Achievement Unlocked

A few days ago, I was notified by a journalist from the New York Times and Rebateszone that my blog is part of the annual top 50 beauty blogs around the world. Yay! I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately due to personal issues but I’m glad someone thinks my blog is still worth a visit. Skincare has always been a favorite topic of mine, as many of you know, and apparently 89% of beauty bloggers. Although I initially planned this website to be more style-centric, it seems more people are drawn to my beauty-related posts.

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I made it at 35! I see some other bloggers from the Philippines as well and I’m really happy for them. Here’s to hoping I and the others would advance next year. My 2015 has been kind of meh, but I’m truly positive that 2016 will be good to me. How about you? How was your year?

Taking Chances

As the year draws to a close, I cannot help but feel a mixture of regret and sadness sometimes.  I don’t feel I made good use of my time. I know that may be an exaggeration–pretty sure I’ve had achievements in the past months, but I can’t identify one that I can consider as the highlight of my year. I can’t remember an event that I can truly be proud of and say, “Hey, I did this!” or “I’ve overcome this.” All the issues that I’d been struggling with earlier this year are still here, which is odd since I’ve always had crisis periods but they would go away after a few weeks or months. Is it because I’m getting old?

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I don’t think so. I don’t mind getting old at all. I honestly can’t wait to be married to Chad, my fiance, and make memories with him. What I don’t like is wasting time, and I admit that I’m very guilty of this. I question myself too much, which causes me to doubt my capabilities. What annoys me more is that I’m aware I’m doing this to myself but I’m not doing anything to reverse the situation. I used to be a very driven young lady; I knew what I wanted and did everything to get it. But 2015 came and BAM! I became a completely different person.

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Brighter, Healthier Smiles with Oral-B Cross-Action Pro-Health

Since entering the corporate world more than five years ago, my coffee-drinking habit has probably worsened. Before, I can function without caffeine in my veins but now I can’t even start working without taking a sip. I can’t say I’m addicted to coffee, I just like the warm feeling in my stomach. When I was younger, my mom and I would enjoy one cup before going to bed. It just feels so gooood. Unfortunately, all that caffeine consumption has left stains on my teeth, causing discoloration.

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Aside from the stains, recently I have noticed soft buildup around my teeth, especially the back ones (yuck!). It was pretty alarming because I never had those since becoming more conscious about personal hygiene. Apparently, my current toothbrush isn’t doing the job. I never really took advertisements seriously until recently. I figured I needed something that can clean hard-to-reach areas, including those tricky corners around the teeth. Then, I discovered Oral-B Cross-Action Pro-Health a few days ago. It has criss-cross bristles so I thought this might be just the thing I need. I’ve been using it for a week now and I already noticed some changes. My teeth looked squeaky clean and less yellowish. The buildup around my teeth lessened as well.

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Lost at the Mall? The SM Mobile App Is Here!

SM Megamall, North EDSA, and Mall of Asia are currently the top 3 largest shopping destinations in the Philippines. So naturally, one can easily get lost when you’re inside these malls. While I was doing some last-minute shopping last week for my friend’s wedding, I saw an ad at the SM North EDSA entrance saying the company has released a mobile app. Curious how it works, I downloaded it and was immediately impressed.

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I cannot easily identify my left from my right, that’s how bad my sense of direction is. So whenever I go to places as big as a stadium, I always rely on maps. I frequently use the Location Guide malls have by the entrance doors but more often than not they’re inoperable. As a result, I end up looking for the store myself and getting lost in the process. Luckily, the new SM Mobile App has a built-in store finder which allows you to find your favorite stores in each branch. To use the app, however, it is important that you register first.

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#LoveLocal: Budget-Friendly Local Brands Where You Can Get Great Gifts

It’s officially the start of the holiday season, which means it’s time to start shopping for gifts! That also means braving heavy traffic and overcrowded malls. Fortunately, many of our favourite brands are now available online, so you can shop for gifts at the comfort of your own home—even in the office! To help you out, I have compiled a short list of local brands where you can find amazing deals and unique gift ideas.

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If you have a friend who has sensitive skin but is a beauty addict, get her items from One Earth Organics. This is a skincare company that sells beauty products made from organic ingredients. I am currently in love with their undereye serum infused with argan oil.

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No Pinoy is not familiar with Bench. I still remember seeing their old commercials on TV as well as their eye-catching ads. Aside from that, they offer high-quality apparel and body care products at affordable prices. Your stylish pamangkins will love you even more if you surprise them with Bench’s figure-flattering jeans and shirts. Bench is now available at Zalora Philippines.

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Is your inaanak into arts and literature? Check out Sune and you will find a wide selection of hard-to-find books about the arts. They also sell prints as well as basic swimwear that flatters any body type.

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Get your boyfriend or girlfriend a magnetic poetry kit and they will love you forever! This is a perfect gift for voracious readers and poetry lovers who love playing with words. My fiancé and I bought ourselves kits from Magnetic Poetry MNL and share our creations on our joint Instagram account Tin Can Beatnik. It is a great bonding tool, especially for couples who are in a long-distance relationship.

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Electromagnetic Tentacle is the perfect spot for individuals looking to buy their geek friends and officemates cool merchandise this Christmas. They offer parody shirts that combine pop culture and Pinoy humor.

Where do you usually shop for Christmas gifts? Share them in the comments section below!