LIVING WITH LESS, LITTLE BY LITTLE

Over the past four years, I’ve made it a habit to clean out my room and re-assess my belongings before welcoming the new year. This blog is a little late (as I have been swamped with work and school papers), but trust me, the decluttering process has been consistent. Going through tons of stuff, clothing and shoes has made me wince at the fact that not all the purchases I made were wise ones to begin with. I thought that by investing in affordable pieces, I was winning but one thing I’ve proven—you really get what you pay for.

SHOES
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I don’t want to speak in general because I’ve met a lot of practical girls, but don’t we somehow dream at least once in our lives to have a roomful of beautiful shoes? I don’t  want to put the blame on Imelda Marcos but I’d say her collection has influenced me as a young teenager, to have as many shoes as I want. Heels, flats, mules, sandals in different colors and fabrics. Back then, I thought “I’ll use my own money anyway, so this is totally okay.” When I began working and got my own salary, I let my little obsession run loose—I bought about two pairs every month.

28936_119594764740179_4708811_nAt that time, Janylin had effectively positioned itself as a Filipino shoe brand that produces high quality, beautifully-designed footwear that stands the test of time. Of course, each pair would cost around P2,500-3,500. Quite hefty if you were to compare it to the price mark of other department store brands at that time. Payless Shoe Source then, wasn’t also that big yet in the Philippines.

A year or two later, I noticed that most of the shoes and bags I purchased from department stores easily disintegrated. The material flaked and peeled off and the colors faded. And I thought I was such a smart shopper. I ended up having to reinforce the footwear by taking them to Mr. Quickie. The repairs were quite costly (if compounded) because Mr. Quickie doesn’t scrimp on the quality of their work and the replacement parts. I computed the cost of the shoes + cost of repair/reinforcement and ended up realizing that the overall cost was enough to buy a new pair. One thing I can say though—compared to my other shoes, my Janylin heels have stood the test of time. The leather doesn’t disintegrate. If you wear them regularly though, it would help to put a rubber install lining and have the heel bottoms replaced to make them last longer.

I now only have about half of the number of shoes I used to own. While I still keep my key colors: black, white, nude, pink, blue, green and purple (these are easy to mix and match with my wardrobe), I am no longer inclined to purchase many of the same kind. What I discovered last year is that, I ENJOY SNEAKERS and low wedges! Oh my goodness. If you know me from way back, you’re probably familiar with my love for high heels and stilettos. I still get to wear them for events from time to time BUT only for a few hours. SERIOUSLY GUYS. Ang sakit sa likod. You also don’t get to walk as freely because there’s that fear of slipping or tripping and when that happens—good luck with that sprain.

CLOTHES

P1030536-001Girls have tons of options when it comes to clothing. Clothing is truly one of the biggest industries worldwide and even if you’re not that much into fashion, it is inevitable that you will buy clothes. Of course you have your basic, everyday casual wear, work clothes, something for sports and recreation and then there are those for special occasions. While fashion has always been an interest, I was never obsessed with luxury brands and I have my grandmother and mother to thank for that.

1 Peter 3:3 says that the beauty of a woman should not come from outward adornment. While there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to look good and be presentable, as believers it is important to check on our motives. Do we call attention to ourselves, giving more importance to the outer appearance than our soul and character? Ashamed as I am to admit this, back then, I used fashion to make myself stand out. I wanted to be known for my sense of style. The opinions of people fed my ego but the opinion of my God, I didn’t give much importance to. 😦

I did make a lot of impulsive purchases and sadly, the items may have been affordable but they did not stand the test of time. I let these items appeal to my ego and senses that I didn’t even pause to scrutinize the quality and wearability, and if these would cause others to stumble. As I got deeper in my relationship with God, I learned to include Him whenever I would pick clothes:

“If I wear/buy this Lord, will I call unnecessary attention to myself?”

“Do I really need to spend this huge amount for this?”

“Will it be honoring to You, if I wore this Lord?”

I also found myself getting rid of a lot of things every time I would declutter. I realized that I gathered so much but really, when I die I don’t get to bring any of them because they will only be left behind.

Nowadays, when I shop for clothes, I look at the fit, comfort, color, quality and wearability. I’m not so much a fan of “one time-wear” clothing. I like mixing and matching. The key to practical shopping, I’ve learned, is to choose items which you can wear multiple times in different ways. It’s good to have a balance of basic colors and prints in your wardrobe. Dresses in solid colors can be easily worn with different jackets and shawls, and can even be used as tops for your skirts. I usually buy my basic dresses off the rack, but for prints I’ve discovered the joy of having them custom-made. I pick and buy the tela myself and have them sewn into designs/patterns that I like. Another bonus: since it’s not mass-produced, the mananahi works on it with so much care and attention to detail.

Anyone else here who’s done some decluttering and minimizing? What are some of the things you’ve realized? What changes have you made so far? Let me know through the comments or send me a PM on Facebook. See you guys soon! Have a blessed week!

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Yadah Review

Once upon a time in 2017, I met the Yadah crew from Korea at the Philbeauty fair. After an exchange of emails, they sent me products and I went on to try them out so I can share how they performed. Yadah products can be ordered online but they also have some available at the Beauty Bar.

Watch the video to see my review of Yadah’s Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser, Anti-T Red Zero Concealer, Revitalizing Jelly Pack and the Velvet Mood Lip Colors in Rosy Brown and Burgundy.

I KNOW MARIAN RIVERA’S SECRET

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The mere mention of “Marian Rivera” brings to mind words like “queen,” “beauty,” “a charmed life” and FLOWERS. Marian has never shied away from expressing her love for anything floral, even launching her very own flower arrangement business called Flora Vida. That of course, is just one of the many things on her bustling schedule as a wife to Ding Dong, mother to Zia and a sought-after actress and endorser. A lot are probably wondering how she was able to bounce back so fast after giving birth. Turns out, Marian is still very strict with her health and beauty regimen. Even if she’s gone back to work and still performs her duties as wife and mother at home, she makes sure that she still gets to take care of herself.

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On July 27, 2017, Marian Rivera was officially introduced as the face of Snow Crystal White Beauty, a beauty supplement that fights free radicals, reduces the signs of skin aging and evens out the skin tone. In a sit-down interview during the event, Marian revealed:

Secret #1: She can skip sunblock now. Anyone who has experienced the intense Philippine heat knows that skipping sunblock is a definite no-no, so how can she NOT wear that now? Snow Crystal White Tomato has 800mg of Colorless Carotenoids (Phytofloral) derived from a unique breed of white tomatoes. It is clinically proven to deliver significant benefits such as evening out of skin tone, whitening and the increasing ability to defend itself against UVA and UVB rays. It also has 500mg Kohjin L-Glutathione, which helps repair skin and fight free radicals.

Secret #2: Though she was always told she’d make it as a movie star, Marian always wanted to become a teacher.

There’s actually more in the video, so instead of me writing verbatim, I’d rather that you listen to the snippets straight from her. 🙂 Enjoy!

[WATCH] BROWS AND LIPTINT AFTERCARE AND HEALING

How exactly do you care for your newly-tattooed brows and lips?

#1 Rule is to not get both areas wet for at least 24 hours.

That means, you cannot swim, wash or heavily sweat right after your procedure. Why? You want to protect your brows and lips from infection. They will give you an antibiotic and other aftercare ointments. For the brows I had to apply the antibiotic ointment for two days. For the lips, I had to put the cream on for 7 days. And no, you cannot use lip color while your lips are healing. Get a better idea of the aftercare in the video. I detail everything here:


Special thanks to Doc Susan & Blair Ong. Visit the BGC branch of Pretty Looks @ the 2nd Floor, Uptown Parade Mall

[WATCH] PERMANENT BROWS AND LIPTINT AT PRETTY LOOKS

In this video I take you through my S3 Eyebrow Stranding & Cherry Blossom Lip Tint procedure at Pretty Looks Uptown Mall. 🙂 Although I already had my eyebrows done last year, the pigment eventually faded (virgin brows, to blame?) so I’m glad I was able to have it done again by Pretty Looks.

Decades ago, getting your eyebrows tattooed was something you wouldn’t openly discuss with anyone. The dead giveaway would be when your brows begin to turn gray, dark green or bluish. Today, people are more open about permanent make-up, especially now that #EyeBrowsOnFleek is a huge trend globally. Still, we have to admit that not everyone has all the time in the morning to draw on the perfect arch. Over the years, there’s been great improvement on both the eyebrow tattoo technique and the pigments used by aestheticians. With the modern formulation, you no longer have to worry about your brows turning into an unsightly, artificial color and the stranding techniques mimic the look of real brow hair.

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Really happy with how hair-like it turned out! I may be smiling here but the anesthesia was starting to wear off. So I was feeling the sting.

The whole brow procedure was done in 45 minutes. Blair was so gentle during the entire procedure, it was virtually painless. She would often ask me if I was feeling okay and I appreciate that she truly cares for her clients.

After my brows, Tita Susan began working on my liptint!

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Again, I may be smiling here but really couldn’t feel my lips. I was a bit fearful that I would feel the needle but I’m grateful that the procedure went on smoothly. The aftercare is another story.

Watch the VLOG below to get a better idea of both procedures. I’ll post another video about the aftercare and what the brows and lips look like within 5 days.

DISCOVERING MY COLOR SEASON

I remember going through a quick color swatch during one of my classes at John Robert Powers many years ago. I was a teenager then and was completely clueless about the power of colors. I would randomly pick clothes that I thought looked cool or trendy without thinking so much if they were in the right color for my skin tone. The result? I ended up spending a lot of money on clothes that really didn’t make me look my best.

Discovering your color season will prove to be very helpful when you go shopping, get your hair dyed or even do your make-up. It’s a journey of self-discovery and acceptance–there really are times when a dress would look smashing on a model but have the opposite effect on you. There’d be moments when you try to replicate a make-up look but end up frustrated because you can’t seem to nail it. Don’t doubt your skills entirely; maybe the colors just aren’t right for you.

The Color Theory revolves around the four basic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. This doesn’t mean that your skin tone corresponds to the season of your present location. I live in sunny Metro Manila but my color season is Cool Winter. :-p My natural hair color is black (which of course, due to kikay purposes, I have dyed since I graduated from college), my eye color is dark brown and my skin is light with some yellow and pink undertones.

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Once you know your colors, it will be easier for you to tell if a dress is worth buying. Is it in your color or will it make you look washed-out? Will it make your skin glow? What hair color shades can you play around with? Watch the video below to learn more!