Thursday, August 15, 2019

BEAUTY // LIPSTICK SHADE FOR MEDIUM COMPLEXION WITH YELLOW UNDERTONE



I remember i first used lipstick in the late 90’s, that happens when i already have my third job and with two kids, that late! 😉 if i remember it correct. That time the color trend is the deep berry, deep plum shade that looks like a Gothic goddess. But i love how the color  brighten up my face without knowing what shade is suppose to wear base on my complexion. From then on without wearing any make up on aside from lipstick ( and skincare routine ) and i’m good to go. That’s when my fascination in the small size tube started.

Being a lipstick lover, it took me a while  to figure out what shade is right for me. Maybe some of you know by now how i love bold colors and any pretty shade that catches my eyes seems all appropriate until i tried and swipe up close, no, it doesn't. Does any of you experience that?

As a minor information, medium / olive skin tones tend to be either neutral or warm with yellow, golden and sometimes pink undertones. They are very rarely to have cool undertones. I am in the medium skin tone with yellow undertone that tends to be between neutral in most days then golden during summer days. With some personal experience and added thorough research, i'm happy to say that after ages i finally found the right shade that i'm confident wearing. 

Without any doubt, the shade of plum and pink has always been my top choice ever since. And i also discovered that these two compliments my skin tone well, as do coral and peachBut the shade of red is the most challenging color for me to pull off. But ‘am glad that after trial and error  i already find the right shade of red that suits my complexion well. Looking back, I'm always on the look out for the color i wanted regardless of the shade, but now it's different. Knowing the right shade for your skin tone change a lot on how you look. Your aura will pop immediately and your face immediately brighten, like you have a golden veil. that's when you know you wear one right. So to share, i write down below the variety of color base on category what shade help me achieve the best looking lipstick to compliment and help stand the right shade for medium skin tone.

NUDES
A darker shades and lighter nudes works well in medium skin tone. Dusty rose and a delicate pink is a good choice most if you want to have a smokey eyes look.



PINKS 
Avoid pale pinks and mauve and go for rich bright shade. I remember those days that i run to Mac store to swatch and test a pink shade ( St. Ger-main and Snob ) but end up frustrated since it washes me out and found out that it only looks best for cool undertones. Fuchsia is a great choice if you are like me who look after a bold color. Also look after a shade with a little red or coral hints to enhance the complexion. For those who wanted a less intense rather than fuchsia, look after a bright coral pink, it will be an ideal choice.



REDS
I have a hard time finding the right shade of red but after testing and trying for as long as i can remember I found out that Rich berries and Brick reds work well on my yellow undertones. Though there are times i still got attracted with orange'y shade but glad i didn't pull to buy since it emphasize the yellowness of my skin even more. Same with bright reds, the shade i will always appreciate, but i know that it will never, ever, look good base on my complexion. So any woman looking good with that shade can always have my fascination. But if you are looking for one and you have  the same skin tone as mine, Deep Red and Plum suits well and do wonders on us.

Does some of you undergo the same trial and error before finding the right shade of lipstick? How was your experience? Does it took you that long or am i the only one? :)  Hope this post can be a helpful guidelines to those who still on the look out for a lipstick shade that suits best on medium complexion with yellow to golden undertone. And if you have the same skin tone like mine, feel free to share your favorites so i can also test it out. 

Again, thank you for taking time to ( re ) visit and read. ( after a long absence of mine ). It means a lot. 



Angie




Thursday, January 31, 2019

LIFE // HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR 2018

Sunrise, Summer 2018 Aurora, Baler Philippines

A little late but still want to impart the milestone of the year 2018 to all and also to make it as a journal for my kids. Maybe somehow, someday, they can able to read this post and find in their heart what they really mean to me and know how i felt with all the the thoughts imparted. 

If you would ask me around fifteen to twenty years ago about the highlights of what a year looks like for me, maybe all i can tell you is-bout career, what I want to invest in, or what my goals for our family are. And if you are in the same situation now like i am before, it's okay.it is a phase of life were you see the world in your own and conquer it if you want. Through your dreams and goals, hard work and perseverance you can help yourself stand through the battle and can able to go through life in an easy way. But it's important to let your values stand in all the fields that you encounter, with all the paths that you will unravel, do not forget who you are from the start, the way how you see yourself when you started, and be humble. It is important to be obedient but know how your voice can be heard in a certain circumstances.

Motherhood/Parenting this year is more about teachings and instilling discipline. A normal household who struggles having an adult, teenager and kid, a mom who is raising her children.Though i have high hopes and expectation that sometimes can not be meet but i am thankful that we have good relationship still. [ eventhough my voice always dominating the house! ha ha ha ] But one thing i won't forget is how they tell me that they appreciate what i am doing, hearing those always brought me to tears, overflowing tears actually.Being a mother is tough, but having a purpose to raise a good child is a challenge that i embrace and i will not quit even though there are hard times and i always do soak myself with all the good times because it is always priceless.

My outlook now is different as the years past by. Personally, the highlights of a year for me alone is the chance that i'm still breathing and healthy, my family is healthy. That i able to mingle with my love ones in a healthy and productive way and that i could able to do what i love in normal, regular basis. It's the simple joys that matters now. Maybe because i can really find true happiness with those, and maybe that what matters to me most right now. Success is a personal choice and has many meanings, vision and outlook, and that is how you differentiate yours depends on how you see life and how contented you are on it.

Husband and iare keen about our health & wellness nowadays. I do enjoy our routine and it makes us even more closer to each other. Having him around makes life easier to handle. 

Though i love pretty things and the beauty that goes with this world. But within my core i still humble myself with all the real side of what the world really is. That God able to show me both sides in order to appreciate what life He has given me each day, and to appreciate it even more. I know if not all, but some of us are afraid of struggles, but through those times that we can build a dream be determine, know what a true relationship is, what really matters in this world and appreciate life even in the little things. With that being said, it all depends upon how we look up to life but in those situation, you can see the genuine beauty of life. When you laugh hard and sobbed, that's natural, we are only human. But in those circumstances you can live happily each day, that you have a grateful heart even were you are in the path that you have not chosen. When you find time to appreciate and thank all what comes your way, may it be big or small, then you find true success, you are at peace. My son call it adaptation but i call it, acceptance.

It is lovely that i able to reconnect with an old friend. A satisfying and overflowing happiness to let yourself talk and have  good conversation that you can freely let your soul be heard that you know both of you will not judge each other. A kind of relationship that you know prosper even if you don't always see each other. A person who knows you from the past that you can say anything and everything and just seeing them have a spark of joy in your life. Bless all friendships that knows no boundaries and no limits even if status quo is not an issue at all.

Can it be possible to have a grateful heart with all the struggles happening in life? What do you think? As a mother of four, i believe that it's important to instill values and help a child to appreciate life at a young age. I believe it is a choice. Those who consider to appreciate it find light, and those who will not, seek darkness. Parenting wise it is a responsibility to teach our children values, that the world is lacking now. But us parents know that not all children are willing to listen and execute our teachings. But it's important that we do our best and try hard because if we will not, who will?

Beach and summer days will always be a great memories to look back in our family. A tradition we started and we always look upon to experience. Added that the road trips are a great way for deep conversations, being silly, eating chips , laughter's, giggles, snorting and farting ha ha ha. That is summer fun is all about, digging family relationships and memories that will last in our hearts, for a lifetime.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BEAUTY // 2018 TOP SKINCARE CHOICE


Some of the posted skincare has been on my product review before hand. You can read more about it here.

Sulwhasoo Balancing water and Emulsion Ex in 125 ml and Caudalie Essence in 150 ml both in glass bottle

I considered myself lucky that i able to try and test some top skincare that's on my bucket list last year. And if you know me, you know that when i fall in love with the product, it must be included in my skincare ritual. ( As far as my wallet could afford ha ha! ) With that being said i want to share with you the skincare line that meets my expectations, proven, tried and tested.

But first, all of us have different skin concerns, maybe what works for me did not work that way for you. But if we are in the same boat, the goal to have a more lifted and firm skin. Brightens, even tone and to achieve a natural flush that glows without wearing make up on, hop in! As we can share each other what works best and what is not. But brave yourself first since this will gonna be a long post and consider that as an early warning.

I have dark spots / slight melasma / pigmentation on my cheeks that lightens in "ber" months and darkens during summer days. I just wish i knew about the importance of sunblocks and the use of hats at a young age as an early prevention. As well as a lavish application every couple of hours or so during the time i enjoyed riding a motorcycle to help not worsen the spots even more. From then on, i make sure i have a sunblock with a minimum of spf 50 and a brightening line to help the melasma from worsening and age spots to prevent from popping. For now i only do a topical base treatment and some supplements to go along with it. I also try to eat more vegetables to help release the natural glow of the skin. Though i always consider to consult a dermatologist about the condition but afraid on how will the treatment will cost me. So for now i will stick with all the proven skincare first that will come my way as long as it shows great results. And till then, if there's a chance i will consider having treatment, when time comes. 

My beauty nook nowadays are dominated by Sulwhasoo. These are only a proof how  an avid consumer i am if i love the products so much. It all started when i first use the Sulwhasoo Cleansing Oil, ( that badly needed to be replenish ) I always look forward at the end of the day were i can apply and massage it to my face while removing make up. It really soothes and calm your senses aside from the fact that it can totally cleanse my make up without the residue. 2 pumps is enough for me. It's been a favorite routine to double cleanse since the day i considered using this product.



Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water Ex and Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion Ex. These two came as a freebies that i'm excited and bit curious to try at first. Curious because i don't know if this can work for my skin still considering my age. And curious because i have heard so much about Sulwhasoo raving the beauty blogging world. Though hesitant if i could achieve a more firm skin i use it still, adding these two to my skincare routine. And boy, i was amazed a week after using. As it even tones and achieve a dewy looking skin as it retains moisture. What a satisfying feeling to see how well it does to my skin. I love that the emulsion absorbs easily and don't have a greasy after feel. Been satisfied after finishing all the samples that i decided to give it a go to have the regular size as part of my skincare routine.


Origins Plantscriptions Powerful Lifting Concentrate - Origins is a brand that i always love to have in my vanity table. I can never go wrong with the skincare that i have tried. It is a proven and tested product that gives ultimate result on me. It's a go to skincare whenever i look for a firming and lifting cream, may it be a moisturizer or a serum perhaps. And it shows result on me most in my jawline, and did i say that this line also helps your skin glow? Yes, it is. Your face looks lifted, contoured younger and glowing. And the price range is reasonable enough for all the skin benefits you can achieve. The 30 ml bottle lasted three months on me with day and night usage.


Caudalie VinoPerfect Brightening Essence - This Parisian brand makes me venture to their skincare line the day i'm impress using their Beauty Elixir. The Vinoperfect Brightening Essence helps illuminates, even tones skin, and help prevent dark spots, just perfect for my liking. I use it as a first step after cleansing and before toning. I drop some on my hands then damp it slowly directly on my face. You can use a cottons pad / ball if you want but personally, i like how i apply it now. The first few days i felt some tingling sensation but tolerable, then i also notice that it tightens the skin without drying. For a period of three months or so that i'm using this product and impress with the result. I could say from now that it is a kind of brand that i will get a long skincare relationship with. Still considering to venture from their intensive line. 


Caudalie Beauty Elixir - I will say over and over and recommend not only to my friends but i also want to share with you that this is a beauty in a bottle. I'm not amaze that almost all make up artist have this on their kit and on their vanity. You can spray the elixir after cleansing before your skincare routine or you can do it otherwise if you like, in times you just want a barefaced look without wearing make up on but will help your skin look healthy and glowing. Or you can use it as a last step after make up application to help it set and last long while it helps give you a natural glow. As an added advantage that it smells relaxing like what you smell  in a spa. So a win bottle to have it in your kit, really!


Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner - I remember that i love to look at this brand because of their variety of eye caddy products. They are all promising, so nice to look and and too pretty to line up in a beauty nook. But among those i want to try, i first stick to what i need. And this comes the Umbrian Clay PurifyingToner. From months of continued use , i notice that it really minimize the appearance of pores and non drying at all.  I have a combination skin and it seems to prevent the look from being too oily since it matifies the skin. Though this is not the only toner that i use nowadays but i'm a happy user as i take the benefits from what it promise. So definitely it will stay as one of my skin regimen.

June Jacobs Lip Renewal - I've been a user of lip balm ever since i remember and as days and years passed by i have different concerns about the benefits it could offer. So as i age, i'm looking for a more intensive that will help prevent / lessen the appearance of furrow on my lips. Let's face it, as you age, aside from the eyes , the lips should also be taken care of as it clearly shows how you age if taken for granted. So if you have a pouted lips now that you are young, appreciate it even though some of you may not like how it looks nowadays but i tell you, you can appreciate it even more as you age. So make sure that it should be properly treated and taken care of.

I tested last year a lip renewal balm from June Jacobs as it promise to lessen the furrows and lines. Through months of using this balm i have noticed that my lips always felt soft and smooth, like how it feels when newly scrub. The texture upon application feels like a mix of cream and oil. So if you are not a fan of this texture, this one is not for you. But if you're after the benefit, i recommend to use this before bed time. I have experience a dry / chaps lips most of the time so i'm not bother about the texture. Most especially now that we experience cold weather here that can easily induce chap lips. Since it has an oily like consistency, i make it a point to put it first then let it stand until i finish all my skincare routine, before applying lipstick, for a more precise application. So far i love how the texture of my lips feels nowadays. It helps lighten the lines and help renew my lips overtime.


Jade Roller - I also add a tool to help the skincare absorb really well. I use jade roller 5-10 minutes after skincare application to help it absorb by the skin even more. I also notice the difference when i continuously use it and when the time i have lapses, and notice a big difference. It helps the skin glow and even more contoured. And it has the benefits of calming your senses while you roll since it helps relax not only your skin but your mind as well. You could use it directly in room temperature, while i love mine putting in the fridge first and apply it cold. It help diminish puffiness and eye bags, when you have those late nights agendas. And with continued, use, it lessen the puffiness overtime. Tools are always a great help and glad that one by one i added mine to my beauty arsenal.


Some promising skincare samples i have been using for days now and saw a lot of improvements on my skin are Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Relief,  Sunday Riley CEO 15% Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum.  

Are you a user of products that are listed here? What's your personal opinions and favorite among them?  

Thank you for your visit and if you make it read up to here. Till next time.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

MOMSTYLE // LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE AN ALL SEASON TOTE



Hello! Let me start the first quarter of the year with a series called Mom Style. And hopefully through this series i will have the chance to introduce other moms as well who brings light and inspiration as an individual and as a mom through their daily life, without forgetting herself. But for now let me add and combine all my personal interest and thoughts and write it all down here through this series.

There are times that the busy days of mom life left you loss out of track with yourself to wholeheartedly serve your love ones no? So a blissful chance indeed when there are moments you pick a pieces of your old self and incorporate a dose of your current joy in your day to day life. Like going to spa, treating yourself to the nursery, or just try to shop at your favorite store ( and try to see yourself  infront of their full size mirror and compare that with your favorite mirror pal at home,😰 Does anyone can relate?😜 ) or travel once in a while if that sounds good to you. And even a sleepover with your good friends and chat all night if that brings you happiness. Just some thoughts that will help ourselves to be inspired and wonder in our everyday living as an individual. A dash of joy in our everyday life is important, right?


Now lets talk about this series. If you've been here for a while now, you know how i'm fond of bag since the beginning. and if you're a new visitor, i had to stop purchasing years back due to priorities. So for now let me start this month with an article i love too talking about.  Bag!. Do you come to think what kind of bag did not leave your closet all these the years? That there are types whom you are fond carrying everyday and there are also a piece you only like looking at. Though Longchamp tote is not the bag i first hand carry with me, but it's a kind of bag that i'm fan of to have all through these years. And if you know me, i easily get hook when i really like something and it's hard for me to move on,  and this brand let me do that over and over again.

So now, let's talk about why i'm hooked at this all time season tote.

FABRIC

Personally, i love their limited collections of Le Pliage canvas. The good thing with limited edition is that you can have the Le Pliage collection in different fabric, printed or not. Same with leather handle, it comes in different color from the usual Le Pliage line, and you can pick two shades in each season from the collection of prints. Luckily i have the chance to get a new one from the autumn collection which shown here below. Comes in a satin canvas with an exotic crocodile scale effect. While the old one seems like a jacquard floral print, while i still have the regular one in nylon. All fabric is lightweight that makes them a go to tote for  travelers as well.



COLOR 

I love bold and deep colors and Longchamp have a wide variety to choose from. Name it and you can have it all. All posted photos are unedited to let me show you the true shade, in daylight. 


DURABILITY

Base on my usage, they can last for years as long as it is properly taken care of. I just shake them off and make sure there is no traces of dirt left inside. And if necessary, i wipe mine with wipes and air dry before putting back to closet. The first one i have purchased is still with me, in mint condition, from Spring 2012 collection.


SIZE 

Usually i picked the medium/large size. The only downside is that it can become slouchy if you put too much inside. But recently i added the small size tote and find it more perfect for my liking. Shown below is the size comparison. 


STYLE

I adore that you can wear it everyday if you want to. Simple yet chic. Classy but not too flashy. A perfect tote for my casual look, i used mine with trouser and in rare times even with a dress. 


What kind of bag are with you all these years? What do you think of Longchamp Le Pliage? Do you have one still, and in use? or are you over it?








*Disclaimer
This is not a sponsored post. LongChamp has been a favorite brand of my mine since i started being fond of bags. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no way told me to do so. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

LIFE // NEW YEAR THOUGHTS


Happy new year everyone! We are still on holiday vacation mode but ready to go back to school this week. Also, taking advantage of the time to reflect on life, on what's gonna be about, on what will matters most, and feeling hopeful for a fresh new year start.

The last time i did a new year's resolution is on my high school days, it's always a part to do a resolution after coming back from a holiday vacation. As far as i remember, from that time after, i labeled mine with "goals" and not a resolution anymore. 

So here goes my list;

On Motherhood:

Listen and Be Present- Since i find inspiration about the things that i love ( home, life,  style, beauty and motherhood ) and learn about different cultures and tips on a day life through social media, but there are also time that it affects my communications in some point. Scrolling on and off on phone takes a lot of time too, right? Though i'm not good in sacrificing things that i love that help me grow as a person, but i also do my best to try and find solution when it's needed to be. So on this part i need to find time to balance myself between being online without sacrificing anything. Thinking of having a days or a week off in a month to refresh and balance things out is one solution that i consider. 

On Career:

Time Management - This year i decided to make a room and spend time working. To be productive in some way that that will help me grow as a person. Being away from work for so long help me to feel that i'm retired on my career, but it isn't. Though i love and enjoy my life now, but a part of me still miss it. Life now thought me that a passion continue to keep burning inside of you, it only need to help you focus and kick yourself out to start doing what you believe in, and have the determination to keep moving. Last year, i made a step back on writing to focus on personal matter. However, this year, i'm determine to make an effort and time for it. It feels good to know that you still have a dream inside of you and have a chance to make it a reality. To earn and to save and to help compensate my love one as well is a goal to fulfill. So for this year, it's all about working hard and make a room for it. It doesn't matter how big or small i can go but it's more about  making a vision a reality that matters.

On Beauty:

The good thing about aging and taking good care of your skin at an early stage is you finally see ultimate results when you age. It payback time, literally. Thinking about all the application of creams even though you are too sleepy at night make it all worth it.And at this point you don't need to worry about aging cause you feel that you're at at your best, you age gracefully, the way you wanted to be. So as i always tell, prevention is better than treatment, always. Right?

Again the topic is all about beauty that's why i talk so much ha ha. So for this year, i will continue to test new products and replenish some favorites. Still on a goal to combat  hyper pigmentation, lifting, mostly around the jawline and firming as well. I have some skincare reviews on the list too and working on a blog post. So stay tuned.

On Family:

Still on our list to travel and explore new places. For now, we still don't have a place in mind to visit but as always, travel once a year is a must. To help us become more closer, rejuvenate, and to help us bond outside our comfort zone. This becomes a family tradition for years now that we enjoy and i took advantage of this kind of moment, too. While we all have the time to make it happen.

On Home:

This year is about home improvement. STILL. Painting, fixing and changing details in some portion  of the house as a minor aspect. And also positively thinking that our kitchen renovation will be over until the end of this year, hopefully. A major goal indeed! 

Friends, I'm looking at a hopeful, brighter and healthier 2019! I wish and pray to achieve what we have in mind and what our heart desires. What about you? What's your major goal for this year? 


Till again, 
Angie





Thursday, June 7, 2018

A PARENTS VISION A CHILD NEEDS TO PONDER


I came to think about this topic several times. On and off i write, and i pause. But thinking there are some who is on the same boat as i am that probably could relate, can feel their heart out on this topic, and so, i continue. Parenting and motherhood has so many paths, it's rewarding, a lot of learning and thriving. Our experiences maybe somewhat the same or different but i know, our heart full of love, hope and compassion will always remain the same.

The majority of us dedicate time to work hard, invest and save for the future of our child. Some have educational funds right away. And for some, from paycheck to paycheck strive their best to come out with a good savings. They stand on the goal of putting their child's future on top of their list, and so is education. You know, the excitement of being a parent, right? Our child is our greatest joy and inspiration, and planning for them is overwhelming. 

That's maybe because we always want the best for them and this also apply most if you came from a family who experienced poverty, lack of education or the least, no education at all. In this situation, the dream for your children to succeed to have a better life is unparallel. The passion to sacrifice whatever it takes in order to achieve a good life is no doubt the greatest love to call. In some point, it's the purest love that a parents endure over responsibility, but these two is the most important factor in order to attain their life long goal and to overcome struggles. A chapter of parenting which is a life achieving goal. The grit for your child' s accomplishment is a reward, a big achievement. And so to children. But the most, thinking that they can withstand life's battle with good armor in hand is a better way to have a peaceful mind. When one becomes a parent, you will learn that you can give so much to a person, that true love exist. That thinking of them so much, it hurts.

But how about the children? Children accept learnings and guidance differently, they are unique in their own way. There are children who have the same visions in life as their parents, or have goals in life at an early age, with a goal and timeline to meet. in this situation parenting becomes easier to handle, i think. And there are also children who have a hard time, coping, moving up. That feels like it's not yet the time for them to set apart from their comfort zone, with that being said parenting becomes challenging. 

How do you deal if some of the plans did'nt push through? That your child is not persistent in the fields that you assume he will become to be? A split in personality perhaps? Or having problems in whatever concepts of life it maybe, or on how they deal with education, maybe they knew it's not for them  or just taking it slow. How will you cope? Are you ready for all the challenges? This is a daily life to thrive, did you ever see it coming? At first for sure you will have a hard time coping, finding yourself on how to balance the situation, for some may get indenial and depress, then in some cases, comes the guilt, for some take it all easy and know time will come for their child to learn. But how far can you go before the word acceptance pop in your mind? Are you the open mind type? Are you the take it easy kind? Or are you the idealistic type? 

We always hear the word parenting is rewarding, yes. But in some or most cases it's all about learning and understanding, crying and sobbing, dealing with acceptance and forgiveness, coping and thriving, patience and hope. And to deal with all of these, love is to endure.

I just hope all children will learn to understand were their parents come from. On how they deal with everyday life just to meet the life that they have now. That sacrifice is only the word that always comes to mind but above all, it's  love, and parents have so much of that. But with that being said, life should evolve and move most to those children who can't come out to their comfort zone. They should realize that eventhough a parents love is never ending, they also have a life to fulfill as they age and the realization that they are getting old too should always take in consideration. Children should think that when you become a parent, the thoughts will not end until the day a child have a family of their own but the thoughts of having a good and peaceful life will make them live a happy and quiet life too. 

And for children who do it alone, strive to what he becomes in life without a parents on board and even a relatives on hand, i salute you! I commend your hardship and dedication for achieving what you want to become in life. May life brings you abundance and peace and may you also be an inspiration to many and a blessings to others. 

What's your thoughts on this matter? And how far are you in the chapter of motherhood? Did any of the topic hits you? I know this topic is raw but sometimes there are thoughts in mind that needs to put into writing and a topic that needed to be said. As life has many phases, as well as our journey, but through these all, we grow, learn and stand through the test of time. And as always, the tribe that helps to build a strong group, always matters, as so your thoughts.

Thank you for taking time to read the most if you reach these far.


Till then,
Angie

Monday, May 21, 2018

BEAUTY // RECENT FINDS


Been trying different kinds of skincare lately to suit to my skin concern. Above all, a favorite type consist of serums and night moisturizers. For me, it's the most helpful skincare that skin will benefit most, but the one you needed to invest in. 


Being a mom of four, i figured out that aside from birthday, May month in celebration of Mother's Day is a good excuse to cross out some bucket list, gifted or not, skincare is obviously on top of priority.

I share below some of my recent finds and what currently i'm loving right now.

Jade Roller - I don't know where i have been or what's in my mind that it's just recently that i got the chance to have this one. Aside from this cleansing tool that i normally use twice a day, jade roller is a beauty must have in every skincare routine. I use it twice a day, morning and night in an upward motion and after nearly four weeks of using, i notice that my skin glow, it tones and help sculpt mostly in the jaw line and also depuff under eye bags. Jade roller also helps release tension and stress when using. The best to put in in the fridge and roll on your face after your skincare ritual, to help the skincare sink in,  to achieve ultimate result. 

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner - I've been a fan of toner eversince i've started using skincare, and as i remember, toner is the first skincare that invade my vanity kit back then. From then on, i venture into different variant in in which my skin has concern most. And there are mainly three types that i'm looking for when i purchase ; brightening, purifying / clarifying and lastly, resurfacing.

I get my hands on Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner to help minimize pores and mattifies the skin, i have a combination skin type so a toner that helps minimize the shine is always a must have, i normally use this in the morning and the other two i alternate at night. This time i tried Fresh toner since I've read and heard good reviews about them so i let myself in and give it a try. The only downside is that it has a strong smell for my liking, but getting use to it since i really wanted to know how will the result goes on me. So as i type this, i'm quite satisfied with the result since it really help to matifies my face and avoid the greasy face look that i normally achieve in summer, in a hot and humid tropical climate. As an add on benefit, will keep you posted on how it minimize pores and if it soften the skin too, as brand promise, soon. You can purchase local here.

Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Concentrate - This is potion in a bottle for me. All that i want in a skincare compose in this concentrate as it helps sculpt your face, lift, brightens and firm. It has a citrus smell that helps calm your senses, too. And to say that the radiance effect on me is unparalleled. In all fairness i can say that you can benefit the radiance effect in all Origins Plantscription line, as i personally tested their cream and serum and it gives the same result on me. This is one to consider if you're looking for an intensive skincare with the same benefits as i mention above. 30 ml for all skin types. You can also find it here in US.

Pixi Rose Caviar Essence with Rose and Grape Seed Oil - I must admit, i got hook to try this because of the look of the serum, if you look closely, it has encapsulated flowers in it. How pretty is that, right? And also if you are like me who is a fan of rose, you will terribly love the scent. I have a happy thoughts every time time i apply this essence since it brings back memories from my childhood - When looking through the window, a perfect time in early morning you will see an array of potted rose plants with variety of colors, shapes and types. The best part is that, the smell is fascinating. So, that reason alone Rose Caviar Essence is a must tube to mingle in my vanity table. 

Benefit wise, rose helps to hydrate and restore. Soften, refine and tone. This essence also helps brightens and bring radiance to the skin as it also helps diminish discoloration. 45 ml,  for all skin types.

What type of skincare do you enjoy using as of late? 
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