Category Archives: Beauty / Fashion

Taking Long Baths (Day 36 #100HappyDays)

One of the things I enjoy the most when I’m at home is taking long baths. I can stay in the bathroom for an hour or so. Imagine how much longer I’d want to stay there if we had a bath tub. πŸ˜€

Bath - wash your worries away

Not my feet, obviously. πŸ˜›

Taking baths relaxes me. When I’m stressed or feeling a li’l down, a nice, long bath helps clear my mind and somehow, it washes away my worries for the day.

My usual bath routine goes like this: shampoo, body scrubbing, face scrub (2-3x a week), rinse everything, then I soap up twice using 2 different soaps (hahah), and then I use a hair conditioner if I’m going out. The scrubbing usually takes the longest time.

And then my after-bath routine takes about 30-45 minutes. πŸ˜€ I take my baths seriously. πŸ˜›

Today, I think I took about 1 hour and 40 minutes inside the bathroom. It helped clear my mind of some anxiety I’ve been feeling the past few days. I feel much better now.

Looking Magical in a Wedding Dress

Paige in her wedding dress in the magical series CharmedAfter work, one of my pastimes is watching my favorite series, may they be old or new. The past few weeks, I have been on a Charmed marathon and I am watching the series like it’s the very first time I’m seeing what’s happening to Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige (yes, I’m already in that season!).

In the very last episode, Paige was bound to get married to Henry (I think it’s okay to post spoilers now since the series ended like a hundred years ago πŸ˜€ ). I love Rose McGowan and her snowy white skin, and I think she looked ethereal in her wedding dress in this episode.

She has worn 2 wedding dresses since she joined Charmed, and I think this one suits her perfectly. It’s a simple wedding dress, which I totally love. I think there’s a certain beauty in simple designs, don’t you agree? πŸ™‚

Though I have a different view on marriage, I still sometimes daydream about me wearing a wedding dress. I was looking for bridal gowns and saw the ones at 8weddingdresses.com and they were simply gorgeous! Here are my favorites:

Gorgeous wedding dresses

If I ever become a bride in the future, I think it’ll be pretty easy for me to pick a wedding dress. I think I’d rather stick with a simple and inexpensive dress because I believe you don’t have to spend a fortune on a wedding dress just to find what suits you.

I believe it’s important that the bride is the most beautiful woman in the room on her wedding day, but I think one can achieve that even in a simple, sophisticated wedding dress. πŸ™‚

One way to really stand out and make your dress memorable is to pick something that’s out of the ordinary. Of course, that is if you’re okay with that. The most important thing is you are happy on your wedding day, right? πŸ˜‰

Here are the rest of my bridal gown picks. What do you think?

Love these bridal gowns

Go Ahead, Put that Makeup On

Over the last three years, I would have to say that I discovered myself again. It was during these last few years when I realized I should take care of myself, emotionally, physically and mentally. I learned many things about myself and I decided that I’ll never let myself go for anyone or for anything. Let’s say that I learned to love myself again.

One of the many things that led me to the realization of my self-worth was makeup. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but when I started to learn how to put on makeup well was when I felt I was taking care of myself for a change. I don’t have any professional makeup experience. I learned on my own through gurus on YouTube. And this has extensively affected my life because I no longer put myself as my last priority.

I've learned how to apply makeup

I started to care about how I look, not because I wanted other people to accept or love me, but because I wanted others to see that I care about me. I will no longer neglect my own sense of being.

Women wear makeup for various reasons. Sure, makeup does improve one’s self-esteem. It is of equal importance for me, though, that I know I am beautiful even without makeup on. Which is also why I started to spend money on products that I know will improve my physical appearance without the coverage of makeup. Now, I feel makeup is more of an enhancement of one’s beauty.

That’s why I hate it when people bash on women who wear makeup, or too much of it. If that’s what they need to improve their self-worth or self-esteem, or if they simply like it, let them be. As long as they’re happy with the person they see looking back at them in front of the mirror, I don’t think anyone else should have a say about that. We all deal with our issues with confidence in our own ways, so let’s not hate on women who chose to wear makeup to boost their self-esteem.

For me, it’s not necessary to buy expensive makeup or even tools for that matter. There are many stores out there, including websites like tmart.com, that sell makeup for beginners and professionals. I’ve also personally purchased drugstore cosmetics and I managed to look like I spent thousands of cash on my makeup. It’s all in the application and your own individual taste.

Props palette, Skinfood BB cream, Skinfood Black Bean Eyebrow Pencil, Tony Moly Gel Eyeliner

I consider myself a makeup geek, though I still don’t like spending too much cash on various products when a cheaper version can deliver the same results. Just recently, I have influenced my mom and she has improved in applying makeup too. It was with her that I saw how makeup can suddenly change your mood. So if you think makeup is just a camouflage, a way for people to hide what they actually look like, think again. Maybe you need a little blush or a red lipstick yourself. πŸ˜‰

Go Ahead, Put that Makeup On

Over the last three years, I would have to say that I discovered myself again. It was during these last few years when I realized I should take care of myself, emotionally, physically and mentally. I learned many things about myself and I decided that I’ll never let myself go for anyone or for anything. Let’s say that I learned to love myself again.

One of the many things that led me to the realization of my self-worth was makeup. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but when I started to learn how to put on makeup well was when I felt I was taking care of myself for a change. I don’t have any professional makeup experience. I learned on my own through gurus on YouTube. And this has extensively affected my life because I no longer put myself as my last priority.

I've learned how to apply makeup

I started to care about how I look, not because I wanted other people to accept or love me, but because I wanted others to see that I care about me. I will no longer neglect my own sense of being.

Women wear makeup for various reasons. Sure, makeup does improve one’s self-esteem. It is of equal importance for me, though, that I know I am beautiful even without makeup on. Which is also why I started to spend money on products that I know will improve my physical appearance without the coverage of makeup. Now, I feel makeup is more of an enhancement of one’s beauty.

That’s why I hate it when people bash on women who wear makeup, or too much of it. If that’s what they need to improve their self-worth or self-esteem, or if they simply like it, let them be. As long as they’re happy with the person they see looking back at them in front of the mirror, I don’t think anyone else should have a say about that. We all deal with our issues with confidence in our own ways, so let’s not hate on women who chose to wear makeup to boost their self-esteem.

For me, it’s not necessary to buy expensive makeup or even tools for that matter. There are many stores out there, including websites like tmart.com, that sell makeup for beginners and professionals. I’ve also personally purchased drugstore cosmetics and I managed to look like I spent thousands of cash on my makeup. It’s all in the application and your own individual taste.

Props palette, Skinfood BB cream, Skinfood Black Bean Eyebrow Pencil, Tony Moly Gel Eyeliner

I consider myself a makeup geek, though I still don’t like spending too much cash on various products when a cheaper version can deliver the same results. Just recently, I have influenced my mom and she has improved in applying makeup too. It was with her that I saw how makeup can suddenly change your mood. So if you think makeup is just a camouflage, a way for people to hide what they actually look like, think again. Maybe you need a little blush or a red lipstick yourself. πŸ˜‰

I’m Turning Into A Girly Girl?!

I’ve never been a girly girl even when I was little kid. If you look at our old photo albums, you’d see me wearing skirts and dresses that my mom forced me to wear. And most likely, you’d see me with open legs, not minding how I look.

I was never comfortable in dresses and skirts. I may not have the perfectly shaped legs, but that’s not actually the reason why I avoid wearing girly clothes altogether. I guess I feel like when you’re wearing skirts or girly clothes, boys look at you like you’re a damsel in distress. And I’m far from being an innocent little princess. πŸ˜‰

I know, I’d get a lot of hate messages just because of that last paragraph, but that was how I looked at it before. I prefer to wear anything comfortable that will still make me look chic without the added hassle of worrying about something slipping or that I should close my legs when sitting down.

I make up for my lack of gracefulness and girly-ness with my overall look. I learned how to use makeup on my own this year. I’m embracing wearing high-heeled shoes that are comfortable to wear. I’m also going for more girly blouses. I’ve grown to love wearing skinny jeans too.

I'm no girly girlI was still learning how to use makeup properly, so this isn’t really a good example. I’m just showing you the blouse I was wearing. πŸ˜€

However, I almost always go back to wearing my comfy blouses and shirts, my trusty flip-flops and just go out on a pretty made-up face. I love makeup, which is probably the most girly side of me that you’d get. πŸ˜€

I love tinkering with computers. I can network computers. I design websites and blogs. I’m independent. I’m one of the boys – cowboy ika nga. A low maintenance type of gal. To some, that might sound or look intimidating, but I consider myself a passionate romantic. Almost a hopeless romantic. Almost. πŸ˜‰

For 2013, as soon as I reach my goal weight, I’m planning on buying more girly clothes. No, not dresses or skirts. Maybe I’d buy a pair just so I can wear it on top of my skinny jeans or something. I’m holding off on buying new clothes ’cause I don’t want to waste money and then ending up not wearing them cause I’ve lost weight. Yes, I’m hopeful and determined to make it happen! Maybe by my 33rd birthday (argh), I’ll wear something more girly-girl. Maybe. We’ll see. πŸ˜‰