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Beauty / 03.10.2014

A couple of weeks ago, my family was part of the wedding of two of our dearest friends, Joash and Ethel. Ethel was my husband's classmate at the School of World Missions while Joash was his first recruit into campus ministry when he was still heading it for our local church, Victory Greenhills. My husband, Joash and Ethel made up the campus staff for a couple of years, but Joash and Ethel were purely colleagues then. I would often be the fourth wheel to their little three musketeer-dom and all those years, my husband and I were secretly rooting for...

Style, Womanhood / 27.09.2014

Ever since becoming a mom to a toddler, I've had to rethink my shoe choices. I formerly lived (and ran) in heels when I was still working full-time in the publishing industry and when I was pregnant, I would only wear them every so often for special events. After giving birth and becoming a WAHM, I would slip on my heels whenever I wanted to a bit of a boost (physically as well). But ever since my little bugger began walking, it no longer seemed reasonable for me to stock up on heels as I used to. I began to...

Books / 25.09.2014

I answered this Facebook status chain almost two weeks ago but my very first list was drawn up in private. I had sent it to my good friends from college who are fellow English Literature majors because I was curious as to which books were on their list, did we share any titles, and which books should I perhaps read next. Oh the happiness that is coffee in one hand and a book in the other. Image credit. I read a lot growing up. I remember that as a child, we had a limit to the things we could buy but there...

Beauty / 16.09.2014

Since interviewing Snoe's founder and owner Jen Gerodias-Diaz for my Style Smarts column on Interaksyon, I've been so curious about the brand's cosmetics. Jen confidently revealed that the way Snoe, a proudly local brand, creates its products are by "find[ing] a peg, then level[ing] it up." That means she creates her products first by matching whatever is widely, popularly and internationally dubbed as the best in that category, then she improves on it by adding ingredients that address concerns for that area. Interesting, right? Imagine, a consistent Allure Beauty Awards winner and then some. Can the Philippines really produce something...

Beauty / 10.09.2014

Hello everyone! I've been spending time with some of the new makeup on my hands before I share my thoughts on it so there's honesty to what I'm saying and recently I've been wearing a few Pixy Cosmetics products especially for daily use. It was officially launched a few weeks back and though I missed the beginning of the event due to horrendous carmaggedon (I was on the road for 3 hours just to get to Pasong Tamo from Quezon City! I could have just flown to Singapore, anobuh!), I am glad I was able to still catch part of...

Beauty / 18.08.2014

I have a thing for lipsticks. They are my cosmetic Achilles Heel. When I treat myself, that's usually what I like to go for and when I want to discover a cheap find, that's also what I try out in beauty counters. When my husband and I taught at a marriage preparation class at church last week, he recounted how I always use it as my wager when we bet on things--like how a movie will end, or some factoid we're both very sure about--"If I win, you have to buy me lipstick". I remember how a couple of years...

Womanhood / 08.08.2014

I've been a nursing mama for 17 months, 1 week and 5 days. I often say that I can't leave my home without my eyebrows but these days it's more detrimental to leave home without my nursing bib. I honestly didn't prepare for breastfeeding before giving birth, I figured it would come naturally. But I suppose like most nursing moms will say, it doesn't, though I do believe it is God's design. My early days of nursing made for countless misadventures: nursing in a parked car, attempting to nurse in the middle of meals with family and friends because my...

Beauty / 21.07.2014

My very first encounter with Ellana Minerals was a few years back, when a makeup artist friend gifted me with its eye primer. The brand used to carry a wide number of products but has trimmed down and focused on its strength, mineral makeup, just last year. It's always good to streamline one's vision and mission, whether it be in life or as a company, and I will stop with life lessons on this post right there. Hehe. Because this is a review, Capili! I admit that when I was introduced...

Beauty / 13.07.2014

Notice the similar message of these two songs? I'm so glad to hear songs like these and to see that these are going viral. I thought I'd put them up in one space for a one-two punch. Happy Sunday, beautiful! You don't have to try, you are already loved :)DISCLAIMER: John Legend's video has a bit of skin exposure and possibly mature content (as in, cancer-related). Check out the story behind Colbie Caillat's song and video in her Elle.com interview here. P.S. - Can we sing more of these messages and less...

Beauty, Faith, Womanhood / 12.07.2014

Yes, I sometimes (translation: often) fall into the trap of comparing my messy existence to advertisements I see on baby products or new condominiums of young, happy and physically perfect mothers with neat homes who are playing with their clean and healthy children. I see them washing their infant serenely and it hardly looks like her body went through pregnancy. But baby is obviously only a few weeks old. Or maybe she's playing with her two kids ages eight and six, and she looks like she just turned 20 yesterday. [caption id=""...