Unboxing the April 2015 BDJ Box SpringIntoBeauty

5 May

Aahh, April… that month wherein vacation starts and all you can think of is relaxing and having fun. To add to this fun, BDJ Box sent out a #SpringIntoBeauty box which has products to help us achieve a blooming aura.

april2015 bdjbox

Here are the full sized products:

MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap

Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask

Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub

Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub

MyChoice Bubble Shower Salt 2-in-1

Mustela 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash 

Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action

Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion

MyChoice Anti Acne Cream

FS Cosmetics Lash Extravagance Mascara

Revlon Highlighting Palette

MyChoice Perfum Spray

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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.

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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 Face Cover SPF40 PA++

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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Unboxing the March 2015 BDJ Box | Pond’s Exclusive

17 Mar

I have gotten used to getting a monthly treat thanks to BDJ Box! They always come up with great mix of products to their every box — there are themed boxes (ie. Skin Savers) and exclusive boxes (ie. Benefit, Shiseido). For March 2015, they have an exclusive Pond’s box!

You might have seen this around in other bloggers by now. I got this a week ago but since we were busy with exams and checking, I only got the time to post this now.

Pond’s, of course, is not new to any of us. I have used the other ranges way back and my particular favorite is the Pond’s Detox White one (the yellow one). It works nicely and has a matte finish so I was loyal to it when I was in College.

So for this month, I was happy to be reunited again with Pond’s and their new products. YAY!

March 2015 BDJ Box

Here are the full sized products:

Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel

Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum

Pond’s Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel

Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream

Pond’s Flawless White Re-Brightening Night Cream

March 2015 BDJ Box

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My Daughter’s Very First Haircut

5 Mar

One of the big changes that we were looking forward to the day my daughter turns 4 years old is her very first haircut!!! Take note, VERY. FIRST. Whew! (She did not get any trim, ever.)

Her hair is until her thighs already. (That long!) She even pretends to be Rapunzel in Tangled because of her long hair. The thing is, this long hair of her is what makes her stand out in a crowd. Wherever we went, people would always comment like, “Ang haba ng buhok ng bata. Ang ganda.” Yes even I envy her hair. It’s straight but with waves at the ends (her buhok sa tiyan, in Filipino terms!). It looks gorgeous when I take time to comb it through and style it. But her daily routine hinders us, she was always a sleepyhead and didn’t want to wake up. She wakes up, takes a bath and brush her teeth, dress up, and we’re out of the house in 10 minutes! You see, there is no combing in this routine. I comb her hair and fix it on the way to school.

As with everything else, I do conditioning. I talk to her months before the big day on our plans about her hair when she turns 4. I also brought her with me when I got a haircut so she would see that it’s just the hair that is being cut and I didn’t get hurt at all. Sometimes, kids associate certain words to an emotion, so I made sure that I used a more gentle, specific term for hair“cut”.

Weeks before, I was constantly having conversations with her on what she will expect, what will happen, the likes. I always assure her that her Papa and I are there for her.

A week before the haircut, we were making the most of her long hair. I styled her hair more often. I comb it through and through until she feels sleepy.

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BDJ Box Beauty Soiree: Ready, Set, Gorgeous with Covergirl!

10 Feb

I was invited by the BDJ Box Team to attend their first ever BDJ Box Beauty Soiree. I have attended all the BDJ Box Beauty Socials and I felt that I just couldn’t pass this one out. Besides, I felt I was lucky to be invited.

It was a well attended event and I got to meet beauty bloggers like Ms. Donna of My Lucid Intervals, Celine of Product Arena and Kc of Kikay Si Kat ( who happens to be a schoolmate back in preschool!)

The event was sponsored by Covergirl Philippines. The brand recently released a new line named Ready Set Gorgeous. This line has 3 products — foundation (Php 495) , powder (Php 345) , and concealer (Php 395). Among these, other Covergirl items were used for the demonstration of Say.

BDJ Box Beauty Soiree

The event was held last February 1 in The Open Space, Jupiter St. in Makati. It was an intimate gathering of makeup lovers. Say Tioco Artillero, a Filipina youtube guru, demonstrated a fresh makeup look using Covergirl products. I got to be seated in table 2, where I met new friends, Patty and Lyzelle! Hey bellas!

BDJ Box Beauty Soiree

And here is the final look!

BDJ Box Beauty Soiree

 

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