December 4, 2017

OMG! I'm a Mom of Two Now!!

The other day I received an email from a reader, asking me about the lipstick that I was wearing in a picture in this blog. If you're reading this, Hi Vivian, thank you for that email. And thank you for appreciating my abandoned blog. Haha! :) I was surprised to know that my blog is still on a first page of a top search somewhere in Google! (Lol. I swear I know SEO guys.. err.. I'm an IT professional for crying out loud) So I browsed back here and was surprised to know that the last time I posted something was almost two years ago already. I wasn't even pregnant yet with my second child at the time. Yes, I'm a mom of two now. I gave birth to my son last March, and I'm officially a mother of two perfectly healthy kids. Yay! :)

A lot of working moms like me can relate when we always say that we don't have time for this and that because we have to juggle between working and kids. But I swear I still find time to pamper myself from time to time. I actually remember purchasing three MAC lipsticks and a blush from theBalm a week after I gave birth. Those have been my staple "go-to" make up for the last nine months. I also tried a few trending lippies here and there. If I have the time I will try and write about them on a separate post.

I honestly don't know what to do with this blog. Writing is something that I think I'm passionate about, but the thing is, I am not 100% committed to it. It's nice to come back here and re-read the things that I wrote years ago, every now and then. Sometimes it's good to look back and remember once in a while how my mindset were in those days. Things has changed. -- Scratch that! I changed. 

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Whether it's for the good or worse, it's important to allow ourselves to grow into the individual that we are meant to be. Right now, I'm happy to be a mom of two amazing kids. Do I want to do more? Yes I do! I won't make promises anymore, but I'll try to leave a piece of me here every time I get a chance. It may be a simple favorites post, life milestones, etc. By the way, I have this knack for curated instagram accounts right now. If you're on Instagram, you can visit my Instagram account and tell me what you think. I'm still on my learning curve, but I'll try to do better as I learn. 

Until my next blog entry (hopefully not after 2 years again),

March 10, 2016

3 Maybelline Products That I'll Keep on Repurchasing

If you accidentally drop my bag or purposely turn it upside-down, I guarantee you that you'll find these three flying across the floor. Maybelline is my first love in terms of cosmetics. Back when I was in college when I was still clueless about makeup, I used to have a Maybelline lipstick and a Clinique mascara -- and that was it! Over the years, I became biased towards high-end brands, but surprisingly find myself still repurchasing these three every time I ran out.

1. Maybelline HyperSharp Liner

I had a love and hate relationship with this eyeliner a couple of years ago. It dries up really quick when left uncovered, so I guess that's the letdown. So NEVER leave it uncovered to maximize your usage. Anyway, it's a decent eyeliner for 400 pesos. Maybelline usually has their sale, so if you want to try it for a lower price, I suggest you follow their instagram page for updates. I believe I bought this for less than 300 pesos.

It's called Hyper Sharp because (duh?) it's pointy. The pigmentation is glossy but not too dark, so you'll have to pile up when lining your eyes. The staying power I believe is what makes it worth it. It stays all day in my severely oily eyelids.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm

Among the three, this is my most overused product of Maybelline. I always have three tubes of this lip balm simultaneously being used. There's one at home, there's another one in my bag, and in the office. My lips always feel moisturized after swiping some of these on. It's also good in prepping your lips for matte lippies. I even use it to remove lipstick pigments by swiping it repeatedly and blotting tissue over and over again to remove the remnants of my lip stains.

3. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Fifth Ave. Fuchsia

Last but definitely not the least is the Color Sensational lipstick in Fifth Ave. Fuchsia. This is my second tube already and I can still see myself repurchasing after finishing it. (I only have 1/4 left by the way so..) The first tube I had was from 2013 and I never stopped using it. It's my version of Taylor Swift's red lipstick, whatever brand that is. Every time I feel lazy or just can't decide which lipstick to use, this is the obvious choice for me. Also, if you're following me on SnapChat (itsmekrisella), you'll notice the silver tube that I kept on re-applying. 

That Silver tube of Fuchsia lipstick!

SWATCHED: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Fifth Ave. Fuchsia
The formula is consistent and very pigmented. The texture is very creamy and glides smoothly every single time. You don't need to  prep your lips with a lip balm before applying because the formula itself is already very moisturizing. Note that I've been using the word "very" in every sentence to justify my thoughts. (Ha-ha) This Fuchsia will suit every skin tone from fair to medium. If there's a drugstore Pink lipstick every woman should get, I believe this is it!

March 3, 2016

Channel Rouge Coco in Liason

Oh wow! I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased this lipstick. It was a gift to myself for going out of my comfort zone. You know, I like rewarding myself whenever I feel like I accomplished a milestone. Purchasing this lipstick is another risk for me since I usually go for MAC because I already tried and tested that brand. Now that I mentioned it, I actually finished a couple of tubes just recently and I'm so happy about it (I'll post about it soon.) I haven't done much research before going to Chanel so I took advantage of being the only customer that time and swatched like crazy. I fell in love with the texture of this particular range "Rouge Coco". 

Liason is a shade in between Pink Salmon and Coral but leans toward nude Pink when applied. The texture is buttery that it glides like a dream while application. Though it is not that pigmented upon first swipe, it builds up really nice. This lipstick is great for daily use since it can pass as your daily MLBB shade.

Gosh I can't believe this was me a year ago! Hehe. So that was me wearing zero makeup, just the Channel Rouge Coco in Liason. The lowdown though is that some may find the flowery scent overpowering. I suggest you sniff it first will trying it on so you'll know if you will find it tolerable later on.

Overall, if you're planning to purchase your very first Chanel lipstick, I highly recommend the Rouge Coco range since it has the best formula there is. Other than the formula, it has the best packaging! I really really love the Chanel tubes. The magnetic closure and the weight of the product is really worth it. The packaging is a whole new experience itself already. I'm actually down to the last half of this lipstick. I swipe it on my lips whenever I feel fancy yah know.

Tell me all about your first encounter with Chanel lipstick!

September 10, 2015

Flashback Friday: My First Scuba Diving Experience

Discovering life underwater has been in my bucket list for sometime now. Luckily, I got to strike it off of my list last summer. Clueless as I was, I didn't know that the experience was even more amazing than how I've seen it in photos. I must warn you as early as now that this post is photo-heavy. 

Last April, a colleague of ours invited us to try scuba diving at Anilao Batangas. The resort was called Dive and Trek and we were offered an all-in package inclusive of all the diving equipment, training, resort amenities, boat rides, lunch and unlimited coffee and drinks. The package was a lot more cheaper than the pricing we canvassed in Coron Palawan. If you're interested, you can visit their page on Facebook: Dive District

Overall, I can say that the experience was one for the books. It was worth every centavo since it's not every summer that you get to experience life underwater. The mere fact that I breathed tank oxygen for an hour still blows my mind whenever I think about it. Another exciting part of the experience was the preparation. I've no clue on how it's supposed to be so I was researching like crazy. I even researched "What to wear under your wet-suit". Thankfully, I saw Zalora's collection of swimwear. Zalora has a variety of available sexy and stylish swimwear. It's very helpful since most divers suggests wearing just swimsuits beneath the wet-suit when diving. 

September 1, 2015

My Blogging Hiatus

So much has changed since I last wrote here. A year ago, my first thought in the morning would be how my blog is doing or what can I write about that week. I would check my blog comments, rankings and what not. This year, I just stopped caring. Just like that, in a snap I just did not care anymore. What changed?

I was raised and educated to be prepared for a 9-5 job. Right now, I am here. This is exactly how it's supposed to be for me. This was my dream and I'm living it. The last few months, I was giving it my all. I told myself that I should focus on what's in front of me so I gave up writing.

Tell you what, nobody told me about blogging before I started. I did not study about it in college nor was I told to do so. This is something that I just started doing because I thought it was fun. Now seeing emails for collaboration made me realize something. Why did I give up something that was authentically me? 

To summarize everything for the last 6 months: First, I started a new job in a new company; I gave up the domain; I went scuba diving; My photo was placed in demeaning sites; And of course, I read a lot of books. Yes these are the things that hindered me from writing here. The 2014 version of me probably would write all about these things in full detail. But the 2015 version of me just won't. I just thought that I can't fully experience anything when I'm too busy taking pictures and thinking about what to say. On the other hand, I want to write again because it's an authentic part of me. For now, I wouldn't say that I'll go back to blogging in full blast, but I'm looking forward to making gradual updates.