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Just a Life Update

19 Aug

I have been on a hiatus for more than a month because a lot of things have been happening to my life. There were changes that I needed to adapt to, because that is how life is. Life will keep throwing things at you, to help you grow and to direct you where you should be heading. It’s more like I keep maturing every single time because I always learn something new with life. I prayed a lot for a sign for me to take up another chapter (I will be studying again — soon I hope) in my life. I took this entrance exam for a university and I am praying I can finish that again.

Anyway, one of those that was added to my to-do list is working out. I started going to the gym with my husband and brothers last July 19. On top of house chores, familial responsibilities and work, an added extracurricular activity was added. I had to pitch this in my schedule. I also had to manage my days of service in masses so as to fix my schedule. Plus, I am also writing for our parish and if you want to read about reflections and faith, head on over to The biggest milestone that affected me is that my daughter started her classes already! She is in big school now and everything else is fresh for all of us. Even my husband is fixing his schedule for this!

I will try my best to write about all these stuff when I finally get the hang of my mixed up schedule. I am still trying to set things straight or when I will be comfortable with my time. At this moment actually, I am making the exams for our first quarterly examination for next week. I felt that I just needed to let this out before I finish those papers.

That’s about it… Hope you’re all enjoying your life!


Unboxing the June BDJ Box BIODERMA Exclusive

4 Jul

Some might be a little disappointed with this month’s BDJ box because only one product is full size and the rest are sample sizes. But hey, Bioderma is one expensive skincare brand. I, for one, wished that somehow they included even one full size of Bioderma product, particularly the Micellar Water (even the 100 ml) so the subscribers will feel their money is more sulit.

Anyway, I am still a bit excited to try the other products from Bioderma since I am a big fan of their micellar water.

BDJ Box June 2015

The LOT:

Sebium H20

Sensibio Eye Contour Gel

Atoderm Intensive

Atoderm Preventive

Sensibio AR

Sebium AKN

Sensibio Light

Sebium DS+

The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain

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Join The Beauty Junkee’s 6th Mega Giveaway!

13 May

This is just a heads up to my readers!

Ms. Martha Sta. Barbara is the mind behind The Beauty Junkee, a blog for Pinays who wants to be more confident with themselves. She is celebrating her 6th anniversary this month and of course, being generous as she is, she is having her annual giveaway!

Click the link and go join NOW!

Mother’s Day Special: Mommy Tag

5 May

I read this from Ms. Char of Yellow Yum so I thought of answering it too…

1. Are you a SAHM or working mom?

I am kind of in between since I opt to have a part time job so I can still be a hands on mom while I handle the household.

2. Would you have it any other way?

Sometimes I just get burnt up with the stuff I need to do, but I would not have it any other way. My daughter has given us a sense of direction and focus, we can say that we have matured when she arrived.

3. Do you co-sleep?

Yes. I am the eldest child and my younger brothers are always in the middle when we were kids. I always wanted to stay in the middle before, and now that I am a mom (and both my daughter and hubby wants to sleep with me), I stay in between them as we co-sleep.

4. One musthave gear for a baby?

I think I have never been dependent on any kind of gear (stroller etc). When she was less than a year old, my complete and heavy diaper bag would have to be my gear. It’s filled with emergency stuff (extra towel, extra clothes, extra diapers, bottles, water, milk powder, diaper changing mat, and her baby kit) which makes it heavy to tote around.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

Maybe 2 or 3 kids will do. We want to provide them a good education and we want them to experience not having to struggle for needs.

6. Date night? How many nights (or days) per month?

None! We never have a couple date anymore. We always bring Iya with us. I hope we can do it even once or twice a month.

7. Your child’s favorite show?

Overall, her favorite is Elmo’s World. Her favorite shows differ per age. When she was younger, it was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. At two, Elmo’s World. When she was three, Hi-5 and Sofia the First. These are the shows that she love!!!

8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and you never end up using?

A bikini.

9. Your child’s fave food?

Mommy’s milk! Though just recently, she had to stop breastfeeding since my milk has stopped producing! For real food, she loves Chicken Tinola. Serve it every single day, and she would still love it!

10. How many cars does your family have?

We are only three in the family so we only have one car.

11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after, and now?

I used to be so skinny in college, around 100 lbs. Before pregnancy I was 112 lbs, I lost weight on the first trimester due to paglilihi causing nausea and vomiting. I gained weight around 2nd to 3rd trimester. After pregnancy I lost weight because I was exclusively breastfeeding Iya. Now that I am on pills, I gained weight again.

12. Dream vacation with your kiddos?

Disneyland or Universal Studios.

13. Dream vacation without the kiddos?

Anywhere as long as I am with my hubby… But we really love to go to Paris or Italy! In the country, we would love to see Batanes.

14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?

Iya came unexpectedly so our lives changed at a click of a button. Hubby needed to work harder so he can provide for us. I moved out of my parents’ house after the wedding and we stayed for a year with my sister-in-law (who is very hard to get along with because of her being buraot). We moved to another house with my uncles for about 6 months then we just rented for us. We’ve been yaya-less and maid-less so there’s only the 3 of us at home.

15. Finish the sentence: “It makes my heart melt to see…”

It makes my heart melt to see my daughter hug me and tell me “I love you, Mommy!” anywhere we are. Out of all the accomplishments she has, it makes my heart melt to see her enthusiasm in learning, her respect for anyone she meets, her obedience to Papa and Mommy, and her genuine love that radiates.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

Anywhere actually. I love Mothercare and Gingersnaps though.

17. Fave mommy make-up and skin care products?

I have to have multi-tasking products so to cut time in morning preparations. At the moment, I use Bioderma Micellar water as makeup remover, acne soap and Clindamycin toner from my derma, VMV Hypoallergenics Id Gel and Avon Anew Genics moisturizer. I love sunscreens and I use it every single day even if I am just at home. For makeup, I love MAC Brow Gelcreme in Dirty Blonde and MAC Browgel in Beguile for my brows, L’oreal concealer, Happy Skin ZZ Cream as my base, Shu Uemura lash curer, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Benetint, Bahama Mama for bronzer, and Bobbi Brown creamy matte lipstick.

18. Huggies diaper jeans: yay or nay?

My daughter does not wear diapers anymore 4 months before her 4th birthday. 🙂

Here is a recent photo of me and my daughter.


I am tagging the other mommies out there who wants to answer this too!

Happy Skin’s Zit Zapper Cream | My answered prayer in a tube

31 Mar

Happy Skin has this instagram contest with hashtags #HappySkinHaul and #HappySkinGiveaway to which I was not able to join because I am on a makeup ban for three months. I was struggling to move my makeup ban to start for the month of April but then again, I assured myself that there will be more contests to join in next time. Actually, I am a feeling a little bitter about it.  I saw instagram photos of huge collections of Happy Skin products and I didn’t think I’ll get the chance even if I did a haul. So there, I just thought of posting a review on the first ever product I purchased from Happy Skin — The Zit Zapper Cream!

Happy Skin Zit Zapper Cream

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Unboxing the #BeloBeautyandtheBeach Glamourbox

27 Mar

When Glamourbox posted a photo in instagram that they will release another Belo Exclusive box this summer, I went a little cray! I cannot get over last year’s Belo Glamourbox. I made sure that I ordered one because I am sure this tie-up will not disappoint! And of course it did not!

#BELOBeautyandtheBeach Glamourbox

Here are the products:


BELO SUNEXPERT Ultra Gentle Sheer Spray SPF50 PA+++

BELO Intensive Whitening Face and Neck Cream

BELO Intensive Whitening Body Cream

BELO Essentials Underarm Whitening Cream

BELO Essentials Deo Spray New Shower Fresh Scent

#BELOBeautyandtheBeach Glamourbox

#BELOBeautyandtheBeach Glamourbox

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Bidding 2014 Goodbye…

30 Dec

I know I have been not posting for a long time because A) I had a lot of service in our parish B) work needs to be prioritized because of the preparation for exams and programs and C) the laptop I had been using for 2 years crashed and EVERYTHING saved there are deleted..! Most files are important, especially my thesis. 😦

I still can’t get over the fact that all the photos I took are gone. I usually take A LOT of pictures of ALL the products I have and just edit and watermark it when I am ready to write a review for it. BUT now, I have to start anew… I actually don’t know how to start, where to begin and what to do. I am afraid to insert my memory card in the laptop and have the pictures deleted because of its reformatted state. I wanted to join the BDJ box challenges, but I was so preoccupied and can’t even start.

Oh well, this incident reminded me that everything else can change in just a snap, and only God and His words will remain. I realized that all things will surpass and if ever I die in the future, I can’t bring those files with me. I also realized that I should have uploaded it in my email or dropbox so I will have a backup file. I learned the hard way.

Anyway, enough of my bitterness.

I actually have a lot to be thankful for this 2014. This was a GREAT year for me and my family. A lot of milestones happened this year… let me mention them…

  • I finished my thesis and graduated from my Masters degree
  • I was able to be part of LECCOM Ministry of NSOLL again
  • We were able to move to a new house, still renting but hey, we did not bring my parents’ old stuff
  • I was able to get a job (after 3 years of being a fulltime MOM)
  • Our daughter is top 1 for the 1st and 2nd quarters ( I hope she maintains it)
  • Our daughter had her first field trip!
  • Hubby got promoted
  • Hubby was able to pass an exam and take another one (results will be out January 16, 2015)
  • I was surprised by hubby with a new car ( our first!)
  • I was not admitted for any serious illness though I had pittyriasis rosea and lumbar pain/muscle spasms early first quarter of the year
  • I learned to bake!
  • I was entrusted to transcribe and write for the website of NSOLL.
  • My dad was given an early retirement and that their house was already fully paid.

Quite a list, right? So before I bid 2014 goodbye, I reminisced the good and bad experiences and all the lessons that go with them. I just can’t help but feel thankful of all HIS blessings for me and my loved ones. For every little thing that has happened, I thank HIM, I praise HIM and I love HIM even more. I will serve Him with all my heart, all my mind and all my soul.

I pray that the worst of 2015 will be BETTER than the best of 2014.

Happy New Year!

SkinWhite Lotion

26 Dec

This lotion is a nice product one should not miss! It has nice packaging, nice quality, nice floral powdery scent, and the instant fairness is great! Love the spf and the moisturizing properties too. It is also handy and easy to be brought anywhere.

Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner Black 886 | Eye LIKE this!

28 Oct

Eyeliners were my first love. Before I got inclined to eyebrow grooming, eyeliners were my thing. Back then, I couldn’t leave the house without sunblock and eyeliner!

I swerved away from this for awhile because a) I have oily eyelids so eyeliners tend to smudge or melt and b) I can’t find an eyelid primer that works for me.

Two to three months ago, I am somehow going back to this eyeliner thing. I have only one gel eyeliner and it’s the one from Maybelline. I couldn’t find it and I thought I lost it already so I got myself a Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Gel Eyeliner. I actually got this since my favorite Youtuber Jen of recommended it as a dupe for MAC Fluidline.

Wet n Wild  Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner Black 886

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The Unexpected Turn

24 Jun

Here I am typing this post at exactly 1:54 am this June 25th. I wanted to finish draft posts but I am too sleepy to review any product. Actually, I am just troubleshooting the printer and laptop connections because I had to print out materials for work.

Speaking of work, yes the right work finally came. I was not really looking for one with a high pay. I looked for a job that would still allow me to be a wife and a mom, so I can still take care of my family and our home.

It came just at the right time. I don’t earn much… but I am happy with this new career I have. I am a Registered Nurse but this career shift is very much fine by me. I am a preschool teacher now to Senior Nursery students, with age 4 and 5. Plus, I am very much grateful for all the perks – free ride and free tuition fee for my preschooler. These are a big help already. Of course my daughter studies in the same school I teach, only with different teachers.

So there, maybe I would have less posts this time since work came in addition to my priorities. I will still try to keep this blog active as much as I can.

Here’s hoping you get the unexpected turn in your life too!