Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Changes and Other Things

I am writing this at around 3am using my daughter's iPad mini because I can't sleep and my phone is charging. Welp, it' been ages since I last wrote about something anyway so why not now?

Let me start by talking about something big that has happened to me recently. I have been employed in this company for a year now and it has been quite an adventure. I did not see it coming that I would learn and experience so much -- all of those useful for my career growth. I've grown comfortable in my current position that I started to wonder what else there is waiting for me outside of this comfort zone? And by God's guidance, I was led to a great opportunity that would probably change a lot of things. I made the jump, applied for this new role, and waited excruciatingly for the results. It was hard enough that I was interviewed by someone so highly respected in our company but also I had to compete with 3 friends for a spot.

Then... I got it. I got the role!

I have just been promoted and I couldn't be happier! There will be a lot of bumps along the way considering that the team's structure is about to change and there's still stuff to learn but I'm ready to take on this new adventure and give it my best as I manage and support my team to live up to our stakeholders' expectations.

Now down to update number 2. My dear daughter successfully completed the Nursery level and is now enrolled in a new school, the best Catholic school in the city. This is where I spent more of my childhood and preteen years -- basically it's like I grew up there. My cherubim also received an award for being active plus earning a place as a top performer in her class! This of course is more than enough for me and my husband. At such a young age, our champion has shown a lot of interest and initiative to study and it just wows us.

Update 3: Singapore was spectacular! I'm still thinking if I need to create a separate post for this topic  as there was just a lot of things that happened there. It was a crazy fun experience that I will never forget. My husband and I were in absolute bliss, seeing our daughter enjoy every minute of our stay.

4th Update: I just started a vegetarian diet at work but I go back to my sinful meaty and rice-filled ways on the weekends. I have also been stuffing myself with crackers, green tea, and yogurt to detoxify and lose weight. Fast food happens once a month -- hey I'm getting there, don't judge. I'm gonna start to wean myself off from meat and rice slowly so my body doesn't go into shock and crash. To be honest, I don't use a weighing scale to see how effective this routine has been so far but I look at how my clothes fit me now. I'm happy to say that I don't feel like a stuffed tamales anymore... We'll, so far. Still gotta work on my self-discipline.

Now onto the 5th and last update of today's post, I'm quite excited about the summer event that's about to happen this month. A beach retreat which sole purpose is to celebrate life away from the stress and pressure of work and just unwind. My mother's side of the family doesn't get to do this often anymore and I am absolutely thrilled that we will get to do this again, and on my grandfather's birthday too!

I'm out of ideas so I think it's time to say good mornight. I have a birthday lunch to go to and ride miles to work after that so I'm expecting myself to be on full zombie mode tomorrow. I will probably need to raid the office's sleeping quarters -- forgive me, I know I just got promoted. ;P



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Revlon Photoready Foundation : The Most Honest Review Ever

So our company's year end party just happened and believe it or not, it took me a few weeks of relentless research (aka google-ing) to find the most affordable but quality make-up I can use/wear for a night of partying.

I ended up with this look:


It took my 4 hours to prepare for this party but please don't judge me. If you like this look, then read on. Ladies, this is not a blog that talks about overrated signature makeup brands. I'm here to create an honest and realistic review about makeup that I used and most of them you can buy almost anywhere. Besides, working moms like myself don't go out that much so why spend a ton of money on stuff you won't even wear everyday?

Now I want to give you a quick review about each product except for the white eyeliner pencil which brand faded out, but I will mainly focus on the Revlon foundation last. Here's the rundown of my make up that night:

Lipsticks

- Ever Bilena pink flame - Here in the Philippines, EB is considered as one of the more low-end cosmetic brands but honestly this lipstick is its bestseller. The Pink Flame and Off Beat Pink shades are dandy. Why did I use this that night? Because of its staying power. I applied it under my glossy lipstick (stated below) to make the color a little pinker and to help make it last a whole lot longer. Con - Could make your lips a bit dry if applied alone.

- Mac in creme cup - This lipstick is a little to expensive for a mom like me but it is definitely worth the money. It is glossy and creamy but its staying power is amazing. Its light shade is perfect for my dark smokey eyes. Con - Like I said, it is a tad pricey and not always available at your nearest mall.

Blush and Bronzer - Eyes.Lips.Face (ELF) shade: St. Lucia - I have been looking everywhere for a blush/bronzer compact and this is the only one I came across at the local mall. If you like a dewy look, this is the perfect blush, plus the shade of the bronzer is so natural is applied lightly and just at the right hallows of your face (like at the sides of your cheekbones). It gave my face just the right definition without being too overpowering. Con - Not too many shades available. And if you don't like shimmer on your face, there is an ELF blush/bronzer in cream form you can try at the same price. Also, it does not come with a brush. Why! I had to buy a separate ELF angled blush brush to use this product. I also applied the bronze color to contour my nose using my blending brush.

Eyes.Lips.Face concealer stick, shade: Light Beige -Honestly I did not know that I chose a lighter shade than the usual Apricot Beige that I use because there is little difference. Light Beige is lighter but it still blends easily on the skin. I like to apply this under my eyes and it's very effective in getting rid of dark circles in acne scars. Con - staying power depends on your skin type. Mine is oily/combination so it creases and fades after a few hours.

Maybelline eyeliner gel - If I were to rate this product it would be 10/10! The brush size is just right and the bristles don't fall off. It glides on your eyes smoothly and shaping a cat-eye has never been easier. The gel doesn't harden in the glass container even if left opened for several minutes but when you apply it on your eyes, it sets fairly quickly! The black shade is bold and can make anyone's eyes stand out. Con - The only thing that's missing is a container for the brush.

Maybelline Falsies mascara - I've been using this for so many years now. I coated my false lashes and my natural lashes with this to better blend them together.

Eyes.Lips.Face cream eyeshadow grey black duo - Chose this one because I knew they would blend easily to create an easy but sultry smokey eye that looks airbrushed. And yes, it ended up looking like that! I did not need an applicator to apply it on my eyes (never estimate the ring fingertip!) but I did use an ELF blending brush to get rid of creases. I used my concealer under this one as a primer.

Maybelline powder foundation in nude beige - I used this in a very small amount and very lightly that night to get rid of oily patches during the party (it has high SPF and can make my face super ghastly white) but I also used a teeny weeny amount to set my eyeshadow (to prevent from creasing). This is actually my everyday go-t- powder and the coverage is just like a foundation's - meaning it's ready good. Con - Your face could look a bit dry if not moisturized.

Mac rapidblack eyeliner pen - This is a pointy, easy to use, eyeliner pen. Remember those color pens back in grade school? Kind of like that but pointier and it's made for the eyes. This is great when shaping the outline of your cat-eye effect. It's also very black but not advisable to glide over cream eyeshadow.

Nichido black-brown eyeliner pencil - Another cheap but good find! I've been using this brand as an eyeliner for years. It's creamy and applies on your eyes/eyebrows easily. Con - I wish they had a black-gray shade for a more natural looking brow.

White eyeliner -  the brand faded out so I have no idea what brand it is. But the general idea is, putting a white eyeliner on your waterline can really make your eyes look more lively and bigger.

False lashes - Nichido natural + Nichido lash adhesive - These are products I'm very pleased about. Before I bought them I couldn't find a single review on Nichido lashes. So, I made the jump and  bought them separately because unfortunately there glue doesn't come with them. But these products stay true to their promise. I cut them to match the width of my lids, spread the glue on their edges, stuck them on my eyes for a few seconds and I was set. All night I didn't feel like I was wearing fake lashes and they did not peel or fall off!

And now for the base...

Revlon Photoready Foundation - I'm going to try and make it as simple and as honest as I can. This foundation has been forever compared to Revlon Colorstay but I chose this one because:

Pros:
under white light, no flash

- They say that it doesn't come in a lot of shades but come on. Are you that choosy? The saleslady was able to find the right shade for me in 4 tests. There's a variety of shades and it's not just limited to three, people. I look okay in Shell. (She says I'm a Buff for Colorstay).
- Staying power is great. I can work for 7-8 hours without a single touch-up.
- Coverage is light to medium.
- Packaging is sanitary and neat. It has a plastic pump and a glass bottle! Compared to Colorstay that just just has a big round opening. With Photoready you can easily control how much product you want to squeeze out of the bottle.
- No chemical/paint smell, unlike Colorstay.
- Thinner in consistency which is perfect for everyday wear and can be easily applied even with your fingers.
- The dewy finish on my face gives off a healthy look.

Now because there are always two sides to every story...

Cons:
top left photo is the only one without flash

- Coverage is buildable as mentioned above but if you need full coverage there is a possibility for it to look unnatural. To better cover acne scars, use a good concealer stick under medium Photoready foundation coverage.
- Glitters. It is full of glitters. During daytime it is barely noticeable but one of my major regrets about this foundation is it is NOT for night wear. I repeat, DO NOT WEAR THIS IF YOU'RE GOING OUT AT NIGHT AND YOU WILL BE TAKING PICTURES OF YOURSELF. I have proven this to be true. Surely it depends on the amount of light, your skin tone, and the environment itself but trust me - the glitters bounce back the flash of the camera creating a white cast on your face. I am fair-skinned which might have also contributed to this effect but just to be sure, choose another foundation for night wear. No other review has mentioned this one important detail so if you're looking for a foundation for a night out with the girls, better stick to Revlon Colorstay which is more matte.

You might say it doesn't look so bad but the thing is, it could have looked more natural. Now if you would ask if I would buy this product again - honestly, YES, but only for daytime wear. Remember to use matte foundation without or low SPF for nighttime.

I hope this review was useful for you and I'm looking forward to reading more reviews about these products.

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Upskilled and Over the Moon

Busy busy busy me!

My work has been great. My manager has been most supportive and has given me two opportunities to help make my career plans happen. I am constantly working with him, my other boss, my colleague in the same level, and my junior colleagues, and I'm happy to say that even my boss's bosses have acknowledged me for what I have achieved so far. I have been upskilled twice in less than a year and I am motivated to keep this momentum going.

Also, I have finally been regularized and I am not putting the perks to waste. My emergency leaves are paid, I get to spend more time with my loved ones, my health is covered, etc. I'm still waiting for some things to happen but as of now I can definitely say I made the right choice to be with this world-renowned company.

Last week, there were free cupcakes with our company's values as toppers. And with what I've gained so far, I felt like this value suited me best. ;)


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Monday, June 10, 2013

First Day of School

I  know I don't write that often anymore, but I just cannot let this pass-- Iaine had her first day of school today!

So to summarize..
Mon-Thurs uniforms and core values
She arrived early and instantly became friends with a classmate. She immediately said byebye to me and her dad, and I take it that she was happy to be there. Jai and I stayed for a while and watched her play, explore her room and speak with her teachers. She participated in the prayer and the body exercises (jumping jacks were her fave!) She stayed well-behaved even though some of her classmates had tantrums. Then class started and the security guard escorted us away, which I completely understood as teaching the children independence. To my disbelief, it was me who had separation anxiety and not my daughter LOL. It was like a hard blow in the head, making me realize that she's really not a baby anymore.. 
her collection of school bags accumulated over time
Few hours zoom past, class ended and it was time to go home. Iaine briefly mentioned that she cried a little because she missed "Momma and Poppa." This is only normal and I am so happy that she was SO brave to face her first day of school on her own. She left the school grounds in a messy uniform, had stories to tell and songs to sing.
Barbie for my baby
Her montessori isn't too far from home and I like the environment. It's not in the hustling-bustling area of the city but it's near the biggest mall in town, the poshest hotel, and one of the biggest private hospitals in the city. It's not polluted and is really easily accessible from home.

Her school itself is also pretty neat. It's a private English-speaking school and the student population isn't as  dense as the others. Sunhill wasn't our first choice and we plan to enroll her in a different school next year, but so far, I like what I'm seeing. :)

I couldn't say it enough-- I'm so proud of my daughter for getting through her first day. I wish I could be the one to take her to school and take her home everyday, but that's one of the sacrifices a working mom has to make. Tuition isn't cheap, fellas! But I really did cherish this experience and I will cherish it forever.

After all, this is only the first day of school, of all the school years to come, in all of my daughter's lifetime...


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Preschool


Hello there!

I feel like I've let myself down. Not blogging about my daughter is like not being interested to let her know how she grew up. I really feel guilty about it, so now I've decided to make time for writing again... yet I'm not sure where to start as she has grown a lot.

First, a quick update about me. I'm now working in one of the busiest central business districts in the country, and the environment is great. It's like an everyday Devil Wears Prada setting, only I couldn't care less about branded stuff.

But enough about me, I'm am back to writing mainly because I am so proud of my daughter. My pride is overflowing. I know every mom says their kid is special, smart, etc., but I kid you not when I say that I am amazed at my child's intelligence. You would not believe that she's only 3 when you talk to her. She expresses her thoughts in clear sentences, using the English and Filipino language. She knows how to count from one up to twenty-something. She sings like a gradeschooler and reenacts TV commercial scripts like an actress. She's tall for her age and more beautiful that I ever was, and her presence lights up anybody's day.

We have decided that it's about time that she started school. We have enrolled her in a private montessori in the city and we were thrilled to know that she was overqualified to be a Nursery student and could've been enrolled for the Kinder 1 program if not for her actual age. We have enrolled her just last week for the and we're in the process of completing her enrollment requirements. This is a huge deal for my husband and I, as we realize that this is the very first of the many school years to come.

Tomorrow I plan to get her ID picture taken and on Monday we're taking her to the school to have her measurements taken for her uniform. We still got a lot to buy for her like her first school shoes, socks, notebooks, pencils, and other school thingamajigs. I remember shopping for baby stuff when I was still pregnant, and right now it feels somewhat like that.. It's gonna be an exciting new phase of my daughter's life and I know she would do her best as a student.

Anyway, I'll try to post about stuff that I didn't write about while I was on a hiatus. And it irks me that  my Lilypie ticker is stuck on my daughter's second birthday. Lol. Stay tuned for more details of past events. Just regular stuff like, you know, Christmas, new year, and her 3rd birthday??

Let me just take a moment to take it in... My baby is now a preschooler!


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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Working Mom

Where do I begin?
As of the moment, my daughter is 3 days shy of being 2 years and 9 months old. Now I can really see how fast she's growing up 'cause I only get to see her on weekends. All the new things she's learned every time I come home to her--- amazing!...