Oh. My. Gawd. What just happened?

Time certainly flies! I’ve been recently remiss, and I blame it from the revolving door of colds and flu, along side asthma and allergy (mild to bad stomach upsets) attacks the past few months.  It’s been largely one misadventure of stubbornness, much cajoling, annoyed and frustrated doctors, medication, more medication and acquiring two air purifiers. Needless to say it was not the most pleasant of months.

Now that I’m finally feeling better and determined to get better due to a trip to HK already paid for and slated for September 23-26 of this month! That said, I was pretty bummed out instead of being excited, mostly since because I got sick, the doctors told me to drop my diet (Cohen is no joke when it comes to dieting) and eat, the more nutrients are in my body the faster I’d get better, but that also meant my weight wasn’t moving at all. I was still heavy, and I can’t wear anything I bought on my previous HK trip.

Being bummed, I’d thought I’d pamper myself first by going to the Nail Spa last Friday. I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I’ve got some wicked in-grown nail problem. The worst of it has been dealt with my previous pedicurista (pedicurist), a woman of considerable talent and skill. But she recently retired and I’ve not been able to contact her. Discovering Nail Spa after several tries from other salons was nothing short of a miracle.

And that miracle was topped with an icing of having one of the most wicked nail polish collection I’ve seen. I usually bring my own, but the last few visits has me trying some more of their higher end brand polish–nail polish is admittedly one of my biggest girly-girl guilty pleasure. Brands like Zoya, Butter and O.P.I’s Collection  series.

One such series of polish caught my eye was O.P.I.’s Euro Centrale collection. I had been curious regarding it, particularly “A Woman’s Prague-ative,” an orange-bronze shimmer type polish and “Oy-Another Polish Joke,” which is a gold glitter shimmer polish, both of which I just *knew* would be absolutely flattering for my morena skin tone. Thing is, it wasn’t for sale since it was part of a collection and most likely imported. However, I could have it done on my nails. My only problem is what color do I try first?

I'm no hand model so bear with me

I decided that I will have *both*!

I’ll admit the effect it gave was a lot nicer than expected. I had initially thought the Prague one would be a darker bronze, but it came out lighter..more like pumpkin. And Oy came out with a more subtle and less tacky gold than I would have expected. Once dry though, I noticed the Oy came out with a slight matte type finish compared to Prague, which isn’t noticeable until you run your fingers against it. Over all, I like the look so much I had it done on my toes as well! This is definitely will be on my must-buy list when we visit Hong Kong!

Speaking of Hong Kong, it’s unlikely I’ll be there to acquire clothing. My reasons for that would be is that a LOT of the fashion brands are already showing up here in Manila. So unless I find something unique and fitting my less than Asian ideal figure, shopping for clothes will be at the bottom list of priorities, topped by cosmetics or beauty products, followed by shoes.

That meant I needed to shop my clothes now before I leave for my trip. Due to my weight gain and the last few clothes I purchased were literally bought a year ago from Hong Kong during our honey moon, I needed clothes STAT. Shoes too were an issue, since my last shoes I bought that wasn’t the rain boots (or cheap ass flats from Payless which make my feet hurt after just one hour of walking) was before I even got married, during my pre-Cohen weight (after my diet, I lost a size and a half).

Uniqlo GoodiesThat brought the Husband and I to Uniqlo in Glorietta 5 yesterday, the closest Uniqlo store in my area. I was really lucky that we got there and there was a sale on selected items, from pants to wireless bras!

I bought three shirts, two of which were the tunic style shirts. I got one of Uniqlo’s latest shirts from House Industries in gray at Php 790. I followed it with Melange A-Line Short Sleeve tunic in Orange at Php 790 and a Karen Walker Short Sleeve shirt at a sale price of Php 590. All three were very flattering, and went well with some of my pre-existing leggings and the Denim Cropped Leggings pants which I also got at discount for Php 790 (original price at Php 990).

They also had wireless bras for sale and swiped two printed styles at Php 690 each (original price an easy Php 990). I can not say enough that these are a STEAL, given how light and soft the darn things were. Packed items like bras and underwear can’t be fitted, but they do have display items for you to try on to figure out what size suits you.

I topped off my Uniqlo shopping spree by buying a pair of cherry red hipster clear sunglasses. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it last night. Given my ‘uggh’ attitude to anything hipster, what brought me to buy the darn thing was that it was (1) pretty and (2) reminded me of the glasses worn by Jeanne, my favorite character from Bayonetta.  The glasses cost Php 590, and was also the last glasses of it’s color on display.

The Husband didn’t go empty handed either, and bought a pair of jeans, regular fit, straight cut color jeans in Green. The nice part is that Uniqlo does offer alteration on jean lengths, and it’s free if the jeans cost Php 990 and above (you pay for Php 100 below the price and a little extra if you want special stitching). Since the husband’s jeans were at Php 990, we got the alteration for FREE and pick up was a measly 30-40 minutes waiting time. Perfect time to get a spot of lunch or a snack before picking it up.

Once done, we both headed to Sebago for some sensible and pretty foot wear. If there’s one thing I like about Sebago, is that it doesn’t mind getting wet and that means practicality considering I was living in a country where half the year it’s underwater.

Shopping 02I was able to procure two pairs, a pair of boat shoes called the Felucca Lace in blue/red/ivory at Php 3,600 and a pair of sandals called Somersworth Slide in red/dark brown at Php 3,000. Not bad considering I got two shoes for what I’d normally cost me one pair of Fitflops at Php 5,000 – 6,000 a pair.

I had the chance to wear the sandals that evening when we brought my bro-in-law for dinner at the Old Swiss Inn in Makati and it was very comfortable to use. The leather did not chafe my sensitive onion skin, and it’s actually comfortable enough to use it while driving as well.

The slides would also be positively wicked for my bohemian chic look I’ve been meaning on experimenting and the boat shoes would do well for all my casual jeans and capris look.

The husband was also hoping to score a pair from Sebago, but unfortunately the boat shoe style and color choice he wanted was not available in his size..and apparently was unavailable elsewhere (a quick phone call from their equally disappointed sales staff confirmed that it was unavailable in Greenbelt, and SM Megamall branch). The sales clerk offered to give us a call just in case there was a delivery that comes in.

Once the shoes were done, we were on to the last item on our shopping list, and that was getting those roll-up vacuum bags. Now this is important, especially if you ever end up visiting places who are very well known for shopping. Roll-up vacuum bags should be in every woman’s luggage bag. It’s made to lessen the space in your suit case so you could cram more stuff into it.

So we went to visit Lock and Lock store in Glorietta. Much to our luck, they were selling some Roll-up vacuum bags (sized 320 mm x 420 mm) for half the price! This was because during the last deluge (the one that turned most of our streets into angry raging rivers and put certain parts of the Metro underwater for days), their store room had sustained a leak and some of their items apparently got leaked on. Not destroyed but they got dirty.

The Lock and Lock Roll-up Vacuum bags were one such product. Mind you these bags normally cost Php 429.75 per pack of 3, but it was on discount for 50% so we grabbed two. We got lucky and found that they were clean and undamaged from the inside as only the outside packaging that looked really ratty.

Over all, it has been a wonderful weekend. I rarely get the chance to indulge on shopping lately due largely of a lot of a lot of adult responsibilities, but at least I really get to appreciate the times I have time and money to do so.

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All pictures were taken using the Husband’s Samsung Note 2. My camera was on loan so I had to use his. 

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A Housewife’s Vanity: Part 2

Part of being married is sharing space with some one else. And even if you live in a big enough place that would allow you to have a space for all your things, no space is ever big enough to have *both* and this is true when it comes to stuff in the bathroom.

We live in a 36 sqm studio condominium unit, the toilet and bath is a tiny cramped space with no shelving space in which to put toiletries (save for the tension caddy in the corner of the shower stall). And as a woman. we can get to accumulate a lot of toiletries over time.

I did a previous downsizing of my bathroom vanity, and again after my husband’s visit to the dermatology had required him to own a few of his own medicated cleansers and sunblock. It wasn’t a bad thing, downsizing allows you to be more aware of what you’re using, what you can both share to use and therefore save. Less also means more, the less you need to buy, the more you can invest on better quality products on stuff you do use.

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    1. Moroccan Argan Oil, The Souq Organics – This is one of my must-haves in my bathroom vanity. This bottle replaces the moisturizers for night and day, and my eczema treatment lotion. It’s effectively replaced three bottles in my bathroom vanity in one go. The best thing about this product is that I found this to be far more effective than my standard moisturizers and helped alleviate the skin eczema on my upper arms. I’ve (and my husband has also noticed) felt and seen improvements on my skin from the use. The nice part of this, it’s also unisex.
    2. Id Lotion: Sweat Acne & Over all anti-bacterial  monolaurin gel, VMV Hypoallergenics – This was recommended to me by the store to help alleviate my back acne, and help dry out the pimples in my face as well. It’s also useful as a disinfectant for hands and feet and for minor wounds–essential since we own cats and scratches are the norm here. As an added bonus this can be used for Shine control and can be applied before make-up for a matte finish. Also unisex.
    3. No Time To Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask, Formula 10.0.6 – This is a hold over from the cosmetics I bought prior to my getting married. I’ve had problems with oily skin on my face and I realize that using this once to twice a week helped alleviate it. Although I do plan on changing this to a different formulation in the future, like something that helps deal with my black heads and white heads.
    4. Alcohol Free Toner, Neutrogena – I tend to have sensitive skin, so I’m very partial to Neutrogena and Celeteque for cleanser and toner products. As a toner though, I usually go for Alcohol Free.
    5. Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, Neutrogena – Same reason as above. I try to go for cleansers that don’t have perfumes and friendly on my skin without necessarily breaking my wallet.
    6. Shea Cashmere Leave On Spray for Dry Hair, Schwarzkopf – This product was bought for hair emergency purposes when we were on Hong Kong last year. HK’s weather causes my hair to frizz oh so magnificently and this leave-on spray has proven to be useful in dealing with it. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if this product is ever available here in Manila.
    7. Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner – This is a sulfate free shampoo. When I had a Brazilian blow out done on my hair, they recommended me to use a sulfate free shampoo. Since I refused to buy the ones sold on the salon, I went to the organic store and found this instead. Both Shampoo & Conditioner contain Argan Oil, and it has helped in dealing with my frizz as well. The best part is that the husband uses this as well, finding that this shampoo helped in dealing with his really oily hair. This is available in Sessou (Market Market Taguig, & Glorietta Makati).
    8. Studiomakeup Pro Make-up Remover – This is my all time favorite make up remover. It smells and feels pleasant and clean on the skin. It’s can effectively clean off the make-up on your face with ease. Bought at the Beauty Bar.
    9. Natural Deodorant, All Organics – Truth be told this is not my go to deodorant. It’s just that, it’s the closest I’d get to replace for my usual organic deodorant (whose bottle I had thrown away and couldn’t photograph anymore). I like that it can deal with bad odor and so far has not irritated my skin, but I am not a big fan of the smell of the deodorant itself.
    10. Nivea Sun, Immediate Sun Protection SPF 30+ – Since the husband had been told to wear sunblock, and my moisturizer has no sunblock, we decided to share a bottle of facial sunblock. Nivea Sun was a good choice to use for both of us. It’s affordable and unisex.

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Here’s a list of the stuff I didn’t get a photo of–I got lazy mid-way–so I do apologize for that. Still I suppose it’s just as good as these should be something a lot of people would be more familiar with by now.

    • Dove Soap Bar – My husband and I actually use the same type of soap. We both prefer the classic one; no perfumes, whitening or whatever. Classic is best and by far the most friendly to my sensitive skin as well.
    • Oracare No-Sting Mouth Rinse – This is our everyday mouthwash. Efficient against morning breath.
    • Bactidol Medicated Mouth wash – It may seem redundant to have two types of mouthwash, but we’re both prone to sore throats due to the weather, and this helps a lot when either of I gets the itchy-throat.
    • Pyralvex Solution – This is what we use when incur blisters inside our mouths or help dealing with injuries when we accidentally bite our tongue or the inside of our cheek. Must have in the bathroom.
    • Lactacyd Feminine Wash – It’s feminine wash, I don’t think I need to explain why this is necessary right? Though I usually use Eve, I’ve decided to give this one a try see if it’s any better.
    • Modess Ultra Thin All Night w/Wings (Cottony Soft) – This is by far my best discovery in terms of feminine napkins. As a heavy bleeder, I’ve formerly relied on Whisper products. My biggest problem with Whisper is that it doesn’t make me feel dry as they’ve advertised. Modess though, does the job and does the job well. It’s got better coverage and leak control and does feel more comfortable than Whisper. I can not recommend enough for heavy bleeders like me.

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This is all I have for now. In the future I’ll be making updates on products, because definitely this list of products will be updated as products change and new ones come in. Until then, thanks for reading~!

A Housewife’s Vanity: Part 1

When I was single and working, owning make-up was natural. My mother encouraged it, a woman known for her style and classic make-up. I would remember when I was little, I would be always admiring my mother’s vanity which was chock full of bottles of perfume, and case upon case of face powder and eye shadow and kits of mascara and eye liners. Never a weekend passed when my mother and I would visit Rustans Makati (and other various make-up/toiletries stores like Watson) on Saturdays and look over the plethora displays of perfume and make-up.

That said, owning and using make-up was something no one questioned when I was a single office lady. That was…until I got married and become a housewife. Now people assume that once you got your man, wearing a make-up was no longer as necessary as before you were single and trying to make the perfect smoky eyes to compliment the ‘come hither look.’ And when I became a housewife, the idea I would even be wearing make-up at all was suddenly illogical.

Just because you’re married or your work place is the same place you can run around in your PJs all day without anyone caring, is not a reason to abandon your make-up kit only to be unearthed on special occasions. There is nothing wrong in wanting to feel a little prettier. Absolutely none. Read more

Pick Me Ups

It was the day after and my beloved Pointyman invited me out to SM Megamall to take my mind off things. I was initially hesitant because beloved’s got a cold he was recovering from and I didn’t want to aggravate it further. In fact we’ve already canceled two days worth of dates because of that damnable cold.

However he insisted and so there we were, enjoying the morning due to it being a holiday so there wasn’t a lot of traffic, giving us enough time to actually get a cozy breakfast at Cafe Breton by the Podium, before walking back to SM Megamall.

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If The Shoe Fits

Now before I begin I will begin listing my litany of excuses for not updating:

(1) My dad was recently diagnosed and treated of Stage 0 cancer they detected on the polyp on his large intestine. He has undergone elective but major surgery and is now doing well. The results of his biopsy are clean: no trace of cancer anywhere. There is no need of chemotherapy and radiation. 🙂

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