Chronicles of the Two Hour Sales Lady

>> Thursday, June 27, 2013

I feel like I haven't written anything soulful for a long time. If you've been a reader of this blog, you'd guess that every entry on this blog is made up of my heart and soul -- at least of the time. Lately, I feel like a headless chicken, running around in all sorts of directions. Sometimes hitting where it matters, sometimes, not.

Some weekends ago, I was invited by one of my favorite brands, Majolica Majorca, to become part of the Lash King Faceoff and before blowing off the topic of selling mascara at a department store, I had some really profound realizations from the entire experience.




  • It is a humbling experience being a sales lady even if for just two hours. My team and I {and I suppose, Marj's team as well} can say this: It is tough!  Just one step towards a potential buyer and potential buyer already scurries off! Some would be kind to smile and say thank you but wave away, but still, a large part of the Megamall crowd would shoo us away. I realize how humbling that is, to be a sales person. I've never sold anything in my life and I've always been quick to dismiss the thought of selling. When Majolica Majorca approached me for this, I was a bit scared {Hi, Audrey! =P} but hey, it's an experience so why not?
  • It was a test of grit and willpower. The event was to start at 4 PM and by 4:10, I only had one member of my team at the mall, while Marj's team was already complete. If the music wasn't so loud, maybe people would've heard of my heart beating in the background. For the sake of the event and my team, I wore my big girl shoes and swallowed my pride. Thankfully, everyone from my team arrived shortly and we all helped each other sell mascara. By 5 PM, we still haven't sold anything so I was a bit panicky! Thankfully, our sales picked up by 5:30 PM, even leaving the other team behind. No dice though, we didn't win.
  • Losing gracefully. Life is full of losing moments {lesser than winning moments but they're inevitable} and experiencing losing a contest once in a while is a must-experience as training for life. 
  • Blogging has truly opened doors for me to gain new friends. I am taking this opportunity to thank Team Tara: Jheng --- who supported me all the way, through and through; Tellie and Mara, who are such helpful cuties {and with hatak to boot!}, and of course, Kristine, whom I met only recently but immediately became friends with. One of my team members got an injury the night before but she was greatly contributing to cheering the team online.
#TeamTara: Mara, Kristine, Myself, Jheng, Tellie and of course, we have a boy member!


To everyone who bought from us, to the Majolica Majorca Team and to all of our supporters {hello, BDJ!},
thank you so much for this wonderful experience! 


xx

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The Quest for Brighter Skin: Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Whitening Melanin Control Night Capsules

>> Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I would be a hypocrite if I won’t admit that despite my friends telling me I look better ‘tan,’ I would always come back running to my vanity mirror at home and switch to a whitening regimen every time I come back from the beach. My friend Nic would always exclaim “No!” when I work up a worry being so tan, hence the darker skin tone. Another friend would tell me I look pasty being my fairer self.

During the Aerosmith concert, I was THIS tan.

So I would stick to being tan for a while, but somehow, secretly, work a way to make myself revert back to my pale, yellow undertoned skin through, thankfully, various gifts from brands. Today, I will tell you about a recent experience with luxury brand, Elizabeth Arden and their Visible Whitening Melanin Night Control capsules.



The truth was, I have had the capsules for some weeks now but I haven’t had the guts to use them until I was sure that summer was over. When it started raining every night, I knew my efforts to come back to the whiter side would not be for naught.



The Pros:


  • I’ve only tried a drugstore brand in the area of moisturizing capsules and it being drugstore, the thickness and consistency spelled the biggest difference amongst the two. Arden was so viscous it didn’t spill out of the capsules when I opened it. It was so thick a capsule-ful was enough to moisturize even my neck pre-night cream. 
  • That said, one can immediately know that this product is luxurious {expensive, at Php 4,950 a jar of 50 capsules}. I wanted to save half of the capsule cos I could hear the cashier go kaching!
  • I have been experiencing some facial dryness for a while now at random times and since I’m not using this every night {tipid much?}, I can tell that whenever I do, I would wake up to really nice, bright glowing skin.
  • My moisturizer {currently H20 Plus} seems to adhere better when I use this, versus another pre-essence {L’oreal Youth Code}. 
  • Elizabeth Arden claims to be whitening the skin in five stages but since I’m not using the entire line, I can’t say that for sure. There is a brightening effect though, for sure.
  • No breakouts, no allergies, no rashes. It would break my heart if it did.
  • The product claims to contain diamond and pearl powder as well and I do remember feeling better of my complexion before sleeping. Sayang, it’s just for night time.
  • Good as anti-aging serum, too.
  • Pores are minimized though I can’t say they’ve been opened anyway.


The Cons:


  • Expensive. Not surprising, as this is a luxury line marketed towards women in their 40s and up. 
  • Extra effort in opening the capsules every night. 
  • Did I say it’s expensive?
  • Can’t be used for any other time other than night time. If I lived in a colder climate, I might be using it during fall mornings, too.


As I have no recent photos, here is a very current photo from a team lunch out.

Overall: Elizabeth Arden is a renowned brand when it comes to skincare and for amazing reasons. I would still sing rhapsodies about my jar of Prevage every now and then because to me, that is still the best night cream EVER. This is just yet another HG level of skincare material, but like most stuff, it might be too opulent for the average Filipina like me. Then again, there would always be ways for us to save up for things we like {and need, eventually} so I guess I would just have to work harder to save up for it. Otherwise, and if you have the bucks for it, by all means, go ahead. You deserve the best and nothing less.


Have you tried any Elizabeth Arden skincare item? Share with me through the comments section!

xx



*Elizabeth Arden skincare is available at all Rustan's Department Stores.

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Career Woman Diaries: Eau de Lacoste Pour Femme

>> Friday, June 21, 2013

There is this bottle I've been saving up for those days when I feel neither fruity nor strong. For so many days, I've been trying to grasp that word, a phrase, a vibe I usually attach to scents.

Like everything else in my life, I am now down to more subdued, understated colors, and now, scents. I love it that things can appear simplistic and minimal. I believe that that is how I feel with my new favorite fragrance:

Honestly, I don't have much experience with Lacoste {except for A Touch of Pink} --- not even with their apparel because they are pretty expensive. I've always drooled over the classic pique shirt but I just couldn't find the heart to fork out big bucks for it. If you're familiar with that shirt, that had been the inspiration for this fragrance and I think it does a good job in interpreting a visual.



There's something in the simplicity of white things ---- and in this case, of such common sight such as a shirt. But sometimes, it's the simple things that we are looking for, yes?

Top notes: White pineapple, mandarin and bergamot {which the folks from Lacoste made us sniff separately}
Middle notes: Sambac jasmine, orange blossom and pineapple blossom
Base notes: sandalwood, peru balsam, vetiver and vanilla


Overall: The Lacoste Eau de Lacoste is pretty much your standard fare of office-safe fragrance --- attractive but not cloying to the nose. It is among the ranks of Lanvin Eclat D'arpege, Chanel Chance and DKNY Light Blue, which are both classic scents which evoke that 'desire' for more of that. It's so light one is always found to be sniffing for more. The ambassador of Eau de Lacoste, Amy Adams, couldn't have been a more perfect fit.

While many may find Lacoste Eau de Lacoste, I've found myself saving it up for many a special day {always a scent of choice for those days I want to be subtly noticeable}. You can say it's one of my favorite scents that lives in the door of my fridge, along with its reserves. It's a beautiful scent, one that evokes one wearing a crisp white shirt and casual boyfriend jeans.


Would I recommend this? If you are the kind who likes sweet, slightly floral, clean scents, this is perfect for you as it is for me right now.


Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Pour Femme is available at all Rustan's counters nationwide at 30ml (Php3000), 50ml (Php4250) and 90ml (Php5650).

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Chronicles of TV: Grey's Anatomy

>> Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I couldn’t remember when it was that I first watched Grey’s, but I do remember it was at least five years ago and I was living back in my hometown in Las Pinas. My cousin, who is in the field of medicine, shared it with me and at the time, I found it rather, too depressing. This was the episode where Izzy {played by Katherine Heigl}, was found to be a former lingerie model and her patient was a prostate cancer patient who once upon a time fantasized about her.

I found it too emotional. 

Last year, after too many season breaks and with the lack of stuff to watch, I found myself hankering for some Grey’s Anatomy. I think it was brought on by a fan-made YouTube video, which I searched for and found one, only it wasn’t a music video. It was an episode wherein this song was used in a Grey’s Anatomy episode. I got curious so I started from the beginning. The beginning as in Season 1.

Before I knew it, I was sobbing my eyes out at Meredith’s conundrums, the entirety of the Denny saga {IKR???}, George’s death, the Lexie-Sloan love story, the painful shootout and the rise and fall of Christina Yang’s marriage to Owen Hunt. Never has a series made me so patient with acquiring all the episodes as Grey’s Anatomy did but it has. Truth be uttered, friends who have initially been watching this have already stopped and thought it was just dragging on.

I was about to think the same when sometime this year, I lost my daily internet connection and regained it after. I downloaded the remainder of season 9 and here I am again, sobbing myself at the cheesy Kepner proposal, yet hopeful for what happened with her and Jackson Avery. Somehow, I loved Hilarie Burton’s guesting and I feel she and Arizona belong together. Too much suspense at Derek and Christina running to Meredith when she was bleeding out. Of course, Webber. {sad face}

My favorite part of the season finale

Why am I saying all these? Last week, out of proximity, I popped my SATC DVDs on and found myself, well, a little bored of episodes I’ve seen only once in my life. I guess it’s safe to say that I have finally grown out of my SATC phase and moving on to have a new favorite TV series where every single episode reminds us of the value of the human life and somehow reminds its viewers that our life is fragile and precious so do the thing you want to do the most, express your love wholly and freely, and spend every moment where it should be spent.

All of Me | John Legend

What a beautiful song I've discovered via Grey's Anatomy ep 24.

It’s a Tuesday night as I type this and a storm just finished coming to the city. Thank you for yet another rollercoaster, Shonda Rhimes.

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Drifting in and out

>> Monday, June 17, 2013

Maybe it's the weather. Or the erratic waves of life that crashes onto shores.
Or the rain that's threatening to fall from the gray skies.



Drifting In and Out | Porcelain Raft


Take me away, directionless
It doesn't have to make any sense
Use what you have, I'll follow you
Use what you have, don't you worry now

Drifting in and out...

Choose what to be, take a side
What if I don't want to step out in the light
Give it to others, just let it go now
Give it to others, don't you worry now

Drifting in and out...

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Water-based skincare, anyone?

>> Thursday, June 13, 2013


“The more you wear less makeup, the more you look beautiful in it.” Somebody or the other once said that and I guess that's why, even after a dozen or so skincare reviews on this blog, I still find the energy to write about great skincare finds. Eventually, there will be days when I won't be able to wear makeup {due to rushing, or just plain laziness}.

As a pseudo beauty blogger and recurring beauty enthusiast, I have heard of all sorts of ingredients added to skincare. We all know of the chemicals we can’t pronounce, the stem cells from apples, papaya, vegetables, and pearls even!

Honestly, I am not one of the many who aren’t too meticulous on the ingredients. I wish I was but I admit to not checking the ingredients section and go straight to the bathroom or the boudoir to roadtest a product.

As such was the case with this skincare newcomer, H20 Plus, a brand that brandishes its main ingredient: seawater, claiming to have invigorating and renewing effects.



When Cindy Melk launched H2O Plus in 1989, the company transformed the beauty industry with its innovative fusion of marine ingredients with state-of-the-art technology. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, H2O Plus, LLC, develops, manufactures and markets marine-based skin care products for the face and body. This internationally recognized brand has evolved from a deep-sea discovery to a global skincare innovator with sales in excess of $100 million

Again, I don’t like geeking out so much when it comes to beauty products so I will just go straight to my observations when I started using the H20 Plus products I have in my stash about two weeks ago:




Aquafirm+ Micro-Collagen Moisturizer – This silky firming cream visibly fights fine lines and loss of firmness with collagen-boosting moisture

Key Ingredients:

  • Marine Microspheres – Encapsulated spheres deeply penetrate the skin’s surface and swell with the body’s natural moisture to immediately plump the appearance of fine lines from within
  • Sea Nutrient Barrier  – Powerful fusion of algae and oat extract creates a light veil on the skin, pulling surface cells closer together for an instant micro-lifting effect
  • Jojoba  – Extracted from the jojoba seed native to the Mojave Desert, this rich emollient agent is an exceptional moisturizer with a chemical makeup most similar to the oil skin naturally produces


Directions: Apply to face and neck after cleansing and toning.

RETAIL PRICE:  PHP 3,500.00 (50 mL / 1.7 Fl oz)

+ Feels deliciously luxurious to use; smells like a luxe product and glides on smoothly without overtly oiling up. Sincerely the best moisturizer I’ve used in a long time because it just glides in the face and I feel so sophisticated while using it {how that happens, please don’t ask me}. Face feels ridiculously moisturized after an entire day of running around, being in airconditioned spaces and exposed to smog sometimes. No breakouts, too.


Sea Results Eye Mender Plus – A rejuvenating contour cream tailored to reduce under-eye puffiness and wrinkles, delivers a virtual matrix of penetrating hydration through the new Marine Micropatch Technology.  Experience a 22% decrease in wrinkle depth and 19% increase in skin firmness with 28 days of continued use.

Key Ingredients:

  • Monk's Pepper Berry – Derived from the Mediterranean chaste tree; proven to help reduce the appearance dermal creases and fine lines while visibly improving elasticity and firmness
  • Sepilift® – This plant–derived single amino acid is scientifically proven to help strengthen collagen fibers, boost elasticity and combat damaging free radicals
  • Anti–Aging Marine Blend – a transformative trio of natural seaweed extracts proven to help skin resist and repair the visible signs of aging.
  • Nori: Deep reddish algae sourced from Japan’s western shore; visibly firms skin that has lost elasticity, and reduces the appearance of surface lines
  • Himanthalia: Brown grassy blades that thrive on the rocky coast of the northern British Isles; calms and soothes stressed skin 
  • Spirulina: Blue–green coils that flourish along balmy South Pacific shores; rich in nutrients known to boost cell immunity


Directions: Apply to eye contour morning and night.
RETAIL PRICE: PHP 2,590.00 (15 mL / 0.5 Fl oz)


+ Rich concoction of eye cream goodness; Oddly feels like any other eye cream though which means performs well as any good eye cream. No dry feeling in the eye area vs. not using any. Smells great!

Face Oasis Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser – Deeply cleanses and revitalizes skin with a gently refining, oil-free formula.  An exfoliating fusion of fruit enzymes and algae helps sweep away dull surface cells, leaving skin luminous and ready to receive maximum moisture.


Key Ingredients:

  • Exfoliating Enzyme Fusion – Sourced from fruit, sugar cane and maple, this enzymatic fusion helps naturally dissolve dull surface cells without abrasion or irritation
  • Jojoba Beads – Oil-free jojoba wax is formed into perfectly spherical shapes, creating an exfoliating bead that glides smoothly across the skin’s surface without irritation leaving behind only protective moisture
  • Hydrating Marine Blend – A triple synthesis of ocean-derived botanicals that optimizes the skin’s moisture balance while bolstering free radical resistance.
  • Wakame: Brown kelp energizes skin’s natural functions and recharges tone
  • Sea Lettuce: Dewy yellow-green leaves cultivated from the coast of Brittany, France; supports skin-firming collagen and elastin
  • Fennel: Waxy green ribbons abundant along rocky English sea cliffs; empowers skin to resist aging environmental damage


Directions: Massage over damp face. Rinse well. For best results, use 2 to 3 times per week.

RETAIL PRICE: PHP 1,750.00 (120 mL / 4 U.S. Fl oz)


+ Smells a bit masculine but rich in texture and with scrubs, too. Face feels clean after but unfortunately, broke me out 


Overall, H20 Plus delights in the skincare arena and I am excited to get me some more of the face moisturizer. Other than the breaking out care of the facial wash, H20 signifies a completely bright and glowing future in the Philippine landscape of skincare technology.

H20 Plus is available at SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City.

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Life Lesson: Drink your milk

>> Friday, June 7, 2013


It started during one of those days, when we had this health and wellness fair at the office and I lined up for the one where they calculate your bone density that I found out I had osteopenia, a disorder which means one has lesser bone density than normal but not enough to be classified as osteoporosis.

Simply put, I was at a higher risk of osteoporosis when I get older and the doctor advised I start drinking milk. “Did everyone else drink milk beyond their teens?” I asked. As it turned out, I was one of the few people who left out drinking milk after my teens simply because milk made me fat {another realization I had when I my pants and skirts started busting --- literally}. And because calcium supplements aren’t really the brightest options out there due to ‘calcification,’ I turned to the best thing: milk.



It was probably a serendipitous thing to happen, as I received a brunch invite from Nestle Non Fat, as they were launching a pink-boxed version of their non-fat milk. Since then, I get to enjoy the benefits of drinking milk {while working and before I go to sleep} and the calcium that it brings. I love how I can just drink a box of it in two days and get to keep my waistline and not have to change wardrobes. I’m happy to know a brand takes the effort to make drinking milk such a wonderful experience. It looks good on my work desk, too!

YUMMY <3 b="">These Nestle treats had me working up an appetite!

It's these details that makes me love brunch! 

The Bizu buffet had me stifling sighs and 'aahs' ...

But these darling peach mini pancakes won my heart.

As well as the lovely set up :)

... and bumping into ladies who brunch. Hi, Denise and Patty!

Nestle had a fashion show in the morning --- and made it work!

This one by Vania Romoff

My messy desk and my milk. It matches!

Lesson learned: Drink your milk even if you've grown beyond your teens --- that's like insurance for your old age bones! :)


xx

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Team Tara for Majolica Faceoff

>> Thursday, June 6, 2013

See you this Saturday, lovely ladies! I'll be at SM Megamall Beauty Section at 3 PM!




Kristine Ann Licuanan
Jheng Santos - Baluyot
Mara Mina
Kristel Yap
Maria Luz Broqueza



See you all, girls!


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I will stay should the world by me fold

>> Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Is there a mediocre Hillsong United song? I am led to believe there isn't. Just listen to this. What an awe-inspiring masterpiece of a Christian song. Like a Thirty Second to Mars song slash Lifehouse. Maybe even better.

Stay and Wait | Hillsong United

Who spoke the Earth and sky to form
Who sets the sun and calls the dawn
Who breathed me out of dust to life
With the will to trust or run and hide

I will stay should the world by me fold
Lift up Your name as the darkness falls
I will wait and hold fast to Your word
Heart on Your heart and my eyes on You

Who loved me through my rebel way
Who chose to carry all my shame
Who breaths in me with endless life
The king of glory Jesus Christ

I will stay should the world by me fold
Lift up Your name as the darkness falls
I will wait and hold fast to Your word
Heart on Your heart and my eyes on You

God of wonder and God of grace
Let my soul stand always to praise You
Fix my eyes on Your perfect way
And I'll never look back

I will stay should the world by me fold
Lift up Your name as the darkness falls
I will wait and hold fast to Your word
Heart on Your heart and my eyes on You

Who lifts the poor and heals the blind
Who trampled death for all mankind
Who stands for all with arms stretched wide
My King forever Jesus Christ


Have a listen!
xx


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How to be happy at home

>> Tuesday, June 4, 2013


When I was about to move into my current home earlier this year, my friend and mentor J reminded me a couple of times to stock up on coffee beans and not to forget my coffeemaker. According to him, brewing coffee in a new place makes one feel home faster as the scent reminds one of homey mornings.

He was right. And because of that, I cannot stand the taste of 3 in 1 coffee (not that there’s anything wrong with it) but I’ve been so accustomed to brewed coffee first thing in the morning now that I can’t afford to be lazy and settle for 3 in 1.

The truth is, it is going to suck at some point. Being alone without relatives nearby or a trusty househelp is going to make one feel somber when one wakes up in the morning needing to fetch laundry, vacuum, wash the dishes, make her own breakfast and wash the pots, too. But if you’re like me, you most probably moved on your own for good for the reason that you want to truly experience what it’s like to be truly independent.

It was an article that my good friend Shenny shared some days ago and with some of my own, I’m sharing the best ones that proved to be helpful to me. Hope they will be to you as well.

It's an effort to fix this bed but I love coming home to plop down on it in the evenings!


  1. Get up and strategically place your favorite photos around your home. My biggest mistake was that it took me forever to put up my gallery wall (and as of this writing, still haven’t) for fear of making mistakes in putting up the frames. I love my white walls  --- that much I know. But the comfort lies not in the white walls but the familiarity a space brings. Go ahead and take those dusty frames out to remind you of home and old memories.
  2. Bring in the familiar scents. I didn’t have any idea that I loved the scent of my own fabric conditioner until I had to send my laundry to the laundry shop, which of course, used another brand. It doesn’t feel the same way so I’m praying they switch to my brand. crosses fingers Until then, I’m burning scented oils every night to remind me of my old room in Quezon City.
  3. Watch old films.  My fondest memories of my old house were laughing alone at really funny films I’ve watched before. If I am looking to making new memories at where I am, I need to induce emotions to the things I’m doing everyday, starting with watching Legally Blonde.
  4. Cheer yourself up. This has become an inside joke --- Shen and I always cheer each other with “Hell to the yeah!” referring to cheering ourselves up while doing the dishes. One has to do it (no doubt, you) so might as well do it greatly by cheering yourself up.
  5. Devote a space for relaxation. I got my current place on the basis of the huge, floor to ceiling windows, knowing it was going to inspire me to work. And work, I have done. It was much later when I finally dedicated a small portion of it to scented candles, spa items, relaxing books and magazines that I truly appreciated the place. It is home after all.


What's your pick me upper at home?
xx


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Majolica Majorca Lash Edgemeister + Be on my team!

>> Monday, June 3, 2013


As an ‘enthusiast’ of all things pretty, I knew it was very important to be careful with the mascaras we use. I have a ton at home --- so either I gave tubes away, because after all, I never get to use them all at once anyway. The ones I am keen on trying go into the backburner until I am done with the current tube. The tubes of Majolica Majorca fell under that category. When it came to my hands, I was occupied with another fabulous Japanese brand {shu uemura natural mascara, if you must know}. When I finished my tube of that, these two were the natural successors.



You see, this was the first Majolica Majorca mascara that I was trying. I’ve heard of it since five years ago --- back in the day when I would read Fuzkittie’s blog {which is now defunct} and being an Asian herself, I was amazed at how she would transform her sparse eyelashes to thicker ones. At that time, Majolica was not at all available in the Philippines, not even from online sellers.

As it happens, it wasn’t urban legend after all: this brand really does deliver:



The Good:


  • Look at that length. If like me, you have sparse, short eyelashes, this is a must try! It looks natural and not at all scary-looking.
  • The comb is similar to that of my longtime HG mascara, Maybelline Cat Eye Mascara. What it does is that it makes sure it separates all the hair of your lashes so they’re almost individually coated with the liquid. 
  • Expect fibers in your tube of Edgemeister --- helpful for that lengthening effect.
  • Didn’t smudge on me at all. But then again, as in any makeup application, the key is careful application.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy on the eyes. You may want to curl your lashes prior to usage though.
  • Didn’t flake out in the middle of the day as some waterproof mascaras do --- and not as tough to remove. It came out easily when I used shu uemura Ultime8 cleansing oil in the evening.
  • Hooray for duo comb! Didn’t notice this at first but both sides are combs which can be used for the tips {the bigger side} and the lower lashes {baby comb side}.
  • Not too shabby at the price of Php 795 and available at leading Beauty by SM stores, too!




The Not too Good:


  • If you’re not careful, it may end up clumping and you may end up with smudges if you don’t dry it first before opening/closing your eyes.
  • If one is looking for volume {or kapal in local parlance}, this may not be your best option. This is truly a lengthening mascara and not a volumizing one. 




Got thoughts on Majolica Majorca mascaras? Share with me through the comments section!

PS: I’m having a small faceoff this coming Saturday and I’d love for five of my readers to come! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below {so I can get your info}. It’ll be at SM Megamall at 4-6 PM. Everyone on my team gets Majolica goodies and if we win, we’ll have a small celebratory dinner! Will be announcing the winner on Thursday evening. I am only praying that someone does join my team! =)






Hope you join!
xx

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What I Know For Sure: Grounded


I’m sipping my coffee today as I type this and a podcast of last week’s worship service is playing in the background. My colleagues and I have been throwing this term ‘the new norm’ all week long, in reference to multiple projects per person. At the home slash personal front, this is fast becoming my new norm --- waking up on weekends to writing tasks, drinking coffee or milk and spewing off word for word. I still have two boxes left unpacked and I’m slowly building other phases of my life such as my kitchen {which I realize, I’ve turned into a library} but slowly, life is normalizing. I’m content today.



Yesterday, my bestfriend and I were taking advantage of internet messaging --- and talked about the things that were happening to us. I haven’t seen her in weeks and we’re both raring to have another round of sleepovers. We touched on the subject of friendships of a lifetime and how we’re lucky to have found that in this one.



  1. It’s true when they say it doesn’t matter how many friends you have --- it’s the quality of friendship that matters. When I was younger, I made some sort of effort to add more into the number of people I already had. To me, I thought that the more I had, the more choices I had every weekend that I had free. Call it age, but getting over that ‘fear of missing out’ is paying off. I’d rather choose a quiet dinner with someone I can truly talk to rather than be dressed up to the nines with people who look nice to be in pictures with {yes, this happens} but have nothing really common with me.
  2. Find something to ground you. In my case, even if it’s always a work in progress, I am happy to be running to Jesus both when I’m sad and happy. Attributing happiness and sadness to something that won’t go away was the most blessed thing I’ve ever done in my life. In the past, I attributed it to whatever was the cause --- and felt empty when it wasn’t there. 
  3. Drama is a byproduct of a mismanaged life. And as a person who’s had more than enough --- I realized that it was of my own doing. I scowl at the thought of those days when I would create my own little drama everyday {especially on PMSing days, ugh}. When I look at all those, I would be aghast at how true that realization was and I would vow not to make any more drama out of my life anymore. So far, so good!
  4. Bedmaking 101. Flat sheets go into the bed after the fitted one and before the comforter. I never had to worry about all these things before and now that I have to do all these on my own --- well, let’s just say that Google is truly a lifesaver.
  5. More money will not make you happy but it doesn’t hurt to manage it well. I’m at that point where I have more money than I’ve ever had in my life {mostly stowed away, really} and while I’m no Forbes 500 lister, I’m happy knowing that I’ve finally gotten grip on money matters. It is a bit tedious to type every single thing on my Google Drive account to keep track of every cent {except if they’re gratuities or tithing}, but knowing where everything goes gives me that peace of mind that I’ve accounted for everything and that it goes to where I intended it to be. On the flip side, my happiness doesn’t stem from anything that has a currency --- it’s knowing that what makes us happy is not at all money-related.
  6. Pray. When you feel tense, insecure, hungry, desperate, happy, ecstatic --- pray. I always knew I prayed at the right times of my life: upon waking up, before meals, before going to sleep. When our pastor spent an hour and a half talking about the benefits of praying, I prayed every chance I could get. Sometimes it’s as simple as uttering Our Father, the simplest yet most complete prayer, in sincerity. And then my days became even brighter, even more grounded and way, way clearer. I literally felt like a wall was being put up between my temptations and me. What a difference a simple prayer can make.
  7. Take care of what you put into your heart. Take care of the little jealousies, the petty desperations, the things you give time to everyday. It will make up for the big picture of your life. I cannot stress this enough.
  8. Love is patient and love is kind. Most importantly, love is hopeful.



And that is all I know for sure this week. I’m ready for another week of living with intention and finding wisdom in the everyday. I hope you are, too!

xx

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