October BDJBOX – Skin Savers

This is the BDJ Box that welcomed me when I got back from a wonderful weekend with the Lord.  2 BOXES!  And since I was away for a while even to the tech world, I totally have no idea what Octobter BDJ Box included.  Ta-da!  One whole box for Dial and one huge box of BDJ goodies. 😀  I really recommend to you subscribing to this beauty box, if you’re in the Philippines.

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Looking Forward

Things I look forward to this month:
  1. The Starbucks 2015 Planner – nothing WOW but … a chalk pen?! I waaaant!
  2. The November BDJ Box.  This preview looks kinda familiar… Will I benefit from this? 😉
  3. The ECHO! 😀 Of course! Anything that can take me away from my crosses! Ha ha ha! Seriously, looking forward to a wonderful time with the Lord and hoping that our hearts (every single one present on that weekend) will be opened by God and that His Word will penetrate each one of us.
  4. Bonifacio Day Sale! I was at first looking forward to this weekend’s sale but then again, I checked my budget and I have to tighten my belt and “not grieve the Holy Spirit” so even when everything’s on sale this weekend – I have to fight the temptation.
Things I look forward to this December:
  1. Tim Ho Wan North Edsa opening on December 15!
  2. CHRISTMAS! 😀 Well, the Spirit of Christmas in people I meet – it’s just magical how when it’s Christmas, people are kinder, more considerate and more cheerful.  I look forward to that.
  3. Wrapping presents – I do miss doing crafts, it’s been a while.  I have stuff to work on for now so … December, I will be back on those stamps, papers and scissors! 🙂
  4. Holiday meals/get together – always a lover of good food and good company.

How about you? What are you looking forward to? 🙂  It’s nice to have things/events to look forward to – makes one grounded and motivated.  Always remember, hope is good fuel for the soul.  False hope, on the other hand, is bad for the spiritual health.  Keep in touch with God and He will send you the TRUE HOPE that we need. 😀

Hey – Ya!

It’s been a while – writing.  I haven’t written much at all, and even read that much.  This week went by like a haze as I have to go through task after task at work and after work.  And to make things more challenging, I got a bad cold!  Yet, I praise and thank God I got through the week – accomplished and sane. 😛  I will go back to writing down thoughts and inspirations this week – MUST! 🙂

Towards the end of October, I spent a lovely weekend on a 3-day retreat with wonderful people to listen to the amazing and strong word of God.  I rested – literally and figuratively.  And it’s nice that it’s somewhere away from the metropolis where the air is fresh and a little cooler.  This is also the first time I joined this retreat so I was really excited and looking forward to it.  And as always, God never ever disappoints, not that it mattered to Him but you get the drift – I’m always in awe of what He does for me.  And to cap off that weekend, I got my October BDJ Box when I got back home!!! 😀  (to be posted hopefully soon!)

The following weekend is when I got the bad cold, partly out of fatigue at work (my paper works seem to pile up each day even when I’m addressing them double time!) and the change in weather.  There wasn’t much time for rest either as we went to the cemetery that weekend to remember the dead on the 1st of November.  Aside from that, I was having a hate hate Continue reading

Confession of a Make-Up Shopaholic

Powders and lippies, giggles and swearing with the pinkies… A girl will always be a girl.  ☺

I may have down played the role of make-ups in my life.  Well, my face never shouted “MAKE UP” anyway because I seldom use them but I have a certain fondness for them.  I love checking their packaging and sampling them; and going through the ingredients, shades and textures.  There lies my predicament.  I would often end up buying a powder or a lippie or a blush (in their retail size) and use it once or twice and then leave them to expire.  So it’s really a delight for me to find these beauty boxes which supply you samples of cosmetics as well as skin and body care products!  I subscribed to BDJ beauty box for starter and let’s see how it goes.  I look forward to the make-up samples but I am more excited for the skin care samples; I’m kinda vain in that department. ((:

Skin care is a must.  Make-up, on the other hand, is not.  It’s like the side dish to a main course, you can either have it or not and your tummy won’t really make a big deal of it.  You know the sense of gratification you get when you use up a pen to its last drop of ink? I never felt that with a pressed powder, a lippie or a concealer, cos I rarely use them before they expire!  

It has taken me some years of failing my budget and feeling bad for a purchase I do not use for me to realize enough is enough.  No more buying all shades of lippies just because I want the colors (they really look yummy!).  No more purchasing of powder or foundation just because the packaging is lovely or classy.  Yes, I am guilty of those.  Worse is, I do not just go to a drug store/supermarket and purchase them.  I usually get these stuff in Beauty Bar or branded cosmetic and skin care outlets in malls, just imagine the price range.  

With that awareness, I resolve to stick with the basics – cleanse-tone-moisturize; drink lots of water and green tea; eat healthy; get enough sleep; and use products with SPF.   My skin will soon thank me. (:

Okay, I cannot say totally no to make-up so I will keep it simple in the make-up department.  As most girls (if not every) will agree: oil-blotting films or a pressed powder and a colored lip balm/lippie always come in handy in your bag.  Aside from those, I have to have this in my pouch: Happy Skin’s ZZ cream for my monthly acne appearance.  It works impressively in calming, lightening and healing the zit without making my skin red and stingy (para selfie-ready! hahaha).  I have to say, that cream is like a Silmaril in a basket of cosmetics and skin care gems, especially for acne-prone skin. ♥  Note: Does not replace acne medication ointment.  It’s a second-skin/foundation cream for acne-prone skin to help lighten the zit while its ingredients heals it, for day-time use only. 

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I did say I will no longer splurge on make-ups, right?  But on skin care products, it’s a different story.  😉