I was the only one who appreciated its taste, I had it all for myself - for snacks and dessert!