Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BEAUTY // SKINCARE WISHLIST


Though I do not shop often but if there's a chance, most if there's an occasion involve, I grab and take the opportunity to cross some of my list. Having those helps me to prioritize what I REALLY need and refrain from purchasing what I only want. You know, mom thing. But in some occasion, there's an excuse and I also grab to have some in the want list, too. And when that happens, you know the feeling, right?😊😘


I want to share some of my current wishlist, and some that I already purchase that makes me giddy.I sort this post to two categories, Skincare and Cosmetics. Mixing them both will lay your eyes to read a long post, huh! So for now let me first start with Skincare, since for me, having a good canvas is important.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence - After I receive and use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I'm in love. It has a luxurious refreshing minty smell feels like you just come out from a nice soothing facial spa. Now I can't wait to try the other varieties, but first let me start with the Vino Perfect Brightening Essence. I'm hooked with anything that makes skin luminous and can help brighten dark spots. Bonus part that it can also help plump the skin, too. I have this thing that whenever I fall for the product, then I fall for the brand too. It's like a start of a new relationship, a new addiction, and for some of you who know me, knows this will happen, right?😊😬

Estelle & Thild Super Bioactive Lifting Eye Serum - For a time I'm longing to try this product, there's something about it that I'm intrigued.  Maybe because any words that promise lifting ring a bell on me right now, ha ha ha! This will be a next purchase to try, though I still love the effect on me of the Laneige perfect Renew Eye Cream. But in most time, if there's something you can't get out of your head, then you need to go with it, right? This is what I feel about the Estelle & Thild lifting Eye Serum.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multi- Action Night Cream - I have tried and tested this product as a gift with purchase and love the immediate result on me after days of use. The only downside is, it cost too much that I need to have a good reason to buy it so I won't feel the guilt. But I know, it's a pot of gold that my skin will thank me. Including  Lancome Tonique Radiance that will looks like a good combo. I hope hubby is not too busy to read this post hahaha. Hint. Hint.😝🎁

Laneige Perfect Renew Emulsion - I'm not new to this brand and without a fail I consistently replenish and repurchase skincare from their brand. So another on the wishlist is the Emulsion that I have not tried yet but I know will have a good result and Firming Sleeping Mask  is included in the list too. My current sleeping mask run low by now and I love the result that it's a need to repurchase that I can't live without. 

Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum - Oh this product is, DIVINE!! I have emptied two bottles way back and I can't forget how the effect is true to the description! How I wish Luxola, now Sephora Philippines could cater again this brand. It's another brand that I call a gold in a bottle.  And If there's a chance,  I know this brand is truly an addicting one!

The Body Shop Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil - I have been loyal to this brand through and through. I love anything that I've tried and it does wonder to my dry - combination skin. But I have this trait of only buying what I already tried and replenish what I only needed. Same with  their Shea Hand Cream and a favorite Olive Shower Gel that are all good for my dry type skin. Then the SA  gave me a sample from their Oils of Life line and got intrigued about one of the Spa of the World product which is the Lime firming oil from near shelf. I can't wait to try this product!


What kind of  skincare do you have now  in your wishlist? Does some of the list above ring a bell on you? Or have you already try one or more from the list? what"s your thoughts about it?







Sunday, February 4, 2018

FLOWERS, LOVE AND A TOUCH OF PINK


Hello! We are now in February month and in less than two weeks away we will be celebrating Valentine's day. Are you the type of person who makes big on that day? And, why does days come so fast, no? 

Before I knew it, my eight years old daughter reminded me that we should have a date this month. Then also asked me why does people celebrate Valentine's day. A start of a pretty conversation for both of us, to her most. Sometimes somebody need to be reminded that there's occasion to be celebrate. Sometimes, I forgot to think about this, maybe because I've age? or maybe I've already passed on this phase? I don't know. But one thing I'm sure off, that since I become busy taking care of my family, ( which I love to do, don't get me wrong on that. ) I never thought of what day is or what day or months are needed to be celebrate. Maybe because I'm too much engaged on what I've been doing on a daily basis and it's not that I'm not excited anymore as before. But, I just get loss on track ha ha ha! I also come to think that I forgot about it since I have learned how to celebrate life on a day to day basis, in my own little way,  big or small. 

But, wait! Maybe excluded to what celebration I loose tracks are ; birthdays, Christmas and Lent since these are the seasons that I have always looking forward to come ever since. But since my daughter reminded me, I want to take this chance to catch up with old friends that I have never seen for long and celebrate with them, too. I hope it will push through though.


Speaking of inspiration, how do you make your day inspiring? To perk you up most when you woke up feeling gloomy and heavy? My day like should start, if not, should compose of looking at the sunrise from my window, sipping coffee place in a pretty mug or cup, stretching or Pilates, a moment with my pocket garden watering, while hearing the birds chirping. And, some quiet time just to reconcile with my thoughts, helps too.



Maybe there's some explanation why seeing beautiful and pretty things transforms ones mood to become lively or inspiring. Do you think so, too? Like a person looking at pretty things. Mine is just staring on my plants with some pink and white flowers over it or simply looking at the greenery if flowers are not in bloom. Or, just looking at my cupboard with the colorful mugs and cups line on it while finishing my morning cuppa. It's the little things that make me smile and a few reasons to perk me up. What about you? What are the things that inspires you to go through your day?


Speaking of pretty things, for all dainty cups and mugs lovers out there, this is your chance to grab a piece or a set in your wishlist without breaking off the bank! You can view the collection on sale here and enjoy fifty ( 50 ) percent off! Now, until February 22, without a need for a promo code!😍 Enjoy shopping and hope to grab one for me, too! Happiness overloadπŸ’“☕️

Thanks for dropping by.

Till then,
Angie

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WELL, HELLO!



A couple of months ago made me busy like a queen bee celebrating and soaking on holidays, and who doesn't? But a continuation of it was made up to this month, until the last drop of it, birthdays, anniversary and the like. Been almost drain as a mom, but in a good way, of course.

As always, though there are hard days and hard times, it's important we know that our heart is full on what we do to survive, right? And when we do that,  taking a step back and rest for a while is all we need to replenish our strength and renew our energy, then we can come out as a new person again, ready to take all the challenges. I believe it's only on a matter of attitude on how we deal with our day to day living.

But to sum out, being grateful should be the first thing to do. As I always tell to myself whenever I experience difficulties, there's somebody out there having difficult moments to strive and survive their life with, rather than I do. And the first thing to do is to appreciate little moments and little victories and to live with it, through that I can keep myself grounded,  It's also important to have a relationship with Him and pray, not only for ourselves and with our own intentions but for others, too. Then when time comes that we receive a blessing, we should be grateful, somehow our prayers was granted because somebody also do that for us. I always believe in the power of the prayer warriors.


Mom life is hard but it's a sweet, rewarding and fulfilling life. Not everyone was given a chance to experience the miracle of having one. So for all of us that are already given the chance should celebrate each day with our children and for those who are still longing, i've been there and know how it feels, but don't loose hope, time will come that you will be bless and cuddle with one.We as moms have our ups and downs but we should celebrate each day to be on it even though there are days that we felt guilty, asking ourselves if we are worthy, but through that insights we are mold to be the better person and a good version of ourselves. In this digital world that almost all moms seek their own tribe and out to help one another, to be an inspiration to each other, so sharing experiences can help others to survive motherhood with all the branches of it that embodies.Maybe one could overcome the same path that you have gone through in your life through sharing and commenting, if not, atleast as a guideline to others. As we have different path of mothering and or parenting but our goal and our heart are all the same with the love that we all endure for our children. 

Sharing a positive morning to each of you. 

And I hope to come out on a new blog post the soonest possible time. For a more updated post you can reach me on instagram with username: audrina_julia.


Happy almost weekend to all!


Hugs,
Angie

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MOTHERHOOD // AN AFTERNOON OF SANCTUARY


Is it normal for you to have spiritual activities the way you long for physical rejuvenation? To renew strength and to go on with day life? Or do you already have that balance? If none yet,  what particular practice do you engage in to achieve that or have you already started?

Motherhood is an expression of gratefulness and pure joy but accompanies a tough responsibilities to raise a good and responsible human beings. If this is your mothering goal, I applause you. Even in studies, they said that: Family is the small section of the community, and if there are harmonious relationship within the family, chances are the children raise in that kind of environment have a higher chance to live in a normal and peaceful life. 


But in doing so, parents and us, mothers should embrace that responsibility from the start  to raise a responsible and discipline kid. A family that always there to support is one of the good foundation wherein children must be guided with good values. This is an open topic for all, where in we could help, learn and relate to each other. Implementing values most especially discipline, for that word alone is a hard job i know, aside from all of us are in the different kind of mothering platform. But I know in our hearts we are loving and responsible in our own way, and we could surpass all the challenges and struggles hand in hand. 


Last week I came out from a good massage and I know my physical self thank me so much for doing so. Sometimes when routine and multi- tasking sinks in your system, it's a cycle that only stops when your body became less functional. In my case, I became less focus and it's hard for me to become the best version of myself. Then whenever I feel that way I know, it's time to pause and take a break. How do you deal with this kind of moments at your end? 

But there are times....

Even if I nurture my physical body, there's a portion of me that is left hollow that feels I'm still drain. It's not that I'm lost, rather I want some spiritual nourishment that I want to fill. Sometimes physical rejuvenation helps but combining it with spiritual growth is much better. That's when I know I needed spiritual guidance. Yes, I pray, a lot. I also read gospels but that is something I do on my own. This time I'm longing to hear something from others the way I always looking forward to hear Sunday gospel. 

And very timely, a few days ago I joined a Recollection. This is a topic on how to strengthen the values of individual with the help of surrounding community, school and family. Parenting lies so much importance in nurturing a responsible individual and we also engage in topics how parents especially mothers should learn to equally balance her TIME to avoid future cause of problems and anxiety. And that, I want to share with you. It says that; To strenthen the family our TIME should be EQUALLY divided to four parts; Within OURSELVES, our SPOUSE,  our CHILDREN and our NEEDS. There's no way the other should weigh more than the rest or the family and our relationship to each other will collide, so each should get an equal fair of time to fulfill the balance. 

I learned so much with an afternoon stay with a celebration of mass to end the day, I left the room like a brand new person with new understandings to incorporate in our daily living. And also, it's very empowering  to hear that some of your daily doings are set on the right foot. Are you too have the feelings of guilt in raising your children? The questions am I doing enough? Am I not too strict or too lenient? Am I raising a positive and well mannered individual? Some nerve wrecking questions lies in my mind that put anxiety to say the least, most especially to the violence we have in our society at the moment. 

Life is a continuous learning process as well as parenting no? And in what ever platform we are at right now in our lives, knowledge and understanding is always the key to brighten up, to deal with daily endeavor so we can surpass day life challenges. 

What I experienced from the Recollection is very helpful and empowering. I know this will not be the last I will attend to those kind of spiritual session as it can help a lot to renew sanity. It also reminds me of the time we are in our primary and secondary year that the school held Recollection for all the students. It helps a lot to build communication and relationship with Him at a young age. Did you ever try to attend Recollection? How does it help you as a person?

I will end this very long post of mine with giving you a positive thoughts and energy that we could do all thing by His help. I pray that we can able to grow a beautiful human spirit to spread LOVE and KINDNESS throughout the world. 



Love,
Angie 






Thursday, September 28, 2017

BEAUTY // COSMETIC ESSENTIALS


"Knowing what you want exempt a person from all the pressure. Fashion and trend come and go, to have a personal style is a classic."



Cosmetics world. Make up. The second thing I enjoy applying on my face aside from skincare lately, but it all started in a bit far timeline. Lipstick and blush, a personal favorite.

While I started  taking care of my skin in early years, this lady is a late bloomer to explore and admire make up line. If I remember it right I'm in my early 30's when the fascination in the cosmetics world started. Flashback when I started working in my 20's,  I just only use lipstick to have a certain pop of color and refrain from not having a pale look, the dark shade that time is my pick and become my look for years and even typecast me with the tag; the chinky eyes with the dark lipstick.πŸ˜‚ Later on, I explore more colors and became a regular usage of pink shade and added pink with purple undertones through times.


Then in just a snap while in the beauty section looking for a gift, my feet leads me to mac counter, testing lipstick and before I knew it I already purchase a travel size brushes and a blush in pinch o' peach shade. So this time the chinky eye lady learn to put color on her face aside from a glide of lipstick to finish her look.


And that's the start of my admiration to blushes. You know the term there's no such thing as too much blushes? It's a perfect caption for me, good thing I can able to control myself in making purchases. Sometimes you need to close your eyes so that you can control the urge to spend and mindset yourself that I don't need this, I have enough!!πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ ( Says no one everπŸ˜‚πŸ˜) 

For now I find time to use blush on a first in first out basis, though there are days I can't control and dig up new one. I learned to put note on dates for expiry reasons to avoid skin irritations. Do you? For all the make up lovers out there that seems to purchase in a weekly basis😳 I'm curious to know, how well did you manage taking notes and letting go of the item even though it looks like new and not even hitting off the pan? 



So at this time even though it's a continuous effort to learn new tricks and techniques from make up gurus and beauty bloggers, but it's fun and I enjoy it. And I appreciate the fact that it's the different side of me, my personality that I nurture aside from being a mother. It's the little things that makes me happy. A personal matter, the girl in me, an added things that makes me in a positive thought whenever I pause the button and breath from a busy day. It's something that makes me smile and lift my moral even more, to look good and to feel good.



So mama's, what other personal matters that give you light and bring out the girl in you that help to surround yourself with all the possibility in terms of beauty and fashion?




*All thoughts about the blushes featured can be read in my Instagram post.






Thursday, September 21, 2017

WHAT WEEKEND BRINGS // LIFE LATELY


Hello, hello! Happy almost October month to all. How's life at you end lately? Here is a bit tad crazy and busy for the last few weeks. This mama lady is always looking forward for the weekend to breath and to have a lovely moment with the family and the husband. And who doesn't, no? Did you notice how weekend brings so much joy to our lives? It's a breath of fresh air with the family, in a different way if you feel the same way too.


Though life is a bit blur and a roller coaster ride for the last few weeks, I feel grateful that life gives consideration to balance things out. I appreciate the last two weeks that we had an out of town, braving traffic to escape, to have fun and release some tension. It's always therapeutic just to be carefree and to worry less, to enjoy and just laugh. Though it's in my personality to think hard and be serious even  in the little matters of life,  mostly I find it as an advantage and taking responsibility seriously but sometimes having those kind of traits can be exhausting at the same time. So at this moment I feel grateful to have a husband who makes life easier to handle, marriage is not always perfect, right? And if you think that in  your marriage there is a lot of things to consider beautiful and right than the negative one then  it's time to engage more and invest in it. Remember that in our latter part of life, sooner or later our children will have their own life to live and just like in the beginning it will be two of you who will be there for each other. In moments like these you will appreciate and be thankful to have somebody worthy to be at your side to live the rest of your life with.


Would love to know how does weekend help to rejuvenate you to engage for the coming week?



                                                              Happy Friday!!!



Till then,
Angie





Thursday, August 31, 2017

BEAUTY // WHAT I AM LOVING RIGHT NOW


August is a month of skincare for me. Do I need to jump? Or do I need to dance? No? But that's how I felt every time and I don't think that kind of excitement will die anytime soon. I try to add and replenish bottles that i tried and love, and some new brands that I want to explore more, while others have my hearts beats fast just thinking to put on as an added new regimen. Beauty addict mamas, do you feel that way too?

I think when you hit age 35 and up it's a brand new way to explore new line to support new skincare concern. Though anti aging serums and creams are there which you already have personally, I consider wanting to have at least one or two new items that target concerns like lifting, facial contour, uneven skin tone, and radiance since some of these factors are diminish due to age and some are not covered by my current skincare line. Though healthy diet and exercise affect to the outcome of having good skin. I could probably say that this is the stage were high maintenance in the world of beauty and skincare enters. A must say that anybody who doesn't want to show her real age will probably join the club.πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™ˆ

I tried using a whole line of skincare brand in my early 30's from cleanser down to sunblock and fair to say that the  result doesn't disappoint. The pros is that you can clearly see the ultimate result while the cons is you can easily point out if the product is not for you due to skin sensitivity, blemishes that may occur. But to say, there's so many items in the market that promise the things that you wanted so it goes that some retain in my vanity table while others are being replace by new skincare brands. For now I'm not yet into a point of using array of skincare brand from different line but I'm into a point of becoming overboard to brands that I really like and love.


This month is all about my recent favorites. Thankful that I did not have the chance to waste money on products that does not have good effect on me or irritate my skin while testing. The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution and Buffet Peptide serum which I reviewed here is a good skincare product that I have tried with and have good results on me as day goes by of using it. Mario Badescu Collagen is a good and budget friendly moisturiser that I'm currently using and repurchase and on my second bottle. Next is Sulwhasoo ahh this brand I really want to try a year I think since I learn about this brand. Elated that I got the chance to have one to try, and with all the little samples included with it from facial foam to emulsion. As a first time user of this korean luxury brand by Amore Pacific, I was surprise by the luxe packaging and the scent of the cleansing oil the moment I open and use it. Feels like you are on a spa with the relaxing smell and atmosphere,  a good start for a long good night sleep. I just wish I get the combo instead together with the facial foam. I have picked the cleansing oil since it's not a secret to some that I am fond of using make up nowadays and an avid fan of oil as a make up remover. I just thought now is the time to try something new and after trying out cleansing oil, it only proves one thing that cleansing oil will not be the last item I will get from them. A very satisfied with my usage. Does any of you using their brand? What kind? How is your experience using it so far ? Last but not the least from this month is the Shea body butter from the body shop which I got as a gift that was given to me by my daughter.  A long time favorite of mine since early days that I became a beauty enthusiast. I love how hydrating their body butter is and learn to layer it too on top of the hand cream that I'm currently using. It's one of my go to brand when I needed something for my body, from shower gel, soap, body mist and body butter. And now a daughter of mine is a certified user of this brand too, maybe by her mom influence.

Skincare is my first love on top of make up. It is something that makes me happy and opening a new bottle makes me smile. If I will be given a chance to have a shopping spree I know in my heart, without a doubt, I will be right in front of all the beauty counters that I love or clicking at my favorite online store, who doesn't, right? Love it! How about you, what's the little things that brought you smile?


A heads up to all Sulwhasoo lovers out there! Get two deluxe samples with any online purchase and find their Labor Day Special offer here.

Happy weekend to all.

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