Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I Learned Today & Gratitude List: New Year Edition


Year-end presents opportunities to look back, reassess, and declutter our lives, hopeful for even brighter things to come next year. It's also the season to be thankful for the countless blessings we received and lessons we learned along the way. I spent four hours cleaning my room and the bathroom, and another six hours to fulfill my baking duties. All the while, my mind was drifting, remembering and reanimating the highlights of the year that was. 2013 may have been tough on us, but it brought one too many lessons that made me, and us, better citizens of this world. There's no better day to sit down and document what I learned, and what I'm grateful for in 2013.


  • You always have a choice, and when you make one, don't apologize. Maybe it's age, maybe it's experience. But I've come to a point where I feel 100% free to make decisions without a slight inclination to be sorry about it. Whether I make a good or bad decision, I am fully accountable and it propels me to where the Lord wants me to be.
  • Awakening my spirituality. Religion is part of my family DNA. I grew up abiding by the traditions albeit mechanically. It's only this year that I really felt what I should be searching for and it's far divine than any religious duties. It's been a different spiritual journey ever since and I'm very excited. 
  • Avoid negativity at all cost. I'm a relentless believer of spreading positivity. I always try to look at the brighter side of things. But all these efforts are bound to fail, if you don't actively avoid negativity. Avoid gossips and malicious conversations, choose the company of happy and positive people, stop whining and start appreciating every morning and all the opportunities it presents. Life is too short, I've lost a few friends this year (Hello there in heaven, M, A and M!), and it cemented my take to live this awfully short life the most colorful way possible. 
  • You can't choose your family, but you can change your perspective. I've said it a thousand times and I can't be more grateful to have a huge, closely-knit family where everyone is kind and generous. But it's not to say we're perfect. 2013 has been a year of struggle, dealing with my parents and all the mood swings and behavioral changes that come with age. It tested my patience, questioned my values and almost drove me out of the house. But this year witnessed how a decision to change perspective improved my relationships and turned around some really bad days. And this is not only true for family, but for every relationship you'll ever have.
  • I only need so much. Whether friends, money, possessions, I only need so much. It's great to have many friends, but it's equally fine to only have a handful whom I can trust my life with. I definitely need money, and clothes, and shoes, but I know how not to equate them with happiness. The days when I tried to please everyone, and be worried sick about my worldly possessions are thankfully gone. Good riddance!
  • I found the love of my life in 2013. Funny how he's been with me for the past nine years, yet it's only this year that I've truly seen him and all his beauty. Some may say it's pressure, I say (and feel!) it's divine intervention. :)
  • No better day than today. If you miss someone, ring him today. If you want to ditch smoking, quit today. If you want to stay in shape, start working out today. Procrastination is the cousin of failure. 
I hope you had the merriest Christmas and I wish you a safe and spectacular New Year's Eve! Hugs!

Much Love,
Dang 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pack Light: Tips from the amateur


It's been a week since I got back from an all girls trip to Boracay but I can still feel the island vibe and the laid back life. Therefore, it's just fitting that I write about traveling. And what's more appropriate for the budget airlines revolution than to talk about about HOW TO PACK LIGHT. No missing baggage, no long queue. There's truly merit in traveling with just a purse and a 7-kilogram hand carry.

Now I do not live and breathe traveling light. My control freak self becomes weary knowing I'll be in a foreign place with very little of my everyday comforts so I usually end up bringing more than what I can realistically use. In fact, it took me years of practice, a number of valuable items confiscated in the airport and one too many overbaggage fees before I finally get the hang of it. It differs from one individual to another actually. A seasoned backpacker can live out of a bag traveling the world for months. Others require a three-piece suitcase for a weekend trip. No judgment here, to each his own. 

Personally, I prefer to have checked-in baggage for longer trips that require different sets of wardrobe i.e. corporate attire, casual clothes, outdoor gears. Or for trips where shopping is inevitable and extra space comes into play on your flight home. But for weekend getaways like beach trips where, ehem, very little clothing is expected, then I'm perfectly fine with just my handbag and my trusted powder blue Samsonite backpack.

Want to hear about the things and tips I've learned along the way? Read on and let me know what you think. Share your tips, too! 







1. Make an outfit calendar. Seriously, mapping out your outfit for the rest of your trip is not just for vanity's sake. It will prevent you from bringing more that what you actually need. It's good to have a few extra pairs, but be sensible. You won't need 10 pairs for a 2-day trip, right? 

2. Go for versatility. Bring clothes and accessories that you can wear a number of ways or times. A good pair of denim shorts, a 2-in-1 flowy dress/skirt or a cardigan that you can style and wear more than once will make a lot of difference. A comfortable, closed flats is also a good idea. Good for walking and safe for places where no open toes/slippers is allowed.

3. Invest in good quality travel essentials. If you travel often, it's smart to invest in lightweight but durable items like backpack, sleeping bag and towels. Aquazorb offers ultralight but absorbent towels that easily fit in your bag. Visit your favorite outdoor and sports brands to check their latest offering for comfortable, light traveling. It's the name of the game nowadays!

4. My secret weapon --- SCARF. This is probably the most important thing I bring whenever I travel. It can warm you on a freezing flight, protect you from the scorching heat, double as a sarong and even substitute a beach mat. It can even spice up a rather boring shorts and shirts ensemble. Bring at least two and you're good to go!

5. Keep toiletries and makeup to a minimum and repack them in travel size bottles. Save yourself from hauling full bottles of shampoo, creams, lotions etc. Most toiletries are offered in smaller packages or even sachets. You can also repack in clear bottles and keep them in zip locks to prevent spills. Choose makeup that has multiple use. I usually go for BB creams because I get sunscreen, mositurizer and makeup base in one tube. Lip and cheek stains work wonders, too!

6. Drop the baggage and just enjoy the moment. Literally and figuratively. You're in a vacation. It's your chance to break free from worldly things that occupy your mind at home --- job, bills, possessions you may or may not need. Bring the least amount of "baggage" and decide on what truly counts and matters in your journey. You'll be surprised that you need a lot less than you thought. Sometimes, arriving in a new place carrying less will give more space for new things, opportunities, experiences, memories, even people!

That's me for now. Have fun in your next travel! :)







Much Love,
Dang
*photos from Google images

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beauty Bare Minimum + The Beauty Drive

. I'm feeling better lately. Seeing volunteerism and bayanihan spirit of people from all walks of life, in every corner of the country, makes me so proud that I'm a Filipino. The Oplan Hatid in particular, just proves the power of civilian, and how coming together can make a great impact, bigger than any storm surge or politicking. There's still much left to do but we will get there. Manny also gave us a much-needed boost. It's not to say let's just focus on his win and all things sunshine-y, but c'mon, we needed some jolt! :)

Now, speaking along the lines of positivity, it's high time I post about beauty again. I rarely do full makeup these days, but I can't steer away from vanity altogether. I need to be at least presentable all the time. That means I have my BB cream, powder foundation, lipbalm + lipstick, mascara, eyebrow pencil and cheek blush all the time. But when push comes to shove, and you ask me to bring only three items in my purse, then it's most likely be the following:




1. Oil absorbing film. I can't remember going out without this miracle since the day I discovered them in early college. No fuss, and solves my shine problems when powder room break is not possible. It's fair to say that this has saved my face and helped me shine numerous times. No pun intended. My favorite brand is Gatsby, choose the black film over paper. 

2. Tinted lipbalm. Dryness and peeling is the name of the game, and my lips know that too well. What started as an affinity with Chapstick, grew into a flirtatious love affair with organic lipbalms (Ilog Maria, V&M), colorful lipgloss and HG liptints. Baby Lips by Maybelline is not bad at all, I think all my teenage nieces will get one this Christmas.

3. Cheek blush. I have a thousand boo boos with cheek blush when I was still a makeup noob. From using the wrong shade, applying too much and highlighting all the wrong places. But a perfect blush makes you look womanly, shapes and sculpts your face and makes your skin look radiantly healthy with a few swirl and swipe. What else can you ask for? My current love is LA Colors' Mineral Blush in Tenderling. If you're unsure if you're putting blush on correctly, here's a good guide from Barbi Chan of BDJ.

Again, these are bare minimum, if you have room for two more beauty products (you should!), then eyebrow pencil and face powder should be first to dive in your bag. Even skin tone and nicely filled brows will make the perfect canvass for the rest of your makeup.

And oh, please support the Beauty Drive by Larissa Joson of Women's Health PH and Nicole Romero (hello, Nicole!) of Beauty and Sparkle. You still have until tomorrow to donate beauty products to uplift the teachers who are still holding classes in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.



They are looking for the following:
  • Makeup (particularly lipstick, blush, powder)
  • Skincare (facial washes, moisturizers)
  • Haircare (shampoo, combs, clips, headbands)
  • Toiletries (soap, lotion, body washes)

If you've got new or barely used and sanitized makeup and other beauty products to give, you may contact:


Larissa Joson (larissajoson@gmail.com) or
Nicole Romero (nicole@beautyandsparkle.com) 

They have dropoff points at Eastwood in Libis, The Fort in Taguig City, Bicutan in ParaƱaque City, Pioneer in Mandaluyong City, and Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa City.

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! I miss doing beauty posts, so expect to hear a little more in the following days. 

Much Love, 
Dang 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

#BangonPilipinas





There's nothing really different about this one particular Sunday. I went out to pay my bills, roamed aimlessly around the mall, and attended the 7pm mass as usual. Nothing extra ordinary except that the priest's homily hit too close to home. He talked about the sins that we commit unknowingly, or barely avoid simply because these sins seem passive and weren't included in the regular teachings of our bible schools, nor my grandma's books

The priest talked about two things that many of us are guilty of: One is worrying, and the other, which I'm keen to talk about, is OMISSION.

As kids, we're taught to avoid wrongdoings - stealing, lying, saying evil things about our neighbor. Crystal clear. But there's this gray area of not committing sins, but also omitting what's good and pleasing to God. We walk away from the dark, but neither reach for the light. We do not commit evil, but we also omit doing good. A man who sends away the poor and minority and a man who stood by and did nothing are both guilty. It might be of different levels, but same in every aspect. 

The same is happening in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever hit my beloved country. The depressing state of Visayas and the plight of the typhoon victims are well-documented by media globally. It brought thousands, possibly millions of people into tears. It's sad, but what's worse is to see pity, hatred, rants and politics that starts and ends with nothing but that. Let's not be comforted by throwing pity glances and calling out faults of other individuals. Thousands of Filipinos are on the verge of desperation and every little ACT of kindness counts.

Sympathy is good, but we also need arms and legs to get things done. We can do amazing things in rebuilding our country and helping our people, but it only begins where passiveness ends.


To donate or volunteer, see below:

DSWD
Philippine National Red Cross
McDonald's Bigay Tulong 
CLICK FOR MORE 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

# I Work in PR: Meeting a Formula One Superstar


I haven't opened my blog for 5 weeks, 5 weeks! You know how you get so engrossed with work, it's almost impossible to tell Monday from Friday, or how the thin line between weekdays and sacred weekends totally vanished into thin air? That's exactly how it felt. 

Was it worth it? All the stress, late night over time and weekend work? YES. It's even worth the stubborn pimples on my chin and forehead. Because at the end of the day, I worked with amazing people, I felt passionate about my craft and weathered the odds and adversities. I gained some and oh boy I lost some, but I came out stronger and wiser. My Heavenly Father didn't make me strong and stubborn for nothing.

So, cheers to the whole team for a stressful successful, world-class event! Proud to be part of this milestone. :)


Felipe Massa, the first Scuderia Ferrari F1 Driver who visited the Philippines

Reporting for duty at 4am! ;-)



I'm back on my feet, so stay tuned for more posts! :)

From the Nook,
Dang

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tropical Storm Maring & Emergency Infographics


I can't think of anything suitable to post today. While I have all the time in my hands to go over and finish my backlog, I just don't have the juice to do reviews or personal happy posts at this point. The news are shocking. Aside from the devastation brought upon by Tropical Storm Maring, we also face the tragedy of the ship collision/sinking in Cebu and oil spill. 

For now, I thought of compiling some easy to understand infographics that will help us better prepare for unfavorable situations like typhoon and massive flooding. Remember that it's vital to plan ahead and not to panic. Be in the know by watching the news and heeding the experts' advise and warnings.

Lastly, no material possession is ever worth a human life. So make your and your family's safety a priority above anything else like belongings, work etc.



WHAT TO PREPARE



See more from Rappler: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/31242-prepare-disaster-kit

WHO TO CALL



WHAT TO DO IN CASE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT WADE IN FLOODWATER



Be alert and stay safe, everyone! Let's work and pray together for this tempest to quickly pass.


From the Nook,
Dang

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rainy Day Commuter Must Haves


It's been raining most of the long weekend and Labuyo is no ordinary typhoon given its wind speed. Rainy season in my part of the world (sunny Philippines) usually starts in June, but we're not spared from climate change that we get sunny mornings but really wet afternoons and nights lately. Then comes floods, heavy traffic, long lines in the terminal and all sorts of commuter nightmares. Don't fret; instead, be smart and be ready with these rainy day commuter must haves.


1. Umbrella 


This is the number 1, no brainer rule. Every morning, my mom tirelessly asks me if I have my umbrella with me. It should be a bag staple because you need it, rainy or not, period. I know people in High School who thinks bringing umbrella is so not cool. Wait 'til they're soaking wet, and let's decide who looks cool now. Tip: Don't scrimp. Buy a good quality one that will last the summer heat and windy/rainy days. 

2. Jackets/Hoodies

We should dress appropriately any day, but most especially on rainy days. Be ready with freezing AC in the office, or the shuttle air con blasting on your face with some extra fabric. There are lots of stylish and office-appropriate cardigans and dressy jackets, or you can play with layering and colorful scarves, too. If you're feeling extra playful, check out these cute Happy Hoodies, though make sure you wear it during dress downs and no-client-interface days. :D

Photo from Happy Hoodies Philippines

3. Hand Sanitizer/Disinfectant 

Don't compromise your health and safety during rainy season. It's the time of the year when virus and other disease are easily transmitted. Aside from your daily dose of vitamins (I take 500-1000mg Vitamin C everyday), be sure to have a hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant in your purse all the time. Commuters are especially exposed to germs and viruses in public transportation like shuttles, trains and buses so it's always best to spray some disinfectant every time you handle money (fare), hand rails, MRT posts, etc. Of course, wash your hands with soap and water AS SOON as you get the chance. 

I prefer using alcohol that has moisturizers to prevent skin dryness and peeling. The new Rhea alcohol has moisturizers and smells like baby cologne! :)

4. Jelly Flats 

Don't you hate it when rain ruins your favorite shoes? I've been a victim of this several times, and I don't want to waste any more of my babies shoes, so I bought some pretty Jelly Flats from SM Department Store. It's soft and comfy and most of all, super affordable at only Php 300.00. This is a lot better, prettier (and safer) than changing to rubber slippers when commuting.




5. Rain Boots 

It's signal number 2 and you still need to work. It s*cks, I know. But make your day a bit better and warmer with some funky rain boots. It's always good to know that you're protected in case you have no choice but wade on filthy water.




6. Overnight Kit 

Last but not the least, be ready with an overnight kit. There are days when it's wiser and safer to stay overnight in the office or a friend's place than braving the traffic, flood and heavy rains going home. I work in Makati and live in the "province" of Las Pinas, so I keep a kit with all my essentials to at least survive a night away from home. 

The content of your kit depends on you, but bare minimum are travel sized toiletries, disposable undies, extra shirt/dress and phone charger to let your family know that you're safe. Save important numbers and emergency lines on your phone book, too.

I hope you picked up a thing or two. Stay safe and dry, everyone!

From the Nook, 
Dang

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Enchanted Island of Siquijor


I visited Dumaguete to try my luck and find a pawikan in their natural habitat in Apo Island. No matter how tempting swimming with the butandings (whaleshark) may sound, I did my homework and learned about the negative effects of this tourism to the lives and natural habits of these gentle marine creatures. (They become dependent on feeding and eventually weaken their hunting abilities, associate all boats to feeding time, hence they get too close and injure themselves with propellers etc.) So I packed my bags, bought new water pouches and snorkel and booked a day trip to Apo Island. Unfortunately, the skies didn't agree with me (again). The hostel's weekend trip to the island was cancelled due to heavy rains and thunderstorms. On my second day in Dumaguete, I made a call and went ahead with plan B: stop whining, jump on a ferry and visit Siquijor.

Siquijor is a small island province located in the Central Visayas Region. This island has long been labeled as a land of witchcraft and sorcery, featured in several Pinoy horror movies. Others may find this scary, but I personally think it adds to the character and charm of the province. I spent two days in the island, and it felt like being transported to a different era where the roads are huge and almost always empty, most business (meaning sari-sari stores and few, small food places) close at seven or eight and crabs, not stray cats, cross the streets. I loved it!

Here are my journal notes from my #SiquijorChronicles. If you're on the lookout for pristine beaches, rich marine life and want to escape the noisy city life, this is the place for you.




Going to Siquijor from Dumaguete City is a breeze. There are numerous fast crafts traveling to and from daily with trips as early as 5am to as late as 7pm. You can check the schedules HERE, but they change the schedules sometimes so best to check from the pier. Dumaguete pier is right in the heart of the city along the Rizal Boulevard so it's easy to find. There are several fast crafts but I prefer Ocean Jet because they have newer, bigger boats. Fare is about Php 160.00/person/way.  There are fast crafts and RORO from Cebu, Bohol and other provinces, too.

We arrived at Siquijor port in less than an hour, and boy, the waters in the pier is already so blue and sparkling clear, I had to fight the urge to jump!

The best way to wander around Siquijor is via motorbike. There's few public transportation available other than tricycles which can rip you off. It's better to rent a scooter for Php 300/day if you know how to drive. Unlike in Dumaguete where they will ask for your license and wearing helmet is a must, the folks here are very "relaxed". But be responsible and make sure to be always on the legal and safe side.




We took this short cut from the town of Larena to Maria, in search of the famed Salagdoong beach. The road goes through steep mountains and ravines so be extra careful, but it's rustic and extremely beautiful and definitely worth the shot.  





Siquijor island is pretty small and you can actually drive around the whole island in a day. Beach hopping is also very easy. Just be ready to be a "cowboy" since there are only few decent facilities in their public beaches like Salagdoong in Maria (above). They also have man-made slides and platforms for cliff diving, though I prefer if they leave the rock formations alone. It's beautiful as is!

We had to drive wet (and got dried) on our way to the next beach. It's cold, I got wind burns and my hair's a mess, but hell, it's fun! So loosen up a bit and leave your worldly cares behind. ;-)   

Siquijor also boasts of very rich marine sanctuaries and dive sites in almost every town. So for licensed scuba divers, you might want to keep Siquijor in your list.



If you're into history and culture, visit the old church and bell tower of St. Francis de Assisi right in front of Siquijor port. They also have the massive convent and St. Isidore de Labrador Church in Lazi.

I didn't have enough time to go spelunking or visit the old enchanted Balete tree but I guess these are good reasons to go back.

Since we're also feeling a bit romantic, we went to Coco Grove Beach Resort in San Juan, one of the more luxurious resorts in the island and capped the day with a candle light dinner by the beach. It was a good night talking about colors, the other side of the world and the years to come.


With my favorite travel buddy, J. 


 
That was a long post! Thinking about this trip gets me giddy already. I can't wait for my next adventure. Come explore the Philippines. Happy traveling! :)

From the Nook,
Dang

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Give your mane a healthy break


As much as I like using all-natural and organic products all the time, there are instances when only commercial or medical grade products can do the job. Such is the case with my hair. It's always been nice and healthy, but I do get occasional bouts with dandruff and hair fall. Dandruff which is due to my hyperactive oil glands and hair fall which is from stress, chemical exposure and weird enough, change of temperature, fully aware that Philippines only have hot and hotter weather. 

It's been another round of hair fall problems the past months and a good look at my hair care habits and I isolated the possible root cause: 

1. Hair dye 
2. Strong shampoo
 
Just in the nick of time, my best friend messaged me on Facebook asking if I'll be interested to join a blogger engagement with Human Heart Nature (HHN). Since I've been an organic products fan, and HHN user, too, I happily accepted the invitation. Through the lovely girls of HHN (Hello, Rebi and Lyra!), I got reintroduced to their new and improved version of their all-natural shampoo and conditioner. I tried a different variant ages ago, which I didn't felt hiyang because it caused me dandruff. But I kept my hopes high for this one. The new, nicer packaging didn't hurt either.

I tried the HHN Lush Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and here are my observations:

Yum as candy! :)

LIKES:
  •  Made from all natural ingredients. Trust me, I read labels over and over again.I appreciate how they include info on where they derived the ingredients i.e. derived from rice, corn, coconut
  • No harmful chemicals like SLS/SLES or parabens
  • Gentle on human skin and hair, better for the environment as it's 100% biodegradable 
  • Cruelty free -- meaning, no animal product or testing 
  • Smells sweet, making shampooing a more pleasurable, sensorial experience rather than just a normal routine
  • The conditioner did a great job in softening and smoothening my hair. I had no trouble combing after bath
  • Soothes my scalp
  • Lessened my hair fall a bit 
  • Affordable, as low as Php 44.00 for the 50ml bottle
  • Proudly Pinoy made

DISLIKES
  • The sweet, candy-like smell may not appeal to all, and scent doesn't last all day 
  • The shampoo doesn't lather well so don't expect bubbles that you get from commercial brand
  • Maybe best to have a more squeezable bottle especially for the conditioner 

The HHN Lush Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are really meant to work best together, like one can't do without the other. Personally, it's the perfect break for my hair, a breathing time from all the harsh chemicals I get from non-organic products. It's great as clarifying shampoo and conditioner which I look forward to use every weekend. It feels like strip down-chemicals-from-my-hair kind of spa. :)

Patronize Pinoy products and visit their website for more information. 

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone! Thanks for visiting my site. :)


From the Nook,
Dang 

*Products were provided to the author for review



Monday, July 22, 2013

What I Learned Today: Living out of a Bag and Surrounded by Good People




Emotional roller coaster is an understatement. I was in a turmoil over strings of grown up problems, baggage and compromised values. It felt like the movies, where people and relationships break apart before your very eyes. Only this time, it was I on the lead role. I packed my bags and decided on giving up the code I've always been keen about: Family. 

But the Big Man above has other plans. I've always considered myself blessed being surrounded by family and friends, but I only get to realize the extent of this in times when I reach the dead end. It doesn't happen very often, but it does. And life has a funny way of hurting you in the right places, of putting out all the positive sense you've mustered through the years. But somehow, I ended up in the company of good people. People with undeniable wisdom and (family) values indicative of their calibre. I felt weak and vulnerable, but I didn't mind. I was humbled. It actually felt good. 

To all the people who pointed me to the right directions, who went out of their comfort zones and told me what I needed (and not wanted) to hear straight to my face, THANK YOU. You know who you are. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Why You Should Always Remove Your Makeup Before Bedtime

During a an out of town trip with my younger cousins, I was surprised to see them go to bed without removing their makeup. It was a long day of beach bumming and partying so I guess they were simply too tired to go over the whole shebang of removing makeup, cleansing, toning and moisturizing their faces. Lucky for them because they're blessed with really nice skin, which they really have to take care of BTW. Not so lucky for me because I can never go to bed without cleansing my face at the very least. Not only do I feel gross going to bed without washing away the oil and dirt that accumulated the whole day, but also because my skin is sensitive and acne-prone that I would probably be counting pimples the next day. Boo.

So, being the big ate, I scolded them the next day, and like a true blue beauty geek, lectured them on the importance of removing makeup and the basic cleanse-tone-moisturize ritual. Here's why you should always, always remove your makeup before sleeping.

  • Removing makeup and cleansing your face before bedtime will freshen your skin and allow it to breathe and detoxify.
  • Our body naturally regenerates while we sleep. Our skin renews itself by shedding dead skin cells. Cleansing your face will help this natural process
  • Makeup can clog your pores if not removed properly, causing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
  • Aside from breaking out, your skin can also get nasty infections from bacteria buildup
  • Eye mascara, when not removed properly, may cause lash breakage, or worse, eye infections
  • You don't want your makeup all over your pillow, don't you?
  • Lastly, it feels nicer and more relaxing to sleep with a fresh, clean face 


  Tips on removing your makeup and cleansing your skin:
  • Use oil based makeup removers for waterproof makeup (mascaras, eyeliners, lipstick) I personally tried L'Oreal Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover, Maybelline Makeup Remover (both a combination of clear and blue liquid ), Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils and Celeteque Anti-Wrinkle Cleansing Oil. All of the above works pretty nicely, but my favorite is still Shu. :) If you're on the budget, baby oil can do the trick. 
  • It's best to wash or rinse your face with warm water after using makeup removers. It will wash away traces of oil and freshen and hydrate your skin.
  • Don't rub too hard especially on the eye area as this can cause wrinkles. Rub your face with cotton or wash cloth in gentle, circular motion. 
  • After cleansing, apply your favorite toner and moisturizer to condition your pores and lock in moisture. You can use special treatment products like anti-aging or whitening serums before moisturizing. 
  • Lastly, make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep to give your skin ample time to rest and renew!



My current makeup remover is Celeteque Anti-wrinkle Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Oil. It does the job of removing stubborn makeup, but I can't afford not to wash it off with soap and water nor use it as leave on because I find this ultra rich for my already oily skin. 


  
Almost clean. After this, I proceed with washing my face with Acne Aid soap, toning with Human Heart Nature Tomato toner, applying L'Oreal Youth Code Serum or Celeteque Anti-Aging Capsules and finishing off with Human Heart Nature Sunflower Oil. Who says it's easy to be a girl?



I'd rather see all of the dirt and makeup on cotton pads than my pillow. To think I was only wearing very light makeup that day.
Make removing makeup a daily habit, okay? Better safe and clean than sorry and pimply. ;-) TGIF!

From the Nook,
Dang